In the days when Indian uprisings in the west were common, there took place a massacre near an old California Mission, in which all were killed save a tiny girl, who slept safely in her dead mother's arms. Mission Fathers, on their way to vespers, heard the child's cries, rescued it and adopted it. For seventeen years she waited upon the aged fathers faithfully, at the end of which period, a tragedy occurred that broadened her life considerably. Captain Courtesy, a bandit, had held up some cowboys, who when free, gathered a posse and followed him. The captain held them all at bay, and by a clever ruse, escaped and sought refuge in the Mission. The Mission fathers received him graciously, and the girl admiringly. He hid his identity, and soon became a favorite at the Mission, especially with Mary, the one-time waif. It was her first love. One day, while walking, Mary read a sign, offering a reward for the person dead or alive, of Captain Courtesy, distinguishable by a crescent-shaped ...
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