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* . . — - - ciar. r* « «/ ia t# \-'I(Wife. Osprrtckt kr Chari** «»Hhe**** «eae SynopttM CHAPTER I.—Bud Le*. horM for«- na.ii of th* Bluo L*ko ranch, con vinced Bayno Trovort, manador, ta do- llbcratolr wracking tho proporty owned by Judith iaaford, a young woman, her coualn. Pollock Hampton, and Timothy Gray, dooldoa to throw up Judith arrlvoa and announce* 111 » job. ah* ha* bought Gray’* ranch and will run it. ■har* la tho 8h* dtaohar(*a Trevor*. CHAPTER II.—The mo a on tho ranch dUllkt taking ordor* from a Ctrl, but by aubdulng a vlclou* horao and proving her thorough knowledge of ranch life, Judith win* the bo*t of them over. Le* dooldoa to atar. CHAPTER III—Convinced her vet erinarian, Bill Crowd/, U treachorou*. Judith dUcharge* him. r*-*|gagfng an old fnond of her father’*. Da*. Tripp. CHAPTER IV—Pollock Hampton, with a party of friend*, com** to tho ranch to *tay permanently. Trovor* accept* Hampton’* Invitation to vl*U the ranch. Judith’* m****nger I* held up and robbtd of th* monthly par roll “Going taf\ asked Lew In weilalm- ulatcd carelessness. “No,\ she told him freeztngly. “Why ehould IT Would you want people poking about Into your home Juat be cause II was in the heart of n wilder ness and you weren’t there to drive them out?\ \No answered Bud gravely. ‘‘Now that you ask me, I wouldn’t 1 Let’* go find that trail.\ \But continued Judith, \not being a fool, and realizing that one of the men we want might poaslbly be In hiding ta here. I am going to peek In.\ \Not being a fool,\ he repeated nftdr her, adding gently, \and being e girl, which means tilled with cu riosity\ A disdainful shoulder gave him his Answer. The door was unlocked, after immemorial western custom, and Judith opened It, Ijee heard her little gasp of pure delight. \He’s a dear, the man who lives here I\ she announced positively “You can Just tell by looking at lit* home.\ Looking in over her ahouider, Bud Lee wondered Just what In his one- room ananty had caught her enthus lasm. There was the rock fireplace with an Iron hook protruding from each side for coffee-pot and stew-pot; a bunk with a blanket smoothed over cedar boughs; a ahelf with a dozen hooka; little else, so far as he could see or remember, to catch at Judith’s delight. Yet she, looking through woman’s eyes, read ta one quick “peek\ the character of the dweller In this abode. One who wae content •with little, who loved a clean, outdoor ¡life, and who was tranquilly above the ipettlneaa of humanity. Judith cloned ghe door softly. Going straight across the plateau, ¿he allowed him where one could clamber up a ateep way to the ridge. Once ,up there, It was but ten minute« until, In a hollow, they found the monument marking a trail, a atone set upon a boulder. It wsa after live o’clock. When, following the trail back and forth ta Its winding along the aide of the ridge, they found the signs they aought, It waa fast growing dark. But there, 1a a narrow deflle where loose soil had filtered down, were tracks left by a large boot. Lee went down oa hte hands and knees to atady them la th* iduak. He got up with a little grant and moved down the trail. Again he found tracks, this time more dearly .defined. So dark waa It now that ftbey had lighted several matches. “Two men,” he announced wender- jngly. “Fresh track«, too. Made this morning or last Bight, I'll bet, Oae coming east from Iadtea Bead. The other coming weat from the pletca* behind ua. Who’s bet Where’! be come from!\ \He’» the second of the twe mea who shot at yea,\ *»!d Jndffh «Me«?. \Don’t I know every Wat ta (Ms rack of the woods. Bad Leet Be f«Bowed smother old, wora-oot trafl ea tha south side of the ranch. They met here Juat ea I knew they would r “What fo r r Lee ft owned threat* the darknees at her eager h m \Wbat vaM they want ta gat t f f h y i s f f l t ler f t wwtedBt turn h« *tw«4 IpaUy, t t a t Bay» T rew s wetet mum mdm m u that” 1 « wouldn't! Tbca look Ida hi Mm «yet And where's hta risk. If b e t picked the right men. If he wet them through, keeping th* bock door open whoa they want to ran for it? Ion Ju t gamble yoar boots, Bad Lee, that Bayne Trevor* . . Without warning, without a aonnd of explosion cam a wiry whine Into the still air,'« tittle venomous plug, and a bullet aped by Juat over their brad«. But, through th* gloom, they both aaw th* flash of the gun as U ■pat Are end lead, and, as though one Impuls* commanded them Judith’s rifle and Bod Lee’s went to their shoulders and two reverberating re ports rang ont In answer, \Lie down, d—n it 1\ cried Bud Lee to the girl at his side, as again then came the flash from the cliffs off to t^e right and as again he answered it with his rifle. . \Lie down yourself!’’ snapped Ju dith. And once more her rifle spoke with his. For one Instant, framed against the darkening sky along the cliff edge live hundred yards away to the right, they saw a silhouette of a man, leaping from one boulder to another, a man who looked gigantically big In the un certain light. They fired; he Jumped again and passed out of sight. \Got his nerve,” grunted Lee as he pumped lead at the running figure. As an answer there came the third flash, the bullet striking the (rail In front of them. And then the fourth flash, from a point a hundred yards to the left of the other \That’s Number Two,\ muttered Lee. “They’ve got us In the ope«, Judith. Let's beat It back to the cabin.\ \I’m with you,” said Judith, be tween shots. “It's Just foolishness\ . . . bang I . . . \sticking out here\ . . . bang! . . . \for them to pop us off.\ Bang! Bang! They ran then, Bud slipping In front of her, his tall body looming darkly between her and the cliffs Whence the shots come. He slid along the sharp slope to the plateau, put ting put his arms toward her And as she came down, Bud Lee grunted and Cursed under his breath For there had been another flash out of tilg thickening night, this one from the refuge toward which they wore run nlng. A third man was shooting from the shelter of the cabin walls And Ice had felt a stinging pain as though a hot Iron had scorched Its way along the side of his leg. \Hurt much?\ asked Judith quickly Without waiting for *n answer, she pumped two shots at the flash hy the cabin. \No granted Lee. \Just scared. And now whit? I wsnt to know\ Bhd lam, In the thicker darkness lying along the edge of the plateau, sat with his back against the rocks While he gave swift first aid to his wound He brought Into requisition the knotted hundkercldef from his throat, bound It tightly around the calf of his teg and said lightly to Jndith; \Juat a fool scratch, you know. Hut I’ve no hankering to dribble out a lot *f blood from It.\ Judith made no answer. lee took up bla rifle and turned to the spot where she had been standing a mo ment age. She was not there. “Gone I” he grunted, frowning Into the blackness hemming him In “Now, what do you suppose she's np to? Fainted, most likely,\ He got up and moved along the low rock wall, seeking her. A spurt of flam* from the east corner of the esbtn drew his eyes away from his search and he pumped three quick shots ta answer. Again he sought Jndith, calling soft ly. There was no answer. Once more came the spurt of flame from the she) ter of the cabin wall. Then fifty yards off to Lee’s right, some fifty yards nearer the cabin, another shot. * The first suspicion that one of the men from the cliffs had made his way down to Join Issue at close quarters, waa gene In • clear understanding That was the bark of Judith’s rifle; she ted slipped sway from him with ’rat an testate's deity tad was creep ing closer and closer to the cabin. “D—n th* giri!\ cried Lee angrily. \KheTl get ter faed a«» killed!” But as he ran forward to jote her, 1« iraitaod that »he waa dote« the right tfcteg—th* only thing if they did not wate to Be out her* «B sight for mra « the cliff* to pick off te fte meratef tight He knew that tee rated terat; ft «erased that tee rated de evmrythteg ftert was « mea4» I vMte a «Sur*. Lee cratttag - wfcnr» down tern. A te « t e e a rate that's tel, tta t counts right *hte Bdwgte.” A shot tram Judith; a shot tram the cabin; two shots from the cliffs. The two shots from above brought fresh news; not only were they closer to gether, but they In cl vented the is » up yonder were coming down. Led hurried. Thru, at last, his narrowed eyes made out the faint outline of that which he sought. Close to the cabin, low down, evidently on his knees was the most Important factor to be con sidered now. Still Lee was too far away to he certain of u hit and he meant with all of the grim determina tion in hlui to hit something at last. He ran on, drawing the lire away from Judith. A rifle bull stink close to Ids side, another and another. He lost the dim shape of the kneeling nuiu, who, he thought, had risen from tils knees and was standing, his body tlghl- pressed to the cabin, \Why the devil doesn't he run for it?\ wondered Lee. But evidently, he the reason what It might, the man hud no intention of running. A bullet cut through Lee’s sleeve. At last I.ec answered, lie run In closer ns he fired and, running, emptied 1,is revolver, .lammed it luto his waist hand dubbed bis rifle . . • and realized witti something of a shock that there were but two rifles on the cliffs to tnke Into consldentlIon That other rifle, tit the cabin, was still. Out of aiumuiiitinii ' i Or plugged? Or play ing ’possum? Which? “Stop .shooting!\ he shouted ludith “1m coming!\ she cried back Him Almost at the suuie instant, their too rifles ready. I Ley cuine to Ibe to to ! fr a ism «ff htooA rate I k « Bft* Frawte* ted* t t* teg«, k* thought ■t k* rated m t e • « Ike flta> M v n * «M I « for I » '. rate«' - raQf •-«■fl« r a l t e f t e « * ra te * < * » » * • * ite* « # irateB i » t e t m l Between Them-^a Man Lay Helplessly. cabin. Between them on the ground a man lay at the corner, moving help lessly, groping fur his fallen gun, fall ing hack. \Open the door,\ said Bud. \I'll gel him Inside find we’ll see who he Is. Hurry, Judith; those oilier jaspers are working down this way na fust as they know how\ Judith, taking time to snatch up the fallen rifle, run around to the door Lee slipped his hands under the arm pits of the wounded man and drugged him In Judith’s wake. In the cabin, the door shut, Lee struck a match and went to a little shelf where there was a candle. \Bill (’rowdy!’’ gasped Judith. Almost before Lee saw the man’s face he saw the canvas bag tied to his belt, a bag identical with the one he himself had brought from the hank at Rocky Bend. r.‘‘The man that stuck np Charlie Miller,\ he said slowly. \And there’s your thousand bucks, or I’m a liar. ! get something of their play now: those two fellows np there were wait ing to meet him and split the swag three ways. And I’ve got the guess they’ll be asking a look-in yet!” Lee knelt and with quick fingers sought the wound. There was a hole to Crowdy’g chest, high up near th* throat, that Was bleeding profusely. At first that seemed the only wound. But fa a second Lee had found an other. This was ta the leg, and this, like Lee’s was -bound tightly with a handkerchief. “Got that, first rattle out of th* box i\ continent ed Lee. \gee it? That’s why be stock on the Job and didn’t try to run for it. Looks Ilk* a rifle hall had smashed the bone.” He tedsT look up. His (facers, busy with th* string »? Crowdy** belt, brought Sirty the canvas btg. Thera w*s Wood on It; It was heavy tad t«ve forth (be meltew Jangle of gold “Ten win back your thousand ra tMfigfaft fday,* be said, heidtag up Bit lag «* Jadtek, ftftfag h it ey« » to r f a k ' . ' . - m m m m m u m . * r m m m » r a t. «be w t tent tec tetri? grater* «rated H «» tfct Ante \Now «ted Lee. «peaking bta&tej, iteuM that « tone of sympathy might merely aid the giri to \«hake to piece«,'’ “we’re got a chance to be «a oar way before Number Two and Number Three get tale th« game. Let's run for It. Jndith.” Judith shook her heed •‘We’ll stay here anti! morning.\ she sold Anally, her voice surprising Lee, who had looked for a alga of weakness to accord with her suddeu pallor and visible trembling. \What for?” ho wanted to know. \We’ll have another flght on our hands If we do. Those fellow*, this deep ta it, are not going to quit while they know that there’s all that money 1a the aback!” “I don’t care,\ said Judith firmly. “I won’t run from them or anybody else I know! And, besides, Bud Lee, I nm not going to give them the chance to get Crowdy away, . , . Do you think he Is going to die?\ \No. I don’t. Doc Tripp will fix him up.\ \Then here I stay, for one. When I go, Bill ('’rowdy goes with me! He's going to talk, and he’s going to help me send Bayne Trevors to the pen.\ Bod Lee expressed all he had to say In a silent whistle. He'd made another mistake, (lint was all. Judith wasn't going to fnlnt for him tonight. “Then,\ lie sold presently, setting her the example, \slip some fresh cartridges Into your rifle snd get reudy for more shooting. I'll put out the light and we'll wait for whut's next.\ Judith replenished (he magazine of her rifle. Lee, watching from under the low-drawn brim of his hat, noted that her fingers were steady now. Crowdy moved In his bunk, lifted a hand weakly, groaned and grew still. Lee rearranged his bandage. \But out the light now?\ he asked Judith \No she answered. \Since we've got to spend the night with a man In Crovvdy's shape, It will he more cosey, won't It, with the light on?\ She even put out her hand to one of the hooks on (he shelves which she could reach from her bench. \And now,\ she added, ‘T'm sure that our hermit won’t mind If we peep Into his library, will he?\ \No answered Lee gruvely. \Most likely he’ll he proud.\ Lee found time to muse that life Is made of Incongruities, woman of In consistencies. Here with s badly hurt man lying ten feet from her, with every likelihood of the night stillness being ripped In (wo by a rifle shot, Ju dltli snt and turned the pages of a hook Bud Lee flushed us he watched her She turned the pages slowly, came tmek to the fly leaf page, rend the name scruwled there and, turning swiftly to Lee, said accusingly: “David Burrill Lee, you are a hum bug !’’ “Wrong again,\ grinned Lee. “A hermit, you meant 'A man with a soul'—»,\ \Sent!\ answered Judith. But, tin der Bud Lee’s teasing eyes, (lie color hegnu to come buck Into her cheeks. She had been a wee hit enthusiastic over her hermit, making of him a pic turesque Ideal. She had visioned him, even to the calm eyes, gentle voice, A quick little frown touched her brows as »lie realized that the eyes and voice which her fancy had be stowed upon the hermit were In actu ality the eyes and voice of Bud Lee. But she had called him a dear. And Lee had been laughing at her nil the time—had not told her, would never have told her. The thought come to her that she would like to slap Bud Lee's face for him. And she had told Tripp she would like to slap Bollock Hampton’s. Good and hard! CHAPTER VII Pardnen From without came the low ranmiur of men’* voices. Judith laid her hook aside and drew her rifle across her knees, her eyes bright snd eager. At Infrequent intervals for perhaps three or four minutes the twe voices came Indistinctly to those ta the cabin. Then silence for as long a time. And then a voice again, this time quite near the door, calling otft clearly: “Hey, you to there! Pitch the mon ey out the window tad well let yon go.” “Thera's a voice,\ »id Jndfth quiet ty, “to remember! Ill be able to swear to It ta court.” Certttaty a voice to remember, Just as ora remerabert an ususuct face for years, though ft be but a chance one seen fa t crowd. A voice markedly to- dividual, rat merely because ft was somewhat Mfb-pftchcd far • man’s, but rather for a quality not easffy de fined, which gave to It a certain vi brant. anrtaee» to edit the . ye*. Mfetafc -«WB tetera ij,i ■ T ra-i— rarä «pral wtm wm&ST- -rara--«5NMp(MNBte-wF : «ÜM Mi flg» ft’M e a K 0, JU tefe F ig J h - tr&p. U « n t brad right shkir J. 0. WHARTON P o t t cm « o h ‘boas, Montana. Range, Mussig- brod crk. Horse same right shl’r SPOKANE RANCH KM A- 0. Oaterad, proprietor. P, K j i 0. address Wisdom, Montana. Horse brand on left shoulder. Cattle brand K half diamond on the left aide. TOPE BROTHERS •esse and John. P. 1 Wisdom. Ranch >n Northfork. Cat ’le brand same on ’¡Kbt hlfi. I JORGEN JORGENP Wtsdon Cr He range K I ck to Sqt. ,w cl Horse br’dlJC* right thighpul I Range, Stanley lo Warm Spgs. LEROY ARNOTT Ilowcn P. 0 BH Horse brnd E S left thigh Range Fishtrap to Mussigbrod HARRY 0. DAVIS Cattle brand same flarry 0. Davis, laekson, Mont, on right ribs. Range on Bloody Dick and Big Hole river. HANS JORGENSEN Postoffio dom. Steel >■■• Squaw Horse bind same as cattle on thigh. E N JONES Cattle, right ribs. Hornes same left shoulder Bostofflee address Wisdom, Montana. GEORGE PARSONS P. 0. Wisdom Range Tie creek to Mussigbrod. Horses »m e oa left thigh WM. MONTGOMERY Postoffice, Wis dom, Montana. Horse b’nd L O left stifle HUNTLEY CATTLE COMPANY Carl R. Hunt- ley, mgr, Wis dom. Horses 1ft 4pool brand also snd on left shldr for horses. THOS. PENDERQA8T P. O. WJsdom. Range east side. Horses branded »m e on the left |ehonlder. PETERSONOLSON P. 0 . Wisdom. Mont. Range be tween Fox snd Stanley galefc. Horse brnd*bs ««me, 1ft thigh. DAN PENDERGAST Postoffice Jack- ton; range from Swamp creek to Lake- A I ere-s MAX C. LEWIS Fishtrap. Dewlap with this brand; also. SI right rfhe. Mt and right «or, AM IRA WALKER Horses the sam. Range f r o m Steele creek. P. 0. Anaconda. ANDERSON & JOHNSON .Horses the same \vu right shoul- I der. Range Gra vel« park A Lit tle Lake creek. B 0. Jackson. A ARM1TAGE 11 o r s es B&mu on left shoul der or thigh. B o a t offle ad- d r e ss Wisdom, Montana W. 8. TASK 0 Bannack. Range Elkhorn and Grasshopper Korees branded same left shoul- der. HIGHLAND RANCH Horsees same on lei J II Bobbers alder Wisdom 1100.00 HEW A HD fllOO.Ow Big Hole Basin Stockmen’* asso ciation will pay the above aum for the arrest and conviction of anyone who tampers with fence or gate or tresspasses upon the feed lots at Wladom. Il-tt SI 00 REWARD The Southern Montana Telephone Company will pay flOO for the ar rest and conviction of party or par»» ties who shoot the toll line wire; c\ information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone mutilating or destroying any pole, line or other property belonging to the said com- tany. H. R. Capehart, Local M&n- ager. ii-tf APPLICATION FOR A PATENT 024027 U S. Land Office at Helena, Mon tana, November 8 1924. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN,That John E. Benderga.it, whose postoffice address ie Wisdom, Beaverhead County, Montana, lias this day filed his application for a patent for 1500 linear feet of the Homestake Lode mine or vein bearing gold, silver, copper and lead, with surface ground &00 feet in width, situated in Eik- horn (unorflanlzed) Mining District, County of Beaverhead and State of Montana, and designated by the field notes and official plat on file in this office as Survey Number 9985 In Township 4 South, Range 12 We^t, unsurveyed, of principal bass line and Meridian of the State of Mon tana, said Survey No. 9965 being as follows, to-wlt: Beginning sc Corner No 1, a gran ite stone 12x14x24 inches, chiseled 1-H.S.-9965, from which I. P. No, X for the Elkhorn Mining District in ttnsurveyed T. 4 S., R. 12 W„ bears N. 10 degrees 31 minutes W., 2077.9 feet, and running thence from said Cor. No. 1 First Coarse S. 43 deg. 43 min. W. 1690 feet; thence sec ond course S. 43 deg. 35 min. E„ 509 feet to Cor.No.3; thence third coarse N, 43 deg. 48 rate. E., 1599 feet to Cor. No. 4; thence foarth coarse N. 42 deg. 35 mta. W.f 559 feet to the place of beginning, containing an area of 17.182 seres claimed. The adjoin tag elslras are the Red Sky Sur. No. (635 on the east end, the Bonanta Sur. No. 9965 on the so nth and the Violet Sur. No. 9927 con- fiietteg on the northwest end, which conflict Is claimed, the Arora Lode Sur. 9924 eon tiering on the north east which conflict ta claimed. A pfat of said survey together with a copy of thta application for patent waa posted upon th* claim ea the twentieth day of ctober, A. D. 1924 . Magnetic rariatkm 21 deg. E. The Joeatlox of this mine ta re corded ra gu* ¡Recorder's oflke o f the d e r it rate tearardw tat Book fcB,\ 'teffilKItera Any » ' „ mtaraMflritar teting* 'teMirfiliflfe tel# tetat# w*mPP^^-.lK^-.--^p»ralBraE^te?ra--raralte-::-::..... . _ _ _ .. ra^ MMtekafl tera flMra w n f w i c jv vw w a r « i