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By REX BEACH
Tha breath of the wild north
west ia m thts great story of love
and life and hate and ticath. i
Rex Beach and Jack London
have revealed the hidden mys
tcrtcs and romances of the Alas
kan wastes as have no other au
thors, and tn this stirring, grip
ping narrative is shown the best
work of Mr. Beach's career
Boyd Emerson and his suporhu
man efforts to win a fortune for
the woman ho loved,- Cherry
Malotte. the capttvattng. ener
getic yoang woman who combat-
ed desperate men on the battle
ground of their own choosing;
Mildred Wayland, the imperious
beauty and society favorite. '
whose hand was sought by bitter I
rivals who did not stop at mur-
der; George Bait, the sturdy
fisher hero, whose votes was '
like the roar of giant waves on a
lee shore : " Fingcrless" Fraser, '
whose quatnt humor atone pre
vented htm from going to jail,
where he really belonged, and
Wtllts Marsh, unprincipled in
trtguer and a betrayer of men
and women these arc some of
the characters and elements that
make thts story one of the great
est tales of adventure ever writ
ten. CHATTER L
HE trail to Kilrlk leads down
fruit' the iiorttiwNrd mountains
uei the tundra which Banks
the tide ami. then creep out
the unit lew ot tbe flyer and
across to tbe Tillage.
A tiri-fk bnrcb. a Russian school
wiiii h nMk'kni (inwi presiding aud
i ii 'i ii'. ii ,r-i itouxti beside tbe can
. uHk- up ib dilate
..hi. ! I'riiui atiiriiiKJo there
entered Um lDl irull truui tile tltu
Ik-h nilio Imi au) to tbe northward
i it ii ilea, driven by
Th- traveler bail been ploddlns ul
tetilr 'huh utter DtHir dlplrlted by the
weight nt i in 4turm.
"Hnio-rle-wi" Fraser broke trail, and
ItojU Kiiiitmiii dniTe.
"Auotber day like Ibis and we'd both
be snow blind." observed Hinersun
crlmlv an be bent to bis uak. "But
It can't be far to tbe river now."
An bour later tbey dropped from
tbe plain down through a gutterllke
CiiIlT to tbe river, wbere they found a
trail. glass bard betieutb Ita donny
covering. A cold breath aurked up
fruro tbe sea. Abead tbey aw tbe
ragged k-e upended by tbe tide. One
branch led to tbe village, wblcb tbey
knew la; Mimewbere on tbe farther
aide bidden by a mile or more or sift
Tbe going here was bo rough that
bctb men leaped from their seata and
ran beside tbe aled. The mounted a
swelling ridge and rushed down to the
level rlrer Ice beyond, but as they did
so they beard a shivering creak on
every side and saw water rising about
tbe sled runners. Emerson shouted.
tbe doga leaped, but with a crash tbe
Ire gave way, and for a moment the
water closed over blm. "Flugerless"
Fraser broke through In turn, gasping
as the Icy water roue to bis armplta.
Each man aimed to secure an Inde
pendeut footing, but tbe efforts of all
only enlarged the pooL Emerson shout
ed: "Cut tbe team loose, quick!" Out
tbe other apat out a mouthful of salt
water and spluttered:
"I I can't swim!"
Whereupon tbe first speaker bulf
swam himself through tba slusb to
tbe forward end of tbe sled and. seek
lug out the sheath knife from beneath
tils parka, cut the barneui of tbe two
unlmals. Once free they scrambled to
safety and rolled In tbe dry anow,
Emerson next attempted to lift tbe
uoe of tbe aled up on tbe Ice, about
lug at the remainder of the team to
pull, but tbey only wagged their tails
nnd whined. Eacb time be tried to
lift the aled be crashed through fresh
Ire, finally bearing tbe next pair of
dogs with blm and then tbe two anl
mala in tbe lead. Ail of them became
Suddenly rang out n sharp command
uttered In a new voice. Out of be
tbey were beaded broke a team, run
tilug full and free, Emerson marvel
ed at tbe outfit, having uever seen tbe
like in all bla travels through tbe
north, for eacb animal of tbe twelve
mood hip high to a tall man, and
they were like wolves of ona pack,
gray and gaunt and wicked. A tall
Indian rtnncr left tbe team and bead
ed nwiftly for tbe scene of tbe acci
dent, Tbe man ran forward till bo
neared tbe edge of tbe opening wbere
tbe tide bad caused tbe floes to sep
arate; then, flattening bla body on tbe
Ire, he crawled out cautiously and
Author ol The Spoiler and
IIARPfR t- BROTHERS
iIfih1 the lead dog. Carefully
wiirini-d liw way backward to security
1 1 luid been a tliWII'b operation, if
ouirtnt: mre skill and dexterity, but
nnw Ihnl hl footing wa sure the
runner exerted hl whole strength, anil
a the dop erlehed and lore for a
rtrm fiHiitioHl the wl.it rump crunching
cin-er ami closer Ihrvuch the half inch
kill of Ire Then he reached down
nnd dragged Ktnenon nut. dripping
ami nerveii-M from hl Immersion. To
gel bet they rvwticd thr out lit.
Tbe Hroii In the wlcdge had watch
ed them lletitly. but now xpoke In n
trni:c pHtolH, nnd tbe breed gnvo
voire to her words, for It was a wo
iimn "One tulle you go white man bouse.
J quirk -ou frvcte.M
"Ain't you got no dry clothes? Our
stilfl Is soaked."
Again the Indl&n translated so mo
iMinln front thr girl.
"No. ou nurry and no stop here.
We go quick over yonder. No can atop
He hurried back to his mistress,
cried oui-e to the park of gray dogs.
"Uonnh!" aud they ncre off as If In
As" they dnhrt pat loth white men
hud one fleeting glimpse of a woman's
fsv t-n-uth a furrel hood, and then
It u:li gone.
"I nil nu see?" Fraser ejaculated.
-mSihiI Uirdl It's a woman a blond
",N'nneneI She must be a breed."
"nni-ds don't have yellow halrr de
clared the other.
Swiftly tbey bent In the free dogi
and lasbed tbe team to a run. Tbey
felt tbe chill of death In their bonrs.
and Itmteod of riding tbey ran with tbe
sled till their blood beat painfully
Their outer coverings were like shells,
their underclothes were soaked, and.
although tbelr going was dliilcult and
clumsy, tbey dared not stop, for thU
U tbe extreme! peril of tbe north.
Tbey swung over tbe river bank nnd
Into the midst of great rambling frame
buildings. Their trail led them to a
high banked cabin. Another mile
would bave meaut disaster
"Rout out tbe owner and tell blm
we're wet," aald Emerson, "I'll free
Uefore he conld reach the cabin the
door opened and Fraser apeared. a
strange, dazed look on his face, tie
was followed by a large man of sullen
"It'a no use," Fraser si Id. "W can't
"What's wrong? Somebody sick?"
"I don't know what's the matter
ThU man Just saya nlx.' that'a alL"
The fellow growled, "Yaas; Ay got
"Dut you don't understand," aald
Emerson. "We're wet. We broke
through tbe Ice. tierer mind tbe
room. We'll get along somehow."
"Yon can't come In bar. Yon Ond
anoder bouse free mile furder."
The traveler pushed forward. Invol
untarily tbe watchman drew back,
whereupon the unwelcome visitor
crowded past. Jostling hla Inhospitable
host roughly. Emerson's quick action
gained blm entrance, and Fraser fol
lowed behind Into tbe living room,
wbere a flat nosed squaw withdrew
before them. Tbo young man address
ed ber peremptorily:
"I'uncb up that tire and get uaaomc
tblng to eat, quick."
Sour obedience followed,
Fraser bad been watching tbe fel-.
low and now remarked to hla compan
ion: Hoy. what alia that ginney?"
Tbe assumption of good nature fell
away from Uoyd Emerson as be re
"I never knew anybody to refuse
sbolter to freezing men before."
Tbe watchman reappeared.
"You can't stop barf be said. "At
got orders. Ily Ylogo. Ay trow you
He stooped and gathered up tbe gar
ments uearest blm. then stepH-d to
uHrd the outer door, but before he
could ninke good his threat Eiuerxon
whirled like a cat. his deep set eye
dnrk with sudden fury, and seized hlx
boit by the nnpe of the neck, (le
Jerked hi in buck so roughly that the
wet rlothes Hupped to the floor In four
directions, wbereut tbe H'-utidluuvluii
let form a bellow, but Emerson struck
him benvlly on the Jaw with his open
bund, then burled blm tmekwurd Into
the room so violently that he reeled.
wuU. his legs colliding with a beiii-h.
he fell agiilUHt tbe wall. Ills dmhuII
, , , lroMj
Emerson, stepping buck, aiioke In
quivering voice which Fraser bud bev
el heard before:
"I'm Just pluylug with you now. I
don't wuiil to hurt you "
"5et out, of my house! Ay got or
ders'" cried the watchman and made
lor him again
Emersoni dnigued him to his own
d"orn. Jerked the door open and
kicked him mil Into the snow, then
barred the entrance and returned to
the warmth of the logs, bis face con
vulsed and bis lips worVJog.
When the slnttcrnly wmnntt had
slnuk forth nnd wit litHrd nt the
J ' stove I'titoi-uttt observed intHiigly:
i "I munler wlint ihwswswI Itmt fel
low to net ns ho did."
I "He tmld he hud orders." l-'nuor of
fcrcd "If I hud n uiirtn rulilti. n lot
of grub nnd 11 Nqiinw I'd like to koo
somebody gle me orders."
Their clothing wu dry now. nnd
I thev iirtH-eeded to dross leisurely
When they Hud flnNlietl their rotToo
EuiiTMon Inld two silver dollurs on the
table, mid they loft the house tosourvh
out the river trull ngulu.
The darkness wn uMti them when
they crept up the opHwe Punk nn
hour Inter loutird n group of sluidowy
I buildings. Appmnrhlng the tmllhiry
gieutu of light hlnltig from the win
dow of the VMitrlumin's hou-ie, t hoy ap
plied to turn for oheiter.
"You omi't stop here." griitlty.
"Is there a rttidlioue tieur liyT'
"Trj the next plueo below." wild the
wntrhmnu hurriedly, sliiiiiuilug the
dtmr In ihetr furs mid tMiltltig It.
At the uet stop the.v oiirolinlerod
the snnie gnin show of liiho-ipltnllty.
"I'll limke one more try," sulil I'tnrr
son ttctmvu tils tivth gratingly. "IX
lusKBo.N Htircn ins ikmt ut the rur
UK TIIK NKCK.
that docun't succeed tbeu I'll take pos-ne-uion
A mile further on they drew up be
fore a white pile suruioiiutcd by a dim
ly dUicrned Creek criuw, but their sig
nals uwnkcucd no response.
They wasted no words when, for the
fourth time their eyes caught tbe wel
come sight of n shining radiance In
"Unhitch!" ordered Emerson dogged
ly 11s be began to untie the rox-s of
the Hied. He shouldered the sleeping
bugs nnd made toward the light that
filtered through tbe crusted windows,
followed by Fraser similarly burdened.
Hut as they npproiichcd they saw nt
oure flint this was no cannery; It look
ed more like a madhouse or trading
uvt llehlnd nnd connected with It
by a covered hnll or pnmngewny
rrourhed another squat building of thu
same character. Its roof piled thick
with a mass of snow, Ita windows
'llii'v mounted the steps of the nigh
building nnd without knocking flung
the door open, entering. With u sharp
exclamation an Indian womau regard
ed them round eyed.
"Were all right this time," obsepred
Emerson "It's n store." Then to the
uniTinn li anlfl liH,Hr 'Vn urnnl n '
bed nnd something to cut?
On fiery side the wnlls were shelved
with merchandise, while the counter
carried u supply of clothing nnd skins
"nui you want;- ueinnnucu tue
lloytl nnd Fraser, divesting them
solve of their furs, noticed that she
, wiis little mure than u girl a native
I "I'iMid: Sleep!" Uoyd replied.
I "You cfn't slop here," the girl as
"Ob. yes. we can." said Emerson,
I The squuw called. "Consinnilne!"
The tall figure of a mini emerged, nd
' vaneing swiftly
It wiih the copper hui-d native who
hnd n-Hcued them from the river enr
Her In Hie day The Indian girl broke
into u torrent of excited- volubility
"You no stop bore," said Consfnn
tine Making luwurd thu outer door
' tie flung II oen.
1 "We've come a long way nnd we're
tired," Emerson argued lie faced the
Indian with bis buck to the stove, his
voice taking ou u determined nolo
-We won't leave here until we nre
reudy Now tell your 'klootch' to gel
us some supper. Quick!"
A soft voice from the rear of the
room halted the edvmiclui: Indian.
"Consinnilne," It suld.
The travelers whirled lo see, stand
lug out In relief ngulnst the darkness
of the piiMMiige whence the Indian hud
just come 11 few xetonih before, the
gulden haired girl of the storm tu
whom they hud been Indebted for their
N-soiio. Kho advanced, smiling pleas
"Those 101 n no stop bore!" cried Con
"I I beg pardon." begun Emerson.
"We didn't Intend lo inke forcible pos
session, but we're played out we've
boon denied shelter everywhere we
Klie addressed tire Indian girl In
Aleut and signaled to Constantino, nt
which the two natives retired. '
"We're glad of nu opportunity tn
tlmnk you for your timely service this
afternoon." suld Emerson.
"Oh, that was nothing. I've boon ex
pecting you hourly You see, C'onstau
line's little brother fins the measles,
and I had to get to him before the nu
lives could give the poor little fellow
a Russian batb uud then stand blm out
fl0C0 B r pk H I Hi LJ
ETU IT IT From now on I will press up any suit. 1 soil, Vn T r
V IvJLVl free of charge, once a month for six months " IxJLJE
In the snow Thoy he only one
trentment for til iIIm-iioi-h "
"If your-er father" The girl
shook her head
"Then your huslwwid-l sbo'ild like
arrange with film m hire iiIl:Uikh for
a few days. The iimtler of iii'iiey"-
Agalu she entile to bis ri-M-uu.
"I am the man Of the house I'm
boss here. You are qiltle oh nine t
stay as long hs you wish. Cniiinniim
objects to my hospltHllty nod tremi,
strangers alike, fourlug they iiiuy l
company men "
"We throwiil n Swisle out on his
neck," dcclnnsl 'riier. swelling ltn
conscious luiMirtuiiee. "and I gin--he's
'crabbed' us with the other squiire
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