I could aid the man in any other way, and I succeeded. See, they have given up the pursuit, and the fugitive is far away in that little cloud of dust."
"We should follow him, and bring him back to his dying partner."
"And leave Jack Burk here alone--possibly to die alone?"
"We can't do that."
"Of course not."
"We'll have to consider the matter. But Burk---- Look--see there, professor! He is flat on his face in the doorway! He fell like that after trying to shout to his partner."
Frank leaped forward, and turned the man on his back. It was a drawn, ghastly face that the trio gazed down upon.
Professor Scotch quickly knelt beside the motionless form, feeling for the pulse, and then shaking his head gravely.
"What is it?" anxiously asked Frank. "Has he----"
He was silent at a motion from the professor, who bent to listen for some movement of the man's heart.
After a few seconds, Prof