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v SYNOPI l. Rhot A steam as n , the alrre r. * wt~~l" ht nt l L eud m reat een spe di tse to the a 0. uIZ.tgr en sis tier waob et the . CHAP'R Viii. (contm se.) Siae was' the went thaey be ad .The booke obstralets of t wh way made therds Ir hre1 slow.a tnatrily ti alfut ha d, they .ad not tacker d bp a Ihtfull ad thero had g They camped that alsht far dows the mo andto the the moro - mg iseart. wich ewroeg Meaid latv goer eoer. they rescumed bther ear About after a thre sllecond depthe the st em now brosdfen sad made0 Ssudd turn a afore it plud eked over eowb of th. girl Stl perh Vp. (two hundred.) Stever the y west they i olled dir qeted. I the broken obtrtlod thof the way made their progress slow. theyt twould hey wouldo so. Withd overstil ordtnarily 3m half a day, they bad not traversed by nghatedll anbredth they climbed soe nothing. They camped that might tr dover the clos sad sor the mor , with hearts gryowing heavier aled ben hour. they reat pumesd thcaugr ht theirch. Abeyet oo made their second day to ey Its a b a Immene sly." exclaimre he e brutenow browas bdttened ared madeout of a smbddln turn before It plungethatd ot waser a farthell on trhape two humend caught st ddto tenly ot as the end of blueth. Kir quest. If they did not Sad her there they would o ve tor do so. W his ha still .hand srtatlyd bted breath the cliambed cIt ovwasr the losweter, am and swertsed t. brownish dgray patch conce. The old beneathook his hgread.t plt caught their eye. They made their way to It. "It's a b's,, a big GrIzzly." exclaim ed Klrkby. T"e huge brute was battered out to the emblance of lite, but that It where a Grizzly Bear was clearly evident. Further on the two men caught sight suddenly of a dash of blue. Klrkby stepped over to It, lifted It in his hand sad silently extended It to laitland. .It was a sweater, a woman's sweater. They recognised It at once. The old man shook his head. Maitland groan. .4 aloud. "See yere," said KLirkby pointing to the rasged sad tern garment where I I. I 4 a It Wa a Wmma's Swintsr. .wMmces d dbetsI * ws w b 00 i Td =.' aW YbC t m W wvi.wr vi * ~ mhim' eýtMt1. -r "in `wshb "We mt some b-ack with dynamiSte to beak up this Jam and--" "Yes" seded the ed man, "we'll do al that, t course. bat ew. after we search this jam o' logs I guess there's nothia' to do but o back, an' the quikeor we git back to the settle mnet, the quicker we a sit heck herae. I think we can strike acreet the mountains an' save a day as' a ha; there's no need of as gola' beck up the cas now., I take it." "No," answered the other. "the quicker the better, as you say, sad we can head o George and the oth ers that way." They searched the ile eagerly. pry. tIg under it peering lnto it, upsetting It, so far a they could with their asked hands, but with little result for they found othing else. They had to amp another day, and sext 'iorlag they harried straight over the moa taias, reachinl the settlement slmost as soon as the others. Maitland with furious esrgy at oae organised a re list party. They hurried back t tthe logs, tore the jam to pieces, searched It carefully and found nothing. To drag the lake was Impossible. It was hundreds ct feet deep and while they worked it frose. The weather had cheaged some days before. beavy saows had already fallen; they had to get out of the mountains without further delay or else he frosea up to die. Thea sad not till then did Malt land give up hope. He had refrained from irling to Philadelphia. but when he reached a telegraph line some ten days after the cloudburst, he seat a long message eait, breaking to his brother the awful tidlngs. And In all that they did he sad Klrkby, two of the shrewdest and most experlenced of mea, showed with singular exactitude bow easy it is for the wisest and most capable of men to make mistakes, to leave the plain trail, to fall to deduce the truth from the facts presented. Yet It is dificult to point to a fault in their reasoning, or to ind anything left un done in the search! Enid had started down the canon; near the end of it they had discovered one of her garments which they could not conceive say reason for her tak Iag ofl. It was near the battered body of one of the blgooest Grsles that either man had ever seen, It had evi dence of blood stainas upon it; still, th 18 lwr beoil. but ti., Vwar - W _ini isaws tehe w a glel remm therr~ tLw b~L wt. WI th hIalU atump3 am th .NS as r tb., bad astss 8..i bar am* agpem*li Wa on Saeinbme ba ts I.wls4rs to ~-- m arcs St h~L t ~r- N Mho me A _i Nom. V ý breakfast whe the uard df Mr. James Armstrlmg do Colorado was handed to S"This. I s oe" he thought test 11. "Is oe at the results of Eaid's wanderings nat, that God-forsake lad. Did you ask the man his buhd s, James?" e said aloud to the ootmaL. "Yes, s. He said he wasted to oe you on Important busIness, and whea I made bold to ask him- what bss. aess, he said It was aone of mine, sad for me to take the message to you. sir." "Impudent," growled Mr. Maltland. "Yes. sir, but he is the kind ot a gentlema you don't talk back to, sir." "Well, you so back and tell bim that you have given me his card, ad I should like to know what be wishes to see me about, that I am ver busy this morning andsaess It Is a mat ter of tmportaace-you understandT" "Yes, sir." I suppose now I shall have the whole west unloaded upon me; every vagabond friesd of Robert's sad peo pie who meet REad." he thought. but his reveries were shortly laterrupted by the returon o the man. "It you please, sir," bega James hesitatingly, as e reentered the room, "he says his business Is about the young lady, sir." "Confound his impudence!" ex. cliimed Mr. Maitland, more and more annoyed at what he was pleased to characterise mentally as western as surance. "Where Is he1" "In the ball. sir." "Show him Into the library and say I shall be down In a moment." "Very good, sir." It was a decidedly wrathful Individ ual who confronted Stephen Maitland a few moments afterward In the Ui brary, for Armstrong was not accus tmoed to such cavalier treatment, and had Maltland been other than Raid's father he would have given more out ward expression at his Indignatlon over the discourtesy In hbls reception. "Mr. James Armstrong. I believe," began Mr. Maitland. looking at the ard In his hand. "Yes, sir." "Er-from Colorado?" "And proud of IL" "Ah, I dare say. I believe you wish. ed to see me about-" "Your daughter, sir." "And in what way are you concer ed about her, sir?" I wish to make her my wits." "Great God!" exclaimed the older man in a voice equally divided be tween horror and astealshmeat "How dare you. sir? You amase me beyond measure with your infernal lmpudence." "Excuse me, Mr. Maitland," nlater posed Armstrong quickly sad with great spirit and determination. "but where I come from we don't allow anybody to talk to as In this way. You are Eald's ttbher and a much old er man than I, but I can't permit you to-" "8ir," said astounded Maitland. drawing himself up at this bold leat ing. "you may be a very worthy young man, I have no doubt of it, but it is out of the question. My daughter-" Again a less excited beare might have noticed the emphasis tthe pro noun "Why, she is bhal-way engaged to me *now," tnterrupted the younger man with a oertain contemptuous amusement in his voese. "Look here, Mr. Maitland, I've knocked around this world a good deal I know what's what. I know all about you eastern people and I dan't hfancy y say more than you fancy as. Miss Raid is quitt unspolled yet sad that is why I want her. I' well able to take care of heb, too; I doa't know what you've got or how you got It, but I ean come near laying down dollar for dollar with you, and ine's all clean money -mines. attle lumber-ead ft all good monse. I made t myself. I left her two weeks ago with her premise that she would think very seriusly of my salt. After I esme bck to Dea ver-i was called east-I mad. up my mind that Id come here whee rd - shed my balanese and have it out with yea New yoe can treat me like a dog Itf yr want to, but if you expect to be peace in the famiy ypou'd bet. ter mt, for I tell plainlytr. whethe ye- give your seset or et. I mesa to vwi her. All I want is her emseat. and rv prtty nealy at thatL Mr. Stephea Maktiad was black with eager at this dear, emqlveeal determined statement of the ase from Armatres's peint er view. "I wud rather ee her dead." he e .lam with agy stbb ae. thn marreto a ma ye. new dare yso are persif lat my hem set i me an this way? Were I pet an a map I weal hw ye I wadd gt a .u tte at year anwn mame ." The ld mwpae Aftoa measeeb f r erwed sal w hae eswed tIn wer to ae ewere -ed l es b rd at ab is epe Me "os Mi asre ** redder eth ver. The two cont ro et other unischdl for a t 'it Mr. Matisand -h.ed ·a hswt bl in the wall by side. InatanWly the footman made appearane, Jm.mes." sad the el man, his vol. Sand his bmse trembllng with ' on. which be dad not quite sue to costrolMg, despite a deeper 0 effort. "sw this--er-gentle /n the door. Goeo mornlas. sir; our ..t and last intervlew is over." He bowed with esremonlous polite m as he spoke, beselnng more and More composd as he felt himself aistering the sitesdos. And Arm .oa.g, to do him )mtlee. knew a gsa dlman when he aw bhim, and secretly admired the older-mas and began to sel a touch of shame at his own rude way of putting thigs. "Beg pardon. sir." said the footman. reaking the awkward silence. "but tre is a telegram that has Just come, There was nothing for Armstrong to do or say. Indeed, having epressed himsel so unrestrainedly to his rapid .-Increasing regret, a the old man took the telegram be turned away in sonsiderable dlsebmAtnre. James bow -ig before him at the door opening into the hall and following him as he slowly passed out. Mr. Stephen Malt. d mechanically and with reat de. bleration sad with no premoaltion of evil tidinas, tore open the yellow .e velope and glanced at the dispatch. Neither the visitor nor the footman had got out of ight or hearing when they heard the old man groan and fall back helplessly into a chair. Both men turned and ran back to the door. for there was that in the exclamation which gave rise to instant apprehen sion. Stephen Maitland now, as white as death, sat collapsed na the chair gasping for breath, his hand on his heart; the telegram lay open on the -oor. Armstrong recognlsed the es .ousness of the situation, and in three steps was by the other's side. "What is it'" he asked eagerly, hibl hatred and resentment vanishing at the llght of the old man's hastly. stricken countenance. "Eild!" gasped her father. "I said I would rather see her-dead, but-it is act true-i James Armstrong was a man of prompt decision, without a moment' hesltation be picked up the telegram; It was full of explicity, thus it read: "We were encamped last week In the mountains. Eald went down the canon fur a day's fishing alose. A sud den cloudburst ailed the canoe. wash. ed away the camnp. ald andoeubted ly got caught In the torrent sad was drowned. We have found some of her clothing, but not her body. Have searched every foot of the canon. Think body has got Into the lake, now frosen, mow falling, mountains im passableo; will search for her in the spring when the wlnter breaks. I am following this telegram ln person by the first train. Would rather have died a thousand deaths than had this happen. God help us. "ROBERT MAITLAND." Armstrong read It, stared at I a moment, rowning heavily, passed It over to the footman sad turned to the stricken father. "Old man, I loved her." e said, sImply. "I love her still; I belleve that she loves me. They haven't found her body. clothes mesa soth lag. I'll Ind her. Ill search the moun tals untll I do. Don't give way; something tells me that she's asve, sad Ill and bher." "If you do" said the broken old man crushebod by the swift sad awful response to his thoughtles8 oelama tis, ".and she loves you yo shall have her for your wife." "It doesn't need that to make me find r." answered Armstrong grim ly. "she is a woman, lost tn the man ta-su In the wlnter, alone. They shouldn't have given up the ssrek. Il flad her as there a Gaed ahee me whether she's for me or nset." A good deal of a man, this James Armstrong of Colorado, In epltq o many things hi s Wpt d which he theght so little that he lashed the greess to be ashamed of them. Stephe Matlsand looked at him with a eur tai respect and a growing hope. as e steoed thre In the library, stern. rwevl strees. CHAPTER IX. ever the Hle and PFr Away. reespgWo-e som ethe mam --g a n testan s m bae the w ne tea sattl peslles The am drew bast Id bao r . ev s or ses, as she IMt herself h br me kt ms meses bsls em sew mI esi g f her oagn ed ber . The neee pms seg tMenm a wh! t at hle o e .. ~l tie awmy u 'wo 4w -~ ~ I 5·4 the k bu as he spluba th.gh the crek msad tramp aorass .the rocks sa 'tres dowa the caas at least she had ait see. Ibl full bI. ut she reogalsu hi m Immedlmalyt. 'he theaght am4ad with color w a a. mest her palld cheek. -1 fe late the toreat" she soi febly, pttles her hband to her head sad sttrytes b speech to pet aside that aw.l remembrace. "Yr didat all Ia. was the aa swr. "It was a loudbuTst, you were aught Lt it." ". dild't hew." "Of course sat. how should you?" I bow os~m IE ner" 1 j I. vv C What s 1t1He Eae~ly "I was lOucky oemough to pil ya out" "Did you jump iate the IGoo far meT" The ma seddeo. "That's twis yeo hav saee ay uH. this day,." a the. girl. farelas seal, womaaulike to to topil that .be hated. "Its mothang." deprecated the eth. er." "It may be sothtag to yem. b t is a great dsl to ms." wu the sewe. "And now what Is ti be dee?" "We muot eat l here at eaas." sad the mas. Tea seed shelter. oed. a ar. Cas ys walk" "I de~t hnow." "LAt me help ye." es rose to his trt, reashed delm to ber teak her heas la thL sr grap at his own sad ras her l. tl to her feet t as eartleas w whi showed hsw great ,tre. g~, se did ot . see thus pt the wegt of her body sIghtp as left fat whbe a swas at pals sh4 eber. she sweved sad weal he o had be am esaght ber. He eat her getly s the "My sfet, she said pit oaW. -1 dust knew wherS the matter with it." M. high beets wre tightly laced. Seesrss, but he eelds me that her left feat had bees badly asuled er aspaI e: as the eader asmble awee as vilbtL. Bs mmia4 * No, aee So l It might be a sa , fit might be eb rel of ns wehbg ree truahe might aght ass ershed her bet, st therse wa s so - I tlate aI to asses. the premmt pe eat ws weM at that memeat lp1 the acre i !sus is get -lasp 1a shelter td he seammr is k re we.. . bhad not weakened. Now his eoiti desire was to get this woman whoa fortune-good or Ill--bad thrown upon his banad to his beaoe without delay. IThe was aothbng hbe old do for her out there In the Ils. Every drop of whiskey was gsn, the were Just two halfdrewned. sedkm bits of humanity cast up oa that rocky shor, and one was a helpless woman. "Do you know *bere your cam IsT he asked at last. He did not wish to take her to her ow camp. he had a strange nstit of possessio In he: In some way io felt be had obtatned a rl.ht to de.s with her a ko wem, h hsI iwEi hreje eudever, a/ vt hi Surw sand hlsadlhesio ehI ow s M r et0r to whieb he" waS r sO umhll.. wt's dews the .4m. I aka.rn4 M.The m1 tiiw 4 Rebet YM M0i..' wI bI "Hwe f~MarW YAM. s't .mI1aY ha, r a tea. here ts wheey ~ ebleku IIII L i mAboUt m bem r - - hl4 /if r la h '-- ' -u Iir~cu~ 'wUhe maes wlrthe.' mithe t :r be i ' leasrt o n an" hm ·rltmm am it te t M a no taw ,. naus mm, he.. .. ILrt thee.r w ap thee aq Roears wats. U here hesm wm away a tt, task at It. he plIY -- W rrw Llb WhMa -~r y h lat e s "Wht sashWo er .he had r ea d1ibshyt take prr is 'T am ei f tats u o o *5 alom is a a> l S " hlW4 w al th at huR'UR '' r1 her atas hes - -p3 -9.L3~ Irurri.