smiled Luke Worden, lawyer and
blackleg principally the latter.
"Hey?" ejaculated Dwyer with a
"Why not? With her fortune you
can afford respectability."
"You say it easy. From all I gather
she is as good as engaged to that
young fellow Preston, the cashier at
"You get a start with the girl, and
you'd ought to, for "you've got the
looks and ways with.you to captivate
women folks, and it's easy crossing
"I'll FU think of it," said-Dwyer
and he did. He not only thought of
it, but he met hl3 friend that even
ing more glum and despondent than
"Well?" interrogated the maker of
plots and benefiter from the same.
"Miss Eva Barclay simply stared at
me In wonder. Then she turned a
ring on her finger around several
times. Why, she has been engaged to
Rolfe Preston for nearly a month."
"What would be your. chances with
that forward young champion of law
and'.order out of the way?"
"Not the slightest in the world,"
declared Dwyer definitely. "The girl
isn't pi my class and never would .be."
It was a -pet scheme , of Lawyer
Worden rudely dashed to the ground.
It was' only recently that old John
Barclay, father .of Eva, had made
over all his property to her prepara
tory to moving to a real city over the
As the sole lawyer at Rocky Gap,
Worden had made out the papers.
That was only three days before.
They deeded to Eva a ranch and" a
residence, the most pretentious in
the district. That afternoon Worden
learned that the first stage coach
through for a week was to convey
Eva to the county seat, on her way
to the city, vhere she wasto.advance
her musical education. ''Her father
was to accompany her.
Dwyer owed Worden money. Be-j
sides that Dwyer was a schemer and.
fortune hunter and willing' to pay a 4
liberal commission for money bene-
fits received. Worden addressed him
now in a confidential tone, with
stealthily, evilly-gleaming eyes.
"What would you say," he insin-'J
uated, "if I can gain you the whole 1
Barclay property without the girl?", i
"I'm game!" replied the knave Q
promptly. "What's your scheme?" q
It was told-and carried into effect &
icwas simple, for Worden knew his '1
ground's well. He was aware that 1
while a legal transfer of the Barclay
property had been made to Eva the
deed was not yet recorded. a
Her father was to be lured into a
specious-gambling plan. He was to be
swindled' out of his ready money.
Then Dwyer was Jto offer to stake hiin
to a fair amount for a quitclaim deed
on what property he might own in
Rock county. Barclay had several
mining prospects in lltigatiorT. He
was to be made to. believe that "it was (
these that WDTde)rwas after.
Now, in the meantime, by a strange
coincidental circumstance Lone Wolf
and his family-became denizens of a
little house at the-rear of the Barclay
place. Eva had seen them. The
squaw was ill and she had offered
them shelter, iood and tiare.
Resentment at the wrong done him
by Worden the lndian had' nourished.
He had waited, watched for revenge,
and one afternoon, lurking near the
office of the lawyer ,he overheard
their conversation. z
Lone Wolf was Intelligent-enough
to comprehend Its purport He -visLs
full of gratitude towards Eva. He -knew
of her lover, Preston, sought
him out, and in broken dialect reveal
ed his story. One hour-later the faith.-
ful Indian, mounted on a. superb.;
steed, was on his way across a '40-'
mile prairie .stretch, the precious deed x
in his hunting blouse.
At almost the same time, similarly
mounted, Dwyer left the settlement I
by the same route. Lone.Wolf knew '
that he had a 10-mile lead, but two
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