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and now his most faithful friend and
companion, the dog.
Everybody who knew Matteo knew
also his dog. The animal was tiny,
but fearless and very intelligent. He
was the constant companion of his
master, who had taught him all kinds
of cute tricks. With his unerring
marksmanship, the man who could
clip a silver coin at fifty paces, com
bining his show dog, could gather a
crowd at any time on the public plaza
and could have a royal salary in a
The cards went the rounds again.
-Matteo lost Howe saw a strangely
desperate glint in his eye as he arose
unsteadily from the table. He turned
slightly pale. Then he shrugged his
shoulders and walked over and kissed
the little dog asleep on a pile of news
papers. Straight as a soldier then, he
walked from the room.
"It will break his heart to lose his
friend," Howe told Arvidi quickly.
"May-I redeem him?" and he profer
ed fifty dollars in paper money.
"All right," nodded Jhe gambler
and then Howe snatched up the dog
and rushed after his master. Howe
overtook him at the street door.
"Yours," he said, placing the little
pet in his arms.
Matteo stared at Howe in a dazed,
uncertain way. Then his fingers gent
ly caressed the dog. His voice broke
as he comprehended what Howe had
"Amigo,' he said, folding his hand
in a fervent grasp, "when my fortune
turns I shall know how to repay you."
"I can help it turn just now,"-remarked
Howe significantly. Howe
knew he was a man to be trusted. He
told him he was authorized to pay
royally for his guidance and direction.
"I can pilot you safely," he said
"I anvydur man."
It was a devious route, that "by
which Matteo led Howe from Truro.
His sole object seemed to be to evade
a collision with marauding parties
and he succeeded famously in this.
The third day out of Truro, however,
an incident occurred that confirmed
a suspicion Howe had entertained
ever since starting on his present mis
sion. The morning they left Truro Howe
had noticed a man he had seen hang
ing around the chief's quarters dog
ging his footsteps. He had called the
attention of Matteo to this, who had
carelessly asserted that if he was one1
of the numeroua spies in action they;
"would soon lose him."
However, twice in two days after
they had started on the trail they
caught sight of a distant figurevTe
mindful of the man they had observ
ed at Truro.
It was early in the morning that
Matteo suggested a plunge into a near
creek before they lit a little fire and
cooked their frugal breakfast. They
had disrobed and were disporting
themselves in the cool, sparkling
stream when an ominous sound
Then to the consternation of Howe,
turning he saw a man, the man who
had shadowed him in the city just
rushing away with a camera.
"Matted!" shouted Howe quickly
"the spy. He has photographed the
message on my back!"
"So?" obse.-ved Matteo, speedily
springing' ashore. VAh! He had that
purpose in following us, eh? Then he
shall not getaway so easily."
Matteo had run to where his clothes
lay. It Was to seize his 'revolver, at
which he was1 a crack shot, from its
holster. " '
Howe, transfixed, watched the man
with the camera running down the
river shore. The fugitive had a fair
lead. Matteo aimed.
Crack followed a sure, steady
Howe saw the runner waver and
change the camera to his other hand,
Crack! a second sharp explosion
followed. Howe saw the camera shoot
out pieces of glass and wood where
the "bullet had pierced it Dropping