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The Voodoo Gold Trail by Walter Walden

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THE VOODOO GOLD TRAIL

BY WALTER WALDEN

Author of The Hidden Islands, Etc.

BOSTON SMALL, MAYNARD & COMPANY PUBLISHERS

COPYRIGHT, 1922 BY SMALL, MAYNARD & COMPANY (INCORPORATED)

Printed in the United States of America

THE MURRAY PRINTING COMPANY CAMBRIDGE, MASS.

CONTENTS

I WE GET INTERESTING NEWS

II WE MEET WITH A SERIOUS REVERSE

III WE SAIL ON A DIFFERENT QUEST

IV WE PICK UP THE TRAIL

V WE GAIN AN ALLY

VI WE BREAK UP THE VOODOO CEREMONIAL

VII A DISTRESS CALL GOES TO THE PEARL

VIII THE VOODOO STRONGHOLD

IX THE STAMPEDE

X THE GOLD TRAIL AGAIN

XI AT HIDE AND SEEK WITH THE ENEMY

XII IN CAPTIVITY THE MESSAGE

XIII JULIAN'S NARRATIVE THE SECRET MESSAGE

XIV JULIAN CONTINUES THE NARRATIVE NORRIS'S BIG GUN

XV AN EXCHANGE OF PRISONS

XVI THE ESCAPE

XVII JULIAN'S STORY AGAIN THE SEARCH FOR THE LOST COMRADES

XVIII OUR BOAT IS SCUTTLED

XIX WE STEAL A MARCH ON THE ENEMY

XX THE MYSTERIOUS TRAIL

XXI WE SEEK IN VAIN FOR A LOST TRAIL; AND DISCOVER A LONE MONKEY

XXII THE ISLE IN CROW BAY

XXIII WHAT THE WATER HID

XXIV IN THE HIDDEN VALE A NEW ACQUAINTANCE

XXV WE CONSORT WITH A PICKPOCKET

XXVI DOINGS ON THE LITTLE ISLE AGAIN

XXVII THE GOLD MINE

XXVIII WE ARE TRAPPED THE BATTLE

XXIX HOW THE ENEMY PERISH, AND THE MONKEY DISCOVERS THE TREASURE

XXX THE CACHE ON THE ISLE

XXXI WE RUN THE GAUNTLET HOME BOUND

THE VOODOO GOLD TRAIL

CHAPTER I

WE GET INTERESTING NEWS

It was on a tropic sea, and night, that I heard a little scrap of a tale that had in it that which was destined to preserve my life. The waning moon had not yet risen; the stars were all out, the Milky Way more than commonly near. The schooner's sails were barely drawing, and flapped idly at times. I leaned on the rail, listening to the purling of the sea against the vessel's side, and watching the phosphorescence where the water broke. The bell had just sounded a double stroke two bells. Near by, the taciturn black fellow who was our guide, and who alone (as shall appear) knew our course and destination was in talk with Rufe, our black cook.

Heretofore, this man black he was, but having hair straight as an Indian's had been steadfastly mum on the subject of his past; this manifestly being but part and parcel of his policy to avoid any hint of the place to which he was piloting us. But now, I gathered, he was reciting to Rufe an episode set in this far away land to the south; and I cocked my ear. He was telling of something that had happened in his grandfather's experience, who, as he said, was in the service of the king of that land. It was one day when this king was set upon by his enemies, who came thundering on the doors; and the king employed the narrator's grandfather to assist him in his escape. The king collected his jewels and much gold which he put in a bag, and set it on the back of his servant. Then he led the way to a dungeon in the palace. Set in the thick rock wall of this dark cell was a shrine, a carved Calvary Christ on the cross and figures at the foot.

"The king," the black narrator was saying, "horrify my gran'father, when he put his hand right on the Virgin, and pull that piece out. Then the sacrarium swing open, and there is one big hole, and the king push my gran'father through, and come after."

And he went on to tell how the king had led on, groping down the steps of this secret passage, and presently out into the forest; and how they two finally came to a fortress, and found safety.

It is this circumstance that (for the very good reason indicated) stands most forward, as I look back over the early days of that voyage. And you are to hear more of that.

Sailing the seas in search of adventure was not altogether a new thing for me. Nor was it to be quite a novelty the drifting into mysterious places, and the poking into hornets' nests... Continue reading book >>




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