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THE BEAVER HERALD, BEAVER. OKLAHOMA
CHAPTER XVIII Continued.
They reached tlio moiitli of the Sil
ver Queen. Hurry reconnoltered n
moment before he gave the signal to
proceed. Within the tunnel they went,
to follow along Its regular, rising
coureo to the stope where, on tlmt
garish day when Taylor Illlt and
Illlndeye llozcmnn had led the onthu-tdnstfc-
pnrnde through the streets, the
vein lind shown. It was dark there
no one wns nt work, llnrry unhooked
Mb cnrblde from his belt, lit It and
"It nln't coming from 'crel" he an
nounced. "It's" then his voice
dropped to n whisper "what's that?"
Again n rumbling had come from a
dlstnnce, ns of nn ore enr traveling
over the tram tracks. Harry extin
guished his light, nnd drnwlng Anita
nrffl Falrchlld far to the end of the
stope, flattened them nnd himself on
the ground. A long wnlt, while the
rumbling came closer, still closer;
then, In the dlstnnce, n light appeared,
shining from n side of the tunnel. A
clanging noise, followed by clntter
Ing sounds, ns thcugh of steel rails
hitting ngnlnst ench other. Finally
the tramming onco more and the
Into view enme nn oro enr, and be
hind It loomed the grent form of Toy
lor 11111 ns ho pushed It nlong. Straight
to the pile of oro he came, unhooked
the front of the trnm, tripped It and
piled the contents of tho enr on top
of the dump which already rested
there. With Hint, cnrblde pointing the
way, he turned hack, pushing the trnm
before him. llnrry crept to his feet.
"We've- got to follow I" ho whispered.
"It's n blind entrance to the tunnel
They rose nnd trailed the light nlong
tho ' tracks, flattening themselves
ngnlnst the timbers of the tunnel ns
tho form of Taylor Hill, faintly out
lined in tho dlstnnce, turned from the
regular track, opened n great door In
the side of the tunnel, which, to nil
nppenrances, wns nothing morn than
the ordinary heavy timbering of n
wenk spot In tho rocks, pulled It fur
back, then swerved the trnm within.
Then, he stopped nnd raised n port
nblc switch, throwing It Into the open
ing. A second Inter the door closed
behind him, nnd the sound of the tram
began to fade In the dlstnnce. llnrry
went forwnrd, creeping nlong the side
of the tunnel, feeling his wny, stop
ping to listen now nnd then for the
sound of the fading oro car. llehlnd
him were Fnlrclilld and Anltn, follow
ing the same procedure. And all three
stopped nt once.
Tho hollow sound wns coming di
rectly to them now. Harry onco moro
brought out his cnrblde to light It for
n moment nnd to examine the tim
bering. "It's n good Job!" he commented.
"You couldn't tell It five feet off I"
"They've inndo it cross-cut I" This
time It wns Anita's voice, plainly nn
grj' In spite of Its whispering tones.
"No wonder they had such n wonder
ful strike," came .scathingly. ' "That
other stope down there "
"Ain't nothing but n salted propo
sition," said llnrry. "They've cement
ed up the top of It with the real stuff
end every once In a while they blow a
lot of It out and cement it up again
to nmke It look like Hint's tho mil
"And they're working our mine!"
Ited spots of nnger were Hashing be
fore Fnlrchlld's eyes.
"You've snld It I That's why they
wars so anxious to huy us out. And
f By Courtnc Ryley Cooper
Copjrlgbl J Utile, Browa Co.
"We've Got to Follow."
that's why they started this two-million-dollar
stock proposition when
they found they couldn't do It. They
knew If wo ever 'It tlmt vein It
wouldn't be uuy time until they'll be.
caught on the Job. That's why they're
ready to pull out with somebody
else's trillion. They're getting at the
end of their rope. Another thing; tlmt
explains them working at night."
Anltn gritted her teeth.
"I see It now I can get the reason.
They've been telephoning Denver nnd
holding conferences nnd nil that sort
of thing. And they planned to leave
thee two men behind hero to tuko
all the blnme."
"They'll get enough of It I" added
Horry grimly. 'They're miners. They
could sat that they were making a
straight pBg-ciit tunnel on to our
Tln- ''TharViLn't no children. It
nnd Taylor Hill. And 'cre's where
they start getting their trouble."
He pulled nt the door and It yielded
grudgingly. The three slipped pnst.
following along the line of the trnm
track In the darkness, Harry's pick
handle swinging beside him as they
sneaked nlong. Hods that seemed
mlls; nt last lights appeared In the
distance. Harry stopped to peer ahead.
Then he leased aside his weapon.
There's only two of 'em Illlndeye
and Tajlor H4IL I could whip 'em
both myself. bat nt take the big 'un.
You be tarced to Falrchlld "you
"Ill get rdra.-
Anlta stepped and groped about for
"I'll be ready with something In case
of accident," came with determination.
"I've got a qunrter of n million In this,
They went on, fifty yards, n hun
dred. Creeping now, they nlrendy
were within the zone of light, bat be
fore them the two men, double-Jack-
Ing nt n "swimmer," had their barks
turned. Onward until Harry nnd
Fnlrclilld were within ten feet of the
"hlgh-Jackers." while Anltn waited,
stone In hand, In the background.
Came a yell, high-pitched, fiendish,
racking, ns llnrry leaped forward. And
before tho two "hlgh-Jnckers" could
concentrate enough to use their sledge
nnd drill as weapons, they weio
whirled about, battered ngnlnst the
hanging wall, and swirling In n daze
of blows which seemed to come from
everywhere nt once. Wildly Harry
yelled ns he shot blow after blow Into
the fnce of his undent enemy. High
went Fnlrchlld's voice as he knocked
Illlndeye Hozeman stnggcrlng for .lie
third tlmo ngnlnst the hanging wnll,
only to sec him rise ntul to knock him
down once more.
Dizzily tho snmly-hnlred man swung
nbout In his tracks, sagged, then fcl ,
unconscious. Fnlrchlld leaped upon
him, culling nt the Enme time to tho
"Find mo n repel I'll truss his
hnnds while he's knocked out I"
Anltn leaped Into action, to kneel
nt Fnlrchlld's side n moment later
with u hempen strand, as he tied the
man's hands behind his back. There
wns no need to worry nbout Harry.
Glancing out of n corner of his eye,
Fnlrchlld saw now that the big
Cornlshman had Tnylor Hill flat on
his. back nnd was putting on the Mulsh
ing touches. And then suddenly the
exultant yells chnuged to ones of com
mnud. "Tnllc English! Talk English, you
bloody blighter! Tnlk KngllshI 'Enr
me I'll knock the bloody 'ell out of
you It you don't. Tnlk Kngllsh like
this: Throtf up your 'inula!' 'Enr
Anltn swerved swiftly nnd went to
her feet. llnrry looked up nt her
wildly, Ids mustnehu bristling like
the spines of n porcupine.
"Did you 'ear 'lm sye It?" he asked.
"No? Syo It agulnl"
"Throw lip your 'nndsl" enme the
nnswer of the bentcn mnn on the
ground. Anltn ran forward.
"It's n good deal like It," she
answered, "Hut tho' tono wns higher."
"Itnlso your tone I" commnnded
Hurry, whllo Fnlrchlld, finishing his
Job of tying his defeated opponent,
ruse, staring In wonderment. Then
the Hnswer enme:
"Thnt's It Hint's It It sounded
Just llko It!"
And Fnlrclilld remembered too tho
Engltsir'ucccut of tho highwayman on
the night of the Old Times dance.
Harry seemed to bounce on the pros
trate form of his undent enemy.
"Hill," ho shouted, "I've got you on
your bnck. And 1'vo got a right to
kill you. 'Onest I 'nve. And I'll do
It too unUvm you start talking. I
might ns well kill you as not. It's t
penltentlnry offense to 'It a man .un
derground unless there's n good rea
son. So I'm ready to go the 'olo route.
So tell It tell !t and ho quick about
It fell It wasn't you htm?"
"Him who?" tho voice wns weak,
"You know 'oo the night of the
Old Times dnticel DIdiit you pull
There was n long siienco. Finally:
"In Center City." It wns Anltn who
spoke. "He's getting ready to run
away and lcuvo you two to stand tho
brunt of all this trouble."
Again a silence. And again Harry's
"Tell It. Wasn't you the man?"
Once more n long wait. Finally:
"What do I get for It?"
i ..-,... ..- ,- , ,
I'liirciiiiii inoveu in me minis sine.
"My promise nnd my partner's
promise Hint If you tell the whole
truth, we'll do whnt wo can to get you
leniency. So tell the truth; weren't
you tho man who held up the Old
Taylor Hill's brenth traveled slow
ly pust his bruised lips.
"Itodnlnc gave mo u hnndrcd do!
Inrs to pull It," cumo finally,
"And you stole the horse and every
thing" "And cached the stuff by the lltuo
Poppy, so's I'd get the blame?" Ilnrrv
winded his mustacho fiercely, "Tell
It or I'll pound your 'cad Into a
"That's nbout tho slzo of It"
Hut Fnlrchlld wns Ashing In his
pockets for pencil and paper, finally
to bring them forth.
"Not Hint wo difcibt your sincerity,
mil," ho said sarcastically, "but I think
Just write It out. Let him up, narry."
The big Cornlshman obeyed grudg
ingly. "Make hit fulsome, Hill tell
Just 'ow you did Itl"
And Tnylor Hill, bloody, eyes blnck,
lips bruised, obeyed. Fnlrchlld look
the bescrnwlcd paper nnd wrote his
nnme as n witness, then handed It to
Harry and Anltn for their signatures.
At Inst, ho placed It In his pocket and
faced the dolorous hlgh-Jackcr.
"What else do you know, Hill?"
"About what? Itodnlno? Nothing
except that we were In cahoots on
this cross-cut. There Isn't nny use
denying It" there hnd come to the
surfneo tho Inherent honor that is
In every nictnl miner, a stnlwnrtncss
that may lie dormant, but tbut, sooner
or Inter, must rise. There Is some
thing about taking wealth from the
earth that Is clean. There Is some
thing nbout It which seems honest In
Its very nnturc, something that builds
big men In stature nnd In ruggedncs",
and It builds nn honor which fights
against nny nttempt to thwnrt It.
Tnylor Hill wns finding that honor
now. He seemed to straighten. Ills
teeth hit nt his swollen, bruised lip.
He turned nnd fuccd tho three per
sons before him.
"Take me down to tho sheriffs
ofllce," he commanded. "I'll tell every
thing. I don't know so nwful much
"That's Maurice! I Got a Glimpse of
because I nln't tried to lenrn nny
thing more than I could help. Hut I'll
give up everything I've got."
"And how nbout him?" Fnlrchlld
pointed to Illlndeye, Just regaining
consciousness. Taylor Hill nodded.
"Ho'll tell he'll hnve fo."
They trussed tho big miner then, nnd
dragging Ilozemun to his feet, started
nut of the cross-cut with them. Hur
ry's cnrblde pointing tho way through
tho blind door nnd into tho main tun
nel. Then they halted to bundle
Ihemselves tighter ngnlnst the cold
blnst that wns coining from without.
On to the mouth of tho mine. Then
they stopped short.
A figure showed In the dnrkness,
on horseback. An electric flashlight
suddenly flared against the gleam of
tho cnrblde. An exclamntlon, an, ex
cited commnnd to the horse, nnd the
rider wheeled, rushing down the moun
tain sldo. urging his mount to dan
gerous leaps, sending him plunging
through drifts where a misstep might
mean death, fleeing for the main road
again. Anltn Richmond screamed:
"That's Maurice I I got a glimpse
of his fnco! He's gotten nwny go
after him somebody -go nfter him I"
Hut It was useless. The horsemnn
hail made the road and was speeding
down it Hushing nhend of the oth
ers, Fnlrchlld gained n point of vnnt
nge where lie could watch tho fading
black smudge of the horse nnd rider
ns It went on nnd on nlong tho rocky
rond. finally to reach the main thor
oughfare nnd turn swiftly. Then ho
went back to Join the others.
"Ho's tnkcu the Center City rond I"
came his announcement. "Is there n
turn-off on It nnywliMB?"
"No." Anltn gave the answer. "It
goes straight through but he'll have
u hard time making It there In this
blizzard. If we only had horses 1"
'They wouldn't do us much good
now I Climb on my back. You enn
hnndlo these two moa elbno?" This
to his partner. Tho Cornlshmun grunt
ed. "Yes. They won't start anything.
"I'm going to take, Miss Illchmond
and hurry nhend to the sheriff's ofllce.
Ho might not believe mo. Hut he'll
tnko her word mid thnt'll bo sufllclent
until you get there with tho prisoners.
I've got tn persuade hint to telephone
to Center City nnd head oft the Ho-duluesl"
Ifo stooped nnd Anita, lnughlrg nt
her posture, clambered upon his back,
her arms about his neck. Fnlrclilld
found himself wishing that ho could
carry her forevor, nnd Hint tho road to
tho sheriffs offlco were twenty miles
away Instead of two. Hut her voice,
cut In on his. wishes.
"I can walk now. We can get nlong
s"o much faetert" earao her p!en. Til
hold on to you and you can help mo
Ida arm. Once, as they floundered
through a knee-high tnnss, Fnlrchlld's
arm went quickly nbout hel wnlst
and he lifted her against him ns he
literally carried her through. When
they .reached tho other side, the nrm
still held Its plnce nnd she did not
resist. Some wny, nfter tbut, the
stretch of road faded swiftly. Almost
before ho renllzcd It, they were nt the
outskirts of tho city.
Grudgingly he gave up his hold up
on her, ns they hurried for the side
walks nnd for the sheriffs ofllce. There
Fnlrchlld did not attempt to talk he
left It all to Anita, and Hardwell, tho
sheriff, listened. Taylor Hill had con
fessed to the robbery at the Old Times
dance and to his attempt to so ar
range the evldenco that tho blnme
would fall on Hurry. Tnylor Hill and
Illlndeye Horemnn had been cnught at
work In a cross-cut tunnel which led
to the property of the Hluo I'oppy
mine, nnd one of them, nt least, had
admitted that the sole output of tho
Silver Queen had come from this thlov
Ing encroachment Then Anltn com
pleted the recital of the plans of the
Itodalnos to leave nnd of their depart
ure for Center City. At last, Fnlrchlld
spoke, nnd told the happenings flitch
he hnd encountered In tho rnmshnckle
house occupied b Crazy Laura. It
wns sufllclent. Tho sheriff reached
for the telephone.
"No need for hurry," he nnnounced.
"Young Hodnlne enn't possibly mnko
Hint trip in less thnn two hours. We've
got plenty of time hello Central?
Long dlstnnce, plense. Whnt's that?
Yeh Long Distance. Want to put In
n call for Center City." A long wait,"
while a metallic volco streamed over
the wire Into the sheriffs car. Ho
hung up the receiver. "Hlocked," ho
said shortly. "The wire's down."
"Hut there's the telegraph I"
"It'd take half an hour to get the
operator out, of bed olllco Is closed.
Nope. We'll" take the short cut. And
we'll bent him there by u half-hour 1"
"You meun the Argonaut tunnel?"
"Yes. Cnll up there nnd tell them
to get n motor ready for us to shoot
straight through. Wo enn make It nt
thirty miles nn hour, nnd the skip In
the Heunlon mine will get us to the
surface In five minutes. The tunnel
ends sixteen hundred feet under
ground, nbout a thousand feet from
Center City," lie explained, ns ho noted
Fnlrchlld's wondering gnze. "You stay
here. I'll be getting my enr warmed
up to take us to Hie tunnel."
A thumping sound enme from with
out. Harry entered with his two
charges, followed shortly by Hardwell,
the sheriff, whllo Just beneath the of
fice window' a motor roared In the
process of "warming up."
A moment more nnd n steel door
clnnged upon the two men, while the
olllcer led the wny to Ids motor car.
There he looked quizzically at Anita
Illchmond. piling without hesitation
Into tho front seat.
"You going too?"
"I certainly nm," nnd she covered
her Intensity with n laugh, "thorn,
are a number of things that I want
to sny to Mr. Mnurlco Itodnlnc and
I haven't the patience to wnlt I"
Hnrdwcll chuckled. Tho doors of
Hie car slnmined nnd the engine roared
louder thnn ever. Soon they were
churning nlong through the driving
snow townrd the grent buildings of
tho Argonnut Tunnel compnny, fur nt
tho other end of town, There men
awaited them, and a tram motor, to
gether with Its operator. The four
pursuers took their plnces on tho
benches of tho enr behind the motor.
The trolley wns attached. Then clat
tering over tho frogs, green lights
flashing from tho trolley wire, tho
speeding Journey wns begun.
Three miles, four, five, whllo Anita
Itlchmond held close to Fnlrchlld ns
tho speed became, greater and the
sparks from tho wire above threw their
green, vicious light over the yawning
stretch before Uicin. A Inst spurt,
slightly down-grade, with the motor
pushing the wheels at their greatest
velocity; then the crackling of elec
tricity suddenly censed, tho motor
slowed In Its progress, finally to stop.
A greasy being faced them and Hnrd
wcll, the sheriff, shouted Jils mission.
"Got to cntch some people thut nre
tanking a get-away tlirougli Center
City. Can you send us up In the skip?"
"Yes, two ut u time."
"All right I" Tho sheriff turned to
llnrry. "You nnd I'll j;o on tho first
trip nnil hurry for the Ohndl road.
Fnlrchlld nnd Miss Illchmond w'.ll wnlt
for the second nnd go to Sheriff Ma
son's ofllco nnd tell him whnt's up.
Meet us there," ho said to Fnlrchlld,
ns ho went forward.
A long wait followed whllo Fnlrchlld
strove to tnlk of many things nnd
failed In nil of them. Things were
happening too swiftly for them to bo
put Into crlnp sentences by a mnn
whoso thoughts were muddled by tho
fact that beside him wnlted a girl In
a whlicord riding suit tho same girl
who hnd leaped from nn automobile
on the Denver highway nnd
It crystallzcd things for him momen
"I'm going to nsk you something
nfter n while something Hint I've
wondered nnd wondered nbout I
know It wasn't nnythlng but "
Sho laughed at hlui.
"You really didn't think I was tho
Smelter bandit, did you?"
"Darued If I know what I thought
Ami I don't know what I think yet"
"It'n very, very nwful!" caino In a
low, uock-uwed voice". "Hut " then
tho laugh enrao ngaln "raaybo If
you're good nnd well, rnaybo I'll tell
you nfter a while,"
"Of courso I'm honest I Isn't that
Falrchlld walked to tho skip, stepped
In, nnd lifted Anltn
dnrkness which Fnlrchlld longed to
turn to his ndvantngc, darkness which
seemed to call to him to throw his
arms nbout tho girl nt his side, to
crush 'her to htm, to seek out with nn
Instinct Hint needed no guiding light
the laughing, pretty lips which had
caused lilm many a day of happiness,
man n day of worried wonderment.
He strove to tnlk nwny tho desire
but tho grinding of tho wheels In tho
nnrrow shaft denied Hint Ills fingers
twitched, bis arms trembled ns ha
sought to hold back the muscles, then,
yielding to tho Impulse, ho started
"What's the matter?"
Hut Fnlrchlld wasn't telling the
truth. They hnd renched tho light
Just nt the wrong, wrong moment Out
of tho skip he lifted her, then Inquired
tho wny to the sheriffs ofllce of this,
n now county. The direction wns giv
en, nnd they went there. They told
their slory. "You say'Bardwcll and
your partner went out on the Ohndl
rond to .head thq young 'un off?"
"Yes Do you think?"
Hut a nolso from without cut off tho
conversation. Stamping feet sounded
on the steps, the knob turnd, and
Sheriff Hardwell, snow-white, entered,
slinking himself like n grent dog. as
he sought to rid himself of the effects
of the blizzard.
"Hello, Hardwell, whnt'd you find?"
"No mntter how much n person dis
likes another one It's, It's ntwuys a
Anltn enme closer . "You mean that
he's dead?" The sheriff nodded. "He
must have rushed his horse too hard.
When we got to him he was Just nbout
gone tried to stngger to his feet when
we enme up, but couldn't make It Kind
ot ncted like he'd lost his senses
through fenr or exposure or something.
Asked me who I wns, nnd I said Hard
well. Seemed to bo tickled to hear
my name but he called It Harnhum.
Then he got up on his hands nnd knees
nnd clutched nt mo nnd asked me If
I'd drawn out nil the money and had
It safe. Just to humor him, I snld I
hnd. Ho tried to sny something after
that, but It wasn't much use. The first
thing Ac knew he'd passed out. That's
where llnrry Is now took him over
to tho mortuary. There Isn't anybody
nnmed Harnham, Is there?"
"Harnhnm?" Tho nnme had nwnk
ened recollections for Falrchlld; "why
he's the fellow that "
Hut Anltn cut In.
"He's a lawyer tn Denver. They've
been sending nil the Income from stock
snips to him for deposit If Mnurlco
nsked If he'd gotten tho money out,
It must menn Hint they meant to run
with all Hie proceeds. We'll have to
The message went through. Then
tho two sheriffs rose and looked at
"Now for the tough one." Hardwell
mado the remark, nnd Mason smiled
grimly. Fnlrchlld rose nnd went to
"May I go nlong?"
"Yes, but not tho girl. Not this
Anltn did not demur. Fnlrchlld
wnlked to her side. '
"You won't run nwny," he begged.
"I'll bo right here," sho nnswercd,
nnd with Hint nssurunce, he followed
tho other two men out Into tho night
Far down tho street, where tho
rather blenk outlines of tho hotel
showed blenker than ever In the frigid
night, n llgit wns gleaming In a second-story
window. Mason turned to
his fellow sheriff.
"He usually stays there. That must
bo lilm waiting for tho kid."
Tho three entered. Tiptoeing, they
went to the door and knocked. A high
pitched volco cumo from within.
Thnt you. Maurice?"
Falrchlld answered In tho best Imi
tation he could give.
"Yen. I'vo got Anita with me."
Steps, then the door opened. For
Just a second Squint Ilodatne stared
nt theni In 'ghastly, sickly fashion.
Then ho moved back lntd the room,
still facing them.
"What's tho Idea of this?" come his
forced query, Fnlrchlld stepped forward.
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"Well," said the Fairy Queen, "there
Is only one Item sent In to tho Nature
land News this time, and that Is from
Tad, the Illnck Cat"
"Wliut Is Hint?" asked the other
"Tnd," snld the Fnlry Queen, "sent
In nn announcement nnd nsked us If
wo'd plense publish it as ho would bo
Kind to have as mnny see It ns pos
tlble." "Whnt was tho nnnounccment?" tho
other Fulrles asked.
"It was this," said tho Fnlry queen,
ns sho took forth a piece of paper
upon which In strango sprawling words
was written :
"Tnd, the Illnck Cat, Is giving nn At
Homo Tuesday Evening In the Alley.
"It Is his second birthday. All those
who wish to bring lilm blrthilny pres
ents muy cure for his list ot sugges
tions, which Is ns follows:
".Mice, Milk, Crenm, Suusage, Liver,
and nil other delicacies.
"Ribbons be does not enre for."
The Fulrliw nil laughed after they
hnd rend this. No one but a Fnlry
could hnve rend such strango writing
ns Tad wrote 1
"I believe Mr. Sun and Mr. Moon
wnnt to talk to us this ufteruoon.
They're both to bo In the sky ill tho
nnme tlmo, you know, today, nnd they
have something most especially Im
portant they wnnt to tell us."
At thnt moment tho Fnlry Queen
looked up nnd there she saw Mr. Moon
smiling. Mr. Sun, of course, vns shin
Sho hud been wnltlng to see Mr.
"You had something to sny to us to
dny?" she nBkcd.
"Ah, yes. Fairy Queen," snld Mr.
Moon. "Now you know I've looked
down at signboards nnd I'vo seen big
signs. I've been told by Mldgie Moon
tell you thnt every
'up ns far as you're
You needn't bo so dramatic nbout
It. You act llko I'd committed a mur
der! What 'vo I dono that you
"Just a minute. I wouldn't try to
net Innocent. For one thing, I hnp
pened to be In the same house with
you ono night when you showed Crazy
Laura, your wife, how to make people
Immortal. And we'll probably learn a
few more things about your character
when we've gotten back there and
Ho stopped his accusations to leap
forwurd, clutching wildly. Rnt In
vnln. With a lunge, Squint Itodnln
hnd turned, then, springing high from
tho floor, had seemed to double In tho
air as he crashed through the big pnna
of the window and out to tho twenty
foot plunge which awaited him. Hur
riedly they galnid the window, but at
'ready tho form of Itodnlno had un
rolled Itself from the snow bnnk Into
which It hnd fallen, dived beneath tha
protection of tho low coping which
rnn nbovo tho first-floor windows of
the hotel, skirted tho building In safety
and whirled Into tho alley Hint lay be
yond. Squint Itodnlno was gone.
Frantically, Falrchlld turned for tho
door, but a big hand stopped him.
"Let him go lot htm think he's got
ten nwny," said grizzled Sheriff Mason,
"ne ain't got a chance. There's snow
everywhere nnd we cau trail htm like
n hound dawg trailing a rabbit And
I think I know where he's bound for;
Whatever that was yon sold about
Crazy Laura hit awful closo to home.
It ain't going to bo hard to flsd thai
"It Wat This."
that these were known os odvertlse
nients because they advertised or
praised some special article.
"As I snld the other dny, Mr. Moor
has no substitutes. I've seen that oo
signboards nbout other things.
"And I cxplnlned, or you explained.
Fairy Queen, whnt substitutes meant.
Perhaps you will explnln today?"
"Gladly," said the Fairy Queen,
"though I may not do It as well us you
could, Mr. Moon."
"Oh, most gracious Fnlry Queen,",
snld Mr. Moon, "I'm delighted nt the
compliment, but I nm willing to let
you do the explaining."
"A substitute Is something put tn
the plnce of another," the Fnlry Queen
"Now, If I were nsked to go to n
party nnd I sent a substitute, It would
mean I would bo sending some one In
my plnco. Isn't Hint right, Mr. Moon?"
"Fine, fine," snld Mr. Moon.
"Well, to continue," ho ndded, "I
think Mr. Sun nnd I shall give air
advertisements nnd write our signs on
tho clouds. I shall put on mine:
" 'Accept no substitutes for Mr. Moon.
There Is nothing the snmc. Money re
turned If not satisfactory, nnd If nny
lins been given ! Insist upon Mr, Moon's
Bblnlng, nnd none other.'
"And I shnll huvo one, too," snld
Mr. Sun. "Mine shall be:
" 'Others hnvo tried to shine, but they
cannot shlno ns Mr. Sun. There will
nlwnys be thoso who will Imitate him
nnd try to bo as bright.
"'Hut accept only tho renl Mr. Sun.
Ho hns stood tho test ot nges.'
"Fine, fine," said the Fairy Queen.
'The only thing' Is," snld Mr. Moon,
"thnt wo wouldn't want to disfigure
the c'.ouds by putting signs on them,
und we really have no rivals."
'That's true," said Mr. Sun, "nnd I
think It would bo n pity to put signs
on the clouds. Wo want somo of
Mother Nnturo never to be touched by
signs nnd advertisements."
"I think that Is best." said tho Fairy
Queen, "but you could have n flno air
advertisement If It weren't for thnt.
"However, Mr. Sun nnd Mr. Moon
are among the few creatures who don't
need to advertise,"- ended tho Fairy
Angels Failed to Show. '
".Mamma," called threo-yenr-old
Edith from the top of Hie stairs, "won't
you please come up and sit with me
until I go to sleep?"
"No, darling. Mamma's busy now,"
wns tho reply. "Hun back to bed ; tb
nngcls will watch over you until you
go to sleep,"
"That's what you said before, mam-