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maooks, oset whom ran away whl4
#he other fell of his mule. Sanch
nimbly asIped from his ass an be
pa .to strip the luckless man; whilm
be was e sed In this legitimate a
proprlatloe of the spoils of the battle,
two multeeers of the train oversel
him, tore out his beard by handfuals
mauled him and left him senselesa
Doti Quixote engaged In a terrific com
bat with one of the lady's guard who
sliced off half of his helmet and one
of his ears. Undaunted the knight
presd the combat to victory, but
just as he was aboqt to give the finish
ins stroke, the fshtened lady begged
him to desist and be complied on con
dtiton that the defeated opponent
should go and present himself before
the peerless Dolelnsa, who was ia
reality a brom woman known
thbrogh an ta Mancha for her kili m
salting pert and who had never deliP
ed to look at her amorous neighbor.
A few days later, bruised and bat.
tered in untoward adventures, the
ease upo a Seek of sheep which Doe
Qulsete emacelved to be a prodigioe
army eempemed of an tInbit number
of natlein led by mighty kings. He
prgd hed a thlnderbolt frm the
top et a mick, asouting his battle.
ehalleguS patting the hapless sheep
to arght and trampling both the living
and the slain. Impatient to meet the
commander of the enemy be shouted:
Where, where art tho haughty
At that moment the hepherd rml
Iled I defense of their Sobcs and
overwhelmed the unlucky kntlht first
with stones and then with cudgels,
leaving hb In a desperatea e, with
nearly all of hbl teeth knocked out
or loosened, and his ribe half broken.
Did thi advetare disequrage him?
Not at all. It was all a part of chtval
ry. He and anhebo rode on tn dolo
ous disourse. They were overtakes
by night and bad no ahelter or food.
Suddenly appeared a hbad of about
twat horsemen, all In white robe,
with teres -Itheir Lds and fel
ltwed by a heare draped In black.
It was the fuseal at a satleman I
sgovla ; Don Qutoste tek It to be
fa tmt o some knight either killed
er delperath y weended, ad. assured
t it was his duty to avenge the
8sideetnes et a htherb rm
halted th e esrto,se and demanded an '
emplsatto, Tie reliase of the clergy-I
ae Sid to satin y him and be aew
at erm high dgees. elacumbered
byr taeir bes a.e beamp eayer '
tm esma a et to !eght.
er1 possed themselves o the
-u deserte by the lera men, huta
weerrel had nothing to drinkI
iw1d I a sgs el'tier b the rnes 1
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COMRADES OF PERIL
By RANDALL PARRISH
"YOUI HER HUSBAND?' ft
Synopsis.-Tom Shelby, a rancher,
rides into thq 'frontier town of !;
Pone,. looking for a good time af
ter a .ong spell of'hard work and
loneliness on the ranch. Instead,
he runs into a funeral-that of Dad T
Calkins, a retired army man of
whom little is known. A girl, still d
in her teens, survives Calkins. Mc
Carthy. a saloon keeper and Pon
ca's leading ctisen, decides that T
the gir( now alone in the world,
should marry. She agrees to pick
out a husband from the score of
men lined up In her home. To his
consternation, She selects Shelby.
who had gone along merely as a e1
spectator. The wedding takes
place and the couple set out for
Shelby's ranch. With them is Im
"Kid" Macklin, whom Shelby has
hired as a helper. On the way the
girl tells her husband her name is
Olga Carlyn, and also tells him
something of the peculiar circum
stances of her life. Upon their ar
nval at the ranch Shelby is struck
down from behind and left for
dead. He recovers consriousness to
and that Macklin and his wife have
gone. He starts in pursuit. He
learns his wife is an heiress, that
her abduction has been carefully
planned and that she has been
taken to Wolves' Hole, a strong
hold of bandits and bad Indians.
Reaching Wolves' Ho:e, he is dis
covered by "Indian Joe' and forced
to accompany him into the Hole.
Shelby rode away silently between
the two, conscious that this brief con
versation had In no way improved his
position. To be sure he had escaped
an Immediate meeting with Hanley.
but the fact that the latter had entire
ly failed to mention Jis probable ar
rival must have left an unpleasant
suqeilon in Laud's mind. The fellow
said nothing, however, and apparent:
ly took no precautions, but Shelby
was nevertheless fully aware that the
other watched him cautiously, and
would be quick to detect the slightest
movement. They rode at a walk
through a darkness so profound that
he could not be sure they were even
fellowlag a trail. The sound of
bolsterous voices rang out occasion- ,
ally, but they bore off steadl'v toward
the left away from the aoise, and bhe
etleed the 'Melcan had ,graped the d
bridle ef the btkskan, and was Arm~ -
ly guidang the animal
"H-I I" mid Lad suddenly, "I
ferget al about the Kid. Wanter se
hi. Carerdllr 1
"Not peelaIy teruight" Shehlby ad
altted hastily, "msrala' will, be eon
"All right, thea; 'tala't achb -
ther, m.nyvw. There's the high reek. I
lua; the ghbt'll show round the
It did, abltl at e ko a star. and
they datve up In ftret et a le shaback,
asm dd6'duled, masmia, afair, built
deke s ae-ne a wan of reek. The
dea, epmedu i aspeame to the und I
if ti kriss' eams and a young
wems eppeuud - the atgaees per'
".h. t m. Janar sbe asked I
M; thre are three eof uas Panehe."
"ig the Mt asi . m ad awe wual
ht' ome san, Wal . tthe mid
4wie em I Wend ebak with I
*'w wel. lttti, ,use -de 'e eat
now 1 bmiwl dawn from h
; hi. 'rit to lash.
' . ta
jpz o it
not look like the senor-vat vas ze er
funny name he call you?" hll
"Shlrchll-bah! I not say eet verra th
good. Maybe you hay' some other oh
name I can say better? You tell me?" al
"My given name, you mean; that Is ,il
She laughed, shrugging her shoul- hi
"Tom! Oh, I know that; I call you
Tom, then. I am Pancha Villemonte.
Which you rather say?"
"Pancha, of course; and who is at
"Juan Vlllemonto; he is my broth- y(
er--he. You not know heem, then?" w
"No; we just met above. I had lost 81
my way. and we ran into 'each other
"Becauea I Think You Are Strai:ght. t
up there. He and Indian Joe were e
driving cattle, and brought me along
with them." y
Her eyes opened wider, and her II
hands interlocked. b
"You not here before, thena Ybe o
never In Wolves' hole till nowr a
"But why you 'come, then Why t
they say ou ride with them? Madyre I
de Dios1 You know what sis place e
"Yes, Panhe," be answered soberly,
feelngr here "1 know. l e
came to help a a ." t
"Ye tell them that? Indian Joe"
"Not ust as I bave yoea; I let them
believe 1 was In m. the ine boelng
played. In act, I. didn't have to sa 1
anch of anytang. for aq soon wu I a
eettened the same ah Cheurehill, adi I
seemed to umdrstrad. What I failed
SaS es eleamr was that "r t ebjset
was to help be." .
"Why yee tell ae this? a
"tSeaes you are a woman. I gss, .
sad beeae I thak yh o ase s bt."
?e stared at le a aimehat In al
le-a: tben wemt ever and stood with
her beek agast the door. '"he was -
brathing, hard, a her eeeks were I
"Ahe amre rem a rsach as the Ort- t
Ir white teeth dsesued angrily be. i
twean the or her Up. . 1
" l whalt this womar to yea se- I
ir t Why yes am re t nappe to
J u k ea r nh aLi b
I " f.. . - . . n
I atll ledI Wefsly tote ite si$'a
1' g - bgrisa e#W hyal What
p - 1 -w q u tln etl
tesadegeclks to A,,, y "m
e tº.l S be a s .ltl' :a .
apsere theld Who
o i toi.L r r t
er uttered a word until he hadl eaten ti
his fill. Once Shelby caught his eyes it
looking across at him, but except for hi
that one glance the fellow seemed it
oblivious of any other presence. Fin- tr
ally he pushed back his chair, pulled el
his feet around to where the butt of el
a revolver was within easy reach of ci
his hand and his eyes glared straight
into Shelby's face. d
"Had enough?" 0
"Plenty; Pancha is a good cool." ti
"She is that. Thought I'd wait till C
after supper before we talked busi- w
ness. Now. Churchill. or whatever t(
your nqme Is, maybe yoaq'll tell me tl
where you got that brone with a Three hb
Star brand on him?" ti
CHAPTER IX. tj
The Love of a Woman.
Shelby. while cautiously watchful ti
of Laud's every motion, was yet aware a
that the girl leaned suddenly against h
the wall, her face white, her eyes h
staring toward him, and that Juan tj
was leaning forward across the table. t,
with gleaming teeth exposed. He was tj
calm enough himself, however, for he g
had imagined this unpleasant discov- t
ery might he made and was not en
tirely unprepared to meet it. f
"What brand?" he asked coolly. a
"You mean the Three Stars?" o
"That's exactly what I mean, paru
ner. I happen to know where that s
brone com' from."
"Then you know more than I do, h
Laud. I bonuht the pony from a liv- I
ery man at Gerlasche to ride out here ii
on so: te bucker, at that. Say. come e
to think abont it. those eows yen were
driving in were Three Stars."
"That is just what they were. most d
o' them. That's what struck me as
d-n funny. Thoae cattle com' from ,
up on the Cottonwood: they belonged r
to a feller named Shelby." -
"You run 'em off?"
"That's none o' your d-n husiness. t
That's where they came from. an'
Shelby's dead. But what Im inter
ested in is how the h-I you got his
He dropped his gun down on the
table and starel across Into Shelby's
imperturbable face with hard, threat
"Now you look here, young fellow.
you know who I am. I reckon.. It's 1
Indian Joe Land talkin' to you. May
be yer all right an' maybe yer atn't;
only I don't take no chances. Your
story ain't sounded just right to me
from the start. but Ill give yer a
r chance to prove' It. I ain't . gol' tar
plug you now: not if yer've got sense
enough to behave yerself. Tomorrow
I'll see what Matt Hanley has tp say.
but till that time yere gain' to he lock
ed up. Gola' ter aake any row over
" "Not the least."
"Alt right, then. Juan, you take the
gent's gun; he's better off without it.
SThat's right; now feel him over an'
[ ae if he's get any other weapons.
I Better stand u. Chburhill."
I The ranchuma, comprehendlang the
t utthr futility of any attempt at resist
ance, did as he was told. managing to
retain the salue cool smile on his lips.
The murderous eyes of the squaw
Sman never eane deserted his face and
SShelby remlsed that the sightest symp.
tom of treachery would prove his un
I dolag. Lad was In no mood t., be
t argued with.
"Nice of you to wait until after rd
eatse," he said easily. "It will give
,. i eufnteratble night's rest."
*Uiad you tlke it that way. Clean
Sid ahim ap, haveTeo Juan? New, how
about that ream tmder? eampty, ain't
S"i. senor," It was Paneha who an
swured. e lug the door.
S laud took a step forward and
y glaseed late the partment. The swift
a .er i- Ippaiently mtted iae.. for
I he taured to hto'prsisoue. his revolver
si111 puaped is reedieses for' Istant
· -o sa " he commaded harshly.
r "A temnrew well sette tl cse."
p a. ly walked past ti. without o
a* b ams a side plaese. to all outward
bet-d she .ead the prisoner herd
him meu~ it wtth a sleet wssode
Thet, was a winds. hiskap. butl
emingly too amel tfr the peasspe of
· his tody. yet m poght gleam of star
n.g, M wel was furtehr burred by two
Selet Woosua stakes. lie slipged si-.
i t .atly aremmmd - tstad them,. ambin
st bm odly euheed ino the t1- He"
fllt h- way cautlously aheot the room
wlih was ot small d lmsions ·o
Sthe Oer was paaeits anmi the walls
Sof leg. heavily plastered with mnd.
- /e placee ofered apparently no op
U rtatuaty for escape. And Sthtly iut
If dn on thes tdg aothet tl date n
ha Me cogid die Ioerguish the voices of
* 8h three without plainly enough to
*delu lade who was speaking, but their
the murmUer 4alally teased nle he
tahou ghet at t ae last left dte
hemas. ,pes*agrs jiatl. yet that was
a HodV lsbmst ' ig hinCd eeus
splly;for these was voveme anti
4 't of 1 alm. gaell wit the
105 I Wrti *we isarly'
~ 4 etber
this he accounted for? She must cer
tainly he one with these others;
brought up probably from chilldhood w
in the atmosphere of crme, and cer
tainly loyal to her brother, if nothing
else. What then could possibly influ- ye
ence her to show him the slightest
He sat with head in his hands, en- ei
deavoring to solve the mystery, and.
out from the dark, a possible explana- hb
tion flashed Into his mind-Macklin. si
Could any relation she might have k
with this fellow account for a desire y
to wish his escape alive? It might;
the fact that he was already the hus- si
bhand of the woman Macklin planned k
to marry would quite naturally ex
plain the entire situnti-n under cer- t
tain conditions. If that rascal had y
made live to her, and now deliberate- y
ly planned to desert her for another, 1
the Spanish blood would account for k
all the rest. By heaven; that must
be it! He recalled t:ie insistence of
her questioning; the flash of her eyes. 11
the threatening gleam of her white a
teeth. Unconsciously he had touched n
the secret spring, annd unloosed the ti- h
ger. Jealousy was thle weapon-a love y
turned to hate, the fury of a woman a
scorned. To get Olga out of her path e
forever, she would risk anything. dare h
anything. Here then, was his one and
But could the girl serve him, even if a
she desired to do so? He realized I
the seriousness ,f his position; his d
helplessness without some outside aid. c
He had been a blind fool to venture
into this den alone; and even a blind- P
er fool to claim friendship with Han
Iey. The morning would find him com- P
pletely exposed, and he had little tl
doubt what form vengeance would as- I
sume at *he hands of these men. He g
was like a condemned man in his cell C
waiting helplessly for the certain hour a
of execution. Worse than that, even;
for his fate must inevitably seal also
the fate of his wife. Her only chance
of rescue lay in his efforts, and he
was helpless. There was not a thing
he could do; yet lie tried again and
again desperately, testing the punch
eons of the floor, block by block, dig
ging at the dried mud between the
logs of the wall: endeavoring to gain
acme leverage upon the hinges of the
door, and tugging once again furious
ly at those wooden stakes protecting
the narrow window. His fingers bled
from the frantic effort to thus loosen j
something, to yield him an opportuni
ty to really exert his strength. These
efforts were utterly useless; there was
not a spot of weakness to be discov
ered. If the place had been originalty I
constructed as a prison it ouod not I
have been more securely built. , Men- I
tally and physically exhausted, he
flung himself upon the loor, and lay
there, quivering from head to foot. I
with nerves completely shattered. 1
The silence became ghastly: any
sound would have been a relief. There
was no one moving about even in that
other room, and the door between fitted I
too closely for him to perceive any
gleam of light. He listened intently,,
bolding his breath, but his head sank 1
back once more in dejection. Why In
God's name hadn't be fought it out
like a mau? Why had he ever permit
ted himself to be thus ceaught like a
trpped rat? The frensy of disgust be
felt cased him to sit up and stare
once more at the single star shining
through the window. What was that'
A shadow? Surely something out yo-.
der moved I
Silently, cautiously, he stepped on
the stool. and looked out between the
hers his heart beating like a drumr. At
first be saw nothing, the blood seem
i T orrow e'il Seottle This Case."
, i1u to stand still as he ipzed-then
* the ngers of a hand grasped one of
e the wooden bars, and a face rose
c slowly Las In front of his own. A
s whiser revealed the identity of his
d **ener, come quietly to window; do
. net speak loud."
y *sgca.ds you I You would talk with
at Imi. these
I s must kmow some things, senor; I
Smmat be ag ," she msid ercely. "You
i tes al taigght the truth, senor; you
I wth new hape, his faeis .dvfied u
I .like be." ateite "I
'.vuma p g u~edu
"And she, this woman,, ia your
"She is :rretty woman, verra pretty;
you not nlmarried long?"
"No, only a few days; we had just
come to the ranch when she was tak
"But, senor, why she go away if she
he just married like you say? Why
she leave you, an' run off with Seror
Macklin? She love heem better than
"Love him! She did not run off. He
stole her, he and four Indians, after
leaving me for dead."
"He not tell eat to me like that; he
say she want to marry heem. an' not
you. That he took her to save her from
you; that she would not let heem
leave her. Then you tight, an' so get
Shelby lnughed softly.
"So that was Macklit's story. was
it? Well, it is not exactly true. I
aln't saying site's In love with Inc. or
nothin' like that. but she sure don't
hanker none after that chap. I'll tell
yer why he took her-enuse she's got
a hunch o' money comin' her way down
east that Macklin would like to get
his hands on."
"He marr.v her?"
"That's his game, no doubt, if it
works. If not. he'll evolve some other.
I don't think he gives a cuss how it's
done. so he gets It-hle andl Ils pre
She stared at him with lips
"Maybe I see it more clear now."
she exclaimed. "He not love her,
then; he just want her money, hah!
I care not how he get that. if he not
get her. You take her away. Senor
Shelby. where he never see her
"An' you keep her married to yot?"
"I'll do the best I can. What do
you mean. Pancha? Can you get us
out of here?"
"Yeou lie id, Senor, and
trust all to ete."
(TO BE CONTINUED.)
MADE EXCHANGE OF SWORDS
American Officer In Havana Was Net
-to /e Outdone in Courtesy by
Maj. E. Ormande Power." United
States army, says the most emblhrras
ing moment of his army life was Is
Havana when he was a lieutenant, in
198. The United °tate had just
taken control of Cuba and Lieutenant
Power was sent to Hiavana to see
about taking over some property.
While in a restaurant he saw four Cu
ban omcers, immaculately garbed.
In true Latin' manner they rose
bowed ceremonlously, and Invited himt
to sit at their table.
"Sir." said one of the o'.,er. ris
Ing. "It gives ua the honor very dis
tinguished to have an American ofl
er join us-to have the valiant Ameri
cans in control of our country. My
feeling Is so great that I beg of yo.
to give me the honor of accepting my
With that he whipped out his heauc
tiful Toledo blade, made of a stol
the like of which no American ever
po5ssessd. As the young Americae
awkwardly waited the Cuban stuck
the point of hla Toledo blade In the
caenter of the table, bet it doubs.,
end as it whipped back intao'bape Cra
etously handed it to Power.
Feeling it up to him to do sum*
thing gracious Lieutenant Power
begged the Cuban actept hl sword to
estabtish relations further. With that
he whipped eat his 10 Mbade. Imoght
from a depamrtarat store n the art
aide of New lork. Inmltatlnag the Cu
ban.a, he stuck the point In the middle
nf the table, belt it dobl@--ald Rt
Without a tremor, isteast Power
calmly handed the hlatde. new ieat
lIke a pretzel, to the Cuban, and made
him a sweeping bew.--f'ro the As*
agrts, New Oficdial Newspaper of the
American Army of Oecupation.
Preserved HusbandI, Heart.
The heart of John Ballol, lMd
Rarnard ecastale, who died oIn 1218. was
embalmed and Inecloisl In an Ivory
easket richly enameled with silver.
His aiRe.tionate widow. Ievorgill-S
aused to have this casket plscest on the
tahle every day when she ate her
meals. and ordered It to he laud on her
own heart when she was her.'&f placed
In the tomb. She was hurteld. arord
Ing to her own dlreirtion, near thIe al
tar in New Abbey. which she herself
had foulndedl In GnHoway.v. ,.nd the
(-sket .lntaltiing her h)hiv.nId'" heart
was placed on her hosomI. Farom this
incidetl the abwbey received the name
of [dle ('or. or Sweetheart Ahl-wy.
and for itt atrms "ore in c'llslef a 11Iart
over two tonrld slafn. anlid tIn hbase
three inulht of five points."
The Wonder of Eggs.
e Onrn tliitlt Hlii atlonltg tile naultitu'e
eOf ionklrs in nillsre .nytlhing tl-asre
a manrveloU5' that she sleiveII|imet of
als egg. wlt' Kila I4. Alien in the
0 Anerl-al i'orslry M)agaziw'. Wheth
er i bre a sutter'fly whith fliourtshre for
b n lay osly t'" dse after s,4I.'trtlnt itsi
eggssr a reptile which insilyiessv4e
Sits eggs wll anly' the warsn .'assl toI
uI moIter heisu. or a Itsh. like tlhe slmtin,..
. whIrh, with in.reslihle *tlretgih, Jtmtlas
the rapids to sluwn in the upwr
rsr1ie5u of ris'. a nisst Nlymnllgl
- of all. a tilid which bnlldet a Iseatlful
ist fe, Ita trearie', the .5 in ey
| ese tructmra the atew. and the
mIadl er #rf ndde .er *e
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