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know when \Ir. Kid arrives, and 1'l do the
"I will send x\-ou the message by the boy,
(;regrio," s:id the girl. "I knew iou weire
lbrtver than that small sltecr of men who
never smile. I m could I ever have thought
I cared for him?"
It was time for the ranger tio ride lIck to
hisl clamp on the water-hole. Iiefore he
mounted his horse lhe raised the slight form
of 'Toniia with one arm high from the earth
for a parting salute. The drmii stillness of
the torpid summer air still lai thick upon the
dreaming afternoon. The smoke from the
fire in the jacal, where the frijolc 1 blubblered
in the iron pot, rose straight as a plumbti -line
albove the clai-dltaued chimnx t . No sound
or movement disturled the strcnity of the
dense pear thicket ten yar ds awVy.
W\hen the form of Sandri(gc hatd disap-
piearel, liing his big ilun down the steep
I banks of the 11ri, crossin ,i the id crept iback
to his i-I i r e, m n ted him, n i and iIrole
back along the tortuous tl ail he had coilme.
I3ut nut far. Hle stopped and waited in
the silent depths of the piear until half ani
hour had passed. And then Tonia hel d
the high, untrue notes "f his unmuicial sing-
ing iolmlilg nearer end nei eu-r; anid she raxI. to
the edlge of the Iear to meet him.
The Kid sel(him smiled; but lie smiled and
waxv'ed his hat \hein he su% her. le dis-
mounted, and his girl sprang into his arms.l
The Kid looked at her fondly. lis thick
black hair cluiing to his head like a wrinkled
mat, The meeting brought a light ripple of
Some undercurrent of feeling to his smooth,.
(lark fa e that wa t usualIl as molionlc s as a
cla\ mask.
"lhm's my girl?" he asked, holding her
"Sick of waiting so lng for xou, ldear one.
she tanswered. "'ix ecxes are dimx with l-
ways gazing into that dcvil's pincushioni
through which you come. And I caln sec
into it such a little wax, too. But \tt xirc
here, beloved one, and I wiill not scol. (9ac
Pii ltmucha Io,! inot to conle to see \ our aiii
more often. (;o in amd rest, and let me
water vour horse and stake him with the long
rope. There is cooil xater in the jar for yout."
The K-id kissed her affectionatelv.
"Not if the court knows itself do I let a
lad- stake my horse for me," said hie. "But
if You'll run in, chim, and throw a poit of
coffee together while I attend to thie c,,a//o,
IT e ,d deal bliged."

Besides his marksm:nhip the id hbi , u
other attribute for xhich he admired his-i
greatly. He wis miiii ci lcro, ; s tile lIc
cans express it, where the ladies were ci
corned. For them hie had alwai gentcik
xNIoris and (onsidleration. He couli not have
spoken c hah woli rd t o a wmaxn. Ile might
ruthlessly slay their mhusbands andl brother
but he coultl not have laid tile x\eight if
singer in anger upoln a woman. \herefore
imaniiy of that interesting division of humaniti
whi( htad come under the Spell of hiis pilite-
ness dlclircd tIheir (islbelief in the itoric
circulatedi about Mr. -iud. One shouhln't
be!iev-e e c-ry thing one heard, the- said.
'When confronted by their indignant men
folk \ith proof of thei cabaillero's deed of in-
fami-, their\ sid mii\lbe he had been drive
to it, and that he knew- how to treat a lad .
Considering this extremely courteous iili,-
s\ncras of the Kid and the pride that ih
took in it, one can perceive that the solution
of the problem that was pe snted t o him
b\ xhat he s t and heard from his hiding-
place in the pear that afternoon (at least
to one of the actors) minit have ibcn obslcure(]
b\ dliltiiulties. An(d ect one ciiuld not think
of the Kidl overlooking little matters of that
At the end of the short tlwiliglht they gath-
ered tircount( a supper of friiois, goat steakl-
canned peaches, and coffee, b thec light i i
lantern in the jacal. After ard. the uincc--
tor, his flock corralled, smokdci a cigaretuc
andc became a mumm in a. grai ilanket.
Tonia \\ashed the fe\w dishes while the Kid
dried them w ith tihe lour-sacking towel. Her
c-es shone; she chatted volubl of the incln-
sequent happenings of her smali wrll since
the Kid's last visit; it was as a:i his other
holme-comings had been.
Then outside Tonia swung in a grass ham-
mock with h]er guitar anid san it ciiim inc
"Do you love me just the s:uc. old girl"
asked the IKiid, hunting for hi- ci Aycittt
"Alxxi the same, little tonee" :id Tni:.
lher (dark eyes lingering uponi him.
"I must go over to Iiink's," -i il the Kid.
rising, "for some tobacco. I thn ight I had
another sack in m- coat. I'l! Back ina
(Iiurter of Ian hour."x
"H-Iasten," said Tonia. "Aid tell me-
how long shall I call Vou m ,,i ;x this time
Will you be gone a~gtin t{o-nl'v , leading

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