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was mshrst-otiense. a
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and lie didn-'t
He said he'd turn honest, so I
gave hfnH the chance on my own
jiorse. It was. my iirt opportun
ity to make good, butl lethtm,-go.
And you, Swede, ypu called roe, a
coward for doing it Now, listen !
That boy in that jail there is the
one I let o., He 13 guilty a- sec
ond time guilty as hell but
i ke him if you pan; J"
A growl -started if- the mob
somewh' ere, but Cutfe 'downed it.
"Silence,!" he thundered '"I'm
talking ,now .r He paused, glow
ering fSee this key," he resum
ed in the calm that followed-;
"tins key in my hand? Well
now you dpn't." t
A steel-muscled rigfit arm, bare
ttrihe elbow bent aqd straight
ened ThepicceoCbrass was lost
amongst the inscmiteliusties 3d
For ,10 seconds heart "beats
were audible. Then came the
"Kill 'iml Ram h door!
Knock hisTriock off! Get a log!"
The foremast of the sweating
swearing mass crowded towards
the speaker. But they stopped.
A blue-stee.1 'barrel with a goose
berry eye squinting back of it
was leveled" at the leader's head.
The command zipped like a bul
letvand the face under the tow
hair was .strangely calm, Swede
Slinked his eyes. So THIS was
Thesnappy cackle of ar Colt's
and the thud of its leaden egg
burying itself in the wall just over
Cutie's head, came simultaneous
ly. He didn't bat an eye. He
didn!t eyen stop speaking.
" another step and you,
Swede Jvou and a few of vour dir-
tfy, cowardly, white-livered fol- 1
lowers, will eat your breakfasts
Cutie's- gun fell form his fing
ers. A dark streak zig-zagged
across his cheek and he-'bumped
off the earthen step!7 to the
Swede sprang overrun.
"He ajn't much! hurt just a
graze quick, nowi that iogh
Bust open that door. There
harder, maw HARDER! Bust
'erv'in before fhis game-cock'
comes to-rthafs it, men, that's
GOD!" ' "
On the-splinters of the shat
tered door, a defiant smile on his
lips, stood a boy. Swede shrank
"My .son!" he muttered.
" ''Dearest v Clara," wrote the
young man, "I a"m awfully sorry,
but X am getting so- forgetful
nowadays. I propose t0 youlast
night, but I really forget whether
you said 'yea' or 'no.' " .
And this answer came back.
"Dear Jack," she wrote, "so
glad to hear from, you. I re
member just who it was," v
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