Deadwood Dick's double, or, The ghost of Gorgon's Gulch

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Deadwood Dick's double, or, The ghost of Gorgon's Gulch

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Deadwood Dick's double, or, The ghost of Gorgon's Gulch
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Copyright 1879-1886, b7 Beadle & Adams. Entered at New Y ork, N. Y ., as second class matter. Mar.15, 1899. No.30 THE ARTHUR WESTBROOK CO Cleveland, Ohio Vol. III "Ouel git ready, Twol Tbreel balauce .79nelffer&he11 &elld-oft Aud lastjy-'

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l>oFight 1879-1886, by Beadle & Ad a me. Entereo at Pos t omce, New York, N. Y., as seoond class matter. Mar. 1 5 lil11 [Ng.80 1..,. ... THE ARTHUR WESTBROOK CO. Cleveland, Ohi o !?Z I IIT\ hde:x-ad I l' 0 1J .. One I git re&d,y. Twi> I say y e r kittencbisms I Three I balance y e rself f e r the tltral sendol'f And lastly-' Keno!'" ,,.

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Veadwood Dick's Double ....... Deadwood Dl.ck's Double, quietly consid ered that they wers 11.1. tho u g h no public announcement had been mad. to that effect. Young Montag ue had followed the coloni sts all the w a y from Virginia, and the OR, The Ghost of Gorgon's Gulch, A TALE OF WILD-CAT CirY. BY EDWARD L. WHEELER, AUTHOR O F "DEADWOO D DIC K NOVELS, "ROSE BUD ROB" NOVELS, :b:T C., ETC. CHAPTER-I. THE COL ONISTS. THROUG H the dying sunlight o f o n e of Autumn's mos t bean t .iful days, a I< train" o f white-topped prairie '' sc h ooners w ound ehrough a tortuo u s and wild m o untain gulc h, ove r an equ ally r o u g h and rugged s tage road, or trail, drawn by horses tha t l o oked g aunt and weary. There w ere four wago ns, drawn by two teams each; the n there w ere three pe rsons in advance, UI>Qn horseback-a lady and two g entle m e n Each wagon was m anned with a sturdy driver, and tha t t h e r e w e re o t h e r persons beneath the canvas canop y was evident by Ol)Ca sional shouts ofiltllght;er. The trio in advance w ere armed with rifl es but did nof ; appear apprehe nsive of danger, as they rode leisurely alon g . The eldest of the party was Judson Elliott, the leader of the band of colonists, whose pilot he now was; the next eldest was Alf Montague, also one of the party a stalwart, good looking f e llow, aged six-and-twenty, and some twenty "Judge" Elliott's junior. The last was Ethel Elliott, the colonist's daughter, and one of the prettiest,
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Dea.dwooa Dick's Double. 3 valley was another gap similar to that through which our party had entered and this was the continuation o! the Gorgon Gulch trail to the northward. Involuntarily the three colonists drew rein as they arrived at the edge of the valley, and exchanged glances-glances of mingled astonishment and dissatisfaction at the prospect re vealed, Was this the place that they had traveled so 'n!any miles-to rell.Ch? Was this the (said to be) famous Wild-Cat City that they had been led to believe was a village of great promise? It would -seem so Some months before, Judson Elliott, while in New Orleans on busines s, bad encountered a glib-tongued individual who claimed to be a mighty speculator of valuable Western lands. Particularly was he e loquent over one parcel of territory containing a v illage named Wild-Cat City all of which he claimed to owu .. by right of absolute purchase, and was willing to dispose of at reasouable figures, or exchange for Eastern estat.es Elliott was the possessor of a small and not very productive farm in Northern Virginia, and having always had a desire to locate in the booming West, he proposed that the agent take a look at bis land with a view to exchange. The agent did take a look and as a result traded the Cat City tract for the estates of Elliott, Hanson, Warwick and St. Ce!ton, giving them some cash and a deed of o;ne hundred acre s of land each, in exchange for their respective farms. That was the explanation of the formation of the Elliott colony and its-journey westward. The agent had described the land as fair and level a valley as ever the sun shone upon, tree from any obAtructions whatever, and ready for theplow. < "It is just as I expected; we have been sold!" Ethel excl.a.lmed, breakipg the silence. We have left a cosey home for a howling wilder ness!" "By Heaven, you are right," the Judge replied; "but here we i;ire, and mus t make the best of an unenviable situation, instead of crying over spilt milk. I had no idea of being cheated in this manner. Let's ride on to the cabin, and see who is usurping our premises." Accordingly they galloped forward until they reached the great two-story log structure, and drew rein before one great door, over which was a rude sign: CAT CITY CASINO." Two men stood before the door, with hands thrus t in their leathern breeches and grimy clay pipes in their mouths-the one a t.ypical Californian, buckskin clad, with long gaunt features a hook nose, sandy hair and beard and big feet-the other a fat, greasy, flatfaced Chinaman. The garments of each were dirty, their battered white plug hats were perforated numerous ly with bullet holes, and both.were armed to tl1e teeth. There was something sinister in the expres sion of the Californian's countenance, a s our colonists rode up, but he nodded, good-na-turedly, and even condescel\ded to remove bis pipe from his mouth and stare hard at pretty Ethe l. "Good-afternoon," Judge Elliott said, bow ing. Could you tell me if this is the place called Wild-Qat City1" I r ecko n I can,'' the Californian replied. You're right in tber heart o' ther great me tropolis, ef tber old court knows h e rself, an' this hya r ranch of mine, it be ther capitol." "But, my good friend, we were led to sup pose that there was a little village here, with a po-pulati o n of about a half-hundred souls1" "Ken't help thet, pilgrim. Ye kin see ther size o' tcyer city 'th out gittin' up oh the mount ing an' lookin' pver et wi' a spy-glass, an' as ter ther souls I reckon me an' my man Sing Song be about tber lil reliest an' earthliest inhabertants, bein's we're the founders o' ther city as re now parseeve it.,, And do you mean to say that you and your companion are the only inhabitants!" Montaw,e asked. 'We allow we aire," tho Californian aver red, with due self-pride. I'm old Bill Myers, frumCaliforny. We kim down beer an' built the city, all by ourselves, an' wheri et grows a leetle, we calkelate ter be jin't Mayor an' Boss, we do. Ohl Cat. City hain't no New York, ner. Leadville, but et's bound ter blaze, byme-by, Ther stae halts beer fer dinner, on ets way north, an occasionally sum pilgrim smells good liquid paralysis down this way, and stops fer a. sample. So ye r;ee Cat City hain't no dead town yet." "Not half ro -dead as it ought to be," Alf Montague grunted. "How about it, Judgewhat shall we do?" "Stop here,'' was the reply. "We've made our bed, and may as well occupy it. By the way, Mr. Myers, I suppose you can tell me about how many acres of land there is ill this basin!" Some'r)!s about four hundred acres, I al low I" Ahl the n we have not been much dec eived as to the amount of "the land. You see we have purchased this basin, or four hundred acres of it, and have come to take possession. l presume you have no objections!" . "Waal, no, not so long as ye don't disturb me, an' my shanty, h eer. But, I allow mebbe ye won't like to locate, fer all." "In what respect? "Ohl beca'se thar's anuther galoot what claims ownership, an' he makes et red-hot fer 'em as tries ter squat heer. He calls himself Deadwood Dick, an' he's a hard customer ter handle " Oh I I think I have read of the "fellow. A r91J:d-agent, isn't h e!" "Yes, he used ter be, but they say as how he has r eti r e d, now. He claims ter hev staked out this va.Jley fer his own use, an' won't allow nary a usurp." How is it that you are here, then 1" Ob I he see'd et would be an advantage ter hev a howtel, he er.l an' so l e t me plant my ranch fer half o' my pronts. bat's how!" "Well, Mr. Deadwood Dick and our col011o7 must be enemies then, for we shall certainly take

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; Ueaclwood Dick's Double. possession of the tract,'! Judge Elliott said1 de cidedly. 'We traded for it, and w e shall nold it, before the muzzle of the rifle. Alf, you may ride back and hurry up the t.eams We must strike tents y et Perhaps we can get som ething to eat at this tavern? " Most sarte nf$'1 Y y o u can,'' Myers hastened t;o assure. "Jest dism ount the r leddy an' f etch her in. W e've g o t good b'ar-stake, an' fu' st-class whi s ky, an' d on't y o u f ergit it." "You may u s the b e ar-steak, in prefer ence to the whisky,'' the Judg e said gra v e ly. A dismount was made, and Ethe l and her father w ere condu cted into a sort of waitingroom adjoining the b ar-room. The tr.a.in soon a rrived, and the wagons w ere corraled in an o pe n sp ace not far from the Casino, and the w eary horses turned loose to graoo. Tents were then taken from the wagons, and while the women were taken to the Casino, the sturdy colonists began to erec t their temporary homes, until they could have a chanc e to rear permanent structures of a more substantial character. Not long was it ere the white tents were dotted about, and bright camp-fires blazing b e fore tliem, around which the colonists were grouped ,in discussing the prospects of their new homes. Nat a very cheering prospect was it, to say the least, with a howling wilderness surrounding them. Judge Elliott and Ethel stood in the door of the Casino, conversing with the man1/Mye rs, when hoof-
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Deadwood Dick's Double. I tlon of this, and you shall know that Deadwood Dick never commands but to be obeyed, or the offender punished. .. (Signed:) DEADWOOD Drcx." Word for word the Judge the warning; then handed it to Ethel, while he turned to the courier: "You may go, sir, as soon as you choose, and tell this Deadwood Dick that we will not va ca't.e I" he said, sternly. "I have no desire to in cur his enmity-neither am I afraid of him. We have the deeds for the four hundred acres of land in this valley, and we shall hold them at the muzzle of oui;: rifles Go, tell him this, and tell him, also, that be bad better think twice before he attacks us. This is all I have to 5ayin behalf of the colonists." "Koorect! Ther Capt'in shall know yer ref!ly," Carleton replied, with a sinister Jeer. An', by ther way, ye'd better get out yer hymnbooks o' glory, fer we don't ginerally allow mucl:i time for camp-meetin' when we light down on a gang." And with a brutal laugh the avant cawrier dug bis spurs savagely into the sideslof bis horse, and dashed away over the northward trail. The colonists had by this time mostly gathered by the tavern door, and at a request Elliott read the warning of the noted mountam outlaw. There was a murmur of indignation in the crowd when be had 6nished. This is about thil cheekiest thing I've heard of yet," Alf Montague declared. "You colonists gave up your homes in iixcbange for this trnct, and you are fools if you don't fight for it. That's my say, and I can back it to the muzzle. If Deadwood Dick wants war be can have dead. loads of it, so far as I am concerned. Eh I boys--what do you sayl" "Ayl ayl" was the. hearty respon se from a do:r.en throats. "If Deadwood Dick wants war, we'll give him his fill I" "Yes we will!" Judg1> Elliott assented, approvingiy. ''I am not generally in favor of pitched battles, but right is right, mid in fi(?;ht mg for the possession of this gulch, I candidly believe we are but doing right. There are four t.een men of us, s trong and rugged, and I trust that we can give the rival claimant all hewantJ. To-morrow we will build a block-hou5e or fort, :where we can better protect ourselves." Ten miles up Gorgon's Gulch, to the nortn of Cat Cityl a simple !lld unpretentious cabin stood in a litt e clearing on the mountain-side. The clearing was planted with garden vt>getables, with here and there a bed of cultivated flowers. A little vine-wreathed porch shaded the single door; a little path led tbrongh the wood to the stage trail a score of rods below; a bubbling mountain brook gurgled down across the clear ing through its pebbly channel, with musical vehemence. It was a cosey, pretty spot for a home-a place where two lovmg, contented hearts mig.ht dwell and dwell, and never know the pains or cares of ti bustling, restless world. Upon the bright sunny morning of the day following the colonists' arrival at Cat City, a young o f pretty face and form stood in the doorway of the isolated cabin, in a listening attitude That she was expecting some one was evident, for she started forward with a little ,joy ous cry as a horseman suddenly dashed from tho woods and across the clearing to the door, where he drew rein and leaped from the saddle, to receive her into his arms. A handsome fellow he was, at a glance, with a smooth face and dusky eyes, which corresponded in color with his garments, which were black, from the top-boots upon his feet, to the jaunty slouch hat upon l:iiS head. Dick I Dick I I am so glad you cillne, tQ.day, for I wa.S getting so with no one to talk to, the little woman saia, returning his warm caress. Tell me, did you succeed in your easer' ....._ Of course, ma petite Edith the new-comer replied, leading the way into the cabin. Did you ever know Phineas Pqrter to lose a case he undertook? The missing money had been stolen by a step-son who of course had a woman in the case." "And now, you will stay at home with me llver so long, before you 150 away again, won't you'I" Edith said, coaxmgly. "If you but knew how lonely it is when you're gone, you'd not go away." "I dare say it is, denr, and I would be with you ever, were it not tor my calling." "Give up that calling, then. Thereareothers, in :plenty, to .fill your _place." Perhaps so, but I do not think you understand my nature, even yet, darling. I could not exist without excitement. It has been the one demand of my past life, as it must be of the future. -when I have plenty of excitement, I am at home; when excitement flags, I am dull and stupid. Since J left road-agency, though firmly resolved to quiet down, I have found it a tough struggle, and were it not fer what littl& I do in the detective line, I should expire, I fear. This is not because I do not love youindeed no, for you are the sweetest treasure of my life, Edith. But you know I have l;>een wild and untamed so long that restlessness bas grown t-0 be a second nature to me." I suvpoe you are right, my husband, but -bnt-'' and here the little gfrl-wife broke down, and sohbtd as if her heart would break. "There! there, dou't cry, please don't," Deadwood Dick said, gatherini:; her to bis breast. I ha.ye but one more case-then, if you say so, I will not l eave you again." "Ohl Dick! will you r e ally, truly'I I should be so muc h happier!" and Edith's prettY. eyes brightened wonderfully. "What other caile is this of which you speak'I" "One in which the knife and revolv(lr will have to take the place of the cunning and craft of the detective, I fear," Deadwood Dick re plied grimly. "I just got news, at Turkey Canyon this morning-, to look out fol' myself. Some thirsting for notoriety, bas bitched onto my tij;le, and under the name of Dick, is committing numerous of a criminal character, thereby Impenlmg my safety." "Ohl Dick! What will become of youf The

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8 Deadwood Dick's Double, people will think it is you, instead of the double of !,ours, and your safety will be gone." Perhaps, yes But, whe n they catch the Old Original napping, it will be time to fear. This Doubl e as you have appropriately termed him, is the very man I must seek, and induce to relinquish the use of my title. I will hunt him do"l?(Il as I would a bear, at\d slay him if he re f uses to exonerate me from all blame. No doubt there will be need for me to li e low as I am pretty generally known as Deadwood Dick, and an effort may be made to take me Y o u have nothing to f ear, hqwever, as no one will disturb you, and you need not fear but what I can take care of myself. You are not afraid to remain h ere alone for a few days, are you? "No, Dickb not if it is necessary that I should do so Old aggers will stay with me, and I shall not be afraid." "True, is a faithful noble dog, and worth his weight in gold. Where is the old fellow !" and putting his flug-ers to his lips, Dead wood Diok gave vent to a sb.(ill whis tle. A moment later a great shaggy mastiff of unusual size came bounding into the room. At sight of Deadwood Dick h e gave a joyful bark, and rising upon his hind feet he walked forward, and placing his front paws affectionately about the ex-chief's neck, and rubbing his n ose against his master's h ead lt was an act of almost human affecti<;>n\ and tears sprung into Dick's eyes, as he patrea the noble animal softly Noble fellow I" be murmured; "yo u are in deed a true friend. With two such lovin g pets as you and -Edith, any man might well be happy. But I must not tarry longer. I must away to bunt down my Double. Be h e a giant or a d ev il he must drop my name and repair the injury h e i s doing me-or die!" "Bravo, husband! Your words I enthusi astically echo. As Deadwood Di c k-you are a free man, and therefore let 110 one stain your name again." "Nor will I. Here, my boy; do you see your mistress yonder!" The Sagacious mastiff wagged his tail in as-sent. "\7ell, now I am going away, to be gone som e time. What will you do when I am away, o l d fellow!" Leaving Di_ck's side, the dog went over to where Edith was standing, and seai..3d hims elf upon his haunc hes in front of br,,r showing bis long, pearly teeth, and uttering a growl as be did so. Deadwood Dick r ose with a smilo. "No need for m e to r emain lon ger, Edith, dear, when you have so brave a defend e r. Take care of yourself, now, and if you see any one approaching the cabin, close and b a r the door. A kiss, pet, and then I am off to trail myDoublie." Edith vouchsafed the toke n of affection cheer fully, and then after holdin11; her-for a moment in his arms, Deadwood Dick left the cabin. His horse was waitin11; him at the door, and be vaulted into the saddle with the same ease as when1 a few years before, he had held full sway as Prmoe of the Deadwood Trail. "By-by, darling!" b e cried, waving his h!tiid; do not fear for me, nor for yourself, for I do not thi.nk;any one will seek to disturb you." "'I hope not. By-by!" Edith returned and then he galloped away across the glade, and was soon l ost to view in the woods below. "'Poor Dick,'' the little wife murmured "Will his life ever be free from peril! It would see m not. Hardly does h e cast aside one obstruction or dange r before anoth!'lr m e naces him. But, brave as the bravest, he battles on. Noble Dick. I lov e him more and more every day!" And cast your affection upon a worthless, roving vagabond," a cool voice exc l aimed, and a man stepped from around one corner of the cal)in with a l ow l augh. Edith stepped back with a little cry of alarm, for she r ecognized the sinister foe.., as that be l onging to one of the most notorious ruffians in the region::-and that man Chris Carleton-the li eutenant of Deadwood Di ck's Double. CHAPTER III. THE FIRST BLOW. BRIGHT and early in the morning of the day succeeding their arrival at Cat City, the colo ni sts were up, and t o work, with a will. The ring of the ax and the echo of the hammer, together with the zum-zum of the saw and the shouts of stentorian voices, were h eard in the valley. Men were hurrying to and fro; others were f e lling the great pines; others still were dragging them forth from the forest, with the aid of horses. Everywhere were bootle and activity, and signs that civilization had struck Cat City and Gorgon Gulch. B efore n oon the unmistakable shape aqd forma tion of a stanch log fortress began to loom up, not over a score of rods distant from the Casino, and by early sunset, through the united efforts of. the plucky co l ottists, a t wo-story structure, sixty by a hundred feet, with a thatched and slab roof, stoOO. frowning d own upon the stage trail, ready for occupancy. T o be sure there was no floor in it, and but a rude chimney, and the cr.acks and c r ev i ces had not been artistically plastered; but for all these deficiencies it offered a protec tive shelter to the colonists. And they proceeded to take possession of it forthwith. The wagons were unpacked of the effects that had been along-each containing a few pieces of furmtureJ bedding, and housekeeping essentials-and saia effects were mov e d into the fort, to be distributed around by busy f eminine hands, while men corraled the wagons in thq, rear of the fort, and secured the horses for tba night in one end of the l ong structure, which had been divided off for their accommodation. Whe n all was arrange d to general satisfaction the colonists ge.thered b efore the door o f their fort, and s ent up three l oud l ong cheers that awoke a thousand startled echoes throughout the v a ll e y. Hurrah I" Alf Montague cried, enthusias tically. "Send along your Deadwoqd. Dick, now, if he wants to fight. We'll guarantee to give him all he wants, too. By the way, boys, what are we going to name our fortl A name

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D eadwood Dick's Double. 7 llhe must ha-ve, or we shall not be lucky. What shall it "Name her Fort Ethe l," Fred St. Celton said "in honor of our gallant lead er's daughter." "Ayl ayl that's the talk-Fort Ethel it is," the colonists agreed, with one exce ption, Rnd be the darkfaced fell ow who had joined the colony in Kansas-Lew l,1ons I don't see it!' be gn:nted. "The t ain't a high-soundin' title enough fer a fcrt. Give et s u m big name like Fort F ortune or Fire b rand. " See here," Royc e Elliot cried, "what do you mean? Do you cast a slur at my sister, you pilgrim? If that's your game, I'll break every bone in your body I t had been ebservable that Lyons had been pay'.ng considerable attention to Ethe l in the last few days, aud having become unpleasantly familiar, she bad twice repulsed him, since when he had b ee n moody and silent-a black shadow, as it were, in the cheerful party. Royce Elliott, ever watchful, had note
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Deadwood Dick's l>oubie Royce had been a prime favorite with all, and his sudden death was a shock not easily to be put aside. Alf Montague and Lyons were the coolest men of the lot. Montague was deeply grieved, but his was the grief that found expression in grave silence.' Lyons did not appear to be in the least affected but sat in a retired corner and cleaned his rIBe, while the others were weeping over the oold remains. Old Bill Myers and bis companion came over from the) Casino and viewed the corpse. "Ye can set et down as ther fnrst blow o' thet cuss, Deadwood Dick," he said to Montague in an undertone. "Ken ye find how he wasflJ.koffr' "No. There is no signs .of wounds or vio lence to be found upon his persop." Mighty queer about thet. Found him cluss to the spring, did ye'i'' "Yes-not a dozen feet from it." "Have any of ye d.unk water frum it since ye found himr' "No." "Then don't ye, jest yet. Mebbe thet ar' water has been ''Poisoned?'' ontague gasped. "Yas, p'izen d. I've heerd o' sech things bein' done afore now, an' I reckon Deadwood Dick ain't purtickle r how he gits rid o' ye." Heaven! perhaps you are right. This thing must be investigated before there are any more victims." The young colonist quickly communicated the suspicion of old Bill ]\fyers to the others, who were of course surprised, and yet saw a likeli hood in the suggestion. Young Hanson was immediately sent for some of the water of the spring, in order that it might be analyzed. Fred St. Calton was a chemist, and declared that he could soon tell whether the water had been poisoned or not. In the meantime, while.J\fontague and Tom St. Celton were r emoving the body of poor Royc e to a bedha paper dropped from his pocket, which was t e key to the mystery. Upon it, in letters of blood, were written the words: "Poisonl-my First Blow-tremb l e for the second! DEADWOOD DICJtl" That was all, but it explaied the ,cause of Royce's death, in accordance with Myers 's sus picion We must return to the day before, when we l eft Edith, the wife of the original Dead wood Dick, confronted by the ruffian, Chris Carleton. She was not frightened-only startled by his sudden appearance. What do you mean. by this intrusion, sir9'' she demanded, bravely, for she kne'1 him by name, she could form no idea of what errand could have brought him hence. "What do I mean1" Carletorl demanded, pausing and thrusting his hands in his breeches pocket"S, with a leer upon his evil visage "Well, aow, if ye really wani to know, I've cum down to talk bizness to ye while Deadwood Dick's away. Ye see I've had several of ye o' late, when ive been prowlin around, and I've gone dead sot on ye, fer a fact. So I come down here, ter-day, ter get ye ter onhitch from Dick, as it war, an' hitch onto me." "Sir! do you mean to in sult me1'' Edith criedil flushing angrily. "Begone, sir, or I will ye for mv husband. It is not too late to make him heartl "Ye can yell as much as ye please." Carleton assured, grinlly. "I don't care a cussed continental about yer lovey-dovey Dicky/ you bet. Yure ther I'm after, an I'll make et !?lain ter ye thet I'm all fair an' squar'. I don t mean ter insult ye, but purpose ter hev ye shake Dickey, fer myself. I'm a good sort o' pilgrim, an' hev tuk a notion tbet ye'd make a fine arnament ter my shanty. Tharfore, when ye're readl:, we'll go over an' get married at Blind-Mans mine." "Nol we will notf' Edith declared. "You've entirely miscalculated, if it was your plan to come here and frighten me, for I'm not a bit ,scared." "Ohl you ain't, eh1" admiringly. "Well, you're a spunkey little piece, an' all the more valuable for it. Cum l on yer tor.s an' prepare to go along with me. 'bon't stand there waiting until I do, Edith r eturned, coo1ly. "And, by the way, it you value your anatomy very highly, I should advise you to pull out, lively, before I set my do!!: on yon." 't Is he savager' !.You probably will 1l.nd out, if you don't take l eg -bail for security. Daggers, do you see that ruffian? .How would you like to chaw him1" The dog wagged its tail appreciatively, and uttered a low growl. You see-he is willing to make a meal of yoef." Edith continued, "and unless you are out of inside of five minutes, I'll set him onto you.' "Fer true?" "Stay and see!" \ '' Cuss ye. I cum prepared ter take ye along wi' me, an' I ain't a-goin' ter give up. I'll shoot therdog." Then I'll shoot you while you are shooting the dog." The ruffian swore frightfully. He saw that there was no show for him except to ignomini ou sly retreat. "Neve r mind! Ye hold ther trump card, now, but I'll beat it yet," he growled, as he be gan to back ofl', for he evidently had no relish for the dog. I'll cum back, sum other time, and maybe when ye ain'texpectin'me. Fer I've sworn t.er possess ye, and I ain't a-goin' back on mywordl" He then turned and strode rapidly away, swearing at every step. Edith re-entered her cabin home and closed the door, satisfied with having baftl.ed the ruftl.an's evil plot. CHAPTER IV. THE GHOST OF ROYCE ELLIOTT. FR0111 bitter grief the feelings of the colonisUI turned to sternest indignation. And whyshould theynott

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Dick's Double. A t.err:ible blow bad been struck them, through one of their number, and that blow from the band of a foresworn enemy I Poison, too, bad been used-that most silent and deadly agency of the coward assassin. Rad Reyae Ellio1't fallen by the shot of a rifle or tb.e stab of a sword, his friends would not have been nearly so b.orrified, as they would then have believed be died defending himself. The spring water was soon brought, a .nd Fred St. Celtop made an examination of it, as well as he was able witm. what few "tools" he bad brought witb. him from the East. The sprig has been dosed with arsenic," be said, aft.9r awhile1 "and it is cer tain death to him who drinks rrom it." Then, t(lke warning, and drink none of the water," Montague warned. "Nol don't tech. ther pesky stuff," Bill Myers advised. "Ef ye git thirsty, jest waltz over to the Casino, an' tbar ye ken git three fingers o' paralysis fer a doller-ther best articl.'twixt beer an' Washington; ain't et, Singer?" "Mucbee goodee fire-water," Sing Song agreed, smacking his lips. Something must be done to po0r Royce's death/' Alf Montague :Are we going to stana idle, and let an assassin pick off our best m e n? By no means! We must strike back to the death I" "Truly spoken,'' St. Celton responde d with an approving nod. "vYe must fight this Deadwood Dick with red-bot irons. We must meet ingenuity with ingenuity, craft with craft, and brute force with brute force. Otherwise, we shall be defeated, in spite of ourselves. But all thi.s action must be postponed until poor Royce is buried. And that wil1 needs be" soon, for you will observe that bis body is bloating even after death, and mortification will soon set in." Montague gently apprised the judge and Ethel of this fact, and it was decided to bury the re mains at s unset, that same day, as when night once more set in it was apprehended that D ead wood Dick would fill the valley with bis merciless agents, and there might be no chance to give the murdered boy a decent interment for several days. A pretty spot was selected in the edge of the wood, within sight and gunshot of the fort, and during the afternoon the colonists dug a grave there, and a coffin was fashioned by chiseling out a trolll!;h-shaped receptacle from the body of a thick pine Jog. The body was then placed in this, a short but eloquent funeral service was read by Mr. St. Celton, after which the mourners took a farewell look at the corpse, and the rude coffin was closed by nailing a slab over the aperture, upon which the loving hand0 of Alf Montague had chiseled the word: t "ROYCE." Just as the sun was dipping its fiery crest over the western mountain ridge, tb.;i remains were borne from the fort to the newly dug grave, and after an earnest prayer, were covered forever from view, amid the sobs of ivief-stricken father and sister and the surrounding colonists. It was a discouraging blow to their hopes and ambition, but the strong determination of Alf 'Montague ra-nerved them all, and instilled into the)r hearts the will to stay and tight it out to the bitter end. Guards were posted for the night, and every preparation made tio repel an attack should one come. Even Old :Bill Myers appeared uneasy, and closed bis oabiB e!!rly in the evening and put out the lights. Tom St. Celton a:nd Will Hansdn went on guard duty, in the close vicinity of the cabin. Both were brave, stalwart sons of old Virginia, .aged twenty-two and three respectiv ely-boys who loved adventure, and had never known what it was to fear. The night was very dark, although the great deme of the heavens glitt.ered like a coronet of priceless diamonds. The bla.ckness seemed to hover c!Oll!l to the earth, and it was impossible to see any distance before one's face. About midnight, while pacing to and fro in front of the fort, Tom St. Celton chanced to glance in the direction of Royce Elliott's grave, down by the edge of the forest, and to bis unbounded surprise and horror, saw a sight that sent a chill of dread and tenor down the spine of bis back. Beneath the tree where Royce's grave had been located, stood a horseman, in the blackness of the moonless night. Not ordinary horseman, or St. Celton could never have seen it, from the fort, on account of the gloom-not an ordinary horseman but a spectacle so frightful as to have unnerv;i the strongest disbeliever in the supernatural. A white horse, and a white clad rider surrounded by a strange, weird halo of wbitiSh light, stood there beneath the shelter of the tree, silent and ghostlike, and the face of the spectral rider, as P.lainly perceptible to St. Celton was exactiy like the deathly face of Royce Elliot, the eyes being closed, and the lips slightly pal'ted, the same as when they had laid him away in his rude coffin. Tom S t. Celton uttered a horrified tion, and hastily aroused young Hanson, who was dozing in the doorway of the fort. F
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10 Deadwood Dicks Double. mortal could be when we buried him. Montague, for Heaven's sake, tell me what you think." "I don't know what to think," the young man replied. "That is certainly Royce's face, or we are all in a horrible nightmare. Hand me my rifl e some o f you. I'll soon test the matter, beyond doubt." "No! n o you must not shoot. You would arouse those within the fort. It would not do to l e t Ethe l or the Judge see this sight, nearly distracted as they are. W e must keep matter a secret between ourselves." "You are right; I did not think of them, .Montagu e assented. "Ahl l ook y'ond,.rl" They had been gazing toward the fort an instant while speaking, and on l ooking again in the direction of the fores t, they perceived, to their astonishment, that their specter had vanished! Gone, and left n o trace behind to tell of its sudde n flight. '('1, and stalked awav, swearing mildly. 'l'hat night they filled up chock full o f Myers's "I\quid paralysis." and howled around the tav ern in hig h revelry until sunrise, when they made their appearance, armed with their wea pons and mining implement. "Wbat do you propose doin[I:, gentlemen1'' St. Celton, the elder, asked. as tl,iey were about UI set off down into the heart of the basin. "Oh, we're goin' ter dig fer grubs ter g o

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Dea.dwood D ick s DoublP. 11 a-fishin' wi'," J ones replied, wJ.th aleer, at which the others laughed, significantly. After they bad gone, St. Celton, Sr., shook bis head, doubtingly. I don't quite like this business," be said. "It looks to me as if this was a little game of Dead wood Dick's origin, to get bis men into the valley without our knowledge, so that he will be better prepared to fight us." "True! it does savor that way," Judge Elliott assented, and when those fellows return, we'd best order them away." But what if they refuse to go?" "Then, we ll take charge of them." Nothing more was seen of them, however, until noon, when the man, Allen, came from the woods and departed on the northward stage. An hour later, when the southward stage pass ed, the giant, Jones, was seen to emerge from the woods and board it. That left in the valley, out of the three, only Gray, a sharp-eyed little Missourian. The colonists had watched the movements not a little anxiously, for they felt that something was brooding of importance. Look out for an invasion, now!" Alf Montague warned as be saw Jones depart. "Those fellows baye disccvrred gold in this valley, mark my word for it, and they mean to bring back a gang of roughs with them big enough in numhers to take and bold the land I" "W shall "See about that," Fred St. Celton ,caid, a little fiercely. "Perhaps it is just possi b l e that two can {>lay at that game I" DHAPTER V. A 'qJLLAINOUS PROPOSAL. "WHAT do you mean?" Montague asked, "I will show you," Fred replied, tightening up bis belt. Fetch me a horse, some one, and I will ride to the nearest town and bring back a gang of miners who will fight for us!" "That won't dot" J1!Qge Elliot replied-" not if we can avoid 1t. We would simply have to give up our lands in either case. There is, I be lieve, a better plan for us to pursue. Myers has been telling me that this Deadwood Dick lives upon the stage trail, about ten miles from here, and thatbe bas a pretty wife, of whom be is passionately fond. Now, if we could capture her and bring her here as .a prisoner, I fancy that we could manage Mr. Dead wood Dick just about as we please "It's a capital idea," assented, eagerly. "Deadwood Dick's wife once in our power, we will b,ave him boiled down fine-that lS, if be cares anything for her." Myers avers that be does care very much for her, and rather than that she should suffer, he would, undoubted l y, suspend hostilities." "But surely papa1 Y01'.,'YOuld not think of harming her?" Ethel anxiously -That depends somewhat upon cncum stances," the Virginian replied1 a little sternly. "If the road-agent devil persist in annoying us and killing our men, either her life or bis must pal. forfeit." 'Who will volunteer to go and fetch the wo man!" asked. "The sooner we can get her here the b!'tter. as I imagin e tomonow will see a change in lhe situation of affairs." I will go, for one," Fred St. Celton respo nded I only want a couple of others to accompany me, as three can handle a woman better than a dozen." Young Hanson and W aFWick finally volun teered to go, and it was dec i ded to start at once, as night was drawing on, and it would be safer The swift.est horses were accordingly selected, and their feet muffled; then vaulting into the saddles, the three colonists were off After they bad gone, the remaining colonists made preparations for another night's watch. About sunset Chris Carleton rode into the valley and dismounted befo r e the Casino, with. as much coolness as though he wero not an outlaw and a member of Deadwood Dick's band. Entering the tavern, be drank deeply of Myers's whisky, when be left the place, and mounting, rode over t-0 the fort. Judge Elliott and Montague were standing in the doorway as he rode up watching bis move ments, for they were resolved if necessary, to protect the interests of the colony by shooting hrm. 'Evenin'," Carleton grunted, as be yanked bis horse to a standstill. "Bin a fine day, ain't it?" "The day has been pleasant," the.Judge re plied, stiffly, resolved to keep bis temper and wrath in abeyance as long as possible, despite the great loss be bad su:ll'ered. How d'ye make it jibe?" the outlaw de manded, coolly twisting the ends of his mus tache. "Gettin' most reddy ter vamoose!" By no means, sir. If you came here to test us, you can go away knowing that we will fight for this valley as long as we have a grain of powder, an ounce of lead, or a drop of lifeblood " Waal, that ain't percisely what I cum feEt" the ruffian replied, with a peculiar grin. l'. e see et kinder 'peared ter me like as ef ye bed ther best side o' this question fer a pistolic de bate, an' I cum down ter see ef we cou l dn't strike a bargain." I do not know about that, sir. There is none of us that owes you any good will, and we should advise you to keep away. Well, ef ye'd rutber bev my enmity than my friendship, jest say so, an' ye ken have dead'. loads of et." "We crave for neither, sir-simply for peace ful possession," the Judge said, decidedly' . "Neow, that's tber very thing w'ot I want, too," Carleton assured. "1 tell ye what, ef ye don't make terms wi' me ye're losin' ye r last chance o' winnin' the game. Before sunrnt ter morrer, thar'll be over a hundred men, wimmen an' children here in tiJis valley who'd obey Deadwood Dick's very beck an' nod. Then ye ken't say yer yer own. Yer only bops inter view jest now. Ef ye make terms, I bev ther powe r ter check the stampede into this valley. Ef n oti.J:har'll be lively times b eer an tber basin will llll wi' spilt blood!" Do your worst, we fear not," Montague

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Deadwood Dick's Double. cried. Carry the word back to your chief tliat we defy him." "But, bold! First let us hear this fellow's t.erms," J1 ; L lge Elliott said. "Perhaps they will be such that we may accept them." Now ye tork bizness, '' Carleton n verred. I ain't no swine, an' I !!Jlow I know w'at's er t'air shake as well as ther next one. An' so ef ye'll dig ther wax outer yer ears, an' listen, I'll t.ell ye w'ot I'll do. Et depends m.uchly on me whether ye hold valley or not. I kin stop 'the influx o' Dead wood Dick's men, or I kin in qease 'em, a hundred fold. My terms are that ;tou will each give me ten acres off o' yer farms, where they corn.,r in the middle o' this basin give 'em to me as my own, rightful property an' thet you, Jedge, shell give me over thet darter o' yours, ter fill my shanty as Mrs. Chris "By heaven! I'd see you at the further end f the fort-a mournful, snarling sound that ,adville. He then dropped u pon a).!-fours ann crept care fully back to the edge of the basin, where he paused.

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Deadwood Dick's Double. 18 A skirting fringe of bushes ran from the I He was the coolest, always, when danger mouth, around the eastern side of the mountain's menaced, and the best prepared to cope with base, to the northern continuation of the gulch. odds. He finally, by crawling upon his stomach, He perceived that the little Missourian bad gained the protection of this cover, which was him "covered by his weapons, and that resist precisely what he most desired; he the n crept ance was, for the time being, u,tterly useless. on; upon his hands and knees, until he gained a Still, he resolved to hold parley for awhile, in position among the foothills, directly opposite hopes, Micawberliket that something woulI believe there are persons in the poked yer nose down this way, an' you bet I depths of thm; forest yet, and I'm going to sat-mind like an angel" isfy on the p'int, if I have to run the risk "I perceive you do. But I don't see' what of my life." your pardner can want with me." He accordingly crept down from the foothills "Ohl Ye'll find thet out when he comes t.oward the heart of the valley, which was along wi' ther Capt'inan' ther rest o' ther gang." thickly timbered with pine and spruce ever"Then you belong to Deadwood Dick's infernal greens. crew, do you1" Montague demanded. With the stealth and caution of a skilled "It does me proud to announce that I do," trailer he moved on until he had arrived near Gray declared, with a chuckle. the center of the forest, where he paused. "Then you're the precise I'm anxious Before him lay a little glade that he had ter tackle I" a strange voice cried, and to the surnever seen before, across wllich ran a little pFise of both, a new-comer stepped in upon stream of water. the scene, and covered" the Missourian with a Near this was built a rude hut of limbs and cocked revolver fully as dangerous-looking a1 brush, thatched over with moss, leaves and his own. grasses-a hastily arranged affair at the best. Not a man, mind you, but a woman, young Montague paused in tne edge of the glade as and comely-a strange creature, attired inf! motionless as a phantom-P.Bused and gM.ed semi-male hunting suit, consisting of frin and listened to ascertain if any person was breeches, top boots, long hunting-shirt, an a within the rude hut. jaunty straw hat upon her head. But patience finally became exhausted, for In face. she was han<>Wdering. Her the little creek babbled noisily over its graTelly eyes were dark and .penetratmg, and a great bed; the insects of the forest droned and chirped abundance of yellow hair was frizzed and puffed as usual and the birds sung musically, but not n. upon her head and forehead, and fell in waves sound or sight of human presence greeted the upon her shoulders. watcher. She was armed with weapons of the latest im" I've half a notion to go forward and take a proved patterns-a rifle slung behind her back, r.e:'P into that shebang, anyhow," he muttered. a revolver and knife in her belt, and the revolver 'I sha'n't more than get salivated, as they say, in her grasp. for my cheek, and the satisfaction of one's curi-In her left hand she carried a small leather osity ought to compensate for the pangs of one sachel. bullet. I guess I'm mistaken about there being Steadily did she level her weapon at the heart invaders in the gulch1 if this hut has any sig-of the Missourian, and in a 'way tlmt meant nificance : It was prooably built by that Gray, business. Jones and Allen." "You jest drap the..t patent perforators o' Ye'r' darned right thar, pardner, 'J a cool yours, ef ye don't want meter plug ye wi' a slug voice exclaimed, and, wheeling around, Montafrum my Krupp gun, beer I" she advised, coolly. gue found the little Missourian, Gray t standing "Thes hyar high-handed leetle game o' youm close behind with a pair of formiaahle six-don't work wu'th a Canadian copper; an' as I'm shooters in his grasp, already cock00. "Ye'r' a Regulator an' Adjuster on my own hook, I darned right thar, old an' senee ye've cum opineef ye don't mind right peart; I'll prepare down ter visit us, I opine 1 shall oblige yer ter ye fer a leetle hole in ther ground. accept my hospitality ontil ther rest_, o' ther "Who the deuce are you'I'' the .gang arrives. My name's Gil Gray, an' I'm a growled, before the magnetic deadly l;horougbbred. Drop yer weepons, or I'll puncgaze of.the strange girl-for she was little else, turate ye I" apparen+ly-and allowing his weapons to drop CHAPTER VI. SLIPPERY SAL APPEARS. MONTAGUE clearly saw that he had run him self into a fut, but did not propose to cry aoou.t it.. fro m a level with Montague's heart. You hain't got no bizness t.er lip in an' stick yer: paw in mypuddin'I" Mebbe not, but when I hain't got no liberty i allus manufacter a supply, ye see. Ef ye want my cog, et's Slippery Sal Slocum, an' don't yv

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Deadwood -Diek's Double. fergit it. Ever hear o' me? I'm a hull circus, ari' part o' a pernaggerie when ye git me waked up, sure. Come! sling away theni weapons, I sa!/' Mebbe I will, an' mebbe I won't1 Gray snarled. "What do you intend to do with me!" Hang you, on course," Sal assured. "You'll lend a band wont you, pilgrim!" turning to Montar,ie. "I don't know, the colonist replied, rather dubiously. The art of han?ing has never been one o' my accomplishments.' Bah! thet don't make no difference:' Ye ken't learn any younger, an' ef ye 're goin' ter squat around ther diggin's, yer ken't put yer waste time ter better purpose than practicin' on sech ornery skunks as this. After ye git yer band in, it's fun. Remember poor Rgyce Elliott, and don't crawfish fer a few compunkshuns, nohow." "Bet a burro 7e won't hang me," the Missourian growled. Listen! some o' ther boys are comin'I" Then, that settles your fate, you cussed ruf fian!" Slippery Sal cried, with sudden (?;rimness, and the next instant her weapon twice spoke forth its fury. Gray uttered an exclamation of pain and rage and dropped-npt dead, but mortally wounded. At the same time there were a dozen rifle reports, the sound of vindioti ve yelli, and a volley of bullets whistled through the glade. Montague uttered a faint groan. Slippery Sal looked, saw him fall, and knew that he Wall wounded. Th9 outlaw companions of the Missourian now burst into the valley, a score or more, with frightful yells and oaths. Sli{'pery Sal uttered a strange, wi,ld, almost devilish laugh, and bounding forward in the face of the oncoming ruffians, seize1 Montague and raising him from the groun!l,, across her shoul ders. she sprung oll, into the deeper forest, with the fteetness of a fawn. Utt.ering discordant yells of vengeance the outlaws dashed away in hot pursuit, but al thoiigb strong and and unincumbered, they were no match for this strange female An accustomed runner, evidently, was she, for she kept on with'rapid bounds, despite her burden, the heft of which caused the roses to spring vividly into her fair cheeks. Th:rough th!l. forest she went bounding and leaping like a hunted fox-over fallen trees, through briers andbushes, bravely bearing the wounded colonist out of danger. At last she burst from the forest, and a few bounds brought her to the fort the door of 'which was open to receive her with her hurden. Just as abe entered the fort, the outlaws burst fyom the timber, but on seeing that sbe bad escaped them, they beat a hasty retreat, out of siliht. Oh I what has happened to Alf?" Ethel Elliott demanded, in distress, &S Slippery Sal coolly un Montague from her shoulder, and laid him upon a couch of straw. Is be dead-killed 1 Oil! Alfi Alfi" "No, be ain't dead nor killed, I reckon," the eccentric girl repliedJ mtb a little laugh, bnt I'll allow he'd a-got nashed-up purty lively by them toughs, ef et hadn't been for a gal o' about my statt.er an' amiability. My name's Sal Slocum,"leddies an' gentlemen, ef ye wanter know-Slippery Sal, fer short, an' I'm allus on my muscle, ready fer a skewrup. Heerd ye needed recruits, down beer and thort I'd cum down an' show my hand. anything to eat?" "Of course we have, and you shall have all you want of such as we have, because you saved Alf I" Ethel declared. And the rest of the colonists warmly wel .. corned the odd strauger, who had risked her OWIJj life to save that of Montague, who was not seriously wounded-a bullet in either leg being his only disabling hurts. Slippery Sal soon proved that she knew bow to make herself at home, and that she was not a 'bit bashful. Moreover, she was tonguey and witty, and her prer.ence was the means of, in a measure, cheering the colonists out of the gloomy state they were gradually settling into. Though bold and eccentric, her actions were not censurable, and she soon was respected and admired by all within the fort, but was equally a puzzle to them. She could sing, or dance, or joke, upon an i.l!l stat's waii:iing, and yet, at tl.mes a sudden wave of thoughtfulness would seem to sreal over her, an:l tbus she would remain until the clo u d .lift ed. a few minutes later. Fred St. Celton's band bad not yet returned with the wife of Deadwood Dick, and considera ble anxiety was felt lest they had been entrapped or ambushed by the outlaws, and either 1-.li:en prisoners or massacred. When asked her opinion about the matier, after an explanation had been made to her, Slippery Sal shook her head. Don't allow they've see'd any trouble from tber gang, 'cause they've bin byar in the valley since last midnight, or at least a sheer o' 'em. What a.ire ye goin' ter fetch Deadwood Dick's wife here for'I'' "She is to be our prisoner. We are goinoo to use her to protect ourselves with. Either this Deadwood Dick must withdraw bis claim. from the valley and cease bis hostilities, or we shall be compelled to bold bis wife as a hostage." plan won't work," Slippery Sal said. "When you deal w'+,h the genuine Deadwood Dick, you deal with a ge-.itleman of honor, and a. man who fears neither le!ler-man or devil." One would infer that you do not believe our present enemy to be the genuine Deadwood Dick," the Judge said, in some surprise. That's about the size of et, yes. I've heerd tell on ther real Deadwood Dick, an' I'll allow be don't head a gang o' cut-throats. now. This feller who's claimin' the gulch ain't the gen uine." "I cannot believe that. Deadwood Dick bas a. hard reputation, and it is said, never lets human life stand in the way of bis ambition.' SliJJpl'ry Sam turned away. she said. Night drew on and began to close in over the gulch basin. With its approach caml'"fires be gan to gleam here and there on the edge of the eastern forest.

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Deadwood Dick' Double. Montague, supporled by a pair of bastily formed crutches, watched them from the door of the fort, in company. with the Judge and Ethel, and several others among whom Slippery Sal was prominent. I don't believe but what we'll see trouble tonight," tile young colonist replied, in answer to an inquiry for his opinion. "The devils have got possassion of the timber, and can worry us if they try." "Yes, they've got tber dead-wood on ye, but that ain't no reason why they shed lick, if ye plat, yer keerds sharp," was Sal's opinion. How do you mean 1" "Oh! I ken't tell ye, jest yet, ye know, but take my word fer et, thar'll be a red-hot chance ag'in' them invaders by anj by.'' This was all that was said just then, for General" Elliott, as Sal had christened him, gave orders for closing the fort. It was decided not to post a guard upon the outside of the building, owing to the tragic fate of the two St. Celton boys. Slippery Sal and Judge Elliott volunteered to keep a wat{!h within the fort, and give the alarm should any suspicious sights or sounds be heard. ghostly horseman by the edge of the forest, snr rounded by the mysterious halo of light. Plainly perceptible to those at the fort, the face was an exact counterpart of what young Elliott's face had been in life, except that th& eyes were now closed, and there was an unearth' ly pallor upon the fratwes. Transfixed with horror, the colonists gazed at the frightful spectacle in mute silence. There was something so very terrible In the thought of Royce Elliott's coming kck to haunt them, that they could but stand and gaze in speechless horror. Montague and Slippery Sal were the coolest ones of the lot. Montague was not so greatly agitated as when he had seen it before, and as for the Girl Sport, she was perfectly cool, as she gazed keenly at the spectral apparition. Lew Lyons was the. first to speak. "Curse the thing!" he gasped, white with terror, as he reached for his rifle. I'll tbat ghost, or waste my lead, one or the other I He raised his rifle to bis shoulder and took aim, but Slippery Sal suddenly sprung forward and knocked the weapon out of range. "Cheese it!" she said, authoritatively. "Don't you dare to fire, ef ye don't wanter die!" The Girl Sport. as she characterized herself, was a person of keen sense and judgment, deCHAPTER VII. spite her strangeness of V' ord and manner, and ED ITH HARR I I!!. gave little bits of advice, occasionally, in reBUSINESS was there in the words of Slippery gard to different things, that showed that she Sal, and although it was in the mind of Lyons bad had experience-that hers was an old he.ad to disobey her, he hesitated, and flinched before upon young shoulders. the deadlY.. gaze that came from her midnight The Judge took more than a usual interest orbs. in her, evidently, for be frequently drew her "What the bang's the difference to you, what into conversation, and his eyes were upon her, I do?" he demanded, with a savage growl. when she was present. "A good bit Sal replied, coolly. Ye But Slippery Sal failed to notice this, evident don't shute that not if I kin help it-fer ly, for she treated one and all alike, with the two reasons .Fu st: I've got a purtickler river exception of Lew Lyons. ance fer speerits an' ghosts; an' seckont---know To him she seemed to take an instant aver-in' well ye couldn't tech yonder appantion, ye'd sion, which, however, was not singular as none better keep yer fire, fer thar'll be fightin' ter do, of the colonists were particularly fond of him, afore daybreak. Them words down thar ain't or his society. so dull an' gloomy fer nothing, bet yer dirty Lyons did not appear to care particularly socks on that!" and if he meditated mischief, he was "The girl is right," the senior St. Celton deby being closely watched. clared, approvingly. "Nothing can be gained About midnight, when Judge Elliot had step-by wasting powder on yonder thing, he it spirit, ped without the fort-for a moment, Slippery Sal man or devil My dear Elliott, what in the crossed over to whert> Lyons was lymg, and name of Heaven can -it be! Do you think it is peered down sharply into his face. The man was the ghost of your dead son!" evidently sound asleep, and the Girl Sport had "Yes! yes!" the Judge groe ned, huskily, "it is opportunity to closely inspect his face without his ghost come back to haunt me. Oh I God, bis knowing it. what have I ever done to merit this blow!" "I thought I had soen him before, when I "Do not take this matter to he.art so, Judge1 came bere, but guess I'm mistaken," she mused Montague sa.id, hobbling forward upon his as she finally turned away and went back to her crutches. "If yonder Gpecter is indeed a spirit 'Vigil. from the other world, I am stJre it does not At this instantJudgeE!liott came rushing into come to haunt us for any particular sin, but is the fort in a state of great excitement. sent as a warning of danger, and also to watch "Wake up! wake up-all of you!" he cried, for our welfare. I have seen the thing once bewildly-" wake up, for God's sake, and tell me fore, together with young Hanson, and Tom and that lam dreaming, or am I going mad!. A Fred St. CE>lton, but refrained from mentioning 1 ghostRoyce Royce! my dead boy!" the fact, lest it should give you undue anxiety One by one the colonists collected by the and trouble." Judge's side, and followed the line of his pointed "Seel see!" Slippery. Sal cried, pointing arm down into the basin, where the grave of I down into the basin excitedly. Royce Elliot had been made. words are rig\tt. It comeR as a warnin' dut'l\ There they saw what Montague, Hanson and my cats it don't! Seel it bolds iJoft Ir the St. Cel5ow! bad seen the night before-the llarale.:r,"

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Deadwood Dlek's Double. They all looked, to find that it was even so. The right arm of the spect.er had suddenly stretched out from the shoulder, and the hand an illuminated banner, on which was mscribed in letters of fire, which shone brightly into the night, the following words: "Look out I Danger I Be firm f' That and nothing more. -Then, after a moment, the apparition sudden ly oogan to fade from view, untiJ/it was quite lost from although it did not seem to move from tne one side where it had first ap peared. When it was gone there was a general sigh of relief among tM colonists, as they turned back into the fort. The Judge and Ethel had in a measure conquered their agitation, but were and silent, which showed that tho sight of tlie specter had aft'ected them more than was apparent. There was no sleep in the little fort for the remainder of that night, nevertheless the ghost did not make its appearance. Toward daybreak hoof-strokes were heard and it was d!soovered that Fred St. Celton and his party were approaching the fort. The door was thrown open as soon as they arrived, and they were heartily welcomed. Mounted upon an extra horse was Edith, the pretty wife of Deadwood Dick, now looking pale and fatigued. Close beside her horse the big mastiff, Old Daggers, kept vigilant watch of hismistress, as much as to say: "Look outl If you harm her, woo be unto you I" "Here we arel" Fred St. Celton cried, as he rode up and slipped from the saddle. "We corraled the game after a while, and induced her to come. And as tired and hungry as dogs are we." A genenll dismount was made, and Edith was conducted into the cabin, closely followed by the dog. Y 6u want to look out for her," Fred St. Celton said. "She prot.ests the cuss who claims the valley isn't her husband, the true Ril'hard, and claims we are doing her a great injustice by her here as a prisoner." "And so I dol" Edith cried, indignantly. "You are all a set of cowards, o.r you would 1100k the man who is harming you, instead of causing trouble to one whom you wrongfully deem to be a ruffian's wife." We don't wish to harm you, ma'am, if we can belp it, but we must use you as a shield to protect ourselves against the villainous onslaughts of Deadwood Dick," the Judge saidj gravely, but kindly. But you are wrong. My husband is not of ferin g you the least harm." "Ahl I cannot credit that, ma'am. You claim to be Deadwood Dick's wife." Y esJ I do and am proud of being so." "Ana this man who aspires to drive us from Cat City Gulch, announces himself as Deadwood Dick. So you see we are not wrong." But it is not the original Deadwood Dick, I say," Edith declared1 tears of vexation and i dignation standing in her eyes. "lt is,. so im))OStor who has stolen my husband's notoriety, anil fs using it to a devilish purpose. My hu&band is even now absent in search of the US1lJ'o per of his name to unmask him I" "I dare say so the Judge replied, with a quiet smile of disbeli e f. I am sorry to say that I cannot yet put faith in your protest, and shall have to hold you as a hostage. Will you promise to suiy here peaceably, without attemptmg to escape, or shall we be obliged to confine you!'' You can do as you please. I shall escape at the first opportunity, and you'd bette r lock Ut> your weapons where I cannot g e t hold of for your lives will answer for this indignity, l! I r.et free." In that case, we shall take care to not permit you to do us harm," the i{udge said. "I have a pair of handcuffs among my effects. They will just abOut fit you I guess." "Say, Jedge, ar' them the ones you wore when ye escaped from the penetentiary!" Slip pery Sal demanded with a quizzical dryness. "Undoubt;edly," the Judge replied, smiling, at which there was a general laugh. The handcuffs with a long slim chain attached were soon found. The latter, being Jong enough, was removed, and after being seeured about her waist, was fastened to the wall. The handcuffs were also placed upon her wrists, and she was indeed a prisoner. She Sllbmitted without further argument bus the .Hash of her orbs evidenced the fact that she was greatly incensed at the indignity put upon her. Daggers, the big mastiff, watched the pro with a sullen look and a growl of dis satisfaction, and seemed to be anxiously waiting for an invitation on the part of his mistress to wage a battle with tho offending colonists. Great were the horror and grief of Fred St. Oelton, when he learned-of the terrible death of bis two younger brothers. And the gla.lices that were tumeci-iipon the fair prisoner, as the ghastly crime was discussed, were anything 'but promising to her future welfare. Indeed, were they to be blamed for thirsting for vengeance upon theruftlan who was the cause of all these deaths! The dog, Daggers, lay down before his mistress as a sort of protective guard; yet he gazed keerif y at Slippery Sal, a8 if'believmg that she was a friend. Finally he arose witih a whine and croesing the ftoor to where she was sittlt;g, sat npon his haunches, and looked wistfully up int.o her face. Git cut, you purr I" she exclaimed, making a motion at him with a stick of wood, at which he slunk back to Edith and lay down. I nevyer was parlial ter dorgs, nohow. They're 'most allus troubled wi' fteaootomy, or sum skh ailment." Banished though he was, Daggers was nos wholly abashed, for he continued to eye Slippery Sal drowsily. Morning at last dawns&., '!Vlthout any hostile movement having 'bf,,,u made by the ruffians who were concealed in the forest. This was not according to the expect.aid.on o1 the oolonists, and consequently they were p zled.

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Deadwood Dick's Double. l'f What was the cause' If tleadwooct Dick. meant to fight for posses sion of the gulch, why did he not institute proceedingf! Or had he concluded to hold the. wooded por tion, and allow the colonists to retain the ground they already occupied! These and many other conjectures agitated the minds of those within the fort. Shortly after sunrise, a band of horsem e n numbering a dozen. all told, rode into the valley from the northern gap, and took to the woods. They were headed by a masked leader in black, and this man the settlers immediately decidej was Deadwood Di ck. "That explains the reason why we have not been attacked before," Montague said. "Now look out for warm times." The settlers, by Judge Elliott's order, kept closely within the fort, as from tloe edge of the timbe r a rifle-shot, well aimed, could kill a man standing in front of the b uilding, so that they were obliged to use the western window as a mode of egress. Food was now becoming alarmingly scarce, the;re being barely enough obtainable for an other meal. A consultation was h eld as to the best means of supplying the larder, 1'.mt none could be de vised. 'to leave the fort in search of game was not practicable, inasmup h as there was great danger m so doing. And there was no other source, as Myers had refused to part with any more, from bis larder. "Perhaps we can at least send by the stages for the supply we need,'' Montague suggested. "But1 where's the money to come from!" the Judge aemanded. "We all deposited <;mr cash in the bank at Leadville, and I doubt if there are five dollars among the crowd." "Ef ye want spodulicks, jest call on me," Slippery Sal said, slapping her hand upon her breeches pocket, witb a smile. "I've made ml: pile, you bet,. and you sha'n't starve ef et s f money ye want. But let me put a in yer ear, Jedge-don't ye harm that lettle woman over yander, ef ye don't want me ter skulp ther l bull top o' your head off, I'm tellin' ye." "You mean Dead wood Dick's wife!" Of course I do." Why do you interfe1 e in her bebalff Is she not the wife of a notorious outlaw, whose crimes are known from the Atlantic to the PaciflcP' "Tbet don't make!" Sal declared. "Ef I was ther wife o' ther
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18 Deadwood Dick' Double. ri. perceptible tremor to his arm as he raised and I ticular incident, except when on the arrival of 1 cocked his weapon. the southward-bound stage a sufficient purse was "Cum! ain't ye nevyer goin' ter git ready!" raised to send to Leadville for a small supply of Sal demanded. "I'm in a hurry to decide my fl.our, salt and beef. futur' course o' proceed in's an' ef it don't make About sunset, however, several of the outlaws no difference ter you, I'd motion the t ye be were discovered in the edge of the forest, and sum'at live:iP,r-jest to make the thing interest-Judge Elliott sent Fred St. Celton with a flag of in1 ." truce and a message to Deadwood Dick to ascerI'm 'redtly," Lyons said. "How we goin' tain if a confab could be arranged. ter get ther start oil'!" Half-way between the fort aud the forest the I ll tell ye a plan thet's jest as fair fer one colonist went, u.ncl. then paused to see if a truce as 'tis fer t'other, ner tbar ain't a goose's ounce fla$ would b e sent. out from the other side. o' shinnanigan about et. We'll both lay flat 1n a few minutes a man rode forth, upon upon ther ground, on our backs, wi' our heads horseback, with a handkerchief tied to bis rifle a-techin'. The n, when I yell' keno,' ther first barrel, and approached the spot where Fred who kin spring inter a position f e r a shot is ther bad halted. He was masked; and clad in black, best f eller, an' scoo ps ther deck. What d'ye and armed with 11. liberal supply of belt weasay! pons "I'm agreeable. I've see'd et tried before." When he had arrived within hailing distance, "Then drop!" he r e ined in his horse, and bowed, waiting, evi-Tbey did drop, both flat upon the ground, on dently, for St. Celton to speak. their backs, with their arms stretched out, and Which he was not afraiq to do. their heads toucllli1g Do I behold in you, Deadwood Dick, the Tbet's the r kind," Slippery Sal declaredii rival claimant for this valley!" he demanded, from h e r positio n "Ye know ther shape ye' coolly. l..ty in yer co'.fin now, pilgrim. How d'ye feel, "You dot" was the r eply. in a hoarse tone. jest about this time!" "And likewise the author of the ghastly "The same us before," Lyons growled. crimes committed against three of our colony!" "An' ye wante1 become my last earthly ail"The same," the outlaw replied . ment, eh!" "You are a heartless wretch, tbep," St. "I'll kill you at was the assurance. cried, fiercely, "and hanging is too good a death "Then, git reddy. .M.ebbe ye'll for you to die. Do you propose to continue your my system wi' y e r cuds o' affeckshun an meb-villainous persecutions?' be, ag'inbye won't. Mebbe I ain't an iron-clad, "I do. The gulch.is rightfully mine. I came an' meb e I am. One! git ready. Two! say hereandstakeditout,andinthisregionweallow y e r prayers an' yer kittenchisms, an' ask par-tbat he who gets first possession is owner. You dinll,. Thre9! balance yerself fer the final send-came here, evidently swindled by some sharper, off, an' prnpare to cross Jordan afoot; and lastly and took possession without any right whatever. -'keno I'" I ordered you off and you refused to go--0.efied That was the signal-the fatal word that was ni e Consequently, you have reaped someoftha t o start the due l, and decide the fates of the two consequences, but not all, for if you persist in re coucerned. n;iaining in the gulch, you shall all die-every And they were ready-waiting for it, that they one of you!" mio-ht triumph "Then we will die!" Fred St. Celton cried, fyons made a lightning effort to raise himself, hotly. "We won't be bulldozed out of ourrights and suc ceeded but before he could face around by a f e llow of your lawless stamp. This is not to get a shot, Slippery Sal had whopped over what I came to say, however. Ihavehere a pa upon her face-a move the man from Kansas per from our Judge.Elliott, which will, I had not tho ught of-and the next instant her think, explain itseJ.I." revolver spoke out spitefully. He extended the document in his hand, and With a -groin Lyons back, the blood Deadwood Dick's Double rode forward, and re-spurting from a hole in his side. ceived it. He then rode off at a proper distance "C!ll'se .voul" he gasped ; "finish the job, and. and perused it. put me out of my misery." It seemed to give him considerable surprise, "No! l won't do ennything like ith" Sal replied. for he went over it a second time. "My name's Sil Slocum, no slouc an' I ain't It ran as follows: no Injine t e r scal p a cuss after I've lamed him, an' don't ye ferget it. I'm a-goin' ter leave ye "DEADWOOD DrcK: Sm-Inasmuch as you have de heer, an' ef ye want ter kick ther bucket, kick clared yours e lf om enemy, and have foully dealt away. Ef ye conclude to recover, it's yer with three of our party, when they bad harmed blesSOOpri v ele
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Deadwood Dick's Double, 19 Afmr perusing tbEJ notice the second outlaw turned to St. Celton: I will consider the substance of this," he said gravely. "In case I agree, I suppose my wife will be turned over to m e!" "Exactly. When you have sworn to the ful fillment of the things specified in that document, Edith Harris shall be turned over into your possession, and you shall be given ten minutes to ?et out of J "ange of our rifles." Very well. I will reflect and report at my convenience I" the outlaw rephed, as he whee led his horse and gaJ.!oped back toward the timber. Fred St. Celton returned to the fort, and re ported the result of the interview . I think be will come to terms," Judge Elliott declared. "But if be don't he shall find that we shall carry out our threat to the letter." Edith had been apprise d of the plan; and received it without a word; but when she l earned from Montague that there was a likelihood of her heing given over to the outlaw, a frightened expression came into her eyes. "For Heave n's sake, sir, do not give me over to that murderous wretch, whoever he may bet" she cried, piteoUS!y. "Kill me outright, rather than that,.for he is not my husband, and my fate in his power would make a hundred deaths preferable to me." That would not help us, Mrs. Harris, to kill you, when there is a possibility of secUPing peace by giving you over. I pity and sympa thize with you, secretly, but have no power to act in your behalf. All the others, except .Ethel, second the Judge's plan, and the majority of course rules in such a case as this." Then yon.. would not see me thus made the subject of a bargain, but for the others-a horrible trade-the sacrifice of a weak woman to an unholy ruffian, to secure peace! Edith said, tears standing in her eyes. "Indeed I would not. If the outlaw is really :v.ot your husband, it ia ail inhuman outrage to trade you into bis power1 even to secure peace. I would fight against sucn a thing with my last breath!" Thank you 1 thank you 1 Your words show that you, at least, have a heart. Never mind Let them barter if they will. Perhaps I can from the other captor easier." I trust and hope you can,'' Montague said, earnestly. He and Ethel alone were in favor of giving Deadwook Dick's wife her freedom, but, of course, could carry little argument against the rest, who, smarting undl'r the blows of the gulch outlaw were prejudiced against her whom they fu'uy believed to be bis wife. Night drf'lw on, and spread her mantle over all objects within the mountain locked land: still no sign was seen from the forest of the return of Dead wood Dick. A fierce storm was brooding alr;ng the eastern horizon, and gradually spread its blac k vailover the great dome above, the fierc e roll of the thunder, and the spiteful lightning predicting that it was to be no mild afl'air Myers and the Chinaman, who had kept pretty closely housed since the adven. t of the QUtlaws into the valley, came over to the fort, just at dusk, and asked tJ0rmission to stay tbArA over night, and were not refused, as the Californian appeared friendly, and as yet had shown no sign of treachery. Fred St. C elton volunteered to go upon guard duty alone, and was so allowed. 1 About ten o'clo c k in the evening all turned in for the night, and he was left to look after the safety of the fort. As the storm had not yet burst, he remained out of doors, and kept watc h lest prowlel"!I should get near, for he was troublPd with a fear that an attack would be made by the outlaw$!'> But the hours dragged by until it was after midnight, yet no attack, and as it was beginning to sprinkle he turned to enter the fort, when he saw something ahead in the darkness, that caused him to halt abruptly. Two gleaming balls of fire the y were, about the size of a pair of eyes, but he could see no outlines of h ead or face, and was unable to d etl'rmine whether they belonged to a man or beast. Doubtful as to the practicability of adv11no ing, he stood still in his tracks, and gazed stead ily at the gleaming, fiery orbs, that seemed to have in themselves a mocking, triumphant ex pression. And the more he at them the more h!' felt like gazing at them-a strange, ecstatic feel ing seemed laying hold upon him. Was it a trance, or what1 There he stood, while the rain-drops began to patter down, faster and faster-stood rigid and silent, leaning partly upon his rifle, not so muC'h as a muscle in his body appearing to move while his gaze continued steadfastly riveWd upon the two gleaming orb3 that shone out of the darkness. Finally they began to grow nearer and nearer; Slow was their approach, yet steadyi until at last the owner, a masked man, loomea. out of the clarkness and stood within a foot of the colonist. A man clad in black garments, with a mask over his eyes, the lower part of his countenance being exposed to view. A moment his fiery eyes gazed into those of the-colonist-then he waved bis gloved right hand before his face in several gesticulations none of which Fred St. Celton seemed to notice. Then, with a chuckle, the masked man passed on, and into the open doorway of the fort, Fred having left t he door unlatched. Upon the threshold the. masked stranger paused, and peered into the great apartment before him, wliich was dimly lighted by a siDgle candle. Evident it was that he prefened to look before he leaped. The apartment was a large one, and the col onists and their families occupied beds dotted about here and there-those old-fashioned, cur tain beds, which belonged to the days of our ancestors. Therefore, while the prowler could see the curtain bedsteads, he ceuld not see the occu pants. He listened several minutes, but as he heard only the suppressed breathing he sePmed re'as. 11....a.. and stepped softly into the cabin-fort.

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10 Deadwood Dick' Double. A glance showed him where Edith Harris was con.fined, and he stole to'\.a.rd her with cau-tious st.eps. -She waa lying upon a hastily improvised couch that bad been furnished her, and was evidently asleep. Not so with the great mastiff', Daggers. He arose promptly to his feet from a position besid e the couch, and snift'ed the air inquiringly. The n be wagged his tail familiarly, as if he recognized the intruder. "'Sb! Dag, old boy!" the masked man whis pered. Lay down, and be quiet. As if fully understanding the words addressed to him1 the dog obeyed; then the night prowler stole rorward and bent over the recumbent form of Edith, as she lay in slumber! But in case the Double comes to take advantafie of their oft'orr' 'G<> with him, the same as if you knew it were I, and take assurance in the fact that Il your husband, so directed you," Deadwooa Dick said. "I will do as you have told me," Edith re plied, trying to be very brave, although the t.ears would spring into her eyes. Of course you will, my pet, and now good by until you see me a,gain, which I trust will not be a long time hence;' he said, kissing her, and receiving in return her loving caress. The n he turned to leave the fort, but stopped short, with a stifted exclamation of disappomt ment, for not a dozen yards away stood Tom St. Celton, holding a lighted candle in one band, and a cocked revolver in the other, the CHAPTER IX. latter being leveled at the breast of the ex-road A CASE OF MESMERISM AND A WOMAN'S WIT. Prinee. EDITH t Edith!" A triumphant smile was upon the face of the It was the voice of the stranger hushed to colonist1 and he stood coolly gazing at Deada whisper, that called. wood Dick, with the air of one who had gained The sleeper aroused with a start, and wobathe complete mastery, as he imagined he bad, bly would have soreamed at sight of th over the famous outlaw. So he thought, but speaker but for his motioned injunction for her he reckoned wrongly. to be silent, accompanied by hasty, .whispered Scarce were the men who had ever been sucwords. C08Sful in holdin!!; Deadwood Dick long in a.bey" 'Sh! don't a.la.rm the others. 'Tis I, Dicka.nee to their will, and Tom St. Celton was no your husband!" exception to ihe rule, burly and strong though "Ohl thank Heaven!" Edith breathed in rehe was. lief. "I see now1 Daggers knows you, and The very fact that he stood gazing triumph-would permit no otner man to approach." a.ntly at bis supposed captured game, was "True. Daggers is a faithful friend and' prowhere be lost, for tba eyes of Deadwood Dick t.ector," DeadwOod Dick returned, in the same met his in a steady gaze, and aft.er a moment, iroarded tone. "Tell me when you were .brought feeling a strange 110nsation stealing over him, liere and what for?" b e found it literally impossible to overcome the Btlitb accordingly narrated, in as few words fascination of the gleaming orbs of the ex-roadas possible, what is already known to the reader a.gent. -how she had been captured as a shield against Rigid he ip-ew in his tracks, vacancy of ex tbe pseudo Deadwood Dick, and the prol>'JSed pression taking the place of brilliancy in his barter that was to be made. eyes. Then Deadwood Dick stepped forward, "Curee them!" the ex-Prince of the Road il.nd waved his hand in front of his face, and muttered, fiercely. "I would be their Tom St. Celton was eft'ectually done for, for the but t.bey are taking the wrong course to win m,r time being, althOqgh he looked grim and danfriendship. I scarcely know what to do in this gerous, as he stobd positioned in the middle of case." 6.oor in a warlike attitude. "Free m!>. my husband, and let's 6.ee from "Weapons keener than daggers have I," this spot!" suggested, eagerly. Deadwood Dick whisfl'3red, triumphantly, as he "No, I cannot do that. It would not be the glided back to kiss Edith once more. Be of square tbil!g. These colonists hold you and good cheer, now, and I'll be on hand again, by treat you as a prisoner of war, and, under the and-by." they do right, as they deem you Then be turned and st.ole from the fort--0ut to be my wife, and me the outlaw who is giving into the pouring night, with its crashing, pound them so much trouble. Do they treat you reing thunder, and its livid lightning. spectfully?" As he passed the spot where Fred St. Calton "Yes, I am treated civiUy, aitbougb with two yet stood, he passed his hand several times beexceptions, I am regarded sternly and unpity-fore his eyes. and then darted on into the in?,lY." stormy t going to take me with youlmade his escape. mv husband?'' Although in a trance1 Fred had bee.n aware "Not now,_ pet. We a.re miles from our that some figure had filtted past him into the homet and I would have no place to take you. fort, and no sooner did he recovAr sufficiently You had best remain here, for the present. If than he dashed out of the rain, into the great they to kill {on, be of brave heart in room, to eee if all was right. the that will be near and ready to Then he saw Tom St. Celton standing in the m!_ddle of the 11.oor, J:iolding a candle iJl Oll8

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Deadwciod Dick' Double. band, and a revolver in t h e other, the latt.er aimed at Edith Harris, who sat pale and aw& stricken, upon the edge of her couch, with the bif. dog, sitting close beside her. 'Hello!" Frea air.claimed, as he beheld the flight-" what the 1Jeuce does this mean1 What ii.re you up t.o, Tom, old boy1" No answer. Poor Tom was incapable of.moving even his tongue. Thinking it queer, Fred approached nearer, and slapped him on the s houlder. "I say;, hang it, why don't you answei:. a fellowf What the blaztoS are you doing, standing here pointing your pist.ol at the prisoner?" Still Thomas continued to gaze straight at Edith, in a vacaht way, not moving so much as a muscle, or paying the least att.ention t.o Fred's words or presence. "Well, may I be kicked if this ain't mighty queer," the young man mutt.ered. "He appears to be awake, and yet is as mum as a deaf crab. I wonder if I can't bring him to his senses." putting his lips in the region of Tom's left ear, he gave vent to an ear-splitting yell. But it had no effect, except to arouse the whole fort, the men hru.1ily; putting in an appearance, while tht> females peeped in alarm from their curlainecd beds. "What under tbe h eavens is the matter, Fred.1" the senior St. Celt.on demanded, as heapproached, in company with the others. "That's precisely what I'd like to know, myself," was the reply. "Just look at Tom standing here, as if struck dumb. You can't get a confounded word '.'Ut of him, to save your life " I can explain what may seem t.o you a mys t.ery, if you will allow me!" Edith said, speaking from her place of confinement, in a tone that all could 'hear. "The gentleman you call Tom is mesmerized, and all your efforts to arouse him will be unavailing, unless you understand how to do it. "How came he mesmerized?" Judge Elliott demanded, sternly. "That is easily explained," Edith replied, coolly. "My husband, the original and genuine Deadwood Dick, is possessed of wonderful mes meri c power, and bas it in his power to put any person int.o a trance whose eye he cnn catch in a steady gaze, and whose mind is weaker than his own. He came here to see me to-night, whi le you were slumbering, and as be was about to depart yonder personage blocked bis path in the exact attitude you see him nbw, and was thus mesmerized." But how did this marvelous husband of :yours effect an enj;rance to tbe forW' the Judge. demanded, with a frown. Fred, you perhaps can best answer this question!" "I don't know," the young co lonist answered. I believe I was mesmerized, too, when I come to think of it. I rememb<>r of seeing a pair of eyes staring at me out of t)J.e darkness, but suddenly forgot all about it, except that I felt mighty funny. I also rl'memhor seeing som& thing like a man's figure by me toward the fort, but bad no power or inclination to give chase. A little whileago I awoke to find myself standing out r,onder. 1 .. ...,..ut of the fort, in Ii drenching rain. ,, You were undoubtedly mesmerized, too, but my husband probably passed you o u t of the trance when he took his deyarture," Edith added. "This is the strangest piece of business I ever heard of," Judge Elliott deelared, angrily. You stat.e that all our efforts to restore this young man to consciousness will be of no avail, do you!" "I do, unless you have the proper directions. H e would not live l ong in that state." "Where will we seek these directions.; then'!" I could tel! you bow to do it, if 1 chose," Edith replied, coolly. "1\!y husband taught me once, that I Il).ight know." Then t.ell us at once. It will not do to let him remain thus." "Mr. Elliott, you !\old my life in your hands, and propose to use me to what.ever purpose may best serve you, even if you have to kill me. Tell me is this not so1" 1You have undoubtedly struck close to the truthi yes," the Judge replied. "You being the wife of a bloody-handed, outlawed ruffian, you cannot expect to have much respect or mercy shollVII you." "Exactly," Edith replied, pale, but very calm. I supposed that was how you regarded me. I am a prisoner of wa!.; and you hold my life at your disposal. l'. onder, helples.'lly, stands another prisoner, whose life I hold at m11 disposal Thus the case is pretty even, I believe!" The colonists exchanged glances. They saw that it was as Edith bad intimated-they had not all the power on their side. Surely you would not let this young man die in this condition, when you could easily save him?'' Judge Elliott said, er.deavoring to the point. Surely you will not let me dfo or fall into the power of a ruthless wretch whom you are afraid to battle except by doubtful stratagem,'' Edith returned, coolly. The matt.er is broad as it 1s long sir, and I think, upon reflection, that you will conclude that it is advisable to come to me for t.erms, since the tables have turned half-way." ''Well, what t.ermsdoyou propose!" the Judge demanded, vexed that his plan should be thus baffied by a woman, and a very young one at that. I will t.ell you,'' Edith r eplied, calmly. I have been thinking the matt.er over, and think a -better plan can be arranged. If this man who calls himself Deadwood Dick comes for me, you are to say.that I am not willing to go with,.'him except on different t.erms--tbat be must first prove himSE1lf capa)Jle of taking care of me by fij?;hting a rluel. One of you must fight with him, or if you are all cowards, and timid about fronting him, free my hands, and I will meet him myself. In this way you can provide for peace, without sacrificing my life, or putting me in the power of that ruffian. For unless be kills his oppommt, I amnot to be given up to him, and yet be is to grant you peaceful pos session of this valley." But, ther11 will no one volunt.eei' to fight this ruffian I" Then I cannot save the life of the entralloell

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Deadwood Dick's Double. colonist," Edith said, firmly. "You have no mercy for me, and I must force you to have, or. elae you must l ose one of your members. This is final I" The o f course was not favorably received by the colonists, but it appeared to be the only chance for saving Tom l:lt. Celton's life. Montague and Ethel were both secretly pleas ed, but refrained from expressing tbn of both," the Judge ex plained. "All well. I will m eet your man in dvel, wiLh that understanding : if I tau, I am to withdraw my men, and all claim upon the valleyif he falls, I am to have positive and undisputed pos s ess ion of the valley, and of my wife, Edith, whom I d"larJy prize And so saying, the outlaw waved his hand fu the air, and a moment later a party of hon... meu rode from the forest toward the fort... a dozen, all told, uiasked well-mounted, and well armed. As they drew near, the colonists drew weapons\ suspiciously, but the assnrne
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Deadwood Dick' Double. 28 of distance and position, and let's get to business." "Very well. A hundred yards apart, face to face, will do me," Fred said, quite as calmly as his opponent. Accordingly the distance was measured-fifty yards along the stage-trail in each direc tion, from directly in front of the fort door: At her expressed 1lesire, Edith Harris was allowed to come without the fort, Montagne and Ethel .keeping her company. When all was in 'readiness, the two duelists drew their weapons, and walked to the respec tive ends of their line, where they faced about, preparatory for business. The settlers bad also drawn their weapons as had the companion outlaws of the bogus Dead wood Dicli:, eac h party seeming to suspect the other of premeditated treachery. "Now, then, get r eady, gentlemen," Judge Elliot crioo, stepping forw.<1rd. "At the word 'Go,' you will both fire. It is not necessai-y that yow aim should be deadly, but one or the other must fall from the efl'ect of wounds, ere the ca.e can be d ec ided." "Kerectl and I'm thcr gal as _hain't afeard ter bet my head thet St. Celton wins. He's a nervy cuss, you bet, an' et takes a hull horse ter git around him, an' d on't ye mind et. Ef I war goin' ter stack my chips on either o' them galoots I'd say ther outlaw is a-goin' ter git scoo;:;;;J fer every consarned cent he's worth." Get ready 1),1 cried the Judge, and the cocked weapons of the duelists came to a level. Both men were apparently cool-not a perceptible si!jp of agitation or fear did either evince. 'One! two! three!" counted the Judge, in measured tones. Go !" Instantaneously the weapons of the duelists rung out clear and spiteful, but neither man left his tracks, although the outlaw flinched a trifle. -"Hurrah! ther furst fusilade didn't drap a UJaD!" 1::5lippery Sal cried. "Not a pilgrim! But thet ain't nothin'. See'd a duel oncet, over in Nevada, whar two cusses stud an' away at each other fer a hull half a day an' nevyer drew a ounce o' blood An' now, ef we're goin' ter hev a repetition o' thet affair, I argy thet we sail in an' firush up ter suit our own complexion." One -two -three I Go !" again cried the and as before, pjstols cracked sharply. Still neither party fell, although it was St. Celj;on's turn, this time to flinch slightly. Cum I cum I f e r H eaving's sake, don't k ee p us in suspense!" Sal cried, impatiently. "Jest open an artery, so we kin see ther red. Ef ye don't, we shall all die of ennui!" "Yes, gentlemen, please be brief in this mattert" Judge Elliott added. "It is no child's play, a.na the socner decicted the better." Then, after a moment, for the third time came the order: "One-two-three! Go!" And for the third time the weapons shot forth a tiny flash of fire, and the bullet wended forth on its deadly mission, while a shudder ran through the little knot of co l onists For there seemed to be the sound of death in the erack of the weapon. A moment both men stood defiantly erect after tbe exchange of shots-then, with a stifled curse the pseudo Deadwood Dick dropped forward upon his face, while a loud cheer burst from the ltps of the colonists at their victory. A movement on their part to approach the fallen outlaw was checked by the leader of the mounted ruffians-a burly f e llow, whose voice sounded alike to that of Bob Jones. "Rold up!" he commanded, riding forward, with the others at hli; brels. 'l'he up, and thet's all ye've got trr do about et. We'll take keer o' ther Capt'in an' ye needn't bother yersel's!" "Very well," Elliott said. "We've won, and shall expect your early evacuation of the valley." "'!'hat's jest as the Capt'in sez." was the re ply; then the outlaws raised tho wounded outlaw, and carried him away in the direction of the forest to the east, whil e the co lom sts turned t.o look after Fred St. Celtou, who i...ad drawn near, only a couple of slight flesh wounds 'the worse for his encounter. "You did nobly, my boy!" Judge Elliott exclaimed, warmly gra> ping his bands, as did the others. ''But for you V. c s .. ould have been in honor to ghe up the valley which you have clearfy won for "And I want to "lhnnk the gentli>man for so bravely preservi:rfg me frQm a most terrible fate,' Edith Harris added, coming forward, and touching Fred's band, r e verently. "But for your success, sir, I sh o uld now be in tho power of a ruthless wretch, who regards n eithe r the laws of God nor man." "I am glad that I was abl e to so serve you lady,'' St. Celton said, gallantly; "but. unl ess I guess wrongly, we have n o t seen the lost of the ruffian and his band. Foiled in bis attempt to kill me and get possess io n not only of you but of the valley, be is not the man to bark off, as long as he bas a foot of ground to stand up on.'' Then you think he will not keep his promise, by vacating, eh1" Judge Elliott demanded. "I am almos t sure of it. He is as evil at heart as a man well can bc1 and if I mistake not, he will now resort to otner means to gain sole possession of this valley, which undoubtedly is rich in mineral wealth." Fred St. Celton's vi ews were shared by Mon tagne and several others; consequently, Judge EIJiot gave order, for all to keep closely within the fort, until it was known for certain what course the outlaws were going to.adopt. If they broke their promise by continuing to occupy the valley, it was the determination of the colonists to resist to the bitter end. By the noon stage Montague was dispatched to Leadville for a fre<'h supply of ammunition and provisions, and in the mean time, those re maining at the fort kept c lore within doors, and on the watch for hostil e movements. But, night drew on1 and no sign of them was seen, except the smo1re of c amp-fires that rose above the trees in the basin. "Don't ye fergit it, you'll not see em leave the valley yet," s,,1 averred, "an' I reckon it behooves me, in t!:wr interest o' humanity, t.o explorate an' see w'at 'em CUSEa> ar'

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Deadwood Dick's Double. doin'. Bo, ef ye need me, all ye'll hev t.er do will be ter screech 'Sall' an' I'll be on deck I" And then, taking her gun, she departed. The night sbado:)VS were hovering dense and W.-k over the valley, when we penetrate the deep forest, and arrive at the outlaws' camp, consisting of a large rude cabin, hastily erected, with a large bonfire blazing in front of it, and a corral, near by, for the horsdS. Inside the cabin the outlaws werer.ongregated -some were rolled in their blankets near the fl.re; others were gambling and drinking; some were reading and some were cleaning their weapons Their captain was pacing to and fro, a dark expression abolit bis mouth, and coming from hill eyes that gleamed through the holes in his mask. That be was not sorely wounded was evident, for bis stride was strong and his movements elastic. Without a word to those gathered around him, he continued to pace to and other outlaw entered the cabi n, the mud upon his garments t.elling that he was but re.iently from the saddle. "Hal Davis.J! it you?" the chief demanded I am glad. w nat n ews brings you from the old camp, up the Tortoise, for it tjlere I would hear!" 11 Tl!-e news is not of a pleasant nature, Captain," Davis replied, unbelting himse lf. 11 The sheriff and his posse have cleaned the place out, and only two of the boys escaped with their lives." "Furies! this is bad business! What else?" Much. The sheriff is scenting after your t'l'ail, and as he comes this way, no doubt but he will locate you." "Curse him, let him come. We'll be in wait ing to receive 'him, after we've cleaned out the accursed colomsts. What e l se!" "A letter, chief. It was handed me just after I entered the valley, with the instructions to give it to you." "Ah! what kind of a man was the giver!" the outlaw demanded. "I dO'not know, as it was so dark that I could scarcely s e e him. I am of the impression, liow ever, that be was masked." With eager fing-ers the outlaw chief tore open the envel ope, anct hastened to peruse it. Written in a plain but elegan t chirography, it was easy to decipher, and he read it over, his face growing dark below bis mask, and bis eyes gleaming with a suddenly wrought fiercenEISS. This was what he read: ' Sm:-You are my title, without any au thority or permissioD I from me, and I must requAst you to drop it. at once, or I shall be under the nece eity of dropping you. UDdenitand me-I m ean busi ness Your career of outlawry is adding stain after stain to my somewhat famous title, and I agai n command you to 'chPeSe it,' and pick up another name. Also yon 'd bettAr get out of this part of the country immediately unless you are a candidate !or a tarrlc. "I advise you to puckach ee 0DEA.nwooo D1ox. A growl of ange r escaped the outlaw as he flung the paper upon the floor, and ground it beneath bis hG
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Deadwood Dick's Double. 26 "Oh! you're the chief o' ther gang, ehl'' Lyons demanded with a groan. "I am the c hief, n was the reply. "But not the original Deadwood Dickl" What does that C'.-morrow night as the time for thtl job. 'Vhen the fort is asleep, I will silenc e the guard, and you can be near, -ready to enter. After that, it will be an easy matter to creep up on the girls, and gag them and make our eiscape "All ;:ightl I'll be lurking in the vicinity, soon after dusk, with horses ready. In the mean time, do not be surprised if I attempt to take the fort. All you need do is to keep out of l rifle-range." Ha I 'ha I yes. I'll look "ut for myselt. By the way, lend me a swaller from your canteen, a.nd then I 'll rest a little longer before attempt ing to reach the fort." Deadwood Dick's Double passed over the and Lyons took a big swig before returning It. Then the outlaw departed, directing his foot Jteps toward the fort; but he passed wid e of bwlding, and entered the forest at the mme point where he had quitted it. But be had only a few steps into the forest, when be ,})8.used abruptly, an exclamation of horror leap (ng from his lips. He tried to retreat, but he was rooted to the apot, and could not. He would have drawn his i.veapons, but his hands were as powerles& as his feet. Before him, not a half-dozen yards awayi the ghost of Gorgon's Gulch-the spectra borse and rider that twice had been seen in the edge of the wood by the but never un til now by the bogus Deadwood Dick. It stcod in the center of a little natural glade into which Uie outlaw had taken several steps before he had noticed it--stood-there, grim and ghostly, the figure in the saddle being a perfect counterpart of wlaat Royoo Elliott had beea in life, except that the eyes were now clesed and the lips slightly parted by tlul ialfulg of the lower jaw, while a strange, whitisk halo af light surrounde d both horse and rider. T.he faet that the outlaw was none too cour ageous, and was inclined to be superstitious, but added to his terror, for he readily ilae Phantom Horsem&Jl as the victim of his dia bolical scheme, and q'18.ked with fear at. being thus confronted hy a spirit of the dead, for such h e really believed tlie apparition to be. For several moments the specter remained motionless, but finally it b e .gan to come 11earer upon its snowy horse, u11til but a couple of yards intervened between it and the oulll.aw. Then the horse came to a halt, and, "trembling from head to foot, the outlaw go.zed witb. a hor. rible fascinatioa at the white-robed ibing, be it spirit or human. Not a movement of the specter was there, ex. cept that the lower jaw suddenly closed, with a snap, and a moment later the lips began to move and form words tlaat the outlaw hfat'd. with in creased horror. "Ahal" the specter spoke, in a strange, chill ing tone; "aha! I have thee, now, ruffian and murderer I For days I have been searching for thee-ever since thou deprived my earthly body of its life. Knowest me, thou cringing cur! I am Royce Elliott, in the spirit instead of the flesh I" A faint gasp came from the wretch, but that was all. He shwk in every limb, but affright h a d sealed bis tongue. '' Thou knowest me," the specter continued with a frightful laugh;" thou could'st not forge$ me so soon, nor the agency thou hadst in causing my spirit t;.i take its flight from the earthly tabernacle for the realms above. No! no! thou well rememberP.st me, and tremble at my approach like the monster thou art, to thy very heart's core. Aha! I see thee, even without eyes. And thoufearestme! Well thou mayest, for I have come f\'r tbee---{)ome to transport thee to the border of a Jake of fire that bw neth with brimstone. Art tht'u ready to go?'' "No! no! Spare me! spare mel" the outlaw fiasped,his tRrror becoming greater each m oment. I beg your forgivenes&-anything-everytbing -only don't kill met" "Didst not thy bands poison the water that killed Ro:v.:e Elliott, villainl'' the specter C!'ied1 stA>rnly. 'Didst not thy hands help to beboo had heard the words of the outlaw he was evidently giving them considera-tion. Finally the deathly lips moved again, and the specter spoke:

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18 Deadwood Dick's Doubleo "Thou shalt have a reprieve of life upo:a one condition, which is: t!.tat thou shalt forever quit this valley and withdraw your claim. Refuse, and I will smite you down where you n ow stand!" "I promise that, and swear to it Deadwood Dick's Double said, eagerly, "and, with your permission, I will away to order my men from the valle y at once." "Ay I go, and see that anoter sunrise does not find you -within this valley. Go I and the specter's f orefinger pointed in the direction of the outlaw camp. Without waiting for a second invitation the miscreant found strength to stride on into the depths of the forest, leaving the ghost of Royce Elliott in possession of the glade. Straight to his stronghold the outlaw went, and aroused what of his followers were not awake "Awake! Get ready!" he shouted, standing in the center of the cabin, and blowing upon a small bugle when n o t speaking. Look to your arms and prepare to steal a march upon the fort within the hour. Sufficiently long these colonist dogs have u surped my rights, and now they must go, or die, and I'd rather 'em than not. To-night they will not be expecting us, and it will be our very opportunity to iur round and take 'em t" In the mean time the colonists were doing the very reverse of the scoundrel's calculationswere watching for an expected attack. Every one within the fort was expecting an attack, and was prepared to fight for the pos session of the gulch. "I tell ye what, f e ll er-cityzens," said Old Bill Myers removing his grimy c lay pipe lon g enough to speak-" I tell ye what, f e ller-city zens, ef ye don't see things smoke afore mornin', I've l ost my reckonin'. H ere's me and my right bower, Sing Song-we've tramped tergether these three years, an' Sing, he'll tell Yf which you need offer, as they are not asked for. You have treated me as a prisoner of war, and I have not suffered. The re f ore I shall not b e r evengeful." I wish Montague and the girl Slippery Sal were h ere, and I think we could defy them for a time at least," Warwick said. "We can, as it isl" Edith declared, coolly. "D'Jn't fear for your personal safety, for, should gre t danger menace, you can depend. upon it that i:ny husband, the genuine D eadwood Dick will be on hand." Somehow her words inspired hope in the hearts of the colonists, even though they were doubtful of there being any difference in their presen t enemy, and the other Deadwood Dic k. That there were two persons bearing the same name was beyond their understanding. Slowly the night dragged away; midnight came, still no signs of the outlaws. B y bavmg all lights extinguished within the fort they were able to see the lay of the coun try without, and distinguish objects a short dis tance away. About two h ours before daydawn, when the niitbt was the darkest, dusky objects were see n moving in the clearing, to the east of the fort. "The outlaws, sure pop!" o l d Bill Meyers an nounced. "They' r e creepin' up, tbinkin' thel' fort's asleep Git reddy n ow ev'ry motber'r, son an' darter o' ye, and we'll see ef we ken'I wake up the varmints. Fill every loop-b ola an' pick out yer man, an' when ye beer m.v clarion note ag"in, give 'em salt an' pepr..er till they're thoroughly seasonea fer cayrte feasts." The l oop-ho l es w ere promptly manned and "womaned," for that matter, and tbe approach ing figur e s were covered, us one by one they made their appearance out of the gloom Five-ten-twenty-thirty there were, all told. although there appeared to be a hundred of the duskv forms. "N"owl git ready!" cried Myers. "One! two -three-fire I" CHAPTER XII. / THE OLD ORIGINAL TO THE FRONT. THE cry of Myers was instantaneously an swered by the crack of a dozen rifl es in co ncert. Th e n from the black night without w'llled up another cry-a wild yell of pain and rage com ing from the outlaws, for almost every bullet of the colonists ha
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Deadwood D ick's Doub l e 27 g loomy canyon-like seam in th"' ragged face of nature, the horse evincing an unusual degree of knowledge in selecting the easiest portions of the trail, and t h e rider sitting in the saddle with ap parent ease Ou down the canyon they went, until its intersection with the Kennedy Gulc h trail to Fairplay was reached; then the horse was reined in, and the rider removed a mask from bisi f.ace, and stored it away into one of the pockets -the jacket he wore. Once the mask was removed, a handsome face was revealed-a peculiar face, adorned with imperial and mustache, and lighted by a pair of magnetic black eyes, which shone brightly with a resolute ex pression. Armed with rifle and revolver was this uight rider, and evidently familiar with the country around him, for be soon turned into Kennedy Gulch, and ofi' in a gallop again. For an hour he rode thus, and just as day was beiriuning to break in the east, be dashed down a little descent, right into the heart of a little camp that was pitched in a sort of a tree-strew n poc:ket. The embers of a camp-fire smoldered at the foot of an old hemlock, and around theml u po n the ground, a party of men were rollea in their blankets, fast asleep. But they hastily arose, a round dozen of them in number, as the horseman dashed up, and weapons were plentifully drawn. "You needn't mind about pulling your pop guns, gentlemen!" the new-comer said, wlth a smile, as be drew rein. I'm not a dangerous chap, generally, unless ye r'ile me." "Well, you know it's always best to be ready in <'.ase of emergency,'' replied the l eader of tha -party-a small, wiry fellow, with irongray hall' and mustache, and an eye as keen as a hawk's. "Certainly," the stranger replied, bowing as sent. If you n ever allow yourself to be taken at fault, ten chances to one you will never be taken at all. I believe I have the pleasure of addressing J obn Webb, the sheriff of this coun ty have I not!" l'You ba. ve, sir. My name is John Webh. Mal, I also ask your name!" Yes. I am Edward Harris, alias Dead wood Dick, ex-road-agent!" the straugPr re piied, coolly, at which announcement the sheriff and bis men stared. You Deadwood Dick!" the officer ejaculated1 allowing his hand again to drop upon the butt o f his revolver. "Yes, I am Deadwood Dick; but you baveno power to arrest me. I am a free man, and have the papers to prove it. It is not as an enemy that I come, but as a friend." "Well, sir, let's bear your errand. I've heard so many evil reports of you in the past that you must reallv excuse me for standing on my guard, you know!" Deadwood Dick laughed "You do quite right!" he said. "You would d o wrong to trnst even yourself too far. My errand I will briefly state. You are doubtress aware of the location of Cat City and Gorgon's G ulch, some miles to the northeast!" I have beard of the same-yes." Well, not long ago a party of Virginians traded their h omes for the Cat City Basin, and_ emigrnted there with the intention of co l oniz ing and settling the tract for whic h they bad traded. "Bu t they have been bitterl y opposed by a. gang of ruffians beaded by a fellow who call s hlmself Deadwood Dick, having appr opriated. my old title, and by his crimes under that name endangered the freedom gr!!_nted me by the Governor. Learning that you were in thi11 vicinity upon an outlaw hunt, I came hith e r to see if I could not prevail upon you to scoop in this gang on your way, and tbus not only relieve me of en unpl<'asant pos i tio n, b u t also to rescue these colonists from au unp l easant. situation." John Webb gave vent to a strange, prolonged whistle. "Why, hang it, this is the very chap I'm hunting for1 but have not been able to find. He's been raising the devil generally, up around Fairplay, and only last night we took his o l d stronghold, and licked out a lot of bis men. But I supposed all the time that there was but the one cuss sailing under the name of Dead wood Dick.'' "Then you thought wrongly, for I am the original, and a free man. Who this othec cus tomer is I have yet to l er.rn." "Well, we'll find out, directly. perhaps. D is mount and accept the hospitality of my mess and we'll arrange our plans." Not l ong after the defeat and retreat cf the ouilaws, day dawne d upon the little gulch basin and its coming came Lew Lyons, bearing the hind quru-ters of a fine Luck-deer upon hie shoulders. Though somewhat suspicious and prejudiced against him, the coloni sts were glad to wekome the fresh meat, fo1 there was little to eat with in the fort, and the fresl1 juicy venirnn was tempting in the extreme. Therefore the dark broVI ed son of Kansas was vouchsafed a more cordial reception than usual. He, too, seemed in a more aniiable mood, and chatted and conversed in altogether a better humor than he bad, therefore. When que stioned as to bis movements d u r ing his ab3encelle did not vouchsafe much information, merely saying that be had bee n u p in the mountains. About noon Montague arrived on the northward-bound stage, and an additional stock of edibles and ammumtion, so that the fort was now pretty well prepared to resist a siege, should there be oue. The day passed swiftly, still no further signs of the outlaws were seen Night drew on, and once more settled its s hadows over the valley. And still no perceptible appearance of thr enemy, I am of the opinion that we've successfully squelched 'em!" old Bill Myers declared, whert it came time to turn in. "Anyhow, I don't believe they'll come swoopin' around the fort to-night, after ther blizzard they got last night. "I don't know about that," Montagu e demurred. "Maybe they calculate we think that, and will be sure to come."

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28 Deadwood Dicks Ooub&e, It won't do no harm to set a guard, at least," Ly-ons said, it being his first manifesta tion of mt.erest concerning the sldety of the fort. And so it was decided, Myers and Song being chosen for guard duty during the mght. They accordingly took tbeir stations outside of the cabin, which the tavern-keeper averred was the safest place. The :;est of the then turned in, and were soon little dreaming that it was a bad move for them, or that their chosen guards would not prove equal to the position. For be it known, both Myers and his Celes tial servant had a particular and indiscreet weakness for the bitters called bug-juice." Not only did they hanker after it, but im proved each shining moment to gargle their throats with it, when _not otherwise busily en gaged. The darkness without the fort was very dense, and its density seemed to cause a thirstiness in the windpipes of the two guards, which gradually increased until Myers was obliged t;o st.ep over to the tavern after a little brown jug. On his return he and Sing Song both sampled the cont.ents, and were evidently well satisfied, judging by the way they smacked their lips. The one sample however seemed bull to create a demand for another to" wet up the darkness," and accordingly the,twain took frequent potations from the jug. The liquor, instead of being enlivening, seemed to conduce to s l eepi ness, and before the second jug had been over from the Casino, and finished, both Myers and bis companion were stretched out upon th)_ ground in a drunken sleep. Shortly after midnight-the door of the fort was opened, and a head was thrust througllthe aperture; then, a moment later, the form of Lew Lvons followed suit. A chuckle escaped him as he noted the points of the situation, principal among which was the condi tion of thA guards. Sound asleep, and-hello! h e r e s a couple of jugs, which accounts for it. Ahl things are working finely. The guards are out of the way -the dog i s drugged, and now all is in readin ess except Dead wood Dick the second." "And he is here," a low voice replied, as a man :st epped around the corner of the cabin. I s the coast clear?" 1 Perfectly so. All we have to do is to step in and take our game." "Which may not be so easy as you think for," the outlaw replied. "Where do the girls sleepT' Your game sleeps upon a couch in the fur ther end of the cabin. My game also sleeps alone in a curtained bed near by." Good enough, so far. H o w about the dog1" "I drugged him, a bit ago, with a piece of prepared meat. Did you bring the chloroform 1" "No, but I have some ether, which is equally good. Get a light stalk or sapling about ten feet long, that I can fasten a sponge upon." Lyons softly obeyed, and the outlaw the n fastened a large sponge upon the end of it,.and soaked the sponge liberally mth ether, which he earried in a bottle. He then removed his boots, and equipped with sponge and pole, followed Lyons into the fort. Within all was dark and silent, the suppressed breathing of the sleepers being the only sounds audible. 'Softly the two villains stole toward the couch where Edith Harris slumbered, all unconscious of the danger that threatened her. When they were but a few yards away, they paused and waited until their eyes had become somewhat accustomed to the gloom; wood. Dick's Double shoved forward the pole so that the sponge was directly in close proximity to Edith's nose. For several minutes he held it there, and when he finally removed it, the poor woman was quite overcome by the powerful drug. Lift her and take her outside," he said fa> Lyons, "and I will see what I can do with the other one Get far enough from the fort so that in ca.. the black nignt.

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Deadwood Dick' Doulle. The next morning the corpse of poor Fred was found lying partly across the threshold, by the hor. or-strfok. e n coloni sts, and upon the floor, near by was a sheet of paper, bearing the f o llowing word's, in.cramped chirography: By this tlnie I'll allow thet ye'll opine I m ean blzness. I've sp'iled anothe r o' y e r men, freed m y wife, an' Mtche d on te r one o' y e r purtie.."t g al s which ain't bad fer one night's work. Mebbe ye'lltake m y advice and skin out, now, sence ye' ll o bsarve the' I ain't n o slouch o n m y muscle Ef ye're gon e, pa c k an' pilgrim, afore sunse t so g ood but ef ye prepare ter get took off one by one. Y e ve got several samples. Truly yours, '' DEADwoon D1cx.1 CHAPTER XUI. CONCLUSION. SHA.LL we pause to picture the grief and horror of tha ill-fated colonists as the y gazed upon the inanimate form of the fourth of their pi ty who had fallen a victim to the cruelty of the terrible scourge, Deadwood Dick's Dou b le1 With heavy hearts the mourning colonists raised their stricken companion and bore him within thti fort, and endeavored to r estore him to life; but it was a hopeless task, which they were finally compelled to give up, and preparations were made for the burial. Mr. and Mrs. St. Celton w ere wholly prostrated with grief at this last blow, and oblige d to take to their beds, and the r emainder of the colonists were more or less affe c ted. Nothing of old Bill Myers or Sing Song could be Heen or found, and what had become of them wa& destined to remain a mystery, as they were never seen in Cat City_ Basin again. Doubtless they had awakerioo to a realization of what terrible harm their spree had precipita ted, and thought it best to slid e out. Toward noon a party of horsemen were seen fllltering the gulch by the south gap, and in a few moments lhey drew r0ein before the door of the fort. There were thirteen in all-stanch and stal wart-looking fellows, who looked every inch es if they were born to fight. The colonists crowded without tht1 door to learn the meaning of their coming. Good-morning," the leader of the party said -& wily little fellow with iron-gray hair and mllltache, !lnd a keen eye. "I am John Webb, 11heri1f ot this county, and hearing that you were In I thought I'd ride over with my J>Ollllel and see i!c I could extend you a.ny assist ance.' For whkb I thank you in behalf of myself and companions. We bave b ee n troubled much since coming here, and last night an additional blow was struck by the accursed outlaw and ruffian, Deadwood Dick. " Hold I you err there!" Webb declaredl auickly. The man who calls himoolf Dick, in this gulch, is an impostor, as has been proven to my satisfaction. This man, at my right, here, is the original character of that title." And as he spoke he point.ed to the handsome knight of the BB4dle, who formed one of his eay you so?" Then the woman was rtpt," the Judge said, turning to his party. "If this is the original Deadwood Dick, I wish to apologize for th!! trouble we have made his wife under the belief that she was the wife of the gulc h outlaw. "None is needed, if you treated her fully1 asa prisoner of war," Deadwood Dick Said. This Double of mine has caused y o u serious trouble, and you w ere perhaps right in holding my noble little wif e But now that you bave b ee n satisfied on that point, I trus t you will be wfiling to yield her to my posse ssion "Willing I would be, sir, if it were within my power, but it is not," the Judge said. And the n h e r elated how they had found Fred Bt. Celton's corJl5e, and bow the papers of the bogus D eadwood Dic k bad explained the abduction of Ethe l iand Edith. Both Deadwood Dick and the sheritf listened with stern faces and fla shing e yes, and when the Judge bad fini s hed b is recital, the officer tight ened bis b elt, suggestivelv. "The ruffian bas run nearly to the end of his rope!" he said, gravely. "If you will furnish a c ouple of men or so I will lead an immediate attack upon these outlaws, and rescue the wo men or fail in the attempt!" "Ayl we'll do that very thing," Deadwood Dick assented. If we boldl;'I' attack the wretches, it won't take long to wipe them out." Montague, the _,two W arwicks, and Lige Hanson at once vomnteered to go, and bringing forth their horses they mounted, ready for the attack. Then brave John Webb, known throughoup all the Colorados as a fearless led a charge down into the basin-into the forest, and to tbe very outlaws' camp. Gathered outside were the followers of the counterfeit Deadwood Dick, with drawn wee,. pons, and no sooner did the sheritf's posse pour mto th.e glade than they were greeted by a deadly volley. Fortunately, howll'.Yer t not a man was disabled, and the next instant tne,r returned the salute deliberately and with withering etfect, every bullet countin_g a disabling injury 01::. a deatll. But a handful of the outlaws now remained, and with Lew Lyons at their head they at tempted to rally, but the sheritf and his men dashed forward and cut them down without quarter, till not an able outlaw remained stand ing. Short and decisive bad been the baWe, and it had resulted most victoriously in the favor of the right. The bodies were together, but noth ing of Deadwood Dick's Double could be found. A search of the cabin resulted in the finding of Ethel Elliot, unharmed, and she stated that tbe outlaw c hi e f had only a few moments be fore taken his flight with Edith Harris in his power. Directing the sheritf to return to the fort, Deadwood Dick mounted his horse and rode ra.pidly away through the forest, doolaring it his intention to pursue, overtalre, and capture the outlaw. John Webb and bis men returned to th.e ft, Montague, of course, escorting Ethel. Their coming was warmly greet.edJ and it was with a sigh of relief ttiat the oololliml 1ieM'd

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80 Deadwood Dick s Double. of the breaking up of the terrible band that had cam,ed them so much harm. Shortly afterward the slieriff dispatched the captured outlaws who bad not been killed to Fai!J)lay, under charge of a part of bis men, he with the balance re!llaining to learn of Deadwood Dic!i:'s s u ccess in capturing bis "double." At sunset poor Fred St. Celton was buried not far from the grave of bis old companion, Royce Elliot, and sorrowing friends watched bis remains laid forever away from the sight of man. Just at dusk a little party upon horseback rode into the basin, through the northern gap, and drew rein before the fort1 and proved to be Deadwood Dick, Edith, CbrlS Carleton, andsball we relate it?-Royce Elliot, alive and weli! Wild exclamations of surprise and wonder came from the colonists at sight of their sup posed dead companions, and rising in his stirrups, Deadwood Dick motioned them to be si lent whereupon he spoke : "ll you will permit me,',_he Slijd "I will ex plain. Mr. Elliott is alive and well, as you see. After you bad buried him, I took the liberty to resurrect him, and by administering prope r r emedies, su cceeded in restoring him to life. I then enlisted him in my service until this gang of outlaws should be destroyed, and we manufactured the ghost business with the aid of simulation, white robes and plenty of phospho rus. I now surrender him to you, alive and well Also to Captain Webb I band over my prisone r here-Chris C:i.rleton, alias the bogus Deadwood Dick. L e t the law punish him as he deserv es. Now, having tendered you this eir:plan ation, I will beg to leave my wife in your care a few days, while I am off on private business in the North. Edith was warmly welcomed, as was the re turned Royce Elliott. and after many thanks bad been lavished upon Deadwood Dick, be was permitted to take bis departwe. The next morning Sheriff Webb and bis men set out for Fairplay with their prisoner but their absence was shortly after made gOOd by the reappearance of Slippery Sal. A week pleasantly passed at the fort, and as there were no outlaws to binder them the colo nists got to work and aetivitv soon teemed everywhere throughout gulch basin. Wooks flew by; payin1' gold was struck; shan ties dotted the valley everywhere, and one night Ethel and Montagne celebrated their nuptials, midst the best wishes of many warm friends. And the who had been vigorously court ing Slippery o::5al for some time, found opportunity on this occasion to draw her aside and propose immediate unio n. And shall we record the answer? Off came the blonde wigi and on went a long haired black one, and a fa se mustache and imperial, and as Deadwood Dick stepped forward and encircled Edith's waist with nis arm, he gave the Judge his answer: I h ighly appreciate your o:Q'er, f,.iend ]Jllwtt ," M said, "but, as you perceive, I am not dlibrtvl" TII_li: END. B EADLE A N D ADAMS' STANDAR D DIM E -PUBLICATIONS Speaker s Each volwne contains 100 large pages, printed from clear, open type, comprising the best collec tion of Dialogues, Dfama8 and Recitations. The Dime Speakers embrace twenty-tour volumee. viz.: l. American Speaker 115. Komikal Speaker. 2. National Speaker. 16. Youth's Speaker. 3. Patriotic Speaker. 17. Eloquent Speaker. 4. Comic Speaker 118. Hail Columbia Spook 5, Elocutionist. er. 6. Humorous Speaker 19. Serio-Comic Speaker. 7 Standard Speaker. 120. Select Speaker. 8. Stump Speaker. 21. Fum1y Speaker. 9, Juvenile Speaker. 22. Jolly Speaker. 10. SJ?read-Eagle Speaker, 123. Dialect Speaker. Debater. 24. 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