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THE DANGER ZONE
I , By Mary Worden Bliss
Bear Bluff suggested the aborig
inal, although Its red wood forest re
sounded daily to the stroke of the
white man's ax. All around the spot
weft Indian encampments, but their
denizens were tamed down, and there
had been no particular trouble with
the redskins for some years, until
Until Leofl! Not when she came
but when she went away. It was
her flitting that stirred up the en
campments as nothing had done for
a .full decade. Preceding bloody cel
ebratibns with the tribe head dwin
dled down to mild festivities when
the government agent made a quar
terly distribution of supplies or the
fire water smugglers on surreptitious
visits. But now the old, restless and
menacing mood was rife. There were
wild war dances. Ancient rites were
renewed. Bill Budd, boss of the log
ging camp, talked seriously.
,"The critters mean mischief' he
observed to his fellow foreman. "We
had better get the market trees out
of the way and move on."
"It's that gal, Leoti, I opine?" sug
gested his comrade.
"Sure it is," nodded Bill, "and Rob
Marsh. I don't blame her, nor him,
but that young chief, Wineka, is on
the war path, and whisper he knows
that Marsh is back in these diggings."
"But Rob is in safe hiding," re
marked the other.
,'It's getting out of hiding and back
to the city that's on thejjrogram just
now," explained Bill. "We must get
hiTp away within the next twenty
four hours or there's going to be
some lively trouble."
There was not one of the odd one
hundred choppers who did not .know
the full history of Leoti Rogers and
of Rob Marsh. A school had, been
started in the encampment and the
fnfhpr rtf TrfnH nnrt art mint hail hpon
given charge of it. Both had died. I
Leoti was left without a relative inj
the world.. A half-breed teacher and
his wife then took charge. It was
possible for them tor give Leoti a
position as assistant teacher. The
government supplied quarters for
them in the school building and Leoti
was content to stay.
It was a wild, c'rUde, eveoperllous
environment btft-Lejoti ws glad to
be able tp earn-' "a Jiving until she
cpukl think out a coherent future.
The eyej tenor, of bejlife was' at
length interrupted, .however. Wineka,
A CanoB.Shot Out Into the Stream
the son. of the chief, returned from a
long Alaskaa clflae, Leoti shuddered
the first time the dary, 'flashing eyes
of the Impetuous young savage rest
ed upon her face. Every day after
that he managed tp cross "her path.
He was .respectful hut determined
It became known among the tribe
that Wineka, liad, resolved to take
Leoti 'as a bride.
Then came the logging gang, and
Rob Marsh, among th.em. The young
timber cruiser met Leoti oae day at;