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if ilL &JT2r22E JIM fj' IPSsCEIIE JIM a white heap of bones remained, for many and terrible had been the agents at work upon them. The clothes, how ever, particularly the coat, were prac tically Intact. Gripping himself, Dan thrust his fingers Into its pockets, then into the pockets of the shirt and trous ers. All paper that would In any way serve to Identify the murdered f eft Undisturbed Bugs Of Va PREPARE WAR ON INSECT ENEMIES In Journeying down the trail the night of the murder had been removed. Only one explanation presented Itself. Cranston had come before him and searched the body himself. rious Kinds Will Destroy Best Part of Garden. Dan looked about for tracks, and he PFSTS HAVE BIG APPETITES was consiaeraoiy surprised to nna tne CHAPTER IV. Continued. 15 But the terrible fangs were never to know her white flesh. Some one bad come between. There was no chance to shoot : Whisperfoot and the girl were too near together for that. But one course remained ; and there was not even time to count the cost. In this most terrible moment of Dan Failing's life, there was not even an Instant's hesitation. He did not know that Whisperfoot was wounded. . He saw the beast creeping forward in the weird dancing light of the fallen lan tern, and,, he only knew that his tiesh. not hers, must resist Its rending tal ons. Nothing else mattered. No oth er consideration could come between. It was the test;' and Dan's instincts prompted coolly and .well. He leaped with all his strength. , The cougar bounded into his arms, not 'upon the prone body of the girl. And she open ed her eyes to hear a curious thrash ing in the pine needles, a strange grim battle that, as the lantern flashed out, was hidden in the- darkness. And that battle. In the far reaches of the Divide, passed into a legend. It was the- tale of how Dan Failing, his gun knocked from bis hands as he met the cougar's . leap, with his own unaided arms kept the -life-giving breath from the animal's lungs and killed him in the pine needles. Claw and fang and the frenzy of . death could not matter at all. , " Thus Failing established before all men his right , to the name he bore. And thus he paid one of his debts life for a life, as the code of the forest has always decreed and in the fire of danger and pain his metal was tried and proven. springs of motive that few men can see clearly enough within themselves to recognize. Even the first day, when he lay burning from his wounds, he worked out his own explanation In re gard to the murder mystery. He hadn't the slightest doubt but that Cranston had killed Hildreth to pre vent his testimony from reaching the courts below. Of course, any other member of the arson ring of hillmen might have been the ' murderer ; yet Dan was inclined to believe that Cran ston, the leader of the gang, usually preferred to do such dangerous work as this himself.. If it were true, some where on that tree-clad ridge clues would be left. Moreover; It was wholly possible that the written testimony Hildreth. must have gathered had nev er been found or destroyed. Dan didn't want, the aid of the courts to find these clues; He wanted to work out the case hlmseif. . It resolved' it self into a simple matter of vengeance : Dan had his debt to pay, and he want ed to bring Cranston to -ruin' by his own hand alone. While it was true that he took ra ther more than the casual interest that most citizens feel in the destruc tion of the forest by wanton fire, and had an actual sense of duty to do all that he could to stop the activities of the arson ring, his motives, stripped and bare, were really not utilitarian. He had no particular Interest In Hil dreth's case. He remembered him sim ply as one of Cranston's disreputable Tobacco Extract Is Recommended Tor Plant Lice and Other Sucking Par asites Main Point Is to Start Fight Early. (Prepared by the United State Depart mem 01 Agriculture.; Gardeners are warned by specialists self. When all is said and done, it jaed back, looking for a thicket remained reallv a rtersonnl Issue he- lrvu which such a spot wouia oe vis- BOOK THREE ' I- The Payment. CHAPTER I. The Lennox home. In the wilderness of the, Umpqua Divide, looked rather like an emergency hospital for the first few days after Dan's fight with Whis perfoot. Its old sounds of laughter and talk were almost entirely lacking. Two Injured men and a girl recovering from a nervous collapse do not tend toward cheer. iNf.a!-. s - '. . . But the natural sturdiness of all three Quickly came to their aid. Of i course Lennox, had been, severely In jured by the falling log, and many weeks would, pass before he would be able to "walk again. He could sit up for short periods, however ; had the partial use of one arm ; and could pro pel himself after the first few weeks at a snail's pace through the rooms In a rude wheel chair that Bill's inge nuity had rontrived. The great livid scratches that Dan bore on his body quickly began to heal ; and before a week was "done he began to venture forth on the hills again. - Snowbird bad remained in bed for three days ; then ' she had hopped out one bright afternoon, swearing never' to go back Into it again.- Evidently the crisp, fall air of the mountains had been a nerve 4 n-r 1 n tham all Of course there had been medical attention. A doctor and a nurse had motored up. the day after the accident;, the physician had set the bones and departed, and the nurse remained for a week, to see the grizzled mountain eer well on the way of convalescence. But it was an anxious wait, and Len nox's car was kept constantly in readi , ness to speed her away in case the snows should start. At last she had left him In Snowbird's hands, and Bill bad driven her back to the settlements In his father's car. The die was now cast as to whether or not Dan and the remainder of the family should winter In the mountain. The snow clouds deepened every day, the frost was ever heavier in the dawns, and the road would surely remain open only a few days more. Once more the three seemingly had the Divide all to themselves.- Bert Cranston had . evidently deserted his cabin and .was working a trap-line on the Umpqua side. The rangers left the little station, all danger of fire past, and went down to their offices In the federal building of one of the little cities below. Because he was worse than useless in the deep snows that were sure to come, one of the ranch hands that had driven up with Bill rode away to the valleys the last of the live stock the horse that Dan had ridden to Snowbird's defense. Nothing had been heard of Landy Hildreth. who used to live on the trail to the marsh,, and both Lennox and his daughter wondered why. There 'were also certain officials who had 'begun to be curious.' As yet, Dan fliad told no one of the grim find he "bad made on bis return from hunting. And he would have found t an ex tremely difficult fact to explain. It afl watt back to those inner blurred, indistinct imprint of a shoe other than bis own. He hadn't the least hope that the tracks themselves would offer a clue to a detective. They were too dim for that. The sur prising fact was that since the mur der had been committed immediately before, the fall rains, the water had not completely washed them out. The only possibility remaining was that I of the United States Department of Cranston had returned to the body I Agriculture to- prepare to combat the after the week's rainfall. The track I "little enemies of the garden." In- had been dimmed by the lighter rains I sects of various kinds are making their that had fallen since. I appearance In vast numbers in gar- . But yet It was entirely to be ex- dens In all parts of the country, and If pected that the examination of the left undisturbed will defeat the gar body would be an afterthought on I dener's best efforts and lay waste the Cranston's part. Possibly at first his vegetable crops. This is the open sea- only thought was to kill and. follow- sou for Insects and there are no laws Ing the prompting that has sent so I whicb limit the. number whicb may be many murderers to the gallows, he killed. The department specialists had afterward returned to the scene I urge the use of the spray pump and of the .crime to destroy any clues he I dusting bag for the frequent applica- might have left and to search the tion of poisons in order to .destroy body for any evidence against the the pests before they destroy the gar arson ring. Uen. Early efforts In fighting insects Dan's next thought was to follow are -most effective, along the trail and find Cranston's Little ' Bugs With Big Appetites, ambush. Of course it would be In the In most localities the Colorado or direction, of the settlement from the "hard-shell" potato beetles are indus- body as the bullet had entered from triously depositing clusters of small the front. He found It hard to believe yellowish eggs on the underside of the that Hildreth had fallen In the exact potato leave's. In a few days these spot where the body lay. Men Jour- hatch into little red, soft-shelled ' slugs neying at night keep to the trail, and or "soft-shells," as they are often the white heap itself was fully forty called; that have most wonderful ap- feet back from the trail In the .thick- petities. ' and unless poisons are ap- ets. Perhaps Cranston had dragged It plied they will soon strip the potato there to hide It from the sight of any- plants of their leaves. one who might pass along the lonely I Perhaps there is no class of garden insects the method of attack of , which is so. insidious as that of the plant lice or aphids. At first a very few lice may be found hidden on the under side of the leaves of melons, peas, cabbage, and other vegetables, A little later the leaves be gin to curl up and to lose their 'color, and an examination will show that the "lice" which the ants carried out have became grandmothers, arid the under side of the leaves wilj, be lit erally alive with them, feasting on the juices of the plants. At this stage something must be done quickly, for within a few days there will be another ' generation or brood at work. Arsenate of lead and parts green have no effect upon this army of plant blood suckers, and it is necessary to use contact poisons. A preparation feiu.st be used that will "not injure the trail again ; and It was a remote pos sibility that Whisperfoot, coming In the night, had tugged It Into the thick ets for dreadful purposes of his own. Likely the shot was fired when Hil dreth was in an ' open place on the trail ; and Dan searched for the am bush with this conclusion In mind. He GROW PURPLE VETCH FOR VALUABLE SEED it Advantages of Crop Have Been Known for Years. AUTOMOBILE TIRES "Erie Cords" & "Olympian Fabrics" QUALITY AND SERVICE. Write for price list. "ERT A. IIOSPOnD. 1 .!.! Acoma St. It Is Not as Popular in Northern States as Common Variety, Which Hardier and Has Become " Established as Forage. If HOME OF THE COLE ALWAYS THE BEST IN USED CARS. Write Us for Complete lofomatiao. Bey ty Hail- 1225 BR0ADWAY (Prepared by the United States Depart- SHOES REPAIRED ment of Agriculture.) I where In IT. 8. at Dearer prices. Unsatisfactory work Due larwlv tn tbo Intot-morlln of. I mr "Pense EASTERN SHOE REPAIR FAC- rorts or tne United States Department YELLOW FR8NT. 1553 CHAMPA STREET. of Agriculture, 2,400 acres of purple KODAKS ino KlttK -'."'i!1- Tl ... . 1 x i. i LJ Oeoer Photo Materials Castas. EASTMAN kodak: company, 626 Sixteenth Street. Denver. Colorado. Prc-Wai Prices on Coffee Send $1.00 for 3 -pound sample, post paid. THE SPRAY COFFEE SPICE CO., 21st and Market Sts.. Denw. Ceee. BIARCEL WAVING We lead In this as all Othflr linos Pharlaa Uai Jfc. Shop. 410 16th St.. Denver. Colo. FLOWERS POU ALL OCCASIONS. Parle Floral Co.. 1643 Broadway. vetch. Is reported as being grown this year for seed in northwestern Califor nia for use In the orchards of the southern part of the state, where It has proven a superior green-manure crop. The superiority of purple vetch In California for green manure lies In the fact that It makes more growth during the winter months and can be turned under earlier than other legume crops. furple vetch was first brought to I mail. Mlllicent Hart Co.. 721 15th St. this country from Italy in 1899 and Its advantages have been atDreciated for BOHM-ALLEU JEWELRY CO. Dia monds, watches, silverware. Out tows orders careful attention Eat. 1873. THE NEW YORK PLEATING CO. For beat pleatinc. hemstitching, corered buttons and bat ton boles. Write for catalog;. 1523 Stoat. Dearer. Co lev BUY YOUR GROCERIES AT WHOLESALE PRICES. Stoekfrasws' Wholesale Si paly Co., 1523 Nineteenth St. Present Membership Large Enough. Washington. Six members of the House Census Committee, which- re cently voted to report a bill for In creasing the membership of the House of Representatives from 435 to 460, declared In a minority report filed that the present total was big enough. Chairman Siegel, who presented' the majority report, said that the re-apportionment was required after each ten-year census. Maine and Missouri would lose one representative each and the annual cost for adding twenty- five members would be around $296,-000. A Field of Purple Vetch. A Strange, Grim Battle. tween Dan and. Cranston. And per sonal issues are frowned upon by law and society. Civilization has toiled Ible. Something over fifty yards down he found it; and he knew it by the empty brass rifle cartridge that lay half burled. In the wet leaves. The shell was of the same caliber as Cranston's rifle. Dan's hand shook as he put It in his pocket. , Encouraged by this amazing find. he turned up the trail ' toward IT11 dreth's cabin. It might be possible, he thought, that Hildreth had left sopae of his testimony perhaps such rudely scrawled letters as Cranston had written ' him in some forgotten drawer in his hut. It was but a short walk for Dan's hardened legs, and he made It before midafternoon. The search itself was wholly with out result. But because he had time to think as he climbed the ridge, be cause as he strode along beneath that wintry sky he had a chance to con sider every detail of the 'case, he was able to start out on a new tack when, just before sunset, he returned to the body. This new train of thought had as its basis that Cranston's shot had not been deadly at once ; that, wound ed, Hildreth had himself crawled Into the thickets where Whisperfoot had found him. And that meant that he had to enlarge his search for such documents as Hildreth had carried to Include all the territory between the trail and the location of. the body. It was possibly a distance of forty feet, and getting down on his hands and knees, Dan looked for any break in the shrubbery that would indicate the path that the wounded Hildreth had taken. And It was ten minutes '.LAV .- ." t ( Opium Shipments Decline. Washington. More :quor is going into China aa the rise nf oninm fnlla a number of years, but it was not pos- ff, according to a report to the Com- siuie io mirouuce n extensively De- merce Department from Consul Gen cause of scarcity of seed. In the re- eral W. H. Gale at Hong Kong. Th gion where It was most valuable It has net. revenue collected in Hong Konr not been feasible to raise purple vetch fr0la iiquor duties and licensed ware in large quantities because of climatic hauses during 1920, Mr. Gale said, was conditions. In the North; on the 779.000. comoared with S739.000 in other hand, the seed can be grown sue- jei9f whIie the revenue from the opium cessfully, but there the purple vetch monotolv in iq2o was S4.SOO.OOO. as Is not in as great favor for forage as common vetch, which is hardier and has become established In popularity. To make a bridge between the two geographically distant localities has been the work of a number of years on the part of the department experts. It was first necessary to demonstrate the value of purple vetch in the South, and afterwards to Induce north-, ern farmers' to substitute it to some extent for their customary crops. This latter was difficult because purple vetch was not quoted in the market. and also because, where a sale was ef fected, farmers were tempted to sell their entire stock, reserving no seed to maintain or extend the acreage. The assistance of a large California fruit growers' association was enlisted. and last year 500 acres were grown under guarantee, a large portion of the yield being kept for seed. This compared with $6,800,000 during 1919. Senator Norris Collapses. - Washington. Senator Norris, Repub lican, Nebraska, suffered a partial col lapse in) the Senate at the close of an address of nearly three hours. The ef-' fort, combined with intense heat, ex- hausted him and he was taken to an adjoining committee room where first aid remedies were applied by Senator Ball of Deleware, a physician, who sald Mr. Norris condition was not be lieved to be serious. k Insects Do Not Thrive tn This Garden, but the Crops Do. plants but which will kill the "lice.' The most common of these contact well- rewarded, as far as clearing np I poisons Is nicotine sulphate a tobac certain details of the crime. TT1 I p?trn ft mmlA rtf t tnhuppA rofiwn up rrom tne aarKness in a great meas- senses had .been trained and sharp- Tfrom factories. This is a poison and ure to get away from them. But hu- enefr Dy bis months in the wilderness. I to be effective in killing the "lice' ana he was able to back-track the without Injuring the plants, must be wounded man from the skeleton clear I used exactly according to they direc- to tne clearing on tne trail wnere he had first fallen. But as no clues pre sented themselves, he started to turn home. He walked twelve feet, then turned man nature' remains distressingly the same, and Dan's desire o pay his debt was a distinctly human emotion. Some time a breed " will live upon the earth that can get clear away from personal vengeance from that age-old code of the hills that demands a blow for a blow and a life for a life -but tions given on the container. United States Department of Agriculture Farmers' Bulletin 856, on the control of garden diseases and insects, has the following to say regarding the use back. Out of tlp '-orner of his eye it of nicotine suinhate: seemed to him l it he had caught a I "For small earden nlats one tea- read In i's debt w light held high by hi could not turn his other cheek. the time Is not yet. And after all, by all the standards of men as men, not flash of white, near the end of a trreat, snoonful of nicotine suinhate should as read in Idealistic philosophies, dead log beside the path that the ,e used to one gallon of water, to Dans debt was entirely real. By the wounded Hildreth had taken For a -hir-h. np.!nh v. r h.rH ancestors, he I m'oment he searched In vn In TCvlrlAnt. I . .1. t .4 .i .ArtKi - t 1 . --- oiivuiu uui ctiiu tuuiyuiii uiiAcu. ly a yellow leaf had deceived him. it Just as soon as he was able he went Once more he retraced his steDS. trv- fiM onne tn. .;rht nr, f t.. Dacn to tne scene or the murder. He ine to find the position from which his irh tho iriitfr. nf ns.i..if t eye naa caugnt the glimpse of white. snp. Full directions are given on the Then he dived straight for the rotten end of the log. (TO BE CONTINUED.) didn't know when the snow would come to cover what evidence there was. It threatened every hour. Ev ery wind promised- it. The air was sharp and cold, and no drop of rain could fall through It without crystal lizing into snow. The deer had all gone and the burrowing people had sought their holes. The bees worked no more In the winters flowers. Of all the greater forest creatures only the wolves and the bear remained the former because their fear of men would not permit them to go down to the lower hills, and. the latter be cause of his knowledge that when food became scarce he could always burrow in the snow. No bear goes into hibernation from choice. Wise old bachelor, he much prefers to keep Just as late hours as he can as long as the eating places In 'the berry thick ets remain open. The cougars had all gone down with the deer, the mi gratory birds "had departed, and veii the squirrels were in hiding. The scene didn't offer much In the way of clues. Of the body itself only Valuable to Science. The telescope gives enlarged views of distant objects, the microscope shows only what Is almost In contact with Us lens, and by giving a means of making intermediate observations the modifications of the Davon mlcro- telescope have proven a boon to the naturalist. With great depth of focus and a large field of view, the short focus type, for example, has a work ing distance of 10 to 18 Inches, and magnifies 15 to 38 diameters. An ad justable rubber-tipped rod serves as a rest to support the Instrument at the desired height for studying such ob jects as insects, plants and rocks. Chief Ailment. A large proportion of our troubles : caused by too much bone in the head and not enough in the back. Co lumbus (S. C.) Record. coders of packages, and instructions accompany them. Effective Application of Spray. i"ln the use of nicotine sulphate the effective application of the spray is of the utmost importance, since it Is pri marily upon this that the success or failure of the treatment depends. If the liquid has stood for any length of time it should be agitated thoroughly before use. The insects themselves must receive a thorough coat of the spray or they will not be killed, and immediate inspection after spraying should show the foliage occupied by the Insects to e completely wet. "Spraying sho-jld be done as . early as possible, always on the first appear ance of the insect, not only because it Is good practice to keep the plants free from pests but because more thor ough work can be done on small plants." The main point Is to start the fight in time and kill the advance scouts ,and head off the main army of Insect Killing Pigeons in Wisconsin. Madison, ' Wis. Riflemen posted ins the Wisconsin .capitol building began killing hundreds of pigeons at the re quest of the superintendent of prop erty, who offered the plea of,' economy. Sunerintendent Morrissev said that year northwestern California and Ore- I the capitol was being made a "chicken gon farmers will receive 14 cents a I roost" and that it was costing the state pound for purple vetch seed, which I hundreds of dollars to feed the birds. should give them from $150 to $200 I Wisconsin people visiting Capitol park: per acre in addition to the straw. From had long regarded the pigeons as petv now on it Is expected sufficient seed will be available for all needs. I Big Warehouse Blaze. Chicago. Fire thought to have been VALUE OF UNDRAWN POULTRY e slu uZt Experiments Conducted by Department pf Agriculture Show Birds Spoil Less Quickly. "Poultrymen still discuss the rela tive merits of drawn and undrawn poultry. Practice varies In different communities. Opening the body un doubtedly exposes the internal surface to the air which always contains mfc cro-organisms, and thus may hasten decomposition ; but It should be re membered also that the viscera decom pose more rapidly than other parts of the body, and If left they may taint or Infect the rest of the bird. In elaborate experiments with drawn, partly drawn, and undrawn poultry, conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture, it was found that undrawn birds spoil least quickly, and partly drawn ones less quickly than the fully drawn ones I etc from wnicn, not only tne viscera, dui also the heads and feet, have baen re moved. building and contents of the Crook Terminal Warehouse and Chicago Stor age and Transfer Company on the southern outskirts tof the city. Two men were injured In' fighting the fire. Anti-Soviet Plot Uncovered. New York. The entente 'espionage system was directly Involved In coun ter revolutionary plots unearthed at Petrograd and in the western prov inces of Russia, according to a cable received from the official Russian Telegraph agency, by the publication Soviet Russia. "The ring leaders ln the Petrograd conspiracy," said the message, "headed, by the notorious monarchist leader, Professor Tagant sell, confessed to plans, backed by French espionage -agents, to- assassi nate leading Communists and Soviet workers and to blow up offices, rail ways, factories and poison red troops. BUILDS WEEVIL-PROOF CRIB Southern Farmer Demonstrates How Log Building Can Be Made Secure Against Insects. I Elevators Sign With Grower. Fargo, N. D. Eighty-nine farmers elevators and local associations have been signed by the United States Grain Growers, Inc., In North Dakota, U. L Burdick, director of the National Grain Sales agency, announced. With eighty equity elevators which have been signed, this makes 169 elevators r associations in the state which have agreed to deal through the growers this fall, he said. Te Make Parke Sanitary. Washington. A concerted effort Is being made by the United States Pub lic Health service and the National Park service to make the national parks of the United States safe and sanitary for the vast numbers who The door facings I nve recently taken to touring them. The county agent of Taylor county, Fla.. reports that one farmer in his community has worked out a way by which a log corn crib can be made practically air-tight to guard the corn against weevils. This farmer put three or four inches of dirt on the floor and covered it with another floor. The walls were covered with rough lumber, and the cracks outside were filled with cla'v. were padded with cloth and the door When tourists were fewer and most made of two layers of cypress lumber, ot them treveled on stage lines and with a piece of paper roofing between, stopped at park hotels, the sanitary This arrangement cost about $10, In Problem was simple. More recently, addition to the farmer's labor. Others however, the great majority travel in in this neighborhood are building uromouue nnu ,np out, enormous- cribs In the same way. I l compiictiiina; an neaiur matters.