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The J:mtown Sport. softly down the slope, keeping in the shadow of a frmge of brier bushes, which bordered a channel worn out by the flood water of heavy rains. lu this way he succeeeded in getting into the cover of tbe timber without To reach the camp-fire, around which Crack Shot and the men were collected in the midst of a seemingly interesting discus sion, was another thing, as h<> could see figures among the trees, b.et.ween him and the camp. There seemed no other way for him than to make a detom around the motte, aud enter it upon the opposite sitle, which he pro ceeded to do. Arrived on the other side. he made a dis covery that he had not expected. Bound to a tree at the edge af the motte were Metcalf. t.he speculator. and the He ran suddenly upon them, and they saw him in turn, before he had re treat. Ha! help at !ast!" Metcalf said in a low tone. "Have you come to free us?" "Humph! I don't know ahout that," Jack replied. What are you doing here, after deserting the other party? Pray explain that. We did not desert," the speculator boldly answered. "We were kidnapped from the other camp am! brought here to he gi-ven the le ad of the roughs, but as we positively refused to do a for them, they tied us up here, as you see. "I have my doubts about this matter!" Jack said, scratching his head. "If I were to express an opiniori, I should say that you desePted and came over to this party, thinking to get in as head man, and they-prompt ly rejected you and put you where you'd keep safe." ; Ianeetl, you are wrong. My interest li es with the citizens-not with the roughs. So please release me." I'll have to think about that while I'm spyin&" on y,onder camp. I believe it wou ld be qmte as profitable to have you remair. right where you are for all parties coucerned." "Curse you! you forget you are in my power." / "How so, pray?" "In more ways than one. If you don't release me, I'll bring the roughs down on you. Secondly, if ycu don't relea8e me, I'll not tell you where Calamity Jane is." How do you know I care to be inform ed on that subject?" "Ha, ha! I knew you the moment you came to Durango. Once the face of Dead wood Dick i3 seen it is rarel r forgotten, and haVing heard of, your marriagll with Calamity Jane, I naturally concluded that yoJl would like to see her. I don't want to be at swords'points with a man of your cahber, but if you won't do a human act in releasing rue from the power of this TJ!...ffian gang, you can't blame me if I feel revengeful." "Perilaps not; but how am I to know you will put me on track of Calamity even after I free you?" My word of honor ought to be a guaran tee, had it not?" "I hardly know. I will, however, release you, but I'd advise you not to cut upaIJyact of treachery if yo,1 wish to survive." "You needn't fear. I am not treacherous. Release me, aod I will remain here until you return, and then accompany you back to the village." Trusting the man would, in this case. if at no othtr time, be as good as his word, Gypsy Jaek drew his knife anti severed the bonds that hound him. See that you return your gratitude by perfect silence, while I spy upon the enemy," he said; then turned aud stole stealthily toward the camp-fire. When lie was out of hearing, a gloat ing expression of triumph disfigured John lliet calf's face. and he strode over to where the duke was bound. Ha I ha I you see I am free first," he sneered, rhaking his fist in the nobleman's face. "Now maybe you'll admit that I am to come off victorious. in spite of you. I foresee the result a lr eady I happen to know where the lovely Lady lliyra is hidden, and I shall embrace an early opportunity to visit her." Then slapping the duke smartly on the cheek, with a brutal lau gh, he turned toward the camJ>. Jack had gained a position a few yards in the rear of the band and was in a precarious situation, should they perchance discover him. Metcalf seemed to cc.mprehend the fact, and turned and bounded out of the grove, at the same instant shouting at the top of his voice: "Spies! spies-iook out for spies!" This was his gratitude. Half a mile northwest of the motte, iu a wild rocky glen of the foot hills, Captain Crack Sbot had bidden her three prisouers Calamity Jane, the duke's daughter, and the male prisoner, a young mountaineer by t)le title of Wildcat Joe. lt was a place seldom visited, as nothing was there except rugged rocks, deep forest and labyrinthian water gullies to attract, ang was probably as good a hiding-place as t\l

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_ The Jimtown Sport, 25 wily brigand queen could have found any \vhere in tiiat region. Metcalf had seen the prisoners conducted in that direction, and knowing of the glen, had concluded that they were taken there. After basely betraying Jack's presence to the roughs, he ran with all bis rr;ight in the direction of the glen, and in due tirue reach ed its concealment, and fou!!d as he had ex pected, the prisoners bound to trees, close to each other. They were greatly surprised at sight of 11im, and he in tum appeared greatly ex cited. "Which one of you ladies goes by the name of Calamity Jane?" he asked, gazing from one to the other, and not recognizing Lady Myra, who was a pretty, graceful maiden, approaching maturity. "I am Calamity J:rne," that heroic wo man answered. do you waut?" "I have been seut for you, Deadwood Dick is dying, in a cabin below here and I came to the ruffian's camp to find you." "Then for Heaven's sake release me, and guide me to the place!"' the girl cried excitedly. "Certainly. Shall these other people a)so accompany us?" "Yes. They will be only too glad to gain their liberty, after a long and tedious im prisonment." Accordingly Metcalf released them, and led the way toward the north, along the !oot hills. An hour brought them in sight of a cabin, the door of which was open. Forward they went, Metcalf in the lead, until tbey reached the door, when be pushed them in ahead of him, quickly jerked the door shut, and locked it on the outside. Ha! ha! how the tables do turn some times," he muttered, as he hastened away from the spot. I reckon they 'J! keep in that window less den until I get to dis pose of them. Hat hat" But he was mistaken. Shortly after his deparMJ.re. who should appear at this lone cabin bt-Skip. CHAPTER XI. IN THE ENEMY'S POWER. THE base ingratitude of John Metcalf placed the Sport from Jimtown in danger hard to evade, for he had just obtained a position behind a tree not half a dozen yards from the camp-fire when the treacherous warning ;iealed through the motte, causing every ruffian to leap to bis ieet and seize a weapon, while men began to rnsh in every direction in quest of the spy. Hearing the cry, Jack fully realizti"d something wever. Nothing seems for me to do but to go back the same way I came." This he proceeded to do, by clambering into a tree he bad but recently left. The next minute he beard some one among the brnnches, just ahead of him, and also heard some one chm bing into the tree he bad just left. Thus, he was cornered. Ahead of him a foe, and behind him a foe -he must come ill contact with one or the other, or !>lse surrender to the human wolves wl!<" were waiting for him beldw.

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The Jimtow::i S port. ------------------"Say! ain't ye comir.' down?" Arizona yelled, impatiently. "Et won't do no good to be offish f r -ve've got ye, foul, sure's you live.'' All rightwhen I drop, you'll be still more certain yo u ve got me!" Jack re torted. "Hello! I recognize the voice!" Captain Cr11.ck-Shot P.xclaimed. Boys, the cha? in the tree is Deadwood Dick, al-ias Jack. A hundred dollars to wh<;>ever cap tures h i m alive." "Humph! I'll bet some one will earn it. before I'm taken,'' Dick muttered as he drew his revolvers, and cocked them ready for while he kept a close watch around him. Several minutes passed wirhout see iag or hearing any one in the branches, but at last he caught a gligypse of the man in the tree just ahead of him, looking ioward t he of the motte. Quickly leveling his revolver, Jack fire ( \. There came. as an answer, a cry of pain 11:id rage; then there was a crashing o. wigs nnu branches as the ruffian went tumblingdown the ground, fcHowetl by angry yells from his comrades. Supposing that Jack would then cont.nue t.irough the treet.Jps, toward the further 31de of the mot,te, they surged that way, with fierce oaths. This was precisely what Jack had suppos ed they would do, and wanted them to do while he remained right where he was, a waiting further developments. The roan from the outer tree came clam bering over into tbe same tr<0c Jack was in, but in the confusion, Jack had mounted into the topmost branches, and not seeing his victim, the ruffian passed on, supposing that his ruan had gone back toward the middle of \he motte Waiting u n til they were out of s ight Jack glided down from his perch, ana droppe:i iro m the l ow to the ground. The instant he did so, Arizona Abe and three of his comrades sprung forward upon him. and forced him to the ground ere he c ou l d use his weapons. "Ho! ho! we cotchecl ye at it, that time, didn't we?" roared. triumphantly. "Ye thort ye'd fog l me, b u t w e war too fly fer ye; you b et!" Jack did no t repl y, but suffered himself to be bound. fo r strong and quick be w as, he was no match for the four ruffians T he victorious cries c..f the captors soon brought the rest of the to t he spot, hea d ed by Captai n Crack-Shot "Hal ha! so you're once more in d urance v ile, are yo u my nohl11 R i c h ard of Deadwood?" she ex cl a i med, tri u mpha ntly, when the saw him l ying h e lple ss l y on his b:;.ck o n the !!'.round. I fancied your lease of libert y would soon exoire." "Did you?'' Jack retorted "I am no t greatly surprised. But for the treache r y o f a human snake l should not be yo u r prisoner." "Perhaps not," the female brigan d r e plied, "and but for lead of the gang up iu the village, things would be shaped differ ent now, and we'd have a dozen more men. Bu. for you, they'd DPver have thoug!Jt of the move for possession." "Tben i'o pleased to know I .. mve bee n of so much service to them," was the calm rep l y. "Curse ye-mebbe ye think et warn't no harm ter kill off our men. t!?,er w 'ay ye did I" Arizona Abe grow l ed, while the other ruffi ans looked decidedly savage and unrul7. "I believe it's au oltl saying that a 11 1s fair in love or war, and as you paid a visit to ou r camp, with tbe intention of cl eaoiag us out, it was no more t.han fair that we should salute your unsuccessful return." said Jack. "Then. durn yer hoots, I opine ct ain't no more'n fair thet we should h0ist ye ter ther forst bandy limb, an let ye swing a while!" the ruffian cried .'What say, boys?-wl.Jo's got a rope!" "Stop! I protest against this. Deadwo:)d Dick is my game, and I don't irnnt him harmed, yeti" Captain Crack-Shot in terposed, "No mutiny; now-you agreed i f I joined you to J e t me have command!"' "So we did," tbe Arizonian acknowledged, "an' I opine we're ther boys w'at stkks tcr our word. everv time. tho' i'd orfully like ter send off this chap, who did et up fer our pards "Thar's time enough for that hereafter Crack-Shot replied. Ia the mean tlme tho darkness is ou r time to lay for the enemy, ac cordingto the p l an I was propos ing awh il e ago. T i c the prisone r snugly to a tree, and l':J r isk but what he' ll keep u ntil we ge t ready to dispo;e of him." Jack was accordingly raised and bound t o a tree, and moreover, gagged so effectua lly that. he could not utter a word Thea. headed b v the Girl B ri gand, the ruf flans moved silently and in single file fro m the motte toward the vi ll age not so muc h a s a word between them Jack was l eft i n a p l ace where the moon light did not penetrate, and darkness r e igned almost suprem(). And it was not in a very envi a bl e f rame he was l eft He fel t s u re the rnug-hR b ad so me villa in o u s scheme c oncocted for t hit destruc tion of t he citize ns, o r may h ap. t h e tow n a nd it ger e d hi m t hat h e "as not abl e t o warn unsusl> ectir:.g victims in time for uiea,

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The JimtQ..wn Sport. 27 prepare to meet the blow, whatever shape I Calamity admitted. "We con help him by lt was to come in. ming our bands." This time he could hardly look for rescue There was no floor to the cabin except from Skip! ground, amt that was not hard. Closer attcr.Lio n apprised them that Skipc bad comm e nc e d proceedings so us to iig nn And wl:.ere was the faithful brute? der the door, and they accordingly set to At the l one cabin, where, at last ffiention, work so as to met:t him half way. ,he had just arrived; that he arrive d there by Lady Myra's hands had never been hardenmere chance was evident, for be smelled ed to aoy work of this kind, and therefore ab out inquisitively, and wagged bis tail as she was excused, Calamity and Joe doing thou gh he bad made a disco ery. tLe digging Then he uttered a low bark. '"This might seem more interesting if we Skip I Skip! is that you?" the voice of were getting pay -dirt at the same time while Ca!am1ty Jane cried, from the inside of the I diggiug for liberty," Wildcat Joe remarked, lo g prison. jocosely. 1'he gave another bark, and a whine Gold is hardly to be compared to liberty, of recogmtion of the voice of his mistress. as I look at it," Calamity _replied. "lt is the dog, sure enough," Calamity They worked raridly and faithfully, anteps and a man's savage see what was his object in releasing us from curses were beara c:>ne cq, ptivit.y to place us in another." Was Metcalf returning? "He evidently has some scheme afoot for Next cam e more curses-cries of "Get out, personal advantage to be gabed," Calamity you devilish pup!"lhen sev e ra! shots were cieclared; "probably to extort money from fired in rapid succession, the bull e ts striking my husband." upon the stout oaken door like hail, but not.. "I think I recognized hilII, as a former repeneLraling throng!!. jected suitor, whu was once in my father's Then Skip was heard to leave bis "ork employ as amanuensis and clerk," Lady and leap away with savage growls-then Myra said. I think he knew me, too, but came more oaths, more snarls and angryfor some reason pretended otherwise." yelps vf the dog-more excited cries of the "If this is true, probably he ha s other de rnau, and finally: sign s,'' Calamity replied. "Help 1 help I my God I h-e-1-p Wildcat Joe struck a match then, and set "Mercy l" Calamity gasped, her face pal fire to some leaves that had some time sifted ing. "lf the poor wretch don't get assist into the cabin. ance he will be torn to pieces. Skip is like a. By the light thus afforded be saw that the panther when he's thoroughly aroused." cabin was destitute of any stool or article Wildcat Joe sprung forward and hurled that could in any way serve to assist them in his body against the door with great force. esc aping The old hinges loosened by thepowerful The leaves soon burned up, and they were shock, and Joe and the door went crashing onc e more left ip total darkness. outward to the ground. I'm thinkiug we'll wait a l ong while before any dog can get us out," he said. "This cabin was evidently built for the purpose for which it i s now u sed." "Skipl Skip! what are you doing!" Ca lamity called. Hark I I hear him digging, like as if in dirt t" Lady Myra said. "Perhaps he is really to dig us ouV' By list enmQ' they were able to bear the same scratching sound, accompanied by growls and the noise of scattering dirt. "That is what he is doing, true enough," CHAPTER XIL CONCLUSION. THE crash occasioned by the fall:i::. g of the door frightened the dog, evident ly for be l eaped from John Metca:f, whom he had "downt-d and was biting in <., A10rriblc manner. 'l\p.at was enough for the unlucky specula tor. Blood-blinded, as it were, be neede6 no urging, and to his feet, as the dog drew o.:. be ran with all r-

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28 The Jfmtown op rt toward th:i distant mot.te. bowling i bilities of the case, and so passed on by tbs anct cursing with pain at every step. tree. 1 Skip would have renewed pursuit, but Near the furl.her end of the motte she Calamity sprung from the cabin and called paus@d again, Skip having sniffed the air him. and given vent to a whine. was Vuty much pleased to see his "Hello! what's up-what
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The Jimtown Spott. ere they paused to take observations. The ruffians had evidently not fired any lllolldiugs yet, but that ihey were preparing for some plan of attack was probl!.ble. They had b11ilt a big bonfire in the street, just out of easy i:ifle range from either of the shanties that sheltered the defenders, and wer e adding fresh fuel to it. Just what their, future plan cf action was Dick of course could not gess, but con cluded that he could not get a sightlier posi tion than he at present occupied wherefrom to note the movements of the enemy. We cannot well reach the shanties with out making a wide detour, and ye! if they make an attack I don't see what aid we can give them from this point," suggested Calamity. "Not much, unless we can get weapons. You wait here, and I will explore this old abantr and see if we cannot have our needs suppl!ed The door in front was locked, but he soon discovered a rear entrance open, and went into the deserted building. He was gone quite a i.ime, and Ca)amity had about made up her mind to go in search of him. when she heard him returning. A moment !ater appeared around the corner of the house, hauling after him an old how itzer. It was rusted and battered, yet looked capable. of doing duty. "Hello! where did you find that?'' Cal amity asked, forward to help him pull it. "Ob I I found the wheels and the gun in the back shed," Gypsy Jack replied, "and I didn't know but what we might establish &. little battery of our own, so I contrived to remount the piece." "Not a bad iC:ea, for look! the roughs have really fired the tavern, and several are skulking in a roundabout way to tire the other buildings, while the rest are standing ready to make a rush upon the citizens when they shall be forced out by the fire!" "I'll see if I ca.n 't scatter 'em," J aok said, grimly. "In the shed you'll find a small keg of coarse powder. Go fetch it, while I gather some coarse gravel for bullets." Calamity obeyed, and Gypsy Jack collect ed a number of quartz hard-beads of the size of hens' eggs, for the bright moon afford ed. plenty of light for their work. When with the powder, he proceeded to load the gun as rap:dly as pos sib le, using dry grass for wadding, in lieu of anything better. He soon bud the gun well charged, then he carefully trained its mazzle so that the load would carry about into the center of the lldan's temporary camp. a long pole, he a pilper upon one enJ, set fire to it, and tben, gettkig at a safe distance, touched off the 'piece. A thundering report followed that fairly made the earth tremble .As soon as the smoke cleared, the eves of the two artillerists sought the ruffians' camp. Tile volley had done no harm. Inexperience in training field-pieces had cau@ed Gypsy Jack to level bis weapon too high, and, as a result, the shot had riddled a shanty just in front of the ruffians, and be. tween them and the tavern. The attack had, however, been instrumen. tal in creating confusion among the roughs, and a score of them were setting out with hoarse sh0uts of vengeance toward the hight on a run. We eball have to take leg bail for secur ity now!" Calamity said excitedly. "Pooh! I don't agree with you in that," Jack replied, pouring some more powder into the elevated muzzle of tbs gun, and re loadrng rapidly. "I reckon I can catch 'e m 'fore they catch us." He finished loading in a jiffy, and then, springing to the top of the gun, he waved his hat and shouted: "Back! or I'll sweep you! Fair warning!" But it was t. warning they evidently did not see tit to heed, for they came swiftly on, firing as they ran, their bullets buzzing un. ple11santly around the spot where the two gunners stood. Springing down, Gypsy Jack once more carefully trained the gun to bear on the crowd, while the quick-handed Calamity placed the long -handle d torch ready in h!a hand. Bang! the report was terrible; but notiess terrible than the destruction the volley made, as only three men escaped with their lives, and they, in dismay, retreated, with howls of terror. "That was a blizzard;" the sport from Jim town muttered, with a little shiver, as he. noted what sad havoc he bad wrought. I gave 'em fair warning, anyhow, and their ras!mess has met its reward, The deuce i11 to pay, down yonrler, however!" .And so it was. The reports of the cannon had drawn the citizen's party from to 8ee what wa1 the matter, and watching for something ol this kind, the roughs had made an attacl{ upon them, an1l a furious battle was begin ning to rage in the street, the reports of weaponsand shouts of men making a great din. No use trying to do anything with the gun, now!" Gypsy Jack said, grimly. "'!'he likeliest thing we oan do is tp out arouil4 and roo.-Oh our party. ff we tre expeditl.oali

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8 0 The' Jimtown Sport. we may be aple to ue of some service to them. They accordingly made a run for it, in a roundabout aw,:;y. Ten minutes run brought them up in the rear of the cilizen party, who were bravely standing their ground, and fighting like ti gers. Their number had been considerablv less ened already, but not more so than had that of the roughs, who were s till h eade d by the femal e brig rnu a nd A.rizona Abe. while the citizens hlii:! hut one l eade r to look to, in the person of Old Somerset, and when h e should fall, th ey promised to lose courage. But, just when the tide seemed near turn ing in the favor c,f the ruffi ans G.vpsy Jack and Calamity pu s h e d in to th e front, well equipped with the revolvers whicl! tl!ey had taken from tbP. dead men. Their coming and .Jack's ringingshouts of seemed to inspire the citizens with new spirit, and they sw ept forward w ith incr eas ing fire forcing the ruffians oa c k. Cr'lck-Shot saw Jack, and knew it was his comil).g that had _reins pired the citizen crowd. and also r ea lized that her crowd was g-oing to pieces, unless he could be dropped from the lead Curse you," she shouted, "I'll have my reven ge now!"' And she leve l ed a revolver straight at his heart. But before she could pull t r l.gger, a shat struck h e r in the left side, that wi l ted her like a leaf to the ground. "Great hai l -storm! we're done fer, now!"' A.rizona Abe cried. &s soon as he saw her fall, and wiLh the purpose of desert i ng his comrades he made a l eap to one side to es cape. But, compr e hending hid intention. one of her men shot him down before he had gone half a dozen st.eps. The battle therea fter was short and ded sive With victorious shouts th e citizens rush e d at the ruffians, who began to retr ea t under the with e ring, ceaseless fire, until finally, ao if by mutual con sent, they broke ranks and fled pell-m e ll for life and safety. S e veral even then bit. the dust b eio re they got out of rifl e but abo nt h a lf of the brigand s succeedec.l in mak;ng th e ir escape to the mount ains And, as mav be i ma g ined, the escaped roughs did n ot return to ren ew the contest, but took themselves to other scenes of a safe distance from Duran.e:o, of bloody m emory. When morning dawned which was not long after the cone! u s ion of the battle, the wounded of both parties were picked up and ca r ried t o the tavern, a n d eve r y care be stowed upon them that con l d serve to r elieve them of suffering. The killed were buried, and the scene about the town was once more, to o utward vi ew, calm and serene. A.mong the apparently wounded, John Metcalf was found, by Gypsy Jack and_ Old Somerset, lying flat upon his back, very composedly. Investigation proved that he was not hurt i n the l east, and that he was evident l y try ing to p lay off hurt until he could get an opportunity to escape unnoticec.l. "I tLink we will take this worthy in charge!"' Jack said griml_y, and they bonnd him secure l y. ''Calamity ran across a man in the grove in the night, whom I think this wretch murdered-and bes ides l allow the re are numerous unhealthy charges against him.'' "For God's sake, let me go!" Metca l f p l eaded, piteous l y. "I confess to !dlling Leigh, and other treachery, but l et me have my l iberty and I will forever leave this spot and promise to be a better man!" "Nineteenth century promises are abcJUt as transparent as ethereal gauze, unless clinched by security," Jack repiied. I wm have nothiug to say concerning your disposal. You must l ook to your enemies for mercy." He was taken to the t avern and put under Dick sent for the body of the Duke of Leigh, and for Lady Myra and Wildcat Joe, in whom, on h i 3 arriva l he recogniZed :} former m e mber of his once famous road agent band. Lady Myra's great grief at her father's death, aroused the citizens to ext.reme wrath against M e tcalf, as he had confessed havin&" committed the crime. To such an extent dia their anger g e t the b e tter of them that the poor wretch was taken in charge by a num ber of them, and d r agged to the tree where Lei5h had been murdered, and therii lynched! C a pt a in Crack-Shot was among those whc: h a d bee n picked up, more dead than alive, and convey3d to th e tavern. .'\.bout su nRet she made a request to see G_vpsy Jack, and that at 0nc e Somewhat su rprised on being informed of h e r d esi re J ac k rnade his way to her bedside, aad found her sitting up, bolstered by a pillow. 'Did you wish to see me?" he aske d, ap proaching. "Yes. I have not long to live and wanted to talk with you," she said, in a matter-of fact way. "I have prayed for and hope to receive it. I was a fool to tbillS'

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The Jimtown Sport. I could ever get the best of a man of your caliber And, now, that the end for mP. is n e ar, I want to ask your for g iv e ness fur what injury, attempted and real, that I have done you." "Your f\)elio g i s commendable, a nd I freely forgive you," Jack said k indly. "Ohl I am so g l ad l I know you a re a brave, noble man, a nd my a dmir atio n i s not less for yonr wife. I am rlying, and I must leave behind me imm e nse wealth. N:ot the earnings of my l aw l ess career, und e r s t a nd you, nor the ea rnin gs of my gambler father -but gold? gold that would e nrich a dozen people. I found it ouce burie d in a secret place, where some people o f gene rati ons l o n g pa s t aud go n e evide ntly buri e d it. I intended to enjoy it some day, but now th a t will be impos s ible. To tell you where to find it I have not strength nor long e nough l ease of life. Here is a golden cross, however, that ho l ds the s e cret It is hollow and a spring opens it. Inside you will find full direc tions. Will you this from me as a present-as an atonement for what wrong I have done you?" "!f you I will no t refuse," Gypsy Jack r e plied in astonishment "Thrn take it; it is yours forev e r. But don't OIJen It until I have been d ea d one month. You may go now, as I wish my la s t mom e nts to be in praye r for God 's pity ar;d forgiven es s So Jack left her presence, bearing in his hands the cros s that was the k e y to a buri e d f o rtune The next day Captain Crack-Shot died, wd thus ended th e career of a noted W es tern ad ver turess. Gyp sy J ack w as requ este d by th e citizens, whom be bad bet>n l argely th e means of re establi s hing in the town, to accept the posi tion 0f mayor over the pro spe ctive young city, bnt respr!:tfu ll y d ec lin e d A f ew days later he quitted th a t vicinity, accompani e d by Ca lamity, and they set out for scenes C'leW, wherein to figure in spite of thems e l v es in a life of commingled peril THE END. BEADLE AND ADAM S STANDARD DIME PUBLICJ TIONS Speakers. Each volume co ntains 100 large pages. printed from clear, open type, compr isin!: the best co llec ti on of Dialogues. D ramas anCI Recitations The Dime Speakers embrace twenty-five volumes viz.: 1. American Speaker. Komikal Speak er. 2 Natio1ial Speaker. rn. Youtl.J's Speaker 3. Patriotic Speake1 1 7 E loquent Speaker. 4. Comic S peaker. l Hl. Hail Columb i a Speak !';. E l oc utio nist e r 6 Humorous Speaker. l9. Serio Comic Speaker, 7. Standard Speaker. I W Se lect S11eaker. 8. Stump Speaker. 21. Funny Speaker. 9. Juvenile Speaker. 22. Jolly Speaker 10. J?reacl-Eagl e Speaker 12'&. Dialect Speaker. 11. J)une l>ebater. 24. Redtations and Head 12. Exhib itio n Speaker. ings. rn. Schoo l 125. Burlesque S peaker 14. J,udicrous Speaker. These books are r eplete wi t h c h oice pieces f o r the. School-1-oom, the Exhibition. for Homes. etc. 75 to 100 Declamations and Recitati ons in each book. Dialogue,;, The Djme Dial ogu es. each volume 100 pages. em brace tliirtyfive books, viz. : Dialogu e s No. One. IDialogues No Eighteen. Di a l og u es No. Two. Dialogues :l
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Deadw00d Dick Library LATEST AND BEST. HANDSOME TRI-COLORED COVERS. 32 Pages. Bay One and You Will Buy tile Best! Vor Sample Cover See 8d1e1 te. DEAD W OO D DICK LIBR A R Y 1 Deadwood Dick, the Prince of the Road f The Double Daggers; o r D e a n wood Di ck's Defiance 8 'fbe Buffalo Demon; or. The Border Vultures 4 Buffalo Ben, Prince or the Pistol Ii Wild Ivan, the Boy Claude Duval & D eath -Face, the D e tective 7 The Phantom Min er; or, Deadwood l>lck'sBonanza 8 Old Avalanch e the Great Annihilator; or, Wild Edna, the Girl Brigand 9 Bob Woolf, the Border Ruffian 10 Omaha 011, the Masked Terror; or, Deadwood Dick in Dan1 ives 51 Sierra Sam's Sentence; or, Little Luck at Rcmg b Ranch 52 The Gir l Sport: or, Jumbo Joe's Disirnise 53 D e nv e r JJo ll's D e vice; or, '!'he Detective Queen 54 Denver Doll as 'Dl'tect ive 55 Denver Df)ll's Partner< or, Big nuckskin the Sport 56 O enver Doll's !11ine; or, Little Bill's Big Loss 57 D e adwood Dick Trapped 58 Bu c k Hawk, Detective; or, The Messenger Boy's Fortune 59 Deadwoo d Dick's Disguise; or, Wild Walt, the Sport 60 Dumb Dick s Pa.rd: or, Eliza Jan e, the Gold llliner 61 Deadwoo d Dick s lliission 62 Spotte r F r itz: or, The l:ltore-Detectlve's Dec o y 63 The D e tective Road-Agent; o r The Miners of Sassafras City 64 Col orado Cha r lie's Detective Dash; o r, The Cattle Kingii


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Copyright 1881-1888, b y B eadle & Adams. Entered at Pos t omce, New Y ork, N. Y., as second c lass matter. Mar. 15, 1899. No. 46 THE ARTHUR WESTBROOK CO. Cleveland, Ohio Vol. IV

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rpyrlgbt 1881-1888. hy Bead l e & A dame. Entered at Po t011\ce NewYork.N. V.,assccondclnssmatter. Mar.15, 18911 No.46 '.!'HE ARTHUR WESTBROOK CO. Cleveland, Ohio Vol. IV Qooo DOGI" WELOOMED '1'11111 SPORT FROlli JIL'"TOWN. "ow.a Tllll BRU S H A WAY, SKIP! Q.t!IC X, sm J

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'l'ha Jimto"ft"n Sport. The Jimtowff Sport ; OR, GYPSY JACK IN COLORADO. A S TORY OF DURANGO. BX EDWARD L. WHEELER, A.UTHOR OF "DEADWOOD DICK," "BOSS BOB'' ''ROSEBUD RaB '' ., GILT-' EDGED DICK;" CHAPTER I THE DELEGATE FIWM JIMTOWN. IT was not many mooths ago that the dis covery of gold at Durango, Colorado, brought the u s ual iufiux of miners and ad venturers to the then little town of fifty or i nhabitants, and it immediately began to "boom" toward the size and population of a small city. Miners, speculators, gamblers and roughs flocked to the uew Eldorado, shanties and business places were rapidly constructed; the streets, rude and irregu lar, presented a busy scene. as peop l e rushej to and fro, as if in a great hurry J es t some industrious mart.al should get more of the "dirt" than they For gold there was upon the fiats and in the bill s that. fring ed them, and, it being mostly in placer washes, waa ea1y to get. The fiats which surrounded the town pre sented a scene none the fess :gvery where men were digging with pick and shovel in th e sandy surface. and a system of sluice box es laid from the mountains. a mile i.way furnished the "wash'' for each min er's dirt. The sui-face in places did not produce pay,' and in such in stances a shaft bad b een sunk and a one-horse-power windlass for hauling up the dirt and rock and dumping it into a cart, from whence it was hauled away to tlie vicinity of the stamp-mills. yet uncomp l eted and dump ed ig_ corded piles un til it coal i b3 milled. Mining for quartz was altiO Qn to some in the adjacent hill;: and gulches, .but 1 t farmed only a sm all ceotilm of tbe business done upo':i the fiats. The claims wer e small and numerous. and it was not unusual that tue owner of a claim had stuck up his tent and lived whe r e l!e worked in order to guard against invasio n upon his rights. (bnsequently, with these little canvas habit ations dotted about, it look ed as if an army of tro1ps had camped out upon the tlats below tho bustling city. H&e and there about the flats were out claims that yet remained for i;ale in the hands of specu l ators, who, foreseeing a "spec," had lumpe d off the territory pre v i ous to the cry of "gold, ho!" and were now realizing on the ir investment most hand somely. The ucople there came, the higher was asker! fot and in some cases thou sands of d.oJ:ars w1o-:-e naid for sma ll pieces of the earth. ,,hich ha,. good promis e of yielding brgely of the aurt:r.rous And, r ema rkabl e to r e l ate, ;,r1 ere were. of a ll the humans who had flocked ;;ence to popul ate Durango, only about half a
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The Jimt 1 n :vn Spon. 8 l lle, with the greatest apparent ease, a word or motion se1vrng to guide bis handsoqie steed. The third rider was a medium-sized, s h ag gy do g, also mounted, bar e-back, upon a per fect m ate of the first white hor se, and riding with as great apparent ease as his master. He was an intelligent-looking canine, with an open countenance, and eyes that spark l ed knowin gly and with mischief. Such was the noticeable trio as they rode into town, attracting no li tt l e attention from the by standers In front of a smail "office," which stood midway up the main st reet, t h e three horses were halted: their riders dismounted and en t ered the r.ffice in question. It was a small affair, divided in the middle by a count.er, b e hind which a bald h eaded party pre s ided He was a fat old c hap, with a face h a bitu all v sour in expression, s harp gray eyes, and a doubl e chin. He wore no b ea rd and bad but v ery little of the hir s ute on his cranium, A spotless s hirt-front was ornamented by a single diamond of great size and brilliancy, and a pair of gold-rimm!!d glasses were b ridged upon a very prominent and bighly colored nose. The Chinaman a nd the dog imm e diately l ook seats on entering, while their ma ste r a dvanced to the counter. "You, I suppose, are the manager of this eh?" be inquired. I am, s i r," was the jerky reply, and the fat party went on writing. "Who are you, sir?" '.'Well, I am Gypsy Jack, from Jimtown, you see. M.v other companions are Shy Sam, from Formosa, and Skip, my dorg. The latter, in p a rticular, is a very extra ordinary pers o n." "Presumedly so, but as I am not cultivat ing canine acquaintances, if you have any business, b e kind enough to state it briefly," the fat party Eaid, tartly. "Ohl ye needn't be afeard o' my d o rg," Gypsy J ac k assured, ca lmly. "He don't notic e common folk, unl ess they r e up to mischief. As to bu s in ess, that's what I'm here fur, exactly. Your nam e is John Met calf, isn t it?" "That i s iny name s ir." "And you own severa l ciaims on the flats, be!ow?" "I do, sir. Do you want to purcl:a se?" "We ll, that depends. What do you ask for the claim No. 30?" "Ten thou sand dollars It is a double tract, and what. with being alon gside the creek which crosses the flats, and being in close proximity to several of the best claims, i t ill well worth double the amount.'' "Humph! 'yes, I s ; pose," &aid, tak.inJ off his cap and giving his curly head a scra tch "By the w ay, bow much did you pay for this Claim 30 when you purchased it? The broker did not answer ilnmediately, but busi e d himself with his pen a few minutes, to conceal any ag it ation be may have had That i s a matter that hardly l'Oncerns you," he finally replied. "Oh, suit yourself about that. I know jus t how much yuu paid for it. "How much sir?" "Na r y a copper The claim was left in your charge by an old so-called witch, Mexi can Mag, until 1 should come forward to claim it. Therefo re, appeareth I, Gypsy Jack, to take po ssession." "Impossible, sir! I purch
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4 The Jimtown Sport. The sagacious canine gave a bark, and a knowing nod of his head. He evidently fully understood what was askeC: of him. "Well, what is your estimate of bis char acter?" Jack asked, lighting a cigar. The dog got down upon the floor, thrust his tail between his legs hung his head, and looked decidedly sneakish. "Hal ha! that's just my idea, -oo," the man from Jimtown said. "Now, Skip, how would you like a good sirloin steak off from this bald headed delegate?" The dog hung his head still lower and gagged, as if the idea were not to his liking. John Metcalf uttered a curse, and Gypsy Jack laughed. 1 You see, even the dog can read you I I shall go down and take possession of the claim, now. If I see you over that way, look out you don't get shot. Good-day!" Then the remarkable strode from the office, accompanied by hts dog, and fol lowed by Shy Sam. When he had gone, the speculator uttered a curse, and paced to and fro within his office, in a great state of excitement. "Fool that I was not to get rid of that claim, before!" he growled, savagely. "Now, the deuce is to pay. / This new comer is no ordinary sport with whom I h!l.ve to copa. Ile is fearless and cunning, but be shall find me equal to the emerg ency!" Taking a large brass !!tar from a drawer in the counter, be went to the office door, and attached it to the outside knob, with a small screw, and then returned to his writing. What si11;nificance had star? it a signal of distress, or of warning? It is probable that not one out of a hu. n dred noticed it, in passing the office, and yet it was not long ere one individual caught sight of it, crossed the street, and entered the speculator's office. He was a burly, six-foot ruffian, with black bristling hair and beard, and a face with an ugly, brutal expression. He was dressed, and a belt about his waist contamed a formidable array of re volvers anJ knives, giving him at once a warlike and dangerous appearance. CHAPTER II. A Nl!!W PHASE-THE DOG AT CA.RDS. THE JIMTOWN SPORT and his companions did not return to the flats, after leaving the speculator's office, but rode on into the heart of the town and drew up before the princi pal combined hotel, saloon, and gambljng place, known as the 'Old Bourbon-Kentuckf Bill, -. Here to the amazement of the crowd, the Gypsy and his dog began a free bit of circmi, for the benefit of those who were disposed to take in all the free sights. He stood upon his hands, on top of the horse, with his feet in the air, and while poised in this position, the sagacious brute made a flying leap from the back of the other white horse, and lande d upon Gypsy Jack' s elevated feet, only to stand erect upon his own hind feet, and give vent to a victo rious bark. The feat was greeted with a wild shout of applause, and the bystanders gathered nearer as Skio leaped back to his own horse and turned a complete somerset in so doing-a wonderful act by the way, seldom to be seen under any circumstances "I say, young feller, w'at"ll ye take fer ther dorgT Jumpin' JehGsephat, tbet ar' tber cutest canine I evyer set eyes on, ef I war raised in a dorg country. Speak up, pilgrim! Ef ye want ter sell thet dorg, all ye've got ter dew is name a reasonable num ber of sbinin' crowns an' they're yours sure's my handle s Old Somerset, ther great con solidated two-footed caravan an' menagery o' ther Nor'westl" '' The dog ia not for sale-not for all the money in Durango," Gypsy J a'ck replied, himseif turning a i:omplete somerset on the back of his horse, and then pausing to take a squ:nt at the purchaser-that-would be. "I nd my dorg aire inseparable, stranger, an' ye might as well try to keep us apart, as ter keep potato-bugs off'n vines. Old Somerset, whom he was addressing, was the very essence of a rough, time-worn, weather-beaten old mountain man whos e whole life had probably been mostly made up with scrimmages with wild animals and their equally savage neighbors, the red skins. He was rather short in stature, but wiry and supple, a man not easy to handle, except taken at a disadvantage. He w1ts also pos sessed of a keen, shrewd eye, and his face, for the most part covered with a mixed brown and gray stubble of beard, was honest and good natured in expression. There was a waggish contortion about the mouth, how ever, that proclaimed him one of those mor tals who are never so happy 11s when sg_in ning1some gigantic and improbable yarn. He was attired from bead to foot in tight fitting buckskin, with a belt around bis waist containing a couple of revolvers which looked as though they had served a long war campaign; and the same could said of the rifle which he leaned upon-a long, heavy instrument, unplated and unpretentious, and yet, In his estimation, probably worth a b41.f:
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'l'he J imtown Sport. 6 as he would h_ave expressed it mildly. "I allow thet .. mndred Williams w 'u'd tickle ye, eh?" he said, with a broad grin. No, nor a thousand of them." Gypsy Jaek replied. "The dog can't be bought at no price." aml" uce that he.:.proposes to dig here as long as pa:r .Jilt is found Auy galoot havmg aught to propo se to the contrary will not b e d edt with ac cord.ng to Scrip ure, but will get just the measure bis conduct merits. Our motto is: IVa tcb your your biz-hang to yerrightsl' Take notic e : Sure death to old maids, speculators and missionaries. Yours, etc., u GYPSY JACK AND PARDE." A.t this instant a man was passing by, car-The notice r e ceived due attention from rying a framed paper banner mounted upon nearly every passer lJy, but none v.entured to a pole. The banner contained the advertiseinvade the dqmains of the eccentnc stranger ment of some local shindig which was to far enough to make his :kqnaintance. come off and this means was adopted for It not bis fO'rte to work, for heralding the news to t]].ose whose feet be mounted a hummock upon Rome pQ.ies yearned for Terpiscburean exercise. out s ide of the tent and deposited his anatomy The dog, Skip, however. seemed to contherein, engaging in a smoke, while Shy Sam strue the banner for a different use, and did the work. making a spring from the top of his horse's Thus the first day of his arrival passed, back; he went through it like a rocket, and and no attempt was made to eject him from landed upon the veranda 9f the Old Bourthe claim. If it was John Metcalf's inten bon. tion to have him vacate, he had evidently The delegate who bad been cartaken no steps in the matter as yet. rying the banner uttered a savage growl, When night came, or, rather, early dusk, and whipped a pistol from his belt. but. ere Gypsy Jack sauntered up into the village, he could use it, (Jypsy Jack had leaped to accompanied by his dog, leaving Shy Sam,_ the ground and seized him by the collar. behind to look after things at the claim. "Hoid on, my friend!'" he said, in his A.s he passed along up the main street, be calm yet impressive way. ''That 'ar dorg attracted more than ordinary notice, as did belonO"s to me, and if you don t want your Skip. whose feats earlier in the day bad won neck broke, you'll do well to let him alone." for him a wide repute. "I'll shoot him; he spoil banneri" the The first man the Sport from Jimtown offended carrier growled. met to speak to, was Old Somerset, and it "No you won't kill him either!" Jack was' the latter whd' blockaded bis path, and warned'. and by a sudden effort, be .raised spoke first. the etrapping fellow and hUTled him as "Good-E:venin',"hesaid. "lallowy_ewon't neatly over his head as though he bad been offend ef I remark thet I've took an rnterest a mere stick. in ye, pard, all on account o' your dorg." Then bounding upon the back of his Certainly not," the young man from horse, be uttered a wild laugh, Jimtow!l replied. "Not unfrequently I I and dashed back the street t.oward the make acquaintance because of:rny dog." fiats, followed by his two extraordrnary com.1 "He's a wonderful dorg. I ken skeercely pauions. turn a better somerset mvself than he, ef I ---do sav et. Yer name's Gy'psy Jack?" I "Yes.'' Claim \NO. 30 was situated about in the "A.nd ye are a Gypsy?" center of the fiats, and consisted of a square "Not at all. Tile handle originnted, prob. acre of surface ground, one side of which ably, from my wild, roving disposition." bordered upon a narrow, deep creek, which "Ob! thet's it, bey? \,Vaal, I reckon ef fiowed silently across the golden bottomyou're as gud as ye look, ye;n c?me lands. The main trail from the town across side up with care tho' I don t rr.rnd telhn the flats also ran on the opp c site side of the ye tbet ye'd better keep your eyes peeled . creek, making 30 one of the har,diest situated "Ahl and why? Is there danger threat claims on the fiats. ening me?" Tbat afternoon, for the first time in tile "I allow thar is. Ef you've a spare min. history of the mining ucitement, a tent was nute. we'll squat on tber l0g over yonder, reared upon this tract, and Gypsy Jack and an' I'll put e ontd something ye mebbe pards took possession, as they had threatdon't koow." J ened. I "Very good. I am always ready to hear Posted upon a tree on. the front side of the anything of interest." was a placard pnnted .ma neat. ha?d, I The accordinglv seated themselves upon which vouchsafed the followrng warmng. a log, in the shade of a cluster of "NOTICE! a few yards back from the street, and ttie "Your hum servant, Gypsy Jack, having taken Id d d. possession of bis own lawful b\)gS leave to the o scout procee e

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6 The Jim.town Sport. "Ye see, thet aire claim ye've squatted on, is likely ter git ye inter trouble, 'ca'se el. ar'u' t tbe most desiral>le piece o' property imaginal>le. Thar's a score o' ga l oots w'ot claim et, an', then thar's John Metcalf, who sez he's bought et, an' so et goes" "That don't alarm m e in the l east, my friend," Gyps y Jack replied, with a good natured laugu. "I reckon possession is sev era! points. and then I can prove that Mexi can Mag, the witch, willed it to me, on her deathbed "The old skinflint's dead. hey?" "Yes. Got killed by falling over a preci pice, up North. I ran h er. just as she was gomg off the haudle, and she de clared me her heir to this piece of propc:ty." "Humph! I dou' t calkylate ye'rein much luck, et aire mighty temptin', the t claim 30. BL.:t, jest salt away ther testimony of Old S tiruerset-ye' ve a pil e o' fightiu' t e r do, afore ye get thru. A.n' ther worst o' ct i s, ye've got a w0mau tcr contend wi'. Con saru my old menagerie ef I wouldn"t rutll c r swalle an aunerconda, an' use an clerfant' s trunk fer a toothpick, than buck ag'in' a woman.'' "Humph l I never h:;.ve any trouble with ti.J.em. Who is this one you refer to?" "A humme r! a rerr'lar ourang outanrr dare-devil, wi' no m:->rc0 regard fer law persons tha:i tlie wi!Je t cat,.. thet ever llcld a i,ubilee in th c r Arcadian forests o' yore!" come rsel i!Ilpre.;;siv e ly. Ye've he e rd t e ll about Captain Crack8hot. tb a g irl outlaw, hcv'n't ye?" "No, I can't say th'.l.t l have!" "Waai, that' s qu min get any ducats. She's o ld Mexicao. Mag's adopted daughter, they sayle astho w she claim3 that No. 30 is hem. an' every gal oot to keep off from it, who don t want to git shipped into thefuture!" "Dauge rous eh?" Gyp3y Jack C'.)mmc nt ed idly. 'Oh! well, dare say she won t scare me a great deal. As to tlrn man, Met calf, prob'.l.blv he and the se other chaps you speak of. will consolidate, eh?" Like as not. They are roughs, every one of 'em, who have at times loaned Mexi can Mag money to gamble with, and now dem'lnd an interest in the property she's left." -"Well. let 'em cqme. If they want to cl.is pute my ri ghts. I'll hear their argument. As to the future of claim 30, it". 111ine-and if I don "t it, no one e l se will ever get rich off fro:n ct. Juit remember that. in the face of future circumstances, will you?" Later that evening Gypsy Jack and Iris do g entered a gambling palace on the main street, and sauntered about, watching the various games m progress. It was evidently not his purpose to play, but he was all the same possessed of a knowl edge of the business, as was mauifest by a faint sm il e when he would see a man make a bad "lay." The burly ruffian who had entered the office of John Metcalf earlier that s'.une afternoon, was engaged in a game of poker with a profe>sional sharp, and made a mis move which l ost !Jim tbe game. Looking up. he caught sic:ht of the stran ger, and noted the faint smile UJ) D hi face. "llello! what you grinoin at?" h e gro\"l"l cd, with an o _ath. "l\Icbbe ye think you could 'a' played tiler game better?" Prcsumedly, yes were I a gambler, winc h ['am not," was quiet answer. 'My dog here, however, l dare say, could learn you something about cards." "lforrah! Let's see him! cried a num b er. Put up your dorg, stranger I" "If you are anxious to put up the money, all ri g ht," Jack replied. '' 1'11 set my dog on the t ab le. and you cnn l e t your best three card n10:ite man flip out his p > 1steboards, and my dorg will pick out tbe winning card every time." "Here's Black Hill-he's your man," the proprietor of the pl ace said, iudicatinir the ru!li>lo who ha.J addressed o::r man from Jimtown. "Bill, he takes the ca!{e at throw ing the keerd8 squar'." "I allow I kiu do et!" Bil declared, "an' no Jivin' dorg kin beat me. Hyar' s a pile o' t e n golden eagles, an' ther ace o' spades wins em. Hee r I have ther ace o' s pades. three spot of diamonds, and of clubs!" anJ as he spoke he gave them a dextHrou<> flip upon the table, with the backs up. "Now, I'll bet ther ten hyar, ag'in' ther same amount, thet ther a rn't no dorg who kiu turn up tiler ace o' spades ther nt''>t time trying!" I'll take the bet; make it a thousand if you like!" Gypsy Jack s1i rl. taking a large roll of greenbacks from his pocket, with a laugb. CHAPTER III. A GENERAL "CIRCUS." TmmE was excitement ithiu the Old Bourbon as the sport from Jimtown spoke a single word to his caqine compaoi dn, and the sagacious animal leaped upon the table. ''Good boy, Sidp I"' Gypsy Jack said, pat ting the dog; on its back. ou're always on time. Now, these citizPns around h e r e have got an idea that you can't play montg as well as they, an'ci in order to convi.llC

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The Jimtow:n Sport. 7' them to the co ntrary. I w ant to blin d fold you, and th e n want yo u t o pla ce your p a w on th e on e o f the three car ds y ou SCP l y i ng h e re which i s in y o m es li::;iati o n th e a ce o f sp a d es Do you th ink t h c d ea l e r yond e r ha s any tric k s hidd e n up hi s Skip s h ook h is h ea d in th e nega tiv e and w agged hi s t a il, wh e n ce t he c rowd lau g h
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8 The Jimt:iwn-Sport. doing each other any great amount of dam-1 And that tbe Jimtown delegate proceeded age. to admini1;ter. with renewed energy. "Curse ye, let me go!" Black Bill cri e d, But. Black Bill had had enough and by a as Gypsy Jack froze to him li1-: a postage desperate effort he oroke loose and dashed stamp. "Ef ye dont, I'll l!tarnp ye out of away down the street, at the top of bis existence I" speed. "Will ye?" the Jimtowmte retorted, workAt the s a me instant the dog-, Skip, aprung ing gradually toward the front door. "lf forth from the tavern, and off in bot pursuit you get an advantage, it will not be my of the ruffian. He had not been killed. ::s fault. You killed my dog, and your life Jack had supposed, but stunned by the bulshall answer for it!" let, which had just grazed the tcp of bis "It will, bey?" the ruffian yelled, lunging head, and bad recovered and got out of tbe forward and bumping his head severely saloon just in time to see Black Bill make a against that of his antagonist. "Dog my run for it. cats ef I don t stave in ycr skull!" Comprehending tbe situation witb his na" Oho! come on! Perhaps two can play tural sagacity. he uttered a bark of victory, at that game," Jack responded, returning the nod dashed after the gambler and soon both bump. dng. and man had vanished from view by And then began 1he nav e l battle of heads, dodgfog around a corner. in dead earnest, to see wbich !;Ould stand tbe I 'l'b e n Gypsy Jack turned and gazed about most. him. undecided what to do. Bqmpl whack l bump! went the foreheads The whole neighborhood was in a riot
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The Jimt.own Ep ort, 9 What for?" "Dunno.'' "Well, it's queer. I hope. how ever, you are mistaken. How old i s this noble road agent? "Nineteen, or so." "Got any r e latives around here?" "Reckon not." "Good l<>oking?" "Wait till ye her." l:Iow Jon !{ will that be?" "Couple of J10urs." "Hurry up, then! I'm not riding very comfortabl y, you know." Half an hour found them entering a wild, craggy, mount ainous district, ascending a rugged path toward the top of a wooded, bowlderou s mountain. For a couple of hours they continued the monotonous ascent-then they eme rged upon a l evel she lf upon the side of th e mountain, from wllence a good view could be bad of the distant town of"'Durango. .A.s Liley r o d e upon the platea u a gayly-at tired g irl in men's clothing emerged from a niche in the face of tile mountain, and this Gypsy Jack conclurled must be Captain Crack-Shot, the girl road-agent! CHAPTER IV. A. SCOUNDREL UNMASKED. Yi: was near midnight when the riot ed in an about Durango, without declaring victory for either party, although the ruf fianly elcmen t had possession of the village, and the more peaceably disposed citizens had been driven down to the flats Here they could do littl e but wait for day light, when they must either renew the at tack, or give up the struggle and declare the ruffians their masters. Having posse ss ion of the business portion of the village, it might be surmised that they would not yield it without a bloody strug gle From the beginning of the fight almost, Old Somerset had been here, there and everywhere in the lead as a sort of a captain in behalf of the citizens' party. But owiug to the overwhelming odds of numbe rs in favor of the roughs, be could finally see no better plan than a general retreat to the flats for consultation and repairs, which move was made according to bis order8. .A. good many persons had been wounded, and some killed among the defenders. but the other party had had the same luck, if not more so. A general camp, in body, was ordered by Old Somerset. near the center of the flats. Fires were built and pickets posted, the same precautions being ofiserved by the old scout, '8 i f it was an Indian campaign. John Metcalf, the speculator, among the citizens' party, but whether by choice or accident it i s hard to tell. He claimed to be out a g r ea t deal of money by h e riot, as he owned an interest in several bu siness estab li s hm ents and had several thousand dollars lock e d up in bis office. "I propose that a party of you men ac company me back a11d help me sec ure the money, at l east, he said. "We can easily creep hack. under the cover of darkness, and secure the money." "lf the captain says so, all right," one of the miners otherwise, not a man s hall l eave ca mp, ef 1 can stop him. "I was not aware that we are subject to the orders of a captain." Metcalf s n eere d. "But we ar'l, though," the miner re plied, whc.se name was Tiger. "We're in tber midst of a consarned diffi culty, au' we want so!Iie one ter lead us I purpose tbet Old Somerset knows Low ter do ther matter up brown, an' wed better let him take ther lead av' we go nccordin' ter bis instructions. Eb, boys, '\\hat d'yP. say?" "Hurrah! Old Somerset, forever!" shouted the crowd. "Thankee, gents," the scout said. It does me proud ter represent ye, a n' ef my old menagerie ar' wutb a cent, ye kin bet yer pile this hyer old polar b'ar wull do his b est. A.n' ef l m t e r be boss, rn begin ther ring performances by givin' a few mders. Let no man l eave camp, 'cep t I say so, un der penalty o gittin' bis skull blowed. Let no man go over ter ther t'other side, under penalty o' death. Let no may try ter run this hyar concert privilege without my permission, or bev notbin' t e r say in tber way o' bos siu'." .. But 1 d e mand a guard of men to accom pany me to my cflke, to r esc ue the money I have there," John Metcalf protested, impor tantly. "Can't help what ye demand," Old Somer set said. You 're no better n tiler rest o' the r boys an' et won't do no good fer ye t e r be ob s treperous. I forbid any man leavin' camp till I know et's safe-an' as fer y e r money, et no b e tter n any other folks '." Metcalf didn't appear to a ssen.t to this view, and moved about growJing protests against th e scout's arbitrary rules, and en deavorinfr to enlist the sympathies of some of the m e n c;n his side. But a s he was no general favorite, he had no success, and bad to cc.,ntcnt 11imself with bis own opinion. About an hour midnight Old Somer set gave orders for everything to be kept quiet in the camp, and left on a tour of IC connoissance about the ...

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10 T.lae Jimtown Sport. When he returned. he reported the town still in an uproar from the fact tbat the r .Jll1ans had seized upon the liquors in tbe sa loons. and were having a good drunk and occasional fights among tl1emselves. T!iey had however thrown out a number of pickets, to prevent a surprise, anrl a thirci of tl!eir number patrolled the main street, prepared to rep e l a ny attack, wl!ile their companions were '!njoying the ddights of Bacchus. Shortly after Somer set's return to camp, a picket came in, and reporte d a single hors e man outside tbe lin es, who claimed to be a stranger, and wi s hed to enter the camp. "Show him in, tbc old scout ordered. The horsemen soon came riding into camp, and drew rein in front of t!:e principal fire, around which the mbed, and my daughter carried off. I was tlJen set at liberty, and told that when I oaid over the sum of five thousand dollars my danghter wou1d iJe re turned to me." Well, I allow ye refused?" ".lomerset said, with a chuckle. "Most assured ly I did. The demand is outrageous. and 1 c.o not propose tu yield to it," the duke replied. "Then, dare say, you'll not be very likely ter see yer progeny ag'in, vcr soon," SomerRct declared. The gllli, (;rack-Shot. doe s bizacss on ther dead certdn plan, an thar's them she never fails Ef she'< i:rot yer gal. about th e r lik e lie s t you kin do is over til e r cash. she's ftrmly planted in the mountains, an' ye might as wei l try tcr trap tiler Amu ican eagle as her." But I will call upon th<. 9 ; overnm.ent for aid .., "Waal, thet mi ght do l:>tJt it's stirrin' up these Uncle SamLes, bet yer boots! Tl:iey don t enthuse \\U'th a when ther're out arter road-aitGnts, an' ten ter one yc'
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The .iimto.;n Sport, 11 ed him capable or doing, consider in g his re cent loss Stooping beside him, Metcalf shook him gently by the arm. With a start the duke opened his eyes and attempted to ri se, but the speculator held him back. "'Sb! Not a loud word, for your life," be warned. "You are in deadly p e ril, although you may not know it. Do you recognize me?" "No,'' the. r ep lied. "Humph! Your memory must he mighty forgetful," the other growled, evidently not pleased. "Don't you remember your con fidential c lerk, Metcalf, whom you made it warm for a dozen years ago, because he had not the audacity to steal a fcw V'""' many dollars? The duke started "Ab! true eno u g h. I bee.the 1 csembl a nce now. What are you doing here, sir?" -"I've been g etting rich, of late and e n deavoring to heal up the wound you made in my affection for Lady Myra. by making it nece ssary for me to leave:! England." "You are a scoundrel I L e t me up!" "Of course I am a scoundrel," M etcalf re plied, triumphantly, allowing the nobl ema n to rise. "But not so bad a one as not to be willing to help an old and esteemed friend when I find him in trcuble." -"Bahl" Leigh scoffed. "Poor assistance I should expect from you.! "Nevertheless, yo u do me g reat injus tice," .Metcalf rep li ed "Just step this way out of earshot, and we will compare notes." The Englishman did follow the sp eculator, althoug h evidently distrustful of him. Beyond the camp both halted, and faced each other. "Now proceed with whatever you h a ve to say!" the duke ordered. I will do so," Metcalf replied. Jn the wst place, you are in a strange country, and in trouble How much money have you?" "Nonel1 was the g l oomy reply. "The brigands robbed me cf what I bad." "'!'hen you have no money to redeem your child? "None whatever." 'That is bad. If you do not pay over the ran som in ten days, s he will be so ld tv the Indians!" You don't m ea n it. "But I do There i s an old India n n abob just over in Indian Territory, who buys up femal e captives for his wigwam, and OrackShbt gets paid a good price for s'llch as ahe don't aee fit to hand over to ber men." "This is terrible. What cau be done? U would kiJI me to have my peerless child given up to such a fate." "That i s the part 1 am to ," .Met calf assumed. I can agree with you that. it will be b est to get posses.sion of her at once This you cannot do alone, and-" I cau secure your serv ic es by paying for them," the duke sneered, anticipating what was com ing "Exactl y. I am willin g 10 l e t b ygo nes be bygones, and l ook only into the future. 1 am the only man in Durango wbohasmo ney and pow e r eno u gh to get the g irl away from the brigands. Then, a s a r eward, I should want to marry h er. One of these days she will inherit ll grand Englis h property from h e r grandfather, and who wouldn' t consider that attractive? In th e ruean time, a fter we are married, '"e' ll content ourselves by touring this country, at my expense, which I am willing to--bear, for the sake of being the lms band o f a duchess, where former l y I was your lack ey Oh! I'm wide-awake, you see! Ac cept and all will be l ovely-refuse, and I 'll guarantee you'll never see the lovely Lady .Myra again!" ----CHAPTER V. IN'i'O THE JAWS OF DEATD. LET us return to the Sport from Jimtown and the g irl rol!d-agent. She was just the medium hight of women, and possess e d of the most perfectly graceful figure Jac k r emembe r e d ever to have see n, which was disp la yed to advantage in a neat fitting suit of pink and blue colon: d fabric, with a jaunty s l ouch hat upon her head, and knee-boot s upon her feet of a small light pattern. A belt about her waist containl'd a pa ir of silve r -plated revolvers, and a knife.hilt pro truded from a sheath which hung upon her hip. In face s h e was decidedly fresh and fair, with sweet l y chi se l ed features and express iv e dark eyes, while her hair fell in a mass of natural <'urls upon her shou l ders. She was far too pretty a p e rson to O<'cupy the po s ition she did, and she was evident l y con sc ious of h e r beauty as she gave her hat d. somewhat jauntier pitch, and rearranged be( collar as the brigand drew rein, and.she came up. An expressio n of admiration eutered her eyes as she saw Gyr-sy Jack. Few finer !ooking men than be in that wild country. "Well, you got h im, I sEe?' the Girl Brigand said "Yes, ma'am." was the r eply. "Well, you may release his f ee t, tl:at 1 may take him to my conncl.l-chamber t.oiD' terview him,' said. 1 The bandit obeyed.

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12 The Jimtown Snort. "Yo11 may follow me," the young woman naturally concluded that he had induced beA" said; leading the way through the fissure in to e lop e with him." the rock: to a large cavern, which seemed by "Bahl I do not believe this," Gysey Jack its size as if the whole inside of the peak -as we shall still continue to call him were hollow. -said sternly. "No amount of lies could In the cent .er was a large raised dais, some ever serve to convince me was ten feet i hight, with steps leading to the faithless to me." top. "Hal ha! You've a great oe.al of confiUpon the top of this "as a rude easy-chair, d e nce in her, 1 see. I fancy you little unwi1il e upon the ground in frcnt, were a numderstand a woman's h ea rt. It is a fickle ber , subject to release on certain "Not at all. But you addressed me as terms. I didn't know but I could deaden D z arlwood Dick!" your inte rest in her. and capture your af "Because { thought it would be more fection, myself. Ha! ha! ha!" natural to you than Gypsy Jack. Ohl you "I comprehende d your plan at the first!" needn't deny that you re Deadwood Dick, Jack replied. "lt failed from the fact that for I happen to know better!" I came only for one woman, and that wo" How did you acquire your informaman the one who has been trne to me, tion ?" through thick and thin-Calamity Janei" "Oh! quite easily enough. I saw you as "And that very extra<.rdinary affection Deadwood Dick about a month ago, and you seem to chP,rish for her was the cause of once seen, you are not to be mistaken for my having lier abducted an_ d bronght h ere, a!l v other man." as I dared to presume you would be willing Gypsy Jack started, and bis features grew to pay quite a respectable sum for her re-somewhat sterner. lease!" the girl bandit replied. "I was upon "Admitting that I am, as yon say, Deadthe 1;ve of writing you when I heard of your wood Dick, h e said, "I to awaken to arrival in Durango, anrl concluded that I something I had not tbonght of b e fore. You could best arrange with you by having you say you saw me a month ago. It was just brought hither." that length of time ago, that I lost the dear"Well, what do you propose to do?" treasure of !11J latter life-my wife, "I propose to have accede to my who was ruthlessly stolen from my very terms. she replied, decidedly. arms as it were and borne away to some "You seem very confident," he said, a place unknown to me, and for a purpose faint smile playing over his face. "You equally unknown. Perhaps you can tell me perhaps don't fully know me." where she is." "On the contrary, 1 know you better t?!an ""Were I disposed to oe merciless, I.couldmost people. Do you remember the old --but as I wou l d not break: your heart, I Spaniard who used to run the Casino La prefe r not to tell you." Pierre, in Dead wood? If 110. yon will per "What! do you mean to insinuate that ha-ps also recollect that he had a daughter she was not true to me?" who sometimes handled the paste-boards ex" W e ll, if you must know-yes With pertly, and thereby tempted sundry dollars my band of men I was roaming in your into the parental treasury. vicinity about a month ago, when one day 1 "Ahl I see. I havfl been turning the 1 my li eutenatJt sud
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The Jimtown Sport. 18 ban able to make a fretty accurate estimate of your cbaractler am full well aware tnat you are considered a bard man to buck against, but I am not afraid but what I can bring you to t e rms in case you !:Jecome balky." Gypsy Jack survey ed the woman in no little wonderment. His loug experience in the golden West, as Deadwood Dick, bad brought him into contact with many strange characters of the feminine s ex but he bad seldom meta girl so young in years who was such a self-possessed villain and schemer. "I have serious doubts as to your success in taming me," b e repli e d. "I clou't gener ally yield to any one, and I presum e I shall not break my rul e in favor." "But I presume you will, as you can have but two alternatives tu from, one of which is-death. Li,sten, howev er, and I will tell you my plan, which I think you will embrace when you know it. "Since coming to this section I admitted an old'"'witch to my b and who own s a great share of the flats near Durango, and in par ticular the claim you pitched your camp on. This witch having disappeared, and I be lieving she is dead, I propose to claim the .fiats as my own by :right of heritage. In or der to get possession I sha ll have to fight for it, and I W(lnt you to take a hand in the .struggle as my first li e utenant. If we win you shi.11 share equally with me in the profits; 1f we fail we will share such toll as can be obtained in the usual line of wy busi ness Of course, when you take the oath of allegiance y0ur wife shall be n:turned to you, and all will be well." "And if I refuse?" "Well, then that will be anothe1' thing. You'll get a just reward for your foolishness. Your wife Calamity Jane, will be sold to Thunder Cloud, the red-skin nabob, for a thousand dollars. You will then be forced to pay five times that amount for your lib erty, or be shot hy my sergeant and thrown from the shelf outside into the gulch over three hundred feet below. How like you lhe prospectus?" .. It is quite novel and ent o,rtaioing; you nhould have a medal. for your read_y invention," was the defiant answer. "You had better call your sergeant at once, as I shall 1mrely refuse to accede to your plans." "You do not mean it.'' "Decidedly, yes. I am not inclined to re enter the ranks of road-agency again, and, were I, I should do so on my own account. I am no cut-throat." Oaptain Crack Shot evidently was not pleased at this decislon1 and rose and walked about upon the steps or the dais. -"1'e:rbaps 7011 Lhink l am jesting ".she said; '' perhaps you do not believe I"'ill do, or cause to be done, a thing I have threat.. ened?'' "No. On the contrary, I believe you will do as you threaten." ' And in face of this, you mean that you would rather have me fulfill my threats than to accede to my proposition?" "Exactly. Threa ten even to bring the skies crashing dowp upon my head, and you could not budge me from my r eso lve." .. "Then I ll give you the hospitality of the 'den' until I can send word to the Indian reservation for Thunde r Cloud to come ud purchas e your wife, for whom be.bas a r: .at admiration. Thomas!" At h e r call, a young Spaniard approached and stood in waiting. "Thomas, take the priso_er and lower him into tile den with the others!" she said. "Go, Sir Gypsy, and consider yourself in luck t hat I don't shoot you on the spot." "I am ever s o much obliged," Jack sar castically retorted, as he suffered himself to be led a.way. From the main cave he was taken into a smaller one, divided by skin curtains from the larger one, and from this out upon a shelf on the mountain-side, which was an exact counterpart of the one upon the opposite side of the hon eyco mb peak. Just in front of this l edge was a deep, cellar-like space, surrounded on the other three sides by perpendicular, smooth, rocky walls, up which no mortal could climb with out a ladder or other artificial aid. The bottom of.this natural hole was about forty feet in diameter, and in the center was built a strong walled cage, or cell. 'fhis was about twenty by thirty in size, leaving an area running entirely around it. The walls of this cage or den were fully twenty feet high, and perfectly smooth. The depth of the celJ..r from the ledge above was at least forty feet, and there was no apparent outlet to it, except by upward ascent. A more effective or novc!l prison could scarcely be imagined, for in the area lurked several wild animals, among which were two or three wolves and a cinnamon bear. From the howls they sent up, it was only too evident they were purposely kept in a half-starved condition, and should a prisoner succeed in escaping from the den to the open space, he would o ly fall into their ravenous jaws. A strong crane or derrick had been erected upon the ledge, and provided with a rope and tackles, so that a person could be easily lowered or raised from the pit As they emerged up9n the l edge, the J!fg to-iyp Sport took in all these points in sW1

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14 'l'be tllmtown Sp.,rt. gfances. Then he allowed the Spaniard to "No, sir, my title is a proud one, and is fasten a kind of strap harness to his &houlnot for sale!" the duke repli ed, haughtil;i>:. d e r s and and hook the tackle in to it, "True, I am temporarily poor, but I am sUll well knowing that did he resist there were the Duke of Leigh, and a gentlema n of posi those at hand who would shoot him down at tion in my own country." u signal. H1s only hope was escape from "The dodge won't work here. Y e can't the pit, wherein ho surmised the otlier prisonsling on no mi-lord swag, nor refuse to allow ers wern kept, for down in the den he saw every galoot is .vour equal, if you don't want three persons-two women and a man. to get systematically smashed. But w .hat do "Ready!" the Spaniard said; then he you say to my proposition? .. swung him out from the ledge and began to ' I will nnt consent to it, for even if I were 1.:Jwer him. to give my cb:ld away to you, I nave yet to Duwn !-down be went, s lowly at first, but know for certain that you can get her from soon the Spaniard gave a_ yell; the rope had the brir,ands." par' 1, and down l down l went Gipsy Jack ''Oh! that would be an easy matter. I -no, into the d e n where the other prisoners chance to know this Captai 11 Crack'Shot were confined, but into the area, where the quite intimatdy, and when I offer her a ferocious beasts were awaiting to rec e ive reasonable sum, she will for my sake, de him, with gleaming eyes and distended liver up the Lady Myra. But, were you to jaws. consent to this nothing can lie done toward What fate could be ltis except a horrible it, just at prl'sent. The two clements in this death? place are at war, an::l one or the other must get whipped before peace can be restored. CHAPTER VI. A BATTLE ROY AL. / The have got the town, and under any other than a bad management, they would rule the gulches, and flats and t(Vn, hereabonts, for all to come. To John Metcalf's infarnou s sc h eme the du!>e did not give immediate answe.-, but pac ed to and fro like a lion in its cage. "You i.re the greatest vi'. lain I have ever met," he finally said "You see me in trou ble and take advanta. ge of my sit uation to propose a rascally piece of business, which none but an adept scoundrel could con ceive!'' 1 And yet I am no more of a villain tliau you!" Met calf declared, triumphantly. "When J, your confidential clerk, had dared to fa!! in l ove with your daughter, Lady Myra, who, like yonrself, was over. proud of an unmoneyed title youdiscliarged me, threatened to horsewhip me if 1 persist and finding that was not likely to have the desired effect, you fixed my case by pur porting to have lost a couple ot thousand pounds-which you know you were not worth-and accusing me of the theft. You were l!b e ra l enough, however, to offer me my liberty iu case I forever left Great Brita'.n. and rather _than vex my eyes by peering through iron grates, I skipped, leav ing my lov e behind me. So you see you are not the m:>st conscientious Christian living." "Well, admitting that," he said, "you could scarcely blame me. Lady Myra is of proud old English blood, a11:ed to the royal line, and no sane person could censure me for not b1>aring to her marriage with the son of a common laborer." "Yet, just at present, I am rich enough to buy up any amount of titles, while you'd probably be glad to dispense with yours for a few thousand pounds sterling, that you might redeem your daughter." "U i;der their present management, how. ever, they will soon be driven forth from the hold they have got, and these fellows you see here will have possession; l'd much rather that the ruffians have possession, as I can work myself into their graces, and ob tain their captaincy-in fact, have about everything in my own hands, which would net me exceeding profit." "But how do you know you can get in with t1Ji3 other party?" I am prtty cert11in that I can, from the fact that it would gratify them ta obtain one of the citizens' best men, which I may be considered, for I have been orominent rn loc a l affairs before." "And so you would de;ert the good cause for-t_he bad in order to obtain power?" the duke demanded, in astonishment. Even so. And I am going to make the trial to-night. If you value your future, and that of Lady Myra, you will do well to join me. Refuse, and when I get into power, I'll cause you to repent it." Then, l ead ahead! As you have it all in your own hands. it is probably useless for me to resist your will." Good! 1 am glad to see you so sensible Follow me as cautiously as in your power, and we will make our escape from the camp. :r>Tever mind your horse; that can be ob. tained some oth e r time." Then, speculator led cautiously off through the darkness, followed by the who could see no other way of nosaession of Lady Myra, th.an to

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The Jimtown Spo:-t. llS Metcalf's guidance, as the hopes of her res cue as received from Old Somerset were anything but flattering. Let us return to Gypsy Jack. As be "ent downward, a cry of a larm' burst from his lips. Fortunately, he wns not over twenty feet from the bottom when the rope parte d, and when be landed be was but slightly stunned. Almost at the of his reaching the bottom, a lar ge, k e en.edged knife dropped in frnnt of him. 1t had been hurled down by the terrified Spa1lar
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18 The Jimtown Sport. So he at e>nce began experimenting in the matter. The fin1t few times trying he missed, and the hook came back, but, at last, the hook caught upon the top of the wall and held; then he climb e d hand over hand up the rope, and finally landed upon the top of the wall. Gwz:ing down into the dungeon, he beheld Calamity Jane, another young -
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.1 '!'he Jimtown Sport. l'I idea. Metoalf had never been a favorite, because of his facility of getting hold of claims and then raising the price of them above the reach of the poorer class. I don't allJw we all tumble ter thet racket," one chap asserted. "Arizona Abe is my favorite, an' I reckon most o' the boys ar' in my line o' thinkin'." "Bahl Arizona Abe is not fit to lead you I" the speculator declared "I hear he is at present dead drunk. Supposing an attack should occur just now-what kind of a leader would you have ? I tell you I am the proper man. My friend, hen', an English foke, is a military man and will act as my As l first stated, you are in im .minent danger, despite the fact that you have possession of the town. The party on !he flats have dP.termiued to have control of the surrounding district, and to that end, have sent a courier to the mountains to enlist Captain Crack-Shot and her bandits into lheir s:rvice. If they succeed, the sooner rou pack up and leave, the safer it will be lor you, as they can easily clean you out ll'hen you have such a sucker of a leader as Arizona Abe would make you." "Billo I whar' s ther ornary galoot .,s rlurst Jall Arizona Abe a sucker? Whar is he?let me luk at hiinl" shouted a big, strapping mountaineer, with an ugly-looking physiog11omy, who came staggering up just in time lo overhear a part of ::VIetcalf's harangue '' Whar's ther man as durst asseveratt! thet I, )..braham from Arizona, ain't ther high-cock o'-lorum o' thisconvention-ther hero o' Bull Run-ther sharp-spurred American Eagle o' Liberty?" "It was J, friend Arizona, who was just ,..emarkicg that a love of liquor incapacitated you for duty as the leader of the boys here, and I was willing to fill your place I'' Metcalf said, moderating matters in order not to get into trouble with the ruffian, if it was to be avoided. "Of course you would then have more time to indulge, and-" "Thet ain t ther question afore this hyar court!" Arizona declared swinging himself a s if ready for a fight. "Sum onecalled me a sucker, an' tbet's the werry patient I'm arter. Whar is he? Show me ther two legged reptile thet d!tred ter compare me, thcr hero o' Bingen on ther Rhine ter a com mon fish, no matter ef et be bull-head, mullet, or sucker. He's my meat-that man!'' "Et was Metcalf who called ye a sucker!" one of the miners shouted. "Oho I so et was you, was it? You had tber audacity ter insult me, did ye?'' Abra ham .from Arizona howled waltzing neaier to the barrel whereon Metcalf was perched. "Oh! jest wait till I get hold of ye I" L "Hold! Don't get angry, friend Abraham," the speculatpr said, beginning to get alarmed "I meant. not insult, sir-I simply meant to imply that of beer you were a great sucker, as well as of sundry other kinds of drink, and it would be a pity to interrupt your right to imbibe on this occasion, so I offered to_fili-your place!'' "Ye war mighty anxions, warn't ye, ter h.elp matters along in yer own favor? No, sir-ee, John Metcalf, ye can't boss this hyar roost, w ile Arizona Abe's around. Eh, boys?" "Kerect Arizona suits us!" was the cry of a majority of the surroundingroughs. "Well, if this is the case, I pity you; and predict your ultimate destruction by the en emy!" Metcalf said both disappointed and chagrined at his failure. "Therefore, not wishing to get killed, I will return to the flats, and act as a spy among the enemy in order to report to you when there is any danger." "Waal, I gutss not," Abraham of Ari zona declared, drawing and cocking a re volver. "Ye ain't er-goin ter do not.bin' o' ther kind. Now thet ye've paid us ther honor of a wizzet, we're not goin' ter let ye go back ter t'other party till we've utilized yer ter our own purpose as much as posser bul. Don t make no try ter escape, or l '11 bore a drift thru yer head, w'at'll let out any brains ye may hey stored up thar." "What have I done, gentlemen, to merit this treatment?" Metcaif demanded, now more alarmed than before. Am l not offering my services in your behalf-am I not willing to do anything and everything in behalf of your interests? Pray, what have I done to offend?" Yas, you're too mighty will in'!" the Ari zonian growled. "We kin read ye like a book, wi' our spectickles off, pilgrim. Ye'd mighty like to be boss o ther roost hyar abouts, so ye c'u'd shove in a speculative finger, but it ken't be did. Et won't "ork. Et won't wash. You're a bloated aristocrat, and not uv our kind ..You've got ter dis gorge. Thar's money up i yer office. ther boys say, an' you've got ter hand et over, fer divvy among therboys." "Bv Heaven, no! You shall not rob me in this way I" "But we shall. Get down off m tbet bar'!, and march straight ter ther office, in front o my revolver, an' get ther scrip and hard cash, or off goes yer head, in less time than et takes ter count sixty-'levenl" .. No disputing that ''business" was on hand, and as Metcalf gazed around him he noted that nearly every one seemed to asre!;lt to Abraham's order. .ccentna Let us return to Uie yr

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18 The Jimtown Sport. just as day was beginning to break in the I I am not eager to witn;;s your torture. I east shall, however, be within hearing, and if The face of Gypsy Jack, was stern and you shout 'Help!' I will understand that passive, as he saw Captain Crack-Shot apyou have d eci d ed to come to my terms, and proacbing, with the ignited torch. will then re sc u e you." Unmovable r es olve was expressed both up"You will listen in vain," Jack retorted. on bis handsome face, and in his which "We shall see!" and with the words slle flashed fearle ss ly. ignited the rubbi s h in several plac es and The face of the Girl Brigand wore a pecuth e n turned and hurried away into the liar triumphant smile, as she came up, and cavern. flash ed the light of t'be torch before his face. "Hal ha! the ex-road-agent h as changed his mind, by this time, has h e not?"' she said, with sarcasm. Ob! I thought you'd come aroun:l to time, Sir Gypsy J ack." Then you reckoned wrongly!" the pris on e r replied. I have nc,t the least idea of cha nging my mind." "Possi ble? Well, really, your p luck is admirable-in fact, I see more and more reason every minute, why you shou l d fill a po s ition as my lieutenant. Sucbmeu as you are not picked up every day." It is perh a ps better for the country that they are not," ,Tack replied, with a faint smile. A. few of my class, and a few more of artistic merit, would no doubt plac e the country o n more solid foot ing." l appreciatll your satire," he said, flush "bui bu s iness is business, and my term' are unchanged When I decide upon acr.o nplishing au object, I do it regardless or .. v e ry obstacle. I have set my heart upon uni you with my band, and fwill do it. or kill you, eveu if it brings down the wrath of L u p on my head Tell me, now, wil l Y'U become a m e mber of my band, and sw 31r e ternal allegiance to that baud?" "E nph at ically, no!-decidedly. once and for all, nol'' Jack replied, witl10ut be s itathn. "But, consider what you are say ing. If you ri>fuse I myself will light this material around your feet, and you will be roa s ted alive Do you' cornpreh.ind what excruciating agony such a d eat h would brin g you? Sure l y yJu are u'.>t foolish enough to endure it, wh e n you can jus t as well h ave life and liberty." I have gi veu my d "c i s i on ; Gyp:iy Jack never chaws back his words!" was the com pos e d answer. Even the m e rciless Spanish girl was as tounded. That any man could co o lly face a d eat h so horrible as she had promised. when liberty was offered, surpassed even her cbmprehcu sion. TB.... But her d ete rmination to conquer birn be the stronger. WITHOUT o..tihall your obstinacy r eco il upon succeeded in she said. "I shall now 'nd retire into the cave, a9 CHAPTER VIII. SKIP TO THE RESCUE-WAITING FOR TIIE STRUGGLE. THE blaze b ega n to catch from one l ea f a nd twig to another, and increase iu volume. The expression of Jack's countenance was ste rn and unyie lding, The flames spread and crept upward; soon the.y would singe bis bootlegs and buck Hkin breeches; then would come the actual tor ture of fire. Should he still resist and d e fy human agony7 Or shou l d he yield the day, admit ting Crack Shot the conq ieror, and give hj.mS'e!f up to a wild life in her employ? Then, too, Calamity was a prisoner; should he perish in this awful manner, what woul d be her terrib l e fate? So l d to the Red Mor mon, Thunder Cloud I The thought filled llim with greater a larm than b i s own peril. But his heart gave a great bound, fo r at this moment came to h i s cars a familia r whinny; h e -h<>ard heavy foot steps, and a moment i ater a horse trotted o u t llj'On the p l ateau. Au irrepressible cry of joy escaped the pri so ner. It was his sagacious dog, Skip, mounted upon bis own faithful steed come to h i s res cue. The dog li>aped to the i::round with a low whin e of recognition "Good dog!" the Sport from Jimto;vu "Drag the brush away Skip! Quick, sir!" l Skip seemed gifted with almost human s a gac ity and intelligence, for without hesita. t i o n he seized hold of the brus h of the combustible pile and bauleJ.gged his tail knowiuirly, and apparently und e rstanding-exactly what was required, set to w o rk on t.he job." It was no easy one, h oweve r as mi ght l>e suppos 1d. The rope was of twisted bidel but Skip's t eeth were sharp as knives, anq the rope was bitten in twain i n a moment -

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The Jim.town Sport. 19 then, seizing the dangling end, he began to trot around the stake and unwind it. Every second seemed an hour to <;ypsy Jack, l i terally. for he momentarily expected to see Crack-Shot from the cavern; but luck was in his favor, and, thanks to llis canine companion, he stood freed from the stake in less than a minute's time. His hands were not free, but that was a matter of little importance, as he could es car.e with them bound. A couple of bounds and a spring upward placed him O!i the back of the b ea utiful while horse; then the dog followed his exam ple, and a single low-spoken 'vord caused tbe horse to whe e l and dash from the plateau, and as he disappeared, Jack gave 'Vent to a piercing war-whoop. Away down winding, rugged moun tain path his sure-footed steed bore him, at break-neck speed, until he uttered a peculiar cry, and the horse wheeled abruptly to the into a pocket m the side of the moun tam, and came to a halt iu the midst of its thick verdurf Silence now, my faithful friends," the fugitive said. "If pursuit is given, we must allow the brigands to pass us; then we must go back and see what can be done to'Vard rescuing Cahmity and the other prisoners He had not long to wait, for quickly there came the sound of horses feet, approaching from up the trail, and !\few moments later a large body of the trigands le to find out. Ehl Skip? Are those the roughs up in the town?" The dog wagged his tail, and smiled, for a dog can smile. "Well, 111 take your word for it," Jack said. "Mind, I shall expect to find friends on the fia t s." He accordingly l'Ode forward toward. the latter encampment. When near to it, a man came forth to me!lt him; it was Old Somerset, the scout.

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80 The Jlmtown Sport. Cuss my etarnal old elerfanticums an' hyenas, ef I ain't glad t e r see ye I" he cried, as he rode up, "tho' I ain't much acquainted with you. Ye see, we're in a kinder warlike atte rtude, jist at present, an' anxious -'like ter draft in all ther muscular animals ter our men a gerie thet is po s er bull." But how comes it you' ve got pushe d back from th e vill a ge?" Jack asked "You ought to have hung to that." "True ernuff, pardne r but yer s e e thar war con s arn e d contingenci es aR wouldn't admit o'. thet great hippodr ome p e rformin' thar any lon ge r, s e ch as l ea den h a il stuns an' powd er-smoke-so we had t e r di s semble, an' cut stick fer low ground. Ye se c th e y h a d ther dead open an' shut on u s an' et warn t no u s e ter buck ag' in s ech bizn ess, or t he hull teetbtal s e xtuppl e exp e r s ition would hev stuck in ther mud, an' ther etarnal ring performance ended." "Humph! I should say you were of the circu s kind," Jack said, ''judging by your lin g o." So I a m!. I'm a hull circus mys elf, when !'mo.wound up an' set a-goin' But !'11 be fir e d from a c a tapult, ef I ain't got an undertakin' on my shoulders w'ot makes me feel a s if ther old bo s s elerfant hed trod on me and flatten e d me out like ern Ohio pan kaik." "Indeed I and what is that?" "Waal, ye see, I've got ther 'sp1Jnserbility on my b ack o git.tin' my sheer o ther crowd set, and the r efore eager to add reinforee m e nts to their number. About noon a general stir was noticed about the village-men were seen hurrying to and fro, some of the m leading horses Et's com in',,,.. Old Somers e t said; "they're goin' t e r m a ke an attack on us, and w e' re goin' to g it li c ked like bl a zes." Don t l e t yourself b e fool e d on that scor e!" Jac k r e pli erl, the c o olest man in the whol e crowd. Whil e it is evid e nt they are m e ditatin g an attack; they won t be apt to make a bold c har ge in broad daylight. I c o nstrue th e prese nt stir a s an old Indian dod g e They propose to mount a few of their numb er, a nd set the m scouring round th e ed g e of the fiats, for the purpos e of wor rying us, if possibl e until night when they may make an attack. In the mean time we mus t be pre parin g for them G e t a shovel, ev ery man that can find one. and s e t to work throwing up a bre astwork that will inclose a squar e of a coupl e hundred yards. If not enough shovels, t a ke turns and it won t take lon g to fix m a tters so that they can mow us down at pl e a sure." His dauntl e ssne s s inspir e d the men and with one accord they s e t to work to obey hie advice, which was th e same as an order, for all now seem e d to defer to him By mid-aft e rnoon their camp was ir.closed by a bre a stwork @f dirt about four feet laid up like a fla ttened wall behind which they could fight with great advantage. out o' tiler d e eflckulty, an' winnin' back CHAPTER IX. ther town fer 'em, an' I reckon I grappled THROUGH BY DARK. more than I kin git erway ter say ther KNOWING that his life was more precious to least I hed purty good grit, all along, ontil him !'Ven than gold, John Metcalf concluded Crack-Shot an' her gang j'ined ther enemy-it would be unwise as well as unhealthy for then I'm blowed ef my old menal!"erie him to refuse to obey Arizona Abe's order ain t all dubified." and therefore di s mounted from his perch on "Ah! then she is over there, eh?" the barrel, marched to the office, procured "Yas. She sailed across ther fiats, not his cash, several thousand dollar s i u amount, llalf an hour ago, with a dozen men at her and handed it over to the ruffian chief back, jest as sassy like as ye pleased At Abraham shoved it into the pockets of his furst, I reckon ther roughs pickets W\)ren't trowsers with much evident satisfaction. re inclined ter let her pass, but she showed ther marking to b,is disciples that there would be white flag, an' I reckon et's about a<> good a "divvy" later. as sworn to tilet thar's a consolerdation Then to his surprise, M e tcalf was seized taken place, an' they're gittin' ready ter and tied to the tree in front of the old Bour pitch in an' lick blazes outen us." hon, while the duke was accommodated in a "It savors that way," Jack admitted, like manner at an adjoinin g tree The Engwith a smile. "But I r e ckon we're good lishman was very much angerec'I at the way enough for 'em, no matter how large is matters bad turned out, and laid the blame their number. By the way, had they two on the rascally sp e culator prisoners with them?" "I was a fool for ever listening to you I" "Yaa-three on 'em-two women an a he said, when they were left to themselves; feller Bnt tell us whar you ve be e n?" and if I g et free. I'll have reparation from This Jack proceeded to do, as he and the you for this add e d outrage scout walked into camp "I don't fear you," the speculator tephed. :S:ere he was warmly welc o med by the citi"My mon e y i s gone jus t throu gl1 you and zen s w ho were n o t l ess al a rm e d th a n SQ.Illeri n all prob a bility I s hall nev e r see it aga11)1

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'rhe J:mtowx. Sport. :n I I fancy it pleased you when the roughs failed "This is bad," Jack said gloomily. "We to treat witli me?" can't do much without rifles, and they're two "It amused me, certainly." to our one, and well arOied. Somehow .or "I'm your enemy henceforth," hissed the other we must contrive to get some of their scoundrel; "and I 11 pos$ess your haughty weapons." daughter, too, in spite of you. Ea, ha! what I dunno how et can be did," Somerset a triumph it will be to humble the proud said. "I allow et ak't no use tryin' to get beauty!" inter ther village in daylight, an' ef we wait "You will first have to gain your liberty," till dark et may be too late." the duke replied; "and I fancy my word Jack paced about the. camp for some mo. will be taken here before yours. Even these ments in deep thought. roughs will be friendly tq. me when they miners watched him anxiously. know the truth," declared the duke. "I reckon I've hit upon a plan," he said, The Jimtown Sport was a favorite, and when formally req:.1ested to assume the cap taincy by Old Somerset, there was general enthusiasm; every man in camp seemed to approve of hi.:; judgment. As he had foreseen, a half-dozen horsemen dashed boldly out from the village and began scouring arcund the foot-hills JVhich formed the sides of the natural basin. Jack, borrowing a rifle from one of the miners, walked about within the inclornre, eying them with a frown of displeasure on his face. "They act like fools," be said, "and unless I am mistaken, they'll get bitten." After making the circle of the basin, finally whee'.ed and dashed directly toward the barricades, yelling like madmen. To their astonishment they ventured a lit tle too far; Gypsy Jack's rifle cracked, and one of them toppled out of his saddle. Ile was not killed evidently, for soon after his comrades beat a hasty retreat he followed their examole on bis hands and knees. "'Ihat settles that," Jack announced "We will have no further molestation until n i ght, when I look for an attack. In the mean time, let's be preparing for them. Get all the weapons together and see how many there is in the camp. Thh are an article we have much to depend on, and the more we have the better." "I've jest been thin kin' thet sam.:, Old Somerset replied grimly. "'Thout plenty o' pop"guns, we might as well give up ther ghost, and disband ther hull consarned me nagery, clown and all." An investigation proved that there were fifty three able-bodied men in the camp and two women-the sisters, before mentionedand there were but a dozen rifles at com mand. Most of the r.itizens had fought with re volvers i n the beginning of the affray, aud when forced to retreat,had not been allowed time to secure other weapons. 'Most every person had one or more revol vers b u t even for these there was but a lim ited am ount of ammunition unally. "As Somerset says, it would be rash to attempt to enter the enemy's quarters at present, and so I will send my dog. Ee will not be apt to attract any particular at tention, and by frequent trips, can accom plish considerable. "Ef yer don't want ter lose yer canine, jest take yer unkle's advice and keep him here within the menagerie," Somerset ad vised. "Ther do.ii: can't fetch no weepons, an' he'd only git killed." "That remains to be seen," Jack replied. "I'd almost risk my life on the intelligence of Skip; in fact he's saved my life already on two different occasions. His rescuine me from the roasting-stake this morningshows what be can do." No sooner did Skip hear bis name men tioned than he came trotting forward, wag ging his tail understandingly. "Eal ha! old boy, we were just talking about yon!" the man from Jim town said, patt.ing him affectionately. "Cun you turn us a somerset, Skip?" The sagacious canine uttered an affirma tive bark, and reared upon its hind feet then bounding quickly to its front feet i t shot up into the air and turned a complete evolution, landing again upon its feet. The crowd with one accord gave vent to a yell of approval, which evidently pleased the dog, for be lay down and rolled over, and barked with del i ght. "That was good, Skip. You'll command a hundred beefsteaks a week in any circus!" Gypsy Jack laughed. "Now can you show 1 us which is, in your opinion, the prettiest man in the crowd by springing upon his shoulders?" a moment the rnnine-graduate gazed around him doubtfully, for the rank 9.nd file of beauty was rather limited in that camp. Ee finally, however, uttered a 1 bark and sprung upon the shoulders of "Spunk," one of the sisters of the lunch stand, who was arrayed in semi-male attire. I "Hal ha! irood choice! but a slight mis take nevertheless," Jack said. "Now, c om e he re, Skip. Can you tell a good gun frODl a b "ad O ne?"

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The Jimtow11 Sport. The dog wagi;ed his ail and went and squatted in front of 011 3omerset's hand some rifle. Sure enough ther dorg knows his P's an' Q's!" the old scout ejaculated, we;1 pleased at the compliment for his trusty old weapon. I should smile," Jack replied. raising hi8 pet in his arms. "Now. Skip, up yonder," and he pointed to the villag'l" they have more rifles than they know what to do withrifles, do you under stand?" anci he touched one. Skip evidently did understand. "Go and get!" pointing to the village. An hour after his departure Skip was seen returning, a rifle, the waist of the butt being grasped between his teeth. He was pretty well fagged out by the time he reached the Ca:n p, and was relieved of his burden, which was a rifle of handsome ap pearance. Jack made him rest before returning for another, and the villagers flock e d around him and fed him well of such edibles as they possessed. Then, he was allowed to go again, and retP.rned in due time with another JlUr l oined rifle. In this way did the faithful animal per form the required of bim until he had succeeded in dragging seven rifles to the camp. 'l'he eighth time he seth forth, it was getting dark. and he did not return with his ac customed promptne3s. An hour passed, and stHi he came not. Gypsy Jack was very anxious, now, as was evident by his impatient stride about the camp. and the rest were not l ess so, on his account. "I reckon it's all up wi' ther poor dorg," Somerset said. Ef not trapped, he d be back before this." "Unless be bas found Calamity Jane-my wi-' Jack was about to add, but suddenly checked himsP.lf. It might be known to people whom Calamity Jane had marriect; he hac! come near giving away his secret. "Calamity Jane is a grnat favorite with Skip," he quickly added, '"and if be has chanced to discover her, I don't believe he'd leave until be made an effort to rescue her." I'm mighty glad ter beer tbet, an' hope 'er dog'll cum out a ll right," Old Somerset 1lec l ared, fer when ye git ready ter pass in yer checks, I want yer ter will the animile \Vlien I do, I'll perhaps aceommodate you," Jack replied, with 8 smile. The movements of the ruffians at the village seemed to indicate preparations for a nocturnal attack. "Do you think the will come early, or l ate, in the night?' one of the miners asked of Jack. Iotlications point to an attack before lon g. Let every man have his shooting-irons reacty," the leader ordered. "The moon is rising-, and that will be in our favor." "Et ain't a-goin' ter save ther menagerie from goin' ter pieces," Old Somerset prophe sied, dubiously. Mebbe I'm er consarned ant-eater, bnt blast me ef I don' t fefll et in my bones that we can't hold out ag' in' two ter our one, 'an' wi' C'nly a few weepons, too." It don't look as if we were destined to achieve an easy victory," Gypsy Jack con fessed "and I do11't recommend flight, I cton' t want to advise any one to remain here. I've been iovetorying 111attcrs for an hour past, and I can't see any chance beyond retreat to the foot-hills, except one." "And what is that?" Somerset asked. One chance in a thousand i s often better' n none. darn my pet hippopotamusses ef et ain t." "The on l y chance I see i s to take advantage of this darkness, before the moon rises, and creep from this place, in a roundabout way toward the village, anrl wait until the enemy makes an advance on our line. Then, we arfl to rush in and take pcssession of the shanties, so thrit we shall be able to give them a reception on their return!" This plan was greeted with a cheer. "Et's a good ijeer !" Somerset agreed, "ef we can only :find t.her way clear." "I don't believe we shall experience much trouble, on that score." Jack replied, "as it is like ly that the majority of the enemy will join in ti e attapk. lf anything is to be clnne, let t s act at once." And they did. Leaving everythin g behind them, except their weapons, they cleared the barricades, and crept flat upon their faces toward the western side -of the village, in a circuitous way, the darkness perfectly screening their movements. 'l'hey had barely gained their objective point when a series of unearthly yells rent tne night, from the other of the town! CHAPTER X. TREACHERY-A MISERABLE SCOUNDREL. BY those selfsame yells Gypsy Jack knew that the ruffiaps bad made a dash from the town. toward the barricades. "Hurrah! double-quick, now, and ward!" ,J,.,,1< cried, springing up over

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The Sport. knoll behind which they bad been hiding. confusion, and scattered l.n every direction, If. we want to get to cover, now is our such as were not mowed down ti me, quickly and silently!" A dozen. headed by Crack-Shot, dashed up Up over the kuoll tlrn men and the street at break neck speed. d1Jwn into the village, lik e a pacd: of ho s tile .A.s they came opposite the tavern, two foilians bent on a surprise, as the brilmore destructive volleys ope11ed upon them, liant full moon thrust ber rad:01nt face above ancl in consternatio11 they broke and seatthP horizon. tercd again, the girl road agent and one or Not a rough was in view, as they bastwo others bei11g the only ones to escape un t ened down tbe single main street; to all ap-injured. pearance the enemy had folded their tents ba! I fancy we've rathe r rut 'em and stolen silently away-which, for a time, out. thus far," Jack muttered. At lenst it was true. will tuke them some time to coll ect !heir 'Where shall we quarter?" Old Somers catter e d senses and scattered dead, and I set asked. as they ran. don't imagine this surprise will s erve lo im" Divide into four bands. and get int<> the prove th e ir confidence in their own abilities." cover of an equal number of strong shanti e s A s mip;ht bP supposed. the enem y, such as -tb:in, each band send a ruaa out to skirmi s h were luchy enough to eH : npe, wi;rc ca!eful to for prov e nder and weapons, before the roughs keep out of sight and rifle ran g e, arr; l those ret:.rn. I will take posse s sion of the Bourwho were only were pcrmilted to bon plac e with a part of the men!'' was the crawl off without further rr.oles t a 1 ion. ready deci s iop. hortly after the aff r ay w a s ov er, .Tack And so it was don e quitte:i Iris fort ,., and vi& i te d the other With a c.Joze n of the men Jack took posthree shanties to comp&r e notes. sessbn of the tavern; Old Somerset and an-From all that be could learn not over half other dozen quartered in a shanty nearly a dozen had been kill e d, and a dozen or more opposite, and the two other divisions under injured. which still l eft the ene my stronger a man irnmed Rogers, and one named Weiin numbers than he had supposed. non. took possP s sion of a coupl e of shanties "I wonder what they're up tcr?"' Old t'urth e r d o wn the toward the flats, nt Somerset queried 'First we know they'll Jack's direction, so as to give the enemy the work in sc>rne one-boss act on us, an' take us openfog salute when they returned from by surprise." th eir bloodless vic t ory. "They've probably drawn off at a snfe d is-After securing this retreat somewhat by tance, and are concocting schemes for our closing tbe oaken shutters, and affixin g bars edification ," Jack replied. "I'm going to to the doom, .Tack slipped from the mak e a reconnoissance, and if th e y b e come and in company with Old Somerset, visit e d trouble s ome before I iret hack, give !h e m the neighb0ring shanti e s on a fora ging expesome of the s&mt dose w e did a" bile ago." dition, and in quest of additiona l weapons He then loaded his belt weapons, and left and ammunilion. the shanty by the rear way. But in this tlvy "'ere -Only moderately Instearl of return)ng to the tavern he sku lksuccessful, as only ; Jalf a dozen rifles and a ed cau.tiously a long f..rom one shanty to an few boxes of cartridges could be found. and other, kel':ping well in th eir shadows be but a very limited supply of jerked venison, yond which the moonlight now radiated. and bread. 'In thi s war he continued to scou.; along, Dividin g these, they hurried back to their until he iiaw a glow of light at the north resp ective retreats. and prepared for the western t e rminus of the town: accordingly he on s laught of the enemy, whom they could shaped bis course toward it, still using the hear returning, with disappointed yells utmost caution. "Ready, my lads.' Jack commanded, in The last shanty was built upon a ridge like his calm. authoritative way. "When th e eminence, somewhat higher than the other gang comes within sig ht, give it to them buildings, and from its s it e the ground without mercy-the samP as they would I slanted east and west. have done to us_ had .they caught us in the Jn a little grove or motte at tl! e foot of the pen on the flats. lt' s to-night s work that western slope Jact: could see the glimme r of tells who bosses this town. lf the boys he-a camp-fire, and concluded that the enemy low work in right, we can break the ranks had taken refuge here. of ,the enemy." "I wonder if I can iret down there and That th e lower delegntions were w i de overhe
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