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with a pitcher of water. Then San
cho sprang up from somewhere in
the shade and struck it from her
"It is my fault, Sancho. I did not
mean his death. Set him free,"- beg
ged the girl. '
With a curse Sancho drove her
back into the shack. And the sun
climbed. Dick was no longer con
scious of his body, and it felt as if
this tormented covering of his soul
were something exterior to him.
When he opened his eyes again he
saw Sancho with Lina beside the
horses. The girl was pleading with
"Release him, and I go with thee,
Sancho," he heard Lina say.
The outlaw looked at her then
"I shall give him water and set
him free," said Lina, and went down
by the water side with her pitcher,
while Sancho strolled meditatively
"Warm?" he queried, tauntingly,
gloating over his victim. Then, see
ing that Dick was beyond his ma
lice, he raised his revolver slowly.
Lina, coming up from the stream,
saw him aim it at Dick's head. With
a scream she flew at him.
Sancho laughed, and, with his free
hand, held hers down. And Dick
saw the deadly revolver muzzle be
gin to cover his head again.
Sancho waited. He was in no
hurry, and he wanted his enemy to
taste death in all its fulness. But
the girl was becoming a nuisance.
He flung her from him, and, as she
fell fiat in the sand he aimed again.
At that moment Dick's attention
was directed toward a singular gleam
of light among the sandhills. There
was nothing strange about that. The
sun might be playing upon a stone.
But, again, the light looked some
how like the glint of a rifle barrel.
Dick saw the outlaw's finger close
on the trigger, saw Lina raise her
self and stretch out her clasped
hands toward Sancho in moaning ap-
TpeaL Then the sharp crack of a
rifle sounded among the rocks. The
trigger finger stiffened. But Sancho's
bullet plowed through the sand a yard
from Dick's head, and Sancho stif
fened, toppled, and pitched forward.
With a cry Lina flung herself upon
her lover's body. And that was the,
last that Dick knew, until he awoke
to find himself propped up in Doris'
arms, with the taste of cool water in
his throat, and the walls of the hut
"Dick, forgive me, forgive me!"
she was saying. "I knew that you
had come here, and I was afraid for
you, and I followed you to tell you
that I love you."
JAPANESE WINS FAME AS ACTOR
Makato Inokuchi, talented Japan
ese who is winning fame as an actor
and author. He was graduated from
Waseda college in Tokyo and later
studied in Chicago university and at
Princeton. In addition to work on
the legitimate stage, he haSv won
praise for his ability in the photo
plays. He has appeared in films for
several of the big companies and is
at present with, Balboa.
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