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1 FridAY. January 28, 1925. FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 1925 • THE HARDIN TItitiliNg HERALD THE HARJfl4 VtiBUNE-HERALD Page Eleven. I t • 4 - CHAPTER IX Poker Face and a White Pigeon. Mrs. Simpson had made a discovery. It was epoch-making. It Was trenien- dons. Nothing short of that! So, at the very least, Mrs. Simpson was pre- pared to maintain stoutly in the face of possible ridicule. One morning, very early, Mrs. Simp- son, from the thick curtains of the lIT- Im room, saw Jose \prowling around I suspicious -like In the courtyard She had sensed Jose's dislike, and thrilled at the sight. She always thrilled to Jose. The half-ht•eed had gone silent- ly, \sneaking -like,\ by Judith' outer door. He had paused there, listening. He had gone back to the courtyard, .henitating, pretending that be was looking at the roses! . Such a rime on ttiti-Part of Bo black -hearted a villain Inspired in the scarcely breathing Mrs. Simpson a vast disgust. As if he could fool her like- that, pottering around among the roses. She, too, sought to move silently•in his wake, though under her ample weight the veranda creaked audibly. Still, making less noise than must, ehe peered through the lilacs. She lathed her coffee and pulled her broad hat a little lower to throw Its shad saw Jose at the base of the knoll, go - In her eyes. ow ti • - I ids: ng . ewtftly Inward the stables. She • nate \Ahoy thererTtwag another man who, evidently, wait 7 \ * s T a third of the .-\gnng and who, of Hampton'a voice. \We saw your horses course, had rinen early to creep out of and thought we'd catch you picniek- the men's bunkhouse before the others ing. Got a fire going. too! Say, that's bully. Come ahead. Marcia.\ Were awake, to meet Jose. Screening herself behind the lilacs, Marcia, a long riding-habit gathered her heart thtobbing as it had not done In one hand, her cheeks flushed with her ride, her eyes bright SS they rest- for many a long year, she watched. of upon the tall form in the doorway, Jose and the other man did not meet. earns on behind Hampton. As the Jose stopped. The two exchanged a few words Um low for Mrs. Simpson to hear eyes of the two girls met, a sudden at that distance. But she made out that hot flush flooded Judith's cheeks. She hated herself for It; she won- the other man had something in his tiered just how red her eyes were, hand, something %%kite. A pigeon! \Sny Judith,\ called Hampton, For, suddenly released, It fluttered out \I'm glad as the dickens we found of the man's hands and, circling high you. Sawyer, the sheriff, telephoned above Mrs. Simpson's head, flew to join the other birds cooing on the just now. 591(1 to tell .. you he'd cated QuInnion. The funny part of it hoaA carrier -pigeon!\ gasped Mrs.usetop La that we made a Mistake. It wasn't ' Simpson. \Taking a message to the QnInnion at all that tried to shoot you !\ and Bud up the other night.\ other eutthronts From that instant there Wail no \How's that?\ demanded Lee. \Who • says It wasn't'?\ doubt in her mind. This fitted in too \Sawyer. Found Quinnion well with her many suspicions not to nt aheepman'a place thirty or forty miles be the clew she had sought long and north of here. The ;ghee -wean swore I unce ” in g l y - Quinnion had been with him two Jose wen ' , elsman frrin\lir weeks, was with him thatight.\ bunk -house went back to it. and Mill. \A sheepman can lie,\ grubled Lee. Simpson fled to the house and hastened asking her pardon when be had done. J u dith.. b r i e f moment et confusion asoct Iodly to Judith's room. Ind19k, \rm a jaduusa\ he said fervently. dak- Synopsis 4 I rudely awakened, ram. hurriedly to her door in her dressing gown, her eye- lids heavy with sleep. When she beard, she laughed. \You dear old goose!\ cried Judith joyously. \I just lore you to death. You put fresh Interest Into life.\ BLUE tests, Judith hugged her and pushed Despite Mrs. Sin:prior:4 earnest pro. her out again, saying that since she LAKE breakfast just as soon as 'he could was awake now she would want her get it. The housekeeper shook her head and retreated heavily. RANCH man cutting their throats,\ she mut- tered to herself, \before they'll believe it. It is a carrier -pigeon and I know it, And that Black Spanish—ugh! He makes my blood curdle, just to look at him!\ \Carrier -pigeons!\ laughed Judith, as she began a hurried dressing. \The dear old goosle! And poor old Jose. She'll get something on him yet. I wonder why she—\ Suddenly Judith broke off. She was standing in front of a tall mirror, still only half-dressed. As she looked into the bright face of the smiling girl in the glass, a sudden change came. Pigeons! Doc Tripp had said that Tre- vors had got them; had remarked on the incongruity of a man like Trevors caring for little cooing birds. It was rather tadd. Currier-pigeons—carrier— Judith whipped .on her dressing gown again and, slipperless. her warm, bare feet pat -patting upon the cold surfaces of the polished floors, she ran to the office. \Send Jose to me,\ she called to Mrs. Simpson. \In the office. I want him Immediately.\ A warm glow came Into Mrs. Simp- son's breast. With a big kitchen poker behind her broad back, she hastened out to call Jose,- Judith, at the tele- _ _phone, called Doc Tripp. ---tCome Inenedlately.\ she e0111 - mended, \prepared to make a test for hog -cholera germs. Doc. No, I um not sure of anything, left I think I begin to see where it came from and how. flurry, will you?\ TO Jose she said, abruptly: CHAPTEX 'eabin in a flovrer- down to --- the - menat- qttarterah planted clearing' excites Judith's admi- ration. It is Lee's. though he does not Jose. Tell Carson and Lee to come say so. They are tired on from am- right up.\ And as Jose turned to go. bush. and Lee wounded. Answering the tire, they make for the cabin. Here she added carelessly: \Seen any of they rind Bill Crowdy wounded. Drag- •\. s oeri' _ . the men yet?\ ging him into le building, they find he has the money taken from Judith's \Si. senorita,\ answered Jose. \Poky Face is up.\ are compelled to.stay all night. messenger. Besieged in the cabin, they Bud Lee's Ideal Lady, Thought Judith. -\Poker Face? All right, Jose. The CHAPTER VII.— Hampton. at the I others will be about, then.\ ranch, becomes uneasy at Judith's long he didn't love me any more if he absence. With Tommy Burkitt he goes wouldn't bring Me, And you and— Jose took little More time for his errand than for his elaborate bow. to sepia her. arriving in time to drive the attackers off, and capturing one and one of the men,\ her eyes on Ju- an. known as \Shorty.\tlith's, \actually were in here, being Carson and Lee came promptly, Car- son a score of steps in advance, for CHAPTER VIII.---\nhorty\ eseeeen shot at! Judith, dear, you are just from imprisonment in the grainho ie the bravest girl in the world. If I'd Lee had tarried just long enough to u on the ranch, to the disgust of Car- .11. wash his face and brush his hair; sow foreman, who had him in ch,a been here I'd have simply died. I Lee begins to feel a fondness for Ju- know I would.\ Carson had not. ditb, though be realises she is ri.q. his \Tell me,\ demanded Judith, looking Perhaps womanly ideal. Marcia Lang•Aorthy, ps she would. At any rate one of Hampton's parly, tfIllt'sI cite she shuddered delightfully. She found at her cattleman with intent eager - girl Is more to hie taste netts, \what do you know about Poker a bullet -hole in the door and put a i pink forefinger into it, giving a second Again she paused. Then, her eyes little shiver., suddenly darkening, site told him what,1 \And now,\ she cried, going to a after all, lay topmost in her mind, chair near the table, \do tell me all \I have said that If I am given the; about that terrible, terrible n' But chance,. I can mat - • a go of this. It'si do you think we are quite salt' here up to you, Bmi 1..-e, to help see that 1,, now, Mr. Lee?' get that client—. An attempt was! made to sprerel the lunrworm through 'Yo herself Judith was saying: \Just my calves. Now It's the hogs, poi the type to be Bud Lee's ideal lady!\ you know what the latest news is from When they left the cabin, an hour the pens? There's -cholera among , ' later, Judith challenged Hampton to them.\ t a ride and so left Niarele and Bud Lee h e d e .; to follow leisurely. \Where dal it come from?\ mended. \Tripp's been keeping the; health of our stock up right along.\ 1., \Where did It come from?\ Judith i -repeated after him. \That's what I don't know. We've been so careful. But where did the calf sickness cowe from? Bayne Trevors imported it.\ The inference was clear. Ile stared at her with frownn'g eyes.. • . 1 don't see how he could have done It without Tripp's getting on to, it. He hasn't bought any new hogs.\ \But you tinderstand now why I wanted to talk to you? If I win out in Mt thing I have taken on my shoul- ders, It is gong to be by a close mar- gin. I've thought it all out. We can't slip up in a single deal! But, It's up to you to give me a hand. To find out for yourself such things as where did the cholera come from! To see tlirrt nothing happens to your horses To keep your two eyes wide open. To help me find the Mak working with us right now, who is double-crossing us, who turned Shorty loose, who Is watch- ing a chance to do his knife act again somewhere elSe. Do you get me, Bud Leer \I get you,\ replied Lee. From without, gay voices, calling merrily, interrupted them. bee went swiftly' to the door while Judith fin - By...JACKSON GREGORY CHAPTER I.—Bud Lee, horse fore- man of the Blue Lake ranch, con - winced Bayne Trevors, manager, is de- liberately wrecking the property ewned by Judith Sanford, a young woman, her cousin. Pollock Hampton. and Timothy Gray, decides to throw up his Job- Judith arrives and announges she has bought Gray • share in the ranch and will run it. She discharges Tre yore. CHAPTER II.—The men on the ranch dislike tak'ng orders from a girl, but by subduing a vicious hors* and proving her thorough knowledge of ranch life, Judith wins the beat or them over. Lee decides to stay. COPYTUCIKT 13Yse'' CHARLES somata:Ks sous passed, she ushered Marcia into the eabin. \I've been simply dying to see this place!\ cried Marcia impetuously. 9 told Pollock that it was a sure sign CHAPTER III. ---Convinced her vet- orinsrlan. Bill Crowdy, II treacherous, Judith discharges him, re-engaging an old friend of her father's, Doc. Tripp. CHAPTER IV.—Pollock Hampton, with a party of friends, comes to the ' ranch to stay permanently. Trevor@ accepts Hampton's invitation to visit the ranch. Judith's mess•riger is held tip and robbed of the monthly pay yolk - CHAPTER V.—Dud Lee goes te the city for more money. genthar - issoir -- safely with it, though his horse is killed under him. Both he and Julith see Tre:cirs• hand in - the crime. hog cholera, hard to account for, breaks out en the ranch. Judith and Le., investi- gating the scene of the holdup, climb a mountain, where the robber must bare hidden. Face?\ \One of the hest men I've got,\ an- swered Carson heartily. \Square you think?\ \'*es. If I didn't think so he'd have been on his way a long time ago.\ \How long has he been here? ,Who took him on?\ . \Trevors hired him. About the same time he hired me.\ Bud Lee, entering then, wondered what new thing was %foot. He glanced desen and euw a bare foot peeping out from the hem of Judith's heavy red robe; he saw the hair tumbled in a glorious brown confusion over her shoulders. She was amazingly pretty this way. \I --want you two men to just stick around until I send for you again,\ said Judith, her eyes upon Carson alone, n Mile pink, naked foot sudden- ly wIthdrawn_and_tucked somewhere under her in her chair. \And keep yourr - eyes on Poker Face. Keep him here. too, Carson. By the way, did any of you boys come in late last night? Or early his morning?\ \Why no,\ answered Carson 'slowly. \An' yes. Nene of the_reglar . boys. but R man from down the river, look- ing for a job. Heard we was short- handed. Blew In early. Just got In a few itionienta ago, Poker Face said.\ Quick new interest flew ,Into Ju- dith's eyes. \Keep .him here, too!\ she cried. \And NI give you something to do . while you wait: bring me all the pigeons you can get your hands on— white ones. Shoot them If you nave tO. And be careful you don't nib the dust off their feet.\ Carson's eyes went swiftly to Bull Lee's. In Carson's mind there was a quick suspicion: The strain of life on the ranch was proving too much for the girl, -after all. Judith, reading his thought, turned tip her nose at him and, seek Mg to keep her feet hidden as she walked by sagging a little at the knees, went to the door. Turning there, she saw In Lee's eyes the hint of a smile, a very approving, admiring smile. -... \Impudent!\ she cried within her- self. Looking very tiny, her knees bent so that her robe might sweep the floor, she continued with all possible dignity to the hallway. Once there, she ran for her room, her gown flutter- ing wildly about her. In her room, though she dressed hurriedly, she still took time for a long and critical exam- ination of two rows of little pink toes. \Just the same,\ she said to the flushed Judith in the mirror, \they are very nice feeiltt d Lee. I'd just like N es to make you squirm ne of the day s. You're altogether to—too---oh, seat, Judy. What's the matter with your In less than half aa hour Doc Tripp, showing evt-ry sign of a hurried toilet, rode into the courtyard. lie caMe swiftly into the office, bag in hand. Judith, waiting Impatiently for 111111, ken nO words In telling him her ,nspi- dons. And Dec Tripp, hearing too* out, swore softly and fluently, hrleda \1 always knew I was a fool, but - I didn't know that I a - as an idiot! Why, Judy. 1 ti•Paie ii --d pigeons have been Sailing all o%er the ranch, billing anti cooing and picking up and toting cholera germs. Any fool cun see it now. I might have known something .was up when Trevors bought the infer- nal things It's as simple as one, two. three. NOW this other jasper. pretend- ing to look fur a job, brings on some more of them, so that the disease will spread the faster. Let me get my two hands on him, Judith. For the love of God, lead me to him.\ But, instead, she led him to the dozen white pigeons which Carson brought tn. Tripp, all business again, improvised his laboratory, washed the pigeons' feet, made his test, with never another curse to tell of his progress. Judith left 411in anti went into the courtyard, where. In a moment, Clasen came to her. \You better tell me.what's up,\ he said sliarply„,, \I know :something is. That new guy that come in is darned hard to keep. Just as quick as I grab a shotgun an' go to shooting pigeons he moseys out to the corrals an' starts saddling his horse.\ \Don't let him go!\ Carson smiled a dry, mirthless Mlle. \Bud Is looking out for him right now,\ he explained. Don't worry none about his going before we say Si). But I want to know what the play is.\ Judith told him. Carson shook his bend. \Think of that?\ he muttered. \Why a man that would do a trick like that oughtn't to he let live two seconds. Only,\ and he Wrinkled his brows at her, \where does I'oker Face come in? We ain't got no cull to suspicion he's in on it.\ \You watch him, just the same, Car- son. We know that somebody here has been working agaInstAla.SOinóT one who turned Shorty loose. Maybe It isn't Poker Face, and maybe it is.\ \Ile plays a crib game like a *port an' it genriPn1:1 n,\ muttered Carson. \He beat me seven games (men nine last night!\ And, still with that pus- - sted frown - te --- bis -- eyes, -he—went to watch Poker Face and the new man. To have one of the men for whom he Was responsible suspected hurt old Carson sorely. And Poker Face, the man with whom he delighted to play a game of cards—it was almost as though Carson himself had come under suspicion. \You're going to stick around just a little while. stranger,\ Bud Lee was saying quietly to a shifty -eyed man in the corral. \Just why, I don't know. Orders, you know.\ \Orders he d—d,\ snarled the new - Comer. \I go where I please and when I please.\ He set a foot to his stirrups. A lean, muscular hand fell lightly upon his shoulder and he wits jerked back promptly. Lee smiled at him. And the shifty -eyed man, though he pro- tested sharply, remained where lie A thin, saturnine man whose lips never seemed to move, a man with dead -looking eyes into which no light of emotion ever came, watched them eipreeeintilessly from where he stood with 'Carson. It Was Poker Face. \No Poker nice answered, to sharp question 'from the persistent Carson. '\tiure are you?\ \Yes.\ At last . word faille from Judith. Car- son and Lee were to bring both of the suspected 'men to the house. Doc Tripp, wiping his hands on a towel . , his sleeves up,,' - bestowed upon the two of them a look of unutterable con- tempt and hatred. \You low -lived greeting to them. \Easy Doc,\ continued Judith from her desk. \That won't get us any- where. Who are you?\ she demanded of the Man standing at Lee's side. \Me?\ demanded the man with an assumption of jauntiness. \I'm Don- ley, Dick Donley, that's who I am 1\ \When did you get here?\ \'Bout an hour ago.\ \What did you come for?\ \Lookite for a job.\ \Did Carson say he hadn't for you?\ \No he didn't. You're askin' a lot of qtiestions, If you want to know,\ be added with new surliness. \Then why are you going in such a hurry? Don't you like to see anyone shoot pigeons?\ Donley stared hack at her insolently. \Because I didn't fall for the crowd,\ he retorted bluntly. \An' if you want to know, because I didn't hanker for the Job when I found out who was runnite It.\ \Meaning me? A girl? That it?\ \You goessed'It.\ \Who told you I Was running the outfit?\ she demended suddenly, her eyes hard on lila. \You must have found that out pretty soon! Who told your Donley hesitated, his eyes runnInk from her to the other faces about him, resting longest upon the expreesiott- leen, dead -looking eyes of Poker Face. \What difference does it make a ho told me?\ he snapped. \Answer me,\ she \Who told you?\ \Well snid Donley, \he did. Poker Face told me.\ \Who told you that his name was Poker Face?\ Judith shot the question at him. Donley moved a Belittling foot back and forth, stirring uneasily. That he was lying, no one there doubted; that he was but a poor liar after all was equally evident. • ' \You ain't got no call to keep me here,\ be said at last. \I ain't goin' to answer questions all day.\ \You'll answer my questions if you don't want me to turn you over to Etnmet Sawyer In Rocky Bead?\ she skunks!\ was his anything commended. told him coolly. \How did you knew this man was called Poker Fa...e? Did you know hen before?\ 11onley's eyes went again, furtive and swift. to Poker Face. But so did all other eyes. l'oker Face gave no sign. \Yes.\ answered Donley, taking refuge at last upon the solid basis of truth. \Did you know this man?\ Judith asked then of Poker Face, turning suddenly on him. \No said Poker Face. Donley, having guessed wrong, flushed and dropped his head. Then he looked up defiantly and with a short, forced laugh. \Suppose I know him or don't know him,\ he asked with his old insolence, \whose business is it?\ But Judith was giving her attention to Poker Face now. \Where did you get that white \Wouldn't Have Been Afraid, Not Belo. a Hawgi\ pigeon you turned loose lug?\ she asked crisply. \Caught it.\ was the quiet \How?\ \With my han's.\ \Why?\ 'Jus' for fun.\ \Did you know that pigeons could carry hog cholera on their feet?\ . \No. But I wouldn't have been afraid, not bein' a hawg.\ Donley tittered. Poker Face looked unconcerned. \Take that man Donley Into the hall,\ Judith said to Lee. \See if he has got any pigeon feathers sticking to him anywhere, inside his shirt, probably. If you need any help, say so.\ Very gravely Bud Lee put a hand on Donley's shoulder. \Come ahead. stranger,\ he said quietly. \You go to 11-1!\ cried Donley, springing away. Bud Lee's hand was on him, and though he struggled and cursed and threatened he went with Lee into the hallway. Tripp, watching through the open door, smiled. Donley was on his hack, Lee's knees on his chest. \NI tell you one thing, stranger,\ Bud' Lee was saying to him softly, as his hand tore °1 ten Donley's shirt, \you open your dirty mouth to cuss just once ntore in Miss Sanford's pres- ence and I'll ruin the looks of your face for you. Now Ile still, will your \Connect me with the Bagley ranch,\ Judith directed the Rocky Mountain operator. \That's right, isn't it, Doc?\ \Yes answered Tripp. \That's the nearest case of cholera.\ \Hello.\ said Judith when the con- nection had been established. \IV..r. Bagley? This Is Judith Sanford, Blue Lake ranch. I've got a case of hog - cholera here, too. I want some infor- mation.\ this morn - answer. Shorty for me --yes. anti Quinsion, toe: and Bayne Trevors. If you like—that I am ready and waiting' Sol* your nest play! And don't forget that when San Quentin is fy _ k \ there's still room ia VolaZin.\ _ Judith telephoned Emmet Sawyer that she had s man for him. Lee and ('arson conducted an expostulating Donley to the grain -house and jailed him wordlessly. Then Carson pat a man on guard at the door, daylight thottkh it was. When all was done he filled his pipe slowly and turned trou- bled eyes after l'oker Face. \She made a mistake there, though,' be said regretfully. \A better cow- hand I never ask to see, Bud. An' yea ought to see the game of crib that man plays! Nope, Judy; you're wrong there.\ But Bud Lee, the man who did not approve of the sort of woman who did man's work, said with unsocial warmth: \Don't you fool yourself, Cacaos! She hasn't made one little tutsplae yet I\ (To be continued) IRON, SPRINGS ITEMS Mr. Albert Butkay dediver- ing wheat at Big Horn. . Mrs._ Tom.. Kifer - has returned from % - isiting bey mother aft Red Lodge. Mr, D. A. Ramp and Aria Ramp are hauling logs frnm the Jefferson place fpr building pur- poses. Mr - . Wolfe is a Hardin visitor this week. Mrs. Tom Sweet - celebrated her birthday . Thursday, which ijnportant event .occasioned a sur rise art at her. 'home. Tho-se-preslent turing the even\ ing were, Mr. and Mrs. Lovesee, Mr. and Mrs. F. N. Barney, Mrs. Mary Kennicut, Miss A. Higgid, - Mr. and Mrs. Tom Sweefr, Mr. Will Sweet, Doris Barney and Swasakt. A CHILD'S RIGHT Just as a child's heritage ought to be robustness, so has a child the right to sound bones and teeth. Everything depends upost the quality of a child's diet. Scott's Emulsion is vitamin-noiirishment, that should in most cases be 'a part of the regular food allowance. Scott's Emulsion abounds those elements that have a favorable influence on the bone - struddre builds strength.. $cou& ws^ aloosafteld. X. J. Sfr-11 4 ' KENDRICK ROOMS MODERN - WNRIVt - ' REASONABLE RATES lielwoo• DR. RANSIER DENTIST A -Ray 14ork EXAMINATION FREE I Moue 5 Statiivon She asked her questions, got her an- swers. Triumphantly she turned to Tripp. The Bagley ranch, though a hundred miles away, was the nearest cholera - Infected place of which Tripp had any knowledge. Bagley did have a flock of pigeons; a man, a month or an ago, had bought two dozen from him. the. --- man wasn't Trevors. Bagley didn't know who he was. The same man, however, had shown up three days ago and had asked for another half -dozen of the birds. There had been three white ptgerifirTiaciififiliTin. 'He waif a shifty -eyed chap, Bagley said, old brown suit, hat with a rattlesnake skin around the crown. That, point for point, spelled Donley. Lee returned with the nhirt which he had ripped from his prisoner's hack. Adhering te the inside of It were little, downy feathers and three or four larger feathers from a plgeen's wing. \I guess he rode mostly at night, at that.\ concluded Lee. \A great little fat man you most have looked, :Oran - e'er, with six of those birdie*, in your shirt.\ Donley's fare was n violet red. But n glance from Lee shot his mouth for him. Poker Face, still looking on, gave no sign of interest. \Put him in the grain house,\ said Judith, her eyes bright with anger. \And see that he doesn't go Shorty's trldl. Poker Face, have you anything to say for yourself?\ \No answered' Poker Face. \Then cried Judith hotly, \you can. hive your time right now I Donley, here, tni prosecute. He's 6Iflg to pay for this morning's work. I've got noth- /mg on you. It's up to you Sean that don't gat It I And yes can telt Few, if any, remedies can equal the value of Pe-ru-na for ca- tarrh of the stomach. Xf this sew= mkteci tliat every third person is more or bets troubled with this term of catarrh MVO the Preps. Medicine in dm 4. -