Ihe wife4of a rancher saw liim.
"Let me go back," pleaded Mc
Kenzie to Payette. "I'm as good
a "woodsman as Tornpw any day,
and I can shoot as straight. Let
me go back." i
"Go," said the sheriff, "but not;
"McKenzie chose E. V. Elmer, a
'deadr shot," for his companion.
iThey 'moved norlh and met trap
pers returning; from the moun
tains. "The elk are estless," the
trappers said. "Somebody is
Far beyond the Wynochee Mc
Kenzie and Elmer found the car
cass of an elk. The meat, brains
and hide had been taken but not
the teeth. And' the teeth are the
most valuable part if one can go
to market with them. This was
Shortly after they came upon
the beast-man's hiding place un
expectedly a windfall, walled
with tanned elk hide and disguis
ed with brush. ,
Elmer, the "dead shot," never
had a chance. He went down
with a bullet between his eyes.
McKenzie could not shoot be
cause' of an intervening log.
When fie ran forward for a bet
ter chance, the, beast-man's sec
ond bullet smashed into his
shoulder ranging the length of
his body, and .McKenzie died
.without getting a shot.
Ferguson's posse found the
bodies weeks later in a shallow
grave. Elmer lay at McKenzie's
feet, the two bodies forming a
"T" for "Tornow."
Rewards aggregating $5,000 are
offered for the capture of the?
beast-man. Yet only seven jnen
have had the courage to search
for him. Sheriff Payette sums up
the odds againsf his deputies:
"There is noj better natural
shot in the world than Tornow.
He never wastes a Cartridge. He
shoots as well from the hip as v
from the shoulder. , ;
"He took the clothes and guns ,
and-'ammunltion from the men he
killed and is living on jerked elk
meat. One elk will keep him in
food 30 days. Twelve cartridges
a year will suoolv him with meat.
and he has only to kjlhone man a
year to keep himself furnished
with clothes and ammunition.
"My boys, hafdy as they are,
suffer from hardship and expos-
use, lornow is in his natural
element, having , lived in the
woods since he was 12 years old,
"The deputies are looking for
Tornow, not Tornow for the de
puties. They' move about, he
waits in hiding. Our only chance
is to do as Tornow does hide
and wait. In the end we shall
win. Some day Tornow, his In
dian patience .exhausted, will
leave hiding and move about.
The oosse is broken uo. each
working independently. Chance
wi unu uuu wunm range oi a
deputy's rifle, and there will be
no effort to capture him alive."
o o '
StvyTc -ttrifll t1lf antr-Tt nt
the(-world: think with the
thoughts. of the few. John
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