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An Angel Comes Into and
Passes Out of His Life.
k The girl was-. hopelessly lost
when she spied the cabin at the
summit of the pass. Her knock
ing' brought no response and slie
shoved in the rotten door. t
A grunt issued from a qorner,
and she discovered big Chero
kee half blood sitting xon his
haunches. He was arrayed in
pink shirt and corduroy -pants.
Stuck in- his haid was a rooster
feather;, snake rattles - dangld
from his "belt. He was stirring a
i "Whatjs the shortest wav - to
Rainbow ranch, please?" began
-"Ugh!" grunted the red man.
"Charley nofknow dejn ranches'
And no further information
would- he give up.
The rough journey had provid
ed her with wonderfuf appetite.
The stew sent up a hunger-stimulating
smell. "What have you to
eat?" she demanded.
"Rabbit, chicken, snake mix
soup," explained Charley. "Eat a'
heap-sleep some maybe."
Dusk was gathering; it had be
gun to rain ; the girl was desper
ately hungry. Struck with the se
riousness ofher plight, she start
ed in forbears. Then the rickety
door was Bricked in and six feet of
red shirted, young manhooden
tered, swearing with gusto.
"Charley, you tough, miserable,
Jazy rhinoceros, what in thunder
you gotjn that smelly pot?" His
glance encountered the girl and
the crumpled sombrero came offr
"Beggih' yolvpardbn, -miss, bu
Vinita Bill didn't expect to "findl
an angel." ' , - ,t
Vinita kicked' the' Cherdkee
about until he produced from?
some recess cold .meats 'and breads?
A board was palced across an ov-i
.erturned kettle and Vinita an-i
nounced supper ready; -The girl, .
somehow, feeling- '.the., crisis j
'passed began to question, jestf
and .laugh. Vinita was delight-j
ed-and little urging was requited;?
to extract liis . homely narrative
of cowhasinga'rid' indian-frad-
ing irithe hills'. Her brown" eyes
recalled vague,; forgotten Jglimpst
es of a mother's watchful gaze.tf
He learned that shewas ah East-?
erner spending "the. summer at
Rainbow and that hertoame" wasi
The night wore on; conversa
tion languished. Charley, snor-'
ing horribly onf the floor, was
kicked into wakefulness, a couch
of blankets arranged for Miss
Boyle, and the fwo men took
themselves to the shed where the
Cherokee-kept his horse.
The indian drifted into obliv
ion, but sleep was not yet for Vin
ita Bill. The heart of that gentle
man was full, and he conjured up
strange, joyous dreams wherein
the girl played delightful parts.
There was a snug, little ranch,),
high in the foothills, wjth a- crys? ,
tal brook gurgling by, the lowingf
of longhorns in the distance, and
a brown-orbed housewife bring
ing .hard cider to her weary lord