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A Romance of the Bear
By HAMLIN GARLAND
Copyright, I9U, by Hsmli Oarlutf
"TUU Is our ranch." she explained.
"All the meadow la sight belong to
wi." , J
The young easterner looked about In
fiHtorilnhrueuL Not a treo bigger than
his thumb gav (buds. The gate of
Ilia cattle corral itood but a few feet
from the kltcbon door, and rusty beef
liones, bleaching skulls and scraps of
mm dried hides littered the ground or
liung upon (he fence. Exteriorly the
low cabin made a drab, depressing pic
ture, but as be alighted, upon Berea's
Invitation, and entered the bouse be
wna met by a sweet faced, brown hair
ed IK tie woman, In a neat gown,
whose bearing was not In the least
Awkward or embarrassed.
"This Is Mr. Norcross, the tourist I
told you about," explained Herrle.
Mi-s. McFitrlane extended her small
Jin id Willi friendly Impulse. "I'm very
Kind to meet you, sir. Are you golug
to spend some time at the mill?"
"I don't know. I have a letter to
Mr. Meeker from a friend of mine who
bunted Willi blin last your a Mr. Sut
ler," "Mr. Sutler! Oh, we know him very
well. Won't you sit down?"
The lntorlor of the bouse was not
only well kept, but presented many
uvldenees of refinement A mechanical
jiliuw stood against the log wall, and
liooks and magazines, dog eared with
sm. Uttered the table, and Norcross,
feeling the force of Nash's half ex
pressed criticism of bis "superior," I In
toned Intently to Mrs. Mclfarlnue's
pologles for the condition of the farm
yard, "Well," said Berea sharply, "If we're
lo reach Uncle Joe's for dinner we'd
belter be son tchlng the hills." And
lo her mother she added, "I'll pull In
The mother offered ho objection to
her daughter's plan, and the young peo
ple rode off together directly toward
the high peaks to the east, .
A Forester's Ssoret.
THE! trail, hardly more than a
wood road, grew wilder and
lonelier is they climbed. Cuttle
fed on the hillsides lu scattered
bands like elk. II era and there a small
cabin stood ou the bunk of a stream,
but for the uiost part the trull mounted
the high slopes in perfect 'solitude.
The gli'l talked easily and leisurely,
reading the brands of the ranchers, re
venting the number of cuttle they own
ed, quite a a young farmer would
iinva done. Bbe seemed not to be em
imrrnssed lu the slightest tegree by
the fact that she was guiding a strange
inn n over a lonely rund and gave no
outward sign of special Merest In him
(111 she suddenly turned to ask, "What
kind of a slicker I tneau a raincoat
did you bring?"
lie looked blank, "I don't believe 1
brought any. I've a lea I liar shooting
Plie shrugged her shoulders mid look
ed up at the sky. "We're In for a
Hloriii. You'd outiUt 'o have a slicker,
no fancy 'raincoat.' but a real old fash
ioned cow puncher's oilskin. They
iinike a business of shedding rain."
Him Mile ou for a few mlutiles lu si
lence, as If disunited with bis folly,
but sbo wns really Worrying about
blin. "Poor chap!" sho said to her
self, "lie can't stand a chill. 1 ought
to have thought of bis slicker myself,
lie's helpless in a baby."
,,Tbey wore climbing fust now, wlud
lug upwind along the bank of a
Hlieuiii, and the sky bud grown sud
denly gray, and the woodland path
Mils dark and chill. Too mountains
were not lens beautiful, but they were
decidedly less amiable, and (lie youth
tiblveied, dieting an apprehensive eye
nt the thickening clouds.
Iteroa perceived something of his dis
may and, drawing rein, diHUKiuutcd.
Ilelilml tier saddle was a lightly rolled
bundle which, being untied unj shuken
etil, proved to be u horsciiiHU' iulu
proof otlsklu cout, "Cut this on!" she
"Oh, uo," be proteeted. "I cau't take
"Ves you caul You uuistl Don't you
worry about inc. I'm uned lo weather.
Put this on over your Jacket and all.
Vou'll need It ItMlti won't hurt uie,
but It will Jut about flnl.ih you."
The wont of (his lay lu Its truth,
slid Norcross lot all his pride of set
for (be moment A wetting would not
dim this girl's splendid color nor r-dn.-o
bur rltulliy one degree, while to
blm It might be death warrant.
"You could throw m over my own
lni'e," he admitted la a kind of bitter
admiration and slipped (be cost bo,
ahlvrrlug with co!J as he did ao.
"You think me t poor excuse for a
trailer, don't you?" be ssld ruefully as
I be I bunder heft a (o roll.
"You've got to be all made over
sew," she replied tolerantly. "Stay
here a year and you'll be able to stand
Remounting, she again led the way
with cheery cry. The rain came dash
ing down Id fitful, misty streams, bat
she merely pulled the rim of her sotn
brero doner over ber eyes and rode
steadily on, while be followed, plunged
In gloom as cold and gray as the
"These mountalo showers don't last
long," the girl called back, her face
shining like a rose, "We'll get the sua
la a few minutes."
And so It turned out lo less than
an hour they rode luto the warm light
again, and In spite of himself Norcross
returned ber smile, though be said: "I
feel like a selfish fool. You are
"I never take cold," she returned.
"I'm used to all kinds of weather.
Don't you bother about me."
Topping a low divide, the youth
caught a glimpse of the range to tbe
southeast, which took bis breath.
"Isn't that superb?" be exclaimed.
"It's like the shining roof of tbe
"Yes, that's the Continental divide,"
she continued casually, but tbe lyrical
note which be struck again reached
ber heart The men she knew bad so
few words for tbe beautiful In life.
Sho wondered whether Ibis man's ill
ness bad given him this refinement or
whether It was native to bis kind.
"I'm glad be took my coat," was ber
She pushed on down the slope, rid
ing bard, but U was nearly 2 o'clock
when they drew up at Meeker's bouse,
which was a long, low, atone struc
ture built along the north side of the
road. Tbo place was distinguished
not merely by Its masonry, but also
by Its picket fence, which bad once
been whitewashed. Farm wagons of
various degrees of decay stood by tbe
gate, and In the barnyard plows and
harrows deeply burled by the weeds
were rusting forlornly away. A little
farther up the stream tbe tall pipe of
a sawmill rose above the firs.
A pack f dogs of all Bir.es and signs
came clamoring to tbe fence, followed
"I don't feel right In leaving you hsre,"
he said st lust. - .
by a big, slovenly dressed, red beard
ed ma u of sixty or thereabouts.
"Hello, Uncle Joe!" called the girl In
o IT band boyish fashion, "liow are
"Ilowdy, glii," answered Meeker
gravely. "What brings you up here
She laughed. "Here's a boarder who
wants to learn bow to raise cattle."
Meeker's face lightened. "I reckon
you're Mr. Norcross? I'm glad to see
ye. Unlit olT and make yourself to
home. Turn your horses Into the cor
ral. The boys will feed 'em."
Without ceremony Meeker led bis
guests directly luto the dining room,
a long and rut her narrow room, where
in a woman and six or seven rough
ly divided young men were sitting at
a rudely appointed table.
"Kai'tli and seas!" exclaimed Mrs.
Meeker. "Here's iterrlo, and I'll bet
(hut's Suitor's friend, our boarder."
"Hist along I bcre, boys, and give
the company a chance," she command
ed sharply. "Our dinner's turrlble late
The boysthey were lu reality full
grown culm of eighteen or tweuty
did as they were bid with much noise,
chatting llerile with blunt humor.
Meeker read Sutler' letter, which
NorcroiM had handed blm, and, after
deliberation, remarked: "All right, we'll
do the best w cu for you, Mr. Nor
cross, but we haveu't any fancy accom
modations," "He don't expect auy," replied Ber
rle. "What be need U a little rough
"There's plluly of that to be had,"
aid one of (he herders, who sat below
the salt " Tit (lie soft life I'm uadlu'."
One of the bids, Frank Mocker, a
dark, luteins youth of about twenty,
was Herea's full cousin. The others
Were merely hired hands, but they all
eyed the new comer with disfavor.
The fact that Iterrlo hnd brought hlu
anj that she seemed Interested la blm
added to Uie effect of the smart riding
suit which lie wore. "I'd like to Mil
hliu In the creek," muttered one of
thi-tu to his ueUihbor.
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This dislike Berrle perceived la some
degree, and to Frank she privately
said: "Now, you fellows have got to
treat Mr. Norcross right He's been
very sic k."
Frank maliciously grinned. "Oh, well
treat blm light We won't do a thing-
"Now, Frank," she warned, "If you
try any of your tricks on blm you'll
bear from me." ..
"Why all this worry on your part?"
be asked keenly. "How long since you
The girl Herself did not understand
the vital and almost painful interest
wbloh this young man bad roused la
her. He was both child and poet to her,
and as she watched blm trying to make
friends with the men, ber Indignation
rose against their clownish ofllshiicss. .
"I don't feel right lu leaving you
here," she said at lust, "but I must be
rliliu'." And while Meeker ordered
ber horse brought out she walked to
the gute with Norcross at ber side.
"I'm tremendously obliged to you,"
he said, and bis voice was vibrant
"You hove been most kind. How can
I repay you?"
"Oh, that's all right," she replied, in
true western fashion. "I wanted to
see the folks up here, anyhow. This
Is no Jaunt at all for me." And, look
ing at her powerful figure and feeling
the trupllke grip of ber cinch band, be
knew she spoke tbe truth.
And so she rode away, leaving ber
ward to adjust himself to bis new and
strange surroundings as best be could,
and with ber going the whole valley
darkened for the convalescent
It was soon apparent to the eastern
observer that the entire male popula
tion for thirty miles around not only
knew McFarlaue's girl, but that every
unmarried man and some who were
both husbands nnd fathers kept a
deeply Interested eye upon her dally
motion, and certain shameless ones
openly boasted among their fellows of
their Intention to win ber fnvor, while
the shy ones reveled in secret exulta
tion over every chance meeting with
ber. She was the topic of every lum
ber enmp and tbo shining lure of ev
ery dance to which tbe ranch hands
often rode over long and lonely trulls..
Port of this intense Interest was due.
naturally, to the scarcity of desirable;
women, but a larger part was called
out by Berea's frank freedom of man
ner. Her ready camaraderie was taken
for carelessness, and the candid grip
of her hand was often misunderstood,
sud yet most of the men respected her,
and some feared ber. After ber avow
ed choice of Clifford Belden they all
kept aloof, for be was hot tempered
and formidably swift to avengo an In
sult At the end, of a week Norcross found
himself restless and discontented with
the Meekers. He was tired of fishing,
tired of tbe old man's endless argu
ments and tired of the vulgar cow
huuds. The men around the mill did
not Interest blm, and their Saturday
night spree at the saloon disgusted
him. Tbo one person who piqued bis
curiosity was London, the ranger, who
was stationed not far away and who
could be seen occasionally riding; by.
on a handsome black horse. There
was something lu his bearing, In his
neat and serviceable drab uniform,
which attracted tbe convalescent and
on Sunday morning he decided to ven
ture a call, nlthotigh Frank Meeker
bad said the ranger was a "grouch."
Ills cabin, a neat log structure, stood
Just above the road on a huge natural
terrace of grassy bowlders, and the
Dug which fluttered from a tall staff
before It could be seen for several
Dillon, the blight sign of federal con
trol, tbo symbol of law and order, Just
as the saloon aud the mill wrro signs
of lawless vice nnd destructive greed.
Around the door Dowers bloomed and
The cabin's Interior pleased Wayland
almost as much us the garden. It
wus built of pine logs neatly matched
uud hewed ou on side.
The ranger, spurred und belted, with
his cult's turned buck, wus pounding
the typewriter when Wnylnnd appear
ed nt the open door, but he rose with
grave courtesy. "Come in," he said,
and his voice hud a pleasant lutlectloii.
"I'm Interrupting." ,
"Nothing serious; Just a letter. There's
no hurry. I'm always glud of uu ex
cuse to rest from this Job." He was
at once keenly Interested lu his visitor,
for bo perceived In blm tbo gentleman
and, of course, the alien.
Waylaud, with something of (ho feel
ing of a clvllltiu reporting to an otllcer,
vxplulued bis presence In the neighbor
"I've heard of you," responded the
ranger, "aud I've beeu hoping you'd
look lu on mo. The suin-rvlsor's daugh
ter bus Just written me to look after
you. She said you were not very
Again Way la ml protested that be was
uot a consumptive, only a student who
u ceded mount tl n air, but he added, "It
I very kind of Mia McFurlati to
think of me."
"Ob, she thinks of everybody!" the
young fellow declared. "She's one of
the moat uusultlsh creature lu the
Something In the music of this
speech, aud something In the look of
th rn user's eyes, caused Way Is ml to
wonder If here were not still another
of Uerrte' subject. He became cer
talu of It a the young otllcer went on,
with pleasing frankness, and It was not
long before be bsd conveyed to Way
Imul hi cause for sadness, "She' en
gaged to a wan that Is not her g.ul
lu a certain sense no man U her equal,
but Ueldeu Is a pretty bard type, arid
I believe, although I cant prove It
that h 1 part owner of the saloon
"How doe that !oou happen to be
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"If on patented land-a so called
'placer claim' expert have reported
against It McFarlane bas protested
against It, but nothing 1 done. Tbe
mill la also on deeded Und, and togethr
er they are a plagne spot I'm tbelt
enemy, and they know It, nnd they'v
threatened to burn me out Of course
they won't do that, but they're ready
to play any kind of trick on me."
"I can well believe that for I am
getting my share of practical Joke at
Meeker'.," ; .
"They're not a bad lot over there
only Just rowdy. 1 suppose they're
Initiating, you," said Laudon.
"I didn't come out here to be a cow
boy," responded Norcross, "but Frank
Meeker seeuis to be anxious to show
mo all the good old cowboy courtesies.
On Monday he slipped a burr under
my horse's saddle, and I came near to
having my neck broken. Then be or
some one else concealed a frog In my
bed and -fouled my hair brushes. In
fact I go to sleep each night in expec
tation of some new attack, but tbe air
and tbe riding are doing me a great
deal of good, and so I stay."
Thereafter Wayland spent nearly ev
ery day with the ranger, either In bis
cabin or riding the trail, and during
these hours confidence grew until at
last London confessed that his unrest
ncose from hi rejection by Berrle.
"She was not to blame, she's so
kind and free wltb every one I thought
I bad .a chance. I was conceited
enough to feel sorry for the other fel
lows, and now I can't even feel sorry
for myself. I'm Just dazed and bang
lug to tbe ropes. She was mighty
gentle about It You know bow sunny
her face is. Well, she Just got grave
and kind o' faint voiced and said Oh,
you know what she said! She let me
know there was another man. I didn't
ask ber who, and when I found out I
lost my grip entirely. At first I
though I'd resign and get out of tbe
country, but I couldn't do it I can't
yet The chance of seeing her of
hearing from' her once in awhile she
never writes except on business for
her father, but you'll laugh I can't
see ber signature without a tremor."
Uo smiled, but hi eyes were desper
ately sad. "Oh, I'm crozy! 1 admit
It I didn't know such a thing could
happen to me, but It has."
. As Wayland listened to this out
pouring be wondered at the intensity
of the forester passion. He mar
veled, too, at Berrle' choice, for there
was something fine and blgb In Lon
don's worship. A. college man with a
mining engineer's training, he should
go high la the service. "He made tbe
mistake of being too precipitate as a
lover," concluded Wayland. "His
forthright courtship repelled her."
MEANWHILE bis own troubles
Increased: Frank's dislike
bad grown to an Impish vln
dlctlveuess, . and If the old
man Meeker had any knowledge of
his sou's deviltries be gave no sign.
"I dou't know why I tuy," Way
land wrote to Berea. "I'm disgusted
with the men up here they're all tire
some except Laudon-i-but I hate to
slink away, and, besides, the country
is glorious. I'd like to come down
and see you this week. May I do so?
Please, send word that I may."
She did not reply, and, wondering
whether sho had received bis letter or
uot, be mounted bbj horse one beauti
ful morning and rode away up tbe
trail .wltb a sense of elation, of eager
Joy, . with Intent tp call upon her at
the ranch as be wont by.
Hardly bad he vanished among the
pines whon Clifford Belden rode In
from his ranch on Hat creek and call
ed at Meeker's for his mall.
Frank Meeker was In Uie office, and
as he both feared and disliked this big
contemptuous young cattleman be set
to work to make him Jealous.
"You waut to watch this one lung
boarder of ours," be warned, with 'a
grin. "He's been wilting to Berrle,
and he's Just gone down to see her.
His blghfalutln ways and his flue white
bunds have put her on the slant"
"I'm not worrying," retorted Belden.
"You'd better be. I was down there
the other day, end It 'peered like sho
couldn't talk of anything else but Mr.
Norcross, Mr. Norcross, till I was sick
of bis name."
An hour Inter Itelden loft the mill
and set off up the trail behind Nor
cross, his fa co fallen Into item lines.
Frank writhed In delight "There goes
Cliff, hot under the collar, chasing Nor
cross. If he finds out that Berrle Is
interested lu hlin he'll just about wring
that dude's neck."
. Meanwhile Wayland was riding
through tb pass with lightening heart
his thought dwelling on the girl ot the
eud of his Journey.
As be reached Hit McFarlau ranch
it seemed deserted of men, but n fnlnt
column of smoke rising from tbe roof
of the kitchen gave evidence of a cook,
and at hU knock Berrle came lo tbo
door with a boyish word of frank sur
prise and pleasure. She was dressed
lu a blue and white calico gowu. with
the collar turned in and the sleeves
rolled up. but she ecmed quite unem
barrassed, and ber pleasure In hi com
ing quite repaid blin for hi long and
"I've beeu wondering about yon," be
said. "I'm mighty glad to se yon.
How do you hi a nd It?"
"You got my letter?"
"I did, and I was going to writ and
tell you to com down, but I't had
some special work to do at tb office."
She took the horse' rein from him,
aud together they tarttd toward, th
This action of stabling tb horn. ft
perfectly lunoceat and natural on for
her, led on of tb baud, a coarse
uludoJ, ueak, to watch tbem from ft
SATURDAY. OCT. 2. 1915.
"I've bn wondering about you," she
corral "I wonder how Cliff would
like that?" he evilly remarked. '
Berea was frankly pleased to see
Wayland nnd spoke of the Improve
ment which bad taken place In him.
''You're looking fine," she said as they
were returning to the house. "But
bow do you get on with tbe boys?"
"Not very well," be admitted. "They
seem to have It In for me. It's a con
stant fight" ,
Her face grew grave. "I reckon you
got started wrong," she said at last
"They'll like you better when you get
browued up and your clothes get dir
ty. You're a little too fancy for them
"I don't believe I want any more of
their company. What' the use? As
you soy, I've started wrong with them,
and I don't see nuy prospect of getting
right; and, besides, I like the rangers
better. Lnndon thinks I might work
Into the service. I wonder If I could?
It would give me something to do."
She considered a moment. "We'll
think about that Come into tbe kitch
en. I'm cook today. Mother's gone to
Tbe kitchen was clean and ample,
aud the delicious odor of new made
bread filled it with cheer. As the girl
resumed her apron Wayland settled
Into a chair wltb a sigh of content
"I like this." he said aloud. "There's
nothing cowgirl about you now; you're
the Anglo-Saxon housewife. You might
be a Michigan or Connecticut girl at
Her cheeks were ruddy wltb the
heat and ber eyes Intent on ber work,
but she caught enough of his meaning
to be pleased with It "Oh, I have to
take a band at the pots and pans now
and then. I can't give all my time to
the service, but I'd llko to."
He boldly announced bis errand. "I
wish you'd take me to board. I'm sure
your cooking would build up my shat
tered system a good deal quicker than
She laughed, but shook her bead.
"You ought to be on the hills riding
hnrd every day. What you need Is the
high country and the fllr of the phies."
She bad read that victims of the
white plague always talk In this cheer
ful way about themselves, and sho
worked on without replying.
"If I were hore In the valley you
nnd I could ride together now and
then, and you could show me nil the
trolls. Why not let me come hero and
board? I'm going to ask your mother
If I mny not do so."
"Of course you can come here." she
en Id when she saw he was In earnest
"Mother will be glnd to have you, al
though our ranch Isn't a bit pretty.
Perhaps father will send you out with
one of the rangers as a fireguard, ril
ask blm tonight."
"I wish you would. I llko these for.
esters what I've seen of , them. I
wouldn't mind serving under a man
like Lnndon. He's fine."
Upon this pleasant conference Cliff
Belden unexpectedly burst Pushing
the door open with a slam, he con
fronted Berry with dark and angry
"Why, Cliff, where did you come
from?" she asked, rising In some con
fusion. "I dldu't hear 'you ride up."
"Apparently not." he sneerlngly an
swered. "I reckon you were too much
She tried to laugh awny his black
mood. "That's right I was. I'm chief
cook today. Come In and alt down.
Mother's gone to town, and I'm play
ing her part." she explained, ignoring
hi sullen displeasure. "Cliff, this Is
Mr. Noronws, who Is visiting Uncle
Joe. Mr. Norcross, shake hands with
Mr. Belden." She made this Introduc
tion with some awkwardness, for her
lover' fallnre to even say "Howdy"
Informed her that bis Jealous heart
was aflame, and she went on quickly.
"Mr. Norcross dropped In on his wny
to the postofTlc, and I'm collecting
snack for blm."
Recognising Belden' claims upon the
girl. Wayland rose. "I must b going.
It's a long ride over tbe MIL"
"Com again oon." urged Berrle.
"Father wants to e yon."
"Thank you. I will look In very
shortly." he replied and went out with
such dignity as he could command,
feeling, however, very much ltk a dog
that has been kicked over th thresh
Closing the door behind him. Belden
turned upon the glrL "What's that
onsumptlve 'dogie doing here? He
tared to be rery much at borne with
you too dern much nt home!" "
She was prepared for his displeasure,
but not for words like these. She an
swered quietly: "He just dropped In
on his way to town, and he's not a
dogle!" She resented his tone as well
as bis words.
"I1,, ttanrri ahnnf- vnn tflklncr blm
over to Meeker's and lending blm your
vixtj oiit.ac mo tvus. -
expect to find him slttln' here like be
. .1 .h. Vi.,'m tlr.
niii m " nn oran r nn mir iiifiii r
owneu you nnu iue yiute.
lng altogether too much pains with
him. Can't be put his own horse out?
Do you have to go to the stable with
himl Vam navop riM hnvR nnv sense
about your actions with men. You've
all along Deen too tree or your repuia
Hnn nnri now I'm entni? to take care
of It for you." I won't have you nursln'
this runt any longer!"
Sho rorcelveri now thn fnll measure
of his base rage, nnd her face grew
pale and set. "You're mnuing a per
fect fool of yourself. Cliff," she said,
with portentous calmness.
"Am I?" he asked.
MYnn anro nro anil vnn'l! floo If- rnlir-
self by and by. You've no call to get
wire eageu about Air. jNorcross. tie s
not very strong. He's just getting well
of a long sickness. I knew a chill
would finish him, that's why I gave
him my slicker. It didn't hurt me,
and maybe It saved bis life. I'd do It
again If necessary."
"Since when did you start a hospital
for eastern tenderfect?" be sneered,
then Ills tonA chnnifprl tn nnA nf rtnwn.
right command. "You want to cut this
an out, i leu you: i won't nave any
more of It! The hovs nn nt tbo mill nn,
all talkln' about your Interest in this
little wbelp, nnd I'm getting tbe brand
ing Iron from everv nnu I inert Snm
saw you go Into the barn with that
auue, ana mat would have been all
over the countrv tomorrow. If I hnrln'
told blm I'd sew his mouth up if be
said a word about it Of course I don't
think you mean anything by this cod
dllu'." "Oh. thank you," she Interrupted,
with flaming, quick, indignant fury.
"That's mlghy nice of you. I went to
the barn to show Mr. Norcross where
to Btoll his horse. I didn't know Sam
He sneered: "No, I bet you didn't"
She fired at this. "Come now! Some
thing nasty Is in your mind. Go on!
What have I done? What makes you
He began to weaken. "I don't accuse
you of anything. I but I"
"Yes, you do in your heart you dis
trust me you just as much as said so!"
He was losing his high air of com
mand. "Never mind what I said, Ber
She was biasing now. "But 1 do
nilnd-I mind a whole lot I didn't
think it of you," she added as she re
alized his cheapness, his coarsehess.
"I didn't suppose you could even tblnk
such things of me. I don't like it"
she repeated, and her tone hardened,
"and 1 guess you'd better pull out of
bere-for good. If you've no more
faith hi me than that I want you to go
nnd never come back."
"You don't mean that!"
"Yes, I do! You've shown this yel
low streak before, and I'm tired of it
This Is the limit I'm done with you."
She stood between tears aud benumb
ing anger now, and be was scared.
"Don't say thnt, Berrle!" he pleaded,
trying to put his arm nbout her.
"Keep away from me!" She dashed
his hands aside. "I bate you. I never
want to see you again!" She ran Into
ber own room and slammed the door
Belden stood for a long time with
bis back against the wall, the beat of
his resentment utterly gone, an empty
aching place in his heart He called
her twice, but she made no answer,
and so at last he mounted his horse
and rode away.
Young Norcross, much as be admired
Berrle, was not seeking to exchange
ber favor for her lover's enmity, and
he rode awny with an uneasy feeling
of bnvlng innocently made trouble for
himself as well as for a fine, true heart
"What a good friendly talk we were
having," he said, regretfully. "And to
think she is to marry that big, scowl
Ing brute! How could she turn Lau
don down for a snvnge like thnt?"
He wns Just leaving the outer gate
when Belden came clattering up nnd
reined his horse across the path and
called out: "See here, you young skunk!
joure a poor, white llvered tender
foot, and I can't bust yon as I would
a full grown man, but I reckon you
better not rWo tulg tral,
Why not?' inquired Wayland.
Belden glared. "Because I tell you
SO. Jour Bvmnnthv h,,iin. L
Just about run Into the ground. You've
mis uany. dodge about long
enough, rou're not so almighty sick
as you put up to be, and you'd better
hunt some other cure for lonesoraeness
or I II Just about cave your chest In."
All this wns shockingly plain talk for
a slender young scholar to listen to.
but Norcross remained calm. "I think
you're unnecessarily excited," be re
marked. "I have no desire to make
trouble, I'm considering Mis Berea.
who is too fine to be worried by us,"
ni tone was conciliating, and the
cowman. In spit of himself, respond
ed to It "Tbaf why I advise you to
go. She wis all right till you came.
Colorado' a big place, ana there are
Plenty other flu range for men of
your compl.lnt Why not try Routt
county? Tills Is certain, you cnt
stay In th tame valley with my girl.
I serv notice of that"
"You'r making a prodlglou as tf
youtielf observed Wayland, wltb
cajm contempt. J "
. "You think, o. do you?: Well in
make a Jack rabbit out of yen if i
find you, on. this ranch again. You
worked .on .my girl. In some wsy m
she's just about quit me. I don't sm
bow you did It you measly little pim
but you surely have turned ber against
me!" His rage burst into flame as h
thought of ber last words, "if o
were so touch as half a man I'd break
you In two pieces right now, hut yon r,
not You're nothing but a dead on th
hoof lunger. ind there's nothing to d
but run you out. So take this as your
final notice. You straddle a horse soil
head east and keep a-rldin', end If I
catch you with my . girl again I'll deal
you a whole hatful of misery. Now
I bat's right 1"
-Thereupon." wltji a flnal glance of
bate in hi face, be whirled his horse
and galloped away,, leaving Norcross
dumb with resentment, intermingled
- "Truly the west is a dramatic conn- .
try! Here I am Involved in a lover',
wrath and under sentence of banish
ment all within a mouth! Well, I
suppose there's nothing to do but car
ry out. Belden's orders. He's the boss."
he said us he rode on. . "1 wonder Just
what happened nfter I left? Some?
tblujj stormy evidently. She most
have given hlra a sharp rebuff or he
wouldn't have been so furious with .
me. Perhaps she even-broke her en
gagement with him, I sincerely hop
be did. She's loo good for him."
And so from point to point he pro
gressed till, with fine indignation, he
reached a resolution to stay nnd meet
whutever came. "I certainly would bs
a timorous animal if I let myself be
scared into flight by that big bone
bead," be said at last
Nevertheless he felt very wenk and
very much depressed as he rode np
the street of the little town and dis
mounted at the forest service building.
Th Supervisor of the Fortst
NASH, who was alone in the gov
erntuent office, looked np from
bis work. "Come In," he call
ed heartily. "Come in and re
port." J .
"Thank you. I'd like to do so. And
may I use your desk? I have a letter
"MnJce yourself nt home. . Take any
desk you like. The men are all out on
"You're very kind." replied Wayland,
gratefully. There was something re
assuring tn this greeting and In tbe
many signs of skill and scientific read
ing which the place displayed. It wns
like a bit of Washington In the midst
of a careless, slovenly, lawless moun
tain town, and Norcross took his seat
and wrote bis letter wltb a sense of
"I'm getting up an enthusiasm for
the service just from hearing Alec
Belden rave against It," be said a few
minutes later, as he looked up from
his letter. '
Nash grinned. "How did you like
"He's a good man, but he has bis pecu
liarities. Belden Is your real enemy. He
Is blue with malignity so are most ot
the cowmen I met up there. . I wish
I could do something for the service.
I'm a thoroughly up to date analytical
chemist and a passable mining engi
neer, and my doctor says that for a
year nt least I must work In the open
nlr. Is there anything in this forest
service for a weakling like me?"
Nnsh considered. "I think we can
employ you, but you'll hnve to go on
as fire guard or something like that for
the first year. You see, the work Is
getting to be more and more technical
each year. . As a matter of fact"-here
he lowered his voice a little "McFar
lnne Is one of the old guard nnd will
have to give way. He don't know a
thing about forestry and Is too old to
lenrn. His girl knows more about It
tban he does.; She helps blm out on
office work too."
Wayland wondered a little at the
freedom of expression on the part of
Nnsb, but sold, "If he runs bis office
as he runs his ranch he surely Is con
demned to go."
"Well, you get Berrle to take up your
case and you're nil right She has the
say about who goes on the force In
It was late in tbe afternoon before
Wayland started bnjk to-Meeker', with
Intent to repack bis belongings ni
leave the ranch for good. He hnd ae-
elded not to call at McFarlaue's, a de-'
clslon which came not so much from
fear of Clifford Belden as from de
sire to shield Berea from further trou
ble, but as be was passing tbe gate
the girl rose from behind a clump of
willows and called to him:1 "Oh. Mr.
Norcross! Wnlt a moment!" '
He drew rein and, slipping from hi
horse, approached her. "What is It
Miss Berrle?" he asked, with wonder
(ConHnhed next Saturday.)
Builds New Hons on Eanch
Lais Bros, are making some sub
stantial Improvements on their big
ranch up on Silver ereek. They have
erected a new house end are now busily
engaged in building fences. Joe Lais,
who is looking after the ranch, was i
the city Monday attending to busineo
matters. Silverton Appeal.
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