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BIG PIERRE'S JOURNEY
By W. H. Clinton.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
Nobody in the logging camp knew
why Big Pierre and Happy Jake had
'quarreled nobody except those two
themselves. They had been the best
of 'friends, though ill assorted. Big
Pierre, -quiet, grave, simple, and Hap
py, so called from his hilarity when
he returned from pay-night visits to
Mulligan's shack, where whisky was
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Lay Prostrate in the Snow.
dispensed in violation of the laws of
.The cause of the quarrel was as
elemental as those of all quarrels
among the lumbermen. Happy and
Pierre had discovered that each loved
the same girl; more accurately,
Pierre had won Mignonne away from
Jake, though till Jake pulled her
photograph from his coat and cursed
his unknown supplanted he hjmself
had not known who was the man he
had succeeded in Mignonne's affec
tions. That they did not fight it out was
because it was too serious a matter.
Happy intended to think out his
plans, and Pierre acknewledged in his
heart that, when Happy gave the sig
nal, he must be prepared to do battle,
even to the death, should Hapy de
It was pay-night' and Pierre sat
moodily beside his bnuk. He was
wondering what Happy would do.
Then shouts were heard and in rush
ed a crowd of lumbermen. f
"Pierre!" they yelled. "You're the
only man has power over Happy. '
He's in Mulligan's, fighting drunk,
and there'll be murder done unless
you get him away."
Instantly their quarrel was forgot
ten. Big Pierre reached Mulligan's
just as Happy staggered to the
threshold, flashing a long lumber
"Happy!" cried Pierre. "Come
with me. You are not a match for
all that crowd. Come!"
For answer Happy lunged at him.
Pierre dodged and ran-into the pine
woods, Happy blundering behind him.
Crafty Pierre was trying to draw
Happy away from Mulligan's.
Happy pursued him like a. mad bull,
stabbing at him with the long knife.
Pierre saw that he must act decisive
ly. He turned suddenly, dodged the
knife, and sent Harry sprawling with
a blow on the point of the chin.
Happy gasped and went down like
a pole-axed ox. Pierre, approaching
cautiously, disarmed him. Then he a
saw that blood was pouring from '
The blow was enough to kill aCJ
man, aiiu Pierre, naa put au ms iorcec
into it. He must have ruDtured an'
artery, for Happy was bleeding io
deatn. His eyes closed; his head felw
back. He breathed stertorously. 7
Pierre tried to recall .him to con
sciousness, but in vain. Then, bind-
ing a handkerchief tightlyround hjs-