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LENOX TIME TABLE, LENOX, IOWA FLAME IN THE 'ORES HAROLD TITUS IBWIN MVER5 W.N.O. 'seavicep. SYNOPSIS er Young, a lad of seven, Is fepared to flee the burning lumber p of his benefactor, Jack Snow, bo took the youngster to live with at the death of Kerry's mother, a West has Instructed Kerry to ne with a file containing the camp's hds should It be endangered. femes attack the office, and Kerry, 'gglng the precious flle, and Tod ;e to town. Tod acts queerly. At -• bank the flle is found empty and Irry Is blamed with taking the ong one. Snow, his headquarters •d money gone, is ruined, and soon Ibreafter dies, leaving Kerry to the lor Commissioner. Kerry suspects Id and sw«»rs to even the score, a St. JPaul office Kerry, now In Inhood, and an expert woodsman, trns of the whereabouts of West. Irry rescues a lovely girl from a fcunrlrel, who proves to be West, threatens to pauperize the girl, In Downer. She thanks Kerry and •la him of the robbery, and murder Iher father and of Tod's advances. j is operating a lumber tract which father had purchased from West. Irry makes camp. At the general Ire In West's Landing, he finds " engaged In a poker game. CHAPTER IV—Continued pn a new game, a strange game, nan with wit watches everything. Young watched this game. His [es never left Tod West's hand as man dealt but despite the fact lit he detected nothing to arouse Eplelon there he passed tens, back | back, and let Jim Hinkle fight it with West. Jim lost again thumbing his bills, muttered kagely : f'Bnck where I Parted tonight." Kerry stayed for the first time. won and laughed. He had won nines. The nine of spades, hole card, had a bent corner. remarked that. Vest began to talk again, niak- an obvious attempt to resume banter which had been soured Young's appearance. He suc- ded badly. tod and Hinkle clashed again; hkle won. A few moments later, t most of what lie had gained. 1st was watching him closely, lung observed. [•Damn Mel's cigars!" said West Death his breath, tossing his loke away and making a wry e. "Hope! Count me out a nd," he said. "I'll run over to house and get a real smoke." Be rose and went intently out [d Young wondered. Did West so Bch dislike confronting him even |oss a poker table after what had ppened that afternoon that hp 1 fled? Or was it something else .cli moved him to leave? [he game went on, four-handed, under relieved tension. n his return to the table, the 1-niitured atmosphere which had palled for those last few hands appeared. Again, it was a gam- PK contest, although Tod's talk s, outwardly, all that It had been fore he knew that Kerry Young Me Out a Hand," He Said. the room. . . . still, that F'"g of apprehension, of some- VS afoot, grew stronger In S'S heart. was West's deal. He riffled cards twice adeptly and cut for a third time. His fingers them, sent them fluttering nst one another, and then two of the pack leaped from ,' s»d across the table and into his lap. I basket! " he growled and, , back his chair, stooping • groped for cards on the floor, e found them, all right! He d d * n , d gathered them In the other h h held the deck - Bui h*n .u nd 8lt( * * second deck beneath his belt and when he came up the one pack was thrust Into the little stein shelf beneath the table top while It was the new one he thrust toward Jim Hinkle for the cut. . . . Kerry Young did not know this. But his heart rapped smartly with suspicion. "Cut 'em, James!" the man said. "And cut 'em deep because I've got another feeling about thl= hand!" He looked about and grinned, more affable than he had been since Kerry entered the game. Hinkle cut; West beamed and . . "slipped" the cut! Young saw that clearly. Back to the top of the deck went the section that Hinkle had cut away and West was dealing, talking, chuckling over some Joke he had made but to which Kerry gave no heed. To find .Tod West playing the role of ruthless aggressor this afternoon; to find him cheating at cards tonight ... and after all these years of suspicion and resentment! To the tourist at Tod's left a king, next a four, to Young a seven, to Jim Hinkle a queen and to himself, a six spot. "The king," said its possessor, "will risk a dollar." Kerry looked at his down card. It was the nine of spades . . . and a nine of spades without a bent corner! The deck had been switched, he knew! The man at his left came In; Kerry, thinking quickly, paused and caught a little flicker of misgiving on Tod West's face. The man wanted him In! He tossed a dollar bill to the pot. "And a dollar!" said Jim Hinkle promptly and Tod nodded wisely. "That queen must be proud of herself again. Queens ruined Sawyer, James. Well, I'll trail along." The rest, also, saw the raise. Tod set the deck on the table before him, ostentatiously, Kerry believed.' He hitched his chair closer to the table and dealt, taking cards one at a time from the pack. The showing king drew a ten spot; the four caught a nine, Young was given a deuce and beside Hinkle's queen dropped another. . . . "Oh-oh!" muttered Tod. "You must've felt her coming,"—turning himself a king. Excitement showed in Jim Hinkle's sallow face. Why shouldn't it? With queens back-to-back, and now a third? And two kings showing In two hands? "Ten dollars," he said and his voice was too eager. "Well, now, James . . . I'm just a little bit proud of what I've got. I've beaten those dam' queens once or twice tonight. I'll just tilt it a mite this time to try my luck. Let's bet twenty-five and keep the retailers out!" The man at his left folded; the second hesitated and again Kerry caught that little flash of misgiving In West's eye. He wanted them all out now; all except Jim Hinkle who was already fingering his money, ready to call or raise. The second tourist folded and Kerry silently shoved his cards away. "Italsin' fifteen, Tod?" Jim asked and this time his voice was husked. "That's the way I feel. I'll back at you!" West rubbed his chin and grinned "By gosh," he said, as if in cha grin. "By gosh, Jimmy, you tryin to beat me?" An onlooker laughed "I think you're downright tryin 1 t. take my money and that ain't quite right. . . . Back at you will twenty!" His voice snapped on this last and the watchers crowded closer to the chair backs. "Well, seein' as you've got so much confidence and seein 1 as how we've got cards comin' . . . Call!" Three cards were dealt, now, with two showing; a pair of queens, with a lone king against them. From the top of the deck, lying so openly before him, West picked an ace and flipped it toward his adversary. For himself he turned a nine-spot. "The queens bet twenty-five bucks!" Jim's voice was tight. "And the king will see the twenty-five and raise ten I" said West mellowly. Hinkle shifted his weight. He wet his lips and looked nervously at Tod's hand. Then, as if deciding on caution after a struggle, he called. His stack of bills was thin, now; the heap of currency In the center had attained considerable size. "Now for the last heat, Jimmy. To you, m' lad, a trey, and to me," —hesitating as he looked at the card he turned from the deck and let a smile cross his face—"to me, the king of diamonds!" So that tvns It! Kerry thought to himself. Obviously, Hinkle had threes. Tod, from a cold deck, had dealt himself the case king. West was sitting back In his chair, smiling coolly. The place had grown very still. Well over two hundred dollars had been bet so far and West was smiling at the distraught Jim Hinkle as a man will who is most sure of himself. "Beat the kings," West said. "If you can and care to!" Jim cleared his throat. He counted his money slowly and said, "I'm betting fifty dollars," and as he shoved In the last of his money Young heard the breath catch In his throat. Tod West began to laugh. "Them queens!" he said "You boys have to learn about women from me! I beat 'em with aces once tonight. Now, It's kings. . . , Kings beat queens, Jimmy? Three? You got three of the gals?"—and Hinkle strained forward as West began turning his hole card. "Three queens," the man said huskily. "That's just what I figured, along at the last. So I just called, yon bein' out of cash. My kings, James, catched 'emselves a triolet, too!" Hinkle slumped back in his chair weakly. In the depths of his eyes was acute distress. "Caught the caser!" Tod West was saying as he reached forward with both hands for the pot. "Caught the caser and—" "Just a minute!" It was Kerry Young's voice, with snap and iron "Now!"—as West Hesitated— "Face to the Wall." in it; and Kerry Young's hand lay in an arresting grasp on West's wrist. Tod broke short his speech. He plunged a look hard into this stranger's face. "Jim, how much did you lose In this pot?" Kerry asked. "You were even, you said, a while ago." , "Hunderd 'n' eighteen," said Hinkle unsteadily. Young nodded. "A hundred and eighteen dollars ! That's too much to lose—" "What comes off here?" West, recovering himself, shook off Kerry's hand and drew back. Color gushed darkly into his face. "What goes on here? You weren't even in this pot!" "No. You didn't want me In." "Mokes no damn difference to me, what you do. But you were not. It's my pot. If you want to post-mortem here, whatever your name is, just string along and buy the right," "I've the right, now!" Young's mouth twitched and he was a bit pule. "My financial Interest in this pot Is nothing. But I've an Interest In It beside that. I've been sitting in the game and when I see a man stripped of his last dollar on a crooked deal—" Tod was on his feet, a rush < crimson rage flooding his face, and Ills right hand was whipping at his breast, jerking open the shirt. Buttons gave, exposing the sweat- stained strap across his chest ant! the segment of shoulder holster. It happened quickly: with such desperate quickness that Young could not hope for escape by flight. Before him was the table. To right and left were seated card players, too amazed and shocked and fuddled to be aware of what Impended, let alone to be able to move quickly. And so he did all that there remained to do. He rose, with a swift, flowing movement. As he rose, his hand dropped into his coat pocket. 'Stop It," he snapped, and his voice was a rasp and as West's baleful eyes caught the lift of that coat, saw the rigid projection within the pocket, he added in a half whisper: "Put 'em up. Quick, or I'll . . ." The great hand, clutching at the pistol grip In that shoulder holster, lesitated. Young's voice was Imperious, his manner commanding, "Up, now! Smartly, Tod West! . . High. . . . Higher than that I" Slowly West obeyed, panting as IB stood there, swaying Just a lit- le; and then the rest stampeded or safety. The two stood there, aclng one another across the table. West's eyes glassy, a stringer of spittle at the corner of his mouth; and Kerry Young, the stranger, hand steady In his jacket pocket, was smiling oddly. "Next," he said, "you will turn around so I can take your toy away. You won't be harmed, but neither will I. Now!"—as West hesitated. "Face to the wall, or 1 may have to . . ." Once more he left a threat unfinished. For an Instant longer West held his ground and then the hand In that pocket twitched. He turned at the ominous gesture and slowly faced the wall. Quickly, with a light tread, Young stepped close behind him. A prodding projection pressed the small of the larger man's back. Young's free hand went over the other's shoulder, .inside his shirt, and dragged out the flat, ugly automatic. From the doorway a man swore in surprise. Tod West carrying a gun? It was Incredible! "Now," the stranger was saying as he backed away, "you may do as you damned please!" Tod chose to turn and face Young who was halted In mid room, syno- sure for all eyes. The hand,which had covered West was still in his side pocket; that sharp, menacing projection still held firmly against the cloth. And then the hand came out, slowly, ostentatiously, dragging with it the pocket lining. The lining of the pocket and a straight- stemmed pipe! One explosive guffaw preceded a wave of Incredulous murmurs. Then these subsided as Kerry withdrew the clip from West's pistol, ejected the cartridges from the chamber and spilled the ammunition into his palm. He dropped the pipe Into his pocket and held the unloaded gun toward Its owner. With a contemptuous gesture he sent the cartridges scattering across the floor, plopping and rattling In the stillness, and then he laughed, a rising, chesty laugh as West, face ashen and agllsten with sweat, dumbly accepted the weapon, "There's your toy, Tod West," he said to the man, a-churn with chagrin, amazement and', perhaps, a species of relief, took it from his hand. "You may gather your ammunition later!" Voices were murmuring, like the distant sound of a storm. Someone laughed, another swore and a third said: "Damned bluff! And as for Tod's cheatin' at cards—" Reputations die hard! Young swept the room with his eyes. "As for his cheating," he said evenly. "The money on the table belongs to those who hat' invested You will find that the nine of spades, lying there with the money is a perfect card. The nine of spades in the deck which was dealt the last time, has a bent corner. No one called for a new deck; no change in decks was mentioned. It is my guess that on the stein shelf before the chair occupied recently by Mr. Tod West, good citizen, may be found—" "You rat!" At last, West had found voice. "You rat!" he cried again. "Other decks? . . . Course there are! You c'n find a half dozen on the stein shelf!" But his bluster was not convincing. He had not regained his self- possession. "Perhaps," said Kerry with a shrug. "Perhaps, West. You may be able to alibi yourself neatly, but you know and I know!" He went slowly forward a few steps. "Know me, West?" he asked. "Know me? Never saw me, eh? . . . Maybe, then, it'll refresh your memory to recall things. "After I saw you steal from Jim here; after I saw you cheat a poor man for a few dollars, Tod West . . . after I saw your smallness now I say, then I knew that I didn't take the wrong letter-Hie the day old Jack Snow went broke!" Color drained from Tod's face but Into his eyes came a glitter a craft, covering and subduing the gush of insane temper such us had swept them when he reached for his gun, yonder at the card table He did not speak at once. He may have known that this brazen youth had not convinced all who had watched of bis duplicity; that a withering gesture hud not wholly wrecked the place he had built for himself In this country. "Don't you know me?" Kerry taunted when he did not speak. "Don't you remember me at all? I'm Young; Kerry Young . . . And I took out the file you told me to take, that day oin Jack had his death blow!" West spoke, then, quickly. "Young?" He shook his head "I know no Young. . . . Wrong file? Jack Snow?" A contortion crossed bis countenance. "It all means nothing to me. Who you are, what you are ... I don't know. Except this: you're a rat!" A man growled: "We're with you, Tod! You're no crook!" Kerry shrugged. "Fair enough," he said and smiled In triumph. 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