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r!t ril-r. unit hi daughter, liilli
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CHAPTER 111. Continued.
She shook oft the restraining touch
of hia hand as If it were contamination
and sank down upon her knees beside
the inert body. He could barely per
ceive the dim outlines of her bowed
figure, yet never moved, his breath
perceptibly quickening, while he
watched aad waited. Without word or
moan eha bent yet lower and pressed
her lips upon the cold, white face.
The man caught no more than the
faintest echo of a murmured "pood
by. old dad; I wisb I could take you
with me." The efce stood stiffly up
right, facing him. "I'm ready now," she
announced calmly. "You can go on
They crept anion low shrubs and
around the bowlders, carefully guard
ing every slightest movement lest
some rustle of disturbed foliage, or
sound of hasened stone, might draw
the fire of those keen watchers. Every
Inch of their progress was attained
through tedious groping, yet the dis
tance to be traversed was short, and
Hampton soon found himself pressing
against the uprising precipice. Against
that background of dark cliJT tbey
might venture to stand erect, the faint
glimmer of reflected light barely suffi
cient to reveal to each the shadowy
outline of the other.
"Don't move an Inch from this siot,"
he whiskered. "It wouldn't be a square
deal. Kid, to leave those poor fellows
to their death without even telling
them there's a chance to get out."
She attempted no reply, as he glided
noiselessly away, but her face, could
he have seen It, was not devoid of ex
pression. This was an act of gener
osity and deliberate courage of the
very kind most apt to appeal to her
nature, and within her secret heart
there was rapidly developing a re
spect for this man, who with such
calm assurance won his own way
Then, suddenly, that black curtain was
rent by jagged spurts of red and yel
low flame. Dazed for an instant, her
heart throbbing wildly to the sharp
reportn of the rifles, she shrank cower
ing back, her fascinated gaze fixed
on those Imp-like figures leaping for
ward from rock to rock. Almost with
the flash and sound Hampton sprang
hastily back and gathered her In his
"Catch hold. Kid. anywhere; only go
up, and quick!"
She retained no longer any mem
ory of Hampton; her brain was com
pletely terrorized. Inch by Inch, foot
by foot, clinging to a fragment of rock
here, grasping a slippery branch there,
occasionally helped by encountering a
deeper gash in the face of the preel
Iilce, her movements concealed by the
scattered cedars, she, tolled feverishly
up. The first time she became aware
that Hampton was closely following
was when her feet slipped along a
naked root, aud she would have
plunged headlong Into unknown depths
hud she not come In sudden contact
with his supporting shoulder. Kalnt
and dizzy, and trembling like a lear of
an uiim-n. she rrevt forward onto a
Momcwhal wider ledge of thin rock
and lay there quivering painfully frurn
head to foot. A moment of suspense,
and he wus nut stretched beside her.
resting at full length along the very
outer edge, his hand closing tightly
over her own. 1
"Kemuln perfectly quiet." he wills
tiered, iiuutiutc heavily. "We cau be
110 asfcr anywhere cluv"
Shots and yells, the dull crash of
blows, the shouts of men engaged in
a death grapple, the sharp crackling
of Innumerable rifles, the Inarticulate
uioaus of pain, the piercing scream of
sudden torture, were borne upward
to them from out the blackness. All
it once the hideous uproar ceased with
a final yelping of triumph, seemingly
veiKhiH-d the entire length of ttie
chasm, lu the mlist of which one sin
eIo voice pleaded pitifully, only to
die away In a shriek. The two agon
Ised fugitives lay listening, their ears
it rained to catch the slightest sound
from below. Hampton's cars could dis
cern evidences of movement, and he
heard uuitural voices calling at a dis
tance, but to the vision all was bluck
Thesa uncertain sounds ceased, the
strained ears of the fugitives heard
the crushing of bodies through the
thick shrubbery, and then even this
noise died away In V distance. Yet
neither ventured to ir or sixtik. It
may be tal ,ne : ' 1,"l,t ntrul,'
worn out bv ling vl'tll aud intense
strain; but the ti: 1 proved lets for
tuiiii'.e, his eyes staring out continual
ly into the black void, his thought
. .. . III.. ...
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wn aim iiBfi'u kik-u iuh in 'i
I::wn found ghastly rettecUou
l! 01 posit rock summit, aud
..t,,,-. ( vi-i be watched the faint
tinge of returning light steal down
ward Into the canyon. At last It
swept aside thase lower clinging mists,
as though some Invisible hand had
drawn back the night curtains, and
he peered over the edge of his narrow
resting place, gazing directly down
upon the scene of massacre. With a
quick gasp of unspeakable horror he
shrank so sharply back as to cause
the suddenly awakened girl to start
and glance Into Ms face.
What is It?" she questioned, with
quick catching of breath, reading that
which she could not cieariy Interpret
in his shocked expression.
Nothing of consequence," and he
faintly endeavored to smile. "I sup
pose I must have, been dreaming also.
and most unpleasantly. No; please do
not look down; it would only cause
your head to reel, and our upward
climb is not yet completed. Do you
feel strong enough now to make an
other attempt to reach the top?"
Can we?" she questioned helplessly.
'We can, simply because we must,"
and his white teeth shut together firm
ly. "There Is no possibility of retrac
ing our steps downward, but with the
help of this daylight we surely ought
to be able to discover some path lead
He rose cautiously to his feet, press
ing her more closely against the face
of the cliff, thus-holding her in com
parative safety while preventing her
from glancing back into the dizzy
chasm. The most difficult portion of
their journey was apparently just be
fore them. More than once they tot
tered oa the very brink, held to safety
lifting his tired body and Ms reeling,
head, until he could sit partially up
tight and mo unsteadily about. The
gill yet remained motionless at his
feet, her thick hair, a mass of red gold
In the sunshine, completely concealing
her face, her slender figure qiiivetiiig
to sobs of titter exhaustion. I'.eforo
them stretched the barren plain,
brown, desolate, drear, offering In all
Its wide expanse no hopeful promise
of rescue. With hand partially shad
ing his aching eyes from the blinding
glare, the man studied Its every ex
posed feature, his fnce hardening
agnlu Into Hues of stern determina
tion. The girl stirred from her posi
tion, flinging bark her heavy hair
with one hand, and looking up Into his
face with eyes that read at once bis
"Have have you any water left?"
she asked at last, her lira parched and
burning as If from fever.
He shook the canteen dangling for
gotten at his side. "There mny be a
iiw drops." he said, handing It to her,
although scarcely removing his fixed
gaze from oft that dreary plain. "We
shall be obliged to make those trees
yonder; there ought to be water there
In plenty, and possibly we may strike
There was nothing more said be
tween them. Like two automatons,
they started off across the parched
grass, the heat waves rising and fall
ing as they stumbled forward. Neither
realized until then how thoroughly
that hard climb up the rocks, the
strain of continued peril, and the long
abstinence from food had sapped their
strength, yet to remain where they
were meant certain death; all hope
found its center amid those distant
beckoning trees. .
No one can explain later how such
deeds are ever accomplished; hew the
tortured soul controls physical weak
ness. and compels strained sinews to
perform the miracle of action when
all ambition has died. Hampton sure
ly must have both seen and known, for
he kept his direction, yet never after
wards did he regain any clear memory
On the Naked Plain.
It was 218 miles, as the crow flies,
between old Fort Bethune and the
rock ford crossing Hie Bear Water,
every foot of that dreary, treeless
distance Indian haunted, the favorite
-,fi i m mm n.a ass
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"If I 8elct Your Bullet FUthor Than the Rocks, What Thsn?"
a ' 1
merely by desperate clutching at rock
or shrub, yet never once did the man
loosen his puardlng grasp of his ctun
panion. Pit-sued tightly against the
smooth rock, feeling for every crevice,
every slightest irregularity of surface,
making Use of creeping tendril or
dead branch, daring death along every
inch of the way, these two creeper
at last attained the opening to a little
gulley. and sank don, faint and trem
bling. The girl glanced furtively at
him, the long lauhe shadowing the
expression of her lowered eyes. la
spite of deep prejudice she felt im
pelled to like this man; he accom
plished things, and he didn't talk.
It was nothing more serious than a
hurd and toilsome tiiaib arter that, a
continuous struggle testing every luus
tie, straining every sinew, causing
both to siuk down aguiu and again,
punting aud exliausled, no longer stim
ulated by Imminent peril. The narrow
cleft tbey followed led somewhere
away from the exposed front of the
precipice, yet arose steep and Jugs'-'l
befoie them. It wa Brl lgi-d finally by
a cedar trunk, which Hampton
wrenched from out its rocky foothold
and tbu two crept cautiously forwatd.
to emerge where th sunlight rested
golden at the summit. They sunk face
downward In the short grans, barely
conscious tost they bad liuully won
their desperate pasiage.
Slowly Hampton u"ceeied la Up-
tkiilktng place and hunting ground of
the rcHtlcss Kloux. Winter and sum
iiier this wide expanse had to be sus
piciously patroled by numerous mill
tary scouting parties, anilous to learn
mine regarding the uncertain where
abouts of wandering bauds and the
ptirpobcs of malcontents.
One such company, composed of a
rlozen mounted infantrymen, accom
panied by three free trailers, rode
slowly and weailly aero the brown
exposed uplands down Into the longer,
greener grass of the wide valley bot
tom, until they emerged upon a barely
perceptible trail which wound away In
snake like titihgs, towaid those
high, burreo hills whose blue masses
were darkly silhouetted agrinst the
wextein sky. The animals moved
steadily forward, reluctant ami weary,
their bead drooping dejectedly, their
distended nehtills red and quivering,
the oily perspiration sneaking their
dueled sides. The tired men. half
blinded by the glare, lulled heavily la
their deep cavalry saddles, with fu
crunted er staring lu.x.'Uly uhi :et.
Hiding alone, and kl'.gMIy In ol
Vance i f the inula body. Ma mount a
rangy, broad chested rouii, strcukid
with alkali dunt, the drooplug luiid
telllnu Plainly of W euiled inunies, w us
the oi'.cer lu command. He was
ly shaven, Ms Intelligent blue eve
half concealed beneath bis bat b:lm,
which had been drawn low to shade
them from the glare, one hand press
ing upon his saddle holi.ter a he
lenned over to rfst. No Inrignfi of
rnk served to distinguish him from
thoxo equally dusty fellows plodding
gloomily behind, but a broad stripe of
yellow running down the senilis of his
trousers, together with his high boots.
bespoke the cavalry service, while the
front of his bat tried campaign hat
bore the decorations of two crossed
sabers, with a glided "7" prominent
between. His attire was completed by
a coarse blue shirt, unbuttoned at the
throat, about which had been loosely
knotted a darker colored silk handker
chief, and across the back of the sad
dle was famened a uniform Jacket, the
single Bhoulder strap revealed pre
senting the plain yellow of a second
Attaining to the summit of a slight
knoll, whence a somewhat wider vista
lay outspread, he partially turned his
face toward the men straggling along
In the rear, while his hand swept
across the dreary scene.
"If that Hue of trees over yonder
Indicates the course of the Bear Wa
ter, Carson," hm questioned quietly,
"where are we expected to bit the trail
leading down to the ford?"
The sergeant, thus addressed, a lit
tle etocky fellow wearing a closely
clipped gray moustache, spurred hi
exhausted horse Into a brief trot, and
drew up short by the officer' side, his
heavy eyes scanning the vague dis
tance, even while hi right hand wa
uplifted In perfunctory salute.
"There's no trail I know about along
this bank, air." he replied respectfully,
"but the big cottonwood with the dead
branch forking out at the top 1 the
They rode down In moody silence
Into the next depression, and began
wearily climbing the long hill opposite.
apparently the last before coming di
rectly down the banks of the stream.
As his barely moving horse topped the
uneven summit, the lieutenant sudden
ly drew in his rein, and utterin; an
exclamation of surprise, bent, forward
staring intently down in his lmmedl
ate front. For a sir.gle Instant he ap
peared to doubt the evidence of his
own eyes; then he swung hastily from
out the saddle, all weariness forgotten.
"My Godl" he cried, sharply, his
eyes suspiciously sweeping ir.o Dare
slope. "There nre two bodies lying
here white people!"
They lay all doubled up in the coarse
grass, ex-ictiy as tney wia luuen, ir.o
man resting fare downward, the
slender figure of the girl clasped vice
like In his arms, with her tightly
closed eyes upturned toward the glar
ing sun. Never once questioning but
that he was confronting the closing
scene of a grewsome traeedy. the thor
oughly aroused lieutenant dropped
uoon his knees beside them, his eye
already midst with sympathy, his anx
ion fingers feeling for a possible
heartbeat. A moment of hushed,
breathless suspense followed, and then
he began flinging terse, eager com
mands across his shoulder to where
his men were clustered.
Here! Carson, Perry, Honk, lay
bold quick, and break this fellow s
clasp." he cried, briefly. "The girl
retains a spark of life yet, but the
man's arms fairly crush her."
With all the rigidity of actual death
thce clutching hands held their tena
cious grin, but the arousal soldiers
wrenched the Interlaced fingers apart
with every tenderness possible in such
emergency, shocked at noting the ex
pression of Intense agony stamped
upon the man's face when thus ex
posed to view. The whole terrible
story was engraven there how he
had toiled, agonized, suffered, before
finally yielding to the Inevitable and
plunging forward In unconsciousness,
written as legibly as though by a pen.
Car sou, w ho In hi long service had
witnessed much of death and suffer
ing, bent tenderly above him, seeking
for some faint evidence of lingering
life. The anxious lieutenant, bare
headed under the hot sun glare, st-od
hiiFtlly ncroxs fn in lwliie the uncon
scious but breathing girl, and stood
giving doubtfully down upon them.
"Any life, ergeautT" be demanded,
bis voice rendered hiuky by sympathy.
"Ho doesn't seem entirely gone, nlr."
and Carson glanced up Into the offi
cer's face, his own eye filled with
feeling. "I ran dlsilnrji'.rh Just a wee
bit of breathing, but It's so weak the
pulse hardly kttra."
"What do you make of It?"
"Ktarvltig at the bottom, sir. The
onlv thing I see now Is to get them
dowi, to water and food."
The young officer glanred swlfily
about him across that dreary picture
of sun burnt, desolate prairie stretch-
tng In every direction, bis eyes paus
ing slightly a they surveyed the tops
of the distant cotlonwoods.
Mling blankets between your horses.
be remmanded, decisively. Move
niilcl.lv. hols, and we may save one of
these lives yet."
tTo UK CONTl.M'flD.)
DACK CAVE OUT.
A Typical Cas of Kldnay Troubl and
a Typical Cur.
Mr. Chloe Page of RIO S. Tltt
Street, Alexandria. Va., says: "My
buck hurt me ter
ribly, I had shnrp,
changing to a dull,
dragging nchn. I
could not stand for
any length of time
and my back hurt
me when 1 sat down.
My feet and ankles
were badly swollen
evrry evening, and
my stomach was out
of order. Doan's Kidney Pills cured
nie of these troubles In 1902, and for
five years I have had no return."
All dealers. 50 rents a box. Fos-
ter-MIlburn Co., Buffalo, X. Y.
THE NUMBER OF ANIMALS.
Attempts to Tabulats
Beasts That Perish.
Every now and then some natural
ist endeavors to make an approximate
numerical count of known animal
species. This kind of attempt Is sure
ly cot without interest, but It must be
acknowledged that Its results are very
uncertata. We are far from knowing
all species, and there Is yet a delight
ful prospect ahead for those who love
systematic soology and for soologista
who bestow mutual honors by giving
each other's names to svtne animal
As Nurmann remarked to a recent
meeting of naturalists at the museum.
to which he presented his "Catalogues
Mammallum." the species of rodent
known in were only 970 In num
ber; now they are 1,900. The num
ber has thus, at least, doubled In 27
years. The number of living species
of this creature now known is about
1.500, divided among 1C0 genera. This
family Is the most numerous of the
class of mammalia. Wl.ssen fur Alio.
BABY IN TERRIBLE STATE.
Ins Uinnr Muldcdit Bsrve.
A ceilnln lol!i!iii) dlnl.ta eBtsbllsh
triiiit features what it claims to bo a
replica of Hut Kpread regularly served
at the White Plain "gym" ntivle fa
mous by the recent medicine ball tent
taken by Secretary of Hlate Kllhu
Koot. Boasting tho caption "Mul
doon's Vegetable Dinner," the rnursa
In detail consist of filed sweet po
tato, egg plunt, succotash, stewed to
matoes, cauliflower, brend and butler.
It is aid that when the sponsor of
thl meal bearing hi name was a
member of tho -Finest," and wa
Jocularly known as "Muldoon, the
Solid Man." he adhered to the regi
men above described.
laundry work at tome would tx
much more satisfactory If the right
Btarch were used., la order to get the
desired stiffness, It Is Hually neces
sary to use so much starch that the
! beauty and fineness of the fabric if
j hidden behind a pasta of varying
I thickness, which not only destroy tho
j appearance, but also affects the war
lng quality of the goods. This tro
, ble can be entirely overcome by tsln
I Defiance Starch, as it xan be- applied
: much more thinly because of its great,
j er strength than other makes.
Awful Humor Eating Away
Body a Mass of Sore Cutlcura
Cures in Two Week.
"My ll!t!e daughter broke out all
over her body with a humor, und we
used everything recommended, but
without result. I called in three doc
tors, but she continued to grow worse.
Her body was a mass of sores, aud her
little face w.i being eaten away. Her
ears looked a If they woulj drop off.
Neighbor advised me to get Cutlcura
Soap and Ointment, and before 1 had
used half of the cake of Soap and box
of Ointment the sort had all healed,
and my little one's face and body were
a clear as a new born babe's. 1 would
not be without II again If it cost five
dollars, instead of seventy five cents.
Mrs. Ceorgo J. Steese, 701 Coburn St.,
Akrou, Aug. 30, l'JOl."
There is something which will ap
peal to every American In the horror
1 of a fate invoked upon Henry Janes,
Sr., by his son. the novelist, and
recorded In the letters of K. I Gifcl
kin. The young man had leen worked
In argument, and exclaimed:
"Then mny your mashed potatoes
always have lump in them!"
A lady famed for her skill in cook
lng was entertaining a number of her
friends at tea. Kvcrythlng on th
table wa much admired, but the ex
cellence of the sponge cake was es
pecially the subject of remark.
"Oh!" exclaimed one of the guests,.
"It is so beautifully oft and light!
Do tell me where ou got the recipe."
"I am very glad," replied the hos
tess, "that you find It so soft and light.
1 made It mt of my own head." Il
100 a Month
Can be made by any bright man or
woman w ho will act as my representa
tive In this township. Here an un
usual oj SHirtunity. Write to-day. II. W.
Cole. im-l"th St., Washington, D. C.
"How do you know that man is a
detective?" asked one New York man.
"By the way he orders everybody
around and atiracts attention to him
self." FITS, St. Yitun Dan'-r and ll Nervous
IhsejiM-s peiiti-ini iiily cuied i.y lr. Kline s
lirriit Nerve Krutorer. S-nJ U r Free ti .
lv,i!r. nd treati-e Pr. R. II. Kline,
Ul , H.:l Arch M .,
A shut mouth keeps
PoBlllvrty rnrfd by
.brae Little Pill,
They ! rHiv TH
ltirl im il 'X llfmri?
r y for ItiiiliirM, Nu
, I wii w t uf, H m 4
t tn lUe Moflib.Co'
ct iitf t'in In iff
cii.tt, loicmx UYl-'H.
rrgiiaAi lit lKivtel. I'urxiy tftbi
SMUl PILL. SMALL DOSE. SMALL PRICE.
Genuine Must Bear
Nw and I.ltrl HomwUs4
j Kulallont In
Starch, like everything els. U be
ing constantly Improved, tho pateut
Starches put on tho market 25 yean
ago aie very different and Inferior to
these of the present day. In tho lat
est discovery lN-tlance Starch all In
jurious chemical are omitted, while
the addition of another Ingredient. In
vented by us, r.lves to the Starch
strength and smoothness cover ap
proached by other brand.
Yheir Natural Plac.
"Don't you believe ballovll Inven
tor are visionary people?
"Well, I must say, that as a rule.
they are usually up lu Hie air."
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I K It II.
1 IUII Pin.-,
S, pack v;:e
. lil t I..
nlily A tt-hl.
with the trim
a trained aiti
There Is nothing more iiiikhIU f.ic-
tory I had an unkisscd kWs.
Sin' V.rm have tn rll for I Jf "' Nmule
P.neli r i:r In 111 I il. Your dealer or
l.t-wi' luiiory, Ivmw, 111.
Preiii iUtu counsel, perilous dued.
Purest dt the
Nw District Now 0ptn4 lor Settlrmcal
lfU in th rmn r
it.f tit of ?.- it
t txl A I !t m ti
1erUtT ! rn4
f-r RMtUttivnt Mtttl!
lit Kviv4 ll.mrtrJ
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1i ( )wirii.t w Id
n.iw v,UU. Tb -w if'li. in is. a U
m I l '.MF 10 v.U t' p "r. WW
ItinitT thl tuT m tli ndr.4 S t" hv I.t
Kiiiff t.T Any m "! I wl fnwi tii lii4k
f ritir f-T anf oilif minti -f J
t . vntitir.a tt.h nitr f f iiMs "r livens it.
I- nut ttinr rwm mti f.m ( Ast t i fci
A 'l f I''Mil I r .'?, ' rrtiain tvMilk
M atairr ul iitiriiutnc hnJf
U.,d IHl.e'i.l4.,f He -f't -. !,
.si l ! I -' is"l -T !
(-lr-t t-7 "1 I ' I'1".
tr M-es wr 1 jire -f star. .!(. -srl ..I !
sVt.o- l lil ! tmm rnvrii'-lil i!tir tltfn(fc
i.Unaitt 1 np . t.iiu wis u4
CU ! f mi MIg f llH I-i Itxluoll U .
full-f illut: l I . rt.
iui tO tO Uti MUCH Itf U rVlf
j. ft. cmroiD.
ft. 125 V. Mot tut. Cur, Mt
Say Secretary James Wilson, of tho
department of agriculture: "For year
the department has been distributing
camphor tree seed and thousands of j
trees tm no giovvins throughout tho
south and i'aiilic coaiit states. Two
years ago a seriou ertort wa made !
to develop the maiiufaeturc of cam
phor from these trees. SutUfartory
n-buits have been secured and a large
manufacturing coueeru is now build-
h. a an a t.i'iiuhor grove of 2,(f'0
arte in liorlila. fioin wliiih il bopei
in inuke euiiiiihor. Tlili. Brui uses
iliun l.-'ju.utiO wond of ca.u-
I h r every jiar "
8?tch and 6ilenc.
liavu otte'l rebelled injr spe(.a,
in the land is not
B A It D W
leto, i;os.eaiui a uji chin smooth-J ucvr u.y sllfutu. PiUllua jiu
always the most
Ounces for 23 Cents
less. Docs better work. You must
try it to sec. Get n can on trial.
The baking will be vastly better,
lighter and tastier or wc fuy
r '! iry
Ji jue Mf. Oft.