Deadwood Dick's dream, or, The rivals of the road : a mining tale of "Tombstone"


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Deadwood Dick's dream, or, The rivals of the road : a mining tale of "Tombstone"

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Deadwood Dick's dream, or, The rivals of the road : a mining tale of "Tombstone"
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Oopyrlght 1881-1887, by Bead l e & Adams. Entered at Post Otflce, New York. N. Y., ns second class marter. Mar. 15, l&-J\I No . 40 1 THE ARTHUR WESTBROOK C O Cl eveland, Ohio Vol. IV :Ii JULB' .AN 'llO'UB lllORB Tll&7 .lPPllOAOH D 80 TRj..T THU Dl.SQOVIClUll> TB& vn 'l'RR Dll'Till\WW.ll.. nnwnnn nlOlr

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1881-1887, by B eadle & Adams. a t PotOffice. N e w Y ork. N. Y. ""second c lass matter. Mar.15, 18'.J!l lNo.40 THE ARTHUR WESTBROOK CO. Cleveland, Ohio Vol. IV Q JlALll' AN BOUR llORE THEY BAD .APPROACH E D SO ':'BAT THEY DISOOV '8gn TBE EXl'IIWIG FIJUr, ) 'JIBE Pli.ISONSK. llllilWOOD DICZ.

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2 Deadwood Dick' Dream. Deadwood Dick's Dream ; OR, THE RIVALS OF THE ROAD. A Mining Tale of" Tomb11tone,'' BY EDWARD L WHEELER, AUTHOR 'OF DEADWOOV l>ICK NOVELS, "ROSEBUD ROB" NOVELS, "BONANZA BILL, MINER," ETC. CHAPTER I. DEADWOOD DICK RELATES ms DREAM. IT was a warm August night in the month's Katter half, and the scene was far beyond the borders of civiliz3.tion and settl ement, upon the level p1ail'ie, at the edge of a motte of cotton wood timber. Up in the starry blue dome the full moon was sowing with majestic radiance; a soft spring-like breeze l aden with freshness and odor ::if flowers blew up from the south, and, altogether, the night was one of exceeding beauty. To a young cottonwood, on the southern outskirts of the motte, a man was securely bound with lariats, as if preparatory to the Indian exercise of roasting alive. Not a gre'it ways from where he was bound burne:l a sm1ll cam-fi r e of. twigs and buffalo chips, but the lone prisoner at the tree was the only person in sight. He was a m!l.n a trifle above the usual hight, trirnly built, with every d eve l opment hardened and n e rve:! by constant expe r ience and life upou th3 trailt for h a was plainly a free rover of the bills anc1 prairies. His attire of knee-boots, with spurs at th3 he3h, light-co l ored pants, thrust in the bootleg-;;, an:l belted a t the ,e:I with the brown of health and exposure; his eyes dark and pene trating, his mouth firm, pleas!l.llt and yet liable to b ecome st1rn in ex:prssoion His hair was -worn long. down over his shoulders, and his lip adorned \Vith a grac3 ful mustache, with Ion"' wavy ends. Tak e n all in all, he was as some a man as on1 co:ili have found in a year's s earch upon the prairies-a man whom a. r eader of cba.i-acter wouli ;\t once have pronounced brave, cool, re0kless and faithful-true to and d 9a
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Deadwood Dick's Drea111o 3 along the mining borders, from north to south, -"I am thankful for your kindness, marshal," as a road-agent and outlaw, and placards had he said, "and offer you my band in friendship. stared from many a tree and rock, offering large It is not often 1 shake bands with any man, but rewards. when I do, I want to shake hands with a man But, these army officers have eyes and instincts who has a heart-a man who is honest and not like hawks, and the prisoner had -scarcely a disposed to kick a person because he once had a doubt but what he would be recognized. If he bad reputation. I am one who fights for right, could prove satisfactorily that1 once upon a time, to the death. Several times I have been driven by hanging t e had canceled his debts to justice, from my own and ha Ye fought back. If a man it might save him; if not, the results remained insults or attempts to run over me, I generally to be guessed at. try to pay him off in his own coin. I despise a In half an hour more the cavalcade had ap-cheat, a tyrant, a liar and a ruffian. l never tproached so near that they discovered the exallow a foe to take me when I can help it; I piring fire, and the prisoner. Then, at the comshoot a scoundrel or ruffian when I think he is a mand of the lieutenant, the main body drew curse to to the public. When I was a robber I rein, only he and the marshal riding on. only took from those I thought got their money In a few m oments more they had drawn rein dishonestly. 'l'hat's the photograph "of Deadand dismounted near Deadwood Dick, and stood wood Dick, and now if you want to hear about gazing at him in evident surprise. counterfeiters, I am at your service." "Why, hello! who have we" here'!'' the lieu"I will give yon my attention as soon as tenant cried. "Look, marshal-do yo not preparations are made for the night," the see1 We've stumbled onto a bonanza, as I marshal saidi shaking the sport's hand. "Lieu Jive I If I am not greatly mistaken this fellow tenant, signa the men to strike camp." is the road-agent, Deadwopd Dick!" In the course of half an hour the camp was not the road-agent, Deadwood Dick, struck, and Deadwood Dick in company with but the detective, Deadwood Dick, sir," was the marshal, the lieutenant and another individthe calm retort of the captive--" the man who, ual with long brown beard, who was introduced by hanging, forever pru.d his debt, to justice, by the marshal as Mr. Akronelle, were seated in then rose to take up a different life-trail, and the moonlight apart from the soldiers, engaged hunt down law-breakers, and villains, whether in smoking. they be professional outlaws or citizens." It was then, at the marshal's request, that the "Ah! so you admit you are the notorious ex-outlaw said: person who has so long made the name of Dead"Now, about the counterfeiters I spoke of. I wood Dick fall\ous, do you!" the marshal dewish to ask you if you ever heard of such a pe r -manded, tnterestedly. son as Phantom Moll, the Girl Footpad1" "I claim the title; I have never been ashamed The marshal gave a start. to own it sir!" "I have heard much of her," he replied. "Then 'what are you doing here in such a po-"She holds out up in the vicinity o f a recent sition1" mining strike called Tombstone, don't she?" Betrayed by a comrade, I was taken when Dick quer ied. asleAp and bound to this tree-then deserted '' As to that I cannot say. She was a great "What object had your companion in doing trouble and terror to the miners and settlers this1" down on the Bozeman trail last year, and "We were bound on a trail against a band of made it sickly for those wto attempted to cap. counterfeiters, and I am of the opinion that M ture her." was in some way leagued with them, and there-"Well, she's up around Tombstone, now, I fore left m.e here to starve, while he flew on to reckon. I had a strange dream the other night, their retreat to put them on their guard." and that's what started me out. I don't often "Counterfeiters, you say1" dream, but when I do it is always verified, "Yes-a powerful gang of them, who are afterward. In this dream, I imagined there doing a big. business." was a new mining-camp called Tombstone City. "What. gang do you refer to? There are at This I have since found to be a fact. I dreampt present several operating through the West. that the town was troubled by road-agents and "The one I am after, I believe to be unknown counterfeiters, all under the lead of a female to the authorities, and at the same time the called Phantom Moll. Now, you mal smile, largest and most perfect. organization of the when I tell you that I never heard o such a kind in existence, west of the Missouri. When person as Phantom Moll, until her name and [ learn what course you intend to pursue tovision came to me in my dream-which oc ward me, I may be able to explain more defi-curred, by the way, about a week ago." nitely." "Ohl I have heard of persons dreaming of "Well, sir, as a U. S. Marshal, it would be those they were destined to meet in the future, rny duty to arrest you as a desperate character but of whom they had never heard before," ,the 11ot safe to be abroad. But as a IIian, I propose marshal said, nodding "By the way, how did to give every deserving dog a chance, and your dream end1" knowing of some good deeds you have done in "I dreampt that I set out for the ne.w mininghihalf of justice, I do not propose to molest camp with the intention of breaking up the J 'ou now, when in a trap. Lieutenant, cut the gaug, and after many adventures I succeeded, bonds." and brought the offenders to justice. This por-The officer obeyed._ but evidently with bad tion of my dream is not so plain in my memory grace, and Deadwood vick once more stood forth as was the name of Phantom Moll. Then, dee free maI\ tac1:ied fro m anr l e
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Deadwood Dick's Dream. I dreampt that there was a young orphan-a cripple by the way, who was owner by right of heritage, of CO'lSiderable mining territory. Her name we.s Cora Clyde!" As he spoke, Deadwood Dick was gazing at his feet, but s ome subtle instinct told him that one of his three auditors started, perceptibly. He looked presently, scanning each of the three faces, minutely but fatled to detect on either a trac e of snrprise. "I thought I befriended tbis girl," he con tinued, "and the townspeople rose agains t me, and drove m e out. I then organized a band of agents, an'.l waged war, right and left, until road-agents, counterfeiters and ruffian s were all cleaned out, and peace and prosperity re stored.' "And you put confidence in this dream, eh!'' the marshal a s ked. "Yes. We were mining over on the Bitter Creek-I and a Mexican named Cordova-at the time; and having perfect faith in the dream, I took Cordova into my scheme, and we set forth for Tombstone. To-night, while taking an after supper nap, the treacherous cuss must have partially drugged me, and bound me to the tree1 where I found myself, on awakening, Taking my weapons and horse, he has sloped." The marshal was silent a moment. Do you propose to pursue your original purpose of hunting up this dream business!'' he finally asked. "Of course I do," Deadwood Dick replied. "I shall give the matter a thorough investigation, and doubt not but what I shall find verification for the best part of my dream." "Well, p erhaps. I, myself, have some reason to believe that counterfeiters may exist in that region. Therefore, as you are just such a man as I believe would do good service, I will, as is in my power, appoint you as one vf my deputies, which will put the law in your hands. I Will also give you an order by which you can draw rations for yourself and men at any neighboring post." CHAPTER II. A "HEA.RSE A.ND ITS PILGRIMS, tt THE road leading from Silverville to Tomb stone City was one of the wildest of all that wild region. Silverville, nestling upon a sort of mountain plateau five hundred feej; above the leve l of the prairie, was simply a collection of half a dozen rude cabins and a log tavern, with a po pulation of thirty or forty people, all of the sternr s e x. No wo:nan had yet lent her enchantment to the paradise of Silverville, and .yet there were some marriageably inclined pilgrims there, ready to harness up at any eligible opportunity. Rising the mountain from Silverville, toward the north, the stage trail ran on through a wild district to a little placer burg called G!oryvi!le, to which.all the regular mails were sent before sturdy Joe .Rapp started a daily_ staii;e from G!oryvi!le to Silverville, and subsequently from Silverville to Tombstone City, the new Eldorado, in the depths of the mountains. As soon as the discovery of Tombstone became Rn assured suc eess as a mining-camp, J oe Rapp's stage was al. ways well patronized, and he made two trips a I week from Gloryville to Tombstone and return, with Silverville the noonday station. Joe Rapp was a shrewd, far-seeing genius, and always had plausible excuse to detaU, passengers at Silvervil.le several hours longer, each trip, than was necessary for them to supply themselv e s with luncheon at the" House-that Jack-Built," which was the high sounding title of the single tavern. As a consequence the pas s engers generally lubricated freely, and Joe got a percentage on the ile sold, and as much as he could comfc,rtably hold himself. And those who pretended to know did asseverate that J oes storage capacity was at least "a quarter of a bar'!." Then the veteran Jehu would yell 'Board I" spring to a standing position upon his driver's box, and away would dash his six in-hand at a furious speed which would make the old hearse as the ponderous vehicle was called, careen from side to side in an alarmin; way, that caused inexperienced passengers' harr literally to stand on end. Jericho Joe, as he was frequently called, was a reckless driver, yet, strangA to say, he never had an accident or mishap from this fault. About a month after the meeting betwee n Deadwood Dick and the U. S. Marshal, the ''hearse en route for Tombstone, drew up before the Silverville tavern, and came to the usual noonday halt, while Jericho Joe yelled out the pleasant announcement-" Thirty minnits fer grub an' likkerl" which caused a greater share of the passengers to disembark and rush pell-mell for the bar-room, which also was pro vided with a lunch-counter: For the most part, the passengers consisted of bearded, roughly; dressed fellows1 with mining outfits strapped to their backs, 8.!though there were a few mort. g enteel appearing and better dressed individu als, whose peculiar vocations might have beer classed either as adventurers, speculators, sports o r gamblers. Among these was one man who:ie handsom face, tasty attire, and nonchalant manner pr0o nounced him to be the sport and dare-devil, Deadwood Dick. As he sauntered leisurely into the tavern, using a light sporting rifle as a cane, he attracted more attention than he was really aware of. The miners eyed him with curious glances, and whispered among themselves; the better dressed passengers regarded him with some thing like doubt in the expression of their glances. There seemed to prevail a sort of suspicion against him, but what, he did not know, unless by some means unknown to him, they had learned who he was. As be had ridden on top of the stage, ovet from Gloryville, some of the passengers had not obtained a glimp;;e of him until now. Without paying any attention to their glances, he took a position at one end of the lunch counter, and began to eat such lunch as was set before him, resolved to avoid a dis 11urbance, if indeed there was any desire among' the miners to create one, which he suspected was tha case. Among those near his end C1f the co\lnter Wiiii

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Deadwood Dick' Dream. an ordinary dressed man, with a recently shaven face, and peculiar gray eyes, who imbibed a "horn" of whisky between every two or three mouthfuls of victuals, and who seemed inclined to be talkative on the subject cf roadagents. 1 So there's danger of road-agents between here and Tombstone7 eh1" he asked of Jericho Joe, who was stowmg away "fodder," at his riifht. 'Walll, I should ponder!" the proprietor of the "hearse" allowed, pouring out a brimming of a decoction sold for Old Rye, and gulp it down. Reckon you've never been over this trail, eh 7" Oh, no-never. I just left my seat in the Senate, at Washington, last month, in order that I might come out into tb1s country on a trip for the benefit of my health. Phew! Then you're a senator, hey?" Joseph demanded, in surprise. "Exactly, my friend." S'pose that's yer darter, out in the coach, eh7" "Yes, that is my only daughter. It is more on her account than my own, that I am anxiou3 concerning these robbers who, you say, infest i!his trail." "Waal, I allow et won't do ye much good to worry, pard, fer jest a.5 likely as not stage'll git stopped, to-day, by Phantom Moll and her gang. Wben she sez' Whoa!' it's bizness every time, nn' 'tain't no help fer it, ca'se she's got plenty o' help tew back her-fifty or sixty masked cusses, armed to the teeth." It is shameful I" his sen!ttorship declared, with indignation, which he in some degree washed d own with anhthe r swig of "bugjuice." ''I shall r eport the matter to the President on my return to the Senate, and he will unrlo11btedly order the army to clear out these outlaws." The remainder of the conversation Deadwood Diel;: did not overheat\ as be fiuished eating and adjourned to tbeoutsiue of the tavern to enjoy a cigar, which was more than he had done in par taking of the frugal repast. The stage-coach was standing in the road in front of the tavern, !ind as Dick steppe d out, a young lady lookmg from the open door, and by accid ent or on purpose, he could not tell which, she dropped a handsome feather fan to the ground. Natural gallantry prompted him to step forward, pick ic up, and r eturn it to her, though something told him that the fan had been dropped on pm-pose to attract his attention, rather than by accident. Thank you! I am both surprised and pleased to see you here," a low, softly-modulated voice said as he returned it. "No thanks are necessary, lady," the ex-out law answered, considerably puzzle9.. "I presume you have mistaken me for some other per son." "Ob, no-not a bit of it. I knew you the moment you left the stage. But there comes papa; pray don't let him see you speaking to JDe." Still more astonished, Dick st.epped back from the coach, and was in, the act of sauntering away, when the Senator emerged trom the tavern. "Hello! What's the matter here1 llnve you dared to address my daughter, sir1" no criedl with a fiamLig countenance, as he inrercepteu and confronted the man from Dakota. If you refer to the youn"' wcmnn ln the coach, my dear sir, I allow that f took toe liberty of picking up and restoring to her i. fan she chanced to drop upon the ground," Deadwood Dick replied, looking the Washingtonian square in the face. "If I have perpetrate d any par ticular insult in so doing, I'll apolog1ze on a postal-card first chance I get." The senator grew more red in the cou.ut.enance at this, and muttering some unintelligible expression, turned abruptly and entered the coach, while Dick sauntered down the road to walk off bis surprise. Well, here's a go, before I've even got to my dream's destination," he muttered. "I fancy I've seen this noble senator somewheres, but cannot place him I.I.OW. His eyes are famrnar, and the palJor on the lower portion of his face indicates that he bas recently shaven off a heavy beard. As to the girl-blame me if I know her. She is good-looking, bas got red hair, and a pair of eyes with condensed devil in them. What strange fatality has thrown me in contact with her? W;b.o is she that she knowr me, and I don't know her? Wbai bas the futml' in store with this meeting as a forerunnerv Humph! I reckon I'd better not meddle with these three conundrums at all. As for bis senatorship, I-I-I don't quite understand him yet." He went back to tht> tavern where most ot the passengers were collected 01>tside the door, supposing that the stage was about to start. But to bi.s surprise, be found that they were evidently waiting for bin:., as some had drawn weapons, and all glances were directed at hill in none too friendly an expres!Uon. Jericho Joe seemed to head the party as spokes man, and as Deadwood Dick came up, and paused a few paces off to await developments, be said: W aal, stranger, the aspect Jukes kinder warlike, eh? Lukes like as ef tbar was liable to be a funeral hereabouts, don t it?" be said, in his jocular way. "I should say it did." the younj!; Dakotan repli e d, pleasantly. "What's the go? Prepar in11: f e r a siege against the road-agents?" "W aal, no-that is, thPTe's a le etle defkkelty ariz amongst the passe ngers, consarnin' you, which they've left me tew settle." Difficulty concerning me ?" Y as. Ye soo the b'yees bev somehow got it int.er their heads that you're the fum o us road agent who uster peramhulat.e up around the Black Hills under the name o' D eadwo od Dick an' ef sech be tb.i case, tbe'd jest as lief you'd not take passage in the same coach with them from hyar on ter 'fombstone allowin' yeow are in league with Phantom Moll an' her gang." "Obi that's it, eh! Well, now, my friends, se< your hearts at rest on one score. I am tbi remarkable structure of humanity known Deadwood Dick. But I am in the employ of the Government, and not liable to arrest for

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8 Deadwood Dick's Dream. my past career. It you can read, I have a paper here which fully explains why I am here-or at least what kind of a hairpin I am." And as be concluded he drew an official looking dom1ment from an inner pocket and handed it to the stage-driver. Now Jericho Joe bad at some distant day in his past eventful life acquiri>d the art of reading and spelling. which enabled him to read the document, which he did several times over whereupon h e returned it to Deadwood Dick. "Well I what do you make of iW' the sport detective demanded, triumphantly. "Are you satisfied?" "Yas, I'm satisfied tbet you're all Joe replied, climbing up to the drivers box. I allow the boys'll accept o' anything thet suits me. Eh, pilgrims1 I pronounce Dead wood Dick on the square, and as hevin' a legal right tew go through to Tombs15ono on the hearse-ain't thet enuifi" "I reckon that's satisfactory," one of the miners said, and the others nodded assent. "Then all aboard!'' Joe yelled, picking up the Hues. And in a few moments more the ponderous vehicle rolled 'I.way down the rough1 tortuous mountain road into the heart of a wild, rocky, timbered country, at a terrible !"aru of speed, the fractious horses at a gallop, and Jeric ho Joe handling the triple pair of lines and cracking his whip dexterously, while he sung and cursed the leaders, alternately. lt was not until they were nearly a mile out "Jf Silverville that Deadwood Dick made the discovery that the man who had announced himself as a senator was one of the outside pas sengers of the coach, and the discovery caused him to wonder what was the cause. He f elt 11ure that there. was some good r eason or his senatorsbip would not have left his daughter alone in the coach below. The afteruo m passed rapidly. The country they passed through was wild enough, and yet of great natural scenic gran deir. Iu places the stage would whirl abruptly around a nari:ow bend in the road, on one side of which a terrible abyss yawned dark and awful, and into which the stage frequently threatened to tumble. Night drew on, and the full moon rose brilliantly in the heavens, as if to light the dangerous trail over which the rumbling, jolting stage rolled. "Get yer pocket-books ready, boys!" Jericho Joe yelled, crackin g his whip. "We're gittin' alon!; nigh about the place where Phantom Moll an' h e r gang makes their appearance. No uso o' tr.rin' ter fight. fer tbar's allus five to one in her favor, an' when she's tired upon she allus cleans out every passenger and sends him en route f e r the bappv laud o' Canaan, you bet I" On rolle d h6'lrse" as if cager to encounter the dusky knights of the road-on, on, until J ericho Joe gave vent to a pa.Juliar growl and jerked his horses suddenly back upon their ha1mches. "Road-agents!" he uttered; then the passengers ilpon the top of the stage saw a swarm of duskv figures suddenly arise as if from the of the earth, and surround the stage-bearded, masked men, armed with carbines and looking well fitted for their lawless occupation. "Throw up your hands! Di?ath to him who offers resi&tance," rung out the stern cry, on either hand. CHAPTER III, PHANTOM MOLL AT HOME. IT was a brusque business-like command that those who w ere burdened with _rlethoric pocket books faile d to appreciat.e, !\Uh iu consequence tb.ereof, several of the uninitiated drew and cocked their revolvers, but were prevented from using them by others who knew enough o f this road-agent bus iness, to b e certain that fight was inadvisable, especially when the knights of the trail numbered four or five t;o every one of the passengers. "Come, gentlemen, dish over your valuables!" cried a burly individual, who stood a little apart from the r es t, and seemed to be the commander. "If yon will persist iu traveling our road, you mus t reasonably expect to pay toll. So fork over your cas h, chronometers, an' yer jewelry, deeds, chattel mortgages, and so forth, and you can go on to wek yer T ombstone. No mulish n ess, now, as we've a private cemetery, around tbe hill, yonder, wbere we chuck refractory patients under the sod!" Thos e within the stage forked over such wealth as they chanced to and then thoso on top were polit\)ly invited to aisgorge-all ex cept Deadwood Dick and the senator. The latter was not paid the least attention by the ro9.d -agents; aud when they came to Dead wood Dick, one of the masked men said: Yon can git off o' the stage, my f1iend The car.tam would like to see you!" I prefer to remain where I am," Dick r ep lied, coolly. "I have a few dollars in money, and if you prefer that, I will hand it over. "Our orders is to fetch you, sir, instead of your wealth!" the spolre sman said, sternly. "So you might as well climb down, first as lastt or we shall have to draw a bead on you. Deaa or alive, was what Phantom Moll said." ''Well, if this is the case, I presume I'd b etter hang on to the life consideration," Dick said, jumping from the stage. "l s'pose you're sure you've got the right man?" Oh, yes. Dead wood Dick is too well known for any mistake to be made," the road-agent replied, with a gruff laugh. Go ahead with yer stage, R9.pp; we'll call on you again, some other time!" J ericho Joe.accordingly cracked bis whip and stage rolled away. "A clever piece of acting, gentlemen," Dick heard the senator say to those ou top of the stage, in a sarcastic tone. "You are probably aware of the fact that it cost our friend of Dead wood no serious incon venience to stop over with the outlaws-at least h e didn't sheQ. any regretful rears at b eing detained. t H a l ha I I presume we shall all learn a lesson." -The n the stage r olled on and the rumble pre vented Dead wood Dick from hearing more. He bit his lip, and his blood boiled within his

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veins, however, at what he had heard, for be saw the stab this stran11;er had g iven him. He knew in him h u had an e u emy, and doubted not that it was he who had been the silent projector of the attempted disturbance at Silvervill e His meditations were interrupted by a hand being laid upon bis s h ou ld er, and a voice saying: "Deadwood Di ck, do you propose to a ccom pany us willingly, or shall we have to bind and carryyou'I'' "You need not put yourself to that tro uble," Dick r ep li ed. "I r ecogn iz e "the odds against me and Proceed and I will follow." "You are wise. Our orders WPre to shoot you if you became balky. You will permit us to blindfold your eyes, then we will start for headquarters." Thi s was accordingly don e and Dil"',k was led off, with a man holding each arm. By the tramping b e judged that the remainde r of the gang were bringing u p the rear. For fully two hours the march con"Linued, without cessation, ere a bait was made, and the bandage r e moved from bis eyes. To bis surprise b e found himself in what was evidently a mammoth cabin, ovlll.ls and roof of heavy lo gs . The main apartment was at lo._ eighty by one hundred feet, and then there wei e boar meditate upon his peculiar position. How his little venture was destin e d to turn out be conk; .10t foresee. As yet he bad not re ceiv e d very harsh treatment-indeed, wea po11s had n o t been taken from him-but he felt that the arrival of the famous female outlaw, Phantom Moll, would be the event of his future destiny. Then he thou ght of his official documents, and knew that it w o uld be disastrous for him to lose them, a s it would put him out of power until be could again consult with the U. S. Marshal, who had issu ed them. Watching a chance when no eyes were turned upon him, he took them from bis pocket, doubled them into as small compass as possible-then slipped them into a crevice between the Jogs, where they would not be readily noticed, but where be could find the m, if opportunity came for him to escaw. He then changed bis seat t.o another part of the. cabin\ feeling considemble satisfac tion in knowing tnat if he was searched, all they could find was the SJnallamount o f money he bad with him. About half an hour later Phantom Moll ap peared in the main part of the cabin. Just bow she entered Dfok could not tell, as s he was ap proaching him when be discovered her. Of medium bight of women she was pbssessed of a form strikinglybeautful, symmet1ical and graceful, as r e lieved by a neat-fittin g suit of male attire, with knee-boots, corduroy jacket, li g ht-color e d pants and hunting -shirt, a ud jaunty slouch hat upon a shapely head, set off by a wealth of wavy brown hair, which fell back over her shoulders. Her fac e above the point of the nose was con cealed behind a crimson cloth mask, but the m outh and chin and the throat were fair to view, and bespoke the fact that the whole face was rathe r pretty. Her bands were smali and shapely, and covered with numerous Jich gold rings, with diamond settings. In l;ier belt she wore a pair of ivory-handled r evolvers of large caliber, and a glittering dagger with a gold mcunted hilt. Such were the. points that Dead wood Dick DO ticed of this female brigand, who approached him unhes itatingly, h e r gleaming eyes sur veying him sharply through the h o l es in her mask. "Deadwood Dick!" she said, pausing a few paces from him, and speaking iu an impressive tone-" D eadwood Dic:k, are you aware where you are, and wbOIJ!ll you are confronting!" "Well, according to my best eyesight, I should judge I am in an outlaw stronghold," Di c k r& plied, quietly, "and according to popula r belief, I sD.ould infer that I was now in the presence of a ghost." "In both of which conclusions. you are .;or r ec t. I am a spirit-an embodied phantom from beyond the grave to rule and lead for others to follow." "We ll, now, you appear to beratherahealthl ghost, too," Dick allowed, sarcastically. "Hows the ot .ber ghosts and gbostesses may I ask1'' "It ruatters not. Your words seem to in dicate that you doubt that I am more than simply flesh and blood I" .. ITesumedly-yes. I rather opine you've

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8 Dea.dwooa Dick's Dream. struck the wrong chap tQ successfully play the ghost on. I've bed some experience in that line myself, and don't take any stock at par valu ." "You are a strange inan. D o yo u not believe in thing> disembodied1" Not on the present occasion. One reason is, I don't happen to, notice you r angelic wings ; then a gain, your appearance is so life-like and natural, that I dare to 1f I was to stab you with a dagger, you d be a very sick ghost." "You needn't experiment any, in the matter. I see you are not to be foo led-so we will come down to bus iness. Follow me to my private office, and we will converse in regard to what dis position is to be made of you." This matter-of-fac t invitation Dick resolved to accept, and accordingly arose to his feet. Part of bis remarkable dream was being verifi ed a ccording to his prediction, and he was now eager to follow it out to its end. As soon as he arose Phantom Moll led the way toward one of the partitions, which, as they approached it, parted in the center and slid to either side eno11gb to admit of their when they slid to again, by some means JJick did not jus t the n disc o ver. They were n o w in a narrow ball; passing through which, and past several doors on either side, they ente-red anothe r room ofl' of the end or the ball. This proved to be a continuation of the cabin, b eing in width and length about twenty by thirty feet, and provided with a board floor, which was covered with a carpeting of be!i.r and wolf-skin<, with the furry side up-'.-a mattinoat once ne"t and luxurious. The furniture consisted of se v eral fur-covered chairs, a round table in the cente r of the room, on which a l antern was burnini{-a couch of furs at one side, and near it a fireplace, in which a few sticks were smoldering In addition there was a machine at one side of the room i itrongly resembling a cylinder printing-press;, above which was a swinging-shelf, containing a n enor mous pile of what appeared to be plaros of lead mounte d on blocks af wood These Di c k at once concluded w ere the plates from which counter feit money was printed. On the opp()site side of the room was a large open front d es k, containing numerous pigeon holes, each one of which contained several packages wrapped in red, blue and yellow tissue paper, and numbered OJ!. the ends that protruded from the hol es Dick took in all these points at a roving glance, and then accepted the easy-chair that Phantom set forward for him, after which 11he seated hers elf facing him. "Now the n, :we are !!-lone, and can talk busi ness s he said, ligating a blowing a
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Deadwood Dick's Dream. 8 my agents Hal ha! Lieut.enant Dixie was telling me about it." Oh, yes: it was proposed by an old pilgrim on the st.age that I was a member of your gang, or else the other passengers would never have thought of it. I'll have to keep his kindness in memory, or I may forget to thr.nk him. If your doubts as to my welfare hinde r you from granting my r elease, I beg you to disnpss them at once, because I am well calc ulated to take -care of myself." "Because you have a little paper from the U. S. Marshal. Will you be !;:ind enough to let me look at it1" "lmpossiblA, as it is not in my posoossion at present-nor do I fancy I should tur:_. i t rover if I ilid have it. "Ob, wouldn't you? I may have dtiterent views of the matt.er But superfluous conversa tion in such a case, Deadwood Dick, is useless You came to this r ee:ion with a fixed resolve to brook up my band ot" road-agents and counter feiting busmess. I know you from r epute to be a great man-a man whom I have every reasou to prefer as a friend rather than as an enemy. You have refused two choices I t.e11der ed 7ou; I will now make you offerwh1ch is very foolish, as I ha'?e you in my power and nee.cl not necessarily offer terms. If you will give me your word of honor as a man that on being you will at once and forever with draw all h ostility toward u s and quit this part of the country for good, I will pay over to you in good money five thousand dollars Still bet ter, join tl::e band and marry me, and you shall have the whole command." "Neither propositi on can I find it convenient to accept,'' Dick said, decidedly. "You have it in your power to release a1e or kill me. Do as you choose "Then you shall die to-morrow at sunset!" the female road-agent cried angrily, smiting the table with her clinched fist. "You will find that I am not to be trifled with." As she struck the table one side o f her mask became unloosened, and it fell aside, so that Dick got an instant's glimpse of her face ere she hastily replaced it. It was a pretty face be saw-such a face as ill becatt.e the callin g its owner pursued, and though he only obtained a single look at it, it was indelibly p hotographed upon his memory. The mishap was opportune," be said. I was wishing for a view of your face." I presume you'll admit that it's a pretty face,'' she retorted, not seeming to be much put out. "Too pretty, I should judge, to 1-,elong to a robber and murdere!isl" be responded, gravely enough. "You are insolent," she cried, and pulled a little cord thaj; bung down from the ceiling. "You have till twelve1 to-mori;ow, to reconsider your decision; failing m which, you will be shot at sunset." Two brawny ruffians entered at this juncture and seizing Dick by the arms marched him out. As he was about making bis exit he gave the banilit queen a haughty glance and said, with biting sarcasm: "By-by, fair Spook! Though I may not see you again directly, you may expect to bear from me. Tai ta!" And be laughed his old peculiar wild laugh, that u!;ed to resound weirdly through the gorges of the Black Hills, in those days when be and bis trusty followers followed the golden 1lrails Instead of returning him to the main room of the great cabin, the road-agents disarmed him and thrust him into a side room opening off from the dark, narrow ball. Then they closed the door and lo cked it on o utsidP., and Dick was left to bi s own medi tations. His new prison was about the size of tae queen bandit's apartment, but furnis hed only with a pile of bearskins and a torch which burned from a crevice in one side or the log walls. The light, however, and throwing himself upon the pile of furs ne began to consider what was best to do. It was a matter, how ever, that deliberation did not materially improve, as facts as they stood, were not too pleasant. He did not doubt but what Phantom Moll would have him shot, rather than allow him to and organize a s i ege against h e r and her band, and, o n the other hand, he was r eso lved to risk the shooting rather than join the ruffianly crew, and thereby back out of the mission he bad s e t forth to accomplish. These seemed to be the only parts of the case to consider, for escape appeared to be out of the question He lay thus in deep thought, untir a clock in an adjoming apartment chimed out the hour of twelve. The n, overcome with wearmess, he dropped off into a sound sleep. Wheu be awak ened it was with a start. Some one wa:; shaking him by the arm, and ou rising to a sitting pos ture, be discovered that it was, judging by the form, a woman dressed in men's clothes-in fact just as Phantom Moll had appeared, except that the present person wore a feather in her bat and a scarlet velvet jacket, instead of one of corduroy. Otherwise she had the same appearance as the bandit queen, both in symmetry and grace of figure and iz.. general attire. "Well, what do you want1" Dick demanded, supposing it was in fact Phantom Moll. It isn't sunset, is it?'' "'Shi keep quiet if r.ou value your life," was the whispered reply. 'I have come t.o set you at liberty, so rise and follow me and plant your footsteps cau1liously, or we risk discovery, which would be disastrous." "But, bold! Before I leave this place I must e:et oome papers I concealed in the main room.if "Here they are. I saw you when you con cealed them. and took pruns to get them for you. "Thank you, Dick said, as he received them and thrust them into his bootleg. "I am placed under great obligations for this act alone Surely you are not Phantom Moll'I' "I am not. Who or what I am, you will in all probability never know. Enough that I come to set you free. Follow me, now, cautioUll" ly, and I will soon have you out of tbia." Dick obeyed.

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10 Deadwoo d Dick's Dream. With his commissi<>n restored to him, he was glad enough to get away, where ne colild have a chance to make and p lans for the eapt11re of the powerful and defiant gang of roaq agents and cou 1terfeiters. Taking his baud in her own, which was soft and small, she led the way from the room through the door, into the hall, where she paused an1 lifted up a trap-door in the floor, whereat was disc lo se1 a square aperture, against one side of whieh a ladder furnished the only visible means of descent into what appeared to be a bottomless pit. You first, and I will follow and close the trap," Dick's strange rescuer ordered. He obeyed and soon found himself standing in what appeare:I to be an underground passage. Here he wa1ted until his r escuer came down, when she ptoduced and lit a hmtern, which enabled him to take a survey of his situation. They were standing in a long p assage which was barely high enough to admit of their stand ing erect, and which was cut out of solid roc k. The masked female now led off with the light, and Dick followed, a silence prevailing b etwee n them. A few rods from the ladder the passage grew wide r on either side, and here Dick noted at least three-score of horses, tied to improvised mangers. full baH of the numbe r bemg saddled and bridled, ready for use. on, tbe vault grew nanower again, and contmued so fo1 a hundred yards1 when it suddenly ended in front of a dense Jungle of young pines, which was threaded by a narrow pathway, well wornJ and barely wide enough to admit the or a horse and rider. At th9 mouth of the vault a masked man was reclining upon a pile of grass, but he merely looked u p with a grunt, as Dick's guide led the way from the vault, on into the d epths of the jungle. Following the toituous windings of the trail, they, h alf an hour later, emerged upon the crest of a small mountain, baJTen of limber. H ere they came t o a halt and gazing back in the directio n whenca they had come, Def\dwood Dir.k behell a great stretch of dense pme forest as far as the naked eye could reach, said fores t several neighboring and presenting everywhere a landscape of darkgreen, as viewai in the light of the spectral moon, which hung low toward the western horizon. Day was already gradually breaking in the east. in whi c h direction the y were proceeding, on gaining the mountain crest. Before them the mountain descended grad ually, rou,h and r ocky, and sparsely timbered, into a narrow, open valley which wound around the basa of mother moun.tain, five miles away, and through which valley ran a silvery stream of water A trail deJcended from where Dick and his rescuer stood, toward the valley-another trail ran off to the right in the depth of a steeper monntai n and forest. "The1el" I have now brought you where you can easily find your way to Tombstone City," the masked guide said. "The trail to east, u p threugh the valley, lli!ads there. "Thanks, I will take it and try to reach the camp. In what way can I repay you for your s 2 rvi;:e in r esc n iug me, lady-for I know of no other name to address you by'I" "No paym<:nt is required, sir. I resc ued you because I heard of your capture by Phantom Moll's gang, and it was in my power to do sobecause I have always heard that you were a brave, fe11.rless m1tn, who would ever fight in behalf of honest and honorable women, rather than against them!" "I am g lad you have heard so well of me. My life has not been altogether unchequered with dark lines, but I reckon it bas not been entirely made up of bad deeds. But, before I go, will you not favor me with your namesome title at least by which I can remember you in kindly gratitude for the service done me?" "Well, if you persist, call me simply Belle. N o w you had bes t go, fo r if my-if Phantom Mo ll should discover your escape, pursuit would b e giveu, and yo u might return a prisoner. Also, never sleep except with one eye open, while in Tombstone, for I allow you'll find it worth while to look out for Number One, while the r e. Hav.e you no weapons?" "No t at prnsent. The road-agents appropriated the'.11." The n take one of my revolvers, as you may need it. If I see you again, I'll step up and take it out of your b elt, and you'll know it has returned to its owner." She handed him a handsome six-shooter of buRiness size, and then tipping h e r plumed hat, she tumed and d escended the mountain by the rigb t-hand trail. Watching her until a jutting spur of rock hid h e r from view, Dick thrust the revolve r into his belt, and strode away clown the eastern trail. By the time he reached the bottom of the rugged valley day had fully dawned, aud a hazy red sun shot its rays athwart the crest of the eastern horizon. After bathing his face and hands in the waters of the clear, sparkling stream, be set out at a brisk walk for Tombstone Just about the time he came to a bend in the valley, he spied a very scrawny and withal a very demure-lcoking donke_y grazing composedly along the banks of the stream. No claimant for the animal was in view and the donkey ivas also bridled. Discovering which, Deadwood Dick decided h e would not finish his journey on foot, but impress the donkey into his service. He had no difficultyin approaching and secur ing the animal, but wh e n h e attempted to mount, he found that he had a job before him. The donkey absolutely refused to be mounted, and bowed an u gly disposition. But Deadwood Dic k was too old a horseman to be fooled in this way, 1tnd soon landed himself su9cessfully upon the donkey's back, whereupon he threw his arm s about the neck and locked hisfeetabout the belly of the victim, in triumph. Then the donkey be gan to rPar and snort and bm;:k, but failed to dislodge his unwelcome pas senger; whsreuJK> n with loud and discordant

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Dea.dwooll Dick' s Dream. ubrays, and ears laid back, he began to run at the top of his speed. Hang on for dear life did Deadwood Dick, and it was in this ratber ridiculoqs manner that he made his first entree into the young mining-city of Tombstone, amid shouts of laughter from a crowd of idle bystanders, and the-unearthly brays of the donkey. CHAPTER V TOMBSTONE. THE flying horseman, or rather donkey-man, soon attracted the attention of all the people of the mining-camp, and the narrow gulch street was lined on either side by as rough and uncouth a crowd of humans as Dick had met in many a day, most of whom were miners, equip ped with picks and pans. The donk e y continued his mad race until he cam e opposite a large slab shanty, bearing above its door a sign inscribed as follows: 'EUREKA SALOON. 'SHIAN SAL, PROP'R." Hera the donkey stoppOO. abruptly, probably calculating to heave his unwelcome burde n over his h e ad. But be failed in that calculation, for Dick still retained bis hug, and remained seated. Then, when he saw that the bad-tempered animal was likely to canter off again, he quietly sli1wed to the ground. 'There! You can go now, beauty," he laughed. "You struck the wrong side o f an earthquake, when you set out to buck off a Dakotan, I can tell you." The donkey seemed to be cognizant of its defeat, for it laid back its ears and brayed l oudly whereat the bystanders laughed. Then Dick turned and entered the "Eureka." It was a rough two;Story building. The up per part, reached by an outside staircase, was run as a boarding and lodging house, by an old Dutchman, while the lower story, as indicated by the sign, was run by 'Shian Sal as a sa l oon. On entering, Dick found himself in a long roughly-finished apartment, a number of deal and gamin g t a bles and chairs while at the opposite end was a lang counter or bar, behind which was a large miITor, on either side of which were shelves containing bottles, de ieanters and glasses. A Chinaman, with a flat, comical visage and almond eyes, not to mention a very elaborately ribbone d pigtail, /resided behind the bar, as dispenser of liqui refreshments, and a single glance at him satisfied Deadwood Di c k that he was "nobody's fo ol" if he was a C lestial. At the time of his entrance there were but two occupants to the saloon, aside from himself and the barkeeper. One of these was evidently the proprietress, and the Dakotan gazed at her in no little as tonishment, for be saw that, in feature, she very closely resembled a face he bad lately seen, elsewhere. And the face was that of Phantom llfoll, the female road-agent! The eyes, the mouth, the contour of features, the hair-all were those of his late captor. The form, too, was nearly the same, though if anything inore petite and grace ful, its symmetry of contou r berng revealed by a. ueat-fittmg costume consisting of patentleather 1!op-boot' pants of buckskin-colored cloth, with gold fringe upon the outside seams; a whit& duck vest1 and white flannel shirt, with collar open at tne throat; a w1qe-rimmed white felt. bat, pinned up at one side with a butterfly, with diamond eyes, and a jaunty Jacket of same color as pants, and likewise liberally decorated with g old fringe. She wore a pair of service able revolvers !n h e r belt, and a knife hilt peeped from its sheath upon h e r hip. Such is a d esc ription of the person whom Dick saw seated at a, tab!e, engaged at a game of cards-a young woman apparently not over eighteen years of age. If surprised when be gazed at the woman Dead wood Dick was more than astonished when he surveyed theman with whom she was playiug, for be his own l ikeness before him in every r espect-a man whose form and fac e in every detail resembled the young Dakotanwhose features, eyes, mouth, mustach e hair and shape of head, were all a perfect counter nart of those of Deadwood Dick. -His dre how ever, consisted of a full suit of spotl ess white duck, with slippers upon his feet and a round scarlet on his bead, while in bis belt be wore Just an even balf dozei::. of dangerous-looking r ev olvers, all at. balf-c.ock. So forcibly was be impressed with the appearance of these two persons, that Deadwood Dick paused a few moments n ea r the d oor and gazed straight at them, scarcely abl e to credit what. he saw. At first be was tempted to believ e that the young woman was indeed Phantom Moll, hu!j,a close r study of her expression o f countenance convmced him for the time being, to the con trary. But who was the chap who looked so much like himself! That was a question he was obliged to pro noun ce a "sticker," until subsequent revela tions should answer i t The attention of the p layers was finally attracted to the watcher by a grunt from the barkeeper, whereupon the young woman threw down the cards and thumped the table with her fist. "Well! by blazes!" was h e r ejaculation. "Two of a kind, as I live! Do you see, Mis souri?-tbar's yer doubl e!" Humph I the f e llow does copy my mug quite cre ditably. l say, stranger, what's your biznessf" "That d epe nds somewhat upon circum stances," Deadwood Dick replied, advancing, and not liking the query any too well One needn't trouble to a s k yours, I perceive." And the Dakotan dropped into a seat, handy by. By which I yon mean to infe r that I am a profess ional cardsharp?" the counter part said, flushing angrily. "Exactly. That's wbat I sized yon up for, without knowing your name. No ctrense. l trust."

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12 Deadwood Dick's Dream. -. "You'd be crossing Jordan, I aNow, if there inter the Eureka! Eve n Mister Mike Missouri, was any particularly!" was the r e ply, with a beer, who clairps to be the boss of the town, hoarse chuc kle. May I ask who you are-as don't keer to say yes' to a dispute, when I say I n o ti ce t h a t you and I somewhat r esemb le 'no,' fer fear he'll suddenly git sleepy, an' -,vake each other1" up in another camp." "Certainly!" Dick r ep li ed "The handle I'm "I don't think I have ever confesse" myself most familiarly grasped by, i s D eadwood Dick." afraid of you!" the gambler said, scowling. "The devil yo u say!" the counterpart gaszd. "No, but you dassent call 'Shian Sal no "Well, by blazes!" the young woman eja.c unames, tho'!" the '!Oman repli ed, with a coo lated, springing to h e r feet. It struck me laugh. "Come, Deadwood, have a cigar, seein' who you wa&, the moment I saw you. as this is the first time I've met you." Shake h ands, Deadwood! My name's 'Shian Dick accordingly followed h e r to t'!:ie bar, Sal-forl?ierly o' Cheyenne, ye see-and I'm the where she ordered the Chinaman to set up the boss of this ranch, and am right glad to welcome best. you!" Then she took occasion to say in a low tone: "If so, why so!'' Dick queried, shaking her "You wai;it to keep your eye pee led, or you'll wft, warm hand as requested. I don't know be surprised." '.that I ever had the honor of your acquaintan ce '' Eb! I don't understand," Dick said. befol"l!" "I mean to say, you've got an eneme I am inclined to think the me never make mucb money or success." citizens will obje c t to your mixiug futo the "Goorl. for you I I like a man of your caliber, population. Road-agents and horse-thieves are who will fight back when set upon. Yon stay shown but little mercy, here." handy where I am, an' i f theypitc b onto "Presum'3dly, you are right. But you see I you, count Oc. 'it that 'Shian Sal will be in happen to be prepared for any objections they the row." may have." "Don't. I n eve r want othe r people to en "Good fer you, Deadwood I Don't let 'em tan;rle themselves in quarre ls on my acr,ount scal'e you, a bit. 'Shian S3l happens to own "Pshaw! D've s'pose I'd stand by and see a quite a chunk of this town, an' ef ye want help, frienrl. hurt! Not muchr' you cone I allow I've got a repertation "You are my frienEI, then!'' al'9und this hya1 burg, f e r bein' able to take "I gave you my hand, didn't H Only friends keer o' myself an' one or two tar spare, an' them eve r grip at that. and you're the ftrst one a.s wants to git cleaned out ginerally sails right that bas, here in T om bston e."

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))eadwood Dick's Drea111o 1 3 "Then, if a f r iend, tell me one thing:-are you not at the same time an enemy?-are you llOt Phantom Mollr' The girl laughed outright. "No, I am not," she answered, decidedly You are the fint one ever to ask me that. Do I look like her?" "Enough so, that I could almost swear you and she were identical." "Well, is it any more strange a chance re semblance than that existing between you and Missouri!'' "Hardly, I fancy. Who is he-what is be!'' "My would-be husband-if he could I" and here Miios 'Shian laughed again, in a musical, hearty way. Oh, he's a bad pilgrim, is Mike Missouri, as quick l\lld spry as a cat, and handles his tools, skillfully. He's afeard o' me, tho', 'cause I can pull a pop-gun jest a jiffy spryer than he can. Then, too, he'd like to marry my gold mine across the cree k, not allowin' thct he keers a cent fer me. He'll quarrel with you if he can-so look out I" Dick thanked her for her confidence, and then sauntered to a seat across the room, where he picked up a paper and began to read. He bad only been seated a few moments, bower, when Missouri approached him, with a dark scow!. "See he el" he said, in a gruff way; "you' and JI: might as well understand each other. The y !ay you're quite a fellow on your muscle while ]. allow I'm bo s s of this town. Now, we luk a like, an' mistakes are likely to occur, so it be comes my duty to request you to vamoose, I beinf?" first to locate.'' 'it And it becomes my dignity to refuse," Dick replied calmly. "I dou't generally leave a place till I'm made to I "Then I'li make you I" Missouri growled, drawing a knife, and leaping forward, with a deadly purpose gleaming in his eyes. But the man from Dakota met him half-way -parried the blow of the knife with one arm, whlle with bis right fist he dealt the ruffian a stunning blow in the face and he fell back upon the floor. Just at this juncture the door opened, and a gang ,of armed men marched into the room. him in person, and took pains to torment him with a reference to his battle. "Well, you found the man from Deadwood to home when you called on him, didn't you1 she asked, with a grin. Pshaw! I only triEjd him to see if there was any fun in him." And found there was more than you had bargaine d for, eh!" the girl laughed. You'd keep wi1le out of hi s trail, Missouri-he's an r eg'lar volcaner, is that Deadwood Dick." "Bah I l'll lay him out, if I eve r have a square deal. I r eckon the Vigilantes want him, now, however," and he n odded to the squad of miners, who were headed by a burly, bPwhiskered ruf inch a six-footer, and evidentlv one of the class known as" bad 'uns," in t',1e mining dis tricts. Led by this chap, the Vigilantes approached within a f e w yards of D e adwood Di c k, who h a d his arms fold e d and stood gazing at them, while a cocked r evolver was held ready for use in his right hand; then, by an orde r from the lead er, the whole gang stopped. After clearing his throat with a business-like ahem!" the bullwhacker glared d1Jwn upon the Dakotan with all the ferocity he could sum mon, and said; "Young feller, you're tbe very inderwidual we w'u'd fasten our paws on Are you aware what august body stands before you!" '' Estimating .you according to your pl rsonal appearance, I should infe r that I was standing in the presence of the body of a combination of el ephant, rhinoceros, kangaroo and what-is-it?" Dick retorted, "W aal, ye jest hit it, youngster-I am every inch a combination o' what ye sed, an' can chaw up sech pigmies like you in a single gulp. Behold in me Frightful Fred the Vigilante c hief, an' the r great Caperin' Canmbal o' ther Wes t. I'm a chawist and a gouger, I am-a reg'lar old yowltin' he-wolf an' wildcat. I hev chawed up an' swallered a hundred sech chaps like you, an' when I vv::.at a meal I jest waltz rie:ht up and bite off some galoot's ears, or nosel'Y If you are really such an extraordinary animal, you ought to be put in a cage and sent CHAPTER VI. out with a traveling menagerie; Barnum wo ul d THE MARSHAL SHOWS HIS TEETH. make a fortune out of you Dick retorted. 1 QUITE a lively outlook was there now for "Oh, ye needn't poke fun, tbinkin' you kin Deadwood Dick-for he had no doubt the squad git away, f e r ye can't do it. We're the Vigi of m e n had come on business with him. lance Committee of this hyar city o' Tombstone Missouri scrambled hastily to his feet, with a an' I, Frightful Fred, aire the chief-cook-an'string of oaths, and laid his hands upon a pair bottle-washer o' the concern, an' we've got or l>f r e volvers in his belt, but he did not draw ders ter arrest ye!" them, as the man from Dakota already bad him "By who m given, sir1" llOvered "By ther chief citirens cj this byar town. "You see you are n o t able to cope with me an' fer the cause o' you're bein' connected wi' Dick said, ooo lly, and I ad vise ;y-ou to let DeadPhantom Moll' s gang!" wood Di c k alo n e The next time you see k a "That is fal se I have no connecti o n with quarriil with m e I s hall kill you, very likely, that or any other gang; in fact, I came bere on instead of l etting you so easy." purp
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Deadwood Dick's Un!f.ed States-not fer we. We don't like no one ter settle hyar in this town who:!le reputa tion is bad, an' tbarfore we citizens did hold a convention last night, an' passed the resolution that no sech a chap as Deadwood Dick be 'lowed in ther town. So, now, either you kin git up an' dust, or we'll put yer neck in a noose, you bet!" "In the name of the law, I refuse to go!" Dick replied, his eyes flashing "1 have a legal and lawful right to remain here.'' ''Not when the people ter a man say no!" Frightful Fred replied. "Heer's a paper w'ot '11 tell ye jest w'ot is w'ot !" And be took from his pocket a large sheet of paper, on which the following was written in a heavy hand: "NOTICE! Wlt'11'eas: L come to the hearing of we the citi ze ns of the city of Tombstone, that a notonou g qut -tbroat and called Dead wood Dick is at large in this vicinity and Wlle r e as: Said D e adwood Dick is under suspi cion of c oming here for the purpose of robbery and gen e r al outlawryhand is susp e cted of being leagued with the bloodyanded fema l e foot-pad, Phantom Moll; "Reolv e d: Tliat shall th said notorious character, Deadwood Dick s e ek to ent e r our town on any pre text, or for any purpose whatever, we the undersign ed, and citizens ther eof, shall, through our Vigilance Committee, order htm at once and fo r ever to take bis departure; and "Resolved: That if he sha ll refuse so to do1 o r shall renew the intrusion at any subsequent penod1 ne shall be captu red a li ve a n d taken to tlie first c onvenient tree and lynched-hung b y the neck until dead." The ; : followed a l ong string of signatures in vadous styles of chirography. Whan he finished the doc ument, h e tore off the portion contaimng the names and thrust it into his jacket pocket, while the other portion he tore into bits and scatterd upon t h e floor. I'll keep the names for fnture reference, as I may want to repay a debt of gratitude!" he said, significantly. "As for the other portion of it, I laugh at it and refuse to go. I have the law on my sid e ; d 'rive me forth if yo u dare, and I'll make this town caus e to regret the day they struck the initial war-blow at Deadwood Dick. Do you understand me, Sir Bullwhacker1 I refuse to go! So if you want the concert to commence h e re, just warble forth the note. I am ready to fight the gang nf you, and you may have heard that D e adwood Dick always comes out side up with caret" Ana so confident and so eager for a scrimmage did the man from Dakota at).POOr, that the Vigilantes stared at him in wonder. The man who had the assurance to boldly and fearl essly stand up and invite the ettack of a dozen armed foes, mus t be more than ordinary mortal, they argued, and such a man was best carefully inventoried, before attacke d. Even the bullwhacker, Frightful F r e d was somew hat surprised, but the bullving elemen t in his composition was such as was not eaaiV ']Onquered by words "Yo>l'rl b etter rnrre nrler !"hP growlerl. "wrm: e;; v .. '"? u -,v. on te r ye, t har ... : \ much as a grease-spot left when we got thr01Jgl;l with ye!" " Of you and your crowd-probably not," Dick retorted. Don't think you can intimidate mo by blowing, my friend, for you cannot do it.. There's only a dozen of you, and I dare say it you take pains to search the records of my past you can find ch1:onicle of more than one occasion when Deadw00d Dick has cleaned out twelve better men than you are. "That's tt"Ue as preachin', Fred Cook,'' 'Shian Sal declared. coming up; "and as I'll shove in my 'sixes' in any scrimmage you have with Deadwood hyar, the likeliest move ye kin make is retreat-fer I allow you know my style o' shootin'." "Well, I'll take yer ad vice, gal, but ye recol lect thet I don't give up beat. I'll cum back, directly, wi' ther hull o' the townter back me, an' see ef the infernal road-thief won't cave then!" And directing his men to follow suit, he left the saloon When they were gone, 'Shian Sal turned to Dick "Well, it turned out different than I expect ed it would," she said. I didn't know but I should have to set Ching Chang a-moppin' up gore. " Which you would, if things had not taken theturn they did,'' Dick averred. "What are you goin' to do?" she asked-" stay and brave it out, or vamoose!" I shall certainly remain until it becomes so hot that I have to go!" was the firm reply. "If you will lend me a revolver I will go out and saunter around town now." That will ho risky. "Pshaw, no! It will only illustrate to them that thetve stirred up the wrong man for a coward.' She accordingly lent him her pair of weapons, he promising to return them by evening. This made him three, all of which he placed con spicuously in his belt, and where they could be reached handily. Then he set forth upon the main and only street the young mining would-be city boasted of. It was not a large place, by any means, having existed for only a few montJis. There were a couple score of log cabins scattered about on either side of the creek, a grocery store, a milling establishment where quartz was crushed and the mineral washed out, the Eureka Saloon, of which 'Shian Sal was boss, and another com bined saloon and dance-house further up the street, which was in full blast night and day. Then some sanguine mortal had started, as the sign in front of a shanty proclaimed, a "THEATE:&," particular emphasis being given to the sounC. of A, by its superior size. The bulletin-board, which was papered with a hand printed bill, announc"ld that a company of Metropolitan Stars would appear every night in the "highly sensational farce" of "Uncle Tom's Cabin," the admission being placed at four bits.'' The appearance of Dead wood Dick upon the sla'let at once attracted attention from knots of .... tt /.fi..K!e-i.ng bT' the peo pl e hEI Di c k drew the . that nf t!Jf' n1in e rs

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Deadwood D ick' Dream. 115 bad qnit w ork, for some cause or other, and b e \ Later the notic e was r ead and reread by a rightly r e ckoned it was because of his prese n ce crowd of wondering r e sid e nter s who w ere at a in the town. l oss to understand what was the next to The y w ere grouped in v arious pla<:'.es, en-f o ll o w Jus t as the SUR w a s se t ti n g tha t mgbt, gaged in co nversatio n t h e drift of whic h h e w a s Deadwood Dic k crosse d ove r from the Eureka, well a ware was toward him, b e did n o t b eand took his stand upon the b ox. tray that h e h a d paid any attentio n t o the matter. Instead, b e sauntered l eisure l y up the street taking a l oo k a t t he town a s he w ent, and s carce l y n oticing any one wh o m h e p assed y e t se eing a ll H e had r athe r anticipated a stree t attac k, but none was g i ve n The bystand e r s wh o m h e passed surve y e d him in s ull e n sil e n ce and not a s h o t was fir ed In the CO W'Se o f hi s stro ll h e too k in the dance house, but r e m a in e d only a few minutes afte r whic h h e r eturned t o the Eureka Saloon. lshia n Sal calle d him to on e s i de, as soon a s h e had entered, h e r f a ce more serio u s in expression than be 7et had see n it: I've b ee n :i oing a little more promiscuous sc outing for you I s h e e xplained. "Ob, have you? Dic k r e plied "What suc cess did you h a v e?" "Eno u g h o f i t sucb a s it is Take my advice, D eadw ood, and vamoose If you don't they're g oin' to t a k e y o u, sure as blazes, to night, and whe n the y take you, y our neck will by the forfeit. At l east that is what toe sworn, decisi o n i s I" '' You believe the y mean busin ess?" 1 Yes, I'm positive o f it. Every approach to the town is n o w guarde d, and the sentinels have orders to shoot you if you attempt to escape. To-night, at dusk1 the who l e population will turn o ut, en masse ana eithe r take you and bang you, or die in the attempt. "We ll, according to that, I must have earned my Tombstone in coming h e r e," Dic k r eturned facetiousl y I w onde r if these worthy r es idents pro p,ose to put me in pickle after the y lynch me. "I d o n t know. You'1e mighty coo l about it!" I can stand it to b e cool," was the answer. with a grim l augh, be<'ause according to ail popular b elie f, my future residence may be in a som ewhat warme r clim ate." And the n b e laug hed again reckless l y. "You will try to make you r escape befo r e it is too late, will you not?" 'Shia n asked, eagerly. No I propose first to talk the matter over!" He procured, the n a large sheet of blank paper, and with a marking-brush and ink, whic h Sally c h a n ced to have h e fixed out a poster, oontaining the fo llowing: "NOTICE. Deadw o od Dick, th e e x-road-a,gel!.t and now a depu ty -ma rs hal appointed b y U S .marshal B ird sall, will d e liv e r an imp ortant address here this ev e nin g t o t h e cit izens o f Tombstone. All are in vit e d t o atte nd and bring tlleir shootin'-irons with them!" T ben did the Dakotan leave tbe E u r eka, cross the street, and tack the noti ce upon a large dry goods box which s tood beneath the o utspreading branches of a giant cottonwood tree. CHAPTER VII. A BOX SPEEC H .A.ND A DIS.A.PPE.A.R.A.NC E Hrs audienc e was alread y co ll ected A hun dred or more r ough ) y-dressed, l o n g -b earded v eterans of the pic k and cradle we r e gathere had an accompanim ent of knife and rifl e Take n as a whol e t bey w e r e not a handsome assemblage, n o r t o o h o n e st-l ooking whisky having left trace s of frequent c arousals on m ore than one c ounrenance Among the c i:owd, as he took his stand, Dead wood Dick could not see anything of 'Shian Sal, at whic h b e won dered, for she had been absent fro m the Eureka for upward of two hours. N o r could he see anything of S enator Clyd e in the assembly, but looking across the street be dis cov ered him seated at an ope n window, in an upper story of the E ureka. Tempted was Deadwood Dick to draw a revolver and shoo t him where he sat, as b e w a s well able to do, b u t a second thought admon is hed him to bide his time. After glancing s harply ove r his audie nce, b e drew a cocke d r evo lver in either hand, and said: "Ladies and gentlemen : I am not surprised to see you all here, fo r I felt sure y o u would want to hear what I bave to say. As you may g u ess, I am no t an orator by profess i o n, lint when called upon to defe n d myse lf, I opin e my tongue never fails me. Now, my errand h e r e to-night, is to ask your kind attention to a few facts whic h I shall administer t o y o u, und ask your sensible consideration of the same." "Waal, go ahead wi' y e r ark. I opine we kin listen anyh ow!" one of the miners said, gruftl.y. T hank you," D ick r eplied bowing. I will try to be as brie f as possibl e To begin with: years a g o I had the doubtful honor of being a r oad-agent c hief, and by se veral off enses made myself a targe t for the darts o f the law and it& advocates I, h owever, suc ceed e d in escaping as many times as attac ked, until I finally gave up the life for one m o r e quiet and peace ful. But, e v e n the n I was pursued and bunted f o r old scor es until not long ago, I was c aptured, and hung. "After being left for dead I was cut down and r es u scitated by a friend, and thus while I hung and paid my d ebts to nature and justice, I came back to life a free man whom no law in the universe c ould mol est for past offenses. Since the n, howev er, I have been mol es ted, f r equentl y and find the :;ame i s extended me m your town, wb10h I have visited as a servant of the law, rather

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11 Deadwood D ick' s Dream. than as a breaker of it. I am here as a U. S. For in the excitement of the moment their Deputy Marshal, to arrest an:d break up a gang late orator, the lively Dakotan, bad also very of counterfeiters, who, allied with a gang of s u ddenl.v disappeared. road-agents, exist in this vicinity under the The discovery caused the crowd to re-collect leadership of Phantom Moll. Now, gentleupon the street and dis c uss the matter1 for the men, this is not chin, but fact, and I've got the loss was extremely annoying, when tney had papers to show for it. So what I want to know been so sure of their man. 1swh y ain't ter be trusted wi' a "Ef ary galoot wants to go up thar an' ruli pm's value. Tbarfore, I allow yer forge d tber risk o' gittin' his brains blowed out, h e kin deputy papers, nor any other tricks, can't hooddo it-but j est count Frightful Fred from Frisco wink us We've got ye hyar whar ye aire sure, out o' the ticket!" an' ef we know ourselve > P hantom Moll will Git a lot o' shot-guns an' rifles, an' fire 'em lose one o' her shinin' lights!" u p into the tree!" suggested another "Is this the sentiment of fue whole crowd?'' "I have a still better plan," the se'nlt:tor aDeadwood Dick demanded, sternly. "Do you nounced. "Some one tap the tree pretty deep r efuse to recognize me as an o fficer of the with au auger1_and plug it with powder and l aw?" l eave a frise mckiug out. Then build a.._fire A grim murmur of assent was heard among around the tree, and blow it to pieces It will the crowd. be pretty likely to bring down your man." "Then I pronounce you a gang of ruffians Tbis pian was good, but dangerous to the man a n d law-breakers 7ourselve.s, and bear me with the auger, should the Dakotan be in the it-that I wil have the satisfaction my tree ; therefore. it was finally decided to bom position enables me to command-J. will gather bard the tree with a howitzer, which the mmer_ around me a few faithful fellows and make it chanced to have. so sick for the on es whose names were appended T he juvenile cannon was accordingly brongti'; to that pape r to-day, that they can have no forth, loaded to the muzzl e with powde r ant'!. choice but flight or death. Only when you slugs, and the muzzle pointed toward the top come forward, ask Deadwood D:ck's pardon most section of the tree. and join his band of L a w Protectives, will you It was then touched off, and a report followed be safe! that made the hills echo. "Now then, you have heard me. You ean When the smoke cleared away, they perceived have m e as au ex-outlaw and citizen, or as a but very few branches upon the tree, the volley law enforcer, who will make this town deSE1rvhaving scattered and riddled everything in its ing of the ominous articl e it resembles in name path. -or, you can refuse all that and sail r ight in Nor could they find anything of Deadwooa and take and lynch 'lie, recollecting that I shall Dick. The only conclusion left, was that he had shoot the first man who sets the ball in motion. escaped-an opinion which was confirmed by and as m1ny more as in my power. before I 'Shia.u Sal who came sauntering down the have to sub:nit to overwhelming odds." street, a t this time, and inquired the cause "Then shoot me first!" the big bull whacker, of the Frightful Fnd, cried. "Wh:, >u durned lunatics!" she cried, "Stop! stop! ll.y to cover!" a miner cried, laughing'
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Deadwoo d Dick' s Dream. 17 young woma n, inst.ead of espousing the cause of made no sign that she did-was outwardly calm such :i'uffians." and composed. He's not half the ruffian you are, old Senator Clyde was not present, but a burly snoozer!" the girl fired back. ruffian, Jack McCoy by name, seemed to take "What!-you call me a ruffian-I, a senator the senator's place as the leading spirit, for and eminent financier1-l'll box your ears for later, in the evening, when all of the gang were that, my pert miss!" pretty well affected by frequent lubrication s And h e aimed to slap her upon the cheek McUoy arose, and said: with the flat of his hand. But, skillfnily dodg"Miss Sally of 'Shian, I am called upon, this ing him, Sal dealt him a stinging blow over thE' eveni n g to address you for a few short moments, left Pye, with her fist, which knocked liim quite in behalf of the c itiz e ns the illustrious city. over upon the ground. On rising to bis feet, Et appears by all popular belief that you are bis Honor and senator, instead of renewing not fully appreciated as a citizoo, and feeling the attack, made for the stairway leadin g to in sympathy with you they wish you well away the lodging-house, amid shouts from the byfrom this town. Therefore, you having estab standers. lish ed a business here, and they not desiring to The next morning placards were posted in prominent parts of the littlo mining-town, bearmg the following notice: "FAm WARSING]-" This is one o f D e adwood Dic k's visiting cards by which i n vitation is exte n ded to the honest a nd law-abiding citiz n$ of Tombstone to at once j o in DeadwE1od Dick's Law Pro ectives, as eve ry man who does not join this o r der, wit hin ten days. is doomed A.II wisbinor to come over to th e side of the law, can wear a gold dolla r UJ:>On bis ehirt front, at 3ix o'clock each evening. DEADWOOD DICK, "Deputy U, S. l\larshal." G-HAPTER VIII. A CORNER IN RUFFIANS, BY this extraordinury notice the people of Tombstone were apprised that the man they bad turne d so determinedly against, had been, while they slept, in their town to l augh at them in defiance. Enraged to a great pitch they were, and no tices were posted along the different approaches to the town, offering l a r ge rewards for the capture of the ramous ex-out law. Several days passed without bringing events of any 'importance, but in this time by the free u se of money, of which he seemed to have a great quantity, Senator Clyde was working himself into popularity. H e a l so u sed his best endeavors to create prejudice against 'Shian Sal, arguing that she being an apparent friend of Deadwood Dick, was, conseq uently, not a safe person to be at large. Sally was uot l ong in learning of the influence that was being exerted against her, but took it quietly. She perhaps kne w tha t there were few within the contracted "city" limits of Tombstone who would dare insult o r tackle her '--she on several occasions having c!.>a n ed out more roughs than one iu a fre e fi(;ht There fore while the T ombstonites were likely to hearken to Clyde's financial persua s ions, that was about as far as they were willin g to go. One evening about a wee k after t h e events last narrated, a large crowd of the r o ughe r element were congregated in the Eureka, where they were seated about tables smoking and drinking, and conversing in an undertone, ever and anon glancing at the handsome, queenly of 'Shian Sal. behind the counter. It was evident that the drift of the coo.versa tion was toward her, but if she noticed it, she drive you from it by force, they have volunteered to g iv e you a thousand dollars, if you will quit the town!" And they put you up for their orator did they1" Sally asked, sarcastically. "I have the honor of being the spokes in ther case "McCoy announced, unblusbmgly, 1rhe n you had bettPr go and bury yourself!" was the girl's r etort. "If you should happen to mind my business too much, you know what expe n ses you will be put to for the funeral-and coffins have raised five dollars apiece at that, since I come h ere to Tombstone " You don't mean that you will r esist the appeal of the law, do you, girl?" I mean that ef you think to bulldoze 'Shian Sal, you're off the narrow gauge!" wRs the reply. "I wasn't born in thb woods to be skeart out of my wildcats, and ef you don't want a de crease m yer population before the census man comes around next time, the like li es t t hing you kin do is to keep right away from me." The speech had the effect to cause a scowl among the auditors, for they now were well aware that was danger ahead for them. Several had been the occasions w hen some ill bred wretch had provok e d a quarrel with her, and a funeral had followed. "But, see hyar, young lady, thet ain't a-goin' to pass muster in this crowd. We won't let et pass. It's ginerally known for a fact tha"t you are friendly to our declared eI
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Deadwood Dream. 18 pins, bnt I allow about tber Rtarcbiest thing ye kin do is to jinel fer l've heerd tt;ll some purty bard stories o' nim, and am goin' to have a brass statter made o' him, an' entered accordin' ter tber act o' Congress. Come, now-who steps out first?" I, for one, for I think I see a strong inducement!" a man answered, leaving the saloun, forthwith-and he was one of the principal mine owners of the town. His action litera lly the ball a rolling, for others followed his example, until there was 11. perceptible thinning out of the crowd. Nor did it stop until full half or more of the "committee" were gone. The remainder, determined men of the ruffian type, stood benea1 ; h the lamp light in the Eureka saloon, huddled together, and engaged in a low conve rsation. It was evident they were prepared, or at least resolved, to stand their ground. "Last calll" the stern voice of Dead wood Dick was heard to say. "Does any more desire to accept of the mercy of Deadwoud Dick?" Nary a man, beer!" one of the bolder rebels declared. "We ain't o' the stuff ter be skeered out--r>ot much I" Then prepare to receive the consequences as they are meted out to you!" was the reply, coming from an opposite direction to the pre vious speech. "Away, men, to the retreat, and do your duty as I have directed." And almost immediately the thud of many horses' feet was heard dashing away. CHAP1'ER IX. MISSOURI MAKES A DISCOVERY. THEY were gone-these Protectives, as they styled themselves-and it was not until the hoof-strokes of their horses had died out that the handful of men yet remaining within the Eureka Saloon dared to give a sigh of relief. .And after the sigh they walked up to the bar to a man, and lubricated with a liberal quantity of the stuff sold for whisky, which, be it said to the credit of Miss Sally of 'Sbian, was the best article that could be found in that delectable region. Then the gang dispersed, to see what damage the road-protectives of Deadwood Dick had done t,o other parts of the young metropolis-all but llfissouri and Sam'l Sweetwilliam, and he soon Hill asleep, to all appearances, in a chair near the rear end of the room. It was not until this event that the man who looked like Deadwood Dick ven,tured to speak. He then approached the bar, behind which Sal was standing, and leaning upon the counter, he gazed at h e r steadfastly. "Sally Sheldon, what is the matter with you?'' he asked, reproachfully. "Have you suddenly grown crazy\ or are you only trifling, in hopes of ratting ria of me?" Well, as I don't experience any signs of in sanity, I dare to presume that the latter would be the likeliest conclusion for you to adopt, if any," was the composed answer, as the girl busied herself in arranging some decanters. "But see here!" Mis s ouri cried. th11 co unter wit!.: 1::.!s n : l wcu't !;ave r.1..: i',;d,5 Since that devilish road-agent, whom I unfortu nately resemble, came here1 you have not boon the same woma.H you were oefore." "Never was a woman-simply a gal-that's all," Sal retorted. "Reckon I'm 'Shian Sal, just the same as I used to be." "But not the same to me." Humph I Was I ever anything t.o you, Mike Mis s ouri?'' Yes, you know you were. We were on friendly terms, generally speaking, and you had acknowledged to me that you would marry me some day in the future-" "When I couldn't find any one else-ha! ha t ha! Mike Missouri, you are a fool-a knave aud a fool. Why, do you s'pose a divine creature of my royal standing and good looks could care for a miserable gambler and roue like you? P shaw! they'd better put you in a cage insteaii of me." "Curse you! It is folly for you to trifle witu me in this manner, for I've sworn 1o bave you, even though I may have to dye my hands in blood." "Oh, dear-don't gore me with any more such tragic passages, or I shall surely faint!" Sally protest.eel, facetiously, putting up her hands. I do detest Shakespeare." Perhaps you also detest that infernal road agent, Deadwood Dick?" he sneered, fiercely "Oh, you bet I don't I" she said, provokin71y. "I think he's jest old peaches-cream, sugat antl all. Why, do you know, the very first chance I get I'm going to pop to him?" Missouri grew fairly livid with rage, bis growing wild in expression. We shall see if you will!" he hissed. Henceforth will I make it my sole and ".>nly purpose to hunt that dog of a road-agent doW!" to death-then, if that does not cure you of your idiocy, I'll kill you too, and prevent any one else from getting you. ".All right. Just before my funeral let me know about it, so I can have a shroud made!" was the sarcastic retort, as Missouri turned and stalked from the saloon, uttering unintelligible curses. After leaving the saloon, the gambler strode up the street toward the outskirts of the town, wllere he owned a.. cabin, in which it was his habit to spend such portions of his wghts as were not devoted to card-playing, and a precfous few hours they were, as a rule. Wrapt in anger and jealous passion as he strode along, the gamester failed to note thd h e was followed, and that, too, by a woman. She had been following bim from tbe neigh borhood of the Em:eka, and continued to shadow bim, at a respectful distance, until they were just be;rond the edge of the settlement. Then she gamed on him rapidly, overtook him, and laid a band upon bis shoulder. "Stop!" she said, imperatively. He wheeled about, as though shot. "Hello! the devil-a woman! What do you want, madam?" "I want you, Jacki" sbe said, throwing up her vail, and revealing the face of Miss Clyde. "Hal ha! such a surprise, eh?'' llfiRouri likP. on e c1urn h, a {!ray. ..... t. :.,a.He: h is <

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Deadwood D ick' D i-eaa. n a n ce, and his han ds ope ning and shutting, con vulsively. "You-you !" he gasped. I though t you wer9 dead!" "And hoped SC>-in fact, made no effort to save me, when I fell overboard that wild night on Lake Erie. But I was l uckily picked u p, and am just as lively as a chip yo u bet?" Missouri's countenance f'eII a trifle at the as-sertion. "So I p erceive," he said in a reluctant tone. "But1 of all things, how in the world came you to viS1t this place!" "Oh, indeed! Why, I came with my papathat is, my adopted papa, you see!" she said airily. "Ahl so you've adopted a patm:familias to manage you, eh! Well, I'm cussed glad of that. It saves me the undesirable responsibility." "No it don't, sir. Yon are my liege lord just the same as you used to be. But, say, aren't you g lad to see i:ne, Jack"'?'' Well, that depends on circumstances. If you mind your own business, don't interfere with my business and keep at a prope r distance, all right." "But I wo n t mind my business, Jack Jarecki -no, indeed I wo1''t I've found out all about you, and you'll find I am just as shrewd as I used to be . l've inquired all about you since I've been here, and find that yon are Mr. Mike Missouri now, and a gambler. Also, that you are making love to a brazen piece who wears pants, because she owns a gold mine. Now, this will never do, Jacky-never do. I'm yourn, and you can't git out of it, and I mean t.o stick tighter to you than a bundle of wax. Besides, I'm considerab l y more of an attraction now than I used to be, for you see the governor has promised to make me his heir when he s h uffles off " Humph! promises, like hen-fmit, are often unreliable. Who's the aforesaid adopter!" "Senator Clyde!" "Phew!" and the gambler scratched his head. "How well 'heeled' is heP' Fifty thous." "Pshaw! 'Shian is worth double. Reckon you and I can't harness up again, dear. Too muc h at stake, you see?" "Then you are a dead man!" she said, drawing a r evolve r and thrusting it in front of his face. Promise to own me as your wife or I'll kill you now!" He M.d. but one choice. There was for furniture a trio of chairs, a table, stove, cupboard, a mirror and a few pic tures upon the wall and a bed in one corner, upon which lay a young girl in a half-reclining position, bolstered up by pillows. With a of hair as crimpy and wavy as fhe current or a river, reaching to her waist, she was at once pretty and attractive, with a pure, prettily chiseled face, a sweet mouth and pearly teeth, and bright blue eyes that bad in themselves a w orld of expression. A young Chinaman was busy clearing awaY. a tray of dishes from a stand n ear the bed, whsin there came a knock at the door. It startled both liirp and the girl, for s h e threw down the book sliewasreading, and raised herself partly on her elbow. "Somebody knocked at our door, Sam," sh said "Who can it beP' 'Melican man, mebhe-muchee go see!" and the Celestial made haste to open the door. The moment be did so, a man stepped uncere monio usly into the shanty, and doffed his bat to the invalid. And that man was none other than Senator Clldel 'Ahl pardon my abrupt intrusion, young lady, but am I not adpressing the daughter of the late Jasper Clyde?" h.e asked, in his blandest manner, rubbing bis bands togother. Y e s, I am Cora Clyde,'' the young lady re plied, "and the daughter of Jasper Clyde, familiarly known as Jack Clyde." "Then, by Jove I have found you at last. I am Senator Clyd e from W ashiqgton, and your owu unc le, on your father's s ide of the family." And bis Dignity of the Senate walked forward, and, thrust out his hand, which Miss Cir.de de c lined fo take 'Excuse m e sir," she said, "but you must have made a mistake. My father never mentioned to me tbat he had !t brother. "Very likely, as Jack and I never got al?ng any too w ell-though it was no fault of mme. He was of a different-of a more stern and exact"ing nature than I; therefore, we cut loose early, and have never been within a hundred miles of each other since." "Then, sir, how comes it that you are here, now?" "Ob, as to that, your father wrote me previ ous to his death that I had better come out into this section, and locate a claim-so I came, having no idea that I should find him dead and buried, on my arrival." Yes, my father died some time age>-a very CHAPTER X long time. it seems to me, who miss him so THE INVALID HEIRESS. much. Will you be seated, sir?" EARLY in the following forenoon we will look "Thank you, yes. I see tftat you are not 1et in upon another scene of our drama of the hills, quite satisfied about the relationship extstmg which was se t within the interior of a humble betwee n u s, but I assure you it i s as I represent. shanty, about a half-mile from the Eureka SaI am your uncle, and since I have co me pre loon, on the outskirts of the town. pared to spend a few months in this country, if The exterior was rough and npainted like I can offer you any assistance, you need not the exteriors of scores of other similar habita-hesitate to command it." tiodl! in the vicinity, while the interior was by "I don't know that you can h e of any assistno means a palace, but furnished in the prim1-ance to me, sir. If so, and I d ee m it expe ditive style of most of the border abodes. Every-ent, I will l e t you know." thing was clean, howeve;, from floor to fnrn1I understand that you a r e already in ture, and evidenced the supervision of a neat some trouble concerning property h e r e in this housekee.Pet.! .,._, place, my dear."

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Deadwood Dick's Dream. "True, but I confidenc e all will be right.ad in the end. Yon see, my father was one of the first ones to come here and strike paying dirt, and be accordingly staked off a considerable tract of land, and entered it, ac cording to law. S m::e bis death much of this iierritory ha .. been conflscat.ed by squatters and roughs-indeed, all of the gold-bearing portion, thereby leavmg me little o r nothing out of what should be a fortune to me." Well, well, this i s a pretty state of affairsi f'ldeed, and must be looked to. If you wil allow me, I will act for you iii the matter. Of what value may this property left you by your father be set at!'' "I believe he calculated it was worth fifty thousand d ollars at the time of his death, w hen it was but little worked." "Ahl then probably it would be safe to plaoe its value at a hundred thousand, now. Pretty snug little sum, upon my word. Now, th01\, you are a woman, and besides, a crippl e, l am told, unable to leave your roo:-n Therefore you will n eed some earnest and trustworthy friEmd to guide your matters through for you. B eini; your uncle, and feeling a natural sym-p6thy for you, why cannot I enter your service and endeavor to r ecove r and restore to you this confl.scat.ed property?" "Oh, sir, I don't "know whether to trust you, or not. True it i s thatit is my desire to recover this property, but you are a stranger -to me, and I do not -know you, nor am I inclined to trust one unknown to me, as there are many bad1 bold, scheming men in this mining country. "Tn.ie, there are. But if I give you my word of h)nor as a gentleman, will you not believe in me? Do I look like a man who is dis honest or has led a life disreputable? Far from it. For years I have been a steady, faithful be liever in the teachings of the Gospel, and all my life have been and upright in my dealings It is tor no selfish poouuiar_y motive that I wish to assist you, for I have a plenty of wealth to serve me through my re maining years. It is only my interest as your father's brother that urges me to look shaip after tl;ie interest:; of m.v orphan niece." "And, although I may be wrong in so doing, I will trust you," Cora said, "for surely no honest man could wish to deceive or cheat an honest girl in my circumstances." "Certainly not-certainly not!" But bow w:!ll you go to work to recover the claims?" I shall first make a rec onnoissance and take in the different points of the situation, and then consult with you. In a few days, I hnve no doubt something important can be done I will, now, bid you good-dav, and send my daughter, Celeste, around to call on you." CHAPTER XI. A TASTE OF BULLET AND STFEL. THE turn-over of a large majority of the citi zens to Dead wood Dick's gang, was the cause of a great excitem!'nt during the day, and men and women might have been seen grouped about the street in grim consultation. Though the young kmgbt of the saddle had_ promi sed nothing of the kind, t bese rebels against peace momentarily expected an attack from him and bis backers, and p lans c f protection were discussed. About noon the larger share of the crowd assembled in one body, in an empty shaft-ho u se, on t!:le opposite side of the creek, and a general secret sessio n was held, th!' result of which was not reveale d by those who had a han d in it. After that every man and-woman wore a belt of weapons, which seemed to augur that they 1"'ere determined to stand in open defiance to the will o f the now ruler. Little work was done during the day, about the mines, and night brought the male portion of the crowd again to the Eureka Sa.loon. It seemed as if they bad collected there for a general drunk, for rapid "lubricating" seemed the o rder of the hour. To-night no effort was made to disturb 'Shian Sal, who presided complacently behind the lunch-counter, l eavin g tbe C e lestial to deal..out the liquid inspiration on the opposite side. The later grew the hour the noisier and m ore boisterous grew the crowd, until appearances seemed to indicate that a row would be the result. Then it was that 'Shi&n Sal coolly ruountecJ. the bar with a pair of revolvers in hand, which were cocked, ready for business. "Gents I" she said, in a businesslike way, "yo u can't have any more drink in the Eureka to-night. When men ain't got no control over their appetites, et's time f e r 'em to quit." There was a murmur of dissent at this speech, but no attempt made to diepute, for when the young woman from 'Shian held weapons in her hund1 there v;as but littl e u se to disp ute her authority, with any hopes of success. Shortly after tho queer old codger, Sam'l Sweetwilliam made bis appearance in the sa l oon, and sauntered about without sayi.ng anything to any one, but keeping a sharp ey!' on all those around him. There were savage scowls among the ruffian element in the r oom at his entrance, and a general exchange of glances that seemed to indicate that there was trouble brewing. Thi s trouble came to a crisis, when, as Sweet;. william approached the counter and engaged in a conversation with 'Shia::i Sal, the ruffian, Frightful Fred, arose, __ strode across the floor, and slapped Sweetwi.uiam heavily upon the shoulder. "See beer, old feller, it's played out!" he cried, at which the crqwd began to rise. "This is a cussed ofihealthy climate fer rats, an' when. we ketch 'em we ginerall;y work 'em up inter pies. Tharfore, as we smell a large mice about you, here ye go!'' .And, quickly leveling a revolver at the Ver-monter's bead, he fired. Th e weapon was knocked upward however, by S al, thus saving the intended victim from death. Wheeling the next instant, Sweetwilliam dealt the ruffian a terrib:te blow, in the face, straight from the shoulder, and this was the for the battle;-not the first one in the life

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2 2 Deadwood Dick's Dream. of Deadwo<.id Dick, for Deadwood Dick and Sweetwilliam were, .as was revealed by the pre tended Vermonter pulling off his false wig one and the same person. Well enough did the young Dakotan know w hen the Frightful :Fred assailed him that his disgmse had been twigged," and he also realized with quick intuition that no mercy wou l d be shown him-that if he left the Eureka alive; i t must be his own prowess that should hew him a path to liberty. For, aside from 'Sbian Sal he bad no backinf; now to hope for, his followers all being away m the mountains. In an instant after the fall of Frightful Freu, revolvers and knives were drawn, and a rush made at the young chief, several shots being fired. Then, with a vengeful /ell Deadwood Dick advanr.ed., firing right an left with deadly ac c uracy and rapidity, and literally mowing a pathway before hirn toward the rear of the saloon. Standing behind the counter, 'Shid.n Sal also used her own revolvers with telling effect. Crack! bang! shriek-the saloon became a pandemonium of sounds;-men fe ll with yells of pain-curses and oaths; the crack of revolvers and clashing of knives prevailed on either hand. It soon became evident that the ruffians were among themselves; the room filled. with dense smoke, l eaving the crowd in a film of uncertainty. Throwing his empty weapons on the floor, D eadwood Dick drew a knife in either hand, and cul1right and left, hoping to reach an open window P t the rear of the saloon. But the right of way was contested by a l ine of howling ruffians; 'Shian Sal saw the young Dakotan stagger; she sprung over the counter and caught him ere he fell. Then, to' the amazem9nt of the mob, a large trap opened in the floor, just in front of her, and with Deadwood Dick in her arms she gave a de fiant yell, and leaped boldly down through the aperture-down-down out of sight, while the saloon above trembled. with howls of bafll.ed rage f r om those who bad been lucky enough to get off with their lives. As soon as thoughts could be collected, and any order whatever established a torch was lighted, and thrown down into the hole beneath the floor, to ascertain if it were a cellar, well or shaft, and a dozen pairs of wolfish eyes watched t h e burning fagot descend. Down-down it went a couple of seconds then there was a chug," a bi5S and sputtering sound, and all was dark. Tbe torch had been put out by corlling in contact with water. That settles et. They've gone to their death in an old well of water I" Mike Missouri cried.. "Let 'em alone an' see h'ow they'll enjoy their bath. "Get another tarch and a pole," Senator Clyde ordered. "The water may not be very deep, and there may be some way for them to escape < H is order ww; i:ea,dily obeyed. A couple of poles were soon produced, and a .torch fasteoed. to one, and lowered into the apert u re. Examination by suc h light as Wal' thu s afforded disclosed the fact t bat the excavation beneath the floor was a large ce ll a r whic h was filled only partially with water. The measuring-po l e on being l owered. r evealed that the water was not more than waist-deep. On listening nothing co uld be heard of the f u gitives nor could anything be seen of them b:1 aid of tbe torchlight. The walls of tLe cellar werE:. apparently With .. out a break-where then were the Dakotan and 'Shian Sal. Echo answered, "Where?" Probably at the bottom of the cellar There seemed no other to draw. I reckon they're gone to be eternal mer" maids,' a miner said "There's no way fer 'em to escape, as t h e walls 'pear solid, au" as they can't live under water, it looks quite nateral .thet they're gone to visit old Neptune." 11 Probably. To-morrow, to satisfy o u r curi osity, we'll have the cellar-bottom draged," Senator Clyde announced. Then he took his departure, chuckling to self, now that be had unexpectedly gotten rid of one of bis most thorough enemies Mike Missouri was also somewhat elated. "'.Tue I have lost one prize,'' he muttered, ""but as a case of emergency I can turn back to Celeste." On jumping through the trap Sal bad dropped upon her feet in the water, still supporting Deadwood Dick partly over her shoulder. "Let me down," he quickly said. 11 I am all right again-I was only staggered for a mo ment. Where are we?" 11 In acellar. Take my band, for we must get out of here quickly, if at all." He obeyed, and sbe l e d tbe way through th6 water the darkness being intense. A few steps and then she placed one end of a fltout rope in Lis hand, which hung down from above "Climb now, if you can," she said He n;;ded no second invitation, and, badlv wounded though he was, he went bravely uP. ward, hand over band. A few seconds' labor brought him out of the impromptu bath-vault into a small closet, or cupboard, provided with shelves containing edibles and bottles, and a door tbat he judged opened into some other apartment. 'Shian Sal soon joined him and then drew up the rope and quietly closed a trap-door, thu s making the means of their escape a mystery to any one who might search the cellar. '"Sb!" she said, motioning him not to speak above a whisper We are safe for the pres ent, if we keep quiet. This closet opens into the saloon, and when the gang leaves it, tlie path of escape is easy Are you wounded, sir?" 11 Yi>s, I must confess I am," was the reply, in a fainter tone than Deadwood Dick was accus tomed to speak in. "I have received several bullets and have lost more blMd than I ever l ost before in a battle., 11 And there is no means at baud to help you. Would to Heaven those ruffians would leaTe the saloon, so that I could take you where you c oul d rest!

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D eadwood Dick's Dream. 23 CHAPTER XII. drank, and it brought back to him something of MOLL'S MANIFESTO. his former strengtli, so that be was soon able to BUT the rouges apparently were not inclined stand once mere upon his feet. W vacate. "Heaven rewnrd you, my young friend," he They had been cheated out of their vengeance said, taking 'Sbian's hands. ''But for you, I am upon Deadwood Dick-they had likewise driven afraid Deadwood Dick's name would no longer oft tbe proprietress of tho Eureka, and now they be a terror along tbe frontier. How shall I eve r proposed to dro-<'n tbe bitterness of their .defeat be able to repay you!" m an inundation of the ardent, as Jong as tbe "We'll not talk about pay now,'' the girl said, stock in band should last. calmly, "for escape is yet to be effected before The first part of tbe ceremonies was inaugura-we are safe. This night's business closes my ca ted. by their holding tbe Qbinaman, and pouring reer as a saloonist, and it b e hooves me to keep whisky down bim until be was oblivious of all shady, as well as yourself. Come! I have aylace that w.s transpiring around bim. in view where we can remain in biding unti you Then tbe ruffian, Frightful Fred, took tbe self-are abl e to be aroun d again. appointed position of barkeeper, and proceeded Sbe took arm and assisted him to walk to deal out tbe liquor in a liberal way that made from the saloon, for his steps were yet feebl e him the prime favorite of tbe hour, not forget-and unsteady. ting to deal far more liberally to himself than Outside the street deserted and dark. the r es t. Furthe r up tbe gloomy thoroughfare were For a couple of hours the noi se was deafening, heard the sounds of music and r evelry, coming with singing, shouting, cursing and fighting; from tlie dance-house. then a gradual lull followed, wbicb finally end-Closingtbe d oo r of the Eureka b ehind her, Sal ed and all became silent within the Eureka. led the way to the shanty of Cora Clyde, tbe OI' Overcome by incessant indulgence of their ap-phan cripple. petites, they bad evidently aU fallen "Here we will secrete ourselves to await furinto a drunke n stupor. ther events," she said. "Cora Clyde and I are In tbe closet, 'Shian Sal crouched upon the friends, and I know sbe will not refuse me." floor, with Deadwood Dick lying across her lap, Dick started, on bearing the name, faint while she chafed bis hands and endeavored to though he was. bring him back to life and consciousness, the It was another of the names that was conlatter having long since forsook him, and tbe nected with bis strange dream-but be was too brave girl was n o t quite sure but what he was weak to question, at present. in renlfty dead, it was so dark and he was so si -'Shinn knocked at tbe door, and at fir s t there lent. was no response, but a secoud rap brought the It was with a rapidly beating heart and great Chinaman to answer tbe summons. impatience that Sally waited for the last audible "Tell your mistress that it is 'Sbian Sal and sound out in th 3 Eureka, and even when that a wounded friend,'' sbe said, in answer to the event came, she dare d not leave ber place of Celestial's stare; hiding without allowing several minutes more to "The n come in at once!" Cora's voice cried elapse to make sure they were in a dead stupor from within. and they acccrdingly ente red, these ruffians whom whisky bad overcome, where a warm welcome was accorded them by when other weapons failed. tbe cripple. At last sbe carefully laid Deadwood Dick off Explanations were duly made, by 'Sbian, her lap, aud risiug opened the door into the that satisfied Cora's scruples against sbeltermg Sl,llcon, cautiously. as a person as Deadwood Dick, and"fhe scene she had already anticipated. The she said: entire gang V1oere strewn about on chairs and "There is the room adjoining this which Mr. tables, or 011 tbe floor. entirely oblivious of what D e adwood Dick can use, and you, Sally, can go was going on abont them. u p-stairs. I will have my Cele stial servant "A better termination than I expe:ted," Sal wait upon you, when thPre is no danger, so that muttered. "Tbe only pity i s there bad not you can remain secreted without detection." been p'izen in e v ery swaller they took. Now, "If tliere should be any search for us-then, then, to get Dick out of tbe closet and to a place what? 'Shian asked. of safety. First, I must bring him back to con"I don't know I don't anticipate a search. sciousuess, so that he may be able to assist bim-If one is made-well, emergency brings invea- self somewhat." tion, you know." She partly raised and dragged him from tbe Accordingly the Chinam"!m a ssisted Dick to closet iuto the barroom, then procuring some bis room, and carefully and neatly drPssed his liquor from behind the bar she poured some bewounds, proving himself to be no inferior sort tween bis parched lips of a surgeon. Then tearing open bis jacket and shirt, she Once quiet in bed tile wounde d Dakotan felt made an examination of his wound s and found easier. that there was, out of half n dozen flesh wounds, It bad been the first battle be could remembut. one that promised to long inconveuienco; the ber, where be bad come out so badly wounded invincible hero fr 'm Dakota, and this she dressed But he was thankful that bis wounds were and bandaged to the best of her ahility. not more serious, and that the cbanctsof speed y Tbe few drops o f liquor soon had the effect to recovery were in h is favor. bring color back to the wounded man's cheeks, and be gradually recovered consciousness Sal The following day was a reckless one, in bad a warm sling prepared for hi m w hich he Tombstone-reckless because the debauchees of

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Deadwood Dick' Dream. the previous night about the streets again in a state of senn-intoxication, and ready for any deviltry or evil act that might striKe their fancy. The Eurl)ka was gutted of all its stock of 1 liquors and edibles, and a division made. Then, Senator Clyde and Mike Miss ouri, who !IOOmed t o have jomed forces, made a proposition thll.t the watery cellar bo and the proof that D eadwood Dick and 'Shilm Sal were really dead, be establis hed. In this they were, of course, unsuccessful, as no traces could they find of the bodies of their supposed victims. Nor did f urther search reveal the way in which they escaped, which left the matter vrrapt in impe n etrable mystery. Thus matters were forced to r est, and the roughs of which the population now mainly consisted, made merry over the division of liquor as best they knew how. During the day Senator Clyde paid a visit to the shanty of Miss Cora, little suspectillg that his enemy, or rather bis enemies were therein conceal ed. "Yon see, I've been sizing up the matters of your estate," he announced, "and thought I'd drop in and report. l find affairs hardly as encouraging as I exp ected 'fhe squatters who occupy your lands are a set bf ruffians, at the b est, who, sinP.e the departure of many of the better class of people to j oin the infernal rascal, Deadwood Dick, may safely be classed scums of creation. The worst part of it is, these fel lows cherish a delight in warring with f emales, espe cially you, as they soom to have a grudge against you, for sotn!l reason or other." "Beca u se I am a respectable and honest girl, I pres ume, without protection I" Cora said, 1cornfully. Such men deserve-well, I don't \now what." ' True they are ruffians of the deepest dye, and yet in order to have any deal with them, one has to keep on the right side of them. While you are hated by them, I fancy I am in better 3tanding, as when I came hither I at once paved the way with liberality, to gain popularity. You see there is nothing like popularity to ou s mess men. Therefo re, though I cannot handle your case successfully in your name, I may be able to do so in my own." "What do you moan, sir?" "Tb is. Tbe property now is vested in title to you, and so long as it so these men will r emain obstinate, hut, were you to deed it over to me-for a few days, only, understand, so that I cou ld show the m that they bad me to huck against-I could easily dispossess .them, without auy trouble, and then quietly restore the title to you, without their present knowl edge, until we get a better state of government, you see, and all would be serene and nice as pi!'." "But I don't understand, sir. If I were to sign off to you, why I should be the &a.me as giving away a ll I have." "Ostensibly, yes but in reality, no, as I sh'.Jultl., as soon as I' gained possession, deed the proP",.rtv back to you." am I to know this to be so? After get ting everythiifg in your hands how do I know but what you will keep it, and tell me to go to grass?" The senator co lored, and was "Why. child, how can you ?udge me so w rongly!" he said, rebukingly. Do you for a. moment think I could be guilty of such an outraae upon a h elpless orphan!" il I don't know," Cora said, doubtingly. "I have no positi\'e proof of who and what you are, and don't consider it quite prudent to place such unlimited trust in a perfect strangerhwlio may, or may not be my unr.le, or who Illig t, or migbt not return me my property." But, supposing I was to d e po si t the sum of foJtY thousand dollars in your hand as security -would you trust m e, then!" "I should be more inclined to-yes. But, I shall have to ti.link carefully over this matter before rendering a decision." Very well I will call to-morrow, accompanied by a law.yer, and if T can by h onesty aud faithful attention, serve m y brother's ch ild, be lieve me it will be a great pleasure to me." Then tipping his hat politely, he took bilfde parture. "If it were not for his offer to secure me by a deposit of money, I should still be forced to belie ve that man a consummate villain, as his very presence causes me to shudder," the orphan said. That same one of the miners of the t own, while passmg along the street, was placed in pos51Jssion of a letter by a roughly-dressed man'who dashed swiftly down the street on horseback, and threw the l etter in the miner's path-then away lik e the wind, ere he was r ecog nized. In some surprise the digger picked up tbe envelope which he found and hastened with it to the Eureka, where the crowd of the night previous had assembled for a fin e blow out. Here be related bis little adventure, conclud ing by holding up his letter. "Le t me have it and I will read it," Mike Missouri said. It may be something of impor tance." H e tore off the wrapper, and then read: .. CA.MP OF PIUNTOM MOLL. "To PEOPLE OF TOMBSTONE:-" I learn that. by tbe l ate rebelli o n of the better portion of your peopl e you are left short-banded, and in but poor condition to withstand an attack. Your oppressor. I und ers tand through a spy, is about to make a swoop down on you with his band of men, now over a hundred strong and effectuall'{ wipe you out and take possession of the town. his P.nemy, propos e y o u terms: Give me charge of the town with my band, you to join tbe same but a ll to remaio under the guise of citizens and under orders from m e and I will make Tomb stone the hottest place D ead wood Dick ever tackled. More.Twill confiscte all the mining t erritory and divide it among you and my men, and the inaugura tion of my scheme shall only take pla:ce when I can treat you to a c e lebratl o n banquet over the}yncbing of Deadwood Dick, whom T can produc e armost im after taking pos sess ion of tbe town. If plan i s acc epta bl e build bonfir<>s to night at either encl or th e town, and we will be with you on the dawning of dav. "In good faith. "Signed I'RA.KT0111 MOLL. "P. S. If you refuse, D%dwood' Dick's men will make nlfncemeat of you, sure."

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Deadwood Dick's Dream. CHAPTER XIII. I taken leave of his own accord, or has been kidnapped. Ah! maybe this will explain." A T W o F o L D GAME She picked u p a slip of paper, which had been AFTER a good rest, 'Sbian came down-stairs, stuffed under the crack of the door, and exam the following morning, looking fresh and ined it. pretty. The contents were as follows: Cora upon her bed, which she rarely ever left, was partaking of her morning repast, which the Chinaman had prepared. The two girl s exchanged friendly greetings; then Sal gave an interrogative glance at the door of the room in which Deadwood Dick slevt. How about Dick! Is he improving all ri'?"ht!" she queried. 'At last accounts, yes,'' Cora replied. "I uent Sam in last night before bedtime, and he was then resting comfortably and feeling in good spirits. "I'm glad of it; he is a fine fellow, and I ad mire him. You bad a visitor yesterday!" Yes you overheard eh!" "I d id, though I don't often play eavesdrop per. roverheard his voice and wanted to learn what he was up to." "Well?" "Well, it seems bis aim i s to get the manage ment of your property. I s this not so!" "Yes. He claims to be my uncle and wants to ?et my claims back for me." And therefore wal!ts you to sign off everything to him!" F o r a few days, yes, until he can regain possession." "Don't you sign nothing Mark my word fnr it, he's a shark, and if you turn anything over t-0 him, you lose. Besides, I don't believe he'd your uncle." ''You don't?" "No, I d cn't . Ilut as a guarantee of honesty on his part, and claimmg itiat it is only for my interes t h e is w orking, he offe r s to deposit forty thousand dollars in my hands," "Humph! a clever scheme. Your claim is worth double the amount, and he would be making forty thousand very easily, anyhow. Take 'Sbian Sal's advice, and don't sign nothin\;/' 'I will do so, I think. You havo always been a dear good friend to me." "No more than you've been to me. You're the only one o' my sex here in Tombstone who has ever acted as tho' they considered me o' much account. By the way, I don't want you to take my views alone. We'll get Dick's opinion first, for he's level-headed." She knocked upon the door of the Dakotan's ro9m, but the r e was no answer. Waiting a few moments she knocked again, this time louder, but still no answer. queer. A man o' his n erve and vigilance wouldn't sleep so sound without cause. Have you a key to the rooni!" It is not locked. Open it, and see if he is asleep.'? Sal did open the cry of surprise. The bed was unoccu1l4ed, and DsadwooJ Dick was not in the room. An open window showed the means of his fiie:ht. "He is gone!" 'Sbia.D er'.;;;!. ha hlis "Miss CLYDE: I overheard and undersf.-Oodyour in terview with that rascal who is pal ming himself off as Senator Clyde, and think l begin t.o suspect who be is. At any rate he is no unc l e to you. Never theless, accept the forty thousand dollars, and keep ii until I can examine it. "If he i nsists on your signing a deed, t ell birn you cannot do so without the consent of your guardian, be i ng under age, and you can name me as your guardian This will check him until I can perfect p lans to retore l aw and ocder in this town, and at the same time your claims to you B elieve me sincerely yours, 'DEADWOOD D 1cx.'' "Bully for Dick!" 'Shian exclaimed, en11husi astically. Didn't I tell you he was level headed? He sees ahead fu rder than you or I can, an' I've got an idea that he expects the money the senlitor is so flush with, ain't genu"Perhaps you are right. Anyhow, it is a good plan he proposes, awl I shall follow it, for l d a hundred times rather trust him than this other man, whotr I always have feared." "I thank yon for that, because-well, because I like him, I guess, better than most men Iillave met," 'Shian confessed. At this juncture Sam, the Chinaman, picked up a ribbon from the floor of the room Dick had and banded it to 'Shian, with a gnn. "Ha! wha t is thi3 ? the girl exclaimed;"'start inir back, and growing pal e. "I see into it now, Miss Cora. Deadwood Dick is a prisoner among the mountain outlaws!" How do you know? What makes you think so?" "This ribbon!" "And what significance do you put in that ribbon?" "Moro than I can tell you. It satisfies me that Phantom Moll has b een in this house, and tbat she and her men took Dic k with them on leaving, is equally apparent to me!" Then, what i s to be done?" "You follow Dick's instr uc tions and I will go to bis r esc u e !" ''You?" "Yes, I! 1 want no better sport. Hal ha! There's a denouement looming up ahead, and I'm going to have a finger in it. Luekily, I have a disguise al ways with me, and it will come into play now." She went to the room cverbead, and soon re turned arrayed in a suit of well-worn overalls, together with stogy boots, slouch hc .t and foll beard and wig of a browu color. The transformation was so compl ete tha t Cora was surprised. "You look like a first-class rough! ' she said, merrily. l And feel like one,'' the girl replied sternly. "I've. got business to the fore-a duty to do that in the name of humanity I should have, by all rights, done before. Good-by, now,

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16 Deadwood Dick' Dream. and take care of yourself, and I will see you later. She the n took her departure, with a wild, de termined expression in h e r pretty eyes. That afternoon's stage brought a new man to town, who was what might have been termed in the vernacular of the m ines old business,'' for he at once rAnted an empty shanty on the main street, and hung out a hastily prepared sign, which read: P R O F DUGARME, DOCTOR & LA WYER." Senator Clyde, on his way to visit Cora, no ticed the sign, Hnd also the black-whiskered, seedy-looking individual in the doorway, and gave a chuckle of d e light. He's my man when I want him," he mut tered. Hal ha I yes-maybe in more than one sense!" He was soon in the presence of the orphan, smil ing and bowing with great suavity. I came first to hand you the guarantee," h e said, "taking it for granted tbat you will have the good sense to accept "-and he handed h e r a neat package of considerable size. I will now step down the street an'i prepare a deed-" 'You had bette r wait, first," Cora said, put ting the package unde1 her pillow, as there is no particular hurry. I could not sign a d eed without first obtarning my guardian's permis sion I" "Your guardian, girl?'' Ay I my guardian. B eing under age, and not fully trusting you, I have deemed it admisable to choose a guardian. to maPage my affairs, and therefore cannot sign or do anything l egall y without his cousentl" Clyde shut his teeth together to suppress an oath. "And pray whom have you chosen as your guarjian?" he asked with an unconcealed c;neer. A man, every inc h of him, who e:oes unde r a title well known throughout West-perhaps equally well known to you!" "What! n ot-not Deadwood Dick?' T he sam11I" "By the go:ls, this is bad. Why, child, that man is a villain and an outlaw. "But an hon es t man, and a Deputy U. S Marshall" "This is m!ldne ss, and I will not have any thing to do with your affairs, as long as this man is mix:ei up m them. Give me back my money, and I will go." On th11 contrary, by direction of my guardian, I s h o uld hold the mon ey as a proof against you!" Cora cried, and to back her declaration, she l e vel ed a revolv e r at his breast. "You are a villain, sir, whoever you are, and your best acti0n will b e to k eep very quiet, for the money in the packageyougaveme, i s known to b e count.erfeitl" The senator paled in an instant, and with a vile curse he turned and stalked from the shantv. Ten thousand furies take that devil, D ead wood Dick!" h e hissed, trembling with rage. "Butfor him that plan would have prospered. But, le t him beware! My turn will come yei; and he shall fee l how little mercy I have far such as he. And as far as the girl is concerned, why, I have anothe r and bett.er scheme con. cocted for her especial benefit. And I will trJr it at once If I get ber property-so good I i f I fail, why, I'll get my share of it when Phantom Moll makes tbe divy. He went at on::e to D ugarme's establi shment the front part of which was used as an office ; being furnis hed with rude chairs and a table. The proprieto r1 a seedy-dressed individual, with sweeping blaclr beard, and matte.1 hair, and green goggles, was engaged in smoking a grimy pipe, and nodded to a chair as an invitation to be seated "Do you deal in drugs?' tbe senator asked, aft.er a silenf]e-" that is do you handle-well, poisons?" "Poisons?'' the man exclaimed, with a faint Fre n c h accent, giving a perceptible start. "Y-yes-that i s-we ll you see, to make thl!> matte r plain, tbere i s a privat.e little matt.et pending, wherein i t is n ecessary for one p arty to subside from existence. See?" "I compTI>hend,'' the doctor nodded. "You want to spill not ze blood, but have ze party d ie. "Exactly-and natumlly, too. It must first make her sick and then throw her into a stupor which will r esult in death." "I have ze very zing you want. It i s ze oil of many roots. On e zi.ugle little drop of it in a glass of water puts him to sleep aud h e never wake." "Good! Excellent! Supply me with a suffi. cient quantity of this stuff and name your price. "I charge you nossing till I see if it works. D e n I charge you z e t'ousand dollare See?" "Very well Give m e the stuff and I will away. Th e doctor arose and w ent behind a partition, soon r eturuiug witb a small vi a l containing balf a d o z e n drops of a, thick, colorless liquid, w ltich he banded to tbe senator. "One drop p e all you need," h e said. "Re turn ze rest to m e The would-be murderer nodded and left the shanty. To-ni ght," he muttered,_" I will pave the way for a funeral co:rtege. .1:1.al hat" That night bonfires were lighted on all the approaches to the town, to give the :road-agents of Phantom Moll notice tbat they were wel come, and an h our lat.er a gang of rough fellows, wearing b eards and masks, and armed to the teeth, came swarming into the streets from all directions Phantom Moll was not with them, but stood alone on the top of the mountain plateau, wher D ead.woo d Dick hll,d part.ad with his rescuer, after bein'!; r e leased from captivity among the road-agents. She was watching th e refl ection o f the fir es upon the sky, which the moon hud noll y e t appeared to light.en. Jt is a move that at once increJ!SeS my forces, and nuts me i greater powe r ,".she was saying. "Of course a division of the band Ca?1 to the road, w hile the remainder play as I

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Deadwoo d Dick s D re-.a. ., citizens, and work on all new-comers in the town!" "Yes, but your rule is at an end, though, woman I" a stern voice cried. The female bandit turned and stood face 'to face with-'Shian Sall You I" she articulated, in surprise-then she removed h e r mask and a face the exact counterpart of 'Sbian's, was revealed. "Yes, I," the girl r e plied, sternli1'" "and I wonder you do not tremble to see me.' "Humph! why should H Are you so dan gerous?" "In that much that you must meet me as you agreed. A year agq, we parted es bad friends and sisters, to lead such liv es as suited our fancy, each swearing not to cross the other's path, penalty of a duel. Y o u have crossed my path in sending your cut-throats down to take possession of that town in which I have property; also further, by kidnapping my friend, Deadwood Dick." Bah I I own the first, but d eny the last charge." You d eny that you have him in your power as afrisoner, dead or alive?" do, m os t emphatically. You will need to look e l ew h ere." "Not till one or the other of us falls and wipes out the mutual grudge between u s. No better time can be chosen, so draw vour weapon I" CHAPTER XIV. THE DREAM FULFILLED. IN a minute the girls, so greatly alike in ap pearance, stood confronting each other with knives in hand, the blades of which gleamed with d erully m eaning. In each face there was no trace of pity-nothing but sternness and fixed resolve expessed Each eye gleamed with intense hatred-each l'ight hand grasped its weapon as ina vise of steel. "Whe n I count one-two-three, advance, and may God be with the lu cky as well as the unlucky one!" 'Shian cried, firmly. "If 'ou repent, even at this late hour, it will be better than never, sister." 'rI repent nothing!" Phantom M ell said, with a bitter, r ec kless laugh "I hate y ou and would do the same o'er again." Then rcou shall realize the meaning of my 1 \)romise," Shian c ried. On e I two! three! stand on guard I" And scarcely had she given the warning, ere she leaped forward, with knife upraised, the fury of a young tigress having mastery of h e r lieiug. But the duel was destined to be interrupted, e.ud in a manner quite unexpected to eac h of the would-be contestants, for at this juncture, lleadwood Dick sprung from the shrubbery, close at be.nd and forced 'Shian g ently back, whil e a half-doz.en of his masked men made a like entree upon the scene, and surrounded Phantom Moll. Phantom Moll, as you choose to t.erm yourself, you are mv prisoner!" Dick cried, bowing, with mock T he tables are slightly turned since last we met, and, as an ofil.oer of the law I slnll soon have the necessary honor of turning you over to my superior officer, the u s. Mtlfslial." "Nol not this shall never bet" 'Shian Sal cried, breaking loose. Bitter foe though s h e bas be e n to me, I will, as her sister, spare her the fate of hanging, and avert the hmniliation to. myself, by giving her her freedom." And, suddenly drawing h e r revolver, and be fore any one could prevent her, she l e veled it at the breast of the girl-bandit aud fired. With scarcely a groan the erring young womau staggered and fell lifel ess in the arms of one of the men, who sprung forward to catch her. Then, crying bitterly, 'Shian turned and hurried away. Deadwood Di ck made no effort to stop her, but watched h e r with a pitying expression of coun t.enance until she was out of sight. Perhaps it is better thus, as the woman would have eventually met a more lingering and dread fate. Several of you assist to caJTy her to the stropgbold, whe re, after dPStroying the counterfeiting plates, we will l eave her." In the town of Tombston e the outlaws waited for the coming of their girl captain, but she came not; came not, when the shadows of yet another night began to fall. A suspicion that Rhe bad b ee n killed or cap tured, wh i ch had possessed the outlaws earlier in the day, now grew to v, conviction: so a delegati o n of them wait.ad upon Senator Clyde and r elated their worst ferus. "It is bad," he confessed, hi s brow darkening for if she is lo st, it is a loss we shall all feei bitterly." -" It is a loss that must be repaired.'' one of the outlaws declared, "for the gang w ill won go to pieces without a captain. Why not you take the position?" "Bah, no I I am content with b eing the grand chief," and he laug hed, villainously. "Be sides, I have other work to attend to here. I will appoint Mike Missouri as temporary captain, and with half the m e n he must reach the rendezvous and rescue the tools' and bring them here To lose them would be like losing our all." A gang of the outlaws were at once selected, and with Missouri at their head, set out for the which they reached, a few hours later, where they were u m::rpectedly pounced upon by Deadwood Dick and over a score of his J1;otecti ves. A desperate struggle for victocy ensued a battle of death it was, on both sides1 in which the clash of knives and the roar or firearms took part in the chorus of screams and curses It finally ended, however, with the Protec ti ves doubtfully victorious, for they had lost at least a third of their men and captured but half of the outlaws, alive. Aud, what was worse, they bad lost. their leader-bra'"e, fearless Deadwood Dick, whom every one of his men had learne d to respect, and regard as invincible. Be had been with them till nearly the last shot bad been fired; then he was suddenly miS&Eld when victory was already their grasp.

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18 Qeadwoo d Dick's Dream. A search for him resUlted in vain. Nowhere could he be found, and a suspicion that he had seized and borne off by one or more of the outlaws, became rife. Revengeful over tbis loss1 the Protectives dragged the bodies of the slam from the cabin, and, be it sa.id to their credit, gave them a d& cent interment; then, returning, set fire to the stronghold and wakhed it burn to the ground. Deadwood Dick had given strict orders that all the outlaws who were captured should be t.aken to bis retreat, which he had selected in a mountain cave, overlookmg the town, and in close proximity to it. To this cave the prispn ers were conveyed, ancl the report of Dick's sudden disappearance was communicated to the other portion of the order of Protec tives, a large body o f whom had not participated in the fight, b eing mostly the Tomb stoneites. -On hearing of the disastrous results of the battle, and of the probable capture of Dead wood Dic k, the full band within the cave swore vengeance upon the h eads of those within the town b e low, and preparations w ere made for an attack. The Protectives still numbered co nsiderably over half a hundre d strong, and w e r e co nfid ent of b eing able to score a victory, and accordingly, early in the following an attac k was made upO!l the town, and the larger share of the crowd killed or captured, only a few escaping alive to tell the tale of woe and disaste r that had overtaken the m during the campaign of Dakota's famous young representative-Deadwood Dick. 'i'hn s the town was won for the better, and those who bad sens i b l y accepted D eadwood Dic k's terms, felt that the y were in adequate to the task of expressing t oo many thanks to him who had baen the presidinoagency of turning a lawless h otbed of vic e and crime into a quiet, orderly t o wn. Th e n eio; day the U. S. Marshal arrived with a band of troop>, to find that he was too late to do anything e xcep t ropa in the prisoners. On b e ing told of. Deadwood Dick and his exploits, l:l q expr essed himse lf as both surprised and grat1fie
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Deadwood Dick' Dream. At the same instant taa front door was burst open, and the U. S Marshal and his men filed -., while, simultaneously from the back entrance, 'Sbian Sal and t!ora appeared-the latter suppo: ted by 'Shian and SWift, the Celestial. The tableau was complete! Senator Clyde, alifH .Akronelle,_ chief of counterfeiters, your game is up!" lJeadwood Dick cried. ".At last I recognize you, more fully. .And you probably recognize the fact that the remarkable dream, I unsuspectingly told you ofin the marshal's camp, has bee n more or l ess fulflJled. The poison you purchased of me-alias Dugarme-bas only served to throwlou into trap, and I now cheerfully ban you over to the law, rejoicing that Deadwood Dick's Dream has come to so prosperous an end. .And to all l'resent, I bid you all a pleasant au re'Voi-r; havmg fulfilled my mis sion here, I mus t a way on the morrow to new fields of sport and adventure, going happy in the knowledge that I leave behind as a memento of this little campaign a clearer and more honest record for the famous name of DEADWOOD DICK. THE END. DIME HAND-BOOK S Young People' Series. BEADLll:'s Durn HAND-BOOKS FOR YoUNG PlwPLK cover a wide range of subjects, and are especially adaptea t0 tlleir e11d. La.dies Letter-Writer. Gents' Letter-Writer Book of Etiquette. Book of Verses Book of Dreams. I Book of Games. FortuneTell e r. Lovers' Casket Ji!all-room Companion Book of Beauty, Hand-Book s o f Games. Handbook ef Snmu. o r Sports. Book of Or"nts and the A me ateur Stage, comprising Original 111inor Dram1111., Comedy, Farce, Dress Pieoes, Humorous Dialogue and Burlesqu e, by noted writers; and Recitations and Readings, n e w r nd standard, of the greates t celebrity and inter es t. Edited by Prof. A. M. Russi' Lives of Great !.-George Washington. I VIII .-Israel Putnam. Il .. -John Paul Jones. X.-Tecumseb. TII. -MadAntlW_nyWayne XI.-Abrabam Lincoln JV.-Etban Allen. XU.-Pontiac. V.-Marquis de Lafayette Xlll.-Ulysses S. Grant. prThe above books are sold by newsdeal91'41 everywhere or w1ll be sent, post-paid, to dress, on rec eipt of price, ten cents each. Ei:""l'""' 4?ID AD.uis, Publishers, 98 William st. N.

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