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MUSIC MOUNTAIN By Frank H. Spearman. ■Author of 'Whisperiivg Smith. ay/BJwr j> cMAHi-es «c«ipwr»; kxis But when he opened his eyes Inter, nnd with a clearer head, he found food and drink near. Unable to believe his When He Opened Hi« Eyes Later, He Found Food and Drink Near. sight, he fancied his wavering senses deceiving him, until he put nut his hand and felt actually the substance of what he saw. He took up a bottle of milk Incredulously, and sipped at it with the caution of a man not unused to periods of starvation. He broke eggs and swallowed them, at intervals, hungrily from the shell; and meat he cached, animal-llke. In nearby cran nies, and, manlike, in his pockets. He was determined. If she should come again, to intercept his visitor. For forty-eight hours he tried cat-naps with an occasional sandwich to keep up his strength. Nan returned un seen, and disappeared despite his watchfulness. A new supply of food proved she had been near, but that It would be hard to time her coming. When she did come, the third time, an Innocent snare discovered her pres ence. It was Just before duy, and De Spain had so scattered smull obstacles —handfuls of gravel and little chips of rock —that should she cross the ledge in the dark she could hardly escape rousing him. The device betrayed her. *Tm awake," announced De Spain at once from his retreat. When she stopped at the words he could not see her; she had flattened herself, standing, against a wall of the ledge. He waited pa tiently. “Tou give me no chance to thank you,” he went on after a pause. *‘l don’t need any thanks,” she replied with calculated coolness. “I am Rop ing when you are well enough you will go away quietly In the night. That will be the only way you cbd thank me.” "I shall be as glad to go as you can be to have me,” rejoined De Spain. “But that won’t be thanking you as I am going to. If you think you can save my life and refuse my thanks as I mean to express them—you are mis taken. I will be perfectly honest. Ly ing out here Isn’t Just what I’d choose for comfort. But if by doing It I could see you once In two or three days—" “You won’t see me again.” ‘‘No news could be worse. An* If I can’t, I don’t know how I’m going to get out at all. I’ve no horse—you know that I can’t stand on my foot yet; If you hud a light you might see for yourself. I think I showed you my gun. If you could tell me where I am —" He halted on the implied question. Nan took ample time to reply. “Do you mean to tell me you don’t know’ where you are?’’ she asked, and there was a touch of vexed Incredulity in her tone. De Spain seemed unmoved by her skepticism. “I can’t tell you anything else,” he said simply. “You couldn’t have any idea I crawled up here for the fun of It” ••I’ve been trying to think." she re turned, and he perceived In the hard ness of her voice how at bay she felt In giving him the least bit of Infor mation. • whether I ought to tell you anything at all —” “I couldn’t very decently take any unfair advantage after what you’ve done, could I?” “Then—you are In Morgan’s gap,” she said, swiftly, as If she wanted It off her mind. There was no»movement. ofjarprißgi neither was there any answer. ”1 supposed, when I found you here, you knew that," she added less resolutely; the durkness and silence were plainly a strain. “You ure at the foot of Mu sic mountain, about a mile from where I live.” “Y’ou must have thought I meant to raid your house. I didn’t. I was hit. I got mixed up In trying to get away. You want me out of here?” “Very much.” “No more than I want to get out. Perhaps by tomorrow I could walk a few miles. I should have to assassi nate somebody to get some ammuni tion.” “It wouldn’t be hard for you to do thut. I presume.” Her words und her tone revealed the Intensity of her dislike and the depth of her distrust. lie was silent for a moment. Then he said, without resentment, “You are ashamed ulreudy of Buying thut, aren’t you?" “No, I am not,” she answered de fiantly. “Yes, you are. You know It isn’t true. If you believed It, you never would have brought food here to save my life." "I brought It to save some of my own people* from possible deuth at your hands—to prevent another fight— to see If you hadn’t manhood enough after being helped, to go away, when you were able to move, peaceably. One cartridge might mean one life, dear to me." “I know whose life you mean." “You know nothing about what I mean.” “I know better than you know your self. If I believed you, I shouldn’t respect you. Fear and mercy are two different things. If I thought you were only afraid of me, I shouldn’t think much of your aid. Llsteu —1 never took the life of any roan except to defend my own—” “No murderer that ever took any body's life in this country ever said anything but thut.” “Don’t class me with murderers.” “You are known from one end of the country to the other us a gunman.” Ile answered Impassively: “Did these men who call uie a gunman ever tell you why I’m one?" She seemed In too hostile a mood to answer. “1 guess not," he went on. "Let me tell you now. The next time you hear me called a gunman you can tell them.” “I won’t listen,” she exclaimed, res tive. “Yes, you will listen.” he said qui etly ; “you shall hear every word. My father brought sheep Into the l’euce river country. The cattlemen picked on him to make an example of. He went out, unarmed, one night to tuke care of the horses. My mother heard two shots. He didn't come hack. She went to look for him. He was lying under the corral gate with a hole smashed through his Jaw by a rifle bullet that tore Ills heud half off. De Spain did not raise his voice, nor did he hasten his words. “I was born one night six mouths ufter that.” he continued. "My mother died thut night. When a neighbor’s wife took me from her arm and wrapped me In a blanket, sbe saw I curried the face of my father us my mother hud seen It the night he wus murdered. That,’ he said, "Is what made me a ‘gunman. Not whisky—not women—not cards— Just what you’ve heard. And I'll tel) you something else you may tell the men that call me a gunman. The mun that shot down my futlier ut his corrul gate I haven't found yet. I expect to find him. For ten years I’ve been get ting ready to find him. He Is here in these mountains. I don’t even know his nume. But If I live. I’ll find him. And when I do. I’ll tear open his bead with a soft bullet In the way he tore my father’s open. After I get through with that man”—he hesitat ed—“they may call me whatever they like. You want me out of the gup," De Spain concluded, his voice un changed. "I want to get out. Come buck, once more, in the daytime. 1 will see what I can do with rny foot by that time.” He paused. “Will you come?” She hesitated. “It would be too dungerous for me to come up here in the daytime. Trouble would follow.” “Come at dusk. You know I urn no murderer.” ”1 don't know It,” she persisted stub bornly. It was her final protest. "Count, some day, on knowing It.” j CHAPTER XIII. Crossing a Deep River. A. grizzly, bear hidden tunon haystacks back of the corral would have given Nan much less anxiety thun De Spain secreted in the heurt of the Morgan stronghold. Her troubled speculations were reduced now almost to wondering when De Spain would leave, and. disinclined though sbe felt to further parley, she believed he would go the sooner If she were to consent to see him agulu. That duy Nan washed her hulr. On the second duy she found herself de ciding conscientiously to see De Spain for the last time, and toward sunset. She begun dressing early for her trip, picking the best of her limited stock of silk stockings, choosing the freshest of her few pairs of tan boots. All of her riding skirts looked shabby as she fretfully inspected them; but' Bonita pressed out the newest one for the hurried occasion, while Nun used the intervul, with more than usuul cure, on her troublesome hulr —never less tractable. It seemed. In her life. De Spain was sitting with his back against a rock, and the look on his face was one of reflection and Irreso lution rather than of uction and de cision. But he looked so restored after his brief period of nourishment that Nan, when she stepped up on the ledge ri •* Heart Jumped at the Sight of Her Young Face. at sunset, would not have known the wreek she had seen In the same place the week before. Ills heurt Jumped at the sight of her young face, and her clear, coura geous eyes surveyed him questioning ly as he scrambled to his feet. "I am going to tramp out of here tomorrow’ night,” he confided to her after his thanks. “It is Saturday; a lot of your men will be In Sleepy Cat— and they won't all be very keen sighted on their wuy back. 1 cun gel u good outside before duylight.’’ She heard him with relief. “What will you do then?” she asked. “nide. Watch every chance to crawl a mile nearer Calabusas. By the way,” he added, his gluuce resting on her right side as he noticed the absence ol her holster, “where is your protector today?” She made no answer. “Fine form,” he said coldly, “to come un armed on an errand of mercy to a desperado.” Nan flushed with vexation. “Per haps you've forgotten you left a car tridge belt behind once yourself," sht returned swiftly. De Spain, convicted, finally laid hi* fingers over the butt of his empty re volver. “How’ did you And thut out?’ She tossed her head. They wer* standing only u few feet apart, Di Spain supporting himself now wit! his left hand high up against the wall: Nun, with her shoulder lightly against It; both hud become quizzlcul. “Other people forget, too, then,” wus ull sh< said. “No," he protested, "I didn’t forget: not that time. I went over to th» Joint to get a cup of coffee and ex pected to be buck within five minutes never dreaming of wnlking into a beui trap.” He drew his revolver und breaking It negligently, took out r. single cartridge. "Take this.” He held the cartridge in his left hand unc took two halting steps toward her — since you are unarmed, I will be, too Not that this puts us on un even foot lng. I don't mean that. Nothing would. You w’ould be too much for im in any kind of a contest, unned oi unarmed.” “What do you mean?” she demand ed to hide her confusion. And she saw thut each step he took cost pain skillfully concealed. “I mean,” he suid, "you are to take this cartridge as a remembrance of m> forgetfulness and your adventure." She drew buck. “I don't w’ant It.” "Take It.” He wus persistent. She allowed him to drop the loaded shell Into her hand. "Now," he continued, replacing his gun, “if I encounter any of your people In uu attempt to bruuk through u line, and somebody gets killed, you will know, when you hear the story, that this time, at leust, I didn't 'start (Continued on page 6) B. B. BROWN, Prea. A. N. PARRISH, V. Prea. W. C. GOULD, Cashier J. F. MAURER, Asst. Cash. FIRST NATIONAL BANK LAMAR, COLORADO CapiLal Stock - $50,000. Surplus - - - $40,000. DIRECTORS: JOHN F. MAURER JOHN H. THATCHER W. C. GOULD A. N. PARRISH B. B. BROWN C. M. LEE * B. T. McCLAVE R. E. ADAMS President Vice Prea. Caahler. CAPITAL $50,000 Lamar National Bank MEMBER FEDERAL RESERVE BANK LAMAR, COLORADO DIRECTORS: B. T. McClavc Ray Adama M. J. McMiliin C. M. Lee A. Deater We want your businesa, 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, Caahler CHAS. MAXWELL Vice *»res. 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, I. L MaxwelL SAFETY DEPOSIT BOXES SHERIFF'S SALE State of Colorado, County of Prowers, ss. In the District Court The American Steel & Wire Company, a corporation. Plaintiff, VI. \V. H. Blosser. Ed Pierson, and the Security Stove and Manu facturing Co.. Defendants. Under and oy virtue of a decree and order of sale, entered In the District Court in and for the County of Frow era and State of Colorado, on the 16th .lay of April, A. D. 1917. wherein it is decreed that there is due the above named plaintiff. The American Steel a Wire Company, a corporation, from the above named defendant \V. 11. Blosser. ..n on# certain promissory note secur ed by a mortgage the sum of four hun dred and sixe-y-seven dollars and sixty cents ($407.60) and Interest thereon from tiie said 16th day of April, A. D 1017, at the rate of eight per cent per annum, and Whereas, in und by virtue or said decree and order of sale, 1 the under signed. 1. C. Downing. Sheriff of the said County of Prowers and State of Colorado, am authorized, directed and empowered to expose for sale certain property hereinafter described, at pub lic auction after giving notice of the time and place of Baid sale by previous ly publishing the same for four suc cessive weeks, in a weekly newspaper published In the City of Lamar, in the County of Prowers and State of Colo rado. for the purpose of realizing the amount so found due the plaintiff aforesaid, with interest, costa of suit and expenses of said sale. NOW THEREFORE. Public Notice Is hereby given that 1 will on Saturday, the 19th day of May, A. D. 1917. at the hour of ten o'clock in the forenoon ol that day at the West front door of the County Court House, In the City of Lamar, in the County of ProWer* and State of Colorado, sell at public auction for caah in hand to the highest and best bidder the following described real estate situated In the County of Prowers and State of Colorado, to-wlt; l»t Seventeen (17) in Block Five (5). in the Town of Wiley. Colorado. as .shown by the plat of said Town on file in the office of the County Clerk of Prowers County. Colorado, subject to.nl mortgage of eight hundred dollars and interest thereon as provided by the terms of said mortgage, together with i all and singular the appurtenances and privileges thereunto .belonging. I. C. DOWNING. Sheriff of the County of Prowers and State of Colorado. First pub. April 18. 1917. East pub. May 16, 1917. 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