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"It—it Is wonderful," breathed
Ellen ecstatically knowing what
it would mean to Angus Mackay
to have this big shipment of
high-grade furs come into his
post. "And I pledge myself to see
that the tribes are cared for. Alt
how are you going to get the car
goes to the fort?"
"You'll see." chuckled Whitlow.
He turned to the 'breed again.
"Where is Deteroux now?"
The 'breed waved an arm up
stream. "M'steu Deteroux, she's
at dat Cree Camp on Mink Lake."
Whitlow shot a swift glance at
Ellen, who distinctly palad at this
information. "Was John Benham
there also?" demanded Whitlow.
The "breed shrugged and shook
his head. "I no see 'um."
"Very well," nodded Whitlow
curtly. He unearthed a notebook
and pencil from his pack srul
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'wrote s swift message to Angus
Mackay. This he tore out and
loided. Then, starting with the
'breed, he went slowly over the
entire crew of the boats. Each man
ne stopped in front of he stared
at closely and scribbled swiftly in
The men were uncomfortable,
nervous, and they would not meet
his eyes. When he had made a
complete round Whitlow came
back to the 'breed and handed to
him the note he had written to
"You will now head directly to
Port Edson," he ordered. "These
furs you will turn over to Factor
Mackay there, and also deliver
this message I have given you.
Then you will remain at the fort
until I return. If one fur is miss
ing or if any man in your crew
is not there to report to me—let
The 'breed nodded vehemently.
"She's been as you say, M'sieu."
"Good. Now start immediately."
The York boats were soon, on
the way, the oaks flashing in the
sun. Ellen watched them until
they were around the bend and
out of sight. Then she looked at
"Do you think they will really
deliver the furs?" she asked
doubtfully. "What's to keep them
from going straight on and never
showing up again?"
"This. I've worked long among
the tribes and with the ignorant
rivermen. Miss Mackay. If there
is anything they fear it is to see
you apparently writing down
something about them.
"Perhaps some of the more
superstitious ones feel you are
casting some spell over them. At
any rate, they do not understand,
and wMI they do not understand
they fear So they'll be there
every man jack of them, and the
furs will be delivered quite safely.
You can depend on that."
"But there still remains . . ."
Ellen left the sentence unfinished.
"Deteroux," snapped Whitlow.
"I'll tend to him now. Come Moo
sac, we must hurry'."
Again the canoe shot upstream,
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Whitlow and Moosac driving it
onward with smooth, powerful,
sweeping strokes. The stout ma
ple paddle blades creaked and
hissed, and the crystal water of
the river surged about the canoe
in foaming whirls.
Ellen, crouching tensely in her
'place, thrilled with a subdued but
powerful excitement. She exulted
hugely in the knowledge that
John Benhim was now exonerat
ed from all stigma, and she knew
abysmal shame that she should
ever haVe believed him capable of
criminal operations. But she was
eager to see Deteroux in the cus
tody of the law.
Two miles above where the
York boats had been met, the ca
noe shot through the last tugging
stretch of the river and glided out
upon the emerald, flawless sur
face of Mink Lake. A mile away
to the northeast a sloping, tree
clad point jutted. In the still air
just beyond the point hovered a
pale cloud of smoke.
Ellen pointed. "There is the
camp," she stated.
The cadence of the paddle
quickened. Ellen glanced over her
shoulder at Moosac. The old Chip
pewayan had not noticed her sur
vey. His eyes were fixed on that
column of smoke and a strange
change had come over him.
Expression showed into his
wrinkled, brown face. No longer
did it seem flat and stupid. In
stead, by some strange force of
inner excitement, each feature
seemed to have sharpened. There
was a new cast to his head. Some
thing of the cruel, rapacious lock
of an eagle was there.
The old man's lips were moving.
He seemed to be chanting silently.
Despite herself, Ellen shivered.
It seemed to Ellen that in no
time at all their canoe was round
ing the point. The hoarse, unrec
ognizable murmur of many voices
reached her ears. Through the
intervals of the tepees she caught
sight of a surging group.
No one noticed them as they
landed. All eyes were on two
crouching men who paddled about
one another on moccasined feet.
These men were stripped to the
waist, their faces were bloody,
their gleaming torsos splotched
and carmined, and they were
driving out terrific blows at one
another with knotted fists.
One was John Benham the
other Bernard Deteroux.
Ellen Mackay never knew how
she reached the inner edge of that
crowding circle about the two
fighters. But she was there, and
then it seemed that utter physical
paralysis gripped her.
Only her eyes were free, and she
stared unwinking, she saw Ben
ham whip a slashing punch which
made a gory wreck of Deteroux's
lips, and when Benham leaped in
to follow up his advantage she
saw Deteroux drive him reeling
back with a wicked blow over the
For a moment they seemed to
rest, circling each other constant
ly, their eyes blazing with utter
hatred; their mashed lips peeled
back in animal snarls.
Then they closed again with a
tatoo of smashing fists. Body to
body they stood locked, motion
less except for the knotting and
crawling muscles of their shoul
ders, and their short, deep pant
ing for hard-won breath.
They were magnificient brutes.
Like his face Deterouxs torso was
bronzed and coppery. Against it
Benham's skin was startingly
white, gleaming like marble. 1
Something caught in Ellen's
throat, and her eyes mlslfd as she
saw the great livid bruMes Dcter
oux's iron fists had wrought on
that white skin.
► If anything, Deteroux held ihe
advantage of height and bulk.
The dimensions of his shoulders
were terrifying, and the knotted
muscles across the back of them
made him seemed almost hunch
On the other hand, Benham's
muscles were long and smooth,
and even to Ellen's tutored eye
there was a lithe speed in his
movements that his opponent
The fighters ripped apart as
though by mutual consent, then
stood toe to toe, slugging with a
wild, ferocious* abandon. The
spate of fists on hard flesh seem
ed as sharp and clear as the
blows of an axe.
The flurry slackened, and it was
John Benham who gave back. De-1
teroux, his feet wide apart and
leaning slightly forward, seemed!
as Immovable as a giant rock.
As his opponent slipped away
from him, Deteroux gave vent to
a rasping snarl and leaped for- j
ward. Benham, poised and ready, 1
drove him back with another
crushing blow to the mouth.
Again they seemed to rest a '
moment, and then both sprang
anew to the conflict, and again
they > stood with locked arms and
I writhing muscles.
Time edged on. The fighters
seemed tireless. Their blows were
| still terrible, club-like. Ellen man
aged to tear her eyes away for a
moment, and her swift, searching
glance saw Whitlow standing at
her side, hit eyes cold and gleam-
ing with intent on" the fighters.
At last Mien managed to shake
off the paralysis whieh had froz
en her body. She gripped Whit
, low's arm. , [.
, "Ston them!" she cried. "Oh
I Whitlow did not even hear her.'
I With a llfctJs cry of despair, El
len shrank away, and her eyes
.went back to the conflict like,'
steel drawn to a magnet. She was
just in time to see Deteroux ex
plode into a mad cataclysm of fe
rocious movement. His arms
wliirled, and he flung Benham
from him like a child.
Then he charged in with flail
ing fists. They crashed into Ben
ham's face and jaw with crush
ing force. Benham toppled back,
A sigh went through the watch
ing circle, a circle of savage faces
gleaming with the stark madness
of combat. It seemed as though
Benham could not elude or recov
er from that beserk charge. He
was bent back helplessly, and his
knees were sagging.
Abruptly he caught himself,
ducked into a crouch and side
stepped. Deteroux, unable to halt
his charge, lunged past. And Ben
ham smashed him under the ear
with a blow which whirled the
bigger man half off his feet.
Now it was Benham's turn to
charge, and this time Deteroux
gave way, lunging blindly from
side to side, in a futile attempt
to avoid the rapier blows that
were cutting his face into a bloody
Revulsion gripped Ellen. She
felt nauseated—sick. The stark
brutishness of it all cast a dread
ful spell over her. The hoarse,
gasping, snarling breathing of the
fighter?, their bloody, swollen fea
tures, their grim, hate-filled,
blood-rimmed eyes it was a
nightmare picture to the sensitive
"Stop them," she cried again,
her voice shrill and hysterical.
"Oh—won't somebody stop them?V
One person in all the group
heard her. And that person was
John Benham. In the midst of his
advantage he stiffened, and his
hands dropped at his sides. His
head swung on his shoulders and
his bloodshot eyes rested full on
Ellen's white face.
For just a moment the madness
of conflict seemed to fall from
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him. He relaxed. And in that mo
ment Deteroux was upon him like
a pouncing panther.
Dimly Ellen heard Whitlow's
sharp cry of warning. Then she
saw Detcroux's great paws wrap
about John Benham's head, and
saw Deterdux's steely thumbs dig
into his opponent's eyes. '
A gasp of sheer agony broke
from Benham's lips. A shudder
rippled through liis body, and he
gave way slowly, tearing frantic
ally at Deteroux's wrists. Some
one was shouting in Ellen's ear. It
was Whitlow, and his face was
white and accusing.
"You little fool!" he raged.
"Now Deter JUX will blind the boy
—he'll blfcd hini! And it's your
Ellen's world reeled. John Ben
ham's eyes, those clear, flawless
eyes, helpless now before Deter
oux's ferocious gouging. And her
cry had made Benham drop his
guard. She began to sob, little
breathless sobs. "God!" she whis
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