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THE TARGET 13 Main O ' Dreams Through the warm scented air of a cloudless June day, Sir Gawain, mounted on a coal black charger, rode down the broad highway which led from Camelot -to his Castle of the Crags. " ' Oil ' s wounds! " he grumbled be- tween snatches of song, " this mid- day blistereth ! Would I had ne ' er set out upon this quest that I begged our Lord Arthur to grant me. Sooner would I follow the deer in the cool, dim aisles of the forest; aye, or pur- sue some fair maiden through moon- lit paths of my lady queen ' s rose garden. Why, oh why didst thou leave Camelot, Gawain thou fool! " With a softly muttered oath, the knight flung himself from his saddle and sank upon the cool grass in the shade of an old elm. The way sim- mered dustily in the blazing sunlight. " And thou hast come all this dis- tance because of a dream. Ah, but what a dream! What lustrous eyes and mocking lips like the red pome- granate flower, that beckoning snow- white hand, that silvery laugh ming- ling like the rippling of a woodland stream with the sweet music of her voice. And these things I dreamed to see in the frowning, gray old court- yard of my castle. Heigh-ho! a good- ly distance traveled in search of my Maid o ' Dreams. But if the dream be true " Once more he mounted to the sad- dle and with a blithe song on his lips, galloped onward tow r ard the distant goal. At eventide he reached his castle and with his sword-hilt knocked on the heavy gate. " Open! ' Tis thy master, Gawain. Open at once, " he cried. The gate swung wide, the drawbridge fell with a clang and the young knight rode with a clatter of hoofs into the court- yard. There were his few servants and retainers drawn up to welcome him. He flung his bridle to the groom as he dismounted and turned abruptly to the porter. " Hast been entertaining a maiden in the castle whilst I was absent? A maiden young and fair to look upon? " " A maiden, sire? " The porter ' s mouth fell agape. Gawain laughed and swung away toward the hall of the castle. " Thou ' rt a sly fellow, " he called back, and laughing the more disap- peared in the shadow of tht doorway. Shaking his head sadly, the porter returned to his lodge. In the great dining hall lit by many torches sat Sir Gawain alone, attired in crimson velvet and gold. " Bah! " he muttered, " dream maiden indeed! Quests! By Our Fair Lad , back to Camelot I go this very night ' " Oh, not to-night. " The sweet voice mingled with rippling laughter came from the hall. The voice of the dream maiden! With a bound Gawain reached the doorway and pushed aside the dusty curtains just in time to see a maiden ' s figure running down the dim hall. Without a second ' s hesitation he darted in pursuit. The mocking laugh- ter drifting back to his ears, made him tingle with desire to catch the elusive damsel before him. Out into the moonlit courtyard she sped, and after her, Gawain. Then he stopped in dismay; she had disap- peared!
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12 THE TARGET and get some good evening wing shooting at the wild pigeons that made their home there. The third day Otto started back for Nanking, and we went out that morning five strong. As usual we got five deer that da - also, of which my share was one. four pheasants, and two woodcocck. The next day we planned to return to Nanking, but went out for a short hunt in the morning. I got one deer and one of the others bagged one. After lunch we strung out all our game on a rack to take a picture of it — it was a fine sight, believe mv. Here is what was on the rack: 17 deer, one fox, one porcupine, 36 pheasants, six rabbits, two wood- cock, 18 doves, 6 teal ducks. I will send you a photo when the} " are fin- ished. One fellow beat me on the deer — he got six e ' eer and seven pheasants. I got five deer, one fox and eleven pheasants. I also shot another fox with the rifle, but the beast dropped into his hole in the rocks and I lost him. Much of the snow was gone and the riding was fine coming back. We rode the donkeys most of the way, arriving at Nanking about dark. It took ten donkej r s to bring our bag- gage and game back. We w ere due to catch the 11:00 p. m. train back to Shanghai, but our baggage didn t show up. Later we found that it had arrived at the gates after sevjn o ' clock and the soldiers wouldn ' t al- low it to enter. That made it necessary to leave one of the bunch behind to look out for it, and he came on the next morn- ing. We came aboard ship last Fri- day morning with nothing. Of course the gang all began to run us about being " fire-side " hunters, etc. We just let them rave on, saying that we had had bum luck and didn ' t bring a thing back, but you should have seen their eyes open when the boat came over that afternoon about half full. The doctor, who had been away by himself, came back the next day with 18 ducks and a goose and we cei- tainly have a cold storage full of game now; been living on the fat of the land, believe me. ANOTHER DREAM Ah! Fate, 1 stand upon the precipice; And who shall dare to spurn thine offering With more tear-laden sigh, and who shall spring With less of gladness back from the abyss Than 1? And yet, if dreams can hold such bliss, And warm blood flow, and sad heart yearn to sing, By vision of the best the world can bring, Then, Fate, 1 seek another dream than this! A deeper hope, a fuller love, shall grow, Until the very fetters that I scorned Gird with a binding bond, so that I fain W ould linger when the clear call come to go — Knowing, that I had not died un- mourned, Knowing, that I had not lived in vain. AUDREY DAVIES.
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14 THE TARGET " By my halidom! ' Tis strange I am so harassed, " he exclaimed, and frowning, turned back to the dining hall. Here a new surprise awaited him; the room before so brilliantly lighted was now in darkness save for the moonlight which streamed through the barred windows. As he hesitated in angry wonder on the threshold, the sound of a lute reached his ears and a sweet voice singing the words of a love song. Then he saw the object of his dreams, a slender figure in a carved chair by the window. Clad in white, with jewels flashing in hair and gown, she looked almost wraith-like in the moonlight. But even that white glow could not dim the brightness of her starry eyes nor change the crim- son of her lips. Her teeth flashed in a smile at his look of dismay, and to the accompaniment of the lute she sang: " Love is a will-o ' -the-wisp that lures. Ah, but ' tis passing sweet. Follow it, lad, if thy faith endures, Follow with flying feet, For ' tis sweet, sweet, bitter and sweet, Sweeter than all things sweet. " " Aye, that I will, lady fair, " cried Gagain, and leaped suddenly forward, arms outstretched to grasp her; but his fingers closed on nothing, for she had sprung unheeding to the window ledge, a quaint, ghostly figure, a very spirit of moonlight, she stood, and sang on. " Wait, I am coming! " But she did not wait. While the last note quiv- ered on the air she vanished into the night. Gawain leaped after her, plun- ging into the abyss of silver moon- light. Down, down, down, he fell. ijf. " dp. . " Jp. With a start he awoke. Before, the way still simmered in the blazing sun- light. " F faith! what a dream, " he ex- claimed, stretching stiffly in his ar- mor. " Farewell to dreams; they ' ve played me tricks enough, I trow. " He rose and swung into his saddle. Turning his horse ' s head toward Ca- melot, he rode slowly, his eyes bent on the ground. Then, suddenly rous- ing himself from his reverie, he spurred his horse to a gallop. " ' Od ' s wounds! I go no further on this quest. It pleaseth me not; back to Camelot I go, where maids are more substantial if less fair. " So rec- onciled, he was soon lost from sight. CAROL EBERTS, ' 09. Reprinted from ' The Aegis " of No- vember, 1911. THE ILL-FATED BARUNDA BIRD (A Fable from the Sanskrit) Creatures that have two separate necks Which differ when they dine, W ill die like a Barunda bird, Unless the necks combine. In a certain pond hereabout there lived birds called Barundas. They had a single stomach and two necks apiece. Now as one of these birds was wandering about at its own sweet will, one of its necks got some am- brosia somewhere. " Give me half, " said the second neck. But the first refused. Then the second neck was angry and found some poison some- where and ate it. So the bird died, because it had a single stomach. MARGARET BUCKHAM, ' 04.
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