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By Clement Qood

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AT

THE AGE

of twenty. Jack

McCrae

easy,

was tall, dark and rugged. He had an good-humored smile and there was usuJeb and Luke, were their usual occupation, whittling and
old-timers,

ally a twinkle in his gray eyes.

"Only 'looks like'," said Jack. "What do you mean?" asked one of the men. "Only way they can ride out of Dead End Canyon is by going past us."
"True, this
while.
is

The two

the only

way

out.

busy at chewing tobacco, when they saw the posse ride Jack grinned and waved at Jeb and Luke

they can ride

out," Jack agreed. "But

as he passed, and Jeb said,

"Mark my words,
is

it'll be dark in a little Then they can forget their horses and climb out the other end. We won't be able to see them, we won't know where they've headed.

Luke, that there young feller

going to be

Once more, the Ghost
air.

will disappear into thin

the next sheriff. He's as brave as a wildcat!"

That's

why

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Grimly, silently, swiftly, the possemen rode southwest toward the foothills. They were hot on the trail of the Ghost Raider and his henchmen. The "ghost" was so-called because after
air.

rocks and see them."

if

aim to belly around these can't circle and surprise

"Now, wait, Jack!" urged the sheriff. "That's taking a mighty big chance. If anybody's to
do that, it should be me." Jack grinned. "Sheriff, we all know you'd never ask any man to take on a job you wouldn't handle yourself. But all I aim to do is sort of

each foray he seemed to disappear into thin No living person had ever seen him!

Today
sheriff

the

Wells Fargo

office

had been

robbed, the guard shot. Quickly alerted, the

and his men were able to pursue the three desperadoes before the trail got cold.

smoke them out
to grab them."

a mite.

You've got

to be

ready

The sun was setting as they rode into the mouth of Dead End Canyon. "We've got 'em trapped," exclaimed one of the deputies. "They were plumb foolish to come in here,"
"Take
it

Jack crawled away from the group, keeping
to the cover of the rocks as

He

much as possible. circled wide in the fading twilight. The
and
his

sheriff

men

kept firing steadily to cover

looks too simple.
into a trap."

easy!" cautioned Jack McCrea. "It Maybe we're the ones getting

any noise Jack might make, but it wasn't really necessary for he was as quiet as a cat.

"Drop the guns!" Jack's voice burst on the outlaws like a whipcrack, but they didn't obey.

"Jack's right!" said the sheriff. "Rein up and take cover!"

The rifleman turned and Jack's Colt
the

blasted

He had

barely given the order

when
said,

a rifle

barked, and the deputy

who had

"We've

gun from his hands. A shot from the young deputy seared the wrist of a second outlaw
and caused him to drop his revolver and cry out in pain. But the third masked man hit Jack with two quick shots and the young lawman
tumbled to the ground.
third scrambled

got 'em trapped," plummeted from his mount. Jack leaped to the ground and dragged the
fallen man to cover behind jutting rocks, while the others scurried for hiding places. A hail

of

rifle

bullets chipped the rocks all

around

the lawmen.

The two wounded outlaws away into the

cried out as the
falling darkness.

'

"The Ghost planned to ambush us, right enough," said the sheriff, "but now that he's tipped his mitt, looks like we've got him bottled up."

"Hey, boss! We're shot up! Don't leave us!" The boss' answer was two quick squeezes on
the trigger that provided two
for

new candidates

Boot

Hill.

Once more

the Ghost Raider

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wag making sure there'd
b,e

no witnesses alive

As he
and

finished he

who could

identify him.

said,

"Gosh

all fish-hooks.

wiped hi* wrinkled brew Jack, I wish you

eould've ridden with us.

You might've

noticed

"He won't
said Jeb.

ever get to be sheriff now, Luke,"

sheriff can't

Jeb," responded Luke. "A go chasing owlhoots in a wheel chair. Too bad. Sure was a promising young fellow." They both looked mournfully at Jack

"Reckon

not,

McCrae.
Jack was crippled! Two slugs had been dug out of his right leg. Now they said he'd never again be able to wa-lk without a cane and certainly he'd never be able to ride a horse. Jack

some clue that we missed." A few days afterward, Jed and Luke were astonished to learn that Jack had taken a job. He was the new shotgun guard on the stage line between Pine Bush and Longhorn City. On Jack's first run, the Ghost Raider held up the stage out on Prairie Flats. He gunned
the driver without warning and as Jack leveled his shotgun, a bullet ripped off his hat and
red began oozing from his skull. Jack fell across the seat. The horses, spooked by the

with his usual courage and a grin. He sat on the porch of the Cattlemen's Hotel and kept his hands busy, not with whittling as Jeb and Luke did. but with sketches. He
took
it

gunplay, took off at a gallop The stage horses charged into Longhorn
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got so he could
of anyone

make

a

pretty good likeness

who would pose. And when no one was posing he sketched the stage coach across
the street, the horses at the hitch rail, the frame buildings or the distant
false-fronted
hills.

City and halted at the livery stable of their accord. They were there for a full minute before anyone noticed Jack lying crumpled on the seat. He was unconscious. Beside him was a piece of paper with what appeared to be

own

the beginning of a sketch on it. But it was only an ear, nothing morel Jack was taken to the hospital in Longhorn
City. Doctors later told his
sheriff,

Most people were pleased and flattered to have their portraits made. But Four Flush Farro. who ran the gambling casino, was different. He was furious when he noticed Jack

old

friend, the

they thought he'd pull through, but he
shot him, but he won't be telling for

might be unconscious for days. "He may have
seen

who

making

a

sketch of himself.

He

snatched the

a long while."

paper from Jack's hand and tore it to bitsl "Not a good likeness?" asked Jack, raising
his eyebrows.

looking

t

"Huh? Oh. I reckon it was good enough. I'm just superstitious about having my picture made. All gamblers are superstitious. Here, buy yourself some more paper."
Farro flipped a silver dollar into Jack's lap and hurried away. Jack looked at the coin and grinned. "This is all right! Maybe I can make a good living by not drawing pictures!"

"He's told already." grunted the sheriff, at the sltetch of an ear. The Sheriff arrested Four Flush Farro. "You're the Ghost Raider," declared the lawman, as he slipped on the handcuffs. "You've been identified by Jack McCrae." "But he couldn't recognize me!" cried the ." that i« gambler. "I wore a mask .
. . . .

AND LUKE were JED whittling while stopped
their
. .

so interested they the sheriff

Weeks went

by. Jack passed the lime of

idly chatting with Jed

day and Luke, or sketching

over the things he had drawn before. The Ghost Raider struck again, this time robbing a rich rancher, north of town. As the posse

rode out, Jack fidgeted.
useless,

To

sit

around

idle,

was not his nature. Later the sheriff and the men came back empty-handed, as usual. The chief lawman stopped by to give Jack

yep. the human ear is unfolded the story. ". one thing that can't be disguised and it's a sure mark of identification. Jack got a good look at the hombre's ear in spite of the mask. and he sketched it just before he passed out. By the way. there's a thousand dollar reward for the Ghost Raider and Jack's going to get have his it so he can have an operation and
leg fixed

up good

as new. Likely he'll be the

next sheriff hereabouts!"

McCrca an account

of the futile expedition.

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