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By FKANCIS LYNDE
Copyright, 1910, by Street O Smith
a vunr. .lAttiu i:
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tor n tl IW'lillg
8 a cliurllxli f ito
i-tl uut Hi it II
hale I, Mill v
ml i lilt p.'"
tfln the second ,1 1. f w -uwniri fminj.'
the rulhuiid nun, n h ne Ihimui ss fol
lowed t) I in usVicicr Ii"' wont, hurt It)
Miuctlous to meet Mr lliidnlck Me
Vlekar, his iloc inrslili nt. in tin' Illl
nola metropolis, nml mi tin- iii.'iiilii;'
of the following day I!l nut continued
his Journey iili'itt.
Twenty-four hour lifer tin1 expatri
ated w estertior had i nwiml tils Itiihl
con, othcrw Ise the pin colotl. mil nui
of tin- Missouri rlipi, at Onuihii. nti'l
hail eiiteied upon scenes which ought
to haw Im'i-ii familiar-shoiilel hsw
been nml wero not. so in.m anil Kivat
wito the changes wrought during his
fourteen ye-ars of absence. In the
smoking cnr he fell Into talk with n
prosperous look I n e tiian tilww thin,
hawklike ten wns no out of keeping
with the nir of prospe-ritv a lone pas
senger who hail hoarded the train nt
At Hist their ennwrsition trim bald
ly desultory. The Inwk fiie'i-d one. if
seemed, was a mine owner whnn
property, vnittielv located somewhere
"In the mountains," was Iniolved In
litigation Jt was the reference to thn
litigation which lift drew Itionnt he
yonil the commonplaces, tho awakened
luterest being iihnllj professional.
wuuiy Puougn, Mtiep ne hull nowr
expected to use It. he hid specialized
somewhat lu mining law. and be-foro
liinn miles hud been click-isl off un
der the drumming trucks of Uie l'lill
mail he found himself glilng opinions
mid Jiiylng down plnns of prwcdnro
for the muii who. ir vesting In mines,
hud apparently purchased more trou.
hie than profits.
Into the cleft thus opened by tho nx
of business the hawk faced man In
serted a wedge of eniiiloui Inquiry.
lu addition to his mining properties,
he had been making Investments lu
timberlunds bad liiMstuients, he fear
ed, since the coTeruuient had late
ly taken huch n divided stntid again -t
the cutting of timber lu the now for
est reser us.
Again Itionnt was good nnturetlly
helpful. One of his eh's-amiles In the
law school hail been preparing liliuself
to enter the local brim. Ii ol the forest
sen Ice. and Illouut hail acquired nt
ptHoml hand n working knowledge of
the forestry sltuntiou in the west nml
of the legal status of llm u ostein llin
Imt pirates. Moreowr. he Ii.nl wry
clear mid dcclileil opinions upon tho
question of tho coiiKcnatinii of the na
tion's timber resources, anil he mis
frniil: enough to oxpiess them emphat
ically. If ho had been loss unsuspicious hu
inlKlit hae remarked the quh keneel
nttentlun of the prospoums looklnir
Jieison who ocmcil so nilllnc to t.iku
mil kc from a chance acquaintance.
"if you weion go eminent man your
self you could hardly put the enso
BtruUKiT," was the smiling eoiuBientuTi
of this person, who was as jet tiame
les to Illount.
"How do jou Iriiow I nin not n gov
eminent munV" said tho e.patrlale,
wllllns enough to play tho game ns the
cauls khould fall.
"llecnuio you nro not traveling on
Kocrnineiit tniusportatlon," was tho
"You can't tell anjililng by that,"
Illouut tuld, laughing, "a good many
i 5 -M JtH.
i' r v.
"KflPi.OUI,t.V IfTllKY AUK tllAVRblNII ON
A hUUIlH MIltelUN."
civilian emploeca of the goerniiient
trntel on regular tickets llko other
"I know they do," admitted the oth
er, uiul then, with a sharp side gun, 0
Which Illouut missed, "eHpeclalli if
ttiey ate timollng on a secret mission "
"Von needn't be alarmed. ou luno
not told me mi thing the gocruiiicul
could miiko use uf," icliinnsl Illouut,
currying tho JuL one uecussury muiu
it wan precisely at this iiolut, as
JJIouiit jmuouibeiid nf torn mil, that
kSl M1U BifJ
the forestry subject waTT iTfoppiiT.
Liter on, ntW tho talk had drifted
I a. k to minim: ami fiuin m ultig luto
polltlps, the hawk faced man ntmotlnc
csl his Intention of going back to his
e thin in the bod of the rnr to take a
A little further along townrd owning
the gieat range which had been lsible
for hours In the west began to dollne
I'sclf In peaks nml high, bald stioulder
lugs of wind anupt mesas, and Illount
n is glad to find soino mil rings of
the hoincvoinlng wanderer's quickened
inile answering to the tiontor lew of
At the dining car dinner, which wa
served while tho high peaks of the
main runco wore still reflecting the
crimson mid gold of the sunset, Illount
missed his luncheon companion.
Now that he recalled It he remetn
licred that he had sen nothing of the
hawk faced niun since the early nfler
noon. Hut the absence of companion
ship was a relief rather than n ilcpriMi-
Almost without knowing it he found
himself hnstenlug through his dinner
so that he might return to the i'ulliuiin
window. When nt length lie had the
li.ngisl for sight of n bunch of cuttle,
. lib tho solitary night herd h. -iglng
bj one leg in the middle to nut. u the
pacing train, the call of the west was
oiue more trumpeting In his curs
At a smn'l timber shipping station
well within the mountains where the
logs were shot dim n to the mills in a
tr mall like wntei chute from the wood
si heights twentj miles distant there
was a longer stop than usual, mid
Illount got oft to make Immlrii-s.
'ihei-e wis a freight wns-k nt soma
point a f i w miles further wc-t. and
I he inilti would probably bo dclujcil
for si'wrnl hours.
It.v this time Illount was on well re
nicmhcrcd ground I'orty miles nwnv
l.i a dins tlou suiiiewhat eaut of north
lay the ll'ount home domain, where lie
hud spi nt Ins hupp ho hood. An
hour's ..-iiPop to Hie westward the leel
ril.ls of lb,, cttllig.siitl would be plnv
l"g iiihiii 'he little station of I'.ilniisl
ll.it "hi h l.ad bis'ii theshlioIngMilnt
for the I nun. laiiih. And hiilfwaj lie
Itt.'on I'nliiiisl I hit and the I'ircle II ir
i.i the Imrse nnruls of one liebblebc.
n hermit of I he mountain" and the
Inn 1 in's piiliPKt schoolmaster In the
cie it hook of nature.
Sin. e Illount could not go on bv
n il'i. what was to piocent the taking
"f an liuiiiodlntu and delightful plunge
Into the land of henrt stlirlng recol
lections? Ai ranging with the I'ullman eon
di'ilor to hne his hand bagg-ige left
In i.antry's olllcent the capital. Illouut
crossed ijiilckly to n llierj stablo oil
posite the RUitlon.'luii'gnined Tor n sad
dle horse, bon owed a poncho and a
pair of leggings and presently, with
the squenk of the saddle leather mak
ing swis-t music In his earn, had bro
ken violent!, for the moment nt least,
with all i he dilllied traditions.
Ho would go to see Iiebbleby: drop
In upon tho old ninchmnu without
wnrnlng nml thus get his first taste of
the homeland unmixed with nny of
I he disappointing changes which wcro
doubtless awaiting him at tho real
Now. it chanced that the livery sta
ble was an adjunct to tho slngio ho
tel In the small sawmill town, nud as
Illount swung up into the sadd'lo he
whs a little smprlsed to see his com
panion of tho I'ullman smoking pom
pnruuelit stntidlng on the porch of the
hotel lu earnest tall; with thiee oth
ers who from their nppoaramv might
Ii ive figured cither as "timber Jacks"
or cow bins.
Illouut was on tho point of speaking
when ho rodo past the poieh on his
way to tho uinthwnid trail pointed
out by the lleiym.in. but it curious
feeling restrained him.
He was almost mho that tho pros
perous look'ug gentleman with the
bird of picy cs was making him thu
subject of his earnest lull: Willi tho
tluce men or doubtrul occupation.
Unite mitu.'iillv this Impression deep,
cued luto a couiiclJon whou ho looked
back from the toad crossing of the
lullroad track and wiw that nil four
of the men on tljo porch weru watch
After leaving tho railroad Illount
A......I i.i. ...
.oiuu ounseii crossing mi; iiionil mesa,
with the eastern mouutalin near at
hund, nml tho Lost rior range strucl:
out sharply In Its bky line against tho
Hi this mesa the trail disappeared
emlrcl), but so long us he was suioof
the general dlnrllon illount let it go
and fcuMi tho tireless Utile broncho u
loose rein. Debbleby's i.iuuh lay
among the focuhills of tliu dlstmit
western lunge, mid ho was quite suio
that ho could ihlo straight to It In the
chirk If need be.
It was some little time nfler ho had
left the bhoiililerliigs 0f the eastern
rnngo behind that n curious thing hap
Isunsl. i'nr away to the light he heiiid tho
sound of galloping huols Though tho
moon wuh iieml at Its full nml tin,
tlieless landscape was bare of uny
kind of coor. ho could not bee thi.
horseuian who was iiidcutly passing
him and going in the wiiue dins tlou.
At III it ho thought It was some one
who wus making a delour to avoid
him Then lie Kiiiilt d it Hie nliMiidli
of the thought mid concluded that he
hliic i If was off tin irail
,'llli. coilcilisloll WHS eollllrilHll a lit
tle hit i ben two nlli -I tiacelers, .in
iioiiii, ing iheuu.el i's li.Jlic ear on tl e
I.i' t . ue hull dime nud li No. like the
lira, mililile to lite sluirpeiit e) e
-we. p ..f i'ie blown pi ilii. parsed lilia
il -, ...I
All i Mm lie hud the solitudes mi I
Iiiiii. ,. ,. i to IiIiim.: mill It was noi
ir.lll i'i I.ro.ol in. ,. Lid been ties .si
.'ml ti.i la. ii ho w is picking Its wa
ii-' 'he iiugiiiili hills of the west
cm lunge that the b.i.visii tiling liu hull
EVENING BULLETIN, HONOLULU,
!!" "'.'" '" '' s. ii
been loir Vo iTo Toot SMiTTie ITT IT rt'If-
ture which might bae dlscoinfortliig
i oiisciiience, for after tho broncho'
hud wiitidcicd through iniiny canyons
and had climbed u good half seofo of
(he hogback hills the young man from
the east teiuptmitly admitted that tho
Inn hood memories wero altogether nt
fault In tin ilcccpthe moonlight. He
was ery thoioiighly and pulnstuklug-
niAPTi:': tv. -
ITI'V flu, till..., t.iii,. n-1. l.n.l
t-;J milled him from his horse
W and hound him had with
drawn to tho farther side of
.'he entnpfitp to wrangle inmosply over
irhat should he done with him, Illount
found It dllliciilt to realize that the
Were ni liiall discussing, as one of the
expedients, ihe proprh ty of knocking
him on the hind ami Hinging Ids body
Into the i a ami.
The dllhi'tnl lay in the etude Incred
ibility of things rive minutes cm Her
he had bioii ildlng peacefully up the
Hall, woiich ling how bndl he was lost
'i how nun Ii f.nthcr It was to Iob
hlchj'b Tie u. at a sudden turn In the
inn cm bnilie hi t li , he hud mine upon
n cmnpllie mid
hail found him
elf looking into
i lu- muzzle of a
l'rom that to
t li e unhorsing
mid the binding
was but it lougli
mid tumble half
minute, since he
w a h iiuari'icil
unit the stirpilsc
had been com
plete, but Ihe f ii
iiiuliiid rcn mi ir i ii s 1. 1 r
That Home li
iooki.m! .src. rnr. ,, tllous mistake
ill IA I, III nil , . ,
illii him ills mi. '""' l',"1"1 ,l""1''
m'i'iih ii io no uie
only possible cvplnnatlun. Hut when
be reini'inbered the three Invisible
horsemen who had passed him on tho
broad uiosu he was not ho sure about
Most naturally his thoughts went
back to the little episode on the hotel
porch. The passing glance he hud i
en to the three men with whom his
smoking room companion hud been
talking did not einblo liliu to idcntlt
(hem with the three who wero eiilinly
discussing Ids fate at the neaib lire,
but the com lusloii was fairly obtlous
none the less.
Thus far he had been cither too busy
or too lxwlli!ci'cd to think of asking
questions, but when the more mutch r-
oiw of tile expedients seemed actually
about to preutll he thought It was
tinio to try to find out why he was to
"I don't want to seem to Intorfere
with nny arrangements jou gentlemen
i are mnklng." ho called across to the
group at the fire, "but If you will kind,
l.v tell mo why jou think It re-cessar to
murder mo I should he immensely
"You know mighty good nr.d well
why there's ouu too inmiy of ou mi
Lost ilmr Jest nt this stage o1 the
gaiiie," said the hard faced brljanl
who had held the Winchester ulnl
Ids two ncpoinplli ps had unhorsed uiul
bound the tletlm.
"Hut 1 don't," Insisted Illount g oil
tintur. illy. -So fur as 1 know, theie
is only one of mo on Lost river or
uny w hero else."
"That'll do for ou. It nln't your
put in, nohow," was tho gruff decision
of the couit.
1'ait llleunt wns too good a lawyer to
bo sllenciil that easily.
"l'erhups oii might not ennvrinlly
regiet killing thu wiong man, lait in
the present case I nin lery sure I
fchoiild. Who do ou think I nm!"
"The boss knows who you are, and
that's enough for us," snid the spokes
mini of the three hlghblnden.
"The buMi'f" questlonisl Illount.
"Vans; I wild the buss. ,uiv hold
Illount caught at tho word. In n
Hash the conversation with Gahlry
lllckcd Into his iniml.
"'! heie is only ono boss In this state,"
ho tnld cooll, "and I am wry sure ho
bus not given you oiders to kill me."
"What's tliutV" demanded the spokes
Illount repeated Ills bit of Informa
tion, adding, "I'cihiips you'd belter
ring for n better connection and ask
Jour boss if he wants you to kill the
bon of his boss';"
At this the tall man caino and stood
over his pilkoner.
"Say, comrade. It nln't my night for
klddln', nud It hadn't ort to bo yourn,"
ho lumarked grimly. "Thu boss didn't
buy jou was to bo rubbed out they
never do. Hut I reckon It would smo
ti heap o' ttoiihle if jou was rubbed
out. you don't git over into them
Woods on 1'ppor Lost creel; with no
papers to serwi on nnj lioilj'. See'"
A great light dawned upon Illouut,
mid Willi it camo the discomforting
chill of u convh thin nvcrthiown. As u
theutlst ho had nlwajs scoffed at the
idea that corporations, which nro crea
tines of llm law, could iill'oid to be
open liiwbreakeis. Hut here was ti
wry RH Iking lefutatlon of tho eltarl
Ills smoking loom companion of the
I'lillliuui car was doiibtlens ono of the
tluiber pillagers who had been cutting
on the public domain. To such u man
nil iigcnt of the national finest sil'
Ico was all cueiii to be disposed of lis
oupiililioiisly as possible, nud Illouut
saw that ho hail mil himself Io blame,
since he hud iillowcil thu iiuiii to ho
llow that ho was u go eminent em
llm Ing thu cli'w Io tho niyslerj', bow
el er, his cciurso wus a Utile easier to
T. H, SATURDAY,
'.My nnuio is Hlount. mid 1 am the
son of o.x-Scnalor Dai id Illount of (Ills
state," ho asserted. "Now, what nro
you going to do with mo?"
"What's that jou say?" grated tho
"You heard what I said. Oo ahead
aud he.'ivu tno into the canyon If jou
are willing to fctnud for it aflerward."
The hard faced mail turned on his
heel without replying mid went bnck
to the other two nt the fire. Illount
caught only n word now mid again of
the low toned, wrangling argument
that followed. Hut from the merhc-inl
word or two ho gathered that there
were still some leanings toward tho
sound old minim which declares that
"dend men toll no tales."
When tho decision was reached ho
was left to gues what It was. With
out any o.vplamiilnii thu thongs wcio
taken from his w lists unci ankles, nud
ho was helped upon his hmse. When
his captor.? were also mounted tho
new status was defined h tho hard
faced man In cuit phrase.
"You go along quiet with us, nud
don't jou nviki! no had bleaks. I
more n half hollow jou been Ijlti' to
me, but I'm golii' to glw jou n chance
to prove up. If you don't prow up
you pass out, that's all. Now git lu
lino mid hike out, and If je're tempt
ed to make n bleak Ji-st ilcollect tint
a chunk o' lead out of a Winch 'or
kin travel u heap faster than ?jiir
Tor the first few miles the trail was
so dllllcull that sliced was out of the
question, but later In crossing a high
llug valley the horses were pushes!,
nud ten or twehe miles wero cowicd
at a gallop.
When the onnyoti trail came out
upon brond uplands mid bceamo n
country, mad, with ranches on either
hand,, watered by Inlgallon canals
lntovwhlch the mountain torrent wns
dlwitcd, them were no familiar land
marks to tell Hlount whither his cap
tors wcie leading him.
As he was able to determine by
Holding Ills watch face up to the moon
light. It wns nearly midnight when tho
silent omnicide of four turned aside
from the main mad Into an nwuuu of
huge pottonwood trees.
At Its head Hie nw-nuu became n cir
cular ill he i. y. and fronting the drlw
way n slate ij house, with n massive
eorglan fucnile and eolnniindo por
tico, Hung its bind; shadow across
the while gniw) of jiho carriage ap
proach. There were light In one wing of the
bouse, and another appeared behind
the fanlight In the cutrunce hall when
the leader of the three highbinders
had tranquil up the steps mid touched
the bell push.
Hlount had a fleeting glimpse of a
black head with n ciown of snowy
"nrAvr 'in isTOTiir. canvos' iptouaiib
WH.I.INU Til hTAM) 1 1)11 ir AKTMIWAIIU."
wool when tho door was opened, but
he did not hear what was said. Then
the negro disappeared, and lliero was
a little lute mil of wiililng.
At tho end of tho lutennl the door
wns opened wider, mid ltluunt hail n
gruff order to dismount.
What lie saw when he blood on thu
doormat beside, the linrd faced mail
with tho Winchester merely addeil
mjstrrj to iiistery. Just within thu
lilMiilously furnished hall, whcio thu
light of the hall lantern served to
heighten the artistic cITcs t of her dark
rid lioiisu gown, blood u woman, ol
deully tho inlstiess of thu Georgian
nmnSIon. She wns rather small mid
dnik, with brown ejes that wero ul
most childlike lu their wlusoineness, a
niimnii who might be twenty or thltty
or any ago between.
"Whnt is It, llartoi" the lltllo lady
asked, turning to the man with tho
The ie ply was direct uud to tho pur
pose. "Kxvtisc me, but I Jest wanted to
ask It jou know this young feller
bete, Ho allows hu Is"
"Of con we," she bald eiulcklj-, com
ing forwaid without hesitation to give
her bund to thu dnzed one. "I'leiuoi
como in. Wo huo been expecting
jou." Then ug.iin Io tho man with
tho WJni hosier, "Thank you, llarto,
for showing tho geiitleinan thu way to
It was all demo so quietly that
Illouut was sllll awkwaidly holding
(lie lui ml of welcoming when his late
captois wue ildlng away down llm
cotlouw 1 shaded incline. When he
lenllicil wlial he was doing ho wns us
niarly embaiiussed us Patricia An
uei'ii' lowr could well bo. Hut hLs liu
pi-omplu hostess cjukkly set hliu ul
"You ueislu't luuko any explnun
tlons," sho hastened to sny, smiling up
at him uud gently disengaging tho
r-Y ', fSm)b
JULY 1, 1911.
hand which he wa sllll foi'gTifrinff fo
lellnqulsli ' "Of course I 'saw that
jou wire In trouble of .some kind and
that Jour safety depended in some
sei.se upon my answer. What can I
do for j on?"
"I was on my way to the capital
whan these iiieii held me up." he stalu-
nieritf "Thej- they mistook me for
some one ehie, 1 think, and for leasotis
best known Io tliemnelvcs the hioiight
me here. If yuii could illni't uie to
sumo place where I can get a night's
"Theie Is nothing like a tavern villi
In I went' miles of here.'" she broke lu.
"mi I' there nnj hinisc within that
I'lillus which would refuse oii n
night's shelter. .Mr"-
1 Hi ii u t made a qui 'k dice fo.- Ids
nideiisp, found It iitnl hastened to In
troduce himself hj mime. She tool, the
bit of pu iteb'ir ul ami slut e she s nice
Ij gl.'lli. oil ul the eugr.iMil Jlue on II
he found hluirolf wholly unable to In
Ici'ptct the smile she gave him hi le
"The curd Is hardly necessary," he
said, and then, to his complete how II
dermoid, "You me wi llku jour fa
thcr. .Mr. Hlount."
"You know tnj fiitliei!" ho exclaimed.
Khe laughed softly. "Hun one
knows the senator. And I can assure
J mi that his son Is wry welcome uu
del-this rouf. I'lide li.ii n.ilins" to the
micleiit sen Itc: man. who was still
l.owilng lu the baikgiituitil-"lmw .Mr
H'otiiifM horse put up mid the blue
room made lead."
Illount followed the hostess, who wns
"till unnamed to him. obediently when
she led Ihe way to the lighted llluary
In the wing of Ihe great hoiiu.
"Uncle Hut nanns will come for jou
presently," she e.plihied. "In the
meantime let me iinike jou u cup of
leu. I urn sine j on must be needing
It If jou haw ihhlcn far. Take the
casv chair, and we can talk while the
kettle Is boiling. Ate Jou new to the
vest. Mr. Illount? Or Is this only n
return to jour own? The senator Is
ninny s talking about jou. but he Is
so proud of jou that he forgets to tell
u.s the really lnleiestlng things thai
we want to Isunw."
The boning man took his own tluio
about coming back fcr tho guest, hi j
long n time that Hlount forgut that It
was past midnight, that he was a
guer.t lu u strange house and that he
did not j'et know the inline of his en
tcrtulner. Tor all this forgetfulness the llttlo
lady with the dull; brown eyes was
directly responsible. Almost before he
knew It Illouut found hlmself.clmttlug
loinp.inlunnbly wltii her and finding
her charmingly responsive lu w hat
ewr field the talk happen! d to fall.
The whlto haired old butlencnme nt
last to show huu the way to hLs luxu
rious lodgings on the second lloor of
With u touch of hospitality which
carried Hlount back to hLs one winter
In tho south, the hostess' went with
him as far as tho stair foot, and her
"(loud night" was still ringing tuusl-
ully in Ills ears when the old negro
ll.'hted the acetylene lu the guest
renin, put another stick of wood on
the small lire that was crackling and
snapping cheerfully nn tho hearth and
be bin d and bowed his way to tho
Hlount saw his last chance for bet
ter Information vanishing for the
night and oucu more broke with the
"I nclo Ilarnabis, suppopo you tell
me where I urn before you go," ho
suggested. "Whoso house Is this?"
The old man f topped on thu thresh
old, chuckling gleefully. "A-nln't you
know d.it. sab? A-nln't Mis' Honorla
c'one tell you dat? You's at Wa'lruce
Hull. Mahstch Majuii's country house.
Yes. sub. chit's whnli you is- ke, hoe!"
"And wlio Is Master Major?'" piess
rd Hlount, whose bewilderment giew
with owry flesh attempt to dispel IL
"A-uln't she tell jou dat? Kee. bee!
Ill 'body knows Miihsieh Majah: yes,
sab Kf Mis' Honoila nln't tell you
ole Hai unlets nln't gwlue to. No, sail
Ah'll bring o all's coftee lu de mawu
ln': j'es. sab. fjooi) night, sah. Kee,
heel" And tho door closed silently
upon the wrinkled old face nud tho
Ilai lug nothing etso to do, illount
went to bed, but sleep camo reluc
tantly. Whither had a curiously tricky fato
led him? Where was Warlraeo Hall,
and who was Mahstch Majah? Who
was the winsome llttlo lady who look
ed us If shu might be twenty uud who
had all the wit mid wisdom of the
ages ut her tongue's end?
These and kindred speculations kept
him iiwnko for n long hour after tho
door had closed behind the ancient ne
gro, and he was Just dropping off. Into
bis first loss of consciousness w hen
thu familiar purring uf it motorcar
moused him again.
There was a window nt bis bed's
head, and h i cached oier tind drew
Thu i lew gaw iipou tho ui.-'nuo of
cottouwoods uiul thu circular currlago
A touring ear, with Its powerful
headlights puling tho white radiance
of the moon, was drnwn up ut the
stops, aud he hud a Heeling glimpse uf
a big mail, swathed from bond to heel
In a dust coat, descending from tho
"1 suppose that is Miihsieh Majah,"
hu mused sleepily. "That's why tho
llttlo lady was sitting up so Into mid
why she hud tho lea things out. Sho
was waiting for him" Then to the
thronging queries, tliieatenlng to te
tiiin mid Keep him awakei "Heat! flu
una I fall It a pp dieam uud let
uie go to bleep!"
AT WAIfllUCU IIAIX.
URN" Hi flu lUoimrnpetiPd Ills
oes on the morning follow
ing the night of singular nd
lentllies the lin una shfti-
lug brightly lu at the bed's head win
dow, u cheerful Hie was crackling on
Ihe health, i id hi- father, a little
heinler. n n't , . ur hut with the
same tugg d r.n- Mid kindly eyes,
wns stniidlii:- . I . lacislde.
""'nin, le i ' 'i.i 'Tttther!" jipro
the only win ..I neytlng. hut thn
mighty ban. I i i.p ll nt went with I hem
was for T. i ii Mien ul of Ids boy
hood and 'i -mil. .cni promise for the
I'ollowed Instantly n rush uf mlnghd
emotions: of iisiouudmeiil thut he hud
rccngnlzid no familiar landmark In
Hie midnight faring Ihioiich Ihe hllU
ir ..n the applo.'ich to the home of l.li
childhood: nf something like a keen
regret that the old had glleli place so
thoioitghly and lomplctel to the new.
uf boinethliig boideilng on ch.lgllu
that he hud been stupilscd lulu in
cepting the hospitable iidlniices of n
wuiiiau whom he had been intending
to mold and for whom he hud chei
Ishid and meant to ehcilsh n c on
Hut at the baud gripping moment
there huh no lime tor a nice irilghlug
of emotions, lie was in his fatlur''.
house, the homecoming, some plrnse-i
of which he hud luguel." dreudcil. was
a fact iiiviiinplMnd. mid the new ilfc
the life thai was to be n without
I'lllrhhi wan falrlv begun Also Ibeic
were aircais to he biought up.
"Did the liltle er did .Mia Illount
tell .ton that I was In re?"
".She did. hut she couldn't tell me
much uu ie How uu top of i.ir'ili d!ii
.miii happen to blow hi at midnight
with .lack Hutu fin our herd le. ihr':"
"It's n fahy lule. and jou i.on't be
How It- of a Illount." was the laugh
Ing reply. "I left ItuMon Monday and
should bale leached the iiipltni hi'l
night. Hut my train wns hild out be
hind n freight wieck at Aivtas Jus.'
before dark, aud I left It and ten!, to
the bills- hoiM.huck. Don't nrk uie
why The smell of the sagehiub i.'Hk
In my iio.Hlhi. mid I had to do it. I
know wlnie 1 Was, and I thought I
could ildc to Debbleby's, so 1 tilled tin.
broncho uud pllchcd out I think 1
kept the geiieinl illieetlou nil right uu
til I got lost among the Wist liwr hog
backs, but utter that I wus pietly siic
"And Harto found jou?" queried the
"Who Is this ubiquitous Harto who
goes around playing the holdup one
minute mid the good nngel the next?"
"He Ij a sort nf general utility man
for Hathawii)-, the head pusher of tin
Twin Unites Lumber enmpniiy. He Is
Fuppused to be a timber cruiser nud
log scaler, but I guess he doesn't woik
much nt his trade. Down lu the lower
wards of Now York; they'd cull him u
heeler maybe. Hut j'ou don't mean to
tell me thut Jack llnrto robbed you,
"No; he wns merely discussing with
bis two fellow holdups the ndilsiihllltj
of knocking mo on tho bend nud dop.
ping nil! Into Lost Itlver canyon; that
was all. Of course 1 knew they hud
fallen upon tho wiong man, mid nfler
n while I succeeded in making Harto
nepept thnt hypothesis. At least he ac
cepted It butllclcntly to bring me here
for Ideutlllcatlou. Since hu wouldn't
talk nud I didn't recognize the trull or
the place I hadn't the slightest notion
of my whereabouts not thu least In
The big man wns leaning ngnlnst
the foot lull of tho lied aud frowning
thnughtfulfy. "Talked about diopplng
j-iiu lulu Lost liver, did they? Il'm!
We'll havo to look nto that a little, 1
guess. Who set them on, sou? (lot
any Idea of that?"
"I haw a very good Idea a man
who came acioss In the I'lillnuin with
tup f i oiu Omaha: tall mid rather slim
a'ul with ii hatchet face and owlish
c.ws I didn't leal ii his name, but he
said lie was Interested in
"That was Iiiithawuy himself," was
'be liHtutil dechlon. "Ills ennipauy
has been inning timber lu the Lost
her ii'sciw. and he piohably thought
win weje clrisliig hliu. You didn't
"Vo; I wasn't expecting- 1 j-ou may
icin.'iuber that 1 had inner met her,"
iitiii.iiucicil ihe .lining man, who hud
i'Im-'U to Ilia elbuw mining tho pillows.
Thei father walked jinny to the uln
elow and stood looking out upon thu
distant mountains for fU minute
befoie ho milled to say gently: "We
tuny ns well run thu boundary Hues on
till i ouu tlmu as another, son. You
don't like Honorla. Yoil'io made up
jour mind not Io llko her. I'm not
going to make It haul for either of
ion If I can help It. This Is her home,
hut It Is ulso jours, my boj Do you
reckon jou could"
lliau Illount inndo haste to stop tho
half pathetic aiqio.il.
"Don't let that tiouhlo you," ho In
Iviposcd. "I Mrs. Illouut Is u lerj
elllleieiit pei mhi from tho ivomuu I
bawi been liuiiglnlng, nud If she mno
not 1 think wu nro both sutllcleiitly
civilized not to quurrul." Then: "Have
you bionktusteel yet you nml Mrs.
Hlount? Hut of coursu you huvo long
"Hrcnkfnstcd? Without youj Not
much, miii. And that reminds mo I
was to e oiiio up and hoo If you nero
u u like, and If jou were I was to bend
lliimubus up with jour colfcu."
"You may tell Hiiruabas that I
hilW'ii't ucqiilied thu colteo lu bed
luhlt jet." hiughcil tho luy one, sil
ting up "And jou may make my
apologies to .Mis. illouut uud tell her
I'll ho down '111011111.' Theie, doesn't
that sound as If I were getting back
to the good old sagebrush Idiom?
(ileut hind! I luiicn't heaid uujboilj
say 'inouty' uluce I wus Lueo hltfb to
A if, u , ' "l .
In iill Ills foreenstlngs Ilvnti Illount'
hnd inner pictured u hoineeouilng like
this. In each succeesllng hour of thu
day the edges of the chasm of the
joars drew closer together, and when
finally Ids father put him on a horse
mid rode with him to a corner of the
vast home farm, n corner fenced off
by beiitluel cottouwoods mid wutered
by the siiuill Irrigation ditch of his
boyhood lecolleclluim, rode with hlln
through the screening cottouwoods
mid showed him, Ijlng boyoud them,
the old ranch buildings of the Circle
liar, untouched and undisturbed, his
heart wns full, mid n sudden mist
came before) his cnes to dim tho pie
tine. "I've kept It Just ns It used to lm,
Ki-nn." his father said gently. "I
thought iiiiij he jou'cl come back somo
day uud bo butu enough dUappululuil
If ll wero gone."
Tho Juuiiger man slipped from Ills
xutidlc mid went to look In at the
open door of the old ranch house.
Kiurj thing wns precisely us he re
liiumbered it the simple, old fashion.
cd furniture, thu crossed quilts out
the high wikmIcii inmilcl, his mother's
rocking chnlr-that was thu final
touch, liu bat down on thu worn door
log and put his face In bis hands, fur
now the gaiilng chasm of the jearu
Was quite closed, mid lie was n boy
Lntcr in the day tbero iwro am
bling gallops along the country roaels,
uud the father explained how tho
transformation from cattle raising to
agriculture mid fruit growing had
come about: how the great liilgatlou
dam In (Juntetiirii eunjoii had put a
thousand squ.uo miles or the fertile
mesa under culttintlou; how with tho
Inpourlng of tho new population had
come new blood, new iiiclbods, goisl
ronds-, the telephone, Ihe rural mull
route mid other civilizing agencies.
Hum groaned. "I know," he said.
"I've lost my blrtlilnud. It's as ex
tinct ns thu inegalosaurlan Ibuiils
wliose bones we used Io find sticking
In thu gully banks on Table .Mesa. Hy
the waj-, that luiiilnds inc. Alu thero
any of those giant fossils left? 1 was
telling I'rofibsor Aimers about them
the other eluj', mid he wns Immensely
"Wo'ru nil fmslls, we older folks of
the cuttle raising times," laughed the
man whom lllchntd Gantry hud called
the "sillier gownior." "Hut theie nro
souie of the bones left, too, I guess,
uud If the professor Is n friend of
yours we'll get him u stnte penult to
dig till hu wants to."
"Yes, l'rofessor Anners Is n friend
of mine," was tho jouuger iiiuu's half
absent admission, "as much of a
friend us his daughter would ever al
low him to be."
Tho quiillfying clause ivns not
thrown nwuy upon tho senator.
"What has tho daughter got gulust
you, son?" ho asked mildly.
I "Nothing very serious," laughed 1'n-
trlclu'H lover. "Hut I think she U
Jealous of any one who tries to Bharo
her father with her. Next to her ca
reer" 'That's Hoston, Isn't It?" lnterruptisl
tho ex-cnttlo king. Then he ailded,
"I'm right glnd It hasn't come lu your
way to tlo yourself up to ono of those
'careers.' Ilvnn, my boy."
Tho young limn felt better lifter ho
had told his fnther Ids luvo story. It
wns highly necessary ilmt ho should
tell soino one, nud whom better?
David Illount listened with the fnr
nwuy look In his eyes that the son bud
more ihnn ouce murked ns thu great
est of the changes chargeable to tho
aging j ears.
"Think n heap of her. do you, bon?"
ho said when tho ambling saddle ani
mals hud covered another half mile of
the homowiird Journuj-.
"So much that It went nenr to spoil
Ing mo when she finally miido mu,reul
Ue that 1 couldn't hold my own
ngnlnst tho 'career,'" bo miido nil
hiver. Then lie added: "I wuut work,
father. Thut Is what I am out hero
for; tho hmdest kind of work ami
plenty of It; something Hint I can put
my henrt Into. Can you find It for
Thero vns thu wisdom of tl)o cen
turies In tho gentle suillo provoked by
this unashamed liner's appeal.
"I wouldn't take It too hard If I
were jou. foii," said tho wlsu man.
"Aud ns for the work, I guess iw can
sntlsfy you If jour npputllu Isn't too
big. How would n state officii do?"
Tolitlcs?" queried Illouut. bringing
Ids horso down to tliu walk for which
his father had set thu example. "I'ie
thought ii good bit about that, though
1 haven't hud any bpeclal training that
way. The schools of today nro turn
Ing out business hiwjeis-men whO
know the law mid nro trained paitlcu
lurly In Its application to tho gieut
business undertakings. That used to
bo my nmbltlon-to be a business ad
User, and peilmps after awhilu to
climb to the toil of the ladder und bo
somebody's cotpoiallou counsel,"
"Hut now jou bum changed?"
"I don't know that I haw. Hut
thero lire other fields that niu also at
truellw. No muti can stud thu poll,
tics of America today without bcelug
the need for good men-men who will
administer the utTiili-K of the state or
the nation without fear or fin or; men
vuci win new to tho lluu uuder
unu uu conditions."
A quaint siuilu was playing under
thu dumping mustache of thu Huu
"I leckon wo do ueod a few men llku
that, llwiu-necd 'em mighty bud.
-Ihliik jou could fill the bill If yju Uud
a light good chuueo?"
Tho poienllal liuwor of pulltlcul
(Continued Next Saturday)
W.ekljr Hulliitlu ! uer jiur.
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