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On the weed IT? slipped mit a re
▼olTer. But quick as was Hani's
lt*rd to carry o-.;t the impulse of his
Joe's was quicker. He knocked
the revoN-er from Planjt's grasp.
""You treacherous <lo.c. Wsnxl" cried
1!;? kidnaper. "Is that you kee?>
fnitb? V\>!!. we hare a reply to that
too. \*> offered to jiive up the sir
for JIOVOOO. now we make the price
"I'll never pa* a cent of it!" shouted
When TOU come to chauge your
mind." replied tlie kidnaper <iuletly.
•\iust bang a white b indkerchief on
one of the trees at the edge of this
* ood. Then put the money in notes in
tbat tin on tbe shelf, leave us two
<■ ear days atd you'll set your sir) back
#afe. But if you monkey it «1M he tile
worse for her "
Without B'ore words the two masked
n.en left tbe hi't. and. lii>e the explo
R!«n of a thunderstorm. Pli-.ai opened
v >ou Joe.
November faced the storm with ao
eutirely placid aspect until I besan to
wonder at his patience. But when at
last he spoke tbe otl»er fell dtintb as if
Joe had struck him.
"That's settled. M- F'anx You're
doue with me and I've done with yon
Now quiet down and out!"
Piani opened his iips as if to sneak.
4 ut. seeing Joe's face he h's
Blind a'-jd rushed from us into the
At once Joe pot out tte Hfh; -l We
can't trust Plans just at the ni unent
He's fair mad. but we''! have hiai back
In half an hour to show bim the nay
back to he remarked * '.h
And to fa:t this WHS exactly wl-.>
Itapprceri. It was a sir lined but si,
* very reseiitfu' Placx whom we es
«orted through tbe dark WOHIS O.
our w»v back to our oarer> -ioe ms<U
* detour t.> examine t ie tracks of ilk
i'doapers by the !;«hr of tie lanter"
wb'ch he had csrrifd with h.m.
As had beer the case by Moosesf.su..
lake, so now we fottnd the traits very
clear near the waterside Joe studied
them for a long time
Well, you're out of it so* at atn
rate." said T
"And what abotit u>y promise to
Calvey?" he renxned "I'm deeper in
it than ever. I>e got to find Miss Yir
"Tou can't tra.k her because of that
threat in tbe letter to Plans'"
"That's so. but I'll be speaking to
V'ss Virg nny before ■>* nicbt.'
•aid Joe quietly, B >- having madethia
dramatic anuoanceacetit wou d he say
The next morHrsg Joe w?* eariy
~"«Vhat are you to do today?*"
"I'm going to find ont the uauie of
*be man that has M ss Virgirny hid
away If you'll wait here. Mr. Qunr
i'ch. I'll come hack as soon as I've
•lone if. You've got your rod and
taere's plerty of fish in the Ir.ke.'"
With that I had to be content. Be
fore startirg Joe had aid a bet witn
me that he woj'd come ba '• w -h the
name of ber abductor, and I was won
dering what >* he bad to go upon.
Hardly any that 1 cocld think of—tbe
rrall of the two D:»*n srxl the gulden
hair, very little more.
About 2 o'clock I beard November
"What about tbe !*»»' I called on
aight of him. 'Who pays?"
"Y'ou pay. Mr. Quarfteb." said Joe.
-Why. who is it. tiien'?'
"A fellow ca! ; »d Hank Ha-per''
"Wfcy. I've beard of him. He pass
es for a man of h:«h character."*
Joe 'arjphed. "Alt tbe same, be s the
«*bap who doce it." s*'d be. "I expect
fre's her up at hs rav 3 0 n Otte
"Loot here. November." I said "Tou
tell me Hank Harper is in the kidnap
leg business and f bei eve you, i>e
eat:se PTP never knov n yon speak
without soi-d facts behind yon. But 1
think »ou owe me tbe who'e yarn '
Joe pulled out his ripe. "AM right.
M- Qaaritch To at the begin
tuns There are two o* them. One's
this man Harper. I don't know who
tbe other is. and it don't much matter.
Tf we find Haroer we find hi« partner
Well. Miss VIRGIADT was Sshing wbec
they stole down crmn be» and carried
toer o!T I've already r©!d yon what
happened until they t,K>k to tbe canoe.
They paddled across ttje lake and the
two men got out. ieavinc Miss Virgin
iiy in the canoe to paddle herself
round and land elsewhere."
But surely she could havt
"She was coder their rifle* and had
to do exactly what abe was ordered. I
found where she'd lauded and follow
ed ber tracks to that little waterfall
stream, and it w«s there I found the
golden hair. So far. you see. every
thing fitted iu togeiaer as good as
the jaws of a trap, aud the message
on the bit of paper about a ransom
carried It further on So did tbe talk
we had with Harper—it must have
been taiiu did tbe speaking—at Black
lake. When I knocked up Piaux's re
volver I was wonderful sorry to trove
to do it. but a promise Is a promise,
and he'd passed his word for a safe
conduct. After, when my eyes fell
upon tbe trail left by Harper's part
ner. I know I never done a belter act*
iu nay life It give me a start. I can
teil you. Mr Quarttcbl You see. all
the was -j n the middle of tbe
uioccaslon. The heels-and toes were
hardly marked at all."
November looked at me as if expect
ing me to see the moauing of this
peculiarity, but I shook my head.
"It meaut taat the foot iuside tbe
moccasifn was a very little one. a
food bit shorter tban the moccasin."
"Y'ou can't mean"— 1 began
"Yes," said Joe "Tbe second per
son at Black lake wasn't a man at
aft. but just Miss Virginuy herself."
"Well, if that was so. wby. she had
the game in her hands then. She bad
only to appeal to us— to speak."
Joe interrupted me. "Hers was an
other sort of game. Y'ou see. I'm pret
ty sure that Miss Virginny has kid
herself, or. at any rate, consent
ed to be kidnaoed She had lust pad
died round and joined the two men
later, and then when I come to thiuk
over it careful I saw how I migut
raise the name of the man that was
helpicg her. I lit out for Wiisiiere s
camp and asked tlie woman if there
was anytbinc of Miss Virginny's miss
ing from her room. She said there
wasn t. Then I saw my way a bit.
I was in the woods with Miss Vir
ginny iast year, and I know she's
mighty particular about personal
thinss I don't believe she could live
a day without a sponge and a comb
and. most of all. without a tooth
brush None of them high toned gals
can. Un't that so?"
"Yes. that te so. but"—
"Well." went on November 'lf she
went of her own free will, as I was
thiuking she did—or eise why did she
come to Black lake?—if. as I sny. 1
was right in ray notion and she'd made
out the plans and kidnaped herself, the
man who was with ber wou'd be only
just ber servant, in a manner of speak
tne And I wg* certain that one of the
first tbiugs she'd do would be to send
him to some store to buy the things
she wanted most. Sbe couldn't get her
owr. from Placx's cstup without giv
log berseif away, so she was bousd to
send Hank to hike ont new ones from
"What haupened then?"'
"I started in ou the stores rouad
about this country, and with luck I
stepped int > tbe b»c store at Lavette
and asked if any oce bad been buying
truck of tbat kind They toid me Hank
Harper. I asked just what. They said
a bairhrusb. a comb, a couple of tooth
brushes and soa:e other gear. Tbat
was enough for me. They weren't for
Mrs. Hank, who's a half breed woman
and don't a:ways rAieruber to clean
Berseif o' Saturdays "
"I see." said 1.
"The tbiti?s were bought yesterday,
so :t all fits in. and there's no more left
to find out but why Miss Virginuy act
•■d the way sbe ha*, aad that we'll
know before tomorrow v
It was well on toward 10 o'clock that
night before we reached Harper's cab
in on Otter brook. At first we knocked
and knocked in vain, but at length a
gruff vaice demanded angrily what we
"Tell Miss Yir ginny Pianx that No
vember Joe would like a word or tw .
"Are you drouk." shouted the man
"or only crazy?"
"I've t-aeked her down fair and
square, and I've got to see ber."
"I tell you she isn't here."
"Let tee in to aiake sure for mv
"If a man comes to my door with a
threat m meet him witb my rifle in
my hand. So you're warned." came
from tbe cabin.
"All right, then. I*ll start back to
report to Mr. Planx."
On the words the door opened and
a rivid. appealing face looked out.
"Come iu. dear Joe." said a honeyed
"Thank you. Miss Yifjtfnny. I will."
We entered. A lamp and tbe fire lit
up the interior of a poor trapper's cab
iu and Ht up also the tall, slim form
of Miss Virginia Planx. Sbe wore a
buckskin hunting shirt beited in to her
waist and her glorious hair hung
down ber back in a thick and heavy
p'ait She held oat her hand to .Toe
. with one of the sweetest smiles I bare
ever seen or drea tned of
"You re not going to give me away,
dear Joe. are you?'' said she.
"You've given yourself away, bavea't
you. Miss Virglnny?"
Virginia Planx looked hita In the
| j eyes, then sbe laughed. "1 see tbat 1
'' haven't, but can I speak before this
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Joo hastened to vouch for my discre
j tion. while Hsnk Harper mirsed bis
| rifle ami glowered from the back
ground. where also one could discern
> the dark face of tbe half breed squaw.
1 Hut Miss Virginia showed her complete
command of tbe situation.
"Coffee for these two. please. Mrs
Harper." she cried, and while we were
i drlukinc it she fold us her story
"Ton maybe heard of old Mr. Sohe!
perg r»f the combine?" she began. "My
father wanted to force me to marry
him Why. he's fifty by the took of
him. and I'd much rather drown my
self than tnarr.v bitti."
"There's younger aud better lookins
boys around. I surmise. Miss Virgin
uy ?" returned November meaningly.
Virginia Hushed a lovely red. "Why.
Joe. it's uo use blinding you. for you
remember Walter Calvey. don't you?"
■'Surel So it's him That's good
But I heard he was out of his busi
ness." said Joe with apparent sim
"I must tell you all or vow won t itn
derstand what I did or why I did it.
My father ruined Waiter, because that
would anyhow put off our marriage
Then when the Svhelperg affair catae
on and he gave me no rest I could no*
>ta;id it any longer You see. he is so
ilMi !I /I K
"Come in. deir Joe." sa d a honeysc
c ever be would pay all my bills. n<
matter how heavy, but he uever 'e
me have more than in my pocket
so that I was helpless I could ueve
see Waiter, uor < ouid I bear front him
and all tte time Schelperg was givet
tbe run of tbe bouse."
To Be Continued.
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Winter Foods —Baked Beans
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our underwear and out diet in order to
n'ect Old Winter en a mo;e equal foot- |
ing. He is a sturdy. hard working. ild
chap wit.* put? up a good tight, ami so •
we need to conserve all our strength |
aud body heat and be constantly 011 '
guard, or he will best us.
\V hat we want to select now fi>r our j
diet is energy producing tood. Meats
in the sha|>e of vegetable and meat
stews, r< a.st- with gravy and potatoes, j
and baked beans and pork with browu j
bread or fried mush and syrup, hominy
or buckwheat cakes and honey all t;;ste j
just right when the wind blows cold.
The desserts that will taste best now ;
ate not the ices, creams and gelatines j
ive enjoyed so well a short while bacK '
but ri -e pudding, bread pudding and
suet, pudding with hard sauce. And '
baked apples, too. they are good at ev- 1
erv meal and our most wholesome fruit.
Here are tbe directions for making 1
the real Boston baked beans, rich and
dark in color and moist and sweet tast '
For a family of (he three pounds, or j
three pints of Navy beans will be a,
good amount. Soak.over night or par- j
: boil for an hour in water containing a
i pinch of soda. I think it better to
parboil or blanch the beans as they are
j sweeter and better flavored than when
i only soaked-
Plaee iu a stone baking crock or in i
I a heavy well covered baking pan. The
( self-basting roasting pans are excellent j
for baking beans quickly and well. The '
tireless cooker i* good, too. but of
course the bean- must be started in
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After the beans are in the crock or
baker, mix, in a separate bowl, one tea
spoon of pepper, one tablespoon of salt, 1
one-halt' cup of Xew Orleans molasses,
one-fourth of a teaspoon of soda, and
a cup of hot water. Pour this mixture
over the beans.
Cut fat pork into small squares and
mix in also. You mav use bacon or
fresh pork if you prefer. Some persons |
object to pork in any food and these '
may use veal. It gives a delicious fla
vor to the beans and makes a pleasant
change for all families but if you do |
use tbe veal add a half a cup of butter
to the mixture of molasses and season
ing as veal lacks fat.
Pour on more hot water until the
beans are covered with it. See that the I
lid tits securely and bake, without rais
ing the lid. from four to eight hours.
If you desire tomato sauce on the
beans add it when they are almost done,
pouring it over the top. A njee, mild
catsup makes a good sauce for this.
I am sometimes asked if the beans
can be baked on the shelf of the fur-1
nace. Sometimes they can, and it is
a good place for them for the heat is ■
steady an*] sure. But the heat must not !
be too intense or the beans will cook
too fats, and be dry. Another thing, all
furnaces do not have the wide iuner
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