pony; but when he had mounted and ridden from
town he took a strange direction for one whose path lies to the east,
since he turned his pony's head toward the northwest.
Jose had ridden far that day, since Billy had left his humble hut. He
had gone to the west to the little rancho of one of Pesita's adherents
who had dispatched a boy to carry word to the bandit that his Captain
Byrne had escaped the Villistas, and then Jose had ridden into Cuivaca
by a circuitous route which brought him up from the east side of the
Now he was riding once again for Pesita; but this time he would bear
the information himself. He found the chief in camp and after begging
tobacco and a cigarette paper the Indian finally reached the purpose of
"Jose has just come from Cuivaca," he said, "and there he drank with
all the Mexican vaqueros of El Orobo Rancho--ALL, my general, you
understand. It seems that Esteban has carried off the beautiful senorita
of El Orobo Rancho, and the vaqueros tell Jose that ALL the American
vaqueros have ridden in search of her--ALL, my general, you understand.
In such times of danger it is odd that the gringos should leave El Orobo
thus unguarded. Only the rich Senor Harding, two house servants, and a
A man lay stretched upon his blankets in a tent next to that occupied
by Pesita. At the sound of the speaker's voice, low though it was, he
raised his head and listened. He heard every word, and a scowl settled
upon his brow. Barbara stolen! Mr Harding practically alone upon the
ranch! And Pesita in possession of this information!
Bridge rose to his feet. He buckled his cartridge belt about his waist
and picked up his carbine, then he crawled under the rear wall of his
tent and walked slowly off in the direction of the picket line where the
horses were tethered.
"Ah, Senor Bridge," said a pleasant voice in his ear; "where to?"
Bridge turned quickly to look into the smiling, evil face of Rozales.
"Oh," he replied, "I'm going out to see if I can't find some shooting.
It's awfully dull sitting around here doing nothing."
"Si, senor," agreed Rozales; "I, too, find it so. Let us go together--I
know where the shooting is best."
"I don't doubt it," thought Bridge; "probably in the back;" but aloud
he said: "Certainly, that will be fine," for he guessed that Rozales had
been set to watch his movements and prevent his escape, and, perchance,
to be the sole
Another moment and murder would have been complete.Page 17
Divine join them.Page 22
Theriere had been greatly disgusted with the turn events had taken for he had determined upon a line of action that he felt sure would prove highly remunerative to himself.Page 48
When you tell me that you no longer doubt--that you accept me as the friend I would wish to be, I shall be more than amply repaid for anything which it may have been my good fortune to have been able to accomplish for your comfort and safety.Page 49
To Billy the knocking out of Theriere, and the subsequent kick.Page 71
"God! What an awful fate for that poor girl!" Billy Byrne went white.Page 74
They got us separated, and when we seen Theriere and Byrne kilt we jest natch'rally beat it.Page 78
She gripped the short sword which she still held, and took a step into the larger room.Page 88
No longer was he the sullen, sulky, hulking brute she had first known upon the Halfmoon.Page 102
" "Yes," said the girl, "I'm afraid it's a regular cul-de-sac.Page 107
"Lord help the deer that gets within range of this old gat of Theriere's, and you may not get even a mouthful--I'm that hungry I'll probably eat it all, hoof, hide, and horns, before ever I get any of it back here to you.Page 147
Presently two staccato blasts broke from the engine's whistle, there was a progressive jerking at coupling pins, which started up at the big locomotive and ran rapidly down the length of the train, there was the squeaking of brake shoes against wheels, and the train moved slowly forward again upon its long journey toward the coast, gaining momentum moment by moment until finally the way-car rolled rapidly past the hidden fugitive and the freight rumbled away to be swallowed up in the darkness.Page 162
Time was, Billy, when I'd have hated you as much as you would have hated me.Page 202
" "Wait," interposed the boss.Page 225
" "You're not goin' in there to see old Jose alone?" gasped Eddie.Page 246
Reasoning thus it was not difficult to maintain her composure and presence of mind.Page 249
Once inside he called Mr.Page 257
"We gotta keep our eyes peeled," said Eddie, as they wound into a ravine which.Page 273
"I wish we could reach the border in time to warn 'em," said Billy; "but they ain't no chance.Page 277
Bridge was given first aid by members of the hospital corps, who assured Billy that his friend would not die.