Photograph Phil; or, Rosebud Rob's reappearance

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Photograph Phil; or, Rosebud Rob's reappearance

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Photograph Phil; or, Rosebud Rob's reappearance
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Wheeler, Edward L. (Edward Lytton) 1854 or 5-1885
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Copyright 1879-1885, by Beadle & Adams. Ente r ed at Pos t omce, New York; N. Y., as second class matter. Mar. 15, 1899 No. 19 THE ARTHUR WESTBROOK CO. Cleveland, Ohio Vol. II Photograph Phil; or, Rosebud Rob's Reappearance. IlY T.DWARD L WHEELER. \ SorlUNOE1 SIBIUNT HJ.SS SEIW&D TO EllUN .. &:r& l'ROlll TlWI All PBO'l'OOIUPH PBJL

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I D.,pyrlght Jd'i9-1885, by Beaal e It A 4am&. Entered at Pot Office, New York, N o Y., as second class matter .Mar.15, t&>:. No. 19 THE ARTHUR WESTBROOK CO. Cleveland, Ohio Vol. II I Phil; or. Rosebud Rob's BY EDWARD L. WllEELER.

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. ) Photoa:raph Phil. .... --_____ __,, ........ Photograph OR, Rosebud Rob's Reappearance. BY ED. L. WHEELER, UTHOR OF '' DEADWOOD DICK 11 NOVELS,(" ROSI: BUD ROB,11 NOVELS, "SmRRA SAM," NOVELS, ETC., ETC., ETC. CHAPTER I. e'l(OTO!UIAPB PHIL-A DOY OF TH3 PERIOD, AND ms GA.LLERY. "Oa 1 PhotograPilPfilt Is a glorious P1lk: A b o y of the perio;I. you bet! And the coins be rakPs in, Are not ea 'ned by sin, But made by the brow of hls S\veat." .. Yes pilgrims. Pnotograph Philio am I-a wonder of the nineteenth c entury-a m arvel fer two or ae.,erial continents. Walk uo. ye benignfaced de sceadants of the ape-rmble hither ward, ye anglers fer ther golden grub, and b e hold the various peculiarities o' y e r humble servant-then smile, on realiz ing that you have blundered plum squar' upon the Mecca of your anticipations-that you have found a Multum in P .. u vo, right bayr in the city of Casrode. Feller-oltlzens, I am not a public lecturer, aiming at a position in the Capi t o l neither am I a quack cureall for all diseases and aftlictions, as ye might all suppos e. No sir, my intelligent hearers, I am 11one of the e, but grander-a. spontan e ous ou thurst or effusiv nature, sandwiched with ooven pounds of brains, and more tongue than mor tal man e'er had b?,fore. "Is there ary pilgrim, with t!:ioughts so base or motives so evil. as \vould d11rst say I ha1 not the rigbt to wi e ld w f gabby applianco for my special earthly maint,,nance ? Nol three hundred and fifty thousand times no! In the words of the poet: 'A man may d res In garments rough, Or dress in habiliments sleek; He cannot be a gospel tough, Wi'out a plenty o cheek.' "Allow me ter add, geelorious apples of my eye, that the poet had glued his gaze upon m e when he wrote those poetical lines. Oh I bewbiskered monarchs of the pick, let me impress it deeply upon your minds, that 1 am the man, the con queror of scleace, the professor o' the American sleuths. Behold in me, oh mighty hosts, the son of a seventh son! A man whose understanding sur passeth thine own, even thou>h mine years number but In the nineteenth colnmn of life Look at me filap your optics straight upon me, ye suspicious mortals, and apprise me ef ye see in me unnaturial-it I am particularly a monstrosity, a mermaid or a C!t.tflsh f "Hwnbt7 r Where did I hear that whisper. tben? Jt wafLed uut o n1e like the cackle of an eight-day heifer 1 Where Is the man who durst sa.v I am not-a boy of the period, a vagabond, a scamp? Where is that pilgrim who durst aver that I am not a beat, a sleuth, a sno: zer, gifted with a gab like.unto per petual motion? Hooray! the idea of a nineteen-year old sharp, attracting such a vast concourse of people, who stand with bated breath and fly traps agape, lis tening to the discordant notes of a Boy of the Period-a graceless scamp, who has tried his hand at nearly every trade and profession, from eheating babies out of their bottle of milk to mur dering blind mice out of pure Here you all stand, with your bands in yoUl' pockets, and grotesque grins upon faces-bums, bullwhackers, and beats, all taking in what I say, and wonderiug what I am about to do. Ohl ye poor half-witted sons of sea-cooks! prepare to be as. tounded! dumfoundedl agitated aR by a gigantic eartbq11ak e I Be ye in readiness, I say, to be demor alized and panic-stricken by me, the wonder of the ninteenth century, when I reveal unto you the se crets of my visit here. "Gaze at me I protrude your eyeballs at me I watch the ince sRant and m echanical motion of my tongue I Allow me to assure you that it is all my own. Polit i cnl partie s b"ve even engaged me to harangue to multitudes, and, as a result, there are ninety standing against me for talking sundry senators and sardines to d eath. I have actually the assurance that I can stan d herJl and talk longer and gas you longer than any murtal man extant. "As I said before, gaze at me I You behold an or dinary chap, five feet four high, w eighlng a hundred and forty pounds-a saucf-lookingb independent chap-and the biggest rascal east o' t e settin' sun. I stand upon a dry-goods box, in the main streets of Cascade City, surrounded by a multitude of people -a hard crowd o' 'citizens,' at the best. Behind m61 upon the dry-goods box, stand several frames, anai an object covered with a blanket, which might be a sewing machine, a camera, o r a. surveyor's instru ment. It is the middle of the three-a photograph machine, for taking the picture of man or b e ast;, with equal accuracy and dispatch. u Here, let me arrange the frames, nnd unvan them. There I you see you have pictures of fout hundred individuals, distinct from each other. I call thls my rog ue's gallery and these are my rogues. Every man you see there pictured is a oonaummate rascal with a reward set U:i?On his head, Walk: up and gaze at the artistic collect10n l It costs you nothlng to look upon the features of brother beats and scamps. Ten to one every man in the crowd is a villain-a ruffian of the deepest hair-dyel I have come here that you might have the chance to add yonr faces to the distinguished collection. Here are kings, ministers, gamblers. deacons, merchants, theater dead-headR, bP.er-guzzlers, stage-drivers, tramps, and photogmphers, all as natural as lille. Walk up. pilgrims, and view the collection. Maybe you'll see the face of some dear r elative, and I can sell you a tluplicate for the moderate sum of a dol larl" The crowd surged forward to get a at the col l ection, which the sharp had so gabbily an nounce d in bis peculiar harangue. The eccentric individual had quite described the scene; let us devote a little space in describing him. He was a well-formed youth, about ninetee n years of age, attired in a stylish suit of gray, with panta loon s tucked in his hoot-top<. and a battered "ping" hat cocked upon one side of his head, after rowdy style. His whole appearance was that of a flashy, h'jeweled jockey, except you were to make a study of hi> face. Here you w ou ld stop to digest former impressions, In order to make room for new ones. It was a strange that of this Boy of the Period, as be had aptly styled himself. There was an expression of good-nature i n thA prominent linea ments. as well as signs sug;:estive of a cunnlog and an independent, dare-devil disposition and a will firmer than rock. His features were of ordinary mold, with firm cbln1 fat . health-tinted cheeks, and a mouth ev<>r hauntea with a expression or a smile. The eyes were bllle, keen and sparkling, the forehead hJgh, the hair brown and curlrng close to the skull. This gave him a strange appearance, as viewed among>the straight and long-haired miners of the town. Whence he had come none knew, except that the stage had brought him Into the town. with a !Jllper flulty of trunks and boxes; and now' under the moonlight or the early autumnal evening, with lie soft bi.:_eezes, he had gathered abollt

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Photograph Phil. him such a crowd as ne'er be!ore. had assembled la the main street of the town-or city. For the town of Cascade City has made ranid strides since we bade it adieu in l dyl, the Girl Miner," to return and chronicle another strange and eventful sto1y of the mines The monthly moon tides now canw rPgnlar l y, and covered the gulch botto m with golden smds, even as the moon fulled in the heavens. Consequently, in a f"" 1hort days, the gulch was a second Deadwoorl, with its hosts of people, and hundreds of saloons, shanties, tores and tented babitao i ons. wherein d\\elt and traded the heteroge neous mases. Several miners hnd attempted to trace Cascade creek above the noisy falls, but they had neve r returned and, as a consequeuce, others bad little desire to follow their example. Changes, too. have come among those whom we have formerly known as characters. Sir Tom Somerset b is wife ldyl, have gone East, and of all the faces we see in the crowd which surrounds the sharper, Photograph Phil, there are but two we recogniz e. One of these i s Baltimore Bess I The girl dare-devil herself. as natural as life, with the same coolness which has g ive u hElr her famethe same bountiful supply of "bra.sR,:,' so much need e d, if oue expt cts success in the l' a r \ \est. Bess stands and v,azes admiringly at the eccentric Pho tograph Phil, fo r he is a nove l : y in the mines and evi dently-no slouch." We cast around for the next fare which we know. Carefully we gaz e over the human sea, but s y e none familiar in our memory, unless-can it be possible? Can it, be that we are not mistake n In that fellow, not far from Bess-the blear-eyed, r e d-nosed, rag gedly-attired bummer, whose legi; seem unable to suppo!'t h im. and whose Clrunken hiccoughs and ex clamations are the cause of many a shout of laugh ter? A new 11 citiz en" in the town is be, evid ently, for nobody acoms to know him. At the best he is a filtry-lo 0 l : ing, greasy old wretch, with unkempt hair ond b .... ard:-no, we are sure, no w thEJt w e nave s een him befol"f'. It was,. taint gleam in his pretcrnnturalv brL ,bt eyes, which call e d back the r ecollection of nnober. "Rici hur-r-rnh-erl" this Individual would shout, occa.skntdl v "l say (hie I) young f e ller. d'ye know me! D'ye (hie!)' e v e r remember o' takin' my forty graff?" "l\Iost duke, I am sorry to aver that I never bad that h onor I" Photograph Phil replied. with a grin. Altl:!ough I've photographed nearly all the crowned l )eads of Ewope, I never had the opportu nity of taking your most sublime phiz." 1 N ol I guess-er no t young feller. I (hie I) guess-er not. D've know me !)-ye know who ram? "Ain't the Grand Duke Alexis, are you?" "No! guess-er not I" the old bummer muttered, scratching his head through the crownless rart of his old hat, as it to dig up the roots of remembrance-0 gue'5s-er not." "Ner D 1 lm Pedro, the emneror?0 "Ye-e-s--Dom Pedro-dom it (hie!) as much as ye tilease, fell e r. I (hie I) p,lay pedro, an' get (hie I) er heat. D-d-dead broke. "01 1 you're George Jackson, then?" the Bo! PhotogrP nher o!Jserved. N-n-nol Gues<'r not. Don't know me (hie!), hey! Well lhic! my handle's Bully Ike, now, you b-b-bet (hie:). B-bully Ike, frum tbe six hundredth (hlc :) congressional iieestrict. I'm a b-b-bruis e r. I am (Mel). an' don't ye fergit it-a reg'lar (hie!) masher (rum tbPr old (hie!) sc'ooL T-tt-take my (hie!) fortygratf er, young f0ller?" "Writ till you're sober, old nilgrlm, and spruced u1>. Then. come around. and I'll set you off in style. Now, fellerC'itfzens I euess you've seen ther focts o' my rogues' gallery. an' we' ll adjoum till termorrer. Then, all I request is a visit from those who desire to have their pictures taken. Thanking you for your kind attention, I will now dismiss you." As the show was evidently over for the time being, the crowd began to dispel"!' e Rnd soon the stand lately occupied by the lively-t o n gued photographe r was cleared of its freight, which had been trans ported to a boxed wagon, drawn up at one side o f the trail as if for while a superannuated mule grazed close at hand. Tile boy artist had, in the m0an time. wandered through the town, with no rntent, except to see the sights; for thne were man'[ strange ones to be seen in the litt le mining strike o Cacade City. Saloons, dance -hou ses, and flourished at ever.v hand, and. in some mstauces t L e three oc cupations were confine
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l"hotograph believe. But certainly not in gold, when the money I gave her constituted my wl:iole fortune, with the exception of a few silver piece s. But, pshaw I that huudred doll..,.,. will make their he>trts gl9.dder than it ever could mine. Phot.ograph Pbil has been tno a waif or the world, o fear starvation, when hort, a few. Roi hum! the next thing is to look llt for a place to lodge, to-night." '.fo was r.bout to turn up the street into the main part of the town, wben bis sharp eye caught sight of lying upon tbe ground, just where Milli cent Vere had stood while addressing him. He stepped forward. and upon examination found it to b e a piec e of papet. Man.v would have passed it by: but not so with Boy Sleuth. He had lon g sinc e learned to regard trifies as the foretaste of greater things. He now picked up the pape r and brin!(ingit where the moonlight could play upon it. discovere d that it contained the impressi on in black ink of a skull and cross-bones, and also a black belt or band. Inside this band were tbe three lett;ers '' T. of B.! "Wert. I'll be shot if there isn't something queer here I" Phil mutte red. I don't believe there is a drug-store in the place that owns so peculiar a l a b el. Probably it i& the sign or pasoword of some secret. that bas its existence here. But how did it come here? The girl may or may not have dropped it-probably not. Let me see: does T. of B. stand for?-Tim of of Bacchus-Hello! Now that I come to think, there is a place up the gulch here which bears that same name. I wonder if this applies to It in any way?" As be gave vent to these mutterings, be w&nd ered along up the street. and soon paused in front or a small shanty better finished than its neighbors, and over the door was painted in dull letters: OF BACCHUS." Tt was not an inviting-looking place, for the win dow were of red-stained glass and tbe doors closed Phew I" Photograph Phil muttered, as be stood 3tiJJ and gazed about him. "I've a mind to tackle that shebang. If it's nothing more than a saloon. all ri!l'bt-or if it's else, all right. Haven't I got the papers and sufficient hr'lSS get out? It won't be my fir s t little scrape-that's certain." Watching an opportunity. when some one had partly opened the door for the purpase of peering out. he advanced swiftly and pushed the door fur ther open and stepped inside., CHAPTER II. THE STRANGE INITIATION. 11 THER coolest ouss in ther mines I" The exclamation came from a brawny, fat-legged Individual, of appearance, who stood leaning against the bar of the Distillery," one of the most popular resorts in Cascade City. He was surround ed by a knot of men of s imil" 4P)?earance, whose ..oristling beards pro" Yes. sir-ee I thet same galoot aire ther coolest cus3 in the mines I" the fir s t speaker averred. "If I war a good Samaritan, w'ic b I ain' t, I'd like ter see tb0t Sport git ric!1 an' married otl'." "Psbawl guess ye don't know his caliber, do ye?" grunted MatticA, the barkeeper, a s be mopped otl' the counter a filthy rag. "That Rosebud Rob bed tber ch'1ce o' one o' thuble harneys wi' a prett. v petticoater?" He jest did that same." "Cuss him l He ought ter he shot I" and the miner emphasized bis views by pounding the counter smartly with h is tlst which was a huge mass of hone lllld flesh. '' !Vllar's tber pilgrim as wants ter marry me oft ter a good-lookin' feminine-oh, whar is he. ther brutr.?" Tbe CPnter object Of the foregoing COnVE'.TSat!on now came for,vard from the inn e r ro om, where he had be" n vatching the dancets, of whom there WAre some two-sC'ore upon the floor. of both sexes. Rosebud Rob. the Spotter Sport I He needs no reintroduction, to the reader, to whom be has made former appearances. The same cool, handsome Sport h e was yet, with his elegant make-up, rivaling that of a Broadway swell. Everything lie wore was the b est of its line, and you bad the Spotter Sport's photograph. "Ahl good-evening, e;eotsl" he saluted, as be sauntered up, with a bow. I presume you are en j o l.ing yourself this evening?" Waal, who said contrary?" the big miner grunt ed. Who'd I hear mention tight?" "It might have been me!" Rosebuil Roh replied, with a smile. "Somehow lighting material is rather scarce to-night, aod bravado is below par." He then sauntered on into the gambling-saloon, where all kinds of game s were running in full blaat. Seating himself at the table just vacated by a coupl e of miners, he lit a cigar, and watched those around him sharplr. There were men m thE' room whom be suspected belonged to the famous Joaquin, Jr. 's, band, but hr no action did they aoytking to warrant bis suspicion. Baltimore came in, after a wl.ile, and occu pied a chair opposite the Sport. She was looking very pretty in her semi-fe mrnine bunting-costume, witb the hat jauntily upon her flowing hair, ood top boots reaching to her knees. There was a healthful flush upon her cheeks, and a fascinating expression to h e r eyes, which eer caused the Sport to regard her with admiration; and sometimes he pondered and wondere d why it was she had come out into the mines in the guise of a dare-devil, whe n she was fitted for a higl:ier station in life For be bad long found that her rough language was but simulated. for when sbe chose she used as good Webste r as any ordinary mortal. "Well," she said, interrogatively, "wnat is the news?" None to speak of." B o b !"!'plied, with a yawn. 1 Things are getting monotonous h e re." So they are. Did you see the photographer who arrived this evening?" '' Onlv from a distanG1l." He is a brick. Can talk more in less time tbao a doz e n phonograuhs. "Getting thaf pretty steep, are you not, Bess gal!" "No. not a bit. But. something else fetche d me here, l\Ir. Mapleton. What do yon think about the Temple of Bacchus down here in the "The temple of what?" "The Temple of Bacchus." "I am sure I don't ,know. What is there peculiar about the place?"' "Well, just east your eye at it when you pass next time. It is kept under lock "aod key, and no one is ever seen to enter or l ea v e it. "Umphl that is strange. l'll'remember yoUI suggest10n, Bess," as the girl dare-devil arose to go. L0t us return to Photograph Phi1, whom we left after he had pushed door open and stepped ins ide the TE'mple of Bacchus. He fouud himself in a little vestibule, dimly ligb'" ed by a puttering candle, and confronted by a masked man, who held in bis band a cocked re volver. The door was Instantly slammed shut; and Phil was alone with his savage-looking c onfronter. "Hist I no noise I" the masked man Qrdered, per, emptorily. "What brings .you here, young mao?" "What is that your busmess!" Phil demanda&. "Hon'' I belong to this layer

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Photograph PhlL "Let's see yonr slip, then I" was tbe grntr cnm mand, for the u 2VJden tly disbelieved this parry. Not a little doubtful as to the result, Phil roduceu the paper be bad found in front o f the theater, and banded it over. After scrutinizing it a moment the guard returned i t, with a grim "humph." Pass on!" he said: "I guess it's all right. You'd bette r never try the front door again, however." Phil nodde d, and passed on down a dusky hall along the walls of whi c h were racks containing ail sorts of masks, and hooded black cloaks. "If I a in't in a scrape this time, you can sell me out for a cent!" he mutte red, dubiously, as be paus ed bebre a rack containing a large black gown aBd mask. "1 've go t to make a deb u t of some b.ind, and I calculate I mi!(ht as well collar one of the turnouts. Was e ver man rnsuch a fix beforef" Not \1'ithout considerable uneasine;s he managed to envelop himself in the huge and affixed the ma k GO bis face, after drawmg me hood over bis head. The ne.."d act was to enter the door to the main apartment o f the building, wblch he did, bis teeth set, and his mind fully made up that be would see the <>lephant after making this lunge into the mys teries, or burst. As he entered the apartment, he glanced nervous ly around Lim. There was much to surprise him. The room wa.s large, and was plastered, papered, and carpeted. Long b enches were scattered here and there about common deal tables. Upon these b enches, figures arrayed the same as Phil himself, were engaged in playing cards, under the dim light of chandeliers, which pended from the ceiling. Further in the middle of the room was a large dais well carpeted and ornamented by a revolving atoo\, upon which aat another ?rim masked figure. A strange. sibilant hiss 5 emed to emanate fro m this patty as Photograph Phil entered, and mechani cal:y each and ev.,ry figur e arose. aud a double @core of accusing llngers were pointed at the intruder. Consarn their pictures I" Phil muttered, under bis breath, "what clo they mean? Reckon I've upon a lot or mummies, lik.e Rip Van Winkle, in the play. Wond e r what 11 f e llow s to do, anyhow. Gu es s i n waltz for'a'd, and kneel before the old shellbark ou the turn-table stool, and see what he's got to say for himself." Vaguely wondering what the result would b e, Phil summoned up his courage, and marched boldly forward and dropped upon one kne e before the dais, then arose and stood with folded arms before the unknown master of these strange beings and sur roundings. "Ha! thou art punctual, Cross-Bones!" came the words, in a deep. hoarse tone of voice. "What news for thy brethren bringest thou?" "None, chief!" Photograph Phil replied, in a disguised voice. "The information for which I sought was 11ot to be had." "Why addre3S me as 'chief.' Sir Pirate? Dost thou not r ecognize the differ nee between me and thy lligh-commDnd e r Diablo?" ".A.y, I readily perceiv!'d tbe diff Prence, your honor, but chose to call you cbi P f. because thou art acting in the place of the grP" t Diahlo I" At this juncture. Photograph Phil become sud denly aware that be bad made a great blunder! for tliere wa an MlStant hiss from the masked gamb ers, and a sPries of revolver clicks! and the voung advenm 01 h a c l but to glance around to find that a scor<> nf six-m our "WPI!, supi:osin' J ain't? What are you going to do aho11t it, anyhow?" Phil demanded, tea.ring olf his mask. "My a uto?rn.pbical signature ls Photograph Phil, everv time, and if you want anything of me, j es t sper.'k ou !" As range r hiss came from the mysterious crowd, foliC>wed by a groan. "Ohl you needn't hiss and groan, as if you bad swallowed an ov erdose of goose and mince pie!" Phil continued, seeing tha t no one offered to argue the pointwith him. "You can't scare me worth a cent. I'm proor agaimt secb foolery. If you're blacklegs, say so, a ud I shall be most happy to take your photographs." "Thou ar& a s1 ranger, whose wit bath led thee to penetrate into the Infernal Fr.rty tribunal," the fig ure upon the throne spoke. "Therefore, unless thou takest oath o.s a brother. thou art a dead man. We are just forty favored sons of the devil, all worklng to one end-forty, just-no more. If a man is ad mitted, he is put through the initiation, and we mark him. He then draws lots with such a man of the band as a jury shall name, and if be wins h e Jives. e. pledged member of the Black Band, who are doomed forever to labor for the God of Gold under the earth, while the other member dies, and vice Vet Ba/" Phil nodded grimly. "Go on," he said, coolly. "Thou, the intruder, bast the choice of two chances. Eithe r thou art to subject tbr.self to in stant death, or submit to the t errible lmtiations of our Infernal Brotherhood. Which will you have! Will you be a servant unto the God of the CbJistian or a slave of me the great Diablol" Photograph Phil gave vent to a S{>eculative whis tle, and was wmewbat alarmed at his posiLion. This was a little the tigr.test fix he remembered of ever having been in. He l oad the cbolce-of dealh, or of joining what Ile had already decided was a band of robbers.and ruffians! He took some time to turn the matter over in bis mind before he made any reply to the chief's que& tions. "Ccmel time l s up,; make your choice without any more hesitation!' Diablo cried. "You will accept-which!"' "I will j oin your band I" Photogra pb Phil replied, deliberately. "As l don t care about bein' put in under the ground for awhile yet, it seems my only turn "Thou bast chosen wisely I" Diablo said, with a J:orrible chuckle. "1 he gevil rejoicetb when he catcbes a fish like you." "Or a sucker like yowself," Phil retorted, with s laugh. But a strange, sibilant bis from the band seemed to indicate that they did not relish the point of the joke; but the chief chuckled audibly, bis burning eyes fastene d upon the Eoy Sleuth in a gaze that was anything but pleasant. "Brethre n of tle lnferaal Forty, .be said to the band, "tho u beboldest here a new candidate for po sition in thy ranks. You all know th<> rules of our devilish and unprinciple d order-where a new ap plicant is sent in, either the applicant or one from your midst, must die. An elec1ion is held to see who shall be the man to draw straws with the new candirlate. Such an election will now be held. First, however, let the nP,w candidate b e disarmed, and his fe"t bound until be Is r eady for initiation. Several of the outlaws advanced upon Photograph Phil, who threw up his arms and allowed them to go through his clothing, but they failed to find weapons of any sort. He "'8.S seated upon one of the benches. and bis feet securely botwd, so that he could not walk. When this was accompliehed, the chief. Diablo. descended from bis throne. if such the de is might b e oolled, carryini;: in his hand a box. "Let everv man get read'{ to cast his vote!" he ordered. "Every man sbal write upon a piece of paper the name of the man that Is, m bis opinion.

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Photograph PhiL the best pl'llpa r'lld to die, and drop the vote into the box. The name receiving r .he most votes'"llhall be tile man to draw straws with the new candidate." A strang ., unnatural silence prevailed in the room. Each man received a blank slip of paper trom Di a blo, and b etook himself to a ditl'erent part of t,e room. whe rei.1 Lo write out some fella w-mortal's death warc-a :i t Phil sat looking on, wondering wh'nt the 1s,ue woulr to r emain in ignorance as t o whom they cast their v te for, and accordingly they eparat d t;:i write their deatu-messag\i. Th" ch i d Diablo seated himself at one of the tables, with tho box l>efore him, and when the maske.d brethr.en had written th ir votes, they passed by the tahle in single file and dropped tbem foto the box, r.itiring there tfter to a r espectful distance, where they awai ed, while Diab:O counted the votes. He w mt over th.em carefully, sorting out t;ach man's vote by itself. rwo m e n seemed to have more vote s than all the rest combiued. and it looked doubtful which of the two woull coma in ahea J. Two pair of evil eyes, i n the mea"'ltime'pwere level ed alternately upon the 1 able, and at hot 1grap'.\ Philhwho cane t t h coacbsion th.at the y llelonged to t wn \'VerJ, on) or other, destined tJ be his oppo.lent. in the pqll of After the last vote h a:! bee:i s and Diablo arose wit!h a suppr .. cbuckJ e L n bis there was a mome1t of d dathly si!e3ce. not a. man moved or breathed, but sGooi with bated breath awaiting tbs issue. Diablo finally spoke: Tile votes have b ee n counted. and It f:\l!s to Diuena, the Spaniard, to full the d9ath straws. Seize him, knights, &ni l bin him, th:it he may lo no Ollil injury; the n prepare to l!"lve tbe new c:tn didate b.is initiatton. What is your name, young "Photol!'ra;ph Phil, at your service I" "Very well. sir. S t!'e l your heart to pain, and prt>pare yo 1 rs If hr til e excr1,1chting agomes of our mfern.'.l.l !" "Go ahead I" Phil replie: I. H e was resolved that I! others couJ J liv' throu:i-h he t o r tuie h e colli. Prep trations were mac.le accordin;r to Dia bl J's or \n I was seizart bo lily. and carried al)ou' the roo n by the he LJ and heels, while th" wh? l e f)l!owei in his w1'ce, bo'617 in a frightful mann r ma' dn-!' ad a t'1J.t he could nMr, !tlthou; h to !:tin i t ws but a faint, iodescrib'1.b l e pandemo nium )11 S)'l'l l. Aftm a 1 vl1i! h e was laii upon t'1 e tloor, but was spee Iii vs a ; iin and rah d but tbi 'time upon a ! 'll w'1icl:t be w 1s u ncere'l!onlously 1 mto the air and caught a'l'ain. Sha.II w e at tempt to decribe the feelings of the Boy Sleuth durL1g t >is in erestiul!' performance? Our p e n would eventu'\lll' fail us in depicting tbe strange and varied sensa t i 0 n.;; he 0xperie lC2ti. The bouncing proces was finally finisher!, and he was stool upo n his feet, and of his upper garments, to the wait. Then th ,re was a strange silence! Wha t w:i.s to H"'I the chie f now speaks. bis hoarse, cruel voice bearing a sp'ce of d e vilish exnltlttion in its tone. "Bring f'lrth the red-hot forty,' and mark our m1'n for life I" There wg,s a hiss from the tbe n the bandage was torn from the eyes of th'! Bo.r Sleuth. He started witb a cry of alarm and horror, at the awful sight that was presented to his geze I CRAYI'ER Ill. A !LI.IDEN IN DISTRESS-TH& INEVITABLE TBB.&lC Ctll 4 KIND, -OUT under the moonlight of that same.eventful night, tbe gulch was crowded with miners and ad venturers-a heterogeneous mass o f p eople who were hurry in!{ to and fro, or gathered in knots, con versing upon tlie main topics of the day. The n igllt was balmy for Nove:nber, and the moonli;.:P..t tnc11antiug enough to W.:Lrrant lovers in tak in g r omantic stroll. But very iew lovers were there rn t11is liv ely town of Cascade City-unless they WP.re all lovers together and of one thinggold. What a wns that presented there under thQ full rays of the great soanng moon I In one place, two brutal toughs were engaged in a rough-and-tumble combat with knives, ringed in by a crowd of admiring friends. In another place, tbe wily Easoern three-card monte mau had pitched bis stand unde r the dome of the mounlit heavens. and was plying game with abundant success to himself. Man after man crowded round this new sensa tion, and many a poor foo l put down bis last poucb of dust upon the cards wi t h the hope tha t ha-was g0ing to win. But all in vain. He lost every time, while tM gamble r won every timehand shoved the proJeecls down i o to bis wit a chuckle. H e was a brawny individual, witb a superabun dance of fat on bis limbs and in his tl orid face, and dressed in the fantastic costume of a sporting gent from Texas. Hi* eye s were partlcularlv sinister in their e:x:pres sion, and he boasted o f sucft a monstrous mustache ag but few men could cultivate, it being full and thick, of a sandy hue, and the ends, fully two feet in l e nl!'th, thrown back over his shoulde r Now, don't b e offish gentlemen!" this man cried, with a compiacen<'.V of V()ice that was designed to be encourngin ?. 'Don' t p.it skcert, or, as my name's Colonel Bill Sandford1 I'll pull up stakes an' go ter afore I'll stay m this yere town . S a e by&r! jest as easy ter pick up tiler winnin' card as ter eat buff'1'r m e:it. Look at me, now I Watch my every move and motion\ and I'll flip tbe pasteboards with my eyes shut, ana pick up the Quee n of Hearts before I the m I" An1 t h e "Colo!!e l k P"P,t his promise. and not only picke
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Photograph Phil. 7 ye could buckin' ag'ln' my three-keerd monte table. Ye ken 't flip a card worth two cents I" "Aw I you weally don't say sol" Rosebud Rob drawled afl'ectedly, with a y a wn. "You are deuced ly clever wittt your praises, you know; but, aw I start the game and we will s e e!'' i.iueen of Hearts is to l.Je the winning card I" Bill Sandford announced, expertly throwing tbe three pasteboards upon the table. "What will ye do, ye little sleek bantam?" I "I'll deposit a hundred dollars tbet I can pick up the 'queen,' aw I" Rob announced, counting out a .. Will you cover it, aw I Sir "On course I" tbe Texan replied, triumphantlr, stacking an equal sum upon the Sport's chips. "Go ahead1 ye durned, bleed in' Yank, an' nominate yer keerdl' "Awl to accommodate you, awl" the Sport replied, with a chuckle1 and up tbe card nearest to him, he helc! up the of Hearts." Col. Bill Sandford uttered a curse. A murmur of applause came from the crowd. While the Sport serenely removed and wiped bis eye-glasses Hang you!" Sandford growled, "you only biun dered into it. Ten to one you couldn't do et ag'in?" Ho! bo !" Rob sneered. "It's all done slmplJ! by a twtst of your wrist, you know. Bess?" "Here I ar', pard I" and tbe girl dare-devil pushed forward from among the crowd. What'll ye bev wi' eugarin it?" "I want you to hold my money I" Rosebud Rob re plied. sarcru;tically. D'ye see that individual across the table, wbo spar's the enormous mustache!,, "Do !?"Bess said. closing one eye obliquely, and regarding the gambler coolly. "Wal, I reck;i:: I do tbet same. Ye mean the chap wi' er hoss s tail sproutin' frum his upper jaw?" "The same. Now, ye see. be is an expert gambler, come down here to fleece tbese g ullible citizens of Cascade Gulch out of their bard earnings. There fore it behooves me, as a i:tt.ardian angel o' the peacP. to sail in and bu'st bis bank!" "Kerwhoop Jest my .anctimoneyous thoughts, exactly!" Baltimore ess assented. Beat the du cats cl'ar out of him.,, "Colonel" Bill Sandford from Texas, scowled savage ly, and seiz : d the cards fiercely, and shuffied them. Ye ;y ankee Brag I" be taunted. "I'll go ye a thousand dollars ag'in' a thousand tbet ye kent pick up the Queen of Hearts this time, o.ne trial." "Stack your chips!" Rosebud Rob cried. "I'll either loosen the strings to your purse, or go bu'st ed. Bess. gal, can you lend me a hundred, to fill out my pile? T seem to be a little behind the stake." "Waa1, now, I sbouldu't weather!" and reaching Into a buckskin pocket, the girl dare-devil drew forth a handful of golrl coins, two ot which sbe gave to Rosebud Rob, w h o deposited bis wager. The crowd now surged eagerly nearer, for this w-as momentous anrl extraordinary gambling, such as was not of Pveryday occurrence. Sandford shuffled tb'e cards with unuRnal care, and was not a little nervous. for it was seldom that he met so dangerous an opponent. H e bad been one of the wealthiest monte gam blers in the hut had Jost nParly all in a disastrOUS speculation, lately, and had com<> to Cascade City with but a matter of fifteen hundred dollars in pocket, hoping to retrieve bis vanished fortune. But, from all indications, he had tackled the wrong mn.n. For although he threw the cards in as dextrous a manner as he knew how, the Sport picked up the fatal "queen," with a laugb, and raked in the stakes. Sandford swore roundly, and whipped two heavy 41-callber revolvers from his belt, but betere be -could ralse them, Baltimore Bess had "covered him. "No ye don't, Mr. Mustacberl" she advised. "Jest ye restore tbem aire pop-gu11s toyer belt, or I'm an embodied spirit of Christopher Columbus ef I don't bore a bole through ye qmcker'n a cat kin sneeze. "I'll allow l'm capable o' k eerin' fer this .. an' kin hck ary man as says be "Curse youi" Sandford growled, returning his weapons to their holsters, "curse you. I'll get even with you yet. Gentlemen, tbe bank's broke, and there will be no more gaming to-night i" And giving the Spo1t an ugly look, the man from Texas slunk away among the crowd; while Rose bud Rob smiled good-naturedly, as be shoved bis winnings into his pocket. "I reckon that chap won"t play monte again, anyhow I" he said. 'At least, not uni!! he gets r i;n with me. An ugly bruise to bis pride, it was, h > be beaten at his own game. Didn't you see him, as he waltzed away? Ohl but be had blood in bis eye-likewise gore :-to some ext nf , coe gulated crimson I Oh! yes, mucbly I His very soul tldrsteth for bloody reve1 .ge. Like some Sarac n be will fall upon me witb a sword of huge dimensions, and mow me down like a blade of grass." "No be won't!" Bess assured, with arms nkimbo. "See bayr! aint I on band? When tbet big Texan steer gits on your trail I allow l'll be on hand. Every woman was made 'specially fer ter be 1ber natural pnrtector and gcardian sum man-tber guidin' element ter his wiJ d moments-th er proppin' band ter bis di,ponclent srells-tber bleedm' o' bis pocket-book. That's me, P0s1 y-me clean tbru from A to alphabet, you bet! Fate ordained et tbet Baltimore bess should di us be a strong arm o' protectio11 to the wt ak and innocent I" ''But rm neither weak nor innocent, B ess, so I relieve you of your self-imp csd responsibility," tbe Sport replied witb a smil e as be sauntered away. Later a little. feminine cries. and the clatter or hoofs attracted the attention of tbe tbrong-s in the gulch in the direction of the stage-road which wound down into the valley from the bluffs to the east. Screams that were frauglt wit alarm and terror, too, they were, and that echoed and re-echoed upon the silvery moonlit atmosphere of the autumnal nig:bt. A horseman-or, rather, a horsewoman, sl1ot out Into view, and was seen spurring a white horse madly down the slopes into tbe heart of the gdcb. Everybody stares I What is tbe cause of her af fright-her screams-her undue haste? Ha: As she comes nearer, the cause looms Into view not far in the r ear in tbe shar.e of four borsel\(e lashing their animals to cxl raordinary l\1echan!cally the crowd SUf3'ed forward to see the thing through. As she came before the great breastwork of hu manity, she drew rein and ceased her screams-sat erect UJJOn her secldle, her bair pushed back in wild confusion, aud her face lit in the streaming moon light An Involuntary murmur of admiration ran riot among tbe great crowd. Such a face bad never be fore been seen in the mines-was not often to be seen in a lifetime. if searched for the world over. It was a brilliantly-expressive face of perfect fea ture fired by a pair of lan;e brown eyes full of smoldering passion, and half-framed in wavy wreaths of chestnut hair. The eyes wore a startled look now; the maiden; e breath came in quick gasps; a burning ilusb hhd been aroused in her cheeks by the wild ride, And although she was scarce more than seven teen, she possessed a form that was willowy and all that was graceful A riding-habit of some expensive dress-goods, to with a bat swung by the strings about hei

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Photograph Phil. c -----------------,-----------------""111 a hznor not to l e t those cruel 0 Th a t s ttles it, miss ,, cli?d a. cool vmce, and who should pus 1 forwar I but the Spatter Snort Rosebud R > b. closely followed by dare-devil, Baltimore and the bummer, Bully Ike. "Wt>'re on deck e ve;:y time a woman for aly taking yc u.r dirty paws off from that young taayt" "Sir, .,.h&t do you meanf" the new comer crled, in -evident 1n1rprise, bis clutch still upon the maiden's arm. "I meun just what I said, the SJ50rt assured; anci if you doa't follow my instructions in erbout the twinkling of old Jupiter's l e fr Aye, I'll make p erforated card-hoard out o' ye fer ladies t e r work mottoes on, you bet your best chips. My name is Rosebud Rob, if you want to know it' a man to suit all circumstan cest'" -"Young man your Insolence is pardonable when (come to regard you In your rudesu1roundings. But you should use more r e spP.ct iu addressing one of God's S P rv ants, for you will readily perceive that I am a minister of te Gospel-the Reverend Lucas Alynf", at your s e rvic e." Rosebud Rob gwe v ent to a prolonged whistle, while Bait more B 'SS dance d ahout excitedly, her fists doubled u:ii in warlike arr1ty "I'll hes nn old li!l.r!" silP proclaimed, vo ciferously: "two to one h e nevyer SPe'd ther inside o' a church. Luk at tbet flgger-head o' his, will _ve? Pbe e-e -ewt I thort h'> was a half 'twixt e r Spitz cur and a !Jerarle coyote, darn my stockings 1t I didn't!" The crowd cheered at this point, a11d the R everend Lucas gre1v wrathy. "'Tis a shame ful disgrace-an to the pul pl.ti" he growl d. "Bah! ynu contemptible hypocrite!'.' the girl cried scornfnll .v. me, sir!,, "Na1 r Will clo nothioE! of the kind the Virgin Jan uYoung-m'l.n, will you put down your we!l.oon and allow me to pass? I am an innocent man 1 n a land that I atn uuacquR.inted with. Tam will .mg to do.everythiug that is fair, and it you will call upon me to morrow, I will show vou p;-oof that I am an ordainPCI minister ot the gospel, e.il c that I nm also i:,"llardian or this Wll!'"'...t' hlld, who took a wild notion Into her head w i-9utr house ana nome on no pretext whatever." because ha i.bused me and whipped me. A.s God hears me, tais is truth!" "!t is talse-utterl.I' false!" Lucas prote!lted, m holv My child, will you n versee the path of lying in your way?" "Not while you are around, you base wretch!" the girl cried, her eyes fiahing vehemently. "Y"u are a hypocrite-a bad, bolJ man. wearing the cloak of the church to cov e r your sins-a wolf in sheen's clothing I" "Youn!? la'ly," R ob said," I believe you, and you shall he freed from him for a time at lea.st. Your name i s --?'' ",Jennie Grey, sir. Ob! if you will please him let go my arm-I-I-he is pinching me with all his strength." "Let go of her arm, you old devil!" Rob cried, fierc e ly, and the menacing way in which his revol v ers came up to a level caused the Virginian to rela:.. his hold with a shudder. "NolV then. Miss GN>y, if you will allow me to assist you to al ght, I will hunt UJ> a place for you to stay until furr her arrange ments can be made. B ss\ old will you shoot this man, it h e at tern pts mo estal10n ?" "You're jest shour.in' 1 will!" the dare-de"il as sented c overing the R evere nd. "Anl bayr, toot" announced the bummer, Bully Ike, who had l!ecome somewhat sobe red, by this time "I'm one of ther crowd-ther n e w candidate fp;n ther 668d congressional deest.rict, an' kin pum mel the mug of ary fer ther drinks!" As Rosebud Rob gracefully assiste d Jennie Grey to alight, the tb1'!le companions of Alyn e who had ha.lted some distance awny. came spurring forward. One was p, dark-compl exioned, black-mustached Individual of five-and-tw enty years, attired in e. hunting suit, while upon the races of bis two older companions was plainly written "rive r roughs. a The younger man, as be drew rein with an oath, also drew a revolver. "Drop that girl, curse you!" he cried, addnssing Rosebud Rob. and covering him with his weapon. "Deliver her back to the saddle, or I'll blow your brain out on the spot!" Hold up thar, pilgrim!" Baltimore Bess cried, as she and the bummer, and the miner, J ohn Mason sprung to the Sport'" side. ''I'll allow thet three of a kind allus heats two pair, and b esides, w e've got the crowd to back us!" And a yell !r?m the crowd sealed the verdict. CHAPTER IV. HORE 011' THE iNITIATION-PBIL A DEMON-AN lllFE&NAL O UTLAW. WE will now return to the scene wherein we last left Photograph Phil. As stated, he uttered a startled cry at the sigh t his gaze rested upon, wbeB the bandage was re moved from pis eyes. It was a scene that must have startled the strongest-minded person at first The room had been darkened, and before him the B Y Sleut h beheld a con pie of human h eads perched upon poles. all dripping and gory, as if they had just been cut from b.>die s. Beyond these yet, and forminl? a circle entirely around him, were human Rkelutons. standing upon the floor. as if possessed of life, while their bony arms and h,.nds w ere stretched out t oward him, and their skulls seemed tbe impersonation of hideonS'lPSS inasmuch as they were surrounded b:ir a pbosphoreseent nalo of light. P erhaps Phil shnddere
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Photograph Phil. 9 Instantly there was a hiss, and the skeletons. and heads suddenly disappeared through the floor, and Diablo and bis imps stvod in their place The transform tion occurred so suddenly that Photograph Phil was unable to tell how it was done, but he rightly c.:>nclud ed, by the aid of traps in the floor. "Tbou didst not fear tbe doo m e d spirits of the dead tha t ros e out of Hades?" Dia blo said, surprise manifested in bis tone. "Nary a tir11e, yer honor!'' Phil replied, with a chuckle. "Guess not! Why, thPm ar' bones were of no account in s c aring me. H Say, how tnuch will you take to let m e the t scene? I could make a .:'ortune out of it.' "Thy fortune s are b ound unto me, Diablo, the for Satan I I own thee, body "The deuce you do! Git out! don't sling your taffy at me in that shape for I don't swaller it worth ceu t." .,, "Thou art c ertainly pos s essed of a brave heart and a l!'lib tong u e anr l a valuable acquisition thou art to mine Infernal F rce s. Thou hast yet another to take b efore the administration of the All right-shove ahead I" "Tbe chie f has spoken!" was the grin response, and thPman, Diablo, retired to tbe revolving-throne, where h e seated himself, with a wave of bis band. Photograph was next seized and borne to a wooden column which arose from floor to ceiling, near the center of the room, but a few feet from foe throne. He was placed with his back to this. with his face fronting toward the throne and bound, one rope being passe l around his ank\es, another at his knees, waist, and throat, making him a helpless prisoner. The whole band, with the exception of Diablo, then passed around and around tbe pole, chanting hiesing, and groaning, until a whi stle from the chief caused tb11m to cease and pair off into line at either band. The whistle was also instrumental in bringing for ward, from an adjoining room, the man Diuena, l:iearing a large kettle of live coals, in which were tbrnst sev e ral irons for the purpo> e of branding. Phil perceived this, and a bard expression came ov.er bis features, for he realized that be was to be brandt d .,,.,th rM-lwt fro ns A shuddPr involuntarily ran through bis frame. It was a b.-;rror of horrors, truly. Ha I bar" Di ablo cried, triumphantly. "We will eee the bravo sque al, now Diuena, you koow your work. First the '40' stamp, then the 'skull and cross-bones.' and then the 'fratexnity' stamp." Tbe Spaniard bowed, and an exultant chuckle seemed to come from beneath his mask. Diuena seized one of the irons from the tire, and approached. The iron was made in the shape of a 4 and 0, and when imprintPd upon anything left tbe impression of "40." This stamp was six inches in l ength, by four in width, and was at a white heat. The fair, smooth b e<\St of tbe young Slenth was bare, and was prepare d to receive the cruel iron; nor coul'1 the prisoner havH hurst the bonds had be tried. Nothing, tbenhremaine d for him to do but to bear it to the bst of 's ability, His teeth were s e t like a vise, and bis whole frame drawn rigid. Nearer-nearer came the brander, his eyes gleam ing through the mask like coals of his every movemeat seen fraught with devilish exwtance. Now be p o is e s the red-hot brand, and then push e11 lt down savagely against the breast of the cap tive. The Irons bnrn deep Into the quivering flesh-the sputtering of the burning flesh anrl til e sickening stench that arises. but adding to the terrible scene. .A.t last, apparently satisfied wltb the pain be bad tnfilcted, Dmena removed bis instrument of torture, aii.d etepped back to the kettle. A livid 40 stood reveaied oron t"he l::reast ot Photograph Phil, seare d deep irlto the skin-a terri ble mark, never to be obliterated. All eye s were instantly raised to the face of tne young Sl euth, to note the expre ssion there. It was a l"l11ile of" s c orn that mamled the coolly compose d features of the prisoner. There was not the least visible shade of pain-no tears, nothing that mocking smile. Diab lo uttered an admiring oath I Such grit he evidently bad not seen Defore. "Diuena, thou needst not mark the forehead or the prisoner I" be said. Only the body need thy hand touch." "And why tnis change, most noble chief?" "For reasons best known to myself, Sir Imp. Proceed with thy work. Brand the prisoner yet with the skull and cross-bon e s, and pour salt water For a moment it seemed to him that he should yell outright, so intense was the smarting sensation resulting from this briny bath, but no sound came from him, much to the wonder of Di a blo. "Release him I" the chief cried, sharply. "A man of his grit deserve tr.e honors of the Infernal B and. Now. then. Sir Photograph Phil, I will read the oath of allegiance, and you are to repeat lit after me, word for word, with a. revolver against your temple. The l east hesitation will cause that revolver to go off, and a.s a result ;rou will be a dead man." well, sir. Go ahead with your machine; I'm ready,' Pbil r e plied, g-rimly for be knew that if he could stand the excruciating agony of the burning irons, h e certainly could bear to take the oath; for be was not takingit in the sight of God but in the sight of the devil. Hence be argued there was no harm. The chief began to read the oath, and word tor word Photograph Phil repeated It after him. Dear reader, we refrain from giving it upon paper. H And now," Diablo said, closing tbe book, ''dost thou understand what thou bast sworn to-what a terrible vow binds you to us, young man?" I should judge that my understanding must be in some degre e aroused by this time!" Phifreplted. "And thou knowest that thou art bound to me body ailld soul-bound to obey my every beck and nod-bound to execute your best work in my behalf when I shall so comma.nd it?" "I ain't deaf, -vou old son of a gun I" "Take care I Provoke me not, lest I smite you,,. the chief replied. "Brothers, release and anoint the prisoner This was promptly done. Tbe bonds which confined the Boy Sleuth VTere cut, and he stood upon the floor, while rPadyJiands dressed and anointed bis burns and rubbed the blood in his.Jim bs into circulation. He was then helped on with his garments, and stood in the garb in which he had entered. Diablo then descended from tbe throne. "You must now draw for life!" be commanded, exhibiting tbe ends of a couple of straws in bis hands "Diuena, you bave tbe flrst choice. If you draw the short straw twice out of thrcJ times, you are doom ed to be shot until dead!" Tbe Spaniard nodded solemnly, and seized the end of one of the straws, while Photograph Ph!! took the remaining one. Diuena drew the short straw. Again Diablo retired long enough to get the straws arranged, and again did the Spaniard draw the fatal straw. "You must diPJ" the chief said, In a low. hoarse tone. and scarcely l'ad the words l ft bis lips, whe n the Spaniard dropped to the floor with a bullet through bis hrnin, and Photogrnph Phil was a regu lar member of the order of the Dread Infernal Forty -was an outlaw among outlaws "Come I" Diablo sai d. "l would see you ab11e. >"or there is work for you t.o ao."

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10 Photograph PhiL He led the way, and Photograph Phil followed. He calculated that Jas initiation was at an end, and that possibly there might be a chance for escape. Dialllo the way beyo1. the dais, .and stepped within a larire circle waicb h ."1 been marked out on the floor, motioning Phil to imitate bis example, which Ile did, and. to his surprise, they began to go rapidly downward mto a pit of darkness like unto St.vgia. Down-down-Phil was not able to judge how far, ere thet." Phil obeyed, for there was nothing else to do. He found that the passage through which they were to creep was ba1-ely large enoue;h to a low of their movmg upon h"nds and knee. s, and, moreover, that the roci.:. were wet and slimy. The blackn ss was intense. From th!l m outh of the the passage tended slightly upward, and, in many place s, water dripped down upon them from crevices in the rock, wetting them to the skin. As he crept along, thi! _nind of Photograph Phil was not. idle. Remembering the situation he had oc cupied when he had left the above-ground retreat, and the way be had stepped from the platform, he gradually it out that the y were cre-.iing m a northerl.y direction, and this d ecis ion, added to the dripping of the water; convinced him that they were either traveling in under the bel of the creek. or were beneath the falls which tumbled into th6\-al ley. On-on they crept; it seemed to him that their journey would never reach an end. Diab!:> uttered not a syllable but moved straight on, and nothing was left for Phil to d'.> but follow in his wake. It seemed many hours ere thev emerc:ed from the narrow channel into a large niche i0 the r ocks, the size of an ordinary roorn. Here they were enabled to rise f o their feet and stretch their cramped lim bs. From niche, or cave, a broader passage ran on-all of thee stranp excavation seemed to have been wormed out by water-powPr. After taking a drink from a canteen Diablo led on. Purs11in$" the course or the passage, they soon emerged mto a scene which was stra.nge as it was startJin,<. There was n !Jig-antic plateau of sand and rock of five or six acres extent. upon eve ry side by perpendicular walls of rugged pine-timbered r 0ck3 to the hi gh t o f se\'eral hundred faet, a of basin, as it were, locl;S out m to the outer world, and leave bis neo,essary plans un-til after that. u Ther o is one more point t wish to advise you on,'" Captain Diablo said, leading th<> way out into plateau, further. The so-called moontide which washes gold into the valle y b0\ow is also a work of my organization. To the northeast of this retreat: a small stream flows tranquilly along until it reaches a point just beyond us to the south, where it debouches from its subterranean course and pours in a cascade into the g !ch. Once a month, thre e streamswhicb wash gold from the SauGuiese mines are turned into Cascade creek, and a great quantity rushes with thatide. a'1d is l d ofl'into this cavern by trap sluices. Much of it also goes over into the irulch, bui; so insiimificaut a sum as to be scarcely worth notice in comparison with the Sabaras of golden sand which reach us. S everal venturesome men have at tempted to uufave l the s eeming mystery of the moontide, but the;u have been summarily captured and dispatched. We will now blindf.:ild you. a.nd r
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Photograph PhiL 11 The moonlight streamed just as brightly as when he had left the gulch. "I am an outlaw.I" Photograph Phil murmured, "an d all because of my infernal curiosity to inves tigate the secrets of that Temple of Bacchus,' as It is called. I am a sworn and brande d outlaw toe servant of an eartibly Satan. Ha I ba I we shall seehowfar J will serve y.m,SirDiabl" I We s hall see what can be done in your easel Certainly the doings of to-night have given me a giimp' e into a hell upon earth, and it would be queer if I fear to work. In the mean time, quiet shall serve me best. To -morrow I will go ahead and start up my photo i;rapWng business, and w hi!e I work a t that. ns Photograph Phil, the ever-watchful Boy Sleuth shall be upon his guard, and work even as the ferret works. As to this Rosebud Rob, I must make him my special study." Tired and sore. he to hunt >1p a lodg:ing plaoe at some miner's cabin, or perchance bunk In his wagon. __ CHAPTERV. MURDER AND ROBBERY. THE tables were fairly upon the reverend Virginian and his backers for evi
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Photograph Phil. "Tutt tut! don't speak of It, Uttle lady. Your bright aft' cheery presence will more'n pay for what little vou eat an' Come right along inside, and let's find Priscilla. Priscilla Mason was easily found. She was seated before a table, paring potatoes, preparatory for the morning. and humming an anment Sabbarh-school song, which she must have committed to memory years before, when she was a blo nming young maiden. For Priscilla could now be safely called an old maid, when flveand-forty years had dragge d over her head. and left furrows and wrinkles in her pinched and bony countenance. Indeed, Priscilla possessed no b eauty at all, and y ears of single life bad served to sour her temper as well as her looks. Well, John Miner I is that you?" she exclaimed, fn a shrill, harsh voice. I don't see what keeps you out-of-doors so late every night. I hope f o r goodness' sake you will try and mend your ways, John. You know what the Good Book says about the evils of staying out late of night.s. Ob, deary I it makes me sick to be always a-jawin' of you, John Miner.'' "Then, for Heaven's sake I don't everlastingly make a habit of it, Prissy. But look here, if yon can possibl.I' take your hand oft' from that, potatoptm, and see what a present I have got for you I" Miss Prisciila did look-then bounded to h e r feet with a feminine shriek, and away went the potatoes and pan upon the floor. HYou, Jobn Minert" shega.sped; H,You-yougone and tied a woman to your coat-tails!' "Ho ld on no,., Prissy; don't get oft' ther belt, nil ter Gnce. This young lady has been placed in our J>rotection by the miners, and we are to keep away .a passel o' galoots who hev laid claims ter her. 'That's all -so quiet yourself." "Dew tell!" Miss Priscilla gasped, hastily picking up her potatos. amt sprucin!? about, wonderfully. So ye're a r egular leetle her'me, eh, miss, like they .tell us about in the novels? Laws! who'd 'a' thought? John Miner, do you go to the !S'rocery and get eame tea at once for the canister is clean gon e empty, and there's nothing" so stren!\htening to tlle nerves as a good cup o f rea. Her ines drlnk tea, don'tthey, miss?" she ad led turning apologetically tn .J enllie "Dear me I I clear forget all I ever ilid know." "J: presume they do," J ennie laughed, "though you a r e overr&ting me in calling me a heroine. 'That Is one of the things I never laid claim to." Miss Priscilh \vould no& hear w ucb an idea, and. continually persisted in making J ennie out a real heroine. A plain but<>11bstantial meal of venison, oatmeal, and corn-brea I, with a choice of fresh milk or tea, 'Was soon s e t upon the table, and thankfully the new ward of John Miner proceeded to do justice to it. The meal finished, she was shown to a snug little room. which Miss Priscilla assure d her was to be iler own; and after bidding the hostess good-night, the fugitive retired for the night, feeling a greater &ense of safety thall she had for many a long week. Ros ebud Rob, aftlr leaving Jennie Grey lu front 'Surprise, for he bad nev r known Mann&'S inti mately. "Oh I I was a little w-0rried, and wished to consult you," the clP.rk said, seating himselr, and producing a oase of cigars. "You are well posted as to the evil ell'mellt in this place. and perhaps can advise me what to do." "Maybe I can, if you open up your batteries, so that I can see what you are drivmg at." Well, in the first place, we are kind of worried, becausd we have an overstock of gold ou hand, which we have no immediate chance to ship, as the 'Ironcld' will not get around here in a m onth again. Had I not, from your several sets. l earned ro u-uet you implicitly, I should not t ell ,you this. Perhaps yo11 will be surprised when I t e ll y o u that there is a half a million of dollars in goltl insi d e these walls, in addition to the cash assets o f the bank itself." EvidPntly tbe Sport was surprised, for hegaTe ent to a qui e t whistle "All that gold never was taken 0ut of tbe sands of Cascade Gulch!" he said interrogatively. "Ob I no. There are two large deposits in the names of men who have recently come fro m other mine s, b esides a considerable dust and grains from this valley." And you feel rather spookish wi' secb a grist In the tiller, eh?" "Yes, especially as men have been ca_ghi in the act of watching tbe bank upon several occasions of late after dark. "Were the y masked!" "Yes, and well heeled," was the reply. "Diabl.o, the road-agents' men, no doubt. You've beard of them!" ''No." "WPJI, you'r e lucky then. A new gang of cut y o u see, under a human devjl called Dia career of the '' By no means. Dead wood Dick had many gentle manly traits, hut from what 1 can learn, this so. styled Diablo and his gang arP human vultures and cut-throats, whose only aim is plunder and blood shed." Do you believe our bank is in any dangcrf" "Not if you keep it guarded. H o w many persons know that you have so much wealth on hand!" "None. excepting yourself, Millicent Vere, and the officers of the bank." "Ab I who is this Millicent Vere, of whom you speak?" "Oh I she is all right. The daughter of a widow, down below here. I have known her some time, and believe her perfectly honest or I shouldn't have intrusted her with so important a s ecret." "Well. maybe you did right, and m aybe you did n't," the Sport observed. thoughtfully. "t would n't trust such a secret with a woman. unless she were my wife. and then I should want a muzzle on her tongue." And so saying, he sauntered away down the gulch, leaving Mark Manners sitting upon the bank steps. From that night dated Cascade City's history In t h e annals of crime. For in the early dawn of the morning the startling intelligence was heralde d abroad that a robbery had been perpetrated at the Big Lode Bank, and the watchman, Ike Caruthers, and the cashier, Mark Manners, had been killed. The news spread like wildfire, and va..t crowds quickly gathered in the vicinity of the bank. Ros ebud Rob bad been among the first upon the spot after the alarm was given, and he was speedily joined by half a dozen others, among whom w ere ll!i.ltimore Bess, Bully Ike, the bummer, and Photo graph Phil The dastardlv work had been committed within the bank, for Manners and the man Caruthers Jay upon the counting-room floor, a bullet-hole in each of t heir temples telling how they had died. The place, even to the singl e vault, had been ran. sacked of everythinsz of money value. and such articles as were not. portable had been smashed, or damaged to a great extent.

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Photograph Phil. And over the kalsomined walls were writte n, with the devices of skull and cross-hones the words: Thi; is ti w&1 k o f D ia blo and !ti..< I11'"er11alForty "That explains it," Rosebud Roh said, pointing to the incription. "It is the work of that human ghoul, Diablo. In the dead of night they have somehow contrived to surprise Manners and the guard, and murdered them m cold blood As he tlnihed speaking, Baltimore Bess approachI'd. and as she caught sight of the deathly race of Manners lying upon the floor she suddenly gre w very white, gave vent to a strange, painful cry, and in a d ead faint would have fallen, had it not bee n for Rosebud Rob, who caught her and broke her fall. What was Manners to her?" the president of the bank asked, coming forward with a pitcher of water, which be dashed Into her face "You've given me a conundrum I" the Sport re plied, gazing down into the pretty face of the dare devil. Bess soon regaine d her consciousness. Hers was a strong constitution, and she ever rallied quickly. Ros ebud Rob assisted her to arise. and wiped the wet from ber face with his handkerchief. She trem bled in every limb. and was very white-shuddered, wan" Come I" Rosebud said, in a low tone, "you had better leave this place. Let me assist you-" "No, Mr. Mapleton, thanking yon all the same. I am stronger now, and cau go myself and alone. I stop with 1\Irs. L y oniel, up the gulch, and can easily go there.11 The Sport knew that Mrs Lyoniel was a good, Christian lady. who had s everal months ago lost h e r husband in a blasting horror, up at Crobk City, and had come into Cascade City, with a view to takin?, a few boarders. You had. best go at once, then," he said, in his kindly but authoritative way. "If you need my as sistance in any way, send for me. But, what is Mark Manners to you? Are there any directions you would leave in regard to the disposal of bis bod ?" I" she repli ed, a set look coming upon her pretty face-so beautiful it looked now, in dead man i s nothing to me." She turned and left the bank. There was a sureing crowd gathered on the out side, but they p a rt.edhresp ctfully, f o r her to pass through, f o r all in t e gulch city kn e w that she would brook no indignity nor familiarhy. In the mean time, tbe bodies of the murdered men were taken to their respective homes, where they were prepared for burial. Manners was an old bachelor, as nearly as could be learned, and boarde d at one of the shanty hotels, but lodiring within the bank. Caruthers had a wife and several small children, and lived in a little cabin further down the gulch. Ros ebud Rob, eve r on band and accommodating, superintended the arrange ment of the bodi e s for buriaJ and such things a. w e r n eeded he purchase d with bis own means. It was his way of do a kindn ess. Arter everything was prepared h e went back to the bank, and bad a short conversation with the directors. They w e r e men-about-town ll'hO had accumulated some wealth :rnd put It into the banking-business. TbPir rPspP.c1ive fortunes were now broke, as well as those of the dPpositors, until the money could be recovered. There waR a meeting between the depositors and oftlcers, and all agreed, by unanimous vote, tbat the Sport was tbe man to put upon the trail. After sorhe thought, together with an offer of onetblrd the booty recaptured, Rosebud Rob signified his willingness to hunt up the perpetraton of the robbery and murder, provided sufficient time waa given him for bis purpose. He then left the bank, and turned his footsteps t.< ward the cabin of the miner, John Mason. He had become acquainted with the Maons, and' be felt comparatively at home in visiting them. And if it was a pleasure to visit them hereto fore, why should it not be now, whe n the cabin was enlivened by a ray of of sunshine in the bewitching, artless person of Jenny Grey. The waif h1td made a deep impression upon the Sport. __ CHAPTER VT. JENNIE GREY'S STORY. As be approached tbe cabin he prcelved sitting in the doorway. engaged in pa1 Ing some wild apples which bad gro" n upon a tree nigh at band. She was attired in a wrappe1:,_ which bad evidently some day belonged to Miss rricilla. and wore one of the latter's a prons-altogether making a charm ing picture. She arose with a welcoming smile, and put forth her fair little bands trustingly into the Sport's rougher on e s, as be came up to where she was standing. "Ob, I am so glad to see you, sir. One n e ver for gets a friend, I b e lieve, in an hour of need;" and she laughed, showing her pearly teeth to advantage. "Thank :you for the compliment," Rob r e plied, leaning agamst the doorpost, and gazing down upon h e r a.s she resumed her seat. "One would suppose you quite happy and contented." -"Tam sure 1 feel v ery contented h e re. Indeed, why shouldn' t l ? Mr. and Miss Mason are both very kind and generous to me; and while my grati tude to them Is earnest. my gratitude to you kuows no b ounds. For, but f o r you, m;r enemies would even now have me in 1be ir p c ssees10n." "I trust not. I am sure there are plenty of men In this town who would stand up for a defenseless woman." "But how many are thl're. Mr. Mapleton, who would take a woman's word in the face of the plaus ible lies of the m eek-faced hypoc rite who pass0s himself of!', and would bide his blackness, under the clerical garb? Ab. sir! but few. I n ftcciug all tre way bith< r from Virgin;a I hRve bad mrle Pxpe ri ence, which bas taught me that a wolf may hid e iu sheep's c lothing, : ad be a w olf withal." "Ve r y truly spokPn We littl e know when our best fliends mPy lire rally, display I!cloven foot Have you seen anything of your e n emies." No, sir; but tlieir silence, I believe, means e vil to me. Ob, Mr. Mapl eton I if you could nut know bow I dread that man, Lucas Alyn e, and his unscrupu lous son, JMnl A c hill of horror creeps over my fiesb every time J think of them." You should not enterl ain such feelings, but should be brave. Although these m e n may be vil lains. f ear them not, for you have true friends who will be eager enough to ftg-bt your battles. Wold you obj ect to tAlling me more about them and yourself?" "Not at all. Pray bP seated," and she made room for him in the wile doorway; nor was h e loth to ac cept a position near this frir girl, in w horn be was becoming more and more interested. She was mod est and relined-somehow so difl'er ent from tbe women generally encountered in the mmes, and hers was the warm impulsive nature of the bonny maid ens of the South and the tropics-of those women wbo love intensely and bate even stroJ11re r Alld she, with her artless ways was the one out of a hundre d who could particularly interest the cool, calculating Sport. "To begin with," she sa.id, her starry eyes gazing away Into space, "some five yeaTS ago, after the sudden death of my mother, my fathe r found bis pe cuniary circumstances JUealy embarrassed and de termined to see It bis fortune anew in the Western territories, where gold was to be found for the dig>

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14 Photograph Phil. Our grand old estate, called Lionsfold, was threatened by the auctioneer's hammer. unless money could be raised to pay oft' certain debts. and in a blind moment my fathe r turned to tbis Lacas Alyne, who was tbe minister of our parish, and r e quested a loan o f mone y as the ministe r was said to have more money than he could conveniently -use. Alyne at once consented to Joan enough money to papa to 'luare up all bis debts, provided a mort gage was given him upon Lionsford, to be foreclosed in seven years, if the money was not returned with six per p e r cent. interest." "How much money did your father borrow of this mimste r, Miss Grey?'' T e n thousand trS. sir; and it took every cent to pay upthe long-tit.a n in\{ debts, with the exception of barely enough to oring my fathe r into the West, where h e boped in a fe\V years to earn enough to redee m tbe mortgage held by Lucas Alyn<" against Lionsfold Alas! how one's hopes may be 'blasted! "In the mean time, we were to be left undPr the guardianship of the pastor, Lucas Al y n e-in saying oe, I rflfer to m y elder sister P .. uline. and myself. Poor papa ba.d every confidence in Mr. Alyne-in deed, the whole p!irisb him to b i a moral and s e lf-sacrificing Christian m 'l and therefore we were l eft unde r his gu"rdi,.nship, until papa should return, or until we should b "'co m a o f age. Havin"' arrang e d all to bis .;atisfaction, and believing t hn'i bis children ware in the best of care, poor papa set out for the W E>St. we have neve r heard from him since_ Whethe r h e i aliv e and still laboring in these West ern m;nes or whether he has been killed, i s a prob lem we have neve r bP e n able to s ol ve. "The f\ro t two yea.rs of our stay at Li onsfo l d whi ther Lucas Alvne had rem'lvd d hi s fmily, were en durabl.:r. b eclluse P a uli a aa: l I were much in school, and, too. Mt-s. Alyne was alive S !JA was kind, good lady, aad altho u g h we obtained au insi ght into her husi:>and's nature. a1d that of her on, she did all in her po.,. e r to their siuis.ter acts from our observation. N e verthel e s s w"' both irrew t'.> r a g:ird the father and son with aversioo, that desp3 nad into p os itiv e hatrild o n t.he p3.t't of my sis t "r-a lthou g h 1 cannot s<>y that I ever really h1te1 anyb,,dy, n o mitter how deep my di sli k J may have "At the eni of the second year after my father's departue-which, by the way, was threa years a go this month-Mrs. Alyne and w e two younJ.'(', in exparienced girls, were left alone to batt l e with the t\VO wolve s in ahee p'g clothing. F or, though a preceptrcss or was provided to looic after us, she was literally our enemy, b eing in all the s chemes of the minister anti bis son, and w e r e ceived nearly as many Insults as though she were not in the house. "Paulie was at this juncture eighteen years of age. while I was but sixteen; but w e werA both pluck.v, to some euent, and fought our enemies like :!'Oung r e bel s But soon there ca.me a change. Paulie fe!l tn love with a han, Jsome young l :iwye r, and I behaved that b e returnei her pure afl'ection, unt.il he with a lari!'e amount of fund which had been intrnst6d to his keeplnl\' snd left her a cold crue l lett e r stating that be had hut been triflingwi r h her-that he had not the least spark of a fl'ecti o n for h er-biddingh e r seek anothe r Jov r who W'luld be mo!"l b etlttiin5 t o her station in JifePos;r P mlie It nsarly broke her heart, fnr awhile. she him so; than she :!rew changed-was no 10n t0l ber::;e.lf. b 1 1t. B. Vtil' l bO.rUmSCarum girl. Nor WM T greatl. v urprise d at toe newe tha t came t..O one morning. "ft in the gh.'10' or a note from Pa11lie, "titt ing that sh sti:I lo'Ved herd '"<'-rtin lover. Tnr-11er. and, in searcn of hl:n, had gone out into the "'orld. "The Alynee made every el?or' t<> reca.ptwe h e r but all to no avail, and they therefore tmne d upot me. I shall not try to enumerate to you the miser i e s I have endured In the t.lme which has e lapser h o r ngc tb:in any othe r woman in the miues. She is a sweet little t.Lin;." I haven't the least dou'it o f It," she replied. a snice of sarcasm in ht>:r tone' leastwise, the fra grant rosebud and the honey-bee are 1orr.etimes as-

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Photo,2"r&.pu .PhiL socfated to?ether. Perhaps I visit the young lady soon.' And with a smile, she walked away in a different dfrection than that taken by the Sport, aa he wend ed his steps toward bis hote l. All that day, the excitement was unprecedented in Cascade City. la;v idl e in order to participate in a general goSSJp about the tragedy, and about the bloodybanded desperado, Diablo. During tbe day Rosebud Rob sauntered about here and there, keeping his eye "peeled," to use a figurative e:lqJression and hearing as much as possi bfe without saying anything. It occurred to him that the dead cashi e r had made mention of Millicent Vere as bPing in the ecret of the amount of bullion in the bank. By careful inqmry he man aged to ascertain the dwelling occupied by the V eres. It was a sort of but of logs, which had been hastily thrown together-could scarcel,Y be called a cabin and was not inviting as a b1tbitation. He lingered about in the neighborhood until some p erson issued therefrom, which proved to be a young woman. As near as he could learn, she was comely of face and form, but poorly dressed. More tbe Spotter Sport could not ascertain. During his ramble s be stumbled eccide ntall;y upon Jean, the you nger of the Alynes. Be was, 10 com pany with a crowd of othe rs, e n gag' e d in over a stock of photograJ?,hS wbjcli Photograph Phil had spread upon a liastily-constructed counter in unde r an awning or tent which he bad erected es his place of business. "Conservatory of Fine Arts," read the sign painte d upon the canvas. The eyes of the younger Alyne and the cool ones of the Sport met. in a steady gaze almost simultane ously, and uttering a curse the Easterner drew a lon g knife from his belt and sprung forward. "Curse !'" he gs.ped, hoarse with sudden rage, which flamed aJl over his dark, swarthy counte nance, "tell me where t h e girl is or I'll knife you I" Rosebu d Rob smiled in bis peculiar ">"Y Then maldni; a sudden dart forwru d k r oclible Bully Ike se11"'-Boweryroughs, rig!lt from !her city of New York. you 1e!'r me?"' "An' you h!'er me! Hayr's old Bully Ike right frum th<'r 66&1 Congreehion al deestrict, as kin evyer emigrated from severarial And to prove his assertion the apparently-stiffened old bummer w a s all lith e and activ e in an instant, and springing upon the New York ruffian. nealt him a terrible bl o w upon thee. d of his i:r boscis which caused the unlucky braggart to go syra,.-Jing upon the floor. And whe n Stumpy Sam end Jean Al yne rprung forward, they followed in the wake of Peanut Joe; whereupon there was an ominO "J. drawing o! re volvers! CHAPTER VIL THE WOUNDED SPORT-DESS SOFTENS. EVIDENT it was that the life of the bummer was in dau!!'er, as there were savage looks the roughs who th1 onged the saloon, and they grew more threatening as Jean Alyne rose to his feet, with a frigbtful oath. "Kill the son of a sea-cook-knife hlm-fill his car cass full of l ead I" he roared. staggering blindly about. I'll give a hundred dollars to the one who 'll f etch me the old .cuss's scalp I" A dozen SJ,Jrung forward toward the bummer! Knives and pi stols were held significant,l,Y In band. But there was something whicb cauSed them to pause-a single shot, which l>rought 0ne of the ruf fians writhing to the floor, and then Rosebud Rob stepped readily to the bummer's side, a pair of handsomely-mounted six-shooters in hand. At the same instant the door opened, and B<io more Beaa and John Mason stepped inside. (',om;

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16 Photograph PhiL ptehendiug t:be situation at a glance, they unhesitatiug;ly joined sides with the Sport and the bummer, just as the former cri e:l out: "Come on. you black-hearted cut-throats if you want to fight it out on this line! You' ll find you don't quite run this town yet a,..hile, if I know my self I" This was what was wanted. The r J ffians afte r imbibing large quantities of poor wbisKy were stimulated up to the fighting point. ann did not m o r e than ordinary coaxing to engage in a pitche d battle. With wild bowls they now sprung forward, firing as they came. The shots detonated thick and fast; yells of human agony w ere heard; missiles were burled promiscu ously through air, and there was the accompanymg crashing of and cheap mirrors. Bully Ike w ent down fron a club-blow upon the forehead in the first of the battle. But I>sebub, Bess, and Jo'rn Mason fought like tigers caged in their lairs; but I>sebud I>b soon staggered and fell. Baltimore Bess saw him. and a gasp of horror es her lips. Fight them off until I can get him out, Mason I" Ile w h i spered in the miner's ear. "I fear that the devils h a v e d me for the Sport." Tbe wnrds seemed to inspire the miner with r e new e d strength and He s e ized the stout post of a shattered chair, swung it aloft, and sprun-. fonval'd in the face of half a doz e n men as brawny as himself. Swish! The ponderous weapon hissed through the air aeIS e'l'ery other apartment in the widow's shanty was by boarders. Among tnem was a young physician and while Bess and the widow retired, b e was left tO make an examination of the Sport' s injuries. A half-hour of anxious suspense it was to the girl before the physician came down to the parlorj where sbe was seated, attired. not now in her ma e suit, but in a neatly-titting dress more suiting to her sex. Scarcely "he same person did she look; in her own attire the dare-devil was lost. There was an eager, anxious look in her eyes, though, as the doctor entered, and she half-arose from her seat, the words of inquiry trembling upon her lips: "Mr. Mapleton-is he hadly hurt?" .Not dangerously, I guess," was the reply. "The bullet tore a passage not far from bis heart, but I have extracted It safely, and all that is required now is for I:iim to Jay in bed a dly or so, !or his is the fleeh that quickly mends." Could I see 111r. Mapleton?" "Certainly. There could be no harm In it, unless be were to get excited, which might not aid bis N covery." Baltimore Bess bastened up-stairs and into the room of the sick man. The Sport was bolstered up in b<>d, and although there was a pale streak about bis lips be appeared bis own cheerful self. He started as Bess came in. He had never seen her in feminine attire before, nor known bow wondrously pretty she could be as a woman. There was a dazzling expression in her eyes now, and a tempting'ilusb to her cheek that h e bad never marked before. She glided forward to the bedside, her old peculiar smile coming to her relief-the smile she bad only for those who possessed her friendship. "I am so glad you are not dangerously hurt," she said, taking bis band between her own. "Do you know I never fought so desperattlly before as I did to-night? I was just. in the right mood for a pitched battle with somebody," and she gave vent to her old reckless laugh. "Be ss you are a strange girl-or rather a woman, .Rosebud I>b said gazing though fully into h e r face. "Why did you bring m e here-why not have taken me to my hotel, or to-" "Mason's!" she interrupted-" no, nl'Vtrtherel wanted you here. where I could see tbo t you were cared for. Is not that enough for you to know at present!'' "Well, yes. I suppose it will have to do," he re plied, with a faint smile. "I shall try, however, to get well very soon The work of that Diablo must be attended to as soon as possible." "Then you would not even thank me for bringing you h e r e ?" she said, looking away to bide the tears that sprung to her eyes. "Most assuredly 1 thank you." he replied: "I should be a brute if l didn't. And I atn also glad you brought me here, if it will in any way add to your happiness. There brush away those jealous t ears, Bess; you are gettingout of your old sorts. I shall be wishing directly. that Miss Grey was anywhere else than in Cascade City." "I wish it already, Mr. Mapleton, was the reply, in a choked voice "Please don't think me a fool, or vindictive but I cannot think of that girl without aP.":ng of-" 'Jealousy," be said, finishing for her. "Own the truth, Bess-ls that not it?" "Yes, if you wish I am weak for telling you so, but I cannot help it." was the reply Sb.e still kept her face averted, but he could judge by the tremor which passed over her form that sha was greatly agitated. "Bess," he Eaiol, reaching and taking her hand and raisin!\ it to bis lips, even though the e ff ort cost him pain, 'you are very g o od and kin
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Photograph P hil. How Jong he haade upon her face. "You t < ll what is untl'lle I know noth1n11-nothing." 'Husb I do not perjuu your soul by more lying!" warned the young Sleuth. Do you know that 1 c ould hl\ve you strung np for complicity in that bank robbery. and the murder of poor Mark Man ners and Caruthers?" The girl put up her hand, as if to ward off a blow -staggPred back with a gasp. "Devil! who are you?" "One wh o knows all," Photograph Phil replied. "I have all power over you, and you must assist me!" How?" There was a tithe o f eagerness in her tone now. "By obeying mP. and bulldozing that cuss, Dlablo. What obligations bind you to his servicer"

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18 Photograp'h Phil. She hesitated. Tell me. It will b e your own salvation to make 4 clean breast of It." I am under no sworn obligations to the chief except that i o has been to myinte1est to serve him, 1 was the reply. "Since you have asked m e I will tell lou that my brother was a m ember of Diablo's ban -unbeknown, mind you, to my mo ther, who is old and Infirm. My brother d id not wish to worry her. At last, my brotbe r was doome d to die by drawing lots agalns" a new m ember, and l was sent for, and he eutreated m e to promise that I would lure as many into tra p as possible, and would marry the chlef, Diablo :: f d?d:,?u promised 2" "Foolish glrll But neve r mind; you shall break that promise, and turn your hand against that man, Diablo." "Nol not I cannot, sir-oh! I-" "Dry up! l say you h n ll, and that s ettle s It." Pho tograph Phil sternly. Go home now, and await a call fro m m e. My name is Photograph Phil and whe n I w ant you you'll get my card, when I shall expect you to hunt me up. D o you hearf" ''Y-esl "Tilen mind that lou heed. Disobey me, o r at tempt treachery, an up you go to the limb of a tree for complieity in the murde r of Mark Manners. Now go!" Sae needed not the second command, but sped away wi t h the swiftness of a deer. "A confoundedly-perplexing character!" Phil muttered, as he strode away toward his tent. "I must use her for my strong card, but must be wary, or she will flip me y et." CHAPrER VITI. mss :PRISCILLA'S R O lEO-BESS'S LOVE. THREE days passed. Tluea glorious l. the habit of asking afte r the whereabouts of R osebu1 Rob. since he did n o t com to the ca.bin, but v e r avoided a direct a11s1v e r, c areful not to mo11 tiJn about the Sport's h 1rt. John :lfas'> n was m o r a than kini to h ts pretty w ard bllt no more watchful and d evota d was he over b e r tb'.\n w as Baltimo r e Bess over the Sport, who still lay upon the bed, unable to g e t 011t o( bis room, for t'1o physician bacl pronounc" e thR pretty sha d o w of a devoted woman hovere d ever ulgh. For be could not b ide it from his eyes. his m Jnd bis con science. this Sport, that this faithful \V areher loved him-not as tbe world loves, not as man or woman usually love,1 but with an unconquera'Dle passiona self-sacrincing love that, when con fined, with n o u tflow, amounted almost to a bitter1tess, so inteniw was it. He kne\v, moreover, that her quiet seeming con. tent, was but a smoldering of tJJe f ,a.me into ethe. real haze that again concealed the !Jame-he knew that she could not be put oft' as ldyl ABbey bad bee n put oil'; be kne w in fact, that the tvbo l e volume of affectio n from Bess's heart, was bJs to discard o r keep. It would not be long ere the but ble would burst, either-only a matte r of time wber 1 h e shoul d l eave that bed and go out into the world and the presence of J e nni e Grey. Tben, tbti storm would burst-he looked for ltknelV it wou ld come. Aud what should he say-d9f It was a vex 1tious question wb lch c onstituted one of his chi P f thoughts, as be lay bo lstered up on the bed-a questbn that fretted aCtd chafed his spirit, f o r h e could not f oresee the e11 ;I or the matte r for the life of him. In the mean time somewhat of a sensation had struck the town. It was in t ne shape of the Re-rerend Lucas Alyne, who bad literally take n to the stump," and preached to such as would oongregate to listen to hi s 1iscourse. t The flock of lambs who to listen to the s ermon w1' around him M to gaze fot a instant at Im .t Ab I a thought stntck her. P erhaps it was the heautv ofheart-ofsoul-whlcb h e was s earching for? If" could not she show as fair a record as the 't:lst of her sisters? Happy thought! So wh e n she looked up again, his kindly glance was bent earnestly upon her, and she blushed a sec ond time. The beloved brother's e yes beamed. and Miss Priscilla was as ro:iy as a schoolgirl throughout the sermon This was upon the first nl1?ht, and Lucas Alyne. designing hypocrite, had played hls cards well !cl

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PhiL 19 !lliss Priscilla went to her humble couch to dream oi the gifted servant of the Lord. John ""lfaeon knew nothing of Miss Priscilla's visit to the meeting, or he would have put a stop to it, as be thoroughly despised tbe man who could wage war against pretty Jenn/.e Grey. The next night she bad gone And through the kindness of Sister Jones, our old maid was formally presented to the' preacher, who after the sermon escorted her to her home, but left her at the door. From that time on, unknown to either Jennie, or to her brother, Miss Priscilla and the parson met, end while in the heart of the aged girl there was awakened the first Jove-fiam e of her life Luoas CJyne pleaded bis case with the ardor of a seventeen y e ar-old love r, who had mastered the languagt>s and committed Milton and Byro11 to memory. an obstacle stood in the of the two aged Jov ers John Mason, and the girl. Jennie. But for them. d ear Lucas, how gladly would I invite thee to my home, instead of coming out here like a thief to meet you beneath the stat s and tnoon." I would, d earest, sweetest Priscilla, that It could be even so," he would reply, with "What sweet comi'ort it would be to see thee ever in my presen e1 dear Priscilla. lf you could.., ever coax your bro,her to admit me to .your table as a ooarder-" "Ab I it I but could!" with a deeper sigh. "Oh I l!lrue l fate b eneath that bind me to a stern brother's mu. My sweet Lucas, hero of my life, if you ieould but disguise yow"Self and get into John's fa or--" The Virginian started at the suggestion. It can easilr. be done, my darling, and for the love of you I will make the daring attempt. 'All's fair in Jove o r war, you 1 now1 and the line appliec directly to our cas,-. So fare tnee well, my precious, and if a stranger enters thy home, mum's the w ord1 Until we are a lon e. So l ong as I can keep the s ecre' l bid fair to remain by thy side." and they b illed and cooe d like turtle-doves, there under the moonlight, until it was time for the smit t e u Priscilla to seek h e r home. On the afternoo n of the following day (the fourth, by the way, of lk>sebud lk>b's confinPment to bis bed) J ennie Grey took a book from John Masoo's meager collection, and wandered down to the old cottonwood upon the banks of the rushing creek. She had grown less and less expectan t of meeting with her foes, and the old cottonwood furnished de lightful shelter, under which to sit and r ead. Not long had she been seated, however. ere she heard a heavy footstep, anr I can outrun ve. an' no OUP looks up this way often. Wal, I come up here to concilliate "What?" Jennie gasped, an expression of min gled surprise au4 dil!gust UJltln her face "To conciliate," be repeated. Y o u see the old man's set a trap for you that you're hound to fall into, an' as the old man an' I've bed a fallin' out, I'll tell yon what I'll do. I'll take you, and we'll go to some other place and get marrie d. Then bis ren!r ence can bounce." "Oh l uin't you kind!" Jenniecried, contemptuous ly. "If that ls what you came here to say, y 0 u c o n go. I would even consider the proposition of wd ding your rascally father ere l'd look at you. Go!" "Hang you no!" he growled. "I'll have sou. anyhow. My horse is near, and you'll be off in the mountains lM>fore you know Jt. Get ready-here I come I" he ssid, gathering his strength evidently for a leap upon h e r. "And here you go!" and epringing from a fringe of willows which grew upon the bank of the creek, as h e 11ave vent to the cry, John Mason seized the Virgiman about tne waist. raised him above his bead b.y the strength of his powerful arms, and hurled him beadforemost into the rushing watei"S of tbe stream. "There, you land-shark! maybe you'll tackle a defenseless girl again just for the fun or it I Come. Miss Jennie, 1 will accompany you to the cabin, where you will be safe." There had been two eye-witnesses to the scene, from a distance-Baltimore Bess and the wounded SJ>ort. The h ead of his bed lay close beside the open win dow, and commanded a full view uf the cottonwood on tbe banks of the rushing creek. Rosebud Rob bad seen the trim, pretty figure of Jennie Grey go down to the cool resort. Bess bad also seen h e r as she sat at the window with an open book In her hand. Then both snw Jean Alyne rise and confront the defenseless girl. "Bring me a rifl e the Sport cried1 excitedly. My nerves are not so unsteady but thai I can drop that fellow cm"Se him l" Stop I there is no need for you to Interfere," Besa said, jubilantly. "The young lady bas a protector in John Mason. How opportune that he was wait ing in the covert to meet her I" It was jwit then that the miner bad leaped from the bushes and tossed the Viritinian into the strPam. "Just opportune enough to prPvent me taldng re venge upon the accW"Sed V1riti!Jlan1 the S_port growled, with a frown. "Mason is taking Miss Grey toward the cabin. Now, go on with the piece you Wf"re rending to me, BE>ss.,, That evening, just as dusk was creeping over the room, the phystclan came in, and after an examina tion, thought it practicable for the Sport to leave his bed and take very moderate exercise int he open air. It was joyful news to Rosebud Rob, for be had grown heartily sick and tire d of lying abed, and r.a soon as B ess came in he communicated the intelli looked for-had expected from the first. She sat down b< side the bed, with a face whicb had suddenly grown very pale. "Ynu won't go yet?" she snid almost pleadingly. "Stav untll you are bette r able to care for yourse lf. Surely you cnn beer a few more da:v11 blifcl'e going back s o her-" "Don't. Bess; you aidtatP youri;Pl! wtti!<>Ut eause. Why will you persit in haviug it that Miss Grey ls anything to m e? "You admire her-at least yon cannot deny that!"' she accused. her face balf.qverted. while glis!Rnillg tearc suffused her eyee "You will not deny that?" ''''by should 1? I s there barn1 in jt? "Yf'8. there is harm in she replied e2rnest1y.t "necause f orlou to fall '" lc>ve ..,;,n Uiat gni, .-wed her. woul bt my ti.eat / r

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She hastily arose as she finished speaking, as if to leave the room but Rosebud Rob caught her s l eeve, and pulled her back to her chair. when she burst into tears, and buried her face in the cover. H Bess," he said, gravely, uis this equivalent to a confession from you, of love for me? Can it be pos sibl e tllat you, a sensible. sound-minded girl, can have seen aught in me to admire-to Jove?" "Need I answer you ye< t sbe said, rallJ:ing and looking into his face with b e r tearful eyes. Need I tell you yea, when you have known it, all alongever since the girl came, and have been struggling bravely for the mastery of yourselff Oh I I have known of J
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Photofll'&ph PhiL -:Rosebud Rob called upon PhotogrRph Pltil. next, before returoing to his room at Mrs. Lyoniel's. "J have come to Fee you on which is o f greatest importance Rosebud Rob said. "I have been putting this and that together, and have come to the conclusi o n that you are the masked indivi dual, who visited me at the widow s and warned me to look out for Diablo. Am I not right?" "Yes, you are right," Photograph Phil repli e d, glancin!f about to see that nobody was within ear shot. I came masked, but for all my pains was laid for by a trio of the devil's own band, two o f wbom 1 grounded as nicely as you p!t ase. I bound them and left 'em lying in the gulch; but they some how got away next morning." "Very well You to1d me you were forced into tWs gang, and that you were their bitterest enemy." usoiam.', "Then listen. I am going to brea k up that gang, or die in tbe attempt. Tbday a fresh reward has been offered for their capture, and the whole sum now offered amounts to three thousand dollars, part or which r,ou shall share if you will h elp me with my plans.' ''You can dep e nd upon me, reward or no reward. I've no lov e for these outlaws, you may rest assured." "Such being tbe case, it will be a part of ;your business to set fire to this temple of Bac chus, which you Is the head-quartt>rs of the gang. First, however, tell meis there not e.n un derground passage leading to some other retreat?" "There is. It descends from the floor, and from the bottom of a shaft worms its wa;r nortnward to a mountain-locked pocke t or cavern.' -"As I thought. There is a passage under yonde r cascade whi c h, no doubt, l eads to this identical place. Now, tbP.n to-morrow night, when you can fire the old rookery without being seen do so, and in a way that c moot fail to demolish the building. Then lay low. and keep a watch uP-"n tbe two men who are boarding at John Masons. See that they don't J?et an opportuuity to work any villainy, should that be their purpose; also keep an "ye on the young lady, Miss Grey. "Is this all I am to do, to aid your "It is enough. Y o u may find your hands full in the bargain. I will undertake the rest. If I am wanted, hunt up the passage under the rocks, and blow a shrill whistle. I, or s o m e one in my service, win hear it." Then afte r a few more instructions, the Spotter Sport strode away toward bis lodgings. As he en tered the doorway, he came face to face with a man who was coming out-a brawny, bewhiskered Indi vidual, with a kindly face, and the attire of a miner and prospector. H e llo! maybe you are the pilgrim I'm hunting after." he said, blockinJ:?: the pas88.J?e with bis brawny .proportions. "Maybe you are the fellow tbn call Rosebnd Rob!" "There can be but little doubt that you are gazing upon the genuine representative of that name," tbe Sport replied, with a Rmile. "What is your handle, may I be so boM as to inquire?" "My name reals Bill Gree!B.nd, miner, at the election oolls," the other. replied. If you are Roebud Rob. who Is in the mouth of every galoot )]} the g ulch you're the pilgrim I want to see "Then walk up to my room with me, and unravel your business," the Sport replitd1 "though I mar vel tha t there is anything left or me t.o give yon audience, if I am in so many cannibalistic mouths." They ascended to the Sport's chamber. and the man from Nevada took a chair facing the Sport. "The r easo n I hunte d you up," be said, "was because I beard that you were going to ta.ke a bunt after the robbers who broke open the bank. and relieved me of my whole fortuneJ some two hundred and fifty thousand dollars In gola." "Yes, I am just about taking the trail. now, as aoon as I can 11;et ready. I BUPJ?<>Se you want me to put in a plea for your pile, eh? "Exactlr,. I want you to regain possession of that gold, if possiLle, and turn it over to me. Yom"S shall the u be a rich reward." "I shall not forget your case. In the m ean time, as you are stopping at Mason's, you will perhaps do me a faror, in exchange." "Most certainly; you have but to name it, and I promi se.'' It is that you keep a protecting eye upon the young lady who is stopping there, under the tem porary guardiansWp of John Mason, where J placed her out of reach of a rascally guardian, who ha11 prov e n her worst enemy." A faint smile passed over the miner's face, as be stroked his long beard. "I ain't much of a band for lookin' after women," he said, "but I'll keep an eye as you request to the girl's welfare. She is a pretty one, and n o doubt at. least one heart beats in s 7m10athy with her own.'' Thank you for the shng-shot," Rosebud Rob re plied, with a smile "No doubt but t!Jat s4e bas." Greenland s oon took his departure, and then the Spotter Sport prepared for bis solitary adventure. Stocking his haversack with cold meats, and filling bis ammunjtionbox with fresh cartridges, be laid out two pairs of r e volvers and a knife for use, after which he threw himself upon the bed, to await the falling of night again, when he could go to work, safely. Miss Priscilla Mason was not a bad woman in prin ciple, but simply love blinded. She could not believ e that she was doing wrong in keeping the Reverend Lucas Alyn e In secret under her roof, consoling her t ccusing conscience with tbe reasorung that they soon to be made one and inseparable. And now be was safely harbored under her she! tering roof, where there would be many a chance for a quiet lovers' talk. But though there was a great satisfaction in believing this, the spinster was puio zled. Of her two boarders. she did not know which was the parson and which was not. Narrowly and during the flrst morning anc! noon meals &he did watch both, expecting a silm from hf'.r disguised lov er. But none came, and slie had to quiet her agPd, pulsating heart until she should b e able to decide. That night. after supper, Mr. Greeland went Into the parlor, while Mr. Harb ins slouched on his bat, lit a pipe, and tramped awa;r. out into the gulch. "That settles it. Priscilla mm ed, h< r heart thumping so loud that she was frightened l est Jen nie should bear it. Mr. is my dear Lucas. What a clever tor he is, tool Dear, sweet Lucas! bow I love The dishes were never washed so rapidly as toniJ?ht. when the spinster was all anxiety to have an Interview with her reveren d lover. At last they were all wiped and washed, and Jennie was gone on an errand to a neiJ?hboring store. Then Miss Priscilla brushed back her silver-tb_read ed locks tied a fresh ribbon at her throat, and stole on tip-toe to tbe parlor of the cabin. At the thresh old she pause d and peeped in. Mr. Greeland was ensconced in a cha.I -, With Ws back toward her, and bis heels protruding through tbe open window. Such a shocking posture for a minister to assume, too, she thought, and, horror of horrors 1 he was puffingaway at a pipe ten per cent. grimier than that Mr. Harkins had lit when be went out. "But, the poor dear soul, be must have some com fort In his fonely bachelor's life," she murmured, under her breath. "1 'll just on tip-toe and sur prise him, bless him I" And she was successful in gilding across the floor noiselesly, and aRSuming a position directly in the rear of bis chair without bis knowledge of her pres ence. "Oh. my sweet, sweet darling!" she eai
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Photograph PhlL tearing from her embrace, and confronting her. "Wbined than d e s cribed by us. O!l the follo,,,m.g morning she r e c iv e d a sly look fro m M r J e ff Harkins, whi c h satisfi e d her th.it she had s ee n the right man at l ast. After bre akfa..t she m e t him in the parlor where h e r unfortunate m eeting with Grealand had occur red. Nobody was in the hous e John M a s o n having take n J e n n ie witn him down to his claimha n d Bill Greeland having gone off on a hunt tot e rnoun ta ins. Y o a are a fool I" the di the preTious, and tc our Rnort, Rosebud Rob. Afte r the departure of Bill Greeland. be threw him s elf upon the bed and smoke d and sl ept away the greate r portion ot t .he dav, except 'vhe n he was summoned below stairs to the noonday and evening Jennie Grey had gone down t o the claim with John meals. Mason, but the labor of washing sand W>\l! monottl He thought a great d eal about. Jennie GrPy, and a nous, and ere the first hour had pass00, the pretty l great d eal more concerning Ba.lamore Bess and her Virginian was ove r at Photograph Phil's studio, whereabouts. looking over his pictures, with a great deal of gravity She had not bMn see n since the previous evening. and interest. Where had she p;one--what had sl}e d o n e ?

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Ph!L 23 This was the question which qiost puzzled him. I But the falling mist ])l'eoVented his seelog anything It was a relief to him when night began to cast its except a gray stream or vapor around him. llhadows Into the golden gulch, and tlie early moon Carefully-step step In feeling the UD dipped its bow in the east, preparatory to commenc-certain passage, every nerve of tbe Sport was draw ing its voyage across the blue dome of the heave ns. to the highest tension-his knife hand kept ready As soon as it was dark enough for his purpose. for instant use. Rosebud Rob armed himself with revolvers, rifle and On-on-on; at last the mist seemed to grow thinknife, and bidding adieu to the cabin, set out ner, and the roar of the cascade less loud and deafthrough the gulch toward the cascade which poured en ln g. down over the northern precipice with its accu!tomThe n he paused, and turned out the light-that is, en din and roar. shot back the slide of his lantern, and all was dense.As he passed along, he glanced into several saloons, ly dark. hoping to catch a glimpse of the dare-devil B ess, but "I must be pretty near out of this confounded was disappointed. She had not been seen since the passa11:e," he muttered, swinging the lantern at his previous night. side, "and now, I must go it blind. I wonder how "I shall have to proceed to my work, then, with-many guards I shall have to silence. hlood Is a out seeing her." the Sport muttereresnce by tural water-worn basin. whenca It debouched through some manne r or mov e it would not hav!l b ee n th" water-course. The sheet huo;ged close against known by the watchful Sport. the wall of rock in front of which it fell, yet t e But no enemy was so near, evidently, and l?rowSport had previously discovered that a narrow footing tired of the silence Rosebud R oh rose to his feet, ledge r a n b etween the falling water and the rock, iuteut upon following the further lead o f the strong!" the entranc e to it being screened by the constant vassage. As he did so. and attempt<'arance. still, and, p erhaps. I shall escape his notice. Other-He was also equipped with a small dark-lantern, wise, I shall be obliged to tap him upon the bead." which he carefully umited. e r e he stepped into the Nearer came the guard, bis steps now quite aud!passage-a Western Cave of Winds. hie, although they were all that denoted his comWhen he was prepared, with bis coat well buttonIng. ed up about his head. h e took the lantern in his l eft Ros ebud Rob crouched a s far bnck as possible, )land and bis knife intbe right, and stepped in un with the hope that he might escape notice Still der the cataract. neare r did the guard approach then stopped, sud-Instantly the tbunderine: roar of a doz e n cannons denly, in front of the spot where the Sport was smote upon his bearing with deafening effect. The cro';lchmg. mist sprayed into bis face and eyes so that h e could Firmly. Rob's ftn1
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Phil. t&lnly .n a d:ll;lJ>amte situation, and was put to his wits for s ome resort to elitricate himse lf from his difficulty A happy tho u ght finally struck the S;>ort. He would rake the guard a prisoner! It could be done easily enough, be conluded upon reflection; ail i t required was a lit tl e ri s k Cautiously drawin g b.is r e v o l ve r1 h e w aited uuti:t the guar l was c oughing whe n ]le sudd enly cocke d it without the click. c lick, b e i n g n o tic ed. The next minute the c old muzzle was p r e 1sed aga in t tile outlaw's temple, and tlle Sport spoke in a deep, stern tone: "Stop! breathe but a word, or move a muscle, and I'll blow your blasted brains out Y o u are my prisoner, and unless you obe y m e to the letter, I'll shoot you so quick you c an't speak I" The f e llow start e d with a mutte r e d but made no attempt to reach toward his b e lt, as irt orde r e d, m h!s c 'mmanding way. Tbe guard obeyed s ulle nl y 0 Now, sir," .Rose bud R.:>b hitn to a -:;tanding p o sition, ''now, my j E Hvel, do y o u perceive that my revolver is leveled on a with your life pulsator?" "Yes. cuss yerl'' was the reply. "None of your cussiu', yoll brute I want you to obey, or drap you go, afte r which I shall assist yoll to a shower-bath in under the fallq ou a strictly Turkish plan. Did it ever fall to your lot to hear of a festive coon name is Ros ebud Rob!" -The outlaw started and gave vent to au affirmative grunt. You hP?" You s t a c k your chips th._t I'm the precise cbar answering to that Sun1ayschoo\ baptism. For mstance, just cast your eyes upon my physiog nomony !'' And oil' cme the mask, and the coolly handsome face of the Sport \Vas turne d upon tbe 0'1tlaw. u W e ll. what d'ye want o' me?" he den1J.nded. surlily seeming fully satisfied as to t.ie identity of the "man to suit all circurnstan c es. 0 "First, I waut you to discard the wearing of your mask," tl;O Sebud replied, as h a restorad his own t-0 hi,; fa1..e. "Nothing like each o ther's cast of countena nce. you see. ItelevatesauJinstructs." u Guess I w.Jn't," the outlaw "You never see'd me, thou g h I've h q :ird 01 you in a C'\ Roseblld R'lb gaze d at the man, sharpty--eearch-mg-1. v "Do you mean this?" he aske d, Htemly. "R0-member, the first sign of treacberv r see, my knife shall hunt a vass1ge into yollr heart I" "I hear and understand," the outlaw replied, "and I m ean ai l I say. If you will enlist me in your s e rvice, I will reward yollr confidence by strict at tention to your commands!" "By your language. I should judge you had been rear e d m mff e rent s urroundings than the se, sir?" "Ay l I have see n better days, years ago, until whisky and gambling too k me down the bill." What can y o u t e ll me a bollt the secrets I wish to ]earn? ' "Much more than you think. I am general guard of the secre t minP and, in fact, of the whole con cern. My orders are n ext only to the chief's, and none dar" to question me but him, He seldom no tic e s n1e. ,, "Good I Know you where the treasur0 of this robbe r band is store d 1" I think I do, when I pass the spot fifty time& each day." "And you have access to the gold?" No I it is Jocked .. ithin an irvn bl>x, which Diablo had brought from Deadwood." How many modes of ingress and egress are there to the s ecret mine, then?" "Three; one near where the toll-gate of Joaquin Muriete stands, aaothcr underground passage which comes up in un
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PhiL 21 away, up the passage, leaving the Sport to make the best of his situarion. Which he proceeded to do. Turning out his light, be threw upon a convenient rock, and went off intc a light but refreshing slumber. During which he was visited by a strange dream. In it, be tbou<:ht himself sitting in the r oom at Mrs. Lyoniel's house, when two men entered b earing between them an inanimate form, to all appearances, which they carefully deposited upo n the bed. Bess I Bess I my God! is this you?" the Sport cried. A faint smile flitted acoss the deathly countenance of the dare-de vil, as the 8port b ent over hr.r. "Ob! it's but a stab in the side, from that Jean Alyne, she replied, with an attempt at her o ld-time recklessness. "It hasn't bl e d externally, but I'm fast fillin g up, Insid e I am glad of i t, Ros ebud-I have been want ing to die, all ahng, but couldn't. till Alyne h elpe d me. We were old e n emies, and he did it with a good grace. l didn't want to Jive and SPe her your and now I am going before-ad I am so glad-I am so110 glad-" With a start the Sport awoke from his dream, and sat bolt upright, in a dripping pn piration. "God grant that was a mockery-that hideous dream," he gasJ><'d. Footsteps w ere coming down the passage, befcre him-friend or foe? CHAPTER XI. WOOING lllPROMPTU. LE.t.VING the Sport still in the we must look on into the next day-ay, into the following night. After Jennie Grey left him. Photograph Phil continue d retou chi n g pictures until the sun went down, when he locked u:p bis apparatus in a chest in his wagon and adJourned to a hotel for his supper. Afte r he had s atisfied his appetite, he spent an hour In making himself prese mablef after which he started ooward John Mason's par or. For it was there he naturally expected to meet the impulsive, warm hearted Virginian. The family were at supper when the Boy Sleuth arrived at the cabin, but fair Jennie hastily arose &od escorkd Phil into the parlor, joy shining in her beautiful blue eyes. Bill Greeland, miner, looked after the pair with evi dent satisfaction. "TLe boy's a good 'un," he muttered, under his breath, "and the leetle gal will be all right in his care. 'Twixt him and the dashing Sport the little beauty will be over ears in love ere she is aware of it. Well, well; she can't learn life's strange lesson lllllCh younger." The miner seemed to take a fatherly interest in the young and winning Virginian. Or was it because the Sport ban ordered it so! Jennie cnnducted her visitor into the parlor with girlish triumph-"Do be s eated, and teach me the m erry, merry art of taking photographs," she said, leading Phil to a sofa, and sitting down besid A him "I am all impatience to learn o desirable an art." "There, I beg," Phil replied. "As I'm a live sinner, I actually forgot to bring along my book ot in structions. Isn' t it a shame? I will start now tor it." "No. you will do n')thing of the kind, sir," Jennie said, decidedly. "Tf two young people cannot get along for an evening without instructioos, they ought to be blackballed." '-Well. just. as you say. Lead ahead upon any thing from politics to love; from nry goods to mineral ore, and I will endeavor to instruct you to the ltest of my ability." "Oh I you y boy I To be sure, what should about mineral ore, or politics, or-" "Or love Phil said for her. "That is a dainty subject to handle so we will discard it u No, w e won't!" r e pli e d Jennie fl.rm ly. "Love is the very subject. I lov e flow e rs and poetry, nice cats, fruit sun8hine and pbutographe1s, and-11 "Aud photographers? Phil ejaculated l!radually becoming m o r e and more amazed. "You don't re a ll y mean to-" Yes, I just mean to say that I love you 1" the lit tle minx cried, d efiantly. "Now, say as much for yourse lf, if you dare I" "Why! why-" Phil began, b eginning to grow as red as a cherry, conscious that h e r sauc y eyes were trying to peer into his-4bat her fair round hand had clasped his o 1vn. The truth was he was in just such a fix as he had neve r bee n in before. He had always flattered him self that being gifted with plenty of c,heek h e could not be easily abashed, but here this pretty little sprite had comered him in her boldly innocent and charming way, and was evid ently hugely enjoyi1'g his blushes ana confusion. "There I there I" she said, the next minute, throw ing her arms around bis neck, and kiRSing him, "don' t be scared a bit, for I don't mean half of it you know. I am one of the awfulest madcaps you ever saw, and I do so !Gve to tease anybody." "And so you selected me for a victim, eh?" Phil marui.ged to ask. "Of course I did you great good fel'ow. I knew I could mix you ;Ji up like molasses candy, the first glance I got of you, this afternoon. I knew you were the one I could amuse myself with, without being misconstrued or risk being insulted." "Well, sin<.'e you have seemingly derived consid erabl e amusement from my presence you will per haps be satisfied to let me take my departure," Phil said. a little seriously. "No, ;y-011 bet I won't!" the little minx declared, emphatically. "After I have caged my bird, do you suppose I am going to be foolish enough to let him fly away from me? Not much!" And she lrept a grasp upon his coat-sleeve, in a prompt way. "What do you mean to co with me?" "Oh I bold you a prisoner for the b est part of the evening. You see, Guardy is wually out till 14te and aunty is going to call upon Mrs. Jones, ana there will be no one here with me except that Mr. Jeff Harkins, as Mr. Greeland says be is going oo the theater. I fear that man-my flesh creeps every time he loolts at m e with his cold, steelT, eyes. He reminds me of mv enemy, Lucas Alyne. "Perhaps he fs the same in disguise?" Photo. graph Pbil, suggested, the thought coming readily to his mind and forming into words. Ob I sir,lou do not dee m that possi\Jle, do you?" Jennie aske in n larm. "It is quite possible, but not probable," Phil re. plied. Anyhow! if you will be ldnd enough to al. low me the privi ege, I will act as your protecto1 until your gallant and handsome lover returns." "To whom do you refer, sir!" "To tbe Sport-Rosebua Rob." A quiet Jlush stole to Jennie's cheek as she heard the name. "I don't know why you shn uld call him my lover," she said. with a shv glance into bis eyes. "I am a great deal in ebted to the Sport. but am in no way bound to him. And I am sure I like you just a little the best." "Pshaw! Why \viii you persist In giving me tat fy?" "There isn't the least bit of-tntl'y in It," Jennie asserted earnestly, bil!' blu e eyes dilating. "I'm meaninl!' every word I say, so help me John Rogers! Don't think me gone d P m ented or trilling with you. If you was half a man, Y?U wouldn't have let me do this much of r he courtship." -"Phew I if you ain't a brick, I never saw one. But since you wt11 have c ourtship, my little Irrepressible, I propose upon the spot."

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26 Phii. "Propose that we get mmTied ?" "Propose that we take a walk out in the early moonlight., and sip the f.ragrance of ambrosia from the cup of the moo11." "Oh, dear! fan m e quick. or I stiall faint-I know I shall I" the 1 ttle Virginian cried, in much alarm. Ohl Mr. P:1it, if you have any regard for my n erve, you will never start pff so gusbingly again." And then she burst into a merry laugh, in which P hil joined h e r. 0You incorrigil.Jlel" be said. "And you are a great bear," was her r eply. "W11;r. I c-in uck out the smallest definiti'>n of a man m Virginia, and be can make love better by far than you." "Then f!O and fiod him," P hil growled, rising w:th a view to departing. "Well, wbe1e are you going now!,, "Ilome. Miss Inquisitiveness. Got any particnlar objections to offer!" "Of course l have Didp't I tell yon I wanted you to spen d the Pvcningwith me?" "Ob1 yes! I' J fo1g-otten. Now, then. I'll sit down once more, and be sensib l e. Do for me, as :vim said, Miss Grey!" "Whf, of course," she r e plied nestling close to him. Do vo u suppose I shoul d have said so if I ha girl abducted. It i s onr only chance. "Good enough 1 L eave the artist to me. and I'll smash his slrnll so that he won't be .. ble to makt> lov e again ." "Very well. When you have finished bis case, leav a note to that effect in care of the bark 'eper at T o n y R i bleau's saloon. and linger about tbe gulch for further o rd ers from m e." What has become of tbe Sport. Rosebud Rob?" "Gone in search of Dia.blo, the roHl-a gent, they sa.v. S3 hP i s safe out of the way, and there is nothing to our working with succ,..ss." With thi undPrstandln'l" the two villains separated, tbe R e v erend Lu'!B.s goingback toward M<:tson's cabi n, while iJis son meaniered to the first aloon to r efresh hims01f out or a coin which his Iih e r al-m:nded father had to drop into hi s p11w. For without a certain amount of stimulus in him. tbe ruffian was wi thout bis usual courage or fe roc1ty. W e must a
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Photoeraph PhD. replied, and b e turned a full stream of light upon the new-comer, who was indeed Jillett, with his mask olf in his hand for tbe occasion. "'Well, are you satisfied?" he asked, coming forward with a laugh. 0 Quite so. What news do you bring?" "Good news. You must come with me and hide. It i s just dawning day, and the men will soon be released from their cells to work in the minP.. You must bide for the day; to night we will work." H Are the miners imprison ed?,, "At night, yes or a few of them would make their escape. In the daytime I keep a close watch upon them." "How about Diablo ? He is in the Temple of Bacchus, gambling with tbe F orty." I to morrow nigbt at this time, he won't u \Vhvnot?" "Beeause the Temple of Bacchus will be in flames, or, better still, in ashe s." "Maybe it will be all rig-ht. but the driving o f be outlaws into the cave here will bother us more. But come along, and I will secrete you where you will not be molested." Taking the l e ad. Jillett strode rapidly away up the passage, and closing the lantem-slide, Rosebud 'Rob f oll<:>wed in his steps. Tbe passage was a trifle ascendin g and in the course of twenty minutes they emerged into the secret mine-the same grand masterpiece o f Nature whieh Photoii:rapb Phil had entered previous ly, in company with the chief, Diablo. The Sport was surprised at tbe stl'ange tableau, and gazed around him a& be passed across the sandy bottom of tbe basin with a great rleal of interest. This was the min e t hPn. wbich Nugget Ned had given him (as related i Ros ehud Rob) This the place where imme nse fortunes lay in the golden sands under their fee t. Pausing a mome nt! Jillett r elated to the Sport the cause o f the so-caJ ed moon-tide, and the whc,le working of the gate s which flooded the mine with golden grains. which were brought al ong into one stream by a hnndred gold-bearing tributaries, and finally, after settlin'I' in large deoosits, was precipi tated by me1tns of hewn .out sluice s into the mine. Some of the go ldeu sand, of coursP, went ov e r tbe cascade, and thus the miners of the cavP-bain were g!'ttlng ten ounces to the one of that of the gulchdiggers. Passing across the basin to the rocky walls on the north, Jillett unlocked an iron door which led into a dungeon. Ptishing the Sport in first he entered after him, closing the door in his wake. They w e r e now in totaJ darkness, but the Sport r e lieved that by turnJ::: the rocks with door to a s 1apeless affair, and inhabited by picli:'s, shovels, and mining implements of every description. A large cast-Iron box, shaped like a trunk. stood in one corner, and to this Jillett directed tbe Spurt's attention. That is the treasure-box, and its contents in clude all of the cash and bulli o n taksn from the bank, besides a large amount of gold taken from the mine." All right, I'll keep a good watch over it. By the way is there anytbiug to eat iu this den!" "Yes; I have provid e d you wib meats and corn bread, in a basket yonder. Now, go@d-da.v; keep quiett and wh1>n it is time t I will rel easP. you." Ana so saying, he took nis departure. leaving the Sport. alone in the cave-alone with the treasure. The first thing he did was to t'lckle the e dibles, which Jillett had thoughtfully provid e d for his use. He was eo come and with it action. Ni!jht at last !>egan to fall, as he ascertained by peermg through the k e yhole out into the basin, and by the cessation of the ringing of picks and shovel s. Th e n came a long blank, during which, for several hours, he could hear no sound of human presence in the basin. JI' hen. came ringing footsteps, the door was hastily thrown open, and there stepper \ suddenly into the of the Sport-D-'ablo, the T errible! CHAPTER XII. PHIL'S EXPERIMENT-DEATH OF BESS-CONOLOSION. THERE could be no mistake about it being the rob ber chief. Rosebud R ob bad ofte n heard him de8cribed, and the tall, waving plum!' in his hat b0 -poke that he was chie f or at l east an offil!er of rank in the outlaw band. As he stepped within the cell Ros ebud had iavol untarily s tepped t" one side of the entrance, so he was not rmmediately seen-not until b e made an agile leap upon the intruder and bore him to the ground. Then there was an instantaneous grappling of the two men and a fierce struggle for the mastery-a. struggle between two powe rful, determined m e n who were desperately res lved to win or die i >the attempt-who knew that one of their lives must neC-'SSal'ily pay the forfeit. Over arid over they rolled in a d es p erate hug; neither cou d draw or use a weapo n ; the victor must eventually be the man who possessed the greater amount of endurance. 'Twisting, panting, squirming about.the y continued to struggle, neither speaking or showing signs of weake ning It was a strange tableau there in the streaming li ght of the Sport's lantern to see two strong engaged in a death-hug, working for a doubtful vie tory. The Sport could have shot the chieftain down upon his en trance easily enough, but chose rather to capture him and l e t him expiate his crjmes through the stern code of Black Hills justice. Over and over they rolled, endeavoring to dash each other against the rocky projections in order to produce insensibility. But their efforts seeme1l un av.1ili n g and thus the struggle c ontinue d. Finally the mask of Diablo became lo osened and torn oil' and the stream of light from the Sport.'s lantern fell full upon tbe undisguised chieftain's face. Rosebud Rob uttered a cry of consternation and Could the dead return to life? J.!'or the face wu that of Joaqnin Muriete-Joaquin,

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.28 whom the Sport had last seen lying dead In the great cavern nortt1wPst of Cascade City, as related in "Idyl, the Girl Miner Yet be.re he lay locked in the e:rasp of the Sport I Rosebud Rob could scarcely credit his senaes. "Joaquin J\Iuriete, can it b e possible this is you?" :be gasped, as for a moment there was a cesation in their struggle. "Did I not see you lying in death beside your wife in the great cavern?'' 0 You sa\v me in a state of unconsciousness tbat, no doubt, resembl ed death, but was not, Joaquin replied. "I ii woke after awhile, bnried my wife, and came hither with the solt> pUI1>ose of reaping riches and a swee t revenge upon you." "Why upon me?" Rosebud Rob demanded, Because I bated you-because you had the secret <>f the existence of this mine. I intended to destroy you but now-" "Now," said Rosebud R o b, it is nip and tuck which wins." The words were the starling point for a new strug g le. Both clinched hardPr mid worked desperately for the victory. Over ov r and over they went, strainini:; to break each hold-working to .crush each other, or dasu one another's head against Che rocks. At last Rosebud Rob heard the sound of approaching footsteps. and bis courage w a..< hi ghtened, for be irecogniz e d the ste p as that of Jac k Jillett. A mo ment later the r enegade outlaw came bounding into the dungeon, and he uttere d a cry of surprise as he beheld the two men writhin g upon the floo r. "Great Heaven! Joaquin?" he gasped, standing ;aghast "Yes, Joaquin," the Sport replied. "Help me to him.,., Jillett obeyed in sil ence. H e first secured Joaquin, .Jr. 's feet, and then his arms and wrists were broken .from their clasn, and bound. Th e n Roebud Rob arose to his f eet, not a little sore and S'.iff ;i s a result of hislon<:struggl e. Di.1blo lay upon tha rocky floor of the cell, cur.;ing like a t rcop er. Gag him. or do something to stifle his yells," Rosebud R o') directed, and Jill ett tied a hn him How have you got matters arranged elsewhere?" Rosebud R b askeJ. "Are we in danger -of being surprised?,, "No I Every man of tbe Infernal Forty is drugged to st po,faction and securely bound." "Wbeie are tl1ey?" "In the mine here, whither I dragged them one by one.11 "How came Diablo-or "I kn o w not. He was not m the T e mple, and I ea"Iie hithe r in search of hi:n Lucky it was I came .in time, or y 1u'd have been stiff by thhi time "'Tr1.ie enough, and I h a v e you to thank for my gife R'>sebud R 1 b said, earnestly "Now, theques tion is, how shall wa get our treasure andourpris.c>ner imo Cascade City?" "Easily enough, on ly we shall have to make two trips. There is a passage leading out of the mine to the entrance I spoke of, near where Joaquin's >toll-gate once stood. lu tbe passage are five mule' <>n wnom we co.n load several of the prisoners. and the treasu< e-box What do you sav to settilll? the miners free as they were compulsory servants of Diablo?" "I l eave that to your judg-ment," Rosebud R o b replied "But, come I l et's hurry up with this job, for other work demands my att9ntion. "Very w e ll, remain here and guard tbe chief, and I will go for the mules," Ji! ett said, after which he departed. He wa. gone about ten minutes, when oo returned, leading five pack-mules. The Sport bad, in the m ean time. dr!t.g"ged Diablo out of the cell, and left him in the vicinity of his captured confederates, while he went back afterthe treasure-chest and succeeded in draggmg that out, as Jillett arrived. Tb.e work or loading now began. 'l'b e iron chest being heavy was assigned as the burde n of one mule. S ome twenty of the prisoners, including Diablo. were then tie d in a line or lashed to the remaining mules "You had b es t set out for Cascade City alone, said Jillett, "while I remain bere to guard the other pi:i oners. All you have to do i s to follow the mules and they will lea1 you into the passage, which you follow to the end, in the face of a wall of rock. Sear c h abom the floor at the foot of this wall, and you will find an iron foot-spring that, when you step upon it, will cause the walls to part for the space of a couple of minutes. whe n they will glide to gether a g ain. A spring on tbe outside will serve to open them for you on your rerurn." "You will remain here?" "Yes, as there is one who migh t coma and re lease the r est of these fellows, should I leave the m alone." "To whom do you allude?" "To one Millicent Vere, who is the affianced bride of this Diab lo." "Ahl I have heard of her. Well, you remain here, and I will soon return with a posse of Vigilantes at my back" Aud with these words Rosebud Rob set out in the rear of his mule train, which was connected together by lariats. By following the m and Jillett's directions, h e was snon out upon the toll-road, and proceeding toward Cascade City. The ni ght was not moonless, nor was it particularl y light. Upon g-lancing at his watch, as he d escen d ed the bluffs into t .he gulch, the Sport found that it was two o'clock, A. M. The town had mostly quieted down, very few p e r sons being aboard. The first persons Rosebud met were Schuyler, the presid,ent of the late bank, and Bill the los-111g m1ner Both stopped short, as they met the Sport with his car\lo of go ld aud b uman freight. "Oh I exclaimed Rob "it's I, with the fruits of capture. I have a ll of Diablo's treasure. and soma o f bis m e n including himself. What shall we do with them, for I am in a hurry and wi s h to return for the rest of the robbers, whom I left bound and in charge of one Jillett, who assisted me in tbe cap Th en leave this caravan in our charge, with the assurance t hnt w e will care for it promptly," said Greeland. The bank will make a first-class prison, for the present." Rosehud Rob ready assented, and leaving matters in their h a nds, be hurried off through the gulch in search of those
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PhA. "Then these outlaws, aided by a woman, have made their escape. Let us l oo k to the Ari examination was made which resulted in tbe lliscovery tbat not only bad the outlaws escaped, but the imprisoned miners had been liberated and were gone. A thorolij>.'b s earch of the strange cavern resulted no better. The outlaws were all gone, or so secure ly bidden that tbev could not be founa. "There is no use of our looking further," R ose bud Rob sn.id, at last. The woman, Millicent Vere, bas beaten my game when I held a sure band." "And the S('Oner we get out of here, the b etter I" 11ried one of the Vigilantes. "Lookee bayr, will ye?" and directing the light opo n the ground, be enabled them each to behold a copious trail of giant powder, running from one center in a score of directions. Everv face sudden ly was possessed of a w bite, scared' look, except that of the Sport. Outwardly be was as cool as the proverbial cucumber. "True eno u gh." he said, grintly-" a plot is on foot to blow ns up, and it only remains for us to make a run of it." And they did make anm of it. Taking to the passru:(e through which they had en tered, they started off at the top of their speed. and suoeeeded in out upon tbe highway, near where Joaquin s cottage bad stood. And not a moment t o o sor n I There was suddenly a tremendous janing of the ground, beneath their feet, as if an earthquake bad come upon them-then, a roar as of a hundred wide mouthed cannons. 'fhe blow-up of the mine had no visib l e effect up on the country above it. The cavernous basin was w deep, that only the jar was felt in the outer world. "We have had a narr.1w escape, p,ilgrims, and I think w e have reason to be thankful, Rosebud R o b ;;aid. with a shudde r. "I pity any one that was alive within that secret mine when she ble w up." "H&:vr, too," assented one of the yigilantes. "Thar'd be a poor fhow fer arr mortal Hf Lhet ex plosi o n. you bet your top boots.' "The mine beinK worthless now. and the outlaws nothing r emains for us but to return to we have a Accordln!!'lY they returned over the rugged stage road, and descended into the golden gulch jW!t as .the first streak of day-dawn touched upon the far eastern horizon of lofty peaks. Photograph Phil, aift.er leaving the cabin of the 'Masons, returnee! to bis "schooner" wagon in the gulch, he usually slept. He was feeling far bai;>pier and more apprecia tiv e of the world and things worldly than Iie had earlier in the evening Crawling into his veliicle upon a conch of skins, be dropped off into a light nap, from which h e in about an hour. Bu t in tbathour he dreampt that danger was menacing Jennie Grey. Peering out of the "'agon, be saw that the gulch was near Ir d e s erted Mason's cabin was dark and wrapped m slumbet to all appearance. "l must now to my work,' the young artist mut tere d. "The bntld1ng must be burned according to the Sport's direction." Arming himself with a can nf ker0sene oil, which be carried his effects, be l eft the wa!!'On and dodged about in tbA shadows of the gulch shanties until be came to the robbers' n est, known as the 'femple of Bn.<"chus. Reconnoitering, to find that there was no one in the immedi .. te vicinity, be proceeded to saturate the walls wlth the inflammable oil. As soon as be had accomplished tbis, be set fire to aome old grass that would communicate with tbe building, and then skulked away to his wagon. In ten minutes the "Temple" was wrapped ,in flames, and the cry of fire which sounde.d through the gulch had tbti effect of bringing out a large crowd But as soon as the pince had burned to tbe ground, they all crawled back to rest, and the gulch was deserted. About an hour before davbreak Pbil was lving in a semi-dro se, when "omebody part;.,d the of bis wagon, and an excited voice called to him: "Mr. Plul, come up to the cabin. f or Heaven's sake! Something aw[ul bas happened." He recogniz e d the voice as that of bis betrothed, Jennie Grey, and he was out by her side in an in stant. What is it, J e nnie? T e ll me." "Ohl Phil. it is awfull We have just found Mr. Mason l ying in his cellar, bis bead open with an ax, and his money bas been stolen.' Photograph Phil uttere d an exclamation of hor ror. 'By gracious I this is awful, true enough I When did you discover the crime?" "Just a bit a go, when I went into the c ellar for some articles for an early breakfast. Ob I Phil, Miss Priscilla is n early distracted." "Poor woman I ltis a sad blow. Wait a moment and I wit! accom{'any you back to the cabin." He cn>pt back rnto tbe wagon, armed himself, and then went with sweet J ennie to tbe miner' s cabin. it was approaching da) light, and the the shock body of the murdered ruiner bad already been brought from the celle.r1 and l aid upon a lounge. He had received a blow witn a sharp ax in the back part of the bead, which had n early cleft the skull in twain. It was truly a horror of horrors. "Iu God's name, who can have committed this glrnstly crime!" Photograph Phil exclaimed, as be viewed the work, surroundt d by the weeping friends of the dead man. But no one seemed able to answer the momentous quPstion. W bo eve r was the guilty wretch, be had struck e. sure blow, and stolen away with gold for whi-h be bad stained his bands in human blood. llfiss Priscilla was inc onso lable, and J ennie was ov ercome wi 1 b g enwne g rief, for she bad become greatl y attached to the sturdy, honest min e r. By daylight tbe news of the crime bad spread throughout the town, and though crowds came none were admitted, except a f e w friends. Rosebud Rob and Bill GrP.eland viewed the body, sorrowfully. Both bad gro\\n to esteem him, and it was a sad sight to behold him lying so cold and si lent in death. As soon as practicable, RosPbu!il. Rob sought out Photograph Phil, and found him talking to Jennie in the parlor. Both forward to meet the handsome SportPhil with a guilty flush on bis cheek, and Jennie rosy with blush es But. much to Phil's r elief. the Sport said nothing of their being together-rather, spoke of the crime. "What do you think about it?" Rosebud Rob aske d D o you suppose the murderer bas fled the town''' "No, I do n ot; and Jchn Mason b eing dead, 1 dare sax b e will come here to-day I" He.I then you think you know the guilty ma.n?" "That I cannot even tell you. the Bo;i:: Sleuth said-" not at present, anyhow. Wait, and if the right man comes. I will endeavor to prove my suspicions of him." Under the supervision of the two young men, John Mason's body was taken to the porlor and robed for burial. aftPr which all but the family were locked out. of the dead-room. Many of the townspeople, however, lingered about the cabin, and a spirit of the revengeful was rife among them. MaeOn bad ever been a first and foremost citizen, -ro.

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.30 and dark w ere the threats of the peopl e against the murLl e r e r Ab out n oo n R e v erend Lucas Alyne presente d him self a t c a bh, i n his disguis e as J e ff Harldns. The m oment P hotograph Phil saw him, he nodded to tbe Sport. "That's the\.mau, t e n to on e he whispered. "Do you know him?' 1 R osebud R o b shook his head. "Nol Wh o i e b e? "His n a m e is Lu c a s "Wb.it l that m a n Al y n e? "'Sb I Y es it I s h e. in dis ui,;e. Kee p still, and leave all to m e First, l e t u s s e e what he bas to say." The dis(\'uised mini s t e r paid not the slighte s t atten tion t o eith e r Phil or our Sport, but went to Miss Priscillt;>. and off e r a d h e r comtort in a f e w w ellwo t ds, a ft e r which h e proceoded into the p a rlor aud vi e w ed too b o dy. Wh e n h e came out h e was a shade whit e r, and evid ently somewhat a gi tated. Tb e r a w e r e quite a n 1mb e r of peopl e in the cabin, and Jrla n cing a r o und, h e S'l.i d: M y f ri e n ds. thi is a s ad afllictio n which has vis ited u s in the death o f Mr M1so n whom r knelV t o be a man, althQU'?h w e w ere not fri e nd s e xact lv. Y o u IIUl.y, so m e of you, r e m e mber m a as the Reve ren d Lucas Al y n e fo r thi > b ear 1 I wa3 r i s merely f a l se. I had to adopt the disguise in orJer t o be near my w ard heraJ.w b o wa s crue lly t aken frmn me and place d in M r i u a s on's c harge. Now t hoitttte poor mm is d e ad, I am sura tliat n o n e o f yo 1 present ca.n object to r eturning h e r to m y lo v iu care.' And a s h e finish e d speaking t h e r evere n-\ rascal r a m o ved his false hair and beard, and stood fort h in his true c o l o r s "Ay l I object!" Photog r aph Pbil crie:I, to hi s fe et-" I object, and giv e two rea>on : o ne o r them i . tha t Miss Gre y h e r e "-:i nd as h e s p o k e h e drew J e nni e to hi s side-" i s m v a.fll1 nco d w i f a Anothe r h e r father 11.n d own natura l guard ian h-. s just turne l up, a n d will as3 U 'Il9 h e r pntecti on." A err of surprise ca'.ll e fro n all-a joyo u s e x-0lam!1.t1on from J ennie-a b:i.fll3 d o:i.th fro m Lucas It is a li el-a plo t t o rob me of m y w ard I h e cried fle rc elv. Do n o t b e li e v e t h e m my f r ien ds. They nro c o against ju'!tice and othe V>rd I appaal to you-Ia.pp3 a\ to you! "Do not use t h e n ame o f t.h 9 L ord iu this case, Lucas Alyne," Photograph P hil sai 1 ste rnly "Fo r you to p r e t end piety any i s out of a.II r e ason. lf you s o d e i i r a. I can i:irodu c e William Grey, the father of the young l a d v 'h ere." "'Tis fals e I I d efy vou to produce him you young Philis t ine! Willi"'m Grey is l"ng slnc a d ead!" "You err!" said Bill Greeland, the mine1, as he too stepped forward, and pull e d a. mas s of bushy false b oard from hi s face. Lwk you, Lucas Alyne -l a rnthe man The defeated guardian b:ick "You ... ytn.< !"he gas p ed, his e y a s gl<>ring wildly. "Ye s I," said the h a nds o m e elderly min e r Aft e r all your d e vilish scheming f o r w ealth, Lucas .Alyne, I have survive d to wres & one of m y childre n from y o n a nd a s J e nnie fl' w to hi s embrace the returned w a nd e r e r h o r fondly t o him. Luc M AIYn<.', purple with p!l.Ssion, turnerl t o ward the dbo r. But the Spore and the y o u n g Sl euth in stantly bloe l rnd hi s p >th. "Yo u will nardon Pho t ograpb Phil said, slip ping a pair o f h>\n1c uff the wrist of the c on foun..i e d man wit h R osebud's help, "but we b a g to det:i.in y o u upo n tie s u spi c i o n that ynu are the murderer of J o hn Mn.so n we are wron1, but I choos e to try an experiment whi c h will either vindicate or convict y o u. Ladie s and gentle m e n ir y J U will b e patient, I will return soon." And s:i sayin g he J ett the s1>anty Great was the excitemea; among those within Excusing himself, William Gre y took Jennie t o hote l wh ere more fully the r c ould understand the happine s s ot tbeir glad r e umon. Pho t ograph Phil s oo n returne d to the miner' s shanty, beaL"ing a tiay cam era or phot o graphing in .. strument. This he too k into the parlor, wbere Jar the d Pad body of Joh n M aso n The others f o llow ed him curious and excited anCI Rosebud Rob also marche d the prisone r i nto the lOOm. Alyne was now ghastly white, and trembling in e v e r y limb. Photograph Phil went calmly at his w ork. He pl aced bis cam era. upon a p e d estal, a.t th e f oot '>t the improvised bier, after which h e proppe d up the body in a sitting posture. H e n ext open e d the e ye lids of the dead man, so that the glassy ball s w ere r e vealed, and then turned to the wo n d ering and ex cited spectators. What I now rropose to d o," h e said, "is to pho tograpb the pupil of the d ead man's e y e. You all pro bably know that the las t objec t a dying man's eyes rest upon, before lif e beco m es extinct, j g ind el ibly photographe d on the pupil of hi s eye. B y tak. ing a photograph of the pupil atter d eath, you can r eproduce that object as naturally as t ho u g h takeu fro m lif e. It is an a r t I once learn ed in tbe Ea.st, a nd have used s e ve r a l time s in c o nvi cting murde rers. I will now proceed w i t h m y work!" Lucas Alyne at t his jun cture gas ped f o r breath, and f ell on tba floot, w h,, r e h e lay, p a n t i ng, bis e yes glaring with insane d e s perat i o n Phil w ent c almly a t hi s w o rk, and in the c ourse of t e n minutes !Je prod u ce d a tin-type fro m hi s m a ch in e and r etired with some che : nic a ls to a. dark r oo m to finish it. Not l o n g was i t b e ror e h e returned ant i gra.vu ly passed it around f o r in s p e ct.ion. wc:e the exclamati o n s as tho s e in the roo m n p :1 the fai n t but distinc t picture f o r i!. waa the J (1c< "/ JeQ' H ,11 k i ns, ali as Rev1e n d L twas A l y ne. Th 1 m u rcfer e r of J ohn M ason was lync h e d thal n igl 1t a t sundow n in the presen ce of a large co n. course o f p e opl e, a n d at t h e sam e time Dia b lo, oth e r. wise J o aquin, Jr, and t hose o f t h e Infornal F orty who h 'l d bee n captnre d, w e r e launched into eternity, It was the biggest hanging e v e r seen in the Bia.Ck Hills country an1 to-day mMsing away the e v ening n note c nme for Ros ebud Rob in the handwrit in?. o f Balti more B e ss. It made his h eart b eat hster as he c a uirht oight o f the bel o ved handwrit in g but he quickly grew deat.':lry white, and a. groan of anguisll escaped his llps The note read: "MR. MAPJ.ETON:-Will you come to me? I a.m dy ing and want t o see 'l"OU o n ce more before I the rive r to eternity. I a m at Mr s Lyonl el's "Your loving BESS. alia.s PAULINE GREY. "My God I Can It b e true?" the Sport c r i e d, burst ing into tears. I will not beli e ve it until I se e fot myself." S e izing his hat h e rushe d from the roo m l e aving the note b e hind him. Mr. Grey pic k e d it up, and a s he saw it bs gManed aloud. "My H eave n. J e nni e I hP. gas p e d. "It I from ynur is t er-from long lost P uline! dying! Ohl God forbi d Pbili]'.>-quick. boy Gulde us to the place whe re w e sha ll find our darling." R o s ebu the roo m h e had former ly occupi e d Op e nin g the door, he softly entered,

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_ Photo.rra, p.b. PhiL !.\{rs. was crouching by the b edside, and a stood near by. looking very grave. was lying upon the bed, deathly white, but st I posessed of consciousnP,sS, f o r a glad smile came to her face as the Sport came forward. "Oh I I am so glad!" sbe said, in a low, sweet voice-" so glad you have come to see me, Rosebud. I was afraid you would get bere too late, or would not come at all." "Bess, my darling, do you think tbat I could have stayed away? Bess, wha t cruel fate was it that cause d me to scorn your Jove when you are the dearest object of my life ? You ar<' not dying, my treasure? Ob! for God's sake, tell me that you are not dying!" 'l'b e Sport. strong, self-controlled m o n that be was broke dow n utterly, and sobbed out his anguish-his repentance of one sai mistake-his regret that was insatiare. Don't cry, Rob,"Bess said, tal..ing his bands in he!"S-'' don't cry, d ear. 'Tis fol' the best that the Lord baa summoned me to Hirn. My lif e here be low has been productive of very little actual good, although T always strove to sin not. and am happy to die, Rob. if you do care for me aftl>r all." "Care for ;rou, B ess? Can you doubt it?" "No, I believe you, dear If I could have known it before-but-b u 't, it is too late. I could not Jive and see you wedded to another, and so l threw myse into a quarre l, and got kuife-wound in my side.11 Who did the deed, B ess? Tt>ll me. who did it, that I may hound him to the death he has bespoke for yeu. You would do this, Rosebud?" she interrogated, brightening up. ffl swear it, Bess I" "The n, it wAs J ean Alyne. Did Jennie tell you her srory, Rob?" Yes: and you. B ess-" '"Am the sister who fled from the cruel guardianship c.f Lucas Alyne, in pursuit of a r ecreant lover. lthought I loved him, nn-until I met you. Then t h e who l e b ub bl e burst, and I r ealized the truth that tt wns I had been fated t >'love." "Tbts recreant l ove r was Mark Mann ers. eh?' "The same. Ah I It is growing dark, my darling. Won't you li ght the lam p so 1hat1 can see you?" "The lamp i s lit, Bess," the Sport r e plied in a choke d v o i ce, t.ears streaming down hi cheeks. "Ah I then thi s is death that obscures my sight.. Bend nearer-there," and she threw her arms P bout his neck and drew his face closer to hers. "I can for the la t time. Thank God I I waa afraid I could not see you. Kiss m e Rob." The Sport obeyed, covenng her lips and forehead IVith passionate caresses. H e saw she was going .. ery fast. and partly raised in his arms, i;o tbat her head rested against his shoulder. The change seemed to relieve her, and sbe appear Both the physician and Mrs Lyoniel knelt in silent prayer by the bedsid e, while, convulsed with grlef1 the 'Sport held bis darling to his breast. and watchea her lif&-tide ebb away, whil e came to him the realizat ion that the deorest hope of his aching heart was doomed to float away from his grasp, where It could never, never be r e calJed to this life She rallied a. little once more, as if she woulrl 'Ql"Qo long life for the knowledge that one man l oved her, and that he held her close to bis heart. F o r the full love Wall with the going out of the u You will s oon join me in the b0! ter world, she murmured, h e r eyes ;;nzmg lovingly into bis. "God grant it so, dear Bes s I" h e replied, softly kissing h e r The n turning to the physician, he asked: Docror, are you sure there is no hope-no hone at ell?" "Positive!" was the low r eply. "She ho.snot bled externally, you see." "No I there is no hope," Bess replied, seeming ;;o have caught their words. "I am dying. Ah--dark -now l Oh, look the sun ha burt from the clouds, an w ere surely given a welcome by him whose infinite. Late r, Wllliam Grey left the mines for bis Virgin!'.!. home, acco mpa11ied by Jeunie and Photograph. For his services in recovering the stolen treasure, large compensations were offered Rosebud Rob, but he declined them all stating tbat he had enough of this world's w ealth to carry him through, or, at least, to satisfy bis wants A grief-stricken mau. h e shortly after l eft Cascade City In search of Jean Alyn e with but one object in view-that be migbt survive long enough to avenge the death of Bess. The gold stolen by Lucas Alyne from John Ma son's cellar. was found in V1 !Jain's room at tho hote l, and r estored to poor Mies Priscilla. It is not improbable that the Virginia papers may ere l o ng. h erald the nuptials of Jennie and Phil. for, thou!l.'h their love-making was sudde n and youehful, their h earts are still bound togeth e r in tile strong bond of true affection. The outlaws who escape d from Dl a blo' strong hold, aided, w. was supposed, by have never been heard of emce, much to thP nHef o f 1 he few souls who still toil for gold in Ca.sc ad<"
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