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cled and took possession. Messner I
set up his light sheet-iron stove, and
started a fire.
While waiting for the water to boil, '
he held his face over the 8toveThe
moisture from his breath had collect
ed on his beard and frozen into a
great mass of ice and this he proceed
ed to thaw out.
A wild outcry from the dogs with;
out did not take him from his task.
He heard the wolfish snarling and
yelping . of strange dogs and the
sound of voices. A knock ,came to
"Come in," Messner called.
The door opened, and gazing ou
of , his cloud of; Bteam.ie saw a. man
(illustrated by F.' E. Schoonover,)
and woman pausing op the theshold.
"Come in," he said, peremptorily,
"and shut the door!"'
Peering through the steam, he
could make out but little of their
personal appearance. The nose and
cheek strap wom;by the woman and
the trad wrappings about her head
allowed only a pair of black eyes to
be seen. The man was dark eyed and
smooth shaven all except his mous
tache, which was so iced up as to
hide1 the mouth.
"We just'want to know If there is
any other cabin around here," he
8aklrat the'same time glancing over
the unfurnished state of the room.
"We thought this cabin was empty."
"It isn't my cabin,"" Messner an
swered. "I Just found it a few min
utes ago. Come right in and camp."
At the sound pf'hls. voice the wo-