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mountain ranch h< r roquarc, •i'*l.
comforting 10 ai. rm ch,l Wind. BUI
*m cmt to tha- i-iu- lnti ttw car
1 drove up ll# " of Hl# fit
thr .trim* r -it ml pro
smnallly 11. to l ho.a<l of (ho
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when ho #•• Il f ■ 'hilt tl'Ol
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"Yob'S D*ft#r Walt Till Tomorrow.
till itmwmiw, IVhlt,” hr rrptßal “BUI
will hoar ntrppw awon, ntijrwsy. Vm
tkm’t mini tr> ormlo too mtirh, rltthi
at flrart."
"Bnt, eootl lirtirrii*! Cm mu goln*
lo try to npnrr mywlf whllr I'm In-re.
Ifa too late for flint."
“Of coo mat—inn alt down now, any
way. I’m aotry tlrol Snowhlrd t.u’t
"SnowhlnS Ha—“
“lly daugliter. Uy hoy, ahe can
make a Wacolt! That’s out t*#r name,
of coorae. hot r %e alwaya calUd her
that. She got tired of keeping honor
and I* working Mile anmtner. Paor
BUI ha# to keep house for her, and
no wonder he' eager te take the atock
down to the lower loredi. 1 only truth
he hadn't bronght ’em op fhla aprlng
at all; I're loat Uoaena from the
“Hot a coyote can’t k!U cattle—’’
“It can If It h* hydrophobia, a com
mon thin* lu the rarmlnu thl* time of
year. But aa 1 My, BUI will taka the
stock down neat season, and then
BnowWrd’a wrrk w*J be through, and
*s'U esiue bark hsra.”
"Thau stis's down la Bis vsllsyT*
"Far frata It Slit's a mosntsln
gtrl tf use srar II red, Perhsp# you
dsa’t know th reeeiu policy of tha
feraal ssrvics to hire women whan
they Ban be obtained. It wat a policy
started la war time* and kept op nsw
bscssse It Is aosnomlcal and efflclsot.
She and a girl from college hart a
cabin not five mile* from her# on old
Bald moantiiiu, and they’ro doing look
oat daty."
Dan wondered istenaaly what look
oat daty might be. “Too aeo, Ban,"
Jaencoi said in erplanatlon, “tha gat
arnment lose* thuuaanda of dollar#
CTory year by foreat fire. A fire can
be stopped easily If It la aeon soon
fttSfilJt jjarta. But l;t It boro awhile,
Jt-i*. - . jafeL*A> --u Jliaiktkife' ’
In 11# dry k.'hioTi.'an3 It'i a’7rrror—u
-aliif flame that races through the
fnrc>(pi. and can hardly be stopped.
And >w d;i rcullac he"
‘‘"tßßp n-glon la—llterafly TiHh
. tlredPW mftee arfnwO. We're ThlNfiSt
mitMW—there ate four cabin. If you
can find them. In the firm seventy
mile* hack to town. So they, have to
ptn lookout, on the high poluis, and
now frhoy’rp coroing to the oe of
planet o they can keep even a better
• wnl<f> Rnowltlrd and a girl friend
fronicollege got Job. tide atimmer a#
lortkfml. —all through the forest scr.
Ice they are hiring women for the
work They are more vigilant than
mcnj less Inclined to take chances,
' nndfwork cheaper. These two gtrla
hard a caltln near a apring. and they
ceolt (hetr own food, and are making
whnl Is Mg wages In the mnnntalna.
I’m wther hoping she’ll drop ov<*r for
a ftm minutes timlght.”
j "|ood irftrd—does she travel over
I tbe<# hills In the ilarkhessT'
Tm- mounts iruo-r laughed—a de-
IlgHfed sound that eame somevvbst
corlpiisly from the bearded (Ipa of the
dark man “fnn. I’ll onnr stie’s
afrod of nothing that walks the face
of tpe earth—and It Isn't because she
hni’( had eapertence ellhi'c. She's a
dead shot with a pistol, for one thing
Sbrft. physically strong, and every
; im*|rle Is hard as nails. She us*d to
hnyr Shag, too—(he best i|og In all
'hogd mountains She*, a monn'nin
j flr£ I tell von } whoever wins her has
; roi ro be able to tnme her!” The
niohntaineer itnehed again.
Tb* call to .upper came then ami
f’vt got hi* drat right of moumaln
b-'d. Thenc were porafees, newly
dt*fc mountain vegetables that nets-
and cold s steak of peculiar
1 and a great bowl of purple her
I rips to lie eaen with sugar and cream.
I rap's np|s-Mie n* not as a nite tetf
: fhmtfirty gootl Hut evidently the long
ride hud affected him He simply
didn't have the moral courage to re
ftl<- when the elder I .cumv h<-'i [e-d
his plate.
"Hiesl heaven*. I cnri’t eat all that."
tig .aid. as It wss passed to him. Hot
the other* laughed and fold him lo
take heart,
lie took Heart. It waa a singular
j 1' Ktg. hut at that first bile hi* sudden
I cm.fldebee In hla gukfftfhry ahtttty (•
most overwhelmed him. So he cut
himself a hltw of the lender steak
full r half a. gcuerona a. the hltea that
818 watt consuming across the table.
And Its first flavor simply flllod him
with delight.
“"’bat la (his mentT” he asked,
“I’ve certainly lasted II before,"
'TI! bet a few dollars that you
haven’t. If yon’vo lived all your Ilf#
in the Middle We*l.“ Lcnnoy an
swered “Mnyhe you've got what the
*cl#nt(*l rail an Inherilid memory of
It ft'* the kind of meat your grand
father used to live on—venlaon."
Soon after dinner Lennox led him
out of the house for hi* first glimpse
of the hill* In the darkness.
They walked together out lo the
gale serose the flrst of the wide pas
ture* where, at certain seasons, I.on
oa* kop* hl cattle; and at last they
••sow out upon the tree-covered ridge.
The moon was )u*t rising. They could
*re It casting a curious gllnf over the
very (Ip# of the plnea. But It couldt\T
ret down between them. They stood
too close, too tall and thick for that
And for a moment. Don's only sens*.
Mon waa one of silence.
“Ton have to stand still a moment,
lo really know anything." Lennox told
They both stood still. Dan was as
nmtlonleea as that day In the park,
long weeks before, when the squirrel
, b#l climbed on his shoulder. The flrst
' effect was a sensation that the silence
was deepening around them. It wasn’t
really true. Il wao glmply that he
had become aware of the little con
! tlmicus sounds of which usually he
was unconscious, and they fended to
accentuate Ihe hush of the night. He
knew. Just as all mountaineers know.
1 fhat the wilderness ahont him was
stirring and pulsing with life. Some
of the sounds were quite clear—nn
' occasional stir of a pebble or the crack
* of • rwtg, and nmne, like the faintest
r twitching of letiyes In the brush not
f ten feet distant, could only he guessed
r at
1 “What fa making the sounds?" he
* asked.
Be didn’t know It. at the time, hut
* Lennox turned quickly toward him. It
B wasn't that the question had surprised
the mountaineer. Rather It was the
(one In which Dan had spoken. It waa
’• perfectly cool, perfectly self-con
f talned.
* The one rtghl close Is a chipmunk,
11 I don’t know what the others are; nn
one ever does know. Perhaps ground
) squirrel*, or rabbits, or birds, and
j maybe one of those harmless old black
n bears who Is curious about the house,
b * And toll m—can you smell any
n , “Good Lord, Lennox I I can smell all
_i kinds of thlnga,”
t cn enjoy the wood* If he enn’t smell.
Pan of the smells are of flower*, and
<*. put of balsam, and God only know*
what the others are. They are Just
tk# wilderness—”
t* Dan could not only perceive the
" smells and sounds, but he felt that
i- they wer# leaving nn Imprint on the
# j very fiber of his soul. He knew one
n thing. He knew he could never for
u get thl* first Introduction to the moun
lj tain night The whole, scene moved
him In 'leep ways ln~whlcß
he had never been stirred before; It
left him exultant and. In deep wells of
hla nature far below the usual cur
rents of excitement, a little exdted
Then both of them were ate riled
out of their reflection* by the clear,
unmistakable sound of footsteps on
the ridge. Both of them turned, and
Icmnox laughed softly In the dark
ness. “My daughter,” he said. “I
knew ahe wouldn’t be afraid to come."
Dan could see only Snowbird’s out
line at first. Just her shadow against
the moonlit hillside. His glasses were
none too good at long range. And
poasthly, when ahe came within range,
the first thing that he noticed about
her was her stride. The girls he
knew didn't walk In quite that free,
strong way. She took almost a man
sire step; and yet It waa curious that
she did not seem ungraceful. Pan had
a distinct Impression that 'ahe waa
floating down to him on the moonlight.
She seemed to come with such unut
terable smoothness. And then he
heard her call tightly through the
The sonflif gaviThlin a distinct aenaa
of surprise. Some way, he hadn’t aa
soclated c voice like fhla with a moon
tain girl; he had supposed that there
would be so many harshenlng Influ
ence* In thl* wild place. Tet the tone
was as clear and full a* a trained
singer's. It was not a high voice; and
yet It seemed simply brimming, os a
cup brims with wine, with the rap
ture of life. It waa a aelf-confldent
voice too, wholly unaffected and sln
<-ere, and wholly without embarrass
Then she cam# close, and Pan saw
the moonlight on her faro. And an M
came about, whether In dream* or
wakefulness, he could see nothing else
for many houra to come.
The girl who stood In the moonlight
had health. She was simply vibrant
with health. It brought a light to her
eyes, and a color to her cheeks, and
life ami shimmer to her moonlit hair.
Il brought curve* to her body, and
alrenglh and flrmnesa to her llinbt,
and the grace of a deer to her car
riage. Whether she had regular fea
tures or not Dan would have been nn
ahle to state. He didn't even notice.
They weren't Important when health
n* present. Tet there was nothing
of the coarse or hold or voluptuous
about her. Khe was Just a slender
girl, perhaps twenty years of age. and
weighing even less than ihe figure oc
casionally to he road In the health i
magaxlnes for girl* of her height. And
she nn* fresh and cool beyond all
word# to tell.
And Dan had no delusions ahont
her altitude toward him. For a long
Instant she turned her keen, young
eves to hi* while, thin face; and at
once It became abundantly evident
i that beyond a few girlish speculations
| she fell no Inteyesl In him. After a
| single mmnent of rather strained, po
i llir conversation with Pan—Jtial
I enough (O satisfy her Idea of the con
| v. nilons she began a thrilling glri
! hood tale to her father. And she waa
still telling It when they reached the
Dan held a chair for her In front of
the Umpteen, apd she took It with en
tire naturalness. He was careful to
put It where the firelight was at Ita
height. He wauled to see it* effect on
the flushed cheeks, the soft dark hair.
And then, standing In the shadows, he
Standing In tbs Shadows, Ha Simply
, Watched Her.
simply watched her. With the eye of
j an artist he delighted In her gestures,
. her rippling enthusiasm, her utter Ir
, repressive girlishness that all of time
, had not years enough to kill.
BUI stood watching her. hi* bands
t deep in his pockets, evidently a com-
I panlon of the best Her father gazed
at her with amused tolerance. And
, Dan —he didn't know In Just what way
he did look at her. And he didn't have
t time to decide. Jn less than fifteen
t minutes, and wholly without warning,
I ahe sprang up from her chair and
, started toward the door.
• "Good Lord!” Pan breathed. “If
' you make nich sudden motions as that
I’ll have heart failure. Where are
• you going nowT’
? "Hack to my watch,” she answered,
‘ her tone wholly lacking the personal
1 note which men have learned to ex
' pect In the voices of women. And an
Instant Inter the three of them saw
her retreating shadow a* she vanished
among the pines.
Pan had to he helped to bed. The
long ride had been too hard on hts
shattered lungs; and nerves and body
collapsed an instant after the door
I was closed behind the departing girl.
He laughed weakly and begged their
t pardon; and the two men were really
very gentle. They told him It wag
s their own fault for permitting him to
t overdo. Lennox himself blew out the
f candle In the big, cold bedroom,
> Pun saw the door close behind him,
- and he had an Instant's glimpse of the
- long sweep of moonlit ridge that
1 stretched l>eneatU_thjp window. Then.
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•11 at once, "Seemingly without warn
ing, It simply blinked out. Not until
the next morning did he really know *
why. Insomnia was an old acquaint- n
ance of Dan’s, and he bad expected to "
have some trouble In getting to sleep. ®‘
Hla only real trouble was waking up 1
again when Lennox called him to
breakfast. He couldn’t believe that "
the light at his window shade was 0
really that of morning. "
“Good Heavens I” his host exploded. "
"Ton sleep the sleep of the Just”
Dan was about to tell him that on 1
the contrary be was a very nervous ®
sleeper, but he thought better of It
Something had surely happened to his 1
Insomnia. The next instant he even 0
forgot to wonder about It In the reall- '!
ration that bis tired body had been
wonderfully refreshed. He had no
dread now of the long tramp up the ”
ridge that Ms host had planned.
But first cnme target practice. In "
Dan’s baggage he had a certain very n
plain but serviceable sporting rifle of
•bout thirty-forty caliber—a gun that j 1
the Information department of the 11
large sporting-goods store In Gltche
•polls had recommended for his pur- (
pose. Except for the few moments in P
the Store, Don had wsm held fi p
In his hands. The first shot he hit the r
trunk of a flve-foot pine at thirty ’’
pace*- n
"But I couldn’t very well have 1
missed It I” he replied to Lennox’s r
cheer. "Too see. I aimed at the mid
dle —hut I Just grazed the edge.”
The second shot was not so good. *
missing the tree altogether. And it J
was a singular thing that he aimed
longer end tried herder on this shot I
than on the first. The third time he ,
tried still harder, and made by far :
the worst shot of all.
"What's the matter?" he demanded.
"I’m getting worse all the time.”
I-ennox didn’t know for sure. But
b made a long guess. “It might be ’
beginner's luck,” he said, ‘hut I’m In
clined to ihlnk you’re trying too hard.
Take It easier—depend more on your
Dan’s reply was to lift the rifle
lightly to his shoulder, glance quickly
along the trigger and fire. The bullet
Struck within one Inch of the center
of the pine.
For a long second Lennox gazed at
him In open-mouthed astonishment.
"My stars, hoy!” he cried at last.
"Was I mistaken In thinking you were
a horn tenderfoot—after all? Can It
be that a little of your old grandfa
ther’s skill has been passed down to
.you? But you can’t do It again."
But Dan did do It again. If any
thing, the bullet was a little nearer
the center. And then he aimed at a
more distant tree.
But the hammer snapped down In
effectively on the breech. He turned
with a look of question.
"Your pun only hold* five shots”
T.t-iino* explained. Reloading, Dsn
tried a more difficult target—a trunk
almost one hundred yard* distant. Of
course It would have been only child’s
plsy to an experienced hunter; hut
to a tenderfoot It was a difficult
mark Indeed. Twice out of four shot*
I'mi hit the tree trunk, and one of his
two hits was practically a bull’s-eye,
His two misses were the result of the
■tame mistake be had made before —
attempting to hold Ms aim too long.
• •••••*
Dan and Lennox started together
up the long slope of the ridge. Dan |
alone armed; t>>nnox went with him t
solely ss a guide. The deer season had
just opened, and It might be that Dan
would want to procure one of these 1
“But I’m not sure I want to hunt
deer," Dsn fold him. “You speak of
them as being so beautiful—"
‘They sre beautiful and your *
grandfather would never hunt them,
either, except for meat. But maybe (
you'll change your mind when you see
s buck. Besides, we wight run Into s
lynx or a panther. But not very like
ly, without dogs." (
They trudged op. over the carpet of (
pine needles. They fought their way ,
through s thicket of buckhrush. Once |
they saw the gray squirrels In the tree
lops. And before I.ennox had as much ,
ns supposed they were near the haunts (
of big game, a yearling doe aprnng up (
from Its bed In the thickets.
For an Instant ahe atom! motionless,
presenting a perfect target. It was
evident that she had heard the sound
of the approaching hunters, but hail '
not as yet located or Identified them
with her near-sighted eyes. Lennox 1
whirled to find Dan standing very I
still, peering along the barrel of his ’
rifle. But he didn't shoot. The deer, 1
seeing Lennox move, leaped Info her 1
terror-pace—that astounding run that <
Is one of the fastest gaits In the whole
animal world. In the wink of an eye I
she was out of sight. 1
“Why didn’t you shoot!” Lennox de- i
manded. i
“Shoot! It was a doe, wasn’t It!” |
“Good Lord, of course It was a doe!
But there srs no game laws that go
hack this far. Besides--you aimed at
T aimed Just to see If I could catch (
It through ray eights. And I could, |
My glasses sort of made It blur —hut (
I think —perhaps—that I could have ]
shot it But I'm not going to kill does. (
There must be some reason for the |
game laws, or they wouldn’t exist”
“You’re a funny one. Come three ,
thousand miles to bunt and then pass
up the first deer you see. You could
almost have been your grandfather, j
to have done that. He thought killing
doer needlessly was almost as had as
killing a man. They are beautiful
things, aren't they!"
Dan answered him with startling
emphasis. But the look that he wore
said more than his words.
They t indeed on, and Lennox grew
thoughtful. He was recalling the pic
ture that he hail seen when he had
whirled to look at Dan, Immediately
after the deer had lcaied from Its
bed. It puzzled him a little. He had
turned to find the younger man In a
perfect posture to shoot, his feet
placed In exactly the position that
years of experience had taught Len
nox was correct; and withal, absolute
ly motionless. What many hunters
take years to learn, Dan had seemed
to know by Instinct. Could it be, after
all. that this slender weakling, even
now bowed down with a terrible
malady, had Inherited the true fron
tiersman's InsUgftg of his ancestors?
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The Tesult 071 his thought was at
least to hover In the near vicinity of
s certain conclusion. That conclusion
was that at least a few of the char
acteristics of his grandfather bad
been passed down to Dan. It meant
that possibly, If time remained, he
would not turn out such a weakling,
after all. Of course his courage, bis
nerve, had yet to be tested; but the
fact remained that long generations
nf frontiersmen ancestors had left this
Influence upon him. The wild was
calling to him, wakening instincts
long smothered In cities, but sure and
true ns ever. It was the beginning
of regeneration. Voices of the long
past were speaking to him, and the
Fallings once more had begun to run
true to form. Inherited tendencies
were In a moment changing this weak,
diseased youth Into ft frontiersman
and wilderness inhabitant such aa bta
ancestors had been before him.
They were slipping along over the
pine needles, their eyes Intent on the
trail ahead. And then Lennox saw a
curious thing. He beheld Dan sud
denly stop in the trail and turn hla
eyes toward a heavy thicket that lay
peclMipa fue tumdretJ yards to their
right For an Instant B* looked al
most like a wild creature himself. Hla
head was lowered, ns If he were lis
tening. Ills muscles were set and
Lennox had prided himself that he
had retained all the powers of his five
senses, and that few men In the moun
tains had keener ears than he. Tet
It was truth that at first he only knew
the silence, and the stir and pulse Of
his own blood. He assumed then that
Dan was watching something that
from his position, twenty feet behind,
he could not see. He tried to probe
the thickets with his eyes.
Then Dan whispered. Ever so soft
a sound, hut yet distinct In the si>
•There's Something Living In That
lence. 'There's something living in
that thicket.”
Then Lennox heard It, too. As they
stood still, the sound became ever
clearer and more pronounced. Some
living creature was advancing toward
them; and twig* were cracking be
neath Its feet. The sounds were rath
er subdued, and yet, as the animal ap
proached, both of them instinctively
knew that they were extremely loud
for the usual footsteps of any of ths
wild creatures.
"What Is It!” Dan asked quietly.
Lennox was so Intrigued by the
sounds that he was not even observ
ant of the peculiar, subdued quality
In Dan’s voice. Otherwise, he would
have wondered at It. “I'm free to
confess I don’t know," he sold. “It’s
booming right toward ns, like most
animals don't care to do. Of course
It may he a human being. You must
watch out for that."
They waited. The sound ended.
They stood straining for s long mo
ment without speech.
'That was the dumdest thing 1"
Lennox went on. “Of course It might
have been a bear—you never know
what they're going to do. It might
have got sight of us and turned off.
But I can’t believe that It was Just a
But then his words chopped square
ly off In his throat. The plodding ad
vance commenced again. And tha
next Instant a gray form revealed It
self at the edge of the thicket
It was Oraycoat the coyote, half
blind with his madness, and des
perate In his agony.
There was no more deadly thing In
all the hills than he. Even the bite
of a rattlesnake would have been wel
comed beside his. He stood a long
Instant, and all his instincts and re
flexes thot would have ordinarily
made him flee In abject terror were
thwarted and twisted by the fever of
his madness. He scared a moment at
the two figures, and his red eyes could
not interpret them. They were simply
foes, for It was true that when this
racking agony was upon him, even
lifeless trees seemed foes sometimes.
He seeiped eerie and unreal as bo
gazed at them out of his burning eyes;
and the white foam gathered at his
fangs. Ami then, wholly without
warning, he charged down at them.
He mine with unbelievable speed.
The elder Lennox cried once In warn
ing and cursed himself for ventur
ing forth on the ridge without a gun.
He was fully twenty feet distant from
Dan; yet he saw In an Instant hts
only course. This was no time to
trust their lives to the marksmanship
of an amateur. He sprang toward
Dim, Intending to wrench the weapon
from his hand.
But he didn't achieve his purpose:
At the first step his foot caught ill a
projecting root, and he was sfcxt to
his face on the trail. But a long Mfle
In the wilderness had developed Len
nox’s reflexes to an abnormal degree,'
many crises had taught him muscle
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