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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 7, 1914, Lethbridge, Alberta THE LETHBRIDGE DAILY HERALD TllK'utglit WRS. iLiobntCJi ami star- Mack. A wind was welting Hit- irgiit, 'utljr fall of fnow, slukiuj; into huse, ibnpelcsj all sixes of travel; ihaugli, for safer concealment. Hub ft-ct wro (ltd up bi old savkn n'ta itelourexl aoJ made ragged Ms :rail to Mr. O.ivM's" cornfU'M. As he mounted ou tlio seo- lice bchvifH two farms, he a uuttut-at auj IwkeJ luck at bo Greltslit wave-ring I row his dugout with Mai-dj and lUe nwlo ivrn- .nil! looming in Hit ruJdy ilate. WM "loilif Use to (Cep.lt quiet, tut lie corinnlLl It usually was Idle, when grind- coarse weal on shares A neighbor, for liou's corn hail sui la the nnd he hud Iw-u too to replant- Mow Maudy and the kid vwo hun- rrr, and he hid forgotten itoy were out of meal until toromj In from Jils hunt. He would hAYeJ. stopped si tic store tr he'd only remembered. the norlheast ho'iouM KC ilr. liavW's aud crimson-reel from the guy bllk'slade. He had closed Ills business early, and IVH sliliag by big fireplace, smoking ami ruuliLg Many an before IJyb liad mar- Mandy he had Kit wlili Mr. David ruasllnjf peanuts aud listening to his quaint advlte. lit could ECC him n stemlcrly bulk bliape, strek-bet In his thnlr, lib dark liJ'M tloscil, bis smooth, ml lips tliifl Ing the Kiurrtc-hlutbE-iiM brter-rool hiiu say, Mernlr, hall humorously: "Mob, a man's a mau for all tbat." Betvildered, but conktil. lie hail taken I }urhs aud practical npiitlcniiyi triili i vacuous ness thai spoke I'tilj.ot a tltm aui] tlUturbcd inujt-r ftaudiuy. There was EOJtiolhlii; iu lufs wrate soil of a uulet Icred There liad loci n'riiQjher with a lecder conscience V vrtak will, who, while sho cooked andj'jf she tme rery hungry, afe what broujht In. Mill pruiraied tearfully (bat I'll ft reel spoils were a Sjhe irvas dead; but there lived a fa Ibnr-.irbo fair M wrong In anything t-ut tefnK found out, and who was won 10 I wants Ubea bit ef I Uln. No matter how no n-here, so long's 1 gits bit." Always, whca Uob had occasion I (ake adraiUoge of a dark and i lilddeii path, be ami listened, a lie "did to-right, before stumbling an sllpplu'f down the hill. Entering Hi rants that slapped against hi face lite wet rajsr ho began strippin ibe full ?STf. It wouldn't grim very "well, but Mncdjr could dry it be fireplace, niid meantime pare tome'of It with a bacou rind for him VeSf and her. Very UVcly the kUI yroul be 'asleep Ly that lime. a so wIzenM lit He creature iba thoiuaht more of eleop nnrt warnit than :nnythtng else, and fbls had n chill day. Ttic'snck was full to butillnp whe liob "suddenly henrd the 5oft thud o liorses'.closc by. There wns the pat-pa of leaves each other, tt j-ivish-pf dislurlHXJ and, louV arid furtive." Tliree' THE VOICES By JENNIE HARRIS OLIVER t rut i fl'OUl ere luting tho :ie bCtllou line. i Hob ciuiK-ht-d low the ack, and JUlmil. touW hoar lieut CVHI volte-s. iue a Uvtbij "en ivs; "u'tiolhor, KU Piixtou, :i UUbQt of MaudyV. The [MO ivtre oti way oul uf tlie ihe (hlnl o-k-'low awl dldu'l They drew 0 war Hut one uf (hc-lr d'Avti-hiiUjjlns K-l Implied the Hstcuor, yr.d he Jiejjd be words: "The train was reported In tlifc nl i-1 if tit tool; down lie sack and loic.1 lu. Left lil-> cnsh in the diawi-r. nice- sack full. 1 ishty ket-rkss that way, He hiilti'i ijtt'ii hire long enough, hints folks jmvurfLil Tho K'akcr :i low, lilingre ,nsh. llli'll Mire be a Tin- Inlkd ai'd lift Slli hejrt, crOLM-lied I 1C, COTi) XSi'Ji. IlltO. Ilia sloiV-Wii ilnd was t'l'itjiSjis a full (Oinopil he thin? about tu Lapi-ru. lie unJc-r- tcwl lliu rrfi-rom-e lo the mall buck. t had In It Granny billon's resist ctter. llnr.iui'.e iu knew >f hir> trr.isuntl lifly ir.d ImlU-r Mio was seiid- ug lo j-kk sou aud bis family riUthiT tip in inouutiilus; hut Molj ;uew bom-r than anyone rise hw dcb- M-riitc wore aiyhl-ridprs, nnd vliaf ilr. Ihtvld'u cIiani.'i-R would he if ie interfered at lids lu the gnciti1. vlEh M ,1 in 1 hIddeu fa st situttUtl just OUT flic line. Over to (lie south be heard iho t Is rough the wet com, ping uncertainly toward I lie OI-MI road. Hoi) ran for Ihe red liyht as uuo. CHVS Ihe siring lo a tightly drawn! sow. He rnu wilh bis head down, un-j njicdful of Ihe barbed wires that caught Urn.? with oiubvllh cital Hob ijnaliy %vas only a iblrf, tui a Jtvji-'Jyed villain ot every dCMriptlun. would have addnl juurJeT to liJs otuer bad i Ley not headed !ilm off. Durlcg tbe sljuj'Ie preliminaries or ;the ruJe court proceeding, and until Meadows 1'aiton gave in their les- Hob sat litnjrSy xpMhi-tU.% tils fallow drawn and gliasily. While Uhe two mcu dull red I broke rut lilsti on the lad's and his stiff, bandaged the? cora and cut fer lie 1 up ao-i broke the store I the mall siu-b iitd the uauoy sact- Uldn't see co oibi-r way 'thoiit Mr. D-ivid out an I gittea hlui siiot. The? is a dric-d-uji Wi'Sl WOit Of HP itOTt, ijii with s, JQ-J 1 'lowed lo drop in" thew with ihe facts tell (hey was sose; but 1 Lad to ftavil through tbe froDt Mr. Itjvid's unj ttn-re tht-y d mo. l gatsd tbaL'd all you don't at re- 10 K- not a, dully aii-l wltboiit ImerfsL he ill l-xikrd bis j-tury as fever- iuifratL-'i os a of y to the up of his leyes gliutrd sldewlse upon tiiom froui his lacV, neglected t-bock of to'-v- bacon ar.d :Is rl l and tore loore again, t lines leaving red streaks OTI his While he Ilouiwlereil in the and wallowed iiji the bank, his Eboes siueatlui; river his clothes with the s and wyre and nure ns plain as day.1 llouri and hours llioj h.idi thorp while waiting for the mall iraiu on the syutli line, or (he Ji with U men aud vendors. lioavy, he v-'ns strainipg his ear lo ccilch tho faint rMtlft.of (be corn. He knew Ihat Ibe Iivrsemeu were rounding Ihe curve to UK? Ue had several rcxls yet to run, but ,e bad tlie advcuKrue of Ktraining every nerve; while the riders were creeping cp easily, set-uve in the rtense To Ihciu (he deed was Ihe same as done. Jt was passenger trnin Isle, erery- thing covered and Inusbcd lu Ihe'lillle, lonely ftnlion; no other house wlihln a julte of Iho two tiny build- Hie store pustofiicc com- btncd wns a jiriniillre iloor held only fry a padlock anrl a chain paFaM tbrough a square cut in the To the jiarllcs drawing ihe ru of hulld- UttoroJ witli flong themselves down nud were mut- brief, fry" 6f train- -That very after- tlie mounted men sent furllTc jzlcr.ces this way K-ntlns trivialities, that iilfht hlcder. Easlty and confidenlly tiw.ijoweirieu eauie 'ou; .When tbcy were.- turning Into the strafght road Hob ira3.gra.Kl- Ing ncrorii the'p.itch of Baring from Mr, OariiVa rcijljag" table to ths gaildji 'flower iktrt til. ppiiifrs'or circus ylrls' oa .the north fide 6E the poFfoITice. While tliry floundered 'Tor a moment la a sharp cut, he waa.-'tiiirsl- tne wilh n desperajo'hcel And hurling the mail sack o'Jtfaifloua the rngpcd vrocds: he was rijipin'g opco the cash drawer and running inply from the store wit'j sack tightly clutched in There, f alii u? a mo eg the dead grovrlh, he began xvorni ing lU-jhliid alisi LUn'ritlar'i- h nick Uarkness. In the patvh of light Bob flattened himself atul hastenc-il as Cst he could; but his pursuers faw, Q-l psHwl with lor? for him o Imit. by the sudden turn of af- curses ns ihc.r In Sheriff. We bfld to shoul him er Le'd a1 clear "was' ihe cor.t-tudiag 1'oU ftruee to bis feet wilh an effort aud looted wllilly- arouiid. With the inecrt.ilii, furtive, molit-ns of a hunted animal, he looked ibis aud that he still crawled two with Ills right Iian-l. dculy a bullet tbe Sud- rough hi1? shoul- der, crumpling him up over the rurall [joiieh, niid he tcew no njore until he Celt himself jerked to a sHtlu? posture with a suddenness that pcemed lo Tils wounded arm frora tlje socket. TA'here before had bc-tn blackupss, aTC for the Etiuare oT crluiton light, wfis a blaze of tan terns; and instead of muffled WP.S a bin re of sound that confused and frightened the boy almost to toe point of swooning. Mingled with loud was a snort- ing acd a. clanging ef. bell, aod screech of whistle that lie Dually for llio waiting of tbe belated passenger Someone mentioned his name slad down, liateneU with (latterios aueiitluii i-) the oft-reiK-aled stories of Meadows 1'jixton, nr.fl wondered whether tbe would give hloi dee jear or five-. finally prisoner was asrtFtM jtbe chair, and, at Tostmaster llouirti- Ioil's was requested to tell ids side of Ihc story in his own way. hain't yoln' to do no (stammered nervously, completely cowed jby the hard glance? cast Itiou nobody to believe me, I (but nuJ Kit lias toM is i trae, but they hain't told Lit fill. Tney lUa prove all ibey've tolil, sud T kain'i :l-rore but ef hlt'll do iny good to talk I'll tell what I knows. hain't nercr wanted to steal nuth- iti1 from nobody. Always they lias been 'two lold me ;o take what I wanted ef I could without beln' JLetvbed, and t'olher said to leave be vimt wasn't mine. Hometimea I fol- oce and sometimes t'otbcr. The 1 was kelclied I n' corn from Mr. David's field." Tbe prisoner's eyes, had been Jt was In of haze thai he ilually the relief and confc- dPiite in fare: dii'l the softi-nod eyisof LI man wLo hud ell-owi.il liis wny forwanl from a diin father, "o'd uiau r.apley." A UiOineut the old Mood "after te- jc-avy eyebroiii ''1 reckon you-nns don'i tuVe tniich itCKk In wbul the kid Uu? jest told lu satd ftcallr, tiiruiug his upou he wuTiderlr.y I 1 jit'a the truth, for I was lint other uufEl l fell upon the me of the three mcn'ln thy JesEde hlnj was the" other he knew who bad uecn Ihe-lhlrd? Not that it .nattered very nothing mattered .wt his wounded s'joulJer, froai which they begau cutting tbe. sleeve prepara- tory to bumlngiuV It. Weak from ft blood nrd genuine lerror, Llob ftuallir felt himself hoisted onto tbe train and FiiMieil into a seat wilh the corpulent officer of Ihe law. H, i Mendows and Kit 1'aiton were hat exnUed In. llie minds ef those who had hitherto held them to be as bad ns Hob albeit they would work. Itetaincd r.s v.-Kntjses for tl'.e (rial, the two men. struUcd about re- couotius the itt'jIJenta of fixed on lloushlon's face, now shrank Tivay, and the dull fever of-his cheeks rept down his r.ect and under hts dis levelc-il collar; biit Imrsely lie Meat on. "I Ben aud Kit and another :ellcr comlu' u-hossback tliroiigb the tit-Ill, and Ihey was a-pnyin' about tbe mail sack that didn't go on account of the train be-in' ditched. Tbcy 'lowed they wouldn't use a gim lessen L'vras necessary. They said as how ilr. David left his money in tbe cash drawer: mighty kccrlcss, they said he was, and they 'lowed, they'd make him more keerful. They rid on and tbe voices pulled, me backward and ferrerd between 'em. One said go hoffie the corn, Mandy aud tbe kid is hungry; and t'other said to help Mr. out of you kits. He has truFted you when no one else would, Ue never looks ut ye like ye wr-s a flaws, You hain't never, done no good to no yer chanst. Ho don't carry ho he's to hold his own 'tbont human life, lie don't know what some folks will do. 1 I reckon lU-ii aud Kit'll hear up uu- Icr my glvln' this away, secce we all ye kalct couvlct a man fer a crime he was oidy n-mr-antu.' to do ami lldn't. However, of they wants iny- ihiug of me fer hii, I'll jest mention the fact that, 1 hain't na t of edicatiij, I knows bit haiu't ac- cordln' to law fur a common citizen it. sbuot a man fcf he Is a-runuluj off u-ilb what hain't Jiis'n, I didn't iuteuj to meddle with thla business, IhtnfcJu' ef ltot> wanted to butt la and get ketchcd, 'twas his own resk; but It "pears like there wa'n't nut bin' in hit fer him no ways, only a soeabtu.' likiu" fer Postmaster Ilougbton. What (ho kid bas Bald about the voices, as he calls 'em, is true, lie fiatn'L ccror beeu cue thing, r.or yet Keitter his mother, who was all white, cor his father, who is all black. Hit's the only thlogr I've, ever bad agia him, not rrhlch he'd turn out to tc. I'd nitber a boy o' mine'd he a good thEct than a poor law The ohl man turpfd to the iJhlable- ooklng prisoner. be hoarsely, "cf you want to line up straight, on tbe side of yer mammy, und there, they hain't ary man goia' to sidetrack hain't ary man goin' ter punish ye fer what ye hain't done." It la doubKul If the prisoner heard II of his father's defense; or tbe ver- dict that rendered him guiltless. His chin was suck on his breast, and tht stain widening on. the bandage weak- ened him; but. from his bappy eye-s there might hare been a hazy vision of a house with real windows kept by Mnmly anfl the kid. while he, Bob Lasley, squared, his shoul- ders to the world! (Copyrtyhl. The Frank A. Co.) B JP BY MIS T A K E By NAN LORD and CHESTER KANE ON Tuesday mornlni: the mall- coach broughi In the well-sub- sUntiated rurcor tbat Buckton fta'd really been located time fn the footMlts beyond the Slar-Y range. By noon on this despite the fact that Button had been definitely located five times in the last two monthi, without ever being taken lu the Sheriff Bnll galloped out of FhillipEtown with a posse of seven 'behind him, Phillipslpwn may not.he fat rung on population or culture or commerce, but when it comes lo send- leg out a sheriff's POSEG in good shape at short notice, I'hllMpstown there! Just before sunset on Thursday they came upon Buckton. Bucblon Tras r-Ktinp, htmched into K miseiable ball, Just as lie hud fal- IQII when the spunky Dttlo Hack mare drbjiped dead sit hours before. Ho WAS tlie God-forBafeen wreck of a man, hardly over thirty. What clothes he still owned were Uttered; scantily covered bones liter- ally protruded through the rents and Hti hat wan the itragftling beard of weeks gave his gaunt face much the look of the tra- ditional "f.'ild man." His thin hands clenched over hare knees. Hts checks cracked into a smile nothing lean than ghastly. "You've me, ho said, "f thought you had vita enough (or the JOB, got Go jhcad Kith your fiiti. What do you ?flll, the Pliilllpstown grain and Teed man, tooV the of laugh- Ing. Bull's official djpnlfy c.nno baclc, and he elraCgntenedjup suddenly. "''I've got n warrant here for your irreat, saTd. "In fact, I have of i them, tut, the last's the one I'm going lo use. They charge you with horae-steallng anil rott-rustling. One of been enroni oul on "a complaint of sniaBhlng down hank-clerk In Kinsville and taking three hundred dollars from htm In Lrtiad daylight. Here they are, If y' Vnnt lo read taVA your word for II, Bull." The smilo cnme osaln. 'Then-" I 7hc derelict hitched lo a little moro roBturi end face be said, "I'm not going with >ih J'm not dead sure about the aw, but you kno'R' blamed well you're out of your own county- And jusl there .Menken. Keven-foot jiant of the posse, beeper of Phli- llpslown'.i most ornale saloon a ad leader of the coijncllmpn, roared In: "You bet you atn'i goin', Duckton! You're foln1 lo stay right hero and stay put! We've too darned mucb irouble with you, anyway, these last an' too much expense. You ain't worth cartln1 back, an' you'd no worth lesfl when you tbere. Where's that rope, The red headed member of the posse tossed from bis saddle n good ten yards of hraldcd leatber lariat. MOB- caught ll nnd held it up silently. Buck ton, alill equalled ou the ground, regarded It apathetically. But Hull whirled swiClly on tbe saloon-man with: "What nf you think ;u-j'ru 'That'll be nil Menken grinned. "We talked it over before we ilnrlcd, and TCO camo ready. You're nil for law in Ihe book style, old man, and we're all awful up to dale; but.I reckon the day ain'l sone by when boss-thieves don't get what's coming to 'em In proper style. And If this cuss don't deserve hangin'- A Rlx-lhroattd "yell drowned bis voice. It Tias a yell of dletlnct proval, too, and Ihe yellera were qulto as well armed as Cull, in Wfls no Tool, lie straight encd up abruptly and cried crisply: "Ray! This Is all nonscnsel gofn' to lake Bucklon back, ami he's goin' to be tried right "Cut II eald the red-headed member, aa he swung rlcvxn and gcrcd over to Ilucktort and regardct him contemptuously, "Oft 'Jin derellcl cUtnoictl with difficulty to Ills feet. 'Got any prayers you want to Inquired Ihe auburn-haired, The word came In an amaz Inp, iinexpccled roar. "I said long RgOl" He caught deftly nt thi noose Ana grinned Malevolently. wantcr Hand on a IIOM, or rt'yc wanle: be yanUei! up Biralght and. gentle Buckton gullied. Bull, pistols otwithstanding, went forward with a Irltle. You-alll" he thundered. "You ain't otn' t1 take this man out oC my ands The seven took to shouting nd the sheriff all but rubbed his yes. H? k.id known, very" well that en timen t Va s ry, very much gatnst Buckton; yet he had most cer- ainly believed that the seven renre- entatire men of PhHIipslown whom ic had picked for the ride were stand- ng for law and order. Carter, the cold-eyed one, remarked: "That man's going t1 Fwing, JJIck- fou just look away and forget It I'll he over quick. Yer rope ready, "Then-V' "Say! Hold on a Bull's ace was almost startled as he turn- ilcd In an inner pocket. "Just second. I'll submit, I arrest every man jack of you when get home, Me fumbled further; and he pro- duced a much-soiled envelope thai seemed lo have gone through inauj singes of Ihft United States mall cirv ce, and he handed it to the wretcuec Jucktoa with: Here! That ramc io tcwn for you a month ago, when wo were chasing i'ou around Duncan's ranch. sail I'd deliver it fn person." It had been rather a grim joke a1 the time; it was A far grimmer-one now, and bull set his teeth and starci! at and wondered if there 10 earthly line of reasoning tbat coult be advanced to save the situation. Duck ton, however, was paying bin' tio attention whatever. One glance at the envelope and the captive's eyes narrowed in ;i Buddeti wince. Ilia dry tongue camo out and moistened his cracked, hairy Hps. Ills hand shu over the envelope iinlil Ihc Ihlng was crushed into a crinkled mass. Anil then Duck Ion's face grow stony Ho toro the thing open carefully- brought forth a folded sheet of note paper, written from end lo end in t Ihln hand. His head droprei low, until llio unlovely chin all bu louched the ragged chesl. Ilucfcton read on and 'on ntid on, oblivious to all eUc in Ihe world. At last he raised his head abruptly and, folding the Khecf, replaced H carefully in the envelope. Ho fccld ii forth and thrust It into Ihe hand o: the astonished sheriff with: Will you do me one Insl favor? 1- ain't very much, Won't be any to you." 'Well, H thcy's anything--" 'Just slick thai together agnin. Bull vlth a piece of pappr or something Then mark It 'opened mistake and drop It In tlie mailbox In town The ftUirese ia on the Lack, ami 111 get ft came from." 'QUECd a little and clasped his hands jehind bis back, in calm defiance of: be coming fate. by mis-: Underslanil? Yes? Well, on, and be darned lo von Buckton wailed, motionless. Bull seemed ratber staggered as the ;r6'jp crowded about him and stared -uriously at tbe letter. nYell, I'll do that, the sheriff began. "Aw! Let's see Menken aiighed as he sualched the Ultle en- velope sudder.ly aad held it aloCE. Buckton started forward with an oath, to ba stopped short by Carter's ;uo. Bull, loo, made a move toward he saloon man, hut the latler waved Jic leller over his head and cried: 'Well; we'll make an'foveslifiation, Bull. Maybe ihls here's more evi- dence, ot He broke oft again ond drew forth the sheet. As ho did eo Buckton shouted shrilly: "Put that bfcck, Menken I Pat that back, T say! you dba't and I live, I'll kill you; and H-I die, I'll come back from hell and haunt you every day r'Girl in the observed facetiously. Menken, who oirned latent draroallc endencleaj had cocked himself jaunt- ily side-saddle on his litlle note-sheet was nowj MeJiVcn'a rulhtbrjoatedf voice.'.roarjed forth: ''Listen! Here she goes: dear sonny "ShoV sure fond of him, ain't the red-hnired one chuckled. >fer.ken read on gleefully: "My dear sonny hoy: "Do Tvrlle and tell me what is Ihe matter, H Is over a month cow since I have heard from you. The lai letter you one with the fifty dollars and the money-order for one on your birthday and T was very, very glad to hear from" you and ihnnk' you toy money. "Have you left your position in PhlllipslOTi'n and gone back to Lara mte? I think maybe ft IB as well, be cause you aaid tho Laramie people wero.good to you and tho position ceitatn, even If the. pay was a little less. Hut you tisc yoiir own judg menf, niy dear Itllle boy, because you're your father's son and father always Imevr what was rlghl and did It, and you are his own boy." Mr. Menken cleared his throat; hla voice had been dropping avay uottce ably with tho last few -words. Men ken looked almost furtively over the crowd for the tiniest fraction of the crowd looked bad rftlher bcwildereclly. Whereat Mcnkcb continued, jovially: ''Everything Is Iho came here as 1 has always been. nm just about tho same, too, though Dr. Harris said last veek I looked some better, though worried. Mr. Welch was asking about day before yesterday, lie said, vhenever you get ready to come hack, on could have your old place In the tore. He said lie couldn't pay any ore than eleven dollars a week, tut le always Insburg s bound to be the biggest town In n di an a within twenty years, and that whoever grows up with Jiis store, will ic among the foremost citizens. H made me wish so much th'at you were back, Ncridy. I thought of you all night and wondered it you wouldn't ie better home. "This should reach you by Thurs- lay. Please write as soon as you can God knows send me out iere, to try a new country and make a bis Hts voice mounted ilglier and higher. 'That's the kind .if a mother I had, and by the Al- mighty, Bull, she's soing lo believe Good and tell me about everything, nifiht, my little son. "Mother." Menken had read tils way to Hie cod. Jusl now bis eyes dropped, and, without comment, ho replaced Ihe let- ter rather carefully and Upped hU knee.wrilh It, Nor did the group Bcem Inclined iow'ard hilarious comment. Carter emitted a little snorl--anrl stopped, The red-haired onp essayed a con- temptuous chuckle, and it died out in ralhcr sickly fashion. The lael puff of wind had died away now, and the silence was Intense. Out of it camo long. wheezing brealhs from Ihe rasp Ing gasps ot pure, infuriated pain Then: "Give that leller lack to Menken returned it silently. "And you'll swear to send It off "I'll sure send It off, Buckton, Ths sheriff looked at the dry ground for a litlto white. "But what does it tbe cap live cried. ''It means Just what i says! H means that my mother's back home in that little town in Indiana calling for tho black sheep of the family to como hack and show lha he Isn't a black ah'eepl It Fluckfon looked them over almost wildly, nnd when ho spoke the words seemed harOly addressed to the lynch- Ing-Kroup. "My mother brought me up wilh Ihe Idea lhat 1 couldn't hit anything Jess, than Ibo he said. "I was the only boy, aud dad riled when 1 was little. She scrimped and scraped ond kept me in school nnd put me through college when she and the girls didn't have enough to eat. She nent me to N'ew York; and when t made a fizzle there, she got ras back home and fonk me lo her arms nod told me It'd be all right, and I'd only havo to (ry orer agMn, and that everybody fell down first time and dtd bellcr for it. She Iried lo start me right In the town back home; and when I got eore on 11, she wr.s thn one thai raised Iho home? Go to work in the Bucklon gasped. "Ye would, Menken scratched' his head and smiled in a way that Menken smiled. Menken, jin fact, was thinking of the mother o the end oE her days that I did make UIO had last seen iu Darmstadt, Hesse, hat hitV otue forty years back. Bull was squinlius at htm. The ragged, whiskered wreck leaned ward, and his glittering .eyes grcwj more intense. "I camo on here, and I didn't make he said. "I tried everything, and 1 hit nothing. Then 1 got a chance lo steal a horse and sell him, and and I sent back the money and told mother I was ID a good job. After lhat I saw a chance at rubtiing part of a herd, and I cleaned it up quick and sent the money home. And atter He stopped again and licked his lips. "I that's all.'1 he said huskily. "Bui I to tell you this: "My molher'B sick. She'll never gel well. She may live a year or five years. But she mustn't ever knnw hovr or where or why 1 shuffled off, and she's got to die believing that her only son was the only real article that ever lived. D'ye understand? I've been keeping up the Impression by stealing, and. If it's made Tier any happier, I'm glad of III I'm glad of it! I'm a bad egg; and If I had it lo do over again, mnyos I'd be a beiler one, He tore open the neck of hla ragged shirt and bared bis neck to the grisly noose. Xot a man of them moved. "You'll see that that's ronllcd.. "I certainly will, "And mark 1t 'opened by and don't sign your name. Mother might come He choked for an Instanl; then: "Here! Come, on and get It over with, will you? Have some mercy on a Still there was no perceptible, move- {looking at the lariat. Instead he turned and walked away a few paces and executed, In private, his trick of rolling jx clgaretta with one molion of one band. When Ihe cigarette was lighted, he studied Ihe landscape cast- ward. Bull looked at the ground and chewed bard at his mustache. Carter dropped his gun Into Its ornate hol- ster and examined the Ireee. The oth- ers pursed Ihdr Hps and spat or smoked or coughed, as pleased them. N'one of Ihem looked al the prisoner save Menken. Slenken, however, elid down from his horse after some two mlmiles and walked very alowly toward Hucklon. He contemplated tho noose, and finr.lly lifted ll and cast It away from Iho neck. "Wliat 'd Co If you got back "S'posin1 we hadn't found yon s'posin1 the cay use hadu't ie said. "You might 'n1 got to Water- ,ank over the ridge there, "Yes." "Might V stopped in Falls and got a sbave nnd a decent suit ol clothes, if you'd had the Buck ion's eyes brightened queerly, "Yes." "Anyway, If you bad the price and hoise acd twenty-four hours' lee- way, ain't a sheriff could get said Menken pensively. "Aln'- any douut about that. The group turned suddenly. Men- ken was fingering a handful of money, and a twenty-dollar gold piece seemed to have separated itself. "H'g a funny bellowed Mr. Menken, "but It juat occurred tp me that every blamed cue o1 you fel- lers owes me tea dollars. I'm short juat about now. Pay He didn't waft [or them to come tc him. He went to them. That was.one of the secrets of Menken's moderate wealth. He went to Hull, and Bull handed him two five-dollar coins. He pasaod to Carter scowled parted with a gold eagle. made for the red-beaded gentleman, wbo was prepared and shot a yelloit piece at him. In the course of Iwo minutes Men- ken was back at Bucklon's side and whispering as he proffered tbe collec lion: "You know Ihd trail over the rtdge, but you don't know Bull's rnlnd. Heat ill" "But-----" "Shut Menken walked away lo his own (horse. Ho loosened ihe short iclhcr and Iwfsted it around the pommel swiftly. Ife headed the animal lo- ward Bucklon and slapped It sharply. Th6 little beast started on a rtMCk lope. She did not stop, moreover: for as sho passed Buckton, Buckton swung Inlo Ihe saddle and drove In what remained of his lonely spur. And Bull turned suddenly with: "Menken, you Mo3tcd Idiot-----" Menken took him firmly by lha shoulder and faced him eastward. ho bellowed. "Did you ever, in all your eternal days, see such swell reflection of the aunsat as a man gets over orl those hills? Look! Keep on And somewhere behliu them, sharp Hllta hoots clicked rapidly, method- ically, na a marc hit Iho .stony trait over the ridge (o Walkins' Kails. The Frank A. .Vunjtfy ;