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'- CHAPTER 1.-At the beginning of the civil war Valentine Woldou was suspected of tbe murder ot his brother Frederic, who hsd disappeared. Dr. Blancbard married their sister. He becume a widower, and years after the supposed tnurdor went west with bin <;Iul- dren, Howard A lice and Clara. CaptanBran- n conducted the train when it reached the ar west. Two nad characters, Henry Kyie and Font Kubb, joined them. 11—Henry Kyle -on leaves the irain and visits her father ane sSsier Nora, who atltmpt to turu him. Irom life, CHAPTER IH Henry Kyle's splendid horse flew over the mountain trail that dark night with all the ease and certainty of a great bird cleaving the air. After three hours of ceaseless galloping the young man saw, far to the front and far down from the hill along which his horse coursed, a campfire, and the ruddy light revealed a group of men, their rifles flashing on the trees like queer igneous fruit, while in the background the outline of a group of grazing horses could be made out. Suddenly a figure in hunter's dress appeared oh the trail, and Henry Kyle, reining in his horse with his left hand while his right dropped back to the stock of his pistol, called out: "Is that yon, Bouton?" "Yes. We're waiting for you," replied the tall figure in a gruff voice. Henry Kyle dismounted, and as the two drew nearer to the fire the light glowed on the fierce brown face of Bouton, a lawless half breed but too well known to the settlers in these mountains. "The boys are in a hurry," continued the half breed. "What's up?" "They are afraid the immigrant train may escape us, and that mustn't be, for it is the richest outfit that has been seen in these hills for many a day.'' "Are the Blisses in camp?" "Yes, Hank." "I can't see why two Virginia lawyers should come oat to this country and join a gang that is notoriously lawless, " said Henry Kyle meditatively. ' 'They keep their own secrets, Hank,'' chuckled Boutou. "So they do, but I can't see why they should be so eager to get this Dr. Blanchard and his son out of the way." "In order that they may many the daughters, I suppose. But are the girls BO beautiful?" "Beautiful as pictures, Bouton—too beautiful to be thought of in connection vrifch such a brace of ugly curs as these two brothers." said Hemy Kyle, the words coming as if from between his eot teeth. By tlus time the two men had reached the campfire, and a score of men, bearded and bronzed, greeted Hemy Kyle with a cheer that indicated his popularity, if, indeed, it did not imply his leadership. Henry Kyle unsaddled and staked his horse—-the first care of a trae hunter—and then went to the fire, on which meat was broiling and savory messes steaming in iron pots, "You met up with them. Mr. Font Robb says yon. met up with them," said a miin, laying his hand on Henry's arm. "Oh, yon—Mr. Tom Bliss! How are you? Yes, I met them. I told you I •would if they were on the plains." "So you did, so you did, and I believed you implicitly." And as Tom Bliss spoko he drew Henry Kyle out of bearing of the others. Just here it may be necessary to explain the appearance of Jonas Bliss' two sons in these wilds. Dr. Blanchard had not been gone from his old home a week •when tho collateral heirs—the kinsmen of old John Weldon, the patriarch—began to make inquiries about the immense estate that had been unclaimed for so many years in the old la^-yer's hands that he very naturally began to look upon it as his own. Lawyer Bliss refused to give them any satisfaction, aud the consequence was that the remaining Weldous appealed to the courts and demanded an investigation. The courts granted the order, aud the old lawyer found the calm current of his prosperity vexed by opposing rocks. He said one day to his sons: "I am left sole executor of John Weidon's estate. It was left to his grandsons, Valentine and Frederick. The latter is dead, and if the former is not •we can safely count on never seeing him. again. He is a murderer and will not risk his life to gain any wealth. The •will can still be set aside, but only by Dr. Blanchard'is children. They are the rightful heirs." "But they have left it all behind them and fled,'' said Tom. Bliss, who was very much like his father. ' 'That is no bar. The courts will hunt them up, though the courts cannot force them to press their claims." "It wouldn't be a bad thing for us," interposed Sun Bliss, who was thought to be very shrewd because he spoke but little, "if the whole party was gobbled up by the Indians.'' There was so much more in this than the mere words would ordinarily convey that the old lawyer and his son Toin fairly gasped for breath. It was Tom who first recovered and said: "They could be stoppei" . "They could' be so fixed as never to be heard of again," joined in Sim. "The girls should bei watched over and cared for. Ah, if you boys had only succeeded in winning them," sighed the old lawyer, "the whole estate would •be in our hands and we might snap our Angers at the whole Weldon clan!" , "It is not too late yet," said Tom, fend thereupon he wbisDered a nlan that met the approval of his father and brother. The result of this plan was that within a week Tom and Sim Bliss, with plenty of money in their pockets, were speeding out for thf Black Hills. They had learned of the course taken by Dr. Blanch;u-d aud his family, and steam, and stage enabled them to get to the mountains while the train under Captain Bnmdon was drawing its slow length across the scorching plains. They mt;C with Henry Kyle and Font Robb at DeadW!»J and by them were introduced to Buuton's gang, as these out' laws were .called. The brothers congratulated themselves on then: good luck. They found the tools they needed already to their hand. The half formed plans took definite shape when they met with the outlaws. The crimes from which cowardice might make them .shrink iu the east here be came the easiest possibilities. They sent Henry Kyle and Font Robb to spy out the train, aud the result has already been given. "We can have them in our power," said Tom Bliss when he had Henry Kyle out of hearing. "Yes, but the job will not be easy." "The doctor has lots of money. " "So I understand. But I say, Bliss, you can have all the money; for me, I am going to have the eldest daughter. " "Alice!" exclaimed Tom Bliss. "Yes, Alice, or I'll die trying," replied Henry Kyle. "Well, Mr. Kyle," said Tom, trying to smile, but making a wretched failure of the effort, ' 'you and I can't differ about a small matter when we are agreed about many great ones. I hope we shall always be friends. If we are not, it shall not be for the want of a strong desire on my part.'' "That is all right, Mr. Bliss. I am as anxious for harmony as any man in this outfit, but I want to see through your motive if I can,'' said Henry Kyle. "I am willing to explain anything you do not understand.'' responded Tom Bliss, and he smiled again and stroked his rusty mustache. "But, Mr. Kyle, you should have made your inquiries before you took my money and began this job." "I have so far done my work." "True. Now the point is, are you •willing to continue the work under the "We can have them in our power," said Tom BUss. same conditions? If you are, why, I shall be glad to make your reward commensurate with your efforts. If you are not, no harm has been done." Tom Bliss stopped, .for Pont Robb came up, and not knowing that he was intruding on a private conversation or perhaps nut caring for it—all Bouton's men did pretty much as they pleased and claimed to have no secrets, and so there could be no privacy—he called out: "If you chaps want anything to eat, you'd better come over. Thar ain't too much cooked, and the boys is jist a-wadin in.'' Font Robb, to make sure of getting his own share, had carried a large piece of broiled venison in his hand, which he began devouring the moment he ceased speaking. "Have any of the scouts come in?" asked Henry Kyle as he turned to walk back to the fire with Tom Bliss. "Black Eagle, the Shoshone, is back. He says that Captain Brandon's party is in camp on the Blue Water." "Then he'll rest there for some days before going on." "Of course, Hank. As there's no good grass for ISO miles to the west, that's what he'll do; but if he was only a prophet or the 'son of a prophet, he'd push ahead," said Robb. "I do not think he is gifted in that way, but it won't do to underrate him on that account I'd rather have any man in the mountains opposed to me than, this same Captain Brandon," said Henry Kyle as they reached the circle of the outlaws about the blazing campfire. CHAPTER IV. Captain Brandon and Alice Blanchard were admiring the scenery from the top of a hill overlooking their camp when Howard came up and informed them that a young man had come into the camp who wished to see the captain. They descended the hill and made their way to the place where the pillars of smoke marked the sight of the camp. As theyneared the tents and huts a yonng man of graceful form and strong, handsome face came out to meet them. He extended his hand to the captain— the other hand held his hat—and asked: "Are you Contain Brandon?" "I am," was the reply. "I have ridden fast to see yon, sir," said the young man. "My name is Louis Ky'e." Lour ^yle released Captain Brandon's hand, and a blush of modest confusion covered his handsome face as he felt the eyes of Alice Blanchard were on htm. "Kyle! Did you say your name was Kyle?'' asked the captain, his hand to his ear and his head bent forward. "Yes, sir." "You look as if yon might be a brother of Henry Kyle." "I am, " replied Louis, and the blush on the down covered cheeks deepened. "You live with your father far back in the heart of the mountains?" "Yes, captain, and I have lived there since my earliest recollections.'' ' 'Aud you say you have ridden hard?'' "Very hard, sir." "Then you must eat and rest. After that you can tell me the object of your visit In the meantime let me say that you are welcome to oux catnp, no matter what your object may be." Captain Brandon turned and intro[ duced the doctor and his children, Clara having joined them as they entered the camp. Unaccustomed to the forms that rule in society, but with a courtliness that was natural and graceful, Louis Kyle shook hands with each, and if he held Alice's hand a little longer than he did the others it was because he was so magnetized by the touch, so fascinated by the beauty of her form and face, as to be wholly unconscious of the act Bowing by way of apology for what he was about to do, he said to the captain: '' Could I speak with you privately?'' "Certainly," replied the captain. "Come this way." "I have come to warn you of a great danger. It is one that you may be guarded against, but I doubt if the ordinary precaution will meet it. Bouton's gang and fully a score of renegade Indians are in the mountains to the south, and they are hastening this way with all the speed of their horses." "How do you know this?" "I cannot explain it to you now," said Louis Kyle, averting his face. "But you should give me your reasons for your fears as well as the warning, '' urged the captain. "Do not ask me to do that I want you to believe in my integrity. To explain all might lead you to doubt all, for the honor of one's own name should be very precious." "I xmderstand you. Here, give me your hand again." The captain took the young man's hand and continued, "It is a terrible thing, a very terrible thing, for brothers to be arrayed one against the other.'' "I would die to save my brother," said Louis excitedly, "but better that he and all of the name should • srish than that a great wrong should be d jne.'' "I agree with you. Better that all should perish than that a wrong should be done. Better the name should be blotted out if its purity cannot be maintained. But pardon the digression. When men reach my age, they are apt to philosophize. I do not want .to be considered garrulous.'' ' 'Nor are you. Your thoughts, Captain Brandon, are such as I daily think. But you have warned me not to speak of myself when more important matters are concerned.'' "You mistake me," interposed the captain. But the young man waved his hand and continued: 1 'From the fresh trails I passed not two hours ago I am certain that we are now under the eyes of Bouton's gang. "You could not be mistaken?" "No. His Indian allies are scouting Within rifle range and waiting for their leader to come out.'' 'And when do you think they will be here?" "Before another sun rises." "And what would yoa advise?" The captain spoke in a lower tone than usual, and, bending forward, he anxiously watched the young man's face. : If there were time, I would -advise you to push rapidly to the west and so shake these hounds from yonr trail." "But do you think, if we were to break camp now and push on with all speed, that we -:ould do this?'' "I do not." "What then?" "I would at once build a strong corral on the bank of the river and place within it all your wagons, stock and other property." : That is sensible." : And within the corral ][ should erect a defense commanding every foot of the inclosure and large enough to hold all your people." "Good .again." ' 'A dozen good rifles can keep the gang at bay.'' "Until all our provisions are exhausted?" "Yes, if you cannot get help in the meantime." "But where can we look for help?" "I will find it," said Louis Kyle, clinching his hands, while his eyes blazed with resolution. "But where can you find it?" asked the captain, who still maintained his <juiet but deeply interested manner. "My father will come to the rescue." "He is only one man." ' 'Aye, but he is a giant in strength and a lion at heart We have a dozen Indians and half breeds on our place, on every one of whom we can count to the death. These are ail armed. But I should not wholly rely on them. I should send couriers asking for aid to the mining camps, 60 miles to the northwest, and to the military posts at Keogh and on the Yellowstone." "You are a born soldier; but your plans involve a long time, do they not?" ' 'Yes, to a man starring it would be a long time, but it would not be so long to strong, well fed men battling for their lives and the honor of their women," said Louis Kyle with an increase of energy and earnestness. ' 'When do yon intend returning? 1 ' "Not till my horse is rested." "About dark?" and the captain looked put at the sun slopiwr westward. LT I ' 'It will be better after dart" j So expeditious were Alice and her sister that in a very abort time Louis Kyle was set before the very best dinner ; that the camp afforded and large enough i to sarisfy the appetite of a. starved giant. Had his real purpose in coming been suspected, the women—they -were nearly all young—would not have stood there laughing and declaring that the stranger was one of the handsomest men they had seen since leaving home. The sun seemed resting in a canopy of opaline clonds on the crest of the western mountains when Louis emerged from the rent. So great was the change wrought in these few hours that he could scarcly credit his eyes. The tents were down and the arbors scattered about. The corral was up in a semicircle by the river's side, and all the stock were inside- of it, with the wagons chained about the central point, where the stockade was being erected. The people were working like beavers and with a coolness rhat surprised and delighted the young man. The tent in which he had been sleeping was down and removed within the stone iuclosure five minutes after he had left it. "You see we are acting on your ad- rice, "said the captain without stopping in his work of rolling and lifting the stones into place. ' 'I hope the precaution may not be necessary,'' said Louis, lending a hand, "but I do not think the work will be finished too soon.'' "And you are determined to leave us tonight?" "I must" "But think of the danger!" "I do, but it is of the danger to you, not to myself. You will need help, and it must be forthcoming.'' ' 'Help is desirable. But what if you fall into the hands of these desperadoes?'' "I must guard against that," said Louis coolly. ' 'But is not the danger great?" "Very great, captain; but it will be no greater tonight than it was when I came here in the full blaze, of the sun. Those fellows know where I am. Let them get me if they can.'' ' 'You cannot travel as well by night.'' "I can travel better. My horse and I know every rock, stream and defile from the Yellowstone geysers to the place where Custer and his gallant fellows died on the Big Horn. Trust me for that." As they conversed the sun went down, and it became so dark that work on the nearly completed structure had to be suspended. It is surprising how soon the most, inexperienced will perceive the necessities of such an emergency. No one thought of starting a fire or making a light. Even the chil dren hushed their prattle as they lay on the blankets inside the defense. As soon as the stars were out Louis Kyle shook hands 'tvith the immigrants—Alice's was the last hand he took—and bidding Alice's was the last hand he took. them be of good cheer he sprang on his horse, forced him at the corral wall and flew ever, A dead silence fell upon the camp. Men and women bent to catch the rapid beating of the horse's hoofs along the face of the mountain behind them. Ten minutes passed. To Alice it seemed an age, for to her ishe most prominent figure of the day was missing. "Hark!" cried one. "What was that?" No answer was given. There was no need of an answer 1:0 tell them what it •was. The honest heart stopped for an instant, then beat more rapidly with dread as shrill cries and the roar of rifles came from the direction which Lonis Kyle had taken. L „ Notes For Pupils In Manic. The benefit derived from your lesson depends on the manner in which it is practiced. The vibrato (not the tremolo) is desirable and proper in any voice when there is any occasion for its employment. It is a poor master, but a most gracious servant. In other words, it must be under perfect control. There is a tendency to carry the little finger straight or to cramp it in so that it is very much more curved than the others. 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