Well, Mr. Easton, if you will make me speak first, I suppose I must. Don't you ever recognize old friends when you meet them in the West?
The younger man roused himself sharply at the sound of her voice, seemed to struggle with a slight embarrassment which he threw off instantly, and then clasped her fingers with his left hand.
It's Miss Fairchild, I'll ask you to excuse the other hand; "it's otherwise engaged just at present
You'll excuse me for speaking, miss, but, I see you're acquainted with the marshal here. If you'll ask him to speak a word for me when we get to the pen he'll do it, and it'll make things easier for me there. He's taking me to Leavenworth prison. It's seven years for counterfeiting
At Denver there was an influx of passengers into the coaches on the eastbound B. & M. Express
Don't you worry about them, miss. All marshals handcuff themselves to their prisoners to keep them from getting away. Mr. Easton knows his business.
Will we see you again soon in Washington
Not soon, I think. My butterfly days are over, I fear.
As they passed down the aisle of the coach the only vacant seat offered was a reversed one facing the attractive young woman. Here the linked couple seated themselves.
This isn't quite fair. I'm needing a drink, and haven't had a smoke all day. Haven't you talked long enough? Take me in the smoker now, won't you? I'm half dead for a pipe
Say, Mr. Marshal
I can't deny a petition for tobacco,It's the one friend of the unfortunate. Good-bye, Miss Fairchild. Duty calls, you know
The glad look in the girl's eyes slowly changed to a bewildered horror when she saw the shining 'bracelet' on their hand. The glow faded from her cheeks. Her lips parted in a vague, relaxing distress.
Young! Why--Oh! didn't you catch on? Say--did you ever know an officer to handcuff a prisoner to his right hand?
That marshal's a good sort of chap. Some of these Western fellows are all right
The girl's eyes, fascinated, went back, widening a little, to rest upon the glittering handcuffs.
The bound travelers rose to their feet, Easton with the same slow smile on his face.
The two passengers in a seat near by had heard most of the conversation.