Bob Woolf, the border ruffian; or, The girl dead-shot

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Bob Woolf, the border ruffian; or, The girl dead-shot

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Bob Woolf, the border ruffian; or, The girl dead-shot
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The Deadwood Dick Library
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Cop y r ig h t 1878-1884, by Beadle & Ad a ms. E n t e red at P o s t omce N e w Y ork. N Y . as oecond class matter Mar.15, 18911. No.9 THE ARTHUR WESTBROOK CO. Cle v el and, Ohio Vol. I BOB WOOLF, nle Border RufBap. OJ\ 'l!llE GIRL DEAD-SHOT. BY EDWARD L. WHEELER THE GIRL DEAD-S HOT

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I .:>p yrig h t 18781884, b y B eadle & A d a m s Ente r e d a t Post O m ce, N e w Y ork, N. Y .1 as !:.econ d c lass m a tter 1\far 15, 1 ryl TH:C ARTHUR WESTBROOK CO. Clcv cl3:-id, Ohio Vol. I BOB WOOLF The Border R uffian ..... -;;: 01> GIRL DEADSHOT. T H E GIRL lJEAD SHO'l', \

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Rob Woolf, the Border Ruftlan. Bob Woolf. THE BORDER RUFFl,A.N; OR, T B E GI& L BY EDWARD L. WHEELER, A.UTHOR OF "DEADWOOD DICK, ' "THE DOUBLE DAO GERS ' "OLOVEN HOOF," BUFFALO BEN, 11 ETO. CHAPTER I. TEN HOUR.:) TO LEAVE u HELL01 in t' 1ar! A great stretch o f level plain, lying in the scorching of th P summer snn ; a cabin standing alone and isolated iu the center of the blazing waste: a i:roup of p erh 1p3 two-score of rough, uncoutlt l ookb0rs e m en drawn up the cabin door-all vild sc.,ue to which we wouIJ Th e ho rsemen comprising some ot loo';: .. ing and most rufft >nly char'l.ct"rs on the ron!!h frva tier, both white an I raJ in color, w ere h eatleJ by a large, mass ively proportioned desperado with a lono;. hag,ard face, blo)1<'1 )t eyes, straight. black Indian hair, whi c h lo::iz anj m'\tte1 over his neck an fore h Y I ; a fierc h lar\:: mustclrn, any fort y evil face d and bruta 1 lo Jid n g co1 11panions. It was this lea e r who had ut.t e r .ct salutatio n which open our story, as h e reined up before t ie doo,. of the silent and apparent,ly deserte d cabin. "Hello. thar!"' i1e rep:!ated, in a. l ouJer, fiercer tJnJ. Still no answer. "Hl'o tharl I sa_y, drat ye!" he again y elled, h is dusKV" fac3 d3.rker with anger. Tf ye don"t sho.v up purt_y s>on I'll dismount au(! smas h that c looi 1n1 c u s s m e if I don 't!"' All was sil ent as th'3 tom!l Swe th'3 bot. scoreh ine: l>re:tth of air tnt fanned acro s t'1e vast l Pve l plain. a"Jd ca tse:-1 the grass to S>V-i3'1 l'l.Zily not a sounr l was t o b e he ird. "P'r'ap3 thPy've klim' out already, cap'n," sug a half-breed, by tne leader's s id e. Nl!11 cl"ied tha outl-l.w chief, I kno'v b e tter. Enh Tubbs see'd the r gil hyar onlv) igt night. Heyl h ello, the r e, yot lazy-blnesl D"y o want me to t h 3 t door in? At this juncture th e sin:rle window-shutter was >peuecl a anl a prett;, half-grown girl thrus t her head ont. \\'hat do .vou wa"lt, Blb Wo:ilf?" she demanrl erl, th e m o tley ga'lg of borJe r-ruftb.n s. 'i0' l here?11 'Ha! blast vel 'l'hort ye'd better answer m y salute. di l ye?" ll'row l e d the despe1ado. "Why cidn't y e open up when I called first, you little 1 diJ n o t s e e fit to. What do you want of me?' 11 D o n 't wa.nt o' yo1t, N P U Allen. I kim do w n b e r e ou purpos i lo see yer dad. I s h e in thar? '' Yes h e is, but you cannot see him nor anybody else. H e an 1 mamm'.l a.r. bo th in b e d sick." "What rl'v s'pos e I ve e r, whether they're Rick or not? 'J'pll Bill All<>n to shelw up hya r, or I'll tumble thet door w ord tuo muc h for that. Hoth my poor p apa aud mamma are dy<.ng of the terrible d1s Pase. I, thus far, have been sparer0 ni gh'.! Recko leck n'lw Y e r darl's been the worst srr an' hunter we've ever had ag"in' an' we s ba1n"t show him enny mercv. Jes' t e n hours from now, my f ellers 'H set thei-grass on ft re, 'b::mt a milP away, an1 all nroun' t'ie r a nch. If yours are all away. safe, so be i t. I _yer hyar still, why the n 11m1'/I alls zzle .'" And without another wore threw OrJen tile door and s hutt e r whPn tb e ruffi a ns w e r e wc'.l U.way a n l i..t13 r e was no m o r e d'l.ng er. One hour dragged oy. fhe burning sun reach e d the meridian and glared

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Bo1' W the Border Ruman. 3 iJown Its bot breath upon the baked p lain as i f to set itllfire. Tbe grass was as dry as powder and swished lazily as an occasional scorching puff of air swept along. Not a of animated lif e was to be seen. The birds had flown to the leafy coverts of distant f ;rPsts; the prairie fowls had burrowed deep down out of sight, and even the buffaloes bad gone fur ther northwest to their "wallows." Two-thre-four-five-six hours wiuged past; the suu set red and dry in the scorched horizon and thre1v her last scattering rays upon the scel1e ere it sunk from sie-bt. The n the shadows of night began to stenl around, ann objects at a distance grew inc!istinct. A few coyotes ventured to fineak out upon the plain and utter their customary evening barks. At the lone cabin silence had. reigned supreme during the day, but now, as the shadows tbickenad upon the earth, the small agile figure of Nellie Allen came to the door and swept the vast plain wit.h t ear ful eyes. "Dead!" she moaned, crouching on tho little step, nnd bursting into tears and sobs anew-"deadl rlta'l Ohl God, why didst thou send this nfllirtion upon me? Why cast me thus upon the world, an orphan in a wild, uncivilized country, with n0t a fnend to seek in this last hour of sorrow I JJead my kind, l(OOd old father, and my tender, loving mother-oh! this is moro tban I can bear!'" And she shook with sobs and the moans of grief till she rocked herself asleep, unconscious I Unconscious that the hour of the great fire was drawing nigh. Unconscious that even now the minions of Bob Woolf were hovering upon the out preparatory to commencing their Unconsci ous of nll-everytbin1; save the fact that two gba,tly, distorte d victims of small-pox lay lnsiue the cabin awaiting burial. When she awoke it was with a startled scream. The vast plain was as light as day. 'Wa;r off to the north, to the south, to the east and west m fact. all around her, circled an awful seethjng sea of flame. The outlaw bnd kept his word. 'Ohl God!" cri e d the h<:r great hazel eyes upraise d to the starlit hPaven, bear me swear unto you that, as sura a 3 there ;s a God ond n ruling power on earth, I will h nve r vege for this heartless act of the outl a w chi e f and his murderous ga1'g. Ay, reveoge reenge! Tho 1gh I mus t leave the bocli?S of my parents to roa.. t in the flames, I will esca\'.le and li.ve to spill the blood of every ac cursed ,-. .-retch who wos with Boh Woolf to-clay; and will re,erve ltim for my last victim. Gir l thoug h I am, and young a1.rt feeble, I w:i11 sweep like a hur ricane into the robbers' rank$ and take a lif e for every word thn.t the desperado chie f uttere:l ten hours ago 1 I swea1 it! before high heaven I s 1ua1 And the n she clas;iecl h e r hands upward in silent prycr. On cttm e the sea of fire, n eare r and nearpr. Gigantic columns of smoke ros e above the sheets of fiame and hid the sky from vi ew. A heavy north w i ud ha.cl ris e n and this togethe r with the 10ar aml crackl e of the i:;reat flre, made a n oi .se no"t unlike the raging oice of the tornado. Naturallv the northern portion of the fire neared the cabin vpry rapidly, and ln l1>ss than twenty minutes after N e l' i All n hat! first discovered it her cabin home was in the midst of the desLructive flame s I And whe r e -.vas she-the last one l eft of the once 1peaceful family? I Far away to the south. spPortinr>; with the winil, like a startled d eer, she follow<>d close in the wake Of the SOUtbPrn boundary Of tbe fire, now here, then there, and lik e the veritable hurricane, she swept on everywhere. She was two tires, both W&ft.ad in the same direction. Consequently, when she passed ove r the bound ary lin e where the sou bern fire bad been set, and struck out on the hot and black-charred ground, she had naught to fear from the pursi::Ug element be hind her CHAPTER II. A PHILADELPliIA LAWYER. FIVE years later. The evening stage, with its load of passengers fo r the.mines, and well-filled mail-bags for the miners1 bad just arrived at Dwight's. A motley crew or men it brought, too. Fortune-seekers, in the pel' sons of old and gi"izzly hunters and trappersi.!!:dven turers and gamblers, who followed the amereut uexcitements;" young and inexperienced youths, from city and country, and older and more experi enced miners from the worn-out claims below. Also, there were a few females, who roam from strike to striR'.e," for re!lsons best known to them s e lves. Dwight's was a new and important diggings, in one of the richest gulches about Pike's Peak, and consisted of four tuildin!!, a grocery store, a black smith shop, a broker's offi c e and ba nk. and a tav immediate supervision of Jonas Dwigbr's was not the rea i name o f the new city, reader, but, for several reasons, we see flt to call it so. The mines were about h alf a mile to the north, but as we shall have notbin11; to do with them we will not tarry to d escribe them at Lbis juncture. T o the south of Dwight's, an open, level lay of country spread off until it reached the great plains, and this was quite thickly settled,. and several im posing residences had recently sprung up, for times were prrn;;perous:, and money flush Among the scce of pasengers who filled tbe staKe that ni!l"bt and .ought sbeltH from the driz7.ling rain, inside of the tavern, was a finely-formed, athletic feJJow_, dressed in citizen's attire, and preposRessmg m general appearance. His intellectual face was smooth, save a brown mustache; his eyes gray and ferretlik e In their glanc es, and his hair brown and curling. Taken as a w bole he was a change from the general class of miners and new-comers, wh o frequ ented Dwight 's, and it is unnecesary to say that the worthy host noticed this fact at once, and marked him down, forthwith, a a speculator. He paid for bis heard a week In advance, and then registered his name in the large book kept for that pmpose: CECIL BURNET!'. ATrOTINEY AND COUNSELLOR-AT-LAW, PHILAD'A, PA. "Hum!" said Jonas Dwi1>ht, cnrPlessly glancing r.t the siznature. a Pbi19.delphia lawyer, hey? Yes. Don't expect any practice out in the diggings, do "Oh, no," laughed :r.urnet t, In his pleasant way. "I've other and more important business which brings ma out i nto this remote r egion.,' II um 1 yes," nodded the host, as the young man trolled about the great apartments; "thought so llnml yPs.1 Dwight's tavern wns supplied with a faro-room adjoining the bar-room, and into this Cec.il Btu"Dett sa.nntere
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4 Bob Woolf, the B order RufBan. For perhaps an hour Burnett watched the pro gress and result of differ ent game s; the n h e retraced his steps to the bar-roo m which was now save the prese n c e of the proprie tor, Jonas Dwi g ht, e large florid p e rson, of forty years, with bl oodshot eyes, and long whiskem "Have r,ou a little time, sir, which y o u couid spar e m e? ioquired Burn ett. li ghting a cig a r, and seating hims eff at the t a ble nearest the bar. I h ave a f e w inciuiri e s to make that I might as w e ll p ros e c ute ere I s Je.-p to-nJ,gbt." "We ll, ye s I might spare y e a f e w minutes p rov i de ye're able to z n y for it, .. said the host, r e ffective ly. "M1 1 time is w orth-Jet m e see-w e ll, about two rinll a r s an hour. Bn rn ett lau g hed. Y o u mus t b e making a tol erably fair living at tha t n s aid, sarcci.st ic a lly. O h I r a m!" e jaculated J onas, V itb a flouri s h. "rm g i t tin' rich a nd I'v e only be e n h ere two m on t h s at thit. B r i s k time s b ere, 11ow, sir ,, "Yes; so it appears. I g u es s T can hardly afford t o talk with you at the p r i ce I'll s eek some bod y el se and m arbe J'Ji have b P t te r luck." to b : strike you now, for ini;;;tan c e?" "Too high I" said Burnett shaking his head, negat ively; for at a !\'la nce he saw the type of a man he had to d eal with. "I'm too poor tv stand that. "Too poor, eh! W e ll, say one dollar, then, for the hour?'' "Nol still above my means. I'll tell vou what I will do. I'll give you at the rate of fifty c ents an hour for your informati3n." "IJone !"cried Jonas, taking a seat at the table. "Go ahead." The young man laid a gold watch on the table be-f'i>re him. ".l.liolv e d not retire until quiet prevailed. So h e s 1 t in ba room and pulled away, meditative ly, at a fragran ci gar and listened to the hilarious shouts and son in the adjoininf?. apartment. About nine o cloclc a quee r, stoo p-sh o uld e r e d ol man op ened the outsid e door and stagp,-ered into th bar-room. As he scauned him from head to foo Burnett thought he had never seen such an od specimen of humanity before. His form was ben and apparently fe e hl e and clad in rags of the mos greasy kind. His face was cov e red to the very ey with,;, thick, bushy, iron-gray beard; his eyr s we shade d by a pair of green goggl e s, and a large slouc sombrero was drawn ove r bis forehead until i touch e d bis nose, which W!lS red as the blo o d be e t I color. He leaned heavily upon a stout staff or for su.pport and s t aggei-ed about as if drunk. ''Hal Uncle Sam, is that you?" salute d Jon Dwight, from behind the bar. "W'ere ye bin the las WPek?'' I have been unto the mighty land offtbe Serrak SirJonas,"repliedtbemanin a wh ee zy voice, "t beg sustenance from the rich Sioux chief of tha nam e ." "Didn't find the Indians of a very charitable did ;re? "Nol no! They are unwilling to aid a poor bu honest fellow-creature. Sir I" and here tho strange turned with outstretched bands toward Burnett wouldst open tlty heart to the d e s erving poo r an contribute to the worthy charitable instftut-V.ns o the Aged and InSrm Home? I pray thee, r.;ir, open up your heart!"

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Bob Woolt, the -Border Ruaiaa. I .. Who are ;tou, old man r r, My good sir, I am now a poor beggar upon the w orld. Once l mine head as hli!:h as any of my f ellow-creatures. Onoe I was 1t.ll rich as our good friend Jonas, here. But the withering hand of ill luck and poverty cast its terrible blight upon me and stole away my fortune. Do not think me the ordi nary beggar, sir, for I am not. Noble and royal blood runs in my veins. I am the only surviving son of the great Earl of Aberdeen-yes, sir; the son of an earl in straitened circumstances. I seek relief only from those who nre spending that which should go to th&ir suffering wives and children i n foul drink Jl.lld at the gambling table!" "A very praiseworthy cause, too, you plead, I should say. H ere is a dollar, uncle. Take it and give it to your poor. "Nay, young man. Thou hast a free heart, I see. and a goodly sum of filthy lucre-money; but I'll take not a cent. sir. Put it in yc.ur pocket and keep lt there. There's 1ob b < rs and cut-throats all around y01J. so beware 11 Bhrnett started violently and returned bis pocket book to it-s place at once. while Uncle S a m limped on into the gambling room "itbout another word. Tbe young Philadelpbianarose to follow, when his host said: "If you l\ish to procure Hurricane N e ll for your guide, sir, you can do so by bargaining with the old tramp; lle'a h t' 1' a qent Humph I does she not come out so that one can Sef/Ur _?' "No; or, that is, she never comes to the diggin g s often to my know l e dge. Bob Woolf has his spies ..posted out about here on the watch for her, so she seldom dares to show her face here. Once, however she did come here, nnd boldly dared the whole crowcl to la.ya band upon her; bluffed ev eryoneof 'em, sir! Thet was when &he shot the feller for smackin' the red-skin gall" "I should really like to see her," muttered Bur nett, as be saunte r e d away into the next room. Betting on diff erent games was at the hiRht of its excitement, and no one paod the leas t attention to the pleadings of Tile Earl, 00 be went from table to table. Burnett kept close behind him and watched the -.esu1ts of begg ing in this rough, half-civilized audi ..nee At last Uncle Sam stopped at the end of a table nt which two bloate d, brutal-looldng ruffians were seated, engaged in a game of encher. "A quarter, kind sirs, to assist the son of an earl in strmtene d circumstances I" asked the old man, lea-oing upon bis cano, antl pee ring down jnto the fellows' faces. "Git out1 cuss ye!" cried the larger of the t1Yo, ris ing and tbe b eggar a heartless ldck; "1111 assist you, you old..cu9S !" With a groan the olll man staggere d and would bave fallen bad n o t C e cil Burnett quickly caught hir
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8 Bob Wooll, the Border RWBan. age he had realized, but it was hinted that it was enough to make him a millionaire. Subsequent upon tnis action he bad built a bank or broker's qftlce at the settlement of which Dwight's taver.'b was the starting point, and estab li shed a paying business thereat; exchanging green backs for fold at a premium, and also keeping the earnings o various miners in bis safe from week to week, or until they saw flt to otherwise dispose of them, for a certain per cent. But about two weeks previous to the occurrence of the events related in the last chapter Governor Grover-as he was habitually called-was attacked with a severe spell of the gout, and consequently was compelled to relinquish the performance of bis duties at "the bank" to the management of his trust ed clerk, Aubrey Lee, who was, we may as well add, also the prospective husband of Lotta, the "Governor's" daughter, and the prettiest little maiden for mil es around. Not that Lee was betrothed to the young heiress, for such was not the case but it was g e n e rally unde rstood b etwee n Grover and his wife that eventually they would have the shrewd young clerk for a son-in-law On the morning after the tus sle between Cap'n Bob and C.icil Burnett in Dwight's tavern, Aubrey Lee hurriedly left the bank, mounted a horse be longing to him. and galloped swiftly down across the country toward 'Governor,, Or6ver's. He was a finely formed. good-lo o king prson, of perhaps eight aLd twenty years, and would have be e n pronounced by a casual observer really hand some, but for a singnlar, ba\Jitual drooping of his eyelids over a pair of snaky eyes, when spoken to. His dress was neat and stylish bis manner cour t eo-..s, and his speech indicative of a polished educa-tion. On arriving nt Grover's, he found the family lin gering over a late breakfast. with tb" exception of Miss Lotta, who was practicing in the morninge room, at a new piano. She was a lovely blonde, of some nineteen summers, just budding into the rosy bloom of early womanhood; and, what with her sweet smiles, her brown, lustrous eves, and soft, shimmering hair, set into bold reli e f by an e l e!r"nt form of exquisite development, she made a radiant picture of youthful and h ealthful beauty. "Governor" Grover was a hale and hearty old gent of sixty, and Mrs. Grover a quiet, r etiring wo man of ten years his senior After lingering a moment by the piano, with Lotta, and making a few gallant remarks on her skUlbas a. mus ician. Aubrey L ee joined the family at the reakfast-table. A few words of greeting, then the clerk said: As soon as you are done, sir, I would like to have a few mom ents' private talk with you. If it will not tire you too much. Something of importance you see!" "Nothing gone wrong at the bank, has there, boy?" "Yes! allow me to wheel you into the library, here, and I will explain all." This was soon done, and the clerk closed and lock ed the door behind them. "Now," h e said, t .aking a chair, and seating himself beside the u Go1ernor," in a. way," pre pare yourself a shnck. for I have bad news. The bank was ro/Jhed last niqht of evn1 cent nfmoney !" Cffivernor Gt'Over covered his fac e with his hands, and uttered a horrified cr.v. "Ro!Jl! M I !" he gasped; "impossible. You are jokill.;(, tlO,V I" "I heart. ily wish I were Mr. Grover, bnt. an hour a.go. wh e n I w ent to the office I found the safe un lock ed, tl:ie pa)l ers scattered over the floor, and the whole nf your m o ney, tog'f'ther with the amount -de posited slne your confinement by the miners, counting up In all to the tune of five hundred thousand dollars-gone! Yes, sir, (/(1116 The robbel'ii took nothinl?' but the money; bt of that they every penny from the safe!" "It seems iricred ble How could they bavr gain ed an entran ce into the office, much less tile safe! fail to see 1 "Duplicate keys in both Instances, sir, I presume. Now, then, I have a proposal to make to you: Yo will remember, I thmk, that several weeks ago told you of an inheritance leH me by an Englis uncle! Well that bas beeyi turned into cash. an netted me nearly one million of dollars, sir, which now awaiting my order in an Eastern bank. As have no present use for it, I can lend it to you, anJ settle with these miners, and satisfy them. Othe wise, as they are very excited over their heav losses, yQu are In danger of being mobbed if you can not show up their deposits!" i '\And you Will lend me this money, my dear boy!" fiasped the "Governor," grasping b1m by the hand; 'bless you! bless you!" "Yes, Mr. Grover. I will payback to them what is due, and lend you enough to re-start in business again on certain conditions." "Name them, Aubrey, name them, and if they are within reason I \vill agree I" "Well, in the first place, I shall require a mort gage on this residence and the hundred acres of land connected with it-" "To which I say 'yes I' " And if I find the robbers of the bank, and ra cover the stolen money, to give me a third of it down-" "Agreed," nodded Grover, slowly. "And lastly, you must promis e me the hand ot your daughter, Lotta, in marriage J" The old man put up his hands at these words. "No, no! Aubr e y Lee!" he replied in a faltering voice, "I'll promise you nothing of the kind. If the dear l?'irl loves you enough to marry 1ou of her own accord, so be it; but I'll promise or bind her to 110 man. She shall be her owti ju. dge In the matter. Have you eve r broached the subject w her?" "No; but I intend to ere I l eav!l to day, and if she does not promise me, sir, then-" "Then what?" "Then I fear I shall withdraw all my propositions. My sole object in the offe r I make, is that I may be come your son-in-lawl" "Aubrey Lee," said the "Governor." meditative ly. "I'm half-inclined to believe that there Is some scheme or plot in this matt.er!" The clerk started a trifl e, then flushed hotly. "Beware, Mr. Grover, bow you imply unworthy or base designs. I do not care to be thought a vil lain no more than you I" "Oh I excuse me, mv dear boy; I meant nothing at all, at all," said the old man, apologeticall y. "I'll t a lk with the girl at oncP: but stay. First, jttSt draw that desk here, and I'll write up a mm1;gage and have it done with. I hate to do it, but I suppose there is no alternative." "None at all, Mr. Grover. Even now, doubtless, the miners are waiting for my return. Should I not ever show my face In Dwight's again. they'd butcher you, out of spite, ere another sunrise J" CHAPTER V THE QUBEN OF THE LASSO. THE figure pointed out by Jonas to tbe youi1g' law yer was of medium hight, with a form Gf exquisite contour, that was r.ttired in a close-fittin'1: suit of buckskin, tastefull;v fringed and ornamented with Ttldi a n beads, which all the more enhanced the beauty of the supple hody. You saw an almost purely classic face browned to a nut hue by the wind of the prairies and sun of the plains, from years of constant &xoosure- firm, yet sweet little T!louth, eyes now blac k as the raven's wing, and at other times of a hazel color a small, haughtily-poised head, and a wave of dark ohestnU* hair, that hung in a luxuriant mass upon her shoul-

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Bob Woolf, the Border RufBan. '1 ders. In a belt about her waist were thrust a pair ot revolvers, and also fastened a coil of rope-the lasso. "That Hurricane Nell! Impossible!" said Burnett. u Why, that is a man I" "A girl in man's clot .bing, laughed the host. ucome forward, aud PU give ye an introduce!" They now advanced toward the beautiful maiden. who was about to retreat, as she saw a stranger with Dwight. "Hold on, gal I" be exclaimed, sering her inquir ing look; "it's no one as ye need be afraid of. 'Low me to make youacqnu.inted wi" Cap'u-Cap'n-wbat is it. boss?" "Burnett, sir, Cecil Burnett The maiden acknow !edged bis courteous bow with a careless nod. 'Ye see," went on Jonas. "tbet be is wantin' a guide across to the valley-Oberry Valley; an' I told him as how I thought ye might accomydate him, being's you are the only gmde Lyarabouts as is 1quainted wi' the route.,, "Yes, sir," replied Hurricane Nell. addressing J3urnett, and at the same time keeping her eagle eyes riveted on the. door of the inner apartment, 'I am at liberty to engage with you. My horse is at any moment.,, "Then we \\ill start in the morning," said the young lawyer. I suppose you know the habitation of Luke Rice, when you see it?" "I do. l've been there several times since papa died." "Well. it is to this Rice's cabin that I wish to be conducted." Hurricane Nell started violently, but by a swift, fierce effort mastered an. d concealed her agitation from the two men. "Where shall I find you in the morning?" con tinued Burnett. "At the edfie ot the grove, which you will see, in from the tavern door, here. I "I suppose I need a fast horse and rifle!'' "Yes; above all, come well armed. Many unseen dangers li e betwee n these diggin g s and Cherry Val l ey. Tt is there. in the midst of a howling wilder ness, that are enmassec.I a gang of the most ferocious ruffians who roam in tbese territories. Both the red-man and the white are equally savage and blood .;hirsty." Burnett shuddered. afraid to boldly enter buch a Mr. Burnett; T absolutely fearnotfltng of late years. My life is one of constant peril. and, strange it may seem sir, the greater the danger, and tbe 11ore exciting tl1e adventure, I glory the more in i t '!' ou will doubtJe o s think me a wild and strange creature, w iLhout a heart or a woman's instinct, but thPir Yot and make th Pm l ove it all the strouger." "Ay I ay I l doubt not. mused the youn g man, looking steadily yet unconsciously int,o her expres sive eyes, until she was forced to drop them, and a crimson flush mantled her forehead. At this instant loud curses were heard in the next apartment. and Jonas Dwight hurried away to ascertain the cause. In a moment he c>ame rushing back, his eyes sparkling excitedly. ult's Cap'n Bob!" be said, quickly, "an' :be's jest recovered from the knuckle-winder yer give him, Cap, an' he swears-he'll have your heart out b efore morning. l judge ye'd better go to your room, an' keep cl us, ef ye want to weather et through. An you, gal ye'd better scoot, too, for there's forty o' his pals 'tiere to-night, an' ye two-'u ns couldn't hold out ag'in' tbet many I tell ye." "True!1' exclaimed Hurricane Nell: u so I'll go. And you. si r "-to Burnett-" bad better go to your room, as Jonas has sa.id. I'll be in wa.iting for you, at sunrise, by the edge of the grove. Keep an eye ont for Bob Woolf, and knock him down again, if he dares to molest you. Good-by." Morning dawned brigbtly over the diggings and smiling landscape around Dwight's. The mellow sun rose out of the bed of molten gold on the crest of the western horizon, and threw her soft, warm rays athwart the then yet dew-besprillk led grass, and glanced down upon the purling stream, by the edge of the glistenmg grove, on the leaves or which still lingered the traces and rain drops of the previous night's storm. Not a score of rods distant from the imposing mansion of Hon. Felix Grover, sitting upon her clean-limbed and spiriteo black horse, in under the shelter of a giant sycamore, at the creek's edge, a jaunty beaver cap covered ber waving head of hair. A rifle of superior workmanship lay across the pom mel of an elegantly-mounted saddle, and two revol vers were in the holsters, in addition to the brace in de111ly was all in re1td toward the meridian, and the birds in the leafy coverts b e hind her sung joy ously from the sweet-scented' branches their morn ing carols. At la st, about ten o'clock, she saw a horseman come spurring down over the brow of tbe hill, and a quick, unaccountable throb in her bosom, together with a g l ad, half-expectant light in her eyes, apprised her tbat her new patron was coming. Why should she manifest such an interest in him? He was a total stranger to her, and nothing more, she told .herself; yet a wild yearulng inside that. swelling bosom belied her words, even as she would have uttered them. Bah I was she in lov with the athletic young lawyer! No I her hands tightened forcibly upon the bridle reins before her, if to crush back the thought. So deeply was she engaged in watching the ap proaching horseman, that sbe took no notice of a lithe figure which bad stepped out of the grove, un ti! he spoke. in a low, musical voice: "The Flower of the Plains is wrapt in deep thought, I see. P erhaps an intrusion like mine would be unwelcome, eh?" The maiden l ooked around, with a slight cry of surprise: "Aubrey Lee I you here?" she exclrumed,' ex tending one faultless hand to him, which be clasped in bis. "Yes, my beauty; Aubre.v Lee is everywhere. But, I take it1 his presence this morning, is an intru sion, eh? Is 1t not'."" "No, dear frieud, you are ever a welcome intrud er. to me. I have much thank you for. sir, and owe you a great debt of gratitude. You have al ways proved yourself a courteous and generous friPnd to me, in my hours of trouble, since I JVM thrown upon the world; and I fear I can never_ e pay you for all." Ab I my pretty Rosebud, there Ill whPre you mis. take. You can repay me for every cent' s worth I have aided you; ana the time is not far off when I shall ask for pay-ay, ma belle, and I trust you will not refuse to honor my claim. But until then, tare

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8 Bob W oolr, the Border KufBan. thee well, for I must rejoin Miss Grover, whom I left in the wooci, back here, a little way." And the young olerk raised her plump hand fondly to his lips, and imprinted a passionate kiss thereon, just as Cecil Burnett rode into plain view, around a corner of the grove. Aubrey Lee at once retreated out of sight, among the trees, while our heroine rode forward and greeted Burnett with a bright smile. It the young lawyer had seen the parting saluta tion of the beautiful gnide's lover, he did not say aught about it, but raised his hat politely as he spoke I hope I've not detained you, fair lady. I see the sun is nearing the meridian, and I doubt not you were impatient to be off; but, really, I could not get here before; I had a little trouble in procuring he necessary horse and arrns." "Indeed! I did not think of that, or I might have broue:ht you a rifle, along with me. I have an exce llent stock of guns and ammunition at my cabin .11 "Yo ur ca11in f Where is that?" ask e d Burnl:!:tt, as they dashed along down the banks of the stream, until th end of the grove was gained, when they struck out. across a stretch of undulating prairie. A half-distrustful light wavered in the maideu 's eye s, for a mome nt, after which she repli ed: lf it won't off e nd you, sir, I'd rather not answer that question My phce of abode i s a s ecret to all save two others the.il myse lf, and I \\'OUld p1efer i t should remain s:>. 'Tis said that Hwricane Nell lives where Night overtakes her, sir; and p e i haps it is true." "Who are these two favored ones!" "Friends." "Friends, eh? Well, tf I insist that I am goin;; to be one of yonr fri e nds, what then I" "Tin1 e a.ione, will prove that," she answere d, giving him a roguish glance, as together they rode side by sidb, that made even his schooled heart t>ound a.ml pulsate, in a. manner he could not ac count for. .A bout noon they reached the wide lev e l plains, which stretche'1 away mil e afte r mile, one vast expanse cf smooth, oc e an-like land, cov e r e d with low, waving grass. and s t rikingly b eautiful ns it lay silent and cairn. und e r the sun, save when an oc casional puff of perfumed breeze swept; alon g over the grass tops and c ausei them to ben and sway gently, in unison. As far as eye -::ould reach ahead; and on either sitle of them, nothing but the same extension of plain m e t thoir gaze. "Beautifull" cried Burnett, in rn.ptnr e s, as at the wish, they p resently drew rein. "Yes; 'tis nature's most sublime creation, in my way of thinking," replied Hurricane N e ll, as she scanned the expanse tbrougl\ a powerful field-glASS "Mr. Burnett, how soon must you reach Cherry Valley?" Why as soon as we can, without hurrying ours e lves, particularly. Why do you ask?" Because, I can see a dark spot off yonder, nnd am anxious to ride that way, and see what it is, if you have no objection." -"Oh I certainly I have not. Consult your own notions as to that." again spok e The black spot had uow grown larger, and defln<>cl itsi;lf into a. small motte of trees, which, however, were yet several miles distant. "Behind that timber," said Huaice.ne Nell, as she shook her brown hair back from her forehead, is what the Dacote.hs call a rattlee-or, In other words, It is the spot where wild horses of these regions CO!L3 for water, a cool spring being just beyond that timber. I once came upon it, in my ridings, but had forgotten its exact loce.tion, until I ll&W It a few mo m ents since. 0 Wild hor::cs, eh?" "Yes; and oome of the flnest'animals you laid your eyes upon. Now, I'll tell you what I'l do. We will ride a. few miles further on, when you must dismount, leave your horse upon the plain here, and creep on your hands and knees to the.i motte of timber as quick as you can." "What will I do that for?" asked Cecil, dubiously, looking firs' at his fine broadcloth pants and then at the character of the ground under foot; "I don't understand." Hurricane Nell laughed merrily. "Ohl it won't spoil your pantaloons, !\fr. Burnett, so dou't look so sorrowful. When y o u get to the grove, creep care fully through it, and if you dis cover any horses on the othe r side, immediately draw one of your pisto ls and discharge it in the air. In the mean time I will ride in a half-circle toward the motte and get as near to the nothern side as I can. \\' h :, u you discharge the pistol the animals will become aud rush toward the north -as the y generally do-and I will lasso one for you Ddrn ett bri ghtened up at this and at once e nt e red into the play with spirit. They galloped on unW within a mile of the motte. when they halted, and the lawyer dismounted. "Be sure and g e t on the southern side of the horses if you find any, b e fore you fire," cautioned the girl with a merry laug h, as Cecil, sprawled upoa his liands and kne es, crept a.way. S ome time was by him ere be gained the shadows of the cool, sh,.dy m atte, and when he at last ditl reach it, he tarried a. moment to rest before proceeding further. Presently he crept softly on, and soon came out upon the other slue. Here a strange, wild scene lay b e f ore h!m. Just m front of him was a littl0 pond of clear transparent water, in the c enter of which bubbled u;.> a gushing spring. All around this pond, l ying ,peacefully down on the grass. in the sne.d o ws cast by the ov erhanging trees, were a sco r e Of famed wilr\ horse s of the plains. Some were stretched at full l ength, and otners were nibbling at the grass around them. So qui etly had Burnett approached that none of them had been aronsed from their noonday rest. But, eve n as he thought of this fa.ct, one large, fiery eyed stallion raised -his head aloft, suified the air suspiciously, gave a. wild snort. and was npon his fee t in an instant. Of course this was a given signal for his companions, who al s o sprung up. T hese ammals, and more particularly the wild mustangs of Texas and N e w Mexico, with whom I haw come in contact more frequently, are possess ed of tho most seusitiv e smeUin r r faculty imagi nablc. I have known ofttimes a drove of t11e wary creature s to scent tho approach of a. p e rson, when the wind was in their favor, at a distanc e of 1/11 ee mile and give the alarm f o r a stampede. As a. generai thing the mustangs have a. sentinel out-poste d while the y d ee p or feed. Immediately Burnett drew one of his pistols and fired it into nucl-:iir, causing thereat a loud report. Then tlte 'l'.'ild and frightened mMs rushctl off toward the north with fierce screams, and the Phila delpbian steppe d out of cov e r a few paces and watcltPd the m. Ile s-iw the :n dash along pa.st the northern end of te th e n swerve to one side, in a bojy, aq Hurricane N e ll dashed out after them in bot pursuit. He saw the lasso whirl high in the air like a flying serpent, and then d es c e nd about the curving neck of a. large ronu. At a single worreii and plunged and writhed e.nd twi ste
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Bob t h e Border RufBan. 9 bow, and holding her own steed with a firm band, Hurricane Nell sat perfectly at ease and watched the struggles with a smile. Attracted by the fierce screams of their mate, the other mustangs had stopped, and now one or two of the bolder ones came trotting back, squealing vi ciously, and showing their long teeth. All this Burnett saw from the motte, and he gave utterance to an admiring yell at the maiden's suc cess. Then, his pistol into his belt, he was about to start to Join her, when he was seized from behind by a dozen pairs of bands and dragged forci b l y back under cover, where he was bound hand and foot! CHAPTER V{. THE STRANGE EESOUE, As soon as Burnett could gain a view of bis captors' faces he saw t11at th3 were Indians, dressed 1n conspicuous place. There were twelve of them, all evil and hideous lookin g bmes, and each was armed with a carbine, knife u nd pistols. Dragging thei r prisoner into the center of the motte, as we have said, they bound him hand and foot and l eft him lying on the ground. 0Ugbl" said one, who see1nea their ruling "catc'h paleface much nice. H e no figbt; berry g<'ntle, like prairieh e n Serraka is glad. Cap'n Bob, he giv11 lnjin heap whisky fur pale-face!" "So you're one of the outlaw's devils, are you?" was Burnett's scornful questian. "Yes-Cap'n Bob, big rhief. Injin much like him. He gib Serraka an' braves whisky-plenty. u hi" '?.Well, I'll you what I'll do, now, ;tou greasy Imp: If you will set me at liberty I w1Jl give you cigars for the crowd. Do you know what cigars "Ugh; rrueas so. Tobacca-long tobaccas; put in mouth, smoke-puff! put?!" Cecil laugh e d h eartily. "Yes, that is it, Now will you set me at liberty for six of tbcn1 ?" Wa gb I J e t see 'em." "No ; notuntilyoufreeme. "DC'n scalp," grinn e d the chief. "All right," replied Cecil, who knew this was only an attempt to make nim surrender. "Go ahead." The redskins consulted a few seconds, in a low tone. "Ugh I set Whtie Hen free, for 'bacca," said Ser raka, ad\ ancing, and cutting the prisoner's bonds. Eurnett was upon his f ee t in a moment, and his hands sought his belt, but he perceived, to bis chag rin, that the wil y savages had possessed them selves or his weapons. "Hot he!" grinned Serrakat cunningly, "no got shoot-guns Me g o t um," nna he glanced approv i ngly t oward his b e lt. Serraka see heap ways ahead, like buffalo; know White Hen be a squaw. Too sharp for 'im. Hee! H ee! Serralt." Long Snout rose with alacrity, and in a moment more Burnett was able to stand upon his f ert, while the Indian rejoiced in th e possession of an other Havana. After exercising his cramped limbs for some time, Cecil once more seated himself before the camp fire. Hours flew on; the fire died down w a hf'd of r e d c"als. Burnett knew by thi that the sentinel was aslee p. Still be made no attempt to escape, for I'.c felt sure such a n1ove would be h nzarclous, with so many of the red heathens lying all around the edges of the motte. He wa considering what to oo, when a st11Qng8 s.:,ontl nttrACtl'd his attention. It came from th" dark l Pa f coverts among the branches of the tree, a t the foot of wh i ch slept Long Snout. With eager eyes Cecil watched, and strained his ear to catch any other sound that might be made. The lower branchea of the tree were only abo.-

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10 Bob W oolt, the Borde1 RufBan. three feet above Long Snout's head, and were so large that only a heavy weight, or shock, could jar them. a a wake. Tbe next instant a body swung down into mid-air, hea'1foremost the feet and legs being locked about the limb above, and the head and shoulders were brought on a l eve l with those of the Indian. In a second the plump, muscular arms were straightened down, o n e band clutched the sleeping Long Snout by the throat, and the other, which con tained a lon7 knife, drove the glittering_ blade re peatejly to the bilt in the hared breast. The r d skin writhed and twisted fiercely, but could not break a\vay or even yell, tor the J?rip about his windpipe was like a twisted cord. He sunk down, quietly, the blood spurting from every gash in streams. Quickly the assailant returne1 bis knife to his belt, and drew an iron stamp from an inner pocket, shaped like a half-moon, which, after dip ping into the life-blo od of L<>ng Snout, was brought forcihly down upo n the forehead, leaving a bloocly Impression-a gory halfmwn. In an in9tant more the strange had di;;appeare I u p among the branches, Silt!ntly, lik e a thing of shadow. Cecil Burnett uttered a startled ejaculation, as he saw the hitherto c o nced left the red-skin's body, and the ghastly deathmark was startlingly di sinc t as the dim glow of the fast-expiring embers fell up on the distorted visage. "Heavens!" the ;voung lawyer, with a shudder, what a sickening s1gbt. It is as the tav ern-keeper said. Tb is wild creature. whom they call Hurricane Nell. is a very tiger in her hates!" He peered up a nong the dark branches of the tree, but could see nothing; n o t the stir of a lea.f or twig announced that 11 bu man being was conceal e d in tbe dark depths. "Humph!" Cecil, again down at the savage, "can it b e she did not see me, and thinks I have escaped?" Eve n as he spok3 h e f elt something drop over his and then tighten about his waist. 'Twas a lasso. The next moment he to rise, and was pulled rapidly up among Lhe brooches. CHAPTER VU. AT LUKE RICE'S-A R \CE. AT first, Burnett scarcely knew what, to make of it, but in a few moments fonwl himself sitting on an branch of the tree, 11nd Hurricane J::'ell facing "'Sh !" shel motioned, as he was allout to speak aloud-'"shl There are Indians all arom1d us. Fol low me. carefully, without the leMt noise. Don't makeam;sytep, for if you should fall to the ground now it would be all up with you I" Removing the lasso from about his waist, aud sev ering the cord which conflued his arms, she crept out on a limb, at the eastern side of the tree, where the limbs of the next tree were In e rwoven with those of its g iant neighbor, thus forming a sort of bridge in mid-ail': Across in o the next, and the next, they thus crept on, and then the daring girl stopped, and listened attentive l y. N o t a sound save the chirp of a cricket a;r eeted ber. The savages had not yet discovPT'f'd their es cape but might do so at any instant. Here," said the girl, once more fastemng the lasso about Cecil's wait. "I'll low e r you to the ground, where you will wait for me." He obeyed, mechanically, far he w11s wholly at loss how to act in tbe darkness of a wilderness where foes were hoverin'I' on either side of him. Had he been at home, in the "ourt of justice, and ----=..: been confronted with the scowls of twice as many civilized rascals, h e ould not have felt at a ll alarmed. The trained arms of his beautiful and eccentric companion lowere d him gafely to the ground. A few moments later she glided like a squirrel down the trunk of the tree. Now listening againh and hearing no suspicious sounds, with the stealt of a panther she led the way toward the northern end of the motte. When within flfty yards of the edge, she bade Cecil remain b e hind, in the shadows, while she crept fur the r on to r econnoiter. Fully half an hour passed, and the lawye r was irrowing impatie nt, when, suddenly, she r ejoined him. "Corne!" she said, with a low laugh, "I've cleared the path." They hurried swiftly, noiselessly on, and soon emerged upon the edge of the woodlaud, and stop ped. Cec il gave a low cry as he saw two sava;>:es lean ing up against a tree, as if engaged in a close con versation, 110t ten fetl fro m wliue they liad halt e I. "Quick!" he gasped, prasping Hur.ricane Nell hy the arm. "There are Indians I This way!" The border beauty uttered a low, chuckling laugh, and drew back. "They won't hurt you. she replied. "Why?-see! They arA In plain view I" "So I p erceive. But they are harmless fellows, just at prese nt, and not addicted to raising ha'r I I 1'ea;;one 1 with them a short t!me a.go, and they con cluded not. to tnlc e up arms against us." "What do you mean? You don't mean to tell me that they are-" "Yes, I do-de d as smoked herri'Tl{ls/" And you J.ftled them?" "I hs.d that lto nor. Cecil Burnett shuddered. "I am inclined" h e said. peering forward the corpses that stoOd up so naturally, to believe that you are a trifle bloodthirsty "Hem I yes; I'm sometimes of the same opinion, Mr Burnett. But it is a thirst I cannot quench, sir. When you know that I have sworn a fearful oath to avenge the burningof my parents'
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Bob Woolf, the Border Ruftla.n. 1S Morning presently dawned, bright and glorious, Md then, aa the hazy sun rose up ove r the crest ot the horizon, almost In front of them.1_the maiden an11ounced that they had only about nrteen miles yet to ride. About nine o'clock they came to a stretch o! undulating prairie, and in another hour struck into a 11arrow, yet fertile vallefbwhich ran back for five miles between a range o ills. Several cabins were passed, from the windows of which several blear-eyed, bloated wretches peered ()Ut. "Keep your shooting-iron in readiness I" eatd Hurricane in a low tone, "for all of these cabins we are passing are robber dens. Yonder big ranch is the general rendezvous of the worst of a.p'n Bob's ruffians I" Cecil grasped his rifle, which was now his only weapon with a firm hand, and they dashed on up the valley. Fortunately no one offered to molest them, and in half an hour they an ab_rupt turn in the va1ley, and came into view of a srngle cabin by the roadside. Here the girl drew her rein and said: "There Is where Luke Rice Ii ves. I will remain outside here while you transact your bl!siness with him. How tong will it take you? It i s better that we should get out of Cherry Valley ere darkness sets in, or we may have trouble!" "I can rejoin you Inside of an hour," replle<1 Oecll, dismounting and going to the cabin. Here, after rapping several times be was admit t.aed ()n. . Burnett gave her a quick glance, and a wild throb in his heart made hini fiush a trifle; for there woa something in the tone of the a.uestion which seemed to express regret. "I shall be compelled to stay In the West until the &h of August. If not longer," he replied, slowly. Probably e.t Dwight's, if It don't l!'et too not for me there. Would 11cm care, Miss Nellie, if I were to leave at once f" The question came so suddenly, and was so earri:ii and a deep "I don't see that I have you occasion to ask !:'!pointed a question, sir, she replied, halfbattgh tily, turning her head away to conceal the tell-tale expression in her hazel eyes. My answer would be, that of course I'd care as a friend to see you depart. That is all Alli A heavy weight suddenly seemed to settle upon Cecil's heart, and he did not broach the sub ject again, for many hours. On they galloped, and as they dashed by the cabins of the border outlaws, the eyes of the girl scout scanned each one, like those of a lynx, and she whispered to Burnett, eagerly: "See I the trampled ground about here? And there are no faces at the cabin windows?" "Well what of that?" asked her companion. "Very much. Cap'n Bob bas secretly followed us from D wight's.and while we were at Luke's has been here, ordered out bis men, and they've gone on ahead to a.mbush us." Here be extended Cecil her holster pistols, and then '!lped on, accompanied closely by the big roan. Soon they came to a gully or intersecting valley, and into this the guide wheeled the ani mals. "We will cut across, she explained in answer -to Cecil'sinquiring look, reach the plains by a shorter route." In ten moments they skurried out across a rolling prairie, and on glancing to the east, they saw a score of mounted horsemen bearing down toward them. Cap'n Bob and his ruftlans. "Now for it!" exclaimed Hurricane Nell, putting the spurs to her horse. "Follow, close, Mr. Bur nett. It Is going to be a race for life He obeyed, with alacrity, and from that Instant the wild and exciting race commenced. CHAPTER Vfil THE DEAD SHOT-CECIL'S PRESENT. ON-on they dashPd, out across the undulating prairl&-<>n, out upon the lev e l plain, where they were In full view of the pursuers. Captain Bob and his gang were about a mile hi the r ear, and were urging their long-winded mus. tangs down to their level-best speed. Hurricane Nell took the lead, for her clean. limbed hnrse waa the fastest of the three, and Cecil and the big roan kept close behind her. She well knew that the ruffians must triumph iq tha long run, as their animals were fresh, and pos. sessed of great endurance. Therefore she resolved to bold out as long as possible, and then, if It cam& to the worst--jlght She examined her superbly-mounted rifle, ancl saw that a fresh cartridge was In Its as they dashed on1 Cecil doing likewise. On-like toe veri table hurncane they swept, the animals panting from tbe.r tren:endous exertlonshthe yells of the outlaws growing more distinct eac moment. On-on-on, and mile after mile was traversed-wildly, swiftly. I Ahead ana on either side, not a tree, brush, or shrub ottered the fugitives protection Naught but a vast of glowing plain stretclied on and oft for twenty Their horses were already beginning to show signs of exhaustlon, more particularly C Cap'n Bob was ahead, and a horrible, triumph ant leer dwelt upon his bloated countenance, as he came on. On-on-on, and Hurricane Nell perceived that; Cecil's beast was falling rapidly, while her own was &till ill the lead, an
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Bob W oolt. the Border RufBan. ------------------------fler right. The wild stallion did not show a sign of fatigue. A sudden resolute light entered ths desperate girl's eyes. "Lash your animal up to my left side. here I" she suddwly cried, to the young lawyer, who was pale and silent. He obeyed, mechanically. and for a second all three animals dashed on, abreast. Seize your rifl e and when I lift you. spring from your stirrups, 1 she next commanded. bracing herse lf firmly in the saddle. Iu another instant, she liar/ seized h ; m aoout the waist, rnia"'l him high 01 r her hea' / by th e pouer qf ,,.,. wonde!fit l trms, and dtposiled him upon th e ba c k of oild stallion! A wild, unearthly yell of applause went up from the stentorian throats ot the pursue r s and cut-throatq though they were, they could not but admire and cheer the accomplisher of this as toundiug act. and Cap'n Bob Woolf was am g the 1oudl'St who ;;hooted the "bravo!" Burnett, at any other ti me, would have flushed with shame, at thus b e in g so handled by a youn::, womau, but now he .could but give her a grate ful glance, for he was forced to cli n g tenaciously to the stallion's mane, as the b east darted away lik e a .stmak of lightning Nell's horse, too, now seemed to have won new strength, for it dashed forwarcl viciousl.v, keeping alongside the stallion, while the third animal brought up the rear. Stih the outlaws on. Tboy were as eager and as determined as ever. Not sL'rty yards now intervened b etwee n the pursuec l and the pursuer. "Ye n1ay's well s'rc:mderl" shouterl Capn Bob, "fur we' r e sure tor overhaul y e Catrh your game, b efore you brag ove r it Bob Woolf!" retorted Hurricane Nell, sharply. "When J surrender to you, look out for the world to come to anendl" On-on-on-and still the ruffians gain<>d, Inch by inch, and foot b.v foot. They we r e sure to win, un l ess something like a miracle happened in the fugi Uves' favor. At las t Hurricane N e ll took u;) her rifle, a wild llre in h e r eyes, a nd turued her face toward the outlaws. "You'd better keep back, Bob Woolf, if you don't wont to taste cold l ead. Enough of a race i.;enough. 1:'00 much, I 'von t stand," she cri ed. ''Blaze a":a.v. gal, e r ye wanter!" replie d the ruffhn. himself, Indian fashion, u pon the ani nrnl's side, his gang at once following suit. "Yt' .keu't do much d&.mage, now, I j edge." Even as h e spoke, though. the border beantv brought her rifl e to her shoulde r, there was a briglit flash, a wild, piteous shriek) and Cap'n Bob's horse droppe d in its tracks-dea l The ballet had pierced the brain. As a matter of course, the border chi e f being close hugged against the poor be'ISt's l eft side, and the animal falling o n that same side, Cap' n Bob was at o nce hopelessly imprisoned, aside from being nearly crushed. by the weight upon him "Helot help!" l:Je shrieked, in an agonized voice" h e lp!,., In an instant his f o llower had surrounded him, and dismounted. to roll oil' dead bod y. As they Ver the plains. It-had bee n the daring girl's plan to effec t this stampede, and sho h a d succeeded, ad mirably, and ere tbe astounded outlaws could re cover t.hetr scatter e d senses, their girl foe was speed away in the direction takeu by youug Burnett, tlrlllg as she went. "Once, twice, and thri.,e she brought her little rilie up w her shoulder, and each time there was a flash, a sharp crack, and a dead shot brought its vb tim to the earth. Ere the discomfited ruffians could repossess them selves of their horses, Hurricane Nell and Cecil were miles away. S eeing that further pursuit was use less, the bruised Captain Bob declared their defeat, and an hour later, after burying the three dead outlaws, the main band set off back toward the rendezvous, while the chief turned his horse's head in the direction of DIVight's. N e ll and Burnett journeyed by slow stages tQward the settlement, wLich they reached late on the following day. Just above H on. F elix Grover's mansion Hurri cane Nell drew rein "I guess I won't go any further "'itb you, Mr. Burnett,,, she said. in answer to his inquirin g g lan ce. "There are ruffians up there at the tavern, con stantly on the watch, who would not hesitate to shoot mt>, at sight .. "Very well," he answered, taking out his wallet, "the n '.i: will pa,y you now. How much are your for the trip?" I generally charge ten sir, but-butI'll say ji1'e to you!" "You are cheap, C e cil atiswered, with just a touch of sarcasn1. 'Here, d Par lady, i s whnt I deem a just remuneration for your serviceR I" and be forthwith laid two crisp fif1y-<.1ollar notes into h e r hand. "Oh I sir I c a nnot accept of so much, indeed!" cried the beautiful girL_ endeavoring to force the bills back upon him. "rou art>/,(){) g :nere>us. Tbat is more money than the bet of g u ides get, for longer trips." No matter," h e said, with a smil e, restoring his wallet t o an inne r pocket. You are the best, I'll that there is in the territory. Keep them, lady. tnen, as a gift of friendship, from me." I shall never forget your kindness, sir," replied she. turning her head aside, to conceal the involun tary tears that sprung into her hazel eyes. "I am not used to My whole life, especially of late years, bas been among those who were my enemies -among those who neither tender<"d me a gift of remembrance, or e ven a kind word. 1 "Then you have no frjends?" "None-save yourself, Luke Ri ce, and one other." "And that other-?" "Is a kind g entle'1lan, who once rescued m e from the outlaws. Sinc e tb'lt, h e has proven himself my fri end in severa l ways." He i s the one I saw at the edge o f the grove, several mornings ago, e r e we starL e d on this trip?" nThe same." A c!ond overspread Cecil's brow. Will you not t e ll me wh"'r e you resiJe, Miss N e l lie," he aske d, t enderly taking her hand ancl nisi ng i t t o hi s lips, as he hacl seen that other fellow d o, "so th a t I cnn come and see you?" "No!,, she repli e d, ha.If-yearning ly, as sbe disenl!'nged be1 band. "You should not kiss my hand, !Ur. Burnett. It is an act; b esides, th'1t hand is sia;ned 1citf/ b'O?d." And without anothPr word she wheeled h e r h orse abruptly, and spurre d away. CHAPrEP IX. CAPTAIN WOODCHUCK. WEEKS passed awav. Cecil Burnett stiil lingered at Dwight's, The share <;>f bi s tim e he spent in roamin g over surrounding country. either on the back of the bi g roan, whom h e had christened Hurricane, after our heroine, or on foot, always accompanied by a n ew rifle which h e had recentl y purchased, and otherwise well armed with r evo lvers ancl knife. Cap'n B o b had r eturne d to the settlement, but, strange t v say, be n eithe r molested or noticed the lawyer, who was also careful not to again ex cite his enmity.

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Bob Woolf. the Border Ruelan. 18 The tide of emigration to Dwight's was constantly for the rich claims were yielding im mense quantities of dust, quartz and nuggets to the miners. Jonas was reaping a bountiful harvest out of his tavern, and was consequently a most joyous per sonage of importance. Two weeks bad now gone by since the Philade l pbian bad returned from bis journey to the cabin in Cherry Valley, and it was the first of July. Since bis strange parting with Hurricane Nell he had neither seen or heard aught of He had inquired and searched repeatedly for her place of abode, but none knew where it was, and he failed to discover it. One day he came face to face with Aubrey Lee, the man whom be remembered of seeing once upon edge, and whom the guide had said was "Do you know where Hurricane Nell lives?'' Cecil asked, abruptly. Lee stared at him curiously a moment, then drop ped his eyes. No I" he replied. "I never heard of such a person I" You lie!" crie d the lawyer, imp tuously. "I saw you kiss her hand once upon the edge of yonder grove in the valley I" "Curse vou I I'll pummel you for that I" hissed the clerk, dealing Burnett a stinging blow upon the cheek. "l'll!earnr,ouwhotocallaliarl" are a liar! retorted Cecil, springing upon him like a tiger, whereupon they clinched. Fights and knock-downs at Dwight's were com mon attractions, but the announcement that the Bruiser, as Cecil was called, and Aubrey Lee were at it, soon brought a swarm of loafers and miners to the spot. with more earnestness Over and over they rolled, l ocked in a deadly em brace, and puffing and panting like porpoises. At last, by a m1ghtyefl'ort. the Philadelphian wrenched himself from Lee's embrace and to his feet, blood streaming from a vicious bite in bis neck. "Fight it out with knives I" yelled the surging crowd. "Nol" shouted Burnett," I'm satisfied with my fists." CCore of armed Pawnee Indians came upon the scene. The ruffian s OL>ick. y sa.w t11t:ir u roach. and glv

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Bob Woolf, the Border RufB.a.n. ing the alarm, at once skedaidled, at the top of the;r speed, leaving their wounded and dead wheie thef had fallen. Whoop!" yelled Cap. Woodchuck waving his skin turban, victoriously m the air. "Perciffic Pel lerkans, and North Amerykan P o le-katsl Hyar kums my fellers. Know'd they weren't out o' heer in' o' Gabriel's trumpet. Hello, Grinning Moon, kim along hyar, an.' I'll b'y ye ther whisky. Powerful g lad ye cum, jes' in the r nicl< o' time. We'd' ve bin korpses 'fle h e den't." The dea bodies were overhauled-sixteen in a ll but Cap'n Bob's and Aubre y L ee's were not amon g Foctunately, only four on Ce .cil's side had perished. A hard fought victory, it seemc:l tci him. CHAPTER X. THE TRAIL OF THE SSRPENr. WE must now return unon tbe due course of our narrative to witness a scene which occurred at the mansion of Felix Grover, b etween the old gentle man A ubrey L ee, on the morning of the day previous to the a ffray at Dwight's. The morning was a l ovely one1 with c lear, blue sky, a smiling, hazy-red sun, ana balmy b reezJs. lllr. Grover, supported nn the arm of his beautiful daughter, had succeeded in driving away the t1ouble some gout enough to wal k about beneath the cover of tile perfume-lade n grove. Lotta Grover, attired in a coo l white wrappe r, looped gracefully up with rosetl;es of pink an' l blue looked very fair and beautiful. As they walke'.l under the shady arcllways, and silently dmnk of the sweet morning air, and listened to the songs of the birds, among the leafy br.:tnches, both seemed su-premely happy. "Lotta, my dear," said t'ie happy speculator, at last breakinll' tile delicious spe ll, "I have come out bere with you. this early i n the _morn, simply to {;\'e t away from your mother's hearmg, and, too. I wish to ask you a question." "Well, pap:.t?" asked til e girl. "H>ts Aubrey L 3e, my c!erk aske l you to become bis wife?" A soft blus h mantle d the young 1arty's features. 11 Yes, dear p:ip!l.1 .. shf3 answere d, dropping lier lustrous eyes to tile ground. "And wllat did you say? Was it yes\ my girl?" "Yes, papa. Aubre y love s au I l ov e him; so, you se'3, be, and only he, Cail ever ma.l;::e n1e b !Lppy Was I right?" "Hum! yes-I snppose--so, replied Mr. Grove r. thouglltfully. "But mi!ld, now, do'1't y o :i cl we to lll'trry him until you first t e ll ma. D'ye he1r?" 'Yes, pa.pa.'' "Tllen heed!" he, surlily. "N:>w, y1u stay here and enj oy yourself. I'm going bic:c to house" And disengaging himself, h3 limped away, not d eigning h a r assistance as lama as he wo.'3. Scarcely bad he disappeare:l in the direcrion of the mansion, when a cloakeJ and vailed emerged from a clump of bushes near by, antl con fronted the young worn tn. Lotta started back wit'l a low scream. "Oh t you needn,t shriek," exclaime d the ger, with a wild laugh. "l' m no bugbear. I'll not hurt you." "Wllat would you have, here?" demande
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Bob Woolf, the Border Ruftlan. -------------.-------------. The clerl: leaped from his seat with a terrible oath. -"What?" he cried, white with r age, at the dis cover,r of his attempt to pass such money Gvunter(eitsf' "Yes, sir,' replied 14Governor" Grover coolly. "Every one of them. Clever ones, too, anci a ll exe cuted on one bo.nk. Here they are," and he took up a large package, wrapped in brown paper, which wa:s lying on a stand near by. "Give me back the horrible leer. "I uoR.1t," hissed, savage ly. "Curse you; you've found me out, eh?" With anothet anathema, he made a vicious spring upon the old man, grasped him by the t.liroat, and bore him noiselesslr to the floor. Snatching a cushion from a chmr. he held it fiercely over the victim's face, so that h e could not breathe. In five minutes he rose to his feethwith a satisfied chuckle. The "Governor lay w ite and lifeless upon the carpet-smot11e?ed." After replacing the cushion in its chair, the clrrk secreted the package of counterfeit notes behind a ta.II book-case, and then, kneeling down beside the prostrate form, called loudly for help In an instant there came the sound of hurrying footsteps. and Mrs. Grover, followed by a half-breed servant, bru-st into the room. What is the matter?" she gasped, glancing down at the silent figure then bursting into tears and sobs. "Quick I bring some water!" ordered the villain. Governor Grover fell from his chair while we were engaged in conversation, and has only fainted, I guess. His morning walk was too much for him. Don't be frightened, dear Mrs. Grover; you will soon see your husband once more himself I" Water was brought aRd liberally dashed into the white face of the speculator. But to no avail. Life could not be r estored to the clay where life wns not. Governor Grover was dead I Miss Lotta soon returned from her walk, and she and her mother wept in silence over the good father and husband. Lingering a short time to offer consolatioL to the grief-stricken wife and daughter. Aubrey Lee prom ised to call the next day, and then took bis departure fron1 the mansion. Mounting hJs horse he rode swiftly away toward the settlement. __ CHAPTER :XI. FOURTH 01 JULY AT D\VJHHT's. TRE lucky termination, for Cecil Burnett, of the battle at Dwight's that day, was ouly one of the topbad reeched the sett.lem.-nt and was also a theme tor discussion among a c l ass. Cap'n Bob and his half-score of men returned about dark, and took up tbeir quarters in the gam bling saloon, but were careful not to let fall any hos tile word or action. for Cap. Woodchuck and his right bower, Grinning llioon, had engaged board for a short time of the w orthy Jonas; and, too, their band of swarth.v Pawnees were not far away, en camped on the crest of a n e i ghboring knoll. Cecil came down into the bar-room after supper, lookin g pretty well battered up and feeling uncom fortably sore and stiff from his numerous wounds. "Hello!" cried Cap. Woodchuck as he made his appearance; "hyar kums ther North Americ1m Buster: skin me fur a buffaler ef he ain't. Hey. tbar, Buster, guv's yer paw! I want ter examine them kuuckles o' yern. By ther Polekat ye did fearful work wi' 4ernl" The young Philadelphian shook the ranger's hand heiutily "N<;>. I only did my share," he replied, modestly, I feel a little sore and stiff, though, after the scrim1nag e 11 "Ohl wait till ye git uste t u sich lil' e, an' ye won't a few slashes a day," laughed Cap. Woodctnck. "In fact, ye'll grow ter lik e em, sir. Why, Perciffic Pellerkans an' Goat Gruel, boyee, I li ke nuthin' better nor ter git three e r four jabs o'er knife every twenty-four hours. Et keeps er feller from superflewus blood, an' makes 'im feel like'r North Amerykan Polekat." And to all appearances, the iron-framed speaker b e lieved in this s in gular logic, for he bopped about, despite the fact that his movements started tl: e blood afresh from several gaping wounds; he was as lively as a cricket. The death of the miners and border ruffians h11d cast <;1.uite a damper over the frequente1-s of tbe gambtmg saloon, and but few were attracted to the gaming-table that evening. Captain Bob and bis pards were huddled together in a rear part of the roon1, and were conversing in low whispers. Several times the outlaw chief would utter an ap proving oath, and wildly gesticulate his views of their secret topic, but the turning of the masked face of Cap. Woodchuck toward him, had tbe ef fect of reducing the violence of their conversation. During the eve ning. as he gat tipped back in hi s chair, half-asleep, Cecil was startled by hearing a familiar voice in bis vicimty, exclaim: "Please, gents would you he so kind as to gi:ve a few pennies to the offcast sol' of an earl, in strait ened circumstances? Only a little of the gold. sirs, that you are spending for liquor, would help thy humble servant amazingly." "Perciffic Pellerkansl" exclaimed Cap. Wood chuck, turning half-around from the bar, with a glass of "tonic,, in his band. 0 an' North Amerykan Polekats; hyar's a qua1e kerackter, dash my Goat Gruel 'f 'tain't. H e;l' o ld man, kum up 1 Which shall it be-wh1s\ry-straight, cock-tail,' tonic, or p'izen ? "Neither, sir ranger. My lips hath neve r yet been polluted with the distilled spnit of hell I May they never bet'' "Holy Polekatst" gasped the borderer; "don't 'b'be corn-juice! Wal, clash my Goat Gruell That ar' strange. l\Iust be'r sancktimonewes chap, ain t ye? I'll wager thar hain't ernuther cuss m ther crowd, who don't 'bi/Je ockasionall v; an' he'E er miserable kritter as' ll go hack on corn-juice. What ye want hyar, ennyhow, boss?" "Only a dime, snhor a quarte r with which to help the widows and orp ans. Please, sir." "Widders and horfans ar' et? Wal, now, I jedge I kin go ye on tket. I'm a widder myself-no. not er wielder, but a linrf a n Tbet's it. An' then, the.r's Dew Drop, my Injun squaw an' ther darter of Grin nin' Moon, hyar. Sh e's li ble ter be er widder, w'en my keree r ar' eeude d, w'ich may be soon. Per ciffic Pellerkall s l g 'ess I will lift y e;" and here Cap. Woodchuck slipped a gold piece int-0 the Earl's hand. "Thar now, c r ar out, ole bos s.,, Presently Uncle Sam pas sed by where Cecil was sitting, eagerly watching for a chance to draw him aside for a little conversation. Jonas had, be recol lecte d, tnld him that the uncouth b eggar was the a 1 e111 of Hurricane Nell, and he res olved, if possible, to ascertain the whereabouto of the wild beauty. The E ,rt started violently, as Burnett tapped him on the arm. Come in here. I want to speak with you a mo ment," said the lawyer. Uncle Sam eyed him sus piciously from unde r the rim of hi s bat. "What do you wnnt?" he growl e d. "Come in here," r eplie d Cecil, drawing into an empty beer-stall. Wh'en they were seated opposite each other, at a low table, Cecil continued: "You are the agent or Hurricane Nell; there! don't deny it." "Who told you so?"

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16 Bob W oolt, the Bor4er RufBa.u. "The tavern-keeper." "Well-what if I am her agentf" "Where is I cannot tell you. She is safe." "Very probably she is. Where does she 11vef" I tell you." "You must.1" 1 I will notl" "Why not?11 Because I am not all0wed to tell her place of to any one.,, "But I must see her!" "What for? I can take a message." "I want to see her personally. I wish to arrange with ber to accompany me to Cb.erry Valle;i;." I know bener," snapped the beggar. You do not have to "o there until the 8th of August. She will see yo11 ere that time." "How do you know the date of my next proposed journey?" "Oh I I found it out. You told her." so I di::i. Then I caunot Sde her?'' Why do yon wish to particularly see lter r Have you anything of importance to say?" "Yes; something of. vast import. I wish to tell her that I lone her, and ask her to become my wife," replied Cecil, earnestly. The tramp started; stra!>5ely. "Ahem!' he coughed, back an exclamation, that was almost on the end of his tongue. '' It would be of no use. She would not liBten to your declaration of lov e. Not but what she esteems you, but, you see, her life is on e of perpetual bloodshed. And, too, she is not safe to co1ne h ere." "Do you think she cares for me. asked the young lavyer, quick!y, passionately, "moru t:1a as a fri end? "Beyond all doubt. In fact. I beli e ve she lo ves you. But, young man, r.ou know not the deter mined nature of the child Her vengeance is not complete, and until it is she will not talk of 1ove. So think no more of that." "Then you won't even tell me where I can meet her?" "No. Now that you have told me yottf'-purpose, I would not dare. She could not accept you, and to refuse vou would only cause her a great deal of needles$ pain and torture." Will she come and act as my guide on the 8th of Aucrust?" llirobably. Indee d you mar see her sooner, but if you do, man, I beg o yon don't speak of Jo\>e to her. She has yet a fearful record of vengeance to accomplish, ere she can be aught but Hurricane N e ll, the Girl Avenger. Now, sir, I must be moving. to you." Good-.eveuing, sir.,, -.. Two days passed. Great prefarations were being made to celebrate the nation a holiday, and to have a" high old time," as the miners aptl y termed it. Foremost among the festivities was to be the grand "shootio' match," the prize b eing a large gold nugget, value d at $1,000; the range shoulder, and the distance one hundred yards. Jonas Dwight was conductor of the affair, and had anterei five competitors on the list name l y: Cap. Woodchuck," "Hardy Scooter." ,.Grin ning Moon,' Cap'n Bob,,, and u Long Neck P ete. 0 "Governor" Grover in the meantime, was buried, and at Mrs. G. 's request, Aubrey Lee went down, and took up his quarters at the mansion. Deeming It the wisest to act on the square, for a while, he had settled the claims of the miners with (JQOd mone11; and the banking business went on unde; bis management. The morning of the Fourh of July dawned, with a clear, seablue sky, soft1 mellow sunlight, and ceotle, balmy breezes; ana brought to the little mining settlement as wild and desperate a crowd of. borderers and ruffians as ever pull e d a trigger. Far and wide had thtl n e ws spread, lie \vildflre; consequently hunters, trappers, guid es, and outlaws alike, flocked to the scene of thti "celebrate." By noon, the how set for the shooting-match to begin, J o na.s's list of participants had swelled into the hundreds; and the slope around the town was dotted black with clumps of new arrivals. At twenty dollars a share. the shrewd ta,-ern keeper cleared a handsome thini: on the gold nug get, and, as a v ery natural consequ ence, was all smirks and smiles to every one. At twelv e o'elock a la "e was fonneol, by st1etch ing of ropes from post to postj tbe target was set up, a hundred yards away, ana tbe contest com menced. According to the rules of the day each man engaged in the affair was to have one s hot, a nd, if several rung the bell, they were to shoot "off," at the close of the match. Cap. Woodchuck l ed off, by raising his rifl e on a. level, ta.king quick aim, and firing. Lady Isabel showed her head at once. "Holy Polekats !" ejaculate d the ranger, taking a chew of tobacco of huge dime nsions. "Kno10'd I c'u' d f etch ther bull's-eye, w'en I glanced along 'Puuch-an'-Judith hyar!'' Hardy Scooter next took the st&nd, but failed to score a point. Moon was next on the roll, and simul taneouo with the flash of his rifl e np popped the phiz of Lady Isabel." Cap'n Bob and Long Neck Pete were now ushered forward, and each failed t o hit even the board. Too much ''tonic,, on board was the verdict, for, usually, they were splendid shots, and bad they been in full possession of their nerves undoubtedly would have rung tbe bell in turn. With their bad luc k the remainder of the men seemed to side; and only once for the rest of the 1Lfternootl did "Lat. et, dash my Goat Gruel ef thar ar'." Th e shooting "ofl',, between Grinning Moon, Wo oJchuck, and one Sam Stryker, a tall, handsome hunter, n ow took place. T ie Pawnee Chief rung the bell twice, out o f three tin1 es. "G<>od ernufl'I" remarked Cap. "Ye ar' improv in', r e d-skin. But ye ken't h ev thet gold by ther H o ly Polekat!" Once. tvic.,, and thrice did his Joni? rifle speak forth, and "Lady Isabel" rose each timP.. Stryker only recorded two tings, and consequent l y the ptize and laurels of victory wPre handed ov e r to the mRSkein', as kin bee t m e shootin' I" "I ran.'" A figure clad in buckskin. with a model of a girl i sh form. and Jong waving hair, pushed quick!y throug h the crowd, and stood by Cap. Woodchuck's side. rifl e in hand. It was H1w1iorm o N e U A strange, wild murmur ran through the assembl age, as all eyes fell upon the border beauty. She was widely known among all classes, and noted as the most unerring shot in the region. And, too, it was known that Bob Woolf, the outlaw. bad boldly offered five lnmdred dollars to U..

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Bob W oolt', the Border Ruman, man who could bring her to him, alive. Therefore, it was wondered, by all who knew her, that she dare come thus, so fearlessly fQrward, when. the outlawchief and his pards were by. Cap. Woodchuck tarted. violently, as his e:yes fell upon the pretty facr. aud form of the darmg gir1, anj it was several mon1ents ere he could master his ai;itation. "It beet 11u er shootin', &"al?" be at last asked, eving her curiously. 11 \Vho oe ye, ennyhowf" nm Hurricane Nell, s ir!1' "Hurricane Nell. eh? Wal that ar' Hum, yes. W'at d'ye wanter shoot furl This 'ere nujl"git1" I do, if l can-t'aise enough to cover it sir. Gen tleme n, is there any one of you, in the crowd, who has fait. b enough m my aim to advance me tile value of this nugget of golct ?" There was no answer, at first. Nobody appeared to be that flush of "BetLer ask Bob Woo "laughed Hardy Scoot e r. "Ye've popped over enu o' his gang ter 'sure him tbet ye never shute crook'd." t'lap'n Bob and sixty of bis pards were huddled together, in the rear of the crowd, and >Vere watching eagerly for a chance to pounce upon their mortal but, on account oi Cap. Woodchuck and his backers, they did not dare to sail in openly and capturP, her. They had lost too many men of late to care to repeat the scene which had occurred only a few days before. So they waited. Suddenly a figure stepped to the front, and exclaimed: "I will cover the amount of tile ranger's stake, that Hurricane Nell can out-shoot Cap. Woodchuck1 If she has the choice of saying how it shall be done.' The speaker was Cecil llurnett. 0 ])on,.,!., announced the ranger. Hurricane Nell gave tbe young law:ter a wild, half triglitened glance. 0 Thank you," she said, in a low voice, but are you not afraid 1 I nlight lose all, and then you would aever forgive me." "I could forgive anything in yr,u," he r eplied earnestly, and looking passionately into her loving eyes. She blushed, grew nervous, and turned away. It was plain she could not talk with him without un consciously showing her emotion; so she forcibly ended the conversation. "Gal, I'm r ea.dy," said Woodchuck, coolly. What choice hev ye!" "I'll show you," r eplied the maiden. Procuring a clay pipe from one of the miners, she broke off the bowl, cast it a$ide, and stuck the stem h e r pearly teeth. Walking down the lane, to the target, she stood upright beside it, in a side position, so that the slender stem was offered as a mark, extending from h e r mouth in plain view, while the side o f her face was toward the shooting-stand. Removing tl1e stem from between h e r teeth, after showing the example of the target, she addressed Cap. Woodchuck: You see my purpose. Let some one count one I have taken my position again. You will then fire at the end of the pipe-stem wnich I shall ho ld tightly between my teeth. If you break it into two pieces so be it. I will then try. If I do the same, I will leave you to substitute another test.,, The great ranger trembled all over as Hurricane Nell once more took her dangerous position1 and his hand shook as he took up his Jong rifle, ana examined thP. cap. .Au inch's variation in his usually unerring aim, might lay the beautiful girl a corpse before him. Hurricane Nell, however, showed not one sign of trepidatio.--She stood as immovable and calm as a statue. and thrice the borderer broug"bt his instrument of death to his sbouider, and as many it came "One! two! threl'I" cried Cecil, pale and fearful of the consequences. C rack I the whip-like snap of the rifle rung out, and all rushed toward the end of the lane. Hurricane Nell stood there unhaimed. A wild, echoing cheer went up. The stem remained between her white teeth un wuc/led Thank God 1 cried Cecil and the ranger in a breath. "Hal ha!" laughed the daring maiden, her eyes now almost black and sparkling with excitement. "Now, then, Mr. Woodchuck, take your p lac e, and 1'/t see if I ca n do as well. Ain't afraid. are you?" "Perciffic Pellerkans. no! Courrn I'll take your placekdaisy. Ther gal never buckl e d er earter as kin s eer me. Ef ye see me even quiv e r, gal plug me in ther freenylogikal skull." He received the pipestem from h.er, thrust it be tween bis teeth, and at once planted himself firmly on the spot which she bad just vacated. Then Cecil ttccompanied her back to the end of the lane and handed her the little rifle which she had along. Raising it on a l eve l with the distant pipestem, she ran her eye ove r the while our hero counted: One-two-three."' There was a bright flash, a sharp r eport: then the anxious multitude waited a second, breathlessly. A wild, awful yell of applause roared above the crowd, like a reverberation of pandemonium. The bullet had broken ojf the pipe-stem close up to Woodchuck's The crowd surged _toward where Cap. stood, grin ning his approbation, and for a second Hurricane Nell was left alone at the enly slackened its pace to a gallop, and finally stopped stock-still, and sunk to the ground. "Perciffic P ellerkans I Good enulfl" muttered Cap. Woodchuck: "but hyar's better, ef I doo say et.'' He hastily pulled off his hunting-shirt, tightened his bPlt, and then started off, like a deer, in pursuit, for the outlaw had left the dying animal, a nd with Hurricane N e ll clasped in his arms, was bounding on desperately, determined to r each the grove beyond the mansion of the deceased banker, if p.isl. hie. Come back!" cried Cecil. "This is my game, and you caunot have it!" But the iron-framed ranger only gave vent to a wild laugb1 and leaped madly on. All the rre in. the young Phlladelphian 's na:ture was now aroused, and his eyes blazed with excitement. In an instant he had put his two f o r e fingers to his lips, and a l ong, shrill whistle made the air ring. ln another moment it was answered by a J..:.ud neigb and the clatter of hoofs. Then the crowd surged apart, as a large, wild-eyed horse bounded into the arena. Burnett was upon his back in an eye's twlnk!ing.;

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18 Bob Woolt, the Border RufBa.n. and away, away down over the slopes, like the ver itable tornado they sped, amid the furious curses of the outlaw's pards, and the cheers of the miners. On-on dashed tne noble stallion, clearing almost Incredibl e spaces of ground, in his fierce l eaps. As Cecil sailed victoriously past Cap, Woodchuck, the big-hearted ranger swung bis new coonskin cap hib In the air. and shouted: (J() et, Buster, go et! I'll guv up beet. but'll bring in et ther death-cuss my Pole-kats. ef I don't!" On leaped Hurricane, seemingly as much interested in overtaking the outlaw as bis master; on, os, and the distance was rapidly l essening between punmers and pursue d. Woolf was b ounding desperately on, but be found the form of bis prize even heavier than he had dreamed, and consequently, be could make but moderate progress. Hts only hope was to gain the grove, now yet half a mile away. Once among the depths be knew be would be safer, as Cecil cou ld not tohow him, on horseback. On-on, and be beard the loud and heavy foot strokes behind him-so c lose that for a singl e t ilo ment he involuntarily stopped, and boldly faced about. The stern-faced lawyer and bis savage-eyed stal Jion were not, forty rorls dis1ant, and were sweeping down upon him, like the terribl e hurricane. WitJk a horrible curse, the ruftlan chief cast his lmrde upon the earth, and then again sped on, only t,oo gla.d of the hope of escaping with bis life, 'llhe s!!lelte.ring trees were now only a short dis tance farther on. Away-on, and still be beard the fierce hoof-str okes, c loser behind him than before. A single swift g l a nc e apprised him of a ll. Knowing HuITlcaoe Nell would be safe for the present Cecil was impelled to cbasP the mfllan down, and finish up his career, with a blow from bis knire. Awful curses broke in torrents from Woo l f's lips, and he threw almost. superhuman strength Into his limbs, and tore madly on. "Haiti" challenged Cecil, drawing a pistoi, and cockine; it "Nol-curse ye!" came back savagely. the Grover mansion they fle w, and as they did. not throe yards intervened between t bP!n. Aubrey Lee, Lotta, and Mrs. Grover were standing on the porcb1 watching with great interest. Suddenly tne clerk drew a pistol and fired. "I'll Nici the ruffian's race I" he replied, in answer to Lott" 's shriek. Had the ladies but.known it, that self-same bullet whistled by, 1'0t an in h inf1ont of Cecil'sf1rehea c l He turned in bis saddle, and as he shook bis fist toward tbe evil faced clerk, he caught a glimpse of Mrs. Grover, and a deathly pallor overshadowed his own "My God!" be gasped, reeling as I! intoxicated, '' C rn. i1 /Je ]XJS silJle.'" At this instant Hurricane dashed Into the woo-1, and before he was scarcely aware of i t, a low-hang ing limb swept the stallion's back, and Cecil fell, heavily UJ>On the Nothing daunted how ever, he regained bis feet, and glanced around for a glimpse of Capn Bob. He had disappeared, but far on ahead, the sounds of his flyin!l" footsteps could be distmctly heard. Quickly Cecil bounded aw&y, in hot pursuit. Herl', tber r yer sot yer hyes upon. Wal, thes gal h e d two Jovyer s ; an' I, a wu'th l ess, rovin' sort o' coon, was on e of e m. The other was a. protl.igate son of a ri c h mill own e r in tber town. Wal, of course she marrie d him, an' he turned out ter be quite a fell e r 11rter all. 'Eout a year i.rter they war ma.I"".-ia d 'i got drunk 115 a beast, an' went dowi1 t e r see 'em, one nie;l, t. Thing went purty stratu till I kLJder insulted hi wife, w'en he flew at me wi' a knif e, an' give me a gouge the scar of which I bear today. Thet riled all the hell in my carkass, an' I swore ter have a teriible revenge, sure one night. I up an' breaks inter their house, w'ile they war nway to town, au' bed l eft their baby in care of a s ervant gal; an' I steels the lad a"'.aA"eviu' no borne o' my own, I took him over t e r l'hiladelphy, au' give 'im inter charge o' a chum, Tim Morris by name. Then I dug out fur parts un known. "Wal, Tim used to write to me, an' I to him, an' as he war a good sorter coon, h e give ye an edclica ti on, an' I paid 'im fur et. Ye war natterally smart, an' mar le a strike onter tiler bar-not tiler whisk'!! un hut the lawye r bar. 1 Etw'ile ago, Tim writ me he war goin' ter turn up his toes, so I writ back thet he c"u'd semi ye out ter n1e, an' Pd tPll yf'l who yer dad an' mam war. Wal, ye cmn, arter Tim died, an' I've heerd since thet he left ye a heap o' money. Wal. I'm glad o' th et. I told ye I'd tell ye all on th er Stb of August. Tbet war tiler day I ye. But since I've got knifed, I ken 't keep ye waiting no longer. Yer par.

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Bob W ooll. the Berder RufBan. l9 ntses names nr' Ct';/ia an' Fellm Grd sent the documentary confession of poor, sln ng Luke R!ce. Also be was eagerly watching for a chance to see f!:urricane Nell, as Cap. bad thrown out a hint that e migllt put in an appearance at almost any mo ent. On the third even-ing succeeding the events cle ribed in the previous chaptei", a hrge pos&' of en bad come into the tavern, for the sole and soul spiriug purpose of having a spree-a dowmight k. And, much to his satisfaction, the masked range r that Bob Woolf was among the gang. He, Hardy Scoote r, Long Neck Pete, and two o f s worst pnls from Cherry Valley. named respec vely Pill-Box and Guzzler, monopolized one tabl e rtar of the gambling-saloon, B.tld took to dra"ly. y and by Cap. Woodchuck sauntered in, and, yrng out Cap'n B o b, hrought along a stoo l, and ted himself at a narrow corner of thA table. What d'ye want here!" demanded the chief ffiy, though there was J es s of the bully i n his be'. vior than usual. Git o u t I" Holy P olekats !" ejaculated the ranger, feigning at surprisP,_ '"ye hn.in'r. no objection5 ag'in' my '6ein' ye play araw-Jl(lker, hev ye?" I _"Yes. I tev: I don' t wan' ye 'round, so g e t out, ore I lift ye! "I'll shin when I git r e ddy, Bob Woolf, an' not Orf", SO wi' yer game. 11 Afler eying the ranger's Ile r.!ulean fot,n for a oment the chief turned and began shuffl ing the rds. Cap. watched the course of the game for up,va,.rl f an bonr; then, inserting one finger in a little ket io bis shirt, h" brought out a piece o f paper, d presented it 10 Cap'n Bob, coolly. The rnfllan glanced at the writing, then grew angely pale. It was in a rambling band, d the paper read as follows: "I'll giv' ye j es t five-no, t e n h ours ter leave-cl' ar ut, and nevyar sho' yer he\! in thes ranch erg'in. f ye, or enny o' yer crew's hyar at claylight, why a'r b'longs ter Grinnin' Moon. Remember! Yers, dootifully, X.,, _what the deuce Bre ye, ennyhowf" 0 'ye wante r k-now, purtic'lar bnd eh?" ask e d e ranger, with a l ow, meaning laugh.' "Wal. f ye o, then I g'ess I'll hev ter ye, fur onc;t e'f ye re 1coqnyze thes b utifn counternance l'l With a swift, dextrous movement, he tol'9 the skin ask away, and turned his face toward the ruffians, the full light of the candle. It was a horrible siebt. From the roots of the hair above the forehead, to be end or the chin, was one aful, jienJ lh'id Ba1., bich only the blaze of.fr could nave produced. places deep spots told where roasted flfslt h tv l ropped from the ghasUy visage, and as for a nose e bad none at all. It had bee n burned entfrely off! The five ruffians reeoiled with a shudder. Accus med as they were to d!sgusting and ghastly sights, he scarred face before them was too horrible to aze upon. Raw: haw I" leered the ranger. with a grin that nder-;d his visage positively hideous, "don't at!mire et, much, e h f Tbor't ye wouldn't. Wal, ttle a I'll put, t ter sle p !" Whereupon he relc'.laced his mask. G:,';ft ever git a pee p at t!ut phiz, he'd nevyar sleep easv, till be h<>d my pictur'.' "For God '8 sake, 'lcho orP you 1 ag-ain gasped Cap'n Bob, bis face as white as the ceiling overhead. and bis knees knocking together with fear. "Who ar' 1 t Wal, Bob Woo l f, Jam the man who five years ago, Jay ter bed, dornt wi the small-pox'. I am the feller ye tried ter burn upl in thet prailie1 but failed to, an' only made a botc 1 joh over; an last. but not leas t, l'm B ill Allen, the Kumas 8potte1 !" With yells of genuine terror, the five guilty wretches leaped from their seats, at the gaming table, and fled pell-m e ll from the saluon, as if the Black Imp himself was after them: When morning dawned over D1vight's settlement, ne:ther Cap'n B c b nor a single man of his notorious ruffian band, J oni:;er graced the breakfast-table; they bad flown like the vulture to better field s of pre y. Soon after breakfast, two horsewomen rode up to the tavern, and Inquired for C e cil. On appearing. be was snrp1is e d to find that they wf're Mrs. Grover and her beautiful daughttr, Lotta. P e n fails u s in describing the joyful meetiD.Jl' between tl.Je mother and her long-lost son. Suffice to say. that it was a most happy one, as the widow had at once recognized truth of Luke Rice's confession, and longe d to clasp her da1ling to her breast. Lotta, too, greeted her brother with all a sister's Jove and affecti on. ana altogether, the young man was overwhelmed with love and k.isfeS. After the first rapturon" grPeting was over, Cecil was prevailed upon to mount Hunicane, and pany them back to the mans ioi Then came the story of the r ecent bank robbery. the sad death of his fathe r arid, last of al:, Lotta confided to him the secret of her engagement to Aubrey Lee During the clay Cecil inquired into affairs, In gen era1, and on an int e rview with Lee, at the office .. found that no money at all was left the familf, the estate was mortgageJ to the wi y "I will pay the m o rtgagf', sir," saicl the young heir, taking out : i s wal:et and counting out the specified sum named on the document. "Tb ere, now, thjs bank, am! the Grove!' propc1'ty arc minP. Beware how ycm intrude. And. above all, let m' never catcb you i E company with my sister, or I'll thrash the lif e out of you." ::J'ully fatisflecl with the financial characte r of his recent operations, Lee was henceforth a clerk nn longer; but, instead, took rooms at Dwight's, and played the s po1't. One day Cap. Woodchuck, who still r emained with Grinning 1'1oon and his warri o r s n c a.r the settle m ent, set off on horseback toward tl:e north. He was well armed, anJ, save his strangely-masked face, made as fine a picture of the hardy ranger as eve r straddled a saclclle. The clay was sultry and breathless, but the rider seemed to notice it nothfor h e spurrtd rapidly on. until about noon, when e struck into a wild, tainous tract of conntry, anJ the n, presently came to a deep anJ gloomy forest, which covered two im mense peaks of the monntnms. Leavmg bis horse to graze in the luxuriant grass near the edge o f this wood, the ranger strode into 1.be shadows, cast t"nick and clark by the leafy branches overhead. Ile examined t hA ground care full y as he advanced, but not a leaf showed signs of having been IA!ely disturbed. Nothing ctaunted, however, h e kept on for sevnal hours. searching there, everywhere with the gree.test care and

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!O Bob W oolt, the Border RufBan. acrutiny, but failed to find what he was searching for. Up the mountain-side, over frightful precipices and into y'.lwning chasms he plunged, his eyes bent constantly upon the ground before and around him, as if seeking a trail. But the sun went down, and darkness fell ov e r mountain and forest, without discovering to the range r that which he sought-the trail of Hurricane Nell. He had dreamed a strange dream the night b efore, n dream which had caused him to make this trip into the northern wilderness. In the dream he found himself hunting in this id entical forest, with these same mountains tower in g around him, grim and frowning. All day he had been tracking a huge grizzly, but without once getting a glimps3 of the savage beast. When about. to give up in despair, at the close approa:ch of night. he had crossed a plain trail-a: trail not of the lumbering bruin, but of a person or of persons. It ran direct up the mountain-side, and here and there, a small imprint told the experienced trailer that a female bad trodden; and that female he knew could be no other than Hurricane Nell. H e followed the trail. It led him far up the steep ascent of the rugged peaks and to a small natural cave in the side of th" monntah1. Here he found an abode, fitted up in the priffiitive style of the frontier, but there was no oc cupant in it. Believing to be the house of Hurricane Nell, he bad seated nimself and waited for her comingwaited till the night wore away, and mornrng dawned. bright and clear. Then thoroughly dis couraged, be left the cave, and having assured him self that she was not hiding in the neighborhood, he set otl'. to follow the trail to the other termina tion, hoping to there obtain a clew of the strange girl's whereabouts. For hours he had followed it, through wild moun tain gorg-es, into dense chapparals of timber, and over precipitous crags and until finally tt debotlehed iI1to the open prairie. Here h e was surprised to find that it led directly toward DWlght's. Mounting his horse he had followed the trail like a bloodhound Theu, in his dream, arose a vivid picture of a secluded spot about a mil from the settlement; a small glade surrounded by a dense thicket of mes quit. For a l ong time no one entered the moonlit glade, and silence reigned profound. But at last there came tbe sound of horses' hoofs, and Hurricane Nell dashed out into view. Then from the mesq1C thicket there leaoed a swarming horde of savage-faced men, with triumphant yells, and the Girl Deadshot was borne from her sarldle, a helpless captive in the power of Cap'n Bob Woolf, who now appeared upon the scene to claim bis prize It was at th.is juncture that Woodchuck had to find himself in a dtipping perSPira tiou, and quite unnerved. During the r emainder of the night he was restless and uneasy. Do what he would, he could not drive picture of his dream away-it haunted him like a phantom. In the morning he arose, and still he was troubled in Jllind and his tho'!ll'hts kept revert:Jg to Hurricane Nell and the trail rn the forest. Where the glade was located be could not form any idea, but be distinctly remembered of having hunted in the forest, and had no doubt '1e could dis cover the trail, if, indeed. suc'i a trail existed. So deeply was he impressed by the dream, thitt at la.st he could no l onge r bear the torturing thought of the brave girl being in peril and, therefore. he ietermined to ride to the forest, and institute a 11earch, to satisfy himself on the matter. And nnw be stood in the depths of thA same tim ber, completely baffled in his work; and, moreover, perfectly satisfied that he had come aU the WRJ from Dwight's on a fool's errand. No such trail was to be found, he told himself, and, certainly, it was plain that no person had mtely trodden where tbe keen-eyed ranger had. Darkness hung like a black pall over the earth, and it was imposs ibl e to further continue the search. So, ebouldering his rifle, Cap. turned back toward where be bad left his horse. But, in the intricacies of the timber, he lost his bearings, and roamed about for fully an hour without succeeding in reaching the prairie. This somewhat annoyed him, for he was now de sirous of starting for Dwight s without delay. But, turn wbitbe1 he would, he could not extri cate himself from what seemed to have suddwly grown into a labyrinth of towering trees. And, too, the g l oom was so intense that he could not see his hand before bis face, and he wits com pelled to go by the sense of feeling. Finally, becoming tired and discourage d, he seat ed himself upon a fallen tree, and peered about in the Stygian gloom. Nothing but the tall trunks of the forest monarchs rose on every side "Quare I" muttered the discomfited ranger, halt angry at himself for his negligence in not keepiilg a better idea of his movements. "I nevyer got SQ cliscomfuddled afore in my life, dash UJ;Y Gruel 'f did. These 'ere trees seem all strange, lu
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Bob Woolf, the Border Ruflia.n. 21 The trail or path was very plain, but it led the nger through many intricate passages and tangled hlckets, as it opened out into the prairie. Here he discovered that he had entered the wood me two mj.les above, and that be would have to o thither to obtain possession of bis horse. berefore, in order to mark bis starting-point, be indled a fire of dry cones upon the trail, and then etotl'. He experienced no difficulty in finding and securng his horse; after which be retraced his footsteps o the beacon-fil'C. Here b.e once more lit his torch, nd took up the trail ag11'.in, his animal following lose behind. For several hours both man and beast move<:'. onn over the rolling prairie, making a strange weird pectacle as viewed beneath the flaring lighb of the orch. The trail was not hard to follow, alt.hough it was ess plain than in the woodland. and consequently, oodchuck was enabled to make quite rapid pro s. When not more than a mile distant from Dwight's tUement, wl:ich loomed up dark and silent in tbe loomy night, the range r found himself in a small pen space, fringed by l ow-growing mesqnit bushes. t mignt have been called a glade had the stunted hrubs been taller. He at one'! recognized it as ing the place be had seen so pictured, in is dream, and be began a close and hasty scrutiny f the ground. True enough, he soo n discovered where Hurrie Nell had ridden into the l'lade. and where the of her horse was obliterated by the imprints of any booted feet. After all, had the ranger's dream come truef Had ob Woolf and bis gang indeed intercepted the fear ess maiden, on the night after their flight from the l oo n, and carried her offf Everything w ent to show that such was the case. The dream: the discov ery of the trail, when d e pair had entered the hunte1"s heart; the pursuit, d the finding of the glade; and the unmistakable ootprints of the b o rcler ruffians-did it not all in line toward the theory portrayed to Woodchuck in is strange nocturnal fancy f He unhesitatingly decided in the affirmative, and w sa,-age and excited as he stood there beneath b e somber 8ky, torch in band. "Gone! Hurricane Nell, the beautiful Deadsbot, one !" It seemed to fill the heart of the Herculean nger with a terrible fire, and he walked to and ro. as he dwelt 11pon the undeniable conclusion. He muttered a fierce malediction upon the bead of hat ruffian-outlaw, who had been such a curse to he existence of him and his. Should he s tP.rt nger. No sooner had h e made this resolmion, than he tinguisb e d bis torch, sprung into the saddl e, and alioped away towarcl the settlement. Dwight's was open clay and night. and the ranger alked boldly into the bar-room, on his arrival, and as somewhat sarprised to see Cecil and Gri1>ning evidently awaiting bis coming. "Hal" E-xclaimed the former, bis band, corclially, I am glad you have come. Grinning Moon here. has been telling me of your absence, and I was just now about proposing that we go in search of you." Cap. laugheil a littl.,, but it was not his old, free laugh, that escaped his 1ips "Holy Polekatsl" he said, stroking his masked face slowly, thar's no danger o' ther Woodchuck's jlittin' inter a hoel he ken't burrow out o'. His ex istence hain't goin' ter last ferever, thet's e't fack; but, Perciftlc Pellerkans I I jedge he's gnde for er f ew more skewerups, ylt. "Ugh!" said Grinrt..:11; Moon grimly. "Wood chuck heap much brave. "Recken I tiff"," was the laconic repl y. After the ranger's arrival, Cecil did not remain long, a.; the hour was l a te, and he was to return to the mansion to slee(l. "Come up earl.v in t .be morning!" said Cap., as theJ' parted. I've made er diSkivery as 'll be lik ely terinterest ye. Don't fail me, mi!1d." Cecil promised to come as soon as he awoke, and then mounting Hurricane. he set off. Cap. Woodchuck went back into the saloon, which he had left on the departure of Cecil, and orde1ing Grinnin&" Moon o.tl' to bed, he dropped into a chair and fell mto a deep reverie. He had not advised the young lawyer of tbe undoubted captivity of Hurricane Nell, among the ruffians, for he well l.."IIPW Cecil would not sleep a \vink, if so informed, and this was ccntrary to his wishes, as he desired that the young "Buster" should he well prepared for the cm r ir.g journey, and for a fierce and desperate undertaking. As to himself-well, what mattered i t whether he s lept or noU If at all, it was but for a moment at a time, as it were; for he was ever restless and watchful-always on the alert both night and day. It was in his nature to be thus. CHAPTER XIV. atSPEClMl:N BRICK. "-ON THE WAY, EAnLY in the f o llowing morning, Cecil r epaired to the tavern, and found Cap. there m waiting for him. Grinning Moon was also at hand, having been recer.tly awakened b;v the ranger. "\\'hat is it you wish to tell me?" asked Cecil, as oon as they had exchanged !l'reetings. "Have you heard. or seen aught of Hu1T1cane N e ll?" "Holy Polekats, yes!" returned Woodchuck, "or sometbin' t e r that erfeck." Ho the n narrated the remarkable dream, and how he had made the discoveries of the trail, and vision ary g lade; how he had found the imprints of many booted feet, and, last of all, how be had arrived at the conclusion that tl!e Girl Deadshot was a prisoner among the mffians ifhindeed, they had not been tempted even to kill er, to avenge the deaths of their companions. Cecil was greatly excited at once, and ready for that would accomplish the release of the wild maiden, whom he so deeply lov e d. "And you will go with your band? he queried, "and attempt to free her?" "Sartin," repli ed Woodchuck; 11 sart'in. Perciffic P ellerkans an' North Amerykan Polekats! ye don't take me fer s ich er'n ornery chipmunk as '<1 le've thet daisy ermong them hellions, do ye? Not by a six'bladedJack-knife, I won'tl" "Good! I wi accompany you, then Hurricane Nell must be rescued, or Heaven a lone knows what will be ber fate. And, if she was captured as you sav, on the night of oolf's flight, on l y think of thg many hours she has been in the ruffian's power." 1 Perz actly. Howsun1dever, we J en't prewem tbet, now. All we ken do, ar' to straddle our any miles J?lIV 1e1n tber rein, and sweep down. inter Cherry Valley, loike er North Amerykan swarm o' polekats, an' obblicherate 'em cussed out lawrs asef they war er passel o' wu 'thless nincompoops w 'ich they ain't 11utbin' more'r less. I jedge etii be a dumblarsted scrimmage, fer thar's five o' them ter one on us; but, nevyerabitless, my motter is ab strackted from tber Golden Ruler, i.n' ken't fail ter work-' Nevyar git down in ther jaws, 'cause ye ken't klime over er'n obstickl!'J take e chaw o' Pig-Tail, an' wait yer time.' Now, I've known thet 'er molter's chuck-fuller o' wisdum nor er pack mu!A load o' diokshunarys er almennix. Fer instance, thar war ther time, up at Fort Lar'mle, w'ea I wrassled wi' thet onmerciful big Soo, Dog-Snout-" "Waghl" interrupted Grinning Moon, graTel y

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Bob Woolt. the Border RufBa.n. tongue run fast and long, like garter-snake. No time to lose. Must be off on trail. Ugh." ,. "K'rect, Grinner, by ther holy chant o' ther Nortb Amerykan Polekatl Glad yespoke,orthar's no tellln' when Ished'vestopped. Yesee,mytunge ar' jes' like ther pendylum o an eight-day clock1 wi' ther pendulix off frum tt. The pendulix ar the dufunny on ther eend o' ther consarn, an' w'en ye take this off, ther rest o' ther masheen goes off like crook'd lightnin', lubricated wi' Goat Gruel. Thet's jes' the perzact case wi' my lnsterment o'. speech. But remoov' ther cap o' ther enterprlze an' ther hull combinashun mooves off as freely an1 silkerish as er'n eel In a bath-tub, Gosh I ther I erg'in waistin' preshus time, like a big lubber. Thet won't nevyer resky ther hurrykane,by no sort o' means. Now erbout this experdi1hun, Buster; ready, imrnegetly?" shall be, aa soon as I obtain my rifle which I left at the mansion,''. replied "K'erect. Now, then, jes' ye ride down to ther tanch: then by ther time ye've armed yerselfl and got all in reddyness, I an, Grinnin' Moon'! kim boornin' erlonlf arter ye, an we'll all sot out fer Cherry Valley.' Cecil bowed, and, turning on his beet, quitted the tavern. As soon as he was gone, Woodchuck turned to the l'awnee chief. "Now, cheer, jes' ye go'n' grin at yer red-skins, an' git 'em in fightin'trim. Hev 'em all bossed by tlier time I kim down, so's no tlme'll be foolished erway. I'll 'bib er few tumblers o' corn-juiceil an' bf, so doin' stlddy my narves, wharupon l' .start. Grinning Moon ...i.urried away to attend to his du ties, while the masked ranger walked up to the bar and called for the "bottle." He was not a temperance man, this Cap. Woodchuck, by any means, for although he never got worse for its use, he took his liquor regularly, and 11eemed to derive a certain benefit therefrom. His was one ot those rugged, iron constitutions possess ed by a class of -the stalwart bordermen, and whisky stimulated but did not intoxicate. After o:ulping down several glasses of the best "''tonic" Dwight's afforded, he tightened his belt, put fresh cartrid!!:es in his revolvers and prepared to follow Grinning Moon. "Hello I" saluted a rough-dressed and bewhiskered miner, who had been partaking of lunch In an empty beer-stall close by and had overheard the convers,.tlon between Cech and the ranger. "Hold 'Up a bit boss." "W'at d'ye want?" demanded Cap., surveying the speake r, critically, for he was an odd-looking specime n of the ''lower gulcher," whom he had not met before. "Who d'ye meen by Hallo?'" "You," replied the miner, advancing and extend bis hand Jn a friendly fashion. "Ye'r' Cap. WOodchuck, ain't 1er, an' ye'r' bound fer Cherry Run arterWoolf an his gang, ain't yer?" 1 Wal, y-a.s; but w'at'f I amt" "Wouldn't keer ef ye hed er coon erlong wi' ye, as knowed ev'r,r crook nor corner o' the Rendez vous would ye? "Wal, thet depends, sumw'at. D'ye refer ter yerself, as bein' thet coon?" "I do, as sure's Eve chased Aln an' Cable-outside ther picket-fence o' Eeeden. I'm ther eyedentlcal essence o' human possytiveness as ken show ye ther whar 'n' wharfore o' Bob Woolf, an' his two legged cattymounts, In less time then enny other descendant o' George Washerington er Christerfer CO!.umbyl" "Holy Polekatsl ye don't say1" ejaculated Woodchuck, eying the stranger with considerable Interest, as well as amusement. "An' w'at mought I ca_!!ye-who "Who iu-' Ir iYliO ar' It Now, soak my feet in puddin' 'n' milk, but thet ar' er queshtlon, chook full o' slngeelarativeness. Who ar' U Wal, I'll gratify yer hyperbolical in qulsitivenees. Fustly, _I'm ther Specimen Brick o' Honduras Gulch, polished off wl' 8.lkali, quartz an granit'. Seckontly, I'm ther ragln' equatorial conglommerashun o' combustlvenes; an last, but not yeast, I'm Urlaher Pottsdamer Bil lings, ther terror-perdoocing keross, an' dangerouss fist-slinger from S1111J
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Bob Woolf, the Border Ruftlan. 2 8 During the first hour of their journey Cecil was in troduced to the ax-robber, but he did not like bis ap pearance. There was something familiar about him, yet the young lawyer could not remember or any former meeting between them. "Specimen Bnck," however, seemed to manifest a singular in terest in Cecil, and whtm not observed, as he thought, eyed him almost savagely from bent:ath his shaggy brows. On dashed the cavalcade through the morning sunlight, tbe shod hoofs of their steeds ever and anon producing a sharp musical ring, while the thud, thud upon the green-carpeted earth sounded like the beating of so many ponderous drum sticks. But there was not one in tho h and who was aware that they wera f o llowed-followed f a r away, then side-circled in a neat manner, and finally headed off, uon they saw a horseman in front of them, near the edge of a prairie mot te. Not ten moments afte r Cap. Woodchuck and "Spec im e n Brick had l eft the tavern another man left the saloon by the side door, and mounted a horse tethered close by. Sk"rmlsbing dextrously around to a thicket on the upper side of tha 1Pawnee camp, this horseman watched the cavalcade ride off, down to the Grover mansion; saw Cecil join them, and then saw the whole party pass along the western side of the grove to the prairie bey ond. Shaking his fist after t h e m he wheel e d his spirited animal into the ravine near at hand, and spurred rapidly off toward the southwest. The cavalcade was proceeding very sli ghtly east of south, and w e r e not urgitw; tll eir animals beyond an easy g a llop. Consequently, at the mad speed to which the single horseman put his animal, he soon was lar iu advance of the other party. The ravine or littl e valley was about ten miles In length, but by taking a cross cut the lon e ride r reached the great plains fully half an hour beforo the cavalcade, at which he bore off east and struc!c a little motte almost on a lin e with Wooduhuck's route. All this was done without be ing obs,rved, as the sun partly glared in the eyes of the rangers, thus preventing their noticing the Jone )lorseman. '!'he first knowledge they bad of his presence was when they reacLe d the edge of the motte, and :be held him sitting easily upon his foam-flecked steed, calmly awaiting their approach. "Perciffic P e ll erkans an' North Amerykan Pole kats l" ejaculated Cap., r eining in bis steed, as the band rode up, and staring bard at the strang.,r, through the eye-boles in bis mask. "\Vhl) cl'ye pur tend to say you ar', eh?" 11 My ;i.ame Guaymo Hidaglo, senor!" was the renly, in a\.'.>?:, musical voice. t' Er flrtasf"T", hey?" u A Mexican-yes. senor." "Don't Jike 'm J'' said 0ap., with a. gesture calculated to express his disgust. "Bad eggs-phew 1 !'d's !'eve b e forced ter liv e all t b e r natteral days o' my existence wi' a hnll kit o' rattlesnakes as ter kee p company wi' er Greaser for twenty-four 'ours. Holy P o lekats, yes. They're bad decockshuns o' oompyishun Cos-p;tta !" r e plied Hidaglo, with a grimacP, "opinions differ, somewhat, senor. I argue that Mexicans a r e jus t as good as Yankees." In the mean time Cecil had been eying the stran ger furtively. He was just a trifle above the medium hl1?ht, with an elegantly proportioned form, small yet h a ndsom e features, and eyes of peculiar grayish luste r. His complexion wa" nearly as dark as an lnrtian's anrl he sported a pair of luxuriant "Burnsides" and a little curling mustache. Taken altogether, from his personal appearance to his wild Mexica n j!"arb, b e w3.8 a character to encounter, so far from his native country; still in thnse great mining regians, one need not be surprised to meet a man from the antipodes, as It were, for one, ali, and every body flocked to the golden fields. Another among those in the cavalcade than Cecil, eyed the Mexican with interest, watched him from under' a pair of shSgy eyebrows, as if be wa dis He was the ex-robber, :IJ1umph I" ejaculated Woodchuck, in answer t.o the stranger's fearlessl.)'-expressed opinion, "don' ye git sassy, now, or, Holy Polekatsl I'll de'cent outer ye like er sham-scrougin' avalanche. I opine I c'u'd chaw ye up in erbout a flee.skip, by ther town clock." ''.I do not think neceosity will require you to exert yourself, senor," Jan7be d Hidaglo, sePmmgly taking ltnll in good part. But, aside with jesting, senors; may I b e so bold as to inquire if you propose making your destination Cherry Valley?" This question was directed more to Cecil than to Woodchuck, and the young lawyer took it upon himself to answer it: "Yes; we are on our way to Cherry Valley. Wht do you ask?" C S/Jila then I am glad: perhaJ?S I can enlis you in my cause. Listen, I will explam. "While bunting the buffalo yesterday near this nest of outlaws, a bjLnd of tb0m pounced down upon me, and my fair companion, Senorita Gasconal, was captured. I flt like el derrw1.io, and only escaped the hot pursuit the d e vils gave me an hour since. S ee ing your approach, I spurred over to this motte, to intercept you, and beg your assistance in securing my betrothed wife l" Which shall be grantee!," said Cecil. "We are even now upon the war-path, against the border ruffi ans; so fall in, and you shall share such as wi/ have f o r the senorita's sake. "Y-a-s, fall in," accorded Cap., rather dubiously, "but jes' kee p back 'mong ther Injuns. Ef ye were to ride t o o cluss to me, I mought get narvous, an there's no tellin' w'at the r .consy9uences 'd be. Ya.s, j'ine In-an' gee up, fellers, an g'langl \\ e've al reddy lost preshus time." And the cavalcade moved on. CHAPTER XV. THE FAIR PR SONER S HORRIBLE DOOH. CAP. Wooncauc&'s dream had come true. Ffurri cane Nell, the beautiful sharp-shooter, '"""captured as he had seen picturerl in bis remarkabl e noctur nal vision. It happened s omething after this fash ion: On t.he same night that had witnessed the flight of Woolf and his gang from the sal-oon at DwJi:ht's, the Girl D eadshot might have be e n seen nding along a well-beaten trail, l eading from the moun tains toward the mining settlement. Sh e was well mounted and armed, and sat het spirited steed like a queen cavalier. As the animal she rode was well acquainted with the route before him, she allowed him t.o take his own course, while she gave herself up to reflection. It was now three days since the shootinl!" tournament at Dwight's, and there fore, a like p e riod sinco she seen Cecil Burnett, or Grover, as we shaJl henceforth call him. Three long weary clays to the wild young flower of the frontbr, dming whioll time she had been restless and impatient, an ii longing to see him, to whom h e r bearr had gorJ6 out, as it we re, w:ith its great wealth of love, during thei r eventful journey across the plains. And now! She could not--woulcl not remain in SPclusion, a dy longer. SLe would venture forth from her moun tain home, she would risk everything, ir no,ed be, to obtain one glimpse of the handsome young Phila delphian. Not that she had the least thought or allow lng him to reco!!inize her for she was well aware that such an action would only cause pain to

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Bob Woolf, the Border Ruflla.n.. both, so long 88 ber role of vengeance was unfulfill ed. But, unknown to him, slie would enter hia presence, and maybe talk to him, and listen to the music of his rich, dee p voice. With this object in view, she had left her mountain retreat, and, mounting her noble steed, had sallied forth on her mission. The ni ght was one or ileavy darkness, !\S the s
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Bob Woolt, the Border RufBa.n 215 IA the course of a half-hour drew up in front of the lanzl'r of the several cabins. llere all hands dismounted and the disgujsed maiden was borne into a large dimly-lighted apartment, which at the time was occupied by some half a dozen white outlaws and Indians. These men arose with exclamations of surprise and curiosity, as Cap'n Bob entered with his captive, whom be rudely tumbled down into a corner, and gave a ruthless with his heavy boot. Expla?:.ations were at once demanded of the callse of the band's stl-ange return, and as to who was the singular-looking prisoner, a ll of which the chlef volunteered to give, taking pains to interlard each word with a terrible curse or anathema. By and by the rest of the band came in, and were greeted with cordiality by the outlaws. At Woolf's expressed w!sb, several bottles of whisky w ere brought forth, and the assembled roughs bep:an to gulp down the fiery liquid as if it were nothinp: more than water. Bottle after bottle was emptied, and before Jong the Jar7er shnre of the band were in "prime fightin' order,' and eager to discuss the manner of torture p e r" I tefi ye w'at I think1 growled Guzzler savagely, at the same time hurling an empty bottle towara the trembling maiden's h ead. "Stick his hoofs in ther fire an' scorch 'em fer an hour. Thet'd fetch him ter his limerick." "Or hang 'im by his heels fer two days," sug gp,gted Pill-Box. "Thar's nothin' 'z ekal et, f e r tannin' refracktory speerit..c;:;." 0 No," grunted Cap'n Bob, reflectively "we won' t clo thet. I've e r better plan. We'll wind him upon: e r windlass above e r ronrin' hot fire. Then we 'll fix tber crank so's it'll let him clown by inches. D'ye see ther p'int?" "Yas-yas I" howled the intoxicated demons. "An' he'll keep er Elescentin' lower 'n' tower till he's plum' in ther fir e ; then 1t he won't disgOrge, let him sizzJe, hey?,, "Perzactly I" leered Woolf. "We'll getter work 't onc't, an'buiid er windlass, terw'ich we'll fasten ther reptyle, then, as et will take till mornin' fer bim ter wind down, we'Jl l e've him ter bis warm'st re:fiexiouns, wi' e r wboppin' b i g :ftre'n und e r 'im; an' we'll film back hyar an' git on e r thunder'n' big drunk. What sar re?" "Good I good!' yelled the ruffians. A ll k'rect, the n. Git ycr too l s, all on ye-p:it axes, picks, shuvveJs an' auggers-an' foller me. Kim erlong!" The men armed themselves with the requisite im plements, and Cap' n Bob l e d the way from the c1bin, follow e d by the who;:e gang. Hurricane Nell was l eft a lon e -alone, and with the prospect of an awful death staring her in the face. As she lay there in the dimly-lit, whisky-scented room, and thought the situation over, in all its horribl e reality, th'3 echoing reverberations of the axes of her would-be execu t i oners, came from out in the valley. They were preparinir her scaffold, and she was doomed to a horrible death. An hour went s l owly bv, and the echo of the axes and the maudlin yelu ot the ruffians ceased for a while. Then there came the tramp of many feet, the bumi.n savaf:eS burst into the cabjn, and wjth awful yells seiz.id their victim and bore ber out into the black rught to the newly-constructed windla,s, where the rest of the gang we r e waitin!?. It was built so met bing in the shape of a crane, one gigantic arm swinging out from the main shaft, from which hung a stout lariat. the end reaching almost to the ground, and bring formed in the shape of a slipping-noose. This noose was p laced over the pnsoner's head and shoulders, and shurrcd. to, about her wai s t. Then at a word of the ruffian chief, four stout outlaws began turning a rude, squeaking crank, and Nell felt herself being drawn rapidly upward. She was presently stopped by the projecting arm of the crane and the outlaws buied themselves in fixing the windlass so that it would unwind by degrees. A fire of pitchy cones was kindled beneath the arm to which the brave girl was suspended. and the leaping flames and strong gas nearly choked and suffocated her. Having finished their hellish work for the present, the ruffians hurried away to the rendezvous, to '"liquor up." From her aerial perch, Hunicane Nell watched the bed of fir e below her, with a sort of fascination. It crackled and hissed, and leaped fiercely upward, as if trying to i-each her with its fiery tongues. Slowly the windlass unwinds. An hour passes by, the tire burns as brightly ru; Pver, and half the distance tc, the ground i s accom plish e d. Another hour. and-The Girl Deadshot closed her eyes to keep out the horrible vision. Three-quarters of an hour more. She is h anging within a yard of the fire. It almost scorches her. Suddenly a wild thought enters her brain as if by magic. She allows her moccasined feet to descend into the fire. The flames leap wildly around her ankles, and burn fiercely at her l eggings. They also burn the cords, and her feet are soon free from restraint, altbough severel y burned. Wild with the desire to get fref', sbe then gave a fierce jPrk at the windlass-rope-there was a snap a quick, buzzing whir, and the next instant s h e found h erself precipitated into the tir e. Scrambling hasti l y to one s id e, shl'>.found that, she had plenty of s lack rope at her command. She beld 1t into the fla mes. It burned in twain. Heaven he pra is edshe was free, once more. CHAPTER XVI. UNMASKED-BUNG BY THE HEELS. ALL day long the cavalcade on across the baked plain, and at nightfall drew r e in, and pitched their camp under the cover of a small motte, simi J a r to the one by which they had met the Mexica:i, Hidaglo. Fires Wl're kindled, and a few prairie chickens, that offered themselves as game, were killed, pluck. ed and roasted. A r elishabl e repast was thus provided, to which the hungry wbites and their darker red allies helped themselves with out stmt. Tb e n, as it was too early to tbiuk of Jeeping Cap. ''>o cdchuck volunteered to anmse the crowd with a story or two, anrl in his droll. comica l way in b in g ing smiles to tbe faces of the most st
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26 Bob Woolf. the Border Rufllau. like thunderashun, ef thet 'd be ter our likeln '. But, et we sail in on 'em. termorrer ni'te, we'll jes' as like as not tln c l 'em full o' corn-jnicP; then, oh I Great P ;llerkans. won't we dust the'r lea thee-, tho' I" Th3 n, you intend remaining here till another ni!?ht?" "P. l shoul d much rather Tisk the cl::i'lccs of vi.Jto".V or d efeat, than to have Hurricane Nell s11fl'er in tha outlaws' power. She i s very dear to .ne, a:1:i ln urn impat i en t to fly to h a r rescue, tlel iy." "YJ.3, b.)ye9, I kl)' long o' her; but je3' as deJ:' t r 1na, as s 1.J ar' t e r ye, fer all P Jl1.3rki.11s, yesl1' H Bu. L pray. wh'l.t lnu so i t::!r asted you In tlu beh1lf of Lia wild maiJenP Are you a re la Uve-.'' "Bovee, d'ye onr he r tell erbont old Bill All e:-1, lhcr Kan3as .3pu t.t.?r?" i:itcrrupteJ the range r s:.iJ idulv. H N ), "replied i:>ying th3 bl'OUn:l refbctively, "'I ca:1'c; tha.t T IULVe. n 0 jes' le:iJ nu .ver ea.r, a:i' I'll explain, so's r e 'll 11nlerst9.!1U t!Jiug;;. "Yoors ergo ti11r .v.lr e r cert.l.'n C)Unty in K:insas as war overrun wi' 011tl.r.v3 an' b0rJJr ru:J_a 1 3 i.J an' Bob \\-o)lf war -JottlJwagher 'mong t"er hllll caboodle. Things war at er feerful state, au' 1nurjerin' an' ra.nch-burni.1' w:t.r everyday ock!e deputy "Wal, l ax:io n kim, an' our sid9 beat, tho' it war only b y thPr skin o' ther teeth an' ther free sling i.1' erbout o' fists an' six-shooters. '\Ve jeo' out-countP d ther too vot s, an' shoved Tom inter offis. Poor f e ll Jrl he sarved only months, w'en ho war stabbe d t'" de'l.th by sumo' Wool f's gang. .. r war off 2rd his boos, but b ein' uneddycatecl, I told 'em ter put in e r smarter feller, an' let me Gtart arte r ther rufyanq, t e r w'ich they ergreed. "I s 'aried out on ther trail, an' made things li vely, I kin tell ye. now. "Every rough I I spcitte'.I wi' er l e'cl pill, an' they soo'n g<>t ter callin' me t !w r K'.l.nsas Spotte r. Woolf an' hiq got ter be down on me I a', an' roenny's tiler he\ me in close quartf'rs, but I ginnerally ma:i.oi;;eJ t'.l slid3 through their tin .gers and escape. tlut the r tim' t.h e y s e t ther flrP on plains, w'en I au' 1nv wif:J war do.vn wi' tl1e r smallpnx, 1Var ther wu'st of H ll. Iloly Polt-k'.1.tg, YP"I Ye've beet \ how my gal e3caped, an' has as;ume d tbe r p erfe:;s i o n o' an ave: 1gc-r. '\Va!. I n 3vycr k:J O"l't l she war Jivin pocr thing, till the cl.iy o' t'J:J 4th, w'en sho snot ng'i'l' .Arter ne:ul y fryin' i soap-fit. t!1er o' fire, I craw1e l out,. a'.1' "ar resk!etl by t'1ese hyar, wh') nursa J me Hfc u And N-:>11 i3 your ejacu!.:i. ted C&eil, exten .lln-; Iii" bane wrir'llYy. u She is, G y l, I c1n truly s.:iy et. S!:l.s c.r' all I hev t r Jove, n '.lw." "B.it why do you wear that strunge mas k b e fo"e \ioodc: 1uc\: d:l not answer f o r moments ; t, en, it was oul7 b7 w ..iy of rc:novi:1::r t:ic coveriof;. and dbclosinb h !s terrible coun!.. c n:;.nce to t!.e youn.z bv;.yer. t ::!cil s3rnn!c b:ic{ rt. ho:-rlft : d c:-7. hQ:e:tt Ile1.ven-::J'' h.) P,"U.3;>a,J, "'t.!Q L's n.wrull" Ii 'T:::i.in't p:ir y ; Cl' f.'.lcl::,11 l:i.ugh e d t!i.e ranger, ''hut's better'n none t Anl y o 1 t'.:.h hi1eous disflguration to the border ru'.irul3!" Perzactl y-an' to them erlone." The two men continued to talk for some tim e Cap. relating much that was hitherto unknown to Cecil. By and by, bo,v0ver. tbey bot h fell asleep, a n d sil ence r eigned supreme thronghout the camp. The night was dark, ancl not even a star glimmered in the ili..:h vault of heaven. But a faint,. breeze was stirring, and therefore Jitt Je nohe was made to break tile blank, tle e p monotony of nature's nocturna l r epos..,. It was well into the small hour!l. ere any stir wall visible in the Jitth caml). This stj.r was caused by the rud0 uncout::i ex-rnbbe .... "Spe;ime n Brick," as he raised himse.f upon his elbow, and peered arouuJ Li:n. He counLc l thJ forrn<1 were dim ly o::tlineJ in the Ii ht o r t .he expiri ftre--connt e d the m all over s::!vcral limes. a.::: i f to hint s elf that. all were therP. H soon appeared satisfied on this point, nnU. gavo v ent, to a. l ow, scarcel. v auJible chuckle. They wee all therP, and what was 1nore, wer13 evideutly sleeping soundly. He rem:iinr" l in his half-upright position for sev Pr1J moments, the n rose softly to his feet. anrl again swif ly al.Jout h im; then advance1l ste!llthily I t')1'.>.rd where Cecil was lying, a .. avtHe light gleaming from his babful eyes. Ile reached thQ of the young hwyPr. and rlowerel d01vn savagely into the up:.mrn I face or t"!l.e unconscio .:s sleeper. Not a muscle save t!ie ris'ng an::l fa1!inrr of the broad c'lest "CttrSe him!1' r:iutt<'r e d pr0,,,.l .. 1 bi:fn":' }if<.J teeth togethe r savagely. 'I'll kl.:1 hi:n-yes, kill himl" H e 1::3 ri:;ht h:t!1d inside tu":tin:;-shi.-t, and brou;::b.t fort'..! n. s mc.11 J:ql came f ::nt'.1 Ile ti-ipecl it furthcr-ft:rt:1 -r-fo". A cold obj0et w::is nt t h i instan pressed ngainst his chee k which C'.lUsed hi:n to dra.'7 b'.l c k with a st:irt o f ho1Tor. Ile t'-!rncd hi3 hea l s li,:htlv a:ound. IIi Jag1o was stn n'Jin:r clcso to hi.3 s!.:lc ; muzde o f a de:i:nin; pistol h eld in the Mexican's hand, was pr0q3ecl wl'ainsn tre scoundrel's t emple. ns'Jecie1en Brick" tl"('mhlc l viobntl-v. "Come!" w1ii s pe:!'"ed !Iid:tg 1 11!3 fl:1ger on t:1e 'l"?be 1 n:Jd t:.:c CU".""tor w::.Jked by h's side, wi: h the eocl:ed pi3lol hcl1 elo e to his l:c a 'l. T iey enterotl the and walked through ft to th,. oppos ite sit.le. H ere the Mexic a n h'.llce'1, and "Specimen Brick" fe' t called upon to nJc .o It was full o half-mib b'.lc!< to th<:i camp, and t"'.J: ... 'T" was d.i!"l-:e-r of lrbg ovc::-ilcQrJ. ' L e('," s:t!d t'1e trigger of we1pon, nervous!71 B cive t::'la t.:iat flask of vi : J oi!l h ctll' l 3'1 it over with an awful shudder "A::tr.""'7 repeated tho 1.1ex:ic3.n, "g"ive mu. a...IJ your weapon:;."

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Bob Woolf, the Borde r Ruman. 27 This order was reluctantl y obeyed, and theywer e burled away into the g rass. Now," said the captor, 0which do you propose t.o do-remain peaceably quie t, and allow me to bind you, hand and foot; or offe r nsistance. and compel me to 1tl8.d you back to the camf, yonder deliver you up t.o Cecil Burnett, and tel him of your at tempt to consi\ln him to a horri b l e deat! ?" Ow.rs,, you I bissf>d tb e baffled man, 0 Linrl me, It was Brick" who had CLUCkled lmt a 1hort time before. "Lie down 1" was the next command. "Specime n Brick,, obe.v ed su llenly. Thrusting t .be cocked pistol into bis b elt, Hiclaglo produced Rome pieces of stout bnck"kin fro m I d s pockets, which he soo n m anufactured into thongs. He then securely bound the limbs of his prisoner, at \he anklesi knees, w rist" and e lhowR-hom i d him so ,igbt that 1 e involuntarily howJ e d with pain. "Shut npl" ctied the captor, sternly-" hut b o ld I I'll B il nee yo ur music! He searched around and f ound a suitabl e piece of wood which he faste ned into the C'nptive's mouth. "There!" h e said, triumphantly. "How do you feel now! Hal ha! the serpent is at last canght in a strong net-soon he will IJe lanlshedl Hui h a ha!" "f'1p<'cime n Brick "could only p;roan. 14Ha! h1J g r oan groan-I lik e to hear it?" re HidaJ?"lo; ''tis in my ears. H a l bl"3y Lee, yon make a fin e looking r a ng<'r, to b e sure-yes, a m otit active ranger. But would yon not look better in your ol I shape-as the sruooth faced, oily-tongued banker's clerk 1 Let us see." The M exican knelt beside his pris i : f erna) spell over y our i s t e r and in tbe ct:cl get back the Grove r es_tates-thl'S coming into o f two fortunes .hY his vii aiu.1. Iu the di; .guise M Hi<' a::: lo, the 11av e f o llowed _on liis path to 1.Jafile h.im l o -mg t I founo btm almost in the act ot SHturating yid ently Ada K ent had rte01 sidP 1 ed lier words, and eoucluded to kill him, herstlt, before d e parting. __ CIIAP'IER XVIT. THE TREE-TOP PiilSONER. YES free w e s the Gil'! DeadtihOt, but s orely burned and b egrime d with smoke and soot. But. hflw trifl in g wus this as compared with the awful doom that had stared h e r in the face but a shcrt time b e Jn the camp the n i ght passed swiftly away, and fore. Enough to b e tbankfu l for ib wns that she bad! morning dawned brif!:llt ai:d rosy. been p e rmjtt!'d to escape. nt a ll. Cap. Woodchuck and Grinning Moon were the She turned from the spot, and sred acro rn the val first to awaken. and they sj:nung hastily to thei r l e y t o the eastern sid e, wher e a belt of timb e r seem feet, for they had quite ovcr"lept themselves. The od to offe r her and shf'ltcr. R eaching chi e f set about a r o u sing the braves, whil e tbe this cover, she s!'t about searching for some sharr> ranger turne d towar d Cecil. As h e did so, h i s eyes rrojection or r oc k or kno t ove1 which s h e conk! saw f e ll upon something which lay upon the young law-the bonds that confined her rj s t s and wear them yer's brea.t-a packag e of considerable size. wrapasunder. ped in stout, brown l)aper. awl tied wit11 r e d s'riuThe n from a:i i n n e r poc!:ct o f h e r hunting-shi r t a ge cont::tined. forth 1 :r:> r uffians bad f aile d 10" Cecil sprung from his sound s l umber, iu a.mazed!scover -n. } ; air o f f revolve r s1 mcnt. and a sheathknife, whic:i she b ad carried c oncca?ea. "Yn:at i s i '.?" demanded h e 'l\ildl y starin;; about there, fo r years. -" Indin.r:u;?,, The knife she t h ru s t i nto her b e lt, but the r e v el "No ," tl:.e ranter, "but II o!y P o lckats? ,-crs she conceal e d in sitlo the hunti ngs hirt look tharl see w'at ye've clrnppeu," and h e pointed for, ia onse elle should be captur e d by t!Jo robbers, t o the g1ound, she desired to keep herself 4rmc d Cecil picl,e d up the package, in a daze d sort of Now for work! way, n nd turn ed i t uv e r nncl over iu his b 3.nds i u IIurryin ; o l ong tb c wood, soo n ca1111)' greate> t T o the bottom was pinned a s'.ieet to the boun; .. B e fore:. !:er strctre_:c ; l of p a.per, v.hich b e at once detached I t was 1 11t uwny. n. v::..t c f ro.11ng .Prairi e treeless nnrl ten with pencil, in a neat, f eminine hand, anu ran cs I s c emmgl y l!m,t! r rn. Fo.r aheaa tbrou;; h the pall o.r f o llows: t!Jc coukl trnce clouds d o wn to the h o rizo n, which was m a rked l o y a faint t:n"e o r purp!isl1 "llin. CECIL GRovr:n :,--,hite. T!:i s to'd r e r thc t day-dawn was cot mor & "Dz.ut Srn:-lnclosecl b tl:is packet you '7ill find l t ht:!l rn l cur distan t r.t t'.:o most. the exact amount sto l e n from y our fatb ers bank, "T:1e nccc-ss:.ryJ" sl.:.c ml!S e d, "is except what was used b y Aubrey Lee Lester in set-possess:ou of a r lilc-miue if possible."

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.as Bob Woolf, the Border J:tuftla.n. She turned bac.k In the direction of the valley, and, In hurrying along, she suddenly came upon a well beaten trai1. It ran In a northerly and southerly n of life was seen in the valley. The sw1 crossed the n19ri dian and commenced it.s downwa.rLl journey toward the weste r n horizon. Still Hurricane Nell kept up a vigilant watch on every c;;ide, her mind becomin g more s ettled to the tha t mischief was brewing. About an hour before sunset, as she was scanning the prairie to the eastern side of the timber. sbA was startled to s e e a man rise suddenly out of the grass, and gaze steadily toward the top of the tree in which she was co. 1 ce.t led. Ha11 h/) disc1need he'! 1 Jt was a horrifying thought. Sh' ho.d n o trouble in r<'cognizing him as one or Woolf"s band; in fact, it was the notorious Guzzler, one of Cw'n picked coufeclerates, and one who bad been with the ruffbu chief, at the time of &he great prairie fire. Should she shoot him? It would take a well-aimed bullet to fetch him, f o r he was distant s omething ove r a hundred yards. He continued to stare directly toward the as if suspicious, but yet doubtful. Her rifle lay resting across a Umb, bearing on a l eve l with his head. The muzzle was turned upon him. Should she risk a shot? She picked up tbe w enpon and cocked it. with a. littl e shiver. < ne brougll. it to her shoulder, then hesitated. '"Tis murd e r!" she murmured-" but bah I I am falte ring. It shall not be. Such is not vengeance. I will shoot him, and may God have m ercy on his soul I" She ran h e r eye along the barrel, without a ter mor, sbe brought the we'.>pon t o bear upon the ruffian's breast, and fir ed. A sllmr, whip-like crack rung o u t on the still afternoon; then there was a yell of pain and and wildly into the air, Guzzler fell fo" ,,ard prostraoe upon the earth-dead I The bullet had proven a cleadshot. Simultaneous "ith his fall there rung out loud and di scordant y e lls from the d e pt!Js of the forest, and full two-scor e of borde r ruffi ans leaped from under cover, and hurrie d toward their comrade. But he was beyond all aicl tbey could render. The ball had gone home, trne to the c of the heart. Wi! clly glanced th e outlaws around i n every di rection1 for a 'glimpse of the murderer, but the y failed to glance up into the retreat in the fir top, where sat HmTicane N e ll, watchinz them with a smll e of blended triumph anrl pity Night fell black and breathless Not a breath of air was stirri ng, and a strange weird blank of quiet seemed to prevail. Far down in among the tree-tops, the Deaclsbot occasionally a glimme r of li:rht, coming from a ca.1npfi.rL'. Sho 1resently distinstuished enough to convince her tha t t! ie ruffi a n s were scat t e r e d around the edge s. ancl through the timber. Diel they know she was SO'.l"lewhere within the forest, and were they intending to starv e h e r out of her ;-e. treat? The night p assed, and placing herself I n as c om fortable a position as h e r cl ose would admit she managed to c'.1tch a fe\V hou:s' sJeep In the car' y li ;;ht of mor:iing s h e awoke, with a knowledge that she was very hungry. Since tne morn when she had pa:tak0n of prairie fowl\ in the outlaw camp, nut a morsel had p :i.sse d her ip s l How could she hope to procure food, wh e n th9 wood below h er was swarming her enPmies? She resolved to attm;>t a d esce nt, under the cove r of the n ext clarkne s , hazarJous as it might be. Th e dav wore slowl y a.n-l nlg-:it s:Jccecded it, blank anrl br.'nlhl ess as had ben the pe,-ions one. About mivas close upon the co.mps or th Pnemy; ther. she wquld search arounr l through the g loom for something to appease her hunge r. She found that there was no chance of escaping, for the present, at least. The ruffians bad repos sessed themse lves of their animals, and a barrier of guards surrounded the wood, in to those around the camp-fir()<. At last she stumbled across what was evidently & r emnant of some of the ontlaws' meals. It was a. neck-piec e of a deer, and had been thrown aside as being unrelishable. Hurricane Nell seized i t with avidll;y ancl

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Bob Woolf",the 11order Iv 1111Cended to her aerial retreat. When morning dawned, she cnreCully cleaned and devoured It wftti. out a murmur. Not a sign did she discover of the enemy, during that long day. When night fell once more over the earth the brave girl resolve-I to risk another descent in 1'earch of food. But a short time was consumeJ ret,reat. kei>ping sharp lookout The rest of the bane! wera dispersed through thP timber to watch for the supposed enemy's approaoh. With these disclosures Pill-Box again crawled back f;oward the timber, and left bis comrades to themselves aud their whisky. The Deadshot bad overheard the conversation. and a great throb of hope and expectation enteraJ h e r heart. Were friends coming to her rescue, and was Cecil among them? Ohl how earnestly she prayed that it would prove so, and tJ:,at they would succeed in effecting h e r relea8e The iorenoon sped. and just as t:1e rnn was at the mer;dian, t1 iumphant yells and bcrerclies were heard over near the timber, followed by the tramping of many feet; and soon the large r part of the band came rushing toward the cabin. beaded by Cap'n Bob and Pill -llo x. wilo dragged b et\le n a bound and 1'elples8 prisoner. It was the young lawyer, C eci l Grover! To explain hi8 prese nce here, will require but a few tnome i ts. Subsequeut to the finc1iug of the body of A..ibrPy Lee L es t er, a consultetion h elcl at the camp d ecided that Cecil Grinning J\loon should go oi1 in ad vance of 'le main party, and keep a secret watch vicinity of the forest about n oo n. Here they sep a rated, Grinning Mcon creep ng d'f in a circuitous route. to get beyond the timber. whil'.l Cecil entered the timber with the intention c f mounting the giant fir which be bad perceived from the plain. Capn Bob had viewed the approach of tl e two spies.._ and had laid bis plans accordingly. No ooner bad cecil reached the heart of the woo d, than he was clos e d in and pounced upon by a swarm of ruf fla ns, and taken a prisoner ere be coultl draw a weapon. Leaving a sentinel to watch in thP tieeton, and six of his follow ers to pursut' the Pa>'!e<' chief, Woolf announc d it his intentior to put 1hQ_spy and the old vagrant, Uncle Sam, t6 death without fur 1.he r delfty. Therefore, they had set out for the Rendezvous, with hideous yells of exultation. Their advent into the cabin was bailed with tipsy shrieks by the three guard, and takin g partners The whole guard performed an impromptu dance abou& the apartment. As Cecil's eyes rested upon the prisoner In the corner, be started visibly, but a warning shake of her head forbade the exclama1ion which was on the end of his tongue. As 80011 as w oolf conlrl quiet in the ranch, by several hideou cur8es, the plan of tor ture was discussed, by which the captives were to meet their deatll. Some proposed casting them into the snake-pit; others voted burning at !be stake as best suitacl to the case, while some even proposed skinninq alirt Cap'n Bob, however vetoed all these proposals. torture, which, while it would cause his enemy the most excruciating pain, would not materially in jure him. He had not failed to i:ctice the l.v nitying glances exchanged between the capt.iws1 and be nc once construed them iuto being signs or friendship. Accordingly, he resolved upon a plan at once cruel and fiendish Cecil's bonds were tightened until they cut Into the flesh. and he could not stir a h a nd or foot. He was thn.,r a slap in the face, with thP flat of their bands, whicb order was promptly obeyed. When each had struck him otie right out frolJI the shoulder, Cecil's visage prestJnted aD odd ...,

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ao Bob Woolt, the Border B.ufBan. peaHJ.nce, the color somewhat resembling the shade ot a bme-nerry. that no cry of pain was extorted from the prisoner, Woolf set about preparing a tortme still more inhuman. Going to a chet in a distant corner, be succeeded in to light his hand foll of peas, and a,Jso a bit of pifcb. Hy aiw pale, as she thought he was about to inflict some further injury But she was not less horrified, at wha' Pinioning Cecil"s ears back against the wall the wretch drew from the folds of his huutlngshirt two needles, such as are used by the hunters in sewing buckskin. ese be thrust strni!{.bt through the a few li'S' t taps with the The ears werE' firml11 nailed to / Cecil could not restrain a loud groan at this bar barous treatment, and the ruffians mocked him in his misery. "Thar!" yelled Cap'n B ob, triumphantly," now, old rack-bones, seein ye'r' sich er hefty shooter, p'raps ye kin drive them 'ar needles fu'the r inte r ther wall. G'onl cuss ye; an' reckerlect w'at ye'll git, if ye fail." A wild, strange gleam shot into the maiden's eyes. Will yon set us both free and give us five minutes' start on our horses. if 1"11 put a bead on each of those needles, there?" she demandP,Cl eagerly, Cap'n B:>b turned to his companions. "Yes-yes!" they all cried m one voice." ef the r old cuss ken di) thet, by tiler old Satan, be merits liberty!" "Then et shall be sol" assented the chief, turning to Deadsbot. On your honor t" "Ay-on all our honors!" Hurricane Nell smiled contemptuously, but did not reply. In order that she might obtain an exact front view of the target she was p ermitted to Stand in the cabin door, while the outlaws w ere formed on either s id e 6f her, Inside the apartment. Having r eloaded h e r rifl e, she took h e r position, raised the weapon, and glanced along the sights. The next instant tber.e was a quick, ring ing re port, and a bullet went whizzing home to it < mark. In the e.xcitement of the moment, the ruffians had put up their weapons, and as the Deadsbot fir ed, they all, as of one accord, rushed forward to see the result. A man outsije the cabin, who bad been waiting for such a chance, now gave vent to a low whistle Then, as he leaped forward and snatclrd the maiden from the door, and bore ber to one side. a motley swarm of Pawnee savages poured into the R endezvous with yells of triumph and victnry. Taken wholly by surprise, the ruffi ans could hardly understand the unexpected ousel until high above the din caused by pistol-shots, the clashing of knives, aPd the furiouc; curses, roar e others. The ruffians dropped at every shot or tbrnst '>f the enemy, and for a time it was doubtful In whose favor the bloody contest would terminate. But this point was soon settled; the ruffians be gan to weaken. Like a giant demon, the stalwart Kansas Spottier hither and thither, urging on his handful of

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Bob ' Dolf, the Border Ruman. warriors, and dealing blows )f vengeance ch moment. By his band fell the notorious Bob Woolf and Pill 1lox, and after their death tbe fighting w..s short and decisive. One bf. one the ruffians fell, un il but A single man was eft, and be was reserved to be handed over to the law. -..,htless. many of the residents of Pike's P eak1 ....., rememoer r1at memorable day that witnessea the banging of the arch villain, 'Ku-Klux Sam. After the battle Cecil Grover was released, more aead than alive. and Wood"h"";. conducted him to the cabin, near the Rendezvouo, whe r e Grinning Moon bad carried the Deadshot. The last silot of HurricaDP. Nell most wonderful to relate, did not touch Cecil's ear, but had fairly and squarely upc:: a"" af the needle; thereby manufacturing a nin out or "" nenlle Arrived at the rabin, Wooacno'-"'< and Cecil were 1;nrprised and delighted to find themselves not in tbe presence of Uncle Sam, thA E11 l, but the presence of Hurncune Nell, the Girl The meeting between father and daue:hter was ujfectifltlat and tearful as Cap. Woodchuck revealed to her his idtmtity. After l one: years of trial and suffering they bad by God's kind ben<'llcence been permitted to emerge from the cloud of wroug, hatred a nd vengeance, in to the pure freedom and peace of reunion and a better existence. ":00" have passe d. Away down In the beautiful !ands of Texas dwells he who well merits the title of a hero, Cecil Grover, E s q., and his beauteous wife, who in former days was widely known as Hurricane N e ll. With a share o ( the stolen money, so strangely reiurned by Ado. K ent, they li".e in a style b ecomin;s their position in life, and most of all, are happy In the wealth of their united Jove. Down from the far north west there comes as reg alarly as bloom to the May flo wers, two strange and ;1.ncouth vi sitors to the Grove r hacienda. Long may they live, f o r they are no others than Cap. Woodchuck-to which title he still clings-and ills "right oower," Grinning Moon I And with the announcement that Miss Lotta has fately wedded a distinguished army officer, that l\lrs. Grove r Sr., resides with her daughter, and the worthy Jonas Dwight still flourishes, I bring this story to an end. TBE END. The Dime Dialogues No. 31. Containing twenty Minor Dramas, Extravaganzas Burlesques, Farces, Dress and Humorous Pieces, fer the Amateur Stage, Parlors, Schools and Exhibitions. All original and by favori te authors, professors, teachers and amateurs. !<'or sal e by all newsdealers, o r sent, post-paid, on "'4l celpt .,f price-ten cent"' BEADLE AND ADAMS, Pt:-2LtsRERS, 98 William $1.mEC. }lew York. The Best 'VeekJy of Popular, Entertlllo Int.; and Useful Literature Pub lh1hed lu America! !ts Unrivaled Corps of Contributors, almost whom write e:rcl11si11e1u for its publishers-embraces the following autbors'ot ,\ orld wide reput&-Colonel .Prentiss Ingraham. Albert W. Aiken, Capt. Fred. Whittaker, Capt. Mark Wilton. Joseph E. Badger, Jr . Ed ward L he.,1er, Charles Morris, Oil Coomes, C. Dunning Clark, Buffalo Bill. White Buckskin Sam, Major Dangerfield Burr, T. C. Harbaugh. Philip 8. Warne. William R. Eyster, Anthony P. Morris, Launce Poyntz. Each and all of wLom give to BEADLE'S WEEKL' their very best productions in all tile varied fields of Border and Wild West R cmance-Adventure Exploration and Sport-City Life Character, Courts and Ways Detective and Shadow' Revelations Stories of the Great Deep, etc., etc. So that each and every number ls overllowing with reading of the most interesting and excitmg I!Btu r e ; while in its Special Departmi>nts, covering all the needs, and addin.e: to the general interest and usefulness of tne popular joumal, BE.ADLE's WEEKLY is thti paper of all others for your weekly reading .ind entertainment Beadle's Weekly Is Pnblh1hed at the Follo,VlUI' natC8 I .. : .. '.'.'.''.'. .. '. ..... Tvl o Copies for One Year ... .. .. .. .. . .... 5.00 Sing1e Copies...... ....................... 6 cent!! Supplied by all Newsdealers BEADLE AND ADAJ\lS, PunLtSRERS, 98 William street, New York. DIME DIALOGUES AND SPEAKERS FOR SCHOOL EXHIBTTTONS AND HOME .ENTERTATNMENTS. Din Jogne8, Nos. 1 to 31 inclusive, 15 to 25 popu Jar dialogues and dramas in each book. Each voJ. ume 100 pages 12mo. SJ>enkers, Nos. 1to24 in c lusive. Each speaker 100 pages 12mo, containing from 50 to 75 pieces. YOUNG PEOPLE'S SERIES, Dime B oo k of Winter Sports. Dime Book of Summer Athletic Sports. Dime Gents' Letter Writer. Dime Book of Etiquette. Dime Book of Ver::es. Dime Book of Dreams. Dime Fortune Tellei:. Dime Ladies' Letter Writer. Dime Lovers' Casket. Dime Ball Room Companion. Dime Book of 100 Games. Dime Chess Instructor. Dime Book of Beauty The above books are sold bv newiidea.JorS everywher e, or will be sent, post-paid, to any 00 dress, on receipt of price, t.en cents each.. Buoiill AND AD.t.XS1 Publishers, 98 William st., N. Y.

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