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But she was brave to the point of recklessness, and she was at once excited regarding the suggested danger to her chum's plans. Bilby had already, Ruth understood, offered more money to Wonota and Totantora for their services than Mr. Hammond thought it wise to risk in the venture. And, after all, the temptation of money was great in the minds of the Indians.

What do you know about Bilby?" demanded the fellow, evidently much surprised. "I know nothing very good of him, I am sure," the girl of the Red Mill replied coolly. "And I am quite confident that you are a fit companion for him." The fellow sat up and leered at her. "I ain't such a mighty fine sight just now, I guess," he said. "But there are worse than me.

Ruth promptly obeyed Chess and went around behind the last-named two of the enemy. Ruth hesitated a moment in the dusk there at the opening of the passage. She hated to touch either Bilby or the other man. But probably both of them were armed, and for the sake of safety their weapons must be taken from them. While she hesitated she heard a faint rustle in the passage.

Hammond that yonder the man with the little green eyes the fat man cannot have us taken." "For goodness' sake!" gasped Helen, "she's talking of that Bilby, isn't she?" "What does it mean? Has Bilby come again?" cried Ruth, speaking directly to Totantora. "We go," said the chief. "Hammond, he say so. Now. They come for me and for Wonota with talking papers from the white man's court." "Then Mr.

Now, Ruth felt not only a great distaste for Bilby, but she feared him exceedingly. It might be that the red-faced fat man who had so fretted Mr. Hammond and her about Wonota, had only crossed the river in the launch as a passenger. He might have no close connection with the opium smugglers.

There was no hesitation on their part. Although Copley was alone, his unwavering attitude and the threat of the automatic pistol, played hob with such shreds of courage as the malefactors possessed. Nobody had come through the passage into the cave save Bilby and the boatman.

And, as I have warned your companion, have nothing more to do with Bilby or his schemes. These Indians are my friends, and they have other friends who are much more powerful than I am, I can assure you." "Yes, Miss," said the man, politely enough. "I don't want to mix in with that redskin. I guess not!" Wonota stepped ashore and Ruth gave her the shoe she had lost. Her father followed her.

At that moment, however, the car she had seen parked in the bushes wheeled out into the highway ahead of them. It started on past the hotel. There was another figure beside that of the tubby Horatio Bilby on the seat. Ruth recognized Bilby at once. "Who's that?" asked Helen, slowing down involuntarily. "That's the man I spoke of," explained Ruth, "I I wonder who it is that's with him?"

What would the newcomers Bilby, perhaps do to Copley and to her? And it was Bilby! The little, red-faced, greenish-eyed man, projected himself into the cavern as though he had been shot out of a gun. "What's the matter here? What's going on, I want to know? That crazy-head is trying to tell me something Ye gods! A girl?" He saw Ruth vaguely. Then he glanced down at the prostrate Copley.

"Chinese women aren't usually smuggled over the border, I guess," muttered the young fellow. "But Chinese men are." "Perhaps we should have reported it to the authorities," Ruth suggested. "Not until we are sure there is really something wrong. I don't want to be laughed at, you know." But Ruth just then had considered another phase of the matter. "Oh!" she cried. "There's Bilby! He was in it!"