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"The Fighting Fool.** "HM
"Bhe la iiiliic," and no man euell come
It would be hard now if tho rurales
should prove too many for him-li a
bullet should check him in their flight
and sho be left alone. Hut how to
wake her! Ile tramped near us hc|
Jed up tho unwilling mounta; then, U8(
limn pressed, ho spoke to her, and nt
last ho knelt at har side,
t "Say!" ho called, and when that did
not servo ho laid his hand on her
- "Wake up!" he said, shaking ber,
gently. "Wnko up. lt's almuBt day!"j
Even ns ho Bpoko ho wont back to.
the phrano of tho cow-camp-whoroj
mon riso before it 1B light. Hut Oracle
woko up wondering and ntarnd about !
her iitrungely, unabio to understand. I
"Why-"/h"? ?n it?" Bho cried. Then,1
OB lin rt ' < and backed away, j
sho remembered him with a smllo. |
"Oh," clio said, "ls lt tlrao to got up?
[Where aro we, anyway?"
"About ten miles from Fortunn." an
swered Hooker soberly. "Too close
we ought to he over that divide."
He pointed ahead to where the val
ley narrowed and passed betwoen two
How to Waken Her, Even That Wai
bills, and Gracia sat up, binding back
her hair that had fallen from its place.
"Yes, yes!" sha said resolutely. "Wo
Snust go on-but why do you look at
me so strangely?"
"Don't know," mumbled Bud. "Didn't
know I was,, Say, let me get them sad
dle-blankets, will you?"
He went about his work with em
barrassed swiftness, slapping on sad
dles and bridles, colling vp ropes, and
offorlng her his hnnd io mount When
he looked at her again it was no?
"Hope you can rido." ho said. "Wo
got to get over that pass before any
body else makes lt-after that we can
take a rest."
"As fast na you please." she an
swered steadily. "Don't think about
me. But what will happen if-they
?ot there first?"
Sho was looking at him now as he
Boarched.out the trail-ahead, but he
pretended not to hoar. One man in
that pass was as good as a hundred,
and there wero only two things ha
could do-shoot hfs wey through, or
turn back. Ho believed Bho would not
want to turn back. .
Though the times had turned to war,
all nature that morning was at peace,
and they-rodo through a vallo y of flow
.ors like knight and lady in a pageant
The rich grass rose knee-deep along
the, hillsides, the desert" treas were
filigreed with tho tenderest groan, and
twined with morning-glories, and in
?open glades the popples anf sand
vorbenna spread forth masses, of blue
and gold.- ... - ..<?? .
Already on the mesouit-trees the
j mocking-birds wero singing, and bright
I flashes of tropical color showed \ where
.cardinal and . yellow-throat, passed, Thc
dew was still untouchedi upon- the
graus, nnd yet 'thor hurried .on,, for
some premonition whispered to them
of evil, nnd they thought only to gain
the far, pass. ? . v
Beyond that lay compara tl vo safety,
but iio man know what dangars lurked
between thom and jthat cleft, in tho
, mountains. Dil Roy and his-rurales
or Dravo and ht. rebels might bo
there. -, In fact, ono o;- t?.:oi other prob
ably was thors, .md if so there would
bo a fight, ?,-fight against heavy odds'
if h^iit^^px^;?^^ would
he greatly Increased because ho must
, To the weet and north rose tho high
and impassable mountain which, bad
.barred their way tn tho night; across
tte valley tho flaMopped Fortunas;
threw their bulwark against tho dawn;'
and all behind was, brokja lillis pad
Iden Waters." "The Toxican," eic.
tv DUN J. LAVIN
gulches, any ono of which might give
up armed men Par ahead, like a
knife-gash between tho ridges, lay the
pass to tim northern plains, and as
their trail awung out Into tho open
they put spurs to their horses and
Once through that gap, tho upper
country would Ile bet?re them and
they could pick and choose.. Mow they
must depend upon ?peed and tho
chance that their way was not blocked.
Somewhere In thosn hills to thc east
Bernardo llruvo and his men were
hidden. Or pcrhnps they wero Beut
tered, turned by their ono defeat Into
roving bandits or vengeful partisans,
laying wuBto tho SonorUn ranches as
they fought their way back to Chihua
hua. There were a hundred evil
chances that might befall tho fugitives,
and wolla Hud scanned tho country
ahead Gracia cast anxious glances be
"They aro coming!" she cried at
last, as a moving Bpot appeared In tho
rear. "Oh, there they are!"
"Good!" wreathed Hooker, as he
rose In hlfl ; tir rup? and looked.
"Why, goo?'?" sha demanded, cu
"They's only three of 'em," answered
nud. "I wan afraid they might ba in
front," ha explained, as shu gazed at
him with a puzzled smile.
"Yes," sho said; "but what will you
do If they catch dst"
"They won't catch UB," replied Hook
er confidently. "Not whlla I've got my
rl'flp. Aha!" ho exclaimed, still look
ing back, "now wo know all about lt
j that sorrel ls Manuel del Rey's!"
I "And will you kill him?" challenged
Gracia, rousing suddenty at the name,
i Hooker pre- ended not to hear. In
stead, he cocked bis eyo up at the
eastern mountain, whonce from time
to timo come muffled rifle-shots, nnd
turned his horse to go. Thora was
troubla over there to tho east some
where-Alvarez and his YaqulB. still
(harrying tho retreating rob?is-and
some of lt might come their way.
With Rel Rey behind them, even
j thougl m Bight, he WUB tho least of
j their troubles, and could bo easily
i cared for with a rifle shot if they
! could not distance him. Hooker knew
that the two rurales with him would
not continue the pursuit if their lead
er was out of tho way, so that lt would
not ba necessary to Injure more than
one man. >,.
"Ah, how I hate that mani" raged
Gracia, spurring her horse x?B u,sho
scowled back at the galloping Del
Rey oed his men who wero riding on
"All right," observed Bud with o
quizzical smile, "I'll have to kill him
for you then!"
She gazed nt him a moment with
eyes that were big with questioning
but tho ezproBBion on his rugged face
' "I would not forget it," Bho cried Im
pulsively. ".No. after all I have suf
fered, I think. 1 could love the man who
would meet him face to foco! But why
do you-ah! " she orled, with a sudden
tragic bitterness. "You smile! You
have no thought for me-you care
nothing that I am afraid of him! Ab,
Doos, for a man who is brave-to rid
me of this devil!"
"Never mind!" returned Bud. hil
voice thick with rising anger. "If 1
kill him it won't bo for you!"
He. jumped Copper Bottom ahead
to avoid her, for In that moment she
bad touched bis pride. ? Yes,-she had
done more than that-?ho had do
etroyed a dream ho bsd. a dream c' o
beautiful -woman, always gentle, al'
ways noble, whom he hud sworn .tc
protect with - h IB Ufo. Did ahe think
he was a pelado Mexican? a hot-coun
try ;lover, to be Inflamed by a glance
and a smile? Thon Phil could have
her, and welcome Her tirade .had
lessened his, burden. Now. his fight
was but a duty to his pardnor in.the
Performance of which he would-be na
lesa -careful,, but to turn her over to
Phil would not now be painful.
"Ah. Bud!'-' she appealed; spurring
up bAsido him. "you dtd not under
stand! I knov you aro bravo-and ll
he comes"-,she. struck her . pistol
fiercely-?"I will kill him myself |J%$ .
"Never .mind," j answered Bud In. s
kinder voice. "Ill .toko caro of you
. Jest keep your h o rs o in 'tho trail.", he
added.-.as .she rode on through the
brush, "and I'll tako caro of Del Roy."
Ile beckoned her .back with a Jerk
of tho head and resumed Ma place in
?tho;lead./.'Herd whs no placo to-talk
o bou t men and motivas. Tho moun
tain above was swarming With rebels,
there wero rurales spurring bohiud
yes, even now. .far up (Jt tho eastern
'hillside, ho could ooo armed men-and
now ono/was. running, to intercept
fRad reached for his rino. Jerked ur
a cartridge, and j sat c rosa wiso* Jn bit
Baddie. He rodo warily, watching the
distant runner, until suddenly ho pulled
In his horse and throw-ap a welcom
ing'hand. Tho man WOP Amigo--na
?ther could como down a hllL'do ec
swiftly-and ho was signaling him lc
iwaifc- . . .
kJ."?jWho le thai man?" asked Gracia
fig abe. retied In at?his side. "Do you
"Sum do!" responded Hooker Jovi
ally. "Ho's tho .best friend I got in
"Kal, Amigo!!' ho hulled, as the
Yaqui carno quartering down tho hill,
and, apparently obflvloua of the on
coming pursuers, he rode out of the
trail to meet him. Thoy shook nanda
und Amigo flashed his familiar smile,
glancing shyly over tho horne's back
ut the daughter of the Arugons.
"I knew the horse," ho explained,
with a gent?o caresa for Copper Bot
tom. "My people-up-there-kill Mex
ioana! Where you go?"
"North-to the lino," answered Bud,
pointing up the pasB.
"Muy mnlo!" frowned the Yaqui,
glancing onco moro at the woman bo
hind. "Muchos revoltosos!"
"Whero?" asked Bud.
"Everywhere!" replied Amigo wlthi
a comprehensivo wave ot tho hand
"But no matter." he added simply. "1
will go with you. Who aro these
"Huraleo!" responded Hooker, ant
the Yaqui's black eyes dilated.
"Yes," nodded Bud ns ho read th<
swift question In their glance. "Ho ii
there, too-Del Rey!"
"Que bueuo!" exclaimed the indian
fixing his oaglo glance upon tho riders
Ho showed his whlto teeth In a emile
lu an instant ho aaw bia opportunity
ho saw als enemy riding into a truj
and turned bis faco to the pass.
What Amigo hod waited lor, the op
portunlty ho had watched for, wo;
at hand. Del Rey should pay thi
price of that ecar the Yaqui carried
Not again would tho bullet go aBtray
and his peoplo should have one lost
Mexican to fight after that day. Th?
hatred of generations lay behlrd th<
thoughts of the Indian. Ile caret
nothing for tho grievance of the girl
and he would not kill Del Rey fo:
that, but for his own reaBonB.
"Come!" ho said, laying hold of i
l?tigo strap, and as Hooker loped ot
up tho Bteady Inclino ho ran along a
his Btirrup. In his right bond ho stll
carried tho heavy Mauser, but hi
sandaled feet bore him iorv.-ard wit'
tireless ntrldo3 nnd orf!.' tho henvln
of his ii-ighty chest told tho story c
tho pace. ,
"Let me talco your gun," BUggcste
Hooker, as tbey set off on th&lr rac?
but Amigo In his warrior's pride onl
! shook his head and motioned him o
and on. So at last they, gained th
! nigged summit, whero tho granite r?t
of the mountain crop up through th
! sands of the wash and tho valle
Flopea away to tho north. To tho ao?t
was Del Rey, still riding after then
but Amigo beckoned Bud beyond th
, reef and looked out to thc north.
"Revoltosos!" he exclaimed, poln
lng a sun-blackened baud at .a distal
ridge. "Revoltosos!" he Bri ld agali
waving his hand to the east. "Here
waving toward.the west, "no!"
"Do you know that country?" ii
quired Hooker, nodding nt the grei
plain with its chainB of parallel Sie
, ras. but the Indian shook his head.
"No," he said; "but the best way
j straight for that pass."
.He pointed at a distant wedge ci
down between the blue of two-ridge
ai\d scanned the eastern hills intent!
"Men!"' he cried, suddenly indica
lng-.tho sky-line cf the topmost rldg
"I think they are revoltosos," he addc
gravely. "They will soon cross ym
! traill _
"No difference," anrwered Bud wit
a smile. "I am not afraid-not wit
[ you here. Amigo."
j "No, but the woman!" suggest?
. Amigo, who read no Jest la his word
"It is better, that you should ride c
I -and leave me here." .
, He smiled encouragingly, but a wi
light was creeping into his eyes.ai
? Hooker knew what,he-meant Ho C
sired to be lett alon", to deal wit
. Dei Rey ofter the B?ro manner, ot tl
Yakuts. And yet, why not? Hook
gasen ' thoughtfully, at the cn comb
. rurales ond walked swiftly back
.Gracia. . .. v . .
! "This Indian ls a f 'end of mia?
he Bald, "and I can trust him. .!
says lt will be bett r for ua to ri
1 on-and bo will. ti, ke caro 0* 43
? rurales." * ;
."Ifeke care?" questioned Grad
\ turning pale ut a. peculiar mattery
j fact tone rn his v .Ico. i ., ...
, , "Sure." said Hooker; "ho says the
are':revoltosos i ..ead. It will bo b
; ter ifor.rou, he BOM, to ride oa.u .
'j .."Madre d? l ?os!" breathed Gr?e
i clutching at her saddle; and then a
, ^nodded her hoad,.weakly..,. ?? ?
"You better get down for a m i nu ti
, suggested Hookor, helping her Qu h
> ly to the ground. "Hero, drink soi
f water-you're kinder faint 1.11. ?
rigb? bnc*i-jest want to eay goo?M?
i w.Ho e tro da ovor to. where. Amigo h
i pealed himself behind a rock and Ii
\ a bond on his arm. . ? , .,
i "Adios. Amigo!" ne said, but t
' Yaqui only glanced nt him strange
"Anything In. my: .camp, you're w
i come to lt," added Hooker, but; Ami
: did-not respond. Hin black eyes, f
? Seeing os ? hawk's, woro Axed inion
, fcoforo him, where pel .Rey came g
' loping In tho lead.
?t.,."You go nowtr ho said, speak!
I w ! t h en. effort*, and Hooker uadersto
: Thero was no love, no hato loft ?ii tl
mighty carcassrrhe waa all warri
?. all, ?Taqul, and ne .wanted Del. Rey
i .Qlmsolf.. . ? ; ...... ?
> "We*!, bo going," Hooker sahl
1 Ornela, rc turning Bwl?tly,, au d bia. w
ted' tones mode her ?tort 8he.fi
one feels at a funeral, tho hover!
. winga of death, yet she vaulted. Si
? .her. eaddlo and Wt her thoughts
?ld. .'' : .v .'...Vi^^
\ They rod? on down the valley, as
1 ring yet holding back, and then wit!
^>nr tnat ,mad)o-t^em ^tnpl|t^|iei
Mauger spoke but-ont* uhotl And no
more There was a hush, a long wait,
and Amigo roso slowly from behind
"God!" exclaimed Hooker, os he
The Heavy Mauser Spoke Out-One
Shot! ??>.: ;
. s ' ' ' ' ' . j
cjiught tho peso, on 1 his voice sound
ed a requiem for Manuel del Rey.
Then, as Ornela crossed herself and
fell to sobbing, lin leaned forward in
his saddle and th: y galloped away.
Though men mcy nicko a;Jest of It
In books, it ia a solemn thing to kill
a man, even to bo near when one is
1 killed. If Gracia bad si i i Del Roy
? horseir In a. passion her hot blood
might hove buoyed her up, but now
I her wholo nature waB convulsed with
I the horror, of it and she wilted Uko a
I An hour befcro she had burned with
* hatred of- him, sha had wlshod him
! dead and Bought the man who would
j kill him. Now that lila Ufo had been
j snipped off between two heart-beats
oho remembered' him with pity and
! mustered a. prayer for his noni. For
Hooker, for De Lancer sho had no
thought, but only for tho dashing
young captain who had followed her
i to his death.
j Of this I hid had no knowledge. Ho
realized only that she was growing
weaker, and that he must, call ? halt,
and at last, wbjbn tho wall* of their
pass had widened and they rodo out
Into the open piala, he turned aside
from the trail und /drew rein by a
dump of mesqult. w5j
/'Here. Jet.me take you," he Bald,
as she swayed uncertainly In thc sad
dle. Sho slid down.into his arms and
he laid her gently in tho shade.
- "Poor girl," he muttered, "it's been
too much for you. I'll get some water,
end pretty soon'iyou can. eat.".,
He unslung tho canteen from his
saddle-flap., ga ve her a drink, and left
her to. herself, glancing swiftly along
the horizon as he tied out their momita
to graze, nut for her iuintneus he
would have pushed on farther, for,he
had seen, men off to the east; but hun
ger and excitement had told upon her
even moro than th? day-nnd-ulght ride.
For a woman, and. sitting a>.side-sad
dle, abo had done better than he. had
hoped; and yet-well, lt was a long
way. ? to .the border and ho doubted. If
she ?OUld make it. She lay Billi in tho
abado of the mesqult. Just na bo had
placed?ior, and when ho brought th?
sack of food sha . did, not raise her
^letter eat something," ho oug
gested, lipreading out some bread and
dried beef. . "Hero's some oranges: I
got from Don Junn- I'll Junt put them
over "nero for you."
^Orael? shuddered, sighing wearily:
Tben, aa If hts words bad hurt her,
sb* covered her face and wopt
What dfd you tell that man?" she|
asked at last. - ?i?
r .?iW'y-:>?hat man ?" inquired ;-Hodk?
cr. astonished. VAirit you: going to
eg%r .'; . ... >ku
"No!" sho cried, gazing out at him
through hor tours, "not, until 1 know
what you said. Did you tell that in
dian to-to kill himr;
She broke down suddenly in a flt of J
sobbing, and Hooker Wiped his brow;
.?W/y, no!" ho pj^testcdC,
, What toads yon think tKat?":-~
A ^'Why-you.fode over and spoke- to
bim~nnd ho looked nt mo--and thun-r
8he gave way to a paroxysm Of grief
at. this, abd Dud looked around, him,
.wondering. . That,sho waa weak'and
hungry he know, hut what wis this
she .was Baying? ?? ?ii . ?-???j??
,; "I reckon I don't understand what
you're driving at," hp said at last
"Wish you'd oat something-you'll feel
"No, I won't oatT" sme'decmre'd, s?ti
ting up and frowning, "Mry<Kankool
sho went ob very miserably, "what dld
yoiu mean, this morning ?when- you
laughed! I said I .baton poor Manuel
-rand you raldrtrwfiU;. what you did
and you laui.bed! Did you think-oh,
yon couldn't htwe-that I really want.
,0d him killed?"
?" "W'y, sure no?* cried Hooke*
heartily. , "I knowed yon waa fooilngi
pidnt I laugh av you ? day, whiilh?d
of ,a feller do you think. \ am, anywt?l
Jrye think I'd ?et an indian to do my
-.gilling?" , ...j . . .:i|..f|
;,;.?Ob, then didn't you?" she cried,
sudd?plxvbTlghte?lng;up. "You know,
you iaVii ?a rough sometimes-sisd ?
naree do know wjist you mean i, lc?
(To bo ConUueed.) . .
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