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and held things well together. It
seemed base desertion to leave them.
Milly cried one whole night. Then
she took up her burden, laughing her
sweet way along the path of duty,
sometimes dark, ever hopeful.
Milly proceeded with her baking.
She felt guilty at the extravagance,
but she loved sweet and pretty
things, even edibles, and had to add
a pan of cookies to the heap of bis
cuits. Of both she made up a small
package, put it under her arm and
donned, her sunshade.
"I am going to run over to Aunt
Ward's," she announced.
"It's a prety hard climb over the
range for a hot day like this," sug
gested Mrs. Gordon.
"Oh, I don't mind that," chirped
Milly, "and I've had rare luck with
Just as Milly started to run across
the yard she paused in startled won
der. Coming through the open gate
way, limping, blood stained, swaying
from side to side, was a dog. The ani
mal seemed to have fallen or had
been battered by a rock landslide up
in the range. He ran to the pump andA
licked the .empty water pail, looking
imploringly into the face of Milly. "
"You poor sufferer!" cried the sym
pathetic girl, and she filled the pail
and placed it before the animal who
drank thirstly. Then she tossed him
a cookie from her bundle which he
"You just rest here until I get
back," said Milly, "and I'll see if there
is any cold meat for you."
But the animal, revived, ran about
her in a circle. It would lift its head
and utter a loud echoing, baying
sound. Then, regarding her beseech
ingly the animal started in front of
her, frequently looking back to ob
serve if Milly was following.
To the intelligent Milly all this
meant something. She decided from
the appearance of the dog that he
had "fallen somewhere, perhaps into
a pit. In trying to escape he had
grazed sharp-pointed rocks or they
had fallen upon him. Was it possible
that the animal had a human com-
panion, who, too, had sustained in-
jury, and the faithful dog had start-
ed out to bring assistance and res
cue? At least so Milly reasoned, and
when, half way across the range, the
animal paused at a spot with which
Milly was entirely familiar, she'
guessed out the situation in a flash.
"Someone has fallen into the cav
ern pit!"she exclaimed.
Milly quickly descended a slant"
twenty feet away. Further progress
brought her up against a vine-clad
wall of solid rock. She brushed aside
a great clump of verdure to disclose
a gap in the rock surface. Through
this Milly crept, followed by the dog.
She experienced a vivid shock as
she noticed lying on the ground a
young man. He was motionless and
his eyes were closed. His clothing
indicated taste and wealth, his fea
tures were open and handsome. A
walking staff by his side indicated a
stranger tourist, inadvertently fallen
into the pit
Milly did everything by impulse.
She threw down -her bundle of
goodies and hurried from the spot.
The dog did not accompany her, but,
as she retraced her way from the
pit, came up and licked her hand, as
if encouraging her in her good work.
She did not consume much time in
getting back home.
Mr. Gordon was on a neighboring
farm. Milly located him and recited
the tragedy of the hour. There was
no resisting her appeal and marked
out plan. Mr. Gordon soon had a
horse hitched to a light wagon, sum
moned a helper, and all hands hur
ried away to the vicinity of the old
"Dear me!" gasped Milly, starting
back in embarrassment and wonder
as she once more found entrance to
For the handsome young man had
revived, it seemed. He looked woe
fully haggard and in evident pain, but