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LENOX TIME TABLE, LENOX, IOWA CA ORES SYNOPSIS Young, a lad of seven, li ifwLred to fleo the burning lumbe. IB of his benefactor, Jack Snow j took the youngster to live with nt the death of Kerry's mother Id West has Instructed Kerry tc Jmewltha nie containing the camp's Inds should It be endangered i attnek the office, and Kerry g the precious file, and Toe laf to town. Tod acts queerly. A I« bank the file Is found empty and l, ry ]g blamed with taking the Cong one. Snow, his headquarters L money gone, Is ruined, and soon loreafter dies, leaving Kerry to the lor Commissioner. Kerry suspects and swears to even the score A Si Paul office Kerry, now In nhood, and an expert woodsman hrns of the whereabouts of "West ferry rescues a lovely girl from a lundrel, who proves to be West id threatens to pauperize the girl In Downer. She thanks Kerry ant •Is him of the robbery, and murder Iher father and of Tod's advances e l5 operating a lumber tract -which t father had purchased from West j makes camp. At the genera j in West's Landing, he finds j engaged In a poker game. Jim [nkle, timber employee, loses heav- Kerry exposes Tod's cheating _ disarms him. The crowd is un- tvlnced of Tod's duplicity. Kerry ntlfies himself to West, who dels knowing him, and advises him {leave town. Nan tells Dr. Ezra lams of Kerry's rescue of her from Id, and of West's threat. EJzra, who |coroner, visits Kerry, and appoints coroner's clerk. Suspicion of i murder had rested on Holt Stu, employee of Downer, and upon i Hlnkle, who was cleared by Tod |e doctor has the fatal bullet and serial numbers of the stolen one of which has Just been to Adams. It came out of the ;er game. Tod orders Jim to run Irry out of town. Kerry discovers I Is being spied upon by a 'breed i comes to Kerry with a warning I clear out. CHAPTER VI—Continued —6— llf yon know what's good for In his manner, then was a Ivindng quality not present be- le, "you'll haul out todayj" |And if I shouldn't i ., . whai In?" . • ' Bnkle shrugged. "Well, I'd fig I'd done all that anybody can Ifor you by comln' here." He ad Iced a few steps, his voice mod •ting. "I'm not handln' you any, Young, I'm just doin' you a Indly act. This country think- lot of Tod, and there's men here It won't stand to see anything |e against him." Teah? West, and who else?" plenty!" lonng let his head drop bnck- and laughed. • * * * * .'that was that! Be had been spied upon since •break, had been warned to clear 1 by an emissary who did not say JHiatiie thought and felt, Pot long after Jim HInkle'a delta Kerry set out, Tip follow- »t his heels, an Downer looked up from her K and listened to Kerry's brief *h explaining his presence. A Job?" she asked, and surprise |her face. was not the surprise which *» the deepest Impression on S- It was the quick coloring her cheeks, the changing light i 1 eyes which indicated an in- R In him over and above any ement or regret or enthusiasm j Ms question might hove pro- s ' a Job. You know how it guess; I'VP sort of got to stick a whii,. : 1U111 when rm in c, I don't just hanker to n pencil-line on a pad Vlmt her, Cuke a chance of It Is your af- of job are you | Wr y grinned. (1 ° a lot of things In and m. W t!, 0<3s '_" 11 the way from opera- ! y° 1 ' u draftsman as well?" to a series of large I'ng from the wall, greens and blues splashing the of '",J" hdlc , at6 the wlom 'Ith fgures showing stream" denslties of stands, '"ea ms and lakes set down she explained, "these ours are the sort who Know, down to the last were offering in exist n,i money. Could you tft ,1* sort of thing as well as £ L beea done? " yon other place. We're up against it, as you already know." She was obviously embarrassed, but Kerry said quickly. "Don'l worry about that. I'd figure, Miss Downer, that it'd be a rare privilege working for you. When do we start?" "I can't talk that detail with you now, because Holt Is out on the job. We've worked such things out together since my father died. He'll be back this evening. Will you come up then?" He would, he said, and started out of the office. Tip stood outside the screen door and now whined. "Oh, here's the dog!" Kan cried, going quickly ahead of Young, opening the door and kneeling on the step. The retriever inspected her with eyes and nose, and at first bore himself with perfect indifference, being, as he was, a one- man beast. But when her small hand came to rest on the broad crown of his head, and her gentle voice told him what a handsome fellow he was . . . why, then the tail commenced to waggle a bit, and his eyes rolled, and his pink- tongue lolled a little, and he panted with that satisfaction which comes to any male with sufficient flattery I "He likes me!" the girl laughed happily. "Why shouldn't he?" Young asked with all sobriety. "That dog's got sense!" Then he laughed at her discomfiture. He started back toward his camp, and had gone half-way from Nan's headquarters to the mill when he saw a man running along the railroad track toward the trestle. Then another. And from West's Lnnd- ing, three more were crossing rapidly. .. . Then a scream reached his ears. "Something stirring!" he muttered, and began to trot. "What's up?" Young called to a jnan...., , , "Somebody fell In 1" A woman's scream cut the air sharply, and Young saw a man grasp her arms, holding her from hurling herself into the swirling current below. "Kid, I'll bet, Tip!" he muttered. Sure enough, a child. "Little girl!" a boy answered excitedly when he asked the question again. "Dunno who!" Kerry paused at the water's edge and jerked at his pac laces. "Tip!" The dog, tail vibrating as this excitement infected him, peered eagerly into his face. "Somebody in there; In the river. On the bottom. . . . Fetch!", In went the retriever, swimming rapidly straight out from shore. Tip circled slowly in the current, head tilted, trying to see below the surface. Then suddenly he dived. He did not go deep; his tail protruded, and he was under but a second. "Fetch, Tip!" Young cried sharply when he came up. Seconds mean life. . , . A half-dozen men were hi the river, diving from logs or from the trestle, all searching blindly. And then, below and outside these frantic searchers, Tip came up with a sharp little yip! At that Young went in, swimming stanchly. The dog circled and went under again, diving for the same spot. When he came up, his master was beside him. "Good dog!" he gasped and dived for the bottom. It was dark down there. He drove himself deep with mighty iweeps of his arms, with powerful sclssor-kicks of his long legs, fie leld his eyes wide open, and when le felt his ability to stay down onger slipping rapidly, he groped wildly. His hand touched a slimy snag; and then, lungs at the hurst- ng-point, he was forced to shoot upward, He broke the surface, shaking water from his eyes and gasping air. A babel of voices was in his ears. He went further up-stream this line, and faced about and dived vith the current, utilizing its flow. Again he found the snag, but that vas all. Again he dived, and this time he houglit he caught a vague flash if lighter color in the murky depths as he drifted past. He rose qulck- y and swum his best to get back o a point from where he could live again. As he turned, he saw another wiinmer so close to him again hat bis freedom of action was re- tricted. Straight black hair was Mastered, over a swarthy brow; an- jular black eyes looked past him. Jveij in that moment of stress, ferry bad time to remark that this was the face which bad peered at him while he shaved this morning . . . Common cause, surely, a chile was drowning! He -went down again, down and down, deep and deeper. The depths hurt his eardrums; his lungs cried out for relief from this repeated strain. . . . And then pressure was on his back; on the small of his back a hand was placed; fingers were fastening In his shirt . He kicked savagely, rolled over. He dashed ft hand across his eyes, eluded the clutch and shot upward.' gulped air through open mouth. A rod below him the swarthy man rose, spitting, nml turned upstream. He gave Young one glance, and the dark eyes shone with' malice. Trying that I And now, of all times? The fellow was not even attempting to find the child; he was intent on bringing harm upon one who was. A bitter loathing sang in Kerry's heart for a moment, but he drove It away. No time, this, for personal animosities. He took a deep breath and went down again, water hurting his ears, pressing against his throat. . . And once more that vague blotch of lighter color. . . . Rand? A boulder? A cloy ledge? He expelled the air from his lungs and put all his will, all his heart and consciousness into a final downward stroke. His reaching hand touched something soft; his fingers entwined there. It was cloth! The current bore at him; his grip on the fabric held. He dragged himself against the current, tugging at that garment, battling to dislodge it. ... His head buzzed; a quick nausea spread through his vitals. He felt that this was his last instant of consciousness. His tortured lungs expanded, nnd water gushed into his throat. He wrenched mightily with the one hand, as a new, an inner darkness, engulfed him, and then gave up ... yielded, let his lungs have their way, and was shocked to find himself breathing sweet air. He was on the surface, barely able to float, but he was not alone. In the crook of his arm was a limp, light body!Upstream he heard screams and shouts. None had noticed that he came up with a burden. He drew the child's head to the surface, got hand beneath her chin, and kicked feebly. He tried to shout for help, but his voice was only a gurgle. He redoubled his efforts, but his strength was spent. And then a whine in his ear, and hot breath on his cheek, and Tip was there at his side. "Good—" he gasped. "Hie!" He fastened fingers In the mat of stiff curly, hair; the dog angled across the current towing his He Fastened Fingers in the Mat of Stiff Curly Hair. master; Young's floundering feet touched bottom, and he reeled to the bank. He dropped to his knees beside a log. He threw the little girl face tlown across it. He hooked a finger n the mouth, prying open the set laws, flattening the tongue, and >ore his weight down on her back. Water guslied from the mouth. Again he drove water from the small lungs, and again, while strength poured hack into his own body. Others were coming now; help vas on the way. A man was almost o him; more streamed behind. But here was a job to do, and he knew low to do it, the task that would ive strength to this last and per- mps waning hope. Roughly he lifted the small body, vith arms and legs so pitifully life- ess, and stretched it on the log, icad lower than the feet. He erked one of the child's arms beneath her face, rolled her head to ne side, and straddling the log >laced his great palms across the ower ribs and pressed firmly. . . . He held the lungs compressed an nstant and let the ribs spring outward. Down again went his weight, and water trickled from the mouth. A distracted woman burst through he growing group. She tried to hurl herself on Young, on the child, and the men took her gently away. "Keep 'era back," he gasped. She'll want ... all the air . . ." Steadily he worked, watching that waxen profile for sign. Down . . . lold ... Up ... Down again. ?he groqp was oulet now, watching with tensity stamped on faces, "What do yon think, Toung?' someone nrtced. He twisted his head doubtfully, and a sharp pang of dismay ran his heart. The girl's one arm, hanging Inert over the log, swayed dismally as he worked. . . . Fifteen minutes; the watchers were moving and muttering. The child's eyes were half open. . . . Brown eyes, he saw. Twenty minutes. Figures were running along the high bank. A man hurtled down toward them, and the crowd part' ed to let him through. It was Jim Hlnkle, panting, his face the color of suet. His eyes, large and desperate with query, turned to Young. This must be his child I "Can't tell, Jim," Kerry replied to the unspoken question. "We should have an outside chance. And we won't quit!" His shoulders and back ached. The inside of one knee had rubbed raw on the log. And then Nan Downer was there, standing Just inside the circle of mea One hand was at her Hps and her eyes were dark with suspense. He smiled assurance at her as he worked. . . . A full hour had passed since he carried her from the water. Now and again Jim Hlnkle looked at Young, and his lips would twitch. Others were talking lowly, moving about, their tensity gone. Kerry could see shrugs and heads shaken. They had given up hope. "Don't you think," Mel Knight, the storekeeper at the Landing, asked as he came close, "that it'd be as well . . . You see, they got to realize it sometime," "No, we won't quit." He had just started the pressure, but relaxed it. He held his hand on the small back and turned his head, Intently waiting for what he had thought he felt to come again. Then It came again . . . Just the whisper of a cough! "Careful, Jim I Steady nowJ" He held the trembling father back with one arm, and began to chafe one of the little girl's wrists rapidly. He beckoned Nan to him. "Get after the feet," he said qnl- etly. "She's on her way." Ten minutes later Kerry gave the moaning child into her father's arms and stood beside Nan, watching her carried tenderly away. The look on the mother's face, the vast relief and .thanksgiving which showed in the very set of Jim's shoulders, touched things within Young. A 'breed had turned to join the ragged procession moving np the bank. "Who's the Injun r he asked the girl, eyes following the great frame of the man, strength of which could not be concealed by the cotton shirt and faded overalls and moccasins. "His name Is Bluejay . . . Frank Bluejay," she answered; and then, as if pointedly: "Why?" He shrugged, "fie was spying on me from across the river this morning." A slight gasp escaped her. "Bluejay too! He's n bad citizen," she whispered. "Everyone distrusts him except Tod West. He works for him, when he works." A hard smile came into Young's eyes and he nodded. "When he works, eh?" he asked. They parted then, Nnn going toward the mill, Young mounting the trestle abutment slowly. "Hi, Bluejay!" he hailed. The 'breed turned, standing on the ties, "What you want?" he asked, with the accpnt of his race, and his look was clearly a belligerent one. Young did not answer until he had covered the distance between them. When, at arm's-length, Kerry stopped, he said quietly: "I want to know this: why were you watching mo from cover this morning? And when I've found that out, I'm going to ask you why yon were fighting me under water down there?" "Who's askin' tlint?" Bluejny asked. "You? Huh! I tell you; [ say to you, it's none of your dam' business what I do!" Ho nodded slowly, head thrust forward. "1 say somet'ing more to you, eh? 1 say these; you get to hell outta 'iere before somet'ing very bad cutch up with—" He did not finish the threat. Snre of himself as a bod man well and long feared will be, he was unprepared for Kerry's quick move. He swung sharply and stoutly, putting all his strength into the swing. His palm caught Bluejay on the ear with a stinging smack; the force of the blow rocked the man, swayed him off balance. He threw out his arms, teetering on one foot; he clawed the air twice, writhed and strained an instant to get the other foot down in time, and, falling, flung himself sldewlse 'or the river in a half fall, half dive. (TO BE CONTINUED) Japanese Renaiitance Perhaps the world's most aston- shlng revolution began in 1868, when Japan began recasting her Utddle age, feudal empire into a modern nation. 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