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part and bring the proposal up to
Hermia in a delicate way. Sort of
break the ice see?" pressed Joe
"Why, I'll do it anyway, Joe!"
cried the squire heartily. "All right
The bet goes on that basis."
Haines fancied he was a great read
er of human nature. At heart he was
the most humane soul ever lived. He
had a theory of persuasive kindness
as to the treatment of the weak, mis
guided and criminal. He had, In fact,
done great philanthropic good in his
time. Animals loved him and he was
really a wonderful horse trainer. He
had started some unfortunates on a
new and better path. Now, with his
sister staying for a week at the lit
tle Oklahoma border town he had
noted the wayward Yuma, Iztu, and
had resolved to "reform" him.
He managed to send word to Iztu,
down at the Yuma reservation that
he wished to buy some of the pretty
shellwork of the native women.
It was two days later when a long
haired, bronze-faced man came to his
door. At once Haines decided it was
Iztu, and so he was accepted by the
town in general. This Yuma, how
ever, did not at once make for the
settlement saloons, wliere he should
have been best known. Mild, smiling,
clear-headed and well behaved, he
He brought a whole cartload of
shell and beaded stuff, which the
squire purchased at a good figure.
Then he invited Iztu to stay with him
for a week. J
"I want you as a guest," he man
aged to make the native understand.
"You are a fine, sensible specimen of
humanity, and I want to reform you
from wasting your time in drink."
"No drink. Glad to say," declared
the Yuma, and the town marveled.
Never a more circumspect Yuma vis
ited the place. He sauntered about,
genial and sober, enjoying the goodly
fare he was, awarded free of charge.
"Well, I've lost my- bet,' 'acknowl
edged Rancher Joe, coming to the I
hotel one day, where Haines and his
"Cured him, eh!" chuckled the
"Never saw or heard anything like
it," said Joef "why," staring at the
docile Yuma'he's gentle as a kitten."
"Kindness my system, see?" ex
ulted Haines. "About Hermia, Joe
I've spoken to her."
"Yes, and suppose you drop in on
us this evening?"
"Nothing!" interrupted the squire,
peremptorily. "I don't guarantee
anything, nor do I know her mind. I
do know, though, that she's delight
ed to see her old, reckless, harum
scarum lover a man of principle and
ambition. She's getting on the shady
side of girlhood, so "
"Say, I'll be here, don't worry!"
spoke Joe, all a-flutter. "Reckon I'll
square-up'on that bet now."
Joe took out his pocketbook. He
proceeded to select some bank bills.
.A sharp, sudden sound from the
street distracted his attention.
"What's that?" he challenged.
"Ha!" ejaculated the Yuma. '
They all rushed to the window
Bang! bang! a piercing series of
blood-curdhng yells, a flying human
terror mounted on a mettled mus
tang Iztu broke loose on a rampage
and shooting up the town!
At the real Iztu, a devastating
Tartar, and then at the bland, peace
ful counterfeit Iztu, Haines stared
"I vum!" gasped the squire, breath
lessly. "Cured!" snickered Joe, catch
"Bruder my bruder, Iztu," ex
plained Orvu, artlessly, pointing after
the vanishing human cyclone on
"A put-up job," muttered the
"I think not, demurred Joe. "The
peaceful one came on his peaceful
mission. They must be twins, and
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