The phantom miner; or, Deadwood Dick's bonanza

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The phantom miner; or, Deadwood Dick's bonanza

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The phantom miner; or, Deadwood Dick's bonanza A tale of the great silver-land of Idaho
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Wheeler, Edward L. (Edward Lytton) 1854 or 5-1885
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IOpyrlght 1818-11384, by Beadle & Adams. Entered at Post omce, New York, N. Y., as second class matter. Mar. 15, lb'\>, No.7 THE ARTHUR WESTBROOK CO. Cleveland, Ohio Vol. I Phantom Miner Or, Deadwood Dick's Bonanza. t}1 " L, '1'.lteeJe A1JTROROF "DmAJ>WOOD DICK," ETC ETC. DEAD WOOD DICK'S ESCAl'E.

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# !::" '"Jyright 18781884, hy Beadle & AdnmR. Entetprt at Pot:t Office, NPwYork, N. Y.1 as i::econd c lass matter. !llar.15, 1 899..1 1 \ THE ARTHUR WESTBROOK CO. Cleveland, Ohio I Vol. ffi Phantom Miner; Or, Deadwood Dick' s Bonanza. 'l\1 j!.d. L. "W.heel e AUTHOR OF '" "Dll!..DWOOD DICK 1 1 ETC., ETO .

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The Phantom Mine. The Phantom Miner; OR, Deadwoo d Dick's Bonanza. A Tale of the Great Silver-L and of I dah o BY EDWARD L. WHEELER, .,UTHOR OF ''DEADWOOD DICK'' ''DOUBLE DAGGERS," 18UB'FA.LO BEN,'' ''WILD IVAN.'' FACEt" ETO ETC., ETO. CHAPTER I. "',a reader. Night has fallen over the city; a few pale stars keep a sil ent vigil ove rhead, awaiting the coming of tbe late moon; the air is pure, and pine-scented! as it is wafted down from the mighty mountains t lat rear their forest-crowned summits, far, far above. Down below nestles the city, not in repose, but bustling and lively, with the streets thronged, and the saloons crowded. A couple of men, evidently new comers to Eureka, were sauntering along the main street, smoking cigars, enjoyiug the invigorating breeze, and watch ing the restless tide of huIUanity arouna them. Two men, opposite in appearance and age, yet apparently friends. One a young man, with a low h!s shoul:I"era; erect form, which 1hard service in rough western tire had an(! a bearing fearless and manl y to a fault. His dres was b lack buckskin with moccasins fancifully bead ed, to match, anJ a broadbrim, slouch hilt of the same h u e upon his head. Unlike those a r ound him, he wore no belt-weapons, probe.bl:)'. trusting to !Jls hands for defense in case of necessity. A handsome looking fellow be was, An d peonle naturally &tared a.Ii he b7. His companion was a little dried-up well along m years, wiry of rorm and well-clevelo -an uncouth, yet comical little fellow, grim of ea ture and sharp of glance; a man who might be de pended upon in friendship or feared in enmity. He was clad in regulllr frontier style, and armed with a small arsenal of belt weapons, in arlr lition to a Spencer rifle slung to his back. At his heels trotted, in sullen defiance of the j eers of a crowd of boys, an ugly, vicious creature of the genus capra, who seemed to answer the d emand for a dog very creditably Many were the glances centere d upon tbe trio as they strolled along, by the observing Eurekaites, and when at last tbey enteied a saloon, over whose entrance was the suggestive title of "The Man -Trap," not a few of the Eurekaites went also. The interior of the "Mau-Trap" i:iroved to be slightly more attractive than the exterior, b e ing fur nisbed after a rude fashion with a bar, chairs and tables, and the walls bung with mirrors and pictures. It was a whisky-trap and a gaming d e n combined and was already filled with e xcited patrons. "Come this way. Dicky," said the old man, el bowing bis way throui:th the crowd. "\\"e've a right ter hev our say in b eer, if ther old court knows hersel'. How's this, eh! Begi:Js to luk lika Dead wood, don t et?" "Begins to savor that wax, for a truth," replied the young man, a faint smile pl11.yinf f1'0m under neath his slight pointed mustache. Hardly Dead wood, after all, though." "Wal, m ebbe not, but the.r's fun here, as old Cleo patra sed when she tickled a Jack-mule in tber left hind fut wi' her needle Hay oogins o' fun. Arfter we onc't git a'quainted, we'l1 be all hunky." They sauntered around, now and then stopping t6 watch a game, but. finally moving toward a rear portion of the sal oon, where a shooting gallery wa11 located. "Hurral wbo sez I ain't ther crack shot of Eur& ka !" b e llowed one of the crowd who were gathered around the stand. "&venteen bull's-eyes out or twenty-five, I'm tell in' you. "Psl.aw, Buckskin; you're no shot!'' repliPd the keeper, a young woman somewhere between seven t een and nineteen years of age, and one of the prettiest the two strangers had yet seen in Eureka. 0 You1re a blower; that's your sum total." a humoug, Noisy N ell," replied Buck skin. "Ye think the.r's no one Inn shut quite so purty as yerself, an' I allow I can sbute clear over you.'' "You've just tried, and have a string of shots t o pay for, as a r-esult!" Noisy Nell was very pretty of race and feature .' with rosetinted cheeks, a small shapel y mouth o f tempting sweetness; flashing. si;>arkling, brownish b lue eyes, and hair to match, which swept in an un confinPd cloud quite to her waist. Her form was; cast in nature's happiest mold, symmetrical and grace ful. She was clad in a silken Rpanish dress. low in the neck, sl e eveless and just short enough to expose the pretry ankles and small slippered feet. Buckskin was a brawny customer, with ruffiatJ clearly written in his dark sinister countenance, amt gleaming from his bloodshot ey e s. "I hev a string ter pay, hey?" he replied; "waI. jest figure thet down on yer slate thet you've bullf!I thar; an' I'll bet a three-ounce nugget ag'in' a frum yer honey-trap, tbet I kin plum the bull's-ey e more times out of forty than you can." "Donel" cried N 0 isy Nell, mstantly. "If you win you shall have the k'os; if I win, l'U take the nugget llere. give your stakes to this young man," and sh pointed to the younger of the two strangers who hall now drawn near. Git out!" cried Buckskin, in contempt; 11 d'ye s'pose I'd trust that rooster? Not much! Hold m y own nugget. "Then you won't shoo t w>t.h me," replie<' l\l ell.

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The Phantom Miner. lly. I wouldn't trnst you two feet away., Gen Is there any o! you who wishes to try a gal, dunno &S It would be any harm ter try," aid the el rer of the strangers, stepping up and ex mining the target-rifle. "My name is Old Ava anchel miss, an' my old eyes can't crawl along a 'fie barrel as they once could. Ef tbet tar?et tbar ar an Injun, I fancv I ked put a current o electrity thrn him wuss1n a streak o' wicked lightnin'. ell ye w'at T did do, once. Ther :reat Annihilation that is me, Old A v:ila.nch e my g oat Flore11ce Night-in-a-g a l e an' ol e Prudence Cordeliar,my mare, war up in Montana, buntin' lujuns, an' sellin' their alps fer dvor-mats. "One day we run forninst about. sixteen thousan' o' r .be pesky varmints, out on ther perary an' they maneuvered around till they got on t.he r right an' left side o' m e an' fetched up in ther rear, leavin' a nat-. ural lane ter scoot thrua gantlet ter run, wi' gnus coverin me wi' deadly aim. But thes old devasta tin' eppydemic pegge d nary an inch, not f!'r Han ner! I;iest raised old Puncb-'em-Judy, my gun, an' let drive a bullet down thet lan e like refin e d ligbt nin', an' actooally, eir, ther suction or draft o' thet bullet war so treemendous1 thet et jer k e d e v ery cu s sed Injunfor'a'd onhisjace, a n h1 okehia ne k A roar of laughte r went up from the crowd, in which Noisy Nell joined heartily. "Thet war no more'n a muskeeteron ther hack uv an elefant t.er what I bev seen done, tho'," remarked the Artnihilator, dryly. Yes, gal, don't mind tryin' ter f tch tbe t bell yonder, tho' ther old man ain't so young as h e u s ed ter be. This is my pard, Dead I mean Nedward Harris. He's sum on ther sbute. Yes, d o n ,t care 'f I do." And tbe next moment the rifle was at the old man's shoulder, there was a flash, a report, and an answering ring from the target. "Thar. That's one fer me," commented the old man. "Load up, g-al." Noisy Nell obeyed with alacrity, and again the old man sighted and shot. Twenty times in succession be fired, and every time the bell rung. "(}Qod shootin', sir," N6isy Nell, as the An rifr.ilator set down the gun. "I've seen crack shots that couldn't beat it." t "Oh I wait 'til ye see my boyee, heer, shute," waa the grim response. "Heer, N'edward, try yer fist "Not with the rifle, Ai'l"a," replied Ned Harris, E>hakin: his bead. "There's no fun in that for me. Give me about tour of those six-shooters you carry." "Heer they are, then, but I'm afeered you're countin' too much. Tbet target are deceivin', ef my old optics ain't in f eult." "Oh I that's all right. laughed Harris, coolly. .. Perhaps there is some enterprising individual present who wants to bet that I cannot put twenty bullets in one mark upon the bull's-eye." Then the handsome ex-road-prince looked calmly around him, scanning the eea of grim faces. It was a bold cballen.ire, with a fair chance for winning, and still no one seemed eager to wager money on it. "Guess there isn't much money in the crowd or else not much sa,.d, Mr. Harris," said Noisy Nell. A fair chance, gentlemen, and success for you almost ce1tain. n This appeal brought forth a tall, lank, gray-beard ed man, with sall"w and sunken, wild e:fues, and a murmur of "Red Brandl" ran through t the fair game-keeper, as be the m an's approach. "No .:me knows except that he is called Red Brand, and owns the bt>st claim in the gulch. Is ISUPI>OSed to have heaps ef money. His claim is the B ig Bonanza," replied Nell. "Ahl then we will' see. Bet, sir, that I cannot do what I offered?" "Yes, 1 w'1'' -replied Re'i Brand, coo lly. strok ing bis fiowinit beard. "My Big Bonanza mins against your hfc, that you cannot put twenty-fol]: successive bullets on the bull's-eye, m one spot N e living man has done it, or can do it. I am sure." "I can put as many agaiMt the bull 's-e y e, on thf same spot. No catches?" "No catches, sir." "Very well, then. Gentlemen, you all witness this wager, I believe. I am to put twenty-four succes sive-bullets against that bull 's-eye, in the same spot1 and win the Big Bonanza mine; or, I am to fail, ana lose my life i!e0,t81:and. Your name, sir-11 Red Brand!'' "And min e is Deadwood Dick, the ex-road-agent; of the Black Hills, at your s ervice!" A cry of astonishment rung through the room, as if the name of the notorious young outlaw were well known in Eureka. "You Deadwood Dick!" exclaimed Nell, in sur pris e. "Ye s, one and all, I am Deadwood Dick, but no longer a road-agent. I have come here to Eureka, to lead an honest existence and be a citizen IWJOng you. lf you let me alone, b1 let you alone; 'trike me, I'll strike back, and you probably have beard of the reputation I bear in that res pect. We can be good frie nds, or bitter enemies, just whichever you please Now, then, If you'll w atch you'll see me fairly win this mine you c a ll the Eig Bonanza." "It will be yer death ef you do I" growled Cal Buckskin. "Oh I 11ill it? What have you got to say about it?" Dick demande d. "None of yer biznessl But mind w'at I tole ye. "Miss, you will please repaint. that bull's-ey e freshly, so we; can tell just where the r e llets strikf',' Dick said. paying no further attention to the ruffl'." Nell quickly obeyed, after which the handsomn'.M.. road -agent took bis position, one revolver jn band, Old Avalanche holding tbe other two 1'her; up came the right band, and, instantaneous;y, av parently without taking aim, be firnd. Then b111 ,!:igbt dropped, and a shot from bis left rung the bell. His right then followed then bis left, and thus in al terna.tion, until the whole of the twenty-four shots had been dispatch.eel upon their unerrin;; mission. Noisy Nell and Red Brand hurried forward to ex amine the target. They found only on -o;si.ble apol where a bullet bad struck, and that was pre cise.y i". the center of the bull's-eye. Yet y e No such shooting as this bad the citizens of Eureka ever seen. and the keenest follo .. ecJ. All had heard of Deadwood Dick, and bis deeds of 1laring, but none of the m cc-uld have ha lieved that be was such a11 expert with tirParms. "Hurral Gl'eat bone that d omes ticated old Jonerl" yelled Old Avalanche, excitedly while Flo rence bleated his approval. "Moses in the bull rushesl thet war ther beautifulest o' tbe r beaucl-.i full Why, tbPr singin' o' them aire purl'atory pel lets 'd be condoecive ter a tit of nonhearative n e ss ef ye don't wear cotton in y'P r ears. Dic k y, my ni ght bloomin' seriou s ther Big Bonanz a is ourn. u And we ::;ha-11 take it," said Deadwood Dick, coolly. "Eh? Mr. Reel Brano; did I not win it on the i::quare. and isn't it mint-?'' "Yes. you won it b.v the skin of yo:ir teeth. and it is was the sullen reply. H But b ewr.re l A curse is on the place, and you may it." "l fear DOr for Clll"'>F-8 sit J have bl: e n cursed aa

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I 4 The Phantom Miner. my lite, but have weathered the storm, and can do Very encouraging prospect, but I'll weatbe1 this so again." point, yet. Good-eveninlf to you. If you hear any The n Dick and Avalanche turned a.way and saunnews for me, just let me ;rnow, and if yo u ever need tered about, watching the scenes transpiring about . ;rn to protect you, just call upon them, and observing tne many strange faces. Some D of them the great Annihilator was able to recognize, The n the outlaw went back to where be had left while others were not within his memorr.. Avalanche. There were g-lrl waiters equento/ .. Phew I" this WSLS a discovery for Dick; rour the gulch was w e ll lined with humanity, "hen wita husband, eht I did not know that he was married tbfl plunging and snorting of the fra :tl01<$ horses, "He m arried me in Virginia City, and then desert and the cracking of Jehu's whip, the rickety ola ed me." stage .rolled up before t h e door ofthe :\l.an'i'.ra;>, and "Very likely. He is a rascal at heart, and I have came to a halt, 'mid the che'rs of the a bullet laid aside to use on him for an Injury he did I Old Av alanche and Deadwood Dkk were among me." the crowd, and watched o;vith idle auriosit.y the new.. And it is of him I came to warn you. H e Is in Mrners who lefNhe stage, which was well loaded this very 1own searching for you. H e may be in t!own. There were rough and poliiibed in disguise and wih strike you at first opportunity. SJ dividuals who wight have safely b efln c1assed wit h keep your eyes about you. He has some desperate the gambling fraternity; men welltod o, evidently game afoot." here for epe"ulative purposes; a half a dozen wcr Vhat nature?" wen, most o f them daeply vailed. "I do not know. All the Information I can get I But when Deadwood Di ck's gaze becitme centered will give you from time to time. But beware of him, upon one of these-a little! cloaked figure, d eeply lest Ile give you a miss-deal." vailed, and evidently frig ltened among sucl:i a Then she turned away, leaving the ex-road-agent crowd. he uttered a little c ry, and clutched the An In a state of perpl exity. nihilator's arm excitedly. Later in the evening be went back where Noisy "Look Avalanche I My God. can tlrn dead return Nell was busy at doing nothing in her busin ess. the to life?" he gasped, figure. "It customers having adjourned to lub!"icat e. Somehow / is s he-E.lith Stone, who you told me was deadDick felt that she was bis friend-at least she was a had drowned herse lf." girl, and since p a r L ing with Leone, he hourly yearn-. "Poo h! boyee, ye've got the spinal meningitis in ed fo r female companionship, when remPmbrance s I yer eyes. T,ord! ham-hone that was tber last sick came bark of tbe happy days he had spent. But, ness uv old Jouer I thet's no more her than you be, now. alas I those days had dis so lved into nothing. you listen ter yer legal adviser." ness, and h e was an outcast on the w orld, while "It is she! You cannot f o ol me. I know her Leone-ah he knew not whether she were living or figure too well. And that vail is but a tlirnsy dis-dead. guise. It is Edith Stone, or her spirit." "l must hunt up t his Cambre." he muttered, a He made a step forward as if to follow h e r. but scowl upon his face, as h e approached the shooting the Annihilator held him back with a strong gripe. stand. "He will knowofLeone. Asalawyer.dis "Hold yer bosses; no swAatin' ag'in I once guised of course. I can :pump him drr, But I must knew a f A ller thet got drowned in hi s own puddle of make inquiries aboutthlS Red Brand.' sweat. Thet gal ain't no Edith :Stone, an' I'll bet my Nell smiled pleasantly as she saw the road-agent fln11-tooth comb an' et's population on it. But in come up. She admired his cool, fearless ways, and case it is h e r, you do not w ant to s e e her. Reckel his handsome face and figure, more than a little. l ect, young r P ller, thet thar's one little red-haired "Glad to see you. Mr. Harris. Have you come critter thet's deservin' o' yer Inv, an' baste me frum back to r e n ew your target practice?" she asked. N orth Pole ter South with aged and decrepit eggs, Oh I no Miss-" ef ye're a-goin ter luv enny o .ther gal but her! 84 "Brandon, if yo'l please." put thet in yer pipe an' chew i t Jest you ante "No, I have not returned to give the it.es ot back inter yonder lubricatin' establishment, and I'! Eureka any more of my marksmanship. I think interdooce myself ter the r girl. Horn of ther bull they have had a fair illustration that I can jl'et there, thet g-ored Moses in ther rushes l I'll soon anylize with an odd little laugh, characteristic of him. "But her, l'm tellin' you!" I wish to question you a little in regard to this chap Deadwood Dick turned rather reluctantly back from whom I won the Bonanza mine. Is he a dan into the saloon, a strange expression upon his face. gerous sort of an individual?" "The p:irl has followed me,"he muttered thought-,, Rather a hard customer, sir. Up at F lorence fully I swear it is she, no matter what report City, last summer, h e got some hard names, having Avalanche may bring back. He cannot deceive me. been proven guilty of several ugly crimes." And she bas come after me, a l one. What are hef "Ahl then I may be on the lookout for him, and fe e lings, I wonder-love or hate? I hope the latter; not e xpect him to give up the mint1 without a strug I can tight it best!" g le?" He sauntered along, watching those about hi m, "Right. sir, for every grain o f gold you get out o f sharply. for now be might look tor a disjl'uised the BOna'lZS min e, you may expect to tlgl:it a batenemy in Carlos Cambre. What could the dislo yal. :;!e I" lleutentant want of !Jim?

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The Phantom Miner. "Hal by Heaven! the blow bas fallen at last!" he suddenly exclaimed under his breath, as he be h e ld a man tacking up a large poster against thA wall. "Again, Edward Harris, are you an outlaw by the decree of the Jaw 1 They have pursue d you, but you will not flee again. Steel to steel, face to face with bis foesJ Deadwood Dick will fight till the breath leaves his oody. Once it was a fight for r epu tation-now it shall be a fight for life or death I" There was a g leam in his eyes that boded no good to tbose who would strike at him-a grim set expres sion of bis features which, rightly interpre ted, meant 4e fiance to the death What he saw to arouse his old bitterness o f spirit was the s!Jerilf of Eureka posting a notice of rewanl Pp on the wall in a conspicuou s place; one of those herald s that baa hounded him-stared at Wm from every band for the last three years, like haunting phantoms. Antl, in large letters, the poster read, as fullows : "$500 REW ARD! By that pow e r veste d in me by virture of Jaw, and whereas the Territorial Gove !'Dment or Dakota bas r Ppeal.edl y found guilty of high-handed murder and outlawry the person herein-named, I offe r the above reward for the cap ture aud at Yankton, Dakota, of' Deadwood Dick ,' or EdwarO Harris, the roadagent, whose former opemtious were confined to t h e Black but who i s now sunpcsed to b e in some cf the T erritories. "Affixeu hereto by me, JOHN L PENNINOTON, on tbis r.be 12th day cf October, 187-, tbe Guber natorial seal of the T erritory of Dakota. bis heart. And that checked what might have been a sheriff seemed for the moment to inspire the remaining Ewekaites with a terrible dread, and they shrunk back, their hands clinching thei1 weapons, their breath bated, a lack of resolu tion holding them powerless to move. Aurt comprehending tbe situation, Deadwood Dick s lowly backed bis way out of the salo<1n, his revol vers still covering the crowd. Bu+ the moment be issued out into the gulch, he saw the m spring fonvard triumphantly, and knew they counte d upon an easy victory. CKAPTER ill. AVALANCHE ENCOUNTERS A PHAN'fOM. DEADWOOD DICK escaped by making a dash through th" crowd that still swarmed out in the gulch, and worked bis way along by degrees until he was half a mile up the lone gorge, with the. mighty walls of mountaiu rock rising above him. And with his dis appearance fro m Eureka there disappeared a friend on whom Old Avalanche lavished his affection, for on his return from an interview with h e r whom Dick had declare d to be Edith Stone, who was the cause of the parting of Dick and L eo ne, he found great ex citement ri(ehand thPn learned of the death of the sheriff\ and t e young road-agent's daring escape. "Bu Jy fer tber bo:yee! I'd do the same ef they kicked me on tber shms. Great ham-bone I ef they'd let bim alone he'd been peaceable enough, but now fer a And this great Annihilator was to wonder, Such w'ls the notice Sheriff Jake l\IcComber posted during the next four or five days, during which up for public inspecti0n by the Enrekaites1 and it time he made detern1ined search, but could find no was read and re-read, amid much excitement, by all trace of Deadwood Dick. He had eithe r left the 1" passed from everv mouth. diate discovery impossible. After the fourth day 'of "Deadwood Dick I sboutt>d the man Buckskin. search, the old man came to the concl n sio n that "Thet v e r y c hap was in hyar ternight., gentlemen-further effort was useless; the n came the rememthet very sam e galoot. HE> put twenty four builets I bra nce of Di c k's right to the Big Bonanza mine. out o' twenty-four on tber bull's-eye, a -flukin' "I will take persession uv et, an hold et fer th e r "And neadwood Dick is here, uow 1" crie d the boyeP," he muttered, and immediately fulfilled his young r oad-a.gent, advancing fearlessly among the pr.:>mise by selecting a dozen miners from the crowds crowd. of id!ers who thronged Eureka, and riding to the "You beard me say to-night, pilgrims, that Dead-1 mine, which waa two miles a nd a half above the woJd Dick was no longer an outlaw unless forc e d to golden town. There was simply a straight tunnel be one. Here I am. Loave m e alone, and I'll leave sunk into the mountain s id e and a n easy place to you alon e Come ancl knock off my hat, and I'll defen d, once possesRion was obtained. knock off yours; th on it wi!I b e war to the last-muzJ Red Brand sat in the mouth of the tunnel, smok zle to muzzle and knife to knife!" ing away at his pipe, as the horseme n rode up, the Not a man moved tor a few moments-scarcely a Annihilator in the l ead. bri>ath was drawn "Hello l &reat ham-hone that kerflummixed old Deadwood Dick stood confronting the crowd, his Jonerl" cried Avalanche, in bis jocular face grim, handsome, expressionless, his forn1 erect, H eer1s our mau now, me l ads! H e Jlol Howdy a pair o! shining revolvers upon full l eve l in his do, Mr Red Brand?" bands. All knew that he wnulcf not hesitate to com "I am well," was tile r eply, as the miner rose to m e n ce the game o! d u th, if pressed; h e was despebis feet. "What brings yon here, sir?" rate and reckless; a e it were, their lives were in his u What! Wal, 1 don t reck on et1s bard ter ans'er hands. Yet Sherill McComberdid not h esitate to do sech a question es thet," said Old Avalanche, "I am bis d uty. H e stepped forward, a look of resolution b eer, w1' my backers, ter take persession o' tbe r e>n hie;; sun browned ace. B o nanz a, w'at D eadwood Dick w0n at sbutia' .. "I'll not knock your hat o ff young man,'' he reI am called Old Avalanche, ther great Iujun Annibi plied slowly. "But I must do my duty and arrest Jator, tho' t h e r acbeevement don't confine itself you, in the name of the law. Y ou'll s"" the acliilsa-bully ter tber trnnsmogitlcation o t her Injine race. bili t y of yielding without resi stance, for they're all This 'ere b oss Is m y left bower, Prudence Cordeliar, with me here," with a nod a t the crnwd. an' tbes e r e beast on myrigbt ail'eFlore nce Night-in-That's the whole famil y, is it, eb ?'' rPtorted Di c k a.gale-both o f 'em workin'-j1ints o' tber great Annia faint smilP playing sarcastically about h is lips. hilator, ther awe-inspirin', devastatin' eppydemic "Well, they're a fin e lo t Better adopt a few more, w'at sweeps like a dose o' castor il e fizzic thru these however, before attempting to arrest me. I give boreal lattytudes. I am counsellor and legal adviser f.OU fair warning to let me alone. If you don' t heed o' Dic ky, an' I venture to put in hi s claim fer him, it, abide the co n seq u e n ces. ,, durin g hi s absence.,, "Come on, boys! we'll take the or we'll "Your claim shall be recogniz ed, said Red Brand, dle a-try in'. One, t wo, three and at b1m 1" calmly, though the old scout detected a fiery gleam The sheriff was a reckless fellow, whose previous in his J>eculi a r dark eyes. "Dismount and follow good luck bad made him vain, or else he would never me, an I'll show ye what is to b e yours." have made the mov.,, for the first leap he made for"Yes, cum erlong, boyees, but pull yer pistols in ward was a leap of death, a bullet from one of Dead-readiness, fer we don't know what sort o' deeflculty Wood Dick's revolvers pluwing a passage through we're a -goin' ter encounter. GreJ
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The Phantom Miner en cum h yal' all a lon g wi' ther g r eat Annihilation; but basin, surrounded by little rows of spruce pines, and he skipped our; an' that's the last I've see'd o' him. booking desolate and uncanny in its solitnde. Expect he'll come back? \\"aal, tbet's hard to tell. "HPre we are, pili:;-rims,1 1 R e d Brand said, waving He may ruin down on us in a way thet won't fit our his hand around him. with a strange smile. "This ijees. Ye've distarbed ther s eetbin' caldron o' an is 13onanza basin and the place of the accursed. You ger an' et bubblin, an' like's not et'll scald ye. see yonde r cabin. That i s the abode of the spirit of Great historical ham-bone! ye dunno notbin' about Andrew Denha1'1-the Phantom Miner--who is the tber deadly power o' my Dicky, pilgrims! See'd terror of this region. There is a littl e l ege nd conhim paralyze a poor cuss ove1 in Deadwood once, nected with this mine, which you should !mow It by jest winkin' his eye-fact. by gracious! An' he's was discovered first by Andrew Denham, four years a dose o' fizzic ter them as he don' t like." ago. He is the only one wbo ever took away an Aud so the days passed by-the soft, hazy au ounce of gold from her!, eve n tbough these sands tumnal days, and at the Bonanza everything ran are rich with the stuff. He remai1111d here a yea.r n long in an tenor. The miners worked indus and panned out an immense fortune; then. one day, triously. and were well rewarded, for the yellow he was found dead in front of yonder cabin. Since I sands were rich with O a kes of gold, in some cases then the mine bas bad ten different owners, but panning out a quarte r of an ounce to the panful. never has an onnce of gold been take n away at any As yet none of the gold had been taken out of the time. A phantom wa< said to guard the place. and basin, the miners preferring to keep it in their own each gang of miners has been frightened away. I possession rather than trust i t in the keeping of the bought the mine, and I have seen the e lephant You Eureka bank, whose officers were rather distrusted are welcome to tne place, if you are willing to fight by the people. inferno and all its l egions. I am not!" But at last, one night. Avala.1che having a con Saying which, the man turned noon bis heel, and siderable bulk of t h e precious stuff. r eso l ved to go strode bac k through the tunne l toward the gul ch. into town for the purpose of exchanging it for For a few moments after his d eparture, n e i t her g.-penbacks. the Annihilator n o r his men spok e a word-stood He left the camp well armed, and mounted upon and stared at each other, each eviden tl y w a iting for the back o f Prude nce Cordeli a, no thought of danthe other to break the silence. At Jas o Old Avalanche 1 ger entering his mind. But when r odf' inro the made tbe break. t unnel. where all was inr ense l y da. rk, h s thoughts "Great ham-bone thet wrecked tber constitoowent back to Red Brand and the story of the chin uv Jone r !" h e ej
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The Phantom Mi n er. 'I "Ghosts, eh?" he so liloquized, grimly-" hog gobblins an' evapo:atinl,l"' speerits, eh? Waal, we'll Investigate this matter nght forninst the spot, as the lrishman sed whP n he went f e r ter find the r motive power in a mule's fut. We'll, ask Mr Hog-gobblin w'at he wants, an' ef he remains mum, we'll try cold lead as a restorative f e r J os t speech." Nearer came the white-robed figure, apparently floating along on the current of a ir. tha t dre w through the tunnel. And the neare r it came, the more uneasy grew Prude nce. At last it came to a pause, not t e n yards away, and now the Annihilator made the discov ery that beneath those cloud-like white robes was the s l wpe o r a human skeleton! And to his furtll e r horror he could hear the harsh rattle of the bones, and a faint wheezy unnatural laugh, sounding far more ghostly than human. Still was the arm o f the specter upraise d, and the strange fore finger, the e nd o f which g l owe d like a human eye, J> silv e r land of Idaho. The property embraced sev, pose to raise myRelf to iud e pendPnce It is a sure era! thousand acres of immediate billowy prairie, thing and capital invested is bound to pay a hand which was well watered and used for grazing pur some r e v enue. p oses, and the buildings and spacious g rounds, 1 Olu Captain Graylford gazed at the coollyscbem which were known as Oaks, probably on ac ing villain opposite him, with a strange g leam in his count of a complete h e d gew ork vf these trees litt l e gray eyes. He was a kee n student of human which the hand of man had p .anted around the nature; experience had taught him the secr e t of pick-mansion. in?. out a villain almost at sil?"bt. The l awn. sloping either way frolll tho dwe lling, See h e r e." he said, hrin!'"ing his b and heavily was well laid and dotted here and tllere with flower-down upon his knee, "do you know that I know you Ing shrubs and beds of blossoming plants, and to be an unmitigated rascal and a liar? You are mark"ed by serpentine walks and carriage drives. smart and crafty above the average, but not suf Here were shaded bowers. there swings, croquet ficiently so to fool an o ld miser like me, who has groUilds and the like, and everywhere evidence of had dealing with men of just -rpe lhrou&-houi

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8 The Phantom Miner. a lJrOsperous nnd eventful life. There is no Ruch project in conremplation as the one you name, and, even if I were to invest capital in s u ch a I should do it myself, not trusting ev e n to m.r own sou or daughter, botJ1 o! whom are a disgrace to the name of Gra.vl!ord Cambre utte red a fierce curse. To be baffled from tbe bel('inning was maddening, but be was not to be rheated or his prey, even at tbis rebuff. u Anrl you dare to insinuate-,, he began. "I dare to insnuaie nothing, sir. but to your face I tell yon open ly that you're a scoundrel and a liar! To be snre, you at first rather gull e d m e Lut aft.er you began to pr.,ach on that railroad scheme, that was enough. Y o u are 110 l onge r a welcome visitor in my hou se, sir " Ob! well. then we'll call me an unwel come one for the nresent. I have you completely in my power. Ford_,c0 G:-aylford, and I mean to make the most of my situation." "Compl.,tely in .vour power?" rer.;ated the specu lator in undisguised amazement. I should like to know how?'' "You would 1 Well, it will require but a few mo ments to give you an Idea of what 1 am driving at. J did not propose to enter upon this matter yet, but may as well. to let you know on how little a thread a life may hang. Jn the first place, I enter a charge against you which the law. except in Utah1 pro nounces a mlsdemel\nor Fordyce Gray\foro, 11ou ar a biqamist. You have marrie({ a S t C011d utfe, whil6 you hare a P1st n'f P livinrr !" Ha I has a thunderbolt fallen! 'rhe mine-owner leaps t o his feet, with a ghastly white face, his form trembling as iu an agne-fit, his e.ves blazing luridly. You say this!" he cried, his breath coming and going in quick gasps. "Then you lie!" "Oh, no! I do not lie," Cambre replied non chalantly. "I'm always sure of my point before I show my hand, as the sayi n g goes. 1 can produce that first wife in side of twenty-four houN, and her heir to all your wealth, in as many more. Ahal I have got it all work e d out fine, old man, and you are in my power!" "Yes-in your power," muttered the old m!ne owner, dropping back into his chair-" heavily in your power. But I defy you. You can do nothing. It is twenty years since all that; time has outlawed the case. She refu .-ed to live with me then or to let me have the child. Ther.-fore, I am legall y divorc ed1 and the result of that first union is not my heir." Ah! we'll see about that," Cambre said, rising, with a dark frown. "Perhaps you are right; then, again, P.erhllps you are wrong. I will seek legal counse aod report at the first opportunity." He left the mansi on, and ordering hi s horse, he mountecl, and galloped back toward Eureka. But while galloping along. busying his brain over bis little scheme, the re suddenly ro< e before him out of a hollow in the billowy prairie. a figure on horse back-a familiar figure, the sight of whom caused him to leitp up In his stirrups, with an oa\h. Could this he?-was h e re a lly in the presence of the one he most dreade d. yet was most anxious to meet, the daunt.less, aaring road-prince, Deadwood Dick! It required on ty one glance to satisfy him that it was ind e erl the not,orious young outlaw, who dis solved bis bana and fled hither, where veins of silver run zig-zag through the earth. Deadw ood Dick as of yore, in his emblematical suit of jetty blaoll:. black hat., gloves, mask, saddletrappings, and horse I A revolver was in the young road-agent's hand, else Cambre would h.ive spurred away. But lie knew Dick's marksmanship too well to run anv risks, and therefore rode straight on until the nosesof.their h o rses touched. Hall camP In the c lear, pure tone of the out !:.w; "yon are mine, Carlos Cambre. Right here in my hand I hold a traitor's death-who deserves it more than you?,, The unfaithful lieutenant B'rew white about the Ups, ar:d sllifted uneasily in hts saddle. "I nm in your power true enough, captain," be renlied, in a. low toue. 'lYou will never, never f or give me because I had you imprisoned by your wifP's orders, I suppose. Perhaps I did wrong, and I would cra,ve your forgiveness, only I know you are unforgiving. You have your revolv e r ready-shoot me. if it will cancelthedebt; I am not afraid to die!" No, r.ou are not afraid to die," replied Deadwood Dick, with a low, mocking laugh, "or els e I should kill you which I am not quite ready to do yet. I would first use you for other purposes." "Ob I so you wish to make me your tool. eh?" Cambre RnPered, his eyes emitting tigerish sparkles; "I advise v0u not to trust me too far. Snakes some times bite "snakes." "Oh 1 yes, I am aware of that-especially when two venomous reptiles or your type collide. But you have your choice-death, or the execution of mr, wishes, whichever you will." 'What dirty j ob do you want clone?" No dil'ty job, wretch I I want you to color your fingers in a Uttle human blood, that is all!" with a reckless laugh. Cambre shudc!Pred in spite of himself. He was surprised to find snch a change In Dead wood Dick. Was he tmuing 1 l{fjian, just because ot the loss of a woman's lov e? "Name your work. Dishonor and death have equal terrors-I know not which I shall choose!" he r eplie d. / At which there was a contemptuous "humph!" from Deadwood Dick. "You are mighty pious of lll.t e, I see," he went on deepest sarcasm in his tOnes. "Wouldn't cut a man's hreatbiny; pipe, sooner than you'd look at him I dare say. t can proudly say that I have never b ee n guilty of willful murder yet, sir. Nor can any one truth fully accuse me of such a crime." "'i do not fropose to. The case I wish you to exe cute is this: have learned that L eone, your confed erate and my wife, Is here in Eureka. I came into possession of the knowledge by merest accident, but did not learn ker whereabouts, for a certainty. She may be disi::uised or not, just as the case happens. Anyhow, he has a babe in her arms-the first child of our upion. It does not rightfully belong to her, and she shall not have it! You must steal it, and bring it to me. Do you understand?" Perfectly! But you spoke of blood. You surely do not wish me to murder ;t t" "Oh I no. I wish you to murder a certain indivi dual named Deadwood Dick. the Road-agent Prince!" Whatl want me to murder you? Are you crazy, man?" "Hal ha! No. I do not want you t0 murder mt, but Deadwood Dick No. 1. I am Deadwood Dick No. 21" "You Are lying!" he said, d ecidedly. "You are the rPal D ead wood Dick, and I know it." "Ohl you do, eh? ""elt, in case that what you say is true, who is No. 2 Deadwood Dick!"" 1 That l cannot tell. Nor can I tell your object in wauting such party killed. It need npt matter to me. however. I 'will get the babe, ai earliest opportunity. "Very well see that yon do. My spies s!Jall watch you even as you take each step. And if you try to play me false, remember the old sign o! the Double Daggers!" Then D!'adwood Dick wheeled his horse and gal loped back toward the mountains, toking a course that would lead him a good doz"n miles beyond the mouth of Eureka gulch. While Cambre rod e s l owly on toward the mining town, watching th" easy graceful equestrianism of th<' road-agent, and wondering in bis mind if it were really Dearlwood Dick "He said he was No. 2, but lied. There are few 1vho ride like him But who is this other pa1-ty? There must be two Deadwood Dicks in the ile.d. I want the original, hut mu;;t contrive to meet

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The Phantom Miner. 9 liim when t:. is bcirship business gets ripe, and I can cool youth on top of the table, and nodded to each other, kuowID?,ly. 'I'll bet the younu e r's Deadwood Dick bisselfl" bawled the ruffian Buckskin. I see'd him over in D e adwood, onc't, an' this is tb e r san1e chap!" "You're a liur, by the clock!" responded Red-Hot Harris, coolly. "You never saw your 'umble servant in Deadwood or in any other wood. I am RedHot Harris. from Virginia City, au' I can lick thet man as sez I ain't-that's 1ne !'' "Then I'm yer meat, you young bull-dog!" roar Pd Buckskin. "I never take a d a re-not even from Satan hisself. Climb down oflln that table au' jerk off ef yer want t e r snag yerspJf ag-'in1 a ragin' tornader. C omeerlong, or l'll-I-I'll-I'U-" He did not finish the entence, for the words froze to his Ji ps. His bloodshot eyes w e r e gazing straight in to the black, magnetic ones of R ed-Hot Hanis as if glued in one position; bis bands bung rigid by bis side; not a muscle moved in his face or body. In astonishment the ha it u0s of the Man-Trap looked on, unable to solve the myster.v. Buckskin was the bully of the ranch. and a muscular. aast-iron fellow with some bull-dog coma.ge and plenty of cheek: and could show about as many battle-scars as the next one. And, that this youth in dandified garb should hold the bully of Eureka at bay. with the simpl e power of bis eye, was a startling mystery, not easily solved by the rough men of the mines. They knew little or notb!ng of mesi;neric wondrous power of mrnd over mmd, and it was solely by this power th!J young Virtnian "-as from Vir are dubbe -held .the 1 an ia abeyance As soon as he saw tllat his victim was powerless to move, act or speak, Harris turned his gaze upon the crowd with a bland smile. "There b e is gentlemen." he said. with a peculiar laugh, which brought back recollections of Dead w ood Dick. I have whipped him without the use ol fists or fir earms, and I'H guarante e, if he is left un molested that he'll be mute and motionless for the hours, unless I should conclude to dis-spell "See hayr. younker, be you possessed of the devil? demaniled one 'old weather-worn veteran. who had slung,, the u cradle ,, s ince the days of '49; 0 or, w'at aire tber secret o' yer influ'nce over tbet chap P I'd lik e you ter 'splain." M ebbe yon want me to fix y0.1 out," Red-Hot said, with a laugh, turning ills magnetic orbs upon the o ld man. But the old chap slunk quickly back into the crowd. He evidentl y bad no desire to become a model o f liv ing statuary, lik e Buckskin. who stood rigid and mo t ion less in the center of the floor. At this juncture Carlos Cambre came into the saloon, and seeing the crowd collected, pushed for ward "Hello! what's the circus here ?" be demanded elbowing his way through, importantly. Hal by tlie d vil and all his legions! Dead-" "Red-Hot Harris!" corrected the young gentleman on the table, coolly-" the twin brother of Deadwood Dick. ,. Cambre was about to give some retort of denial, but something caused him to desist, and be came forward with outstretched baud. By Jove! so it isl Shake, young man; glad to e you I You look so much lik e this road-agent devil that it is hard to tell you apart." Red Hot accepted the ex-lieutenant's hand, and shook it, mechanically. "You are looking wel!t h e said, gazing straight into the other' s eyes. o u also used to be a good poker-player. Will you try me a skein? They ca!J me the boss, up in Virginia r:;t. ...

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10 The Phantom Miner. Harris slid from bis perch on top of the table, and Cambre and be sought a less crowded portion of the room, but to no avail. The miners swarmed after them, bound tosee what sport there migbt be. But they were destined to be disappointed Nothing oc curred to arouse their excitabilities; all of interest was a quiet game of poker, and occasional funny rep marks from Red-Hot-he invariably winning. At last Cambre threw down thecards in disgust and lE'ft the table. Harris was about to follow, wnen a band was. laid upon his shoulder, lightly but firm ly. He turne d quickly around, expecting an enemy. But he was happily disappointed. A young woman of pretty face and form stood over him and gave him a sign to follow h er; then retroated toward the HarrLs arose and foll owed her, wondermg what was to come next. Noisy Nell, for it was she whom he bad followed, !aced him when they were a lone. u You' must escape from beret" she said, excited ly, her voice low e red to a whisper. 0 But I don't know how. There are no back modes of exit." "Humph! I ain' t in no hurry to escape!" replied the b oss poker-player, staring at her1 thoughtfully. "Guess no one' s goin' to give me the o ounce." "Ab! yflu have not seen the danger the n, sirP One of your wbrst enemies i s in this room-Roxly the Regulator from Deadwood I" "Justsot ROxly,yousay? Guess I neve r heard of him.'' .. Oh! but you cannot decei V lips "Reckon they don't grow manv cowards up in Virginn." "I did not intimate that you w e re afraid, sir; in deed, your past life has shown that you are a stranger to fear. But fo1 Leon1's sake, and the sake of infant Defl.d rOO I D ir' k, I b eg of you run no risks I Let us try and make our way out into the gulch, un observed Harris p erched himself upon a cardtable, with h i s feet dangling off, and loo kin g imo the face of the pretty proprietor of the shootinggallerr, be laughed outright, the very essence of fun sbin1Dg from bis eyes "You still thirik I'm Deadwood Dick!" he sai d holding his breath to prevent another explosion of laughter. "I know it!" r e pli e d N e ll, firm l y. "We ll by H o ly M oses I a feller can't have no peace of mind lately. ef b e happens to have been cast in the same mold of clay sum other fell e r was cast in. I rec'on if I l<>oked like George, of hatchet fame, you'd swear I was the old man resurrected, wouldn't you?" "Ob! no; I should b e lieve your denial the n for it would be simply impossible for you to t e ll a liel" was the retort. Red Hot ran his fingers through his bair, reflect i v ely. How he was to convince thei." stubborn Enrekaites that he was Red-Hot Harris and not Deadwood Dick was a question be l .acked tb&means l to so l ve. The resemblance was against him; be had only the lnll11ence Af his we11oons a n d tongue fo r argument, "Well "he said, at last," can me what you like --0nly, l:d like to have tbat amiabl e brother of mine here so I could punch his bead !or all the trou ble be is I suppose this Leon e .vou speak of is some gal Dick has roped in, eh?" "She is your wife, sir, whom y o u h'.lve foully de sertedl" "Phew 1 Worse and worse I Any more <>f that ord er. miss?" "You know I am speaking the truth, Deadwood Dick. And I should think you would yearn te see your baby boy!" "My baby b r,yJ ha! ha! bal t h at's too much to give a feller at ouedoBe For the Lord's sake, don' t give u s any m o r e uv tltat peppermint!" "The n you deny that you are married?" the giri demand ed. "If I am married, w ell-I'll go bag my head, and throw it away. The idea of m e taking unto me a wife! Got in lov e with a gal once but she flung me ov e r h e r cold left shoulder, and !: forevef collapsed on the subject of love." At this moment the doo r of the Man-Trap wal thrown open, and a man rushed in bootles s hat l es s and m his shirt-sleeves, and in one sentence, h e mac l e known h1s mission. "111urd e r I The Oaks has bee n robbed and every perso n but m e killed, In cold blood!" h e cried1 loud enough to be heard all over the apartm>ant. Mur der! murder! thieves I robbe r s I" "Now, miss, I'll .prove to you I'm n o t the one you'd make out!" RedHot Harris said, hastily He t h e n pushed forward holdly through the ex cited crowd, and in two m o m ents the reckles s youth st,ood upon the bar, his fine figure erect an<\ straight as an arrow. "By the gods I Deadwood Dick!" cried a little, weather beaten man, starting back in astonishment. "You here?' "I'mher,-lam, but nary a D ead wood Dick, old man I I'm Red-Hob-Harris, the b oss poke r-player from Virginia City. I occasionally wear a little badge under my vest collar, which qua lifies to do a little in the detecti ve lin e. A certain few, h.ire, lik e yourself. ftnd me like unto Deadwood D ick, the frisky r oad -ageut-my twin brother. l'v<' got five hundred doll ... .-s for that chap who will bring D. D to me.11 "Too thin J" grinned Roxly, the Deadwood Regulator c hief; ''ye' r e an ands.um actor, boyce, but .re ken' t foo l a n old stagn. Pil g rim s, can l r ely ou ye to take tills road-agent?" u Ay1 ayl'' chmused a doze n voices; u we're 00.. hind yelead on!" And Roxi:}' drew hi s r evoTvers, preparatory for the coming affray. But b e need not have t11ken that trouble. RedHot apparently was going to offer no opposition to their wishes. He r e t ained his standing position on top o f the bar; ms arms were fold e d across bis breast; an cxpresiou of cold defiance restP d upo n his hand some face bis black eyes b12rning with that pecu liar ;magneti c fire that had co:1quer e d Bucksldn. In one corner of the saloon, that wretch was just r eco v ering from the e(Iects of nis mes merism. "Harri s come down and deli ve r yourself up?" commaude d Roxly, advancing a few paces. "I am very comfortable, was the reply of tha poker-player, facing the battery of revolver-muzzles that were leve l ed at him, indiff e rently. "Oh I you're still game, are ye? Well,-we'll soon fetch you. Pards, I'm go in' t e r count one, two, three, an' e f be d nn't budge at the word tltree, fill his carcass so full o' holes thet there won't be a;:iy room f e r blood ter circulate I" 0 Ayt we're thar u Correct I 01M "One!" repeated Red-Hot, coolly "Two from Roxly. "Two!" counted RedHot. "One more-" "Hol d c ried a vo ice, which run g sterolv

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The Phantom Miner. :ll the room. "Enough, Roxly If you wan t Dead wood Dick, you'll find him conveniently banay in 7our rearl" CHAPTER VI. CAMBRE SHOWS HIS HAND-DEEPER MYSTERY. CAMBRE left the rnloon, after his unsuccessful game of poke r wit b Red-Hot Harris, a dark frown upon bis brow. "Is that f e llow D eadwoo d Di c k, or not?" be mut tered, making bis way along tbe gulch ov e r which night h"d thrown its dark mantle. I'll be bonge d if I am not puzzl ed lf that was the genuine chap I m e t today, tkis was the Numbe r 2 of whom b e spoke. But 1f that was not tile e enuine Dick, this must have been him to-night. Bnt, "hy did be nllt shoot me, as is undoubted ly his inte nti on ? Perhaps be did not wish to begin another career of crime. And perhaps this was not him. H ang it. I neve r was so set. I served long enough under Deadwood Dick, that I ought to be able Lo recognize him. This Red Hot Harris bas Di ck's face, and some o f bis courage and coolriess ; yetconfound it 1'11 give it up. 1 am inclined to the belief that it was he wbom I met to-day. Yet h e tri<'d to stuff No. 2 down me. I trunk I see through i t Red-H o t i his brothe r, and my business. I must first consult with Cathie, and then bunt up Leone. I think she will be glad to see me, though I am her worst foe. Fortunately she don't know that." His dark Spanish face would have been a riddle to h .ave studied, with its constai;itlyshifting expres sions, as he strode along. Eureka was bless e d with one hotel that was <'alled "first-class," in the mines. It was a large, roomr, structure. and bore the name of the" Flag of Truce! its proprietor a late ConfederatP, anil probah y choosing the name as one approprlate to his senti ments. Straight to this hote l, "< hicb was perl1aps a quarte r of a mile from the !\Ian-Trap, w ent Cambre a waiter showing him to a commonly 11 nished room on tb" second floor. 'l'he only occupant o f this apartment was a woman of some five-and -forty years-a woman on whom time had l eft marks, for her features were wrinkled and pinch ed, and her hair threaded with g ray. Her eyes, howe'Ver, still retaine d their fire of youthwere rathe r sinister of expression, inamuch as they coul d at times become fas cinating in their glancPs, Her attire was s impl e, yet neat, a nd upon her mar riage.finger a so litaire diamond ring was worn that had cost a large sum. The woman iooked up from some s e wing at which was engag-ed as Cambre entered, nodding me chanically to a chair op posite h e r. "You are back, I s ee," she said, as if the effort to eonverse was "I suppose you bring the aarne old story? "No, Cathie," the ex-li "utenant replied, "I do not. (to-day called upon Fordyce Graylford, and broke l lle ic e. But I fear that yonr claim won't pass mus ter. The old rascal claims that it is it b e Ing vears s inc e you left his bed and board." "Ahl so 'be will d<'fy me, eh?" and Catl.ie com presse d her lips, tiKhtly "Well, we will see about 1t. He cannot dispute my son's ri ght to t>-e estate, even if Jam o utlawed. Please touch the bell on the tabl e there, Mr. Cambre!" Cambre obeyed, and a moment later an elderly ,i:entl eman st.,pped into the room, bat and cane in band, he evidently coming from an adjoining apart ment. "Ah I did you summon me, madame?" he ake d, bowing low. "\:Vhat s e rvice can I do you, pray?11 "I wish to ask you, Mr. Bolton if I am really our, riwed from claim upon the Graylford property-tha& "' really outlawed by time.t As a l drop his gaze, a flu s h of guilt m ounting bis cheek. "I b elieve you are playing a d o uble game here, Carlos Cambre." "Oh I you do, eh?" be replied, a meaning glitter in bis eyes. "Well, think w'ha t ,vou please. I don't crave your employment one 10ta. You proposed tha t I should tenrler my assistance on account of my knowl edge of the country, b elie ving I might be a bandy tool. But a tool usually executes m echanism, and, m JY101unng copi s of all y our pap1.,s, I h ave pro vid e d myself for the hour when my services would be no longer needed." As he spoke thus, the face of the scheming villain was lit up by a smile of triumph. "What? What is this you say?" d emanded the woman, Cath;e, springing to her feet excitedly, while Lawyer Bolton followed her example-" possess co/jlies of my papers, Carlos Cambre!" Exactly. madam! I saw a big game at stake. I saw that 1 had the matte r all in my own hands. l stole your papers and copied them." "Ah I but we have the originals still I" crie d Bolton gle efully," and our testimony will overbalance yours -yo u bemg an ex-outlaw." "Oh, it's all right, my friends," replied Cambre, with a sneering Jaugb. "I think I can put my fin gers on the rignt party, and make hlm heir. leaving y o n out in the cold, unless you will pay handsomely to he interested. 1 have my papers-the originals, al so-" "You lie!" cried Cathie, fiercely. "Oh I no, I don't; look and be sure of your point befqre you show your hand." A look of horror overpread ber features, and with faltering footsteps Cathie went to a desk, in one corner of the apartment, and 11nlocked a small dra w e r. Gone sbe gasped, reeling back, as If she bad bee n struck a heavy blow. "Gone?" echoed Bolton, the lawy e r SP-ringing for ward to ascertain the truth of mit0ame s statement. "Gone!" a ssented Cambre, with a n..ocking laugh. "and I n ave got thwirPut away for safe keeping. l\ly clear madam, and limb of the law, allow m e to bid you a pleasant good-night." And be bowed nimselr out of the room, with a triumphant smile on bis lips, leaving the two astonish ed victims of his villainy to their bitteres t r efiectious, while be made his way down-stairs and out into the gulch street. It must have been fully an hour after the departure of the terrible Phantom Mine r, that Old Avalanche spent m the mine tunnel, unable to move or speak, from the effect of the combined scare, defiance and robbery, before he felt a retmn of his stunned sense& and the blood once more coursed through his veins. From some incomprehensible caooe he nad stiffened where be sat, but soon was able to move his

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The Phantom Miner. ha11ds and feet, after which by viol ent exercise of tbose limbs h e became himself once more. Prudence occuf?ied the same position she bad b e fore the spe ll wlul e Flore n ce Nightingale was brows Ing awa y at some brush she h a d dragged into the tunnel. "Great ham-hone tbet afflict e d old Joner." the old man gasped. when h e found that his power of speech was returning. "Rushes thet bull dozed old Moses I am I or ant I not am I. as the lads say? An' whar am I? Be I ther dreaded d evastater o' the peraries? Aire I ther great eppydemic o ex tarmination-ther terrific Injun fizz1c? Or aire I a phantom-a ghost-a hog -gohblin' or discomhowel e u >11peerit, frum ther immortal shades uv Tiuctarrius?" He pee r ed. around, expecting still to behold his phantom foe, but to his unbounded 1eiie f, only blank darkness hovered around. "The dasted critter's vamoosed, sure's thar's fun in a jac k-mule's bind foot. An', by thunderation I my gold's gone! Fact, by gracious! Here I've bin made a helpless old galoot by infernal power, and teetota l!y skinned uv my a 'riferous !" The old scout was sorely puzz led for once in his v e n turesome life. He knew tha t he had passe d through a very strange spell. and h a d been made a h e lpless victim-had been robbed of his gold. The n his mind reverted to the fac t that he had discharg ed seven shots at the ghostly apparition, and what human mortal conld stand up under such a fire, and every bulle t sent unerringly I Ahl here was a mystery of mysteries I Turrung Prudence about the Annihilator rode slowly back into Bonanza ihsin, and down across the sl<>pe to where a camp-tir e burned upon the edge of the creek. He was resolved to say conce1 ning his encounter with the Phantom, yet. H e would !Pt things work their own way, and keep a vigilant wat. c h in the future, trusting to his own sar?acity to unravel the mystery of the Phantom. Fortunate ly, he had none of the others' gold but his own with hi.n, and no one need know anything about bis loss. Indeed it would b e death to the foterests of the mine to alarm the superstitious miners, as they woul d instantll quit the claim. He found most of them still lounging about the tire, smoking their pipes and telling yarns, Keno and Little Alf b e in!! Wlthout rivals when Avalanche was abse nt. But when he rode int o camp on bis sorry-looking specime n of a horse, followed by the ugly, sneakish-appearing billy-goat, a shout went up. "Hurra l here's the great eppydemic o' Injun tlz. :zic!" cried Little A.If. With a hearty laugh. H e had finished the latter part of his journe y to Eureka in company with Deadwood Dick; later had en tered Avalanche's employ in the mines. "Now, t llillhle off, Annihilator, and spin us an old tearin' yarn, for you're the bo s s on lyin', ef ever th e r e was a boss. You 'n' old Whiffles orter been hitched tergether, lik e t.he SiamesG twins. NickWhiffles was a good shot. by the way. I seen him scrape a Tosy blush !rum a gal's cheek, onc't, quicker' n ye Ired say Knickerbocke r .. Jess so,,, Avalanche observecl, sitting sid ewise .on back; "ren1inds m e uv a time whe n ther great Ann'hilation war up in Nevada, scoutin' 'rounrl. One ui!l'bt I b e d a dream, an' I dreampt tbet I war l o o km' inter my darter's room, in the r Ebbitt H o u s e at Washington. I thort I see'd a big mnskeeter crawlin' upon ther fair face on tber piller; 1t made my h!C>od h'ile ter see the r cuss 1ickin' his chops in contemplation uv a gory feast, I drew my revolver, an' tuk aim, hound tbet et s hed be blood fer blood; I pulle d tber trigger, there was an orful report, accump' nied by terrific screams; an1 gentlemen, I bein' in Nevada an' that ;P;al in Washington, what d'ye suppose?-what d'ye s'pect war the re s ult?n You hit the muskeeter eh?" from Air. "No. l!e hit the gal," declare d Keno. "NO: I '1ldn't, boyees. Great hambone' In my sleep I'd pulle d n sixshooter an' pinned Florence't tail, hayr. t e r a cottonwood-tree, j6st as nice as ye please. Ther hole's thar yet, ef ye wish to make an examinati o n "Psha w! thet's notbin'," .. ;verred Keno, laving a.side his pipe. "I once see'd a f P ll e r lay a fi e l d glass on top o' his rifle, an' shoot clean from GaJv.,.. ton ter London and knock a fiy otlin t he nose <> Queen Victory." l pass." cried Litt l e Al f . I guess it remains fer m e ter order 'em up, next time w e go to 'Reka," added Avalanche, dismount ing, with a grim smile, "th o ', gentleme n, I hevbeat even thet. I once sent a bullet across ther p eraries after a man ns owed m e t e n cents h "'d borrowed fer a drink, an' th e r bullet went so fast and attracted so much friction the t et s e t titer bull prairie afire, an' ther fir e beated ther nu' got it red-hot; an' the r rays frum it. set fireter thet f e ll"r's clothes, an' h e was a cremated corpus before h e'd got any where's near t e r ther bullet, or tber bulle t b e d go! anywhere's nigh t e r him, and-" H o ld on I we pass," cried both K eno and Alf, deprecatingly. 'rhe Annihilator unbridled Pruclence1.and let her frt>e, whil e h e sat d ow n upon a log and J.it bis pipe. 'Avalanc h e, s aid Alf, exclianging glances with the others, 0 we've seen the Phantom l\Unerl" "Eh? Yoa see'd the Phantom Minerr "Yes. or what we suppose d to b e his ghostshlp-a white flo a tin g thing in mid-air, sailin' about as et the r e was fuu in scnrin' folks out o' their wits. "And by heaven I the r e c o mes the infernal thing again I" y e ll e d K e no, springing to his feet. He vointed direetl 1 orerhPad, wher e su1 enoug h, a (lhastl11 ,,.as slowly an d grrrce/ i tUy J /oatin7 thmur1h th e air, aurruun ded by a m yserious ha! o oj light! It was far above the m and only dimly visible against the iaky-hlack heaven s, with n o motive pow er visible. Was it a spirit of the ail'? Could it be that B onanza Basin was really haunted by super n atural b eings? The thought was horrifying. But an exclamatio n from Aval. nc!10 ths group of their clanger. The appariti'-n, pll,mtom, OT whatever, was coming swiftly doumu:ard! CHAPTER VII. A BLOW STRUC K IN FIRE-WHICH OF TWO, THE w ords that rung through the M a n -Trap salooq were uttered by a strange horseman who had ridden boldly in through the open door, and with a cocked r evo lver covered the crowd of miners and ruffianly characters, who pressed forward agains t the bar upon whicu Red-Hot Harris stood so defiantly. The word s also caused Old Roxly to l ower his aim upon RedH ot, and wheel partly around, uttering a curse as he b e h e ld the daring rider. Was he wrong? Was this black-clad, masked youth on the horse the genuine Deadwood Dick? Ah I what doubt conic! there he of it? I t was the same out fit h e bad worn in Deadwood. or one a v e r y exact counterpart of it; the same handsome figure and graceful ease in the saddle But the two r evolvers h e ld in the hands, caused the crowd to shrink back witi' fear. Roidy stood f o r a moment in speechless dismay. "Yes, lam D eadwood Di ck!" repeatec l the sam8 ringing voice-" the so-called roac\agent, on whom the w orld lavi
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The Phantom Mine\", 18 the Man-Trap at heels. Stop him I A thousand d ollars rewa1d for Deadwood Dick I Shoot him I A horse I a horse I" But Eureka did not possess many availabl e hqrses and these, at the timehwere browsing somewhere witbln ten miles of w ere they were wanted. So that Deadwood Dick was free to thunder away up the gulch on !tis charger, unpursued. while the mighty walls of mountain rock echoed back his wild laugh mockingly. With terrible rage Roxly realized that he was again a subject of defeat. Among those who escaped from the saloon in the rush was Red-Hot Harris. the boss poker-player. He slipped away unnoticed and hurried otf into the darkness, taking tbe course toward the Deadwood Dick Bonanza, a puzzled expression upon his hand some, fearless face, and a strange gleam in his black, magnetic eye. "It i s time for me to be elsewhere!" he muttered, striking a match and glancing at bis gold watch. "I left tbe old galoot at e ight; it is now nearly ten, and time I was back. That road-agent chap lucidly freed me from what promised to be a precarious situation. Thanks be to him I I !(Uess I'll be a ll right in the future. Ha I a fire, by all that's holy I" He had now reaclrnd the upper end of the tOwn, when chancing to hok back, he perceived that sev eral tents and one frame shanty were in flames, near the other eIJd of t .he town, at the end of Eureka gulch. Loud yells of anger, borne on the evening breeze, proclaim"d that the citizens of Eureka bad discovered the fires. Men, women and children were hurrying frantically in the direction of the flaming buildings, the light of which lit up the heavens with a. lurid reflection. "Hal I remember!" Red-Hot muttered, passing his hand over his brow. "Dead wood Dick said this blow would be fire, and yonder's the blow I The next will be blood! Hal ha! ha! but look: yonder are flames creeping up two cabins at this end of town I And now men a r e coming tbis way, which makes it necessary for an individual of about my size to va moose I" He watched the fire for a few moments only, then hurried up the lonely gulch, at a brisk race. Deadwood Dick had made a threat o fire; now he was executing it. Unknown incendiaries were applylng the torch to the dry crip shanties, without beiug seen, and the heawms were growing lighter every minute. l\Ien, women and children were rnshiug about in confusion; every heart was filled with indignation and fear; consternation nnd ang-er were the prevail ing passions, as tbe Eurekaites looked helplessly on to behold the conflagration that was destroying their hard-earned homes. A few puny attempts were made to check tbe flames by tbe application of buck ets o! water, but there was'a strong breeze astir, and a.II efforts were fruitless. Old Roxly, the Deadwood RRU1ator, was perhaps the coolest man on the spot, despite the fact of his late defeat. He gathered around him a score of armed miners, and spread them around, promiscu ously, with the order to shoot the first incendiary seen, without mercy. Tbi" ended the conflagration, and Eurka owed its redemption to the hardPned old Regulator, who had sworn to hunt Deadwood Dick to death, or pass in his checks in the attempt, No more fires were set, and when the dozen buildings, a ll told, had burned to the ground, the fiery blush died out of the heavens and darkness once more reigned supreme. A strict watch had been kept at both ends of the town, but none of Di>a.dwood Dick's band had been Eeen to escape. Were they still within the village, intending to strike again when quiet was restored? Many f!'ared that such would be the case, but were happily disappoint ed; they were not again molested that night. After leaving the Flag of Truce Hotel, on the terlllination of his !nterview with Cathie, Carlos Cam br., turned into a street which ran croswise of the gulch, and hurried along, a low chuckle occasionally breaking from his lips. "l\Iy scheme has worked like a charm, thus far." he muttered, glancing sha.rf.l:V around to see that no one was within hearing. l athie i s in my powerl and I have nothing to fear from her. Deadwooa Dick is undoubtedly her ''lild, by Fordyce Gray! ford, although ht> knows it not. The cam stands now between him and these later children of tbe old miser. Whoever will pay the most shall have these papers.u And the villain chuckled again and again at the cleverness of his plot and its prospect of success. He kept a sharp outlook upon all sides, not know ing when he miEl'ht receive a blow from some unseen enemy. But his vigila.nce did not detect a slight1 trim figure that constantly shadowed him-baa shadowed him. unknown and unseen, ever since hi9 arrival in Eureka. He went straight to the cottage of John J ones, who drove the Eureka stage, and found that individual very comfortably ensconced UJ)On the doorsill of bis habitation, perusing the latest Portland paper. Jones was a bra.wny fellow, who haci roughed ii twenty years in the West since he was a youth ol seventeen, and ban a big heart, which made him as good-natured as the day was long. He bowed fa miliarly as Ca.mbre approached, and made room upon the sill, but the ex-lieutenant declined the proffered seat with a smile. "I cannot sit down." he said. "I came to in quire when you fetched in a young woman wit.h a bah), on your stage?" "Le'me see. A young woman and a baby, eh! Wal, I fetched in two last week three the week before, and one this week; day before yesterday; so you see it's bard tdlin' which you mean." I Ebould so. But, the one I have reference to has red hair, and is only of medium stature-very pretty in form and face." "Dunno nothin1 1bout it. Once got my own ha'r pulled fer commentin' on the beauties of another woman's ca pi11ary possess.ione." "Where did you drop all these six women with babies?'' "All at the !\Ian-Trap; but none o' 'em stayed there long, you bet!" Cambre turned away, without thanks for the in!or mation he ban obtamed. It looked as if there might b"l some trouble in finding Leone and her child The first alarm of the fire had just been given when Cambre reached the main street; men, women and children were hurrying in every direction, confused and excited. "Oh! what If it. should be my home, and Leone and Dickie asleep!" muttered one girlish figure, that !litted by, towa.rcl tbe flames that were leap ing t:yward. The words were hardly spoken above a whisper, yet Cambre caught them, and his heart gave an exultant bound. "Here is my clew when least expect. ed !" he mut tered, springing otf in pursuit of the girl whom he now recognized as N oisy Nell ofthe!llan-Trapshoot ing gallery. "Surely there cannot be two Leones in Eureka, as there are two Deadwood Dicks." Noisy Nell soon reached a. shanty inclo8"d by a rough, unpainted picket fence, which stood in close proximity to one of the burning buildings, and Cam bre was close to her heels. A female figure clasping_ a very young babe in h e r arms, stood leaning upon the gate, watching the ccn fla g ration, and uttered a little cry of joy when Nell hurried up. "Oh! is it you1 slstel"f I was :fust out enjoying tbe fire. I always did !l"lory In walchtng a. great fire," with a litlie shivermg laugh. If Pared it was my shanty, and that you would be very much frightened," Nelllt> Jlrandon replied. opening the gate and stepping llll!ide thli yard. w hir-11

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14 T h e Phantom Miner. f!be had adorned with a few beds of fragrant posies. "I guess you are not much of a coward after all." "No; my later life bas hardened me-both in body and soul. I defy everybody now, and stand upon my guard." She spoke with bitterness ?ooted iu her tones; it was plain she was losing 1altb in the world, and its people. And yet they say that Dead wood Dick, your hus band, is the cau!!<' of this fire. There "as a young man in the Man-Trap to-night1 calling himself RP.d Hot Harris, whom I and everynody else took to be Deadwood Dick Roxly, the Deadwood Regulator, undertook to arrest him, when in rode your hlJl!band on bis jetty horse, and attired in bis costume of black. and ordered him to desist. Then h e told them this blow would be fire, anrl the next blood, after which be made a dash, and escaped." "And what became of this Red-Hot Harris, sis ter!' "He escaped when the crowd rushed from the sa loon in search of Dick. He claimed to be your husband's twin brothe r, i s a very counterpart of him, ::md o ffers five hundred dollars reward for the deliv eranc e of Dead wood Dick into hi$ hands." Leone look e d puzzled. "Was not this Red-Hot Harris my husband, then?" she asked, eagerly. her flushed face showing how much she was interested. "Oh I no. I believed so, at first, but not aft.,,I saw the man on horseback. It was the same dashing, handsome figure you have so often and eloquently described to me." A flush of proud joy-genuine enthusiasm, swept over Leone's pale face. She was somewhat changed since we last saw her (in Wild Ivan, Pocket Library No. 14)\ her fo1m had lost some of its roundness, but sti l retained all its old grace '>f motion; a maturer expression was given to lile r pale, prett. y face, and a softer light to h e r eye-th>Ugh the r e was ever worn about her lips a haunting expression of pitiful regret and sorrow. She had never ceased to love her outlaw husband; she felt that her lov e was a thousand times stronger now that she bad his and her baby boy in h e r young mother's arms-the little. plump, crowin,;: cherub that was the very picture of Deadwood Dick; and she never spoke but in a loving, endeariug way of him wq,o bad so cruelly deserted her. for was she not in a measure to blame! Nor bad.she given up of a final and happy reunion. Perhaps the horseman was my Eddie," she said "but I can hardly believe that he was the cause this fire. He swore that be woul1 oo longe r lead the life of a road-agent, and I never knew him break his worcJ And do you think he would dare to ride SG boldly into the saloon!" Nell asked, wonderingly. "Dare f Why, miss, Deadwood Dick would dare ride into the very gates of the Infernal Regio::, if he had any business there!" said a lowhinsinuating voice, and Carlos Cambre stepped into t e presence of the two girls. "Good-evening. Mrs. Harris! This is rathe r an unexpected pleasure to meet you here." "Why, is it really you, Mr Cambre!" and Leone put out one band, which be pressed warinly. "I did not know you were here, when I came." Did you not! Well, you see I am; and Deadwood Dick and that old scout, the Injun Annihilator, are hoth here. Presently old fri ends will meet. Hello I i s tbis the juvenile Deadwood Dick!" and thtt exli eutenant attempted to take the littl e buudle of humanity in bis arms, but the yonngster set up such a 9i t..ons howl. that the man shrunk ba ck. Yes1 is mr son," Leone said, hushing 1tlaster Dick's screams, and be is all I have lPft to t heart She drowne d hersdf in the J..i.tt e M&ir'"-'"'-nil for the love of Deadwood 1>ick." A pained, regretful expree&ion came upon Leone .. face. "Poor child," she murmured, a tear glistening in either eye; "I was wrong in h<'ing s<:> harsh to her. She could not help it; hers was infatuation, while mine was love. Poor Edith!" "She is bette r off now, Mrs. Harris. It is a dan gerous thing, sometimes, for two women to worship the same man." "True. very true. Mr. Cambre, my dear friend, here, tells me that there were two men in the Man-Trap saloon to-ni(?ht, who looked lik e my hus band, one calling himse lf Red-Hot Harris, h e being undisgui sed while the other was rigged out lik e the Prince of the Road, and called himself Dead woocl Dick. Wltich eas Deadwood Dick!" "That's a conundrum Twill nut agree to answer, dear lady. Undoubtedly Deadwood Dick in this case was Deadwood Dick. I thought at first that Reel-Hot Harris was Deadwood Dick, myself. for the two are near counterparts. but I don't believe he is D ead wood Dick's brother; in fact, I am positive that he i9 pot. As the matter now stands, there appears to b6 two or three Deadwood Dicks in the field-" One of whom takes pleasure in prese ntillll' him s elf for your inspectionl" cried a clear, rmging voice. "barlos Cambre, remember that on the 26th of Novembe r you are doomed to die the death of a dog I" CHAPTER VIII. GHOSTLY MYSTERY-A WARNING. IT would be harrl to the feelings of the miners and Old Avalanche, when the mysterious Phantom l\1iuer was seen descending. They were appalled at tbe w eird spectacle, and stood rooted to the spot, unable to flee or speak, until, by a effort, the Annihilator ma.\;tered his fright. and gave a yell of horror, which aroused the others, and all fled across the basin pell-mell, toward the tunne l. At the mouth of this they stopped, and gazed bacl c toward the spot they had Just vacated. The Phantom had descended to thd 00' "-n' J/t m<:i When I r9 llOVered, I ldm back terr.a.mp. T c \n"t talkin

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I I L __ 'l'b& Phantom Miner. pilgrims: et's a genuine speerit. l plugged seven chunks o' lead rig-ht at it. out o' my revolver, an' ther consarned tbiug larfed jest as if et enjoyed thet sort o' fizzic-did, by gracious t" "Old man, et I hedn't seen you do sum good shoot in', I sbouldn 't be surprised. As it is1 I'm tee totally knocked way out o' all calculation.' ' Thar goes our a 'riferous the sperrit !" growled Coyle as the Phantom was seen to ap proach a large box, in which the miners kept their gold. and lift the lid. "Oh, great J erusalem! jest wait till I sight him," and the young miner threw his lcngbarre led ritle to his shoulder. But Old Avalanche interfered. "Do n t dispense your fizzic yet, boyee," he said. 1 One bullet wouldn't e ff ec t thet hog-gobblin no more'n would a tleabite. We must creep down tPr ther camp, and make a rush upon et, or our gold is gone whar ther woodbine twineth. Come, now; down on yer horizontal, an' do sum o' yer tallest wig!flin', an' wh e n ye hea r ther Annihilation y e ll out scoot,' jis t lay f e r thet Phantom wi' y e r r e vol vers, an' put moar h o l e s in him than ye'll tlnd in a pair o' yearling socks." Ready to obey one whom the y knew to be fear less, the miners threw themse lves upon their hands and knees and crept toward the camp, 1 esolved to make one m o r e attempt to extirpate the Phantom. It was still there, evidently sampling the contents of the strong-box, which the miners had negligently left unlocked. The balo of bluish li ght still surrounded the ghostly flgure like asbrCIU.d; everything about the object seemed unearthly. Closer and closer crept the miners, old Avalanche at their bead. Now the y were only a dozen yards from the mysterious Phantom, whe n slowly the ap parition soars into the darkness-is gone! while the agtonnded miners creep on to their camptire, speechless and h o rrified at what they had seen. The 'trong-box the y found to be rifled of every grain of as the y bad expected. The Phantom was a thief as well as a spirit, then. Boyees I" the Annihilator said, wiping his damp-ened forehead. "I've been thru mere infarnelated scrapes an' adventnr's tha n most feUe r .humans o' my ag-e, but I'll be banged e f I ever bed enny genooine hog-g obb lins t e r wras'le wi' b e fore. I hed sum donbtst awhile ago, the t this war no but I'm satisfie a now. Et alre the pure quill I' "Exactly I" added Keno, decisiv e ly, It are a genuine tloatin' evaporated soul, right fresh out o' the regions of Tinctoariusl" "Whic h settles it the t Little Alf C oyle ain't a-goin' ter stii.y in Deadwood Dick's Bonanza any longer," announced that individual, v enturing to light bis pipe, now that the Phantom had gone. "I propose w e evacuate." "Nixy I" Thes great devastatin' Injnn eppyzootic o ther peraries aire goin' ter stay an' fight it out on this line if it takes all winter. An' I'll pas t e Lhetga loot beancbiful thet dares go an' desert!" crie d the old leader. The miners exchan!J:ed glances. They knew the veteran would n o t hesitate to hack his words-that it would be certain death to that one who made the fi!'St mnve to desert. I'm with t.her Annihilator," said Keno, promptly. "I can make my five dollars a day heur, an' thar ain't no ghosts goin' ter sca r e me-awar." "I've jus t bin' study in' on an ijee,' said the An 11lhilator, slowly. "Why not go an' set flre to yon der old cabin? Red Brand sed thar's wbar ther Phantom Miner beld his 9uarters." Yes, an' look I thar s th e r cuss-darned thing 11owJ" cried Alf, pointing toward the cabin. With dilated eyes the miners saw the Phantom slowly descend.out of mid-air and enter the old vine-wreathed habitation. "Now's our time. lads!" whispered Avalanche ex cltedly. Ther bird's caged, an' we' ll cremate it. Snatch a torch an' kim along. Ther old sb.ell'11 dry, !Ml' 'll burn like old been-zeen I" Re plucked a burning brand from the fire, and his compan ions did lik e wise; the n in a body they rushed toward the old cabin, lookin g wild and w e ird under t_he flaring torchlight. Not a word was spoken, but, lik e so many fiery dragons, they plunged on and at last stood by the side of the cabin, wui c h was fast yielding to the rnvages of worms and decay. The work of setting the fire in half a dczen places was but of a moment; theu the miners drew back at a safe e her advance. He looked down at her a moment; the n put his arm g ently around her, drawing her close to him. "Iieone again we meet-unexpectedly, for 1 sup. posed you far from here. But, we must part. lily oath must remain unbroke n. ls that the-our boy?" "Yes, that is our Di c k,'" L eon!' said, reaching for the babe that he might more closely it. "See, Dickie, this is y our papal Ohl Eddi<', be is an I have left, now, since you deserted me. Oh! my hus b and," and her voice was lowered to a whisp er, u win you never come back?" "Some time, peerless I" was the low reply, then be turned and strode away Into the darkness. Cambre soon followed. He saw no way of steal Ing the child at present, and besides, he h!ld work to attend to elsewliere After he had gone J.eone and Noisy Nell stood In their front yard and watched the progress of the flames for some time. But at last they grew tired o f the glare, and retired into the shanty, which was N e llie Brandon's home. There ware but a couple of rough rooms, but these were neatly furnished and cheerful. Leone sPated henselt before a low fire which burn ed upon the'1earth, Clasping infant Dick close to breast. There were tears in her eyes, for the words of Deadwood Dick had be e n more painful than com fortiug. They had illy-fed tho craving desire within

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.... The Phantom Miner. her breast--ehe could scarcely believe that It ally so. Yet, who else could play his part so fault l essly ? Ab I it must be be; but yet so cold and changed from the once loving Dead1Vood Dick. She was crying softly to herself, when Noisy Nell came and seated herself _by the fire. "What! crying again, Mrs. Harris? Please don't; you will cry your pretty eyes out, some of these dars." Ohl I cannot help It, Nellie. You don't know anything about it, forl.ou were never the mother of a loved husband's cbil and that husband estranged from you. Oh I it seems. sometimes, as if I could not live this life much longer; without him. You Wel'e never in love. Nellie tu "Never," the girl answered, staring moodily Into the fire. I've been roughing it alone for ten years -since I was eight. but no one ever seemed to care for me, unless some rough attempted to make him self familiar, when be generally got paid back in his own coin. I've seen those I think I cou ld have l oved, but they were such as don't ofte n notice iu my position. Guesg there ain't much attract10ns about No!sv Nell." And then there came a bitter little laugh from t'ne girl that was sac\ to hear. "Ob I do not despair. Pretty girls like you can not ;tlways escape ubservation and admiration. I hope, however, that you will find a happier lot than I have. Ohl I am utterly wretched and miserable. I care not to live unles s I can have my darling back again." "How did you come to part, dear sister? You promised to tell me your story, but never have." "No, because it is painful to rehearse the scenes I try to forget," replied L e one, closing h e r eyes wea rily. She soon roused, however, ana told her story in a pitiful way, that affected Nellie Brandon to tears. But she did not screen herself in the recital-told it as it was, even to holding Deadwood Dick blame "And do you know," Nellie said, after she had lis tened attentively to the story, "that, afier what I have beard, I do not believe that was your husband at the gate to-night? It was "ome outlaw who bas an of. your history, and is working up some heinous plot, using Jlfr. Harris's name as a sliield to his identity. I saw your husband In company with Old Avalanche, a couple o! weeks ago, on the night of their arri val in Eureka, but I do not believe that this was be whom we saw "Then is not R e d-Hot Harns and this man the same? I am sure the former is not Dick's brother, for I never beard him mention that be bad one. He bas a sweet sister-Mrs. Anita McKenzie-in Dead WOOd, but f nflVer SaW, Or beard him speak Of having a brother." "I hardly think Red-Hot Harris was this man tonight, for be would hardly have had time to have changed his costume after escaping from the 111an Trap, until this so-called Deadwood Dick came along There is a mystery somewhere, which I can n ot solve." I believe I would like to see Old Avalanche; he might explain. " Hardly, l think, for even be knows nothing of the whereabouts of your husband, not havlnif seen him s in ce the first night of their arrival here.' At this instant there came a timorous knock at the d oor: tben the sound of retreating footstel's "What does this mean?" exclaimed N e llie, picking up a paper that bad b ee n thrust under the door. "Hat m.ercyt Listen, Leone ; it is a warning to you: "Fly, without delay. If you have male friends, seek them. Above all, beware of Carlos Cambre. He Is scheming to steal your child, to deliver into bands of a man-Deadwood Dick No. 2. Never leave the baoo unprotected. Will report further, '11011. DETECTIVE." CHAPrER IX. A CLEW CRIME-FLEEING !!'ROH ON the morrul>g succeeding the fire, when the ex citement of the night was somewhat subdued the Eurekaites gave their attention to the matter of the murder and robbery at the Oaks. Cor n ell the man servant who bad brought the re port, accompanied by Murrill, a newly appointed sheriff, and Uoxly, the Regulator, with a posse of armed men, set out for the of the massacre, as soon as day dawned, to investigate matters, for, al though F o rd yce Graylford was a miser and not a general favorite his influence was not to be despised Little information could be obtained of Cornell c oncerning the affair, more than that immediately after dark, on the preceding night, a band of masked outlaws bad surpnsed the household while they wera at supperband bad shot them down without mercy, be, Corne b eing the only one to escape. The outlaws did not seem to have any particular leader, but appearM to understand their work as if it had preVIOusly been planned out. On their arrival at the mansion, the servant's statement was found to be correct, a ll except that Fordyce Graylford was not dead, but seriously wounded. His wife, son, and-daughter and five ser vants lay dead where they bad been shot down. The old speculator was wounded in a dm:en places, and faint and exhausted from n great lo.;s of blood, but bad managed to drag himself about from place to plac\ leaving a gory trail wherever he bad gone. He seemed relieved when he saw that friends had come. "Do you suspect the author of this fearful tra,. g e dy, Captain Graylford!" asked 111urrill, the new sherill' "Nol Godonl.:rJrnows who can have struck me such a b l ow But that he is numbe red with the dead, thereis one I could susi;>ect, for he bas several timeg of late threatened my life." "Ab I perhaps we've ah'eady struck a clew. To whom do you refer!" "To ruy son, who lies dead, yonder. But I cannot s uspect l!im, now." "Ab I he may be the traitor; there I s no telling, Men, remove these bodies and see that they are pre pared for burial. Roxly, you are a good surgeon! dress tbe captain's wounds." And after giving these orders the sheriff went over to the stark, stiff body of young Grayiford, and went th.rough the pockets of his clothing. He had once been iu the detective service, was shrewd, well educated, aud qu;ck to draw correct conclusions. At least, it proved so in this case.. From among other things taken from the young man's pockets, be soon selected a small note, pen ned in a bold, g r acefu l band. It had been written on the day before, and ran as follows: "The men will come. Tt Is best l should not ac company them. Look out for yourself about nine In the evening CAMBRJt." "Hal ha! Cambre," muttered Jllurrlll scratching his head. As Jong as I have been in Eureka I nev e r be fore beard that n ame. Either It is an assumed one or e l se this Cambre is a new arrival, Let me see. I will keep this matter close, and work up the case without publicity. I feel like trying my band In the detective line again." He put the paper in bis pocket, and helped l'OldlOve the bodi es The old speculator was fixed up as best as co uld be und e r the circumstances, and left in care of a coupl e of competent nurses. The aims of the outlaw-ruffians bad been, no doubt, to mur der the household, and then rob the safe of the hoards of money wnich Fordyce Graylfonl was sup posed to possess, But in this they were baffled They had blown open the safe, hut, according to the old speculator, bad found no booty, as he bad several days b e for e buried his treas1L-e where no one could find it excepJ; himself. Thus had the eutlaws nothing but'blood for their crime.

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The Phantom lnp.e?', 17 Sherif!' Murr!JI went back to Eureka., and ma.de careful inquiries after a. man named Cambre, but amiu the seething populace of the infant D ead wood, no one knew aught conceming tlle individual In question. But Murrill was not ha.filed. II e was possessed of great.pat ience, and one failure l.Jv no mea.ns discour aged him, He resolved to watch and wait, trusting to luck and his own keen powers of perception to sift the matter to the bottom. If a. Cambre there was in Eureka., he was be could find him. Later in the day he his rifle, and set off up the gulch, having in mind to shoot a deer if one came within range. But a couple of hours' wanderings among the mountain crags put him Jill out of the notion of game, and sea.ting himself upon a. natural rocky platform, he drew the little piece of paper from bis pocket, and scanned tile few lines, eagerly. This was a game thst was well worth capturing, if Graylford offered a reward, which he undoubtedly, would. "Cambre! Cambre! Iamsurelneverheardthe name. Sort of a. l:ipanish one, I Ehould say. And what now becomes necessary, is that I should dis cover the whereabouts of this mdividua.I. He is the author of this murder at the Oaks, and Graylford's son was in league with him, but accidentally got into the trap he had helped to lay. This note says, 'Look out for yourself about nine in the eveni n g. Cor nell states that the attack and massacre were made at seven; which accounts for matters a. littl e. Hang itl I wish .l could find some one who knows this Cambre '' ""'ishes are often unexpect edly realized I" said a cool voice, close at hand, and Murrill glanced quick Lv a.round to behold a pe! 'Son seated a.stride a bowl der directly in his rear, wl!ere he had evidently b ee Q for some moments a list e u e r to the sheriff's muttered solil oquy "I happen to know this same individual you are in quest of. "Ehl you do?" exclaimed Murrill, staring curl tmsly at the hanesome black-clad figure1 whose face was masked and shaded by a broaa sombrero. "Who are you, pray?" "It hardly matters. I am one whom the world drives before it-an ontciSt, a wanderer, and an ex road-agent chief." "You are Deadwood Dick!" Murrill exclaimed, growing a little uneasy, for he perceived that the young outlaw's hand rested upon a revolver, while be dared not reach for one. "Yes, Deadwood Dick, if ?'.ou like it that way," was the indiff e rent reJ>ly. The man that strikes back when struck at. lJon't fear; I shall not otl'er you harm as long as you mind your own business. You know bow the other sheriff departed. It was all of rash hot-headedness.' "You say so because you recognize no law, young man." "No more I don't. But didn't I offer to make amends, and become an honest, loyal citizen, if the peopl e of Eureka would -accept of m e? Yes, you know I did, and they chose my bate rather than my friendship. They shall have all they want of it. Which do you prefer sir?" Murrill refl ected. iie bad no grudge against this youth. Why should he enlist against him, when ap parently his friendship would not be d espised? "!prefe r your friendship. We can more advantageously become friends than enemies, I think. I have nothing against 'yo u, and if it is agreeable, we can be friends in earnest." "It is agreeable, decidedly," Deadwood Dick said, sliding down from his perch, and extending his black-gloved hand. "I have so few true friends in the world, that I am anxious to add to the list. I think you are one whom I can trust." "Implicitly. My friendship Is lasting, and you will tlrid me ready to strike in defense ef a friend." "l ask no one to tight my replied the ex roadagent, proudly. "All my life i have had to depend up0n my own muscle. I can fight the battle on alo1.e. 0 "You look at matters on the wrong side," Murrill said, when he bad listened to a part o f Harris' s eventful history. .. Y vu cun easily quit this sort o! life by p;oing East, wh<>re you are unknown 'fake my advice and go. Hunt up your d eserted wife "No, I could not live away from the West. l should d i e out in the tame Eastern States. B esi des, remaID unmolested by 0 P erl:.s..ps for y ears-" "Not a mont!J. l'll wager my lif e I'm not un known there. Cl:icago an<.l Cincinnati, even, have entered into competition In the race for the rewards set upon my h e ad. No, I shall remain in the WPst, and tli:-ht it out on this line to the end. I see that counterfeits are b eing shoved on the market-that is, sh1.m Deauwood Dicks We have one herp in Eurekii.-the same individual who rode into the Man-TriijJ saloon last ;::ight, and afterward flr e d the town. I wi s h to meet this chap, l}Dd learn where he obtained the right to use my copyrighted handle? "Then you say that was r.ot you?" "Swear to it, if necessary. Saw pa.rt of the tire from a dista11ce \Vas in the saloon at the same tin1e this bogus Dead wood Dick entered." "Ha I then you werP, after all Harris?" the sheriff exclaimed snrewdly. The readp rince laughed "Bahl Red-Hot H arris claimstobemybrother, butt h e is not. I do not possess one of those bra.nc!Jes of relation. He looks so much like me that he bas to manufacture some yarn to prevent being strung np in my p'a.ce My wife's brother pased in bis checks thus, on account o f a great resPmblance to me. As it happened in D e adwood, you may have heard of it?" "Yes, at the time. Resemblance to a criminal l should say would be undesirabl e. And, now, abou t thie Cambre I You know him, eh?" "Ought to. He was a lieutenant in my r oad -agem band, l:efore I left them." "Ah I that is gvod Do you think you would kno" him, at sight?" "Ce rtainly. I owe him a grudge, and shall not forget him. You want him in connection with this massacre affair, eh?" "Yes." Then the s h eriff showed him the pa.per, and what he knew on the subject of the attack and murder. "Cambre and Graylford's son were undoubtedly In the plot," Dick sai d, after li stening attentively. "Cambre i s sly and wary, yet I know him to be a villain. You have proof enough to hang him. Fol low up your clew, after the desc1iption I have given you:..'2nd let me know the result." "when wilt I s ee you ngai n?" "TmpfssilJle to r-ay, as my movements are uncertain. A letter left on this rock, h oweve r, will reach m e. This i Dea.cl wood Dick's pm-'t office!" Th en, after a few more words and a cordial hand shake the two men separated, Murrill descending into the gulc h, and tramping off toward Eureka, which lay some six miles below. Startling and crushing was the lnt.elllgence the note brought to poo r Leone Harris-that the only man she h ad thought h e r fri e nd was in r e ality an enemy. And it was bis inte ntion to attempt tne kid napping of bnbe, that the innocent tbing be dPlivered into the h!tnds of this Deadwood Dick No 2 Who was this Deadwood Dick No. 2? Whv did lie wish to obtain possession of her child? Ail these questions flasl.JPd a.cross her mind with Jightr ning rapidity, when Noisy Nell finished reading the strange missive. "Oh, Nellie I" the poor young wit.-exclaimed, tea.ti

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18 The Phan!.om Mine!' ooursing down her pale cheeks. "What shall I do? Where shall I go? What does it all mean?" "It means that there is more deviltry afloat than we have imagined. I did not like the l ooks of that. Carlos Cambre. He is a villain," replied the girl. "Ah I it seems so, but I never thought him other than a friend before. But now that I think of it, he bas several .times said things to me that were un warranted and ungentlel!lanly. Ah I since the death of my brother all the wor Id has tried to deal me a. blew. Nellie. clo you know what I begin to b e lieve? -though God li:nows the suspicion may be an un tust one" .. "No, Sweet sister-what?'' "This-that my husband hate s me, and by doing away with the child and then with myself he intends to free himself ot marriage bonds, so that he will again be at liberty to woo and win." Surely you do not think him so base ns this, Mrs. B arris?'' Maybe I am very wr011g, but I cannot see how else these things can be. I know of no earthly enemy who could wish to harm me through my child." "A.b I you are greatly at fault, my dear. Dead wood Dick is no such a villain, I am well satisfied, from what little I saw of him. Perhaps this Dick No. 2 is some one who has a grudge against Dick No. 1, and takes the method of striking at him through you." "Ah, Nellie, you are an angel I" Leone said, laying l\faster Dick upo n the bed ana embracingherfriend. 'You can see things in a truer light than I. Of course my Dick is no such villain, and I have deeply wro!l2'ed him by my unjust suspicion But, what shall I do? It is necessary that I should find another place, as I will no longer b e safe here. My p oo r be. by Dick I C lentl y. "Leone you say-surely not my Leone-my wife?" "Yes, your wife, Mr. Harris. She is h ere; hae been here fo r a couple of weeks. Cambie has a plot afoot to steal her babe. and deliver it U-i) to this Deadwood Dick No. 2, whoever that may be. I warned her, and saw her and Nell Brandon ride ap toward Bonanza Basin Cambre follow e d, I would have done lik e wise, only that my attention was called to matters h ere." "And you do not know what became of t!J.em, then?" "No, but I think they Wl're f a r enough ahead to reach the Bonanza b efo1' h e overtook them." I hope so. Ile is a worse villain than I eve r before too k him to b e He wes concerned in this Graylforcl massacre case. "He was the head instigator it!" Martha re. plied. "I know all about i t He and Graylford's s o n w ere in the plot together "Ahl you s ee m pretty well posted upon every thin<>, How do you know so much?" 'f improve my spare timo in shadowing my faithless husband and pcying into his secrets. 'i: find that there is a pfot on the tapis, in which you a r e concerned. I cann9t give you the full particulars now-not till I learn more. It that this Fotdyce Graylford has a wife and son Jiving by a fir s t marriage. He deserted hi s first wife-or she deserted him, it is hard to tell which -and wedd e d again. Now this first wife turns up, and ns soon as she can produce her son-heir. whom she has traced here to Eureka, she intends to lay claim to the property-or, rather, intended to. But, somathmg has happened which will for a time check her progress. Cambre entered into h e r service a few weeks ago, and has, while helping her trace Utt ,;ilJs mtssmg heir, learned th& whole Story, IWcJ

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The Phantom Dfinel"e 19 -------------.----------------------.. st.olen all 'Iler papers-marriage-certificate, birth paper, and so forth-with the Intention of taking the game Into bis own bands." "But what has c.U this to do with me?" Dick demanded, wonderingly. Tou are the.firar a>1d only lawful son of Cathie and Fordyce Graylford !" re)'lied Marthe., In a low tone, that her words might not be overheard. "Git out! what are you tryin(l' to give us now? lily parents are Jong since in their grave, for which I am grateful to God, that they may not know the ievel to which their s o n has sunk," Dick replied. "I have reason to think that you never knew your true parents, s ir, but cannot at present give vou any further information. Cambre holds the trump card in the possession of those papers, and I shall try to get them from him. He beheves you to be the heir, and will probaoly try to negotiate with you, when you meet. But, don't mind him. Leave the matter to me, and !tll will yet come out right. See here!" and turning her back to the crowd, she partlk opened the the bosom of her dress of a g leaming silver badge uYouarea--" "Detective," finished she, with a reculiar little laugh. "You probably wonder how came In pos session of this My father was one of the shrewdest and most successful detectives on the border, and on bis death, the honor of an appoint ment was conferred upon me, because I bad on seveml occasions materiall y aided him in capturing rogues. Thus I have the powe r to aid justice, even though but a woman. In my vocation bere, 1 have chances to detect villainy, quite often." "Doubtless. But this i s a ll a great surprise to m e1 and I am naturally inte rested. I must now go ana look after my wife Leon e for should harm befall her, I could never forgive myself. I trust this matter in your hands. and when you learn any thing, and wish to communicate, give a Jetter to Sheiff l\1urrill, and he will drop it in Deadwood Dick's rostoffic e. 'l'ben the y oung outlaw stalked toward the cloo r of the saloon. looking strange in his rough dirty mining snit, and bu shy red beard. But he was destined not to escape unnoticed. A brawny Californian, who had got more liquor aboard t:1an was good for bis peace of mind, stepped iorward, and intlercepted him, a broad grin widening bis flabby, stubbly countenance. "Hello!' he exclaimed, pitching forward with a drunke n leer. and extending his huge rough hand, "howdy do, Mr. Joaquin Murieta. How 'n thunder did you ever find yer way down here? Remember the time I b'longed wi' ye?-I'm Jim Salibuste r the great watermelon o Quincy Flats-" He did not have time to ftnlsh the remainde r of his Information, for Deadwood Dick pushed him qttlck Jy aside, and made a leap for the door, just ia time to escape a bulle t from the r evolve r of Old Roxly. He bad evidentl y been suspected and the Cali fornian used M a delay-pos t and trap. But tbis failed, for when the crowd swarmed out o f the saloon Deadwood Dick was nowhere in sight. "Ohl heave n, we are lost!" Lwne exclaimed, as sbe beheld Cambre spurring madly toward theln. "Ahl my :poor baby boy, your battle &gainst the world has mueed begnnl How, obi bow will it end?" D o not despair, dear sister, replied No is y N eil for 'the r e is nothi n g to fear, fur ycu. Ride on un til you teach the e 11tranc 0 to the mine. You will not go amiss for the sign "Deadwood Dick's Bon an za," will guide you coward the tunne l. Ride fearlessly rnrouzh, a.id in the basin, beyond, you will fin d Old Avalanche." 0 And vou, NPllie-n "I will meet this v ill ai n and tom hlm back. Tnere i l'mnotafraldo!him. straighter than he1 and 'll show Mm the style of girls the y grow in EureKa, Go o n now, and trus t in God ; he'll not d esert you." Saying which she r eined Jn h e r steed, and whirled him around facing the coming horseman, whil s Leona pusbed desperately on toward the Bonanza Mines. Noisy Nell waited with cool eompo"ure for the out law to come up, one of her fair hands gra,ping the bridle r eins, and the other a >mall silver-plated re volver, which covered Cambre's approach. She bad spent nearly all her life amirt scenes of peril arid excitement, and had grown to take things coolly ancl indifferently. Few were t.11ere that knew her, ln Eureka, who cared to insult her or provoks her anger, for she sent her bulleLs true, every time, and had laid out mor e ruffians than any other female in the rushing little city. countered, although she could not t e ll just why. H e rode furiously up, but reined in when he per ceived that her fing e r pulled the revolverhammer back to full-cock-and that the weapon never qua vered a particle. H" bad heard of h e r prowess, and concluded it wisest to stop and hold a parley. "".ell ? be interrogated. bis face flushed with an ger, what do you want?" "What do ?f U want?" she r eturned, putting q ues tlon for question. "I want to pass. Are you a highway robber, th<..{; you block the way?" "If you ehoose, yes. You are in pnrsuit of Leone Harris and h e r boy. You ought to know that she Is not without friends. anc\ l will tell you furthe r that any attempt to steal her child will be u seless. You cannot go any further in this direction until she has bad time to reach Bonanza Basin, where she will find a protector that you will not care to face." The ex-lieutenant uttered a furious oath, and dropped his hand toward his belt. At the same time there was a flash and a report, f ollowed by ll howl o f pain and rage, as a bullet from her revolver pierced bis arm near the elbow, causing a stream of blood to spurt therefrom. "That's the ticket you get!" she cried, with a cool laugh. That is a short-trip ticket. Try any more such pretty moves. and I'll give you one that will take you to purgatory on lightning time. Face about, apply the spurs, and away you go Enreka ward, or I'll make a case for the corone r 1 s investi gating committee!" Cambre uttered a fiercer curse than before. He ternative was l eft, and that was to obey lwr com mand. So he turned his animal around, shaking his fis t at Nell, with an expression of sav8f'e f..rocity upon his c-ountenance that would have frigbteued a less fearless girl. "Go a long, now, and get out of range as quick as possible, lest I be tempted to bullet-dov.e you yet I" she exclaimed. "A.nd mind that you don't have business up this way a.gain. while I'm around, or there'll be one c lock stom>ed." "Oh, 1'11 have revenr.i 1'or this, you she ent!" the baffled villain cried. Look out for me, for your life shall pay the forfeit, or I'm a liar:" "Bab I s_pltz poodles are to be feared. for thdr bite Is poisonous, but not such mongrel curs like you. Any time you want anythin g of Noi s y N e ll, you know where to fin d her." H e did not reply, but dashed down the gulch to ward EurPka. N e ll watched him till he had disappeared from vi e w the b end. Then fih eturned her own an imal, and galloped towari D e >dwood Dick's Bo nanza, a contracted exprrsslon of h e r brows betray inr some anxiPty about something. H e does not mean to g i ve up?'' she mused. "lJoi:olJtless he can purchase friends with money to t-ui.. him carrv out his Vtanti...

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GU The Pha.a\om ___ _. _________ She rode on, and fifteen minutes 1at0r stood u1 the sound through the soft sana, warned them that miner's camp In Bonanza Basin. Leone was there1 some one was approaching And it was no doubt having arrived safely. and Old Avalanche was hair an enemy a.. friends were not expected, now tickled to deatl;l over h e r and young Mast e r Dick. Evidently the comer was also on a reconnoissance, The old m an was very fond of children, and he held for the sound of his movements betrayed an attempt the littl e l of humanity upon his knee, as at stealth. proudly as if he were its grandfather "Watch out, now, my beloved j'mtl" wh1spered Leone and Nell were given the hospitalities of the the old scout, softly," an' we'll errupt this varmint's camp. i'.t was a snug, secure little spot here in the constitoochin, in less time 'n et takes a bumblebee basin; it reminde d Leone of Flower Pocket, the t e r sock his stinger inter yer cheek. Just you creep home of Harry Redburn and Alice, whom Dick had around and rn his rear, while I hole! tber front in once taken her to visit. 1 solid shape.' The day passed quickly, and night once more F lorence seemed to understand the wordR, for threw her shadows over the land. Leone grew un-with a sniff of assent be turned abruptly to the left, easy as darkness approached, for it brought to her and made a wide detour through the darkness, in a forebocllnf? of danger. And it came. order to get around behind the enemy. Avalanche One of the miners returning with the annC1uncecrouched upon his knees, in the d enrn g l o om. pa ment that a crowd of armed, masked men were tiently, well knowing that not many moments would warming il!t.o the basin t elapse ere he would be signaled to attack, or be atCliaPTER XI. A 61 SCRIMMAGE "-THE PHANTOM AGAIN THE supposition was that Cambre had come with o& gang of roughs to make an attack upon the camp, probably with the intention of capturing its supply of previousl y -m illf'd golli, and Leone or her child. Great hambon e thet old Joner gnawed on I" ex claimed the Annihilator. instantly springinf? to his feet, unmindful of the baby who was rPposing in bi lap, that youngster being under the painful necessity of taking a tumbl e to the soft sandy earth "To arms. boyees I Gather yer spitzbergins and perpare t:er lively music. Hoo-oray I ['m ther very disease w'at desires ter innocculate etself amongst a passel o' ther enemy-ther great roarin' ftukin' snow-starm o' Norweejy-the r grnat awe-mspirin' terrific eppy demic o' demoraUzation an' e1ectrjc annihi1ation, w'at sweeps o h ru ther northern l attytudes an' Jongy. toads like a dose o' powdered ftzzicthru an' elefant's con stitoocbin !'' The miners gathered in a compact body, and look ed to their weapons. The flr e was kicked out, and the blackness of the night became more int<>nse All around lurked a thousand sh .. dows that might eas!ly screen ambushed foes fro m obse1Wtion. The two women were thrust inter the single tent, ana this was surrounded by half of the men, while the ot.her half. unde r command of Keno, by Ava lanche's orders, withdrew to the further side of the gulch. When the attack should begin, thev were to circle around the basin, to the tunnel entran"ce, there by barring the escape of the enemy. When this arrangement was made to his satisfac tion, Avalanche. witL Florence, the goat, trotting by his side, crept oft' to reconnoiter. Not a sound had been given during the last t e n minutes, betraying the presence of enemies in the gulch. 'Jlbey were doubtless waiting for the coming of midnight Cir else were creeping up from all s id es, meaning to attempt surprise. Old Avalanche crept along with Jess noise than a cat would have made, using his eyes sharply, and occasionally p a usin g to listen, for although his ears were shaven oft' close to his grizzly old head, his sense or hearing was just ru, .1Cute as when he pos sessed these ornam.ental appendages. He crept stealthily along, and not less cautiously follo wed his companion, the billy-float. The animal seemed endowed with sense and knowledge almost human, sometimes; it had learned the requirements of the prairie and forest trail, and on more than one occasion had it prove n its worth to the satisfaction of its dauntless master. "Steady, Florence, not much noise as ther 'skeeter made when he fell down-stairs and broke lllis nPc k. Keerful, like," the veteran cautioned, as akulkeht. Forgetting all abou'i the injury done h is bread-bas. bet, Avalanche scrambled to his feet, and, rifle in hand, plunged away toward the sound of the con flict, which appeared to he at the camp, or in close proximity to it. FI01ence was close at his heels, apparently regret ful of his mistake, and bound to be r evenged upon the enemy for his deception. The two circled around, and reached the camp from another side, a few moments late r. The firing had ceased and h e fcund that after a feint of attack the e nemy had withd.rawn, probably on l y to prepare for a fiercer and more determine d onslaught. Of their number those in the camp bad no idea, except that there were swarms of them all armed with rifles. "Great ham-bone thet fractured the jaw of old Jonerl" the old scout exclaimed. "Let 'em cum, ef they wante r encounter a small-sized tocnader-a cotcbin' di ease o' ther pra'ries. I'm thet disease an' .. Flor'nc e my goat, an' Pruden ce, my marewe're thet great eppyzootic Lordy, my trien
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The Phantom fili.ner. 21 All were men wbo had fought life and foes with a strong band-just that sort of men who would nt any time rather fight than eat. But matters could not forever remam thus, and a. sbort time after midnlght, an attack was made in earnest, from the nortb and south side of the basin. The half of the men unde r Little Alf Coyle took things coolly, and fought with a desperate precision that told upon the enemy, who wilted rapialy under a deliberate fire. Notbing as yet bad been beard from tbe men un der Keno, although a signal bad twice b een given for assistance. Their delay appeared unaccountable Finally the enemy withdre w again, greAtlv weak ened in numbers, and when the y renewed thf. attack they had consolidated their s e ]Jarated forces into one body. on the south side. 'lhe n on they came once more, with evident <.letern1ination to sweep all before them, without fw-tber delay. Little Alf's men bad suffered a loss of over half their number, and the forces now stood four to one, if not more. But bravely the miners met tl1e onse t. striking for life and liberty with a decision that was in itself heroic. Revolvers" were use d in the place of rifles, and the conflict became band-to-hand. Slowly but surely, the weaker party was driven back toward the northern wall of the basin, nnd they must have sufl'erecl total defeat, only thu t w 1 en ull seemed lost, there was a shout of encomagement, and Keno and bis men attacked the outlaws in the rear, mowing them down like grain before the reaper. Urn by the ruffians was this timely rud. They made a f eeble attempt at resistance, but in vain They were shot down without inercy, not a man the death he so richly deserved. Victory wa.s awarded the brave miners of Dead wood Dick'.< Bonanza, but at what cost! Out of a gang of thirty mtn, thirteen bad pulled their last trigger. Nor was this all. During the last attack the defenders bad drifted away from the camp, which was left for the time unguarded. As soon as the last shot bad been tired, Avalanche and Little Alf hurried toward the tent, where the two girl bad been left, but, to their horror, found th_at they were missing. Ex-Lieutenant Carlos Cambre was the instigat.or of the attack upon the Bonanza miners. but be took no part in it. He left all the management to one Jean Jago, a confederate in crin1e, while be remain ed jnst outside the tunnel-entrance, in Eureka gulch. His orders hacl been to kill off the miners, take pos sesion of the mine, and the two girls, Leona and Noisy Nell. As soon as the victory was complete, be was to be thus informed by a messenger, when be would come in and take command. Outside in the gulch be waited for the messenger to appear, but in vain. Midnight came, with fhe sounds of the desperate battle; two o'clock, said the bands on bis jeweled watch, and the sounds of con ft.ict were hushed in the basin; still no messenger. "Can It be that the fools have let that handful of dirt-di!l"'"ers whi p themf" be growled, angrily. "Jt must oe so, or I should long ere this have been in formed. Curse the luck 1 I will have to go and see for myself, I expect." He waited a fow minutes longer, and not being re warcled for his patience, he turned into the tunnel and hurried along. It did not take him long to reach the baain, and he discovered that all was as be surmised. He saw the miners hurrying about with torches, conspicuous among them being Avalanche and his goat. This told him that bis men were extinct or bad been taken prisoners. "They are searching fo r some one or something I" be muttered. ''Perhaps it is the two females? Some of my men may have smuggled them off, and are waiting for a chance to escape. In that case they will bring them to head-quarters, so I will get out, -------------lest 1 be qeen, and this cnme be tlitov.'D upon II'7 good name." He laughed sarcast1cruly at the idea, and then turned back into the tuunel1 and a .fter a brisk walk of a rew moments be gaine a the end opening out into the gulch, and was about to step out, when bis gaze became rivete<.I upon an apparition so frightful, that he was rooted to the spot, and a deathly pallor came over bis dusk:ir features. That mysterious spirit of the air, the Phantom Miner, stood only a few yarcls away in all its ghostly weirdness, and surrounded by the unearthly halo of bluish light, which was suggestive of the flames of burning brimstone in purgatory. Cambre bad beard of the Phantom-heard hardy mmers tell of encounters with the specter-seen men who claimed to have spent week in trying to kill or capture the thing; but be bad never before seen it bnnself, and therefore his terror. He trembled in ev<>ry limb. but was powerless to move, and n clammy p erspiration brok&out upon his face, as h e perce ived tha t the ghostlything was coming nearer and ue a r e r in a s1o w, glidmg motion, one finger o f the outtretclwd band pointing direct ly toward him, and the end of that finger shone like a tiny bull's-e ye. Nearer and nearer came the Phantom, unt!I but a few feet only intervened between them; then there was a strange rattling, as of skeleton bones, and a low, unearthly laugh, such as might emirnate from sch a cr<'ature as this. Thoroughly horrified, Cambre stood like a statue, bis terror expressed in bis gfaring. tigerish eyes. He was no coward; but, rather, was possessed of bull-dog courage. But even that wilted before this thing, be it ghost or devil. Words came after a -pause, Jn a low, sepul chral. voit:e, hardly above a whisper, yet loud enough for the ears Cambre. "Man, thou hast burdened thy soul with crimedyed thy band deep in the blood of thy fellow-men. Retribution will he God's iloly hand sbaH smite thee. Make what reparation thou canst, while life remains. Give np the papers thou hast stolen unto me, or the fire of vengeance shall shine in the heaven, and a thunderbolt shall plow the earth at thy feet." The worcls sent a deeper horror into the heart of Cambre. He was positive tb'at be ;vas standing in the pres ence of some supernatural being; be believed the words, and that, unless he obeyed, the penalty would be a sudden and frightful death. I have not the papers here. They are locked np in my room, in Eureka!" be in terror. "Here is the key or J will bring them to you I" "Bring tbem t'l returned the Phantom, tersely. "Put them in thy pwse, and we will meet again." Then, to bis great horror, the specter began to rise slowly, and he saw it float up into the blackness, and disappear from view. What great mystery was this? Were things not earthly coming to populate tbill eartht "God forbid that we ever meet again," the terri fied villain muttered, as he leaped into the gulch, and sped away. CHAPTER XII. "THE KIND OF A HAN I AM!0-P.ED-BOT'S ADVNTURB AND ENCOUNTER WITH DICK NO. 2. NOT yet was it morning, wbeu Cambre sighted the city, yet all the saloons, stores and gambling dens were in full blast. Cambre's terror, owini: to bis long run, bad some what abated, by the time be reached the town, though traces of pallor still were visible upon his swarthy visage. He bad never before experienced such a fright. "Curse the be muttered, biting fiercely at his mustache,' now did it come to know tbat'l bad possession of the papers I By Heaven 1 I would

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28 The Phantom Miner. believe it was no ghost at all, only that I saw it "What! you here agalnf" she said laying her float so mysteriously up toward the sky. with one hand upon his arm. "I should not think you would band stretched heavenward, as if pointing to Its dare. abode. Curses, I say; I'll not surrender those pa Hello I what struck you, missP'' R ed-Hot ejacu pers-n,ver Graylford will soon die, then there lated, staring at the little figure and pretty face, ht will be no one to dispute my right to thls fortune. evident amazement, "I rather guess you're barkin' Let Deadwood Dick go to the devil!" up the wrong tree." "Oh I no; not to the devil yet, my larklel" cried "Oh 1 pshaw! you can't pull coarse wool over my a sarcastic voice, and a horseman wheel e d out of with a laugh. "I'm no fool, an alley directly in front of the ex-lieutenant, whose .h ig words had been spoken loud enough to be heard. "EhP z,ou ain't?" the poker-player said, perplex "Notto the devil, by any means. The devil wouldn't edly. "Nell, ):>y Jove, there's a screw loose somedisgrace his domains by taking in two s uch villains where. Who are you?" as you and I, Cambre. Our souls were ;.'I am l\Iartha Cambre\" the deserted wife of Ca.r Jong ago. So you were going to let Deadwood Dick J o s Cambre replied, wit' a merrjY twinkle in her P'O to the de.vii eh'" eyes. "You are D eadwood Dick I' 0 And there an ominous click I click of the re-The poker-player groaned audibly; then muttered T olv e r 1be r oad-agent held in his hand. a curse. "Ohl no! no: I did not mean yau-1 meant. the Hy Heave n! again ls this c o nfounder! brother ot ether Deadwoo d Dick-the real ouel" roio e thrown up in my face. I say, girl, supposing "Ah I but 1 am the real, one!" you had a s;sU>r who was n o t as g-ood as she migh$ "The devil you say! Then! meant the other one he. Wou!d you like it if people were to constantly -the counterfeit. take you for herP" Il9sh I That's too transoa.rentnow, vou accursed "No. But yo1t are no brothe r cf this Deadwood rogue. You are playinl\' two trumps in a deck, eh? Dick He tol d me so whi!e hereto-nig ht. And now. I've a notion to plug the daylights right out of you I" wbo are you-Deadwood Dick, orn!s d ouble ? It is a And there was a j erk m t h e speaker'B arm, as questio n I mus t know-and y o u can answe r it." though be meant to put the threat. into execution. Harris whistled a few notes fro m a quaint moun But Cambre put up his bands. taineer's song, whirled around upon his heel; then "Don't shoot! don't shoot!" b e supplicat-stared straight at Martha, quizzi c ally. ln!l'ly. "I have been faithfUI to your interests, and "I am Red -Hot Harris," be said, p o sitiv e ly. 'It tned to capture the brat-" any one knows better who I am I do, my "Triod r and failed, eh?" self. why I'll drop the name, and apply to Congress "Yes I took sixty men-I alone escaped death I" for a new one." "You ought to have gone with the rest. Why "You are Deadwood Dick," the little detective didn't you steal the brat b e fore the gtrl got out of persisted, coolly. "Do you know what happened s.t town?11 Donanza mine to-night?" "Because some unknown person warned them, I "How should !?" with a blank l o ok. and they tied b efore I had the opportunity." Carlos C ambre w enL up there with a band "They a r e all at the B o n anz:> mine s, then?" of men to attack the mines and steal the b aby from "Yes, and it would require a.u army to dis lodge your Leon e !" them." Martha look':ld sharp a t the pokerlst. just then, ex "I care not how many armies it takes. You m tSI pecbing some sign o f e m c ti o n. Bu t tne face of a steal the bro.t, and fetch it to me. But, how will I car?e. J statue was n p v e r m o r e pladd than that of know when you g e t it? Let me see. There is a Red-Ho t Harris. N e t a v; s i b l e start b etrayed that post-o!ll.ce In Eureka. You may post a letter in-he ;vas in the !eas t f orming me that you hav e the child, and where to "Carlos C ambre wen t and C a rlo s came:" he saidl meet vou. Address it t o Slippery Sim." with a smil e "He came aio u e S1>.--ty d ead ana "Very well. But. I see no we.y 1 ca.n pJssibly get dying, didn't furthe r h i s l\lms." the youngster" "You speak in riddl .,s ifo g o t whipped, thtin?" Whicn makes no difference to me. Y. > u muJt get "Badly!" bim, or on the of November you d te, 0 How do you know?" D eadwood Dick No. 2 saij, griml y. "Remember_ "It makes no diffr e nce But a few days remain in wbich to accomplish your And the young gentleman turned away, as if the work." ccnversatlon was growing monotonous. Then tbe black horseman turned his animal's He kept hi s eye upon one man ln the room, and head, and rode leisurely away, wh ile Cambr e kept that man was Rox1y, the h egulator, who was watch on tov:a.rd the c enter of the town. Ing him as the hawk watches its pre y Puzzl e d was "Curse the luck I matters are around." th s kmgbt of tbe Deadwo o d regulation arena, ye& he muttered. his dark face growing darker. "If it almost p c sitive that the man il.e wanted was :&.d werl not that I h one to make a spec' out of this H o t Harris. Graylford business f'd pull up and clear tor another Suddenly the eyes of the pokerist gleamed angrily part. I and he e lbow e d bis way tbrcugh the crowd, a path In the mean time, while the tw.l were engaged in clearing immediately when it was seen that he held conversatio n. a ft"'ure ba'.I glided by them and a p air of s ix-shooters in his hands. sought the Man -Trap saloon, which was crowded Straig-bt up to the bar, and onto It leaped the with drunken roughs and miners. youth. o ccupying the poitio n he had once upon a The figure, wben r evealed under the flaring lamp previous occasion, though then he belcl no weapons light, was that of the boss poker-player from V!rm hand. ginia City, the counterpart of Deadwood Dick, who "Gentlemen I" he cried, his voice rin; .gout clearcalled himself Red Hot Harris. ly, "ther e i s a little matte r I w ish to iie ttle, here i n Fearlessly he e ntered the saloon, and sauntered your presence. Wbeo first I ca.me to Eure ka, I poot about, watching those around him with an eagle ed a five hundred dollar r eward pape r upon these glance. walls, m eaning it should stay there. Som e meddleA young man managed the shooting In the ab some loafer has insulted me by tearingit down I sence of Noisy N e ll, and to him the poker-player want to see that chap, and bu'st bis heacl --that's the finally went, i;eeking amusement. He tried a fe,v 'lind of hairpin lam!" sbot.q, and missed the bull's-eye every time; then Not a murmur came from the crowd, a the young turned away in disgust. bravo was speaking, but when be had ftnif>ile d Old Martha Cambre saw him,. and, when general at-Roxly stepped forward, a grim, puckering expres iention was ca.lied to a rough-and-tumble fight in sioP. about bis mouth. another part of the saloon, she glided to his S:.de. You, was it?" Red-Hot exclaimed, a ID

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The Phantom Miner. 23 b is stance tor and bore h i m to the floor, and m another moment the revolver was pressed to the temple, and t here came a report, Wounded wasRoxly, but not dead I Then Red-Hot sprung to his feet, and swung the s till smoking weapon above his head. "Does any man want to say didn't d o It fair?" he cried, his eyes b l azing. Speak out, an4 I'll sho'W ye the kind of a man I am!' A cheer rent the air. "Hurral ther boy did it fair-jes' 'S fair as ary man ken do I" came the resp<>nse from a dozen lu11.17a. "Hurr a fer Red-Hot I' A (l'eneral toward the young pokerist seemed marufest, and drinks were ordered all around. Harris did not imbibe, but donning bis jacket and bel t betook himself from the saloon into the gulch It was just then the darkest hour before the dawn of the coming day. It was intensely black. Very few were now abroad; one horseman riding l e isurely through the gulch, and at him Red -Hot gaye only a casual g lance as be hurried t-0\varu the Bonanza mines, or in the direction in which they were l ocated. His min''>d k :eping ho1d

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24 The Pha.ntom Miner. of the lasso with one hand, and grasping bis revolver with the other Bound was he that the boss poker-player should not escape him, if vigilance could prevent it. The march was a Jong and tiresome one. They left the gulch a mile above the Bonanza strik ing a defile much narrower and more tortuous which led upward int. o the mountains. All al'Ound were steep beetling crags, yawning chasms and dizzy declivities; and over the mountain a dense pine for est cast its shadows. Day dawned, and tinged the peaks rosy red ; still the tramp continued, nor did it end until noon, when they entered a mountain cave, far above the l eve l of the western plains. There was only one apartment to it. and this was rudely furnished with rough stools, a table, and sev eral piles of skins, showing that it had some day been tenantad by a hunter or trapper. Incl e ed, one of this species of individuals sat before the fire now, engaged in roasting some bits of venison-a tough, villainous lo oking man, of five auJ-forLy, in whose face the word "cut-throat" was plainly written. "Here we are at last!" the ho'lus Dead wood Dick I have been planning to entrap.,, "Eb I !sh dot d e r poy?" Corkus replied, coming forward and Red-Hot critically. "Vas dot Deadwoodt Dick?" "The same notorious reprobate!" No 2 l aughed, tauntingly. "The amiable gentleman I have been trying to counterfeit." "You're a li ar! replied Red-Hot, as hotly as his name might have implied, and if you'U give me my freedom, I can lick thunder out of both of you in less timP. than it takes to say Eureka!" ''No, I thank you!" No 2 replied, with a sarcastic smile I am not risking anything when ma.tters in ruy hands are sure. I'll soon show you that l Jet things mature before I strike." Corkus deprived Red-Hot of all the weapons on bis person, and pushed him away into a corner where there were plenty of skins to lie upon. Thls done, he and No. 2 retired to the p<:>rtion of tbe cave where the fire was burning, leavin g the un lucky poker player to his reflactions. In the Bonanza mine great excitement prevailed, on the discover.) that Leone and her babe, and NeU .Brandon. were missing from the tent. Only two sur mises could be made concerning their absence either they had become frightened and fled interror to get out of the path of the flying bullets, or else they had been captured by some of th e ruffians, and spirited away. Tnis seemed the more probable, and search wa; im:nediate ly made in the basin, which resulted in the discover{, by Little Alf anu Avalanche, of Nellie Brandon, ying insensible. not far from the camp. An ugly cut upon her forehead, over the t emple, had evidently caused he1 unconsciousness. "G1eat ham-bone thet paralyzed the larynx: uv old Jonerl" the Annihilator ejaculated, picking the slender form from the ground, and bearing it tenderly toward camp. This settles th er question, as tber oyster shell sed w'en it went down ther Irishman's throat. Mrs Leoue an' ther piccaninny h es encountered a condemned snow-starm o' deefikilty, an' bin wafted away on sum boreal breeze "Et looks h.iuder thet way," r Pp lied Alf dubiously. "Ef the leetle wom"ll.1s run off with, here's what's goin' ter search fer h e r "Hayr, too, I'm tellin' ye!" reP.Ued Avalanche. "Deadwood Dick shen't never-say thet ther ravortia' old devas
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The Phanto m Miner. 25 ---------------son. If she could flnd and enlist him In her cause, b e could, on Graylford's tleatb, c laim the property. But this lost son was not so easily found. He, too1 bad been traced to Deadwood, but on their arrivru there, they found that he bad l ately emigrated to parts unknown. Tbe day after the battle at Deadwood Dick's Bon anza, Bolton rushed into Cathie's room like some overjoyed schoolbor "Good news, so cheer up!' he cried, dropping his beave r and seating himself with a busil'l'!Ss-like cross of the low e r extremities. "Deadwood Dick, or Ned Harris, is here in Eureka I" Cathie looked up, a hope ful, an:s:ious expression upon h e r face. "Really, truly?" she demanded, as if she doubted the fact. "Are you sure?" "Yes, I am sure. There are evidently two Dead wood Dicks. according to all report:... and then there is another fellow, who calls himself K ed-Hot Harris, who looks as much lik e your notorious son as your self, and you very much resemble him." "Yes; but which of these three is my son?" ,\.h I that's the stick. No cue seems to know which is genuine. But I shall keep watch, and en deavor to flnd ont." I have a littl e more hope, then. Hut did you b ear from f':>rdyce?" "Yes; h e is no better. The man in attendance who pretends to have an extended knowledge of surgery, says that be cannot live the week out. His wounds and old age cannot but use him up. Poor man," Cathie said. wiping away the tears that had risen to her eyes. "But that h e would curse me, Iwouldgotobim. Ahl-that we had never parted I But he was so mis erly and cruel that I believed life with him would be an endless t<>rture." "It will be necessary," the attorney said gravely, "for you l.O go nnd see uim before hp dies. P erhaps he might be wil!ing to conciliate. I will keep in f ormed of his condition, and take you at the right time. In the mean time, I have work on band. '!'his Carlos Cambre, it aJ)"pears, has a wif e living here in Eureka, who is in tlie detective business, 1iaving put the harness on her own back when her father died. She accosted m e to-day, an:l we bad a l ong talk. She knows all about our business here, and Cambre's theft of the documents, which keep us from work ing. We are going to attempt to break into bis room to-;.igbt, nnd resteal them." "Oh! God grant that you may be successful, sir," the lady muttered, as Bolton took bis bat aud ruose to depart. "If nothing happens we shall get them, unless he happens to have them concealed on bis person, which we doubt," he said. retiring with a bow. That evening about the hour Cambre was sup posed to be at supper, Bolton met Martha near the Mau-Trap s:;:;;cn, and they b u.rried away. Cambre had rooms in a lodging-housii at the fur ther side of tbr: village, and got his meals at n restau rant some distance from his rooms, so that the plan of the two promised to be successful, if they could only find the villain out. When in sight of the lodging-house, Martha left Bolton, and went to see if the ex-lieutensnt was at a neighboring restaurant, where she hoped to find him. She soon returned to the attorne y with tbe an nouncement that he was the re, drinking with a half dozen of Deadwood Dick's old band, who had jus t arrived on the evening stage. "Now come on, and the papers are ours!" she said. "T have a duplicate key of the room, fl led to fit from an impress ion. Get yollr revolvers in readi ness, and follow me." They hurried up the street, and entered thA build ing, ascending a pair of stairs to tbe second floor. It was a general lodging-h ouse and no one of the two or three persons encountered noticed them. Martha l e u the way to l'ambre's room, and for precaution knocked upon the door; and t11ere uas a hu/loafrom ui 1 /iin CHAPTER XIV. AN ASTONISHING DISCOVERY-THE GIRL ROADAGENT. REn-HoT HARRIS was l eft lying in one comer of th!' cave, a.1d was not again molested during the Corkus brought him a slice of venison and a cup 01. water, at dark upon whir.h to appease his appetite, which had been keenly ar:msed by hi' long tramp. A ll.hoi-t while after, Deh,"""l' vod Dick No. 2 came, u.(; ;,eated himself near tJ. e prisoner, as if for a talk. fir: was still attired in the jetty snit o f buckskin, v. it!1 g lov es, bat and mask to match, which made him a clever imitation of the genuine Ned Har ris. "Well?" Red-Hot interrogated, angrily, manag ing to raise himself upon his elbow, "what do you want?,, What?" the other coolly, watching the so-styled poker-player with a tran,,-e, intense ,,-aze -"what? wen, I got tired of talking to old Cor kus. and thought I'd come and l e t you amuse me. I am sometimes weary of the 0ld wretch s stories "We ll, I am sorry to sa:v you've clumb the wrong tree, for amusement!" Reel-Hot replie d "I am not in much of a rriood for conversation. 11 "Ob I you ain't1 But I r eckon yon will become interested, by and by. Do you know what I have brought you here for. sir?" "No: I am sorry to say that I hav'n't the slightest idea, sir road-agent." "We ll, then, I will tell you. Deadwood Dick when you left your wife and came h e re. I found your wife was about to follow: so T came also. My heart was filled with bitterness, which gradually dS sipated into resolve. I have lately found that she is the mother of a child-yours as wPll as hers: and this discovery caused a definite plan of attack against you. N e d Harris, you will find that you have ont> to d ea l with, wbo will flght out this duel-yes, exter minate everything in my path that is human, to at tain my object." "ffum"{lbl" Red -Hot drawled. coolly. "I really do wish, 1f you must talk, that you would say some thing more interesting to me. I care nothing about your quarrel with this notorious Deadwood Dick, nor your contemplated revenge. If you know any new points about poker or keno, I shall be pleased to hear from vou. 11 No. 2 evidently would have b'len relieved if be could have given vent to a r ound oa1b; but for some reason be withhel d it. The cool indifferPnce of this boss poker-p layer, was extremely provoking, and conducivP to f ee linvs of an unpleasant nature. "Hang the poker," be growled. "What I want is for you to acknowledge that you are Deadwood Di ck, and then I will suiprise you. .. You ll wait till y our teeth decay, I'm thinkin' before I shall acknowledge anything of tbe >ind !' l retorted Red-Hot. "Did I not tell you that Dead wood Dick is dead?" u Yes; but you lied." "Did I? No, I think not. Deadwood Dick is dead: Edward Harris livts .1 "Ahl J see," No. 2 said, comprebendingly; "and you are Edwar d Harris?" "I al.111" was the reply. "'!'hen why this attempt at deception-this Red H d business?'' Th e name was suggpsted by bearing a fellow ca ll mP a red-bot customer to deal with. Whe11 l left tbe Hills, I dropped ther.amAof Deadwood Dick-buried it as we bury the dead, intending nev e r to use it again. But T find that to an impossibility. I came here as Harris, and they recognized me, and I braved the m do"u. T])e n I sl1aved off the hair that had J?"rown upon my fac e and reappeared ns Recl Hot Hrris. The character, b.v cons1deroble 'cheek ing' and 'brass,' was partially successful. I guess the Eurekaites are convinced that I am R e d Helt Harris!" 'Probably. I knew you were Deadwood Dickthe eyes of love are harder to deceive than those o f wlinterested curiosityseekers. ''

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The Phantom Miner. Harris started, and gazea keenly at the speaker, a wrinkle disfiguring the placidity of his forehead. What do ron mean?" he demanded, suspiciously. "By can it be yoo, Leone, in disguise?" There wlts a bitter little laugh of sarcasm; then the answer: No, not Leone; she would have more leniency on you than I have. W"\;t a moment and you shall see wb<1I1 you have to expect mercy from." later when a slight, girlish figure reappeared and stood before the ex-road-agent; and he started vio-1 lcntl.v, and uttered an exclamation of astonishment: "My God I is that you, Edith S ume .?" Yes, it is I, Ned 'Harris-the girl who loved and still wor<;bips you-the girl who has schemed for many long days, and now has yo in her power. Dick," and the beautiful girl-woman came closer, h you are mine now. forever. In this mountain cave you must spend the rest of your days with me I" "My Heaven I I thought rou were dead-drowned in the Little Madrass, girl.' Deadwood Dick replied, gazi,ng at her wonderin!?ly. "But, instead I see you b e fore me, as foolishly and hopelessly bUnd as you were befor e "No, not hopelessly, Dick. You are mine. now, beyond all other claim-mi"e Forever. I don't sup pos e you will bP-come ireconciled to your Jot for a while, but I can 'bring you to yo11r oats,' as the ex pression goes. Tf love and femininepersnasion won't do it force will'" . Ah I you are combining force with infatuat ion, eh?" Dick said, slowly. "You seem to be consider ably below what I'd estimated you to be. What force could you use. that you for one moment im all'ine would make Deadwood Dick yield-give up his honor, bis manhood, to lead a doubtful life with you?" "It need not be doubtful; yon could take me East and marry me. As to the force, I shall soon come into possession or your infant son. You shall then I swear, by all yon hold sacred, that you wili marry me, or Oorkus shall cut the brat's throat from ear to ear, right in your presence. How like you the picture, Ned Harris?" "I cannot say that l particularly admire it I" Dick replied, in bis l('rim way. "Neither do I believe I have any cause to fear in that direction." '"Why nott,, "Because yon would not have done such an infa mous act as that. Besides, you have not got the child yet, and are not likely to get it. "Don't be surprised if I have it in my possession before to-morrow this time. As to the other part, that brat shall die if you remain obstinate. and your red-headed wife shall follow suit. Don't imagine I fear to do this, or anything else A desperate wo man is sometimes w0rse th1.n a desperate man. I am despe rate, and determined that yon shall be mine, no matter at what cost. I gave up my fathe r, friends and a grand home and luxurious life. all for yon. and do yon imagine I will let anything balk my design$? Nol I would kill you, even, before I would relinquish yon to that other girl." Dick did not reply. He sa'v that she was terribly in earnest, and b e wondered how he was to find ex trication from this dil emma, which involved not only himself, but his darling Leone, whom he now loved tenfold more thau ever before. Old Avalanche and Lir.tle Alf conducted Noisy Nell to Eureka, and set her down in front of the Man-Trap. Then they stabled Prudence Cordelia, and with the eccentric goat following at their heels, wandered about town, using their eyes and ears, and instigating inquiries after Leone. But they were not successful. Nothing bad been seen of her, and they finally arrived at the conclu eion that she had no come back to town. "Gr'Mtham-bone thet choked old Joner," the An-nihilator at last grunted, when they gave up the search. "Ther great snowflake 's struck a snag an' collapsed, I r e ckon. I ken't see w'icb way tber boreal breeze kin advantageously waft now." "Nor I." r eplied Coyle. "But I'm pretw well satisfied the woman never cnm here, or efse she could be found." "Great ham-bone! I s'pose you're right an' yet I orfnlly hate ter give up ter the noshun thet she's becum crow fodder I" "Ohl no fear f e r that. She's plucky, an' got grit ennff for 'ixty common gafo. Eh? Avalanche?" "Wal, I ruminate she hes. But speakin' o' spunk an' grit, ye j as' orter seo'd a gal yer 'umble sarvent (;nc't went t e r court, wi' sum intentions ter ask her ter shoulder part o' tber eppydemic's harness fer lifetime. She war a Hoosier gal, an' great scriptural ham-bone thet-" "'Sb l steady! d'ye see them two fellers a-comin' down tber gulch?" Little Alf said, pointing out from the crowd two men who were coming into the town from the direction of the Big Bonanza. D'ye see 'em?'' "Yes-two nilgrims evidently miners-one wi' a bag o' sumthln' slung b ehind his back." "Karect l an 1 don ,t et enter yer organ o' phre nology, thet thar mought be sumthin' in the t bag as would suit our fastidg eo us tastes?" was the query, and the young scout watched the approaching men narrowly. "Jaws o' ther whal e tbet masticated old Jonef\ ye're a sharp boyee. lllebbe tbet very same bag contains an infant prodigal or whatever you call it. 'Twon 't do ter let them men go unobserved, that is sart'in. '' "0' course not. We'll let 'em slide by, an' then we'll foller," Coyle said. The two men drew back behind a clump of bushes, and allowed the two miners to pass, they did. Both were large, burly-looking fellows. evil of coun tenance. and huge of muscle. Neither looke d too good for the commission of almost any crime. "They're genuine 'toughs' of the blood and butcberknifeorder," Coy l e muttered as they tramp ed by. u Yas, reg'lar olcl cavortin', buckin' hye nast" as sented the Annihilator, with a grunt. CussPs ter lick wi' brute force, b11t no more'n a bundle o' chips ef r,e git ther drop on 'em, or work skientifically. Ef taiu't Deadwood Dick's offspring they've got in thar, et's sumthin' they're might.y keerful uv. See what a grip thet 'coon hes got onter ther bag." "Yes, ther kid's in tbar, no doubt. Come, let us saunter along and see whar they go to. Secb game ain't picked up e''er.f day. Keep ther goat behind, or ther de'il will be to pay. "Not much, I don't," the Annihilator replied, grimly. W11ar wafteth this boreal breeze o' de struction, wafteth o ne or more o' etspecooliar j'ints. Leave Florence Night-in-a-gale? No, sireel I'm t ellin.g-you. "All right; cum along then or they'll-by thunder they've escaped us, now. Where are they?" While they were speakin!? the two "toughs" bad millgled in with the crowd that swarmed in the gulch, and were lost from view Cursing their own stupidity both Corle and Avalanche sprung forward and elbowed thell' way along in pursuit, but all in vain. Their mQt careful e fforts failed to discover the p
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The Phantom Miner. They wandered about aimlessly during the daynot reall:y aimlessly, for they were constantly look ing for Cambre, whom Avalanche had once seen, and thought '>e should be able to recognize again. Littl e Alf was a good poker-player, and so they went into the Man-Trap saloou and amused them selves for a while. Noisy Nell came around to their table shortly, perhaps because she was very favor ably impresse d with the looks and apparent worth of Coyle. And his good opinion of her was not by that she was modest when modesty was called for, and brave and fearless when the case demaudcd; and to say the little scout admired her, would be only drawing it mild He was not a f e ll ow himself. twenty. five summers in this wayward world having dealt with him kindly. "Hev ye seen anything o' Careless Cu cumber!" demanded, as she came up. "No. H e has not been in here since I came." the girl replied g l ancing searchingl y around her. "Have you found any tiding s of Mrs Harris!" I "Nary a tidy, my !(al. Saw a couple o' 'toughs' -one kerried a bag on bis b11ck, in w'ich a baby might have been concealed-but they flung us." Those sam e men came in here and lubricated," N e ll anuouuced, u and then went out again." The deuce they did I An' did one tote a bag o' sumtbin' on bis nigh shoulder, w'icb mought 'a' bin a baby or a condensed 'arthquake1" uves! "Which way'd they i;o?" "I cannot tell. I did not watch them; only no ticed them by chance." Avalanche and Li ttle Alf ros e to their fee t simul taneous ly. "We may trnp 'em by visitin' the different sa loons," Coyle said. .. Just my ijee, perzactly," the old man assente d. "For'a' d, march-you take the lead-the dirt allus goes before the broom." "Thank you." Alf smiled, bowing to Nellie. and leadin g the way toward the door. "A slouch some times f o ll ows the broom. also." They went out, and made a round of all the sa! loons, without r es ult, until they werfl i ssuing from I the last one, when they came face to face with Car los Cambre. CHAI'TER XV. THE PAPERS-EYES MIGHTIER SOllETIMES TRAN THE SWORD. MARTHA CAMBRE ancl Lawyer Bo l ton shrunk back in alarm as a voice from within the room respond e d to the littl e woman's knock. A s hrill balloa it was; in a woman's voice, e,idently; but it told the two .1 counterplotters that their coast was not clear as they had anticipated. "What shall we do? This is a deuce of a scrape I to be caugbt in," the discipl e of fllackstone gasped, clutching Martha by the arm. "Our game is balked; i let us escape." "You can go, if r.ou want to," lllartha replied, calmly. "I ain't quite so far gone as to back out now:" and as if to carry out her assertion\ she tonk a little shining revolver from among the fo ds of her dress. "Halloal w'at the debbil you's want?" came again from the inside. "I cum along out dar, pu'ty soon, an' mop de floo r wid you sassy brats." Ah I that is explanation," Martha said, in a whis;:>er. There is some negress inside, evidently car ing for the room. Come on." Sh e itlided forward and opened tbe door, which as sh" bad surmised, was unlocked. Another moment and she and Jlo l ton were inside the room, with the donr loeked behind them. .._ Lil o l d negress, with a face as b lack as coal, and hair white and woolly, was engaged i n sweeping the room, and putting things to order. But she stopped stock-still, rooted to the floor with horror when she beheld the intruders, and the pair of revolvers the worthy attorney and co u nsPlorat-la.w hel d l eveled to\\ard h<3r. Oh I de Lordy sakes aliv e I Oh I goodness gracious !" gasped, s inking back ui:io n the floor, with a jar heavy enough to conve!. the idea that she was a small-sized earthquake. Don't shoot, marstor don 't hurt a poor ole woman w'at can't help herself. I be's inn ercent-'deed l is, for shuab I" ''Yes. you're an innoc ent old idiot., sure enougb,0 Bolton replied. Just you keep quiet, and we'll not hurt you. But if you appeal fo r assista.. "lce, I'll mak e perforated card-board out o' you. (Jo on, miss, >md see if you can discover the papers." "You bad better staud near the door with y our back against it I" Martha replied "lily villainous husband may be along at any moment, and it would be ppointment "I think there is a sec r e t compartment in this o l d desk," Martha said at last, pausing before the struc ture of walnut, whi c h was an oddity in the way or curious pigeou-holes and drawe rs. "But l do not know how to find it. Is there anyhod1 in the room b e low or those adjoin ing, oJ.d woman?' ".No missus. Dar's berry few in de buildin' at this hour." "Good. Let me out, Mr. Bolt o n, and I will go down and procure an ax with which to knoc k this old shell apart." Bolton obeyed by unlocki n g the coor and her out into tbe passage. With an injunction to fly for safety if Cambre s h o uld put in a n appec.rance, she hurried away on her errand. She was not gone l ong however. soo n returning with a heavy ore bar as a s uhstiLute for Lhe ax, which s h e could not find. "Now, if Carlos wi l l only stay away for a little while, we will have a chance to learn if the papers are here, 1 1 she said. "Yes. it will take but a short time to find out, Bolton answered. At least if we cannot find the papers. we can wait h e re for him to come, and force him to g ive them up to us." "Ah! but I am afraid we should have our h ands full, tbel'e. Such villains as he, combining tbe characteristics o f the stubborn bull-dog and the cunning W r y fox, would be a bard customer t o force." At hiS' request she su rre!1dered the bar to him, while she took bis revolver and stood guard at the door. H e then attacked the old desk with a will, and soo n bad it lyin g apart in differ en t sections, without Cl'eating any great n oise Sure e nou gh a secret drawer was discovered In which were a package of papers, tied in an oil-silk wrapper. There also a quantity of money, which, no doubt, also belonged to Cambre. This was all. "The papers I the papers! Bolton cried, leaping forward and seizing them in bis grasp. "Victvry is ours at "Don't be too sure. My father always taught me never to h ope until I was sure I bad something to hope for, sir," Martha said, comine, forward Bolton tore off the wrapper and hastily g lanced them over. "They are here, "he sail;\,exu ltantly-" tbegenuine ones, and the copies CamhN drew from them!"

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ts The Phantom Miner. Avalanche and Alf Covle uttered not a word as they faced Cambre in front of the sa oon, but push ed hy birn as if they did not recog1 ize him-whicb the scout. Little Alf, did not, never having seen him before. But Cambre recognized the Annihilator by the goat; and. too, he recognized him as the same individual who bad once knocked hlm down in front of Deadwood r ick'scell. "Hello I" he crierl, following up, and slapping the old man on the shoulde r heavily. Hold up, old :rackabones, if ye don't wanter git plugged. I iecog"Dize you." "Oh! you do!" Avalanche said, turning around with a "six:" in bis grasp, full and ready for use. Ye recogniz e ther great equatorial pestilence, do ye?-t!ier great distructive eppydemic o' ther peraries-the snow-flake o' boreal Annifiila tlon? Wal, thet am't nothin' singyler, since 1 recky you. Guess thar's a. picture rubbin' etse lf o.g'in' your viSlge, ain't thar, 9' bow b eauchiful I laid you -out, not more'n a month agp? Ham bone tbet pre pared ther obituary ov 01d Jonerl l 'spect yer wanter see ;i:er uncle on thet score, eh?" "Ohl no!' Cambre replied, smilin!<" graciously, as he saw the Annihilator l>ad the drop on him. "I just chanced to recognize you, and wanted to ask you if you bad seen Daad 1vood Dick, lately?" "Nixy; hain't seen ther lad since the daf. we arriv' in Eureka. But, ef ye wanter fight, et s all right. Bayr's what kin accomruydate ye." "Oh, no, thanks; my Inclinations don't run In that channel," the ex-lieutenant replied, turning away. "Now, then, boyee, we've gotter keep our orbs on tilml" Avalanche wnispered to Coyle. I bet he gits the baby afore midnight, unless we intercept it, w'ich we must try to do." "Yes, the papers are all here," Bolton repeated, countiog them over-" tb.3 1narria.!!'e-certificFt.te, the blrtb--0ertiflcate of Cathie's child, and others of minor .or greater imoortance.,, "I am truly gratetul to God for this success." Mar tha said, reverently; but come, let us hasten from this before my husband returns, or he wfll 4ti11 us. 1:1.al the negress has escaped-hO\v ncgli gent of me!" True enough, while Martha's back had been turn ed, the wenoh nad made her escape. "Curse tbfl black-and tan," Bolton exclalme1 angrily. u I!. will not do for us to try and escape-11 "Very tmly spoken I" interrupted a cool, sarcastic voice, and Carl os Carnbre's commanding form stood in the doorway, ar.cuslng ly. "It will not do for you to try to escape with those papers in your ;\>ossess1on. Drop tll.;rn, and you can depart in peace.' I'd d!'op you, if I had the drop' on you!" the titwmev d. At tbis JUncturA Cambre's gaze rested for the first on Martha. H e reeled back wi : h frightful curse, as if he had been dealt a hnvy blow, as he behela her piercin;! gl::mce leveled at him, sternly. "Martha! hero!" he gasped, his face growing first white, nnd then flushed. "Yes, llartba is here!" the deserted wife r eplied scornfully; but in the second of Camhre's be had lnwered his aim, and she quickly took advantage of thi opportunity to cover him with her re'>olverR-" here, but not to claim you for"' husband. '\. his left hand, and there wa. a gleam of d esperatio in his eye that foreboded evil. "Halt where you are I" he cried, Jeveling tbe r._o11, "or I'll fire as long as there's a cartridge left, 1f it costs my life!" "Come!" Martha said, pulling Bolton back. "We will be t empting death in trying to pass him. We can better escape frmn a window." They hurried back into Cambre's room, l ocked the door behind them, and fouml that th( one window over whose surface cobwebs bad b een ailnwetl to coll e ct, was neither shuttered ncu barred. The sash was easily takPn out; and several bed-quilts twisted and knotted together, furnished a mode of escape to the ground, so that i n a few minutes the two were on the soil below, and hw-rying away through the night's gloom. "Now to tbe Fl!tg of Truce to apJJrise Cathie ot our good luck," Bolton said, as the y hurried along. "It will be cheer to thP, poor woman." "Well, I hope so." Martha replied. "l must re turn to the Man-Trap to resume my duties there. If yon should be in need of my further services, do not hesirate to call upon me. " Certainly not." be replied. The y walked along until in front of the Flag ot Truce and there separated. It was a painful subject to think upon for Dead wood Dick-this puzzle of how he was going to es cap(l from the cave, and prevent the terribl e tragedy Edith Stone hart outlined. He was helpless in his bonds, which wereofttongs of buckskin, and from which n e saw no way of ex tricating himself. All bis weai;>on had been ta'cen from him, and he was wholly m the power of this desperate young w.,man-this girl whose love for him bad utterly made her mad on the subject; for from the bottom of bis heart Dick believed she was insane. He could not thinlc othernis e when he re her as the gentle, winning girl he had most unfortunately become acquainted with in the Black Hills Then, no one would have uspected that the temper of a fury was possible to her, sbd seemed so s'veetly innoc ent anil confiding; now how she was changed! Rough and passionate, with & tendency to evil, she must be insane; indeed, it 1vould be raher a consoling reflection that she wasl Di c k thou3ht. rather than that she was in the ful possession of her faculties. But he was aware that in either case she would do M she bad promised-she was fn earneet. lb lay a I on;; while after she l e rt him, turning the subject over in his mind. The darkness in the cave was intensA, the little fire on the oppositesi'leilluminating a only a few feet. He could s e9 n ot:1in;:: of F.1ith or h e r tool, the man Corkus, and concluded that they had turned in for the night. l Now would be my time to e s cap0, if ever," the prisoner muttere d, rolling oil' hi s b e d of sl:ins to the barrl, rocky floor Ah! that I were only out or thi I There is a hnd in this grf'nt wi le We s t where l coulif Rettle down in quiet, without much fear of beirn;: molested on account of the biaer past. With my boy, T could weary through a lif e t hat thus far has presented a huridre cl-fold morP of bitterness than plP.asure Leone? Ahl whydothou;!'bts of her contantl.v arise before my eyes-why do they haunt me? Hwe T not pa1ted wit h her forcV' er' A'ter bein g caRt. off 1ca<::t hr..r, vPry, fPw women would come back, evPn if I on hPndecl knee." Yet he realized thAt he did not fnll.v know L eo ne. He had !earned some new characteristic of h e r each of the happy days that harl follower! their marriage, anrt yet knew comparatively little o r h er-only knew that she was the quef'n of his hPnrt-the one fair vision at whoso shrine he worshi!)e:l And h e knew

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The Phantom Mine. ----------oow that he must ecaiY: to protect her lif e, and that o f their babe-must w a s the word that best titted the occasi on Failure mO!tnt death to her, and the same to the prospects of his f'Jtnre happiness. He had resolved. now, to go back to her, and ask forgiven es s, and if she still l oved him-if eve n only a tenth part as much as be did her, she would grant the boon, for the AAke of their baby boy. Edith glided s udd enly upon him, in the midst of his thoughts like some hauntiug sha dow "Ohl Dick!" she cried, kneeling bes ide him, and throwing h e r arms about his ntck, with a passionate outbw-st of tears-" I l ove you so, oh l do please take me to your heart, and let us fly from here to some spot where we can liv e as man and wife, in the fullnes of our lo ve For the l ove of Goel, do not again put me off, for I do not want to commit this a wfu l c rime I have threatened." "Nor nee d you," he r e plied. "I do not l ove you, and l ife with you would be a torture." "Ah! you J ove the other!" she cried, with almos t tigerish ferocity, a terribl e gleam reddeniug her eyes. "Yes, I l ove the other," he r e plied, firmly, "and always shall." "Then she shall clie and til e brat, too." "But their death will not make you any the b et ter off," he rel)ISOned. I cannot marry you, in either ca .. would ou see them murdered b efor3 I your eyes, ratb e r tfian give up your futur e to iue?" l "Yes rather than become a bigamist, and promis e d evotion to a mad-wom a n I" "A "hat?" she gasped, shrinkingaway from him. "A mad-woman-a maniac, for you are no less. Were y o u in your right mind, Edith, you would nev e r think of such a cr ime." "l\lad I mad l" she repeat e d, staggering to her feet and pressing her band to her forel:ieacl,as if it ached -"yes, perhaps I an1 rnad-mad in love; but sane enough that no other wom a n shall ever possess you, my Prince. I will l ook to that with a pet-severance that will some time astonish r,ou." 'It will be useless. Your life will be only spent in vain "So it shall be then. You will know no peacethat may in a 1l1easure appease my hunger for your J ove. I will haunt you day and night, lik e some terri b J ., phantom. But; bah t why this parley? I can still win you by l ove, without r esorting to harsher measures. Seel I am going to your limbs un til morning, that you may rest better. Do not try to escape, however, for Cot;k r s stands yonder in the mouth of the cave with an Evans r ey,eating rifl e, and ,/n ess t ime than it With a Jong bowi e sbe cut the bonds abouthi s feet, leaving his bands sti J l confined. "Thank you," he said Acts of kindness and con fidence often produce great r esults." "Bahl" she retorte d with a m i castic laugh. "Do n t thiuk m e a fool 1 or that you can deceive me. M aybe, by some of the mfernal pow e r you are said to possess, you can succeed in outwitting me. But I will follow _you to the very ends of the earth. A v ery tigress you will find me, if you try to play any games on me. Remember!' Th en she turned and swept away with the imperi ous ness of a queen, D eadwood Dick lay still fo r several hours after her departure, well-knowing it would be useless to attempt to escape, uutil Corkus g ;ew s leepy. and r e laxed his vigi l. But he worked sil e ntly at tl.e bonds which confined bis wrists. I f h e could but free bis wrists, he had no fears but that he could escape. "The s ui t of mail I wear beneath my c lothing makes m e bullet proof, unless the cuss should hap pen to aim at my visage, when I cannot say as to its qualities against r esisting lead, thougoh l 've been called 'bard-chee ked' and 'brassy'!" he muttered, a grim smile playing over hi s features. Diligently he worked away, urst soaking the thong-s In a Ht l e poo l of water wMch ran at his f ee t au d then endeavor ingto stretch tJ1e1n. It was P s low procee s, hut eventually successfu l. for in t.. coupl e of hourn he r ejoiced iu the freedom of Loth h ands. "Now J guEss i t i s a safe time to make a n attempt t o quit this place. he muttered, tightening hi s b e lt and peering around in to the g l oom to see if his movements had b ee n ohsPrved But appar<"ntly they uad not. The inteme black ness that reign ed sureme within the cave had pre VPnted his b e in g seen. T ile fire b a d died out. and the only light was a faint leaden g l ow in the direc tion wliich marked the cave's entrance. I wonde r if the guard i s asl eep?" Diclc queried h esitatin g before starting. "I hope it d o n t come to a tussle, lest he shoul d crush me in a bug, for he is as stout as a cinnamon bear. I f l can only enchain his gaze fo r a moment, I am almos t oetain that I can mt smerize him." He stepped cautiously toward the entrance, i.J.id footfalls softe r th< n tt.0se of a cat. Hi s fists wer" doubled on the c'efrnsive, in the absence of other we apons ; every n crYe w ns strung, every muscle drawn hard; his whole mind devoted to the work before him. C loser and clos e r h e moved, until he caught sight of the shadowy o utI;n e cf the sentinel, standing sl'll t!onary in the entrance, i;rim and sil en t as some r ock-earvOt fo r this. H e stopped i n his tracks and threw the who l e force of his mind in 1 0 his gaze, which h e directed at the g uard. And no t Jong had b e to wait for the effect Soon the man sbudclerecl, a n d turned around his b l oodshot eyes coming Instantly i n contact with the 11:Ieaming orbs of D eadwood Dick. His gaze b ecame fixed It w a s no use for him to r esist. H e could not break the spell that over him, from the pecu liar influence of the road-agent's all-powertul gaze. Like a statue he was rooted to the spot., immc,vable, of his own will. and powerless to peak. "I-Ia! haP' Dick 1auglwd in a l ow voice," this i s anothe r victory No"-, the n?xt act on the schedule is to ge t out o f thi s, find L eone and my boy, and then forever quit this place. 1 know o f one spot in this great, fair earth, where even the bounds of tbe law scent not, and there 1 will g-o with mine own wife and child and begin lif e anew!" CHAPTER XVI. PRIZE UPON PRIZE. Ow AvJ.LANCDE and Little Alf were not far away at the time when Bolton and Martha left the big lod gi ng-hou se. They had seen < "umbre enter and were crouching in the bu>hes, not far away, waiting for tht3 m en to come wilb Lhe babe, as they calcu iatcd they e ventually would. "Gnat ham-bone thet deceived old J oner I" the Annihilator excl aimed as first they heard the pistol shot, and later saw the man and woman d esce nd the b ed-quilt ladder to the g-round and hurry away "Old Mos es thet perambulated through the bull r ushes! R ecko n thar's bin a in thet aire dor mitory, an' Carel es s Cucumbe r hES got his crop full. Thet ain't enny o' our hash, tho'. The r perc1se in clerviduals we're wantjn', at present time, nire the m two gal oots, oue o' whom hes g-ot a bag slung oTer his shoulder. Sh o uldn't be surprised ef they'd be along afore a great whil e." "Likely," assented Coy l e, nibbling away at the en d of a piece of p l ug t obacc o ietlectively "But I argue that we had better g i t inside o' tbet barn or dormiv::-ry, as ye call it fer it'll be easie r n abb in our larkies thar than out hayr in ther gulch, whar there's chance f e r bullets t e r skip arround so rree." Ac co rdin gly they c r ossed the g nl ch, and entered the big J odJ;ting bouse, which was dark and gloomy. On the first landing they f ound Carlos Cambre lying, groaniug and cursing alternatel y over bis lna.o

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'80 The Phantom Miner. ,,ility t.C\ move, on account of the painfulness of his wounded leg and broken arm. "Hello! beer's a sojer dying on ther deserted bat tie-ground," the Annihilator cried, bending over the vilhin. "By tber 1 reat all egorical ham-bone, it's 'Careless Cucumber, sure' s there's condoocemeot ter Teason in ther argumentive end uv a mule. I tell ye, et takes old Prudence Cordelia ter persuade a feller tbet she's tickleisb in her hind hoofs. Lordi she's scattered mortl gory brains over tber peraries o' th es pecooliar lattytude than all tber extinct Injun-tlght ers uv tber a11;e. Many's the time she's slung a shoe off areachin' out wi' them hindmost tenpins o' bern." "Hello! what are you doin' here, pilgrim?" little .Alf demanded of Cambre. "Seem ter be kinder out of tun e jedgin' frum yer music." "I've been blown full of boles by a pair of knaves -a man and a woman I" the ex-road-agent replied, with a fr"sh torrent of bla.pbemy. 'They're Up stairs, somewhere, now. I'll give you a thousand dollars, if you will go and capture them, an. 1et me back the papers the y have stolen." "Oh, will ye1 Sorry ter say yer pigeons hev tied, my gallus coon-escaped by aid e "bed-quilt lad der, an' flown away," the old man S!\id. "Would ye like us ter assist ye ter yer palatial domicile!" Yes1 help me somewhere to a b ed, and send for a doctor,' Cambre groaned. "I've more'n forty <:hunks o lead in my carcass." "Pooh I subtract thirty-nine frum the r sum given, an' ye hev th!!r right tlggers ier a dot. N e v e r know'd a rascal yet tbet could tell ther truth. Thet, by t oer way, war a great trait in the Hogg family. Thar wasn't a Hogg in ther hull collectfon o' Hoggs tbet ked tell a falsehood ef they were ter try, 'ca'se ye see, old Jerry Hogg, ther originator uv tl:!e. : ju venile Hoggs, war a Methodist preacher, an' we grew up ter regard ther truth as a thing more sacred than terbaccer or tarant'ler juice." "Do fou mean to say tllat l lie?" Cambre demand ed, in a well assumed rags. "Ohl no, my dear Careless; I nevyer yit war guilty o' callin' a feller a liar. But, I sw'ar, you lo o k strangely like this great destructive eppydemic, when be pulls ther long bow!" "I'd shvot you, if-" "You had the drop, w'ich you ain'tl"wastbegrim "Al!, take away the sarpint' s fangs, an' we ,1 oarry him up-stairs, before them galoots cum wi' ther babbvl" "Furies; what do you !>now about it?" the ex Heutenant d emanded. "All about It, geelorious Cucumber-thet ye're ex. pectin' ther consignment Into your grub-hooks uv <>ne male infant prodigy by a couple o' as ornery dGSted galoots as evyer absorbed tber moisture from embraced the prisent opportunity to wi sit you, an' take persession uv it, accordin' ter law.,, Lltitle Alf deprived the villain of his weapons, and then they carried him up to the r oom Bolt o n and Martha had recently ransacked, and laid him upon the bed. Avalanche, then, with a sklll that years of frontier life had perf<>eted, set the broken arm, and dressed the wounded leg. This relieved the unlucky plotter of some of his vain; but was more intense than the pain wben Avalanche securely gagged him, so that be could not utte r a word. This done, the two men seated themselves to await the coming of the two kidnapps rs. And, fortune favoring them, they had not long to wait. Heavy footsteps were soon beard -.scending the stairs, and presently two burly miners-the same the two scouts bad seen before-Pntered the room, c losing the door behind them. The next moment they were "covered" by the revolveJ' "Avalanche and his companion. "Move an Inch, without orders, ?.nd you'r!' bnth dea. d corpuses !" Little Alf exclaimed, sternly. "Great salubrious hambone frum which oldJoner manyfactered broth. yes!" I!Ut in Avalanche, "Et y e r don't want ter expeeryence the eternal el ectric joke [jes' becum stationary, or I'll d e molish ye sure1s this great devastatin' eppydemic luvs fu>1, ril forever transfix ye wi' glory, beattytudes, an' sich scriptural punishments!" The two ruffi ans 'stood stock-still, glaring around. them in astonishment. Such a trap they had not e:iwected to fall into, Obi we've got you!" Coyle j o ined In, triumph antly, "without a doubt, so just band over yer .,.._. pons and done with it." "Fork 'em over," added Avalanche Seein g that tbey were in the powe r of thE' scout. s the r 1ffians obeyed the command, by ing up a pal' of revolvers and a k IJle, apiece, Now, then, be kind ernulf ter o pen tbe t bi:.1 anc. gently remove the baby, ordered the fac t that it was rapidly w earing off the effects of the po tio n The two ruffians were now bound band and foot, after which our two ftiends quitte d the lodging house, Avalanche having restored the babe to the bag, and slung it ov e r bis shoulder, to prevent attracting the attention of any one the y might mee t. "Now, w e 'll go back to Bonanza Basin, wi our priz e I" h e said. "l '11 11:0 on ahead, while you f etch No isy N ell on ther back o' my mare i'ru dence. "Why Noisy Nell ? Coyle a s ked "Why? Great ham-bone won't she hev ter be the!-mitbe r o' this youngste r till we ldn find its gin wine mot.her? Wish ter gracious my Florence Night in-a-gale war uv the r t ender s ex, so we ked derive sum lacteal benefit out o' him fer thes little cuss. As et Is. ye'll bev ter f etch along a bottle o' milk, I 'spect, onless et ken chaw venison." "D'ye think et can?" -" Dunno. My experience wi' tber babylcnians ain't werrey much. B etter ask tber gal w'at babies eat; she'd be apt ter kno' sumtbin' about it." "Who? Miss Brandon?" "Yas-wome n folks ginerally take more ter in funts than men; they orter know" After a few more words Avalanche trampe d away up the lonely gulch, while Alf turne d back on his errand. HP first got Prudence Cordelia from the s';able and then went to the Man-Trap ofter Nellie. whom be fou d at her old post, and who was ap parently very glad to see him. They soon were out of the little town of Eureka, for Nellie had consented to go and care for Leone's baby until Leone herself could be found. On their arrival at Bonanza mine. they found that Avalanche bad already got there ahead of them; and t-0 their surprise, found Leone there also, with her babe in her arms. She told her story to all, as they gathered about the camptire . She had pursued the two ruffians who stol e Master Dick until they had.J>uzzl e d and lost her in the intri cacie s of the mountain. The n it had Ml'I'>

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l The Phanto m Miner. .... .tQUS te the arrival o! Avalanche with the babe, and Alf Nellie. That was a happy night in Bonanza mine-happy to L eo n e, in particular, because of something tha t promised her future happiness-the arrival of one, at the darkest hour before day-dawn, who of all men they least expected to see-the of the Road of those bygone days in the Black Hills--Deadwood Dick! He came stalking unexpec t edly into camp, bis form erect and face calm; h e stopped in the playing firelight, aud gazed around him, his eyes iesting upon Leone and her babe The littl e woman had g rown deathly pale at first, but she threw off the faintness that had attacked her by a mighty effort, and rose to her feet, trembling violently, an appealing l ook in her eyes. N e llie had taken l\laster Dick, and the husband and wife stood once more face to face. "Leone I" Dead wood Dick said, .opening bis arms, "l bave come." She gave a low, glad cry of joy, and springing into bis embrace, burst into tears. But they were tears of ecstatic joy; bow shall we ever attempt to d e scribe the happinrns and lov e that then filled those two reunited hearts? Tenderly Deadwood Dick caress ed her: it seemed now that lif e once more had a future; that h e could ever be supremely happy in the l ove of this glorious little creature whose undying had so well stood the test. He had never known the depth of his own l ove until the hour of this gladsome r eu ni on; 1 he realized how h e had wronged, and pained her; and now with her clasped close to h is fast-beating heart, be swore a sil ent vow that in the fnture by kindness and strong true love he would atone for all their mutual unhappiness in the past. Leone was happy, Dick was happy, and so were all about the camp-fire, when they saw ,the young ex-outlaw and his true loving wife reunited. After the first rapturous greetings were over, due explanations were made all around, Deadwood Dick coming in last on the list. "And whathev ye bin doin' wi' yerself. since the nil? ht I left ye, on. our arrival in Eurekaf" Avalanche &SKed of the Prince." "Well, I will tell you. I fle d from the town, after laying out thEl_ sheriff, and hid for a couple of days In the m ountams which flank one side of this gulch. The first day I spent thus I made a discovery-dis covered the man, Red Brand, robed in ghostly robes and parading upo n a rocky plateau. The hour was just at dusk, and having heard, previous to our com ing to Eureka, of the Phantom Miner I put this and that together, and came to the concfus1on that Rtd Brand and the Phanwm Miner '"ere one. Of course I grew inte r es t e d, and from my hiding-place I watch. "By and by two burly men dragged th\toggery of a large balloon out upon the plateau, nd over a natwal gas geyser close at hand. inflated the con cern, which was of l?Oodly size, and attached to it a car capable of holding four or five p erso ns. Whe n c,11 was in r eadiness. the two men l e t go the grapnel, tmd srruug into the car, and rose slowly upwa rd. Then saw the secret of the whole busilless, plain enough. the daytime the Phantom is not seen nl:>roa,een a mystery to tbe ites of .Eureka." "And this Red Brand is the Phantom f" Was, until I adopted his role. We accidentallv met1 one day Jaterhand he told me of my knowkilire 01 his secret, t ough tpe Lord only knows h ow he found it out. H e declared his hate for me, and pr<>< posed thaL we fight it out." "If I w on \ I was to Phatnomize it in his St'11>0!. Wen, we due e d, and l 11cm A piercing scream came from Noisy Ne!L And was h e killed?" she gasped. "Yes, young lady. I know-he was your fath0r and I have m trust for you a thousand dollar s in gold, which he had secretly mi ned from the basrn." "And you, then, are the ghost thet robbed usl" Avalauche'said. Y es by the mesmeric powe r which I possess l mesmerized you iu the tunnel, and later robbed the camp. It was to try the experiment. You may have observed what seemed to be a finger of my hand, the end of which g low ed lik e a human eye. It was sim ply an ingeniously-contrived bull's-e ye-lantern, one side appearing like an eye, and the opposite, by means o f a small but powerful reflector, casting around my person a phoEphoresc ent halo." Then Dick made further. explanations, mentioning that the skeleton shaJJe and rattles were all inge nious contrivances of Red Brand's originality; also all concerning R ed-Hot Harris and Deadwood Dick No. 21 which caused a great deal of surprise. This is all Known to the reader. He also l'xplained the secret of his invulnerabilit:;r by l'xhibiting a suit of mail worn beneath his garb, which he had found on the body of Red Brand. A week was spent iu Bonanza Basin, quietly, no intrusion from the Eurekaites making it necessary f o r Dick to fly Happy was he with his wife and child, and a prime favorite in camp. During the week old Fordyce Graylford died, and by Bolton's arrangement, Dick 11ud his new-found mother, Cathie, were present. The old man relent ed in the last hours, and asked the forgiveness of his wronged ones, and made over all his property, at Dick s request, to Cathie. Dick did not wish any of it. Though the story of how Cathie had left him with the Harrises in infancy, and the proofs, eemed all genuine, he could not quite make it seem that she was his mother, and he avowed it his intention to still retain the name of Harris. At the expirntiou of the week he made s sale of Deadwood Dick's Bonanza to Little Alf and Keno Bill; then, with his wife and child, and the two aero nauts, one morning he sailed away over the silver land of Idaho, in his ball oo n, the "Leone," for a l and of the West, wh e r e he hoped to bury himself fol-ev er, and the bitter past, Later, K eno married Martha Cambre. the little fe male detective, who had obtained a legal divorce from her raacally husband, and at the same time N e lli e 'Rrandon t oo k the name of Coyle. Cathie Graylford, also, after e. period of mourning, took Bolton, the attorney, for a permanent le1mely happy, Dick and U-one, b\It occas10nally there rises before the vision of the P.O< outlaw, like 11 haunting of the future, the mAligna41t eyes of the bitteresli "A rope was attached to the car upon a windl9.ss, and also to Red Brand, around his body in under his feet and arms, 80 that when the full length, of a.bout a thousand feet, had spun from the reel, he was raised upward and borne fhrongh the air. In the night his means of flight through the air is a mys terv, unless the observer has an eye keen enough to penetrate far toward the heaven, where, in what is known as the semi-connter-current-meauin,1< four currents blowing to a center-the balloon is drifting. The balloon rises or Jowers at will, by use of a lever Nor Is this the end of Deadwood Dick's career; Wl!I E}scape-valve and ballast; if allowed to rise above have simply written to a happy oonclUlllon of the concentrating current, it moves north toward Pa.\N9'Cll! llIJNE& place of starting; if lowered below the said cur rent. i t eoes t.owarg the prairies. ll:

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