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• YELLOWSTONE VALLEY STAR 11 • I P r • COMRADES. - or PERI By RANDALL PARRISH *might A. C. McClurg & Co. '11•HATE HER.\ Synopsis.—Tom Shelby, • rancher, rides Into the frontier town of Ponca, looking for a good time af- ter a long spet1 of hard work and loneliness on the ranch. Instead, he runs into a funeral—that of Dad Calkins, a retired army man of whom little is known.. A girl, still In her teens, survives Calkins. Mc- Carthy, a saloon keeper and. Pon- ca's leading citizen, decides that the girl, now alone in the world, should marry. She agrees to pick out a husband from the score of men lined up in her home. To his consternation, she selects Shelby, who had gone along merely as a spectator. The wedding takes place and the couple set out for Shelby's ranch. With them is \Kid\ Macklin, whom Shelby has hired as a helper. On the way the girl tells her husband her name is Olga Carlyn, and also tells him something of the peculiar circum- stances of her life. Upon their ar- rival at the ranch Shelby Is struck down from behind and left for dead. He recovers consciousnesrto find that Macklin and his wife have gone. He starts in pursuit. He learns his wife is an heiress, that her abduction has been carefully planned and that she has been taken to Wolves' Hole, a strong- hold of the bandits and bad Indians. Reaching Wolves' Hole, he Is dis- covered by \Indian Joe\ and forced to accompany him into the hole. Here he claims to be one of the conspirators and is locked up pend- ing developments. He confides in a Mexican girl, Pancha, In love with Macklin, who intends to marry Olga, CHAPTER IX—Continued, t . •c• —9— \Si senor; I know the way that oth- ers do not. I get you out, but,\ Pas- sionately, \eet Is not to save you. I \belong here—see; with Juan; my brother. I am born outlaw, yet she must go! That I resolve. If she stay 'Imre I keel her. But '(is easier way to have her married to you, an' safe.\ \You love Macklin?\ \SI senor,\ proudly, \why not? He *ay he love me; yet she come. Madre de Dios! I hate her! She take my love! She! Eet shall not be. You *wear, senor, that she go with you, an' *never come back any more?\ \Yes Panetta, I swear ,that. .Once eve are away she shall never COMP tlack.\ he answered soberly, Impressed by the violence of her passion, \yet how Is that to be done?\ She glanced apprehensively behind, still clinging tightly to her perch, low- ering her voice again into Its former cautious whisper. \Listed senor; I tell you. Eet Is late now, for I wait before I come, an' think eet all out, so I know what to say. Indian Joe, he had man, verra bad man, an' I much afraid. But now he sleep in there; I creep past while Pie breathe, an' not wake heem. 'Tis because he drank. Juan. my brother, go up to the cove to find Senor Han- ley, an' he not be back (eel morning. Tonight eet must be done, an' so they will nitrknow I helped. Is eet so?\ \Yea; I understand; yer have op- portunity tonight; but I must get away eo no one shall suspect 3•er had any band in it.\ \That- is eet,\ eagerly. \Indian Joe, be keel me if he found out; maybe tny imkeher, too. I see heem keel men, like thnt_ Tnrit lie lallittl. 0 Me Managed to Scrape Painfully Out of the Hole. I think; he look in here, but, not to search, so he not sure what might be. perhaps there was a knife under the bed, he dropped somewhere what you found—see? Maybe you had eet hid -in your boot—how be know that?' \Yes hut I haven't, Penchn.\ \So I knaw; but I breeng one—ece,\ ead she pressed the handle Into his band • \How he know how you get let? Eet is strong: sharp, so you cut these bars, an' when morning come you are not here. Who knows how eet happen, senor? I am elan asleep, an' you are gone; 'tis the mercy of God.\ Shelby caught his breath to her ex- pressive gestures, his fingers gripping the knife. \I doubt if I can get through that hole,\ he said mournfully, \after the bars are cut. I'm pretty big.\ \But you, must, senor; there is no other way,\ she insisted impatiently. \The blade la strong, Sharp; eet will dig (nit the log, but do not be long. See—there is a tree yonder; I will wait you there, an' show where you must go, so there he no grail. You come to me quick, but 'be still like death. Madre de Dios! ; Gs the only way.\ She was gene before .he could pro- test again, vanishing into the black night .so swiftly and silently he could only stare out helplessly through the bars. Yet she had left hope and deter- tnination behind. With teeth set he began the work, finding the steel blade effective against the tough hickory. It was no light job, at that, but he plied the knife desperately, possessing some skill and unusual strength of wrist and fingers. The stakes gave way one after the other, but he was not Satis- fied until he enlarged the opening somewhat by removing all bark from the logs, and prying loose the box frame. This required all of half an 'hour to accomplish, yet left an aper- ture through which he believed he might force his body. At that he found no room to spare; but, by ven- turing it head first, screwing his oul- tiers through one at a time, and raw - lag in his breath tightly, he in ' aged to scrape painfully out of the tole, clawing at the rough outside for ,purchase, nnd finally coming down face first onto the solid earth.. At that, he made little noise, but his flesh smarted, and for a moment he rested where he fell, confused and panting for breath. The night was so black there in the shadow of the great hills, he could scarcely determine direc- tions, yet the girl had pointed toward (i.e right, and, as soon as -lie could atl Mtn his feet, he advanced cautiously that way, with hands held out before him. The path Was rocky and uneven, probably leaving little trace of his passage. She touched him before he was even aware of her near presence, and then she was but the dimmest outline, her face indistinguishable through the gloom. \Speak low, senor,\ she whispered briefly. \Come with me this way.\ He permitted her to lead him for- ward over ground sloping upward, hut before they had thus advanced fifty yards, Shelby stopped, determined to question her purpose. \Where are you taking me? To Olga?\ \No senor; not now. I must leave you In safety first. ,Later I bring her to you. Why you ask? You not trust me?' . \Yes I trust you, Penchi); hut isn't it better that I understnnd the plan? Then we can work together.\ She drew In a quick breath impa- tiently, her fingers clutching at his sleeve. \Dios! title Is not time to stand and talk, senor,\ she burst forth, \yet listen, If not do otherwise. There is no time left tonight In which to escnpe. I must he back in the house before Indian ..Toe wakes, or may brother re- turns. , All I con hope to do is bide you where you not be found. Then we must plan what Is hest to do.\ \You know where she is?\ \Si. senor: T know; yet eet will not be easy to get her away. She Is not left unwetched. and nothing can be done tonight. I Must watch and wnit. Ept will only be safe when Senor Macklin and my brother are both away.\ . - \You Mean that I am to bide out yonder somewhere until you are ready?\ he questioned. \Is that the scheme?\ \There is no other thing possible. Even that many fall. Senor, do not he n fool.\ she urged eernelly. \I know the danger of all this; you' not realize even yet what eet means to be a pris- oner in Wolves' hole. These men keel; it is their only law. I risk my life to do this, and there Is hut Ope ft nn e e of Success. .Alone, unelded, you can never get nut of here—never. Why? you nett./ Because. senor, every pass is under guard; they are never left open.\ . \Then how are we to go?\ \Along a path known only to My- self and one other, senor.' A young Indlah found eet by accident and con- fided ills secret to me! Ile cone, and went that way for a year, but no one else know. Once he took me half way to top; eet Is rough, yet can he fol- lowed. Now you see I am right?\ \I have mm choice; I owe you my life already.\ - Then do as I say, senor. I will leave you where you can never he found. I have food here in this seek. You must welt there hidden until I come. Eet tnify he n day, two drip), three days; Hint make no difference. You have my pledge Hint I ))111 bring , her. I do not Ile. Then pet will do this. as 1 sny?\ \Yes. Panetta.\ \Oracles! eet ,will be at night When we come, and you will have to climb those rocks In the dark. You will need ; stout hearts for that trip; but eet , 18 better to risk than stay herd an' die, Senor. Now I tell you -1011m Joe will believe you found that knife, and cut your way out alone; heAvill try to follow, an' he is like wolf on the trail. Ile will not believe you can get away; my brother is great teacker, an' they think eet easy to run you dpwn. Me fool them, senor.\ . \Du how? they will surely see your ootprInts.\ \Mine!\ she laughed softly, \Not to ever know them, senor—see; eet is man's boot I wear, and scarcely have stepped off solid rock. Now we go to the stream Yonder, and then wade up through the water. There will be•no trail. Let us not wait, senor.\ The man followed without a word, touching, her with one hand in guid- ance,. They were upon a crest of solid rock, worn smooth by the ages, and so advanced unchecked for a hundred \You ‘ Go on Alone From 'Here, Senor.\ feet, until the ridge suddenly termi- nated at the bank of a narrow stream. A single step, and both were standing In the water, and she had grasped his hand. \Eet is swift, hut not deep,\ she sold confidently. \I have waded eet many a time. We must hurry.\ He took the bag of provisions and swung it across one shoulder and to- gether they began plowing their way through the downward rush of water. It was tiresome, but they plunged steadily forward, finding the bottom firm. Shelby did not know how far they adynneed. nor could he tell, In the darkness, the exact nature of their surroundings. ills impression was that they were penetrating a narrow side rnvine, between great overshad- owing masses of outcropping stone, whieh intensifled the gloom. Every step took them higher above time floor of the Hole, and, at times the stream heveme a veritable torrent, against which they scarcely could make prog- ress. The girl kept close to the rocks on the right, and struggled' forward brevely, never loosening her grasp on his hand. Meeting as he must the stronger Sweep of thce current, Shelby felt the strain, and was Wed whet) she tinnily came to a halt. \Eet's here,\ she said, \a few steps more, and I leave you. The greatest (tenger is may not getting back In \I04' M '' There was an opening In the solid rock of the wall, a mere crevice, so concealed by tangled shrubbery as to be Invisible even in daylight. How she had recognized the spot In that dark- ness was n mystery,; through the sense of feeling probably, for her hands in - stoutly parted the interlaced branches, end she crept through them with Shel- by, on his hands and knees, close be - They emerged 'into a gulch, as though some giant ax of the gods had cleaved the very face of the cliff, a gulch dry, scarcely four feet In width, rock walled on either Hide, rind almost a 'tunnel because of stunted growth, where dwarf oaks had found some lodgment In cracks and crevices. Pen- chi, stopped, breathing heavily from the exertion of the climb. \You go on alone from 'here. senor,\ she instructed, the words panting be- tween her lips. \There is nothing to do but follow the gulch. A hundred yards and there is an opening at' the right, a small cave. You will feel eet with your hand.' You _need have no' fear to enter, and no one can ever find you there. That Is where you will wait until I come.\ Shelby trIe0. In -vein to distinguish .4)er.ontlInetit; he could only beaCre of her presence by the voice. \Imo not , tiee'nny fire,\ she went on WS rningly. \or Show you by day- light. They will seek you, and watch these cliffs. Eet May be several days before I will dare act; you must be TintiVnt. When we come I will bring arias, Ind I didn't dare touch any to- night.\ \You will not tell me where my wife is being held?\ \What good, senor!. You could aid her not at all. There is no great harm coming to'her yet. Sacrlsta! why you wow about her? I bring her with me: W(1 I not promise?\ \Yes I trust you, Penchi),\ he said warmly, \and will do just what you say. But—but, don't you understand? If I 'pew where she was I would feel better.\ She laughed almost seornfully. \Bab! what the difference, senor? You not know if I told you.. But 'tis not far away; perhaps by daylight you might see eet from up there; a log house all fildne under the bluff. Yet you lie hid, senor, and trust all to me.\ \I have promised that.\ \000d2 I will go.\ She drew her hand away, and he knew she was gone, although no move- ment of her figure could be distin- guished. Shelby swung the bag of provisions again to his shoulder, and began feeling his way blindly forward. He had retained the knife, with which he had effected escape from the cabin, and, although the point of the blade had been broken, he did not feel entirely unarmed. There vas no pos- sibility for him to lose the way, the unbroken walls shutting him tightly in, so that even the star -decked sky was invisible, while the path he must follow led almost dizzily upward. It was boulder -strewn, and he fell twice, yet toiled steadily on, never permit- ting his hand to leave the guidance of the wall to the right, and carefully testing the placing of each foot In fear of some pitfall. He could neither Judge time nor distance, yet it was long before light came into the sky, when he finally clambered over a rock barrier across the path, and catne upon a shelf of stone, the left wail of this strange cavern abruptly disnp- peering. Fearful of what precipice might yawn there, as soon as be again attained his feet Shelby flattened him- self against the one rock front remnin- Mg, scarcely daring to venture for- ward more than an inch or so at a time. A few feet brought him to the cave's mouth, a mere hole, scarcely wide or high enough to receive his body. He explored the black interior to the length of his arms. finding It larger within than at the entrance. She insisted there was no danger, and the silence seemed to prove the place contained_ no inhabitant. Doubtless the open shelf of rock would be ex- posed to view from the valley below with the first flush Of day. To Avoid discovery he must creep in out of sight. This was accomplished without dif- ficulty, the floor being fairly level, and the roof rising so that he could almost stand erect. Shelby explored every inch of the space, knife in hand, and not entirely satisfied until the task was completed. It was only a box of a place, less than fifteen feet long, nnd perhaps half as wide, narrowing at the top, as though In some great cataclysm of past ages two masses of .rock had been hurled together, leaving this little jog between. It was hot in there. and Shelby, dragging after him the bag of provisions, removed his vitt. A few momenta later he roiled It hi s t° the term of a pillow, and lay down, attiring up at the black vault. Ile could think now, recall n11 that had occurred so swiftly, end weave this and that together. Ile bad acted recklessly; there wee no doubt Of Met. No one but a blind fool would have ever ventured alone into this place to free a prisoner. Ile should have ridden to Ponca, and called upon his friends for help; perhaps lie might Oren Wive been able to obtain the services of a troop of cavalrymen from the fort down below—time major knew him and would believe his story. Why hadn't he done this? Why had so rash, end bull-headed? The an- swer flashed into his mind, as though some voice had spoken—it was love of Olga Carlyn! He knew it instant- ly; made no further effort to deceive himself.. Lying there in timt f bleck sllence, l istaring huinnlly upward, he saw the woman again as plainly as though In the flesh—saw her, and knew that he loved her. Her eyes smiled at him. with such wistfulness in their depths; there Was nothing sullen about her ex- preetflon any longer; she was all wom- an, and—he loved her. He covered his eyes with an ern), and rolled over. God! wasn't there anything he could do hut wait? Ile . felt wild to act; to eccomplish some- thing; to strike some definitetbibw In her behalf. Ills wife! She was' his wife—Olga Carlyn! It meant much to him now. How deathly' still it was;, how terribly dark. He felt hot and gritted there in the caye, yet did not% move, or change his' position, end So he finally fell asleep. CHAPTER X. , The Darknetie of the Cabin. ' It was broad daylight—a dull - gray within the small cave, Mit bright sun- shine without—when Shelby aroused • himself, and looked about in in In stunt of bewilderment. As time trutt of his situation reasserted itself, he sat up, conscious of.atiffness in every joint, yet reinvigorated by several hours of rest, lie faced a day of in activity, a hard demand upon a mat of his temperament, and he was al slow us possible over a meager break , fad, his eyes continually wandering toward the narrow opening, UR his mind again revieweg the occurrences of the day before. Finally, tunable to resist,.the tempta- tion longer, he ventured to thrust his head through the entrance to learn something more definite as to his sur- roundings. All he could perceive was the shelf of rock, with um eonsiderable coping about its outer edge. together with n few feet of the deseend:ng trail. On the other hand a new cleft appeared in time front of time cliff over- shadowing him, and he suspicioned that the' path) he hind followed the night previous Antinued upward— vyas, perhaps, that secret passageway which Penchi) had mid led finally to the, top of tlue gorge, end along which she planned to guide their future es- cape._ Beyond the outer edge of the shelf there was nothing but sky visi- ble, and, believing the coping would conceal his movements from observa- tion below, Shelby pushed his way mit through the opening, mind crept on Ilan& and knees to where he cautious- ly could gaze over. Ile was higher up on the cliff then he hed previously realized, although its precipitous front yet towered men- acingly above. The view below was like that of a distant picture, Its de- tails indistinct Ile felt no longer tiny special fear of being observed, how- ever, and leaned far enough, fdrward to see clearly up and down the broad valley. His position lay ROMPWIlat re- moved, around the angle of a side rev,ine, so that he could not trace the entire course of the Cottonwood, or even • discern the waterfall beneath which he had entered the Hole. Yet be had a glimpse of the main stream, could plek out what he believed to be the log house from which he had es- caped, while, within a grove so as to be scarcely distinguishable, appeared the roof of another, smaller building. Ile would not have noticed this, but for a thin spiral of smoke prising from time chimney. Panetta had said the place where Olga was confined was visible from this spot. Could this be it? He stared down a long while, but without reward. Yet there seemed to be much pass- ing and repassing along the main val- ley; black. Ill-defined figures of men on horseback almost constantly visible. He Wa., surprised at the number, never having supposed that this colony of outlaws was so numerous. An- other timing, while he could not clear- ly distinginsh such small objects at (lint . distance, ,the majority of ,these riders had the appearance of being In- dians. Could they be Sioux warriors gathered here in preparation for some raid on the exposed settlements? or was it possible that the troops had al- ready struck, and driven the rein- nants of scattered war parties Into this Hole for refuge? In either case their presence in such numbers ren- dered his own position so much more precarious, end increased the danger surrounding Olga. Ile felt that, In spite of his pledge to the Mexican girl, he could not rennin in his hiding place quietly, without endeavoring to learn more of what had actually oc- curred during the night. Indeed he could perceive no reason why he should remein entirely inac- tive. At the very hest she could ac- complish nothing before night, and had held out very little hope for even then.. ? There were no signs that be was being 'sought after down below, It might be Hint In the extitement of other happenings, hie escape_ had been considered as of minor importance; that Indian Joe, convinced that he could never get cult of the Hole unob- served. took no immediate interest In trailing him. What Was the use, when he must eventually surrender? It would be n simple matter to steal can tiousiy down through that deep cleft in the rocks, as far, at least, as the stream below, Ile would be concealed ell time way, and once there, hidden securely among tholie thick bushes, he might then learn whet Was actumilly occarring. It would h. far better tot him to know. Besides, this would be no disloyalty to Pencha even If she sought him he would still be' in the petit she must follow, and, RO long as he retthilned timilecovered, just where be Was concealed could make no pos- sible difference. 'The argument satis- fied his mind, because he feit lie must net; must 'make some effort of his own. \See; touch me. Yoe thought I was dead?\ (TO BE CONTINUED.) Old Bell Splendidly Prenerved. , In an •old graveyard in County An- trim, Ireland, a farmer, while plowing, unearthed a bronze church bell weigh- ing more than 160 lbs., and believed to be over 300 years old. The bell is In a splendid state of preservation, with a .clear, powerful tone. The old Kirkmoyie pariah church, where the find was made, has been in ruins since l02, , Idleness. , I am not the only one that con- demns the idle; for once when I was going to give our minister a pretty long list of the Rine of one of our peo- pie that he was asking tater, I began with: \lie's dreadfully lazy.\ \Than; enough,\ said the old gentleman; •ill sorts of alas are in that one.\—C. 11. Spurgeon. TURKISH MONTH OF FASTING Ramadan a Time oe Trial to Mos- lems, Who Are Forced to Obey Laws of the Koran. Ramadan is a month of trials to all classes of Moslems, especially to laboring men, wino are supposed to go without, food, drink 'and tobacco from sunup to sundewn. •\ Turkish restaurants are watched carefully by Moliamtnedan policemen, who are instructed to arrest custom- ers and owners alike if any of the followers of Allah violate time laws of the Koran. Consequently Christian restaurants and especially those which have private rooms, become very popu- lar with the M011111111pedatis during the 28 days 41110 are supposed to be giv- en over to fasting and prayer. Big guns are tired in Constantinople to Indicate sundown, and the rush of Turks to coffee houses and restaurants approaches a riot. During Ramadan time followers of the great prophet are not supposed to drink water during daylight hours. Fasting makes the Turks so irritable and impatient that it is extremely dif- ficult to transact business with them. Hamadan is a less trying period to Turkish men and women who are un- employed, as they merely sleep through the day and turn night into a time of feasting.' DUTY. Could I but do one worthy deed, Or write one living line To fill the measure of my need— Could I but sow one fruitful seed, Then were contentment mine. Could I but sing one living song To banish mortal paiti;, Could I but right one crying wrong Or help one weaker soul along, I had not lived in vain. So vast the universe, so cold The peaks tn which we climb, So gray the skies, the stars so old! . So many sheep strayed from the fold , And so swift fleeting Time! Strive as I may, somehow it seems That each succeeding sun Finds me yet distant from my dreams On paths rock strewn, with swollen streams And no day's Journey clonal Yet must I carry on the fight, Still I must do my hest, So, when I pass from out the night Into the day, Into the light, My weary soul may rest! —Richmond Times -Dispatch. KEPT GUESSING . \It's all right to talk about hitch- ing your wagon to a star.\ \Well?\ .\But the question now Is—where can a fellow park an automobile.\ A Successor, No, Tom Sawyer is not dead. Or at least he has a worthy successor in eight -year -old Joseph McKee, one of whose duties is to keep the home lawn clean. Several of the children In his neigh- borhood had been atixIoUs to have a Halloween party, and Joseph's moth- er told him that he might have one. \You can have them mask and we'll have jack-o•-lanteres end witches, and dance and—\ she began. But Joseph Interrupted her. \Moth- er,\ ho spoke earnestly, \l'd rather have a wiener roast. They can rake up nil the leaves on the lawn and the trash in the garden and burn them In a bonfire mill roast wiener: They'd be helping mime while they had fun, too.\—linlianapalla News. , Joke Over Food Scarcity. Food Is still scarce in Hanover, Ger- many. Time food administration of Klatt/elle], Harz, antiminced recently that heriings were on stile at the mu- nicipal food distributing station and that the share of each person was one half of a herring. That situation was reflected In these advertisements In the Kinuellialer Anzeiger. \Single.per- son wants a partner to obtain a her- ring. Address lEhrliche Tellung' (honest Division), business office of this paper, and state whether head or tail pert.\ \Young blond girl wants to make the acquaintance of a. refined gentleman as a iterring partner. Sub- sequent marriage not excluded. Ad- dress 'Llebeagott•IlerIng' (God of Love )Jerring), business office s‘ of this pa- per.\ Odd Kind of Pet. In Meat - Ague they keep an arma- dillo AR a pet, for the practical use of ridding their houses of ants; not Infrequently they have been bred In captivity, producing three or four very cute little young ones to the litter, says the American Forestry Magazine. In Color, our armadillo IR of a pale xray, the hair grayish buff, sometimeis tinned with blackish. When captured. It is often caked with hardened mud: whit) evidently stuck to its bony buckler %bile burrowing where thee soil was wet. False Teeth With a History. Iron false teeth enameled in artis- tic style are In the possession of an Englishman 'who has recently returned home from a trip to China. He ob- tained them from a distressed China- man, whom he assisted, and who claimed Hint the teeth were ;cern by , ' , lilacs:who was executed nearly 200 '