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tnc gauntlet between two lines of
Mexicans. He heard their excited
shouts. Bullets whizzed past him.
He felt as it were the sting of a bean
through the forearm, through the
shoulder. His right hand; pierced,
dropped nervelessly from the reins.
He felt the blood stream down him.
Then he had passed them, and as
his snorting horse gathered itself to
gether beneath him he heard the
troop, with wild yells, take up the
pursuit The river glistened before
him. The current ran fast and
strong. Only a moment he hesi
tated; and, as he did so, he felt an
other 'sting under the arm. Then he
drove the stallion into the river.
The bullets whipped the water
about him. Kane felt his senses leav
ing him, and an awful faintness. He
felt the icy water wrap him round
like a shroud. Behind him his pur
suers had halted. No ordinary horse
could swim from the south to the
north bank of the Rio in flood time.
The current was sweeping him
away. But before him he saw, white
against the night, the tents of his
own people. With a last effort Kane
spurred the flagging beast beneath
the water. The stallion screamed
and suddenly began to tread upon
the river bottom.
Splashing and plunging, it gained
the American side and rushed up the
bank. Behind him the Mexicans
were still firing, but now the bullets
went wild. Kane was in no danger.
If only he could pull himself together
and reach his goal!
He reined in the stallion with his
last reserve strength. He walked it
slowly through the entrance to the
camp. Men were already alert,
aroused by the shots, and falling in.
Kane heard the colonel's voice. He
saw a woman standing at his side.
He stopped the horse in front of the
"Santos is leading a party to at
tack the camp, sir," he faltered. "I
came to warn you "
And Kane fell from his horse into
the arms of the colonel's orderly.
They carried him into the colonel's
house. Kane opened his eyes after
a long interval, to see faces looking
into his. He saw the doctor shake
his head. A sense of supreme joy
thrilled him. Tt was srnnrt to die it
was good that this should be ended (
and be ended thus.
And among the faces he saw that
of the colonel's wife. Her tears fell
over him. Kane tried to speak, but
there was no need of speech. ) In that
last interchange of looks all was ex
plained, and the reconciliation effect
ed. He had saved others what did
it matter if he could not save him
self? And, with his eyes still holding
Dorothy's look, he fell asleep.
(Copyright, 1916, W. G. Chapman.)
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