Deadwood Dick's ward, or, The black hills jezebel


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Deadwood Dick's ward, or, The black hills jezebel

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Deadwood Dick's ward, or, The black hills jezebel
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:opyrlght 1881-1887, by Beadle & Adams. Entered at Pos t omce. New Y ork. N. Y., as s e cond class matter. Mar.15, 1898. No. 41 THE ARTHUR WESTBROOK CO. Cleveland, Ohio Vol. IV ) ttszc vnn cm:n,'aol" BllB SA.ID. BALTfNG BEl'OR& THEii. AND UNFOLDING A WOOD-CUT PICTURE OF .,.-.. .:.:. __ ""'----=: __; !:'OV :=:1 ?n:t'F!l'!!l' OF s=cs A PUSS!S PASS:!{O TXIS WAY?"

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1!181-1887, by Bead l e & Adams. Entered at Pos t Office, New York, N. Y., as second class matter. Mar. 15. 1 8! !No. THE ARTHUR WESTBROOK CO Cle veland, Ohio Vo l. IV' _-_ .,,)I-BYER, YOU OBIL'RENI" SBB BA.JD, B.AL'nNG BEO R E TBK M AND UNFOLDIN G A WOODCUT PICTURB2Cf 1"-A JOLLY DUTCmu.N, "&&B YOU SBllN NUFJ'IN' OF SECll A PVSfilN PASSING TBl3 W'AYf" I

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Deadwood Dick's Ward. Dea dwood Dick' s Ward; OR, THE BLACK HILL S JEZEBEL. BY EDW AtlD L. WHEELER, AUTHOR OF DEADWOOD DICK 11 NOVELS, R0SEBUD HOD 11 NOVELS, ETC.1 ETC. .. CHAPTER I. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. SUNSET was kis.sing the tops <'f many a rocky crest and pine fore>t m tlrn w1.kl Black Hills country-a balmy, glorious August snus<1t, at that, whose warmth, mingled-with the flower pe fumed bree ze, was gratefut to the senses of on3 wbo ;e patil way it illu'1:1ine d All nature seemeJ_ smiling as tho day narrowed down tow11rd o:nbJ.>ac e of night. !Jowu on a rvag!l an.I narrow stage-road tbat wouud out of the hills towaru a lowGr gulchri v e1 sJction of country, camo one of tbose poulerous overlaml wagons known as prairieschoonen," drawn by a pair of oxen, or rath?r hell b:i.o!i: by the:n, for the road was descending all t!ie way, and Ill maay places dangerously steep. On the front part. of the wngon was a high seat, upon whieh sat a girl dressed in boy's from th9 long-leggPd patent-leather boots sh? w0r e to th:i j : mnt.I' slouch bat which wa; l up on <'ne side of her bead, and she it w ts who crac ked a long-lashed whip over the oxo a';; h :nd>, anl h e r voice rung out with na .v,, gd0" au l "g'long;' arousing musical n'llon; the cliffs that overhung the road. In forlll an l face this girl was quite prE>posHedi;urn was about the medium higbt of A n 9rican symmetrical, graceful and w e ll-1 Y1ehpai1 while Ile r face was r .>nnd, pret tily chioalei and brow11ed wit'.:! exposuro to the winl auJ sun, with laughing blue eyes, and a weilth of ligiit-brown hair worn loosely over her sh0nl ler31 tllat any lacry in ti.le land might have envi 9d. Th e curtains of the schooner were closed, and the girl driver was the only buman to be seen as the ungainly vehic l e rolled along, ofttimes t.> pitc h over the great embankment th'lt de;; ou tbe right baud side. Yet th3 drive r tohavenofearsof this, aurl cracke' l b a r whip merrily. "G'hn B 1c'; Haw, tbere, Bright. Won't ye uev J r lo:iru t:> iu th3 road? Next to a mule, y :m'r,i. th) m eanest critter on the face o' the eart!i, to drivJ tio' you have come a good stretc h to-day, au' I allow we'll strike a campin' spot b e f ore l o ng. E:i, daddyl-sha'u't we make a h'll t purty so:>n?" Th?.r o W'.LS a groan from within the covered vebicl 9 ; tb'I curtains parted, aud a strange-l ook ing h 9 td to bumped shoulders, protru l e fr:Jm within. A l!orribla smile came over the hairy face, as he thr .. ,t it 1hromrh the curtains, by the side of ltls pretty companion "St.op1" b-. demanded, with a shrug of his shoulders "No! no! Let's press steadily on. Our destination is not many miles away, and we can reach it in tlme. "But, not to-night, daddy. We must camp and rest up our rvyal stud of Arabian chargers, here, or first we ko0w one of 'em wil; drop, an l I'll bev to harne3J you up with thP other ox." A frown of dis.satisfuctkn c ros.sed the okl inan's face "Well, well-have your own wa1.," he growled, crawling back out of sight. 'When you get fresb meat give me mine raw; it whets my appetite for vengeance. Ha! ha! hal" And he laughed in a way that was simply frightful to h:iar. "Poor fathe1" the girl driver murmured, even her pretty'young face gr0wiug pained in expres3 iou. Sometimes I believe he is really growing crazy ove r his trouble; but at other times he appears so rational that no ius.anity seems lurking in his veius. Ugh! I dread to an ticipate the future. There will be trouble, without doubt, and Heaven only knows what will be the result to him, and to Even the s unlight failed to chase the doubtful expres.sion from her features, auJ the wagon rolled along joltingly down into a nanow gulch between two giant mountains, where the sun's b eams never penetrated. HPro were and watPr-a Lttle brooklet fed by a sprmg that gurgled from the rocks, and as good a camping-place, probably, as could be found for miles around. Therefore the girl gave the oxen au order to halt, and thev were not slow about obey in g, for they had puiled the heavy vehicle up and down the rugged mountain roads since early morning. A glance into the wagon apprised her that the hunchback was asleep, so tbe pretty drive r sprung to tho grounQ. and unyoked the oxen, aud turned them out to graze. Then, taking a light sporting rifle from tbe wagon, she set off up the gulch in quest of game. It was uot yet dark, but soon would be, as the shadows or evening were beginnng to creep into the gulch, and she kne w it was neces s.ary to replenish the larder. Les.s than half a mile up tbo gulch she came to a halt. Above her, upon a crag, she s.aw a large buck deer standing in bold r elier, gazing down at her as if surprised to see a lone human in this dismal spot. Quickly she raised her riflo and took aim, but, before she could fire, there came to her hearing the simultaneous rClports of two other rifles, and she s.aw the buck lunge forward from the iedgE>, and come plunging downward into the gulch. At the same instant tw0 men stepped mto view from previous concealment in n clump of shrubbery near where tho girl was standing uttering loud laughs the buck fell a and bleeding mass in1front of them, upon the gukh bottom. "'Scuse us, young f eller," one said, with e chuckle, "but we allowerl you couldn't hit bu" k. an' so we got in ahead o' you " M:v hyes, Bol:>--thet ain't n o feller," the other hunter allowed, with an insolent stare.

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Deadwood Dick's WarcL 8 ----------------------"Jest lnk at tbet figger will ye1 It's a gal, in bricbes!" Although brave to a fault, the old hunchback's companion felt an instinctive dread of the two men, but she resolved to put on a bold front and not let them know sbe had any fear ef them. whatever. "Y es-'.-a gal in brteches !" she cried inde pendently, "an' one who can take care of Number One every day in a week, tool Are you going to divide up that 'ar deer with me1" "Thet depends on cire umstances, my purty," the eldest replied, advancing a few paces. "Ef ye don't mind giviu' us a smack apiece from your purty mouth, I allo w we'll dress ther buck an' carry the best quarters hum for you. " If you come any n earer, I'll give ye a smack in the jaw with the butt of my rifle, you big loafer," the girl cried, shal"f.l y holding that instrument ready for use. 'You'll find you've picked up the wrong 'possnm to grant sech little favors. And the sooner you set to work aud akin that the less likely my fingers will accidentally pUll the trigger of my rifle, the re sult of which would he death to both of fou. Oh! I've got the drop, so g9 to work, as ordered." The two roughs gazed at each other in aston ishment. The idea of their beiD?: forced to bow to the livill of this chit of a girl was equally prepos1;erous and amusing, and they laughed outright. Nevertheless, there was no disputing the faet lihat she had the drop on them, and there was a certain composure in the expressjgj1 of her pretty face, and a gleam in her ey&.."'l:hat spoke better than words that she meaut business. Both men were burly, brawny fellows, and looked able to handle a dozen like their girl cap t.or, single-banded, which made the situation extremely novel. The elder of the twain was a n.an of about forty years, and wore a heav.v black beard that swept nearly to his belt. and black hair to match, making him, together with his st1mi-Mexican dress and plumed sombrero a most brigandishlook:ing person. He was armed with a rifle and a p11.ir of revolvers. 1 His companion wasaboutthirty1 wore a heavy black mustache, and was dressea in the same style. "Well, c uss my boots!" the elder ruffian cried, taking another survey of the situation-"d'ye think, gal, tbet a pair of thoroughbreds like us is a-goin' ter knuckle under ter sM b a critter as you? Why, we're a couple ov dynamite torpedoes, we are, an' likely ter explode any minute, outraged dignity, an' hlow ye ter atoms. I'm Bloody Bill, an' my companion hyar is Black Bob, ye see!" "I don't care for that;_jf you're both as black ancl. bloody as the Old l'iick himself, :vou can't scare me. I'm full of grit, and when r set out to have my way, I'm bound to have it. So go ahead now, and skin that buck before the lar t ray of sunlight disappears from the cre$t of yondPr peak, or I'm banged if I don't start a cemetery right here." The roughs exchanged glances, and of one accorli drew out their hunting-knives. I reckon we might as well \le obligin to the young lady, .Bill," Black Bob remarked," fer thar's no tellin' but we may make a mash. So come on, an' we'll skin the deer quicker'n lightnin'." 'l'hey accordingly set briskly to work, and their young captor stood coolly watching them, ready to balk any treacherous design they might baYe in view. Tbey were aware of the fact, and therefore chose the wisest course--tbat of respectful word and demeanor. Yon 're rough on two honest disposed fellows, you aire," Bloody Bill growled. "Why, we belong to the church, we do, an' aire two o' the nicest nilgrims in ther mountains. "When you're kept muzzled," was the sarcas tic response. "Corne! you'd better be lively. The sun is 'mos t olf the pntk." "And tbe hide is all -0ff the deer. T e ll us, now, 'fore we quarter 'im-what's yer r:amP, "Kit, f e r short-Kentucky Kit. f e r lon g, 'cause I originally sprouted down in old Ken tuck !l' was the reply, "an' ye recollect thar's some good nerve an' a few good card-players down in thEI Blue-grass State." The two men exchanged glances ag_ain-ttis time of a startlw nature-and Black Bob said, in an undertone: Our gan:e, sure enough. We'll not follow boldly." Bloody Bill nodded; then they set to work quartering up the buck. "What were those roughs saying then?" wae the tbougbt of Kentucky Kit. I allow they were planning some mischief. But they'll have to wake up earlier to get the best of me." The d ee r was soon quarte red, and then Black Bob turned to her, and doffed his bat, irailantly. "There you are, miss. You're at liberty ter shoulder what ye want, and trot home. We'll naturally_,_ oat of pure gallantry, accept what re mains. .tial bal ha!" "Ahl indeed I But, don't be so gallant as to overlook my immediate nece ; sities. I want you each to shoulder a quarter and carry it to my camp for me-then I shall haYe done with you." "I'll b e cussed fer a skunk if we will I" Bloody Bill replied, gro" ing enraged. "And I'll be fricasseed if you don't you'll neve r have any appetite for what's left of that deer!" Kit cried, emphatically. "Come, now, I'll shoot you as quick as to l< ok at you, if yon don't mind; so shoulrler arms and march along." Of two evils they chose the l esse r and the girl guide brought up the rear, "ith her rifle ready for use. She could not, of course, foresee the denoue ment of this adventure, but s he was determined to bold the victorious band as l ong as she could, anyhow. When they arrived at the camp she directed them where _to lay the haunches, after which she announced: "There-I'll ex<'use you now, and will advise you not to come fooling around me again. for fear you may get hurt, the next time. Got" and she pointed down the gulch, whence tb6' be.d come.

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4 Deadwood Dick's Ward. Without a word they obeyed, n o r did the y halt or s peak until the y reached the spot where they had l eft the fore-quarters of the d eer. Here t hey paused, and confronted eac h othe r t h e di sg ust the y f elt for themselves. "Well, who'd a thought it?'' the old e r ruffian grunted. "For d on't n ever l e t the c a t out o t h e bag, Blac k B o b r e plied. "But, we're in luc k all t h s same!" Y o n think i t d r ea ll y our game1 The name K a t e w a s \.in our in struc tions you know-Kit and Kate m e a n the sam e.'' "But, wbar 's the old 'un1 "In the sc ho o n er,' likely." "Well in cas e we're rig ht, now's our time fer a pic ni c A hundre d apiece a i n t picked uf. a l o n g e v ery trail. But e t 's a pity about the ga She s a m ighty marriageable piece, an' as purty an' primp a s a go ose -quil l "Pshaw S he s go t too much boss in h e r fer rue an' bu s in es s don't jibe, au' we musb d o the j o b up s li c k an' clean." I m agr eea bl e ter t h at, but, how shall we lay e m ? Th e gal s m e ll s a mice already, and sh e 'll b aas wide awak e as a mice too." "Oh! we 'll till morning is purty nigh a t hand, 1.1.u' t h ey're fas t asl eep." "What then-knife e m1" "No. No musi c o n this o c casion!" "How, the n, will you work it?'' "Easy enou g h. Rub a little o' the combined arsenic and co.:c ulu s indicus we use fer traps, on their meat, and they'll never know what hit 'em!" "Good. W e 'll have a drink, and then g et ready. The y each took a drink from a pock et-flask the younger man bad; then a fire was built and suffi c i ent of the meat roasted to satisfy their appetites. The y then emptied their flasks of l'lquor, buckle d on their weapons, and laid down for a nap. It was a v ary dark night, and they had no fear of discover.v. It was pa'lt midnight when and without a word crept stea1tbily away through the darknes s op their deadly m1ssio.. CHAPTER II. NED HARRIS. BY the time the y reached tbe vicinity of the emigrants camp, the dawn of another day was not far di>tant, and the intense darkness of the night was ra'lidly les5enin g-so much so, ln fact, th to b e d o n 9 i s to rub it well o>er th033 p11t3 of the m'lB.t the y are likely to eat first Th9 u w u can r.:o off and collect our r e v enue s tam'.ls H-1 I ha!-pretty good, that-rev enu" nt'l.1 n H. "1'rn i ok! be hange:l. I'd rather have the stamm: t h e msel"es.'' Then come !I.long and earn them. Look I I can alread y see the two quarters bung to th& limb of a tree nPar the wago n. Flat, now, and a s snaky as possibl e If w e're di sc ov ered-then w e mu s t us e our too ls fer all they're w orth." Thro wing the m se l ve s fia t upon their fac es, tbe y c rawled stealthily along toward the limb whi ch supported the two haunche s o f d ee r-meat, it bein g their de stinatio n. Worm-fashion the y wriggled a l o n g without so muc h as a variatio n fro m their course o r a pause At last without d isco v ery, tbey r e a ch ed the tre e, and r ose t o their f ee t. _\ll was g loomy nod sil ent about the J o n e voy age urs' ca mp, n o t so muc h as a cricket's chirp b eing heard to break the monotony They are all a s fast a s l eep as ca n be an' we co uld enter the wago n and k nife 'em fo r that matter,'' Blo ody Bill said, hus kil y "but w e'll spare bloodshed while w e may. Draw y c r p opguns now, and k ee p a sharp ey.;1 out for danger, while I swash the meat.' Black Bob obeyed; the n taking a bo ttle of liquid from his pock et, his co n f ed erate poured som e of the contents out in his and rubbed it upon the haunches of tne d eer, continu ing this Q peratio n until h e had exha u ste d all tbe d eadly poison the flask contained. "There If they feast on that b ee fsteak, tomorro w morning, or rather this morning, the y'll so.,n make food f o r the wolves," he muttered, with a shudd ering laugh. "But, if they don't-if they turn up a00ain 1 0 Bahl what care we, after we g e t the rhino fer the Her nibs n e ver'll dare squea l, lest she gives herself away, and that's where we've got h er, you se e Com e let's make fer Placer town, at once, and g e t our dnfs." "!never care for mine!" the other said, with satire. I ___ The sun had climbed well up the horizon the n ext morning, whe n K entucky Kit arose from h e r pil e of blankets within the wa g on, and part ing the curtains. jumped out upon the ground, feeling greatly refres hed fi:om her night' s re pose The instant aftar, howe v e r, she uttered an ex clamation of surprise for there in front oJ the wag on, a h o r se lay upon the g round, and young man lay with his h ea'i pill o wed against the animal's glossy sid e B oth w e r e apparent! fas t a s l ee p, and formed a s the y lay there wit' the e arly m orning sunli ght streaming down upon the m, a picture w ell worthy of an artist' brush. Eve n the span of oxe n had drawn up in th vicinity, and stood gazing upon the sc ene in e.p parent curiosity. "Well, well, if this d on't b eat my time, I'm off!" K entucky Kit ob served, thrusting her 'hand in h e r breeches pocket, a n d taking a sur vey of the scene. I wonder who the pilgri i s 1 At all events, he's a darling look er, righ from Daisy Gulch." And, in truth, the stranger did present a prepossessing al)pearance, as he Jay stretch out upon the ground in a position of natura grace. He was possessed ef a symmetrical form, JlOo

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Deadwood Dic k s Ward. 6 ticea b l e fo r its prominent muscular develop ment, and in face was rather handsome of fea ture, with a prominent mustache, a firm but pleasant mouth, denoting resolution and will1 and hair long and wavy. His eyes were closea in slumber, so that none of their beauty could be determined. Kentucky Kit, with all a girl's innate curiosity, stood for several minutes regarding him with an adruiliug gaze. He's just the purtiest feller I've seen !et. since cow in' i utcr the hills," she observed. I'll bet h e's a reg'lar 'masher,' too, as they out East. Anyhow, it wouldn't take l ong fol' him to mash me, if he's as good as be looks. I wonder-" She hesitated, and blushed prettily; then a dare-devil gleam shot into her eyes, and creep ing forward, she bent over and kissed the sl ee p ing man on the lips; then darted back hastily, calling: "Daddy! daddy! quick-the re's a man in camp!" Her cries were answered by the instant ap pearance of the que e r ola d e l egate's bead through the slit in the canvas, speedily followed by his body. In another instant, be was out upon the ground beside Kit, an almost repulsive-looking dwarf, not over four feet in bight, yet massively proportioned for his size. "Well, what's tbe matter?" he snarled, glarin?, at the sleeper. "Who is this chap, child!" 'That I do not know," Kit replied Some stranger, probably, who running upon our camp, concluded to accept its protection.in order to get a few hours' sleep." "Yon are a goo d guesser, young lady," the stranger said, opening a pair of magnetic black ey.,s, and rising to a sitting posture, "for such is the case, and I hope J have not intruded." If a friend you are, then welcome you ari:..i if an enemy, you might better have cut 011 your wind ere you came here!" the dwarf said, sternly. "Ohl of course he is a friend, daddy," Kentucky Kit de clared, h e r pretty face suffused with blushes, for she now b e li eve d the handsome stranger had only been feigning sleep at the time of her stolen kiss. '' You see, we are two lone voyageurs on our way to Placerville," she exp!ained, "and we naturally expect of course to find an enemy lurking behind every bush, in so wild a regio n " Then you can set aside all fears, as far as I am concerned," was tbs reply, "for I am no bugbear to h11.rm those who keep out of my pie. By the wuy, I am also en route oor Placerville wherever it may be, and, if I will join forces, and your d e fen s ive condition will be slightly bettered thereby." "You have a bold, unwavering eye, young man, and I reckon I can trust you, though you are the first I have placed confidence in, for many a year. What is your name, young man1'' "Ned Harris, free ranger, at your service, unc le; a n d now, may I in return inquire your n ame1'' Y es, young man. It's a proud old nam e, W<>, i{ 'th e name of mine, tho terribly sinned agai nst Gir a r d Athol w a s the name I u sed to bear, and the Atbol s were one of the finest fami lies in o l d Kentuck. But o' late years, since I've grown older and uglier, an' n ;ore like a beast than a human, the name of Old Scavenge1 has been given me My daughter, I.Jere, and the only faithful friend I've known, of late years, is Kate Athol, or Kentucky Kit as 1 call her, because she s a blue-grass widow," and here the little old man shoo k all over with suppressed laug!tter at what be evidently considered a good joke. While Kentucky Kit colored, painfully, and said, reprovingly: "Father!" "Ohl git out," Old Smvenger chuckled, "I know you've got an eye sot on our friend here, but it ain' t gain' ter work. You're a straight out-an'--0ut grass. an' ye better play yer keerds ruther keerfnl." ,, "Ohl don't mind '-hat h e says, please-he's such a terrible tease I" Kit protested, turning to HaITis, half between a laugh and a cry-and from that moment tht> young man realiz e d that the young beauty had o. secret under all her bright and smiling exterior. "Make yourself at home, and I will prepare some "Not out of that deer-meat, if you please," Ned warned. "That is not exactly healthy." "Not healthy!" both Kit and Old Scavenger exJ:laimed in surprise. "Exactly. That meat is roisoned. The two men with wl.Jom Miss Kitty had such a remark able encounter las t evening, came back m the dead of night, and washe
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Deadwood Dick' Ward. plishments, tbet go to make up aristocracy, an' when I came into the world a little ugly misshapen customer, it was a sorry day for my family pride and f e r myself. What an eyes ore I was to my sist e rs and brothers I never fnlly realized till I growed up to the age when I ehould have been a man in size; theu I began to see how matters stood, and one day I turned up missing; I forever left my home, resolved no longer to be a Htumbling-block in the way of my family's pride. l cu.me to the West, and roamed wild in the forest and mountains among the beasts and redskins, who never harmed me from a superstition that I was in league with the Evil One. Thus years rolled by, until one day in a lonely mountain gorge I struck gold, and there for two years I toiled, alone and lonely. At last, having amassed a large fortune of the shinin' stuff, I buried it, and went forth into the more civilized reo-ions. fl There I met a beautiful woman-a scheming adventuress I should say-who on short ac quaintance professed to admire me. Hal ha! fancy a woman loving such a nondescript as I I In a weak moment I revealed the secret of my wealth, and from that time on she haunted me ever, until, blinded by her professed arrlent devotion, I married her, and we set out for my lonely mountain home. "Here, for two years, I think I was happy, for in that time, and up to the last day I ever saw her, sbe was kind and loving to me, though I often wondered why it was, and suspected it was from a desire to g e t my gold. Therefore I never revea!Ad its hiding-plaC'.e to her. A littl9 one was born to us, the year after our marriage, -and God bas spared it my de"formity. You see her, there, now, sir, as brave and noble a little girl as there is in the land. But for her, I should have long ere this put an end to my miserable existence; for her sake I lived on-and for vengeance! "Just two years after our marriage the woman came up missing, together with my buried fortune, whi::h she had in some way discovered, when I believed its hiding:place a secret to her. Sha never returned and I have not seen her since. I did n o t pursue her, for I had my babe to watch o v e r and protect. But, I swore an oath of some day to be fulfilled, and I am on that vE>ngeful mission, now. I renaine d in the gulch and mined a little for years. [ accumulated more gold, and finally with Kit, I went back to and put her out to school, while I went into the in terior of the State built me a hut in the mountains, and lived there in utter seclusion. Mv child came to see me often, and it gave me great satisfaction to see that education and r& fined associati o ns did not turn her affections from me; she was my pride, my idol and my all m life. "At last, about a year ago, I saw that my money was nearly gone, so I told my child the story of bor mother and asked her advice. Her anawer came quick and decisive as I felt sure it would, tor her spirit was my spirit. She 'said: 'Daddy, let's hunt her down and make her give back the gold, or enough of it to support you in :JOur old age.' "And so we set out for the, West, and have been searching ever since. It was about a month ago that I first obtained any trace of her. I went into a photograph gallery, and saw her picture, which I at once recognized, on exhibition in a show-case. That lady?' says the artist in answer to my inquiry-' why, that is Madam Cheviot, of Placerville, a little ruining burg up in the bills. Well sayband styles out like a queen. GQin' to marry arrel, the bonanza king, too, I've beard.' 'Never!' I said, under my breath; then I bought the picture and set out for Placerville, whither I amnow bound. So there you have my story, Harris, which has come to pass; what the denouement will be I do not know. It only remains for the hand of time to det.ermine that:" CHAPTER III. HARRIS ASSUMES A CHARGE. "And a very interesting little story it ill," Harris responded, lighting a cigar as the old man finished. "Were I a novelist or an actor, I should utilize the incidentR. The woman prob ably got an inkling of your wealth, and only married you to get possession of it." "Th11.t is all. She deceived me, and I know, now, that she is a crafty, scheming adven turess. And if I am in time, I shall endeavor to prevent her insnaring another victim into her trap." She evidently knows of your coming." She may have bad spies on my track since I left Kentucky, or, it is possible that the picture I saw in Cheyenne was but a decoy, and the artist her agent. Since last night's occurrences, and that which you have so luckily exposed, this morning, I believe that, fearing my coming, she a hasty marriage with the rich min&-ewner This must not be. While I live, she can never trick other men as she did me. Therefore she must be circumvented, which necessitates that I should be on the watch an<\ ready. Harris, I believe you are a man of good principles, integrit:r, and honor, and I want to ask a favor of you. . "Ask it, sir, and I doubt not I shall find it in m:r; power to grant it," was the reply. 'Very well. It is this: I want you to loan me your horse, and as security, take my team and wagon here. I also want you to take charge of my daughter, and protect her as you would a sister, until I return. If I should never return, take her as your ward, until she sees fit to marry. If I don't return, or you don't see me again, institute a search for me, for I shall not be dead but a prisoner in her power. Will you do this for "With pleasure, my old friend. I am only glad of the chance t(> espouse the good cause of yourself and daughter, I assure you. What movements shall we make, during your absence1" "Journey on to Placerville, and get some kind of a habitation. If yo are beset by tools of the Tigress, use your own judgment in dealing with them. As iOOn as I see a chance, I will report." And so it was arranged. Dick was to take charge of. Kentucky Kit, and

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Deadwood Dick' Ward. Old Scavenger was to go on to Placerville in advance. -After a breakfast on jerked Tenison and coffee, some of wbich Dick had in his saddle bags Old Athol set forth. "Take care of my child, Harris," was his last inJunction, as he rode away, "for she is all tbat I have in life to worship "Neve r f ear for her safety," was the reply; then the little old man gall o ped away around the bend, on hi s strong-limbed st.eed, and Harris and bis pretty charge were left alone. "Ohl I am so fearful some harm will to him," said, tears startingintoherpretty eyes. "He has been a dear good father to me, if he is deformer, when the soft haze of w u beginning to gather aroWll\, Harris lit his pipe-a quaint affair of ancient pattern-and lay back upon the ground against a grassy mou nd, watching, ostensfoly, the rings o f sl!1oke that curled up toward the first stars of evening, wlllch began to appear over the cres t of the rocks far above, but in reality watching Kentucky Kit who had procured a little rocking chair from the wagon and seated hers e lf, with a hook in hand near the light of tbe night fire. But instead of reading, she was gazing thougbtfully down the gulch toward Placerville -dreamily, ns if some p:easant memory was be fore her mind. "A renny for your thoughts Princess Pret ty,'' Harris said1 laughingly, as he nimbly tossed a copper over mto her hat, whic h lay on the ground beside her. Wert thou thinking of some noble Romeo, whom thou hast left in far and distant landsj" Sbe broke out into a peculiar little laugh at. that. Oh, no," she replied, I abhor Shakespeare, and consequently detest Rom eos. Take a man who spends more than half his time before a mirror, and all of his income on dre ss and learns to talk Jove from a dictionary, and y o u have your Romeo. Bah I I wouldn't give that" -and she snapped herthumb, contemptuously for a car-load of such cattle! Do you know who I was thinking of?" "I baven't t h e slightest idea, unless it was of your father." "No. I was thinking of a man-an awfu'J, awful man, whom I have beard of at nearly every trading-post and mining-town this side of tbe Missouri. Oh, he's a terrible fellow, according to all report. And who do you suppose I was just comparing him to, in appearance!" "Well, I don't know-poor me, perhaps." Yes, exactl:r;; yotir' "Well, I don t know whether to take that a.a a compliment, or not.. Who is this terrible in dividual, may I ask!" "Oh, he's a brave, fearless, reckless Bedouin of the West, whom people fear and figbt, and vet he fears them not. He is handsome and courteous to fri.,nds, and willing to be friends. with all who deal square and honest. It was in Cheyenne I first heard a woman telling of bim, and I fell in love with him on the spot, and formed an ideal of him, in my imagma tion." And I am a duplicate of the ideal eh1" "Rather so, (>nly my awful man gets awfully stern and morose, when crossed, my informant told me." "You never saw me mad yet; I'm a very thundercloud when I get mad-tbunder, light ning, and all!" Barris laughingly averred. Well, that's the way my ideal is, Rnd he's just to my fancy. Indeed I think I really love him, just because other people turn against him." But you have not yet disclosed 'the name of this lucky dog who has been so fortunate as te inherit your affection, without ever seeing you." I don't know what his real name is, bnt he is called Deadwood Dick!" "What I the noted outlaw!"

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s Deadwood Dick's Ward. "The same! Outlaw though be is, they say he is ever kiud and courteous to unprotected womenl and that's more than you can say of a third or tbe men of the world at large." Very true. But, you may have formed an erroneous idea of tills bold desperado. It would be' silly for a young lady like you to cherish even a single thought of such a wretch as be." "He ain't a wretch!" she cried, impetuously, and you needn't say he is, for I wouldn't believe you. I guess I ought t o know, when Cal amity Jane told me all about him. She said they were about as good as promised to get married, when they dissolved; by mutual consent, and went different ways. Oh! you bet he's a 'screamer' as tbey say up here in the hills, and the first time I see him I'm to get married to him-that is if he is willmg." "Pshaw! hi.ls been married half a dozen times already, and always lost his wife one way or another, shortly after. Take my advice, Miss Kitty, and fight shy of him, and never cast a single foolish thought on him." Your ad vice is all right in its place, Mr. Harris, but it can never change my views in this matter. Do you think we will get to Placer ville to-morrow?" I do. It cannot be over a matter of ten miles away, now." The conversation changed onto different topics from that on, and finally subsided altogether, Kit retiring to the wagon, as Harris had expressed bis intention of sleeping literally with one eye open, in anticipation of the return o{ the prowlers of the previous night. But it was not long ere he was sleeping as soun1ly as his pretty ward, as he lay rolled in bis blanket upon the grass. He had walked all day, hence the weariness that him to sleep. How long be had slept he knew. not, but he finally awoke to consciousness and opened his eyes. The moon's bright light was streaming down into the gulch, and-Kentucky Kit was kneeling by his side, and gazing earnestly i:J.to his face. She started violently as he opened his eyes and discovered her. "Forgive me," she murmured, in a frightened tone-then attempted to arise and escape, but Harris sat up and caught her by the wrist. Hold on,'' h e said, gently. Don't be afraid. What were you looking at-my beautiful pbiz? with a smile "Oh, let go-please do!" she said, struggling to herself. "1-1 was only trying to study out if 1,ou were not-if you weren't Deadwood Dick. "Ob, that's it, eh? Then you had a suspicion ""ibat I might be the outlaw, eh?" "Yes, sir." She was trembling like a leaf as she spoke. "Then dismiss that belief, my child," he,s:iid, kindly, "an1 go back to your rest." "1-I wa> so afraid you were him, and would think m e bold. I am very glad you are not1 she B!tid, falteringly, and tears were standing ln her eyes when !he turned and left. "The tears belied her words then," Harris tnued, as he gazed after her. 11 I wonder if ..-/ she does really love this fellow, of whom I am the counterpart? First, I knaw she will be loving Ned Harris, and that will settle my hash. She is warm and liki; all Southern women, and wouldn't make a fellow a bad orna. ment for bis bumble ten-bytwelve, that is, if n fellow was inclined to annex a Mrs. fu hi-I establishment! which I am not, or, at leastthat i s-well, should have to think the over, a deal." He h a d the remainder of the night to meditato on the subject, for he did not again go to s leep, but what decision he may or may not hav11 arrived at, we will leave for the future chaptem of this romance to develop. Kentucky Kit made her reappearance at day. break, and there were traces of tears upon her face. But, after bathing that pretty face in the waters of the brook she looked as fresh and rosy las a peach. A meal was soon prepared and dispatched inte r s p ersed with a little desultory conversation; then preparations were made to continue the journey. They were about ready to start, when they saw a person approaching on foot over the back trail-and a woman at that! "Oh! l et's wait and see wnoit is,'' Kit pleaded eagerly, and they accordingly did wait, for Harris thought best to bu'inor bis new charge as muc h as possible. The approaching craft was a party, and very fat at that-in fact, extraordinarily fat, resembling a hogshead mounted on a pair of stubby l egs, with a r ound ball on top as an ornament. And the worst of it was, this nestful fairy who was floating so gracefully w estward ho! was a n egress The nearer she came the more closely the i;wo inspected her. She certainly was a".l odd-looking creature, being so" off" the usual proportions o f humanity, with a pair of thick red lips, and big eyes, the whites of which rolled about in a decidedly wicked manner. Her head ornamented with an old-fashioned straw bonnet with a wide front, and her obese figure was iucased in a dirty-looking gown not reaching to her feet, which were protected by an enormous pair of s hoes. A bit of shawl pinned about her shoulders and a belt around her ample waist completed her costume, except the weapons in h e r belt, which consisted of a pair of cavalry pist-0ls, a largehkee n-edge
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Du.dwood Dick's Ward. tole ob Romeo an' Jul:y_:et1 Well, sab, if you lub dat romance, you will at least pity me, for I am a Julyet, widout my Romeo. W e met in de dead o b night, an' war j'iued by de parson in de ban's ob wedlock; but when m y husband Clis kibbered dat dis maiden was a chile ob d e color ed race b e swore a awful swore, au' dat's de last I've ebber see'd ob him. Ob! tell m e, honey, bah you not see'd my wandering Romeo?" CHAPTER IV. A CA.SE IN WHICH EYES WERE TRUMPS. "I HAVE not, beauty," Harris dryly. "Why do yo;i cvme to this wild region to o;eek him, when probably ne is luxuriating in the East?" The negress did not :reply, but strode abruptly on up the glt:h, and swn <'lisappeared around th& first bend. After she l.iarl gone, Hanis took off bis hat and scratched bis bead. "Well, what do you think of her1" K entucky Kit asked watching him. I think of all tbe menageries I ever saw, that was the most elephantine/' was the reply. If that museum is in Placervill e when w e arrive there, I must cultivate its acquaintance." "Why1" if that is a genuine negress, I'm much mistaken. I fancy tbe black will wash." "In that case, why the Clisguise1" That remains to be l earned. Disguises are utilized for various purposes, you are doubtless aware. Come! l et's be moving on." H e took the lead, with bis rifle lying across the holl o w of his left arm; Kit mounted the wagon and drove the oxen. An hour after midday they passed up the m a in street into the mining-town of Placerville -one of the livelies t camps since the palmy days of Deadwo<::d. It was built in the gulch-bottom which was a\\ this point about a half-mile wide, and comprised some hundred and fifty shanties and cabins, with three or four better finished and m o r e pretentious resid ences The main and only street was built up entire ly with business pl aces back of which on either hand were scattere d the habitations. There ware three or four of miscellaneous stores, a dozen saloons and dauc.e-halls combined, a blacksmithy,a barn-like edifice d esignated asa church, and a hotel, where the transient patronage usually f ound accommodation. Before this latter Kentucky Kit stopped, and left the oxen to quench their thirst at a watering troue:h. while she co n sulted with Harris. I will make a few inquiries and learn if there are any empty shanties to be had,"he said," and :f tbere are not, will rent a t ent, until we can do better." He tbereforo l eft Kit at the wagon, having little doubt but what $ h e cou ld take care of heriself, and walked up the street for a reoonnois ;gance. After a few inquiries h e learned of a snug lit tle shanty, and s u cceeded in renting it. On bis 1eturD to communiC1tte the good news to Kit. he passed a respectable looking shanty with 11. store front, and blinds on the inside. I t was evidentl y an office, and tacked to the door was a placard, bearing tho notice: "WANTED-A CLERK." Harris pau sed a few minutes, and deliberated -then entered the place, resolved to make an application for tbe positi o n. It prove d to be a banke r or broker's office, divided about the center by a long counter. guarded by a stout wire grating from counter to c e il ing. There was, however, an aperture of considerable sizfl in the middle, through which bui;iness was transacted. A dandily attired young man of graceful figure, and prepossessing ccuntenance, wearing a model blonde mustac he, stood before the aperture as Harris entered, conversing with an el derly gentleman behind the counter, who was dressed in black broadcloth, with an immaculate collar, white tie, and glossy shirt front, a sternfaced unbearded party, whose lace was not the most liandsome with its plenitude of furrows and wrinkles and whose bair was as white as a drift of prairie snow. "No, Mr. Randall, I don't think you will an svrer my r,urpose," the elderly gentleman was saying. Young men who pass the night as late as two A M:, in gambling and drinking, are in my opinion fitted for my service." I am sorry su c h a terribly unjust rumor should have reached you," Randall replied, and it seems to me that Mlldame Cbeviot'R recommendatio n ought to bear weight with you in my behalf. " But it does not, a pin's worth. Were I enamored of tbe moneyed madam, it might, but as I am not, I must needs refer you to my neighbor banker. Be kind enough to allow the other gentleman your position." Randall stepped back, an: gave a scow l at Harris, who assumed bis po sition. Do y o u apply for the position, s;r? the broker asked, surveying the man well. "I came in for that purpose, yes." What is your name?" Ed ward Harris." "A stranger here?" "Just arrived, not an hour ago." "What business have you followed?" "My life bas been a roving one: principally, but I am versed somewhat in 'mos t every thing." "Can you write short-hand?" ''Quite readily." Can you send and receive messages by t ele graph?" I can, though not as rapidly as some." "Fast operators often make mistakes. Are you familiar with tbeminingbu.siness1md mines of the West?" "I have visited nearly every m ining Clistrict of importance, and have some ideas of my own concerning tbem. Good I Can you keep books?" "I can." "Well. sir, my clerk must necessar!ly bd abl e to do fny business as though I were here to dictate to him. I am often absent, and I want a man who can be trusted implicitly, as he often has the handling of a small mint of money. I a m favorabl y impre!Sed with you, but shall hav&

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10 Deadwood Dick's Wa.rJL t.o deliberate before engaging you. Now for in-what relation we bear to each other-theywoo't stance, if I were absent, and a chance were know but what we are brother and sister-<>r tendered you to purchase stocks in the Thunder-still better, man and wife. What a joke that bolt Mine, at Custer, what would you pay?" would be!" "Not a cent. There is no such mine as the Harris's spirit fairly groaned within him. Thunderbolt, at ieast no such incorporated com-Man and wife, indeed I pany." Things were beginning to assume altogether a The broker smiled. dhferent aspect from what they bad when he "Are you sure'!" had assumed his ch'lrge. "Quite <;Ure, unless it ha<; sprung into existWere he to take up his home at the shanty, ence within a few days." he felt sure gossip would not be long in linking "Wel1, you are right. That was a little his name with bis pretty p,.otogee's in an unen. tester I gave you, you see. How about the Lit-viable light, which might be the means of caustle Pittburg, at Leadville1 What's her stocks ing difficulty with the broker, and other trouble worth to you?" all around. If I were going to purchase, I should not Yet be had promised to protect and care for feel safe to pay over thirty-five cents on a dollar, the girl, and he resolved to do it, though he or less." should stand in momentary dread of the results "You have excellent judgment, I see. How of his remaining under the same roof with her. about the Rocket, at Oro CitJ 1" There were several things that was quite "At par value, every day in the week, and -Sure of. He was satisfied that she liked him1 scarce that." because he was her ideal of 1.his man Deadwooa "True. How comes it you are so well posted, Dick, whom she had never seen-he knew that Mr. Harris?" sbe was warm and impulsive by nature, and My brain, eyes and ears were given to me to t}\ought no harm in expressing her likes and dis use, and I al ways exercise the trio in conjunction, likes. He was also equ the wagon contained, and moved There was no answer. Millicent sat rigid and th.em into the new abode, where Kitty set them white upon her chair. to rights. My Cod1 what's the matter-she has faintShe soon bad the place loo\ting cheery and ed the broker cried, excitedlr,. homelike, and everythiug oeit and tidy. 1 No, stand back and I will bring her to!" "This will be your room," she said, pointing Harris said, advancing. to a cosey little be:iroom. "Mine is the next He waved his hand above his bead, several one, and I sha'n't be a .bit afraid, if I times, and in front of h e r face-then retired to know my govern0r is in tbe ne:u room. a seat, as she gas{led, and the color came back "Would you be afraid to :rumaio alone here to her cheeks. ni?,hts1" Harris "You see, I unthinkingly returned Miss Ray-' Indea:i I would. w by?" mond's stare," Harr1s explained, and she being "Nothing; only I was jmt lhinking that it sensitive -to magneti" influence she unconsciou& would b3 more prope1 for m., to go to a 'hotel ly passed into a semi-trance condition. I think nill:hts." if you question her now she will answer, and in "Oh, no! no! no! I wouldll'Ustay here alone my favor1 I trust." for the world People won't Jltl.Y any attention How is it, Milly dear! WbJ:Lt do you think us, or if they do, I am sure tbey needn't know of Mr. Harris?''

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Deadwood DieJr.a Ward. 11 "He will answer rour purpose well," was the raf.ly, gaspingly Papa, I want to go home 'Sbe will naturally feel dizzy for a short time,'' Harris explained..> in answer to the broker's anxious look. "1 will leave you, now. Shall I call to-m o rrow1" At eight o'cl oc k. I will give you a fair trial. Good-evening.'' "Good-evening," and Harris bowed himself out. Treacherous work here," he muttered, as he walked along. "She'd have g o ne :ll!i-t against me, if I hadn't put a stop to it-and hot of her own accord. eithe r. Some one put her up to it, but wbot Ha! I think I suspect the party.", He met her early the next morning on his way to the office. She was mounted upon a pretty little Indian pony, taking a ride, but the moment their eyes met be gave a little motion of his hand, and she rode up to him and drew rein. What infernal power is this you hold over me, sir, that I must come and go at your beck and nod1" sbe demanded, trembling in every muscle "It is the power of my eyes, which you dared to brave, last evening-the power of mesmerism, which makes you forever the subject to my will. Do you see "Ohl Heaven h elp me, then. Why did you do this!' Because I saw that you were going to in:llu ence your father agains t me, and not of your own accord, either. Some one put you up to exert your in:llu e nce against me; tell me who it was?" "r cannot-will not I" she cried* endeavoring to exert a will of her own. x ou have no to ask me." 'You are wrong. I have the right to ask, and the power to know. You will tell me-you dare not refuse me I" She looked at him a moment, an expression of horror entering her dark orbs, and a shiver of terror :flitting over her person. After all it would be no more than right for me to tell you, and it was unwomanly for me to enlist against you. It was Ralph Randall who put me on." Harris n o dded. "I thought as much," he said. "This Ran-dall is your lover!" "Y-e-s,'' falteringly. What was bis ob3ect1" To procure your dismissal from my father's employ, so that be might stand more of a chance to fill the position. I was to declare you to be Deadwood Dick, the outlaw, be knowing tbat m:r father would believe it, as he has implicit faith in my judgment. Had a bomb exploded at Harris's feet, he could not have been more astonished, but he succeeded in conceaJ!ng bis surprise from her notice. "So, that's his game, eb1 Well, forewarned is forearmed, and I shall look out for your pre cious lover, and in the mean time1 knowing my power over you, it will be best ror you not to attempt any warfare against me." "But you won't harm Hr. Randall-hi l!AY that you won't!'' "That depends on how he conducts himself Harris responded, bowing and walking on to. ward the office. CHAPTER V. ROGUES IN CLOVER. His first day as brok e r s clerk passed very busily, between l earning the bus iness, and some writing Ned Harris was given to do He also became arquainted with a number of the towns people, and overheard some things that were advantageous. The general topic of conversation seemed to cent.er upon the approaching marriage of the wealthy i;peculator of the town, Honorable George Darrel, and Madame Cheviot, who was also wealthy. The combined properties of the two were very extensive and it was claimed that their union would throw under o ne control the principal part of the real estate in and about Placerville, including buildings and mining interests. This marriage was to take place on the morrow, it was announced, at tbe madame's resi d e nce, and all the townspeopl e had b e en extended an open invitation to be present, in honor to the occasion. The uppermost thought in Harris's mind was: would Old Scavenger be there to prevent the consummation of the rites? Not a mention of the dwarf's presence in the town bad Harris heard, and he wondered thereat. Was the old fellow waiting until the proper hour should arrive for him to raise a breeze in the camp1 It looked .that way. the da,y Harris got a glimpse of the prospective bridegroom. He was a well preserved looking person of forty years, with a noble, dignified hearing, and would have been pronounc0d a kind-h earted, easy-going fellow by tbe casual observer. Yet there was a firmness about the expression of his features that betokened a will of iron. Of Madame Cheviot, Harris had not as yet; been able to get a glimpse, and therefore could form no estimate of h e r As as the office duties were over, he went direct to the shanty, where Kentucky Kit already had the table spread, prepared for the evening repast. "Well, how has the day passed, here?" be asked pleasantly. "1 suppose yon have enough to keep you busy "Hardly," sbe replied, with a faint smile My thougltt-8 were about all the ,company I had." Be did not need or care to ask her of whom tho'l0 thoughU; we.re, for he fancied be knew what the answer would be. She had been thinking of Deadwood Dick. "Oh I I had nearly forgotten it. There is a letter qn the mautle for you. Some one slipped it in under the door, and was off before I could discover who it was she added. He arose and took the letter from the shelf, and seated himself by the table, mrprise manifest upon his countenance. "I don't know who this can be fl'om," he aid, noting that there were no UJ>OD

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Deadwood Dick's Ward. the envelope. "Probably it is from your father, and for yo11 to open," She received it with some reluctance. I hadn't thought of tbat; maybe it is from him," she said, though there was doubt ex pressed in her tone. She tore open the envelope and gl/inced at the missive-then dropped rt with a scream. What is the matter!" Harris cried, picking it up. He had the answer before him, however. A shee t of pape r headed by the ominous ensign of a skllli and crossbones, read as follows; "DEADWOOD DrcK:-It is kn o wn that Y"U are here, wher e secret foes are t h ick and strong you. Take the chance and escape ,.,. you will be stricken down when you l eas t expect it. This i s not gas, but fact. So diJest it, "Sum: DEATH." About tbe same hour that the stran"'e warning brought great smprise to Harris, Ma:l.ame Che viot sat in the parlor of h ere r eside nce, sipping a glass of wine, while she watched the glow of the lamplight 11po11 the carpet. The madame was a w e ll-preserved woman of considArable beau GY of face and figure, and what with the aid of paint, powder and dress, and other youth-prn111cing devices of woman's hand, on9 would have litt le dreamed that she was in the fo1ties. Her attire 1vas fashionable and elegant, and sbo wore co3tly j ewelry to tho enhancement of h e r personal appearance. She had just finh!hed the wine when the door &nd a pon:lerous looking Dutchman made his appearance. "Off you blease, my lady,'' he said, "dere is two fell e r.> mit der front door oud_, ash vants to .seeder m'l.d:.tm9 unJ t ole ms uif L n9 let 'em in dey preak der 'hole top qJf my jaw off " Ham, .vo11 are incorrigiblo Did they give their names?" "Yas I
  • t fellows, wllom I hired to do some work for me." Hansaccor1li11g ly went O!lt, and a few minutes later mh1red in two rllflbns whom Kentucky Kit had h e ld at bOCket, and from it extracted a roll of bills. She counted out two hundred dollars, and gave half to each of the ruffians. "Tbankee," Bloody Bill said, with a triumph ant l eer. "Ye see we wouldn't ask it, only we be two poor but citizens, who depend on the pubiic to some extent fer script. This will do very well for the present, an' when we want more we sha'n't be back ward about callin' fer it." M:ire I do you expect I am a fountain fr{lm which :'ou can draw wealth at your will!" tbe madarne cried, in a passion. "Yes, mum." Black Bob replied, with a hor rible leer. "We've got a gold-mine opened in you, mum, an' we'rei goin' ter work it, too, you bat! When w e say, 'casb,' either you smilingly say yes, or we let's the kitten out o' the pillow case H a l h a It's tbs giddy lay-out we have." / Then, laughing villainou sly, they arose and mockingly bowed themselves out. When they wprq gone. Madame ChPviot rung a b e ll, and Ralph Randa ll entered the parlor and took a seat near at hand. "Well, what have you learned!" the madame asked "Nothing, lady. I have made a most careful ing,uiry, bti t have not succeeded in hearing any tidmgs o f the dwarf. I do ubt if he has yet bee n n ea r tbe town." Good If t h e r e la no interruption, my IIJIUlo

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    Dick' Ward. 13 riage with Darrel will be successful. Do you think the girl will make any trouble1 unless put up to it by the fellow, Harris, whom I believe to be none other than the outlaw, Deadwood Dic k. I have the warning on him, that you sugge s ted, and if that do e s not wo1 k, we shall have to adopt some other tactics." I'd rather have a dozen ordinary sleutb hounds h e r e than that one ruan," the madame said, slowly. "I have bea d enough of him to c a use me to fear him. If he is working in Girard Athol's mtere;ts, as I suspect, he is a formidable foe-On the following morning the nuptials were to be consummated, and the town was on the qui vive. Madame Cheviot's mansion was faced iL front by a pleasant littla grove of maples, underneath whose wide-spreading branches seats and tables had been whereat a feast was to be served to the mhabitants, m commemoration of the marriage of the two wealthiest people in Placerville. The miners and their families bad as r>. people never thought too well of either the madame or her affianced, and this little dodge of a feast had been arranged more to secure the lacking good will, than anything else. A sort of vine-wreath platform had also been built, whereon the C"eremony was to take place, and a dancing floor had been laid for the accom modation of wouldbe terpsichorean revelers, while enterprising venders bad been permitted to erect tem/?orary booths on the grounds, for the sale of refreshments "-a very necessary accessory. And, taken all in all, it had the promise of being the greatest event in the annals of Placer ville By general consent the miners decided to make a holiday of the occasion, and at an early hour the grove presented a festive a,ppea.ranoo. Miners arrayed in clean red sh1rts arid Sundaygo-to-meetin' breeches were there-some alone, some in company with "their girls," and some with their wives and children. I am armed. If they attempt to harm Ken tucky Kit, they'll find she knows how to handle weapons as well as themselves. Do I look afraid1" "No, nor are you cowardly, for I S9. W you mastf. r the two roughs up jn the gulch. But, keep an eye out for danger, for J fancy the wo man will be expe cting trouble and be prepared for it." Harris went away to the office, not feeling jus t right about K entucky Kit's proposed ven ture. But the girl had plenty of confiden ce C lear ing away the dish e s, she donne d a light cloak and bat, and vaile d the uppe r p ortio n qf h e r face, after whic h 1lhe set out for the grounds, with a pair of trusty revolvers in a belt in under h e r cloak. The band was playing a lively air as she en tered beneath the cool shade of the overhanging boughs, and the crowd was engaged in various sports, b ent on having a good time. In one place a large party were dancing ; in another, games of quoits and ball were in progress while in still another, 1>everal marksmen were engaged in target-practice. The ceremOJ!Y was announced to take p l ace at ten o'clock, and at that hour the bridal party appeared upon the platform where the rites were to be performed. This cau..'nearance. eyes glaring at the dwarf with incarnate fury "Why this trar.sformation!' h J in their expression "Are you going to the wedding "S:;op! stop,!" Old Scavenger yelled, raising A dark exp ression flitted into her ey3 s bis hand. 'In the name of the law and "Yes, I am going to see this faithless woman Almighty God I forbid the banns. That wo who I mus t with shame realize is my mother!" rnan 1 s my wife!" alile said bitterly. "Will you a ccompany me1" A r.i m mur or astonishment ran through the "I would, bu>. am afraid it will cro v d be imposihle for me to !iet excu$ed from m y It to stlng tbfl madame to madness, for duties. Will it not be rie .ry for you to go out she rR lliert. walk e d to 1 ne front of the platform, alone!" whi:t;er. y e t more <'omposed than before. "Bah. no! l am not afraid: and. rnoreove:r,_ "'Tis false! 'tis falsei" she cI : ed. "I appeaf

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    Dead.wood Dick' Ward to you all, ladies and gentleman, to bear witness, and hear me swear it is false. This non descript is my brother, e.nd, worst of all, a madman, who has recently from the asylum where I placed him; his terrible charge is but a move of revenge. Fortunately I have anticipated his coming, and pref)ared for him. Constable, the rest is for you to do!" At this, a burly six-footer sprung forward to secure the intruder, aided by four a.hie-bodied specials. Old Scavenger comprehended th'3 situation, and drawing a long, keen bladec:.. kn' fe, he slip pod out of the saddle, and with one J-\Jw :, tabbed the constable to the heart. Then, seemingly gone stark mad with rage, he cleaved desperately and left, without regard as t.o whom he hit in defending him self. And it was only after a bloody struggle that he was conquered by overpowering numbers and bound hand and foot and gagged. In the struggll'I five able-bodied men had bit the dust, and as many more had been more or less dangerously wounded. The littla old man trembled like a leaf in the excess of his rage, when held powerless in the grasp of two rough-looking miner;,, and his eyes were a horrible thing to gaze at, so terrible was their, glitter. The mad!lma had witnes'led the struggle with an awful composure, and when she saw the dwarf secured at last, a faint gleam of pleasure ripp,led over her marble-like face. mypc mr brother to my private parlor," she said, one of the men who bad him in cJarge, "ana guard him faithfully till I comJ I will have him takeu back to the asylum by to-morrow's coach." The two men accordingly ca1Tied the prisoner between them into the madame's residence; then she ordered: "R9move those who have been killed, and let the ceremony proceei as if no unpleasantness had happened." "Stop! This marriage shall not proceed!" a ringing voice cried, an1 Kentucky Kit pushed forward, her face stern, her eyes flashing with indignation and anger. "Madame Cheviot, as you ::all your;,elf, 1o yon know who I am?" "No-n'>I" tbe woman gasped, reeling back and covering ber face with her bands. My Hod! what-who are you, and what do you wantl" "I am yo!lr only legal child-the daughter of youroelf and your-only lawful husband, Girard Athol, whom :vo:ir d
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    Deadwood Dick' Ward. He h a s hitherto believed me the most exem-1 This wo n't do, sir. I'll have no clerk bring displary and noble of women, and were I to spring grace upon my business, through any misdeed such a trap on him, he'd die rather than bind like that." himself to me in marriage. Nol no! that won't ''Take care bow you speak o f the young wo work. We must devise a better scheme. Ralph man, for she is my ward until her father is ready Randall, bow long have you been my faithful to rec laim her, and I will protect h e r with mi! tool-my trub-ted confidant, and aid in private life!" Harris returned. I h eard the old mans transacLions'1" pitiful story, and when h e asked me to take "For nearly five years, madame." charge of the girl and care for her like a sister, "Correct. You have served me well. And I agre ed to do so, and I s hall protect her with as your reward I promised you I would, on my my life Good day, sir." next marriage day, give you my daughter's "Stop! Hold on! What do you mean -hand in marriage, foll owed by a donation of where are you going ? five thousand doll a rs, and a thousand a yea r "Going to l eave your employ, as you said t hereafter, as long as you made her a good bm;. that my services would no longer be d esirabl e band." or words of that meaning, if I continued to live "You did, madame with Miss Athol, an::l that still remains my re" And I Will do as I agreed b u t you must solution work for rrle. First of all, before workino-, we "But, I was hasty, and makEall apologies. I must plan. For the present, I shall keeP. Atbol cannot affo r d to lose you, and the refor e I have l ocked up here, under close g u ard, until I can only myself to blame. Let m e h ear this whole devise a suitable plan to rid myself of him, withstory, just as__you have heard it, and maybe my out creating. suspicion In the meau time, all judgment won't come amiss." remain. for you to do You must put the girl Harris accordingly sat down, and narrated
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    11 Deadwood Dick's Ward. keeping. Mebbe I'll want 'em again, right I others reckon the madame ..did it t.o throw off away oft'-mebbe never. Ef I never come back suspicion1 an' then got rid of the dwarf, while ag'in, take 'em an' put 'em in yer breeches a few recKon the gal bad a band in it; so that pocket." altogether it's a consarned mixed-up mess at "Very well. I'll put the money in the safe, the best. The undertakin' biz is boornin' now, and you can get it again by calling at any time and I hardly think it will be any worse yet when I am in." awhile." -"But I don't want it put in the s;:tfe. I want U:arris went out then, and hurried to the ye ter keep it right in yer pocket. Ye see, I'm shanty, where he found K.,ntucky Kit sitting b'ili' an' sp'ilin' fer a fight, an' a fight I'm bound at the supper table, waiting for him, her ex to hev, jest to giv' my blood plenty o' -:irculation. pression of countenance not ;;o bright as usual. An' mebbe the first man I meet will lay me out, "Cheer up, for I have news for you," be said. an' the n you'll i.Je a thousand dollars richer. Se" "Your father bas escaped!" the p'1nt1 Jest you he stickin' th.i money h.1 "Escaped! slie cried, joyously. your pocket." "Yes I he cannot be found t" And then the eccentric individual executed a Then b!l related what be bad overheard at the hop-skip-and-jump in anticipation of a fight with cigar store, concernmg the double murder, and some one, and dodged out as unceremoniously as the theories that were afloat. II e had put in an a pearance "I am afraid be bas not escap!'d," she said, According to t\le directions be bad received, when be bad concluded. "I believe that be Harris folded up the money and placed it in bis may have killed the guards, for be was terribly pocket. enraged at the madame's accusation, which Little did be think at the time that it was a caused bis capture. But, I believe she bas re-trap laid t.o catch him. captured him, and imprisoned him in that very Soon after he closed the office and started for house." home for he was anxiom to see Kentucky Kit, "Well perhaps! Still, I am of the opinion and pian with her fo: Old Scavenger's release. that b e bas escaped. At least, let us hope so, On his way be met a prominent business man until we have better reason to believe other-named Wray, who a'f'peared in a great hurry, wise." 1 but who stopped at sight of Harris. Then they talked over the situation at length, 1 The blaz3sl" he uttered. "Is the bank but the best they could mJ.Lke of it was not any closed!" too favorable "Just Shut up shop five minutes ago." Each was weighed down hy a premonition of But you must open. I must have a thouapproachbg trouble, greater than bad yet been sand dollars at once, or lose five. You'll do me seen. the favor, eh!" "Am sorry, Mr. Wray, but I received imperative orders not t.o open or transact an:r busi ness after five P. M.," Harris replied. H ow ever, I think I can fix it. 1 happen to have that sum witll me, and if you'll write me out a check, I'll exchange with you." Glad of the chance, Wray agreed to this, and they stepped into a store, where he filled out a check for the amount, and gave it to Harris in exchange for the greasy thousand dollars the cashier bad only a few minutes before received of the bullwhacker. That night was a dark one-so dark that the lights about the town gleamed like little stars, anrl buildings cou ld only be distinguished ou close approach. The sky was overcast with one monster, inky mass of clouds, and a storm was threatened in the detonating, weird pounding of thunder along the horizon. Still, despite the darkne.">S, a woman stood be neath the shadows of the grove near Madame Cheviot's mansion, evidently waiting for some one, and with impatience, too, for she occasion ally stamped h e r foot, angrily. CHAPTER vn. Fully half an hour she waited, and was about to leave the grove, when a footstep was heard, RANDALL AND HIS VICTIM. and a voice called, softly; AFTER leaving the merchant Harris stepped "Milly! Milly!" !nto a saloon to get a cigar, and while paying "Here, Ralph!" was the r eply, and a moment for and lighting it, be overheard a bit of con-later Ralph Randall and Millicent Raymond versation between two miners, which interested stood face to fac e. him. "You sent for me!'' be said, inquiringly. "Yes, they say the dwart bas escaped, too," "What i q the matter!" one of them was saying. "When the madame "Yes. I for you," she said, in a stern went to the house, she went to the room where voice; "and you know what the matter is. Kelly and Martin were supposed to be e;ue.rdin' When are you going to marry me!" him, an' w'at d'ye suppose sbe saw1 Thar was "As'soon as I can obtain a position so that I both Kelly and Martin layin' on the floor. dead, can support a wife." each graspin' a pistol, which had been fired"Bab I that story is uld, and don't and the dwarf was nowhere to be found!" satisfy me, any longer. 'You must morry me The deuce you say I He killed 'em, then!'' now, or within a very few days; and, more "That's what no one knows. It's a mystery\ than that, we must leave this place. You have -a bigger one than tbar's been yet t
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    Deadwood Dick's Ward. 17 her ill egal child, a ccording t o t{I and oi'! for our mutual inte r ests l ooking forward to a bright future near a t hand." H e ki sse d h er, the n, and the y conve r se d a f e w minutes in an unde rton e, after w hich the y s hook hands and p arted, going in diff e r e n t directio ns. As soo n a s the y h a d g on e two per sons arose from positi o n s upon the gro und, n ear wh ere the plotters had sat, and confronte d eac h oth e r in grim sil en c e f o r a f e w m oments as if one was waiting for the othe r to expre ss bis vie ws. Singularly at contrast we r e these two perso ns, o ne being the comic al-lookin g Dutchman o f Madame Ch eviot's employ, and the other b e inir the fat wen c h who m Harris and Krntucky Kit bad encountered on their way to Placervill e And it was the T euton who s pok e, and de stroyed the e ff ect of the sublim e tableau. Veil, vot you t"ink a p oud it now ? It was the o n e night of all the n ights, Edward Harris, o r D e adwood Dic k, was ill al ease. -It was just such a warm, threatening night, with thunde r booming along the h orizon, and lightning fla shing around the peaks and into the dark, forbiddi,ng canyo n s that b e bad all bis wild, adve11tur e s ome life d e lighted in t o mount his fiery horse and dash away through the thickest of the battling ele ments. He was, in his mos t natural, wild, reckless humor, ready for any bold or brave act, whe n the storm grew fie r ce ; he sat by the Ehauty window, to.night, list ening t o the first roll of thunder, and watching th e fi1 e play zigzag be fore his gaze-sat tbE>re until the air in the roo m gre w oppressive, 1tnd bis spirit urged him to wander f orth into the coming storm, wh ich en tbused, him with its own free and turbuleui spirit. Kentucky Kit sat with her h ead pillowed on h e r arm on the table fas t asle e p, and, knowing she would u q t be lonely while asl ee p1 Dick left the shanty, and closed the door b ehiua him. At first be bad no clear ide a of where he should go; all he s ought was the open air, where be c ould listen to the full, de e p t ones of heaven's ai't 111E>rv and se e its vi vid/fia s h es-where be c ould catch the bracingbreezeagainsthis heated brow. And yet, not h eeding the cours e h e was tak ing, b e not long after founil himself in the dept!!!> of a l onely gulch beyond the town, and at a point where three othe r gulcbes branched off in as many diff erent directions. He bad been so busied in thought that by the time be came to a halt opposite the four routes, he was puzzled to know which way he had come. The storm was now beginning to come down, in earnest, too-, and, on deliberation, he

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    18 Deaclwoocl Dlcka Warcl. oluded to hunt a shelteri1lg rook till it was over, rather than attempt to find bis way back to town. Selecting one of the gulches, which he sup posed wa.-, the correct route to Placerville he strode along, looking right and left, until he spied a ledge of rock protruding from the can yon wall, under which tll e now pouring rain did 11.ot penetrate, and accordingly be was not slo'91"'in taking possession. 'fhe storm was soon at its hight, the water descending in torrents, the lightning flashing 1pitefully, and the thunder causing the earth to tremble. Lighting his pipe, Deadwood Dick sat and enjoyed tbe wild storm, for it brought back to him, vividly, memories of a past that bad not been all sunshine nor all shadow, but a mixture of both. He might have sat there all night, had the rain continued, but it did not, and when it bad stopped entirely, be started back for Placerville. He had to try all of the gulches before he found the right one, and as a consequenco, it was late at night ere he arrived back at the shanty. Kentucky Kit was standing in the doorway, when he approached, and she uttered a cry of JOf. and ran forward to join him. 'Oh1 I am so glad you have come back," she said. When I awakened and found that you was gon e I was very much alarmed and wor ried. Why, you are all wet-where haTe you been1" "Oh, I've been out enjoying the storm," Dick rer.lied. "Did you think I had deserted you1" Yes. But I am glad yon have not. I should be very unhappy if you were to leave me." "But it is wrong to feel that way, Miss Athol. It is likely your father will be back in due time, to assume your protection, and then I mus t bia yon good-by." "No, you mustn't. I have found you out, and I was n o t wrang, after all Yon are Deadwood Dick I found the letter that was sent yon, signe d Sure Death, '-and you are the only man I love or ever oan love. So there, now-I have gone and said it, and though it may be unmaidenly, I mean it." Deadwood Dic k gave vent to a whistle, denot ing consid erable surprise, a deal of doubt, and may be a little vexation. Anyhow, bis brows knitted, and he forced a light laugh. "We ll if the cat's out of the bag, so be it: and I'm much obliged for yow candor, but sorry yon have been so unwiss as to single me out as a choics, from among a. world of bonsst and h o n ored men Time, however, and a better of mr wild self will doubtless dis sipate this little xifatuation, and you will learn to regard m e only as a friend and acquaintance." "Never!" she said, firmly; then seeing that he was e vid ently not desirous of talking on the subjec t, s h e said no more1 soon bidding him good -night, and retiring to ner room. Dick also r etired to his apartment, but could not sleep. His mind was troubled with a pre monition of approaching and whenever he would fall into a slight ooze, he would llJ)eedily awaken. "Something is wrong, somewhere," he finally said, sitting up on bis bed, "or 1 shouldn't be ill this condition. I half suspect that all's not right at the bank." The thought grew u pon him so that he finally put o n his clothing, and quietly leaving the shanty, he hurried toward the broker's office "It can't do any harm, anyhow, and I ma;! be in time to do some good," he muttered. "Its rarely I pass so restless a night without some thing happening. It was the darkest h our before dawn, and was the only person abroad. Therefore, not desiring to arouse attention te his be in g out, lest it should create suspicion an.J make him trouble, he moved along rather stealthily, until he reached the bank. Everything about the place was quiet and there were no signs of anything being out of ord!l_r, as viewed from the outside. Although be had a k ey, he did not u s e it to effe c t an entrance, for it occurre d to him tbat, should be be discovered in the bank, at this unseasonable hour, it would place him in ra.ther a delicate position. "All's well, here, evidently," he said, as he crossed the stree t and retraced bis steps in the direction of the shanty,." though I shouldn't be a bit shock e d to learn that the d e uce is to pay, in the morning. And, what is m ore, I sha'n't be much take n aback if I never succeed in g etting out of this place, a!iv'3. It mus t naturally be that my lucky day of escapes is about ovPr, Ha! what in the deuce-" He had stumbled and nearly fallen over the prostrate form of a man who lay outstretche
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    Dea.dwood Dick' Ward. paused when they came to the form of the murdered ffiiner. 'l'hen there was a great shout of "Murder! Murder!" in a stentorian voice. "l'm in for it now,'' Dick muttered, qwcken fng his steps. "I wonder why it is I am always getting into trouble like this, when the average of humans peregrinate through a pathway strewn with roses By the way, ill-luck is plentiful to-nigbt." The latter c o nclusion was drawn after be had passed a woman who was hurrying in an oppo site direction, and whom he recognized as Mad ame Cheviot. She evid ently recognized him, too, f.or she turned and gazed after him in manif&st sur prise. Dick gained the shanty at last. and entering, locked the door behind him. He then sought his room and examined his weapons, to find them all in excellent working order. "If worst comes to worst, I shall need them, and use them I" he muttered with compressed lips. "It has g_one about as long as usual without my having a hand in some sort of a scrimmage, and I allow I may reasonably expect a whirl pretty soon." But though h e expected that Madame Cheviot would send the m e n who bad discovered the murdered mine r after him, Harris was this time disappointed, and morning dawned without any molestation being offered him . He had a fl.re kindl e d and breakfast unde rgo ing preparation ere Kitty put in an appearanc e, and the y were s oo n seated at the table partaking of the morning r e past. It was while the y were thus engaged that there was a knock at the door, which was partly open, and Mr. Wra y, accompanied by Mr. Raymoml, the broker, entered the room. Although a littl e surprised Harris arose from the table having just fini s L ? d his meal, and handed them chairs, after w..ich he re-seated himself. A most pleasant mornin@. .J'ter t he rai:l !" he said, by w a y of greeting. "Remarkably so," Raymond said calmly t Have yon done your breakfast, Mr Harris!" "Quite through; y e s Is there something for ue to do so early at the office ? "Something for y o u to do-yes, sir; but not at the office Th ere are sev eral little matters on hand which make s it n ec essary for me not to -consider you any longer in my employ, sir." Indeed! W bat has caused this decision f I Jtail to understand." "Well, sir, if your comprehension is so frail, an explanation is certainly due you. In the firRt vlac e you las t evening cashed a check for Mr. Wray, here, after banking hours, did you not "I did, sir. I met Mr. Wray, and he wanted money so bad that I cashed his check with a thouiiand dollars that had been left with me by n. miner for safe-keeping." "Ah! but how came you to have this miner's money about your person! Wby did you not lllave it in the safe?" "The man brought it in after I had closed and locked the safe for the night. Con,trary to your order!!, I should hue yet p l aced the mone y bl the safe only the f ellow said n ot. as h e was liable to want it agai n ill a f ew hours, and want ed me to k eep it a bo u t my person. "Well you t e ll a very plausib l e story, sir, and I s h ould be tempted to believe you, bul> othe r circu mstances are against yo u The money you gave Mr. Wray is counterfeit, 11.nd it don't ; look likely a stranger would be apt to give counterfeit money to a banker's clerk for safe-keeping. Moreov er, as soon as Mr. Wray notified me this morning, 1 went to the bank and found that good mont:y to the amount of five tho usand dollars had been extracted from the safe during the night, and spurious notes for the same amount had been put in their place Deadwood Dick f elt like groaning under this blow but he was outwardly very calm "This is bad business, and I am very sorry," he sa i d "I can return Mr. Wray bis check, but as I know nothing about this other matter, I can only sympathize with you in your loss." Sympathy is but poor consolation in such an ho u r as this, and yet, were these all tbs charges against you, I, for my part, should yet have some belief in your innocence." Ob so there are other charges, eh!" "Ay-another charge worse than that of handling bogus money. You are charged with murdering an unknown miner, near Baunders's saloon, last night. About the same time that two men named Dawley and Goldy discovered the b o dy, Madame Cheviot met you running toward this shanty. Thus, to all intents, Harris you seem to be under a cloud which is not lightened, to any extent by a d eclaration on the part o f several citizens, that you are un doubtedly the notorio us road-agent and des perado, Deadwood Di c k Therefore if you yield to arrest, I and Wray will see that you are given a trial for life and liberty, while on the oth e r hand, if you refuse to submit to arrest, there are enough sturdy men waiting outside to take you, dead or alive." 1 1 I am not inclined to resist," Harris mid. "If I am giv e n a trial, and allowed to plead my own case I am satisfied I can not only prove my own innoc e nce, but show up the guilty ones. My only request is that you -nill see that my ward, h e re, is properly taken care of, and shiolded from harm." She shall be cared for in my own home, on your account," Mr. Raymond said "I am lot h to b e lieve you as bad as you seem, and will, al though a party of the proserution, d o what I can for you." "Then, send in your officers. Kitty, I will consign you to Mr. Raymond's protection, until this matter is settled Three burly miners wera signaled to enter, and, at Raymond's direc tion, they bound Dead wood Dick's hands behind his back, and dis. armed him There is a little document in m(. vest pocke \ I should like ru to take care of,' Dirk said to Raymond. 1 It may not do me any good now, but, if I am acquitted, it will be of use to me in the future. The broker secured it and examined it with some surprise. Ah! he said. If a Dep uty Marshal..!. why hav e you no t made known the fact before!"

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    20 Deadwood Dick's Ward. Because I came here to work up a certain case, quietly. If I am arrested, '.my business must cease until I am released, or until the United States Marshal drops down this way." "It bas just occurred to me," Mr. Wray said, addressing Raymond, "that if this young man is really a prvfessional shover of the 'queer,' be possibly has a of the stuff on haud. It may not be a bad idea to search the sbauty." 'l;he se'l.r c h was accordingly made, and, as a result, three goodly sized packages of counterfeit bills w e re broaght to light. When shown to D eadwoo d Dick, be was nearly dumfounded with amazement, and made no attempt at an explanation, for, indeed, what was there in his power to explain? He had no knowledge of how the spuriou3 money cam3 only knew that he was fairly interwoven in the web of a bold, deep plot, designed to ruin him . Therefore, bidding good-by to Kentucky Kit, and telling her to have courage, he was led off to jail. Placerville had anticipated the need of such an institution, and when the first discovery of the aurifer.ous had awakened in the bosoms of it.s fouuders a resolve to build a city, they had first and foremost constructed a serviceable of stone, and christened it Lhe Corral," and here it had been customary to corral such spirits as were refractory, or, otherwise un fit to be at large. To this" Co1Tal," Deadwood Dick was at once taken, and locked in a strong a!Jartment on the second floor, where he was to remain until it should please his captors to give him a trial. And when ho sat down upon the si1nple straw bed with which his cell was furnished, and gave way to deliberation, tbe prospe0t of an qp,rly trial was in no way partkularly cheering, as he could not see any chance of its being the means of his acquittal. Circumstantial evidence was strongly against him, and he was illy prepared for defense. Severai days passed-a week, to a day, from the time of Deadwood Dick's arrest, and still he was confined, seeing no one but his guard, and learning little or nothing of what was going on outside of his prison. ln tbe m ean time, out in the little mining camp, thing> ruled a.bout as usual, with little or nothing to add to the excitement that had lately been aroused. Placerville being thfl only town in its own wild section of the hills, a form of judicial government had been established, and conrt was held monthly, to try such cases as appealed to justice for settlement. Therefore it would be two weeks yet ere Deadwood Dick could receive his trial, and having no one to go his b"iil1 he had no prospect but to spend the inter val m his cell. Kentucky Kit had taken up her abode with the Raymonds, itnd she and Millicent soon be came fast frie nds. The broker's daughter was in poor health, an
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    Deadwood Dick' s Ward. "What reason have you to suppose that he bad been informed that sbe was quite ill, be bears any relation to knew not just bow sick she was. "Becanse I have just received a l.itter for you Kentucky Kit received tbe note, and went to directed in bis band writing." her room to read it, a stern expression on her Ab! then you know him!" pretty face. "Ldo know him. But you have not answered "The crisis is at band,:_' she muttered, as she my question." tore off tbe wrapper. "The time bas come for "It can be answered briefly, then. Ralph me to face him, and let him know that I have Randall is my betrothed husband-more, is the recognized him, if be bas not me." father of my unborn babe." Tbe letter was what she bad partly anticipated, "Then, may God have mercy upon you," Kitty and ran as below: said).. huskily, as she rose to depart. "DEAR Mn.LrcENT:-For the last tim e I take my "i:;top!" Millicent cried, springing from the pen to write you. It's played out-this game of be bed, and intercepting her. "What do you mg si c k and unable to see me; it won t wash. I mean! Tell me1 at once-tell me all! Don't mean business now, as you'll find out I'm all in keep back anytbmg from met" readiness to step forward as your husband, an d fill "Maybe it is wicked in me to thus torture your d e ad father's shoes, and be one of th" m ost in du l gent of spouses. Don' t think, b eca us e you've you!" Kitty said, slowly, as she laid Randall's come in for a little w e alth, that :r,ou c a n put me elf, letter in the bands of the broker's daughter, for you can't do it. If you don t send for me, and "but it will be merciful to warn you, even at acknowl e dge me as your husband, I will have my this late date. Know, then, that the man who by d e claring your condition, public ly; and wrote that letter is a fugitive from justicf;l and roy utmost efforts to furt)ler e omplete your is my own husbi;ind ,., 11uu. I Jove _you, ?evotedly, and 1t has gone to o far for you to trifle with me, now, except you wont to c -I arouse all the devil in my nature. S end for me to CliAP':rER IX. tooigbt, or everybody's mouth will be full of KIT FACES THE RECP..EANT gossip to-morrow. Y011r lover, ANOTHER week dragged along, S:nd-things "RAIIPB moved in their usual tenor. "How fortunate that !, instead af Millicent, Deadwood Dick was still in jail-his trial was am to receive tbe scoundrel!" Kittv murmured, not to come off until the coming week, on Tues-her eyes flashing fir e I fancy t can receive day. Mr. Ralph R andall Redwing, alias R edwing, Kit remained with the Raymonds the horse-thief, with considerable warmth. and seldom left the house, for Millicent was now She penned a note as nearly in imitation of confined to her bed, prostrated by the blow that Milly'8 chirography as possible / and sent a boy had come to her with the knowledge of Ralph with it to Randall; the note stated that Miss Randall's treachery. Raymond would receive Mr. Randall in the par Letters came from him nearly every day, but lor of the Raymond residence, at sharp seven Kitty always managed to intercept them and that evening, destroy them, so that Mr. Raymo11d should not But, wheii. Randall eb.tered the parlor that get bold of them. evening, the door was quickly closed and locked The poor si c k girl would often awaken in the behind him, and be wheeled, in surprise, to find dead of night, and beg of Kentucky Kit to keep himself fac-3 to face with Kentucky Kit I her secret awa y from her father, who was in "Miss Athol!" be gasped, starting backnone too good health, and Kit had no other "Jessie Byrd! In heavens name, girl, what--choicE> than to promise who are you?" She also interceded with the physician, who "Just plain Mrs. Ralph Randall Rerlwing, .. nodded gravely in assent. Kit replied, coolly When you got into a "It will b o but human, be said, in an under-flirtation with me, anamanied me, up at Cbey tone, "for, unless a great change takes place, enne, I called myself Jessie Byrd, but my nan1,1 soon, the secre t will be buried with her, m was, in reality, Kitty Athol. How inoppm grave." tune it was, too, that, n'ot ten minutes after pur To make matters worse, Mr. Raymond was marriage, you had to light out because; the U, taken sick on Wednesday with paroxysms of S. Marshal was after you for horse-tb8ft-you, the heart, and before daybreak, the next morn-the branch of a royal family of lords, dukes,
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    22 Deadwood Dick's Ward. "Where Is it?" I darling little boy. What a strange lifetime l "Where you'll never get your hands on it, have lived through in the last five years, and vou may bet on tnat." yet I am comparatively a boy, as far as health "Humph! I'd not harm it. Why did you and spirits go. I would I were an oid man eend for me? Do you want me to come and perhaps I could better bear to give up this life, live with you'!" and look forward for peace. As it is, the only "Bah! no! I don't-want any horse-thieves peace I can see in my future is a-piece of rope. hitched to my apron-strings. Got a better feller That I shall most certainly get, unless some un than you, ten times over." foreseen and unexpected circumstance turns up "But 'he's in jail, though," Randall retorted, to cause my liberation. Poor Kitty! I wonder with a malicious chuckle. how she is faring all this time. It seems to me "That don't matter," indepeni'.dntly. "He'll that I would I.le giad to see her once more." get fr..ee, and you'll go in to oc cupy his place." Kentucky Kit did not attend the funeral, but What do you mean remained by the bedside of poor Millicent, and "I mean just this!" Kltt. v replied, setting her cared for her with all a si5Wr's tende rness. The toot firmly 011 the fioor. "Your game is up, so sick girl was very flighty in mind; it was evident far as Millicent Raymond is concerned. You that the slender thread which linked ber being are nothing to her, nor can you get a cent of with life must soon snap in twain her property, while I live. You have already Madame Cheviot, accompanied by Ralph Ran ruined her, and if you dare to execute the threat dall, attended Mr. Raymond's funeral, and after that was contained in your letter to-day, I will its conclus:on went back to the madame's man telegraph to the next town for a marshal, and sion, where, in the parlor, they became seated have you arres'.;ed-not only for horse-stealing, for a consultation. mind you, but for a certain murder that came to Well, what do you think of my work so far?" light at Cheyenne, after your flight, in which Randall asked, lighting a cigar, and elevating your agency was clearly proven." his heels upon a table. "And if I withdraw my attaek on this girl"So far as I comprehend, you have done well. what then'!" But I fail to understand bow you bave worked "Then we will cry quits, until I catch you at it so cleverly, without detection." some other villainous game." Easily enough. I hired an old chap to work "W'e!!i then, I'll withdraw my snit, though I for me, and armed him with some 'queer,' would lire to get a slice of the old man's prop which we worked olf into Harris's possession, erty. But your intt'rference has knocked that for safe-keeping. As luck would have it, Har in the head. I dare say you are anxiously waitris cashed a check for Wray with this same ing for me to pass in my checks, so that you can money. In fa.ct, his Satanic Majesty has been lawfully remarry, eh1" my guardian, nll through. That same night, I "With all patience and hope," Kentucky Kit caused Raymond's daughter, who is in my replied. "The so oner you can make it conpower, to, rob her father's safe of money, and venient, the sooner I shall be highly elated to atput bogus in its place. While she was doing tend your funeral." this, I watched my chance, and slipped into "Well, you're practical, by Jovel How's Harris's shanty, and deposited another batch of the Raymond, up-stairs1 Liable to peg out counterfeit there, so that when the denouement soon'!" came, there was plenty of evidence of his guilt. "I fear she will not live lon!l. We are trYing As to the other business, I was retu'rning from to keep the news of her fathers death from her, my visit to Harris's shanty, when I met my lest it shall be the means of hastening her tool, and he threatened to blow on me if l -own." didn't fork over, Qandsome. Seeing no other "Well, I hope she may go off soon, as it will avenue of escape, I knifed him, and slid off. accommodate me greatly," the villain Luck favored me again, by sending Harris along, acknowledged, with a malicious grin. 'I allow a short time afterward, in order that you might I'd better be going now, for these are dark encounter him, and suspicion him d.S the mur nights, and it's not safe for such model young derer. Altogether things have worked like a men as I to be at-road. Good..,.,vening, dear! charm." Give my love to your humpback vlrl. dad, when And the arch-villain laughed as a demon he happens around." __ mi7ht laugh. On the following day the funeral of Mr. Ray mond took and was largely attended by the townspeople. The remains were interred upon a grassy slope that overlooked the town. Deadwood Dick, in his dungeon, bad been in-formed of the broker's sudden demise, and a feeling of deepest sadness stole over him. I wonder if so much trouble would have oc curred if I had never showed my face here1" he mused. "Nearly everywhere I gosomedisaster always arises, and drags one or more persons into its. toils. What am I living for, anyhow? I have no one to cherish and care for -11 those that I ever loved are gone, it is w be lleped, to a better sphere-all, even to my True, everything seems cut and dried as far as the road-agent is concerned. Mv only fear, since learning that lie is a Deputy tr. S. Mar shal, is that. some of his aSSO<'iates will happen along, about the time of his trial, to free him, and make us tr0uble." "No fear of that, but it will be well enough for us to cage the girl, and that at once. With her in quietus, Deadwood Dick will stand a poor show for acquittal; and then, too, with her missing, Deadwood Dick dead, and the dwarf out of the waybwhat's to hi{:W. you from again working up arreH" 'True; if the girl is put where she rill b9 quiet, the road-agent killed, and Athol does again appear, I may have some hopes, again-"

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    Deadwood Dick' Ward. 28 Randall inteIT12Plied with bis prouliar laugh. "Do you know what I have believed, ever since the wedding day'!'' he demanded, sending a cloud of smoke ceilingward. How .should H" the madame asked, languidly. "Well, I have believed that it was you who killed the guards, and that you have Athol con fined in the secret dungeon you once told me was in the rocky clifi' against which this house is built." I can well wish your suspicion correct," the woman said, with a faint smilel" for then, I should feel safe. Nol Girard tho! escaped that day, but bow, or where, I have no clear idea. 1 have sometimes been beset with the absurd apprehension that he is yet lurking within this house, but I have searched every nook and corner over and over again, and failed to find a trace of him. Apparently he is gone from bere;-whetber to return or not, I can not guess." "You may not see him or hear from him again for some time." "True. If he would only remain away until I could marry Darrel, I should take pains that never troubled me thereafter. For Darrel's money I have been scheming, and I shall not give up until I win, or lose be:roud the power of lov e, law or fate to h elp me.' There are ways to work the thing success fully 1 and I flatter myself I can concoct a plan, ere long. In the mean time if you can l e t me have a little good money, k will go forth and liquidate a few bar bills which n ecessity bas forced me to contract. Ahl thanks," as the madame handed him a couple of twenties. By the way how had we better go to work t.o decoy the girl, and where shall we put her after we captirre h er" "The dungeon will be a good place. There is but one key, and I always carry that. It is a place where a person mny remain a lifetimesearched for, and yet lost to the world." "But bow can she ue entrapped here1 She is as wary and suspicious as a hawk. You are a gmduil.te in deviltry-I will leave it to you to arrange. If you are successful, I .... m pay you wPJI." "You are ever liberal, my gracious madame. The girl will have t o be d ecoyed to the grove, and then taken by force. You will have the wll ready'!" Of course." "And also put your Dutch blunderbuss of a servant where be won't be too contiguous'! I don't take any stock in that sauerkraut barrel." "Pshaw! be'sa combination of ignorance and innocence." "Perhaps. And now for the decoy. Have you a specimen of Girard Atbol's penman ehip.'1" Yes-several letters. I will get them for you." She soon produced them, and Randel studied the chirography closely. "Get me a piece of common brown paper and a pencil, now 111 he said, "and I think I can fur matters." He eet to wor&. and soon had the following letter formed, in a style of writing very closely resembling that of the other letters: "DEA& CmLD:-1 write thls to l e t ye kn o w I am still aliv e and well. I dare not come in to the town in daylight, but I will venture in tonigh!1 at mid night and you will find me where the was, in th e grove. FAt..h me some bread and meat, as I haven't had much to eat l ate ly 0 Your ATBoL." "There! I allow tne fox will nibble at tb'"'at bait," Randall exclaimed, with a villainous shrug. "Look out for us about midnight!" CHAPTERX S.A.T.A.N1S WORK. KENTUCKY KIT received the note that night while standing in the doorway of the Raymond residence to get a breath of frtJSh air after coming from the sick room, where Millicent had fallen asleep. It was banded her by a dirty-looking urcblli, who first paused and surveyed her critically. "Be you Kentucky Kit?" be asked doubtfully. "fer ef ye be, I've got a fetter fer ye, what wuz given ter me up in the mountings by the durnedest-lookin' little old codger I ever sot eyes on." "Yes, I am Kentucky Kit," the girl replied, eagerly reaching forth her band for the scrsp of paper, "and I am ever so much obliged to you for bringing me this." She hurried into the house and read it over and over again joyousl.v. My poor old father I bow glad I shall be to see him I If I can only get Millicent to sleep about midnight, I be safe w run over to the grove and meet him, if only to stay for a few minutes. I wonder what h4i proposes to do nl'xt'!'' Never f o r a minute did the idea come into her pretty hi>ad that all :was not right-no suspicion came to her that the letter was a forgery, for the writing was like Old Scavenger's chirography, and the fact that the message was writ ten on brown wrapping paper seemed to indicate that be bad used the only scrap attainable in the bills. By using a little opiate in b!'r medicine which the doctors bad ordered, Kitty bad Me:licent in a sound sleep by midnight-then, bare-beaded, sbe ran across the road into the grove, which was but a few steps from the Raymond resi dence. Threading her way softly among the !!Tim o1d trees. she soon came to where the weddingstand bad been erected, &.nd yet remained; bui she could see nothing of Old Scavenger any where near it. "Father I" she called-" father! Are you here?" Then she beard a low laugh, but before she could discover whence it came, a heavy blanlret was thrown over her bead i then she was smzed and held by several pairs or bands. She tried to scream hut could not make herself beard, for the blanket was held tightly over her mouth until she nearly swooned, and overcome partly by that, and partly by alarm, she fainted. When she awakened, she was in StyKian

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    Deadwood Dick's Ward. llarkness; not an inch before her face could she see. Finding her hands and feet free, she arose, and felt her way through the awful gloom until she ran against a wall of cold smooth rock. She followed this, by feeling with her hands, until 'l h e came to the conclusion that she was entombed in a dungeon, with walls of solid rocir, but where it was, or where s he was, was a conundrum she cou ld not solve. Of cours9 Kentucky Kit was in the madame's dungeon1 and Randall and the both had a hand 10 placing her there, after which Randall went back to his lodgings, and Madame Cheviot retired t,o h e r own d ec idedly elegant sleeping apartment. "Things war)<: well!" she mused, "and I shall yet have the satisfaction of fingering the moneybags of George Darrell Once I am his wife, I shall hold the ruling rems, else there will be room for him in the same place where Cyril Cheviot went. Humph! one would think, after all my awful deeds, that m'{ conscience would chide me, but it does not. don't believe there is such a thing as conscience, or r should have felt its chidings lon g ere this. My only con science is a love-a passion for go ld. And why? What good does it do me1 None, and yet my thirst for it constantly increases; my coffers grow fuller, day by day. If all works as I wish, and work for, I shall yet be known as the Bonanza Queen." And she smiled serenely at the thought! Sha retired to her couch, but was restless, de. spite her brave words. She felt a nervous fear oe something that was to come In d esperation, she arose and drank a deep draught of liquot" from a decanter on a stand by her bed, and this seemed to lull her restlessness, fff she sovn dropped asleep. She did not rest soundly, however, and after e.whil e sat bolt upright in boo, as wide awake as ever in h e r life A gasp escaped her as she discovered that the light which she had left burning was extin guished and on turning her head, she saw some thing that caused n moan of horror to break from her lips. , Upon the wall opposite her bed, some hand unseen had traced the following words in phosphore scent fire: "Beware! Unl ess you undo all The wrono:s vou ha'le done, before Tile next fltll moon, Your doom is sealed. G. A." She could but comprehend,.,even while quaking with alarm which the sigri t of the flaming words had caused her. Girard Atilol bad been there-there in her very room -and left his warning of vengeance. B efo r e the nexct full moon! That would b e within a few days. At first she r esolved to arouse th9 household and have a search made for the intrudar, but a s eco nd warned her it was best t-0 keep the matter quiet. Howeve1-, she sat up for the remainder of the night, a revolver clutched tightly in her grasp. else transpired that night worthy of ll8rraiiion. After leaving the Cheviot mansion, Ralph Randall stood for several minutes in the grove, without having decided in which direction to turn his footsteps. The girl is out of the way!" he mutrered, "and Dead wood Dick is destined to for his pains in coming to Place rville. By the way, it may not be too late to work up the husband biz with Mi ss Raymond. I dare say Kit left her alone when she came to tbe grove, and it behooves m e to go over and look after her." He crossed to the Raymond residence and boldly entered. Finding no one in the lower part of the house, he hastened u p-stairs to the room Milliciint had occupied, but she was not the re! with an oath he searched the other parts of the house for h er, but all to no avail. Millicent h a d gone, and left nothing to indi cate her whereabouts. The following day was Sunday-a day de voted to rest among the residents of Placerville, if loungmg about saloons and playing seven-up" could be termed resting . -The Reverend Obadiah Grimes rung the "meetin'-'us'" bell at the usual hour for divine services, but the lambs who were lured into the fold of this pioneer .shep herd were few and far between. lhere were too many illducements to excite ment in saloons and street for the men to be tempted into the sarmon shell," as they c alled the rude church; consequently, the Rev. Grimes had to discourse almost wholly t,o an audience of sistern." Those topics uppermost in the minds of the Placerville inhabitants were the approaching trial and probable execution of D eadwood Dick -the mysterious disappearance of Kentucky Kit, and the likewise mysterious disappearance of Millicent Raymond For of her, or tile Athol girl, no trace could be fouud, though a diligent search was made. Opinions were various on all these subjects, but the general concluaion seemed to be that Deadwood Dick would fail to get evidence suf ficient to clear him; that Kentucky Kit had either thought best to leave the place, while she could do so unmolested, or had been put out of the way by Madam'3 Cheviot's agency; that Millicent Raymond, laboring unde r mental excitement and grief, had wandered into the mountains, and would, in all probability, never be found alive. As soon as the fact that the late broker's daughter was missing became known, Ralph Randall b l ossomed forth with n crape band around his hat, and told a v ery pathetic story, with a few bogus tears in hi s eyes, the purport of which was that h e had secretly wedded Millicent R>tymoud, J.learly a year before. as J.er father hacl refusPd his consent i that Millicent had promisfld to acknowled<;i;e him as her hus band at the expiration of the first six months, but when that time arrived she had put him off and continued to do so since. At last. a few nays previ ous to her father's death, he, Randall, had threatenPd to make knovrn their r e lations, at which the poor girl had gone off into a swoon, from which she had

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    Deadwood Dick;iii Ward. 8 6 not recovered, in her right mind. Unluckily, explained Randall, Mr. Raymond had chanced to overhear the conversation, and the knowl edge bad m ost probably been r.o sudden and ex citing that it bad b ee n too muc h for him, with his l o ng..,.,"tauding aff ection of the heart. Ran dall acc h u p o n his bon e s, was not the mos t prepo sFe, s in g looking person in the world to lo o k ot, a n d it h a d b ee n h inted that h e was net the rr a n ept t o kok the second time at a d ollar in d elibe r a ti on as to how was tbe best way arid t he m os t hones t "ay to gather it in to bis c o ff e r Nor was the genial Scram-Antonio Adolphus -said to have any grea t c c 1mpunctions about the truthfulness lf arti<'l P s publis hed m his paper, so long as tbey were readably sensa tional, and helped to fill up, and save "padding." In consequAnce.,,many littl e items found their way into t h e Butiget t hat were n o n e t oo truth-

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    28 Dea d'lll'ood D ick' s Ward. f ul and yet which the patrons of the paper digested as veritable fact. This selfsame Sunday evening that Hans pl .... yed up road-agent, Antonio Adolphus Scram was seated in his office, srissoriug news items for his next day's issue when the.re came a knock at the door, and a dirtily dressed miner, with a long beard, and a pick o n bis sbotlder, ent.>red "Ah! Goxl-:ivenin1!" cried Srram. "Happy to see you! Be seate::l 1''hat's the n e ws!" "News! !orly mighty! sech news!" the miner gaspe l, Eeat:n.; himself. "Ile you ther newspa\'er cila;. I have that h onor," Antonio replied, witJ. complaceo<:v. "And my nle hat created a dis turba.nc e 3.t th-e D weddinC!. a few clq,vs ago, .. n 1 caqiyf. ttn c-:i.r...,n1nny to bi] indeftni ely postpon Thre" tn no be a doub & that the expla.U'tth, or Ma.1'TI 1 was truthful, awl we hope to SO)O 'ia v the of reportin"! th coo!lllm'Il'\t!'l or t1 cer e mony that was then so abraptly interrupte1 Gd0rg3 D-irra l, the b : manz'I. kini;, was among fint to p erue this, on the foll o wing m n rn-1ng;, ani b e reai it over and over again, several tim'l'I carafullv. He accordingly soon after called upon the madame, aud showed her the account in tbe paper. -She read it, the expression of her countenance undergoing but little change. "It is better so,'' she said sadly. "My poor brother was of no good to himself or any one dse, and I presume his companion, of w llo m I know w;thing, was the same. You are satisfied by. this then, that I am w orthy of youi" "Of course, my dc>arest, and I beg t hat y o u will name an erly day for our uuion." Th e n let it be to-morrow, just before the trial of the man Harris, whom I mu s t unfort unately bear witn es s agains t. We will b cquietly marrie,al, he had no company bi:! thoughts. And h e had thought and thought so muc h that he was heartily tired of thinking. He only wished for somethmi; exciting or urprising to occur, to break the d e pressing monotony. It came just as dawn was beginning to break, in the shapo af a wild, distorted face, peering tbrougb. the grating over tbe door of his celltbe face of Old Scavenger, the dwarf! H'l.r1is st..irted violently as b e saw the not-to b e-forgotten T.isagc>. The hair that covered the face was matt.ed in blo'>Q, the eyes gleamed with wild ferocity, the fang-like teeth showed terribly. 'Ha! ha! you start at sio-ht of me as well you may!., the dwarf cried, fiercely. "You are a wret<-h-a devil I Where is Kentucky Kit where is my child!" I do not kno w. I left ber safe in the care of Raymond, tbe banker, wh e n I was arre;;ted, but ba ve since learned that she has disappeared," Dick replied anxiously. ".Bah! you know where is. You have had hE1r bidden away from m e!., S cavenger hissed, tearil!g at the hat'S, as if be l onged to get in. "You are a d emo n to do thi Again I demand, where is my child! You know-you have hertell me. or I'll tear vour heart ouLI" "Again I repeat I do not know where she is," the TJri-;one r replied. "H-1 b'I.! we shall see. If you are lying to m e-if you hnve d,red to harm one hair of that pure c hild's b ead, I'll y ou limb from limb." With dPm on ia.c laughter, the fac e disappeared from the window. "He ha. gone stark mad, and if be fails to find the girl tbPr e will be bad work,'' Dick mut tered, !l'loomily. I hope he will get over the notion that I know anything of her whereabouts." "Pe r'i'l.'H I b now aol notbin" is to binde r me from m'\rry10 5 t'1\l m9.dJtmq. and uniting onr two Sbe iq not a womall, while In the rfarkest hou r before the dawn of that I am r->bus t and of a centenarian race, and bid 1 otme morning. a wild-t>ved. baggotm being, with fair to some dav OW'l all. Besides, I shall in dihiweled hair and torn clothing, gained en marrying her gain control of all, n ow." trance to the Cheviot mansio n b y aid of a skeleo

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    Deadwood Dick's Ward. 27 ton key, and, shortly after, with move ments, stood in Madame Cheviot's sleeping apartment. The dim lamplight revP.aled the once pretty face of Milly' Raymond, but now terribly vhat is the ratter?" .Madame Cheviot asked, anxiously. ' Vho is at tLe door?" "Two rough customers, wLo claim 1 hat you. indebted to them t o the extent of a thC'u sand dollars, and insist on having th<'ir ray at: once." "Ob, yes. I purchased a trac t o f land cf t!Jem yesterday, and promised to settle with them tcrday. You will find the amount in a. roll upon my dressing-bureau. Please get it, and give it to them for mt>," the madame said, thus adroitly warding off s uspicion with a clever lie. 'Bright and cle.ar dawned the moramgof Dead-Randall hastene d to obey, and soon after rewood Dick's trial, as if to cheer him to rr.eet turned to the parlor. those bravely who were t o judge him. "Now Jet the ceremony be performernation, and e\ery one leaped bac1' she won't relish." pace! Randall saw that &0mething was brewinp; What a wedding gift was this!

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    28 Deadwood Dick' s Ward. Even the madame covered her face with her nai.Js, and staggered back as though shot! For there in the bottom of the chest, in a craMped position, was the skeleton of a human bein,,.-of It had lain tbero for several yearS, evidently, for what flesll had not d ecom i>QSed had dried tight to the bones; the grinning skull, too had lost hair and the sockets were eyeleas For the space of a minute George Darrel i!..s.zert at the appalling spectacle; then, master fog the horror that llad seized him, he turned to bis bride, sternly: "Woman, what does this mean?" was all he said, but there was an 11wful something in the Nay it was asked. ear-splitting yell and Old Scavenger rnl'l.!lg from his hiding-place. Ha I ha!" be roared wildly; my time nru; come for vengeance It is too late for you w r e p ent and m end your ways, for, J eze b e l! yo11 shall die ere you do any further deviltry I" And as be spok!', he leaped forward, and b& fore any one could hinder b1m, h e plunged a dagger to tile hilt in the horror paral yzed madame's bosom. The n, with a shout of demoniac laughter. be sprung through a window, and made his escape, George Darrel caught madame as she fell, and carried her to a coucb, then turned to spea k to R!Lndall; but that wortlly was not in the room The Dutchman, however, approached: She already dead." be said, and it is just as well that she IS tl:ms." "Why?" "Because it would only have been a matter of time with her, as there are enough cr;. mes against her to bang her higher than Haman!" "You are not tbe ignorant Dutchman you ap peared, a short time ago." "No. I am one of these Deputy U.S. Mar"hai dete ctives sent here to ferret out who circ ulating bogus m oney in this vicinit. v, for a g:n.ng of Eastern counterfeiters. I also bad papers to serve on tllo madame for no less than four murders that have been committed by h er, in as many years. It was my purpose tJ arrest her to-day. My name is Scott Davis!" "What! the noted s leuth of Cheyenne!" T he same. Tho other two persons sent on here were Pete McCune. who fa made up as a negress, and Deadwood Dick. I did not know his tack, until he was arrested and his deputy's papers taken frcm him." "Do not ask h er, for this mistake bas quite opened to no one whom Bonanza Darrel did not spoke: see fit to admit. "Your story I can not credit!" he said emHe, on the impulse of the moment, offered a phatically. ''I now believe, as I halfsuspected reward of fiYeJ;bousand dollars for the dwarf's at first, that I am the victim of a designing ad-captura within a wePk. 1Venturess s schemes. Bring down the other I A large posse o f Vigihntes were hastily or cbest. We'll see what is in that!" ganized, and a search made, but without satisfactory r es ul t Old Scavenger was not to be found. CHAPl'ER xn. Owin g to the excitement conseq uent u pon the OONCLUSION-TIIE LAST BITE OF A SNAKE. murde r of tile J ezebe l, the trial of D e&dwood "YES, bring d1wn the other chest," the mad-Dick had been adjourned to the following da y. ame said, eagerly "If my gold is not in that, Tben he wa;; brought forth from his confine. I am l ost!" ment fo r trial. Accol'dingly, Randall and the Dutchman went In li.iu of a cou rt-hou$e, the wedding platform up-stairs again, and on their return carried an-in tbe grove was made the scene of the trial, beotber chest between them, which was an exact ing occ upied by the prisoner, and the self-consti of the first. -tuted court, which was composed ofsi.x jurymen, There! open that, and see that I have the a judge, and a )awyer for tbs d efe n se and one gold, anrl have not been deceiving you!" the for the prosecution. The in the case bride cried. w e r e to b e picked out of the audience, as they "Nol you may opeu it yourself. I am not were wanted. fond of opening coffins," the speculator re-The first charge against the prisoner was that. torted. "It is for you to prove your assertion-of murder; of witnesses there were two-bofo not I." I rough but honest miners, whose word was nn.. Taking the keys from him, the madame stepimpeachable. ped toward the chest, but before she could reach Their testimony corresponded exactly, and l(;, the lid wus suddenly thrown up, there was an was to the effect that when t hey were on !heir

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    Dead wood Dick's Ward. 29 ................ ........ ........ ................ ................ ........ '(VU home, late at night, they heaxd some one This the two detectives had captured. 11bead of them suddenly start off on a run. Tbere were several other things that Davis They had given chase until they came to brought c1011rly to light, and the upshot of the where a mau was lying dead, across the walk. matter was that D eadwood Dick was discharged Soon after, Madamo Cbeviot had come up, and and heartily congratulated by the majority of sbe stated tLat "ho had just met Doodwood tbe citizens. ) Dick running in great haste toward his shanty. As H.alph Randall had been fuissing ever since Deadwood Dick then wus sworn. and in a I Madame Cheviot'; death, uml as there wus a re clear and concise way related how h e bad first v:ard for b capture, dead or alive, Deadwood discovered the murd<>red man, and on hearing Dick consented to in t\Je vicinity and some one npproad1ing, felt sre were l:e diswatch for him, while De, vis nnd McCune worked co,-ere left to the jury who at ou ce gave in a verdict of not guilty, This, however, was bnt the first stage of the for Deadwood Dick was to answer to the ..:barge of circulating counterfeit money. Mr. Wray appenred first, o n the part of the prose cution, a'lld gave testimony of bow he had r ece i ve d a thousand dollars in counterfeit money, from Harris when said Harris was employed as clerk of Mr. Raymond; on discovering the swindle, be had at once repaired to Mr. Raymond, who became lmeasy, nnd, on cxamiuing bi s safe, found five thou5and dollars in g<;><>d money gone, and the same a mount of spurious stuff in its place Tbey ball at.once i:>one to Hal'l'is's house and arrested him, and discovered three packages, containing another thousand of the queer" in his shanty. Several others t estified to tho finding of the money in the shanty; then Deadwood Dick was recall ea and sworn. His explanation was the same be bad given Raymond the r.ioming cf his arrest; of the money found in his shanty, and that exchanged 1it the bank, b e bud n othing to say. He bad had no ban: Uing of it, nor any knowledge of bow it came there. "Very strange," the judge commented. "If there is no evidence in your behalf, I nm afraid we shall Jw.ve to find y0u guilty." "But I huff got so me effydencc," shouted a voice and Hans, alias Scott Davis, came forward, accompanied by 4,is sable-hued pard, Mc Cune. H 'l then mada a dPposition of his g enuine character and that of his companion, and made r evelations that entirely cleared Harris. He stated, amoug otlier things, h o w be and M cCone had overheard Ralph Randall inveigle Millic en t R9.ymoml into a scheme, wherein she was to r o b her father's bank of fiv'l thousand d olla rs, and put the same amount of bogus money-whic h lta dall was to furnish-in its place; how Randall had exrlainr d to h e r his trick of hiring n ruffian to deposit a sum of the "queei" with Harris; how he, Randall, in tended to make a secret entrance to the Harris shanty and leave packag es of ... queer" there, so that when the crash <'ame, Harris would be irre trievably <'aught in the toils. Still further. bow Randall bad explained to girl that he and Madame Cheviot were exrting a valuable package from the East. The Jezebel was buried the next day, and also the skeleton!\ whom many beli e ved to have been lier previous husband, Cheviot, who had strangely disappeared. H e r 'funeral was large ly attended, more out o f curiosit y than anything else, and there were few who gazed upon the cold white face of the superlatively wicked woman who did not wonde r what place there would b e found for such as she in eternity. RalpQ. Randall bad taken advantage of the first opportunity after t'.:e unearthing of the R keleton, to make his escape, as he well kne w that matters were c cming t o a foe us, nnd tbat if he considered the value of hi s n ec k anything, it w a s advisable for him to pi::t it out of the reac h of Judge Lynch's r.00. Therefore he took to tho mountains. and roamed about in tho deepest recesses, depending on bis gun as a food-fnmisber One morning, he approached n earer to the town than he had yet been since turning fugi tive, and there disc o v e r e d, lying dead upon a grassy slope, with a pistol wound in her forehead-Kentucky Kit. Upon her breast was pinned a paper covered with irregular pencil-writing. In curiosity, the fugitive knelt and read the words tbereo n written, T:'hich were as follows: "This is vengeance. She won him from me-she would have taken him from me, and so I killed beri and go to kill myself. I am mad-ah! yes, am aware of that, but the maddest pPrson can bavq,.. vengeance. MILLICENT.'' "vVhat a chance for my vengeance," Ran dall muse d. Both the dwarf and Deadwood Dick are abroad. The dwarf may stumble upon tbis corpse at i.ny moment. Egad! I'll fix it." He took a note-book and from bis poeket, and wrote rapidly, then tKaring 01;t the page, pinned it to tbe dead girl's ga.rrr,ents in lieu of Millic ent's note, whicli h e put in bis pocket. What be had writlPn was simply the brief outpouring of a demon's nature: "Ha! ha! old humpty-dumpty-how like you I've had my revenge; you can have whac's leH. DICK." If the q.warf finds this, he will never rest night or day, until h e kills mine enemy;" and the villain laughed wickedly as he turned away. And Scavenger did find it a day later; buried sweet Kitty in a lone forest grave, and then turned his face to the southwest-an awful face it was, in its set, expression-a face wherA on 'Vas written terrible resclv
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