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THE SAGUACHE CRESCENT | ~1 I |d my mmL ~rip- v~ ~ ~ ~ v v v v ~ ~ v v v ~ v v -,~ v v v v ~ v v ~ v ,v v ~ ~ v v v ~ v -~ ?, Way. disappeared- drolL investor in mines who so gen- potash cuts the grease, then scour with Mr. Ramlll's wound gave him no less erously presented worPny prospectors With a thousand, and In return took ever claims worth many thousands. Huxby of course had been a hopeless case. But Garth bad fancied there were possibilities in the older plrate. Llllth Ramlll, however, was the real disappointment. Though she had done 'aOthlng, so far as Garth could tell, to disprove her declared hatred of him, she had seemed more and more to show a spirit of fair play. It had led him Into thinking she possessed a true a~Lrit of sportsn~tnshlp. Yet now the girl avoided looklng at him. Occasionally she &used rather hard at her fiance and murmured bout the hotel at Edmonton. But for the most part she sat in moody Silence. The grease that dulled the brilliant blue diamond of her engage- ment ring seemed to nney her. She rubbed at it with a bit of dry moss, between bites at her meal By the time Garth finished his own ~tlf-zpolled meat, he managed also to swallow his bitterness. After all, what else could he have expected? The girl was the daughter of Burton Ra- mill--the selfish spoiled daughter of an unscrupulous business sharper. He broke in upon her rubbing of the begrimed diamond: "May I ask ~ou for t~ salt and tea bags, MISs ~tmli~ They're as good as empty, I see. But I can refill them for my re- y.r~ to the valley.". She stained at him, wide-eyed. "Val- ?~,~You--you're goleg back there?" o be sure. Why not? You can't Suppose I'll abandon all that mllllou in my platinum placer." Huxby's face had gone blank. His gate eyes stared with all their cold rancor. But Mr. Ramlll chuckled. "Of course, my dear~the placer. He will be going back to his placer next spring.', ~The girl did not turn her aston- ~ed gaze away from Garth. "Dad does not understand. I do. You mean howl Yea planned it from the firsL All that caribou meat and the--" "Good guess," he broke in. "it has taken a bit longer than I expected to get you ouL .But in my light birch- bark, I fancy I can make the head of canoe water before the freeze-up. After that, frost and snow will make no difference. I'll have a pair of webs "-6nowshoes." The millionaire spoke in place of his Wild-eyed daughter: "But, man, 'the Cold?" Garth smiled. "Have you forgotten I told you that I wintered with the ~-sklmos s,t Coronation Gulf?" "They have dog teams." "Some of those reams were reared Yrom wolf pups. I might experimen~ Yhere are several wolf families in the Valley." "You're stark mad l If you think ~'OU can~" Mr. Ramill paused. He listened to ~vhat Huxby was mnttering In his ear. ~Hls frown smoothed out, and he again favored Garth with the smile that did not go up as high as his shrewd eves. "Oh, well my boy, if you're boun~ to risk your life in foolhardy ~dven- ~ng, that's of Course none of our business.,, ~Qulte so," Gsrth agreed- "If our teLxt-forty deal had not fallen through, t WOUld have been your buslness to do the legal assessment work on the ~.lalm. But as things stand, I may as Well Put in the winter doing the work myself. The metal I sled out with ~Y Wolf team should pay enough to buy me a fair-sized freight plane." I The" millionaire beamed.' ,Yes---ah~ i true r, Garth smlled back at him. "By the way, I meant to let you discover for 1ourselvea at Fort Smith the happy surprise I've had all along for you. ~t since you're so pleased already over my prospects, I'll let you into the secret right now." "Secret--.~t Fort Smith?" "Yes. I" ~orwarded my papers by the ~outhbound Bellanca before I had the leasurs of meeting you and Miss Ra- ~ My claim has been on record ~ the past four weeks or so." ~UXby glared with a sudden change ~rom gloating to cold rage: ~'You lie! o~ were going out in yot~r canoe." He was on his feet almost as soon as ~i~ Girth. HIS fists swunga in blows .~th~ driven by all the f~rce of'hiS furious anger. Garth side-stepped both, and clipped in a hook to the Jaw. Huxby dropped as if hit by a sledge. Yet it was~not a complete knockouL After three of four seconds, he sat up, blink- lug like a dazed owl. and rubbing the ~attened wad .of beard on his Jaw. Qarth had stepped back. He said: Apolog~o, or get up and take what ls Coining to yon." HUXby stopped blinkin~ The daze qdeared from his eyes. They took on their usual calculating look. He felt mtttaw alain at: his sore Jaw, and replied With c91d deliberation: ~'X Withdraw ae term." ~ Arrogant as was the tone, the words ~an unqualified apology. Garth to IJ~lth, who stood gazing t sand, and rinse. Better take your ashes in the blanket, and use it for protection while you do your launder- ing. The skeets and bulldog files are swarming. You'll find a bit of sand beach Just under that clump of spruce." Without a word of thanks, she dragged the blanket to the edge of the nearest outburnt fire and began brush. lug the fluffy gray wood ashes upon It with a spruce spray. Her father had been gazing thoughtfully at Garth. He took up his empty foxskin bag. ~Come on, Vlvlan. This is washday. Take Lllith's bag and geC your potash." The wolfskln knapsack, with its platinum alloy treasure, had been left attached to the mooring line of the canoe. There was no bag for Garth. He made one by opening the front of his buckskin shirt and hand-ladling wood ashes inside. Lilith went over beyond the spruce thicket with her blanket-bagged ashes. Garth led Mr. Ramlll ~nd Huxby to the strip of sand below the' beached canoe. There he showed them how to cheat the buzzing insect pests. In. stead of stripping for his laundry work, he muddied his ashes and plas- tered the paste etll over his body and on the inside and outside of his ~oth~]. He rubbed in the mess and gave the weak solution of potash lye time to acL After thaL~came the rinsing. He waded out and sat down in the water up to his neck. Thus protected from the swarms of stingers., he stripped. off one garment at a time, washed it clean of asbes, and tossed it upon the edge of the beach. Before eomlng out, he took ~ luxurious swim in the clear river water. First Ramlll and then Huxby rather gingerly copied Garth's method. Like , Garth Bide.StepPed Both, and Clipped in a Hook at the Jaw. him, both wound up with a swlm. Neither, however, ventured far out into the vast slow flood of the Mackenzie. With the landing came the comedy The others ended their bathing before Garth. He tread water towatch them Both had wrung out their clothe~ and flung them well up the beach. The moment they splattered ashore, the waiting swarms of blood-suckers buzzed to the feast. Huxby cursed, snatched up his half- dry rags, and dashed back in, to dress under water. Mr. RamilL however, had no desire to put on wet clothes. He beat at the zizzing pests with his tattered union suIL It enabled him to get into the leather trousers and coat without being stung more than half a hundred times. Garth's mirth was mixed with ad- miration for the mine investor's nerve. Along with this he felt a glow of satis- faction over the results of what his rlgorot~s training had done for the once-soft millionaire. Though still heavy-set, the portly gentleman had become something of an athlete in ap- pearance. His flabby muscles h.~d been hardened; his loose Jowls were now firm. His paunch had disap- peared. He was lean about the waist and hips, and fUll-chested. "My word, slr," Garth sang out, "you look fit for the football squad. That should be worth more to you than doZen platinum claims. At least, you might toss me my buckskins." Mellowed by the hath and swim to a temporary return of friendliness, the millionaire chuckled and ease down the beach to fling the sodden garments out to their owner. HIS loitering afterwards may have been for Huxby. Yet he went back to the dead fires with Garth, when the engineer mut- tered something about having dropped his penknife. As the two disappeared over the top of the ice-gouged bank, Huxby sprang to open the wolfakin knapsack. From it he snatched out piece of ran. old bear-cub fa~, clip of pistol cart. rides, and his ~lost" automaUe, Still quick yet unhurried, he loaded the clip into the hollow butt and slid back the outer barrel to throw a cart- ridge Into the breech. As was of course to be expected Lillth Ramlll had not returned from her own dip and wood-asbas launder. Ins. Garth sat down beside the tin cup and little aluminum pot to mend a rip in the left leg of his buckskin trousers: Still in a friendly mood, but with shrewd caiculatlon In his eyes, Mr. Ramill stretched our on his back in the long grass beside Garth. "Well, young man, it appears that the game is played out, The Joke on us is that you had the cards stacked. A cold deck, ~nd no stakes up." Garth differed : "Why uot put it ac- cording to the facts, sir? I offered a square deal--a straight business propo- sition. The placer was in on that. Had I not sent out my papers for rec- ord, I would have had no legal claim to offer in my bargaining." "Why---er~ But when I refused your terms, ~nd yop refused mine, you said you preferred to play out the game2 "My game," Garth qualified; "not yours. It was you and Huxby who thought .you had the cards stacked to win. You fancied it sure-thing gamble." "But--your gamey You had the placer clinched. Why not have said so at once, or at least there at the lake when you turned the tables on us? I mlght have accei~ted your terms. At least we could have flown out to- gether, instead of going through g!l these weeks of privation and ~ha~:ci~ ship." q~he last words won an amused glance from Garth. "Hardship -- privation? You must know several fellow millionaires who call it prime spor~ to spend a month in the bush." "Sport.~, "Oh, well,, ff you can't see that side of It, Just recall yourself as you were when I had to hoist you out of the monopl~,ne cabin." That held the~ milrlunaire for a long moment: Then-- "Admitting how much I've benefited from yo~r health cure, Doc~or Garth, your m~th0ds have done my future son-indaw no g~od- As for my daugh- ter, to drag a delicately nurturedAsdy into the dirt~ and privations and dan- gers of your raw wilds---" "De,Acute'i, Garth cut In. "Do you know of anyone more hard? The point in her case is that she was only a brittle~ harsh alloy. Now she's at least partly tempered into true steel. I had hopes of still better results from the both of you. But hate and treachery blacken the blood." At the bitter statement, the million- alre flushed with anger. He started to turn over on hls side to frown at Garth. The movement drew Garth's glance. Above a cldmp of wild cur- rants, less than ten paces distant, he glimpsed the top of Huxby's hat and the outthrust muzzle of the automatic. As Garth ducked forward, the pistol blared. Garth pitched down on his face. At the same instant, startled by the shot, Mr. Ramill Jerked up on his elbow. The long grass had hidden him. Huxby could not have known that hls partner was lying so close beside Garth. In the excites,mr of the moment, he must have thought he had missed hi~ kill and that Garth was bounding up again. He instantly pulled the trig- ger a second time. Knocked over by the shock of the bullet, the millionaire sprawled across the flaccid body of Garth. 'Even as the roar of the second shot dinned in h~a ears, the killer saw what he had done. The pistol dropped from his paralyzed hand. He stiffened erect on his knees to glare at that up- permost body. It did not move. Before he could recover his wits, Llllth burst screaming from the spruce thickeL Half clad, wet hair flying, she dashed forward re fling herself down on her bare knees beside her father. Under the partly washed off coat of mosquito dope, his face was the same sallow gray as Garth's. She looked up, her eyes black withi horror. Huxby had risen to his feet. He was ~dvanclng, once more cooL She flung out a forbidding hand. "Stop I Keep awayt You--mur- derer l" His lips tightened. ~'You're ma(L darling--clear off your head. I shot to save your father, not at him. No, listen--you must listen to me I The d--d roughneck attacked your father-- with the knife---had him down. At my first shot he dodge~L I thought I missed. Your father sprang up Just as I fired again. It's the truth." "Truth 1" she crled~ 'truth I" You've killed ~em--both l" A great shuddering seized her-- shook her like q fit of ague. Almost swooning, ~he sagged forward on the body of hen father, Huxby advanced with wary quick- nose. But at sight of the two men he Jmd ~hot, he,~thraet ~ coa~ satisfaction, though for an exactly opposite reason. The bullet had strucM high up on the shoulder blade, be- tween neck and arm. Huxby pulled the thickset body from under Lilith and opened the front of the leather coal The steel-Jacketed bullet had drilled clean through and come out be- low the collarbone. "Look!" he shouted his rellef. "Your father--he's not killed, only knocked our. The wound's not serious, so high up through the chest. Same way one of my classmates was shot by a hold. up. Take hold. We'll get him into the canoe and make a quick run down across to the refueling post. Th.~t fellow Tobln will have a medical kit." The pulling of her father from un- der her had let the glrl down upon the body of Garth. Huxby's eager as- surance roused her from the semi- swoon. She StT~ggled partly up, to peer at her father, her hands braced upon Garth's lax side. Even as she gazed, the gray of her father's face became less ghastly. But In place of the smile of relief for which Huxby looked, she sprang up to flare at him in another outburst of de- nunciation: "Murderer ! liar ! There's his knife where I left It. He did not have It! Llar l sneak l He dld not attack Dad. But yon--you crawled up and shot him --wlthgut warning l" Huxby dr0pi~ed hls mask. "What of it? The d--d wood louse lied firsL He thought it funny to keep mum about having recorded his claim --to play your father and me all this t~me. Great Joke that. Only It back- fired on him. I'm the only pilot who can find the valley. No one can say that the claim we file on is the same as the one he recorded." The girl quivered, teidsed, and bound. ed sideways. The belt-ax was lyln~ near the knife. She clutched one In each hand and straightened erect, her eyes ablaze. "YOU beast i" she cried. ~Gol Go, or I'll kill you!" (TO BE CONTINUED) Arkansas' Pronunciation Decided by Legislature From 1844 to 1848, Arkansas wag represented in the United States sen- ate by Chester Ashley, bo~n In New England, and Ambrose H. Senior, born In Tennessee. Ashley pronounccd the name as spelled, While Sevler always said Arkansaw. Senior contended that the French got the /hams from the Indians, and spelled the last syllable "sas" because that was pronounced "saw" in the French language, The Vice President in recognizing Senator Ashley always said "the senator from Arkansas," while in recognizing Sena- tor Senior he said "the senazor from Arkansaw." The people were divided on the subject. In 1881 the Arkansas legislature caused the appointment of a commis- sion of learned men to investigate the subject, and on the strength of its re- port passed the following resolution: "Th~ only true pronunciation of the name of the state, in the opinion of this body (the legislature), is that received by the French from the In- dians, and com~nitted to writing in the French word representing the sound, and that it shall be pronounced In three syllables, with the final s silent and the "a" in each syllable with the Italian sound and the accent on the first and last syllables, being the pronunciation formerly universally and now still most commonly used, and that the pronunciation with the accent on the second syllable with the sound of "a~ as In man and the sounding of the terminal "s" is an innovation to be "discouraged." The resolution~ was passed in March, 1881. The name of the river, however/is prouounded Ar- kansas by many citizens of the state who are careful to call their state Arkansaw. Wrens in Our Garden The house wren is one of the most economical birds we have. friend to be cherished in any orchard or gar- den. He feeds entirely upon insects and If ever one did any harm it mus! "have been a mistake. They rear two or three broods of four or five babies each in a season. Daddy and Mother Wren both work, taking turns sitting on the eggs or feeding the young. For a few days after a brood has hatched the father is so proud and happy that his song tumbles all over itself. Then he cools down as his duties become mo~e arduous. Future Wr|ttan o~ Stars The Chaldean sages studied the heavens to wrest from them the se- cret of the influence of the heavenly bodies on human affairs. They fan- cied that the future was written on the stars, and that it was possible for the human mlnd to decipher the scroll of the heavens. From that study of the movements of the heavenly bod~u developed the science of astronomy; the astrologer of one age wu astronomer ~ t~ nell ...- CROCHET AS PRETTY AS IT IS PRACTICAL PATTERN III~ Lovely, lacy richness lles in this choice peacock filet crochet chal: back set that anyone can make--both easily aud Inexpenslvely--of durable string. The peacock, that most gor- geous of all blrde, will add a decora. tire note to your home as well as protecl your furniture. You'll find the large filet mesh goes very quick ly. And you can also use the design for scarf ends. Pattern 1119 comes to you with detailed directions and charts for making the set shown; an illustra. tlon of It and of the stitches needed ; material requirements. Send 15 cents In stamps or coins (coins preferred) to The Sewing Ci~ cle, Needlecraft Dept., 82 Eighth Ave., New York. N. Y. Crlstenes of Ethiopia About eighty miles southwest of Adds Ababa in Ethiopia there is a tribe of people called Cristenes whose language is allied to the of- ficial language of the country, Am- haric. These people all belong to the Coptic church. They keep fasts and holy days innumerable, But the people are pagans at heart, openly worshiping Satari, sacrificing :o him in times of sickness. DON'T SLEEP ON LEH SIDE, AFFECTS HEART Gas Pressure May f~au_~ Dis. comforL Right Side Best If you tOSS in bed and can't sleep on right side, try Adlerika. Just ONE dose refieVes stomach OAS pressing on heat:t~ o~you sleep soundly all night. Adlerikaacts on BOTH upper and lower bowels and bring~ out foul matter you would never believe was in your system. This old matter may Imve poisoned you ter~months and Caused GA~, sour stoma~, headache ~ nervouanem. Dr H. L. .Shoub. New York, reports: "In addition to intestirml ~anet~ Adlerika ~reatlF ,,redt~e~ bacteria ai~d oolon bacilli. ~,~rs.~as.Filler: "Gas on my stomach was sobad I could not eat or slecp. Even ~heart hurt. The first dose of Adierika ught me relief. Now I eat as I wish, sleep fine and never felt better." Give your stomach and bowels a REAL cleansing with Adlerika and see how good you feel. Just ONE dose relieves GAS and ch~onlc constipation. Sold by all druggists and drug departments. Is Santa Rotl? A merry fellow was never yet respectable man.--Chesterfield. Still Cougl g? No matter how many medicines you have tried for your cough, chest cold or bronchial lrr/taUon, you ca~ you with anything less than Creomul- ~ d nature to soothe and heal the inflamed mem- branes as the germ-laden phlegm Is loosened and expelled. Even ff other remedies hitve failed, don~ be d/scguraged, your _druggist is authorized to guarantee ureom~..~n and to refimd your money ;z you are ~ot satisfied with results from the very first bottle. Set Oreomulsion r~ght now. (AdvJ HOW TO "ALKALIZE" YOUR STOMACH ALMOST INSTANTLY Amazingly Fast Relief Now From "'Acid Indi Over-Indulgence, Nausea" and Upsets IF you want really quick relief from an upset or painful stomach condition--arislng from acidity following over-eating, smoking, mixtures of foods or stimulants ~ just try this: Take--2 teaspoonfuls of Phil- lips' Milk of Magnesia in a full glass of water. OR- 2 Phillips' Milk of Magnesia Tablets, the exact equivalent of the liquid form, This acts almost immediately to alkalize the excess acid in the stomach. Neutralizes the acids that cause headaches, nausea. and indigestion pains. You/ed re,ud~ at o~ce. Try it. AND--if you ave a frequent sufferer from "acid stomach," use Phillips' Milk of Magnesia 30 minutes after meals. You'll forget you have a stomach! When you buy, see that any box or bottle you accept is dear- ly marked "Genuine Phillips' Milk of Magnesia." SIGNS WHICH OFTEN INDICATE"ACID STOMACH" PAIN RFTEH EATINO SLEEPLESSNESS FEELING OF WEAKNESS INDIGESTION HAUSEA MOUTH ~lglP/ LOSS OF APPETITESOUR llglllff.Ii FlffQU[HT iff, ADACHES | , , , , 1 His Pear.? I Felly Confounds A man of wit would often be very~ It is the folly of the world con- much at a loss without the company ] stantly which confounds Its Wisdom. of feols.--La Rochefoucauld. |--Holmes. P "How do I feel. Ro#en/why do'you ask ",Because," you are not yoursd~ P" 1~o ~ an' '~- ~'~ ,too.t r~t t~d, ~.~o~ ~hau~ed f~..~ . of t~m is due m ~ac~ or a sumcleney o~ those precious red-blood