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nled and took possession. Ifcssner
set up his light sheet-iron stove and
started a fire.
While waiting for the water tq, boil,
he held his face over the'stove. The
moisture from his breath had collect
ed on his beard and frozen into a
great mass of ice and this he proceed
ed to thaw out
A wild outcry from the dogs with
out did not take him from his task.
He heard the wolfish snarling and
yelping of strange dogs and the
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Bound of voices. A knock came to
"Come in," Messner called.
The door opened, and gazing out
of iiis cloud of steam, he saw a man
(Illustrated by F. E. Schoonover.)
and woman pausing on the theshold.
"Come in," he said, peremptorily,
"and shut the door!"
Peering through ihe steam, he
could make out but little of their
personal appearance. The nose and
cheek strap worn by the woman and
the trail wrappings about her head
allowed only a pair of black eyes to
be seen. The man was dark eyed and
smooth shaken all except his mous
tache, which was so iced up as to
hide the mouth.
"We just want to know if there is
any other cabin around here," he
said, at the same time glancing over
the unfurnished state of the room.
"We thought this cabin was empty."
"It isn't my cabin," Messner an
swered. "I just found it a few min
utes ago. Come right in and camp."
At the sound of his voice the wo-
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