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" MT. ADAMS SUN Friday, Septerfibbt 30, 1938 WILLIAM MACLEOD RAINE&apos;S O WILLIAM MACLEOD RAINI WNU SERVICE i To them drifted the sound of a galloping horse. Instantly Gray lift- ed his pony to a canter and rode out of the draw in which they were. The approaching rider was a wom- an. He moved forward to meet her. She caught, sight of Sorley and dragged her horse to a halt. "They've got Ruthl" she cried. "Who?" asked Pat sharply. "I don't know. Two men. I--I-- got a horse and ran away." Nelly broke down and began to sob. "Two men with one horse?" Gray inquired. "Yes. They found horses in the corral, and they made us pack food." "What d'you mean. they've got Ruth?" the crook-nosed man asked grimly. "They're faking her with them. I was to go, too. but I got away like I said One of the men let me go." "Which one? Did you hear his name?" The girl suspended her sobs. She looked at this hard-faced stranger whose eyes were like a day of judg- ment. His strength communicated itself to her. "No. Yes, I did, too. He said his nam was Kansas, and that I was to tell Mr. Chiswick he would try to look after Ruth. He said he was against taking her and to remem- ber that they would make first for the Walsh cabin back of Crowfoot. That is where they will hide." "Did he call the other man Mary Norris?" "He called him Morg." "'How didKansas get a chance to leLyou go?" , "The other man had sent him out to rope and saddle horses and I slipped away to the .stable. This ,?msas catlghtm there. But he let me go. He pretended to shoot at me as.I rode: away." : " 'Way up in the hills. You fob _Io, Lance creekha'S the: one i) t'hSg--trev fl f:io its headwaters. Then yo/'.cut across Unless you knew where it was, you wouldn't find it in fi':Imr/dred years." "You'll have ,tQ ga. with me, L reckon, S0rley: : "/' never find it alone We'll. stop ,at th ranch and pick up some grub.':; Gray turned to Nelly., "You'r not afraid to ridei aloneto meef'Chiswick, are you?",J She.said, "No," Very. dubiously. 'I "Good girl,, .the ' stranger said-] quietly. "we wouldn t .let you, go J al ,oe if there @as any danger, . I Youy0u wont-let them hurt Ruth, will you?" she begged.  : No muscle ih the man's grim im- mobile/face changed, cRi :,her eyes: that looked into hers hd a coldi words, no promise:;. "Quien sabe?" he murm ( A moment later he was gaiiiing toward the ,ranch, " ..:, The found : the place eserted. Gray tung himself from tl#saddle, : grounded the reins,- and str,0de into:: the house. ,. ..... , ' . .'. Od the .kitchen'. table he :faired a : note written o.;tle margin of a torn piece of newspaper, .'Deer Lee; "We had to- borrow some grub for our honeymood in'tile hillS. "Yotr son-in-law, " 'Morg. NorriS" CHAPTER IX Ruth kne she):must: not "show fear, No matter, hOw re'gently t knocked ather heart, she dared not Iet'it appear on her face. The'man who had her in his power was a bully, 'end if she gave "anY sign o: panic, he won!eL take a devilh de light in tra on it. "' " Hour after hoar they wund deep er into he=hills. Each addemih increasedher worry. N0t:many pea ple had peneiratedthe :fo2d between these steep and rv, gged,aes. Her friehds ,W0uld n.b where to find her, They .!Jgh s ell look NOrris rode beside Ruth, insult- ing her with his jeers and even more with his admiration. She looked straight ahead, hot shame in her Hour after hour they wound deeper into the hills. cheeks'. It was in her mind that she deserved this. Punishment had come home to imr for all the care- less flirting she had done in the past. Upon her hand, lying for the mo- ment on the pommel of the saddle, he let his fingers close. Ruth did not snatch her arm away. She moved it definitely but without haste. He grinned. "You don't like me, sweetheart." Her Scornful eyes rested upon him for an instant. "I come of decent people," she said. His vanity was colossal. It came to her that perhaps she could play upon it to save herself, He liked to talk about his prowess. By flattery she might deflect him from the pur- pose playing in the shallow surface of his mind, might at least lead him to move toward it with finesse. She made a change of front. It was useless to reproach him with out- raging her rights, since he recog- nized no Claims of others Better to let him see himself as a lover Jr. resistible, gradually wearing dowr her will to fight his fascination. ,"Don't you believedn any moral law at all?" she asked, looking at him with critical interest. "I qui t ctnday school a right long time gd,'" he sneered. "Likely you'd say I was headed for dam- nation." She'eSsed he was proud of his reputation for evil. "They say there is honor among thieves," she said. "You would th'y'le-arn to answer their master's voice. I make 'era know who is in the saddle." stand by a friend, wouldn't you?" "HOW do you know a friend?" he The look in the eyes of the killer wanted to know, with a curl of the had been venomous. Could he have n ......... I discovered in any possible way that "I know mine, she answered [Kansas had told Nelf where the "What about the sapPiead. you've l WOuid camp? ..... a t orrm watched the wretched man flirted with off and on for the p s land R t 1 hem u h watched first one and then two years. Would you cal t friends, when you were making the, other. ---, .. P40, you w uln t a 0 m them think they were ace high with . P'  Y e,A<,an- you and they only stacked up as sas," sid Nor$, low an soft.: deuces?" .You'd  f..,,me' ev wa from She shook her head, smiling at meace, Won't you?" ) . him faintly. "Don't quote Ruth Chis- "Yes," Kansas pleaded, his voice ' wick to me. I don't set her up as an parched and dry. "I sure would, example. But I do think I have Mary." more sense now than I had then." "Lemme see. How long is it since you ran off with Lou Howard and then jilted him?" "I'm a reformed character," she 'told him lightly. "Don't you get too reformed and we'll get along fine. Understand one thing. Where I'm at I rule the roost. That's all you got to remem- ber. I know yore kind. You have to be treated like a bronc with hell in his neck. Soon as he finds out w:m is boss, there's no more trou- ble. Until then I keep my quirt hot." "Don't you think kindness might work better sometimes?" Ruth in- quired, rather casually. His crooked smile chilled her. "All these lads tried kindness with you. How far did they ge?  .I wouldn't know that. Some of 'em farther than others, I reckon." He waited to give her a chance to pr 0- test, but she did not do so. "Sorae need the whip. You can lash sense into them quicker than you can teach it any other way." *'That's a coression of failure," Ruth said. "I've noticed it often in horse-breakers. The poorer ones, those not in the front rank, lose patience and get vicious with the "Brute force is one way," Ruth agreed, a touch of contempt in her voice. "I suppose it's good enough for those who don't know a better one . . . How far are we going tonight?" I "We're going to the Walsh cab- I in," he said sulkily. "Maybe we'll keep going from there. Haven't I made up my mind." Ii They moved along the brow of a hill, dipped into a canyon, and I climbed its rocky bed to a ledge from which they looked down into a small park not more than an eighth of a mile across from one lip to the opposite one. A log cabin stood about a stone's throw below them. Back of it was a mountain corral. At present the place looked desert- ed. The horses picked a way lown along a slope of rubble. In front of the cabin Norris drew up. He called to Kansas, "We'll throw off here awhile." "What you mean awhile?" Kan- sas asked. "Aren't we camping .here tonight?" The suggestion of opposition was enough for Norris. "No," he snapped. "Why not?" the other man per- sisted. "We're sure holedup mighty good here." "Because I say so. That reason enough for you?" "We're in this together, ain't we?" Kansas grumbled. "You act like I'm some dirty Mexican sheep- herder." "You trying to pick on me, fel- low?" Norris demanded, his mouth an ugly slit. "Nothing like that, Mary. Seemed" to jkhis was a good place to roost. Good ied for the horses. Filled with absentees, as you might say. I'll bet outside of some of our crowd there aren't half a dozen folks in the world know about this place. Nobody would find us in a thousand years. No, sir. What's the idea in moving on?" "Kinda like this place, Kansas, don't ou?" the other outlaw asked with silky suavity. "Looks all right to me," Kansas said stubbornly. He added hastily, reading suspicion in the narrowed eyes of his companion, "But helll I don:t care where we camp." "Maybe we could agree for you to stay here and for us to go on," suggested Norris significantly. "What you mean, Mary? 'Course I'll go on if you do." "Ydu're so fond of me you'd hate to split up," Norris jeered. He turned to Ruth. "One of these friends you were talking about, the kind that stick closer than a broth- er," "What's eatin' you, Morg?" asked Kansas unhappily. "I didn't aim to say a thing to annoy you., With the sleeve of his shirt he brushed away tiny beads of perspiration from his forehead. For the moment the heart of the man died under his ribs. "You wouldn't want me to stay here where nobody could find us in a thousand years, would you?" grinned the killer. "Not if you didn't want to stay." "Good old Kansas, faithful as Old Dog Tray," jeered the other. "Youyou got me wrong, Mary," burst out Kansas. '2Vlaybe so." Norrm continued to smile, the mocking grin on his face something dreadful to see. "Well, I'm going to the spring to fix up this scratch on my arm while yQu unsaddle and p e Ruth offered timidly to dress and tie up the wound. She did not want to do it, for there was sble  just now horribl-nenadlhg;abotit the man. When he refused her of- fer se was glad. "- ri sauntered to tl1" priK, contriving not to turn his back up- on the other man. He carried his. rjd e. with.trim .......... : :: Assoon as he was out of hearing, Kansas spoke to the girl. "Don't look this-way," .he aid htiri'iedly, i uncihehing the horse gffe" hfid been riding. "Act like I ain't even talk- in' to you. Keep a-lookin' at Mary. Ie aims to kill me, because he fig- ures I sent word to yore paw we would camp here. I did, too, by ldre long as ou can. im-gohg back to hurry up yore friends." Ruth wanted to beg him not to leave her alone with Norris. She would be safer if another man was with them. But his next words stopped her. "Mary must be headin' for Wild Horse basin," the man went on. "I'll have Lee comb that country thorough. I got to light out now. Mary is fixin' to kill me." The man was pallid with fear. His eyes dart- ed toward the spring. Now was the time. "I'll be sayin' adios, Miss." Without touching the stirrup he flung himself into the saddle and lifted the horse to a gallop. Not an expert rider, one of his feet failed to find its stirrup. He clung to the horn to steady himself, his fingers dragging on one of the reins. The pony swerved sharply and the man lost his seat. A shoulder plowed into the ground when he struck. Almost instantly he was on his feet. The eyes in his chalk face were glazed with fear For a fraction of a second he hesitated, uncertain what to do. He started for the horse Nor- ris had been riding. Before he had taken two steps a rifle cracked. The body of the run- ning man plunged forward as if it had been flung from a catapult. 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