Pauls Valley Democrat (Pauls Valley, Okla.), Vol. 9, No. 36, Ed. 1 Thursday, November 21, 1912 Page: 3 of 8
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\By V^UOKAn KCSTER^
luvsrtyTms BY D.MELVJU
Copr*6*r, :$*/, Tne&osfis Me&>ut Co*P*r*r
silent. but'in that silence he heard terrors, he Btarted and backed toward -Tenrs' b" P" on* "•" uctler back along the «hore until b« «alned
wes-coat, and I 11 feed and drluk like a point opposite the clearing. U*
| the drumming of his own heart. He
' went on. "1 tell you, to save hlm-
i self, John Murrall will Implicate the
rest of us; we've got to Kit him tree.
' and then, by hell—we ought to knock
him In the head; he Isn't fit to live!" the river
"The jail ain't built that'll hold
him!" muttered Hicks.
"Of course, he can't be held,"
agreed Ware. "And he'll never be
brought to trial; no lawyer will daro
i appear pgalnst him, no jury will daro
the door; but again his greed, the
one dominating influence of hla life,
He watched the sun tink. He
watched the red splendor fade over
he saw the first stars ap-
pear. He told himself that Hicks
would soon be gone- if the five was
not to be lighted he must act at
once! He stole to the window. It
was dusk now, yet he could distin-
guish the distant wooded boundaries
a gentleman yet!" The judge smacked W'histled shrilly three times, and after
to find him guilty; but there s Hues, 0f the great fields framed by the dark-
what, about him'.'" He paused. The
two men looked at each other for a
"Where did they carry the cap-
"I don't know."
"It looks like the Clan was in a
hell-fired hole—but shucks! What
will be easier than to fix Hues?—and
while they're fixing folks they'd bet-
hi* ter not overlook that old fellow Price.
ening sky. Then in the silence fie
heard the tiiuu of hoofs.
At Belie Plain, Ware found
CHAPTER I.—The scene at the opening neighbors in possession of the place, j He's got some notion about Fentress
of the story Is laid in the library of un They greeted him quietly and spoke and the boy." Mr. Hicks did not con-
*!? t he*'Bar on y,°" Ths "p la ce* \ ' 'to*' b e "soTd) 1,1 subdued tones of their sympathy, gider it necessary to explain that he
*nd its history and that of the owners! | The planter listened with an air of was himself largely responsible for
«!ob '"by"jonathan CrenVhiw.1 a^buimeM SUCh Rl)JeCl mlsery tbat tbo8e Wh0 had Ithis ,
man, b stranger known as Bladen, and neither liked nor respected bim, were "How do you know that: demand-
W^nVnHarard.f"mm%terio". "hfid^f roused t0 8 gudde" RenProu9 'ee"n« ' ed Ware. _
the old southern faintly, makes hi* ap- j where he was concerned; they could "He as good as said so. hicks
th«rboy° ^an°y tell> '10w he adopted B0t question but that he was deeply looked uneasily at the planter. He
affected. After all the man might knew himself to he compromised. The
—Nathaniel Ferris buys have a side to his nature with which stranger named Cavendish had forced
ine Harony, but tbe Qulntards deny any
The Judge Names His Second.
"Price—" began Mahaffy. They were
ba"k In lialelgh In the rocm the Judge
called his office, and this was Jla-
haffy's first opportunity to ease his
mind on the subject of the duel, as
they had only just parted from Yancy
and Cavendish, who had stopped at
one of the stores to make certain
purchases for the raft.
"Not a word, Solomon—it had to
come. I am going to kill htm, 1
shall feel better then."
"What if he kills you?" demanded
: his lips in an ecstacy of enjoyment,
I and dropping down before the table
w hu h served him as a desk, seized a
"It's good enough to think about,
! Price,'' admitted .Mahaffy grudgingly.
"It's better to do; and If anything
j happens to me the papers 1 am going
I to leave will tell you how it's to be
1 done. Man, there's a million of
money in sight, and we've got to get
it and spend it and enjoy it! None or
| your swinish thrift for me, but lite < n
i a big scale—company, and feasting,
i and refined surroundings!"
"And you are going to meet Fen-
! tress In the morning?" asked Mahaffy.
j "1 suppose there's no way of avoiding
"Avoiding it?" almost shouted the
I judge. "For what have I been living?
au'Interval of waiting heard tha
splash of oars and presently saw a
skiff steal out of the gloom.
"Who's there?" It was Hess who
asked the question.
"Carrlngton," he answered.
"Lucky you ain't met the other
man!" she said as she swept her skill
alongside the bank.
"Lucky for him, you mean. I'll take
the oars," added Carrlngton, as U«
entered the skiff.
Slowly the clearing lifted out of tho
darkness, then tho keel boat became
| distinguishable; and Carrlngton
I checked the skiff by a backward
| stroke of the oars.
"Hello!" he called.
1 There was no immediate answer to
his hall, and he called again us he
: sent the skiff forward. He felt that'
1 shall meet him, let the consequences i he was risking all now.
be what they may. Tonight when 1 j "What do you want?" asked a gurlyj
have reduced certain facts to writing [ yolce.
an admibsion from him that Murrell
the Qulntards, appears and ask* Ques-
tions about the Barony.
CHAPTSR Ilf.—Trouble at fic.atch Hill,
Taney's home, when Hannibal Is kid-
naped by Dave Blount, Captain Murreii's
agent. Taney overtakes Blount, <ylves
him & thrashing and secures the boy.
CHAPTER IV.—Taney Is served with a
warrant for assaulting Blount. Taney
appears before Squire Balaam, and In
discharged with costs for the plaintiff.
CHAPTER V.—Betty Malroy, a friend
of the Ferrises, has jyi encounter with
Captain Murrell, who forces his atten-
tions on her, and is rescued by Brucs
Carrlngton, who threatens to whip the
knowledge of the boy. Taney to keep they had never come In contact.
^urr6";, a fr>nri of When he could he shut himself In would not condone if it came to his
his room. He had experienced a day knowledge. He had also acquired a
of maddening anxiety; he had not j T0ry proper and wholesome fear of
slept at all the previous night; in judge Siocum Price, lie stepped close
mind and body he was worn out: and to Ware's side. "What 11 come of the
now he was plunged IntoJJie thick of giIii Tom? Can you figure that out'.'"
this sensation. He must keep control ue questioned, sinking his voice Hi-
of himself, for every word he said m0st to a whisper. But Ware was in-
would be remembered. In the pres- capable of speech, again his terrors
ent there was sympathy for him, but completely overwhelmed him. "1
sooner or later people would return reckon you'll have to find another
to their sordid unemotional Judg overseer. I'm going to strike out for
ments. Texas," said Hicks.
He sought to forecast the happen- Ware's eyes met his for an instant.
chapter vt * lngs of ,he next few hours- Murrell's He jlad thought of flight, too; was
Tennessee home.' CarHngton''t'akis'' the friends would break jail for him, that Htlll thinking of it, but greed was as
name stage. Taney and Hannibal dlsap- was a foregone conclusion; but the nluch a part of his nature as fear;
overtakes'ihemYn'the"mountains^ To"! Insurrection he had planned was at Beiie Plain was a prize not to be llght-
nessee. Murrell gets Taney drunk and an end. Hues had dealt Its death |y caa( aside, nnd it was almost his.
nlba* wcapei'ln a canoi,'0"0*611' Han" ■ blow Moreover, though the law H? tofcb^J acrys| ths' room t.9
"chapter vtr ti 11 1 1 . might be Impotent to deal with Mur'- window. it he'Vere going to act, the
the home of Judga Siocum Prke '* rel1- he could not h°Pe to escalle ,lle sooner he did so the better, and gain
j vengeance of the powerful class he & respue from hjjj. fears; The rgi\d sjtwlll Be Quite Informal, the Cod* I*
In Se^ioy the^grandson'i^atf^uf'tlme : had plot,ed t0 (1t'sU'oy: be would have dowll the ioast slid away before, his | Scarcely Applicable."
friend. Murrell arrives at Judge's home, to quit the country. Ware gloated in heary eyes; he niArWa each turn,
^nvnlbpr|1caaarr,f,tld thla ldea ot crav£n m*ht- Tba,llt j then' a palsy Of fear shook him. his
God, he had seen the last of him! j heart beat against his ribs, and he
But, as always, his thoughts came Btood gnawing his lips while he guzefi
beck to Betty. Slosson would wait at up at the sun.
I shall join you at Belle Plain. 1'he
strange and melancholy history of my
life I shall place in your hands for
safe keeping. In the morning I can be
driven back to Hoggs'."
"And you will go there without a
"If necessary; yes."
"I declare, Price, you are hardly
fitted to be at large! Why, you act
as If you were tired of life! There's
The judge gave him an Indulgent
but superior smile.
"Two very worthy men, but I go to
Bogga' attended by a gentleman or 1
Ko there alone. 1 am aware of your
prejudices, Solomon; otherwise I
might ask this favor of you."
Mr. Mahaffy snorted loudly and
turned to the door, for Yancy aud
Cavendish were now approaching the
house, the latter with a meal sack
slung over his shoulder.
"Here, Solomon, take one of my
pistols," urged the judge hastily.
"You may need it at Belle Plain. Uood
by, aud God bless you!"
"You want Slosson!" quickly'
prompted the girl in a whisper.
"I want to see Slosson!" said Car-
rlngton glibly and with confidence,
and once more he checked the skiff.
"Who be you?"
"Murrell sent you," prompted the
girl again, In a hurried whisper.
"Murrell—" And In his astonish*
mont Carrlngton spoke aloud.
"Kurrell?" cried the voice sharply.
' CHAPTER IX.—Cavendish
raft rescue Taney, who Is
dead. Price breaks Jail.
CHAPTER X.—Betty and Carrlngton
arrive at Belle Plain.
Eess Leads to Betty.
Just where lie had parted from
Ware, Carrlngton sat his horse, hla
brows knit and his eyes turned In tho
Whaffv harshly. The Judge shrugged direction of the path. He was on his
his shoulders. j o a plantation below Blrard, the
I owner of which had recently Import-1
' . « y - • t / PL ' ' JL . Y .. \l.-
"That Is as It may be/' ^ ( , „
"Have you forgotten your grand- *d a pa
ciT o* tiioocfhouncls; but tills; }
Hicks' place for the man Murrell had -[v, vou Ret what I ay, Tom? 1 | son?" Mahaffy's voice was still harsh unexpected encounter with Ware had
. . . 1 " B ...A «r«l*' ilu Dtill
It Wai Besa Who
and rasping. ! affected him strangely. He Btlll heard j
"I regard my meeting with Fentress Tom's stammering speech, he was
as nothing less than a sacred duly still seeing his ghastly face, and he
to him." * I had come upon him with startling
"We know no more than we did suddenness. He had chanced to look
this morning," said Mahaffy. "You back over his shoulder and when he
"Yes I'm going to leave while 1 ' are mixing in all sorts of side lBsues laced about there had been the plant- command, aud the Kentuckiau did a |
an tiiavbe I can't later on," said with what should be your real pur- er within a hundred yards of him. he was bidden. Four men stood tni
licks stolidly He added: "1 am go- j pose." | Presently Carrlngton s glance ceas- the bow of the keel boat, a lanUrnj
CHAPTER XVI.—More light on Mur-
Tfll'B plots. He plans uprising of ne-
CHAPTER XVII.—The Judge and Han- !
nibal visit Betty.
CHAPTER XVIII.—Betty is told why
Norton was killed and leaves BHle
Plain, taking Hannibal with her. The
carriage Is held up In the woods.
CHAPTER XIX.—Betty and Hannibal
are made prisoners In a lonely cabin.
"Not at all, Solomon—not at all! 1
promised him, aud, failing the mes- am g0ing to quit these parts/' said
CHAPTER XI -Hannibal's rifle dls- | for « Rl^al Are. but there Hlcks. Ware turned slowly from the
closes some startling things to the Judge. , ^ould be neither, and Slosson ^ould window,
Hannibal and Betty meet again. ( be left to determine his own course of • ' right, Hlcks. You mean you
CHAPTER XII.—Murrell arrives In ' action. Ware felt certain that he *ant me to settle with you, Is that
Belle Plain. Is playing for big stakes. would wait through the night, but as |f> > asked
CHAPTER XIII.—Taney awakes from 8ure us ,he morning broke, if no word
long dreamless sleep on board the raft, j had reached him, he would send one can
CHAPTER XIV.-Judge Price makwi of his men acros8 the bayou, w ho must nicks stolidly
startling discoveries in looking up land learn of Murrell's arrest, escape, flight jng to start down the coast as soon
who*ass(i'sht|rlhy. judVe,"is^nystei^oufly*'as- _for in Ware s mind these three as lt tu,ns dark, and before It's day I look upon my grandson s specoy re-
saulted. I events were lndlssolubly associated. agatn j n have put the good milts be- covery as an assured lact. i'entresa
CHAPTER xv.—Norton Inform. Car- ' The Plan,er'8 teeth knocked together. tween me und these parts." I dare not hold him. He knows ho la
rlngton that Betty has promised to marry I He was haviug a terrible acqtwlnt- "You're going down the coast?" run to earth at last."
N^tonS^mTsVerlous'ly s®ot'y *°od"by*- ance with fear, its very depths had and Ware was again conscious of the j "Price—"
swallowed him up; it was a black pit quickened beating of his heart. Hlcks "No, Solomon—no, my friend, w« spare, and this was the merest bus-
In which he sank from horror to hor- D0lidetl "See you don't meet up with , will not speak of It again. You will plilon, Illogical conjecture, based 011
ror. He had lost all faith In the Clan John Murrell," said Ware. ! go back to Belle Plain with Yancy and nothing beyond his distrust of Ware,
which had terrorized half a dozen "ni take that chance. It seems a I Cavendish; you must represent me | In the end he sprang Irom the saddle,
states, which had robbed and mur- beap better to me than staying here." I there. We have as good as found and leading his horse into the woods,
dered with apparent impunity, which Ware looked from the window. The j Hannibal, but we must be active iq tied it to a fapling.
had marketed it3, hundreds of stolen 8hadows were lengthening- across the Miss Malroy'a behalf. For us that has A hurried investigation told him
slaves. He had utterly collapsed at jawn. an Important bearing on the future,
the first blow dealt the organization, "Better start now, Hlcks," he ad- j and since I cannot, you must be at
but he was stlil seeing llurrell, pallid vise(i j Belie Plain when Carrlngton arrives
and shaken. ■ 1H wa|t Untu it turns dark." j with his pack of dogs. Give him the
A step sounded in the hall and an "You'll need a horse." advantage of your sound and mature
Instant later Hicks entered the room ..j wag going to help myself to one. j Judgment, Solomon; don't let any
Asked the Question.
"■—sent me!" said Carrlngton qulclt-i
ly, as though completing an unlin-i
lshed sentence. The girl laughed uerv-;
ously under her breath.
"Row closter!" came the Buileol
CHAPTER XXI.—The Judge hears of . _
the mysterious disappearance of Betty without the formality of knocking. Tllls aln t u0 time to stand on cere- ; talse modesty keep you in the back- | these facts,
and Hannibal. i Ware re00gnized hls presence with a mony gaid Hlcks shortly. ground.
CHAPTER XXII—The Judge take, glance of indifference, but did not "Slosson shouldn't be lert in the i "Who's going to aecond you7"
thrm1ssmgthoVsTVnst'ltS"ed.ee I sPeak Hicks slouched to his employ- llirch lille this—or your brother's ; snapped Mahaify.
CHAPTER XXIII Carrlngton vlsita er's side and handed him a note wflictl folks—1" I The judge was a picture of Indit-
ed to follow the windings of the path.
He stared down at the gray dust and
saw the trail left by Hues and his
party. For a moment he hesitated;
if the dogs were to be used with any
hope of success he had no time to
that live men had ridden in and out of
that path. Of the five, all coming
from the south, lour had turned
south again, but the iirth man—Ware,
in other words—had gone north. He
weighed the possible slgnitlcauce ot
the judge and allies are discovered.
CHAPTER XXIV.—Judge Price visits
Colonel Fentress, where ne meets Yancy
and Ce.vendlsh. Learns things of Impor-
tanee about the boy, dashes a glass of
whisky into the colonel's face and a duel
CHAPTER XXV.—Murrell Is arrested
for negro Bteallng and his bubble bursts.
CHAPTER XXVT.—Wie Judge and Ma-
halTy discuss the coming duel.
CHAPTER XXVII.—Carrlngton makes
frantic search for Betty and the boy.
CHAPTER XXVIII—Carrlngton finds
Betty and Hannibal, and a flerco g1 n tight
follows. Yancy appears and assists in
CHAPTER XXIX.—Bruce Carrlngton
and Betty come to an understanding.
CHAPTER XXX.--The Judge receives
an important letter.
CHAPTER XXXI.—Solomon Mahaffv's
laft fight. Fights duel for the judge and
CH \PTER XXXII.—Hannibal proves to
be Judge's gTandson, and told tho story
of his life.
CHAPTER XXXIII.—Murrell's friends
attempt to free him. Judge frustrates
CHAPT1CR XXXIV.—The Judge comes
Into hla own and Carrlngton decides rot
to leave Belle Plain.
CHAPTER XXXV.—Murrell brought to
trial, convicted and died In prison.
man drew rein at his side.
"Ware!" he cried.
"How are jou, Carrington7" gaM
"You are wanted at Belle Plain," be-
gan Carrlngton, and seemed to hesi-
"Yes—yes, I am going there at once
—now—" stammered Ware, and gath-
ered up his reins with a shaking hand.
"You've heard, 1 take ItT" said Car-
"Yes," answered Ware, In a hoarse
whisper. "My God, Carrlngton, I'm
heart sick; she has been like a daugh-
ter to me—1—" he fell silent, mop-
ping his face.
"I think 1 understand your feeling,"
said Carrlngton, giving him a level
"Then you'll excuse me," and the
planted clapped spurs to his horse.
Once he looked back over his shoul-
der; he saw that Carrlngton had not
moved from the apot where they had
Planter's Knees Knocked
They'll have to figure lt out for ference.
themselves, same as me," rejoined
"You can stop there as you go by."
"No," said Hicks. "I never did be-
lieve In this damn foolishness about
the girl, and I won't go near George'e
"I don't ask you to go there; you
can give them the signal from the
head of the bayou. Ali I want Is for
you to stop and light a lire on the
shore. They'll know what that means.
I'll give you a horse and Bfty dol-
lars for the Job."
Hicks' eyes sparkled, but he only
"Make lt twice that and maybe we
Racked and tortured, Ware hesl-
amount due Hlcks. He named the
total, and paused Irresolutely.
"Don't you want the tire lighted?"
proved to be from Fentresa. War* a8keli HickB. He was familiar with
read and tossed It aside. employer's vacillating moods.
"If he wants to see me why don't "Yes," answered Ware, ills lips
he come here?" he growled. j quivering; and slowly, with shaking
"I reckon that old fellow they call ] fingers, he added to the pile of bills
Judge Price has sprung something )n Hicks' hand.
sudden on the colonel," said Hlcks. "Well, take care of yourself," said
He was out here the first thing this Hicks, when the count was complete,
morning; you'd have thought be h thrust the roll of bills into his
owned Belle Plain. There was a pocket and moved to the door.
couple of strangers with him, and ha Alone again, the planter collapsed
had me In and tired questions at me (nto hlg chair, breathing heavily, but
for half an hour; then he hiked oil
up to The Oaks."
"Murrell's been arrested," said War*
In a dull level voice. Hlcks gave hlia
a glance of unmixed astonishment
"Yes. by God!"
"Who'd risk It?"
"Risk lt? Man, be almost tainted
dead away—a damned coward. Hell!"
"How do you know this?" asked
"It will be quite informal, the code
Is scarcely applicable; 1 merely in-
tend to remove him becauso be is not
lit to live."
"At sun-upl" muttered Mahally. ,
"I Intend to start one day right
even if 1 never live to begin another," I
said the judge, a atulden tierce light
flashing from his eyes. "1 leei that
this Is the turning point in my ca-
reer, Solomon!" he went on. "The
beginning of great things! But I
shall take no chances with the fu-
ture; I shall prepare for every pos-
sible contingency. I am going to
make you and Yancy. my grandson's
guardians. There's a hundred thou-
sand acres of land hereabout that
must come to him. I shall outline in
tated; but the sun was slipping into j writing the legal steps to be taken to had wi,h thenl a or a woman,
the west; his windows blazed with gubstantiate his claims. Also he will Klther tl"'y ba(1 re-entered the car-
the hot light. inherit largely from me at my death." 1 r'age and driven back as they had
"You swear you'll do your part?" Something very like laughter es- ™iue, or they had gone toward the
he said thickly. He took his purse calw(1 from Mahafly., Ups. river' : Uo Ielt ,he "oul wltbln tllm
from his pocket and counted out the j "There you go, Solomon, with your ' 'urn sick.
Inopportune mirth! What in God's
name have I If I haven't hope? Take
that from me aud what would I be'.'
Why, the very fate I have been light-
ing off with tooth and nail would
overwhelm me. I'd sink Into unim-
portance—my unparalleled misfor-
tunes would degrade me to a level
with the commonest! No, sir, I've
never been without hope, and though
I've fallen I've always got up. What
Fentress has Is based on money be
stole from me. By God, the days of
his profit-taking are at an end! 1 am
going to strip him. And even If 1
don't live to enjoy what's mine, my
grandson shall! He shall wear vel-
vet and a lace collar and ride bis pony
yet, by God, as a gentleman's grand-
"It sounds well, Price, but where'B
the money coming from to push a law-
hls terrors swept over him and left
him with a savage sense ot triumph.
This passed; bJ sprang up. Intending
to recall Hicks and unmake his bar-
gs'n. What bad be been thinking of
—safety lay only In flight! Before be
reached the door bis greed was In the
ascendant. He dropped down on tbe
edge of his bed, his eyeB fixed on the
window. The sun sank lower. From
where he sat he saw lt through tbe
I upper half of the sash, blood-red and
"I was with him when he was tak- j llvld )n a mi„t of fleecy clouds.
en—It was Hues—tbe man he trusted was in the tops of tbe old oaks
more than any other!" Ware gave j noW) which sent their shadows Into
the overseer a ghastly grin and wa ^ room. Again maddened by Lis
was raised aloft and by Its light they)
looked him over. There was a tno
nient's silence broken by Carrlngton,
"Which one of you is Slosson?"
And he sprang lightly aboard the koel
"I'm Slosson," answered the man
with the lantern. The previous night
Mr. Slosson had been somewhat uu
der the enlivening and elevating ln>
fiuence of coriL whisky, but now U4
was his own cheerless self, and rath
er jaded by the passing of the hour*
wnich he had sacrittced to an irk-
some responsibility. "What word do
vou fetch from the captaiu, brother?"
he demanded. -r • - 'l-"~
"Miss Malroy is tp be taken down
river," responded Carrlngton. 1
Slosson swore with surpassing flu-
"Say, we're five able-bodied men
risking our necks to oblige him! Vou
can get married a damn sight easier
than this if you go about it right—I've
done It lots or times." Not under
standing the significance of Slosson's
allusion to bis own matrimonial ca-
reer, Carrlngton held his peace The
tavern-keeper swore again with un
impaired vigor. "You'll find uiightj
few men with more experience than
me," he asserted, shaking his head.
"But if you say the word—"
"I'm all for getting shut of this!'
answered Carting'on promptly, wita
a sweep of his arm. "I call thea«
pretty close quarters!"
Still shaking his head nnd mutter
ing. tbe tavern-keeper sprang asliors
aud mounted the bank, where hia
slouching figure quickly lost Itself Id
Carrlngton took up h!s tation on
the fiat roof of the cabin which tilled
the stern of the boat. H was remem-
bering that day in the sandy Barony
road—and during all the weeks anil
months that had intervened, Murrell,
working in secret, had moved -Head'
Uy toward the fulfilment of his de-
sires! Unquestionably he had been
back of the attack on Norton, had in-
tbe bayou and his legs shook under spired his subsequent murder, aud the
him; but fbe path wound deeper still mans sinister and mysterious power
into what appeared to be an un- had never bee" suspected. Carrlng-
touched solitude, wound on between *on ''hew that the horse-thieves and
tbe crowding tree forms, a little back s'ave stealers were supposed tomato-
1 tain a Innwelv knit RRRnclatfnn • h.
'I am only wasting time!" he con-
fessed reluctantly, and was on the
point of turning away, wken, on the
very edge of the road and just where
tbe dufct yielded to the hard clay ot
the path, bis glance lighted on the
print of a small and daintily shod
foot. The thiobbing of his heart
"Betty!" The word leaped from his
That small foot had left but tbe
one impress. There were other signs,
however, that claimed bis attention;
namely, tbe boot-prints of Slosson
and his men; and be made tbe In-
evitable discovery that these tracks
were all conilned to tbe one spot.
They began suddenly and as sudden-
ly ceased, yet there was no mystery
about these; be had the marks of the
wheels to help him to a sure conclu-
sion. A carriage bad turned just
here, several men had alighted; they
He stole along the path; thefterror
of the river was ever in bis thoughts,
and the specter of bis fear seemed to
tilt before him and lure him on. Pres-
ently be caught his first glimpse of
from the shore, with an Intervening
tangle of vines and bushes. He
■canned this closely as he hurried
forward, scarcely conscious that he
was searching for some trampled
space at the water's edge; but tho him!" be thought bitterly.
tain a loosely knit association; be
wondered if Murrell were not the
mdving spirit In some such organiza-
"If I'd only pushed my quarrel with
verdant wall preserved Its unbroken
continuity, and twenty minutes later
he came within slgbt of Hlcks' clear-
ing and the keel boat, where lt rested
•gainst tbe bank.
A little farther on he found the
spot where Slosson had launched the
skiff the night before. The keel of his
beat had cut deep into the slippery
clay; more than this, the impress ot
the small shoe was repeated here, and
The judge waved this aside.
"The means will be found, Jolo-
mon. Our horizon is lifting—I can
see It lift! Don't drag me back from
the portal of hope! We'll drink the JUBl beside it was the print of a child's fastened with a hasp and wooden • >g.
stuff that comes across the water; 1 bare foot. You re Ijoeb now, pardner!" t*
I'll warm the < ockle* cf your h<art no lonper doubted that Betly "Id, joining Carrlngton at the S'tar-
wlth impel ltd trandy. 1 tariy tweuty Hannibal had been taken acixsa oar.
He heard Slosson's shuffling stert la
the distance, a word or two when he
spoke gruffly to some one, and a mo-
ment later ho saw Betty and th« h.jy,
their forms^darkly silhouetted against
the lighter sky as they moved alo:i<
the top of the bank. Slosson, with-
out any superfluous gallantry, heip.>ii
his captives down the slope and
■board the keel bo*t, where he locked
them in the cabin, the door of whli-h
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Mitchell, J. D. Pauls Valley Democrat (Pauls Valley, Okla.), Vol. 9, No. 36, Ed. 1 Thursday, November 21, 1912, newspaper, November 21, 1912; (https://gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc118431/m1/3/: accessed August 22, 2019), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, https://gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.