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"SenQr," continued the girl,
"permit me to present you to my
aunt, Senora Maria Obispo,"
Hale bowed over the old lady's
hand and she mumbled at him.
She seemed to him the most hide
ous old woman whom he had ever
"Now, senor," continued the
girl, "I must say adieu. You must
not return, Don Ramon," she
paused, "is very jealotis of you."
Hale knew Don Ramon slight
ly an eleganty-brainless youthf
a near-by hacienda, who affected
a. fine taste in saddles and silver
"I am ashamed fo tell you this,,"
the girl continued, "but those are
my relative's orders. As you
know, the rebels are threatening
this region and Don Ramon has
obtained a captaincy in their
forces. He threatens to burn the,
hacienda if you come here again."
So Hale went, and thereupon,
because it had grown impossible,
his love grew stronger. And on
thepreceding day he had met the
senorita again as he rode home
ward. She was riding toward the ha
cienda, and he stopped his horse
to greet her. And then, as her
horse grew restive, he laid his
hand upon the bridle, and, her
own being so near, he took it in
his; and then, looking up into the
senorita's flashing eyes, he lost
his self-control and took her in
He kissed her and she returned
his kiss ; and then she spurred-her
horse and it bounded away, and
the episode was over before hi
had understood that it was hapf
A group' of Mexicans were
lounging round the door of the
mine offices, but the mine was no
running. As Hale dismounted
the mine foreman, Haggerty,
"Mr. Hale, you may as well gb
home," he said. "The mine won't
run for many a day to come."
Hate looked at the impassive
foreman and the jabbering Mex
icans and guessed the truth.
"Strike?" he asked.
"Yep," answered Haggerty
briefly., T)on RamQh,'& in the
hills with fifty ment and, he's
sworn to put ,us out rof business
unless we hand out ten thousand
pesos. So the old man thought it
best to clpse dpwn,,. especially as
the men wnt double Svages.
We're fprtify4ng the camp" he
pointed toward the row of huts
on the hill where the American
manager and his staff livled "and
youjd better get your things and
join us this afternoon, for the
rebels may "be here any time after
sund6wn. And, by the way, I
forgot to say that Pon Ramon
sent word he wants you especial
ly. If we'll hand you over with
the ten thousand we can start up
again. What have you done to
him, Mr. Hale?"
Hale grinned. "I guess he's
sore on me for private reasons,"
he said. "I'll bring myrip over
by four o'clock. So long!" and
he turned his horse back toward
his isolated bungalow in the valley.