SAn Ideal Midsummer Romance of the
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mr west, oy tne Author of IHE
TWO-GUN MAN" and "THE
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MAM r-tO ! -iFT.
ICetnrliht. ltli. Ly lbs OaUsg Pobll C
BY.vorsis ok i'i.k-'kih v; i n u:.r.
rVrrti, whn iivd a int ranch, 1'
Martha lUrkm, lUtifiitat of .1 r rai owi r
lm It trinn in dHf I". ri) QUI t' 8ttl I f
"(Hi Mn HttlM"" Iim kind a "tWOHPM Mil'
timt I ! ' ' . to ml li rs , ; 1
1 piu'st-ta I Vrh of btrittX a ttit'-f . Vlai
Uii , iiiiter. fitrt'tty 1iia' IVrr I it
Cr'l at ill wi'fi rciKf f r Mai Lia, '
opatiH' w "i h i Bubbftl, by rtai i i oot
IngT tu . 1.1 nff thrct ehkteM at loni raAf.
sigk.-a Lfafrit rtdlnUoiu In M rl m'i Ktitli
foapj t "i'i rt." Soon aftcfrard Itiiblk'll i
i-aiii a BjoK fnim ttu ibanii R la
Ilia Ii el 1 lO A MVtaM lAAtl BaeU
tUr a4it tii ar.'ii'l o Ikivbi t'litl ho is
planning i raid on BmMi mrrali
The Hutkc Thief.
L JtBKuL did not rem va I
saddle from tic ponv He
tied the animal t" one of tha
t ip rails of the corral famra
and proceeded lo the bunh
hnufc. wlicr.' if ate !!.' ' ', smii: ii" '"-
!nc i" any of t ie : n. After dnlahlng
his meal he retu ed lo hla pony,
mnunted and. .t i a fiin "f crlm an
ticipation on his f i'c departed up tha
Teilow Hois. Pi islti'r hai.kel In the
soft, callow light of a moon that swam
thruuita a f .i of M:a. I: waa '! ilet o"i
Yellow Horae. Whara the n i buttea
broke abruptly off and tank to tho
level of the river bottom there ws
dim trail thai led i the crove or fir
balsams about which ltankln ha l writ
ten and Which HUbbell knew wed
iiut a can lha gun-man arrived he
ogrefully f iinoltred, dlamountlng
from his pony and making hi way slow
ly ton ai d the ahadowa of u rookg
promontory lhat ovarhung ilia timber
prove. He wan a long time Cfl n ng the
shadons. and wh'n ha dually dropped
into them he Whs surprised to Dnd two
horea there bafuro Ulm, The an 'aals
were tied to a tree at Ihe a4g uf '
grow and ware pawing Impatiently, .vp-
JParsfeJVij 1 --' -"--
ta'Ot l c gfa n Ik. AT
Ftoot , roOT, TOOT'j
I GLinC- 1 i LANG'
A COW ON
The Evening World
p-' ntly they had lien there for I lone
lime, HUbbell grlWMd triumphantly
an I - inlv f. rtlier luick Into the shadows
to aa..t the imlag of the men who had
tolen the animate.
Ha made llttla preparation for the
romlr of tha thlevea, He forced nis
pony prone to the tanclsd ti i"r of the
grove, an oi s'.me nondeaerlpt bruah
Which offered concealment, while lo
in m i sank n6lseleeely down behind
sn ne stunted oak brush near Ihe edge
if t tie grove,
ii. eras ongratulatlng himself upon
the t , with which he had secured his
position and epeculatlng upon lha num
bi . i of Ihe i i levee when he became
aware of a sound behind htm. He
wheeled ewlftly hla hande dropping to
hla hokttore, to see half .1 dozen men
rise out of some tli: It shrubbery. His
hands fill away from 1.1s holsters when
ha heard the aharp command! "Hand
I reokon We've ant him, boys," said
nr." of the man. II" cine forward Into
11 patch of moonlight nnd Hub bell rc
Ognlieg Ferris. The latter advanced
1 l"e lo the nun-man, je ering Into Ml
Ihueke!" lie -v.l evenly.- "It's Hub-
"it sure '" said another votoa R3
si vera! grlmeyed punch' ra advanced
and -surrounded the gUUman.
They ranged about Mm silently, their
six-shooters out, hem nlng him with
menace, Among them he rooolliliod
1 ie man aho had delivered the note to
him that evening. He grinned, certain
that the men had cone- upon tho Came
orrand lhat hud brought him and
equally certain that they would !
crestfallen when told ol their blunder.
I reckon you boys arc makm' a
mistake," h" aald cheerfully to terrla.
The hitter did not stlllle.
"af boa . "ii think It's a mistake," ho
returned coldly, "I reckon you won't
deny that 1 was p; v - Iog to them
,'sei We wei expecting esjd'
1 la laugh' d Ironically,
"I reckon thai When RanMn hears ol
(hie he'll know why you ain't hatched
that there horse thief which you've
claimed to be lookin' fur."
The smile suddenly died out of Hub
bcll'x fin e. ".Meanln' .'" ha said, glaito
I t?an AGAINST SUMIN
Vr -iT - i
Ins rMrfuliy ni me giim faces r ihe
punchers i r him.
' ateonln' mat we've caught iron with
Hi- good, cm," isclersd Kerrls coldly.
"MeaMn1 also tlwit Itanklti'll lo soma
llekl'd When he ntldll lllllt VoU'Ve been
pin? in' him fin- ii 'in'krr- rlalmln' to
is iryln in find his horse thief an1
bcln' the horse IMef : oursi'lf. That'll
tuft tli kin Rankin a heap"
The gunman's lain ha! mo
ghaettjri In the yellow moonlight his
eyea flashed with n growing doubt ami
dread, Tal he kcjit a good (trip on blm
ven smiling When 'hip of th
pttnchtrl stepp-d close to him -and
deftly removed tho two cum from hla
"on tioy uri- sure funpin ." h said
ii... i i ' J. . V, . "'
Wilt I ulii t none scared. Ho you might
- rii 'nil ii on hp nn uri a nneer
off." Ila poirupil a Anivr
at the mm lio hail brought JtankJn's
not to blm. "That there's the man
whirl! lining thp note," he aild, "tellln'
nip to come here."
Kerrls turned la the puncher that the
"I re kun rOU'Va hpar.1 what hp an Id."
h ssld. crilTIv: 'Mid you Rive him a
nolo from Rankin T"
The man shook hi head. "I ain't seen
Jlnkln In a month.'' he relumed.
Ferris grinned coldly as ha saw Hub
bel! allffpn. Up motioned 40 one of the
nun ami the latter began significantly
to uncoil a rope that ho produced from
somewhere Muhhell took a backward
atop. Iil Hp twitching strancely.
"Why why" hp began, his volrp
cstehlng In Ma throat, "I reckon you
bnvs ain't coin' to do thai!" hp said,
polntlnc to thp rope "I can takp
Joke aa well aa most mpu. hut you're
uarry In' It n haaft too far. There ain't
nothln' happened to chow that I'm any
horae thler. That there man brunc
me thp notp from"
The mM grinned and Kerrla Inter
rupted coldly. "Where's the not"' he
"I hurtled It Ilka Ilankln said." re
turned the cunman.
lirlna apbeared on the fare of sev
eral of the men. l'errla lifted hla
"Yes," he said coldly, ".i man hrunc
you a notp. only he anya he didn't.
Mil you had a note, only you burnel It.
we've found two of my horaea tied
e an' we eauaht you ftniikln'
mound In the hruah."
lie notlOMd to the punrhera nod
they came dose to Tlubhell and ranaed
.themselves around him. Two of them
seized bla artnal two more were sud
denly enaaced In caatlnc one end of a
rope over ii huce branch of on.- of the
trees', atlll "another eombrcly cocked
Then llubbell'a fortitude deserted
him. lie kneel cave. way. he sud
denly sacced forward a dead weight
In the biinda of thp two men who had
arms. The men releuaed
hlmi he was on his knees on the tan
gled floor of the grove, bubbling In
coherently to Ferris, some of the man
Moiled derisively, others turned their
baoka, not raring to witness the un
til inly spectacle. .Ml withdrew to
some little distance, leaving Ferris and
the Kunmitti alone.
A little later they heard Ferrlsa
voice cnUIng them. They returned,
gain ranging themselves about Hub
be! I. The latter stood before them, it
drooping, crushed flcure of a man.
with no traie of the overhearing In
solence that bad previously marked
sk m ti'vif
sec f ct tirra
sJ"i Hmmm n in "I ranrrnei iasi sisrebiiri ijtsnatskafbJfw n ijaj rjT
(-(our homor th yiu J T" yAhT," rvooK MowoR,-rhE."s
gP, VtJEFENDT HAS 'iW SACK'S W JURY OUST DIED OFjT'
Daily Magazine, Friday, August
CHARLES ALLEN SELTZER
It I in. lie stood silent. Ms ej s d"' o
ciiat. while Kerrls apoke
"I want you hovs to wilneai that M
here man has p o tilsrd lo hit t.ho hret s
out of 1 hie country. I'm lettln' him OtU
but lie's cUlIu' out an' he ain't never
r Off) In' bgCki That's all. H'l rlchl. I
reckon?" he aald. epeaklnc to Milhlx II.
The lalier nodde I. One "f the men
left the giove and Waa seen maklnc
his way over Yellow Horse crosalnit.
He returned presently, leadline Hubbell's
pony i Orlmly and silently the men
watched lluhbell as he clambered Into
the saddle and departed down the rler
Dave ltankln had heard the news at
1 try Hottom on his re'urn from laia
'Mil tho day iierorc, mm
,pp,vd Pllt of the door of
Vecaa tho day before, and now aa he
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looklnc down at MJss Martha, who was
recllnlnc In tier hammock, he smiled
and stepped toward them
"I'm richt sorry that I got you wronc,
Ben," he aald to tha latter aa he came
near and extended his hand, "but there's
heaa ..f lliluaa don't Co richt In this
here country. For Instance, who'd ever
Hunk of Hubbrll turnln' out to be the
ihlef which hsa ten elealin' my
. Ferris smiled cravely. "Yon ean't al
ways tell what man la by hie looks,"
he returned succinctly.
Miss Martha dropped her book and
sat erect, looklnc up with surprise,
"lluhbell a horse ihlefl" ahe exclaimed.
"You've cot It richt." returned Ilan
kln with a crhn smile. "Kerrla n'
some of his men eauaht him with the
Cooils down at Yellow Horae. He' a
COne. Hit the hippie rlpan out of tha
country' Ilankln grinned slcnlfleantly.
"I'm leavln' you two to talk It over. "
ho aald, winklnc at Kerrls. "I don't
ikon that I'm ever coin' to Interfere
anymore." He s'rode down toward the
atahle, halting at a distance and calling
hack, "Stay for dinner. Men." he sold.
"Meiibc Mary'll have chicken"'
Roth watched ltankln as he disap
peared Into the stable Then Miss
Martha looked up at Kerrls with a
"Well." she said, flashing s demure
glance at limt, "I'm rather clad he lias
Cone. I never quite liked him." She
caucht hla (air and her eyes dropped.
"Now. you" ahe said, "you are"
"Original." supplied Kerrls dryly. "You
see." he continued, "I slnt foratot whst
happened the day Huhbell shot the
Mlsa Martha lauehed. aecure In her
power over him. "Bo you haven't for-
COtten?" she aald. "Wo did have
chicken for dinner that day. And a
Utile while a co I saw Mury ktlllne aomn
chickens for dinner to-day. Odd Isn't It "
"Awful," returned Ferris. He stood
erect, stretchlnc languidly. (Miss Martha
surveyed hla tall flcure with a clanco
of admiration, ethe rose and stood be
side the hammock, smiling slcnlfleantly.
"If you don't mind." she snld archly,
"you mlcht walk with me as far as the
Ferris stifled a yawn. "I reckon not."
he said slowly; "It's too hot." Ha
moved slosh- uwav. leaving her stand
lug beside tiie hamniock, her face al
ternately flushing and pa line. A few
steps away ihe looked hack over his
shoulder, crlnnlnc. "Von take your
walk," he said quietly: "I'm coin' to
help Mary pull the feathers out of them
TOOl TOOT TOO T f
V I J f4 !
WELL WrlADDA "TA
rTWOW efjOJT TrlAT'
iT JUST r.ErM'j UirTE
jUM?IN5 IN TE WAY
1 r 1
s' y 1
The Man on the Ridge;
M N was niovmc anionc 'he
rocks and bushes of a lone.
hlCh i Idee Me llltt-d he'd
and there- uolaelev. 'y like I
shadow. Ills movements we-o
eautloua. catlike, and he placed his
feet carefully, after the manner of
the hunter atealtnc upon hla prey.
Yet somethlnc In hla actions; some
thing about the crlm. bard lines of
his fare; somethlnc In tha furtive,
douhtlnc and runnlnc Clancea with
which he scrutinised every bush, rork
and erac In his vlclnltv proclaimed
blm not the hunter, but Hip hunted.
Hp halted often. Komeltmes It Wgt
behind a bush, sometimes bhlnd a
weirdly shaped rack or a clcantlc
boulder: frequently It win behind a
clump of shrubbery. But always when
he halted It was behind somethlnc.
Not once did hie flcure rise above the
skyline. And alwaya he crouched.
When he crossed an open place he
did so on hie stomach, wrlccllnc end
twl.tlnc and e.,ulrmlnc OVT j!
aaud. the prickly cactus and the jacced
with numerous pauses, hla face
wreathed In ii blttsr snarl, hla lips
mutterlnc curses, his eyea clltterlnc
malevolently. In aueh a manner mlcht
a wounded beait drac himself to his
There seemed to be M nee1 for the
man' caution. Besides himself there
seemed to be no llvlnc thine on the
rldce: no llrnc thine on the vest, deed
plains below. In the shallow draws
nnd cullies and on the lower rldcea
nothlnc moved; notMnc moved 1n I he
creat. blue arcii of the sky ex-ept the
sun a disk of shlmmerlnsr silver. All
was sllenl. pea.erul, motionless, aium-
broils. The world aeemed suspended In a
vacuum. And yet the man proceeuefi
cautiously, always g"lng toward Ihe
crest of the rldce.
In an hour he came to the edce of
n sandy, open place, ahoiit twenty feet
across. CrOUeMsVI behind a niasnmnth
boulder he estimated the distance with
crafty, calculating eyes. On the opposite
edce of the open epace was a thicket
of scrub oak about tlfty feet wide. Near
Its centre rose a pile of Jagged rork.
surmountlnc the ridce. From here u
man mlcht view the entire gurroundlne
country within a radius of ten miles,
and la- safe from discovery. For two
hours Ihe man had kept "its aurnmlt
In sight; It was the eon! Mr which he
tmed. From It he would be able to ere
Ho slipped down upon his stomach
and wriggled slowly and noiselessly
forward-squlrmlnc. twlsllnc labori
ously workinc his way toward the
scrub oak thicket. In ten minutes he
was at Its edce. In ftvn more he was
,Pop nt it. aguattlng on hands and
knees, panting and exhausted
For a lone time he remained motion
less Then, aoout to move forward, he
suddenly sank flat to the tangled flOOT
of the thicket, his eyes glmimlnc. 'its
head raised, Ills body rigid. On Ihe
other side of the thicket something
bad moved! " J
For live minutes the man remained
motionless. Then his right hand WPiit
slowly ba'k to his holster and waa
wlthdrnwn, grasping the stock of his
heavy revolver. He poked tlm mu.le
or the weapon through the stunted oak
brush, toward the point win 11." tho
sf J SefflS
(OserrkM, 55 5 the Pnsa rjbashlag Os.
1 . Ilae Mew Iet WerU.) )
SAY CiLIM WILL, YA I
r.mC M TPelLHT Ce
iRAlK A fTAfi' jf
I it ArJ Awful. rySH,
W'a ,f ,i f.Tiil-n'Ti i T I
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" agr V. 1 ' f I
irtOVS men I had coma Again he na'teil.
And then presently a voi.o cftaka lW,
veil, but atartllncly tesomtnt In the
pei fp.-t sllenca,
''He's sure -" neivhete In these hlllf,"
It aald "I finer that he'll make track!
for the (Vlorsdo lino likely htttln' I'ur
gatoi y I'roeeln '.''
Tho man In the thicket showed his
tajaggj In a tlcerleh crln He had rgCOg
nixed Hie voice; he Jcnew that on ti e
other aide of the thicket Hen Allen, lbs
Hherlff of Colfax 'ounty. was standing
si anulnc every foot of the surrounding
connlry for a allmpse f hlfa He knew
that the man to whom Allen had spoken
waa hla deputy: (hat these two men
were sworn to take him bnog to Drj
rtottom dead or alive. The rtn gg his
face paled and was sue eedrd by a
venomous aneer. They would never tak.
tilin bachalive. Iinc aco had hi de
cided on thst.
There waa no further sound from tli
edce of the thh krt. Kvldently the
deputy had olnclded w ith the ahenff's
Mews, for he had not answered. Yet
He couhl easily Imaclne how the two
, Y . . .,..,; ... .k.. ..l... .
edce. wnt' Idnc the plains -for hint.
Allen he knew personally ami It "as
easy for him to conjure up a mental
picture of the crlm and patient sheriff,
etandlne on the eummtt of the rldce.
I hii I nt on the muitle ot his rule
Walllnc' The man In the thicket
snarled. Walling for him' Ha snarled
again, one coiner of hla month slimline
upward satirically. It seemed airange
to Mm that Allen had aull Igatad Ilia
trail; thut hn stixl now within ten feet
of him, swaillnc Ills Doming, I la hid
alwsys felt a eorl of fear of .Mien;
there waa somethlnc about the grim.
unlet, easy enmg aherlff thai h id nlwm s
queer, qualmish sensation
In the pit of tho stomach He hated
Allen because of this feeling, though
the men bad never passed a word In
anger. Hut he knew that Allen had
measured Mm that when their evia
met It was bis soul that crluccd uwav
from the sheriff's that In the slierllf's
evee was a cleim of understanding, of
Allen knew him for what he was
Tho world- Dry Holtoin'a World - nl II I
fear blm. might know him lor an "in
law: a despersdo whose raohlaaa dis
regard for human life had made him
a terror to the country, and made Ills
name feared wherev. i men oongregatod.
nut Allen did not fear him lliut le
knew. He oonld s.e this when hla
eyea met Allen's. The sheriff had a
way of looking at lihn. of aqulntlnc
hla eyes at him, of studylnc blm,
which seemed to hint of a mvsterlous
knowledge, it wus as though Allan
could read the future and knew that
one day he would have to deal with
the man alone, thut Fate had marked
them for tha clash, and the gleam In
Allen's eyea when he looked at tho
man said more plainly than words
that he was measuring him, comparing
him to himself, that when the clash
came he would make no mlatakea.
And, curiously, the man came finally
to understand lhat Allen would makp
no mistake. This thought was coiilln
ually In the man a mind It became, an
obsession thut he could not shake off.
One diiy lie and the sheriff would
clash, and the sheriff would come off
victorious. The man could feel It. In
tan, E IB IBS HbaUae OK
fTae sw Tsek W.rkl).
J IIMO TH (J U I
U 2) INI. J t I
The Adventures of
Border Maidens, "Bad Men" and
Cattle Rustlers A Tale of the
sume subtle mamier Allen bad male
htm feel his Inferiority . the man had
fought axalnst It, but In his heart he
knew that It was so.
(And new, "oncealed In the IMcket,
not over ten feet from Allen, he realised
t'Umly that a chance was off. -red Mm.
lie was In a iMialtlon I i thwart Fate,
to sHsed a bullet that would forever
set st end the sllenl, wordless enml'.v
lhat had been between them from the
first; that Mould m.it the glaOh thai he
kaw must eomo. v.-t it seamed that lie
wss not to tak" advantage of It.
lie Crawled nearer Ihe edge of Ihe
thicket, near enough to make OUl the
f'gures of the two men who stood there,
their backs lo him. He slowly raised
the mussle of his weapon until It yas
tiuined fairly upon the middle if Allen's
'isck. Hut he did not praOC the trigger.
At the Instant that he had raised the
mUSelS of the weaptitl II" had h' ' O il'
aware of a sound O peculiar, dry busl
ine thai seemed to eagreM all ttie hale
and Venom that had BC UlUUleted slice
the Scriptural Warning!
"Thy heel shall brulre his head and
hi head shall brUlBO lav heel."
The man s flesh crawled with a sud
den fear. In front of him, not over an
arm'g length distant, was a gigantic
dlamond-haik rattler He saw Its dirty
oils, triangular head ere.'t, forked
tongue darting, Its venomous, lldless
tvrs glittering gvltll The man hesi
tated, slowly lowering the tousxte. of
his weapon. The huxlng ceased, the
trlanguiar head slowly sank, though
tin venomous, lldless eyes still glittered
evilly and warntngly.
The man again raised Ihe weapon
Again arose the pei Hilar, dry huzxlnc,
filling the thicket. Again the iiiun low
ered the weapon, again the tiuzslne
. lased The man shrank bn"k a llttlo
bis blood chilling. He saw Allen turn.
"d he sank prone to the floor of the
thl ket. among things tint pricked Mi
fa.ee and hands. He heard Allen's
"I reckon that there rattler ain't
feelln' eiartly tickled over somethln'."
And then arose Allen's laugh, flllel
peeullar, dry humor, as he
turned hla hack aga u to the thicket
The man lifted his head and rrsumed
his forme:- posture, though retreating
slightly Again he raised the musslo
of the A'ipoii. Again the peculiar,
By C. M.
HrVLF AJ HOURJ
dry bussing filled the thicket. The
trlangulsr head wss ralsrd higher this
time, and the forked tongue darted
A old, superstitious horror cupped
the man. He did not fear the snake,
though he knew that the flash of his
revolver would roues the reptile to ac
tion. And since retreallnc he could
no longer get a clear view of Allen's
ha -k numerous gnarled and twisted
branches of scraggly oak Interposed.
A bullet would have been deflected, and
th" man could afford to take Bo
' h. 11 Il retreated a little more to
give the rattler a chance to make off
with good grace. Hut the reptile
seemed Iti no fear of him. merely low
ering lis head and watching him. For
a long time hs lay quiet, looklnc at ft.
Then again he heard Allen's voice.
' I re. ikon we're wastln' time standln'
here. It we've missed him he's probably
sneaked around the Mils. In that cga
we'd bitter he hlttln' tbe breese ta
Purgatory Crosslu' so's to heed him
The deputy's voice rose to aasent.
"He's plum slick," he said. "Mebba
be ll go by eay of l'urgatorv i'roeeln'
an' mehbe he'll think we're waltln' for
him there an' sneak back to Dry Bot
tom to se i n k 1 1 of his."
Allen lauehed crimly. Mehbe be
win," he returned; "that'd be Juat Ilka
him. Hut I've rtxed for that. Before
we left 1 swore In Clem Miller an' Lefty
Andrews. I reckon they'll take rare
of him richt and proper If be gees
The deputy snickered. "I'd rail that
rlg.t foxy of you. " he commented : "the
' bailees are that he's plum lonesome
without soetn' bis girl."
"An' hungry," added Allen "A -nan
that's gone for two days without gruu
might he accounted to have & nuui
petite for If An' If he's anrwava elo,.
to lry Hottom he might take It bWo
hla head to sneak back, trustln' that
nobody d touch him." IHe laughed, jrj
reckon that If we'd happen to get jggl"
of Msg now there'd be one of two tfXttgs
Happen r.iiuer ne o come up tame an'
be wlllln' to eat our of our hands,
he'd make g plum lovely tight '
The deputy'e voice waa In earnest
'Tf I've got him slsed up right na'd
tight." lie said.
tTo Re Continued.)
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