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flMIMMMMMIMMMIMt 4 O ji Crooked |j jj Trails i: and i: \ j! Straight || * ' n ' ? :: *r :: <? < > I; William MacLeod Raine \ \ i < > Ookyngtiu ?T W DllUaikta Oomptu , , O o i CHAPTER XII. A Good Samaritan. Fendrlck had guessed the exact truth. After leaving him Kate had ridden forward to the eanon and entered If. She did not mean to go much farther, hut she took her time. More than once she slipped from under n fold, of her waist n letter and re-rend sentences of If. Whenever site did this her eyes smiled. Fur It was a love letter from Curly, the first she had ever hod. It had been lylpg on the Inner edge of the threshold of her bedroom door thr.t morning when she got up. i and she knew thnt her lover had risen early to put It there unnoticed. Faintly there came to her a windswept sound. She pulled up and wait ed. hut no-repetition of It reached her ears. But before her pony had moved a dozen steps she stopped him again. This time she was almost sure of a far \ cry. und after It the baric of a re- j volver. With the touch of a rein she guided ! her horse toward the sound. It might 1 mean nothing. On the other hand it | might be a call for help. Her shout brought an answer which guided her to the edge of a prospect hole. In the darkness she made out an Indistinct figure. "Water," a husky voice demanded. She got her canteen from the saddle and dropped It to him. The man glued his Hps to the mouth as If he could never get enough. "For God's sake get me out of here," he pleaded plteously. "How long have you been there?" "Two days. I fell In at night whilst I was cutting across country." Kate fastened her rope to the horn of the saddle, tightened the cinch carefully, and dropped the other end to him. She swung to the back of the horse and braced herself by resting her full weight on the farther stirrup. "Now," she told hlin. The Imprisoned man was dragged over the edge with one cheek scratched ond bleeding. "Might a-known you'd hurt me If you moved so fast," he complained, nursing his wounded face in such a way as to hide It. "I'm sorry- I did my best to go carefully." the girl answered, stepping forward. His hand shot forward and caught her wrist. Her startled eyes flashed to his face. The man was the convict Blnekwell. "Got anything to eat with you. I'm tarvtng," he snappeo. I "Tea. I shot some quail. Let go my hand." J He laughed evilly, without mirth. "Don't try any of your sassy ways on me. I'm a wolf on the howl." She fought and twisted till she wns worn out In her efforts to free herself. Panting, she faced him. "Let me go. I tell you." For answer his open hand' struck her mouth. "Not till you learn your boss. Before I'm through with you a squnw won't tn^talf so tame as you." , lie dragged her to the horse, took from Its case the rifle that hung by the saddle, and flung her from him roughly. Then he pulled himself to the saddle. "March abend of me." he ordered. ' As soon ns they had reached the bed of the canon he called a halt and bade her light a Are and cook liim tlie quail. She gathered Iron wood and cat el aw" while he watched her vigilantly. Together they rousted the birds by holding them over the Are with sharpened sticks thrust through the wings. He devoured them with the voracity of a wild beast. Hitherto his mind had been busy with the Immediate present, but now Ids furtive shifting gaze rested on her more thoughtfully, lie dared not leave her In the prospect hole. He wns not I Mar< 20 P We bought ( ti on on these price MEN'S DRESS SHOES, Val MEN'S ARMY SHOES, V?l I LADIES DRESS SHOES, Val LADIES DRESS SHOES, Val LADIES DRESS SHOES, Val LADIES DRESS SHOES, Val LADIES DRES SHOES, Val OLD LADIES' COMFORTS, All Shoes or 25 cents GIGHAMS AND CI 35 cents OUTINGS (Solids t 45 cents PERCALES for. . ' 40 cents BLEACHING for. 45 cents BLEACHING for. 35 cents SEA ISLAND for. Pont Miss lTM i yet rtn ty to do murder, for fear of j punishment. That was u possibility to bo conoldered only If he should bo hard pressed. The only attrrnatlvt left him was to take her to the bordei as a companion of bis fugitive'doublings. "We'll be going now," ho announced, after he had eaten. "Going where? Don't you see I'll b? a drag to you? Take my horse and go You'll get along faRter." "Do you think so?" For the first time It come to her that If he did not take her with him he would kill her to Insure his own safety. None of the arguments thnt would have availed with another man v'ere of any weight here. Her sex. her ? I j "March Ahead of Me," He Ordered. eh 27 ;r Cent, off on 3ur Ginghams, Chambraj 3S you will know the savi lue $8.50- Sal* Price lue $7.50 Sale Price lue $0.90 SALE PRICE lue 5.90 SALE PRICE* lue 4.90 SALE PRICE lue 3.90 SALE PRICE ue 3.50...* SALE PRICE I Value $4.25 SALE PRICE i same basis, 1-5 < I AM BRAY for. . . 20 ind Fancies) for 28 36 32 36 23 These Sale Pric j> this Opportm LEVA] routh, the service she had done him? i hese would not count a straw. He t vas lost to all the Instincts ot honor ' hat govern even hard desperate men < >f his class. They struck Into the mountains, folowlug a cattle trail that wound up- 1 vard with devious twists. The man i ode. and the girl walked In front with i he elastic lightness, the unconscious lexuous grace of poise given her body >y an outdoor life. By dusk they were lp In the headwaters of the creeks. Che resilient muscles of the girl had 1 ost their spring. She moved wcnrlly, ter feet dragging heavily so that some- j lines she staggered when the ground ! vas rough. Not once had the man .of 'ered her the horse. He meant to lie "resli. ready for nny emergency that night come. Moreover. It pleased his itnall soul to see the daughter of Luck jiiHIson fagged and exhausted but still inswerlng the spur of his urge. The moon was up before they came lpon a tent shining In the cold silvery Ight. Beside It was a slieetlron stove, i box, the ashes of a camp fire, and a dde of bacon hanging from the llinh ?f a stunted pine. Cautiously they itole forward. | The camp was for the time deserted. *io doubt Its owner, a Mexican sheep ???r?l??r In the employ of Fendrlck and "hnnlnguez. was out somewhere with lis dork. Kate cooked a meal njid the convict ite. The girl was too tired nnd anxous to care for food, hut she made lerself tnke a little. They packed the tnddlehngs with bacon, beans, coffee ind flour. Rlackwell tightened ngnln he cinches and once more the two took the trail. They made camp In n pocket openng from a gulch far up In the hills. With her own reata he fastened her lands behind her and tied the girl securely to the twisted trunk of n Joshua tree. To make sure of her he lay on the rope, both hands clinched to the rifle. In Ave minutes he was asleep, nit It was long before Kate could es*npe from wakefulness. At last she *ell Into troubled catnnps. From one of these she nwoke to see j that the morning light was sifting i 'h rough the darkness. She was shiver- j ng with the chill of nn Arizona mountain night. Turning her body, the girl's ; eyes fell upon her captor. Tie was ooklng at her In the way that no de- i cent man looked at a woman. Her Im- I [Uilse was to scream, to struggle to her | Toot and run. What did he mean? 1 What was he going to do? Rut something warned her this would preclpltnte the danger. She 1 called upon her courage nnd tried to , still the fearful tumult In her heart. Somehow she succeeded. A scornful, 1 confident pride flashed from her eyes Into his. It told hltn that for his life lie dared not lay a finger upon her In the way of harm. And he knew It was true, knew that If he gave way to his fleslre no hole under heaven would be deep enough to hide him from tli? ven- J gennce of her friends. He got sullenly to his feet. "Covne. i We'll he going." Wltliln the hour they saw some of his hunters. A wisp of smoke rose from the hnsln below. Hrouped about It were three men eating breakfast. "Don't make a sound." warned Rlnckwell. Ills rifle covered her. With all her fVi frk everything in /Sf Percales, White Goi ing offered here is very $6.80 MEN'S SINGLE i $6.00 MEN'S WORK S $5.52 CHILDREN'S SK 94,72 CHILDREN'S SK $3.92 $3 12 CHILDREN'S SK $2.80 CHILDREN'S SK $3.40 CHILDREN'S SK Dff. ' cents cents cents cents cents cents es apply only to cash pi lity; Sale lasts NSCC MBIiiiudi* A .k'li soul she longed to cry for help. Hut 1 she dared not take the risk. Eveu as ' the two on the edge of the bowl with- 1 drew from sight one of the campers 1 rose and sauntered to a little grova i where the ponies were tethered. The illstance was too far to make sure, but j 1 something In the gait made the girl < sure thnt the man was Curly. Her ! hands want out to him In a piteous lit- I lie gesture of appeal. Kbe wr.s right. I: \vn* Curly. He ' was thinking of her ut that momeut despairingly, but no belt of v amlng 1 rang within to tell him she wns so neat , and In such fearful need of him. Twice during the morning did the . ' refugee attempt to slip down Into the ! parched deRert ihat stretched toward ! Snnorn and safety. Rut the cordon set ( 1 about him wns drawn too close. Each time a loose-seated rider lounging In | ti e saddle with a rllle !n Ids hands j drove thorn bnck. The second attempt | was almost disastrous, for the convict j wns seen. The hum of a bullet whistled past Ids ears as he and Ills prisoner ' drew hack Into the chaparral and front thence won back to cover. Kate, drooping with fatigue, saw thnt fenr rode Rlnckwell heavily, lie ' was trapped and he knew thnt by the , 1 Arizona code his life was forfeit and would he exacted of him should he be taken. He bad not the hardihood to game It out In silence, hut whined complaints, promises and threats. He tried to curry favor with her, to work upon her pity, even while Ids furtive glances told her that he wns wondering whether he would have a better chance If he sacrificed her life. From gulch to arroyo. from rockcover to pineetad hillside he was driven In his attempts to break the narrowing circle of grim hunters thnt hemmed him. And with each failure, with every passing hour, the terror In him mounted.' He would have welcomed life Imprisonment, would have j sold the last vestige of manhood to i save the worthless life that would soon j be snuffed out unless be could evade ( his hunters till night and In the darkness break through the line. He know now that It had heon a fatal mistake to bring the girl with him. He might have evaded Rolt's posses, but now every man within fifty miles was on the lookout for him. Ills rage turned against Kate because of it. Yet even in those black outbursts he felt thnt he must cling to her as Ills only i hope of saving himself. He had made another mistake In lighting a camp- I fire during the morning. Any fool ought to have known that the smoke w nun] draw ins nuniers as me smell or i CHrrlon does a buzzard. Now he made a third error. I?ou- ; bllng back over an open stretch of hillside, he was seen ngnln and forced Into the first pocket that opened. It proved i to be a blind gulch, one offering no exit ?t the upper end hut a stiff rock climb .o a hlulT above. lie whipped off his cout and gave It j to Kate. "Put It on. Quick!" Surprised, she slipped It on. "Now ride hack out and cut along .he edge of the Mill. You've got time o make it all right before they close n If you travel fast. Stop once?Just | nice?and I'll drop you In your tracks. ) Vow git!" She saw his ohlect In a flash. \Venrng his gray felt hat and his coat, the tursuers would mistake her for him. . r-mnmApril our Store, inc ods, Etc. last Fall at pri< attractive. Below we sOI.E PLOW SHOES, Value $4.25 HOES, Value $3.90 niPKirns v?iu? ts on m LUFFERS, Value $3.f>0 S; [UFFERS, Value $2.90 [UFFERS, Value $2.50 S/ UFFERS, Value $2.25 SA $2.25 OVERALLS, for $1.80 $2.50 OVERALLS, for $2.00 $1.25 WORK SJIIRTS, for $1.00 $1.50 WORK SHIRTS, for ...$1.20 iirchases and only to pui ; two weeks, ). ^ .V?. ... Phey would follow her?perhaps shoo' ter down. Anyhow, It would he u dl rerslon to draw them from him llennwhile he would climb the clifl md slip away unnoticed. The danger of what she had to dc itood out quite clearly, hut as s ihance to get away from him she wel :omed it gladly. From the lip of tin ;ulch she swung abruptly to the right tier horse stumbled and went down ust as a bullet flew over her head, lie 'ore she was free of the stirrups strong lands pinned her shoulders to tin ;round. She heard a glad, startler ry. The rough hands became lmme llately gentle. Then things grew (lack. The last she remembered was lint the mountains were dancing ui md down In an odd fashion. Iler eyes opened to see Curly. She ins In his arms and his face was iroken with emotions of love ami ten 'artless. "You're not hurt?" lie Implored. "No." "lie didn't?mistreat you?" Hh nice was trembling as he whisperer t. "No?no." And at that she broke down. A deej ioh shook her body?and another. Shi (Continued on next page) ' lis0u ' lip! Corn , !>4(>3klijtQ The more \ be as to the cl; n^XfigLyy jeopardize his < V^vvSjf' may either lea< available in tin i a valuable croj y ing losses frcir Our GOL security agaii well fruited si A tilizers, they i 1 the cotton cr KjWV vy stand behind ll??gli PACKING II lOth hiding New ! ^es much below to-da; 5 give you a few articl Sale Price $3.40 SMII Sale Price $3.12 S11I1 U.K PRICK $3.12 ROY VLE PRICK $2.60 HOV BOY LE PRICE $2.32 B()V U,E PRICE $J.OO uoY lLE PRICE $1.80 ROY w items ular ? La Read rchases amounting to i " ' " ' F mms f I Se\ -oral gootl Farms fc f Renf. See DOUGLASS Ri , \?. HO G(J i.AStt, I'iX'.L lent, i i\ i: : ?v v, .. : BROKERAGE ? > I represent only the host Oats, and Feed, ideal. Lard a [ and Stains; Lubrieatiny and Y stones. Insurance thr.l inferos?" if in need of any m the jr< i you money to see me on the t i oflice every Saturday and Mon me. Yours for Service, J. SI. RU /s market, and wuh a 2 es to show you the vnii iTS and DUAWKBS, Value $1. . . ItTS and DRAWERS, Value $1.: . S' SUITS, Value $ 1 I .90.... S' SUITS, Value $12..r>0 S SUITS, Value $1.T90 S' SUITS, Value $ 14.DO S' SUITS, Value $17.50 S' SUITS, Value $lH.aO Big line of Boys' c want to emphasize that evcrylhi listed below) is to be sold during th ielling price. flies Ready To Wear, previously y To Wear and J. B. Stetson Hats more than ftl.OO. April 10 th Chesi ' Tr y*??E. ST. LOUIS , K VN5? j C i f&mmi $ * MAN L" TACT !J -! c FLU C-" PJRE At'? r HOME OrriCE BPA'CU OFfi ATLANTA Z*. Ms' I mo.n i <. v}: and Coiicn Fe raluablc the crop, thomorc c.::v lin ass of fertilizer lie uses. Au inf entire crop since tho materia! ; xv.o -h out before the crop can uini' * ie for the needs of f he crop. ; Ia:i ) from this cause, while others ha*. 1 shedding and premature dev. ! ;;; D BOND BRANDS offer cbsoli 1st such losses, and insure ric! talks and an early, healthy rietu are without an equal, and i' y : op to early maturity to hear the then just rs we Stand behind 01 OUSE BRANDS. FOR SALE BY R. n. LANKY, Ch'rjw BENNETT BROS., Wadc.Wo. N. T.L.AUSTIN ?c CO., Ma?-shvulr, N W. C. SUTTON, Pa?e!ar.d ,S. C ail: 1 d>; (&i i|WW.^,i 11 ^ i Incli Spring floods r ' ?" ^ :0R SALE >r sale. Also mc ,i:r us ior terms. EAL ESTATE (e. (\ (". DOL'C.'I.ASr, Vicc.-P - St cr'.-Trc:.;-. : nri 'N531 ]<Z? Mr p ' k ' V_i U /-V 1 "J C ' /_ , conipaiji- s a" i si;II Flo'Vr, C ?m, ad IJojr rnxlucts, Paints, Gn-v otor c >iis; .viviminio'its and To;:v>iic, Health an el A cciclrr-t. . . . oils nicnt ioiii (i aIjnve it will sav >ad or in my oilier. I am in iho lay when in Ilnby. 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