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ture 'to Katy, for Tier two -baskets
were big, well laden and heavy. A
well-mannered young fellow saun
tering "by discerned her plight He
insisted on becoming her knight
chevalier. That was the beginning
of her acquaintance with Bruce
T He had been frank and open with
her as to his prospects. "They de
pend upon ay father just now," he
told Katy, ''but I can start' out to
earn my living independently if he
objects to our engagement"
"Do nothing rash dear," pleaded
Katy, almost piteously, though, and
he smiled at her fears and looked the
valiant, whole-souled fellow Oie was,
and she trusted him, and hoped
everything would come out just as he
Then a fateful day came to Katy.
She had not seen- Bruce Danvers for
a week, nor had she received a line
from him. That did not worry her,
for she never doubted his fidelity. It
made her feel surely lonely, however.
Everything went at odds that day, it
seemed; She had to carry the baskets
to Brocton, she was delayed in get
ting rid of her. produce. There was
another long wait in settling with a
fractious merchant It was dusk quite
as she n eared the entrance to the cut
She set dpwn her "baskets and rested
on a fallen tree beside some bushes.
Then she peered through the interlin
ing branches, for the sound of voices
attracted her and a startling declara
tion in the gruff tones of a man
"Let's start, then," the accents fell
distinctly upon her ear. "The express
special reaches the bridge in forty
five minutes. She's carrying a full
treasure chest and it's ours if we
. plant 'a few ties in time."
Katy sprang to Jier feet In a flash
she recognized the four men for what
they were--train wreckers and looters-
She formed a speedy impulse to
hasten back to Brocton and give the
alarm, but her fleeing form was seen.
"Stop her, whoever she Is been .
spying on usf" roared out a sturdy
The quartette started a" slanting
run towards the road leading Into
Broctpn. Katy realized that even if
not directly headed off, she would,
soon be overtaken. The cut--the
handcar! It was less than 200 feet
away. ,She left the baskets where
they were, abruptly changed her
course and made the dash contem
plated. Zing! The closeness of a speed
ing bullet made her fair face blanch.
Cracketty-jangle! She set the pro
peller bars in action. She heeded not
a second fusilade, nor the menacing
threats of her pursuers. The dim
dusk-overtook her. The men left far
behind. How far had her action de
feated the plans of the plotters? Katy
They might send a contingent
down the cut after her, while 'others
hastened down the main line 'to carry
out their unholy work. Was there
time to run the handcar the full
lengtlvf the .cut and cover the half
mile stretch to the main line?. Katy
feared not Two-thirds of the cut
route covered, she jumped to the
ground and ran up the sharp incline
leading to the higher levels, a mile in
width, thn the deep gap just beyond
Katy knew what she was about,
and raced like an expert runner. 'She
arrived breathless and tottering it
the edge of the gap. There was a
farmhouse 500 yards distant, but
Katy could afford to waste no time.
All along the edge of the gap were
little docks of hay, cured and dry as
tinder. A country boy stood lean
ing on his pitchfork, lighting his, pipe.
Katy ran up to him.
"Quick!" she fairly ordered, "give
me a match."
You you you don't smoke?"
gasped the astonished bumpkin, but
he produced the artiqle asked for.
Katy grasped the fork. She struck.
the match on its handle, dropped it
in a heapjof hay, lifted the Mazihf