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HEPPNER GAZETTE TIMES, HEPPNER, OREGON, THURSDAY, DEC. 27, 1928
WHAT HAPPENED BEFOBE
Buck Duane, quick on the draw, kills
Cal Blnln in self-defense and becomes
an outlaw. After adventures on the
road he goes to Bland's camp. There
he woundB a man named Bosomer and
becomes a bosom friend of another
named Euchre. He meets Mrs. Bland
and also a girl Jennie, held prisoner
by ' Bland, whom he rescues after a
series of Intrigues In which he is forced
to deceive Mrs. Bland.
This leads to Duune's killing of
Bland, the outlaw leader, and rushing
off with Jennie, who is lost later. Du
ane roams the roads for years as an
derer, a gunman, a victim of cir
cumstances he had loved and lost
and suffered worse than death in
that loss he had gone down the
endless bloody trail, a killer of men,
a fugitive whose mind slowly and
inevitably closed to all except the
instinct to survive and a black de
spair. And now, with this woman in his
arms, her swelling breast against
his, in this moment almost of res-
outlaw, finally going to meet Captain L0.Di ' A i
MacNelly of the Rangers, who had PaBsion and Jy possible only to
asked to see him. MacNelly is kind to
mm, ana oners mm a pardon II ne will
accept an offer to become a Ranger and
go after Cheseldlne's gang. MacNelly
had become interested in Duane after
a Miss Lee had spoken in his behalf.
Duane promises MacNelly to do him
any service. Meanwhile MacNelly gives
Duane much welcome news.
NOW 00 ON WITH' THE STORY
"The Governor got mad and flay
ed us alive. Most rangers were lazy,
useless gun-fighting shysters! Reed
lost his temper. He's hot for the
service. But I kept cool, and told
the Governor straight out that If
he'd pardon you I'd break up Ches
eldlne's gang on the river. That
sort of floored the Governor. He
"I talked to him for an hour, ex
plained how there were only two
ways to exterminate Cheseldine and
the like. Either with an army or
with the ranger service, employing
such a scout as you. The army Idea
wasn't possible. But he was impres
sed by the other. He said: 'Set an
outlaw to catch an outlaw, eh?'
"Then he pondered a while and at
last rang -for his secretary. 'My
political enemies say I'm not liberal-minded
he went on. 'Now, I'm
going to make this a test case of the
ranger service. I'll pardon this gun
sharp Duane on condition you make
him a ranger. That is, he'll not be
pardoned until he is a ranger. Then
we'll see how the scheme works
"MacNelly, I want to Bee this Miss
Lee," said Duane.
"I was thinking of that It's a
good chance. Maybe there'll never
be another one." He paused a mo
ment, chewing his cigar. "All right;
I see no reason against your meet
ing fier," he went on. "But let me
arrange the matter as suits me.
Tomorrow I'll send a ranger over
to Shirley. There's a train and
stage, too. Now, let's turn in, Du
ane. We've talked a deal. And
I was tired before we began. Make
yourself a bed there. Good night."
Duane stepped upon the porch
and rang the bell. After what ap
peared to be a long time a negro
maid opened the door.
"A caller to see Miss Lee," said
The maid asked him In and led
him to a parlor. It was a large
room, light enough, yet full of un
familiar shapes. He stood there un
certain, waiting. The maid return
ed to say that Miss Lee would be
Whoever Miss Lee was, she must
have connection with wealthy peo
ple. Duane felt long-absent asso
ciations become vivid In his mind.
Slowly he turned. A slender wo
man in white stood in the door, one
hand clinging to the curtains, the
other at her breast She was whiter
than her dress as white as a flow
er. Her eyes were dark, strained,
staring, beautiful. The look of them
Duane had seen before.
Duane's lips uttered her name,
yet he had a vague sense of not
hearing his own voice. The move
ment of his lips, his hand, seemed
to animate her. She had been as
still as a statue, and now she was
as if shot through and through with
life. That supporting hand upon
the curtain appeared to uphold her
"Oh, Duane, don't you know
She moved, she swept out her
hands and the wonder of her eyes
dimmed in a flood of tears. She
stepped blindly. Duane's sight,
straining with all the abnormal
keenness of stunned faculties leap
ing back to power, caught a slight
but unmistakable limp in her step.
" In a flash all that had been
strange about her vanished. He
was back In another world one he
had scared over In his heart and
"My God! Who are you?" he
Then she met him, arms out
stretched. "Jennie! Jennie! Jennie!" she
Swift as light Duane caught her
up and held her crushed to his
breast The past, like deadening
scales, fell from him. He stood hold
ing her tight, with the feel of her
warm, throbbing brease and the
clasp of her clinging arms as flesh
and blood realities to fight a terri
ble fear that this was only another
and the worst of those moments
haunted by fantoms.
Despite a stunned consciousness,
ho never lost the true sense of the
exquisite life of that moment. He
felt her and the might of It was
stronger than all the demons of his
unhappy years. Jennie was not
dead. She was alive alive alive!
And he held her as if she had been
his soul his strength on earth -his
hope of heaven against his lips
The strife of doubt all past, the
encroaching of old dark moods fell
short and faded. He found his sight
again. And there rushed over him
a tide of emotion unutterably sweet
and full, strong, like an Intoxicat
ing wine, deep as his nature, some
thing glorious and terrible as the
him who had endured so much.
"Jennie! . Jennie!" he whispered
unsteadily. "No dream no ghost
but you! I didn't know you."
"Yes, Jennie. And you never
knew me!" She stirred and lifted
her face from his breast. Her hands
unclasped from his neck, fell to his
shoulders, and caught there. A stain
of red came into her white face.
"Have I changed so much from
that time over the Rim-Rock?"
"Changed! You're not the same
girl! You've only that old look in
your eyes. I saw you limp that
"I'm still a little lame."
"It was that How everything
rushed back! I saw you as on that
first day in the cabin. It's all clear
er than the thousand times I've
dreamed It Euchre and Bland and
that fierce woman, his wife, and AI
loway! The little shack where you
hid and nursed me. Jennie, I went
back there lived there a whole
year with dreams and ghosts."
He shuddered and looked out of
the window, far beyond, in cold and
sick fancy, to the wilds of desert
gorge. Jennie lifted a hand and
touched his cheek with ineffable
I lived there alone alone like a
crippled wolf. Oh, the lonely nights
the black nights with their faces.
But, Jennie, I found one thing my
He bent over her, looking deep
into her dark, wet eyes.
"What?" she whispered.
"I found I loved you, and one of
my bitterest regrets was that you
never knew It. Hear it now! I love
you! I've always loved you! I
learned to love you there in Bland s
cabin when we planned to save
you. But It never came to me till
I d lost you.
"Then the memory was all that
kept my mind from going. Your
eye used to haunt me, Jennie. I
could see them dark and sad and
watchful as you peered through the
window at me with that woman,
Kate Bland. It all comes back.
Jennie, you must have much to
tell me; and I have much to tell
you. Can you tell me you care for
me? When I think of what you
must have done! Jennie, haven't
you loved me a little?"
She uttered a low laugh that was
half sob and her arms slipped up to
his neck again.
A little! I nearly died of love
for you," she whispered. "I've never
lived a wakeful hour without loving
you, longing for you, praying for
you. Oh, Duane, Duane, I love
Their Hps met in their first kiss.
The sweetness, the fire, of her
mouth seemed so new, so strange,
so irresistible to Duane. His sore
and hungry heart throbbed with
thick and heavy beats. He felt the
outcast's need of love and he gave
up to the enthralling moment.
She met him half-way, returned
kiss for kiss, clasp for clasp, her
face scarlet, her eyes closed, till,
her passion and strength spent she
fell back upon his shoulder.
Duane suddenly thought she was
going to faint He divined then that
she had understood him, would
have denied him nothing, not even
her life, In that moment But she
was overcome, and he suffered a
pang of regret at his unrestraint
"Jennie don't mind it I'm rough
I was enrnird away," he said. I
never knew life could be so sweet"
"I don't mind I'm glad," she re
plied, slipping out of his arms. "But
my breath went and and Come,
let's sit down here by the window."
She led him to a sofa and they
sat down. It seemed then that each
looked at the other with different
eyes, hers dark and sad, troubled,
his glowing and soft, full of won
der. Jennie slipped to her knees and
trembling hands reached up to Du
ane. Don't tell me that McNelly has
made you a ranger?" she implored.
"That's it" replied Duane and
brought himself to face her. He
feared a breakdown or at least a
storm of weeping. But apparently
she grew calmer now, that the truth
'He didn't make you a ranger
just for an excuse for the pardon?"
No. Irs secret special service."
Ah! What is It Duane?"
'I'm to make my way west, find
where Cheseldine hides out with his
picked men, get In with them, and
when they're ready to ride out on
another raid or bank robbery I'm
to plan a trap so McNelly can kill
them or capture them."
Oh, Heaven! Duane, was It for
that MacNelly got your pardon? He
might as well have killed you. To
send you on a mission like that!
Duane, it's impossible. With your
reputation, your known hatred of
border criminals with the death of
Bland, Alloway, Hardin, all those
outlaws against you, why, It would
be utterly hopeless impossible."
t "No, Jennie, not that It could be
done by good management and
"I mean you'd never Bucceed and
then come back," said Jennie. "You
might do the same out there as you
did in Bland's camp. But the risk's
greater. I remember all about Che
seldine. I've never heard his name
since we got away from Bland; but
now it all comes back Bland and
Alloway, Hardin, too, in their talks.
"Duane, let me go back to Mac
Nelly." "What for?"
"To entreat him to release you."
"Why, he wouldn't He's keen to
do this thing. And I don't blame
him. MacNelly's a fine fellow; he's
not wanting in sympathy. But he's
got a man's job, and you couldn't
"Yes, I could. At least, if I could
n't persuade him, I could buy your
release. The ranger service is poor
ly paid. They need money. He could
do much with money. I'll pay him
ten thousand dollars to release
Jennie! Oh, you mustn t think
of such a thing! He wouldn't con
sent Remember, Ira practically
bound to Governor Stone as well as
What Governor Stone would
never know wouldn't hurt him,"
The fire In her eyes had spread.
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Faint red spots appeared In her
white cheeks. Her bosom rose and
fell with deep, hurried breaths. Du
ane! saw in her the fighting spirit
of Texas and sensed a bursting
"Dear Jennie, look at it this way,"
he said persuasively. "Thank Heav
en I'm a free man now! Think
how glad my mother will be. I've
a hard Job on hand. But you know
I'm pretty well able to tackle it
I'll break up Cheseldine's band.
There's a chance. Can't you im
agine what I'll do with that chance
when all the time I'll know you
love me are waiting for me?"
For all the effect this speech pro
duced he might as well have kept
silent Her eyes, black now and
blazing, were on him.
"Duane, return the pardon to
MacNelly and go back to the Nue
ces. Be an outlaw again. I'll go
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