Rosebud Rob, or, Nugget Ned, the knight of the gulch

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Rosebud Rob, or, Nugget Ned, the knight of the gulch
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Copyright 1800-1886, by Bead l e & Adams. Entered at Post omce. New Y ork, N. Y., as second class marter. M a r. 15, 1899. No.35 THE ARTHUR WESTBROOK CO. Cleveland, Ohio Vol. III BY EDWARD L.. WHEELER. AUTHOR QP "DE,ADWOOD DICK," "THE DOUBLE DAGGERS," ET::l. "WV lllAY CALL HE BY THE NA.JR: OJ' HY ORIGINAL BU.Cit mLL8 BAPTIBX-1 B08Ell1lD BOB.'-14.JU]f TOSUlT ALLOiilCVlllBT.&llOU.' BOBBY l HAVEl!'TA VI8ITING O.UW J'OB YOU. "PoNllONOB."


,k'py rl ght 1800-1880. by B eadl e & Adam. Ente r e d a t Pos t omce, N e w York, N Y ., as second cl ass matter. Mar.15, 181 No. 35 THE ARTHUR WESTBROOK CO Cle v e !and Vol. II]j ROSEBUD ROB; or, NUGGET NED, THE KNIGHT of the GULCH :ZI,{, BY E D W ARD L. WBEELEB, hdexJed AUTHOR 011' "DEADWOO D DICK, "THE DOUBLE DAGGJUIS ET0. '"YOU M.J,..Y CALL M E BY THE N.ilfE or MY OR l GL'lAL B LAC K HILLS BAPrl.SH-4 ROSBBUD ROB,_, .4 ... TQ 11urr LL ClRCUJIST.ANCBS.. SORRY' 4 VISITING CARD ll'OB YOU, 'PoN BOlfOJl."


Rosebud Rob. [The Author Reserves all Dramatic Rights.] Rosebud Rob; OR, Nugget Ned the Knight of the Gulch. BY ED. L. WHEELER, A.UTHOR 0.8' "DEADWOOD DICK" NOVELS, ETO ETC. CHAP1'EP. I. "THE LITTLE DRO";VN JUG "-A OLD RESIDENTS IN THE OPBNING SCENES. LOCATION-Deadw ood Cii y. Time-half-past nine of a d ark midsumml'r's night, when the heavens w e r e hooded in skurryiug clouds, and tbe air was sultry aud cl o s e Place-" The Little Brown Jug." a.combination of saloon, tavern and miner's c lub-room, at the upper end of the main street in D ead wood e:ulch, k ept by an individual who styled himself Kentucky Jake. Scene-a matter of eight or ten men gathered a.round, some seate d and some standln<:-me n g e ue rally rough iu appearance, curiositi e s in ex;iression of countenance anti cast of features, inasmuch as no one rese mbled any othe r. First be notic e d f o r consideration, the cin namon-haired prop:ietor of the "Jug," KPntucky Jake. A six-footer was he with a broad chest and brawny limbs, lncased to the knees in top-boots, wWle a heavy be .. rd swept to his belt. He sat behind the bar, upon a high stool, where be k ept an eye upon the thron'(, anJ acte d as cashier, while two boys s erved out the b everage s Tae bncly m:iividnal, Yi h the bal I h ead, and ludicrous c .1'!t of features-the c!:Jap who sits in a huge arm-chair with his heels upon the d eal table, t'iat's Bill S tokes a veteran of the I:tack Hills, a!ld lika wis e on a of its pioneers. Those two indivi:iuals at yonder d eal table-the goot!-n.itur a d looking Dutcl1man and tbe fop, with his b Ir parted in the mldjle, and eye-glasst>s affixed to the of Ws nose-they are lights or the tegal fraterulty m Deadwood, respectively" Judge" Jake Schriner, and Adolphus Syrlngus Cole. The n there are tbree rougb, long-bearded, blear eyed toughs, loafing upon a long s ettee, smoking their pipes, and watching every arrival and depart ure-men with evil-expr e ssioned faces, and a sper abundance of belt weapons which class the m among that lawless type who fight and shoot at pleasure. ;The names of these men "e're,' respec t.lvely, Hayseed Jim, Holy Moses, and Popular Pete, an!J has won notoriety in Black HlllS history. The man who ls pacing up and down the room, looking as fierce as a tiger out of Ws jungle, Is the pard and leader of the toug hs,_;vboso name ls Hick -0ry Hank, otherwise Captain .t1.ickory. He is a wolfish looking ruffian, with tilrrible bloodshot eyes, a dusky, villainous cast of count1manc e and a heavy black mustache to lend him an appear ance of the brigandish. He is a large, powerful man, with limbs of iron, and a deep chest of enor mous muscles. He is dressed In the usual miner's blue shirt, buck11k:in breeches, and knee-boots, while a broad-brim bat slouched low upon his forehead. He seems entirely oblivious of the presence of others as he paces to and fro, a curse occasionally breaking from his lips. Hal here Is another we have missed-a personage beardless as a boy, sitting perched upon one end of the bar In lieu of a better seat, engaged In puft\ng a Cligar, and watching the rufllan as he paces up and llo'll'Il the room. Thia Is a. -;harac'8l' almost as well kno"n in the West as the eccentric Calamity Jane, whom ehe rv sembles only in the faultlessness of her form, for h6. face Is more prepossessing, her eyes bright, and be: manner a trifle more cool. Her name is Baltimore Bess. Where she came from no one knows nor Is her Wstory familiar to tbose among whom she mingles. It ts enough that she dawned among them even as the sun rise s in the morning, and a.iter illustrating Elainly enough that she was proof against insult, Rersuasion, she had ta.ken her stand as a Now, one more figure makes our complete. This the man of massive trunk and limb, who stands in a retired corner, half leaning upou his rl fie, while he strokes his blonde mustache with one hand, at the same time watching those about him witb an eagle glance from his blue eyes. Though not exactly a handsome man he is a brave one, >ind is well kno"'Il as P ersimmons Bill-a h ero of as m any darins exploits as those which have made Bulfalo Bill tamous Kentucky Jake is listening to a conversation car rie d on betwee n Colon e l Bill and Judge Jacob, while he occasi onally scratche s bis bead as if tuck ing away a bit of valuable gosslJ> In his large crani um, with Its shock of cinnamon h a ir. I tell ye w'at, judge!" the colonel was saying as be lit a fresh c igar1 "my opinyoun o' tbet Munro Malv ern ain't none o the b est, barb' be hain 't n e v er done me any purtick'ler harm. He allus 'peared ter hev a sneakisb exr,ression in his eyes when a fel ler Inks squar' inter em, an' I don't allow he's got any great beauty to brag on. Fer instance: take sech a galoot a.s me, and you've got somebody ter put before an artist or a fortygralfer wi'out blushin' fer ther model. I haln 't no brag, pile;rims, but tben I do retnark, an' kin back e t 1 bet I war awarded ther medal fer sweetness o' temper, modesty, an' wmsome beauty at tile r late Centennial exasper ation-no, ExposiUon. Barkeeper, fetch me a' widow's tear,' if you please I" And the bald-headed veteran filliped a silver-piece up into Kentucky Jake's awaiting grasp. "Ho: ho bol yon lsb der vainest man ash vat I never sa.w. Colonel Villiam I" grunted Judge Jacob. "I nefer see but von man vat I t'ink more ash J!Urty ash you-" "Spirit of old Methusa.lah I" the colonel gasped, iutnp1ng to his fee t and tnen dropping back a.gain mto his seat. "Who is thet cavortin' cuss r Show m e thet posey." "Vel. my dear Villlam. dot old sassenger pe Cap tain Hickory Grim. Hai bal hal" And all laughed loudly, as if there was some joke in the idea>. "Yasl Idon'tknowbut Grim alro rut1ler a pr3 possessin pilgrim, boyee s, but then et's an insult ter rank his -beauty wi' mlue I" the colonel replied. "He is not a ladv's man, while I am, purty much, I 11.atter myself. Such a frank, ope n countenance as mine wohld warp tber heart uv an Baltimore?" Balimore Bess took the from her mouth, and surveyed Stokes from bead to foot before she rep,lied: 'I don't know, Bill; I hardly think ye'd make a. fu'st-clasa charmer, ner an angel, ner a heart-mash er, fer all ye've got a bir.? fist an' able: heart. There are. undoubtedly, homelier men than you." "Don' vas send 'em ter Deadwood, den," cr!Pd Judge Jacob, deprecatingly. "I VAS get der night. shaclmss eveIT, go to-ped fer seein' so many on healthy sights. "Spirit uv old Met>ms'lerl that's all right, Dutch; I'll get even with you in the sweet by-and-by. lten tuokl take kMr ye don't sell Jake another smell of tarant'ler on my a-c-c. H01lol what do you want?" the interrogation being addressed to Hickory Itani. who had paused in hfs walk dlrectly before the IY one!, with arms folded across bis massive chesf. What do I want?" he questioned, his terrible eyet


Rosebud Rob. a gleaming wickedly. "Well, I don't know as et's a.nyo' yourbizness, ye galoot. l on yerbeautythet ye war puffin'upl' And with an impatient but sarcastic laugh, the ruffian turned away to resume hi s pacmg t o and fro. 'Guess something's pinchin' S;omebody's corns!'' Baltimore Bess obs !!he puff e d away at h e r "I Lay Hauk .ttickory, what's the matter with your" "Ten tbo:.isand devils l Is it any o' ?!Our busiLess what the matter is with me?" foe rough d emanded, as he wheeled toward his interlocutor, with a snarl. "Jest ye k ee p your tongue still. girl, or l ll spoil that pretty dare :.aevil face for you I" "Hal hat Oh I ye will, will ye, Hickory Hank? Bab l you're a blow hard-a coward l Answer me a fair questi on-did that galoot ever come to Dead wood as ever won a victory over Baltimore Bess?" "Nol no l" shoute d several bystanders who had dropped in. No l!ess, gn.l; nary a time!" cdded the colonel, rising and bowiugo graciously. "I acknowledge your supremacy humbly. "You're a lirick aud I'm the beauty, au' thar's no gettin' around it." "Haw! awl yS; you pevon peauty, Pl.ii Stokes, like ash vat my oldshacl<-mule pe, so h elb me!" put In the judge, with a grin. "Put, shentlemons, vy dis CJ.Darrel m1t one and d e r oder? We war yust dis cussm' d e r affairs mi dot Munr o Malvern, who owns dollr Big Bullion mine. You say, Mr. Stokes, vat Munro Malv ern don't own dot mim., sir?" "Waal, now, I allow them war about my logikal remarks a bit al?o I" the man of beauty asse nted, lightiug a fresh c11far, "ali' In my belief tber p'int o' them w'r kerec t. "Goot! Villiam, you dell us apout It, an' I dell you vat I do. I treat you mit a 'vidow's teaf; der fer ry virst tim' I draw mit my pankl" "Ho l hu your bank's in your eye, you old Dutch eau er-kraut barrel; but I tell you th e r same, as 't ain't glttin' late. Well, you aee, tbis Mumo Malv ern, who cum among us an' opened UJ? the Big Bullion, come by the pBpers o' tber l ease m a manner thet warn't direct honest, I calkyle.te, an' w'en he struck et rich everybody wor sorry, because he ain't no favorite beer in Deadwood. Now, ,hyar turns up a riew customer-a good-looker be ar', too-who sez the mine' s bis, and he's going to have it, bit or miss, I'll bet he's a gallus coon, ef be ain't much more'n a younker, an' ef he'll h'ist Munro Malvern out o' ther l:lig Bullion. I'll give him this hayr right paw o' mine to shat. e as Jong's he' s gilt ther grip-that's hl!'I e, Colonel Bill Stokes, ther beauty o' ther mines!" T _he miners ii:ave a responding cheer! for the senti ments of the veteran were exactly the r own. Hickory Hank and his pals were the only ones who didn't participate in the enthusiasm. "I'll bet my head thar'll a passel o' ye galoots go ter Su 'phur City afore Munro Malvern drops his king pin!" the rough said, witk a laugh. "He's got more'n money enough ter buysubstitut;es fer a few secb as you." "Then I suppose he classes you among bis purchased friends, Sir Tough I" exclaimed a tinging voice, and a new-comer stepped within the sc e ne. ''"You, I presume, are his counselor and legal ad viser!" Hickory Hank growledl as be wheeled about to confront the stranger, wno stood regarding him with a keen, unflinching gaze. "Hey? Waal, I reckon when the boss wants me I'm generally around bandy, younker. But, who're you? What blzness is it of yours who I am?" "In the second place. it isn't the smallest part of my business to answer by a tool of Munro Malvern I the new-comer replied, coolly, as be folded his anos and returned the ruffian' stare. "In the first place, which I have left for the last I think you 'II find my autograph written in the hotel -;J;' Deadwood dictionacy "a drink of whisky." register at the Metropolitan Hotel; or, If your nP,(lal extremities are too weak and w eary to do the dtil'er ence between me and the Met, you may call m e by tile name of my original Black Hills baptism-R&e b u d R ib-' a man to suit all circumstances.' Sorry l haven't a visiting-card for you, 'pon honor. The speaker was an individu a l of an aii:e just in the promis e of dawning manhood, witb a form tbut, though erect and slim, was closely knit and compact as iron, as was at tested by the quickness iu every move, and by the swell of the various muscles. Ris face was a handsome one, the skin being nure, and the features qte perfect. The eyes were bro wn and of a penetrating cast. and the hair of the rnme hue, while be wore a slight mustache, and "sides" 1 along down in the front of either ear. He was dressed In neatly-fitting i;:ants of some grayish stuff, and these were in turn met at the wai,st by a blue min er's shirt, with broad collar, and a b elt around the waist, bearing upon it in large gold letters the name-" RosEBUD Ros. u A jauntily-slouched black hat was upon bis bead, and ,Patent-leather boots upon bis feet, the leathern l egg mgs reaching above bi,s kn e es. So much for tlie -appearance of the young stranger, as be stoc d coolly confronting a man acknowl edged by all to be the worst desperado in the mines. By time Rosebud Rob had stared the ruffian out of countenance, and with a cool laugb sauntered to"ard the bar, against which he leaned, with a graceful pose, s.s be about the room. "Hain t seen a chop in here by the cognominlous appe llation of Munro Malvern, have you. gentlemen?" be said, presently, as he' lit a fresh cigar. Nary a time, stranger!" the colonel made bold to answer. "I don't allow the t Munro Malvern hes any desire ter t ther Jug, bein's w e ain't got no purtick'ler Inv for him, in purtick'ler, ef I know et." "Ohl is that rnf Well, tben add my affection in with yours in that Rosebud Rob replied, with a laugh. "TbPn you c on't luv ther owner of the Big BuJliQn mine?" "If you mean Munro Malvern, no! No, a thousand times. Perhaps it you were to tell him that Rosebud Rob, the Danay, 8pon, and Man to Suit all Circum stances, bated him, he'd be surprised. as I dare. say he never heard o f the above-mentiolled individual. But he shall know me, ere long! ha! ha! Yes; he shall know me. Good-eveninii:, 11entlemen; it I have olsturbe d you, pray pardon me, and the Sport be gan to move toward the dcor. But he paused involuntarily, when Baltimore Bess slid down from her seat upon the bar. "Hold up, pard I" she said thrusting out a fair, faultless band: "jest gripe ihet paw before ye go, and count. on Baltimore Bess as yours truly!" "What! a tbesestrang .. surrounnings?" the Sport gaspe d, gazing sharply at the strange girl -1 a woman in men's garb?" "Waal, now. you chalk et sqnar', pardner, thet I am jest about one o them 'arsame, an' no es 'Spect :r,e calcylate a female ken 't wear breeches, an be a fu st class article, eh 1 Jest ox old Beauty, yon. der, an he'll give ye my pedigree, so fur as he' knows." "Yes, ye purty much bet we kin. stranger:" Colo nel Bill made haste to say, as he rose ano limped for ward by the aid of bis crooked-'cane "Thet ar' Bal timore Bess ain't no flunk ner no slouch, an' don't ye furget it. Shear' made o' stiff timoor, an' "h .. n ye ketch her sleepin' thru' a sermon. jest let me knowl'' "I am glad to know it, sir. and I thank you, missii for your proffered friendship Beli ve me, I ha not forget you. For the present, however, au 1e-voir !" \ And in a moment more the dandy was gone from the "Jug." Oh! heaving! w'nt han hm1ful swell I" gasped .A.dolpbus Syringus Cole, rPadjustlng bis eye glassei


Rosebud Rob. back to tlie bridge of his nose. ".A.w I I sa-g,y. fri end ;acob wa; that all weallytroo-no deuced sham?" "I 'spects ash vot et vas all shenuine mitout any counderftttsl" the judge r e pli e d, with a grim nod. u Eh? colonel vat you t'inks?,, "Thet he war a btfok-aginnywine, doublegeared, masbeen-comprtissed i;iat e nt-polished brick. Tbet's m11 estimation. judge! And mine is that he's ther purtiest galoot as Ptands above five feet, in these hayr mines!" cri e d Baltimore B e ss, slappmg Stokes smartly on the shoulde r. What I what! Bess. y a don't mean t e r go back on yer uncle, who actooal!y w o n tber e:old medal fe1 sublimity uv indervidual beauty, at ther Ceutenyal Expersityun?" "Can't h elp et, old covey; Rosebud Rob's j Jst ther very purtiest in these hnyr mines, an' hayr's v;hat kin ltck the galoot who wants ter go art o' my de claration. 11 "lllebbe re want'er lick me!" f?rOwled Hickory Hank. with ari iusrilent leer, as be stepped nearer. No I Hs.nk Gdm. I want nothing to do with 111>U,' not that I am afraid of you-you know better than that. But are others who want to get a clip at you, and I won't.,st-ind in their way! Get away; your breath sme lls of Kentuck's poison I Don't tempt me to shoot-you know my aim! The rnfllan muttered a fierce curse, and turned toward the door, with a beckon of his hand to his comrades. "Never mind, girl! .A. day must come soon for a settlement 'twixt you and I. N ever mind, I say. I'll get even with you y et-ha! ha.I hal-yes, I'll get tue midsummer' s night, followed by his pals in vil Jainy. CHAPTER II. THE llILLIOl!!_:i&E MINE OWNER. AND STEP-SON A STRANGE VISITOR.. MUNRO MALVERN was classed among the wealthiest men in Deadwood City. He had c ome there a man of no particuhr impor tanCP, and, as was su pposed, purchasing the claim, now known as the Dig Bullion mine, h a d opened it up on a large scal e, and as a result it yielded the greatest p e r cent. of gold of any miHe in that s ec tio n of the Black Hills. His residence in Deadwood Gulch was of modern style of architecture, with every convenience at tached, and the few who bad ever li ee n iuside it -pronounc e d it a palace,__ compared with the other dwellings in the GOiden vity. L e t us pass along up throug h the crowded street, and ring at the door of the palatial mansion. A colored s ervant answers our summons, and llBhers us into a l)andsomely-fresco e d hall, up a stairs, and to the ;; and the furniture, consistrng of marblernlaid center-t:ibl e s, luxurious sofas, and large cushioned chairs; 'Vbile agaiust the walls stand towering book cases of poli hed walnut, and filled with choice bound volumeR; here are magnificent oil landscapes, and thPre are vail e d statues iu either corner. On tbis same ufa;ht of our opening seene in the "Little Brown Jiu;;," tbe owner of all these magnifi cent surroundings, sat reading a local paper by the light of a shaded lamp, while h e smoked a. scented cigar. He was a man ot between forty-five and flft.v years, but as well preserved as though he were but thirty. In stature he was of medium hight, with a person that was neither massive nor yet unduly *hln. His face was whiter than robast health would warrant, where it W9. not covered by a. jetti7 beard, and his eyes had a treacherous, snake-lik1 gleam, calculated to represent a. sinister nature-a man born to plot evil, and scheme deeply to accom plish bis own plans. The advance courier of age had not even silvered h1S black hair or nor unsteadied the fair bands of the mine monopolist; few would have deemed him even w e ll in his thirties. .A.s his glittering gaze swept over the lines on the paper, a. confid ent expression hovered a.bout his lips, finally brea.kmg into a. t1iumphant smile. '.A.U my plans and financial schemes work like a. chat m I" L e muttered, blowinz a cloud of smoke up ward, and watching it dissolve into space. "When I came here to this rough place, over a year ago, I had not a hundred dollars to my name, while here1 now the papers estimate me worth over a million or dollars and compliment me as the most go-ahead and successful speculator in the Blac k Hills coun try. How sweet is the fascination of fiattery I Ha.I ha! ha.I especially when one deserves it, as I do. Hal bal ha! Why do l not deserve it? Humph I thin!?S are working in an open groove, and it is about time for m e to be casting about for one of the oppo site sex, with whom to form a. copartnership. I do not think I am yet too old to swing in double har ness. if I cau onlv find the right butterfly!" "Haw! haw! 'unkyj so:vou think you a recapa ble of catching butterny belles yet, eh?" laughe

'R.c>Hbttd Rob, went to make her an oft'er l'lut, curse her, she shall yet feel my power-I have sworn it." Hal ha: The girl is a bl'ick, after all. and as I am about to make a d tbut into h e r graces,_Unky. I trust, for the sake of the l ai.e lamented rors. Mal vern, who was my mother, that you will the lape l s once more open, and make "What? Why, you rascal. it was onl,Y last week I gave you a couple thousand to invest m a mining &cbeme. Where has that gone?" "Evaporated, Unl

8 Rosebud Rob. "I suppose you have another nam,., sir, in ad dition to tbe norn de you have assumed f" "Of course I have another, which I use on private occasions. Perhaps it is a name you have heard of before. since my father was once your partner in business transactions. My name chances to be the same as his-Robert Mapleton, at your service." Ro'trl M 1111"/cn !" tbe millionaire ing to his feet with a colorless face-" R o bt r l .JHapte ton r" "That's what I said. Can t you hear? Robert Mapl eto n, or Rosebud Rob, for short-a chap purty much calculated to suit all circumstances, you seer' It was several seconds before the mine-own e r could control bis agitation, then he reseated himself. "Well," the Sport remarked, with a quizzlciU smile, the announcement that I was Robert Mapleton, Esquire, seemed to cause you consid erable err.o-tion." 1 .. Yes, indeed, young man. T:le name came down upon me so su ldenly that I was little else than overpowered by strange memories. If you are the son of Rohert Mapleton know then that be anti I were boon companions. allll sworn friend s he suddenly was take n oif it seemed to me I had lost my own brother." "Ah I I see ; you were v ery much agitated when I mentioned his name, ::;nd the bottld on the table sug gests only too plainly how you !Jave been trying to drown your sorrows!" R o s ebud Rob replied, with etlnging sarcasm, which madethe m i ll!onair o wince. "Ahl let me see-how JonJ; ago was it the oJj gentleman wok his departure nom this earthly taber nacl ef' "Over a year ao:o. It is strange that you should have forgotte n it, if you were in comrnunlcation witil him." "Well, you s e e how H was, the old gentleman and I were not on ver.v excellent terms, it chanced. In early youth I malJ.if,sted a reckless, roving disposition, and one day when I attempted to do Shak spearean char' c ters in the hors >-barn, the unkindl y Sll'e furnished the necessary adjuncts with a. horse whip. M.v ambitious spirit w<>& set on fl:-e, a s w e ll as the sensations in the back o f my n1!! c oat, and bidding the old homestead an affectionate adie1i, l wended my way down the old country road leading out into the world. "For s e v eral years I battled with grim d eath in all its phases, and occupied positions in almost every trade and pro f e ssion extant. Chancing to b e out in thi latitude of : .he hemisphere, and havina b een apprised that the governo r ha I hie d himself 'ilith e r warct I thoughr l 'd call around and see h m." "We.II. sir, you cttm e too late. From all we can learn, R 0hert lllapleton, S : ., has been in his grave a matter of fourteen months." "And did he !ewe any wealth "Not a cooper. H e di e d inso lvent, having been very unfortunate in his peculations, and his crccli tots m ourn bis l oss!" the millio=e said, with a peculiar, rasping laugh. Pvor follow I P oor, p oor f e llow I" Rosebud Rob si!j"hed. "flo; v v erysc.d to contemplate 'But, p erhaps I have wearied you, Mr. Malvern, and I will rct;r:-. We will talk again upon this subject. .Au r.,.o r !"-And with a meek courtesy, the Dandy Sport <:1rose and abruptly left the room. After he had gone, the mine-vwner sprnng to his feet his bands clinched and eyes gleaming, as he walked the 1bor. "Ha.I evil take the fellow! He is as cool as an yet doop enough to drown all the d e vil's imps. s he not with a purpose ? C ertainly; though ho may try to hide it; but curse him he shall be defeated at every turn I i wLI have him watched; I will guard every avenue. Then we will see what tbe young vagabon'.l can do. This head of miue is older than and more educated, I flatter myself. In easily-executed and effi cient schemes. So tbat if I cannot outwit him, it will be a seventh wonder of the world. Hal nnd the young washerwoman-.;he is hi.8 rl.ster Curse me, but things are becoming interesting I" CHAPTER III. THE CONCERT SALOON-mCKORY HANK ON HAND-BEL HELENE-HOW CINNA.J40N GULCH PANS OUT YOUNG LADS. PERHAPS you have beard of the Jardin Mabille of Deadwood City. If not, you have but to inquire, and any citizen of that notorious city can locate it for you if you wish to pay it a visit. A scene of our romance calls us thither, and we go as an eye-witness of a picture peculiar In itselr and confined to the mining-region. It ie a place with a wooden front, but after you pass through the portals, you find yourself in a can vas-roofed garden, with sidings of rough boards, and lit by flaring blazes of benzine-gas from overhanging burners. The garden is used for a variety of purposes, being large and commodious, with a substanttal flooring. Here Is a long bar at one side, with a villainous chap behind it in his sbirtsleeves, and behind him still a glittering array of bottles, decanters, glasses and mirrors. Yonder is a space allotted to dancers, and hera is a number of table s, ever surrounded with gamesters who denl the brace and fleece new-comers ou of their money orta variety of games of chance. Yonder, at the further end of the llOOrn, is a small rostrum, furnished with a drop-curtain, and from this d.lrectlon, the crowds that flock to the Jardin Mabille are generally greeted nightly by a song from some person, hired for the purpose, by the enterprising proprietors. S e v eral nights afte r tbe scene just pictured in a preceding chapter, the Mabille wo.s p eked almost to suifocation with rough miners and rougher des geradoe s from the surr .mnding gold clistr i cts. It might have appeared that the whole population of Deadwood was presen t wi thin the concrt; saloon and garden. but you had only to step out into thronged main street to be convinced cf the er. roneous Anyhow, the place was uncomfortably full, and consequently the bar reaped a bountiful harvest A star was booked upon the boards of the Jardin Mahille tn-night-one B e l Helene a dead shot with the there fore, the crowds flocked in. Many were the c onjectures concerning her, among the crowd, some of which w ere amusing to hear. "Purty I" said one burly bull-c!Iiver. with an Im pious expletiv e. Why, she lays anything in the shade that evyer stootl on high-h,;el e d gaiters. you b et! S ce'd her down at McDannell's Bella Union in 'Shbn, I did, you beer me, ther Wolf o' Wyommg, an' shear' jes' as purty r...s-" "Met" exclaimed a voi ce, and Colonel Bill Stokes ushere d himself into the circl

R.omebud Rob. "Spirit of old Metbus'ler, yes. Ef et war a sermon on ther great question o' future punishment, ye'd not see a galoothayr. But, ye know, these bayrpilgrims o' Dead,rnod would go a mi'.e any time ter get a glimpse uv a descendant uv old Eve. Mr. RGse bud, make ye acquainted wir.h Judge" Jacob Schriner, uv tber bar-also, Mr. Adolphus Syringus Cole, cleark o' common fleas "Awl P:eas. sir, l'LEAbl" Adolphus itterrupted, In an affected drawl. "Happy to meet you, gentlemen:" kosebud Rob bowing. "I suppose1 like myself, you have come here to see what is goin on ehf" "Vellhdot isb yust apoucl der size uv ld, Mr; Rose IJUdl" t e judge replied, with a dignified strut. -"I hope you wilr enjoy yourself I" and witti this remark the Sport strolled away. Not unnoticed however. There were ipany eyes that centered apon him curiously. Seldom did dandies tum up in the city of Dead wood of his peculiar type. His dress and appearance were in every sense elegant-nearly faultless. Then he had the cool independent bearing of one who bad bad a vast deal of experience--one who was utterly unconcerned and fearless. It is this type of strangers whom the roughs of a mining region at once mark out as bard customers to handl e Their study of human cbariwter enables them to point out the mau they can bull-doz e and the on e the y had best let alone, at a single glance. As be strolled the rostrum he espied a piano, the instrument which furnished music for the dance, and without a request from anybody he sat down and ran his fingers dexterously over the keys, calling forth a strange, weird harmony of sound. Then he stJ:uck oft'. into a lively quickste p, which tilled the garden with exquisite sounds of m e lody. Involuntarily th e crowd surged around him and everythini,r became quiet, as the roughs and miners listened with keen avpreciation. Such playing bad n eve r bee n done b efore withi n the walls of the Jardin Mo.bille, and the roughest, mo t uncultivated spirit could but pause from revelry to listen entranced to the beautiful muEic. Hickory Sank and bis l!'ang stood back r.ear the bar. and the ruffian len. I n m l!'larl that you came. Have you IJeen drinking heavily 1" "No; haven't bad half a dozen snifters to-day." "All the bette r for my purporn. You saw the dandy devil who was arousing the spirits out of tbat piano-the individual who styles himself Rosebud Ro bf" "Shedn 't wonder ef I'd cast my eye at him I" was the gruff rp,sponse "And what is you. r opinion of him f" "Thet he ain't no slouch. H e's got thunder, lightnin', an' a hull volcano tucked under that white vest of bis'n. n "Hal ha I then you're afraid of him?"' "Did I say sof" "Not exactly. Anyhow, I want you to pick & gna.rr e l with him somehow, and you're certainly a bard customer to handle, so you can easily get away with him." "How much insurance ye goin' ter put on m:f lifef" "Oh I leave that to me. You shall be well n&ld It you do the job well " Do you want him knifed r' "l'm not particular about that. Snit yourself." And, wi1b this understanding, the twain separated, entering the garden soon after. Rosebud ROb was still entertaining bis rough audience upon the piano, and to the music of a lively waltz several had paired off, and were addmg to tbft entertainment in revelry. But the music was destined to cease as suddenly as it bad begun. ffickory Hank came elbowing his way throuirb tho crowd, backed as usual by his bull-dog pals, nod a

s Rosebud Rob. never receive cne of those ban rrwts without proper retal'ation I'' "Hip! hip I hurral" cried Baltimore Bess, swing ing her hat abo ve her bead; "thar's a lad fer ye, pilgrims-a reg'lar ourang-outaug up-an '-down sport as is a brick, an' I'll bet high on his keerds, every time. Pull off yer shirt, Hankey, ye pcsey, and show us ef ye kin fight!" -"Et the _younker wants fight, let him pull bis per forator, an' I'm read:vt" Hickory Bank growled, reaching toward his belt. "Hold up! I will not fight you wi b weapons other than those with which nature adorned us-fists! Tbem's n1y t e rms, an' e f ye ain't a coward ye'll come to "the scratch!" c1 ied Rosebud Rob, banding llis bat to Baltimore B e s s Grim began to strip wi .bout a word. Not so with Rosebud. He simply discarded h ead coverinl!', but retained all of bis el egant garments. Fighting lines were chalked upon the floor by enthnsiastic admirers, and in a few seconds the two antagonists faced each other. Hickory Hank was a man of powerfnl frame, and as be stood stripped to the waist, his giant muscles excited a mnrmur of admi: ation from the bystand ers. The Sport beard it. looked his formidable op ponent over with a ke e n. criticising glance "Are you ready?" be demanderl, a moment later. "Ready!" the border ruffian replied, hoarsely, a confidt::>t gleam in his eyes In an instant t b e men had squared off with clinch ed fists, toeing the chalk boundaries, over whioh there was no following. Rosebud looked insignificant in size to the ruffian; nor diil h e push the battle. H e simply ward ed off the other's blows But in doing this he is simply biding bis time; be is watching al! for invesrment Ha I there I He strikes a blow in an unguarded moment. full in the fac e of Hickory Hank, and he ,goes reeling to the floor like a log. He is up ag-ain in a moment. however. and on his l('l.1..-d. an ugly bruise under his left eye. the rapid swelling of which will soon render that member temporarily useless. More sparring i,ow, which is done creditably: then suddenly there comes auotber resoundin,!l' spat, and Grim again goes floorward, with a frightrul yell His pals rush forward and would raise him to bis feet, but find him utterly ur:conscious; while upon his forahead is the print of a human fist, in livid coloring. "I think the game is over, gentlemen'" Rosebud Rob said, with a qneer little laugh, while the garden reverberated with wild cheers from a hundre d throats; "anvhow. I've given you a brief illustra tion of how Cinnamon Gulch pans out young lads. Now, then. is the1a any one else desirous of coming to see me on the same unc e rtain No one, Hickory Hauk had hitherto been counted the best boxer in the diggings, and tile example that hact been made of him was convincing argument that no one wanted to run afoul the "breakers" of Rosebud Rob. "Well, well. if there's no one confident I'll con tent mvseH with one victin, though I'd much rutber a half-doz e n hau bothered me at the same time!" from the little stage, and the manager of the Garden led out the star of the evening, Bel Helene, the Pis-tol Queen. Instantl.v there was a wild shout, and clapping of hands, to w1licb the young woman bowed graciously, after which her exhibition of with a revolver. She was evidently not yet arrived at tbe majority 11ge for woman-she looked even younger. Her form, however, was strikingl y developed, and her -----face pretty as a picture, in its wreath of flossy gold en hair, with a sweet, ex11ressive month, and flash ing eyes of blue. HE'r dress was of Spanish make, with short ski.rt and spangled leggings. She went with her performance with ad mirable skill and exactness, putting each bul1et where it was int. ended to be s e nt. Then, with anvtber bow she retreated behind the scenes, amid ringing cheers from tbe motley assem blage. And after she was gone the question seemed to pass generally from lip to lt,-" W h o is slie f" Hickory Hank was taken out into the open air, by his pals, and brough r back to consciousne.os, so tbl>.t be was enabled to sit on his haunches, and glare around at hi' bull-dog tools. "Cuss ye!" be gritted savagely," why didn't ye lay thet dandy out, when ye see1d I war ketchin' i heavy?" "Thar warn't"bo show!" protested one. "Bah I how often have I told you ter watch me, an' foller my example. When I Jaff. ye laff when I sw'ar, ye swar; when I flgbt, ye fi1;:ht.. Neow, I don't want ye ter forgit it ag'in, or ye ken't serve onder ther flag o' Captain Hickory Grim!" CHAPTER IV. SOME DU BOLICAL Sf'HEMING. BEL HELENE, th3 Pistol Queen, {l.fter performing her programme beforP. the patrob.s of the Jardin Mabille, left the place by a rear exit, and 'vith a dark cloak wrapped around her, hurried up the dar ker porti')DS of the gulch, until she came to an un pretentious board sbanty, over the door of which bung a squeaking sign, bearing the inscription WASHING A.ND lRONINQ," .A hesitating a moment;"sbe rapped upon the door and then waited breathlessly. Sounds of some person stirring were beard inside, and tll e n the door was opened by a fair-faced young woman, handsome of fol'm, and with an expression of weariness hovering about her eyes and lips. S ie started with a l ow cry, as she belil.el d Bel Helene I "What! can it be possible-you, Nelly A.ustinP' "'Shi Yes. T, Jessie. I have come all th<' way to this rough, lawless country since we part.ct three years agot" There was no time for further explanation just then, for the two girls were locked in each others embracP. But later. after the Crst friendl.v greetings were over. and Bel Helene was seated b e side her school mate of other days, she gave an e-xplanation. "Dear Jessie, you ask me wbat fetches me so far from the home of my birth. I can tell you a little. but not all. Since last we met, dear friend, a ll is changt'd. Shortly after you moved out here to the Black Hills. from the States, my fat.her and myself emigrated to the Indian T erritory, where be bad been appointed agent over on" of the tribes. our resirlence there, a bo l d. handsome devil in man's shape, into n ur midst. "I feared him from the first, because Lucife r was in bis eyes. He ingratiated himself into myfather's confidence, and tried to pay me particular atten tioushbut I repulsed him at every turn C could not bear im. I gre w to detest the very sight of him his every word and action was disgusting in iny eyes. "At I think he grew to hate me, for be took ever:v opportunity to provoke my anger, and pub licly insult me. Hearing of his doings-but not from -my lips my father attempted to chastise him, when the heart less villain drew a revolver and shot him through the heart!" "Oh. mercy!" exclaimed J essie. "And did he escape?''


Rosebud Rob .. 9 "Escape? Ab I yes, but it was with ml' close upon bis trail!" the young woman cried fiercely. "I have pursued him with the perseverance of a bloodhound. I have daily sworn before my God to kill him, and I only live to keep my oath. J e ss . e, you are my friend. W e have been as sisters in the days that have passacl. I want you, now, to shelte r me, while I see!< the man who destroyP d my father. Oh I d-do not s a y no I" and the girl droppe d upon h e r knees, and burst into a passionate fit of weepOf course you shall stay. Nelly, d ear!'' J e ssie Ma pleton r e pli e d pityingly. I, to< \ am an orphan, and alonA in the world, with no one to w hom to confidl', or that I lt is but little tha t I have, but you shall share it as long as there is anything to Share.', "Oh I thank you I thank you, swret siste r. I will help you all within my power, and at the same time watch for the man that robbe d m e of all." "What I Jessie cried, startfog back, a look of hor ror in Iler large brown eyes. "Nelly, you" Ay I" the girl cried, almost fierc e ly. "I bear a blasted life, and the accursed wretch is still at large. Ob I God thou mercifUl One, how long-oh I how long have J yet to wait?" "There I pray calm yourself, and let's talk this matter over.,, "Oh I no I no! I cannot-will not-cannot talk it over. It make s me m a I I M ADI Se e I am not un armed. I ha\ e a pair of revolvers, and akDifeoftbe truest stee l. and with one or the other shall I take the life of the wretch whom I am tracking Both weapons I know well how to handle; I have traveled from town to town, giving exhibitions of my shoot ing. Ha' ha I bow earnestly I have trained myself, so hat I might b e prepared to meet my foe I" Jesie Mapleton shrunk away, and dropped into another chair. She was more alarmed than she would have cared the Pistol Queen to know: she scarcely knew what to do und e r the circumstances. "You need not feel afraid of me.'' Bel Helene, noticing her agitation. "for sometim r s I yet wild, but am quite harmless. l will stay with you, and hunt for the man who wrecked my young life. He is here in D e adwood, I believe. and if so I shall find him, even though be be iu the deepest dis1rnise. It bas been nearly a yPar and three-quarters since I loRt track of him, but I am confident that I am now once more upon the ri ght scent!" I met during mY rambles up in Territory. The old gent bad been prospecting it seems. and, having struck a gold mine. he gives me a couple or nugge ts, and commissions me as mail-carrier of a letter to one 111iss Jessie Mapleton-which I beli e ve is your name, from all I have been able to ascer tain:' 'Jessie Maple lonl my name, sir? Ohl whatcan this mean?" tbe f?irl gasped e xcitedly. "Let me have tbe lette r. sir! What old man could wish to write to me? Oh I-ob I-if-" "Don't be excite d my dear young lady. The letter will <'oubtl es s tell you more than 1 can; but L reckon th" old gentleman was your father!" "My father-a line I Ob! y e s, God be praised, 'tis even so I Here is his writing-ay, and bis signature. Oh, Mr. Lamont! how can I eve r .,e 1 thank you enough for this priceless !lift ? the happy, ov er jo!,ed littlo s oul cried claspmg her bands in ec tasy. 'By the dPar old father, who i R e v e n now blesii}g you m his distant miner's camp," Lamont r e pli e d, owing prcfoundly. "Allow me to wish y o u a very pJeasant good-m o rning H e on i y r etreated to the door. however. where be stood watcbirg Jessie. as she ran to the window to read tbe d e arly-priz e d letter. "Ob I what happrnees is now mine I" she muttered, with a r evere ntial glance U!Jward. "Poor Nelly I she bas no fathe r, a letter from whom \vould glad den h 1 r heart! My own father alive? It do e s not seem possibl e when I have 80 long mourned him as dead. Let m e see. what be says: 'WASHINGTON TERRITORY, t "CAMP GOLD P11rn. f June 16th, 18-. "BELOVED DAUGBTER:-This letter will take you by surprisl' as you have probably mourned me as dad But. I am alive and w e ll, and by an inesti m $ ble {oung gentleman, I t last send you a Jetter. Whe n left D e adwo o d (wh1>re you will remember I h e d a small interest in a mine), I was deeply in debt a11d my creditors w ere thr1>atenin!!" me with impria onment, ay, i:ro mieed to lynch me 1f I did not square up. I could not. and so I was obliged to fty for my life. : Munro Malvern (God bless him!) assisted me to escape wbrn d eath stared me in the face. He had helped me to money a number of times, until be o wned my share ten 1 iines over, and yet h i s generos i y did not cease till the last, for he gave m e money and JJrOmise d to pay you a competence from the mir.e. He 1s a noble and a g o od man, without a self ish thought or a fault. I am rich now, and in a few On thA following morning Ralph Lamont, the months shall be with you, to settle with my credit scheming stepson of l Otmro called at the ors, and live in peace and happiness the rest of my little shanty-the most unpretentiar, d m r papa!" he murmured; "and Mr. notice the stalwart. \veil-dressed rrr11e. until he stood Malvern. tool How wrong I was to think of bim so quite near at hnr.ll. Then. he gave a little scream, unjutly. I am sure he will never forgive ine for and et1>pped back haughtily. my crue l suspicions of him "Sir!" Stan ing in the doorway, Ralph Lamont chuckled "Oh! don't be in the leat disconcerted, T pray!" softly to himse lf. Lamunt said, wi'h one of his mostwinninll"smiles, at 'The thing works." he mntter1>d: "and Unky's the same timf\ layiN! n card from bis elegant case star is in tb0 ascendant-likewis e my pure will be upon the table. "There is no need for alarm on attacked with a twiDJ?PO f inflation. Hal bal That your part. as perhnns you remembe r m e as the letter was a clever affair. after all. How d e ucedly young J?entlemn who chanced to rescne you from a fine I got in a p e rsonal puff a1'out the' infstimable party of attackilig roughs, several nights since-do :voung gPntJeman I' Ho! ho! Ralph Waldo Emerson you not?" Lamont. you're no fool y et. And now. it behooves "I certainly r emember, the pretty laundryI yru to go r for cash a s sets. keeper r e pli e d, without relaxing. She was quite I During the r e maincier of that clo y pretty Jessie alore. Bel Helene having gone out into the town, and was supremelv happy, and went about ber work sl!e lfked not the !Awning sinister appearance of the with a brightness in her eyes that bad been a stran man. "I beliAv e T thanked vouat the time?" I g1>r there of late. "Ahem I well, yes, I believe you did." the llutifu l During the afternoon there came a knock et tbe step-son of Munro Malvern was forced to acknowl-door. and on anwe1ing the summons she w s sur edge. "But when I am sent upon an errand, I gen l prised to find Munro Malvern standing upon the ere.Uy try to execute It to the letter. For illustra I threshold. tjon: here I !'ave a letter from an old covey, whom The millionaire mine-owner was attired with 5CM1'


10 Roebud Rob. pulous neatness and elegance, and he raised his hat door. "I am of the belief that you wlll become my Politely a> he beheld tbe pretty d/1-nghter of bis forwife-ha I ha I yes, I am of that belief I" m01>'partner. And then he took his devarture leaving poor "Pray excuse me, Miss Mapleton, if my coming is Jessie in a state of extreme agitation, as she paced an Intrusion, but I once more present myself to re-. uo and down tbe lloor. quest that you accept what is duly yours-namely, While, as he strode homeward, Munro Malvern a revenue derive d from the small mining interest was fiercely biting his lip with vexation. and cursing which your father owned in the Thunder Gulch lode. himself without hmit. The mme, I am happy to say, has panned out hand"I was a dunce-a blockhead, to attempt to rush some lv of lat e, and for your small mterest you have matters so fast!" he i:-rowled, savagely . I fright a o f one thousand dollars!" ened her by my crsed vehemence, and gave her a.n On e housand dollars! Mr. Malvern, I could not wight into my character." think of sllch a sum. Please step inside, And with contracted brows the schemer strode and I will g ive you my reasons," Jessie said, hand-along toward his own mansion further up the gulch. him a chair near the d oor. On his arrival he found Hickcry Hank s eated in Hal ha!" the mine-owner muttered, under his the library, enjoying the b es t the sideboard afford breath. "Lamont has b een h e re, and the plot is ed, in the way of liquors and cigars. succeeding-th"t we ll that h e r prejudice bag been 'rhe scene mttddened the millionaire, but he re overcome. and her scruples allayed against accept-frained from saying anything, for the border ruffian fro n me. ner benefactor. Softly, old boy was a tool in whom he must trust for dark work in --succ\!'ss is at you l" the future. The miner accepted the profl'ered chair, and then "Well," he said, laying aide his hat and duster," I turned t oward her whom it was bis purpose to en-see you are ou hand, Grim." trap as a victim. "Ruthe r reckon so," was the sullen reply. "Cum And now. Mis Mapleton, your objections against over ter get paid fer doing sum o' your dirty work." taldug what is rightfully your own?" "Hal ha I" Malvern laughed, surveying the rough, "Mr. M!l.lve rn. your kindness I have never been critically. "I should say you got all tlie pay any able to appreciate until to-day. when I received a one but a hog ought to ask for. Hal ha! ha!" lette r frorn my father." Jessie replied. In it he "Curse it, governor, the little cuss war an electrie fully clears you of all the unjust chat-ges I made volcano, jest a.s I told ye. H e basttd two sock against you, and sbo1ved what a faithful friend you dolagets ID the bazzoo, an' I didn't stand up ter take had to him. I therefor" it m.v duty t.o ask no more. '\'her print o' his knuckles bayr, on my you 10 f orgive me for all the wrong I have b e lieved forefront. 'II foll e r meter ther grave." of vou." Y o u shouldn' t hav" truste d yourself to fight a "Forgive you, my dear lady? Why, most assuredfisticuff duel \Vitb one who is evidentl v a trained ly. I have n ever cherished any but the kinclliest boxer. Why didn't you shoot him from the word thoughts of you. for I knew YQU to be in error. So go?" the old gentleman has turned up at last, ehf" "He wouldn't hev et thet way, cuss Mm: and heci "Oh I yes, yes, and lam so glad Mr.-llfr.-1 just thet clevilcat, Baltimore B e ss, to back him, an' ther' forge t bis name, brought m3 a l tte r from dear h efto'tbercrowd, sollayedoll'." papa, who is gettino; rich. up in Washington TetTi-"Well, we shall have to study up some other plat tory. But sir. he states that at the time of his de-to get rid of )lim." the schemer muttered, as ht parture b e OW'e d y o u a great deal more than his arose and paced the lloor. "Hello! where's the share in the mine, was wortll: and therefore I could p acket of notes I left here on the table? Did you not think of getting further into your debt by ac-take them Grim'" cepting money of you. 'Waal, I nu her reckon not," the outlaw replied, "Hal ha! you independent little pus>! You must with"' chuckle "Ef I'd got hold o' 'em.mostlikely excuse rne if I admire your spirit. B!lt those mat-I shed hPv slid out. Y e can s earch me y<'rself ef ye ters of other days arn all canceled, Jong e r e this, by like, an' see ef I don't adhere ter thergosp0l truth" the yield of the mine and you have your own "Never mind. Ralph took it, the rascal. dividend besid e s. Pray take it, 'vithout further hesiNow. about this Rosebud Rob. What appears to be tatio n, as it is rightfully yours." And the million-bis business here in D eadwood?" aire laid a neat package on the table. "Ask me sumthin' I know an' I'll ten ye, Hickory "I-I don't know as I am doing right to tatce this, I Hank replied. "'.Pears to me he don't hev no object sir!" Jessie said, lifting the parce l and handling it more'n ter ply ther sport." carefully. "Good I Let bi.m drop for the present. T'll 'tend "Tut! tut! Quiet i;i!! such thoughts at once. to his case myself. Now thereisA.girl whom I want Now. having free: my mind in this way, I have one I arrested on a cha1ge of the ft. You are to g e t your favor to ask, and tbe!l l will be gone I" gang togethe r. along with the sheriff, and go search "Name it. s ir. and my gratitude will cause ni.e to her house. No doubt you will find a packet of mo-do 1,0ur will!"' J e ssie cried, gladly. ney in her possession, which she tMeved fro m me. Well, I want you to marry Do you see? She must be arrested, and taken oil' to What?" Th0 girl r e eled bqck a pace. ir. sudden the jail, and stand her trial. l 'll turn up at the asto,ishmant. "111:.irry you, M:ilvera....:, marry rli::ht juncture. and take the case off your hands." you?" "W aa.1, I reckon ye'll hev ter pay a &ood sum fer "E.'l:actly Is there anyt':ting s0 horrifying or out seecb a lay-out." of the wav in that? You are pr.,tty: I am rich. I "Of course I'll give you a hundred dollars if you oll' e r you a chance to b0come a lady o! rank and stado the j o b up in l?ood shape. Do you understand? tion. and you-accept!" There must be no botch-work, as in tbeRosP.bud Rob 'Nol no! Obi that wouM be impossible, sir. I case." ., could nev r matTy you-any I prefer to re"You betyourbootsthegal will be in the 'Castle,' main single.'' inside of two hours, guv'norl" Hickory Hank re.. And I prefer to the contrary. Promise me to plied, ag be arose and left the room-" t.hat is, if any become Mrs. Munro Malvern within the week, and I money can .be fouud. will leave you in peace." "Good!" Munro Malvern, after the "Sir! Itoldyouno! Isthatnotenough?" ruffian bad disappeared. "Although it may cost "Curse it. no! You must say yes!" me a deal of money, lam bound to win the day. yet. You dare to say I mU8t do a thing? Sir! Once J get the ball a-rolling, it must not stop until it There is the door-go! This interview has been pro-has crushed out of existence these two children of longed too far. Robert Mapleton who stand in my path. Hal ha\ "Very well; I will go I" the ba.ll'led schemer re-did they but know it, and had they the right papers, plied, as he picked up his hat and strode toward the they could easily dethrone me from the ownership


Rosebud Rob. n of the Big Bullion mine, of which I owned not one penny's worth at the time of Robert llapleton 's dis appearance. But, they have not the rii:bt papers; Lucifer only knows who has; and consequently the Big Bullion claim is mine I" CH.APTER V THE POCKET-THE KNIGHT OF THE BLACK PLUME. AJ3 windeth the trail of the serpent, the sinuous upon which nestles the City of Deadwood, pomts to the north and the outh. Branches of it there are in a pleuitudehuarrow fissures and wider forks, some of which t e foot of man hath never trod; deep vales or pockets, mountain J ocked, through which flow streams whose waters are yel the "signs" for which the prospector Jn such a pocket, in between giant mountains, and communicating with Deadwt>od gulch by a narrow, subterranean seam between the stupendous walls, there is a solitary ranch or cabin, set down in the flower-decked bottom, and so neatly surrounded by towering hemlocks, as to be invisible to the naked eye from the mountain-top. The fact that horses grazed about in the little vale was the only evidence or habitation, for no person might be seen stirring about. But inside the large cabin, there was a scene worthy of description-a scene peculiar to the moun tains and the life thereof. The cabin was simply one large apartment with out any division, or partitions. A dozen or m ore network hammocks were strung up near the roof, which could be lowered for sleep ing purposes ; rifl es, knives, belts, and the general uarapbernalia of a ranger-or, rather, of a doz e n of tbem--were strungabout the walls, and in one cor ner a heap of saddles and blankets w a s deposited. Rough deal-tables were scattered here and there and also a variety of rude and skin'. couches. Aud, distributed about amidst this scene, were perhaps a dozen m e n, either rlaying at the tables, cleanin.!? weapons, or p laying upon some instrument, several varieties of which are here and there a bout the room. All of tbeee men are masked. and attired in the of the mountaineer-the inevi table knee boots, buckskin breeches, and fringe d hunting shirts. and s louch hats. Suddenly the inspiration seems to seize upon them, and, to the accompaniment of a violin and g uitar they break out into a wild harmony of song. a round dozen of well-trained voi ce s that pi c k up al l nt once every note1 from the low to ,be high, and ren-der it into a wila peculiar melody: "Hurrah! hurrah! for the mountain free I The golden 1 ills my home to be; The tlowl-'ry vale s and bidd e n nooks; Tbe pine-crest dales end dancing brooks, Hurrah for the life upon the trail I The gay free ride-hurrah I all bail I 'Tis life to the death, the days, the nights; With tbou"bts that are free; and then free tights. Hurrah I hurrah I we shout v:ith glee, A mPrty band of pards are w e. Ha I ha I ha I we ll done. my boys. I am proud of so fine a corps1 exclaimed a ringing voice, and the door swung aJar to admit a new-comer inro the retreat-a figure clad in the same manne r as t!oose within the room6except t&at from the bat floate d oack a graceful lack plume. The upper porr ion of the fac1< was covered with a black mask, through which :peered a pair of eyes like 1v. ''I allow chief that the Knights of the Trail '.ue glad to welcome you back." I doubt not that you speak the truth, lclyl was. the plePsnnt reply. and the youthful chief clasped his o fficer's hand warm! v. "You are a faithful band, and I would be more than an idiot if I we1 e not proud of you. I see you. are all here," with a glance about the room. Ay I all done I" replie d the lieutenant, smiling. "whe n :uou oraer, the y deem it best not to disobey the Kni ht of the Black Plume." \.\ rich prove s beyond a doubt their loyalty Idyl. Now. if you will fetch me a g la>s of water, f will rest a bit, and then toll you of my trip, and what; I l earnerl." And while the chief sunk upon c>ne of the stools, Idyl hastened to bring him a J>lass of sparkling wa ter which be quaffed at a draught Then he bowe d bis brad upon his hand, and ap peared absorbed in deep thought. until the lieutenant: arouse d him with a touch upon the slJou!der. "Cheer up, captain 1 you are not downhearted. I hope afte r your wilU mountain ride ? "Hal ha! no, ldyl-no t exoctly downhearted, but; rather in a mood for refl tction-for recalling the past-the accursed-" "Tut! tutl chief; r e flection is what throws you. into one of those moods which breed the storm. I b e g you will cat off the spell, and tell us of your trip to Deadwood." "Yes! yes! t e ll us of the ttip t o Deadwood!" ex claimed the men, in a voice. "Well. then. so b e it, conuades, thongb of the trip proper there is nothing to tell. I rrived in Dead w oo d to find. that our wor@t fears bn ve been realized. We have been spotted. in our ru ouutain home, a& ruad-age11t s "WbatP Can this be truS?" ldyl exclaimed; "u:ebrnude d as rnad-agents?" "Ay I 'tis even so. The busir ess which brought; us h e re, and leagued us into a brotherhood, has been misinterpreted, and in the eyes of these citizens of the Bl ack Hills we are a band of outlaws, and theo name of Nugget N e d, the Knight of the Gulches, is. daily growing famous-is each da[ being handled by lying tongues, 11nd stands a riva to the notoriety of the widely-known name of Deadwood Dick!" As be ceased speaking, tl;le young chieftain roso to his feet, aud paced to and fro across the room bis hands working convulsively. "T1'at is bad, captain; there seems but one pat:I open before us." "What is it, Idyl?" "To disso l ve the brotherhood and scatter, leaving the secret, which we have guarded so faithfully, te> b e f ound out by the world." "Ha I ha! are you mad, sir? Give up that for which-bah I-no! the knight cried sharply, break ing suddenly off from the completion of a sentence. When the oath is broke n and the band di,ssolved, I hope I may be dead I Only one line lies before usas brothers we must adhere to it." "And that is-?" "To Hgbt, wbep it comes to tbahHgbt as devils. not as men. The secrets of the order must remain in tact-the traUor m ust die 0 The traito r captain?" "Ay I that is what I said. The traitor, be be th& best i n the crowd must die!" A low. bushe d murmur from the men announced their approval, and, to a man, they rose to their feet. But, captain, that is a hard word, even in a whis per, to utter-tnat word lraiU>r Can you bring yourself to believe that there is such among our comrades?" "Can I? I know if, ldyl. Has Nugget Ned ever 1?ive n you a chance to question bis judgment? No. Well you know that he makes sure ot his points before he plays them. Look at this!" And Btepping to cne 6f lie table s, the Chief drew a piece of paper. the shape of a man's foot, from an Inner pocket, and laid It where all oould gaze u......,.


12 Rosebud Rob. 'l'ben stepping back a few paces, he drew and coeked a revolver. A hush like death prevailed within the cabin. Not a man moved, but all stood as if rooted to the floor, gazing alternately at tbelaper foot-shape and the masked, stern-eyed chie whom they were bound to obey, by an oath such as men ne'er before had uttered-an oath such as a demon would have shud dered to have taken. "You all see t be print!" Nue:get NPd said, as he l e t the hand drop by h i s side which h e ld the r e volver -"you all mark it sharply. Very "'ell; that is t ,he exact track of some person who left this ranch, crossed the pocket, and went out through the fissure into D eadwood gulch. The r e, in be othe r prints upon the stage road, I lost the trail. Now as uone of the band ever lea-:e here except on horseback, unless that member is sneaking away unbeknown to the rest of the band, and there is hut the one foot trail across the po cke t, I am poitive that the man who furnishe d n e ws to the D eadwood authorities is a member of my band-on e of you who are gazing at i:ne ,is I speak. Boys, I bate to suspect any of you, but the oath w e all took must be adhere d to and the traito r runisbed. "Therefore, I brought this paper, which Is an ex act measure of the foot. Let every man ste p upon it, and we wil1 see who is the traitor!'\ "But, captain, wlll it be just to judge a man by the size of his root. whe:i s everal may wear boot s of the same size?" interposed Idyl. N n !" Nu-::get Ned repli ed sternly. "I am no murderP.r, and I will judge no man guilty until I can name furtuer proof. Go on I I wm shoot tile first man who hesitates for he is the traitor!" Without a wod tbe lieutenant proceeded to s e t the He spread the paper out upon the rude earthen fioor and stepped upon it. wit precis ion, A murmur ran among the Knights. "You are not the man I" Nugget Ned bend fng over and scrutinizing the impress on. '"IeJ upon tbe fateful strip of paper, but covered :it by a lare;e majority." Number Six, a tall, strong-limbed fellow, straight as an 1'.Trow and compactly built, next stepped forward t o measure. He had only a medium-sized foot, and the attentfon Gf all was called to him. He wa< to tremble visibly, as be caught the eye o( the chief. npon it!" Nugget N e d said, sho.rply. "Idyl, look te the l tbi:lk we bav. e our man I" Number Six trembled violently, as he placed the ri!lht foot upon. the paper hat t e ll the to.le. lt is ex:actl{ the size of he measure, captain!" Lleutenant Idy rPplie::l, a moment bter. "A shoe maker could not have cut a b etter pattern of the botitom of Number Six's boot!" "A.s 1 Nugget Ned replied. "Wesley DancUeton is the traitor. But I wouldn't hang a dog .even on that proof. Some one bring a piec3 of sodded earllh large r than a m -n's fo ot. Number Six will tep upon it. and if his foot leaves an impression of a star in the heel, he is the man we want beyond dispute. One of the Knights turned to leave the cabin, but a erv from Number Six caused him to pause, .. Stop I y o u need not go to that e, the ac<1nsed said; hoarsely. "I will acknowledge that tbe st3r 1s upon my heel, and that 1 am the traitof' I God tn heaven help m el" And the wretch fell upon his knees, and began to groan and snivel. "Stand erect1" cried Nugget Ned, sharply. "Keep back, boys, as the Knights pressElil forward with l eve led r evo lvers. "I'll attend to this case, if you please. Wesley Dandleton, stand erect, I say!" With a groan thetraitorobeved, but hung his bead and trembled violently; more than he would, perhaps. had he not f Pared instant death. Look at m e!" Nugget Ned next commanded, aud in a tone which caused the guilty wretch to comply -for b e kn e w refusal or hesitation meaut instact death. He gave a single aft'l"ighted glance and then dropped bis gaze to the floor. "Wesley Dandlet.on I" the Knight of said as he cleared his throat, "you have acknowledged yourself a traitor among us. You are well aware ot the penalty which we all swore by an awful oath to mete out to that member who should deal hy us treacherously. I need not say that it is dPailt You have done more than betray the secrets of our brotherhood-you have branded us to the authori ties as road-agents, and we are henceforth as out;. laws, though we have done no dee d of outlawry. Will you make a clean breast or the matter? Tell ns the why you betrayed us, and bow far?" "No I what would it avail m e? the p oor wretch demanded, hoarsely. "It would be death all the same.'' Ay I it co11ld make no difference in that respect." "Then I will c:irry my secrets with m e to the death. Go ahead a_nd kill me. I am as brave now to meet rny doom as I can ever b e I" "You W'ed oot look upon m B as your execu tione r I Nugget Ned said, calmly. "I will leave .vour fate in tl1e hands of those who have been your brothers durinir our league as a band. Yonder is ,. box: upon tbe table. L e t each man write on a slip of paper 'Yes,' or 'No,' and cast it into the box. I will the n count them. If there be more nays than yeas, you are free to go whi ther you will. If to the contrary, you shall bang to the noose which does)ts work for many a traitor!" At. a motion, eac h of the e leven knights wrote upon slips Of paper, and cast the m into the box as di rected. In mute supplication Dandleton dropped upon his knees, and raised his eyes toward heaven. -Nugge t Ned n ext went to the bo-.:, and with a coolness born of experience in critical moments, counted the strips. At last he turned upon his heel, and with a n e w knight's head. "It is not what I ha1 hope d for!" he aid grimly, ''There is not one nay in the box, and your doom is sea.led I" Ob! m0rciful He"lfvenl" the traitor murmured, dropping flat upon bis face a pitiful wail, Nugget Ned turned aside, perhaps to hide any agi. tation he may have experienced, although the mask was over bis face. S everal pace s about. the roo'n; the n he paused and g lanced about. into the faces of those who had served faithfully under his flag. "Comrades! J leave you to execute work you have unanimously consented to do-,,amely. the lynching ot Wesl y Dandleton. As f o r 1'lyself, I l eave this valley for gMd. You can follow me into the neighborhood of Deadwood, and hold yourselves ready to answer the call of my silver shrie k. R e m ember! the order of our union is not y e t broke n, and though you know not and n e v e r hme known who is your leader, under the disguise of Nugget Ned, I b elievelou h'.lve enough contldence in me to follow where lead." "Av, Ayl captain! I can answer as to that for the boys 1"-llieutenant Idyl cried, enthusiastically. Good I I am glad to know it. But now, adios I go to D eadwood on business which brought me Into these Hills. Be you in waiting close by, but not in a boclyt with disguises In your saddle-bags, for you may ne wanted at any instant. When they


Rosebud Rob. .... A t I Nug1?et Ned for a road-agent, it will be because he cannot pull a trigger in self-defense." And turning upon his heel, the chief of the myste rious Knights left tbe cabin, without a backward iglance. Lieutenant ldyl then motioned to one of the num ber, and from up among the rafters tbe noosed end of a strong cord was brought down, until about nine feet from tbe floor, wbtre it hung, swaying to and fro. Not a word was now spoken. The men went at their work as if they thoroughly underst o o d what devolved upon them to do. While several bound the doomed man, hand and foot. others placed a table beneath the noose, and a stool beside it. Dandleton was then l e d forward, and lifted npon the table to a standing position, so that the horrible noose dangled before bis face, as if to mock his fears. "Mercy!" be gasped appealingly. "No I mercy is something I know not in the execu;ion of my dntyl" ldyl replied ste rnly. He the n stepped upon the tnble b eside the pris one r and adj"sted the fatal noose about Dandleton's n ec k. Then, be s'epped from the table to the floor; there were several minute s of silence. afterwb1ch the table was suddenl y jerked fro m b eneath the doomed man's feet, and b e swung by his neck in mid-air. Idyl then turne d to bis companions with a slmd-d er. ... "The job is done. Placard the body, and the n each man a way to the outskilts o f Deadwood. L e t not a moment be lost. Number Seven, blow the call for the horses; the rest of you gather up the traps." 'rh11 order'" s obeyed. In flttee n minutes the cabin in the hemlocks was dismantled of everything p o r t able, and the Knights were ready for a start. At a word from Ic'y l they mounted and dashed away across the valley, and soon we r e lo s t to view in a o f the mighty pile s of rock whi cli r o lled up into the picturesque grandeur toward a 5unset sky. Scarcely w ere they out ot sight, whe n a man r ose from amon!lr the natural flow er-beds of the pocket, and glid e d to the cabin doo r. It needs but a glance to recognize him as one we ha.v e met b efore, and that one n o n e other than the tnineown e r, Munro Malv e rn "Tbe devil is to pay!" he hissed, as be skulke d up to the cabin d oo r and listeued. "Dandleton, mv spy, was not among those fellows. What does it .mean? He was to mee t me, an hour after dark. Can it b e-" He pushe d ope n the door, and peere d into the cabin with a shiver. Then he leaped hack with a yell A frightful spectacle m e t hi s gaze-a distorted corpse aan gling to a rope in midair, near the center of the apartment. And upon the breast ot tbe l ynche d traito r was fastened a placard, upon which was written in crimson. the w ords : "A traitor-A ''ll"arning to tho s e who would tmitate his eaiampla !" "Ten thousand furies!" Munro Malv ern gasped, turning away. "Again am I f o il e d by that devil in mask, who styles himself Nugget Nedi" OHAI'TER VL OOllING TO AN m'"DERST..U.'l>Il'ftl-BEL HELENE ''TAPS'' LA.MONT. WE return to Deadwood. It is now several days since the occurrence of the Incidents, last narrnted, in the mountain,pocket. Munro Malvern sat again in bis library, and there was a dark expression upon his countenaace. "Our!'es on this worry which Is now constantly Upon my mind!" he cried out, fiercely, glaring at th9 figures in the matting upon the floor. "A month more of it will put me in my grave. Curse the dandy. Roo;ebud everybody and everything; J hate a ll I Ha! ha I the y are working to hedge J:le m, these enemies of mine and crush m<:o out 1Jt eirlst ence. But, they sha.ll flnd me steel to the last I I will tignt them with weapons made of gc:d. Hal ha! the Big Bullion mine 1s y e t mine ow1>. They cannot get it away fr m me-unlessRobtrt 211epleton should come to light!" "Robert Mapleton bae alrPady c ome to light!" cried a triumphant vo i ce, R :ad f'?Uilty mine-owne wheel e d around with a 61;(lrt! e d oath, to bebol._. Rosebud Rob, the Sprt. standin!? just within tne attired as uarn: w:1h the greatest precision. "Ha I yw !" the m!lli onaire gasped, a glare of hatred c oming into e y e s. u Rather t hot it i s nt no one else!" was the cool rPpl v. One w o uld have guessed that you were exp, e ctlae; t o see a ghos t by the way you looked arsundl' I waa not e x1;ecting you, cnrse your impudence I How rl'td )"-OU gain admissjon, E ir?" "(Jb: was easy enough. I allowed a mall sized six-shoote r, which I generally carry, to grin at your Ethiopian se1vitor, down in the hall. nrrl he made him self invisible in the wink of a cat s eye." Munro Malvern arose from his seat, a ha1d ex pression ccmkg over bis features. "See here! he said, bending toward th 8pot a devilish glitter in his eye-" we may as Wtll 01.dtr stand each other at once. You have come hert to D ead wood fo r a purpose. Y o u n ee d not deuy it. fot' I know to the contrary. Wha t is that purpose, cm-se you-w hat is ;i 1" "Tut! tut!" Rosebud Rob said, calmly; "don't get excited! We can just as well take 'hin1

14 Rosebud Rob. into the precincts or the mining strike in Cinnamon gulch, a 9ueer old customer of the tramp :epecies1 who had m his possessi o n a youth whom the \ramp rondlv called S<'nny.' This youth was a lad who had buffeted th" world alone for some years, the t1'amp In Chapter $econd we find the youth developing, -Onder the old man's instructions, into a firstclass .actor, albeit this same youth bad previously been upon the stage, in minor p a l'ts. The old man furrJshes him with mone v in plenty, and tutors him into a man ready to suit all circumstances-a dare-devil -a prize-fight e r, a young bully-yet, a r 1 entl e m a n "Cila]'.>ter Thi I'd. This y outh 'pans out in purty muob good style, iu the vernaci.tlar of Cinnamon gulch, and men soon understand that. although a dandy. a sport, a man to suit au circumstaaces, this individual is a man wh<' f ears naught. and that once -upor the s cent of a f oe, bloodho:md like he followsferret-like he plll'Snes with a vengeance until the game pauses, baffled, cornered, foil e d at every turn, with an eternity at eithe r band-a yawning gulf ov e r which there i no P scap e "Ohapter Fonrth. T rn old tramp dies, and dis an s ecret, anil will s his money to thi pard of bis, with p r ovision tha t the young individual, who. from a fond'1es s of wParing buttonhole bouquets had earned the o "riquu cannot pMve that your father e'ier owned one penny's interest in it; n r can you prove that I had anyt\tlng to do with the sudden diaappenrance of your father, over a year a""o." "We will see I" Rosebud Rob said, grimly. "Mr. .Munro M'llvem. I bid you a gool-eveningA very, very pleas'lnt 11ond-evenln<::." And, Sport was foe i:taring after him In a silent p:ll-oxysm of nige. When be could once more find hls tongue, a fright. ful volley of oaths escaped him. "Infernal eurses overtake that fellow!" he roared, pacing up and down the r oom. He is cool, crafty, cunning-all this and more His little story was meant to intimidate me. He is a ferret-a sleuth, a bloodhound, nnd I am not so blind as not to see that he will work against me with deadly cle tet'11'1nation. But I shall return fire for fire; l shall .li.scard scruples, and, aided by my right bower, the tlePil, it will be strange if be cannot be put out of the way. Are there any unguarded points I If so, they are not visibl e to me. '' Tbis old tramp he speaks of-who was hef Bah! why make a r e trospect10nf W ere you to look back over your career, Munro Malvern, no doubt any number of old and unearthly visitaaots wouldgrinatyou. Ha! ha! bal Hal hal ha!., And the heart-hardened man of the world laughed hoarse ly, as If there were some huge satisfaction in his words that touched the secret spring of his humor. The city of Deadwood boasts of gambling places in great number-perhaps, of more than any place of its siz e in the world. The great mining count17, of which Deadwood is literally the 1ente r-p in, has 1ts great hosts of toilers, and h e nce the numerous dens where games are run hy sharpers whose only business it is to lay for and the unwary at everr chance. Am ong all its competitors tlie "Eucher Deck" has probably achieved the gre,.test notoriety during the latter days of Deadwood, for being a deu of games and gamesters. These latter sharps, of whom the "Eucher Deck" es :ablishment had a host, were generally leagued together, and it was rarely that a fat custo:ner entered place and came out with a ceut in his pocket. It was also a stand at which pickpockets held forth; so that, b etween the two evils, the "ten-' derfoot" was doomed to b .n:iles and fema1"'3-for the latter take the prPce :.. 'cons i:-amblers in Deailwood; the 1ec1-sbirf;'l(l jnst out of the minPs; the gentleman of llsurc, who ten ti:nes 0t or twelve Is a p'clmoo''; t'o bullying rollgh; and all phases of human r'i'\l'acter peculiar to the Western mines. Among the women who nlghtly w ere the habitue11


Rosebud Rob. f the "Eucher Deck, there were many who were 'hands o me, elegantly dressed, and probably not of s hamelP,ss repute, exce p t the y w ere drawn to the board by the fascinations and allurements attendant upo n hig h gambling and b etting. Most unfortunately for Mr. Ralph Lamont, these talr votarie s of the game s of chance had had their Hxperlence with him, and would no longer notic e o r play with him, unless they w e r e morally certain b e bad a fat pocket book. And, altogethe r the dutiful step-so n of Munro Malvern was down in luck, to night1 likewise, very much "down in the mouth, and tnirsty at that. "Not a r e d cent!" be mused, as he dove for the twentieth time into bis pockets, to find the m empty. Dash it-the same old old story-bu's t e d I wonder ii' the governor hasn't got some m o r e forl(ery for me to execute-some love-lett ers for me to indite? Not a show f o r m e here, to-mgbt. without w ealth-not a single sme ll by Jove I They all kn o w me. That's the deuce of b eing notoriously popu ar in the fine art of b orrowing and n e v e r p ayingy our dues. Con found it, and hmv I would like to rub my stomac h against a sherry cobble r. S e e the bl ack-hearted in grates pour down the sparkling spirit, without t e n d ering me the use of their empty glas s e s to smell of even. That would he m o r e s a t sfac li o n than stand ing here lookine; on. Hello! who is this? a new one. who does not know m e Jove and she is as beautiful as a grizzly cub six months after birtbl" Hti gazed, as be utterPd t h ese words, at a female who bad just e n t ertd the "Eucbe r Deck," and was saun te ring toward him-a y o uDg woman, evidently not y e t out of h e r teens. aud,as he had re marke d v ery pretty, iu a Spanish M exican costume, with short Pkirt, and fancifully-bead e d leggings. As she sauntered along, a pair of piercing black eyes swept the scene at a glance, and finally rested upon Lamont, who was the only one. perhaps, in the whol e room who notice d her, so devoted were the spectators and players t o the games, which were at the hi ght of their interest. App'Oaching Lamont, the Pistol QuePn, for It was she smiled sweetly. although there was a burnjng fire in her eyes which the spendthrift failed to notice. Do you play cards. senor?" Bel HP.Jene asked, with a glance toward a table which was just being vacate d. "Why!-wPll-that is y es!" Lamont stammered. as horrifying thought cf bis empty pockets rushed upon him-and h ere was a chance to spend an hour wib one o f the prectiest womPn that had eve r p a ced the "Euche r D e ck." 'But, y ou-you perceive. my dear lady. I am N G.-D. B.-B. B. T.-. that is to say, bu 'sted by thunder!" "Hal ha! d ead eh? Well, that will make no differenc e ns long as I am blessed with a plenty. Besides you may nl)l e to serve me in a way that will repay. C o m e b efore the t .able ;0 ..aL for there are others standing ready." Highly pl.,ased. the dutiful s t e p-son of Munro ':):al vern follow e d b i s strange acquaintancP, and soon they were seatPd at the table with a bottle of high wine between them, engaged in the popular game of the mines-poker. "Drink and he merry, Mr . Lamont!" the Pistol Queen said. merrily. "We wlll have another game -then I want y o u to oblige me with a little information "Ask me a'ly thing in this wide world my dear creatnre, Rr.d I will answer with the p;reatest plea sure!'' L omont assured, graciously. for nis spirits wPre becoming more buoyant th" faster be imbibt>d the bottled spirits. The game was !IOOn played through, and by that time the spendthrift woa jus' boozy enou11:b to be communicative. Bel H elene had been watching him narrowly all the while, and an expression of triumph shot Into her eyPs now, as she 84W that hw time for playing bad arrived, "Listen to me I" she said, bending forward toward him, and enchaining his gaze-" to me; I am in sea r c h of a man; I b elie v e him t o be here in D ead wood. P erhaps you can t e ll m e of bim. Did you, sir, ever h ear of a man whos e n ame was Sanderson -Gary! Sanderson?" Phew I '" Lamont gasp e d, leaning back wi t h a drunke n chuckle I g uess y o u ve pretty near struck il e the first time. my b eauty. G t t "Jl Sanrlc-r-1on t Why, that's the v ery e my o ld Unky used to trave>I under, surP's I'm a bottle! Y011r Unk q !"Bel H e i e n e h a ff \\h1sp e r e d l e an,ing furthe r toward him, her f w orking wit.h e mo tion, and her hands c lin ch\ng until the n ail s cut into the flesh. "Yo u mus t t ell me of h im I Who i s this m a n you call Unky ?',, "My dea r creature, he is my beloved ste p -fathe r, from wh o m I o ccasionally make a spec, wheu I am hard-up ( o r cash. And his name-his nam e?" "Phe w I Must be a stranger here eh? e"i'*ially if you don' t know the cogn o rninious appe llative Lf my representative-aw-my: busin ess-manager, you see Munro M a lv ern ma'am."' ''And this is tbe man who once traveled through th., W est unde r the name of Gary! Sanderson?" the Pisto l Qu ee n aske d, n e rvously. "The v ery same old n abob!'! Lamont assure d, emptying the bottle to the last drop. "Ye see, he's got up in the world some, since then, and assumed bis g e nuine name!" "Then. Malvern is bis name, eh'-hfs real name by n isl" And this is the' man, then, whom I seek-the wretch whose life l have bunted so long I" the girl muttered, under her breath. "Ob I father. I am close upon his trail, and you shall b e avenged!" The n, aloud, she addre ss e d Lamont once more: "I must into Munro Malv ern's house-I must, I s ay; notbmg but death can stop me. You are familia r with the place-you must tell me how 1 can get in I" "My bel o ved creature-anything to accommodate you. Bring me &r.ot, h e r b<>ttle P f the glori ous spirit with which you hav" enthuse d m e and I will surren der unto you my nigbt-kel, which will admit you into the palatial mansion o my governor!" Bel Helene did not wait for deliberation -she knew the bargain was to insure th" success of her plans. She ordered and paid for the wine; then receiving the keys from Lamont, and leaving him to. make a nif,ht of it, she hurried out into the gulch. Now, Munro Malvern-now, Gary! Sanderson, the hour of my vengeance bas anivedl" CHAPTER VIL .d. WARNING-A CRIME-AS ARREST. -'GREAT SJ?lrit uv old Methus'ler they do say thet we aire goin ter Lev an actooal r esurrection o' ther days o' thet cuss, Deadwoo d Dick. wi' the s galoot, Nugget Ned, whom ther paper's blowin' so much about, fer ther chief center role tar the r pavilion o' vice an' road-agentry. N e ow, in the legal opinyun uv ther court, of whom I, Colonel William Henry Harrison Stokes. ar' an ann 'inted an' reverend re presentative-a beau'iful model of the great collossal statue o' justice-thes bizness orter be nipped In ther bud. Jn th}' revised statuary o' tber latest im proved laws o' ther city o' Deadwood\ it ar' laid down tbet road-agentry consists o' a o' masked galoots, bizness unknown, who cavort thru' ther labyrinthlan an' crooks an' crannies uv a mountain dePStrict, fer ther purpuss o' pillage an' plunder, an' ter intimidate widders an' children. an' scare old maids out o' ther growth which nature de mands, wl' tber advance o' years. Tbem's tber Jaws; an' tbet ther offense ar' punishable six feet above terra-_ftrma, wt' a stout limb an' a hemp cravat fer ther acting judge. Now then, I say, swln(r


Rosebud Ro'b. up this new road-agent, as an example ter ther world." "Wbo knows f e r sart'in, colonPL thet Nugget Ned and !Jis Knights <1r e road-agents?" ventured Balti more Bess-fvr the scene was in the "Little Brown Jug, with the usual characters that frequented the place. "lJ:t hain't been proved thet they hev committed any d eoredations of a lawless turn." Ah I Be3S, gal, ye don't understand ther intricaci e s o' ther great rejuvenate d laws o' ther United States o' Ameriky. in ther natteral courlle o' human events, et us as a populace ter keep an e7e on everybody. and if the breeze waft s one suspicion, ter grab et an' freeze ter et like grim death ter a nigger. By the weat o' yer brow work tber lsuspicion inter a tangible shape, until et asR11mes ther dimensions uv a certainty; ef ye lack a few p ints, add 'em in yerself; superiluous padding 1 s fat tet ther printe r, an' he r ejoiceth thereat. Spare no efforts to a ltl to, and, in due time, you will ha7e a ccise before ye, an' will hev laid ther founda t ion uv yer as a star in the llrm:i.ment o' l e gal juris liction !" "Yawl dat ish sol" a3sented Judge J acob, with a wis e shake of his head. "De r colonel ish right, so drue as I ish der shudge mit d e r court I" "So ybu would con:l. em n this Nugget Ned as a road-agent, eh. without a s in;,;l e proof?" Baltimore B ess asked, as she lit a fresh cigaretta. "Be3s, gal, :re shed not ask t e r kno' the r secrets o' ther Blackstone profession. There are various in tricate complic'.\t10ns of the l aw, which we are, as a firm, compe ll ed t e r Jock within our individual bo soms, and which can 011ly be extra,tad therefrom by tbe turning of a moneytary k ev." "Hal h'.\ I -'O t'tal. is your, eh? You banter for prices in your profes si 9n, you old rascal. Bess-as I am a beautiful specimen o' "Hal ha! such a beauty I But, here comes a stran ger-pbew I" All eyes were involuntarily turned upon a man who h a d just through the open door-a straight, wiry figure, of medium hi'{bt, clad in the costume of a mo.mtain r-a.nger, while over the uppe r part of Ws f a c ) he wore a blaclc mask. He stood for a moment and glanced about the r oom as if in search of so'lle one; the:J, turning sudde nlv he l eft the saloon without a word. 'Sh I" Baltimore Bass, H there is the man yo:i wvuld condemn, coloneli t'lat was Nugge t Ned!" "'Ethe real spirit of old lllethus'ler!" (;RSpe d the Hbeauty of the m ines,"i n g r"'a.t surpris e. "War /h'1t the 6810ot who kllO\VS SO much and ret says SO littl e Is tha t the roa