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trick and go east But I guess I'm
done for now."
"Her name?" asked Ned, kneeling
over the man and shuddering at the
thought of hearing May's name pro
nounced by hint-
"You'll tell her fVas killed in an
accident, friend," he whispered.
"You'll never let her know the truth.
Promise ? Then write her name. Miss
The man had grown delirious. He
was muttering now, and Ned knelt
beside him, waiting, while darkness
fell. The rest of the band had long
since surrendered and were being
conveyed in the sheriff's charge to
the county seat Ned and the dying
man, hidden in the sage brush, had
"She was a stunner, a real dandy,"
muttered Whiting. "There wasn't a
girl as smart as her anywhere. I re
member how we laughed over a trick
she played on somebody odd I can't
remember his name now. She got me
to write a letter to a friend of hers,
to break up a match with a young
fool Bess hated. I wish you could
have seen the way Bess laughed
when she told me."
"Yes, it must have been amusing,"
muttered Ned, wiping the froth from
the lips of the dying man.
He buried him in the sand at dawn.
Then, returning to the settlement,
Ned realized his holdings and, with
$12,000 in his pockets, returned east
He hardly hoped that May was still
unmarried, but he meant to see her
and ask her forgiveness.
. When he approached the garden in
the little town he saw a woman clip
ping the hedge. But it was not May.
It was Bessie Reid. She was dressed
in deep mourning, and, seeing Ned,
she recognized him at once and ran
to him with a startling cry.
"I got your letter. Jt was so good
of you," she murmured, her eyes fill
with tears. "Poor Phil such a
dreadful end .in that mine disaster,
and how strange you being there and
recognizing him." .Lk-J-
"Yes," answered Ned. - "Where is
"Why, I believe she's inside. She
doesn't know you are coming. Ned,
listen. I played a dastardly trick on
you one day "
"I know it," answered Ned.
"When you wrote about poor Philip
I saw how wicked I had been. I told
her only this morning. Ned, she has
gone in to write you a letter."
At that instant May emerged, the
letter in her hand. Ned saw that she
was trembling as she went down the
steps. He strode toward her; she
raised her eyes, stared incredulouly,
and fell weakly into his arms.
"Ned! You you know?" she whis-
"Yes, dear. That our wedding is
three years overdue and that we are
going to pull it off tomorrow," he an
swered, kissing her.
Tootsie We've known each other
such a very short time! You should
not expect me to allow you to kiss
me so quickly.
Wootsie All right, let's do it slow
ly, theru . j