Big Hole Basin News (Wisdom, Mont.) 1912-1925, March 26, 1925, Image 3

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t Copyrlfht by Cbarlt* Boribotr'i flou Sunday passed and Sunday night; Monday nud Monday night. Judith knew that she had accomplished noth­ ing, except perhaps to make Ruth be­ lieve that she was very much of a coward. In Ruth's mad brain that was little enough, since this did not allay her cunning watchfulness. Then Judith begun to do something else, something actively. Just to be oc­ cupied, was something. Her fingers selected the largest, thickest brunch from her bed of fir-houghs. It was per­ il iis a couple of inches in diameter and heavy, because it was green. Si­ lently, cautious of u twig snapped, she began with iter fingers to strip the brunch, tough and pliable. Then the limb must be cut into a lengtli which would make it a club to be used in a cramped space. Site found a bit Mad Ruth, Lighting the Lantern, Had Dropped a Goad Match. of atone, hard granite, which had scaled from the walls and which bad « rough edge. With this, working many a quiet hour, she at last cut In two the fir-hough. She lifted It In her hands, to feel the weight of It, before she thrust It under her bed to lie hid den there against possible need. Poor thing as It was, she felt no longer utterly defenseless. Once Mad Ruth, lighting the lan­ tern, had dropped a good match. When she had gone, Judith secured It hastily, hiding It as If It were gold, rili* knew that now and then Mad aiutii went down the cliffs and to the tesbis across th« chasm. Always at night and at the darkest hour. When she heard her go, Judith rose swiftly and went to the heavy door. Always She found It locked; her shaking St It hardly budged the heavy timbers, fiat though she could not see It, she studied it with her fingers until she tied 8 picture of K in her mind. A picture that only Increased her bope- lessneaa. Barehanded she could never hope to break It down or push It aside. And above It and below, and on each ¡side, were the solid walls of stone. #he no longer knew what day it was. 15be scarcely knew if It were day or Bight, But, setting herself something to do «« that she would not go mad, tnad as Mod Ruth, she secured ftfr herself another weapon. Another bit M stone which fctr groping fingers had fetnd and hidden with her club; a lasted, a|Jy rock half the size of a man’s head. Some little scraps .of tmead and moat, hoarded from her «canty meals, she hid in her blouse. \if I could stun her, Jast stun her,\ *e *et hrto ft» w*y ®f Whispering to herself. 'Hot kill her outright- lust stun her ---- ■** At last, seeing that she must work #ier p m salvation with the crude •capon» given her, Judith told her *uK that she eosld wait so longer. Another day and another and she would he weak from the confinement jmd pair food and iferresa, wakrfa* h e m . She must act -while the muagth was Si her. And. if Trev­ ors had apUkcB the truth, tf there were a n to dsalw«howts4de— ires, She must A r t t a r astod to that o * S ¿to» e a r n to i t . Jtad IMS» wan gome acidw, a f t 9a- 4HS ft* * « f H e «Mac dooa, ta r Op* n u t —and there night be eth­ ers. She stopped ba?k to her bed, hid the two weapons sad waited. She mart make no mistakes now. The door was flung opens, Outside It was dark, pitch-dark. But evident­ ly the nun entering bed no fear of being seen. He threw down a bundle of dry fagots, and set fire to them. The blase, leaping up. casting wav­ ering gleams to where Jndlth stood, showed her plainly the twisted, ugly face of Qulnnlon, his red-rimmed eyes peering at her, filled with evil light. ‘Uhe better to see you by, my dear I\ was Qulnsion’s w ord of greet­ ing. Judith made no answer. She drew a little farther back into the shadows, a little closer to the things she had hidden among the fir- branches, “Ho,” sneered Qulnnlon, his mood froth the first plain enough to read In the glimpses of his face and In the added harshness of his voice. “Timid little fawn, huh? By G—d, a man would say from the bluff you put up that It was all a dream about ilndin’ you an’ the han’some Lee in the cabin together! Stan’ off nil you d—n please; I've come to tume you, you little beauty of the big innocent eyes!” Not drunk; no, Quinnion was never drunk. But, as he came a step closer, (he heavy nir of the cave grew heavier with the whisky he curried, whisky enough to stimulate the evil within him. not to quench It. “Stand buck !\ cried Judith, with n sharp Intake of breath. “I want to talk with you, Chris Quinnion\ “So you know who 1 am, do you? Well, much good It'll do you.\ “I know who you arc and what you are,\ sin- told him defiantly, suddenly sick of her long hours of playing baby, knowing at the moment loss four than hatred and loathing. “Listen to me: Bayne Trevors lias conn* out in the open at last; lie has made his big play and Is going to lose out on It. Your one chance now Is to let me go and to go yourself. Go fust and far, Chris Qulnnlon. For when the law knows the sort Bayne Trevors is and how you have worked hand and glme with him, it will ki -w just bow mtirh his word was worth when tie swore you were with him when fattier was killed! Coward and our and mur­ dered !\ Qulnnlon laughed Rt her “Little pussy-cat,\ lie jeered. “You’ve got claws, have you? And you spit and growl, do you? Want me to let you go back to tliut swaggering lover of yours, do you? Buck to l ee ----- \ “That's enougti, Quiunion,\ she said sharply “Is It?\ Fie laughed at her again, and again came on toward her, the red rimmed evil of his eyes driving quick fear at last Into her “Enough? Why, curse you and curse him, I haven't begun yet! When I'm through with you I’ll go fast enough. And he can have you then un' d—u wel­ come U him I” “Stop!\ cried Judith. Ills laughter did not reach her ears now, hut as he kicked the fire at Ids foot and the flames leaped and showed hlg face, she rend the lnitgliier in his soul; read it through the gleam­ ing eyes, the twisted mouth, which Showed the teeth at one side In a hor­ rible leer Ills long arms thrust out before biro, he came on. “Oh, my t l - d 1\ cried Judith. “My G~-d!\ iTlien suddenly she wns silent She thought that she had known (lie ut­ termost of fear and now for the first time did she fully know what terror was. His strength was many times her strength, his brutality was un­ bounded, she was alone with hint- There was no one to cull to, not even Ruth, the mad woman. She was shaking now, shaking so that she could barely stand. Quinnion came on, his long arms nut. . . . She felt the strength die out of her body, *gr®w f°r 8 moment blind and dizzy and aids She tried again to call out to him, to plead with him. But her voice stuck in her throat. He was gloating over her, a look strangely like Mad Ruth’s In his eyes. Good G—d! Ha was like Mad Ruth; the same eyes, the same lo$g, power­ ful arms, the same look of cunning! In a flash there came to her a suspi­ cion which was near certainty: tills man was blood of Mad Ruth's blood, boDe of her bone; her son, and, like her, tainted with madness. He shot out a long arm, his hand barely brushing her shoulder. She shrank back. He stood, content to pause a moment, to gloat further over her. “You little beauty,” be said, pant­ ing. “You little white and pink and brown beauty!” Judith had shuddered when he touched her. Rut a strange thing had happened to her. Hi* touch had angered her so that she almost for­ got to be afraid, angered her so that the loathing was gone in white hot hatred, giving her back her old strength. Mow, though he had the brutal force of a strong man, Quinnion did not have the swiftness of movement of an alert, desperate gin. Before he could grasp her motive She leaped to­ ward M b and toward the bed of boughs, found the ragged stone, and lifting H Ugh above her head flung It fUB tute Us face. The man staggered' ta t L crying out to throaty harshness, • O f et Wad rug*. But he ¿id not ton, H i not pause more than a brief tog the blow fatt « gt<M the faets. j Qvrn.-i» rccbtl hook, stumbled at aa - oru'Mii spot 1« the rock floor, bal­ anced. almost failing. . . . Only a mi/iucar he held thus. But there was a chance to pass him to tire narrow way. atwb she- took her chance, her heart heating wildly. And as she shot by she struck n^nfn. She heard him after her, shouting curses stumbl ing a in t ie, coming on. The door wns open, thank God, the door was open! She shot through, if she could but take time to close it! But there was no time for that; be was almost at her heels. And out­ side was the ledge and the dizzy climb down. If she slipped, if she fell, well. It would just ho a clean death and noth­ ing more. Quinnion was but a few Steps behind her. lie had not fired. Had he perhaps dropped Ids pun back there In the darkness? Or was he so sure of taking her, alive and strug­ gling. into Ids anus In another mo­ ment? Sim was on the ledge. It was (lark, pitch-dark. But she found a hand­ hold. threw herself (lot down anti thrust her feet out over the ledge, less afraid of what lay below than «hat came on behind her. She was grip­ ping the ledge now with her bunds, already torn and bleeding, her feet swinging, touching sheer rock wall, slipping, seeking a foothold. Quinnion was just there, above her. She must move her hands so that he eottld not reaeh her. It seemed an eternity that she bung (here, seeking a plaee some­ where to set her feet. Site found It. another lesser ledge whieli sill1 lmd all.mst missed, and knew that tins way she had liamhered upward w till Itavne Trevors if she eetihl only find another step and an oMit-r hefore Quinnion came upon her! She held her rluh in ner I eel It; she llillsl not lot that go Quinnion vv:m over the ledge, fol low illg her Slo- heard III-- heavy wspere» nice. She kj*w her wu* down so perfectly, her heart was m filled with auttiattok that Auger n s | nothing to her. I I>own and flaw« ettwtad Judith, caution wedded to haste, as she told , h eneif that she bad a chance yet, I that that chance must not he tossed j. »way In a fail, though it were hut a j few feet. She must have no sprained ¡ ankle if she meant to see the sun rise - tomorrow, i The flush had brightened to the sky whore the moon was so near the ridge. The moon. too. had joined In ; live race; with one quick glance to­ ward it. Judith again discarded cau­ tion for haste. She must get down Into the floor of the canyon before the moonlight did; she must be running before its radiance showed her out to Qulnnlon and Ruth. Her hands were cut and bleeding, her heart was beating wildly, already her body was sore and bruised. But these things site did nut know. She only knew that Quinnion was still coming on above her, and coming more swiftly now, quite as swiftly as she herself moved, since ills feet, too, were in the hotter trail; that Mad Rutli hud completed the descent across the chasm and by now must be crossing I he stream upon some fallen log or rude bridge: Unit one minute more, or perhupa two, would decide her fute she could see the stream, glinting pah-ly in the starlight It seemed very tear; Its thunder tilled her ears. Hawn siie went and down, down un­ til at last she was not ten feet above lis surface, with a strip of gently sloping bank lust under her. She stepped, took firm hold upon u knob of boulder, prepared to swing down ami drop to the bottom And, ns she stooped, she heard a little whining moan just under her and straight­ ened up. tense mid terrified Mini Kuth wns then- before tier, Mud llulh was wailing pernio chunetfs rn 1 1 ! 1 1 1‘1 1 * 1 1 ril v - In tiia-le her w ay on and <!-■ vv II She found siant handhold and. almost falling, dropped her elab. heard 1| strike, siri-e a>inin Blitrli as ibe ntirld w is, its glo'-ei vv ¡i\ loss than tliut of the cavern t\ w hich Jnd'th laid grown ae ms! oiiied little hi little she began In make out tin 1 broken surface of the elilTs The rh-.siu to low was a pool of ink: above were the little stars, in the eastern sky, low down, was a promise of the rising moon The surge of quickening Impe eaine Into her heart, llttil she hurt Quin- nlon more than she laid guessed’ For, slowly as she made Iw r hazardous way down. It seemed to her that Quin­ nion eame even more slowly Could slip but once get down into the gorge below, could she slip along the course of the racing stream, she might run and tlip sound of her steps would be lost even to Iter own ears In tho sound of the w a ter; llte sight of her flying body would lie lost to Qiiln- nion's eyes. Then she beard him laughing above her. Laughing, with a snarl and a curse in ids laugh, and something of malicious triumph. Was be so cer­ tain of her then? “Ruth!’’ called Quinnion. “Oh, Ruth! The girl's geltin' away Goin' down the rocks. Head her off at the bottom.\ Judith had found, because her fate was good to her, the long slanting (■rack in the wail of rock up which she bad come that day with Bayne Trev­ ors. There was still danger of a fall, but the danger was less now than it had been ten seconds ago. She could move more swiftly now and confidence had begun to come to iter that she could elude Quinnion. But now, suddenly, she heard Mad Roth's voice screaming a shrill answer to Quinnion's shout; knew that Ruth had been in her cabin across Ihe gorge and was running to intercept her at the foot of the cliffs. ■Weil, still there was a race to be run and the odds not entirely uneven. Ruth must descend the other side of the canyon, get down into the gorge, make the crossing, which, so far as Judith knew, might be farther up or farther down stream, come to the cliffs Below Judith before Judith her­ self made her way down. Again Judith took what risks the night and the rocks offered tier and thanked God In her «ertrt that It was given her to take a chance to the open, to nee her own muscles to her ov* fight, not to lie longer, playing the part of a do-nothing. Now and then, »crow the void, there floated to her a little moaning cry irons the road woman's Dps. Now and then she hear« a corse fro» <hdaa£e« fihewe: the wailing figure, striking with tier bents eti Mad Itnlli's ample shoulders A scream of nitre frem Until, a little, strangMog cry from Judnli ami the t vv e fell tey-ethei Kuth clutched US she w ent ilmv n ami a hand (dosed ever the (rids ankle Judith rolled, struck lignin with the free beet twisted sharply and felt the grip tern loose from tier ankle. She was free Stie jumped up and ran and knew Hint Ruth was running Just behind her. screaming terribly Judith felt, and her lienit grew sick within iter. Rut again she was up Just us Ruth's hnml clutched at her skirt, clutched and was tern uwtty as Judith ran on. Quinnion cursed from above as site had net yet heard hint curse. Ruth reviled both lmr uud Quinnion for hav­ ing let tier go Judith was running swiftly and felt that «lie, could get the better of the heavier, older woman In a race of tills sort. She stumbled and fell, and fear again gripped her; It seemed so long before she could rise arid clamber over a fallen log and race on But the darkness which tricked her pro­ tected her at the same time, playing no favorites now. Ruth, ton, had fallen; Ruth, too, was frenzied at the brief delay. Stumbling, failing, rising, stagger­ ing back from a tree Into which she had run full tilt, bruised and torn, the girl ran on. At every free step hope shot upward in her heart; at every fall she grew sick with dread. (Continued) LEGAL ITBLICATIOV IN THE DISTRICT COI’RT OF THE FIFTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE STATE OF MONTANA, IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF BEA VERHEAD. In the Matter of the Estate of Rob­ ert Ellis, Deceased. Order to Show Cense Annie E- Nelson, the administrat­ rix of th# estate of Robert Ellis, de­ ceased, baring filed her petition herein praying for an order of sale of real estate of said decedent, for the purposes herein set forth. It is therefore ordered by the nadenfigsed Judge of saJd Court, that all persons interested to the estate of said de­ ceased, appear before the said Dis­ trict Court on Saturday, the 28th day of March, 1525, at 18 o’clock a. » . of said day. at the court room of said Court, to show cause why aa order should not be trusted to the said administratrix to sen the reel estai* r t said deceased at private sale; and Chat a copy of this order be published for at least four meeeusNe weed» to The Big Hole Baton Neva, a newspaper printed txS pabttohed fa said eew ty aad otato. Dated m a febraary 11, | f t f . HLNRY G. JCODeratS ill'll ilnna. licni'd It mi .‘Ur ■une hcr CHAPTER XV llgil II Slu »as D su s ,’U l su sk i\ ly. and Quinn inn U t> ulii >!!\» 1 llO « il y licit cr Ilian sil.' inni 111 »m ild A lone in the Wildernest Null c ludte r time in tilt Mn 'I. And Q mm UII »11s ('inning mi She s. 10 INllM -d nini Uns l*UA cv lodge » 11H U <1111 - n; ! 11 Imi wet'll Ille t» » Al cacti ii slant sht- w ’in!;- ■cd If II Of Ihc a. SI 0 Ilei, r 1 Quinnion Imigti » IT H In be Ilei' 1, sf. ff she «oro fu id- in he 1 ■ u 1,11,1 heard Itulh lug In fall If a SU ifl irup I lll'IHN' Il “( lh Gnd idp la ■\ whispered Ju ihc i|;l I’ll lies K » IN’ ’■ i 1 1' t i D t ; d nf lue ' d illi “( |G|| hcl p II o rm« s iddclily there U Hs s. !! l't’U incili in Tlioi d wns fin (ili o' lo hesitate If the girl's 1roust fur lui l'ftl nf (Tins she s i n m ! hure, Q m union «m ild In a Qui inn m. n tillo 1 W RS i « I l II II»' umilici i « n i l IdN II ■ms about lier , It Invi cf lift Sin u ■mit ■ 1 If SCO Ibc she di npped de» n she would lip In aun runic Ip ngl tn. sill W i Id d i Ilio the Ir ■HZ I'll i lin d i of Mad Ruth K» C d In-cut h cf 1 t ’ ill u n in lier le k A secnnd Sili’ rmo’iidi, peering teils . the h 'inily >r u si Mht «nl'ld III du» n nln !h e g|nn| i helo» her seek lier cy cs Kill- III ■ni;M . r i ’i d Leo Ing I\ make nifi II» form of the mar) (' IngiNg In tho i'iM'isS h.) U'Mlg nil » ulna 1 'i'll! n sho (IM not merely desi I d ' l l 1 el > lllk il R S* MfV nf ills drop, Hit |ll nped, unding fa ir upon CHASsR. MILLER Wisdom F. 0- Kante F U k - trtjg Home fer&d rigkt sbvldr i J. C. WHARTON P o s t office G ti­ tans, Montana. Range, Mussig- brod crk. Horse sa^e right shl'r STOKANE RANCH 181 A. 0. Onserud, proprietor. P. ■ 9 O- address Wisdom, Montana. Horae brand on left shoulder. Cattle brand K half diamond on the left side. TOPE BROTHERS iesse and John. P. 0. Wisdom. Ranch m Northfork. Cat ie brand same on -¡glit hip. JORGEN JORGEN? Wisdos Cr tic range S' i ck to Sqi .w el, Ilorse br’d {K n W 1» AuaconAa, atwt. town taut of French gulch to L a March «reek. ~ For Cattle for Home ....... ¡Loft side rtC Left ghetti 1 Left Up JT Lett shoul Left side -jr Left hip Right side IRA WALKER Warm Spgs. right tin gli, fa* Range, Stanley LEROY ARNOTT Room I’. 0 KB Horse brnd i BM left thigh Runge Fishtrap to Mussigbrod. HARRY Q. DAVIS Cattle brand same Harry U. Davis. Jackson, Mont, on right riba. Range on Rloody ____ Dick and Rig Hole river. HANS JORGENSEN Postoffiee dom. iye- Kiivl r --(. Squaw ere-« Horse bind e same as cattle, on thigh. K N JON'EH Cattle, right nhs Hornes name tell shoulder I’ustidUee ttvlvlniss Wisdom, Montana. GEORGE PARSONS P. 0 Wisdom. Range Tie creek to Musslgbrod. Horses same on left thigh WM, MONTGOMERY Postoffice, Wig dom, Montana. Horse b’ud LO left stifle HUNTLEY CATTLE COMPANY Carl II. Hunt- ley, mgr, Wis­ dom Horses lft Spool brand also and on left shldr for horses. THOS. PENDERGAST P. 0. Wisdom. Range east side. Horses branded same oa tbe left (shoulder. PETERSON-OLSON P. 0. Wisdom., Mont. Range be tween Fox and Stanley guleh. Horse brnd the ■mate, lft thigh. DAN PENDERGAST Postofflee Jack- son; runge from Swamp creek to Lake. MAX C. LEWIS Fishtrap, Mont Dewlap with this brand; also. SI right ribs, upper bit end underhtt right ear. AS H o n e s a « e « * left Mir. P. 0 . ta*»% SfBfto Horses the safe. Range f r o m Steele creek. P. 0. Anaconda. W. 8. TASH ,F. 0. Bannack. Range Elkhorn and Grasshopper Horses branded same left shoul­ der. HIGHLAND RANCH Dorset's samo on loll, shoulder J H Robbers Wisdom $10000 R E W A R D $100.0« Big Hole Basin Stockmen’s asso­ ciation will pay the above sum for the arrest and conviction of anyone who tampers with fence or gate or tresspasses upon the feed lota at Wisdom. |g-tf 9100 REWARD The Southern Montana Telephone Company will pay $100 for the ar­ rest and conviction of party or par­ ties who shoot the toll line wire; cv information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone mutilating or destroying any pole, line or other property belonging to the said com* •any H R Capehart, Local Man- iger l«-tf I KEEPING WELL : | THE PROBLEM OF | THE MORON A Dlt. t H H > I H I ( K K. liHEEJI A lUdltor of “HE. 4 I.TH” Tk/Tl GH Is being said In the new»- papers ulmut nmnuis. One might he led to Relieve that this was a new condition which had only recently arisen. Yet “moron\ is only the present day uame for “feeble­ minded.\ There tins always been a certain amount of feeble mindedness or mental defeel I veness, just as there has al­ ways been a certain amount of phys­ ical defectiveness. Feeble-minded persons are those who lack one or move menial traits which are possessed by normal persons and which are necessary In social relations. As society becomes more complex and exacting, the number of persons un- aide to comply with the Increasing so­ cial conditions mituraliy Increases, Menial defectiveness Is due to somu parental or Infantile condition. , There are just two problems in thu treatment ami care of these defectives. Tiie first is one of classification— how can tbe mentally defective person be distinguished from tbe mentally normal person? In marked cases this Is easy. It is the so-called “border­ line\ cases that are difficult. The old English legal definition of a feeble-minded person was very sim­ ple. He was a person who could not count 20-pence or who could not tell who was his father or mother. That was good enough for those days. Many elaborate mental tests havu been devised for detecting and measur­ ing feeble-mindedness. None of these is absolutely accurate. FeeWe-mindedness shows Itself la many ways. The individual may be color-blind, word-blind, or figure-blind. Fie may have defective memory, defec­ tive or uncontrollable emotion», defec­ tive or uncontrollable temper. This does not mean that every color-blind person fa mentally defective nor that every mentally defective person Is col­ or-blind. It does mean that mental defectiTenes* show* Itself In sou» form of defective senses or mental processes, la prehistoric timet nature end the struggle ter existence disposed of most e fthe defectives. 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