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VTZAZrIB &JT TffitiE JV&S9ZW
Copyright, HOT, by WlllUm MacLeod Rata*.
CHAPTER I—As a representative of
the government Gordon Elliot Is on his
\vay to Alaska to Investigate coal claims".
On the boat ho meots and becomes In
terested In a fellow passenger whom he
learns Is Sheba O'Neill, also "going In."
Colby Macdonald, active head of the land
gvnbbing syndicate under Investigation,
comes aboard. Macdonald Is attacked by
mine laborers whom he had discharged,
and the active Intervention of Elliot prob
ably saves his life.
CHAPTER IT—Elliot and Macdonald
become In a measure friendly, though ttie
latter does not know that Elliot Is on a
mission which threatens to spoil plans of
Macdonald to acquire millions of dollars
through the unlawful exploitation of Im
mensely valuable coal fields. Elliot also
"gets a line" on the position occupied by
Waly Selfrldge, Macdonald's right-hand
man, who is returning from a visit to
"tho States," where he had gone In an
effort to convince the authorities that
there was nothing wrong In Macdonald's'
CHAPTER lll—Elliot secures an Intro
duction to Miss O'Neill and while the
boat is taking on freight the pair set out
to climb a locally famous mountain. They
venture too high and reach a position
from which it Is impossible for Miss
O'Neill to go forward or turn back.
CHAPTER IV—Elliot leaves Sheba and
at imminent peril of his life goes for as
sistance. He meets Macdonald, who had
become alarmed for their safety, and they
return and rescue Sheba.
CHAPTER V—Landing at Kuslak El
liot finds that old friends of his, Mr. and
Mrs. Paget, are the people whom Sheba
has come to visit. Mrs. Paget is Sheba's
cousin. At dinner Elliot reveals to Mac
donald the object of his coming to Alas
ka, The two men, naturally antagonistic. ,
now also become rivals for the nand or
CHAPTER Vl—Macdonald, foreseeing
failure of. his financial plans if Elliot
learns the facts, sends Selfrldge to Ka
ir.atlah to arrange matters so that Elliot
will be deceived as to the true situation.
CHAPTER Vll—Elliot, on his way to
Kamatiah, wanders from the trail. He
loses his horse in a marsh and is com
pelled to throw away rifle and provisions
and all unnecessary—Clothing. After long
struggles he realizes that ho will nevfer
reach Kamatiah, and resigns himself to
CHAPTER VIII—At Kamatiah, Gideon
Holt, old prospector and bitter enemy of
Macdonald, learns of Elliot's coming and
determines to let him know, t'.e truth.
Selfrldge has Holt k!dnaped and taken on
a "prospecting" expedition. Elliot, bare
ly alive, wanders into their camp and Is
CHAPTER IX—Holt recognizes Elliot
and tho two overpower the kidnapers and
reach Kamatiah. Holt gives Elliot the
real facts concerning the coal lands deal.
CHAPTER X—Having all the informa
tion he wanted. Elliot, with Holt as guide,
goes back to Kuslak. On the way they
meet a squaw, Metcetse, with her child,
who Is Macdonald's son. Reaching Kti-
Blak Elliot becomes convinced that Diane
(Mrs. Paget) is doing her utmost to in
duce Sheba to marry Macdonald. He de-
termines to win her for himself.
CHAPTER Xl—Macdonald confesses to
Sheba that he had wronged her fathor in
a mining traction and makes financial
restitution. Macdonald and Sheba be
come engaged, and Elliot is sent down
iho river on official, business.
CHAPTER Xll—Genevieve M<ory,
adventuress, who has determined to win
Macdonald, learns of Meteetso and her
child and sends for them to confront
Macdonald. They visit Sheba end she
learns tho truth. Macdonald blames El
liot for bringing tho Indian woman to
Kuslak. Sheba breaks the engagement.
CHAPTER Xlll—Convinced that Elliot
had induced Metcetse to visit Sheba Mac
donald sends Selfrldge to warn him to
leave Kusiak at once, threatening to
shoot him on sight. Elliot refuses to go,
and purchases a revolver.
CHAPTER XlV—Macdonald. carrylnii
large sum of money to pay employees, la
BHsaulted and badly hurt. Elliot rescues
him and cnrrles him to Kuslak. Elliot Is
arrested, charged with attempt to murder
CHAPTER XV—Sheba and Diane visit
Elliot and assure him of their belief in
his Innocence. Macdonald's attitude puz
CHAPTER XVl—Elliot learns that pa
pers have been taken by Selfrldge from
his room at the .hotel. He breaks Jail |
and recovers them, and Is again arrested. .
CHAPTER XVTI Macdonald glvei
bonds and arranges for Elliot's release. ,
On a business trip. Elliot Is compelled to ,
stele shelter In a miners' camp. The men ;
seeing in him an enemy of their Interests,
attempt to kill him. He escapes.
CHAPTER XVlll—Official orders from
Washington suspend Elliot from govern
ment service, flhoba leaves Kuslak for
o visit at a camp near Katma. Gideon
Holt comes to Kusiak and purch«UK»s fin
est dog team that can be bought.
CHAPTER XlX—Mrs. Selfrldge enter
tains all the 'socially elect" of Kuslak
at a dinner-dance. That night Macdon
ald's bank Is robbed and the cashier, Rob
ert Milton, killed. Elliot and Holt leav«
Kuslak hurriedly. Macdonald, believing
t hem the murderers of Milton, pursue*.
CHAPTER XX—The party with which
Sheba Is Journeying I* caught In a btls
zard, and they take refuge in an aban
doned cabin. " "
CHAPTER XXl—Etllat and Holt, whe
bnve learned of Bheba's dnnger, hurry to
rescue. Holt breaks hi* leg, but
convey* him on Hied to where thejnpneet
Sheba and her companion*. Elliot learnr
that Sheba love* hl:n.
A Menage From the Dead.
Macdonald drove Ills team Into the
teeth of the storm. The wind came In
gtiwls. Sometime* the Bale wus ho gtlff
that the dog* could (scarcely crawl for
ward against It; again there were mo
ments of comparative stillness, fol
lowed by »|tia!l* that slapped the
driver In the face like the whipping of
a loose sail on a catboat.
High drifts mnde the trail difficult.
Not once but flfty time* Macdonald
left tie gee-pole to break a way
through snow-waves for the Hied. The
best he could get out of hi* dog* vcm
iJarec mile* an h>,ur, and he that
there wn* not another team or driver
in the North could have done so well.
It was close to noon when he reached
a division of the road known a* the
Fork. One trail ran down to the river
and up It to the distant creek*. The
other led across the divide, struck the
Yukon, and pointed a way to the coast.
White drifts hod long since blotted out
the trnrk of the sled that hal pre
ceded him. Had the fugitives gone up
the river to the creeks with Intent to
"hole themselves op for the winter? Of
was It their pnrpose to cross the divide
and go out over the Ice to the coast?
The pursuer knew tLat Old Holt was
wise as a weasel. He could follow
blindfolded the paths that led to every
creek In the gold-fields. It might be
taken as a certainty that he had not
plunged into such a desperate venture
without having a plan well worked out
beforehand. Elliot had a high grade
of Intelligence. Would they try to
reach the coast and make their get
away to Seattle? Or would they dig
themselves In till the heavy snows
were past and come back to civiliza
tion with the story of a strike to
account for the gold they brought with
them? Neither gold dust nor nuggets
could be Identified. There would be
no way of proving the story false. The
only, evidence against them would be
that they had left at Kuslak and this
was merely of a corroborative kind.
There would be no chance of convict
ing them upon It.
To strike for Seattle was to throw'
away all pretense of Innocence. Fugi
tives from justice, they would have to
dlsuppear from sight In order to es
cape. The hunt for them would con
tinue until at last they were unearthed.
One fork of the road led to compara
tive safety; the other went by devious
'windings to the penitentiary and per
haps the gallows. The Scotsman put
himself In the place of the men he was
trailing. Olven the same conditions,
he knew which path he would follow.
Macdonald took the trail that led
down to the river, to the distant gold
creeks which offered a refuge from
man-hunters In many a deserted cabin
marooned by the deep snows.
Even the Iron frame and steel
muscles of the Scotch-Canadlnn pro
tested against the task he had set them
that day. It was a time to sit snugly
Inside by a stove and listen to the
howling of the wind as It hurled Itself
down from the divide. But from day
light till dark Colby Macdonald fought
with drifts and breasted the storm. He
got Into the harness with the dogs. He
broke trail for them, chaerad them,
soothed, comforted, punished. Long
after night had fallen he staggered into
the hut of two prospectors, his parka
so stiff with frozen snow that It had
to be beaten with a hammer before the
coat could be removed.
"How long since a dog team passed
—seven huskies and two men?" was.
his first question.
"No dog team has passed for four
days," one of the men answered.
"You mean you haven't seen one,"
Macdonald corrected. ,
"I mwn none has passed—unless It
went by in the night while wc slept.
And even then our dogs would have
Macdonald flung his Ice-coated gloves
to a (able and stooped to take oft his
mukluks. His face was blue with the
cold, but the bleak look In the eyes
came from within. He said nothing
more until he.was free of his wet
clothes. Then he sat down heavily and
passed a hand over his frozen eye
"Get me something to eat and take
care of my dogs. There Is food for
them on the sled," he said.
While he ate he told them of the
bank robbery and the murder. Their
resentment against tho men who had
done It was quite genuine. There
could be no doubt they told the truth
when they said no sled had preceded
his. They were honest, reliable pros
pectors. He knew them both well.
The weary man slept like a log. He
opened his eyes next morning to find
one of his hosts shaking him.
"Six o'clock, Mr. Macdonald. Your
breakfast Is ready. Jim Is looking out
for the huskies."
Half an hour later the Scotsman
gave the order, "Mush I" He was off
again, this time on the back trail as
far as the Narrows, from which point
he meant to strike across to Intersect
the fork of tho road leading to the di
The storm had poased and when the
late sun rose It was In a blue sky. Fine
enough the day was overhead, but the
slushy snow, where it was worn thin
on ttie river by the sweep of the wind,
made heavy travel for the dogs. Mac
donald was glad enough to reach the
Narrows, where he could turn from the
river and cut across to hit the trail of
the men he was following. He had
about five miles to go before he would
reach the Smith Crossing road and
every foot of It he would hava to
break trail for the dogs. This was slow
business, since he had no partner at
the gee-pole. Bnrk and forth, back
and forth he trudged, beating down the
loose snow for tile runners. It was a
hill trail, and the drifts were In most
places not very deep. But the Scots
man was doing the work of two, and
at a killing pace.
Over a ridge the team plunged down
Into a little park where the snow was
deeper. Macdonald, breaking trail
across the mountain valley, found his
feet weighted with packed Ice slusb so
that ho could hardly move them. When
at last he had beaten down a path for
his dogs he stood breathing deep at the
summit of the slope. Before thein lay
the main road to Smith's Crossing,
scarce fifty yards away. He gave a
deep whoop of triumph, for along It
ran tfco Traverlng tracks left by a sled.
He was on the heel* of hU enemy at
,Mt . ihi
As he turned back to his Siberian
hounds, the eyes of Macdonald came
to abrupt attention. On the hillside,
not ten yards from him, something
stuck out of the snow like a signpost.
It was the foot of i nut
Slowly Macdonald moved toward it.
ne knew well onn«ieb wh«» '
GRAHAM, N. C., THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 1918
Slowly Macdonald Moved Toward It
that In the North are likely to be found
In the wake of every widespread bliz
zard. Some unfortunate traveler, blind
ed by the white swirl, had wandered
from the trail and had staggered up a
draw to his death.
With a little digging the Alaskan
uncovered a leg. The man hnd died
where he had fallen, face down. Mac
donald scooped away the snow and
found a pack strapped to the bnc)( Qf
the burled man. He cut the thongs
and tried to ease It away. But the
gunnysnck had frozen to the parka.
When he pulled, the rotten sacking
gave way under the strain. The con
tents of the pack spUled out.
The eyes In the grim face of Mac
donald grew bard and steely. He had
found, by some strange freak of
chance, much more than he had ex
pected to find. Using his snowshoe as
a shovel, he dug the body free and
turned It over. At sight of the face he
gave n cry of astonishment.
Gordon overslept. His plan had been
to reach Kuslak at the end of a long
day's travel, but that bad meant get
ting on the trail with the first gleam of
light. When he opened his eyes Mrs.
Olson was calling him to rise.
He dressed and stepped out Into the
cold, crisp 'morning. From the hill
crotch the sun was already pouring
down a great, fanlike shaft of light
across the snow vista. Swlftwater
Pete passed behind lilm on his way to
the stable and called a cheerful good
morning In his direction.
Mrs. Olson had put the stove outside
the tent and Gordon lifted It to the
spot where they did the cooking.
"Good morning, neighbor," he called
to Sheba. "Sleep well?"
The little rustling sounds within the
tent ceased; A face appeared In the
doorway, the flaps drawn discreetly
close beneath the chin.
■ "Never better. Is my breakfast
"Come and help me make It. Mrs.
Olson Is waiting on Holt."
"When I'm dressed." The smllinff
face disappeared. "Dublin Bay" sound
ed In her fresh young voice from the
tent. Gordon Joined In the song as he
lit and sliced bacon from a
frozen slab of It,
The howllilflf of the huskies Inter
rupted the song. They had evidently
heard something that excited them.
Gordon listened. Was It In his fancy
only that the breeze carried to him the
faint Jingle of slelgh-b&l*? The sound,
If It was one, died away. The cook
turned to his Job.
He stopped sawing at the meat, knife
and bacon both suspended In the air.
On the hard snow there had come to
him the crunch of a foot behind him.
Whose? Sheba was In the tent. Swift
water at the stable, Mrs. Olson In the
house. Slowly he turned his head.
What Elliot saw sent the starch
through hi* body. He did not move on
Inch, still But crouched by the fire, but
every nerve was at tension, every
muscle taut. For he was looking at •
rifle lying negligently In brown, steady
hands. They were very sure' hands,
very competent ones. He knew that
because he had seen them In action.
The owner of tho hands wos Oclby
The Scotch-Canadian stood at the
edge of a willow grove. His face was
grim as the day of Judgment.
"Don't move," he ordered.
Elliot laughed Irritably. He was both
annoyed and disgusted.
"What do you want?" he snapped.
"What's worrying you now? Do you
think I'm Jumping my bond?"
"You're going back to Kuslak with
me—to give a life for the one you
"What's that?" cried Gordon, sur
"Just as I'm telling you. I've been
on your heels ever since*u>u left town.
You and Holt are going back with ine
as my prisoners."
"But what for?"
"For robbing the bank and killing
Bobeft Milton, as you know wall
Ts this another plan arranged for
me by you and Selfrldge?" demanded
Macdonald Ignored the question and
lifted his voice. "Come out of that
tent, Holt—and come with your hands
up unless you want your head blown
"Holt Isn't In that tent, you Idiot. If
you want to know—"
"Come now, If you expect to come
alive," cut In the Scotsman ominously.
He raised the rifle to his shoulder and
covered th« shadow thrown by the stin
on the figure within.
Oordon flung out a wild protest and
threw the frozen stab of bacon at the
head of Macdonald. With, the same mo
tion he launched his own body across
the stove. A fifth of a second earlier
the tent flap had opened and Sheba
had come out.
The sight of her paralyzed Macdon
ald and saved her lover's life. It dis
tracted the mine-owner long enough
for him to miss his chnnce. A bullet
struck the stove and went off at a
tnngent through the tent canvas not
two feet from where Sheba stood. A
second went speeding toward the sun.
For Gordon hnd followed the football
player's Instinct and dived for the
knees of his enemy.
They went down together. Each
squirming for the upper place, they
rolled over and over. The rifle was
forgotten. Like cove men they fought,
crushing and twisting each other's
muscles with the blind lust of prlmor
dlnls to kill, As they clinched with
one arm, they struck savagely with the
other. The Impact of smashing blows
on nnked flesh sounded horribly cruel
She ran forward, calling on each by
name to stop. Probably neither knew
she was there. Their whole attention
was focused on each other. Not for
an Instant did their eyes wander, for
life and death hung on the Issue.
Chance hnd lit the spark of their re
sentment, but long-banked passions
were blazing fiercely now.
They ®ot to their, feet nnd fought toe
to toe. Sledge-hummer blows beat upon
bleeding and disfigured faces. No
thought of defense as yet was In the
mind of either. The purpose of each
was to bruise, malm, muke helpless the
other. But for the Impotent little cries
of Sheba no sound broke the stillness
; save the, crunch of their feet on the
hard snow, the thud of heavy fists on
flesh, and the throaty spsrl of their
deep, Irregular breathing.
Old Holt, from the-window of the
cabin, watched the battle with shining
eyes. He exulted In every blow of
Gordon; he suffered with him when
the smashing rights and lefts of Mac
donald got home. He Bhouted Jeers,
advice, threats, encouragement. If he
had had ten thousand dollars wagered
on the outcome he could not have been
Swlftwater Peter, drnwn by the
ctles of Shebn, came running from the
stuble. As he pnssed the window, Holt
caught him by the arm.
"What are you almln' to do, Pete?
Let 'em alone. Let 'em go to It. They
got to have It out. Stop 'em now and
they'll get at It with guns." 1
Shebn run up, wringing Mr hands.
"Stop them, please. They'ro killing
"Nothing of tho kind, girl. You let
! 'em alone, Pete. The kid's there every
I minute, ain't he? Gee, that's n good
i one, boy. Seven—eleven —ninety-two.
Macdonald had slipped on the snow
ana goue down to his hnnds and knees.
Bwlft as a wildcat the lounger man
•was on top of him. Hampered though
he was by his parka, tho Scotsmnn
struggled slowly to his feet again. He
wus much the heavier man, and In
spite of his years the stronger. The
muscles stood out In knots on his
shoulders and ncross his back, whereas
on the body of his more slender oppo
nent they flowed and rippled In round
ed symmetry. Active us u heather cat,
Elliot was far the quicker of tho two.
Half-blinded by the hammering he
hnd received, Gordon changed his
method of fighting. He broke away
from the clinch and sidestepped the
bull-like rush of his foe, covering up
as Welt as he could from the onset.
Macdonald pressed the attack and wos
beaten back by hard, straight lefts and
rights to tho unprotected face.
Tho mine-owner shook the matted
hair from his swollen eyes and rushed
again. caught an uppcrcut flush on
the end of the chin. It did not even
atop him. The weight of his body wus
Liks Cave Man Thay Fought.
In the blow he lashed np from his
The knees of Elliot doubled up un
der him like the blade of a Jack-knife.
He sank down slowly, turned, got to
his hands nnd knees, nnd tried to
shako off the tons of weight that
seemed to be holding him down.
Macdonald seized him about the
waist and flung him to the ground.
Upon the Inert body the victor dropped,
his knees clinching the torso of tho
unconscious man. '
"Now, Pete. Go to him!" urged Holt
But before Swlftwater could move,
before the great fist of MRcdonald
could smash down upon the bleeding
face upturned to his, a sharp blow
struck the flesh of the raised forearm
and for the moment stunned the mus
cles. The ScotchrCanadlan lifted s
countenance drunk with rage, passion
Slowly the light of reason came back
Into his eyes. Sheba was standing be
fore him, hi* rifle In her hand. She
had struck him with the butt of It
"Don't touch him! Don't you dare
touch him I" she challenged,
| Ho looked at her long, then let his
I eyes fall* to the battered face of his
enemy. Drunkeoly he got to his feet
and leaned against a willow. Hl*
fornes were spent, his muscles weight
ed as with lead. But It was not this
alone that made his breath come short
Sheba bad flnng herself down beside
her lover. She nS3 caugat film' tightly j
In her arms so that his disfigured face
lay against her warm bosom. In tile
eyes lifted to those of the mine-owner I
was an unconquerable defiance.
"He's mine—mine, you murderer," j
she panted fiercely. "If you kill him,
you must kill me first."
The man she had once promised to
marry was looking at a different wom
an from the girl he had known. The
soft, shy youth of her was gone. She
was a forest mother of the wilds ready
to fight for her young, a wife ready to
go to the stake for the husband of her
choice. An emotion primitive nnd
poignant had transformed her,
His eyes burned at her the question
his parched lips and thront conld
scarcely utter, "So you . . . love
But though It was In form a question
he knew already the answer. For the
first time In his life he begun to taste
the bitterness of defeat. Always he
had won what he coveted by /brutal
force or his stork will. But It was be
yond him to compel the love of a girl
who hnd glveh her heart to another.
"Yes," she answered.
Her hair In two thick braids wos
flung ncross her shoulders, her dark
head thrown back proudly from tho
Macdonald smiled, but there was no
mirth In his savage eyes. "Do you
know what I want with him —why I
hnve come to get him?"
"I've come to take him back to Ku
slak to be hnnged because he mur
dered Milton, the bank cashier."
The eyes of the woman blazed at
him. "Are you mad?"
"It's the truth." Macdonald's voice
was curt and harsh. "He and Holt
were robbing the bank when Milton
came back from the dance at the club.
The cowards shot down the old roan
like a dog. They'll hang for it If It
costs me my last penny, so help me
"You say It's tho truth," sjie retort
ed scornfully. v Do you think I don't
know you now—how you twist and dis
tort facts to suit your ends? How long
Is It since your Jackal had him arrest
ed for assaulting you—when Wally Sel
fridge knew—and you knew—that he
hod risked his life for you and hnd
dnved yours by bringing you to Diane's
after he hod bandaged your wound*?"
"That was different. It was part of
tho gnme of politics we were plnying."
"You admit that you and your
friends lied then. Is It like you cou|d
persuade me that you're telling tlje\
The big Alaskan shrugged. "Be
lieve It or not as you like. Anyhow,
he's going bock with mo to Kuslak—
and Holt, too. If he's here."
An excited cackle cut Into the con
versation, followed by a drawling an
nouncement from the window. "Your
old tllllcmn Is right here, Mac. What's
the uso of waiting? Why don't you
hnve your hnnglng-bee now?"
Holt Frees His Mind.
Mncdonnld whirled in his tracks.
Old Old Holt was lennlng on his el
bow with his head out of the win
dow. "You better come and beat me
up first, Mac," he JeeretV. "I'm all
stove up with a •busted lalg, so you can
wallop me good. I'd come out there,
but I'm too crippled to move."
"You're not too crippled' to go back
to Kuslak with me. If you enn't wnlk,
you'll ride. But bnck you go."
"Fine. I been worrying about how
to get there. It's right good of you to
bring ono of these here taxis for me, as
tho old sayln' Is."
"Where have you cached the gold
"I ain't seen the latest papers, Mac.
What Is this stuff nbout robbln' a bank
and shoot In' Milton?"
"You're under arrest for robbery and
"Am I? Unload tho particulars.
When did I do it all?"
"Yon know when. Just before you
Holt *hook hi* head slowly. "No,
sir. I enn't seem to remember It.
Sure It nln't soine one else you're
thinking about? Ilowcotne you to fix
on tne ija 4ne of the bold, bad bandits?"
"Because you hnd not sense enough
to cover your tracks. You might Just
B* well hnve h ft . :.ofe saving von dIC
It First you • >ii • I.i town nnd buj
one of the fnslcst "log teams In Alaska
on easy one. I bought Ihill
((■hi to win the Alaska sweepstake*
from yon. And I'm gi )' to do It. Th»
team wasn't handled right or It would
have «%i«inst time. 1 got to mullin' It
over nnd figured that old Old Holt wn>
the dog puncher that could land tho**
huskies In front. See?"
"You bought It to make your get
away after the robbery," retorted Mac
"It's a difference of opinion makes
horse race*. What else have you got
"We found In your room one of the
sacks that had held the gold you took
from the bank."
"That's right. I took It from the
bank In the afternoon, where I had bad
It on deposit, to pay for tho tea' • 1
bought. Milton's Iws.k* will show
But you didn't find any sack I t .-.i
when your hank was robbed—lf It was
robbed," added the old man signifi
"Of course, I knew you would havf
an alibi. Have yon got one to explain
why you left town so suddenly the
night the bank was robbed? Milton
was killed after mblnlglit. Before
morning you and your fflend Elliot
routed out Ackroyd nnd bought a lot
of supplle* from him for a hurry-up
trip. You slipped around to the rorrol
and hit the trail right Into the bllzxard.
Will you tell me why you were In such
n hurry to get aw ay, If It wasn't to es
cape from the town where you had
murdered a decent old fellow who
never had harmed a soul?"
"Sure I'll tell you." The black eyes
of the little man snapped eagerly. "I
came *o p. d. q. liecanse that side fiard
ner of mine Gordon Elliot wouldn't let
me wait till mornln'. He had a reason
for lenvln' town that wouldn't wait a
minute, one big enough to drive blm
right into the heart of the blizzard. Me,
I tagged olong."
'T can guess his reason," Jeered the
Scotsman. "But I'd like to hear you
put a name to It."
Holt grinned maliciously and waved
a hand toward the girl who was pillow
ing the head of her lover. "The name
of his reason Is Sheba O'Neill, but It's
to be Sheba Elliot soon, looks like."
The Uttle miner took the words tri
umphantly out of his mouth. He
leaned forward and threw them Into
the face of the man be hated. "1 mean
that while you was dnncln' and phllan
derln' with other women, Gordon Elliot
was buckln' a blizzard to save the life
of the girl you both claimed to love.
He was mushln' Into fifty miles of
frozen bell while you was flllin' up
with potted grouse and champagne.
Simultaneous .with the lame goose and
the monkey slnglestep you was doln',
this lad was wlndjammln' through
white drifts. He beat you at your
own game, man. You're a bear for
the outdoor stuff, they tell me. You
chew up a blizzard for breakfast and
throttle a pack of wolves to work up
an appetite for dinner. It's your spe
cialty. All right. Take your hat off
to that chechncko who has Just whaled
you blind. He has outgamed you, Col
by Macdonald. You don't run in Ills
class. I see he Is holding his hald up
again. Give him andther half-hour and
he'll bo ready to go to the mat with
The big Alaskan pushed away a feor
that had been lingering In his mind ever
since he. had stumbled on that body
burled In the snow yesterday after
noon. Was his enemy going to escape
him, after all? (JoulTl Holt be telling
the true reason why they had left town
so hurriedly? He would not let him
self believe It.
"You ought to work up a better story
than that," he said contemptuously.
"You enn throw a husky through the
holes In It. How could Elliot know,
for Instance, that Miss O'Neill was not
"The some way you could a' known
It," snapped old Gideon. "He phoned
to Smith's Crossln' and found the
stage hadn't got In and that there was
a whale of a storm up In the hills."
Macdonald set his face. "You're
lying to me. You stumbled over the
stage while you were making your get
away. Now you're playing It for an
Elliot had risen. Sheba stood beside
him, her hand in his. Shu spoke quietly.
"It's the truth. Believe It or not as
you please. We care nothing about
Sheba Had Gone Over to the Enemy.
The stab of her eyes, the carrloge of
the xliin, pliant figure with Its sugges
tion of line gallantry, challenged her
former lover lo do his worst.
On the hnttcrcd face of Gordon was
a smile. So long us Ills Irish sweet
heart stood liy him he illil not care If
he were charged with high treason. It
was worth all It cost to feel the
warmth fit her brave, Impiil hlvo trust.
The deep-set eyes of Murilouald
clinched with those of Ills rival. "You
cached the rest of the gold, I sti|i|>ose,"
he said doggedly.
Willi a lilt of his shoulders the
younger man answered lightly: "There
are none so hllnil us those who w ill not
aee, Mr. Macdoniild." He turned to
Bheb«. "Come. We must'inukc break
"You're going to Knuluk with me,"
his enemy said bluntly.
"After we liuve eaten, Mr. Maeilon
ald," returned Elliot with an Ironic
bow. "Perhaps, If you have not hud
breukfast yet, you will Join us."
"We slurt In half un hour," an
nounced the lulne-owiicr curtly, und lie
turned on bin heel.
The rifle lay where Khchu had
dropped It when she run to gather her
strl'-k'-rj 'over Into her arms. Macdon
ald picked It up and strode over the
brow of the hill without a backward
Icok. nc wim too proud to slay and
watch them. It was Impossible to en.-,
cape him In the deep snow that Oiled
the hill trails, and he was convinced
they would attempt nothing of the
The Scotsman felt for the first time
In his life old and S|>ent. Under tre
mendous difficulty he had mushed for
two days and had at last run his men
down. The lust of vengeance had sat
on his shoulders every tnlle of the way
and hud driven him feverishly for
ward. But the salt that hud lent a
savor to his passion was gone. Even
though lie won. he lost. For Sheba bad
gone over to the enemy.
To be continued.
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