The Bend bulletin. (Bend, Or.) 1903-1931, March 04, 1920, WEEKLY EDITION, Page PAGE 8, Image 8

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Devil's Own.
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ills Imna went up Tnvoluntnrlly. It
Is possible ho had never missed It be
fore, for rt took of Indecision came Into
tho man's face tho first symptom of
weakness I hncl ever detected there.
"It must Imvc been lost mlslnld "
"It was; and I chnnec to ba able to
tell yon where In this very room.
Here is your pin, you Incarnate devil.
I found It caught In those blankets
yonder. This Is not your first visit to
this cabin ; yon were here with Indian
"It's a d d !lo "
But Kennedy had him, locked In a
vise-like grip. It was well ho had, for
the fellow had hurst Into n frantic
rage, yet was hound so utterly helpless
rs to appear almost pitiful. The
knowledge of whnt he had planned, of
httt despicable treachery left us mer
ciless. In spite of his struggles we
bore htm to the floor, and pinned htm
there, cursing una snapping IIKo a
'wild beast.
"Tear up one of those blankets," I
called back over my shoulder to Hall.
"Yes, Into strips, of course; now bring
them here. Tim, you tie the fellow
yes. do a good Job; I'll hold hltn. Lie
ntlll, Klrby, or I shall have to give you
the butt of this gun In the face."
He made one last effort to break
free, and, as tny hand attempted to
close on his throat, tho clutching fing
ers caught tho band of his shirt, and
dipped It wide open. There, directly
before me, a scar across his hairy, ex
posed chest, was a broad, black mark,
a tribal totem. I stared down at It,
recognizing Its significance.
"By Heaven, Tim, look at this I" I
cried. "He is an Indian himself a
black Sac!"
I do not know what delayed the
attack of (he savages, unless they wero
waiting for some signal which never
came. I passed from loophole to loop
hole, thus assuring myself not only
that they stilt remained, hut that the
cabin was completely surrounded, al
though the manner In which the war
riors had been distributed left the
great mass of them opposite the front.
The others evidently composed a mcro
gunrd to prevent escape. No move
ment I could observe Indicated an Im
mediate assault; they rather appeared
to be awaiting something.
Those I saw were all dismounted,
and had advanced toward the cabin as
closely as possible without coming
within the range of guns. They had
also sheltered themselves as far as
possible behind clumps of brush, or
ridges of rock, so that I found It diffi
cult to estimate their number. Only
occasionally would a venturesome
warrior appear for a moment In tho
open, as he glided tifealthlly from the
protection of one covert to another.
No doubt some were brought within
range of our rifles, as these efforts
were usually made to more advanced
positions, but I forbade firing, in the
vuguc hoper that, not hearing from
Klrby, the chiefs might become dis
couraged and draw off without risking
an open attack.
This was more a desperate hope,
rather than any real faith I possessed,
lleyond doubt the Indian chief knew,
or thought he knew, our exact strength
before be consented to use his war
riors In this assault.
If the band hail trailed us to tills
Kpot, it lmd been done through the
Influence of Klrby, an.d he had, beyond
tiiestlon, Informed them as to who
we were, and the conditions under
which we had fled from Yellow Hank.
The only addition to our party since
them was the rescued boy. They would
have little fear of serious lots In. an
attack upon two men, and two women,
unarmed, except possibly with n pistol
nr two, even though barricaded be
hind the log walls of a cabin. And,
with one of their number within, any
uttempt t defense would he but u
farce. This same gang had olready
sacked tho cabin, taking with them, as
they believed, every weapon It con
tained. Iu their haste they had over
looked the cellar below. They had no
thought of Its existence, nor that we
tiwiilted them rifles in hand and with
nn ample supply of powder and lead.
Whatever mlghi ho the final result, a
surprise of no pleasant nature was
awaiting their advance.
Convinced, as I had become, that
Illuck nk was actually wltii the
party, although I was unable to obtain
any glimpse of him, I felt there was
small chance of his departure, without
making at least one effort to rapture
tiio cabin. That was his nature, his
reputationthat of n bulldog to hung
nn, a tiger to Mr;'u More, even, this
bund of raiders must be far south of
the main hodyof tho Hawk's follow
ers, and henco in danger themselves.
They would never remain here long,
facing the possibility of discovery, of
lunlng their retreat cut off. If they
ntt: "Wed tho attempt would not be
loi lelayed.
t there was nothing left to do
bu alt. Wo wero already as com
pi ' prepared as possible with our
u ces, '
twain assault would undoubtedly
be Ivercd (rota tho front, directed
np t the door, the only point where
tb nuld hope to break in. Here
TJ id Myself held our positions, as
rr as we could be for any emer
gency, Tind watchfuPof ihu slightest
movement without. Tim had even
brought up tho half-keg of conrse pow
der from tho cellnr, and rolled It Into
one corner out of tho wny. His only
explanation was, a grim reply to my
question, that "it mought he mighty
handy ter hav round ofore the frneus
wus done." There was no fear In
Klolse, no shrinking, no evidence of
cowardice. Not once did I feel the
need of giving her word of encour
agement even as I glanced toward
her It was tc perceive the gleam of n
plstot gripped In her hand. She was
of the old Trench lighting stock,
which never falls.
Against the log wall n few yards
nway, Klrby strained nt his blanket
bonds, and had at Inst succeeded In
lifting himself up fur enough so ns
to stare about the room. There was
none of the ordinary calm of the
gambler nbout the fellow now all the
pitiless hate, nhd love of revenge
which belonged to ills wild Indian
blood blazed In his eyes. Ho glared
nt me In sudden, Impotent rage.
Ton think you've got me, do you I"
he cried, scowling nenxs; then an ugly
grin distorted his thin lips. "Not yet
you haven't, you soldier dog. I've got
some cards left to play In this game,
you young fool. Whnt did you butt
In for anyway? This was none of your
affair. D you. Knox, do you know
who she is? I mean that white-faced
chit over there do you know who
she is? She's my wife; do you hear?
my wife I I've got the papers, d
you! She's mine! mine; and I am
going to have her long after you're
dead yes. and the whole d Ileau
cnlre property with her. By G I you
tnlk nbout fighting why there are fifty
Indians out here. Walt till they find
out whnt has happened to me. Oh.
I'll watch you dlo nt tho stake, you
sneaking white cur, nnd spit in your
face I"
"Klrby." I snld sternly, but quietly,
stepping directly across toward him
"You are n prisoner, nnd helpless, but
I am going to tell you now to hold
your tongue. Otherwise you will never
see me nt the stake, because I shall
blow your brains out where you lie."
"You dnrc not do"
"And why not? It will rid the girl of
you, nnd that means something to me
and her. Just try me, nnd see."
nc must have read the grim mean
ing in my face, for he fell back against
the log., muttering Incoherently. Ids
dark eyes wells of hate, his face n
picture of malignancy, but utterly
helpless the lurking coward In him.
unable to face my threat I left him
and stooped abovo her.
"We shall be busy presently; the de
lay cannot be much longer. I am
afraid that fellow may succeed some
how in doing us harm, no Is crazed
enough to attempt anything. May I
trufct you to guard him?"
TTer eyes, absolutely fearless nnd di
rect, looked straight up into mine.
"Yes, he will mnke no movement I
shall not see. Tell mo; do you believe
there is hope?"
"God knows. We shall do our best
If the worst comes what?"
"Do not fear for me; do not let any
memory of me turn you aside from
your work," she said quietly. "I know
what you mean and pledge you I shall
never fall Into his bunds. It It can
not be wrong. I nm sure, and and I
must tell you that. I I could not,
Steven, for for I love you."
My eager hands were upon hers, my
eyes greedily reading the message re
vealed so frankly In tho depths of her
own. She only was In my thoughts;
wo were there alone alone.
"They're n cotnln', Cup," yelled Ken
nedy and his rifle cracked. "IJy O i
they're hero I"
With one swift spring I was back at
my deserted post nnd firing. Never
before bad I been In an Indian battle,
but they lmd 'told mo at Armstrong
that the Sacs were fighting men, I
knew it now. Tills was to be no play
at war but a grim, relentless struggle.
They came en masse, rustling reckless
ly forward across the open space,
pressing upon each other In headlong
deslro to bo first, yelling like fiends,
guns brandished In air, or spitting fire,
animated by but one purpose the
battering of C way Into that cabin. I
know not who led them all I saw
was n mass or iiuir-naueu bodies
bounding toward me, long lialr stream
ing, copper aces aglow, weapons glit
tering In, the light. Yes, I saw more
the meaning of that fierce rush; the
instrument of destruction they brought
with them. It was there in the center
of the maelstrom of leaping figures,
protected by the grouped bodies, halt
hidden by gesticulating red arms a
huge log, borno Irresistibly forward
on the shoulder of twenty warriors,
gripped by other bunds, and hurled
toward us as though swept on by a
human sea. Again and again I fired
bljudly Into tho yelping mob; I heard
tho crack of Tim's rlflo echoing mine,
nnd the chug of lead from without
striking the solid logs. Bullets
ploughed crashing through the door
panels and Elslc'.t shrill screams of
fright rang out above tho unearthly
din. A slug tore through my loophole,
drawing blood from my shoulder in
llsirirssTige, uiitniulfeflTlvn TnTeTTinVno
opposite wnll. In front of tu snvngos
foil, staggering, screams or anger nnd
agony mingling ns tho astonished ns
SHllants tho light before them.
An Instant wo held them, startled,
and demoralized. The warriors hear
ing the log stumbled over n dead body
nnd went down, tho great timber
crushing out ittother life as It fell,
Again wo fired, thin time straight Into
their faces but there was no stopping
them. A red blanket Hashed back be
yond the big tree; n guttural voice
shouted. Its hoarse note vising above
the hellish uproar, nnd those demons
were on their feet again, tilled with
new frensy. It was n mlmitcun
more. With n blow thnt shook tho
cabin, propelled by twenty strong
arms, the great tree, butt struck,
splintering the oak wood ns though it
were so much pine, nnd driving n
Jagged hole clear through one panel.
Kennedy was there, hinting nwny dl-
rectly Into tho assailants' eyes, nnd I
Joined him.
Again they struck, and again, the
Jagged end of their battering rum pro
truded through the shattered wood.
We killed, but they wern too many.
Once more the great butt came crash
ing forward, this tlmo cavity: In the
entire door, bursting It hack upon its
hinges. In through the opening tho
ml mob hurled lelf, reckless of death
or wounds, mad with the thirst for
victory; a Jam of naked beasts, crazed
by tho smell of blood u wnvje of
slaughter, crested with brandished
guns nnd gleam of tomahnwks.
There Is nothlit- to remember
nothing but blows, curses, yells, the
crunch of steel on Hesh, the horror of
cruel eyes glowering Into yours, the
clutching of lingers nt your throat, the
spit of fire singeing you, the strain of
combat hand to hand the knowledge
thnt It Is all over, except to die. t
had no sense of fear; no thought1 but
to kill and he kilted. I felt within me
strength desiK'rate, Insane strength.
Ttie rifle butt splintered In tny hand.
but the bent nnd shapeless barrel roe
and fell like u llnll. I saw it cruMi
against skulls; I Jabbed It straight
Into red faces I I brought It down with
all my force on clutching arms. For
on instant Tim was beside me. He
had lost his gun and was fighting with
a knife. It was only n glimpse I had
of him through red mist the next In
stant he wus gone. A huge fellow
A Huge Fellow Faced M
bago, I Knew.
faced me, a Winnebago, I knew, from
his shaven head. I struck him once,
laying open his cheek to the bono;
then ho broke through and gripped mo.
The rest U what a dream; a de
lirium fever? I know not; it comes to
me in flushes of mud memory. I was
struck again and ngnln, stubbed, and
flung to tho floor. Moccuslucd feet
trod on me, and some fiend gripped my
lialr, bending my head buck acrox u
dead body, until I felt the neck cruck.
Above me were nuked legs and anus,
a pandemonium of dancing figures, a
horrible chorus of maddened yells. I
caught u glimpse of Asu Hull flung
high lntogthe ulr, shot dead In mid
night, the whirling body dropping Into
the ruck below. I snw the savage,
whose fingers were twined in my lialr,
lift u gleaming tomahawk and circle It
about Ids head ; I stared into tho hate
of his eyes, and ns it swept down
there was n glurc of red mid yellow
Jlume between in, tho thunder of nn
explosion; the roof above seemed to
burst asunder und full in and dark
ness, death.
(To Be Continued.)
What's Doing in
the Country.
(Continued from rago 2 )
all but Clarence woro down with flu.
Clarence announced that he had had
all his share of tlu last year, no tuoro
for him. The family has all recover
The pupils of Miss Bussotts school
gavo u unique ontortnlnmout und
"shadow" social at tho Shepherd
schoolhouse Suturduy night, tho pro
ceeds to go to tho Armenian Holiof
fund. Dan Hourigan was thoro and
by "bidding up" on some of tho fel-
Brand Directory
Right side; right ear crop
pod; wattle right hind leg
II, L. TONE, Sisters, Ore.
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Don't "Pan" Your Merchant
To The Other Fellow
Talk over your troubles with your
" own merchant--he's human.
Have you ever thought of it that your local merchant is your
employe; that you pay him to perform certain services for you,
which if well done you retain him and if he does not you dis
pense with him and employ another?
Now then if you were employing laborers who ditl not serve
you satisfactorily, you'd call tnem in and talk over matters,
showing them, from your point of view, wherein they were
wrong. And by this procedure, perhaps, you, an employer,
might learn that you, yourself, wero wrong, in that you had a
misunderstanding, were misinformed, or, erhaps, prejudices
held by others against you had influenced tho laborer. In
nine out of every ten cases a conference straightens out mat
ters. Seemingly big difficulties often are, in reality, only triv
ial matters settled in an instant.
Why not try this on your local merchant? He's your employe.
You are the employer. Call on your merchant when things
seem to go wrong. Talk over your problems. He's human and
reasonable. Don't go about panning your merchnt. It's not.
the way to get down to bedrock.
He has some stiff problems every day. Grant that he may
go astray. Your going to him with your troubles will help
him to keep his ear closer to the ground; to feel the pulse.
Your merchant is sincerely trying to give you better merchan
dise lower prices, or at lest the benefit of the best price he
can obtain he's trying to give you service. If he isn't doing
these things to your satisfaction CALL ON HIM AND
POINT OUT WHERE HE IS NOT. There's a little 50-50
idea here. Surely you're willing to go with your merchant
on the basis of an even break.
Bend Merchants' Association
i ...
lows "best girls" shadow, ho ran thai
amount up to $32.50 which wus more
than rwlco tho quota for this
Mr. und Mrs. Davonport of Prlno
vlllo cullers at the C. M. Charl
ton home last week.
James QrltOo is hauling wood to
Prlnovillo. Good wages nro made nt
wood hauling while present prices
prevail, $10 per cord.
K. L. Iveruon and wife weru Red
mond visitors last week.
Tho free danco at Community Halt
was qulto a success, several car loads
wero out from Bund and I'rlnovllle
and a fow from Redmond.
Mr. nnd Mrs. Carl Luldqulst havo
had as guests, their son Druco Llnd
quint und his bride, w:io wns Miss
Ankcs of Terrebonne. They woro
recently murriod at the homo of Mr.
nnd Mrs. Charley Johnson of alfalfa.
Mr. und Mrs. Mudqulst will reside
on tho Ableson placo hero ut Powell
Uutte, having loosed thu sumo for
threo ycurs,
A lino wicker rocking chair u tok
en of ostcjm und appreciation was
presented to Mr. nnd Mrs. Clyde
Moore, newly weds, ut tho charivari
xlven In their honor recently. A largo
crowd wus present und spout u pleas
ant evening.
Mrs. B, I). WilliamB who has bean
quito 111 In a Portland hospital of
pnoumonla Is roporteu ns convales
cent und will soon bo able to come
homo. Her baby, Charlos Edwurd Is
doing ftno, gaining right along.
Mr. und Mrs, R. P. Hchourer havo
moved out to thejr now homo, recent
ly purchased from Allan Wilcoxen,
Frank Pouters family aro at tholr
Powull Ilutte home buying recently
loused tholr Prlnovillo homo to Dr.
Horace. Dolknap. TUioy will remain on
the ranch.
Sheriff John Combs nnd deputy
I'utmun were among tho Prlnovillo
bunch who attended tho danco at
Community Hull,
Powojl Rutin Horosln club hold n
business tnoe.tlng nt Community Hall
last Wednesday,
Warning to Mothers
Mnthors should see thnt tho whole family tnko a thorn, purifying
system cleansing Fls-lk this spring. .VOW IH TIIK TI.MK. Tho family
will bo healthier, happier, and got along butter If tho blood Is given a
thoro purifying, tho stomach nnd bowols cleaned nut, nnd tho germs of
wlntor accumulated In tho system, driven nwuy. JIOI.MHTHR'H ROCKY
MOUNTAIN TKA Is one of tho very best and surest spring medicines to
tuke. Got it nnd seo tho difference in the whole family. Their color
will bo better, thoy'll foci flno and bo well und happy. OWU PHAR-
I '' "" ""'' J." LL 1!!S jyj
The hvituro mileage por set front tires wns tft.ftOri.
Tho uvcniK" mileage per set rear tires wns l!l,fiHI.
Tho iiverngo mileugn per sot four tires wns 11,(110,
Ten per cent of Franklin owners drove more tbiiii IH.000
miles before replacing the original set.
Tho lilgheot record for nillcttgo wus U0.H10.
An niTugo of one puncture for every 1,111 miles.
Only one blowout to three sotN of tires wits reported.
Only one-fourth of the owners curried n nparo tire In Jtllll.
Franklin Motor Car Co.
The Dallas, Oregon.
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