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- 3 ...BY... Il |*~ HAMLIN GARLAND COPYRIGHT. 1905. BY HAMLIN GARLAND Ann's lashes fell before the glow of his admiring eyes, mid with this sign of weakness a flush of resentment again passed over her. "Ile must not look at UM in that way," she complain? ed to herself. When Ray mond left the house to walk back to his own cabiu he resent? ed for the flrst time the presence of Louis. He wished to be alone with the mysterious emotion which had swept back upon him at sight of Ann. He faced the night, out of which every shred of vapor had vanished, and the blue-black vault, blazing with innu? merable jetting globes of light, invited to high thoughts, to serious imaginings. His duty plainly was to lay hands upon the lad and hustle him back to Valley Springs and so put both brother aud sister out of his life; but this was not easy. He argued that she was in no danger and that the change of air would do her good. "She will be inter? ested in the mine3," he went on in formless debate with himself. "The scenery is magnificent; and then, of course, she can go down at any time we think wise." CHAPTER XIII. THE little room to which Mrs. Kelly conducted Ann was hard? ly larger than a steamer state? room and was very primitive as regards its furnishings. "It's a small place and a rough place for such as you, but it's the best we have," said Mrs. Kelly. Ann responded to the humility which shaded tlie hearty voice of her hostess, and, though she shivered in the chill air, answered cheerily: "I'm sure this is very nice. The bed is tempting." Hesitatingly, with many misgivings, Mrs. Kelly withdrew, and Ann hurried? ly disrobed and leaped iuto tho bed, which was white ns snow and almost ns cold. It was like a plunge into the breakers at Magnolia; it fairly took her breath away, and there was no escape from this icy contact, for the air was aa bitter as the sheets. Rut the joy of the meeting with Louis "and the unexpected glow of confidence and pleasure witli which she met Ray? mond's anxious, piercing eyes came back to warm her heart. How changed Raymond was! How deeply brown! He looked as vigorous as she saw him first at the ranch, and yet different?years older; and with his strength, his resolution, somethiug new was mingled?something graver and sweeter. He was handsomer in the miner's heavy boots than in the cow? boy's spurs and kerchief. Her mind took up again the singular? ity of her position, lying there in a frosty bed in a miner's cabin. She laughed. "Am I to meet my death by freezing?" But at last a glow of com? fort began to steal over her, a delicious languor, and then?she was awakened bv a grinding sound and by the shout? ing of cheerful children, and a few minutes later the gentle voice of Mrs. Kelly sounded at the door. "Are you awake?" Ann threw back the coverlet to find the room full of sunshine. "May I come in?" asked Mrs. Kelly. "Certainly," said Ann, and tbe pale and pretty little housewife entered with a pitcher of warm water. "Good morning. How did you sleep the night?" "I don't know. I haven't the slight? est idea where the night went to." After her hostess left her Ann lay staring at the rough walls and the still more primitive ceiling in wonder. "It must be real," she thought, "for I couldn't possibly dream it." With a realization of her owu sloth, she sprang out upon the cold floor and began to dress with a vigor and celerity she did not know she possessed. During breakfast she studied Mrs. Kelly and began to understand at last that the little mother had not merely washed and dressed the boys and cooked the breakfast, but had served as waitress and maid of all work, and now, calm and sweet and self con? tained, was presiding over the table. If any dish needed replenishing, she sprang up to get it, and this put the robust daughter of wealth to shame. "Don't you feel tired some mornings and lie ailed?" she asked. Mrs. Kelly smiled. "Indeed I do, but I can't afford to lie abed. When Matt makes his next strike, sure I'm going to hire a girl and sleep till I'm weary of it, if it takes a week." "You must let me do something while I am here," said Ann. "Let me pro? vide a maid for you." "Oh, no; I was only jokiu'. Sure, you couldn't hire a girl on the hill to do housework. Besides, the best of them are not flt company for you, and in a small hut like this you're cheek by Jowl with your help." Ann had not thought of them as com? pany, but she gravely replied: "I might bring a maid from my cousin's house. At any rate, you must let me help this morning. I can sweep and dust?in? deed I can." "Mighty little dusting the shack needs in this air," said Mrs. Kelly. "Good luck to me, it's tiny." "I must help or I will not stay," in- ' steted Ann. "At least I can amuse tho children." Louis shot through the door like a stone from a sling. His eyes were dancing. "Good morning, everybody!" he shouted. "Haven't you breakfasted yet? Why, we've been done ten min? utes. Isn't this bully ?this life up here? How do you feel this morning?" Ann laughed to see him so elate, so vigorous. "What a child you are!" she exclaimed in wonder. Raymond followed at a little dis? tance. "Good morning, Miss Rupert. Good morning, Nora. Hello, younkers," and he gathered a boy under each arm. He looked very capable and entirely self contained as he put the lads down and addressed himself to Ann. "I sup? pose your baggage went to Bozle, .but we will get tint today. And, Mrs. Kel }v if von iifto/1 nnrtnliiir to tnnkfl Miss Rupert comfortable let us know. To the limit of our resources command us." Ann, with unaccountable lightness of spirit, quickly protested. "Now, please don't make company of me. I am go? ing to earn my living by helping Mrs. Kelly about the house. My bed was very comfortable and my breakfast de? licious. What else do^I require? One needn't ask how you are. You look to be perfectly well again." Louis stared at his sister and was i about to make some revealing remark when Raymond intervened. "We are very glad to have you in camp, but you must not suffer inconveniences." "I've been thinking perhaps lt would do me good to suffer hardship," she an i swered, with a reflective glance. He considered a moment before chang? ing the subject. "Everything seems quiet up street this morning, so our trouble may blow over. I am going up by and by and will report on what is brewing in the saloons. They are tlie storm centers. I'm sorry Don started to come in, and I hope he will go quiet? ly back and forget the whole incident." "Tell me about the camp. What Is | the trouble all about? I can't under? stand," she said. "It's quite simple," replied Raymond. "The county is about equally divided now between tho miners of the peak . and the citizens of the plain. The peak's interests are not those of the Springs, and it has resented for a year I the domination of the Springs. The owners of the mines are either resi? dents of the plain or of the east and violently opposed to the politics of the camp. Barnett's man. Mackay, nt i tempted to reorganize the working hours of the camp and failed. You know of the mishandling he received." "What are they going to do now?" "I don't know. As the case stands, ( the camp ls hot against any invasion by tlie sheriff and 'a mob of hirelings,' as they call his deputies, and his at? tempt to overawe the camp only creat I ed more furious resistance. I will be able to tell better what the outcome ! will be when I learn ~1vTiat the union j has decided to do. Thus far it has been j a game of bluff on the part of a dozen | mon who are not strictly miners at all, j and the question of wages has had lit ; tie attention. I am going up now to : see what is going on." As Raymond entered the street the ! peace and beauty of the Kelly home I and the vision of the two women bent peacefully above their sewing stood away in radiant contrast above the reeking saloons, the reckless crowds ?ad the rows of drink Inflamed men bunging along each bar. The lover's senses, sharpened by Ann's presence in the camp, detected a more sinister change in the temper of the men. Up to this time all that bad taken place had been jocular, at i least on the surface, but the sheriffs threatened Invasion with a hundred hired thugs stirred the red fires of wrath in men like Hanley, Brock and Collingwood, who had hitherto been but onlogkers, and they were now the inciting centers of men talking loudly and with undisguised fury. Hanley, perceiving Raymond at the door, approached to say: "One of Mun? ro's vedettes intercepted that kid of yours last night and got word that Don Barnett was on his way up here. You better warn him off." Raymond resented his tone, but cold? ly replied: "The boy was mistaken. Barnett turned back at Grand View." Some one plucked him by the arm, and, following his guide, Raymond en? tered the room used as the office of the union, where he found Carter, the president, and Lamed, the organizer, in the mldft of a hot argument with Munro, Smith and a group of others of their sort. Lamed was shaking with excitement and rage, and Carter, the little president, looked white and scared. Munro, with a grin, said: "Come in, Rob. Tills is a council of war." Raymond entered calmly, his head a little bent, his keen eyes studying ev? ery face. "What's it all about?" Lamed explained, his hands quiver? ing, the veins on his forehead bulging, his eyes restless and fevered. "If they do lt," he said, "I leave?I get out. I will not countenance lawlessness of this sort. I'm not a fool. I know what the effect will be. If they turn back this posse the state militia will be called out. I came to organize a union to meet the coming question of labor and capital. I did not come here to form mobs. I refuse to sanction it. I will not have a thing to do with it. If you make this raid I leave the camp." Raymond spoke. "I'm not involved In tho present disagreement, so that my advice ls disinterested, but as you've ridden up and asked me I give it as my opinion that Larnedjs right. You can stand off a sheriff once or twice, and you might even stand off a regiment of militia, but you can't stand off the United States army, and that's what you'll run up against In the end. Jack, you ought to have sense enough to keep out of this." Munro smiled. "I'm only the mili? tary arm of government. I'm not mak? ing laws; I execute them." "Why not call a meeting and put it to a vote?" asked Smith. "I know why," replied Brock. "Lar ned is afraid it will carry." Lamed leaped to his feet. "I admit it! I don't want the word to go out that this raid has been voted on by the union. With the camp boiling with ex? citement, it might carry. Outsiders must be taught the difference between the action of the mob and the will of the organization." Smith was brutally plain. "It Isn't your say. You're only an outsider yourself. It's Carter's place to call the meeting and discuss what we are to do. A half dozen of us have laid ourselves liable by doing duty for the union. Now, the question is whether the union is going to stand by us or sneak and 1 ion ve M to eu.; oU'c in u vaney J&uy "You had no Banctlon from the un* ion." "I know we didn't?no official sanc? tion?but you know perfectly well that the men were with us then, and they are with us now, every one of them." A rap on the door startled them all. It was like the tap of tlie Auger of fate. Munro opened the door, and Do lan, the reporter, entered. "Hello, lads," he called easily. "What's doin'?" They all shouted, "Hello, Jim!" and Lamed, starting forward, exclaimed: "Any news?" "Well, rather. The sheriff, with a hundred men and a special train, is at Trinchera. He means business this time, lads." ? The roomful of men now gathered into groups to discuss the certainty of war. Dolau, gay with excitement, drew rouud him Carter, Lamed and Colling? wood. Smith and Denver Dau were the center of another squad, while Ray? mond took'Muuro aside and earnestly pleaded: "See here, old man, you must keep out of this. It isn't your funeral, but it will be if you don't vamoose the ranch." "I can't go back on the boys now, Rob. They need my military training, and, besides, I am in lt. I won't sit back and see the district done up by these thugs who never earned an hon? est dollar in their lives. And your friend Barnett?what good is he on earth? Just a bloodsucker on the bare back of labor. I'm with the boys, and if my experience can do 'em,.any good I'm ready." "I know how you feel, Jack, but this is desperate business. A fight with the sheriff will set the whole country against the miners." Munro smiled contemptuously. "He won't fight. A round of shots in the air will send him hotfooting it back to the Springs. It's all a farce." "Be careful. The farce may turn Into tragedy at a moment's notice. These miners are idle and full of liq? uor. Men like Kelly who have women to protect"? Munro caught at this. "By the way, who was the 'femme?' My word, she's a peach." __^ Raymond's tone was coldly Indiffer? ent. "Miss Rupert is from New York city, Barnett's cousin. She is here to look after her brother Louis. I was not thinking of her so lauch as of Mrs. Kelly aud other women who can't get away." Lamed's voice, rising high and cut? ting above the others, interposed. "Then I leave. You are crazy. You can't hold thia hill with a million Gatling guns. Tbe national committee will uot stand for it. Goodby!" Clapping his hat on his head, he walked out of the room, his whiteface set iu a furious frown. Brock roared out: "Call a meeting, ?Carter, and we'll carry it our way! To blazes with the national committee!" ('arter, however, was seared blue by Lamed's despairing retreat and re? fused. "We've got to go slow. We can't win without help. I won't make the call." San Juan Smith, with flaming face, shouted furiously: "Then weil do it without your sanction. The executive board will act." Raymond, on the doorstep, made a last appeal to Munro. "Jack, you can't afford to go into this thing with Smith. Keep out of it. It's bad business all around. It's one thing to strike and another thing to resist authority. See this street!" In some Avay word had already passed along the ridge that the sheriff was ac? tually on the road and that he would reach the end of the railway in mid afternoon, and a great throng was packed round a man on horseback who was good naturedly trying to force his way toward headquarters. "That's one of my scouts," said Mun? ro, "with news of the invaders." And he pushed off into the crowd, while Raymond, witli serious face and slow step, went down the path toward his mine. "They're going to fight," he said to Kelly. "Fight? Of course they'll fight. They'll go down and drive the sheriff's men like sheep. But what then? The crazy jacks!" "Do you think we ought to tell the women? Are they In danger?" Kelly was reflective. "Not now. The sheriff will hardly reach the hill this time. Heil go back. The authorities and the newspapers will chew the rag i for a couple of weeks, and then?weil be up against it!" "All the same, Matt, I wear my guns from this on. and one of us must stand guard at night. The camp is filling with dangerous men." At Kelly's invitation, Raymond and Louis took noonday dinner with him. It was a most delicious meal to Ray? mond and a pleasantly exciting one to Ann, for she confessed to having cook? ed the eggs and potatoes. All reference i to the trouble on the hill was jocular. "It isn't your funeral, but it will bc." The roaring savagery of the Golden Horn saloon seemed of another world, having no possible connection with the peace and sunshine and homely joy of the Kelly cabin. The old mountaineer seemed to take it lightly. "They must fight their own battles. I had nothing to do with bringing on toe smite, and iii nave nothing to do with staving it off." "Is lt a regular strike?" asked Ann. #It is. and it is not. The big mines are all shut dowm So far, lt is a lock? out. Bul the men refuse to work shifts of nine hours for eight hours' pay. To that extent it is a strike." "Tlje trouble all springs from a small group of reckless desperadoes," said Raymond. "The main body of the men are ready to submit to law, but men like Smith nnd Denver Dan and Brock must cither fight or flee, and they pre? fer to fight. But what they do doesn't concern us. We are going right along in our small way. Our men are all Dtitside the union." Mrs. Kelly spoke in pf a iso of Ann to Raymond (abe had divined his love). You should 'a' seen her?working ev sry blessed minute this forenoon, Rob? ert"? "You must not compliment me too much," interrupted Ann. "Maids are sometimes spoiled by too much kind? ness. Are there shops near? We need i few things to make us comfortable? ind my valises, when can I get them?" Raymond replied: "I will take you lown to Bozle tomorrow, if you care io go. The shops are better there and :he streets less turbulent." "I'd like to go very much," said Ann, )n a sudden impulse. "I'd like to go this afternoon. Can we drive? How rar ls lt?" "We will ride, if you are not afraid )f our bronchos and steep trails. It (viii be more comfortable than a wag? in. After you've rested au hour or two '\l bring round the horses." "Good morrow, friends!" A clear rolce made them all tum. Jack Munro, looted and spurred, stood in the door. 'And how is the lady of tho silken roice?" Kelly greeted him coldly. "Hello, fack. Come in and eat." "Much obliged, me lord, but I've al? ready eat. I came round to see how he lady stood her ride with me up the dil." Ann rose and faced him. "Are you he horseman who met us?" "The very same, lady. I don't often tear voices like yours, and I wanted to iee if the face and voice were of like pulity. They are," he added, with a "lance of una bashed admiration. "In roduce me. Rob." Raymond reluctantly complied. "Miss tupert, this ls Mr. Jack Munro." Munro stepped forward and held out l very handsome hand, and Ann could tot refuse to take it. Ile -was smaller han Raymoud and seemed hardly out if his teens, as he stood there smiling ?rightly, his bared head lightly poised iu shapely shoulders, and some magic u his smile made Raymoud and Kelly oem for the moment cold and rescrv d. His assurance, his frankness, .mused lser. "I came to tell the lady that no harm >efell Colonel Barnett, her escort. He vas driven back to Grand View early his morning and is at home ere this." "Thank you for your good cheer," aid Ann. 'i was not so sure of your :iudly intention? last night." He smiled again, and his white teeth hone. "I must have seemed a bandit, "m very glad I went to meet Barnett. frock might have made you more trou ile. and I would have missed tbe pleas ire of being your guide and protector." Kelly growled out, "Kape your mur lerin' scalawags as far from this cabin s ye can." "I will see that you are not dis urbed." "You speak as one having authority," em a rited Ann. ? "I am captain of the vedettes," he re? lied. "What are they?" "A company of mounted police which have organized to keep order here in be camp. The lockout leaves many ion idte, and the local authorities need elp to maintain peuce and quiet. My orce represents the union and its de ire to prevent violence in tbe camp, 'ou are quite safe here under our pro 2Cti0U." "You are very kind," replied Ann. But aren't you one of those for whom ie sheriff comes?" Munro laughed a silent, boyish laugh. I believe I am included in his list of otables, but I assure you the honor is uite undeserved." " 'Tis true he kicked Mackay down tie hill and put the mouth of his gun j his ear," said Kelly, "but that's a ?ifle not worth mentioning." Munro winked. "A mere practical >ke." With the punctilious grace of a danc ig master he bowed himself out, svung to his saddle and galloped away. "When shall we start on our trip?" sked Ann, turning to Raymond. "I will bring the horses round very oom" As they stepped outside he imed to Kelly and asked In a low olee, "Do you see any objection to iis trip to Bozle?" "Divil a bit. The sheriff will find ack and his men waitin* for him on ie road. Heil get no farther than age Hen flat this night. I'm goin' to de down the hill meself just to know iiat's goin' on. Go ahead, lad; only on't loiter." The big fellow smiled. Get back before sunset, whatever ye o." Raymond resented Munro's call and ireed introduction to Ann more deep t than he cared to admit even to lelly. It hurt him to think that Ann's and had lain within the clasp of a ian to whom" womeu had ever been iere^y a lower order of life, to be used i playthings. "And yet I cannot say anything to er," Raymond said to himself. "I in't tell her what his life is. I dare ot even hint at lt. But I can stop his miing" ?and his lips straightened rimly?"and that I will do!" CHAPTER XIV. ll 2:30, prompt as a gloom, Ray /\ mond brought the horses round /\ to the door. Midwinter though ?* ?*? it was, the sun was clear and ?arm, nnd as they went winding down ie trail to the southwest Ann exclaim i over the exquisite quality of the lr, the crystalline clarity of the dis mt peaks and the cloudless serenity f the sky. After a short and steep descent they ] ime out Into n wagon road and were j ble to ride side by side. "You must be prepared for very poor | oods and very small stores," said Rob. Bozle is by no means to be compared j ren with Valley Springs. Everything temporary. No one really Intends to j ve there; they are all just staying, nd I fear the millinery is not of the j test fashion." "\wiat n power nos ni the laea ot gold! See the people who have come from all over the world! Don tells me that every European language is spo? ken hore. Did I see Perry, the Mex? ican boy, at your cabiu this morning?" "Yes, Perry is herc, arid so u Baker. You have cause to remember Baker." When they entered the town Ann said: "Please take me to a shop where I can get some chairs and a small table. I am going to present Mrs. Kelly with an easy chair." "Very weil," said he. "I know the very place, but please do not go about tlie streets alone. Of course you are perfectly safe, but you are a stranger | and might wander Into the wrong doon. Wait till I tie the horses and , do ono or two errands, then I will join | you, and wo can go where you please." "Very wei!," ?be replied, with a feel' lng of pleasure in his care of her. "I will want to visit several shops." When Raymond returned for Ann, whom he had left at a furniture shop, he was lilied with anxiety. The street was full of meu drawn together by a report that the sheriff had stolen a march on Skytown and was already on his way to intimidate bozle and de? mand those for whom his warrants called. Horsemen were galloping up the hill to warn the miners, and the chief of police and mayor were min? gling with the growing throng, pleading for peace. Tho whole camp resembled a nest of ants into which an ox had planted a hoof. Ann observed Raymond's abstraction and restlessness and asked, "Are you in haste to return?" He answered quite calmly: "Yes, we ought to start back as soon as we can. I am going after the horses. Please re? main hero until i get back." When Raymond returned the second time he was breathing rapidly. 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