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had vaulted the fence in an instant
He was at her side, picking up a stray
long-handled shovel that lay in his
path as he ran.
"For the gate do not delay a mo
ment!" he gasped breathlessly.
She obeyed him, he was glad of
that Now he nerved for the inevi
table conflict She was fast gaining"
safety the rest did not matter to
Whack! Clang! A great roaring,
sullen but full of meaning, and the
leader of the herd halted. That
shovel blade raked their horns, swept
their dripping nostrils, dazed them,
brought the hot blood streaming into'
their eyes, blinding them.
They pressed upon him, however.
Twice he was floored and nearly im
paled. Then again he was upon his
feet and then his one -weapon
It was all up with him, he fancied,
but he beat out with the splintered
fragment of wood in his hand. A great
giant bruite with lowered head was
posed to crush him down. Just then
a horse and rider' leaped the fence,
coming like a whirlwind, bearing the
prodded steel spear of the ranges. It
flashed in among the bellowing fore
most one of the drove! The flanks of
the trained horse were a barrier of
protection for the young doctor. Then
he was lifted up by a bronzed and
powerful arm and two minutes later
found himself over the gate, safe, his
rescuer, a half-breed, who sat in his
saddle grim, unmoved, with a 'glad,
gentle light in his savage eyes.
"You, Neetah! panted Drury, re
cognizing the man.
"It is well," said the other with
simple dignity. "I pay a little of what
I owe. See White Blossom, she is !
Madge was seated, pale and sway
ing, on a hummock. Drury hurried
to her side. He supported her gen
tly, with the words:
"It is all over."
"I feared for you!" she fluttered,
and then, as he helped her along the
road, both became more composed!
He had not seen her since, but the
memory of her sweet grateful smile
lingered. He heard that she divided
her time between the towa and some
relations thirty miles away.He hoped
to meet her again. It was the theme
of his thoughts day and night
Neetah was his great friend. When
the young doctor had first settled at
Moosehead, the half-breed had come
to town to report his wife dangerous
ly ill at their cabin, twenty miles
away. None of the other physicians
would go. Drury obeyed a human
impulse and won the undying fealty
of Neetah. After that Neetah, when
ever he came to town, would bring
honey, skins, wild fruits, always a
gift from his grateful wife.
One night the doctor was aroused
by a sharp summons at his office
door. He opened it to confront Nee
tah, terribly excited. The doctor must
come with him at once! Where to?
his "home. Sickness? yes, dan
ger? oh! he must come." There was
a wild dark canter and Drury entered
the rude cabin to find himself face to
face with Madge Grey!
"You love White Blossom," bluntly
burst forth the Indian. "I save her
"What does this mean?" murmur
ed the astonished Drury.
Then Neetah became volatile. He
had discovered young Leighton and a
group of his outlaw familiare discuss
ing a raid on the ranchhouse where
Madge was alone. Leighton was bent
on bearing her away, an 'unwilling
bride. Neetah detoured. He had
come upon Madge alone on the steps
of the house. He had made no ex
planation. He had caught her up
and despite her struggles had brought
"You will be her chief to fight
away Leighton," spoke Neetah, and
Madge blushed, and Drury blessed
the timely incident that made him
Mounted on horses, with Neetah