And suppose Nonnezoshe Boco has a steep walled

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And suppose Nonnezoshe Boco has a steep walled /// The Rainbow Trail by Zane Grey

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Willow Springs? That’s Presbrey’s trading-post, said Shefford.

Never met him. But he’ll see you safe out of the Painted Desert. The thing that worries me most is how not to miss you all at the mouth of Nonnezoshe. You must have sharp eyes. But I forget the Indian. A bird couldn’t pass him. And suppose Nonnezoshe Boco has a steep-walled, narrow mouth opening into a rapids. Whew! Well, the Indian will figure that, too. Now, let’s put our heads together and plan how to turn this end of the trick here. Getting the girl!

After a short colloquy it was arranged that Shefford would go to Ruth and talk to her of the aid she had promised. Joe averred that this aid could be best given by Ruth going in her somber gown and hood to the school-house, and there, while Joe and Shefford engaged the guards outside, she would change apparel and places with Fay and let her come forth.

What’ll they do to Ruth? demanded Shefford. We can’t accept her sacrifice if she’s to suffer—or be punished.

Reckon Ruth has a strong hunch that she can get away with it. Did you notice how strange she said that? Well, they can’t do much to her. The bishop may damn her soul. But—Ruth—

Here Lake hesitated and broke off. Not improbably he had meant to say that of all the Mormon women in the valley Ruth was the least likely to suffer from punishment inflicted upon her soul.

Anyway, it’s our only chance, went on Joe, unless we kill a couple of men. Ruth will gladly take what comes to help you.

All right; I consent, replied Shefford, with emotion. And now after she comes out—the supposed Ruth—what then?

You can be natural-like. Go with her back to Ruth’s cabin. Then stroll off into the cedars. Then climb the west wall. Meanwhile Nas Ta Bega will ride off with a pack of grub and Nack-yal and several other mustangs. He’ll wait for you or you’ll wait for him, as the case may be, at some appointed place. When you’re gone I’ll jump my horse and hit the trail for Kayenta and the San Juan.

Very well; that’s settled, said Shefford, soberly. I’ll go at once to see Ruth. You and Nas Ta Bega decide on where I’m to meet him.

Reckon you’d do just as well to walk round and come up to Ruth’s from the other side—instead of going through the village, suggested Joe.

Shefford approached Ruth’s cabin in a roundabout way; nevertheless, she saw him coming before he got there and, opening the door, stood pale, composed, and quietly bade him enter. Briefly, in low and earnest voice, Shefford acquainted her with the plan.

You love her so much, she said, wistfully, wonderingly.

Indeed I do. Is it too much to ask of you to do this thing? he asked.

Do it? she queried, with a flash of spirit. Of course I’ll do it.

Ruth, I can’t thank you. I can’t. I’ve only a faint idea what you’re risking. That distresses me. I’m afraid of what may happen to you.

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