Copyright, 1914, by tt was a morning atark still, clear nine above, wttn white mm drizzle on the snow. Tbe way led up a long wide Nlope of cront. The; moved llko weary guosts In a dead world. "Somottilng la going to happen," La- liUkwee wlitapered. "Don't you fel It bare, there, everywhere? Every thing la strange." "I feel a chill thut la not of cold." Smoke answered. "Nor la it of nun Ber." "It la lu your Lead, your lieart," b!i njrrecd eieltwlly. "That in tliu way 1 fpel It." A quarter of an hour laU;r they imused for breath. "The air la getting tlilek and heavy" in Id La Male wee. "It la bard to breathe." "There be three suns," McCau mut tered hoaraely, reeling aa he clung to bla stair for aupport. They anw n mock aim ou cither aide of the real ami. "There are Ave," (in Id La bisk wee, and as they looked new. sunn formed and flashed before (heir oyns. "liy hmi von. the sky in tilled with suns bcyunt all couulln'," McCnn cried In fear. Which waa true, for, look where they would, half the circle of the sky duz rleil and blazed with new auna form ing. McCnn yelped abnrply with stirnrlse mid pain. "I'm atungt" be cried out. then yelped again. Theu Labiskwee cried out, and fluioke felt a pricking atab ou bin cbeek no cold that It burned like acid. And then a ahot rang out, strangely niullled. Down the alopu were the young men, ataiidlng on thulr aids, and one after another they opened tiro. "Spread out!" Smoke couiiniiHiled. "And climb for It! Wu'ro almost to tho top. They're a quarter of a mllu Mow, and Hint menu a couple of nillca the alait of tbem ou (he down Ruing on the other alilu." , '"J'hank the Lord," Smoke panted to Lablnkwee, "all these auna Hpoll thulr aim." "It shown my father'a (emper," alio wild. "They have orders to kill." "How atruuge you talk!" Htnoko anld. "Vour voice sound far away." "Clover your mouth," Lablakweo cried aiuldenly. "And don't talk. 1 know what It la. Cover your mouth with your sleeve, ihun, and do not I a Ik." I'roni the crent, looking back, they wiw the young men stumbling uud rail ing ou the upward cllinli. "They will uever gel here," LnblHk wee aald. "It la the wlilto death. I t.uow it, thougli I have never seen It. I have lien id the old men talk. Komi will come a mint tiiilllui any mint or fog or frost tmmko you ever auw. Few li:ive awn It and lived." Mi'Cau gaiptnt uud atniugleil. "Keep your month covered," Smoke comma uded. MeCnu bad sunk down, mpiattlng, on hU skis, hi mouth and iyw covered by bin anna. "Come on, miike a Mart," Hmoke or tie rod. "I can't move," Met 'an moaned. "Ut lilm be," Lnlilikweo iniillereil Mrshly. Hut Sinoko persisted, dragging the man to bin feet in id faelug him down the long Mlopu they must no. Then lie nun led him with n above, nud Mec'iiii. Imikiiig niiil steering with his atnlT. Mint Into the sheen of diamond dut and disappeared. Hmoke looked Ut IjiIiUK wee, who Hiulled, llioiiu.li It ns all she could do to keep from sinking down, Ho nodded lor her to piwli (iff, but nIio came near to lilm, and, Hide by aide, a do.en feet npiii't, they tlew down llirouyli the Ntliiglng lliliknen of cold lire. llrnUo lit he would, Smoke's beiivler lvly rallied lit na past her, and lie dashed on nloiie, u long way, nt tiv meltcb.iw apetsl, tliilt did not slneketl (ill bo came out ou a level, crusted plateau, line be liruked till l.nlilsk wee overtook It t lit. and I hey went ou, ngulii aide by Hide, with diminishing Sliced, w hit-It llually reused. The leth aty had grow n mora proiinimeod. The wildest elt'ert of will could move them no mure than at u Hiiail'a pace- They IxiHNitl Mot'iin, again crouched down mi hla aki, and .Smoke routed liiui with ills stuff lu passing. "Now we mum atop," Labiskwee whlsperetl painfully, "or we will die. Wo must cover tip-au the old men mid." She did not delay to untie knots, but bt-gaii cutting her pack lushing. Kiuoke cut his. and, with a last look at I tin llury death mist mid the mock ery of auna, I hey covered themselves over with the sleeping furs and crouch ed III each other' arms Tliey felt iK.ily stumble over them and fall, then heard feeble whimpering (trow nod In a violent coughing tit aud know It nt McCan who htiddletl against tlieni aa lie wrapped bis rvlw about liliu. Their own lung strangling began, and they rucked snd torn by s dry cough, aiieamodlc aud uncontrollable ths Whtslsr Syndloato. Hmoke noted bis temperature rising iu a fever, and Labiskwee aulTered simi larly. Hour after hour the coughing aiiella Increased In frequency and vio lence, and not till late afternoon was the worst reached. After that the mend came slowly, and between spells they dozed In exhaustion. Smoke awoke with Hps touching bis Hps. Ho lay partly in Lablskwee'a arms, bis head pillowed on her breast Her voice was cheerful and usual. Tbe mil 111 ed sound of It had vanished. "It Is day," she said, lifting the edge of tho robes a trifle. "See, oh, my lover, It Is day! Wo have lived through, and we no longer cough. Let us look at thn world, though I could stay here thus forever and always." "I do not hear McCnn," Smoke said. "And what has become of the young men that they have not found us?" He threw back tho r olios and saw a normal and solitary sun in the sky. A gentle breeze was blowing, crisp with frost and hinting of warmer days to come. All the world was natural again. McCan lay on his back, his un washed face, swarthy from camp smoke, frozeu hard as marble. The Iglit did not affect Luhlskwee. "Look!" she crlod. "A snowbird! It Is a good slgu." There was no evidence of the young men. Either they had died on tbe oth er aide of the divide or bad turned back. There was ao little food that they dared not eat a tithe of what they needed, and lu the days tbat followed, wandering through the lone mountain laud, the sharp sting of life grew blunt ed, and the wandering merged half Into a dream. Smoke would become abruptly conscious to And himself star ing at the never ending hated snow peaks, bis senseless babble still ringing In his ears. And the next he would know, after seeming centuries, was that again be was roused to the sound of bis own liiniiuderlngs. Luhlskwee, too, whs light bended moat of the time. Cm mo a day when it turned cold and a thick snow, that was not snow, but frimt crystals of tho size of grains of Hiiud, began to fall. Kor three dnys and nights It continued to fall. It was Impossible to travel until It crusted un der the spring sun, so they lay In their t urs and rested and ate less because they rested. So small was the ration they permitted that It gave no nppcaso meiit to the hunger pang that was much of the stomach, but more of the brain. And I.ublskwee, delirious, mad dened by the taste of ber tiny portion, sobbing and mumbling, fell upon the next day's portion and crammed It Into ber mouth, Then It was given to Smoke to see a wonderful thing. The food between ber teeth roused ber to consciousness. She spat it out and with a great auger struck herself with her clinched list ou the offending mouth. It was given to Hmoke to see ninny wonderful things lu the days yet to Clime. After the long snowfall came ou a great wind that drove tho dry and tiny frost particles as sand Is driv en In a iiantl.stnriii. All through the night the sand frost drove by, and tn the full light of a clear and wind blown day Smoke looked with swim ming eyes aud reeling brain upon what ho took to lie the vision of a dream. All about towered great peaks, and from tin- tip of every peak, swaying, undulating. Muring out broadly against the iiiiio sky, streaiiUHl gigantic snow banner, miles lu length, milky mid nebulous, ever waving llr.hts and shad ows and (lashing silver from the sun. l.ablkwee sat up among he furs. "I diva in, I.ablskwee," be said. "Look. lo you, tot. d i vii m within my d i earn?" "It Is no dream," she replied. "This have the old men told me. And after this will blow the warm winds, and we shall live and win west." Smoke shot a snowbird, nud they divided It. Once, In a valley where willows budded standing In the snow, he shot a Miowshoe nibblt. Another time, lie gut ii lean while weasel. "It Is minimer lu the lower valleys," said Ijihiskweo. "Soon wilt It Is) sum uier here." The days lengthened, and the snow began to sink. Kach day the crust thawed, each night It frose again, nud they were afoot early and late, being compelled to camp and rest during the midday In mm ,if uiw when the crust could not liesr their Weight. When Sinokw giw snow blind Lublskwee towed lilm ou a thong tied to ber waist. And when she was so blinded she was owts by a thong to bis waist. And, starving, In a deeper dream, (hey struggled on through nn awakening land bare of any lire sure their own. The time came wlieu the last food was gone. The high Hak receded, the divides became lower, and the way oeuod promisingly to the west. Hut their nwcrvca of strength were gone, aud. wit limit food, the time quickly fol lowed when i hey lay down at night and In the morning did not arise. Smoke weakly gain. si his feet, col lapsed and on bauds and knees crawl ed about the building of a Ore. But, try as she would, Labiskwee sank back each time In nn extremity of weak ness. And Smoke sank down beside ber, a wan sneer on his face for the automatism tbat bad made him strug gle for an unneeded tire. There was nothing to cook, and the day was warm. CHAPTER XXV. Wonder of Woman. LABISKWEE lay in a stupor, her breathing so Imperceptible that J ofteu Smoke thought ber dead. In tho afternoon tho chatter ing of a squirrel aroused him. Drag ging the heavy rifle, he wallowed through tbe crust that bad become slush. He crept on bands and knees or stood upright and fell forward In the direction of the squirrel that chat tered Its wrath and fled slowly and tnntulizlngly before lilm. He had not tbe strength for u quick shot aud the squirrel was never still. So profound was bis weakness that be lay like dead through the night, nor did dreams disturb blin. The sun was In the sky, the same squirrel chattering through the trees, when Lablskwee'a baud on Smoke's cheek awakened blin. "Put your band on my heart, lover," she said, ber voice clear, but faint and very far away. "My heart is my love, and you hold It In your hand " A long time seemed to go by ere she spoke again. "Itemember nlways there Is no way south. That Is well known to tbe caribou people. West that Is the way aud yon lire almost there and you will make it." And Smoke drowsed In tho numbness that is near to death until once more she aroused him. 'Tut your lips on mine," she said. "1 will die so." "We will die together, sweetheart," whs bis answer. "No." A feeble flutter of her hand checked him, nnd so thin was her voice that scarcely did he bear It. yet did be hear nil of It. Her hand fumbled and groped In tbe hood of ber parka, and she drew forth u pouch that she placed In bis bund. "And now your lips, my lover. Your lips on my lips nud your bund on my heart" And In that long kiss darkness came upon him uguln, and when again he i was conscious be knew that ho was to die. He was wearily glud that bo was to die. He found his band resting on the pouch. With uu inward smile at the Tlire Days, With No Further Food, Ha Fought West. curiosity that made him pull the draw string, he opened It. Out poured a tiny tlood of food. There was no par ticle of It that hu did not recognize, all stolen by Luhlskwee from Labiskwee bread fragments saved far back; snips and Btrlngs of caribou meat, partly gnawed; crumbles of suet; a hind leg of the siiowshoe rabbit, uutouclied; a bind leg nud part of a fore leg of the white weasel; a wing, dented stilt by her reluctant teeth, and a leg of the snowbird-pitiful remnants, tragic re nunciations, crncHlxlons of life, mor sels stolen from her terrible hunger by her Incredible love. With mauliiciil laughter Smoko flung It nil out ou the hardening snow crust and went back Into the blackness. He dreamed. The Yukon ran dry. In its bed, among muddy pools of wa ter and Ice scoured rocks, he wandered, picking up fnt nugget gold. The weight of It grew to bo a burden to him till he discovered thut It was good to eat. And greedily be ate After all, of what worth was gold that men should prlie it so, save that It wao good to eat? He awoke to another sun. His bralu was strangely clear. No longer did his eyesight blur. The familiar pulpits ttou that hud vexed him through all hi frame whs gone. The Juices of his body seemed to sing as If the spring had entered It HIcKscd well being had come to Iii in. He turn it I to awaken I.nhlskwce and saw and ivnionitered He looked for the food flung out on the snow. It was gone. And be knew tbat lu delirium and dream It had Ihvii the Yukon nugget gold. In delirium aud dream he hud taken heart of life from the life aucrlflce of Itblskwev, who had put her heart In his hand and opened his aye to woman and wonder. He was surprKd at the easo of his movements, astounded that he was able to drag her Mr wrapped body to tbe exposed thawed gravel bank, wmcn he undermined and caved upon ber. Three days, with no further food, he fought west In the mid third day ho fell beneath a lone spruce beside a wide stream tbat ran open and that he knew must be tbe Klondike. Ere blackness conquered blm he uulashed his pack, said, goodby to tbe bright world and rolled himself in tbe robes. Chirping, sleepy noises awoke him. The loug twilight was on. Above him among the spruce bows were ptarmi gan. Hunger bit him Into instant ac tion, though the action was infinitely slow. Five minutes passed before he was able to get bU rifle to his shoul der, and a second live minutes passed ere he dared, lying on his back and aiming straight upward, to pull the trigger. It was a clean miss. No bird fell, but no bird flew. Tiey ruffled and rustled stupidly nnd drowsily, nis shoulder pained him. A second shot was spoiled by tbe Involuntary wince he made as he pulled trigger. The ptarmigan had not flown. He doubled and redoubled tbe robe that had covered him and bumped it In the hollow between bis right arm nnd his side. Resting tbe butt of the rifle on the fur, be tired again, and a bird fell. Ho clutched it greedily and found that be had shot most of the meat from tt. Tbe large caliber bullet bad left little else than a mess of mangled feathers. Still the ptarmigan did not fly. and be decided that It was heads or noth ing. He fired only at heads. He re loaded and reloaded the magazine. He missed; he hit nnd the stupid ptarmi gan, that were loath to fly, fell upon him In a rain of food-lives disrupted that bis life might feed and live. The first he ate raw. Then he rested and slept, while his life assimilated the life of It. In tho darkness he awoke. hungry, with strength to build a fire. nd until early dawn he cooked and ate, crunching the bones to powder be tween his long Idle teeth. He slept, awoke In the darkness of another night and slept again to another sun. He noted with surprise that the fire crackled with fresh fuel and that a blackened coffeepot steamed on the edge of tbe coals. Beside the fire, within arm's length, sat Shorty, smok ing a brown paper cigarette and Intent ly watching lilm. Smoke's lips moved, but a throat paralysis seemed to come upon htm, while bis chest was suf fused with the menace of tears. He reached out his baud for the cigarette and drew tbe smoke deep Into bis lungs again and again. "I have not smoked for a long time," he said at last In a low, calm voice. "For a very long time." "Nor eaten, from your looks," Shorty added gruffly. Smoke nodded and waved his hand at the ptarmigan feathers that lay all about "Not until recently," be return ed. "Do you know, I'd like a cup of coffee; also tlapjnbks nnd a strip of bacon." 1 While the one cooked nnd tho oilier Kto they told briefly what bad hap pened to them In the days since their separation. "The Klondike was breuklu' up," Shorty concluded bis recital, "an' we Just had to wall for open water. Two IKillii' bouts, sis other men you know 'em nil, an' crackerjneks an' nil kinds of outllt. An' we've sure been a-com-lti'-iollii', linln' tip, nu' portngln'. Hut the fulls 'II stick 'em a solid week. That's where I left 'em, n-cuttln' a trull over tho tops of the bluffs for tho bouts. 1 just had a sure natural hunch to keep a-comlti'. So 1 fills a pack with grub an' starts. 1 knew I'd Dud you a drlftln' an' all In." Smoke nodded. "Well, let's get start ed," be Bald. "Hut you're feeble as n kid baby. You can't hike. What's the rush?" "Shorty, I am going after tbe biggest thing In the Klondike, nnd 1 can't wait, that's nil. Start packing. It's the big gest thing in the world. It's bigger than lakes of goia and tnountulns of gold, bigger than adventure nnd meat eating and bear killing." Shorty sut with bulging eyes. "In the name of the Lord, what Is it?" be queried huskily. "Or are you Just slm ply loco?" "No, I'm nil right. Tcrhaps n fellow has to stop eating lu order to see filings. At uny rate, I have seen things I never dreamed were in the world. 1 know what a woman Is now." Shorty's mouth opened, nnd about the Hps nnd tn the light of the eyes was the w hltnslciil .advertisement of the sneer forthcoming. "Don't, please," Smoke said gently. "You don't know, r do." Shorty gulped and changed his thought. 'uii! I don't need no hunch to guess her name. The rest of em bs gone up to the drnlnln' of Stir prise lake, but Joy (Jnstell nllowed she wouldn't go. She's stltklu' around Dawson wnltin' to aee If 1 come back with you. An' she sure swenra If 1 don't she'll sell her holdln'a nu' hire a urmy or gun lighters au" go Into the caribou ciuMiiry an' knock the ever lusliii' stuMln' outs old Snasa au' his whole gum ,n' If you'll hold your horses a couple of shakes I reckon I'll get packed up an' ready to hike along with you." niK txu. SYNOPSIS. Christopher IWIIrw, a Underfoot, starts for th KloiiJlk in a gold ruth ami pluck lly works nt th tiM.-k brwklng toll of iwcklns trtight. He men a beautiful aW Joy Onsttll, tWru hit own prly, and Ix and Sliottv, a n acsjumntanc hlra out to two wealthy projectors, Joy hs nicknamed him "Smoke " Smoke and Shorty befriend a mn nam. ed Hrtv end nriv- perteh in attempting to eroee Luke Ibarge because of the useleuueei of their employers. Smoke and 8tiorty take -vommand by fore end gt through to Daw eon City, where they ere dUchargevl. On Bretk's tlt Hwy etampede lor Hu.ua creek. rr-i .... tnv fin atl I and tlCT fa- ther. To help the Sea Lion crowd Joy treacherously leads them away from Sjuaw creek. Smoke saves the girl's feet from freez ing. He and Shorty by mistake lump a miner's claim and lose it. Then Smoke rinds Surprise lake, the bottom of which Is covered with gold. Smoke Is shot at witnesses the murder of a miner by the unknown marksman and is arreeted for murder himself. Breck shows a Surprise lake nugget, the Impromptu court Is stampeded, and Smoke s life is saved. Smoke wins money at roulette. He continues to win. and the gamblers buy him off His system was based on the discovery that the roulette wheel was warped. Prompted by Joy Oastell. Smoke enters a race for a million dollar claim against some of the best dog mushers. At a critical moment Joy supplies Smoke with a fresh dos learn, and he runs n dead heat with Blc Olnf for the claim. Smoke goes to Surprise lake. He falls Into a crevasse In a glacier, and a miner, Carson, makes heroic efforts to rescue him. Smoke cuts a rope to save Carson, falls himself and is caught In a pocket below, from which he is rescued by Carson and Joy. Smoke and Shorty find a tribe of starv ing Indians, and Smoke goes to Mucluc to secure food and help. Smoke forces Cultus George, an Indian, to assist by stringing him up with a rope. Smoke and Shorty llnd several dead men in the snow. They discover Laura Sibley's party dy ing of scurvy and start heroic nursing measures. One man, Wentworth, Is mys teriously free from the trouble. They discover Wentworth's secret hoard of potatoes and save many lives. Lu cille Arral wants Smoke to corner the egg market and discipline her lover, Wild Water. Wild Water wants eggs for Miss Arral. He agrees to pay $10 per egg If two dozen sold him win her smile. By a clever ruse Wild Water unloads bad eggs on Smoke and Shorty and they lose 117,000. They are captured by In dians. Snass, a Scotchman, Is their chief. No white man is permitted to escape. La biskwee, daughter of Snass, admires Smoke. Smoke, Shorty and Dan McCan. another prisoner, plan to escape, and Shorty gets away. Labiskwee loves Smoke and wants to go with him. McCan Joins them and steals food. La biskwee tries to kill McCan. They are nearly strangled by the white death and are fired upon by pursuing Indians. McCan dies. Labiskwee starves herself to death to save Smoke, who Anally gets back to civilization, appreciating Labisk wee's great sacrifice and more in love with Joy Gastell than ever. 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