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AUSTIN AROUSES 1
GINS TO PLAh
irs. Alaire Austin, a IIndson
-lPairnas ranch, gets lost in the
struggle wanders into the littil
hunting it Mexican murderer. c
hours in the ' entup. Law ('ate1
corts her hotne. "Young Ed" A
wife and mnaikes 1nsinuations
cretly IrI league With Mexican rot)
Il I.eriai. III f'eti riIl Mexiclan i rt
titp vonlisented by soldiery.
"I was ctnming lo 11that. Your hus
?an:[[Id. senoril, Is i ictive 0dandele
l.or a oieint Alaire was aI loss:
en she rtplied with sointe spirit: "VW
are (,wo plegple, hie an~d 1. 1.11 Ferin he
lrn s Itilne."
"N e'thI' bli iss Iis coll dilet is r t -
table." 1,n5gorio wenllt. "Probably
Ivil lit i have [iu ' t'l h il t
-'orI t th. first tmir lit' iolto ,:tI irred.
Siv attX(ll aIct -4 Ii III[ lift 11 .'t rIn l Nv'l't'
iShertt hi wattln- cunrtanwt
o irt'asintin. Now she S1,
as if froeds frini a slimil:
"'NNoblly p''ys hIed lo e tol
1 . We diot itl considlle hi i."
Alaire turned uponl her with a sharpl
jx(chunation, con1se3lus ien while 111h
th1e womiall's tonie. evei n t inore thall her
words. had aelightened lIt'l t'n'g'rie.
siet extent. His lifted rbroS were
vloquent of surpris ndl curiosity, hit
fht, hbld his "gt'o rg'e.
"Ar I to understand, then, that you
rob Ine beenust of illy hshlatrlt's '' (t -
tion?" Alaire asked.V
"'No. I shall lp." Longoro hined
t hushist I sly. "It shall be the ob
ject if niy life to serve you, and you
ald I shan ('li rrnge tis nintsti,
factorily. I have inf11luee, helleve milt.
Duty enlls ie to Nievo Pueltiblo, amli
you shill return with ie is th11(b gulist I
oif iy government." lie, ose to hlls
fnet, but lit hi igerniss soonl g't ve place
to disappointinet tt.
"Thanllk YoU." said Alnire. "but I
iust Irst go to i n i r ai get al11
"ei rt ! It is a wrtciEd jouiiney.
See!" le waved n conteluptuous ges
ture at the car, crowdedI to) con)IgestionI.
"There is no food ; You ht'rv' nne t( It) I
walt u1 You- II MY company you
will Il' s ft. i' n 1 11111y honor, You will
joy 1hehiget iii thi courtesy-,
"Of cours . B lt I tinigorti ea Ot.
Ithai gi thore ais .lops. t loo n'illter1
ha egf his wirta v5(Ier cliiti anrtint'w
stood itht adiring i e,-r It)x upon
Ahis r ~uiua it or
wiltds, mit eerl, Jos 1111 lnimed,3'
eaerl it tiam h'r ii'e t'
Lonigt'it .it erti~izksed the hors e
"Jotti~l kn lse Sanchez."111
motey bylled atia t' tprit'ad toe
itras oiti hse lipsi lit' eat ivit
iha ai ( tnnn And sx t'3hters he
deado ne ti~ ant esortai to Mrs.
AutieprtySt. "Sen1ra, tihe ii hours
win g unt o lire a moiay~ sed~~e yo
whic e itl beoucked w~'Rtihlii raiat
"dreas 1" lith Grd. "t For ta scond
your he howedilt and k'biss lihe tndle
shir thent,"kn le Sncez11 tnti
matey boo thearm hiiie'I tured tto the
"Cuidae c"bele olasdin oesen wirthr
is bloodmon! And til h eyes.i f octt
rio willte bneor th liloper windhell
JThe nchtoenp ain handt iho
ingaupeto Aarrtremsnlotary wlblitwer
"Look !oo " he ied. "Lh oor oifi
tour generalgae teye--h" alike theiroi
dsayied go."s1erlace thevodt.
Aten blomislie's stngSe adr was
"eltadolste breate wooet *r'tl Ii
Jose Sanhe caepoing tls11yo inte
"Lior benrae"rhe cured. "or nire
th generaligaefe,"fr any heiproudlt
faltan hser hl tat wet yoth ha
weao"ith his own hands.'Tls weeh
buckledn itoli abor." , n h a
'Jore wsmthing telst of yoouare
din coralo bAvereGuard rougrh~
fai er hall cutge outy rhea
is a an t diuey' for."nedmetoh'
CopWrg'ht by I
'HE BRUTAL COVETOUSNESS
"S NATURE AND HE BE
e young Miatron. mistress of Las
Texas desert aild after nia ill-day
camp111 Of 1 )avid Law, a ranger,
ireutuistaitces force her to stay 24
("S ilS 1111M, kills allother and es
ustin, druIkeni wnstrel, berates his
bout lie ralger. Austin Is se
els. Alnire starts for her ranch
itiory, I secure anniiges for (it.
you this, with his delieest regard."
Al-ire acce)ted tho object ('uriously.
It wits small amI he-Ivy and( wra
un14 it piOved to he nothing less thnn
tie splendId flilioid-tind-ruby rin:
shv h11141 mirellkd.
"1 piirIOt.et ls. now!" m1uured
hI)lor's, crossing herself devoutly.
Blaze Jones and His Neighbors.
liu. .1ines Iolie u tlit his front guto
:11nl4 distlouited in the shnlet. 4f 1 lite ie.
i'bon I ree. I 10 stepIpeId bMk Itn11' rn11
tfi IIproving eye4 4ver an 2lot 1141.r itanl1imaI
Pet iered I here. Or course hlie youlhis
'f this day were Ilotiig like fill
cotihs of his owi. amd yet--lilaze let
ifs gaize linger fondly i (heit highbred
luare 11nd( her equIl ilnent-here lit least
vS at i'irson wjo knew it good horse,
i goodl saddle anid i good gun.
As lit, 'me p the walk hi heard
'alon1m hinl.gh, and his Own face light
'teid. for his daughter's merriment was
'otazigioius. Then as he mounted the
Iteps andil( turned the corner of tihe
gallery" he uttered a hearty greeting.
"Dave Law !Where in the world
id you drop from?"
Lia uncolled himself and took the
atichima's haiid. "Hello, Blaze! 1
iei ordered down here to keep you
"Islaw !.Now who's been giving
'ou orders, Dave?"
"Wihy, I'm with the Rangers."
"Never kInew a word of it. Last I
lea rd you was filibustering around
\Ith the Maderistas."
Blaze seated himself withi a grateful
:Igh where the breeze played over him.
le was a big, bearlike, swarthy min
vith tie, square-hown, deep-lined farce
>f 11 t ragedlan, and a head of long.
'u1rly halir, which lie wore parted in it
ilie over his left ear. Jones was a
*1'hreter'1, a local landmark. This part
)f Te'(xas had1 grown upi with Blaz'ie,
mad he possessed'( a splendid inditTer
neie to the artiliial fads of di'ess9
11nd mannll~er's. lHe wvas plai1nly ani out
"So y)u're a Rlanger, and1( got notches
>n1 your gunl." laze r'olied and1( lit a
tiny ('iglret te, scarcely larger than a
wheat st raw. "WVell, you'dl ought to
mailke a right able thief-catcheri, Dave,
onlly for your siz/e-you're too long for
a 11mn1 and1( you aini't long entouigh for a
siamke. Still, I reckoni a thIe~f would1
lmuve' troubhle getting out of your reach,
anrd on1ce you got close to him--lHow
lnmny lien have you killed?"
"Nobody counts themn."
"That's goiod." Blaze nodded 11nd(
re'lit hits cigarlette. whilh lie had per
11n111tid 1pr'omptly to smolder out. "'The
force't in't what it was11. Most of the
boys nowaday(lns .join so they can idel
a1 horIse c'ros-lots, pneik a pair of
guns, andii give rein1 to the pred~ile'ctionls
f1 na vic'iou2 ancestry. They're bad
ratuls. mlos't of 'em."
"Dlave lellk me the whole force hias
beenti dlown) to sixtee."
"That's plent y," her father nyerr'ed.
"'It's like w~heni (ap'n Bill McDoald
wa1s sent to ito n113 ariot in Dallas. lie
('1nm1e to tOwn alonie, anid whien the citi
'/.'nS aski'd him w~here his mein was11,
lii' 2'a1idlAlin't I &'nough? There's only
4one4 riot.' Are you workin' up a case,
"Umn-m-yes! Peop~le are missing ai
liot oIf stocek herenbouts."
"It's these blamed refugees frotn the
wa'r ! A Mexican has to steal 80ome.
thing or he gets run dowvn and pori'
If it aiin't stoc(k, It's something else'.'
D~ave' Law's duities as a Ranger rest
oil light ly upon himi; his instruc1tion1'
were v'agule, and1( he' had a leisurel:
mlethoid of "'workinig uip'' his ev'iden(ce
Shwie he kni'w that Bt~'/laposessed( :
thorough knowledge of this uieetioni 11m
its people, it waus partly bus1in1ess whieh
Ini br1ouight him to the Jones boll)
a this~ afternuoon.
Strictly kpenking, Blaize wa'1s not 2
t ranlchier. lie had speculated heavily ib
a raw lands, arnd fo~r several years' 1pas
y ho hadu devoted his energies to a gi
gantic colonlization scheme. It wals b:
I nlo means a small operation -in whiei
he waIs engaged. The venture han
taken foresight, courage, Infinite hare
work; Blaze w~as burdened with re
sponsiblhitles that would have abrokel
U down a man of weaker hbka.
rarper & Brothers
But his pet relaxation was reminh
vence. Ills own experience had bee
wide. lie knew everybody in his par
of the state, and although events Ii
his telling were SOletllies colored b
his rich imagination, the informatio
lie could give was often of tihe great
e'st valie--n: Dave Law knew.
After a tilm the latter said, casually
"i'eil me something about Tad Lewis.
lIlttze looked up quickly. "What d<
you wait to know?"
"Tad owns a right nice ranch be
Sveen here and Las Pagias," Bl"izt
l'alomat broke out impatiently. "h'i.t
dlona't you say what you think?" Theii
To )iave: "Tad Lewis is a bad nleigh
hr. and always has been. There's ai
jordI on his place, and we think het
knows., mnore about 'wet' cattle tHiant
li, v:tr's to tell."
"IC's a good place to cross stock at
lmw water." her father agreed. "awl
Iwi land runs back front the lilo
Gr~lt inl its old Spainish forimt. It's
a. natiura':l outict for those brusl-(o1un
itr y. ranclios. Iut I haven't alnytinil:.
aainTT iTad except a ntatural (listIke.
lie stn:1d1s well with some of outr best
peoptle. so I'm prohnbly wrong. I usu
"',)t ann't e'ill Ed Austin one ) of our
best people," sharply objected Palomia.
'ey claimil that Iua'mis are bein:
sil ut.gl'l necross to the rebels. Dave.
and. it' it's true. Ed Austin-"
"Now. Palorna," her father remon
strated 11t4iiby. "The r'-gulars and the
river guards watched Le'wis' ranlch till
tle emba'ii rgo was lifted, and they never
"I believe Austin Is at strong rehel
sympatithizer," Law ventured.
"Sure ! And him and the Lewis out
fit atre aitigos. If you go pliootin'
around Tad's pinee you're miore'n apt
to inake yourself unpopular, Dave. I'd
grieve some to see you in a wooden
kimono. Tad's too well fixed to steal
cattle, and if he runs arms it's be
eanuse- lie's a 'galvanized Gringo' him
self-married a Mexican, you know."
When mealtime drew diear, both
.ones and his daughter urged their
guest to stay and dine with them, and
Dave was glad to accept.
"After supper I'm going to show you
our town," Blaze declared. "It's the
finest city In south Texas, and grow
Ing like a weed. All we need is good
fairners. Those we've got are mostly
back-to-niture students who leaped at
drug counter expecting to 'light in the
lap of luxury. In the last outfit we
VAL AN -"""
"I Believe Austin 1s a Strong Rebel
sold there wasn't three nmen that kneu
whleh endl of a mule to put the collat
on. But they'll learn. Nature's witi
'ema, andt so an I. God supplies 'en
with tall the fresh air and sunshinm
they rieed, anad when they want any
thing else they come to Old Blaze
Ain't thtat right, Palomna?"
Palomat Jones laud developed won
derfully since D~ave Lawhad last seer
h('r. Site hadl grown into a miost whole
saomea nd attractive young woman
wih tn onest, humorous pair o1
boneyes. During dinner she dit
her'i partt with a grace that made watch
inig hter at pletasuire, anrd the Range'
foutad it a great treat to sit at hel
tablle tafter his strenutous scouting daym
ini the mtesqluite.
"I'tm ghaid to hetar Jonaesville is pros
pertouts," lhe told hils host. "And thea
stay you're in everything."
"Thtat's right ; and prosperity's D<
natme for it. Everybody want$ Bliazi
'to htave a finger in the pie. I'R inter
estedl in the hank, the sugar m'il, tht
- hardwa4re store, thte ice plant-. Say
the Ice plant's a luaxury for a town thu
a sizej. D'you know what I made out O1
I at last year?"
I"I've no ideca.".
-"Twenty-seven thousand dollars I
a The father of Jonesville spoke proud
ly., Iiressively. and than througrh
I- habit called up011 his daughter for
A verilention. "i)dn't I, Paloma ?"
t M~IIss Paloma's answer was unexpect
i edi, atnd cliame with equal emphasis:
"No. you di(ln't. father. The miserable
I thing lost money."
- Blaze was only momentarily dis
maye(l. 'Ih'ien lie joiedI lils visitor's
laughter. "How cain at man get aong
without the co-operltionl of lis own
household?" lie inquired naively. "May
be it was next year I was thinking
about." Ilereatfter lie continied hIm
self to statements which required no
)aive liad long since learned that to
hol)1(d Blaze Jones to a strict account
ability with fact was to rob his so
eiety of its greatest charm. A slavish
accuracy in figures, anl arld lack of
limginiaiPtiod. reduces conversation to
tlie isilidneSS of flat wIne, and
Blaize's talk was niever (lull. He was a
keen. shrewd. PraCtiCal manl, but soie
where inl his beIng there was con
eenled a treinenidous. ioidsled sense
oil' humor whileh took the form of a
lo de I h lring- Imnuagery. An itItentive au1
'fienCr wits eiough for him, and, once
his fancy was In full 1swing, here was
o linit t)o his outrageous exaggera
'it s. A liiglht of credulity it a1 hear
er' -ye illed him with prodigious
mithla. :ind)( it is doubtful if his listen
rs ever lerivedl a fraction of tie
uitnsert 0 froI hIs fabrications thalt
Ie lirnself enjoyed. Palomata's spirait
'm citrltio(nt wVas the only fly In
his olitIelnt no that hIs (iughter
w:ts 4041 I'inouglh to "keep books" on
lhimi. mneh of the story-teller's joy was
01' course his proclivities occaision
ally led to misapprehenslons; ehaince
a1iIuaI"tintnces who recognized hii as
an artful romancer were liable to conl
sider himt generally untruthful. But
even In this mtisconception Blaze took
i quiet delight, secure in the knowl
edge that all who knew him well re
garded him as a rock of integrity. As
a itnatter of fact, his genuine exploits
were quite as sensational as those of
When, after supper, Blaze had
I hitched a pair of driving mules to his
buckboard, preparatory to showing his
guest the glories of Jonesville, Dave
"PaloItma's getting mighty pretty."
"She's as pretty as a blue-bonne.
Iflower," he father agreed. - "And she
runs me around something sean daIlous.
I ain't got the freedom of a peon."
Blaze sighed ain(d shook hIs shaggy
head. "You know me, Dave; I never
use(l to be scared of nobo(y. Well, it':.
d( irereat now. She rides ine with a
Spainlish bit, and My soul ain't my
own." WItht a suddent lightenIng of his
gloom, he added: "Say, you're going tn
stay right here with us as long as~
you're in town; I wvant you to see how
In spIte of Blaze's plaintive tone ,it
was patent that he was Inordinately
proudi~ of Palomna atnd well content with:
Jonesvlie proved to 'be a typicali
Texas town of the modern variety, and
ailtogethier different to the pictured]
frontier village. All in all, the effect
was much like that of a prosperous
orderly northern farming town. To its
happy founder It seemed well-nigh per
fect, and its destiny roused his mad
dest enthiusiasnm. He pointed out the
*Odd Fellows hall, the Palace Picturt
theater, wIth is glaring orange lipghta
and discordant electric piano; he con
ducted Law to the First National
bank, of which Blaze was a proud but
somtewhat ornatmental director; them
to the sugar nill, the ice plant anc
other points of equally novel interest
Everywhere he went Jones wat
hailed by friends, for everybody~
seemed to know him and to want t<
shake his hand.
"Some town and some body of men
eht" he Inquired, finally, and Dave
"Yes. Site's got a grand framework
Blaze. She'll be most as big as For'
Wort.h when you fatten her up."
Jones waved his buggy whip in a
wide circle that took in the milles oj
level praIrie on all sIdes. "We've gol
the 'whole blamed state to grow in
And, Dave, I haven't got an enemy i
the place!I It wasn't many years ag<
thiat certain people allowed I'd nevea
live to raise this town. Why, it uset
to be that nobody dared ride with
mte-except Paloma, and. she used t(
sleep with a shotgun at her bedside.'
"You sure have been a responsibil
Ity to her."
"But I'm as safe now as if I was It
rDave Law turns up some our
Iprising evidence against certain
Texans and he makes Important
Iplans. It's all in the next In
(TO BE CONTINUED)
The Ready Reckoner.
Grugs-Do you know any relIable rulE
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Stubbs-1 (do. You take your incomE
-'-whatever that may be-and add i
per cent."-Rchmond TImes-DIsaneb
She Is Nemesis of Wildoats.
1is Catlierine Motllne of northerni
Curry county, eelitetI with being tile
ehalutipIon bobcat huntres of the stitte,
ias filed appliention for one (if Uncle
sain's hoiententis inl Ihe tiibll)er re
serve. Miss -Nodline anti her shepieir
(logl have accounted for more than 10t)
wildents tind lynxes, says a Brandon
dispitch in the Portland Oregoniti.
Withli Ier lother~, shle successfully
coitliels i stock nad (airy rauiich near
Dennittrk, doing their own plowing,
fenllig itiIl IntIan elearing. There Is not
it nlliti1 on tile plitee and there Is not it
better-<levelopeti raInh. for its size in
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