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nt lTvr ncnitstritiKs seemed to t pull
lug licr back. She Mopped, turned nnd
Klnuc-ed to where lie hml Keen aland
lug. llnd she act'ti liliti then she mltfht
have returned, lint he had disappeared.
She Rate her llrst nl(h and then ran
quickly iiptlti. It liiiM lie neatly 10
o'clock 1 It was not very loug to morn
IukI She wns within n few steps of her
own door when the fleepltij; woods mid
Bllent nlr appeared to suddenly awake
With a sharp "eraclsl"
She Mopped paralyzed. Another
"crnelt!" followed that echoed over to
the far corral. She recalled herself In
stantly nnd dashed off wildly to the
As she ran she thought of one thing
only. He had been dogged hy one of
Ills old pursuers nnd attached. Hut
theie were two shots, nnd ho was un
armed. Suddenly she renieuihered that
She had left her father's Ktlli standing
against the tree where they were talk
ing. Thank Cod, she tuny again havo
saved hlml She ran to the tree. The
Bun was Ronel She ran hither nnd
thither, dreading at every step to fall
upon his lifeless body. A new thought
truck her. She ran to the corral. Tlio
liorso was not therol He must havo
been nblo to regain It nnd escaped
after the shots had beeu fired. Sho i
driw n long breath of relief, but It was
caught up In nn apprehension of alarm.
Her father, awakened from his sleep
by the shots, was hurriedly approach
"What's up now, Salomy JnneJ" ho
"Nothing," snld the girl, with an ef
fort, "nothing nt least that I can llnd."
She wns usually truthful because fear
less, and n lie stuck In her throat, but
she was no longer fearless, thinking of
him. "1 wasn't abed, so 1 ran out as
soon as 1 heard the shots Ilred," sho
answered In return to his curious gaze,
"And you've hid my gun somewhere
where It can't be found," he said re
proachfully. "Ilf It was that sneak
Larrnbeu and he II red them shots to
tutu uiu out, he mout hnve potted me,
without n show, n dozen times In tho
last live minutes."
Sho hndu't thought since of her fa- I
titer's enemy! It might Indeed havo
been he who had attacked Jack. Hut
Flie made n quick point of the sugges- I
tlou. "Kim In, dad, run In and find the
gun. iou vo got no snow out uero
without It." Sho seized him by tho
shoulders from behind, shielding him
from the woods, and hurried him, half
expostulating, half struggling, to the
Hut there no gun wns to be found.
It wns strange. It must hnvo been mis
laid In some corner. Was he sure bo
had not left It In the barn? Hut no
matter now. Tho danger wns over.
The Larrabec trick had failed. Ho
must go to bed now, nnd In the mora
lug they would make u senrch togetli
cr. At the same time she had Inward-
ly resolved to rise beforo hltn and
make another wnrch of the wood and
perhaps, fearful Joy as bIio recalled
her promise, llnd him, nllvo and well,
Salomy .lane slept little thnt night,
nor did her father, but townrd morn
ing he fell Into a tired man's slumber
until the sun wns well up In the'horl
r.ou. Far different was It with his
daughter. She lay with her face to the
window, her head half lifted to catch
every sound, from the crenklug of the
sun warped shingles above her head
to the fa io IT moan of the rising wind
In the pine trees. Sometimes she fell '
Into n breathless, hnlf ecstatic trance,
living over every moment of tie stolen I
Interview, feeling the fugitive's nnn
still around her, his kiss on her lips,
hearing his whlspcied voice lu her .
ears, the birth of lier new life!
This wns followed again by a period
of agonizing dread that he might even
then be lying, ehlilug his llfiCnwny, lu
the woods, with her name on his lips, ,
nud she resting here Inactive until '
she half started from her bed to go to i
hid succor Aud this went on until
a pale opal glow camo Into the sky,
followed by a still paler pint; ou the
summit of the while Sierras, wheu she
rose and hurriedly began to dress.
Still so sanguine was her hope of meet
lug him that she lingered yet n mo
ment to select the blown holland skirt
uud yellow siiuhoimet she hail worn
when sin t'r-it tiiw him. And she had
seen him only twice, only twice! It
would be cruel, too cruel, not to see
She crept softly down the stnlrs, lis
tening to the lung drawn breathing of
tier father lu his bedroom, and then,
by the light of a guttering candle,
scrawled n note to him, begging hltn
not to trust himself out of the house
until she returned from her search,
and. leaving the note open on the table,
swiftly ran out luto the growing day.
Three hours afterward Mr. Madison
Clay nwoke to the souud of loud
knocking. At llrst this forced Itself
upon his consciousness as his daugh
ter's regular morning summons and
was responded to by a grunt of recog
nition and n nestling closer to his
blankets. Then he nwoke with a start
and a muttered oath, remembering the
events of last night nud his Intention
to get up early, aud rolled out of bed.
Becoming nwnre by this time that the
knocking wns nt the outer door and
bearing the shout of a familiar voice,
be hastily pulled on his boots nnd his
Jean trouseis uud, fastening n single
suspender over his shoulder as be flat
tered down stnlrs, stood In the lower
Tlu- iloor wns open, and wait -
log upon the threshold was his kins -
man, an old ally In many a blood feud,
"You are a cool one. Mad," said the
Utter In half admiring Indlgu.itlon.
"Wot'a up?" said tb buwlldered
"iou ought to be, nnd scootlu out of
this," said ItrecUlurldgu grimly. "It's
nil very well to know iiothlu, but
ycre's I'hll Lnrrabee's friends hnve
Just picked hltn up, drilled through
with slugs mill deader nor u ctow, nnd
now they're lot tin loose Lnrrabee'B
two half brothers on you. And you
must go like a dm ned fool nnd leave
these yere things behind you In tlte
bresh," he went on querulously, lifting
Mmllsnn Clay's dust tout, hat nnd
shotgun from his horse, which stood
saddled nt the door. "Luckily 1 pick
ed 'em up In the woods comln yere.
Von nln't got more than time to get
over the state line nnd among your
folks thar afore they'll be down on
you. Hustle, old mnnl Wot are you
gnwkln nnd starln nt?"
Madison Clay had stared amazed nnd
bewildered, horror stricken. The Inci
dents of the past night for the llrst
time flashed upon bltn clearly, hope
lessly tho shot, his finding Snlomy
Jane nlone In the woods, her confusion
nnd anxiety to rid herself of hltn, the
disappearance of the shotgun and now
this new discovery of the taking of his
hat nnd coat for a disguise. She had
killed Paul Lnrrabee In that dlsgulso
after provoking his first harmless shot!
She, his own child, Snlomy Jnne, had
disgraced herself by n mnn's crime,
had disgraced him by usurping his
right and taking n mean advantage,
by deceit, of n foci
, "Olmme that gun," he said hoarsely.
Breckinridge handed hltn the gun In
wonder nnd slowly gathering suspl-
clon. Madison examined nipple nnd
muzzle. One barrel hnl been dls-
1 charged. It was true! The gun drop-
I ped from his band.
I "Look here, old mnn," said Breckin
ridge, with n darkening face, "thnr's
been no foul play yere. Thar's been no
hlrln of men, no deputy, to do this Job.
. Vou did It, fair and square, yourself."
"Yes, by Clod!" burst out Mndlson
Clay In n hoarso voice. "Who says 1
I Itenssurcd, yet believing thnt Madi
son Clay had nerved himself for thu
act by nu overdraft of whisky, which
had affected his memory, Llreckln
ridge said curtly, "Then wnko up aud
lite out cf you want wo to stand by
"Oo to the corral and pick mo out a
boss," snld Madison slowly, yet not
without a certain dignity of manner. '
"I've suthln to sny to Salomy Jane
afore I go." Ho was holding her scrib
bled note, which ho had Just discover
ed. In his, shaking hand.
Struck by his kinsman's mnnncr and
knowing the dependent relations of fa
ther and daughter, Hrccklnrldgc nod
ded nnd hurried away. Left to him
self, Mndlson Clay ran his fingers
through his hair and straightened out
the paper on which Salomy Jnno had
scrawled her note, turned It over nnd
wrote on the back:
you mout hare told me you did It tnd not
Ifsc your ole fattier to And It out liow you dis
graced jourself and him, too, by t low down, un
derhanded woman's trick t I've aald 1 done it
and took the blame myself and all the ineaktneM
of It that 'olki impect. El I get away alive and
I don't much care vhlch you 'needn't toiler.
The houie and stock are )ours, but ou ain't any
longer the daughter ol your disgraced lather.
no had scarcely finished the note
when, with a clatter of hoofs and a led
horse, Hrccklnrldgc reappeared nt too
door elate and triumphant. "You're In
nigger luck. Mndt I fouud thnt stole
boss of Judge Boompolntcr'a had got
ri " . .'
lie leaped on the ftnkn horse find strap!
tu.nu if " IHs J.iisinnn.
away and strayed among your stock in
the corral. Take him and you're safe.
He can't bu outrun this sldu of the
"I nln't no boss thief," said Mndlson
"Nobody snys you nre, but you'd be
wuss, n fool, ef you didn't tnke him.
I'm testimony that you found him
among your bosses. I'll tell Judge
Boompolntcr you've got him. nnd you
kin send him back when you're safe.
The Judge will bo mighty glad to get
him back nnd cnll It quits. So, cf
you've writ to Salomy Jane, come."
Mndlson Clay no longer hesitated,
Salomy Jnne might return nt nny mo
mentIt would be part of her fool wo
manlshncss and he was In no mood
to see bcr before a third party. Ho
laid the note on the table, gave a hur
ried glance around the house, which
ho grimly believed ho wns leaving for
ever, and, striding to the door, leaped
on the stolen liorso and swept away
with bis kinsman.
But that note Iny for a week undis
turbed on the table In full view of the
open door. The house was Invaded by
leaves, plno cones, birds and squirrels
during tho hot, silent, empty days and
at nlgbt by shy, stealthy creatures, but
never agnln, day or nlcht. by any of
1 tho Clay family. It was known In tho
, district that Clay bad fled across the
stato line, his danehtcr was believed
to uuvr joined mm tne next day, nnd
tho house was eupoosed to be locked
up. It Iny off the main road, and few
passed that way. Tho starving cattlo
In tho corral at InHt broko .bounds aivi
f1 ' r! few1
WMJ .r r J
spread over the woods. And one night
a stronger blast than usual swept
through the house nnd cnrrlcd the noto
from the table to the lloor, where,
whirled Into a crack In the flooring. It
Hut, though tho sting of her father's
reproach wns spared her. Salomy June
had no need of the letter to know what
had happened, for as she entered the
Woods In the dim light of that morning
she saw the figure of Dart gliding
from the shadow of a pine townrd her
The unaffected cry of Joy that rose
from her llw died there ns she caught
sight of his face lu the open light.
"You're hurt." she said, clutching his
"No," he said, "but t wouldn't mind
"Yon'ro thlukln I wns afcarcd to
come back Inst night when I heard the
shootln, but I did come," she went on
feverishly. "1 ran back yero when 1
heard tho two shots, but you were
gone. I went to tho corral, but your
boss wasn't there, and I thought you'd
"1 did get away," said Dart gloomily.
"1 killed tho mnn, thlukln ho wns hunt
In mo and forgettln 1 wns disguised.
Ho thought 1 was your father."
"Yes," said the girl Joyfully, "ho was
after dnd, nnd you you killed him."
She again caught his hand ndmlrlngly.
But be did not respond. Possibly
there were points of honor which this
horse thief felt vaguely with her fa
ther. "Listen," he snld grimly. "Oth
ers think It was your father killed hltn.
When I did It, for he ilred at me first,
I ran to tho corral ng"ln and took my
boss, thlukln 1 mout bo follored. I
niado n clear circuit of the house, nnd
when 1 fired he was tho only one, nnd
no one wns tollcrln. 1 come hack nnd
took off my disguise. Then I heard his
friends llnd him lu tho wood, nud I
know they suspected your father. And
then another man camo through tho
woods whllo 1 was hldlu nnd fouud the
clothes and took 'cm away." Ho stop
ped nud stared at her gloomily.
But all this was unintelligible to the
girl. "Dnd would havo got tho better
of him cf you hadn't," she said eagerly,
"so what's tho dlffercnco?"
"All the same," ho said gloomily, "I
must take his place."
Sho did not understand, but turned
ber head to her master. "Then you'll
go back with mo nnd tell htm nil?" she
"Yes," ho said.
She put her hand In his, nnd they
erept out of tho wood together. She
foresaw a thousabd dlfllcultlcs, but,
ehlcfcst of nil, that ho did not lovo her
as ho did. Sho would not hnvo taken
theso risks against their happiness.
But alas for ethics nud heroism! As
they wero Issuing from tho wood they
heard the sound of galloping hoofs nnd
had barely time to hide themselves bo
fore Mndlson Clay, on the stolen horse
of Judge Hoompolntcr, swept pnst
them with his klusmnn.
SUoinj June turned to her lover.
And hero I might ns n moral ro
mancer pause, leaving the guilty, pas
sionate ilrl, eloped with her disrep
utable lo.r, destined to lifelong shnmn
aud miser,,-, misunderstood to the Inst
by n criminal, fastidious parent, but 1
mi confronted by certnln facts on
rhlch this romance Is based. A month
inter n handbill wns posted on one of
the sentinel pines announcing that the
property would bo sold by auction to
the highest bidder by Mrs. John Dart,
daughter of Madison Clay, Ksq., nnd
It wns sold accordingly. Still Inter by
ten years the chronicler of these pages
visited n certain stock or breeding
farm In the blue grass country, famous
for the popular racers it had produced.
Ho was told Hint the owner was the
best Judge of horscllchh In the coun
try. "Small wonder," added his In
formant, "for they say as n young
man out In California he was n horse
thief nnd only saved himself by elop
ing with some rich farmer's daughter.
Hut he's n Htrnlghlout nnd respecta
ble man now, whose word about horses
cnu't bo bought. And as for his wife,
she's a beautyl To see her at the,
Springs, rigged out In the latest fash
Ion, you'd never think she had ever
lived out of New York or wasn't tho
Wlfo of oue of lis millionaires."
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