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TWICE-A-VVEEK HERALD, JULY 17, 19o6.
Senorita Rita By IZOLA FORRESTER. Cojiyrlfht, 1W6, by Huby Douk'im 'So you are going home, senor?" Tb" girl looked straight ulicntl at the wld weep of lovel prairie pasture, her red lips parted In n suille-n moKt tantalis ing, annoying smile Carruthers thought a be caught a glimpse of It sideways. 'Terhaps," he returned moodily. "I have stayed too long already." "You do not like Texas, senor'f "You did not call me senor last week." lie bent toward her slightly, but she did not turn her head. "You called me Jack." She laughed and flushed a hasty glance at blm from her soft, dark eyes. , "That was a long time ago last week-but I will call you It again If you wish, Mr. Jack." Carrutbers did not notice the conces sion or ber gay scorn. He stared out to where the cattle browsed a sea of till, brown waves, hundreds of them, motionless and peaceful In the morn big sunrise. Here and there on the outskirts stood a figure of a borso with a silent rider watching the grazing herd, Carruthers' gaze swept over the mass until It rested on one herder at tho extreme north. Even with the dis tance of nearly a mile lxHween them be knew what the figure looked like, knew that It was watching them as be waa watching It It was not a pleasant knowledge. 'You have changed your mind, Seno rita Rita," he said bitterly, "since Ka mon came to the ranch. I wus very happy In Texas until your old sweet heart appeared." Rita laughed again, dellclously, warm ly, with a full enjoyment of bis mood. . "You are not tired of Texas, Mr. Jack," she said merrily. "You ure tired of me ah, yes, I say you are. You love me so madly, so entranclngly, until soWbody else comes who also loves me bo madly, so entrancing!, too; and then all at once you are Jealous aud distant and dissatisfied, and, presto, now, this minute, you suy, you will leave Texas, you will never, never come to the Fortuna ranch again. You are what did you cull me the duy I cried when Pep broke hls.leg?-kld, that Is It. You are e big, foolish kid, Mr. Jack. When a man loves he does not sulk and ride away. He stays and fights. See!" She held up her hand aud snapped her small tanned fingers sharply In the air. "I would not-give that for the silly kid lover who rides "away. Ramon Is a Mexican, but he Is Jjravc; he can fight. If I but let him "know the least bit I loved him he would carry me off on his horse 'way, way south over there to Mexico. You would not carry me away to your home like that, would you, Mr. Jack?" "I would carry you to the cud of the world," retorted Carruthers. "But not to your home?" she persist ed. have no home," said Carruthers. "When I came here to Texas I meant to stuy even before I met you." "Hut you are rich. Rniuou says you could buy all of the Fortuna for a pas time if you cured for It. And the For tuna is the richest ranch within a hun dred miles of the border. There is no cattleman so rich as my father In Mex ico." She lifted her head with the little tilt of pride he knew well. Senorita Rltu RIuz, heiress of the Fortuna, could well afford to lift her bend u trifle higher than other girls. Hut to Curruthers the motion brought merely reeret. He knew the truth inhout the Fortuna knew what every Texun us far iu San Antonio would knifi within n week that old Diablo 1 V bud squandered bis wealth In guu'iiiling; that not a thing on the Fortunn wus unmort gaged save his daughter, and even she, It was rumored, was pledged to Ramon Dorunda In return for his promised as sistance when the crush came. Carruthers might have given the tame assistance and claimed the sume reward, but something within him re volted against making the hand of the girl ho loved the stake In a transaction over old Rlaz's gambling debts. If be could win her, If he could hold her promise freely from her own lips, then be felt free to buy up the whale For tuna when the crash came and lay It at her feet. Rut she must be free to say yes or no. And she would say neither. She would only laugh. "Have you told Ramon you would marry him?" he asked, with sudden curtuess. The uncertainty was mud denlng to him. "Why do you ask?" she answered teaslngly. "Rita," he pleaded, "be serious. If you do not" She raised her arm with a sudden Imperative gesture and pointed to the herd. "Look!" uhe cried. "They are stum peding!" Carruthers looked. The brown sea bad suddenly stirred to life. Undulat lug, swaying, branching out loosely at the edges, It was lurching toward them. There seemed to be nothing rapid or wlft about Its coming. Carruthers thought, almost Idly, of how It resem fcled the swing of a bunch of race ' horses rounding the end of the field, when the movement was ao concerted, ao deliberate, that It hardly seemed a movement The herders were riding hero and there In confusion. They seemed mere specks of helpless mlsdl rection In the distance. Rita's face had lost Us color. She turned ber horse about the rein held fcbort aud tight In her clinched band. "We must race before them as thejr come," she said. ''Jftheboraes kfi S&JL We have just re ceived 100 dozen Topsy Hose for men in all the latest shades in plain, fancy and drop stitch effects. Prices range from 10c to 50c per pair Shoes No. 2516 is a Blucher, Gun Metal; Calf Bal, the best all around Shoe on the market. White Oxfords arc now in season. Our line has no equal in style and quality. Shirts Checks are now all the rage and we are showing some very swell check Shirts and have ties to match. We also have Negligee Shirts in silk and madras with or without col lars. Come in and see them. O. M. Eakle Embalmer and Funeral Director Ambulance Phones 21 and 36 Land For Lease. We offer for lease, the PRICE LANDS, located in blocks "13' ' 2 and "IT 3, Swisher County. For terms and descriptions address E. D. SMITH, Agent, Tulla, Texas. E. D. Green & Company 510 Polk St, Amarillo, Texas. their strength they will not trample us." But Carruthers had -slipped from the saddle. "It is sure death to try to ride with them," he answered. 'Dismount and do as I tell you." The stern masterfulness of his tone startled her. lie had never spoken like that to her; no one had. "Hold the horses," he ordered. She obeyed, watching blm In breathless si lence. The brown cloud ou the prairie was becoming more and more dis tinct. There was a heavy, low rumble In tho air like far, off thunder. Car ruthers drew a cigarette case from bis pocket, and after hunting curefnlly he produced one match. "That is the only one I have, he said. "Pray that it doesn't go out." He struck It on the box. The faint flame wavered In the southeasterly breeze, caught the end of the cigarette and lit it. liofore the match went out Carruthers smelled It and set fire to the trrass. It was dry and yellow from tho sun and caught' the blaze with n snap. The wind fanned it. and a wav ering line of thin smoke slid like a snake alone the roots for several feet. Tho horses reared aud kicked at the first whiff, and Carruthers seized the bridles t'roni the jrirl. "Tuke the cigarette." he said, hand ing It to her. "Keep It alight and set firo to the grass as far as you can reach i:i a strnight line facing the north. The wluil Is from the southeast and will blow the lire toward the herd, It may turn them." Iloldiu:; the plunging, trembling horses, he watched her. There was 110 fear, no sign of weakness. She tfa alert nnl sure in. her touch as the knelt here .and there In the grass and fired '.. As tho elgarette failed nhe tore a bunch of grass, tied It with an other wisp and set It blazing like a torch. In another minute a wall of tsmoke ami smoldering flame closed them In from the rushing herd lino. Come back," called Carruthers. The herd were not n quarter of n mile from them. He could see the leaders, heads down, and behind them line after Hue of tossing horns. 'Will they reach us?" whispered ltlta as she stood close beside him, her face lifted to his. "God knows; 1 don't," Bald Cnrruth- ers'despeniM.v. "It is nil we can do." "Jack. J:1'n to me." There was a new light in her dark eyes, n new softened tone to her voice. "Ramon has done this. The herd has never stampeded before. He has done it for revenge tr :,m yon and me. Last night I told blui no. I kno'v about him and the claim he holds over the Fortuna and my father, but J would rather lose It all than" "Than what?" Carruthers let the bridles trti!! on the g'-onnd aud held her close !n 1;N arms. The tremble of hundred of Jioofs shook the ground, the thunder -row hinder, now and then there came a low, threatening bellow from some hUht gored by lis fellows In the onrush. "Than lose you," Itita whispered as she closed her eyes to meet what might come. ' The herd was on them, but as. the leaders caught, the first sickening whiff of smoke they hesitated and wavered. Low leaping tongues of fl.ime flashed up before thyu; and rolls of smoke curled upward. The leaders swerved westward. After them plunged the frightened herd, mad dened and scared at the smell of the fire. The iv.it horses, loosened, joined them In the frantic gallop, and In less than thr'e minutes the danger had passed, ard on the blackened bit of land stood ( umithers and Rita alone. "The river will stop them," said Rita. "Ramon 1 know he has doue this to hnrm yon. You must leave the ranch. No one can say what he may do next." Carruthers bent to pick up something from the ground. It was the stub of a cigarette. He placed it tenderly and carefully In his case before he spoke. "I know what Ramon will do next, sweetheart. He will cross the border Into his own hind tonight or else land In the hands of the sheriff. I mean to stay in Texas, and there Is not room for both of us." "On the Fortuna V "On our ranch," he said. "I bought the Fortunn yesterday to make sure of Ramon and of my senorita." The Dime. Despite the Inclemency of the weather, a very large and appreciat ive audience greeted the "Dime" again last night. The new program was pronounced one of the best yet, and is but in keeping with the high c!ass entertainments that, In the past, have been given. The management has discontinued the matinee per formances, and Instead give two In the evening, one beginning at 8 and one nt 9:15 p. m. 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