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Wreckers of Caribou Reef, or, Border bandits at bay
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EVERY .. BOY SCOUT'' SHOULD READ',THIS SPEN_GER. DAIR WI{ECKEI{S OF CARIBOU REEF No. :,1 THE ARTHUR WFBI'BROOIC.OOMPANY. u .. s .. A.. 5 f

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8 0N-AN2A Tim Al!Ttroi WiiftiOOK OOMPAit t:LIYIWDt UH!i-1 U. S I. Published Weekly. By Subscrip t i on, $ 2.50 p e r year; $1.2 5 for 6 months. NO. 31 C op y rig ht, 1911, b y The Arthur W es tbrook Company WRECKE.RS OF. CARIBOU REEF or Border Bandits at Bay By Col. Spencer Da.ir PRINCIPAL CHARACTERS I N THIS STOR Y EDNA EARLE-The w ick e d l eade r o f th e Leagu e of T we l ve, an org ani za ti o n c o mpri s in g a m e mber s hip o f t we lv e bea u t i ful, wick ed, w o m en, w hi c h thi s s chemin g a dv enturess l e d th e l eag ue h a vin g b ee n f orme d by th e d ea d l ea d e r o f t h e wrec k e r s o Carib o u R ee f The d ev ili s h wil es o f th i s gi rl a l nio s t se cur e d f o r h e r a w e althy hu sba nd whe n s h e ma s qu eraded a s Lucille Sturdeva nt, but a f t e r a l o n g fight s h e wa s unmas k e d and arreste d b y a galla n t y o un g o u t law ch ase r a id e d by as eq u ally a "fly" youn g mi n e r, direc t f r o m t he go ld r eg i o n s of o ld Cali fo rni a BILL BARCLAY-A galla nt, gay, humo r o u s yo u ng go l d -m iner who l earne d h u m a n n ature i n the Si erre Nevada m o un t a in s H e i s "trimined" o nc e i n a San F r a n c i s c o vari e t y th eatre by the Di a m on d Q ueen a nd th e n tw o yea rs l ate r turns the tab les o n th e f e m a l e o utlaw, wh o sec r etly t r i es to 'murde r him in a m os t dramatic fas hi on. GEORGE GRAFTONA yo ung de t e c t i ve wh ose l ove fo r the d a u g hter o f a w ea lth y Ca liforni a n hurries him forth to r es cu e her wh e n s h e di sap pears fro m h e r b a nker fathe r 's hou se in wi t h Bill B a rcl ay. T h e h a i rr a i s ing work t his brave l a d ha s t o go thro u gh, m a k es_a w on d e r fully inte r es ting h i s t o r y BERNARD HAVENS A w ea lt h y S a n Fra nci s c o banke r w h o is the mark" sel e cted by the L e agu e o f T we lve, a n d b y CHAPTER I. A MYSTERY OF A DANCE HALL.T H E GOLD E N G ATE CITY. IN THE DAYS OF THE GOLD B OOM. A MINER' S SPREE. It was a b l eak, rainy day The cl ouds drifted i n a sodde n sky The rai n swep t the stree t s o f old San Fran cisco i n th e days w h en it was known ov e r t h e wide wo rld as one of t h e most l aw l e s s as well as t he wickedes t ci ty o n America's Pacific coast. b l ac km ail, forgery, and de c e it, they manage to nearly r o b him o f th e frui ts o f his l ong li fe a nd n ea rl y t r a p him int o a marr i a ge w i t h a wo m an, w h o i s r ea ll y Edna Earle the Diam o nd Quee n, a l s o kn o wn a s M ad a m Mys t ery. :MABEL Mc D o WELA g irl u s ed by Black J a k e Mc D owel, as an i n strument to mulc t B a nk e r H ave ns o u t o f hi s m o n ey. She o u s t s th e s upp ose d daughte r o f Havens, a nd n early win s in h e r b la c k ma i ling a t t e m pt. BLACK ]AKEMc DowELA bla ckm aile r w ho u ses hi s kn o wl edge of facts surr o unding a great Engl i s h es t ate to try to make a heart ro m a n ce a b a s i s f o r betr ayi n g th e h eir to t h e n ob l e property a n d t o a ti t l e into the han d s of the L eague of Twe hi'e SYDNEY SEELYICET h e p l otti ng l y i ng, u ng r a teful s t ep so n o f Ba n ke r Havens. A chea p tric kster w ho see k s hi? l evel a t l ast. ZoE H AvENs-The charmi ng da u ghte r o f B anke r Havens, wh o aft e r mu c h h ea r t sor r ow w i ns t h e m a n s h e l oves and m a k es a m os t s ucc essful wife. LA PIERREA m a n o f m ys t e ry, who at l e n g th b reaks the s e al o f sile n ce a nd absen c e abo u t him and t ells a s t artling tale. R osE LAWTONA be au tifu l o u t l a w m e m be r o f th e L eague o f T w e l ve, w h o fin ally l oses h e r pl a c e in cri mi na l ranks thr o ug h J o v e Poo l s of water s t o od in the d epress i o ns of th e ments. Pede s trians hurried along wi t h heads bent under umbrell as, and hor se s that d rew wet carria g e s s louch e d a l ong in a half hearted way, as if even a brute was dis g u sted with the rainy weat h er. Yet the bit ter hear t of the c i t y, i n the homes of a cla ss of the trul y ve n omo u s ch a r a ct ers tha t i nfested .por ti o n s of the t ow n w a s b e atin g as of yore, whi l e c rim in a l a nd o u t la w bra in s w ere p lotti n g still i n sp i te o.f t he

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2 THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. rain, while in the Chinese quarter the almond-eyed Ce lestials were trading and also plotting, for in a town like old Frisco there is never a lack of fOl'eign rogues and rascals, as well as domestic villains and ruffians. Down one of the wind arid rain swept streets at the close of a Nqvember day in the "seventies" a man could be seen wending h.is way without apparent object or aim. His head was bowed on his breast. -He seemed to move along with sightless eyes. Yet there was nothing at all extraordinary about his appearance. That is, nothing extraordinary for the period. He wore the rough clothes of a gold-miner. His flannel shirt was of faded red. He wore a pair of trousers, tight:: fitting, and trimmed between the legs with long patches of buck-skin, to keep the cloth from wearing; top-boots, a wide-brimmed, black-felt hat, pulled down over his eyes, and it could be seen that he was a big man, stalwart in frame, and that his face, though tanned red-brown, was handsome in contour, his features being extremely fine cut; that his eyes were black, but capable of changing hue with changing thoughts, and that his dark-brown hair trailed down his back in natural ringlets over his broad shoulders. He was clean shaven, and showed a firm chin and fine lips. He was, without question, not more than twenty-two years of age. The figure, as it stalked along breasting the waves of rain and the keen wind, with a half-suppressed shudder hitched a belt which was worn around the waist to an easier position. In the belt hung suspended a pair of heavyocaliber revolvers and a The man carried in his right hand a small leather valtse, much the worse for wear. The man wandered along, with the same unsteady gait. He aimlessly teetered up one wide street, into a narrower one and then again lurched down another thoroughfare. His general air was that of a man who didn t care whether he brought up in a palace or a prison The verdict of those who noticed the solitary man was that he was a miner from the interior of the beautiful Californian country, come to the city of the Golden Gate for the purpose of a first-class spree! . There was little quest10n that, so far as surface mdtca tions were concerned, the fellow was having his spree, all right. This was shown in his lack of heed the rain that. drizzled or swept, and sang all around htm, under the :vagaries' of the wind, keen and that blew everywhere at once. Further evidence of drunkenness came when an oc casional silly chuckle issued from the wanderer's lips; and it was a decidedly drunken chuckle, at that! Finally the wandering miner brought up with a wild lurch around a corner into Bush street, where the twin. lding lights, the wild burs ts of music and mirth, the presence of many saloons. Into one or two the mmer wandered, where he stowed away an amount. of "red liquor" that would have shamed a drunken satlor from inserting into his system. The miner then sauntered out into the rain and wind again only to repeat the performance in a little while, something about "tank-places," "time to water at the same time! The miner finally reached the neighborhood of a vari ety theater known to fame then, as the Bella Union, and he and weaved as he trie_d to a strip of awning-canvas stretched over the stde-walk m front <;>f the two-story frame building, upon which sprawled m huge red, fanciful letters, the words "Crimso.n Palace t" "That's a werry good-looking ranch ter me," the miner murmur.ed, as he steadied himself against a lamp-post, with an appreciative expiession on his face. I'll bet they sell suthin' par-tic'ler like a pizen trant'ler in funniest thing I know; ain't (hie) no good booze in Frisco no more. Takes a cartload ter git a stranger in teown ter feel thet his (hie) blood's a circ'latin' in his dinged veins (hie). Think I'll crack this hyar booze palace and the a-ter (hie)." The door of the Crimson Palace at this juncture opened with distressing suddenness, and out shot the collapsed form of a very intoxicated man, who was thrust out into the rain, with no uncertain or gentle hand, and who came with such remarkable celerity that he measured his length on the wet pavement". The door was slammed shut behind the ejected bum, and then all was still so far as the door was concerned The miner grinned with a dawn of intelligence as he nodded drunkenly first at the closed door, and then at the man on the pavement with an expressive leer. "This feller's full, too," the miner muttered. "Reckon he was a loaded noosance, in th' way, an' (hie) they's shot him out inter outser darkness, by thunder-plain bounced him out! Wall, my turn comes next. Them hogs in thar hed better git outen th' trough And straight up to the door and into the dive trudged the miner, muttering to himself: "I'm a pilgrim, a pilgrim, goin' inter a strange land." The dazzled miner stood weaving uncertainly .as soon as he entered the den, for at first sight he was blinded. 'A scene was revealed to him that he sensed, even in his drunken and which caused him to pause by the threshold of the door, to take a survey before venturing further into the interior of the place. The entire interior of the building, he saw, was all thrown into a grand lofty apartment. The arched ceil ing was beautifully frescoed . The walls were hung in crimson tapestry, to egg forward the name, "Crimson Palace," and the floors were l;leautifully covered with rar. e Oriental rugs, worth a small fortune, while everywhere stood mahogany tables, and chairs, and .at one side of the room was a magnificent bar, ablaze with bottles, glasses, and many other glittering bits of bar furniture; but all ablaze in lights of crimson hue, for every bit of the bar was of crimson; the were all of crimson glass; and the mighty mirror behind the bar was draped in crimson-silk! Men of dark and evil appearance in the place, under the light of splendid crimson chandeliers, although seated or walking about were swagger men of the social world of Nobs I{ill, dandies of the sand-lots, rot.ighly clad miners, outlaws, pickpockets, thieves, and women, young, and beautiful, gowned magnificently, while many pretty girls in waiter-costumes darted here and there; others sauntered about in ballet-girl array, direct from a small stage at one end of the place, which was stocked with scenery, evidently used for shows in which the girls figured! In the center of the room gaming-tables were set, where many games of chance enticed many of the fre quenters of the place, while groups sat at the mahogany tables, or stood at the bar, and on all sides came the merry clink of glasses. 'A cleared spot jn the room had been turned a .. dancing platform, and couples be .seen arottnd in the dreamy dance to the wtld mustc of a vtqlm and piano. Nowhere, save in the city of FrisCO', could such open,

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THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. 3 flagrant, conditions exist. The. dazed miner ; Bill Bar clay, had traveled largely in the wild western town s of the day, but he never before had beheld a scene as daz zling as this, or at least this was the opinion hi s dazed condition at the present time made him arrive at. Curious glances were flashed at the miner as he s tood glowering hither and thither, and at length a young woman gave him a sharp glance, rose from her s eat at one of the tables and glided toward him-a magnificently formed girl of medium height-hardly out of her t eens The beautiful creature was dre ss ed in silks, and laces of great value, and diamonds glistened in her ears, at her throat and upon her rounded finger s Her tempting mouth was smiling. A smile was in her magnetic brown eyes,. almost as dusky at times a s the night, while her scented brown hair framed her alluring face making her a witching personality. girl! Capable of winning in s tantaneous notice from any man. But there was an expre s sion about the fair face that seemed to hint that the girl was capable of scorning a man who had lavished his last dollar upon her! The fair creature glided toward the miner, e x ten d ed her jeweled dimpled hand as she did so. Hello, partner she cried in musical tones. You look good to me! This is not a merry company-there's not a quip or a jest in any of them. I hope you are merry -and would you be merrier, my miner friend?" The miner laughed in admiration as he looked do w n into the lovely, appealing eyes. Say little one," he hiccoughed. Le s git a drink tergether." Of course, I'll drink with you y ou darling cried the lovely girL as she took the miner by the arm! CHAPTER II. THE DIAMOND QUEEN.-SE CRET OF A N OLD ,CELLAR.-A COFFINED DOCU M E NT.-A CONFESSIO N OF THE LEAGUE OF TWELVE "What's your name? asked the beautiful girl as s he led the unresisting miner away. I'm a pilgrim," laughed the miner. I'm a pilgrim in a strange land. But when I'm home ; I'm Bill Barcl ay, miner, right from Leopard Lode. 'An' I 'v e g o t nothin' but moi).ey in my kick-nothin' but." Well, you re the fir s t decent pilgrim I'v e c aptu red today," the girl reioined My nam e is Edna Earle the Diamond Queen-als o let me a
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, ,,. THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. hastily. I w ill g e t m y w raps, and take you to my upon his back, and recalled what had happened, as well father' s h o us e in the Chinese quarter. There we will as he was able, up to the time when he lost all conscious send for a minister, who will marry us at once. While ness. I am getting read:v you may finish the bottle of cham" Bill Barday, you've been on a big drunk I was his pagne. first soliloquized conclusion. "You'Ve been upon a tear, The young miner from the interior needed no second such as you never before indulged in. And the next tliing invitation, and accordingly tackled the bottle, as the Diabefore ther probate court, is where and how are ;you? mond Queen glided away. Crawling to an elbow rest, he peered around him. No pilgrim was he to quail at tackling a half a bottle The first glance disclosed the fact that he lying -of champagne, and con s equently the liquor had disapupon the bottom of a damp, reeking cellar, in which was peared long ere Edna Earle reappeared, which was in a stored several varieties of decaying vegetables, and also few moments. She was now enveloped in a water-proof some boxes in a further corner, and a few empty cloak and hat, and a veil was tied down over her face, The place was lighted by a few gray rays of light comevidently to hide her identity. ing through a grating that evidently opened onto the She found Barclay going off into a doze. street. The large quantity of bug-juice he had imbibed, to-No other mode of access to or egress from .the cellar gether with the champagne had combined te> nearly do was visible, so far as the miner was able to discover from for him. his position. Come the Diamond Queen said, shaking him by I wonder how I came in here? he muttered, reflecthe arm. Rouse up and come with me. I am ready." tively. I certainly was too drunk to crawl through Barclay obeyed, accepting her arm as support, as he that grati ng and there don't appear to be an:y: other way .could not have walked al o ne. His volubility had vanished, to get in. And, too, what became of the gal who called inasmuch as the champagne had thickened his tongue herself the Diamond Queen? We was to get married, I b eyond utterance. remember, but if thi s i s the way she serves her brideMany curious glance s w e re turned upon the Diamond groom, I opine I'll cancel dates. The soft side of a slab Queen and h e r tipsy companion as s he led him into the is better than an old cellar bottom, I opine ; street, by the inmates of th e Crim s on Palace, but not a Fee ling of himself to see if he was all intact, the miner word was utte red, regarding her. rose to his feet, and proceeded to make an investigation. A nd mor e c u rious glanc es were leveled at her a s she The result was to find no other place of entrance to conducted h e r charge al o ng the street, although it is no the cellar, save the grating. And a s the hole covered by uncommon s ight in the fa s t c i ty of Frisco, to see women the said grating wa s n o t over one foot and a half by two, piloting along into x icated men. in size, he was s ati sfie d that he did not come in througH A group of yotmg m e n stood upon the corner of Bush that way. street a s the Diam o nd Queen pas sed by, and from one The only conclusion left him was that he was still in a there escaped a sarcastic laugh. f L o ok! b oys ," he s aid, in c y nical tone-" yonder is the any exit or ent r ance there wa s other than through Diam o nd Queen, and she 's m ad e a haul by Jove! Lucky the grated aperture it mu s t be a se cr e t one in one of do g that b u m m e r s u re 's m y name i s Grafton! 1 h h B a rclay he ard the wo rds, a nd, dnmke n s ot though he three d irecti o n s-thro ugh the bottom of the ce lar, t roug w a s he wheel ed aro und w ith a gro wl, and s truck the the rou g h s tone walls, or through th e board ceiling over h e ad. The b tter, Ba rclay concluded wa s the most pass pe a ker a heavy blow f ull in the fac e sibl e of all the place s yet he could n o t w ith what light Then Edn a Earle pulle d h i m on. f They soon r eac hed a n d e nt e red the Chinese district-w a s aff o rded by little w mdow, d1s cov e r any s1gns o that blac k spo t in th e r ep ut a ti o n o f the King City of the a trap or an op e ning. !Am e r i c a n P a cific. "Waal I'll be hanged; I don't se e how. they got me in It was now dark, and the ble a k Nov e mber rain drizzl e d her e or h ow I am g o ing to g e t o ut, he soliloquized movd o w n eve n fas ter. ing a b out in the gloom. "Hello! I wonder what's in The street throu g h w hich they went was narrow, filthy the s e box e s ? May be I shall find an outlet, by te aring a nd ills m e lli n g a nd lin e d on either s ide by low dingy them a wa y." . hou s es f r om w hich e m an at e d stra ng e and unin v iting Stron g we re th e arm s of the miner and acting upon so un ds n o t calcu l a t e d to f avo r ably inspir e a lis t e ner impu l se h e bega n t o t umble a way the boxes, one by one, Edn a Earl e howeve r, s eem ed to p ay no atte ntion to to wa r d t he op pos ite s ide of the c e llar. They had t he s oun d s or s i ghts, but k e pt on, a n d as for Bill B a rclay da y b e en dry good s bo xe s but were now moldy and damp. his h ead and brain w er e to o muddled to n o tice an y thing A half d o zen of th e m B ill Barclay rush e d out of his way; His feet m ov ed m o re fro m mech a nical un s t e a d ines s th e n h e s t o pped s h o rt, 'with an ex clamation _of surprise. than from i n clin a ti on to go a nd h e w a s s o v e ry tip sy that Be fo r e him, protruding from between two boxes was h e was not sure w h e th e r h e was afoot or on h o r s eback, the e nd of a coffin bo x A rude affair, to be sure, yet the nor did h e c a r e w h i ch. Hi s p ower o f compr e h e nsion of end of a rough pine coffin box. c ours e g r e w m o mentaril y dull e r until he absolut e ly kne w By Heaven! I've got into a tomb, I should judge, I nothing. know anything about it," the miner muttered ; eying the He wa s c o n scio us of b e in g a ssis ted down a precipitous bo x s u s piciously. I've heerd say that a nose that can fli ght o f s t airs, but th a t w a s a ll. His sen s e o f things di s tin g ui sh good bug-juice from bad, can s mell anything, utt e rl y f o r s o o k him, and h e k new no more. and I've had a notion this old ranch smelled rather un-For h ours he wa s dea d drunk! Then gradually s lumhealth y Reckon s ome galoot was so all-fired homely that tie r diss i pa t e d the di zzy effect s of the liqu ors he h a d imhe stow e d hisself back in here, where no one would be apt bibed and he finally awoke with the dawning consciousto finO. his corpu s H a ng me if I don't take a peep at his ne ss o f a tre m en d o us headache old system, anyhow, since I'm first man to discover the Be f o r e t ry ing to di s cover where ,_he wa s he la y still bonanza."

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THE AMERIC A N INDIAN WEEKLY 5 But few men who woul d not have b e en tim i d a bout disturbing a box of human r e ma i ns, but Bill Barclay he s itated not. He was po ssesse d o f a g o o d s t o ck of cour a g e ,_had roughed it for several y ears in the ter ritorie s and a dead pers on had no terror to. him. h e pulled the c offin box out from the other bo x e s and pried off t h e lid w ith the bla de of his hunting knife. On raising the lid he f o urid tha t the r o u g h box was but the o v ercoat to a finer c offin w hi c h w a s al so screw e d shut. Lifting the c offin f ro m the b ox, Ba rcl ay opened it Ins ide la y a s kel e t on! It was the ske l e t o n of a man, evi d e n tly of dwarfed proporti o n s Judging b y a pp earances Barclay c oncluded that the s k e let o n mu s t ha v e r eposed in t he c offin f o r many years He wa s about t o replac e the li d o n t h e c offin w h en he cau ght s ight of a p i e ce of w h i t e paper protrud i n g from the l i ning of the c offin, and d r opping th e li d h e g r a s ped it. Four wo r ds c aught hi s e y es as h e turned o ver the paper an d he ri veted hi s atte nti on u p on t hem. u T he L eague O f T w e l v e / Barclay r ead CHAPTER III. A DYING REVELATION TO W HOM IT MAY CON CERN." THE STOR Y OF THE FOUNDING OF THE-LEAGUE OF TWELVE. Bill Ba r clay, w h e n h e p u lled the st r ange do c u m en t f ro m its p l a c e o f co n c e a l me n t felt s ure th a t it wa s of i mpor t a nce in sp it e o f th e u ncanny p l a c e in w h ich h e fou n d i t H e f o un d the doc um e n t t o have bee n wri tte n on a s he e t of o l d fa s hi o ned foo l s cap p a p e r The pap e r ha d be e n clo se l y w ri tte n ove r o n b oth sides \i'Vith it in hi s h ands h e m o w1ted o ne of t h e bo xes n ear the g r a t ed witJ.dow, and s e t him s elf at the task o f d e ciph e r ing t h e c ramped and ne a rly ill e gibl e ch ir ograph y It was evide n t l y t he d y i ng rev e l ati o n of t h e m an who s e skel e ton B a rcl ay ha d f ound in the coffin, and ran a s foll o w s : "San Fra ncisc o 18--. u T o all whom i t may con c ern: u Know ye t hat I Ja-recki Armstro ng, thi ef, roa d-age n t o cean pirate poisone1, f o r ge r coun t e r fei t e1, b urglar incendiary an d v illa i n at l ar ge, a m n ar-ro w ing down to t he e n d of my career Afte r a strang e l y even t f ul life in t he s erv-ice of th e d evil, one o f w h o s e b rightest stm s I was I ha ve aniv ed at th e age of e i g ht y-four ye a r s a n d dea'th s tare s m e in the fac e d e ath by consu mp t ion, which I have ha d f or over a s core o f year s I n loo k ing back o ver my p a st li f e t o day the im pu lse ha.s s eize d m e to tak e a pen, a n d j o t down a few item s of my life histo r y for t he _edificat ion o f who e v er m ay find this ina s 1 n uch as I ha ve b een one o f the mo s t w ick e d me n in th e wo rld u I sp rung f1 om a great English fa m ily ; a n d at th e a g e of twent y two, when the l o rd of m i ghty e stat e s a n d th e poss e sso r of a you n g wife and chi ld th e d e vil g o t ho ld of me, anf], I wa s for c ed to flee for th e cr ime of m urder. I was a ppr ehended how ever and s ent to V an D iem an's lan d fo r l i fe. I s p eedily e s caped, howeve r an d to th e S ou t hern seas as a pi1ate. u For t en yea?-s I was o ne o f the most b l oody = hand e d a n d n oto riatt s b ucc a neer s known to the world sai l ing under v a riou s na m es. A t t he age of th i r t y two I b e c a m e cracks m a n a n d murd e r er in th e city 'of L ondo n, a n d luiunt e d th a t c i t y un t i l I was fift y yeM s of age, whe n I c ame to Wes tern Amer ica to 1 en e w my career of crime. rr my my so)e del iph t ha s b e en to d o s omething devzhs h an d wzc ked. T he grea t er the crime the more it pl e as e d me. rr The fi1st te n year s of my life in Amer i c a I d e v ot e d to ev er y phase of c rim e d efine d in the di c tionar y I was a fire fiend i n C hicago, a forger i n Ch e y enne a road -agent in O regon a c utthroa t in M o nt(J;OO, a cou n terfe i ter, a a t C aribou R eef, an d a Bo r der Band it-ay, L w as everythin g e v il you c an imag in e "And now, b efore p a yin g the final debt ofn at u re, I h a ve pr e pare d a n d put into m ot i on t h e grand e st c1i minal ach ieve-m e n t o f the wh_ole of my l i fe the L eagu e of T welve For ove r a year I have been s e e k i ng w01n e n of a will to ser v e me a n d the devi l a n d h av e t h em at last c qlle cted. Eac h one has a fasc i n a t ion for one p art i c u lar S4.n, a n d has taken a n a w ful o ath to m ak e that s in the con sttm ing fi1 e o f her life-that si n to be her c o nstant c rime by w hich to b ri ng gold i nto the c o ff er s of the Leag ue, w ho (J;re all boun d t o gether as on e unt i l s u fficimt gold has been c o ll e cted to b uil d a m onume n t ove r 1 -wy gra v e of s o l i d gold, t he lette1 in g to b e o f p rice l e ss d iamonds u T he L e ague t o be c omm a n d e d b y o n e of th e most exq u isitely beoot i f u l wo m e n in the wo rld o f tend er age. I have fitl y n a m ed h er as Madam -M)IStery. S he 1't is who carries all my papers all my gold, all m y l ove I n behalf. of the L eag ue s he i s f M g er No. 2 i s the st ran g ler ; N o 3 is t he b urg lar; No. 4 the 1ob ber; No. 5, t he pi ckpo cket; N o 6, t he cou n terfeit er; No. 7 t he g rave-robber; N o 8, th e p oi sone r ; No. 9 the g a mb l er ; N o 10, the l ibelist; No. II, t h e tor turer, a n d No. I 2 the tr a c er 1 :1.11d d ecoy No e ffor t t o fin d the m will b e a va i li11g, for th ey a re h i dd m away where the s h a rpe st e ye s would n ot th ink of l o oking fo r them H a ha! it is a gran d s c h e m e u But I m u s t s t o p My life is ebb in g o u t m ethi nks rr The League o f Twel ve, W ho d i g and del ve I n the s e r vic e o f th e d e v i l S h a ll reach t h e a cm e of t heir h o p e s And fin d the h ighway l e v el. a S ig n ed, "Jarecki A rmst 1 ong, u The M a n o f a Tho usa n d A li a s e s." The s ing u l a r d o c u m e nt ende d a s it had b e g u n s trange and m y s tica l Bill Barcla y s t oo d in the old cellar p on dering o ve r the s t ra n ge reve l a t ion that had been made to him w ith a w h ite, a w e struck face CHAPTER IV. A SHADOW OF R U I N.-QNE Y EAR LATER.BERNARD HAVENS IN TROUBLE. -THE HAND OF THE BLA CKMAILER.A STRA N GE L ETTE R. Ruin Disast er! Di sg ra c e s t a res me in the face f My G o d If I onl y cou l d g e t t o the truth! If I c o uld o nl y discov e r the filth y a gent of th e h o rrible c on s piracy t ha t is s a p ping my li f e a nd m y fina ncia l strength away t oge therfor i f I l o s e m y v as t fortune I can nev e r with stand th e s hock Oh, th a t I might find the fiend that I mi g h t tear ou t h i s vile wick e d h eart The s c e n e was in t he m agnific e n tly appoint e d l ibr a ry o f one of San Fran c i s co's r iche s t banker s B ernard Havens The w e a lth y b a nker was pacing up a n d down the room w ith n e r vous t r ead and pa l e a g itate d face and h i s daug h t e r Zoe, w h o r e cli ned n ear by in an easy chair watche d h e r f a ther w i t h an anxi o us f ace Near by sa t Syd n e y S e e l yice, t he son of the b anke r's s e c o nd wif e

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I ... -.......... ... '7f ..... .. ... :-.. :..,:.,. .... _,......,_.. ....... ....: .. ..... .......... ____ .. 6 THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. _Bernard Hav ens wa s a portly man of medium height, wtth a face that the hand of time had somewhat wrinkled but w hich wa s not yet wholly homely. His hair and "Burns id e s were iron-gray, and his ey es, as well as h1s w er e dark and gloomy as he paced to and fro acros s ht s s umptuous parlor-library, his hands folded behind his back, a nd head bowed. Sydne y Seelyice w as a dapper little snob of effeminate appear a nce, with_ a sallo w, s ickly comple x ion, and eyes mustach e and ha1r of the same hue, while his attire was characteri s tic of his own id e a of h imself-very s wagger! .Zo e H ave n s was on e of tho s e plain girl s who are more than pretty Sh e p osses s e d a hand s ome form, a nd a clear f ace w ith eyes of d e epest hazel, and hai; tmted a: d u s ky brown. Many a critic would no doubt have pronounc e d her h o mely, becau s e she wa s not over gay and a v o t a r y of th e v e ry latest fashio ns. Her a ttire wa s ri c h but not loud; her mo v ements were graceful but not da s hing; her speech was sound, interest ing a nd char a ct eris tic of education and intelligence, but n o t vo lu b l e o r a d d ict e d to fash i onable slang. N o lig htl y m aide n was Zo e Havens, but a lev el-headed girl w h o s e e i g h tee n y e a r s ha d not been spent w ithout brin ging t o h e r tho s e m os t indi s pensable qualities in wom en--qu iet g r a ce, quie t b e auty, and quiet kno w ledge of the wo rld-at-large, and the mo v ing char a cter s thereof. An e xpre s s i o n of a n x i e ty now mantled her face, how ever a nd t e a r s s tood in her ey e s causing th e m to glisten like di a m o nd s S eely ice smoking a cigarette in an arm chair a few f e et away, thought he had never seen her look so p re tty as no w B ut i s th e re no w a y to d e tect the thief, and check the drain d ea r p a pa? Z o e as ked, in reply to -the banker's word s Can no trap be s et that will catch the robber? "No! no! d ear; y ou do not understand. It i s not in the b urg l a r f o rm th a t I am being robbed, but entirely by anoth e r sys t em. Forged ch e cks and forged drafts and for ge d n o t es are what is doing the mischief. They are pourin g in ever y day. Only this morning a note was pre s ented a ga in s t m e by an E a stern Bank, for five thousand doll ars be a rin g my could have sworn it was mine-a nd b e ing s everal days overdue, I of course wa s oblige d to pay it, >or let it go to protest, and the reb y sa crifice my honor as a prompt bu s iness man. If thes e drain s continu e I shall be pennile s s within three months." I m a fraid so, too daddy," Seel y ice said with a yawn. Y o u ce r t a inl y ought to have an investigation made am o n g yo u r empl o y ees." Ah! m y bo y yo u t a lk foolis hly. There's not a man withi n my b an k wh o m I could n o t trus t with an y amount, or und e r any cir c umstances. No! no it is not there I have t o look, f o r it is out s ide parti e s who are working the evil." P ut so m e g o od detecti ve on the track, papa. You will n eve r d e tec t the criminal s until you do," Zoe said ; advi sing ly, a s s h e r o s e a n d to o k the b a nk e r 's arm and l ooked p i ty i ng l y up into his f a c e Detectives the b a nk e r sa i d w ith a s udd e n sneer b ah I'd n o t trus t the pi ck of them; they're all a set of m e ddl eso m e Bo he m i a ns, liv ing on their wits, and a five d olla r not e wou ld bu y th e b e s t of them ov e r to the service of the devil." B ut G e o r ge Grafton p apa-he i s a trus ty g e ntleman, a n d th e y s ay a v e ry e xpert tracer?" Zoe s ug g e s ted, an express ion of sunn y hope cre eping into her d e mure eyes. B a h! a mi s erable B o h e mian loafer, wh o m your girl ish f a ncy h a s pictured a h e r o becaus e he chance d to sa v e \ you from a hoodlum mob. Zoe, you must dispel all thoughts of that fellow; he is not worthy of your notice." Daddy is right," S e elyice accorded, shooting Zoe a triumphant glance. "The fellow, Grafton, is a consum mate rascal-a gambler and a Bohemian bum, and I am sure m a belle Zoe can make a better choice." "No doubt you may believe I might get so desperate as to accept you!" the banker's daughter s napped, her lfp slig htly curling with contempt. . A h! there is al wa y s hope as long as there ts hfe, the young man replied, w ith a bland smile. I am sure daddy w ould not object to s uch a match." It matters n ot! Z o e replied, very decidedly. "Who e ver I marry, if I marry at all, you may rest assured that will not be the man." Ah do not s ay so, my fair steps ister. The minds of people change so often, as well as circumstances, that one may alwa y s h o pe when their chances s eem most slim Seel y ice laughed, coolly, as he arose and s auntered from the room. After he had gone, Bernard Have ns turned to his daughter, an an x iou s e x pression upon his face.. You should not thus discourage the boy, Zoe. He will even tually be a rich and man, as _his little gold-mine, up near Crescent, is gradually growmg -more table, and I believe he woul d make you a good husband. Don t think of s uch a thing, papa, dear," Zoe replied, earne s tly. tha n r:1arry Sydney I'd main an old matd, all my ltfe. I do not hke htm. He IS soft, sh a llow and effeminate, and, I s u s pect, has a dispo sition to be treacher o u s When I marry, I want a m an whom I can respect and look up to, a s brave and fearless. That, Sydney Seelyice i s not, nor e-yer can be." "We ll! well! I will n o t arg ue w1th you, my dear, for I have truly greater tro ubles to worry me, but I trus t you will treat Sydney w ith more favor. I must now go to the bank, for a few ho).lrs, and see what is to be done." "Oh! papa! if you w ould but consent to lay your case before Mr. Grafton, I am sure-so sure, he could and would h e lp you. He i s y oung keen of perception, sharp in invention, and quick to draw correct conclusions. I am sure he would ferre t out the whole mystery, and thus check your losses." w ell well pet "-and the banker smiled fon4ly d<:>wn u p on her-" your faith in the fellow is certainly very abundant, and they say a woman s faith is much to be depended upon; so I will consider your appeal and per haps call upon him. And, now, a ki ss and I will be gone." The kis s was. readily given and then the banker left his hand s ome man s ion and walked toward the business part of the city ; in prefere nce to riding;. The bank of which he was s ole propnetor and dtrector, was one of those many fine structures that do credit to the city of Frisco, and he s oon arrived there and entered, pro ceeding at orice to his private office upon the second floor. Sev e r a l letters lay upon the desk awaiting examina ti o n and laying a s ide his hat and coat, he seated hims"elf to th em. They w ere mainly business letters from oth e r banking in s titution s but there wa s one Bernard Hav en s h e ld in hi s hand and regarded m cunos tty, before op e ning it. It w as enclo s ed in a yellow en v elope, and d'rected in a bad hand, with poor ink. "I w onder who can be the author of this rude scrawl?" he mused r e flectively. Surely none of my regular corre s pondents." He finally tore it and glanced. over the his f ace g r a dually a s summg a gnm look. The mts,..,. 0 -

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THE AMERICAN I NDIAN WEEKLY. 7 sive was illy written, misspel1ed, and dirty f ollows: It ran as "MISTER BERNARD HAVENS. rite this few lines ter let .ye no thet ther time o' my sil ence hez expired, tuday, an' I am ter make yu hump, like blazes, yu I v e p-ot the gal, yet-leastways she's in Fnsco-an she hez growed up ter be a smashin' yung woman, an' you'll find her all r i te. Now ye've got oust out ther uther gal, an' put my ga l Mabe l 111 her place or you'll git w'at ye doan't. want. The gal nose she's yer darter, an' ther a1r ter them big estate s over in Ingland, an' she'll ca ll on ye purty quick ter take persession o' ther premises. Mebbe I'll cum down an' s ee how matters jibe, purty soon, an' til yer see me, I remane youre obedient servant : JAKE McDowEL." P. S. Doan't get on yur ear, but submit ter t her inev it ab l e." 'As he finished the epistle, the banker leaned back in his cha ir, and groaned aloud. My God! I hoped the villain was dead! burs t from his lips. "But he is still alive and determined. V/ould to Heaven I had proof, but I have none Zoe mu s t know the worst-xet I had hoped to keep all from her. It wou l d break her to know that sh e is not my daughf but offspnng of the man McDowel. She is my chlld-I w1ll never, never believe different. The other is an impostor foisted upon me by McDciw.el. Yet, oh Heaven! how can I prove it? The arch villa i n is ready to swear that his claimant is my daughter-she whom he sto l e from her cradle, when a babe and spirited away leaving his own chi l d in her stead. No! no! it is a a damnotble scheme on his part to make his child the heiress to the great inheritance Yet how can I prove this? Alas! i n 110 way! I am w i thout weapons of de fense. But, Zoe, must not know i t yet s he must l ive on in the even tenor of her life, ignorant of all the great impending troub l e unti l in some manner I can remov.e it. I must approach this Mabel McDowe l and buy her off, until I can get to work until I can get proof of her fa lsity-until in some way, if J have to overthrow heaven and earth, I can save the Havens' inheritance for Zoe; or--" and a dark cloud came over the banker's face, as he abrupt l y looked at the handsomely framed portrai t of a boy i sh face that hung on the wall above his desk or for him, who has tor fifteen long years been a a God knows what Oh! Ray! Ray! where are you, as I l ook upon your h andsome boyish face-my son my long-lost boy." And, overcome with emotion the banker bowed his head forward upon his desk, and wept sil ently He finally straightened up, however, and brushed the tears from hi s eyes I am weak," he muttered h uskily. I t nea rl y p r os trates me to recall the past. But I must not weaken, now 'All my strength shall be required to battle w ith mine ene mies. I w ill t ake Zoe's advice and go and see the fellow Grafton. Perhaps he may be able to he l p me in some way, and J. shall need the counse l and aid of some trusty person." Donning his coat, Bernard Havens seized h i s hat and quitted the bank. He remembered no t icing a dingy litt l e office on Coas t Street, once bearing the sign of George Grafton, and thither he now wended h i s way to find that the dingy office had been replaced by a new brick one; of about the same size, but look i ng much better than its predeces s or. The d oor was open, and the entered, to find t he i nterio r furnished with simple but neat taste, and a young man seated in an easy chair, with heels elevated upon his desk, engaged in smoking a cigar and reading a newspaper. He was three or four and twenty years of age, well formed and not unhandsome in face, with a fine mus tache and curling hair and a brown eye, whose keenness was penetrating The heels and paper came down with a jerk, as the banker entered, and he was handed an easy-chair with a cordia l Good-day, sir." "Thank you," he said, becoming seated "I called to have a little talk witfi George Grafton the detective. Is he in?" "That is my name," the detective said, bowing. "Any thing I can do for you?" Yes, perhaps there is. I wa s referred to you by my daughter, who appears to know you, or of you. My name is Havens "Ah! yes," Grafton sa id, nodding; "I thought your face was familiar, having seen you several times Your estimable daughter I have had the pleasure of meeting on several occasions, and am pleased that s he should re member me. If there is anything I could do for you, I am sure I shall take pleasure i n doing it." "Very well, sir. I suppo s e you have had some experi ence in y0ur line of business? " Yes, sir; I flatter myself that I have had considerable experience and succ e ss in my call i ng Nearly every week I get something to do in the way of ferreting out crim inals and crimes "Then I will briefly state my case," the banker said, which he did, r elating in detail how he had be:)l troubled with forged checks, notes and drafts. When he had finished, George Grafton took out a memorandum-book, and jotted down the substance of wha t he had heard CHAPTER V BERNARD HAVENS TELLS A STORYA PROJECTED MkD MAR RIAGE.A MISSIVE FROM MADAM MYSTERY. George Grafton, the detective, smiled, as he the facts imparted to him jn the book, not that he did not remember them well, but simply as a blind to allow him.. to aet to the truth. He needed time in which to think, and quietly get from the banker himself, his in most thoughts. "You are not the only man thus aff!icted, _Mr. Havens," the detective at l ength r emarked, to his caller But you seem to have been bled a trifle the strongest I have had my attention called to this case befgre, but have been to make n o discovery of t h e robbers The depredations are being committed I should j udge by an organized gang of rascals, to al_so be laid a ,great share of what is known m t h i s city JUSt now, as a re1gn of crime strange murders, burglaries, i ncendiarisms, and bank robberies "You are undoubtedly right," hurriedly the banker approvingly, and if you can bring the mis creants to justice, i t will be a great he l p to me "I shall work to accomplish that-end, most certamly, Grafton said, and I shall give your case particu lar at tention, as you are the heaviest loser. By the way, before

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8 THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. you go I hav e a f e w que s tion s t o put that we det e ctiv es al w a ys u se so me of the m ver y impudent p e rhaps, but y et nece ssary to us in orde r that we may know jus t where t o begin without beating a round the bu s h The fir s t one i s : are yo u married to a s e cond wife ? " I ha v e be e n m a rried pu t m y seco nd wife die d s h o rtly after our mar ri age." Y o u a r e s ure o f this? ' C e r ta i n l y." Graft o n paused to j o t clow n some th i ng o n hi s m e m o r an dum; the n c on tinu e d : H ave yo u an y c onfidants in your bu s in ess oth e r th an your d a u g ht e r ? " None," wa s t h e r ep l y Y o u ha v e a s t ep so n?" "I h ave." Does h e n o t kn ow an y thin g c o ncerning your bu si ness?" V e r y littl e s ir as I n eve r took him into m y confi dence." Have you a n y acq u aii1tance wh a t eve r w ith f as t m e n o r w o nie n M r Havens? " N one sir." I s th e r e a n y pa r ty of s u s p i cio u s cha r a ct er, i n th e c i ty, w h o h as a s ample of yo u r c h i r ograp h y and s i g n a ture?" I h ard l y know I do con s i d e r ab l e corr espo n d e n ce w ith bu sine s s a n d b a n k in g firh1s but h ave a separa t e sig natu r e th a t I u s e in filling out b a n k i ng bu s in ess The r e i s oi1l y one othe r pe rson th a t h as b een ab l e to m as t e r it. "Wh o i s that?" His n a m e i s Ba rri ste r an d h e i s my c a s hi e r "A m a n of u n b l emis h e d c h a r ac t e r I p r e s um e ? " Mo s t a s sured l y He h a s been in m y e m p l o y f o r man y Very well. You may l eave y ou r s ignature wit h m e if yo u pl e a se as it m ay b e o f u se t o m e ." This th e b a n ker did, w riting u po n a card in a ver y odd s t y l e and h a n ding it t o Geo r ge Grafton I s th e r e a n y thin g else? # O n e thi ng ye ti s th e r e a n y wom an in the cit y fo r w h o m y ou h ave a f a n cy o r t o w h o m yo u h ave b een paying atte nti o n s w ith a v i e w t o m a trim o n y ? " I mu s t decli ne t o a n s we r tha t q u e s ti o n, s ir, a s it c a n h av e n o b earin g u po n t he ca se th e ba n ke r s a id s tiffly, as h e r o s e and butto n e d his coa t prepara t ory t o d eparting O h! a ll ri ght-no offen se, I trus t s ir a s t h e qu e s ti o n i s one of ou r f o r mu l a "No offe nse wa s th e r ep l y "If you di s cover an _cl br i n g t h e cu l p rit s t o jus tice I w ill h a n d yo u fiv e t hou s a nd d olla r s as my r ecogn i t i o n of y our s erv ices And t h e n b ow i ng h a u g htil y th e wea l t h y banke r donne d h is h at, sei z e d his can e a ncl stro de hom the office Geo r ge G r a ft o n whis tl e d a few s n a t c h e s from t h e ope r a of La Som n am bu l a and tri m me d hi s fingern ails w i t h s c rupul o u s ca re, before h e a ll owed his th oug ht s t o merg e int o c o mm e nt. I hit clo s e r th a n I s u ppo s ed I w a s goi n g t o,'1 h e mi.lt t e r e d gl a n c ing t h ro u g h t he wi n dow a f t e r the s t a t ely b a n ke r w h o wa s j us t turning a d i s t ant c orner. So M i s s Z o e 's mode l p apa i s n e go ti a t i n g fo r a n ew M r s Have ns, eh? \i\T e ll w e ll-perh a p s h e h as a r ight t o It w o n t b e a mi ss f o r m e t o find out w h e th e r i t's a m i s s that h e' s afte r A s f o r thi s w h o lesa l e f o r g i ng busin ess th a t i s g o in g o n I mu s t s e t m y w it s t o work, a nd g et a t the bott o m o f it. It appear s to me th e cit y i s o v e rs t oc k ed with cri m i nal s or el s e all th e d e viltry i s cr e ated b y a f e w devil s con so l idated into a l e a g ue.'' "Waal, I o pine, stranger, yo u've hit the nail squa r' on the head ; thar i s a gang of the h e llion s known as the Le a gue of T we l ve, an' you an' I ar' the r pilgrim s as mu s t ferret out ther ca se It w as a deep, cool voice that uttered the word s and Geo r g e Grafton ga z ed a round with a start, to beh o ld a stalwart stran g e r s tandjng in the No c o mm o n a pp ea rin g p e r so na ge-a y o ung m a n o f hand so m e f e atures a nd an equ ally h a n dso m e figure-w ith face br ow n e d b y ex p o s u re t o the s un, e yes d u sky an d pe n e tratin g i n their e xp r ess iori, an d l ong h air a nd g r ace ful mu s t ac he-;a man w hose a ppeara nc e wa s m os t e xtrao rdinary o n a ccount of h i s dres s whi c h c o n s i s t e d of a s u i t o f hand s o m e l y t a n n e d bu c k s ki n, f rin ge d w ith hum a n hair, ev id e ntly; top -b o o t s of t he cavalry patte rn b ut of th e fme s t l e at h e r a n d a w i de -rim in ed slou c h hat of w h i t e fe l t turne d u p o n Oj;le s i d e a nd fa s t e n e d b y a g o lcl-hilt e d f ea th e r a nd pin. I n a b e lt a b o ut hi s .wai s t was a h eavy r evo l ve r a nd a s h ea th e d knife Geo r ge Graft on m a de a quick in vento r y o f him at o n c e deci d e d th a t be was w h a t the p eop l e of t h e Far Wes t t e rm a b umm e r " I pre s u m e you w e r e add r e ss i ng your r emark s to m e ,' th e d e t ec tive s aid, ri s ing and w heelin g forwar d a ch air. I o p in e yes, th e da s hin g s t r a n ger rep l i e d ent e ring th e office a n d accepting the proff e r e d seat. I w as pas s i ng b y wh e n I c h a nced t o g e t a v i ew of yo u r phi z and r e m e mb e ring i t c o nclu d ed t o c as t an c h o r w hi ch I did in tim e t o h ear a por ti o n of y o u r s oliloqu y "Jus t so," Grafton replied; "but you h a v e t h e b e s t of me; I ca n no t say that I k no w you." Think n ot? \tV ell, p erha p s your mem o r y ai n t a s r e ten tive as min e R eflect h owever; do n t ye reme mber s om e t hin g th a t occ urre d jus t one yea r ago t o -day?" I h ave a safe r me m o r y tha n that give n m e by n a t ure," t he d e tecti v e r e plie d wi th a s m i l e a n d h e t urned t o a l a r ge dia r y that l a y up o n hi s d e sk. A h! o n e event of a ye a r ago t o da y wa s n o t parti cula rl y int e r e s t i n g t o me I was k n ocked d o w n by a d runke n pil g ri m, w h om a cer tain female g a mb l er of thi s cit y h ad i n t ow "And th a t drunk e n pi lgri m was I ,'' th e v i s it o r s a i d wit h a q ui et l a u g h. "You m ade s o m e r e mark the t d i dn' t s t rike m e f a vo r a bly, and m y ri g ht a rm s pa s m o d i cally went o ut lik e t he l eg cif a b u r ro. To-d ay I r em e mb e r e d y our fac e .'' Graft o n sniile d rather grimly. Yo u h av e c o n s i d e r ab l e ch eek t o c o m e h e r e a nd t ell m e of i t ,'' h e said Of course th e ot h e r repli e d Ch ee k i s on e o f t he com po nen t parts of m y c o m po s it i o n W i t h out it I c o ul d n o t ex i s t I trus t you ch e r i s h no malic e t o w a r d m e b e c a use o f th e l it tl e affai r of a yea r a go? " \tV ell, no, I gue ss n o t. Yo u \ V e r e d runk at t he t ime, a nd a drunk e n m a n i s hardl y r espo n s ibl e f o r vvhat h e d oe s " Kar cct a nd I offe r yo u all the a po l ogy in th e w o rld. I opin e I v va s p r etty drun k th a t day It w a s m y fir s t a nd l a s t v i s i t t o Fri sco, until t o -d ay, wh e n I've c o m e b ack t o ra ise a bre e z e Y our n ame i s Ge01;ge Gra ft on-mine i s Bona n za Bill Barcla y fruni the int e ri o r. Y o u a re a d e t e ctive; I p r opo s e t o e n gage in a littl e of th e sam e l i ne, m yself, and so su gge s t th a t we unite .' For th e purpose o f in ves tigati ng-what? "The forge r y bu sine s s yo u we re so lil oq ui z i ng a bo ut. I h o ld a valuab le key. R ea d! An d taking from a n inn e r p o ck e t a sheet o f s tained p ape r, Barcl ay hand e d it to the d e tective, f orthwi'th. Geor ge Grafton read it a quiet gleam of enthu s ia s m e n terin g hi s e y e s

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THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKL Y. 9 By Jove! i t i s the ve r y ihing! he excla im ed s l qpping Bonanza B ill u po n the sh o u lder as h e finis h ed I t i s wort h th ou s ands of dollars, that d oc u ment. I have s u s pe cted t h e existence of s ome s uch l e ague of crim e but h ave h ad no proof of i t Tell me w h ere you fou n d t h i s p i ece of evidence Bar clay o be y ed by re l ating h ow he had d i s c o v e red t he doc ument in the coffin that he had /unearthe d i n the o l d cella r in the Chine s e quar ter. "And, h e add e d in c o nclusion, "one o f the p e r s o n s I am now an x ious to enc o unter, i s t he young w o man wh o m yo u s a w l e ading m e fro m th e Crim so n P a l a ce She l ed m e i nto the Chines..e quarte r and then my sen s es fled Whe n I awoke I fotind m ys e lf in th e c ellar, a s I h a ve rel ated I made my escape thro ugh a trap tha t o p e n e d i nto aJJ. e mpty room above ; the who l e build ing the n b e ing t e n antl ess The Diamond Q ue e n mus t hav e t a ken m e t o the c ella r and then fle d w ith a vali s e whic h I ) 1 a d bro u ght al o n g, a s I fai l e d t o find an y trace of it The va l i s e c o n tain e d g o ld and gree nback s t o the amount o f o v e r e ight hun d r ed d olla r s, b es id es va lu ab le pap e r s tha t I wo ul d n o t have l o s t f q r all the go l d in C a l i fo rnia It is f o r t hose pap e r s that I am now in searc h I mu s t find them w i ll find them, if I ha v e t o s ea rch h e av en a nd earth! T h e min e r had gro wn great l y excit ed, and n o w s mote the t ab l e by which h e sa t wit h a bl o w th a t cau s ed it t o jing l e Did se arc h f o r the D i a m o nd Q u ee\1 afte r your e s c a p e from the cellar?" Grafto n a s ked Y e s ; ab out a we e k I s p ent in endeav oring t o find h e r whic h wa s a s l o ng as I c ou1Cl b eat th e r e staurants out o f m y b oa rd I t h e n w as o b l i g e d to h oo f it b a ck t o the min es t o re coo p erate m y fina nc e s ." You had th e val ise w h e n yo u entere d th e C hin es e di strict? " Yes-the w oman was c arry i n g it, I t h i nk." The n s he w as und oubte d l v th e thief. And it o ccurs to me al s o, th a t thi s sa me m ay be one o f thi s L eag u e o f Twe l ve, s inc e yo u fou nd yourself in the c ell a r w h e r e t h e co rp s e of the o l d ou tlaw w as c o n cea l ed. D on't yo u think s o ? " Y es, I hav e t h ought o f the s a me thin g a s th e re is a s i gnifica nce i n it. The fir s t thing i s t o find the Diam o nd Queen "Har d ly. She i s n o t a t the Crim so n Pal a c e a n y m ore, and I d o n t k n o w whe r e s he i s Bes i des, if, ind e ed s h e b e a m e mb e r o f the L e a g u e of Twelve, th e sto l e n vali se was undo ubt ed l y turne d ove r int o th e h a nd s o f M ada m M y s tery, the f o r ger, wh o, accordin g t o the d o cum ent h e re, i s chi e f coo k a nd b ottl e -w a s h e r of the g a n g S o t o h e r yo u will h ave to l o ok to find y our p apers, W s my o p inion. " Perha p s y o u a re r i ght, B a rcl ay admitted S o m e body mu s t has h up the s p o i l s I am n o t par ticular wh o it i s " I trus t we s ha ll find them," Grafto n sai d th o ught fully Our fir s t s tud y mu s t be to find out the he a d q uarte r s of t h is L eague of Twel ve. 'vVome n tho ugh the y are they are a fie rce s e t and I'd t e n t im es rathe r tack l e a de sperate man than a de s p e r a te w o man A nd they say that w o m e n are the be s t hiders t oo, and it will be s h arp work to distingui s h tho s e wh o m w e want fro m thos e we d o n t want." All of which i s good s en se," Bo nan z a Bi ll a sse nted but we must hunt the trai l like t h e Comanc h e s d o If we can b u t once spo t a s ingl e membe r of the l eague we are all ri g h t. I never ye t s t r u ck a l ead w i t hout tracin g it up and finding a b qnan za at the end o f it. That's why they ca ll me Bonanza Bill I'll place yo u in the l e ad and when you wan t me, I'll be thar! "Ve ry well. I w ill vi sit the v ari o us banks, thi s after noon and s ee what the reward prosp ect s are, and the n joi n you this evening, r e ad y for bu s ine ss We will make a r ound of the mo s t n o t o ri o u s gambling sal oo ns, first, and watch fo r a clew If we fai l to find any, we w ill l ook e l sewhe re. I w ill be at th e Crim s on Palace, at sev e n, to night, in di s gui s e but w ill s pe ed ily l e t you kno w who I am. From the Crim so n Pal a c e w e w i ll go to 'vVolf' s R a n c h w hich i s pe rh aps t h e wo r s t de n o f t hie ve s a n d cut throat s in the city, b eing l oc a ted in the heart o f the Chin es e d i s trict. "Agr eed; and, n ow, a s we are g o ing snu c k s in thi s game, l et's s ha k e h ands th a t s h ake b e in g t h e sea l of a s i l ent vo w o n our parts, o f fide lity, le ague and alliance, unti l the Lea gu e o f i s bu s ted " W ith all my h eart! Graft o n s aid h earf il y, and n s ing the t wo m e n g r a s pe d h an ds, firml y T h e n a ft e r a f e w mo r e w o r ds, B o n a n z a B ill Barcl ay left t h e de t ecti v e s office, a n d s t rode aw a y T h r o ug h t h e stree t s he went wit h fir m s te p, so m uc h in contras t w i t h t he ga it h e h ad ca r ri e d ..a b e fo re a nd hi s d as hing appeara n c e attracted man y curi o us g l an c es . The m in e r hurr ied to the Pal ac e hote l w h ere he had p r ev i o u s l y engaged ac com modati o n s He w ent d ir ectly t o his ?par tment. A nd u po n a c ente r-t ab l e i n his r oo m he found a letter addres s e d to him w hich he t ore op en. H e g ave a lo w whi s tle wh e n he r ea d the f ollow ing : S i r Y ou r m is sion h e r e is mown, a n d twle ss } 'OU l eave the c i t y before n ight ) IOU are a doo11ied ma n Madam Mys te r y CHAPT E R VI. THE NEW CANDID ATL-BONANZ A BILL IS PUZ ZLED. -CONSPIRAT ORS PLO T TO DEST ROY A GIRL'S HAPP1NESS. Bo n a n z a B ill scratch ed hi s he a d, an d r e r e ad and r-e re a d the fore going strange mi ss i ve! N o uncertain so un d w a s th e r e in thi s warning of Fri s c o s o utlaw O ue e n Bon anza B ill n o t a man w h o t e mpo r i z ed with sit u atio ns. H e kne w wh a t th e n o te m e a n t. I r ec k o n that m ea n s me," he m utte red It's addre s s e d t o B ill B arcl ay, a n I a ll o w th a r ain t n o t w o B i ll B arcla ys i n thi s cit y The Leag u e of T we l v e kn o ws the t I've c o me clo wn t e r m a ke it r ed -h o t fer 'em and unless I b o unce out afore night, the y' r e g o in t e r bounce m e Kere ct! I p e rc e i v e a s the r f eller s aid when he run afou l a n e l ephant in the dark. The y d awfull y like to h e v me h uff it b a ck fer Le opard L o de, bu t I can t s ee the p 'int wuth a c e nt. I came d o wn h e re t o find m y l o s t pa pe rs, a n d I will find the m hit o r mi ss This no te, how ev e r i s rec e ived opp o rtunel y, a s it puts m e o n m y guard a g ain s t the of Twe lve Ah! m y beautiful s iren Diam ond Queen meth inks you 'll find me on your trai l direc tl y with the d e termin atio n o f a bl oo dh ound and the m e rci l ess n ess o f a sw ee ping S t o wi ng the m es s ag e a w a y in his poc k e t the min e r rung f o r a w aiter from wh o m h e lat e r r ec eived a b ountiful s up per in h i s r oo m, and did full j to i t H e the n lin g e r e d about the hot e l un t i l had env e l oped the cify, when he s e t out fo r t h e Crimson Pal ace. O n r e aching i t he e ntered, withou t ceremony. He had

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10 THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. paid the place a visit earlier the same day, but had found nothing of Edna Earle, the Diamond Queen. Nor could he discover .her now. -The ro o m was partly filled with sporting men and women, mo s t of whoin were gamblers by profession, a few loung e rs and variety performers from the stage com-pris ing the remainder. Many e y e s were turned upon Bonanza Bill as he en tered, and s auntered about among the tables, watching the various games. No common appearing pilgrim was he, but one of the cool characters of the mines whom even a brave man hesitate s to' tackle. Even th e f e male gamblers did not light upon Barclay with the usual avidity. That cool, critical gleam in his eye they w e re afraid of. 'As for the dashing miner, he paid but little attention to the game s as one would have inferred by his close scrutiny of the parties in the room. He was e ndeavoring to find which of the lot wa s George Grafton, but at last gave up. No one present was there whom he b e lie v ed to be the detective, and when an hour had pass e d he came to the conclusion that perhaps Grafton had been detained and could not meet his engagement. He had about concluded to leave for his hotel, when the door open e d, and a new character entered. A littl e o ld man with a painful hwnp on his back, and a stoop that rendered him very nearly a dwarf, as he hobbled along on one crutch-a man with straggling, un kempt beard and. hair of purest white, and a face that, where not covered with hair, was a fiery color, as though inflam e d by a too exc es sive use of liquor. -His g a rm e nts, boots and ha,t were also much the wors e for wear. That must be Grafton B arclay when he had taken a good survey of the newcomer. "It is a clever disgui s e if a disguise it is, anyhow." Onentering the saloon the old hump-back took off his battered hat in his right hand and began passing it around in h o pe of g e tting stray pennies, but was unsuccessful. No time or dispositiQn had these gamblers to part with their small change in the behalf of mercy or charity; con sequently the veteran fared slimly in the Crimson Palace. 'A half-dime from Bonanza Bill, and a rusty copper from the barke e p e r was the amount of his collected treasure s Enough was it however, for one purpose, and up to the bar hobbl e d the veteran, and planked his six cents upon the counter, with a suggestive smack of his lips, and the sing l e order of English s avoring: "H'ale!" The drink was readily s erved to him, and after pouring it down at a gulp, he turned and watched the games with quiet sati s faction Gradually however, he worked around to wh e re B onanza Bill h a d s eated himself. Come he s aid in a low tone; "it is no use to linger here, a s n o thin g will be gained. We will go to Wolf's Ranch in the Chines e di s trict. Perhaps we ma y be able to s trik e a trail)here, if anywhere." You are Grafton? Barclay demanded. Of c ourse. .Is my di s gui s e so deep a s to baffie your sharp eyes?" was the reply. It i s c e rtainly perfe c t," the miner declared_. Good It will need to be perfect for I am widely known in Frisco, and as George Grafton I am not es teemed any too high in the black hamits sacred to the Chinese s lum Come! I will lead, and you can follow a few m o m enfs b e hind m e to avoid s u s picion. Look out for your s elf when we get in the quarter, for danger lurks there iQ. every shadow." Correct. Go ahead ; I'll keep you in sight With a nod and a grunt the old hump-back hobbled away, soon left the saloon. Bonanza Bill then lit a fresh cigar, and followed in his wake out into the streets. Waiting until the hump-back was several rods in advance, he s aunter e d along in pursuit. Street after stre e t they travers ed, until finally they entered the Chine s e quarter by one of its narrowest, darkest thoroughfar es. People were hurrying to and fro--people of all nations and calling s the C e l es tials predomin a ting in nwnerical count. A hardlooking c rowd of were these nocturnal perambul a t o rs, and, though no coward he was, Bonanza Bill Barclay kept one hand conveniently near his revolver. Enough of the wild phases of western life had he se e n to tho r o ughly believe the saying-" a man don t allu s need a w eapon, but when he wants it, he wants it powerful b a d." The hump-back s t ill hobbled on and Barcla y followed. He had received instructions to do so, and he depended much upon the shrewdness and good sense of Grafton, whom he h ad s e t d ow n as no s louch." It has long been a saying in the Fris can city that the. blu e -coated s ervant s of the law were afraid f o enter the Chine s e di s trict ; an y how only on the occasion of some frightful crime or the pursuit of some extraordinary criminar can the s aid officials be found in the uncanny precinct. .. Fearful stories of dark nocturnal doings in the Chinese section are told at the tea-tables, at the clubs and in the saloons, and men who pride themselves as controllers of the city government look grim but say nothing when the stories or complaints are brought to their notice of _the great existing evils. Yet it was toward this dangerous and debatable ground that the hump-back and hi s companion stole-not .then knowing that they were taking steps toward a band . of conspirators pledged to plunge an estimable girl into unhappiness-and what was wor se, pledged besides to the life of the outlaw! CHAPTER VII. SYDNEY SEELYICE SHOWS HIS HANDS.-THE STORY TOLD BY A WOMAN OF MYSTERY.-THE REAL DAUGHTER OF THE BANKER. After leaving the detective's office, Bernard has ten e d at once toward his own magnificent residence on Nob's Hill. -On coming in sight of it, he saw a stylishly attired young woman s._!anding upon the steps, in the a t of. ringing the bell. With a muttered curse he bound e d forward, and in a moment w a s be s ide her. . Stop! he hissed, jerking her hand from the bell knob, fierc ely. Who are you? Speak! tell me? " I am Mabel McDowel! the young woman replied, "--or, still better, I am Zoe Havens '1 You lie ; y o u are an impo stor! the banker breathed, savag e ly "But, stop! I will not anger you. Come with me; I must have a few words with you in private." He opened the door and entered, the woman following him. She was young, pretty, graceful-far from his ex pect a tion s H e r e yes were du s ky brown, find magnetic in their glance-her hair was of the same hue and her

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-----------------THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. 11 features were finely molded and pretty, the mouth wearirig a winning expression. Her dress, wrappings and hat were all costly, and rich in appearance. No such woman had the banker e x pected to see, and he led the way to his private study, with feel ings of surprise. When they were seated, facing each other, the new claimant spoke : You were evidently expecting me, dear papa? she said, interrogatively, as she removed her glove s Yes, I was expecting you, but only since an hour ago, when I received a note from Jake McDowel." "Exactly; I had him write, so that you would be prepared to receive me. I suppo s e you are glad that kind Providence has restored y ou your child, after so many years!" Curse you, no! you are not my child-you are s ome scheming adventure s s grown up from pauperdom whom Jake McDowel had de s igned to foi s t upon me. Yo u are no child of mine, I say! " But, can you prove thi s a s s e rtion, sir? Mi ss Me Dowel asked, with unruffled calmness. I really think not. M<;Dowel claims to have stolen me from your hou se, when I was but an infant, substituting his own child in my place. To this end he is "'-:illing to take hi s oath." Bernard Havens groaned inwardly. He fore sa w that McDowel held the winning hand..:.._knew that a s for him self he was without weapons of defense. "And you believe that you are my daughter?" he demanded, gazing at her keenly. I presume I do," wa s the decided reply; at any rate, I am not averse to occupying the position." "But have you no feelings for her who has always been a loving daughter to me? Would you willingly deprive her' of her position and send her adrift namele s s? " She is nothing to me," the girl claimant replied, with the same tormenting independent coolness. "She is usurp: ing my rights, and must, of course, step out. As for being nameless, perhaps she could negotiate with Me Dowel for a share of hi s name and fatherly protection; or, if your royal nibs thinks it too humiliating to boost her out of the house, I shall need a waiting-maid, and you can engage her in that capacity. I am not particular what becomes of her, as long as she has the good grace to step out of my place, I am sure." Girl you are a heartless wretch..:._the same in spirit as your ruffianly colleague. You are no daughter of mine, and I will not countenance you as such-at least, not at present. You care not a fig for me--you have not even a tithe of respect for me. Tell me--is thi s not so? "Undoubtedly it is quite correct." "And your main object, therefore, must be to attain wealth and position." You are right again." "I thought so. To be my daughter is no object, so long as your position and money a re insured. Now I will make you a proposition. I wan't one month's reprieveone month in which to establish proof that you are not my daughter. In the mea!!time, you are to remain here, my guest, but are to keep your mouth sealed and your hand$ literally chained, or in other word s you are not to, in any word, manner or act, let a su s picion escape that you are other than my niece, just over from England. You shall have the hospitality of my home, and I will pay you a hundred dollars, down, now. During the coming month, I will set tq work, to establi s h the proof I want. If I prove to you beyond t he shadow of a doubl that you are not my daughter, you are to acc ept fiv e thou sand dollars from me and honorably retir e fro m the fie ld, bin d ing yourself never to ,put forth a cla im upon me a g a in If I fail to establish this proof, within thirty d ays after t o day, I am to publicly aclmowledge y ou as my dau g ht e r, and remove the present Zoe Have n s from the p os iti o n s he now occupies. There! you hav e m y only t e rm s-the treaty of a desperate man. Refus e to acce p t, and I w ill see that you never go out of thi s house, e x c ept a s a corpse. This room is voice-tight, the w all s b e ing double and padded. I will murde r you, and then-Jake Me Dowel's devilish plot for gold will be baffled at l e ast! There was a wild, determin e d gleam in the banker 's eyes, as he finished speaking, and a per s piration st o od upon his forehead evidencing how much in earne st he w a s Mal;Jel McDowel heard him through as .calml y as though s he had been listening to a l e cture Of n o ordinary interest, or a sleepy sermon. I will accept! she said, qui etly. I am s ati s fied that you can prove nothing and theref o re don t mind giving y ou a month's breathing s pell during w hich I can be a lady from EngLand. But if McDo w el com es .-?" "I will attend to his ca se. Have you a photograph of him?" "No. He never had one taken " It matters not. I will have my d oo r s e rvant a dmit no one of hi s name." "That will do. He will probably hunt you up, however, as the ten thousand dollars you gave him as hush money are exhausted, and he still considers me money to him. Now, if you please, you may show me my fair rival, as I am anxious to view her." "You shall see her, but, mind y ou, don't dare to hint a suspicion to her. A purer-hearted girl never lived." Oh! no doubt of that! Mi s s Mabel McDo w el said, with biting sarcasm, as she arose and followed the banker from the room. After they had been gone from the study, some few moments, the door of a great bookcase swung open, and Sydney Seelyice stepped into the room a peculiar sinister smile upon his sallow features. CHAPTER VIII. THE F A NGS OF A TRICKSTER.-A CLEVER RUSE.-A DUEL! BETWEEN TWO BEAUTIFUL WOMEN.-THE NEW H AVENS CLAIMANT. Not half an hour after Bonanza Bill and the old hump back had left the Crim s on Palace saloon, Geor g e Grafton, undisguised but armed to the teeth, enter e d the den. On glancing around the room, and not seeing Barclay among tho s e gathered there he uttered a low exclamation of disappointment. I thought I should miss him becau s e of b e ing de tained so late at the office," he muttered. He has prob ably gone back to the hotel now." After taking a s ecoqd glance to reassur<'; himself that Barclay was not there, the detective stood up to the bar, and called for a cigar. "Didn' t s ee a chap in here awhile ago, dress e d iri buckskin, fringed with hair did you? he a s ked of the bar-tender as he lighted his cigar. Yaas thar was sech a fell e r in hyar, I reck o n, was the quick reply. Wore long ha'r-eh? "Yes." "Well he was here, -a bit ergo! Dunno whar he went." Did he go alone? "Y.l aal, I rather guess n ot; I see d him

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I'' I lj I II i ' 111, I !II-' 12 THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. talkin' w_ith a pilgrim who were made up like a beggar, and I opme they went out purty cluss ter each other." "Then by Heaven he has been tricked! Grafton gasped, in under his breath. Some enemy of his, or perhaps an agent of the accursed League has decoyed him, pretending to be me. But how did the party know of our appointment, or my intention to come disguised? We mu s t have had eavesdroppers, at our interview to day." L e aving the saloon, the d e tective went out upon the street. He was quite at loss what to do. U n doubtedly the dashing miner had been decoyed, but to what part of Fris co's great city it was no easy matter to d e termine. of criminal den s abounded within the city lumts, and to any one of these Barclay might have been lured. There i s work for me now, to find this miner, whom I hav e j oine d hands with, as a pard," Grafton mutte red; as he pu s h e d along through the dark by-street toward Bush street. I mu s t un earth hhn, be he in the blackest retreat in the city. If he has been captured by Madam Mystery and h e r gang, I must re s cue him. I never went back on a parclner yet, and I reckon I shall not on this clashing miner. First of all, I will visit \Nolf's Ranch, and make ob se rvation s But, before going, I must di s guise myself, and leave a trace behind, so that should I get trapped, there will be no difficulty in determining as to my fate." Making his way rapidly toward Montgomery street, he soo n arriv ed at hi s office Unlocking the door he en tered, and then clos e d it behind him. Lighting the gas, he fir s t s eat e d himself at his desk, with ink, pen, and paper before him, and in a few moments, he framed the following: "SAN FRAN CI SCO, TUESDAY. DEAR Mr s s ZoE: Since la s t we met I have had the honor of a call from your e s timable father, and am about to as s i s t him, if in my power. I am also going t o t a k e h o ld of another ca se, and must s aril y venture into the clark h a unts of thi s city. T o -night I am going disg uised into the Chine s e di s trict, in s earch of criminals and criminal evi d e nc e I s hall of cour se, run some risks, but r e ck o n I can fight my own way. If, howev e r, you do not find me at my office to-morrow morn ing you may calculate I am in trouble and may notify the chief of police. Ever your lover, GEORGE GRAFTON." Inclo s ing thi s epistle i.n a stamped envelope, and address ing it to Mis s Have ns the detective stepped from his office, and p os ted it at a neighboring letter-box. He then returned to hi s office, and proceeded to attire himself in an entire change of clbthing, consi s ting of rough, dirty homes pun jack e t and trou sers heavy stogy boots, and broad s l o u c h hat, that had been liberally perforated with bullet s Upon his face h e arranged a sweeping sandy beard a nd mustache and also placed a shaggy wig of the same hu e up o n hi s head A fir s t-cla s s bullwhacker wa s he, in appearance, and arming him s elf with a pair of revolvers, he left his office, locking the d oor b e hind him, and set out through the blackne s s of the night for Wolf's notorious retreat in the Chin es e quarte r. ...... --- ...... ... '"-From his study in the meantime Bernard Havens con ducted Mabel McDowel to the parlor upon the first floor. Here, all in the line of elegant decoration, furniture, and adornment, that a lavish expenditure of money could procure, was on exhibition, and the banker could with pride boast of one of the most magnificent parlors in the Pacific city of Frisco. Mabel McDowel surveyed the appointments with evi dent admiration. You have a grandplace, here, dear uncle," she said, in a mocking tone. You must be very rich to count your appointments in s o expensive a manner." "Vlere I poor, I should not have the honor of this visit from you," the banker replied, with sharp gan;asm. At this moment the door opened, and Zoe entered I She was attired in a rich drawing-room ' costume, of silk and filmy lace, and in the place of jewels wore a small knot of delicate flowers at her white throat. She was a rich, quiet picture, of wholesome young womanhood; Mabel McDowel was the contrast that comes from a fla s hy woman, a bit over-dressed in bad taste. A critic would have selected Zoe at once as the bett e r dres sed woman "This is .Lady McDowel my niece," the banker said to Zoe. I hope you will like each other "Is this your daughter my dear uncle?" Mabel said in pretended amazement. Why how very plain she isand so different from what I had expected. Really, my dear uncle, I assure you I am quite amazed." There was just a tithe ,of irony in her tones, and Zoe felt it keenl y a crimson flush suffusing her forehead Bernard Havens fro wned. You are too critical, my clear Lady Mabel! he said, reprovingly. Zoe is plain in dres s from no choiCe but her own, but in other respects I believe her ap pearance compares favorably with the prettiest young ladi e s in Frisco." Perhaps, dear uncle; you know the more we s ee of a pers on the better grows the impression. Will you come and kiss me, my cousin? " If you choo s e to arise, madam, I will shake hands with you! Zoe replied, with becoming spirit. It was now Mi s s McDowel's turn to flush, and an angry glitter entered her eyes. It was mortifying to her to have her decided snub thus returned. Oh! certainly, she replied, ri s ing and sweeping forward, gracefully. I expect to make my share of the advanc e s." The two young worrien touched hands and then re turned to their seat s Bernard Havens felt compelled to break the silence that ensued. I trust you had a pleasant trip across the water, Lady McDowel," he said. "These ocean trips in Autumn are so often fraught with peril as to render that mode of traveling unpleasant." Oh! I had a delightful trip all the way from London, here," was the reply The ocean was orderly, and the journey across the States has been most pleasant." Desultory conver s ation followed, and finally Miss McDowel a s ked to be shown to her room. After she bad gone, Zoe to the banker, with a pale face and great agitation. Papa! who is that woman, and what brings her here?" ' ;

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THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. ).3 She is your-your cousin, my dear, and has come to pay us a visit," the banker lied, not without perceptible agitation. N p! no! she is not! You are deceiving me by this pretense! I am well satisfied that she i s no way re lated to us. You never mentioned the name of McDowel in my presence, and I know this woman is 'not what you would have me believe. Tell me, trut_hfully, why i s s he here?" "I cannot! Bernard Havens said, shaking his head. I have told you all I can, at pre sent. She is come here, and you must treat her respectfully. Ere long, per haps, I can explain all to your sati s faction." Tell me, now-I must know. Can you have any secrets from me?" I cannot you," the banker replied firmly. I have a secret, and it is nece s sary that you should not know its import at present. Be a good girl now, and do not seek -that which would only make you mi s erable to know. All in due time you shall know, when the threatening cloud that now mehace s us has blown ov e r. It may not be wrong, however, for me to tell you that the woman is my foe, but I mus t hide my enmity under a cloak of hypocrisy. There, now, run awa'y, and be a good girl, and be as you have alway s be e n, my trusti12g, loving daughter." And, kissing her gentl y upon the fore h e ad the banker left the parlor and a s cended to his study. On entering he found Sidney Seel y ice comfortably seated in an armchair, with hi s heel s elevated at a dangerous angl e upon the nearest de s k, while he puffed demurely at a fragrant cigar. The banke r frowned a s he s aw him, but refrain. e
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---.-------- -w -. . ... THE AMERICAN INDIAN ond suggestion to convince her of that. In addition to his other troubles, her father was carrying a secret con cerning the strange young woman whom he had brought home with him. A secret it was, and Zoe felt sure that it was a great one, or he would not keep it from her. In vain she tried to arrive at a correct conclusion of what hold this inso lent held upon her father, though she puzzled her pretty head until it ached. The worry o ve r the matter precluded all pQssibility of sle e p, until a late hour ; con s equently Zoe did not arise until time for breakfast On desc e nding to the parlor, she found the bogus Lady Mabel in the act of. fini shing reading a letter, and inclosing it in an envelope. Excuse me, my dear cousin," the claimant said, lay ing the missive down upon the marble table, for, in assorting the mail, a moment ago, to see if there was any mail for me, I opened one of your letters, by mistake. No offen se, I hope, as I did not read it" Zoe s eized the letter, with flashing eyes. You have little to do, madam! '' she s aid, coldly. "You will pl eas e be carefuf not to make such mistakes in th e future " Of course not, dear cousin. It was a mere accident. You will excuse me, as I have some business to attend to, in town, to-day." Oh! certainly-with pleasure! was Zoe's stinging reply. After the Lady Mabel had swept from the room, Zoe examined her letter. It was the same that George Grafton had penned on the previous evening, and the banker's dau g hter read it with cheeks flushing with pleasure. Poor George! what may not become of him, in that ruffi an ly district? I would that I were with him, to share hi s peril s and his triumphs," she murmured, as she pre ssed the letter to her lip s George will help poor papa o ut of his embarrassment, I am almost sure. And then--" A soft blu s h came upon her face, as she turned and seated herself at a piano, and ran her fingers over the keys. A wedding march would be an appropriate taste with your thoughts, fair sister," a cynical voice said, and Sydney Seelyice step ped from a curtained alcove, with his usual cat-like tread. Zo e turned upon him with a start. "You are ever lurking where you can overhear what concerns you not sir! she said, haughtily. "Oh! you do me an inju s tice ; now, by saying that, my dear. I happen e d to be in there watching the people go by this mo s t pleasant morning, being t0o deuced lazy to crawl out myself. But, Zoe, my girl, you do in th e l eas t -disturbed by the-the-well-the situatiOn of affairs? " I do n o t under s tand you, Sydney ?eelyice; what do you mean? " Ah! then our model papa has not apprised you of the existing sta te of affairs, eh?" He has t o ld me nothing, sir! the banker's daughter repli ed, with quivering lip. "That is wrong. He should have told you, first. But I suppose he wanted to keep the trouble from you as lon g as possible." "Tell me what you m ean-what this trouble is-what the secret is between my father and the stranger he brought here la s t night? Tell Sydney Seelyice, for the love of heaven! " On one condition, Miss Zoe. Soon you will be cast upon the world, penniless and friendless, and will need a strong arm to protect you. I will not ask you to marry me yet-=--I simply ask your true friendshi 'p. Grant me that, and I will tell you what brings Mabel McDowel! " Sydney Seelyice, when you prove beyond a doubt that you are an earnest and unselfish friend, you shall have my friendship, and not until then! Zoe replied, haught ily. Then I will already consider myself in your respect, for I shall prove to you that I am your friend, and the only one you have in San Francisco The information I am about to give you will doubtless astonish you, but it is probably true, nevertheless. You are not Bernard Havens's daughter!" "Not his daughfer?" Zoe had ari s en, but she now reeled back aghast, and clutched a chair for support, her face grown as white as alabaster. Not his daughter, Sydney Seelyice? What do you mean?" Precisely what I said-that you are not Bernard Havens's daughter. This Mabel McDowel has come here, claiming to have proofs to effect that she, instead of you, rightfully holds that position. Years ago, it seems, when your father reigned at Havens Heath, and when you were an infant, an English rascal, named Me Dowel, made a change of children, by abducting Havens's own child, and placing his in its place, there being at the time a decided resemblance between the babes. "Years ago, this McDowel wrote and explained the case to Bernard Have n s and threatened to put forward the rightful claimant for the Haven s inheritance. My dutiful s tep-dad was of course strong in his belief, despite McDowel's evidence, that you were his own child, and to avoid a sensa tion, and to avert a family disgrace, he f o rwarded McDowel s ufficient hush-money to silence him for a s tated t erm of years, which have now ex pired, and Miss Mabel McDowel has come forward to take h e r position as the real Zoe Havens. To save you from the knowled g e of your fall, however, Havens arranged with the McDowel to keep still for a month, by appearing -as his niece, during which time he intends to arrange, benevol en tly, for your future welfare, I b e lie ve That is the long and short of the matter, and my sympathy was so great for you that I could not avoid telling you, although Havens attempted to bribe me into s ilence! Zoe stood like a rigid statue, with colorless face and wild-eyes, and heard him through, word for wE>rd. Then, a low moan escaped h er-she sunk upon the chair, and pillowed her face upon her arm, as it rested on the chair back. For several minutes Seelyice saw her form tremble and quiver with emotion, but when she finally raised her head her eyes were tearless. -"Then, if what you say is true, -I am occupying a false position? she said, with a wonderful calmness, born of a courageous, proud nature. "It would seem so," Seelyice replied. But, there is one chance in a thousand for you yet, as Havens has. a month in which he will attempt to prove that the Me Dowel claimant has no right to the position." You do not for a moment suppose that he will sueceed do you? " Car).didly, I have no hopes in that direction. McDowel is ready to swear to the kidnapping and exchange, and a court would recognize you as not Havens's child or heir,

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THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLy. 15 and Havens having no rebutting evidence to offer, Mabel McDowel would no doubt win the day." The case shall not be contested," Zoe said, calmly. :'I thank you, Mr. Seelyice, for what you have told me, -until you are better paid." Then turning, she sweptfrom the room. Seelyice gazed after her, with a gloating expression in his eyes. "By St. Christopher! I'd give my so ul to possess that grand girl! She is such a woman as would change a devil into a saint. I must sc heme to obtain her. I think I have take n an initial step in the right direction. She will not remain here-her proud spirit w ill start her out upon the world. My plan will then be to keep track of her until I find her in desperate need, and then urge my case until I win her. And as for the Havens inheri .tance-well, we shall see. Ped1aps I may have a finger ,in that pie, if things work right." Seelyice had not guessed wrongly when he concluded that Zoe would leave the banker's house, after what she had heard. She was a brave, courageo us girl; but too independent to live upon the bounty of any one upon whom she had no natural claim. She knew how to work, and it was with the deliberately formed resolve to l eave Bernard Havens's house, and seek her own li v ing in the world, that she left Seelyice, and ascended to her own rooms. She was perfectly calm, despite her new determination. To be sure, she was not aware jus t how she was going to turn, but with a brave heart, she felt that she could get a living by work, and even a meager existence, now would be preferable to be a dependent upon the bounty of Bernard Havens. Seating herself at a small writing-desk, she took forth ink, pen and paper, an_d wrote in a pretty hand, the letter as follows : "DEA R PAPA: By the time you receive this, I s hall be an absentee from your hou seho ld. A revelation has come to me that I have been occu pying a false position here, and as I do not wish to usurp another's right, I make room, cheerfully, with a blessing upon your head for your kind care and protection of me in the past. Do not worry about me-l am young and strong, and have abundant faith that I can care for myself, with God's aid. You did to keep the real Zoe Havens thus long out of her rightful posi tion, and I hope she may be blessed with your fatherly interes t, as I have always been. Forget me, in the love of the other: "ZoE." That was all, but it seemed to satisfy her, for she in closed it in an envelope, and took it to the banker's office, where she left it. Then, donning her wraps, and taking her purse, she left the Havens mf(nsion for the pitiless streets of San Francisco CHAPTER X. AN OLD FOOL IN LOVE.-MISS STURDEVANT, THE BEAUTIFUL. -THE MONEY-BAGS OF THE BANKER AGAINST A MAN'S LOVE. 'About the same hour that Zoe set out upon the streets, Bernard Havens left his banking establishment, and hailing a cab, he entered, and was whirled rapidly away into one of the most aristocratic of the city. After a short ride he was dropped in front of a handsome stone residence, and mounting the steps, he rang the bell. 'A servant soon appeared and showed him into an ele gantly appointed reception room; then taking his card, disappeared. He soon reappeared, however, and the banker was shown to a modest private parlor upon the second floor. There were no occupants when the banker entered, but he had seen seated but a few minutes, when a lady entered from an adjoining room-a woman of the most commanding beauty of face and form, attired in an elegant costume of gray silk, trimmed with the most costly of imported lace s. A woman of not over two and years of age, stately of figure and fair of face, with marvelously pretty features, a pleasant pair of brown e yes, and a great profusion of golden hair, stylishly arranged -a woman whose throat was encircled by a necklace of diamonds, and who also wore these valuable j ewe ls upon her fingers, am! in her hair. -Bernard Havens arose from his chair, and greeted her warmly. Miss Sturdevant, you are looking your best, to-day," he said, as he resumed his seat, and your fa scinatin g appearance bids me hope that the important answer I came for is to be favorable." Thebeautiful woman smi led, winningly, at his speech. I am glad if my appearance pleases you, Mr. Havens," she said: I like to be fair, in your eyes, you know. What very pleasant days we are having now." Very true; the weather is mo s t desirable. But laying aside the ordinary topics, permit me to exhibit a little !overly impatience my dear, and beg you to let me know my fate. Suspense is what drives a man frantic! " Then you s hould never court that dangerous condi tion," Mis s Sturdevant replied, with a musical lau gh "As to my answer, dear Mr. Havens, I must disaflpoint you, I fear, as I reall y cannot decide at present. When I bade you come to-day for a reply to you r highly flattering pro_ posal, I supposed I should be ready to make a decision in your favor, but I have been so busy since then that I could scarce l y give a thought to your case." But-but this is twic e you have fooled me in this way, Lucill e How am I to know that I will ever get an answer? the banker protested, evidentl y anything but pleased with the disappointment. Oh! by faith, of course Faith and perseverance you know, win the crown." But, why can you not decide now as well as later? I am very wealthy and can offer you a magnificent home, the company of myself and a charming daughter, and better than all, even a better grade of society than you now enjoy. What els e can you want, more than this, except the love of a warm-hearted man, which I have already cast at your feet." I want time to reflect and consider, sir. 'A woman has much to take into consideration, before accepting a proposal of marriage, and, although I love you, Bernard, --and shaii probably eventually marry you, I could n 'ot think of promising you, without mature deliberation. Your riches, I may add, are only a secondary considera tion as I have considerable wealth of my own." Then you will give me no d efin ite answer? "Not now, Mr. Havens. At another time I may, and when you get the answer it will probably be an encourag ing one. Until that time take hope from the knowledge that I love you." rc I will endea:vor to do so. But there is one question I would ask. What is my step-son to you? I saw you talking to him, a few days ago, as I passed by. You were standing on the steps."

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16 THE AMERIC A N D I A N \ VEEKL Y ,. Oh! Sydn ey h a s be e n a d e vo t e d s uitor for my hand, for a l ong time, but, p oo r f ellow, I never can gi v e him the l e a s t en courag e m ent. So yo u ha v e n o cause to be jeal ou s M r H ave n s A nd so the b anker too k hi s d eparture full y s ati sfie d tha t s h e was a n a n ge l alth oug h r a ther a p rovoking o n e He h ad f alle n in l ove w ith h e r at fir s t si ght, and for se ve r a l m o n t h s p a s t h a d c ourted h e r unknow n 1to Zo e with th e view of t ak in g h e r home a s his bride A n d the wo m a n ? A sil v er y sa r ca s ti c l a u g h e s cap e d h e r pretty, t e mpting li ps, after th e b anker was safel y out o f h ea rin g "The p oo r .foo l! s h e s a id, ri s in g an d survey i n g he r b ea utiful se lf in th e grea t p i et-g l a s s th a t ornam en t e d one en d o f the ro mn ; "as if I c o uld l o v e him a n old man, w h i l e I am so yo ung a nd be a uti f ul! T o be sure I mi gh t b e t e m p t ed t o marry him but it wo uld o nl y b e f o r the sake o f finge ri ng hi s m oney bag s a lr eady t oo f ull t o h o ld all hi s w ea lth Ha! h a perh a p s I sh all m a r ry him ye t and then deser t hi m after aw hil e for m y d a rlin g Sydney A h! h e i s th e one I l ove-th e onl.y o ne w h o eve r thrill e d me b y t o u c h word, o r acti on R i c h r eck less b ea uti f ul t ho u g h I am wit h th e p ower o f bl eedi n g t h e world, I wo u ld m a rry Sy dn ey S e e l y i ce t o day, w e r e h e t o m ake m e an o f f er." CHAPTER X I. fN THE DE N OF TJ -IE LEAGUE OF TWE LVE I N CHINATOWN. THE TAlNT OF T H E O L D OUTLAW.MAPAM MYSTERY It mu s t n o t b e s uppo se d th a t th e n o t o ri o us, dan ge ro u s Ch ine s e q ua,rt e r of S a n F r a n c i s co, i s made u p w h olly of sm a ll a n d filth y buildi ng s Inde e d there a r e some p r e t e nti ous b rick a nd s t o n e s t r ucture s in the qu a r t e r th a t r iva l tho s e i n the o th e r parts o f th e c i ty, an d t h e s e a r e rnain l y oc cu pied b y a class of th e Ch i nese w h o h ave se t th emse l ves ab ove th e ir b r ethre n o n a c c o unt of h aving gath e r e d a r ou nd the m a grea t e r amount of .g o l den s h eke ls. It w a s t o o n e o f these m a n s i o n s th a t the hu mp back l e d t h e way anc;l Bonanza B ill f ollo w ed Not a s u s picio n h ad ente r e d his min d t hat a ll wa s n ot ri g h t, o r that h e was n o t fo ll o wing George Grafto n un til h e h ad follo w e d the d warf i nto t h e h all o f th e big m a nsion a n d h e a r d the d oo r s w i ng shut, with a cli ck The n h e be h e l d th e hu m p b ac k c onfronti ng h i m w it h l ev e l ed revo l ver. "You a r e my prison e r Willi am Barclay a f em ini n e voice an n o u nced You refu se d t o l e ave th e t ow n a s Grcle red b y th e Mad a m an d I w as se n t t o d e coy you hith e r Y o u st a nd n o w in t h e r e t r eat of th e L e ag u e of T we l ve Bill gave a l o w wh i s t l e of surp ri se. "And, yo u a in't Ge o rge Grafton a t all?" h e in t e r r o ga t ed g riml y Of c o u r s e n o t ," the d e c oy d ecla r e d w ith a m us i ca l l a u g h "I am on e of t h e L eague ' of Twel ve I h av e b r ou ght yo u h e r e in o r de r th a t Madam Mys t e ry c a n t a l k turk e y t o you." B l ame it th e n s how m e thi s wo n derful m aqa m ," B ill s a i d, u ndaun t e d ly. S h e' s th e very o ld h eife r I want t o see a nd all t h e o th e r o l d ma i d s t oo " H a h a o ut of th e who l e twel ve, par d n e r, yo u wo ul d o nl y find thre e p r e t t y wo m en-tha t is, Mad a m Mystery E dna Earl e a n d m y self." O h! yo u're p r etty t h e n w ith tha t di s gui se off?" J us t a little, they s ay " \iVh e r e i s thi s E dna Earle?" : She h as been a b sent s eve r a l clays." . \ "Well the n take me t o M adam M y s tery ; for I want t o see h e r. v V h e n s h e gi t s thm with m e I want to s ee you ag' in, ariel have a chat with you." The d e coy b owe d and l e d the way up the richl y car pete d s tairc ase int o a n o th e r g randly frescoed h a ll, and alon g th a t until they came to a p air of folding d oor' s which s h e pus hed open, an d a m ag nificently furni s h e d l ibra ry, c onta inin g c ase after c as e o f bo o ks, mag a zines and n e w s p a pers. Pus hin g Bo n a n z a B i ll i n t o thi s apartment, the hump b a ck qui ckly r e tired clos ing th e d oo r b e h ind her. Stand in g in th e c ente r o f th e r oo m with hi s hands thrust in h !s p oc k e ts, the miners h a r p f ro m th e L eo p ard Lode proceede d t o o bse r ve hi s surro undin gs w ith the co o lest indi ffe r e nc e After t a kin g in the g enera l ap p ointrrients o f the ro o m h e turne d an d n o d de d t o a m as k e d w o m a n wh o h a d just ente r ed-a h a n d s ome l y-forme d creature, attire d in a i s h s u i t o f cornc o l o r e d sil k, t r imm e d w ith lac e and liav in g a g r ea t tra in ; w i th d i amo nd s u po n her finge r s a t her throa t a n d u po n her h air, w hich w as abundant, g o ldenhue d a n d p r e ttil y arran ged. T h e m a s k s h e wo r e on l y cove r e d h e r eyes, a nd Barcl ay could s e e tha t s h e wa s wondrou s l y pretty of f a c e a s well a s of 'fo rm ma'am,!' h e said, doffin g h i s h at, with a t witc h I r ecko n me b be yo u r e t he oi 1 e t h e y call Madam Mys t e ry?" ... . ,_ I a m, i n d eed Mad am M y s t er y A nd w h o a r e yo u?" the w oma n dema n d e d p a u s i n g a few fee t fro m hi m,' survey in g him crit ica ll y . . "Well, I reck on I'm r e g i s t e r ed as Bonanza Bill Bar. clay, w h e n I m t o h o me, th e m i n e r a n sw ere d "The y s e d a s h ow you wan t ed t o t o r k tu rkey t o me, so I wa l tzed ove r t o-.s ee y e "If yo u a r e B ill Barclay, yo u are ind e e d th e nian I wi s h t o see ," M ad a m M ys t e r y s a i d b ow in g. P r ay be s e a t e d." ;: Sh e w h e e l e d f orwar d t w o ea s y-c h a irs, and m o tion e d BaJ;clay t o occup y t h e o ne w hile s h e took po s sess ion o f the other Will y o u ] 1 a ve s om e w ine me, before w e c on v e r s e ? the Q ueen of th e T we l ve asked ' N o ma'am; I rather r ecko n n o t ," B ill r eplie d firm l y I d o n t i ndu l ge s inc e a y e a r ago, when one of you r t o o l s fle e ces! me out of so me va lu ab l e pos s e ss i p i1s, w h i l e I was dru nk." T h e M a da m l aug hed. H a h a on e l ittle J os s s h o u ld n o t d i sc o u rag e you . Howev e r I w ill n o t a s k you t o drink. It i s of th a t m atter o f o n e yea r a go t h a t I would s peak. I t s ee m s that y o u h a ve s urm i se d t h a t Edna Earl e was a m embe r of m y b an d a nd now yo u h ave j oined h a n ds w ith George Graf t o n de tecti v e in an effort t o find a n d break u p the L eag u e of Twe l ve T e ll me your ob ject i n thi s m ove " H u mph! n eed yo u a s k ? My m o ti ve i s tha t o f an h onest m a n w h o wo uld se e cr i m e a n d r as calit y wi p e d o ut. " :But yo u have ne ver s uffere d at the hands of the l eag ue? " Y o u lie The wo m a n E dna Earle, r o b be d m e of go l d and of pape r s tha t w e re very valu a ble o n l y to me " A h y e s I rem e mb e r n o w that s h e h a nd e d m e a bun d l e o f pa p e rs, a nd I put the m a way in m y s
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.... 'C.:. ,.,..._ THE AMERIC AN I NDIAN wEEKLY. 17 1 ary con s iderat i on The papers I want more than aught else / I presu m e so, and undoubtedly we can make arrange men t s fo r their cjelivery. B u t fir s t tell m e how you caine to ;k n ow a u gh t of the League of Twel ve? 1 Barcl ay r eflec t ed a mom e nt. ;r I don t know as there will be any harm in t ellin' you," he said, after a mom e nt. I found an o l d coffin in the c e llar w h e re the Diamond Queen left me one ye a r ago On op e ning it I di s c o v e r e d a s k e let o n and a l s o a docu ment, purporting to have be e n written b y Jare cki A rm strong, an old outlaw wh o had been engag e d in ev e ry phas e of crime The docu m ent al s o t o ld of hi s la s t t he o r g ani z ati o n of th e Lea gu e of T we l v e w 1 th you the Queen " I knew n o thing of the e x i s t e nce of s uch a d o cument, or i t s hould b eerY d estro y e d! Madam My stery s aid, earnes t l y Jarecki A rm stro ng was my hu s ban d I marrie d him up o n hi s d ea th-bed ' Y ot,l mu s t have tho u g ht a h ea p of hi s c a dav er! Barcla y d e clar ed t o h ave c h u cke d i t awa y in a c e llar.." "That w as his request. H e h a d a m o rtal fe a r o f be c o ming th e pre y o f a c o lle g e di ss e c ti o n-r oo m There fore h e wa s l aid a way in the c ella r until time s h o uld effac e all i11eri.1or y o f hi s p a s t e x i s t e n c e T h e s e n o t e d criminal s ha v e a grea t h.orio r o f b e i ng t o rn t o p i e c es b y c uri o u s p h y s i ci ans T his document M r. Ba rcl ay1 yo u m u s t de l ive r in to Jl).Y cu s t ody." n1t1s t eh? th e min e r exclaime d . V/-eTi, if you c a n fin d it a b out my p e rson, y o u a re wel come t d it. di d yoLt n o t bring i t w i t h you ? I r a th e r o pin e n ot. A tre a s ure lik e t ha t i s w<; n-thy of pre s ervati o n ." "And you int e n d t o u s e it aga i n s t th e L e ague do you?" "Tha t dep end s so mewh a t u po n circum s t a nce s If I .am a ll o w e d my freed o m I s hall, u n d o ubtedl y If I am not all owe d m y free dom, th e paper i s in safe h a n ds A n e x clam a ti o n of v e x ati o n e s cap e d th e b eauty S ee h e re, yo u mu s t n o t b e m y e n e m y Y o u c a n ill ,, aff ord t o b e that. Y o u a re the s am e a s a prisoner in thi s ... h ou s e Try -though you y ou can n e v e r es c ape, a g a in s t m y will. If y o u w o uld g o free you will do well t o mak e t e rm s w ith m e D o yo u want to look u po n my fac e ? "W, I d o n' t kn o w th a t I h ave a n y ob jecti o n s t o tha t ," th e m i n e r re plie d coolly. If y o u are hand so me I pres ume I s h o uld e nj oy the vie w M adam M ystery s h owe d h e r p e arl y teeth in a pretty smile, and remo v ed h e r mask. Bill Barcla y uttered an e xcla m a ti o n of admirati o n and the M a dam again. A m I not pretty ? How lik e yo u the pictur e ? "You' re the prettiest wom a n I eve r ga z ed up o n and, yet a very ra s cal he said, in hi s off-h a nd war,. < : I tho ught my app eara nc e wo u l d p l ea se y ou, s he s atd, quiet ly. "No man ha s ever l o o k e d upon my face o f late who has no t admired it I am young, t a l ente d h a nd s o m e r i ch Ho w w o u ld y o u l ike to own 111e as a wife?" Barclay gave vent to a s econd wl;i s tle of surpri ?e. This was rushing matter:s in a way entire l y new t o lum Well I d o n t know about that he replied If y o u were n ot' a notorio u s crimina l and I were in the matr i m on i a l l ine, I opine I migh t l ike to hitch on But, you s e e I a in't taki ng p n any i ncumbrances j u s t at pres ent. " P s h aw If I c h ose, I cou l d s oon twi s t yo u out of tha t n otion. B u t to' t a l k business I will tell you wha t I ll do:" T h oug h young in years, I am a thorough l y schoo l ed woman of the world. Thus far in life I have never per mitted ob s tacles to stand i n t he way of my ambition, or my s ch e m es. A w e ek f r om h e nce the L eague of Twelve merges i n to a l eague o f the Unit ed S t ate s In every city 'of the said Stat es w ill a membe r of the leagu!'! be posted, knd while all human crimes will b e left out, the b u s iness of forge r y will b e adhered to, and perhap s counterfeiting. B oth m e n and women will be l ong t o the league, and I sha ll s till c o n ti n ue its president. My reputati on extends no further t han this city you and George Grafton hold the only knowledge again s t me and the lea gue. My agent s have be e n at work for a year in maki ng prepara t ions for the perfection of this great s che m e E v ery memb e r ha s be e n selected fro m rich and trus t e d c i rcles which doubly in s ures the safe t y and su cce s s of the great order. And now I intend to buy y ou and the detective, Grafton, body and s o ul, or els e s i lenc e y ou so that you will nev e r be ab l e to betray u s The s ch e m i ng M ada m had deliv er e d her sp eech with tli.e u t m os t coo l ne ss, and n ow p a used t o r e pl a c e h e r ma s k and n o te the effect upon th e miner B arcla y certainly w a s a s t o ni s hed. Such a s ch e me wa s t oo great for him to c o mprehen d e sp eciall y w h e n con c eived by a woman. It was wort h y o f the in v entive pow e r s of t he olde s t and m os t e x perienc e d ras c al in the world Yo u are a de vil he d e clar e d N o o rdin a r y bei n g c o uld ever imagine s uch a thing much l e ss put it into e x e c ution You pa s s my compreh e nsion ent i rel y A s t o the m atte r of your buy i ng me it w o uld take m o re m o ne y than yo u can rais e " I doubt that, s ir I can rai s e m o re m o ne y than yo u sup pose. Vifhen Captain Jare cki died, he gav e m e th e who le of hi s fortune am o u n tin g t o many th ousa n d d ollars. Besid e s this I ha v e m ad e doub l y a s m a n y m o re, b y m y pen and to-day if in n e ed of fiv e tho u s a n d do lla rs all I have t o d o is to s it clown an d wri te a n ote f o r the a m o un t and get it ca s hed Now I'll t e ll yo u w hat I'll d o I'll give you t e n th o u sa nd d olla r s ou t o f m y ow n pocket to b e c o m e a m emb e r o f the n ew l e ag u e a nd w o r k faithf u ll y w ith m e in th e i ntere s t s of that order-fiv e tho u s and d o llar s t o m a r ry m e a n d be a fai t h f ul hu s ba n d t o me t en th o u s an d more an d th e p ape r s th a t w e r e s t ole n f ro m you t o e i th e r in d uc e G e o rge Graftoi1 t o j o in the l e a g u e o r t o put him out of th e -..v a y_:_in all t we nt y five th o u sand d olla r s which i s a bigger f o rtu ne than yo u can p r o babl y a cc umu l a t e in a lif e time-or I will give yo u t w en ty thou s and d ollars to l eaye thi s c ountry fo r eve r a nd ne ver betray the se cret s that h ave c o m e i nt o your pos s es s ion Whic h propo s iti o n will yo u accept? " Neither B ona n za B ill repl ied firmly. As I t o ld you bef o re, you cann o t buy me; n o r can y ou make term s with me in a_ny way or man ne r n o t f o r a fortun e My n a m e is Bi ll B a rcla y, an' w h e n I m a k e up my mind t o a thing y ou can't m ove me, n o m o r e than you ca n m ov e a r a n g e o f th e Si erra s " Then your doom i s se a led. Y o u s hall ne ve r l eav e thi s p lace alive. I ha v e off e r e d yo u ever y propos i t i on t hat wa s t e mpt ing, and now if you refuse, y ou h ave b ro ught a fate u p on yours elf :And ri s ing the Female Forger touched a hell; the door op e n e d admitting a half-d o z e n mas k e d pe r so n s in men' s garb but who were in r e ality women. They were armed with revo l vers, and the moment t hey entered they covered Bonanza Bi l L "Take t hi s man awa y and i ncarcerate him i n the dungeon! Madam Mystery c o m mand e d sternly L et

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,, / THE AMERICAN INDIAN :WEEKLY. him be chained t o p re vent all possibility of escape, and fed twice a day on bre a d and water! The band of ma s ked tool s advanced, and threw them selve s upon the miner, and though he struggled they were too much for him ; he was finally overpowered and his hands s ecur e d b e hind him. Then at a motion from the Female Forger, they led him from the room, and down the stairs to the second floor ; thence through the lower hall and through a series of elegantly furnished rooms until they arriv ed in a small room in the re a r, barren of furniture or ornaments. Here they form e d in a circle, and pushed the miner into the center of the One of the masked outlaws stepped b e side him Suddenly a section of the floor began t o s ink, and the twain gradually di s appeared below the floor. Down-down they w ent out of sight; down-down into the de pths of the earth b e low that palac e of crime, in th! Chine s e district. Barcl a y, w ith his arms pinion e d could in no way or manner resi s t. He w as h e lpl es s in the power of the cri m in a l l eag u e o f the P acific city and all he could do was to rem a in inactive, and suffer him self to be borne down into the earth he knew not how far. 'As they de s cended, they were in Stygian darknes s but he concluded by the clo s eness of the air that they were descending into a pit, or sort of well. Down d ow n the y went slo w ly, but still down, until at last the platf o rm on which they st o od grated u pon a bottom. The n h e heard his ma s ked companion fuinbling about, and finally she struck a match, and lit a candle in a niche in the r o cky wall that s urround e d them. By the light d i f fu s ed h e wa s abl e t o l oo k around him. The pa s sagew a y thro u g h which the y d e scended was an immen se well, pro b a b l y v e ry, ve ry deep, and the s ides were very steep. A t the b o ttom, wher e t hey had halt e d a grated ir o n doo r o p ened into the wall, q.nd with a huge iron k e y his c o mpanion unlocked and opened this and mo tioned him to ente r. Knowing no better wa y tha n t o o be y he enter e d and she stepped after him to the thres h old F ea r n o t Mr. Barcla y," s he s aid in a mu s ical voice that he tho u ght he had he a rd b e fore Although your pro s pe ct s m ay a ppear a n yt hin g but charming they are n o t to b e qui t e s o bad a s the y may seem. I will see you a ga i n whe n I am n o t wa tche d ." W h o a r e y ou? h e d e mand e d i n surp r i se. T h e s a me m embe r w ho dec o y e d y ou. My name is Ro se L awto n. Be o f brave he art now, until you see me again." T h e n s he clo se d the d oo r an d l o ck e d it from the out side, an d a m o m ent l a t e r h e h ea rd the platform glide rap idl y up wa rd. But fo r th a t wo ma n I am lia ble to r o t in this damp dungeon, the miner mutt e r ed. "Will s he come again, and will h e r coming do me an y p a rticular good? God grant it m ay b e so, f o r m y only h o p e i s now centered in h er! CHAPTER XII. I N TIGHT QUA R T ERS. BLA C K J A K E M'DOWEL. -BRAND E D AS A FRAUD.-A D E T E CTIVE' S PLIG H T One w e e k l a t e r. A s h ort peri o d o f time in a great bustlingever mo v in g city like Fris co; yet S OJ11e. old philosopher has characteristi c a lly remarked that a w orld can be built in a week with one day to spare; s o that one need not remark a t grea t chan g es in a week' s time : Durin,g this elapse, George Grafton had thoroughly ransa cked the more important dens in the Chinese dis trict, but without success in his mission. Nowhere could he strike the trail of the missing miner; nowhere_ could he learn any tidings of him. He had completely -dropped out of the world, as it were, and the detective finally gave up all hope of findin2" him . Still something caused him to haunt the Chinese di stric t. He was watching f o r some clew that might lead to his gaining know led g e concerning the League of Twelv e, in who se custody he had no doubt Bonanza Bill w a s held As sharp of eye as a lynx, and as patient as a cat on the watch f o r its prey, the detective waited and watched, spending the larger .share of his time at the vile haunt known as the Wolf's Ranch. A cle ver actor he w as in addition to his 'other gifts, and he sustain ed hi s ch aracter of Sandy Morse so cleverly that his disguise was never suspected. Wolf's Ranc h was situated upon a wretched street, in a w r etched p art o f the Chines e s ection, and was a one-sto ried build i n g o f c onsiderable width and length, but din g y and s mok y in a ppearance. Ins id e the co n d i t i o n w as no t much better. The building was partitioned off into four rooms, the first, on entering, containing the bar, the second was de voted to gambling, and the third was a lunch room. The l a st, con sequently was a kitchen. The walls of all apartments were soiled and s m o ked, and e verywhere were the dents of bullet-holes and s u s pici o us sta in s, which told of many a bloody brawl. Here, at t h i s den, ni ghtly-and 'daily, for that mat t er-co n g regated s c o res of the worst characters in the city of San Franc i s c o-me n w ho had figured in every phas e of terrible crime-men w ho rob for money-men_ who murdered, for money; gamblers, bruisers villains a nd r uffi a n s, at l a r g e, w h o s e v ile n atures were mirrored in their d a rk s ini ster f ac es N o saintly crowd for an hone s t man to go among, a s well may be g ue ss ed, and yet, in his di sguise of the bull whacker, George Gr a fton boldly entered into _this d e n o f d a n ger, and min g l e d with its inmates. N o m a n was h e to h esitate because danger lay in his pat h He pushed a he a d first and con sidered the d a n ger afterwa rd. / The e v enin g one week from the night he had set out in s e arch o f Barclay, found him lounging in the gambling l100m of W o lf's Ranch, pretending to watch the vari o u s g a mes, but in reality using his eyes for a dif fer ent The R anch was well filled with its customary .habit and a hubbub of noises prevailed that was at time s n e arly deafening Some were drtmk and noisy; others w ere q u arreling o ver the games, and knockdown s were of frequent occurrence. As he stood lean in g again s t a cigar counter, viewing the disorderly sc e n e, Gr a fton wondered how many of the respectable ci t i z en s of S a n Francisco knew of the existence of such a d e n, and if they did know, how many of them cared? "Probably not a great number. Very little concerning this Chinese quarter did they know o r care to know, and the detective voted it a dis credit to the authorities who held managerial reins of the city, that they did not clean out the vile seCtion, and rid it of its nest of criminals. Among the motie-y gang collected to-night, noticeable

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THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. 19 for his boisterousness and quarrelsome disposition, was a strapping" fellow from the mrnes, dirty and slouchy odress, .and dark and evil of couritenance: his face with its rough stubble of black beard and 1ts bloodshot eyes, being very sinister and re pulsive to gaze upon. He was armed with a beltful of weapons, and the way in which he waltzed about the saloon seemed to indicate that he was full of pizen, and ripe for a brawl with any one that came along . Sev eral times he had attempted to pick a quarrel with various ones, but they w ere e vidently not de sirous of tackling him and pass ed o ver the insults as good-naturedly a s possible. Upon the opposite side of the room fr?m wh. ere Grafton was loun ging a new-comer had statwned him self:._a medium-sized indi v i d ual, arrayed in a full suit of black broadcloth, and w earin g a black mask over the upper portion o f his feature s, it "':'as b;:a stylish silk hat . The lo wer p ortwn of his face "':'hich was visible, was of an oli v e hue, and a heavy, po111ted black mu stache adorned his lip. His hands were g loved with kids_ of a hue corresponding with the remainde r of his make-up, and he carried a stout rosewood cane. Between this dark stranger and the noisy rQugh, who frequently vouchsa f e d the inf o rm;1tiori to the crowd that his c ognomen w as Black Jake; Grafton aHern_ilted his gaze. He n?t have. told just but tliese two pers.ons 111 particular, unpressed him strangely. The black stranger was n o t the only masked person in the ro o m, a s man y of t h os e a sse mbled wore full c:r half mas k s This, Gra ft o n c o ncluded, w a s s o that 111 case of a raid the d e n they w ould not be reco g nized Otners w ere there, so r e ckle s s as to have no fear of the c o n s e q uence s, b e w h a t t he y mi g ht. Black Jake to prance ab?ut in a promiscuous manner, pau s mg at bar m the saloon, occasionally, to further tes t his storage capacity for liquid ligfitning. Suddenly, during one o f his perambulations thro_ugh the gaming -room, he seemed t o h ave, for the first time, spied Grafto n. A m oment he pau s ed and glared at him with his e v il, s w ollen e y e s ; thefi he approached with broad strides. See hyar! cuss my e y e s ef I don't b liev e I know you, old hos s he cri ed thrusting out a horny hand . "You're old Jim Lufk111s, frum up 111 ther Yuba. dees-trict? , "I rather reckon n o t stra n ge r," Grafton r e plied , "y h not offerin g t o take the proffer e d hand. ou ave made a mistake." "Oh! I hev, hev I? Mebbe I lie, then!" the ;uf. fian cried, insolently. See bee r my man, et stnkes me ye ain't ther cl 'ar quill. I'm Bl a ck Jake McDowel, I am an' I've got on a big l oa d o' benzeen, too, buf I ain t 'no fooi fer a ll thet. The t eddicated langwage o' yourn don't' han g along w i thet rou g h make-up, no how, an' I'll all o w ye' re a cussed fraud!. Grafton scowled-not so much because of toward the miner, but becau _se he .had unwitt111gly committed himself. Previously he had. strictly adhered to _the rude language peculi a r to the citizens of the mines and he now. saw that he had maae a big mistake, noticeable even to the half-drunken ruffian. It w as a thing he had never done before, in his ex perience as a detective. "I say yure a durned fraud!" cDowel again cried after waiting a moment for Grafton to reply, an ef ye want ter: take et. up, jest tread on my toes, and I'll pounce onter ye and yank ther starch outen you quicker'n a cat can chaw mice. That's the style of a hairpin I am " I d ad v i s e y:ou to go along erbout yer bizness, pard! Graf t o n replied coolly. I ain't owin' ye n o thin', I all ow, an' y e'll find et yer best plan ter git ri ght up an' git, a fore ye suddenly git hurt. " Oh! h o afore I gi t hurt, eh? W ho in thunder's go in ter hurt me? Nary a m an, ye redhaired galoot. Thar ain't a perso n as kin tech one side o' me, I ruther allo w M cDo w el is my name, an' I've licked ther pick o' ev 'ry t own from Denv er ter Frisco, I he v an' don't y e fer git it. Oh! I'm a hull circus an' o' a caryvan, y e mi serab le r ooster; an' mebbe I don' t look like a full-blooded fightin' cock, but I clast declare an' ass e verate thet I can m a ul thunder out of ary man in Frisco!" And t o a dd e m pha s is to his declaration, the tough b r ought his hand d ow n with no slight force upon Grafto n s shoulder. The n ex t in stant the detecti v e had hurled him back in no g entle m anner, and drawn and cocked a revolver. N ow you keep off" he cried, sternly, "or I'll riddle you If y o u think to pick on me, you've struck the w r ong man, and it w on t t ake only about one ounce of lead w ell sent, to la y you out! Mcpow el g r ow le d savagely. Cus;; y e! he gritted, fiercely. So y e' r e ready w i' y er t o o l s eh? I know'd y e w a s a co w ardl y shyster, fer n o b rave pil g rim e ver p ull s a popgun, when he kin use hi s fis t s to settle a funeral w ith. Hello! wake up, b o y s a n' l oo kee beer. I'v e cornered a ginny-Wine pes til e n ce h ere-a n p 'r'aps cC>_tched a polecat! Who knows?" The gamblers b egan t o g row curious, and one by one a c row d collected What y e up t o ? one of the ringleaders demanded, g ruffi y W h y d o n t y e let ther feller alone, Jake?" 'Caus e I don t want ter!" M cDo wef declared : I reck o n, boys, thet w e'se all a band o brethern hyar an' it's fer our inte r es t to luk out thet w e don't git s p otted b y ther p leece a n d etectives N ow, 'twixt yo u an' 111e feller-citiz e ns I allow I reckon 'this con sa rned g a lo o t hain t w'ot he seems, an' I'm fer makin' him s h o w his true c o l o r s A murmur o f approv al we n f the round of the crowd "On c ours e ," the rin g leader assented. "Ef ther chap a s c a lls hi ss elf S a ndy M orse ain't ther pure quill, w e d o n t want him heer. C o me! old hoss show up, no w whether ye' re true ter natur' or aire disguised!" I'll sho w n othing George replied, seeing that he must face the mus ic. I warn you to keep off fr.om the start. My name is George Graf t o n and I am a detecti ve. I came here to mind my own business, and you will do w ell to mind y ours. If you don't and attemp t to di sturb me I'll bet a gold eagle some of y ou will bite the dust I giv e up!"

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' I p I! t' .! I ,_THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. CHAPTER XIII. ZOE HAVENS' DIS APPEARANCE.-WHOSE CHILD IS THE MISSING GIRL.-MABEL .M'DOWEL RULES THE B ANKER' S HOME. The di sappearance of Zoe Havens was not known outside of the family circle although it had been nearly a week since she had left. Bernard H avens had found her letter on his return from hi s visit to Miss Sturdevant, and although he was deeply g rieved, he made no attempt to find believin g it n o t his best policy to discover and bring her back, until he should h av e proven her right in the family as his daughter. In the interim, M abel McDowel had presided in Zoe' s place. But b y n o mean s had she aptly filled it. 1 She sa t in the grand parlor and r.ead, or went shopping the who le of her time during each day, where Zoe had bus ied herself in the superv ision of the household and at ni ght s h e was absent until twelve o'clock, and o fte n later but where at, the banker could not ascertain. She t rea te d him often with sarcastic coi1tempt, and eve n ru dene s s, but he b(Jre thi s treatment without rem a rk r eso l v ed to put up with it until he should kno w for cert a in whether she w as his own child or not. And when s hould he kno w this? It was a c onundrum he could not s o lve, nor could he see a n y future h o pe of its s o lution. S e e l y i c e too, was ov erbe a rineand insu)tinoand b altho u g h the b a nk e r a ccu se d him of informinoZoe he bravelv d e ni e d it. o He di d not s eem t o take much of a liking to the new claimant and the y s carcely ever spoke together. Seel y i ce w as n o t idle. H e h ad him se lf l os t track of Z o e's whereabouts and d aily t ook a s t ro ll about the cit y, and its shops' and sto r e s in h ope of stumbling across her, but his efforts were unsu cc e ss f ul. On e ve nin g of the s i xth day after Zoe's departure, w iHch b y the w a y, was i de ntical with the night that Geo r ge Graft o n h e ld the outlaws at bay, in the W olf s R anc h See l y i c e left the banker's mansion and set out o n foo t t ow a r d the Chine s e quarter. In h alf a n h our h e a r r i ved a t the mans ion occupied by the Leag u e of T w el v e and mounting the steps he rung the b e ll. A p l a in-l ooking girl of nineteen' or twenty years of a g e s oon an swe r e d the summons to whom Seelyice sai d s ome thin g in Fre nch at which she nodded, and he ente r ed. Without waitin g f o r i nstructions he ascended the stairs, w hi c h ev i denced t he fac t t h a t he was no stranger there. U po n a rri v in g a t the fir s t landing, he directed his fo o t s t eps to the d oo r of Madam Mystery' s private p a rl o r u po n w hich he g ave a delicate -little rap and cou g hed s li ghtly s e v eral times. The d oor immediately opened and Madam Mystery welco m e d the banker's step-son with a winning smile. She was attire d in a charming costume, with low neck a nd s hort s le ev e s a nd, with the mask absent from h e r f a ce was m ost royally beautiful. "Welco me Mr. Seelyice she said, as. he entered. "You a r e qui t e a stranger." "\N ell yes, but none less glad so see you, dear Lucille-I mean, Madam Mystery," and a peculiar smile flitted across his sallow face. "I trust you are glad to see me." E ver glad to see you, Sydney,". she said, linking her arm through his, and leading the way to a luxurious s ofa When you come, Madam Mystery the Female Forger is hidden under the charming exterior of--" Lucille Sturdevant, lady," he finished. 'Sh! you should not utter the name aloud! she said quickly. Even ears are said to exi s t in walls!, Pooh! I don't take stock in such nonsense. The old gent called on you since our last meeting, did he not? " Yes-at that boarding place." V\T ell .I suppos e you g a v e him an answer?" "Of c ours e not. I have t oyed with him ab()ut long enough, and sh a ll shake him, directly." "As w ill the w o rld Matters thieaten to reach a cri s is; with him ere many weeks go by. The forged paper i s pouring in upon him, fast, and that cursed h onor o f his, w n l not allow it to g o to protest. It w on:t t ak_e lon g to drain his money-bags. You are dealmg him a hard blow, Lucille-tell me why it is so?" To gain a f ortune, is one reason-to keep a vow made b y a dyin g be ds ide is anothe r the beautiful woman replied a strang e moody express ion for a m oment flittin g acros s her countenance. Well, I need n o t complain as long as it is not me yo u are bleedin g Can y o u n o t do the hands ome thing by me t o -ni ght, Lucille ?-that is t o write me out a twenty -fi ve-tho u sand-dollar mortgag e on his d w ellin g and other city real e state? It w o n t c os t you scarcely more than the stroke of your pen, and at the s a me tim e will plac e him larg ely in my power." N o S ydney -you can obtain no m ore obli gative papers, thro u g h me. As lon g as I was inf atuated with you your wish w as my law, but n o w it i s chang ed." You d o n o t me a n to tell me tha t your l ov e f o r me has expire d ? Seel y ice dem a nded. Yes, it has expired, in the d awning of a new love ',vhich i s tenfold g re ater." ''And, pray, who is this new favored one?" "You do not know him, Madam Mystery said co olly-"he is a stranger in Fris co and his name Bonanza Bill Barclay." CHAPTER XIV. AN OUTLA W S E ND.-BILL BARCLAYS AlD.-STARTLIN G REV E L ATION O F A CRIM INAL LIFE.-A D EA T H BED CON F E SSIO N It w as a striking tableau-that which was presented in the gam b lin g apartment of Wolf's Ranch, and one that sav o red of imminent peril to those concerned. Gra ft o n, in his disgui s e of Sandy Morse, stood with hi s b a ck a g ain s t a ci gar counter, a nd a pair of c0cked revolver s in hi s gras p ready for busines s. The gang of habitues of the den, headed by Black Jake McDowel, come to a halt a few yards away, and stood glanng at their game, savagely, with weapons drawn. They hesitated to advance further in front of the gaze o f the detective's leveled si x-shots, for all over Fris co had Geor g e Grafton the repute of being a dead shot, and a m an who was a wildcat to handle, when

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THE AMERICANINDIAN WEEKLY. 21 Come! ye' d better surrender, cuss ye! Black Jake cried, savagely. We don' t allow no cussed spies in the Ranch, I reckon, an' we're goih' to boost ye. Y e needn' t think we ken' t do it, fer we're fifty ter one, when we all club tergether, an' we generally make thing s how I " C o me on, if y ou want to! Grafton replied, menacingly. The invitation i s open to any of you that want t o get sali vated. I come here with no intention of di sturbing any of you, and if you let me alone, I will ta,ke m y departur e as quietly and in o ffensi vely as I came. If, h o \\rever, you are thirsting for a row, and hav e se l e cted me flS the subj e c t jus t s ail right in, and I'll g u arante e yo u a red-h o t recepti on " Thet a in't our leetle g a me,. sir detective," the ring_ leade r replied w hose name was Dugan "We fellers ar' a sort o' Protectiv e B rotherho od, ye see an' death o n all servants o the la w, an' when w e ketch a cu s to m e r like y o u, w e g i nerally do f e r him. So ye may as w ell throw dow n your t oo l s a n gi v e up peaceabl y ." "Wh e n I do, jus t appris e me of the fact!" Grafton replied coolly "-I f I am t o turn up my t o e s, I pro p o se to d o it in game s t y l e S o if yo u want me c o me along, and you are welc o me t o all you g et. The gan g o f ruffians exch a n ged g lances and hesitate d Evi dent it was that they feared the c o nsequences o f a n ope n attack u po n the b o ld detecti ve. .As f o r Graft o n h e w a s outwardly c o ol, and really but l ittle e x cited. This w a s n o new p o sition f o r him to occupy; twice before in hi s detective e x perience had he be e n p laced in a similar fix, and on each occasion had f o u g h t hi s way out w i t h out scarcel y a scratch to t e ll o f hi s struggle. In the p r e sent c as e he saw that a struggle was again bef o r e him but he would rather hav e avoided it, as the r e were fifty or m o re t o on e agains t him....:....a fearful odds tha t a n y m a n mus t h esitate to t a ckle. Yet t o tackle i t w a s the detecti v e s resol v e if they adva n ced a step further, w hi c h he had no doubt they would do. And he was n o t mi staken. Bitter were these habitues of Wolf's Ranch against the s o n s of the law and jus tice, and they never al lowed o ne to escape them, if it could be prevented. C ome! bo y s aire we ter be held a t b a y by one consarned g al oot?" McDowel cri e d fiercely. Aire we goin' ter let et be sed thet Grafton, ther detective, cum t e r Wolf s Ranch an' dared the r hull crowd o' us? Not much we a in t ef w e kno w ourselves an' we ruther reck g n we do. Git ready, now, an' when ye hear me yell One, Two, Three, jest sail right in, an' take the cus s ali ve. We kin do et, by pilgrims, you bet, an w'en we git the catamount c aged we' ll make him howl. Ready! now-one! two! three! Ready were they! The word had no more than been gi v en when twoscore or more of the devils rushed f o r ward toward the cornered detecti v e. Then ensue d a scene of which little could be said, except that it was a mass of struggling humanity-a band of men fightin g like wol v es for the mastery. Not two-sc ore against one man as had at first appeared, but men fighting men, the forces mixed, and nearly equally divided. What was meaning? Were ruffians fighting their own mates in the defense of the bold detective? It would have seemed so. On each instant was heard the sharP. report of revol v ers, the clash of knives, with an accompaniment of deep groans and fierce death-yells. Men dropped, bruised and bleeding, only to be trodden under foot. It was a fierce, terrible affray-a battle of desperate men. On, boys, on! a deep-toned voice was heard to shout-the familiar and unmistakable voice of Frisco's Chief of _Police;-" on, I say! Let's save Grafton, and clean out this den of cut-throats, or die in the at tempt!" And there w as a wild responding roar of voices, and the battle waged hotter and with redoubled fury, between b oth parties. In the meantime, the black-clad, black-masked strange r, whom Grafton had noticed, began to grow e xc ited, where he had prev i ously been passi v e. Ze detecti v e will be killed! he muttered, excitedl y Ze ruffians are t o o many f o r him. Zounds l zat m u s t n o t be; I will put out ze lights!" And, drawing his r evo l ver, he cocked it, and in rapid s uccessi o n sent bullet after bullet through the chimneys of the lamps, the draught caused by the ;lightning flight of the lea den missile in each instance e x tin g ui shing the fla me. . He then p lun ged into the struggling mass, knife in h a nd and the blackne s s hid him from view. On-o n waged the battle, amid a pandemonium of fri ghtful y ell s curs e s and reports. It \ ; vas one of the blo o die s t affrays tha t had ever occurred in the noto ri o us eriminal den \i\T olf s Ranch. At last, nearly b lood-blinded, and bleeding from a doz e n wo un ds Gra fto n fou ght him s elf away out of the m ob, a n d r a n f o r the d o o r determined, if possible, to e s c ap e with hi s li f e before hi s loss of bl ood should re rider him too w e ak McDowel, h ow e ver, sa w him, and with an oath sprun g in purs ui t, and thus the two men rushed from the R a n c h into the narro w dark, de serted street, and behin d them, in h o t pursuit, came the black-masked stra n g er, who, with his rev ol v er, had put out the lights in the s aloon. Halt! cuss ye! McDowel roared, hoarsely, as he leaped o n after the de t ective. or I'll plug ye!" Plug away! the gritty detective shouted. "When y ou t ake me y ou'll get dead body! A t this juncture ther e was a heavy fall upon the pave m e nt, a nd a bell owing sort of groan. Grafto n l ooked aro und, a nd saw that McDowel had fallen p ros t ra te The masked stranger was rushing up! He stood a moment undecided what r.ourse to pursue. -"Stop!" the masked man cried. "You have nothini to fear from me McDowel's race is run, and I want you to carry him to my shanty, on Ching Ling's Alley." Grafton was human. He say that the. bullying miner was helpless-that the masked stranger was evidently not a f o e and therefore he resolved to respond to the appeal. I h aven't got more than a cart-load of life left in me, the detecti v e s aid; "but I guess I can tote one end of the poor cuss." Black J ake was in s ensible when they picked him up. and hurried away through the dark street-dead, per hap& as he gave no signs of life. Grafton was dizzy, wea k faint, but staggered on, carrying the heels of the outlaw. Fina lly they left the narrow street for a still nar-

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THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. rower alley or court, upon which several dingy brick '' Yes, it was darker than Stygia, but not half so dwellings were situated. dark as it will be for you, old man, when you get _out Into one of these they carried McDowel and laid of tlus world," Grafton' suggested. If you've got any him upon a couch, after which the masked stranger praying to do, or any confessions to make, you'd better locked the door, and closed the shutters. get at 'em, for I opi11e your wind won't hold out a great "You must remain here with me until I see w -hether while longer." this ruffian recovers or not," he said, addressing Graf"No, I guess not, nuther," was the reply. "I'm ton. Wait a moment, .and I will get a light and attend goin' ter cash in rny chips, might quick, I expect, an' to your wounds." s'pect I might as well make a clean bre'st o' it. Ef He soon succeeded in lighting a lamp, and placed it ye'll leave me a bit, I'll consider w'at I've got ter conon a mantle, where it threw illumination into every fess." part of the dingy, rudely-furnished room. Accordingly L'a Pierre and Grafton withdrew to an "Now, if you will tell me where you are hit, I will inner room. endeavor to dress your wounds," he said, turning to the Here the masked man lighted another lamp, and detective, who had sunk into a chair. "This has been they themselves to wait. a bloody night's work, but I trust the Chief of Police "A great deal depends now, upon the confession of will clean out the de n. Did you suspect that he was' that _m;111," Pierre resumed. "He has been a great in the room, previous to McDowel's creating a discriminal, and an arch schemer, and could reveal much turbance?" of importance, did he choose." "Yes. I suspected something of the kind, or I The waiting was long ang tedious, but finally there should hardly have ventured a row with the ruffians. was a faint call, and they re-entered the room where I caught a glimpse of a policeman'!? badge, and that the outlaw lay. gave me an idea that I was not alone. As to the ' Send the detective out, and I will say what I have wounds, I guess none are dangerous. There's one on to say to you," the outlaw growled, glaring fiercely at the side of my head, one through a fleshy part of my Grafton, who accordingly went back into the inner right side, one in my right ann, another in my left and room, and closed the door. -one in the calf of my leg. I marvel I was not riddled, With paper and pencil, La Pierre seated himself be for the bullets pattered around me like hail. What is side the sick man, and took down, word for word, the your name, may I ask? life confession of Black Jake McDowel. It was a start-. "You may call me La Pierre. I know you, although ling revelation of a criminal life, and at times the you may never have heard of me," the man replied, as masked man shuddered for the future of the wretch he removed his gloves, and prepared to dress the de-who narrated. tective's wounds. At last the confession was ended, and with the last With his soft white hands he went gently and yet word, Jake McDowel expired. skillfully to work, and soon had Grafton feeling a great When La Pierre called Grafton _in, he pointed to the deal better, with his wounds dressed, and the blood stiffening form upon the couch,. and said: washed from his face. He is dead. Peace to his ashes. You may go now, Attention was then turned to the insensible ruffian, as I shall not need your services further. -I will see McDowel. that the poor misguided wretch has a decent burial at He had received a wound from a bullet, in the fore-my own expense." head, and also a knife-thrust in the side, which did not bleed externally. CHAPTER XV. "He is not dead, yet," Grafton said, after feeling BILL BARCLAY IN A DUNGEON.-A ROSE OF A GIRL.-JESSE around the region of his heart, "but he won't hold JAMES ENTE)lS THE forth much longer. Have you any stimulant? GREAT DISCOVERY. "No! but I will soon get some," and seizing his hat, In the meantime how fared Bill Barclay, the in-La Pierre hurried from the house. carcerated young miner and bonanza-finder? He was gone only a few minutes, when he returned In his dungeon beneath the retreat of the League of with a bottle of brandy. Twelve, he had spent six weary, days in total darkness, A few drops were poured down McDowel's thro' at, seeing no light, except when a brutal-looking Irishman and his head was liberally bathed with it. The effect came, at morning and night, to bring him his rations of was magical. dry bread and water. With a long-drawn breath he gasped; a shudder Every day, accompanying the frugal meal, came a sbook his frame, and he opened his eyes. Then he delicately-perfumed note from Madam Mystery, made an attempt to rise, but fell back, exhausted, his him if he had concluded t.o accept her terms yet. And handcreeping toward his belt, as he saw Grafton. the answer he invariably sent back by the jailer was But La Pierre had thoughtfully removed his "No." weapons. Of the No. 12 of the league, he had seen nothing A faint curse escaped McDowel, as he discovered since she had accompanied him to the dungeon. What that they were gone. had become of her, or why she had failed to pay him Oh! you're safely on. your back, old man/' -La a visit, was more than he knew, but he concluded that' Pierre announced, "and what's more, I don't believe she had been detained from coming by the female you'll get off from it again, very soon. You've got tigress and beauty, Madam Mystery. an ugly jab in your side, that has touched mighty But upon the seventh day of his confinement, not close to the vitals." lorig after he had been served with his morning meal, "Y-yes, I know," the miner replied, hoarsely. he heard the J:rap gliding downward; soon the door of "Dugan struck me, thinkin' et was the detective his dungeon was unlocked; somebody opened it and yonder. Et was dark, ye see." stepped inside.

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THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEK:CY. 23 In the darkness he could not .see who. evening, the Iris h map appeared with the customary Sh! don't make a noise," a low voice cautioned. repast of bread and water, but soon left. I am Rose Lawton, and I have finally got to see When he had gone, Barclay munched a few mouthyou." fuls of the stale bread, and drank a swallow of the The next instant the l-ight of a bull's-eye lantern :water. He then lay down to finish thewaiting. When &hone within the dungeon, and .with surprise Barclay he thought it was in the neighborhood of midnight, sawlte arose and made preparations for the work before Not the old humpback, but a pretty young woman, him. A glance at his y.ratch apprised him that jt was .. who face was fair, whose form was shapely, and whose half-past eleven. eyes shone brilliantly. Secreting the revolver and the chlorof orm upon his She was enveloped in a long water-proof cloak, but person he then took the lantern in his hand, ready for wore no hat or head covering, her hair falling in a use. :wave over her shoulders. Prying up large flat stone that formed a part of Don't interrupt me!" she said, as Bill was about the floor of his dungeon, he discovered the end of a to speak. I have but two minutes to stay, and must t_wo inch pipe protruding from the ground, and out of speak quickly. H e re are a l a ntern, a bottle of chloro-the pipe the knotted end of a piece of cable, just as form, and directions how to escape. I've been ordered Rose Lawton had foretold to leave, and came here first, unknown to Madam Setting his lantern upon the ground, he seized the Mystery. Some time in the future I may see you, as cable, and gave it a vigorous pull. I have. fallen in love with you at sight. I have no time The next instant the door of the dungeon flew open, to think of that, however, now. Here is a revolver, and he heard the trap gliding swiftly downward, from also. Y ott may need to use it. The Madam's safe, ab o ve. where your papers are, is in the office, on the first floor, The moment it grated upo n the bottom, he leaped to the left of the hall. Duplicate keys to every door through the door, upon it, and not a moment too soon, or lock in the house are hung under a hat, near the eneither, for it instantly began to ascend. Up! up! he trance to the office. There! I must go now-good-went rapidly, and when he stopped, the platform, on by .. which he stood, formed a part of the floor of a large She sprung forward, 'threw her arms around his neck, unfurnished room. and kissed him; then turned abruptly, hurried from the He remembered it as the apartment from which he cell! and a m
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24 / THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEE;KLY. did not deter him from action. Turning on the light from his lantern, he gazed\ around him to find exactly what he had expected-that the room was unoccupied. She is gone-the very one I most wanted to capture-unless she is in the next room," he muttered. "It will do no harm to take a peep in here, anyhow." A door opened from the parlor -into the mentioned apartment, and stealing softly forward, he opened it and peered into-the room. It was empty! Th, e lights were turned low, and the bed un. occupied. Madam Mystery was not at home. Bonanza B ill uttere d an impatient exclamatio n as he n oted the fact. "It would seem that these female outlaws have de serted the ranch," he muttered. "I hope I'v e not been the means of scaring them away. 'Entering the r oo m he searched it thoroughly, but could find nothing of importance, exc .ept a nasal syring e which he p o c kete d readily seeing u s e for it. Leaving that ap artment he passed through the little parlo r, and o nce m o re emerged into the hall. Here he paus ed l ong enough to fill the syring-e with chloroform from his bottle-then he approached a door, just op and squirted a stream of the drug into the ro o m, through the keyho le. A ft e r s ev eral minutes had elapsed, he unlocked the d oo r with one o f hi s key s and softly entered. This r oom t oo, w a s unoccupied. "Humph! At this rate, I've got things my own way," the miner thought. "The syringe consumes my chl oroform too fast, and I shall have to arm myself with a s p on g e." This article he found in a washstand drawer-then went o n on hi s tour of the other rooms. In the next five rooms visited he a woman in each, and so stealthy was he in his m ovements, that they were n o t _aro u s ed from their slumbers until too deeply undP.r the influence of the chloroform to resist. F r o m one r oo m to another he went, swiftly, -but softly, unti l nine females and one male had been overp owered o n the sec ond aNd third floors the man being the Iris h jailer. That leaves Madam Mystery and two members of the Leag ue mi ss ing, Barclay muttered, as be stood ih the lower h a ll, after having visited every room in the house but o n e and that one the room that Rose Lawton had averre d c ontained the s afe and the spoils of the L eag ue o f Twel ve. I reckon I won't be troubled now, i f I attempt t o di ssect this nest. It mu_st not t ake m e lon g, however, for I have needs to get out of this curs ed Chines e quarter, yet to-night, in order to set G e o r g e Grafton and the police down upon the p lace." Openin g the d oo r he entered the office to find it brilliantlylig htecl b y a pendent chandeli e r, but tenantl e s s It was a larg e apartment, containing a great d e s k, reac hin g t o the ceiling, a monster safe nearly as hi g h, and lu x uri ous easy-chairs, while the floor was richly carpeted, and the walls hung with rare pictures '!.:he safe first demanded Barclay's attention, and he knelt bes id e it, ea g erly, for l1e had little doubt that it c ontained the p apers, which were more valuable to him than money. The safe was furni shed with a combination. lock, and he was well aware that he could n o t open it unless he s h ould blunde r upon the right number. Stil -l, he was re solved to make a try of it, and if he could not open it, he could wait uhtil he could obtain the aid of the police. But as good fortune would have it, he hit upon the combination and in five minutes the ponderous.door of the great safe was open, and the view of the interior was revealed. One great draw'er was nearly filled with bank-bills ranging in value from one to one hundred dollars. each. Then there were numerous pigeon-holes, containing papers, and thes e Barclay h a uled out up o n the floor, for examination. "' Among the fir s t that came to h and, were his own sto len documents all intact, and neatly tied in a little roll. With satisfaction he stored these away in his pocket, and then proceeded with his examiL1ation. The larger portio n o f the papers were of no particular importance, but there was one document that at tracted the miner's attentio n, the chirography being ex actly like tha t up o n the paper he h a d found in the cof fin of o ld Jareck i Armstro n g With no little curiosity Barclay bore t h e paper t o the light and perus ed it, ea g erly. The document as f ollows:LAST WORDS. A f e' W da y s a go I penn e d a d o c u111cn t r ev-iewin g a por t i on of my past life, an d on fur ther 1 'efle ctio n th e1'e are a f e w things I w o u ld ad d before d e jmrt i ng th i s life In 'my pre v ious paper, I think that I did not mai z e e n ti r el y clear that J Armstrong is n ot my or igin a l na m e but one I ass tm ed i n c on j u nction with n w ne1' o u s o ther alias e s d u ri n q m)' c r iminal c are er. I -bo r n of a prou d a n d titl e d fami l y in E n gland, a n d at an earl y a ge can te i nto poss e ss ion, by entail m ent, of the family wealth, a 1 1d t h e title of Lord H etwy Have ns. I married soon afte r and itnme diately sta rted out upon my C1' iminal career! I ne71er saw Lady Hav ens after the fi1'St si :r. months of 1n)l crimin a l career b u t lear ne d that s he ga .ve birth, in dtte t i me, to a ma l e h eir to the Havens' inhe ritance. Soon afte1 ', she d i ed a n d the boy w as reared to earl;' manhood by the rector who resid e d our estate This boy w as ch ri st e ned, B ernard Hav e ns! At an early age he m arri e d a London actress of note, and two children w er e born to the n -. But after s ev e ral years Lady Isab e l long e d to 1'eturn to the stage, a 11d finally did so aga inst t h e w ill of he1 h u sba nd, Lo1' d Bern m d and the act i on rais e d a barri e r b e t wee n the cou ple a n d Lo1 d Bernard forbade Lad)' Isabel ever ent e ring his home aga i n, or s e e i ng her child ren. Lad-y Isabel ther. stole he1, bo)' away, and took ship for C a110da. I w as th e n at the h ead of a ga n g of Borde 1 B(];ndit-s known as the W1'eck e rs of Ca ribou Reef. I well?em em ber that one nightwe wer e all gro u p e d about a bo n fir p on the shor e w h i ch w e tts e d to use to l1.we shi p s aground, their maste1 S thi n king the bonfire was a light-house glare, so that w e could loot the ship; when} t urne d to the rn.an who I had made the fighting-chief of the band, I doing the planning. and told him I saw a ship in the offing, and as our lu r e 1 v as lighted, she wotdd soon be ashore. The chief dashed to the o ther members of the gang, a n d said A fine lot of plu n der is com i n g the r e in that ship, boys/' I heard the Wre cker chi e f sneer; a few monumts later the ship was ashore--and on boa1d w as Lady I and her son, and they 1'emained my guests for some tzme, and I then s ent the bo')' to the Unit e d States to look out for himself, zvhile Lady Isabel1'etumcd to Eu1'pPe to con-

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THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. 25 tinue her theatrical caree1'-and I learned that she died ab road soon after. I have never be en able to find trace of th e boy at all. b u t my so n Bernard Haven s, lives in San Francisco, and is a man of greath wealth and popHlarity; I have se en him often, unlmown to him; he is a good and noble man, and I have often prid e in him since I came to Frisco to 1'eside. My life has not been entirely bar1'en. By miserly s tingines s I have from t ime to ti me gath ered large fo rtunes, and bu 1 i ed them where h uman hands cannot easily reach them But, not inN orth Amer ica. Tf],e total va lue of th e btw ied treasLwe would more tha n pa. y our national debt. Who finds i t lueps it. O ne man, nam e d ZosoE, holds the map, ignomnt of its va l ue. The w oman Madam M)I Ster y, whom I have placed at the head of, and in c ommrmd of the Leag tte of Twelve, is my wife-or one of my wives rathe1', for I have hosts of i11. v arious porti o ns of th e globe! She 1s also foste ? sister to that no t o ri ous ou tl a w J esse James! (Signed) JARECKI ARMSTRONG . A strang e e x cl a m a ti o n e sc a pe d the lips of B ill Bar cl ay, as h e fin i s h e d rea din g f o lded the documen t, and put it i n hi s p o cket. But that wa_s all. If the s t o ry of the dead pirate's buried wea lth had amaze d him, he did n o t b etra y it in hi s l o o ks, but went calmly on, exam ini n g the remainder of the papers. T he y proved t o b e of n o p articula r co n sequence, and he turne d fr o m them t o the. d esk jn which he found only three things of any impo rtance-a blank chec k b oo k, a b ook c ontaining the signatures o f many prominent bu s in ess m e n, and a b o o k c ontaining names of those who h a d bee n "bled" by the League of Twelve. Thes e together with the b ank n otes he crammed into an o l d sachel whic h he found in a closet; the n, s tuffin g all the papers back into the s afe, he l o cked it, and was r e a d y t o take hi s d eparture. Now f o r the pol i c e, t o pull the house while the female d e vils are drugg ed he mutte red. This adventure i s not turning out so b a d after a ll. I have n o t only reg a ined my pape r s, but h a v e c aptured the trea s ure, and c a n gain the same repute by delivering the m embe r s o f the League up to jus tice This money I will al s o d e a l out to thos e who have bee n 'bled, i n pro p ortion to their lo s ses. But, h old! I must not ri s k l o s in g thes e papers that hav e come into my posses si o n again. I mu s t secrete them, and there i s but one place t o do it." He sat down and pulled off one of his boots, and then . with his pen-knife ripped the lining suffic iently to allow him to s li p the thin documents between. After placing them _in this receptacle, he pulled on the boot and was ready to' le ave. To make a ll doubly s ure, however he searched throug-h the lower part of the house until h e h a d found a sufficient quantity of rope f o r hi s purpose; then h e a scended the stai rs, and proceeded to bind the h ands and fe e t of those w hom h e had previously chl oro-formed. Hefound them all apparently in deep stupefac ti o n and the binding j o b was easy. After he had completed it, -he' o n ce more descended the stairs, and unl ocking the front door, left the house. He had scarcel y stepped upon the street when h e suddenly f ound himself in the grasp of a half-dozen men who hac! darted out of the s hadows, and in a jiffy he was handcuffed. "vVhat in thunder do you mean, pilgrims?" h e de-manded, in surprise. I reckon you've got wrong man this time! "Oh! no we haven't!" one of the men replied, with a chuckle. W e detectives don't generally make mistakes. We've been shadowing this ranch for nigh a week, and a s you're the first exit, you're o'ur man. Please accept an invitation t o waltz down and see his Honor." And at this juncture all hands, save Bill, laughed. He did not laugh; but whistled. "Oh! I see," he said. You c atch me in the act of leaving an outlaw retreat, and naturally spot me for one of the gang. Well I don't know as you are to blame for that. But yo.u've tackled the wrong pig by ihe ear, as I can soon prove, when you take me u p ." "Oh! no doubt it w ill be all right," the leader of the party said, with a sarcastic laugh, in which the others j oined. "Come! trot along with you.f' CHAPTER XVI. LA PIERRE, IS NOW THE MYSTERY.-WHERE IS HE ? BAR CLAY TELLS THINGS IN COURT A NEW CAMPAIGN PLANNED. Of c ot1rs e Barclay c o uld do no better than to ob e y Handcuffed as he was, and surrounded by fu ll half a dozen armed men re s i stance or explanations were usel es s Therefore h e marched along, feelin g confident that he would be acqui t t e d when his testimony should be he a r d It was a ni ght o f dense darkness, and he was glad of it, f o r few pe o ple were abroad to see him in custody. Upo n reaching the city jail, he wa s l ocked up in -a cell an d apprised that he c ou ld be granted no hearing until m orning. This was n o t contrary to his expectati on, and he ac c o r d in g ly threw himself upon the c o t and prepared to spen d the night as pleasant l y as and his su 'rroundings w o uld permit. He had become inured to rough usage in his life in the mines, and took whatever happened him with the quiet c onfidence peculiar t o him. Mornin g dawned at last, and h e was led from the jail t o the p o l ic e court. H i s dashing appearance, and the fact that he was in t h e charge of an officer, created curiosity, and quite a crowd fol lowed him to the court-room, t o learn the nature of the offen s e for which he vvas to be heard. A ll in due time he was arraigned before the judge, who was a surly-l ook in g gray-eyed man, tha. t one would have pronounced unmerciful, to say the least. In answer to the formal inquiri es, Detective Duncan, the chief of the party who had arrested Barclay, said: "The prisoner at the bar was arrested just after emerg ingf rom a 'spotted' house in the Chinese quart er. D o not know prisoner; do not think I ever saw him before. The h ouse has been suspected as the abode of a band o f counterfeiters and forger s. \ V e were set to shadow it by Grafton, the detective. PHsoner is the first person to emerge from the p l a ce in three clays-that i s, by the front entrance. " \Vhat i s your name, s i r?" the judge asked, turningto the prisoner. "Bonanza Bill Barclay, I a llow," the miner replied, not in the least disconcerted by the biting tones of his Honor. "Barclay, eh?" the judge said, percei ving at once the kinrl o f a customer he had to deal w ith. "Where do you live?

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26 THE AMER,ICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. I opine Leopard Lode, Californy, holds the better I should quicker think that lt came from the share of my anatomy, when _I'm to home," was Bill's female devil, Madam Mystery, and is poisoned." answer. The more he thought about it, the stronger grew What is your occupation, his conclusion that he had hot come far from the truth, "Well, Ireckon at present, I'm occupying the in his decision. prisoner's box. When I'm up in the Yuba deestrict, The Female Forger, he reasoned, was his enemy, I g enerally make myself purty liveiy at_ slingin' the and if such were the case, a woman o_f her principles pick an' pan." would n o t he sitate o n trifles, such as getting rid of an "Oh! you are a miner?" enemy by poisoning. "That's about the fit fer it; yes." She was a bold, bad woman, who turned her un" Well, sir, you are 'charged with having emerged usual smartness, intelligence and her-very. soul into fr o m a h o u s e that is suspected to be a den of forgers service of the de v il, whom she served. Barclay had and crimina ls. vVhat have you to say to that?" in ventoried h er, correctly, the first time he saw her, "I say that the hoss that told ye so, could brush a and he knew that her enmity was unrequitted affection dynamite concern wi'out techin' it, he's hit so straight." -something to be feared. "Then y ou acknowledge you came from the place?" "I will not t ouch the cake, at any rate," he decided. You bet! " It looks mighty t empting, but life holds even more "And al s o admit that it is such a den as it is sus-inducements t o me than cake." pected of being?" \iVhich i s quite c orrect, a familiar voice exclaimed, Don't y e fergit it!" and Georg e Grafton at this juncture entered the cell, "And y ou al s o will not deny but that you are a acc ompa nied by the j a iler. member o f the gang that infests this place?" the judge "Thunder!" was the miner's involuntary exclama-demanded. tion. Where did you spring from, pard? " I opine I will! Barclay assured grimly. I ain't Oh! I've been ort trail, and to-day, for the first, in the lea s t way connected wi' the gang. P 'r'aps ye've heard of your predicament, and at once hastened to heerd o' Geor g e Grafton, hain't ye?" your rescue." "That gentleman is prominently known, sir." "I felt sure you would," Barclay said, -warmly "and "Well, ef ye want _any further lip then I want ter as s o o n as I can s h e d thes e stiffly starched cuffs, I'll give ye, j est tackle him. I'm ther 'possum as found grip your paw." ther document w'at told about Madam Mystery an' "Well, you can shed 'em now, I reckon," the jailer "" ther Leag ue of Twelve, all about which you may hev said, producing his keys and unlocking the handcuffs, heerd. \iV ell, I an' Grafton went in snucks in the mat-which he had no s ooner done than the brother-detec-ter, an I got nabbed an' hev bin shet up fer a week: I tives clasped hands in a cordial "shake." was just escapin', la s t night, when ther detectiyes "By order from his Honor, you're free." grabbed me Ef ye don't believe me, just go back ter "And I owe this liberation to you," Barclay said, ther house an' asks 'em where Bill Barclay is." wringing Grafton's hand warmly. "Your te stimony is weak;' the judge said, dryly, "Don't mention it," the detective replied. "You and I shall have to commit you back to jail, until know we leagued our. selves together as brothers, and Grafton can be found, and his testimony taken. If he it was but natural I should come to your aid vouches for you, all right. You shall be freed." Well, mebbe 'the tables may be turned some time. And according to his Honor's decision, Barclay was How ab out matters-has anything been done? taken back to the "jug" and locked up. "Yes I think the league is broken up for the present, It was not quite to his satisfaction, for he had ex-or, at least, it has beev scattered to other quarters. A pected that Grafton v v ould be present to vouch for him, raid was made, the chie f tells me, upon the house in and thereby procure his release. the Chine s e quarter, but no captures made. The inHe knew, however, that if Grafton was to be found, mates had, all scattered, and nothing of importance his speedy release was a certainty. could be discovered. Two d a ys passed, but no Grafton was to be found. Barclay shook his head grimly. So said the jailer "They were too fast," he said, his brows knittii.J.g in a frown "They should have waited until the matter It w as reported that he had last been seen in search had blown o ver a little, and the league would not have of Miss Z o e Havens, the banker's daughter, who was sloped A s it is, they can probably never be trapped. missing. .. I that you were searching for a missing party. On the third day after his hearing, Barclay was surZoe Havens, by name. Did you find her?" pris ed t o receive from the jailer a large frosted cake, No. I can find no trace of her. upon a pl a te. '' Was she the-daughter of Bernard Havens, the A veil e d Ieddy fetched it, an' wanted I should give banker?" it to you," the man said, handing it to Barclay. I She was. What do you know about Bernard reckon sum g al hain't ergot ye." Havens? Barclay wonderingly received 'the gift, and after the "Only a few p'ints. What are the facts of the case ? jailer had g one, he set it upon one end of his cot, and Did she abscond, -or was she abducted?" surveyed it, g rimly. Come along with me, and I will tell you as we go," \1\Tho can have sent that?" he muttered, thought-. Grafton said, an d they accordingly quitted the jail for fully. Was it sent with good or evil intent? By the street. It appears, according to Mr. Havens' Heaven! I believe there is death in that very cake. statement, that a scheming English villain, named MeWhat woman would send me such an offering with Dowel, has put forward a young woman as heir-claim good intention? I know of none, unless it might be the ant to the Havens inheritance, said McDowel claiming girl, Rose Lawton, and I do not believe it came from that Miss Zoe was not Havens' own child, he having

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THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. 27 changed the children in their infancy, substituting 4is own daughter, and taking possession of the then barronet's child, for speculative purposes. A few years ago he made known this secret to Havens, and threatened to produce the real heir. Havens was loath to believe it, and having become attached to Zoe, and believing that she was his own child, and. that MeDowel's game was base villainy, he gave him a large sum of money to keep still for a stated number of years. The time expired a few days ago, and Me--Dowel sent his claimant forward. Zoe, by some means, got wind of the matter, poor girl, and has sloped-the Lord only knows where. I can not find the least trace of her." Barclay whistled, meditatively. "And so this new claimant occupies her place?" he asked. "Yes. She has taken up her position at the banker's house, and they say she is bossing things around pretty much to suit herself. But the banker does not believe her his child, and has a matter of a couple of weeks yet to work on, before publicly acknowledging her as his daughter. And by the eternal, it must be proved-that Zoe is the rightful heir. She is my betrothed, you see, and no adventuress shall usurp her place, if I can help it." "What have you got to work on?" "Lam hopeful that I have a big 'lead,' but it will require our united efforts to unearth it. This man, Jake McDowel, was killed in a brawl at Wolf's Ranch, a few nights since. At the time, I was there searching for you, and got into a row. I finally escaped, pursued by McDowel, but he fell, soon, and I assisted a fellow, named La Pierre to carry him to a house in a neighboring alley. This La Pierre took the ruf fian's dying confession, but, being in an adjoining room, I heard nothing of it. Indeed, at this time, I knew nothing relative to McDowel or the events I have been narrating. After McDowel's death, La Pierre dismissed me, and I left the Chinese quarter. Now, I am in hopes, that, in the dying confession of McDowel, he threw some light upon this case." "It is barely possible that you may be right. La Pierre, then, is the man most desirable just now? " He is." Then we will search for him. Have you seen the new claimant?". "No, but they say she is a beauty." "Doubtless!" the miner said. "I have noticed that beauty and badness often go hand in hand. But, come -let's go to your office and prepare for the new campaign!" Sydney Seelyice was closeted with Madam Mystery, in the parlor of a private boarding-house, about the same time that Bill Barclay was released from jail. The Female Forger was comfortably seated in a luxurious chair, engaged in puffing at a cigarette, as she watched Seelyice, who was pacing impatiently up and clown the room, a frown upon his usually placid face. "You might loan me the money at least, 1f you. will not give it to me," he said, half pleadingly. "You see I've g0t to have. money, or go to jail. Money would soon jump me out of the city, but having none, I'm liable to arrest under the suspicion that I am a member of the disconcerted -League." "Why don't you pass some of those notes you have; that I gave you?" Madam Mystery Bah! they are worthless now, smce the League business has received ventilation. Havens won't honor them, nor will anyone else. Havens has chanied his style of signature, and is very chary about lettini any one see it. You've lost your hold on him." Perhaps not!" the beautiful-woman said, with a peculiar smile. "I think I shall marry him! "The devil you say! " Oh! you need not be astonished. Y ott have no claim upon my affections or admiration, since I saw Bill Barclay. I regard yo).l as a Princess may her pet poodle. Of course I won't whip you, if you persist in raving about me. Indeed, as Mrs. Havens, you will have a chance to regain caste in your step-father's house, and so long as I remain there, you may." "But I dare not longer remain in the city, you see." "As to that, I'll give you enough to get to Sacramento." -"Good! You are not stingy, Lucille. By the way, yo u have perhaps heard of the new claimant to the banker's property?" "Yes, and have seen her, too. She was one o the members of the League." Oh! by Jove! I thought her face was not unfamiliar. How will you agree? Perhaps two beauties in one house won't jibe?" Oh! that can be settled. The new claimant is yet bound to me by oath, and I shall make her share her wealth, of course. Don't fear for that." "All right. How long will you remain Mrs. Bernard Havens?" Ah! that is a question. Perhaps only a year or so, until I can get his cash under my thumb. Then I'll slope. Here's your money, now-fifty dollars. Don't give me away." "There's no danger I'll give you away such a gold mine as you are," Seelyice said, with a laugh, as he took the and also his departure. CHAPTER XVII. BILL BARCLAY UNMASKS THE DIAMOND QUEEN.--GRAFTON'S GREAT DISCOVERY.-LA PIERRE TO THE RESCUE.-THE END OF THE SKEIN. And thus two more weeks passed by! To Bernard Havens they were two weeks of torture! Rapidly was the time approaching, when he must acknowledge to the world-that Mabel McDowel was his Nothing could he prove to the contrary. Although he passed many a sleepless night in racking his brain in search of some favorable clew. George Grafton had also worked faithfully in his interest, but when the banker would ask the result, simply received a discouraging shake of the head. Nothing could be found of Zoe, or of La Pierre-no clew could be got of them ; nothing could be unearthed, that promised to refute the claim of the McDowel. She had evidently taken it for granted from the first, that her hold would remain firm, and she had established herself as comfortably as possible under the circumstances. She treated the banker with impudent hautettr, and he treated her with cold respectfulness. There was no love between them. One evening on entering his library, Havens found her there, seated in his favorite easy-chair. He frowned, but did not speak his thoughts. He always refrained from doing this, when moody, for fear his temper would get the better of him. Here is a letter for you, which I took the liberty of

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" 28 THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. opehing, she said, handing him a sheet that she had been perusing. "I learn that you are about to assume the responsibility of a third wife." Bavens seized the missi v e angrily. "You are unduly bold, girl, in thus opening my let ters. How, dare you?" he cried. I da r e do as I please, M iss McDowel declared. "Am I not your daughter, and have I not a right to share your sec rets." "No! you are not my daughter!" the banker cried, with sudden fiercene ss You are an usurper-a base, scheming v iper, and although I s hall probably have to t olerate you, I shall hate the sight of you." "Oh! I don t care a b out that. To get into No. 1 society, andfinger a fat purs e i s my main desire, and I can e a sil y dispense with your aff e ction How soon is this interesting marriag e going to come off pray'"? I am anx ious to witness it. The banker did not reply, but glanced at the letter which he s till held in hi s hand. It was penned in a tasteful han d and ran as f ollows: DEAR MR. H A Y ENS : "Upon m o re deli be rate reflecti o n I hav e deci d ed f avo r ably in your c a se, and will gi v e you my hand in marriage w he n e ver you come to cl a i m it. E ver you r darling, L UCILLE. " Sweet, i s n t it?" M is s McDowel s a id, sarcastically, as he fini s hed and thrus t it into his pocket. I dare say you will name an e arly da y?" I s hall mo s t assuredly. I mus t have an angel in my h om e to h e lp me fight a d ev il! " Tha nk y o u. Y our goo d s e n s e is abundant. I should c erta inly prefer a li v el y body like this Lucille to a sour old chip like you." "The marr iage w ill take pl a ce in this parlor, at noon, day after t o-morrow A t the same time, I will declare yo u my heir and dau ghter, unle s s the rightful on e turns up. After our m a r r ia ge, we start in.1medi ately f o r Europe." Very well my dear p apa! Miss McDo wel said, mockin g ly. I will shop this afternoon, preparatory to the g re a t e vent." She di d s h o p, too, having first received a substantial check from the bank er. Silk s velvets, lace s and all the man y c os tl y adjuncts t o a fashi onable woman's toilet w e r e purchased, and at last, having satis fied her extrav agance f o r one afterno on she started for home. Just as she. w as ali ghting from the cab in front of the Hav en s res iden c e i man satm te red along the walk, but sto pped s t oc k s till a s he c a u ght a glimp s e of her face . Hell o b y thunder! was his initial exclamation "The Diamond Queen, a s I li ve! The m a n was B ill Barclay. "Sir?" the g irl cried h a u ghtily. "You are mis taken. I am Mis s Haven s. Mo v e on! " Mebbe I w ill, and mebbe I won't, now," the miner detecti v e de clared. I've got an awful notion that you're Edna Earle, who lift e d some financial weight from me a year ago, and handed it over to Madam Mystery. An' ef you're the one that's playin' the game on Havens, I want you to take a little condensed ad vice ; that is, p ack up your petticoats and skip-slopepuckachee Ef ye d on't y ou 'll find yourself in a box before y o u know it." And then, with a g rim l augh, he passed on down the street. The girl gazed after him with a white face, set teeth, and evilly gleaming eyes. It is he-th. e same," she muttered, gaspingly. He recognized me, and I fear him. If he should inter. fere-" But she decide d not to take the miner's advice carrie what might! She would go on to the bitter end! And so the parlors of the Havens mansion were throw n and a large assemblage of fashionable Friscoans w ere there to witness the nuptials of' the banker and Miss Lucille Sturdevant. A t one end of the grand parlo r the banke r and his betrothed s tood, in c ompany with numerous brides and maids; the officiating clergyman stood be fore them, and re a d the formal marriage service, until finall y came hi s words: u Has a n y p e rs o n re aso n to sa y w h y this m a n a n d wom a n shall not b e joi ne d tog e the r i n the hol y bo nds of w e ql o ck ? If so, l e t him st e p forwa_rd, o r fo r ever hold h i s p eace!" Aft e r the utteran c e of the w ords, there was a breathl e s s s ilen c e in the roo m, f o r a few seco nd s. The n, to the surpris e of all Ge o r g e Grafton steppe d f orward, a c c ompanied by Bill Barclay and three o fficer s u I forbid th e 1 ttar ri a ge the d e tective s aid, ({as tkis w o m a n, Lucille Stu r de v a n t alias Madam Myster y, the femal e forg er i s my p ri son er! " Sir! Bernard Havens ro a red, springing f o rward, onl y to be forced b a ck b y Barclay. Ay it i s God's o w n truth! G raf t o n cried You h av e b e en t aken i n by this beautif ul fiend, M r. Havens -the very w o m a n w h o h as been bleedin g y o u with f o r g erie s We h av e been waiting to spring this trap upo n her, for several days! 'Tis false! 'tis a lie! ; Madam M ystery shrieked, strugglin g franti c ally in the gras p of the policeman. It's a bas e pl o t to ruin me." Off with her t o the j ail!" Barclay ordered, and the three o fficers half d r a gged her to the street, where a van w a s waiting Into_this s he was put, and ,then driv en away. Gra ft o n Barcl a y remained at the banker's mans tan. The. se n s ati o n created by the arrest was of course very great, and it w a s a l ong time before quiet could be r es t o r e d The n the banker r eap peared leadin g Mis s McDowel b y the h a nd. Ladies and gentlemen," he said, as I have dis app ointed you in one way, I will introdttce you to my dau ghte r, Mis s Zoe Havens. -With your p e rmission, I will expl a in ,;vhat may appe a r strange to you." And then he narrated what i s already known to the re a d e r, c oncerning the strange children, and the appeara nce of the new heir.

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' fHE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. 29 Wheq he had finished there was of course an ovation of congratulations offered by the guests, in the midst of which, to the amazement of all, a dusky personage in black, La Pierre, stepped forward. Allow me," he said, producing a sheet. of paper, "to assert that yonder woman is an impostor, and that the first Zoe Havens is the real daughter of Bernard Havens. I have the dying confession of Jacob McDowel, the father of yonder impostor, and will read you extract : "TELL BERNARD HAVENS I HAVE WRONGED HIM-THAT I NEVER CHANGED THE CHILDREN, AT ALL. I ONLY PLAYED THE GAME FOR STAKES. THE NEW CLAIMANT IS MY OWN DAUGHTER. I AM DYING -MAY GOD HAVE MERCY UPON MY GUILTY SOUL!" A loud cheer escaped from the lips of Grafton and Barclay, and was echoed by many of those present. O v erc o me by the une x pected blow, Mabel McDowel dropped to the floor and w as carried out. Barclay next. stepped forward, a smile upon his hand some face. rr This is rather an occasion of rev e lat i ons, and per haps it may not be a m iss fo r me to add that I am Berna r d Haven s' only son a n d h ei r a n d right h er e in my br e ech e s pockets, I've got a b ir th-cert i ficate, and other documen ts to back th e asse r t i o n!" he s aid bowing. u Afte r rnan y years, b y the g race of God, we a r e all re u nited." The chain of intr icate circum s tances had been bro k en-the cl ou d h a d l ifte d t o admit o" a startling and joyful revelation I EYESCURED Grafton arrested Mabel McDowel, and committed her to jail, charging her with being a member of the League of Twelve! They were held for trial, but in some way, she and Madam Mystery, most mysteriously escaped; and they were never heard of again. Possibly they have re formed! It is hard telling what a woman will or will not dol In a few days Zoe Hav ens returned to her father's home. She had been quietly working in the city in a department store since her disappearance but in such a humble position that no trace of her had gone toward her vantage of safety-and as soon as she married George Grafton, made that as the excuse for his leaving the detective field. You see," she urged. You can't be much of a de tective not to have found me-but you will probably be a successful husband, w hich Grafton was; and Zoe was al s o a most successful wife. But Barclay-now a member of the Havens family? He used to aid Seelyice, degenerated into a common thug, and drunkard, now and then, and some way or another, when the nights are soft, in the summer, and the moon is rising he thinks of Madam Mystery, and wonders where she is. Only the picture of the ad ventun! ss seems to blend and fade and then become the .face of Ro s e Lawton, who rescued him from the Dun-geon of the League of T welv e! 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.. CHANGE OF NAME The American Indian Weekly Commencing with No 33 this publication will he called THE WESTERN EE LY With this change of name there will be inaugurated a series of the greatest stories of adventure of the Wild West, and cf the desperate battles o f the bandits and outlaws of the frontier that have ever been written. -4\..11 the will be from the pens of such great writers as COLONEL PRENTISS INGRAHAM CAPTAIN FRED \IVHITTAKER JAMES BENNET HOPKINS EDWARD L \NHEELER (Deadwood Dic"k) JOSEPH E. BADGER, Jr. OLL COOMBS We give herewith the titles of the first four great stories which will appear in this Western Weekly No. 33 TRAIN \7\TRECKERS O;F' THE WEST, or The Gold Mountain Hold-Up No. 34 THE SAFE CRACKERS LEAGUE, or Robbed of Millions No. 35 T HE OUTLAW BROTHERS, or The Train Robbers' Bold Dash No. 36. THE RED CUT RAID, or The Express Agent's Peril I No Jesse James stories ever equalled in interest those which are now being prepared for the WESTERN WEEKLY. Do not fail to get No. 33, and read the thrilling story in that issue. Remember. WESTERN VJEEKLY No. 33 is the continuC;ttion of the AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. For sale everywhere. Price 5 cents per copy. THE ARTHUR WESTBROOK CO.,-PUBLISHERS, CLEVELAND OHIO U. S. A.

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THE GREATEST OF ALL WEEKISI. ES . r Caught by the Kin g o f a ll ];)c t e c t i ves. 11. Tho Bay Ridg e Myst e r y ; or Old S l euth's Winning Hand. 12. SL a tlo'IV'y the Yankee Det ective 13. the Counterfeiters; o r The Lightning Detect ive on the Trail. l ti. Tralled by the W all S treet Detective; or Badger' s M i d n ight Q uest. 15. T h e Iri s h Detectiv e s Grentest Case; o r The Stmtegy o f O'Neil McDa n agh 1 6. The O.eatest Myst el'y o f th e o r Saved b y the Gipsy Detective. 1 7 Trapping t h e Moon shiners; or Strange Adventmes o f a Government D e tective i n the T ennessee 1\fountains. 18. The Giant Detective Amon g the Cowboys; or The Narrative o f a LeRt Man. 10. The Mystery o f the 'Black Trunk; or Manfred's Strange Quest. 20. TI1e Ch.ief o f the Cottnterieiters; or The Boy Detect>ve's Greatest Ha:.>l. 2 1 The lii.,,;tery o f the F l e>ating Head; or Caught by the K ing o i the D-eteeti,e s 22 T h e Beautiful Criminal ; or The New York Detective' s Strangest C as e. 23. The Great Train Robbery; or Sav ed by a \'1 oman Detective. 24. T h e Italian Adventuress; A Tale <>( Marvelous Plo t s 25. Red-Li g h t Will The Riv e r D e t ective; or The Rouncl :.Jp o f the W harf Rnt's Gang. 2 6 The Twi n 5-hadow e rs; or A Suprising C ase of Mistoken Iden t ity. 2 7 The Suugglers of New York Ilny; o r The R iver :Pirates' Greotest Crime. 28 B l a c k Raven, he Terror o f the Georgia Moonshiner;; or The Mou n taineers' La-st St=tnd 29. Unmaslch1g a Villain; or The French Detective's Grebtest Cn se. 30 Snary a Russian Duke; or An American Detecti ve Among the N i lrt hsts. 3 1 The Mystery of the Black Poo l ; or The Dutch Detective's Sensation a l Find. 3 2 The Veil e d Lady of the Ruins ; er Hmnud's Gh a stly Discovery. !!.3. FGi l ed by a Corpse: o r A Tnle of the Great Southw e s t. 84. Night Hawk, the Dete c tive; or Tra!J ing the !1auntain Out-laws. 35. Kidneppe d in New York; or The Dangers of G reo t City. R G Lured by a Siren;' e r In tbe C lutches o f a neautiful nlnckmailcr. 3 7 O l d Slwth's Triumph : or 'l; h e Great Bronx Mys tery. 3 8. A TFail of El Old Sl euth's Trimnph." 31}. The Bancl e f the "Red Oath; or t o Cnver by a Government S M . 40. T empte.d .bY a Woman; m: T h e French Detecti v e's NaHOW Escape. 4 J The Mlfll<>n Dollar Coo,.p Jraey: OJ' Old Sleut h to the Rescue. 42. Accus ed fr<>m the C offin; o r The Frustration of a Da>tard1;r Plot 43. Coolnes s Ag-ainst Cunning; or Traited by F aithful 1\.fike.' 44 Foiled by Le; OJ' The Mollv M aa-uires Last Sta n a. 45. T]ncler a Mtlli.o n or M anfred the Metamorphos ist. 46 . Jracked by Man of Mvstcry; or M;:rnhell' s Great T riumph being a eeq-uel to Under a Mil 2 ion Disgrti.ses 47. The Human B looe-Eoun 'd; or The Bowery Detective o n t h e Trail. 48. M:11nfred'G Case; or Foi l ed by the \:Veird Betecti ve. 49. l\Ionte-Cristo Bou, the Ready Detective; A Narrative of ReCoJll1) Ji oo.tions 156 Old Tertihl'e, the Iron Arm Detective; or The Mystery of The Beauti ful 51. The St-ain o! or O l d Puritan to the Rescue. 52. A E>f Cl<>me; ot Ftriling the Kidnappers. 53. O l e ImrwlBDs iu France; G>r Trailed b y the Giant Det e cthe. 54. The :Gll9t.l31lccd's S'C'Crct; A N arrattve of Phenomenal Adventures. 57. The Itld i\lh'lrtcr;y; A Straight Out Detective Narrative. !i!), The Mijd'.ol gli t Lengue; or The Giant Detective i n Ireland. 60. 'fhc Seerll1: e H1e Dungeon; bein g the seque l to "The :Midnight 8 1 Gyi'SY t h e L o n g T>ail D etective; or S o lving a Great Mystery. 62. The W eJril .ll'Jetective; o r O l d Baldy on th' e Trai l. 68. A T orr. il:Ji e Mystery; A Narrative o f P eculiar Detective Tricks a n d ]i)ev icc.s. 64. T h e Skangast Mystery in the V V'orld; or Harry Brand's Winni n g P lay. 66. '.11he Old 'Wiser's Secret; A S trange Detective Case 66.. 'llhe Phl Miser' s SecJ"et; A Strange Detective Case. 61 Tlie Man uf M,ystery; or 111epltisto the Detective. OS. 'Fire 'M.ysterions D l!te c t:ive ; o r Sol v ing a Gr-eat Case 69. Tlie Amel'iean Monte-Cristo; A Strange a n d Marvelous Narrativ e. 7 0. 71. 72. 73. 74. 75 7 6 77. 78. 7 9 80. 8 1. 82. 83 81. 85. 86. 87. 88 8 9 DO. 91 ()2. !JR. 9.1. 95. 96. 97. OS. !l9. 100. l OJ. 1(}2 J 103 lOG. 107. lOR. 1 00. llO. 111. 112. 113 114. 115 116 J17. JlS. 119. 120. 121. J,22 12S 124 125. l2G. 12]. 128. 1 2!l. 130 lf!J. ltl2. 133. l:l4. 1 35. On The i r Track; being the conflnuation o f T h e American Monte The Omnipresent Avenger; being the continuation of On Their T1ack." Tragedy a n d Strategy; be1ng the concl u sion of The Omnipresen t Avenge r.'' The Gypsy Detective's Greates t Case; or Phil Tremaine to the R escue . The Sh.adows o f New Y o rk; or The A m erican Monte-Cristo's Winning Hand. Old W e i r d L e g a cy; A Tale of Marvelous Happening s 1n Indm. A M,l's te.;ous D isappearance; A Sin g ul arly Strange N arrative. The R e d Dete ctive; A Great Tal e of Mrs t e r y The \\'eird Warnings o f Fate; o r Ebeo n s Strange Case. The Treasure o f the Rockies; A T a l e of Strange Adventur e s Bonanza Bard e's Winning Strike; b e i n g the seque l to "The T reas ure of t h e Rocki es." Long S hadow, t h e Detective ; A Tale t'lf Indian S t r'afegy. The Magic Disguis e Detective; The Wierd Adventures o f a "Tr ans form. A Young Detective's Sl w dow; A N arrati v e o i E xtraordi nary Dete-cti ve Devic es Steoll.lJy Breck t h e Detective or Tra il e d to their Doo m. Old Sleuth to the Rescue; A S tartlin g N arrativ e o f Hidd e n Treasu r e O l d Sleuth, the Avenger; being the sequel t o "Old S l e n t h to t h e Rescue. The Great J ewe! Mystery; or The R i ght Mau i n the CaKe. J ockson Cooper, the W Jzerd Detective; A N a r rati ve o f W'onderf w Detective Skill. Foiling the Con"pirata r s ; or Tom Carey t o the R es c ue The Hank er's Crime; o r The We2rd Adventures of "Ph c nomer:.ai Joe. G"s:>areui, the Jta ii:1n Detective; A Str a n g e \ \l'cir d T a l e o f Ci t y Life The Vengennce of bein g the sequ e l to "Gasparoni, t h e Italian Detective .. ,.... The S ecret Spe ci a l D ctecti\e; or Old Transform o n t h e Trail. The Shadow o f a Crime; or the Iron Duke's, Strange Case. The Secret of the K i dnapped Heir; A Strange Detecti v e 'Narrative. Foil eel by a Femnle D etective; being the sequ e r to "The Kidnapped T{eir." "Old Tron s i d es in New York ; or The Daughter o f the G. A. R. T h e T r i sh Dete ctiv-e i o r Fern-us Conno r's Greatest Case The Sh2c !ow-D e t < ctJv e ; ot l'hc Mysteries of n Night. Detective Th:as h, the ManTrappe; ; A Stor)' a f E:-:trao rd inary Det e c t: : e Dt!vic cs u Old I ro n si d es" at J:Iis R est; A Detective Narrative. Tra ilrd bJ a n A J'a]e o f Italia n The Luc;t of b e ing the sequel to "Trail ed by an Assa ssin. A G o :le n Curse; o r The I-I3 rve5t o f Sin. The H otel Tm'!.'" : or 111 anfrerl's Greatest Detective Adventure. The 1-fy s tc!' J o f ,, -.. being the sequ e l to The I1 _otel Tragedy. tlJP r t ctive ; or the K in::r o f the ,, S hadowers H The Chlloway, the Detective: or n_,onin.g the Croeks to E:u;fl, O ld Sleuth's Quest; or A Fair F -ate. Pr-esto Quick; "r The W oil'd Mat;rici.an O l d Irons id e s Long Trail; or The G i ani Deti! cHve Out Weot. Forgin<: the Links: being the sequel to Oll'J Long 'l'raiL Ouee n Myra: 01 A VV'omnn's Great Gamo o f Ride apt! Seek. 'i 'be Duke of New Yerk; or The Adventu res of a BillioMail'e Prowler Tom, the Detect-ive; o r The F loati<;g Bea u cy Mystery. i\Tan Agai n s t TITan; b e i n g the sequel to l"owler T'om. O l d S l euth's Si lent Witness: or T h e D ea d Rand a t t b.e M or-8nC. The League of F our; or The Trail o f th.e l\![an T 'l'ncke r. T h e House o f F ea r ; er The Youn g Duke s Strange @ u es t TO B E ON FRIDAY. F eb. 3-136. Foile d by Fate ; being the sequel te The Houa e of Fea.r Feb. 10-J3 7 A D.ash for M il li o n s ; e r O l d T .ra il o f F eb. 1 7 --38. The Troil o f Three; or The )llotor Last sta.tul Feb. 24-llt'8 9 A Bead Man's Han&; or Caught by hie elwn Victim. -., For sale b y al l newsdealer s and boo k s ell e r s or sent, postage paid by the publis hers t 1 pon rece i p t o f 6 c ents per copy, 1 0 copie s for 50 Oelttll. 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