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PROLOptTE -Seeking gold in the des
rt, "Cameron," solitary prospector.
rt (arms a partnership with an unknown
Stan whom he later learns la Jonaa War
rin. tather of a girl whom Cameron
wroosed, but later married, back In Illi
nois. Cameron's explanations appease
Warren, and the two proceed together.
Taking refuge from a sandstorm In a
cave, Cameron discovers gold, but too
late both men are dying. Cameron leaves
evidence, in the cave, of their discovery
of gold, and personaldocuments.
CHAPTER I.Richard Gale, adven
turer, \u Caslta, Mexican border town,
meets George Thorne, lieutenant In the
Ninth cavalry, old college friend. Thorne
tells Gale he Is there to save Mercedes
Gastaneda, Spanish girl, his affianced
Wife, from Rojas, Mexican bandit.
CHAPTER n.-Gale" "roughhouses"
Rojas and his gang, with the help of
two American cowboys, and he, Mercedes
and Thorne escape. A bugle call from
the fort orders Thome to his regiment
He leaves Mercedes under Gale's pro
CHAPTER ITLThe pair, aided by the
cowboys who had assisted Gale in the
scape, Charlie Ladd and Jim Lash, ar
itve in safety at a ranch known as For
lorn River^weU across the border.
CHAPTER IV.^ne fugitives are at
Tom Beldlng's home. Beldlng is immi
gration inspector. Living with him are
his wife and stepdaughter. Nell Burton.
Gale, with Ladd and Lash, take service
With Beldlng as rangers, Gale telling
Beldlng the cause of his being a wanderer,
a misunderstanding with his father con
cerning theson^e business abilities.
CHAPTER VMercedes gets word to
Thorne of her safety Dick also writes
to his parents, informing them of his
whereabouts Nell's personality, and her
kindness, attract Gale.
CHAPTER VI.Riding the range. Gale
sYtlls in with a party of three Mexican
raiders encamped at a water hole
"Watching his opportunity to oust them,
he sees two Indians tide Into the camp
One of them, a Taqui, is evidently badly
wounded, and the Mexicans seek to kill
him in a cruel way. Dick drives them
off, conveying the wounded Yaqul to
CHAPTER VIIThe Indian is taken
in, cared for and remains in Beldlng's
services, becoming Dick's ardent admirer
Gale'B admiration for Nell Increases, and
he believes she is not averse to his atten
tions Beldlng's horses, thoroughbreds,
the pride of his life, after his wife and
stepdaughter, are run off by Mexicans.
"What dp you menn to do?" demand
Jed Beldlng, starting up.
i "Shore I don't know yet. Give
me a light for my pipe. An' Dick, go
\fetch oat your YaasJ"
|M|J*' CHAPTER VIII
The Running of Blanco Gol.
The Yaqui's strange glance roved
over the corral, the swinging gate
with its broken fastenings, the hacks
to the road, and then rested itpon Beld
"Malo," he said, and his Spanish
"Shore, Yaqul, about eight bad men,
an' a traitor Indian," haid Ladd.
"I think toe means my harder," add
ed Belding. "If he does, that settles
any doubt it might be decent to have
The Yaqui spread wide his hands
Then he bent over the tracks in the
road. They led everywhither, but
gradually he worked out of the thick
net to take the trail that the cowboys
had followed down to the river. Beld
lng and the rangers kept close at his
heels. He found a trampled spot where
the raiders had left their horses. From
this point a deeply denned narrow
trail led across the dry river bed.
The trail of the raiders took a
southeasterly course over untrodden
desert. The Yaqui spoke in his own
tongue, then in Spanish.
"Think he means slow march," said
Belding. "Laddy, from the looks of
that trail the Greasers are having
trouble with the horses."
"Tom, shore a boy could see that,"
replied Laddy. "Ask Yaqul to tell us
where the raiders are hendin', an' If
It was wonderful to see the Yaqul
point. With a stick he traced a line in
the sand, and then at the end of that
another line at right angles. He made
crosses and marks and holes, and as
he drew the rude map he talked in
Yaqui, in Spanish with a word here
and there in English. Belding trans
lated as best he could. The raiders
were heading southeast toward the
railroad that ran from Negates down
Into Sonora. It was four days' travel,
bad trail, good sure wnterhtile one
day out then water* not sure for two
days. Raiders, not looking for pur
suit, could'be headed and ambushed
that night at the first waterhole, a
natural trap in a valley.
The men returned to the rancii.
The rangers nte and drank while mak
ing hurried preparations for travel.
Blanco Sol and the cowboys' horses
were fed, watered, and saddled. Ladd
refused to ride one of Beldlng's
whites. He was quick and cold.
"Get me a long-range rifle an* lots
of shells. Rustle, now," he said. "I
want a gun that'll outshoot the dinky
little carbines an' muskets used by
the rebels. Trot one out an' be quick."
'Tve got a .405, a long-barreled
heavy rifle that'll shoot a mile. I use
lt^for mountain sheen. _BuL- Laddy
vUko. Rider* of thePurple Sage.
It'll break that bronch's back."
"His back won't break so easy.
Dick, take plenty of shells for your
Remington. An' don't forget your
In less than an hour after the time
of the raid the three rangers, heavily
armed and superbly mounted on fresh
horses, rode out on the trail. As Gale
turned to look back from the far bank
of Forlorn river, he saw Nell waving
a white scarf. He stood high in his
stirrups and waved his sombrero.
Then the mesqulte hid the girl's slight
figure, and Gale wheeled grim-faced
to follow the rangers.
They rode in single file with Ladd
in the lead. He took a bee-line course
for the white escarpment pointed out
by the Yaqui and nothing save deep
washes and impassable patches of
cactus or rocks made him swerve
At noon the rangers got out of the
thick cactus. The desert floor inclined
perceptibly upward. When Gale got
an unobstructed view of the slope of
the escarpment he located the raiders
and horses. In another hour's travel
the rangers could see with naked eyes
a long, faint moving streak of black
"They're headin' for that yellow
pass," said Ladd, pointing to a break
in the eastern end of the escarpment.
"When they get out of sight we'll
rustle. I'm thlnkin' that waterhole
the Yaqul spoke of lays in the pass."
The rangers traveled swiftly over
the remaining miles of level de&ert
leading to the ascent of the escarp
ment. When they achieved the gate
way of the pass the sun was low in
the west. Ladd gave the word to
tie up horses and go forward on foot.
The narrow neck of the pass opened
and descended Into a valley half a mile
wide, perhaps twice that in leugtli.
It had apparently unscalable slopes of
weathered rock leading up to beetling
"Keep down, boys," said Ladd.
"There's the waterhole, an' hosses
have sharp eyes. Shore the Yaqui
figgered this place. I never seen its
like for a trap."
Both white and black horses showed
against the green, and a thin curling
column of blue smoke rose lazily from
amid the mesquites.
"I reckon we'd better waff till dark,
or mebby daylight," said Jim Lash.
"Let me figger some. Dick, what
do jou make of the outlet to this
hole' Looks rough to me."
With his glass Gale studied the nar
row construction of walls and rough
ened rising floor.
"Laddy, It's harder to get out at
that end than here," lie replied.
"Shore that's hard enough Let me
have a look. Well, bovs. it don't
take no figgerln' for this job Jim,
I'll want you at the other end blockln'
the pass when we're ready to start."
"When'11 that be'" inquired Jim
"Soon as It's light enough in the
mornln'. That Greaser outfit will hang
till tomorrow. There's no sure water
nhead for two days, you remember."
The rangers stole back from the
vantage point and returned to their
horses, which they untied and left
farther round among broken sections
of cliff. For the horses It was a dry,
hungry camp, but the rangers built a
Are and had their short though
Jim Lash rolled in his saddle
blanket, his feet near the Are, and
went to sleep. Ladd told Gale to do
likewise while he kept the fire up and
waited until It was late enough for
Jim to undertake circling round the
raiders. When Gale awakened, Jim
I was up saddling his horse, and Ladd
was talking low.
1 With Ladd leading, they moved
away Into the gloom. Advance was
exceedingly slow, careful, silent. Final
ly the trail showed pale In the gloom,
and eastern stars twinkled between
the lofty ramparts of the pass.
Ladd halted and stood silent a mo
ment. "Luck again!" he whispered.
"The wind's in your face, Jim. The
i horses won't scent you. Try to get up
as high as this at the other end. Walt
till daylight before riskin' a loose
slope. I'll be rldln' the job early.
Ladd's cool, easy speech was scarce
ly significant of the perilous under
taking. Lash moved very slowly
away, leading his horse. Then Ladd
touched Dick's arm, and turned bfick
up the trail.
Together they picked a way back
through the winding recesses of cliff.
The campflre was smoldering. Ladd
replenished It and lay down to get aj
few hours' sleep, while Gale kept
watch. The after part of the night
wore on till the paling of stars, the!
thickening of gloom Indicated the
dark hour before dawn. Ladd awoke
before the faintest gray appeared.!
The rangers nte and drank. When the,
black did lighten to gray they sad!
died, the horses, and led them_ qut_ to
the pass and down to the point where
they had parted with Lash. Here
they awaited daylight.
The valley grew dear of gray
shadow except under leaning walls on
the eastern side. Then a straight col
umn of smoke rose from among the
mesquites. Manifestly this was what
Ladd had been awaltgfig. He took the
long .405 from its sheath and tried
the lever. Then he lifted a cartridge
belt from the pommel of his saddle.
Every ring held a shell and these
shells were four inches long. He
buckled the belt round him.
"Come on, Dick."
Ladd led the way down the slope
uptil he reached a position that com
manded the rising of the trail from
a level. It was the only place a man
or horse could leave the valley for
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