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COPYRtCfTT. 1988. BT DOOO. MZJtD Atto COPtr ABTT MV Eni: **laai rtag Other ?-, the inaln h tlon ( ' ' .ule It eeem 1L ar. ^a. fall?Ni Fhe f tbe rlnc "Mr Barker ? !y. "I waa! agaln loai Jerlo ar. into ' knot\ ? t! I BBB'l sntHTfd You aln't ' you waa a: that i c ' out aU **Surc *i . .n* to ' head mr t>lll wtth a yon?" "I am not a v ,? ancwor ed ? ?? you'v. aald "That a them about your : .- aahamed bj Ber eyea were rla*' | scar ' ances ? could It to w." ed Rark < aaa by th "I mean that I can't go rtng tciilght." ahe declared. "and I won't ** Sbe was desperate now and tradlng apoD a strength be .wn. Be looked at her with rnomentary ln waa a good ridcr. the beat alnce her onotr told har. Bi d aee thla me.-. laau". He fell Baattk ;t far as was eaacmaaa. if he let her alaaa tonlght right." b?- aald aullenly. can atay off toalpl ln therf BBpa , money. 1*11 1. Barbarla: abow "I'll abo w roaaed into tha r I rk.-r ha.' ber, a her fr be ba "Ha aaya i raa't rlde any i I : atrai? mya I wa? BM ln and f*m "II ? crled. "I'll show blm, Jlm! I'll abow him - toraorrow!** She tnrn. d aafasj tenL Jlm caup! .? wrisL "Wftit. i rrar goin* toto the rinp a-f.oiin' that way." II, : eyea met h!s dcflantly. "^ : What'a the fllffcr qulckly from him and ran Into the dreaaing laat, aiy. "An* I brung h.-r back to IL" mum bled Jim as he turned to give ordors to the property BM Most of the "flrst half propa" were loaded, and some of the men were aaleep under the WBgOBB The lot was clear v he felt some one ap proachlng fr.?m the back of the in cloaure. Ba turned nnd found himself face to fare with the stern, so'.itary fla*ure ef the pastor. wrapped ln hia long black ctoak, Tha moonlight allpped through a rift ln the rlouda and fell into a cirele around them. "What made you come here?" was all Jim said. "1 heard that Miss Polly didn't ridc today. I waa afrald she might be Bl" "What'a that to ] "Slie Isn't BaT* D<?uglas demanded anri BBtp, <>1>M\ !>>uh to the iiiiifTnam ln the blg fellow'a volee. . "Sbe's al' right." Jim answered' abortly aa he Bhlfted uneaslly from one faot to tii.- other and avolded tbe pastor* biir.ilng gaze. "And sLc's happy, she'a cootentT* "Sure" "I'm glad,' Hsid Douglas djillv. Be trl.-d ' -olont tbelr talk froru Jim t ? and - . m las starteti ilt a mlnnte ' ? quesflon In hl "I M?h1 ? .. h. It aln't that; \ultatl<>n ln hl 'ie aln't bapaj was hnppy wl* "Tl "I ? do lt at f pened nf an' me dldo't know "We will know about lt. J' la ah< . i the . oaaaaaBad n-> fall ?!o<: th.it way." an 1 Jiru. you acaln. ' i "Whrj not?" know. lu. way if i ? BhO a can i wait aroea you know tn time." Ii w paaaag . I ? lot when 1 round he*d sllpi^etl rautlously ai th?? corner of I deacon c about ?? sur '. It va - thesa ilag at t'.V ? prope lnc toaapa of the ba "I>1 | who : son's ! I BBW hla ?w. r " - ? Ig un ? to thls ra ap I'll take a look roaad." il- araot qulckly ? ? ua. lnvlratlon to walt. He ? itulatlng hlm aelf upon hen he all bnt COlUded with a f\y :!tion. vanlshin^ ln tl. n of tha tnaln tent. Bopblstl uhl have seen only a rather Btoat ncrol.a: Ib plnk tigbts, but F.lverson ara sophistlcated, and ba fl after the flittlnj; nng.\. eveii unto the forhidden portals of tho blg top. He ara. ? ? ? j lag throogh the curtalns whlch had d her am; gettlng his flrst gth sawdust worM the c. itaa] frura the dresslng ti bls way to tbe ring. Tbe clown v He saw tbe llmp coattalls of the deacon, wh< three-ijuarters lu the tent. Here waa a cbance to make a funny entrance. He grabbed the unsuspectlng llttle man from tbe raar. The terrlued deacon stmek out ' 'Indly ln all dlrections, his black arms rnd legs nuovlng like a cen tlped'8. but the dai :irmly by tbe back and taaraal him beadfore most Into the h Bg reuni.d nlmost Immedlately from bls ii'isu-cesaful search f<.r the pastor. He looked about tbe lot f.-r Klvorson. ;., there. i'lverson:" h? called lostlly. There was no response. ".Now, where.s ha aaj t.>'.-" grumhled Strong. He dls.ippearotl .julckly a round the corner of the dresslng- tent, re? solved to keep a aharp ".ookyj' f,.r Douglas. Elverson was thrust from the tent soon after. splttlng sawdust and much dlsct>mflt?Hl. by tbe laughlng perforn. ers who followed him. Hla knees al ijave way beneatb blm when Bar kor came out af the ring. snapplng bls laaaj black wbip "<jet out < f l,,-r.- aaa bloke!" roared TtarTter. ar groom the night, when tbetr "turn waa wnltlng. "ar* rian. rlde in i ? blg. wnualeriug eyea made Pt him and a;?jloKl7.e. H wi He felt un' aaw Mra. ?r mlnd. Btag pat ttng his greaL ar. ? d his ?J iLK A Bi -i ; 1 i ?l I. \vu\ tiHM l> BJ \ 0?*.V 1< j uoee against her caeeS w .-.. up agaln. llarker aays I our ? that I've let i But it's ni?t your fau'.' I'w falr to you. l"A give you a i aratt. say lt agaln, Blngo, never Bgaln!" Polly had nothlng more t<> do to? nlght ;.. get into her street clothes. Tbe wagona would BOOB ba Bg away. i-or ,, mornent 8he glanced at tha tlnrk church sb then she turned t<. go inside the ient. A deep, familiar voice !ier. iyr She turntd quh kly. She could not Douglaa came toward her. He gazed at h.-r ln a: Bha drew her i ..t her tdlghtly clad I flgure. She aaa uuappr-.i, hahle with her halr heaped hlgh and sparkling wlth jewels, 1 She found streugtb at last 10 open her Ilps. hut still uo sound came from them. She and the pastor looked at aach other stranjjely. llke splrits new ly mef from far apar; too, thought : r coinpanlon changed. He waa old.:, tbe i ItaJaa beneath hla \ eyea arer. daaaaar, tha look hn depths more gr were such close neigbbors to day I?I rat her thought you'd caii." be stammered. He was uncertaln ha was saylng. It did not matter - he was tbere with l.t-r. ? ?When you're ln a clrcus tbere ian't much time for calllng." aaa to call on you." They mlght have been shep bard and ahaphaadaaa on a May day woolng for the baltlng way ln whlch their aarda came. ''You're aJl rlght?" he aent on. re bappyT" 'Yea, very," she aald.. Her eyea were dowucaet. 11.- bbb not belleve her. The effort ln aaa, ber drawn. white face, belied her words. How could be get the truth from her? "Jim said you mlght not want to aee me." Sbe started. j "Has Jim been talklng to yon?" "Yea, nut I dldn't Jet him atop me. Ti toid meThe tlay you lefl that you'd ne a-r change toward mf. Have you. 1 He Btudied ber anxl. "Why. no. of course not." ahe said evasD ? ?u'H be qulte frank when 1 ask you g't" rse." She wns growlng '?* uut-aay. Sho gl'anced Bboat f'?r a way of epcape. B aa you dld?" "I told ^.u then " She tried to crosa ? He 8?'i7.ed her Bmall wrlats and f ber to look At blm. "And I am BOt happy wlthout and l never, n. . fiood es were aglow it toward her eagerly. you inu*- begged. ve grown so close." he crled. "so < Toa kno-.v must kBOW, what I mean." He drew Im and forced her Into 18 tO me than all ajse on this earth." B saw the ei paltor on ber face. He felt her .K !lmp and lifel<?sa In bla trms. a\ dk bad, "If I am feel aa : r all thla" he glan. ? am than By life that I can jrlve you. I pjoiag on way ln aa h<>ur. I'll aay good hy a: but If you do '?? waa pleadtm* now. ... wojj't er mliKl, ltlngo.n ST vTonTt Polly?" She dared not mr-et bls eyea nor yet to send him away. She stood lrreso lute. The voice of Deacon Strong an? swered for her. your,- here, are you?'" B, Daaeoa Strong. I'm here," an? swered the- piistor as he turned to meet the aet uslng ajaa <-f the deacon. "Aa for y.,11, mlss," contlnued Strong, wlth an liiv ient nod toward Polly, **? mlght have known h..w you'd keep your part of the bargaln." "?Bargaln?" ecboed Douglaa. "What bargaln r* "Oh. please, Deact.n Strong, pleaae. I dldn't mean to see blm I dldn't, tru ly." She bardly knew what she aaa aaylng "What bargaln?" demanded Douglas. "She told me tbat you and her waan't ever goln' to see each other ag'ln!" rosred Strong. "If I'd knoaed ahe was ?pln' to keejo on wjth this FJud ..." uiThj; you woui.ln't Eare goT otx so ensy." sglas. It waa all clear to hlm now Ho recalled ?hlng? her hyatmioal l>ehavlor. her laught. r. ber tour*. "It waa you that child back to this " II" glance-1 al Faa narrow ahoul '!"r* ' forwardi The nervoue llttle fingers were .-lasplngnnd unclaap 8 had ahe : nnd hel; "<>ii. p Baa ti, Ifr John, pieaae don't make hlm any wor you tell me?** be de main! "It would ha r.o good," Bhe hy won't you leave uio Bloa "ll aoal -.e all the good ln the world. What right had he to eend ? ? "' I aald 8trong Btobhoi "Whrt:" crle.1 Douglas. "It was my duty." "Your <! or narrow ralnded "I don't ,:it to me Mke ? any longer.' Dcagtaa. He fa.. f b'.s own Bffalra at last Polly clung to hlm. Mr Joi :n:" BB by that?" shout ? i and your narrow :i be fore '?? 1 me. liut now aara She BBBaa I her from Just auch injust ka ? "Y? ? i " I er church **lth iii rldin' glrl a hnngln" ? "Be'a i ? ; Polly. , territled enir. uldu't get another cburcb. 1 never a It'a no am *?>u*vagot to let BM gOt Tl 'I Isten. I*? ill> .'* II.? drew her toward hln. . r than nny church or ci ra ta ba every where h; BBd <ut alw.ut that." thumlend Str. i wiu aaawered Doagdaa, with but head thrown hlf .1 hna opem-d :i ,. baa buinaulty . her. "It ? "1 i . Ing f..r ? way." after hln turn ed i>. - arm wlthla bla ? f llke Bell 1?- .?:i ri?;ht lf j wait. I'ui ih>I comlog hach. im -? this tlni. ' BMy here wltb Mr. John'. I've made up OB* mlnd. and I won't l?e to blame f.?< sahappluear. " She faced hlm flrmli novv "I don't haaOag t<? your 8 and I don't wnnt to try any more l'in whnt he called BM I n. -idiiia: glrl. I w;i? born la tbe clrcu* an.l I U never change. Tbat'a my w?>rk lidlnf ,?an.l prea.-h Y.?u must do your work. nn.l I'll do tnlne." 8he started tOWBTd the rlng. Elolse antl Baarharaaa w.-r.- already aattfag at tbe sntrai "BloHSer She took on.- atan toward ber. then stt.pped at the soutid t.f Har ker's v ?:i." he called. "althouk'h annoaaca that <.;:r -t.ir r.d.-r. | y. * 111 not appaar tonlght, we off. r you ln her ::;oise. on her blat k, untamed horse Barba rlan." I pat ner hands on the borse's back to mount " . r..-d Polly. The other ^Irl turned ln aatonlsb ment at the agony ln her voice. byr "Wait. Kl. BBtl I m golng to ride!" u caat, not Harharlan! He dont know your turn." "So much the better:" She selzed the brldle from the frlghtened glrl's band. "Polly-:" BaWajhal Douglaa. He had followed her to the entrance. "I must: I will!" 8he flew Into the rlng before he could stop her. He took one atep to follow her. r let her alone and get out of here," snld 8trong. His voice waa llke a flrebrand to Douglaa. He turned upon him, whlte wlth rage. her to thls." His flsts were cllnehed. He drew back to strlke. Jim carne from behlnd tbe wagons Just ln tlme to catch the uplifted arm. "I/eave him to me. Thla aln't no par aon's Job." The pastor lowered his arm, but kept his threstentng eyea on the deacon's face. "Where'e I'oll?" ankcd Jim. "In ther,??" Do'-glas polnted toward the raaln tent wlthout turnlng his head. He was stlll glsrlng at the dea? con and breathlng hard. "What!" crled Jim ln alarm. ne faced about and saw Elolse. He guesa ed the truth. A few qutck atrlde* brought him to the entrance curtalna. He threw them back and looked Into the rlng. "My God! Wby don't Barker stop her?" "What ls lt?" called Douglaa. He forgot tbe deacop In hla terro?at Jlmjs UeEavlor. and Strong was ?? away unnotieed. "She's goln' to rlde: She's go!u' to rlde Barbarian!" 1'ouftlas crossetl to hl? sid,? and looked. i was sprtnglng c>n to the bnck of Barharlaa. He aaa a poorly iralBofi ?1 hy the ; for BBOTf ? daagef - than -. a. rhrnnga her ragalar turn with him. She's trylag to breal aald Jim. "She WBBta to do lt It's your fault!" he crled, turning apoo 'is wlth blood He wa? half lnsane. He cared llttle whom be 1 wounded. "Why can't we stop her?" cried Douglas. unable to endnre the straln He took one step Inslde the ? "N< r that"' Jim dragjred him : ed ln sllence ? She'a over the firsf part." Jim whlapered at ln*t. ^?laa drew back, his n haaaa, as he watched tl bastde thrt rlng slde horror ?trlcken at Polly's re hehat Barbartaa. it was easy ra r- tl "She'a COmhB' to the hoops." Jim ? m that part. I tralnrd him." the other glr v made the flrst lertp toward the rse waa not at fault; It W?t P The aaghl her Ing wlth an effort. One. two, three hoopa were pa acrotts the back of the bon-?? and ward as he galloped around tbe rlag Tho haml was plajfag lotid ly; tht rlBg She ro*? to meet the last tw ?s swayln!" Jim shrleked ln taa*a gala' ta faUr Bt atad hhi faca with his haada Pollf raaaaf and fell at the 1. She mounted and feil agaln. She I tn purwulL "I coal t>oar lt!" groaned Douglas. He rushed Into tbe rlng. unconsrloua af the thousamla of eyes t?eiit upon his black mlnlsterlal garb. antl caught tbe QAUtiHT THE Sl.ll> Or A Ullil. IS HIS ARMS Jlsl . 11A* al am TAurnwo n ? the houses houfs. U1J aught out death part the* and me." allp of a glrl tn bla arms just sa abe waa about to slnk falntlng beneath the horse's boofa. Barker brougbt the performanoe to a halt wltb a crack of hia wblp. Tbe aodience waa ou tlptoe. Whlte faced clowna a,nd jr/tjitl *tti?*<i. acrobata CTCwded aronno* Polly and tbe paatof. Douglas did not see them. He had come Into hla owu. "He'B brlng tn' her cut" whlspered Elolse. wbo stli! watebed at the en trance. Jim dared not look up. II i bead was stlll ln his hartds. "Is It ever?" he groaned. "I don't know. I can't tell yet." She stepped aside as Douglas came out of the tent. followed by a swarm of performer*. He knelt <-a the soft grass and rested Polly's head upon hla knee The others pressed about them. It seemed to Douglas that he walted hours; then ber white lids qulvered and opened. and the color crept back to her lips. "It's sil rlght. Jim!" called one of the men from the crowd. "She's only falnted" The blg fellow had walted ln bls tra.ks for the \trdlct. Polly's eyes looked up Into those of the purson. A thrlll shot through bls velns "It was no use. was lt?" She shook her head. wlth a sad llttle smlle that ?he was think Ing of her fallur. it of bls way. I you so much. Polly. thst <Iod won't let you go away frOBfl BBB." He drew her near> him. and the warm hlOOd that shot to <?ks lr.-ught back her strength She rose anatradRj and looked about .Um came toward her. wblte and tlBBBbUag. rlght, Poll?" ??h. Mavver Jim!" She threw ber self into his nrms and clung to him. sobbiug aeakly. No oaa eenltl , rat remember Just Bdleaca left the blg top thst Blght, and evefl Barker had no clear a -T1 in took down the tent*. lt wagons and sent the caravan on Its way. t aagaa waa beginnlng Bg wlndlng road of tbe moonllt hlll Jim turned to Polly. who near the slde of the de* rlng. 1 from her to iraOB, who walted near ber. She was ln her now, the llttle guakerish dress wblch she had p ao much slnce her re tnn from tbe para I "I traen* I won't b* makln* no mls tske thla tlme." he ? he placed her band In that of the parson. dbv. Muvver Jim." faltered Pol touehed ber fore llpa. A motber*a splrlt throagh ' "I'm glad H'a !! he aald laraed ?? 1 taa : a lndtng llgbts dls he hlll. H. 1 after him. Doa Bed the cold llttle h.nd at I ? "I !? th them." .be said. Btttl gaatag after Jim and tbe wagona. ?ui; wlth me." he answered in a tlrm. grave vt.lce, and something in the tlet j>. aare toaea toU her tbat kz waa apcritlng fho trufb, fcbe ITfted one tremMing hand to his sboulder and looked up Into his face. "\V blt her thon goest will I go; where thou dlest will I dle" He drew her into his rrma ?The I^ord do so to me and more alao If anght but death part tbee and rne.** TTtr. K-TD. The Danger. "What ? .-r, "ia a man who ia not afrald of a ti ktOT Sorphum. "and v,. don't want one wh.. that he will eat out of its ba Painful Progreaa. ' aeerji l og along well.' rtctlaa In the chalr. ' N< is* ? i have evldent)> | sna* " Haater.ed to Secure Prise. She the Bouae. She all ii?K " He (with aud. il) you be mine. da.- ? :pL Spiit Milk. Do not was<?- bj much time crylng over apllt milk that you forg.-t to go after the cowg al ulglit.?Elbert Hub bard.