"Do you see the top of that young birch waving?"
"Wait and see. It's no good trying to escape. They can easily overtake us. The snow is the worst tell-tale under the sun."
"But why should we wish to escape? I thought we were going to catch them."
"So we were; but that was before we turned poachers ourselves. Now those fellows will turn the tables on us--take us to the sheriff and collect half the fine, which is fifty dollars, as informers."
"Je-rusalem!" cried Biceps, "isn't it a beautiful scrape we've gotten into?"
"Rather," responded his friend, coolly.
"But why meekly allow ourselves to be captured? Why not defend ourselves?"
"My dear Biceps, you don't know what you are talking about. Those fellows don't mind putting a bullet into you, if you run. Now, I'd rather pay fifty dollars any day, than shoot a man even in self-defence."