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By Rex E. Eeach
Illustrated by Grant and Copyrighted This story of "the hunger for gold digged out of the hills, and the blinding hunger of man for wo man and for woman's love," being a vivid picture of the Klondike before the rein of law. (Continued from la-t Sunday) Cwt-iiNrev Kok'l him fairly between th eyes, gripping himself with firm Ji.iuls to sto; thr tffiiior he felt iu his bone, "you can't kill me." he said. "I uit too co'xi a nuiii to murder. You might .hoot a nook, but you cau't kill t- Ti'V can't, l.ill 7)ir.'' Ac nUl. "I rtvx ton rjufiij. a miiH to murder." a bra ve " in;in wheu he's unarmed. You're r, ;;- -iassin." lie remained rigid iti his chair, however, moving i:olhi:ig b it hi "5 lip-?, meeting the oth er's !,(.:. uaMim-hlngly. The Kid lu-si-tated mi iii-t.n.f. v.'h! his cye. which h::d l"-''u fi"d with the glare of ha tred, watered a n:t;:i:ent. betraying the faintest Kigti of indecision. Glenisrter cr: d u st exult'intiy: "I la: 1 knew it. Your neck cords qui rer."' Tiie gamb'.er grimaced. "I can't do ft. If I c-ou'd, I'd have shot you be fore you turned. But you'll have to fiuht, you d-jg. tJot up n-ad draw." Kjv rtfnsed. L gave Cherry my gun.'' "Yes. and more, too," the man grit ted. "I saw it. all." Ivven yet tJlcuisfcr luui made no fchgnteist n.ove. ream'.t that a" feath- r's weight might snap the gambler's nervous teusiou aud tiring the invoiim- . tary twitili that would put him out swifter th;in a whip H cracked. 'd have tried it before, but murder isn't my game." The Kid's eye caught ; the idint " t 'hurry's revolver where i she had discarded it. "There's a gun. j Get it:" "It's n good. You'd carry the six ' bull - ts nrd never feel them. T don't ' know what this is ail about, but I'll i fight you whenever I'm-heeled right.". ' "Oh, you black hearted hound!" i nnriod h Kid. "I want to shoot, but I'm a f it. id. I used to be a gentleman, nd I haven't lust it ail, i guess. But I won't wait the next time. I'll down you on sitfht, so you'd better get ironed iu a hurry." He backed out of the room into the semidarkness c the kiK heii. watching with iynxlike . closeness the man who sat So quietly I under the shaded light. He felt be- fcind him for the outer doorku.ib and ; turned it. to ht in a whit sheet of rain, xh.rn vanished lik a storm j wraith, leaving a parched lipped man j kuu a zigzag irau or water, wtn.-n gieamed iu f blood. the lamplight like a pool CHXPTKB XVIII. GJ.KXrsTKK did not wait long after hLs visitor's departure, but extinguished the light, locked the door and began the further adventures of this night. The storm welcomed him with suffo catinir violence, snckiuur the very breath from his lips, while the rain beat through till his lielh was cold and aching. He thought with a pnnir of the srirl fa ii; this tempest, going out to meet the thousand perils of the i night. And it remained for him to bear his part as she bore hers, smil inn'v. Th !nt hour had added another and I mysterious d;;ner to Ids ftiM meas ure, t'ould the Kid be jealous of Cherry? Surely not. Then what else? The tornado had driven his trailers to rover, evidently, for the streets were given over to its violence, and . Boy encountered no hostile sign as he was buffeted from house to house. He adventured cautiously and yet with ' haste, finding certain homes where the marshals had been before him peopled now only by frightened wives and children. A scattered few of the i vigilantes had been taken thus, while f Tiff I n n or AlATn&mfa V a A vrovonto1 their - families from spreading the alarm or venturing out for succor. Those whom he was able to warn dressed hurriedly, .took their rides and went oh into the drifting night, leav ing empty cabins and weeping women. The great fight was on. , Toward daylight the ' retnnanhV- of the vigilante Ktrairgted into the big blank warehouse on the saadspit and there beneath the smoking glare of lanterns cursed the name of McNa mara. As dawn grayed tho ragged astern skyline, Dextry and Slapjack blew in through the spindrift, bringing word from Cherry and lifting a load from Glenister's mind. '" ' 'There's a game girl," said the okl miner as he wrong out his clothes. She was half gone when " she got to ns. and now she's waiting for the storm to break S3 that she can come back r "It's clearing ap to the east, Slap Jack Shattered. - P' you know I'm get- tin so rheumatic that ice water don't feel comfortable to me no more. "qrlatlc'ackrtn the Btood.-.'aald De ' try. , rVbaf s our next mora?" be I a sked of his partner. "When do wo hang thi poll tkrteo ? Seema like we're t got enough ablebodied piano rao-rers ,! here to tie a can on to the whole octlt push'1 the town site of ISobmT the map and start afresh." . -T ttlak we had tjttsr E low and wttea : j ptii cur POILE MS turn up during the day."" "That's right. Stranglors Is like spir its they work best in the dark." As the day grew the storm died, leav ing ramparts of clouds hanging sullen y HiMe the ocean's rim. while thoe skilled in weather prophecy foretold the corning of the equinoctial. In Mc Namarn's office there was great stir Rnd the coming of many men. The bos sat iu his chair, smoking countless cigars, his big face s-et iu prim lines, his hard eyes peering through the pall of blue at those he questioned. He worked the wires of his machine until ' his dolls doubh'd and danced and twist : ed at his touch. After n gimty . inter ! view lie had dismissed Voorhees with ' a merciless tongue laslung, raging bit terly t the man's failure. "You're not fit-to herd sheep. Thirty i mer- out ell night and what do you ; get? A dozen mullet headed miners. ; You bug the mudhens and the bfg : game runs t cover. I wanted (Jlenis j ter, but you let him slip through your : fingers now It's war. What a mess i : you've made'. If I had even one helprr with a brain the size of a flaxseed, this ! game would be a gift, but you've bun j gled CFery move from the start. Bah! Put a spy in the bull pen with those i prisoners and make them talk. Of- fer them anything for information. ; Not get out."' ; He called for a certain deputy and questioned him regarding the night's j quest, remarking finally: i '"There's treachery somewhere. Those men were warned." ! Nobody came near Glenister's house ! except Miss Chester," the man replied. j "What?" ! "The judge's niece. We caught her by mistake in the dark." J Later, one of the men who had been with Voorhees at the Northern asked to se the receiver and told him: : "The chief won't believe that I saw Miss Chester in the dance hall last night, but she was there with Gienis ; ter. She must have put him wise to our game or he wouldn't have known we were after him." His hearer made no comment, but ; when alone rose and paced the floor : with heavy tread while his face grew i savage and brutal. I "So that's the game, eh? It's man to man from now on. Very well, Glen 1 iter, I'll have your life for that, and then you'll pr.y. Miss Helen." Ho considered careruily. A plot for a plot. If he could not swap intrigue with these miners and bent them bad ly, he deserved to lose. Now that the girl gave herself to their cause, he would vse her again and see how well she answered. Public opinion would not stand too great a strain, and al though -he had acted within his right l?.st night, he dared not gj much fur ther. Diploma v- therefore must serve, lie must force his enemies beyond the law and Into his trap. 8he had passed the word once. She would do so again He hurried to Stillman's house and stormed Into the presence of the judge He told the story so artfully that the judge's astonished unbelief yielded to rage and cowardice, and he sent for his niece. She came down, white and silent, having heard the loud voices. The old man berated her with shrew ish fury, while McNamara stood silent. The girl listened with entire self con trol until her uncle made a reference to Glenister that she found intolerable. "Hush! I will not listen!" she cried passionately. T warned -him because you would have sacrificed him after he had saved our lives. That is all. He is an honest man. and I am grateful to him. That is the only foundation for your insult." , McNamara, with apparent candor, broke In: '"You thought you were doing right, of urs-. but your action will have terrible consequences Now we'll have j riot, bloodshed and heaven knows what. It was to save all this that I wanted to break up their organization. A week's imprisonment would hpve done It, but now they're armed and belligerent, and we'll have a battle to night." "No. no!" she cried. 'There mustn't be any violence. "There is no use trying to check them. They are rushing to their own destruction.' I hare learned that they plan to attack the Midas tonight, and I'll hare fifty soldiers waiting for them there. It is a shame, for they are de cent fellows blinded by ignorance and misled by that young miner. This will be the blackest night the north has ever seen." With this McNamara left tb houie and went In, search of Voorhees. re-, marking to himself: "Now, Miss Helen, end your warning the sooner the bet ter. If I know those tlgilantes. it will set them era, and yet cot crazy enough to attack the Midas, They will strike for me, and when they bit my poor ungnardd of9c they'll think hell has moved north. "Mr. Marshal," said he to hl tool, "I want you to gather forty men quiet ly ftfid to arm them with -Winchesters. They must b M)wa who wnt faint at blood. Ym know the kind. . Assem ble them at "my office alter dark, one at a time, bytthe back way. - It must bo. doao with absolute eerecy, Now, see If yon can do this one thing and not get balled up. If you fall Fit make you answer to me. Why t; aon't yo gat the trooper entered Toorbeea. - - ' "If mere' one thing' I want to avoid, ifa teJdiem vetthefcerfeoraf the mines. cn - mey . sxej n., wes seen out lwd& Vm not rev&'W.Visitt just Tt Titrvcr antaCalaterlyi ; Haioe mf&dwhiie had Ced to Iter room aad tsre received Glenister's note through -Cherry Malotte"st mes- seuger. it nsJUMiteti tier worst rears i KZ. bir , eat MXautara troiheey. i The more she real of it " the more certain .she grew, that the crisis was only a question of hoars and that with darkness tragedy " .would walk the streets of Nome. The thought of the wrong already done was lost In the lonely girl's terror of the, crime about to happen, for it seemed to her she had been the instrument to set these forces- in motion, that she had loosed this swift speeding avalanche of greed, hatred and brutality. And when the crash should come the girl shuddered. It must not be. She would shriek a r warning from the housetop even at ! cost of her uncle, of McNamara and of herself. And yet she had no proof that I a crime existed. Although it ail lay i clear in her own mind, the certainty j j of it arose only from her intuition, j ' If only. she were able to take a hand, i ! If only she were not a woman. Then j: I Cherry Malotte's words anent Struve ; recurred to her, "A bottle of wine and ! ; a woman's (ace." They brought back I the lawyer's assurance that those doc- ; ' uments she had safeguarded all , through the long springtime journey j ; really contained the proof. If they j i did, then they held the power to check ; ; this impending conflict. Her uncle ; and the boss would not dare continue i if threatened with exposure and prose cutioii. The more she thought of it f the more urgent seemed the necessity ; to prevent the battle of tonight. There j was a chance here at least, and the j only one. . j Adding to her mental torment was j the constant vision of that face in the i curtains at the Northern. It was her j brother, yet what mystery shrouded j this affair also? What kept him from i her? What caused him to slink away J like a thief discovered? She grew j dizzy and hysterical. j Struve turned in his chair as the j door to his private office opened, then leaped to his feet at sight of the gray eyed girl standing there. 1 ,.' "I came, for the papers." she said. ; "I knew you would." The blood went ; out of his cheeks, then surged back up .! to his eyes. "It's a bargain then?" j She nodded. "Give them to me first." j He laughed unpleasantly. "What do ! you take me for? I'll keep my part of j the bargain if 3-ou'll keep yours.- But j this i no place, nor time. There's j riot in the air, and I'm busy preparing j for- toaight. Cou:e back tomorrow j when it's all over." j But it was the terror of tonight's do- j lngs that led her Into his power. "I'll never come back." she said. "It is my whim to know today yes, at once." He meditated for a time. ''Then to day it,--shall be. I'll shirk the fight, I'll sacrifice what shreds of duty havo clung to me, because the fever for you is in my bones, and it seems to me I'd do murder 'r it. That's the kind of a man I am, V .1 I have no pride In myself because of it. But I've always been that way. We'll ride to the Sign of the Sled. It's a romantic little road house ten miles from here, perched nign above the Snake river trail. We'll i take dinner there together." "But the papers?" ' "I'll have them with me. ' We'll start In an hour." .. - "In an hour," she echoed lifelessly and left him. He chuckled grimly and seized the telephone. "Central call the Sled road house seven rings on the Snake river branch. II dlol That you, Shortz? This is Struve. , Auybody at the house? ' 'Good. Turn "them away if they come aiij say that you're closed. None of your business.- I'll be out about dark, so have dinner for two. Spread yourself and keep the place clear. Goodby." Strengthened by Glenister's note, Helen went straight to the other wo man and this time was not kept wait ing nor greeted with sneers, but found Cherry cloaked iu a shy dignity, which she clasped tightly about herself. Un der her visitor's incoherence she lost her diffidence, however, and, when Helen had finished, remarked, with de cision: "Don't go with him. lie's a bad man. ., "But I mtist. The blood of those men will be on me if I don't stop this trag edy. If those papers tell the tale I think they do. I can call off my uncle and make McNamara give back the mines. You said Struve told yoti the whole scheme. Did you see the proof?" "No, I have only his word, but he spoke of those documents repeatedly, saying they contained his instructions to T,e UP the mines m order to give ! a foothold for . tho lawsuits. He bragged that the rest of the gang were in his power and that he could lait them in the penitentiary for conspiracy. That's all." "It's the only chance," said Helen. They, are sending soldiers to the Midas to lie in ambush, and you must warn the vigilantes." Cherry paled at this and ejaculated: "Good Lord! Roy said he'd lead an attack tonight." The Jwo stared at each other. "If I succeed with Struve I can stop It all all of this injustice and crime everything." ; "Do you realize what you're risk ing?" Cherry demanded. "That man 1$ an animal. "You'll have to kill him to save yourself, and he'll never give up those proofs." . "Yes, he 'will,' said Helen fiercely, "and I defy him to harm me. The Sign a of the Sled Is a public roadbouse with a landlord. tlnhon on-t nth of guests. Will you warn Mr. Glenister about Ibe troops?' ' T will, and bless you for a brave girl.? Walt a moment." Cherry took from - the dresser her tiny revolver. Don't, hesitate to use this. I want you to know- also that I'm sorry for what 1 said yesterday. , As" she hurried away Helen realised with a shock the change that the past few months had. wrought In her. In truth, It was as Glenister ' had said, hie northland worked strangefy with its. denizens. - What; of . that shrinksg girl who had, stepped out ofy the ehek tered life ; strong only in her untried honesty, to become a hunted, harried thing, juggling with honor and reputa- S.tien, in- her heart a half .formed fear that, she might kill a man this night to gain her end . The elements were molding herewith lrresistihle ? hands. Hoy's . tontact with the primitive had i not roughened bjai more quickly than baJ Fh met hr " SIHntsaeat Stfuve.uiid the rotle away together, ne talkative :v.vl elated, she silent and icy. Lste iu the afternoon the cloud banks to t':e eastward assumed alarming pro j portions. They brought with them an ear.y nightfall, and when they broke let forth a tempest which rivaled that of the previous night. During the first of it armed men came sifting into Mc Namara's office from the rear and were hidden throughout the building. When ever he descried a peculiarly desperate mfiian the boss called him aside for private instruction and gave minute description of a wide shouldered, erect youth in white hat and half boots. Gradually he set his trap with the men Voorhees had "raked from the slums, and when it was done smiled to him self. As he thought It over he ceased to regret the miscarriage of last night's plan, for it had served to goad his ene mies to the point he desired, to the point where they would rush to their own undoing. He thought with satis faction of the role he would play in the United States press when the sensa tional news' of this night's adventure came out. A court official who dared to do his duty despite a lawless mob. A receiver who turned a midnight at tack into a rout and shambles. That is what they would say. What If he did exceed his authority thereafter? 'What if there were a scandal? Who would question? As to soldiers no, decidedly no. He wished no help of soldiers at this time. The sight of a ship in the offing to ward dark caused him some uneasi ness, for, notwithstanding the-assurance that the eourse of justice In the San Francisco courts had been clogged, he knew Bill Wheaton to be a resource ful Tawyer and a " determined man. Therefore, it relieved him to note the rising gale, which precluded the possi bility of interference from that source. Let --'them come tomorrow if they would." By that time some of the mines would fee ownerless and his position strengthened a hundredfold. He telephoned the mines to throw out guards, although he reasoned that none but madmen would think of striking there in the face of the warn: iug whlch he knew must have been transmitted through Helen. Tutting on his raincoat he sought SrUIman. "Brin; your -niece over to my place tonight. There's trouble in the air and j PT16!11 She hasn't returned from her ride yet- I'm afraid she's caught In the storm. The judge gazed anxiously into the darkness. 1 During all the leng day the vigilantes lay in hiding; impatient at their fdle ness and wondering at the lack of ef fort made toward their discovery, tiot dreaming that McNamara had more cleverly hidden plans behind. When Cherry's note of warning came' they gathered In the' back -roam and gave voice to their opinions. - . ; 'There's only one way 'to .clear the atmosphere," said the chairman. 'You ; bet," chored the others. Theyve'garrisoned the mine, so let's go through Ihe town and make a clean job of t- . Let's,, hang the whole out fit to-ene post" - This met: ' with geperaJf I -apprdval; Glenister alone demerrins- Said het "I hare reasontl It out &irsntly, and I want you to-heur me through' before deciding. . Last .night I gt wont fror .WtMhA ULtt the California .uuxt The ' Goye? Wholesale GROCERIES DRUGS G?eeiiville, are agaiusc us. nv com it w itiflueuce, but whatever the" reason, we are cut off from all legal help-either in thi? court or on appeal. Now, sup pose we lynch these orTiclal tonight, what do we gain? Martial law in two hours, our mines tied up for another year, and who knows what else? May be a corrupter court next season. Sup pose, on the other hand, we fail, and somehow I feel that we will, for that boss is no fool. What then? Those of us who don't find the morgue will end in jail. You say we can't meet the soldiers. I say we can and must. We must carry this row to them. We must jump it past the courts of Alaska, past the courts of California, and up to the White House, where there's one honest man, at least. We must do something to wake up the men in Washington. We must get out of poli tics, for McNamara can beat us there. Although he's a strong man he can't corrupt the president. We have one shot left, and it must reach the Poto mac. When Uncle Sam takes a hand we'll get a square deal, so I say let us strike at the Midas tonight and take her If we can. Some of us will go down.- but what of it?" Following this harangue, he outlined a plan which In its unique daring took away their breaths, and as he filled In detail after detail they brightened with excitement and that love of the long chance which makes gamblers of those who thread the silent valleys or tread the edge of things. His boldness stirred them and enthusiasm did the rest. - "- . - "All I want for myself," he said, "la the chance to run the big risk. It's mine by right." Dextry spoke breathlessly to Slap jack in the pause which ensued: "Ain't he a heller?" "We'll go you," the miners chimed to a man. And the chairman added: "Let's have Glenister lead this forlorn hope. I am willing to stand or fall on his judgment." They acquiesced with out a dissenting voice, and with the firm . hands, of " a - natura 1 leader the young man took control. "Let's hurry up," said one. "It's a long niush' and the mud is knee deep." "No walking T for. us," said Roy. "We ll go by train." "'By train? How can we get a train?" v - ' "Steal ; it," he answered, at which Dextry grinned delightedly at his loose jointed companion, and Slapjack showed 'his toothless gums In answer, saying:' "He sure Is." A few more words and Glenister, ac companied by these two, slipped out into the whirling storm, and a half hour later the rest followed. One by one the vigilantes left, the blackness blot ting them up an arm's length frem the door, till ; at .last the f big, bleak warehouse .echoed -hollowly , to the Voice of the wind and water. ; -. Over in the eastern end of the' town, behind dark -windows upon which the sheeted ' rain : beat furiously, other armed .men lay. patiently waiting waiting some; word from the bulky shadow 'which stood with folded: arms close against -a square o-gray; . while over their heads a wretched old man pccl back and forth, wringing his tass. pausing at every turn to peer Out 3to the night and to nusnhle: the name of his sister's dbfML Company Mississippi The Penitentiary Matter: Col. V. A. Montgomery recently elected penitentiary trusteee from the southern dictrict is out in a card denouncing Gov. Vardaimtan. Cbl. Momtgomerg's opening charge against" Gov. Va.rda'man (carries its own answer. He says: "My knowledge of the governor is such that if I "had nothing else upon which to base a reason, the fact that the supeintendent of the pcnitentiary was his appointee would foe sufficient to convince me that no cVnsiderat tior was given to the interests of the people of the state, but that he was put there to serve the governtor in th"5s political ambitions. That is reason. This is a reflection on every ap pointment Gov. Vardaman has made during his four years in office and is sfc . vacuous in reason as to.be en tirely incomsistcn with the Colonel's reputation for honesty and fair pay. Irfstead of the people (condemning Vardaman's ''pevitentiary policy of government," they have endorsed it, and the legislature recently en acted laws, according Do views la'd down by Gov. Vardamain, and which even now Col. -Montgomery will be dompelled to goveirn himse!f by. Even the rankest enemies of Gover Vardarnswi admit the great improve ment of the pertitentiary system un der his administration, and Oris suc cessors will do' well tv keep the pen itentiary, up to the standard he has brought it. Winona TimJes. Something Doing There wil be pmcthing doing in Jackson March the 2nd as chair-man F. W Collins, "of G.-.lfpcrrt has called a meeting of. the republican state ex ecutive commitce to meet there on that date arid L. K. Atwood, chair man f .the' negro revolutionists has also called his' committee to meet at same ; place and date. Brasdon . . - - - - ' xs ews.-. h The A. & M. Trouble TheVA-'&M- trouble will not dswn andUvjicth'crJhe legislature will make an invjestigatton or not,' parties inter ested -secra -fdetermined' to. give the publkf ill "Ui etxjorrnation at th:er."ais--posaLXrCW'muniv'atts , in " Stark villejaer, . at;e.' pnaeivbar Vsaltyj be sxjaiiej. fire c : and . we; arp.,JrrcUud to believe that there is fire under neath -tite cover.: .The Leader has been a friend to "these indmtriaJ in thl?P of stituticn ever since thry were first inaugurated, but if deemed necessary Let developments come, as they will come we hope for the ultimate bene fit of these colleges. West IV itit Leader. Crowded Conditions Around Depots Mr. R. S. Norman is heading a movement to get the railroad . com mission to take .some action toward relieving the crowded cotml tions about the depot during the shipping season. The comimissioner from this district has prom-ised tto visit Hazlj hurst and sec the situation and Mr. Norman thinks something will be done in -the near future. Durit g the shipping season last spring; it was almost impossible tio handle the trad because of this situation The ship ping this spring will be considerably larger tfhan last spring and something ought to be d'one. He has secured a large petition to the commission' to have the railroad company appear before it on the iSth of tins month and Mr. Norman and others will go before the commission on that date to push the ;aticr. Hazlehurst Courier. At'- fh-e request of the -President, Admiral Converse has prepared a lenghty defence of the United States navy. The Admiral replies to tho critics who recently have attacked the construction of the battles-nips and says they are speaking frm lim ited knowledge. The American navy is compared with fhose ( the prin cipal European navies and the Ad miral declares that for its size it is the best in the world. Congress will give ics time this week to tiills already before :t. The Senate will continue its consideration of tjhe financial bill, while the 'no'.-;c will proceed with tr-z appr"opiation bills. Senator Aldridh, who has charge of the financial bill in the Senate is confident that a vote will be reached without unnecessary de lay. As soon as it beicfomes apparent that debate is practically exhausted, he will ask that-a day .he fixed for taking a vote bin the 'measure. He is fcopefitl of securing" a ballot by tlie close of tHe present mounth. f lA- decision in the hit instituted by i i toefc jnh e IlU rtois C n r il-tdom pany . at the annual meeting of that corpo ration it expected to- be .announced hi Chicago Thursday.