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By Neva Winifred Tisdell
Dr. Hector Drury'sdays were filled
with yearning and fiisnights with
visions of the object of the same. The
longing and the mental distraction
were consequent upon a mere pass
ing incident. It, however, involved
the most beautiful girl he had ever
met and he really was not to blame.
Long before he had come to the
remote Canadian border town Madge
Grey had reigned a belle supreme.
Suitors had come and gone, but none
had appealed to her girlish fancy.
Her father was a large ranch owner,
but his interests were at a distance
from Moosehead. He had a beautiful
residence at the edge of the town,
about half a dozen well-to-do neigh
bors and these comprised all the bet
ter society of Moosehead.
The Leightons were the nearest
neighbors and Rolfe Leighton had
pestered Madge with his attentions
until Col. Grey was forced to forbid
him the house. Young Leighton had
had a wild life and was not in har
mony with the ethics of civilized so
ciety. However, his heart was set on
"Go away, make something of your
self and then come back and seek
your fate, not as a swashbuckling
desperado, but a refined, honorable
gentleman," advised his father.
"I'll come back, all right!" snarled
the son. "And I'll get that proud girl
when I come after her, never fear!"
Madge was relieved when the trou
blesome suitor she not only disliked
but feared was gone. It was just aft
erward that she met Dr. Drury.
He had come to Moosehead to set
up as a physician. There were three
others in the place, but they did not
resent the competition. Drury was
modest and unassuming personally
and in a professional sense. He start
ed out to win a standing by careful
attention to the few cases that came
The day he met his fate Madge was
crossing a pasture belonging to he"r
father. She did not know that the
sheds, the closed sides of which were
beyond her range of vision, were filled
with a herd of wild cattle, tempora
rily placed in the inclosure for imme
diate shipment to one of her father's
Madge was half way across the
pasture when the herd, reposing in
the shade of the sheds, were aroused
by their leader, who had caught sight
of the dainty but color-flaring red
sweater that Madge wore. In an in-
"I'll Come Back, All Right."
stant the drove was in a stampede.
Madge discerned her danger. She
was light-footed, but with an appre
hensive glance behind her she saw
that long before she reached the
fence the maddened animals would
have overtaken her.
"Help!" she screamed in urgent
terror, as she made out a figure lining
the fence near the gate.
It was Dr. Drury. Alarmed at the
deadly peril of the defenseless girl, he