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Quarterbreed lilt* i"«* WSUcIM • ■ I.■*'«*• l !•• •'* —• i • I.Mik nlMUtt up the momitiihi. Tli . 1 tit* I not .vet UMikeil about When In • nine ilowm upon Him cre*t of the spur A large. uewly eus sinke save liim u hint where one of tin- upper corner.- ••f i!u* claim should In* located. ll* • ut Ills own stake, drove It. and tack. ••n om* of his legal notices. Anotliei -rake indicated tlie other upper corner, and he swiftly repeated the nuikinu <>f Ids own stake- and (Histing of tic uotlce. At the curb of the mine shaft In posted another notice. He was now in plain view from the cabin, but ••ill •• qlght of the watchers down on tin trail. On the terrace, us he was work ing the third stuke Into u bed of loos, rocks, he heard uu angry exclamation over ueur the cabiu. Dupont and Mn The Trader Reached for Hie Hevolver rle had couie around the end of tbi but Ming and were staring at him. It a frenzy of disappointed avarice. th< trader reached for his revolver Stll more swiftly Marie tlung herself upor him. •‘No! no! you shull not!" she cried “Leave It to him—he Is so near! Le' them play out the game!" Hardy ran across to cut his lasi stake. Between the ax-blows could hi heard the hoofbeats of a gallopim horse. He tacked the notice on chopped a small hole with his ux It the hard soil, and set It up. The mint was his own. CHAPTER XXII. The Owner of the Mine. At that moment Vandervyn loped ui over the edge of the terrace, waving his bat to Marie. Then he caught sight of Hardy, over beyond the girl, anr the exultant yell died on his lips, lit put the curb on his pony, and spnins off beside Dupont and the girl, his ftic. frightful with rag.-. Hls voice was high-pitched and light almost airy: “So—he cut across ufoot He thought to do me!” “Has. you mean!” snarled Dupont “Got hls notices posted. That’s hit last stake.” Vandervyn whirled and snatched hi* rifle front Its saddle sheath. Marlr caught her father's arm to drag hltr aside; but he was already backing away, hls eyes fixed apprehensively on Hardy. It was time for bullets tc come streaming from the automata pistol. Hardy could have drawn and opened Are while Vandervyn was free ing his rifle. To the astonishment of all throe. Hardy made no attempt to “get the drop” on his op|K>uent. Instead he slotted to advance upon Vand. rvyn at a quick, deliberate pace, hls hands hanging empty at hls sides, his face ■ aim and stern. “Put down that gun !” he command ed. Vandervyn was leveling the rifle. He took aim straight between Hardy's eyes. Hls finger kissed the trigger. The slightest twitch would huve sent the bullet crashing through Hardy’s bruin, and the slightest sign of fear or hesitancy on Hardy’s part would have caused that twitch. He was looking death In the face. Vandervyn was In a murderous fury. Yet Hardy came on—quick, steady, absolutely calm. Hls gaze passed above tbe deadly muzzle, along the foreshortened burrel. to the narrow lidded. bloodshot eyes of Vundervyn. Hls voice rang out again, clear uud sharp with authority : “Put dowu that rifle —put It down air !** The muscles of Vandervyn's neck twitched. Along the top of the barrel he was glaring back at Hardy—glar By Robert Ames Bennet mg into inos»* nazel eyes that iui . his fury with the clear, cool gaze ol absolute courage. The sheer nervt of that steady approach to his rifle, muzzle compelled him to pause. It disconcerted him; it struck u chill into the heat of hls frenzy. Still Hardy advanced, swift and ateady, hls gaze never so much us flickering. Now his eyes and forehead, close beyond the foresight of the rifle, appeared enormously enlarged to Vun dervyn’s distorted vision. Steadily Uurdy pul up hls hand, took hold of the rifle barrel, uud turned the muzzle aside. “Ali-li-h!“ gasped Marie. llardy drew the rifle out of Vunder vyn’s relaxing grusp. “Stand aside, sir 1“ he quietly com manded. “I wish to apeak alone with Miss Dupont.” Vandervyn had parted with hls rifle us if dazed. At the sound of llunl.v> voice a fresh wave of crimson lbs.d- d hls face, lie stepped buck, ami Jerked out his revolver. Hardy leaped Upon him like a panther, and struck tb« weapon aside. \ The heavy bullet whizzed past Hardy's head. A luoinciu later, Vandervyn, though the young* and perhaps the stronger of the two reeled away, clutching hls lacerate' trigger Auger. Uurdy stood with th< revolver in hls hand. He turned i. Marie. "May I ask for a few words alnm with you?” ■’Vo!” Vandervyn hoarsely forbade the girl. “You shall not speak with him. .lake, you’re her father—tell tici she shall not.” “You know she don’t never mind wliut 1 say.” mumbled Dupont. “Any way. It sort of looks like Cap is run nlng this here shindy." Hardy had not glanced away from Marie. Throughout that supreme test of the will power and courage of her two lovers, she had stood tense and silent, us If spellbound. She now looked from one to the other, her face Inscrutably calm, her black eyes fath omless. “1 will hear what Captain Hardy has to say.” she said. Hardy motioned her father and Van dervyn toward the mine dump. They obeyed. "We are alone.” said Marie. Hardy smiled. “I won tbe race.” "Was It fair, cutting across coun try ?” “Fair? Then you did not know of bis scheme." “What srhepie? I do not under stand.” “It does not now matter. I won the race and—the mine.” “Do you expect me to rejoice with you?” asked the girl. “It has coat my father his half of the mine.” “How so? He Is not an entryman.” “Reggie gave him a deed to a half interest.” “I see," said Hardy. “Quite In keep ing. The deed is absolutely void, and would have been no leas so even bad the grantor been first to reach here." “You doubt hls good faith!” The girl glanced past him toward the aul len figure of Vandervyn on the mine lump with her father. “So you thought It better to take it all yourself than to let him take It all?” "Yea," agreed Hardy. The girl’s red lips curved In an Iron ical smile. ”1 do not go with the mine—neces sarily." “No. But the mine necessarily goes with you—now.” replied Hardy. "Be so kind as to explain. I under stand that you were ordered to Alas ka.” "Were you not told of my return as far as the butte?” “Then your orders to leave were countermanded,” Marie evaded the question. Hls eyes darkened, and hls face con tracted as If from a twinge of pain. But he replied with quiet steadiness: "That Is of no consequence. May I ask If you consider my word good?" "Yes.” The answer was given with out an Instant’s hesitation. He smiled gravely. “You cannot think I came back to win the mine for myself. You have my word that I will assign It to you as soon as I have the legal right.” “Tome? But why?" The dilating eyes of the girl showed her utter surprise 1 and astonishment. "Why? There, that last night at the agency, you showed that you despised me.” “Never that.” he disclaimed. “I was bitter —harsh. But the suddenness of the discovery that you and he— Let us not talk of that. It Is past. 1 would not have come back to trouble you, only—” Again he stopped. “I had to come back and do this thing. It was necessary that you should bu rn me owner of the mine —sole owner. It is to bo yours, not hls. Promise me that you will never give him any share In It. Thut is all I ask." “I will not promise unless you tell me your reason for asking It. and unless you tell me your feason for doing what you have done.’’ Hardy whitened. “Very well, then. It is simply this: If you own the mine, he will wish to mufry you." “If I— But he already wishes to— ’’ The girl hesitated, and fell silent, her black eyebrows bent In thought. "1 do not seek to persuade you to the contrary,” suld Hardy. "All I ask Is that you give me your promise to allow him no share In the mine.” Marie looked down. After a silence she answered in a low tone: *T prom ise." “That Is all,” he said. "I must now be going.” “Walt," she urged. “You have not told me why—why you have done this.” “Is It necessary?" he replied. “Please do not fancy It Is because I am at all unselfish. You have promised your self to hlin. Knowing that 1 no longei had even a fighting chance, I have merely sought to make sure that he— that you should have at least a fair op portunity to be happy. That la all." He lingered a moment for a lust look nt her beautiful face, upon which hud fallen tbe Inscrutable stolidity of the Indian In her nature. No other ex pression could have so completely con firmed him in his belief that he bad lost hls fighting chance to win her. He faced about to return up the mountain the way he had come. Marie stood aa he left her, silent and Immobile, following hls brisk ascent up the path to the mine shaft with a wide-eyed gaze that perceived the objective linage, yet at the same time seemed to be looking Inward. A purpling that shaded the blue-black ness of her eyes to violet-black alone betrayed the lutensity of her emotion. The receding figure hud passed along the spur to the foot of the steep ascent up the mountain before the girl been me aware that Vandervyn was close beside her. He started to pass behind, to where Hardy had dropped the rllle and revolver. In a flnsh of swift movement she sprang ahead of him and set her foot ufatn the rifle barrel. “You shall not.” Her voice was low and seemingly tranquil, her face as stolid as before, but the look in her eyes made him hesitate He glanced übout at Dupont. “You Bhall Not!” The trader had turned hls back on llardy. and waa staring fixedly Into th«- valley at a party of Indians that bad come down the far side and were pitching their camp in the meadow. It was evident that he did not propose to be u witness to anything Vauder vyn might do. “Mon pere,” quietly called Marie. He shot a startled gluuce at her. hesJtuted, and came over to them. Vandervyn’s eyes were upturned to the figure on the mountainside In a look of hate that was not pleasant to ••e. Dupont followed the menacing tare, and then glanced away ms If caught In the guilty act. Fast as llardy was scaling the ascent, he was -till within easy rifle shot and would continue to be for several minute. Vandervyn molstefted hls dry lips. :id muttered hoarsely: “Take her Into the cabin. She—won’t let me—do It." Dupont coughed, and spoke In a husky voice. “Come Into the cabin. Marie.” "No," she replied. “Rut listen, girl,” he urged. "No one won't never know, and we won't be looking. We can lay It on the same buck Indian what has tried to git him twice a’ready. There’s a lot of ’em Just come Into the valley— Don’t look at me thkt way. The dirty sneak bus took our mine away from us—he done r by a trick, cutting 'cross afoot. Mr. Van can’t afford to marry you If iue and iiim don’t the mine.” “What If I should get It?" asked the girl, with no shade of change in her Inscrutable calm. Vandervyn whirled upon her. his -•••- «onvulsed with Jealous fury. "So thut’s It! You’ve sold yourself to lilin! You —" He stopped, silenced by B. B. BROWN, Pres. A. N. PARRISH, V. Pres. W. C. GOULD, Cashier J. F. MAURER, .Vast. Cash. FIRST NATIONAL BANK LAMAR, COLORADO CapiLal Stock - $50,000. Surplus - - $40,000. DIRECTORS: JOHN F. MAURER JOrfN H. THATCHER W. C. GOULD A. N. PARRISH B. B. BROWN C. M. LEE B. T. McCLAVE R. E. ADAMS President Vice Prea. Cashier. CAPITAL $50,000 Lamar National Bank MEMBER FEDERAL RESERVE BANE LAMAR, COLORADO DIRECTORS: B. T. McClave Kay Adams M. J. McMillin C. M. Lee A. Dee ter We want your business, large and small, and offer every facility consistent with safe and conservative banking Accounts Received Subject to Check Money Orders Sold J. M. WILLIAMS. Prea. L. J. BORING, Cashier CHAS. MAXWELL. Vice D -ea. J. D. SPOONER, Asst. Cashier Citizens State Bank LAMAR, COLORADO Capital Stock - - $35,000. Surplus - - $17,500. We invite you to transact your business with this bank, and endeavor to give prompt service by personal and courteous treatment to our customers. DIRECTORS—J. M. Williams, Charles Maxwell, Geo. A. Everett, L. J. Boring, L L. MaxwelL SAFETY DEPOSIT BOXES After a pause she quietly remarked : “He gives me the mine, lie Is going away. 1 do not know where. Instead of you. I am to be the owner of the min**. Do you wish to marry me?” CHAPTER XXIII. A Wedding Postponed. Vandervyn'a face darkened with au»- plcion. “If you’re not playing me, then he Ims lied to you, in order to get aw|| from us." Marie’s Ups curved In s half-smile. "He gave me hls word of honor. l*o you doubt It?" The young man’s Jaw dropped alack. He could not even pretend to doubt her statement or Hardy’s word. He looked down, hls brows knotted and ••yes contracted with Intern*- thought. Du (Mint took the news lu a far dif ferent inunner. “By Gar!’’ he exulted He's going to give you the mine? You’re dead sure of It? By Oar! I call that mighty square of Cap. It’s white! And me n-thlnklng he done It all to uit back at us. It sure is white of Dap. Why. It’s nearly the sume like lie had give It to me!" "He named only one condition," re marked Marie. Vandervyn started, and looked up nt (Continued on page 6) Take HERBINE for indigestion. It relieves the pain in a few and forces the ferment’d matter which causes the misery into the bowels where it is expelled. Price 50c. Sold by all druggists. A good treatment for a cold settled in the lungs is a HERRICK’S RED PEPPER POROUS PLASTER applied to the chest to draw out inflammation, and BALLARD’S HOREHOUND SY RUP to relax tightness. You get the two remedies for the price of one by buying the dollar size Horehound Sy rup; there is a porous plaster free with each bottle. Sold by all drug gists. NOTICE OF SHERIFF'S SALE Notice in hereby given that on the sth day of January, A. D. 1917, the District Court of the Third Judicial (District of Colorado. entered a final decree In Cause No. 1240 In said Court, wherein J. B. Nichols was plain tiff and Claud W (.angford and Lizzie Langford, were defendants, by which decree the Sheriff of Prowers County. ■Colorado, was commanded and directed to —ll at Public auction that certain real estate, property and premises In Prowers County. Colorado, described as follows, to-wlt: Lots Thirty-three (IS) and thirty four (34). thlrty-flve (II). and thlrty six (16). In Block Number One (1), Original Town of Bristol, Colorado, to gather with all the privileges and «p purtenances to the property belonging, and all the rents. Issues and profits which tnay arise or to be had there from, uud the Improvements, rights, reversions, remainders and herealta nienta thereunto belonging or In any wise appertaining. The said sule waa by the aaid decree ordered to be made for the purpos< of paying an Indebtedneas of Ten hundred one and 04-100 Dollars (flOOl 04) in aaid action found to be due to the plaintiff from the deferidanta. abov named, together with Interest thereon at eight per cent per annum from the Oth day of January, A. D. 1917, and coats of suit and of sale, the said sale to be made In the manner provided by law. and In conformity with the pro visions of said decree and the practice of this Court upon the eale of real estate upon execution. Therefore, pursuant to Lbe aforesaid deer. . and command, 1, I. C. Downing. Sheriff of Prowers County. Colorado, do hereby give public notice that on Friday, the 9th day of March, A U. 1917, at ten o'clock A. M. at lh» Weat front door of the County Coui House at Lamar, in the County ot Prow-rs. State of Colorado, 1 will .* pose for sale und sell at public auction to the highest and best bidder. tin aforementioned real estate, proper t> and premises (or so much thereof n mi y he sold In parcels without mater lal injury to the parties, and as may he sultlcient to raise the amount due the plaintiff sforesald) together with ail the right, title and Interest of tin defendants hereinbefore named. and each and all of them and all other pel sons. In and to the aforesaid property so to be sold, as In the aforesaid d. cree. to which reference is hereby made, la specifically provided. Dated at Lamar. Prowers County. Colorado, this 10th day of February, A. D. 1917. L C. DOWNING. (SEAL). Sheriff and Acting Sheriff of Prowers County. Colorado. First pub. Feby. 14. 1917. Last pub. March 7. 1917. SHERIFF'S SALE By virtue of a writ of execution fa sued out of the Clerk’s office in th» District Court of Prowers County and Slate of Colorado, and to me directed, whereby I am commanded to make the BURI of One Hundred Ninety Five and no-100 Dollars ($195.00) and costs <»r suit, the amount of a certain Judgment recently obtained against W. W. Rey nolds in favor of The R. W. Lngllsh Lumber Company, a corporation, out of the lands, tenements, goods and chat tela of the said W. W. Reynolds I have levied on the following property, to wit: NEk and N % SE % Sec. 21, T. 22 S.. It. 42 West. 6th P. M.. NW % Sec. 22. T 22 S., R. 42 W.. 6th I*. M.. together with all and singular the appurtenances and privileges thereunto belonging or In any wise thereunto appertaining. Ire eluding water rights and ditch rights and all the estate, right, title. Interest and claim whatsoever of the said W W. Reynolds In and to said premise.-, and appurtenances thereto. Therefore, according to said com mand, 1 shall expose for sale, at Pub lie Auction, all the right, title and In terest of tho above nnmed W. W. Rey. nolds In and to the above described property, on Thursday, the 29th day of March, 1917, at 10 o'clock A. M.. at the west front door of the County Court House in Lamar. Prowers Coun ty. State of Colorado Dated at Lamar, this 7th day of March. 1917. I. C. DOWNING. _ , Sheriff of Prowers County Gordon Sc Gordon. Attorneys First pub. Mar. 7. 1917. Last pub. Mar. >B, 1917.