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THE ALAMANCE GLEANER.
A ROMANCE OF THE BORDER—'
"THE LIOHTOF WESTERN M
OQfYMOHT, IY SAVfJI AND MOTHIU W
Again Inaction and suspense drag
ged at Duane's spirit
But one day there were signs of the
I long quiet of Ord being broken. A
messenger strange to Duane rode In
on a secret mission that had to do
with Fletcher. Duane jwas present In
the tavern when the fellow arrived
saw the few words whispered, but did
not hear them. Fletcher turned white
with anger or fear, perhaps both, and
he cursed like a madman. The mes
senger rode awpftr off to the west.
This west mystified and fascinated
Duane as much as the south beyond
Mount Ord. After the messenger left
Fletcher grew Bllent and surly. It
became clear now that , the other out
laws of the camp feared him,' kept
out of his way. Duane let him alone,
yet closely watched him.
Perhaps an hour after the messen
ger had left, not longer, Fletcher man
ifestly arrived at some decision, and
he called for his horse. Then he
went to his shack and returned. To
Duane the outlaw looked In shape both
to ride and to fight. He gave orders
for the men In camp to keep close
until he returned. Then he mounted.
"Come here, Dodge," he called.
Duane went up and laid a hand on
,the pommel of the saddle. Fletcher
walked his horse, with Duane beside
him, till they reached the log bridge,
when he halted.
"Dodge, Tm In bad with Knell," he
said. "An' It 'pears Tm the cause of
friction between Knell an' Poggy.
Knell never had any use fer me, but
Poggy's been square, If not friendly.
The boss had a big deal on, an' here
It's been held up because of this
scrap. He's waltin' over there on the
mountain to give orders to Knell or
Poggy, an' neither one's showln' up.
I've got to stand In the breach, an'
I ain't enjoyln' the prospects."
"What's the trouble about, Jim 7"
"Reckon it's a little about you.
Dodge," said Fletcher, dryly. "Knell
hadn't any use fer you thet day.
Knell claims to know somethln' about
you that *ll make both the boss an'
Poggy sick when he springs it But
he's keepln' quiet. Hard man to Ag
ger, thet Knell. Reckon you'd better
go back to Bradford fer a day or so,
then camp out here till I come, back."
"Wal, because there ain't any use
fer you to git In bad, too. The gang
will ride over here any day. If
they're friendly I'll light a fire on the
hill there, say three nights from to
night. If you don't see It thet night
you hit the trail. 11l do what I can.
Jim Fletcher sticks to his pals. So
He left Duane In a quandary. This
news was black. At the moment
Doane did not know which way to
turn, but certainly he had no Idea
of going back to Bradford. Friction
between the two great lieutenants of
Cheseldlne! Generally such matters
were settled with guns. Duane gath
ered encouragement even from disas
ter. If Knell knew anything it was
that this stranger In Ord, this new
partner of Fletcher's, was no less than
Buck Duane. Well, It was about time,
thought Duane, that he made use of
his name If It were to help him at all.
That name had been Mac Nelly's hope.
1 He had anchored all his scheme to
Duane's fame. Duane was tempted to
ride off after Fletcher and stay with
him. This, however, would hardly be
fair to an outlaw who had been fair to
him. Duane concluded to await devel
opments, and when the gang rode In
to Ord, probably from their various
hiding places, he would be there ready
to be denounced by Knell. Duane
•ould not see any other culmination of
this series of events than a meeting
between Knell and himself. If that
terminated fatally for Knell there was
all probability of Duane's being In no
worse situation than he was now. If
Poggln took up the quarrel I Here
Duane accused himself again—tried In
vain to revolt from a Judgment that be
was only reasoning out excuses to
meet these outlaws.
Meanwhile, Instead of waiting, why
not hunt up Cheseldlne In bis moun
tain retreat? The thought no sooner
struck Duane than he was hurrying
for his fcorse.
In an hour he struck the slope of
Mount Ord, and as he climbed he got
among broken rocks and cliffs, «»4
was hard put to It t° find the trail.
He halted at a Utile side-canyon with
' grass and water, and here he made
camp. And on this night; lonely like
the ones he used to spend In the
Nueces gorge, and memorable of them
because of a likeness to that old hid
ing-place, he felt the pressing return
of old haunting things—the past so
long ago. Wild flights, dead faces—
and the places of these were taken
by one qulveringty alive, white, tragic,
with Its dark, Intent, speaking eyes—
I Ray Longstreth'*.
| That last memory he yielded to un-
I til he slept
In the morning, satisfied that he
had left still fewer tracks than he had
followed up this trail, he led his
horse up to the head of the canyon,
Into a narrow crack In low cliffs, and
with branches of cedar fenced him In.
Then he went back and took up the
trail on fotjfc^
Withoufthe horse he made better
time. Once, through a wide gateway
i between great escarpments, be saw the
GRAHAM, N. C., THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 29, L 917
Fenced Him In.
lower country beyond this, vast and
clear as It lay In his sight, was the
great river that made the Big Bend.
He rounded a Jutting corner, where
view had been shut off, and presently
came out upon the rim of a high wall.
Beneath, like a green gulf seen
through blue haze, lay an amphitheater
walled in on the two sides he could
gee. It lay perhaps a thousand feet
below him; and, plain as all the other
features of that wild environment,
there shone out a big red stone or
adobe cabin, white water shining
away between borders, and horses
and cattle dotting the levels. It was
a peaceful, beautiful scene. Duane
could not help grinding his teeth at
the thought of rustlers living In quiet
Duane worked half-wny down to
the level, and, well hidden In a niche,
he seated himself to watch both trull
The sun went down behind the
wall, and shadows were born In the
darker places of the valley. Duane
began to want to get closer to lhat
cabin. Still he lingered. And sudden
ly his wide-roving eye caught sight of
two horßemen riding up the valley.
The.v must have entered at a point
below, round the huge abutment of
rock, beyond Duane's range of sight.
Their horges were tired and stopped
at the stream for a long drink.
Dnane left his perch, took to the
steep trail, and descended as fust as
he could without making noise. It
did not take him long to reach the
valley floor. It was almost level,
with deep grass, and here and there
clumps of bushes. Twilight was al
ready thick down there. Duane
marked the location of the trail, and
then began to slip like a shadow
through the grass and from bush to
bush. He saw a bright light before he.
made out the dark outline of the
cabin. Then he heard voices, a merry
whistle, a coarse song, and the clink
of iron cooking utensils. He smelled
fragrant wood smoke. lie snW mov
ing dark figures cross the light. Evi
dently there was a wide door, or else
the fire was out In the open.
Duane swerved to the left, out of
direct line with the light, and thus was
able to see better. Then he advanced
noiselessly but swiftly toward the back
of the house. There were trees close
to the wall, ne would make no noise,
and he could scarcely be seen—lf only
there was no wntchdog! But all his
outlaw days he had taken risks with
only his.useless life at stake; now,
with that changed, he advanced,
stealthy and bold as an Indian. He
reached the cover of the trees, knew
he was hidden in their shadows, for
nt few paces' distance he bud been
able to see only their tops. From
there he slipped up to the house and
felt along the wall with his hands.
He came to a little window where
light shone through. He peeped In.
He saw a room shrouded in shadows,
a lamp turned low, a table, chairs.
He saw an open door, with bright flare
beyond, but could not see the tire.
Voices came indistinctly. He went on
round thut end of the cabin. Fortune
favored him. Tin-re were bushes, an
old shed, a wood-pile, all the cover
he needed at that corner. He did not
even need to crawl.
Before he peered between the rough
corner at wall and the hush growing
close to It, Dunne paused a moment
This excitement wus different from
that he had always felt when pursued.
It had no bitterness, no pain, no dread.
There was as much danger here. |wr
baps more, yet It was not the same.
Then he looked. - .
He saw a bright fire, a red-faced
man bending over it whistling, while
he bandied a steaming pot. Over him
was a roofed shed built against the
wall, with two open aides and two
supporting posts. Duane's second
glance, not so blinded by the sudden
bright light, made out other men,
three In the shadow, two In the
but with backs to him.
"It's a smoother trail by long odds,
but ain't so short as this one right
over the mountain," one outlaw was
"What's entin' you. PanhandleT"
ejaculated another. "Blossom an' me
rode from Faraway Springs, where
Poggln is with some of the gang."
"Excuse me, Phil. Shore I didn't
see you come In, an' Boldt never sjfld
"It took you a long time to get here,
but I guess that's Just as well," spoke
up a smooth, suave voice with a ring
Longstreth's voice Cheseldlne's
Here they were—Cheseldlne, Phil
Knell, Blossom Kane, Panhandle
Smith, Boldt —how well Dunne remem
berejl the names!—all here, the big
men of Cheseldlne's gang, except the
biggest—Poggln. Duane had holed
tliem, and his sensntlons of the mo
ment deadened sight and sound of
what was before him. He sank down,
controlling himself, silenced a mount
ing exultation, then from n less strain
ed position he peered forth again.
The outlaws were waiting for sup
per. Their conversation might have
been that of cowboys In camp, ranch
ers at a round-up. Knell sat there,
tall, slim, like a boy In years, with his
pale, smooth, expressionless face and
cold, gray eyes. And Longstreth, who
leaned against the wall, handsome,
with his dark face and beard like an
aristocrat, resembled many a rich
Louisiana planter Duane had met.
Pnnhandle Smith carried pots and
pans Into the cabin, and cheerfully
called out: "If you gents air hungry
fer grub, don't look fer me to feed
you with a spoon."
The outlaws plied inside, made a
great bustle and clatter as they sat
to their meal. Like hungry men. they
Duane waited there for n while, then
guardedly got up and crept round to
the other side of the cabin, After ho
became used to the dark again he
ventured RTBteal along the wall to the
window and peeped In. The outlaws
were In the first room and could not
Duane waited. The moments
dragged endlessly. His heart pound
ed. Longstreth entered, turned up the
light, and taking a box of cigars from
the table, he carried It out.
"Here, you fellows, go outside nnd
smoke," he said. "Knell, come In
now. Let's get It over."
ne returned, sat down, and lighted
a cigar for himself. He put his boot
ed feet on the table.
Duane saw that the room was com
fortably. even luxuriously furnished.
There must have been a good trail,
he thought, else how could all that
stuff have been packet! In there. Then
Knell catne In and seated himself
without any of bis chiefs ense. He
seemed preoccupied and, ns always,
"What's wrong, Knell? Why didn't
you get here sooner?" queried Long
"I'oggln! We're on the outs again."
"What for? Get It out of your sys
tem so we can go on to the new Job."
"Well, It began back a ways. I
don't know how long ago—weeks—a
stronger, rode Into Ord nn' got dotvn
easy-like as if he owned the place.
He seemed familiar to me. But I
wasn't sure. We looked him over, an'
I left, tryln' to place him In my mind."
"What'd he look like?"
"Rangy, powerful man, white hair
over his tempJcs, uHll, harl face,
eyes like knives. The way he packed
his guns, the way he walked an' stood
an' swung bis right hand showed me
what he was. You can't fool me on
the gun-sharp. An' he had a grand
horse, a big black."
"I've met your man," said Long
"No!" exclaimed Knelt. It was
wonderful to hear surprise expressed
by this man that did not In the least
show it In his strange physiognomy.
Knell laughed a short, grim, hollow
laugh. "Boss, this here big gent drifts
Into Ord again an' makes up to Jim
Fletcher. Jim—he up an' takes this
stranger to be the fly road-agent an'
cottons to him. Oot money out of him
snre. And that's what stumps me
more. What's this man's game? I hap
pen to know, boss, that he couldn't
have held up No. fl."
"flow do you know?" demanded
"Because I did the Job myself."
A dark and stormy passion clouded
the chief's face.
"Knell, you're incorrigible. You're
unreliable. Another break like that
qneers you with me. Did you tell
"Yes. Thet's one reason we fell
out. He" raved. I thought he was
goln' to kill, me." Several of the hoys
rode over from Ord. an' one of thern
went to I'oggln an' says Jim Fletcher
has a new mun for the gang. Jim an'
I'oggln always hit It up together. Ho
until I got on the deal Jim's pard
was already In the gang, without
I'oggln or you ever seeln' him. Then
I got to figurln' hard. Just where I
ever seen that chap? I dug up a lot
of old papers from my kit an' went
over them. Letters, pictures, clip
pin's, an' all that. I guess I had a
pretty good notion what I wus lookln'
for an' who I wanted to make sure of.
At last I found It. An' I knew my
man. But I didn't spring It on I'oggln.
I sent Blossom over to Ord with a
message calculated to make Jim hump.
I'oggln got sore, naid he'd wait for
Jim, an' I could come over here to
See you about the new Job. He'd
Uieet me in Ord."
Knell had spoken hurriedly nnd low,
now and then with passion. Ill* pale
eyes glinted like fire In Ice, and now
his voice fell to a whisper.
"Who do you think Fletcher's new
"Who?" demanded Longstreth.
Down eaine boots with
a crash, then his body grew rigid.
"That Nueces outlaw? Thnt two
shot ace-of-spades gun-thrower who
killed Bland, Alloway—V with more
feeling than the apparent circum
"Yen; and Hardin, the he*! one of
the Rim Rock fellows—Buck Duane!"
Longstreth was so ghastly white
now that his black mustache seemed
outlined agulnst chalk'."* He eyed his
grim lieutenant. They understood
each other without more words. It
was enough that Buck Duane was
there In the Big Bend. Longstreth
rose presently anil reached forji flask.
from which he drank, then offered It
to Knell. He waved It aside.
"Knell," began the chief, slowly, as
he wiped his lips, "T~gathered you
have some grudge against this Buck
"Well, don't be s fool now nnd
do what Poggln or almost any of you
men would—don't meet tlfc Buck
Duane. I've reason to believe he's a
Texas Ranger now."
"The hell you say I" exclaimed
"Yes. Go to Ord nnd give Jim
Fletcher a hunch. He'll get Poggln,
antl they'll fix even Buck Duane."
"All right, rtl do my best But If
I run Into Duane—"
"Don't run Into him!" Lon.rstreth's
voice fairly rang with the force of
Its passion and command. He wiped
nls face, drank again from the flask,
sat down, resumed his smoking, and,
drawing a paper from his vest pocket
be began to study It
"We'll I'm glad that's settled," he
said, evidently referring to the Dunne
matter. "Now for tlfe new Job. This
Is October the eighteenth. On or be
fore the twenty-flfth there will be a
shipment of gold reach the Rancher's
Bank of Val Verde. After you return
to Ord give Poggln these orders. Keep
the gnng quiet. You, Poggln, Kane,
Fletcher, Panhandle Smith, and Boldt
to be In on the secret and the Job. No
body else. You'll leave Ord on the
twenty-third, ride cross country by the
trail till you get within sight of Mer
cer. It's n hundred miles from Brad
ford to Val Verde—about the same
from Ord. Time your travel to get
you near Val Verde on the morning
of the twenty-sixth. You won't have
to more than trot your horses. At
two o'clock In the afternoon, sharp,
ride Into town and up to the Ranch
er's Bank. Val Verde's a pretty big
"Buck Duane 1"
town. Never been sny hold-ups there.
Town feels sufe. Make It a clean,
' fast, daylight Job. 'Dmft a}). Htw
you got the details?"
Knell did not even ask for the dates'
"Suppose Poggln or roe might be
detained?" he asked.
Longstreth bent a dark glance upon
"You never can tell what 'II come
off," continued Knell. "I'll do my
Like a swift shadow and as noise
less Dunne stole across the level
toward the dark wall of rock. Every
nerve was a strung wire. For a little
while his mind was cluttered and
clogged with whirling thoughts, from
which, like a flashing scroll, unrolled
the long, baflllng order of action. The
game was now In his hands. He must
cross Mount Ord at night. The feat
wus Improbable, but It might lie done.
He must ride into Bradford, forty
miles from the foothills, before eight
o'clock next morning. He must tele
graph MucNelly to be In Val Verde
on tl.e twenty-flfth. He must ride
back to Ord to Intercept Knell, face
hlui. anil while the Iron was hot strike
hard to win Poggtn's half-won Interest
as he had wholly won Fletcher's.
Falling that last, he must let the out
laws alone to bide their time In Ord,
to be free to ride to th»lr new Job
In Val Verde. In the meantime he
must plan to arrest Ijongstreth. It
was a magnificent outline. Incredible,
alluring, unfathomable In Its nameless
certainly. He felt like fate. He
seemed to be the Iron consequences
falling upon these doomed outluws.
Cnder the wall the nhndows were
black, only the tlj>s of trees and crags
showing, yet he went straight to the
tween borders nf black. He climbed
and never Stopped. It did not seem
Sleep. ills feet might have had eyes.
He surtnounjed the wall, and. looking
down Into the ebony gulf pierced by
:»ne point of light, he lifted a menac
ing arm and shook It. Then he strode
on, and did not falter till he reailiwl
the huge shelving cliffs. Here he lost
the trail; there was none; but he re
membered the shapes, the points, the
ootches of rock above. Before he
reached the ruins of splintered ram
parts and Jumbles of broken walls the
moon topped the .eastern slope of the
mountain, and the mystifying black
nea* he had dreaded changed to magic
silver light. It seemed as light as day,
only soft, mellow, and the air held a
transparent sheen. He ran up the bare
ridges and down the smooth slopes,
and, like a goat. Jumped from rock to
rock. In this light he knew his way,
and lost no' time looking for a trail.
He crossed the divide, and then had
all downhill before him. Swiftly he
descended, almost always sure of his
memory of the landmarks. He did not
remember having studied them In the
ascent, yet here they were, even in
changed light, familiar to his sight.
What he had once seen was pictured
on his mind. And, true as a deer
striking for byrne, be reached the can
yon where he had left his horse. Bul
let was quickly and easily found.
Duane threw on the saddle and pack,
cinched them tight, and resumed the
Hours passed as moments. Duane
was equal to his great opportunity.
But he could not quell that self in
him which reached back over the
lapse of lonely, searing years and
found the boy in him. Duane knew
he was not Just right in part of his
mind. Small wonder thnt he was not
Insane, he thought! He tramped on
downward, his marvelous faculty
for covering rough ground and
holding to the true course
never before even In flight so
keen and acute. Yet all the time a
spirit was keeping step with him.
Thought of, Ray Longstreth as he
had left her made him weak. He
saw her white face, with Us sweet
sad Hps and the durk eyes so tender
| The moon sloped to the west. Shad
ows of trees and crags now crossed
to the other side of him. The stnrs
dimmed. Then he was out of the rocks,
with the dim twill pale nt his feet.
Mounting Bullet, he made short work
of the long slope and the foothills and
the rolling land leading down to Ord.
The little outlaw camp, with Its
shacks and cabins and row of houses,
lay silent and dark under the paling
moon. Dunne passed by on the lower
trail, headed Into the road, and put
Bullet to a gallop. He watched the
dying moon, the waning stars, and the
east He had time to spare, so he
saved the horse. Knell would be leav
ing the rendezvous about the time
Duane turned bnck toward Ord. Be
tween noon and sunset they would
i The night wore on.« The moon sank
behind low mountains In the west. The
stnrs brightened for a while, then
faded. Gray gloom enveloped the
' world, thickened, lay like smoke over
the road. Then shade by shade It
lightened, until through the transpar
ent obscurity shone a dim light.
Dunne reached Bradford before
dawn. He dismounted some distance
from the tracks, tied his horse, and
then crossed over to the station. He
heard the clicking of the telegraph
instrument, nnd It thrilled him. An
operator sat Inside reading. When
Duane tapped on the window he look
ed up with stnrtled glance, then went
swiftly to unlock the door.
! "Hello. Give me paper and pencil.
Quick," whispered Duane.
I With trembling hands the operator
compiled. Duune wrote out the mes
sage he had carefully composed.
I "Send this —repeat 11' to make sure—
theft keep mum. I'll see you again,
The operator stared, but did not
speak a word.
Duane left as stealthily and swiftly
as he had come. He walked Ills horse
a mill's hack on the road
and Ihtn rested him till break of day.
When Duane swung Into the wide,
grassy square on the outskirts of Ord
he saw a bunch of saddled horses
hitched In front of the tavern. He
knew what that meant. Luck still
favored hltn. If It would only hold!
But ho oould ask no more. The rest
was a rhutter of how greatly he could
make htor IwiwrWl. An open conflict
Uagnlnst odds lay In the balance. Thnt
would be fatal to him, and to avoid
I It he had to trust to ills name anil a
1 presence be must make terrible. lie
| knew outlaws. He knew what quall-
I ties held them. He knew what to ex-
There was not an outlaw In sight.
The dusty horses had covered distance
that morning. As Duane dismounted
he heard loud, angry voices Inside the
tavern. He removed coat and vest,
hung them over the pommel. He pack
ed two (pins one belled high on tlie
left hip, the other one swinging low on
the right side, lie neither looked nor
listened, but boldly pushed the d«nr
snd stepped Inside.
The big room was full of men, and
every face pivoted toward hltn,
| Knell's pale face flashed Into Duane's
swift -sight ; then Boldr's, then Blossom
Kane's, then Panhandle Smith's, then
Fletcher's, then others that were fami
liar, and iiiHt that of I'oggln. Though
I Inn lie had never seen I'oggln or heard
him described, he knew hltn. For he
saw a face that wos a record of great
and evil deeds.
There was absolute silence. The
outlaws were lined back of a long
table Upon which were papers, stacks
of silver coin, a bundle of bills, and a
j huge gold-mounted gun.
"Are you gents lookln' for meT
I asked Dunne. He gave his voice all
the ringing force and power of which
I "Ars You Gents Looking for Me?"
I he was capable. Ami he stepped back,
free of anything, with the outlaws all
Knell stood quivering, but his face
might have been a mask. The other
outlaws looked frotn him to Duane,
Jim Fletcher flung up bis hands.
I "My Gawd, Dodge, what'd you bust
' In here fcr?" he said, plaintively, and
slowly stepped forward. Hla action
was that of a man true to himself.
I Be meant he had been sponsor for
' Dunne and now he would stand by
| "Bnclc, Fletcher 1" called Duane, and
. hln voice made the outlaw Jump.
I "Hold on, Dodge, an' you-all, every
body," said Fletcher. "Let me talk,
seel a' I'm In the wrong here."
Ills persuasions did not ease the
"Go ahead. Talk," said Poggln.
Fletcher turned to Duane. "Pard,
I'm tnkln' It on myself thet you meet
enemies here when I swore ytm'd meet
friends. It's my fault. I'll stand by
you If you let me."
"No, Jim," replied Duane.
"But what 'd you come fer without
the signal?" burst out Fletcher In
distress. He saw nothing but Ctttas
trophe In till* meeting.
"Jim, I nin't pressln' my company
none; But when I'm wanted bad—"
Fletcher stopped him with a raised
hand. Then he-turned to Poggln with
a rude dignity.
"I'oggy, he's my pnrd, an' he's riled.
I never told him n word thet'd make
him sore. I only said Knell hadn't no
more use fer him than fer me. Now,
what yuu say goes in this gang. I
i never fnlled you In my life. Here's
Imy pnrd. I vouch fer him. Will yon
I stundjer me? There's guln' to be hell
'lf you don't. An' us with a big Job.
' on hund 1"
While Fletcher tolled over his slow,
; earnest persunslon Duane hud his
guz« riveted won Poggln. There was
something about Poggln. lie
was tawny. /fie blared. He seemed
beautiful. But looked at closer with
glance seeing the phyMcnl man. Instead
| of that thing which shone from him, he
j was of porfect build, with muscles
that swelled and rippled, bulging his
clothes, with the magnificent head and
face of the cruel, fierce, tawny-eyed
Looking at this strange Poggln, In
stinctively divining his übnormal- and
hideous power, Duano hud for the
first time In hla life the Inward quak
ing fear of a man. It was like a
cold-tongued bell ringing within him
and numbing his heart. The old
Instinctive firing of blood followed, but
did not drive away thut fear. He
knew. He felt something here deeper
thun thought could go. And he huted
That Individual hnd been considering
"Jim, I iinte up," he said, "an* If
I'hll doesn't raise us out with a big
hand —why, he'll get culled, an' your
purd can set In the game."
Every eye shifted to Knell. He was
dead white. He laughed, and anyone
hearing that laugh would have realized
his Intense anger equally with an as
surance which luude him master of the
"Poggln, you're a gnmbler, you are—
the ace-hlgh, straight-flush hand of the
Big Bend," he sold, with stinging
scorn. "I'll bet you my roll to a
greaser peso that I enn deal you a
hand you'll be afraid to piny."
' "I'hll, you're talkln' wild," growled
Poggln, with both advlco and mcnact
In iiU tone.
"If there's unytiin)/; you hate, It's t
' nrtin nhn (irrternir M hr ciw
when he's not. Thet so?"
Poggln nodded In alow-gathering
"Well, Jim's new purd—this mnn
'Dodge—he's not who he seems. But
I know lilin. An' when I spring his
name on you, I'oggln, you'll freeie,
nn' your hund will be stiff when It
ought to he llglitnln'—all because
you'll realize you've been standln'
there five minute*—Ave minutes alive
If not hate, then nssuredly great
passion toward I'oggln manifested It
self in Knell's scornful, flery address.
In the shaking blind ho thrust before
I'oggln's face. In the ensuing silent
(muse Knell's panting could bo plainly
heard. The other men were pale,
watchful, cautiously edging either way
to the wall, leaving the principals and
Dunne In the corner of the room.
"Spring his name, then, you—" anld
Poggln, violently with a curse.
Slriingi-ly Knell did not even look
at the man he was sliout to denounce,
lie leaned toward Poggln, his hands.
Ills body, his long head all somewhat
expressive of what Ills face" disguised.
"Buck Duano I" ho yelled, suddenly.
The name did not make any dlffer
j eii'-e In I'oggln. But Knell's passionate.
swift utterance carrliil the suggestion
I Hint the inline ought to bring I'oggln
I to quirk action. It WHS possible, too,
j that Knell'H lunnner. the Import of his
I denunciation, the meaning bark of all
his pasNlon held I'oggln bound more
\ thsn the surprise. For the outlaw cer
| tnlnly was surprised, perhaps stagger-
I ed at the l'l'-n that he, i'oggln, had
j been about to stand sponsor with
i Fletcher for a famous outlaw hated
j and feared by all outlaws.
Knell waited a long moment, and
j then his face broke Its cold Immobility
|ln an extraordinary expression of
I devilish glee. He had hounded the
| great I'oggln Into nomethlng that gave
i him vicious, monstrous Joy.
TO BK CONTINUED.
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