Deadwood Dick on deck; or, Calamity Jane, the heroine of Whoop-up


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Deadwood Dick on deck; or, Calamity Jane, the heroine of Whoop-up

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Deadwood Dick on deck; or, Calamity Jane, the heroine of Whoop-up
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Cop y right l S i S1885, by Bead l e & Adams. Ente r e d at P o s t omce. N e w Y "rk N Y .. as se c ond class ma11e r Mar 1 5 189!1 No.15 THE ARTHUR WESTBROOK CO. Vol. II Cleveland, Ohio DEADWOOD DICK Dr, CALAMITY JANE, The, eroine of 117

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No.15 THE ARTHUR WESTBROOK CO Vol. II 1 DEADWOOD DICK Cleveland, Ohio Or. CALAMITY JANE, The Heroine of Whoop-Up.

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Deadwood Dick on :Peck. Dick. on Deck OR, CALAMITY JANE, "Yas, a woman," replied Colonel Joe Tubba. !.."Docking the ashes out of bis pipe, and refilling It with chipped plug. "At least they say she's o' the feminine sex. fer w'lch I can't sw'ar purtic'lar. An' e f she's a weemon, thar ain't many bettf>r Inkers 'twixt hayr, D P adwood. an' therrisin' sun." "What r ason have you to doubt that she Is not a won1an colooe!?,, THE OF WHOOP-UP. "Wal, Sandy. l ken't say as I Nally doubt et, !er r s'pect et's a solid fac' thet she ar' one o ther lineal descendants o' the t leetle fruitful scrape in a certain garden. yeers ago, afore ther Antediluve. llut ye see how it is: in the gelorious State o' Ohio, frum which I war Imported ter this side o' ther hemi sphere, ther femnle s e x ginnerally war begarbed in .. STOK Y OF DA.KOT.&. BY EDW. L. WHEELER, Af1Tl!OR OJ' u DEADWOOD DlCK" NOVELS, ETC., ETC. CHAPTER I. petticoats, an' left ther male representatives to wear DARKIN' m> THE WRONG TREE. ther t" "Humph r and a little smile came to Sandy's lips, ''Dashing along thro' the valle y and val e, "the n t n is nightingale whn has just favored us, From earl y morn till the day grows pale; wear s the breeches herself, doe s she?" Jnto the' pockets' framed in flowers"You pile up yer chips an' b e t thet she do. Sandy, lnto'the wo odland's shady bowers; and e f you warn't e n Eastern chap. an' but leet1e Stopping ano n by bo,bbling streams, use d ter sech weemon as w e h,ov in this d e lectable Then darting o n into rvcky seams; Blac k Hills k entry, I'd say, 'Sandv. gal oo t, pile yer Free as the eagle In its flight, frm1t foot for'a'd, an go In for Janie." Fearless Jn daylight, happy at night; "JmiP-t,hat i s b r name, eb1" Ever to roam about-"Wal Ir ckon-Calamitv Jaue for short. I don't Such is the lif e of the g l orious scout. allow dis.r's mflny who do know who s h e Is aside ,. 8arcbinor for golrl in the waters cloa ., from h e r ti1 l e. S andy, tho' she don't cum no furcl e r h ta. d oil' than up in N ? v ada. She's a brick. Santly, ancl Running a race with t a moun 10 eer: j est let "'t '>OP right inter y.r noddle ri,'l"ht hayr, Profiting well hy th" miner's abuse. she ain't n o fool e f nh e do wear b reeches. An' ef 1'amiug with spur the buckin' cayuse; ye have occasior ter mPet the r gal, Sandy, j est .-aying on131...; w:iy, ta.kin g n o 'slack' "' b cl c 1 d J T hb Rlting cold lead in its course by n early Nol no1 be w e nt on. nftPr a fe\v moments o f perpe n1ic1lrrr Wlllls of rock, that towered aloft In silence. "Ja ni?'s not as bad as ther worl.1 would rugged piles. unt!l m natural gran
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Deadwood Dick on Deck. 8 In th et llne a couple o' ye.ars ago, at ore I left Anll'e lina my second, ter come out bayr-war just tellin' her how purty a certa1n wldder war, when-well, I never quite k"llew what struck me, but I finally waked up ter find myself caned up inter s t e ak's, an' tber ba.'r on top o' my h ead gone. Llke wise my Angelina.. She bad eloped wi' another galoot. Since then I allus witbbold my opinlon on ther beauty or bumblyneBt! o' the r opposlte s ex. "Well, I suppose you wa.' n't sorry, eh!" observed :Sandy as hi' a.rose, with a yawn, and picked up bis oal'.dsome Sharpe's rifle. 1 \Val no; l ken't say's r am, sence et turns out the r Black Hills affords me more comfort an' enjoyment than bum uster wi' Angelina everlastlnl\'IY browsin' me down wi' a mop-stick. Whar ye gom'. Sandy, boy?'' "Just up to the bend and back, colonel, to see that all Is right, before turning in for the night," was the Ea.st, which he bad left to seek gold Jn the Black Hills country. After he had gone out of view In the darkness of ohe warm semi-tropical night, laden as it was with a stran<:"elY intoxicating perfume of many mountain tlowers-for tho Black Hills art'l truly the flower land of America-Colonel Joe Tubbs reumed his pipe, while be gazed thoughtfully out over the noisy, shallow waters of Canyon Creek. "A mighty good feller ar' thet. Sandy, an' no mistake, but a queer stick. wi' all. Now, we've bin consolidated fer R cou],>le o' months as lards. In a s'arch fer tber p izen they call go! an' I don't kno' nothin' about ther chap. 'cept thet be claims ter hev cum frum New York, an' ar' one o' tter squarest galoots I ever fell in wi'. Quiet an' unobtrusive as a crippled cat-bain't much ov a talker neitberl but them 's often ther kind as bes got a sleepin' tiger in 'em." Colon e l Joe Tubbs had well described the young mine r Sandy, when he had said he was quiet and unobtrusive. He w a s quiet and unobtrusive-was deep and thoughtful-very seldom in a jolly spirit, though at all times pleasant !\nd agreeable. Twentyfour or five years of life which bad pased over his head bad left a man in very sense of the word-a man In physical and me ta! development-a man in will and great force of character-a man so qujet and retired QS to seem almost a recluse: yetbwhen gazing scrutinizingly at him, you could but e im r,ress ed with the peculiar force of the expression still waters run deep." His form was stalwart and iron-cast, with strengt'b delineated to the critical eye i n every curve and muscle. His face was plain, yet rather attractive, with its firm mouth shaded by a heavy yellow mustache, eyes of 11. d'1sky brown, and hair light and worn lone: down over the shoulders. A face it was which a lady might admire, and a gentleman envy, even though Sandy would not have passed c1itfcism as being handsome. His attire was plain, consisting of a buckskin suit, lrnee boots, and a slouch gray felt bat. He wore no belt; no other weapons than his rifle were visible about bis person. Tubbs was a short. stubby man. with a genial face, reddened somewhat by long exposure to the sun, and more so, perhaps. by a l ove for the miner's fa TOrlte "taran t 'ler juice." especially bis nose. He was an etJcentric, big-hearted fellow, past the middle age of man's worldly existence, who bad had much e>;perience In the .Black Hills, and never hid by a cent. This fact seemed to strike him very forcibly now, as he sat waiting for Sandy's return. Sandy was the name the colonel had given the young min<'r, when they had first met in Cheyenne. in lieu of l\notber which the so-call"d Sandy had said was not for public ears-nor private. either. "No, not a durned sum total o' one red hev ye laid by, Joe Tubbs, out o' all tber dust ye've handled. An' supposln' Angelina shed come back onye fer support In yer old agef Lordy! whar'd thei"h&'r be tli.enf "Then, here's Sandy, too-squarest galoot In tber bills an' i'll beton't-tbar'slBandif; lorterleave him a l eetle mite when I sbuffie off, fer I got a pee p at tber poor cuss's pocket-book, t'othe r day, an' 'tw!IA' fiater'n a flapjactc. No use o' ta.lkin'; r espo nsibilities oc' rollin' in on7e, Colonel Joe Tubbs. an' ye've got to clap yer boo down an' bid far well ter tarant'ler forever. Hello! Sandy, ar' that ye back a'ready?" "Yes, colone. Didn't know but I might see the nightingale, but was disappointed." was the replr, as the young miner sat down upon a camp-stool m the firelight. "Guess she did not know of our camp h ere.'' "Don't you fool yourself Sandy; tbet gal knows every krook an' hoe! in ther bull Black Hills proper, an' can lay her finger on any cbapbayrye kin name, wi'o u1 any trouble. Hello t w'at bev ye got tbar, pardf '-alluding to a small object t bat Sandy was turning over in bis hands and inspecting admir in !\ ly. 'A piece o' rock that got dislodged somehow, up there around the bend. and rolled dewn in my pth. Out of curiosity I fetched it in. What do you think of it, colonel!" and with a peculiar cmile, the young miner tossed the rock over to Tubbs. "What! thuncleration, Sandy.;/'. gnld ;f's gr Id!" and the colonel sprung hastily to the fire to examinG the prize. "Yes, by thunder! et's gold, Sandy, an' as big as my fist; durn my ducatsef et ain't. Wbar'd ye git et. boyee?-for Heaven's sake tell me whar ? Why don't ye git excited, Sandy, you ga loot? It's gold I gold! Wurth a couple or th.ea thousan' at leas t calcylation. I sw'arl" "No use of getting excited, Is there, colon!?" and the miner out with a yawn. If it's gold, I don't suppose It will hurt anybody. and if there's gold in the mountain .. side around the bend, it will not run away in affright." "Sandy, ye're a cod 'un, an' no mistake. Ye'd freeze ice in fly-time. I do beHeve. ef ye were ?10t in a kentry tbet is uext door ueighbor ter puf!!:atory etself. Thunderatio n, boyee, ef 1 only bed A pint uv stiff old tarant'ler hyar. I'd celerbrate over yer dis cov er.v uv a rich 'find.' Wbat shall we name et, Sandy?-tber 1,lace m ust b e v a name right in its in fancy. just lika Jeetle infant babbys b ev." "All ri ght. colonel. Call it Satan's Bend. Some time we may find a better I'.ame." "Agree d. Satan's Bend e t is, Sandy, an' hut fer the want o' a pint o' ii-ood stiff tarant'ler, we'd hev a gelorious ce l ebration." Afte r the conclusion of tl:e beautiful yet weird mountaineer's song, which Joe Tubbs had declared came from the lips of Calamity Jane, a person o n horseback descended a dizzy zig -zag path that led from one of the mountain peaks, into a nan-c.w dark defile, but the matter of a mile or so boT.e Canyon Gulch, and the infant city of Satan's Bend. "Whoa! Steady, Tri ck-none o' yer funny busi ness, now. Don't ye nerceive tbet ef yer were to tumble down this declivity with me, thPre'd be no guardian angel in tbe Hlack Hillsi an! here a merry peal of laughter escaper! the red lips of the speaker. "Steady-a little further-there l Good for you, old fello\v J We're on safe footing. at last. I wonder if any one's around in these parts?" and the dark eves peered sbarply into every in. her immediate vicinit .y. "No; I reckcn the coast 1s all cl ear, and we must get a-going for D eadwood, Trick. for there is no telling how oon that delightful popula tion may need us to quell some row or do a suJl'enng pi!gri m good." We bave decribed the eccentric dare-devil of thi Black Hillo in other works of tt,i series. but as some may not have read tbern, it will require but little time to describe h e r again. A female of no given age, although she might have ranged safely anywhere betwePn sPventeen and twenty-three, she was the possessor of a rorm both graceful and womanly, and a face that was pe-

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' Deadwood Dick on D.;n;k. cullBl'l,Y handsome and attractive, though upon it were lines drawn by tbe unmistakable hand of dlasl patlon and bard usage, lines neYer to be erased from a face that in innocent childhood bad been a pretty The lill>I and eyes still retained In themselves their girlish ueauty; the lips their full rosy plump ness. an'.! tile eyes their darlr, magnetic sparkle, and the face proper bad the power to become stern, grave or Jolly in expression, wreathed partially as it was in a semi-tramework of 101.rimm ed bat, slouched upon one side of a regally oeautiFul h en 1, There w e re diamond rings upon her banJs, a diamonin strung acro'l!I her vest front. For she hall riches. this gi rl, and none knew better than she how to find them In tbeauriferous earth or >t the gaming-table of Dead wood, the third Baden Baden of t1vo co ntin ents. A belt around h e r waist contained a solitary revol ver of large caliber; and this, along with a rifle strapped to her back comprised her outfit, except we mention the.fiery little Mexican black she rode, and the accompanying trappings, which were richly decorated and b e spangled, afte r lavish Mexican taste. "I gu<'SS the coast Is clear, Trick; so go ahead," and a jerk at the cruel Spanish bit and an applica tion of spurs sent the spit(lful cayuse clattering wildly down the canyon, while Calamity Jane rock e d not ungracefully from s ide to side with the reckless freedom peculiar t o the Ca.lifomia bucb&rio. In deed, I thmk that an.Y person who h as witnessed the dare-devil riding of this eccentric girl, in h e r mad career through the Black Hills country, will agree with me th.at she bas of her sex no peer in the sadjle or on boresback. Th e first time it was ever my f ortune to se.i h e r, wa Yhen Deadwood w&s but &n infant cit of a few shanties, but many tents. She dashed madly down through the gulch one day, standing erect upon the back of her unsaddled c 'yuse &nd the animal running at the top of its speed, leaping "luices and other obstructions-still the dare-dev il retained her position &S if glu e d to the animal's b&ck, her hair flowing wildly back from be neath her slouch bat, her eyes dancing occasionally with excite1"1ent, as she recognized some wondering pilgrim, every now and then her lips giving vent to a ringmg whoop, which creditable In imitation if not in volum a and force to that of a full blown Co manche warrior. Now she dashed away tbroull'h the narrow gulch, catching with delight long breaths of the perfume or flow ers which met her nostrils at every onwalld l eap o f her h orse, pi ercing the gloom of the ni ght with h e r dark lovelr eye, searcbin'l'ly. !st she should be surprised; lightlngacigarat full motion uashing oo on, this strange girl of the Hill.; went, on b31' flying steed. The glowing end of h e r cigar attracted the notice of four who were crouching in the dense sba dowg, furthe r down the gulch, even as the hoof broke upo n their bearing. That's Iler!" growled one, knocking the ashes ont of his pipe, with Bn oath. she would n't b e all night, ef w e only bed patience. Grab yer we p .ms, ao' git ready, boys. She mustn't escape u.s th i s time.,, Ca lamity J a n e came on; she was not aware of her dan (er, until she saw four darK sbadl)ws cross h e r path.:. and h e r cayuse reared upon its haunches. '''vhoal Trick; don't git skeered; bold up, you devils. I reckon you 're bar kin up tber wrong tree I" ab e cried. Then there were three flashes of light In the dark ness, followed by as many pistol-sbota-howl pain and rage, and curses too vile to repeat here yell, wild and clear, & snoUfrom U1e llorse-then the dare-devil rode down tbelman at the bits, an dashed away down the canyon, with a yell of laugb1 ter that echoed and re-echoed up and down the can yon walls. "I wonder who composed thet worthy qnartette?' Calamity mused, as she go.zed back over her sho der. "Reckon at least1l couple of 'em bitt!Jerdus t et not more. Could it have been-but no I I do no believe so. Deadwood Dick's men ain't on the ram page any more, and it couldn't hev been them. Who ever it was 1v&nted my life, that's plain, and I sbal have to l ook onHer breakers aheadhor next time shall not g e t off with a simple scratc CHAPTER IL HON. CECIL GROSVENOR-A.Lii' KENNEDY, DANITB. "Ther world war made in six days, 'Took tbe r seventh fer Ka.iser'd pup. We named this town in one day, Ther next, we Whooped Her Up." \ THET's a fact, stranger; me an' my man, Sa.ndy war tber ori_g!nators o' this gee lori ous town o WhoopUp. we war tber fu'st mortals who evye diskivered a'riferou& in tbes deestrict, an' we s ak ou1 claim, an' made our pile, you bet!" The speaker, Colonel Joe Tubbs, stood in thedoo way of one of two or three-score of large fram shanties that were strewn along through Canyon Guieb, in the immediateJVicinity of what once-only a mont h before-had been called Satan's B e nd. The gulch was now a successful mining strike, and boasted of the name of Whoop Up. Everything usua lly found in mining strikes could yo\\ find in \fhoopUp. It lacker l none o f the essen tial points requisite to make it a fast mining-town of the Black Hill s. Saloons. groceries, dance-houes, gaming-dens, and other attrnctions, bad sprung up a lon'I' the bank of Canyon Cre ek, in anticipation of a rnsb of miners and adventurers ii.. to tile new "locate;" the influx ha.1 come, and consequently the place was a city. The population was heter oge n eo u s, men and wo men of all nations, nearly, and all professions were !Jere in Whoop-Up, to ply their vocations. A Vigilance Committee had bee n 011 0 of the first organizations to spring up, and with C o lonel Joe Tubbs &s chief. there was a prospect of b e t1er orde than in some of the towns of the Hills. For & mile and a half along onl:v accessible shore of Canyon Creek, lvere strewn frame sbanti and canvas tents almost without number, and the one street of the town was al "ays full to overflow Ing with excited humanity . The monotonous grind ing and crushing of ore-breakers. the ring of pick and hammers, the reports of heavy blasts in the ru11:ged mountain-sitle, the shouts of 1ival stage drivers, the sounds of music, and tipsy revelry from dance-houses and saloons; t .he b o i stRron shouts o the out-door Cheap John, denier in b'iled shirts" and min e rs' furnishi:-ig the occasional re ports of revolver-shots, may be beard in the street of WhoopUp, n o matter, dearr eader. if it be du day or during the night, when you pay yo For in this latest mining success of the country o gold, there is no suspension of bustle or business o account of night: In walking through the town yo might wonder if these people never slept, becaus the Jong, thronged street is even liveli e r at any ho of the night than when the sun trails a pathway o light along the bottom of Canyon Gulch. These plain board shanties you see are not dwell ings, but d e voted to "busines even though th business in many cases may be illegitimate. It is in the white tents or skin-lodges that t h miner stays. when at "home." Poor homes, In many cases, but the best that oo ul

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Deadwood Dick on Deck. 5 be a ff Ol'ded a t present. for time meant money to ihese citblena and workingmen of Whoop-Up, and m o ney was what they were after-gold I gold In its shining nuggets, In veins of quartz, o r In glittering dust. Gold whlcl:t men even risk death to obtalnffhlch means murder on the soul of many a man, and dishonor and ruin to many a woman. All these changes we have noted h a ve occurred from the time of Sandy's tint discovery of gold in the canyon, up to t h e tlme Colonel Joe stands in his saloon doorway, in company with a stranger, and looks uv and down the busy, bustling main street. Yes, and morPJ-for the mountain-side is covered with busy prospectors: here shafts penetrate Into its bowels-there, 'way up a hundred feet above the town, a gang o.re working night o.nd day, blasting out rich quartz rxk, which anotl:ter gang transJ>Ckc n be ain't far frum et; nn' as f r r bein' unsophisticated. I 1 eckon thar"s them, an' not fur away, neithe r who's probably l!Ot as many rocks ter ther squarP inc' "'all y e r hlghblooded Eastern oorpora.tive uob. yei:z; no Q ubt!" Cecil Grosvenor repJied, with a slight congh. 'I am going down around the bend yon
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s Deadwood Dick on Deck. no stronger or more liberal friend than the genial, cherry-nosed Tubbs. s:, who had glance d so clos ely at the Honorable Cecil Grosvenor, stepped up to the bar, just as Colonel Joe was about dispatching a "quotation ''from tne bottle. You!" J oe said, Jowerin" the bottle and taring at the lndividua.1 in a mixt ure of amazement and commiseration. You f Wal now ef the t ain't ther concentra t e d essenc e o' cheek, may I b e etar nally banis h e d frum my blessed tarant'ler l Who are you. pilgrim!" "Wal, sir, old hos, I reckon ef ye war ter arrang e sev'ral l e t t ers tergethe r out o' the r classic shades o' a spellin'-book, an' pin 'em t e r tber wall wi' l e1td punctuatio n p'int s ve'd h e v ther cognomenical dis covery o' A' g ustus Van Horn." "Eh! Van H orn! Van H orn! T don't think I know ye, pilgrim, and I al/us make it a p'int n evn ter swalle r tang l efoot wi' a galoot as I don' t know I Aud t a kin g a slight nip at the bottle the proprietor of the Ma>todon r eturne d it to Charity Jim. The man who hai thus sty l e d himself Auirustus Van H orn was dresse d as a miner, and w ore a small arsenal of w eapons b elte d about his waist. He was e vid ently about thirty years of age with a brawny. iron-like form, the limbs espe ciall li b eing large and musc ular, and a fac e that had a vi aiBous anrl disagreeable e xpression, so r d it was, eithe r from sun exposure or the e ff ects of strong drink. His s e nsu a l mouth was shade d by a straggling, grindy mustac h e his eyes were fierce and bl oodshot and tli:eris h In their f]l eams. His hair w a s m o r e the color of the inn o r s ide of h emlock bark than any thing <'he conce ivabl e and a deep, livid scar ran from his right cheek bone. nea r the "'y e down acro s to the c orner of his mouth-a scar so hideous in its aspect as to n e v e r b e f o rr d e fin e s et as an animal thet f eeds on flesh& demon the t fe e d s on ther d e ad. We're Gmouls an' Danites. G h o uls f o r the re!lSon that we p osses s many demon i stic gifts an' ef et cums ter a famine in grub, I opine we would not be dissatisfied ef we had ter chaw away on a leetle human fl e sh. Dan-ite s ar' we because as such we were r eared from early childhood under Brigham's watchful eye until, at a still tender QJ?e, tbar war sum thirty hea. thr. females wanted ter hit.lb 'emselve s up in harness wt' us, an 1 we warn 't so w e slop e d, an sot up in busines s f e r ourselve3. Now, I reckon, y e hev more enlightenmt1nt ou ther subjec t than any other man In ther Hills outsid e o' the gang, an' ef ye don't play snid e your carcass is save d. K eep yer whisky, old man-all I want is freedom in the s yere ranch, an' silence on yer part. I'm playin' a leetl e game. an' ef ye git obtrusive, most likely a Deadwood un d ertaker will have occasion t o visit Whoop-Up on" short notice. Good-day ter y e/' and in the next moment the Ghoul ha.cl deptLrtea CHAPTER Ill. A WAIF THAT S ANDY FOUND. WBIST,',ING a mPrry tune, a man was descending the mountain on the o tber side of Whoop-Up. He carried a Henry rifle in his hand, or maybe now and the n steadied himself with it to prevent plunging down the d izzy dec line, while at his f eet trotted a large Newfoundland dog, nearly as large as a full grown grizzly, but b Y no means as clumsr. The man was Sandy I Looking fresh and healthy alter a month in tho bracing mountain air, and not uncomell in his pic turesque miner's suit; and the n fortune s smile upon him had partly banishe d his old habitual soberness, and made him a frank and pleasant comp:rnion, even thoug;b be g e n erally bore that quite unobtru siv e disposi t ion toward all Few men in all Whoop -Up's mile and a half or sin gle street oould s!ty 1 h a t the .had ev e r chatted with or pried Into any of Sanc'y's secrds-i!, indee d, he had any, whi c h was ext remely doubtful, as he never appeared to be tro ubl e d with a guilty concience. He see:ned to avoid any unnecessary familiarity, unless he chance d upon some one he particularly fancied. None of the women, of whom Whoop-Up had an early and s t e a d y influx ever attracted a sec ond glance from Sandy-with one exception. There were perhaps two out of a dozen who were honest at heart, anrl bad been magne tically drawn there with the g old e n delusion of mtLking money; the remain ing ten out of a doz e n w ere gene r a lly composed of that clas s found in e v ery mining-city or settlement, and clas s e d as "doubtful." We allude d to an exception. anrl she was a blonde proprietress of a gambling-d e n and danc e -house combined-Madame Minnie Majilton by name She might have b een classed among tbe doubtful by some; few kne w anything about h e r more than that she ran the ranch known as the Castl e Gru-den, and wore diamonds and silks To b e sure, the dance h ouse was of ill-r e p u t e, simpl y b ecause the dancers were not ov er-bahful; but, said some this did not nece1isarily make tile madame bad. She was a magnificent-looking woman, between twenty and thirty years of age-lovely both in face and form-a blond e beauty such as was not to be found In all the of Whoop-Up. bad met her onc.,, o n being advised to go to t':te Castle Gardon to exchalll':e the value c f some g o ld for greenbacks, Madame Minni e eve r having a pl enty of the btte r which she was willing to part with, dollar for doll ar's wei ght. And If Sandy's puls es h a d quickened at sight of the b eautiful blonde, h e was no more than a manfor all m e n In Whoop-U p worshiped at Madame Minni e's s'1rine, and sire n that she w as. she had not the inclina t ion, if the will. to r epulse them f o r their volunteered admiration. S o that it had come, that in passing the Castle Garde n o n his way t o work, S:in d y had grown accustome d to n o d to the beauti ful proprietress, who generally sto oclin the doorway about the time be passedhand on one or two occa si >ns he had ev e n aetonis ed the town, by stopping to a moment. If people nodded their heads and looked wise

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Deadwood Dick on Deck. ., Sandy made no point of it, but went on minding his own a.fl'airs after his old fashion. And remarkable as It might seem, that individual had yet to come who had made it his busineBB to cross the miner or force him into a quarrel. The bullyiult toughs wbo had any superfluous spite to vent upon tneir fellow-mortals, generally looked in an opposite direction from Sandy, seeming to avoid him as an unhealthy subject to tackle. To-day he had been on an early-morning hunt, for aquirrels, up among the beeches and redwoods which grew high up on the v ry dome ol the mountain, and having bagged a full hand of game, was de acending the declivitous siding orposite the Canyon Gulch wherein lay Whoop-Up, in tbe warm Septem ber sunshine. Many times he would have l os t his footing but for his gun, and at last, wearied by the exhaustion of his tlreome tramp, he sat down upon a beetling ledg e of rock, allowing his feet to uangle over the preci picP. His faithful bmte companion crouched silently by his side and for many moments the two l\'nzed off upon the grandeur of the wi!d scene, in which from deep dark defiles irreat mountains rolldEI and piled up ID maBBive sublimity to 'Such a hight that their pealrs were swathed in a tlimsy mist as in cloudland. Great mount-tins of rugged rock, spotted here and there with chaparral and furze bushes, or peaked wit h grim, spectral pinel!!. "Nowhere does Nature so forcibly ilh1Ftrate the -power of the Divine Creator as in the mountainous regions Sandy muttered, as he gazed dreamily off through an opaning betwee n the mountain peaks. "I sometime s wonder how it is that people do n o t more d evoutly worshi p God in His works. Eh! Buffal o "-with an approving glancP at the great canine, who lay wit h his nose b et w ee n bis paws, bis eyes shining, a d great bus by tail wagging to and fro-" do you appreciate the magnificence o f our 5urroundings' Nol I hardly think you are edu cated up to that yet. But something is the matter, and it's below us too, for I can see you s\:\uinting your eye down-hill. Wha t is it, you rascal?' A brigbter expres sion came upon the countenance of the dog, and h e opened and shut his mouth with a gape and a renewed wagginl? of bis tail, while with one ear cocked f orward and one eye half closed. he l ooked over the ledge into the gulch some fifty feet below. In this direction Sandy gazed going over every Inch of the ground without discovering anything of particular moment. Then b e went over it again, and made a discovery which elicite d a startled e x clamation from him. Wba.t be saw was the arm ol some person protruding from a clump of furze bushes! A person passing through the d e file might have passed it time and again without making the discov ery which Buffalo's sharp eyes had made. It' s a human ann Buff I" Sanely said "but we don't know whether It's a dead person' or a living one. Come I let's go down but be careful to make no noise. It may be some one asleep!" Silently the miner and his do11: descend into the gulch, and creep stealthily toward the soot where the arm and band protmded from the bushes. And the nearer they approached the greater was Sandy's assurance that the owner of the hand and arm was el! her asleep, or in the eternal sleep that knows no wakening. It prove d to be the forme r. when Sandy care fully parte d the L u shes, and gazed into the sheltered little nook where a plump, graceful form was Jving-tbat of a boy of eigh teen. with a pretty, beardless face, which was so compose d and at r est, in slumber, and curling chestnut hair which reached flown upo n the fin e ly-shaped s hould e r s. A boy; ,, as it a b oy? The form was clad in male habiliments and there was a boyih look to the fin e ly-cbisel;;d f eatures, which defied the susnicion of femininitv in the sleep-e.. A plain frontier costume of some coarse cloth, neatly fittinl? the graceful form of only medium hight; the feet incased in kneP-boots of a fine l ea ther, and a Spanish wide-rim f elt bat lying upon the graBB, were items of tbe beautiful sleeper's outfit. "eapons he carried non e outwardly exbibitedyet, here in the depth of the mountain, lyinj: In sweet r e pose, was the youthful waif-who was i.? Sandy asked himself this question silently. over and over gain, and Buffa! wii;ked and blinked bis onfs if te were overjoyed at Then, whe n Sandy's glance was. most admiring, the heavy eyelashes seemed to uncl ose with a start; the eyes of deepest, intense bezel were r evealed: there was a little gasp, and 1 b e form straightened into a sitting pos iti on. T error and consternation were blended in the fair face, and the youth was trembling visibly. "Don't b e frir.htened, miss," Sandy Paid, respect fully, raising 1'is som h r ero and addressing her ID a kindly tone. "I would not have intrude d. only my dog discovered your here, ai;d curiosity prompted m e to come. Y o u coll me miss; please don't-anything but that." WBS tl.e reply, ID a painrd, I alf-regretful ton e 41 How came you 10 know?'1 and with an ef fort tbe waif !"ained a standing position. an d there by the full beauty of lbe syli:h-like form became apparent. 1 o nly surmised, tecause y0u did not c0rrespond wi t h your make-up-that is, you see, ma'am, you look too much lik e a girl to Joe a boy." "And yet, I bad the vain hove that I 1 could pass myself oil' without being di& overed. Ob I it's a bit ter disappointment, sir-a bitter di.appointment!" ancl the eyes filled wilh team. Sandy gazed at t be ground. barely knowing what to ay o r do. He r e 1'e "'' s, in the presence of a beautiful young woman whom be b a d discovered in h e r masqueradP-lj, riil< mma such as be would never have imagined lik efy to occur. Y o u are evide nt Jy a in these parts, ma'am. n.re you not?" "Oh I yes, sir. All this country Is very \vild and str a nge to me, and its people are e ven stranger. Y o u must excusP me, sir, for not t e lling you of myseJr-it could no t interest y o u, and I should be breaking a secret by telling. lf-1f I only could care to hope that you would keep my sPcret, I would go on, anc\ maybe I should n o t be so unlucky In the future." "You need have no f ear that I will betray you, Sandy answered, so much comrassion in his tone that it surprised eve n him, who was proof against emotio n or exci1emrnt. "It w o uld b e more to my notion to befriend you. You see, ma'am, that in these rou&h mining dis tricts, a man's eithe r got to have h igh honor, or none at all. There's no half-way l usine!'s; y c u must be a man or a brute. I may say that I am looked upon as Rometbi n g above the average, though I don't say it in vanity. No'<"', though there is a little danger in it, I'll tell yo u what I ll do, and you can accept or r e fus e at your own option. "I've ;mt a litt l e shanty d own arcund the bend in Canyon Guieb, where I live-the on ly board dwelling by the way, in the mines. No"'' you are not fit to knock about here and there. Jf some "ere to dis cover you. as I have done, it might go worse with you; and if you haven't any objec lions in particu. lar, I'll take you in as a pard. r reckon a false mus tache would make more of a man of you, and you would the n pass muster. You can turn a band at cooking, and occasionally, t o avoid sUSJ i c ion, can peck away in the mines. As I always stick by _e. pard. ma'am. if you go in with me, you can depend upon i t you II bP. sure of at least one fri e nd I" "Ob I thank G o d. sir; and I thank you, for your words are grateful to my bearing. A friend is some thing I have not bad for many a Jong day, and I should be more than selfish if I did not accept aBd

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I Deadwood Dick on Deck. 7 Sandy made no point of it, but went on minding his own affairs after his old fashion. Anct remarkable as it might seem, that individual had yet to come who had made it his business to cross the mioer or force him into a quarrel. The bullying toughs who hacl any superfluous spite to vent upon their fellow-mortals, g enerally looked in an opposite direction from Sandy, seeming to avoid him as an unhealthy subject to tackle. To-day he bad been on an early-morning hunt, for aquirrels, up among the beeches and redwoods which grew high up on the v ry dome of the mountain, and having bagged a full band of game, was de scending the declivitous siding orposite the Canyon Gulch wherein lay Whoop-Up, in the warm Septem ber su11shine. Many times be would have l ost his footing but for his gun, and at last, weari e d b y the exhaustion of his tireome tramp, he sat down upon a beetling ledge of rock, allowing his feet to dangle over the precipict., His faithful b111te companion crouched silently by his side and for many moments the two gaze d off upon the grandeur of the wi!d scene, in wb1ch from deep dark defiles l!'reat mountains and piled up JD massive sublimity to '!mch a hight that their peaks were swathed in a flimsy mist as in cloudland. Great mountqins of rugged rock, spotted here and there with chaparral and fll! ze bushes, or peaked with grim, spectral pinee. "Nowhere doe s Nature so forcibly illuFtrate the -power of the Divine Creator as in the mountainous regions," Sandy muttered, as he gaze d dreamily off through an opening between the mountain peaks. "I sometimes wonder how it is that peopl e do not more d evoutly worship God in His works. Eh! Buffalo, "-with an approving glancP at the great canine, who lay with his nose belween bis paws, his eyes shining, a0 cl great busby tail wagging to and fro-" do you appreciate the magn!tlcence of our Nol I hardly thfyk you are edn cated np to that yet. But somethmg is the matter, and it's below us too, for J can see you your eye clown-bill. What is it, you rascal?' A brigbter expression came upon the countenance of the dog, and he opened and shut his mouth with a gape and a renewed wagging of his tail, while with one ear cocked forward and one eye half closed be looked over the ledg e into the gulch some fifty feet below. In this direction S andy gazed, going over ever. v inch of the ground without discovering anything of particular moment. Then he went over it again, and made a discovery which elicited a startle d ex clamation from him. What he saw was the arm of some person protruding from a clump of furze bushes I A person passing through the defile might passed it time and again without ma.king the discov ery which Buffa.Io's sharp eyes had made. "It's a human a.rm Buff!" Sandy said "but we don't know whether lt's a dead person' or a living one. Come! let's go down but b e careful to make no noise. It may be some one asleep!" Silently the miner and his dog descend into the gulch, and creep stealthil y toward the spot where the arm and band protruded from the bushes. And the nearer they approached the greater was Sandy's assurance tnat the owner of the hand and arm was el! her asleep, or in the eternal sleep that knows no wakening. It proved to be the forme r. when Sandy carefnUy parte d the Lushes, and g a zed into the sheltered little nook, where a plump, j1.'raceful form was lvi .ng-that of a boy of eighteen. with a pretty, bea.rilless face. which was so compose d and at rest, in slumber, and curling chestnut hair which reached ms of the beautiful sleeper' s outfit. V\ es.pons he carried none, outwardly exhibitedyet, here in the depth of the mountain, in sweet r epose, was the youthful waif-who was u? Sandy asked bimse If this question ilently. over and over again, and Buffa! wir;ked and blinkd bis eyes and shook himself, as if Le were overjoyed at the result of his discovery. Then, when Sandy's glance was. most admiring, the heavy eyelashes seemed to unclose with a start; the eyes of deepest, intenrn hazel were revealed: there was a little gasp, and he form straightened into a slttmg position. T error and consternation were blended in the fair face, and the youth was trembling visibly. "Don't be fri p h tened, mis s," Sandy Ea-id, r espect fully, raising bs sombrero and addressing her m a kindly tone "I would not have intruded, only my dog discovered your :p,resence here, and curiosity prompted me to come. 'You coll m e miss; please don't-anything bu.t that." "'"s tl.e reply, JD a painrd, I alf-regretful tone. H How <'ame you 10 know?" and wi1h a n ef fort the waif gained a standir;iz posilion. and there by tbe full beauty of the form became apparent. I only surmised, 'tecause ycu did not correspond with your make-up-that is, you see, ma'am, you look too much like a girl to re a boy." And yet, I had the vain bolJe that I 1 could poss myself off without being dlS< overed Ohl it' s a bit ter disappointment, sir-a bitter diappointment!" and the eyes filled wi1h tearR. Sandy gazed at tbe grouud. hardly knowing what to ay or do. Ht r e 1'e w1 s, in the pre&touce of a beautiful young woman whom he h ad discovered in her masqueradP-fj, dilt mrna such as he would never have imagined likeiy to occur. You are evident J y a in these parts, m a'a m, are vou not?,, "Ob J yes,' sir. All this country Is very \vild and strange to me, and its people are even stranger. You must excusP me, sir, for not telling yon of myselr-it could not interest 'o u, and I should be breaking a secret by tellinj1.'. lf-1fI only could care to hope that you would keep my secrPt, J would go on, and maybe J sbould not be so unlucky in the future ." "You need have no fear that I will b etray you, ma' am," Sandy answered so much comi. assion in bis tone that it surprised even him, who was proof against emotion or excitemrnt. "It would b e more to my notion to befriend yon. You see, ma'am, that in tbese rough mining dis tricts, a. man's either got to have high honor, or none at all. There's no half-way 1 usiness; ycu must be a man or a brute. I mny say that I am looked upon os something above the ave rage, thouj1.'h I don't say it in vanity. Nov, tbough there is a little danger in it, I'll t e ll you what I'll do, and you can accept or r efuse at your own option. "I've g-ot a littl e shanty down arcund the bend in Canyon Gulch where I live-the only board dwelling by the way, in the mines. NO'll', you are 11ot fit to knock about here and there. lf some "ere to dis cover you. as I have done, it might go worse with you; and if you haven't any object ions in particu. lar, I'll t ake you in as a pard. I reckon a false mus. t ache would make more of a man of you, and you would then pass muster. Yon can turn a hand at cooking, and occasionally, to avoid sns1 icion, can peck away in the mines. As I always stick by e. pard. ma'am. if you go in "'Ith me, you can depend upon it you II hf' sure of at least one friend!" "Oh J thank God. sir; and I thank you, for your words are grateful to my hearing. A friend is something I have not had for many a long day, and I should be more than selfish if I did not ac()('pt 8.lld

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Deadwood Dick on Deck. '1 Sandy made ng point of It, but went on minding bis own affairs after bis old fashion. And remarkabl e as it might seem, that Individual had yet to come who had made it bis businees to cross the miner or force tim into a quarrel. The toughs wbo bacl any superfluous spite to vent upon tneir f e llow-mortals, g enerally looked in an opposite direction from Sandy, seeming to avoid him as an unhealthy subject to tackle. To-day he bad been on an early-morning hunt. for aquirre ls up among the b eeches and redwoods which grew higb up o n the v ry clome of the mountain, and having bagged a full band of 1rame, was d ecending the declivitous Riding orpos1te the Canyon Gulch wherein lay Whoop-Up, in the warm Septem ber sunshine. Many times he woulcl have l ost his footing but for bis gun, and at last, weari e d b y the exhaustion of bis tireome tramp, he sat down upon a beetling ledge of rock, allowing his feet to dangle over the preci picP His faithful brute companion crouched silently by bis side. and for many moments the two gaze d oft upon the grandeur of the wi!d scene, in wb1cb from deep dark defiles l"reat mountains rollappointment!" and the eyes tilled wil h tearR. Sandy gaz..,d at the ground. harclv knowing what to ri:ay o r do. H e r e l:e w r s, in tl fe presc.nce of a beautiful young woman whom be bad discovered in her sure of at least one friend! "Ob I thank. God. sir; and I thank you, tor your words are grateful to my bearing. .A friend Is some thing I have not bad for many a long day, and I should be more than selflsh if I did not accept ud

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10 Deadwood Dick on Deck. thundering bass swPIIing out grandly with the melo dious strains of the song. TbPn there comes a lull, after which conversation takes the place of song. I t e ll you what, boys! said one brawny fellow, to feel himself a sort of rule r among tbe others. l tell ye, e t ain t half w'at et's cracked up ter b e I'd rutbet g 1 back ter ther road again and play road-agent, instead o' regulator. I say it ain't half w 'at et's cracke d up ter be." I "Ycu had not 'spress them opinions afore I Deadwoo d Dick, Barker, ef you don't want ter swing ter tber bandiest limb," spoke up another. "We'll all agree tbet e t ain't :balf ther fun a-layin' Idle that tlion is a-dashin' about in the saddle, but ef we're g oin' ter serve undn Dick, we've g o t t e r go and do as Dick sez; thar's no two ways about that; you hear me." "Wal, then. I propose we quit Deadwood Dick an' go b!\ck ter tber road on our own books proposed the man Barker, lighting bis pipe with a brand from the fire Ha yr we've bin playin' pins an' th et sort o' thin g fer six m o nths or over, a n I calcy late we've redeemed ourse lves in the r eve s o' the w orld no more'n w'en wP robbed ther stage an' made every pesky pilgrim pony up. Thar ain't enny o' us as hes li?Ot ric h out o' b e in' honest, I kin sw'ar, an' I pronose the t w e mutinize. "'Shi don't make so free wi' talk, Hen Barker. Ef DPadwood Dick shed be anywheres in sight-" Cuss Dead wood Dick!" was the growling. sullen response ; cuss him, I say. I ain't afeard o' him, fellers; why need you be? He don't owe us nothin', ner we him; so why s '1ed we all us s tick ter him? Now, f e r instance, w'ile we're la.vin' heer idle, fat stagP.s aire rollin' Inter and out o' Whoop-Up-two or three o' 'em each wa:v, daily; an' not a s'ngle galoot d&re'3 ter tackle ther trail. I say it's a durne d shame, an' I pur11ose thet we remedy tber d efect. Them in favor o slopin' back ter ther old bizness again will make it manifest by sayin' I!" "I I" "II' came in a. chorus of voices, em braced the entire crowd. "Hurrnb fer tber road I " All right, fellers; the n tbet settle s ther matter. Grab yer we epons an' git ter :ver liorses. fer thar's time to reach the Whoop-Up trail before the eveninst-sta.g e com e s along!'' Probably there would have b een a general stam pede, only for the step that sounded close bv at this moment, and the words brought to hearing in a clear. ringing voic e : Halt I you treacherous fools, halt I The first man tb9.t moves toward leaving camp risks death!" and Into the flrelie:ht strode the noted outlaw leader, Daa1woo1 Dick I The o l d prince ot t h e r oad who has figured in so many thrilling scenes and s t range disguises; the dare-rlevil you nil' captain who. of a ll men, bad sy,read In hi vill age among the golden bills;__(sAe BEADLE'S Poc:e:EJT LIBRARY No 41. "Deadwood 1J1ck's E"'!l'les.) indeed. time used him ligbth and there were no p e r c eptible change s in him. He was still the band'>Ome knigbt of the bills and under bis n e w r v1i'M bad done good eve n if h e ha1 not freed himse l f from the had reputation of having been a road-agent. Now, h e s tood confronting the score of mutinous spirits who ha1 l ong s erve d undn his o r d ers, with a stern fir e in black eyes which were so &n-pow erful in their peculiar magnetism-stood with folrlr>rl arms and prourlly haughty carriage. "Oh! it's y o u, is iL?" growl e d Barker, savagely. "Wdl, say your say in a hurry. an be quick. f e r we're goin' ter stop th0r sra.gp t<>r-nigbt, a11' make our p il e yon b e t. \Ve ain't a.-g-oin' t e r be h eJd in un der no ont>'s heel. in purcick'ler, but lay fer luck, an' shar' e kal." "You are a fool!" D0adwood Di-:ok snicl, in J'\ coniemptuou tone "You deserve to b0 giboet<>cl, but you are not worth the trouble. Go I every one o f ;Y'ou-l d enounce vou all as mutineers, and you no longer are pards ot mine. Bu!, look out for mel have not doue with you yet. !!;very one of you w pay the pen1lty mrlted out to deserters. Beware!" Then with a strange laugb-hia o l d, laugh, that had so much impcrt i;i its meaning, th ex-road-agent chief tw'Ded on his bee and strod away into tbe darkness, leaving behind him a grou of s taring men. "Ye beerd w'at h e sec!, b'yeesl demanded Bark er. r motion thet we take the cuss an' hoist bl to a limb!" To this all agreed, and a general stampede w& made in search of D e adwoort Dick. Which was fruitless, for the young chief was n<>C to be found. __ From that night, the Bia.ck Hills country of gold was once more thickly infested with outlaws and road-robbe i:s; no stage d r ove through the canyon trail wit.bout receiving a visit, and it was danger ous fo r a man to be abroad at night if he was known to have an ounce of l'Old about him. The cessation of road robbery that bad rollowed the reign of Dead w ood Dick and his Regulators was now almost-in a day it seemed-supenwde:l by a reign of crime and utte r disregard of the law, Dead w o od, Hayard, and Custer eac h establisbeo vigilan committees, and a r e p orter for the leading Dead wood City paper got up an editorial, something afte this pattern: "INCREASE OF CRrn:e:.-Tt bas reached us that the once notorious road-agent, Deadwood Dick, who of late-w:ith hi s men-has.been playic.1? Regulator and waging war against ruffianism is at last dead and unde r te turf; and, now free from bis control, hi whole great band bas again taken the trail as road a ll onr the Hills, and pandemonium ensues. Peace to Dick's ashes; but w e should have wished him a longer stay with us, ns b e seemed to h old th controlling power of 1,-gions in his bands." On this same day that S3ndy bad gone a hunting, only to b e ca>!ed by acciu ent in with a huge cinna mon, the Hom>rable Cecil Grosvenor was ridin along Cauyon G ilch in its northern cou rse, beyond where settle m ent and Whoop-Up civilizatio had pitched its lin e of white teuts, and b eyond eve wher e the miner's pick or the prospector's staff ha yet r eached. On either side the canyon walls rose rugged an nearly p erpendicular to a great hight, and close the wes.t ern side the shall ow waters of Canyon C r e e gurgled noisily. A trail ran a tong the eastern hor" which ha been made for the daily stage to D eadwoo d, and j was bounded on either side by thickets of variou shrubs and chaparral. "The-Man-from-Washington." as h e had been im mediately nicknamed by tho seem in ill humor to-day. f o r h e vente d unne c essary spi upon bis horse, an' l kept a sharp lookout on eith side as if expecting some one. A dark scow hovered abo u t bis eyes and forehead, and he a pearerl to b e unus ually n ervous. Curse the luck!" h e growle d biting at the en of his mustaclrn, and glaring about as i! b e woul Iii< t o annihilate some person. "Curse the luck, say! Wbo could t h e w oman b e if n o t htrf thought h e r dead and 1mde r ground lone: ago au h e r e in all prob'l.bility, she has turned up to dev me a g ain. H "I I t1owz"' t so, h e draw in'l' rein a a female rid e r w heeled a large horse ou of a sharp squa r e acros s his p ath. aud pre sente d to hi s vi e w an ontst,r etche d arm and han containing a shin i ng rf'vo l vPr. Haiti that's right!" exclaime d a c lear femal voic e whi c h cause d tbe Washin gtonian to start recognition. althoug h the figure upon the horse w c lad in black an
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Deadw.:>od Dick Oil Houae post. 'U.ce: but I thought It w ould be w ell lDOU&'h to OOU!e and see. There! the r e d on't a t tempt to draw a weapon, tor you know I m rec kless and would jua as Iiet hoo t you as not. "By H eaven! can this be you, Marie the Honor able Cecil mana11:e d t o articulate, interrogatively. "Can It be possibl e1 whe n I have ;_'t these years mourned y o u ns d eaa ?" "I reckon It's I, old hypocrite!" was the coo l nssurance. "There! d o n t l e t me warn you of the danger of reaching toward y our vest pocke t a g ain. It la I, or all that a matter o f six years l eft of me, afterrougblng It In the w orld I was co.st upo n "Then, I thank God said Honorable Ce cil, wit.h an attmpt to do the devout'. "Put down the pis tol, Mari e \ and l e t me come forward and w e l come you bac k "Bah! don't be a fool old man:" replied the trange horsewoman, wi t h a sneer which also r e semble d a chuckle. "I d on't want any apooneylng or fooliah acting o n your part When bnt a young girl, I marrie d y o u at my dying father's wi sh, be cause y o u we r e c>ne of the leading stock and bond gamblers in Wash i n gton. worth your half a million or m o r e The first year, I found you out to be an ugly brute. T he second y ear you d e vel oped into a first-class savage and finding my life witb!. o u un endurable, I poc k eted your loose change, an in the verno.cular .,r the mine11, I 1loptd r took pity on you; y o u n e v e r heard from me again until last night, when you received my note t.o meet me hf're. Your name r emained spotles In Washington, for a horrible railroad accident occurred about this time, and a f e w mangled remains of lour wile w ere brought home and quietly interre Am I not detallin11: facts?" "Ah! very true; and I mourned-" "Bah! y o u old hypocrite: shut up y our lying! It won't go down your llumble servant' s throat. What out here, ir!-some villainy, I'd almost "No, indeed, Marie. I am very poor of late/ears, and came out here to try and retrieve what have loet in disastrous speculation." 'You lie, old man. You ow11 two amonll' theflnest propertiM in Waabington, besides having half a mil lion's worth of secured bonds, and plenty of other wealth. I say you lie!" "You speak plain, woman-<1hocktngly plain for a woman who figured as a belle in London aoclety." "But ob! so true, Cecil Grosvenor. You know I neTer deviate from the blessed trith. I saw you the day you came here to Whooo -Up, and Instantly It occurred to me that you would be perfectly OTer joyed and willing to l oan me some of your wealth-" NMer! n ever! you she-devil!" the capitalist cried fiercely, now n early beelde himself witll rage. "No t one penny o t mine shall you ever touch. "You forget, Cecil!" was the r eply, in a proTok tngly cool tone. Just gaze Into this tool I hold, and realize the discomfort contained in the six load ed cells These p oo r s e lls too. to eneounter in the hands of Mad Marie who la pretty wid ely known as a woman sbootist." "How much mone y do y o u want, curse you, to kMp you quiet?" "Oh! knowin&' that you n"ver go emptv-handed1 I'll take what you have in your pocke t-bo o k, ana that diamond pin y o u so proudly display upo n your immaculate shirtfront. Come, d on't be onlsh n o w, bnt put the pin in your wallet, and drop it o n the plot of grass there by the roatlids; then turn your face about and return to Whoop-Up!" "Yo u shall pay dearly f o r ihi. y o u vira? o tbe Honorable Cecil gritted,' as he compli e d wi t h h e r re quf'at. "I'll have my revonge--1'11 hire some one to take your lif e "Of course dear, T e:rpect nothing else; but I shall n o t g o to aleep with both eye shut. I formed a habit o f sleeping with one eye open. 1ere I left you, lellt you should try to murder me 8'>me night. That's right," as ti>"';an burled the wallet upon the crasa. "Ah! you have a watch and chain. too, I see: but I won t be so mean as to d eprive y o u o f ail y our gaudy adornments this time; so now, I &'Ue&f! you may go." "Cllrse you!" TbeMan -fro m Washingto n fairly yelled, a.she hesitated to go. "You shall die for this outrage, you'' "There there I you old loafer. Don t hurt your tongue In addressing me with the idea of frightening me, for I've heard m e n who c ould lay woy over you at aw'aring. Go now, and if any one tells you yo;'ve lost your pin and purse, tell t h e m D e adwood Dici.. 'llen r obbed you. D o n t for 1he world let any o"" that a weak w oman pla yed road-agent to you. G o n o w, I say It you want me dro p a l e tter t o Mad M&rie in the posto ffice at Joe Tubbs' s i:!astodon, and I'll i; ize m y p e n in a vi s e -lik e grasP. to answer y o u my pis tol cov ers y o u until y o u are out o f .lght." With oaths breaking fro m bis l_!ps, the d efeated speculator beaded hi s horse bac k toward the mining town, and purred away in h o t haste, followed by a mecking laugh from his tormentor. A tllou san"I devils ov ertake the s h e fury! he l'!ritted, in the white heat o f his rage "I'll 'kir e some rui'llan to hunt her up and cut h e r throat, even if i c osts me a small fortune. She is g etting cunning, but hall triumphed ov e r m e for the last!" CHAPTER VI. A CONFLICT WITH BRUIN. SA.Nov's was a situation few men could wish to confront. There he was safely Imprisoned upon the plateau, with the positive assurance that he mus t enj.er into conflict with the huge cinnamon b ear. w11o was crawlin&' out of a s ort of cave in the m ountainsid e with growls that were anything but music to bis ear. Since coming West Sandy had neTer chanced upon anything of the bear kind, a n d knew as little about them as the s c hool-boy at home. After crawling out upon the plateau, the huge brute squatted upon its haunche s for a few mo ments, and surveyed Sandy in evident contempla .. tion of a fine feast, while Sandy stood atlll in bis tracks, utterly at loss how to act. On r eflectlonfor a man can refl ect a 11:reat deal In a short pace of time if occasion demandg-he doubted if hi forty four caliber rifle would do any servic e in an attack agalmt Bruin, for the reason that be use d shor t cartridge s with a small charge or while It takes a heavy ball m l(r&. of powder and 300 grs. o f lead ) to successfully shoot either a grizzly or a cinnamon. Very few m e n can kill a !!Tizzly or cinnamon bear in three running shots as it i1, with the long 45 car tridge. Sandy had learned this In conversation with old hunters, and consequently c o n c luded that eithe r his rifle or rev olvers w ere ue iesa, and, If use d upon the brute, would a c t only to simulate bis fury, whil e the y did no :particular harm. He accordmgly dre w bis knife, and edged out into the cente r of the plr.teau, n earer to the ugly brute. R e had no desire to be crowded off I rom tbe plateau into the As he advanced the cinnamon reared upon bis bind legs and came on, with a flaming d eire ex presse d In his eye. S andy braced himse!t, and stood upon his guard H e kne w it must be a struggl e betwee n lite and d e a t h and be et his teeth to g ether in a firm determination to sell bis lif e as dear ly s possibl e. 1luft' a l o bli! huge N ewfo un<'l a nd, bad bee n be hind, beyo nd where t h e l e dge caved off. With bis assistanc e in diverting the attentio n of the great brnte, the attack might have be e n more e qual. On came the monter, with bis frightful jaws dig. tended, n eare r and nea r e r and the n Sandy sprung forward and struck a blow into the animal's breast w bicb p;ovP d e ffective, inasmuch as it started a ftow of blood. Unfortunately, before he could dodge, the

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Deadwood D ick on Deel:. miner received a tremendous slap from one ot Bru in's paws. which sent him reeling halt-way across the plateau. He still was possessed ot his senses, however, and turned to meet the maddened animat Instantly drawing one ot his Smith and Wesson revolvers, Sandy fired, In rapid succession, six shots into the gaping wound which he had cut with his knife, then dodged and ran to the other end ot the platesu, fiushed and excited. Somethmg in the fight had an enticement and charm for him, although he was confid ent that it was not the he had received on the side of his h ead. The l:lullets had staggered the huge brute, and the blood was spurt ing lrom the wound In a slekening stream; yet h e came lumbering back again w ith a roar the.t seemed to j:ir the very platee.u-came on with furious rage and frenzy depicted in the he.iry countenance and in the pinlne bullet into ee.cb eye of his ponderous enemy. With a fiercer roar the bear rushed on, with blood streaming from. his eyes and totally blinding himrushed on, straight off ot the plateau, and went crashing h elplessly down into the gulch tar below. "Good enough! I couldn't hava b eat it myself. I was just getting ceady 1 o dispatch the brute myselt with my Winchester rifl e !'' exclaimed a voice, and looking u p. 8'1d.Y beheld a peering down at him from a Car above. "Reclcon you got rid of him jut in time for i t would soon have been too dark for straight shooting. "I suppose so. Anyhow. I am n o t sorry that I disposed of the brute How's a f ello w to get out of this-do you know!" Sandy asked. Maybe I can give you some assistance. I'll lowe r one end of my le.sso, nnc l if yo..t are good at climbing, you can i:;et up h e r e from where I can guide you afely down the mountain I" was the reply, and theu the face with l rew from sight, and directly one end or a strong,_ but slim rope was lowered t o the plateau whe r e ;:;andy had fought and killed his cinnamon. Slinging-his rifle to his back, and securinShis revo lverR in their places, Sandy seized the rope m bis grasp, and up h e went with tl1e agility of a true Simian, soon pulling himself upon the.lcd1tA above, where stood hts r escuer, and the d o;r, Buffn lo. "'Calamity Janel" h e ejnculated involuntarily, for In the of the strange r be recognized a description he h a d obtained of the noted young female dare-devil. "At your service, sir I" was the reply, with a cool la.uc:;h. o1 Y o u stare as if I were something quite different trem the ordinary mortal." "Yes, ahemt excuse me!" and the miner stam mered and blushed iu confusion. "You-you nee, I'd heard so much concerning you, that 1-C really was surprised. You will pardon me, and-" "Oh, yf'B; you betler boots! But 'twixt you and me, pardne r you di remarkuble execution in that b'ar ftght. I don't b li eve th11r's another galoot in Whoop-Up as could do tbP job in quicker time. or more scientific manner. Didn't g-Pot nary a. tear?" "No I I had a remark&bly lucky escape," Sandy repli;, d marveling, even while he Sl)')1':<, at the wild beauty of t h o girl, of whom them-on or Whoop Up told so many strange yarns. I escaped with only a cuff on the side o f m v head." "Which did you more i:ood tlun a pint of medi cine. It aroused the H:::ht in you. Il's all the n.edicine a man to brace him up." n You discriminate between th e two sexes, eh?'' "Certa,inly: m e n nN1 tl a slap and womn a lil!'hti to wake 'em up. Anyhow, that's my l ogic Shall -conduct you down t!le mountain, o; can you go It alone?" "You can guide me it you will, and take the bear for your pay." Give mii a cinnamon to com M winter cha win'. What your name pardt "Tb<'y call me Sandy. here In the mlneel" the miner replied, following caretully In the nepa or the girlbas she bega n to descen d a zii-zag mountain pat "What! ye ain't the chap w'at helped o l d Joe Tubbs find thee streak o' gold range, a r e yet" It I remembt:r correctly, I was the tlrst one t o find a nugiret." "Well you're a brick. Joe w a s tellin' me ... boug you. Got a pare!. I believer" "Yes-Dusty Dick." Like mysell, a girl In male attire I" "What me. kes you think that, pray?" "I know itl" Calamity Jane replied, with a chuckl e. "It doesn't matter how I found it out. I don't blame you for protecting the girl, nor her for a c cepting your protection, and all may go ria-ht until discovery becomes general. Then, come you unto m e ; I may J>Oint out. to you a way out ot the mire. " Yo u T" Saudy demanded, increduloualy. "Yes, I. by the way. l e t me warn you to lool< out tor breakers ahead. You ce.nnot see tbem. I do not know in just what shape they are gomg to come, but come the y will. surely. "How do you know! What have you discoveren likelv to endanger me!" "That's my secret. It I were to tell you. like 1111 not, by some blunder, you'd bring yourselr intQ double peril. Now, you cannot coJnprehend my word!, h e r eafter r,ou will I'll keep an eye out, and don t ye fergit it. "I reckon I can look out for myself, ma'am." Sandy said, with a spice of independence. "Alli here we are at Canyon Gulch, now." "Yes, and h ere I will leave you, as you can easily find your way now_ Good-by. e.nd look sharp around you!" Then the girl dare-deTiJ suddenly turned, and was Josi in the 11:loom, while Sandy trudited wonderingly along into tho wide -awake town ot Whoop-Up. "Exceedingly strange, and wonderfully beauti ful1 ''he mutte red meditatively. 11 H ers isa ma.,e;net.ic beauty that attracts; the madnme is fascinating, in a voluptuous sense; little Dusty Dick is the most quiet and womanly; yet around the trio there bangs a mystery in t>ach case, and the long short ot it is, I'm 'letting interested with the whole. Well, w e ll, if I can t take care of myself, I ought not to right to the ne.me or man. Dick 1 have with me; Minnie will not bother me if I kee'f away from her, an" Calamity Jane-Well I can' deter mine much about her." could r.ny one else in all the roug h l!l<>ciety in which t -be eccentric girl had for two years moved as a bright, p!l.rticular star." Sandy w ent home, and found Dust. v Dick sitting in the doorway of th.ir unpretentious shanty. engsged in picking o.t a guitar, which had been one or the miner's gifts. "Ah! is th11t you, Dick? How have things gone during my absencP?" "About in the usual channel, Sandv; a couple ot duels above here in the street. I believe, and con s equently worl< for an undertaker, had one beeu hand v." "Humph I it is that such a warfare must constantly betwt>en f e llow humans, isn't itf If all got along as w e ll together as y o u o.nd I Dick, I don't think there'd be many deaths and crimes to answer or. "Very trueJ Sandy; but there's your supper await ins:de. i got hungry and ate mine." 'That's right. pard; never starve yourself in waiting for me, for there's no t elling just what minute I may arrive Ah I the odo r trom that antelope-stea k Is really l ike the smell of the promised land ..rter a fellow has been a-hunting and slain. his maiden cin namon b'ar." A bear, Sandy!" and the beautiful eyes ot Dusty

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D eadwood Dick on Deck. 1a Dick gazed up inquiringly, calling a pleasurable ilush to his brown cneek. y es-that's what I said Yoll s ee, I and a big cinnamo n got into a disagreement about our respective right s to a certain mount8.i n plateau, and &fter h i s boxing me severely on the right ea r I t u m bledbim olf into a gulch and teetotal!y smas h e d bis bruinshlp. Being a somewhat large r l oad tha n I f elt disposed to tote home, I surrende r e d h i s carcass 10 Calamity Jane, who chanced to be n ear." "That strang e girl, Sandy, whom the people talk so much about?" "Yes, the s a m e." "Is she pretty, Sandy!" "Well, yes, in o n e sense of the WC>rd; but life h ere in the Hills bas-we ll, bas ruine d her pros;>ects, o n e might say for she bas grown reckless m a c t and l'Ough Jn language. "Yet sbti may have a true woml\n's h e a r t unde r her rough exterior, which is as suscepti bl e to l ov e or pain as a woman of carelul behavior." "Truly spoke n little one, but she c ould not ever arouse half the adoration for her in my breast, that I bear for you, the mine r said. an hone s t li ght g lowing In his eyes. But he regretted the words the n ext moment, for they brought such a pained expre asi o n over the features of Dusty Dick. "Yo u should not talk that way, Sandy. Y o u f or get that lam only your pard-more lean n e v e r be." "Enough said, Dick; I did forget myself, but will curb myself in the future. But get ready. for I a m going to take you around to see the sights; I must d o It t o throw off susp,lcion. Calamity Jane already knows your disguise How pray!" "I.give It up. She. knows, nevertheless, and will keep mum, I take It. Do you feel like playing your part to-nil!:ht in good shape I" "As well to-ni ght, p ernaps, as at any othe r time. I have mastered s o m e of the vernacular and bravado of the mines, and will do as well as possible Sandy finished hie supper and fed Buffalo enottgh for any two m e n ; then took his revolve rs, cleaned and reloaded them, and thrust them Into his bel: U1ually1 unless going o n a hunt, be never wore them outwaraly displayed, but something prompted Wm to have the m handy to-night. Dusty Dick alway s wore a single revolver at his waist, and despite the general feminine terror of fire.arms. he was no novice at a shot. When all was in readlneBS the two left the cabin, accompanied by Sandy' s inseparable companion. Buffa: o and d ebouche d into the single, long, crowded street o f the town. It. wa.q about half after eight Jn the eveni 1ir, and all place s of business, of a score of various nf\tures. w ere brilllantly lit, and the street was a etran.::e and wild sight of lil'?htH and surging humanity, fro m one end t o the othe r. CHAPTER Vll. A..UfDY AND 'rBl!: HONOR.A.BLJ:. '' "H11:ul we will into this place where they play keno and faro. Y o u can take a peep at the &llimals," said Sandy, and they accordingly entered a larile room In one of the shanties that lined the street, and found themselves in a bar-room, gamingparlor and dancing-hall all combined in one thirty by forty apartment, unde r on e roof. H ere w ere a Jong bar and many tables, a t which crowds of long'.:aired men were riskinll" and l osing; further on was a muslcstand, be:vond w hich a couple of sets, com prialng burly miners and r o u ghs and gaudily-dressed female s w ere dAnclng Arte r l o itering about for at I" D ioi< ,,,,. ,,, ,"!.ell!-

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,, Deadwood Dick on Deek. ly; I reckon ye was loo kin this way ftr1t. What you b\owin' yer b'ilerhead oft fer?" I'll show ye, mighty quick, ye llttle cuss," the Danite replied, reaching for a weapon; but before be could draw one. the muzzle of Sandy's revolver was eboved within an inch of bis reddened nose. "Hold up, pilgrim I" was the miner's calm advice: 1 reckon ye better be sure o' yer game before ye raise your gnn. Tf you ain't desirous of getting salted down for winter use you'd better peg along in another direction, pretty lively." Who are you f" Arkansas Alf demanded, with a 1111arl. "They call me Sandy, fer short, sir; for long, I measure five foot t e n." The Danite turned away with a frightful string of oaths, an1 then Sandy nodded to Dick. "K.,ep watch or that f e llow, pard, when he's near about, hereafter. He has a bad name here in the Hills " Who Is he, Sandy?" Alf tile Ghoul, they call him. He's about as bad as the y make 'em, the y say. Tho two pards soon took their d eparture from the aloon and returned" to their shanty. To their com bined astonisbment, they found tb.e door unlocked. and on entering, found a light burning in the kitchen and a man si ting before the bed of coals on the hearth, Idly fingering the strings of the guitar-a man or medium hight, with a handsome form and frank, pleasant face, and such eyes as neither Sandy nor Dick: had ever gazed into before-dark, brilliant, magnetic. He was attired in gray, fashionably-cut clothing, with a diamond pin upon his shirt-front, and a silk hat upon his head. ' [beg your pardon, pilgrim, be S! from sight; then k e p t on toward his hotel, a devilish expression upon bis face. "Tlut.t man must die I" he muttered, under his breath-" die and never come to lite 9.1:ain Cune lllm, he make s me feel uncomfortable when he gazes a' ma, and yet II know of no power he has over me.

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Deadwood Dick on Deak. II Few know that I came here out of pure spite against Qlm-that I came to put l 1hn out o f the way I" He strode along bis brows knitted in a dark scowl. and his mind busied in a villainous scheme. Juat as he came opposite Sandy's cabin he stoppe d stock-still In bis tracks, and gazed in through the open doorway, as if he was struck suddenly with paralysl'!i_ a curse breaking from his lips, in a gasp. Dusty vick was standing in the kitchen, busily en l!'aged in washing up the dishes, and did not notice TheMan-fromWasrungton, who, after a moment's sharp surve:y, pased o n up the gulch, a strange ligh t upo n his sinist e r face. "Heavens I I can scarcely credit the sight of my he grittPd, seeming to shake with a new emotion.. 1 She lur e and in Saridy'k cnbin It jg the last place on God's f o otstool I shoukl have look e d to llnd her. Hal ha! I have both the birds within my reach-yPs, three of them, counting Marie. Curse the woman-she always was an enigma. to me. I wouder how I shall pla.y my band all a.round and flay i t successfully. It may cost me huudre:ls, but shall in the end gain thoosands. Y.es: yes I it was a lucky day, afte F all, that set me down right among the game I am hunting I" CHAPTERVIll, NJLb\e ar:' undemonstrative citizens o' Whoop-Up's sublime sphere bev bin out raged ag'in, right in broad daylight! I say et's a shame-er reproach outer our handles as non es t men. I propose tbe t we drop tber Vigilance movement, an' rt-sort t e r Regulation-put some man at our an' our hu I time t e r wipin' out these sicn for them tc ex1 rt them s e lv es The road-a?enls, under Eagle-Claw, had suddenly become quiet. and there were no n e w re ports of marauds by th< m. Bullwbacker, however, bad his men ever near and under s-rict cliscipline; be never moved but they were near at band as a sort of protective bodyguard, Although h e bad never manifested ny par ticular disposition to being what the world uf the country or gold calls and tough," Bull" backer was pretty generally regarded ns a rcaly customer to tackle, and, by a certain class. was feare d. He bad such a s low motion at <'ne time. and was so rapid whe n the case demanded, tliat it gave him an aspect of bdngeve r ready, no matter what the emer gency. The golden days of S eptember rolled along 1n the tow.n of Whoop-Up, as in a peculiar dream of ex citing pl easure. P < ople thronged the street and filled the places of business both by Light and by day, The mountain continud to yield rich productions of gold; and silver lodes too were found in places. Shafts and tunnels w ere b Ping pierced into the mountain-sid e, ail the way from the bottom up toward the misty tops. and ore was blasted out and lowered to the gulch-bottom in plane cnTS or, as in one case, by largr. buckei s from a mighty crane, managecl h:u mult---powe r. Everwhere were sounds of busy industry m one Babel of noises-- ,.._e ""1Shing sound of ore-breakers. yells ot mu!&

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18 Deadwood Dick on Deck. drivers, the shrieks ot steam-whistles, and the rlng ot axes far up tbe dizzy mountain. all peculi"r to their locality, yet distinct from the sights aHd sounds of the long street of the magic growing town. Eve rr,body had the fevel'; it was a poor cuss who couldn t reap a harvest now, the excited people All alon!'l the stage routes to the town, eager, hope ful miners were prospecting; maybe where they would pass over, some speculator would stake orf his claim, report gold in paying quantities, hood \Vink some fresh arrival-generally known as a "bnderfoot "-and sell him for a big figure what in reality but a barren rocky waste. If you get cheated, you must put up with It wlth all the grace of a salnt, unless you wanted to fight it out. and then1 like as not, you'd g e t the worst of. it; for it was all rn tbe mines and among the mining e l e ment, where law, personal respect, and charity to ward mankind, were literally a dead letter. No stage came m or went out wlthout its load of either expectant or disgusted passengers, and thus the population was an ever.moving one, and the people that composed it a spice and variety of humanity. And as one day rolled by only to merge into another, Sandy kept on working in the min e s, the same as he had b e fore he had met the Honorable Ce cil Grosvenor in the gnlch. He went armed, how ever, for he kne w this Washingtonian well enough to suspect that some attempt would be ma.de through his instrumentality upon his lif e Dusty Dick had not seen tho speculator except at a distance; and since then bad kept closely to San dy's shanty, but never m e ntioning to the miner the cause of his sudden seclusion; for this strange crea ture whom Sandy was harboring was an enigma whose secret was closely locked in her own breast. If she had recogniz e d a foe in the Washingtonian, she spoke not of it. Evidently she had not recognized him. Calamity Jane came much to the ca.bin, especially when S &ndy had returne d from his work at night. Sbe was kind toward Dick, in a sisterly way, often droppin<; her a f e minine offer of exchange of confi deuce, whicti the mysterious waif would not listen to. She was wholly up to her character-no longer a female even 11.rnong her own s e x With Calamity Jane it was in that she could be eqna.lly sociable with male and female. She was witty, welleduca.ted, when she chose to drop the rude verna.cnla.r or the mines, and altogether a pleas ant companion. At least she had a. faculty ot being able to chee r Sandy out of the blues, when he had them; and it came to the anxious n:)tice of Dusty Dick th; to love Sandy I Sandy!-well, Dick entetbined no anxiety bim in this rep ect, for she knew it would be useless S:indy was on" of those eccentric freaks of human nature th .. t might love u And lo ve o' e r again," w_itbout the world becoming wiser for it by studying him. He held his emotions in a firm grasp, and control led them-smothered them bac k as a gene ral thing 011t of sight of human "bservance Even Dick could not read the miner's feeling toward Calamity, but believed that he entertained a respectful admiration for h er. Somehow, since they had been together, the young pard had grown to expect things, which eJl the time she knew would he impossibl e, of Sandy -to reserve him as hers alone; and a sensation of un rest and anxiety fill e d her heart a.t every visit of the girl dare-devil, although she knew she had no right to for one moment entertain a. loving thought of the stalwart yellow-haired miner. Whether Calamity had a keen sense to verceive this it is impossible to say; but, as the days rolled by, though the girl's admiration Increased for the miner, she tried to 1ereen St wh&n in the of Dusty Dick. Maybe her woman's instinct taught her that it was but natural for a woman to love a noblCl, handsome mau, and that other hearts than her own could be so pierced by Cupid's shafts. So Dick was finally spared some of thl'I heartpaln and anxiety; but the sharp f\yes of the young pa.rd could not be blinded t o the truth, for all that. Honorable Cecil Grosvenor stopped Calamity one daf as she was walking through the gulch. Hold npl" he said, approaching with a. pompou' strut; I wish to speak with you, my dear young lady." "Get out!" Calamity replied so sharply that Gro.:vc:>nor leap e d back a pace-hnone o' your en .. clearing epithet to me, you old buzzard. Say your say, and move on; my time amounts to busiuess." "Oh! it does." r eplied the speculator. r e a ching into his pocke t for a w ellfill e d wallet; "then let me pay vou fot answering a. few words." "Put back rour money, ye fool. I ain't acceptln' hush-money.' "All right; then answer me what I want to know. Is Deadwood Dick the noted outlaw, dead in reality!" "'Spect be is; le a stwis e that's what the Deadwood papers say." "But are you sure! Is the r e not someplace where I could leavP a letter so tha t it would reach him f" Well, I dou 't just know about that, old man, I don't know w'ether they've got a stq,ge lin e runnin' up t e r whar Di c k Hi, or not. Might give me yer word, an' I m ebbe can strike on an angel who will kerry it up;" and the girl laUJ?hed coolly : "Reckon Dick won't do you auy good though." "Ohl that's to be found out, the Wash'tngtonian repli e d grimlv. "Here's my letter to him;" and he handed h e r a large bus iness envelope, which had already beeu sealed. Giv e that to D e adwood Dick, and I will pay you your price. Good-day to you." Then his honorship turned aud strode on up the gulch. The meeting had occurred in front ot Madame Minnie Majilton's dance-house, and the blonde pro prietress was standin(I'. int.he door. Wben Grosvenor bad departed, Calamity heard her name called, and looking around saw the madame motioning to her. "We11, what is it?" sbe demanded, approaching the entrance to the dance -house, and regarding the marlame sharply. "What d'ye want?" I want to advise you," l\fadame Minnie said famil iarly. You haven't got a very honorable name among tb a men; do not mak e it worse by associat ing yourself with such men as that 'blood' whom you were just talking with He has no more scru ples than a wo!f,and should his eye fasten particular ly on you, he'd brook no expense to accom]ltish his vil!a.inouq aims. L oo k ou:; for such as h e ." "Why?-do you know him?" Calamity asked, gaz ing after the pnrtly form of the us it was f"om vi e w np the street. "Yes. slightlv." M adame Minnie replied, with a cool bu h. "He came into my place here, and I showed him the door with the point of a bowie. He went I" "I preume so." Calamity replied, and turne d away, going up the gi.!kh-canyon, as it ran north. "That bloud e is either a. dec e it fol traitress, or a respectable woman," she muttered; ''I wonder which?" She kept on up the gulch for a couple or miles, paused by a ledge of rocks that form,,1 the canyon \Valls. Here she slippe d the letter she had received into a crevice, and then retraced her steps toward town. That same evening, while the Honorable Grosvenor was sitting in his room at the Mastodon Hotel, he received a. visitor-a. r ougb-looking old codl.\'er, bent in back, with a mass or hair upon his face and nead and a perceptible limp in his gait. He hobbled along with a: cane, and presented rather a forlorn aspect. "Hello I who the deuce are you?" tte speculator

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Deadwood Dick on Deck. grewled, looking up trom his paper. "What do you want?" 1 Bot so loud, lf you please. CHAPTER IX. 'J'BX WASIDNGTONU.N PWTS AND PROPOSES. "Ou!"the Washingtonian said ri s ing "itb an in 11tant chan;;e vf countenance from displeasure to blandnes; I mistook you tor some beggarly va J!rant. All becuuse of your shabby appearance, no doubt. Pray be seat e r ." . The visitor accepted the invitation by dropJ.>ing upon the sofa, and producing a cigar and lighting it. "You wrote that you wished to see me on important business," "e obsened. gazing straight at bis honor with bis penetrating J.ln c k "I got the lette r out ot my post-office a short time ago, aud came to see what you coulcl possibly want of m e. "Ab I yes; ahem I I am glad you came; but, pray, how am I to know that you are in reality Deadwood Dlok. the road agent!" By accepting my a"surance. I don't generally unmask In such close quarters, or I might be able to prove my identity hy r e v ealing my face." "lu which case I should be as Ignorant as eve r, having never seen you to know you heretofore. But. let that dro p. I accept as Dead wood Dick, s o let's come to busin ess You are in need of mones?n "Well. no ; not particularly. I realize about five thousand a yenr ,rom mining Interests which I own, and that sum keeps one in loose pocket change." But, {.ou would not hesitate to add to your wealth. I you could do so by doing a little work of an unpleasant nature-especially to a man ot my et!.Dlp. You outlaws do not bold life In the same regard as we-well, we of the East, of the better class." "Well, that ddpeuds somewhat on circumstances," Deadwood Dick replied, coolly. owe a man anything we g enerally pay him in our kind of change; don't go into bankruptcy to cheat them out ot their dues. So you call yourself one of the upper ten, do you 1" Ahem I yes, I supnose that would be the proper name tor it-am from you see. where a man must either be an arIStocrat or a nobody. Gros venor is my name, and I represent a large amount ot b o nded and other wealth, besides being the presi dent of a leading bank." "Exactly; hut you see, this don't interes t me, par ticularly. The objective point Is, what do you want vf mef" Liste n and you shall learn. There i s a young miner in this town of \\'hoop-Up. who Is in my way, and I want quietly removed. His naine is Sandy, and you can easily find him, as he is very popularli ves in a cabin a few rods around the oend. Y o u care not for life, ns I oneadwoo d Dick, but he was tov sanctimonious tor my purpose." "What! Deadwood Dick olire and in Whoop-Up?" tbe Daulte exclaimed. his face growing tigerish in e"Wression, and bis eyes evflly gfeaming. Yes, here, f ieclrnn. A fellow in clever disguise, calling himself such, just left as you came up. So you are ready to s erve in my bebalt, eh!" and the speculator drummed musir.gly upon the table "Yas, I reckon so. providin' ye've got plenty o' tin, and will shell out hberal I've i h oisposed of." "Phew!" the Danite said, with a detonating whistle of surprise; right in fer layin' up treasures, ain't you 1 Wal, name yer subjects, and l'll go ter work." "Not just at present," the villainous speculator said; "I nm not quite ready yet. When I am I will Jet you know. You can easily be found, I dare say." "You bet, w'eu thar's any sech a lay-out the ruffian r e plied. rubbing bis bands togetber in devilish delight. "You' ll generalely find me fer ther lookin' down below . Ain t ye goin' t.er treat atore I go!" help yomself; it's the prime article, you'll find;" and the Dan\te evidently did find It so, tor he drained the bottle before be arose to depart. 1 Nothin' more ye wish, now?" "No, nothing; you can go, When I need (you I'll..

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Deadwood Dlck on De-..:k. hunt you up;" and then the Dakota Danlte too k his deP.arture 'Ha ha!" exclaimed, as he heard the outlaw descendmg the stairs; "thln1>s are at last working into my hands jURt a s I wish. That fellow is a tool that can be used repeatedly without resharpening, so long as he Is fed on whisky and money. Sandy's pard---curse her ; she shall go first, and then he shall follow. I wonder-'.!... He did not finish th9 s e ntence, but pulled on bis gloves donned his hat, and d escended t o the street, cane in hand. LigMing a cigar. he Rauntered down the busy street. and finally fetched up in Madam., Majilton's estal>lishment. 'I'be madame WM b ehind the bar, engaged In ehaking dice with a dirty miner, and was loo king most royally beautiful in a suit Qf silk and lace, witli diamonds at h e r throat and pendei:;.t from her ears Her blonde complexion made her ever fresh and lovely looldng, and then h e r superb form greatly hlghte n ed her rersonal beantv. She look e d up with a slight frown asthA Honorable Cecil entered and leaned against the counter. "Well, what do you want nowf" she demanded, in a tona tbat was not particularly inviting. "Have you come here to Insult me again?" "Hardly!" was the reply, with a bland smile; "l deserve d your scorn then; no doubt., for I was in an excess of ctiampagne. N o doubt you've been there yourself I will step into the next room and be seat ed; whe n you are at liberty, please join me. Madame Minnie bowedhand the speculator passe d on into the n ext w ere she soon joined him, after cheating a miner out of the drinks. She seated herse lf, a deal table separating h e r from the Washingt?nia n. and supported her chin between the palms of her !lands as she gazQd at 1-:im keenly. There were diamond rings of great value upon ber fingers, and the loose sleeve falling back to the elttow revealed a round fair arm tb.at was perfection in itself. "You are the mos t beautiful woman I ever met I" Honorable Cecil exclaimed, involuntarily, carried away by the powm of her charmin>: presence. "And that leads m e to what 1 was going to say. I am from Washington-Honorable C e cil Grosvenor, at your servic e. I represent a great deal of WAulth, and I have no wife-no heirs to all my vast est.ates. My li.fe is d A vold of any sunshine whatever, not having a female companion on whom to lavish my bound less affection. You are a beauty and can be refined -would make a resplendent star int.be Wasbiugtnn social world-a r e igning belle among b e ll es. How fancy you the picture; how would you like to marry me, and let me take you Into a paradise of Jove, wealtb., social distinction and luxury?" and the specadmiringly at the As for Madame Minnie, she leaned back'in her chair and laughed so boisterously that the Honor able Cecil began to fe e l uneasy and got red in the tace. "Yon old fool I" she exclaimed, by an effort con trolling her merriment, "do you suppose I'.d give up this slorious life here for the sake of ingulflng my self m the social miseries you depict? Nol a thou sand times, no I I know of all the celigh ts y u pic ture, but they don't tempt me. In Washington you have well-clothed, gold-enamored dummies; here, in mines, tbongh orttimes rudely dressed, ;Y'OU can find men. difference is, Washing-ton 1s a refin d hell. with but imps and devils for inhabitants; WhOOJ? UP is a Paradise, wiLh now and t en a sprmkling of ange1s." Ah! you look on the wrong side, my dear ma dame. CJ.nnot l prevail upon you to accept? I would give my thousands for such a glorious crea ure as you-" "Eno.ugh I I would not bind myself to such a man as you far your whole weijrht in diamor.ds. I knQw somethin g of life after roughing It so l oog. There I s on l y one man in a ll the wo rlJ whom I weuld fo r a moment think of marrying. "And he is-?" "It little matters to you who. He is handsome-a quality you cannot boast of-and is all that is nobl e and generous. Such a man I have it in my heart to love -no 't.her. be be king or millionaire sir. "That man lives in Whoo p -Up?" 1 Since _you ara so inquisitive, yes." "I tbink I kn y,v to whom you refer-he is calle d Sandy, here." "You are a pretty straight guesser, old man!" MadamE> Minr lE> repli e d, li ghting a cigar<)tte and puffing away with the utmost composure. "The man i s Sa.nil y. But, for instance. hov wo uld you like to take a bride into your Washington soireu with a cigar in her moutb and a botJe of tarant'lerj11ice unde r her arm for sickness? That's the way I alwnvs 1el." "O!:i, that would never do; you'd have to be train eel, of course. But this man Sandy-do you know what he is?" "No; and I care not what bis past has been : his prasent is irr proachnble. Anybody will telt you that . "Probably, but JJ!'f!Sent good behavior cannot blot out or atone for th.,_ past, you know. Between vo<1 and m e, Madame Jfajilton, that man Sandy is a for;? er. and a felo1 --a rnu1derer .',, "Sandy a murderer? I do not b e li eve it. Cecil Grovenor. He i" no such I\ man as would murder_,, H But. there's Wl"IArA vou mistake. He is outward ly a g e ntleman; inw a rUly a demon." I would 1 nu my chances in taking him for all tbat" "Humph I and find youroelf in a tiger's nest. Be sides,. you could n o t get him-be has too exalted no tions concerning ,.omen I" the speculator said, rising to dep&rt "If, howev er, yon think of my proposal, vou can address me at the so-called Masto don Hotel." "Very well, sir; but pray do not watch anxiously for any change in my decision, or yon will surely be dis'.tppointed The Honorable Cecil bowed, with a bland. donbt ing smile, and took bis departure, an:! Madame Min nie watcbed him down the street. "Sandy r, felon!" sbe mused, turning her gaze in t h e direction of the J,i "'.ht ning Lode mine; I can not b e liev e it of him. This i s n ews to me. And yon der schemer said I could not win him Maybe not; but we shall see-we shall see. In the meantime" and a strange gleam shot into her eye-" in the meantime, something e lse." CHAPTER X. THE BLOW FALLS aT LAST. SANDY was working away in tbe mine, when oneo.f his men approached bim with a not" in his hand. "An old cuss gave it to m e sir!' he said, bowing, "and serl give it ter Sandy; so Ireckonasetmustbe !:;r you." Sanely took note and ret,jred to a niche where a light was burning, and there opened the note. It was written in a neat business hand, slightly femi nin e some of the letters were, and rh.n as follows: "SANUY:-Look out for the Washingtonian chap, Grosvenor, who stops at the MastoJon. He tried to hire Dearlwood Dick to shoot you, but did not make a success o f bis inte ntion. He is a double-dyed vil lain, and will, no doubt, try some other villainous plan, as he s eems desirous of gettiog rid of you." This was a ll, there bein,,. no A faint smile o f contempt wreathe:l. the miner's mustached mouth as he thrust the note into his vest pocket. "So the old viper really means business, does he?" he muttered, as he went back to his "Well, let him proceerl EvAn if he kills me, the world wouldI>.'t mourll l)]V

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,,eadwood Dick on Dec& 19 He worked the day out, and went home at early dusk. The cabin door wa.s closed but unlocked, and he opened It and entered. Dusty Dick was sitting at the table with bis head bowed upon his arms, crylug-a.s S'.\lldy could see that the slight form was trnmbling with emotion. He put away his pick, pouch and ritle, and ap vroached the table. "What! crying, Dick? What's gone wrong?" he sa.id. laying one browned band upon the flossy curls of the youth. Has any one molested you?" There wa.s no answer except a low moan from Dick for several minutes; then be raised his face to Sandy, such a tearful, agonlzed expression upon it as the miner had never before seen. "Ob I Sandy, I you were never coming, and got so frightened.' "At what, dear!" and the miner's tone was tentier and sympathizing as be bent over this disguised pardner of bis, whom he was growing unconsciously fonder of each day as the autumn :lays wore dream ily hy. "Wbo or what could give you afl'right?" "Oh I Sandy, it is the one man in all the world whom I most fear-my Pnemy I He has arrived, and found me. I was sitting In the doorway whe n he passed, and he shook his cUncbed band at me. God knows how I ever got in here and shut the door-I do not. It seemed a.s it all objt!cts wore reeling round and around me." "You poor child," and for the first time Sandy seated himself close besldt> ber, I pit:v you from the bottom of my heart for it Is a sin that one so young in Ilfe as you should know the meaning of the word trouble. It is.coming to the point that you are to be found out, and I-" "lllshonored." Dick drying her eyes. "God forbid. I will fly, and then maybe my enemy will follow and murder me, and these people of Whoop-Up will never know that yo>t were harboring awom&n." "Nol no! You sbaH not think of leaving mi pro tection. I have been vour protector so far-Ill see you safe through. Who is the villain who is molestm,g you?" u His name is Cecil Grosvenor!,, "What! that inhuman wretch? By Heaven! not be?" "Yes. Cecil Grosvenor. Can it be possible that you. too, know bimf,. "Know him? He is the bitterest foe I ever had or have to-day. It was to murde r me that he hunted me up here in Whoop-Up." "Then Beaven help you, for he will surely carry out his objPct unless you fly. It was to death at bis hands that I came off here into this wild countrf.!" 'What are you to him, Dick," the miner asked, that he should want to kill you?" "I cannot tell you now-sometime, maybe, you she.II bear my story. To tt>ll you that the ever-ruling cul'8e, money, is the main object is quite sufficient. What is the cause or bis enmity against you f" "It i a bitter story, Dick; I would rather not tackle it now. for I get stormy when I tell it. But. a1 enough that Cecil Grosvenor is an enemy to both of us, and his enmity means evil. I shall make you a proposal: Marry me, and we will !Pave this place by the next stage for California. where we can bury ourselves out of the reach of this man. I am rich, and you shall never want for th"> comforts of a home, or the protection of a strong a.rm. It is use les. !or me to tell you r loe you with a whole heart -you must ba.ve seen this In my pa.st actions. Will you do it, Dick?" -"No, Sandy," was the sober reply. tinged with sadness; "I cannot. If you do not wish to hurt my you do Jo..-e me1 as you sar, you doplease never allude to the suoject a.gain "All rigbt1 Dick!" and the miner turned away, lest he sbowd betray his emotion and disanpolritment. "But you will at least let me be ;rour pro-tector as heretofore?" -Unless I had best leave the place to eSOBpe my foe then how could you extend your klnd11e1111?" "You d:;all not go; you must stay with me, and I will fight both of our battles." Ht> stood before her a glorious love-light shining in his eyes, his arms folded across bis massive chest -6tood there looking so grand and noble before the woman he loved of all others-the woman whom he dared not speak to of J ove, or hold to his manly breast for one wild ectatic moment. "Well sairl and done. Sa.nilyl" a cool. familiar voice exclaimed. and the startled pards looked around to bl'hold Calamity Jane standing just within the room, leaning idly against her rifle, h&T Int\ evidently been a pectator for eome time. You are a noble man, Sandy, and I respect ;rov the more for this." You Lere, girl!" the miner exclaimed, almod harshly. "You come and go like a bovring spirit. How did you get inf" "I came In close behind you, and one closing of the door answered for both of us I" Calamity re plied. with a chuckle. "And why?" "Beca.uSI' I wanted ter talk wi' y-e. Didn't expect what I saw, or I should hev wa1tPd. You neoon'l feel tbcugb, nor vexed, for I reckon, I'm about the onl;i: friend you'll bnve in Whoop-Up, direc1:)L 'less its Deadwood Dick." ' wny "Beca.ue-well. you see, tbet old chap from W ruib lngton, who ye wu jeat ta.lkln' about, has got the report spread that ye're not coin' tber fair sba.ketbat Dusty Dick, here, is a gal-that you're a wolf in sheep's clotbin'-that you are a ruraway forgGr an' felon-au' so forth, an' so fr,rth. So et's guing to pull down hard on the honor ye've built up here in Whoop-Up, you see." Sandy walked around the room a couple of times, abstractedly; then threw himself into a chair and bowed bis head in bis hands. The blow bad been etruck-the very blow that he had been dreading ever since Dick rame. It had struck him in a spot more susceptible of being wounded than any other component part or him self-bis as a man. "You '..!t> ure of this?" be asked, looking up, af. ter a painftd silenc e 0 You are "So sure that I accept the reports o' my .ears. Every galoot on the street bas got bis m outh full o' it. I kinder trigged the result, a.while ngo; to-day I traced the report ter eta source-the Honorable Cecil Grosvenor from Washinlj'jon. There was a short silence, then Sandy again spoke: Calamity, you have shown a friendly di.position toward us smce first we met, and l believe you are a fri end 1'1 "And you jest bet boots on et, Sandy I" was tbe reply in the girl M grim way. "First along Sandy, T got some very foolish notions into my head a.bout you but a leetle Mt ago. while I war a witness ter tbet scene. I cruhed out th m thougbtsground 'em under my heel, an' ye can see tber prin& o' a number three in the !loor. back yonder by the door. Nr1 w, I am your fri P nd." As sbe spoke. the wild gifl stood gazing at the floor, as if thinking, even while speakring, and there was a str&n!!'e mournful ring to her voice which Sandy could but interpret. The sudden bright look that mantle d her countenance the next moment, however, was a relief to him and also to Dusty Dick, who stood leaning against the table watching her rival with burning gazP. "It's all right now, .Sandy." Calamity Jane aald. with a smile. which ner auditors knew was forct1d. "it's all right. You l ove *Ourpard. and she loves you, though she may den' it; so ef ye kin hitch traces together, it's much be
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90 Deadwood Dick 011 Deck. eald, connderably atfaeted, "and I acarQelY know how to thank you for your aelf-aacrlll.clng conftdenoe. tr eer I bae an opportunity to repay you, I shall asauredly do so. Will you not 'tell us your story that we may know you the better?" ".l(o I no I" and a fierce expression for an Instant made the girlish race grow savage. Not now. Sometime I will. You may have beard the varying stories about me, and may wonder wby I lead this wild life or Before I let up with Pt, I've got a to ki!l--One or the basest, vllest wretches upon God's lair earth. For years I have been waiting for him to come here, and at last be bas come. lt ls onlv a o! time, now, till I lcill him." .:Surely you w ould not commit murder, Jrlrlf" "Nol not murder-I'll wait tel be tac'kles me, then I'll shoot him in self-defense, you see I" and a strange, !aW(h escaped her lips. You don't know the extent of my wrongs or you'd say shoot, too "Probably!" Sandy replied; then after a momeni -"what would you advise me to do, in the eveat of what you have told us? Whoop-Up will evidently be too hot for us "Don't mind anything about it, but l?O along at your work just the same Bi before. If you are s et comes ter Insult; tilen use yer revolver in earnest. Stay and tight it out by all meaos. To leave, now, would be an acknowledgment of shame and guilt." Very well, I will stay then, and fight it out. It they get me roused-" "They'll ftn!I a tiger, you bet," C"lamity re'('lied, enthusiastically. "Goocl for you I If the y wor1< too clues, kee f, 'em at a distance, and r emem her that you have riends near. You, Dusty Dick, can show :your band ter help vourfpa.rd, an' you want.er do it. Good-by; you can look for me at most any time .. She then took her rifle and left the cabin, as quick ly '9 she bad come, leaving S1>ndy and Dusty Dick alone. Outside, In the long, brilliantly lit stre.t of the town, the aurginJ!', resties. crowd h11d divided more Into groups, and were eagerly discnssin.,. this bit of news witli which the town had amicted. All believed !fandy to be a sc'\mo anc ] bypocrite, for Cecil Grosvenor bad spread his seed wide and thick, 10 that It should take root. No one ventured to atop or br1>ach the subject to Cl&lamlty Jane; they knew her too well of old, to think of her against one she liked. She m e t Cecil Grosvenor neac--tbe Mastodon, and stopped him in bis evening walk, by stepping d1rect in his path. "See here I" she ssld, pulling a revolver from her belt, and showing It under the astonished Washingtonian 1s nose\ 1 you old wretch, do you know what I've a. mind to do!" "Don't! don't! put down the weapon-what do you mean, girl!" he gJ&ped, changing from red to white i 1 a twinkling. "Do yoJl haarf put down the weapon I" "Nol I won't do of the kind, you cow ard I" J1>ne declared, coolly. "Ain't ye a sweet specimen o' a hypocritical nuinnce, ter call yourself Hmorablt Bo-an'-Sof I've a notion ter put a bullet clear through your head. Old man, do you know that you pl:.yed a sham deal against Sandy r" An expression of deilish satisfactio n came onto the apeculator'a countenance, and he chuckled grimly. "It wu m, trump card, you see I" he replied. "h struck home well, I see, judging by the discussion In the sti::,eeta. I did the town a favor by ex Jl(l81ng a disgr&oeful nuisance I" you Imp o' Satan," and the hammer of one ot. U&l&mlty'a No. 32's came back one notch go ter I'll make further breathlnl your pin a thing o' the paet. I stopped ter t:e.JJ ye that you're an old Yillain, an' if you try any more of !.our games you're a dead man. Do you hearr What business Is it to you that you Interferer' Grosvenor sneered, eying the dar&devil girl sav ageiy. "'IZ'ou'll ftnd out ef ye play another trick agaln.>t that man, Sandy. He's my partic'lar friend, an' 'twixt me an' Deadwood I\ick, he'll be taken kee of.1..an' don't re forgit it. Then the girl passed on. CHAPTER XL IN THE 8TRBET-8.il\DY18 DEFE..'iSE-DUSTY' DICK OONEI CALillITY JANE had not been gone half an hour, when thne was a sharp Indiau-like whoop, and a baad of horsemen dashed out of the bl&ck:ness of Canyon Gulch Into WhoopUp's single street. There wer;i upward of saventy-tlve of the outlaws, all well mounted and armed, and lllJUlked-- street--was caught up by near ly every tongue, ana everything that was to h5 ha.d in the shape of a weapon was seized by the crowd that sprung to the place of battle. And a b!!.ttle in earnest it was to be. The road-agents had evidently come Into the town with the intention of cleaning it out, small, compar atively. though they were in numbers; they made a stand near the center of the town, and fought fierce ly with carbines and revolvers. Every shot they fired told disastrously up<>n th ranks o f the resolute defenders for a time: but. en couraged by tb" fearless fighting of old Bull whacker and his Regulators, the crowd pressd fiercely in uoon the road-agents, determinedly, tiring a tPrrlble volley of bullets into their ranks. Of all the de in that desperate contlict, none did more ex cellent service than the much-clothed leader of the Reg-ulators, old Bulhvbacker. He stoo'1 at the front, with a large pair or army revolvers in his clutch, firing continually, until they wore emptied; then his Evans repeater came into hand. and sent forth a deadly stream of tire wreathed leD.d. The man was wonderfully cool while others were yelling and excited around him, and many a poor fellow dropped deod, while he stood calmly in the midst of the alfray his garments SPeming to turn aside the deadly bullets that hissed like lightning-hall through the &ir. On-on waged the battle. the roadngents fighting like devils for victory, the defenders imitating their example, to save their property and emulate their bra very. It "as warfare in dead earnest--bulle t for bullet, blood for blood. Sandy left his cabin when he heard the. cry, and stood for a moment outside of the door, listening and watching the crowd that went past. What is it, Sandy?" Dusty Dick asked. coming tO the door; "why are all the men rushing up the guleh!" "There's an attaclt from the road-agents," Sandy r eplied. drawing bis pair of revolvers, and revolving the cylin< hr to see that all the cartrldgPs were right. "I re-ckon it's my duty to take a hand, too, if there'll fighting to be clone Those mfftanly outlaws need to he killed. and now' the proper chance. Go back in the hanty. and don't admit any one except they give a and a: r,p," But. you may g e t wounded or killed I" L _.;k gasp ed. in alarm. "How much would you care if I nM g0t topple
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Deadwood Dick on Deck. "Very, nry J,Uchl" was the reply; "but go; you may be needed. Sandy obeyed and strode rapidly up the irulch The fighting was just around the bend, but wlien he got there the laat shot had been tired; the road agents had broken from the wall ot humanity, and were dashing down the canyon at mad 11peed, moun tainward. It would have been next to useleSll to have pursued them, for ere the pursuers could baTe got to their horses, the desperadoes were out ot algbt in the night's gloom, which reigned beyond where the )ighte o! the town retlected. And, be8ides, therti was enough to attend to on the scene ot battle, where !Ull three-score Jay bleeding, either dead. dying, or wounded. this number, two-third were townspeople or mmers; ot the road-agents only one man wns found alive, and by Old Bullwbacker' s order be was immediately strung up to a limb and J>ll,!d the earthly penalty ot bis crimes. Fifteen were killed outright of the defende rs. but, as it turned out, they were men without !amllies. Ot the rest who were more or le& wounded, only three a(terward died. Was su.:h a disastrous battle with road-agents re ported here in the East? Probably not; for the ASllOCiated ,Press dispatches have never yet been known to report one-third o f the ci1mes o r casualtie s that occur In the wild land west ot the .Missouri. Yet the above battle did occur, with the result we have chronicled. It was rather a doubt(ul victory on the part of the Wboop-Upites; yet the y were in a mea&Ure jubilant over it. Every care was offered the sutf P.ring and wounded; Sandy bimS!'lt made bold to step forward and pro pose a purse for burying those who did not have sutllcient money, liberally offering to d onate tlfty dollars. The men looked at each other, and then at the handsome miner, who bad within the day been dis honored in th eir eyes, One then stepped forward, a Rrim expression upon bis face. I rutll, r calcylate we don't none o' us want none o' yer m o n ey, Mr. Sandy!" b e said, with a glance to see that th" crowd approved or his woro&. We kin acce'i't o' y e r proposal nn' do the liftin' among us. You d bette r keep yer money fer thet leetl critter ye've l('Ot corraled down at yer shanty; it'll bk" nll yer spare cash ter keep sech as her 11goin 1 !" "Look out!" and the yellow-haired miner ad vanced a pace nearer, his race and eyes tlamiog. "Hint if you clare that anything is wrong between me and my pilrd, and I'll break every bone in your accurse d body I" "I reckon we don't chaw back what we say, pil !!,'rim. My n ame is Bulldog Brown, at yer sarvice, an' et ye want anything o' me, jei;t sail in. We do pre sume ter say thet yer pard, Dusty Dick, is a wom11n, an' a rusty hypocrite you be to-" Tile f e llow didn't finish the sentence, for the miner fiercely leaped upon him, and with a tremendous blow, which would have staggered an ox, felled the brute to the earth. Then he bounded back, one or bis revolvers cocked and ready in either band. then. where'fi the wretch who wants to repeat the insult! I'll Ja y him out in stiller sb11pe than I did this fool!" he cried, glaring around, for be was terribly angered. There was an angry murmur in the crowd, and a general motion toward rushing upon the ra;ner; but ft was not to come to battle, for at this juncture a man steppeii forward with a pair of revolvers In hand, anO stood alongside Sandy. It was none other than the Regulator. Old Bullwhacker. He wa..ed hack the crowd. and they stopped at his beckon, tor no man had ever won such a popularity in Whoop Up in so short a time as the much-clothed un kriown. "Hold I stop I" he cried. in a clear, voice; "ibe first galoot who moves a step ag'in thJS miner will directly fttter be a dead man. Let there be no more bloodshed. There's been enough, God knows. Sandy did perfectly right In knocking yond"r nasty tongued brute down !er lnsultln him oz he did. "As ter ther pard, I'll stake mr pile she's all square et Dusty Dick be a womaa.' "An1 I, too; an' I'll lick thunder out o' any chap In the crowd ain't!" cried a ringing voice; then came a Comanche-like whoop, and Calamity Jane bounded Into the scene. Immediately the five men let& out ot Bu llwha.ck e r a band, and seTeral others, stepped Q""r to the Regulator's side This was the straw that broke the camel 'a back, and the crowd broke up and dispersetl Calamity went over to where Sandy wns restoring his revolnrs to bis ht'lt. "One card in [our favor," she eaid. with a low laugh. "You di handsome, but you s h c uld have shot a couple ot the CUllses to show thtm ye afraid. That's ther only way to git along out bayr. See what a change my comln' made; they knowed I'm business clean Look out !er em tor they'll try you a lick agam. Now, go home and go to bed." "Not until I have thanke, d you and these \Tho have defended me!" Sandy said, warmly g1asping her hand. "T already owe you much-how can I ever repny JOU?" "Once I might have been unmaidenly to have named a reward, but that is past. I don t ex peel to g
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Dead wood Dick on Deck. "Ehf how do you mean?" "l mean that three women In this very town adore you-worship you as being the only perfect man In ihe mines. First of all is Dusty Dick, who has got you into all th.is trouble In the eyes of your friends; acondly, ranks that eccentric dare-devil girl, Calam ity Jane. She probably loves yoil In the fiercest, most intense manner. I 1111 the third place mysel!. I am beautiful, and of a generous, impulsive nature -the very woman suited to you. I ha Te money, in dependent of yours. I haTe brought you In here to ask you to marry me. Earlier to-day Cecil Grosve nor p-roposed and I refused him. I want you, Sandy -will you take me?" "No," the miner said, with as he arose to depart. When I want a wife I &DAU do the pick -inf. and mysel!. 'Very well. U you don't want me, I shall not be offended. Maybe you 'II chan119 your mind, you know." maybe," Sandy replied, with a low, sarctlc laugh, as he left the saloon. Somehow he was out of sorts with auch as the bewitching Madame Mlnme. But b e was not prepared for the discovery that awaited him on his return' to" head-quarters," as he called his shanty. The door was open-the candle was burning upon the table, but Dusty Dick was glm' Yes, gone; but where? In some alarm the miner began to search aroun' J ihe shanty. Nothing which had been Dick's was miBsing except his ritle and ammunition. Had he gone purposely, or bad he been abducted for murderous purpose by the lnstrument&lity of Cecil Grosvenor? For a moment he stood In the center of the cabin, and tried to determine in hill 111lnd which, but a lone ly feeling crept ov e r him, and stepping out into the air. he l0clced the door after him. The crowds in the street were the same as at the brlgbtellt hour of day, only a little noisier, if any thing. The music from the neighboring danceho11868, the shouts of drunken roughs tile jolting rumble of incoming stages, were a few of the sounds that served to make the night hideous. In vain Sandy glanced around In hope of catching 110me glimpse of Dusty Dicll;_. Nowhere was the youthful pard to be seen among the throngs that urged by. He was still standing, undecided what to do, when he heard a welllcnown whistle, and Calamity Jane came up, with a ftourlsh. "Hello I what are r,ou looking so down In the mouth about, Sandy?' was the salutation. "You look as if you'd lost your best friend f" "So I haTe, girl-one of them. Dusty Dick Is gone!" "Gone? the deuce, you say!" "Yes. gone. I just returned, to ftne the shanty empty," "S&e's around town somewhere, no doubt, and 'II be back direcny." "No, I think not. H e r rlt'le and ammunition are both gone. Eithe r she h ;s I r t b ecause of the dis ooTery and talk:, or has bee .i abducted; which, I can no' determine.,, "Et's tbe former, Calamity Instantly. "To mpare you furthe r trouble, she has pulled out. I wouldn't h e v done it if It had been me, but she hasn't had the experience, you know." Has anT-At&Ke left town within the last hour?" "No. Why? Will you hunt after herf" 0 Most assuredly." "Don't do It. Give the matter Into my hands. I Jmow the mountain and places best. Go on at your work: don't worry if you don't see me In three days!" CHAPI'ER XII. A DL&.BOLIOAL PLOT-AN ADV1CJITUBll . Jlo Sandy went bs.ck to his shanty &Dd i-ed a sleepless night, for he was mvch troubled conoeJ'9o ing tbe strange disappearance of Dick. On the following morning he arose late, and aftef breakfasting upon some cold meat, went to the mine known In Whoop--Up as the Lightning Lode. lt was a huge inte.rmountain cavern, wblch had entranee through a narrow tunnel, only large enough for the passage of a mule and a single car. lnlllde there were many sections of the cavern where the rock was pierced with dark shafts and long pauages huge pillars supporting the celling of rock here and there. All this great work had been accomplished by drilling and giant powder, &Dd the rich qu&rtl rock was drawn by dump loads out to the breaker and crusher in the gulch. At the entrance to the mine Sandy met his super intendent, a man of forty years, named Bronson. "Well, has everything gone right?" he asked, pausing a moment. "No; on the contrary, everything has gone wrong," Bronson replied, dubiously, "The men, all but three or four, came and got their wages an hour ago, declliung to work in your employ any longer." "Humph! I expected it," Sandy replied, with a faint smile. "Let the fools go it they choose. Do you share their Tiews of the matter?" "Well, n-no; but I'd kind o' like to see ft cleared up, you know," Bronson replied. "Don't lmow as 1C1t makes so much diJ'terence, but then-" "Yon shall know all In time. l was llimply pro a woman whom I found In distresa, from the brutal villainy of a wreteh who Is In thl ver:r town to-:.lay. The disguise she had adopted when I found h er-I only added a few ftnlahint: touches," Very well, Salldy I accept the explanation and believe you. I'll tell the few men remahtlna". It would be better if you were to mako this explana tion general." I don't choose. Let It b!l found out without any interference. I crave no man's friendship." "What shall we do about more men to work the mine?" "Stick out a placard: More miners want.Id at $!.50 per day. That will fetch 'em. I was thinking of ralalng their wages the other day. Be sure to hire none ot tbe old &'ang, as new hands will answer better, I think." And accordingly Bronson stuck out a placard in a consplcuona ,Place: W .1.MT91)-Twelve or fifteen new miners to replace deserters at tbe Llghtninlr Lode. $2.50 per day. Apply at once to the Superintendent. This card caught the eye of Honorable Cecil (troe. venor, as he was returning on l.is handsome. bay mare from a morning ira.llop down th" canyon. "The very opportunfty for endin&' the game I" and a cruel, malignant smile came upon the alnister countenance oi the speculator aa he grasped the thought. "I have the Tery plan in my mind, too My first work is to hunt up the Danlte, and Instruct him He galloped on to the livery, dismounted and hur rled on to the Mastodon, a few doors away. On search, he found Arkansas .A.If In a rear room drink lnll( wloe and fieeclng a Texan herder at cards. At GroSTenor's motion, be threw up the game, and they went to the bar-room where they were aoon the occupants of a stall, which was one of a dozen which llanlced a side ot tlte a{lartment. "Waalf" the Danite mterrogated, leaning his arms upon the table, and gazinll( grimly at the Washing tonlan. "What's the rip?" "Nothing in particular, except that I am ready to have :rou go to work. You know where the nlng Lode mine la?" "Reckon I do." ;; Saneyf" ''Well, he Is the man I want put out of my,,...

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Deadwood Dick on Deca. 23 Here Is my plan. He has advertised for new work men. You must go a.nd make an application for a job, for you and your pards. Work cheap, and ask to b e allowed to sleep at night in the mine. A.t Bigbt you must work silently and cautiously. Charge every available place bea'rily with giant powder, Ii.II to be connected with one long main fuse. This you must run around the base of the bill to where you can bide in the bushes. Be at your st nd to-mor row, just before noon. When the hands of your watch point to ten minutes of twelve, liten and you will bear a gun r eport-then light the fuse, mount your horse ancl geG safely into the mountains. I will be at the junction o f the Deadwood and (:Josslin trails whn you gei there, and you shall have a round hundre d tor your work." "Keerect I I'm your huckleberry, you bet. Sb all l 1to now!" the Danite asked. Yes make haste, and S'!cure a job if possible. Y ou'll ftnd powder enough for your purpose in the mine. Mnke everything sure-and remember I am not to be mentioned iu the matter." "Very well, boss. What about ther two feminines ye spoke of!" One o! them I hear has escaped. I shall make no effort to secure her, as she will probably b e broughr back by curiosity. The other woman, Mad Ma.rie I know nothing about further than that she is io this vicinity. You will have to rely upon your detective abilities to find her." I ll keep an eye out. Thet chap, Deadwood Dick1 is n-goin' ter take my eye, fer thar's five hundrea dollars or more on !us h ead, which I d Jove ter finger." The ruffian then his departure. He went to the mine, accompanie d by two rufilanly l uoking SO<'iates, named Fletcher and Ken1?Tove, and l:iire'd out to Superintenden't Bronson, witti p e rmission to lodge in the mine. and protect it from being robbed during the night by outside parties. Calamlt y .J a n e later tbat dav, left the town. and riding up tbegukh. turned olf among the mountains, through a dark, lon esome ravine, through the bot tom or which a small c reek dashed noisily, and where hut little or the light of day eve r penetrated. She was mounted upo n her thoroughbred cavuse, which had few rivals in the Hills. and well armed with a sixteen-shot Winchster rifle. and a brace of holster r evo lv ers, besides those sbe wore in her belt. Every oit of a mountain J;niht she looked, as she rode along. scanning everything around her with a sharp 11:azP. The further she w ent the route continued in the ascendmg-. and windinl? up into the heart of the mountain wild e rness. Suddenly she dre w rein and listened intently. Ahead of her, around an abrupt bet1d, came clear and sharp the 1ingiug thud of hoof-strokes-ll(rn a fierce shout that echoed around the hills, with crngIDR r c-.erberat ions Hello I some one coming thi way, r re c k o n I" Calamity ,.,. uttered, w hee ling her horse t o one side, just behind a c 'ump of manzinta bushes. "Either red skins or road-age1 ,ts, I predict, after some lone pilgrim." She had n o t long to wait to learn that her prophecy was correct. A horseman came dashing around the bend, with hts horse runniog at full speed, while sitting with face bac kward. he was grasping a rifl e in his bands, ready for use. He manaJ? e d to retain his seat wit!! cs much ease as though he occupied a fronting position, which evinced superior horsemanship, From her position Calamity could do no more in the way of a glance than Io make him out as a young man-his face she could not see. Nearer and nearer he came; then a band or five mounted horse men burst into view a.round the bend, yElling like so many Comanche red-skins. They were road-agento and some of Deadwood Dick's band all armed with carbines of Winchester pattern, and were in hot pursuit of the t rme fugitive, whose easy rlding so attracted Calamity' s admira tion, that sbe whe e led her cayuse out 111to the ravine with a ringing shout. Let 'em have, pilJ?rim-plug et to 'em lik e blazes, an' l'llblckyel Hurral Whoaupthar,youimpso' Satan, ef ye buck ag'in' Cal am1 y .Jan e yer bound ter get snagged ag'in' an earthquake.I" The wor ds were loud enough to be heard by i;>ur suers and pur11ued; the n the girl dare-devil raised her 1ifle to lier shoulder, and a leaden death dispatcb with unerring aim into the road -agents, killing one outright, and wc.unding a horse. Seeing that he was reinforced, the fugitive opened fire, also dropping one of the desperadoes from the sadd l l', although the wretch was on ly wounded. Three others were left, and they came Q.;:; with furi ous oaths and curses. beating their animals with the (arbines to increase their speed, and then firing wildly. Que chance bullet struck the animal in the ear, and penetrated to tbe bram. Instantly the poor brute began to staeger, then stumbled and dropped dead a few feet fro m where Calamity had taken her stand, Luckily the rider was prepared1 and he leaped. lightly from the saddle and escapea injury. At the same instant Calamity's rifle again cracked twice In succession and each unerring bullet dropped its man, either dead or WLUnded, from the sad aie. Seeing that he DOW had no chance, the remain ing outlaw turne d his horse abruptly around and took the back trail, urging his animal Jn mad desperntion, with both spur and voice. Bound to finish the victory1 Calamity fired the remaining thirteen cartridges m her rt peater, but only succeeded in wounding hi"1, as he disappeared from 'riew. Then sr e tw"Ded to the reEcued fugltlvehwho was standing by his deacl horse, and gazing i.t e!' In ad miration and wonder. H e was a man of some five-and-twenty years, with supple, handsome form, and a light, jovial face, whic h, while it. possessed no particular f>eauty, waa a good-naturedly g o od-looking face, with perfect features, dark brown eyes and hair, and a slight dark mustache. H e was attired in citizen's garb, and armed with a 1 ifle 1rnd a pair ot revolvers. Cl early, he was astonihed at his sudde n rescue, f o r be stoo d gazing Dt Calamity as if she were some thing more than rr:ortal. And she laughed in h e r cool way, as she crossed one shapely limb upon the neck of her horse, and re turned the stare in genuine Black Hills fashion. "Guess you war purty ni g h about glad to g r t away frum them age nts. pilgrim, warn'tye!" she demand ed, at l ength, whil e ohe lit a cigarette. "Indeed I was I" the man replied, wltb enthusi asm. "I've hnd all the r o ad-ngoint experience I care for, since I've b em flJ?hting the devils for the last balf hour. There were twelve ot the f e llows when the y commenced the chase, a couple of miles back." "An' ye dropped 'em all. eh?" "All but the three you f e tched down and the fel l ow that escaped." "Wal, then, you're a brick-thet's aH! Couldn't a-done b etter myself. Reckon you're a fresh 'un in these diggin 's, eh?" "I am.. I only arrived at Deadwood yeEterda y, and, purchasing a h o rse, sc tout for a ride to Whoop Up, wherever that may oe, h aving no idea that the distance was so great. But. excuse me, please, you're a. woman, are you not?,, "Well, y e s, I reckon I am in flesh but. not io spirit o' late years. Ye see, they kind o' J?Ot matters dis comfuddl ed w'en I was created, an' I turned out to b e a J?al instead of a man, which I ought to hev been "Indeed? There is-something in your face which reminds me of a girl I used to know six years ago, before I went East, from Denver. What is your name, ma-am!"

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D eadwood Dick on Deck. "Calamity Jane, at yer service." "What? Janie was !IlY little sweetheart's name I" the stranger ex<'laimed, drawing nearer. "It can not be that 110u are indeed Jennie Forrest-the same I once. knewt She left Denver for Virginia City a couple of years after, since when I have neve r beard a word from her." "Yes, I am Jennie--sbe that was Jennie Forrest1 Calamity r e plied, slowly. "But who can you b o t "I am Davis-don't you remember mer Six years airo, on your sixteenth birthday, r,ou pro mised to wait for me and become my wife I' Yo Charley Davis!" the girl exclaimed, delight edly; "then thar's my paw-grab it I I'm g!acI to soo you as a b'ar is to hug a human. The stran!ler eagerly accepted tbe proft'ered hand at1d shook 1t warmly. while he gazed admiringly Into the face of the girl-scout. "You have greatly changed, Jennie, but it is for the better excepting your attire. Wby dress thus when the attire of your own sex is more becomiug!'1 "Idou'tallowye k e n beat men's togs much fer handy locomotion an' so forth, an' then, ye see. I'm as big a among the men as any of 'em. AD' er ye're gom' to Whoop-Up, let me advise ye in one respect: snatch oft' thet b'iled shirt, an' put on a :flann e l or caliker. Reckon they'd set you up as a swell e f ye war ter go in thet way." I "Ob, I'll run au the risks. But, Janie, isn't your attire rather unmaidenly, considerinl!; your sex!" "Maidenly-unmaldenlyl" Calamity muttered. staring bard at him. "Charley Davis, when you left me. with a betrothal kiss clinging to my lips, I was a maiden, and as modet as they make 'em. Butter rible chan'!es have come since then. I am DO\V a world's diire-devil, people say. Ask me nothing, for I' shall tell you the same messure-notbing. In Whoop-Up-this trail ta1auti ful girl-woman, who bacl played her rol1 so well as his pard, and her absence seemed like that va\:ancy left bv a surlden death. All the trinkets h e had bought her, even to a h andsome goltl watch had hem left hebincl, and with a careful fondness, h e marked the way she had left everything, and preserved the order, accordin g ly. Sitting down by the table. he bowed his bead upon it, and closed bis eyes wearily, for despite bis prosprity and success in gainio&" worldly wealth. bis lif e hcked much of the essential light which makes living even endurable. For a long time h e rested thus with bis head bow<:>d; the room was In silencr.o, only the faint hum from the bustling street broke the monotone still ness. How long he knew not, for when he imagined him self to be awake, he was In reality asleep and in dreamland. The first knowledge be bad of bis hav ing heen asleep. was when h e was slowly awakened by the sound of a stealthy footstep. H e knew then that he was awake-assured himself of the fact by unclosing one of bis eyes sufficiently to catch a ray of light from one ot the candles that was burning in the room. He then immediately closed bis eye again and by harder breathing, f e i g ned s leep. flometblng told him to do so; yet what! For the world be could not have told. Some one was1in the shanty, but h e knew not who. He felt a draught of air 'from the door. and kne w that it must be open a t rifle; bes;des, the noise s o r the street came in plainer. At. l ength be hear<'! the stealthy step again. and intuition! rathe r than sound of movement, taught him tha some one was approaching him. The next moment he felt a bot breath fan his cheek, and a pair of sofl lins touch his forehead; then there was a swift, silent effort at retreatin!!. With a cry h e opened hia eyes and sprung to bis feet-r0ached out and caught the flyin11: flgure by the shoulde r, even as it would have darted out into the night. A moment Inter the two were face t n face-the mine r greatl.v Mtonished, and Dusty Dick-for it was no one and confused. "JJick,f Sandy ejaculated, in wonderment. "B:r Hea'ven, this is beyond my comprehension I"

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Deadwood Dick on Deck. II "Let me go, Sandy," was the faint, choked reply. "Release me, and let me depart." "No, not by any means," and the miner crosued the room and shot the door. "How did you get in? -ah! I forgot; you had a key. Dick. tell me, why did you run away from me?" and tones were reproachful, yet tender. "You cannot imagine how I missed you." "It was to save you from further annoyance, Sandy-" "Pooh I you were foolish to suppose you could help the matter ill' tl1at way. Where did you hide?" u 1 n the mountains.'' "And why did you return!" "Because I couldn't stay away. I wanted one more l!:limpse of your kind face before I forever left this place. Besides, 1 hac! a frightful dream, last night, tbat you were In '.mlljin ent danger, and I conld not go wlthout,coming to assure myself that it was untrue." "Dick, you must not leave me. I shall not permit it. What could you do wandering about the world! -and then, too, Grosvenor might again bunt you down, and ten to one you would not have as willing a friend to fil(ht your battles as I Promise to stay with me till I get ready to pull out. It won't belong, as I shall sell out the mine soon at a sacrifice in or der to get out. Jn the m ean Lime, let the fools talk who wish to." "And when you go you do Hot think me unwo manly nnough to follow you around wherever ynu might choose to lead!" Dusty Dick exclaimed, with a SP,ice of anger. Certainly not, unless we can before that time effect some compromise. Perhaps you would allow me to send you bac k East." "No, no! not wbile my enem.v Jive s. He would quickly follow. for he has sworn to murcler me, if it costs him a life s d evo t e d labor." "Don't worr.v about him. I think his race is about run-am poitive it is. If be gives me further mo lestation, 1 '11 shoot him, and done with it. Will you v.romise to sta.v, and-an< await developments, let them come as they may! "Yes, on one condition." "Name it. and I promise to grant it before band." "It is that you will net m ention the love for me you profess, until-we ll, until I give you permissivn.,, "! promise. Now, then. we will resume the o ld life. It will be best for you to remain as strictly in the shanty as possibl e and never part company with your r e volver. Admit no one, unless 1t be Calamity Jane, Deadwood Dick, or the Reitulat o r friends, who co.n be trusted implicitly." And so it wll.S, at tbe midmght bour, that Dusty Dick was reinstated in Sandy's home. About this same time, the man. Arka.nsas Alf, stood in a black shadow which envel oped the rear part of the Mastodon Hotel an, 1 yard. conversing in a low tone with Cecil Gros-venor, "1 o had come lUt. "Y8.l!I, pilgrim." the Danlte was sayin-, in a care iul whisper, "everything is ready for the e:x:plosion1 as you d'recte
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28 D eadwood Dick on Deck. curse 1/0'l, my de8l1'oier There I there I pnt up your pistol; I ain't a-goin' to kill ye yet. I'm reservin' ye till sum tims when I sha.11 have time to attend yer funeral.'' AnJ, tnr : on her heel, she strode fearlesslv aw,.y, while Arkansas Alf made his way toward the Lightning Lode, to advise his pctrds. Honorable C e cil Grosvenor's apartment at the Ms.stC>rt time more the man who stands be me and ' big fortune will be dead I" mu Ir tered, exulta.!!tly Then I will go back East a u 1 'v.ell away from Washington. The rest of my davs can b' spent in wealth anJ l"--=ry. Hal" H e uttered the latter exc l ,.n.ntiou as there was a crashin;o of glass, and a stone came hurtling into room Or picking it u p the epeculator found it to be wrapp, 1 in white letter-paper on which was writEx:amina.tion disclosed the following, which had baen penne d in a woman's chirography: "QgcrL GROS VENOR:You are p laying a y1me a man who will in the end crush you. for one, will help him do it. MARIE. "P. S .-Your plots and schemes will avail you liLtle -SJndy will triwnph. '' CHAPTE.t'i XIV. TH1D EXPLOSION AT Tam HINE. Oirthe tollowing morning Sandy went t.o the mine as usual, an:l found the gang already at work, with the exception o f three men, whom Superin e n dent Bronson aunounced as having left witi1out claiming their wages. "The same three, by the way, who wanted to l odi;e in the mine," he said. "Probabl y they made the best of th9ir night's stay b y p:>cketing what gol d th y coul l g e t, Sandy said, with a smile. After tb.is we'll get a tru 'tY guard my dog l:lufl''llo for instance. v,ry few would at temot to pass him, r reckon." And unsuspeotiug of danger o r the diabolical plot of Cecil Grosvenor to b l o w u p the mine, Sandy went in to work w i t h the rest o f the miners. The work of getting at the 1 ich rock was prosecuted generallr by blastin'.l" wi t h thn. t strong explo sive, "giant powder. Ooebhst was ufficient to dislodge enou,n rock to fill a car, which waq then drawn out into the crushing mill, near the mouth oi the mine. Sandy worke d away this morning w i tlt renewed ener -y, fo r the return of Dusty Dick had acty l upon him like a rejuvenar.or; he f It twice t c1e ambition t o labor tb.at he bad before, whlb sh3 was away. Some ho.v, he felt tliat his whole exi't'nce was bound up in h3r keeping-she, li tle more t 1a'l a stranger to him, whosa rea l nam3 even he diJ uot know. About twent. y minutes before the steam-whistles were to blow for o'clock, S n1v was ar1ested in his work or directin'\" a heavy bhst, by n quick touch upon his arm. Wheelin;{ about he confronted Calamity Jan.1. The dare-devil girl's face was flushed with excitement. and her eyPs had a dusky, expression. "Elllol Yo't!''Sandysaid,wlth anod. "What can I do for you-" "Quick! get out of the mins--there Is no time for words. F lv! every mother's son of you. for the 1nlne ll bs blown to ftinders less'n five jiffies I" She s;ioke in a swift loud tone: then turned and h urried townrd the mouth of the mine. It did n o t tatre Sandy but an i"stant to comprehend, a.nd h e ordered every man to fly for his own life s sak e, from the dan!!'er. Bronson nd were the last to leave t h e mine, and hurry out upon the stream shore, where the other miners and Co.lamity Jane were stanr lini:. A small crowd was graduaily collecting, ma:dng wondering inquiries in regard to the hasty stampede from the mine And they hnd a moment to wait before they were answered. Simultanoously, almost, with the echo of a pis tol -report in the upper part of the town, there ap peared, in the mouth of. the mine, a hissing, vivid glare of flame, which expired in a second, t-0 be fol lowed the next minute by one of the most f1ight!n l explosions that ever jarred the pine-crested monn ta'o 1 in the vic inity of Whoop-Un's flash city-. Nothin?, of course, was seen o't the expl osion but the thundering roar of the concussion ec!10P.d far and wide, over hill and vnlley, and the ja1 made the eo.rth trembl e as if shaken by an e'lrthquake. Sandy, Calamity, and the others in the immediat-3 vicinity, w ere t!:irown violently to the ?round, but luckily n .taiaed no seriJus injuries. The g :m:s in t h e neig;uboring shanty winrlows was ha.illy broken, and the whole town pretty badly shake n up and stortle d. Several goangs of men who !\ad at the moment o f the expl osion been working on the mountain-side, allovt'l the t o wn. w,..re prPcipitate d promiscuously do1vn the she r declivity, doing more or less iajury to I11sh and bone s A crowd hastily assembled from tbe upper psrt o f the st:eet, and b 5an to press inquiries as to the na tur e and cause or the explosiJn; a genprn. J Pxcitc m ont prevailed, and many were the qutistions that were leveled at Sandy. "I don't ltnow anything abou t the matter!" the miner r eplier l, standing proudly erect, with fo ldC'd arms, and gazing around into the grim facp s of men who on:y y-esterday h1d re,,arded him with suspi cion; "co.nnot tell you anythin!!', exaeptthat at the peril of her own life this heroic girl with a nod toward C:i.lamity-"came int o the mine ani warned us to quickly abandon it, as an explosion was about to OC<'ur. We barely got out, and _then she oo:.n I reckon it' s a snide game ter disloclg-e us !ellPrs up above!" one mi.1er growled, who had come down to the gulch, en 1 over end. "Et's a darned nasty joke at the best of et, I say!" "That,s m e!" cb)m v l in halt a.dozen others, g-rim .. ly. "Et ain't thei ki11d o' work we'd take yo to do, Sandy; ht c c m id c1i!l' what's been said latclv, y e reall v don't se i m ter be ther man we tu:c ve fer. "Hold up, hayr-don't i:rit up no row ov e r l\ few spilled oats!" cried Calamity, stepping fearlessly forward. "Ef ye'1e goin' t e r intimoite the t Sandy hed ennyt'>ing ter do wi' thet E>xploshn, yer durned lio.:q, eve r v mother's son o' ye. I happen ter know all ther matrer." "Bully fer ther i:all Hip hooray fer their heerine o' tber gulch!" a voic e and oU CJlonel J o e cavorted forward into the scene, re D'>se and a ll. "Hoorav, I s"y far U'lamity. A boss gal ar' she, y e galoo ts. ari' do i't fergit it." "She t your e e l ac do:>r. you old whisky-suckPr!" a miner cried, authoritative1y pushing Tubbs aside. Now, the n, heave ahead, girl, and Jet s heer you S'.tY, F e r I move thet we investio;:ate this mater." Ilo<>'"YI so do II" put ia Colonel Joe, oft' en1 of his sorry nO'f' with a ki.lrch1ef "an I'll bl>ric"1! .fl titer iuve s t j,.a tin' committee as cheap as arv r.:alnrit h t'Jis fragrant city of Whoop-Up, dog my cats e f l w on't." "Ya", I'll ay my S'tyl ?'plied va.Jam!ty, with a glance OVJ'rtbe crowd. "Ef ye think Pm lvin', w'en I git t11ru, spit her out, an l'lJ g u,. antee to lick the cuss as so, I warn yot.., Sl}lld y b edn" t n:>thin' ter do wi' th
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Deadwood Dick .., I &ed before. I an' four others war the only ones &S knowed et war come off I o..iy got inter tber aecrlt by overbearin'. on two occaS!ons, the plan o' the cusse d business. Shouldn't a oTerheard that ouly I war keepin' a watch o ther ru1!1an Arkansas Alf-who ar' the notorious Dakota De.nlte, by the way-who I bed some business ter settle wi'. A f elle r hired him an' his two pards ter go hire out at t!ler mine yesterday. whe n hauds Will'. 1keerce, an' last night ter cborge the mine wi' giant powder, wi' a lead-fuse up the gulch yonder. The business was t c r be set o!r at fifteen minutes o twelve to-day, an' blow Sandy he.yr teratoms. That's how the thing stands, pilgrims. I only hed about time ter get SP.ndy word a bit ago, on returnin' from a llCOUt. then she went cfl'?" "ii'urral hip! hip!" yelled Colonel Joe Tubbs, en guill angel, cra'mity, an' don't ye et. Ef I war legally unnitched frc m my Angeiiua Aramintha Tubbs. dog my cats ef I wouldn't propose." Yer yarn Is all very well, gall" snl1 the miner who had previous l y propose d an investigation; but ye ken't expect us tcr take yer word fer e t wi'out proof. Yer character don't consist altergethe r o' tnith and-" His sentencP was finished in a ringlnl\' hriek, for C3lamity had drawn a r e volver and shot him eveu whil e hia sarcastic words left bis lips. and he fell to the ground wounded throug h the breast "So much fer your !yin', you miserable wh<'lp I" the girl criedi wrought suddenly to a high o f ange r. If wa. dishonored once, by onn such rs von, no man1s defiling t.ouch hAS reached me since That villain st.ill lives who foully robh0d Jane Forr Pst o f h e r maiden name, but nevr of hon o r; that same man has dared to come t o this very town, P.nd r o menial work for the wretch who planned Sandy's d estruction; hut as there is a God to bear my oath, he shall never live to ruin any others. I have already set the day." "-" h e n she ceased speakina, there were e vPral minutes of s ilence, not a word being uttered. The crowd had swoll e n greatly i n numbers-Cecil Gros venor came with it, but the moment he caught a glimpse of Sandy, he wheeled auddenl,V' and r etnced his steps tow:;.rd the Mastodon, a fierce hu.t smoth ered oath breaking from his lip. "Then the game still lives eh?" he g ritted, a malignant expression on his face. M h e hurr ied :lion,. which causP.d more tha n one man to gla.nce at him that Danlte 1 He has elt))er betrayed me. or e l s e has worked so clumsily that our game was discovered and balke d. T he girl, Calamity Jaue i s mixed up in the afl'air. Curse the luck, anyhow I Wbat sha ll I do? '"ill it be for me to r main here? I will run the risk. ft lt comes to the worst. I can b 1.v my way out ot town with mow y which these groveling idiots worship." The sil 'nce after ('11.hmity's ;oath was final'y broken by the miner, Gorgon, who had acted as spokesman for the Jl"Ople. "Vou cla im to know this man who plotted for Sandy's d Pstiuction-why d o n't :ve give the name!" he seid, eying the dare-devil sharply, as he upon the ground, unable to rise, b ecause of his w ounds. "C rtainly. The man's name ls Honorable fl eci l Grosvenor, from Washington; he who stops at th e Mastodon. He is Sandy's eoem y ; come heer on purpose to murde r him, en' also to kill the woman Sandy hes uuder his protection, whom ve bev known as Dusty Dick." "Gentlemen, :ve've all heerd tbe gal's wnrd. a.n' I ll vouch fer etc;;; truth; f:O cl'A.r awqy, an' h c v no more argymentr the R egulator, Old r un. whacker, riding ir:to the crowd authoritativ' lv. "Wbat if S1.ndy did blow up his OWJ:\ mine, w'ich I'll allow he didn't; ot's n one o' y e r bizness, as l ke.i> fee. C l'ar away now, nn' no more o yer quarrelin, wi' a man as hain't don e y e no injury." And as tb" muct. clothed Rgulator was prett,r ac'l0p1 e d as tie law o!' the town since hlB arrival, there was a liv e ly scattering of the crowct back to the heart of the stJ eet, or to such wvrk et had bee n abandoned for tbe purpoiie ot visiting the s cene of the xplos i on. Soon Saudy, Calamity, ncl the miners belonging to the Lightning Lod were the only ones left on tbe spot, and they endeavored to make a discovery cf the <.lamag., donA the inier1or of the mine. But 11u y w e r e diAAppointed in findin g the entrance utt.. rly choked up with huge rocks a nd towldtrs, which lad been d i s lod ged hy the explosion H Set the men to wor Bronson,,, Sandy srdd, "ru 1 d get a passage cltar<>d i nto the mine. Yon may find s ome valuable quartz rock dirl odge d by the e xplo. sio n and can mine it a nd send tt to the crusher. I l eave matters In your charge, to-day as I lave sc .me t o attend to el sewhere. Bronson bowed, &nd with the miners went o ff to atl ack their labor. S andy the n turne d to Calamity Jane with extended hand and g listening
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28 Deadwood Dick on Deck. in one graFp I" the detective exclaimed, with n trlumpbo.nt "So Grosvenor is up to devil out here thenf Weil, I'll have to attend to bis case directly. Good-day, Jennie, if you call that go for the girl was hurryilll!:' awar. "A strange creature, that-not much like the little Janie For rest r knew years ago ... CHAPTER XV. A NEW ATTACK. WITH DISCLOSURES. S.L'1DY watched his euemy until be had disappeared around the b end; then turned and gave the signal and was admitted by Dusty Dick, whose face was very pale, and f orm trembling with excitement. "The old villain frightened you, eh?" the handsome min e r said. throwing down his minim\' imple ments in o ne corner, and sinking Into a chair. "Ohl yes!" Dick replied, with a shiver. "Heuqed such terrible thrMts that I CJuld do no le&s than get scared. He is a very bold wicked m a n, Sandy." u Y es; I've r'2cently an illustration of that fa.ct, 11 Sandy replie'.i, wi h a grim smile. 11 Y o u head the explosion? W e ll the wretch hired sot i nside They've leetle proofa ter display. tb?y sav, an' ef 3t s all a.s tbeh allo-.v I reckoo we'll h ev t e r t:.ke the gal, an' trio.l on charge o' abductin' "What's this you sav?" S, aft e: hiJ death, I was willed the whole of hia fortu ne, with the provis:> that it shonlJ be mine at the age of eighteen, and if I Rh<.,ultl then marry, 1uv l!u s b'.\nd wa.s to havo conLrol or my p ropert.v. Tt was only nt my dying iardian's advice that I married Cecil Grosven..>r. Fl 1 o f the provisLms in my father's will. an< hopinr: to 1?et entue posses sion of my fortune, on several occasicns to mnrder m e To save my life I fl' d an:! carno W e s t pre ferrin;t that he should have the rather tha n my lif e. h"' 1n an r l hnpin; to e3cape him, I donned this male attire o.nd entered the mountains. "This gentleman, whom you call Sanely, was the first to come upon and r ecognize n1eJJ.s a ''"oma.!l. I 1 t e rr or I beg!?:'ed him to keep my s e cret, and ou lt'a.rn that I was trying to es."!a.pe l'\11 eriemy, ha p .. 0111ised-morc, voluntee r e l out uf pity for mv plight. to mnke me bis pard, trustin't that he couid do so withoat bis position as a ma11 of honor, w:1 ich he i s. Foo l that I was, I ca.m e h ere a l one he1"1 .ss woman, only to bring trouble upo n my pro tectnr and S'\CreJ frj n cl. I am nol Grosvenor's Jcg::tl wife, for Pince him I have learned that lie a wifa living, from whom he n e v e r obtairied n. divorce!" '''Tis a li <>-a base, malicious falsehood I" the HonGrabl e Cecil cried, vehemently "I never wag" married provioas to my union with Edna Sutton, of Richm ond. "I can swear to tbe contrary!" cri e d a voice, and the n the cru wd senarated, and a strange, deeplyvailed woman, clad in black and well mounted upon a powerful steed, rode into the scene at a gallop.

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D eadwood Dick on Deck. "Cecil Grosvenor Is a liar and a blark-bearted bigamist. I am Man GrOl"'nOt\ his only legally wedded wite, and here Mr. Re1n11ator, is my marriage certificate," nnd she handed Old Bull whacker a document. "'Tis a blaek. infamous lie-an ungodly cheat!" cried CACll Grosven o r, red with furious rage, while he attempted to draw a but a couple ot Bullwhncke,'s men quickly forward and re lieved him of his weapon, and a:so served the Dnnite Ghoul in the same wny. "It is true! re to me, his own wife. even whil e s e archln1r for ynnclE'r girl. wh o m It seem" he bas invei g l e d into a whJly illegal m atch. H is bru--tality cau sed m e to quit hlm years no W o man could livA "Ith rnch a beast as he is, f o r a beast he is in all his na.h110." '!'hen the l><'auifnl blonde wheeled her hors; and gallopei away,leaviq; behind her an o.stonished nn t" crier\ rold Bullwhacker, Mount in!? the steps r longside S:may and E dna. "ye've all beard about t h e r matte r. I calkylate eL 's been mBde clear thr.t Sandy l1ee r has as much right ter purtect tbe gal a s you or I, ain't etf Them as thinks my way will make et manifest by sayin' I! Contrary 1 1 0 There was a tremPndous yell of "J," ithout a single dissenting v oice. and th n the c1,vd dispersed. l e Rving only CtJot yet reached its climax. Y v, a forge r and a murderer, shall pn.y the penalty ere I IPav e tho llill. Both of you shall die, as my daughter Elise died!" Then he strode away, wiLh upon his burning lips. "All that is evil is in that man," S1n1y mused. ns he w atchr d th e r c tre-at _iug form. is that yon, Calamity!" as the girl came up. "What is lt?" other; but, bah I why tell you I I know what you would say, Calamity Jan&-lhat man, DaTis, is a detective, and ha.s come to arrest me!" "Alas! Sandy, I have every reason to believe so, tor he kuowslou, and bas come here to ftnd two m e n-you an Ceeil Grosvenor!" "T"en, go tell him to come here an(! do bis duty, U he wants I shall not retuse to go. for after f\01-ing from th .. States once to evade arrest I am 11o t eager to become a fugitive again. I may as well submit, and stand m7 trial now as in the hereafter; I shall have to have If, son.e time. "But not now!" Calamity said, solemnly. "Lis ten to, a11d ob e y me, and you will afterward thank me for my cou: sel. That man was once my lover, and is still. for that matter, and I can influence him. I will get him out of the way; then you are to get a couple of mules and two pack up :vour w orld' y rft'ects, and slide. out of town with Edna during the night. Jt is your best move, for the present. Before you c ome back-but never mind. Just out of town you will meet an Indian boy, who will take you to a deserted <'a bin in Pica yune Gulch, where you rre to remain until I come. Promise me you \:ill do this. "I ptomise You are a g e nius, Calamity, and 1 will tmst you." "Very well. G e t read[ and f?O at once. It won t be long ere I sbll be witn you.' Then. with a hand-shake, the eccentric g irl fl d o wn the street, whistling gayly a mountain mel ody. With a cloudy brow, Sandy watched her until she had diappear< d in the c-Ioom; theu turned and re joined Dnsty Dick iu the shauty. "Dick 11' th e miner said, h11skily "arf' you going to live this lifo further wil h me-me. a felon 1 Had you not better take the uext stage f o r other parts, of tbinkini::-o f ;?ofng wilh me?" "Nc l a thouBnd times n o! Yen befriended me once, and do you tl 'ink T would dPle of saddle-horses and packanimnls at the door. The Danita Ghoul in l'aSRing took not.Ice ot the fitct, and huuted Cecil Grosvenor up. In a saloon, where he had taken lodgings, after being womptly kicked out of the llrastorlon by Colonel Joe Tubbs. immediately after the mine FJ,V !"O. ll.lld then report to me. Here ire fifty dollars; see that you serve m e well 11 Arkansas Alf bowed ciYilly, onr., after drinking at the bar, hurriPd out into the right. a n d hhed him self a horse, preparatory to following ,he fugitives. "I wished to speak with you n moment. tor I think that you are in greater i-eril taan betorc. Y o u see the man standmg over there on the bank o f the creek? Well, he is the Charley Davis, of wllom I spoke. He has come here Lo Whoop-Up on an immission, and, moreover, h e knows y o u, as CHAPTER XVI. you e v : r guilty of any PEVELOPMENTS EXTRAORDINARY-CONCLUSION. The miners face became tinged with a grayish AFTER everything was in readiness; Sandy en1 pallor, and !Jis eyes l oo k d wile! at the question. Dusty Dick mounted t eir and l eadil'g the "Crime!" he gasped. a snddPn tremor passing packmules behind, btole quie1ly out lhe town, over his frame-" gmlty? My God, I had ho red taking the northern comse < f the gulch. F ortunate never 1 0 b e asked that question again. Yes-in the there were few men on the shee t along tberoute eyes of the law I am a criminal-n forger, a.nd an ac-smce all the saloons and gammg-hells and cused m urderer. Yon hea-rd Cecil Grosv ennr throw I houses wPre located further. and the. !uJ?"1,1v.es it up in my face; it is the only wnipon he bRR to got safe.ly beyond where c1v1hzat1on he,d pitched its brand me wfth. Tf h<' were in the States, where Jaw canvas m the gulch. . Yelgns sunreme he w n uld have me more In his Here they were met by an Indian lad, a Calamity power. Ot tha' murder part I am Innocent-the latid prophesied, who offered to conduct them tc the

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80 Deadwood Dick on Deck. deserte't cab!ln In Picayune Gulch, an abandoned claim on th .. 1 rail to Dead wood. So they his lead, and by early day-dawn were etablllbed In an o ld, tumbledown mass of lo!@ in a disn1al ravine between the mountains. 'Ihe mules unpacked and turned out to graze, and things w"re arranged about the cabin. &11 comfortably &11 possible, the Indian lad assisting to bring wood and bttlJ a fire upon the hr,.a".J hearth. He also fetched In a haunch of mountain deer, he bad kill ,d, and helpe d E1na-sti11 personating Dusty Dick-to prepare a savory meal. "This seems like b0ing to soma isolated vortion of t earth," Sandy sail, H e was sitting in the doorway, gazing around dlsthe impressive wilderness spread "I haven't th91 Jast Idea I shall stay here long, un less civllizo tion fol lows me h ere. "You Wm't go back to Whoop-Up?" Edna lnter l'Offated, p11using in her work of roasting the meat. Probably. Calamity compromises with, or 11ends that detective vff the track, I shall go back nd atten to my Interests f o r a while, I'irst, bow ever I shaJl take unto me a wife." "'tou s1.eak with a great d e a l of sir. "And kfO w whe reof I speak," Sandy r e plied with a trlumpl.Ant smile. The brt.aktast was prepared and displl.tched; then leaving tl..e Indian boy at the cabin, Sandy called to Buffalo, dh ouldered his ri11e, an cl starred off In search of' game. TWs time be kept bis eye out in search 01 bears, lest be should have another unwel come ad .. enture with one of the t ribe. About soon be 1teturned to the cBbin with a ft ne brace of game. life found his pard alone, and in great agi tation. "The wnemy !" she In answn to S mdy's inten'Og .. tive look. They are coming t o attack us!" "Eh? They are? How do you know?" The 'l:ndia n boy bas discovered them entering the t'ulch, a<1d bas gone t o watch them. Ahl here he eomis 1..,w," as the young red-skin came trotting leisure!) up the blufl' on wlilch the cabin stood. "Well what ii! this about intruders, boy!" the mi ner dem,.nded; "where are they?" '' TheMi" the youth replied. pointing down the tmlch tr where several horsemen were rounding a lend. AA they were still at too great a distance to be recognlzed by the naked eye, Sandy prming to murder us-or partnsl" "Don't worry, little one; we'll wait and see. If I llnd out that there's any treachery afoot, I'll blow whe b1alns out of Cecil Grosvenor and Calamity Jane, and then fight the others. I can't quite make It s eem, though, that the girl is so flse and treach erous as would seem by a glance at yonder crowd." With anxiously-beating hearts the trio at the cabin waited outside the cabin door, each armed with a rifle-for the Indian youth had take n a decided lik Ing to Sandy, and signified his willingness to fight shoulc! It be necessary. Nearer and nearer the cavaloadeoame, and at last tit.lamity Jane held up a white rag CID the muzzle ot. her gun, as a flag of truce1 and Sandy1.halt doubt ful wbae to do, waved hl8 hat, for LDBm to ap proach. ''We'll give 'em a show anvhowl" he muttered. "Watch 'em sharp, and >! you see a treacherous move, 1 1 t 'em h a v e the contents of your r evo lvers, for they sha'n't take us without a. struggle I" Near e r and n earer tbe cavalcade approa('hed, anrl flnaUy baiter! upon the plot-J.:_i !root of the cabin, and at a word flom Calamity Jane dismounted. tlandy and his two companions had retreated a f e w pace s, and put their backs against the cabin wall-each h e!J a pait of cocked revolvers l e v eled upon the new-comers, ready for instant emArgency, After dismounting, Cecil Grosvenor turned toward his fo e with a bland smile of triumph. "Yo u may as well put up your weapons. Sandy I" he d eclared. "for you see that we are over two to your one. You also see that I came prepare d to take you and h11ng rou up and I'm goinl\' to do it. Money is the root o all evil, and with somfl of the root I bought over these pre sent. to assist me in put ting an end to you. So, you may as well surrender, instead of putting us t o the trouble of shooting you down where you stand I" "Nol" Sandy thundered: "I will Mntr surrender, and he is a dead man who tries to take me! Calam ity Jane what am I to understand-have y o u j oined with this villain and betrayed us?" "Wa111. e t ruther luks that wa;i;, don't et?" the dare-devil replied, with a grim sm1lej "but, ye see, such ain't the case. Wben Calamity ane goes back on a. pard, yo can calkylaie on ther world's comin' ter an end Mr. Davis. you'll be kind enough to do yer duty, an' put S, yon drew a. i;>lstol and fired at just at this moment, Cecil Grosvenor oam11 ria.i.ng after yot' in

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D eadwood Dick oif Deck. 81 bot pursuit. You saw hfm-Mw the (tightened TLis money was retained b.v Bullwhacker, to l!Ovll &teed of Elle Grosvenor plunge ove r the dizzy hight over to the detectlve. At sunet that night, an that with its rider; then you put spurs t1>your horse. nnd was of the flesh of the murdered villain, was con escaped. You w e r e never afterW"rd seen in the signed lo the itnd dolli.1'8. Of request that Sandy shouU n turn t o Whoop-Up. this you newr knew, a nit, as the world was as igno-T his the miner consented to do. after a time, durrant as vou. it nil went i'1 to increase the Grosvenor in<: which h e pr0posed to make the calin l1is home. millio ns: Since then, C nciJ GrosvPnor has made and So all returned to the town, except five, thee b e lost mC'ney-iq now worth million, but it is nil in In g Sand.v D e tect,ive Davis. Cnl mity, Dusty Dick, under his brnthn's name. His l1t1 est crime has bPen and the Regulator chief, Old Bullwliacker. Tb y to leave w ashington. afte r robbing several hanks of remained at the cabin. hrge sums, ht' having ofllcin l connecti o n with such S evP ra1 clays wne spent p leMrrt"r In the wilder n es s ; then, one night, a reverend go t .len1an c 1 ma "Exactly!" CPCil Grosvenor said, triumphantly; over fro m anrl there wes a "Ldding in "but! even allowing that all :vou have sairl be rue, tho littl e cali in. ancl Sanuy, o r Earl Beverlv, and his you iave not yet cl.l>lred Earl Beverly cf murder pard, Dusty Di ck-whose real name was Edna Sut-.nntl forg ery." ton-were made man and wife. "We will J:."et to that prest>ntly," Davis sn.id, with 'l'bere was a general b ancl"hakini:t. end Sandy "smile. "Litt l e less tlrnn six moutl:>s ago, while pressed the band of the Reg-ulator, Old bullwhack for you, I asisted in a rnid 011 a faro-bank e r s o bard. that to the surptise of all, a fale bPard t .nd dance-house in KanHas City. Among tho crea I dropped from t:ls face. and there stood revealPd. twes there we found one r.t tue poiut of death. end, the l'O'road -a qenl, D f fltl?rood D;,.k from her lip;, I c o11ied down her dving confession. There was no use now of tryingto play his rart She was Elts Gros>' or, once the W>tSbington belle. any longer, and so the young man renoved all of She bad not b0e n killect on that clay when her horse bis clisgnisP He stated that l:e bad asumed it. in leap e d Into the Potomac, as suppoed, but had been order to better fight against he sway of i to the Washington aurhoritks and to-clay Earl Beverly, you stand before the world an i nnocent man !11 "'Thank Gou I" ""'q all that Sandy could find voice oo utter; then he sia,,gered and fell in n. swoon, -:rong, elf-controlled man though h e was. The ncr's of bis innocence was too much for him to b<>ar. Uarefully he was raised 1'nd borne into the cabin, by Davis, the det ctive, and Old Bull whacker. a"d a.axions h ancls wo1k t d swiftlv over him until be w a s restored to consciou ncs. HP awoke from his in scn:;ibility with a tart; tlten, when he comprehen ded all, he his bead in s ilent prayer. He had scn.rceJv finished, when there was a and Cecil Grosve n or, who bad been I 'ft outside in charge of a Rec-ulator, was seen to tbrow up 1 is arms nnrl fall to the ground. Before thoe inside the cabin cou!J reach him, his last spark of life had gone out -he had plnyrd bis Inst game-earn, and died. A bull t from some unseen avenger had done the dead ly work! At Sandy's request, n hasty searcl1 was made bm no one could be found in the vicinity on whom to lay the charge of the a'snssination. "In my opinion, the blow has been d ealt bv that woman, Madame Jlfajllton, ...-tro claimed to b e his < lc1' generally manages to keep OD Deck.

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Oeadvi00d Dick Library LATEST AND BEST. HANDSOME TRl-COlORED COVERS. 3 2 Pages. Buy Ollle and Yon Will Bn y t il e BesU Pu Sample Vover See 8cber ad .. DEAD WOOD D I C K L I BRARY l Deadwood Dick, the Prince of the Road r The Double Daggers; or, Deadwood Dick's Defiance I 'fhe Buffalo Demon; or, The Border Vultures 4 Bufl'alo Ben, Pri nee or the Pistol II Wild Ivan, the Boy Claude Duval 8 Death-Face, the Detective 7 The Phantom Min er; o r, Dick's Bonanza 8 Old AvalaochA, the Great Annihilator; or, Wild Edna, the Girl Brigand 9 Bob Woolf, the Border Ruffian 10 Omaha Oil, the Masked Terr>r; or, Deadwood Dick in Danl?er 11 Jim Bludsoe, Jr., the Boy Phenix; or, Through to Death 12 Deadwood Dick's Eagles; or, The Pards of Flood Bar 18 Buckhorn Bill; or, ThA Red Rifle Team 14 Gold Rifle, the 15 Deadwood Dick 011 Deck; o r Calamity Jane 16 Corduroy Charlie, the Boy Bravo 17 Rosebud Rob; or, Nugget Ned, the Knight of the Gulch J.8 ldyl, the Girl Miner; or. Rosebud Rob on Hand 19 Photo1?raph Phil; o r Hosebud Rob's Reappearance llO Watch-E1 e the Shadow 21 Deadwood Dick's Device; or, The Sign of the Double Cross 22 Canada Chet. the CouoterrPlt e r Chief 23 Deadwood Dick i11 Leadville; or, A Strange Stroke for LibPrty 24 Deadwood as Detective 25 Gilt-IJ:dl'('ed Dick 26 Booanz>i Bill. the Man-Tracker; or, The Secret Twelve 27 Chip, t he Girl Sport 28 Jack Hoyle's LPad; or, The Road to Fortune 29 Boss Bob. thM Kini;: or Bootblacks 80 Deadwood Dick's Double; or, The Ghost of Gorgon s Gulch 81 Blonde Bill; or. D e adwood Dick's Home Bae 82 Solid Sam, the Bo_ v Road-Ag ent 83 Tony Fox, the Ferret: or, Boss Bob's Boss Job 84 A Game of Gold; or, Deadwood Dick's Big Strike 85 Deadwood Dick or Deadwood; or, The Picked Party 86 New York Nell. the Boy-Girl Detectiv e 87 Nobby Nick of Nevada; or, The Scamps of the Sierr&.9 88 Wild Frank, the Buckskin Bravo 89 Deadwood Dick's Doom; or, Calamity Jane' s Last Adventure 40 Dead wood Dick's Dream; or, The Rivals of the Road 41 De&dwood Dick's Ward; or, The Black Hills Jezebel 42 The Arab Detective; or, Snoo zer. the Boy Sharp 43 The Ventriloquist Detective. A Romance of R ogues 44 Detective Josh Grim; or, The Young Gladiator's Game 45 The Frontier Detective; or, Sierra Sam's Scheme 46 The Jimtown Sport; o r Gypsy JacK lo Colorado 47 The llliner Sport; or, Sugar-Coated Sam's Claim 48 Dick Drew, the Miner's Son; or, Apollo Bill, the Road-Agent 49 Sierra Sam, the Detective 1iO Si<'rra Sam's Double; or, The Three Female Detect. iv es 51 Sierra Sam's Sentence; or, Little Luck at Rough Ranch fi2 The Girl Sport: or, Jumbo Joe's Disguise 53 Denver T>oll's Device; or, 'J'he Detective Queen 54 Denver Doll RR DPtective 55 D<'nVPr Dnll's Partner; or, Big Ruckskln the Sport 56 l>Pnver Doll's Mine; or, Little Bill's Big Lose 57 DPadwood Dick Trapped 58 Buck H a wk, Detective; or, The Messenger Boy's Fortune 59 D<'adw ood Dick's Disguise; or, Wild Walt. the Sport 60 Durnil Dick's Pard: or, Eliza Jane, the Gold Miner 61 Deadwood Dick's Mission 62 SpnttPr Fritz; or, The Store-Detective's Decoy 63 The Detective Road-Agent; or, The Miners of Sassa fras City 64 Colorado Charlie's Detective Dash; or, The Cattlf : Kings


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