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Premitivve BY ROBERT AMES BENNET &Y RAY WALTFR&. j, ro*YMic*r t9*a er A c i*t r civr*G m eo '~\LJ SYNOPSIS. CTIAPTER I —Th* *t«ry np»n* with fh* *V*wr»rk of lh<» on which Ml** 0»n«vl#v« an American h*lre*a. I jnrA Wlnthrope. ah Enfflliihman. anil Tom Blaka. a brusque American, were paaaen gfri. The three were toaaed upon an un inhabited Inland and were the najv one* rot drowned. Blake recovered from a drunken stupor. "CfeAPI’EH TX Blake, shunned on the boat, because of his rouchneas. became A hero as preservers of the helpless pain Tbs Englishman was suing for the hand of Miss Leslie. Blake started to swim bosk te the ship to recover what was left. CHAPTER lll.—Blake returned safely. Wlathrope wasted his last match on a cigarette, for which he was scored by Blake. Their first meal was a dead flah. CHAPTER IV—The trio started a ten vnlle hike for higher land. Thirst at taeked them. Blake was compelled to carry Miss on account of wesri- Bee*. He taunted Winthrope. CHAPTER V.—They entered the Jun gle. That night was passed roosting high la b tree. CHAPTER Vl.—The nest morning they descended te the open again. All three constructed hats to shield themselves from the sun. They then feasted on eoeoanuts. the only procurable food. Mlae Leslie showed a liking for Blake, but de tested hie roughness. CHAPTER Vll.—Led by Blake thev es tablished a home In some cliffs. Blake found a fresh water spring. CHAPTER VIII -Mice Laatle faced an unpleasant situation. They planned their eamoalm. CHAPTER IX —Blake recovered tits surveyor's magnifying gissa. thus Insur ing fire He started a Jungle fire, killing a large leopard and smothering several cubs. CHAPTER X.—ln the leopard's cavern they built s small home They gained the cliffs hy burning the bottom of s tree until It fell against the heights CHAPTER XI —The trio secured eggs from the cliffs. Miss Isslle p white skirt was decided upon as s signal. CHAPTER Xll—Miss made s dress from the leopard skin Blake’s ef forts to kill antelopes failed CHAPTER XIII —Overheartn* a con servation between Blake and Winthrope. Miss I.e»lie became frightened CHAPTER XIV Blake was poisoneo by a fish Ja> kals attacked the ramp that night, but were driven off by Gene vieve Blake returned, after nearly dy- CHAPTER XV Blake rontlrui te«l an animal trap It killed a hyena CHAPTER XVI on a tßur the trio dis covered honey and oysters Piqued by her look. Winthrope started bark through the glade Miss i-eslie was turning to follow when she raught sight of a gorgeous crlm •on blossom under the nearest tree It w»s the first flower she bad s»*en since being shipwrecked She uttered a lit tie cry of delight, and ran to pluck the blosaom \Vlnthr<>i>e. glancing about al her esrlaniaf :<»n »aw her stoop over the flower and In ih»* same instant he saw a huge, vivid coll, all black and rreen dtid >cllow flash up out of ?ne b~ddcd leave# and strike against the girl She staggered back, acrearulo* with horror, yet seemed unable to ru" Winthrope swung up hit stick, and dashed across the r-a«l° toward her. "What ia It —b snake’" he cried. The girl did not seem lo hear him. She had era ed screaming and stood rigid with friyht. glaring down at the ground lx*'* re her In a moment Win thmpe was near enough to make out i»• brilliant gli> • 80* M* tended ’full i ngtb In t h pearly five feel Jong ami thi k as Ms thigh Another step, and he saw the hideous triangular head, lifted a few Inches on the thick neck The mid ryes were fixed U]H<n he girl in a malignant, deadly stare ' Snake* snake!** he yelled. and thrust his cane at the reptile's tall. Again came a flashing leap of the beautiful ornate coll, and the stick was struck from Winthrope's hand He danced backward, wild with ex citement Snake! —HI. Itlake' monster! Run. Miss get another stick!” He darted aside to catch up a branch, and then ran in and struck boldly at the adder, which reared hissing to meet him. Hut the blow fell short, and the rotten wood shat tered on the ground. Again Win thrope ran aside for a atlck. There was none near, and aa he paused to glance about. Hlake came sprinting down the glade. "Where?" he shouted "There —HI! look out! You'll be on hint t" Hlake stopped short, barely beyond atrlklng distance of the hissing rep tile. "Wow!'* he yelled. "Puff adder! I’ll fix him." He leaped hack, and thrust his how at the snake. The challenge was met by a vicious lunge. Even whore he stood Winthrope heard the thud of the roptllo'a head upon the ground. "Now, once more, tootsie!" mocked Illnke, swinging up his cluh. Again the adder struck at the bow tip. more viciously than before. With the flash of the stroke. Blake’s right foot thrust forward, and his club came down with all the drive of his sinewy arm behind it. The blow fell across the thickest part of the adder'i outstretched body. "Told you so! See him wiggle!" shouted Blake. "Broke his back, first lick— What’s the matter. Miss Jen ny? He can’t do anything now." Miss Leslie did not answer. She stood rigid, her face ashy-gray, her dilated eyea fixed upon the writhing, hissing adder. "I think the snake struck her!** gasped Winthrope. suddenly overcome with Ti orror. "God!” cried Blake. He dropped his club, and rushed to the girl. In a mo ment he had knelt before and flung up her leopard skin skirt. Her stock ings ripped to shreds In his frantic grasp. There, a little below her right knee, was a tiny, red wound. Blake put his lips to It, sod sucked with fierce energy Then the girl found her voice. "Go swsy—go away! How dare you!” she cried, as her face flushed •carle!. Blake turned, spat, and hurst out with a loud demand of Winthrope: ‘’Quick! the little knife —I’ll have to slash It! Ten times worse than a rat tlesnake — you’re slow—l’ll use mine*” “Let go of me—let go! What do you mean, sir*" cried the girl, struggling to«free herself. "Hold still, you little fool'** he shouted. "It s death —sure death. If I don’t get the poison from that bite!" “I’m not bitten — I*et go. I say! It struck In the fold of my skirt ** "For God s sake. Jenny, don't lie! It s certain death* I saw the mark—" "That was a thorn. I drew It out an hour ago Blake looked up Into her haxel eyes They were biasing with indignant scorn He freed her. and rose with clumsy slownen* Again he glanced at her quivering, scarlet face, only to look away with a sheepish expression. "I guess you think I'm Just a damned meddlesome Idiot." he mum bled She did not answer. He stood for s little, rubbing a Anger across his •un blistered lips Suddenh he rfop|«*d and looked at the Anger It was streaked with blood "Whew”’ he exclaimed "Didn't ■top to think of that* It's Just as well for me Miss l**nn>. that wasn't an a! der M e A little potion on my sore lip would have done for me Ten to one we’d both have turned up our toes at the same time. Of course, though, lhat'd he nothing to you ” Vlss Leslie put her hands before her face and b-trat Into hvaterical wee ing. Itlake looked around, far more a’a *tv d Jttan when far ng the adder "Here. \nn b’i orving lud*" he shou'- take ’he la-|\ «wa\ and l>e quirk alHUit it She’M go dotty If she sees ..it' nt- o st ake s’unis ("ear out with her. while I smash the wriggler." Winthrope, who had l»een staring fl\« >l’' at the beautiful coloring and loathsome form of the writhing adder, started at Blake’s harsh command as though struck "! —er —lo he sure." h« stammered, and darting around to the hysterical girl, he took her arm and hurried her away up the glade They had gone several paces when ntake came running up behind them. Winthrope looked bark with a glance of inquiry. Blake shook his head “Not yet." he said "Give me your cigarette case I’ve thought of acme thing— Hold on: take out the cigar ettes. Smoke >m. If you like.” Case In hand. Blake returned to the wounded adder, and picked up hfa club. A second smashing blow would have ended the matter at once; but Blake did not strike Instead, he feinted with his club until he managed te pin down the venomous head The club lay across the monster’s neck, and he held it fast with the pressure cf his foot. When, half an hour later, he wiped his knife on a wisp of grass and stood up. the cigarette case contained over a tahlesponnful of a crystalline liquid. He peered In at It, his heavy jaw thrust out, his eyes glowing with sav age elation. "Talk about your meat trusts and Winchesters!" he exulted; "here's a whole carload of beef in this little box [Cuntlnusd on pngc six] bate hours amount gen, Geo. Van Engen 8 hours each 24 6. 20 Replanking Smith Fork bridge at Crawford, overseer and team 4 2. John Higgles 4 1. Used 1145 feet of plank 29 Hauling plank to Cottonwood, Bert Pace and team 4 2. 30 Same as above 4 2. G W Goodwin 2970 feet of bridge plank at $24. per 1000 * 71.28 B N Crawford merchandise 1.75 G W Hendricks 100 pounds nails 5.00 E T Grotchlcus blacksmlthtng 18.35 McMillan A: Bell lumber 140.44 Tllden Taylor, surveying 3.75 Geo. Van Engen, surveying 3.75 L Story, surveying 2.00 Total for Crawford district $705.32 The following Is the report of the work done by II R Sare, overs*** r at Hotchkiss. April 1 Grading on Rogers mesa by DATE HOURS AMOUNT Reynold's place, overseer and team 8 4. Charlie Ives and team 8 4. Harry Ainsworth, two men, teams, plowing at Midway 8 hours each 16 9. 2 Grading on Rogers mesa, over seer Charlie Ives and teams 8 hours each 16 8. Harry Ainsworth, two men, two teams, plowing at Midway 8 hoars each 16 9. 3 Grading on Rogers mesa, over seer, Charlie I vee and teams, $ hours each 16 8. 5 Bringing In grader and getting tools ready for work 8 4. 6 Repairing roads on I>eroux creek, overseer 8 4. 7 Repairing culverts on Rogers mesa, overseer 8 4. Used 100 fret of lumber 8 Fixing culverts and looking af ter men to work on Hanson mesa, overseer 8 4. 9 Working on Piionia road near Midway, overseer and team 8 4. Archie Bennett, Barney Mack 4 hours each donation. Used 1 2x4x16 and 6 3x12x14 10 Working "0 the Midway road overseer and Charlie Ives and team. 8 hours each 16 8. Mock and ‘there donated 11 Working on the Midway road overseer and team 8 4. Mechelke and others donating 12 Working on Midway road over seer and team 8 4. Three men and teams donating all day, three men and three tennis donating half the day 1" Went to Puonln after plow and repaired tools for next work, overseer and team 8 4. 14 Work on the Midway road, over seer and team, Harry Ains worth, Charlie 1 %*«•*and teams 8 h«»urs each 24 12. 15 Work on the Midway road, overseer and team 8 4. Harry Ainsworth and team 8 4. 16 Work on the Midway road, overseer. A! Bern Is. Charlie Ives and teams, 8 hours each 24 12. Homer < ampliell 8 2. 17 Work on the road at Midway, Grading, overseer, AI Bemls, (Tins. I ves s hours each 24 12. lloiuer (’amplsdl 4 1. l'» Repairing (*ottowoo«l bridge on road to Pnonlfi. overs*-er and team 8 4. 20 Work on Midway road, overseer and team s 4. Charlie I ves and team 4 2. Al Uemis 4 1. Furnished 6 3x10x12 to Frank Wooley for culverts on Pow ell's mesa, also 4 3x12x16, 1 2x4x10 21 Looking after culverts on Pow ell’s mesa on creek road, overseer aml team 8 4. Charlie I ves and team 4 2. 22 Fixlug culverts on Midway road overseer and team 8 4. Barney Mock 8 2. Al Bowers 8 2. Used 4 5x10x12 and S 3x12x18 23 Work on the Craig lane at Mid way. overseer and team and Barney Mock and team 8 hours each 16 8. Al Bowers 8 2. George Craig donation 8 24 Work on the Midway road, overseer. Barney Mock, Harry Ainsworth and teams 8 hours each 24 12. AI Bowers 8 2. 26 Midway road, overseer. Harry Ainsworth, Barney Mock and teams (culverts) 24 12. Gave 3 3x12x16 and 1 2x10x16 to Powell’s mesa 27 Midway road, overseer. Harry Ainsworth, Barney Mock and teams 24 12. 28 Satin* as above 24 12. 29 Nile!way road, overseer, Barney DATE HOURS AMOUNT Mock, and teams 8 hours each 16 8. 30 Same as above 16 8. May 1 Midway road, overseer, Barney Mock and Bob Stanslaw and teams 24 13. 3 Same as above 24 12. 4 Repairing culverts in adobes, over seer and team 8 4. 5 Midway road, overseer, Barney Mock, Bertice and teams 24 12. 6 Repairing culverts and bridges on Midway and North Fork roads, overseer and team 8 4. Louie Dietch donation 8 Used 9 3x12x16 for culverts 7 Work on Rogers mesa, looking after waste water that was get ting in the road, overseer 8 4. 8 Work on the river and Leroux creek, overseer and team 8 4. Sent 8 3x12x16, 5 3x10x16 and 1 3x12x12 to Rogers mesa 9 Work on the river, overseer. Bob Stanslaw and teams 16 8. J A Barb, Sigel Bowers. Harry Ainsworth, and teams 4 hours each 12 6. Gordon Stonebomer, Guy Wilmot 8 hours each 16 4. Fred Hotchkiss, donated 12 Work by the river bridge, over seer, Bob Stanslaw, J A Borbe. Sigle Bowers and teams, 8 hours each 32 16. John Youngman, Lawrence Borde 8 hours each 16 4» 13 Work on Leroux creek above bridge overseer and team 8 4. Sent 3 3x12x18 to Rogers mesa for culverts 14 Work on Crawford road and cul vert by McClain place and bridge at Davenports, overseer and team 8 4. Used 3 3x12x16 and 3 3x12x14 15 Work on Cottonwood bridge and on Rogers mesa, overseer and team 8 4. 17 Went after grader and worked on Leroux creek, overseer and team 8 4. 18 W’ork on Rogers mesa, overseer and John Youngman and teams 8 hours each 16 &. Used 6 3x12x16 on culverts by , Will Reynolds place 19 Work on culverts on Rogers mesa and cleaning rock out of lower Rogers mesa road, overseer and team 8 4. John Youngman 8 2. Used 5 3x12x16 20 Looking after river, overseer and team 4 2. 21 Work on Leroux. overseer and team 4 2. 22 Repairing culverts and looking after water in roads on Rogers mesa, overseer and team 3 4. Used 4 3x12x12. 2 3x16x16. 1 3x12- xl2 1 3x12x14 23 Looking after water on Rogers mesa, overseer and team 8 4. 24 Work on culverts by depot, over seer and team 8 4. Used 7 3x12x18 1 3xlixl2 25 Work on culvert by depot and grad ing road, overseer and team 8 4. 26 Repairing bridge over Farmer's ditch at Midway, overseer and team 8 4. Thomas Sayer 8 2. Used 5 3x10x16 and 1 3x12x16 bought two stringers of Will Sumner for 2. 27 With Commissioner looking over roads on Rogers mesa and road leading to Payne mesa, overseer and team S 4. 28 Looking for new right of way for new road down Leroux creek into and surveying the same with Mr. Reed and Mr. Quick. Fred Hotchkiss and Com missioner. overseer and team 8 4. 29 Half day on the road with Com missioner and half day repairing bridge (Scott) rolling rock from Duke grade, overseer and team 8 4. Used 1 3x10x16 31 Work on the Duke grade and re pairing culverts on Rogers mesa overseer and team 8 4. Thomas Sayer 3 2. Used 1 3x10x14 June 1 Work at Rogers mesa and alkali gulch, taking rock from roads and repairing around culverts, overseer and team 8 4. Thomas Saver 8 2. 2 Repairing culverts at Hill’s cor ner on Rogers mesa, overseer and team 8 4. Used 3 3x12x16. 1 3x12x12. 1 3x -12x6 3 Work on Midway road, overseer and team S 4. 4 Repairing bridge in adobes, over seer and team 8 4. Thomas Sayer 8 2. Used 2 3x12x14 5 Work on the river, overseer and team 8 4. Used 3 3x10x16 on Rogers mesa Ralph Stoddard 4 1. .7 Work on Leroux bridge, overseer and team 8 4. Houston Taylor, Charlie Tyler 8 hours each * 16 4. C. T. Mayfield and team 4 2.