Deadwood Dick as detective : a story of the great carbonate region


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Deadwood Dick as detective : a story of the great carbonate region

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Deadwood Dick as detective : a story of the great carbonate region
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Copyright 1879-1885, by Beadle & Adams. Entered at Pos t omce, New Y o rk N Y., RR nu'l 'f"" Mnr. 15, 189{ No. 24 THE ARTHUR WESTBROOK CO. Cleveland, Oh10 Vol. II I BAD BE'l'TKB INQ11Dl8 P' I'll 8S'M'l:R S TAY OR DO' I
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fi!Opyrlght 187!HB85, by Beadle & Adams. Entered at Post Office, New York, N.Y., as secona c l ass matter. Mar 15, IS<.l:J, No.24 THE ARTHUR WESTBROOK CO. Cleveland, Ohio Vol. II .WII[.U'S J .All Jlli:'J'TER INQVIRE IF I'D BET'f>R STAY, OR IF l CAN STAY, ERII: I REGISTER," ;all: S.i.IP WITH A IWlLB,

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Deadwood Dick as Detective. Deadwood Dick as Detective. A STORY ofthe GREAT CARBON ATE REGION. BY EDWARD L. WHEELER, AUTHOR OF DEADWOGD DICK" NOVELS, ROSE BUD ROB" NOVELS, ETC., ETC. CHAPTER I. THE TRAP LAID, FouR and one-haif miles northwest of Lead ville, Colorado, as the crow flies, is a little gathering of houses do _"\VU in the classic shades of California gulch-a small city, as it were, sprung into existence in a single night, and manned by as hard a crew of citizens, generally speaking, as ever hove-to in a Western city. A stranger approaching the town could count the cabins, and make the;n out just a hundred and one, including the tavern, which was the starting and arriving point for the daily stages. A few stores, a barber-shop, l aundry, post-offi c e and smithy comprised the bu siness stands; and one main street along the gulch bottom was all the town boasted of. Xbe name of this town had ever been a matter of dispute, and was yet, to some extent. After the town had realiz ed its exist J u ce and its worth, several of its wiseacre3 had put their hoods to gether for a name. A s a res ult, John City was decided on; but others said that the name was too toney" for a '' rough-shod" plac e and si nce then R ough Shod had been the inevitabl e nick name of the little m {'tropolis A r ed-hot place was Rou?"h Shod, desrite its small size. Its mines were the best in the whole carbon r e gion ; its population was the most hardy and reckle;;s; its laws were the most ri(l'id, and stalwart Ben Johnson, the king or Vtgilantes, h el;i the helm in his fists, and things appertaining to Justice liter a lly bad to hum. As a mining town, R ough Shod had a f ew things to be proud of: firstly, of her extensive carbon mines that w ere drifted into the wall s of the eanyon, and the famous Drrucan mine which was owned by a woman whom no o ne knew; secondly, the muscular and fightin g proc livities of the masseq; and thirdly, the fact that money rapidly chang<>d bauds and when one pilgrim got ills fill h e stepped out on the first stage, and made room for some one else, who had been less lucky. One of the mo s t important plac es tf..e town was the "Champion's Roost," kept by a big, burly ruffi:tn from Virginia City, it being a combination of hotel, saloon, gambling-den, and sportin g theater. On first entering you found yoursf'lf in the bar-room of the establishment, which was low and not too cleanly looking, \Vith the bar at one side, and chairs deal tables scattered around for the accommodation of loungers. Here l t ,was that Captain Sal Savage dispensed his foul d ecoctions A big, overgrown, ruffianly looking individual he was, wi% a repulsive countenan c e, and bleared e.res, and stuoby hair and be3.'rd, which tlie roughness of his appearance Directly in the rear of the saloon was another building, some twenty feet high from floor to ceiling, and eigh t y feet square, built after the pattern of one of the ancient bull-pits in Spai.D. A space or pit some ten feet wide was left in the cen1jer of the building, from which the seat s ranged upward in tiers like those in a circus tent. This place was known as Captain Sally's Sporting Theater, and when opened, was liber ally patronized by the rougher class of Roug h Shod"s citizens. The hotel was over the saloon, and as there w .. s but one other in the place, it was, as a rule, packed with people who had come to v iew Rough Shod's famous city, and sample Rough Shod's famous carbonates. One eveninjl in the month of June the bar room of the Roost" was not filled, as usual but only Captain Sally and Nance, his ill-favol" ed spouse1 presided behind the bar, waiting for an occasiOnal new-comer, whose appetite for beverage should l ead him into the d e n. Nance, as she was familiarly known, was not nearly so handsome as her amiable husband, for the reason that one eye was out, her uwnth drawn slightly askew by paralysis, and all but two of h e r front teeth gone, to say nothing or. eyes of g r&enish hue, and a nose that was red 8.$ a cherry, npon the eu.d. No angel was Nance1 e ither, when her t empe r was aroused. A haru pair w e r e the Savages adjudged, and the pre vailing opinion was not so far from being corrAc t. But we shall note as we go on. The evening was wet and nasty without, yef ; this did not prevent the entrance of one visitor to the bar-room of the Roost," just as th'il wheezy clock tolled nine. Nance and Sally exchanged glances at sight; of their guest-glanees in which was wonder, mystification. An elderly e:entleman was the new-comer, o f corpulent proportions, and rather haughty carriage-a man with full brown beard of great length, dark eyes and hair to match. H e Wll!l enveloped from boots to chin in a heavy rubber coat, with a hat to match, upon his head. "A wet avenin', sir,' Captain Sally ventured, from behind the bar, as the man paused to s.It.ko off the rain-drops that had collected upon his hat. "A werry wet eveniu', I al low." ... Yes, wet and disagreeable; but just the night for dark deeds," the man returned, set tling into a chair by a table. You may feteh me a mint julep, Savage, and, by the way, I want a few minutes' chat with you on business matters." Captain Sally hastened to obey, for his visit or, the Honorable Clancy Adair, was esteemed a great man in Rou g h Shod. A sort of sover eign or ruling-power was he in the place, fo r everybody looked up to him, and he was esteem ed mayor, judge and jury. He owned shares in several mines, had a cabin and a Chinaman up th11 gulch on the outskirts, and was generally regarded as the prime factor of the" infant city." Captain Savage therefore hastened to prepare the beverage, which the Honorable Clancy ac cepted and quaffed, daintily, in the mean time motioning the captain to a seat. The stage has not arrived to-night, I tak41

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it?'' be at last, setting down hls glass, and lighting a fresh cheroot. "No; et ain't in. Due, purty nigh, too ." "Well, in that case, I must come to business. In that stage, to-night, I expect an enemy-a young fellow in the character of a sportman. He will come here, no doubt, and apply Jor lodging. If he doe, I want you to take care of him--do you understand?" Captain, Sally exchanged glances with Nance, who was behind the bar emptying a bottle. "D'ye beer what the guv'nor. sez, Nance? D);e know what he means?" On course I do, you old fule. I ain't deff." "No, on course you ain't, Nance. An you are, ivery inch o' you. Tell him we am't in the bizness, eh ?" "You needn't fabricate to make matters any the more plausible," Adair interrupted, grimly. I've your pedigree all marked down, and you'd better talk sensible." "On course we bed, p ;lgrim," Nance assented, bringing h e r fist down upon the bar solidly. "Tb!IT ain't no use o' coverin' an' old sore wi' court-plaster, e f it's chronic. Don't ye mind tbet Sal Savage, fer be ain't wuth a row uv p:ns. I'm boss be er, I allow, an' ef ye've any business to transact, jest hltch outer me." "No, ye ain't boss, nuther," Captain Sally growled, defiantly. "This be my R oost an' this b e my say. Go .ahead, guv'nor. I'll 'tRnd ter ther galoot. I calculate ye want his disappear ance permanently established, don't ye?" "Exactly, I want him summarily disposed of, so that he won't come back again. I am not particular just bow, but any way so that he is no further bother to m e "All right, I'll see ter the job myself!" said Nance, from l.Jebiud the bar. "I'll 'tend ter ther case, an' the n cum an' tell ye. W'at's ther galoot's name?" '' Ca,troll Holly." Phew! dandified I'll bet a snifter." "Yes, you are right. He is dandified, in one sense of the word. I can depend upon you, then?" Y as, I'll do ther job!" Captain Sally replie d. "You shet up-ye won't do nothin' o' the kind!" vociferated Nance. l' ll bark your nose ef ye go to meddlin' with my bizness, Sal Savage!" Cuss ye, I'll knife ye ef ye mouth to me!" tho captain swore, roundly. "What, goin' to l eave us, guv'nor!" Yes, I must needs go before the stage arrives, and my enemy discovers me here," Adair re:p,lied, rising. But you've fergot one thing-ther root of all evil," Nance suggested, grimly. "Money makes the mare go, rou see., "Yes, thats true. Well, here are two fiftydollar bills-one for each of you; so you can consolidate and make the matter easier You'll never be troubled wi' yer enemy ag'in, you bet," Savage assured, with a heartless chuckle, as he followed the Honorable Clancy Adair to the door and ushered him out into the night. "He'll git a slice of cold stee l in his gizzard afore morning and I'll bet on't." The mayor of Roygh Shod did not reply, but hurried away, just as the rumble of the stages coach wheels came echoing down the canyoo gulch. Not desirous was he to he seen by any person withln the incoming coach, no matter if the man were Carrolll!olly or not. A man of great depth at scheming, was the mayor, but withal a coward, and he believed in keeping on the safe side. The stage-coach soon came tearing down into the little mountain-townJ drawn by f our > pilited horses, and came to a halt in front of the Roost, while from it disembarked several paSb<'ngers, and sought the shelter of Captain Sally's bar room to get out of the soaking rain. From behlnd the bar Captain Sally watched each man write his name upon the register, with great eagerness to learn who, out of thE> passengers, was the party Clancy Adair had condemned to death. 'l.'he first man to register was a tall, darkfaced man of possibly eight and twenty years1 whose quie t manner betokened the experiencea traveler. He was dressed welli wore a nmstacbe and imperiai, and was we I armed. He se ized the pen with a hand that w&s evidently practiced in penmanship, and wrote his name: '' BARRY MEREDITH, Tourist." "That ain't our game," Captain Sally mut tered beneath his breath. 1 allow as h o w the mayor sed it was Carroll Holler, or Holloa, or Holly-or sum thin' o' the kind." The next to register was Josep h Rainbolt, a notable rifle -shot Following him came a Mr. Josh Page, from New York, Oswald Yates, of Chicago, and Phineas Porter, detective, from N e w York. The latter was a medium-sized individual, who looked as if he Inight have been a muscular celebrity in his youth. His shoulders were now bent, however, and be walked with a cane. His face was fringed with hair and beard tllat were snowy white, and his eyes were concealed behlnd a pair of green goggles. Dressed in citi zen's garb, and apparently unarmed, he W21! so different from an;r one in Rough Shod, as to at once attract conhlderable attention. The last man to register was the one Captain Savage was watchipg for-Carroll Holly. A handsome fellow was the young manthe handsome s t perhaps, in all Rough Shod. Barely fQur-and-twenty was be, with a form that was the embodiment of perfect ment and grace, and a fair, sunny face, with pleasant mouth and eyes of laughing blue and hair ItS pretty as a ripple o summeJ sunshine. Really feminine he looked, yet was manly, vigorous, elastic. H e was attired in coarse but serviceable white duck, with a light wool hat upon his head, and knee-boots of ihe daintiest size and pattern upon his feet. He wore no j ewelry, nor weapons, apparently, nor did he appear m the least put out by his rude surrounclinp;s. Perhaps I had better inquire if I'd better stay, ere I register," he said with a pleasant smile, er if 1 can stay? I once registered in Yreka, and they wouldn't let me stay, because I sported a b'il e d 'birr.." "On course yea k i n an' hcv tht:r best

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4 Deadwood Dlok a s D etective. ther h ouse affords!" Captain Sally grunted, as graciously as h e knew how. Reckon you be sum'at of a stranger around these parts, eh?" "Well, yes-thatis, around this newcarbon !tte region," the sportsman replied, writing his name. "Have been roaming about up north, principally, for some time past, you see." "Struck et rich, eh!" "Obi no. Never made much a t Tll'llspect-ing." "Speculatin', eh!" "Yes, sometimes. Goin' to invest around here'?" Doubtless, if I strike a lead. Then the young man lit a cigar and saunter ed away. Captain Sally brushed by Nance with a nudge. "That's our game. Now see't you keep yer optics glued outer him.l while I go and sharpen up my carvin'-knife. 1 don't want no dull tools, tl>..1-night," he said, in a low tone. A more private lounging-room was attached to the bar-room, and Carroll Holly sauntered into it, to escape the hubbub. A young woman was sitting by a table writ ing, whil e she smoked a cigarette. One glance it took to tell that she was not handsome Her form was large and bony her face coarse in its features, and freckled. Her hair was frowsy, her t>yes dull and sullen in their expression; her hands large as a man's. The only prepossessing part of her appearance, was the richness of the dress and jewels she wore. She looked up so s be a l ounging-room." So it is Ye won't dil>turb me Come in." Young Holly entered The girl's tones were morerimperative than inviting, and he was puzzled. "Take a cheer," she said, pointing to a seat on the oppoSJ.te side of the table I reckon you're the very gal oot I want to see." I!" carroll said, coolly, b u t yet in great surprise. Yes, you. Str ikes me you're the very chap. Your handle's California Charlie, alias Buck shot Bill, alias Carroll Holly I" She spoke positively, rather than interrogatively, and Carroll was nonplused. "Wh o told you?" he demanded, coolly. "Obi as to that I was in the city of Mexico three years ago, wilen you came there and lick;;;! .'), dozen Greasers, single-h1t11ded, in front of a gambling den." Indeed! What is your name!" California Kate fer short, though I reckon I'm writ down Kate Savage in scripter. I be long ter ther old man an' woman, yonder;" and sh e nodd e d toward the barroom. "Oh!" Carroll said. "That was all "I you i u']uired fer to-n i ght. an'reekied you whon y o u come in," Kate pws u ed, drum m ing on the tabl e with her bejeweled fingers. Heard me inquired for?" Carroll exclaimed i n astonishment. "By whom, pray!" "Oh! by a prominent chap. 'Tain't n one cJ my business, ye see, an' ef it hadn't been as bow you war a good -l ookin' galoot, an' I knew yo u war game, I shouldn't 'a' sed a word. Bnt 'twixt you an' me, I'd advise ye ter luk out fer yerself or else go rent a lot in a cemetery up b ee r in case of emergency." Carroll stared. "You don't mean that my life is iD. dange i young lady!'' "Waal, now, I ain't a-goin ter tell you no more I" Kate said decisively, "but from all thet I heerd, I 1hed opine thar war prospect o' a fun eral. Lenstways, ef I war you, 'twixt me an' you, I shouldn't go to bed without a good-sized bull-dog under my piller!" And with this comforting advice, tho. belle or the Roost bid the young American aclieu and left the room. CHAPTER II. THE ASSASSIN'S ATTACK. 'l'o say that Carroll Holly was surprised would be drawing it mild. Cool. and accustomed to surprises, btl usually passed them by without comment; but this was one he had not on. A total stranger was he in the little mountain city, and yet somebody had evidently bespoken for him a warm reception. He was aware that he had a few enemies i n the wor ld-no man can carry his ow without having them-but he was at fault when be cast about for one on whom to lay the suspicion. "The girl's got a heart, after all," be mut tered, "though nature didn't do a pleasing job on her exterior. I remember now of having heard of her-a sword-player, or something of the kind. So the host and hostess are her pa rents, eh? A hardlooking pair at best After smoking a cigar in reflection, he a p plied for drrections to his-room, and was shown to a small one over the bar -room, after which his gui de, who was Captain Sally in person, took his departure. Bes i des being small, the room was illy lighted by a dirty window. The floor was bare; tha only furniture was a bed and bedstead, a chair, and a rude bench containing a tin wash-dis h and a bucket of water. A door opened out o f each end of the room, besides the one through which he had entered, but both were l ocked, anJ he could ol}.ly surmise that they ope ned into adjoining rooms. "Rather a fair chance to get at me, anyhow, if the hints have any foundation of truth," Carr oll mused, viewing his surroundings. I'll go to bed, anyhow, and rest, for I'm as tired as a pack-horse It will be strange if I canno t sleep with one eye open." Throwing himself upon the bed, he lay fo r several hours and listened to the noises below, alld out in the street of the restless town. But finally sleep would no longer put ofl' her< claims, and toreclosed her mortgage over th& weary traveler. The hours pas sed by.

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D e adwood Dic k e.a D e t ctive. & T he candle in the ho lder bw'll t down""!i a spluttering taper. After midnight the noises ceased, and the town was wrapped in the quiet of a tomb. Not so much as a yell or the rumble of a wheel was b eard. Then, after a pause, one of the three doors to Carroll Rolly's room opened, and two dusky figures stole softly into the room-stealthily, as if upon a mission of crime. It will be scarcely necessary to mention t hat they were t he Savages, Sally and Nance. They bad come to do the terr ible deed that the Honorable Clan cy Adair had instigated. Captain Sally was armed with a long, glittering knife, and led in advance. "'Sbl pick up yer dW'!le d e lephant's feet, an' don't make so m u ch noise!" he growled, pausing near the door. "'1 'bar's our fatted calf, an' ef ye ain'tpurtickler about gittin' hurt, ye hedn't better 'waken hm.1. H e's as spry as a eat, and as as an ee l, I'll bet." ''Pshaw I you're an old fool!" Nance said in evident huge di sgus t "Go ahead and kirlte him, if ye're goin' to, and don't make so many of it. I'll be close b ehind ter help search bimJ" Nance said, grimly. No, ye won't. I'll s'arcb 'im myself. Ef ye want t.er sheer in the sp'iles, you've got ter take ther knife an' do tbe job!" the worthy host of the" Roost" said, with a chuckle. Nance shrunk back n bit at this, her eyes dilating. "Go ahead!" she gasped. "You knife him!" Captain Sally wiped the blade of his knjfe across his bootleg, and souled in a horribly sig nificant way; then, with the knife clutched firmly in his right band, stole softly toward the bed whereon the young man was lying in sound repose. Nearer and nearer he approached the bed, the knife now uplifted in his band, ready for the blow: the eyes of Nance were fixed upon llim; moth e r moment, and the life of Carroll Holly "Vould go out beneath the assassin's blow J But it was destined that the blow should not bE' >tmck. For just then there came a shrill whisper through the room, tlmt caused the guilty couple to start, and gaze around in alarm. To behold, standing on the thres hold of the room, no l ess a perRonage than their own ch ild, California Kate-she, and none othE'r, with a pair of revolvers in h e r hands, leveled full at them! "Stop!'' she said, in a shrill whisper, embodr, ing stern command "Stop, curse you, or Ill put a bullet throug h ye both!" "The d ev il!" Ca-ptain Savage gmwled. "You, Kate!" Nance gasped, paling. "Leave the room you young vixen!" "You shut up!" Kate advisPd, angrily. Give me five cents' worth o' ytlr jaw, an' I'll plug yeas quick as I would a buzzard Y e' r e a purty pair, ain't ye! I m prourl o' ye, I am, you bet. Goin' to knife a poor pilgrim jest fer a paltry sumo' money! Shame on ye:" "See here, gal, ye'r' on the wrong tack, on tirely," Captain Sally explained, 'in a low tone "We're jest practicing fer ther stage, ye seeme an' Nance, an' this be one o' our parts o' ther play. Now ye keep still1 an' we' ll finis h wi'out wakin' the chap. Ain't it so, Nancy, dear? "On course it is!" Nance "On course it ain't!" Califomia Kate said coolly. "On course ye can't pull wool over my eyes fer a cent, and ef ye don t slide out of here in waltz-clog time, I'll know why. D'ye want me ter wake up tbe t an' tell him ye war jest goin' ter knife him! Er ye don't git up and git now-d'ye b eer." .l Dam ye, gal, I ll pound daylight ou t o' ye wnen I git my claws on yet" Nance grow l ed fiercely, her fingers opening and shutting, and her eyes blazing luridly. I'll l'nrn ye tcr snoop inter tber bizness o' yer respectable aged sires-! will. Come along, old man. The gal means et!" '' Y:ou bet yer bonus I do I" Kate cried, threat eningly, following them to the dcor. "I'm goin' ter see this galoot through iiafetillmornin', an' ef I ketch ye up-stairs ag'in, ye'll go down on a rush." Grumbling and cw-sing as they full well knew how, the evil pair took tbeiol: way down-stairs, while California Kate went and stood by the bedside of Carroll HollyJ. and gazed down into his face, the u s ually sullen expression in he r eyes softe ning. "He's a reg'lar beauty, an' the old man'd bee n his last sickness, ef I hadn't cum i u and kicked ag'in' it," she muttered. "Wonder if Le'd thank me, ef I'd tell him thet I'd resc u ed him!" Shb sat musing over this problem for somo time thereafter, wit. b h e r chair drawn c lose to the bedside, while Carroll slept sweetly. She was intereste d in him, which was something extraordinary, for they who knew California Kate knew that Ehe had been a b1tter man-bater from childhood up, inasmu c h as it seemed to give her pleasure to slay 1 ,bem in g-ladiatorial contests. No man ever appro11.ched her with love--some said because she was so homely, but the real cause was because they were afraid of getting salivated Carroll awoke by and by1 and seeing her sit ting by the bed, was surpl'lged as was evident from the startled expression that came across his face. "Oh! it's you, eh!" he said when he caught a e:limpse of her face. "I didn't know-" '!'.Yes et's mel" Kate assented, rising," an' sence ye're awake, I'll go. Only, ef ye want ter liv e till morning, ye'd better not go to sleep ag'iu "Why not?"' "Because ye b edn' t. Ef Ihadn'tbeenscentin' danger, and cum, je!ct; as I did, you'd have been knifed c l ea n through an' through. I cum along wi' a full baud, and dispersed 'em." "Yo u did!" Carroll exclaimed, sitting sud denly up on the bed. "Then. let me tender you my earnest thanks. '\Vho were these w o uld-be assassins?'' "I reckon you'll guess wi'out askin any more questions when I ;;-dvise ye ter seek another and healthier climate than Captain Sally's "Roost!" Carroll whistl ed a single shrill note "I see," he muttered. "Your father an d mother are turned against me."

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6 D eadwo o d D ick as Detective. "Exactly." vVhy are 'thPy thus? What did I ever do to .o.aus!.l their enmity?" '' as I !mow on; but they war hired to give you a fin ll boost, an' they'd llev give it to ye, ef I had t't iuterpo;.erl." '' Do you know the na ll< ;,f t.tw 'JolJ"';y who hired them?" '' I reckon I do. but :1. li!C' _, own, I tell ye. Ef ye g> T J very much, ye're liable to ._, _, .... '-'-' Y min u te." Very w e ll," Carroll said, quietly. I'll hunt the fellow up. and ehastise him. And if ever I can in any way do you a good turn, be sure that I shall do so, if called u pon." Cahfornia Kate bowed, and left the r oom, and also left Carroll Holly in a deep study that verged upon perplexity. On the following morning which shortly dawned; Carroll set out upon the street to find his enemy. H e flrat, however, paid for his l odging at the bar, without mentioning to the host o r h1stess his knowledg3 of their attempt u pon his life. Rough Sho:i .boastec l of but one narrow gulch street, but it was of considerable l ength, and flanked on either side by stores, saloons and cabins. Along this Carroll took his way, l e isurely, scanning the fa ce of each man he m et, to learn if he could trace any resemblance there, to any person he had ever know n. But they were all rough-bearded faces of miners going to work, exoept an occasional gambler or sporting character, distinguished from the rest by his fla shy attire. As he was walking along, Carroll caught sight of a sign over the door of a little store that attracted more than his idle attention. The store was n at and clean-looking on tb.a outside; a neat display of confectionary filled the show window; the sign over the door read: "EDITH YATES, CONFECTIONER." This suggested a voung and pretty lady, and Carr o ll went in. H e had b ee n traveling in the moun taim for mouths, and had seen so few pretty w ou t en that the thought of seeing one appetizin!; Nor was h9 mistaken in the character and appearan ce of the proprietress of the candyshop. was young and pretty-exceedingly pretty, h j as she stood behind the counter in her s1mDl pink lawn dress and white apron, with a of delicate mountain flowers at her throat, her lu11:uriant brown hair falling in an nn:!e a m.ine, then?" Carroll Holly asked, as be pocketed his candies. Oh I yes, although you are one of a very few who know it. The Duncan mine belongs tome." "Ahl" Carroll said. H e had heard of the famous Duncan mine, which was said to be the proptrty of a woman, although there were none who could point the woman out. The mine was one of the richest of its kind in the region and employed a large number of labor ers, who were under the superintendency of a close-mouthed, reticent man named Alert. "You must be proud of such a princely pos miss. I have heard it spoken of as the 'Jo ss mine of this r egion.' "Oh, no, I am not proud. The mine yields a goodly sum but I devote all except w!Jat I need for rny mOderate expenses to charitable institution s in the Eas t." ''That is kind in you, at least. Do you live in the East when at home? Carroll asked. Gradually he was drawin<; b e r into a conversation that was the forerunn3r of an a cquaintance. "No; my home is h e re. 1 once, however, lived in Chicago, until reverses c.aused me to seck a livelihood in this wild I for .. tunately came into possession of tho Duncan mine throug h the kindness of some stranger whom I n ever saw, and so am placed above want, where otherwie I might have suffered." Very true. This is a poor piu ce for a young lady With out mone y or S )mcthing rather romantic a b out this gift of the mine, wasn't there?" Some might say s o I have boon consider ably mystified, but htwe kept my secret ,:o well that very few know about it." As s he s!!.id no more on the subject, Carroll had to satisfy his curiosity with what he had l earned. After a f e w more commonplace remarks, he took his leave of the fair shopkeeper, inwardl. v vowing to return again as soon as be could find an excu se and pursue the acquaintance. A man had b9en standing a,.ross the street from the candy-shop, since Carroll entered, and whe n he .ame out and went down the street, this man crossed over and entered the candy shop. Edith was b ehind the counter, re-arranging her trays of candies, but looked up with her CllStomary pleasant expression, w!:>icb reminded one of a beam of sunshine. The man was :?:::-:::--" Excuse me, mis::., .. ue Sl!Jd. aomng llis hat, "but I have a little matter ot l:msiness on hand, and I want roenlist you in my service." "Me, sir!" Edith exclaiJned, in cousiderab ll! surprise.

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Deadwood Dick Detective. ., "Yes, miss I am a detective by profess ion, and having just arrived in this town, there are a few questions I want answered." Very well sir. If I can accommodate you In that way, I shall not object," Edith replied, eying the detective with considerable curiosity. "In the first place, who was that young gent who just left this shop?" Phineas Porter asked, taking out a m emorandum-book and a pencil. "I have not the slightest idea, sir." "Oh! you haven't, eh?" 'No, sir. You probably could ascertain at the hotel." '' Ab I yes. Well, nextly, is there a man in the town named Algernon Ashton?'' "Not to my knowledge, sir. I don't recollect of hearing such a name spoken." A sound something like a snarl came from the detective 's lips. ''You are sure?" he askP, on account of his inordinate fondness for the tropical frmt of which his name savored, came stalking into the candy-shop, looking asrough and uncouth as a professional tramp. Straight into the shop marched Shod's priucipal bully, with the air of a millionaire, and lean e d upon the counter, preparatory to opening a conversation. Edith became attentive, for she was afraid of the rough customer, although he had never offered to molest her. "Good-evenin', miss," Pineapple Pete said, bowing graciously. Mebbe my visit ar' ruth er sudclint an' unexpected, an' ag'in mebbe my austere presence intimidates ye, but ye see as bow I bed a leetle business with ye, en' I tJ:lo't as how I'd better drap in on ye an' propagate a dicker. D'ye see!" "I see. Go al!ead," Edith said, bril'fly. "Keerectl Go ahPad-on course I will, my posey-cl'ar fer all I'm worth. Hain't got a. visitin'-keerd-nothin' shor t o' a Jacko' spades, but then, et don't matter so much, fer like's not, you've heerd my appellative hyar in this town o' Rough Shod. Pineapple Pete they call me, because I luv pineapples better than arything on this yearth 'cept tarant'ler and pritty gals. But Pineapple Pete, howsumclever, ain't nothin' but pure unmitigated fiction. ,But a few short weeks ago, I roosted and fluttered my feathers dowp in Leadville, an' thar I wa. known as Beautiful Bill, ther Pet Elephant o' ther Lead v;lle trail-ther Apoller of tber Colorados. Yes, sir-ee, and bob-tailed horse. Beautiful Bill am 11 an' I can lick ary man as won't say 'Hoddy ao' ter ther Goddess o' Liberty." "But, what has all this to do with my busi ness!" Edith demanded, testily, for she feared and was disgusted with the loaf e r. "Please state what you want, and then go." "Tut, tut, little gal, don't be erabbPd n eow. Ye don't realize, mebbe, thet.yc're in tber pres ence u' a meteoric comet-a thunderbolt, a rag in' cyclone. Beauty c o mbined wi' bizness, am I, clean to the hackbonl', you bet. And now fer my enand. MeLbe you've IivPd in these parts longer than I hev, au' mebbe, too, ye can tl'll me ef ye know a man in Rough Shod named Algernon Ashton ?''

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Deadwood Dick as Deteetiv .... Edith started. Here t:.,en, was another i n quiry after A lgernon Ashton First it was Phineas Porter who had asked; now it was the greasy loafer, Pineapple Pete, alias Beautiful Bill. What was the mystery? "I n ever heard of suah a man, nor do I think there is s u : h a man in the town," Edith r e-plied Are you sure you never heard the the lootfer d amandOO., eying her':rkeenly. sure. Why should know such a sir?" 1V :t'11, I thought mebbe ye might h e v h eerd a na,y)a," was the reply, and then turning upon his hee l h e l eft the shop. Honorable Clancy AJai r dwelt in a small c:tbin at the northern end o f the town. I nside his abode he had the u s u a l comforts of a miner's camp1 and in addition, ha:d. a Cllinama!l to coo!< ni s meal s for him. On the sJ.me eve ning of Beautiful Bill's call at the can iy;hop, tha speculat:n wa3 in lli3 cabin in and his pip e whe n enteral n') lcs.J a p ersonage than Caphin Sally Swu;p. Ada.ir loo:ut it?" th3 nmyor demanded an7rily. "Did you let the follo.v escap;)f' Nary a timJ-ne>t we, f e r tC1e t ain't ther o' an' my oU wo:n :m. \Vhen we take in a job, ::tUa3 to ot, like gri:n death to a nigger. But yer we qaite cook our chicken this tim3!" m-:tyonhip utte: ed a snarl or ra;;e "You ara an a ccuroed blockhead!" h e grow 1"I s hould h-tv e th1 job to better han h. Go on, and tell aboat it." "Wa::tl, ye Capt:lin S1.1ly said, in:;tJ!finrr a lHt:;il chew of tobacco, "thJ t I anJ Nance had laid thot tmp all right, an' bad got as far as his room, whe n my gal, K-:tt9, h e in snoot, aJco n ")a.ni ecl by a full hand o' barkero, an' we had tBr pU ... 1{ach9e. "And Carroll l!l >lly is abt oa.d, a free man?" Hon: nabl e a>'r ecl, excitedly. "I h e i5. L ?'l3tw ays, h o pulled out. o my an' h e's b een on the street ter-day1 a-l >o!du' fer ther galoot as tried to p eP.p? r nim." Curse him! H a shall not I o n:; enjoy his freeclo:n I" tho othe r r ep lied, fi ercely. "I'll have him out of harm's way if I have to mur der him mvself. In R)ugh Shod's famous city there was an urc llin named Jimmy Flynn, whom n obody was r elated to. Jimm.r had. turneJ up in R 'lu:;h Shod, one morning, a dirty, ra,gged customer of elevE>u or twelve yearsa lad, with r.!l his squalid n ess who possessed a bright, intelligent face, anrl brick-red hait, and eyes that bet.J:ayecl a shrewd nature. When asked where he llailea from, he replied that h e had footed it" from 'Frisco, and proclueing a blacking box, he would forthwith "bounce the inquire r for a shine. As a r esult he was soon riche r by twel).ty -fiv e cents, w hi c h be shoved into his trowsers pocket and went off whistling. That was all anybody ever learned in regard to him, except t hat he was sharp and shrewd al; a bargain1 possessed of a ready knack ai money-maJUng. About the same time that Clancy Adair was holding a conversation with Captain Sally, Jim my Flynn had a customer. Mr. Barry Mer eclitll, tourist was the party before whom Jim my knelt, and worked industriously in polishing a pair of boots sized number five, a l east. And an artist was Jimmy, as was evid ent by the shine he produced. "Thar yer ar', sur," he said, rising and holding out a hand to r eceive his fee which was not remarkable f o r its cleanness "It's a fin e j o b, as no quane would care t e r an' it's a quarter I'm wantin'." "And it's a qua ter you shall have," replied M e r edith, w'lth a dight laugh, as ho tossed the coin u ; ) in the air, and Jimmy nimbly sp,rung forwad ani caught it between his teeth. But, llere, d on't be in a hurry, my lad. I've another job for you, for which I'll give you a d ollar." "Arr!Lh! thin I'm yer lad, m e darlint. Give us twig an' th0 r twicker, an' bedad I'm off at it like a Frisco moskeeter on a raid fer free "All right; come with me, and I will give you the work to do at once, and the pay after you're done." "Nary, yer Honer; et's mesilf as kicks loikeq mule, sure. Pay as yez goes an' ye'll never git in debt." "H:t! hal a very good bit of advice. W e ll, come along, and you shall have your salary in advance. I suppose you know everybody in the town?-that is, you are extensively acquarnted 1 "Sure I know ivery man, woman an' four legged haste in the town," Jimmy replied, with clu e pride for h e esteemed it a great honor to know all the people in Roug h Shod's little city, albeit there were some hard characters that were not worth ]mowing. Barry Meredith made no further inqnirtes but l e d the way to the rival hotel of the town; whic h was muc h larger and more convenient than Savage's" Roost." The tourist had found out thi s fact, and changen at once To a pleasant room on the seconn floor of the hote l, he led the way, and gave Jimmy :!<'lynn a chair, while he seated himself at 11 table, and wrote hastily upon a d elkate sheet of notepaper. Inclosing it whe n finished in an envelope to matc h, he turned to Irish lad. H ere, my son, is a note, which I want de livered. But, first, tell me if you know the whereabouts of a young lady name d Edith Yates? It is to her I wish note to be given." "Yates, i s it?" Jimmy mutterE>d, scratching his hricky head-" Edith Yat.es? Sure an' et must be the candy-woman up the stroot." ''Describe h er, and I can soon tell you," Meredith replied, excitedl y "Is she good -look ing, with brown nair, and blue eyes, and-" "Fot the divil do I know about how she looks

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D ea.dwoc d Dic k ali Detective. whin I never seen her, at all?" Jimmy demanded. bure, if it's the candy-woman yez mane, tha say she's as purty as the v argin Mary." "It is probably the same," Meredith muttered a strange gleam in his dusky eyes. 1 At any rate, you can take this note to lf er, and bring me back an answer. Here i s your dollar for the job." Jimmy first took the dollar, and the n the note and with a broad grin took his departure. While Meredith paced the room, a contracti o n of the brOTIS betraying vexation. "1 know well enough what h e r answer will be," h e mutter ed the contraction deepening into a scow l. "It will bo No! a thousand times no!" but I care not. li she remains implacabl e Minnie will not. Ha, ha!" In the mean time Jimmy Flynn hurried away on hi s errand and soon made the candy-s hop, to find Edith engaged in dusting h e r counter, and singing a snatch from a pretty ballad. And when Jimmy shook the note under h e r chin, she l ooked surprised. Never since h e r coming to Leadville haEl she seen a l ett-er; the of one was t h e refore refreshing. 'Let me have it if it i s for me," she said, reaching f orth h e r hand. "Arrah! be aisy, me darlint, an' if ye can't be aisy, be aisy's as ye can!" quoth Jimmy, dancing about. But, comin' ter biz be you Missus Edith Yates, wha t i s l!llJodloo'k:in, wi' brown hair and Llue eyes?" I am Edith Yates. Give me the l etter, sir." "Faith, and isn't it thet same thet I'm after d oin', me j eweH You're as onpatient as Mrs. McCarthy's pig. There's the mum, an' tha sende r said as-bow I was to fetch the l oikes o' him an answer ." Et!ith seized the letter eagerl y and tore off the wrapper, but the moment she caught sight of the writing, she staggered back with a gasp, her faco suddenly grown pale. The note was written in a stylish hand, and ran as follows: "Mrss EnrTH YATEs: DEAR LAnv:-1 h a v e at last f our. d you, alter a long r. od earn est sarch in every State and Territory in toe Union. P erhap make Minnie my wife-poor, dear Minnie, whom I hav e so f oullv wrone:ed and deserted in the past. But G d kno1vs that I mean to do the thing now, and many the gir l nn
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10 Deadwood Dick as Detective. For the love of Heaven, listen to me, Minnie, and do not cast this aside in scorn. I have already writ ten to yonrsister. but she is immovable and threat ens to shoot me if I come near ber. Say nothing of this note to her, but if you will, slip from the house, and come down the gulch until you meet m e an\1 the minister. It will not take lon g to tie the knot, and when we return to your sister, we shall be nan wife. Oome, I beg of yon. '' BA.RRY MEREnrrn. ,, Thin was all, and the schemer read it with evident satisfaction. That is a clever decoy, and I think will have a direct bearing on the case. Hal h!l! I curse you in return, Edith Yates, and defy you, too. Once I get your sister in my power, you shall n eve r look upon my face or hers, again, unl ess-" Jimmy Flynn entered at this juncture, and <.;.ae schemer looked at him, inquiringly. "Well, my lad, what did you find out!" Sure, an' fot the divil did you expect! I found out where Edith Yates liv es." "You fool, is that all1" "Bedad, no. B e aisy, an' I'll tell yez. There be a small room forninst the rear av the sthore, an' thare be a woman in it, 'mit von baby,' as the Dutch sez." "Good. That is the identical woman," M ere dith cried, excitedly. Here :is the n ote, and a five-dollar bill for your trouble, n ow begone." Jimmy obeyed, and was soon hurryinoaway in the direction of the candy-shop of Edith Yates The shanty in which the shop was located stood alone by itself, not being immediately connecte1 with any other shop. A door opened from the invalid's room into the vacant space at one side of the building. To this door Jimmy Flynn crept, when he noticed that Edith was engaged in waiting upon a customer in the store. The door was op g n, and he had no difficulty: in attracting the attention of the invali..l by a gesture of his hand, and. h e r would-b e cries by another motion, and a" Sh!" The invalid was not alarmed, evidently, but surprised, and it was little l ess than a miracle that s h e kept still. But the sight of the lett e r was what did the job, aud the assurance of !<'lynn's tongue; at least she did not give the alatm, and was soo n in p ossess ion of the note, whil e with six d ollars in his pocket ,Timmy had hied himself to a restaurant to satisfy the cravings <)f his inne r man. The time occupi e d by the event last narrated n ettec l nearl y two hours and brought ten o'clock at night to hand. So that Barry M e re dith hardly expected to meet the invalid girl until the next night. Nor was he particularly an.:dous t ) visit the confines of the lonely gulch at so late an hou.r, for the trail had b ee n the scene of many violent deeds done under the cover of d arkness and was also said to be in fest ed by roe.d-agents. Leaving his hotel, he accordingly visited a gambling-saloon, and amused himse l f at a game of cards with the first man he came across, who chanced to be none other than Carroll Holly. But no incicl
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Deadwood Dick a.s Detective. 11 Clancy AG.air, while the third was a brawny the inv a lid siste r o f the little shopkeeper, and ruffian who attended to the little Rough Shod was used by both as a s leep in g apartment. jail, or" hencoop," as it was familiarly known. "He llo!" H olloway exclaimed, in amazement, "Good-evenin, mum!" H olloway said, adas be saw Minnie sitting bolster e d up in her vancing to the counter, while Honorable Cla ncy chair, with her babe asl ee p in her arms. "Hyar's and the jailer lingered near th<> door. "Sorry another gal, mayor." ter distarb ye, but ye see as how thar's a galoot "The deuce you say( the H onorable Clanc;r named Harris alias Deadwood Dick slid out o' gasped, taking a p ee p mto the room. "Who IS our sight1 som\res e reahouts, and I kinde r tuk it, a no tio n n e m ight be in here. "That i s my sister, you villain, and if you or "We ll, yo u p e r ceive that you are mistaken, your m e n dare to disturb her, I shall be under don't you!" Edith r ep li ed coolly the dire necessity of blowing your brains out!" "We ll, e t don't l oo k as thoug h he was here" Edith said, coolly taking a revolve r fro m her the constab l e remarked, doubtfully. "What do p ocket and cocking it. you say about it, mayor?" "Leave the ga l alone, boys the Honorable "I believe the n otorio us outlaw is in this Clancy said, believing that Edith meant busishanty," the H ono rable C lancy srud, with a n ess. "But search everything else." bold glance at the little s hopk eepe r I believe This -,vas d o ne, but no sign of Deadwood Dick Miss Yates can tell y o u jUt where to find was f ound. him." "Yo u see, now, don't you?" Edith said with 'Perhaps she can, and perhaps she c&nnot," triumph. "You've had all your trouble for Edith said, flashing him a glance of defiance your pa,ns. Now, the n, I shall be much obliged At least, you can d epend on it you won't learn to you, if you w ill go to work and re_place things anything to your satisfaction from me." jus t as you found them "We ll, well, we shall see about this, my pert "Obi you would!" the mayor growled. f.Oung miss!" Adair said co l oring, angrily. "Here, boys, you h ave n't examined the cellar 'Perhaps you are not aware who I am." yet, and more than lik ely you'll find him down "No, I am not, nor do I care!" Edith r eplied, in the re." with spirit. A ccord in gly, the trap was torn ope n, and "But I'll let you know who I am I" his H onor with their lanterns, H olloway and McAdams exclaimed, savagel y 'My name is Adair, and I de sce11de d out of s i g h am the ruler of this t own and all the people in P oor Edith now held h e r breath in anxiety, it!" for she expected a discovery, and was well "I beg to differ with you. You may be able aware that it would result in a bloody combat, to rule me-you may be able to exerc i se your for D eadwood Dick was not the man to tamely power over helpl ess wome n or a vack of fools submit if he co uld fight his way out. who do not know eno ugh to r es1st, but I can Some time passed-a painful suspense it was uame one you can't rule, worth a centr' to Edith-and then the co nstabl e and his a i d "Who may that be?" emerged fro m the cellar, without D eadwoo d "His name i s Deadwood Di ck Smarter m e n Dick. than you have tried to cope with him but failed "He ain't there!" H olloway grunted, in a utterly." rage. "I r ecko n we've b ed al l our trouble fer "You shall S(:e how I will not fail!" the nothing." ma:vor growled. "Come! I have no time to "Yes; all fer nothin'," McAdams growled. palaver with you, young woman I want to "Ten thousand furies!" Adair swore, in rage. know wher<" yo u have co n cealed the outlaw, and "I believe this accursed woman aided the outthat at o nce. law to escape!" "Thw all I have to say is that yo u must find "You are at liberty t o think what you p l ease," him as best you can 1 am not at present en -Edith mid, defiant l y. "You m u s t fix t hings gaged in hunting up road-agents, as you prob-that you have disturbed as they were when ably know, and I do not propose to enter the you came in, and then you can go." profC'jOSion so late in life If you have any idea "I'll 8llow we won't do nothin' o' the sor t that Deadwood Di ck is in my shanty, you are at mum," H olloway said, insolently. "Ef yo u run libPrtv to search it!" this caboose, as it naterally appears ye do, "Then go o n bo:vs, and sea r ch the place, and why ye cnn set things ter rights jist wheneve r don't be too particular about handling things ye git We wash ou r h ands o' the job wit h care. The law recognizes no obligations e h mayor! to anybody, you loJOw," the Honoraulc Clancy Z. Most assu r ed l y, we d oll' the Honorabl e said, with a Lru'al lauzb. Clancy said, with a chuckle. "When we go to Aecorcling ly, Holloway and the jailer, Me my pert miss, just let us know. Atinms, set about searching the shanty, Adieu, tarr lady!" and adherinoto t be nrincipleR held up by the "Halt! you will be so kind as to r spec t the mayor of tb; town, they took particular pains lady's Yishes, if you el". to upset and oerturn everythin g that came in In a c lear, mn::mandmg vmce came thiS order, thc>ir "-11y. from the neighborhood of the door, and ga.zin g Edi t h ,tocrl hPbinrl her countPr, with pale 1 around, the astonis hed trio of face and fta eh.ing fyes, her indignati-on too great ll:eheld a tall, wel 1-dreSEed stanchng m for uttercn e. the door" ay, surveying them critically with tl,at rou1d hnve continerl a mo the aid of a pair of jetty black eyes, and a brace quito W'l.' examined. anrl the S<'archPrs inof ro<'kerl revolver,, tade:l the next r oom, which was occup i ed by The eyes were specta<'led ; the form of the

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.f l Deadwood Dick as Detective. wa8 slightly bent; his hair and mus-1 market, below here. Holloway, yoa foo l lend tache were snowy white-in fact the individual me a band, why don't you?" was no less a personage than Phineas Porter, "Yes, ycr honor, I've got a heap o' inclination the detective. an sympathy fer ye," the constable said, with 11 Edith's heart gave a little leap of joy as she I grimace, but ye see ther galoot bes got ther saw him, for his intervention savored that he drop on me." meant to be her frien1. McAdams being similarly fixed nothing was "Halt!" he repeated, cwUy, covering the left for his Mayorship but to obey the commands mayor and Holloway. I happen to be around of Phineas Porter. Gall and wormwood was whenev e r anything of this kind goes on, and I this to his proud spirit, for he ever prided him generally take a hand in. Now, :U'[ayor Adair, self on being a man whose greatness conld not you are the man to set things to ."ights here, be eclipsed, and he made it a point to put on a and if you don't, don't blame me for enforcing great deal of pompous importance in the presthe power I hold, by shooting you. M:v name ence of the opposite se", in order to impress is Porter, at your s&vice-Phineas Porter, them with the magnitude of his being. Esquire, Ullited States detective. Per1Ia1-s you was it his desire to awe the little have beard of me?" shopkeeper into respect and submission to his "Phineas Porter!" the HonoralJle Clab'Cy wili, and finally propose marriage to her; for he gasped, in amazement. "Impossible, sir. Pin...\had long been cognizant of her prettiness, a11d -s !'orter i s in Washington." secretly set her down as the future Mrs. A. "Was, a short time ago," the detective re-But was not the present mortifying position plied, coolly, "but isn't now Go on, sir, and Jikely to cause the pretty shopkeeper to regard put this young lady's things to rights, and then uirn with the contempt and disgust he really I want you to come with me for a little walk." m,,rited? Curse you, no I'll not touch a thing h e re. H e rather thought it would, and waxed wroth You have no right to dictate to me!" accordingly. "Nevertheless, I shall assume the right," H e however restored everything to perfect 'Porter declared, firmly. "You've run the town order, unde r the d e t ective's orders, and finally your way for a while, and now I've a noti o n finished, with a sigh. A relief was it to be that I'll ste p in and run it my way, just for a through, for housework did not particularly oehange. Nothing like dispelling monotony-, you agree with him. kuow. Come, I give you just two mmutes' "You have done well," the detective said, -choi ce 'twixt putting tb.ings to rights and-coolly, "and you must now go. On second death!" thought I will not accompany you, but will see And the detective took out his watch, f his profession, and all the vim and courage, self." too. "You are under no obligations to me, miss, Clancy Adair had heard of Phineas Porter as as I took a hand simply in the behalf of jus '8 sleuth and a bloodhound of the Jaw-a man tice." who never faltered or failed in hia mission, and "Are you a friend, then, of Deadwood Dick, lle bad no reason to believe that this was not the outlaw?" the same Phineas Porter. '-"No, not his friend, although I b elieve him And way in which he took out his wsttch more sinned against than the as Porter laughed, coolly. to prope r order. Go on, sir." "Just like him," be said, shruggincr his shoul' Curse you, I'll have revenge forthis indig-ders. ''I've known him to slip through a crack n.ityl" the mavor of R ough Shod's little city where a mosquito could hardly have followed :growled, as he began setting up overturned him. In fact it its hardly worth while for any boxe ja:rs. "I'll have your heart tor out one to try to catch him, for he is as slippery as by the and hung up for sale in the meat1 an eel."

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Deadwood Diek as Deteetlve. 13 "I am at least glad the Vigilantes did not find him." "Yes h they would have made short work of him if t ey had once got a firm hold upon him. But that they are not likely to get, immediately. Before going, Miss Yates, I want to po!it .up a little notice in your store, where it may catch the eye of some of your customers And taking a roll of paper from his pocket he unfolded it and soon had it taeked up on the wall. It was printed in large, bold type, and was likely to attract attention wherever posted, from the fact that posters of its size were seldom seen in the little city of Rough Shod. It read as follows: "FIVE HUNnRD DoLLARS REw.A.Rn:-Tbe above re ward will b e paid for tbe arrest or capture, alive or dead, of Algernon Ashton, alias Spotted Sam, alias Ende>n Revere, olia., Barry Meredith, who on the tenth day of last March foully murdered bis brid e of a day, and his bride's parents, and who from them stoh l eight thousand dollars, and fled to parts un known. The above will be paid at the Capitol Treasury, Washington, D. C or by any government detec tive.'' This then was the explanation to what puz zled Edith so "I will now bid you adieu," the detective said, raising his bat. "If you are of a money making turn of mind. you may be the very one to claim that reward." Edith read the document over and over, wonderingly after Phineas Porter had gone, her eyes flashing when she read the name of Barry Meredith enumerated among the aliases of the notable criminal. "Barry Meredith a murderer!" she gasped, whitening, "and in this very town, too. Ah I now is a chance to revenge myself for poor Minni e's wrongs. To deliver him up to justice shall henceforth be my A short time previous to the date of our story, there had appeared in the vicinity of Rough Shod and Leadville a nottnious gang of outlaws and roughs called the Archangels. As a band they were leagued together, a wild, lawless set of fellows, bound as one in an oath of blcod. Each member was sworn to strike for his brother, enter into all his brother's plans, and to protect his brother from the law. Desertion was punishable with instant death, and no one was admitted who had not stained his hand in human blood. Their platform truly was a terrible one-their deeds were dark and many. Moreover, the Archangels, as they had named themselves, were an invisible band, in one sense of the word, for they confined themselves to the night for their depredations, and were seldom seen, ancl then only with dark crape vails tied over their faces More feared were they than all the road agents in the mountains, for their crimes were not as a rule committed for plunder, but eman ated from a thirst for r evenge upon an unoffend ing public. Their stronghold was said to be not many miles from Rough Shod, but as yet the little gulch town had not experienced much trouble from these V ailed Men of the Colorados. E-.i dently they had more grudge against the <'.itizens of Leadville, for many dark crimes and outrages had been committed near that place. That the Archangels were composed of many men of wealth and influence in the mines, was never once suspected, until a poor fellow bad been found dying by a mountain trail, one day, who made the declaration with his last breath. From that time on the band had become more notorious, and many snares were laid for them by the ever-watchful Vigilants, but without any success whatever. On the morning after Deadwood Dick's escape from the Vigilantes, Barry Meredith paid a visit to his Honor, the self -styled Mayor of Rough Shod. Tho Honorable Clancy Adair was engaged in sampling a bottle of liquor, while he perused a Leadville morning paper. He stared bard as M e r edith entered and seated himself with as much.freedom as though be were lord and master of the mayor's quarters. "Ah! gpod-morning," the younger man said, with a nod. "I thought I'd catch you at home, if I put in an early appearance. I dare say you do not recognize me? Very correct conclusion -I do not," the other said coldly. -"How time affects one's memory," Meredith continued, a tinge of sarcasm m his tone. "Years ago, when you wet:e my affectionate parent, I would not have supposed you would ever forget your dutiful son." The mayor started, and uttered a profane ex clamation. Victor!" be gasped, starting tv his feet. "I'll allow that I'm that same Meredith replied, coolly. "Shake, old man !.:_what! you won't!" "Bah! get away with greeting foolery," the other growled, sinking back into his chair. "Where did you come from?" Latest from Leadville Was forced to skip out to save my neck. "Wbat now1 In trouble again1'' Yes, as a matter of course. For instance, here is a little document I picked up in the street as I came alon!?i." And the younger villain handed older one a bill which was like the one Phineas Porter had posted up in the candy-s hop. Adair read it over and over, without any particular evidence of '' Well!" he finally 5aid. mterrogatively, '' bow much truth is there in it!" "Heaps," Meredith said, laconically. "I'm the very party wanted." And you are guilty?" "Undoubtedly. Justice, you know, never fails in suspecting the right parties." "I don't know about that," the Honorable Clancy said. "I've known cases where justice has suspected mf' of being in the wrong when I was not." "That may all be, but I'll guarantee that the Government bas not made a misfit in my case," Meredith said, with a cool laugh. "Why did you commit the crime?"

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14 Deadwood D i e k a s D etective. For divers reasons, main among which was t h e fact that I cared a great deal more for the eight thousand, than I did for the bride and her family." "Victor Adair, you are a villain!" C lancy, my sire, you were always wont to say, years ago, that I was a chip from theold block!" the younger replied. While tb.a Honorable Clancy Adair chuckled. "Well, well, I'm not going to deny it, yet! he responded. I'd rather you'd be a felon tha.n a fool, as the say4;)ggoes, for it takes a smart man to be a f e lon, which r e flects more credit upon your sire." "H'l.! hal ha! pretty good, old man. I see you have not lost all your spice yet. What are you uo to here in the mines?" Wbat should I be, indeed, except mayor, sir?" the parent grunted, with importance at the position he held "You know, Victor, I would accept nothing lower, for love or money." "Perhaps not," we shall still continue to call him-said, somehow there comes stealing softly over my memory like a zephyr of spring;time, a r ecollection of halcyon Jays, when Clancy Adair, with the 'ould s0d' still clingin g to his boots, while.! away his time with many other3 in gradin" upon a ne\v railroa?., while little Patri ck, later renamed Victor, from the sire's fm Victoria, trotted along and picked u p and chewed tbe stubs of tti!p.rs the gan-s-master had thrown away. H a! hum! have changed since then, my royal sire!" "Ye, you fool. I thou"ht your memory had slipped over that period of your existence. For Haavan's sake, don't give it away in Rough Shod." "Never fear. I came h9re under the name of Meredith, which h!ts been popular with me for a year or so past, but I have discarded that, s in ce finding that there i s a detective in tow11 looking for me, and here I am iu your p r ese n ce ready for any amount of parental advice." What do you expect me to do?" t.he Honor able Clancy asked, meditatively. "Oh, me out with a disguise, and another name. You see it isn't safe for me to step outside as T am!" "Well, I suppose I might as well help you out of this scrape, but b ewate! I shall not help you out of the next. There in the corner is a box containing wigs and fals e beards. All you have to do i s to cut off your hair and mustache and don them, and your disguL'!e will complete with the exception of a chano-e of c lothino which you will find in the same box. I:use thE: outfit for ]Uasqueradin<; sometimes, and will l end it to you until you C'l.n purchasJ one at the store." "Tbanks, m1s t noble sire. I hasten to los e myse lf, a' I am not fond of lynch picnics, you knnw," reuliwl.. H9 first h lned t'l a swi g from the H o n ')rable Chncy's bottle, aftr>r which hP, seizer\ a pavy waterproof cloak, and carrying some object in hllr arms-for it was a woman, and Edith Yates's sister. at that. In the dead of th3 night, pcor deluded Mjnui& had stolen forth, with her child in her arms, and through all the d ense darkneRS was goingoo Barry M e r edith, and let him fulflll hif promises. Innocent, Minnie! E ve n thoug h s h e had been ba'*'lY d eceived the polish R
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Deadwo o d Diek a g D etective. 15 taken Minnie and her babe and fle d from home, position, frie nds and wealth-Edith who had bowed her head to a father's curses and a mot h er's indignation, and with the blighted ones, pushed manfully for the Wes t. Edith had Loon so kind-so kind-and Minnie paused, and !?azed bac k at the shanty, b esitatin g ly. Was It right to go without Edith's con st>nt? Was it right to go so slyly, whe n the poor was fast asleep upon her pillow, after the fatigues of the day? Perhaps not, but then-would sh e not soon be married to Barry, and thus be lifted from her iowly position, alld provide d with a na.m e and supporter, thereby r e lieving Edith of the great r espo nsibility? Temptatio n, thou art a dec eitful d emo n, ever !holding up a f alse g lamou r before the eyes of thy victillll How many lives thou dost ruin how many souls d e file and prepare for an unknown future punishm ent! It was temptation that caused Minnie to g o on : into the fondly pressing h e r c hild to 'her breast-moving along fearlessly, with eyes expectant, in h ope of &eeing Barry Meredith coming toward h e r. On, on she went, blindly, n eve r thinking of how far she was going, but keeping on h e r only thought of M e r edith, and bow glad she would be to see him, now that he bad become a better Ullln, On-on! The r o u g h littl e minii;g town was left behind, and the gulch g rew d eeper and blacker, and the walls frowned overhead like grim sentinels of nature. Hark! At l a s t h0r ear catches the sound of a footstep-then more of them, coming down the rock Y bed of the gulch. Barry I Barry! is it you?" the young moth e r cries, trembling half betweeu fe a r and deNo response except the echo of the steps that are com in g along the passage of the mountains. I s it Barry? It sounds like his step; but why does h e not respond! Neare r and n ea rer come the footsteps; and Minnie b ends eagerly f orward-strains h e r eyes to penetrate into the darkness. Barry! Barry is that you?" Neve r a word comes there back in r eply, but all of a sudden the r e is a deep, fiendis h laugh, not far a head the r e in the darkness and the explosion of a pistol awakens a thousand slumbering echoes The n, with a scream, Minni e Yates tbrew up h e r arm and f e ll to the earth, with her babe clasped dose to h e r breast. The bullet of the assassin had don e its deadly w<>rk for both the mothe r and the child. "Curse her! I killed her at first pop!" a hoarse voic e muttered; then out from the darkness a grim form c r ept cautiously, and stood beside the stricken girl. "Hal she had the babe with her, and one shot did for both. Good enough I I am now freed and unfettered I" After peering dowu a moment into the face of the dead girl, the murderer shuddered, and then skulked away ii1 the darl.."lless, with a horrible chuckle. While the night slumbered on, as is its wont, when the e lements of nature, and nature's people, are in r epose Slumbered on; and the storm-clou<::s rasse d away from the face of the Heaven s, to l et the mo o n s how e r down her Leams upo n tbe earth. With startling distinctness they reRted upc n tbe scene of the murder-upon the wbitc rig id features of the dead mother and her tbild where they lay upon the hard, rocJsy bottcm cf the The hours passed by and the night was wan ing toward morning, whe n footsteps r e c o und e d through the mountain hallw a y, and a man approached the body as it Jay ghastly in the moonlight. H e started viol ently as b e caught sight of the spectacle, and pallst'd witll a s hud de r of horror. "Murder!" ho gasped with dilated eyes I heard the ec h o of a shot son::e time ago. That !lhot must have b ee n the same that took off this young woman. I wonder who she is? Bears a. striking resemblance to the pretty shopkeeper, Miss Yates. Can it b e s h e is in any way relate d to this unfortunate w o m a n?'' For several moments Carroll Holly-for it was he-stood g azin g at the sad sight; then stealthy footsteps s ounded n ear, and h e turned to find himself in the grasp of three stalwart men, whil e a fourth, who was n one other than Clancy Adaii, stood ncar by "What is the meaning of this gentlemen, r e lea se me at once!" Carroll cried, attempting to hurl the m off. But this he was unable to do, for they quickly slipped a pair of handcuffs around his wrists "No ye don't, my gay young feller," Hollo way, the constable, said mockingly. "We cotc hed ye right hayr on the spot, an' you're ther percise game-pigeon we want, you are, my goslin'!" For God's sake, you don't a cc use me of this crime!" Uarroll horror-struck as the full reality of his situatiOn dawned upon him. "I just came along here and discovered t h e corpses not half a n hour ago, and was wond ering what was best to do when you came up." "Hal hal a clover li e but it will avail you nothing I Honorable Clancy Adair said, stepping forward with a triumphant laugh Carroll Holly, you are my priso n er!" Clancy Adaii !" Carroll gasped, as he saw the man. You h e re?" '' Ay! I am h ere," the mayor r ep li e d, with d emoniac triumph in hi s tones-" here to arrest and bang you for foul murder. Bring him along, constable1 and we will jug him till the t erminatio n of tne trial." This i s an infamous plot against me, on your part, Clancy Adair!" Carroll cried, hotly, "and it shall not prosper. You know tha t I am innoc ent!" No, I do not know it, my dear Holly. If I did, do you I w o uld arrest you? Not by a hanged s i g ht. I love you too much to wrong you intentionally. Shouldn't have known of your bloody deed. bad not a strang;er come into town, and stated how he bad wit n esse d the murder from a distance, and hasten ed to towu to advise m e, that I might give chase to the perpetrator." 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16 Deadwood Dick a.s Detective. crinlinal? I told you that I just came down the gulch and discovered the bodies." We arrest you upon suspicion. If you are the right party, the man who saw the murder will be able to identify you Nothing more was said but b etween the con stable, and the jailer, McAdams, Carroll was marc h ed away through the gloomy gulch to ward Rough Shod Into the little town they filed, just as the sun was up from_the east and lighting the m6rning wtth its warm, cheerful radiance People were astir-a crowd was gathered in front of the candy-shop, where Edith Yates stood in the doorway, with tearful eyes Man y curious glances were turned upon the constabl e and h is prisoner, as they passed up through the main street of the town. Carroll walkPd with firm step and form drawn proudly erect, as if he were being u shered to a throne i.!lstead of a prison cell Honorable Clancy paused at the candy-shop t,o inquire what was the matter, for he had not Iecognized the doo.d woman as Edith's sister. Matter?" exclaimed oue brawny son of the State of California, whose name was Davis ,, matter? Why ye see, pilgrim, thet Miss Edith, hayr, h e z lost her .sister, au' she be wonit nigh ter death, an' she be ofi'erin' big rewards ter ther galoot, dead or alive, as will fetch back the missin 'lttl." I can volunteer a little sad information in !;he case, without requiring pecuniary compen sation!" the mayor then said, raising his hat to Edith. "A young woman and a child lies dead up California gulch, and when I come to re member, I believe the woman is Miss Edith Yates's sister I" If the mayor had broached the truth of the matter in a less bluff and apparently malic ious manner, the result might have been diff erent. But as it was, the shock was precipitated ab ruptly upon Edith, and she gave a little wail of horror, which ended in a swoon. She's fainted," Davis, the Californian, said, catching her as she fell, and then supporting her into the cabin "Yes an' et ain't no j o b o' yours ter takekeer o' h er!" California Kate said, stepping forward. I'll just nuss her, I reckon, an' ef ye want ter do a good turn, ye kin go fetch the bodies-or still better, see that they're d ecently buried, anl a prayer sed over 'em. Et won't do ther little leddy no good ter see 'em!" Rou gh and rude in h e r ways, though she was, Kate had a fair stock of common sense, and could sympathize with those who w ere in tro:tble. At her orde rs, Davis dispersed the crowd from i n front of the cabin, and then went after the bodi es, and bad the m buried in a little spot whi c h Rough Shod's fathers had selected out as a cemetery. and very weak. So he would go a. way again, promising soon to call. Once, in the dead of night, a knock had come to the door, and on opening it, Kate beheld a masked man standing before her. He forced his way past her to the bedside of the shop-girl, and watched her long and earnestly. Then, without a word of explanation, he took his departure as mysteriously as he came. Never had she ehanced to know him, but Kate came to the conclusion at once that it was Dead wood Dick. Carroll Holly was still in prison. Since his incarceration, be had not seen any. body except McAdams, the j a iler, who came twice a day with some edibles, and who refused to be oither communicative or to let in any friends of the prisoner. How many friends he had, Carroll did not know. Certainly not many, for he was almost a total stranger in the strange little city ot R ough Shod. What was to becom e of him, Carroll had no assurance, butsupposeda trial would take place, and Clancy Adair would endeavor to convict him of a crime of which he was not guilty. Conviction meant f o r him death, unless some thing should turn up which be could not now foresee. On the morning of the third day of his incar ceration, Clancy Adair was ushered into his cell, and l ef t with him alone, the jaile r re.iring out of bearihg. Carroll was lounging upon the cot bed with which the cell was furnished, and did not rise upon his mayorship's entrance. "Well' how do you like your n ew quarters?" was the first questio n, and the Honorable Clancy smiled grimly as he took a seat upon a stool "I should like them much better if men of your type would keep away, Carroll replied bitterly. "Hal hal I thought so, and that fs why I in truded myself upon your privacy. I knew you would be fond of my company. You think to :erovoke me. We shall see how :y:ou will succeed. I can he as stubborn as a mule 1! I choose." "I am aware of that. But it makes nodiffer auce to m e You are completely in my power, and you shall feel that power to the full extent. I am mayor of this town, and it shall give me plea sure to hang you directly. "Indeed! Why do you postpone the interest;. ing ceremony, the n?" Carroll asked, coolly. '' Oh 1 I want to give you a fair shake," Adair replied, with a crafty smile. "I helfeve you would sjmffle off with a better grace if you had a fair trial for your tetTible crime." "Clancy Adair, tell me, yo'l\ Oe lieve me guilty of that mwder1" Carroll de manded, sternly. "Do you have the lea s t thought that I committed the heartless crime?" "Oh! as to that, my dear Holly, I do noil Two days passed by. choose to express my opinion fully. You were Edith lay at the verge of death in the rear of found in a very suspicious position, and the n her little candy-shop with Califorrua Kate her yon were see n to commit the murder, and I sole attendant and nurse-a rude but faithful argue that the case i s very strong against you to the sick girl. Phineas Porter had been 1 so strong that any jury would agree that it wag m on c e or twice to see if Edith was well enough best for you to take au ascension, in \.>rdei to talk, !Jut had found her slightly deranged, to set !!,U example tv other eVIl-doers."

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Deadwood Dick aa Detective. .... "Who saw me co=it the murder!" Carroll demanded, coolly, for he saw that it was triumph to his enemy when he was not cool. ".A stranger ]:)y the name of Stafford-Wil liam Stafford. He was coming in late from a northern prospecting tour, and saw you shoot the woman, after having a violent quarrel with her. I described you to him, and he recognized you as identical with the murder'lr." "My God, what an infnmousplot.toruin me!" Carroll c'.luJd not help groaning. But think not, Clancy Adair, that you deceive me. It is all your devilish scheme from the beginning to the end. You doubtless committed the crime, yourself, and watched until I came along that you might foist it onto me. The man you say saw mo is a tool of yours, hired to do your bid ding!" "Ha! hal you shoot your arro>YS hard, my misfPtided friend, but can you prove these as sertwns?" the mayor demanded, sneering l y "We shall see whether I cannot prove them when it comes to a trial," Carroll r ep li ed. "I may possibly beat you and get free, and if I do, Clancy Adair, you shall meet me face to face sword to sword, in the main street of this town, and die by the stroke of my blade as did my fathe r by your poisoned blade. Remember, sir, !nave not forgotten my mission of vengeance toward you!" "Were loo se, I should tmdoubtealy feel restless, but as jYOu are caged I have no serio us apprehensions ,' the mayor r ep lied, with a chuckle. "I must now tear myself away from -you, to make arrangements for your trial. Until I meet you again, I hope you will devote most of your time to divine thoughts, as you will need all the spiritual assurance you can get, \Vhen you come to my lync h picnic!" CHAPTER VII. THE DETECTIVE AT WORK, STRAIGIIT from the jail to the candy-shop, did the Honorable Clancy Adair go, entering the latter witboub ceremony, as was his wont. In considering hims elf the ruling power of Rough Shod's little city, he regarded ceremony in and to others as a useless accomplishment one of the lost arts, in fact. IJalifornia Kate was bE-hind the counter, when his Hon o r entered, dealing out a few cents' worth of candy to a little girl, and surveyed the Honorabl e Clancy with evident displeasure. "Well?" she d e manded, interrogatively, plac ing her hands upon her hipst h e r arms akimbo, "what d'ye want beer, ye ola bloat?" "Me? an old bloat, woman? What do you rot>.an by your insulting address!" "Jest w'at I sed, perzactly. You're an old bloat, a blackl eg, a villain, a cut-throat, and a ruffian, an' I can lick you quicker than a cat ever cbawed saltpeter. Miss Edith don't want ye around b eer, an' I know it, an' so you can jest e;it up an' dust as soon as ye please!" ,ery well. I intend to go as soon as I .f!Jease," the Honorable Clancy r eplied, with a grim chuckle. "I came to see Mi ss Yates, and uotyou!n '' Oh! ye did, d1dn't ye!" Kate J;r!'OWled, as grimly as her confronter. "Ye d1d cum ter see Miss Edith, an' ye didn't come ter me, ehi" I came to see Miss Yates, on important business concerning the murder of her sister. You will be so kind as to tell her I llDl here!" Adair said, with austere sternness. "I dunno if I will or not," Kate said, deliber atinJ;. "I reckon et ain't no good you intend ter o the gal, you mean soft-soaf hypocrite, an' I opine she don't keer ter see yet' But I will see her!" the mayor averred, hotly, "I will see her, and the woman n eve r lived as can stop mel" Bet you two ter one now ye li e I" the gir 1 cried, triumphantly, and up from )Jehind tbe counter she suddenly brought a paJr of cocked six-shooters and aimed them at the mayor. Y e see I hold two tricks and ye ken'tfind one, don't Now, budge the nmety-nine part o' an inch an' I'll salt ye, sure's my name's California Kate!" Th e Honorable Clancy uttered an oath. "Cuss you I" he growled. "Put up those tools. They're too dangerous to play witb. I cave. But I want to see the girl." Can't help it She don't like ye fer a cent. an' I'm goin' ter respect her wishes, you bet your boots." "But, li sten. I'll give you five d ollars ifye'll let me see her." "Keep your money. I ain't no r eturnin'board ner no lawyer, an' ye can't buy me, oh! no." At this juncture, the door of the inner room opened, and Edith stepped out into the hop. Sbe was looking very pale and ill, with all the roses fle d from her and a mld, restless expressio n in her eyes. was attired in a. pretty wrapper, belted at tbe waist with a red ribbon, and her hair was combed bac k and fell in a careless wave over her shoulders. She was so changed that Clancy .Adair was startled. "My dear Miss Yates, you are not looking suffici ently strong to leave your bed," be handing her a chair, which she, however, de. clined. '' I should advise you to keep quiet a few days longer, until the bloom creeps back to your cheeks. Your loss bas been a sad one, but I come to l e t you lu).ow that we have caught the murderer, and after a m erely formal trial, I promise you he shall pay the full penalty of the law for this unseemly crime." "You have the murdere r?" Edith repeated, in surprise. "I supposed Barry Meredith had long since escaped." "Barry Meredith rna am?" "Y es1 Barry M er'edith, for it was he and none other wno struck Minnie's death-blow." "Ah I but you are mistaken, Miss Yates. Although I do not know who this Meredith you speak of may be, I am confident you have mis-. judged him, for the murderer's name is Carroll Holly. He was seen to commit the crime, and was captured at the scene of thenmrder." Edith started_ Carroll Holly the murdererf She could not beliQve it, upon the H ono r able Clancy's asser tion, for the young sportsman did not appear like that kind of a man. She bad inq"'-.:l anif learne d his name, after his visit to li<

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IS Deadwood Dick as Detective. she had been more favorably impressed with him than any man she had ever met in Rough Shod. That he, a total stranger, should he the assassin of her sister, whom he had never seen or known, seemed incredible-ooyona belief. "I do not believe it!" she said. "Mr. Holly i s a stranger here-never saw or knew my sis ter, and it d oes not l ook reasonable that he would kill a p e r son he had no against. On the other hand Barry Mered1th was our bitterest enemy, and no doubt did the bloody dee d -"Sorry that I cannot agree with you. Holly was seen to kill your sister, my dear Miss Edith. Surely you mus t believe such evidence as that." "But I don't, all the same," Edith asserted, stoutly. I have my belief and no amount of evidence to the contrary could c hange it. You seem to take more than ordinary interest iu having this man adjudged guilty, sir. Perhaps he is some warm particular friend of yours!" T h(Jre wac a sarcastic taunt in the girl's tone that P-aused the H ono.rable Clancy t6 wince. "The prisoner is nothing to me, more than a stranger, Miss Yates," he r e plied, w ith forced calmness. I took interest in the case on your account, but I perceive that my interest i s unappreciated by you. "Humph! Ef et was my case, I'd h'ist uou outan the shanty on th5 toe o' my boot!" Cali forsia Kate put in, comtemptuously. I appreciate your attention as far as is r.racticable-no further," Edith replied coldly. i:Vhe n does this trial. come off?" This afternoon, at three 6lclock I It will not be exactly necessary that you should attend, you are so f eeb l e." "I shall b e there, n 3 verth eless, and endeavor to c leil.r Carroll Holly," Edith replied with spirit. "He did not commit the crime, I am well satisfied, and if h e hangs for it, he will die innocent." The mayor then took his departure, inwardly cursing himself because of his failure to enlist Edith's f eelings against Carroll Holly. Not so sure now, was his honor, which way the jury might d eci de. After he had gone, Edith donned her hat and pretty opera shawl, and tripped down the street, even thoug h each step cost h e r an effort, so weak she was. T he first plaml she visited was the hotel where Phineas Porter stopped. It was he she had come expressly to see, and she found him sit llin g upon the veranda, smoking a cigar. H e was not wearing the odious now, ... she noticed a really beautiful expression in IUs eyes as h e rose with a smile, to greet her, wlrich was by far too young for a man of his years. "My dear Miss Yates, it is a pleasure to see you up and about once more," he said, p leasantly. "Did you wish to see me-that is, on busi ness?" I came to see you for a f e w moments' private talk," Edith r eplied, quietly. "Then come into the ladies' parlor, and Jlwill he at your Porter replied, gallantly, as he led the way. Edith accompanied him, and was sbc!Wll. to a seat, while the detective leaned again> a man tle, anQ readjusted the goggl es before his hand some eyes "I came to see you," .Edith began, "concernill?, the murder of my Sister and her babe." 'Ahl yes. I called upon you, but you were unable to talk, so that I Could say nothing. What is your opinion in the matter, Miss Yates! "My opinion is that they have got the wrong man," Edith replied. Mr. H olly never committed the murder." "What reason have you for believing this?' "One reason is the fact that nNther my sister or myself ever saw the man until he came to my shop a few cta1,s since; of him we knew nothing, nor d o I now. 'Well, that is one pretty good r easo n. In law it would serve, if H olly was found guilty, to fetch up an argument that h e was insane," the detective said, smiling. "It is popular nowadays to make a criminal out msane, whether he is or not. I, too, am of the opinion that Holly is innocent, albeit Adair is ready to offer evidence that he was seen to shoot the girl." I know. He evidently has a grudge against the prison e r which he intends to wipe out now that he has an opportunity. I have no faith in that man, sir." No more have I. He i s an unprincipled villain at heart, in the guis e of a lamb. Whom d<> you suspect of the f oul deed 1'' "Barry Meredith-or a t least, n. m a n we. have always known by that name. Ht> d eceived my poor sister, in Chicago, nude r the promise of marriage, and then deserted her. The night p r e vious to the murder, I received a letter from him, asking permission to come and see Minnie. I wrote back a blank r e fusal, and that was thEJ last I heard of him. But I firmly believe that he lured my sister from my home, and muraered her, for he seemed t o hate her after h e had accomplished her rninl" Ah I this throws another light upon the sub ject!" Phineas Porter said, taking out a hand some gold watch and noting tho time of day. "We have several hours to work on, before the trial takes place. In what manner did you rs ceive this l etter from the man Meredith?'' "It was brought t<> me by an Irish boy named Jimmy Flynn!" '' Ah! yes: I havo seen him. I will at once hunt him up>.. and see what h e knows about the matter. lf h e knows nothing bearing di rectly upon the case, I think it will be easy to Carroll Holly of the crime." I hope so for f hate to see an in1:ocent man punished, and s u c h I am sure Carroll Holly i s, Edith Yates "And if you can accomplish hi3 release, you'shall be well rewarded." "Never fear that I shall ask for pecuniary remuneration for my services, Miss Yates!" the detective replied, earnestly. "I n ever charge for my aid. to ladies, especially where they are youn. g and charming as yourself." "There I do not desc end to flattery, sir. I abhor it. The true detective will work as well for the homely as the Edith replied, and-a:'dju sting her wraps. 'J.'Ituthfully spoken, miss, and I assure you that your case, shall receive my earnest

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Deadwood Dick as Detective. 19 tionl" Porter replied, :1s he followed her to the door. "You will try to be present at the triaU" I will be there, sir." And bowing gracefully, Edi took her way back to her home, inwardly voting the detec tive a queer man. A suspicion was gradually entering her mind which as yet she hardly credited, but which had in it the savor of a startliug reve lation. Phineas Porter was a strange man, and a shrewd one, too. Na serious undertaking was it to him to seize hold of a case and work it up. After Edith's departme he lit a cigar, and sauntered over to the Rco3t of Captain Sally Savage. The captain was not present, but Nance presided behind the bar, and graciously dealt him out a glass of soda, at his request. He drank it, and then proceeded to examme tho register up on the counter. I find the name of Yates here," he said, directly, addressing Nance-" Oswald Yates Could you tell me if be is in town?" "Laws, no!" Nance renlied, helping herself to a nip of the cr'atur' ;, from a black bottle. Thet pilgTim only stopped over nigM and then staged it on to Leadville." "Don't know what brought him up in this r e?.ion, I dare say?" I reckon not. He war a cluss -m outhed pil grim, an' didn' t let out his sec rets on halves.' Having gained what information he could in this direction, the detective betook himself out in b> the street. The names are the same, and it kind o' struck me the man was Edith's father," he mused, as h e strode along. After a little deliberation he walked along until he came to the town jail, which was a small two-story l og building. McAdams the jailer was sitting upon the steps, his pipe, and smveyed the detective insolently as he approached. A thoroughly subjected tool of Mayor Adair was the jailer, and a man not overburdened with scruples. "Good-morning," the detective said, pleasantly. Glad l've found you here, for I ran over to see the prisoner, as I am to work in his defense." "Ohl ye did, did yeP' McAdams replied, impudently. "Well, y a can't see hin1." "Cannot see him? "'\Vhy, pray?" 'Ca'se ye can't. I've got my orders .not to let no galoot iuside this jail, an' I opine thar don't no ga l oot go in." "But I must see the prisoner. It is important that I should." "Don't keer a darned nickel about that, oid boss-yo can't go in thar, nary a time, while Bill McAdams boids the key!" "I argue different. I am a detective, and un l ess you admit me a t once, I'll arrest you, as I have the power to do, and send you to \V ashington for trial." Sail in. I'll stand ther conseque nc es. I bed orders frnm ther mayor not to let no pilgrim in, an' I'll bet two dollars ter a red cent ther mayor's orders ar' sublime, an' no cbap'don't ?;O in. I'm a man o' my wcrd, every day in the WOO]i:!" Phineas Porter glanced up and down the street, and then tmnmg as o'ulck as a flash, he leaped upon the jailer and Seizing him in h is hands as though he were hut a straw, he raised him above his head and hmled him down to the ground with tremendous force. Evident it was that the detective was a modern SamsOn in dis guise, for the extraordinary act seemed to cost him little or no effort. McAdams struck the ground with a heavy thud, and lay insensible where be fell, the blood oozing from his nose and ears. "I hope I've not killed the ruffian," the detec tive muttered, grasping the keys which had fal len out of the jailer's pocket, and unlocking the door to the jail, after which he dyagged the inanimate form in from the street. "I guess he')> only stunned. It's a hard job to kill a man df his cahber. Now, I wonder if I was seen?" Evidently not, as therE> was no commotion in the street, there beiug but few abroad. All right. Now's my time to visitmy client, while this poor cuss is quiet. Maybe he'll have c ivility eno u g h to admit me, the next time I come." And with a grim chuckle the man of sleuth approached Carroll's cell. CHAPTER VIII. THE TRIAL BEGINS. THE jail was divided off into eight cells, heavily ironed with bars, and floored with stone. In building the structure, these Rou gh-Shodites bad evidently meant to have things safe. In one of the lower cells Phineas Porter found Carroll, lying upon a little cot b 'M, and smoking a pipeful of. tobacco1 which McAdams bad con descended to sell bun, in consideration of the receipt of one dollar Carroll nodded carelessly as the d etective entered. He bad seen him and learned his name and busi'ness-was not particularly interested in the man, further than that. "You seem to be taking matters coolly eno u gh," Porter said, admiri'ngly. "You are evidently not fearful of the consequences." "Not in the least. Fear rarely lends one an advantage," Carroll r eplied, coolly. "If I were 1o sit and bemoan my fate, I would be none the better for it." "Quite correct there. You are mking a ra tional view of tbe case I see, and I'll try and give you a little assurance by saying that we don't intend to let you bang, if we can help it." "We?'' Carroll r ep li ed, interrogatively. ''Whom may that we' embrac e besides your self?'' "In saying we, I included Miss Edith Yates, the belle of the candy-shop below here." Carroll's face suddenly li ghted as be heard the name. "She dQ.es not believe me guilty, then?" he dem1mded; eagerly. "She does not!' Porter replied. "She i s stout in her belief that you a r e innocent." "Then J have faith that I shell get out, after all detective. A woman's faith and a womalJ's influence are all-powerful motives, you know." "So they say," the det ective r ep lied, dryly "But I have a few questions to ask you, which

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Deadwood Dick a.e Detective. I t will be to your advantage to answer. Firstly: did you ever know the deceased1" "Ne.,er eve n saw her until I stumbled across her body jn the gulch." "Where were you bound so early in themornOlfi, whe n you discovered the bodies?" 'I was up and ofi' for a bunt. I bad started early in order to get into the mountains by daybreak." "Have you ever known this man, Clancy Adair?" "Yes. H e is my bitterest enemy, and upon discovering llle by the bodies, he saw a chance to nab me and satisfy his appetite for revenge." "What grudge doe s be bold against you tbat he should w1sh to put you under the ground1" It is a sort of vendetta between our families. Generations ago there was a tithe of relationship between and a fortuM to be divided. A quarre l was the res-.Jlt ]).,tween each generation until my father's time, when be declared the hostiliti es at an end, so far as h e was concerned. Still, this r esolve did not affect tbe other s ide of the hou se as my father bad inherited a bulky fortune from his ancestors, whi c h Clancy Adair claimed was rightfully his. Consequently he would not let the feud drop, and he insulted my father, then challenged him to fight a duel. They m e t with swords, and after a few thrusts my fathe r received a slight inc ision in his breast. This ended the due l, and also my father's life, for the wound began to swell frightfully and the physi<_:ians and surgeons clared that Clancy Adarr s b1ade had been pol soned 1 and that all efforts to save my father's life would be futile. On learning this, my father called me to his bedside, and caused me to swear to hunt this murdere r downi and settle the feud either by losin g my own ife or taking those of Clancy Adair and his son. Then he died. I at once went into training under an expert master of the sword, rifle and revolver, and racluated after two years' incessant practice. then traveled twice around the world, con suming eight years' time, and the sum of half a million dollars in the attempt to find Clancy Adair. A spy of his, I presume constantly_ shadowed me, either in person or by telegraph -at least, I never found my man. I finished my las t trip a year ago, and since then have been scmdn;; t he West, thinking perhaps I might over my game1 and I have, at l:v:;t, in nn un a:r:pected manner.' "S0 I remark; Adair i s a powerful m:n i.1 lb:I?;h Shod, but I have an idea ::a n 'Jfea t his little game. I will now go to sxl !mother party from whom I expect to e,Ji. i t m re information." All nght. I am very grateful for your effort.; in my behalf, and shall take pleasure in rewarding you. If yon see Miss Yates again, beg her to accept my respectful thanks." After a few more remarks, Phineas Porter took his leave. In passing out of the jail, he found that the Jreeper, M cAdams, was slowly recovering, but was too stupid yet to know much of anything. Hurrying briskly along down tbe street, the detective made inquiries, as be went, after the 'X>otbhcl; w hose appellation was Jimmy Flynn. As a result he presently fatmd the youtbfttl speculator in a gaming saloon, engaged in a social game of seven-up with a boozy pi]grim from the upper districts, who, though boozy knew as well how to get a trick as the next one. Porter beckoned to the young Irishman, and then went into a stall and sat down. Jimmy was soon at hand, with a l ook of surprise upon his face. ''Was it ;r e r honor as was after wantin' the likes of me?' he said, tipping his bat. "Yes; come J.n and be seated," the d etective repli ed I want to ask you a few questions." "Thin goahead, efyezplaze, and it'sansw erin' 'em l Jl be, to the bes t o' my ability, bedad," Jimmy replied, with a business-like precision, as he dropped into a seat. The n listen," Porter said, bending forward, and lowering his tono, mysterioU$ly, whereat Jimmy grew fidgety. "I know all, and it is no use for you to attempt to bide anything from me. Yon carried the paper to the invalid at the candy-s hop, which caused her to meet the assas sin, and consequently, yon are liable to anest for a part in the crime!'' .Jimmy trembled, but did not reply. Phineas Porter had only guessed at the truth of his accu sation hut had guessed exceeding straight. Tell me-did you not carry the letter to the girl1" he demanded, sharply. "Faith an' I did1 but I didn't know as it would be after fotchm' any harm." "Who gave you the letter?" "Faith, I don't know at all, at all, excep t that the note was signed 1 Barry Meredith,' yer honor." "Hal do you think yon would know the man, if yon w ere to see him again?" "Shure, I'd Diver forgit him." "What else do you know about the murder, boy? the detective asked. "Shure it's a lot thet I know, when I see'd the mm:der, meself, an' see'd the murderer, too!" "By heaven, i s this true1 Tell me, then-did Carroll Holly commit the crime?" "Howly Maria, no. H e be as innocent a9 Mrs. McGillicuddy's bedad. It was thE> same omadhann w'hat dia tha job, as hired me to take the note to tba girl." Can you swear to this?" "Faith, a.n' I can swear liJ,e the divil." V ery well. Yon are the very one that I want. Yon must come to the trial, this after noon, and swear as you have told me. You Bhall be well paid for your trouble, and freed of complicity in the affair, too. Will you come, and give in your testimony, my lad?" "Faith, an' I will," the bootblack replied. In the mean time, Clancy Adair was not idle. H e had mounted his horse and galloped away into the mouil.tain-far up into the rocky fast nesses where human foot might have never trod, yet where, despite this supposition, a little group of rough cabins stood among the tall, spectral pines. Men were lounging around on the outside of these cabins-men of more uncouth dress than the surroundings would seem to warrant. More men were digging with pick and shovel in a little rivule t that gurgled down through the

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Deadwood D ick as Detective, 21 aerial d Efile, and the whole of tbese men wore masks. Apparently Clanc,y Adair was no stranger in the mountain camp, as his approach' did not seem to create any stir-the m e n l ooked up, nodded, and be passed on, until he dre w r ein before one of the principal cabins, and dis mounted.A little, wry-looldng old man came and took his horse, and be entered. I nside, all was different. The cabin glittered and with the spl en dor of a palace. Everywherowas the rarest old furniture, the softest carpets, and the most magnificent pictures, se t cff with hundreds of smaller ornamPnts of great beauty. 8eemingly the Honorabl e Clancy had stumbled into a fairy palace, as.compared with the exterior surroundings, but be appeared not surprised, but took a seat. A man who was seated at a table readir.g, threw down his paper, and looked up, interrogatively. "Well, what's u p now!" be demanded, stroking his beard, which was l o n g and brown in color. "A good deal. I want ten witnesses to be at band in Rough Shod to aid me if I de sire!" the mayor r eplled, bnefly. H e then pro ceeded in his conversation in a ]ower tone, 11.11d the chief of the Archangels listened and nodded assent, occasionally. At last the mayor arose to go. "You shall have a band of the Archanoe ]s at your d isposal." the c hief said, following him to the door. "Look ye out that ye don't get them into a fight, for our numbers are not so strong that we can afford to lose a man." "No need to fear. The friends of Carroll Holly are not so many that tney will make any effort to figh o r him," Adair replied. H e then mounted his horse and r ode away toward Rough Shod, inwardly chuckling over the coming success of his schemes against 1-q_s f eudal f oe. The court-room in Roug h Shod, or rather the room in which all the trials-which by the way were few-were h e ld, was a vacant store upon the main str<'et. A f e w plank seats had b ee n within the building, for the accommo dation of the prisoners, witnesses and jury, and the audience were usually l eft to provide for themselves So seldom was it that any offender was h eld to answPr for a tha t the place was unBI'quainted with such a crowd as came to witness the tria l of Carroll H olly for th<' murder of Minnie Yates. Long before the hour of the trial camQ there was a noticeable increase in the population of the to""ll-the little co urt-room was packed in every available corner, and a great crowd ed outside, in the long gulch str eet. M!'n bad come in swarms from the surrounding mountain districts-from Leadville, Ten Mile and W ebslRr; such an attendance bad never been known in the anual s of Rough Shod -such an interest 'in the case of a stranger was one of the things marve l ous. Phineas Porter had conducted Edith to the court in time to get her a seat; Constable H o lloway and McAdall].led In the a little later; last of all came Honorable Clancy Adair, accompanied by his disguised on, and a super annuated p ettifogger named H oonks A gem, literally speaking, was this Hoonks. or at least, so h e esteemed himself. He was one of those vain mortal s with a great amount of se l f-conceit and very little brains, who in a. civilized community i s ever made the butt of much abuse and ridicule. But in Rough Shod's little city be was considered a great l ega l light a man among mPn. Honorable Clancy took his seat in the judge's box with the air of a man who realized his grPatness and superiority over the more common race of humans. Boss" was be of the town. by common consent, and there fore he was entitled to the l ofties t attention the people could bestow upon him. At least, so he imag ined. As b e sat in his box, bo noticed one thing whic h caused him cq:l:lsiderab l e uneasi ness In the court-room were a t least fifty persons whom he bad never Sl -en before, and a suspicicn dawned upon his min l that be not have played his band suffici strong, 1f percban03 these strangers were l 'riendly to the prisoner's cause. But it was too late t
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22 Deadwood Dick as D etective, town, whe n I accidentally b eoome a witnrss to the crime From a distance I saw the prison<,. shoot the girl with a pistol, and saw him go and stand ove r h er. I hastened to town, and in forme d the mayor, who w ent and arrested him. I recognize the'prisoner at the bar as one and the same person who murde r e d the girl!" A murmur of incredulity ran through the crowd as the m a n took a seat, whic h finally turne d into a partial hiss Evident it was that the h eft of the crowd did not put muc h faith in the testimony of William Stafford. "Have you any further evidence to offer against the prisoner?" Porter demanded, turn-, inau no n the mayor. \', N'on e at present," was the r e ply. "Very w e ll. I will the n endeavor to prove that the prisone r i s not the one who murdered Miss Yates, but i s the victim o f a most devili s h co n sp ira rr. ,,, CHAPTER IX. OVERWHELMING ODDS-SE!iTENCED. "I AM afraid you will b e unable to prove that, to the sati s faction o f the jury!" H o norabl e Clanc y Adair said, with ill-conc eale d triumph. "Miss Edith Yates appears to be your only wit na3s, and she did n o t witness the murder. Mr. Stafford did." "We have only hi s oath for it," Phineas Por ter r ep li e d, coolly. "One m an's oath is as l\:ood a s another's, u n l ess he can be p roven a habttual and coufirm'3d liar. A s for witnesses, I bave more than M iss Yates's testtmony to ten de r the jurv in hahalf of the prisoner. Miss Yate3, you, will ple aqe rise and b e sworn." T he formula was duly enacted; then Kiith gave iu her testin1cmy. "I knew nothing o f the murde r until I was told of it b y Cla,ucy Adair. I awoke in the morning to find my s ister not in bed with me, and when I discovered her abseuce, I was ;ery much a lar marl ." At this juncture, Hoonks, the pettifogger, beggel tel ctos:; que >twn her, but coul d not alter h e r te3timony, a> was evidently his intention. EJith then went on to state how shJ had received a un e from BatTy Mered ith; the rela tion M nllth bore them as an enemy; her sus picio 1s that h e was the murderer and her couvif'tion that Carroll Holly was innocent of c -e. "Yout tes3imony is mostly supposition, m;" an l dJe3 not w eigh," Clancy Adair said, provo!rin" strcasm. "Sir D efendant's Attorney, we will heat your further testimony." "C: :n-rc3t!" Porter said, with unruffied calmnEls,. "James F l.vnn, if you arc present, you ID3.\' take the stand." Jimmy was present, sure e nough and came tu:!!blin<:?; in from th9 audience, in a manne r more lively th'l.n dignifier! H e w>ts s.voru by Prosecnt:: '; A:tto rney H nulrs, anrl too'r the stand. -"Mr. Flynn?" Hnnks StuCd,Stically, "wh1.t moiP;ht it plaz3 yer hon e r ter know fornin 3t this ca<;e. "F)t the that you,. l1usinessl" Jimny demanded, indignantly. Shure whin Mr. Porte r gets up an' a s k e s me questicns a civil style I'll be after answerin' 'em to him, but sorry a one '11 I answe r ter ther likes av an on d ecent spalpeen like y e r self." Hoonks shrunk bac k amid It laugh from the c:wwd,Jor h e was no prime favorite in the town -and rhineas Porte r arose. "Master Jimmy," he said, "we should be grateful to bear you r evidence in this painful case." "See that now!" Jimmy exclaimed, triumphantly. "Tha detective be afther the cut av a gintleman, while the other son of a spalpeen be a cousin to the snakes St. Patric k bmmced out av ould Ireland, shure, an' sorry a bit did they com e back. T estimony is it ye're afther wantin'1 Shure it's mesilf then that be afther havin' a s tock a v the same. "The young Ieddy i s ontirely right. Tha priso n e r at tha bar be innocen t o ther crime as was Mrs. McCarty's pig av rooti n u p tha potaty patch. M r. Canol! H o ll y nive r did tha job, an' of ycz'il hsten, shure I'll t e ll yez all I know. "I be hlackin' tbe bocts o a sweet-scented pil gri;n .-ron day, w:1in b e askecl me i f I was wan tin' av auJthrJr jo!J. Simrc, J tc,Jd him thet I was as long as i t >eeve m e, an' be l'avin' h e was u p to so m e diviltry, I kept av bim. H e wint into tha gulch that night, an' I fo llerecl him, bedad. as I war cat-chin' u p with him. I heerd a voice call Barry! Barry!' an' see\l him pull a an' shoot into tha darkness. Thin I heerrl a an' a fall. I tracked him further, an' se0\l him go tanrl b es ir!e the body. T'1in afte r "'' "in' 'umthin' I couldn't b eer, he cum ba;'k to tr>wn, a n told thit m'l.yor to send out hand> to sP.arc h for tnutdt?r er." "This youth's story is a most deliberate h0>cl, and I order his arrest!" Ch.nc y i:..P.air crie d, in passion.

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Deadwood Dick as Detective. 23 "You just wait till I get through with him!" Phineas Porter replied, coolly. "Master Flynn, is this assassin in town yet1" "Shure, an' there he sets, a-callin' av himself wmiam Stafford!" Jimmy r e plied, pointing to 'the strange witneEs. "Arrest the man at once!" Porter ordered, to the constable. If he is Barry M e r edith m disguise, he i s a lso Algernon Ashton the triple murderer, that name being one o f his many aliases." "I protest!" the Honorable Clancy roared, from his stand. "You be blowcd !'' Phineas Porte r cried. You are as muc h of a rascal as he. Co n stable, do my bidding!" The man Holloway was no f ool. H e knew which side his bread was buttered on, to usc a figurative expression; he alm saw how tl:e tide was turning, and accordingly arrested the strange witness, who submitted to the band cuffs with very poor grace. At t)lis juncture there was a commotion in the audience and the herculean proportions of a man of prodigious became visible as h e cn c!('avored to e lbow his way through the crowd, while he yelled at the top of his voice, which emanated from no weak pair of lUngs: "Git out! clear ther track! make r oom fer i;ber Pet Elephant o' tber Leadville trail-ther great Apoller o' ther Northwes t. Beautiful !Bill am I, an' I want er finger in this bayr technical p ie. Git cent o' ther way, pilgrims, an' give me space to expiate-give me room i;er ruminate-give me a chance ter p'int out i;ber galoot as e r lead ounce inter tbe r noodle of ther girl un California gulch. I was i ;har, boyee, war I-i3eautifn1Bill wartbar,an' Bee'd iher bull fracas, an' don't ye fergit, an' now jest let me see ther sort o' pilgrim as they 1;a y did ther job, an' I kin tell 'em ef their aJmanack calkylations ar' kerect quicker'n a cat eve r played ther tune ther old cow died on, on a bull fiddle. Ob! I'm a tearer, I am-a reg'lar ourang-outang of a chap-a Pet Elephant an' an Apoller-ther original model. Hain't rnucl:> noted fer sweetness o' temper, my festive galoots, ner my ducats don't number up inter the r millions; but when ye cum tor pure, un blemished beauty, I'm on deck, am !-Beautiful Bill fereverl ther purt.ieRt man in seven coun ties, cl'ar do.,.,n ter tber f'ith sand, an' plenty o' rock ter spare! "An' cl'ar from ther sacred precincts o' Devil's Debouch cometh I, ter gaze upon ther murderer o' the defunct gal. you heer' mo!" And with a snort and a prance the giant sud denly came to a pause in front of the witness stand and took a SUITey of the situation. "Look-ee hyar!" be sudden l y roared, begin ning to tread a round like an angry dog-" what do.I behold! Two prisoners heel\ fer ther sendof!' o' one mortal gal. Com ets an' catapults! What ye doin' wi' thet galoot!" And the l ong bony index finger of the giant pointed out Carroll Holly. "That man is the murderer of the girl!" Cl a ncy Adair averred, ri8ing, with dignity. "I'll bet two dollars to a chaw o' tobaccer1 ye're a gol-clummed old liar!" the Pet EletJhant declared, hotly. Thet feller a murderer! No sir ee bob-tail boss-not any f e r him, an' I can lick thor teetotal socks oft' the r galoot as sez difl'erent I" "If you saw the crime committed, please tell us, then who is the right man1" Detective Por ter sai d. "Who be the right man, did ye sey! On course I will, my gelori o u s son o' Liberty. 'l'har's the cha:p thet did ther j ob-right thar; he who calls hisself William Stafford, an' I'll git up on top o' a stack o' Bibles as high as a meetin'-'us' steeple an' sw'ar h e s ther very chap -the r p r ecise id entical galoot!" "You h ea r l" Phineas Porter said, turning triumphantly to Adair. "TJ::e innoc ence of Carroll H olly, and the guilt of William Stafford, alias Barry M e r edith, alias Algernon A s hton, is proven beyond a doubt." "By no means!" the mayor r eplie d, a green ish glitter in his eyes. The teslimony in Uris case is not yet all given. Joel Davenport, Oscar P orterir:e Jack Finch, Bill Marie, Sam S teele a n d Alf Moore w ill please f'tep forward and be sworn. Six r ough-looking fellows instantly stepped out of the crowd and onto the witness sta.ndmen with long, shaggy beru ds, and faces whe r e in was not a trace of honesty or mercy. "I am a miner!'' the rr,an DavenJ:ort began, l oudly "These men are companions of mine, and we always go together. We were coming do'ITn to town, earl y this morning, when we accidentally carne up o n the scene of the mvrder -suw the man, shoot the young woman with the babe. As e allns mind ou r own biz, we didn't interfe re, but cum on t e r town!" Upon being sworn, the other men corrol:oratcd the miner's evidence "That will do. So conclusive and overwhelm ing is the evidence of the priso n er's guilt, that no jury is nec essary to decide the caSf' !" the mayor said, with baste. I, there fore, by 1 hat power vested in me, as judge of tile court, the mayo r of the tmYn of ltongh Shod, do sentence the primner, Carroll Rolly by name, adjudged guilty of the crime of mur der in the first degree, to be hanged by the n ec k until dead, in front of the pu8lic jail in mid town, at snmi f e, to-morrow morning; I do declare William Stafford innocent of the crime, and prono unce him a free man!" "Hold, vVilliam Stafford i s my prisoner!" Phineas Porter c:ned. "I bold papers for his arrest, signed by the Governor of th e State. I C'laim him, and ren,and him to the j a il, to await my furthe r orders! "Let me see your papers!" the Honorable Cl a ncy demanded in a rage. Phineas Porter h:mdd them up without a d emur, and Adair read them several times over, ere b e returned them. "I have nothing fJrth e r to say," be declared, "when you can prove that William Stafford is your man." "That can be easilv don e !" the detective re plied, coolly. See!" and he reached forward and tore the false beard from M eredith's face, and also the "'ig from his head. "The change altogether another man, and the real murderer of Minnie Yates. Ba:tT!' Mllredith, you shall yet hang for

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Deadwood as Detective. your awful crime!" E::lith crie::l, suddenly tow ering up in trout of the g uilty man. "Own the truth, and l e t Carr oll H olly go f r ee, fo r well you know that he is innocent!" I kno w nothing of the kind. It i s I who am innocent!" was the sullen reply. "Sile nce. The court is dism issed!" Clancy Adair Cl' ied. Constable I remand the two prisone r s to jail in yo u r care. See that they do not escape, o r you will forfeit your life!" T his w as the end of the trial. Both Carroll and,Barry M eredith were taken off to jail, and the court-room was soon cleared. Ejith went h orns alone; Phineas Porter lin g e r e d at the court-room until Clancy Adaircame out. fri.:-nds in the town w ers r:1:pidly decreasing, gave the mayor an extra feelmg of uneasiness. Full well he knew he was uo makh for th& giarit in a combat, and he trembled as he pictured the consequences do you want!'' h e demande d, endeavorm" to assume bravado suitable fo rbis station. "Wn-tt do yo u want, sir?" What do I want, me noble scion of the Hou se o' Refuge -me lord duke ? What do til e r great Apoll e r want? Waa.l, now, ef y e'lllend me yer capacio u s ear f e r about a mi!lit, I'll endeavor t s r upon yer brain ther natur' o' my wants!' CHAPTER X H a! hal you playe d a s :rong hand, but I h e l d ths g reatest n a :nber of triJ k s you see!'' A 0 H A L LEN G E mayor of Rmgh Shod's litt 1 e populace saidJ the crowd li s t e ned, and the mayor Jistentrmmpha n t ly. ed to learn what the man of much moutn and "You played a cheatins, !yin; gam3 too!" muscle from Leadville c ould want with Rou g h the Washin:;tonian repli e d, sternly. "I might Shod' s aristocratic official dignitary. No pil have outge n eraled you, a s it was but did not grim ever b e fore, i n the m emory of the oldest see m t o hire m e n to li e for m e L ook out for. inhabitant had had the audacitY to t t eat t h e you r se l f, y et, however, for I shall h a v e you on town's supre me magistrate thus Jamiliarl y, and you r back and. your enemy out of p r i so n, before the looker s -on were in the ripe spirit to see t h e you are scarc e l y awaTo of i t. mayor's m u ch-bragged-of but never-disp layecl B a h l I cbfy yo a," t'1e retort. "You prowes s w ill find that I am boss h e re, i a Rough Shod and This man from L ea dville was no baby to allpowerful, t oo!" handle, a s se v eral of til e Roug h Shod sports bad "Your days o f pow e r .are nearly at an end" already learne d to their cost, and therefor e they Porter r 3pJiej, so!:la r l y as h e strode awrl.y de eme d it morally certain that be <.p on t h e back with his big band, ther settin' sun, becau se o' sundry difficultie s cause d some of tha mayor's po:npoas bear-in L e adville, I struck t hi s town. and next J mg; t:> wilt. know'd, pilgrims, I war struck ,Vj a tremen" hayr, m e l ord!" B lll roarej in to:J.e s dou s gripe in the stomache, which tbe fisican calculated t o ins pire his vLtim with t error-pronounced ther first pangs o' dawnin' luv fer hayr, m 3 gentle z ephyr o' springtim'3! sum l ove l y f'minine critter. I l ooke d around You'm tb e r v e r y v;af oot w e want t o s e e me, an' f oun n se l, Co. Ufornh Kat e '>lia > K a t Apo ller o' ther Nor'-west will y e ? Oh 1 me n o vou. G l ancy Arlai. ter m eet ma in th e r roya l lord duke-me o Luv amon"' the r 'I stroet m'. th r br oacts:vnrd or d u eling an' R 1 S '1 l t b te o fight till T or you a r Jcke t our full ,ar1,fac oseo. at 1 m-;com,e U'l; m e r onoet:--1 ti on By arlmittin!? youi'SPif ter be an u nmHigate d m3 Wl ther v1m o a numbe r one g n z co;ward, an uincomp.,o p ye ca n h onorably r e f u s e zly! th,s challe nge. but ef Y" apire t er he a gf'ntleman, And the g1ant squatted, and l eered frightfully I ye r e b ounri. t e r cum an' f ace m q I'll h e wai ti:l' fer into the face o f t h mA.yor For once in his ye m front o' th e r Roost, at sf'ven. t n ni g h t life, a t l ea>t tllat individua l was thoroughly 1 'CALIFORNIA KATE."' scared, P.iain was it that tJ;te giant was ripe j "Thar n o w, bow i s that fer bigh?-how's tor m l sch1ef, and the dawnmg fact that his thet fer woman's rights and ther next pr&""Y

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Deadwood Dick as Detective. 25 dent! Kerwhoop! a daisy nr' thct Kate, an' sot down in thet presidential cheer, wullshe, an' ye bot yer boots on't. An' now, me lord duke, what is yer answer, will ye fight, o r will_ ye crawfish?" "I'll fight, of course; I never was yet branded a coward!" the Honorable Clancy replied, with dignity. T ell the woman I will come and cut her accursed head off. "Kerwhoop! d'ye hear him, pilgrims-d'ye hear him avow his intention o' decapitatin' ther he'd o' my amority? Oh! zephyrs o' Canaan purtect us-purtect me, Beautiful William, ther Pet Elerfant o' ther Leadville trail!" the giant cried, as the Honorable Clancy turned and strode from the saloon. Gents, were I ther king o' all this yere yearth-were I a Vander bilt or a Stewart-war I at ther head o' a railI"Oad corporation, or a whisky bar'l-war I ther .richest man, or ther poorest galoot in this yere I'll be teetotal y bathed in mustard \Plasters an unhealthy eggs, sandwiched wi' Iimburger cheese and old bi'led owl, ef I'd trade my chance fer life wi' thermayori you b ee r me. When I want ter end my yeartb y pilgrimage, I'll go buek my head ag'in' a mule's hind fut, or ['II smother myself in a schooner o lage r but I be everlastin'ly jiggered ef I'll let ,thet gal Kate, shave me wi' a broad-sword. Obi i l.O!" And with a broad grin, the giant took his de \.Jarturel As a thoroughbred villain, Honorable Clancy A.dair ranked among the foremost in all Rough 13hod. Not onl y bad be the disposition, but he ;vas po<;Sessed of a liberal amount of shrewdness, ,mel conception in villainy that was not a gift to 1Jther men of his type: 'After leaving the sal oon, be went straight to .;be jail, and was admitted by McAdams to the :ell of Barry Meredith. The false witness was stretched out upon the bed, fast asleep, but awoke with a start, as ills si r e entered. '' Oh! it's you, is it?" h e grunted, ungracious"Well, all I've got to say-you're a won olerfu l fine galoot. "Tut! tnt! JJlY son," tbs elder villain said. .Jeating himself. I was powerl ess to prevent your arrest. The detective bas orrleJ.:S from the Government for your a rrest, and I had no right to interfere." "Well, have I got to stay in this blamed hole, then?" Meredith demanded, "Not long, I hope, my son. When night once more hovers her mantle ove r Moth e r Earth, I will see if you cannot be released from your confinement. Until thenbeof good cheer.'' And with this consolation, his mayorship left the jail, and returned to his cabin. "Now, let -me see how matters lay, and bow I must scheme to p lay my hand through," he mused. "There will undoubtedly be a good chance for Vic to attend a banging ceremony, unless I no something for him. Then, there is young Holly to be gotten rid of, or I shall have more trouble with him. Next comes the girl, Edith Yates. I have come to the conclusion that sbe would suit me, to replace the former Mrs Adair. She doe s not know that I know that she i s the owner of the big mino, which, o f course must come with the bride. It strikes me that I d better pay her a visit at oll'Ce, and if I cannot induce her to marry me in the usual way, why, there are other ways." Eating an early supper, the chief magistrate of Rough Shod's little city spruced himself up, d onned his duster, silk hat and kids, and, goldbead e d cane in hand, set out for the candy-shop. On his arrival he found Edith behind the coun ter, and graciously condescended to purchase a. cigar by way, as he supposed, of wmning h e r favor. "l'diss he said, after lighting the and drawing several luffs, "I came here this evening o n business o great importance, and o.f great interest, I trust, to both you and myself. I am a man of few word s and I can n o t perhaps plead my case with as much ardor and hig h-flown language as a younger suitor, but I can tell you that I have formed an ardent attachment to yon, and I have ccme to offer you my heart, hand and f ortune, and ask you to become my bride. Do not say no, for I am not going to listen to a refusal. Mine is an e li gi ble offer, and I will make you the most devoted of husbands, and therefore I beg of you not to say no!" To say that Edith WRS surpris ed atthissudden outburst of !overly passion from Rough Shod's mayor, would be g reatly understating the facts of the case-she was astounded. "Marry you, sir?-1 marry your' s h e ex c laimed, between hauteur and laughter "Why you are nearly old enough to be my grand" father!" "Ah! my dear M i ss Edith, there i s where yon g reatly err," his .honor assured, fe elin? sure that he bad already gained one point. Although time bas indelibly left its mark upon me, I am but years of age, and 1'ight. in the prime of manhood. Indeed my heart IS JUS t as young as ever it was. "And as gree n as c ucumbers upon in springtime, sir," Edith replied, with ill-conceal ed merriment. "What! Did I understand you right, Miss Yate s I you did, sir, and I will further e l ec trify your greatness. by telling you that I would no s ooner marry you t ,han I would the veriest bullwhacker that you can find on the street. You are a villain, Clancy Adair, and I know not bow m uch worse. You are utterly without heart, principle or respect, and any girl who would for a moment consider a proposal from you, must be very low inde ed l'' "Ah! my child, yon are yotmg and impetu ous and talk wildly. Yon do consi_der by marrying me you would be nsmg m soCia l rank, and pecuniary troubles would be a tbmg of the past." ''Bah! were every hair inyonrheadbungwith diamonds, I'd despise you the same. Go, sir there is the door b ehind yon." A fearful oath escaped the mayor's lips. He had not cal c ulated upon such a repulse as this. His vanity bad led him to believe that he was invincible, and that all that was necessary for him to do to win the pretty shop-maid, was to ask for her, and she would willingly acquiesce.

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2 6 Deadwood D i c k as Detecti v e But he had made a great mistake f r once at l ea s t. Do you the n refuse m y oil' e r f o r g o o d he d emanded, savagel y I do, most c e r tain l y Go!" "Yes curse s on y n, I will and whe n I r 2tur n y o u s hall g o with mrJ, w illing or unwil ling;. I h: t ve s wo r n tha t I'll po:;sess y o u, and yo u m::ty r es t a s u r el I will not break my oath. I'il get you first, and thz n tame you after \ :ard!'' Au'l with a malignant laug h, h e l eft the sto r e A ft-er h e was go n e Edit h w en t to the door and caz e d a f te r him, an arrxi o u J express ion settlin g up'>u h e r fac e H c is a bold, b a.cl m a n, anJ:l m eans me harm," she mus ed I fear hiur only b ecause I am a ll nlone, and nearly fl'i endless. If1 a s I beli e v e h e i s in l e ague with Barry M e r eaith, he would not h esitat'.l at any crime !" Fear h i m n o t, l a d y!" a voi c e e x c l aime d, and tllrniog, Edith beh eld a m a n standing within the s to r e-the sam e slae had onc e hidde n from the Vi g il antes-Deadwood Di ck. "Fear n o t tha t man, for in y our h our of n ee d Dead woocl Dic k is on de c k. Whe n you l e a s t dream of it, he is lurkinon ear, watchin g for your w e l fare with a brothe:c' s care and r e:no vin g s u c h ob stac l es, as will be apt to y o u and throw :von into the p owe r of e n e mi es.' "And you are Deadwood D jc k 1 Edith d e "Yes mis s I h a v e the d o ubtful honor of b eing that p ersonage Prince o f t he Road r e pli e d 1 Y o u m:iy that I once too k refu ge in your cellar, to esc a pe the roadagent hunters." "I r e m embe r yes. But h ow did y o u get out o f th"l c el1a r?" Thro u g h a n arrow window in the rear. It only r equires a s m a ll h o l e for me to c r ee p o u t of, ancl so I t h o u g h t I'd better puckach ee A s i t was, it p r oved lucky t h a t I d i d." Yes. Tbe Vi g il a n te s s ea r c h e d the cella r and w ould hav e callg h t yo u "Probably. T h ey've a p n:mlia r itching to lay their hwd> upon m e b u t it i s a d esire on their par t t hat I S c"l fit to g rati fy T be c a use of my C3.Jl t?-day, M:i ss Yates, i s to ask y o u a few q :u>t ions, wai c h I fee l sm o you will b e wilEn; t o I can, per!J:;ms. A t r:1ta I w ill li ste n t o what Y O 1 ask," E li tl) r ep li ed W bicb i s ki n d of you," D3adwoo d Dic k said I will try !JOt t:> detain you from you r l ong. Soma ti you can 1 e inbo of a of pnpcrty c::tll ecl the Dun can m i n e in rath e r a mysteri ous m a n ner, did y o u n ot?" "I d id," E d ith r eplied "Tbis prop2rty was mnde a gift to' y o u th1oug-h a latter, by some par t y w ho did no t si)l;n his nam" I r i ght?" Y 0 u are. "Very good. I u th w n s a clause that if t h e give r ove r saw fit to claim t h e p roperty again, w e re to retutn i t to wh e n h e p r cseutel him> e lf, a n d AXhibi te d a d o ubl e cross stampPd npon a pie3e of pap er, the pape r to e x actl y co rl' espow l i n siz2 to a dnpli cate whic h was iuc lo seJ i n tbe letter." "Very true. And you have come to claim the mine?" Edith d e manded. "By no means Although I was the owner and also the giver I do not propose t o take it bac k. I have more w ealt h than is required to m eet my d emands, and it occurred to me that I might ben e fit some ho nes tly-dtspo se d p e rson by giving them the Duncan, wit h the proviso that I co uld reclaim it, if I cho se-which meant if I found t hem dishon es t I found you toiling h ere with slim chance s for suoport, and believing y o u were tho right party, I g a ve y o u the mine, and further propos e to make you the owner by absolute d eed." An d a s h e fini s h e d speaking, D ea dwood Dick l aid a n unse a led e nvelop e into ast onish e d Edith's bands. '' But, I cannot think of accepting such a gift, sir-" s h e began. Bnt h e silenced h e r by a wave of his hand. "Sa y not so, lady It is yours free ly, to k ee p and manage I h a ve no us3 for it what ev e r. IV' ere I a free man, an:l permitte d to gc amo n g my f e ll ow-me n as suc h, I n eed the min e but I am ontlatleman, f o r all," s he murmured. "If it had b ee n s u c h a man whom poo r de.ad Minnie had cente r e d her affectio n s upo n, s h e would hav e l e d a life of peace and lov e Oh! B arry 1\1:erc dith, you have y e t to feel the pain you

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Dcadwoc;d Dic k as Detective. 2 7 caused her to feel, and God grant that y our sins l All through the mountain mines, California may not strike upon your consc ienc e l es t the Kate had the reputation of being the best fenc torture be unendurable to you." ing-maste r to be f o und. .1\'bile of the mayor's --. prowess with the shilling blade, the crowd was CHAPTER XI. i gnorant. N eve r bad they seen him engage in THE COMBAT IN THE STREET. a confiict1 and therefore the ge n eral judgment MAY I be teetotally hugged to death wi' po-was that ne would ge t licked." lar b'ar's or stunned wi' nuggets o' pure aurifer-In a state of terrible wrath was b e !IS he strode ous, ef I'd sell my skin so c h ea p as will t he up. His eyes were red and gleamed savagely, mayor. Licked, pilgrims?-on course he will and his face flushed fro m cop i o u s draughts of get licked, an' don't y e r fe r git thet the fact war liquo r whic h h e b a d taken to steady his n erves. impresse d upon yer memories by m e, ther "Whe r e is this woman tll a t sent m e a cbal Apoll e r o' the r West-the r famous P e t El ephant l enge?" be cried, glaring around with unaccus o' the Leadville trail. A sure prophet in sech tome d fierc e ness. Show m e the s hecat, at matters, am I-an unfallible ca l e nd ee r o' s igns once? an' astronomical calculations, an' I'll bet any ga "My royal Napoleon allow me to present loot in ther crowd a nugget as big as yer fist, you!" B eautiful Bill exclaimed, and seizing the that Kate socks it to ther mayor i n a way the t Honorable Clancy's arm, he half-dragge d him 'll make his fles h skeerce Oh! she's a r eg'!ar the spot where California Kate was war-horse, IS my Kate, p1lgnms-a two-stoned standmg. "Thar she i s, beloved ace o' h eartscomplex catapultian co m et, an' don't yer f ergit that's tbe r gal ye're t e r t a k e yer first d egree in e t An' wh e n she rasps t .her conceit outen masonry from. Oh I but, .mayor she william it ar' chief cook-an'-bottle-washer, ye call ther to you b eautiful, will my gal Kate-she'll cut ye Jionorable Clancy Adair, why thar's goin' ter up inte r sirloin s t akes afore ye con spit a stream be a w eddin' in this yere town, an' every man o' terbaccy-juice over yer under jaw, an' I'll bet o' ye cail cum an' smell o' my empty tarant'le r two ter one on't. A critte r o' the r crack bree d jug that is e f ye don't g.it boozy b ee r ar' thet Kate you bet. Pile a pack o' Bibl es comes the r gal now-my da1sy Cathermel" one on top o' t'oth e r es hi g h as the r summit of Th e giant bad b ee n addressing a rabb l e of old Grizzly's hoary peak1 yander, an' u p e m I'll men and boys who in front of go, an' standin' on the r e ena'most top, I'll wave the "Roost," and as h e spoke, California Kate my old s l quc b hat, s h out houmnners, an' sw'ar came from the interior of the building, equipped thet Kate's gud fe r sec h gal oots as ye, for the duel. b eloved pilgrim!" She w a s now dressed In a semi -mal P suit, con"Oh! it's you, i s it!" the H o n orable Clancy si sti n g of breec h es, knee-boots, and a frock t hat ejaculated, when be saw the girl g l adiator. nearly met the top o f h e r bo ots. Upon her "And you are the woman that sent the chal head she wore no covering whatever, and her l e nre!" ha:r f ell unco nfin e d OVP.r her shoulders. I r ecko n I'm ther Kate replied, with A belt was secured to her waist, which con-a gri m ch u ck le. I sent thf'r cballe n !'e, and I tained a handsome sword; a nother scabbard r e ckon I'm ready to bark it up, e:e r y time." h e l d a slim rapi e r "Pshaw! why fight? 'Tis f olJy, and I g uess I am ready!" the girl said. quietly, as s b e we ca n compromi se the matter," bis honor raid, turne d to Beautiful Bill. "Where i s the man in a low t one. "Ccme, do yo u you want to e no-age me with, sir!" "I say nc-nix cum a 1 oure !" Kate r epl i ed, "Whar i s ru e Catherine, my holly-hoclr coolly. "Ye see I and Beautiful Bill hev made whar i s t h e r specimen o' hoomanity! Waal, a bargain te r show him I'm competent to hoe ncow, b e ain't cum yet, hut I recko n b.e 'll be my own row. No, my d e'lr mayor, alon?, soon. Sayeth be to me, 'I will come and yeu've either go t tel t o e the scratch o r aclm ow cut her cmse d head off,' and I ll bet high ther ledge here before the crowd that you're a cowgaloot rlo cum, even ef h e g its licke d c lean out ard anrl a sneak." o' tim<>. "Never "ill I acknowledge a li e! the mayor The mayor is coming," a miner said l ooking cried, angril y "If fight you want. fight you u p the street.," an' h e looks b'j]iug mad." shall ])ave, and without merc y, too! Woman "Let him h'1le I'll bet two dollars, Califoruy though you are, you shall fee l the hllft of my Kate t.akes all ther b'ile out o' him in less'n five h a n d wh e n I strik e your deat.b-b l ow !" minutes hy tMr turu ip. Oh! I'm a bettin' Correct!"' the girl gladiator said, quietly. man, am I and ary a galoot as wants ter buck "Square yourse l f, and if I cannot defend my ag'en' fate an' fortin' can hev an open opportu-se l f, you are at lib erty to mow me down Gennity fer ter inwest. Beautiful Bill am I an' I tlemen, a r ing:, if you please can steal an' hide more tricks in a quiet gamA, A ring was instantly formed, the crow d form than ary oth e r rigged sc h ooner-launc h e r i n ther ing its margin, in dense masses. town." An eager crowd were they, too -eager to see But no one had any d esire apparently, to bet two h umans flgbt for their lives-ready to cheer with the n otorio u s mule-driver from Leadville. the victor, whichever that m i ght be. A peop l e H e had a lready established his r eputation in as wild and rude as the rugge d mountains R o ugh Shod as a "bad man," and those were a r ound them, they saw no special sin in scarce who would care to get into a n engage"innocent" sport, in which each combatant m ent with him. had au eq u a l chance. Death was but a commonM ore e a ge r was the assembl e d c r owd to wit-place occurrence-murde r was l ess than a seven n ess the forthcoming duel between the girl g ladi-days' wonder. ator and the chief magistrate of the little town. The mayo r thre w off his jacket and vest, and

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