Jim Bludsoe, Jr., the boy phenix; or, Through to death

Jim Bludsoe, Jr., the boy phenix; or, Through to death

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Jim Bludsoe, Jr., the boy phenix; or, Through to death
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Copyright 1878-1884, by Bead l e & Atlams Entered at Pos t Olflce, N e w Y ork. N. Y .. as second class matter. Mar. 15, 1&.ll No.11 THE ARTHUR WESTBROOK CO, Cleveland, Ohio JIM BLUDSOH, ] r the Boy Phenix; Vol. I Or, THROUGH TO DEATH BY. EDW:.\RD L. WHEELER. ACTlrOB OP


Copyrig h t l878-1B84, by Beadl e & Adams. Entered at Post omce, New York, N. Y., a s second class matter. Ma r.15, 1899 THE A RTHUR WESTBROOK CO. Cleveland, Ohio V ol. ] _JIM BLUDSOE, Jr., the Boy Phenix; Or, THROUGH T O DEATH. BY EDWARD L. WHEELER. AUTHOR OJI'. "DEADWOOD DlCK,11 DOUBLE DAGGERS," "CLOVEN HOOF," ETC., ETC.. JIM BLUDSOE, JR., AT YOUR BE RVICll:I" HE REPLIED, COOL LY,


2 Jim Bludsoe. Jr. Jim Bludsoe, Jr., THE BOY PHENIX; OK, THROUGH TO DEATH. A Story of City a.nd Fa.r Western Life, BY EDWARD L. WIIEELER, A.UTHOn. 0'11 o DEADWOOD DICK." DOUBLE DAGGERS, n hCLOVEN BOOI<\" ETC., :CTC. CHAPTER I. THK INHERITANCE-BOY AND ?tUN-"BETTER ENEMIES THAN FRIENDS." Tm opening scene in this eventful drama In real life, occurs in the dingy room of one of the foremost dark, cheerles apartment on the third floor of a low tenement-h'luse on Alaska street in the Centennial Ci'y of Puiladelphia. Alaska street you must know is one of the two worst streets in the Keystone State) m e tropolis, and is populate d literally with 1he scum of creation'; for here is the undisputable home of thieves, cracksmen and even murderers-a sort of head-quarters of crime and vice Every w e ll or m-re:;ubted city has quarters of this kind, an oye-sora to tho respectable and good d oing citizens. Jn the room on the third il0or of Mother hlaginn's tenement, as tne r :wkcty old buildiuc: was called. there was li :tle that was attractive; poverty and careless neglect w e r e so evi eut as to i:.1CJ ire the bo Jlef tha.t it was the aboJe of some beggarly trnmp, or bummer. There wa3 a dim li;;ht into the room on drizzling !\fay d:ly, t11:it "" i hard W<>rk to find entrance through the ingle dfrty wfadow. The floor was bare; tilt> furniture comprised a couple of chairs, a table stove, cot-b ed, and d<>Sk; the poorly papered wall was c overed witlt frameless cheap litbograpl1s of noted suclt as Lotta, Davenport, Siddons, Clara etc. And yet the occupant of this domicile was neither a begg:ir nor a bummer-a yonth, instead, whose age was probably seventeen, although the maturity of face and form would have pronoWlced him older by three or four years. In form be was muscular, svm metrical and graceful, and of about the mf'dium hight or men, his bodily development betraying that he was no stranger to healthy exercise. His compact, wiry form was clad in a threadbare suit of gray, with patches at the and e lbows of con colors, which the generosity of old Moth e r l\Ia:;;inn had kindly provided. The sltoes upon his f ee t and hat upon his bead, were full of air-holes I Yet tbi3 youtlt seemed full as ltappy, as though his costume had lately come from the most fashionable furnishing store in town. The fa.co of the boy was one to study-a face that we do not often encounter, with shrewdness, cool courngoe, wit, stron.or under excellent con trol, all ex?ressed in it-o. f:ice with a fresh, healthy tint, and stll a face when drawn to sternness, a feeling of awe. There are handsome aces, as tl!e word goes, to be seen almost every lock, in a large city lil.:e Phil';Mielphia. H that of this youth was not what an artist would pronounce "handsome It was striking with a pair of black eyes, whose'evident power and' keenness were some thing w0nderfuL The hair that clustered about his tempies In little curls, and ran In waves down the back of a well-shaped head was brownish in color. The first struggling approaches o! a mustache 1traced his lip; otherW!se his face was beardless. And such was Sam Morgan, Bohemian, odd-:lobber and youth of leisure, whom we propose to mike the "hero of this littl e romance. Sam was perched upon the edge of the bed, as we have described him, the strings of an old banjo, and occasionally brea!dng out with a snatch of some popular song. He fingered the instn1ment with skill calling forth melody not often produced in these rude instruments; and, too, his v01ce was of admirable tone, altbollgh there was a single percep. tibia fault with it-a quick, jerky manner of del;"'ll' a.nee, p eculia r to hear. One verse in parti ,ular, seemed to Impress a ter-faced man, who stood an unobserved spectator and listener, in the open doorway, and a frowia furrowed his forehead, as he heard the words" Don't crowd on your neighbor, I'd advise yoa1 With the thought that ,YOU'il triumph and w111. For friend!f will all criti cISe you When I flap up the trump card, ag-in." The words would seem to ha.ve "struck home" to this liste ner, for his eyes gleamed evilly ns he step ped across the threshold into the r oom with heavy tread. "Well done, boy!" h e said, patronizingly. "Youf v oice should procure you a place on the stage." Sam looked up from his banjo, a chan,,.e of presion coming over his features as he bclleld the mtruder-a thick-s e t, richly dressed individual of some three and thirty years, with a well-fattened face; lt!most brigand1sh it looked with tho dark, gra:y-threaded hair, and heavy black mustache. Dissipation had left deep marks upon his coun tenaace, whose darkened hue was but a reflection from his nature. "Arnold Chelton, you here?" the young tenRnt or the garreo demanded. "I should have as soon ex pected a'visit from Old Nick, himself. To what do J owe this honor?" "To what? Why to my desire to see to the wPl f a r e of my relatives and acquaintances, a.nd you b eing a cousin, I could not pass you by looking in upon you. How do you get along, boy?" "HowP Weil, sometimes this way and sometimes th!lt. I am at present Bohemianizing it-with as little nourishment as Mother Maginn can spare, after feeding sixteen little Maginns. Haven't got down to bell-pulling afte r cold victuals, yet, how ever, as you, n o doubt, supposed." "I confess I am surprised that you still hold your head above water," Chelton said, accepting a seat, uninvited, and his legs, while he blew a cloud of smoke toward a celling whose ebony hue suggested a needed application of the white-wash bru3h. "I failed to s e e how yon could exis, after frO'm employment at Wanamak "Through your Instrumentality, my liege lord!" Moni:an ,_-eplied, with biting sarcasm. "But, It is a s:iying that a toad is not al ways killed when step. per on -which applies to my case." The other smothered an imprecation_ "I had nothing to do with ,YOur discharge I" he grow twisting tho ends of his mustache. "You stole money, and it wns only through Wanamllker's leni ency that you escaped a term in Moyamenslng priso n which vou d eserved." "You're a liar!" Sam cried, coon( although b& was v ery much angered. "re was al a conspiracy on your part with one of the foreme n, to have me ousted. But, neve r m ind, Arnolu Chelton; a day ot reckoning is in store between you and me, yet_ lam a boy in years, but as Nobles says in the PheniaJ: 'I've an eye as keen and an arm as strong as th& man I have to grapple with. You' ll find you ha& a moin to fight, in me. even though it wiil take four years t-0 bring me to twenty-one. Y esterday I wu seventeen, and I celebrated the event by four hours' practice at the gymnasium, and l agi>r beer aa Tony's around the coruei; A gay time we Bohem(. ans hae.


Jim Bludsoe, Jr. --3 "And, now, Arl'old Cllelton, since you have honored me with a visit, let us come to a permanent un derstanding." "1Uxactly !" the elder assented, extending a case or f1<.:.grant cigars. 'Smoke!'' No, thank you. I never smoke in the presence of greater vi'lrun than n is contamina tion to the atmosphere. Besides, I only shcrtly ago finished a ipe over the knotty problem or bow I was going to raise twenty-five cents to get a square dinner with.'' Let me loan you a dollar." "Ohl no; guess I am not that horn up yet. I'd go without grub a month before I'd accept t\ penny of the money which you gamble for. 'J'llat's worse than stealing, in my Now. to business. I underi;tand that my uncle. and yours, is about to resign his claims upon tbis life, when one or the other of us must become the possessor of his wealthf" "I relieve that is the decision o f the medical fraternity," Chelton acknowledged, graciously; "and so it again turn out. that we are rivals-in fortune as in love." "Oorrectl Rivals, and each has an equal show. I think my chance is about as good as yours-more so, if you do not instill poison into my uncle's miud, as ron did into that of Louise Lester ... Your opinion of me is not very exalted. it ap pears I" Chelton sneered, a flush of anger dyeing his dark features. "No, not above par," Sam declared, with a cool laugh. "We villams are not given tJ compliments, you know, strange as it may seem." "Hu mpb I class yourself with villains ; Chelton retorted. "I am a gentleman." ''Ohl you are' Since when, pray?'' "Always, boy. I dare you to say you ever knew the time when I was not a gemleman, sir I" "Hal hal" ancl the young Bohemian laughed, tantalizingly. "Arnold Chelton, gentleman ana gambler! That sounds well enough among S L 'Ch as you assnciate with, but not down here in Ala.ska street. Don't dare me to do anything, beloved cousin. It's dangerous! Any one from the Dela ware to Mantua will tell you who Ram ll.lorgan Is." "I don't need to inquire; nor did I here to compromise. I came to make you promise not to interfere in this inheritance business. until after Jacob Morgan ha.s shuffled off this mortal coil." Sam Morgan tared straight at t.he man to whom he was unhappily related, thrumming on the old banjo in the mean time. "You crune to make met" he repeated reftectlve ly. "I came to make you-. See here," and the vil lain drew a paper from !:is pocket. "This Is a warrant for your arrest for burglary-. You were In Jacob Morgan's house, last evemng, and were seen to leave, by way of a window, after failing to attain some unknown obiect. Three persons saw you, one of the three bemg your faithful, loving cousin ..... myself. I bave but to place this document in the hands or the nearest police officer, to insure you a rlde in tbe van to the Central, and then to Mor.amen sing I" 'lhe Bohemian received the news with a smile, whlch Chelton could not understand. He grew un easy. "What do you mean!" he demanded, shifting in his seat. "Go on and order m:r. arrest. Send me to the >unty if you like!'' young Morgan said, coolly. While there, I shall write a sensation book about the suddf>n death of <.Ja.rrie Moore at the Sherman House I" The effect of the words we.re electrical. Chelton le!lped to his feet, and staggered back aghast, every particle of color leaving his face. He tremglared like "You-you-" be began. "Know en0gh about the matter to hang you higher than Haman If you are aware ot tlie na ture and altitude of Haman's predicament I" the youth finished, cool!& Let me advise you not to neigh rs, Arnold Chelton, lest, they "I'll kill you!" the gambler foamed. "Haven't the least doubt but you will h'f to, but that isn't saying you'll accomplish your mm. Ar nold Chelton, we two cousins are taking bands in two games of cards-one for hearts arnl one for diamonds; bnt understand that I will match queens against your knaves. I am a boy, and yo qre a man. I am a Bohemian-you are a gam bier. I am a loafer-you are a r ascal. Both are to contenrl for the Morgan inheritance; you will combine torcc with villainy; I will match cunning against villainy; and we will see who \viii come out tbe best." "Thank you," l belton sneered taking off his sllk hat, and glossing it with the sleeve of his coat; "I see you are disposed to play this hand agalns' me. I am one not to back out; still I have a propd between us?" "It is war declared between us. Cunnin!'[ against scoundrelism-ingenuity against villainy, wit against brute force!" Chelton bowed, and left the young Bohemian's home. CHAPTER IL THE RTVAL0S WOUND, ARNOLD CHELTON left the old tenement In Alaska street, walked to Eleventh street, where he bad some business to transact; then jumped aboard the north going cars, and rode tmtil he wa.s 'everal squares north of Girard avenue. when he disembarked and rung the bell of a large, respectabl e-looking house, staniling out to tbe pavement, with a row of other. He glanced himself over to Sile that his dress was faultless in every particular; then looked up with a pleasant smile illuminating his dark countenance, as a mulatto 1tirl opened the door. "Good-morninP,, Lydia." the gmbler said, with a gracious bow. ls your young in?" And he extended a perfumed card. which I he i;iri received, and hurried away with, instead of iuviting him into the parlor. She presently retnrn'ed however, and usbrred him into a hansomely-furnished reception-room, where everything was quiet elegance: and the matchks. taste displayed in tl.e arrangeme11ts betrayed a wo man's &upervision. Chelton, surrendering bis hat nnd to Lydia, into a seat, and at the sound of light foo1 steps upon tbe carpet. put on n smile of welcome for the vision of briP.'l1t 1ess. tlat came like a ray of spring sun..<;l:inP int6 prtscnce. "My dear Miss LPstPr!" he t xdaimed. sprimpng to his feet. and 1

4 Jim EluCltoue, Jr. you oncE> morel You are looh.-ing sweetly fresh and ltinning this morning, and if I were a cannibaJ1 I-" "You would eat me, no doubt;," the girl replied, with a merry littl e laugl1. And, ind eed, she was lov e ly, in her airy wrapper, with a bunch of hot-house ros es at her throat, anu another bunch in her ooft, chestnut hair. She was a beautiful creature, in the fullest sense of the word with a form of symmetrical mold, and a sweet face, of regular feature and creamy com plexi on ; eyes brightly blue and sparkling, and a mouth of tempting sweetness. Her manner was free and unconventional; too much so, perhaps but then she was a young thing yet, just verging ou seventeen an orphan h e iress, and uo one to ohey bil't herse lf. Old Gerald Lester, on his death-bed had requested that no guardian should be appointed over bis cbildl but that she should be l eft free to do as it plea.sec her to do, be entire and proud confidence In her d iscretion and judgment. "You must excuse me, dear Miss Louie!" Chelton said, drawing her to a seat upon a luxurious sofa, near tl;le window, "for calling upon you so soon, morning beinl? a poor time for calls. But I am going to New York at twelve, and wanted to bid you good-b "Infeed? I am glad you called. Do you intend to stay in New Y ork!" I hardly know. Perhaps I shall, as there is nothinl{ to k ee p me h ere, that I know o f, nnl eRs It part." "Of course. But, no doubt, your friends woukl mus you, l'rlr. Chelton, I among the rest, as you have b ee n a frequent visitor here since papa died." "And a very interested visitor, too, dearfriend. I am a man who bas seen my share of the bright and dark sides of I have moved in the best social circl es and have seen many ladies noted for their wealth, beauty and personal worth. But, believ e me, I have n eve r found the idol Of my heart, untiJ_.n Be careful, Mr. Chelton. Such words as are on your tongue should not be spoken in haste." the girl said, gravely. "They are words you may be sorry !or in the future." Oh I no, Louie, dear; I shall never regr e t them. Let me out with it-let me tell you that I dearly love you, above all women ou the face of this fair eartbthat I worship you, blindly, passionately, as man can love but once iu a as man never loved before." And he went on pouring forth the old, old tale of love, which nevn grows stale to young hearts; told her of bis mad infatuation for her; how he would SJ?end his \Vhole life aud labor to make hers the hap piest lot that ever befell woman. He deeply sincere, and it seemed as if the man s whole ardent soul found expression from his lips. Loui e L es t e r listened, with a grave, troubled look upon her face; listened with the knowledge that his words caused a strange ecstatic sensation in her young h eart. No one had ever spokeu of love to her before, she had thought she had a faint idea of the meamng of th" word; it charmed bar now; it was soothing to her heart which had been attacked with a longing for some one to love, since the death of her last parent, a year b efo re. She listened, and gazed straight into his eyes, with a look that made him quail. "Mr. Chelton, I have heard you through, and am flattered by your kind offer1 but I am not at liberty to give yon an answer y e t!' she said, in her sweet, grave way. "You probab y know that you have a rlval'rwbo, though he has never told roe he loved me, have every reason to believe does. And I tblnk a great deal of him. Mr. Chelton, does not the vision ot Clarrie Moore sometimes haunt your dreams?" The man leaped to his f ee t as thoug h h e had been bitten by an adder. His face was deathly white, and a tige ri s h gleam in his midnight orbs betrayed th& fact that he was deeply enraged. lle told you to say that, did he!" was his boars& demand. "He did, Mr. Chelton, and it appears that you have a skeleton in the closet!" "Yes! yes!" be murmured, as though to himself, "so I have but I'll burden my soul no longe r. He swore he'd steal you away from m e, hut he shall not triumph. Loui e, dear, I will t e ll you all, and I know you will not reproach me. I have been a man ovei whose lif e for the past two yPars a blight bas hung. I have been flghtmg against remorse, my enemies. and the devil. "Two years ago, I shot aud killed this Carrie Moore by mistake. I was stopping at the Sher man House, in this city, and she was stopping at the same place I paid her a few proper attentions, and she became infatuated. I then was forced to dismiss her, but that only made matters worse. One night, she procured entrance into my sleeping -apartment, with some unknown intention, and waking from a sound sleep and mistaking her for a burglar, I shot her through the hea.rtl Ob I Louise, bow bitterly I have r:_rinted that act; how I have rrayed that it life!" The man here broke down and burying bis face In his hands, he wept, bis who l e frame convulsed with his emotiou. Ju all probability his repentance was ally awakening to a feeling of deep sympatty for this Arnold Chelton, who had ever thus far proven and a gentleman; and sympathy la "Do not grieve; I believe you,,, s he said. were not to blame. I lik e you all the better, then, for telling me." And you do like me-can you love me?" be ques tioned, brighte nin g up, wit h au intense eagerness ill his tone. Oh. darling I only say that you do love me, and I shall be the happiest mau in tbe city-th!' very happiest!" And usmg all the arts of one skilled in dissemblinf1 -treating her with exquisite gPntleness, and adora tion expressed in word and look-what wonder tha artle ss inexperienced girl was lured to forgetfulness of her love for another, and drifted almost uncon sciously into the snare be had so cunuingly la.id to eJitrap her into a tacit engagement? Two hours the gambler spent with his innocent prize, picturing the happy life in store for them; then he l e ft, \vitb an early wedding-day promised, perhaps happy as he had ever been in his life. It was more happiness to him tha t be had won an h e iress, and a triumph over an enemy such as was Sam Morgan, the young Bohemian. It was a pleas ure to know that the youth had lost where, sucoess ful rogue that he. was, h e had W n. After his departure, Louie Lester sat fur a long while in the reception room, her face buried in her white\ j ewe led liands, and her mind busied with thongnts of what had just passe d. "What have I done!" she asked o! herse !r, over and over a'l"ain. "Engaged myself to marry tbls man, who has fascinated me almost against my wilU Ah I do I love him? Can I be c ontented and happy, when-when Sam MorganSam Morgan I What a name I Yet what a noble heart he has I Oh I I hope I shall not see him again-neve r1 for it will make me regretlbe past. Ah I cau it be that 1 regret my de cision already! She arose and went to the piano that stood open at the furtber sid e of the room. Seating herself, ilbe ran her fingers lightly over the keys; then stru

Jim Bludsoe, Jr. 5 Suddenly she turned from the piano, with a faint exclamation ot surprisP, as the odor ot cigar-smoke reached ber sensiti1e nostrils. "Sam Morgan I" she exclaimed, as her eyes rest ed upon that very individual, who, !'nsconced upon the sofa, with a cigar bPtween nis pearly teeth, and his feet hoiste 1 on top of a chair-back, was evidently hugely enjoying the surroundings and Lhe music. "Present!" the young Bohemian assented, with imperturbable coolness. Genera.Uy am round about grubtime, you know. Been studyin' two hours to find out how I could by a square meal with half a dime, which I picked up on Chestnut street, but got stuck; so I concluded I'd meander around here for a round 01 rations." "Sam, you are awfull" Miss Lest0r exclaimed. "Don't you know that is a ridiculous position to occnpy? and, then, gentlemen never smoke in the pres ence of ladies." "Ohl they don't, oh?" Sam queried, laying the cigar upon the centertaL!e. Didn't know tbat be fore. Tbe "omen au' gals don't take a back-seat whe n you 'set 'em up,' down in str('et. n "Ugh! what a horrible set of people they must be! Are you hungry, Sam?" "What if Tam?" the youth demanded, quickly. Because I will get you a lunch." "Oh! no you won't! Sam Morgan don't accept charity. if you please. I was just !jmning with you about the grub. I come here on dirrerent business." "Wbat business, Sam?" "Well. tbet's rather a tic1.lish way to. put it to a feller. You might 'a' sec!, 'I'm all attention,' which would have been a weJI." "Well, 'I'm all attcnt10n,' then, if that is any bet ter, "That's more business-like. S'posin' you come and sit h ere vn the scfa, Lottie; mebbe I could my say so sci entific with you setting off "I'd rather not, Mr. Morgan." "But I'd rather you woulJ." He arose, in his rat h e r unpresentable garb, and \'rent over and seized her by Lhe wrist-gently but firmly. "Con1e, Louie, you shall not trifle with n1e1,, ho said; and, seeiag tbat he was resolved, she followed him, and seated herself beside him on the sofa. But she trembled in every limb, for (she could but guess wt.at was coming. "Louie 1" the young Bohemian said, in a low tonP 1 "I have come here t:i tell you that I love you, ana ask you to take the name of Morgan iu exchang" for that of Lester. I am not going to idve vent to whole yards of nectar-impregnated effusions, like my cousin, a short time ago, nor am I going toge t down on my kn ee s before y o u. I offer you the lov e of a Bo'i1emian-a rough, honest, but untiring affection, that will stand the test of flood or Orr. Perhaps, as I am o:ily seventeen, you thiuk mob capable of loving as strongly as a man of tbirty-flv<>, but you are mistaken in that respect. I off<>r my self, and you can accept or declme. at your own option. I am poor-have just five cents on which to commence house-keeping; not a v ery entertaining prospect, I'm aware, but man:v a yo l's begun on worse. To-morrow, Sam Morgan,s to laun c h forth into the world in a new strike, nt which !wean att.ab a reputation, ef he dou't make a cent-and a young married couple ought to be able to exist on reputation and love, pretty well." All this was said with that cool composure which was a marked of thP youth. Yet tears sprung mto Louie's eyf"R, anrl she wept with her hPad bowed upon his shoulder; wept, from tbe v ery utmost depths of her young heart. "Yuu love me and will be mine!" the youth de manded, a tenderness in his voice that betraved bis deep emotion. "Oh I darling, sa:v yes, and t'ha<. you wtJl break the engagemPnt with Arnold Chelton I" "Nol nol I cannotr' she replied, hastily. "I shall marry him, Mr. Morgan, for I prorniPed him iu good faith. You sbould uot have come." "Jllaybe not I" he rPpl!ed, "but I was In the hafl and overheard of my wooing. I wish you the best of luck and a hoppy life with that man. Louie. He and I are enemie-bitter foes, with a fortune betwee n u s I shall fight him tili the game is dead. Agaiu and again he may kill me, but, like the Phenix, I shall each time rise from my asht'S t o continue the battle. Greek shall meet Greek. Farewell, Louise ; may your happiness he supreme; may my love never haunt you, like a re proachful phantom\" This much; then t e young Bohemian bad gone I CHAPTER ID. PLOTTING AGAINST TWO-AN UNSUSPECTED TRAP./ ARNOLD CHELTON, after leaving the borne of Louie Lester, his affianced wife, wallrnd over to Tenth street and took the southward cars as far as Chest nut street, where he vot off anrt walked through Philadelphia's Broedway of business and bustre. The side-paves were crowded with aristocratic and fashionably-dresse d people-with boot-blacks and uews-boys, common folk, pickpockets and black guards. Chelton. however, took no notice of what was go ing on around him, hut. pushed rapidly through to Sixth street, into which he turned and walked south to Walnut. Ascen::ling a pair of stairs leading to the third floor of a promment brick row, he knocke d at the door of a side room, and was hailed to come in, by some one from within, which be according!.\' did. Inside, the room was fitted up as an office. with leathern bound furniture, desks, tables, and book cases. An air of comfort, and cigar-smok<> pervaded the apartment. and a young man who bad bPen poring over a volume of Blackstone, sprung to his feet and graped Chelton's band c ordia lly. "Glad to see you, pard," he s"id, with a laugh. 0 H ow's Card, since I saw you last?'" "Deucedly poor luck, Charley. Lost heavily, last niffbt-" Aud come to borrow a new suppl y to recom mence operation with, eh?" the young student queried, as he motionPd nis guest to a seat. 0 WelJ, I am sorry to say I just made a bank deposit of my last spare dollar "Hang It, what are you blowing at!" Chelton growled, with a frown. "I came to borrow none of your money. Have a coufle of thousand left in the bank of my own, beforP shall need t o beg or bol" row. I came to ask a favor of you, which you ca& afford to grant, Heston, for l've done you many a turn JOU will remember." "Yes, so you have, old fellow. What can I do for you in my lin e or business?,, "Well, you see, I biwe got myself promised to a little damse l around Lere on Ele venth sireet,and we propose to join our hearts and bands, sometime next weP k. But I do not care to be legally harnesse d in with the second party of the transaction, fol' re&sons best known to myself. you see; and I thouj?ht I might prPvail uponlou to fix yourself up as a clergyman, and come an tie a knot. As you l avP not yet been admitted to the bar, it would not be holding!" "No I suppose not," Heston said drumming thouglitfully upon the table with bis fingers. "Deuc<>d mean dlive to cc me ov e r a respectable girl. t11ough !" Bah I that's nothing. I've been in thP harness twicP before, in that shape. No harm at 1111. If.th" ll'r l bPhavf"s her to be, Chelton. Who is this victim?" 0 Her name is Louise L ester.t1 "Louise Lester?1


6 Jim Bludsoe. Jr. "Ye. do you know her?" "No; but che knows me, which would make it ne cessary for me to comfil in disguise.,, "lmma.terial to mo ahout that. Com<> one wee k from to-night, at No. -North Eleventh street, at 7 o' c lock." "Very we11. Bc o t leave a Vas guarantee of good faith," the student reminded, as Chelton arcse. "Oh I c ertamly," and the gamble r counted out three t ens fro:n a roll of bills. "There's a good r o und f e e and you c1n afford to do a fair job.,, "And i' wiil do a fair job I" Heston exclaimed, af t e r the schemin g villain l1ad departe d. From lawyer's went to St. Mary's sout!i of Walnut street, b etween Sixth and Seventh. This i s the worst locality, without doubt, in the C entennbl City. It is a narrow, filthy thoroughfarehbordere1 by old tumble-down tenements, filled wit an indiscriminate mass of humanity; a neighborhood with which even Alaska street can not v l in crime and debauchery; a nest-hide for criminals of every stamp. which eve n the well-regu lated police h esitate to give an annual cleaning out. Such sights ns a visit to the dens in this sue e t re veals, can never become erased from the m emory of one wh i has been the m. In company wi t h a spy, the autho r has 'bad t'1c op')()rtunity of explorini:: some of the d ens of crime and iniquity, and therefore knows whereof he writ' s. Chelton entered the street wi t h some little heSita tion, for it was none too safe to v e n ture thus into a nest of thie ve s for a man of his st1mp. Crimes were sometimes committed in broad day lig h t, and the city seemed p ervaded with an atmosphere of horrors. As he passed along the walk, r eeking with filth, he could but notice a f Q W of tbe more noticeable char acteristics of the place In one hous e a pitched-battle was on b e tween a drunken husband and wif e ; a few st,'ps further a young and really handso m e f e m a le lay half-ind oors and h a lf-out, deaddrunk; sWI furtber on, sounds coming from within a. saloou announ ced that a drunke n brawl was o cnn-ring. H ere was a bloated, evil faced rou.;h lying in the gmter, with an ugly wound upon his fora bead. Probably h e was not dear.I, or he would have b een hastily store d away by these d e niz ens of St. Mary's stree t, wh o are leagued in a sort of colony, pro e c tive and secre tive. All of this Arnold Chelton notice d within b:ilf a square's dis t a n c e and he sil e n tly thanke d God th:it, villain though he was he bad not got r eJuccd to this disgusting level. At last he fonud th' number he was in search cf, and g1ve a brisk rap upon che door. But no one appe1re d to answer the summons. "Ha! ha!" h chuckled," the old fox is still very shv. or else he is out. I will try the old rap." H e i::ave fiv e light knocks upon the door, and one heavy t lrn np; the n, afte r a couple of minutes, a r e p c ti ti)n: Tu e r was soon proven by the ca.u tious ope n of the door. The n ext m o m ent Chelton was pulled inside the roo m and the door slammed shut and locked by a large muscular man, with a low-browed. sinister countenance, evil gle.aming black eyes, and long hair of the i;ame hue. He was a repnlsive looking custome r, whom b eastly intoxication had made a human wolf-a man steeped in crime, and just such as met the present demand of Arnold Chelton. C oming from the wilds or the West, he was naturally p ossessed of a sort of brute courage and strength and a rew years spent ln St. Mary's street had po\ishPd him off into a first-class combi nation of the villain and ruffian. Still wary as ever, I see, Gue leppol" Chelton said, with a llght laugh. as be seated himself at a table, whereon were a bottle and glasses. Don't Jose any of your caution." '' No I" the mfllan growled, s ull enly. "The cursed blue-co ats are keeping a stricter watch o n the 11treet than usual, curse them; they'-re worse than "'ver mayor. H:i.d things pretty soft In I presume o, though God forbid that the neigh borhood was any worse th: m than now. What have you in this black bottle, old man-benzine!" Pure alcohol, you bet. Needn' t imbibe unless you're especially dry, f e r there ain't more1n three goo:! hummers l eft." ''Don't fear that I shall trouble your hell-on-fire! the g ambler sneered, contemptuouly. I don't drink anything more poi.oned than cbampy." "Course not! You'ro a high-toned moster. Seen the time, when I war in the mines, !bet I could buy ye out a dozen times. "Haven't a doubt of it. But those times are passed. Y "u're glad to get murders to commit at five cents apie ce, nowt" "Ob, no: you're mistake n I" {}ueleppo replied, coollv. "Perhaps I do work off the surplus o' hu manlty, as you say, but I g e t paid for it." u Do you w,nt a. case now?" "Do 11 Well, I ain't purticklar. Have a few dates ope n1 which I might fill to advantage. What's the laf.1' 'An easy one, I should say if I were engaged in the wholesale slaughtering business; a boy, aged sev e nte e n." Gueleppo poured out a brimmini:: glass of the al coho! and tossed it off with a gulp, smacking hi:t lips as if it were good. "A boy, eh? Seventeen years old. Just th.-toughest age of lads to handle. What naJA is iU" Sam Morgan." "The deuce you sayt" only an ace; San1 Morgan." The "wholesale laughterer" swore an Italian oath. Italia" was mixed with Spanish in the b l ood that comsed through his veins. "Sam Morgan is a cuss I" he declare d, emphatic ally. "It r equire a good d eal of s c h eming to take him. He is secretly in favot with tile detect iv e s, I suspect. I mus t have your co-opera tion, if I the case. How must he be disposed of" Of course-' sure d eath.' It mut be sure, too. If it costs money, let it cost; I am willing to pay for his death!" "Very well. I'll this alcohol over the matter. I p,lan soon. " Of course. Hold yourselr to go to work with me at an notice It mus t don9 in a way that will forever throw suspic ion off of our h e ads." "Correct! You know my address?" "I do, and will soon trouble yon for a hundred dollars, no doubt." "Which will b e nil rii::ht, if you only get rid of the b o :y." Chelton said, as he was shown out. Hal h:il" he chuckled. as be made his way homeward; "this bas been o. day of days to me, and success stares me in the face, all around." Sam l\Iorgan left the Lester mansion in an unenvi able frame of mind. His rejection by the only girl h e had ever cared for, in particular, was a bitte r blow to him, but no more so than was the triumph of his couin Arnold Chelton. The two enemies, as we may conider Chem, were nephews of old Jacob Morgan, the Third street bro ker, who at the time of our story. was lying upon a sick-bed, from which the physicians said he would never rise. Old age, and a fall from his carriage, which resulted in a broken limb, threatened to use him up. Sam Morgan was old Jacob's brother's child, and until the age of fourteen, bad resided with the bro ker, and it was generall y conceded that he would s ucceed the old gentleman Jn the business, and In


Jim Bludaoe, J r l erit the property; but one day a storm arose be tween them. and Sam was ordered to leave the nouse anrl n e v e r s h o w his face within its doors airain. And with t hi s c ommand, old Jacob added: "Go thee into the w o rld. Samue l, and think not to inherit my wealth. I sba g iv e it to thee or th':i;,eo as to which one would b e the suc c essful inheritor. Chelto n, shortll afte r Sam's dismissal, was tali.en into the old man s h ome, though the broke r would not admit him into his busine s s,But it will be seen that he had a better cha.ne e Lo ingratiate himself in. to the old man's favor than Sam, whom the ecentric banker did not gotice if the two met faco to face o n the street. But in this l a.st blow the young Boh emian had re ceived the bitrerest ex.1>erience of his young l if e He had known Lowe L ester fo r some time, and his visits had eve r b een encouraged, as no dou1't. bad those of Arno ld Ch elton, until b e had grown to l o v e the girl with all the strength of his young untutored heart. "Chelto n has won I" be muse d as he l eft the L e s ter mansion, and strode southward throug h the drizzling rain toward his quarters in Ala.ska. strect for be had n o m eans wherewith to pay f o r a c ar ride. H e has w o n this point, and stands t e n chances to my one of winni n g the othe r. L ouie r efused m e, and by Heaven I n o girl s h a ll e v e r have that chance again. H enceforth the life o f S a m Mor gan, B o h e mian, shall b e change d-shall be d evoted to the on e sweet object after the death-blow to my l ove-reven11:e I "I will track and hunt Arnold Chelton through l ife, until b e will be glad to die to escape and that fair, false creature whom I have just l eft-.>. will make her lov e m e as no othe r woman e v e r wor ship eel man; the n I will spur n h e r in p a y f3r the d e cision of to-day. Ah I if life bitter now, there will be a day whe n I shall triumph ov e r min e e nP mie>, and t c 11ttain that trinmpb, shall b e the sole object of my future lif P." He strode alo n g a moody U!)O:t his face, a pain taggin g at h i s heart B uy lo v e I Horr many of the m e n who g o to make up the p opu lation o f our continent, have not in the year s o f their age between twe lv e and twentv expe ri e nced in a ;zreuter or less e r degree that first \X;y l o v e for som e schoo l-girl fri end or acquaintanc e? Very fo w, in deed! Looking bac k in after,yearsl some will dw ell upon those j oyous lov e-bours, with ree lings o f re.,.r e t that the;v are gone; others with b itterness and others with amusement. Suc h is life With little pleasure did Sam Morgan now l oo k back upon the dawning o f his young lov e a.ml tmc e its happy course up to the pre s ent, when it had b e come b l a stP d Only b i tter pain was l eft him H e wa s a swift walke r and soon reached M arke t street, the greates t business thoroughfare of the city. Jn cro ssing to the south sid e, he came In contact with a y oung man of about his own aa-e1 drPss e d in the same shabby Rtyl e There was a nright look upon his face thoug h proclaiming tha t be was the p oss esso r o f important n e ws "Hello, Jack Jaunders! cried Sam, grasping his band, warmly. "Wha t make s your face so beamerl!erous?" "Because I've struc k il e," was the repl y, as J aun ders turr;i e d about and walk e d a l ong with the othe r Bohemian. There s an old c o v e y inquirin' fer you: wants you t o take. charge o f a stea m yacht, an' run a p leasure. excursion down the bay, to-morrow, for which you get twenty dollars, spo t cash. before Etartin'. Sed be heard yer ked handle a yacht, an' wanted just such a hand." "Hurra. I t hat is good news. Where' s the ship !er 18.il!" At Prime street wharf." .. All right. Tell the o ld f e ller I'll be there at sev en, sharp. Now I've got some Imports.Lt bizness eJ.se. whe re." Then, after a f Pw mor e words, the two boys shook hands, and separated. __ CHAPI'ER I V. THE SUCCESS OF VILLAINY----OREH.A.TlON. SAii MORGAN hurried a.Jong down Marke t street to Eighth street, and thence down Eighth to S outh, into which busy tnorotgbfare he turned, a stern expres sion upon his handsome face. "I've g o t to do it," he muttered. a s hf' pubed through the crowds who, d espite the unfavo r n b l e characte r of the weather, w e r e impro vin g t h e most of their day in sboP.ping upon the great c h eap" street of the city. There 1s no help f o r it, and she gave it to me, too. I woul d thqt my victualc o n l ain er were not so empty, iu which case I should not hesitate to wait, f o r to-mo rrow l'm to have a twenty d ollar job. W ith head bowed and hands clinched. b e trie d to conceive some way out of the diffi culty But he could 11ot. His J ruder was empty. M o th e r Maginn had refused him tbe J oan of a.no! h e r crus t and be had not had a mouthful of nourishing fo od s in c e the 1>re vious night. "I shall )lave to do it, h e repeate d a s li e turned into a Utt.le low s h o p ov e r rb e d oo r of whi c h swung thre e gold en-hued balls. It wa s the flouris hing es of I saac !sanes, .Pawnbro ker, in whose p oss e s sion o ne might l oo k with t h e expec t atio n of finding anything rougbi in 1he line of m a n ufactured goods. A sort of museum of curios iti e s was Isaacs'ssbop, and the old J ew bad more v a lua\Jl e s in it than any body supposed he had. H e stood behind the counte r, now, r e aciy to s e ll ot purchase, a bland smil e upon his f a t g lossy counte n nnce, his bands care s s in g each othe r p a tron i zin gly. Ile was about five feet six ir1 higl t, witl 1 a g reat pre r ondPrance to fle s h. hi s dim e n s ions s ugll:estiv e ot the proprie t o r ship o f a fir s t c lass bre w e r y. G ootm o rninf;, Mr Snmuel be salute d, with a yraciou s bow. 'Nice d a y out mit d e r a in, v e r e de beopks w a s s o pl enty, eh? -"A confounde d disa g r eea bl e day, I s h o uld say," Sam r e plied, with a S il!"h -"dubio u sly l;Jue, when a f e llow's ont of roc k s What v a lu e will you 1 u up-0n this, for a couple o' d v ys?" H e l a id a n exquis itely wrought gol d locket and cha in upo n the c o u n ter, whose val u e mus t haY e be e n ve r y l a r ge. fo r the G erman-Je w caught it up with an e xcJamali o n o f won de r. V ere from you get dish, Samue l ?" h e questio n ed, g a zing at the young Eoh e m i a n shar pl y. "I hope dot you ' a s n t p e n s tea li ng dose t 'in,:rs, e h ? "No. sir; I m no thief. p oo r tho u g h I am, Sam Mor gan r e pli e d proudly. "Tbat lock e t was given me by my ladyl ove, but poverty n ecessitate s that I mus t pawn it. in order to get bread to s t a y my stoma.ch. I expec t to strike a streak o f lu c k, today or to-morrow, and will redee m it, when I get money.11 "Vell, Samue l you vas a burty ni c e pov, only you vas pe l azi e r clan dunde r and blHz en. Still a man somedimes viii g e t lazy, und v ant t e r shut up the shop vor a t ear. Old Imac Isaacs i s o n e o f dem J ewsharps. Yon vas a ni c e p o y S amue l mit a headt o n you like a v.arr e l o caraway brandy-sharp and keen-unt as I like ter do a goot turn sumdime s I l!"if you ten tollars an' '! e v e n c ents, unt. y o u kee p de w a t c h e t unt chain! "What! you don't meon to say you this tome witho u t holding the lo c k e t for security!" Sam ex claim e d, in Sbus t egzactl y dose, Samue l. You vas a n l c e poy, unt dish viii get vou a goot meal unt several' schoon ers, of e r at Shake Mill e r's "But. s e e here I Suppose I never come back to s ettle this debt?" deman ded Sam. "Didn't know an o ld Jewshar p l.'.ke yo u'd trust a Bohemian with sa much tin."


8 Jim Bludsoe, Jr. "Of co1irs1, Samuel, of course I If you vas not coom pack. unt pay me, I gets him, nefer feer. Trust Isaac Isaacs fer dose." "Just exactly what I intend to do, old man!" Sam replied, pocketing both the lo cket and the money. "Come and take a cigar I" Isaacs, who was re!tlly an exceptionaUv fine fellow, for a accepted witb afacrity. At a neighboring store Sam purchased a couple of fra'rant Havanas, and then, afte r shaking hands with his jolly benefactor, betook himself to the old tenement in Alaska street, and to his room in the garret. How cheerless and desolate ever. v tbing looked now, since the Ii had died out of his heart-since he had no hope or plans for the future I L onely and sad, with the pain of his first love's defeat bearing upon bim, the young Bohemian threw himself face downward upon the cot-bed, and wept silently. B.v and by a slight girl ish figure, clad in calico, with a pretty little face of summer sunilhine, and eyes of heaven's blue, g lided softly into the room, but paused with dilated as she beheld the youth outstretched so s:i\l upon the cot. "Sarni" she called, softly. but he gave back no answer. u He is asleep1 sh9 continued, drawing nearer, and sea tin<: her.;;elf v ,on the edge of the bed. HI wonder what the i.s?" A pretty lit t le picture w 1s tih angel of tho attic -with a light, airy, graceful form, a roundhsw!'etly expressioned face, blue eyes a!ld i::olde11 air, that f ell in confusion over her hir white shoulders. She was the of a Californi'.t ranchman, but owin<: to the death or lwr mother, resided in Philadelphia, on tne second flcor of nlother !11agion's tenement, with a maid"n aunt. She had at once b ecome on intimate t erms witli odd, handsome Sam Morgan, and although h e r little sixteen-yearold hAart had aeve known the true \>eat of love, she h e ld Sam very dear to her_ "\Vake up, Sam I'' she whispered, softly, stroking ois disheveled hair. "It's Milly, coma to call on von.n ar;d his tear-stained face "You, Mias Lennox? What is there l can do for you?'' He was instan11ly himse lf, now, witha quick command of easy politeness and gentilitya very tentle m'ln, in rags. "What have yon b ee n crying about, Sam?" the tirl aske 1, taking his hand in her dainty ones. She did not surink from him as sh9 would from a &tranger. '.rhey had bee n fast friends from the first of their acqu:iintance-a sort of brother and sister to each other-but no more, on Sam's part. She knew of his lov e for Louie, and. h trd though it was, 8he :iever allowed herself to betray more than Drdinary interest i l b im. But1 there was a tenderness in her voice, now, which went straight to the imbittercd heart of young Bohemian, a dart. Wbat have I been cryin, g about, little attic angel?" be r epeated puttinJ his a.rm ab::>ut her waist, and drawing her closPr t'> him. "Wellt I'll tell you. I got the grand hoo3t, to-day, ana have been blubbering about it like a great 1ubbe r that I am." "The gran' l boost? I do not understand your mea'.ning-, Sam?,, "Don' t? W e ll, in plainer my lady-love bas skipoed me, an, \ io engaged to iny cousin, Arnold Chelton." "Ob I d e ar. is that trur 1 I thoupht you were such last lvv e-s, and already engaged.' "No-never ql,lite engag-ed. But I always ca1cu lated he belonged to me. and vie vet's" with hE>r. But, Chelton popped before I got there and his gift or tongue wnn her over. l overheard the whole tale. and afier he departed, I put in my vote, but it was refused-on account of tender age, I guess," with a. bitter laugh. "Do you reall.v car e so much, SJ m r Are there not others you could be much happier with than with her?" Milly asked, s l owly, toying with one of ber apron strings. He did not answer, just then -not until he had glzed ste1dfastly at the floor, and revolved the matter considerately in his mind. "Perhaps there are those with whom I can he hap pier. Thank you for the suggestiont.l\1illy; it opens up another idea of life to me. Milly, how old are you f" ''Sixteen, Sam.,, "Sweet sixteen, e'1? and those words are verified in you. You are a sweet, guileless little t.hing, worth any man's lov e I am to leave Philadelphia, soon, dear. and quit this Bohemian life. I was made for son1ething better. 'l'hreo years hence, d ence permitting, I s11all r 0 turn, and ask a certain littl e girl to be my uri:le." "Oh 1 Sam; you don't mean a word of what you sar.." 'Yes I do mean just what I say, 111illy. But, put no bope in it. Either you or I may be dead before that time. Do{ou care jnst a little for me, pet?" "Ohl Sam, love you, "whi.;;pered she, sivel,r throwing her arms about his neck, and burst ing mto t

Jim Bludsoe, Jt",, 9 brain and sharpness of bis wits. He started fire, and soon had sufficientuld you say if I should tell you that I had left eent to Sam Morgan 1" "I should say you were an old ignoramus, sir I" "Aud why?" "Because. my Bohemian cousin is dead-fur nished food for the fishes iu Delaware bay, four days ag-ol" "What I Samuel dead?" the old man gasped, in horror. "Exactly. Was blown up in a yacht explosion." "I remember of hearing something about that tire an cl bu 'st-up. 'fhe boy was suspected of setting the fir e? ,, 'Yes sir" And escaped?" "We thought so, at first, but concluded not, after ward." You were t'!Jen ?" "l was." "I had a dream about that disaster, the old man murmured, aloud, blit !tpparently unconscious that he dkl so. "I thought the bo;r was on the boatdown in the engine-room; that a bill" man attacked and bound him; then set fire totbe noat, and all bill' riedly left the boat but the boy."


1 0 Jim Bludsoe, Jr. "And be--dld he escape t" "I cannot teU I" the old man replied, with a cunning smile. "Only time will prove that, nephew. Hal ha! what makes yon so white?" "A.hem I I was not aware that I am white!" Chel ton replied, flushing. "You were, for a moment. Perhaps it was only a ru b of blood to your cowardly heart I" So sudden did this thrust come, that Chelton [leape.J to Je t, with an oath. "What do yo'1 mean?" he demanded,'.flercely. "l mean to kiow!'' And b e glided closa to the bed, and stood over the 15th-that was day before ycl closed the door. Then he staggered to anathema, as h e b eheld the woolly head and ebony his feet and crossed the room to t be bureau. visage of the colored servant again protruding I am getting weak and cowardly when I should through the door. he dauntless, he muttered griml y, as he poured out "Ten tb0usancl furies, there's that accursed nigger and tossed off a brimming glass of brandy. "Thl!J again I" b e cried, and whipping a revolver from his will fix me in the trim f O l' pocket, he sprung toward the door and out into Not one but four glasses of the fiery liquor he Im hall. bihed i the n paced up and down tbe room, his head But, C uffee was gone, out of sight., and it was usebo.r,ea, ills breath coming In panting gasps. less o pursue him. It mus t be clone!" he finally muttere o one was look: "I want to keep that impudent African out," was ing. The actions of the negro servant had made hinA the response. suspicious. He poured out another close of the medicine, and Then he drew a bottle and a soft w oo l e n rag fron, the sick man swalioweJ it. his pocket, saturating the latter with an od<>rlest "Ugh I what a nasty taste I" be said, wi t h a shiver. white liquor from the f 'rmer. "A.re you sura it was the same I have been taking, Tlte rag was then l aid over the uptumed /ace of th nephew?" ln'Olcer. Perfectly sure," was the indifferent reply, as tbe With a shudde r the villain turned away when this schemer seated himself near the winclo1v with a work w'1s compl e ted and paced np and do,vn the book in bis hand. "Don't think I would poison room with the tread of a cat. you I" He was viol ently agitate d, and the hand that held Presently the loud of the old man the jeweled watch upon which he ker.t his eyes riv-proclaimed that he was asleep. etecl trembled like an aspen leaf, while the pallor ot Then ()helton bid aside his book, an expression of his face was ghastly. triumph upon his face, an evil gleam in his sinister Teri moments elapse d, the n he glided forward eyes and removed the woolen cloth from the broker' s ''Now is m.v time!" he s 1id in a shrill whisper, face. dartint? a s'vift glance toward the door to see It was perfectly dry. that all was safe. The old man sleeps and I And the old man lay upon the bed a lifeless piece ha.,e it all in my own hands. First, the s.ife; then of huma n clay. The poison had done its work. the las t stroke that is to place me forever above Not the faintest breath or the twitchinf! of a muscle pecuniary wilnt Ahal Arnold Chelton, you're a betrayed the existence of a particle of remaining lucky I" life. He gave a glance at the broker to make sure that I "He is dead!" the murderer shrillybe 1vas really asleep; the n advanced to a large "dead, and I'll defy man or d evil to detect human safe that stood in a niche at the foot of the bed. It agency in the job. And I am now the master Of this was one of Herring's Improved, with combination house-the sole undisputed heir of the Morgan heri lock, and it r.,quired full an hour of attempts anrl tage. Aha I Sam Morgan, I wish you well in your silent cut-ses on the maker bfore the schemer sue-bed in the bottom of Delaware bay, but it would be ceeded in opeiting it. It yielded at last, however, greal;er satisfaction to me if you could know of my and the contents lay exposed before him. There complete triumph!" were a few books; a of documents. out of He stood like an overjoyed demon there in the whlch the gamble r selected one paper and replaced presence of death, his face lit up by a malignant the others. smile; his eyes glaring wildly. "This must be it," ' e said, breaking the seal of Suddenly a sound near the door caused hlm to the envelope wltb nervous fingers. Yes-Last Will start with a horrified curse and turn his gaze In that and Testament of Jacob Morgan. Hal by Heaven, direction. The door was still closed, but a sudden the old man has left every dollar to me I And he thought caused him to raise bis eyes to the transom maU z;,oe to alte1 th is tcill A bird in the hand above. hi worth two in the bush. Let me see: dated May And he dld so just In time to catch a glimpse of tM


J i m Bludsoe, Jr. u troolly htJJd and grinnt11g, e l ony fac off h, s nme f'lf(/rO who had twice before intruded, as it was btiug quick ly withdrawn from view I With an oath, Chelton again drew his revolver, prung forward and unlocked the <1oor, and leaped into the hall. '!'he servant was now here to be seen, hut could ue heard dee.ring the in a flying leap. Chelton heard him leave tbe t' en, with a ;:hastly face, returned to the death-..:hamber, and removed the traces of his crime, after "bich he de scended to the library. The nurse, an e lderl y womnn who had been procuretl on account of her worthiness and knowledg-e vf medicine, arose upon his on trance. "Did you come from the mast er, sirf" she in-quire d. "Yes, I would not go up now. He is sleeping very nice l y and you might dismrb him. He w ill prob:tbJT. D P.eel no more care until toward night." 'Do you think he is any better?" "Oh I yes, I have strong hopes now of his ultimat" recovery. He is a great deal more lively to-day. If his heart only carriea through safe, there ace great chances for him ." "His heart is affected then!" "Ohl yes-has been f o r a number of years." It so happened that in this the gambler spoke the truth. After awhile he l eft the mansio n, and walked -down into town. His brain was heated, end i t took a bottle of champagne a t Nash s to still his nerves. "Curse that uegro I" he gro wled. "I'll find out o f rom, who he was, and old G u e l e ppo will have an other job. By the way I tJ>ink I'll hunt up this Isaac Isaacsi and see what connection be has with Morgan's wil H e left the restaurant, nnd walked down T enth stteet to South, ns if th e businf::'ss be was o n was of great importance. From T en t h he walke d cast ev eral squares on Sont11, and finally c ame to a. lir.tle low building, upon whose windows tbe words "LOAN OFFIC E were painterl in a variety of color,. Dnt the place was untenanted. All tbe stock nnd fixtures had removed, and a piece o f hoard, Pailed to tho c!oor, bore the following straightforward announcement: "Hardt times. Sold out, paid t mine nnt gone West. !SA.AC ISAACS. This was a ll, and inquiry proved it was correct. The Jew bad "pulled out," s everal days b Pfore. And what secret did be possess r elating to the Morgan will case ? __ CHAPTER VI. LPOR.TUNE-TELLER' S PREDICT ON-j. YOUTHFUL SHARP, ARNOLD CHELTON returned to th e W alnut street mans i o n of the murdered Jacob Morgan, in an un enviabl e frame o f mind. "It may be all right obout this Rudden clearin!? out of that rascally Jew!" hP. muttered, with a sav frown, "but it does not appenr so. There is sometbinl!' back of it all, which I cannot, unch ; rst1mrl, and that it threatens : y future peace of tr.inn. I nm almost The J e w knows about that will, e l e why bis name on the accompanying s lip of paper. Does he posses some knowledgP conc0roing my uncles affairs, which he thinks to make money out of in the future 1" Arrived at the mansion, h e found everything in a state o f confusio n The nurse had !!'On e to th e bro J;er's room h<>ftl.v after Chelton quitted the house, and found tbei..o;d man dead, to all appearances. In stantly she h!?d fled and atarmed the household, which c onsisted of a coachman and four servants beside herself; then doctors had been sent for, and likewise the coroner. "He.I what does this mean? Can it be-" he and then the hypocrite burst into tee.rs, which appeared genuine, as he caught sight of the band < f crape. "Ye. young man, the old gentleman bas gone and left us, at last," one of the physicians replied, solemnly u \Vh e n did he d thn t he was able to be about. shortly after the funeml cortel!'e had gone across the blue watern 'Of the Scbuylki 1. The funeral occurred upo n Friday, and upon the followinit Mondav, the new heir to all the wealth of Jacoh l\Iol'gan, filed the will found in the safe, be fore the Registrar of 1Yill s in accordance with the laws o f city and county. As tlo el'e was no other will of a later date found upon file, Arnold Chelton had undoubtedly succeed ed in his heinous scheme; had triumphed and WM, even though two lives bad been sacrificed in the stru,,.g l e H e wes now Arn old Chelton, "million nire," wh Pre before had occupied the place o f millionaire." Flushed and jubilant wns he over his victory, a.nd flrst h e went to the house on North Ele venth street, and made known hfa gor d fortune to Louie Lester She receiv e d him with less impetuosiy than be fore. but his goldblindrd eyes. BJJd champagned brain w e r e incapable of recog-nizing the fact. "Ah! my peerless darlinir !'' he cried. imprisoning h e r in his arms, and her red lips, "you are not coming to a b e&,.gar, now, but to a man whose. wealth can placb yoil'\ft the head of a criticising social world, there to shif!e resplendent as its quee n. 'But 1 d o uot care f o r wealth society and dis1 incw !ion, Arnold!" the r,oung g-1rl ieplied, gently r eturning his caresses. 'J "hould be just as contented and happy if you were a poor laboring man." Vbich shows what a n angel you are:" be re plied, per1'nasively. "But as long as we have "ealth, why should we 11ot enjoy it? Life is but short. at thf' longest J ense, and a person needs to irnprov .. his or h1....r time t..o derive any satisfaction from it. Do Pve r t11m thougbts to God, and the nP ceFRit v of n r< f01n"lat i on, in Ol'der to derive future saJvP.tion, ArnolO?"' u Bah I n o!'' he replied with a s11rug. ,'Time enough for that, yet!" But 'wav down in bis heart the arch-villain wondered if the e really wa.s tim" for him t.:> make his peace with God-wondered if the great Maste r could over forgive him for a ll his crimes. Has Sam Morgan been here since the yacht burned Louie?" "No.' Poor Sam! what a t errible fate was hi:JI Arnold, I hd a terrible dream. J aRt night, and e.bom him, too. Do you know what e. Phenix is?


12 Jim Bludsoe, Jr. "A Phenix?" hP repented, wi t h a start. "I bP lieve it Wall a fabulous bird of olden time reputed to rise from its ahes. after death. Of later years, however, it has been applied to detectives fire de partments, and brands of cheap domestic cigars." "Somewhere I have read of a Phenix. in a nov e l -startling in action, but hig-hly improbable. I dreampt of Sam Morgan as a Phenix, rising out of the wreck of that burning yacht-not as Sam 111or gan, the young Bohemian, but as a huge serpent, with terrible fangs and wickedly ie;leaming tyes." Chelton shudde1 ed, and his dusky countenance be came shadowed with a grayish pallor. ''Some honible nightmare 11 be muttere d. "You should be careful what you eat before r e tirinf?." At this juncture a young lady rrled of l\Iiss Les ter's came hurrying into the parlor, her face flushed .and eyes sparklit1<;. 1 Oh, Loui e!" she exclaimed, excitedly," would you believe it? There is an old fortune -tell e r who was in at our h o use, and told all our fortunes, and such jolly fun we had that l ventured to briug her i n here;" and the girl turned and motioned to an old woman who stood by the door. l;lbe came hobbling into the parlor! leaning heavily upon her crutch and cane, a veritab e mass ot cling-ing rags and blth, with an old va.il tied over h e r and face. This effectually screened her face. She sunk upon the sofa, with some muttered thauks, and Miss Ardner turned to Louie: "Now, Louie, you go first. apd learn your destiny, .and your gentleman friend next. I assure you, it is Teally amusing.'' "Perhaps we bad better retire?" sugirested Chel ton, and accordingly he gave Miss Ardner his arm into the aGljoiuing room. .A.fter they were gone, the fortune -tell e r took Louie 's fair hand iu h e r coarsely-gloved one, and ,gazed through the eye-holes in the vail at the deli-cate veing and corJs. Yeur life thus far has b ee n through sunshine, with little to grieve. except the parental lo ss You :have bad two lovers-one you have discarded; the -other yo!l have kept. One was a gentleman-the nther a double-dyed villaiil. You have chosen the .grow to Jove this gentleman lover, but your love will be in vain Beware or the Ph e nix!" Louie started to her feet with a cry of alarm. "My dream1 my dream I" she gasped. She managPC! t@ stagger out into the hall, and motioned for Chelton to go in. He did so, not notic ing her agitation. HP, put no taith in the trashy ravings of so-called fortune-tellers. but yielded now to gratify his curiosity. He kneeled before the old ragged creature in di;;gust an.t from the ashes of the ill-fated yacht, Sea Gull.' Chelton to his feet with a frightful curse. stood. "Get out of the house at once, or I'll make busineq for the coroner I" and he drew and cocked a revola7er, as if to execute his threat. "Very w<>ll, I go, Mr. Chelton," the old worn,., replied, bobbling tow'lr I tbe door with alacrity. "but as a friend, I caution you to beware. Tben are deaclfalls for the wicked between here heaven leading down into h<>ll. Look out that yot don't stumble into them. And some time, as are striding along the highway of life. if you set. pa.luted upon tLe fence by the roadside, in boldly con:_ sp1cuous letters, the words:-' Through to Death," -tbiuk of the words of the old fortune-teller, and l oo k out for tbe-Pheniz.'" Then the old creature darted into tbe ball, just in time to escape a bullet from Chelton 's revolver. Louie showed her from the house: then returned to the enraged man in the parlor. "What is it, dear?" she demanded, stopping him, and gazing up into bis pallid face. "Why did you allow that accursed bag in herer be growled. She is possessed of the devil I" "Don't mind her, Arnold. She is doubtless some old vagrant whose mind is wn.ndering." "B:th I she hits too close at the truth for that. She knows more about my private affairs I Jike." u Have you any secrets from me, tben?,, "Oh I no; of course not. But I must now leave you, my dear; I have important business to attend to in town, and will call again, this evening. You will he ready to be married to-morrow, I suppose?" "What I so soon after your uncle's death, Arnold?" Y es. It need make no difference. A week hence I shall perfect arrangements for our trip across the continent. And after we have thorouglily done the western continent, we will visit the old world." "Ob I dearest, that would be so nice. I am tired of in PbiladelJ?hia year after year." "And I too, and thmk this trip may be beneficial to us both. I will call with a minister and a male friend, to-morrow, at two. You can invite Miss Ardner to be presont, if you choose. So good-by, sweetheart." He kissed lier, and then left tho mansion. He really left in quest of the old fortune-teller, but as he could see or learn nothing of her, on reaching the street, he walked to Tenth street and rode to the Morgan House on Walnut street. That afternoon he received a call from Jack Jaun ders, Bohemian. The youth was a second Sam Morgan, for coolness and sharpness. Somehow these Bohemian youths of our great cities are endowe 1 with an unu8ual amount of brains, pluck nod lazine ss, and if properly cultivated and nourished iBto our sharpest, shrewdest cilizens This J aunders was no exct'ption to the rule. He lacked not for the essentials of the profess ion , cheek," i: brass,,, and insolent familiarity. and came striding into the preser.ce of the millionaire, with a free-and-easy independence. characteristic o f his nature. "Mr. Arnold Chelton, I believe!" he observed, pausing near the aforesaid inclfridual, and restillg foot upon the crimson velvet sofa. u I believe so," was tbe reply. "Js there not room upon the floor for your feet, young man?" H No. I re cko n not, whe \ vours is about, old covev:'' Jaund ers df>cided "Didn't come here to be bossed, neither. Come to make Yon wee on that yacht when she 'sploded ?' "No. I was in a boat, making for shore, at the tim e .'' "Ah! yes. Wbere was my pard, Sam Morga-q, ai this Lime?'' "On the boat, it is believed. H:i set tire to th yacht, and must have crept into the bold out at sif(ht, and been blown to atoms." uThink he was?" "I haven't a doubt of it." "What a pity you and that old snoozer, wnrn't al::mg. Think S :un 'Morgan's dead, thenf" "I do, most assuredly. Why!"


Jim Bb:. dsoe, Jr. 13 "Obi I wanteJ to be sure. Jn case he's a wbite wing-ed Hutttr r, I've got some bizness witb you, by and by. Take an optical inventory of my phiz. so tbat you may remember me. M,r name is Jaunders -Jack Jaunders, at your servicer' With which announcement the youPg sharp whirled on bis heel and allowed the servant to show him out, while be l eft Cb!'lton wondering if there was a menace implied in Lis words, o r if it was only a fr.iak of a curious mind and cllaracter, CHAPTER VII. &. CRIME TO mnE A CRIME-WORDS O F MENACE ON TIIE BACK OF A PROGRAMllE. THAT was an afternoon of events at the Morgan mansion. Not Jong after the clepartnreof Jock Jaunders, the young B ohemian friend of poor Sam Morgan, another visitor was ushered into the presence of -' rnolcl Cht;Jton, as he sat in the grand parlor of the noble residence be had so foullv w on. Thjs individual was old and silver haired, with furrowed features of an o d d mold, a bent f01m, and ey!'s that had a strange gleam, througll a pair of gold-rimmed spectacles. "M. Sardou." was the name upon the card the serve.at bad hande d Chelton, nnd the young million aire g-azed at the stranger sharply. "Well, sir?" he interrogated, knocking the ashes from bis cigar. "Weill" M. Sardou assente,J, accepting an urunvitP.d seat. "Mr. Arnold Chelton, [ sup1,ose1" "I suppose so, along with yourselt', sir," Chelton rer.lied. "\l"hy pray?" 'Why?" M. sardou scratched his white head a moment perplexedly. "\\"ell, yuu I nin hunting for an Arnold Chelton, and you are the man, I ex p ect.'' 'l guess not," the millionaire said, carelessly, "There are three others in town bv that nan1e." "Eb! there are? Didn't find oniy r u e name of the kind in the Directory, which led me to tile concln sion that you were the individual." "What do you want of Arnold Chelton, then?" Ob I that depends som!'what on circumstances. Have yon or did you ever have a cousin by the name of Sam Murgan? He was a Bobemiau sort of cllap, l believP.'' "Certainly not. We Cheltons no kith nor kin of that name." "Ab I then, perhaps I am mistaken. But, may be you once knew a beautiful l!irl by the name of Carrie Moore. She was enticed from home and ruined by an arrant knave by the name of Chelton, and then assassinated at au illb o use in tbis city by her betrayer.'' "Hal" Chelton exclaimed, retaining his compo sure remarkably well, can it be that h e was o foolish? I did not think him so base a criminal." This was spoken a' if to himse lf, and JII. S'lrdou caught at it ea g-erly. "What say?'' be queried, sharply. Chelton affected a violent start. "Ah I what was I saying?" he muttered,,_ getically. "You are a detective, eh?" to M. ::;ardou. "Perhaps," tbe little Frenchman answerer!. "Then your race is run. Death to yon and your traternitvl" Chelton cried jubilantly, and in another instant tbe little Frenchman lay outstrPt.cbed upon the carpetJ insensible. He had not fall e n by Chet ton's bana. but by the hand or Guisl'ppe Gueleppo, Cbelton's treacherous Italian tool, who had entered unobserved. and dealt the detective a terrible blow witb a blackjack. "Is hi' dead?" Chelton demanded, in a whisper, as he rose from bis chair anrl dre w near, with blanched face. "Deader'n a door nail, I'll h P t you the drinks I" grinned tbe Jtalian, with a cbucld... "You said deatl), and I give him a stinge r I'll see if any life remains.'' Be knelt upon the rich crimson carpet. and placed his band over the detective's heart. There was not a throb nor the least sign of a pulsation. "He is dead!" Gueleppo said. "Dead I Great God! I did not mean for you t.o kill him. What shall we no with him? H e is a de and if h e doPs not return, inquiry will be made for him. Tlte'1 what? "Exac tly. W e1v e put our foot in it f o r once!" the growled, locking the door and seating him "The fellow's name is Sa1-gent, and he was aa sharp as a weasel. No doubt bis mission h ere is known at head-quarters, nnlPss be has undPrtaken to handle the case a l one. In tbe former case, your only plan is 10 hide t.he corpse and clear out. Jf we can first get tid of the Lod.v, I will find out if it was known that Sarg-ent came here, and report. Pre pare yom'Self to l eave I own for a wbil e. anyhow; it will be safer. I am going to take French leave my self soon" .. nut, here is this accursed tell-tale body; bow shall we dispose of tba t ?" Chelton 's face grew ghast ly as be gazed at the fast stiffening form. "It must not be found here, by hee.ven !" No; it would n o t b-' for yon. Is there a. sewPr connection in unc tc r this housef" "Yes, yes; by J ove l l had not thought of that. There is a large trap in the cellar, which opens di rectly into a sewer main." "'l'hen we are all rii:rht. Send all your S!'rvants otl' for a h oliday, a nd during their absence we will dis pose o f this corpse. The sewers are full of water, from this deuced ra: n, and will quickly carry away the evidences of our crime. Leave me to manage tLe rest!" L9.ter, ChPlton dismissed all the s0rvants for half a bolidny, al. c wlw n they W!'re a;J gone fro m the mansion, he and Gucleppo carried the bodr of the mui: dered d e tective dcwn into the cellar and pitched it through the man-trap into the sewer, below, thus forPve r, as tlley supposld, hiding the e'idence of the ir crime. Then they reascended to the parlor and Gu!'leppo took his dl'partme, promising to cah again riuring the clay, with informati on coucerning the detective. He came. tow ard evening. "It's all 1;i:;ht, at present," be said. "The force have 100 definite knowledge of 8ari:rent 's where abouts, and it looks t me as though they may never have any. So far, so good. When his body i found, it will mo3t likPly bP found in tbe bottom of the Delaware, keeping company along with u ,at of your I am l!lad the thingis through with Here is some money, ancl wl .en I !ewe PbiladelJ,hia I want you to b0 close at hand.a sort o f unrecogn i zed body guarcl, you see, for \'1ti ch you will recehe Jiberal pny I" Chelton said, handing the ltalian a roll of bills, and motioning for him to depart. The followingafternoon aw the scheming mill ionaire in the L!'ster mansion. closered with pretty iu the drawing room, waiting for the arrival of the minister, who was to make thl'm man and wife. He had arranged matters satisfactorily "'ith yout.g Heston, the Jaw-student, and was soon to en trap another victim into bis meshes. n e low, a numbe r of Miss LestP1"s friends were waitingin the parlor, for, though it was against Chelton's will sne was desirous of having a few friends about her. 0 And, now, my treasure!" the'1illairl: said, drawing her to bim, as tbey were seated upon the sofa. "the hour bas come when we are to be made one and Inseparable. What a comfort and a j0y it is to me to realize that you are mine-all mine own, sweet darling. What a pleasure It will b e to me to devote my whole life and wealth to the sole object of furthering your happiness I" "Yes, Arnold," the fascinated girl whispered, nestling closer to him, "I shall be very, very bapp)I' if you are only as true and good t.o me as you have


l 14 Jim Bludsoe, Jr. i!';1' you be sor Will you always be "Psha w! child; wera the Cheltons ever unfaithful to their wivesr No, indeed I You may put your implicit trust in me, and never f ear that I will neglect or wrong you." Ahl bad Louie Lester been able to have ahead into the.future I The arrival of the minister was presently announce d, and the bride and groom were ushered into the parlor by 1 beir attendants. Chelton gazed sharply at the minister, and an oath rose upon his lips a s be percei,.ed that it was not Charley Heston, the !aw-student--not h e even in disguise-but a clerical-looking individual, in white tie and with a grave countenanoe. The question was-was he a legal minister? This was the problem, but there was no time for hesitancy now. They took their places, and the marriage cere mony was pronounced, according to the usual forms. The last words of the clergyman had been spokeu, when suddenly there rung through the room, in a clear, ringing voice, the words: "BEWAnEI serpent is coiled to strike-the PhenL-.: bas risen from the ill-fated yacht's ashes; the Bohemian lives in the Phenix, while the fishes nibble upon the bones of Sam Morgan in the bottom of the Delaware. M. Sardou has taken a contract to build a new s ewer the spirit of Carrie Moore cries for r eve nge; the Phenix will see that she has it I Beware, Arnold Chelton, Jest you tread upon the serpent that is t o b a your death when you least think of it! B eware, Loui e Chelton, for the love you refused shall yet bnrn a hole in your heart I Beware?'' In bewilderment and greatly astonished, the guests listened to the terrible wedding curse, emanating from some source unknown-words of menace, in a voice that was stern and accusing. With a shriek, the bride fell into Chelton's arms in a dead faint, and in a moment, with a face deathly white, he staggered beneath her weight and upon the carpet, bearing her Al! was confnsion. The bride was carried to her room and cared for by her l ady friends, while Chelton was handled by the three or four gentlemen present. Both parties were soon restored to consciousness however, and after awhile the guests departed and they were left alone. Louie wept incessantly and Chelton's brow was clouded by a terrible frown ''Do you know," he said ho3.rsely, uthat a convio tlon is being forced upon me that Sam Morgan is not dead."' "Not dead I" the young wife exclaimed with a start. "Not dead," he answered, and pacing up and down the room. By some miracle he has escaped the doom I-the doom we supnosed to have overtaken him and is hounding ns, tbinking to stroy our happiness. But that shall not be. I will give the matter over into the hands of the. detectives and they'll soon end his pretty pranks." "But. dear Arnold, what did he mean by his references to the Phenix, M. Sardou and Carrie .Moore?" "Cursed if I know. Some contriving of his evil brain. But I must hasten into town and give this matter into the hands of the proper authoritie s I want to more of thisHal a ring what is it, Ja.mes?" to the servant who ent,,.red. 11 A gift or flowers, sir. as a boy an' sed it was for the couple sir," replied the servant, depositing an Plegant fl'>rnl offering In the shape o f baske t in Chelt on's hands, and then retiring with a courtP.sy. But Louie and the n xt moment the millionaire burle'1 the baske t to the floor with a ter-rib!& execration, as though It were some venomoWI reptile. For in the center of the basket, woven in garlandl of moss, were thes e three words: ''THROUGH TO DEATHl't "A thousand curses!" was the impious exc!ama tion of Chelton, as with the toe of his boot he spurned the baske t and contents violently from him. "This is more of the work of that accursed scapegrace, rasc a l and cousin of mine!" He rushed into the hall, seized his halt and out into the street he went on his nrission of against Sam Mor,;:an. He went to the dete1:t1ve bureau and offered a hundred dollars rewar J for the apprehensLm of the young Bohemian, who he was snre now was not dead. He then returned to Louie, feeling somewhat re lieved. The Lester and Morgan mansions were sbnt ur and the bride s.nd prepared for their tour o the continent, sparmg no expense to have all ar rangements satisfactorily completed. Befor e thek departure, however, they went one evening to the Academy of Music to witness the opening performance of a noted songstress, it being her first appearance in Philadelphia. Chelton chose a couple of seats in the circle, first row, looking directly off onto the stage. The house was packed with an enthusiastic audl ence, for the performance was of the best; but during its progress an incident occurred, sufficient to d eprive the millionaire and bis young wife of their part of enjoyment. A programm" dexterously twisted _to a point came whirling down. from one of the galleries, and struck upon li!rs. Cheltop's lap. Chelton picked it up; thi broad lawn shaded by stately trees, sloping down to the water's edge, with a family g-roup assembled on the shore. watch inc: the boat glide by; all presented in a weirdly beautiful panorama as beheld under the radiance of the great moon as she soared like a ball of molten gold in the blue heaven, which looked an emblem of pe.tr beat uno u the lower deck, whil e on the upper dec k and gentlemen w<>re <>asily disposear in hi< boat-for this was the millionaire's boat, chartered tn convey him as far up the river as inclination migh$


Jim Bludsoe, Jr, 16 Chelton has just come from tlle cabin in company with a natty-dressed gentleman, with iron-gray hair and an immense black beard, which nearly hid the features. Chelton is seemingly unchanged; wealth is char acteristic in his faultless attil'&--his suit of'Spotless duck, and pauama hat, being of the finest, and the diamonds that gleamed in his shirt-front and upon his fingers, worth a king's ransom. "Hello I here t'!iey come!" cried one of the South erners, lounging <)n the deck, as tl:te two men came up the stairs. 0Whlcb won colonel?" "The Virginian won, of course," growled Chelton, I believe he or the cards are infatu "Bah I it's onl y science against bull-head luck, my dear friend," replied the Virginian. "You city gamblers are no match against we old bucks who have boated it so many years on the dear old Mis sissip. Why, sir, there are men still living, who can beat me so quick that l'd have to shut my eyes up. There used to be an old fellow living along tile lin e here, somewhere-think it was nt the next wood station-who peddled fruit for a livin!l''Rebellion Relic,' he called himself, and many a time he's fleeced some so-called sharps out of their spondu lics. He ploys faro by three systems, and if he fails to get the run of the.J:>oard by one system, he does not fail to get it on the other two." "I'd like to see that man," said Colonel Dillion, a rich Southern gentleman. "He must have some ex ceeding funny anecdotes to r elate of his experience; and then, rd like to tip him a game ... "IJuess he don't pay a _ny more, colonel, but he is as full of yarns as a hornet is of honey. That's the reason they call him Old Relic." Jn the m0an time, words were passing between Arnold and Mrs. Chelton, as they seated th mselves more in retirement from the rest. "You said you wouldn't gamble any more, Arnoldi" accused the little pale-faced woman, who had but a year and a half ago been blooming, courted Louise Lester; "and yet, you have just come from the saloon, with that insolent Dice Rutherford, wbere you have been losing heavily for hours on a stretch." "Humph! anothe r curtain lecture, P.h?" the bus bat1d sneered, sarcastically. "Perhaps I've lost some, but that does n o t signify that it's any of your busine ss. Y o u are meddleson1e.'1 "Oh I Arnoldi" sbe sobbed, resting her head upon his shoulde r, ''why nre you so harsh t o me! Why will vou not be good to me, as you promised. ere we were married?" "l\Iind your business, and stop interf01ing with I"'ine, and I will treat you all right. There I there! th"y up your sniffiinf?', or you'll attract attention. Dor>.'t be a baby, just because you know how. See; the boat is running in to yonder shore, to load up afresh with wood. Look at the darkies upon the pier." Thus he drew Louie's attention upon other things, which gave him an opportunity to slip away from her. Ah I not a happy life was hPrs, with Arnold Chel ton. Their honeymoon had been blissful, as the word goes. but after that a change came. He grew stern and harsh toward her: neglected her, but was violently jealous if another person to hi;r. He drank and gambled to excess, and fast was usmg the ready cash he had inherited from old Jacob Morgan. Fortlinately the r Pal estate and Government bonds be had not offered to touch, except the income from the lattPr. And Lonie I She grew to fear him, and, when her entreaties failed, to loathe him. Ahl many, many times did the poor girl-wife WP.ep in secret over her refusal of the true love of poor Sam Morgan. Nor did she ever forget the threat of the Phenix. The boat at touched the shore, where whites and blacks were gathered, indiscriminately, and the work of loading began. It was a short job, for the boat's storage capacity was but small, and a d ozen stout bucks were engaged in the loading. At last the job was complete, and the boat swung off. A short time afterward an old man hobbled up onto the upper deck, whe r e the excnrsionists were still seat-.>d. for none could bear tbe o f seek ing the close state-rooms, on such a balmy night as this. A quee r old customer w2s this new a rrivE.l. He was bent and apparently decrepit., for he leaned upon two crutches. and every move sec.med t r rnuse him a grunt for the pain occasioned. He wos clnd in rags; hi3 hair anrl tushy beard were of a snowy white; spectacles were upon his eyes. and a s louch hat drawn cown over his forehead to med them. Jn bis hand he carried a basket of large cran,.,.es, and these be began to pass in front of the excursionists, as if to tempt their appetites. "Nice oranges, Fbentlemeli'" he said, in a strange, squeaky voice. "Sweet as honey from a maiden's Jips." '' Hillo !" Dice Rutherford, the bler,exclalmed; do my eyes deceive me, or is 1t really old Rebel lion Relic, still at his old callini;!" "Guess it's tber old man, sir, rPplied the pe8dler, with a chuckle. "D'ye remember the time, Dice, when we used ter sail on these here water.', a few years agoue, when things were real lively, I tell r.e? Oranges gents. Y(s, we used to bev sum pntty tougli times them days, no mistake. We bed Southern j!'entlemen, then, who war free with their money, and would jes's lieve sbute as drink. "They call me Rebellion Relic, gents, because I went thru ther war without gettin' a scratch. Oranges. sir; sweet as encrusted honey from a young gal's lips, I do asmre you I" And a fine sal e tte old rran found for ris basket of fruit, soon disposing of it at a fair price. Chelton purchased a round dozen, as l.e was very fond of them. "Now, Relic I" said Dice Rutherford, as the old man finLbed, "can't you give us a little or your ex peri ence? I know you're chuck-full of anecdotes, and we are dying for something to break the monotony" "Hey? anecdotes, is it? Wal, Dice, old boy, ther old man ain't as good h e usfd to be-lost his memory, after he got Llown up wi' that steamboat expl osion several years ago; memory went on up toward the skies, white Relic come down in a sugar plantation. "That gentleman yonder, Dice pointing to Arnold Chelton, 'reminds me of o feller w'at, used to run upon the river, whose name w&1 Felix Gaine.&. He was a notorious old gambler and r owdy-called West. Once upon a time he tu'sted a felkr' s spire, in N e w York, an' chucked him down inter a sewer, where he was found by a couple of rat-catchers, an' fetched to life. Oh I he wa1 a terrible cuss, I tell ye. Sum war afraid of him. for it was talkylated he could lick anything that trod ther deck, "One night he cum aboard tber boat with a crowd of passt'n1Zers, an' I see'd thar was b lood in bis eye, for he strid np an' down deck like a mad bull. 'No one sed nuthin ter him, fer he'd 'a' sbot 'em, like's not, fer interferin'. He war savage, an' bymeby he began cussin'. We didn't kno' the cause, till we see a boat put out from ashore, an' In a few minutes a half-dozen planters an' a gal came aboard. All war armed wl' revolvers an' whips, and it looked as If some one war go in' ter git dressed out bl shape. "When Wild Bill see'd 'em he swore a lot of Bible names, an' he sed, sez he: Heer I am, you devils, If It is Wild Bill ye want!' W' !ch It Is,' sed one of the planters, snd then they rushed upon him, bound him hand an' foot an' each give him a whack with the whip, an' each put seven bullets Inter his carcass I"


16 Jim Bludsoe, Jr. "Horrible I" exclaimed one of the ladies. "I never knew such horrihle crimes were perpetrated In the rive"boats, bad as were iheir reputations. It seems incredible, sir I'' "But ar' nevertheless a fact, ma'am. But Wild Bill warn't dead, not by a long shot. Phenix-like he riz frum bis bleedin' ashes, an' t .her last planter hed only just lert the boat w'eu Bill sung out: "' l'll bet.five hundrtd doll't1'8 J can beat any man aboard at a square q1m' o' eu c hel' !' In the laughter that followed, Old R e lic slipped from the deck and went below followed by Dice Rutherford. "Hello I" presently exclaimed one of the compan.v -"here's a novelty. That o ld skinflint Las cheated me by s e llinv, me a hollowor:inge. Hal and as I live the r e is a paper inside ot it. What trick is this?" Instantly a curious crowd gathered around him, and he drew forth the crumpled paper and spread 1t out: "Hat strange reading, I must say: The Pheni."O livs, while Sam Morgan lies de:.td in t!.e bottom of the JJela ware !' As the words were spoken, the face of Arnold Chelton his wife b ecame deathly white and while the latter sunk upon the floor insensible, the former drew a revolver, and sprung down the stairs to the lower deck. The first man he encountered was Gueleppo, the villainous Italian, who occupied the positi o n of tem captain of the boat for the trip. a faith ful dog, this man had follow e d the fortune s of Ar nold Chelton, since their departure from N e w York, in which time they had traveled extensiv e ly in the Eastern and Southern States. Well paid for hisse r vices, he could well afl'ord to \VOrk for the interest of his employer. "The old tramp-what has become of him?" Chel ton demanded, excitedly. "Quick I speak before I kill you!" "Kill me?" growled Gue l eppo, grimly. "Reckon It wouldn't you to do that, Cap. What about the tramp?' Where is he f" roare d the millionaire, nearly be-side him13elf with ra ge. Who-tbe old orange peddler?" yes!" "He's gone ashore in a boat which he had towin' alongsid e. 1 "And the gambler-Dice Rutherford!" "\Ven t with liim l" en thousand furies I Why did you let them escape! One or the other of them was the accursed boy we t1ied to burn in the yacl:!t He is alive and do?ging me, w h e revC"r I go." Sam alive?" "Yes, alive, and hounding me down to death!" Then tbe millionaire related about the paper inside the hollow 01ange, and how the Relic had hiuted at their sewer secret, iu his anecdote. "But who is this Dice Rutherford?" "I know not; probably some detective whom the young> devil has employed as an accomplice." "Which is bad for us. In case of your death you inherited goes to young Morgan Yes, I suppose so; in reality he has a bette; right to it than I." "Then I should hate to be in your tracks, that's all. He'll lay for you and cut your throat from ear to ear." And with this comforting assurance, the captain turned away. Chelton went into the cabin and drank several glasses of brandy, o.fter which he paced up and down the floor, his hands clinched, and eyes gleam ID?, 'I am haunted!" he said, in hoarse voice"haunted, and by what? Is it possible that S1m Morgan still lives, and that there is such a thing as a Phenixf By heaven, this accursed mystery \7ill drive me mad-maa 1" CHAPTER IX. AT BULL'S RUN-THE DUTCa PAWNBROKER-A. JEW THAT KNOWS BIS BIZ-THE WANDERING HlltSTREL TllE SCHE.\IE AND r.rs SUCCESS. BULL' S RUN! Not the fam0us battle-ground whereon so many brave hearts fell, but a little Western mining-town of no particular excitement or interest. Travelers and artists :occ!l.sion lly wander bitller, because of the gigantic mountians and wild scenerx of its sur rounclings; but for mining-interests, Du.l's Run was literally dead and a thing of the past. There was a small amount of J?lacer mining done upon the flats by the slow-going inhabitants of the little town; a stage with mails came and departed twice a week; a new arrival was viewed with curiosity by th& uncouth citizens. The place probably numbered two hundred souls, and shanties for the accommouation of these hu mans were unevenly scattere d about without any attempt at s treets. There were one or two taverns, a smithy, and a school-house; also one dry-goods store and a IHWnbroker's shop. Just about a yca. r after the occurrence of the events 'last narrated, the stage one dav brought to Bull's Run a trio of strang.,rs-tbe Chel:ons and their body-servant, the villainous GuPleppo. Their arrival created considerable excitement among the inhabitants. What did it mean? No tourists so richly dressed as this party had ever graced tile town before; none were ever lik ely to again, for wild scenery could be fonnd almost anywhere in the Roc 'des and many a fairer place than this Bull's Run, which poss esse d no extraordinary attractions. Straight to the foremost tavern the Ch eltons went after ciisemb1r ld ng from the stage, an, l procured apartments and accommodations for three days, which was to be the limit of their stay. Bnt little change bad occurred in tbe appearance of the three since last we saw them, except it were that Louise looked a trifle old e r, and there was a worn expression upon her face. A f w more silver hairs threaded Cb elton's hair and mustache, and Gneleopo's swarthy skin seemed yearly to grow swarthier: Later in the day, after their arrival at Bull's Run, Chelton entered 'bis wife's apartment, a strange ex pression upon his face, as he beheld the little creature-not yet a. woman in age-sittinq-at a win dow, and gazing wearily out at the bleak aspect of their surroundings. All this travd anrl sight-seeing had lo s t its charm with her; she longed to rQturn to dear old Phiiadelphia. "Well, my dear, how do you like the look of things in this out-of-the-way place?" was bis salutation, as he seated himself and removed a cigar from b e tween his tee th. "I flatter myself it is just the place for my business." "For your business?' she interrogated, looking up indifferently. "Exactly, dear-for my busine.uitants as bloodthirsty as tbe red-skins themselves. So vou will see the of coming to terms. n


J.im Bludsoe, Jr. 17 "You won't? Well then, while I call Gueleppoin t.o hold you, it shall be my unpleasant duty to cut your fair throat from ear to ear I" I.ouie uttered a cry of horror. Oh I surely I surely you would not murder me, Arnold?" "Sorry; but that is precisely what I shall do, nna8u:!'. lep,pol" 'Yes, sir," came tho response, and the Italian stepped insid e the room. "At your service, sir!" "Good I Did you find a place to get the knife sharpened? ' "No. sir; but I purchased one at a Jew pawn broker's belo\v here, which is as kee n as n. razor." Very well; that will answer t.11e same purpose. you say?" kind of an individual?" "A Jew, s ir with a. big corporosity. '' "'Ha I aud ct id you notice or learn what his name \ 's?n "I Just chanced to glance at his sign, sir_ Isaac [saac s is his nam e P' "ls it possible? The very man I want to see. He ;Jdnn e d out of Philadelphia, two years and a half a.go.,, Then Chelton turned upon his young wife, who was sobbing bitterly. "Come I come I you baby, dry up your bawling. \Viii you sign the P"-!CI"S, or have your throat cut1 In !preference? Give me the knife, Gueleppo, auu prepare to seize her I" "Nol no; I will never sign them, you demon I" Louie fairly screamed, to her feet1 and lev elhlg two revolvers upon the astonished viltai ns. "Get out of the room, or, as God is my judge, I will put a bullet both of your black hearts!" She stood proudly erect, a steely glitter in her eyes, a compression of her lips deuoting r e solu tzon. Never a particle did the two weapons quaver; and the two men f elt that she would do as she baa said. "Go I., she repeated, her voice ringing out clearly; "go. or you a r e dead P1en I Do not think that I cannot shoot or am afraid, or you will find out your mistake. I have in secret been preparing fort is hour when I s h ould needs defend myself against you two human wolves I" Astonis hed beyond measure, Chelton slunk hastily from the room, and was follow e d by his tool, the Italian. Down in the bar-room b<'low, the two worthies held a consultation over their d efeat, which Chelton closed with the following words: "We cannot do anything more with bn at pres ent. She i s on guard, and it woulJ be dangerous to trifle with her. I shall first have tQ coax around her, make apologies, and any amount of promiseR, and in that way reduce her suspicion and watchful ness. Next time we will use r evo lv ers instead of knives.,, Then they parted, although the faithful Italian was always within call, ready to fly to bis master's aid in case of need. Chelton went out from the tavern, and searc1'ed for the pawnbroker's. H e was not long in finding a little shanty close by, over the door of which hung 11osign: "Is.u.c ls.A.A.cs, LoAN OFFICE." "Ahl" the mi!Eonaire exclaimed, as h e gtepped within th" front room, which was occupied as a 11tore; "this is the place, as I thought." Isaae Isaacs-the identical, self-same Isaac, glos faced and rotund-stood b ehind the counter, burnishing a brass watch-case into a fair representation of gold. "Hello, Mr. Isaac Isaacs I" cried Chelton, with e. lm laugh. "This is the last place in the ,.-orld I t1bould expect to find y

18 Jim Bludsoe, Jr. "Why, this Is no lemonade; It's the best article of brandy!" he exclaimed. "Ish dot MT" drawled the Jew, his little eyes blinking merrily. "Dot ish de kind of a J ewsharp I am!" looked he said, 'how much do you know about &he will of Jacob Morgan!" "Nodinks, Mishter Chelton .A.venue-nodinks, I assure you," and Isaaes pic1':ed one of his gleaming teeth with a huge bowie-knife. "You come to Puli's Run an' t'ink you bulldoze snmt'ings out u1f dish Jew pa,Tilproker, but you vas ferry mooch m.isdaken_ Isaacs vas so mooch smarter as you t'ink he vasn't, unt ven you find out anyt'ink apoud vat you don't know from dis Jewshar1l, you had pette r py sum more lemouaJe at fife tollars a schme ll. Yawl yawl yawl" and the pawnbroker laughed cunningly. Chelton grew livid with rage, and It Is doubtful what be would have said or done had not at this instant a third person entered the room. He was a young negro, with a face as black as an ace of spades, the whites of his eyes showing Judi crously. Ha was well formed, commonly dressPd, and wore a clownish hat on his head, which was covered with a mass of jetty hair, in the finest, wooliest curls. In bis hand he carried a banjo that ha1 vi!\ently' seen many hardships. ''Ha Uol ish dot you, Mister Snow?" exclaimed Isaacs, advancing from behind the counter and setting a chair. "Take a chair unt give us some music. I ish a loafer of goot music. ant you haven't bin aroundt sinee week pefore next. Mister Snov, dis ish Miter Chelton .A.venue, from Philadelphh." The negro acknowledged the introduction with a grin and a bow, and then proceeded to tune up his aged instrument. While he was thus engaged Arnold Chelton gazed at him as though stupe lied. For In that face, black as It was, hs recognized th of Sam 111.orgafl I Yes, there coul:J be no mistake; they were the same as when he had last seen them two years and a half ago. S'\m Morgan alive! True enough. like a he had risen from bis ashes! Anc l with him alive, what did it signify to Arnold Cae lton? Sooner or later-d,ath I W e ll th 1 villain kne w this, and as he stood there, with averted face that the pallor upon it might not be noticed, he resolved that his foti, Phenix or no Phenix should never leave the town alive. Mr. SnO\V strung up his banjo, and then played several artistic solos. Unable to stand the pressure, Isaacs, with all his avoirdupois, stepped out upon the floor anj gave some of best eJl'orts at clog dancing that Chelton bad ever seen. He was as light as a fe ther when lightness 'Yas required, and altogether a most extraordinary dancer. Nor was Mr. Snow to be easily exce lled upon tile banjo. He produced s'.>me very admirable and lively music, and then sung a nu nber of o!J-time ballaJs and plantation refrains, in a voice sweet in tone-a voice that was not Sam Morgan's: and this caused Chelton to wonder if it were not possible that he was mistaken7-that this was not Morgan? Surely if Snow's face was "rti ciaUy blacked, it -was a most perfect execution of work_ But were those gleaming eyes and handsomely-molded fdatures, that betrayed bis Identity. He soon finished his vocalism, and arose to de part. Chelton tossed him a coin, and then hurriedly left thti pawn-shop. Outside, ne found Gneleppo lonnging conveniently near. "Watch the negro-trail him to bis lair. but be cautious in your work!" the millionaire said. as be hurried by toward the tavern, never once looking at the Italian. But Gueoleppo understood, all the same, and keP,t his vigil. Re did not put in an appearance at the ta'l'l!rn, until about midnight, hut Chelton was still up and wait. in\'\ for him, m the bar-room. 'What made you so late?" he demanded, impa tiently. "Ohl I took matters easr, and made sure of mJ' game," the Italian replied. m a. chuckling 'vhisper. 0 You didn't capture bim?" "Yes, 1 did-knocked him down, bound him. and carried bim out of town, four or five miles from nowhere. '' "And kil!t"d him?" "Not much. I left you to do the bute:bering pairt. Reckon l" e salted away about enough humans to insure m e a safe passage to the devil's regions." ".A.ii right. I'll finish the job," Chelton said, pin> ly. "Wait here till I go and get my medicine.' "A r e you going to use the same stuff yon fixed out old Morgan with?" "Yes-the inhalation, you gave me." stick him with a knife, along with it, to make sure." 'Ugh I no; I detest bloodshed, where I have to do it p 1 r so nally. The liauid ought to do the work." "I11 will, I'll guarantee:'' Chelton ran up to his room-one he had engaged separae from that used by bis wife and soon returned, motioning for Gueleppo to lead the way. Accordingly they left the tavern and issued out into the dark, starles night. tbe intricacies of the uncouth little town they hurried, and out upon the rolling prairie, that fronted to the eastward. It was some time before the Italian could distin guisb his surroundings, but at length he struck into a trail, _and hurried on. In 11lilf an hour, by s.wift walkino;, they came to where the figure of the negro lay outstretched upon the ground, with his ebony upturne d toward the heaven. He was securely bound, and rendered utterly helpless. 'Hal ha! Sam Morgan; again we have you!" Chelton exclaimed, kneeling beside thb prisoner. One before you escaped death, but you shall not no"" "You cannot kill me!" was the reply in a low, tone. "You murdered Sam Morgan in a most horrible manner, but his spirit, clothed" In tho flesh or the Phenix, arose to haunt you nd put you 'through to death.' The Phenix is imperishable I" ".A.ha! we will see a.bout that. I have a poison tor you to inhale, hPre, which will fix you, l guess. Clue leppo, tie this cloth over his facol" The Italian firmly fastened the patch of woolt:n cloth over the negro's face, according to dLrectio.a. Then Chelton hastily poure.i the contents or a l&.'"!(e vial upon the cloth, after which the two vill11.iJ1s turned back toward Bull's Run. "We shall have to dig out of here on to-morrc''S st!l.ge, before the body is discovered, or that aCCW"S ed oM Je.v may occuse us of tbe crime. I the devil's done away with for sure, this time." "Undoubtedly. Did you make anything om o( the J ew?" "Nothing. He's game to the backbone." '--On the following morning the Chelton Bull's Run on the stage. CHAPTER X. THB PHBNIX ARRIV&S0 DEADWOOD! The wonderful Black Hills city, of strange, e:rc!ting history and wild reputation-Deadwood, t:ha theme of conversation when Eastern men nwet Western-the first city Jn size, population aud com merce in the Black Hills. Wh:y describe it? It is the same now as when the notorious Dead wood Dick disappeared from hid chief field of action for Jim Bludsoe, Jr., to come and take big place with as daring a gang of men as ever Dick bad headPd. Some even said Bludsoe was a second Dick. or the old one in disguise, but of course this assertion was


Jim Bludsoe, Jr. 10 tmprobable, when Dick was known tone up at Eure-ka in Idaho. One balmy afternoon toward the close of last Oc tober, six months after the events last narrated, the Cheltons arrived in Dead1Vood They came in on #he stage and took quarters at the United States for an indeill.nit e period. Gneleppo, tne Italian, was with them as usual. At thl8 time Jim Bmusoe, Jr's. name was upon everybody's tongue in the metropolis; miners and stage-drivers daily brought in complaints; a thorough-going, first-class road-agent the fellow evi liently was, and his backers were evidently accom1>_lished scamps. But when that evening's stage from l:layward City was rolling noisily through Black Can yon, six miles out from Deadwood, it was signaled w bait by a clear ringing voic e and out of a trans verse defile rode this Bludsoe and his men, in pairs, and surrounded the stage. A few shots were fired by the passengers withm she atage, and one or two of the road-agents dropped put of their saddles. But, when the grim riders closed in on every side, the passengers saw that reBistance was useless, and became quiet. Then the youth, Btudsoe, Jr., dismounted, and flung open the stage door. "Jim Bludsoe,innior, gents I" he said coollv peering 1Vitbln. "All yon that have valuab\es wlJI con fer a favor by handing tbem over without delay. We road-agents cannot wait Jong, on in-going car est', Dick, again I" whispered one of the Jlliners, but just loud enough to reach the ear o f the lllgbwayman, "No, not Deadwood Dick gentlemen, but his suc cessor In businP.ss, Jim BludSoe. Come! pan out, or to smash goes this old stage, and its contents, quick er than ligntnin' I" The passengers grum blingty banded ont their valuabJP,s, all of which the road-agent coolly stored in his capacious pockets. Whe n b e had received an, evidently, he sprung to tne back of bis horse, bis men swept aside, and the stage ws allowed to continue its journey toward Deadwood. '!'hat evening l\Irs. Chelton was seated in a parlor of suit of rooms at the hotel, watching the surging title of humanity below, in the main stree t of the town. A curious collection of beings were there, in all manners o! dress, and of an nationalities. Chinamen were plentiful, but more than plentiful were the rough, uncouth natives of the West-miners, llC()Uts and trappers. Mrs. Chelton was an alone. Arnold and Gueleppo had gone out, to visit some gaming den, no doubt, and she had naught to occupy her attention but to watch the crowds be?ow-not until she heard a foot step within her room. Then she sprung to her feet, and uttered a shriek as she beheld the form of a man st.anding close by, in the light of the chandelier. "8am Morgan I" she crieo, growing deathly pale. "Jim Bludsoe, Jr., at your service I" be replied, coolly. Oh I It cannot be I Do you think you cran deceive me? You are-" "JimjBludsoe !" came again; "the road-agent, and Phenix, which rose from the ashes of Sam Morgan I" And a striking looking chap wa.s this Bludsoe. Straight and muscular of form, with limbs like bars of iron; a broad, d ee p chest, an upright, manly carriage; a face which tbou11b brown and tanne d was handsome; eyes keen and piercing; mouth firm o.nd r esolute of expression; and hair brown and worn long uron the shoulders. His dress was characteristic of more asually i found in a road-agent. Pant.R, vest anrl coat were of some Jig-ht c l nth, and fitted him per fectly. A broad sombrero was tipped back npon his bead, jauntily: diamonds gleameu uo<>n his shirt front and fingers, and a massive double gold cb.W. was strung across his vest front. Louie uttered another scream at the words of the handsome stranger. "Ob I do not deceive me!" she pleaded, piteously. "Tell me the trutb,and free my !Hind from this bar rowing suspense I'' rwas I not killed in that explosion en the Dela ware!" be said, gazing at her t' ou(!htfully. "I don't see bow I can be alive nnd Sam 11Iorgan1 after being securely bound, and left a prisoner m the engineroom of the yacht. No, I am n o t Som M o r gan-that is impossible. I am Jim .\:!ludsoe, Jr., the Bo,rPhenix." I do not understand. You say you were left a prisoner in the yacht." "And t old the trur. b. That excursion was planned by your beloved husband and his Italian butcberf Gueleppo, especially for my destruction, though knew it not, until afterward, I was engaged 8.R engineer, but knew not who were to be my passen. gers. A f t e r we struck the bay. I was made 8 prisoner by Gueleppo, and be tired the yacht." uAnd-and-" "I was first burned into a crisp and my ashes tossed skywnrd by the explosion I" tbe road-agent assured, grimly. "Later I came to life as the PhPnixl'' Ob I Sam, bow can you ten such terrible !alsehoods!" Louie exclaimed. "You can deceive me no longer ." to him that "What do you want?" he demanded, shrinking away, a pace, as if her presence were contaminat ing. "I want you to take me away from Arnold Chel ton-protect me from his brutality-take me, and fly to another part of the earth, where I can live soleJy in your love." 'fbe n you do Jove me, yet?" be asked, gazing down at h e r, curiously. ".Lmi yon I Dear Sam, I have never ceased to love yon. I lov ed you even when I made the one terrible mistake of my life, in marrying Amold Chelton; l lov e ynu still, only with a passion tenfold stronger," she replied, throwing her arms about bis neck. But be hastily freed himself from her em brace-put her off at arm's length, and held her there. "J)on't !" be said, gazing at her almost sternly; can be nothing to me, while yo11-"But b e is wild. reckless and dissipated, 11.nd if by some act :i f ruffianism be should meet a merited death!" sbe questionetl-" what then!" "Don't /fiv e me conundrums to answer!" be .. 1 sternly. My name is Bludsoe, Jr, and I am no now a. marrying man. You chose n villain in my place threa years ago. and you will have to abide with your lot. You will confer a favor by not men tionmg me to your amiable husband, as be might kill me again, which would pnt me to the trouble o f once more rising from my nsb eR. l bid you a pleas ant good-evening, Mrs. Chelton," and then the road agent turned on his heel and strode from the r oom leaving a white-faced, wildeyed woman staring after him. Poor Louie I what a tenible mistake her lat kr life bad heen I She saw it now-saw !1ow her wb< le life had been wrecked by her union with Chelton; krew that she bated he!'>'elf f o r marrying him. and that she loved thi Jim BludsoP, be h e PhPnix, Bohemirn or road-agent, with all the fervor of her young, passionate ni.tture. Ah I would o r rould this l ove evp r be rewardPdt Nn l Blu

20 Jim Blud-soe, tropolitan saloon, in company with a littl e wbite wh1sk ered old Mennonite gamble r whose name w a s Harwood. Thre e times the rniUionai1 e had J ost l arf!"ely, and h e was cursinl\' his ill -luck roundly, when a new-comer steppe d up. "You h a v e lo s t s om e of your former practice I guess. o ld f e llow I" this new-comer exclaimed, slap ping Ch elton familiarly upon the shoulder. The time was, thre e yea r s ago, when you wer e the ter ror of all the faro and k eno games in Philadelphia." Ch elton looked around with an oath, as was cbar teristic of him. Tbe o ld e r h e grew the more fre quent his speech b ecame interlarded with oaths. "You git, you Italian butcher, before I saliva\e you!" he crie d, sternlr"Your chance to murder me has n')t come yet 1 "But will come!" Gueleppo growled, turning, and descending the stairs. He went bac k and bunted up Chelton, who was still/,laying the li t tl e M ennonite gamble r to tackle him in another shape. But just what shape the y die.I not conclude upon right away CHAPTER XI. "Who are your he growled, eying the handl!lomely dressed stranger in smprise. 'I don't know you." DLUDSOE'S AGENTS .AGAIN-AND THE BOOTY THEY GOT. "Guess not," assented the other. "Three years -HEN Bludsoe, Jr., came, the DP,adwoodites bel;l'.a covers up olc.l tracks o f guilt, and puts new faces on to believe that a curse was r esting upo n their city, old acquaintance s. My name is Jack Jaunders, de-for never since its settlement had it known the tective l" w o rds "peace and qui e tude Eithe r Indians or "And a consort of Sam Morg an, als o I" Chelton ro4d-agents had thus fa1 preye d upon the place cried, fier ce ly. "Ila ha I but I guess l do reme m-almost with impunity. ber you. You were Dice Rutherford, on the Missis-And now that they had gotten rid o f D eadwood sippi." Dick, probably as bold and an a gent as ever "Probably. We d etective s have to l;l'.et ourselves sat in a sadd le and were congratulating themse lves disguised s o m e times, and a ssociate with the worst upon their good fortune l who should put m an aJ? of vill a ins, such as you and that Ita1ian dog of pearance but this you hful hi gh" ayman and his yours!" men. "Look out, sir, or you will r e p ent your words!" w ere the y and bold, too, and the y held Chelto n cri ed, sprrn glng to his f ee t. "I will tolerate the surrounding approaches t o the metropolis with none o f y our i n s o l e nc e !" a firm hand, although a company of D eadwood's "Ohl y o u w o n t, e h ? Well, maybe in preference statione d militaryhad mu.d e r epeatl'd attempts to you'd rat h e r tol erate a p air of bracelets!" and r out them out. But they held theil" own, even as Jaunders brought forth a pair of the articles from a D eadwood Dick had done iu bygone days, and hard pocke t in hi s coat. ly ever did a stage escape them, or a consignment Tbe millionaire grew white in an instant, and of gold reach its destination. ree l e d back. On the succeeding afternoon a w e ll-loaded stage 'Remember!" Jaunders continue d, coolly," that was c o ming through the Two Mil o Canyon from the OU nre wanted f o r tbe murde r of s e veral p erso n $ uppe r mine s. m Philade lphia, and I'd just as li e ,,e take you as The clay was a balmy on e in the Black Hills with not. So you had bette r k ee p quiet, if you don' t a bri ght blue sky haze d with tl1e t o u c h o f lndian want to get your neck stretch ed. summer; a drowsy r e d sun s:->arin g ov e rh e ad, and a. Then h 6 turne d on his heel and s trode away. soft bre eze stirrin;:: throug h the w a lls o f the cany on, As soon as l e could recov e r fro m his excessive p erfume d with the exquisite od ors of a tho usand agitation, Ch e l t on moti o n ec.l to Gu e l eppo who was wile.I flo wers, natives of1bis w onderful flow er-para lubricating ratbP r freel y at the bar. The Italia n a c -d ise of Am e ri c a Perhap s there is n o othe r place cordin gly came up with his face flu s h ed and breath o n the c o ntin ent whe r e flo w ers of c ount le s s varieti e s strong ly scente d with the stuff the Deadwoodites grow in suc h profus ion, as if to r e li e v e the pi cturcalJ whi s k y esque ruggedness that N ature's hand has strewn 'You s a w that man? Ch elton interrogated, around li be rally. meaning J aunde r s At t h e r e q:i es t of the passengers itbin the large "Yes I sce'c.l him." ope n stag e J ehu had all o we d hi s hors<'s t

Jim Bludsoe, Jr, 21 "There is 60tae truth in your assertion, sir," replied the maiden's father, bowing. "I do not think the generality of artists do get the correct idea of mountains and mountain scenery and hfe, although some creditable approaches are made." Yes; th er artist chap neglects ter put in a band o' road-agents, allus, which robs the picture uv ets due romance and poetry." "Ahl do you have road-agents up here in the Hills, then, as we did in California, years ago?" the old man demanded, with au anxious start, and au apJlrebensive glance toward his beautiful daughter. Reckon we do, ca.pt'in; l e astwise, thet's w'at they say-kinder licensed toll-gates, ye see, kept by gentlemen, who'd as leave shute as h'ist 'mountaia dew.' Ef ye've got any vallybles, ye'd 'a' better left 'em in Californy, fer I'm doubtful ef tbey are ever keNyed thru ter Deadwood on this yer old ominousbuss." "How is this. driver?" the old gentleman demand ed, turning to Jehu. "Do you apprehend an attack from road-agent 6 ?'' "Shouldn't wonder," replied the man, indifferent ly. "Bludsoe, Junior, bosses this trail, since Dead wood Dick left, and he generally turns up about stage-time. No use ter get out them r e volvers, g:ov'nor; these aiu't the old days o' '49. The' gents o' the road' come ten to our one, an' ef ye shute, ye're liable to git your skull bu'sted." "What I then are we to sit still and deliver up our valuables, without even raising a hand in defense?" the old gentleman demanded, in astonishment and horror. "Guess thet's 'bout the caliber o' ther subject, gov'nor. An', hythe way, ye'd better be a gettin' out your contribntions1 fer yonder sire Bludsoe and his men, now, waitin fer us;" and t .he driver point ed down the canyon, where some thirty-five or forty men were collected, some of them being drawn in a line across the gulch, while others were lounging about on convenienr; rocks. To an eye that had never before seen anything of the kind, this was a striking tableau or mountain life. All the mea were a med with polished repeat ing rifles and mostly were villainous-looking, be whiskered chaps-" old stagers in the dramatic life of the country of gold. "Ye5; them's yer road-agents I" cried one of the passengers, taking out his pocket-book with a sigh. "Paid my toll last week, but I expect I'll hev ter pay et ag'in. No use a-groanin', pilgrims; it's fork over, or stop cold lead." The stage stopped promptly, when the horses' noses came on a line with the barricade of outlaws. Jebn knew his business-knew his life would pay the forfeit should he attempt to run past. "Heer we aire, gentlemen-at Bludsoe's toll-gate no shootin' nO\V, or I'll not be responsible for what happens." Your valuables, my friends!" cried a clear, ing voice, aud young Bludsoe, the handsome, dandi fied succesoor of Deadwood Dick, stood by the side of the stage. This is a foreign port into which :vou have sailed, and you must pay the custom house duties." One by one the miners forked over their valua bles without a grumble-watches, rings, pins, and a laughable assortment of pocket-books and dust ponches. As Bludsoe came to Governor Lennox and his beautiful daug-hter, and as his eyes rested for the first upon the latter, he leaped back v Ith an exclamation. "Milly Lennox, yo1t here!" his face flushing with pleasure and then with shame. "Sam Morgan1 y o u here, and in this position!" Milly cried in astonishment. You a road-agent?" "So they say, Milly. My nqme is no longer Sam Morgan. As that boy, I perished in a yaCht explo upon the Delaware river three Years ago. I arose from my ashes, like the fabulous Phenix, la the guise of Jim Blndsoe, Junior." What mearui this intimacy of yours '\\1th this outlaw, child?" demanded Governor Lennox, angri ly. ''Driver move ahead!" "Just hold your mules till I say go, Jehu I" ol' dered Bludsoe, Jr., coo1ly You don't run this stage, old gentleman, quite yet. For your impudence I should be justified in demanding your valuables, but on account of your daughter who used to be & very dear friend of mine, I will allow yon to escape unscathed. You may consider yourself lucky. The other plunder, gentlemen, I will dispose of at a good figure, and the m ney proceeds therefrom shall go toward establishing a public school fund at Yank, ton, Dakota._ My is not for profit so mucl as for excitement. Miss Lennox, we wiJI mee{. again. Jehu, you are now at liberty to bowl a!OnJ once more toward Deadwood." And Jehu needed no second invitation; be swunw his long:lash.ed whip, gave a screech that made tbe mountams ring, and away went the stage down the canyon road at a tremendous speed. Neither of tbe Lennoxes spoke until they reached Deadwood, and found quarters in the "Centennia] n hotel; the n the old geLtleman turned fiercely upon his beautiful daughter. "Now, Mildred!" he said, sternly, "I wish to know about your acquaintance with this road-agent I" "I have nothing to tell you father, further than that we wern friends, when I lived in Philadelphia with aunt Charlotte. His name was Sam Morgan, then, and he was a very nice boy, who lived in the same tenement we did. I knew he was reported to have been blown up in a yacht explosion, and there fore was very much surprised to meet him out here. Poor Sam I be was very much sinned against, and that is probably what drove him to this wild life." "Poor Sam, ind eed I That sounds nice, now doesn't it, to come from the lips of a young girl oi your standing and age?" Another stage was stopped by the notorious Blud soehJr., and his men, that day, just as the shades o:r nig t were falling over the mountains and jZOrges. It was tbe fastest in the Hills-the one bringing the Cheyenne mail, crowded to its utmost capacity, as usual, and with several individuals on top, among trunks and general baggage. Chief among these latter passengers, noticeable more for bis corpulency and great girth than his b eauty was Isaac Isaacs, the Jew pawnbroker from Bull's Run, with his full stock in the four huge pack ing trunks on either side of him. Disgusted was Isaacs with the roughness of the road, and the velocity with which McGucken drove the creaking old stage throng!< the gloomy gorges, where the shadows lurked darkly, before the sun had sunk in its western bed, and loud were the Jew's lamentations, when a great jolt of the convey ance would bounce him up like a rubber ball; and when he came down he made the old roof groan. I vish ash vat I bad stayed mit Pull's Run I" the r.awnbroker ejaculated, after one of bis bounces. r vas no like all dish shaking np ofl' a veller's in sides, undil dey tumble sumersaults mit each odder. I dinks dey'd pedder ash pave de street mit cobble stones an' done wit' it." "Ruther jars ther ponderousness of your prepon derance, don't it, old Jewsharp?" questioned Mc Gucken, grimly, as be saw an extra rut in the road,. and gave the horses a violent lashing. "Look out now-" and the next moment Isaacs was bounced fully two feet into the.itir, comingdown with a force that made the old top creak. "Oh I vat for you drive so like all smash, my frient1" groaned the Jew. "Dere pe not so mooch as a pone left in my poddy, ven we get ter Dead wood. I pet you de lemonade. Hello I vat in the tuyfeJ isb all dos!' fellers coming down dt. road, yonder?" ll hoil !" McGucken roared, setting his horses back upon their haunches; "wake up, pilgrims; roadaqerits by thunder!" "Road tuy/els !" gasped Isaacs, in alarm. "Oh I vat vil pecome ofl' all my vatches, my shewels, mat


22 Jim Bludsoe. Jr. my goldt? Dundere.tion I vy vor did I not stay mit Pull's Run v'ere dey had no road-agents?" "Yes, why didn't you, you old grunter?" McGucken. "Get out yer dudads, fer hayr's Jim Bludsoe an' his gang. No.shutin', or you'll huff a ter Deadwood!" Up came Bludsoe, Jr., and bis bold followers, and surrounded tha stage. Tb.en out came tbe unwilling purses to b e resigned, and coolly the successor of Deadwood Dick received them, kindly expressing bis thanks to eac11 donator. "Hello, vou on the stage there!" saluted Bludsoe; "got any "Not von e valuable, py cle stars!" solemnly assured Isaacs, trying to hide himself behind his trunks. 'Ve vas ash poor as a church mice I" "Hello!" again cried "may I be kicked If ft isn't o ld Isaacs! H e y, old Jewsharp, didu't know !OU had friends here in Bhck Hillclom, did ye? Come, tumble yerself off here, you're just the rooster I am anxious to see." "No, I sthay here mit der stage!" declared Isaacs, cletjantly. "Nary a stay, you old beer-cask I" cried McGuckPn, and thP next minute the unfortunate Jew was pitchPd head-0ver-heels down among the road ageots, while the stage roll e d noisily away toward Deadwood. CHAPTER XII. .AND TBB: PRE1'."IX ROSE-ISAACS'S LI'ITLE COllPLIMENTu 1'..,LY! FLYI IT'S YOUR ONLY HOPE.'' THA.T same evening of Bludsoe's robbery of the Cheyenne Arnold Chelton received a visit from the Phi:"mx while smoking an evening cigar ou the balcony of the United State s. He was at the time alone upon the balcony-sat wih bis p e rched upon the back of another chair enjoying his Havana and gazing down upon the .nultitudes who thronged tbe stree t below. Nor did he hear a scund of human approach unt il 1 low laugh aroused him, and caused him 1 o look aroun1 with a start. The o he leaped to his feet with an oath, beli e ving b<:: saw in the ironical Bludsoe a living Sam Morgan ?" the Phenix observed, puffing away at bis with cool indiffer ence "On9 would natura.ly suppose you bad a gripe In the stomach, or-" "For G xl's sake, stop I" gasped the villain, hoarselv. "TeU me, are you living-Sam Morganor cleajf,, "Well, considering the matter from a practical standpoint. I should say that I am not aware of l?e in:; diembod_ ied, just yeti" tbe young mau r e plied, with a grim chuckle. One hardly ever encounters spirits roving about with one hundred and fifty pounds of superfluous flesh about them, to say nothing about othe r etcetera, and eo forth. As to Sam Morg in, yon might be able to find a few o! his bones yet, in the b ottom of Delaware bav, providing the tide has n11t carried them away Your present company Is James Bludsoe, Jr., the Boy Phenix, as you have probably dreampt." Chelton remamed motionless in bis ch:ur, bis face titill of that ghastly whitish hue; his eyes rh-eted upon the yo_ith jjust opposite, in a wild g-laring gaze; his forehead c ammy with perspiration; and his beart beating sluggishly. "What do you want?" he again faintly articulated, it cost him an effort. "Why do you come "To pass away a few moments o! time. whl'e tha sheriff and his men are searching for me in th crowd, yonder I" Bludsoe replied, with a nOd toward the street. "I spied you up here; came up and locked the door behind me, and h ere we a.re as nice as a bug in a rug, l1Tlles s you attempt to vocalize for assistance, when I shall necessarily have to bullet-doze you in the Ia.test Carolina strte. I have a littla business to transact with you-wish to relieve your mind, lest you still suspect me to be a supematural Lend me a lucifer, please." Chelton extended his match-case with bad grace, and Bludsoe accepted a couple of matches, with one of which he relit his cigar. "Was up to <'.all upon Mrs. C. l a.t evening," the road-iigent went on, all as coolly ns the reputed frigidness of a cucumber, "but she didn't appear to be very happy. Living with a natural-born human wolf, is not what it i!I cracked up to be. I warned her, nowever, before she marrierl you. 11 "She gets treated w e ll enough, considering that she is only my unsuspecting slave I" Chelton replied, with a sardonic grin. "The girl was never legally made my wife!" Blu Jsoe b etrayed no astonishment o r emotion, as the other had very naturally expected, at this de claration. "I think you are mistaken I" h e replied, calmly. "I know it was part of your plot with Charley Hes ton to have a mock marriage performed; bnt it so happened that Morgan, the deceased Bohemian, bad more power over the student th'!\n bis cousin, your self, and as a natural result, he, Heston, was induced to send a real minister of the gospel in his place I and so-" "You lie. I" Chelton cried, fiercely, springing to his feet. 11 You-" .. 'Shi" Blt1dsoe reminded, raising his derringer. "No n eed of raising your voice qnite so l o ud; re. memb' r that Sheriff Roxly, Jr., is bel ow. and wants a fellow omething aftc:r mi style and disposition It's the truth and nothing but th" truth, that you are l eg ally bouncl t:> her who \vas Loue Lester, and I happen to poss?s s clnplicat e pap<'l"'l tu show for it. So, tllis littl e information will t nrni s h you food for future meditation. Perhaps yon wonld like to know how I e!'!Caped tbe two traps you so generously laid for me?" "111ore than all else I" Chelton assente d, with manif est eagerness. "It won Id enable me to obtain a clear""r apprehension of the c'l.se." "Very w e ll. There b eing no m'>re stag-es to stop to-night, and having a little extra time, I don t mind t e lling you. "In the stern lif e which we live, we never know when we a.re to be stricken. I was of course ismo rant of 'Peril-ig-norant of the hellish tra" you 'had laid for me, until Gueleppo ca11ght me at a disad vantage and made me powerless. Then when I saw him s e t fire to the/acbt, the whole truth flashed across my brain an I knew to whom I owed this threatened death. In vain I struggled to free my self. Not because I was afraid to die did I strui::gle -I only yearned to get free for the sake of rPvenge. And I was destined to have my wishes gratified. "SLildenly a -flo"'lll'e leaped from the burning bold, whe r e the flames were raging ma.clly, and my bonds were cut, and I was pitched bead-foremost into the bay, through the port-bole where I bad been sitting at the time of my capture. The next minute my ol

Jim Bludsoe, Jr. 23 would have liked no doubt. But at Bull's Run, you again got the best of me. Your villainous Italian again laid me out when I was not expecting him, and then you came to finish the job. That was in tended for a poisonous inhalation, what you put up on the cloth and spread over my face, eh!" "Yest" Chelton assented, with a wondering nod. "Well.i..it was the most grateful poison I ever inhaled, .HY mistake you nad hroui:ht along your perfumery bottle, in the place of your poison, and saturated the rag liberally with French cologne. I take the present opportunity to thank you, for in those days I was not able to purchase an article so grateful to tlie smell!" "You have been cursed fortunate I" he growled, savagely, "but you cannot always resist death, whether you call yourself devil, Phenix. o r what!" "I do not intend to give you another dig at me I" Bludsoe assured, with a gnm smile. I Shall keep watch of you. When I feel in a proper disposition, I shall arrest you and take you back to Philadelphia, and "wing you off a scaffold, within Moya's walls, for double murder. Ah I Arnold Chelton, you have fewer secrets from the Phenix than from the old Sam Morga1' I saw you take the life of our uncle; I was the darky who so bothered you. I was also that old fortune-teller, wbo knew so much about your husiness; I was within the Lester parlor, in ileep disguise, at the time of your marriage; and I was the sham M. Sardou, whom you so kindly chucked down tbe sewer. But for the emptiness of that subterranean passage, I probably should never have escaped I" "You have been everything but the d e vil, and a j)art of him I" W3S the reply, as .Bludsoe arose. "Going?" "Yes, beloved cousin, thnugh I assure you it causes me much sorrow to pert from so angehc a b e ing!" Bludsoe ,..,plied "We shall meet again, I trust: "So don't crowd on yonr neighbor, I advise you, With the thought that you'll triumph ag'in, For your e nemi es'll all criticise you. When I flop up the trump-card and win I" Saying which the road-agent backed off the b a l cony, and was gone. Tbe following forenoon, while sauntering through the main gu,Jch street of Deadwood, which r eflects a curious panorama of life, bustle and business, Ar no!d Chelton crone face to face with-Isaacs, the itinerant J e w, whom we bad l eft in the clutches of the road-agents. Isaacs was whistling tha t song about "Dot Leedle German Band," and 1-:ic; countenance was as fat, glossy, and beaminl\" as e ver. "Good-morning," l\Ir. Chelton Avenue!" be ex claimed, putting out his chubby hand. "How you vas?" "Right well; how are you?" the millionaire re plied, shaking bands. "Ob I Isaacs vas alvays d e r same-poor and healdthy. I'll take lemonade, if you say so." "Not at m.v expense, you won't I" Chelton replied with a chuckle. "I know you of old-a ree;ular old skinflint, you are, with more mone. v than brains." "Vas? you t'ink old Isaacs vas not. got some goot deal prains, eh? You t'ink be vas like an old prass vatcb mitoud der verks, eh? Oho! mine vri ent, you vas so mucber misdaken a.q nefe r -vas. You find dot Isaacs pea Jew, sure enough. put be peeisb no vone's shack ass, you pet te sauerkrout on dot I '> make you von leedle combliment1 Chelton Avenue, v'en I tole you dot you pea fool I' "What! you call me a fool I" roared the other, be coming deeply enraged. "You old blunderbuss, take that!" and a heavy cane was raised, and a fierce blow leveled a t the Jew. But Isaacs lightly leaped to one side: his chubby fist shut out like a !lash of l.ightning, and struck Chelton between the eyes. Down wentthe millionaire in a heap, not insensl ble, but the possessor of a skinned nose and one blackened eye. "Yawl I took dot, unt I giff him pack again, you pet!" laughed Isaacs, good-natwedly. "Ven you vant sum more off der same kind, Mr. Chelton Ave nue, shust come around unt see me; you see my sign mit dot building ofer yonder-unt a' Jewsharp am I!'" And away sauntered the Jew with the utmost sangfrotd. It was in the evil, revengeful nature of Chelton to have killed the Jew, but be bad another object in view, which wculd not permit of such a crime. Therefore be got up from the dusty ground, brush ed off some of the dirt, and s t a lked in a very undignified manner toward the door of the United States Hotel, which was but a short distance away, followed by the jeers o f a curious crowd which had collected. He went straight to Louie's room, a very devil gleaming in his eyes. She was reclining upon a bed, but arose quickly as he entered, her face quietly subduing a l ook of expectancy that had for a mo ment lingered there. See here, you hussy I" the man crie d, advancing until be stood directly before her; "do you know what I have just found out?" "How should IY" she replied, wondering what was coming and trembling in anticipation, for she bad grown to fear him, when angered. be was so harsh and cruel-more like some savage wild beast be often cm1ducted himself, than like an intelligent human being. "How should you, indeed 1 Why, I have found out that you are legally and lawfully my wife!" Louie started to her feet. "Whr,t" she.gasped-"did you ever think me not your wife?" "Yes-of course! I supposed that the man who married us was a sham but Sam Morgan's accursed iHterference made a balk, and a true minjster was sent-and you are legally bound to m e where I had sul?pos ed vou to be only my tool and victim." Then God praise Sam Morgan I" the young wife cried with spint. "Eh I you think you triumph?" he rneered. "Oh I you die, curse you-you die, and by my hands, ana may my everlasting curse follow you to the place you will go to I" l: e sprung upon her like an enraged panther, and clutched h e r by the throat. forcing b e r heavily back upon the bed. She trie d to scream-to get her breath, but in vain. The wretch's fingers were clutched like a vis e around her fair throat, and he threw bis whole strength into that gripe. She grew purple in tile face, and when five minutes later he released her she had ceased to breathe: poor Louie was dead. young life blasted and gone in its ripen ing beau

Jim Bludsoe, Jr. CHAPTER Xlll. .!Lt.TTJSOE AND MILLY-AND A PURSUIT OF VILLA.INS. after leaving Chelton, ssed down throngh the hotel. taking car' to pull his hat over his 0,ves, l es t he be r e cogniz n d, an l from the hote l <>ut into the u r must disguisQ myfelf. 11 h e muttered, ''for it will not b e sa'e to stalk ris I am I'll go and get a heavy mustache of ol r l and a M exican cloak, and then g.Junl vis i t Mis.;; Straight toward t lw awnbrokcr's heJ)Ushed his way and soon came face to face with ack Jaun d el's. you made any d e finite ti mo for the of onr t'ie cl, child, explain the prese nce o f this ruffian!" he in holy h 1t'ror. "Slr-r-r! leave the room m tant v or I will give the alarm!" "Do it at your pl'il, sir!" was the cool threat. "What do you want here?" the old man demand ed s ternly. "I wili t e ll you," the Pheni x repli e d "Three years airs, I met this maide n in Philarlelphia. We resided on Alaska a very dignified thoroughfare, and in Mother Magirm'e tenement-house. wher<:. I occupied the first floor-below the roof. Here our acquaint ance and l ove germinated, and the seasons since then having been rather retrogressive, it is only now that the irerms of the past have become ripe ned, and suitable for harvest. Therefore, we do come unto you, and ask that you, as a lawful citizen and pro moter of good, do give your consent that we 'pad lock ourselves together, and express outselves Eastwar r l hol,, The stoo, l listening, in a half belligerent attitude, and when Bludsoe finished, he brought his fist ars. So do not despall', but keep up your courage 11' Ile c1uc;ht h e r in his arms and kissed h er; then turned to her father, who was working himself up into n rage. "Adie n 1" s,p,id Bludsoe, with a bow. "You don't appe._r to be favorably in c lined toward my suit n n w, bnt lime mav change Your daughter the Fates have destined shall be my wife, sooner or Iat er.11 "Ne1Jer, "Oh! don't you deceive yourself. Good-by, my darlingl"-thUt upon the roof, by which we oan escape, and by skip ping from roof to roof, w e can evade the detectives vig-i lance, when you must charter a conveyance to hurry us to the nenrest railroad station '' They left the dead woman lying tipon the bed left the room, and secured the door b ehind them. Then Gu e leppo searched around until h e found a stairv1. v l eaclmgto the attic, into which the twe villains ascended. It was a dark, unflnishecl hole unde r the roof. with a trap opening out. skyward. This Gue leppo pushed aside, and in another nion1ent they wer.1 out upon the r oof, which was flat, and higher by several feet than i ts immediate neighbors. A row of buildmgs ran in either direction so that it was an easy matter to escape from roof to roof, i! no one took notice of them. Gu0leppo replaced the trap, and dislodging a dozen stones from the chimney-top piled them upon it. "Now, come along. an look out that you don't s lip anil break your neck!"' he sairl, sliding down to which bad been made slippery by a I t proved a precarious undertakin g this leaping from 1'oof to roof', as in some instances tb.e eaves were fnnr feet a part, anr\ it was full an hour after hotel top, that they landed safely upon Fo1'tuuately for the m a liv ery stable was near, and to this thev weut in hot haste. "I want to b e conve:vecl to Cheyenne in the fast;. time!" Chelton aaid addressing the


Jim Bludsoe, Jr 26 "I'll give you five hundred dollam hire for your fastest rig and driver!'' "Phew I guess business mni;;t be ruther pressin', ehf" the H boss" demanded, inquisitively. "No matter. Business is business, you know. Will you take the offer?" "Reckon so. When do you wanter start?" "Instantly-there is not a moment to be lost." "All right. Pan out your duracks, and climb inter yonder cab, an' ye'II be goin' inside o' five minutes, bound fer election!" Without a word, Chelton counted out the re

Jim B ludsoe, Jr. know. He'd as soon M ckie bis best friend with his honi as not." Where dld vou see these sleuths?" "On Chestnut street. conversing with a police man. And as it l ooked suspicious, I thought it be hoov e d me to come and take care of you. I have brought amplA disguises I" and here the villain took a of clothing from in un. '.lr bis arm. "Our only chnnce, now. i s to hide our identity, and roam ohout the city, watching for a chance to escape to another city.,, "I wish bad stayPd in the 'Vest!" Chelton said, grimly. So do I: hut it's wish in one hand and want in riate to lull and yet charm the and prai.ae God for thtl beauty and fascination of tbe hour. ChPltor. and Gne leppo mnde their way along near to the band stand and found au empty soat, wbicb they took and lit fresh cigars. Then were many p:is s in g by where he sat, whom the millionaire h9.d three years ae:o clnssed anaong his friends-a very few h o nest disposed citizens and a g-reat preponderance of rogues and re.sea s. But he d a r e not speak nud betray himself; he w a s a l::unted ontcas t upon th'l face of tbe earth, Whik they were louno;ing in the park, the million aire purcl.Jased a copy of tho Le 'gr of i.. wandering newsboy, and idly glanced over its advertising col ums. In a f e w moments bis face assumed an ashen hue, and a bitter curse escaped hi lips. "See I" he exclaimed, directing the Jtali

J'im B ludsoe, Jr. 2 7 -Springing In, the two m e n pull e d out Into the D e la ware "Chelton e.nd Gueleppol" whispe.ed Jack Je.un d ers, quickly. "I se.w thos e t w o m e n in e. beer-garde n to-de.y," repHe d Bludsoe; "e.nd I don' t b elieve they're our gam e "I do, and e.m goin g to f o llow the m, you b ear me!" Jaunders tossed the old me.n tb e r e n t ing price o f a boat, and, leaping into a trim little skiff, sei ze d the on rs "Hold on, I'll i::o along if the r e is any pro mise o f an adventure Blud s o e said, into the craft. "Now, go ahead with your ark." Je.und ers poll e d quickly out upon the res tl es s bosom of the Delaware, in the direction the two m en had to.ke n. The night was inky black, and e. misty fog enve l the riv e r Ov erhead, the clouds w e r e ,?ath e r ed In great b anks and the s ulle n rumble a l o n g the h eavens predicted a thunde r -storm. Fifty yards from 8hore, and the lights of the city had fade d from view In the d e nse fo g. "Yo u won't find your game after aJll" Bludso e declared, leaning back in the stern of the ski fl', aud lightin!I' a cigar. But Jaunders quick l y knocked it from his mouth int o the riv e r. "No smok ing in this boat!" he said, In a low t o n e "These d e vils may b e onl y a f e w yards {istant. and the glo wing end o f your c i gar w ould make a capital targe t fo r a r e v o lv e rs h o t K ee p qui e t now, and we'll listen a bit." Sayin g wbi c n, the y oung d etective raised the oars in the rowl o cks, and the y b qth li s t ened care fully. But n o sound wan audible except the lapping o f the waves against the sides of th.,ir kiff. A strange s i lence was brooding ov e r land and water, pre c eding the outburst of the coming storm; the r e was scarc e ly a breath o f air s tirring, eve n upo n the w a t er; a n occaalonal f aint t winge of lightnin g sho t z i g-zag athwart th e black sky. "The re, I told you tha t the y were not our g a m e ; 9.nd you1v e come on a f ool's e rrand !0 l a u g h e d Jim Bludso e Jr., c o o lly. "Keep qui e t Nothi n g bas g o n e t o prove to the contrary o f what I said l r e pli e d Jaundcrs, pullin g care fully on ov e r the ri v er. "In my o pinion those two m e n, who w e re none other than Ch elton a nd hi s bulldog in dis g ui se, saw us standing upo n the wha rf, and thinking to d eco y us out upo n the river, or to test us and see if we suspicion e d them, did as w e h a v e seen "Mar.be you're ri ght," Bludsoe r e pli e d, thoughtfully! 'but In y o u are what's tbe use o f our padding about h e r e on a wildg oos e chase, and stand a chance of getting salivate d, as the y say out In the Black Hills?" "Becf\use we must not l e t them escape our surveillanoe this or w e may not b e so fort1mate in penetra tme: their clisgn ise another. Whe n you have a point, al ways play it and to luck. S o the youne: detectiv e pnllP d o n p erse v e ringly. I t was p erseverance and ind omitable pluck that had been the m eans o f g etting him in favor with the de tective-polic e and s ?curing him a situa ti o n upon the f orce, where he was now recogniz e d as a valuable membe r Steadily on pulled b e with strong but cautious stroke s, his eyes peering ahead into th e fo g as sharply as the nignt-s eeing orbs of the owl. And Bludso e Jr., was now upon the alert als o. He k ept his eyes roving, o n eithe r side e.nd behind, and a c ouple o f revo l ve rn which h a d don e road agent service in the Blac k Hills he held in readiness f o r emergency. "'Shi" he suddenl y whispered: "listen-quick! Jack cease d rowin g and both liste n ed intently. From over the waters ahead of them, came the sounds of angry voices and angry words: "Put down that revolver, you old lunatic, o r "You pe shoost easy!" came back, I n strong Ger man accent; "shoost so much as raish eirp finJrer,. unt I make bologna sausage out off you. You foller me, unt t'inks I ish von s hackass unt a cowyard, put, py Sbiminny i

28 Jim Bludsoe, Jr. I Bad was this, for neither Bludsoe, Jr. nor the Jew could ge t a shot at the v . l:i.ins, ere they disappeared from view in the river. And t110 blackness of the ni ght made it impossible to sight them when they came up to the surface, if they cUcl comE'I up, which was not very probable Most lik e ly they swam in nnder water nntil at a safe distance, nnrl t en maJe for the s hore. Anynow, the three friends saw nothing more of them that Je.un3 e r s c ame to the surface, and was pulled into the boat, after which Bludsoe tll a t ol l Isaacs was pulling sturdily away toward the Jersey shore. H e did not hail him, but took the oars, and pull ed with nil hi mi ght and main for Pine street wharf. Jaund e rs was rather "down in the mouth" over the results of bis blund ering miJ s t cp, and said little <>r nothing during the p'.l.ssage lo shor .... As soon as they reached the pier, 13ludsoe sprung out, and signaled to a polic eman. "H you see two wet m"'n co1n e out of th e riv er," he said, "arrest tbem, f 0 r th ey ara Then, wi thout furt h e r explan-itioo, h e hurrie d away to give the alarm to other guards beyonJ the wate r line. B ut his lab ors were in vain f o r no m e n wer e seen, nor arMsts made ; and i t l oo l rn d pcob:ibl e that the t-.vo vill ains h a d swum a l oinways above, b efore 11nding, in order to av ail arrest. Three days passed, nan t!:ie Phenix and Jac k .J .1unders w ere on the alert, but failed to discover clew of their game. 'rhe t\vo had take n up their quarters in Moth e r M1ginn1s ten e m e nt un Alaska street, occupying the 1l:i.me room S:i.m Morgan had occupied pre vious tJ the yacht explosion, years before. H e re they w ere lounging one day, smoking their pipes and listening t he wild rain outsirle, whic h was w.'..Lrm but s ill autumn1l. A 1.:tte autumn. too, for it was November, wit h nights and days n o t Wl like Aug : 1st. "Did you see anything of my n1w flam 9 b efore you Cl.me from D2atlWO'> l?" Blm..Lc;oe a.5ked, his t :10ughts going bac k LO Milly L3llilO:C, ana to the :fact that she was very dear to him. "Yes; her father and h ersel f were pullin' for Hay W'.lrd City when I left, and tuk their Gu ,3s the old gent calcul 1ted i t wasn't safe to st'.tV inDe.t d" oo l with th e gal while you were around.,, P Prhaps so. But I'll b:ive h o r yet, or bu'st some after 1 get through here." 'Then yoll will v,o back, eh?" "Yes; i li ke it t e n p erce nt. betterin the West tha n here. i s a wild, strang-e r o mance about life there that we do no t have h c r a in the city." "Too nluch, sometimes, when you get scalped by the IuJi:tns n r knocked over by a bloody roau-ageut -like Bludsoe, Jr., for instance." "Pshaw! ain"t such a b'ld SPt o f frl lows; only the people fail to properly appreciate them, I reckon. 0 At this instant the r e wns a knock at the door of their room. Jaunde r s rose with a l azr yawn and opener the door, to find a boy standi ig outside, witll a s mallsized demijohn in his h and. 0W e ll,sonn y what it?" tho detecti ve d e mand e d in some curiosity. u What do .vou want?" "Does Mr. Ji:n Bludoe liv e h e re?" t!1e boy asked. "Rec kon be do es. Why?" "The n b e r ;''s a fl::tsk of brandv f o r him, sir," and ,;ha boy deposited the demijohn upo n tbc f!Jor. "Brandy! IlPV, Jim, h e r e1s a pres ent f o r vouhalf a gallon of Hungarian bran, ly l" sbout<>d .fack. The Bov Phenix came forward, and gazed. at the demijohn in "What this m ean? Who gave you this, boy?" "Isaac Isaacs, sir!"' "Eh? the old Jew?" "Yes sir, w'at used to keep the pawn-sb<:>p down South street." "Humph I wonder what e v e r possessed the old rogue to s end this here? Who'd he say it wns to, bo y? "1.'o Mr. Jim Bludsoe." "We ll, then, I'll keep it. Hungarhn orandy; that's the cime stuff, I ll b et. These G<>rman Jaws generally ink it, I reme mber H e,v_,_boy,ho ld upf;" fo r the lad was about to depart. '\v hat sort o a man was this !on tbe table again. "Dou'tl" he said to Jannders, who was about to taste of his; "put, it dO\vn I Why?" d emande d the detective in surprise, u w ;1at 1 s up?" "Nothini:: much, maybe, only don't taste of that brandy. I bclie7e. by my sont, i t ii 1J"iontd!" 'Poisoned?" J:i. u nder" l > t t'.1e i::la

Jim Bludsoe, Jr. Blndsoe explained in a few words what is already lrnown to tbe readfl's. "Unt you d'ink ash vat I sent der prand,Y, den?" he said thoughtfully. "Veil, you make as piga misdake as Jake Schneider did, ven he for der virst time eat some limburger cheese, d'inking ash it vas iponge cake. Oh I no: Isaacs no send dot prandy, Chelton I" Bludsoe decided, a terribl e glitter in bis eyes. He has played the last card in bis band-and lost I Now then, we will push this thing through without delay. l think we can trace the tiger to bis lair. "It first remains. however, to prove this brandy poisoned There is a chemist around the block. I will take a li ttle of the brandy to him, in a glass, and let him analyze it. That will settle it." And accordingly he did so, taking about a tablespoonful of the liq uor, and departing, informing Isaacs and Jack to await his r P turn. Tbe chemist received the liquor, with an inquir ln?, glance. I want you to examine that and see if it contains J?Oison," Bludsoe said. "And be quick about it, too.' The chemist disappeared behind the pitrtition, and five minutes later came fortlJ. I cannot make a perfect analysis immediately, so that you will know the nature of the poison, as i t is a foreign compound we do not nften find. But, it's enouirh to say, at present, that one swallow of that brandy would produce almost instant death ... "Very w e ll; that is all I wish to know at present," and paying the fee, tllle Phenix returned to his room in the tenement. "It was as I suspected," be said, "and Chelton 's villainy has failed for the third time. A swallow of stuff will kill a ma." Seizing tbe demijohn he dashed it into bits upon tbe floor, the liquor spreading out like rivers through the dust. "Now come, both of you, and we will hunt up the Doy that brought it, and be can no d oubt tell us where to find the game. I think the lad hangs out In Callow hill, or some court near, at Twenty-secoud utreet." CHAPTER XVI. THE JEW'S SECRET-CONCLUSION. A.FTER some further arrangements the trio l eft llludsoe's old t enement quarters, and t oo k the cars onorth to Callowb ill street, and the n west to the Garden street bridge, on the eastern side of which is popular entrance to Fairmount Park. Here they left old Isaacs loung'in!\' upon a seat, whifa they skirmished about the neiguborhood for the youth who had brought the poisoned liquor. Bludsoe had no doubt but that be could find the youth, remembering tbat be had lived in this vicinity three yea.rs befo re. He had once thrashed thls same boy for malt.reating a little i;:irl; it WM this fact that caused him to remember the youth so long. Jaunders went in one direction and the Phenix In another, and r.fter half an hour they r a n down their game, in a little hy-stre8t or alley. The boy started &nd flu.shed red and white by turns, when he saw the two young men. Knowing he was guilty, no doubt, be trembled at thought of tbe consequences. He stopped still, however, at a signal from Jack .launders, for with one of the youngmen corning at him in either direction, there was no avenue of es lelt. 'Well?" Jaunders demanded, interrogatively, as he laid bis hand heavily upon the youth's boulder, "what have you to say for yourself, you young 1'8Scal?" "I don't know-I-I-didn't-I-I" he faltered, "ery much frightened, for be had just a 1;limpse of .;'ack's professional badge. "I-I- "Hush! if you attract a crowa, it will go hard with you, young man, and to my questi<:ms I want straightforward, truthful answers. Who gave you tbat demijohn of drugged brandy?" "Isaacs, sir-the Jew that used to keep a pawn shop!" declared the boy. \Vhat is your name, then?' "J an1es Garlon sir." "Well, James Garlon, I want you to undPrstand that it won't pay you to lie to us. I am on the force, and unl ess you make a cl ean breast of it, I'll jerk you off to the tationhouse quicker'n you ever went anywheres. Isaacs did not semi the liquor, for we bave seen him concerning the matter; now, who did? Who rut you up with the li es?" James Garlon began to snivel. "I don't know-" he began. but Jaunders checked the falsehood midway in its delivery, by shaking the author of it. "Stop! nomoreofr,ourlying. Youdoknow and shall tell us, or we w!ll put you to work in Moya. Spit it out I" I don't know, still protested the boy. "Do you know what ailed the liquor then?" "No sir" it was p o isoned. H a d we drank of it, we should hav<> died in horrible agony. Now, we want to find this woulc-be assassin wbo sent the stuff, and if you don't rive us our points, we shall arrest you as b e ing an accessory to the attempted murder. You are in for State Priso n sure, unless you can put the r esp onsibility on others." The boy now to cry. "I didn't know 1t was poisoned, sir, indeed I didn't. Oh 1 don1t arrest me sir'' ,lThen t e ll us whO serit you!'' I will, I will. It was an Italian named Guiseppe Gueleppo, sir. I often run errands for him. H e cum up from St. Mary's street. an' give me a dollar to cany the brandy to Mr. Illudso e ; but I didn't knvw it was poisoned." "No, probably not," Jack said. turning to Bludsoe, Jr. 'What do you think of it "Just wha t I though I from the first-Chelton is at the bottom of i t I" the Phenix replied. "And be is wi t h in St. Mary's street, you think?" "Doubtless. The two villains will cling togeth e r to the end Chelton der,ends considerably upon thA sagacily of the Italian man-butcher, while the latter lo o ks t > Chelton for bis cash with which to procure liquid-fire. We are upon their trail, at last. I g-uess." Yes I can easily nose them out. now, with this lad's aid. \raR any one witll Gueleppo when he gave you tbe liquor, James?" 0 No. sir, b e was alone." Did h e tell you to say that Isaacs sent It, too?" "Yes, sir, he did." .. "All right. Now, we want you to show us wbne abouts in St. Mary's street this Italian lives, and then we are through with you. Pard, you wait, h ere, and k ee p your eye on this lad, while r run back to the Park and fetch Isaacs. We bad best all be in at the death toi;:ether." Saying wbicb, the young detective was off like a deer upon t .is errand. He soon returned, with the fat Jew, and then the whole party set out in the direction of St. Mary's street. On the way, Jaunders picked up a couple of police officers, with whom he was intimate, not knowing but their aid mieht become necessary, ere the two tigers could be ousted from their den. Ioto St l lfory' s street the little band marched, like an invading army, and they were reg-arded with much curiositv by tbe filthy-clad. evlldisposed inhabitants of this notorious precinct. James Garlon, wishing to extricate himself fro1a blame, did the right thing, and sOOil'pointed out the habitation of the Italian ruffian, Gueleppo. It was in one of the l ower apartments of a grimy b1ick ten ement; the blinds were closed. and the door securely f_astened upon the inside.


30 Jim Bludsoe. Jr. Of course there was no response to Jaunders's rap. lie had not one. "You will have to pry open either the door or shutters!" he said, turning to one of he police "If the devils are inside they intend to keep us out as long as possible!" The offic&rs accordingly procured axes from a n eighbo ring shop, and attacked tbe door, determin edly. Soon the panels yielded, and wem in with a crash. An aperture was then made sufficientl7 hrge to e.dm.it a man's body, and all of the party e n tered the den, except Isaacs, who had to wait until Blud soe unfastened the door, as his proportions were \oo large to perm.it of his entering through the panel opening. Inside a strange and startling tableau was pre sented. Stretche d out at full length upon the floor, were the f orms of two men, who were r ecogn izable as lhe Italian, a nd his a b ettor, Arnold Chelton. Ex amlnation proved that both were quite dead; and \hey were also terribly bloated and distorted in rounteoance. A demijoh n upon a table close at hand revealed the cause of their dPath. It contained poisoned brandy, exactly the same as that which had been Bludoel "They have grown tired of the hunted life, and the l aw into their own hands!" th" Boy Phe nix said, sadly, as he gazed upo n the two corses. "May God forgive them and me!" "Good riddance mit pad rubbish I Petter ash r!ey had gone deadt mft delrselves, years ago. Dey vas von Rill' nuisa nce on der face of d e r earth, I dells you I Isaacs said, rubbing his glossy chin, in a satisfied manner. "Und, S amue l, my poy, vile I vas spJking mit you, I dells you sum t'ings vat you don't know, "Your uncle, Shacob Morgan, made swl willsone in d e r forenoon off d c r 15th of May, unt one in d e r afd3rnoon off der same day. T e r first one l ef' <>Id d e r broberty mit Chelton Avenue, an' was locked up :nit der safe; der last one l e f' it all mit you, so helb me gracious. Dis last vill der old man, who vas a vliend mit m e blac e d in mv care, mit dirtr. t'ousand doll'\rs in cash, vich I vos to k ee p <>nJil vou got old mit twenty-one years. Yo see ash how Sh acob vasn't afraid d e r trust der old Jews harp, because ash vot he kne1v Isaacs vas an honest man. "Ve il, he vanted .A venue ter have der ondil you vos twenty-one; den if Chelton Avenue p rovu d t e r b e a square sort oil' a veller, I vash ter giff you der dirty t'ousand, unt destroy der vill I lleld, vich sdill left all d e r brol>erty ter Chelton. nut, if d e r Chelton A venue turn eel out t e r pe a pad ca.se off limberger cheese, I vas ter broduce der viii, tnt der vitnesses, unt put you in Chelton place. Dis I should haff done; put now der veller vas deadt, unt d ere vas no use ter keep der secret anrlonger. And a right good friend you have been to me, in my chec ered experience, Isaacs!" Bludsoe said, grasping the Jew's hand, warmly, "and l shall not soon forg t your kindnes". M r career for three years back has been rather a qu estionable one, and Jew tbom;h you are, you have indeed proven yours elf an honest man, and of my friends can I than you. You sh::.11 not go nnre"Eh? vas you say? R eward me? Ohl not mooch. poyf If you shU3t want ter insult Isaacs visp e r sometings ap0ud reward, unt see in vat beautiful sdyb dis Jewsharp vii climb' you I Oh I shiminny gracious, I put a halcony off'3r mit yom eye, like a goose-egg I vant no reward-I dake no reward, you p e t your sauer-kraut on dose. I unt Shake Morgan vas vriends, unt dot vas "Well, aU right; wo won't quarrel over It!" Blud soe replied. The bodies of the two suicides were viewed by the coroner, and a verdict rendered; then the new heir saw that both had a respectablt> interm"l>nt. Without the delay of a day, Blud soe, Jr., or Sam Morgan, had the las t will and. testament of Jacob Morgan deposited with tbe Rei;:istrar, and testified t<>. He then left his affairs in the care and trust of a safe legal firm for settlement after wbicb be prepared to return westward. He was now rich1 and life possessed to him a charm it never baa before. Before he left the East howwer, be made both Isaacs and Jack Jaunde r s each a handsome p.reent., both to accompany him baGk They did not go to D eadwood, but to &Jlothet liv e ly little mining strike in the Golden Hills, where Bludsoe learned that the Lennoxes had 11:one. The town was full of strangers, and Bludsoe waA not recognized among them as the daring road-agent who had in a short time become so notorious ill' Deadwood circles. Indeed tbe youth now bitterly repented the rashness of bis resolve and success ilf becoming an outlaw. H e saw things in a new and proper light and resolved never again to tarni.sl> the name he bore I It bad put a blot upon that name, and he knew he could not easily win prett}' Milly, or her father's consent to their union, whifo he was thus cast in under a cloud. But he r eso lved to persevere in bis suit, ror be felt that in Milly he had found the one girl-woman, who could be aught to him. He found that the Lennoxes were boarding at the only hotel in the place. and though hP. yearned to see Milly and pres s hi suit, be felt that it would not b e ad visibl e to ius b matters. Time works wonders; the ex-Phenix hoped sincerely that tbe old saying would apply to bis case. Ona day, lac king amusement, he shouldered bis rifle and set o ff into tbe motmtains1 in quest of game. Practico h.>d made him a good <;hot. either with rifle or r e v o lv e r, and. therefore it was not long before he had take n all the game he cared to carry back to town. He was descending the mountainside,on his return, when llis attent10n was attracte d by the cries of & man, who was backed against a cliff, several hun dred )'ards below, anJ was defending himself with clubbed gun against the attack of a savage she-cin namon bear, one of whose cubs the venturesome indi vidual was evidently trying to carry off. At a glance Bludsoe saw that the man was In Im minent danger of losing bis life, as he could not long fight the brawny brute, who was er.raged and eager to crush its puny enemy. And the young man also made another discovery Tbe endangered hunter was Mr. Lennox, the of Milly1 the old also having come out upon the mountam for a ltttle sport. But he had got more than he bargained for. Leaping down the mountainside with the agility of a goat, Bluds oe soon reached a position from whence he could fire at the bear. Then up came his rifle, there was a sharp report, and down went tha great shaggy bru,e, pierced through the brain by a bullet in the left eye. Quite dead was the b 3ar when Bludsoe reached the cliff, where Lennox was standing, staring alter nately at his deliverer and the animP .l. "Hal" was his exclama.tion, as the young man came closer. "The road-" "Once Jim Bludsoe, Jr.-now and f orever hereat ter Sam Morgan, an honorable man!" was the reo plr.. And you shot the bearf" the n:.....er-speculator asked incredulously. I did, the least doubt, sir." "I tired at the brute six timPs, and scarcely made him wince, _Y'Oung man. It Is strange, Llaen, tbatyou could kill him at one shot." Not

Jim B ludsoe. J r Quite well, and enjoy!ng this western life immensely. Young man, l hear through your friend1 Jaunderi;, the detective that you have l eft yourwila life as a road-agent, and are livit 1 g a creditable life. A l so, that your finan cial condition has be e n greatl y bettered, smce we las t met Is this true!" I believe such is the case," the Phenix replied. "I am, as I said, Sam Mor gan. o f Philadelphia, ready for any good work and honorable life." "Well, then I withdraw my obj tctions to your suit for my daughter's hand. and so go in and win if you can. Also, allow m e t o ihank you for rescu ing me from the bear." And extending his hand, h e shook that of Sam warmly. And Jim Bludsoe\ Jr.1 paid his lady-love a vis i t w hicl,i was mutual y p easant. and when the Boy Phemx next mei J. Jaunders, he gave him a broth erly hug for "breaking the path for him." Otberwi.t!e, it might have been months before the two lov ing hearts would have come together. And the r e was a weddin g soon. ISR.aes wRS pre sent, and so was Jack, and naturally there was "a t im e. 'fhe people of Deadwood often-wondered at the sutld e n disappearance of Jim Bludso e Jr., but not one of the sharpest-eye d among the m ever smmi sed that handsome anc:I free-h earted Sam Morgan bad ever borne the dreaded name. !:lam now is a thrivin g hanker in a young mining m<'tropo lis. with bis father-in-law as partne r and manager and a tine firm they make-while Milly is quite the queen o f th9 i;ity, beau tiful, good and wise. THE E?'1>. Beadle's Weekly. :a'.he B e11t 'Veekly of P o1>ulnr, Entertain Inc and U11en11 Literature P ub ll11h e d in An1eric a Its Unrivaled Corps of Contributors, almost all o f whom write 6'rcl11si11tty for its publishers-embraces fo llowing authors ot world wide repute-()olonel .Pr enti ss Ingraham. A lbert W. Aiken 1 2apt. Fred. Whittaker, Capt. l\Iark Wilton. Joseph Badger, Jr Edward L \'v heP-ler, Charles M orris OJI Coom e s, C Dunning Clark. Buffa. J o Bill. White Buckskin Sam, Major Dangerfi e l d Burr '1' C. Harbaugh, Philip 8. Warne, William R. Eyster' Anthony P. Morris Launce Poyntz. and all of wLom give to BEADLE'S WEEKLY their very best productions in all the varied fields of Border and Wild Wes t R omance-Adventure Exploration and Spo rtCity L i fe C haracter, Court s and Ways Detective and 'Shadow' Revelationa Stories of the Great Deep, etc. e t c So that each and every number I s ove rfl owi n g with reading or the most interesting and exciting nature; while in lts Special Departments, covering all the needs, and adding to the general interest and nsefnln<'SS of the oopul a r journal, BEADLE'S WEEKLY is the paper of all others for your weekl y reading and entertainmeni. Deadles 'Vcokly 111 Publl11bed at the Follo,vlni: Rate11: F o r F our Months. . .......... ........ .. $1.00 ForO neYear ........ .... ................. 3.IJO Tw o C oples for One Year _. . . . . . . 5.00 ,;.u ...... 6 cent ft BEADLE A.ND ADAMS, PUBLI S BltR.S, 98 W illi awstreet, N e w Y ork, Half Dime Singer's library 1 WnoA El!MA I :in d 59 other Songs, 2 CAPTAIN CuFF and 57 other S ongs 8 THE GAI:r 800"8. 7 THE DELLE OF and 52 othe r 8 YoUNo FELLAH, You R E Too arn. t "'"' 1..hers 9 Sev YouNo GIRL ancl 65 othe r Sone;s 10 I'M TIIB GovERNoa' s ONLY S o N and 58 other Songs. 11 Mv FAN and 65 other S o u gs. 12 CoMIN' Teno' Tun: RYE and 5.5 other Songs. 13 THE ROLLICKING lRr sBMAN and 59 other Songs. 14 OLD DOG TRAY and 62 other So ng$. 15 WeoA. CHARLIE and 59 other Songs. 16 IN THIS WHEAT BY AND BY and 62 other Songs. 17 NANCY LEE and 58 other Songs. 1 8 I'M THE Bov THAT'S BOUND TO BLAZE and 57 oth el'!I. 19 THE Two ORPHANS and 59 other Songs. 20 WHAT ARE THE WILD WAYEI< SAVINO, SIST.ERf and 59 other Songs. 21 INDIGNANT PoLLY Woo and 59 other Songs. 22 'l'BE OLD ARMCHAIR and 08 other Songs. 23 ON CONEY lsLAND BEACH and 58 other Songs. 24 0Ln SIMON, THE HoT-CORN MAN and 60 others. 25 I'M IN LovE and 56 other Songs 25 PARADE OF THE GuJ .RDS and 56 other Son gs. 27 Yo, HEAVE, Ho I and 60 other So n gs. 28 'TWILL NEVER no TO Gm IT UP So and 60 others. 2\l BLUE Bmng!I 40 'Tis BUT A LITTLE FADED FwWER and 50 otberll 41 l'RETI'Y WBILHELMINA and 60 other Songs. 42 DANCING IN THE BARN and 63 other Song!!. 43 H. M. s. P INAFORE. COMPLETE, and 17 other So ngs. Sold everywhere by Newsdealers, at five cents per copy, or sent postp(],id, to any adiress, on re ceipt of Six cents per nnm her. BEADLE AND ADAJ\lS, J?unLISHltRS, WJLLU.M STREET, NEW YORK. The Dime Dialogues No. 31. Containing twenty Minor Dramas, Extraval?l\DZal B u r l esques, Farces, Dress and Humorous Pieces, f o r the Amateur Stage, Parlors. Schools and Exhibitions. All original a n d by favorit e authors, professor& teachers and amateurs. For sale by all newsdealers, o r sent, pos tp a id, on receipt o f p rie&-ten cents. BEADL E .AND ADAMS PuBLISBERS, 98 William Stre

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