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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 3, 1914, Lethbridge, Alberta wild-caked totcs tonseeds heic a ad THE COURTING OF LUCKY CHANCE By IZOLA FORRESTER. veins and he look tra.il for relaxation. wmstlSus softly as he rode It was gelling oa toward :aspt before to checked Siwash ami! to take his bearings. They j-n-ere en ihe crest cf a creek bed. U is! was of meapderlog. dried- affairs, vuih tactgki) u'-asses ot down In the bot- cot- nlocg the bleached, urealher- beateu skuU cf a steer lay ha.lt buried the reservation Indians, the name o! had been enough lo lend con- fidence lo any deal the half-breeJ pro- uo'il tuHes of the best land lay utide'r payer- bearing Leroux stamp. Anil from out ibe far east ol red- taped oiEclalilom had swung tho lhun> ilerbelt. After years of birfcerlns and datlylcf. tbe leserrailon was to opened thai fall. Tbe Indians had nio'ed northward to good, arable, guaranteed land, ho me had crowded in down at Dallas, and, as a in its earth midway dowa sUe. 1ssuOi totally unimportant' two in? but It vas not a seatieuieii had caused Siwash to droop res'.Jessly. squelched. "Not rneanlr.5 to argue with you, Chance. b'H I don't. a Chance WIRIP thing oa this Uori- in." The horse nosed at ihe tons, dry ..rats tops; and suddenly t'haoce looked down, 1101 at ihe creek bed, deep, lansled icass ol the land dipped to the siope, and he swucg off the pony's k with a sharp exclamation. U the body of a man. you're the most and perspicacious animal on lour legs in the Stale of South Dakota." turned the body over and looked at the face. The ever opened widely I stared back at him, dully at first, wiih Elow-gaiberia? conscious- ting too set in our Tvays. We're seitiag like ;i couple ot half-. petrified polllwoES down the creek Leu. We're getting ?ess m their listless, aimed depths Jlallo, Chance-, whispered the the minute I see that yellow in ibe air, and ihe grass crackles -up crisp and ready under Slash's- tootsies, ivhy. don't stop to do any plowing or Si- and me get the call of the south quick, and we take tbe trail toward 'LGomg Jo slop off at old men Nawn's place, as per inquired .Bill mildly. said Chance- j "Goibg to bring a. missus back with Still ihe was gentle. plumb set that ire don'i what ve turn inio in the next thousand years, if they'll only let us alone. I'm to ride south to-morrow, and I'm going to stop off at old uiau Nawn's place and say parched. _ blackened iips. "Knllo. Luck? Chacce. (live me a Chaoce drew the bottle his !ILJ> pocket and pul it to the dry lips. The; man drank thirstily. Chance laid It a chaltenira (o further bacic on Ihe dusty mint, but Bill toot it GDC LP. chin knew ihe sprias against him. as V.-C11 as the memory of L. tanned, dimpUiJ face, with its quick smile aad soft, dark eyes. So ihe Beit morning at daybreak Chacce rode rode vUh his head held fcish to greet Ihe dnwn-lieht over his shoulder, and his hat brlin iuraed low- f, Pete, it sure Is." said soothingly- gave joj on his heels, his si Ited inquiringly forward. ileard! you and he had swung inio partnership since he got thrown out iho reserraUon, Pete, Heard he and you were making quite a of money out oi land speculation. In- dian. with wooing jaimt? cavalier. Every spring, for sii years back, he had taken the same rc-jfe. It _Cfeance laughed and rubbed his fin--ftad constitutca his spring after throueh" his thick, curly bair j ihe long, winter dubiously. -back up.-in the- foothills where ihe "She' like it 'way out here, j prairie breaks against their bas? like she. Bill? Even you and me Jiang, rind it Ibaely. I guess a womin xroutd i -Through the winter he and his part- ;ner would; live qyietly ir liile "Xope." Oci of the brown irouili shack'that hucgerl 'i-e shelter foiled over into the pan of the shelving butw behind It. of inilfc, and Bill fisheii him out care-, la storm .TV as In the air, they s ain't much value when Uncle Sammy uses pen aud ink, are they, The half-breed closed his eyes ob- stinately, his lips shut in a curious half moon of bitterness. Chance watched him closely, Pete Frozen Nose he was called outcast from his TTQ people, and from the whites also, because of crooked deals carried on in Indian mortgages. Not by his own wit, however. Chance knew he had been the outward symbol of the business intricacies .of Leroui, one-time Indian agent, and z Hatred showed in Pete's eyes. he muttered, "lie not want me to tell Madelalne Nawa." "Tell demanded Chance. The halt-breed shivered, and his head dropped lower on his cheat. The Eun was halt an hour above the line oC the eartu and sky. Before that time soul of Pete Frozen Nose would hare slipped o'Jl past tho sky limits. Chance pulled iiim up on his arm snd give him another drink. Ho didn't want the soul to slip out before he bad all tho news. "Did he try to kill you, he asked, bracing tbe half-breed's head against his own shoulder aril knee. Hwash whinnied anxiously, lifting hii nose to the wind. "He shoot about ihe girl and the land." began the half-breed slowly. "She. draw big land last In- dun land down at Dallas." "I Interrupted Chance iin paiier.tlr. "At the land drawing. Go oa, quick." "Me Leroux hold Indian mort gage onMhat land. Last week Leroui Sac's ora there, some silver, some gold. Then he go down an' get olc nao Xawn, and they play cards, ant Leroux gets back the "But it's the girl's broke In Chance. "Kure." Pete's lips formed th" words stiffly. "Girl rode down wit! old man Xawn to buy stuff. Come In where Leroui'a making the old man give up, and stirs up big row. Then Chance bent over the form that sud- denly grow heavier as he it. "Wtfcb way, Pete, which he cried, shaking the half-breed almost savagely lo force him to speak again. And Pole lifted one hand slightly, wkh a unsteady motion south- east, but be mado ng answer. Power of apeech bad left film. ChfMice waited a while, utarlns blankly out at wide, darkening land with half shut eyes. the last sunset glow broke hazily through the ELill, yellow bare In loug. ivldcn- ins Hoes of dull rcsJ. he mounied Si- ash and rode scutheast. leaving A efunct half-breed la the dry, mud- akcd grasses ol the creek bed. les to the southwest lay what had een the reservation lacd, covered on- the musbrooDL growth of ents and shacks of the fall fcomo- eekers. Miles north and east retched the prairie, a great dry sea I tavtny, heat -scorched grass; and they chase l an' me out of town fully and rolled him on the out with the dogs and drive tho stroller from station to station among In-tender motherly to fry; herds dowa into the sullies. U was 1 the WH csmpb and prairie "To kill old man'Nawn. "don'c mlcd bei as! tbe .'only eiciiing thing ThaTever hap- liriczomo If they've got the man they I psnpd troia NovembEr to April. getting money wherever it grew easy. For over three years the two had nnd Leroux says wait for the two ou here." "Wait out Chatce lifted UL his head Red "stared dully around a the-wide expanse ot "out mile upon miles of bleak, silent land, will co living EOU! as far as the eye coul see. "What Then w I Eay to look! was over, rho --ulcr farriefl on their trace in tbelr own fcr nnd some does and cats acdjwalt. theu the sap of spring ran Bv nrtuo of his standing with talk about adelalne; an take Madelaine, and Lerou.1 shoot m like one yellow "Which way did very tlae lifted his nose auJ .Iffed the air, it meant a freah whiff f fire on the wind. Chance lifted his hat and rode fast. i fait as ho dared with Siwash's read of a stray badger bole. He new enough of old man Nawn's weak ess and Leroux's far-sighted suite to ness the missing purls in the half d's narrative. Leroux beld an In Ian mortgage on the land drawu by [adelaine Xawn. While It didn' mount to tho paper It was written n in the eyes of the law, still he baut aggressively -toward the point hi just as we Ider aimed sL Just ahead lay oldjthprp Hut -R-e ain't a-golng to. MVe're going to have tbat laud of mine do bear me? and "sre're going to mvo a real house on it, a cotiage- louse like mother used lo live in back man Xawn'a home, a meager dot somewhere out under the waste of be darkening blue sky on the noH- ary prairie. To Chauce that "night t was like a sheep shelter and ho lerd er, hurrying to s ave i t from wolves. he muttered. "As if any spot ou the face of God's earth could he a home because It was ground "with your own particular tag on it. Si, a few. hours back I was homesick. I wanted some doggone little hole In the grouad for a home; wanted plants at the 'srisdsws, and a real clothes- line put back, "with women's aprons and general dingbats banging oa It, maybe kiria' dingbats, loo. And In Ihe "middle of the dream. Si, little girl-woman, understand, of. Marlelaine." He pursed up his lips into a whistle. He. bad almost forgotten-that stark, dead body hack in the langled dry grasses of tbe creek bed. "Little bit of.a girl-woman, Siwash with brown eyes and curly hair good deal the color of ,thla here prairie grass.- Name ol Madelatne. And she East. And we're gtins to gered, there whEzzed out over his heal the circling lir.u of Chauc-3 Haines' lartat, thrown ueally and with precision, until '.i threw him Gat on the ear ill. joped as surely and safely as any stter. "It wasn't that 1 meant for him to die Chance was foud of ex- plaining. "Hut tlicro wasn't no time for liae calculations. Heid 'was lu.i> dead horses. Hero -was a prairie (Ire h-sweepiriG down on us like kingdom coine. at short range. Hero was old pa Nawn, and over there was my own Mis girl. How TV as 1 to atop and ako notice of Jim Leroux lich odds? All 1 had time to do waa put htm out of b'jslueen. Anil I ure did. Then pop took bla id I swung the little girl up closo o me, and wo were That's all, .In't it, MadelaSno, honey Madt'lainc tald nothing. Ai missus" of Ihe ranch, besides a real louse In tlie making, elie .fed tho puppies and let Chance do he talking, "It sure must have dawned on Jim B'Jdden that he'd landed In Inn real own folks. I know all about you, lim Ltro'jr." Her YuM-i: iuae. Chance tho muscles of his ibroat tightening, his bands clenched on Siwash's bridle as he waited. "You've followed daddy and mo put icre all the way from town. I ain't afraid of you, do you hear? You can't do a thing lo us." "Can't IT" Leroux threw back hlB head and laughed. He was In no huny. The turn iuES had taken amused him. He sat down on tho buckboard's shafl and looked at the girl. H seemed at most a pity to do what he meant to nnd leave the two' of them at the mercy ol the fire that vras certain to come. Perhaps therc'd be a chance of saving out the girl if she'd herself if she wouldn't tell on him, I she'd get tamed down and give. up thi land without a holler. He took out his revolver right place when the flro caught 5aid Uill as he sorted' ou1, lower seed envelopea on the wash jeuch ouiside the kllcheu door. "Clod help him, irhTEpcred Ma del al lie, with a- shudder, and she eaned her head back on Chance's shoulder. "Let's have morning glories all over the porch. Chance. And double hollyhocks, pink ones with deep red hearts, Cbance." laughed Chance, kissing her upturned lips. "You can hang Hill and me up for ornaments, if you want lo, honey girl. 'Cause why? 'Cause It's soEnfi to be home. And you won't he lonesome, will you, with just old Bill and me and the He gazed at her, tenderly. she repeated, her oig eyca vrldo and reproachful. "Lone- some, Chance, where you j Hill looked up thoughtfully at tho blue ety and winked with en under-f standing: heart, The otLar two. wero silent....... e Frank A. wu F'ROM "out a swirlin; cttma ot sand a man emerged, moving and driving before him a burro heavily laden..The the Spanish rentJiSs.'clothin'S. a'qd his.bruised feet broken shoes, beed the-prick of the iho'rfts'.'iior tha Lurfof the bruises. Three men after him. Two ol thcniiwere leading pack-animals, and the o ,Mexican, staggering as bore upon his shoulders the. load of the locoed animal they had "shot "back at the last water-bole. TThfi trackless waste stretched away tol" the .rolling hllla, its level expansa unbroken 'save by sentinels of-the desert standing eter THE SIGN AND By J, TORREY CONNOR QUEST whelped ycL Ii's me fer ihe back track. can make the railroad In four clays, an' be In California in a must have, The Professor? week. Wish I'd never lelt It to come Why, the I'roressor wouldn't hurt a Williams hooted derisively, had in-made la His anger. J c-came you to 'a ravine, with a s-small B-streua on this here fool irip.1' A strange light flickered In the Pro- fessor's eyes. _, 1 went with him onct, when he was follerin'- up these here cliff- dwellln1 people, an1 be vas like a peaceability the hull time. 'sally., on. enard above the. bleaching from a furnace. 1 Jn "tbe scant sbsde