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' ° P Heikcth Prich*rd
But as It happened Joe wtis wrong. :
I believe that his reasoning was cor j
rect enough, awl that it was the fear
of leaving such marks as would enable
us to gather something of their Iden
tity that kept the enemy from pinning
upon our door the letter which finally
arrived prosaically enough in a cheap
store that bore the Priam- j
vllle postmark. The contents of this
letter were as follows:
Petersham, you »o alone to Butler's 1
cairn 11 o'clock Friday night. Take the
dollars along; youl be mot their and can >
hand it over
Below was a rude drawing of a cof- '<
Petersham read the note out to Joe j
"Where's Butler's calm?" he asked.
"1 know It." said November "But
ler's cairn is on a hill about two miles
west of here.''
"I suppose you won't go?" snid I.
"With the money? Certainly not!" j
"You can hardly go without it.''
"You would be shot down."
"I'd talk to the ruthans first and then j
If there was any sbootiug, I guess I'd i
be as much in it as tiiey would."
"I suggest that we all three go," 1
But Joe would have none of this
"There's uotbing to be gained by
that, Mr. Quarirch. You bet these |
feilits'll keep a pretty bright loouout. '
If tiiey saw three of us coruiug they'd |
siioot as like as not.
"I was thinking I might slip rijfht j
aiong to Butler's cairu and maybe get ]
« look at the fellas."
"No!" sain i'euivliaro decidedly. "1 ,
won't allow it. You say yourself you j
would be shot."
"I said we would get shot, not me i
alone. Three men can't go quiet where j
one can "
And se tinelly It was arranged. j
though no: without a goed deal of ar- !
gnmeiit with Pclevshntn.
"That's i< fine fellow," remarked Pe- !
"The kind of fellow who fought with
and bettered the Iroquois at their own
game. I wonder what he will see at
It was past midnight when Joe ap
peared again. Petersham and I both
asked for his news.
November shook his head. "I've
nothing to tell; nothing at all. I didn't
see no one."
"Where were you?"
"Lying down on top of the calm it
self. There's good corners to it."
"You could see well round, then, and
if any one had come you would not
have failed to observe them."
"Couldn't be too sure. There was
some dark times wbeu the moon was'
shut in by clouds. Tley might 'a' 1
come them tlmas, though I don't think
they did. But I'll know for certain
soon unless It cutties ou heavy rain.
There's a fine little lake they calls
Butler's poud up there. Von take your
fishpole, Mr. Qtiariteh, and we'll go
over at sunrise and you try for some
of them trout, while I take a scout
round for tracks."
This we did, but search as Joe would
he failed to discover any sign at all.
He told me this when he Joined me at
After 1 had caught a nloe string ol
trout we walked back to Ivalmacks,
.circling round fhe house before we en
tered it The sand lay undisturbed by
any strange footstep, but when we got
in ]KV. found Mr. Petersham in a state
'>f tile greatest excitement.
of the blackmailers has had a
long talk with Puttick." he told us.
"Incredible as it sounds, it is so."
"But when was this?"
"Early this morning, some time aft j
er you and Joe started. This is how
It happened. Puttick had just got up
and gone down with a tin of rosin and
some spare canvas and tin to mend
that canoe we ripped on the rock yes j
terday. In fact, he had only just be
gun working when he was startled by
a voice ordering him to hold up his
"By Jove, what next?"
"Why. he held them up. He had n«
choice. And then a man stepped out |
from behind the big.rock that's just j
above where the canoe lies."
"I hope Puttick recognized him."
"No. The fellow had a red handker
chief tied oTer his nose and mouth.
Only his eyes showed under the brim
of a felt hat that was pulled low down
over them. He carried a rifle, that be
kept full on Puttiek's chest while they
talked. But I'll call Puttick. He can
finish the account of the affair himself.
Puttick answered to the call, and 1
after running over the story, which
was exactly similar to that we had
just heard from Petersham, he con
"The tough had a red hanker tied
over his ugly face, nothing but his eyes
showing. He had ire covered with his
trim to rights all the time."
"What kind of a gun was it?"
"I didn't see; leastways I didn't n®-
"Well, had he anything to say?"
"He kep' me that way a minute be
fore he started speaking. 'You tell Pe
tersham,' says he, 'it's up to him to
pay right away. Tell him unless he
goes at once to Butier's cairn and
takes the goods and leaves them there
on the bSg flat stone by the rock he'll
hear from us afore evening, and he'll
hear in a way that'll make him sorry
all Ills life. And as for you, Ben Put
tick, you take a hint and advise old
man Petersham to buy us off. and he
can't be too quick about doing It either.
If he tries to escape well get him on
the road down to Prlaraville.' After
he'd done talking ho made me put my
watch on the canoe—that Pd turned
bottom up to get at that rent—and
warned uie not to move for half an
hour. When the half honr was up I
come right nway aud tell you."
"Tall or short was he?"
"Which way did he go when he left j
"West: ri<rht along the bank."
"Yon followed his trail after the;
half hour was over?"
Puttick opened his eyes. "He didn't j
"Left no trail! How's that?" cried j
But .Toe interposed. "Ton tnenn he j
kep' to the stones 1n the bed o' the
brook all the time?"
"That's it. And. anyway. If I'd got j
fooling loo'.dn' for his tracks I'd 'a' got j
bullet in we same as Bill Worlte." !
ended the little man. "They're all !
watching for us."
The Man In the Biack Hat.
WE were silent for a moment
Then Petersham turned to
"What do you think of it,:
Ben? You have some experience of!
these squatters up here. Do you think j
they mean business?"
"There ain't much fooling about i
these mountain men," Puttick unswer- j
ed bitterly. "And now I says this to j
you. Mr. Petersham, ueU I can't uever
say nothing stronger. If you're miud-|
ed to stay on here at this place, you j
must pay if you don't want Miss Pe- ■
tersham hurt or killed."
"That's how I read it. What else
could he meitn? He said you'd be sor
ry all your life."
"Good heavens! Even the most hard
ened rufli&ns would not hurt, a woman.
You don't think it possible?" Peter
sham turned to me.
"I thiuk that I,in da runs a very great
risk by staying."
"Then she shall go."
But when Linda was called anil the |
fact's made clear to her she absolutely |
refused to leave Ivalmacks.
"You will force me to pay the mon-j
ey, then.'' said Petersham, "though I
am well aware that this demand will j
only be the first of many. Whenever ]
these blackmailers want SI,OOO, aye,
or SIO,OOO. they know they will only j
have to ask me to snppl.v them. But
I can't risk you—l'll pay."
Joe turned to Petersham. "If you j
climb down now I'll be right sorry I
ever come with you. I don't hold with
backing down under a bluff."
I, who knew Joe, was surprised to 1
hear hiui offer so definite an opinion
in such strong terms, but Linda clap
ped her bands.
"It's all nonsense, isn't it? Why, if
any one attempted to hurt me Joe
would make him regret it, wouldn't
you, Joe?" She flashed him a glance
of her glorious eyes.
"I'd sure try to hard enough,'' re-;
plied November. "And now, Mr. Qua- j
ritch, I'll ask Ben here to show me
.iust where the fella stood when he 1
held him up this morning."
So Joe went down to the brook, and'
1 went with him. We were soon be-
Ride the canoe which Puttlck had been 1
"Here's where I wag, and there's
where he stood," said Puttick. pointing
to a small mass af rock close by. "And \
there's the place I set down my watch."!
November glanced over the details
and then followed the bank of the
brook for some distance. Presently he
"Did you strike his trail?" asked Put
"No, the stones lead right away to
the lake, and like as not he came in
"Like as not," agreed Puttick and
resumed his work on the csnoe which
had been so rudely Interrupted earliei
In the day.
We found Linda in the living room
arranging some fishing tackle. She at
once appealed to Joe.
"Oh, Joe, I want to try 'some oi
those English lures Mr. Quarltch gav«
me. I'm going to fish, aud I want t«
use this two jointed pole. Will yo»
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ft* it for me?"
"I'd like you to make me a prom- j
ise. Miss Linda."
"What is it?"
"Not to go out at all today."
"You don't think I'm In danger?"
"You're in great danger, Mlsi
"Then you must go out with me.
Joe. If you are with me they will nol
"Look here. Miss Linda, if you'll stay '
in the house Just over today I wouldu'i
wonder but it might be quite safe foi
you to go out tomorrow —and evet
"Joe, you mean you have discover
"No; I ain't discovered nothing, but
If you stay in the way I ask maybe I
shall." Joe took up his hat.
"Where are you goiug. November?" j
"Over to Senlis lake. Mr. Quarltch. I
Will you see Ren Puttick and tell him
I won't be back till lateish and will lie!
cook the potatoes and the cornflour!
l akes if I don't get back to time? Miss j
Linda, will you please tell every one, I
even your father, that you have a
mighty painful head and that's why
you're slaying in?"
"Yes, Joe,'' said Linda.
After Joe's departure 1 took a book
and sat- wltk it In the veranda, where |
I was joined in due course by Linda
und Mr. Petersham.
"It's cool here, the only cool spot in
the place today," remarked Petersham.
"Yes. and don't the spruces smell
sweet?" said Linda. "Joe cut them to
give me shade."
She pointed to a row of tall saplings
propped against the rail of the veran
da so as to form a close screen.
"Joe always thinks of things for peo ,
pie," she added.
Petersham glanced from me to Lin 1
da. "If your headache is bad you had '
better lie down in the house," he said, j
♦"lt is ever so much better, but I'll '
fetch some smelling salts."
I was about to offer to bring them
for her when 1 caught her father's
eye behind her back and remained
where I was. As soon as she had gone !
In Petersham stepped up to me and I
"To give her shade." he repeated.
I looked around and nodded.
"There Is always shade here," he 1
went on. "The sun can't get in through
the pines on this side. The wood is
"That's true." I agreed, looking at
the close grown junipers that stood in
front of us. "Joe stacked these sap
lings against the rail for some other
"Of course. He knew that Linda
would very likely sit here, and he was
"Afraid? Of what?" s;iid Linda sud
deuiv from behind us. "No one could i
hurt me here. Why. I could call fori
help ami you ;:ve both here. You could
prol fi-t me."
"Not eg. hist a ril'e bullet" said Pe
ters' r-iu "i'.c in;. sr.Ue. go in. Linda!"
As lie said the words from far away
came the sjuik! of u shot. Distance
robbed it -f that with which
the modern ril!e speaks, and it struck
a dull, even drowsy note upon the air
of that languid afternoon of late
To Ba Continued.
H'JTjB.ED AUTOIST'S RELAPSE
Young Hawaiian Now Reported in Seri
South Bethlehem, Pa., Nov. 25.—The j
condition of .Inmes McCandless, the !
vouag Hawaiian planter's son, who f
is a student at the University of Penn- j
svlvania, and who was the owner and j
driver oi' the racing automobile which '
last Sunday was struck at the Brod- 1
head avenue grade crossing here, and j
one of t.ie five ossuupanta of the car j
killed, is reported to be serious at St. I
Lake's Hospital. This information was ;
obtained by Chief of Police William i
Halteman, of Bethlehem, who had re- 1
ceived a telegram from Philadelphia, j
inquiring after the condition of the j
While his leg is severely lacerated, |
McCandless is suffering most from sliovk !
and nervous collapse.
MUST SPEND IIIS LIFE ALONE
Bay State Officials Refuse to Lift Soli
tary Confinement Penalty
Boston, Nov. 25. —The Governor's!
Council .yesterday voted not to grant !
greater liberty to .lesse Pomeroy, a life
"prisoner under solitary confinement at
the Oharlestown State prison. The Hoard
of Parole had recommended that Pom
eroy be allowed to mingle with other i
prisoners. The decision not to modify •
the restrictions on Pomeroy was reach- '
ed by the Council after it'had listened ;
to a brother of one of the boy'victims]
ot' his cruelties.
*600,000 Saved For Christmas
Pottsville, Nov. 25.—A statement
made by Schuylkill county banks yes
terday show that the Christmas ciubs
of this county have saved $600,000
for Christmas. This is an average of
$3 for every man, woman and child
in the county. The Schuylkill Trust
Company alone has $125,000 on de-;
posit, which will be distributed next'
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FLEEING PAIR FACE ARSON
Accused of Having Doubly Insured Fur
niture Before Fire
York, Pa., Nov. 25.—Winton N.
Mays ami his wife, who disappeared
from York last MarcA, during an inves
tigation of the cause of a fire which
damaged their home in the East Knd, |
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yesterday on a 'charge of arson, and will
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furniture doubly'insured with two com
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adjustment of the loss the couple
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Clergymen Killed Big Qauie
Hazleton, Pa., Nov. 25.—The Hov.
.Tames K. Skillington, pastor of •
Paul's Methodist Episcopal chui
here, has sent home an eight-po:
buck which ho shot near Renovo. 1
brother, the Kev. Walter Skillingtc
of Austin, also killed a deer and
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