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In his heart Burgess knew better. He had no faith in the old man’s will power, and the burden of a hidden crime he knew would but increase its weight with time, and drag Bond down at last. But Dennie need not suffer now.

“Will you go with me down to the old Corral tomorrow afternoon, Dennie? I want some plants that grow there. I’m studying nature along with Greek,” he said, smiling.

“Of course, if it is fair,” Dennie replied, the pretty color blooming deeper in her cheeks.

“Oh, we go fair or foul. You remember we fought it out coming home from there once.”

Meanwhile Bond Saxon was hurrying north on his work of redemption. At the bend in the river he found Tom Gresh sitting on the flat stone slab. The light was gleaming through the shrubbery 贵阳荤桑拿夜网首页 of the little cottage, and the homey sounds of evening and the twitter of latecoming birds were in the air.

“What are you here for, Gresh?” Bond asked, hoarsely.”I thought you had left for good.”

The villainouslooking outlaw drew a flask from his pocket.

“Have a drink, Saxon. Take the whole bottle,” and he thrust it into the old man’s hands.

Bond wavered a moment, then flung it far into the foamy floods of the Walnut.

“Not any more. You shall not get me drunk again while you rob and kill.”

“You did the killing for me once. Won’t you do it again?” Gresh snarled.

Bond clinched his fists but did not strike.

“What are you after now?” he asked.”You are through with the Burleighs; Vic settled you and you know it.”

Even with the words the clutch of Vic’s fingers on the outlaw’s throat seemed to choke him now.

“If my last Burleigh is gone,” he growled with an oath,”I’m not done yet. There’s Elinor Wream. Don’t forget that her 贵阳高端桑拿服务一条龙 mother was my adopted sister. Don’t forget that my old foster father cut me off without a cent and gave her all his money. That’s why Nathan Wream married her. He wanted her money for colleges.” The sneer on the man’s face was diabolical.”I can hit the old man through Elinor, and I’ll do it some time, and that’s not the only blow that I can strike here, and I am going to finish this thing now.” He pointed toward the cottage where the unprotected woman sat alone.”Twice I’ve nerved myself to do it and been fooled each time. One October day you were here drunk. I could have laid it on you easy, and maybe fixed Fenneben too, if a little child’s voice hadn’t scared me stiff. And the day of the big football game you wouldn’t get drunk and she must go down to that game just to look once at Lloyd Fenneben. I meant to finish her that day. This is the third and last time now. There is not even a dog to protect her.”

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Of all Lagonda Ledge, old Bond Saxon, standing between a woman and the peril of her life, looked least angelic. Gresh understood him and turned first in fawning and tempting trickery to his adversary. But Saxon stood his ground. Then the outlaw raged in fury, not daring to strike now, because 贵阳洗脚特殊服务he knew Bond’s strength. And still the old man was unmoved. A life saved for the life he had taken was steeling his soul to courage.