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f -13 CHAPTER XI.
A long time Ersklne sat motionless,
wondering what ailed him. He had
never liked nor trusted Grey; he believed
he would have trouble with him
some day, but he had other enemies I
and he did not feel toward them as he
did toward this dandy mincing up that
beautiful broad path. With a little
grunt he turnecfrltoack along the path.
Firefly whinnied tfl him and nipped at
him with playful restlessness as
though eager to be on his way to the
barn, and he stood awhlls with one
arm across his saddle. Once he reached
upward to untie the reins, and with
another grunt Btrode back and went
rapidly up the path. Grey and Barbara
had disappeared, but a tall youth who
sat behind one of the big pillars saw
him coming and rose, bewildered, but
not for long. Each recognized the other
swiftly, and Hugh came with stiff
courtesy forward. Ersklne smiled:
"You don't know me?" Hugh
bowed:
"Quite well." The woodsman drew
himself up with quick breath?paling
Withnilt flomlnw wIs-KI? k**4 *
..uunug niiuiii?uui ueiure lie
could speak there was a quick step
and nn astonished cry within the hall
and Harry sprang out.
"Erskine! Erskine 1" he shouted,
and he leaped down the steps with
both hands outstretched. "You here!
You?you old Indian?how did you get
here?" He caught Erskine by both
' hands and then fell to shaking him by
the shoulders. "Where's your horse?"
And then he noticed the boy's pale
and embarrassed face and his eyes
shifting to Hugh, who stood, still cold,
still courteous, and he checked some
hot outburst at his lips.
"I'm glad you've come, and I'm glad
you've come right now?Where's your
horse?"
"I left him hitched at the landing,"
Erskine had to answer, and Harry,
looked puzzled:
"The landing! Why, what?" He
wheeled nnd shouted to a darky:
"Put Master Ersklne's horse In the
barn and feed him." And he led Erskine
within?to the same room where
he had slept before, and poured out
lAinA wntot' In o lmti-1
"Take your time," he said, and he
, went hack to the porch. Ersklne could
hear and see him through the latticed
blinds.
"Hugh," said the lad In a low, cold
voice, "I am host here, and if you don't
like this you can take that path."
"You are right," was the answer;
"but you wait until Uncle Harry gets
home." 1
The matter was quite plain to Ersklne
within. The presence of Dane
Grey made it plain, and as Ersklne.
jf dipped both hands into the cold water
he made up his mind to an understanding
with that young gentleman
that would he complete and iinul. And
so he was ready when he and Harry
were on the porch again and Barbara
and Grey emerged from the rose
bushes and cume slowly up the path.
Harry looked worried, but Ersklne snt
still, with a faint smile at his mouth
and In his eyes. Barbara saw him
first and she did not rush forward.
Instead, she stopped, with wide eyes,
a stifled cry, and lifting one hand toward
her heart. Grey saw too, flushed
rather painfully, and calmed himself.
Ersklne had sprung down the steps.
"Why, have I changed so much?" he
cried. "Hugh didn't seem to know me.
either." His voice was gay, friendly,
even affectionate, hut his eyes danced
with strange lights that puzzled the
girl.
"Of course I knew you," she faltered,
paling a little, but gathering herself
rather haughtily?a fact that Ersklne
seemed not to notice. "You took
me by surprise and you hav<? changed
?but I don't know how much." The
significance of this too seemed to pass
Krskine by, for he bent over Barbara's
hand and kissed It.
"Never to you, my dear cousin," he
aid gallantly, and then he bowed to
emassssssi i i i
te Dale
ieer^
Fox,
RJiUvln^st^^^^O
playing the courtier with ezqutalte Impudence
and doing It well I Harry
seemed like to burst with restrained
merriment, and Barbara was sorely
put to It to keep her poise. The great
dinner bell from behind the house
boomed its summon* fo ??>? ?*
I ? wv *MW " wu? Mm
fields.
"Come on," called Harry. "1 Imagine
you're hungry, cousin."
"I am," .said Ersktne. "I've had
nothing td" wit since?since early
morn." Barbara's eyes flashed upward
and Orey was plainly startled. Was |
there a slight stress on those two
words? Erskine's face was as axpree- |
slonless as bronze. Harry had bolted
into the hall. |
Mrs. Dale was visiting down the
river, so Barbara sat In her mother's
place, with Brsklne at her right, Grey
to her left, Hugh next to him, and
Harry at the head. Harry did not wait
long.
"Now, you White Arrow, you Big
Chief, tell us the story. Where have
you been, what have you been doing,
and what do you mean to dot I've
heard a good deal, but I want It all."
Grey began to look uncomfortable,
and so, in truth, did Barbara.
"What have you heard?" asked Erakine
quietly.
"Never mind," Interposed Barbara
quickly; "you tell us."
"Well," began Erskine slowly, "you
remember that day we met some Indians
who told me that old Kahtoo,
my foster-father, was 111, and that he
wanted to see me before he died? I
went exactly as I would have gone had
white men given the same message
from Colonel Dale, and even for better
reasons. A bad prophet was stirring
up trouble In the tribe against
the old chief. An enemy of mine.
Crooked Lightning, was helping him.
He wanted his son, Black Wolf, as
chief, and the old chief wanted me.
I heard the Indians were going to Join
the British. I didn't want to be chief,
but I did want Influence In the tribe,
so I stayed. There was a white woman
In the camp and an Indian girl
named Early Morn. I told the old chief
that I would fight with the whites
against the Indians and with the
whites against them both. Crooked
Lightning overheard me, afid you can
Imagine what use he made of what I
said. I took the wampum belt for the
old chief to the powwow between the
Indians and the British, and I found
I could do nothing. I met Mr. Grey
there." He bowed slightly to Dane
and then looked at him steadily. "I
was told that he was there in the
Interest of an English fur company.
When I found I could do nothing with
the Indians, I told the council what
I had told the old chief." He paused.
Barbara's face was pale and she was
breathing hard. She had not looked at
Grey, but Harry had been watching
him covertly and he did not look comfortable.
Erskine puused.
"What!" shouted Harry. "You told
both lllllt vnn nrnnlrl ?1 -1? 1
u(?i wiiu me |
wblte? ? gainst both I What'd they do j
to you?"
Ersklne smiled.
"Well, here I am. I Jumped over
the heads of the outer ring and rnn.
Firefly heard ma calling him. I had
left his halter loose. He broke away.
I Jumped on him, and you know nothing
can catch Firefly."
"Didn't they shoot at you?"
"Of course." Again he paused. i
"Well," Raid Harry Impatiently,
"that Isn't the end."
"I went back to the camp. Crooked
Lightning followed me and they tied
me and were going to burn me at the
stake."
"Good heavens!" breathed Barbara.
"How'd you get away?"
"The Indian girl, Early Morn, slipped
under the tent and cut me loose. The
white woman got my gun, and Firefly
?you know nothing can catch Firefly."
The silence was Intense. Hugh looked
dazed, Barbara was on the point of
tears. Harry was triumphant, and Grey
was painfully flushed.
"And you want to know what I am
going to do now?" fersklne went on.
"I'm going with Capt. George Rogers
Clark?with what command are you,
Mr. Grey?"
"That's a secret," he smiled coolly.
"I'll let you know later," and Barbara,
with an Inward sigh of relief, rose
quickly, but would not leave them behind.
"But the white woman?" questioned
Harry. "Why doesn't she Heave the
Indiuns?"
"Early Morn?a half-breed?Is her
daughter," said Erskine simply.
"Oh!" and Harry Questioned no
further.
"Early Morn was the best-looking
Indian girl I ever saw," said Ersklne,
"and the bravest." For the first time
drey glanced at Barbara. "She saved
my life," Ersklne went on gravely,
"and mine is hers whenever she needs
It." Harry reached over and gripped
his hand.
Ah yet not one word had been aald
of Grey's misdoing, but Barbara's cool
disdain made him shamed and hot, and
in her eyes was the sorrow of her Injustice
to Erskine. In the hallway she
excused herself with a courtesy, Hugh
went to the stables, Harry disappeared
^fi^^^nment, and the two were left
^^^^^Wlth smoldering fire Ersklne
Grey.
H Hems yon have been amusing
with my klnspeople at my exGrey
drew himself up In
I silence. Ersklne went oa:
C?vs fcUrk, Cklllsl
" ' I iSl I 1,1
"I have known tome liars who wex
not cowards."
"You forget yourself."
"No?nor you."
"You remember a promise I mad
jrou once 7*"
"Twice." corrected Erskine. Grey'i
eyes flashed upward to the crosse<
rapiers on the wall.
I; "Precisely." answered Erskine, "am
when?"
"At the first opportunity."
"From this moment I shall be wait
Ing for nothing else."
, Barbara, reappearing, heard the!
last- words, and she came forward pat
and with piercing eyes:
"Cousin Erskine, I want to apolc
gise to you for my little faith. I hop
you will forgive me. Mr. Grey, you
horse will he at the door at once,
wish you a safe Journey?to your con
mand." Grey bowed and turned?furl
ous.
Erskine was on tbe porch when Ore
came out to mount his horse.
"You will want seconds?" aske
Grey.
"They might try to stop us?no!"
"I shall ride slowly," Grey said
Erskine bowed.
"I shall not."
Nor did he. Within half an hou
Barbara, passing through the hall, sav
that the raplera were gone from tlx
wall and she stopped, with the coloi
fled from her face and her hand on he:
heart. At that moment
dashed from the kitchen.
I "Miss Barbary, somebody gwlne t<
Kit' killed. 1 was wukkln' In de ol<
i field an' Marse Grey rid by cussln' t<
hlsself. Jlst now Marse Ersklne went
tearln' by de landln' wld a conple o
swords under his arm." His eyes to<
went to the wall. "Yes, bless Gawd
dey's gone!" Barbara flew out th?
door.
In a few moments she had fount
Harry and Hugh. Even while theli
horses were being saddled her fathei
rode un.
"It's murder," cried Harry, "and
Grey knows It. Ersklne knows nothing
about a rapier."
Without a word Colonel Dalf
wheeled his tired horse and soot
Harry and Hugh dashed after him.
Barbara walked back to the house,
I wringing her hatfds, but on the porch
she sat quietly In the agony of waiting
that was the role of women In
those days.
Meanwhile, at a swift gallop Firefly
wag skimming along the river road.
Grey had kept his word and more: he
had not only ridden slowly but he had
topped and was wnltlng at an oak
tree that was a cornerstone between
two plantations.
"That I may not kill you on your
own land," he said.
Ersklne started. "The consideration
Is deeper than you know."
They hitched their horses, and Ersklne
followed into a pleasant glade?
a grassy glade through which murmured
a little stream. Ersklne dropped
the rapiers on the sward.
"Take your choice," he said.
"There Is none," said Grey, picking
up the one nearer to him. "I know
them both." Grey took off his coat
while Ersklne waited. Grey made the
usual moves of courtesy and still Ersklne
waited, wonderlngly, with the
point of the rapier on the ground.
"When you are ready," he said, "will
you piease let me know?"
"Ready!" answered Grey, and he
lunged forward. Ersklne merely
whipped at his blade so that the clang
of It whined on the air to the breakIng-polnt
and sprang backward. He
was as quick as an eyelash and lithe
as a panther, and yet Grey almost
'.aughed aloud. All Ersklne did was
to whip the thrusting blade aside and
leap out of danger like a flash of light.
It was like un Inexpert boxer flailing
according to rules unknown?
and Grey's face flamed and actually
turned anxious. Then, as a kindly
fate would have It, Ersklne's blade
aught In Grey's guard by accident,
ind the powerful wrist behind It seeking
merely to wrench the weapon
;oose tore Grey's rapier from his grasp
and hurled It ten feet away. There
s no greater humiliation for the ex>ert
swordsman, and not for nothing
lad Ersklne suffered the shame of
!hat long-ago day when a primitive
nstlnct had led him to thrusting his
tnlfe into this same enemy's breast.
Vow, with his sword's point on the
arth. he waited courteously for Grey
o recover his weapon,
VMS UMIVIRSAl CA?
CARS, TRUCKS, TRACTORS
SERVICE
PARTS
Lucas Antra fra
SHERIFF'S SALE
Jessie C. Brown
1 vs.
A. L. Carter.
EXECUTION
By virtue of an Execution to m<
directed, in the above stated case ]
will sell to the highest bidder, at Public
Auction, within the legal hours ol
sale, at Chesterfield Court House,
on Monday, the 2nd day of October,
A. D., 1922, the following described
property to wit: All thit tract 01
parcl of land, situate, lying and being
in the county of Chesterfield,
South Carolina,and known as the Jessie
C. Bown land and containing
100 acres, more or less, and bounded
by lands of J. P. Morrison and W. T.
Brown and others levied on and to b<
sold as the property of A. L. Cartel
and others.
Terms?Cash to satisfy the aforeI
said Execution and costs.
J. T. Grant,
Sheriff of Chesterfield County
Sheriff's Office C. H., S. C. 3t28
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?ven as Grey rushed for his sword, 1
Srsklne heard the bent of horses' 1
'he Sword-Blades Clashed, Ersklne
Whipping Back and Forth In a Way {
to Make a Swordsman Groan.
oofs. As he snatched It from the
round and turned, with a wicked
inlle over his grinding teeth, came
larry's shout, and as he rushed for
Irsklne, Colonel Dale swung from his
orse. The sword-blades clashed,
Irsklne whipping back and forth In a ?]
ray to make a swordsman groan?and
lolonel Dale had Ersklne by the wrist
nd was between them.
"How dare you, sir?" cried Grey
otly.
"Just a moment, young gentleman,"
aid Colonel Dale calmly. 1
"Let us alone, Uncle Harry?I?"
"Just a moment," repeated the j
> olonel sternly. "Mr. Grey, do you
link it Quite fair that you with your
aktll should light a man who knows
nothing about foils?"
"There was no other way," Grey /
said sullenly.
"And you could not wait, 1 pre- <
sume?" Grey did not answer.
"Now, hear what I have to say, and ,
i If you both do not agree, the matter '
[ will be arranged to your entire satisfaction,
Mr. Grey. I have but one
, question to ask. Your country is at
war. She needs every man for her >
uexeuse. no you not mink your lives
> belong to your country and that It la
I selfish and unpatriotic Just now to
' risk them In any other cause?" He
. waited for his meaning to sink In, and
gink It did.
"Colonel Dale, your nephew grossly
Insulted rae, and your daughter showed <
' me the door. I made no defense to j
1 him nor to her, but I will to you. I
- merely repeated what I had been told j
? and I believed It true. Now that I
hear It Is not true, I agree with you,
sir, and 1 am willing to express my t v
regrets and apologies."
"That Is better," said Colonel Dale I
heartily, and he turned to Ersklne, but
Ersklne was crying hotly!
"And I express neither."
1 "Very well," sneered Grey coldly, r
"Perhaps we may meet when your rel- <
atlves are not present to protect you."
"Uncle Harry?" Ersklne Implored, ,
but Grey was turning toward his horse.
"After all, Colonel Data la right" j
"Yes," assented Ersklne helplessly, 1
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to Ersklne by arm
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As they rode Dale
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