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By RALPH CONNOR
TTfE SLACK HOCK CIlSJSTVAS.
ANY Btrnnge Christmas days
have I seen, but that wild
IUack Rock Christmas stands
out strangest of all. While I
wus reveling In uiy delicious second
rooming sleep, just awake enough to
enjoy it, Mr. Craig came abruptly, an
nouncing breakfast and adding:
"Hope you arc In good shape, for we
bare our work before us this day."
"Hello!" I replied, still half asleep
and anxious to hide from tho minister
that I was trying to gain a few more
moments of snoozing delight. "What's
"The devil," he answered shortly and
'with such emphasis that I sat bolt up-
vftrtir litstlrf nrv anvl mini a knti .
"Oh, no need for alarm! lie's not
after you particularly at least not to
day," said Craig, with a shadow of a
smile. "But he is going about in good
style, I can tell you."
By this time I was quite awake.
"Well, what particular style does his
majesty affect this morning?"
He pulled out a showbill. "Pecul
iarly gaudy and effective, is it not?"
The Items announced were sufficient
ly attractive. The Krlsco Opera com
pany was to produce the "screaming
farce," "The Gay and Giddy Dude,"
after which there was to be a grand
b-'Uduring which the "Kallfo--'
of time Tw-s" were t v aee wL
ares," urvwnoie wim r jreo; vj a
tig supper," with "two free drinks to
every man and one to the lady," and
all for the Insignificant sum of fZ
"Can't you go one better?" I said.
' Ue looked Inquiringly and a little
disgustedly at cic.
"What can you do against free drinks
and a dance, not to speak of the high
kickers?" he groaned. "Xo," he con
tinued. "It's a clean beat for us today.
The miners and lumbermen will have
In their pockets $10,000 and every dol
lar burning a hole, and Slavln and bis
gangjvlll get most of It But," be
added, "yon must have breakfast.
You'll find a tub in the kitchen. Don't
be afraid to splash. It is the best I
hare to offer you."
The tub sounded Inviting, and before
many minutes had passed I was In a
delightful glow, the effect of cold water
and a rough towel and that conscious
ness of virtue that-comes to a man
who has had courage to face his cold
bath on a winter darning
The breakfast aras laid with fine
taste, A diminutive" -pine tree In a pot
bung round with wintergreen stood In
the ceater of tlirtable,
"Well, dost, this looks good-porridge,
beefsteak, potatoes, toast and manna
I hope yoa will w Joy it all."
There was not msch talk over ear
meal Mr. Craig was evidently preoc
copied and as blue as his poHteneee
spould ' alio hint?- SUvla's rldory
weighed upon Ma apTrlta, Finally be
Jrorst out j "Look Jjerel I caaV-l
aVon't stand JjJ Something moat, be
Con. Last Carlaouis .this, .town was
(or two -weeks,' as one of the miners
said, 'a little suburb of. bell.' It was
something too awful And at the end
of it all one joong fellow was found
dead In bis shack, and twenty or more
crawled back to the camps, leaving
their three months' pay with Slaria
and bis suckers. I won't stand It, I
aayr He turned fiercely on me. "What's
to be done?"
This rather took me aback, f er I bad
troubled myself with nothing of this
sort in my life before, being fully oc
cupied In keeping myself out of diffi
culty and allowing others the same
privilege. So I ventured the consola
tion that he had done hlB part and that
a spree more or less would not make
much difference to these men. But the
next moment I wished I had been slow
er in Bpeer.h, for he swiftly faced me,
and his words cntne like a torrent:
"God forgive you tliat heartless word!
Do jou know Hut, no; you dou't
know what you are saying. You don't
know that these men have been clam
bering for dear life out of a fearful pit
for three months past and doing good
climbing, too, poor chaps. You don't
lUluk that some of them have wives,
most of them mothers and sisters, in
Best Cuwb fcjrruM. Tuiw O'jud. tK
in time. nk- r flrntvi.
the east or across the aea, far whose!
sake they are slaving here, the miners
families to this homeless place, the
rest to make enough to go back with
credit Wby. there's Mxoa, miner,
splendid chap, who baa been here for
iwo Tears ana arawlna' tne nienest
pay.. Twice be baa been In sight of his
heaven, for he can't apeak of bis wife
and babies without breaking up, and team gayly adorned, filled with soma
twice that slick son of the devil that's fifty men, singing and shouting with
Scripture, mind you Slavln, got him all their might were corning down the
and Tolled' him, as the boys say. He bill road at full gallop. Round the cor
went back to the mlnea broken in body ncr they swung, dashed at full speed
snd in heart He saya this Is bis third serosa the bridge and down the street
snd last chance. If Slavln gets him, and pulled np after they had made the
bis wife and babies will never see him circuit of a block, to the great admira
on earth or In heaven. There are San- tion of the onlookers. Among others,
dy and the rest too. And," he added In Slavln sauntered up good naturedly,
a lower tone and with the curious little making himself, agreeable to : Sandy
thrill of pathos in his voice, "this Is the and those who were helping to unhitch
day the Saviour came to the world." his team. ; ' 1 i
He paused, and then with a little, sad oh. too need not take trouble with
smile, "But I don't want to abuse you."
Da I enjoy it I'm a beast a self
ish beast!" For somehow bis Intense,
blazing earnestness made me feel un
"What have we te offer?" I demand
ed. "Wait till I have got these things
cleared away and my housekeeping
I pressed my services upon him,
somewhat feebly, I own, for I can't
bear dishwater, but he rejected my
"I don't like trusting my china to the
bands of a tenderfoot."
"Quite right though your china would
prove an excellent menus of defense at
It was delft a quarter of an Inch
thick, so I smoked while be washed up,
swept, dusted and arranged the room.
After the room was ordered to his
taste we proceeded to hold counsel. He
could offer dinner, magic lantern, ma-) ' "There were a clothesbasket full of
sic. "We can fill In time for two hours, doughnuts and a boiler of coffee left
but," he added gloomily, "we can't bent M I passed Just now," said Craig en
the dance nnd the high kickers." .coursglngly. . ' '
"nave you nothing new or startling?" "Allons, mes garcons. Yltel Never
He shook his head. b7 keel!" cried Baptiste excitedly,
"No kind of show dog show, snake stripping off the harness." " ' f '"..;,
charmer?" But Sandy would not leave the horses
"Slaviu has a monopoly of the till they were carefully rubbed down,
snakes." , blanketed and fed, for he was entered
Then he added hesitatingly: "There 'of the 'our horse race, and It behoov
was an old Tunch and Judy chap here 6(1 him to do bis best to win. Besides,
last year, but he died. Whisky again." he scorned to hurry himself for any-'
"What happened to his show?" i thing so unimportant as eating. - That
"The Black Rock hotel man took It he considered hardly worthy even of
for board and whisky bill. He baa It
still, I suppose.'
I dia not much relish the business.
but I hated to see him beaten, so I Pbatlcally shake his bead, saying; -"Ah,
ventured, "I have run a Punch and we'11 beot him this dayr And I gath
Judy In an amateur way at the iar- ,ercd that he was c.6ded to tho vigilance
sity." ... committee,.. - .,;
He sprang to bts feet with a yell J G'"1 m4" Kelson waa busy with his
"You have! You mean to say It? own te"i. He turned slowly at Mr.
We've got them! We've beaten them!" Cnltf greeting. , "How is it Kelson?"
He had an extraordtanry Vay of taking An1 J was with a very grave Toice he
your help for, granted. 'Tbe miner ."swered: Mmn,-nmmmmm.-
chap- mostly English and Welsh, went 1
mad over the poor old showman and
made him so wealthy that' in sheer
gratitude be drank himself to death."
He walked np and down la high ex,
dtement and In such evident delight
that I felt pledged to my best effort
"Well," I said, "first the poster. Wa
must beat them In that"
He brought me large sheets of brown !
paper, and after two hours' hard work ou-
I had half a dozen pictorial showbills I "How do you know he's gripped me?"
done In gorgeous colors and striking'1 "Now, look here. Nelson, do you want
designs. They were good, if I do say it to quit this thing and give It all up?"
myself, "No, no for heaven's sake, no! Why,
The turkey, the magic lantern, the do 7a think I have lost It?" said Nel-
Punch and Judy show, were all there. ,
the last with a crowd before It In gap
ing delight A few explanatory words
were thrown In, emphasising the high
ly artistic nature of the Punch and
Craig was delighted and proceeded to
perfect bis plans. He bad some half a
dozen young men, four young ladies
and eight or ten matrons upon whom ,
he could depend for help. These bo or-1
ganlced Into a vigilance committee
charged with the duty of preventing
miners and. lumbermen from getting
away to Blavln's.
'. "The critical moments will be Imme
diately before and after' dldner an
then again after tbe show Is over,", be
explained. "The first two crises must
be left to the cure of IMnch' abd Judy,
and, as for tbe last I am not ret aara
what shall be dona," But I saw he had
something in his head, for be ilMI
hall see Mrs. Marer."
W)m la Msvlfar I asked. ' '
But be made -no reply. He
r .Jr Ji" s JiTS-aVaA .WiUy tWk IHU'lititW The man task
T the fe! fiU M It aeeaaaary
" "! bo" : fP .y' te reckoa with the eras which waa
IMBf tUM mmtmmtpf sYtB Bar O ransilciaal suslilssa anssraaaM a
awmoaiab'cilt:!Wftent , , , - ,,'... , .;; ttJmummmSmm tott!
By huchtiae TerythiaV waa m reaov)
jkot. Aim raucu a wma narasf a quit
aeaeke In Grafg'a stank wBcm fe t
The- battle win be lost before it la
fought If wa Kmo Qoatre Bras, we
shall toavea get to Waterloo."
"Slavta, Just bow. The miners are
coming In, aad he wfll hate them tn
tew la half aa hour." .
He looked at me appeallngly. I knew
what be wanted.
"All right r suppose I must, but It
ts an awful bore that a man can't have
a quiet amoke."
"You're not half a bad fellow," be
replied, smiling. - "I shall get the la
dles to furnish coffee Inside tbe booth.
You furnish them Intellectual nourish
ment in front with dear old Punch aud
ne sent a boy with a bell round the
village, announcing, "Punch and Judy
in front of the Christmas booth be
side tho church," and for three-quarters
of an hour I shrieked and sweated
In that awful little pen. But it was
almost worth it to hear the shouts of
approval and laughter that ,-reeted my
performance. It was cold work stand
ing nbout, so that the crowd was quite
ready to respond when Punch, after
being duly hanged, came forward snd
invited all iuto the booth for the hot
coffee which Judy bad ordered.
la they, trooped, and Quatra Sraa
araa won, r .
t-sed with their coffee than I beard a'
great noise, of bells aod of saea about-
inc. and on reachinc the street I .
that the men from the lumber camp
were pomln in . t mnuui iMih
'decora ted with' ribbons and ' spruce
boughs,- each drawn by a foot horse i
nie o, niy team. Mike Slavlrf. Batch-
eea and me and the boys can look after
them fine," said Sandy coolly
This rejecting of hospitality Was per
fectly understood by Slavln and by alt
"Dat's too bad. beb?" said Baptists
wickedly. "And, Sandy, he's got good
money on his pocket for sure too."
The boys laughed, and Slavln, Join
ing in, turned away with Keefe and
Blaney, but by the look In his eye I
knew he was playing Br'er Rabbit and
lying low. .';'.'
Mr. Craig Just then came up. ' ' ... '
"Hello, boys! Too late for iSmch
and Judy, but Just in time for hot cof
fee and doughnuts." '
"Bon! Dat's fuss rate,?. Bald Bap
tiste heartily. "Where you keep him?"
"Up in the tent next the church
there. The miners are all in."
"Ah! Dat's so? Dat's bad news for
the shanty men, beh, Sandy?" said the
little Frenchman dolefully.
Baptiste. Mr. Craig managed to get
a word with him before he went off.
0Dd I eaw Sandy solemnly and em
1 hardly know, sir, but I am not
gone yet, though It seems little to hold
., - . -
"AH yon want for a grip Is what your
band can cover. What would too have?
And, besides, do you know 'why yon
tare not gone yet?"
The old man waited, looking at the
I minister gravely.
"Because be hasn't let go bis grip of
1911 almost piteonsly.
"Well, he's keener about It than yon.
and I'll bet yoa haven't thought it
worth while to thank bim."
'To thank him," he repeated almost
"For keeping yon where you are over
night," Said Mr. Craig almost sternly.
The old man gazed at the minister, a
"ft" growing in bis eyes.
"You're rlgbtl Thank God, you're
ngou - . . t i.
And then, he turned quickly away and
went Into the stable behind his team,
at was a' minute" before he earn out
Oter Me face there was a trembling
J: -r :J. ,!::.;
;"Can't I do anything for yoa today?"
be asked humbly. , ; " , ..
' "Indeed you Just can," said the min
Meri takuf hie hand and shaking
very warmly,' and then he told hint
SlaVta'e programme and Mrs. . is '.'
I "8aady Is aU right till after h(taea
fiffaw that la Ma asm daaaw" mtk
. t -r: . i . 1 1 M r ,
"Hers camea aaeftxr recruit far rear
corps," I said, ' polatmeT'to Leslie
Graeme, who waa eomfc dowit the
street at that moment to his light
high, . .. . .. . ,ii . . , .
" "I am not so aura. Do yoa think
yen could get him?"
I laughed, "Yoa are a good one."
"Well." be replied half defiantly,
Is not this your fight toe?"
"Too make me think so, though I
am bound to aay I hardly recognize
myself today. But here goes.". And
before I knew It I waa describing our
plans to Graeme, growing more and
more enthusiastic as he sat in bis
sleigh, listening with a quizzical smile
I didn't quite like.
"He's got you, too," be said. "I feat
"Well" I laughed, "perhaps so. But
I want to lick that man Slavln. I've
Just seen him, and he's Just what Craig
calls blm, 'a slick son of tbe devil'
Don't be shocked. He says It la Scrip
ture." "Revised version." said Graeme
gravely, while Craig looked a little
"What Ij assigned me, Mr. Craig?
For I fcnor that this man Is simply
1 repudiated the Idea, while Mr. Craig
"What's my part?4 demanded
wvsEaa. Bstaaau amaT. t-XMIK DHJUIIIHIt.
coutm I would do Bothlns till I
but I want a maa
i iu uk mj p.attt at tue sporrs. i am
Si l At am . ...
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"And then I thought you would not
mind presiding at the dinner. I want It
to go off well."
"Did you notice that?" said Graeme
to me. "Not a bml touch, eh?"
"That's nothing to tb way be touch
ed me. Walt and learn," I answered.
While Craig looked quite distressed.
"He'll do, It Mr. Craig, never fear," I
aid, 'and any other little duty."
"Now, that's too bad of you. That Is
all I want honor bright," be replied,
adding as he turned away: "You are
Just In time for a cup of coffee, Mr.
Graeme. Now I must see Mrs. Mavor."
.."Wbo is Mrs. Mavor?" I demanded
"Mrs. Mavor? The miners' guardian
We put up the horses and set off for
coffee. As we approached the booth
Graeme caught sight of the runch and
Judy show, stood still In amazement
"Can the dead live?"
"Punch and Judy never die," I re
"But the old manipulator Is dead
enough, poor old beggar!"
'"But be left bis mantle, a you see."
ne looked at me a moment
"What? Do you mean you"
"Yes; that Is what I do mean."
ne Is u great man, tHat Graig fellow,
a truly great man."
1 And then he leaned up against a tree
and laughed till the tears came.
"I say, old boy, don't mind me," he
gasped, "but do you remember the old
"Yes, you villain, and I remember
your part In It I wonder how you can
even at this remote date laugh at it."
For I had a vivid recollection of how,
after a "chaste and highly artistic per
formance of this mediaeval play" bad
been given before a distinguished To
ronto audience, tho trapdoor by which
I had entered my box was fastened and
I was left to swelter In my ensre and
forced to listen to the suffocated laugh
ter from the wings nnd.tlie stage whis
pers of "Hello, Mr. Punch, whore's the
baby?" And for many a day after I
was subjectcd'to anxious Inquiries as
to the locality and health of "the baby"
ami whether It was able to be out
'"Oh, the dear old days!" he kept say
ing over and over in a tone so full of
sadness that my heart grew sore for
him and I forgave him, as many a time
Tbe sports passed off In typical west
ern style.. In addition to tbe usual
running and leaping contests, there
was rifle and pistol shooting, In both
of which old Nelson stood first with
Shaw, foreman of the mines, second.
..The great event of the day, however,
was to be the four horse race, for
which thre teams were entered one
from tbe . mines, driven by Nixon,
Craig's friend; a citizens' team and
Sandy's. Tbe race was really between
the miners', team and that from the
woods, for tbe citizens' team, though
made up of speedy horses, bad not
been driven much together and knew
neither their driver nor one another.
In the miners' team were four bays,
very powerful, a trifle heavy perhaps,
but well matched, perfectly trained and
perfectly handled by their driver. Sandy
had his long, rangy roans and for lead
ers a pair of half broken pinto bron
chos. The plntos, caught the summer
before upon the Alberta prairies, were
fleet as deer, but wicked and uncertain.
They were Baptiate's special care and
pride. If they would only run straight
there was little doubt that they would
carry the roans nnd themselves to glo
ry, but one could not tell tbe moment
they might bolt or kick things to
- Being tbe only nonpartisan In the
cfawd, I was asked to referee. The
race was about half a mile and return,
tka first and last quarters being upon
Ice, The course' after leaving the lea
lea up from the river by a .long, easy
(ope to the level above and at the
fatther end curved somewhat sharply
ranfd the old fort' The only condi
tion attaching to the race was that tha
teXis should, start from tha aeratch,
toton tho tern af fia t a ss -s t
iH Cratch. There trere ao vexing
fair aad aqaara
haaarda af the cetfriC Hi
deMBat aaoa thar Kid tkaV Artvara
quite as much Upas) tha fcpetd of
the teams. The points of haaard were
at the turn round tha old fort and at a
tittle ravine, which led down te tha
river,' over "which' the read passed bj
means of a long log bridge or cause
way. .... ;. . ' ..
From a point upon tho high bank of
tha river the whole course lay in open
view. It was a scene full of life and
vividly picturesque. There were min
ers in dark clothes and peak caps, cltl
sens In ordinary garb, ranchmen In
wide cowboy bats and buckskin shirts
and leggings, some with cartridge belts
and pistols: a few half breeds and In
dians In half native, half civilized
dress and, scattering through tbe
crowd, tbe lumbermen with gay scarlet
and blue blanket coats and some with
knitted toques of tbe same colors. A
very good natured but extremely un
certajn crowd it was. At the head of
each borso ttooU a man, but at the
plntos beads Baptiste stood alone, try
ing to hold down the off leader, thrown
tutu a frenzy of fear by tho yelling of
Gradually all became quiet till, in the
midst of absoluto sUHiicbs, came the
words, "Are you ready?" then tho pis
tol shot and the great race began.
Above the roar of the crowd came the
shrill cry of Uuptlste as be struck his
broncho with tha palm of his hand and
swung himself into tha aletgh beside
Sandy aa It ahot past ,
Like a flash the bronchos sprang to
the front two lengths before the other
teams; but terrified by tbe yelling
crowd, instead of bending to the left
bank, up wbtch tho road wound, they
wheeled to the right and were almost
serosa tbe river before Sandy could
swing them back Into the course,
i- Bnptlste's cries, a curious mixture of
French and English, continued to
strike through all other sounds till they
gained the top of tbe slope, to find the
others almost a hundred yards In front
the citizens' team leading, with the
miners' following close. The moment
.the plntos caught sight of the teams
before them they set off at a terrtfc
pace and steadily devoured tbe lnter
. venlug space. Nearer and nearer the
jturn came, the eight horses In front
running straight and well within their
j speed. After them flew the plntos, run
ning savagely, with ears set back, lead-
Ing well. the big roans, thundering along
. and gaining at every bound. And now
tbe citizens' team bad almost reached
the fort running hard and drawing
away from the bays. But Nixon knew
I what be was about and was simply
steadying his team for tbe turn.
I The event proved bis wisdom, for In
tbe turn the leading team left the
track, lost a moment or two In tbe
i deep snow, and before they .could re
gain the road the bays had swept su
perbly past, leaving their rivals to fol
low in the rear. On canio the plntos,
swiftly Bearing tbe fort Surely at
that pace they cannot make the turn.
But Sandy knows his leaders. They
have their eyes upon tbe teams in front
and need no touch of rein. Without
the slightest change In speed the nim
ble footed bronchos .round the turn,
hauling the big ronns after them, and
fall In behind the citizens' team, which
Is regaining steadily tbe ground lost In
And now the struggle is for the
bridge over the ravine. The bays In
front running with mouths wide open,
ore evidently dojj.,; their best Behind
them and every moment nearlng them,
but nt tie" limit of their speed, too,
come the lighter and fleeter citizens'
team, while opposite their driver are
the plntos, pulling hard, eager , and
fresh. Their temper Is too uncertain
to send them to tbe front They rua
well following, but when leading can
not be trusted, and, besides, a broncho
bates a bridge, so Sandy holds them
where they ore, waiting and hoping for
bis chance after the bridge Is crossed.
Foot by foot tbe citizens' team creep
up upon tbe flank of the bays, with the
plntos In turn hugging them closely, till
It seems as if the three, if none slack
ens, must strike the bridge together,
and this will mean destruction to one
at least This danger Sandy perceives,
but be dare not check his leaders. Sud
denly within a few yards of tbe bridge
Baptiste throws himself upon the lines,
wrenches them out of Sandy's bands
and, with a quick awing, faces the pln
tos down the steep aide of the ravine,
which Is almost sheer Ice with a thin
coat of snow.' It Is a daring course to
take, for the ravine, though not deep.
Is full of undergrowth and Is partially
closed up by a brush heap at tbe far
ther end. But, with a yell, Baptiste
hurls his four horses down the slope
and Into tbe undergrowth. "Allons,
mes enfants! Courage! Vltel Vlte!"
cries their driver, and nobly do tbe pln
Regardless of bushes . and brush
heaps, they tear their way through,
but as they emerge the high bob sleigh
catches a root and, with a crash, the
sleigh la hurled In the air. Baptlste'a
cries ring out high and shrill as ever,
encouraging hla team, and never cease
till, with a plunge and a scramble, they
clear the brush heap lying at tha
mouth of the ravine and are out on tha
lea on the river,' with Baptiste standing
on tbe front bob,' tbe box' trailing be
hind and Htndy nowhere to bo scan.
Three hundred yards ef the course re-
maia. The bays, . perrectiy bandieoV
have gained at the bridge and In tha
descent to tha lea and are leading tha
citizens', team, by .half, a doaen lengths.
Behind both comes BefNuto, . It la now
of' never for the plnroi , The' rattle of
tbe trailing bog, tofCBer wltt- tho
wild" yeTOn Hrfithrfj trawl. ;hlnc
dpwn tha. bank., exdtotba, bronchos .
xa maaaesa, aao, taxing tae nits in
their teeth, they do their first free run
ning that de...rttf JbM ttuftaa' team
hke a :wblrlwiadL thai, daak .clear tha
taterrealng 'space and gain the flanks !
af the bay Ctaatka 'bay held them?
Over them leaaa their driver, plying :
for the .first, time .the hissing lash.
Only fifty yards more. Tha miners be
gin to yell. But Baptists, wiring' hla
Mnea high la oae hand, aelses hla toque
with the other, irhlrbj It about hla head
and tings It with a fiercer yell than
ever at the bronchos! Hke the burst
ing of a turricana the plntos leap for
ward and with a splendid ruth cross
tbe scratch, winners by their .own
' There was a wild quarter of an hour.
Tha shanty men bad torn off their
coats and were waving them wildly
and tossing them high, while tbe
ranchers added to tbe uproar by emp
tying their revolvers Into tbe air tn a
way that made one nervous.
When tbe crowd was somewhat
quieted, Sandy's stiff figure appeared,'
slowly making toward them. A dozen
lumbermen ran to blm, eagerly Inquir
ing if be were hurt But Sandy could
only curso tbe little Frenchman for
losing the race.
"Lost! Why, man, we've won It!"
shouted a voice, at which Sandy's rage
vanished, and ho allowed himself to
be carried In upon tho shoulders of bis
"Where's tbe lnd?" wns his first ques
tion. "Tbe bronchos are off with blm. no's
down at tbe rapids like enough."
"Let. me go!" shouted Sandy, setting
off at a run In tha track of the sleigh.
(He had'aot gone far "before" l.",
uajmste cominc-back with hla taJ
rMin- v. .. a
-ft ifc iiw avftuaa (ueuy kg
the bront-jM Candng aad eager ts u
atltagala. .v , .
VoUal Bully, boy! Tank the bsj
asicu, oauu. x uu not seei, en? l
yoa are one grand chevalier!" excUUjv
ed Baptiste, hauling Sandy IniZ
thrusting the lines into his hands. Z
so they came back; the alelghbox toa
dragging behind, the plntos executing
fantastic figures on their hind legstM
Sandy holding them. down. Tbe litut
Frenchman struck a dramatic attitud,
and called out: . . jt . )
"Voile! What's the matter wis &
dy. beh?" . .. . i. . 7
Tlie roar- that answered set the broj,
chos off again plunging and kicking
and only when Baptiste got them bi
the; bends could they be induced te
staqd loug enough to allow Sandy to b
proclaimed winner of the race. Sever
al of the lumbermen sprang Into tht
slelghbox with Sandy and Baptist,
among them Keefe, followed by
son, and the first part of the great day
was over. Slavln could not understand
the new order of things. That a great
event like the four horse race should
not be followed by drinks all round
was to him at once disgusting and In
comprehensible, and, realizing his de
feat for tbe moment be fell Into th
crowd and disappeared. But he left be.
bind bim his runners. He had not yet
thrown up the' game.
Mr. Craig meantime came to me and,
looking after Sandy in his siclh, with
bis frantic crowd of yelling ui!u.!r?ni,
said In a gloomy voice: '
"Poor Sandy! He Is easily cniulit.
nnd Keefe 1ms the !ev:'.'3 e u:!:i !:!,-.'
"Ho won't t:uob 'Liz: w'jlrky to
day," I answered coiijucntly.
"There'll be twenty, bottles waltlnj
him lu the st.ihlo." lie replied bitterly,
"and I can't yo following him up. lie
woa'l Kt.iiut that. ' No' man would. Gcd
1 eoulU l,.;nlly recognize myself, for
I found in lay heart im earnest echo to
that prayer ns I watched him go to
ward the crowd asaln, his face set Id
Strong determination. He looked llks
the captain of a forlorn hope, and I
was proud to be following blm.
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