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80RMLEY Aung four acts on tha
hoard and rakad In a pile of gold pieces. The air* In Lumlsy's tan: was aa thick aa a London fog. and tfce two candles on sack end of the up turned sled that was serving aa a table looked like OreAlea. A middle-aged man will* one eye stood looking on. and after Oormlay had sifted the gold Into hla pockets, stooped, and picking up a flfth ace. laid It before him. "Tou dropped this?" he asked. In n matter of fact tone. "Oho!" cried Lumley. whipping out hta gun and covering Oormlay. "put It back. you. put It back. go that's your gem*"‘ The three man Jumped to thrlr feet and scowled at tha winner. Oormley stopped short, dosed. He stared at tha card, then at the one-eyed man. and slowly emptied hie pockets "It'e forty miles to Valdes.” went on Lumley Aercely, “but the trail's good end most of It's down hill. This ain’t no plea* for card cheats.'* Hla whole attitude waa theatrical and overplayed. The other three losing gamesters growled assent. Qorm ley. very white, stared at all four. "Look hare." he said, “there ain't no use talking, but that aca of hearts never come from me. Give me time to aell my cache an’ I’ll light out, only 1 ain’t turnin’ back. All I got's here. I'll go on to Circle." “You prove that aca ain’t your’a." In sisted Lumley, lowering his gun and scrap ing In his share of the returned pot. ”an‘ It’e all off.” The other shook his head. "I can't do It." he said In a hopeless voice. "It was night to hla foot." broke In Mellor. the on«-eyed man. "I ain't saylo’ nothin'; you all seen where I got It." "Let the camp settle It," said Lumley. "W# can have a call for to-morrow noon." Oormley went out onto the dreary waste •f Jackass Flats. It was lata April and ths Tesllna was Just beginning to feel tha Aood from the foot of the melting glacier. He stood uncertain, looking Into tha dark ness- He knew how a trial might result. Justice was dealt out with swift fiends on the trail. I: was tha boast of the ramp that one might leave a full pocketbook anywhere on the snow and And It again untouched after days. Ha recalled the poor devil who had mailt off with a side of bacon—they burled him under two feet of frozen ground on the other side of the divide. On the Hopeless Backward Trail. He went to his tent and lay down In hla sleeping bag. Shortly after midnight ha waa up. It didn't tfke him long to roll up hla canvas and pack It on hta sled with a baa of beans* another of bacon, some salt and tea. hla mining tools and blankets. He slipped tha rope over his neck and under his arms, and with moccaslned f««?t making no noise on the crust, started off around the bend toward tha Tanana Hills and the Copper River. Ills fifteen hundred pounds of stuff w-re lost to him; that was the price of tha fifth are. Ha tried to figure out how tha unlucky heart had fallen at his feet. Tha one-eyed man he knew for a square fellow, the mall carrier of tha country, who took hla life in hla hands every day for a dollar a letter, lie set hla teeth and cursed h.e luck. Tm througu," ha said, and was startled at the sound of hta own voice. •'Hell, think of mortgaging tha old place for thla.'* He laughed harshly. Inwardly sick at tha thought. He k-*pt on mushing untu long after daylight* stopped In a hollow to light a fire and cook a little breakfae*. and then rolled himself up In hia blanket and slept until lata afternoon. i»rnjrging ono nunarel and firty pound* sounds sasy. but It la no slnscuro whon th* path is unbroken and unknown. Hts Plans to build a boat and float down ths Teslina to Copper Centro were out of tho question now. He must g> It afoot, and try to meet up with prospectors who didn't know him. For ten day* ho pushed on over snows that were fast melting, fording streams that threatened to sweep him off his feel* and putting mils after mils between him and ths spec*re that hung over Jackass Flats. Ths ics on Uk« Marguerite was beginning to break as he worked his way along tho shore, and light laden ha reached tha front of the lake In half the time he had set aside to get there. Tales of Cold, But Only Tales. Th«r. wer# men ahead of him; men with ♦alea of cold, but no gold. Tha rainbow now hung far away ovar tha Tanana If Ilia bayond tha clay banka of tha Capper. Cormlay pitched hta tent and reatad. Tha surface anow »u gotta; there waa no m»ra sledding. Back of tha new camp layacrea of fallen tree*, round, ehlnlna. amooth with •b* waar and tear of anow and rain anj weather. Inelr baaea cut off aa clean aa wheat after tha acythe. Tha nlahta were aetttna shorter, and In tha half dark, with man rowtna on tha lake and Hah'* twlnkllna fr-«m many tents, with aonae romlna from light-hearted ad venturer* to tha accompaniment of a banjo, one might have thought ha was on an Island laka back ln*the State* Only tha narrow rim of m on, tilted, uncanny, visi ble for a few moments over tha tope of whit* peak*. Jarred on the ey# and broke the imagination a* on a wheal. Oormlay saw pi fured on many of tha«a flights In tha alienee that followed tha tinging—an almost tangible atlllneaa— the little farm In Indiana, his wife and tha two children sitting hy their mother on the farm wagon waving their hand* as tha train pulled out hearing him Into tha un known. Thera were hundred* who could rooj ,ra op tlml.ar vision* II. want ovar the arena in Lumley ■ tent, and wondered If It might not have been for tha heat. :..w an) again pr-xpector* pa**ed on their way ba-k. all with tala* of tha r|chaa of the Worth All wl'h etorle* of how they, lea* for- -nata than their fallow*, had J„.t m...ed tn. lurky -:.,m. Morml.y looked about -he clr.l. ,h», listened open n . ifhatl -o the., fahrlrafIona of waaith »o*- t-y a hair s breadth, and ahr ,gg*d tils *b«tiJ<S*re night ther. waa a stirring tn the rao.p Three m.n h.d rom. In with «„ a .ni of . tin hod In the hill* front a i pert* Of ihe littia town of tanta forma began to appear armed with pick and ahoral, loaf in thalr eyea. Impatlanra to thatr gait. The ravaleada atarted, no nna rnuld have told under whoa* direction and by day light was half way op in’ tha mo-in tains, over swamps, across n«:d* of arlsa-rre.sed fallen tr.,nka. among ho ,t darn It Ikranded Its wa. aaflna cold hacsn The Ace Hearts-* tei and flapjack aa It want, and to^iiopaful ta be weary. The suo went down. There, that waa the place, that gulch—the hundred began to dig. spreading out Ilka a lot of Jackals, panning out black dirt with eyes glued to the bottom looking for the telltale glitter. Swarms of mosquttoeo so thick as to darken the air bussed and bit unheeded. Instead of gold was water—water under the mo»i. The placa waa a morass Then fkge broke forth. Who said there wae gold here? No on# could tell. Mrn looked at each other and realised that they war* exhausted; raised their eyes to the higher hills and saw a herd of caribou marching majestically up-—up. They crept back, some silent, some curs ing—to esch csmp only when light was breaking and to forget their disappoint ment In sleep and whiskey. Uormley took hla leave and headed north with his beans and bacpn reduced to a fortnight'* ration. Three days later he stopped near a deserted cache, on the side of which was scrawlad on a flour bag. -Stran ger. help yourself.** He took what he needed and went on. This was th«*w«y to go. unbur dened by a great load. He looked back and tried to figure how far he would have been If he had stopped to whip-saw lumber and build a boat. He pictured the men he had left, tolling three miles through the swamp to find siseable trees; their days of back-breaking toll, the carrying of tho green boards to the camp, to patching and launching and waiting. FTe saw them load ing up and floating, as he thought, serenely to tne Copper. He did not see the fre quent stranding* on sand bars, the battles waist deep in the icy waters to keep the boats from swirling over, the (hanging channels and the water-*oaked food. Brown and green patches began to ap pear—a grateful relief to the eye after the Interminable vista of white. He the scramble fer the yellow metal, and time In the North Is moro than life. For two months he tolled on. It was not until hs had moro than he had over dared to hope for that the thought struck him— how to get his gold to tho coast. Ho could not wait for Wlntor and truot to unbrokon trails and sudden blizzards. Neither could ho pack such a heavy weight over the now dangerous glacier without exciting sus picion. There was the river, but he had no boat. Provisions hs could pick up along tho tslltale banks* of tho Copper— with picks and shovels and pans—but boats were not to be had. The Incoming hoats needed them to haul up their goods, and the outgoing to get back to tho Cen ter. He had no money and he dared not offer nuggets. Tho necessity of ths boat weighed on his mind, and he wandered to the bank of ths rIvor ono afternoon, looking In vain for any sight of smoke or boat. A man tapped him on ths shouldsr. Gormley jumped round and faced him. Ths other wastqd no words in greeting. “Look here, pard,’’ he said, “any doctor In these parts?" Gormley shook his head. -Whyr “Got a man with a broken leg down there. Hit by a bear. We fixed him up the best we could, but he’s got to get back.** “Where’s your boat?* *«kod Gormley. “Lyin’ In that cove.” He seised the pros pector by the sleeve, and started with him down tho precipitous gravel bank. The boat lay on a ledge of shale, add shout It moved two other adventurers whom Gorm ley had never seen before. They hailed him as a savior. The man with a broken leg lay on a sleeping bag with staring eyes. He saw Gormley and smTTed a lone smile. “Hello, Lumley,” said Gormley. “I ain’t It hadn't bean for thin Matted fool—flour at a dollar a pound on tha Flats and lyin' nroun' hers for nothin'. You cot to trass* liCbt. I any. but It's lira and learn." "You ain't smokln'T" "No, loat my tobacco." "Give 'lm your plpo and pluc. I.umley." • aid the speaker "You'll not need ’em to night." He due them out of the sick man ■ pocket and handed them ovar. Oormley filled the corncob bowl and took a lone whiff with the manner of a man clutchlne at chloroform durioc an opera tion. The three men raised the flcure In the boat, and Gormlay smoothed out the blankets In the bow. L.umley groaned Gortnley filled hla pall and pave him watar. “He's In fever." he aald. "I'll start alonp now. there'll be a little llpht left." The other men fixed the sick min half sMtlag on the flat bottom with hla lep reetlnp easy. The oare were fattened to the thole pins. Uormiey took hold. "Walt a minute." Tho two men dropped what food they could spare Into the elern. "Shovfc her off," cried Gormley. "Easy, easy." lie stepped In aa the craft awunp free and glided out Into the murky stream Then the current caupht them and they sank away from tha watchlnp figures on the shale—back on the road to God's country. Ltimley'a eves were closed, but he was evidently suffering agonies. Gormley is* htin Indistinctly, save for the white ban dages that atood out In the dark and for got about the burled gold. Here was a suffering man who needed help. They moved swiftly on through the shadow of tho long white evening of the North pacing off tho road to Copper Centre at six miles an hour. Two hoars later Gormlay pulled ashore. Millions of mosquitoes awarmed about ths than he la to you. I ain't carta’In' to build I a house—ain't got no tools an' no food." | “You might's well lake a chance with the river.' said the other. “It's gettln on new. and It'll be freesln' some fine day. Lot him lie there till mornln'. Ue'U (eel better after he has some broth.” Lumley gulped down the bear meat bro.b and fell off Into a dose. “I'll bunk In the boat.” said aormley. “Ain't had no sleep." The nuggets were never out of hts mind, yet ha had no Idea of leaving Lumley. He had aecrlltced a lot already, but he had the boat, and that was a good deal. He was up at daylight, with the rest of the camp. He did not aee a face he anew. The human tlda was beating North with a resistless flood and little ebb. Lumlsy aeemed a little better; his gase less wild. “You can't leava him here.” was the unspoken comment he read la ewery eye. The movement up the river be gan before sunrise. The miners who had given a helping hand to the sick man were only too glad to carry him back to the boat. They did it wtih alacrity, and prof fered provisions In plenty. It was an easy way of patting themselves on the back and getting rid of responsibility and delay. They were all human, and they gave Gormloy full credit for what seemed to them a daring sacrifice. The sick man was made comfortable In the bow. and two pins were fastened In the stern to hold «„ oar for a rudder. Wa*. pU,hed off on hl* J®“rnsy to '£• dlt* of ,h® Copper, and the camp shouted good luck from the shore. bars* *'*"• *voMln* driftwood and m give Luili! *Un W** h,<rh' ,h'n ‘"■‘ched In ,0me bro,h' •«»Y heated ^^r'hrmVr;T..dyTh.:.::!t*r r“ht-” **id -*o» Th*v ___a ••Centre.” and passed men tow ing heavy loada against Its •wtft current. “Hello, goln' North?” “Tee. to Circle.” “Good luck to you.” “Same to you," The Spring waa beginning ta thaw out men's spirits as well aa the ground. He lost trmek of the daya, and the watch that ticked off the hours he rarely looked at. The nights were like the daya. white and long. Ha waa In another world, and only the winds and the brooks talked to him In a language that be knew. Twelve daya from striking the big stream he rame up with a party of Chinooks. “Siwashea” they called themselves on the trail. They regarded him stolid ly. hut their followers, a doxen yellow dogs with huge ears, harked long and loud. Gorm ley eyed them curiously aa he went about getting his evening meal. The salmon had begun to run long ago—and such salmon, shimmering with all ths colors Of the Northern lights The Indians were apathetic, one of their number wea sick, an old man. evidently a chief h* |ar In his clothing of skint and moaned while others of bib tribe crowded about him. Gormley got out hia flask, and poured the remaining draught Into a tin cup. lie made motions Of drtnklng to the onlookers, and held the whiskey to the old man , lips Then he emptied hla quin Ine bottle of Ita last three pllla and added this to the dose, piling covering r.n the patient. The next morning the Chinook waa better, and the Indiana went on with their Interrupted work of drying salmon for the "Inter King salmon had been offended, now he was propitiated, and all would be well. Gormley waa starting „„ h!f wray. when one of the wizened women of the ramp pulled him by the arm am! led hltp to the recovering chief The latter grunted, and aa apafhelically aa though he had offering Gormley a crust of bread held out three nuggets of gold The White man shook hla head Then the other made signs with hla hands aa If digging ,j„roi. ley understood. the Indian r ^ “ “ ‘Oho!’ cried Lumley, whipping out his gun •nd covering Gormley.” * WM® »«k«. Red vine, and ’u® *lty *n'l tha unutterable • lenca of the Norlh r,ve *, of "»*:iclam to the scene. , might have been a magtc river undisturbed by ,„y .oun.l or man hungry for gold If Oormley had been a dreamer he would have heard the mu.lc of an unrathomed world In the breexe. . As It was ha saw tha smoke of a white story and a half farmhouse and two child ren playing In a brook. He was roughly roused hy the sudden steepening of the banka and a quickening of pace. Suddenly a thought atrurk him. He ran the boat's head to the shore, and let the stern swing while he fastened to the seat tha canvas containing the treasure. Lumley followed hla action with a questionable glance. "All my dunnage la there." said Gdrmlay. “an* If she tipped — not that thera'a any fear.'" he added, looking the other In the eye. Lumley shifted hla gaze, and there after cast suspicious glances at tha brown canvas. They were on again, getting quickly Into swift water. There was no longer any lima for rumination. High banks of rock penned In a gurgling awtrl of Impatient torrent. Tha alek man’s nostrils went wide, but Uormley had no time lo see. Kddies were ahead. The helms man was not a sailor born, but he knew that hla safety de pended on a strong arm and a clear eye. and he had both. The boat struck something with a chug, then rode over It—a • man's body floating face down ward. l.uniley’B arms were like Iron rhds bolding him to hla place. On. on. faster and faster, grazing green boulders that vanished as they were seen, shooting through lanes of murky yellow churned to spray, and at last out Into a broad stream, side by aide with a second boat half filled and fast settling. They floated eatmly aftar that. Oormley looked at the w““* *»* Bought to a . things. "r|ow •[ ah For I hr** da,.* h. broad day wl’h hla o« w *'"1 ,h'n ,n walk'd by |h* „d* „r b»cl«. jk "••• i • r haif*d ;::**? ,nw-,rA from fh#» rlv^r .n,e o. , . m mil#* k.iki. m . tc;\rn,fA*• • foothill* Tho whc* two h.m. ou, ,h. o*h*r ,ur*?, hj'i w„h gallon.*"* Wh° h'4 n,'rtl* "H*d an obll Oormlrjr |nm n*, flm. tl Th*r*w...*;«• ::: ,h*‘ Tim ^ fI * **mlnln» Mrh it hi. hi Id „ T*?**' »>'»'*ned; iimaormllT^ . M" "’*« •» r«un« of can Tn* > ' * I"*' ‘1l*’ *'*• ban. pan. h* Vi ?" '* r,,m" IT. h.J. » T”*’ ,f .ho.,Id , , ' **? I"*1" ***n a’akrd out a rlaim. and if h. did »h*r* w..u,d h* r.gla t t It. It* mut h* raraful. raraful and " ■" '*• *■- ’>■- « i i, utter i« in., r.r.nint „0;f If, ainppad ,nd gat . r.d hi. prorlou. bit. of motal Info hla r,p Th*n hr It waa nr.rly aunaat. ha had baan working right hour, and It ...mod «y>ly a momanr ||« unrollad hla blank*! and >P"ad th" rubbor rovaring Avar th# hoia Thr-I ha dug .tnothar hot*, and aft*r lining th* l...i»,.m with atenaa, burlad hla dft.an odl huger,a h,, » aak and fall aalr.p j|. draam*d of hi* farm lla would h ,:id a naw houa. with running wa>*r and hup * apanklng pair and a buggp with ruhbor Urea, ha would #*t hooh. for ,ha hoy and gin and a diamond flog for K «**, bo would hava raah In lha bank Half a doran llmat ha awoko. aoma on* might ho prowling Th* f*ar of die. rorarp waa navay off hla mind. Mr would flgh- for What ha had In ,nd. and dla for It If n**d ha 11a fait of hla Colt# and dorad off again II* formulat'd a plan of Batina, ff .tip ana ahould roma h* would pratand ta ha III and aak for h*ip H- laugh.d at tha tha-*gh, That would frlgh'on tham away On* man* ||fa more er |aa* la noth,.* bearin' no mallra" !!• turned to th« s'*«* man's companions. I I m tfoln ba*~k You f**., .a« want to p"'* It North. d*»n t you? (live ms tha host and 1*11 ttk« ram to the Centre. Tho Govern* m^nt fto*-'* th*r.\ like a* not.** Tho others had looked f.»r no such solu tion of a dl« lgreoablc sttuatlpn aa this. They showed the relief thsy felt Oorm ley made no sign. "We'll give you oil * * c«n spare,-* as-l the man who had flrs; arrested him *'W*« ran i pu.l up stream mu* h farther, anvh *w '* * tilve me a ( i ipu nf hours.** said Oorm 1*Y "I go* a log and a blanket tip there, an’ I'll bo hark ** lie climbed /.!g-sag up tha bank, and strui k south on a round *t»oul way to his tent. ilera was his rh*nr*. He had dug out a* f»*f? •• »• J f* ** * * • * T*. •«•"» »...*,0^ed pounds of gold With hi* pick h- could to*e about seventy-live pounds He wrapped half the nog#**t* In the rwnvaa. and f • *nd he could •' trcsly lift the load. With a trembling hand he took soma out and hurled them w1 * h the others, digging • hole foe h's Shovel Ms pan and his pick, ll« counted cn dr opping down stream a stref. fi ar<d tying up long enough to g«i the rest of his board lie ought to he nt 1 snncrles, §* the mouth of the Copper, In ten days easy floating He fell a catch In hi* breath- onoa thera h* could wait f »r a steamer and go hack a rich man. Ills t- d> wsa wet wl*h persplr « Ion when ha S *t l*i k t.» fhe bsnk. It was s * 111 light He let Mmself down gingerly and faced the company on tha shale Then, wl’h a Supreme effort he dropped hla pack Into the boat as if It wera a feather. Tha ether* were ea’lng and made room for him. f.umiey was propped Up on the boat "Af fhe I be men passed him a pa«| of eo. oa sweetened With a saccharine tablet. •Ill net its a long lima since you had a smack of that." ‘ »I"W far north yn<> got**r asked rpirm lay They a | laughed Hltfgfly. ”Ood knows. Wa might a bean to iho Yukon by ts.a if flrk man's face. If# built a Are and heaped on grass to nuk.j a smudge. Then he held more water to l.umlry s hot Ups. As*d his net over Ms head ami rolled over to sleep. ]|* was awakened t»y Lumley. who had half raised himself on his arms and was staring wild eyed at the bank. "Lie down'" shouted Clormley. The other ( RiamK'j •»nd ptiaisl fraatlealijr to tn# ri'er All right,* Oormi ey nodded and liiv him water. "Wt'll ho under way In a Jiffy now" 11 - s’opped f»»r a brief break fast, and for ten long hours they drifted on. pulling up at the Centre In the early afternoon. Thera was small comfort there, the (lovemment squad breaking trail to the Yukon had passed days before. Luckily one prospector bad a medicine chest with a few commonplace remedies. A down willing men carried I.umley out of ihe boat lo the bank, and there an im promptu doctor changed the handagas and soaked tha n»*w ones with liniment. Tha patient twitched and moaned. Oormiey stood by and watched, but his eye nsver left ths boat with Its golden burden, flow d It |sppsnr some on* asked, lie was out lockin' for bears, him and a psrd.' said fiormley, "when up come a big fe l .w smack Into him lla pulled hla gun. but afore he could shoot the beast slapped him In the leg with his paw. lie went down Ilk* a shot an* the bear walked off Thera warn t no doctor up there, an* his mates wantin' to park It north. I agreed to teava Mm here, beln on the way home myself* •Who you goin* to leave him wlth^* asked the impromptu doctor, startled A bystander did not give him a ehanre to an swer. "You ran t leave Mm hers." he atll "Float him down to the f'annerlea.** Its a big risk." said the questioner, "full of rapids the Copper is below hers, and got a doten mouths. My opinion la you'd never get there.** "I reckon the fMvernment would take rare of him," said fiormley. "•o they might, but they ain't no soldiers .hero and you can t g#t him to Valdsa. ths* s aura." • »«nw long aforo he gets healed upT* asked fiormley. ain't payin',** repVed the man whe had arranged the bandages. maybe ala weeba.** I can t stay here all Winter with Mm.** aald Oormiey 'He gin » sr# lo m# was luck.” ha said, “null luck, and nothin* less.*' fla stretched hie arms, standing up carefully. ,#llow you feelin’ ?** Lumley nodded. -That s good, we ll win out >et-* They pulled in a cove Just before dark, end <*ormley swung the boat high. He Used Inmley’s sleeping blankets and helped him ashore. lie wss a good deal stronger. -Not a dashed bit of broth left.** said Oormley. “Too bad you can’t walk. I’il have to look for a stray bear ** He took h.e gun and disappeared up the bank. The light began to fade off. I.umley watched the figure of Oormley mingle with t ho other shadows, raised himself cau tiously. and, using hla arms, sidled along to the spot where Uurmley’a bag was tied to the seat. He unfastened the cord, and plunged Ms hand among the blanketa. felt some thing herd and pulled It out. Pefore hla eyes saw me gold he knew what It waa. He took off his hat and dropped nugget after nugget In It, hobbled hack to hla own bag awd stuffed the treaaure to the bottom. Then, quickly, when his nervous Angara could And no more, seised at random what atones he could, and dropped them la tbe MvarlDg that had •haltered tha gold heat er's burden. Oormler returned with ble hat fait el berries. to And th* etch man almost a* be bed left him. Th* gatherlag dark hid from view the perspiration en hla fee*, aed th* glitter In hi* eye*. "No bear.** celled Gormley. “hut. Lord, whet e reft ef berries. Try some.” He held out tho hat. Into It Lumley thrust a shaking hand and at*. There wee no telling bow far they had yet to go. Gormley could only aee by tha broadening of tho stream that they must be somewhere near the mouth. Tho white top of Mount Wrangel loomed doceltfully near. They bad met no ono and tho alleno* waa absolute. Gormley eat la th* stern smoking Lumley'* pips and glancing now and again at hla companion. "Look here.* said the Injured man. “Tou'v# been on tho square with me end Til be on th* square with you. P*raps you thought I was playin' crooked In that poker gams on tho Flats. It wasn't me. but Jennings don* th* business, droppln' that ae* by your foot. Didn't you eee blm ask Mellor to pick'It upT* "I’d like to meet him.* said Gormley. "He was on th* bsnk above Copper." ssid Lumley. “I seen him. but I didn't cel'lste to make no nors trouble.* “Ii s *11 right." replied Oormlsy. "maybe ni run up With him y*L If I do—but aay. do you want your pipe; feelln* Attar ain’t your Th# other nodded. “Reckon I could take a puff." ha said. Gormley handed It over, and then leaning over. Ailed hla hand with water, spat It out and stared at Lumley. “By God." ho cried. "It"s salt." The other stared, too. They were nearing the end of their Jour ney. Ths river grew broader, but Gorm ley kept to the middle to get th* full force of a slackening current. It wee late the neat afternoon that he felt his moccasins wet. The boat was Ailing—Lumlsy saw it. too. The wonder waa that tha Ill-made craft had stood the strain so long. Gormley dropped the oars Into the pins and etarted to pull ashore. He had not gone half way when he saw that It waa useless with his heavy load. "c,n >'°<* ,*wlmr he shouted at Lumley. The other, terrified, shook hla head. It was a foolish question with the water Ice cold Gormley heeltated but only a mo ment. Hops died out of his heart. Then he cut the rop„- that bound the canvas bundle to the seat and threw It overbeard, loo overwrought to notice Its lots of weight. It vanished and the boat brought Luck and Ju: Retribution. "Sit atm," ha yelled to Lumiey tn a vlcloua voice at he felt the her with hie feet. Steadying himself, he baled with tha ■ aurepan and found the leak. Oormley forgot to eat. He began to think of the gold he had left. He faced Eumley "Can you get on alone?" he aaked. l-umley leaned forward. “lfou wouldn't quit me now?" he aeked. ■*of course not." answered Gormley. "I'll eee jou through." They started on the last leg of their Journey. The aalt air came now In fre quent whiffs, end In the distance a line of rmoke. lazy . crooked, tilted against the blue. Gormley saw It listlessly, tha other eagerly. A awarm of Chinese was hustling around the salmon canneries when the flat bot tomed boat beached. A white man came down to fhe host. "Hello." he said. "Where from?" Oormley got out and turned to help » I.utnley. The other hesitated and shook hla head, pointing to hla pack. "Ifll carry that,” said Gormley, and moved to the bow Suddenly, Lumley, for getting hla broken leg. started forward, tripped on a seat and fall, striking bta temple. Hoth men bent over him. ‘Got a doctor here?" asked Gormley. "Hie leg la broke, an' " The other called to some Chinese and motioned to tha company's house. He fol lowed them as they carried the uncos s clous prospector, and called back to Gorm ley: -Ketch hla stuff. It'll be stolen there." Gormley ait down to think. He was In terrupted by the return of the man who had hailed them. "Keep that dunnaga," be said, "hr i dead Tard of youra? Hera's a park of cards spilled out of his coat on the way up." "No. he warn t no pard of mtna," said Gormley. •'Glad to hear that." said the other. "Ever stack up against him In a card game? No? Good thing, flvo aces In this pack, two of 'em hearts." He ran the cards over as he spoke. "Hell." said Gormley. The other threw down the pack and walked off. Oormley pulled at the dead man s hag. It was hard to move. He Jerked out a blanket, and e • stream of nuggets came with It. Ills hand trembled. Hla eyes stared. Ha dumped tha bag out and then replaced tha gold, stuffing the blanket on top. "Hey.' he >elled to the retreating figure of the canneries man. ‘When'e tbe neat boat gor The other turned hack. "What a that?" "When'e tha neat boat go?" "Three weeks, want to work?" "Can I earn my way back?" "*ure,* said tha cannarles man. "therKU ba lots bee ' •’ •« do that before the montfc Is past."