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BEYOND the FRONTIER
A STORY OF EARLY DAYS CHAPTBR XXl— Continued. —II ■■ All 1 maid do m pray, and watt. Perhaps no wood woo Id be glvm me— the escape might already be accom plished, and I left bare to my fata. Bolarondet knew nothing of my ded iion to accompany D'Artlgny In Ida dangereoe, ha aright net conaldar It essential to communicate with me at all. Da Teaty bad promised, to ha •ora, yet he might bare failed to ao Instruct the younger man. I clung to the window, the agony of this possi bility driving me wild. Hon Went waa that a noise over head? I could saa nothing, yet, as I leaned farther out a cord touched my face. I grasped It and drew the dan gling end In. It was weighted with a bit of wood. A single coal glowed In the fireplace, and from this I Ignited a splinter, barely yielding me light enough to decipher the few words traced on the white surface: "Safe so far: have you any word?” Hy veins throbbed; I could have screamed In delight or sobbed In sud den joy and reUef. I fairly crept to the open window on bands and knees, animated now with but one thought one hope—the desire not to be left there behind, alone. I hnng far out my face upturned, staring Into the darkness. The distance waa not great only a few feet to the roof above, yet so blaok was the night that the edge above me blended Imperceptibly against the sky. I could perceive no movement no outline. Oould they have already gone? Waa It possible that they merely dropped this brief message, and instantly vanished? No. toe cord still dangled; somewhere in that dense gloom the two men peered over the roof edge, waiting my re sponse. “Monatear,” I called up softly, un able to restrain my eagerness. "Tea, madams,” It was D'Arttgny's voice, although a mere whisper. "Ton have some Word for me?” “Ay, listen; Is there any way by which I can join you?” “Join me—here?” astonishment at my request made him Incoherent "Why, madams, toe risk is great—" . “Never mind that; my reason la wor thy, nor have we time now to discuss toe matter. Monsieur Bolarondet la there away?” I heard them speak to each other, a mere murmur of sound; then another voice reached my ears clearly. “We have a strong grass rope, ma dame, which will safely bear your weight The risk will not be great. 1 have made a noose, and will lower It” I reached It with my hand, but felt a doubt as my fingers clasped It “ "ns very small, monsieur.” "But strong enough for double your weight as 'twas Indian woven. Pnt toot to the noose, and hold tight. There ere two of ns holding It above.” The memory of the depth below frightened me. yet I crept ferth on the narrow stli, dinging desperately to the taut rope, until I felt my foot safely pressed Into the noose, which tightened firmly about It "Now,” I said, barely able to make my Upe speak. "I am ready.” "Then swing dear, madams; we’ll bold you safe.” I doubt If It waa a mil minute In which I swung out ever that gulf amid the Mack night. My heart seemed te stop beating, and I retained no sense other than te otlng desperately te the swaying cord which alone held me from being dashed to death on the jag gsd rocks below. Inch by inch they drew me up, the continuous jerks yielding a sickening sensation, but the distance was so short I could scarcely realise the full danger, before D’Ar tlgay grasped me with his hands and drew me In bealde him on the roof I stood upon my feet, trembling from excitement yet encouraged In my pur peas by his first words ef welcome. “Adels.” he exclaimed, forgetful of the presence ef his comrade. “Surely yen had a crime cause for joining as ham” : “Can yen danM? Tat anrely It was net merely to any farewell that yea "No, emm el ear. It waa set te say farewell. I weald accompany yea In yoar tight Da net start Hks that at ay words; I cannot aw year free— perhaps tf I coaM I ah sail lose cour age I have made my choice, mon sieur. I will not remain the slave ef M. Pansies. Whether tor geed er evU. I give yen my CaMh.” “Tea—yea,” Us hands grasped sales. "Tea mean yea wIU ge with me tote exile, tote toe weeds?” “Bat de yea raeltoe what It all naans? I am a fugitive, a hasted men; never again can I vsargn with in Preach rirlltoatlen. I meet Bve emaag davagm He, an Adels, ton Mortice Is tee groat. I meant accept of It” “De yea tore me, mens!sari” "Men Dies yes." "Thee there to Be mmUm. Up heart weald brook ham Dad! Weald eaa deem see te Hva cat ay U* Wlto by RANDALL PARRISH Oat brata—Oat murderer? I am a young woman, a man girl, and this la my sue chance to aawa myself from ball. lam act afraid of the wood*, of exile, of anything, ao I am with yon. I would rathor dla than go to him—to eoafaaa him husband." “Tha lady la right. Bene,” Bolarondet ■aid earnestly. "Ton moat think of her aa wall aa yonraelf.” “Think of her! lion Dlen, of whom alae do I think? Adele, do yon mean yonr worda? Would yen give np all far me?" "Tea, monalenr." “Bnt do yon know what yonr choice meana?*’ I atood before him, brave In the darkneea. "Monalenr, 1 hare faced It all. I know; the choice la made—will yon take me?” Then I was In hla strong arm a, and for the drat time, hla llpa met mine. CHAPTER XXII. We Reach the River. It waa the voice of Bolarondet which recalled na to a sense of danger. “It la late, and we mnat not linger here," he Insisted, tonchlng D’Artlgny’s sleeve. “The guard may discover yonr absence, Rene, before we get beyond the stockade. Tet how can we get madame safely over the logs?” "She must venture the same aa we. Follow me closely, and tread with care," Bo dark was the night I waa obliged to trust entirely to D’Artlgny’s guid ance, bnt It was evident that both men were familiar with the way, and had thoroughly considered the best method of escape. Mo donbt De Tonty and his yonng lieutenant had arranged all details, so as to assure success. We traversed the flat roofs of the chain of log houses along the west side of the stockade until we came to the end. The only light visible was a dull glow of embers before the guardhouse near the center of the parade, which re vealed a group of soldiers on duty. The stockade extended some distance beyond where we halted, crouched low on the flat root to escape being seen. There would be armed men along that wall, especially near the gates, guard ing against attack, bnt the darkness gave ns no glimpse. There was no firing, no movement to be perceived. The two men crept to the edge, and looked cautiously over, and I dung close to D'Artlgny. nervous from the silence, and afraid to become separat ed. Below ns was the dense blackness of the gorge. ‘This Is the spot,” whispered D'Ar tlgny, “and no alarm yet. How far to the rocks?" "De Tonty figured the distance at forty feet below the stockade; we have fifty feet of rope here. The rock shelf Is narrow, and the great risk will be not to stop off In the darkness. There “Naas" I Said, Barely AM* to Main My Liya Byaak. atould to u inn Hoc tor* aomewhere —ay. tor* It to; help n* ftt» the toot tent ■*■>*-” “Do wo 4o w* go down hero, non ■leorr I itoMml, my voice falter ing. “Here, or net at all; there are gnarda poeted reader tnrj two yard*. Thla la ear only chance t* eacape nnaeen.” Balaian flat taotad the rape. letting it Blip atawtr through hie haada dawn late the dartnaaa,below, until It hung at fall length. “It deaa net touch," to aaid. "yet It cannot lack naere than a footer tare. Faith! We touat take the itok. I go Bn* Ban* burnt ’ll* toot ao—tha tody weald prefer that you remain, wMto I toat the paaaag*. Tto dam toaualf any to waltlag ttoau." 'Haw wind ny'mS! anee *>a fea rook tatow, I will algaal wtfe thaaa co»yi«HT A.cxawi» + Co tf, n u to make no noise; moke a noooe for tbe lady’s foot and lower her with care. Too hare the strength?” "Ay, tor twice bar weight." "Good: there will be naught to fear, madame, for I will be below to aid TO nr rooting. When I giro tbe signal again Rene will descend and join us." “Tbe rope is to be left dangling?" "Only until* I return. Once I leave yon safe beyond the Iroquois, tie my part to climb this rope again. Some task tbat” cheerfully, “yet De Tonty deems It best that no evidence connect ns with this escape. What make yon the hour?" "Between one and two.” "Which will give me time before day dawn; so here, I chance it” He swung himself over the edge, and slipped silently down Into the black mystery. We leaned over to wateh. but could see nothing, our only evi dence of his progress the jerking of the cord. D’Artlgny’s band closed on mine. "Dear," he whispered tenderly, “we are alone now—yon are sorry!" "I am happier than I have ever been In my life,” I answered honestly. "I have done what I believe to be right and trust God. All I care to know now is that yon love me.” "With every 'throb of my heart” he said solemnly. “It Is my love which makes me dread lest yon regret” “That will never be, monsieur; I am of the frontier, and do not fear the woods. Ah! he has reached the rock aafely—'tls the signal.” D’ArHgny drew np the cord, testing It to make sure the strands held firm, and made careful noose, Into which he slipped my foot "Now, Adele, yon are ready?” "Tea, sweetheart; kiss me first” "Ton have no fear?" "Not with your strong hands to sup port, bnt do not keep me waiting long below." Ay, bnt I was frightened as I swung off Into the black void, clinging des perately to that slight rope, steadily sinking downward. My body nibbed against the rough logs, and then against rock. Once a jagged edge wonnded me, yet I dare not release my grip, or otter a sound. I sank down, down, the strain ever greater on my nerves. I retained no knowledge of distance, but grew apprehensive of what awaited me below. Would the rope reach to the rock! Would I swing clear? Even as these thoughts began to horrify, I felt a hand grip me, and Bolsrondefs whisper gave cheerful greeting. "It Is all right, madame; release your foot, and trust me. Good, now do not venture to move, until Rene joins us. Faith, he wastes little time; he la com ing now." I could see nothing, not even the outlines of my companion, who stood holding the cord taut. I could feel tbe jagged face of the rock, agalnßt which I stood, and ventured, by reaching out with one foot, to explore my Immedi ate surroundings. The groping toe touched the edge of the narrow shelf, and I drew back startled at thought of another sheer drop Into tbo black depths. My heart wag still pounding when D’Artlgny found foothold beside me. As he swung free from the cord, his fingers touched my dress. "A line test of courage that, Adele,” he whispered, “but with Francois here below there was small peril. Now -what next?” "A ticklish passage for a few yards. Btand close until I get by; now cling to the wall, and follow me. Once off this shelf we can plan our Journey. Madame, take hold of my Jacket. Rene, you have walked this path before." “Ay, years since, but I recall Its peril.” We crept forward, so cautiously It seemed we scarcely moved, the rock shelf we traversed so narrow In places that I could scarce find space in which to plant my feet firmly. Suddenly we clambered on to a flat rock, crossed It, and came to the edge of a wood, with a murmur of water not far away. Here Boisrondet paused, and we came close about him. There seemed to be more light here, although the tree shadows were grim, and the night rested about us In impressive silence. "Here is where the river trail comes down.” and Boisrondet made motion to the left "Ton should remember that well, Rene.” "I was first to pass'over it; it leads to the water edge.” ■Tea; not so easily followed in the night yet yon are woodsman enough to make It Bo far as we know from above the Iroquois, have not discov ered there Is a passage here. Listen. Rene: I leave you now, for those were De Testy’s orders. He said that from oow om you would bo safe alone. Of course he knew nothing of madame's purpose.” "Monsieur shall net find mo a bun' dan,” I Interrupted. "I am sure of that" he said gallant ly. "and so think it best to return while Us aigbt my till «y MTMMitB. Those will be bet wards when M. Che fin dteoevsee year escape, and say rid at may need my award beside Mas. M H eemae fie News, la my itddn fie return right. Boner THK CHKYKNNB BBCORD. "Ay, light; would that l might M with 70a. But what plan did M. da Tonty oatline for mo to follow?” “ Twu what 1 started to tell. At the edge of the water, hot concealed from the river by rocks. Is a small hot where we keep hidden a canoe ready fitted for any secret service. Twas Blear de la Belle’s thought that It might prove of great nse in time of siege. No donbt It Is there now. Just as we left it, undiscovered of the Iro quois. This will boar you down the river until daylight, when yon can hide along shorn.'’ “There is a rifle?" "Two of them, with powder and ball.” He laid his hand on the other's shoulder. "There Is nothing more to say, and time Is of value. Farewell, my friend.” “Farewell,” their lingers clasped. “There will be other days, Francois; my gratitude to M. de Tonty.” Bols rondet stepped back, and, bat In hand, bowed to me. “Adieu, madame; a pleasant jour ney.” “A moment, monsieur,” I said, a fal ter In my voice “You are H. d’Ar tigny’s friend, an officer ct France and a OathoHc.” “Yes, madame” “And you think that T am right In my choice —that I am doing naught un worthy of my womanhood?” Even In the darkness I saw him make the symbol of the cross, before he bent forward and kissed my hand. “Madame,” he said gravely, “I am but a plain soldier, with all my service on the frontier. I leave to the priests the discussion of doctrines, and to God my punishment and reward. I can only answer you as D’Artlgny's friend, and an officer of France. I give yon honor and respect, and deem your love and trust far more holy than your mar riage. My faith, and my sword are yours, madame.” t felt bis lips upon my band, yet knew not be had gone. I stood there, my eyes blinded with tears at his gal lant words, only becoming conscious of his disappearance when D’Artlgny drew me to him, bis cheek pressed against my hair. “He has gonel We are alonel” “Yes, dear one; but I thank God for those last words. They have given me courage and faith. So my old com rades believe us right tile criticism of others does not move me. You love me, Adele? You do not regret?" My arms found way about his neck; my lips uplifted to his. "Monsieur, I shall never regret; I trust God and you.” How he ever found his way along that dim trail I shall never know. Some memory of Its windings, together with the Instinct of a woodsman, must bare given guidance, while no doubt bis feet, clad In soft Indian mocca slns, enabled him to feel the faint track, lmpercelrable In the darkness. It led along a steep bank, through low. tangled bushes, and about great trees, with here and there a rock thrust across the path, compelling detour. The branches scratched my face and tore my dress, confusing me so that had I not clung to his arm, I should have been Instantly lost In the gloom. Our advance was slow and cautious, every step taken In silence. 8nakes could not hare moved with less noise, and the precaution was well taken. Suddenly D’Artlgny stopped, gripping me In warning. For a moment there was no sound except the distant mur mur of waters, and the chatter of some night bird. Yet some Instinct of the woods held the man motionless, listen ing. A twig cracked to our left, and then a voice spoke, low and rumbling. It sounded so close at hand the fellow could scarcely have been live yards away. Another voice answered, and we were aware of bodies, stealing along through the wood; there was a faint rustling of dead leaves, and the occasional swish of a branch. We crouched low In the trail, fairly hold ing our breath, every nerve tense. There was no sound from below, but In the other direction one warrior— I could see the dim outline of his na ked figure—passed within easy reach of my outstretched hand. Assured that all had passed beyond bearing D’Artlgny rose to his feet, and assisted me to rise, bis band still grasp ing mine. “Iroquois, by the look of that war rior,” he whispered, "and enough of them to mean mischief.” “ ’Twas the tongue of the Tuscaro ras,” I answered. "My father taught me a little of It years ago. The first words spoken were a warning to be still; the other answered that the white men are all asleep.” “And I am not sore but that is true. If De Tonty was In command the walls would be well guarded, but De Baugla and Casalon know nothing of Indian war.” “You believe It to be an assault?” "It hath the look; 'tls not Indian na ture to gather thus at this night hour, without a purpose. But, pouf, there Is little they can do against that stockade of logs for all their numbers. It la our duty to be well away by daylight” The remaining distance to the wa ter's edge was not far—a direct de scent amid a litter of rocks, shadowed by great trees. Nothing opposed Our passage, nor did ere hear any sound from the savages concealed In the for est above. D’Artlgny led the way along the shore until we reached the log hut Its door stood open; the canoe was gone. CHAPTBR XXIII. We Meet Surprise. Net until we had felt carefully from wall te wall did we admit our disap pointment There were ao overshad owing trees here, and what small glim mer at debt cases from the dull aklas round reflection on xtrar and rock*, *o ttat we could pereatre each otter, aad gain dim view of oar surronndlnga. Of tte canoe there wasabeolutaly ao trace, and. If eras had beea hidden there also, they had Ukewlae. disap peared. The yety fact ttat the -door stood wide open. It* wooden lock broken, told the story clearly. I re mained silent, staring about through the semi-darkness of the laterlor, ren dered speechless by a feeling of utter helplessness. D'Artlgny, after an ut terance of disappointment, felt his way along the walls; as he came back to tte open door our eyes met, and he must have read despair In mine, for he smiled encouragingly. “Swept bare, little girl,” he said. “Mot ao ifluch as an ounce of powder left The savages got here before us. it seems. Never mind; we shall bav* to travel a ways on woodcraft and It will not be the first wilderness Jour ney I have made without arms. Did De Tonty mention to you where be believed tte mini were In biding?” “No, monsieur—are they Indians?” "Tee; the river tribed 1 , the moot royal of all to La Salle. It was one of their villages we saw on tte bank of the stream as we approached the fort from the west I told Bolsrondet "We Are Alone Now—Are You Borryt" that It stood there deserted, bat not destroyed, and It was onr judgment the Inhabitants were hiding among the river bluffs. Without canoes they could not travel far, and are probably concealed out yonder. If we can find them our greatest peril Is past.” ‘‘They are friendly?” “Ay, and have never Bhed whits blood. I know them well, and with leadership they would be a match even for tile Iroquois. De Tonty led them once against these same warriors, and they fought like fiends. Come, we will follow the stream, and see If we cannot find trace of their covert.” It was but a cluster of rocks where the hut stood, and a few yards below we found the forest creeping down to the very bank of the river. The sky had lightened above us, the obscuring clouds opening to let the silver gleam of stars through, and we paused a mo ment gazing back and upward at the vast rock on which perched the be leaguered fort We could dimly pep celve the vague outline of It silhouet ted against the lighter arch of sky. In massive gloom and silence It seemed to dominate the night, the grim forest sweeping up to Its very walls. Not a gleam of light appeared; not a sound reached us. I felt D’Artlgny’s arm about me. "I would that I really knew what was going on yonder 'neatb the screen of trees,” he said gravely. “Some In dian trick, perchance, which It might be In my power to circumvent—at least bear to the lads fair warning.” “Ton would risk life for that?” ‘‘Ay, my own readily. That Is a les son of the wilderness; the duty of a comrade. But for your presence I should be climbing the hill, seeking to learn the purpose of those savages— else I were no true soldier of France.' “What think you their purpose la, monsieur?” “An attack In force at dawn. Those who passed ns were heavily armed, and crept forward stealthily, stripped and painted for war. There were other parties, no doubt, creeping up through the woods from all aides. Tls my thought the hour has struck for them to make their great effort. They have scattered the friendly Indians, killed them, or driven them In terror down the river. Their villages have been destroyed. Now all the warriors who have been at that business have re turned, lined with blood lush and esgei to strike at the French.'’ “But they cannot win? Barely they cannot capture the fort, monsieur? Why, It Is all rock?”' “On three sides—yes; bat to the sooth there Is ample spaee for attack la farce. Those woods yonder would conceal a thousand savages within a few hundred yards of the fort gates and what of the defense? Opposing them la one hundred and fifty feet of stockade, protected at bast by «fty rifles There are no more In the tort, officers, Indiana, and all; and Bolsron det says scarcely a dozen rounds of powder and ball to a man. If the Iroquois know this—and why should they not?—Twill ha as groat feat of arms to batter their way In. I would do that which is right AMg B I aw dnrij.* «ro mm ooMToniKU MU! LOOK AT CHIjjTCJONGOF If cross, feverish, give “California Syrup of Figs.” A laxative today saves a sick child tomorrow. Children simply will not take the time from play to empty their bowels, which become cloned np with waste, liver gets sluggish; stomach sour. 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