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be in danger. Rest here a bit and then you trot along down to camp and tell

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Cookie to fix you up and give you something to eat. Son, you may not know it, but you鈥欐澀宸瀞pa姘寸枟 re all in.鈥?

Hal did know it. Now that the excitement was over he began to realize for the first time how utterly weary he was. He was weak and trembling. He felt the smart of his bruises and the ache of strained muscles. The boss was right. His place was in the rear, not on the firing line.

A long rest at the Durant camp and the friendly ministrations of Cookie made him feel more like himself. Late in the afternoon he hobbled into Woodcraft. The camp was nearly deserted, for all of the older boys 鏉窞榫欏嚖鍚庤姳鍥綉 were on the fire line. Walter was the first to see him, and hastened to congratulate him, for the whole camp knew by this time who had [315] sent the warning. Then others crowded around to shake hands and insist on hearing his story from

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his own lips. This Hal told, omitting, however, to mention his terrific cross country struggle, 鏉窞涓嶆瑙勬礂娴?explaining his bruises as the result of a tumble over a ledge.

As soon as Walter got a chance he drew Hal to one side. 鈥淪ay,鈥?he began eagerly, 鈥渢he game warden and a deputy started for the haunted cabin early this morning.鈥?

鈥淲hat for? To get the 鈥榟ant鈥?鈥?asked Hal.

鈥淓xactly!鈥?replied Walter. 鈥淎nd the 鈥榟ant鈥?is Red Pete! Big Jim figured it all out when he picked us up on the lake the other afternoon. You know they couldn鈥檛 find Pete up at Lonesome Pond. He probably got wise that Jim would be on his 鏉窞鎸夋懇鍏ㄥ鏈嶅姟 trail after that shootin鈥?while we were in camp there, and promptly vamoosed. When we told Jim about the cabin鈥檚 being locked and the path to the spring he tumbled in a minute. That was the safest place in the woods for Pete, and he was probably right in the cabin when we tried the doors. Jim went up there the next day and did a little 鏉窞姘寸(澶氬皯閽?scouting. He [316] found a blind trail down to the lake a lot shorter than the trail we took. Pete was probably afraid that we鈥檇 tell about the locked cabin and some one would 鏉窞瓒虫荡浼氭墍get wise, so as soon as we were out of sight he made a quick sneak down to the lake ahead of us and slashed the canoe in the hope that we鈥檇 sink and get drowned. Jim sent word to the warden, and now I guess there鈥檒l be something doing at the haunted cabin!鈥?

鈥淗ow did you find out all this?鈥?asked Hal.

鈥淛im told me this morning. 鏉窞娲楁荡涓績娲楅赋楦荡 He was going in with the warden, but when your message came he had to go fight fire. He told me just before he started.鈥?

鈥淕ee!鈥?exclaimed Hal. 鈥淪ome excitement to-day! Do the other fellows know?鈥?

鈥淣o. Jim said I could tell you, but that we鈥檙e to keep it to ourselves.鈥?

Just after sundown the fire fighters returned, weary but triumphant. The fire had been gotten under control before serious damage had been done, but this would have been impossible but for the timely arrival of the Durant gang, who 鏉窞瓒崇枟涓婇棬 were trained fire fighters, [317] and who had reached the scene first. The boss had told the doctor of how he received the warning.

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