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ON THE PATH BELOW.
I reached Burton's in the mountains beyond Bristol, late in the evening, hav ing, as usual, blundered about the traiL The cabin stood just off the road, and all around it was silent and dark. It has always been a wonder tliat his dogs did not attack me. He had three, and they were as cross and crabbed as old bears. They came running down the trail to meet me, growling and barking, but as soon as they came up they made friends. They were playing around me when I stood in front of the cabin and called: "Ilello! you! Hello! Hello!" In about a minute a voice answered: •'Who is yer, an' what's wanted?" "Stranger in search of lodgings." IIo seemed to doubt it, for he made no immediate reply. After a long minute I heard a woman arguing: "1 tell you he must be all right. If he wasn't them dogs would hev devoured him!" "Wall, come in!** called the man, and I stumbled along to the cabin to find him in the half open door with his rifle rn his hands. My explanations soon sat isfied him that I was all right, and he struck a light, piled some blankets in a corner and said: "Stranger, that's the best lop I kin fix ye off hand. Jist tumble down and uoan' worry about nothin'." 1 was soon fast asleep, having nothing to keep me awake. Right in the heart of the grim old mountain—among peo ple whose faces I had only glanced at— among men who settle their disputes with Knife or bullet—entirely at their mercy and in their power if they wanted to rob or kill—and vet there was no cause to be afraid. When you are the guest of a mountaineer you are safe. Next morning I found the family to consist of husband, wife and three chil dren. The eldest of he three children was a boy of 12, who had killed his bear and was a dead shot. As soon as I had looked around me 1 knew that a distil lery could be found near by. After breakfast Burton pumped me for a few minutes, sized me up in his mind as "O. K." and said: "Come up with me and see the boys. And I want to tell you that we've bin ex pecting visitors fur the last two days, an' we may hev a scare befo' night." "What sort of visitors?" "United States chaps arter our still. They've had a spy in yere lying to lo cate it. We saw liim twice yesterday." There were three other men at the still, which was iiidden away in a dark and rugged ravine, approached by a footpath which could be ambushed at every rod. All the corn was "toted" on the men's back over this path, and the kegs of whisky were slung to a poie and carried I ween two men. The still was perfect, i.i.i small, and in the live or six months it f.:ul been in operation the men had not i_uide the wages of mechanics. I asked one of them how long since he had had a five dollar bill, and he squinted liis eyes, counted his lingers, scratched his head, and finally replied "Wall, stranger, you may remember the battle of Stone Iiiver?" "Yes." "A right smart ago, wasn't it?" "Yes twenty-five years ago." "Wall, jist arter that fight I had a five-dollar bill, and that's the fust and last time." What money they made by illicit dis tilling went for boots and shoes, clothing of the plainest kind, tinware, tobacco and tea. One of them had liad three pounds of brown sugar in his house within a year. The others had not had an ounce one had not tasted tea, coffee, sugar, wheat bread or fresh meat (out side of wild meat) for over'two years. The still was about a mile from the house. If any stranger came by the trail one of the dogs was sent up the ravine with a piece of cloth tied to his neck. Half way between the two, as I discovered later on, was another path intersecting. This came out of another ravine, and was used by the men only occasionally. The boy was stationed at this intersec tion to watch both paths and give an alarm if danger threatened. It was about 11 o'clock in the morning when he came running in and said: "Spy coming, pop!" Then an instantaneous and terrible change took place in the bearing of the men. We had been lying about at ease, every man seemingly having a heart full of kindness, but this announcement started a blazing fire in every eye, set every jaw, and I could see desperation in each face. It needed no handwriting on the wall to tell me that the spy would be wiped off the face of the earth with out compunction if discovery threatened. Burton reckoned to me, made a signal to the others which they understood, and we climbed up the rugged faceof a rock, ran for a quarter of a mile over broken ground which was well wooded, and then suddenly halted at a spot overlook ing the second path and high above it. Burton made mc a sign as he crouched down beside a large rock, and cautiously approaching I looked down into the ra vine and saw a solitary man—the spy. Ho was coming up the path. If he ncssed the spot where we were stationed hid scent alone would locate the still. "Click! Click!" "Good heavens! but you are not going to shoot him!" I whispered to Burton as ho cocked his rifle. He half turned to look at me. His face was as hard set as iron. "For the sake of earning a few dollars ho would see us starve!" he replied. "He knows his danger. Let him pass this rock and I will shoot him!" I dared say no more. Burton was des perate and determined. We looked down at an angle of forty five degrees on the spy. You could have told that he was a spy bv his actions. He had the gait of an Indian bent on a surprise. He looked about him like one' who expected the whistle of a bullet at any moment. He came slowly on. Could I signal him? No! He was not looking up, but around him. Coming—coming—coming—advanc ing at a steady pace towards death. Would Burton shoot? He already had -the man covered. Thump! thump! thump! It was my heart jiounding away like a pile driver. It would .be murder. I would be accessory. If 1 dared to shout Thank God! Was it the fall of a frag ment of rock up on the mountain side, or the hoarse call of the great buzzard rbiswill ied above us which made the spy halt tracks? Ten feet' more and a finger press the trigger. He peers way and that—be looks up and ground—he starts to advance, but halts one craving for him— X? •H-Ur, again. .... .... has he a guardian angel who whispers a warning? It is two minutes—two minutes which tick away so slowly that they seem to be hours in length. I lean against the great rock, almost gasping for breath, while Burton has his eye at the sights and his finger ready to pulL It is a tableau on the threshold of death. It is a pantomime at the edge of a grave. "Go back! Go back!" 1 entreat in mind to the spy. He removes his hat. wipes his brow and is evidently anxious. "If you value your life go back!" I would fain say. He looks around him like one who feels danger in the very air. "You will be shot if you advance! Hear and heed the warning!" The warning reached him by that mys terious channel which the human mind has not fathomed. 1 saw him start' in fear, and then, seeming entirely against his will, he turned short about and al most ran as he hurried up the path and out of sight. "H'm! Ile'un has got off this time, shure," said Burton, as he rose up and let the hammer of his rifle down. "You would have killed him?" I asked. "Dead as this rock!" "It would have been murder." "Then let he'un keep away from yere!" —M. Quad in Detroit Free Press. BROKEN HEARTS. Tbere are broken hearts to the world today. Though smiling faces bide them They pass and repass on the old bighway. With stiflfd grict beside them. The wau, white face of the woman who knows That she must wander apart From the soul vvlieiv not even pity glows. With a pmuii hut broken heart. There are broken hearts in the world today. Beneath warm furs and laces: Bleak December gnaws at those hearts, though May Smiles in the dauntless faces. 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