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which is not entirely2 dependent on roads. The presence in the north pasture of this powerful gray machine, which certainly did not belong in the neighborhood, was more than significant, and Buck3 tried at once to get a view of the occupants.In this he was not successful. There were three of them, one in the driver;s seat and two others in the tonneau. But the top prevented more than a glimpse of the latter, while the cap and goggles4 of the chauffeur5 left visible only a wedge of brick-red, dust-coated skin, a thin, prominent nose and a wisp of wiry black mustache.One thing was certain--the fellow knew his job. Under his masterly guidance the big car plowed6 steadily7 through the clogging8 sand, avoiding obstructions9 or surmounting10 them with the least possible expenditure11 of power, never once stalled, and, except for a necessary slight divergence12 now and then, held closely to its northwesterly course across the desert.Buck, who had driven under the worst possible battle-front conditions, fully13 appreciated the coaxing14, the general manoeuvering, the constant delicate manipulation of brake and throttle15 necessary to produce this result. But his admiration16 of the fellow;s skill was swiftly swallowed up in eager curiosity and speculation17.Who were they? What were they doing here? Where were they going? At first he had a momentary18 fear lest they should see him perched up here on his point of vantage. Then he realized that the backing of rocks prevented his figure from showing against the skyline, which, together with the distance and the clouds of dust stirred up by the car itself, made the danger almost negligible. So he merely dismounted and, leaning against his horse, kept the glasses riveted20 on the slowly moving machine.The car advanced steadily until it reached a point about a quarter of a mile from the rough ground and a little distance north of where Buck stood. Then it stopped, and a capped and goggled21 head was thrust out of the tonneau. Buck could make out nothing definite about the face save that it was smooth-shaven and rather heavy-jowled. He was hoping that the fellow would alight from the car and show himself more plainly but to his disappointment the head was presently drawn22 back and the machine crept on, swerving23 a little so that it headed almost due north.Ten minutes later it halted again, and this time the two men got out and walked slowly over the sand. Both were clad in long dust-coats, and one seemed stouter24 and heavier than the other. Unfortunately they were too far beyond the carrying power of the binoculars25 to get anything more clearly, and Buck swore and fretted26 and strained his eyes in vain. After a delay of nearly an hour, he saw the car start again, and followed its blurred27 image until it finally disappeared beyond an out-thrust spur well to the northward28.Stratton lowered his glasses and stood for a moment or two rubbing his cramped29 arm absently. His face was thoughtful, with a glint of excitement in his eyes. Presently his shoulders straightened resolutely30. 2021-06-24 21:13:07