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The Evening World Daily Magazine, Thursday, August 8 , 1912
THE TRIANGLE CUPID
BY CHARLES ALLEN SELTZER
A n Ideal Midsummer Romance of the
The Adventures of Frontier Heroes,
Border Maidens, "Bad Men" and
Cattle Rustlers A Tale of the
Big West, by the Author of "THE
TWO-GUN MAN" and "THE
, leia. ts outing rnbtuntai os).
The Hone Thief.
llinotroil the me reel accident
Hrrle Y manager, loping hit pony over the Dry Bottom trail. Ferris
and hlg foreman. Weary, had been looking for stray In th, rlv,r hum
and had ridden to th ereat of a, rldg to get a better view of th,
surrounding country, when Ferrle's sharp ayea had observed a moving
H, had abrupUy rained In Me pony and
object tintU It had reaolvad Itself Into a. man on a Pony. And though the dis
putes wag great, certain familiarity In the, lines of ths figure smote Ferrla.
"That couldn't b, anybody but Ol' Rankin," h, aald to Weary without look
wig at him. "lt'a gura him." tie declared with oonrletlon, "an' he's hlttln' the
breese to Dry Bottom I"
' Waary had alao reined In, and he now entiled and apoke with dry significance.
"Which meant that you'll be hltrla' tha breeze to the Circle T ranchhouae," ha
Insinuated, covertly watching hie tooai.
Fern, drew himself erect, Ma face
wreathed in a hrnad grin.
"Way, I reokon you're a mind reader,
Weary'" he declared, hlf eyaa twinkling
aa they reeled for a fraction of a eeoortd
upoa hie foreman, rt'e curloua that
you'd be able to tell right off what I've
bees thin kin' aASottt. But you've hit
first pop. I'm flwerin' on burnln' up
th breeae to the 01 rale T Immediate)
Tour little Benny ain't mieiln' any
Wrlnklea appeared la the eomare of
"Why you aura alnt, bo, ha re
turned gravely and earnestly, though
there wu a hvrwicrHlcjwl note n m
votoa which did not eaoape Kerrle "You
sure ain't the man to ml, any ohanoea
But they've bean sarin' that he ain't
offered you no chance.
Ferrla a Upe wreathed eoornfully.
TheyT" he sneered, wtth apparent
contempt for an newsmonger,. "Who's
IheyT I reckon you mean spec! meats
whloh noee around, huttln' Into things
which don't ooncem them? There's
hoi. heads In theee carta which wouldn't
krwiw a tmon-tviir love metah UF her
roei Blum Irvto one. Tall me who'e been
Ol Hn' you with that there palaver!"
Perhaps Weary had heen repeating
soaeip. Perhaps hie conversation had
bjn mar. Invention. At any rate
r had accompli shed hi end he had
roused Ferrle' anger. Therefore, he
now epoke solicitously, crowding a
little concern into M voice.
"Tou goln' to malt a go of It with
Mis Martha?" he questioned.
Ferris made a Baa at Weary with
his open hand.
"Ton durnrd or aneak," he laughed
i Weary dunked and spurred Me pony
o-.ii oi oanger. iouvw oesu worsan
me!" He grinned craftily. "I ain't
siiyln' that all the cards 1 played. But
I've ir.it n pretty good hand." he de-
rtsred without boast.
"'run-kg'" returned Weary In pre
t 'nded disappointment. "An' so you
aln'l sav'n' anything? It'd aure he too
' id If Ol' rtankln'd happen to hold the
Ferrlg laughed grimly. "Rankin ain't
holdln' no Joker." he declared. "He'a
egtn mo. of course, xn account of them
mtaaln' horaes. Hs ain't said nothuV to
my face, but any fool can aee that he
thinks Mn horses are wearln' my
brand. Aocordln' to (ome people a man
ain't got any right to run a little
"Ton don't reckon that he's llppln"
enrds lo thit there pin man .Hubbell ?"
"Hubbell V he flared hack.
He pulled hla pony around In half Its
length and clapped the spurs to It
flanks. There was a clatter, a snort of
surprise from ths pony, a swirl of duet,
and Weary aat silently In hi saddle.
fc. I . , 1 I - 1 . V- m.
W fr' wiiiiin bin iibiviiiv,, lu Lr iwyiu
drumming of hoofs as Farrla's psny fled
Over the plains toward the Clrcl T
Ferris struck the wash-out back of tha
ranehhouse and came fnlrly upon a
yoireej woman of eighteen, who wa
Hanging; the famtler waah upon a sag
ging line that had been stretched be
tween two oottonwood treea. He had
come upon her unawares, for shs rave a
sharp exclamation and atood with her
tiande upraised, here eyes flashing with
a sudden surprised delight.
"Why, hello, Ben!" she cried, making
erne attempt to force back the vrlnd-fcl-'wn
hair that rippled over her brow
and temple and Into her eye. "It's
he'en an age since you've been to the
She took a lep away from the waah
line. hr ayee auddenly flooding with a
ahy embarrassment, her manner telling
plainly of the alnrere welcome that wa
in her heart for the visitor.
Fernape Ferrla aaw something more
than a mare welcome in her word and
manner, for he ehlfted uneasily In th
saddle and spoke gravely In reply.
"I reokon Miss Martha's horns?" be
The color fled from th, gtri's face;
bs suddenly turned her back to Ferrlg.
The latter rou'.d not mistake tha
significance of the movement. Plainly,
nit) girl adTitred h m. He wa flattered,
hut trnely remorseful end eym
nAthctlr. On other o.'cav'ons he hnl
noticed that tha girl had seemed to be
I ft A
t-s4 .fcZzLmAt? : f
Ren Ferris had seen Dav, Rankin, the
with narrowed eyaa bed watohed th.
partial to Mm. He could pity her, for
h, recognlaed that their poaltlona were
Imllar; that Mlae Martha', attitude
toward him wag merely a reflection of
hi attitude towaril Mary. For a moment
he gat Irresolute, mentally debattng the
altuatlon. Then ha apoke earneetly.
"I'm awful glad lo ae, you, Mary,"
The alrl did not move. He could not
aee her f,ce, but her voice oame to Mm,
harp and vindictive.
"Toil lie. Ben Ferrla!"
Ferrla started, hie faoe reddening wltb
urprtae and embarraetment.
why. irery," he began, "I'm aure
Wjf J ttm you don't think PI tell
She flashed around, her eyes gleaming
nwn, Vfi! 'Z'Z
blowing aero her face.
"Ynn don't need to talk to me like
that!" abe snapped. "You are not glnd
to see me at all. Tou aaked about her
before you said a word about me
Shs's where she usually 1 in the
hammock. Reading, I reckon. fthe
done nothing elae alnca she's been
home from tba Eastl"
With thla vindictive word the young
woman Olod her Up and returned to
th, wash-line, where she busied heraelf
with some white, flapping things, Ig
noring Ferris entirely. For a moment
the latter lingered, hie face revealing
hi dleturbed feelings. Then without
a word he epurrd hi pony to the cor
ral gate, where he dismounted, took
down the bar, removed the eaddle and
bridle and turned the pony loose Then
he walked briskly around th corner of
For a moment after he had dlsap-
p,area the young woman atood at the
wash-line, looking at ths spot near the
oorner of the ranchhnuss whsrs she
had last sssn Fsrrts. Thsn two brown
hands rose to her faoe. Thla time,
however, tha hand did not seek the
wind-blown wlep of hair, but were
pressed firmly over her eyes. Five
minutes lster she was seated upon a
fnllen log over near one of the cotton
wood treen, anbblnp Into her hands.
Ferrla found Mlsa Martha In the ham
mock as Mary had told him he would.
She looked up ae Ferris cams near,
uttered a low greetlnc, and then Isn
aruldly returned her cess to the book
that she had been reudlng.
TVrrle's broad hat had coma off and
rinnerled loosely In his right hsnd.
Martha's welcome hid certainly been
leas cordial than Mary'e, but then, of
courge, one could not expect Martha,
with her Eastern ways and reserve, to
be an effusive as her less gifted sister.
So Ferrla told himself as he stood Irres
olute, looking worshlpfully down at the
young womaji In the hammock. And
yet he could not repreee a flight flush
of resentment. This was dispersed Im
mediately, however, when Mis Martha
looked up from the pegea of the book
and saw Mm watching her. She smiled
tiewltrhlnaly as though she had Jugt
"Won't ou git down?" shs asked.
"You might fetch that chair and sit
where I cn get a good look at yon."
She motioned toward the lower gallery
of the ranch-house.
'Toil know," ehe added, looking
mocldnglv at him, "you haven't bei to
see me for oulte a while."
"I reckon thnt wasn't all my fnult,"
he returned evenly. "I wouldn't eay
that you treated me right clever when
I was over here lsst time."
But hs got ths chair and placed 1t
near her, wincing visibly) at bar next
words to him:
"You really are entertaining, Mr
Farrla'" ehe mocked. "Juat how did I
"I've forgot about half of It." re
turned Ferris, shifting uneasMv under
her glanos. "But you dons called me
'original.' I ain't allowln' that I'm
ever exactly tickled to be Insulted."
Mies Martha hit her Hp. Kerrle sat
watching her, nervously fingering her
hat. the crimson flood In tils fsce
reactilng Into hie hair. Resentment
glinted In hi eyes, but In them slso
wee the deep worship that had always
filled Mm when he looked at her.
Hers was a slander flgurs. lithe, with
a suggestion of plumpness wht"h
showed to advantage In the hanmocK.
Ferris had never, dwelt verv long upon
any one detail of her comeliness, but It
I NE.YEK 'Fe.l.T
FIN t EXAMPLE
) 1&.'l5T'r?OYiNC- r
all overwhelmed him, thrilled him
times dismayed him.
Somehow aha was different. He frit
th romance that surrounded her, and
yet he oould not define It. He felt 11
stealing over him when he approached
hen hs as"w It In the. inciting glances
that MM threw toward him on arcaglon.
He would have quickly resented any
suggestion that she was fickle, yet In
her actions at tfmoa he felt and v a
certain Insincerity that troubled Mm
mightily. He was troubled now as be
rested his arms on the hack of his chair,
watohlng her. wondering about her.
"I like men who are t! '
good as they take," eho aalJ prcs ntly,
looking up from the boon.
Tills wee not the first time she had
One Line ot Kt as i g.
APRaWllTEH trom mime ladgflal ' M ll
out Wast k trying to ti ll I'oin su
nns iserk s fw . of lu k. lint lag
clerk wm sot anxious eo Invest.
"Why elioold I boy stork In rour mlnet"
"Mr lsa oisn. ws'l right wit to the Skinned
Ogt, which U pM.rnrlug fshlllnilM wealth."
"Yes. and I Hvs in s bosraluy-house salcti li
egst scst te She mention of s gteel nilUkntrr.
hjt last daegs't aasks ass worth anyUilng."
I ATI tou packed the esultary drinking
"Put ta the asnltan paper towalit"
j ii,v j M'ttmnm . - y.'-aai nAnft
& we 1 1 u'l. i, ,,.,: m - 'zrr aj s i a kj li i Met i i ui'i wn r it r-.
iff f I 1 li i',t! I II Will i i mf rww fmmmm, A ntw ' jwal 7 VJ ' I
m gawaa -k i. iw, v ,'"7m 'm a m ,mmwB& ' v tm-.-9 f vs-i ,
.stawar- i i . -' :nmm - x. e , a v-v -m
Lr waWJwaVaawr l i i t ' 'fhj..j 7 v'o,...;. '' iwnHf'iH. i "n - xir'.i-j-wai
f ar, ' i waaaai -1 i i my, 1 lm - - t miw jmw mmutt mm v v-i-s s l
said blllng Hick, to Mm. Had she
' g other ivornen he would hav
laid rough elege t her end trusted to
luck. Hut lo- did not dsre to he rough
with her; tier Kastem trslnlng and
manrterLsms had erected a barrier be
hind which she stood, secure, sarcastic,
Un fathom a bis a mystery which be
would have given much to poasesa.
' ou Ilk ' en like thnt irin-mar- -Hubbell,
I reckon," he returned evenly.
Jh flashed a swift Klsnce at him,
v. ii' ,,1 ) a gentleman," he de-olar-d
ee'liened sH'fee'nr "He
aure Is. I ain't sayln' nothln" albout"
1 1 1 hi f rye lulg tell.
"Why, hero la Mr. IlulAell now!" ehe
Some Good Stories of the Day
Pgt the tnUMpUc susp whis van . I
"SI wed awar the Icdlvldusl combs and
"(lit t?j prr'iilde In the grlpf"
"Tiiaa "sw alnng. I fuses It win hs safs
fei ai t, ssd s Uaji or two In ths oountrj."
Detroit Free 1'rtta.
To Fill in (he Time.
DL'RINf a cnat itrlkt In rWanoc, I , manv
liwn wtrt iOJ, aud tha dtl authort'iaa,
tlklng a!in'in of tha net, U ot
wirli 0sM pUtlttf newen, ;auiC irr"a ini
lajltif mitt mi'ler irouiul. Am oJ.l Istsluitaa hj
the tmoii- a UleM sUoolaV nad ln-n fin, i-'.f1 In
thi niUin. but to-1 a temiirar i-ii digyfing
She est upright In the hammn.-k,
watching a man who had ridden up to
th corral gat and waa dismounting:
from his pony. Kerrla remained rigid
In hi chair, gazing wl'b Jealoua eyes
at hlg rival.
The latter turned hla pony looga In
the corral and atepped close to the
hammock, greeting Mlsa Martha with
a iHM!e and nodding aburlly and coldl
In liulos Hubbell was ROl a giant
Dut there was a certain muscularity and
lltheness of figure thai Memed to add
to hla helKht. drudgingly, many times
before, had Ferris mcntal'v admitted
hla personal attractiveness Just now,
a Hull "ll stood 1, inking at Mil Martha
Kerrla was forced 10 admit ajflla that
I'at lioHigjtn, m iiu at vork ba4 wtcXuMmi I
"Hello. M . " fThat ar fOM Aulng 'Urn I 1
Milt irtBad hia w . lou.ad U ! 1
"Ob, I thrufht I would work vtnka I u il:-
An Approaching Calamity.
ABKKHIT r n la ona nt th public irhfio'ji
aa-vad It'a'w of bar ttar'n-r Ul t itMaiil
fur half daj on th 1 thit her
atothar had rrraiiatf a laJtiram . ( i tu.
imuxf vaa csjraiiic,
lt'a (&j UiQcr's btlflatar and ru-r thraa bovt. '
! svattl tha papal, mtutwlj. MMt n.nthar d-an't aa
I how e cm lo witfviiit ma. llMkM Uoi aJwit
Ht-frrrlnt to tba prlntad 1 11 aj tha rraanni that
faaUfr abaana, tha taacber aakad her J Umi t.
Cevrrfcrht, lull, by Uw Frew Publishing On,
I I'Phe New lurg Wutld.)
V iv -
he could scarcely blame Miss Martha
for falling In lovs with him. Women
could nol help admiring physical per
fection in men.
tltd yet tnor had alwaye heen some
thing about tha man that had moved
Ferris to ron'mnpt. He could not have
told what It R is, b it It was there a
eerfsln un s 'urn t i hie sensation which
told him that Hufbbell. In aplte of hla
reputation, did nol measure up to "man's
He new of the man's quickness with
a alx-shootei Dave ItiinMn had asnl
to I'rv Bottom for him, grimly an
nnunclnir that he had hired hlui to rid
the country of x uiir of horse thl ves
Which bud troohled hlrn much. Th.it
had been two months before. No norag
i i r an UaMsV
"I think It OQ'b-bt n.iua umUr thla haad. Ml"
Pot tar, " an i tba fJrt, nnlntial la tba worda.
' LJjiiirgitlc affli ti-n." YoutU'i Comiiatiloa.
Milliner Was Roasonahle.
UN," aald Mra Yountfiuatand, "I want
in plraa ffJM. au I Ufk ba k ih
J .'Hti'l like '
"I'm glsd of tliat. mj iteu. ' aald Ut Toiias
mutenil "rat afraid Umt bat was a Uttis tu
hi I Imaglll an and 1 htd a bunch
of ewes uln off and tliat I i bnw of cwSt
left off. and Uw eolUhier dl.ln'l bate to ua so
aiu b eel let."
t ,uit . g"Ml. Iee1ng :1 Umm things off
ought to mas eowie lirr cs In tl.o i ru
Hlie only r,ir.-l BJg 1 10 BMS
Ks.'.Mis Olt Htgr.
O'-T "-Jit r K'. .tJ u.t-.V
thletas had been -a ight Frrl grimly
dsclarad that "No man could hatch a
horse thief by haagln' around a girl
most of his time." This hsd reached
Hubhell's ears snd therefore there waa
a noticeable lack of cordiality between
the two men.
Inwolen. n atone In Hubhell's syew as
bs ttirnsd awd looked at Ken's
"You eorkln' to-dsy?" hs Inqulrsd.
Kertig deliberately placed his hat upoa
big head, shoved it well back from his
forehead, and smiled coldly.
' W is you ra.-wonln' to be my boasT"
Hubhell's eye glittered evilly. "I
sin t bntherln' my head about you," he
sneered. lis deliberately turned his
hack to Ferris and epoke to Martha. "I
reckon you find readln' more Intareetln'
than talk'.n' to soms men." he aald.
"Why, yes." sdmltled Martha. am'I
Ing up Into ths gun-man's eves. "but Mr.
Ferris la ao criminal that one cannot bs
bored with h'.ni."
There It waa again that dread word
"original." Ths cold light did not dls
out of Ferris' eye; It hecam Inten
sified and glittering. Hubbell sneered
again, facing about aid grinning slg
n.flcnntly down at Faerla. For a mo
ment tha two men gaaed at each other,
their ere fighting a allent, ominous
battle. The muscles of hnth were on
ths vsrg of sctlon snd had Miss Mar
hS delayed hut an Instant they mint
hive Ntirung Inio pl.iy. Hut X1ls Mar
tha did not delay,
"You are both very Interesting." ehe
obaerved m'ldly. her voice csus'nK both
men's eyes to waver. "Why," she added
deltrhledly, "I believe both of you would
fight at th a Inatant. And over me!''
She concealed a vain amlls by averting
her head, but Ferris hsd .night the
aiitla and drew a deep breath, aeslng
Martha In a new light. Ills eye h,d
become steady and filled with an ex
pression that wuu'd have been hard
lo nrM.ve The gun-man sneered at
Ferris, but both men allowed their
niitsrlea lo rslaa. The awkward silence
that hid followed the young woman'
rordS remained unbroken until aha
"I do love ahootlng." shs said, leaning
comfortably hack In th, hammock and
wstchlng the two men through hslf
BlOSsd eve ' That is," aha added aa h
aaw a rgnlfJcant glan pass betwten
the two, "1 don't Ilk to see Cmc man
h "it nnctlier. Hut 1 admits men Who
cm hn . icvrr with s weapon when there
FartiS saw a flash of triumph light up
th Kuii-tiiiin'a eye, hla own narrowed
Oddly, HtsMrtU waa a full half aecond
faster than ha in (sttlnt hie gun out
ntid was .onsidered a dead ehot. FewrlsVe
past partormsness with th i-hootr
hud tsught him thst for sll prectlravl
purpose he had ability enough, but
hla skill was nut to be compared with
He became aware that Mtas Mary
a standing near, he was convinced
that she hud heard something of ths
1011 IS MS llOP, HJa gags met hers. He
I hough) he delected tnookery In her
rye and hla own drooped. Whan he
looked up again Mary was standing In
the sain position, but now her case
waa flied with oold ssreasm upoa her
alater. Then eh, spok. Is the latter
wlt.'i th manner and voice of a servant
a-Mreaslng her mletreee. Hut thrs was
la her voice rhe same mocksry that
Ferrtl hnd een In her eye.
"Whit would you like for dinner?"
she aaid, looking at Miss Martha.
Mlaa Marllia languidly leturned her
"I'lease have chicken," ahe returned.
Mla Mary's syea gleamed with re
pressed anger Hhs stiffened, her
browned hands clenching, hsr chin
coming forwsrd belligerently.
"If you want chickens you will kill
them yourself, my ladyl" shs flared,
her llpa curling.
"Vary well," returned Mies Martha
with Irritating mlldnass, "If you don't
cure to kill them I sin sure Mr. Hub
bsll will not refuse."
Hulihell grinned Insolently.
"There's some chickens over there."
he mild, pointing to some hene that
BOrstohSdl near the pasture feline.
"Mbbs Ferris d like to shoot 'em?"
Ferris felt Hie simultaneous guse of
the two sisters mill hn reddened with
einlisrraaament. He had no faith In
his ability to shoot the heads off
chickens at fifty or ststy feetl he had
heard of It being done and had at
tempted to do It himself without suo
reaa. Ttememherlng what Miss Msrtha
hsd snld nhout shooting, he suddenly
realised that the sun-man now had the
"I ain't ahnotln' at no chickens," he
He SSUfhl Miss Msrtha'a gaas upon
hlrn. her ayea filled with sudden scorn;
he thought he detected pity In Mlaa
Mary's ayea. The gun-man snsered.
aid with his back to Ferris waa now
lolling the cylinder of one of his
weapons. Watching, Ferris saw him
stiffen as he iwun the weapon to a
poise Followed three reporta ao rap
Idly thnt they blended. Three chick
ens headless -flopped frantically near
the fence The gun-man sheathed hla
weapon and turned to Miss Martha.
By C. M.
For a long time Ferrle aat motlonlera
In hla chair, aealng thing through
haae. Some deruonlae Impulse arget
Mm to draw bis gun and pot-shot the
run-man, but hs fought It down. Thst
was sot ths oods In sn sfTslr of this
sort. He promised himself that there
would ooms another time when he
would even things with the gun-man
became aware of a movement and
looked up. Mies Martha had reaen from
Sr. hammock snd wm moving awav
towrard the rlv,r, the gun-man beside
her. Ferris turned from thm to kS
Mary, atandlng near him, amlllng.
"I am sorry, Hen," ah aald 1n a low
voice. Ahe regarded hhn with a glan
In whlnli there seas a hint of humor
"It's too bad, Ben, h added, her
Upe trenihllns a little. "Everybody
can't ahnot chickens like that. Mr Ho'
bell. Ilut you might help me to pull
Two wssks later, riding ths rlrer tra'l
almnet within sight of h a own ran i
buildings, Ferrle came upon Det
llankln The latter halted and grinned
Inanlently at Ferrla
in haerln' that Martha'e devekapin'
a finicky appetite." he aald. ae Ferrle
reined In hla pony and aat quietly In
the aaddle, looking at him.
"Meanln'f" aaM Ferris (hortly.
"Mrnnln' that lately she's sorts stuck
on chickens." laughed Ttntik n. He
twisted srnund In the saddle and fseed
FsrMS, spenklner significantly "That
there gun-man asys hs c'n shoot things
besides chicken." he said. "If I was veu
1 wouldn't go to moMkaywi' around him
"Shucks!" drawled Ferrla Hla vole
had been controlled, but he oould not
keep the color from surging Into his
face, showing that Rankin' word hai
told He stiffened allghtly.
"Rankin'." he ssld slowly. I've hear
tell that you sent for Hubbell to some
here, espectln' him 'o nogs out tbsin
horas thl,vr, which . .'' heen eteallV
your stock. I've been . -Id that you've
been tryln' to sic him on me I'm
aakln' you If you sen. Ha him for tha:
Rankin grinned willy
"I ain't In the habit of tallln' mv
business." he returned, "but I'm telltn'
you thta Thsrs's too many neater in
this hare country. A big cattleman
ain't got no chance to feed hla eto-a
Thet there ranga of your"
Ferris laughed coldly and oddly. "I
git your meanln', Kankln." ha said.
"Hut my quart er-eeot Ion la proved an'
neither you or your gun-man Is icarln'
Rankin sat ereoL
"Well," he aald slgnsnoantly. Tm
goln' to Lets Voces now an' t ain't goln'
to do any argarln' with you. But I've
told nubbsD te keep hla eyee open."
He settled into the aaddle and urge '
his pony forward ad a brisk pace, nut
For s long time Ferris sat motion!
In the aaddle, watohlng Rankin as he
gradually faded fror. sight.
"Rankin expects there'll be some
horses stole while he's gone." The grim
amBe slowly gave way to one la which
there waa a alight, whimsical bamo"
"Why, so there might!" he added, his
tseth flashing In a broad grin. He
wheeled bis pony and spurred back nv
the trail toward his own building.
Just at duak Hubbell was unaaddllng
hla pony at the corral galea, after com
ing from a ride with Miss Martha,
when he heard a clatter of hoofs and
ssw a rider coming down ths rlvsr trail
toward him. Ha delayed removing the
aaddle and watohed she rider, which
hs soon mads out to be a strange
oowpuncher. The latter rode quietly
up and halted his pony within ten
feet of Hubbell, Inspecting him closely
"Tore name Hubbell?" hs questlonsd
"I'm right certsln It Is," returned
ths latter. Tha man fumblsd at hi I
shirt, produced a aolled envelope, "I
was hlttln' hsr up along the Dn
Hot too, trail goln' to Lssstte," ex
plained ths man, "when I runs on s
guv hlttln' ths breess ths othsr wa
Maid hla name waa Dave Rankin, of ti e
Circle Y. an' aat me lo bring a note
to a feller named Hubbell. If yn're
him, I reckon I've don, what I t"l :
th, guy I'd do, and' I'll be llghtln' oik
for Lasatte. fl'long."
H, had peeeed th, envelope to Hu! -ball
and was off at s rapid gall"
leaving Hubbell wonderlngly Inspe
ing lh, envelope.
He hsd no trouble In d,ckohtln:
the legible words.
'"Huhbell;" bs read "I'm aendi-
you "Ms by a man I mat jieer Dry
llottom. I'v, heard there I a deal n
steal horses lo-nlght. I'm wanting VS I
to hide In the brush near them firs
bealda Yellow Hur oroaalng and bur
ths guy which Is stealing ths bor-.
You'd hstter go slon because If thev s
a crowd guee wlrh you you'd be llatil
to ecare the thieves before they'd do
anything. I'm undealandltial that they'r.'
to meet at the Yellow Horse. I'd come
mvaelf only I've promised lo get to
Ia Vegas, flood luck. Burn this not-.
And keep your mouth abut
ITo na Continusdl
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