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"Tber't uo dlicountln tho fact thet
Jack Foraker's denth' n public benefit,"
k replied, with' cheerful philosophy.
'Bat I reckon, Al, that's a good many
M U Ukln pretty hard tho mean yonng
Bruce hot got himself tutor. It seemed
to break the Kernochans up pretty bad,
and Misa Stafford was plumb bouillon
kenelf. They left town fur the Men
quite ranch ci soon ea thoy lenrn tho
(acts, and Ihll Kornoclmn said ho was
gotn to The Post afterwards."
A alight rustling in tho direction of
Cynthia's bedroom showed that Mr. Jor
rold'a facts wcro noted.
'Doggone, it, Duck, yo'ro right'"
claimed Alcides suddenly ns tho possi
,, Me danger Of Brace's suggested itself to
,hia ind. "Them sogers of Foraker's
company night take it into their cussed
leads to bo ugly, and then thar'a uo
tellin what they mightn't jest nutch'ally
Be turned his dull eyes toward the
river and dovotod sotno momenta to pro
"I'm not so sure it wouldn't be a right
mart idea to let; Colonel Hunt, and his
rangers know how matters stand," he
suggested. Uo glanced Inquiringly at
Jerrold. That gentleman appeared lost
bn thouglit. "Waal, I reckon I'll go to
town and see what's tho latest develop
ments," he said finally. "Hodn't yo bet
ter go 'long"
Mr.' Jerrold reflected. He would havo
much preferred a half hour's conversa
tion with.Cynthij but the occasion was
evidently not a propitious one Since tho
delivery of his nnwolcomo intelllgenoe
lie had seen nbthlhg" of her. He lounged'
idly about the door a few minutes in
the hope that aha might .come out. She
did' not appear. ' Bo" he turned reluctant'
ly to aocoBipaay Alcides.
VUenrjBnte," ?o4 Jciretdwtetty.,
iH9 oia nan oaa airway muns hw
ftox seat or ,hta wagon ana taken up tne
reins. He whipped -ep smartly, and
with a lond protest from axle and spring
the criiy ."conveyance got fairly under
.way. Jerrold tarried only to cast one
regretful glance In the' direction of Cyn-
. ihia'ft.wlndowi.then Mounting the gray
be dashed af terhlm down the road. In
a lew minutes the figures of both men
,Vfere;loet to view in thd shrubbery that
Reordered the river.
The house grew strangely quiet after
their departure. The ebony Amelia had
departed early that morning for a day's
holiday at Ban Marcus, so the busy
r . aoBBtda of the kitchen were, hushed. A
general air of reposeful indifference
vswemed to have settled' dpwn upon the
Pallas ranch with the sunbeams that
; numbered on it porch.
It was late in theUfternoon when the
door, opened suddenly and Cynthia came
', out 81m, was dressed as for a journey."
mm wort the long habit familiar to her
priding .'exenrstons, and as she stepped
t. now us aoonww uer aawpiy gnwereu
it t;imutaiinu, uiuuuutno .iruMtg uww
of the! eyelkw.'thew was "Ho trace
cJthVetatlon of. j 'few hourabeforeV
Vms 1h s1ba l 14 a a41cu1 tfk1rn annnA
V Cm Via tnAWAMAttta (ihasaail nt(nllt
MT'tlMi doorv'ard. beelleMof the Kara
H wr7S HlvVvauvuiCH tmv msw uuivmij
-Tibia of "Aulas and the bleats of the teth
Arriving at the barn in the rear of the
ranch, she, roused iierself suficienly to
'hut' the great' hound in a neighboring'
box stall aud hook the door 'securely,
whereupon, without further delay, she
.led lier1 pony, from tho stable and aaddlod
land bridled him as fast as her eager
'fingers could manipulate buckle and
trap. SheaccoinpliHhod this tns!r with a
' deft ease to which hnblt.hnd lo;. t accus
tomed her. With equal readiucM she
led the obedient mnstaug to an adjacent
tree stump, where sho effected success
fully the somewhat diftconuuodiiuj
achievement of mounting. Then with
a sharp cut of her riding whip she, start
ed Pepita at ouco Into a gallop and
struck put over tho prairie with a direct
ness that" showed her fixedness of pur
pose. . Her mind was made up; she had do-
. .ddedwhat tbdo. In the interval since
the hadarned of the inhfortuue that
UsAi overtaken Henry Brace she had
weighed the lMwible'daagers of his poel-
5 tioe'aad resolved that'aaaUtance.muBt be
k sent him at all baaards. The forobod
,t lags' of Alcides were, pcarcly spoken
''when they awoke the courage' and sym
,Tpatlyf her, resolute little heart. She
had waited only to see, if her father or
Jerrold ,'would return to send tbewaru-
n tke (omur luuranmMfttAiL, Tiuwhiul
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ford iKist this win tho errand tho cour
ngeouN girl hud undorlnki'ii.
And now ns rhoot out upon this mad
ridoovcr valley and divldo her pulses
throblwd with nnxloly and her heart
grow faint, fearing somo possiblo mis
chanco that might cauno tho fulluro of
her plan. Whatlf tho colonel should bo
almcntl What If tho rangers had moved
their camp from tho locality sho so woll
know ami had so often visited with hor
What if somo other warning had
called these advonturons men away
from their headquarters, and sho should
arrivo to find tho place n solitudo and
herself iH)werless to aid or save hlmt In
terror at tho thought she plied without
pity both whip nnd spur. Tho panting
PopitA fairly flow! Used as sho was to
tho saddle, tho breathless hasto, the
agony of that tcrriblo gallop, remained
always an event in Cynthia's memory.
Sho heeded not tho familiar lnndscapo,
undulating over before her liko a billowy
sea; tho nlarmcd cattlo that Mod in n
panio from the thunder of hor approach;
tho occasional bands of nntelopo that
dashed away affrighted j the flocks of
quail nnd summer duck that whirred to
tho right and loft M she dashod through
copse, and underbrush or camo suddenly
upon somo outlying pool.
On she stied, whllo tho trees flow reel
ing by and tho ravens croaked an omi
nous presage from tho wayside. Pepita
was flagging a little. Sho had still some
miles to go. Tho sun was sinking slow
ly but surely to tho horizon. Yet tak
ing over with tho skill of tho frontier
tho shortest and most direct route to her
rendezvous, plunging through chaparral
at the peril of Ufo nnd limb, her garments
torn, her pony bleeding front tho thorny
thicket, she still held her courso to tho
westward And galloped on with a cour
age that in man would havo been heroic,
but in woman was sublime.
The camp occupied by Colonel Hunt
and the rangers -he commanded was
pitched in a motto of pecans that bor
dered a fertile valley. Tho lofty tree
tops lifted themselves, a dark green bar
rier against the monotony of tho lovel
plain. Within tho white tents of the
rangers glimmered in tho shade; saddles
and camp utensils wcro scattered about;
horses stood to'thered here and thcro or
roamed with hoppled limbs nnd tinkling
stock bell through tho grovo every
thing woro tho olr of a plcturcsquo and
It was the supper hour, and enmpfires
were beginning to illnmlnnto tho shad
ows of tho aisles. Tho glancing light
flashed upon tho figures of tho men bus
iod in cooking or lounging in groups
about the doors of their tonts, upon arms
and acconterments staked nnd piled
against various .trees. Tho fires roared
and crackled, tho steam of tho broiling
morsels filled, ,tho air, nnd in tho back
ground; where a somewhat larger nnd
mora comfortablo tent stood by tho sido
of a quiet pool, the rising globo of tho
silver moon swung silently over tho for
The waters were, already beginning to
shimmer and' dance with Its reflected
rays when tho flap of this tent was
pushed asido nnd n man strodoout'of
tho opening. As bo did so tho light of a
campfire opposite Hushed full upon him
and rnvenlcd tho features of Colonel
It was a characteristic face. Ono un
derstood nt a tjlanco why it was that this
man had been chosen to lend tho disci-
! dined band that followed him, Tho
ocks thut. ho bared to tho evening air
weroa triflo grizzled with ago. Hard
shin and privation had set their seal
upon tho face, but only to intensify its
look of determination and daring; De
cision 'and wiH dominated tho strong
lines of mouth and jaw. It was appar
ent nt onco that whatever courage could
undertake or energy achieve yielded be
fore the marked personality of tho man
Colonel Hunt did not stop until ho
reached a large tree that stood like a
giant picket-upon tho very confines of
the. grove. . Ho leuncd his back .against
it' and stood looking out upon the shad
owy plain which tho moonlight was be
ginning to illumine. Hardly Had ho
done so when, tho rhythmic hoof beats
of a horse, CQjnjng jtowqrjl him, at full"
gallop, struck his ear. Ho stood erect
and listened., Aureate had sprang up,
and an its light breath funued his fur
rowed: cheek he could even' distinguish
the panting breath of tho nniuml, as If
driven hard or furiourty ridden. Bur-
nrisotl that anv ono should bo approach
ing tho camp at such a rate- of speed, ha
stepped out into tho open. In an instant
lie was almost run down by Cynthia,
mounted on tho foam covered Pepita.
Tho apparition of her mounted pres
ence enmo upon Hunt po suddenly that
he cried out, "Haiti" wlu tho sternness
of ono used to command. Tho maro was
checked instantly, but with a violence
that almost threw the exhausted, uninrnl
upon her haunches.
"Who's there?' demanded tho colonel,
For u fuw momenta thero wn9 no re
ply. Then n volco in tho gloom punted,
"Cynthial" nnd immediately after tho
girl slipped lightly to tho ground aud
stood leaning exliaustedly against tho
She was so breathless and spent with
tho fntigno of her long rido that nt first
sho could only Indjcato tho urgency of
her errand by broken sentences, Mean
while tho colonel, roused tty tho elo
quence of her palo facs and disheveled
tresses,, was moved to sympathy, W lien
at last with many pauses for breath, but
with an earnestness that betrayed her
anxiety, she hud mado her purposo
known, tho ranger's response was kindly
tl "Ye're bravo llttlo girl," ho said, fund
a man oughter feci proud that onoo'
your stylo takes tho trouble to show an
interest in him. Well, Miss Cynthia,
come up to tho camp, and we'll sco wlmt
caii.be dmo. It's u full moon toniKlit,
and only a few hours' hard riding from
hero to The Post. Perhaps it'd Ixi jest us
well if I took, the boys over for a llttlo
pesear. They won't mind it much, nnd
even if nothing comes of it it will set
I your fears at rest at any rate. Ef thar s
jawaniumy.cotopany that isn't willin
, .o iiMkVtTilstrip wiieii ho hears of tho
rldo you'vo taken to snvo Henry liruco,
ho's not fit to servo under Colonel Hunt.
You'vo struck tis at tho right time, too,
young lady. Bupjier is waitingfinch as
it is! As soon iih that is over we'll sad
dle up and start. Kz for yourself, I can
send you buck by tho night coach thet i
pusses Thompson's ranch about an hour I
from now, I reckon,"
Hut hero ho paused nt n gesturo of dls
gout from Cynthia, who had taken tho
brldlo of Pepita nnd was already leading
hor into the grovo.
"Send mo back by tho night coachl"
sho repeated, glancing nt him and knit
ting her brows. "Thank yon, sir, I'm
not to bo disposed of so easily. I havo
friends at Tho Post and reckon thoy will
bo' willing to tnko euro of mo tonight.
At nny rate, I'll nsk 'cm. If yon can
give mo a fresh horse nnd it's all tho
same to you, Colcncl Hunt, I reckon I'll
rido along too."
Tho full moon in meridian splendor
shono calmly down on Bradford post.
Tho llttlo plateau on which the frontier
fort was placed stood out above tho out
lying count! y with ill tho distinctness
of day. Tho moonlight flooded every
thing within Tho Post itself, steeping tho
three sides of tho level square, illumi
nating tho low barracks of the soldiers
and tho adobo dwellings of the officers
opposite, and slipping ghostliko from the
white flagstaff, which seemed tp stretch
a spectral finger to tho stars. It wanted
Jet two hours of midnight, but tho
lglts wcro out which, earlier in tho
evening, hnd flickered in the various
quarters. So gracious was tho night it
seemed to brcatlio a benison upon tho
slumbers of tho quiet garrison.
Yet thero wns commotion at Bradford
post not within tho confines of tho fort
itself, nor in tho moonlight spaces of tho
lovel square, but far in tho rear of the
soldiers' barracks, whero a small, lpw
stone building stood with barred door
and grated windows. A crowd of SO or
60 men were collected about tnu struc
ture conversing in low tones and ex
citedly running from window to win
dow. As they moved to 'and fro. the rays
of the moon flashed ppon muskets and
acconterments. They were tho soldiers
of Foraker's company; ripo for insurrec
tion over tho death or their chler, and
tho building nbont which they were gath
ered was tho military jail of Bradford
Tronblo had been browing sinco early
morning. With tho arrival of Sheriff
Mosely and his prisoners, tho news of tho
tragedy at San Marcus had spread liko
wildfiro through tho camp. Foraker's
mon received tho intelligence' sullenly,
but with evident suspicion of foul play.
Tho dead captain had been popular with
his company, which included tho most
reckless and desperate of t)ie soldiers at
tho fort. Thero were among .them cer
tain dissipated spirits who cherished a
lively admiration for tho hardihood and
notorious reputation of their leader.
Considerable curiosity had been ex
pressed in regard to the man Who had
seen .fit to abbreviate so enviable aca
reer. There had been trips to tne
' . k '. .
consequence, and throughout thedSy a I
crowd of eager faces had beset, the win
In consequence of thoac-senco of the'
J residing- justice, tho timofor a hearing
n the caso had been set down for tho
following day. Iu tho, present state of
popular feeling Sheriff Mosely had
thought best toconflno tho body of Bruco
during the interval. Ho had been obliged,
therefore, to incarcerate him in the sin
gle room of tho jail in company with
Lemuel Wickson. Through the henvily
barred windows the forms of the men
could bo dimly seen, and even conversa
tion interchanged through an occasional
T)io' soldiers had been in doubt nt flrat
as to which of the two was responsible
for the death of the captain, Some vig
orous personal criticism and animated
invective delivered through the windows
elicited tho information required.. Bruce
had kept his own counsel while Mr.
Lemuel Wickson had. replied cheerfully
to this genial Imdlnuge. Being, free to
move about, ho imitifled his resentment
against Bruco for his capture by going'
to the window and giving whispered and
startling accounts of the killing of or
akcr. It appeared from these vivid
word pictures that tho ex-horse thief had
been nn eyewitness to the tragedy,
His Imagination was entirely responsi
ble for his facts. Yet bo cleverly did he
w;ovk upon tho excited sympathies xf tho
indignant company that by nightfall it
wns generally believed that toraker had
been butchered in cold blood, whilo drunk
and asleep. It was doubtful whether
during tho interval Mr. Wickson, by tho
invention of local color nnd realistio de
tail, had net pcrsuudod himself of tho
truth of his statements. Sheriff Mosoly
and ono deputy mounted guard during
tho day and interposed a spirited but. In
effectual denial to this version 6f tho af
fair. Somo local disturbance in tho town
of Joaquin hud unfortunately necessitat
ed tlio ubsenco of Jnko Sharp.
As tho ufternoon woro nwny tho feel
ing of unimosity against Bruce grew
moro expressive" nnd violent. The crowd
of loungers about tho jail increased. Per
sonal nbuso of the prisoner was indulged
in nt tho windows, and even threats of
violence wero openly henrd. Somo of tho
boldest went so far ns to counsel Wick
son to kill Bruce, dcclnring, with n mob's
reudy ncceptunt-o or responsibility, that
they would "stand by him."
Mr. Wickson had expressed in words
a cordlui willingness io coiupiy wiw
theso requests, but when it camo to
deeds had shown u singular reluctance.
Honlleged us tho reason for this delay
tho .fact that ho hud no weapon, but as
Bruco himself wus unarmed this state
ment was hurdly pertinent. How far
lio was Influenced by u cortain cold glit
ter in tho latter'H eye did not trunsplro.
The fact rotualns thut ho listened quietly
to tho urgent but impracticable advico
of the soldiers to "cut tho tenderfoot's
heart out," to "throw tho stovb ou him"
and other unconsidered suggestions that
were rained r.pou him all tho afternoon.
But at nightfall Mr. Wickson was sti'.l
conspicuously tlol.i;r nothing.
Thin camo u lull. Tho men dispersed
for supfier. Sheriff Moscly nvnilcd him
self of tho interval to send n tuessngo of
tho siuto of things to tho colonel nt tho
fort, n messngo which that worthy unac
countably saw fit to disregard.
After this ho loaded .his extra pistol
and withdrew with Humly Jim to tho
ulo gunntroom behind tho outer door.
Hero ho hnd recourso
to his pocket flask
"I allow," ho said quietly to his only
remaining deputy after participating
with him in this refreshment, "thet wo
don't get through this night's bizness
nutch'ally without suthin of n row, but
whatever Impiieus, Jim, Iko Mosely don't
reckon on bcin either euchred or bluffed.
I don't projtoso to let Lem thar git out,
nnd they can't have Henry Bruco except
over my dead body. Savoy thet?'
Tho deputy did.
"Now, what I expect of you, Jim,"
continued Iko. "is what I oilers get
clar grit nnd nothiii else"
He loaned forward and gripped his ill
favored comrade's hand ns ho said this.
Tho two men exchanged glances.
"Ef they start to break in here tonight
I'll draw them fasttiiingH," pointing to
tho iron door thut led into the room
whero the prisoners were confined, "nnd
call on Henry Bruce. Wo two'll keep
this placo against all comers or die to
gether, ypu can tnko my word for thet!
Your bizness'll bo to go In thar and hold
thet tarrler, Wickson, nnd proVent his
gittin out. Ef ho makes a break or acta
anyway olmtrep'rous, shoot him jest tho
same ex yo would a jack rabbit. Thar
ain't no other Way with Bichcatfle. Ho's
moro'n half responsible for tho trouble
wo'rogoin to git tonight, nnd I only wish
my O-shootcr bed sorter gonooff by nc
cident on tho way up hero. It would
havo saved my conscicnco consider'blo
wear and tear. Ez it is now I'm about
eat tip with remorse."
As the shadows of evening drew
around tho jail the sheriffs forebodings
seemed at first without foundation.
With the beating of "taps" lights vnn
ished at the fort, the sounds of frontier
discipline were hushed, and the camp ap
parently sank to repose. Deceived by
this absence of hostilities, the solitary
deputy dozed ou a bench of tho low cor
ridor. Only Ike Mosely remained alert
Tho moonbeams, stealing through th'o
barred grating of tho roof, wero falling
almost vertically upon tho stono pave
ment nt his feet .when his quick car
caught tho sound of voices. Drawing ii
narrow slide in tho outer door, ho peered
through Its semicircular guard. A
crowd of men wero collected iti front of
the jail. They wcro conversing together
in low tones. In tho light of tho moon
the sheriff recognized several of tho most
desperate of Foraker's men. Ono burly
fellow hold in his hand n coil of rope.
Closing t ho slide cautiously, ho roused his
companion and examined his pistols. A
second later tho juil door vibrated with
a blow struck upon it by somo heavy ob
ject from withont.
'Who'a there?' doinanded Mosely at
'Come., come. Iko Mosely." replied a
loud voice, which, the sheriff instantly
recognized as tho sergeant of Forftker s
men; "this ain't nognmoof bluff. We're
hero for bizness, and wo want you to open
"P'raps you'll state your reasons for
gittin in before I glvo yo tho privilege,"
"Waal, yes, we don't mind, secinwe'ro
comin in, whether you're willin or not,"
responded tho voice. "We're going to
hang that d d tenderfoot you've got in
thero to the highest tree in the post. That's
what we're going to do! So we tell you
to open up!"
"Oh, ye' are?' said Bto tauntingly.
"Mobbe you reckon thet I'll set quietly
by and ce you do all thet? Now, I'm
giviu it to you straight what youkin ex
pect ef you try' on anything of the kind.
Thar's two of us here, and we'll kill every
mother's 'son of ye thet gets in ez sure'ez
thcreVa living God!"
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