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were only able to recover it by ; lone' and elaborate search. Then, ' after we escaped from tlic reeds and swamps, we found ourselves ' upon stony uplands where the spoor was almost impossible to follow. : Striking their, spoor again on softor ground we followed thorn down across great valleys wherein trees grew sparsely, which valleys were separated from each other by ridges of high and barren land. On 8: these belts of rocky soil our diffi i culties were great, but here twice we were tfut on tho right track by I I more fragments from the dress of Inez. At length we lost the spoor alto gether; not a sign of it was to be found. We had no idea which way to go. "All about us appeared these valleys covered with scattered .bush running this way and that, so that we knew not which of them to fol low or to cross. This thing seemed hopeless, for how could we expect to find a little body of men in. that immensity? Hans shook his head and even the fierce and steadfast Robertson was -discouraged. I walked to the top of the rise where we were encamped, and sat down alone to think matters over. Our condition was somewhat par lous. All our beasts were now dentl and had been eaten, for of late we had met with little game The Strathmuir men, who now mustcarry the loads, were almost worn out and doubtless would have deserted, except for the fact that there was no place to which -they could go. Even the Zulus were dis couraged, and said they had corao away from home across the Great Hivor to fight, not to run about in wildernesses and starve. Plans, however, remained cheer ful, for the reason, as he remarked vactiouslv, that the Great Medicine was with us and that therefore, however bad things seemed to be, all in fact was well; an argument that carried no conviction to my soul. It was one evening toward sun set that I went away hus alone. 1 looked about me, east and west and north. Everywhere appeared the same bushclad valleys and barren -ises. miles upon miles of them. I lethought me of the map that old Zikali had drawn in the ashes and remembered that it showed these .valleys and rises and that beyond them there should be a great swamp, and beyond the swamp a mountain. So it seemed that we were on the right road to the home of his whito Queen, if such a per son existed, . But at this time I was not troub ling my head about white queens. I was thinking of poor Inez. That she was alive a few days before we knew from the fragments of her dress. But whore was she now 7 I stared about me helplessly, and as I did so a flying-ray of light from ' the setting sun fell upon a white patch on the crest of one. of- tho distant land waves- It struck mo that probably limestone outcropped at this spot; also that such a patch of white would be a convenient guide for any who were travelling across that sea' of bush. Further, some instinct within seemed tc pel me to steer for it, although I , had almost made up my mind to go many points more to the east. So, next morning I headed north by west; laying my course for that white patch, and for the first timo breaking the straight line of our advance. Captain Robertson, whose temper had not been bettered by prolonged and frightful anxiety, or by his unaccustomed total absti nence, Ssked me rather roughly, why I was' altering the course. "Look .here, Captain." I answered, "if we were at sea and you did something of the sort, I should not put such a question to you, and if by any chance I did, I should not ' expect you to answer. Well, by your own wish I am in command here and I think that the same ar gument holds," "Yes," he replied, "I suppose you have studied your chart, if there is any of this God-forsaken country, and at any rate discipline is disci pline. So steam ahead and don't mind me." Tho others accepted my decision without comment; most of them were so miserable that they did not care which way we went, also they were good enough to repose confi dence in my judgment. Well, we started for my white patch of stones which no one else had noticed and of which 1 said $L- ' "Next he staggered about, 'Wtiir waving his hands, cursing V and shouting." nothing to anyone, and reaching It by the following evening, to find, as I expected, that it was a lime outcrop. By now we were in a poor way, for we had practically nothing loft to eat. which did not tend to raise the spirits cf the party. Also that lime outcron proved to be an unin teresting spot overlooking a wide valley which seemed to suggest that there wore other valleys of a similar sort beyond it, and nothing more. Captain Robertson sat stern faced and despondent at a distance, muttering into his beard, as had become a habit with him. Umslopo gaas leaned upon his axe and con templated tho heavens, also occa sionally the Strathmuir men, who hands, and with his antique derby hat, pointed glistening shoes and coat too short in the sleeves, made an excellent repre sentation of a Kansas farmer in for to se9 the show, while Jones, with his baggy corduroy suit nnd rough, brown shirt, cer tainly did look tho schoolboy trying to look tough. Furthermore, tho outer appearance of the guileless pair was substantiated when tho saloonkeeper discovered that neither of them would touch anything stronger than sarsaparilla. "Why sars-parilly?" he asked one o them. "Oh, the word sounds so good," he re plied, and soon the whole town was chuck ling ovpr this explanation. But this fooling turned out to be costly, for when my negroes came In arid Jet set them to work some of the citizens of Ani mas sent a letter to the foreman stating that he'd better pay the blacks off and got 'em out of town. "Wo ain't never had no niggers and we don't want none," they said. Jet paid no attention to this, but some of the negroes came to him for their pay, pay ing that they had been abused by the town folk. "You go ahead," he said. "I'll see that you're not harmed," and under the Influence of his voice they went back to their trenches, but they rolled affrighted i cowered beneath his eye. Tho Zulus squatted about sharing such snuff as remained to them in eco nomic pinches. Goroko, the witch doctor, engaged himself in consult ing his "spirits" by means 'of bono throwing upon the humble subject of whether or no we should suc ceed in killing any game for food for to-morrow, a point on which I gathered that his "spirit" was quite uncertain. In chort, the gloom was deep and universal and the sky looked as though It were going to rain.' Plans became sarcastic. Sneak ing up to me in his most aggravat ing way. like a dog that means to steal something and cover up the theft with simulated affection, he pointed out, ono by one, all tho disadvantages of our present posi- pyes and spoke in half-whispers as they worked. Jones and I were in Colorado, where we had another big project, and that left Jet facing the situation alone. It was observed that he was more the man of action and less the tenderfoot on week days. His worn slouch hat, laced boots and rough shirt dignified him, and thoso who saw him in action allowed he was pretty much of a man after all. However, the resentment of certain citizens was swift to find expi'esslon and on the morning of the fourth day. as Jet came down to the gulch, he found his men all btanding in excited groups around a tion, indicating ner contra 'that If hi3 advice had been followed, his conviction was that even if we had not found the maneators and res cued the lady called Sad-Eyes, ojr state would have been quite differ ent, since he was sure tltat the val ley which he had suggested we should follow was one full of game, inasmuch as he had seen' their spoor at its entrance. "Then why did you not say so?" I asked. Hans sucked at his empty corn cob pipe, which was his way of in dicating that he would like me to give him some tobacco, much as a dog groans heavily under tho table when he wants a bit to eat, and answered that it was not for him to point out things to ono who knew overything like the great death's-head warning which read like this: Any nigger found In this county after to-morrow night will wish he was a dog. Get out, every one of you! Jet saw that tho time had come for de cisive action. He called tho blacks around him. "Go on with your work," said he. "This placard Is a bluff. It's the work of a few sots and hoodlums. The law will protect you. Jf it don't, I will! Get to work." Tho negroes had no faith in the officers of tho law. They were thoroughly alarmed and" several of them declared their inten tion to quit. To them Jet said: "Well, now, you're under contract to "I was!" said a man wearin' a Mexican hat. "You tech that playcard and I'll kill you!" r.i moft Tnfrmnflonal Feature Service. Inc. Great Britain IUshU ncserrcd. Watcher-by-Night, his honored mas ter. At that moment I confess that much as I was attached to him I should have liked to murder Hans, who, I felt, believing that ho had mo on toast, to use a vulgar phrase, was taking advantage of my posi tion to make a mock of me In his sly, Hottentot way. I tried to continue to look grand, but felt that the attitude did net impress. Then I stared about me as though taking counsel with the heavens, devoutly hoping that tho heavens would respond to my mute ' appeal. As a matter of' fact they did. "There," I said, in my most icy voice, "is my reason, Hans," and I pointed to a faint line of smoke rising against the twilight sky on the further side of the Intervening valley. "You will perceive, Hans," I added, "that those Amahagger can nibals have forgotten their caution and lit a fire yonder, which they have not done for a long time. Per haps you would like to know why this has happened. If so I will tell you. It is because for some days past I have purposely 4lost their spoor, which they thought we were following, and lit fires to puzzle them. Now, thinking that they had done with us. they have become in cautious and shown us where they are. That Is my reason, Hans." He heard and stared at me till I thought his little eyes were going to drop out of his head. But even in his admiration he contrived to convey an impertinence as only a native can, "How wonderful is the Great Medicine of tho Opener of Roads, that it should have been able thus to instruct the Baas," he said. "Without doubt the Great Medicine Is right and yonder those men eaters are encamped, who might Just as well have been anywhere else within a hundred miles." "Curse tho Great Medicine" I re plied, but beneath my breath, then added, aloud: "Be so good. Hans, as to go to "Umslopogaas and to tell him that Macumazahn, or, the Great Medi cine, proposes to march at once to attack the camp of the Amahagger, and here is some tobacco." "Yes, Baas," answered Hans, humbly, as he snatched the to bacco and crept away like a worm. Tho end of it was that within an hour we were creeping across that stay, and if you leave camp before I get Into touch with the company you won't get a cent. I'll wire the company the whole situation, and if they say for you to go I'll pay you all off with my blessing." The boldest of them went back to work, and Jet wired the condition of affairs to me and asked for orders. "The citizens aro dead agin the blacks," he said, "and things are owly kore," he added, "but I reckon I can hold the fort if you say so." Qf course I had no way of knowing how tense the situation was, but Jones did, and ho trusted Jet. He replied: "Exhaust all peaceable means but hold the forL We will back you in anything you do. Will touch up Animas authorities to protect you." This authorization did not reach Jet till late in the afternoon, and by this time the news of the banishment had spread and the saloons were filled with loafers In full en joyment of the action of tho "citizens' com mittee." It's wonderful to see how tho promise of violence will stir up a town. Of course the authorities disclaimed all sym pathy with the spirit of this placard, and professed themselves unable to discover the authors of it, but thoy were half-hearted. "All right," said Jet, "but you can spread tho news that I'm here to protect my men." The blacks besought him to bo very care ful. "They goin kill you sho'!" It was about sunset when he went down to the corral to rope his horse. He was saddling it when a couple of cattlemen rodo up. One of them entered the corral, but tho other, a long-whiskered citizen, watched In a casual klud of way, whlro Jet cinched bis restless horse, swung into his saddle and rode away. The beast (as is the nature of these bronchos) began to buck, just to mako sure his rider could stay on, nnd kept at it with vicious fury for forty rods or so, then quieted down and loped .away resignedly. "Who was that buster?" asked whiskers who was a stranger in the town. The other man, who had been busy with his own horse and had seen nothing of Jet's Wild West Show, replied contemptu ously: "Oh, that was the tenderfoot fore man of this water company. Pie's the 'farmer that brought these niggers In." "Former?" said the other man. "Well, if you think that man is a farmer you want to reviso your notion of him. If ho wasn't raised on tho range, and raised wild, I'll eat my hat. I've seen him before. I can't jest place him. but don't make no mistake, he's an experienced citizen and any job he's obligated in will go through." Meanwhile, with his riflo in its holster (just where it could be most conveniently handled) and with liia revolver at the proper point on his side, Jet rode calmly along, tearing down the warnings, putting up in their places a poster of his own, of fering fivo hundred dollars reward for in formation leading to the discovery of the men who had assaulted his black foreman. valley toward the spot where I had 1 il seen tho line of smoke rising jJ against tho twilight sky. H Somewhere about midnight wo IH reached the neighborhood of thiB H place. How near or how far we H wero from it we could not tell, sinco the moon was invisible and,' H of course, the smoke was in the IH dark. Now the question was, what i should we do? Obviously there J jH would be enormous advantages in j a night attack, or, at least, in locat- IH ing the enemy, so that it might bo IH carried out at dawn before he jH marched. IH After a hurried consultation, it H was agreed that Hans and I should H go forward and see if we could lc Ijf cato the Amahagger. Robertson wished to come, too, but I pointed put that he must remain to look after his people, who, if he left rn- M them, might take the opportunity . M to molt away ' in the darkness. Also if anything happened to me H it was desirable that one white IH man should remain to lead the H party. Umslopogaas, too, volun-i , H teered. but knowing his character I declined his help. To tell tho H truth, I was almost certain that it IH we came upon the maneaters he i would accomplish a fine -but futile i IH end after hacking clown a number IH of savages, whoso extinction or es- ' IH cape was absolutely immaterial to ', ) jH tho rescue of Inez. H So it came about that Hans and H I started alone, I, to tell the truth, not at all onjoying the job. I sup- H pose that there lurks in my nature H some of that primeval terror of the H - dark which must continually have haunted our remote forefathers of H a hundred or a thousand genera- H tions gone and still lingers in the i H blood of most of us. I think that Hans guessed niy state of mind, since he suggested that he should go alone, adding, with his usual veiled rudeness, that he was quite certain that he' would do much better without me, since white men always made a "Yes," I replied, determined to IH givo him a Roland for his Oliver. "I have no doubt you would crawl under the first bush you "-.tie across, where you would sleep till dawn, and then return and say that you could not find the Amahaggar." Hans chuckled, quite appreciat ing the joke, and having thus mu tually affronted each other we started on our quest jH To Be Continued V " 0 , Copyrlgt, 1010, By Sir U. nider Jlaseaftf-.,;- J I A Case of Bill Posting"" By Hamlin Garland I W HEN I took the job of building the Las Animas dam tho country boast m ed of its freedom from negroes. Mexicans there were (in moderation) and plenty of Texas cowmen and ex-cowmen, together with exiles from Arkansas and Mississippi but as all these bow-legs jmd hair-hung gunmen were not much good irhen" it came to lifting a mountain stream ; out of its deep bed in order to put a dam inder it I had to induce another kind of jnmigrant. Jones (his name wasn't Jones, but we'll ; call him that), a small, blond, boyish-man from Chicago, was my engineer, a "con ' suming engineer" his cook once said In de scription of hira. He looked like a college sophomore, but he had been everywhere I J and had solved all sorts of "problems." He had built cyanide mills In Colorado, &m experimental coke plants in Illinois, elec flf trlcal railways in Ohio. He had investi-' I j gated Innumerable mines, and had passed j through three labor wars. I He knew men all kinds of men and I I 1 let him choose his own foremen. No lazy, I half-hearted service would do for Jones, I ; and when he went Into camp above Animas I ' ho took Jet Whitlow as his superintendent I of Hip cradlnc crew. I ' Jet had helped us through with two or I ' three "rough propositions," and was to be I ! trusted. He was a tall, flat-chested cuss I with extraordinarily long arms and a lank, I expressionless face, but he was strong as I a mule. The camp had been in place sev I oral days when Jones and I arrived on I Sunday morning and the first thing I saw ,B as I entered the tent was Jet cleaning a jH jjalr of patent leather shoes. H "What's the meaning of that?" I asked. BH "You aren't going to wear those shoos, are H you?" H "Oh, yes. this town has put Jones and D mo up for a brnce of Eastern tenderfeet, flfl and I thought we might as well look the H part," replied Jet. and passed quietly to - SI the job of renovating a rusty, "hard" hat, , SFa which had seen much service on the plains area of utah. aPf This appealed to my sense of humor, for 3J Jones told me Jet had never been in a city (ga In his life As cowboy, miner, rancher, JriS Mage-driver, sawmill operator and several 3p other things (Including the position of Eher,ff anrt cIty mar3nal) he'd been to ;Ja busy to "go Eaat." "So I'm a tenderfoot, am I?" 3 Jet went on, "Yes, they've got you sized M as a brand new college graduate, nephew of tho Company," here ho grinned W tt me, "and I must say you fill the eyo that '. Jones was delighted. "All right, I'll try j to look my part," said he. A As ve went about town the citizens ked and nudged one another. "Well, look at that! Did ye ever see such a bunk -4 time as them two is playing on that East . 4 tm capitalist? It is astonishing what fools tf:i millionaires can be 3end a little Sunday . -i tchool scholar into a job like this." Vl certainly made a comical team. Jet towered over Jones full two broad Well, naturally, that started things. In less than an hour half the men and boys in Animas were on tfthe street watching him as he rode from point to point. There was something admittedly impressive in the man's fool bravery, ne fellow owned vM up to me afterward, for It would have been easy to have shot him from a corner. Stark courage like that is rather awe-in- spiring. The picture of that solitary, IH intent, unhurried horseman, doing his duty appealed to the better class of citizens with growing power, though they were too IH much afraid of the "committee" to say so. The saloons were full of men discussing it. "Nobody but a fool tenderfoot would do such a thing. He ought to be killed!" The whiskered cattleman scratched his chin. "I've seen that citizen before he's a bad man tojool with, I'm dead sure of Meanwhile Jet had wiped out all of the warnings around the camp, except one that was tacked to a pole in front of the biggest saloon in town. This he purposely left to tho last, for in and around this resort the dangerous characters of the town had gathered and the word had gone round that , if he tried to tear that down he'd end right there. Tho sidewalk was crowded as he rode calmly up and slipping from his horse 11 started for the placard. "Let that play-card alone!" called a harsh voice. "You touch that pole and you'll get hurt." Jet turned and those who stood near him gave way under the cold gleam of his eyes he had a signifying eye as I can testify. IH "Was anybody speaking to me?" he H asked, quiet and polite. "I was!" said a man wearing a Mexican IH hat, "You tech that placard and I'll kill ! For answer Jet reached out with his right hand, snatched the poster from the polo. "Now make good!" said he. H There was an Instant's hush a silence H in which some of the men held their breath IH while Jet's gray eyes punched straight Into H the face of the chap who had made the loud H noise- Finally Jet said: "I'm not in the a habit of taking orders from rustlers liko H you. Give mo your gun." Tho big fellow H gave It to him like a babe giving up a rattle. "These blacks are under my protection," H he says, "and the 'man who interferes with H them will need a coroner." H "Why. hello, Jet," called out a hearty voice, and the visiting cattleman stepped H out of the crowd. "1 couldn't just place ye before." H Jet's face lightened. "I got you now," he said. "You're the feller that helped me bring in UtalrPete." H 'The same," laughod tho other man, H "but you had a beard then." He turned to H tho crowd. "Tho joke is on you boys, this 'tenderfoot' is the kind that nil Hades can't scare. I'd advise you to treat him quite respectful." H The opposition died right there.