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card, gi&&d at the beautiful face on
its mher" side, and uttered a great
gasp, , 1
"She tneJady is a a relative?"
breathed he in tremulous" toned.
fNo, but had I lived she would have
been my1 wife." replied Ned mourn
fully. -"It was on her account that I
was captured In the danger-zone. She
was living there .with friends -when
thisar'.trouble broke out She ex
pected. ..that her father would come
for "hoc and waitedbeyond the limit
of safety. "I met herquite incidentally-,
and we became" friends and then
engaged We arranged t6 leave for
theinorui.:and I was- seeking to buy
or hire.a" cxmveyance-when I was cap
tured'' "-' '
"Itwillaccept and execute both of
thenissjons you intrust to me," said
the .westerner. .
A change serious and meditative
had come over him. He was somber
and evidently troubled all the rest of
the'. da$.and the next, andpaced the
cell Incessantly. Two' hours before
the annauncedrexecution, however,
he -removed his coat and vest It was
to reveal a thick padded garment
whioTi fitted like a- sweater. Ned re
garded, it witlt some mystification.
"ipuare to put thls.on," spoke his
cellmate. ' .
"Jrahd why?" challenged Ned
"Because it may save your life.
Listen, my friend, vthere"is a chance
of '-your escaping. I am something
of an inventor, and this garment is
made of-a. bulletproof cloth I have
been "experimenting on for years. It
shall be yours, for my detention here
will be.brief." w
"But how does that help me?" in
quired Ned. '
"Thus far: when they lead out the
fated- twenty late this afternoon, of
whom you are one, each is marched
ouOupon -a narrow platform overlooking-
the ravine. They attach a
smaltfglass disk over the heart of the
viotlm. Then an expert shows his
target waotice. The bulletproof
jacket 'protects -ydu from neck fc
hips. It is scarcely possible that a
bullet will stray beyond those limits.
When the disk you wear is shattered, -throw
up your arms and reel. Ton
fall out pf sight, you are supposed to
drop -where former victims have
fallen. The sides of the ravine are
sloping, vine-covered, full of orifices.
Try to check your fall at some of
these, wait till dark, and speed to
the rescue of the -girl who is waiting
for y6tr thirty miles across the ohap
"How shall I ever thank you?"
murmured Ned. v ' - -
."By being true tq that dear little
girl of yours," answered' the-'westerner
earnestly "If you do not es
cape with .your- life, I will attend-o
the instructions you. Have givqm- If
you do, we shall meet again," de
clared 'the' speaker in a strange tone
that impressed,, while it perplexed
Ned. - .v - V
The Villa." group passed Ned Davi
son Jrom hand to hand when he was
led "forth -from hisprisen. Six vic
tims preceded him on the fatal plat
His turn came, the glass disk was
affixed airecuy over ms ne&rc '
"Readyp-flreJ came, the -command.
There were 'Jeers of deriskm.
Ned felt a throbbing thud about the
waist line. Tire, garment he were
was indeed bulletproof. A new rifle
man supplanted his predecessor. A
sharp report rang outfthe bullet sped
true to its aim, shattered the glass
disk into a thousand fragments, add
Ned Davison sank from view.
rTanuCaD, as. lie buubu ucu i?ev.
down with a shock, he clutched at
straggling vines and bushes. At
length he managed to; najt flimseif.
He crept to covert in a' depression
sheltered by thick vines. '
It was just before dawn that bfev
reached the "home of Ms fiancee.
There must be to dallylagnow On
foot they started together, 'choosing
a remote route for the American,