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LEHI FREE PRESS, LEHI, UTAH " loi G O O O T-T- TT r. O EBy O O 01I M Copyright tjr Ptr IPeleir IIS. !TU STT mum tr Edycse TTNT Berries. B. U CHAPTER VI Continued 9 "Why should he? He came oft drunk bent, didn't he? He w t the time lind my father was intoxicated, otherwise there would have been two funeral. Father wan heartbroken when he sobered up. aud sent bit lawyer to your Uncle Rill to apologize, so your Uncle Hill accepted the apology and sent back one of his own. When I was a Tery small boy your uncle sold out his ranch to old man Hohirt, whose son, Kenneth, la now my general manager. Does Uncle Iiill sec-en- you with civility and decency?" "Of course he does. He's adorable. He's a love." "Very well, then. 1 11 not kill him. Tou niuht agree, though, that I did you a real service In bumping off old Uncle Tom." 'Uncle Hill says you did." Roberta admitted. "Rut then he's biased." "My father always declared that Uncle Bill was all wool and a yard wide. . . . Dinner's ready, thank feGod. That stout saddle-coloremale who appeared In the door Just now says we'd better come and get It or she'll throw It out." "What an extremely old fashioned young man you are, Don Jaime." "Please do not call me Don Jaime. The don la really a title of respect, and la used by one's employees or social Inferiors rather like having a pullman porter address you as 'Judge' You may call me Sir. or 'colonel.' lligglns, Sir. Hlguenes, James, Jimmy or Jaime," "Very well, Sir. Hlguenes," the girl murmured In a very small voice. (Then: "Hold everything, mine host. I must run to my room for a handkerchief. I forgot to fetch one." Don Jaime gazed after her. There was no doubt but that he approved of ker mightily. When his gaze shifted Jt met Mrs. Ganby's. "How does she Impress you?" she queried. "SIlss Antrim Is physically beautiful and mentally alert. Yes, she's as smart young woman as you and I will ever meet. Well raised, well spoiled, haughty, aware of her power over men and Just loves to use it. Sound at heart, though, I think." "Will she be here long, Don Jaime?" "I do not know. In all probability she will not be here long enough to please me. In fact if I hadn't run that Rill Dingle scalawag down the road she wouldn't be here now. She's a new note In life to me, but I'm not going to let her know she Is." treat d CHAPTER VII Robbie, his pale face glowing from Ms recent ablutions, arrived with Roberta and the four went In to dinner. The tnble had been set In the gallery, Ion Jaime explaining that during the summer they always ate outside. Roberta appraised the table with the eye of nn expert. It was covered with a white linen cloth ; red roses peeped from a Jade-preebowl In the center; the service was of sterling sliver and very old and beautiful. On closer Inspection she saw that It carried a coat of arms. short-stemme- d n "Sty silver," Don Jaime explained. "Fellow In New York once heard I had It and sent his secretary down to buy It. He offered me an unbelievably high price for the service and didn't seem to believe me when I told him It was not for sale. He Just kept tilting the ante and couldn't seem to see he was annoying me. Some people nre like that. They think money Is the beginning and the end of everything." "Perhaps you would, also, Mr. Jllguenes, If you had ever been poor," Roberta suggested. "I've paid 12 per cent for rented money," he retorted. "I've had the ranch mortgaged In had years and banks carried my father half his lifetime. Only those who nre poor In spirit, who lack courage, can be really poor." "Io yon not find life a little lonely here?" "A busy man Is seldom lonely. My father spent his life in bondage to the Irrigation system yon probably observed en route here, but after his death 1 completed it and transformed a semlarld valley Into alfalfa and cotton fields. I got rid of the scrubby cattle that were built for speed and substituted Hereford, which are built for beef. All this has been a considerable task and fell to my hands when 1 was eighteen. That was ten years ago. "After I was demobilized In the spring of 1019 1 really started to put this ranch on a paying basis. I cleaned up on cotton In 191!) and "M. And cattle prices were unbelievably high. I hnd a feeling, however, that Bitch a wartime prosperity wouldn't last, so I sold all my cuttle in the fall of UWO, and In IP'Jl I didn't plant any cotton. Well, the market smashed on both and lucky Jim didn't have any ! "Instead 1 raised alfalfa and stacked It: then I bought cattle for a song when the banks and the governmental loan agencies foreclosed. Cheap cattle and cheap feed, you know. I had ny moments of panic; the road was long-horne- rough and rocky in fiots, although that, of course, made it all the more Interesting, the victory all the more delightful. I think that when one has hud to fight for hi land and his people he learns to love ltli. no matter how unlovely or uninteresting they may appear to those whose lives have been spent In shelter ami without effort." "My life has been (spent that way. I must admit," Roberta confessed. "And I like It," she added. "Why not? You've never tried any other life, have you?" Roberta noticed that her host was much more at his ease, now that their conversation had veered Into new channels. It occurred to the girl too that Don Jaime Miguel Higuenes had lived more in live minutes of his color ful life than had the last three generations of Haeketts. And the Darkens race. were a "What gainful occupation. If any, does Mr. Latham practice now?" Don Jaime asked Roberta. "He pluH the stock market." "With success, I hope." "He has always been very success ful until when he lost practically everything he hail or at least he would have lost It without the aid of some people who love him. We anticipate a reverse In the market which will pull him out, if not with a profit at least without terrific loss." "My father loved your Uncle I'.ill, even If he did shoot him In the heel and disagree with him politically. I would be glad to give my father's friend a leg up. You live with your Uncle Rill, I take it." "I've been his ward and a member of his household since my tenth birthday. I have never known a wish he hasn't hastened to gratify, at whatever cost. So, you see, now that he's old and liable to suffer financial reverses, It Is my duty to take care of him, and for that reason my Uncle Tom's estate comes to me somewhat In the nature of a godsend." "One more reason why I should be dealt with charitably In the matter of your deceased avuncular relative." the young man suggested humorously. "Well, we'll pull yon out all right on the sheep." "I understand the estate Is hoard in? on you. Mr. Hlguenes. Don Jaime shrugged. "Ks nnda," he replied. "That Is, the grass they con sunie doesn't amount to that." and he snapped his fingers. "The knowledge that I am serving a distressed lady Is a rich reward." Two maids removed the empty soup plates and set the ronst down In front of Don Jaime. "A wild turkey," he Informed Roberta. Then he sharpened his carving knife on the steel and attacked the bird, dissecting It in a very neat and scientific manner. "Pan you cook. Miss Antrim?" "Heavens, no!" "I hnd heard It was a lost nrt with the rising generation. I'm a rattling long-live- "Not at all." her host protected. "I esexpect to collect from the Antrim for fee services, reasonable a my tate to reimburse me for my outlay or efilelice." Robert.1 had a feeling of helplessness in this man's presence, for be was a new experience with her. She had never met a man who remotely resembled him ruthless, forceful and o dominating. Not knowing what to say. she was silent and attacked her meaL When presently, her glance met Jaime's again he was smiling at her, whereupon she Itched with a desire to pull his undoubtedly Celtic nose. "He has all the audacity and usMirance of the Irish and all of the ego of the I .a tin," she thought. "What an indolent, glance he has! And he isn't at all. Still he isn't He's just masculine and knows it. All of his life he has been accustomed to being high and low Justice on this ranch; because these peons of his kotow to him he thinks he can get away with murder. He's Just a Mexican feudal baron who has established his feudal sway Just far enough north of the border to make giod with it." "Is It possible for one to send a telegram from your ranch. Sir. Higuenes?" she asked. "Certainly. After dinner you can telephone your message to the office at Los Algodones and charge It to my account." "1 suppose I should go to Los Algodones in a day or two to consult with my attorney." "Well, the longer you delay your visit, Miss Antrim, the more agreeable It will he to I'rudencio Alviso. Prudy's almost a Spaniard. About Aztec or Yaqul, but one thirty-seconthat's enough to make him want to take life easy. Re kind. Your visit on a business mission will cause him to bestir himself." Roberta laughed again softly, suddenly, for again she had awift vision of Clenn Hnckett and compnred the activities of his law ofllce with the somnolent status of Don Prudencio's ln semi-insole- good-lookin- legal mill. "I feel like Alice In Wonderland," she declared suddenly. "Speaking of bees and birds and sealing-wax- , and cabbages and kings," said Don Jaime, "I am sincerely to have sold Prudy to you. I know I'v's so slow, so deliberate; he II just' lengthen out your visit to good cook, myself. If I do say so. Most Latin males are, you know. I enjoy cooking tlsh and game." "How about boxing?" "Croat sport. I have three vaqueros who are paid five dollars a month extra to box with me." "That, I suppose," said Roberta dryly, "appeals to your Irish blood. Are you of a religious turn of mind?' "Well, I built a church in my pueblo and I support n padre for my people. I play the organ In my church and I've rehearsed the choir until it's really rather good. You must come to mass with me tomorrow and listen to it." "Why were you armed today? Do you always carry that arsenal?" "No," he replied soberly. "I do not. Rut of late I have felt that discretion might be the better part of valor. You see, I have been unfortunate enough to make some new enemies recently. The last time I went n broad unarmed I was carried home on a stretcher." "I fear," the girl suggested, "that the Antrim sheep are proving to be a source of embarrassment to you." "Oh. not at nil! My enemies never embarrass me. I assure you." lie said it so simply, so earnestly, so absolutely without brag or bounce, that Roberta laughed nloud. "You are a new note in life," she declared. "Mrs. Canhy. do you not find lHn Jaime n source of profound amusement?" "Don Jaime. I must admit, is different," Mrs. Canhy replied guardedly. "I'm sure of it. Sirs. Canhy. He Isn't a bit religious, but he Is very charitable so charitable, In fact, that I am certain he Is obliging me, In the matter of those sheep, at considerable loss and nuisance and Inconvenience to himself." g She watched a humming bird flitting from flower to (lower, saw a quail come forth and hear away a crust tossed Then, as the him by D-- n Jaime. shadows lengthened, the mocking birds, replete with food and happy, perched in a lime tree and paid for Roberta had their meal In melody. never heard a Spanish mocker before and was delighted with the beauty ami variety of their extensive repertoire. "You are queried. Roberta quick order fond of music?" Don Jaime nodded and he tossed a in Spanish to one of his dusky maids. From behind the climbing passion vines on the gallery across the patio Roberta a guitar was strummed; heard the mellow notes of a harp as Then unseen fingers ran the scale. a girl's voice without much volume, but wondrously sweet and sympathetic commenced to sing "I.a Golon-drina.- I i I I I f 1 m i "Just a Mexican Feudal Baron." the liancho Yalle Verde until you get to like the country. .lust now you think my country's hare and lonely and desolate, but it will grow on yon. To one unaccustomed to wide horizons there is born; in Texas, a feeling that one is lost. lit 1 presently one discovers that out of all this loneliness and vastness a surprising number of and contented peo-pe- l come; they're friendly and they do not talk too much, although they do talk to the point. I'll miss my guess n mile if you find yourself without a serious Interest In Texas. Mees I mean Sliss A ritreem Antrim." "lie's secretly excited and disturbed," Roberta thought. "Pronouncing i' as 'e.' I wish dinner were over." Providentially, it was not n long course dinner, such as Roberta had expected would be served and which she had looked forward to with dread. A soup, a salad, a roast, two vegetables, a light dessert and black coffee. That good-nature- was all. "He runs his household like a sensible man, at any rate." the girl unhappy." Don Jaime explained, "they sing that sad song to me and make me utthappier." "Why don't you have them sing something Joyful?" "Sly dear Miss Antrim, no Higgins ever wants to he made happy when he's unhappy. It's like enjoying poor health. We must feed our racial melancholy." "You Incorrigible Celt ! Are these professional entertainers brought out from Los Algodones?" "No, they're part of the ranch assets. That harp has been in our family since the first Higgins emigrated to Sladrid. Hello, bub, you getting sleepy? Tired after your long ride today, eh?" Robbie had left his chair and climbed up Into Don Jaime's lap; his thin little arm was around the brown, powerful neck, his head cuddled under the big Don Jaime held him square chin. close with his left arm, and Roberta noticed that with his right hand he gently massaged the atrophied muscles of the boy's left leg. The purple shadows crept over the patio, the music sobbed and mourned behind the passion vines. Presently Don Jaime shook Robbie gently. "Come, son," he said softly. "Say your prayers in Spanish, as 1 have taught you. Nuestro padre " The sleepy voice spoke haltingly the unfamiliar words, the man prompting from time to time. When the prayer was finished he rose and, with the hoy in his arms, stooped over Mrs. Canity that she might kiss her son good night. Then he passed around the table to Roberta's chair. "Innocence and helplessness," Roberta heard him murmur. "Who could not love it !" lie stoopeil over her and lowered the boy until the childish lips brushed her cheek ; then he bore the lad off to bed. The two women exchanged glances, the mother's eyes were moist. "That is the Latin in him. Miss Antrim. He's not ashamed to demonstrate his affecWhen Roberta did not answer. She was thinking of a remark that ('rooked Rill had once made in her presence. "When children and dogs love a man a woman is usually safe with hint." Site wondered now if Clenn Hackott loved children and dogs and decided presently that lie would love his own children, if and when he had them, but that he would not be interested in him in dogs or human beings betn-atthe social scale. "He is n strange man. .Mrs. (Janby." she said at last. "I have never met his kind before. I do not know what to make of him whether to like him or dislike him, to fear him or to trust him. He killed my uncle and then, masquerading under the name of Jim Higgins he induced me to accept the hospitality of Jaime Higuenes. Where I come from one doesn't do that sort of thing, you know. How long have you known hint Mrs. Canity?" "Since three days after he killed your uncle. I am a trained nurse and I came down here to tend his wounds, although he would have recovered without my aid, for he is as healthy as a horse. Later lie asked me to be his housekeeper, but since he does not appear to regard me as a servant, I imagine I am a sort of paid hostess. I think he had a hope that you might visit the ranch some day. and of course you would never have been Invited unless he had a duenna here. He Is very punctilious in matters of social propriety." "And Robbie?" "When he discovered I had a little crippled son he sent his general man nger to Kl Paso to bring the boy here. He knew I d want him with me. of BEGINNING THE STORY. FOR NEW READERS Roberta Antrim, benutlful Eastern society Rlrl, who lives with her t.nrie, .... Tf: ... . will inm 13. Itliam, known an "Crooks! PU LfUnr lI n am S TUT SlVtleuO rnKeicnu t ., I.r m Verde In Tews. Inform Va" her her Uncle Tom Antrim hi, died v ,1 nt d?ath 1. In love with her. Koberta plan, to o to Texas to who her Interest-- , sin . h 'u , protect " sands of theep which Antrim hnd Krzed on land controlled tu- Don Ja'lnie ben ,0 l"T Jil ha.f Irish. I. attracted to Roberta', pictur. In a maaaslne. Antrim a"" , h ,VTnE h"", Pan!'hran"h warned at once Antrim ambush. Jaime. The younR ranch owner Is km H ' o " Jt""P'bf"'-found Instructions to notify .Miss Koberta Antrim In the event of his dUth lrn?hrAntrim re u berta her uncle was killed by Jim ItlCKlns (Pon Jaime's Ko. name I a, hm m", ,e,"sriim Beed ,S in r.nd sh. decides to ro to Texas to et Antrim's estate, to ave fhrtUn' cnnln,, . it "Cronke, r 1,01,08 forward llacke.f. courtship. Pon Jaime, actuated chleflv ," n er Ut ir thi the Antrim sheep 0 continue to Rraxe on hi, ranch. At th. sta?..Vof K ' .e' Tom Antrim's foreman, who points out Von Jaime as her unci' slayer, then flees Roberta wat, f t, ! h'm Bhot' thinks at Dlnaie She berate, him .nandl,. and Jimmy hurries off ,h. " Then th. lrl And. HiRslns and Hlguene. to b. on. and' th. same. At o,teiMy ,11 , a ?.' "rival. iaf..of stays at his ranch.' - Cutlrara Ointment, pVk bot rub. Vahh it off in five minute Cntieora Soap and hot c Innocence and help Of course his heart went lessness. Robbie." out to "Children understand. Miss Antrim. think Don Jaime is a man who iikes a fight any kind of a fight. He is tremendously interested in that atro1 has phied leg of Robbie's. Lately he .started massaging it. stretching it, studying it- - He has been sending for medical treatment on infantile paralysis and talks of sending Robbie Kast to be treated at the Rockefeller institute." Further confidences were Interrupted by the return of the host. He called something In Spanish to the Death-Dealin- r; Aecnratj Air experts state that a troops themselves are riot t v; while target. In so far as air ers attack an army, they r;-a- t Its bases, or Its routes Roads, like railways, are tsy easy targets. One well aimed one wrecked vehicle, and thes transport column Is blocked if such transport were comix! vehicle powerful could turn off the road, elint ditch or bank, crash throngl bordering hedge, and pursue way across the nelds. Once K the road, vehicles are a diffict f target. of--- cross-countr- ' y i T i1 ADocU Pa. 6 tea MnZ'r w S?" Ti ". mile T I am course." B understand. Cent!? tmear the affected " tion." W i o o o o o o Seem it from TAKE doctor. the beauty is more than "skin deep." Itb with your digestive system. Facial t, isbes, eruptions and sallowneis mens flea an upset stomach. CUmue mttmlt pleasant Garfield way. A copniKhtlj.fa, cral weeks will do more for rour coa ion than costly cosmetics. I At all dn aWPie TVV: GarHt P. O. .rMfti. Jt 13 "For a Moment I Had Forgotten Had Killed Your Uncle Tom!" He Murmured. I singer and she came and handed him her guitar, received the thanks of her audience and departed covered with embarrassment. "Now, then," quoth Don Jaime, "we'll have a little old Anglo-Saxominstrelsy from the boss himself." He smote the strings with a firm, assured hand and in a perfectly thunderous basso began. "The Yellow Rose of Texas." To his great delight He Roberta joined in the song. cocked one lazy eye at her inquiringin the music he dely; at a half-res- t n manded : "How come?" "Uncle Rill." she replied, and he nodded comprehension. Yes, of course I'ncle Rill would know that one. Rut Don Jaime played now while Roberta sang. The song ended and Don Jaime looked up, a fleeting gleam of sadness, of resignation in the lazy eyes. "For a moment I had forgotten I had killed your Untie Tom!" he murmured. "Oh, please, Mr. Higuenes " "Olu dease, Jaime." he corrected. "I had forgotten, too. Jaime." "Now that you have made up your mind not to dislike me or the task of trying to like me, I have a confession to make." "I'll try to bear up under it." "A few days after 1 shot it out with your uncle, his man, Rill Dingle and five others came over here with the intention of doing me great bodily s harmlynching me to one of the in that heavy trellis in the grape arbor yonder, as a matter of fact. I captured Dingle and his idiots and confined them in my private bas-til- e here for thirty days. Refore turning them loose I hnd my foreman flog them all." "Oh, Jaime !" "That's the sort of bad egg I am. senorita. That's why I was wearing two guns today. P.y the way, can you sing Gounod's 'Ave Maria?'" 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