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t.n o-" " .
W j.-u-.i-il fr. .t:t of a rango of
"!,' p- n.vmttinl clumps of pino
r !ir,'iT'ili :tc r.tnl j nni per. seem
'"'!,!, vcritil lo products hardy
I, t.'i v.-i h-t.:n 1 tho altmiritioiiaof
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jf'. tit a tivii-:"i"u barren a soil.
.t ,, th" .i-tv.'inl. atri'tching away
."i,-.-iit niep'. Ii-s n simly iln
'i it v. i U intervals ith little?
i r,-nui ""'y"'10 rwitvininjr.
..(., ,.f f.,:i.:.'' . 11'" rJW 'l willow
,.iiw'h; 1'iTi ni me mourn oi a
Ih.l .1 li''' 're littlo brook,
l.n.iv.s how or where
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t tho west, comes
, hp'I t.i'i'Mitiii down through
( n tin'
f the pifiri.' only to bury
'ii !'Ui.' fuindit licyond tlia
r-.'r nrl tnrtnons is the
I P- iji t nis its rides, as to
.!" ! t!';.t lv nogloT proc-
imt I v i'!n u Men spasm vt na
.. w.i it r' T'f '' 'ho ' tho
y. Afl ! r- in its dpth,jtist
n,il r-Tf f tl'- sharpest licnds, boncy-
. t -. t cf tli" l reck. Arc half a
,n.,'P lit :l f.mree and caves
,.r-!!;. f:n.!K.i'i' m-ver pfnctnt
,. iiv n.rl r-MMnnbly cool and
; .:; r.' ni fliNwiirrhinit May moru
f..r iiv.mv (mih Ivmio and rclntivrs,
,.! :i irirM are sheltered by the
.-1 fs-U ni"'. v.alln'.'iiiuHt tliafiory
.; ;n" in; ! 1 y n littlo hand of rm
. in n a;;MM-t t'.io fury of tho
in i' r riiiot of tho caves
f -v i:i"! I; lliirvey aro listetuni;
.!r .p-i 'fy f" t!i" founds of nuvngo
: : 1 1 fr u (Ta to crag
:!; ri-.,..-' . v.l-.i 1: fvcry mnmmt
t. tii. 1 1.! Mums ti limisti'ii tho
..si: ii' I: :!'ls tn it wi.r.ndi'il triipT'
i.-iiu :. t'- in " 1m inl. S-rirrajit Wing
f . . .i i.iil i 1 ly this time, raping
ii a: tlmf.vht of hit lu liilitw
. in. itli :t HUKiIkTH of tint dc
ii . I: i.ulirt r jill f.r tlio solilirr
i V, I lit lvin- ill llufpitul
li t. ..i 'V .ti u nth .T-mI ni 111..
i .M '-! ti.i iiiiirTiiti uvctrrnn In-6J-t
r. i-i'itcSiins in his bhciltnrrd
; . ! :t ."' . v ti"- f:i vis r.nd soantiiin
i"! i i 1 iyo th'- frowninjc front
i t'. r:"'.--. ili-clari'd tlmt not an
."i1 :-l 'iitiT heard within
: i ' 'i v t v.i. in ro wise unrjiHiit'd
i. 1. 1' w i iiiiiitrs l.-tiT. as lie bap.
r, .i r . . !. w l.n Iim.l nK.vo the ro-ky
iri i. t h r i:iii: tipping n dozrn
u:;-f !i.nt his ars. and tho cliff
1-r.i' !.! 1 v.-i.h tin nudditt flanb
fr;;! l.i.! !. :i ti: to that inr.taut on
". f.'l . In.iiinis v. In can crt-rp
ii. ti .,11 or ciniijrar.t canip
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' l'i" ftnt tirnw that
v- riiii truotwrstodi-al with.
r In t ' . i liiniiniit only olio luis
' ; l.i!f.-U' i-t all. At Kv ti.inntis
' ' ii i l.."k l.v-tiii'tiiiiit Irmiiiiio::d,
-"I i:-s ..uit.iii.-ly around r.;m hin lit-
"i of ii'.:lit' r-.. -:.d I htuwd the
'i-'ii. of i'iisi;i:i:I M..r:il. mid his
- '1 :.! t'i - ui m, tlmrou-lilr furti
I ' :r l:nr iiu'i irvt nu lili n twtniL
1 i ii tit- mu-.:1m m. twoi.n thf nonh
" I "'.'.1; oi' Uio p,rt;.. j..t,d I i-l.ind iin
" '; 1 If't. ntid two inure in re
"! 1:1 "" ,i;t;yn:i. hi puny puriiwin
'' i:. i" : iti..;i r iiliL-d wi'.h
; i1 i int iii.l pri.iiiplirtnk- to the
io:-!i tl.i.t only tit rurohitiT-
'y Kh'-t H'r-sr-.try. exct-pt
" 1 i ill.- titi:-Ti k t of ilr.iwinf tho
I Ii ratify lus hi: it 1011 n hut
; on tl:' mus'.i'ol' a cnrLinu.
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iii'itid's Moii v;'ll know,
1 ..U cut fur oth. r dovil-
inl. . , ,,- ,., t vv.nr.l il-srrt, rtill far
f ; ' "iu :i.. ,,1.1,-rHi.;.-, i; little party
' ; "Ihm i . In:ri-;. ii,;r to join thafray.
" .ir ri. vi ru p.t thoy their
J in' o.fii r ov( r half a iozi n
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i, " i T i' t yy, iioi.
l:rty that, mn bnt dimly
1 1 -1 . l','1 v.- ru-.) toMicin-htiUitionof
, . ' """,l-r ' ih'f-tuli rs and dirfciidiicl
' ,v tins i,..riv ('.. ,..,,
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lruriiiiii.i:d"j. iiman of riintnss.
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i, '!.!! :iov,nd thu uppronchiiiR
,i ' Apmhrs tiow.irils conld
, u' iisn: - of hi.s tliiiappoint-
ll i tit 1 .:. . . . - . 1 '
i ' '"-may. At Tor Iiiuisrlf oiul
1:' u ; t;i-y wfM old bamls and bad
- "" l itimi to di-fuid. Ilin ifcongbt
"'I 'or tlneo i;, wlnwo l hnlf ho bn
"l.v inado sncli gallant fm'lit and
r ,,K,r ia;x wI,(JGO f,.r,I UHnhig
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. , - - .-. ..... V.I4,
. 1 1 bn is uhlo throiiKli bis
' h tu iliHtiiictly tiiiiki; out tho nuia
7 'mil i linruct-r of tlm coiiiing partv.
J' ' Apncl,,, u warri,, nt vua)f
iippurmtly w.mndid or disabled.
"r tM' y have t.. support him on tho
- ami this it i that hampers their
-.....-,, ,n;IK., n mower. Thoy
iKadinif fur ttm ......! i i.
. i- .Qin Hfc (my nifluU
'lie ctuivou. Thi.ro tbry will leave
thrtr Borsci and tndr ' wonnded. and
lnrn con" creeping up the windinit
porRo or cronchins among tho bowlders
froni tho east to Join in the attack on
the hated pabfaco. Drnmmond can
navo no doubt of that. New disposi
tions are neressarv.
"Stay Whoro Von f,, Vin iknnla tn
bisinon. Yon tako charge np hero,
t-ostigan ; I want to post a man or two
below at tho bend." And down ha
goes, sliding and scrambling taitil he
reaches the ed:o of the brook. Moreno,
qnnttcd against a rock, glances np at
"Son or Teniento, I pray yon loose
me and let mo help. The Apache is
onr common enemy." bo pleads.
An idea comes to Drnmmond. Wing's
carbine can be ntilized. He can iort
Moreno down tho gorge at tho 6cccnd
bend to command that approach mid
pnt little McUuffy, tho recruit, at the
next bend to command Moreno and
w-nd a bnllut through him if ho shirk or
"I declaro I believo I will, von old
scoundrel, " ho says. Ilerc, McGnffv,
nntio this follow. I've got to look
aronnd a minuto."
Into the depth of tho fissnn whem
Moreno's women aro prnying and rock
ing bo 'peers a moment, Ono of tho
wonnded bandits is now past praying
for. Tlio other, painfully ehot but
plncky, begs to be given a chance to
fight for bis life.
" on nro too badlv bnrt now. Wo
cor.ldn't get you np there," is the an
"Well, then, pnt mo on with Moreno,
whertvar you'ro goinir to assizn him.
Surely if yon can trust a greaser yon
can a white man. I'm onlv fit to
hang perhaps, bnt d n mo if I want to
lie hero when there's nn Indian fight
And so he, too, is loosed and lifted
to bis feet. Leaning on McGnffy's
shoulder and supported by his arm, tho
palo fnocd Btrangcr. preceded by Mo
reno, who goes limping nnd swearing
sotto voco down tho rocky way, is led
lOD yards along tho cunyon where it
makes a second licnd. Ilero thev can
sec nearly 130 yards more ahead o them,
anil hero somo loose bowlders are hur
riedly shoved or rolled to form a riflo
pit, and theso volunteer allies aro placed
" o cover tho approaches abovo so
that they can't sneak up and beavo
rocks down upon you. All you've got
to do now is to ping every Apacho that
fchows his noso aronnd that liend le-
bw," says Drummoud. "McGnffv,
yon tako iKist at tho point behind.
atch tho overhar.png cans and enp-
port as ltf,t you can." And "Little
Mack, as tho men call him, gets fur
ther instructions as he takes his posi
tion, instructions which would give
small comfort to Moreno could ho only
hear them. Then back goes tho lieu
tenant to where Wing is lying. Miss
linrvry licnding anxiously over bim,
her beautiful eyes filling with tears at
sight of Dmmmoud's brave bnt hag
gard yonng face. Until is crouching
ly her Mster s side, imt rises quickly as
iJraiumond enters, her fears lessening,
her ho- gaining.
"AnyTi ws? Anything in sight of
ours?" is Miss Ilarvey's eager query.
"Not yet, bnt they'ro liound to bo
along almost any minuto now. Some
Apnihrs whom I could see coming
across from tlio cast bavo a wonnded
innn with them. It mnki s mo 1iohj our
fellows bavo met and fonght them and
nro following closj on tbeir trail.
8h can only shake ber head.
"Ho seems delirious every now and
then, perhaps only liecauso of so much
nn tit nl excitement and euCenug. He
is dozing now."
"Gallant fellow! Wliat would wo
have doiio withont him? I only wish
we bad more like bim. Think bow all
my detachment hns bccoiuo scattered.
If wo had them hero row, I could punh
out and drivo tho Indians to tho rocks
and fnr lieyond nil possibility of annoy
ing ycta with their racket. Of course
yon aro safe from their missiles down
" Yes, wo arc, but you and your sol
diers, Mr. Drnmmond! Every shot
made mo fear you were hit," cries
poor littlo Knth, her eyes filling, her
lilts quivering. Then, just a3 linrni
motid is holding forth a hand, pcrha;s
it is an arm, too, sho voints up to tho
rock abovo whero Walsh is evidently
exercised oliont something. He has
dropped bis gun, picked np tho glasses
and is gazing down tho rango to tho
" Perhaps ho bogs somo of onr fellows
coming for good this timo. Four of
them tried it awhile ago, but wcro prob
ably nttacked some miles below hero
nnd fell back on tho main lxnly. They'll
be aloug before a great while, and
won't it bo glorious if they bring back
the safe and all?" 'He snys this by
way cf keeping np their spirits, then,
onco inoro wearily, but full of pluck
and pnrposc, bo climhs tho rugged path
and creeps to Wolsb's side.
"Is it uny of our men you Bee?" be
"Divil a wan, eir ! It's more of thim
Drununond takes tlio glass and stud
ies tlio dim and distant group with the
utmost care. Apaches beyond doubt,
a dozen, and coming this way, and
these, too. bavo a couple of horses., Can
J tbey bavo overpowered biu men, am
bushed and InufCMeo: thiSft. then
cured their mounts? Is the whole Chir-'
icahua tribo, re-enforced by a swarm
from the Sierra Blanca. concentrating
on him now? The silence about him is
ominous. Not an Indian has shown him- 1
self along the range for half an hour,
and now theso fellows to the cast are
close to the copse. In less than 20 min
utes there will bo five times his puny
force around him. Is there no hope of
rescue? : , , . !
Once more he turns to the east, across
tho shimmering glare of that parched
and tawny plain, and strains his eyes
in vain effort to catch sight of the
longed for column issning from tho op
posite valley, bnt it .is hopeless. ,Th3
hot sun beats down upon his bruised'and
aching head and sears his bloodshot
eyes. Re raises his band in mute ap
peal to heaven, and at the instant theve
is a flash, a sharp report not 80 yards
away, an angry spat as the leaden mis
sile strikes the shelving top of his para
pet nnd goes hnmming across the gorge,
a stifled shriek from Euth looking foar
fnlly npfrom below, an Irish oath from
Walsh as he whirls about to answer tho
shot, and Drummond can barely repress
a littlo gasp.
" Narrow squeak that, Walsh ! That
devil has criwled close np on ns. Can
you see him ?"
"Begad, sir. I can seo nothing at all
bnt rocks, roc ks, rocks. How can n man
fight anyway ag'in human beings' that
crawl like snakes?"
Zip! Another shot, close nt hand too,
and from another unsoen foe. The first
canio from somewhere among tho bowl
ders down to the southeast, and this
second whizzed from across the canyon.
A littlo puff of blue Niioko is floating
np from among the rocks 50 yards or so
to the north of the narrow slit.
Crouching lower, Drnmmond caJls
across to Costigan, posted as the eastern
most cf the two men on the opposite
"That follow is nearest yen, corporal.
Can yon see nothing of him?"
"Nothing, sir; l was looking that
way, too. when he fired. Not even the
muzzle of bis gnn showed."
This is serious business. If one In
dian or two can find it so easy to creep
aronnd them, and armed only with their
muzzle loading gnns send frequent
bhots that reach tho besieged "in re
verse," what can bo hoped when the
wholo band gathers and every rock on
every side shelters a hostile Apache?
From tho first Drummond has feared
that however effective might bo these
defenses against the open attack of
white men, they s:ro ill adapted to pro
tect tho defenders ngr.inst the fire of In
diana who can climb like sunirrels or
crawl or squirm :nrongn any chink or
crevico like so many snakes.
Another shot ! Another bnllet flattens
itself on tho rocs: closo to his right
shoulder and then drops into the dust
by his knee. It comes from farther np
the cliff pcrbe.ps 200 yards away
among those stunted cedars bnt shud
deringly close. Costigan and tho other
men glanco anxiously over their shoul
ders at the point where their young
commander and Walsh are crouching.
They aro not yet subjected to a fire from
the rear, theso others. The lookout,
tho signal station, as it might be call
ed, is the highest point and most ex
posed nliont tho position.
"For God's sake, lieutenant," cries
the corporal,"don't stay there. They've
got your rango on two sides anyhow.
Come out of it. You and Walsh can
slip down ns wo cpen fire. We'll just
let drive in every direction until yon
are safe below."
Drnmmond hesitates. He sees a half
pleading look in Walsh's honest face.
The Irishman would Willingly tackle
tho whole tribe in open fight, but what
be doesn't like is the idea of being pot
ted like a caged tiger, never knowing
whence came tho shot that laid him
low. Then tho lieutenant peers cliout
bim. Yes. it is exposed to fire from a
point in the cliffs to tho west, and
there are rocks over thero to tho north
that seem to command it, but if aban
doned there will bo no way of prevent
ing a bold advance on tho part of the
Apaches np the nigged eastward 6loie.
It would then stand lietweon the do-
fenders and tho assailants, giving to the
latter incalculable advantage. Hold
it be must for a few minutes at least,
until, recalling McGnffv, be can set
hira nnd ono or two others to work pil
ing np a rock barricade in front of tho
cave. Then if driven out and no longer
ablo to stand tho Indians off they can
retiro into tho caves themselves, hide
tbeir precious charges in the farthest
depths, and then; like Bnford at Get
tysburg, "fight liko tlia devil" till res
cues comes. .
"No, down with yon, Costigan," he
answers. "Get McGuffy and Fritz;
block np tho front of the cavo with
rocks ; movo in thoso Moreno women ;
carry Sergeant Wing back to' the far
ther cave Miss Harvey will show you
where. Stand fast tho rest of you.
Don't let nn Indian closo in on ns."
"Look, liout'nant," whispers Walsh;
"they'ro coming np down beyant you
And peeping through a narrow elit
left in bis jiarajict Drnmmond can
just seo bobbing among tho bowlders
far down toward tho willow copse two
or three Apacho crests Apacho unmis
takably, because of tho dirty white tur
banlike bandages about tho matted
black locks. At that distance tbey ad
vance with comparative security. It is
w-hen they coino closer to the defenders
that they will be lost to view.
Obedient to his orders, Costigan slips
ont of his shelter and "takes a sneak"
for tho edge of thp cliff.. In an instant,
from half a dozen points above, below,
and on both sides, thero come the flash
and crack a! rifles. The dust is kicked
up under his nimble feet, bnt he roaches
unharmed the cleft in which some rudo
steps have been hacked and goes, half
sliding, half scraping, down into the
cooler depths below.
. "Mother of Mosest" he groans, "but
we'll never get the lieut'nant out alive.
Shuro they're all around him now."
Then bounding down the ?rge be
ucts McUutry kneeling at trhr point,
"They're coming, Barney," whispers
the boy, all eager and tremulous with
excitement, and pointing down between
tho vertical walls. "Look!" bo says.
Gazing ahead to the next bend, Cos
tigan can see Moreno and bis Yankee
cccmpadre crouching behind their shel
ter, their carbines leveled, their atti
tude betokening intense excitement
and suspense. It is evident the enemy
are within view.
r "111 have one shot at 'em, bedad,
to pay for the' dozen their brother
blackguards let drive at we," mutters
Costigan. "Come on, yon; it's bnt a
step." -.And, forgetful for the moment
of bis orders in his eagerness for fight,
tho Irishman runs down the canyon,
leaps the e-virling brook just as he
reaches the point, and obedient to the
warning band held out by their bandit
ally drops nn bis knees at the bend,
McGuffy close at bis heels. Off go
their hats. Those broad brims would
catch an Indian eye even in that gloom.
"How many aro there coming?" he
whispers. . '
Moreno pnts bis finger on bis lips,
then throws ont his band, four fingers
"Ono apiece then, be jabors! Now,
Littlo Mac, you're to tako the second
from the right their right, I mean
and don't ytm miss bim, or I'll break
every bono in your skin. ".
Down they go npon their faces, then,
Indianlike, they crawl a few feet far
ther where thero is a little ledge. The
canyon widens below; tho light is
stronger thero, and bending double,
throwing quick glances at ono another,
then from sheer force of Indian habit
shading their eyes with their brown
hands as they peer to the front ; exchang
ing noiseless signals, creeping like cats
from rock to rock, leaping without
faintest sound of tho moccasined foot
across the bubbling waters, four swar
thy scamps aro coming stealthily on.
Two others are just appearing around
the next bend beyond.
"Ready, boys? They're near enough
now. Cover the two leaders! Drop
the first two anyhow!"
Breathless silence, thumping hearts
one instant longer, then the chasm bel
lows with the loud reports. The four
guns are fired almost as ono. One half
naked wretch leaps high in air and
falls, face downward, dead as a nail.
Another whirls about, bonnds a few
yards along the brookside, and then goes
splashing into a shallow pool, where
he lies writhing. The two furthest
down tho canyon have slipped back lie
hind tho rocky shoulder. The other
two, close at bund, have rolled behind
tne nearest shelter and thence send
harmless bullets whizzing overhead.
Costigan lets drive a wild Irish yell of
triumph and delight.
"Now, then, run for it, boy. Well
done, yon two, if ye are blackguards, "
ho calls to Moreno and hij mate.
"They won't disturb yo again for 10
minutes anyhow. Hold vour post.
though, till we call you back. We're
going to block tho mouth of ihe cave."
Twenty m:nuts later, and working
like lieavers Costigan and his two men
have lugged rocks logs, bales of blank
ets, everything, anything that can stop
a bullet, and the entrance to the cave
is being stoutly barricaded, ratter-
son, who was sorely exposed at bis post
and ordered down by Lieutenant Drnm
mond, is aiding in tho work. Wing
has been carefully borne into tho back
cave, whither, too, the wailing, quak
ing Moreno women are herded and bid
den to hold their peace. There, too,
Fanny and Ruth, silent.pallid perhaps.
but making no moan, aro now kneeling
by their patient. Costigan runs in with
two buckets he has filled with water
and "Littlo Mac" follows with half a
dozen dripping canteens. More rocks
are being lifted on the barricade, con
venient apertures being left through
which to tire, and Costigan. feverishly
eager, is making every exertion, for
any minuto may be tho last with those
plucky fellows battling thero aloft.
The air ring3 with tho shots of the en
circling Apaches and with tho loud re
port of tho cavalry carbine answering
tho bidden foe. . Twice has Costigan
implored the lieutenant to come down
anyhow, so long as bis crippled condi
tion prevents bis firing a gun, bnt Drum
mond pokes his bandaged bead ono in
stant over the edge .to shout. soniet bins
-Fur Ood't sake, come quick, sir"'
to the effect that be is "on deck" until
he has seen the last man down, and Cos
tigan knows it is useless to argue. At
last the barricade is ready. Walsh,
peering grimly around, just the top of
his head Bhowing over tho naranet. besrs
for one shot and Rhouts his Hibernian
challenge to tho Apacho nation to come
forth and show itself. Drnmmond
picks np tho glasses for one final feok
uown tno aesert and across the valley
in search of friends who surely should
bo coming, cautiously places tho "bin
ocularV on the inner edgo of the top
of his shelving rock, then raises bis
head to the level.
"Far tho lovo o' God, lieut'nant.don't
sit so high np!" implores Walsh.
'They're sure to spot Oh. Christ!"
And down goes tho rioor faithful fel
low," tlie tiooa weiring from a 'deep
gash along the temple. Ho lies sense-
less at bis commander s feet.
For a moment the air seems alive with
humming missiles and shrill with yells
from on every side. - In their triumph
three or four savago foes have leaped
np from behind their sheltering rocks,
and one of them pays the penalty a
vengeful carbine from across the can
yon stretches the lithe, slender, dusky
form lifeless among the rocks with the
dirty white of his breech clout turning
crimson in tho noonday glare. Up
from the cave, catlike, Patterson and
"Little Mac" come climbing the nar
row trail. Between them they drag
Walsh's senseless body to the edge, and
then, somehow, despite hissing, spatter
ing lead, they bear him safely down
and carry him within tho cave.
"Now call in Moreno and help his
partner back!" shouts Drnmmond, and
Costigan goes at speed to carry out the
order. A few minutes of intense ex
citement and suspense, then Moreno is
seen limping aronnd the point. Behind
him Costigan is slowly helping their
brigand friend. A few more shots comer
singing overhead. A moment more
and tho watchful Indians will como
charging up tho now unguarded canyon
and crown both banks.
"Now, lads, give 'em two or three
shots apiece to make them hug their
cover. Then down for the caves, every
man of you," is the order.
For a moment the Indian fire is si
lenced in the rapid fusillade that fol
lows. Sharp and quick the carbines are
barking thoir challenge, end whenever
a puff of powder smoke has marked the
probable lurking place of an Apache,
thither hiss the searching bullets warn
ing him to keep down. Then Costigan
comes climbing to the lookout.
"Let ns help yon, lient'mint. Now's
yonr time, eir, while they're firing."
Bnt Drummond shakes his head. He
wants to be tho last man down.
"Don't bang on here, sir. Come
now. Sure the others can get down from
where they aro easy enough, but you
can't except when they're firing. Please
come, 6ir," ind Costigan in his eager
ness scrambles to the lieutenant's side
and lays a broad.red hand on bis shoul
der. The men have fired more than
tho designated number of shots and
now aro looking anxiously toward their
commander. They do not wish to move
until he does.
"trive 'em another whack all around,
fellers," shouts Costigan, "while I
help the lient'nant down ;" and so, with
a laugh, Drauimond gives it np, and aft
er ono last wistful glance ont ovr the
desert, tnmi to pick np the binocular,
when it is struck, smashed, and sent
clattering down into the canyon by a
shot fired rot 20 yards away.
"Fnr God's sake, come quick, sir!"
gasps Costigan. Then, desperate at his
loved young loader's delay, tho Irish
man throws a brawny arm aliont bim
and fi-irly dra?s him to the end of the
pteep. Then down they go, Costigan
leading and holding npouehand to sus
tain Dmiumoad In case of accident,
Down, hand under hand, to the accom
paniment of cracking rifles nnd an
swering carbines, while every other sec
ond the bullets ccmo "spat" upon the
rocky siths. close and closer, until, al
most breathless, Ccstigan reaches tho
solid bottom of the gorge end swings
Drummond to hia feet liesido him. See
ing their loader r-afely down, the men,
with one defiant shot and cheer, scurry
to the edge of the canyon and come
slipping and sliding to join their com
rades. At tho month of the cave Cos
tigan strives to pn:-ih Drnmmond in
through the .narrow tipertare left fur
their admissiau. but miscalculates his
commander's idea of tho proprieties.
Like gallant Craven at Mobile Bay,
Drnmmond will seek no safety until his
men aro cared for. "After yon, pilot,"
the chivalnc 6ailor's last word as the
green waters engulfed bis sinking ship.
finds its cavalry echo in Drummond's
After yoc,corporal, in this faraway
canyon in desert Arizona, The men
have scrambled through the gap, then
Costigan, with reluctant backward
glance, is hurried in just as a flash of
flame and smoke leaps downward from
the crest and the foremost Apache sends
a Hurried, ill aimed shot at tho last
man left. Before another shot can fol
low, Drummond's arm is seized by mus
cular bands, and ho is dragged within
tho gap. Two or three huge stones are
rolled into place, and in on instant
through the ragged loopholes tho black
mnzzles of half a dozen carbines are
thrusting, and Costigan chouts exult
ingly, "Now, you black legged black
guards, come on if yo dare!"
But no Apacho is fool enough to ct
tack a strong position. Keeping well
nndcr cover, the Indians soon lino tho
crest and begin seuding down a rain
of better aimed bullets at tho loophole's,
and every in inn to the flattened lead
comes zipping through. One of these
fearful missiles tears its way through
Costigan's sleeve, and striking poor
old Moreno in tho groin Btretches bim
groaning npon the floor. A glance
shows that tho wound is mortal, and
despito bis crimes tho men who bear
him, moaning, in to tho farther cave
are moved to sudden sympathy us bis
hapless wife and child prostrate them
selves beside bis rocky bier. Drum
mond can afford to loso no more and
orders the lower half of each bole to
bo stopned with blankets, blouses.shirts.
anything that will block a shot, and
then for an hour the fire of the besiege! s
is harmless, nnd no longer can the be
sieged catch even nn occasional glimpse
of them. At noon their fare has ceased
entirely, and even when breathing a sigh
of relief tho men look into ono anoth
er's faces questioningly. How long
can this lart ? How hot, bow close tha
air in tho cave is growing!
Drummond has pone for moment
into the inner chamber, where Moreno
is now breathing his last, to inquire for
Wing and to speak a word of cheer to
his fair and devoted nurses. Not one
murmur of complaint or dread baa fall
en from their lips, though they know
their father to have ridden on perilous
auest and into possible ambush though
they Enow their brother to belying at
the rained ranch, perhaps seriously
wounded; though their own fate may
be capture, with indescribable suffering,
shame and death. Fanny Harvey has
behaved like a heroine, as the two troop
ers remarked, and Ruth, has done her
best to follow her sister's lead. Yet
they, too, now realize bow close and
stifling the heavy atmosphere is grow
ing. Is it to be the black hole of Calcutta
over again? Even as be takes her hand
in bis Dmmmocd reads the dread in
Ruth '8 tearless face. Even as he holds
it and whispers words of hope and com
fort there is a heavy, continuous, crash
ing sound at tha month of the-cave,
just in front of the rock barricade, and
he springs back to leant the cause.
"They're heaving down logs and
brushwood, sir," whispers Costigan.
"They mean to roast ns out if they
can't do anything else. "
More thunder and crash; more heap
ing np of resinous logs from the cliffs
abovo them. Some of tho men beg to
be allowed to push out and die fighting,
bnt Drnmmond sternly refuses. "At
the worst." he says, "we can retire in
to the back cave; we have abundant
water there. The air will last several
hours yet, and I tell yon help will
come must come, before the day is
much older." '
Two o'clock. Hissing flames and
scorching heat block the cavern en
trance. The rocky barrier grows hotter
and hotter; tho air within denser and
more stifling. The water in the can
teens and pails is no longer cooL It is
hardly even cooling. Tlio few men
who remain with Drnmmond in the
front of the cavo are lying full length
npon the floor. Tho pain in Drum
mond's battered bead has become in
tense. It is almost maddening. Wing is
moaning and unconscious. Walsh is
incoherent and raving. All are panting
and wen mgn exhausted. I lie front of
tho cave is like an oven. Overcome by
the beat, one or two of the men are
edging toward the inner cave, but
Drummond orders them back. To the
very last the lives of thoso fair girls
mnst bo protected and cherished. la
silence, almost in desperation, the men
oliey and lie down again, face down
ward, their heads at tho rear wall of
And then Costigan comes crawling
to tho lieutenant's side:
"Havo yon beard any more logs
thrown down lately, sir?"
"rso, corporaL I have beard noth
- "Tbey were yellin and shootin ont
there in the gulch half an hour ago.
Have ye beard no more of it, sir? '
"No; no sound but the flames."
"Glory be to God, thin! D'ye know
wat hit manes, sir?"
"I know what I hojip," is Drum
mond's faint answer. "Oar fellows are
close at hand, for the Indians are clear
"Closo at hand, is it?" cries Costi
gan, in wild excitement, leaping to his
feet. "Listen, 6ir! Listen, all of yes!
D'ye hear that ? and that ? And there
now! Oh, Holy Mother of God! isn't
that music? Thim "a the trumpets of
Aye. Out along the crests of the
winding canyon the rifles are ringing
again. J. he cheers of troopers, bound
ing like goats np the rocky sides, are
answered by clatter f hoof and snort
of excited steeds in the rocky depths
below. "Here we are, lads! Dis
mount! Lively now!" a well known
voico is ordering, and Costigan fairly
screams in ecstafy of joy, "Tear away
tho fire, captain, an then we'll heave
over the rocks."
Stalwart forms, brawny arms, are
already at tho work. Tho wagon
tongues nre rrying under the heavv.
kissing, sputtering logs. Danng hands
scatter ths embers. Buckets of water
are Hashed over the live coals. "Up
wia ye now, lioys; snouts Costigan.
"Heave over thim rocks!" Down with
crath goes tho barricade. A cloud of
steam rushes into the cave. A dozen
sturdy troopers come leaping in, lifting
A ftorrn c'tv7ii Irnnrtrr rmnr lv?n;i In
from the Ground the helnlem ami Injur
ing them to the blessed coolness of the
outer' air, and the last thing Jim Drum
mond sees ere he swoons it i tha
pale. Benseless face of little Ruth close
u nis at tne water s Lrnnk; her father,
with Fanny cUmrimr about kia
kneeling by her side, his eyes uplifted
in inanas to the God who even through
such peril end distress baa restoroliiis
loved ones, unharmed, unstained, to
ma rejoicing heart.
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