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LEHI BANKER, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2C, 19H. " fr!
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The Trey O' Hearts
" A Novelized Version or" tbo Motion Picture Drama of the Same N&mo
! Produced by the Universal Film Co.
By LOUIS JOSEPH VANCE "
CAtthor tfTm Fortum Hunkr,""TI Bitot Bowl.""Tha Black Jo.".. I
tllattrated with Photo jrphi from the Pictsre Prodnctioa I
Copright, 1914, by Louis Joseph Vtncs
aan- The 3 of Hearts Is tho "death-sign" em-
ployed by Seneca Trlno In tho tirtvato war
of vengeance which, through the agency
3 of hla daughter Juillth, ho wages against
- -Alan Law, son of the man, now dead, who
won Innocently responsible for the ncct
dent which rendered Trine a helpless crip
pie. Alan loves and Is loved by Hose,
Judith's twin nnd double. Judith vows to
compass his death, but under dramatic
circumstances Alan saves her life and so.
unwillingly, wins her love. Thereafter
Judith Is by turns animated by tho now
love, the old hatred, nnd jealousy of her
sister. In escaping her persecution, Alan
and ltoso nnd their rlend Marcus take
refuse In tho Painted Hills a rnnRo of
arid mountains bordering the Arizona
deserts. Judith, while pursuing, surfers a
acliango of heart and warns thum In time
to nvert nn attempt upon their lives. In
return for this she Is seized by an outlaw
accomplice and bound helpless to tho
'8 back of n horse. Alan shoots the nccom-
ity pllco and tho horse runs away, following
,w perilous mountain trail.
The Man In the Shadow.
Two hundred feet, if one, Hopl Jim
foil from tho lip of tho cliff. Thon sud
tl dcnly tho thing that had boon Hopl
I Jit" Slade was checked In Its headlong
: descent by tho outstanding trunk of a
appjr troo, over which It romalned, doubled
Tries UP. Hnp, horrlblo . . .
Tho miniature landslldo that had
boon caused by his fall went on,
mm. settling gradually aB tho Blopo be-
4o caino less sheer. Only part of It, a
a- double handful of pebbles, gained tho
(- bottom of tho canyon.
EN, Its munied Impact on tho ground
round his feet roused the man who
3y bad compassed tho bandit's death from
i tlln poso ho had unconsciously as-
J , sumed on the instant of firing.
" Ho stopped back, nnd snatched up
a case containing binoculars.
I Not boforo tho glasses were adjusted
to his vision did w find timo to ro-
apond absently to the nlnrmed and In-
un. slstent Inquiries of his two compan-
j t; Ions, a man of his own n-go and a girl
e(1 of Bomo years less, who had been
. wakened from their sleop by tho ro-
,M port of tho rillo.
"' Now tho latter plucked his sleeve,
, momentarily deflecting tho glasses
from tho object which thoy wero fol-
1 lowing so sedulously as It moved
along tho heights; n wildly running
horso with a woman bound helpless
0 ln upon Its back, both shnrply in sll
8( houettc against tho burning blue.
, ' "Alan!" tho girl demanded, "what
1 "01 la it? Why did you flro? Why won't
"" .you answer mo? What Ib it?"
"Judith," Alan replied torsely, again
picking up with tho glasses tho run
away horse that fled so madly along
r., ' tho perilous and narrow track of tho
Shlni hill trail.
"" Tho namo was echoed from two
'' vi throats as Alan swung sharply nnd
d her thrust tho glasses into tho hands of
'" !' tho girl.
"Judith," ho affirmed with a look of
mu,i poignant solicitude. "She's roped to
u ' tho back of that crazy broncho help-
Whs less! Seo for yoursolf; ono falBo step
:, aaj suppose a stono turns beneath its
fcoof sho'll bo killed!"
Whllo tho girl focused her glasses
upon that speck that flow against tho
mm sky Alan turned to tho two horses
-Bos Moistened Hit Parched Llpi and
hobbled near by and solzlng a saddlo
mat throw It over tho back of ono.
sh" At this tho othor man turned to his
," (i sldo und dropping a detaining hand
i;ii' upon his arm asked:
itrer. "What nro you going to do?"
Alan shook the hand off and went
on with his Bolf-appolnted task.
i Utit "do after her, Tom, of course," ho
loplied. "What cIbo? That animal is
itort -crazy, I toll you "
rapes "livon bo," Tom Ilnrcus argued, "you
can't climb that hillside on horsoback
and if you could, you'd bo too lato to
catch up, much less prevent an nc
Sp cldent "
ich. "I know It. Hut supposo It doesn't
iilti fall , . , You know what's beyond
those hills deserts! And tho girl Is
, ro5 holploss, I toll you, bound hnnd nnd
, iiad foot. Think of her bolng carried that
way all day, perhaps face up to this
brutal sun! Sho'll go mad If some
thing isn't tlono "
flttf "You've gonu mad yoursolf alroudy,"
I r. Rnrcus contended darkly, "What's
j t to you U oho dooa? Suppose you do
. 4 roccood In rescuing her: what then?
la soon s aho gets on her pine sho'll
try to stick n knife Into you like as
not. What's she been chasing you for,
all over this land of tho bravo and
homo of tho free, but to take your fool
life? And now you want to sacrifice
yourself to her, out of sheer, down
right foolishness In tho head I I sup
pose you'll llko mo to call it chivalry:
I'll toll you what I call it lunacy 1"
"Don't bo an use!" Alan responded
temperately, gathering tho rolrm to
gether nnd Instinctively lifting n foot
to tho Btlrrup. "Who wnmed us yes
terday In tlmo to prevent our being
crushed by that rock? Judith! Why
was slio soparatcd from Marrophat
and tho others alone up thoro when
that beast encaked up behind her O,
I saw him I saw It all and grabbed
her and roped her to that bronco If
it wasn't becauso alio had brokon with
them for good nnd all and started to
fight on ouroldc?"
"You'rp raving," Harcus commented
in a hopeless tone Ho looked to the
girl. "Rose Miss Trine reason with
this madman "
Dropping tho glasses, tho girl came
swiftly and confidently to her lover's
sldo, lifting her lips to his.
"Go, sweetheart!" she told him.
"Savo her If you can!"
"Did you dream for nn lnstnnt Roso
would see her own slstor carried to
her death If anything could bo done
to avert it no matter what wo may
have suffered nt Judith's hands?"
With nn indignant grunt, but con
siderate none tho less, Mr. Harcus
cuught up tho glasses nnd turned his
back. . . .
"Go on!" ho grumbled, pretending
to lgnoro tho hand Alan offered him
from tho saddle. "I'vo got no patience
with you . . . nut go!" ho Insisted,
of a sudden seizing 'tho hnnd nnd
pressing it fervently, "And God go
with you, my friend!"
Thqn hoofbents drumming on the
hnrd-packed earth of tho canyon trail
struck a hundred echoes from its
rugged, rocky walls.
Mr. Harcus showed Roso Trlno a
faco almost ludlcroim with its an
guished smllo that was Intended to
"Let's look sharp nnd follow him
ns quick as may be," ho urged. "Light
ning will never strike us so long as
wo stick to Mr. Law of the charmed
life but I don't mind tolling you, onco
out of his company, I'm Just naturally
afraid of tho dark!"
The Trail of Flying Hoof-Prints.
In tho still nlr of that young day tho
chill of night lingered stubbornly
nnd would until tho shadow of tho
eastern rampart had crept slowly
down tho canyon's western wall, tele
scoped upon itself and vanished, lot
ting in tho sun to mako tho place a
pit of torment and of burning.
Refreshed from rest land exhilarated
by this grateful coolness, his horse
responded willingly to tho first light
touch of Alan's spur. In n twinkling
tho overnight camp dropped from vlow
behind tho rounded shouldor of a hill
Then from Its first spirited flight
the horso settled down to steady go
ing, lengthened Its stride, and ran for
leagues with tho long, apparently ef
fortless and tireless lopo of the plains
bred broncho, ventre-a-terro.
Alan's departuro from camp had an
ticipated by a round qunrter-hour tho
appearance on tho upper trail of
friends of tho slain bandit, to tho
numbor of four or five, who had both
discovered and recovered his body,
culled his death murder and pledged
themselves to Its avengoment laying
responsibility for tho putative crlmo
at tho door of tho man nnd woman
to bo seen In tho canyon, immediately
below tho Eccno of Hopl Jim's fall.
Hotwcon tho moment when discov
ery of tho men on tho ridge trail In
terrupted their slmplo nnd hurried
breakfast and that which found Rose
und Harcus mounted on tiro back of
their own horse and making tho best
of their way down tho canyon in pur
suit of Alan, but little timo had
And oven with Its double burden,
their horso mndo better time upon
tho broad lower lovol than thoso who
followed tho rldgo trail. Hy mid morn
ing, when they approached tho foot
hills that ran down to tho deserc, the
pursuit was mora than a mllo In tho
rear and shut off to boot by a mono
lithic hill, whllo Alan was muny a
weary mllo In ndvnnco.
Ho sat upon his horso, Just then, at
standstill upon tho summit of n round
ed knoll, the Painted hills lifting up
bohlnd him, tho dosort boforo unfold
ing Hko a mup but llko u map all
Was Judith out thoro, somowhoro,
lost, dofensoloss, forlorn, Impotent to
lift a hand to shlold hor faco from tho
blast of that savago sun?
No rest for Alan till he know , . ,
Descending tho knoll ho reined his
lagging mount bock Into tho trull, fol
lowing its winding course through tho
foothills and round tho bnso of that
monolithic mountain toward tho Junc
tion with tho rldgo trail, mllos away.
It approachod tho hour of noon be
fore ho gained tho point whero the
v -- m ,lllBli'SMweejl()aHHMBMMMW
two trails Joined and struck out across
tho desert. And hero ho discovered
what ho thought Indisputable indica
tion that tho fright of Judith's horso
Abandoning Immediately all notion
of returning through tho hills by the
rldge-trall, ho turned nnd swung away
nt tho best pneo ho could spur from
his broncho, delivering himself Into
tho pitiless cmbraco of thnt Implaca
ble wiidomess of sun nnd sand.
At long Intervals he would check
tho broncho nnd, reeling In his saddle,
endeavor to sweep tho desert with his
And toward tho mlddlo of the after
noon ho fnnclcd that something re
warded ono such effort; something
for nn instant Bwnm athwart tho field
of tho glasses; somothlng thnt seomod
to move llko a weary horso with a
human flguro bound to Its back.
Hut now tho phenomena were ills
comlblo which, had ho been moro des
ert wise, would hnvo made him pause
and think beforo ho ventured farther
from those hills, already beyond
rench as thoy were.
His first appreciated warning enmo
when tho surfaco of tho desert Beemed
to lift and shake like the top of a
canvas tent In a galo. At tho samo
tlmo a mighty gust of wind swopt
athwart tho waste, hot ns a furnace
blast. In a trlco dust enveloped man
and horBe, a stifling cloud of super
heated partlHes that stung tho llosh
llko a myriad needles. And then dark
ness fell, tho twilight of hades, a cop-por-colored
pall. Nothing romnlned
vlslblo beyond arm's length.
minded, half suffocated, unspeak
ably dismayed and bowlldercd, tho
broncho swung round, back to tho
blast, and refused to budgo another
Himself moro than half-dazed, but
still hounded by his nightmans vision
of Judith, Alan dismounted to cscapo
being torn bodily from the saddle by
that helllBh sand-blast, and seizing
tho brldlo sought to draw tho horso
on with htm.
Ho wasted his strength In thnt en
deavor: tho animal balked, planted
Its hoofs deep In tho sand, stiffened
Its legs and resisted with tho stub
bornness of a rock; then, of a sudden,
Jorkcd his head smartly, Bnappcd tho
brldlo from his grasp and flung away,
scudding beforo tho storm.
Pursuit was out of tho question:
Indeed, tho brldlo was barely torn
from his hand beforo Alan lost Bight
of the broncho.
For a moment ho stood rooted in
consternntion as in a bog with an
arm upthrown across his face.
Then the thought of Judith re
curred. . . .
Head bended and shouIderB rounded,
ho began to forgo a way Into the tocth
of the snndstorm.
How long ho fought on, pitting his
strength against tho elements, cannot
In tho end ho stumbled blindly down
a slight decline and was abruptly
conscious that ho had In somo wny
found shelter from tho full forco of the
Ho staggered on another yard or
two, breathing moro freely, nnd blun
dered Into a rough-ribbed wall of rock
some sporadic outcrop, ho under
stood, whoso bulk "stood between him
and tho storm.
Ho thought to rest for a time, until
tho Btorm had spent Its greatest
strength; but as ho laid his shoulder
gratefully against tho rock and
acrubbed the dust from his smarting
eyes ho saw what ho at first conceived
to bo a hallucination: Judith Trine
standing within a yarri of him, nllvo,
Ho stnrod incredulously, saw her
recognize him, open her mouth to
uttor a wondering cry that was Inaudi
ble, and coino quickly nearor.'V
"Alan! You came for me! You fol
lowed mo, through all (his!"
Ho throw off her hnnd with a bitter
laugh that was llko the croaking of a
raven as It Issued from Ills bono-dry
throat and In momentary possession
of hysteric madness, reeled away from
tho woman and tho shelter of tho rock
and dollvored himself anow to the
mercy of tho dust-storm.
Though she had been schooled to hold
tho very name of Law in loathing un-
speaknblo nnd to think of Alan na a
mortal enemy nnd ns one whose death
alono could properly requite tho c."uel
injury that had been done her father;
and though tho man himself had
laughed to scorn her first Involuntary
confession of that love for him which
now consumed her being with Its In
satlablo llrcs, sho swallowed her
chagrin nnd followed him with tho
sollcltudo of ono whoso lovo can recog
nize no wrong In Its object. Through
nil the remainder of that day of terror
sho was never far from his side.
With tho meekness of tho strong,
slio mndo herself his shadow. And
she was now tho stronger, for alio had
had more thnn nn hour's rest beside
tho watcrholo, which ho hud missed
on tho wny of that rocky windbreak.
Sooner or later his strength must fall
him and ho would need her; till then
sho was content lo bldo her hour.
It befell presently in startling fash
Ion; she wns not n yard behind him
when ho vanished abruptly.
Hut tho next moment Judith herself
was trembling ou tho crumbling brink
of nn nrroyo of depth and width In
determlnnblo In tho obscurity of tho
duststorm. Down this, evidently,
Alan had fallen In his dizzy blindness.
Sho found him Insenslblo, lying with
"Rose Miss Trlne Reason With tho Madman"
nn arm bent under him In a poso
frightfully BUggestlvo of dislocation.
Yet when sho turned him on his back
and released tho arm, ho mndo no
sign to indicate that tho movement
had caused him tho slightest pain.
Thero was a slight cut upon his
brow, a bruise about his loft tomplo.
Sho tore linen from her bosom, bo
neath her coarso flannel shirt, and with
sparing aid from tho canteen, washed
the cut clean and bandaged It.
Thon, seeing that tho storm held
with fury unabated, sho roso, rccon
noltered nnd returned to exert all her
Btrength and drag tho unconscious"
man across the dry bed of that nnclent
water-courso and under tho leo of Its
Thoro, sitting, Bho pillowed his
head upon her lap, and bonding over
him mndo her body an additional shol
tor to him from tho swirling clouds
And for hours on end Judith nurBcd
him thoro. senrco daring to movo
snvo to minister to his needs, bathing
his fevered brow and moistening his
parched lips nnd throat.
In tho courso of tho first hour Bho
was onco startled by tho spectral vis
ion through tho driving Bhcets of dust
of a horso thnt plodded up tho arroyo,
hearing two riders on its back.
Weary with the weight of Its doublo
burden, It went slowly and passed bo
near to Judith that Bhe was ablo to
recognize tho features of hor sister
und Tom Harcus.
Bo sure sho made never a sign to
catch their attention.
Within tho next succeeding hour
tho coppery light lost something of
its hot brlllanco, took on n darker
shade, and thon ono darker still. Twi
light stolo athwart tho desort, turning
its heat to chill, Its light to violet.
Growing morn Intense, the cold
eventually roused tho sleeping inun.
And hardly had his eyes unclosed
and looked up Into tho eyes of Judith
bending over hlra than ho started up
nnd out of her embrace, got unstead
ily upon his feet and nfter a moment
of pnuso, watching her rlso In turn,
Btrodo nwny or, rather, staggered
with the gesture of exorcism,
Uncomplnlnlng, hugging hor new
born humility to her with tho ecstasy
of tho anchorite his horsehair shirt,
Judith followed him patiently, at a
Not far from whero ho had rested
thero was a break in tho overhanging
wall of tho arroyo. Through tljls ho
scrambled painfully, reaching tho lovel
of tho desort only nftor cruol effort,
"tKa unheeded woman ut his heels.
A brief pnuso thoro afforded both
tlmo to regain their breath and survey
tho desert for signs of assistance: It
offered none, other thnn what thoy
might accomplish through their own
exertion. For leagues In any quarter
it stretched without a broak other then
the black cleft of tho nrroyo, gleaming
a blenched and deathly whtta in tho
moonshlno like tho fnco of a frozou
With tacit consent both turned thnt
way, Alan leading, Judith his pertina
cious shadow, with nover n word or
sign botween them to prove that either
was aware of tho other's company.
nnt this was a stnto of nffnlrs thnt
could not long endure. Judith hnd tho
prlco to pay for her own trlnlB, suf.
ferlng nnd prlvntlon: tho strain began
to toll sorely upon her. Sho reeled
slightly ns she walked, weaving n
winding trail ncross nnd ncross tho
Btrnlghter lino of footprints thnt
marked Alan's course through tho oV
derod pattern of tho powdered sago
brush. And of a sudden sho collapsed.
Instinct nlono mndo Alan glnnce
over shoulder for she had mndo no
Ho turned and came directly bnck
to her, knelt besldo her, lifted hor
head, pillowed It gently on his nrm
and piled her In turn with tho dregs
of tho canteen.
With n sigh, n stifled moan nnd a
llttlo shiver, Bho revived.
Ho helped her gently to regnln her
feet, passed an nrm round her.
In this fashion they struggled on In
strange, dumb companionship of mis
ery nnd wonder.
Thus nn hour passed; and for all
their desperate struggles neither could
seo thnt tho light on tho mountainside
wns n yard tho nearer.
Hohlnd them othor lights nppenred,
two staring yellow eyes that peored
up over tho horizon, seemed to pnuso
a tlmo In search of tho two, then
leaped out directly toward them.
Of this thoy wero altogether Ignor
ant; and when a deep, droning sound
dlsturbod tho dosert sllenco, llko tho
purring of Bomo glgnntlo cnt, both as
cribed It to tho drumming of their
Tho two lights wero not a mllo bo
hlnd them whon, silently, without a
sign to warn flio girl, Alan released
her, took a step apart and dropped
as if shot.
Instantly sho wns kneeling by his
sldo. Hut In tho act of bending pver
him sho drow bnck and remained for
several moments motionless, staring
at thoso twin glaring eyes, sweeping
down upon them with nit tho speed
attalnablo by a six-cylinder touring car
negotiating a trackless desort.
When Judith did movo It was not to
comfort Alan. On tho contrary, hor
first net wnB to draw from hor pocket
n heavy, blunt-nosed revolver, brenk It
nt tho brooch and blow Its barrol
clear of dust. Hor hand went next
to tho holster on Ainu's hip. From
, this sho extracted his Colt's ,4C, treat-
i lng it as sho had tho othor. Thon Bho
, crouched low above tho man Bho loved,
ns If thinking perhnps to escnpo notice
from tho occupants of tho motorcar.
If that wero her thought, it was bred
of nn idle hope. Alan had chosen to
fall In tho mlddlo of n wldo spneo so
arid that not oven Bagobrush had ven
tured to tako root thoro. When tho
glaro of tho headlights fell upon thorn
It was Inovltnblo thnt discovery should
follow. Tho motor car stopped within
twenty feot. Three- men Jumped out
and ran toward tho pair, leaving two
In tho car tho chauffeur nnd ono who
occupied a corner of tho rear seat:
an aged man with tho faco of adnmnod
soul, doomed for a llttlo tlmo to live
upon this earth in tho certain knowl
edge of his damnation.
As this happened, Judith Trlno
leaped to her feet and stood over the
body of Alan, a rovolver poised In
"Halt!" Bho ordered imporatlvoly.
Tho thrco who had alighted oboyed
without a moment's hesitation;' hor
father's creatures, thoy know tho
dnughtor's temper far too woll to
dream of opposing hor will.
In tho six hands that wcmq sil
houetted against tho hqndllghts' radl
nnco, three revolvers glimmered; hut
at her command all threo dropped
harmlessly to tho earth.
Thon, sharply, "Stand back two
paces!" she required.
Thoy humored her unanimously.
Dnrtlng forward, sho picked up and
pocketed tho threo weapons, thon with
ono of her own singled out tho men
"Now, Marrophat and you, Hicks
pick Mr. Ijiw up and enrry him into
tho car. And treat him gently, mind!
If ono of you lifts a finger to harm
him, that ono shall answer to mo."
Still nono ventured to dlsputo hor.
Tho two men designated, without a
sign of disinclination, stepped forward.
Ono lifted Alan Law by tho shoulders;
tho other took tho legs, Hctwccn them
thoy boro him with overy care toward
tho motor car.
Hut now a second will manifested
Itself. Tho man In tho rear seat llftod
up a vlrdly Bonorous volco:
"Stot." ho cried. "Stop this non
senso! V)rop that man! Judith, I
command you "
"Ho silent!" tho girl cut In sharply.
"I command hero If It's necessary to
Thero was a pauso of astonlshmont.
Then the old man broke out in oxns
poratlon that threatened to wax into
fury: "Judith! What do you mean by
this? Has It Indeed como to this that
my own daughter defies mo to my
"Apparently!" sho Bhot back, with
u short laugh. "Judge for yourself!"
"Have you forgotten your vow to
"No, Hut I tako It back and cancol
It; that Is my prlvllego, I believe. . . .
Sllenco!" sho stormed as ho strovo
to gainsay her. "Silence do you
hear? or It will bo tho worso for
As well command tho sea to still
Its voice: her father raged llko a mad
man that ho was, for tho timo being
divested of his habitual mask of frigid
And seeing that thero was no other
way of quieting him, tho girl turned
to tho third man.
"Now Jimmy 1" sho Bald crisply.
"Into that car and be quick about It
and gag him!"
"If jou do," hor father foamed, "PR HM
have your llfo " EH
A flourish of her weapons gained Hfl
Instant obedience iEH
Sho stepped up ou tho running board 89
nnd shot a quick, searching glance HH
nt tho face of tho chauffeur. nScO
"Straight uhend, my mnnP Bho said. LQ8
Mnko for tho nearest pass through gjflfl
thoso hills yonder, and don't dolay IBB
unless you aro anxious for trouble. Oft EkM
you go!" nH
Tho enr began to move. Sho swopt IsBJ
the threo men in the desert a mocking WHSA
how, Jumpod Into tho body of tho car M$Sm
nnd slammed the door E9
They mndo no effort to plead their iKpH
cntiso nnd ser.uro pnBsago oven as far K$sS
ns tho edgo of tho desert; doubtless IMBb
thoy knew too woll tho futility of that, W$M
Bho thought, nB alio Bottled back In n fc&elS
sent, chuckling with tho memory ot Ham
thoso threo masks of dismay uumlti- SmH
It was not until flva minutes Inter, W&ml
when sho straightened up from making IPS
Alan comforfoblu that sho realized flMM
what had mndo them so content to KsmO
abldo by her will. H&S
Then sho hoard their voices lifted CfsfB
together In a long, shrill howl that was trftn
quickly answered by fainter yells from raffl
a dUtant quarter of tho desert, then Warn
by pistols popping nnd flnshlng Borne gfljHj
two miles away, then by a growing H
rumbto of galloping hoofs. JpiMI
Tho night glnssns In thocarafTordod mBh
hor flashes of n body of several horse- Hm
men somo six or soven, sho Judged Brail
making nt top speed toward tho spot Km
whero Marrophat, Hicks and Jimmy HE
waited besldo a beacon which they BHl
hnd built nnd lighted. B9
Half a dozon sentences exchanged RhB
with tho chnurfour ndvlscd her that Un
thoso were horsemen from tho town PhI
of Mesa who had charged tlicmsolvca ntH
with tho duty of nvenglng the death JHffi
of Hopl Jim Slndo. WsM
A sardonic chucklo from within fiflfl
Trlno's gag goaded the girl Into a sul- 1691
len fury. hHb
Exacting his utmost speed from the IHj
chauffeur, undft- penalty of her dls- Bl
plensuro, sho set horsolt to -revive, HfBY
With tho aid of such stores ot food Un!
and drink as tho car carried, this wai pMfl
quickly enough accomplished. wtH
Strangling with an overdoso ol HB
brandy too llttlo diluted with wntor, SB
Alan Bnt up, grasped tho condition! (KwJ
In a flash, and gnlncd furthor Informa- SfBl
Hon ns ho devoured BandwlcheB and H0J
emptied a canteen. HH
Tho mountain pass was now, ha Hflsl
Judged, u mllo distant. Tho light on IfllH
tho hillside, nccordlng to tho chnuf- flttfl
four, was that ot n proBpector who Bom
had camped thoro temporarily. There BJf 1
was nothing, then, to be feared front mm
that quarter, but solely from tho real (Shi
whero tho horsemen, having picked jHEl
up Marrophat and his companions, flail
had Instituted hot pursuit, and were iSfly
now strung out In a long, straggling. HKl
lino, threo homos carrying doublo the iHK
farthermost perhnps a mllo and, s DM;
half away ono with a slnglo rldoi Aflul
tho nearest, woll within threo-quar- SnS
tors of a mile. i mKB
Nobly mounted, this last camo on flEffl
llko tho wind, gaining on tho motor lEKfl
car with overy strldo; for his horst ImH
was trained to such going, whoreai mBB
tho car at best could only labor hoav JBfBnl
lly In dust nnd sand, KflJ
Nono tho loss, it hnd won '.o a point K9M
within a quartor of a mllo from the Hsi
pass boforo tho horseman got within HSsi
what ho cstoomod tho proper range, Bfll
ani opened flro. ffifl
Ho fired thrice. H1b first shot winged SdHM
wldo, hlB second by Ill-chanco ripped MHm
through a rear tiro of tho car, thui ttaVj
placing upon It an additional handl- sflM
cap, whllo his third sought tho zenith fl
as his hands flew up and ho dropped nSl
from tho saddle, drilled through the taBl
body by Alan's only shot SwH
A long-range plBtol duel was Is wflH
progress boforo tho car had covered kBHI
half tho remaining distance to th IfiH
Hy tho tlmo it entered this last liwJsf
which proved to bo a narrow ravin JHflH
with towering Bldo of crumbly earth Hfll
and shale and broken rock, tho pur IgflVj
suit was not a hundred yards behind jflMI
whllo tho firing was wollulgh contin RBI
Two hundred feot abovo the trail ggH
two men wero working with desperatt 3H
haste at somo mysterious bualness JHJ
though nono noticed them. ffl!
Only tho chauffeur was aware of s jESS
woman running down tho hillside nt nnB'
an angle, to lntcrcopt tho car soveral .ftfB,
hundred yards from tho mouth of the iraf
Ab It drow near tho spot where she Ifll
paused, waving both hands frnnticnlly sli
the head of the pursuing party swepl Sf
Into tho mouth of tho ravlno. f'u
At tho samo tlmo tho chauffeur nc- J9o
tlced that the two men on tho hillside ' , j$i
wero following tho woman pellmoll, ; fW
throwing themselves down tho slope ''R9
with gigantic leapB and bounds. f$8itr
And then a great explosion rout the KSflfoj,
peaceful hush ot night that till then fffljge
had been profaned by tho pattorlng FW
cracks of tho rovolvor fusillade, T-ESi
As tho roar of dynumlto subsided i k
the entlro sldo of tho hill shifted nnd . ,Klt
slid ponderously down, choking tho V ' m
ravlno with debris to tho depth of I tgr
somo thirty or forty feet, burying the ,W&
lenders of tho pursuit bojond rescue. ' .VOl
Only a instant hitor tho motor enr M&
Jolted to a halt and Alan pulled him- $3l-
self togother to And that Roso and $&
Harcus wore standing beside tho door BR
nnd Jabborlng Joyful greetings, mixed ?
with more or less Incoherent explana- feS
Uons of tho manner In which they bad tHjffl
como to seek sheltor for tho night In flflKrJ
tho prospector's shack and, roused Bflju
by tho noiso ot firing and recognizing BhaHJ
' Alan In the car by tho aid of spy flflflfl
glasses, had with the prospector's aid flflj
hit upon this scheme of shooting a flflflj
landslide In between tbo pursuit and flfll
Its dovotod quarry. HHJ
(TO OH CONTINUED Bfll