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RED CLOUD, NEBRABKA. CHIEF
THE JOl of LlUtNQ
JACK THE CLIMDER
SYNOI'aiS.-Dlslikltig tho proH
poet of a. month's visit to her nus
tero mint, Lady Krythea I.amlio,
at Jervaulx abbey, uiid her cousin,
Atoxunilcr I.ntnhe, Almee, vivacious
ilatiKlitt-r or tlie Very llovorcnd
Viscount Heroopc, meets a youm;
man who laughingly Introduces
himself ns "Hilly," American. Tim
two ride on 1 1 In motorcycle, tlio
'Flying .Sphinx." mill part. With
Oeorglna Herners, her cousin, Almce
sets out for Jervaulx. Hho forces
Oeorglna to Impersonate her at
Jervaulx, ntul hIio kocb on a lioll
tiny. Almeo again meets Hilly. Ho
tells her IiIh nunio Im Hpenrer, nnd
hIiu gives hers an Amy .SiiooUch, nt
present "out of :i Joh." Hilly offers
(o take her Into partnership In eoll
InK tho Sphinx. In a spirit of mad
cap advjnturo, she accepts, Tho
two procciMl to tho town of Stan
hoe, taking separate lodgings In
Ivy cottage. WI1II0 Almce Ib bc
crotly visiting (Icorfflna ut Jer
vnnlx, the place Is burglarized, utul
(ho famous l,atnho emeraldii uro
stolen. Almce escapes, Police de
cide tho thieves nro "Jack the
Climber" and "Calamity Kate,"
who travel on a motorcycle. Hilly,
who has shadowed Almco to Jor
vaiilx, follows tho thieves. lie Ih
knocked out. .but emerges from tho
llKht with the Liunbo emeralds.
Ilu mrcts Almec, with thu pullco
In pursuit. In u Hocnro hiding place,
a cave among tho crag pits, Almeo
tells him tho wholo Btory. Ho urges
her that she mako a frnnlc confes
sion to her father, but on reflec
tion both realize Almee's good
name haa been compromised. As
suring Almeo ho has 11 plan to save
her. Hilly leaves her In tho cave
and, proceeding to Jorvaulx, re
stores the emeralds to the astound
ed Ijidy Krythea. Hilly tells a
story that satlHlles tho police, re
fuses a reward and accepts ft
rhnuffmir'H Job from Ijidy Krythea.
Almee gets tho placp of parlor
maid nt Jcrvuulx. Alexander UilnkB
ho recognizes Almeo as "Calamity
Kate." Oeorglna divulges Almee's
Identity. Hearing her Btory, Alex
ander consents to keep tho secret.
Alexander finds himself very much
In lovo with Cleorglna, Alexander's
ulster, Ijidy Diana, arrives. An
other visitor Ib the Vlcomto do
JusHac, her suitor. Diana recog
nizes Almeo and threatens to de
nounce her. Almce confides In Do
JUHsao. De Junsao Is accepted by
Diana and Almeo makes her prom
Isa to keep silence, Alexander Is
accepted by Oeorglna. Lady Ery
thea, still In tho dark. Is delighted.
CHAPTER XXI Continued.
Ho passed along the wltler lnne In
the direction of Jorvaulx, IiIh eyes
Kcunnlng the ground and the ditch. A
little distance Hliort of the Kate
through which Hilly had wheeled the
Sphinx when dodging the police, he
stooped quickly and picked up a scrap
of metal. It was the broken end of an
"I was right!" ejaculated Hilly.
"Here they crushed again or the en
Kino gave out. for Rood. And they
eamo the very way I did myself. And
one of the two was luiue dead lame.
One sure thing they couldn't have got
far that night. And If they weren't ahle
to ride the tiling, what did they do
Ilo hurried to the far end of the
Held, where the last of the tracks had
failed. He hesitated, and glanced to
wards the distant crag-pits.
"What should I have done myself
If I hadn't known the ground?" he
thought. "I'll try here llrst."
Less than a. hundred yards to the
right was a clump of brushwood,
crowing alone, a Utile oasis on the
The hushes masked n narrow clay
pit, twenty feet deep, that had been
delved In times past to bring up the
heavy marl subsoil and spread It over
the sandy Held. It was now complete
ly cloaked with brambles. Hilly pulled
them apart, and saw something gleam
ing dimly at the bottom of the pit.
It was the buckled frame of a big
twin Indian motorcycle.
With a whoop of triumph Hilly
clambered down the steep side of the
pit and disappeared through the bram
bles. He remained below some time.
When at last he emerged and stood
on the brink, Hllly's face was rather
pale, and bis eyes troubled.
"Great Caesar's ghost!" he said.
"Who'd have expected I his? Now If
I can pick up the other track, I'll have
the game In my hands!"
lie hurried In the direction of the
distant crag-pits, then suddenly pulled
up short and glanced at his wrist
watch. "Almee!" he exclaimed.
He bad an appointment with Almee
nt five, and an urgent one. It was al
ready past the hour. Hilly set off at
a run, and In ten minutes reached the
rendezvous. Almee was there already,
In a rough serge walking-cloak and a
Snooks hat trimmed with calico vio
lets. In spite of the costume she
! Miked vividly lovely.
"Mr. Chauffeur," salil Almee, severe
ly. "I don't know If you think I want
to waste my afternoon off like this.
"I'm sorry," panted Hilly. "Came as
quick as I could."
"What are you looking excited
about V" she said, eyeing him suspi
ciously. "Oh just seeing you," blurted Hilly.
'That Isn't true. I've never seen you
look excited before. You've found out
something. What la it?"
"It's true. I have found out some
thing," he said quietly, "but there's
more to do, and I haven't quite all the
caifli In my hands. It's the most amaz
ing stunt yet. I'll tell you about It
ho moment I'vo got It set."
Almeo looked at him wistfully,
I "I don't think you ought to huve any
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secrets from your partner," she said,
"I always tell you everything."
"(live me till tonight," pleaded Hilly.
"I hate to talk about It now. It's ugly.
Hy tonight we shall have either won or
lost but we'll wlnl Will you trust
Almee seated herself on the turf be
neath the sweethrlars.
"All right then," she said happily.
"Let's forget our troubles for a bit.
Sit down you look so tall, towering
up there, that I can hardly see you-
ami I'll tell my news. It's much more
Interesting than yours. Do you know
(hat Alexander has got himself en
gaged to my dear fat Georgle, and
they're Idiotically "happy V"
"Has he?" cried Hilly, dropping be
side her. "flood for him ! She's a real
trump of a girl, that. And the parson's
as white as they make them he's a
"Yes. Georgle will exactly suit him.
I shouldn't have, a bit."
"You!" exclaimed Hilly.
"Kxnctly. Aunt Krytheu's Idea Is
that Alexander's marrying me. You're
not very bright today, Hilly. They'll
have a funny tangle to straighten out,
when tho crash comes."
"dee! They will. We'll have to help
"Of course we shall, nut I wonder
how we'll do It. And that's not all
the Vlcomte has suddenly become be
trothed, as he calls It, to Alexander's
sister Cold Lnmbe."
"She'll tone him down," said Hilly.
"Not a bit. He'll tone her up," re
plied Almeo confidently, "and a Jolly
good thing, too. So there they all are.
Billy Stared Before Him Gloomily.
I oughtn't to have mentioned It to you,
Hilly I know how It depresses you.
It's horrible all this sentiment."
Hilly stared before him gloomily, and
"Isn't It!" Insisted Almee.
"Sickening!" said Hilly, bitterly.
Almee glanced at him and, looking
away, stirred the grass with the point
of his shoe. There was a long pause.
"What was It you were saying
about things?" said Almee.
"I told you." replied Hilly, "that be
fore tomorrow It will either be a com
plete crash or all clear."
"I see. That means, in the llrst case,
that I'll bo exploded broken done
"Xo!" said Hilly, sharply.
"It does, though. Hut In the second,
If things go better I shall just be
back at Scroope, in a sort of mild ills
grace stood In the corner. That's
nothing much. I'm used to It. And
there you are! Well, the curtain's soon
going to ring down. Our partner
ship" Hilly turned to her quickly.
"Is llulshed," continued Almee quiet
ly, looking out across the park. "I
shan't be able to ride the Sphinx for
you, Hilly. I'm sorry about that. It
would have been fun."
Hilly caught his breath.
"You mean," he said slowly, "that I
shan't see you again?"
"I mean that. How can you? Our
little holiday Is over, Hilly."
Ills lingers closed on the turf on
either side of him, and dug deep.
"I understand. It's up to me. To
morrow we don't even know each
Ho let go the turf, and caught her
Hefore either of them knew how It
happened, he had her In his arms.
"I can't let you go!" said Hilly wild
ly. "You're the darling of the world.
The loveliest, brightest thing that ever
breathed. Almee do you think you
could try and love me?"
"Love you?" said Almee, trembling.
"Who could help loving you, Hilly l"
lie held her tight and kissed her.
"I was so frightened" said Almee,
In a stilled voice.
"KrlL'htened 1" Ho held her tlchter.
"That you'd be frightened"
"of being sentimental," panted
Hilly felt stunned,
"If you knew what I've been
through," he said a little hoarsely,
"this past week trying not to let you
He kissed her again more thnn
once. Then he sat back, his head In
a whirl. There was the longest pause
yet; n silence that seemed Intermi
nable. They were recalled to earth by n
"Yap! Yapl Yap! Yap! Ylpe
Almee and Hilly started violently.
A small white Highland terrier, with
Its four legs braced, was barking at
them excitedly, but not wholly with
Almee felt stricken ns though by a
sudden paralysis. Hehlnd tho terrier
stood Lady Krythea, erect and rigid.
The glare In her eyes was tho glare
of n destroying Gorgon.
The guilty pair arose to their foot.
Almee, from rosy red, had turned ex
tremely palo. There was every ex
cuse for It. Lady Krythcn's expres
sion was enough to unnerve the stout
"And this," In n voice like tho clash
ing of n motor's gear-box, "In the face
of my express warning I You nre dis
charged." She took a step towards
Almce. "And as for you "
Hilly Interposed his large figure be
"Madam," he said, "If you have any
comments to make, please make them
to me. Or, better still do not make
them nt all."
Ills voice was quiet and respectful.
Hut his chin was lifted remarkably
high, and his lips compressed danger
ously. Lady Krythen struggled for breath.
"Are you presuming," she said, In
a strangled voice, "to dictate to me!"
Mr. William Spencer bowed.
"I hope my lady that It will not
bo necessary. What I do presume Is
to defend Miss Snooks against nny
reproaches whatever. This Is her
Almee looked nt them both espe
cially at Lady Krythea. And for onco
the "sand," on which she hnd so often
been complimented, deserted her. Al
mce turned suddenly and lied.
The terrier, under the Impression
that It was all an extremely Interest
ing game got up for his amusement,
pursued her out of sight round the
bushes, giving tongue excitedly.
Hilly kept his eyes fixed on the In
truder. "If you require nn explanation, Lady
Krythen," ho said quietly, "I guess I
can give you one very brlelly. I have
Just asked Miss Snooks to marry me."
Lady Krythea was mentally stag
gered. "You huve asked her to
marry you?" she said, staring ut Hilly.
"And she hns done mo the great
honor to consent."
Hllly's grim expression relaxed Into
a very charming smile. '
"1 feel sure your ladyship will not
throw any obstacles In the way of this
humble romance," he said gently. "We
shall bo very happy to have our em
His employer gazed at him dumbly.
The announcement came as a shock.
And It was dllllcult even for Lady
Krythea to resist Hllly's smile. As
well attempt to resist a sunbeam. She
melted Imperceptibly. Her faculties
were bemused. Hilly, despite tho
smile, looked so extraordinarily dlgni
lled that Lady Krythea almost felt an
Impulse to apologize to her chauffeur.
She made an effort to recover her
"You have asked this girl to marry
you after an acquaintance of four
duysV" she said acidly. "Is that an
Hllly's smile iutensllled.
"1 haven't much experience, my
lady," he said, "but I think It's 11
Hrltlsh custom, too sometimes."
With two such recent examples nt
hand, her ladyship felt unable to con
tradict him. She looked at him stead
ily, wondering why she felt no resent
ment. There was something so re
markably disarming about Hilly.
"What you tell me, Spencer," she
said at last, "places a new aspect on
the case. It Is, I suppose, within your
discretion to engage yourself to a
young woman If you wish to do so.
The situation In which I found you
led me to suspect mere Irresponsible
philandering u thing most stringent
ly forbidden within the precincts of
Jervaulx. Admitting the seriousness
of your Intentions," she continued
with returning Indignation, "I am still
unable to consider your behavior dec
"I was very careful to choose a
place Just outside the park boundary,
my lady," said Hilly gravely, "and I
was obliged 10 make use of the small
amount of free time at my disposal."
Ladv Krythea drew a long breath.
"I am making unprecedented allow
ances for you, Spencer," she said,
"since I cannot forget how far I am
Indebted to you for the recovery of
my emeralds. If I was under a mis
apprehension as to your conduct Just
now, It was natural. I will say no
more. Hut I gather from this event
that you will be leaving my servleo in
niiy case, so I will merely glo you a
week's notice If you nro willing to
stay so long."
"Yes, I guess I shall be quitting
rather soon," said Hilly, "but I'll be
very glad to servo your ladyship In
tho menntlme, and I hope I'll give snt-
J Isfnctlon. Hut, may I take It that you
won't put It across thnt you will not
say anything to Amy?'
"I have nothing more to say In the
matter whatever," replied her lady
ship abruptly. "Hut you must under
stand that the conduct of both of you
will have to be rigidly circumspect
"We shall be careful to give your
ladyship no grounds for complaint,"
Lady Krythea had n vague Impres
sion that Hilly was laughing ut her. It
was stranger still that she did not
seem to feel any resentment.
"You may go!" she suld, with a ges
ture of dismissal.
Hilly saluted and walked uway.
She watched his tail llguro till It had
receded some little distance, und then
Hilly returned. Lady Krythea in
spected him through her lorgnette.
"Are you sure that this Is n wise
thing you uro doing?" she said slowly.
"You seem to me a somewhat superior
young man. I think you could do
much better for yourself."
Hilly twinkled yet more brightly.
"I should hate to disagree with your
ladyship," ho said, "but I am quite
sure I couldn't."
Lady Krythea turned and wnlked
away with n dazed air.
Hilly passed through the guto Into
tho lane, and made for the abbey nt
his best speed. He hoped that Almee
might bo waiting for him somewhere
within call, but there was no sign or
her. Thinking it likely she would bo
In tho neighborhood of the garngc, he
hurried In that direction. He was
within sight from the park boundary,
when Monsieur de Jussnc, approach
ing the fence fr-un tho abbey, snw him
and called him . y name.
Hilly was too fir nwny to hear. The
Vlcomto whistled, without result. He
snw Hilly dls-ippear In the direction
of tho crag-pi! . De Jussnc hesitated,
uncertain whether to follow.
"Our amazing chauffeur appears to
be In n hurry," murmured Hertrand.
Ho took out n clgnrette, und smoked
It reflectively. Hertrand was looking
a little puzzled and anxious. Finally
ho wandered slowly back towards the
As ho noared tho main entrance the
qunclc of n motor horn was henrd,
nnd nn automobile drove up rapidly.
It contained the stolid Inspector I'nnlic
from Stnnhoe. Ileside him snt a slim
nnd active-looking man In a gray
Do Jussnc, raising his eyebrows,
drew near unobtrusively. The man In
tweeds got out and stepped briskly up
to Mr. Tnrbeuux, who wus stundlng
on the steps.
"You have a chauffeur here," said
the man In tweeds quietly, "who calls
himself William Spencer."
"Yes, sir," said Mr. Tarbenux.
Bertrand de Jussnc moved away,
with tho air of one retreating from n
situation with which ho hnd no con
cern. He lit n cigarette as he went,
but once on the far side of the rhodo
dendrons, Monsieur de Jussnc began
to move with uncommon swiftness.
"Is he on the premises at the mo
ment?" said tho visitor.
"I do not know, sir," replied Mr.
Tarbeaux with cold reseno, eyeing
the police car. "If you wish to see
her ladyship "
"I do. Inform her nt once, If you
please, that the police are here."
Mr. Tarbeaux went Indoors, leaving
the visitor on the step. It was some
little time before Lady Krythea her
self came to the entrance, grim and
forbidding, ear-trumpet in hand.
"I am Detective-Inspector Ark
wrlght, from Scotland Yard," said the
visitor. "I wish to see your chauf
feur, my lady William Spencer."
"For whnt purpose?" suld her lady-
Lady Erythea Inspected Him.
ship, examining him Icily through her
"That will transpire ns soon ns 1
hnve seen him," said Arkwrlght u
A face peered down cautiously
from 11 second-lloor window. It wus
the fnce of Almee, very white nnd
scared. Sho drew back quickly be
hind the window curtains, one hand
clutching and kneading them tightly
as sho listened.
"Does this ffiean," snld her ladyship
with distinct hostility, "thnt you pro
poso to urrest my chauffeur? If not,
whnt do you mean? Ho Is tho man
who restored tho emeralds to me,
when the police fulled to uchleve any
thing whatever, nnd I have complete
confidence In him. If that really Is
your Intention, It Is my opinion you
nre nbout to make fools of your
selves." Inspector Arkwrlght looked both
surprised nnd Irritated.
"I nm here with full authority, my
huly," he said abruptly, "and my task
Is to clear this matter up. Out of
consideration for you, I have come
here quite openly, and what my In
tentions are I must nt the moment
keep to myself."
"It Is Spencer's nfternoon off, I be
lieve," snld Lady Krythea coldly. "I
do not think he Is on the premises."
The Inspector wus plainly taken
aback by his reception. Ills lips tight
ened to n thin line. Just then n po
Ilcemnn on n bicycle came riding rap
idly nlong the drive. It was Constable
"Hog pardon, sir," he said, dis
mounting and saluting the inspector,
"hnvo you found the man you are
looking for here?"
"Why?" said Arkwrlght abruptly.
"Well, sir, I know him hy sight, of
course," said l'olson In a lower voice
"the chauffeur, I mean and as I
came off the Stanhoo road awhile ago,
I saw somebody like him crossing the
forty-acre field and going towards the
crag-pits. I thought I'd bettor hurry
on and tell you. I'm sure It was be."
"Kxcellentl You. are a man that
keeps his eyes open," exclalmel In
spector Arkwrlght. "Come, l'un'.jc
leave the car here. l'olson, sho.v us
The three of them departed to
gether hurriedly In the direction of
tho park boundnry.
Lady Krythea stared after them
with mingled anger and anxiety. She
waited for some time on the steps,
pondering, und then went slowly in
doors. Her yes were troubled.
Tho three police, crossing the park,
left It by n wicket gate near the
sweet-briar clump. After a short con
sultation with l'olson, Inspector Ark
wrlght gave an order. Tho three men
sprendlng out In a wide semi-circle,
stalked the crag-pits b wuy of thq,
n, CHAPTER XXIII
Jack the Climber.
Mr. William Spencer, nfter arriving
In the fnllow-lleld where stood the
clump of bushes that hid the broken
Indian motorcycle, made a rapid sur
vey of the situation. He resumed his
task of quartering tho ground for
This, being unfruitful, occupied but
n little time. lie gnvo It u and went
forward again, dipping down Into the
Hilly had formed upon the factors
already In his possession a theory
which appealed to lilin strongly. Ho
hoped to prove It. Hut the hope was
"If I'd only got wise to this two
days ago," he snld gloomily, "I might
hnve done something. Hut there's no
snylng how old the trucks nre. And
there's so little time."
He looked nbout him thoughtfully.
Tho area of the crag-pits covered
some twenty acres; a wide bottom of
red sand studded here and there
with tangled bushes. The place was
shut In by low red bluffs of conditio
crag, with a few gaps In them through
which winding paths sloped up to the
"The soil tells me nothing," said
Hilly to himself; "too loose and wind
blown to hold a trail more than two
clays. Hut there's five maybe six
caves, most of them too plain and
easy anybody can see 'em. Still, I'll
go over them. My own first. 1 guess
there's nobody could have found Hint."
lie wound his way through the
hushes to the screen of brambles that
masked the cave where Almce had
taken refuge on the night of the bur
glary, and after scanning the ground
near Its approaches, pushed the briars
aside and entered cautiously. The
cave was empty save for that super
motorcycle, the Flying Sphinx, which
stood waiting In patient dumbness at
thu far end, weeping slow tears of oil
Into a little pool beneath the silencer.
Hilly laid a baud upon his Aral)
steed, and sighed. Then his face
"Your llme'll come again and
mighty soon!" he said with affection.
He turned, and left the cave. It was
holy ground to him now; for one
night It had been Almee's refuge.
He passed farther along the pits,
Inspecting a second and much more
obvious cave on his way. lie was Just
about to emerge from It when some
thing caught Hllly's eye, on the far
side of the pits, lie shrank back
quickly Into tho cave's mouth and flat
tened himself against the wall, watch
ing. The object which gave film pause
was very small, and fully four hun
dred yards distant. Hut It showed
against the sky-line and to the eye of
a frontiersman anything that cuts thu
sky-line, and that move's ever so little,
Is at once apparent. Whnt Hilly saw
was the upper part of a head, peering
over the edge of the little cliff on the
A pair of shoulders followed the
head, and their owner was obviously
watching the pit with n desire to dis
cover whether the coast was clear.
Thero was n curious furtlveness about
tho figure that presently appeared,
ami dropping down the cliff by a steep
path reached tho lower ground and
crossed It nt n run.
Hilly crept from the gloom of tho
cave's mouth nnd, crouching behind
tho briar bushes, peered through them
eagerly. Tho running figure was a
woman n small woman clad In a
khakl-colored dust-cloak, carrying a
little red bundle. Sho ran with n
btuoplug gait, bending low as she
threaded between the bushes, she
reached a point against the cliff on
Hllly's side, three bundled yards (tir
ther along, close hy a tangle of under
growth. Thero she halted, nnd, look
ing round her quickly, disappeared
with extreme suddenness.
"Great Christopher 1" said Hilly.
Ho rose to his knees, staring at tho
place where she had vanished. His
eyes were bright, his fnce had lit up.
"I was right," he said In a hushed
tone. "Hut, gee I I never thought ot
He rose, ns If to follow, but on sec
ond thoughts subsided again and
waited. He remained there fully ten
minutes, when the figure reappeared,
and hurried along the pit bottom in
Hilly wormed himself hurriedly un
der the tangled briars at some cost to
his skin. The woman passed him
within seventy yards, walking rapidly.
She wus no longer carrying the bundle.
When she hnd pnssed, Hilly ireoped
nfter her. Though he could not seo
The Running Figure Wa3 a Woman.
her face, ho hnd not the slightest
doubt who sho wns. Sho disappeared
round the bend of the pits.
Hilly cxtrlcntcd himself cautiously
from the bush and waited for soma
time on his knees, staring in tho di
rection she had taken. Thero was
nothing more to be seen of her. Then,
springing to his feet he sprinted to
the spot where she had llrst vunlshed
with tho bundle.
The bushes partially cloaked tho
mouth of one of the many crag caves;
tho entrance wa's not dllllcult to find
when one wns close to It. Hilly walked
In without hesitation. lie found pre
cisely whnt he expected.
On the floor of the wive, stretched
upon a couch of dry bracken, lay n
man. He was not a spectacle which
In any way gladdened tho eye.
He was big and lusty of limb; what
little could be seen of his fnce through
a week's growth of brown stubble was
haggard. His beak of a nose Jutted
between two fierce deep-sunk eyes. Ono
of his legs was extended, and swathed
from foot to knee In drlpplng-wot cal
ico bandages that looked as If they
had been ripped from a woman's gar
ment. Hilly found himself looking down
the muzzle of a small repeating pistol,
held Hi a hairy but very steady list.
"Stop right where you nre," said the
occupant of the cave, reclining on ono
elbow. "Don't move u step forward,
nor yet 11 step back. Get ineV
Hilly stopped obediently. He f ni
ctitated the distance between them to
be a dozen feet; there was no likeli
hood of capturing the pistol before
tho bullet struck him. The eyes of
the man showed that lit- meant busi
ness. He was In fact, less like a man
than a crippled wolf.
"Jack the Climber," snld Hilly
blandly, "I am pleased to meet yw.
I've been looking for you quite u
"Don't give me that fool name!"
snarled tho caveman. "My name Is
"Anything to oblige. Mr. .Tnke,
there's the little matter of the Jer
vaulx burglary against you, among
"What are you ghln' me!" retorted
"The bluff doesn't go," said Hilly.
"Your motorcycle's yonder In the
clay pit. All the cards are out."
The man's face twitched.
"Are you the police?"
"Xo," said Hilly.
Jake stared at tho tall form In from
of him, and emitted a startled oath.
"I b'lleve you're tho guy that
slugged me, last Saturday night," he
"You're on your own, eh?" Jnke's
head craned forward, his eyes on
Hllly's face. "And alone, I guess!"
"Do you take me for a fool?" said
Tho man shivered. Tho expression
In his eyes was dreadful.
"See hero!" he said sullenly.
"You've got me sot- I can't move.
I'm up against it. I know they'll pull
me. Well, I'll tuko my dose. I'll
throw my hnnd In!"
"Wise of you."
"Let her rjc-1" said Almee,
breathlessly. "Let her nol"
(TO 11B CONTINUED.)
"Can you pick out a good canta
loupe." "Not even for myself," replied
thu truthful grocer.
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