is hunting knife and cut the rope which bound his two chums. They were both a little dazed, but had not been seriously hurt. They 鏉窞娲楁荡淇勭綏鏂コ looked at him with sombre eyes.
鈥淗ow did it happen?鈥?asked Dick.
Sandy sat up and commenced rubbing his chafed arms and legs. Tears of exasperation trickled down his cheeks.
鈥淚t came so鈥攕o suddenly, Dick,鈥?he choked. 鈥淚 can鈥檛 begin to tell you. We were sitting on the mail sledge, when one of the drivers came along, passing about twenty feet away. He acted queerly. He commenced to 鏉窞妗戞嬁娲楁荡 groan, and then suddenly he fell down in the snow, just as if he had fainted 鏉窞瓒虫荡浠锋牸 dead away. It was a trick鈥攂ut we didn鈥檛 know it. We rushed over to help him. We were stooping down when they came up from behind鈥攖he whole crowd of them, and seized us so quickly we didn鈥檛 have a chance. I鈥檓 so鈥攕o鈥斺€斺€?
Fresh tears trickled from his eyes again.
But Lamont鈥攚hat鈥檚 he doing there? What happened to him? If you didn鈥檛 have a chance to do anything, how did he receive 鏉窞鎸夋懇鍦板潃 his injury?鈥?
鈥淭oma鈥斺€?When they grappled with him, he fired from his hip and got Lamont.鈥?
Dr. Brady, who had come panting up in time to hear Sandy鈥檚 story, now turned toward the prostrate body of the guide, and with the help of Dick and Toma, carried him over and placed him on one of the sledges.
鈥淗e鈥檒l never make the trip,鈥?presently announced the doctor. 鈥淗e鈥檚 hit in the 鏉窞澶滅敓娲籷q缇?shoulder鈥攁 dangerous wound鈥攁nd will never be able to stand the jarring and jolting 鏉窞娲楁荡涓績闄荡鏈嶅姟 of one of the sledges. We鈥檒l have to leave him here.鈥?
鈥淗ow can we do that?鈥?asked Sandy. 鈥淗e鈥檇 freeze. He鈥檇鈥攈e鈥檇鈥斺€斺€?
鈥淭here鈥檚 the Indian encampment,鈥?suggested the physician. 鈥淭hey can look after him.鈥?
Dick. 鈥淚, for one, won鈥檛 be sorry.鈥?
There followed an awkward silence.
鈥淭he Indian encampment,鈥?said Dick at length, 鈥渨ill be forced not only to 鏉窞鍝噷鎺ㄦ嬁濂?look after Lamont but to supply us with several drivers. Perhaps one of them will know the way to Keechewan.鈥?
He paused, gesturing hopelessly.
鈥淚n any event, we鈥檒l have to push on. We can鈥檛 stop.鈥?
Dr. Brady nodded grimly.
CHAPTER XV BILL AND THOMAS
In front of a crackling wood fire, three men dried their wet and bedraggled garments. In spite of the close proximity to the blaze 鏉窞瓒虫荡鐗规畩鏈嶅姟 they shivered and their teeth chattered and they looked very unhappy and uncomfortable, 鏉窞鎸夋懇缃?indeed. Two of the men wore the conventional garb of white prospector or trapper, while the third, a tall, rather handsome fellow with clear blue eyes and a decisive chin, was arrayed in what might once have been a uniform of his majesty鈥檚 Royal North West Mounted Police.
鈥淲e gotta thank you,鈥?said 鏉窞澶滅綉hzyw one of the men quite humbly, 鈥渇er gettin鈥?us out of that river. Yuh saved 鏉窞妗戞嬁浠嬬粛 our lives all right, but our grub-stake an鈥?ever鈥檛hing we had is gone.鈥?
鈥淵es,鈥?he resumed mournfully. 鈥淕one! It鈥檚 Bill鈥檚 fault.鈥?
鈥淚 think,鈥?said the man in the wretched uniform, 鈥渢hat it was partly my fault. I startled him. I shouldn鈥檛 have cried ou