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THE CLAN CALL
(Continued from pug 3) BUL Thli la In the in-st. ... "la tb future," she went on slowly, 1 ae this here an plain u daylight through a knothole: awful big man, with early black 'hair and curly black koard, and with eyea like a cllft fcawk's; and 1 eeo you, too, Mr. Bill; aad I Me a fight, a waster fight Lord ha musay, what a flgbtl Dot you'll aarry the gyurl after all. Mr. Bill." Dale laughed. The old woman had ascribed Babe Llttleford. But who wa the "big, dark man"! gome fel low who bad lout bit heart to the Mountain girl, perhaps. When the Hecks bad gone, John Morolaod leaned foreran! and touched We guest on the knee. That tbar big man menttoned In UUln' yore forchune," he eald, "might am' been Black Adam Ball. Black Adam, ho lire with hla pap and mother a lew mile up the river. As big a thinned boea, ho la, and plumb on tedly atrong. Be'a been a-beggln Babe Uttleford to marry btjn fo' a year or two, and the won't llstex te hire. "Ef over ye do haf to fight Black -Adam," John Mereland went on, "ye want to fight blra with a two-eyed ohetgun and buckabot. He'a the mean oat man on earth; snake-broth and laen Tine la religious aside o' him. But ontel ye begin a-makln' love to Babe Llttleford, I reckon the' ain't no danger o' you a-havin' trouble with Black Adam; and you ain't likely, I take It, to make love te Bube." "But Babe'a the beat one o' the Lit tlefords," declared Luke. John Moreland reachfd for the loatberbound old family Bible. He opened the Book at random. It's about time we was a goin' to oar rest, and we'll go jest a soon a we've had prayer. Mr. Dale." When half a chapter from St. Mat thew had been laboriously tiut rever ently read, the Moreianrls knelt at their chairs, and ao did Bill Dale. John Moreland'a bedtime praytr was very Lnople, and very earnest, and It lad ba It more 'of thankfcglvli.g than cf application. And a pr.rt of It cert i. In ly waa uncommon "Bless the stranger with ue here to night, and all o' our klnfols. nn) nil ' our frleatla, and et:r Inln.ien. tjie , Llttlefords 'aiieclaliy 1 lie Llttlefords. Aymen l" Dale waa deeply luii-eweri. He heard Mr. .Merelanri dimly when she told hlna to let her know she wonM hear him If he called if there wuen't enough cover for hla bed. Then lie found himself alone with the stalwart chief of the Morelanda. , He atepped forward ud put bis band on the mountaineer shoulder. I "How a man can go ili wn on hi knee and pray for his en nile,'' i nailed Dale, "la entirely I .lend ine., Do you really mean It?" j "I try hard to," Mnrelni.d shiil u.ul k i ly. "In a-doln' that," he went . "I ! go Hen Llttleford il:e letter Ret ldttlcfurd's the hell sheep o' ti e icti-j pie who then accost it river f roir , lie, cople c hnicti !' viurs a.nti , yearn. Hen. he holds ti.ii.l v pn.ycrs j too, every night. Met! :: ti t l.'eMii i ' the Lord on ihe tr:.inr ii.ilcr hit! root, but not on his :r.i..iv !, Mure lands. Ye, I ir.v h;.i'i. :o u-m-.u .t. 1 i : Dale." ; "And tlmt oilier t i. ... ." ii.i.ruuirci Dale and he wi.im'i ; tl i .v ilmtj t-hlHlId bother liilil mi n.;,l; why l.t ahoiild fe' i tip t i".e !"' ". 1 1 ! i : about it "Hie u.'nii who fi it: jont! brother, I tji )l " 1 "I tloii'i never pn-y f.' i..n" .titer-! rnptcd the iii"iiniiiii; r. n ii g u liit.tj pale. "I hiiln't thct i. j.tt. a man don't git .so gii i : i i i,es the Almighty to lilf tie ir tin rattler In Hie lumvl, r the ci.ppcr- i bead 'ut walls under a l-ili fo' I hi pOK.sln' o' some hare -ii-ppi 1 i told." i ln lo winced, but M( ir'i.i.il notice It. l:ile let l.i.ini tull f' l-u, ; the olhor'K Khiiiihler. Mcte.tn.d I e ft. f. to upenk : "I didn't I el I e -ifme. i .:) I'i,:e. Mj brother lniil, lie (m. t.'.i t.ij. o' I'!' pi'Ople. lie win .e:ier:i tde r-it if UH. The one Ag n'iw o' h.k li'e uii to educiite um till, ll.e Iti .ch'.ei!. Yex. we're henlgliteJ, mid we kiow it. He Bteant to do It with the col I t.e'il found. At I've dotle (i)!d , liili l never bad the heart to t-eil the chI. I bope ve'll have a hne ., Kill Dale. 1 ain't a-ioin' to im'I ye 'Mnier' o more. Hill Dalel" "Don't!" tulllngly i-elrt the yii)i.hei Stan, '"rill Dale' rgl.t. kro. vood-nlght, John Morel eel" Dale removed hla eboee and outot doUrtog, blew out b lignt, ono.Oid t bed. in (ha beat treoM'e eod Verted lhek walnut orpoler. Tor leag tlata bo lay there aaake M enred ibruati a ilto tiiwtw te WIN bright otr fkat turned i-ko flr abeal the plr,e-ftink-e.l 4rtst of David Mortarr Moitcteto. tl taDived he underair-od now hy V father hid turned a arouleh g.nj Waea Ihta coal vtvperly wa weeiioee-.' lo him. Mo believed bo nnderatooii wfcy hla father bad etly refiieed . WkeeetJgete tbla ve'u. But he a wholly at a leee te aei.4t for' tie ao of hla eeo given rre leu'eiMl .f Dob. looklng toward rhe n-t.i,tin eaiiii. hO spoke as Ihongb be wore ttilkig to David Vorelanii iitir.Heif: "I'll aee It through for you, I0 miiii. Tb fa ehall he my cniintit." CMAFTfR til Goliath ef the H.h -naievawoke a little afler .li.ybKsk, arooe and dreed btmseif, end went; ouT by- iij- (Tl- Tie- iW W-iftV ITie hujre etone-tind-clny cblmuey. The moiuititln air waa bracing. Dule threw out his cheat and started eager ly for a walk. Thn road led pnat the cabin of Grandpap Moreland. When Dale was directly In front of the log house, he aaw the ai'cd mountaineer standing on a rickety mwhor beside the atone Ktep at the narrow porch; Orandpap Moreland was helping a gray cat down from the roof. "Morn In' I I waa Jest a-takln' that rhar ctiaafired eld peat down offen tbe roof. I've took Mm down every morn In' as reg'lar as 1 make Area, fo' three year or wore. lOf It waan't bad luck to kill a eat, V ehoot htm, roebhe." After hreakfaeUng with John More- land, BUI Dale borrowed flsblng-tackle from hla best, and set out alone for the little river. There were many ehosla and rapid, and be went almoet half a mile before be found a place to Ida liking. It was a beautiful spot. Above, the water poured helftivn two great boulders with a gentle roar; below, It shallowed out ever rnund atones. Overhead towered tall white sycamores. Hoi until he bad put a minnow on t lie hook and cast it out did he see that he was not alone at the pool. On the other aide, less than alxt.v feet away. Babe Llttleford sat on a stone the sir f a small barrel; she held a eaue fishing rod In her hands, and her bare feet were In the warer to her ankles. 8 lie waa looking squarely to ward Dale, ud there was something akin to reproachful snger In her long brow ii ejes. "O.iod u,.riiiiig!" called Dale, lifting hla hat. There was no reply. There was not even a ehauire of countenance. Ajinln Dale called his friendly greeting, nud Ki'ln there was ao reply. It piqued Dale. A few yards down the stream the white body of a sycamore lay from one hank to rhe ether; It had been blown there by a recent storm. Dale wound Ids line, weut down and croed by men ns of ihe prostrate tree. She didn't even look around when I he walked up to her and spoke attain. It struck him as being decidedly odd. "I iy." he told her, "you're a chatty hs a et of stencilx. You uiuMn't islk so inHch, y'know." Her ees nulled at the river, bnt I Dnle couldn't fee her eye.. "Do yen like violets. Miss l.lnle- foid?" he akel neit. In ihe Muck, idIch slurred soil at Mi. 'feet irreiv a carpet of Ihe finest violets he IimI ever eeti. Hshe let the tip of her cane rod fall Into the waier niul looked vi'ound. "It sounds funny to hesr a man Is Ik o' siH'h Hide ili'mis ns vl'lets," she de clared. ''Most ' men don'l think o' nothln' bnt workln', hnntlu'. flghtln' and eniiu'. J in a little tusd at yon I went home jesio'day and 1 think I run mlylit' nit-li rhe whole sii mile end hied no dinner fo' you. 'cause ; (udersttKid you wa a couilu' to out house- Slid you went to theul low down Slorelsiuls '." "1 beg pardon," he sld contritely didn't know you were esoeclnlly ex I Thsrs Ws No R piy. Thers Was Net Even a Chana tt Countenance. (eclit.g h.. I I ao hueliiess," he sitdeil "with .'el i M.ce'aiit." Tiieie -eoe to h's esr fruui Seine sUie' iVih ho - rher ukxirea iskieli t'lil Ml M.i.g. and Ihe ro'. was Ibel f li:kj Hiiishliier, K Heck "Oe, I h t c'. Sou . bin M ep Put KuiHlMI at my hi sue f. rt a .' lnwSi-r.a In u ilsht kana1 t) h r v i I'i'iim I M -a I'lti! Oe ii v S ) lh rzn', A few Mi'iiitie laier there afpai en lie Uo;Vd s!d of the rlter th a:r.Sr of ike islMi eld soog ; be bail a in'iiiiftn 1'i il in wiie hand and a whit feii'lery in lie mher. Hi. iOi,r, H II, old hoy!" he yelled "HI, i tit. r. Hstiel Kilher of. je'lins kt"Ud el.jlliligV Hen l.liHe'oi.,' ilmthler held up a fleh proudly. Heck slapped hla thigh with li sieiii'h hat. "Soil fo' you 1" he eaclaimed. "Bui they ! Lliin' jesi right. The moon's wrui g, and Ihe signs la wrong. fi fishin'. At thai iliMent .loliil Moreland ap peared si Heck's aide. Me aeoroed very eeriiMis ehojit. aiflblnjt 'T.ITT rinTe"," T2 cnlu'iT, "come over here." omlci Int, Dale put down hla rod and turned to oliey. Two minutes luler lie aloud he fore John Moreland. "I Jest untiled to tell ye," uud Ihe mountaineer almost cloned one alert grey eye, M 'at ye're purty shore to git Into trouble over tlmr." "I'm mi able bodied iiuin," Dale re turned stnlllnKly. "You shore are," frowned Morelmul, "hut mehhe you ain't i-ed to (turned bard fight In'." Not iimmI to hard ftghlinj:! Dale's smile broadened. Once he had wlilped a heavyweight pugiiii-l ; and he had fought a n matter of principle, aud not for money or prestige. Murelnuit suddenly jerked one thumb toward the oilier "hide of the stream. Dale looked mid saw, stMidiug beside Babe Llttleford. a quite formidable man. lie hud the height nud breadth, almost, of h Oollsih. He was hlack eyed and Mack-haired, ' and hla thick, short lieurd waa curled like the hair between a hull's horns. In one baud he carried a repeating rifle as lightly as though It .were. a mere straw.' One of Ida great arms .suddenly straightened toward Dale, and a voice as gruff as the growl of a hear said hotly : "What was. yon a dnln' here a talkln' to my gyurl?" Rahe Llttleford looked angry. Dale flushed, then went pale. "I have a habit of talking with whom 1 please," he said evenly, "Sioke like a man," drawled the lanky Heck In a very low tone. ;llath of the hills arared uuheliev Ingly. Dale said In an undertone to John Moreland: "Is It that Hall fel low ?" "Yes." aiiewered the hillmsn; "It's Black Adam Hall." Hall droiied bis rife to the violets, slowly clenched his huge and hairy hands, and thrust his henrded Jaw out aggreslvely. "I dare ye oer here, ye pink coW ard !". he challenged. "If you hnve any htislnesi with me, come or here and irsnsact It," Dule retorted. 'l wen't run." "That's Moreland terrylorv." Hall objected. "Hut I'll tneel ye half wny, and I dare ye to take ine up, ye lace tdinineit pitik molly coddle '." Half-nay would he the middle of ihe rlter. and no place for a tlilht. surely. Hut Dule was nettled. Ills temper. he temper I hat he had never been able to keep wholly under control, was rising fust, lie ihren off his coat and hat ami rolled Ihe sleetes ef Lis soft shirt to Ids elbows. Then he waded Into the pool. The slowly moving water was up to hia waist at the hnlf iay point, and tie bottom was of hard packed ssnd. The (iollatb si a red tmhelievlugly. He was not accustomed to haying hla challenges thus accepted. ITe three j off his hut and went to meet the lltlu young Mrnnger. I. Ill Dule squared lilm-oif and pit' up his guard. Adsui Hull came mi and he was scowling wickedly. I'iiII ruMietl, the clear water wlrlili in hi wake, and let out with a power ful r 1 1; 1 1 1 . It was a blow to crush at udjifiry inn it's cheat In; hut. lo Hull I .ii prise. It failed to laud. I 'e e U'lct It ileierly, and at the Miue lime eni ii swift left uppercut to the oihcr't . ml like Jaw. Adam Hall muttered ln i. Icked Kuril and steadied himself ; he hid illicit a taitar. A moment and he le. I nut ngiilu, mid he ihNm-i1 a 1.1. in; hut lie folloed It with u hlov l hat iiunle h red mark on It'll Dale'! hiuililer. "lion's that, ye pink coward?" h i l ow ell. "All right- how s this?" And Dale sent on a tn'i'lity blow iliat lel.nuiHled dully from the jrisi rl "e dii'-.! and elic ited only a hirli lau't of contempt. There was lltile to In ,v:unci hy ftriklng a man like Adult I'.hII on the clic-t ; Dale knew now ll.ut he must reach a nunc vuli.ernhlt !!. Then he feinted w'!h hN left ami ilrow- liN rl'lil lo H.ill'i- mouth, hrln' IliK hloml. 1 '.ii 1 1 roared In his hlini1 i.ce nud iluslied toward hN antagonist resolved lii (J''! II eilMcb. Hill Dal eluded the terrllde miiii", althoiiirli Ir mi doing he received a hlow o!i tin temple I lint made him di for H fee seconds. While rii II was again ciic:ij.m Ii: trvlng to cnlii t lie ad aiiiage of a clinch. (Irsiuiy Heck inane her im-hi- j knee on the Moreland hank. She i pioinplly laiincheit her sy lapalhies in! a inaiiner that pleased hoih her aci li ti ir I son slid the walchful end "Men I .lohn I ii i . i I t ,ii ri no. "Hit hi in in the sliiiiimlfk. Mr. BUI! the cried over and over. "Hit bin. wher be lives at 1" Tbe toiahal grew holier aid hotter. Koth landed frequently r.ow. The face vf both .' blaoeVag, sad each spat red raw and then, their cleiblng bad been lent away to rhe belt, and their aitf gkiflcenf. wet budlae glewed lo ihe v.einlog snoltght. Dele had eevlousiy dasweged hla soft bands; Uej felt e theugb Mit wevo oiled with alive. ef S'eeV Kuf alHI ho feitvlit en deggedly, dirunMiedly, deeperateij, anlncfo er Miinitie. These oi ike twe beaks watebed it ell with ii)pt'vsed excilearenf. Bnba Llilleferd stood la tbe edgo of the oarer, with her bands cleaned below her throat, her fe was psle. Jobs Moreland., n ho had witnessed ninny ether great Kghte, lilmself a fighting n.sn, bad never before beheld wuch a -nlest of atrength and endurance aa this; Bill Dale had won John More land'a heart for all time to come. Hut the blows of rhe fighters were growing weaker new. Tbe sound of their labored breathing rose distinctly ever the gentle roar of the sparkling w titers ebovo. - the w a (chert ,aaw Adanv Ball . lunge" ut Ida 'Gin AT' saw" TnV sfdiio.Te ! out of sheer wenknesa, uw HnH's mighty hlood-strctikril arms close J about the . beautiful w hlte hcHly and ! bug It close to his great and hairy , chest. A moment, and Hull whs hend- Ing -Dale slowly backward and down . ward more by reason of weight than ( of atrength; unother moment, and Hull was about to sink the brown head ua . der the urfae! I Ha he Llttleford gave a smothered ( cry. John Moreland steptied toward the water and shouted hoarsely: I "Don't ye drowned him Adam I Kf ye do, ye'll answer to me!" Dale had gathered hlmoelf for a last move. He slipped downward suddenly. Immersing himself completely, and ahot one arm around Hall's thigh; then, by a great effort, he rose with the giant and overthrew hire, and Staggered free I Ball's hairy face tame to the surface first. Dale fought hack ihe pain of the water In his lungs, and the pain as of sharp and Jagged silvers of steel lu his hands, and struck madly, half blindly, at the "hateful face. He kept it down, but it wouldn't go under the water completely. ... Adam ball began 1,0 drift, as. though lifeless down the stream. Bill Dale followed, still fighting weakly, choking aa ha breathed. But soon he ceased The Combat Grew Hotter and Hotter. fo strike. He aw, im-tead of the heal like face. flii-hes as of distant siimmei Hcldiilng, . tut reil blotches attain-! thick blackness, lie blotches faded Mid all became dark to him; ht pitched forward, gapping, and Im-m lo drift down the stream with ihi vanquished Hall. Hahe Llttleford n Handing In tli water ro hrr kteo When DhIc mic Cillulied to tiiler ciLam-lion, lie M!art ed touard 1; i in, to mhu him frou ilro'v niiig. s l.t- f-it Krancely iIihul toward ll.e lig. white, clean lilllll w hi h. d .li!j'itl ll.e ilidhith she hud nl vTiTJs'ilica'cll, Tvut alio'liud-goiri! only Ii few yards townrd the ccnt-r of tin river when John Moreland and San Heck rem bed tho unconscious llgures I leek drugged Hull lo Ihe Llttleford hunk nmj left him lying there, fact downward, on the sum). Moreland hull cairle.l. half dragged Hill Dule to tht Other hank. Hiihe Llttleford wader out. She paid absolutely no at tent lot to the woisled bully. She stood In leiitly watching the limp form of Dale "Is he dead, John Morelainl?" sbt culled tremulously. Vo. Hi. be." MoivlHlid answered, bit voice not unkind; "he ain't unywayt High ilend." He and Sum Heck took up Dn'e't dripping I'gure and bore it away. Hh'h l.lttlefoid tan to higher ground. I.hl herself behind a clump of fra and watched them. 'Sianny Heck followed with Dale's iat and hat. Sbe chattered all the way across the meadow "Now what did I tell ye. John aud Sam? What did I tell je? 1-a. la' Wasn't it a master fight, like I saM now wasn't it?" "Sometimes ye make we a litttt tlisMl, granny-woman." Moreland re inonttraied gently. "The tain t noih n in forchune-tellln'. You've Jest been here fo' so long 'at yon know how t Jedge rhe future by the past. And you're n tol'ahle good guesser, too, I reckon." Oranuy Heck flared up quickly: "Ain't nothln' In forehune-tetliii'! Now dou'l go and fol yeself. John Moreiund. You listen to me about a half minute, John. I seed more in the cup 'an I told Mr. Ill 11. I seed blood and death. I seed a big fight atwlit the Motvlunds and the Llttlefords!" "That's easy lo guess at." John Morelni.d replied. "You kt.ow. o' course. 'n Hlack Adam will do nil he can to brltg trouble to us on account o' Hill Dale a-stayin' with us. 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