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The Voice of the Pack
Bv EDISON MARSHALL 8YN0P8I8. Warned by hla physician that he has not more than six months to live, Falling sits despondently on a park bench, wondering where he should spend those six months. A friendly squirrel practically decides the matter for him. His blood Is pioneer blood, and he decides to end his days In the forests of Ore gon. Memories of his grandfather and a deep love for all things of the wild help him In reaching a decision. Oregon city he meets people who had known and loved his grand father, a famous frontiersman. He makes his home with Silas Lennox, a typical westerner. The only oth er members of the household are Lennox's son, "Bill," and daugh ter, "Snowbird." Their abode Is many miles from "civilisation," In the Umpqua dlvlds, and there Flailing plans to live out the short span of life which he has been told Is his. His extreme weakness In the face of even a slight exer tion convinces him that the doctor had made a correct diagnosis of hls case. In a large southern CHAPTER II—Continued. Yes, Steele knew Bill. Bill weighed two hundred pounds, and he would choose the biggest of the steers he Irove down to the lower levels in the winter and, twisting Its horns, would make It lay over on Its side. Besides, both of the men assumed that Dan oust be only In the first stages of hls malady. And even as the men talked, the train that bore Dan Falling to the home of hls ancestors was entering for the first time the dark forests of pine and fir that make the eternal background of the Northwest. He was wholly unable to understand the itrange feeling of familiarity that he had with them, a sensation that In hla dreams he had known them al ways, and that he must never go out of the range of them again. • • . Dan didn't see hls host at first. For the first Instant he was entirely en grossed by a surging sense of disap pointment—a feeling that he had been 1 tricked and had only come to another city after all. He got down onto the gravel of the station yard, and out on the gray street pavement he heard the clang of a trolley car. Many au tomobiles were parked Just beside the •tatlon, some of them foreign cars of expensive makes, such as he supposed would be wholly unknown on the frontier. A man In golf clothes brushed hls shoulder. Dan looked up to the hills, and he felt better. He couldn't see (hem plain ly. The faint smoke of a distant for est fire half obscured them. Yet he saw fold on fold of ridges of a rather peculiar blue In color, and even hls untrained eyes could see that they were clothed In forests of evergreen. Over the heads of the green hills Dan could see a few great peaks; Mc Laughlin, even and regular aa a paint ed mountain ; Wagner, with queer white gashes where the snow still lay In Its ravines, and to the southeast the misty range of snow-covered hills thnt were the Slckeyoua. He felt de cidedly better. And when he saw old Silas Lennox watting patiently beside the station, he felt he had come to the right place. It would be Interesting to explain why Dan at once recognized the older man for the breed he was. Silas Len nox was not dressed In a way that would distinguish him. It was true that he wore a flannel shirt, riding trousers and rather heavy, leathern boots. But sportsmen all over the face of the earth wear this costume at sundry times. Mountain men have a peculiar stride by which experienced persons enn occasionally recognize them ; but Silas Lennox was stnnding still when Dan got hls first glimpse of him. The case resolves Itself Into n «impie matter of the things that could be read In Lennox's face. Dan disbelieved wholly In a book thnt told how to rend characters at sight. Yet at the first glance of the leun, btBnzed face hls heart curious little bound. A pair of gray eyes met his—two fine black points In a rather hard gray iris. They didn't look past him. or at either side of him, or at hts chin or hls forehead. They looked right at hls own eyes. The skin a round the eyes was burned brown by the sun, and the flesh was so lean that the cheekbones showed plainly. The month was straight ; but yet It neither savage nor cruel. It was sim ply determined. Lennox came up with a light, silent You're gave a was tread and extended hls hand. Dan Falling's grandson, aren't yon?" Pm Silas Lennox, who used to know him when he lived on the Divide. You are coming to spend the summer and fall on my ranch." The Immediate result of these words, besides relief, was to set Dan wondering how the old mountaineer had recognized him. He wondered If d any physical resemblance to Bndfather. But this hope was \ earth at once. Hls telegram yilned about his malady, and \the mountaineer had picked \mply because he hod the lie asked. he mark of the disease on his face. As he shook hands, he tried his best to read the mountaineer's expression. It was all too plain : nn undeniable look of disappointment. The truth was that even In spite of all the Chamber of Commerce head had told him, Lennox had still hoped to find some image of the elder Dan Falling In the face and body of his grandson. Because of the thick glasses, Lennox could not see the young man's eyes; but he didn't think it likely they were at all like the eyes with which the elder Falling saw his way through the wilderness at night. Of course he was tall, Just as the fa mous frontiersman had been, but while the elder weighed one hundred and ninety pounds, bone and muscle, this man did not touch one hundred and thirty. Evidently the years had brought degeneracy to the Falling clan. Lennox was desolated by the thought He helped Dan with bis bag to a lit tle wiry automobile that waited be side tbe station. They got Into the two front seats, and a moment later were starting up the long, curved road that led to the Divide. During the hour that they were crossing over the foothills, on the way to the big timber, Silas Lennox talked a great deal about the frontiersman that had been Dan's grandfather. A mountain man does not use profuse adjectives. He talks very simply and very straight, and often there are long silences between his sentences. Yet he conveys his Ideas with entire clear ness. Dan realized at once that If he could be, In Lennox's eyes, one-fifth of the man his grandfather had been, he would never have to fear again the look of disappointment with which his host had greeted him at the station. But Instead of reaching that high place, he had only—death. He knew what his destiny was in these quiet he the hls the the of he In al on of he to T, :w V 9 I! i I i JLl \ 4 4 "You're Dan Falling's Grandson, Aren't YouP' at a of n at In hills. And it was true that he began to have secret regrets that he had come. But It wasn't that he was dis appointed In the land that was open ing up before him. It fulfilled every promise. Hls sole reason for regrets lay In the fact that now the whole mountain world would know of the decay that had come upon hls people. Perhaps It would have been better to have left them to their traditions. He had never dreamed thot the fame of hls grandfather had spread so far. For the first ten miles Dan listened to stories—legends of a cold nerve that simply could not be shaken ; of a powerful, tireless physique; of moral and physical strength that was seemingly without limit. Then, as the foothills began to give way to the higher ridges, and the shadow of the deeper forests fell upon the narrow, brown road, there began to be long gaps in the talk. And soon they rode In utter silence, evidently both of them absorbed In their own thoughts. Dan did not feel oppressed at all. He merely seemed to fall Into the spirit of the woods, and no words came to his lips. Every mile was an added delight to him. Not even wine could have brought a brighter sparkle to his eyes. He had begun to experi ence a vague sort of excitement, an emotion that was almost kin to ex ultation, over the constant stir nnd movement of the forest life. Once, as they stopped the car to refill the ra diator from a mountain stream, Len nox looked nt hint with sudden curi osity. "You are getting a thrill out of this, aren't you?" he asked wonder Ingly. It was a curious tone. Perhaps It was a hopeful tone, too. He spoke ns if he hardly understood. "A thrill !" Dan echoed. He spoke as a man speaks in the presence of some great wonder. "Good Heavens, a If Copyright. 19». by Llttl«. Brown ft Co. I never »aw anything like It In mv life." "In this very stream," the mountain eer told him Joyously, "you may occa sionally catch trout that weigh three pounds." Hut as be got hack into the car tbe look of interest died out of Lennox's eyes. Of course any man would be somewhat excited by hla first glimpse of the wilderness. It was not that he bad Inherited any of the traits of bis grandfather. It was absurd to hope that he had. And he would soon get tired of the silences and want to go back to his cities. He told bis thought —that it would all soon grow old to him ; and Dan turned almost In anger. "You don't know," he said. "I didn't know myself, how I would feel about it. I'm never going to leave the hills again." "You don't mean that." "But I do." He tried to speak fur ther, but he coughed Instead. "But I couldn't If I wanted to. That cough tells you why, I guess." "You mean to say—" Silas Lennox turned in amazement. "You mean that you're a—a goner? That you've given up hope of recovering?" 'That's the Impression I meant to convey. I've got a little over four months—though I don't see that I'm nny weaker than I was when the doc tor said I had six months. Those four will take me all through the fall and the early winter. And I hope you won't, feel that you've been Imposed upon—to have a dying man on your hands." "It isn't that." Silas Lennox threw his car Into gear and started up the long grade. And he drove dear to the top of It and Into another glen before he spoke again. Then he pointed to what looked to Dan like a brown streak that melted Into the thick brush. 'That waB a deer," he said slowly. "Just a glimpse, but your grandfather could have got him be tween the eyes. Most like as not, though, he'd have let him go. He never killed except when he needed meat. But that—as you say—ain't the Impression I'm trying to convey." He seemed to be groping for words. -''What is It, Mr. Lennox?" Dan asked. "Instead of being sorry, I'm mighty glad you've come," Lennox told him. "It's not that I expect you to be like your grandfather. You haven't bad his chance. But It's always the way of trilb men, the world over, to come back to their own kind to die. That deer we just saw—he's your people, and so are all these ranchers that grub their lives out of the forests— they are your people, too. And you couldn't have pleased the old man's old friends any better, or done more for his memory, than to come back to his own land for your last days." The words were strange, yet Dan Intuitively understood. It was as If a prodigal son had returned at last, and although his birthright was squandered and he came only to die, the people of his home would give him kindness and forgiveness, even though they could not give him their respect to It a of on of to to In of no ed so CHAPTER III. The Lennox home waa a typical mountain ranch-house—square, solid, comforting In storm and wind. Bill waa out to the gate when tbe car drove up. He was a son of hls fa ther, a strong man In body and per sonality. He too had heard of the elder Falling, and he opened hls eyes when he saw the slender youth that was hls grandson. And he led the way Into the white-walled living room. "You must be chilly and worn out from the long ride," Lennox suggest ed quietly. He spoke In the tone a strong man Invariably uses toward an Invalid. Dan felt a curious re sentment at the words. "I'm not cold," he said. "It's hard ly dark yet I'd sooner go outdoors and look around." The elder man regarded him curi ously, perhaps with the faintest glim mer of admiration. "You'd better wait till tomorrow, Dan," he replied. "BUI will have supper soon, anyway. You don't want to overdo too much, right at first." "But, good heavens I Tin not going to try to spare myself while I'm here. It's too late for that." ; Dan Failing is introdncml who proves to n decidedly interesting member of the Lennon family, to "Snowbird, nnd Dan ahews new interest im Ufa i» th« aast iaa ta limant. (TO BB CONTINUED.) Watch Expenditures. If he who la always hard up will but keep a record of hla expenditures he may find that he la more lacking in sense than In dollars. Or a "Situation." When a statesman runs Into a brick wall and sees no way to get over or under, he emits a few sharp yelps and calls It a crisis.—Baltimore But Beautiful Home Mexican Embassy Has a [ ?fç i ] 'imm ij 'Ilf 1 m TÜS be to "I ■Lx The new home of the Mexicnn embassy is one of the most beautiful In Washington. The photograph shows the music room, with Its wonderful pipe organ which has a set of chimes. During the occupation of the home by . the former third secretary of state ami Mrs. Breckeurldge Long, they gave the use of the house to the government for tbe entertainment of Lord Balfour and his mission when they were the guests of the United States, and again when the king and queen of the Belgians were guests of this country. Problems of Far East Come First Must Be Satisfactorily Adjusted if Disarmament Is to Be Success. H6 STEP TOWARD PEACE Once an Agreement le Reached on These Important Questions Matter of Getting Together on Cutting Armaments Will Be Easy. Washington.—Success or failure of the disarmament conference in Wash ington this fhll depends primarily on a satisfactory adjustment of half a dozen "Far East problems." Only with these major Issues ami cably adjusted would the irritants that might ultimately lead to a dash of arms be removed. And then only could the nations Involved agree to a considerable redaction of armaments —at least a cessation of building new armaments—without feeling that safety waa being jeopardized. These problems Mandates under ,'e League at Na tions, particularly that of Yap. Shantung. The open door In China. . The territorial Integrity of China. The territorial Integrity of Asiatic Russia. Communications. Once an agreement on these Is reached the matter of getting together on cutting down the size of armies and navies will be easy. But this first necessary agreement, offldala recog nized, will not be easy. That, rather than any actual disarmament com pact, will be the big step toward peace. If It Is achieved. U. 8. to Make Protest. Yap and Shantung, Japan has In dicated, Bhe holds to have been dis posed of by the treaty of Versailles. The United States, however, on the basis that she, as one of the principal allied and associated powers, even though not a member of the League of Nations, was entitled to a voice in the distribution of the former German Islands In the Pacific, has protested the granting of special rights In Yap to Japan. Because of Yap'a impor tance as a Pacific cable center, this country has Insisted that It be Inter nationalized and equal rights assured to all. With respect to Shantung, no offi cial stand has been taken, although many senators have attacked the be stowing upon Japan of the German rights in that peninsula. The unbiased view, however, has been that any dispute over soverelgnty In Shantung should be the matter of negotiation between China and Japan. There is Indicated a considerable desire In several quarters that the Yap and Shantung questions be elimi nated In advance of the Washington conference. That, It Is recognized, would greatly simplify questions be fore the conference. This government will not, however, concede that the treaty of Versailles—In the absence of any acquiescence by this country— could dispose of Yap. The' case has been stuted so plainly that Japan has no illusions as to the basis on which our claims stand, and the vigor with which they will be presented. China Demands Province. As to Shantung, Japan has contend ed that title to the former German rights in that province was largely vested In her and cannot be disturbed so long as the Versailles treaty re mains international law. China, on the other hand, contends that her declaration of war against Germany restored to China all rights previously granted Germany. That being so, she claims, ' there were no German rights In China to be dis posed of at the Versailles conference. China refused to sign the treaty be cause of the Shantung provision. The open door In China and China's territorial Integrity are, of course, old questions. They are the ones In which the real statesmanship of the mem bers of the conference may best be displayed. On them depends whether China la to become an inde pendent nation, or whether the spe cial Interests which virtually render China Impotent and helpless are to continue their hold. In this Is In volved the abolition of all extra terri torial jurisdiction, the control of mari time customs by the British, the French control of the Chinese post of fice and the Lansing-Ishil agreement recognizing Japan's esta." tlona. The question of the territorial Integ rity of Asiatic Russia wlU bring to the front Japan's occupation of the mari time provinces of eastern Siberia and of Sakalln Island, where Japan Is op erating extensive fisheries. Japanese colonization in Manchuria and her cupancy of Vladivostok nre also In volved. on of a a Is in special Inter These are Infinite ramlflca at oc Cables Cause Trouble. In the matter or communications, tbe whole question of a friendly, equitable relationship in the establish ing and maintenance of wireless and cable stations will be developed. This will bring In the development of Yap as an International cable distributing center, and the Interests of the Neth erlands, which now control Important cable links In the western Pacific. Both Belgium and Holland. In ad dition to the six powers primarily In volved In the conference, will be per mitted to make representations In connection with the Far East ques tions. Belgium has extensive Interests In China, Belgian capital owning the Lung Hal and the How Chlng rail ways and the great Kal Ping mines. Holland's whole life as a trading nation depends upon her rich Island possessions In the Pacific—tbe Dutch Elast Indies. This comprises a huge territory with 50,000,000 population, Without these colonies and a free hand in developing their markets, Hoi land would be reduced to the status of a fifth-rate nation. Her Interests are readily recognized as Justifying a Mrs. Harding Gets Campaign Reel y r! & ■s> ï mj àV m k/ Ad KMfM ifi i . ■ ■ i Mi V §! K; . - : S « ■ . <■ i' •n •f. tyW# IL; u ..--' 1 Mrs. Warren G. Harding receiving a two-reel animated pictorial record of the presidential campaign which resulted In the election of her husband chief executive, from William A. Brady representing the motion pictur» in dustry of the country. The screen review will be preserved by President and Mrs. Harding as a family record of the historic events which led to thalr occupancy of the White House. In the picture are Jack Connolly Mrs. Hard, lng, William A. Brady and Col. Clarence O. Sherrill, aide to the President Many Reasons Why Big Nations Should Disarm Approximately $1,600,000,000 has been appropriated for ex tension of the naval program by the five countries which are ex pected to discuss disarmament in Washington next autumn. The United States leads with $600,000,000. Great Britain la second with $422,000,000, Japan Is third with $250,000,000, France Is fourth with $175,000, 000, and Italy Is fifth with 73, 000 , 000 . Discussion Of the building pro grams will show the five coun tries armed on the oceans as follows: Great Britain, B56 ships; United States, 008 ships; Japan, 221 ships; France, 268 ships, and Italy, 245 ships. volce In any agreement Involving Far Eastern affairs. Dominions Raise Problems. Along broad lines, those are the questions that must be Ironed out be fore the conference can get down to brass tacks on the relative size of armies and navies. Important, but secondary to these key questions, are the attitude of Aus tralia, Canada and New Zealand, and jthe new position In which the Philip pines may be placed as a result of the conference. For it Is generally admitted that with the other questions of expansion and colonization In the Far East set tled on some agreeable basis, the chances for Philippine Independence at an early date would be greatly In creased.—Harry Hunt, In Chicago Post. Citizens to Curb Speeders, Greenville, S. C.—"Speed limit 26 miles , per hour. Drive slow and see our country; drive fast and see our Jails." This Is the sign that Sheriff Rector posted on all the leading high ways and a hundred citizens were se cretly sworn In as policemen to help a curb the speed demons. Killed Bride In Mistake for Burglar. Wenona, HI.—Firing point blank at someone he thought to be a burglar. Daniel Kennedy, switched on the elec \tehts to find that he had fatally ided hls sixteen-year-old bride of trie woun seven months. She died a few hour» later.