HI'HARD 1 1 ILL
It!” He grasped Alyne’s hand and
began dragging her toward the camp.
“Let me go!” she screamed. "1 can
run better.” He let go her hand, grate
ful that she had kept her head and
knew that their only chance of escape
lay in speed.
But before they had covered half the
distance Bill saw that the four riders
. would Intercept them. A cold chill
passed through him.
He had a revolver strapped about his
waist. He drew it, stopped, took de
liberate aim and fired. One of the
four riders went tumbling from his
saddle. The other three immediately
Bill squeezed the trigger of his re
volver again and had the satisfaction
of seeing another rider slump forward.
Then he started on and saw that Alyne
had stopped and was waiting for him.
“Go on! Don’t stop! Keep going!
It’s our only chance!"
A moment later Alyne had reached the
barricade and vaulted over it into the
waiting arms of her uncle. Bill fol
lowed. He saw that old Dana’s face
was ashen and that Alyne was clinging
<<T’M ALL right, uncle," she kept re
a peating. “I couldn’t leave Bill out
there alone, could I?"
It wasn’t until the fight was over that
Bill again thought of that sentence,
and then he realized it had been ringing
in his mind throughout the battle.
“The telephone!" he yelled at Jim
Emerson. “Has any one called the sol
"Dana called them at noon,” Emerson
replied. “He got thinking it over and
decided not to wait. So he called and
offered a reward for Gonzales’ capture.
A detachment is on its way up here
Emerson spoke unhurriedly, never
once raising his voice. Calmly he laid
his rifle across the top of the barricade,
sighted and pressed the trigger. Watch
ing. Bill realized that his own state ot
mind was one of confusion and excite
ment. He got control of himself with an
A half dozen rifles lay propped
against the barricade. He seized one,
threw a cartridge into the breech, aimed
and fired. He fired a second time and a
third, feeling the blood run hot in his
Pandemonium raged everywhere. The
bandits had dismounted and taken
shelter behind convenient rocks and
bushes. Within a few seconds Bill
realized that they were hopelessly out
numbered. Gonzales, this time deter
mined upqp success, had recruited more
than a hundred men. . Slow!* yet
steadilyf the line of attackers advanced.
Already *. naif dozen of the scant thirty
Illustrated by / j?*
Henrietta McCain M.rrett *
LOVE ON A DIME
Is It Worth While to Love Even if
It Is on a Dime? Asks the Man
BILL STRICKLAND was so busy think
ing about the bandits that he did
not at first notice the girl She was sitting
on the mining company office veranda
talking with Earl Lancaster. He stopped
short and stared
Bill hadn't seen a woman for three
months, but even if he hadn't seen one
for three years he would have thought
her beautiful She had red hair and deli
cately chiseled features and a curiously
eager look about her.
She saw Bill over Earl's shoulder and
smiled Then Earl turned around and
spied Bill. too.
"Ah. Strickland, come up and meet
Miss Wray Alyne. this is Bill Strick
land. one of our boys' As always. Lan
caster's tone was faintly patronizing
"How do you do?" said Bill He took
the hand she offered "Mr Dana Wray's
daughter? Is he here?"
"He's here. But I'm not his daughter.
I'm his niece I made him bring me "
Curiously he liked that. It gave you the
feeling that Dana Wray had been doubt
ful about bringing his niece down Into the
wilds of Mexico and she had laughed at
Almost immediately Bill began think
ing about the bandits again and what
they might do if they knew that a girl
as beautiful as Alyne Wray was at the
"Mr. Wray's inside waiting to see vou.”
Lancaster said "If you'll excuse us. I
was about to show Alyne through the
Bill noticed the easy familiarity with
which he called her by her first name.
He never had liked Lancaster. The fel
low was overbearing He had family and
money behind him and never let you
forget the fact. He had arrived at the
Wray mines the same day that Bill came
down Both were just out of college
Lancaster treated the experience as a
lark Four months in the mines, he had
said, and he was going back to New York
th asstime a vice presidency in his father's
The job to Bill was far most Important.
He had neither family nor tnoncy behind