Corduroy Charlie, the boy bravo; or, Deadwood Dick's last act


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Corduroy Charlie, the boy bravo; or, Deadwood Dick's last act

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Corduroy Charlie, the boy bravo; or, Deadwood Dick's last act
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Wheeler, Edward L. (Edward Lytton) 1854 or 5-1885
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Copyright 1879-1885, by Beadle & Adams. Entered at Pos t Olflce, N e w Y ork. N. Y as second class matte r Ma r 15, 1899. No. 1 6 THE ARTHUR WESTBROO K CO. Cleveland, Ohio Vol. II CORDUROY CHARLIE, THE BOY BRAVO; Dick's BY' EDWARr L o

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Cop y r ig h t 18791885, by Beadle & Adams. Entered at P os t O ffice, N e w York, N. as second class matter. M a r .15, 189a, No.16 THE ARTHUR WESTBROOK CO. Cleveland, Ohi o iVol. i] CORDURO y THE lUY BRAY O ; -P. Di.,, B ir EDWARD L. WHEELER. 'l'BEN CHARLIE SPRUNG .I.SIDE QUI C KLY, AND STRUCK THE B EAR A TERRIBLE BLOW WITH TR!ll KNIFE IN TIIJi' BAC K OF THE NEC!t.

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Col:'duroy Charlie, the Boy Bra.vo. Corduroy Charlie, THE B O Y BRAVO ; OR, Deadwood Dfok's La.st Act. BY EDWARD L WHEELER, AUTHOR OF :NUMBERS 11 2J, 20, 28, 32, 3.5, 39. 45, 49, M;, 67, 61, 73 OF BEADLE'S HALF-DJME LJBRA.RY. [All Dramatic Ri;;hts R e s e rved by the Author.] I -CHAPTER T. THE M'.ASQURADE A LITTLE ILLUSTRATION CJ!' WH.l.T COURAGZ AMOTTNTS TO. NIGHT, wirh a wild torm broodinl{ upon its bosom, was ov e r the entire Black Hills and Nation al Park country-nii;ht, as black as the darkest hues of the raven's wing, and a storm which had gathered upon the h0avens in giant forc e, and tbreatened every minut" to burst and dg,sh its waters down in torrents over the golJ-veined hills an:! in the rugged faca or N I A windit1g mountain dug-way or stage-roac l Jed dnwn into a pine encircled gulch, where nestled Quartz Citv-=-an infaat colony and mining town of no repute or import!lnce-a sort of way stat10n between the Hills proper and the National Park or American \Vonderla11d, a few san guine souls had dropped off. rock had been found and a of sand, which hacl Induced the pioneers to stay in the little vale, where the evergreen pines furnishe1 au emeralrl border to th3 beds of flowers that g1ev and bloomad in wild Quartz City was no De!Ldwood, no Whonp-Up, nor H .. yard in size, but yet on a small scale represent ed all the attractions of th" above tovns, with its tbrong of people in the vale, and a few stor s, saloons. dance-houses, antl. gambling-dens. or this the town was sc ittere i all over the valley in uncoanected confusion, with no regularity as t o line or appearance-log and slab cabins predominating. But a short distance to the southwest rolled the Iamous Park country, while to the northwest In yan Karas. 6,500 fe e t of altitude, loomed up above all Its neighbor p eaks; while to the east, north and south stretched the gold"n country of flowers and roeks, with its cascades and streams, and beautiful vall eys, where encroachin' civilization is fast set a district which at n > far distaut day to be as fair a lan1 as the re Is under the sun. But night ov e r Q 1artz City and the placer-mines of Castle Creek lends no enchanting eff ect to the beauties of n!Lture-rather urges the weary tr!an, a youth lacking but one year of majority, to descend the rugged dug-wa.v trail into tne little town, where many lights are twinkling out of the gloom as if to welcom e him. Clos behind him comes !I Chinaman, mounted upon an ugly p:ick-mule : then, still in the r ear of th'tt animal, follow two more ot a like SPl3Cies, harness e d ti'l a 1 1 schoon r" wagon, and driven by a laige, greasy-looking red skin. What the wagon contains aside from the red-skin is not apparent.. b ecause of the clo e ly-shirred curtains of canvM: bt the vouth in advance occasion ally giv e s a glance of in.quiry back in the direction o! the jolting wazou, as if to assure himself th!lt the lnrlian bull whacker had not fallen asleep. Slowly the ni!('ht caravan wound down into the vale. anc l "re w up before a row of stores. where wares and all manner of goods were ui.fered for sale. Once in tLe light of several lamp-refleetors, the youthful leader of tile caravan was better seen for description. He was of medium stature, wit:t strong, wiry limbs and massive chest: a figure for a gladiator was bis, with a prominence in swelling muscles and tensely-drawn cords. Clad from the chin to his knee-boots in corclu r oy, he still showed the striking beauty of his muscular form. In face he was preposse ssing, if not what tbe critic would call r e ally handsome. It was a full, intellectual face. shorn of all beard-a face with firm, resolute mouth, and eyes could flash flr6 of enthusiasm or anger from their depths of browu i a forehead high and clear, with clustering curls or brown as a border. which waved back over a fi1eshaperl head, anj fell in a mass upon the broad, firm shoultlers. A slouch hat, a belt of weapons, and a rifle comple t e d th e outfit or costum of th e youth. whom it is our purpose to take for a chi e f character in a ro mance Irorn the peculiar life in the hills of the had halte d almost before a tav ern wbich stood adjnining one of the dry-goods store s. over Lhe door of which was the cheerful Gor. man sign, "THE BIG ScHOONER!'' I Several men, whn had been standing outffide the door as Corduroy Charlie came up, stepped forward and peered sharply into the new-comer's face They were all swarthy. evil looking fellows, attired in bucks>rin and armed to the teeth-men, evidentlv, whose m .ttves w e m neve r of the best, and who would swoop upon their prey even as the hawk darts upon its sm11l e r game. Hello. boys l w'at hev we hne?' ejaculated one a burlv, bloatec l wretch; with heavy mustache and g-o-itee. "Loe! Sayee, Johnny, w'ich way does yer compa.ss p'in ?" Nono o' y e r oig-hea.rf.ed galoot's bizness!" replied Corduroy, stepping aside and attempting to But. the ruffi -ins blockaded his path, with a serie s of horrible chuckles. "Noyer don't, sonny!" the former spokesman interposed, with a grin of evil delight. "Don't ye f:'O en' git so fast, an' I'll be merciful ter Suppose ye nevyer hee r c l o' me. did y e?-old J e m lllcTu k, ther bullwhacker prince. A sort o' n a bvb, yo sec who kin lick his weight in stage-drivers or pilgrim toughs, you chalk et!" "I care not wl::o you are; get out of my path nn' l e t me pass, or "-and the young strange r l a id bis right hand toward his belt-" l'll put a death-spot Inter your anatomy so quick that ye can't tell what struckrel" "Ho ho! D'ye h eer the young hillv-f(oat talk, boyee s? D'ye h eer him ba-a-a, old Monk Morgan?" and McTurk rested his hands upon his hrg e hips, his arms akimbo. "Wboop-la I did ever any mortal see the ekal?" I say, Corduroy, whar'd ye git the m togs? Steal 'em t" put in the rough whom McTurk had addressed as Monk Morgan. To these words Corduroy Charlie ma'1e nn re marks. but stepped back a few pace s with flashing eyes. The light from the shop windows streamed back into the middle or the street where he stood: b e took a hecivy golcl wat. ch from his pocket, and glanced at it a moment thoughtfully. "Ten o'clock!" he muttered, with a up and down the street . "and no hope of getting a decent bunk in an. v of these dens. probably." He steI;Jped back to the wagon occupied by the i..idian dnver on the seat. "Drive on into the vallev, Bad Medicine. to where the cabins are not thick, and onhikh the mules and let 'em graze. Be sure you and Clever Sam watclJ the wagon cloe, rnd if inquislt.ive visitors oome, sencl them about their business. D'ye hea? "Ugh 1 .t1aa Medicine hear ebbery time."

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Corduroy Charlie the Boy Bravo. 3 heart of the valley, the Chinaman riding meekly in grotesque and horrible. Then the wagon moved along up tile street irito the I some of them simple dominoes, wblle othP-t"S were advanoe, and surveying the scene with wide-open At last the German band struck up a lively over almond-sbaped eyes as he rode. When a bend in the ture, and the floor managers began to form the sets street bad hidden the wall"on from his view, Cordu-for the opening dance. roy Charlie .turned once more toward the tavern Standing aloof from the crowd, leaning idly where the roughs still stood, eying him grimly. He against the wall, Corduroy Charlie ran bis eye over was aware that for some unaccountable reason they tbe crowdbcuriously, as be pnffed bis cigar. bad fixed upon him a grudge, o r a desire to annoy "Hump a queer crowd," be soliloquized. half him and excite a quarrel. but be d etermined not to aloud, a expression upon his young face be bluffed in the outset, coming, as he did, a stran"a startling p 1eture of all phases of life. Ha I ex ger into the mines. cuse me, ma'am-was it to me you wer e speaking?" Accordingly he advanced w:ith a firm step, one and he turued at the sound of a voice, to a masked band resting near the belt, and the other carrying person who bad approached him-a young woman, his rifle. Contrary to bi <>xpectation, _the roughs evidently, judging from the shape, wbicb was fitted stepped to one siJe and allowed him to pass into the to a trifle in a suit of gray clotbinll.", while only a fair tavern. chin, neck, ancl a bit of the snowy shoulders were After he bi:.d gone, McTurk turnPd to the one of visible bdow the mask, and a wealth of dark-brown bis companions who went under the name of Monk hair upon the head and shoulders. lllorgan. "Certainly I was speaking to you, sir!" r eplied tbe "Monk, did ye ever see that galoot?" he demand-merry, musical voice from beneath the mask. "You ed, as he pointecl back over his shoulder toward the seemed all alone, and a stranger here, and I wante d interior of the Big Schooner." to ask you if you wouldn't honor me with the first "Ther bov?-no. Who ar' he!" dance!" "Tbet's i'er us ter find out, an' report t e r head"Eh, dance?" Charlie ejaculated. gazing down at quarters. The boy's no !;'}ouch, you chalk e', an' ef the charming figure in surprise. "Wby, I hadn' t lie ain't our ga!'.lle, ye may shute m e Sez ther boss thougut of such a thing, miss. Besides, dancing ter m e. t 'otber day. ''ez he-'McTurk, ef ye see a ain't one of my specialties, yo s ee." young f eller cum aroun' a. is in therleast suspicions "But that don' t signify that you can't so I watch out fer him an' report on him. He may be claim you /lei the first;" and before Charlie was wanted.' Wal, thet applies ter yonder galoot, as is scarce!.)' aware of it, she bad whirled him off into the inside, tho' me.bbe he ain't ther one therboss wants. waltz which the criers had announced. Anyhow, thar's meat f e r us t e r pick. Ye see'd tbe r And the masked partner found that tbe handsome wagon w'at the red-skin driv ? stranger was fully her equal, and as light as a "You bet, an' a quare looker ware thet same red-feather. skin." When the waltz was ove r Corduroy Charlie offered "Wal, the young fell er's got somethin' precious in her his arm, and !eel the way toward a row of seats thar, mark et-a gal. I reckon, or gold, o r sumtbin' which flanked tbe ballroom, but, ere he had crossed else. So whtle I sail inside, you follerther wagon an' half of the great floor, he was dealt a blow beside the spook around." head which macle him reel. But, quickly recover-Monk Morgan nodded, and, followed by bis com-ing, he discovered the ruffian bullwbacker, McTurk, panions, set out up the stree t, while Mc Turk entered standing near, the tavern. "Hal ha!" the fellow laugh Pd. "thet's what ye git The Big Schooner, kept by a sturdy Dutchma n, fer appropriatin' another galoot's human property I" whom the miners had christened Pretzel Pete, was "Did ymt strike me!" Charlie demanded, with a the only creditable concern in the town, so for glance around which discovered nothing of his late as size was concerned. It had been erected out of partner to the dance "Did you strike me?" rough boards, sixty fPet front and ninety feet in I allow I hit ye one over ther ear, and I'll do ther depth-the largest affair of the l..iJJd in the Black r epetition, ef ye give me any back tall:!" McTurk Pretze l Pete had come to Quartz City direct from 'That's all I want to know I" Corduroy replied . Pittsburg, Pa., with a pocketful of money, and an "You' n do me a favor by following me into the op<>n eye to business-bad erected his tavern, and street, where a settlement can be made!". started into business, with music-for a G erman And the bull whacker did follow. band played the good old airsof Rhineland in Peter's And likewise did the crowd. estahlishment the whole of e"ery afternoon and A due l was Impending! evening. But a little space wa.q reserved for the bar and gambling-tables; th\) rest of the lower p art of the Big Schooner was turned into a ball-room. And. here, to-night, a grand Masked Ball was to be given; consequently the -.,wn. and especially Pret zel P e te's place. were crowded with men and women from all parts of the Hills-for couriers had spread the news far ancl wide, and tbe stages had and were still bringing In their crowds. After Corduroy Chari e entered the tavern. b e purchased some at the bar, anrl sauntered back into the ball-room, where a great crowd bad already assembled-men in red shirts and stog-y boots, some with bats, some without-women in costumes calcnlated not to illlpede their graceful motion in the dance, with pink stockings and slip pers; some of them wore silks and jewels, while others w ere scantily dresed: it was a com ming ling of wealth and poverty, of the clean and the un clean. Corduroy Charlie sauntered around through the room, surveying each face with a sharp scrutiny. But in all the crowd he saw not one he knew, for masks were worn without exception!. by botb males and temales. It was a strange sea or masked fa1J0s, CHAPTER Il A STREET DUEL-TBE YOUNG BRA VO MEETS A QUEER CUSTOMER-OLD AVALANCHE. YEs, a duel was to be. within the flowery little vale where nestled Quartz City, sheltered from the moun tains' wind-a clue! between tbe acknowledged boss of the town, tlie Yaliant bullying McTurk and the young bravo. who was a strange r in the town. Understand me rightly, dear r t>aders, for in calling Corduroy Charlie a bravo, I do not use Webster's definiti o n of the word, which is a "darin!l villain;" instead. I use the term as it is frequently, m the far western fron'ier,app!ied to brave and fParle sa char acters, who have risked life and faced death" And still lived on." With a firm step. Corduroy l ed the way into the street, followed by the ruffian McTurk and the whole of the crowd who had but lately tripped the light fantastic within Pre tzel Pete's place. P ete was in dignant, too. and mounted his bar in high dudgeon to expostulate ""ith the out-going crowd, but it was no use, {or they heeded not his cries when a duel. was on the call. IL less than five minutes the crowd lined both sidet

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4 Corduroy Charlie, the Boy Bravo. of the street, and the two men stood in the middle, thlrty paces apart, facing each other. Both chanced to b H armed with the same pattern of r evolvers-Smith & We"8on's. Both men seemed confident of victory. McTurk appeared in his element, as h e glared around, in triumph. I reckon ye wanter lnk out fer thet bull whacker, young stranger I'' spoke a deep base voice, and Cbarli a looked around to behold a ma,jiked man of powerful build, standing clos' by. "He owes you no good-will, and will doubtless attempt to kill you, as h e is BO slouch of a shot." "Thank you for your advice, but, then, I d on't think I need it. I've as good a chance as he, every bit." A pair of seconds were chosen, and the two men toed the mark. Corduroy Charlie was p erfectly composed, and h eld his revolver in a steady grasp, its aim not vary ing the fiftieth part of an inch. McTurk, however, bad no such an aim-liquor had upset the steadiness of his nerves, and he was greatly excited. At a given signal, the duelists fir e d, the reports of their weapons blending into one. so evenly b'.l.d the y pulled the trigger. .l\IcTurk gave a yell of pain-a bullet had torn through the fleshy part of his side, makin'l" a painful but not dangerous wound. Corduroy Charlie had not been hit. A yell went up from the crowd-especially from the masked giant who stood the young bravo, and had warned him of the prowess "You did well young stranger,'' h e cned approvingly, stroking the long silvery beard which flo wPd from in under his mask. Another such a shot a little nearer the will kill the man." "Which is not my aim l" Charlie r eplied, recock ing his weapon. Again the white kerchief droppe d from the hands of the seconds, and the spiteful crack of tba revolvers rnng out upon the night, accompanied by a vivid flash. This time both o f the contestants flinched-Cordu roy only a trill, however. while McTurk staggered bac k a few paces. and f e ll to the ground, blood ooz ing from a wound in his right sida, opposite the M t one. Charlie had been wounded in the left a'"m near the shoul ler, which rendered his pistol grip for tbe time useless. "Are you done, gentlemen?" demandei the sec onds, simultaneously. "A.re you satisfied, McTurk1" "Ballerin' pole -cats, yes I" the bull whacker groaned, from his prostrate position on the ground. "Ther leetl e cuss plugged e t to me fer mora'n I'm wu'th, dt1rn my cits er he didn't. But, I'll git even wi' him, you bet on'c; I'll g-it ev.en wi' the devil ef et takes till ha'r grows ou my eye-teeth, will II" 0 Are you sati sfied young fPllow?" "I reckon so, for the present I" Corduroy Charlie replied, restoring his revolvers to his b elt. "But allow me to remark, gentlemen, that though I come h e r e a strnuger. I wi.Jl not be insulted or crowded on, nary a time. C1rcluroy Charlie's my handle, and so when you wa.ot anything of me, jus t sail in and get accom1uo latt!d !" And wit '1 a cool laugh, the young bravo pushed his way tbrmgh tbe crowd t01va .rd Pretze Pete's establishment. Some of those who had come out. to witness the duel followe d him back into the tavern, aud among them were thEI silver-bearded giant and the sylph-formed maide n with whom he had dancetl. "You are wounded, senor,'' she said. in soft. kind ly tones, as she glided to his side. "You wili come with me and let me dress your arm?,, "Eb, where?" Charli e demanded, gazing at Iler suspiciously, for he coulJ not read her to his satis faction "I r eckon I can do it, ma1am-11 Nol no! you n1ust come with me," was the re 'Ply; and laying a hand upon his uninJured arm, she led_ the way through a side door, and then along a path wllich pointed out into the Garde n of Eden, thti beautiful vale had been appropriately named them ners. Cordurov Charley followed his strange guide,, cause he did not know how to refuse with any sonable excue. He was in need of surgical attendance, and har.ily where to l .ook for his train uutil day sho once more break over the beautifnl rnountain val They kept a long the path and into tbe dark v where here and tuere ligbts twinkled from man cabin window-no word b eing spoken for some ti The dark of Castle Creek w ere croRSed b foot-b riression in wort will excuse me!" the girl said, coming f ward, "for neglecting you to atteud to myself, b I really could scarcely breathe in tha t mask, and "Certainly, you are excusable," Charle repli recove 11ng his b_y an efl'ort. wound is not painful-only slightly inconvenient. was lucky I got no worse." "Indeed it was; for McTLtrk is considered a era shot;" and kneeling by his.sid e the m a iden bared I arm, and proceeded with a careful and skillful h to dress the wound, which was little more tba furrow plowed through the flesh, ca,iisiog it to bl' profusel.v. "Why did the ruffian silll:;le you out o. quarrel?'' 'That I do not know, miss. I had just arrived this place, and he s eemed desirous of ru\>bing ag:i.i me. I trust he has got enough from his ment.0 "'For a time, yes. But, ns his wounds are fatal, whe n he gets up you will need to watch h sharp, and look out for yourself, fo r Jem McT and his associates are genernlly feared as bolrl a deperate characters who hesitate at nothing int way of crime to attain their own vicious aims. tacned to them there is a mystery, which our to people have not been able to solve. "I fear not!" said Corduroy Charlie. 'The thanks ; my arm feds much better. How much you charge for your surgical services?" "Oh! nothing at all. It gives me pleasure, ways, whe n I am enabled to do a suffering fell cren.rure good. Your name is Corduroy Chari sir?" "Yes-that is, my nom de zilume. And yo is-?''

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Corduroy Charlie, t h e Boy Bravo. ''Buster,' sir-at least wnat .1. am caned, her e in the mines. Yon can call me as others do." "But isn't that rathe r an undignified appe llation, m iss, for a young l ady--,pecially one of as charm ing presence as yourse lf 1w Ha I ha! n o. I have got fairly used to it and it seems like my own. You s e e when I first came here, I let them all know that I had grit, a temper and a will to defend myself from bad treatment, and insult-so they took revenge by naming me after their own Ukin a "And, are you a.11 alone here, in this rough mining country!" "Ohl no; I have a. r elative-and besides him, a.firm friend and protecto r in the person of an old scout. Ha.I that is his ste p now "-and rising the beautiful eccentric haste n e d to unbar the door and admit a man to the room. Great pestiferous ham-bone thet mecademized ther Jarnyx uv o!EI a.ndediluvia.n Jonerl" this indi vidual gasped, as ho strode into the firelight and his eyes rested first upon Buster and then on Cordu roy Charlie H e v ye heerd tber news about Dead wood Dick I Old Moses the t pera.m bulated thr'u' the r Scriptural hullrushesl They clO say t het Deadwood Dickey ar' ag'in a.bror.d on the r road, at tbe r head o' a gang o 'road-ngents. Hee rd it just a bit ago, d'>wn ther valJPy, an' go! durn my old Florence Night-in-a gale's left hind hu1f e f thstric t an' a s thar war n o o n e handy at t!t>r t im e t o r e li e v e !"Jm of bis dil e m ma1 very n atte rly T o m :1e d ter take tbe r boss along. An n o w he's up abo v e a s i t tin afore the great Regulator on t h e r charge o' kleptomanically appro -priatin' N e w t on s boss:." "Inde ed. Avalanche Well, this isn't the Thomas of whom yon speak, but a y oung gentleman who h a s nst had a fight with McTurk, the bull whac k e r His name is Corduro y Charli e Mr. Charli!>, this gentle man is Old Avalanche, popularly known as the Great .Annihilator. I trust you will be friends." "Great ham bone, y<'s I" Avalanche arising from his seat, and '
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Corduroy Charlie the Boy Brave matters, or you'll git salted, flrst ye know. The old she tiger shot Mully Miller thr'u' ther heart, yt!SterdaJ" on a suspicion o' treachery." Curse h e r," llfo'l'urk gasped, a grayish pallor 11tealing over his bl riated face-" she ar' a werry old tlendess, li eutenant. An I bet-but nevyer ri:iind. Got an.I' wh ls k v about ye?" "Nary a drop. Be ll:O'xl ter yourself, and remember there is work waitin' fer you to do." Yes ye3, an' bloody work, too I" tne bull whacker muttered1 as the door closed behind t 1e departing visitor. It is but a few hours, comparatively, till tbet cussed sacrifice rak s place. An' who ll be ther victim-ah>il wno? Why no t the cuss who put me here-the voung whelp who call himself, Cor lwoy Charlie? By all the ful'ie, I'd Jove to see him the victim-yes I and be haU be victim. I swear it. The warriors of the Sun shall not go hungry for thei r sacrifice, tflis timo." And a gleam horrible to beho!".1. was in the gaze o f the rnffi!>n as h e 11\y helpl ess upon cot and glared around the room. C nrdnroy Charlie's .a the mean time, had m oved on up the and turnedoff into the dark valley. When they w e r e 111 a favorabls spot to the judgment of Bai Medicine, a bait was made, and the weary mules were unhitched, hoppled and turned out to grass. Whil e B 1d Medicine was Pngaged In this work. Clever S'.l.m Yun g, the githered Fuel and built a camp-fire n ear the \Vagon, and proceeded to hau I out provision and various culinary ute nsils from the rear en I of tho th:s eyes, and form stumpy, fat and squatty. 'rhere was a sharp cunningto his featur e s to'), which was sul'!bient pro i f th'lt b e W31'1 not as dumb as b e At contrast was b e witu the brawny, big-bodieJ red-skin, with bis uncut hair, an1 the grim expression ot coontonance-a face r e markable 1'01 its fatness gleaming black eyes. hf'!('d red nose-fl '"Y r ed, too-and a huge mouth wi t h lips those or an African. After caring for the mules, BJ.d M e dicin3 drove soue stakes arounl the camp b.nd put up a of canvas, leavin g the sky for a r oofing This kept off thA fierce wind whi c h Vas blowin g down the valler. in advamB of the storm that tereatened to burst and in torrents at any minute. The sky was inky bl>ick, and the th mder growled in hoarse notes it.s warnin g for the pedestrian to seek hastily for shelter. "Ugb nlJ.n better mucb hurry, or ra.in put out him fir e !" Bad Medicin e advised, as be finish ed his work and seated bimelf pipe in hand, on a 107. Cle v e r Sam mucbee news!" the Colestial r d plied, hurrying about briskly. u ,Melica.n ma.nee tnuchee smartee; Chine 3 man muchPeas you "Woghl Pij\' l'ail knowbe>i like prairie buzzard!" B ad Medicine replied, bis disgust in the puffs bb took at. his pipe. H 1 n o good-11m !" R eddee-skinee I reddeoskinee I" mocked Sare, danc ing a.bout with a ludicrous grin on his flat, home ly f eatures. Chinee licke e in flvee minnits. He! he! R edde' Skinee be no ii:oodee Mucbee big shackassee-no goodee welly pid g in, h e! b e!" Bad '.liedicine only grunte d at this. "Pig-Tail dogi n o fight laetl e baby," b e obsrved, afte r a thougbtrul silence H e like lnjun squaw, only good to cook meat, an' min1 lodge. He n o go hunt elk. or kill c innamon hear." And t'hus they h arl it, bac k and forth, whil e Clever Sam prepared coffee and roasted meat over the c racking camp fl re, in a really creditable style. When the meal was ready Bad Medicinf' put aside his pipe and approaching the canvas-covered wagon, parted the curtains and peered in. A lantern swung from the top of the frame-wor and diffused a dim light through the interior. Amo the othe r contents of the W9:1\'0ll was a oouch mad of skins, and on this, half sittmg, half reclining, w a and fair-faced, with brow eyes like to those of Corduroy Charlie, and aub hair, which fell unconfined upon h e r shoulders. Bu the form, alas! Nature had not done its work we Tbe low e r limbs were drawn and shrunk.,n, and o the arms and trunk of the body were l eft perfect. h andsome pair of crutches lay near the crippl girl, and spoke of h e r only means of locom ti on "Will de Lily come?" Bad Medicine as h peered into t 1e wagou. We have supper of elk-me a and coffee to offer tbe pale face maiden." With a wearj' sigh the girl nodd ed. and half crawl el to the aperture, where Bad M e:liciue rece ived be in bis arms and carried her to the camp-fire. wbe be seated her upo n a camp-s. ool wh ich Clever had b een spry to procure. Th e n, when th firelight f e ll fuli U'(>O n her fnc', you could see wba W:l.S hidd e n from view in the dim ligh t of the wago -th& wildness of those dusk'sb brown eyeo;, and th pained. piteous expression of the fll.C", which woul have ben of marked beauty but for it. An express'on of peculiar tend e r sympathy man tlud the reotnr.s of the stolid r ed-ski n. as be st with fold e d arms, and gazed a moment down in the face of tho Lily as he bad caller! hPr. Even the fia t ludicr< ns countenance of Cleve Sam was drawn iv to a sobe r caot, which made it a l the> more comical. 'Charlie! where is hP? Where are we. Bad Medi ciue?" the crippl e demanded 1.s her wild gaze too in tb9 surroundings, and she m : d e t b e discovery tba Charlie was absent. Where is my brother? Ha bt1 killed Dion Avery yet?" "No; the brother o r the fair lily is now in searc o f the white 1/ ain't qot a cur' oaily tn t 'i,w je8t as J e m M cT>11k h;nted. Oum up an' tak11 ape-en ."' These words came r o lling ditinctl v down into the camp, a nd the astonisbPd trio ii:la*e d quickly around in surprise, to behold the bead and should ers of fm.r brawnv men visible above the canvas siding Bad Medicine hhot. It was the ruffi a n. M'lnk Morgan, who hat! spoken and the gaze of four was lpveled dire<'lly upon the poor crippled girl who shrunk awav with a low cry of terror, which caused a hoarse laugh to esca(>e

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Corduroy Chal'lie, the Boy Bravo. 'I ----------the lips ot Morgan ns he leaned furl h e r over the eanv as. "Don't be n.feard, gal I" he said, in a low mocking tone. "We ain't a-go;n ter hurt ye, na.ry a time. See'd a light downneer, nn' as we consti1ute a kiud o' 1'eace-Pat1ol to the town, w" thurt we'd better look inter matters." Ugh! what pale-faces wan?" Bad Medicine demande d as 1.e 1eached for bis rifleJ whicli stood against the wagon. De Lily much 'rraid ob strangers -you go on from de camp "He llo I what d'ye say, lnjun? We go away. beca'se you sa;v so? P .. ew d'yc ever heer ther eknl boys? S'posm' we give him a h'ist ter glory, jest f e r fun?" Ugh I p t tle-fac e s better keep away I" Bad Medicine said, resolutely raising and cocking his rifle. "Dey mean no 1-hPs, no! This ar' my cabin, ar' this same pile o' IOI?$. an' yon <'halk et fine An' as fer yer hullsale slauehterin' o' thi s grea.t equinoxyel g-ust O' Skurcin' ye BS Wf\'Jl it1en1pt ter argy ter an Injun thet. tarmt'ler ar' not flt fer a b oss ter drink. Ken't cum in tPr-nil!'ht, Mr. Cressly, am werry sleepy, an' don't ''Curses on yon I" was tbP fierce response. '"D'.ve s'pose I'm goir.' '.J'r 1int hP.re in the so-.kin' wet all night, waitin' your motion? Come! come\ ope n th e d oo r, I say l" .. Great a'riferous ham-bone I I'm orful sorry. l'u tef T wont; or a t c n gallo n bottle o' 160 fire-test tarant'ler, by i11salaarn I" "Whe r e is she. ti> en, curse ye?" "Waal nov; tret' s 11.skin' me a purty p'inted ci,uestion, consid erin' ther fac' tbet my scope o' vi s10n ain't werry ex ended. 'Sp : ct y e b etter look fer h e r over at Pretze l Pete's." There was a curse frDm the outide airnjn; a mo ment's pause, during which the rai>1 p oure d down the heavier, and then the lieutenant was h eard tramping off, swearing lik e a trooper. "Thar!" Old Avalanche tnrnin)? hack toward the fire, witll a chuckle. "One m0re galoot sent off ther trail. Ye kin cum out, Buster!" The girl accepted the itwitatib n, but when she ap. peared it was in a short Spanish suit of velvet, hherally slashed with gold the skirt reaching expose a pretty pair of slippers There was a pretty flu s h u pon her chePks as she caught the admirin!? expression in Corduroy Charlie's eye. Could Charlie but ha,e notic e d it, thne was a reciprocating lig!Jt in h e r eyes, w"ich sparkled lik e diamonds. 0 Ahal hee r comes our oeautv !" Avalanche Px c l a im ed, withagrunt cf approbati on. "Purtiestg-n l that evyer buckled a button, boyee, an' hayr' s w'at '11 sw'ar ter et." T o which me edcl my 01Jinion that you are nearl y right!" put in Charli e, with a. pleasant l a u g h. "But you mnst now excuse me, for I must necPssarily bo. going .. "Going! wb ar, f e r lordy's "To my wagon-train, which I sent to cnmp some where in this valley. I hnve there a sister and a pair of trusty servants. who have acc0mplll'lied me mtc> this c-ountry and l must l ook after t hem. GrHF.t ham-bone. y e.; hut w'at d'ye c lkyltc ye kin dQ,.jp tbes rain an darkness? W ait till old Suu showSlifis fac e. an then ye'll hev t" ice th e r prospect o' flnclill' '.Pm, aiJed as ye n be by thcs yere great Injun destruction." And so it was that Corduroy was induc d to wait nt the cabin, ,, bicb was in no way o r manner a g r ePab l e dury since Buster was th< r e to make things r"di unr with he r merry presence; and Old A val ancbe, too, added to the pleasautness as on l y he in his ec centri.! way could do. __ Shortly afte r the departure o f Monk Morgan and his lpeace commissionPrs.1 the ra.in beKan to de scend, a nd poor Lily Madion s ignifiP d he r readiness to be lifted back inf o the wagon, whos< co ering was waterproof and l.ad been lier lelt e r for many a lon g day's ride through the wild West. So Bad Medicine accordingly lif ted her back intc> the vehicle, and fo l\'Jwe.cl her, himself, for the large drops were patte1ing d o wn freely. Clever Sam still sat hv the camp-fire. devouri ng-what" as left of the evening-'s repa.c:;t, voraciously. "Ugh! Pig-Til mn get eood wet if stny outside!" the r e d-skin olserve
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8 Corduroy ..::h a-rife, the Bo7 Bravo. '"Sh I" Clover Sam replied, with a crafty smile upon his flat visage, and a warning nod toward the C hinee man mucbee dry -go ipttee wh1skee-muchee flnee whiskee. Reddee-skumee keepee still. Chinee git whiskeeof 'Melican man, an' bringe'.l to r e ddee-skinnee And the n he made a dive and disappeared in the darkness. H Bad Medicine had any fhought of not allowing the C 3 lestial to leav e camp, he made no attempt to stop him; but a strange, eager gleam shot into his eves, and his lips parted and shut almost with a sm"ack. "What ls it Bad M e dicine ?" Lily Madison asked, from her couch of furs. "Didn't you speak?" "No! Injun no say anyt'ingl" was the gritn eponse. H e list e n an' hear d a tears fall from sky. He no lik e rain; lik e to see bim fa.ir an' de sun shine. feel w'iite whe n sun shine ; feel vere. l th' C e l sthl; vat is dih haff here? i:lhimminy grMiou 1mL my vife ish dot a monkey, o r ish e t a sh1c kas3 mit his tail OD bir:; h '' Hn.w! haw! don' ye kno', T het's a C3ina man! Th e r very furst arriva l i n thes tropical hLti tu.fe o' Q!l City. A r e al li ve almonrl eye u cried one of th 0 rougJs. I say, Pig Tail, \V'at's y d r Iar,-out?" 'Cliine e m'1n no h avee layee-outl 'M e licau man muc h ee He no knowee Cbinee man. Chinee man ,l\f e H !a n man's shirtee; 'M elican m : m payee Chinee man five bitsee He I he I he!" 1 Ho I h'.> So the!'.< y e r l ay-out, h ey? A washee washee right from the old school, eh? Waal, wo.al! What. d'. ve think o' him, Pretzel P a ter the Great?" "Shimmin y irracious unt my vife Katrina? !sh dot der kin r t off a vAU r vat you a Chin'.l.man? W e ga/tt.<, China: how you vas? Vat U you haff at your own e-xbense?,, "Nixy I Chi nee man no drinkee whiskee. Wantee man callee Monkee Mvrgan-wantee see Monke e Morgan w e lly much I" "Hoo-o ray!" yelled the rough, with a bellow of laug-hter, as he danc e d up a1ld down. "Hip! .vipl hooray! J.fmky Morganl h aw! bawl haw I thet's too ri ch t e r digest o n an empty stomach. Set out that l ong black-n 'eked bottle o' p'izen. Pret zel Peter the r Great-se t her out I say. an' char!!"P r ther contents ter Andy Ailair, ther man wi' ther coal-black hair, who kin make a precher sware he's n e ith e r fat n e r spa1e. Hoo! boo! hoo I kerwhoop MMkey Morgan! haw! bawl th<>t beats last yeer's almanack jokes all ter blaz es. Fer instance jest" M nnk y Morgan played the organ, H es father war a bufii, His sister-" "Hello!" roared a sr.entorian voice, at this junc ture, the sound of which cause d lllr. Andy Adair to cease his rude vocal effort-" who's ther galoot as d urst take ther name o Monk Morgan In valnf Show me tuer' cuss w'ile l chaw Qff his ear I" "Whoa-ar up, Morgan I" Andy said. witb a grin. "We war jes t h e vin' a Jarf at the r Celestial. beer, who war i nquirin' fer Monkey Morgan-haw! bawl hawJ11 Ther devil I The Chinaman here I" Morgan cried, fastening his gaze upon the C e lestial, whose time was equally divided between the copious lunch on the bar and a watch on the door. The temptation to r emain near the lunch seemed greater than to escape from he rough companionship, Into which he had fall e n. Hello! I say, ye pig-tailed rascal!"' Morgan r e peated advancing closer. with one hand upon the handle of a re, vo lver. ''Why don t yer l o o k up an' salute ther kmf? cock o' ther roost, ns ther rest o' ther b'y,ies do?' "Nixy I nixy I" Clever Sam replied, with n shake of his head, and a gorgeous grin. Chinee man no salute 'Melican man -salutee lunchee muchee good!" "Shimminy gracious, unt my wife, Katrina I" ex claimed Pretze l P ete, in utter astoulshment, as he saw his pretze ls and sw e itzer case and sauer-kraut fast fad mg from view. "Dot veller ha.ff abbetite so larp,e ash several hogs. S >he has, Pre tzel Peter, but he is nowh ere along side of you. with your big circumference." "'Melican man havee muchee big body-muchee bigge r CWnee man!" allowed Sam. casting his eyes at the blonde-haire d G erman. "Cbinee man no eateeso much as 'l\Ielican man." "Waal, let's drop the subject. an' test our tankag9-my treitl" propose' Andy Adair. "Pretzel Peter, where's tbet botL l e [ordered?" Yrs; shimrninv gracious vat hash pecomeoff it?" the German excl ai med. staring r ound in dismay. "I shoost :Jets clot pottle on d e r counter, so sure's my n a.me,s PP.ter Von Schemmerhorn, ont n o w him gone-sdolel T'i efsl Search Ch ine e I I'll bet h e's got et stowed away!"' cri ed Monk Morgan. And acc<>rdinly a rush was made at Clever Sam, with the result of producing the missing bottle from unrl P r the semi-gown which he wore. HThere l c uss ye!,, 1'lo rgau exclaimed-H w,at ye iro t t e r say f e r yerself f e r stealin' Pretzel Pete's tar ant'l r? What d'ye steal thel?'izen fer?" Chinee man no stealee p izen I" Sam chattered back, with hi s ludicrous face drnwn dorn:i to its soberest possible Pxpress ion. "Chi n ae man lJn1r010 p izen to killee rats wi' fromPe 'Melican. He no stealee-no stealee, nottee muchee !" "Waat, all right. L e t ther galoot off. this time, boys," M onk Morgan said with a coarne l a ug-h. u OomPe :ve durn ed almoncl-eved CU'S. fer I've got a leetl biznoss with ve. Drink all rounrl at my expanse t ill I reioin ye. pilgrims. Com e Ce l es tial; I want to talk turkey t o you I "' S'iimminy gracio u s. un t my vifP, Katrina!" brPathed Pete, ns thP two men tnok their "!sh rlot der kind off a veller vat you cnll a Cbin1i man P" "Yes, Pretzel P eter." r esponderl Mr. Audy Adair, with a SWJ\l?g-er; "thet's a rPal liv e 0 \Psti a l an' T h e v heerd et. rPmarked thet them sam e res0mb lerl th0r G e rmans." V({f' vat you ay? Do!J) flat faced, sha0kass cns lo nk lik e nPr Sh e rm!lns? Dunrl.P.t'an' plitzen!" And PretzP l Pete l onker l wrathfullv into thP m ir ror thatgracerl bis bare s'1elf. to satisfy himself that his round. shiny Ince borP n o resemblance to the ludicnus visag of Clever Sam. know'd ash how et vas von shoke. shendlemen. unt you didn't fool me so barlrlf1r ash you But s'hoost vaft a vile, ondil dot ChiMman pokes lu f head in dish place ag'in: den I giff him someclinks he don 't vant!" At this juncture the brawny scout, Silver Beard, came hurriedly out of the dance-hall, and went out into the street.

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Corduroy Charlie, the Boy Bravo. 9 CHAPTER V. A. DISCOVERY OF TREACHRY-THE WARNING. A s soon as day was hardly yet breaking upon the orizon, Corduroy Charlie announced that b e must ke hi.a.departure. "I hope, however, to have the pleasure ot meeting ou again, Miss, he said, addressing tbe g lo ously beautiful girl. "Your name I do not really bink becoming fur so prettr a young lady, and I esitate to address you by it.' "Then you meet me again. you may C'lll e Lena Vernon I" was the reply, after which they book bands, and Charlie and Avalanche set forth to the l)arly gloom of the morning. The Boy ravo's arm bad by this time ceased to b e painful, nd be was thankful that he had roceived no worse juries at the bands of the rnugb and clined McTurk. After learning which wa:o: Corduroy had sent his agon, Avalanche shaped his course as near as he ould in the direction in which be calculated they ight have camped, and they set out. When the dukne"s had suffic i ently rolle d away, so bat an unobstructed view of the valley could be ad, both Avalanche and Corduroy Charlie paused n a little eminence and glanced searchingly around hem. "Ah I I see th Pm!" Charlie exclaimed, pointing off o the southeast; "yon.er where there are but few banties. See I a wagon surrounded by a sidinl!' of vas. That' s the rig in which l've trave led mlo very minin' strike in the Black Hills country." "PerzacLly: an' why'veye at last fetched up hyar, yee1" tile Annihi'ator asked, as they resumed heir trampin g. "Reckon ye're more fitted f e r a own-east bandbox I'' ''Ha! ha! that's where you mistake me. I've ughed it a good deal during my couple of years' xperience 111 this country, and seen about as many 01,1gh sights and customers as any one of my age. ou ask me woyl came bere to Quartz City. I cano t t ell you why now. lt is on account cf a crippled ister whom I have down yonder at the wagon. When ou see her, and h e r conc.lithm, you may guess th&t nly some grievous wrong could induce me to fetch er here. It looks qui?t about the camp yonder; aybe tbey"re a:! a s leep yet." "Greai aristocra i c ham-bone I et kinder Jukes bet way, as e f she war desarted." Without further comment the two men burrit>d on, nd soon Charlie pulled aside the canvas and peered to the front end of the wagon. "My God I qone !" be gasned. reeling back if he ad been d ealt a bl,,w. "She is not in there I" "Thunder: ye don't t e ll ns? Great Moses! thet ar therfirst mortal evyer terpopulate ther historic ull-rushes. Sumtbin' hes worked in ther wrong oove as old Sally Jenks used ter sa:v when th,,r njun heathen got inter bis corn-crib. So tber gal's one. is she?,, "Yes, g-one and a l sn my s r rvants 1" Charlie aned. staring about for an f'xr>lanation to the attPr. "They have turned traitor and spirited her ff-HeavPn kl'ows wlwre!" "W1at war ther an' caliber o' yf\r pards! ebbe we kin tr ace 'Pm up an1 recover the J?a1." "One was a Chinaman. whom I have retained as servant for over a yem. I callee! him Clever Sam. be othPr was a r e d 'skin chief called Bad Medicin ? horn I could have sworrr by. any time-which akes the mysterv greater now!" "A Chinaman an' a reel nigger! Great molestive am-bone, w'at war a hell i>ate ter o ld Joner' rynx I an' ye left yer sister in ther purtection o' ecb a blarsted crew 1" "Yes, as I have repeatedlv done so in the past. T ould have trusted either of them to any amount." "Waal. thet shows thet ye ain't a pilgrim in these oreal lattytui!E>s an' longytoads. Trust an lnjun or Celestyal? Great ham-hone: I'd as soon trust my goat, Florence Night-in-a-gale in the presiden-tya.l cheer. Once she got thar, she'd show 'em plenty 01 sarcus. n "Well, I cannot stand here talking when my poor Rister may be needing me to defend h er. I must bunt her up." "Periactly, as old Samantha Pruyg l es sed t e r Deacon Jones when be squeezed her J o ane! an' proposed they connect fer life. But bow're ye goin' ter work w'en ye ain't got no sign?" "1 don't know, l>ut I make a move somehow. Hark!-'' A groan just then wafted to their hearing-a sort of grunt and groan combined, as if some person were just wakening from a deep sleep. What was that?" Charlie demandE'd, with a start. I shed reckon et war a kind o' a hooman scund 1 Avalanche rtplied, with a grim expression in the corners of his mouth. "Least ways. it cum from tbet clump o' bushes ovar yender, an' I allow we'd better investigate." According-ly they hurried over to the spot. and in a moment had pulled out o f the bushes the htawny figure of Bad Medicine, the chief. "Drunk as ary old beast!" Avalanche exclaimed. "See; here's his bottle, empty of every drop o' moisture." "He must have bad more than the contents of that one bottle to stupefy him, for his ca1,acit;r for whisky is marked for at least a galloJJ !" Cbarhe re plied with a smile. as he gazed at the r ed -skin, who appeared in a state of intoxication. "Mebbe he's bin druggedl' Avalanche sn!"gested. "In that case, I've got a eetle r..ccoon 's ile hayr, w'at'!I fetch him ter limericks." He produced a small via! fro'11 his rocket, and forcing open tbe savage's mouth, P"Ured a few drops down his tbroat. T1Je effect" as startling. eyes nddeuly b egan unclose, and Bad Medicine sprung to his feet wttb au ear-splitting yell which rung out and echoed on the clear morning. air. "Ugh I fire! fire!" he cried, clutching his head be tween his hands and dandng frant.ically around; Great ham-bone, no, red-skin I" the Annihilator snorted. as hf' himself stood half-doubled up with convulsive laughter. "You've got the 'James 'ther wu 'st sort. Don't ye see them snakes in Yttr boots? Ilaw I haw I haw I talk about yer devastatm' eppyclemics, will ye?-about rip-roarin' decoctations o' supervised exstinction, will ye? I'll b e t ther pelt o' my o ld Floience CorGeliar thet ye ken't find a purtler subject this side o' purgatory." "WhA t's the matt e r with him?" Corduroy asked, the chief continued to roar and bellow around at a fearful rnte. "Ni-thin' only a leetle raccoon's He tcr SPttle his brain!" Avalanche an$wereit. H He'll b P better soon -tbar. didn't I tel! re eo?" as the red-s>in sntlden l y ceased his gyrat10ns. to stare around in a be wildered manner. boyee, I 've known thet same rac coon s ile ter cure a man o' the' janu _' in quicker time then my oli! mare Pmdence kPCI hock a man wi' ther e lect1icity o' her 'ind fett. Fae', by gracious l'' "Uirh I fire burn berry much nere !" Bad Mediciile grunted. his crauium. "Oh! tl>et war but a shnll'er-lump ter w'at ye'll git w'en oli! Ga br'<' l blows his fish-horn. Injun I" Paci Medicine!" Corduroy Charlie said, sternl. v, "how i s it that I come back to camp and find my s ister and Clever Sam gone, and YQU dead drunk? how can you explain the matter?'' The rhief started violently, and gave a glance to ward the desertei! wai>on. De White Lily gone?" he articulatecl. huskily1 a stranll'e fire shooting into his eyes. "Bad Meclicme drunk!" "Just so. When I returned, a few moments I found the camp deserted, and discovered you lymg

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10 Corduroy Charlie the Boy Bravo. In t hese b"shes, dead drunk. Now I want an ex11lan ationhor do1vn e.oes your shanty instanter." U I Bad Medicine berry much fool I" was the answer. "He let Pig-Tail man go out of camp. He come back a nd ,Pb Bad Medicine bottle of whisky. llad M e dicine drmk him, an' dat's all he know." "Ha I then it was the rascally Cbi.uaman, eh, who bas done this deviltry in my camp?" "Yes. Pig-Tail man heap no good. He treacherous like de painter; be steal lik e de debbil-ugbl bad man!" Great demonstrative ham-bone tbet thundcrbolted old Joner's larnyxl Tbet's ther way wi' one o' them almond eyed galoots!' broke in the Annihilator. "Nevyer know'd one yet ad wouldn't sell 'em fer too th-picks. An' for drinkin' ,, bisky1 ye ken't bPat 'em. But come; if we're goin' ter take ther war-path, et's time we war startin' . W'at d'ye but to make uiet inquiries for Clever S 1m, and after we find force him ro tell what bas become of my sist,er,' Corduroy Charlie r ? plied, thoughtfully. He it evidently was who bad an agency in the abduction, and until 've find him we have little hope of di scov ering Lily." "Bad Medicine take war-path!" said the chief, savagely. 'No come back till be git White Lily an' Pil!Tail's scalp. Ugh!" Bully fer you, r edskiu; but mind, ef you play any shenani9an on u s rll annihilatt1 ye like I hev o yer tribe-teetoLally become yer last s1ckness.1 Without deigning to notice the old cout's threat, Bad Medicin e sLrode away to the wagon for his rifl e and then across the val e toward the m in streets of the "city," with long, swini;ing strides that C3unted rar.idly. 'He is in a gloomy mood, and w.:ie be to Clever Sam if gets iu the rcclstdn' s wny I" Uor ,u roy said. "And as there is nothing here to detain us. that They a cco rd in separati>d, Avalanche first giving ti.le youn .! Bravo .some iustructiuns in reit'lrd to certain dens of iniquity and vice in the town which were dangerous to visit The Annihilator went back in the direction of Lena Vernon's, Charli kept on toward the ma.in part of the where Bld M e d;cine had gone. In neariug one of the many scattered cabins, Ile beard a vile sr rin!!; of oaths, and glancing in tbroui;h a window a. he passed, be b e h eld Jim 111cTnrk sit ting up in bed, attempting to use his arms, which was a painful owing to the wounds, in either side, elbow bi"?h. "Hal so 'tis in here that my enem. v nurses his wrath1 eh!" the young Bravo muttered a. he k ept on. Well, I don't believe he has anything to do with the abduetion of Lily, or I'd go ln there and choke the breath out of him. Can i t be that the enemies mentionf>d i n the anonvmous n0te I receiv ed a f e w days have be!{un t :ieir deadly campaign me?" As if impressed with the idea, h e paused in his walk, and drew a note from his pocket. With a prple xe:l knitting of the brows, he p erused it several times over, withouts e1ning to d erive any satLsfaction from it. It ran a.q follows: '' CusTEn CrTY. "Ma. CORDUROY CHARLIE:-,,As a friend to your interests, let me advioe you not to visit the mining strike in....or near the National Park section of he bills. Quartz Citv. For there are e n e mies there who know of your comingbittel' enemies whom you knuw not, but wbo have been your enemies since your birth Your parent age bas ever lre n a mattP.r of d oubt to .vou; these foes know mucb concerning it and will attempt to smite you, out of revenge's sake. Keep clear of Quartz City lest you learn that which would be of no r elish to you-lest, Jon are struck by enemies wb IPast expected, an of whom you never dream Your mission in ti.is country is one or no Chri character. L0t your object b e consummated by 0 who bas a higher cause than you. "AN UNKNOWN FRIEND . "No I no! I will let out the object to no other ban than mine!" Corduroy Charli e gritted fiercely, as kept on toward tne town. CHAPrER VI. THE WARDVILLF.S-DEADWOOD DICK TELLS TBE Jil'O OF LEONE'S FALL. AN incoming brought w.ith it to Qu!>rtz Ci an Ohioan and his wife, whose names were Wa ville. The man was a large, well-proportioned person, forty-five years, with a kindly expression of facean eye"1 showing him to t;e of mild tempe r and exce ing nonest good-nature. He wore his beard cro ped rathP,r short; was dressed in plain but substa tial clothing, and wore a cahl,-cbain across his ve of solitl gold . His wife wa a fitting companion for the pleasan appendng Ohioan-a quiet little matronly woma with a placid face and plump form, and was dress with th'l same yet plamness of raiment whi characterized the husband. She too, however, wo expensive jewelry. The stage d eposited the WardviJles in front Pretzel P e t e's establishment, along with n pair large S:irato;as, and the n rattled away d)wn t street, l eaviag thP Ohioan anci his wif e stanng at t uninviting front of the' Big Schooner, 11 which w oastetl ov e r with such flaring labels and sign a ''Lag-e r Bi er, four bits;" ''Swe itz r Kase untPre H ltiO fire test 'a.1ant'ler. fiftv cents a pint,." "Humph!" the Ollioan e ja. culatcd, as be viewe things, t?enera ll.v. It appears to m e Madge. th Quartz C'ity can't bo:i.st of snperior accommodatio in the way of hJtel s \ if rbi u is the best. It's nothin more or less than a agP r bler saloon "True, Judso.1; but perbap we cannot fin 1 b t quarters," replied Mr s. Ward ville. "Loo:! thei comes the proprietor, no'",' and she pohite I to Pre zel Pete, who, on seemg the disembarkPd str.l.nge before bis door, had hastened out to iavP stig-at.?. you vas?11 h..! salu .. ecl, as waddled down the steps. We were just looking for the best hotel whi our stage-drive r asrnred us existed o m ewbera i this vicinity!" Wardville replied, s aking hands wit tbe good-natured German. "Maybe you can tell w11ere it is, sir." "Shimminv gracious, ye. Dot vasmyblaceter clot. Der Schooner' ish d e r leading hodel m cl::"r city. Walk right in, f,1r I haff swi' rooms u stairs vot tickle you dt?ht milshov. Dis vay, bleasel and the prop1ie t o r of the Big Schoouer op>ned side door which admitte1 them into a hallway. On ascending a stairs they soon found themselv domicil e d in a suit of two rooms, directly over s1loon part of the building, which w r e tastefull furnished for bein'l' almost at the extreme limits civilrzation, with warm-tinted wool carpe ts. soffu ni t ur e and a bed in the smaller room, tog ther with pictures on i'le walls auu other ornamcn of an adorning-natiir.-. .. En? vat .vou say?" Pretzel Pete ejaculated. the Wardvilles gave a ,;gh o f r e li ef. ''How vas for vaterme llon, eh? D o n't l"Ot fooled: vasf' Th e rooms are satisfactory," said Judson War ville. with a. Jong as we sojourn Quartz City w will keep tlJ m. Y 'l n ma.v now se us up a g-0wl dinner, if you plf"aRI?.,, Pre tzel Peter bn\\ e I gradousl y, and de,_,,nde
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Corduroy Charlie, the Boy Bravo. Their trunks were soon brought up, and after them came a savorv meal of roast game, rye bread and coffee, with a Rmall bottle of Rhine wine, which however, was left U!Jtouched. "Well, we are here, and have taken our first meal In Quartz City, wife l\lr. Wardville said, tipping back in his seat, and lighting a cigar, at the close of the repast. "The next question is-what are we here for!11 "That question needs no onswer ,_l>etween us, Jud son," Mrs. WarJville replied. .. know what faint clew brought us here, and how we have hoped and prayed for a glad realization." "Yes I yes I but somehow, I have put rather an in different s ort of confidence in the matter, all &long. It would not surprise me if our hope s should be real ized-it would not surprisa me to find them d efeat ed.'' "You spea. k strangely, Judson I" "Do I? Well, then, it is because I have long since deadened my faith in the matter. As. lon g as we have been pursuing the faint hope, unsuccessfully, I have constantly been losing interest iu the cbase. I marvel that my hair and beard have not turne d white, ere this." "True, you have undergone much, dear'busband, as well as myself, but I am presse d with the belief that our trusting faith in God, at all time s, has in a measure pre serv e d u-;." Well-well, Madge I cannot say as to that; but certainly pure faith in the Atl-wise Creator worl:s no man evil m the great hereafter. Leaving y o u here i.while, i' think l will take a about the place." Will y o u make inquiries?" "No. not at present. We bad best wait, and bide our time. If we have come on a wild-goose-chas e it does not appear worth while to arprise these denizens of the tact.. If, on the contrary, it proves that we have come bere to any purpose, there is time enough to work. Things done in haste are not, as a rule done well." 'What a logician you are, to be sure, Judson," Mrs. Wardville said, laughingly. Logic is simply common sense, dear. Now, goodby, for maybe an hour, vr so." and kissing the wo man who had ever been a faithful and loving wife to him, Wardville descended to tbe bar-room of the Big Schooner," where the usual gang of rough and illiterate patrons were taking their mornillg nip o dew." Thne w e r e millers, and stage-drivers, gam blers and desperadoes all mixe d together, with now and then a genteel speculator, or maybe now and then a military officer or private. After r eviewing the crowd in the bar-room with a critical eye, Judson Wardvillepassed into the d nce hall, only to remain a few moments, for the females who were loullging on the side seats. smoking and drinking. or takin&' part in the mazy waltz, were not such as lie could either respect or ad mire. That same afternoon, Old Avalanche was sitting upon a bowlder in the dark recesses of the Southern canyon, which, like a deep. narrow fissure, rail through tbe mountains, 'ts course declinillJ?. and bottom being hundreds of fee t below the hoary mountain-peak which rose and cast a solemn shad ow o'er its course. B efore the scout the clear bright waters of Castle Creek purled and Aprayed throug h a rocky chanllel, and made strangely weird music echo along tbe g i gantic walls that arose on everv side. Far above, tbe peaks were crowred with spectral pines, and the wind waft. e d clown the scent of tt>em and mingled it with the fragrance of tl:ie flow ers on a wild syringa bush which grew close t band. Close at tile Annihilator's side crouched that speci men of the qmus cap>i, which was the old man's -the vicious, llgly-looking goat, Tlorence Nightingale, which had been his boon companion on many a wilderne8s journey. and during many a campaign againt the hostile red-skins. The goat was engaged at browsing away at a hem-lock limb, while tbe old scout sat with bis chin rest ing upon nis two hands, gazing thoughtfully up and down the callyon, as the day nrew toward a close. Reckon thet sister o' Corduroy Charlie's ar' a goner!" he soliloquized, as he took a bile from a plug of twist. "I've looked all over, e'ena 'most. ter find her, but no crippled gal n e r Chinee galoot kin I git news uv. Thet's one deeflkilty w'at' cloggin' tber path o' this yere devastatin' eppydemic o' Lber penriet;. Hayr in tbes place they call me the 'mountain king,' an' great ham-bone w'at war a fint. ter Id Jonerl ef I ain't got my l ani g reat disease o' ther boreal lattytudes an It npytoads be everlast in'ly extirpated. Thar's C0rdu1 oy Charlie-a nice sort o' a galoot-I must help him out o bis rigs; then thar's thet matter about o!J Ann, an' her Warriors o' ther Sun God-I her cit1z, ns "ant me ter Jay fer tber stronghold. Thell cums thet affair about Deadwood Dick an' bis wife-thet. r Hayward I didn't find Leone 11.t .Anita's, but in a cab-

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l l! Co1 ;auroy Charlie, the :goy :Sravo. in, lyin)(' on the floor-dead drunk! She had not been near M c K enz i e's, hut fro m all reports h ar t been with a note d gambler, called H a nds om" Hal. I wanted proof; I left the cabin to ke e p watch; I saw the gambler come-saw enough to d r ive many a man than me insane with fury; I forbore Lhe m then and there, but went out into the mountains to cool off. There I m e t some men whom l knew to be trus ty, and on the impulse of a mo m en t I reorganized my road-agent band, and Dead wo od Dic k's flag was again uni'u r led in the face of the world Whe n I r eturned to Hayward, Leone and her e vil genius were gone. 1 am now hunting for her.1 \'Vha t will you d o. Dickey, boyee?" "I'll find h e r !" s a id Deadwo o d Dick, with that wild t e rrihl e hu-;h of his: "I' ll find her, and remind her of the inn ocent babe she bore me, now and then put bull ets through her faithless heart till she is dead." The n. as he cease d speaking, the wronged man turned, vaulted into the saddle, and dashed swiftly away up the canyon. __ CHAPTER VII. PEACE-COMMI SSIONERS AND ROADAGENTS. A -TER D e adwood Di c k bad gone, Avalanclie arose and started off fo r Quartz City, followed by his curi ous c ompanion, the goat. Dlckey means et," h e muttered, slowly. "He means e t, cuss old Flore n c e's capacity f e r fodder e f he d on't. Hear' a bard c ustom e r w'en he's set o n a subject, and I reckon I'd lik e ter find thet wife o' his'n an' t e ll her ter skiR; for w'en D eadwood Ri c hifoin' ter s oot a p e r son ye ken bet In of running across Corduroy Charlie, the old Annihilator steered for Pre tzel P ete's, hut fail ed to find the B oy Bravo ther e afte r which h e visited several m o r e of the dens which flanked the street. b e tlley've knabbed the boyee, too." he muttere d dubiously, when he c o uld find or learn not hin g o f Charli e P'r'aps Buste r has see n someof him.,, H e aime d bis footsteps a l ong toward L ena Vernon's cabin, followed c l os e l y by Florence Nightin-'1-gal e at whom the crowd stare d or poked fun; but very few care d to furthe r tackl e the animal than with b"nterlng words. for Flor ence had built up a reputa t i on in Quart z City bv knocking out the front teeth of a notabt ? bull y in first chi.ss styl e Upon a"l'ivin at Buster's cabin, Av a lanche found the girl ta n d in g in th' doorway, watc hing the set sun with her dazzling-, fascinating eye s H e e Corduroy Charlie bee n here since we left this 1norning?,, wer e first words o f the sco ut u N o why, what's of him ? "Thet' s j .... w'at J'm anxious t e r find out. Great somnambulistic ha'll-bon e tb e t uf thet b oyee war ter h e v any har m hapD e n t e r him, I'd neve r fergive myse l f." T t 1en the ol l man furthe r related about tbe abrluc tion of youm: Madison s sist er, and his intervie1v w itb Deftrlwoorl Di c k "Poor f e ll ow! t]le girl aid sympathizing l y. "I hope he m'.tv fi'lu hi s lost. siste r, and I a lso hope that Deadwood Di c k m a y not execute his threatened vengPance upon his wifE'." "'Whv?" "Becaus3 i t c a n cl' him n o good to kill her who was the mnthe r of his c hilrt." "Ri"ns;:."r o' p r v 0 11der. But thf'n she w.n.rn t one sii e o n cl:lb fon c a erm y Florence Night ina-gaie. E 1 1 r why. bv the r etB,rnal ham bone the t din any beast extant."

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Corduroy Charlie, the Boy Bravo. 13 The masked woman had listened with evident im patience. "Well I" she said, what has this to do with your bringing m e out here?" "Not much, thet's a fac'. But I tbort I'd give ye an idea o' ther digestive capabilities o' my goat, Florence. Aste w'at I fetched ye bee r for, I want ed ter give ye a reetle warning." "Warning sir'il" "Perzactly. You are Leone Harris. Thar! don't attempt to deny it, f e r 'tis use less, for I know et. Yer red hair gives ye away. Sh ed hev !mow'd ye ef we'd met on ther ferry-boat c r ossin' Jordan." "You are right; I am, or was L eo n e Harris before the devil me and I had n o t the power to resist. Don t think to l ecture m e-I will not listen." "An' Deadwood Dick. gal-" "I have wronged deeply. and should be s orry, perhaps; but I ain't. I scarcely can credittbechange In me during a fe1v weeks. myself, but s u c h change there is. that I would not go back to the tame, r P tired life for all the world. No, no I-not for Dead wood Diel<, or the wh o le w o rld I" She spok e in a n e rvous, excited way, Pmittingber speech by little jerks It was quite evid ent she had indeed fallen into a depth from whic h there w a s no extrication. "Great ham-bo n e kin et be tbet ye no l onger b e v J ove for Dickey, ter whom ye bore thet le e tl e so u who-God be praised-died iu to be spared this shame?" I do not think I care In tbe least for Dead wood Dick, .Avalanch e \V h e n a woman sells her soul to the devil, lov e has little power over h er. H a d my child Jived. I should never have come to this. Have you said all you wish?" N o! I wish ter warn ye-faithl ess though you have turned out-ter look out fer Deadwood Dick You mav have beard that h e bas again take n to the road. It is so; I see'd tbe r boyee ter-day; be sw'ars kTJ'mel Hal ha! l e t him try it! KnO\I' ye, old man, that I h ave power unsuspect ed by you or him. L e t him but hunt for me, and he will fall into a trnp which shall end in death!" "Great salubrious ham-bone tbet demoralized tber constitoochin uv o ltl J oner I What tes lie evyer done thet le shed wish t e r destroy him?" "Nothing; but when he tracks a tigress to make game of ber, b e will find 11;s mistake. Please t e ll him so, if you see him, and that L eone Harris defi e s him!" Then. without another word, the woman turned on h e r heel, and glided back toward the "Big Schoon er," followed a few m o m ents later by the old Anni hilator. He found tbat she had again joined the dancers, and was whirling away in the arms of the dandy range r, with whom Ava lanch e had first noticed h er. As b e was standin g idly at one s id e o f the great h a ll there was an uproar in the bar-room, and a mo m ent. later a gang of armed toughs. comprising Monk n1organ, Grizzly George, Skunk's Abe, a n d seve r a l others, among whom was the "heathen Chinee, Clever Sam, and, headed by the lumbering bullwh
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14 Corduroy. Charlie. the Boy Bravo. It 90 happens that I have a deserting wife among for a woman, as the dress and hood which hung this throng, and I have come for her. If you people back upo n the narrow shoulders seemed to indicate will all rema in quiet a moment. I will find her and that sex. take a quiet d eparture Otherwise-well, you know The men wero none others than the bullwhacker, about liow D eadwood Dick's raids turn out!" and JemMcTurk. the ruffian and gambler, Morgan, and there was a quiet smile beneath the mask as the their confedPrate s, Grizzly George and a fellow road-agent cease d speaking. known as Bison Ben, from his shaggy appearance. "La.dies unt shentleman, you vill bleas e keep so The woman was, in every sense of the word, a bor still ash von mouse, ondil dis roadt-agent takes his rihl e looking old hag, with disheve led hair, shrunken dPp:trture," announced Pretzel Pete from his barrel. features, and evilly-gleaming, coal \Jlack eyes, while "Deadtwood Tick hash very much reputation av her mouth was large, and disclosed a few lon g, fang pein' a pad cLisdomer." like teeth. The complexion of h e r skin was sugges There was a shout of laughter from the masked tive of jaundice: and her form was shriveled and roadagents, and an equal volume of curses from bony, the few rags she wore being illy-sufficient to the roughs nnder J e m llfcTurk. cover it. "You will find it to your advantage to f o llow your She carried a crooke:I stall' in her hand, and would host's ladies and gentlemen," Deadwood have reminde d one of a \vitch such as are told of in Dick s aM. "Undoubtedly, as h e in timates, I am a ancient fairy tales. bad customer when you get me r'iled. You all may "Auck over my durned equilibrium, e f ye ain't a have heard of me, anr l that my wif e, Leone Harris, hossl" Jem l\IcTurl< was saying. "Hayr ye're surhas deserted me for a double-dyed wretch called roundin' us wi' bizness thet'll keep our hands bizzy. Handsome Hal. That she and her pard are in this Ye got the r crippled gal w'at Monk. hayr, sent ye, room, I am satisfi e d You will please stand still eh?" whil elrideamongyou and scan each face." ';Yes!" the hag replied, in a harsh, squea!..-y It was a r e q LI est and yet an order, and no one vmce. seemed desirous of disobeying it, for the road-agents "I got h e r a ll right, and she languishes a captive sat like statues en srr,ldle with cocked r evol v e rs. iwin.1 t 1hme akd';1engaefln1 1 1 1 8s tpleerosfatchreifiScuenl,-,God. She And Dead wood Dick rode carefully about among th the crowd withln the great ballroom. those mag-"No doubt," and Lhe bull whacker shuddered at netic eagle eyes of his sweeping tbe sea of in the hag's coolness. though he well krrew it was her a sharp, sea1-ching glance tb:i.t required no second way to be and calculating, when working devil look for assurance. try, even though at other times she w ere afire with How many, mle and female. shrunk back as they consuming flames of insanity. encountered the stern, unflinching gaze of the roadYou ar1 sure o' one victim. mum!" prince! How many trembled lest he should smite "Bahl only one!" cried the hag, fiercely. "l them-he who was believed tofearneitherdeathnor mus t have more-more for the glorious quarterly the devil 1 sacrifice to Quolor o the Sun-God. His warriors at A strange huslt p ervaded; naught was heard ex-the temple are hungry for the sacrifice! Five shail cept the tramp of the animal's feet, which bore the there u e sacriftc d. Quoloro has commanded it, and road-agent through the room. Every.one see med to sent Ugly Ann, his ae:ent, to search for fat victims. stand with bated breath waiting the issue, whatever She has searched, when night has overahadowerl the it might be. laud. She has found plenty of victims. The red" Ha!" haired wife of D eadwood Uick; th; beauty of the The ejaculation now suddenly escapes Deadwood vale whom the miners call 'Buster'; the Cliinaman Dick' s lips, and he raises Ills r evo lver, and fires at and the red chief, Bad Medicin e, and the youth, two farms just disanpearing through a rear door of C o r duroy Charlie. All these must know the sacrifice the ball-ro om -the figures of red-haired Leone Har-to Quol o ro the Sun-God I Ugly Ann has said it, and ris and h e r c:walier. But he fired too late for the y ou, h e r agents, must do her will I" bullets to take effect, as was evidenced by a mock-The four ruffians st:i.red at each other doubtingly1 ing lau
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Oorduro;v Charlie, the Boy Bravo. u. ordered." "On course not. Ye know w'at Clumsy Cal an' a number others got fer pinyin' shenanniguu, an' we ain't no better' n them on tber dodge. 'Druthergive a nugget, than go see thet thar sacrifuss1 'ca'se et allus goes ag'in' my grain ter see any killin done on less I take a hand myself. Then 1'm all right, ye bet!" "Wonde r whar ther old rip pits the gold she gives us!'' "'Sh!" McTurk c autioned with an evil grin-'not so loud. Thet's for us ter find out, w'en we wisit ther Temple o' thcr Sun-G 1d. We must solve ther mystery The r old woman i$ crazy, an' them idol atrou s r ed-skins w'ich aire out 01 half a. dozen different nations. all thet she bes more than m orta l power, I suspect an' accordingly serve her, out o r eve rence an' fear. Et must be our pur puss ter find whar she keeps her gold. an' help o r selves. Now then, scatter, an' lay fer tber jl"ame, lively!" L e na VPrnon, or" Buster ," was s itting in her cab in, a short time after the events last recorde d, mending a cut in the jac k e t o f the suit of male attire she had worn on her first meeting with Corduroy Charlie. She was all alone, but this caused no thought of fear to enter her mind; she had lived long enough in the rough mining country of the West to have little thought of the danger which con stantly surrounded her. She found much to think of as her d eft fingers plied the n eedle-for food for thought had come to her with the coming of Charlie Madison. She was conscious that bis comely appearance had impressed her and excited h e r enthusiastic admira tion. She knew that he was the only one whose glance bad ever thrilled h e r with that exquiSite sensation of first love-well, it made her young heart beat wildly when she thought of .him, short though had been their first meeting. The candle-light r evealed the rosy coloring on her cheeks as she sat sewing, and occasionally a soft littl e smile that came to and depruted from her lips. So engaged were her thoughts that her ears failPd to detf'ct the sound of the opening and closing door; she was that another person was in the room, un11l she chanced to glance up, and beheld a her, and that man "Haw I haw!" he laughed hoarsely, as she sprung to her feet in ast0nishment. 'Didn' t expect to see me, did ye, Buster!" "No, ind eed. How did you gain entrance?" the girl demanded. "Thr'u' ther door, on course, daisy. y e s ee I b e d a leetle bizness ter transact wi' ye, an' so I kim right in wi' out ceremony. Thar! sit down, an' I ll do ther Sa.me'' "Nol I won,t sit down!" Buster cried, glancing nervously towar d an opposite corner where her wea pons wer e. for she well knew the class of villain she had to de::i.l with. McTurk caught h e r gaze, and took pains to put himself between her and t em, at the same time drawing and cocking his formidable "six." "No ye don't!" he said, with a triumphant leer; "reckon I know how ye sling lead, an' Y<" ken't grip no 'bullnurn' while l'm around. Sit down, I t e ll you, or I'll-'' L ena obeyed without answering. Brave though she was, she dreaded this man, McTurk, more than any other ruffian in Quartz City. Why, she could scarcely have told. herself "Thar! sit, now. an' open yer ears!" the bull whacker-thathad-been said, as be half-squatted upon a campstool. "Jle reason'ble, an' ye'll git ter glory in short order, you bet!" "What do you mean, Jem McTurk?" "Hey? w'at do I mean? Waal, et'll take a leetle story ter tell th et, an' I mougbt as well tell ye Ye've heerd uv a tribe o Injuns, no doubt, who be long in tber mountains. not m ore'n a dozen from beer. They're called the arriors o' ther SunGod '-a sort o' ido l they worship bein' o' thet name. Every season o' tber yeer, they sacrifice some Jivin' critter t e r tbis gorl humans bein' thei pre f erence. Tbis yeer they propose ter make more sacrifices than usual, and have elect.Pd meter s'arcb :t:e r material.,, "You, Jem McTurkl You searching for victim& for these barbarous wretches to murder!" L ena ex claimed, in horror. Waal, yes J reckon tbet's about et, a n ', a& they're fond ol pritty subjects, I thort yau might an s"er ter a dot." "Great God I What do you mean, yon bruta1 wre tch?'' "Jest w'at I sed, p erzim C:d Ull"IY Ann sed you war h e r bucklebHry, an so I've cum ter appropri ate ye!" and, with a gloating ltfin, the ruffian rose to his fp e t, and advanced a stPp toward poor Lena! She, too, sprung from her chair, and hapcd toward the door. "Help! lielp !" she screamed, just as McTnrl!. slapped a heavy band upon her snoulder. Ann her cry was not unanswere d. The door was suddenly flung open, and a man stepped into the room. It was L ieutenant Cressly; and the bullwhacker release d Lena and stepped back as he saw him. "He llo I by the devils, what dos this m ean 1" th .. li eutenant demanded. "What are you up to, Jem McTurk?" "He was about attempting to carry me off, bro. therl" Lena Vernon cried, indignantly. "He is a brutal wretch I" "I war jest playin' a leetle joke, ye see!" McTurJ.. venture d, b eeitatiogly. "Bah I none of your lying to me l" Cressly said, sternly. "Who sent you h ere?" "Ugly Ann I" the ex-hullwhacker grinned. The devil I Who for?" H For Buster!" Cressly leaped back with a vile oath. '"Curse what does she mean?" he growled. "You can go, sir; look out ye don't show up here again. I'll see about this directly. Got" The ruffian slunk from the cabin lik e a whipped cur; then Cressly turned upon Lena Vernon, who was his sister __ CHAPTER IX. A BIT OF REVELATION AND BUSTER1S PROMISE-IN THE CANYON-A RESCUE. THE face of the so-called lieutenant was stern and pitiles s as b e faced the beautiful girl. Lena Vernon. And she trern bled, fur in his savage moods be was fierce and ofttimes brutal. "Wellf'' he growled, interrogatively, as if he ex pected her to sneak-' well, what have you to say for yourself?" What do you mean, Dion 1 I do not ltnderstand you. I am sure.,, "You don't, eh?" he replied. with a sarcastic sneer. "Well, I'll enlighten you. Last night I came h ere, and was refused admittance by that old idiot whom you call Avalanche. He denied that you were here. but that was a lie, a-s I in through a crack and saw you, previons to knocking. I also saw another-a beardless chap, whose arm you bad just dressed in an aft'.ectionate Jy skHlful manner. Who was that, pray?" "Oh I that was l!Ir.-Mr.-Corduroy Charlie, bro. tber. He was wounded in a street duel with Jem 111cTurk." "Exactly. I chance<.! to be a witne.ss to the d11e1 He is my enemy!'' 6i Yo ur enemy f"

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16 Corduroy Charlie, the Boy Bravo. "Exactly, again. One of the bitteres t In my cal endar. Let me r elate: "A yea.r or so ago, when I took a trip to Califor nia, leaving you in Denv e r, I stopped off at Stock ton, and as It happened. chanced to engage board with this Corduroy C11arlie and his crippled s ister. H In a moment of indiscretion I thoughtlessly offended them. and it appears tbey h:ive cherished a deep-set rancor for me an<\ followed me here for the purpose of a lp you!" "Oh I Dion, how can you b o so cruel, when I know nothing of the yss. For an hour tbey had been upon the trail of Cor duroy Charlie like human blooclhounds, and they meant to find him, and capture him for the sacrifloo. Stealthily forward they stole. their footsteps scarce ly causing a sound, their breaths coming and going fu concert. Nearer and nearer to the place of the supposed concealment of the youni:r Bravo-then al l o a den the caaY,OD and the mght became as light as d as burning balls of fire were burled down by invisi hands !rom a hundred quarters. some of them r in g upon the surprised h peace commissioners," w retreated with hnwls of rage. And while vet in thi confusion the clatter of h was heard, and a horse 11an came dashing direc clown through the storm of l>lazing balls. With veils fra gl1' with terror, a ll of the ruffla except Morgan turned and fie d toward Quartz C as fast as their feet w o uld carry them. Tbe bier was not made of th" kind o f clay Instilled wi cowardice; h e siood still in his tracks. waiting w a g leam of desperation in his eyes, born of a c tro lled will H e oaw the horseman and r ecognizer! him, b raise d not a hand on the d e f e n sive He bellev that there were d oubtless a score of woopons leve l at bim from the cliff above, and that ne was v ally a prisoner. 'i'h e horseman was Corduroy Charlie. He bore S\vifLly down toward the SJY't where gamblr stood: then clrPw rein by his Side Morg met his stern glance u_nfiinchingly : "What d'ye want?" h e demanded In a hoar voic e. u Ef .Ye're a road agent, ye wont get no ha out o' m e!" HI am no road-agent, and well ye know et,'' Ch H e r eplied fiercely. "You know why I stop b!\ndy words with a man of ynur worthless stam I want my sister. you wretch!" "What cl'yecAlk .vlate I kno' about yersisterf" !'.\'ambler growled, "I hain' t her, don't know anvtbing a bout h er." "Stop,you dog! don't lie tom<'. Itwasyoutb recA iverl her from the hands of my treacherous s vaut, Clever Sam. You must-you shall tdl n where she is, or I will shoot you down 'vithout thought. Speak!" The gambler gre\V p a l e with anpre hension, a made a movement su_gg<'stive of tight as the Brav o's revolver-muzzle star ed hi1n in the face. "HolJ up! don't attempt to Pscape, as that only hasten your death. T e ll me. and I'll spa your life for the present. Quick, o r I'll smaly you!'' "Stop I don't fire!" Morgan gaspPd in al arm. "I t e ll you. The girl is in the power of the Worshipe of the Sun God "What I dare you tell me this, you wretch-an vou sent her there I" Corduroy Charlie cried, fl ly. "I'll kill you-" "Stop I you will do nothing of the kind, sir!" Mo ga. n replied, grim Iv. "Remember your promise member that only I have any power toward r leasing your sister. Shoot me, and her fate sealed!" Charlie reeled in his saddle. at the blow; it was coutiugencv he had not thought of for a moment. "Ha! ha!" Morgan laug-hedt as be noted the effe of hi s words; "you weaken, perceive. l\Iebbe y ain't gnitJ so brave as .ve war!" "Will you then give back my sister if I spare you Ure, :vou devil!" "Waal, I won't promise fer certain, !er ye s0e iif ar' uncertain, an' a feller hes ter be equally juclishu in determinin' his course. Mebbe so; mebbe not. "Curse yon!" the young Bravo gritted, bis patienc relairing. You must either promise me, or di.e, s take your choice." H e spoke coo ll y, but there was a light of desperat resolution in his eves. He was enou'l"h of a judge of character to percPi that the gambler wa a treacherous villain, who nei ther valued his word nor honor-a man hardene in the a crhnf:1a? who respected ma.nor God." H e doubted no t that the fellow had told the trut regarding poor Lil y's whereabouts; indeed, he ha believed her, almost since the first, in the power ol those uuknown enemieG whom the author of the I -

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Corduroy Charlie, the Boy :Bravo. note bad mentioned as related. "I must either promise or die, eh 1" Morgan sneered. "Waal. I reckon ye k e n take my word theu, as I ain't in no mood fer taldn' my eternal leap to night. Cum t e r my ranch, two doors north o' ther Schooner.' night at this time. an' ye'll git yer sister, sure's my name's Monk Mor gan." "Correct I I will be on hand. Go, now, and follow the gang of cowardly dogs you were briDging to capture Corduroy Charlie. Hereafter, l ook in your boots, before ye pull 'em on. You'll find it the safe<::t." I With a curse, Morgan turned and strode back down the from whence he had come, followed by a mocWng laugh that caused him to shiver-a laugh he ha.cf heard before, nnd to w.hich a sigmtlcance was attached, for it was tile laugh of the notorious D eadwood Dick. And it was tho road-agent, in person, who joined Corduroy Charlie, just as the gambler disapper.red from view in the g loom; for tbe ftre-ballS on the canyon hottom bad nearly burned out, and the nigbt ShadAS were again e' tling down thickly. "What ail you?" Deadwood Dick demanded, in surprise. "Why di'.ln't you shoot the devil in his tracks?'' "Because that would have been sealing the fate of my poor sister," Charlie replied. "Did you not hear what be said!" "Certainly. And wbnt bPtter are you off by allowing tne human wolf to escape? His promise i s but a trap to get you in his power. and you will never see your through his agency. You should have killed him on the spot. and then, having the knowledge of your sisters whereabouts, come to me." "But what right have I to expect more assistance from you than you kindly extended to-night!" "The right a brother has to expect succor from a brother." Deadwood Dick replied, grimly. "Please remember tbata man may be a road-agent and still a man. If you calculate I or any of my boys will desert a fellow-mortal who is fighting in the behalf of women. you make a mistake I take the same in terest in helping you toward finding your sister as if she were my own, and you may be assured of my personal aid." "Thank you-I thank you with all my heart I" Corduroy Charli e cried, warrril.\' grasping the gloved hRDd of the prince of 1he road. "Though our occupations ain't quiw the same that should be no bar to our friendship." "Good enouJl;h. It is a pity you didn't shoot that now return to town and brave my foes, if they Jay for me." .. That would be my advice," Deadwood Dick r e plied. "Sail in and let 'em know that ve ain't afraid of tbe best of 'em. That's the way 1 earned my reputo t i o n and notoriety in the Hills." Then, afti>r a few morP words. Corduroy Charli e shook hands and parted with Deadwood Dick, after which be strode down the canyon and entered the vale wheo-e nestled Quartz City, as mapped out by a myriad of gleaming lights. "I wonder where I had best go?' he muttered. as he stood a few SjlCOnds at the mouth of the canyon, and gazed upon the scene which lay before him. "I would like to see that1'ellow they call Old Ava I lanche, and also the girl, Lena V ernon. Wby was it, I wonder, that I was so strangel.v impressed with her appearance? She seemed twemind me of some one, yet. for the life of me, I could not tell whom. Rather pretty anrl fascinating: no don ht would make an agreeable subject to makt' love to." A faint glow of beauty shone in bis eyes at thoughts of the belle of Quartz City, as "Buste r bad often been called. "I wonder who she is and where she came from 1 Does Avalanche know anythin!j, about her? A! I he is no way related to er. Hello I ceased soliloquizing and listened intently. From be low him, in the depth of the valley, came the sound of muffied cries-evidently of some per-son in distress. "Somethinir gone wrong!" the young bravo muttered. "Perhaps it might. be well enough to investigate I" He drew on of his revolvers, and then stolt' r.way down the slope, through the dense gloom of the night. His footsteps were scarcely audible even to himself, and be was prepared for any emergency as he kept. on. The further b e went tile plainer became the sound of harsh words. Before hi.. loomed up a growth of stunted chaparral, and within its covert Charlie was satisfied was the person or persons from w born the words emanated. So he crept stealthil_y along. and in five minutes had attained a posil ion overlooking a peculiarly strange scene. Within a little glad e a man was lying prostrate upon the ground, bound hand and while over him stood an old hag, with wrinkled, yel lowish features, and tattered garb. In her band she held a long, threatening knife. which she occasional l y flourished close to the face of the man, who was evidenrly her pri s oner. "Speak, Judson Warclvillel" she exclaimed in a. shrill harsh voice; "speak! promise me what I de mand1 or I'll murder you where you lay, as I said. Your time is almost up! "I have already counted five hundred, but a hundred remains to be counted. If you do not a.nswer to m_y demands, your lif e shall pay t be forfeit." "On the contrary if ;s-ou don't make yourself scarce, I'll put a buhet through your cranium in short order I" Charlie said, stepping from his con cealment with a pair of six-shooters b earing upon the would-be murderess. "Corne, start I or you're a. goner, sures I know how to thread a needle I'' The hag whee l ed toward him with a fierce male. diction but the moment she perceived that he was better armed than herself, she slunk a way into the chaparral. Approaching the priso ner, Corduroy Charlie drew his knife. severed the bonds, and assisted Mr. Ward vill e to his feet. You will excuse me!" the released man said, hurriedly, "but I have not time now more than to thank you. But I sball not forget your face; good-evPning sir. I must pursue that old woman;" a n d abrnptly he dashed off through the chaparral, much to the astonishment of Charii e. And the released prisoner bad bnrely 1ert the gl!i.de, when another man suddenly entered it and confronte d our hero. CHAPTER X. O'VERPOWERED-MCTURK 1'>-'. FLOREN OE NIGHTINGALE. TnE r(lan was the masked, silver-beardPd irnlividu al who had once confidently advised Corduroy of lllcTurk's prowess, anj whom everybody h a d nick named Silver Beard, for want of a better appella tiv e There was 110 chano;e in bis appearance now more than when Corduroy had first seen l1im, except that he carried a rifle, and his belt was tucke d full of weapons. He seemed startled as he recoiroi.zed the young Bravo, nnd came to a halt directly in front of him. "You?" beeja.culated. "Excuse me, for I thought it wa.-;; some one else. But, since I have met you, I want to have a little talk with Y.OU." "With me 1 echoed Corduroy. "Exactly. Down here a bit i! a respectable sal oon. where we can sit in privacy and converse. Come!" "Yas; but bold up! How do I know who you are, or what kind of a trap you want me tc enter?" ''Never fear; all is right. To assure you, I am th!J

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Corduroy Charlie, the Boy Bravo. Unknown from whom you received an anonymous warning some time ago. So you need not hesitate, as my intentions are Corduroy Charlie did not reply, but followed after the stranger with an eagerness not born of assur ance but of curiosity. The events of to-night, and the knowledge be bad attained, had put him in a quandary-in a :perplex ity of doubt and assailing fee.rs, and if this silver bearded individual could throw any light upon a tlark past, be m eant to receive it. For the past-the early childhood and birth of himself and poor Lily-had been hidden in a cloud of obscurity; of their parentage they kne w literally nothi.Bg. From the tge of ten dated their recollec tion. They w ere then the foster-children of Dudley and Margaret Madison, whose name they bore, and Wit.h whom they lived until Charlie was fourteen, lvben both Madison and his wife died of fever, and left Charlie their little farm outside of Stockton, Cal. It was not until after the death of Mr. and Mrs. i\fadison that these foster-children learned that they were not their own children by birth, but parentless ?l'aifs who had been adopted at a tender age. It "'as a hard blow, but Charlie bore up under it man fully, resolving to never forget it, and some time to llearch out his pedigree. He ever was haunted by a horrible face be had sePn in his early boyhood-a face that menace d He never forgot it; to-night.he had seen the face bending over the prisoner m the chaparral. How was the old hag connected with the mystery of bis l ife? Could this stranger explain? These were the quest10ns in consideration as he followed in the steps of Silver Beard. And they were momentous questions to him. They descended into the valley, and soon came to a cabin somewhat isolated in location from the rest. A li11:ht shone through. the windows, and over the door was hung a banner transparency with the words in attractive letters, "THE CASINO.,, Without ceremony Silver Beard entered, and Cor duroy followed, to find himself in an ordmary bar room, flanked on two sides hy stalls for beer drink ers, and occupied by a few miners who sat arouud smoking their pipes. Silver Beard led the way to a retired stall, order ing cigars as he passed the bar. When they were ensconced in comfortabl e positions, and the cigars lit the old man spoke. 1 I suppose you have much desire and curiosity to know what I want of you?" be said, in a low tone. "One thing is to ask why you did not r egard my ad vice in my note of warning? Why did you come to this place when I warned you to kee p clear of it? Please tell me that." "Well, I reckon'd et was none of your business where I went, and so I steered ahead. I bad got upon the trail of my enemy, and nothing short of a superiority of force could have turned me back. "And by earning here you have put;ourself in a hornets' nest. Your sister has turne up missing, and your own life is in imminent jeopardy I" "How do you know? What do you know about me, anyhow?" "Ah I young man, much more than you have the lea.it idea of. Very much more, sir. Doubtless you are a ware that a myst?ry enshrouds the early years of vonr life?" ''Yes! yes!" "Well, I am acquainted with the whole story, and well know your parents." What t can it b e possible that they are still living without my knowledge of who they are?" the 1 oun;r Bravo l'Xclaimed. starting to bis feet. "Go on t tell me all I all I everything which I do not know I" "Alasl you 111. k what is impossible, young man. Though I am thll possessor of that knowledge you wou ld acquire, my lips are unfortunatel y sealed with an oath too horrible to be b r oken, until death breaks i t ; and the man bowed his head low, witb a groan. "What I cannot tell me? Then, why did you bring me here to torture me?" "It was to warn you, again. that I brought youto warn you to fly from this placP where dwelleth yow bitterest enemy. Think not of your sister, for she is beyond the power of yo..aid, were you to stay. Fly I while there is time, and saver. life which may be a great blessing to the country." "Nnerl while poor Lily is in ..-ain for me to come to h er!" Corduroy Charlie r Pplied, sternly. "Crazed she is, she is all that I have left to live for, and figh t for. Tell me one thinll:, sir, which I feel assured you know-who was the woman I saw in the glade,. a moment b efore you came? an old hag with yeuow skin and tattered garb? Tell me, who?" "That was Ugly Ann, the Prophetes s of the Sun God-your bitterest, deadliest foe. Beware of her, for if she fixes her eye on you, your life is hardly worth speaking for. Take my advice, and Jet an other night falf upon you far from this town." "By no means;" Corduroy Charlie replied, rising. "Now that I have got the scent of mv game, I snail pursue it unttl I get it iu my power. I thank you for your warning, but I must disregard it." "Very well! I shall not w arn you again. It may come that you will wish you had accepted my ad vice I" Charley bowed, and left the sal o on. He was at Joss bow to arrange matters in his mind. Silver Beard was a riddle to him, without so lution. He felt that the man was a rascal in spite of his vouchsafed warnings; bot he did not reject the idea that danger n..ight be lying in wait for him. Some thing seemed to t e ll him that it was, and a gleam of defiance entered his eyes. "I have enemies: he muttered, as be trudged down across the vallev toward the main street, "and they will probably try to make me trouble. But they shall find that I am alert and ready. I need but one thihg more to complete my outfit-" "An' thet's a pair o' cried a jubilant voice, and before be was hardly aware of what had happened, he was lying upon the ground, securel y bound, hand and foot. The surprise had been compl ete. At the l east expected moment he had been taken, and by the very ones he bad defied not an hour ago -Monk Morgan and his "peace commissioners.,, They had lain in waiting, and their object. About the same time of the capture of Corduroy Charlie, Old Avalanche was in the great bar-room o f the Big along with a motley assemblage of miners, adventurers and toughs, who were drink ing and smoking and making the mght hideous with their carousal. The Great Annihilator was not sharing in the revelry, but stood on one side of the apartment, en gaged in smoking his pipe, and watching those around him. Florence Nightingale w"8 sitting upon his haunches, d o g-fashion, and the two eccentrics seemed to attract consideraole attention, as well LIS to excite numerous uncomplimentary remarks. Among the roughs present were the bullwhacL'ei McTurk. and a few of h1s ilk, who. in geeral estio mation, bossed the town. The bullwhacker had alrea
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Corduroy Cha. rile, the Boy Bravo. ur "Hello!" he bellowed, in his prance about the room, 0-w1at hev we beer, b'yees? A goat--a livin' g oat, as I live! Whoop her up, Mary Anni did ye e vyer see sech an ornery and goatee as them ar' two slouches thar ag'm' ther wall? wild-cat breed. an' ugly as ary pair I ever see d. I say1 pilgrims, t e ll me w'at et is an' I'll give et ter yet' This causem McTurk I" be roared\ squatting nd peering with belligerent gaze into tne vicious untenance of the goat. Oh I ye needn't look negar uer git wnnkles on yer ear, durn ye! I'm ar every time, aire II Yas. an' I'll bet apy galoot wo ter on e I ken butt harder than ary goat tbet ever see'd ther sun rise! Oh I whar art tnou, ye softrained galoots. who wante r bet thet Jem McTurk en 't bntt the r brains out o' thet goat? Whar aire e, I say? I-lend t e r head-two ter cne I dash ther oat's b e ad in!" This nov e l proposal caused a titter of l>tugbt.er to o around the room and bets were made rapidly on he respective qualities or the coming game-cocks, such tbPy mi!!ht be tPrm0<1. There was no gainsaying the fact that McTurk bad head of great proportions, and his skull was firm nd hard as a rock. Whi! P on the other hand. Florce Night-in-a-gale was bl esse d with as tough a orebead as ever graced the goat kind, backed wit b temper like an enraged cat, and a stubbornness bat was unconquerable. "Great ham-bone tbet bucke d ther larynx bf old oner!" Avalanche sno1ted as his goat was s e iz e d y the horns and dragged out upon the flo o r. "Ye anter be kinder kee!'ful, pilgrim. on less ve're parter positiv e an' teetotal annihilation. Ye beven't er smallest ijeer o' w'at a magazine o demolishun r embraced wi'in ther constitoochinal dewellop ents o' thet ar' same Florence Night-in-a-gale. .. ruly beast ram her bead ag'in' ther walls uv a meet in'-house up in Yankton; ther terrific jar reverbe rated ter tlier telegraff offis, an' ther fri!?ht ened op erator sent a dispatch eastward o' w'at a fearful clap o' yea.rthqttake they bad in Yankton. Terrific? Why ye jest bet et war I" A. few smil e d at the Annihi"ator's yarn, but the most of the crowd were too much engaged in the coming butting match. A lan e bad been formed the whole l ength of the bar room, flanked on both sides by the spectators, and in this lane the contest was to take place_ Florence was placed at one end. held in-check by a couple of 101!';hS until the proper moment. while McTurk took bis position at the opposite end, on a.U fours, ready for 1 he com bat. It was calculated that tbey would collide about midway in thA lane. It was an amusing scene, and well worthy of the brush of a Nat for illn stration. McTurk on aJl fours, drawn back, r ead y for the start, and looking as belligerent as possible, while it was all 1be two guards could do to restrain the impetuous Fl orence from rushing at bis enemy. For the goat seemed to have an actual Latre d for the bullwhacker. as was evi denced by ils eagerness to open the battle, and by the shaking of its head, Perhaps, when sa><' what was imminent, Mc Turk m1gl!t have drawn otl', but he knew 8Ucb a thing would brand hiln with cowardice, and he re solv e d to back bis bets, which were large. A valancbe bad also bad tiI,De to bet largely on bis game, for he had great faith that no species of tbe goat race be ter knew the science of butting than did Florence Ni1?bt-in-a-gale. At last everytbin!? was ready; the barroom was crammed full: silence had bee n established; then Pretzel Pete, from the top of the bar, cried: "Now, den, pring out yerswi minnit Hip!" yip I led 'em sblide I" And the fun began. _ CHAPTER XI. HEAD TO BEAD-W.ARDVlLLE'S S'l'OltY. GREAT rampa1?eous ham-bone thet war f:t!er fa tal ailment uv old Jonerl" r oared Old Avalanche, with a snort of laughter. as Flore nce Night-ina-gale bounced away down the lane with an indignant baa a-a. and his knotted bead curved in proud disdain "Great shaders o' tber peregrinations I" At the same juncture bounded McTurk away to meet his combntant, making a ludicrous spectacle as he bobbed a.Jong upon all fours toward the goat_ The crowd gave a great yell of delight as the two heads came together, making a report au bar. "Dose vas der toughest beads vot I nPv e r see'd pefore. I t 'ink you no knock 'em ober mit von proa.d ax, so helb me. "I'I! b P t mv nile on our next presydent, tbor Hon orable Mr. McTurkl" allowed another miner, and The two drew back for the second round-crouched back lik e the cougar, eye rnt\eting eye with savage intention. '!'hen came another collision. and Florence l eaped back on guard. N;t&.11 with the bull.-hacker_ He keeled over backwarCI, a.ft] then rose to his feet, rubbing his band upon his bruised fOr& head. from which the blood oozed down over his face and into the corners of his eyes and mouth. "Whoop! Great antiquated ham-bone w'at war I

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20 Corduroy Charlie, the Boy Bra-.o. the rthom o' Joner's rose-bud!" yelled Avalanche, dancing around with tile hugest kind of delight. Did ye see how purty ther b east give our next presydent' a beadaehe? Look at him, an' tell thes old devastatin' eppydemic w'ich won ther match I" "The goat I Three cheers for the goat I" proposed some one, and they were given with a that only ru ther increased the anger of the brui"ed bully. ''Devi ls! 1'11 murde r the ornery brute!" he bel lowed, grabbing a pi ; to! from a bystander's belt a n d levelin); it at the victorious Florence\ who was sit ting upon hia haunches, dog-fashion, oy the side of bis master. But h e was not permitte d to fir e for bis weapon was knocked up, and the bullet sped ceil ingward. The n he saw who It was that had frustrated bis de silms, and the crowd gasped: ., Buste1J by thuuderl" "Ye s, Baster, back again on the stage of active life!" was the girl's reply, as she stepped fearlessly into the ring so lately commanded L/ the belligerent head-butters. "I reckon yc'd bette r git, Jem Mc Turk, befor' t tell these natural guardians of mine something th t will cause them to hang you up to a tree!" The bullwbacke r uttered an invective as he glared for a moment at the fearless and beautiful girl; then h e turned and staggered out of the saloon, for he was dizzy and discouce,.ted by the severe butting he had experienced. "There goes one of the worst wretches in the Hills fellows the girl cried, as she watched him out-" a man who is a human ghoul at heart and in secret actions; for he is connected with those bar barous wretches whom .vou have known as the War riors of the Sun-God. He is one of the agents of the devil-woman Ugly Aun, and if you wish to know where so many of your fellows have disappeare d to within the past year, perbaps. he could best tell you.'' The miners and pilgrims stared around th<1 bo.r room into each other's faCl:!S, in surprise. This was news to them. Spying out Avalanche. Buster haste n e d over to him with extended hands. Sbe wa,s looking won drously fresh and beautiful, and every inch a young dandy, as she stood accoutered iu h e r suit of gray, witb a heavy gold chain strung ac1o bar-room below, where she purchase the largest bottle to be had of brandy, and hurriedl returneil to h e r rooms. Wardvill e seiz s d the brandy, as a drowning m catches at a straw, and dashing off the neck of t bottle, proceeded to gulp down the ardent as if future salvatio n clepeuded u po n it. Nor did he set the bottle upon the table unt fully half of its contents had disappearel as if b magic. "Ah I that's heaven I" he exclaimed, with a smll "I suppose you are dying to know what is them ter Mad:;:e? '1 .z Not exactlv dying, but wondering greatly 11' plied Mrs Wartlv11le, sadly. "Last night I bid yo good-by-for an hour. at the longest, you said-an here vou come to me in a horrible state of disorde and will not give a word of expl aIJat ion until yo swallowe r balf a quart ot t.he n 1sty stuff yo call hrandy. Really, l cann<>t understand.
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Corduroy Charlie, the '3ty Bravo. Wardville dropped Into a chair; and then after clearing his throat b P r husband spoke. "Afte r leaving you last evening, my dear, I d e scended to the street, proposing to have a qui e t smoke. Without what I was doing, I got quite away from the mam street of the town, out iii.to the valley, before I discovered the fact. In turning to retrace my footsteps, I rece ived a hard blow, which must have stunned me, for I knew nothmg more until I awoke to consciousness In a sort of chaparral glade. and found a frightfullook ing hag bending over me. She was wild+yed and yellow-skinned-a repulsivelooking object in the extreme; yet I c ould but recognize h e r features." "You recognize her, Judson? Who could she have been?" "Our enemy, Madge-she who was the curse of our early life-the vipe r that sough t o slay us, then struck us even a harder blow-Alecia Madronnal" "What I she here, adson ?" began scratching and clawing me, and, being bound, I was powerless to resist. She recognized me, called me by name, and demanrled to know in a mad fren zy why I had come-tried to force me to promise that I would go back to the States. This I would not promise, and I think she'would eventually have killed me, but for the interference of'a young range r who drove her off1and released me. Scarcely paus ing to thank him, plunged off in pursuit of tne bag. I replied. But, what good my capture i s going to w r rk ro1, I cannot see." Beca'se yer eyt'sigbtain'tgood, ye see!" laughed the mfllan. "Ef y<> know d w'at h ee):ls o' gold yer body an' soul'd bring in tber templ e o' ther Sun Wotshipers. ye ked see plain enonirh. Ye're goin' ter take a ride up thar. an' then git butchered afore a golden idol Harl bawl bawl" Charli e did not reply. He r esolved to ket p his thonghts, his doubts, his fears all himse lf, a mask, and await the issue. He doubted not that the gambler had spoken truly concerning his fate, for he had learneS in g this, they fairly< nter< d the Natioual Park, with its thousands of wonders of nature; its towering p eaks and volcanic evidences of the past; its boiling springs aBd spouting geysers; its long, g loomy can yous and pine forests. D a y came sooner than Charlie bad expected, and found the m tiding furiously along over lava tab le lands thousands c f f ee t above the sea lev e l, leaping terrible cba,ms and aYoid in g 1 reacherous sinks. A prisoner le wa, the ride was one that Charlie enjoyed wond erfully; for there some thing nov e l in dashing owr the tops of mountains so far above the abodP. cf humanity, wh ere tbP Cre ator bad eviden 1ly pile d up bis su r p lu s mate 1 i a l, afte r finishing the world, in an incongrnous mass. It seemed that they rode mile s ovri this desolate waste of country, with its g leaming spr ings and spouting geys<>rs, and crystal stream s, ere they camA in sight of nnyt.bing higher to break the monotony. Durrng the whol e lide not a word was spoken by the young Bravo's captors, exc-pt it was a curse at the wearied animals. They kept a long a trail which bad evidently been much worn, and ma.de no bait until the noonday sun shone down fiercely upon their h eads. Then they baited at the foot of an abrupt moun tain. whose whole sides, up to within a hundred feet of the top, were dense7 timbered with the evergreen pine. At the foot o the mountain was a rude shanty, part of which was used as a stable and the were; several baying bloodhounds witbii't the shanty. A general dismount was made here, and the horses

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Corduroy Charlie, the Boy Bravo, given over to the care of the savage, after which the rnftlans set out to l?ursue the continuance of the mountain trail, forcmg Corduroy a.tong with them. His feet had been r e leased. but his bands were still confined, tiO that he had no show for escapP, es pecially when Grizzly GPorge and Bison Bill k ept closely on either side of him. The path up the mountain-side was steep and diffi c\tlt of a:>cent for the first hundred feet, and only one accustomed to hunting trails would have dream ed of its existence. But, after the first hundred f eet of ascent, Charlie was greatly surprised to find him s elf ascending teps of stone, which had been skill fully hewn or placed. Thi s rocky con tin ned for perhap two or three huudred feet more, wbeu they suddenly gain ed the summit of the mountain. It w..s l evel. and fringed around its entire border with a ro\V o f tall. spectral pines. growh so closely togethe r as to make a hedge in many places impas sable. Within this hedge was a comprising some twenty acres of plateau, with grass growing luxuriantl y here and there, and a few young deer trotting tamely atout. In the center of t!Jiil spce was an open stone e:li :flee, with a roof of tlie aame material, supported by massive granite columns A sort of dais or throne r ose up in the center, and on this was a massive stone chair. At either corner of the temple leaning asainst the columns was an Tndian warrior, armed with a long la.ne e, and as solemn as though carve:! from the rock against which they J ean.,d. B eyond this templ e was a ston e wall, which divded the summit park into two parts. Immediately on emerging on top of the mountain, Monk M o rgan ordered a halt, and, bidding his followers r.,maiu behind i:le advanced tow .. rd the tem pl e with 11 ncovered bead. He add essed a few words to one o f the guards, then was sud lenly seen to descend through tlie floor of the temple as if into the bowels of the mountain. He was !\'One for an hour, during which lnterval neither Charlie no!' his captors moved from .vhere h e had left them. At last, however, Morgan made his appearance, and a.ppr lached with a grim smile. "This Is ther place, younker," he said, a-ldressin!'i Corduroy. "I s'pose ye're alreaay delighted wi ther prospect?" ''Not in the least. I see nothing to admire in tWs desolate region, unless I take into consideration the beautiful faces of my captors," was the sarcastic replv. ''Look out ye galo ot. Don't ram none o' yer sbarpedged barbs at our beauty I" the gambler growled. "Grizz l y. you and Bison h o ld the rat while I blindfold him. Once we git him in the subterra nean labyrinths of this mountain, you bet your life he w-in't see day ag'in tiU tber r ezze reekshunl" the two ruffians seiz e d hold of their victim, and ile ld hi m i n a firm grasp, whil e Mo11k passed a handage over his eyes, and secure d it b ehind hl< head. Charlie made no attempt to prevent this work-in deed, what could he do, hound as he was? But be closed his teeth together with a snap, and registered mentally an oath of vengeance on the heads of these men who, for a little gold, wbre bearing him to a horrible d a h. When he was blindfol 1ed he was led forward, and soon found himself descending a flight o f stone l!lteps, accompanie d by ?ric;rgaa. the two guards. and the rest of gang that had come from Quartz City. At one time h e had some doubts if they should ever reach the bottom of the staircase, so continuous seemeestin g new ideas. original with prehistoric man-almost as wonderful as. the excavtious at Pompeii and its surroundings I Hay den has truly remark e I, that the ancient races of the National Park and far Northwest, aided by sub lime nature, turPe d out some of the greatest won ders of the world. The passage leading paSt the c'ungeon. Ch1rlie could see, by peering through the grates, ran but a

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Corduroy Charlie, the Boy Bravo. few yards in either direction, when it turned an quickly returned it to its place on the becl-pieee of abrupt angle. tbP table. slipped the screws into bis pocket and the "I wonder, in fact, where I am I" be muttereD the cot. able to get it open. "It s eems to me that I must be And just in time I at the very b owe ls of the mountain; and it would A mom<>nt later a horribly-painted savage and puzzle me to find my way out, should J succeed in Monk Morgan presented themselves before the escapint? from this dungeon. Thu t I mean to do if grated door. it is wjthin human power. for I have not the least "HPllol in hyarl W'at war tbet racket in thes d esi re tosbuflle off this mortal coil yet awhile!" direction, a little while a1w?" the gamble r aemandHis hands were free, and this was a great advane is before long, in orde r to find your lnnch hour nown hrre?" sometiu)! to eat. lllust be pretty near dark out o' What! ain't gittin' hungry. aire ye?" door<:. "Waal, not exactly hungiy. but n y etumnche is A glance at 11is watch, which the ruffians h. d not inclining slightly towaJ"d my back-bone. and it truck molested, bowe d him that it was six o'clccK "P. M. me that a little n.ight remedy t e difil A.s b e stood gazinl? around him, on how culty. to act first and best. bis eye rested upon the rough "Haw I haw I tbort ye'd git vorashious after pine deal-tab le, to wilich be bad given but a casual awhil e Waal, we 'll 8ee w'at kin be did fer ye during glance b e fore. Now, how e ver, he gave an exclama-the next twenty-four tion otr '!>i'ise, and approached it curiouly. And the rufllan turuecl away with a chuckle, fol-CHAPTER XIII. SEEKING ESC APE UNDER I'lFFICULTIES. Jr was a common affair, unvarnished and illy-made, evidently having some day served its purpose as card-table in some mining strike. But what cal!Pd Corduroy's attention t o it was the fact tbttt it bad a little drawer, perhaps two feet wide. as many long, and half a foot d eep, affixed in its bed. Thi s was singular, as none of the common deal-tables sported such accommodations; and moreove r, the drawer had a k e y-bole, suggestive of an insid e lo c k I wond e r what secrets this old concern has for me!" Charlie muttered, with a chuckle. as he drop ped bis weapons intohls boot-le g s and then gave the table a good sbaldng. "Hello I there's sometuing in that drawer, too 1" He seizej hold of the knobs, but the drawer re fused to open. It was lock e d. "Faste nerl. ehf aud I haven't a k ey. Wonde r if it's worth my while to bu'>t the old thing Of:'D? If I was sure of finding tool s or victuals. I J make short work of it, I reckon. Ah I the top of the table is faste ned on with scre ws ai:d I can work them out with my knire." He set to w ork at an eye. howev er, out in the passage, to prevent being surp1ised. The screws werr o ld and rusty, and turned hard. But he finally had them all l o sened, and then hesitate d before liftin g tl'e top. What. mystery was to be revealed to him? What secret did the drawer contain? He glanced around-no one was in view. Then, a trifl'l nervously. b e raised tbe wid e pine board, and gave a glance into the space He gave a y..,ll o f surprise, and dropped the board upon th e rocky floor. The drawer was l alf.full nf y e l!1J10 n11 rl(lel. q f q r ld, vary ng from tbe size or a bean up to a robin's Pgg, and in s everal case s as large as a hen's egg. Yel pure shininl? gold, free from rock or dirt-the genuin e articlP, Corduroy Charlie gave a gasp of astonishment, as he gazed upon the gle-iming treasure. But. a.< the Pcho of approaching footstPps smote upon his hearing, bis qwck presence of mind assert ed ;,self. Be seized the board, whose noise in falling bad evidently attracted the attention of a guard, and lowed by the savage l'Uard. Charhe lis 1ened until tbey were out of b earing, the n sat up o n the edpe of 1l1e rickety old co t 11 A narr o w escape!" be muttered with a smile. knows of tbe existence nf that gold? 1 dare say not ; probably it belongs to that old hag, Ugl;r Ann, and she placed it in that drawer, beli e ving 1t a secure hldingplaCP. The o ld Turk I If I don't flll mr pockets out of that drawer, may I be kick e d to death by a jac k mule. as o ld Califo1 nia Bill used to ay But leaving aside ibe ques tion of gold for the 1 r esenf.i my next business is to make a break for liberty. And h<'w nm I going to do it witliout tools? That's the question before the debating court. How am I going to gt t out?" It was a knotty question,'and be spent many hours in meditation, without any dtflnite res ult. Without the a.id of tools, "hlcl:i he did not possess, be saw no way of escaping fro m the dungeon. In ancient his torical romances, h e remembered of having read of prisoners escaping fro m dungeo ns by converting a common cJasp knife into a saw, with: which th e y wou ld even 1uall y work their way out through gateways of iron and barricades of rock. Such a11 icea. now seemed to him out of the qu e s tion. H e would weru out several knives erE!he could cut out of his present dungeon. So be sat upon the cot, and gazed about, with very: little hope, upon his surroundinvs. Tbe bands of his watch pointed to the hour of six, and h e judged that. it must be morninl? in tbe out sid P world, wben once moie foot eteps e<"boe d in the pa.sage outside bis dungfion, and lllorgan aud the guaid put in a second appearance. "Oh I ve're hne, are ye1" the gnmbler l eered through the .grates, as he hurled sevt r e l p_ieces cooked n rn upon the floor of the cell. D1dn t know but vou'd 1ake leave or us in the same mys terio11s manner that a brothe r vic1im rlid a year ago. There's some grub fer ye, so't ye kn't say I starved yel" "J thank yon for the meat, encl the d e licate manner in wbicl:i SPl'Vf'd it up," Charlie r e plie .1, sar-o castically. Small favors ure appreciated accord inir to tl1eir scc,pe. Did you have the meat well cool:edll" "Waal. I be durned ef ye ain t got a hard cheek ter ask thetl 0' course et's well &one, ye cuss. An'

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Corduroy Charlie, the Boy Bravo. b y ther way, let me drap ye a word o' good cheer. Ye ain't a-goin' ter perigrinate fer Jordan alonei as two other passengers hev \Von tickets in ther ot terv!" do you mean?" "S)mple enough. Jem McTurk jest arrived wi' a couple o' prisoners, who're goin' ter be sacrificed a long wi' ye. Their names aireJ.. respectively, Dead wood Dick an' Clever Sam, the.i.;elestyal." "Wb.atl Deadwood Dick here ?" "Exactly. R eckon tb.ar'll be sum fun when et eums b.is turn ter surre nJ.er his speerit t e r ther Sun God. '' "He will not falter, you b e t I" Corduroy replied e n thugiastioally "Where is my sister, you devil iI "Oh I she's s a f e, but crazy as a lunatic. B e t she'd o u tscreech old Ann, in one o' h e r tantrums!" "Curse you; and you and another have brought her to this I" the young captive gritted fierc e ly. "God h e lp you, Monk Morgan, if 1 ever get my hands at your "Ob.! I ain't afeard o' ye!" the ruffian replied, with a loud laugh. "Put a poll paroque t in his cage, an' all he J..in d o is talk and claw the bars." And the villain turned a ... ay, followed by the guard, chuckling at b.is attemot t o be faceti ous. 1 S o tb.e polJ-parrot i caged I" Cb.arlie gritte d, tliting Ws lips, "but, maybe it won't be so foreve r. I wond e r how Ion<\ b e fore they expect to sacrifice me? Evidently, Ugly Ann has not yet r eturned, and the interesting eere mony will be po>tponed until her arriv a l. In the me111 time-" The first tb.ing to occupy his attention was the meat that Morgan had hurled in upon the floor H e picked it up and l aid it uoon the table, after which he s craped the dirt from it with bis knife. H e next cut it up into small pi eces a ud to d e vour it, in a rav e n o u s manner, for bis appetite was keen. It was rare doue, as h e liked it, and prop erly seasoned. After Ws 1tppetite, he stored the m eat left in the drawer a lou<; with U g l y Ann'sgold, t lking care to replace t .he table-top in its c1'8tomary place. H e then S'lt Jlown u pon the cot again ani gave him%1F up to a study of his surroundings. Each crevice of the masonry of natura was scan oed eager ly. ove r an(! over again. Some old and wise writer, who8' name I now forget, says: u Persevering watchfulness never fails to bring' a discovery I'' And tbns it was in Charlie's case. H 9 h;>.d gone over the wall, perhaps, for tb.e hundredth time searchin'!'ly. when he noticed for the first that in places the rear walls of th., dungeon had been ma soned b.v humau hands. L arge block s of stone had been put in here and there, to fil l up crevicas and gaps The discovery gave him a joy ful start. Was bh' r e not anoth e r p:1.ssage on the opposie of this wall? And by some e ffort could be uot break throu'l"h and escape? Monk h>id 8poken of the mysterious escape of a prisoner a year before. H ow had he done it? Perhaps through this very masoned wall. Over and over a<\ain Corduroy Charlie scanned the wall with an but it was no use I The longer be looked the more hopeless seemed bis quest, and at last h e was forced to give up and sink upon the cor in sheer despair. At noor. came a n d in again. u Here yet, I so.e !" he said, tauntingly. "Find it kind e r m J no touous eh?" Ex:tremel y so," Charlie r e pli ed. If Iiiiad some thing to read and a light to read it by, it would b\l a great relief." The e:ambler went off with a grim" humph" and was absent a few moments. when he returned with a book and a tin canrllPHtick. with a candle in it. "Here's a Bi.ble &.n' a candle" he said, shoving both through the grating. Mebbe ye feel sorter pious on a ccou n t o' yer approachin' death an' dese harr 'II give ye cnmfort." I am very thankful," Cb.arlie r e plied, with as much cordiality of toue as he could create for the occasion; and if I ever get a chance to repay .you: I doubtless do so. Has Ugl y Ann amvea yet?" "No, but she is hourl y expected. Her right bower, Lieuteuaut Cre,sly, bas arrived, however, accom panied by his brid e that is to be as soon Dead wood Dick is dead. " What I the faithless Leon" Harris-?" "You bet I An' she's a clipper, too, or ther lieu tenant w ouldn,t 'a' took no stock in her. Oh, no!n And to Cbarhe's r elief the gambler went oft'. again, out of hearing. The n the young prisoner laid the Bible npon the table. and took the lighted can d l e in his hand. It was the very thing h e had been w ishlng for. Tb.e torch in the passage did not reflect its illumi nation on the upper portion of the back wall of the dungeon, and this was the ver y portion that Cb.arlie desired to examine minute ly. So ta!dng the light in one hand and mounting the chair, h e began a closer scmtrny than he bad been able to make b e forP. He had scarcely begun when he heard footsteps an-I, with an impatient exclamation, he dropped into the chair, placed the c:rndle noon the table, and seized and opened the Bibfe. H e was co a ll ap pearances deeply engaged in poring over the Scrip ture, wb.en the n e w -comer paused at the grate d door, but he looked up immediatfl ly afterward. As be did so, and b e h e ld the face peering between the grates, be uttere i a startled exclamatio n. "By heav e n I 11011, Di o n Avery!" he gasped, drop ping the and springing to his feet. You I" "Yes. I I" was the c oo l repl y of the mau outsiJe. H Evidently you are surprised!" and no, at tbe same time!" the Boy Bravo repli e d, fierce ly, nearing door. his hanrts chncb.ed until the n ails cut into the flesh, and his face stern and flu shed with arouse d passi<>n. "1 am surpriged to find you here, after you have b een so successful in eluding my pursuit-; but 11ot surprised to find you cor;nected with the devil and Ws minions!" "Ohl" and therewasalaconiclaugh-" so you are bitter, eh! Well, I don't know as your fury affects me p a rticula1'iy. You are where you will never do me any harm-in fact, I h a v e you in my pow e r, as I am a sort of prime minister to the old h e llion the y call U gly Ann." "Curse vou t I bave o. mind-'' To burst from the d111;igeon and choke t.be life out of me. I dare say. Hal ha! h a! but that is quite out of the question You can't get out, or you would have d o ne so lon g ago.,, "I don't expect .to get out. luckily for you. Dion Ave.ry. But, fear not; your day will come, as that of every do<\ of your ilk must come. You ruined my sister's young life-my poor, ctippled sister, and thereby drove her into madnes,, from whicn she cau never recover in this world Surely God will her if I cannot!" "Heroic a ll y spoken, my dear Madisin; but, really, I cannot agree with yon that our great Master will punish so v ery slight a misdemeanor. By the way, I was just searchlng out your sister's rtungeon, that I might oft'.er her my consolation. I I mus t have wandered into tb.e wrong pusa1?e. And with a low, malicious lane:h tlle a r chvillain turued and retraced his step s along the corridor. Corduroy 'tood gazin g after Wm unt.il h e had disappeared. H e was e nraged more thA.n he remem b e r ed of ever having been before; out it did not burst into a tempest, this stirred passion of h i s. Finally h e turned back to the w ork h e had left upnn the approach of Di o n Avery, or, as h e is better known to our readers, Lieutenant Cressly. He seized the can lie and b egan a careful inspec tion of the rear wall.

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Cordu1'o y Charlie tbe Bo7 Bravo. Hal what is this? A Tery small thing to attract ttention-yet & hope I almost indis tinct scratch, yet a Whatdiditmean? Push! Would the wall give way, a n d give him liberty? as this, at last, the avenue of escape? CHAPTER XIV. THE BOWELS OF AN OLD VOLCA...VO-PR OWLERS. THE finding of the gold in the secret compartm1mt f a table was in one sense a p leasing discovery, bur. t amounted to a simple notbmgnes& compared with e discovery made tiy Corduroy Charlie on the we.ll f the dungeon. "PIJ)Jh" to Lim had a significance akin to liberty, nd he set the candle down upon the tabl e, with a 'gh of satisfaction at having found out even this uch. "Here's where the victim escaped from, whom onk Morgan mentioned!" he muttered, standing or a moment in doubt. "The next thing is-di he cceed in escaping from the mountain, or dirl h e mply get clear of the dungeon, to find himself in another and worse prison from which there was no avenue of escape? This mountain evidently bas, some day, been the home of a vo lcano. Where I entered was the crater. and these passa.-es were the original flues\ but have been carve d and sculptured out by the Inaians. In fact. the whole machinery of a vo lcanic mounta in h a s been remodele d into an outlaws retreat. What then lies beyond the secret wall? Perhaps death by starvation; but! shall make the attempt, and 1 rust to luck. I have generally been pretty lucky." There was no time t o spare. He must work at once, aQcl swiftly. The guards mighHetum at any m oment and catch him atllis littl e game, when h e would be transferre d to another dungeon, from which there could be no possibility of escape. Placing t he table against the wall and the chair upon it, be n1ounted. Then began the test I Stone afte r stone he tried\ pushing with all his concentrated strength. At last be c1tme to the square block of granit.e upon which was scratched the word, p 11s/i. And b e did push I Glory I-ti.le stone y i elds and glides back into a re cess. disclosing a dark aperture, suffi c ient to admit the pas"age of a human bod.v. A second aftn tbe block llad disappeared from view it came l!'liding gracefullv hack into its origin a l position. a nd the aperture was closed. "r Seel" Charlie muttered. HThe business is worked with weil?bts, or a spring. closing automati cal' y. T11e next question is. how deep down is the floor on the opposite side. I haven't the l e a s t rdish for dru;ping nny g reat befor e stopping. Ha! the deuce!-cur8o tbn luck, an.rhowl" It wes a n1ore word than the young Bravo wns in the habit of using. hnt his provocation was great when he heard a scratchinl? and r attling of the oral ino:s on the 11oor of his dungeon. He whee!Pd around. bis heart almost in bis month -but the next moment he leaped to the floor with a ;joyful exclamation: "Lily! Lily!" For he recognized in the pale, deathly face peer-1ng through the gratings the features of his sister. But, ab! how changed in a few days-what a ter rible fire shone in t .he eyes I She was supported upon her crutches and her face was pressed between the bars, making it have a distorted appearance. "Lily!' Corduror, Charlie repeated, advancing toward the door. Lily' don't you know me?" The deranged cripple shrunk back, as if frightened, the same wild terrible stare in her eyes. "Lily! don' t you know me? I am Charlie, your b!:!>therl" I Har face lighted up for a moment; then she g117e vent to a l ow, crafty laugh, and a knife from the folds of her skirt, she brandished 1t aloft; then hobbled abruptl y away in the direction she had come. "Alas! hopelessly mad I" Charlie mutter ed, balfsavagel y "and Dion Avery, as I know him to my cost, is responsible before God for her terrible condi tion. C urse him I May his torture in the future be as keen as bas been J'lOOr Lily's in the past. He coul d not. b ear to dwell upon the subject in he turned h i s attention to the work "There's the gold-a good fortune, too-in that table," he mused, !fazing at the pit ce of furniture, doubtfully. "I don t reckon I've got any fmsines,;; to touch it. fer 'tain't mine; though it wonk! do me more good than that ola hal", anyhow. Guess I'll leave it, though, until some future time." Once more he mounted the tabl e, candle in hand, and everything in readines. Assuring himself by a glance that tbera was no one at the door, be pushe(\ against the block, and it glided away out of view. The next instant he bad drawn himself up into the aperture, candle in band. and dropped out of sight in the darkness, after which the block g lided !>ack and tilled the aperturA. Charlie was out of the dungeon at least. Three days later three persons were standing in the dee p pine forest that covered the declivitous mountam-side. All around them rose the grim forest mon .rcbs, while overhead the wind sighed through the wild ernes s of everveen branches. The men were Judson Wardville, Pretzel Pete, the big-bodied poprietor of tbe notonous Big Schooner aloon at Quartz City, and t b e veteran of a thousand battles and scrimmagrs, Old Avalanche. the Annihi lat0r, accompanied, as ever, by his faithful companion. Florence Night-in-a-gale. Judson Wardville was the le.id e r of the quartette, counting the goat. He had secured foe services of Pretze l Pete and Avalanche, to assist him in his hunt for the old devil-cat Ugl y Ann, and thus far had b ee n four days on the trail. "Great everlastin' hambon e tllie t bucked erg'in' tiler constitoochin uv old Joner!" the Annihilator was saying, as he gazed into the fnco of his companions. ''I r eck;v we've lost ibe1 trail ag'in, in Rpite uv tber Old Harry. Thes yere mouutainar' as full o' footpaths as my Florence's skull -plate aire full 01 veins an' arteries. Fact, b.v gracious!" Judson Wardvil!e gave vent to au impatient ex clamation. Then the old hag has certainly eluiled us, and escaped to the mountain-top, where, you say, is lo cated the Temple of t ,he Sun-God anr\ all her barbarian forces?" he said L1terrogativrly. H Waal now, I r eckon thet's abo u t ther grand status uv malt er. '\Ve've tuk th r trail, wbar we otter hev took the r right, an' tht-t,s w'at's tiler matter with our skienti fic engineering. Pro bablv tller old ripscallion hes
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20 Corduroy the Boy Bravo. nave got posession of the old she-devil, Ugly Ann. As I bave told you before. I believe the t wo waif$ who came ro Quartz.City-Corduroy Charlie convince us that both have been captured by and a.re in the possession of Udy Ann. Shall we turn back and leave them to perish or shall we go on and work fl!Jtbfully until we a.re able to rescue them from the confiriement, which is but a foretaste of a horrible death?" "Great ham-bone! we'll go onl" replied Avalanche. ''Shimminy gracious unt my vife Kat. rina.I ve. go on mit der hi!! up!" vociferated Pretzel Pete, stirred into a state of enthusiasm. "Ve lick sevendeen kinds of plue plazes oud of der enemy, so helb me I Only I visb l had swi glass lager, unt I veel a.sh if I lick der hull ormy." "Tbet's right, Germany I Ster up yer a.nvma.tion put yer right.futfor'a.'d, an' march. Shoulder arms, all hands, and form in array-an' a.way we go!" --It was with some misgivings as to his personal sa!Rty that Corduroy Charlie let go the led!l;e and r1ropped into the darkness beyond the dnn.,eon. He knew not but what be would fetch up in some awful depth, a crushed and bleeding piece of hi1manity. But most any condition hA considered better than the fate that would be his should he be sac1iftced by the barbarous Indians, who controlled the mountain fastness. Down -down he went for perhaps his then struck upon a hard rocky footing. In his de scent hj_s candle bad gone out, but luckily be had a few matches l Jft, and soon had a light. On flaring the light about. he founj that he was in a narrow, low, and rugged which seeme d Lo grow more contracted the further it advanc ed. Before tracing it, Charlie concluded to examine the machinery which worked the trap stone. He found thwer<9i his light to ex a.miae it. As did sv, he give vent to au tion of horror. Before him lay the bone s of a human skeleton, looking ghastly enough as by the candlelight. "Jerusalem!" was Charlie's first expression, in words. I reckon this is a cemetery instead of an of esc!l.pe. I wonder who these bones originall y belonge d to?" As he spoke, a long, squirming object crept out of the skeleton, and darted a.way into a cre vice. With a shudde r, tile young Bravo stepped over the ghastly object, and continued on through the pas sag'3. The air was damp anct foul smelling, and difficult to breathe; but, with a firm resolution, Charlie kept on. He was resolved not to -give up strength to move; His candle burned lower and lower. There was no draught throu b the passage, whi wound on with the sinuosity of a serpent and t zig-zag irregularity of a flash of lightning. And this fact seemed to argue that the!. had no adjacent outlet into the outside worl Snakes and creeping vermin were to be seen I plenty along the route, where the floor of the :l's'h resume its fie eruption," Charlie muttered. "\I ouldu't there some frightened i:ed niggers up above I Guess I'd a.pt to catch the worst pa.rt of tt.e fun, thvugh." After tramoini;along for perhaps an hour, h paused where a large bowlder offered a place for seat. J guess I may as well sit down here and rest. as I've l!Ot plenty of time, for I'm prett my venison, the n take n nap. I f eel as if I coul sJ9ep a dog's age awayl" He produced what meat he had l e t from his firs meal in the dungeon, and b egan to devour it raven ously. "I wonder i f 1 h e y have discovered my escape fro the dungeon yet he muttered between his mouth fuls. "f the y have there'll be more war in th camp. The .v'll s e e tbe chair upon the table c loset the wait Will that lead the m ro examine the stones, shall incur any dange r by lying down, as I'm easy to waken." After finishing the venison to the last scrap, he felt somewhat relieved. and prep:ired to sleep. Blow iug out the candle, he stretched bimsrlf out in comfortable a position as poss ible, and closed his eyes. But. for a hng I ime no slumber ca.me as a relief to his weariness. His mind was too ac t ive. fib'! Avery. The n th y reverted far away to Quartz City, an1 then to daghing, pretty Lena Vernon, and a please d flu s h ca'ne to his cheel<, and a strange sensation thrille d his heart. That girl's a trump I" be muttered, half-dreamingly, "and from what little I saw of her, l like her. If I were ever to choose a wife, it would be such a vivacious creature as she. But. bal hal the idea of my thinking of a. wifA. when h e r e 'o grim death grin niug at m e malicious ly. Sleep and escape are the first t o considerations before thinking of matri mony." He finally fell asleep, and it was such a s leep as he bad seldom h.-nown b efore-a compl ete oblivion For hours he on peaceful!y. and in his tlreams b e saw b1ight visions of L ena Vernou, or "'Buster." And while he was thus s leeping. without a thought of daug0r, foo>steps echoed along the passage; then the ligVho were they-friends or toes? CHAPTER XV. DOOM PRONOUNCED-BAD MEDICINE KEEPS ms OATH .. GRAB him, b'yees. afore he wakes up, or thar'll be cause for se.,eral funerals, fer he's a doubie har'led leetle episode, w'en ye don't take him at fault I" The command was quickly obeyed, and the first that .Corduroy Charlie knew of his situation, he was bound hand and foot, and the band of evil-faced

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Corduro y Charlie, the Boy Bravo. 27 ruffians bending over him. F'or it was .Tern McTurk and Monk Morgan, and tbeir "pp.ace commissioner!!," who had surprised him while lay asleep. It was a vexatious discovery to him, but be con cealed his real feelings under a mask cool ind.ID'er ence. "So, you've got me eb!" he observed, calmly, gazing up into the ruffians' faces; "and I sul.'pQse you calculate you've scored a victory." 'Vnal, we do recky we've did sumthin' o' tbet sort!" replied McTurk, with a leer. "I reckon we nevyer do things by halves ner three-quarters, an' consekently, we giuerally get in on tber hum-stretch in good shape. And all the toughs laughed at the bullwhacker's attempted logic. He was looklug even more repulsive than ever be fore, for his forehead was bruised, and black and blue, from the battle with Florence the goat, and one eye was closed effectually, for repairs." "How did you come to find the passage1" Charlie questioned. "Ohl thet war eas.y ernuff, from ther PoSish In w'ich ye left ther chair on ther table. We s'arched tber wall, an' found ther word 'Push,' an' as Eb natteral consekence we pushed, you bet, and bayr we aire. Reckon ye warn't loo in' for us. war ye?" "No, T can't say as J was exaclly expecting r,ou or J sbouldn 't have yielded to Morpheus so easily. ,1 "Haw, haw I-it's ju5t !IS wall th!tt ye did, for ye kedn't never hev got out by this route. Mebhe ye stumbled over a skeleton back bayr, a piece? Waal, that war ther frameworkuv a human o' yer sex who tried this yere avenoo of escape over a year ago! Ye see how he succeeded. I 'pect ye're willin' ter go back ter tber dungeon, eh?" ''Cerio.inly I" Charlie replied, sarcastically. "I am not that hard-hearted that I could refuse your magnificent accommodations for guests." There was a general chuckle among the ruffian, and Charlie was raised to his feet and the thongs cutaway. He was then forced along the passage, between the captors, back toward the dungeon from which he had studied so long and patiently to make his es cape. Ball an hour later, the whole party were in the dungeon. "Ha.vr ye aire, my posey :" McTurk said, with a diabolical grin. "Boys, tie his feet agaiu, and lay him on that cot. We ken't hev any more o' these runaway escapades-not much. Ho! ho! tbnr ye aire. Mr. Corduroy Charlie, an' ye'll stay tbar till o l d Ugly Ann gits ready to cook yer !!'OOse. Oh I ye needn't look cold at me. I don't forgit ye, nor tber leetle holes ye perforated in my sides; nor I don't luv ye overmuch nuther, I reckon." "Either your Jove or hat e amounts to verv littl e, in my estimation, you devil I" Charlie replied. "Ohl you'll see, when ye git sacrificed, me Jail. Let me announce that tber first act in tlwr cumiu' progrum will be a leetle blood-lettin' for nastime." Then. with horri ble laughs, the rnffians left the dungPon, lockin!!' the dnor secure Iv bPhinrl them. Corduroy Charlie was left bound and helpless upon the cot, to reflect upon his approaching fate. He was well aware that he wns be. vond helping himself now. and that if something extraordinary should not happen, he would soon be consigned 1. > the merciless Indian worshipers for torture. By following winding and ascending flights of stone steps, the principal chamber of old Ui mountain, with lofty ceilings. from which pended stalactites of grotesque shape. TbA floor had been chiseled off to a moothness of poll11bed marble. and In the center was a raised dA.is o f stone. surmounted by a stone chair, similar to the one on the mountaiq top. H e r e Ugl y Ann was seated attired In a flowi n g robe of bearskin, with the fur side out. and with a strangely-shaped palm-leaf bat upon her hPad Sh e proha!Jly intended to represent an enthroned queen, but it was rather an amusing picture. UpQn each side of her throne were four stone posts, with a bowl chiseled in the top of each, where burned fat fires, which gave a weird illumination to the scene; also, on Each side of tbe throne, fo1:r savages in hideous war-paint stood j!uard, with long l ances, looking like so many bronzed statues. Otherwise, the l'reat chamber was deserted. and the least sound ra"sed a weirdly detonating echo. For a long tim'o Ugly Ann sat 'in silence, her wi!J eyes fixed upon space, with a vacant stare. She s e emed to be buried in a deep oblivion. At last, however, the muscles in t .er face began to twitch, ar.d her e.res assumed an expreEsion i n which were cunning, malicious intellt, and triumph, blended. "Ha I ha I what a feast for the Sun-God, Quoloro. what a precious offering to his majesty I And. at tbe same time, while I am striking for his pleasure, I am inflicting torture uron my enemies. Bo! ho! hn how much would .Judson 'I ardville not give ta get possession of bis children, who have been under my watchful eye ince they wue rrere babes! Ab! I'd give all my g.:ild to have him here, so that be could see me torture tbem. But I have him not, and cannot well odjourn the sacriflcP Already my war. riors have waited past the mual day, and ere grow. Ing impatient. Let me see-the boy. Corduroy Char. lie shall go first I am eager to torture him, because of his attempt to escape. Theu the cripple shall fol low suit, and next He Cbinama11 and the road-agent, Deadwoorl Dick. Ho I ho: be will be my best vic tim. and I shall ujo.v his torture. "Cressly eays I sha 11 not hove the road-agent' red-naired wife to torture. and be must be cheved,. for he bath served me faithfully. The 1edhaire! Eide, she blw a shrill blast-the trumpeter's call. A few moments later there was an answuing blast in the distance, and thrn through a broed' Heh way in a distant corner r f the room. filed Jhre& nbreast, a motley gang of fierce-looking red-men. horribly bedaubed with paint. and attina in the re. golia of the war-path. ThPy were armed eithet with spears or rifles, and presented an imposing ap. pearance. In the !Pad was a tall. brawny man. whom, by hia beard. which sweeps below bis mask. the reade may have no difficulty in recognizing as Silver Beard. Just in his rear. and l>etween him and the warriors of the Sun-God, Jem llicTurk and bis rough associ ates fill in the line. And thus the whole band, numbering in the nei gh. borhood of threescore. marched up and came to a halt in front of Ugly .Ann's throne. As they came to a halt. the bag arose and waved her hand, end all except Silver Beard dropped upon bended knee and bowed their heads. "Silver Beard, I am pleased wil b the turnout. But where is your aide LieutenantCressly !" "I know not, your grace. Pe was not in the as sembly-room whPn yc,u signaled, nnd I took no pains to bunt. for him I" was the reply. ''That where thou didst. wrong. But let that. pass. Is Pl! in readiness, eo that the sacrifice-the glorious offering to Qno l oro, may take place on the morrow?'' "I believe so, according to the report of the guards." "Very well. At sunrise tomorrow you will bear mv cal1. ThPn assemble your command and the prisoners before me her e, for the ceremonies. Let not a man be absent, for this shell be a great occ a sion, when Q u o loro shall smile I enign l y down UJ>Oll his worsbip,ers. Have you the beasts in the flt bl readiness?

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Cory Charlie, D eadwood Dick paced to and fro, with manifest impatience. His brow was clouded, and bis bands clinched tightl y together, while bin I will o p en ioy arms to receive you !11 "No, N e d H1.rris; you ask in vain I have falle n down a pre cipic e and bnve not the strength or inclmat ion to turn back. You are donmed, and must meet your fate without expe ctin<: pit.r from me. "Pity from vou!" D e adwood Dick murmured as she turned away-" no! I will not l'xpect it. Your heart is turned to stone I" In still another cell was confined the Chinaman, Clever Sam. After all. it had not benefited him to bre"k faith with bis master, Corduroy Charli e, for when Ui;-ly Ann had po;nted him out as a victim, the ruffians forgot his service in their behalf, and goor Samuel was doomed to lie in captivity. He said very little-kept s ilent, and was moody. He bad been allowed a pipe an<\ tobacco, and conse quently spent most of bis time in smoking, About nigbt of this same day of the last narrated occurren ce, C lever Sam was engaged as usual at bis pipe, when his ear detected a stealthy footstep com mg along the passage, and in a moment a brawny form paused in front of the grated door. The CelE>stial gwe a violent start, fo r be recog nized uo Jess a personage tba"!l"his former brother servant, the redoubtabl" Bad Medicine. "Yabt he! be! hilhil"CleverSamcried,joyfnlly. ".Redee skinee muchee goodee Injun-eomee mucbee to lettee out Cbinee man. Muchee finee redee skineA, allee sameel" "Waghl" Bad Medicine / r eplied, lfrimly, as be fingered the fastenings of the door. Pig-Tail man no good, He lik e de prairie d o g an' de coyote. He attack his foes at a weak point, but run when dey grow strong. He help white dogs steal away: de Li ly, and Bad M e dicine come for his scalp. Ugh! mucn big skulp. ha! ha!" Wbatee? goodPe Injun no takee poor Chi nee man scalpee I" C lever Sam yelled. sinking back in horror. "Chi nee ma.n den no go bu.ck to Uhinee.,, Y o n go to happy hunting-grounds, you dog of a pale-face!'' was the grim respon
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Corduroy Cha.rlte, the Bo:r Bravo. 23 a glass of spirits in one hand and a paper which Jay within eyesbot. The lieutenant gazed .. t her sharply, a half-frown upon his brow. "It appears to me that you have got more of an e:ye for that paper than for mel'' he l}'rowled at last, giving an extra puff to bis pipe. I didn't bring you here to amuse yourself, but to cater to my whims."' 0 1!! is that possible?" was the sarcastic rep!y.1 "Well, what would you have of me now?" "Nothing in particular, only please stop reading, and devote your time to entertaining me. It annoys rme to see you look at anything or anybody but my self." Indeed I You are the most selfish mortal I ever m et. l don't know as I am rarticularly yolllr slave, Lie utenant Cressly." "And wby not, pray!" "And why, prayf I'm in no way bound to you, that you have chosen to protect m e " ri,umph One would say that your infatuation for me was on the declin e since a short month ago." We ll, perhaps it i s," was the reply. with a cool l augh. I have in a measure grown tired of you, and have been contemplating a change o f b ase. You are so different from most m e n. Deadwood Dick was never jealous of me." "Hang Deadwood Dick? And you shall n o t leave me. I will kill you flrstl" "Hal hal let me have a band in that. Dion Avery I" cried a shrill peculiar voice, the sound or which caused a shudder o f horror to creep over the villainous li eutenRnt. "Let me do what slaughter ing is to be done I" And there in t h e arched entrance of the room, Lily Madison strode into view, leaning upon her crutches, and at the same holding a pair of leveled revol vers in her grasp. Cressly, alip, s Dion Avery, m uttered a savage oath ween he belfeld the girl; tnen reached for a revolver in bis bl'lt. But it was not there. And just then the criople laughed wildly, as she hobbled further into the i-oom. "Hal ha! D ion Avery,yon have no weapons y ou l eft them in another r oom. I was watching and saw you, else I should not have ventured here. You a r e both literally weaponless and in my power. Hal ha!" "Curses on you, girl! Leave the room, or I'll-" and the lieutenant arose with a threatening ge.0ture. Tlut he did not advance in the face of the pair of steel tubes that were l eveled at hi s hea1t. "Hold up, you wreteh I" the cripple said, deliberately. "Don't be rash, but listen to me. They say I am in sane, crazy, mad! I am. at times; but I am sane enough now to know that I have come here for-a pmpose. I escaped from my cell some time ae:o, since when I have bPen biding around watching ;-ou-you1 Dion Avery. who came to my borne in Stockton, nnrl Jureo a poor cripple girl away from maiden honor-imimidatPd her wmen she was alone and unable to defend h erself. Ab I you inhuman m onster. L.ntver forgot nor forgave you, and I rouse d my brother to follow you. I came to! I was mad-madmart! bnt still knew that I was coming to aveng-e my wrongs. At last the hour of my vengeance bas come! Ha! bal Knee l down, you wretcll, and beg my forgivPn ess but that will not suffice; .I must ha:ve your life I" "Great God I you woulc1 not commit. murder, girl?" Avery gasped, white, and trembling like an aspen. No l it is not murder tv avenge one's wrongs !ike mine. Prepare to die for I am ready to be your executioner. I am a dead shot, thanks to tbe training my brother gave me. J shall not miss you; nor your other victim, that faithless wife. I know her-Deadwood husband, told me of her. She shall die1 too. tta I ha I yes, die as she would have her husoand die I You need not beg; 'bis U2eless, for my decis ion cannot be altered. k
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30 Corduroy Charlie, die Boy :Bravo. wreaking vengeance she probabl y ended her life by suicide." " But, bow did she escape from the cavern!" "That I am unable to t e ll you. The door was found stil1 fastPne d. There must be some other se cret, as in the dungeon where Corduroy Charlie was confined." "Ay I so there must!" Ugly Ann replied. fie rcely. It must b e looked to later; but, now, othe r business d emands our attention. The sacrifice to Quoloro must take place immed iately. Let Cordu roy Cb.arlie first be led forw ard." The order was obeyed, and the young Bravo was led in front of the mountain bag, who regarded him with a keen, scrutinizin g glance. 'Young inan you have be e n chosen as a victim of t.o Quoloro. the great SunGod. Around me you b e hold his worshipers whose numbers are mul tiplying each year. They demand that a lif e each quarter be sacrificed to their supreme king, in pay ment for a ll the pa.st favors be bas shown them. So Jarg e l.Y has be favored the m of late, that I have r es olved to sacrifice as many victims as possible Therefore, you shall go first. You and your crip pie have ever been iu under my watchful <'ye, dpenin<> for this sacrifice. I would uot b avA you longer f eft in doubt concerning your birth-you wf're I.he childre n of Judson and Madg e Wardville. Your hther i t was whom you reecued from me, a tew since!" Great H eaven! can this be true? You are lying to mEY. woman I" C orduroy Charlie cried. "Hal ha! no, I am not 'lying; but you shall never see your fathe r. It is my reveuge upon him Ha! ha! sweet rev enge. Years ago. when I cast my l ove and wealth at his feet, he refused m e-refuse d me, as if I were some scorpion. in stead of a reignin g belle After that, I lived only for revenge. I stole away his babes when be was married three yea.rs. and be never saw them again. I early indentured you to Joe l Madison, a wealthy trapper, with whom you remained uRtil bis d eath. And all this while I have been treasuring up revenge. Hal ha! ha.I But, I must not tarry for narration of the past. Tbe delights of this torture-hour are roo great to be put aside. Young m a n here is your programme: First, you shall bleed hale an ounce of crimson from each arm, and then. blindfolded you will be cast into a den of savage beasts, among which will be un fed bears, wolves, and bloodhounds. Here you will be given the freedom of your limbs and a knife to defend yourself with. Here you will be left for twr, hours: then a guard will be sent to gather up your bones, which will be burned bef?re this throne and the ashes us e d for scru9bing purposes. Silver Beard I you will ste p forward and perform your part I" A dreadful silence p e rvacled the cavern I The old bag wore a gloating expression of features Charlie Madison stood i 1 the vise -lik e grasp of half a score of.ipainted savages, bis face pale, but a flash of brave d e terminat10n in his eyes. No matter how great the pain. be was resolved not to betray bis fear. if any should arise. His arms were held out partly, and bared to the &boulder. Silver Beard the n forward, and with a hand which tre:n1?l ed. puncture d the skin above the elbow in each arm, with a razor-pointed knife Im mediately the crimso n began to flow in little streams, and small glass cups were held to catch the blood. At first, a shudder and a sickening sensation w ent Charli e, but b e bit bis lips fiercely and kept it oft. It took but a few S'conds to illl the tiny vessels; then salt was forced into the punctures to prevent the flow of hlood. Th e youn.e: Bravo was a trifle whiter and somewhat dizzy as this part of bis torture was concluded, but be did not b etray much emo tion. Ha I ha I You stood your part of the torture so far, well!" Ugly Ann, ejaculated, with ill-eoncealed disappointment, that she bacl not been able to catch a groan or even a sound. "But wait until you are cast into the den-that will test your Iron nerve. Away with him, Silrnr Beard, and feed him to the brutes; then come quickly back, for there is other work for you to do." The prime minister obeyed, with a courteous bow, by beading the savages who bore Corduroy Charlie out of the council-chamber. Through long, dank passages thry flight after flight of stone steps, Cf rock, until finally they emerged in t on the mountain top. '.then up ...t,of solid From h e r e they crossed toward n...-oued stone wall wl1icb Charlie bad u o tic ed when be first bad been brought to the volcanic prison. By stone-steps they ascended to the top of this wall, which was wide enough to admit of three sta.nding abreast. TbPn it was that Charlie knew what chances be bad for lite. Below him lay a pit, quarried out to the depth of thirty feet, w ith the smooth, unsealable wall all around it, making the pit a priso n from which there W>\S no possible chance of e scape. Just within tbe pit were stout p<>ns, in which were contained two cinnamon a pair of wolves and a pair of bloodhounds all of which seemed to give a delighted howl as tbey beheld their victim come upon the parapet. "Let l oose t.he animals I" Silver Beari! commanded." and then retire to your quP en; Twill follow!" Then the doors of the k e nnel-pens were lilted by means of an arrangemeut of ropes, and the animals plunged out into the arena of the pit. Immediately a wide sash was wound repeatedly around Charlie's face, and tied behind his bead; thPn b e was seized and dropped ioto the pit, and a knife burled after him. He struck the ground with lt force that almost stunned him, but he quickly recovered himself, and r e acbinir into his bootleg, he drew his own trusty knife. He beard a series of low, wrangling cries, and a patter of feet. and knew that tbe animals were rushing toward him. In a moment they would be on bis person, teari!lf.' at bis flesh. He shuddered at tbP thought, and inserting the blade of his knife alongside his face be cut away the banrlrsecutors were in sight to !)'.lock at him in his peril. The bear and bis companions were approacbine: closer-something must b e clone. Char ie was well satisfied that be not kill the bear with his small r evo lv e r and therefore his knife must do the work. Nearer came the huge brut. e, real'0d upon its bind legs, its mouth open and tongue lolling out. aud for ward paws extended. 'J'hen Charli e sprung aside quickly. and struck the bea r a terrihle blow with the knif e in the back of the neck. The following instant, bowev<' r be was fiercely set upon by the wolves and hloridhound. They l eaped upou him and bit him, and clawed opPn bis clothing and flesh furiously. The blood began to spurt in a score of pl.
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Corduroy Charlie, the Boy Bravo. ;l:agerly the old hag waited for the return of Silver Beard with the warriors. for she was hoping to extract shrieks and groans fro m Dead wood Dick, when he came to lose 11i s sacrific ial b l ood. But he knew not the young man as w e ll as the world of the Biack Hills country knew him; he had lost blood on more than one occasion without wincing-be had plenty more to spare. After a lapse of ten minutes the Prime Minister returned with bis guard. "Hal Silver Beard, did you cast the victim into the den?" the hag demanded, ,,-i th fierc e eagerness. "Yes. your majesty I" GQod ere this, his bones are stripped of their flesh Bring forward the next victim.' Deadwood Dick was led forward, but there was no trace of fear, or hesitation upon his calm, cynical countenance, as he faced his tori nrers. At a motion fro m Ugly Ann his arms were bared and punctured by the sharp knife of Silver Beaid, until the blood b egan to flow into the tiny glass re ceptaclea. Not a muscle in the road-agent's composition moved to betray that h e was pain. He stood lik e a statue, a grim. balf-sarcMtic expression upon bis face. that worked upon the pasions of Ugly Ann as oil does upon a bed of Jive coals. "Halt n11teJiet lw gr,n far enogh. S1rrender, e very dog, or yOtt die as only dogs a1 ejU to die!" Clear and distinct the words echoed through the council-chamber in cleLOnating reverberations. The savages started and g-lared about in alarm 'Og-ly Ann rose upon her throne with a frenzied curse. Great conqnorious ham-bone thet bu'stecl ther barricades uv old Jonerl surrender1 ye red hellions, or we 'll di combobberate yer yeartruy views o' ther great hereafte r I" -"Yaw I yawl surrender, or ve shoot you ober mit a gracious unt my Tn an instant all was confusion-there were fierc e yells from Ugly Ann and her savages-roaring re ports and flashes of firearms-a !Mruggle, a battle in the smoke that enveloped the room in a c l oud. The n came a sil e nce, which was at length broken, es tbe smoke rose above the scenP. "Hurra! Great boreal destructive ham-bone thet war tber takin' ofl' eppydemic uv old JonPrl We've killed everv durned galoot, red niggers, the r white niggers, an' all-fac', by gracious! Everywbar hes a wave o' teetotal annihilation sweept Jik"' ther ran tankerous simoon o' Sa.rab's Deserts. Cum for'a'd, cried Juitson Ward ville, pushing forward among a crowd of masked men who swarmed in the rear of Old Avalanche. "Yas, deader than ary old spicier thet an elerfant stepped on. Thar's n ary a thin g bnt maecademizecl &tifl's layin' all around us-fac' bV gracious I" H Yes I thPrP is one who isn't dead!'' cried a ring ing voice; and up from among the dead bo lies that were strewn around rose a form. "JJmdwoo d JJick stili lives!" A cheer w en t up from three-score of throats, a welcome to the chief from his followers. who had come to hi r escue, and, in company with JudRon Warclville's party, bad found an entrance to the mysterious mountain h o neycomb from the moun tain-sid e. "But my son-Corduroy Charlie-where is he?" Wardvill e cried, rushing about among t h e bodies, and searching for the face he had grown to love. "Where is be?" "Alas! the young man you name has been con signed to the b east-pit, sir!" Deadwood Dick re sadly. "You arrived a little too late to save bun. "But othe"' .vere not too late to save him. gentlemen I" cried a voice. and Lena V.n.,,on and B a d Md icin e entlred tlie cav e rn, bearing between them the mangled form of Corduroy Charlie. "Cheer up, Mr. Wardville, for your son still lives!" There was a chee r then in good earnest, and ready hands set to work in dre ssing thP wounds and restoring Corduroy Charlie back to conscious ness. "l:!uster" consented to rela'e bow sbe had joined with the noble Indian, Bad Medicine1 in his search for his young master-how they baa reached the mountain-top and slain tbe guards of the t emple; then exchanged places with them, while Bad Medi cine bad entered the caverns to kill Clever S amhow they had seen Corduroy Charlie cast into tbe pit, and how they had at the last moment succeeded in r escuing him from being torn to pieces by shoot ingt h e animals. This and much more, which space forbids us to re late. Corduroy Charlie. though torn ai1cl lnaeratecl in n arly every portion of bis body, except his face, was not fatally ivjurecl, nncl wns soon r e covered enough to be reunited to bis l o ngl o s t father, and to thank and t'fceive the congratulations from all his frie nds. I ut be was very weak and sore. and it was determined by all to r emain a few days in the moun ta.in caverns. All the bodies were removed to another section, where they were l eft in their final tomb, among them being the hag. Ugl y Ann, Silver Beard (whom Judson Wardville recognized as her own brother), Jem McTurk, Monk Morgan, and his associates Later the bodies of poor Lily Madison the unfaith ful Leone Harris, and Dion Avery, altas Vernon, were brought into the council-chamb e r, and a solemn and impressive funeral service offered over the r emains by Deadwood Dick, who was capable of turning a ready band tu most anything. Then, the bodies were laid away, for their f::.tl rest in the dungeons that had lately contained the prisoners of sacrifice. Later still they all returned to Q..iartz City where C'orcluroy Cbailie was presented to his n e w found mother. and t\Jere was a joyful reunion. Old Ugl,v Ann's gold had been fetc'l ed from the cavern, and all voted that it was tiirhtly Charlie's. Avalanche, Pre tzel Pete, L eona Vernon and Dead wood Dick ((liFguisecl), were all present at the re union, which was a joyous one, although th e recent los,es by death to five of the prevented any jollity; it was more of a scene of congratulation to the pare nts, who fe1 veutly thanked God that the,Y to be restored to even one of thenAfte r bidding them all bis best wishes for the future, Dead wood Dick took bis departure. A little vet in closing, and I am through. The Wardvill e & re yet in th e Black Hills country, but in a section where the pioneer is fast settling and i m proving, what will some day be a charming coun t ry of homes Here the fat her and son are negoti a t ing for a tract. which they mean to make as beautiful as any home can be made by a lib eral expenditure Qf wealth. Lena Vernon js with them, and at no distant clay there will probably be a Mrs. Charlie Warclville. Bad Medicine still Jives with Charlie, whom he seems to l o ve in bis wild, untutore d way. Pretze l Pete is in Q<>artz City. Old Avalanbe and bis eccentric goat may b e found excitement where varmintr require Of Deadwood Dick I havenodataathancl. He has disappeared from the scenes of his late operations. and perba::>F r e tired from Western life "ltogetl 'r,

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