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    HEPPNER GAZETTE TIMES, HEPPNER, OREGON, THURSDAY, DEC. 15, 1927.
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Iubel Perry recommends m life of erlme,
adventure, romance and excitement as i
cure for Archibald Bennett's uerva. Ar.
chie goes to Bailey Harbor to investigate a
house for hia sister and spends the night
In the empty house. He is awakened by
footsteps during the light; the intruder
fires at him and misses. Archie fires in re
turn. He doesn t know whether he has
lulled or only wounded the man, but fear
ing the publicity, plans to make his es
cape. In his flight he meets "The Govern.
or" mester mind criminal who mistakes
him for a fellow criminal. Archie, afraid
to tell the truth, falls in with "The Gov
ernor." A aeries of events , leads him to
believe he has shot Putoey Congdon the
owner of the house. They proceed to New
York, where they are visited by Julia, the
Governor's sister. Archie promises her he
will stick with the Governor through the
strange phase she claims he is passing
tnrougn. wnue strolling in the park, Ar
chie sees Mrs. Congdon with her two chil
dren, and is witness to the kidnapping of
the little girl, Edith. He learns from the
Governor that the father-in-law of Mrs.
Congdon a very wealthy man is engaged
in me circulation or counterfeit twenty,
dollar gold pieces. They're to Rochester
where the Governor receives a letter from
Ruth, the girl he loves, in which she tells
him he may be able to .serve her.
At a dance at Kuth's home Archie meets
Isabel and they are reconciled. Archie
and tne Governor promise to And Edith
Congdon and whisk her away to Iaabel's
camp. They secure work on Eliphalet
txjnguon s iarm, wnere fcdltn nas been
taken. They learn that Putney Congdon
the man Archie shot is also there. While
Arcnie is teaching Edith to ride the Gov
ernor kidnaps herT
When Putney Congdon leaves the farm.
Archie follows him. They become friendly
and Archie agrees to go with Putney to
, Huddleeton, where they meet the Governor.
The Governor tells Archie that Carey, Isa
bel's cousin, has blocked the camp and
they are unable to get supplies.
Isabel and Ruth attempt to run the
blockade. They are run down by Carey's
launch and the canoe overturns. Archie,
I.eary and the Governor, on the way to the
camp, rescue them. The next day the Gov
ernor's tug runs through with a cargo of
supplies. ,
The Governor quickly recovered hia
spirits and with characteristic en
thusiasm began putting the new
launch through its paces. W!:eh he
found that Putney was skilled in the
handling of such craft he cheerfully
turned the Inunch over to him.
"You take it nnd run up to Calder
ville, whero you'd better get supper.
Pick up the Heart ODreams mail
and bring it back to Huddleston, and
meet us on the wharf at nightfall.
We've got a heavy night's work ahead
of us. Archie and I are going aboard
the tug to study your father's case
carefully. You may, rely upon us to
extricate him from hie embarrass
ments." As they boarded the Arthur B.
Grover the Governor bade Archie fol
low him to the bow where Eliphalet
was moodily gazing into the water.
"Mr. Congdon," the Governor be
gan, "as a mere looker-on at the pass
ing show I'm persuaded that you're
not getting much out of life."
"What I do or do not do," cried the
old man, "is none of your infernal
business."
"An error of considerable magni
tude. I am qualified to offer you ex
cellent advice based on exact infor
mation as to your intimate domestic
affairs. You're a meddlesome per
son, Mr, Congdon, with a slight ele
ment of cruelty in your makeup, and
morally you are Bkidding. As a result
of your miserly ways and your selfish
ness you've just about ruined your
life. The penitentiary yawns for
you. But in spite of your cowardly
conduct I'm rather disposed to pull
you out of the hole.
"I'll make you a proposition. I've
heard that you mnke a habit of car
rying your will around in that um
brella. Give me the thing!"
Eliphalet hesitated, but the Govern
or gently pried it from the old man's
fingers. It was a heavy, bulgy, disreputable-looking
umbrella with a
battered curved handle. The Govern
or opened it, shook out a number of
manila envelopes, all carefully sealed,
and flung the umbrella from him. As
it struck the water it spread open
and the wind seited it and bore it
gaily awny. The Governor watched it
for a moment then began opening
the envelopes and scanning the con
tents. "It's evident from the dates of these
wills that you've been steadily cut
ting your bequest to your son," the
Governor was saying. "Watch me,
Archie, so you can bear witness to the
destruction of these things; they're
all going to feed the fishes except
this earliest one, which divides the
property in generous lumps between
Putney Congdon and his children,
with a handsome personal recognition
of Mrs. Congdon. That shall be pre
served. "Now, Mr. Congdon, if you will
promise me never to make another
will without consulting me, but will
agree not to interfere any further
with your son's family or his wife or
his children, I'll guarantee that in
due season you'll leave this tug a
free man."
"I promise," said the old man stead
ily. And his face expressed infinite
relief. The pathos of the weazened
little figure now stripped of its ar
rogance, and the assertion of a long
latent kindliness in his countenance,
encouraged the hope that happier
things were in store for all the
Congdona,
The Governor and Archie were
waiting on the Huddleston wharf
when Putney and Leary returned
from Calderville, bringing two sacks
of Heart O' Dreams mall.
"That's fine," said the Governor.
"Archie, you and Leary take the
launch and carry the mail over to
Heart 0' Deams. At twelve o'clock
meet me about a quarter of a mile
this side of Carey's barricade; Leary
has the place spotted so he can find
It in the dark."
"I have a surprise for you," said
Ruth, when Archie handed over the
mall. "If you will step to the door,
bear left ten yards and stop by a
bench under our tallest pine some one
you pretend to like rather particular
ly may appear."
"Isabel I" he exclaimed as she came
toward him out of the shadows and
paused by the bench.
"I haven't yet had the opportunity
to say how happy I am that you are
able to be up. I'm grateful for this
glimpse of you. It's always just
glimpses. But those glimpses do
funny things to my heart."
"That heart of yourst How did it
ever manage to survive the strain and
excitement of last night?"
"Oh, it functioned splendidly. But
it was at work in a good cause.
love you, Isabel, I love you!" he said
softly. . .
"You must never say that to me
again," she said slowly and deter
minedly. "After my stupid, cruel
thoughtlessness you must hate me.
I've had time to do a good deal of
thinking, and my opinion of myself
Isn't very high. Out of sheer con
trariness that night in Washington
I teased you into doing things that
led you into danger and the danger
is still about us. I'm sorry; with all
my heart I'm sorry! If anything
should happen to you it would be my
fault my very grievous sin! And
maybe there are other men that I may
nave said similar things to oh, you
were not the first!" she laughed for
lornly. "They, too, may have plung
ed into the same pit I dug for you.
un, now foolish I've been I"
"I want you to promise," she was
saying, "that you won't in any way
interfere with my cousin here. I
can't have you taking further risks."
You would hav? us run just as the
game grows interesting. Of course
we're not going to quit the field and
leave that fellow here to annoy you I
He's aangerous character and we re
going to get rid of him."
She was depressed, much as Ruth
had been a few hours earlier, and his
efforts to win her to a happier frame
of mind were unavailing.
She jumped up quickly nad hurried
away, her head bowed. He watched
her until she was swallowed up in
the darkness.
Shortly before midnight Archie and
Leary left the Arthur B. Grover and'
paddled cautiously toward the point
fixed by the Governor for their ren
dezvous. They were fortified with a
rifle, a shotgun, and several packets
of rockets for signaling the tug.
Leary, restless because he couldn't
smoke, was silent. He managed his
paddle so deftly that there was hard
ly a drip that could announce their
proximity to any one lvinsr in wait on
th bay. Several minutes before Ar
chie caught the listless wash of calm
waters on a beach, Leary heard it and
paused, peering at the opaque curtain
of the woodland beyond the lighter
shadow of the shore.
"We struck it right," he announced
returning from an examination of the
shore markings. They carried the
canoe into the wood and lay down be
side it, communicating in whispers.
An instant later the Governor!
threw himself on the ground beside
them. He rested for a few moments
then jumped up.
"Well, boys, everything's readyl"
One by one his little army assem
bled, rising from the ground like
spectres. Leary was already deploying
the men. The Governor laid his hand
on Archie's shoulder. In the contact
something passed between them,
such a communication as does not
often pass from the heart of one man
to another.
If it comes to the worst for me,
you and Isabel will look out for Ruth.
I needn't ask you that. Use the tug
quickly to clear things up here; there
must be nothing left to tell the tale.
See old man Congdon keeps his prom
ise. That will of his is in my blue
serge coat in the closet of my room.
If I die bury me on the spot; no fool
ishness about that. I died to the
world seven yaers tonight, so a sec
ond departure will call for no flow
ers!"
When they reached the little
stream that defined the boundary of
Heart 0' Drsims tei'ilory the Gov
ernor, Archie and Leary got in readi
ness for their dash ncross the bridge
and over the barricade. The purl of
the water eager for i s entrance into
the bay struck upon Archie's ear with
a spiteful insistence. There was not
a sound from the further side of the
stream. They crawled acrocs the
brfuge and Archie ran his hand over
the frame of logs against which
stones had been heap d in a rough
wall, as the Governor explianed to
him. Archie had determined to lead
the assault, but while he was seeking
a footing in the crevices the Governor
swung himself to the top. His foot
struck a stone perched on the edge
and it rolled down into the camp with
a great clatter.
As though it had touched a trigger
a shot-gun boomed upon the night,
indicating that Carey had not been
caught napping. Orders given in a
shrill voice and answering shouts
proclaimed the marshaling of his
forces. Archie and Leary reached the
Governor as he was crawling over
the stones. Some one threw a shovel
ful of coals upon a heap of wood that
evidently had been 'looked in inflam
mable oil, for the flames rose with a
roar.
It may have ben that Carey had
grown wary of murder as a means of
gaining his end after the escapade of
the previous night, for the first move
of his men was to attempt to drive
out the invadirs with rifles swung as
clubs. Carey screamed at them hys
terically, urging them to greater ef
forts. The great bonfire kept the bellig
erents constantly in sight of each
other, sulking, dodging, engaging in
individual encounters poorly calculat
ed to bring victjry to either Bide.
One of Carey's men lay near the bar
ricade, insensible from a crack over
the head from a rifle butt. Hia plight
was causing uneasiness among his
comrades, who began drawing back
toward the shadows. Carey, seeing
that their pluck was ebbing, cursed
them.
"We ain't gettin' anywhere! Leary
growled at the end of a third incon
elusive hand-to-hand struggle with
only a few battered heads as the re
sult.
"There's gold for all of you!"
screamed Carey to his men, and urged
them to another attack.
They advanced again,-but Archie
was quick to see that they came into
the light reluctantly and precipitated
themselves half-heartedly into the
struggle. The Governor, too, was
aware of their diminished spirit and
got his men in line for a charge.
"We'll clean 'em up this time,
boys!" he called encouragingly.
He took the lead, walking forward
calmly, and in a low tone pointing
out the individual that each should
attack. The quiet orderliness of the
movement, or perhaps it was a sense
of impending defeat roused Carey to
a greater fury than he had yet shown.
As the invaders broke line for the
assault, 'he leaped at the Governor
and swung at him .viciously with a
rifle. The Governor sprang aside and
the gun slipped from Carey's hand
and clattered against the barricade.
Angered by his failure, and finding
his men yielding, Carey abruptly
changed his tactics. He ran back
beyond the roaring fire and caught
up another rifle. Leary began circling
round the flame in the hope of grap
pling with him, but he was too late.
Without taking time for aim, Carey
leveled the weapon and fired through
the flames.
Archie, struggling with a big woods
man, beat him down and turned as
the shot rang out. The Governor
was standing apart, oddly and
strangely alone it seemed to Archie,
and he was an eternity falling. He
raised nimseir slightly, carrying his
rifle high above his head, and his face
was uplifted as though in that su
preme moment he invoked the stars
of his dreams. Then he pitched for
ward and lay very still.
Carey s shot seemed to have broken
the tacit truce against a resort to
arms. There was a sharp fusillade,
followed by a scramble as the bellig
erents sought cover. The men who
had been left outside now leaped
over the barricade. The appearance
of reinforcements either frightened
Carey or the success of his shot had
awakened a new rage in his crazed
mind, for he emptied his rifle, firing
wildly as he danced with a fantastic
step toward the prone figure of the
Governor.
Carey now seemed oblivious to ev-
erythnig that was happening about
him as he continued his dance of
triumph. In the midst of this weird
performance, suddenly widening the
circumference of his operations, he
stumbled. As he reeled, Archie rush
ed in, gripping his throat and falling
upon him.
The breath went out of the man as
he struck the ground, and Archie
jumped up and left him to Congdon
and Leary. ,
Perky was kneeling beside the Gov
ernor tearing open Mb shirt which
was already crimson from a fast
flowing wound.
'Hes hurt bad; its the end of
him!" muttered the old man helpless
ly.
There s nothing to be done here,"
said Archie. "We must cross to Hud
dleston as quickly as possible."
At Carey's downfall his men fled
through the woods, pursued by sev
eral of the Governor's party. Perky
seized the rockets and touched one
after the other to the flames of the
bonfire. The answering signal rose
from the bay. "
"The tug's moving up, said Perky.
A thousand and one things flitted
through Archie's mind. The Gov
ernor had not opened Mb eyes; his
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breath came In gasps, at long, pain
ful intervals. To summon aid thru
the usual channels would be to in
vite a scrutiny of their operations
that could only lead to complications
with the law and a resulting public
ity that was to be avoided at any
hazard. It was hardly fair to call
upon the young woman physician at
Heart 0' Dreams, and yet this was
the only safe move. While Perky and
Leary were fashioning a litter for the
Governor, he dispatched two messen
gers to Heart 0' Dreams, one through
the woods and the other in a canoe.
They would make tM croBsini: in
Carey's launch, while the tu now
showing its lights close inshore could
be svt for tbe doctor. Two men had
already Btarted for the beach with
Carey bound and gagged and he was
to be kept on the tug until some way
could be found of disposing of him.
"I'll stay behind; I gotta clean up
here; You don't need to know nothin'
about it," said Leary gruffly.
One of Carey's men had been shot
and instantly killed. Another still
lay unconscious near the barricade
from his battering on the head early
in the fight. Leary grimly declared
that.the others would not be likely
to talk of their night's adventure.
It had been a foolhardy undertaking
with potentialities and danger that
added fear to the grief in Archie's
heart at the Governor's fall. At best
the thing was horrible, and but for
the coolness with which Leary and
Perky were meeting the situation Ar
chie would have been for abandoning
any attempt at secrecy.
"It was th' ole Governor's way o'
doing it," said Leary, as though read
in Archie's thoughts. "Ole Governor
never made no mistakes. We ain't
a goin' to make no mistakes now, do
in' what he tole us not to do. I'll go
back and bury that poor devil and
cover up the place. All you gotta do
is to fergit about it and take care of
ole Governor."
Archie was very humble as he re
flected that he hadn't done justice to
the intelligence and charm, to say
nothing of the professional skill of
Dr. Katherine Reynolds in his hur-
ried glimpse of her at Heart 0'
Dreams. His fear that a woman doe
tor, who was really only a girl of the
age of Ruth and Isabel, would not
be equal to the emergency were dis
missed an hour after she reached
Huddleston. She brought the camp
nurse with her and was fortified with
bags of instruments and hospital
supplies.
She went about her examination
without a question; made it as though
she were daily in the habit of dealing
with' wounded men; specifically call
ed for boiling water, laid out sponges
and bottles and oddly shaped trinkets
of steel, and the Governor's room in
the raVneaackle hotel was quickly
transformed into a surgery. Perky
had gone aboard the tug, which was
to remain in the bay until the out
come of the Governor's injury could
be learned. Putney Congdon kept Ar
chie company in the hall outisde the
sick room.
The morning was breaking when
the door was opened.
There's about one chance in
thousand," said Dr. Reynolds, looking
very tired, but smiling bravely; "but
we've taken the chance. There are
reasons, I assume, why this matter
should be kept quiet, and of course
you know the danger, to you and
all of us!"
"It's splendid of you to accept the
responsibility; be sure I appreciate
it!"
"But I have no right to take it,
I've done all I know how to' do, but
there should be another head and a
surer hand. Dr. Mosgrove of Chicago
as a summer home twenty miles from
Heart 0' Dreams. He's an old friend
of my family and one of the most
skillful Burgeons in America. I've
written him a note and I'm sure he
will come instantly."
The note was sent to the tug for
delivery and at eight o'clock the sur
geon was at Huddleston. He went
into the sick room immediately and
it was an anxious group who silently
awaited his verdict.
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