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"Well! Why didst thou not tell me
before!" demanded the other. "Who
"Louise Revel," answered Alphonse.
He spoke innocently enough, and
had no idea of the death-stroke that
he had dealt the other. He contin
ued: "I know I can trust to your discre
tion, Emile. We have been in love
with each other for nearly a year,
but she is secretly engaged to some
body els.e from another village. She
will not tell me his name, but it is
planned that I am to return early, In
order that we may be married nd go
away before he returns in spring. She
is afraid of him. He is an older man
Emilie sat quite silent At last he
"Do you think that is fair to the
."Why, yes," responded Alphonse
easily. "For two years he has want
ed her. She loved him for a year, but
he continually put off the marriage.
Now she has turned to me."
The sun was dipping low. At lajst That was to save Alphonse.
Emile got up. "Let us go on," he said.
"By nightfall we ought to reach the
Indian camp at Vallaincourt"
They rose and stepped on side by
side. Presently Alphonse stopped and
laid his hand on the other's should
ers. "Listen!" he said.
Far across the waste there came
the howling of a wolf. Both listened.
"It is nothing. There are wolves
about," said Emilie indifferently.
They were nearing the edge of the
timber belt when the howling broke
out afresh. Many wolf voices took
up the cry. Now the lean forms of
the hunger-maddened beasts were to
be seen slinking among the strag
gling spruce growth that formed the
outskirts of the timber.
Alphonse gripped the other by the
arm in panic. "It is three miles to
the camp!" he exclaimed.
snow, they saw the pack bay them
from among the trees.
"We must go on," said Emile.
"Three miles, before it grows dark.''
Alphonse and he strode on togeth
er. The wolves shrank away into the
shadows, but their cries resounded all
about them. And among the trees it
was quite dark already.
Neither of the men had any weapon
except a hunting knife. As is custom
ary among the habitants, they had
expended their store of cartridges'
early in the winter, shooting 'their
supply of caribou meat, and they had
left their rifles cached, rather than
bear the weight of them on the re
The pack was getting closer. Sud
denly a lithe form leaped from the
shadows straight at Emile's throat.
But, swift as it came, Emile was
swifter. In a moment he had buried
his knife deep in its throat.
Now from all sides the pack bayed
them, snarling, running f orwardr and
again retreating. Again a wolf leap
ed, and again Emile's knife flashed.
But it would soon be dark, and then
the pack would pull them down. The
camp lay only a little way beyond the
belt Suddenly Emile turned to Al
"If you will go ahead," he said, "I
can keep them off until you bring
back aid. They will not follow you
if I stand behind you and guard the
"But it is impossible. They will
get you," stammered the other.
"You have a sweetheart," answer
As he spoke the whole pack leaped
forward. Instantly the two men were
fighting for their lives. With their
backs against a clump of thick under
growth they used their knives and
fists against the snarling brutes that
beset them. When at length the
pack drew off six more wolves lay
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