The Buffalo Demon; or, The border vultures

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The Buffalo Demon; or, The border vultures

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The Buffalo Demon; or, The border vultures
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Wheeler, Edward L. (Edward Lytton) 1854 or 5-1885
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r: C opyright 1878-1884, by Bead l e & Adams. EntPred a t Pos t o m ce, Naw Y ork, N. Y .. as second class matter. !tar.15, 18\l' No.3 THE ARTHUR WESTBROOK C O / Cle veland, Ohio Vo l. I THE BUFFALO DEMON: Or, THE BORDER VULTURES. & Talc or &be !loallnresi. BY EDWARD L. WHEELER, A trl'BOR OF l>t:ADWOOO OlCB '1 ''TU&: l>OUBLR D.a.OOERS, ETC J:TC ON OAME TBE HEADLESS HORSE.MEN, BEAD ED BY THI! BUFFALO DEMON.

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h y Rend l e & Ada ms. at Pos t Office N e w York, N Y., as seco n d c l a s s i'lla r 1!1. No.3 THE WEST BROOK CO. Cle v eland, Ohio Vol. I THE BUFFALO DEMON; Or, THE BORDER YUlTURES. A Tale of the Soutb-..vr B Y lcll"'AHU J,. Hl':ELER, AUTHOR OF n('..A.P.WOOD DICK,' "TUI!: DOODLE D A G GE RS," ETU. ETC.

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2 The Buffalo Demon. T h e Buffalo Demon; OR, The Border Vultures. A TALE OF THE SOUTHWEST. BY EDWARD L. WHEELER, AUTHOR OF "DEADWOOD DICK" "THE DOUBLE DAGGERS," ETO., 1 ETC. CHAPTER I. FOUND I N THE MARSll--'rRE LOCKET. "JACK BuLARDI Jack Bulard; d'ye hear me! Come here, I tell ye I" "What's wantin', Peggy?" came in slow accents :from within. Mrs. Bulard, a buxom little woman of five-and twenty years, looked up from her washtub beside the cabin door, with a savage frown. 11Ye'd better git n-comin', Jack, now, I tell ye, or I'll come in there, and club the mop-stick over your thick skull, see'f I don't. I want ye I" 11Yas, ye're allus wantin' me, Peggy, w'en I git sot down for a comfortable smoke," growled a great,strapping fellow, of some ten years the wo man's senior, as he lumbered along toward the door, pipe in hand. "W'ats the rumpus, gal?" Peggy stopped in her work, and faced her spouse, excitedly. "Ye l"emember that clatter of hoofs we heerd at midnight, last night, don' ye, Jack!" "Consarn me, ef I don't I I tho t that the Demon Buffalo, w'at ther fellers ar' tellin' such almitey yarns about, war broke his tether-strings l" "Yest" snapped Peggy, maliciously, "an' ye wair scar't about inter fits!" "No sich a thing," growled Jack. "But w'at of the clatter of hoofs!" "A good deal, I s'pect," nodded Peggy, knowing ly. "'l"'har's som'thin' wrong, Jack-Listen! d'ye hear that?" Jack bent his mulish-looking ears forward, and was silent. Presently a peculiar sound greeted his hearinga sound singular, indeed, out there on the prairies. H was a piteous moan or cry, such as could be emitted by only a baby, in distress. "Humph I" muttered the squatter, "a painter's screech, I jedge." 1 "No, it 'tain't nuther, I tell yel" vociferated Peggy. "It ar' a baby's cry I" "Blarst the babbies !"grunted Jack, taking a good long puff at his pipe. "Ye run to 'em, woman. Since ye got hitched up alongside o' me, I've heerd nothin' but babbies, babbies, babbies babbies I Ye've pre eched on 'em from mornin' till nitel" At this instant the long, peculiar cry greeted their hearing again. "Whar's it cum from!" muttered Jack, listening intently. "Frum the bog over yander, eh, gal!" 'On course,'' coincided Peggy. "Jes' ye go over an' see, Jack. Ef it's a baby, mind you, bring the little toostybootsy to my arms; the poor humless little cherub I" "Ya-s I I'll toostyboosty it," drawled he, as he turned into the cabin for his rifle. "Like's not I'll heave it over inter 'Soury, ef it's a baby." "Now, jes' le'me see ye try it, Jack Bulardl Ef ye want me ter wear this hickory mopstick out over your he'd, go and chuck et inter the Missessuri. There'll be one l ess Injinfighter, I tell ye I" "Humph!" muttered J ack, eying the aforesaid weapon of offense, contemptuously. "Thet cudgel hain't got ther terrors ter me thet it uster have, Peggy, My head knows thet ar stick by heart, an' I'll bet a chaw of terbacker thet this 'ere same sku ll o' mine ken stan' more mop-sti ck drummin' than ye've got wind ted inflickt. No gal; ye'll hev ter cut a hevyer gad'n thatl" Peggy uttered a screech that would have rivaled the panther, and made a precipitous dive for the cudgel, but her amiable spouse was out of reach ere she could possess herself of it. Across the prairie from Bulard's cabin, at the distance of a couple of hund1ed yards, was an im mense flag-bog or marsh, which ran back to the edge of the1 Missouri river. At this the spring season of the year, it was generally about half-filled with water and drift wood, and there were treacherous sinks and s loughs, here and there, that made it very dangerous to cross, if not quite inaccessible. Jack Bulard had been reared from infancy on the border. and was as good a scout, trailer, and Indian-fighter, as the district boasted of. The1efore, when he left the cabin behind him, he did not strike out boldly in the direction whence came the frequent cries, but turned abruptly to the north and hurried off. He was ever alert to the tricks and snares insti gated by the wily savages. He knew that there were none of the panther species of animals in the bog; but he did not know how many of the red-skins species might be lurking in it, trying to lure him within gunshot, by the art of simulation which seems so natural among the bloodthirsty denizens of the West. So he approached by a circuitious route, and 'Vth the greatest caution. Fully fifteen minutes had e l apsed, so carefully did he sneak along, ere he disappeared in the wilderness of flags. "The big idiot," observed Peggy, who has been watching him contemptuously. "He's afeared et's red-skin. Bah I no Injin ever made sich cries as them. It's a baby, an' that's the long and short of it. Hum, well; I s'pose ther1s no use frettin' bout him. He will hev his own way. I do believe he'd use jest so much caution ef he were goin' ter a funeral l" Once in among the rustling brakes and flags, Jack Buie.rd exercised even more stealth than be fore. On his hands and knees he moved toward the object of his search, parting the thicket as he went. For a hundred yards he crept forward; then stopped and listened. Not a sound was to be heard save the sullen roar of the great river off to the west, and the rustle of the flags above and around him. "Gol-darn the babbies, anyhow," he forcibly ejacul ated, as one of his hands and arms sunk to the shoulder in a le af-concealed pool of mud. Hardly had he spoken, when a piteous cry broke out, in a thicket just in front of him. To creep forward and part the brakes was but the work of an instant, and as he did so, the great bor der started aghast with an exclamation of horror. There, directly before him, was a pool of clear, crystal water, completely hedged in by the sur rounding forest of flags. Lying just on the edge of this pool, with its feet and little limbs submerged in the water, was & child-a mere infant in years, dressed in a baby's dress, which had once been white, but was now muddy, soiled and torn. Jack Bulard's face was white with an awful feeling of terror, as he pulled the little sufferer from the cold water. It was not dead yet, but he could see by the short, quick gasps for breath, that it could not have held out much longer. The li ttle white face, the staring blue eyes, and the deathly hue about the little mouth, told him that in an hour more the poor thing would have been dead. It was evidently a girl, for its hair was long and sunny. "Horrible," muttered the big-hearted borderer, tears standing in his eyes as he took the moaning ob-

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'l'he Buffalo Demon. ..... :fectofpltyupon Ms knee. "Ther man er 'ooman, tbet e'Ulcf bev tber stummake to sling such a purty critter inter this bole ain't no better nor than ar' a lizard. Eh, leet.le 'un, w'at is it?" 'l'he waif continued to cry in a manne r piteous to see, and its delicate white band kept pointing to ward the pool, as if to attract the bunte r s attention tosome tbiDg buried b e neath its placid d epths. At first, Bulard did not comprehend, clearly; then BOmething akin to combined horror and dread attacke d him, and laying the child upon the ground, be etepped forward, waded a few steps into the pool and dow n into the crystal water. His great form shook wi t h emotion, and his eyes bulged from thei r sockets as he made a second dis covery. There, lying upo n its back on the white, pebbly itlottom, waB anuthe1' infant! It was dressed like the first, and of the same size. Very lik ely the two were twins. Awed! ay, horrified beyond expression, the bor dererlreached forward bis foot, and stirred the body, Then h e perceived that it was held down by w e ights, attached to its waist by strings. After a moment, be staggered back to the shore, and seating himself by the side of the little girl, be bowed bis face forward between his bands, and the tears fell from Ins eyes thick and fast. Never before in bis life, thus far, had his f ee lings been so touched. Nev e r bad be stumbled upon a scene that so shock ed his nerves, and opened the valves to the pity in his great heart. It was some time ere h e could control bis emotior and raise the living child in his arms, and bear her toward bis cabin. Here h e gave her up to Peggy, as, In his n1de but honest manner, h e related what ae had seen Peggy Bulard, though she bad a long tongue was the possessor o f a large and kindly heart, and she received t h e littl e wruf with true motherly affection, and left tho wash-tub to nurse her back to life-whic h tvas an uncommon thing ror Peggy. Sad and sorrowful, Jack went back to tbe pool and llshed out tbe body of the dead child, which be also bore to cabin h ome. Peggy laid it out in a white sheet, whil e out of doors Jack set to work, and out of a pine board made "rude coffin ,, On t h e neck of the dead waif was f ound a strange scar-a birth-mark, doubtless, in the shape of a tiny band. .All the fingers and the imprint of the palm of the hand being quite distinct. Also, around the neck of the little girl was a chain, to which was attached by a coral link a little locket set with precious s tones. "Peggy, s aid the borderer, that evening, as he sat tippEod back in a favorite corner of the cabin, waiting for her o prepare tbe evening meal, "d'ye know w'ht I feel in my bones?" "How shed I kno?" snapped s he. "You're all us feel'tb' som'thin 'in 'em: but it never cums true!'' "Don' t, eh? W'en I felt it in my bones thet ther lnjins war goin' ter burn out Shaeffer-'s, they didn't do it, did they? Oh, my gal, my bones are true as allmanax in thei r prophecys, sure pop I I feel it in 'em, jest at this purtic Jar mm nit, that some day or other, I shall run slap up a?,ainst ther human that deserted these poor children. "I ho?.?, to gracious ye will, Jack Bulard," replied Peg-gy,' an' ef ye don't bu'st bis pate for him, I hope he'll bu'st yourn. Oh I'll bu'st him nPVer ye fear! But, what're yegoin' to do wi' tber leetle girl, ef she don't go over "'Rais e h e r, on cours e 1'' "Thet's rill ht, gal-ri ght as a cokynllt. An' w'ile Y<>' ar' raisin h erh l ll keep my eye peel ed erbout, arter the cuss who ain't got no more ov a heart than a l\l!igator. Tile next morning the body of tb11 little dead one '"'as interred by rude but tendet hands. CHAPTER IT. -,, l! JORATHAN JtlilROLD, ARTIST. Seventeen years late r .A company of about a dozen horsemen was ridlJJa leisurely across the great plains, at the close of what bad been a sultry August day. All were mounted on spirite d horses, and their dress plainly denoted their calling-that of the free ranger of the border. The main party was beaded by two m en, who, evl dently, were c hief in command. The one was a tall, muscula r knight of the frontier. dressed in buckskin, with a face tanned t o a nut brown hue from constant exposure to wind and sun; pi e rcing gray eyes, dark curling hair, aucl a heavy brigandish mustach e o f a lik e color. His form was of perfect mold, and he sat his horse lik e a caTalier of old. His companion, wbo rode by his side was a sturdy, grim faced young borderer, with a lithe yet muscular form, black eyes, and dark hair, that fell around hi s shoulder s in profusion, w bile his face was shorn of all s igns of beard. Both of the leaders, as well, In fact, as the wh o l e of the cavalcade, were we ll armed. "You're sure y o u can sight the cabin, ere dark ness fails, Lije!" asked he o f the mustache, with an uneasy glance toward be dry, red sun, which was dropping behind the horizon. Y o u are awar e that we are now in the country of the Apache, and I am not too favorably impressed with the character of either the red or white inhabitants of the we are about to enter; o r1 that is, I would not care to camp down on the plams here with this handful o,f men!1' "You talk like a horne t, captain!" said Lije, dryly; "but never fear 'Less sutbiu' Btranger'n I kn o' of hes happened, I'll show ye Jac k Bula.rd's cabin afore the moon'A up. How's y e r compass p'int n owf ,Bout sow'-'est, ain't et? "Yes," replied the captain, consulting the hands o f the comJ.)l' .ss-" about that. A little to the south, if any thing Thort so. K e n 't ginneranr fOO: the Leopard on hi s reckoning. Wal, sich bein the rase, I oprne ye'll see that gal o' yer's in short Luv h e r purty strong, d on' ye, bossf" Captain Chris Adams flushed, but it was a flu s h o t pride and pleasure that s h o t atnwatt his visage. "Yes," he r eplied "I love her passionately, mad. ly. She is a pure and beautiful maiden, Lije !" "Right, capten. sure' I'm a buffier-!'teak anihi late r. I've kno'n Guess Bulard these ten year, and '11 go my last plug o' terbacker she'll make a thnmpin' good wife. How'd ye ever happen t o meet her ? I'll t e ll you," responded the capta in, as he gavE1 anothe r anxious glance toward the setti1 g s u n ren1 embe r the big freshet there was on tho Missouri, before Bulard moved down here to 1'exas, don't you! Well, I was scotitin' among the reds o n the other side of the rive r, wben that mighty thaw came, about ten miles below Bu lard's cabin. One drizzling, nasty morning, when the prah1ea were n oth in g more nor less than an ocean of water1 a band of Sioux got after me, and I was compellea to 'light out' for the stream. I knew a canoe hid den near the shor e, and mthe r than risk my hair in the keeping of olu Nemostoka, I resolved to risk a trip across the rive r to the other s h ore. I got in sight of the riv e r about ten minutec ahead of the r eds, and uncovering my canoe, l sprung in, and pushed out. Llje, if yot1've ernrseen the on one of her tantl'llms, you can imagine something about how it was then. It was a boil ing, sefltbing exix'\nse of water. "My frail bark tossed, asd lurched and plunged, in. the battl e, like a stick, and I was not able to do much servicu with the paddle. "At last I was about In the middle of tbe original. rivPr course, aud tbeu made a discovery. "Coming down the stieam, and bearing direct to ww-n mt was a cabin-yes, a log-cabin, sir, wblc lf

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The Buffab Demon. danced along like a. ship upon the oc.,,.n, its heavy weight being a means of kecpin int:ict and from tipping over. Upon the r oof, with their arms out stretched toward me in a supplicating manner, WPre three persons. "From the instant of thls discovery I resolved to save them, if po,sible, for I knew that Locust Island was not half a dozen miles below, 'ind that there the cabin would be dashed against the tree-tops, and those on the roof would perish In the flood. "I so managed my canoe that in a short time we were dashing along sid3 by side. "By the assistance of my lariat, I s oo n had the three prisooeN in my frail craft, and after an lo.our of doubt and uncPrtainty, we r each!' J dry land. "The r escued ones were Jack Bulartl, bis wife and bis lov e ly young daughter The freshet had swept away their cabin ;vbile they were yet in bed1 and by the dismantling of the chimney, tne y had succeeded in escaping to the r oof. "That was a memorable Lije. I took them a lo!lg with me, clown to Dall as, and fell in l ove with Guessie Bulard. in the bargain Just a year when we separatet.l, on the of my call up into Montana, she promised to wait foc m e, and, on my r eturn, become my wife." "You orterbe a joyous skunk, sai:! theL0op ard, solemnly. "But, by my steak-eating proclivities, look thar W'at in the name of the forty' l eve n c o nstellations o' stars duz thet meau r CapLain Cbris gave the signal and every mail drew rein at once. Directly in front of them, distant several hundred yl\rJs from where they bad halted, stood a horse and former, an old, scrawny, ribby sorrel. who l ookd as if it had n ever know11 the t:iste of bay or grain, while the latter was a sma.11, rack%y specimen of the canvas covered ;, schooner," use:l by wa.:;on-trains in crossing the pr.ti.ries. Between thls strange conveyance and the cavalcade was a man, whose frant ic hopping about and grot.,sque motions, first to bis wagon, and then tO" ward our fliencls, was intended, evidently, to waro tbem not to appro:ich. Hold on a bit I" orJered C1ptai.n Chris, a!ld let's sec what that luu atic mean .3111 wbolo cavalcade up abreast, and stared at the stranger. As soon as he perceived that hs hacl succeedecl in bringing them t o a balt1 h e skurricd quic'S_puttia' bes he'd under thet cloth, ter sight on ye! Guv him a blizzard I" There was an ominous click! click! as the ritle locks were drawn back_ "l:loldl" again shouted A.dam, his face p a ling, as he drew a r evolver. for be th" g1im rangers were earnest in their belief-" don't you d1we to pull a trigger-not 01<6 of you, or the man djPs that c;oes it I" Nut a weapon exploded, consequently. It was a scene worthy of the pencil of au artist. Elrven brawny Of the bard 'r to bay \Jy a single m an, under tbe cover of his g leaming weapon; in the rear, to the tfortil aDd to tbe south, a vast ex panse of lev el pla in lay in i so lation and silence; while m the foreground was presented to vie1v the lone tourist and hls awe-insnirin!/: machine, bis pitiable ap logy for a horse and the 'schooner." "Put up your guns, and mount!" commanded as !Je at last saw the stranger emerge from under the cl0th which e"veloped the cam era, anti motion for them to approach. The rangers s ullenl y obe yed. u You see you w e re scared at nothing," resumPd Adams, with a chuckle. "Do you not yet compre hend what yonder object ls1" "Nol" growled Territory Tim. "Well. tben l '11 tell you. It is an apparatus for takin z pictnres-photograobs !'1 "Wal, by thunder!" were tl.Je atonishecl exclama tions on all sides. ''Ye don't say I" In a few mo'.llents the entire cava Icade drew r e in in front of the cameia, and the stranger, a l arge, portly personage with immense whiskers ancl eye brows, saluted them: '"Haow d'ye do, gentlemen? What in creation was thA matter wi' ye, when I was a-try-in' to takP-ycr pictures a bit as how nsye were skeert'" "They u ere the fools,,, laughEd Chris. "Took your machiue for a Ga.tlin;;-gun, you see. But, who in Cain are you, governor?11 "Me-wbo ar:n I?" exclaimed the stra n ge r, in surprise. "ls it possible ye never heeid tell o n me l W -aI, tbet's cur'ouI I'm the famed Jonathan Je riah Jerrold, photo::;raffica l professor, ist, and artist in nature'>< sublime beauties I" CHAl"N:R ITI. THE PRI!!!R' 3 REWARD. "CELESTYALSinger&!" ,,-aspecl the Leopard. "Then that ain't no gun, arter c.411, h ey?,, "Certainly not. r e plied !he artist. "Jt Is au ap. paratus fur t akin' a surrmryer 1tnd kurrect repersentasbun uv yer fncial an then trans !erin!? them in a hi!?hly manne r by the cbemikal ai l o' pbotoger...lc; prossegses to er peece of paper. When this renmkahle ackquiremen' ar' sucksessfully ackkomplished, we go ter work, an' paste the piece o' paper onter a Gard; you then bave as natural 1m' neat a physiognomitical and cbromatical r epr.;sentashion of yourself as though ye war ter look in a bunderd-a n -s eventyfive-dolla r Fl e n c b plate mirror!" "Ye don' tell us! So ye war tryin' ter steal our good looks, war ye?" growled Grizz l y Sam. fingering his six-shooter. 'Nol nol no!" cried Jonathan Jeriah. in abject terror; don't shoot, Mr. H ;cl-kin-no. clro.-t it1111r. Mr.-Mr.-Ran!:(er, I mean-plear. doan' t. l' I aJl Be quiet, boys," orderecl Captain Chris, enjol m g the sceue quite as m uch as his comp anions. Let ou1 art ist be. I say, governor, w h a t are y o u do.iDIJ

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The Eufalo D e mc n. 5 <>ut here in this Injin country? Cant bey Ju'n; 1 much kn01vledi:e of the Apache, ch:" ' Kiud sir," replieU the "you sreak the truth. l'm not par:icularly ac0uniliied "ith the Inhabitants of this S<'Ction of ocr Crca'or's sub:ime footstool; but, nevertheless, I am possessive of a and consequen(!y it bebonrns rue not to fear au;.ht In these sclilnry haunts, but put my faith in the Almighty, and trust for the best." "Yasl'' said C:ircus Pete, fTim l y, u et's w ll ernuff ter trust ter ther Old-Un, w en ye're in siccbt o' I h0r t ort or at ther se1 t lermentz but w\ n T"e'rc wi'in gunshot o' ther 'Pash huntin1-grounCr, 1'11 t"l 0 ; w o l vers, for my choice. Jest 1 t er r o I bi;:; git a squint at them whiskers, an' thct h i1r 1J' Yol n, an' I'll bet er huffier, it'll be goodt.v f< This caus d a general laugh at Jerrold' s expense, and Captain Chris tcldcd: '"Pete, here knows what hP is talking abC'ut, sir, and I agr e with him that you arc in a .-ery danger O\lS E\en wHh my dozen exr:erienced Jn dian-ftght!'rs, I doubt if we g-ct "crots the plains w ithout bearing fron1 tbe red-skills. You've come to a ver.v uupropitious country to pm yonr-call ing. Indians have uo tc.ste for the 1 n arts, nncl if you point your arp2ratus at thell> as vnu diJ at my boys, h"re. very likely your Fcalp "'ii l"'Y the for feit. I'J advise you to put for tile East," as fast as ?;Ou can I" Inrlec To guide ruy foo:st0ps ba('k to the Orient. would be an utter imp1 ob hility. I am in I he emplo.v of the Cosmopol ltn.n and Inrernationa.l Burenu of Art. anct ain hourd for the g-reat lava-beds Jilferent. '"'mes, to pllotograph the spot wl.Jere noble Q,rnb.Y fell." "So ye're goin' to try Modoc, eh? Well. before you p:o that far, just tnake your uill .' Ynur fa1nily will do .. btlPss need the benefit derived tl.Jerefrom "I ray, capt9in '' sugg-ested the Leopard, "let's tnke hitn er1ong w1' us. P'r"aps h i s eonsarned nia c hine tnay skeer off ther 'Pash, whe n WA g-it to tber An', Yas I yas l" pi1t in 1 he asscm biai:;e of fun-loving rangers, who foresaw a deal of 8port in the com panionship of this remarlmble cbarncter. who bar! so strangely fallen across their path-'" take 'im erlong. "ill ye go 'long" wi1 us, "Kiud sirs, you rreatly !Jono 1 me, and if you thinketb that rnv company would be ai:-re!'ahle, I am .not averse to linking my fortune with thine." u Knrect thun et ar, srtt.led; ye shall e-o 'lnng. Ye shell 8ec Cio,en-Hoof, the Demon Buffle1 o' Texas! Ye !'bnll Ree heapr; o' an' sidr.s, we'll :ill hev our Dictmps taken. W'at cl"ye say ter et, Capten Chris? IIain't no 'jt>cksb1_ms f'f we tote thes corn krih erlong. hev ye? R"ckor we kin purteck im !'' "No." said Adams, who bad been clcsely study inf( the a1tist. "''d b"d arrived at the conclusion I hat he was something more than his outward appearance indicated. Jn rnr1 icular was noticeable the change In his manner of speerh. Firstly he hneyond the powers Qf fast That you can keep u p with nst'' La n ll' can hol d her own with any couref'r uf e cent1:1 y. Wait till I load my wagon, anu ilcn JcaJ en; I will follow!" So Ea.) ini::, Jonathan Jeriah proceeded to pack the camera into the rc:-r en'l of l:is wagon, and ''hen this wns done, be pulletl down a. lrng canvas curtain. rn that none of the rangers' p1'.)'ing eyes should peer into the interior of bis covered vehicle-inside the wagon. 1'hcn to a seat in front, be gave the won\; the olrl sorrel stretched her bony neck, and struck out Hke a race-hm'fe for the 'Vest, followed ly the rnlrzed, as wi Ji r:s :'mused cavalcade, whose n1ir.i:::ls Wt-'re kft in t he r rnr. Dy r.nd by tl:e artist d:rw rdn and allowed the ran g ers to on, r ac!J nnd the lead, whi l e the sad Jockingsorrel st ackrd nlong at their heel s l azily, making no show of an effort to keep up, a lthough the animals in ad1ance were galioi,:>in g a long at a rapid gait. On inoved the caravan. At length night closed in on the limitless expanse cf plain; still the horsemen did not pause. A" hour passed and still uo sight of the wishedfo r ca.bin. At last the Leopard drew rein. Ther"s no use tramps:in' 'ronnd enny longer cap'n," he declared, "fur I opine I,U hev ter gi'11 up beat. I don' S e no kinder sigus 01 er habbertashun, hyar'bouts, an' jedge we'll hev ter gi'n up tl,e ship, fur ter-mgbt. any bow." So a halt was made, and the horses turned l oose to graze. As all were tiained animals, no fears we r e entertained of their goiug astray. La B however, had no sooner arri ved at the conclu8 ion that hf'r day's work was at an tbr.n sue very deliberately lay clown in the sl,afls, tu.cl closed her eyes. "Celestyal f"Jacn1ated I .. ije, "st?e fhaP, Peech-blossom--yer boss as laid down wi' her gear. in' on. Shell wt:: gi'n ye er lift to r ... Jse her?11 "'No,'' Jona1han Jeriah,coolly; ''it is the way she u sually sleeps I" And while the ranJ'"ers were makinp, a fire, the arList gathered a handful of g-rnss for his pet. 'See hyar," interposed Fiflh Avenue Sam. 0 It1 the' all )'e allow yer anymile, old snoozer?" "Wait till you see," replied Jerrol d. \ Yhen a fire had ucen kindled. and each of the ran ger brigade were engat<'d in roasting 1 slice of i-:avory venison, the i!rUst within the sucred precincts of his wagcn. and presently emerged bearin"" two formidable chunks of "b"ar-meat, 11 which le fastened to the ends of a couple of stick and proreeded to broil at the.the. \1 agh !"grunted Grizzly Len, eying the cont em plated mea l, in unfeigned astonishment, "?;e ain't er-goin' tf>r git outside 01 all o' th et, ar' ye, ol'e hoGsl' Skin me fur a huffier, but thar's enough to kill fo o ordinnerv buzzanlR !" Jouall1an cl\tl not. answer, but went on with his work. an, wlo. to the great wonrlt=>r of all present, devoured it without a whim per, and immediately whined for more. 0 'l'hat 1s a rf-marka ble anin1a1 of yours. Cap.," ol; sPrvPrl A,dams, as he ftniehed bis.slice rf venison. "Thinketh so, kind sir? WelJ, in all probability your words are fuJJ of wisdom. At least., I will not contradict you. and doubtless, in the future, you will become more etrangely impressed \0ith the singulariri;'s connected with yon equine.,, Aft'"T the n1Pn l was dis-posed of, the fire was per m itt"d to expire; the horses were brought in and hoppled, and Grizzly Sam and Len went on i:-uard. Jonathan Jeriah-$oug-ht the inside of his '' schoon er,, to and the lone camp h1 the heart of-the great plains scou was wrapped in silf'nC'e BeforP long the two guards fell asleep; they llad ridden far that day, a n d were too exhauted to do fi.Htbe r d uty; so t ne.v imprudently s lept at theit

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The Bufta.10 Demon. pos&. Hardly had they become wholly oblivious to time Slld sense when a man crept near and peered ahead into the camp. After a moment's survey of the sleepers, be glided &till nearer, and soon stood at the rear end of the artist's vehicle. He was a brawny specimen of humanity, with Im mense length of arms and legs. and broad chest and shoulders. His face was covered with a stubble beard, his eyes were of a piercing gray, while his hair was long, tangled and silvery-whi te. A long r!fie slung at his back was his only weapon ln view, for his belt was minus the customary knife and pistol. After assuring himself that he was still unnoticed, he proceeded to survey the conveyance before him. "Humph," he muttered, under his breath. Thes ar' quare. Nev.var see'd sich er contri,ance in two year. Must be some bu'sted-up kerryvan, o r else et ain't; I dunno w'icll. Par'ps et ar' a Gipsy keertbut, kim tbar ham't no Gipson the r p l ains, e lse it be 'Pash. rlenty on 'em, tho', an' not fur offi at thet. Wonder w'at's inside hyar, ennyhowr jedge I'll investigate a bit I" Rea.chin!? forth one band, he unbuttoned the cur tain, and lifting it on one side, peered in. In an instant the loud r eport of a gun broke the stillness of the night, a11d the borderer staggered back, with an unearthly yell, for a portion of his chee!< had b ei>)1 blown away, and his face was pep pered in a pitiful manner, with fine salt and powde-. His wild yells brought every one of the rangers to their feet, and they huddled around him in surprise, awe, and amuse ment. The ljic:antic stranger was bopping, jumping, and sq.uirmmg about at a gl'eat rate, and giving vent to hideous yowls of pain and rai;e, that were frigbtful to hear. It was plaln to see however1 that he was more soared than hurt, as the wounu in his cheek had not quite laid the bone bare. "Here I here I" oruered Captain Chris, shaking him by the shoulderi "shut up rourhowling, or you will have the whole Apache nation down on us. Dry !!P } say I What's tbe matter with you? Great lfeavenl is it 1/ secrets of yonder stu dio are not for Other eyes than mine, hence it be hooves me to the rear entrance with a small salt-loa:led ho,vitz e r, in the event of my nocturnal repose, while tbe foremost end I blockade with my body. The I keep constantly loaded, and after I button the curtain down as I intend it shall rPmalui it behoovi>s no man to pry into the conveyance. give you this explanation that each man may profit thereby\ and prevent distlgin-ation of their physiognomist cal countenances Jack Bulard eyed the artist savagely, mind, old boss," he groaned. "I'll git even wi ye, yet, ef et takes till next year; I ain't no }e'd owl. yitl" "Never mind, Jack," said Ca'{ltain (''1ris, consolv1.,;Jy. "You'll get well in a Jiffy. tell me. :where's youroabin and ranch? We could not find it, so we bad to camp down heiet" "You're on my ranch now," r:rowled Bu1ard. "'Pash burnt the cabin yesterday l' "And the women? What of them?" "Carr'd off, I reckon," was the reply, accompanied with horrible groans __ -OHAPrER IV. JlETROSPECTION-OLD JAcx s STORY. CAPTAIN CHRIS ADAMS is so well known throughout the Far West and Nor'west, that no words of onrs are necessary to proclaim his fame. No braver man hes ever trod the wilds of ( .he frontier. WHh his in vincible rangers he has done many a service for the Government, in the wa.y of repelling raids from va rious bands of desperadoes and hostile savages, that will not soon be forgotten. Several weeks previous to the day when we saw the "Invincibles" on the Texan plaos, Captain Adams had received a call from Camp Supply, signed by several prominent citizens, requesting his pres. ence there \vith his band of rangers. So, selecting t'Neive of his best men, be bad left Fort Buford on the long and dangerous trip to the South. The rangers, all old and toughened sprigs of tho frontier tree, could stand almost any amount of hard nding. Among them were men notorious for their daring, skill and bravery-such as Lije the L eopard; Fifth Avenue Sam; Beeswax (color e d); Grizzly Len; Griz zl.l;'._ S!lm, Territory Tim, Alaska Ben, and others. ;ttlements, and not unfrequently down against the wagon trains, in the dead of nig-ht, and while he was attracting the attention of whati>ver sentinels might be posted, his minions would pounce npon and plunder the wagons. Such was the idea the e:overnor gave Captain Adams of the mystery, adding, that the set.tiers and inhabitants of the Government lands were bPcoming thoroughly alarmed, and that unless something be doue immediately to quell the suoerstition and t4' "lay" the Cloven-Hoof, there would be, undoubted ly, a precipi&e.te desertion of the sect10n, which had taken years of perseveranCJe Od IQ. bvr ;,o lJ<>val!.te.

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The Buffalo Demon. So It was v!tallv necessary that the matter should be thoroughly investigated; hence the ranger was summoned from his far northern haunts, and offered a munificent reward should he succeed in overhaul ing the ban :t of outlaws, which he consentPd to do, and after a brief rest s e t out for Zoss ei, a little sPt tlement nearest the principal scene of the de;-r eda tions, armed with a letter from the Ji,,utenant-gov ernor to one Alonzo a leading spirit and citizen of the infested comm uni : y. Desiring, for a purpose best known to himself, to increase band to twelve mt"n, nside fron1 their leader, Captain Chris had l a id bis course across the plains toward 1 he cabin of hls prospective fatber-in law, old Jack Bulard, whom be hoped to enlist in bis service. Under what inauspicious circumstances the two met, we have already related. Let us, then, once more, look back upon the camp. "Great Heaven I" gasped Adams, reeling back at Bulard' s declaration; "carried off by the Apaches? HoITiblel Goon, old man, aud do not keep me in suspense. Tdl me all I" The old scout coolly seated himself upon one of the hubs of the wagon-wheel s and after filling and lighting his pipe, puffed away a few moments, con tentedly. Ken't te1Iye how et war dun, boyeP," be replied, tubbing his band dubiously over Lis lacerate d chee k. "Ye sec I war out on er lon g trip up ter ther Platte, an' w'en I left hu1n ther w01n e n war gittin' erlong skrumos his-like; so I didn't worry 1nucb erbout 'em. But, yesterd.ay, w' e n I erriv'd back 'bout dusk. au' found tbet tlrnr 'Pash hed bin, t.ha r 'nrly in taer mornin', an' cremated f"' V r anch, I t e ll ye I 1rm n1ad as e?' goose in I k'u'dn't f..11d nerry sign o' ther femernines. so I jed!" C d !hey war arr:pu tated-no, thet ain't the r word; !e's seel Abdi cateded am et, capte n?" "Ji. bducted, vou n1ean ?'' "Yas-thet in" et. Abdicatede d 'Vr l, as I war say'n', I j e d?ed ther rotte n 'Pas h b nl ro ther g als -my gal an yers-an' I war 'bout Ointed to the easr wherC'\ a blood-red rockel had l eft the rall-shrouded eartr, and was soaring far up and acros s the starlit sky, like a fiery serpent. u Jnjunsl cried Fifth Ave nue Sam. HYasl an' 'P a sh, too,' assented Bulard. "Kefp yer peepers skinned fur more on them siguals. They're w'at skeert ther boss. I speclrulate !" An anxious watch new kept on either side, and soon a bln e rocket shot up from the so1,1th. This was immediatel y answered by a white one from tlw north. "That settles et!" announced old Jack, examin ing l!is gun, in a business-like way. "Ther fust 0nP. w'ich skeert ther 'oss, war fired in tber north. Cocl< yer pill boxes, boyees, fur we're surrounded by not J ess'n a hundrerl 'Pash!'' And even as he spoke, a confused chorus o!. dis tant war-f'ries, coming from e-ither direction, broke the stillneES of the c!ear night! CHAPTER V. TRE SWOOP OF THE VULTURES. NOT many l eae:ues to the west of thfl settlement 7.ossei, w hich was to be the destination of Captaia

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, The Buffalo D emon. ------Adams and his" Invincibles. stands the little Span ish-M exican town of Los Des Pumas. Formerly it had been a fortress, in tbe old times, out now the walls wei-e crumbling with ag-e, and the Mexicans and balf-breell nativeR had bui l t tl1ern selves, outs ide t\Je grim old fortifications, nume r o u s adobe haciendas and tl'US a considerable area of territory occupied by the site of the" si J ePtcity." The inhabitant s ot Los Des Pumas were of a sh ift less, lazy turn, and w ere never known to do a day's work, though the soil o nd general ct1antkn, Senor l\Inrrillo. and I will tell you my plans, as I havtJ a vital interf"st in this town and its safety. Now, t ese Yankee fillihust ers have pitched their camo i11 the two miles from this spot, an I are pmparing For a night o n Los D e s Pum"s. They nurnt not do i t. s cn0r-d0 you henr?-tlH,.Y 1m18t not attack the vil!a2e Mount yourst"lf and evel'y 111unan un der your command tl1<1t can lift a and I will lea'1. you against t11'3 accu1-s d Yanks. From t.he blntr above the ,alley we C'ln ebargedow n upon them, awuy their ht ft; anJ then n o attack wiJI uBnt, senor, nhat 'hn.B h" done with the children, unr l 1n lovely daP-htf'l'S Xo l a nnrt In z?1' 18.'Cl"e e them in th" mi 11: unflo.rnrath us!" r e ()l!P. Though I cntmnt tell you wh.J; changes 1nay speedty tl' P.nspire, assur('cl no dan g01' will liefall "'11. lleat there i s the blare of thA tmmpet lhatcii.!Js me away Adieu, swePtestl l\Iny my mel't i11gs ;, ith you hPnceforth be longer and m o r e freqnPnt I" Im1Jri111 br.; a upon the ful!, roRy lips of the maiden, Pietro G onze ll,,s h.1:t1<'d and hurried from Lbe room. In n dark he suddenly stumbled Mm rilio. t11C' af,. t t "Come r' ejac11lat L wlo the court-yard that was fenced in by the grim oltl w a1ls of til e fortificat i on. Here a strang-e sc'-'ne Some hundred and twenl.Y horse s we1 e rlni-.,u l.!p al.u0ast, ti eir noses fncing the ponilants., o!fl a111l young, into fi:;ht ing trim. B 1r. c o mP. Senc1 Gr:nzello.i:!, l et's mount and away. A'i you havP sa i d. Lo':> Pumas mut not be attacked. T he discoverv of the wealth yon fOL'L .. eR'3 would soon bri...Jg an avalanche of the nccursed Yankee fort1n1 3 -hrmters upon us." ThP two mC'n 111ountecl th "ir horses: tlie n, as the fortres!:'l gntcs open, they let.! the way at a in the 'irection of ttw little valley, followed bv th e motl "lov hand nf 44 defenders." PiPtl') Go ,ZeJins too'r the c-omman
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The Buffalo Demon. 9 the .Mnericans in the valley. When I see a suitable for a charge against them I -.Nill g ive said whistle, when you must dash up the bluff and make a rush down upon them Th".Y will, of cou1s'. be surrised, and au easy 'ictory will be yc_,urs. But, remember, don' t come until l give the signal." The next instant he bad thrown himself upon a llfours and wriggled off through the darkness, which now the earth. Wben the moo11 emerged from the bank of clouds that had shronded it ana thre w its mellow rays down ilpOn th!' bluff, Pie ro Gonzello s was nowhere to be 3een. He ha doubtless gone beyond the iidge on hls spy-mission. With great impatience the r.Jexicans waite d for tbe signal, tut an !Jour dragged !Jy, and still there came not tlle promised w llistle from the scout. Murrillo finally uaered a savage protest, and urged bis horse up tlle slope. '"Come onh" he ordered and l et' s see what t his means. Per aps Gouzeilos has been captured I Tl1e whnle party spurred swiftly to tl.ie top of the bluff, and came to a momentary 1 1alt while their eyes swept the littl e treeless valley below, which was flood e d with seft white moonlight_ Ni.ta pet,;.mi, 11r1s to be seen! No t a sign of a cumr, nor where one L a d been pitched could be founrl on scarchin,< the vall0y. 'l'hey had been "sol,! "and for what? Let us r eturn to the,\ silent city,'1 aull seC', in com pany with the angry cavalcade. The deepest ,Jlence, hove r ed abont the old fortress and t:ne low haciendas, outside the crumbling walls. Th e ponde rous gates were wide ajar, and tl1c trampleiecord, cocked their rifles 9,nd waited for tl:w oru;at. Nearer and nearer came thf> screechin g snvvJ:!es, and then, all at once, a dozen dusky forms lrnrst into view on either sid<, making the night hidous ith their whoops of triumph. ''Fire I" shouted Captain Chris, "and then use your revolvers!'' Instantly there was a ligh:ning glare of light which lit up the scene for a moment; then the re p ort of fourteen rifle s. d U!i wanl by Grizzl y Len, and in a moment more tl e little bronze piece was trair.ed down toward wLere thS :o strengtl.Jen tl1e;r fo rc e. u 'Ta.in,t ther we'll 011 'ern," said old Bu Jard, scanning t11e Yast, glowing expanse wi tli the captai11 's i:,IaSs. u Tha r bP.h: t er sneakj .. r Sf't o buzzards on 'arth n 1 i inn ,PaslL \Ve'll l (l.v ter more le'1e lay the tirainci of some uufort n nate Apache. whose head had come in contac with 0 clubbed rifle. Prominent among t.he d ead_ lay thf

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I to The BufF afo Demon. qlet forms of poor Fifth Avenue and "Buffeler," who had "gone under" in the affray. After Jonathan Jerinh bad placed his howitzer once more in the "schoonel',' he emerged from the canvas-cover with a Rpade, with which a large grave was hollowed out in the sandy plain. Here were interred the remains of Samuel Everston, and Al Kennor, and then, witb tearful eyes, the caval cade resume' its journe.v toward Zossei, Jerrold bringing up the rear with La Belle and his peripatetic u'tbitation. All day the strange caravan struggled on, looking like a diminutive serpent on the boundless sea of level sand. At night a halt was again made, and after tbe evening meal was dispatched, a triple gua1d was posted. The remainder of the party rollei themselves in their blankets for a n'.lp except Jerrold. who, as he disappeo.recJ within the precincts of his schoo-Captain Adams lay a long time, staring thom;ht fully up at the starlit vault of blue, overhead, and ov1;1r the p ast and future. All the long day they had followed the plab trail of the supposed abJuctors of Mrs. Bulard and Guess, but, as yet, they were not off from the pl,ains, and could not expect to sight them. And, too, not a sign of an Apache had. been fact whic!I inspired the hope that the reds would not make an other attack. The night passed without incident worthy of m e n tion. As soon as it was barely light a start was m'.ld e and no ualt orJered until noon, when Captain Chris gave the sig11al for a stop. 'raking from his well-worn wallet a map, which had bee!l previo usly and forwarded to the Governor, by Alonzo Nesmit, be spread it out before him and studied it iut.ently, glancing ever and anon at the face of the little compass whic h he held in his hand. They had now left the plains, and were "'Ocky and wooded portion of country, abot twenty niles south of Zossei. Directly befor" the) .vawncd deep, narrow seam. sunlY m y map, that Zossei is on the ban ks of this water-course, and by following it, 1 shall experience no difficulty in finding the town. I start for there, at once, and you may expect me back b.v to-morro"' night. Pitch your camp in the gulch here, and be sure and get it on an exact line betw.,Pu the dead and liv" timber. I can then easily ;1:,J you O'l m.Y return. L e t me warn you all, not to venture too Far in yon ghostly fcre.lt. It is spoken of in tho Galveston papers as the Phantom Forest, and they say spookerish objects that can in no way be accountecl for, roam therein. It may a lwrnets' nest; so look o ut!" "Orhit mnught be w'ar this 'ere kritter, Cloven Hoof, o lds out!" suggested the Leopard. "True. I had not thought of that I You may be correct; anyhow, keep your eyes peeled, and look out for Apache. Now, good-by to you. And, touching the 8pur to his horse, Captain Chris dashed off toward toward the north. The country which he passed was wild, broken aud unsettled, and as a general thing over grown with cactus and snge-bush. But, about an hour before sunset he entered a popnlated section, where numerous little white haciendas and farm houses were pearance of the mysterious Cloven-Hoof and his band of Vultures, threatened to dispeople and lay onc9 more to waste. On a Wuff to the right of this scene, was a small villag" of not more than a score of habitations, while beyond, to the north and east, were more ranche s and thriving farms. Just as tho dry red sun was nearing the horizon Captain Chris struck into the one trail or "street'' of Zosse i and galloped up to the aloon over which hung a sign. suspended by cords and staples to two lofty flag-poles, which bore these words: "DuTcrr FRED'S Zo.ssEI RANCH." On the steps of this edifice two burly half breeds w e r e loafing. "Can you in.form me where one Alonzo Nesmit resides?" asked Ad't:ns, as he r e ined in bis horse. Both m e n stared at him, curious!)', but neither offerert t 1 answer the question. After waitinga few mome nts, Captain Ohr1s repeat e d the interrogat ion, surprised at not receiving a r eply; but as befo1e the fellows remained perfectly 1nurn." ''Confound it! can you no t answer a civiIQucs tion?" exclaitned the ranger, angrily. u Then, I ll seek some other more civil informant p The loung"s apparently had uo objectious, and so Chris roc le on. ffere's a he muttered r eflectively. "I wonder what tho!;:e f e llows mean?" He SOQU came to a grocery store, in frout of which sat a grim old fellow astride a saw-horse "Can yon direct me to the residence of Alonzo Nesmit ?" was the raneer's question. The store kePper looked up with a quizzical stare, but did nQt reply. 'Curse itl d'ye hPar me speiik, you old villain?" now shouted the ranger, qui e beside himself. Still 110 !'(>ply. Chris dre w a revolver from his belt, and cockPd it, detPrmined lv. 1 N ow give me the directions," he cried, taking aim u or 1'11-" "Down thar's whar ther cunnel holds out!" !!'row! e
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The Buft"alo Demon. 11 Adams was both amused and mystified. He could aot fathom the meaning of this oiugular conduct of these people. Were they simple and half-witted, as some motive behind all He pondered deeply on the subject as be galloped on. At last he drew up in front of tho hacienda. A roofed veranda ran all around the edifice, and on this a swarthy Mexican was lounging. A Cap tain Chris dashed up, be left his bench, and came fonvard, bowing witn many smirks and smiles "1 desire to see Colone l Nesmit," said the ranger, in the Mexican tongue. '"lhe senor will have to wait," replied the peon. 0'The master Is at Zossei and will return soon. Will the senor come inside!" Dismounting and securing his horse, Captain Chris was ushered into a magnificently-furmshed parlor. "I'll send the master when h e arrives, saidthe peQD, and in a mon1ent he was gone. Captain Chris sunk into a luxurious arm-chair, &nd stared about him. H e was not accnstomed to entering such costly places as this parlor, but he knew enough of the country n o" to be surprised at nothing, however stra1,ge it might seem. Rare old pictures graced the frescoed walls, and beautifcl statuettes faced from little alcoves into the room. One picture in particular attracted the ranger's attention. It was a large life sized pict.>re of a young Mexican c avalier, reaching from the floor to the ceiling. The face was strangely life-like for a painting, and the form a model of perfection. But, most strange of all were the eyes. They were jetty black in co lor, and darted out an evil, snakish expression at the ranger that. made l iim une1tsy. "Humph!'' muttered Captain Chris, thoughtfully, "what can art not produce? That is the 'best por trait of aa evil :Spanish-Mexican I ever beheld. Hnw natural those snaky eyes are-=-staring direct down at me as if they wele trying to read me through and through. Egad l if I did not know better I'd swear those optics were of fle sh and blood Uncomfortable under t .be singular power that h e ld his attention to the painted face, Captain Chris rose and strolled to the other end of tne apartment. Hap pening soon after to "lance back at the portrait. a chill of something a'kin to horror crept along his spine, as he perceived that those same snaky eyes were still riveted upon him. With an impatient exclamation be turned his back upon the annoying sight. He was growing n ervous. Not ma.ny moments passed, however, ere he ven tured to ae:ain glance at the face. An oath burst from his lips as be did so. for lie distinctly saw tlwse tel'l"ib.. 01/Js roll ;n tl!eii SO<:kets CHAPTER VII. THE MOUNTAIN GROTTo--TIJE MAIDENS. 'WAY up among the peaks of a craggy and rugged chain or mountains, whose snow-oapped crests seem ingly touched the cloud", was a huge grotto, whose existence wo11ld not have been dreamed of by tha in babitants of the earth, far below. It was a large natural honeycomb in the cold gray 1ock. Besid e s one principal chamber, there wer e a dozen o: her smaller cells, w bi ch ran baek. and were lost in a labyrinth of intricate and r o ugh passages. In the principal chamber was blazing a ruddy flre o! pitchy cones, and before this fire, seated on blocks of solid rock, were three girls and an Indian. The two girls who resembled each other were ap parently sisters, and were strikingly beautiful. One of them was a blonde and the other a bru nette-two as well-formed and modest-appearing as one w0uld wish to see. The./ were the stolen daughters of Conales Murrillo, the alcalde of Los Des PUmas end the blonde was the same who met Pietro Gonze!l')s in the council chamber, previous to the mysterions Sacking o f the town by the notorious 11 Vultures!" Though Inez and Nola Murrillo wne v;:ry pretty after their fashion, the third maiden was more beautiful than e itbei'. She was young-not more than eighteen-and pos sessed of a s lender, sylph-likP. form, a Grecian cast of countenance, and a soft, creamy complexion while her eyes \vere of a soulful blue shade and her hair brown and curling. Her face, of a genial nature, was now douded with soi row. The Indian who made up the was a brawny brave with a handsome face. even though it was daubed with paint. He was armed with pis tol s, knife and rifle and fastened upon his back was a bow and quiver o f arro"-'S Ine z Murrillo was speaking: And, are you sure that the intentions of this Cloven-Hoof are what you have told u. Philip?" "Certainly, m y dear. I would not lead you to fear what is false. I am seriously afraid that our terri hie chief will do as he said sell you to the Arapa hoes for horses, which can of for large gl chief-a demon?" "A veritable evil spirit, f.orr bell, I firmly believe. Around him he has ' .ere1 as lawl ess a se1f uf humans in the shape of wen r .. years r;f search could discover. They ne will' lif e of the fre e booter, and as he f eeds tbem vell with and whisky they are glad to stick by !lim." "And you, Philip, who have won my love. .;erve in this gang?" "Alas! my darling, I do, but it Is not because I love the life. I am bound by an oath, f<.,r ten years, not to desert, expose, or otherwise work ag-ainst this league. My ten years uf bondage expire two months h enre and then if I cannot b e again forced to take the bindin g oath, I will be killed! uoll,Pl1ilipl" "Yes,darlmg; Iknowit seemFcruel, but trust L1 me: Phil Wan-en will n eve r die without. a struggle. A band of plucky ran!rnrs knowu to be enter ing this country to protect tb.e settlers and to us down. If luck s h ould be in our favr.r, and you not carried off into the Arapahoe country, perhaps I can somehow effect your escape." 'But, Philip, l will never back to Los -,'J Pumas. The very thought of my guardian is 0 pugnant." Nor 4lha ll you go there, dearest. In the leader of the expecte d ranger band I i:Ja.ve an old-time mate -brave, true, and frnrless Adams, who will protect you for me." The third maiden of the party uttered a low, glad cry. Adams-Mr. Adams, did )'vu say?" she asked, eagerly, quickly. u ves; do you know him, miss?" "Yes, h e is one of my best friends. In fact-" and the beoutifu l g-irl b lushed scarlet" be is to be my
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The Buffa l o Demon. tell you about and of your little dead erf'' s, sir.;" and the tears welled to Guessie Buleyes. HI have wept many on bearing my kind, adopted father rehearse the pitiful scene of seventeen Jong years ago. Poor papa, what bas )le thought, on bis return, to see our little home destroyed, and Peggy and I g Jne I I'll bet the Apaches will ketch it!" "Probably! As to old Jack's eccentric wife, there's something mvste1-ious about her disappearance. The boys have searched l1igh and low, but can't find her." "If I did not know her well,'' replied Guessie, "I should entertain much anxiety for her safety in such a case. But as the old hunters sayA 'she's some on her muscle.' and I doubt not will nght her way out of the wilds!" "I truly hope so. And now, ladies, I must go. I havettlready stayed long!!! Inez Murrillo burst into tears. "Ob, Philip! perhaps we stiall never meet again. If the Arapal:toes carry us to their villages all will be lost. Oh! take us away-help us to escape in time to avert this terrible fate I" "I would, God k :ows, Inez, if I could; but 'tis ut terly impossible. I am bound by an oath-a ho1-ribl" oath-which I must regard; and even were I to b1eak it 1twould be t0 no avail. The Demon's Staircase, which lea l s from thi s retreat. is swa1ming '"ith armed n' l watchful It was only by giving an countersign that I was permitted to come up here "t all." "The11 !,' cdecl Nola l\Inrrillo, "if you cannot serve us in one wa.v, aiJ us in another. Send word of our whereabouts Lo mv betrothed. Lie'1tenant Weslyn, at Fort Griffin. anrl come to our rescue.'' "Indeed, Miss Nola, I c:anuor do even that. H would be an aco of treachery. In fact, I am powerless to do anything for you just at present." "Does this l\.onble Cloven-Foot intend to sell me to the savages?" asked Guessie, thou;:rhtfully. "No, I believe not, though I have not heard him spea.k of ynu." "l\fr. \Va.rrcn,,, asked Nola, clutching him by the arm, anxious ly, tell me, truly; do you this uwstcry-pn-;hronderl C loven Hoof to bo more than a human. in disguise?'' I do, and so does every member of our band-we are S C()l'll to believe him a living envoy of the Old Nick. But, to tell you my solemn opinion, ladies I am positive he is a beast possessed of human intelli gence and po,vers of spe ch, e'en though bis power may not be infernal. He is a hideous spectacle-a combi11ation of m,.n, buffalo, fish and Satan1 God grant vou may b e spared. from ever seeing rum. "DO you see him often?"' "No. unless jt is in the darkest of nights, when be leave s the ranch on a raid. In the daytime he remains in his chamber, or glides forth unwatched, anthing fresh in the way of meat, Lije shouldered his title and set off in to the Phantom Forest. He had a great cnriosit y to know what there was of the place, and fica.rcelv knowing t .he 1neaning of the word ( rnd he did not hesitate to take a stroll into the forbi r1iug precincts. lt lacked nearly an hour of sunset when he left the camp. and be hurried along-, keeping both ear and eye on the alert, ani examin ing any hollow l!tubs of trees and fallen trunks that he imaginP1' pines but the "'.r"'" '11 l the animals who are ever Lo he found in the f, r "' of the West. 'l'be shadows of night had fallen ov,,.-i:.:,C' lonl r .,.

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'l'h.e Bufralo Demon. 13 tbe sbmp-eyed bunter was aware of it, and present ly the g"reat round moon soared up and sent a weird tlooc! of Jigbt in among the spectra 1 pines. tbP trail to camp, when hiR gaze s>iddeHly became riveted upon an oiJjPct a dozen yards dist ant np the water-course. It wns Mmething that would not have attracted tl, e attention of one man out of fifty -a single projP<'ti0n above a fallen J og, like a crotched limb, lull of J ,ttle prongs. But the longer the Leopa1 d looked at it the more satisfied be became that it was not the log's branch .-not a limb at all, but the antler of a deer. '"Celestyal Singer!' I" he muttered! carefully cock ing his rifle. Mebbe I'm bigly "c 1oozled on thet 'ar objek, an' erg1in mebbe I huiu,t. Howsumdeverii I kin soon assertane. EF et ar' a buck, 1 opine he' obscorchulatc on resee, io' thes!'' So saying, he picked up a good-sized pebble. and hurled it toward the loll'. Lo I and behold, it struck fairly and squarely agamst the projection. Then. there wM a wild snort. a bleat tbat sounded almost human. and a huge buck sprung to his feet and glared around him. The next instant the sharp spang of a rifle broke the stillness; the noble animal made an to sprini; away, but stumbled and fell dead! 0 D1scombofferate my me1.nal eqmlibrium tho'!" chuckled Lije, triumphantly, "1.mt di"'lt I trans moggerfy his terreivul 11TaYytation. ho'? Whoop, yoopl won't I sattisfacktoril1 appease the ye( rnimrs o' my anterlope-eatin' prociiv1ties, tho\ ter-night? Yon bet! and my prokrasstinashun sha'n't bekirn perverbial. hyarafter, nut!, er." Licking his chops at the thoughts of the i'uture feast. he was about to advance toward the out stretehed deer, when his eyes 1.Jecame fastPned upon something so borril.Jle further up the gulch-some thing so terror-inspiring and frightful that he re mained rooted to the spot, a11d his knees began to knock to!l'ether and hi.;; teeth to coatter. Lije Mackkay, or the Leopard, as he is 1.Jetter known, was a bave man. with not a grain of cow arclice or su1er>tition in his nature: and to-day I doubt if you can find a rover of the wildPmess, from Washington Te i rit0ry to the Gulf of "frxicn, w))o can so easily dispcse of his weight in r e d-,kins. But the s ight hP now "aw was one w<'ll ct 1<-1 lat<'d to make the brave< t of men quail. From the spot whe1e the t"eer lal f 1 n tl e southerly cours0 of tbe gulch was wry ic l y 11p grade, showing that the dried-up stream had p1 cba bly run in the direction of the north. Comi11g down this and in plain view from where the Leopard stood, was the dread spectacle. A buffalo of medium size, look in g shadowy in the streaming moonlight, was ambling a lon?, coming in the direction of the rangers' ca111p, and on his back, with the bridle-reins held loosely in his hands, was the.fen; huma11 jorm a man, with a liead Ille e""..t cuunterpart of tbe b east t' bestrode, and feet like those of a yount! horse, but c!o ffl .1 A long, tawny manP. swept over a bull-11eck from the horned J 1ea I, and a sickly, ghost-like yellow fire seemed to flam e from every pore of tbe body. The form from the waist to the hoofs was coTered with fish-like sc1les, and these seemed to shed a sil-7er luster of wonderful bdUiance. But this was not a ll the Leopard saw, by any means. Behind tbe flrct Frightful spectacle came a score of purely white in a train, mounted with tall, hfadlas flgures of ghostly-clad attendants, armed with gleaming lances. All this, taken into consideration, and the great moon shedding her most spectral rays of light down through the grim, towering pines, it wes a scene to shake the nervs of the most lion hearted man. On came the headless horsemen, headed by the Buffalo came and still the Leopard 11tood rooted in his tracks, staring dlrecily ahead, his face whiter than the serouds that enveloped the heaclless trun s of the approaching horsemen. H e could not move, could not speak, could clo nothing Lut stand there, stare and tremble. Nearer urew the ghostly cortege and their demcn l earl&r. Then came a spasmodic jerk, a gasp, and the ranger found the power to use 11is limbs. It was enough I "ith a wild. awful yell of righteous horror. that would have put to sh1t111P the J11stiest screecbmg Comanche, he turned abr ut and sped down the .:>Id water-course, giving frightful bowls and shrieks at every leap, and never looking right or lPft until he dashed into camp, llis mates wPre sitting around a camp-fire, smoking 1l1eir eTening JJipes. As may be sur pose<', t hP precipitate advent into their circle of be tJ,oroughly scared Leopard, caused ccnsteniation among 1 rangei'$, and they as of one accord sprw1g for their rifles. "hen Lijc came to a halt ne was a sad-looking sight. His face was like ti at of a corpse, his eyes bulged from then &ockets, and he quaked and trem bled in every joint. " hat'n ther devil's ther rip?" demanded old J ack, cocking "1s gnn. ll'/iatr" burst forth thP Leopard, dashing the sweat from brow-" wh t f Wliy. God above us, b'yecs, ther ginnywine Deil rite em ar, down frum bell an, purdiRhion, ar' er kttmmin Yns-an' lher hull o' his satn11ic imrs ar' with him Quick! all han's, flyar! Git tl;er osses up outen this gulch. 'Th<'r kussed kerryvan 'II be oa us, quicker'ri a rainter kin wigg-le I.is tail!" :seeing that somehing ill(le;d was the 1ow the rangers set to work and hustled the animafs up onto the bank above, followemed perfectly stationary, and did not move in thP least .. Raising his right hand. Captain Chris maae a mo tior as t hnugh he intended to bury the knit e in the smiling fl\ce But the eyes did not stir. 'they were fixed and glassy in th' ir stare. Thoroughly exasperated, the ranger touched the a hard substance of a !linty nature. The <'yes were g lass! With a battled cry Chris back to the chair he had pre,-iou PI\ orcup1-d, and sunk down among tbe cusbions wJtil,.. nnrl faint. Here was a second. m,ptrrr which he had eucoun tered duringp1e r.e.y. Fi1'f't the strange conduct of the villag ers, and now tJo:e myRtery of the eyes . He was positive he had seen them roll around and ti.& their llnaky gaze uJ)on him

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... The Buft'a l o Demon. Now they were nothin_g more or less than glass. What kind of optics did the Zoss ei-itas possess if they coura withstand the jab of his knife and not wink at it! It was a mystery, indee d. Adams was seriousl y over the plan of a renewed attack upon the otfendmg portra it, when a man entered the parlor. "Hal" he said, with a pleasant smile, and extending his soft. white hand-" Captain Adams, I b e liev e, is it not?" "Exactly," replied the rangee, cordially, "and you are Alonzo Nesmit?" "rhe same. I have been lookin g for you; for the me you were on the way. So you think you have the courage to brave ttlis mr.sterious Clo ven-Hoof, eh?" 'I reckon if courage's all t ho.t's wanting, I've got a liberal allowa..1ce of the requisite I" "That is good. Have y o n your m e n close at hand!" "No. I left them at the line on the old water course b etween the dead a nd the live b elt of timber, twenty miles to the south." "The deuce you did! W e ll, that is lucky. I should have sent you down in that direction, any bow, had you all first come to Zossei !" "Indeed I then do you think our work will be k'l. that n eighborhood?" "I do. I am of the opinion that these 'Vultures have their rendezvous in the m ountains, not far from the source of the water-course." "How about this dried-up channe l 1 Did ever a river flow there in f" So it is said. An Indian chie f once told me tha t a stream called by them the Spirit river r a n acro3s tbe country, h ere. The n came the great s h ock of, the l eg!l nd ary earthquake which killed Mos eeiz, *and the rfver disappeared, escapin g through some sub terranean passag-e !'' Tbat is str a n ge. Now, about these robbers? H a ve they m ad8 any reeent raids in this vicinity?" 'Indeed, y e s. A couri e r arrived to-day, with the news that the wily inhabitants of our n eighbor town, Los Des Pumas, have been lured from t h e village by a traitor, with a view to repelling a r eported invafling band of Yanks, and while absent, the Vultmes swoo p e d down on the place and sacked it, a l so mak mg of the a l cal !e's two "Humph! that's bold. But, do yon know this u],c'Li'le personally?" N o I H e is a l\1exican, I b e li eve, and having n eve r met him, I do not know him, n or do I want to n "Best not to b e too intimate with a Greasert that's so. I hate e m like I do tbe r e d skins-\lnich, 1 judge, are the nobler of the two. Have these so called 'Vultures' ever made any attempts upon Zos5e i?" "Nol but we ate moment!\rily expecting them. There are twenty prosperous r a nch es in this loc a lity, and just at present e very farmer has conside rabl e money about him. Could the robbers obtain it a:ll, theirs would be a rich harvest." "i)o you imagine they will be bold enough to make an open attack?" "No, I think not. Tiley do not come out boldly, or we should then be better able to protect ourse lves. The y swoop down o n their victims when least ex- pecte1, and so adroitly do they manage these raids, that. they are rarely, if ever. Sf;en. <;Humph I Now, colonel, there :s one thing I would like yon to explain to m e? Whereupo n the ranger related his experiPnce among the villagers, and all about their sing lllar re serve. As he concluded a d ark scowl overspread the listener's face. "I do not know how to account for it, Adams, he replied, huskily. "I, sometimes, am forced to be lieve that a 184'ger share of those villagers are parUal to the otttlaws. lf such is the oase, and they know of your coming, and the purpose in view, they probably do not care to aid you any!" "True. Then, I judge, it will be useless for me to try to raise any men, here. If all the villagers are in league with the robbe rs, matters are indee d assum ing a serious aspect: Have other rangers than my band, ever trie d to discov e r the outlaws? "No;-only one attempt has ever been made against the m That was wh e n m y son Alf, alone and una1 med, attempted to track them far up thQ water-cowse to the mountains." ''Yourrn?" "Yes-off. that is, the child I have always called kh I knew whether h e is living now, or dead. He nevet returned If h e is livin g Adams, the robbers have undoubtedly imprisone d him in thei r secret den. You picture is a correct likeness o f him-so if yoa should ever see him, do not strike him down I" He p ointed to the portrait. ', Involuntarily the ranger gave a quick, searcmng glance at the eyes, but they were fixed perfectly stationary. Then he compared the smilini::, evil, M e xic a n face to that o f Co l onel Nesmit. There was no resemblance between the two. The colonel was purely an Ameri can, with an open, intellectual cast of countenance, calm brown eyes, and chestnut hair aud beard. His age probably range d b etwee n fifty and fifty-fiv e urtt, save a few wrinkles on hi s forehead, ht \ did not show his age in the least. Surely the two were not fatbet" and s o n. Aft e r conve r sin? for about an hour longer, and ob taining all the informatio n be deemed tequisite, in the work before him, Captain Chris arose to leave. "What I you do not intend to start for camp at this unseem l y hour?" exclaimed the colonel. Yes, I feel that my presence may be nee ded with the band. Something tells me that there w ill be trouble soo n and if there is any fighting to do, I want t o have a hand in i t t1 W e ll, if you must go, I will not try to hinder you but I should b e pleased to h a v e you stop over until to-morrow. Do you propose to change the location of your camp?" "No; or, that is not that I know as y e t. 1 shall probably r emain there until something further turns u p.' Very well. If I learn aught that I tblnk will prove advantageous to you, I will ride over and in form you." "Do so. I shall b q g lad to see you. Here, you p eon, bring me my horse." The horse was soon forthcoming, and Captain Chris sprung into the saddl e aud galloped away. He took a route through the flats that would presently bring him alongside the wat11r-course, fol" he did not care to pass through the village. Night had atready fallen, and tbe moon rose in a ll her splendor, so that the open country was almost as li"ht as in daytime. When he had l eft bis rangers. Captain Chris had calculated on spending this ni ght at the hacienda. But, since seeing those m enacing huma n eyes in the portrait, something told him that it would not be b est-that h e had better escape from the place as soon as possible. What was the mystery of the hacienda? Who was the owner of the snaky eyes which he wru; posi tive he h a d seen move? Did Colonel Nesmit know nothing about it, or was h e connected with the affair? No; ttie k een -minded range r could not believe him than a true and open-hearted man. Those were not hi s eyes, and be was, without donbt, lg norant that the eyes were not painted ones, instead of glass. Pondering deeply on the subject as he-llashed along, the chief soon reached the wooded banks of tbe channel, and turned his course to the south. Asachem. _ Like a vair of shadows, t;wo men emerged fl'Olll

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r The BuiFalo Demon. 115 (;he eover and sneaked after him. When they had gained considerably on the unsuspicious hor8eman, and were withln easy rifle-rane:e, they both stopped in their tracks, raised their rifle, nncl flrecl. Then, as the ranger's horse uttered e, scream ancl sunk upon the ground, the ruftlans drew t.Jiei. revolvers and leaped torward. CHAPTER X. TRO''BLE IN CAMP-THE NAVAJOES-A SCENE, IT was as the Leopard said. Cloven-Hoof and l1is PhantQm Cortege were com lne: into vjew, riding leisurely dow!l tbe channel. There were more than one pair of bulging eyes among the watchers on the lanks above. as they saw the terrible spectacle advancing toward tb"m; the frightful Demon Buffalo wrapt in his sheet or fiery flame. and hls ghostly train of spectrel atten dants bringing up the rear on their white steeds. "Sa.int from Serrokkerl" gasped Bulard. "By mr. uncle's bones, I feel loike abscorchulatin'I" 'So do I," replied Lije, chatteriugly. "No! you must not allow fear to take root Into your hearts!" commanded Jonath comi11(1 up the roart "Quick! for God's sake)'I exclaimed 1;:,.,, artist. "Pour in a volley!,, Ever.v rifle was leveled, except the Leopard's. He Oad left that for up the water-course Snap! TllP jlosh of the caps was the only aMwer to lite triq,,er tmth The.loads had withdrawn I A howl of baffled rae escaped the rangers, and they drew back out of sight for a moment, followed by an infernal chorus of blood-curclling sh1ieks from the pecters. "Quick! your revolvers -are they too unloaded?" cried Jerrold. An examination proved that they were intact. "Now, then, take steady a.im, and fire I" was the next command. Once more they crept forward, and peered over Into the channel. To their unbounded surprise they perceived that th"l Demon Buffalo and bis ghostly cavalcade had wheeled their steeds, and were galloping far off up the \vater-course; and in a moment more they dis entirely from vi.ewt Celestyal Singers I" cried the Leopard, they're gone, an' I'm kussed 1?lad on'tl,, "So'm I!" sighed Territory Tim. "I oevyar got skeered afore; but orful critters n 'arly frizzed me into ice I" "Now," said old Jack, savagely, "T purpose tbet we In weste.1e:ate one leetle matter, w'at stickels in my crop. Who wuthdroo ther loads frum our rifles, I shed l.ike ter inquire?" "Yas-thet's t her q ueshtyun ?" assented Alaska. .. Sum slrnnkyfle < l did et, an' I opine thet same ain't fur off. nuther!" "If you mean to on me!'' said the artist, standing proudl.Y erect, pPrceivecl that al1 eyes were turned up'ln hlm, "i embrace Jrtunity to deny the assertion." "I speckulate ye ain't none ter gude ter do sich er thing," growled Jack. "Nor you, my fri0n
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'The Bufrafo Demon. Among tbA party there were several not bad-look ing Ind! rn girls, and the gdstly old rangers began to innk e Io1e to them with surprising earnestness. OJJ Jae t was soon entert.:l.ining a buxom young sq11aw with stories of his various adventures and exploits in th mountains anrl on the wide plains. The maiden list ernd with r11pt attention, and seemed to admire her wbite companion more tb1tn sbe did the copper-col 0reVer the fall e n Jog, the twain followPd the plain trail of horses' feet, wnich had been made by the animals of the Phantom Cortege. "Wu you ebber in dis r eg ion afore, Elijerf" ques tioned he latter ns they tramped along. "Reckon not,'1 was the r<'p'y, as th e addressed took n bite from a. plug of "compressed wee 1 :"'but tbet rlon't sign erfy that, I hain't hin most everynhar else OYl tbes terr13,s1shwu1 dPposit 01 grannit nn1 alk'lli. Ce lestval Vocallists, yes; reckon as how l hPv. Kno' ev ry kro o k an' corner in l de rho P Colhrnn.10, lllontauy 'L'.tska. F.allerfornv an' Oreo;on; beeides, I bev e1 geopa.f!lcal ijee o' Washington Terrortorv, 'Braskev an ther Jnmpin-oll' place. But w' e n ye kum ter ther States I Transmoggerfy m e inter a band-madf bric;k, ef Iain 't thar D'ye ever hear me diskuss on tber time w'eo I an' Circus Pete tali: a trip thr'u ther States. eh 1 Wal, we hec't volcaners o fun. 'Twarthe fall arter Gineral l 'anbv got smotched, an' thPr gang hed tuk in konider'ble scrip, so thet we all fultTike posv blossmns: nn1 I an' Cir cus made up our minds to take er gallyvant out East. Circus he had some relashuo out thar somewhar, but we nevyar got a peeper on 'em. .\.rtcr weeks o' trav el, we fetched up in WMbington. "Oh! niggur, J jes' wish ye mought've bin tbar. an' seen ther receph:.111 t.het war tindered us< Fust;.. ly, up c'>mes the PresicTent an' inwites 11 ter his cabernet shopI b l'cve he c:illrd et, an' the wav he djd set 'em up, war I\ pre dlick s hun I Wine an' s& gars by tber boss-load, e,n' he told u s ter not be dain ty, but h elp oursel ves. He sed he'd heerd tell on us more'n onc't an' he honerd us fur our g r it. He sed. tell Capten Cb1is ter acksept on bis best respeckts: an' vote fur 'im next 'leckshno time. "Wal ,. e drnnk up tburty gall'ns o' his keitoMy.,. an' smoked sev'ral yeerds o' hes conscious, an' then started fLUou,. lodgin'I Ohl Be eswax. you orter seeu us I Ther turkey-buzza.ra nevyar see'd day lite thetevergot an1 fuller, nor war me an' Circus. We were j es l"il :11, an' s loppeu' ove r on t.her sides. Celestval Singers! bnt didn't we weevti wuss nor er orkas-'berry in fiy tho'? At this junctwe they hart reache d tbe crest of the little slope in the ch .nn1. and could see that It now ra n on as l evel as iu the vicinity of the rangers camp. Scarcely any li ght pPnetraed 1 he deep place ex cept from occa.'i na l rifts in the tree-tops overhead, but this was n r t suffic i ent to permit the two men s ee ing very fnr in advance. Silence, seemed to reign over all nature Not a sound save the foot-falls of the rangers. The spectral pines stretched their Laked branches up against the calm b lue sky. 'rhe Leoparcl kept dogged l y on, peering about or. every side, and Beeswa..x brought up the rear. For hours the two men kept on and stiU t .be old water-course stretched oil' like a. serpent before them. It was gradually ising in grade, however and Lije entertained some hopes of reaching the eno befor,, l ong. About sunset Beeswa..x suddenl.v cmne to a halt. "'Sh-!" he motioned to the L eopard; and then p,ointiug ahead through the g l oom, be continued: 'Look, Elijer, look! Golly; d'ye know w'at dat am?'' The ranger uttered a l ow exclamation. "Trausmoggerfy me inter er Senator," he whJs. pered, excitedly, "ef thet ain't e r baffler-the same kr i tter w'at tber Deemen rid 1" It was indeed so. Lying contentedly down on tbe sand, about thirty yards above them, and munching away at a of freshly gathered grass, was the savagelookrn g steed of the mys1 erious Cloven-Hoof. As the watchers' eyes became accustomed to the light centered around the beast, they J?.erceived that h e was bridled, as on the previous night, and that there were no persons in the immediate vicinity "What am de best t'ing to do?" inquired B<' 'swax, peering sharply a.round, lest he should be surprised by the terrible owner of th e bull'alo. Lije reflected several moments1 tben a \vild, dare-devil light crept into niS eyes, .i.s he I'& plie
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!'he Buffaio Demon. the steed leaped to his feet with a snort of anger. From that insrnnt began a wild anrl ludicrous race. Off leaped tbe novel teed at a fearful speed, directly afrnr poor Beeswax, who, not r e lishing the situntion. had turned his toes toward camp, and was "Jeggiu' it., for dear life. On plunged the buffalo with ter1.'fic snorts, and on leaped Beeswax like a frightene d rabbit. The Leopar<.l triebt tile whole camp oo the edge of the banks above. "Stop us!" shrieked Lij", white with terror and exhaustion; "sto-p us! stop usl Cuss our foolish picters, hyu.r we knn er-boomi.n1!" CHAPTER XII. THE MEXICAN .ALCALDE-PURSUED. "BIMSTIFFFROUS br1mstun!" cried Circus Pete, as he and bis companions, on the elevated banks, saw the buffalo come tearin g down the channel, with the Leopard clingfog to his back, and Beeswax bounding along in aflvanc P 0 Thar kums my parcl, an' hew in R. powPrful had fix !11 The r est of th e rangers had gathered at the verge as had also all of Stinging Wasp's party-an expres sion of amusement on each and every face. The situation was seen at a glance to be hazardous, but so ludicrous was the whole affair, that the mile soon became a roar of laughter, which echoed far ap<.l wide There were two. however, who perceived that the race would not terminat:P without serious results, if something was not speedily done. These were Circus Pete and Jerrold, the artist. "Quick!" exclaimed the latter, excitedly, as he cocked his iron. Some one of you fellows hurl a lasso over tbe head of the Leopard. The moment he ls dismounted, I "ill agree to dispatch yon beast. I can fotch him to the ground, I opine." Circus Pete heeded the words. and in a moment disengaged the coiled lariat from bis belt. O n came the infuriated bull, and as he came near ly opposite where the rangers Ftood, Pete burled his lasso downward; and, as at tMs moment, the Leop ard straightened bolt upright, the noose settled gracefully around him, and drew taut. The next moment be was j erked to the ground, stunned and hleet., so tbat uutbing was Jost. The Leopard was considerably surprised to mee t St ingmg Wasp, for be had Lvt seen him since their trapping expedition up along the Niobrara, two years before. But he was more surprised, and not a little amused, at what be saw m a retir-ed nook of the camp-old Jack Bulat"d, sitting npon a fallen tree, starmg, with the most singular melanclrolv and meekness. upon the ground. His head was banda;>;ed up with sttips of bloody doth, and 1 ,ortions of his stubbly beard had vanished. By his side, with a grim. triumphant expression upon ter deeply-marked countena1 1ce, Fat a woman, whose costume, not the most dainty fabric, was torn and raveled into shreds. I y her side lay a ponderous cudgel; and the presence of this, and the condition of Jack's cranium, told the Leopard only too plainly tha t "clubs had been trumps!" "Hullo thar, Jackl" he bailed, lighting his pipe in the mean time. u I sw'a1', ye're a sadlukin' krit.to ... Look,s if ye'd be'n in er scrimmage wi' e r mountain devil-do, by thunder! Who be thet femernine-gan. der w'at's Equatti n' 'long wi, ye? Hain't bin gittin' hitched ter 'n Injin gal, bev ye?" ''No. he ai11't, thank ye!'' vociferated the wrman, springing to her feet and snatching up tlw cudgel, so ye needn't insinywate, you beast-you sneak! Thar hain't one dipperfnl o' Jnjin blood 'bout me, an' I kin lick ther dirty heethun thet sez that it ain't so. I'm Pe11gy Aramyntba Bulard, this 'ere wretch's lawfoolly wedded wife." And administering anothe r rap upon Jack's heart, that elicited a howl, she took her position beside him once more, and peace ens1ted The evening was spent in planning, and conversing about the supposed Phantom Cortege and Cloven H oof. It was proposed t-0 sit up all night and watch for the Phantom Cavalcade, and make np for their loss of sleep on the following day. Besides Captain Chris was momentarily expected, as he bad sai d be would be back by that night. But, the lon g J e ul'8 pnseed away, and the beauti ful sun once mote replaced the light of the moon-a calm morning dawned, and still the captain did,not come; neither had a fight been see n nor a sonnd heard of the spectra I band. "Et's qnare wbythercaptendon't kim!" observed Old J s.ck, to the Leopard. I bev got er cousarned pree diUickshun 'bout me, tbat tells me sumthin' h e s hapycned ter him!" don't J oike the r squint o' tber matter, mysel'," was the reply, as the range r searched the country i11 the direction of Zossei, with his fieldglas. "How. sumdevyer, we'll remain hyar yet ter-day. an' et sumtbin don't tnrn up, as MacClubber sez, we'll antelope over ter that p'irt o' their kumpuss, an' cirkumnavigate tber lnwestigaitin' committer. J opine we'll behold tber boss bowlin' over tbes wa1 'fore l o n g, tho' r But in this C" >lnsion tile Leopard was wrong. The forenoeu ,:.assed &.nd. still young Adame did not retmn. The broiling sun bad now reached the meridian,, compellicg the rangers to seek the cool shadows ol chaDDel tor comfort.

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19 The Buffalo Demon. --------------------.------------------Jonathan JeriabJ however, bade defiance to the glarlng rays, and arove La Belie and bis schooner several miles olf to the south, to 11.nd subjects worthy of photographing. During the afternoon a company of a dozen horse men were seen approaching, and the rangers made ready to receive them, were they friend or foe. As they dashed up they were fouud to be & band of well-mounted and well-armed Spanish-Mexicans, unde r the atcaide of Los Des Pumas, Murrillo. "Good-morning said the latter to Lije, as he ti.offed his sombrero. "Gudartsrnoon !" replied the Leopard, coolly. "How en thunder ar' ye inuetted ter U$ fur thes in f.lerview,1 The alc11lde smiled, but continued, all the same: h Nice da:r.:t'' B ewtch1ful," was the response. rang ers eht' "We ll, then, I'm glad it has been my good fortune to meet you. Your mission here i s for the purpose of unraveling the mystery of the terrible Cloven-Eioof, ehf" ;; f as much.'' Then, ina few words, the alcalde related the. c ircumstanc0s connected with tbe swoop of the Vul tures down upon Los Del Pumas, and the abduction of bis two daughters. "Wal." said the Leopard, when he had concluded, "w'at' s tbet got ter do wi' us. I shed Joik e to 'quire?" "This!" WtlS the reply. "I have found a way by which I can penetrate the den of these Vultures, but my forces are not strong enough to permit of such a move. By consolidating our bands we would out numbe r the roblJers, anti we can clean them out; you can earn your reward, and I can r ecove r my d a ugtlt'rs !". Y >s-I perceeve," answerecl the Leopard, grim ly. "Ole boss, d'.ve see Lhes road h[ar w'at leads d own inter ther channe l, au' tbet t otllet un w'at leads ap oater ther bau ks yander ?" "Yes; I see the newly-mad'e passes, sir. What about 1hem?" "Wa l thet's 'bout ther quickest way ye ken e-it erkross, an' av'ide gittin' riJ.dled wi' ta1t ridges1'1 was the cool reply. "What do you mean!', demanded the alcalde sus picious ly. "I mean thet I, ther redowterble Lije ther Leopard, do guv ye an' yer Greaser band !tier length on er koon's talA, t e r abscorchulate-cl'ar out-me's ure terrestyel gravytashun, etc. I" What I do you lntend to show hostility to us!" .. Sha'n't sa.v errrnther S,Yllybull, Greaser, 'cept thet e f ye don't make rare1 hyar' bouts, inside o' wiggle o er mother-in-laws lip, myb'yees 'll not be holdable fur enny accidenx w'at 'II be sure ter f o ller. We don't over well loike Greas rs, an' I'd speculate ye'd find er hellth'er locality-ty whar ye cum fromt" At a word tbe ati:afde ordered his followers to cross to the other side of the water-course, for he per ceived that tile rangers were ready to do the Leo pard's bidding, and should he refuse a general flght would ens'.le, which must eventually be attended With a loss of life. So, one by one, the horsemen filed down the crum bling path mto t he charmel. for it was dangerous for two to attempt to go abrast; a n d soon half of the down, leaving Jt was at this instant that a prolonged yell drew man to the south-along the A man mounted upon a bony sorrel horse was spurring madly down upon the camp, yelling and gesticulating wildly. It was Jerrold, tbe artist, on the back of his La Bel.l----coming on, furiously Oh. Far away behind oould be seen the deserted from which he had disengaged his uy horse, to fa cilitate his speed. Onon he came, and strnck dumb with asto.dsh m ent at the sight, the rangers ; 1ood motionless, and watched him approach. Not so with Con a les Murrillo. He starte d and grew deathly pale, as he b e h eld the wild ri:l er, and clutched at his rein nervously. "Neve r miud me,'' be fairly hissed, to his men . "but go on 'cross, and flee for Los Des Pumas. I will-ay, mut go the other way I" Unnoticed, then, he turned his horse stealthily to ward the north, and was well ont of rifle range ere the rangers became aware of his escape. Then, he drove his spur s deep, and claGherl away. Ou-on, came Jerrold his scrawny mare fairly fiy Ing ove1 the ground, and making the sparks fiy at every bound. On-on. he sped. dashing furiously past the camp, and on after tho fugitive, never allo\\ing his eyes to leave the object of the mad pursuit. On, on and soon both pursuer "'nd pursued were hidden from view at the camp, by a depressiou in tho Jay of the broken country. Wildly, determinerlly on did the terror-stricken alcal' urge his already jaded h orse, but the gaine d upon him constantly. It was fully five miles yet, to the only place where a crossing over the channel could be effected Three miles whistled bv. If he coultl only reach the "ford." the Mexican knew he could evade his pursuer, and gaiu an oppor tunity to use his rifie. Two mil e s yet intervened, however, and his beast was dripi)ing with froth and foam, while he stnm .. hied at every lea;if and then the artist gives vent to a trio.1mpbant ye! as the distance lessens between him and his enemy. Far away looms up a lone cottonwood tree, which marks the ford. But, hat look!" From this direction now appears another horse man, coming south. With a horrible imprecation, Murrillo wheels bis horse to the northeast, ho;nng to avoid a meeting. But the new-comer also varie.-. the course of his animal, to him oft' Directly in the r ear are h aard the thundering hoof-strokes o f La Belle, and the cries of the artist. Capture i s in cvitable between the two foes, the fugitive perceives, and shifting his positi on so that. he faces Jerrold, he unslings his rifie and brings it to bear. But, at this irn tant, his exhausted beast stumbl e s, falls upon its kn >es, regain s feet again by "'fierce eft'ort. stumbles mce more, and then goes crunching to the eai-th, pri crpitating the doomea ritler heavilj upon the rocks in front, stunned and bleeding! CHAPTER xm. BEFORE THE VULTURE COUR T-SOLD. ERE Capta.in Chris cou l d disengage himself from the saddl e as his dPad horse sunk upon the ground, the two ruffians were upon him, and in a moment had him and disarmed. After that it took but a sh xt time to bind him, hand and foot,, wiLh stout buffalo cords. "Devils' cried the surprised ranger," what means: this out;:age? u L means you are my prisoner," said one of the men, .ooking d cwn into the captive's face witl) a hide.ous )per. .. n.-, y o u know me?" Captain Chris eyed him a moment; then the vision of the p'>rtrait in NesI!lit's hacienda rose before him. It was l'>P same 8$ f<'.ce bent toward him nowthis was the son ot the co lon e l I "You are the son of Alonzo Nesmit, are you not!" he asked. Th!' same. I am the noble f e llow hP told you he believed to be a captive among the Vultures. Hat hat hat" "But why d
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The Buft"alo Demon. "Then it WBS you who owned too human eyes in the picture?" "ExactlyI own the sa'De peepers you would have jabbed your knife into. But r-ortunately I had a p,air of glass substitutes ready!" How did you get behind that portrait?" "ThPre is an alcove just behind it, onenin!j into a disused passage. I take the Jibert:y to use this when [ see flt to spy upon the old gent I' "Indeed! Well, what do y o u propose to do with ne, now that you have secured m e?' Any more questions you'd like to ask, boss?" vas the sarcastic answer. "Yes-when y01\ reply to my last." "Wal, I guess we haven't any more time to con verse at present, so inhale a little of this perfumery1 Dd then we'll the 'Vulture Castle, vhere his infernal maJesty, Cloven-Hoof, is waiting fl see you So sayinghthe outlaw took a sponge which his ompanion ad in the mean time saturated with bloroform, and held it cloe to the r anger's nose. he did not yield without a struggle he soon m to the seductive influenc e of tbe drug; and many hours thereafte r he was unconscious. When he awoke it was with a violent start, and he found himself in a mii>;hty cavern, and the witness of a strange scene-a scene that soon caused him to ehafe under the restraint in which his bonds placed him. He was lying on a bench, or sort of rudely-con structed table and from the position In which he lay could command a view of the whole interior of the cavern. It was a monster chamber, some forty feet long by thirty wide, and as many fePt in hight. There was no visible mode of egress or ingressi and it would seem a mystery how man or beas could be here In tl1e bowels of the earth. Directly opposite, but some twenty feet from where the ranger lay, rose a dais, on which was mt>unted a box-like affair, resembling a pulpit. Before this pulpit were a dozen camp-stools, and upon these sat as many white-robed flgures, headt.as, to nll appearances. At the further end of tbe council-room sat a dozen Indians, whose halland crowns proclaimed them to be chiefs. 1 Captain Chris regarded the scene about him with exceediug Interest. He judge d that something of Importance was about to take place, but what it was he could not for a moment imagine, and he secretly wondered what disposition was to be made of hiin. Presently there was heard the tinkle of a bell, and to his surprise and horror he saw the head and neck of a buffalo rise above the top of the pulpit, and the glaring eyes gaze around the apartment. At the same instant while Adams was staring at the frightful object in front of him, a party of four persons entered the council-chamber and drew nigh ;.c:> the pulpit. One was the man who bad been with Nesmit at the time of the ranger's capture The other three were females-the Murrillo sisters, and Guessie Bula.rd. Captain Chris gave a low cry as he caught a glim_pse of the maiden's face. "Guessiel Guessiel" he exclaimed. She turned at sound of his voice, and then as she saw him, came bounding to his side, with a glad light in her beautiful eyes. "You here, Kit!" she cried, stoopmg over and kissing his pallid lips, "Yes, darling-it would seem fat what means it all? Who is yonder beast behind the pulpit, and what is be going to do with you?" "It is the terrible Cloven -Hoof," replied the girl, Castin? a shuddering glance toward the DemonBuf falo, and he is about to sell us to those Indians fonder, for horses and skins I" r and Nola were standing. With feverish interest the ranger watched and Ji3tened. / The three girls were drawn up in front of the rul pit, and then their outlaw guHd withdrew a short distance. For the space of several moments not a sound was heard in the great cavern. The flgures in white before the pulpit were motionless the Indians at the further end of the cavern ceased their iabbering, and silence reigned supr-:ime. Presently the thing uebind the pulpit gave an ini tiatory snort, and then the followmg words, in a deep. rumblini:: voice, roll e d forth: "The time 1s at hand when the flfth monthly ses sion of the infernal order of Vultures shall take place, providing the Spirit Brotherhood are prepared fo't the points to be discussed and argued, for the mutual advantage of the most high order. Are the Spirit Jurors all in readiness?" There was a heavy rumbling sound like the mut tered grow ls of thu rider, accompanied by hisses as of lightning ,JI seeming. to emanate from the rock b eneath t <;eats of the silent white-robed figures. The man .vrches in the cavern appeared to flare up brighterc\ and a pungent odor of burning brimstone pervade the close atmosphere. The flgur c behind the pulpit soon gave a commen datorv and resumed: "Tlie Jurors are wise. They are ever ready for the Grand Council. and therefore they please the great Satanus. Bafore the Brotherhood today stand three creatures of the feminine sex, who were captured by the majestic orde r recently. and preRented to their Rule r. But, though h e is greatly pleased at tbe gift of his esteemed servants. Satanus has no use for women, and has there fore offered them for sale or in exchange for ponies to the chiefs of the Arapahoes. "Severa of the same are now present in the Royal Court. Let tbem come forward and state the sumi. they wonld extend for the possession of the pale face maidens." At this juncture the Indians in the further end of the cavern drew near, and gazed at the shrinking girls. A.t last one burly chief fixed his gaze upon Gues sie, and a gleam of admiration flared up into bis eyes. "Ugp!" he grunted, seizing her by the arm. "Storm-Cl oud, be biq cbief. Thirty lodges in him village by Fox creek. He g ib ten bosses fur dis squaw.'' A roar of dissent seemed to come up from the bowe ls of the earth. Aswunded at this answer to bis proposition, StormCloud sneaked back, and another red-skin took his place. "l\Ietomula great chief," he said, proudly "an' got heaphoss. He gib hundred hoss for t'1ee squaw. U!f.hl" Me gib hundred and ten boss I" cried the next, bound to outbid his brothers. So the bidding went on, after a lively fashion, un til a hundred and flfty horses were offered for tbe three trembling young girls, when the eleventh chief took the stand, a disdainful smile upon bis stoical face. "Ugl1 J" he said, with a gesture of disgust toward the other reds-" dey no good. Bi? Rogue m"ch big chief. H e been to Great City, an see Big Father. He got many ;,orses. De squaws must be his. He gib two hundred horses!" A cry of rage 1,1p from the ten listeners. "Wagh I" neered Storm-Cloud. "Big Rogue hig sham! He got he hundred? Ugh!"

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20 The BuITafo Demon. ____ ------"Stral um!" was the reply, delivered in such a seri0usly C'omical way that even the Spirit J wors could not restrain a 1augh. GooJ !" 1.odd e d the Cloven-Hoof, from behind his pulpit, wi t h an approvi.ug snort. .. I s there any of the worthy chiefs, now, who wish to bid lllo re?" "The r e i s, sai o f r etired behind his pulpit for a mo ment, ctoubties to r eflect. But b e soon r eappeared, and gave bis customary initiatory snort. "Spirits of the Infernal Order," he said, you have beard the words of tile chief. .Are you or are you not opposed to the acceptance of bis of fer?" There wa again h eard the rumbling as of distant thunde r, which was s ucceeded by spiteful hisses; the n ail was s ilence. "Tbey b uch the blue vault of h eaven. Not a visibl e mode of egress from this strange valley was to b e see n, nor were the!'e signs of the previous communication of its inhabitants ever with the outside world. Nothing but a wilderness of mono tains lik e the walls o f a livin!\' tomb on either side. Directly opposite tho plateau. on the further side of the b .. sin. towered a frowning p eak, higher by many feet tban its n eighbors. Commencing at its base in the valley, and ascending gradually upward, was to be seen a spira l staircase, which apparently had been so formed by the great chisel in the won drous hand of Nature This staircase l e d to the mountain grotto, where once b efore we have jour neyed with the reader. Down in the valley was a scene as strange the one presented by the towering mountains-a s,,cne -Su r,;gest iv e of the retreat of the mountain outlaw. A larg<>, long, barn-like c abin, built partly of lob"S and partly of adobe nestled in the center of the basin, and around this grazed some fifty snow-white p onies. Here and there w e r e Hittin g the forms of m e n atti rert in the garb of the mountaineer, while at the door of the ranch, as the cabin was called, w ere huddled toget her a moLley assemblage of coarse. featured, evil-faced desperadoes. Pouring down w i t h a mus ical roar from the south ern encl of the valley. as it came leaping on its down ward Hight over the majesti c mountain crags. dashed a mighty cascw'e, the volume of whose foaming an'i seething waters coursed northward across the level bottom, and disappeare d again through a black in the g-reat w a ll roc k. Drawn up on shore near the cabin was a raft of l ogs, a flatboat and several canoes. As Cloven-Hoof appeared upon the plateau, above the basin, a man l eft t.110 group b.v the cabin-door, and advanc0d within s peaking distance. Wbat i s this I hear about the deser tion of the King of the Hills!" demande d the D emon Buffalo, filvl?l bellow and an an!!"ry stamp "Your maj es t y,, r eplied the spok e sman, u it is in dee d true. The member of our gang you allude t o cannot be found. One of our canoes is gone, and doubtless the traitor has long sinJe escaped." "When was h e seeu last?,, "Yesterday, your majrsty-an ilour before the company of chiefs arrived." "Who towed t!Je red-skins' canoe up through the CHAPTER XIV. gorge?" THE RANOR-Lll'TJ .. E FERRET1S DEPARTURE. l\iysf'l]f, your m a j i ... sty I" l..ET us fol tow In the tracks of the mysterious Clv '.'How many were t here of them!" ven-Tioof '"lwelve. your majesty." Directly :.ehind his pulpit was a trap-door opening "Well, this is strange. You are sure cc"t Warran down through toe door of the dais. After di'lappear 13 not in the valley!" log from the view of the prisoners, '!les ,b'ourmajesty. We missed him, bm tnougb t '" --..

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The Buffalo Demo n. 21 notblna of his absence, because we thought you might 'bave him in the Vulture court. But when said, just now that h e was not there, we bel?a to rnspect tbat he had deserted." And what do you imagine is bis object? Where bas he gone?" I know not, your majesty, unless it be to the camp at the end vf the Ghost Forest." 1 ti.le Government dogs up h e r e to capture us'" "So I b elieve ycur majest.v "We ll. then, by ali the devils, I'll thwart his little -game. I'll send the Ferret on bis trail. If be could 30 successfully remove the loads from the rangers' rifles,,rigbt under their noses, witb0ut being detect ed, I'u wager be can put a bullet through this ac cursed traitor's heart. Where io be, Miguel -where is the Littl e Ferret?,, "In the ranch here, your majesty, drinking copiously." "Then send him up b ere immediately. But hol there, Miguel; tarry a mome nt. \ \' hy are not the works in operation? What are t be gang iclling for?" "Yom majesty, there is no need of work until we have more tanks. The casks and barrels are Cull." indeed! This is ljOOd news. The treaRury of the order will be fat at this ra1 e. When can you be ready to aispose of a cargo, M igu eli" "At any hour, your majesty. Everything is in readiness for a start.,, "Well, then, say day after to-morrow, for instance Start a courier immediately for stations D and E, so that tbe grain will be waiting yom arrival. Hollo bad b es t go this time. I bope, before long, to make such arrangemenls with tbe tanners arnund Z ossei, as will tacilitate the earlier transportation of their grain. But now, away, and send F erret!11 Miguel turued toward the ranch, and wl>en he bad disappeare d Cloven Hoof sat ui;on a 1 ock near the edge of the pla1eau, ancl e:ave himself up to r e flec tion. Not l ong, however, was be lt:>ft alone, for soon there was a tootstep, and Asp e r o came forth to the Demon's sicle. "Hal my w orthy prime minister." said the creature g-ivin g an appr o ving snort, "'we bid f a ir to overhaul this traitorous King of the Hill s, yet I am about to s encl the Ferret. after him!" What! the little.Dutchman?" "Yes, I believe him the shrewdest man in the val ley to undertake the job. .His success in unloading the rangers' rilles has fixed him strong in my confi den<'P He,s au odd one, though!'' "True, and I should not care to let him go too far a1va y H e might desert.." "I ba ve no But here he comes." A man irnd clambered up the ledges to the plateau, &.ncl stooc.l cloRe by, r.s if waiting for orders. He was a stout, burly little German of some forty years, with a little bulletshp!'d l 1ea d, a round glossy face and a forno both corpulent and dwarfish. His eyes black and brilliant, and they, tegethe1 with the g!'ncral expression of his florin countenance, gave nim asharphcunnin g but intelligent look Jn the Vulture strong old he was known Little but nis r ea l name was Hans Vonderberg. said the Demon l:!uffa lo, with bis custom ary snort. 'Is the Ferret r ea: I answe rs k\'\:eery ' ''I want you to go i1nmediate1y to the rangers' camp, were rlay befol'e yesterday, and see f tho mis-:ing n1an, Warren, is there, and if he is. r, JU must 5'.hoot him down, wi! bout hesitation I" DRt i goot,'' nodrled Little Ferret, approvin g ly. l slmfles l'lhn so quickt'r as vat n eva r vas. Shall I sdarts right avay o!I, all the ile?" "Yes, go at once and hurry oack as soon as yol.i dispatch vow man 1'1 ....._ ___ .. The man bowed, and then turned and c]ambered down into the va1Jey. rren minutes lat e r Le appeared on tbe river-shore, and shoved one of the canoes off into tire stream. Then be spMng in, and the two watchers on the clifl'plateau saw him drift rapidly to the north and soon disappear, like the seething watel'l', through the black aperture in the bottom of the wall of rock. CHAPTER XV. OFF FOR THE APACHE VILLAGE. As soon as he was out of sight, Cloven-Hoof turned to Aspero, and said: "You may go, minister, and see ttat those ruf flans do not get too drunk, down there. We ma) n ee d every man, soon, for if these rangers should learn our biding-place, it would be easy work to sur round us, with such' directions as yo1211g Warren can give them. How many hands have we now, Aspero, all told?" Seventy-six your majesty, not counting the In dians a11d half.breeds, who are continually soak<>ky, and unfit for duty. Th ere are tweuty of them, I n elie ve But, captain, I f a il to s!'e what good these vagra11ts are to the Order. Also, are thirty of the whites who are drunk nearly ali the time. '\\ e derive no benefit from them." "I know Asrero, it seenlS so at present. But, hark ye! it would take another small lifetime ti) b reak in' a set of m e n who would fe a r and obey me, as those wrdches do. Though of but little use now, we know not how coon we s h a ll b e in of their services, to defend our retreat. Indeed I fear the day i s not distant, when we shall h"ve ti) dis hand, and fle e to better spheres, sublime.' Tberefm-e, it behooves us to work while there is a chance. ''Migue l informs me that a cargo is now rer.cly for the 'suove.' I think we had better not operate any n1ore. then, until we see now matters shape. Le Count, my agent at Station J, along the Rio Grande, says, in his last dispatch, that his ex-cle1 k has covered a capital place for a retreat, along the Union Pacific. It is w ithin reach of several thriving vil lages, where we could make an occasional swoop, a11d also dispose of our iuic c." "Indeed! wen, captain, it is for you to soy-not .me. But it Eeems like folly to give up this place, when we h ave just got ni ce lv s ettle d here!" ''Yes, that is true. But let us talk no See to the m e n down there, and then prepare yoursel!' for a long ride. I desire that you s hall accompanv Sky-Rocket to his village, and Ol'ing back the horses to Station E. The agent there will take charge or the m, and dispose of them at the best advantage to the overland trains." "Aud who shall I take with me, captain, to help?" "I c are not; any of the band, except Migu el. He must remain to keep things straight at tbe ranch." Asper<1 bowed, and then left the plate&u for the valley below. As soon as he was gone, Cloven-Hoof reentered the cavern, and ascended to the councilchamber. The moment his terrible head appeared above the top of t h e pulpit, S ky-Rocket, the Apache, came for ward. "The Demon Buffalo is great, and Sky-Rocket would like to tarry longer within his stcne Lents," said the chief, gracio u sly. "But tl:e wiser finger of h ; s nature pomts toward bis far-dis1ant village, and i:Jids him derart. He must go. Does the great Clo ve11-Hoof objeet?,, "Not at all replied Cloven-Hoof. "Le t Sky Rocket wait here, and the Demon Buffalo will send two servants to g uiCe him from the Vulture Valley and accompany l1im on his journey.'' Then the strange being was gone, in a flash, as before, and o. half-hour rolled by. At the expiration of this tf 1ne, the prime-minis ter, appeared N.1 the chambe1 from the fissure. He was gr,: fetures at once ------_ ______.j

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The Buffalo Demon. "Are you ready?" demanded Aspero. Sky-Rocket released Adams's feet, ana: then signi fied bis readiness to depart. Aspero re-entered the fissure, followed closely by the Swede. Sky-Rocket bade the girls to follow him, and Captain Chris to follow them, while he brought up the rear. Thus the party proceeded. The fissure hil.d been hewn out by the hand of man, evidently, and led to the cavern below. In the course of ten minutes the whole party were in the basin, below the plateau. Here Aspero and the Swede launched the tlatbat, and the four prisoners, Sky-Rocket and themselves were loaded in. Au extra man was also taken along to tow the boat back into the valley, as won as iY! cargo was disembarked in the outer world. At a given word the moorings were cut, and the oark with its human shot off with the rapid current toward the north. Soon the aperture in the base of the mountain was J'eaebed, and the boat passed into a little tunnel, where the light of day never penetrated. All was su intensely black, and the boat leaped on with such v e locity, that the prisoners held their breath in awe and anxiety The channel was barely wide enrmgh to admit the passage of so large a craft. and the two outlaws had to watch narrowly to keep it from grating on the rough rocky sides. Suddenly a flood of light burst upon the scene; the momentum of the race lessened, while the boat shot along upon the level of a less rapid run of water. They were still underground, but now and then a bar of light streamed down from an opening in the rocky ceiling overhead, showing that they were out of the mountains. For perhaps a mile"further the subterranean voy age continued, and then the boat suddenly shot out into a large basin filled with water-a picturesque little lake, in a low valley fringed with trees. Toward the northern sbore Aspero and the Swede propelled the boat, and were soon alongside a small plateau of rock, or natural wharf. The whole party, save the man who was to work the boat back into the Vulture Valley, now disem barked, and Sky-Rocket went oil' in the motte of cot ton wood 'for his horses, which he had left there a day b e fore. He soon returne d with six wirv mustangs. The ladies were mounted. Captain Chris was now al lowed the use of his arms, but was compelled to ride with the girls, while SkY-Rocket and Aspero readiness, the Apache gave the word 'and tlfie cavalcade dashed off toward the north. They soon left the timbe. and galloped out across a level stretch of prairie, and Captain Chris saw that they were on the western side of the water-course, about ten miles from the rangers' camp. On looking back toward the mountain he perceived that not a glimpse was to be obtained of the location of the robbers' retreat. Naught but a majestic .mountain towered up in the distance, its peaks stretching far up toward the blue vault of heaven. As it was well into the afternoon when tbey left 'the lake, but a comparatively short was 'traversed ere night fell with its hovering shadows, over hill and dale. During the rapid ride, Captain Chris managed to keep up a conversation with the young ladies; but when the camp was pitched for night he was separa ted from their society. Out of his saddle-bags, Sky-Rocket brought forth a plentiful supply of dried venison, and a hearty meal was therefrom, by all. As Asppro insisted on standing guard the fore part of the night, and the Swede the latter part. tht' chief was to yield, *hough it was witr bad grace. The maidens were given blankets, and .. s the night was warm no other covering was neeO.eCI, the soft grass serving the purpose of n. oeoi:. At the com mand of Sky-Rocket they lay with their falleS turnet down to the ground. His explanation was, t .hat as they were unaccus tomed to sleeping in open air, they ware liable to catch a severe cold should they lie on either their sides or back. Ri$'ht here let me say; that this bit of information applies to all who visit our great West, and sleep ex posed to the nig-ht nir, In summer nights the bun ter ma'l: lie in almost any position without catching cold, i he is accustomed to roughing it, but in the damper months of spring and late aut11mn, the pos ture of the general plainsman is invariably flat upon the stomach, with the face turn'3d directly down ward. Experience will soon teach one the choice of poslo tion. And, to>o, wt.en you lie \vith your face down ward, and ;rour forehead pillowed u:pon your arrq, your sleep is less sound, more re!reshmg and benefi cial, while ;irour hearing i s doubly acute. Captain Chris was bound, hand and foot, and hauled near where the chief was to lay. Then, after Aspero was ilOSted on duty, SkYRocket and the Swede flung themselves upon the green turf, and silence reigned in the camp. The night passed without incident, and early in the following morning the cavalcade resumed the journe y northward. All day long they galloped on, and at nightfall again went into camp. Aspero stood guard until midnight, when he was relieved by Sky-Rocket. Soon after, tha loud breathing of the outlaws pro claimed that they were sound asleep. Going to his saddle, the Apache cbief took out two long lariats from the bags. Tl1ese he d exterously fastened aound the feet of both Aspero and the Swede, with out awakening them. Then leading forth a spirite
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.. The Buffalo Demon. 2 3 pacity, I'd luv nuthin' better nor a fine, fat 'Pash, W'i' smoked Komanch fur side dish le kno'." "Talk 'bout coyote fudel" said oi Jack; "ye j_ess orter sock yer fangs outer my P eg, hya r Ther hain 't er tufl'er peece o' humen clay thes side Noah's Arck, an' I'll wager er plug o' dog-tail thet ther tooth nevyar war mvcnted w'at kin peerce her skin. Ther kaunybull w'at gers Peggy fer er meel 'd better eet her er day e r tew afore he goes ter sleep, so 's he ken hev ample time ter sugg-est her. I'd hbv l?UV her ter ther coyotes an' buzzards long e r go, ef e t hed11't b'en 's I know'.J et would extarminate thAr hull caboodle e r cbttwin' her. Why, boyee, even w'en I uste to i::o an' spark her, afore we got con sollerdated, w'Pn I'd go ter try an' kiss her, her hide -Nar so tuJl' an' strong thet I culdn 't make th er leest impreshun "Thet's nuthin'.., replied Lije disdainfully. "I once sparked er Crow squaw w1at war so strong, thet w'en I slapt my h'ps 'gin' her cheek they stuck thar tighter then a ten-scrude vise, an' ther ole cheef bed to hitch on twenty mustangs ter each on us tew pull us apart!" "I guv up," sighed Old Jack, hopelessly. "I thort I war purty goode on ther e longate; but skulp me ef ye ain't ther iri,fernalist liar r ever did run across!" "'rhet's nothin'," laughed Lije; "them's merel,,r facks Wait till .Ye heer me teller good squar' '!lam. lihen ye ken talk!" "Jes' don' tell et now," observed Circus Pete; "but l ook yanuer. Thar kums ther fotygra(l'er; he's got t .be Gnaser 'cross his saddle-bows! too, bY. .Jerusby I Yes, an' thar's ernuther feller ong w1' him. Look!" Two men were approaching the camp, mounted on horses. One was readily recognized as .Jonathan .Jeriab the artist. Before him, across the neck of hts scrawny horse, be bore the body of a man-the Me xican alcalde. The second horseman was mounted upon a superb animal, but was unknown to rangers. The twain galloped leisurely a long into camp, and Jerrold was greeted with rounds of a1,plause. "Bully boy!" went up fromlthe red-skins as well as the rangers. "lkno'd thet beestof yourn warnoslouchl"sa luted the Leopard, grinninl\'. She i s a good courser, is La B !le," said the artist, smiling. "Gentlemen, allow me to introduce you to Colonel Alonzo Nesmit, of Zossei!" "What! tiler feller as the capten bed the let.terto?" askerl Lije, excitedly. "The same. He assisted me, in one sense of the word, in capturing this senseless villain here!" "But the capten; whar's he?" demanded the rangers, eagerly. Captain Adams left my hacienda night before last." replied Nesmit, "with the intention of coming back to camp. He explained his baste by saying that he felt b e should soon he needed here. This m orning I concluded to ride over this w a y and see how you were getting along, On thA trail, not far from Zossei, I discovered his dead horse. There were numerous footprints close at hand, which led me to believe that your leader has been surprised and captured." "An' by whom?" queried Llje. "The outlaw"; doubtless. The tracks bore the im press of boots I' A cry of horror escapPd the rangers' lips. n Cuss the lu ck; et's nuthiu' more'n I expected I" grow1Pd Lij e, "an' now, the devil '11 be to pay.'' While he was consulting with the men. who harl around him, Colonel Nesmit and Jerrold a-ismounted. The senseless alcalde was securely bound and left in the care of the ormer. while Jon athan once more mounted La B. ; and struck ofl' to the south, for the purpose of bringing his scboon et into camp. He returned iu the course of half an hour, and somewhat startled the camp with the de c laration that he had seen a form skulking in th" shadows of'the dead pines, and also that bis schoon. er had been plundered of its contents, even to the howitzer and photograph apparatus. Grizz l y Len and Alaska at once vohmteered to for the enemy, and they soon Darkness had now settled thickly over the earth, and as there were no of having a moot' Colonel esmit suggested that a 1 Nix I" said the Leopard, autboritati\ely, "nary e11 smidger. Ef thar's enny o' ther sneakin' 'Pash about they'll find us qUick ernou?,b, nevver ye feer wi'out our ther way fur em. Hey, thar, Jack-ay s'posin' ye ante-lope erkross ter tlier other side ol tber gully hyar, an' see how things Juke thar. Thar mought be er passel o' ther imps o'er thar now fer what I kno'." Old Jack, too, soon disappeared in the pall of gloom, and the rangers in camp waited patiently. Sitting Wasp rouse d all his warriors and bade them make ready for a fight, and savage as they were, they needed no urging. An hour p assed and the camp was.,.rapped in si lence. All were waiting and listening. Not a sound was to IJe heard save tbe low whistle of the rising wind through the Phantom Fon st. Lije glanced toward the east ever and ancn un easily. It was time the moon Bhould arise; b 1 t through the thick shroud of black not the fil'>'t heralding flush of appearance ,,.as visible. What time i s it, do ye jedge ?" he inquired of J e rrold, who bad crept to his side. "Past moon time, eh?" By pressing the face of his watch dose to his eyes, the nrtist declared it to be exactly nine o'clock. Half an hour followed but no moon shed her rays upon the scene. "Tbet settles it," whispered Lije. "Et ar' cloml ed up. an' a starm ll be on us soon-a rippin ttrna der!" "I b e lieve it. And during its fury we m1 :v ex pect an attack," r eplied Jerrold, "if there r e In dians about I" I" acknowledged the ranger; "Lut listen Both becarr.e silent as death. There was a rustling in the grass directly abead oi them. Wnat caused it? Some one was creeping do.wn u1on them. CHAPTER XVII. LITTLE FERRET-THE TORNADO-APACHE. u 'E!e:-P again cautiourd th e Leopard, as hf" laid bis rifle to one side, and clutched the haft of bis knjfe. Nearer and nearer came the sound of rustlin g grass. Then for a few moments all was quiet. "Ye swerve ter tber rite," whispered Lije, placing his knife between his teeth," an' 1'11 ante-lope off to tber left. Don' ye make even er squeak o nois e, an' we'll su1Tound tbe varmint!" Jerrold obeyed, and crept away with the s t .ealth of a ;::at. For perhaps tpn minutes be wriggled slowly on; then believing he bad gone far enough, he stopped and listened intently. At this instant there rose high and loud on the ni g ht., the distinct sound of VQlces, in excited con ver.:iation. "Ouch I ouch I Oh I Gott in heimel; vat vor you so mooch bull mine hair. I vas no lnjing; so don' you vas pe so vast. Ouc h I ouch I !eds me go, I dole you, or I viii yell like dunder I" "Whoop I" 1oared the stentonan voice of the Leopard; so I've cotched ye, hev I; ye little kicker I I'll l'arn ye ter kim prvwliu' eround our camp, I will! Skin my teeth, tho', ye sku nk but ye're an odd sliver frum tber block. Kim erlong byar, and let's inspeck ye. BoyPes, ahe'd thar, sttike er lite; l'v
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The Buf!'alo Demon, termingled with furious curses, as the Leopartl drag gen bis victim back t:>ward tbe camp. The artist a lso turned his steps thithcrward, eagerly. A bit of t Psquas or dry nunk-woor l was ign ited. sh\'(led by the rangers' caps, and h eld close to the prisoner's fa ce. The light thus afforden, enabled ell to see thnt h e was a 1nan-a burly, muscular litt: e fellow, whose face at once proclaimed him a German. u Ouch I" he gasped, os one of the rangers accidentally allowed the flaming end of the torch to touch his nose; 'tot vas ash shame ash I don' see pefore voi: some dime. Y o u gapdtures a poor vell er: poods mit der rips, an' pull l 1 im py tler hair, ant d e n JlUrns der eent off of his nose. Vot Vpine we'd b ette r Rc0ot i""s' ns fast as w e can." "Scootr echoed the others "Pe"zactly Ther further we can git outen the!.' track o' the s er1 tornader, ther saf e r wP'll be, fur et a.r' goiu' ter be a rippe r, nn' ther trees an' wu11 O.v bilter-skilter. Ha! Lyar kims t!wr b,yees, now. Let s sec w'n.t they say." As he spok e, Grizzly Len a11d Araska came hurry ing into camp. Tiley were quite out of Lrcath, anu uot a littlf' excited. 'Pash!" g::i.sped Alaska. u All around us, thicker'u horneti::," coincided Grizzly, taking out his knife-b llld c. which was drip p inewith u .. o "\Ve'd bette r ke1flummix outen the s. quick'r n o r lightnin "Bnt how can we get out," asked Colonel Nesmit, 0 if we a r e surrnu11 ded ?" Hev t e r make er rush fer et!" was the ?rim re plv. "We"ve got ter chews atween thet an fightin' oix hundre d red 11iggurs. I say qit !" "So do 11" j o in etl in the Lody of the rangers. u Oil's thcr wonl !11 ''Which way shell et bP?" aRked L e n. "East, on course!'' Lij ..... u Ranger heap wrong-P' now put in Stinging 'Yasp, who hacl be<'ll a sileut liste n e r. lJes t go west n o r t b. Ugh I" "Like thunder we will!" ejaculated the Leopard, !'lrnrply. D'ye s1rose we're goin' ter face rr rip roann torna.der? Not rnuchly, ef I kno' mvsel'J1' "\\7azh Tr gin kno' heap more clan Pale-face 'bout bi!? wind. Go south or ea' t a n 'Pache ligbt grass, a, ftre chase you like debhil-run fast like white g-1t out ob its path. Go ride s low through t ornado: be all ri g ht; wind blow dirt ob' -r trail, and 'Pache no follow; go west, de same!'' "By ther ft.clestyel Sineers, Injin. yc1rf" e r ma.i::heen-mannvfnrkterd brick, o' d11bble-f'omprc!'lst axun !" 01i0d LijP SPeing the wisdom in the chieC1s words. "Wt>'Jl fol!er y e r directions. To all hrtnclf.;, an1 we,11 t''" r'other sid,.. o' thPr c-ully!11 L 1 B elfi, was yet 1rnrnessed t o the u schooner,,, it was proposed that the two prisoners anrl Jack a n r l PPg-gy shonld accmnpany the therein, whilP-the remainth'r of the party, being well mouotPd. lead tho wa_v. Eventhing was soon in readiness. a nd the strancrn caravan bl'gan to toil cantiousl.v down into tl!e channe l aud up to the baks on t h e opposite side. Fuil;v an honr wac;:; consumed in this opcrntion, wh e n a consultation held this timr> the Ooomirig roar announced that the tomarlo was dos0 at hand Et's P.'ni>i' t e r be er s nizze1, tho'!" observed AlaRl.\a, tnf'<1itnthP1v. ''Yes!" rPpliecl W Ac:p: "tl-.pte will be heap much blow. ... ava jne no nfrnicl of torn:u!n "Now. 1'11 tell .Y" w at,' J said the LPopnrd. "I'm a nat.trral-born wiggl Pr. rm' I prop0se thet I stretch m v nropensiti0s out erkros thes nra' rer, hyar, an' f:ee bow ch1t's the r reds are. bcforP I leed ve inte r a bumblP-bee's ne!':t !" "\\'a.g h yf's, ,, assentP
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The Buffalo .Demou. furiously nmong the crashing, weaving and rnap1 ping branches, whiJP a r rrfrct avclnnc!Je ()f dirt, Up rooted gra,s, sticks and graYe! came hurtling down from the Kvr1hweet. Jn among all this, waited cur friends-eagerly, cx1 pectantly. In fifteen minctl!s lhe Leopard came slmrrying up. "'Pas h off' thar-ha-lf n1-n1-ilel1' he the dirt from his eyes. Like a meteor, !Stinging Wasp shot away to pe1 form ltis part. An h our passedj the tmnado raged with fierce fury; stil l the chier came not. Hark I A wild pandemonium of yells from afar -Apache yells! Has Stiuging Wasp been discov-ered? __ CHAPTER xvm. TBROtTOH THE S NARE-FERRET'S STGRY. No I 11ot discov ered; for at that momePt a h ore man dashed wildly up; be was the daring Navajoa chief. "Ugh! come!" h e criew rein JiRteningto t he awful roaring nnd hoom ing of the gale: much l'ani 'nac!o. Lluch blow I Wrnd gPttin' bigger! Ugh!" "'Zactly!" responded the Leopard. "Et ar' ther rlnm -kus,edest gele J e,er see'd-er regylar nor'east volcaner o' blowitivPness!"' Not fitop soon ,, cleclarf'd 1he chief, "Blow all nigbt. 'Pac he close behind. Ugb I w a i t! NavajoP fix 'em !11 "bat was the ranger's surprise to see the r eci-skm "agh!11 bting-ing "',.Ew n, with a chuckle 11 In Mn nncl De\""il Rnake after 1Pache. lJe-v no like liirn J)ey run. but he nm fastf'r He cot ch um. He tick!P '11111 l egs, and make um dance tte death-c1ance Ugh I" Qnkkly drawing 011e ('f h;s pi etols thP chief IJ11rrled t o tlJP rPar of thP rtnrl
  • t now? \V'at ye advise war b est ter do at present?11 h Go on furdPr." the chir-f. G i t out of smell. Dl?n camp. 'Morrer, go wintly kiIJerl rlf"Pr. whirh h r cl hern m l:v f:I'f''t"lt and it was desirable to ob tain fill tl 'f' t"f'f:t Jn the irorninc-Stin?ing Wnsn
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    26 'l'h e Buffalo Demon. out from the schooner int the presence of the ran g ers. "Now," said the Leopard, "we're reddy f e r yer assi stance. Ye k e n show us whar therrobbers' camp ar,l" The Dutchman took In the surroundings at a glance. "Dundterl" ejaculated he, she saw the lake lying before him, "you vas gum d e r te righd shot. Dis l a.ge vas vere ve gum vrom dh how vas I vant de mage someainks? I say' Yaw,' an the t o les me vat if I aggompany hi m, he giffs me tlnf e n-swanzv tollar a veek, do make dundtcrl I agrees, unt he p1ings me up yonte r ruit de mound.ings ant I vind myself in one pig falley, locked in mit d e r beeks, vere dere peesh lots off m e n, in gaverns magin risk Y !" "What!" exclaime d Colonel Nesmit, excitedly, whiskyf "Yaw. But li sclens vat I say. In von cham per apove det von s vere dey mages d e r v1sky, vash v a t d c y g all a gourt-room. H e r e vash d e r gwarclers off der D eemons Puf!:l e r, or der Gtoven-Hoofs, ash dey gall him. He has got von lod off vell e rs, mit glothes ofe r m i t d eir heaclts, unclt he mage s cler m e n vat manyfacgturPs d e r vi sky p'li e v e ash he Jsb von Tuvfelhaml clot dem v e ll ers mid d e r g l the s ofer roit cbr cadts pe sbirriclts vrom Burgaclory But d o t vas n oclclinks more ash boom pug. I knows better ash dot. I v o n clay d oo k von peek into der gourt-room, unt I s3e'd v e ll ers unt d e r Pnfil e r dake s der din\rs mit der heaclts off unclt I see'dt dot cley vash nod.links mo;e ash men, like any pod dies. "Vell, efery vonce in v o n long vile cle r vell ers vat ma.g as d e r vi sky dey g o o o p m id d a r unt Aspero-lot's cl" r J.lrime Minishcl er-lle buys e m off m iclt golclt furdeir l apo1". On $UCh oggasions ash d ese, unt a.Uodth e r o ;;gas ionsoff imb 0 rtanze, A_.qpero Iogcks me up mit v o n cells un !er d e r blace vere cle r spirit s sit, in d e 1 sha1nber p e l ow. D e n, ven der Puf .. fierbnlls von l ced l e sdrin'\', vat gommunigates mit I von l ee
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    "J.'he .HuJra.lo Demon. "Dey untload l' onto der nadtcheral wharf, town ll!!low bere, un; vo n man lsh lefdt midt ter visky, Vile der reRt ob Jem pack mit der falley. Den, der man vat's left. dill nide, ven vaggons dey covmes unt daJ,es llim do der villages up nort', VeN r'.ot visky is solt, unt irrain prought pack do der age. In der mornini?s der vlat-poad coomes down un t dakes der grain pack mit der falley." "Humpli I a nke game these villains are playing. I begin to see bow it is that is sold so cheapfy in tnis part of the country I' said Colonel Nesmit; hut I never for moment dreamed that there was an Illicit distillery business behind this Cloven-Hoof 111nsatlon I" Arrangements wer"' now made for the d eparture IJf Little Ferret, whom all the rangers felt they could trust. He was restored bis rifle and side-weapons, which had been confiscated at the time of his cap ture, and In the course of an hour, he sprung into bis cano.i paddled a cross the lake. and disappeared within the mouth of the remarkabl e channel. At the camp, the r angers spent the day in loungfog about, or assisting the NavaJoes in the constmction of their village, as they chose. Jerrold and Colonel Nesmit kept a close watch over the still unconscious aka!e with their prisoner; the latte r were I left to protect the squaws. Slowly the forenoon dragger! by, but no out!Aws came. Did they know of the trap that was wniting to sp1i.ng upon them f Had Little F erret warneo. them f Lije was asking himself these onesti ons, when Ala.ka touched him on the arm, "J,isten t" be whisp e red. The ranger instantly obeyed. The notes of a loud boisterous song came floating <><1t from the black d epths within the mouth of the o ltannel, growing more distinct each mcment. Tha ra.fi .,.as eomlngl Quickly the Leopard ;o:lanced towai.r. the Navajoes. Ah I they, too, had beard the ong. ""J were eagerlv waiting. They bad slung their caro ines to tbefr backs, and w ere fitting arrows to their bows. Their reason for doing this now became obvious. The arrows wou ld m ake no loud report, to arouse the outlaws in the valley. Near and more distinct came the strains o : song, emanating from the coarse ruffians, who were air ('roaching an unsuspected and sudden end of thell' lOurney. Nearer-nearer, and the n there was a sboi.:t, and the raft leaped from its subterranean course and g\ided.,ut upon the ]llacid w a t ers of the sunlit iake, with ita freight of life, and di s till e d spirit of hell! There w ere two score of them-all great brawny fellows, with bloated, evil faces, wild haggard eyes; and each man was in a stan
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    .!8 fogfngG go up mlt der f aUey 1n_ Jill 'm:: show 'em I" A short con8u ltatloa was t.eld. and ft was decided to adGpt the Teuton's plan, though Lije and his men were as eat;"er as the Navajoes take part in the -coming affrar, Stin,:\'iD": \\asp. however, proclsi>d tbat Cloven Hoof and his pirit jurors should be taken prisoners, and hancled over to the ran'(ers, at tbe termination of the battl"; which somewhat appeased their de a;;r.e to be in at the def\t i1. When all thi wag satisfactorily arranged, F erret wentlin among the and they moved away. With anxiety, and fear of the consequenceS', the rangers wa i ter\, and listened intently, each moment. Erelong the Navaj )P war-whoops wer"' he,.rd and the reports of rap''ily d:"Char'(ed weapons were faintly ,ifl the pasi;;:.a to the rangers ears. d off m idly over tha prairi'3, s:ivage screa ns n.nd sluieks, ol' a character terrible to hear. On, and away tore the frenzie I b e1st, drag,g-iT" g its freight of hunan lives, over rocks. into yawnimr arrm10B, ove'" r.:igged cra.{S an l streams of inudily water-away! away! seeu1ingly gone per fectly mad. Tile howls of the helpless robbers rose loud and above the screttms of the horse, and tt.wak .. n!3d the four prison'"'rs in thd ca.mp, exciting them to the ritch of surprise ancl a nxiety. Soon, however. the wild sounr1s grew more and more indistinct, and fin:illy 'liert o t altogetb"'r. "\Vhat is itf' Captain Chris, as the chief arlvancer l to wh ere the prisuners stood Thbse were tlrn frigiltful howls and screeches I ever t) !" A m errv I rn<;h burst from the Apache's lips. !,, he .:;:tit1, d rawinghis knife anrl cutting the ran?er's bonds; "the onL1aws are kisc;ingthe prairie, 1ike t.11e morning dews. Danger gone. Pale face aud ee A glal cry i>sraped the lips of both the maidens ancl Captain Chris. Who are d<>mandecl the mnger. grasping the chief'o harJ, and shA.kin g 1t heartily. You told me in the cavern th:it vou werb rt friend, but I know not yet to whom I anu th"S' young la lies are indebted for 0r r l'l asP !'' \Va.gh 111 w the reply. in a C"lrl tone: "Skv Rocket i.s a friend. Let that utlke till n:oming, when all will exnlain.,d. 'T'he 1nle-face< must now sJrv n, ior we shaU rj .. le many miles on the morrow. Without morP, "do th0 avag<> threw himself upon e with a p leased smile ancl extended his open arms, into which she f!urn: herself, eagerly. 'Inez! are you glad to see 1ne?" h e said, caressing h e r fondly. Oh, Phili9! yes-of course I am. Oh! I am so g lad-so gla J., "Did you know me. dear, in my Indian g11ise?'' Indeed, no I You looked so different in the Apache dress ancl hhleous paint. from what you clid when you v;sited us in the grotto. But I beg8Jl to suspect a lit tie. tl1ough, yesterday." "Humph! r flatter myself I f oo l ed Cloven H,o t ancl his gang pretty nicell'l" lau'(becl theKing of the Hills; "though I must admit I trembled when in the conncil-chamber, lest [should be detected. It was a wonJer that I got away as easily as I (lid." By this time Captain Chris ancl Nch and bu.rt awakenP1 ancl wer e approaching-the two maidens leaning on the ranger cbief's arm. As the eyes ()f the captain rest. eel upon the hand Rome fttce of Phil '.Vn.rren, he uttered a c r y of sur pris aacl 'lrew back sternly. "You L.PrP. ma.n!11 he-e:s:claimed, his C'ountenance f!l'Ol\"ng and reel by twns. "What means tbic.; intl'USiOll ?" Wrna 011t of the mo0t reckles and daring spirits on \\ild frnnti0r. You lecl them into the rnidst of Indian warfare, and won for thPm a11d yom'S0lf a narne that is to be forll:('tten by tlle olu set.tiers of that reofon. Amon'( your band was i; d:lshing-yo11ng named Pliil \\mTen, y"'U lovNI as a brother, nncl who Jo.red yon in rPturn until the cri.:;isc.:i.me, wh'"'n a coldn"'S" spnrng up hetweea you anrl me That was this: Bon;, in fat:::, fl!.." we were, we both fell in lovP nn "old E'a L!='igh. Ym11"E was an infatw1tion of .votith-minc was a f"ssionate trnth of nrlorntion. "Jacob Lei"b, a rough old tr.opp<>r. hacl spent years in the gold mines, a111l htcl bnried benPath his cabin an immense quantity nf the precious m-:-,,..al ; a f:ict whi:!h rc>acl1f'1l th" c:i1-s of another m:mber nf your hand, who hail !1n .. re1en""ly joiued it. Tb is gold was the root of all evil li'.va loved me-you she r especte.-1 HPr lat. ,.

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    The Butta.lo Dem.------llJf,t,ed me, for some reaon I could never divlne; Th<' next f""1.ant the two men were Jocked tn eac'll wli!le, on the contrary, be fairly worshiped you, <'liter's enrn1.ice and they wept tears of joy and and determined that Eva should becom .. your wife. grntitude. "A coldness sprung up between us on Eva's ac l\Iany, theh, were the scenes that were rehearsed count; that you treated me insultin.:l:i;, you cannot of old Pu tim s1 and the cotJgratulations offerra. In deny; that I returned tire for tire, I wiu not deny. fact, the mor.ung had well nolvanced, and the meat "Finally, you declared me n o Jor.gt'r a memb0r of clone to a cr,sr, ere n thought was entertained of your band, and bacle me clear out. ft. stung me to eating, so IO'reat wns thP joy in the little camp, madness. I was ready for anything, tho L evi! was Prettr Out'Ssie and !nez were supremely happy in at band to talre advauta;.re of my condition. the socrnt.v of 1 hPir salwart ianger lovers. and Nola "His agent, Siaso Dreka, the new member, came would have been, hinted Inez. bad Lieutenant Wes to me and told me he bad a band of out! ,ws close lyn, of Fort Griffin, been pr sent. byi and the.v were going to attack Leig-b's cabin; At last the n o1 ning meal was dipatched, and then llf would join, Eva should be mine. I jumped at Warren declared it tl1e best plan to go directly back the ovn the course they bad come. for at least a mile: "The attack was mad!'. I got Eva away in the n strike across t.o the watcr:course, and pursue it safety: the outlaws got the gold. and mt.rclered south" ard, uutil tl1e r ang-ers camp was reached. Jacob Leigb, I fled with Eva down into Kansas, and Captaiu Chris the whole prufy mounted there we were married. and were about to dash gayly off, when Nola descried But the fates were against me. My litt'.e wife a horseman spurring down toward tllem from the died, and I was alone-a fugitive fro!"' jus1ice; 110 1 tbeast. for yon had set 1 he hounds of the law UJ>un my The little band welted, and soon an officer of the track, telling them I was the murderer G. ,Jacob lieutmmnt's rank galloped up. He proved to be the Leigh. Soon after this I met Sieso Dreka i n betrothed of Nola, jolly 'l'om "\Yeslvn, all the way Zossei. Here I found that he was not Dreka at all, over from Griffin to visit his darling, whom he was but Alf Nesmit, the son ot a leadiug citizen. calculat.ing to seek out, at Los Des Pumas. "He told me of an enormous vroject he had in Tims the cavalcade was made comrlete, and right view, and under pt'nalty of bein g delivered up to merrily they datihed off over the prairirs; the ring justice as a murderer-for h.i Lad the ._vid!'nce all in g Jau!!hter, now and 111eo, as they galloped along, against me-I was compelled tofromise to join his denoted better than words could cxprtss that all future hand-ay, to swear it, a.s hoJJ1n time. At Jo.st IPntered the service of Ali-afd,Mur ahout over the l<;Vci, and the earth ""s lilerally rill n, as" confl
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    30 The Buft"alo Demon. the Dutchman understood managing the fiat hoat, the pdsonf'rs were l'>aded in it and started off down the channel nnder a strong guard of Nava joes, while Stin1>ing Wasp and the rest of his band, together with L1je and the rangers, brought up the tear. Camp reached in due time, and Colonel Nesmit and Jerrold were apprised of the raid into the Vul ture stronghold and of the discoveries made there. The former was considernbly interested, as he was In the service of the Goverument, aild noted down all facts deemed worthy of notice in a report he in tended to submit to the highe r authorities. As it was growing dark, it was resolve :! that noth ing should be done with the captives until the fol l owing day, when they would be duly tried a1\d treat eel to the fllll code or borJe r justice. Tllev w ere co1sequenly phcet l uncJer a strict guard of Navajoe braves, and preparations for the nil!llt were made. On consulting witll C o lonel Nesmit, the Leopard decided to tum over the illicit whisky to St.inging Wasp for his snare of the spoils, while the ra..igers kept gold as their booty. The liquor was receive:! witll many thanks by the old chief, and he proceodeJ at once to deal it out with a liberal h!\nd to hi> warrion As a natural con sequence, tlley got ingloriously drunk in celebration of their recent vict o ry. The night away, and in the morning arrangements were ma le for the trial of the captives. But, the ho t1r arrived for SJ.iJ trhl, consi 1 erable excitement was cre'.tted bv the awakening of the ale alde, Conales Mcirrillo, who clamorously d<:i manded that all the ca11p should assemble anunTI his death-couch, he harl a confession to make, to wh!cll be wante: l all to bear witoes3 . This requel!t was of com-se obeyed, and the ran ge1-s and Iadians alike d1e1v r e spectf:;.;iy near; for when st!l.n rling, a<;J it w e re. in the pres ence or the gritn monster, D e a th, tll e y, as of one accord., felt somewhat awed and impre ss e d. Tl:le dying man was lying on a bunk of leaves and moss, n ear the lak e -shore. the skillful hands of P.ggy B31ard had out him, and he was ver.v white and ghastly in appearance. Plainly on his brow was stampe:I the signet of death. He to be in full posse ssion of his mind and s e nses, and when the crowd had assembled close by he turned to the artist, Jerrold, who was kneeling by his side. Arthur Trevor. he spr>ke In husky tones, while the tears came to his e.1'es, "I am dying-dying, and. with my soul with crime. I know not how I will be receiv e d in Lhe n ext world; I dare not think of it. For hours I conscious, though it was unknown to vou, during which time the good and bad of my nature have been each strugglil.1;;for the masterv. Thank the Lord, the good has triL1mphed, and I shall make to you disclosures of my past life, cost what it m a y. "Listen to me, Arthur Trevor, and you, Colonel Nesmit; listen, and r emember each word that inter ests you: for my moments on earth are numbered, and t shall speak to the p.>int. "I will go back, Arthur Trevor. to tboselon'? agoone days, when we were younl( coll ege chums at Harvard -true and inseparable friPnds, devoted students, and wild harum-scarum fellows, the pet of the la dies, and tile pride of our class. Those were happy days, Trevor-perhaps the happiest days that either you or I have ever spent. "I \Vill co'Tlmence with the time when we both loved a be"utiful belle of our set-an accomplished, pure-hearted and winning maiden, whom all lovedwhom we worshiped. "She \Vas a prize, was Alleen Le Clercq. and you won her-won h e r fairly, I afterward found. but at the time I was mad over my defeat, and believed you co be guilty of all imaginable crimes; cursed you and her; cursed my owu Mends and my God all alike, ID my lns11ne fury "Then and there I began to wade dee11Iy into crime and wickedness. I was utterly regarClless as to what stain I put onto my hitherto goi>d 1...&me; I sought and found solace in debauchery, and assoc! ated with characters of the lowest stamp. '' I was only in moderat.e circumstances, andt very naturally, I longed for riches. Had I been a m1llion o.ire prospective, like you1-self, Arthur Trevor, I, in stead of you, would have won the hand of Aileen Le Ulercq in n1ar1iage "As it was, I was a beggar; you won her, and I swore I'd have revenge. You marrie d her, and two lov e ly little twin children were born you-a boy and a girl, and both the picture of their angel of a mother. Ohl how proud you wero of these tiny darlings, and how devotedly you watched over them r But you were destined t'.l lose them-to lose al I you h Plcl dear to you, ::.ncl that, too, through my wicked n ess." The artist !STOaned. 'At the tn:'.l I 'll'rived at this determination. l was stopping at a small squatters' s ettle m ent on the Missouri river. One black and stormy nigllt, J quitted the place, and rode southward in or som e spot where I cbuld drop the twin s and rid my. self forever of them, and at the same time puL them forever b eyond your reach. I found a suitable hiding-place after hours of riding-a lon ely old swamp on the riv e r-bottom, n ear which stood a d eserted cabin. I tie d rocks to the clothing of the male child, and drowned it in Q pool of still, clear wate r The piercing shrieks ot th e little thing are yet ringina in my ears. I grew nervous, burled the other chil'tt into th e water, and fie cl; heartily glad that the job was doue with l came imme diately to Texas, and wedded a l\Iexicau woman of wealth. "She was tile daughter of an olrl Spanish alcal'l e and it prover a fortunate match for m e Two chi! dre n were born us; .;me a dark-eyed little i;frl, the image of its rnoth e r; the oth e r, a genuine counter part of the old Spanish don. I hate d the young imp fron1 the moment 1ny eyPs upon 1 t and resolve cl, rather than to rear it with sucb a feeling, to diSl)OS) of it. r-esumed the culprit, "throug h my wick edness I obtained a sw eet revenge when y o u least .ne. One clay, I sent you a tP!egram from a distant town, purporting to come from a relative of yours, aod your preseuce immediately, as your cousin was dying. You fiow off on your mission wa& 1>t hand, and of course called upon your wife. She at first received me cordially, but when I pro posed that she should fly with mf', to some dlst..:mt laud, she treated me as a vile thing to be spurned from her path. "I gre w enraged; and in a moment terrible fury, I kill e d her-ay, kill e d h e r, Arthur 'rrevor, and when you r eturned from your wild-goose chase, you found your loving wife a corpse and your twin babes gone! "Probably it was the most crnel blow I c :mld have
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    The Buffalo DemGim. 31 ,....-.-----------oo know. Enough it is to say you would prob bly never have found m e hacl it not been for the wild race of three days ago. "Aud my ?" eagerly questioned Arthur Trevor, bending forward. "And my danghter ? echoed Colonel Nesmit, anxiou ly. A sickly smile lit up the visage of Conales Murrillo. "Your daughter, N esmit." he repUed, "ls living, and was borne oil' a prison e r by the Vultures at the time of the attack 011 Los D e s Pumas, togethe r with my own d aughter, Nola. If you find them, wiU you tiara for her as I have kindly cared for ?IO'l.lr child?" "I will," replied the colonel, tears filling his eyes. If God allows me to find tnem, I will treat your chil d as my own I" "l\Iay Heaven bless you I si'."hed Murrillo "13utl what of my children?1 cried the aitist, impatient y ; "you k\ve not told me of them I" "True I I have not, because I would spare you more pail!i_" was the reply. "They are both dead!" Arthur Trevor dre w a long sheath-knife from in under his clothing, a determined fire gleaming in his eyes. "Then you die, as did my poor beautiful wife and chlldrent he exclaimed, fie.rceh, and he l ear,ed forward to ao the t errible wcrk. 'Hold! hold, th:ll'I" shouted old Jack Bulard, ex citedly; "do. n't kill him yit? Jes' hold on er bit till I ex plat ter2 te Then, with his wife on his arm, he drew near and In !Jis rough, homely manner of speech, relate d the occurrence of seventeen years before; all about the finding of the babe s in the swamp; how the f emale bad been reared by them to womanhood; bow they J1ad found a singnlar birth-mark on the dead infant, and the magnificent locket on the little girl. Arthur Trevor put up his knife. "And this female child is living?" he demanded, 'Ayl" cried a voic e back of the crowd, where a iilttle party of horsemen and women had all the while b een attentive listeners" and here she is acre are all of us !'1 Then, when Captain Chris and Guessie, Phil War ren and Inez, anrt Li eutenant Weslyn and Nol a rode out into the scene, the surprises were complete. The rane:ers $pruug to greet their captain; Mr. Trevor received his Ione:-Iost daughter with open arms. and Cohnel N esmit caught pretty Inez to bis breast, while o. a Murrillo tearfully knelt beside the dying' o fcalde, who she h a d n e ver known reall.r was her fathe r. h e haYing R iven Iwr anso, in their midst rode the sturdy little German, Little Ferret. 'The jotmiey was made without inciden t worthy o f m ention, and at last the party brought up in Austin, Here, Warren and Weslyn linked their fates with those of Misses N esmit and Murrillo, anJ an elegant wedding they had. Captain Chris and his affianc e d, however. post. pone u theil' wedding a few months, on account of some l e!Ja l affairs in which the handsome range became mvoiv ed; then they too were wedd e d. Lije, the Leopard, is now in command of the 'ln-Yincibles. i' THE END. THE Sunnysid e :library 1 LALLA llooRH. By Thomas Moore .... . . 10c 2 Do" Juu By Lord Byron .................... 20c 8 PAP..ADISll: LosT. By John Milton ......... . 1 0c 4 THE LAny 01" THE LAKE. By SirWalterScott . ](Jc. 5 LUCILE. By Owen Illeredith . .. .. . . . . .. . lOc 6 UNDINE; or, THE W ATER-SPmIT. From the German ot Friederich De La Motte Fouque .. l lle For sal e by all newsdealers or sent, postage paid on receipt o r t welve ee nts for single numbers, double nuwbers twentyfourcents. ADAMS. VICTOl> AJ'.t;JJ oo .. 98 Willla m street, New Y o rk.

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