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THE HEPUBLiCAN, ALGOtfA, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, APttlt 1, 1896. MMlMtt [Copyright, 1895, bV J. B. Llpplncott Co.1 The attack did not Inst long, and about the time the blood be e n.n to tingle j'n his veins again he heard the muffled trampling 1 of horses approaching along the dusty road. At the signal the very recollection of his. late discomposure seemed somehow to vanish into the limbo of a remote past; his puisea quickened and his muscles thrilled wlith the vibrations of an accumulating energy that sang joyously as it leaped through the tense nerves and the throbbing arteriets. His sharpened senses were unnaturally acute; he heard the woody clink-of the rails as the men made a breach in the zigzag fence, then the smothered hoof-beats of the horsea coming across the soft turf of the lawn; a moment later, in an interval of silence, he fancied he cottld almost hear the whispered instructions given to Jed. When the two men emerged,from the deeper shadows of the grove he saw them quite (iistinc'My in the starlight; they, came directly toward his hiding place, and when they paused within a feAV feet of the trees he could scarcely restrain the eager ferocity that prompted him to rush out upon them. In the instant of hesitation he had time to note that one of them carried an armful of kindling wood; the man gathered it into a firmer .hold while they paused, t^pd there was a smothered tinkle of breaking glass, and the pungent odor of kerosene filled the air. "What was that thar noise?" asked the other. "Hit's that thar blame' bottle o' coal- oil, that's what hit is; hit's done bu'sted an' run all down into ray boots," replied the first; and they moved forward and disappeared behind the corner of the house. Ririgbrand kept them in sight as long as he could, and then ran across to the clump of laurels, going down on his hands and knees and staring intently into the gloom until he found them again, two darker blots of shadow crouching in the angle formed by the bay window in the parlor. While he was straining his eyes to catch the gleam of the match which would be the signal for their return, he did not hear the stealthy steps of 'aman whoWas approached him from behind, nor did he know of its presence when the gliding figure came quite close and stood with chibbed gun waiting for him to rise. The appearance of the third brother upon the scene wa>s due to the fact that Ludlow had chosen his position unfortunately and so was unable to see the men when they disinotmted. For this reason, he waited until he was sure that the two incendiaries had starte.d for the house, and the delay gave the holder of horses time to yield to a sudden impulse born of a desire to know if his warning to Hester had accomplished its purpose. Looping the horses' bridles together and throwing them over the branch of a tree, he followed noiselessly in the footsteps of his brothers; and coming out on the open lawn in time to catch a glimpse of Ringbrand as he ran across to the laurels, he crept forward until he stood with uplifted gun behind the unsuspecting sentinel. When Iting- brand rose at the flash of the match, the poised rifle cut a quick circle in the air and descended with a blow that sent him back to his knees with a thousand scintillating motes dancing before his eyes; for a single confused instant he thought the end had come, and then he felt the revivifying breath of the spirit of battle which seemed to inspire him with the reckless and invincible courage of his warlike ancestors. Leaping to his feet, he fell upon his assailant with irresistible fury; there was u sharp, breathless struggle, a fierce clutching for under-holds, and then Ringbrand swung the slight f oroi of his antagonist over his head and dashed it, limp and helpless, against the bole of the oak, . While this bit of by-play was going on behind the laurels, another incident oc- cured which further disarranged Ring- brand's plans anil left Col, Latimerand Henry in clondt as to what they should do. When the elder Bymim stooped to light the pile of kindlings, Bud started back toward the ambush alone; and as the first match went out, the younger brother had time to reach the clump of laurels before Jeff could llnd and light another. Seeing but one of the men appear, the colonel and his son both hesitated, and Bud confronted Ringbrand just as the latter recovered himself from the grapple with Jed. There was no time for deliberation, and, realizing that the mountaineer could not use his rifle at close quarters, he flung himself upon the newcomer, taking him unawares and throwing him heavily just as a bright blaze sprang up beside the house and a howl of agony rang out on the still-air of the night. A singre glance revealed the cause of both. There was a terrible picture of a man wrapped in a winding sheet of flame and running toward him—a yelling human torch, blazing from head to foot and swinging its fiery arms frantically as it ran, At such a crisis, thought and action are one. Shaking 1 himself loose from the grasp of the struggling young brother, Ringbraud quieted, him with a single deliberate typw with, the butt pf the pistol; tb* nfjft jWi&o be tripped the shrieking firebrand and was rolling it over and over in the damp grass when the colonel and Henry ran up. It was all over quickly, and they werft binding Jed and Bud when Ludlow joined them. The colonel sent Henry to arouse the negro servants, with orders to get the horses and the farm wagon ready at once, and then an awed little group gathered around the burned man while Ludlow examined his injuries by the light of the lanterns. "I guess he's past help," he said, quietly. "How did it happen?" Ilingbrand answered: "It was kerosene. He had a bottle in his pocket,* and broke it just as they passed me. Ilo was carrying an armful of wood." Ludlow glanced at the other two: "1 missed my man, but I see yon have him. How did you manage it'?" "I didn't manage it: It was managed for me," replied Ringbrand, lowering his voice at the sound of a slight noise at one of the upper windows of the mansion. "When I got upon my foot bchijid the laurels there, some one knocked mo clown with a clubbed gun; I tried it again, and threw the fellow just as tho other came up. I closed with that one to keep him from using his rifle; and as we fell, I saw the third man in ablaze." Henry's post had been nearest to the bay window, and he told how Jo.tT had tried twice to light the kindlings, and now the blaze had enveloped him as ho was making the third attempt. While he was telling about it, the front door of the. house was opened from within, and the colonel left the group and stood for some minutes talking with some one in the hall. Presently he called out: "You-all didn't get hurt, did you, !Mr. Ringbrand?" .. "Not worth mentioning," was the reply, and Ringbrand was sufficiently human to give place to the hope that Hester had seen something of the struggle, and to rejoice in the thought that her anxiety had prompted the inquiry. The door closed again when the wagon was driven up, and the colonel helped the others to lift the injured man to the bed of straw in the deep box. When he had been made as comfortable HR possible, the two others were swung up behind and tied securely; and the colonel, Ludlow and Ringbrand drove down to Tregarthen with their prisoners. The colonel said little until the wagon stopped on its return to "The Laurels" to set the two younger men down at Ludlow's gate; then ho rose and held out his hand to Riwgbraud. "I reckon you 'preciate how I feel, Mr. Ringbrand, an' I'm mighty proud to acknowledge my obligations, an' the obligations of the whole fam'ly, to you, seh. We-all ain't gwine to fo'get this heah. night the longes' day lhah's a Latimer livin',"—the colonel's idiom grew stronger under the influence of emotion—"an* I want to say right heah afore Tom Ludlow, seh, that as long as thah is a Latimer livin', he'll be proud to tell his child'en an' his grandchild'en that we-all are beholden to you, seh, for 'ouh lives an' for ouh property." Ringbrand saw through the thir mask of grandiloquence, and .hastened to assure the colonel that he was only too glad to have been in time. "Only don't call it an obligation, colonel," he added; "the motive was purely se.lflsh— in a way that you'd hardly understand if I tried to explain it." The colonel said much more to the same purpose, and would not leave them until he had extracted a promise from Ringbrand to extend his visit. When they had finally bidden him good-night, and Ludlow was opening the house door with his latch-key, Ringbrand said; "If yon love me, Tom, let me sleep all day to-morrow if I can: I'm about dead on my feet." XIII, ANSWERS VARIOUS, Ringbrand slept next day until after noon, coming down to a very late dinner feeling as if he had circumnavigated the globe in the wrong direction and so lost a day out of the calendar, Mrs, Ludlow, having slaked the imperative thirst of her curiosity at the well of her husband's information, spared him the task of recounting his adventures at Jength; but she managed to make him giye a very fair description of the ba> tie at "The Laurels" from the point of view of the chief actor therein, ruthlessly ignoring his modest endeavors to dwell lightly upon his own achievements. She listened with, lively appreciation, Baking a comical little grimace of incredulous scorn as ho concluded. "And Tom thought—shan't I pour you another cup' of tea?" "Thank you; what were you about to say?" "I did say it, I asked if you would have another cup of tea," "No, but about what Tom thought." "Oh! Tom thought you'd sleep right along till to-morrow morning," she replied, with unblushing effrontery, "And that reminds me: Henry's been down to inquire alter you, and I told liiig you'd pay your respects at 'The L,aurejs' this af ternopo." "How did you know J would?'* "I knew you'd do anything I promised |or you." well (since you've committed yotir- Bolf,) I suppose I'll have to go." "Oh, please don't!" she urged, teasingly. "It's a long, long walk, and it's BO dreadfully hot; I'd go back to bed., ngain, if I were you." "Asid impugn your reputation for truth and veracity?—that would bo very unthankful; you sec you've made it impossible for me not to go." The", with diplomatic abruptness: "Haven't .you anything to tell me before I istart?" "You nskcd me that question last night, and I'll make you tho same answer: you may give Hester my love." "Thank you so much. Perhaps I shall go back to New York to-morrow." "Perhaps you will; and perhaps the world came to an end yesterday. I think one is about as probable ns the other." "Oh! then you know of some good reason why I should stay." "Yes, the best of reasons: you're not able to travel, yet." Ringbrand laughed and reached for his hat. "Just watch me climb that hill, and then you ma3' repent at leisure,"-he said. An hour later he was comfortably established upon the veranda of the colonel's home, lounging invalid-wise in the library easy-chair which Hester had insisted upon dragging out, for him. They had been talking about the feud, his imprisonment in the cave, and all the exciting events of the past few days; and Ringbrand had been trying' with a palpable effort at ingemunisness to bring the conversation around by rosy and graduated approaches to the subject nearest his heart. On the long walk up the mountain he had forecast the manner of these approaches with such strict fidelity to details that he now found it impossible to break away from the entanglement of set speeches and supposed answers, and every fresh endeavor seemed to involve him more hopelessly. Even the perversity oE inanimate objects added to his helplessness. How could one talk upon serious subjects from the lazy rostrum of an easy- chair whose high back took away the last vestige of one's dignity?—and when he sab up the comfortable hollow of the low seat brought hin knees nnd his chin together in an attitude that warf pathetically inadequate to the requirements of the case. Once or twice he had tried to rise, but Hester had protested playfully, saying that he must consider himself an invalid, if only for that afternoon. To add to his embarrassment, she left her own chair and began to saunter up and down the veranda in front of him, snipping dead leaves from the ivy on the railing as she talked. • He watched her furtively while the car of idle talk ran smoothly over endless stretches of track wherein there were no crossings or switches, until the subtle intoxication of her beauty began to make his replies irrelevant. At last sho stopped just opposite his chair and leaned over the railing to recover a Wandering spray of ivy; while she stood there with her back toward him, he broke off in the middle of a sentence and .said abruptly: "Miss Hester, I love you very much." She recovered herself instantly, nnd he saw the suppressed laughter in her eyes as she turned toward him. He was on his feet in a moment. "Miss Latimer, I beg your pardon—indeed I do—it wasn't at all what I meant—oh, horrors, what am I saying!—I did mean it, only I didn't intend saying it just that way. .Please don't laugh at me; it'll break my heart; I'm dreadfully in earnest, if I do talk like an imbecile. Hester, dear, do you love me just a little, and will you be my wife?" He was holding her hand now, and looking down into her face with an appeal in his eyes that quite atoned for the halting speech, and she hid her face on his shoulder, saying: "Oh, I'm so glad!" "Glad of what, Hester?" he asked, drawing her closer to him. Her face was suffused with blushes when she raised it shyly to his, but the merriment still twinkled in her eyes. " Qlacl of what, Jls^terf" he asked, drawing bei closer to him. "(jjacl that you found it impossible to be quite correct; you doo't know— how uiucli it makes nie—" the last two words weye whispered to the lapel o£ his cont, but he heard them and folded her in his arms. After the rapturous interval, he asked: "Au<l tl id you think T was very conventional?" "I used to; the people iu your stories always seem to do just tho right thing at the right time. Tell me, did you ever make one of your heroes say anything like—-like' you did a feiy minutes ngo?" "JJeaven forbid!" he answered fervently; "but then oocpanalv.-aysinuag 1 Upttex* things than he can do."' was another eloquent interval, lh,e» she lojpked u Hint \vhnt yon meant to loll me the night you went nwny?" "Partly; hut there wns something that prevented me — something that, perhaps, should have made mo keep silent to-day. You remember what we were saying about personal cotirngc; I thought then that I was a born coward, nnd I'm not entirely sure of the contrary yet." She held him oft at arm's length and looked at him with loving pride kindling in her beautiful eyes. "It is like you to talk that way, after what you did last night — father lias told me all abcfut it"; and, besides, I saw you try to save that man's life at the risk of your own— and after he had tried to kill you, too!" "That was nothing but common humanity," he answered quietly. ."You don't know how I had to cling to that tree there to keep from running away jusfc before the Bynums rode up." "I don't believe a single word of it," she asserted calmly, as he led her to a. scat on the wide rustic settle at the end of the veranda; and then a sudden' gleam of common sense came to him in the thought that perhaps it might be wise not to argue the point with her, then or ever. They we're married in the 'little church in Tregarthen a week after the trial of Jed and Budd Bynum, and the -Lucllows gave them a wedding breakfast in the cozy little dining-room of the house on the hill before they started on their journey northward, liing- brand was in his room, hurriedly packing his valises,, and Ludlow ran up to tell him that there was still plenty of time in which to catch the train. "When are you coining south again, Ilngh?" he asked, pacing the fluor of the small apartment with his hands in his pockets. "Oh, I don't know; whenever Hester gets homesick, I suppose." "Well, I can't promise you a fight' or a wedding the next time you come, but we'll try to keep you interested in some way. By the way, Hugh, it was generous of you not to prefer a charge of murder against those fellows for trying to kill you in the cave." "It was quite unnecessary; a thirty- year sentence is severe enough to satisfy a more vindictive person than I ever aspire to be. Besides, you for- p-o 1 ; that it was Jc.fE who did the shooting, and his fate was sufficiently horrible." "It was, indeed; and that makes me think — I sa\V the sister at the trial. I wonder what has become of her?" "She has gone to her uncle in Texas." "Are you sure of that?" "Yes, for I sent her." "You?" "Yes." "And she didn't try to kill you before she left?" "Oh, no; she was too sorrowfxil to think of vengeance. Besides, I think s-.he did me the justice to believe that I acted fairly," Ludlow pursed his lips and whistled softly, continuing, his restless march while Itingbrand fastened the last strap. Suddenly he stopped in his walk and regarded the younger man with a look of quizzical curiosity. "Hugh, what's become of that little fad of yours about personal courage and such tilings?" "I told you once that I hoped I had left it in the hole on the mountain. I think it is still there," was the quiet reply, and they went down to the waiting bridal party. The accommodation train swung slowly around the curve below Tregar- theu, and the intervening spur of the mountain shut out the last view of the fittlc village and its smoking furnace. Itingbrand closed the window when the cinders began to blow in, and, looking around the dingy interior of the car. thought of that other eventful journey taken in the same vehicle. He bent toward the smaJl pink ear at his shoulder and whispered: "Do you know where I first began to love you, Hester?" "No," she answered, drawing her veil down so that she could blush comfortably. "It was right here; you were sitting in this very seat, only it was turned the other way, I saw you get on the train at Chilwanee, and ran after you like a school-boy. That was the beginning of it." And the end is not yet. THE END. $200.00 IN GOLD GIVEN. Of Special Interest To Students And Teachers, 11. II. 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