Miner sport, or, Sugar-coated Sam's claim : a Deadwood Dick episode


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Miner sport, or, Sugar-coated Sam's claim : a Deadwood Dick episode

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Miner sport, or, Sugar-coated Sam's claim : a Deadwood Dick episode
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tA>p y rlght 188l 1S8S, l.w B e artl e & A
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. .f Jbpyrlght 1881 1888, by Beadle & Adams. Enter e d at Pos t omce, N e w Y o rk, N. Y., as second class matte r. Mar. 15, Issued W eelrly. THE ARTHUR WESTBROOK CO. Cle veland, Ohio Pric e 5 C e n ts $ 2 50 a Y ear Vol. IV

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r The Miner 8pori. The Miner Sport; OR, SUGAR-COATED SAM'S CLAIM. .& DEADWOOD DICK EPISODE, BY EDWARD L. WHEELER, AUTHOR OF DEADWOOD DICK" NOVELS," ROSE, BUD ROB" NOVELS, "BONA.NZ.A. BILL," "GILT-EDGED DICK," ETC., ETC, Snapp allowed he "war tew nice ter stan ther wear an' tear of a rough life on ther frontier." Bt, despite this pride, and maybe a little personal conceit that be was reasonan1y good looking, SugarCoated Sam was capacitated fo1 command, and was give n the say in everytbing1 and his advic e was accepted l>y his three pards, without d emur Th o selected for the city was midway the gulch, fl'om its month, at a point where it widened out into a pot" or basin" of se'iden gain was striking-In penalty whereof it should be deemed an ly exemplified in the re5t:ess, heterogeneous offense punishable with a SZ-caliber revolver who roamed from placo t,o place, wide-awakG and for any galoot to squat upon the aforesaid lots, eager to dig when there was any show for get without first having obtamed tbe consent of the ting profitable pay-dirt. owners. Some adventurou3 chap bad expressed a desire When everything was arranged, according to one uigllt at a.,Chiu-Chin hotEic to explore Grim their liking, Sugar-Coated Sam set off to the Gulch, with its deep gloomy furrow track nearest land agency to secure a good title, and through the of th9 mountain wilderness, in due time returned, first having noised about and that b.ad eventu1lly turned a move in the news of the rich deposits of the auriferous that directfon. that were to be found up in Grim Gulch. Grim Gu'.ch was prospected, and l o! gold and F0r not only had the Miner Sport secured a silver fcJr,rl.. title to the lots where the future city was to That v'.r1.u.ally settled the case. but he had taken care to purchase neighThv, mineral-bearing section was chris-boring tracts in the ll:ulch, on either side of tenewn after the lugubrious title of its the prospective metropo1is. gulcl;-.Q.rim Gulch. It was a destined city of He thought he could forPsee a day when these the '1 vri rish, crazy order, so many of which hl\d self-same fonds, now rugged and unsightly, beeu t-. a ilt and abandoned, except by a few strug-would turn dollars into the treasury of the firm gliL11; miners who were sometimes content to -for as such they in due time oigued articles of linger behind, and stand their chances of eking incorporation. as the Sugar-Coated Mining Co., out a miserable and lonely existenC'.e. with Sugar-Coated Sam as president, Snapp, Abandoned or "stampeded" towns are not al vice-president; Sam'l, Snapp, Hane and Mc ways necessarily unworthy, but when a big drift Duff as directors, and Sam as secretary, trea!tgets into a miner's imagination or he is fired by urer and accountant. fabulous stories in some other locality, you Timber was not bandy to get at, and so they might f\S well try lassoing a moving locomotive put up their miner's tent, and used it is a gen 8l! attempt to stop him. era! habitation and office until they should be Asel so, consequent upon the discovery of the able to replace it with a brown-stone front, al gold, Grim Gubh's existence as a town became Sam lau11:hingly remarked to his partners. an Msured fact. for pilgrims" and tenderA week of prospecting served to discover foots," began l,;o drop in by degrees, to populate some valuable specimeus of nuggets, quartz and and get rich, "flakes," which Sam put upon exhibition on Of the dtfll'.<>verers, and therefore the founders, a table in the" shantv." the tent was called, there had 'oaen four: McDuff, a reticent and and waited for something or some one to turn sour-temf.*"roo Irish111an. Snap"Rt. a Yankee, up. Hans, a flutchman, and Sugar-Coated Sam, an For, unless there was an influx of miners, the Americ!.Tl In the fullest sense of the word. "city" promised not to progress rapidly toward It wa:s he who acted as a sort of captain, Philadelphian proportions. mayor., or president over the other three, until One day there came R person, hut he wa1 a "follw" began to !Lrrive. A sturdy, dashing "member" from China, and was not invit.ed to he was, of fine form and face, and with stay. pride enough to keep him tidy and clean; In he rather prevailed UJ>?n by the tie.or.? tbe' appellation-" Sugar-Coated;" for, morose McDuff to "be afther l'avin at onc't,"

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The Miner Sport. an d be it ca id t.o bis sagacity, the almonde y e d forlou. And ayo r me, po etical inspirati on is m u o f Confuci us c onclud e d there w a s n o s h o w all hev ter rely on fl'r my fame an' fortune in fo r him rn G r t m G uieb, wh ere there w ere only the present an' future." four to w as h. "The n y o u are a poet e b1" Samue l, the sugar".Ii we c a n t h a v e dac ent p'aple w e'll have coated inquired, quizzically. n o n e at all, at all," McDufl'. a v erre d a nd his "Waal, now, tbe t I jest am, p ard-a poet ma tes w e r e fnll y wit!J him, su fa:; a:; the Ch in e se I right frum ther pinec lad pinonfo r es t pinnac l e s qu es ti o n w a s eu n cerne d. o' the r Serious. Allow m e three in ches o tanli'iottlly a ma n came one day-a man who bad 1 glefut in my b'il er, strange r, an' 1, William c v1clently come to stay as he was of tha t H enry Shakes peare, kin sp r ea d out more rhytbc he e k y, bullyin g type o f c h aracter, n. c r o s s b e -ma tic p e rfection t<>r ther squar' ineh than ary t wf!0::! and r uffia n wh o m it is other rhy mer in the r p e rfesh hard to s uppr ess and thi s fell o w w a s a go o d "Well, judging by y our flippancy of t ongue. specim e n p t b is I am not prepared to doubt that a sse rtion," Sam He rod e into the city, upon a superannu ated said. "Cometh tho u from afar, fri e nd S.1" mule, tbat h a d an ear taken off in so me san"Frum Coffin Lid Camp C o lorady, latterlyguiuary s crimma ge, and l oo ked a s if there bad f ormerly frotn Arizone. News did r e ach me bee n a famine in fodd er, in bill last place of that this was a place of destin e d gold e n promise, residence. aoct therefor e bein<>";in vited to a n e cktie party, The same mi ght be mid o f the bull wha c ker, and not keerin' to offend by refusin' ter attend, who w::!S gaunt and hun g ry-lookin g and a I silen tly packed my saddl e -bags and stole this sorry man for beauty, with bis bloodshot eyes, way with a view ter resumin' my old tradetangled be "rd and hair and ragge d attire. publishin' a nus e paper. Paper, press and rig-Rirling m e ekly into the camp, be dre w rein in out from A to Z b e v I coming an I'll show ye a front of 1 he single tent, befor e the d oo r of which reverlation in journalism thet '11 make ver ears Sugar-Coat<>rl S-am was lounging in a hammock, tingle, wh e n they arrive on the fu'st traln that I the other pards being eng1tged in prospecting am the forerunn e r of. the clttims. "Summarily will I sit down upon tber sinfulTbere was something like an"tlntbusia s tic exness of ther pwple, an' advocate lynch law fer pression i& the bullwhacker's face as he h eaved ther doctoring of road-agents an' boss-thieves; in a deep sigh after drawing r e in, and taking a I shall be strictly neutral ter tber good square look at the President of the Sugarparty w'ot sets-'em-ur,; a collum o' free advise Coated Mining Company. c onsarnin' everybody s bizness wull be a promi" Stranger," be said, finally, "I don't all ow nent feature tergetaer wi' interspersions o' clas ye luk like a galoot w'ot'sgot r e ligyun an' j'ined sic poetical prunes." tbe r band o' saints that is to be!" "Well. I presum e you'll succeed, in case you "Well, I presume you are right, as I don't don't &uck in too much fluid bombasto infuri exactly belong to any particular religious sect," oso,'' Sam replied. "At present we've not Sam replied, c u-li.ng his mustache, and regardmuch enterprise in our town, but all ye've got ing the stranger inquiringly. ter do is invest a thousand in a lot, build yer I know'd et-know'd et the r m oment I sot shanty, an' go ter work." eye s on ye. Thar's notbin' arterficial about "A thousand dollars! Great beavings, stran-you-nary a time. You're built on a gud solid ger, all I've got is bnt a V !'' Lasis, wo't won't admit o' yer stoopin' to notbin' "Then, unless you strike luck, t.bere's a poor mean. Ef y e want ter do er thing, ye do it. show for you here. St.ill, you can stay about Ef ye wanter smoke et's yer bizo e s au' no camp, as long as you behave yourself." monopolizin' mite society bain't got no say why For this privilege Shakes!Jeare expressed ye sba'o 't do et, accordin' ter tber act o' Conthanks in strong terms, apd unload gress. Ef ye desire tar lubricate, ye ldn smile' ed bis saddle-bags and turned bis equine com till yer face is one huge shinin' mark, 'tbout any panion out to graze, as there was a plenty of remarks hein' made. By the way, sooin' thet I tende r grass and bushes about the vall ey. haven't tic kled my tbrot wi' a drap fer many.. With the coming of the rough-looking pilgrim lGng day, I wouldn't mind j'inin' re in a' smile,' it would seem that good luck came to Grim ef ye happen tar hev aoy ninety-in-the-shade or Guieb, tho u g h he wns a tough custom e r to be prime old Tp.osaboutyersbebano-." an omen o f lock; for the v ery next p-boots aud slouch bat of the mining thing. pard--a leet!e benzeen or o' tur-country, and equipped witb mining parapber pentine.. fer instance, wi' a wassup nest in it1 ter nali n and armed well, for tbeoo "stampe ders n rasp off the phlegm in a feller's vocabulary of fO'Xperience are not the ones t.o v eotm e into an trap1" unknown country without a plenty of powder stronger than the water in the an
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-The llliner Sport. labor-Bohemians who lived by their wits, I "No, sir-ee, not I! I don't keer to take no speculators, gamblers and sporting men gener, 'sponserbilities n' ther kind on my slender ally. shouluers,'' William Henry protested. But of all the lot was one whose appearance Arnl so the girl sport did not meet_ with sucwould naturally attract the most attention-a 1 cess, and the other emigrants were in a measure girl of some s:ixteen or seventeen years, rigged lik ewise served. out in a sty:isb fittmg gray plaid suit consisting A sort of meeting was held among them, Uld of coat, pants and vest, with a shiny plug hat set then they harnessed up, packed up, and moved jauutily upon a head-crowning of tight little ye!-on up the gul ch, to a place, it was supposed, low curls, while patent-leather slippers graced a where land was more free. dainty pair of feet. "Sure-Pop" went with them, and the last Then there was a glossy white shirt front, with thing before leaving, she turnP d and shook her collar, tie and genuine piamond cluster pin, white finger at Su.gar-Coated Sam, as much as to kids upon tbe hands, a heavy gold chain strung say: across thEi vest, with a miniature gold r evo lver "Look out for me." for a charm, an1 a s l endergold-beadedcana that Just at that time Sam din not attach macb she could twirl quite dextrously. significance to the act. And added to the flashy attractiveness of her The following day brought another influx ot dross wa the fact that she was in both face and visitors, and of these a great many invested in form a decidedly bewitching beauty. claims, glad of the opportunity to havo a hand in wbat promised to be a future great gold ex citement. CHAPTER II. TWO GIRLS .A.ND A.." OLD RIP. OF course tbe tnpouriug of the new-comers brought bustle ancl confusion. A number immediately purchased claims, and proceeded to stick up tents upo n them, and make things livable, while others were of the grumbling class and were not disposed to pay the price asked. Sugar-Coated Sam treated all with politeness, but did noi urge any one to purchase, telling them that there was a plenty more land a mile or so !ip the gulch that could be had for the squatting on it. But, right in town did these pilgrims desire to locate, and many were their arguments for hat ter terms, all of which the young President of the Sugar-Coated Mi11tng received with quiet, calm refusal. Sorry, my friends, but business is business, ancl cash' is .vhat talks and just tlle unalterable amount I have asked for." And so it stood uutil the girl dandy made her plea. "You're a mean robber and I doa't half like you," she said, when Sam coolly refum. l h e r .as he had done tberest. "You might j11st give me a place to make a strike for luck, with int aski11g for money." Sorry ma'am Sam respond<3d "but you know the' early bird catches the w'orm, and I and my pards fiew down here first, and if you want a piece of our pie you must reasonably expect to pay for it." "Sure-Po p,'' as she had-announced herelf, did not appear to relish this decision, and went off in a huff, but soon returned for another interview. "See h ere," she said. "I haven't got no money, an' yet I want a piece of this bonanza. Therefore, I'll gamble with ye fer it-either by dice, keerds or pistols. If you lose, you 're ter give me a pick of the lots; if I lose, you are to take my band in marriage." "Humph. I don't happen to be of a marrying disposition, and so cannot see any profit to me in your one-sided propofiltion. Here is William Henry Shakespeare, llowever, a man of great poetical p,romise, who would no doubt arrange with you. The price asked was not considered exorbitant by those who had had experience; it was only those wbo were of a quarre l some disposition that found fault, and of these the great majority had already m o ved off to other parts. But was there not significance in their goiogl It was left for the future to revea l that. Passing over a period of two weeks, let us once more l ook down on Grim Gulch. All is n ow <:hanged, Everywhere are bustle and commotion. "'rbe gulch bottom is crowded with people of all sorts, and excit.ement conse quent upon active and succes;ful busineSil is evi dent the people. Although no more claims had been sold, outright, nearly e'jlery lot was occupied, for Sam bad let them out on sha r es, and they were netting him and bis partners more profit than though he bad sold them. A little city of cabin s, shanties and tents had sprung up about tbe basin, and a sort of main street laid out, runnin& parallel with the gulch, on either side of wbich a few business places bad sprung into existence. Sugar-Coated Sam ran his office in conjunction with a brokerage business; Hans had stu .rted the only saloon in the place, toifo-ether with a dance bou se and gaming-room, a in one large tent, kno..-n as the Bella Union; Snapp, the Yankee, bad taken to working one or two claims that bad not been let, and McDutr bad built a big shanty and started a boardin11;-bouse. And es there was a constant tide of emigration pouring in, the Hibernian found his establishment oft.en inadequate to accommodate all appli-cations for b'ar mea t and beds. ..r One even ing, while Sugar-Coated Sam was sitting in bis tent, behind a rude comiter, en. gaged in weighing out gold-dust, while in another corner the bullwhaclcer poet setting up the form of tbe Grim Gulch Daily Gazetteer, which was now an actual existing news organ, a young l!idy entered. She was rathe r a prepossessing appearing young woman of eighteen or nineteen years with a fair face, eves and brown hair, and wus modestly and neatly attired in inexpensiTe gar. men ts. She seemed slightly embarra.ssetl ou entltrin11:.

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'l'he Miner Spnrt. but finally approached the counter, hesitatingly. "Are you tbe editor, sir, of -tbe local paper1" she a.sked, timidly. "No, ma'am, tam not," Sam replied. "Mr. Sbakespeare yonder, is the prime factor of our local publication. "Yes, byar am I," announced ::5bakespeare, and doffing his hat politely. 'I'm tber eaitor, ther perprietor, an' instignator, mum, you bet. E< tbar's anything in my line ye want did, an' want it did fu'st dass, I'm yer huckleberry. Ef ye want er funeral notice or an epitafl', sbute me fer a grizzly ef I ain't thar. Epitafl's a<' in my line. Fer in stance, bow ar' this: He was a biped :ilirbe and gay, An.?..tuk bis bitters ev'ry day, But cr u e l fate et called-be pass-ed An' now is numbered wi' the blasted.' "Now, b ow w'.i'd that flt, mum?" "lam in need of epitaphs, sir," the young lady replied, in evident surprise at the bull whacker's volubility. I wished to have an advertisement put in your paper, that a young lady without other means of support would like washing and to do, at low prices "Ah, yes! But, scuse me, mum, a.ire ye ther party1" ' I an1, sir." "An' ye don't mean ter say ye ken't git along 'thout gittin' yer bands inter soap-suds?" I have no other honest and respectable way of getting a livelihood, sir, and am not afraid to work. "Mebbe not, but I allow you're too precious .a flower ter waste yer muscle on desert air. Et won't do, mum-et won't do. Et would be a sin fer sech a }){Wty gal ter scrub, an' byar am I a free-fisted c itizen w'at'll use my influenco ter start ye in some bizness. Now, how'd tendiu' bar strike ye. or wrastlin' wi' pots an' kitties, over l\t McDufl''s1" Not at all I" was the prompt reply. I ba ve my business, and propose to follow it. What will the notice aost1" "Na.r_v: a cent, mum. No charge do r make fer representin' ther bizness o' widders an' or funts. Jest give me yer name, an' ye can call me a rantankerous rat-trap rhymer ef I don't fix ye up ther purtiest ail.. ye ever see'd." "My name is Bessie Burt, sir, and you must accept pay. I do not wish to depend on any one for anything. then, enough ter buy an eye-opener, ef 1;1nythmg, wull be. enufl'. Now, how does this strike ye as appropriate ter ther occasion: Miss Bessie Burt Wull wash yer shirt. Her washin" is snblime; Sbe'l.I da!n yer ocks, Her 1ronm' knocks Ther spot all off o' time, No Chinee dodge About her lod ge From toe-nail to tile r koller, She'll clean yer duds In honest suds An' tax ye but a dollar.' "Thar! ain't thet poetry, tho'?'' Miss Burt smiled. You are quit.a a success at extemporizing, she repliej; "but I prefer a plain little card, hke for instance-' Miss Burt, a reyoung lady, like washing and ironmg to do, or sewrng at her res idence.' Here is a do llar, to pay for tbe insertion She !airl it upon the editorial table, and then turned and left the t.ent. "A deuc e d ].retty girl," Sugar-Coated Sam muttered. "I wondflr where she came fromP' S,) int.erested was be in the case that he scared up a few white shirts and handkerchiefs and took them ovPr to a neat tent &. one side of the gulch wbern be l earned that Miss Burt had rent<.d privilege ground upon a claim where search had failed to discover gold. She was sitt'ng upon a stool, just outside of the tent, but arose with a bow, as he ap proached . "I thought I would prove myself an early customer," Sam sa id, handing her bis parcel, "by bringing yo u a few articles." Tbank you. You are generous,' ' she said, "and I will try to retn'"n the favor in good work. Wben will you have them!" "Oh! most 1rny time convenient to you. Are you a stranger in this part of the country?'' "Y.,s sir. I came lere from-..-ell, from the East," she added, after a moment's pause. Evidently she did not care to tell just where she came from, or much concerning bernelf, and Sam therefore concluded it wollld be im;perti ne!lt for him to be too il:iquisitive. So he simply said: Ah, well1 I hope you will like your new home," and tnen he departed. It was his custom to spend his evenings at home, in the tent, as be alwRys had considera ble gold in stock1 and there were plenty of men in Grim Gulch wno would not hesitate to go for it. But to-night he neglecte6 his duty and dropped m at tbe Bella Union to speak to Hans. It was while there tbat he was approached by an old codger, who, from his ragged attire and Jong snow-white hair and beard, looked as if he might be Rip Van Winkle, "Excuse me, sir," the old pilgrim said, in a weak, tremulous tone, "but I am told tbat you are a brave, good man-would you grant a poor stranger, in trouble, a private interview?" "Well, I don't know but I might," Sam re plied, looking the man over. Something imp0rtantP' "Ay, young man, I have much to say that is of importance, if you will only be so kmd as to listen "Well, come along to my tent. I reckon it can't do 11ny harm to list.en to you," the young man said, and led tbe way from the It was quite a walk to bis tent, and as they strode abng Sam watched his man n arrowly "You are a pretty old pilgrim to be wandering about in this rough country, are you notr he qu e ried. "Yes, very old, l\nd fast nearing the end," wns the reply, followed by a deep sigh. That the sigh was not genuine it did not oc cur to the handsome President of the Sugar coated Mining Company just. then, for he looked upou tbe aged delegate as some barmless old chap, who, in a fit of mental aberration, had

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8 The Miner Sport. strayed from his home, or mayhap a h ermit who bad just wandered forth from his long sec i u s ion. In dua time the. v arrived at Sam's tent and ente red, and bidding the strange r wait a mo m ent, S a m w ent forth in s earch of a lantern, whicl:l h e bad dnring the day left in another place On it be returne d and entered his tent and fum h lea a b out for a match. S o on h e h a d the lantern lit, and was about to turn i t s light upvn his aged gae st, wh e n be was c o ns c io u s o f r eceiving a terrible blow beside the h ea d andtl:Je n kne w no more. Whe:i h e reg s o __,rhythm," SbakesP"a r e F o r instance: but not hefor e." the commodorerewrtP.rl. "You " J!yar i co .. ted Sam, will n o t scare my n o bl e torder ruffi an." Ever y in c h o h im a m an, "WP 'll 5ee about th a t if I hear anv r eport of Whose p -.te i s r ea ll y h
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The l!liner Sport. ., Well," he said, with a smirk, "it seems the faros have willed it that we should meet again, my 'dear, although I little expected to find you back in the West again. It must be my blood hounda have been sharp of scent." "Your Mormon dogs are of no account. It bas been nn easy matter for me to elude them," Bessie r eplied, with a cnlmness born of terror. "But it will not be so easy a matter for you to 11lude me, however," he sneered. "Bahl I fear you uot, even though you are base enough for any act. I am aot in Utah now." Bab I you are as much in my power as though you were at Salt Lakel'l was the reply. '' 'fhe inevitable meshes of fate have wov e n around you, and you may as well yield. You are mina, and I will have you-or your life Escape_you bas taught yo\J that. You tave squandered all your ready cash in scudding fl'Om one part of the \'.Onlinent to nnoth e r, but my sleuths bave mwer for a minute been off your tr&ck. As a last extreme, I find you in this rough place, engaged in e doubtful and poverty-stricken attempt to iret your living." "Stop! don't dare to cast any base insinuations, you cowardly wretch !'' Bessie cried. '.P.::-:mgh I may have spent all the money my father left me, and though you bold all oc h is estate under control until I am of age, I am not aven yet reduced to disgrace-least of all, t he disgrace ot becoming your third wife, you monster I" "But listen to reason. You are a Mormon, bred and !Y.>rn. Yc;rr father wes a Mormon be fore you, although be bad but one wife On bis d eath-bed he gave you to me, and bis property under my control, until you were of age, with the understanding that you were to marry me. If you refuse, accordmg to the rules of the Mormon Church, your fate will be a t errible death. Become my wifo, -and before you is a bright and happy future." "Never, George Burt-never! I would suffPr a hundred deaths rather than become the vfo tim of your polygamous d es igns. Go bac k to vour t'vo foolish wives. and rejoiee in the knowl edge_ that your last victim was not for y o ut "Curse you, no I fll bave,you yet, as soon as 1 perfect my plans. Your nlce little thousand acres in Utah shall be mine by right of being lord and master." Tbeu, shaking bis band at her threateningly, be turned and left her, striding back toward the hotel. "God belf. me!" Bessie moaned, when be was irone. I tbongbt 1 had e1uded bim for After leaving B essie, Sugar-Coated Sam re turned to bis tent, and opened the safe with which be was now provided, to make an inventory of the stock of dust and cash be bad on de posit for the miners. What was bis horror, on opening the strong repository, to find that some one bad recently been there ahead of him, and Nmovetl every th!!Jg of money value. Who was it1 Who was there fa tbe camp a .:-pert enough to open the safe without understand ing the combination of the lock? That was what puzzled him, as be knelt upon the ground and stared at the empty drawers. Re knew something was to pay-be realized that it would be a hard rap against him, for, aside from bis own and the firm's money, he held in trust several thousand dollars for other mine.rs Vl'.ho bad no safe place for keer,>ing their earru.ngs. How would they take tbe Not very pleasantly, he feared and yet be knew it was his duty to apprise them, no matter what the consequences might be. But be prefened to do it bis own way, and so set to work. Procurmg some large sheets of blank be printed with ink and brush the reon, t "fol lowin g notice, in plain lettering: "$500 REW ARD l "RoBBF..ltY! ROBB RY! "The above sum will be p a id f o r the arrest anc! conviction of the party o r parties w r o, within the past hou:tJ..bav1 01,ened and extracted from th e safe of :Sam, all th e money and gold stored the rein, during the &bsence c f tbe und e rsigned from bis tent. SuGARCOATRn SAM." After printing several of tl.JeRe notices, lie sallied forth, and posted them up where they would attract the attention of the l ornrs by th!' robbery. As a r esult, there wae an immediate Pxcite ment, and people began to crowd around and ply Sam with QueEtion s, particularly those who had bad monf'y or gold deposited in tl e safe. To one and all be irave tbe same invariable answer, that ail be ki1ew about tbe affair was that on opening the safe he bad found the mon e y gone. Some few were inclined to beli eve this, but there is always a contrary spirit m evrry party, and in this case there were a numbe r whose dark and significant looks exprefsed a differ ent view of the matter, bad not their words con f es sed it. "I dunno bow any feller could igt inter tber treasury without your knowledge, one miner remar!red, "as ye sed thar wa s a combination lock ter yer safe." "I don't suck et in, nutber," another said. "You probably stole ther pile yersell, an' made off with 1t, en' then cum back a -tryin' tel. stu1f us up that some unknown person r obbed tlJe safe. Et won't pass muster, Sugar-Coat!" Sam flusbP.d with indi1mation. "You are unjust, sir," he replied, "end did I not believe that you do not really mean it, I would be tempted to shoot y o u. 1 swear by all I b old sacred that 1 know nothing of wtat has become of the contents of the safe, further than what I have told you, and tbat is all in my power to do at present. If you see flt to doubt my word I cannot prevent, nor shall I fly from you or any man's wrath. Then, turning, Sam strode away toward his tent. No attempt waR made to prevent bis going, but many dark glances were sent aftf'r him, and those who were suspicious of bjm huddled about in groups, and oonversea among them selves.

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8 The Miner Sport. '!'here V!U evidently no purposs of har:ning him until something more definite could be proven against him. His own partners, Snapp, Haus anrl McDuff were among those wh:> seemed to doubt him, a l thogh they freely admitted that they had never before bad any reason to doubt bis honesty and integrity. "It would not b e policy to arrest him until more than simp le suspicion points to his guilt," one of tlle more practical ones said. It will, however, be well enough to keep a secret watch on his movements, to insure that he does not escape." Acco rdingly, several min ers w ere detailed to linger about the approacbAs to the town, while a couple of others w e re appointed io se0retly dog Sam's footsteps. But there was no need ot this, as h e made no motion toward leaving Gri m Gulch. J'ust at ausk he sauntered aroand to Bessie's pla.:e, and i-..ceive<.l his washing and took it back to his tent. "I have of your trouble and the suspicion, anri I don't believe you are guilty," shE> said, frankly. "I hope they will not harm vou." "'l.'hank you I don't anticipate any serivus trouh1e," he replied it was but natu ral they sb.ould di sbe liev e me, but they will !!OOn"r or find out their mistake." Alwr returni ;;g to his tent, ancl leaving hi> package there, he went over to the Bella Union, aud enterer! with the same nonchalance he would have exercised had no suspicion been cast upon him. S auntering about among the tableo, he was about to select a seat, when a woman sprnng forward and threw her arms impulsively around his neck. "Oh! my husband! my husband!" she cried; "at last we meet, after so many years' separation!" Auel this woman was the same one who had accompanied Commodore Burl to Grim Gul::h. UHAPTER IV. A VOTE FOR MAYOR-THREE RHOTS. Ill' a maB..J'l"aS surprised, it ,wR.s Sugar Coated Sam. Fe instantlv re'.tliz e j ttiat he was the victim or a blackmailing scheme, but bow was he to get out of the s c rape creditably to hicnsem Re knew it devolved upon bim to act imme eeded in escaping and in reaching. this point .. and I want you to make him live with me as husband should or, at least give me sufficient money to support me in comfortable circumstances through life." The appeal was not made in vain, for 1t a sympathetic grunt from a number of miners, especially those who had suspected Sam of the safe robbery. Et "tands ter reason, b'yees, tbet we shed give the petticoater ther preference in belief!" one miner declared. "Sugar-Coat luks like tber kind o a chap w'ot would desart his wife." "Yas, an' I o; ine ther more ye investigate him, ther more one is apt ter discover, too," another knight of the pan and shovel declared significantly. "On course," chimed in stillanotber. "Sugar Coat knows w'ot he's about, every day, an' was ther galoot w'ot robbed the safe an' then tried ter play up 'possum on us." "An' hyar'e w'ot suggests tbet we, a thrivin' young city, should hev & government ter settle wi' sech cases, and I purpose we hyar, on this spot, elect a combined jedge an' mayor an' sheriff, who shall hev ther power ter transact all legal bizness, an' settle ther hash o' evil-doers at la1ge." "Gud id ea-gud iclea. Hyar am I, Bill Henery Shakespeare, tber primest factor in ther hull multiplicand, wbo would accept ther pef" sish wi' blusbin' pleasure, an' he glad o' ther chance ter adjust all qeefikulties of a personal or public natur'. "Fe r ma.kin' a. Tbe.v sav l am bandy. Tho' Jaw is mv orincerpal bolt; J est fill me wi' juice An' I am thn dandy P oetereal petterfoglcal colt." Or I can be wevailed upon to accept such & position," Commorlcre Burt modestly volun teered. Although a to you, I pre I ()an give yon satisfaction, having filled

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several positions in public, such as governor, mayor, and secretary of state." "Ary article o' my personal raiment, from my holey socks ter ther thr'nt-piece o' my shirt, will I bet that YEl nevyer filled a position biti;her than boss over a hoss-steal in yer life I" the bullwbacker poet declared, grimly. An' no othe r canderrlate w'n'd I rather buck ag'm' than you. For i kin see it fn yer eye, Th yer bead is full o' rye-ln legal matte m soon ye d make a blunderFer ef ye tried t e r qush, Soon 'tw'u'cl s e ttle yer fair bash, An' ther boys'd blow yer carcass up ter thunder." "Your poetical self-sufficiency ought to be supJ?ressed, or it will pruve generally detrimental to tht> community!" Burt fired back. "By the way, gentlemen, I fully indorse the idea that you need a mayor, for you are a young city of much importance, and rapidly drawing nigh nnto the zenith of your aspirations. There fore, it becomes you to have diguity in tbe possession of a good public representative moreover, it is necessary, as-this country is fast filling up with lawless characters, and soon we will have road-agents and rougl.Js of every de scription to contend with. Therefore, I suggest it as an excellent idea that we make tbe move before the roads get bad--W use a figurative expression. Arrest this man Singleton, who at best is an unsavory rascal, and keep him under and key until we can give him a trial. On the morrow, call an election, and nominate and elect b1 vote a good man to boss the town and keep matters in a good healthy state. What say?" A cheer greeted the Mormon's speech. His views were practical, if they were selfish, anrl hit the nail upon the head, so far as the citizens were concerned. A number made a move to secure SngarCoated Sam, but got knocked very uncere moniously down, as a result of their indiscre tion. In no ways inclined to be taken was the sportive President of the Sugar-Coated Mining Company, and after laying out four of his assailants, he whipped out a pair of 32-caliber revolvers, and with them at full cock, in his grasp, stood awaiting the issue. "Come on, if yon like!" be Sil.id with a dangerous quietness of demeanor. "I'm ready for tile senond and third edition, you perceive. If you want to have sufficient material to poll an electoral vote to-morrow, about the Slll'est thing yon,i:lln do l!l to let Sugar-Coated Sam alonetake my word for it!" But these men of Grim Gulch evidently did nc.t tbink in this same way, for an overwhelming number leaped forward, regardlass of his threat, and secured him in less time than it takes to t.ell it. Three fell, mortally wounded, however, ere the capture was accomplished, and it was the sport's r evolvers that dirl the business. One thing Sugar-Coated Sam noted particularly-Shakespeare took no part in the attack or the suspicion against him-a fact he won d-1 at som""Vhat, for once upon a time before tA.two meu had been foes, although it was evident tbe bull whacker bad not as yet come into knowledge of the truth. Of all tl.Je rough assemblage none seemed more highly grattfied at Sam's Commodore Burt. Ra I ha I" he hi8'ed. I fancy yon will not take the role of a defender hereafter, will you 1 Your game will end here in Grim Gulch. 8am did not reply, but suffered himself to be led away to a cabin belonging to a miner named Carter, which had recently been finished, and offered as strong attractions as a prison, as any other in the young city. Into this Sam was locked, and left to his own reflections, what.ever they might be. An immediate canvass was inaugureted, and Grim Gulch was politically alive. ) Three tickets or candidates v.ere offered as being the best for the people to vote for, for mayor, judge and sherIB', ::'.nd each ticket had its advocates. First proposed for the new office was Commo dore Burt, and he to become popular among one class-not because there was anything attractive about the man himself, but be cause h e seemed to bnve an abundance of ready greenbacks in his pocket, which he quietly slip ped into the hands of such men as he thought would be likely to support him and influence others to do so. The next candidate proposed was Poetical Shakespeare, and he seemed likely to carry the votes of the roughest class, from the fact that they stood in awe of Lim, because be had already demonstrated that be was the bully of the burg, so far as fisticuffs and excessive bragging were concei:ned. The choice between him and Burt, promised to be about equal. And in face of the suspicions and circum stances which bad arisen against Sugar-Coated Sam, there had been one party bold enough to propose bis name for the mayoralty. Who this person wasl was not definitely known, if indeed, known at al He was a bushy-whiskered and hairy individ ual, of medium size, little of whose countenance aside from the peering eyes could be seen; owing to his hair, beard, and slouch hat. His garments were coarse and dirt-stained, and his belt bris tled with weapons, and upon his hands he constantly wore a pair of mittens. Where he bad come from no one took pains to inquire-he was simply one of the strange and varying types C'f humanity that the daily stage brought into the town, and had risen up on top of a table in the Bella Union Saloon, and de clared to the crowd that it was his opinion that Sugar-Coated Sam was the right man for the office to be filled, and tbat he had a iew surplus "rocks" to back his opinion. Later he gave his name as Bumblebee Bob, and set 'em up for a large nnm ber of the bystanders, paying for tbe treat with a large and valuable nugget. Although his first proposition in J'avor of Rugar-Coated Sam was greeted with a geniw.il laugh, it was not without its effect, and when the following day dawned, it began to 1?;row apparent that there were to t1.> three lively con-

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JO The Kiner Sport. tests for a choice of the boss of the town,'' among which Sugar-C, 1ated Sam was not to be so far behind. And as the election day pro gr,,ssed, the excitement waxed hot and furious, and bets were I!'.!ade by the hundred, on the result. Although Sugar-Coated Sam was kept con fined in the cabin and a vigilant guard kept over him, his race progressed probably as favorably as if he had been at large, for Bumblebee Bob, as he called himself, was widti-awake t.o the prisoner inte rests, in the fullest sense of the word, and much to the'envy of the other candidate s and tbeif friends .. He used his monev quietly and judiciously, where the other u:;0d lUeirs rashly and with publicity; he was here, there, and everywhere, and approache d one and i.ll with an irrepressibility ch 'araeteristfo of a professional "slumper." Another thing might have been noticeable to a close observer. Tb ere were a great many gers in the place, who bad never been seen there and, what was mCJf.lt singular, two thirds of their aggregate wore beavy full beards of a decidedly sandy color, while the other third wore jetty black beards. A detective would have pronounced them two ditl'erent bands of disguised men, whose business w:i.s not above suspicion, but in the hubbub and excitement of tbe !llection-day, few if any took ar.y notire flashed a light of com bined evil and satisfaction. The biillwhacker noticed this, ;md' broke forth: / "'Yes, byar's w'ot',s a jedge o' pie, .A.n' thar's green m yer Pye,' or ye can Cll.11 me a surcker. I say, brother can didate, w'ot expression twinkles in yer eyej" Burt started. "Go to thunder,'' be growled, on who it was. "If you see anything expressed m my eye, it is because I am going to win the race." "Now, ef ye want ter bet on that, I'm yer man, from toe-n'l.ils ter eye-teeth, pardnel:, in ary sum, fur bu'st my boots ef I don't allow Sugar-boated Sam is goin' ter take ther pot. An' I reckon et ain't goin' ter disaP.p0int me er I do get l e ft, 'ca'se my responserh1lities in the newspaper line won't allow me ter 'tend 1;o much outside." "What a pity you should be so overtasked with businesJ," Burt sneered, as be turned upon bis boo! and went on Ills way. Noon arrived, and the excitement was about at fever heat when an escaped guard came fly ing from in the direction of the cahi.n-jail, cryinfi: 'The Vigilantes! the Vigilantes! they will lynch Sugar-Coated Sam." With the utterance of the words there was a pistol-shot, and the poor fellow dropped dead upon the ground. Who had fired the sbot1 No one seemed t.o know. Shak9sp<>are instantly drew a pair of revolvers and sprung away t.oward the jail, followed by a number of the better class of citiz e ns, who in turn were followed by the crowd at large. Th"y.arrived in the vicinity of the jail, and put to flight a band of masked, whiskered men, who were upon the outside clamoring for ad mission-a part of the same gang who bad pre viously been seen in the village. After they were gone it was found that Sam was all right as far as safety was concerned. It was decided, however, t> place a stronger gu,. ... rd around the jail, and ten men were de tailed for that purpose, with ordera to repel an attack coming in whatever shape it might, and to allow no one t.o s ee the prisoner. without per mission of some of tbe principal citizens Evening came on; vo'ting ceased, for every adnlt male had voted at least once. The next thing t.o do was to count the votes t.o decide who wa,s to be mayor. I This was done publicly, and in the open air. The three pool-tenders mounted a box just out side the Bella Union saloon, and with the ticket receptacle between them, two of them began to count while the third kept tally. "Yip! hip! hooray! Three jeers fer ther Star Bangled Spanner! Eceky signum sic dis-

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\ The MinP.r Spor temper syringe, ani 'iomi plurus d, "In Fourth o' July Latin, thet means thet and turned wrathfully away. Sugar-Coated Sam's goin' t<>r take tiler citke-In tile mean time a crowd were discussing the you bet-goiu' ter waltz right inter our White feasibility of releasing the new mayor from con House, an' show us how ter run a town skiP.nfinement, aud after leaving Sure-P'.lp, Burt. burtific. Ten thousand million :Jollars ter bet ried forward to take a part in the business." ag'in' a single cent thet Sam'! scoops in the "I argue that it will be utterly rasll to release most votes." that man until he is tried," he declared, vebe-"Thirty-two for Burt!" mently. "He is a bard customer, and t be last "Thirty-two for SbakPspeare." man yon should tbimt of making your bead offi "Ninety-seven for Sugar," said the tally. <'ial. I pMpose that you take l:>im from the jail "Heer thet, now, wull ye! Even I. ther .Toa-and trv him at once. Jf he isjury-judued guilty, quin Miller o' Grim Gulch ink iutersignificance hang 'iil'l" without ceremony. If he :s judged as compared wi' ther great sweet toothed, 'lasses not guilty, rele"se him." candy dandy, Samuell" yelled the Tbe pro:::iosition met with favor among a large bullwbacker. maj'.lrity, and so it was decided t .bat Sugai:" Nii:ety -eight for Burt," cried the tally, Coateu Sarr. should have his trial at once in the whereat the bu\lwhackcr looked crestfallen. moonlit main street of the town. Shenannigun hyar," he mu;ered. Re-A jury picked out of tht. most disintP.rest.ed peatin', or Pm a blarsted fule. Ef Burt gets it, parties that could b e found; Dutch Hans WAS then-ther divil .. m 110 to pay." appointed judge, an<'I Shakespeare .md Burt of-But Burt didn't get it. fered to act respectively for and against the The last vote told the story. prisoner as lawyers. With next to tae last vote, Burt and Sugar-Tbe n a big b arrel was rolled out into the Coated Sam were tie at a hundred and eight; street, and Sugar-Coated Sam 'irought forth the last vote was for Sam, and made tbo bun-from his prisOJld, considering "Clll"!'es take my luck!" Burt said, addressing that be was quite well aware that -in attempt the girl sport, Sure-Pop, in an undertone. "I would b e made to C.."':'.!Vict him and give him the felt it would be So. Why did you not see that benefit of some taut rope. the attempted lyncbing was a SU<'Cess!" He had tiee n informed of his e l ection to the "I did not care to," was the f earless reply. office, but placed no expectation in vr being "I knew your plans would fail in that respect, able to fill it, as he felt sure that, if a clear case and was wary enough not to get mixed could not be proven against him as he was well up in tbe trouble." aware could not be honestly don e Commodore "Humph. You are smart! You hinted tbat Burt woulrl invent some heinou s c!:Jarge of suffiyou had made a discovery that were it known cient pl11usibility to preclude the idea of the peo would place this Sugar-Coated Sam in a bad ple's ever accepting him, Sam, as mayor. position! What is it'!" When things were all ready, DutC'h Hans "How much you will be willing to give to rapped upon bis box with the heel-of bis kno".!.t is what I would prefer to know first!" boot to enjoin si!Ance, and the commod0re arose "l'lot a cent!" to make tbe opening speech. "'fben you'll not know a cent's worth." Fellow-citizens," he began, "the purpose of "What? What do you mean!" this occasion, as you know :s to try the !)ris-"I mean .that you and I are qiuits, George oner at the bar, known as Sugar-Coated Sa'Il. Burt. I've g0t tirPd of playing second wife to Among you he is known by that my sist;w's third-ship, t.l!d being bossed around and as a miner sport and speculator of bIS for by you as a sort of slave to your will. Here-m e r life I am aware that you know little nr after, when you want me to do work for you, it nothing. Enough to t.bat h e never bo!e 'ln;v will be for me to see a stipulated Rum too savory a reputation, and after placmg 'ns of cash fnrthcomiug, in advance, to satisfy any wife in an inwne asylum, because she rE>_fused _t.o conscientimrn scruples I may chance to havE>. If screen a te:-rible crime lie bed comm1ttR.tves his just "Providing I give you oome points against dues, she should come in for what 'Vealth h&

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The Miner Sport. leaves behin r l. Then, too, you naturally beli e ve that Sugar-Coated Sam has been guilty of ap propriating s0m e money you bad int .rusted to his care Why, then, should you parley over the matter1 He is at best, an undesirable citizen, and where's the man with consci e nce to express the candid belief that Sugar-Coated Sam's death woul1 not be a benefit to the com munity'!'' "Right hyar he is-I, William Henery Shake speare, tber poet o' the r Pac ifi c-I'm ther !faloot as durst rise an' spontaneo usly declare an asseTerate tbet et can't be did. Sugar-Coate d Sam can't be lynched, fell e r-heerers, fer the simple reason that h e's as iun e r cent o' ther charge ag'in' him as ever war M ary's lamb o' coun terfeetin' Gov ernment bonds. No, sir, f e ller citize us, jes' as squar' au' honest a galoot treads the inners o' Sugar-Coated Sam's boots, as evyer trod tber trail frnm byar ter Jordan, and at the same time I allow ye all knqw thet ther chap ye ca!! commodore ain't nuthin' but a reg'lar mountain wolf in man's clothing. Ef ye don't know it, et's time ye did. He shouldn't be believed halt much as I, ther royal old rhyme-slinger, an' I allJ w until he cum nobody sed a word ag'iu' the r sugar-coated pard. So thet ter 5bow tbet ther commodore hez got a grudge ag'iu' Sam, an' is workin' on yer ter git ye ter help him wipe it out." Rude though the logic and style of delivery, it made a perceptible imprese'on, as was evi denced by a faint grunt of approbation on the part of several of the miners. Bnt, just then came a new witness. "If you pl..ase," said Miss Bessie Burt ping forward, would it be asking too much, if I would Rive a little testimony in this case!" "Yes!' the commodore yelled. "Nol" cried Judge Hans. "Say yoost vot ever ish drue." Then I wish to state that Commodore Burt, my uncle, is a great rascal and a Mormon Danite, whose sole motive is to kill me, in order to possess my property. In company with two of bis wives, he IS now here for that purpose. This charge of the third Mrs. Burtis but a black mailing scheme against Sugar-Coated Sam, be cause he aroused Burt's anger by taking my _part. 'l:beynever saw the prisoner, before cominoto Grim Gu!(Jhl" r. Thts is utter falsehood!" an authoritative voice cried-that of the female eccentric, Sure Pop. "I am a Unit.ad States detective, and Commodore Burt is my aide. The man on the prisoner's box. is the ramvus outlaw, known to many of you as-Deadwood Dick." CHAPTER VL A STRANGE HORROR. HAD a bomb exploded in the camp it could not have created more astonishment than the sudden declaration of Sure-Pop. "Deadwood Dick!" ejaculated Commodore Burt "Deadwood Dick!" cried several others the dare-devil road-agent!" "Ay, Deadwood Dick, the outlaw of a dozen aliases!" Sure-Pop replied, triumphantly. "He came qui eLly among you this time, to ply bis thieving vocation, and I've been watching hi::n,, and now I expase him!" "It is well. At last I know your !fame!" Bumbl eb ee Bob cried, leapiog forward. 'Hur. rah for the new mayor, and death to all who oppo s e him I" And, following his words, be leveled his pist.ol at the boso m of the Danit.e's wife and fired. With a cry of pain, the beautiful but mlC> guided woman threw up her arms and fell to the ground. An instant later the vicinity of the trial-stand w a s iJl excited commotion-a pandemonium of wild and warlike soumls. It sHJcued as if a campaign of incarnate war fare bad opened upon the spot. The torches had been dashed out, to be suc ceeded by tbe vivid flashes from revolvers, who se reports rung out on every side with deadly accompanied by yells of pain and human agony. Two p arty cries rung loud and fierce above the din-two cries whi'lh spoke of opposing ele m ents that were struggling fiercely for victory: "Long live Deadwood Dick, Mayor of Grim Gulohr "Death to Deadwood Dick, the road-agent!" In the darkness that shrouded the street of the lone mountain town it was hard to tell which pa1ty was getting the worst of it, but the rapid rattle of firearms and tbe succeeding yells of distress fully evidenced the fact tbat it was a deadly affray in thE' fullest sense of ';hQ word. In the beginning of the battle Deadwood Dick (whom the reader has hitbtirto known as Sug& Coated Sam) was hastily and quietly removw from hiR stand, and carried back to the rude cabin jail, Commodore Bu:-t being one of the leaciers in the matter, and the turnkey of the prison. "You see it would be bad policy for me, the future mayor, to relinquish hold on so valuable a oonanza as you," he said, with a sneer, as he t.ook a last look at the prisoner, and then left him to himself, locking him in. The two roen who had assisted in returning Dick to the jail were left on guard, and Burt returned to tbe neighhorhood of the which was raging as hot as ever. But the valiant commodore was careful to keep himself out of the path of the flying bul. lets, insteaJ. of rushing forward to take a hand in the conflic" He was not over-brave at any time, and mu._:_, less when a deadly struggle ap pealed to bis manly qualities for succor. But the conflict could not always be, anrt soon there was a lull iu the uproar caused by one party beating a precipitate retreat. And it might have been noticeable to a close observ e r, that this party was principally com, posed of the red-wh1skerPd men who had been so numerous during the election. Although a dash was made in pursuit of them, it resulted only in elieitiug a yell of de fiance. The victors returned to the scene of the con flict and lighting torches, proceeded to examine the fallen. There were a score all one, and told, and of

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The Miner Sport. 18 the lot not one of the Red Beards! All citizens were they who bad succumbed Some were dead, some were fatally wounded, and others were merely disabled. Among the latter was Bessie Burt, who bad been stunned by a blow, but now arose fully re covered from the shock and otherwise unin jured. present," she said, "as I can keep you from curious eyes here. Should my enemy, Com modore Bart, find out that you were here, he would immediately herald the news far and near, and I fear that I wollld be judged harshly for taking you in. But, don't worry about it, because I don't apprehend that any one will be the wiser for yoiir presence here." As no attempt was made to intercept her she gladly hastened away from the sickening scene, toward her own cabin shanty. Among the losers by t\Je conflict, the bull But a few st.eps bad she gone, however, ere whacker, Shakespeare, came in for specia l men ahe stumbled and nearly fell over the figure of tion. A flying b ullet had cleanly shaven the Bumblebee Bob, which lay upon the ground in nose from bis face, and done the job as neatly as the shadow of a 'shanty, where be must have a surgeon's knife could have done. crawled from the scene of the affray. Many a man of even weaker or con A groan from the man apprised her that be stitution would have taken to his bed with such was not 0.ea.t, and she accordingly paused and a mishap, bat not so with the poet. bent over him, scarcely knowing what else to Although wineing with pain, he salted the C:o. wound to stop the flow of blood, and then ban-The eyes opened, and she discovered for the daged it sor1'0wfully up, the cut to his pride ap flrst time that they were not a man's orbs, but parently being harder than the actual pain from those of a woman. the wound. The lips which were nearly covered by beard "T0rk about yer martyrs o' anshent times1 then parted, and Bumblebee Bob spoke: pilgrim, or yn soldiers who fell en the fields o "Ahl a friendly face. I am glad. I am badly Bull Run----ai ain't no sarcumstance," h.;i ob wounded, and unless I have immediate care served, with a t.ear in either eye. ""VIhen a I'm done for. Will you assist mo to a place of mortal's proboscis is gone, gents, I tell ye he's safety1" lo s t one o' tber comp onent parts o man. Tbet "Wbo are your Bessie asked a little doubt-aire nose o' mine war'n't no great guns fur !ul what to do. beauty, tut I t<>ll ye et war some on smell, an' "I am Bumblebee Bob .. I am friendly to war a connoisseur at jedgin'therqualities o' gud the causo of Deadwood Dick, as, I trust, you bash or whis ky. An', too, et could tell when a. a.re, also." storm war brewin', or tbar war Injans near. You are a woman in male disguise I" Bessie Alas I now et is goue I" asserted. "All of which came of your &boving it into The wounded person gave a start. other peopl e's busine s s, no doubt," Commodore "I suppo.3ed my disguise was impenlltrable,'' Burt said, as be came forward to inspect tbe was the reply. "But I know you will not dead and wounded. "However, it may allay bring me harm-your face is too good to belong some of the regret at y .,ur loss, when you see to a crue: or heartless person. I am ft woman-the man you were working for swinging in I am Cal&.mity Jane, the wife of Deadwood mid-air." Dick." "Nary a time, you Mormon skunk I Plenty "Why are you here in disguise, thenr' o' time will I hev t e r irrow another !?roboscis, "Because my husband bade rne remain beere you see Deadwood Dick performin ou tight hind, while be went forth to seek us c. home; rop,e." but, knowing his peculiaritie s of running into 'I reckon ye don't he shout tbet, Bill," a peril, I collld nut the temptation to secret-miner said. "I've heerd allowed as Deadwood ly follow him, and be near him. I would not Dick ha.s as many lives as a cat." like to have bim know I am here, however, fo'1 "But I say he has run to the end of his trail!" I promised him I would remain where be left Burt declared; "for, instead of having escaped, me. If you ;vill take me to your home, and as you all supposed, I have him safely lodged in give me what a s sistance you C'an, you shall be the jail." -properly rewarded." This news was received with a shout of ap-" I will of course, and will do all I C'an for proval by all except tbe poet. you," Bessie said, assisting her to arii;e, and There was a grim, dissatisfied look upon bis _.supporting be'!" as best sbe could. "I would be bandaged pbiz. cruel indeed to turn you over to the autborities "I was in hopes ther b'yee war o:ff," he mut-inlour present condition.'' tered to himself, "tho' he an' I w1unevyer on nd so, by slow they walked toward ther best o' t.erms. the shanty of Mi s Burt, the darkness screening them from observation. Some say be Is too' chic.' The shanty was finally reached. Originally Tber famuss Deadwood Dick. it was a tent, hut now board sides took the place But I allows he knows his little biz, An' 'ca'se be wears gud clothes, of canvas ones, only the top of the latter mate-An' hez nevyer lost bis nose r.ial being retained. My conferdenoe in Dicky et has riz." Entering, and securing the door behiod them, Miss Burt assisted Calamity to a rude bed, in a "Hurrah! If we've got mm, why not make rear apartment and then procured alant.ernand sure of him while we have got himP one lit it. miner crioo. Et ain't good JJOlicy to keep "I shall have to keep you shut up _!lad eggs Jong, or they're apt to create a.n-.

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14 The Miner Sport, healthy sme ll. :rbe same wi' Deadwoo d Dic kEf w e keep him l o ng, like as not he'll make it unhea lth y for us.'' Them's my ideas," anothe r man voluntee red. "Hit the iron wbile it is bot." "Then, if all are willing, I ba.ve no objections to fini shing the job at once," Burt d eclared, secretly exultant. "We've fairly got our b ane.I into busin ess to-night, and needn t be at all bashful. Com e All who wi s h to attend this picnic, forward march!" Witb cries of approval, the main body of tbe citizen s follow e d him toward the jail, which wflS furtbP,r up the street; but,. as they ap proached the shanty it took but a for them to see, in the lurid light or tbeu torches, that they bad been cheated out of their contem plated vengeance. L eaning up against the cabin, rigid and stiff, was on e of the guards-dead I A knife in bis breast t o ld how h e bad gone off. Tht. othe r guard was nowhere to be seen, but in the upen d oorwayof the cabin lay tbe body o f a man, from which the bead was missing. At fir s t it wa& thought that this was the other guarrl, but when alt eyes perceived that th e headle ss trunk was clad in the faultle ss raiment of the late Pre8ident of the Sugar-Coated Mining @d Milling Company, opinions were of course cbangP.d. Here was Sugar-Coated Sam, alias Deadwood \ Dick, minus his head, which was nowhere to be :found! did it mean? Who had wrought this sil ent and summary vengeance! CHAPTEU VII. In the mean time, at the home of Bessie Burt, Calamity Jane lay upon the bed where sht had b ee n plac ed, lingering, as it were between life and d eath. Sbe bad been shot in five places, during the con flict, and two bullets had passed in close proxim ity to the l eft lung. Tbese were the m ost serious of the five wounds, and w ere not necessa1ily fatal, had she been in experience d bands But, though careful and tender in nursing, Bossie could do nothing further than to wash the wounds or bandage them, and prepare such little dishes as the sick girl required. She begg e d leave to call in some person who had a knowledge of surgery, but Calamity re fused, fearing that the populace would learn who she was, and rise against her, as Deadwood Dick's wife. Thus the days dragged by-some of them ex ceedingly painful days to her-others re:tful and more bearable, when she would be quite light-spirittd. "No use of trying to help me," she w ould say, whenever B e ssi e would mention calling in aid. "I kne w I was done for, when them two bitin' bullits hit me, an' I allow a surgeon would only shorten my days, i:t be were to go probin' around for the cold lead. Nol no! let me be-I'm right as I am, and one of these days I'll be better off. Have you beard anything new concerning Dead wood Dick1'' Of course Bessie bad heard of the death of Deadwood Dick, but she 'had kept the knowledge of bis tragic fate from Calamity, knowing how the terrible news must distress and ther prostrate her; Hence Bessie had answered her that he was free-as indeed, he was, of the cares of this life, if so be that be was really dea.d. TREATING OF THE GHOSTLY, One day, however, about a week and a half TJIE excitement which the tragedy and mysafter the tragedy, when Bessi a entered the sick t ery raised in Grim Gulc h was uuprecedAnted room, she found Calamity looking ve>: : t white in its history. M e n rushed here and there; and tearful, as she lay back upon the pillows. wom e n wept and wrung their bands in terror. "Are you feeling worse, dear1'' Bessie usked, body of the beheaded prisoner was buried, app,roacbing the bedside the next morning, as also were the remains of' 'Obi so much worse," was the sa.:1 answer, the other dead of the town, and then the people accompaniefi by a reproachful look. "I have looked each other in the face, and mentally just sus.tained a shock which I could better have asked, "What next'I" What new phase of withstood, at first, when stronger, bad you told excitement was destined fpr the little mining me the worst." city. You know, then- Bessie faltered, in mixed after s seven days' wonder, the exciteanxiety and relief ment died out somewhat, and Grim Gulch set"That Deadwood Dic-k is dead-yes. Why tied back into her monotonous routine of mining did vou not tell me this at firot1'' existence, with only now and tben a fight or a "Because I wished to spare you the pain, un drunk to create any unus ual stir. ti! you got better." Commodore Burt had gradually come to be "You we e coJJsiderate, true, but I c oulu as mayor, w;hich was exceedingly to have borne the blow better, at first. I shall bis hkmg. Wbeu a dispute or quarrtl! of any never be any hetter, in this world-I am well kind occurred, he was looked to to pronounce satis fied of that. Do you believe my husband ill such justice as tbe case required. I r eally dead'I" Tben, too, the majority of the citizens bad "I have no reason to believe otherwise, Mrs. agreed tbat it w a s fair tbat Mrs. Singleton, as Harris, but all that I know abnnt the matter, is sbe c a ll e d hers e lf, should com e int o poss es sion what others have h eard said. But, how did you of Sug'lr-Coa too Sam's interests in the minmg learn of bi > rleatb1" company b earing bis title and accordin!!;ly she "I overheard a customer of :vours -in the had app<'inted C o mmodor e B>irt as receive r for n ext room say 'siuc e D ea dwood Dick was h e r of all profits of sa id inwret. plAnt e n, and knew by that. T e ll me Whic h place d everytbiug iu the Morm on's tlnng c o n ceming wha t b'ls baop enerl, I ain banns, and wbi cb was quite according to his pre-I brave, n ow, and would rathe r know the wo:st, arrange d d eterminatioo. than not."

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'Ihe !diner Sport. So Bessie was forced to. relate such circum! was in possession of the small sum of five hun. stances of Dick's death as be d come to her bearI dred dollars be bad laid by, and was fl.ying for ing. tbe Calamity heard her tltrough, her face scarcely "It was now a matter of life and death with changing in expres&ion; nor did she grow bys-me-the. laws of Mormonism told me this. I terical at tbe dread recital, as soll).e women knew that the commodore would put Danita would have done. agentsupw the truth! If I only had a little "Need I tell you the r e st1 I fled 'from Utah strength-" eastward-I tried to escape the pursuing plie d, "I approve of your grit," Calamity said, sorrowfully. "My piothe r dierl "be, 1 I was a beartily. "Don't get skeere d until you're hurt. small child-my fathe r peris b e d, i t is s ai d, in a You're in Uncle Sam's country yet, and I allow conflict between Mormons a ud four Mormon laws wC1n't work hyar. All yer enemy years ago." can do is pop you over, and I reckon he'll think Ahl your people were Mor mons then ? twice before doing that." My father was a s ettle r in Utah, a u d per-force a member of tbe Mc,rmou cb11rcb. He was, however, a secret roe t<> and bad but one wife. Ia con se q u .. nco of tllis, be 'was not a favorite among t.be Mormo ns, hut I don't think they bore him auy i ,os i tivo Sometimes I have harl strange fears tbu t he did not fall in the affray witb tbe G e ntiles, as was said, but f .. 11 a prey to the Danites. I have heard him privately speak in favor of tbe GeDtiles, one of whom ho really was at beart, &.nd it does not s rn m p1'obablt> ta me that b e would take p arms agains t the m. I was attendmg 6('bool 1tt Salt Lake City at the time, and there fore am :'.'' the dark c.-onceruing bis fate." "After bis death, you left Utah?" "Ye s, J was forced to, or bec c me a victim of an existence 1 abhor. After my father's death, a will purported to have been written by him, was produced and r!'ad to me. I now believe, and always shall believe, that it was a forgery. In this will, my father bequeathed me to his own brother, Commodore Burt, for his fourth wife. All hfa landed estate and money he willer! to me, until my marriage-then it was to be banded over to my husband..,-my own uncle-to do with as be might choose. When I beard t;bese strange stipulations, my very being became filled with unuttf>rable horror. And, more especially so, when I was told that Commodore Burt was com ing the next day to claim ma as bis fourth wife, under sanction of the church. Rather than be come bis prey, death in any phase wel come to me. Resolved not to yield even tu tbe mandat.o of my father's will, I made hasty pre parations, and that night escaped from my i;cbool and from the city, and fled for my father's country residence. I knew wbern hfl always kept bis money, and before daybreak l Since finding the headless remains of Si;gar Coate-ct Sam, alias Deadwood Dick, the poeii and publi sher bad been strangely quiet for a man of bis roustabout and hilarious character. To be sure, he> had lost one of the most prominent features of bis visage, which fact might account f
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16 Sport. ments tew refiectin' on the runse.rtinties ther ethereal future." Looking over the rough citizens of Grim Gulch, it would seem proba ble that few, if any of them, bad eve r handled a Bible, more es pecially in the latter years of their lives. And it appeared there was something in Shakespeare's premonition, for a few evenings later a man came rushing into the Bella Union, yelling inco h e r ently, and gesticulating more like a lunatic than a saue person. H e trembled in every limb, and his teeth chattered as thoug h he was wrestling with a chill. "Speak-what's ther matter! one the miners d emande d, shaking him roughly. Out with it!" Ghosts! g-h o-s-t-s!" the poor fellow answered. "D-." Nor I," agreeQ. another, "That's right, boys; don't take anv stock in such rubbish," advised C ommodore Burt, com ing along. Supernatural visitations invariably originate with weak minds and vivid imag inations. I dare say if you toss a couple 'of bullats over in the direction of the r0bher's grave, you won't have any further trouble, whatever." S'posin' we try it," suggested a citizen, drawing a revolver. If thar's a human behind them togs o' Deadwood Dick, I opine I can tickle him fu'st time trying." And raising bis weapon, he aimed and fired. Instead of a cry of pain, which many_?!... .. spectat o r s had expected to b ear, there came a wild eldritch peal of laughter, which see med to echo and r e-ec ho, mockingly, and caused a chill of
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Tlae Miner Sport. _, .. a. .... on, while, for several moments the Mormon th9 face of the earth. What would another stood still, pale, and like oue dazed. Then a night briug forth in the line of ghostly visitasbudder pa.Ssedt over him, aud au angry flush tions? came to relieve tbe pallor upon his cheek Shakespeare, the poet, seemed similarly af" Curses on me-the thought nearly electrified fected, and was nervous as such a man well me," he muttered, gazing after the stranger. could be. He however irnbihP.d freely of the "But, psbawl the old lunatic is some harmless Bella Union "condoler," and thereby gained fool who does not know what be is doing. If I courage to make a call upon Miss Bessie Burt tbougbt there could be any truth-" as the sun was setting. Without finishing, be g:1citted his teeth and reBessie was seated m the doorway of her )title entered tbe Bella Union. habitation, engaged 'in sewing buttons on soma Later, he returned to McDuff's boarding-house pilgrim's picturesque red shirt, and looked up and to bis r oom, where the woman wbo bad with a bow, as the bull whacker MUie up, claimed to be Sam Singleton was 8"ated, engaged in sewin!l'. "Well!" she said inqnirin!l'ly, as he entered, "what now'l''-for she perceived by bis expres si on that something was wrong. "Enough to make me feel uncomfortable,'' be growled, pacing the tloor. "Did you see the ofd codger on the street with snow -whitb hair and beard'!'' "Nol" Well, I did, and a thought entered my mind that he was my bitterest enemy, here to finish "Psbawl you are weakening." "By no means. I am in a fair way of owning the town, if this ghost business only scares off a few more of the miners." "To whom do you assign the authorship of the apparitions!" "I'm puzzled. If, as I have sometimes be lieved, Deadwood Dick is alive and well, to
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The Miner Spori. into the gloom of the approaching night, l'ouowed by the gaze of many of the citizens, whose curiosity was aroused. Following the eastward course of the gulch for a mile or s;o, he turned off into a narrower def!le between two mighty walls of mountain ;rock, where darkness reigned supreme. The burro, however, seem.id equal to the somewhat diffi cult task of -threading the pass age, while Shakespeare tried to dispel the mo notonous loneliness of the ride by frequent ut terance of sundry original rhymes. In this way they proceeded for several hours, through one of the wildest, ruggedest seams in the brow of nature, until, when it was about the midnight hour, they emerged into a sort of open glen, fringed close beside the perpendicular surrounrl.ing walls with gaunt, spectral dead pines. Here Shakespeare drew rein and gazed rather nervously around him. "W a.al; hyar am I, in the place wbar I war directed to come," be muttered,, glancing at a scrap of paper which he held in bis hand. I allow tbis must be ther place, an' now I must quiet my nerves fer w'ot's ter toiler." It was an action which he pretty well bow.to perform. Takinga quart flask of" bugjuice" from his pocket, be proceeded to get away with a good half of it, in the most ap proved manner, after which his spirits ooemed somewhat braced up. partly thrown over her head, and llurried down the street toward the Bella Union. She was just ab-Out to tak" a look ioto that thriving establishment, when her victim came hobbling out, aud walked rapidly away, all ap pearances of lameness gone as soon as he en tered the dark, unlighted street. She could have struck him down, as be p11ssed her, but knew it was a dangerous locality ro boldly accomplish her mission, and so waited until he had got a few yards away, and then followed swiftly and silently in pursuit. As soon she became satisfied that he was not aware of her pursuit, she her footsteps. Soon she was within arm s reat'h of him, step ping when be stepped. Soon out from under her shawl came an raised hand, in which was grasped a gleaming knife, then bounded forward ro do her deadly work just as the old tramp wheeled suddenly, and fired upon her with a pistol which he held in his banrl. "Oho! you find it a bad trail to follow me, eh?" be exclaimed, as she threw up her hands, and fell b ack to the ground. "You see I chance to have eyes in the back part of my bead, wo man!" Probably Mrs. Burt did not bear or compre bend his words. She gave but a few struggles, and then became still in death. "Ugh! Death ia a fp.arful thing. the old man mused, as be bent over her and peered into her face; "but it can be no awful thing ro kill one whose hand is seeking one's own lite. And then this is but vengeance I" And well was tbere need, for at this junc ture, from either side of the gloomy glen, at a dozen different poiots of the compass, appeared the spectral, white-rob e d figures of the night before, with arms oatstretched as they advanced in a bee-line toward the mule-mounted poet, An hour later, Commodore Burt might have whose countenance began to assume an ashen been seen knocking at the door of Bessie Burt's pallor, and teeth began to chatter, in spite of shanty. .... the'' bracer" be had just partaken of. Not thinking but what it was some of her cusCloser and clos e r the white figures, tomers, come with or for a J>ackage, she opened surrounde d by the strange phosphorescent halo, the door, add without waiting for en invitation, until they formed a ghostly circle around the the commodore pushed rudely past her, into the i Ju!lwhacker, each witb a draped arm pointed house. accusingly at him, while an unearthly groan "Sir!" she exclaimed, alarmed at this sudden escaped them in chorus. intrusion. "Ob! L ordy! I wish I war back in Grim "Madam!" he retor"t.ed, with a sneer, "you Gulch I" !:lbakespeare gasped, while even his perceive that I am here, and I presume you can long-eared companion gave vent to a bray of guess my business." terror. "I do not care ro consider your business, sir; please to leave my house." "Ha! ha! I refuse." CHAPTER IX. Then I'll scream for help! you ruffian. Leave my house. I command you!' DARK PROMISE AI!EAD, ''Command as much as you please--l've no Co!llMODORE 'BURT'S third wife, who had tried objections. As for mo, I never pay the least at tbe black" game ou Sugar-Coated Sam, was tention to feminlne commands, and as for your emphatically a woman of a business. screaming for help, I'll assure you there's no The daughter of a bloody-handed Mormon sugar-coated pilgrims around to come to your Danite she had been reared amid scenes well resme. The long and short of the is, calculated to harden even a woman's Ilea.rt: I'm here for a purpoSE>, in it is not my h!lnce she did not hesitate at the murderous intention to be balked. Either you shall take a work Burt had planned f o r her; she WC'ld be solemn oath that you will marry me, or when I but fulfilling his desire, which, according to the leave this ranch, your lifP-blood will be making doctrine of the Mormon Church must l'e her fancy figures upon your earthen carpet here. 130le obje
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The Miner Sport. 19 more, too, as yov. will find, before you have-done with me. Promise to become the fourth Mrs. Commodore Burt, and we will go back to Salt Lake end enjoy the snug little property your father left behind." "Never! I will die first!" can have your choice about that, of course. I shall not try to urge you, or dictate to you! If you prefer to climb the golden stairs Tather than double in a life of unalloyed bhss with me, I can assist you off, with but short notice. I can get plenty of wives, for that matter, Brother Jones having offered to bequeath me his double-kit. So you see, I am really a p-eat thing In offering you the chance for hfe.' Yon loathsome reptile! I would endure the bitterest torture human wit can invent before I'd consent to become your victim. Kill me yon dare not, for you are not in Utah where a so-called Church shields villainy and crime; the refore, once and for all, I defy YO'U !" curse you, you shall have tbe reward that your defiance merits!" be cried, savagely, end drawing a dirk from a side pocket, be leaped toward her, the gleam of a fiend incar nate in bis eyes. Upraised was the weapon, ready for the blow, when there was a the arm tbat clutched the dirk fell to his side, and a howl of pain and rage burst from his lips. Tbe bullet had completely shattered his right wrist! Calamity Jail!' it was who fired the shot, she having st.ruggled to her feet from her sick had, and reached the door of her bedroom in time to send tbe bullet that saved Bessie's life. Ere Burt could transfer the dagger to bis .atber band,. he was. seized by a man who at that hlstaut bounded into the room, and borne bodily out into the dark night, and rapidly away from the cabin. Father 1 father I" Bessie screamed, rushing to the door. Then sbesunk to the floor, and covered her face with ber bands, while she shook with vio lent sobs. "What is it, dearest'!'' Calamity said, steadying herself by chairs, and managing to reach the poor waif's side. "Ob, father! Did you see him-the wbite haired old man who bore my enemy away1 Did you see him, I say1 Was hfl alive, or was it a terrible apparition 'I'' Well, I should opine be was pretty Uve, by the way he bounced the commodore," Calamity replied, "There, now, don't cry after the play's over. I allow the commodore ryon't trouble you any more." "But my father-that was, alive, but old and white-haired. Oh! tell me, what can all this meanP' "Well, it savors like the old man ain't dearl at all, but has turned up jus t in timE> to bev a little picnic with bis brother. So cheer up anrl 11;ive me a lift bar,k to bed. if you can, 1:-ecause I find I'm wPaker than I supposed." "Ob! to heRnre I amstinconsirlerate. Why did you eve r l eave your bed, when you are not abl0? "Well, I opine if I hadn't yon'd be ready for a pine box about this time. I heard that thar was business in the commodore, and I managed to get to the fore just in time to wing him. I reckon l'll be all right, as soon as 1 get off from my unsteady pedals." But she reckoned without h e r host that time. By her exertion she bad quite exhausted her limited strength, and swooned ere sbe could reach her bed, so that Bessie was obliged to car-ry her. And it was only after an hour of incessant ap plication of restoratives that the brave girl once more opened her eyes. From the moment the commodore was borne from ibe cabin by the Unknown, his senses for sook liim. Great was the pain which the pistol-wound caused him, but it is not probable that he would have faintecl had be not found himself tightly clinched in the iron gra;p of the mysterious stranger whom Bessie had called father. Inspired by a nameless terror over which be had no control, little wonder the Danite felt his senses leaving him. When be once more awoke to consciousness, it was with a horrified start-be scarcely knew why, more than that an expectancy of some thing awful possessed him. He was lying upon his back on the ground, and an effort to rise p: oved to him that he was free and unfettered. But as be arose tQ a sitting posture, a half-sheet of paper slid from hls breast to the ground, upon which was rudely printed, in phospho rescent letters, the single word: "BEWARE!" Significant in all its untold meaning, it warned him that for some cause his life bad been spared. With a curse, be was about to rise to his fe-et, when he made another discovery which gave him a greater start than the finding of the paper had caused him, for. lying upon the ground beside him was his lifeless wife, whom he bad commisioned to dispose of the stranger-the same woman who had claimed to be the wife of/ Sugar-Coated Sam. . "Hal this tells the story to me, plainer than words," the Danite muttered. "I know_ now who the white-bearded devil i-he whom I have all all along supposed six feet under the sod. Ugh 1 this is bad-bad-bad!" And laboring under the sickenin excitement of fear and horror, the plotter sprung to his feet and left the spot. The ghostly visitants of the previous night did not return, and thereat the mtizens felt greatly relieved. After leaving the side of his murdered companion in crime, Commodore Burt had scugbt his room at M c Duff''s, and Jocked himself in, to finish the night in concocting plans for the future. On the following morning when be emerged there from, it was to enter the Bella Union. There he 'H"patcbed a "three-finger sbonlder hracer," after whi c h be mounted a barrel in the center of the pavilion.

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20 The Miner Sport. With curiosity a number of bystanders gathered near, and wlien a sufficient crowd was collected the Danita looked them over and sized them careful1{ He saw a number o his own backers in the lot, and knew that they were nearly a majority, and that was all he wanted. "Gentlemen!" he said, "I have heard several complaints since the death of D5adwood Dick-to tho effect that some one of the townspeopie or other are constantly losing their things through the agency of a sneak thief-lit.tie sums here and there, to be sure, but aggregating largely in the Jong run. These little thefts are carried on systematically, and are traceable to the hand of some party fully acquainted with the business. What, then, would you sa,Y, if I were to disclose to you the fact that I have discovered the author of the devil try 1" -' "Hurra I show us the varmint, an' it's to tha top av a three we'll be afther hoistin' 'im," a burl. v Irishman declared. "Yas. tht3m ar' ther sentiments right frum ther bed-rock. Show us tber pilgrim w'ot's appropreratin' our circulation, an' we're b ound ter do tber elev11.ted thing by him, best we know how another miner chimed in. '' i. have to repeat that I have discovered the gfiilty one, and who do you suppose it is?" "Dunno! who!" a chorus of voices cried, eafierly. 'The wife of Deadwood Dick-Calamity Jane, as she is better known. Unknown to an_iT of rou, she i s in your midst plying her vocation." Wheref wherer' She can easily be found, by searching the ranch kept by the woma n, Bessie Burt, who is also her coadjutor. The woman, Calamity, when approached, very c l everly feigns illness, but the dodge don't hold out, when no one is aro11nd." J 'l'hen, let's bounce send 'er up to search for her late husband," a miner cried who bad offi c h.ted at several lynching bees, and had a c raving for more. "All in favor, i;nake manifest by velling." "ll" "I1i1 "Hyar!" came in a great shout, "Contrary, no!" proposed the miner. There was not' one dissenting voice. The commodore chuckled maliciously as he noted the fact. "Then to-night kt it be for us to do the job. W e cau just as we!: take 'em off their guard, and perhaps save !!l's fleece can ye elucidate my understandin& witli, nary a time;

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The Miner Spori. no patent eye-closer kin ye apply sufficient ter close up my pair o' Peruvian peepers-not fer many colored-coate1l Josephus. Plain 11s uster be fber proboscis upon my physique, ar' thE'r fact thet tbar's no more ghost about you than there is erbout tbflr business-end of a mule, an' so !'O might as well cum down to biznesg, acknowledge ther corn, an' bev a confab. Ef ye don't wanter tork, wby;eet say so. I nevyer war much of a talker, in my best days, an' I recollect tbet I'm gettin' si.ow, tl::er more my age ad", there appeared to be chances of escape, as for as the doors were con cerned. There was but one window of any sort, and this was a miall grated opening up near the ceiling, barely enough for the passage of a cat. Shakespeare surveyed bis situation as well as be was able by the rays that strnggled in through this window-grating, then felt bim!!tllf over, to make sure no bones were broken, after which be soliloquized:" Waal, I'm caf(ed-th8t's sure's:" The early bird thet caught the worm An' started out to hunt, An' met a ram frum Alabam', An' got an awful They've sbet me p byar like sum in a Bastile, "tn' ef I dint gone off in tber k2rbase o' my reckonin' P.Dtirely, et'll be a considerable i:;erlod ere I am able to perigrinate once more in my native 0pbere, and resume aditoral enterprise. I half sspect, however, that should I exert myself the powers of these walls are not to contllin my n:ible self." Perhaps he could make bis escape! He decide
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S2 The lllliner 'could reach his hand through and dislodge the bar upon the other side. It was a slow and tedious job, which required more than one hour of steady labor, the effect of which brought beads of perspiration to his brow. He finally accomplished hirl object, and bad tho door unfastened. It opened into another room which 'was a duplicate of the one that bad be e n a ssigned him as a prison, and this in turn httd a door which opened int:P some other room. '):'bis ci.oor, however, was not locked, and be was enabled to pursub his investigation without hindrance. One room after another be entered, arni found thm n early all alike, until fifteen had been visited, and yet the'end Wbat st.ra1111:e mountain den was he rambling through, of such glgantic dimensions? The sixteenth room brought a change. It was a mammoth affair, th., heavy log ceiling being supported on upright timbers or pillars of tbe same material Several bunks of skins contained white-robed such as had constituted the poet'ii captors. They wer.e appar asleep. Shakespeare paused in the entrance, undecided whether to enter or not, as there was danger of his being discovered. Seeing no stir, h<:>wever, he ventured ,softly into the room and across it to the further side and into a passageway beyond. Now came a predicament.. His ears were greeted with the blare of a trumpet, and he h eard lllanyfootsteps marching along toward bim through tbe densely dark _and narrow !;.all way he had entered. Glancing b11-ck iutn tbe apartment he bad just ltlft he saw that t:O.e sleeping ghost> bad risen tr> their feet and were advancing toward the center. 'fo advance into the passage seemed to comt actual discovery, while to retreat. into the room was to confront the same result. So dark was the pa!i;e it was barely possible that, by standing closel v against the wall, the new-c o m ers might pass by without him--onl.V barely pos s ible, yet was the only cbanc e, an.J. be res'>lv e d to try it. On came the tramp of feet, ad if in mili t:>.ry order; n eare r they approached, until coul i see their shadow, even in th dense gloom, and f.elt; sure he must be dis covered. He drew his knife and waited for the worst. On cam3 the band, and he perceived that they were clad exactly in the styl e they had been at time of ,his capture, only that they wore black gowns mste.ad of white ones, now. The first couple pass e 1 him without discovering him, and he felt a great relief as he was satisfie:i the rest would do tbe same. About twelve couple passed him, and he was about to breathe freer, when he heard still another lot coming, a little in the rear of the others. He was now becoming so accustomed to the darkness, be could better distine;uish them as they approached, and si.w th'at they were two of tht Black Go\\"ns, leading a third man between them, who Wot<'\ no gown. A handkerchief was tbrowa over his face, however, so as to render it impossible for the poet to see it. N!> fool was Shakespeare.. Life among the mines had taught him a few tbiogs, if he was big and blatant, and one of those things was to be crafty. And feeling sure that the man in charge of the two Black Gowns was none other than Deadwood Dick, alive and well, despite all evidence t.o the contrary, h e resolved to wake a bold effort to rescue the young Mayor of Grim Gulch or know the reason wby. CHAPTER X\:., A POET'S GRIT AND STAGE-DRIVER'S HONOR. Two men were of no great account in the eyes of tbe bullwbacker; ha had oft.en laid out many more than that in a single struggle, and lived to tell of it. To successfully attack these Black Gowns, however, meant a big job in point of discretion and caution-one blow must do the work, with out giving them an OPP.Ortunit.v to alarm their friends in advance, or all would be lost. Nearer and neruer approached the couple, who conducted between them the man whom the bullwhacker was next to certain was Deadwood Dick-closer, until tbey came opposite him; tben, with the agility of a panther, he made the spring which was to tell the ta10. There was a short, almost noiseless struggle, then tw) men lay dead upon the floor of tile pas!lage, and two stood up, facing each other. The y w ere Deadwood Dick-he who bad been known in Grim Gulch as Sugar-Coated Sam and Sha ke speare; and even in the darkness the m e n r ecognize d each other. "You!" Dick gasped, a little surprised that the man who had, in a previous life experience, been bis enemy. should now come forth his rescue. "Yes, I!"' declared in an under tone. "Thar ain't uo time fer contemplative you bet yer boots! Ef we want ter get out o' hyar wi' our cravat models untouched, we've got ter slope mighty suddintly. D'ye know whar tber exit air?" / "Yes, follow this passage back, anJ it will bring :vou Lo daylight. Go ahead, and I will follow." Tbe bullwhacker made haste to obey, and Dick, of Deadwood fame, was not slow in following hiS example. Down the passage with rapid but careful steps, it was not long ere they debouched through a doorway into a mountain glade, fringed with trees and overshadowed by tower ing walls of rock. The ouly apparent exit from this glade was through a split between two mountain peaks, which constituted a mountain ravine, and the two had barely succeeded in reaching the month of this when thev beard loud yells in their rear, and saw the Black Gowns pourl!!. g from the e.abin. "It' leg hnil for security now!" Dick said, and I opine the man wbo can make the fewest laps to the mile is the lucky fellow. Come on!" and he took the lead on a brisk run up the gulch-

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The Dftner Sport. aa Shakespeare followed suit, while after them came the 13lack Gowns, howling like a pack. of coyotes. Jt was no u se, however, for them to give chase, and they finally abandoned it, for Dick and the poet bad a good quarter-mile the start, and appeared quite able to make it more, both being fioot of foot and inspired with the determination to esape or drop m the attempt. Seeing that tbey were no longer.pursued, they slack ened their speed somewhat, and began to castabout them for indications of tkeir where abouts. The best way of finding out seemed to be to ascend one of the peak5 and take observations tbt>refrom, Thill they accordingly did, and found, as near as they could judg e, that tbey were some seven or eight miles north of Grim Guieb. The day was pretty w ell gone, and feeling considerably exhausted. Dick questioned Shakespear., concernmg the state of affairs at Grim Gulch, and tben said: "It is so late. and things being easy in tb& town, 1 gun those pretended ghosts is most providential to me. Some time ago, a dying adventuress voluntarily gave me a token which exposed the secret burial-place of a vast amount of mined gold, which sh0 said was rightly hers. I came to Gnm Gulch as SugarCoq,ted Sam, with a party of other prospectors, t-0 bunt for the buried treasure, but found nothing whPre my clew directed. lt now seems that the chief of tbA band you recently rescued me from, was the husband of the woman, or, at least, that is the claim prefe1Ted, and that the woman had stolen and all his gold, and fled. If this story be rellable or not, I of course do not know. At any rate, by some means unknown to me, the chief of this band of miners and robbers got wind of the fact that I had come into possession of tbe clew to tbe burial-place of the stolen treasure, and he sent his aids to capture me. He, in person, it was, wbo robbed my safe, after knocking me over, and b :J men it was who came to the jail, murdered the guards and freed me,.. after which one of the dead men was clad in my own garments, and I was borne away to this mountain retreat from which you rescued me. Here in the short interval since my cap ture, I have been subjected to many Indignities and1 at the time of my release, thanks to yoii for it, they were going to blister my feet in hopes of extorting from me the secret of the buried treasure, which I should tbink twice about surrendering, did I possess it." Shakespeare was silent a few moments, then he l!Rid, after first having related tbe recent ex ploits of the pseudo-ghosts, in Grim Gulch: "Thar's another tbing I allow )e don't know, an' et's <;me thing w'at brought me to your res cue.'' Ah! indeed I What is iU" "Waal, et ain't werry pleasant news at the best, an' I suppose et'll be a surprise to ye, but beer she am. Ther partner of yer joys and sor rows, Calamity Jane, lies sick In Grim Gulch\ at the cabin o' Be<.sie Burt. She war pl11.yin keerds fer ye, during the campaign, an' callin herself Bumblebee Bob but she got more lead than she could stand up under, and so bad to crawl away to shelter. I figurerl the thing out, and allowed thet ef Commydore Burt war to get hold of et, tbar might be a rumpus, so I come to let l,ou know." "Bad Deadwood Dick his brow darkenmg. "I was afraid the braye but reckless heart wo uld not remain behind, 'li.s she promised me. As you say, if the MormCln devil, .Burt, were to find out her presence aud helpless condition, he would do the utmost in his power to kill her. We must hasten back to the town et once." Shakespeare was ready. He seemed fully a1 c11ger as Dick fo r the welfare of the two women, As they had no horses, nothing was left for them but to make their journey on foot, without any certainty ::iow many miles they would hava to cover nor perils they might encounter. Shaping their course in the presumtd direc tion of Grim Gulch, they set 011t through the gathering twilight. The day preceding the night which was to wlt ness the attack upon the Burt shauty by the commodore and his followers, was a far from bright day at the shanty. The exertion of the previous night, which had brough such exhaustion to Calamity, bad also brought on brain fever, and all through the day she was wildly delirious. At times she would call for D eadwood Dick, in piteous tones; then again she would grow furious over some nameless wrong of an equally nameless person. A lull would then follow, tor a few minutes, when to all appearances the poor girl would enjoy a refreshing nap. It is doubtful, however, if she really felt any better, as she would soon begin h e r ravings again. Bessie was nearly distracted. She tried everything she knew to r e lieve the sufferer, and when that failed sb e sat down in a corner and indulged in a good, prolo nged cry. Sbe could not refrain from it-she keeuly felt what was the pain of being alone and frienrlless1 and especially in such an hour of sickness ana distress. The sick girl must have heard h e r sobs, or else

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The Miner Sport. subtle instinct told her who was crying, for she sat up abruptly ou h e r bed. Her eyes were wild and strange in their glar ing expression, and h e r features were rigidly drawn, as if she were in au angry passion. what are you crying about1" she 6.sked, in a cold, repellent way. "Who t old you to snivell'' Bes sie looked up with a start, utterly sho
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The Miner Sport. Calamity was sleeping calmly, and at Bessi e's J pair of sixes in bis grasp, be stood fearlessly in Langdon took a glance in at h er. I tbe doorway and waited for a return assault. Ab! ver;y: fair-too pretty, in fact, for the But the valiant commodore evidently did not position in hfe sbe occupi e>,'' was bis comment, feel disposed to depend upon bis own !1.bility to as be left tbe rooru. I've beard of her as win him laurels, and rising with a smothered Calamity Jane, and that a wilder, m o r e unman-malediction, be limped off. ageable piece does not exist in the bill s." "Now the n, look out for trouble," Langdon "1 do not know muc h about her," B es sie resaid, as he closed and re-barred the door. "He plied, "more than she b!ls seemed v ery nice, and won t tarry l ong in communicating bis griev has endeared herself to me, in tbe short time she ances to his ba c kers, and we may safely look for has been unde r my care." the attac k at aay minute." Undoubtedly; she is probably liaudy at the And be was not off" in bis reckoning. endeafing busin e ss. Nevertheless, you are to be In less than balf an hour a bum of voices commended for having taken her in, under the became audible out on the night, which, the circumstances." n earer it approached, in c reased to a pandeAn hour passed and no hostile d emonstration mooinm of y.,Jls and screeches, mingled with was beguw on the outside of the shanty, the tefnble profanity and the heavy, confused doors and windows of which Bessie had take n tramp of feet. the precaution to carefully fasten. A little In tbe cours e of five minutes more the riotous later, however, there came a kuock at the door, crowd came into sight, many of them armed and Bessie thought she recogniz e d it. with torche s, "'bile others were equipped with "Get in the next roo.n quietly," she wbisweapons and missiles of every kind. pered, "and wait for my call. I tbink it is the They were all in all a bard-looking ga.ng, commodore, come to talk the matter over." numbering or fifty. Joe obeyed, and then Bes s ie went and opened If Burt was among tb e m he was int.be rear, the door. wh ere there was the least possibility oithe bul-It was the commodore, indeed, and he entered lets reaching him. promptly, when be saw the door opened for Inside tbe cabin, B
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The Miner Sport. f "Then, to ye all whomsoever an' whatsoever "Thank God! help of some kind is coming, ' may be confined within yon shanty, do J, Grass-Langdon cried. bopper Jake, issue a prtHimptory command ter And so it appeared, for the attack on the vacatE. them premises instanter an' ter oncet, shanty ceased altogether, while the mob opened an' ourrender, or .;t'TI be ther wuss fer ye, an' tire upon the approachine: party, whoever they ye'i' hev ter abide wi' th'3r thet might be, and their salute was promptly and foll erl Wull ye open up an' surrender, er steadily returned no?" By aid of a step-ladder, Joe climbed up to the "No!" Joe yelled, throui;h one of the loop-roof of canvas, and cutting a slit, thrust his hole>. Beware, lest you tack.le a hornets' heac1 through to see what was the aspect of ne!:t." thiugs. "Hooray! Heer that, will ye! At 'em, boys!" 'What he saw was a band of horsemen bearthe l eade r shouted. "Capture 'em, an' strirg ing down upon the mob, firbg as they came'err. up, as ye would a haunch o' venison to. not plainly attired riders, by any means, but a-" the same whi te-robed things that had once be-Tbey wi;re the last words of the ruffian. A fore paid the town a visit. huliet from Joe Laugdon's rift., cot off his wprds I They appeared rather lively for ghosts, just and, with a gurglmg moan, he fell forward, new, and the mob seemed to think so too, for d
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The Miner Sport. ..,. aware that he was being followed, and that, too by one of the white-robed His terror at this was great, and was bightened by the fac' that be was weaponless, having loaned them to one of the r oughs at the beginning of the attack on the shanty. Cw-sing and groaning at every step, he hob bled along as fast as be could; but the footsteps of he pursuer sound-ed close in bis rear, and he came ro a halt. The white figure also came to a bait, and threw off his ghostly gown, revealing the same gray-beardea man who bad once before attacked the commodore and whom Bessie bad called "father." "Hal you? the Danite gasped. "Yes, I," the other r ep li ed sternly. "I Si'e ;you me now, as your brother, whom you consigned to a dog's death, at the bands of your accursed Danite allies. But I escaped them, and after J found the persecution you were olfering my child, I took your trail, swearing to hunt you dow.i to the death you deserve. Your time has come; you shall die any more crime stains your vile soul. tiere is a revolver-take it and blow your out, and save me the trouble." The Danita pi cked up the weapon, and ex amin.ed..it; then, instead of aiming it at himself, suddenly leveled it at bis brother. But he did not fire. H e fell to the ground, sho1; through the heart by the one whom he would have assassinated. 'i"hu s ended this life of crime-the checkered existence of. one of tbe worst wretches that ,ever helped to add to the dark reputation of Mormon Utah. __ Deadwood Dick 1and Shakespeare found that they were getting more than they bar gaiHed for, in a!tempting to find their way back to Grim Gulch, for they lost their bearib.;, on a dooen different OCC'.asions, and were obliged to retrace their footsteps, all of which was most v:ixRtions. Not only that night was absorbed in this wandering about, but also the ensuing day, and it was considerably after nightfall the next night ere they reached any familiar landmarks t ha t told them where they were. "I 11"e<:kon we're not far from Grim Gulch, tiow,'' Dick said, as tbey strode down a gloomy ravine. "If I am not greatly mistaken, this is a tributary of the main gulch." "By tber cackle o f old Job's turkey, I hope we're purty uigb tbar, fer I'm sulfenin' fer r e freshments like some camel ten weeks out in the r desert o' Sarah Jane," was th e poet's gloomy answer. I've noticed that you've been less poetir.al than usual," Dick observed with a smile. "But cheer up; it cannot be far now to a place when strychnine-juice is for sal e Ha! bold on I" They came to a bait, Dick a few par.es in advance and standing in au attitude on the de fensive. A few rods ahead gleamed a faint light through a thin motte ,of trees, which looked as if .;here might be an encampment there of some BO:rt. better investigate the origin o f Di ck said, pointing toward it, we stum ble into a hornets' nest. You stay here, and I'll go ahead and explore." He did so, and found a little camp-fire burning in the motte, in the light of which were four p e rsons, who bad evidently but recently arrived. Two of the persons were duplicates of the wbiterobed gang who had been Dick's captors from the Grim jail; tbe other two were Joe Langdon and B ess ie Burt. Deadwood Dick grew pale when be saw them, for be knew there h11d been trouble at Bessie's h ome and if Qflamity was there sick, what may not have been her fate? At first be was tempted to sail in and attack the two "ghosts" single-banded, but, having ouly one weapon, and that a knif.i, be concluded it would be the safest to enlist the poet in the rescue. Therefore, he hastily notified that worthy. and together they made a detour aud approached the camp from the opposite side, to which their backs were t11rned. To approac h close behind them and seize them was short but care-ful work, and their gbost ships found themselves bound dnd helpless; almo s t befor e they were awa1 e of it. Langdon and Bessie were then released, and explanations were exchanged when Dick learned of C\lamity's condition and her strange flight "I fear I will n eve r see her again-at any rate, not like the same girl once was, God watch ov e r and protect her." The outlaws were unmasked of their white. gowns, and proved to be two of tbe pilgrims who had once, in the early days of Deadwood, belong ed to one of Dick's bands cf r oad -a gen ts. On this &ccount, Dick decided not t o do them any furthe r harm than to l eave them 'Xhere they were bound, to await the arrival of their companions. Feeling that it was no longer safe for any of the party in tffiat region, Di c k proposed tba1i they cross the range to the favorite mining dis tricts, thirty or forty miles distant, to which all assented, and they set forth. The following day they came across the body of Mr. Burt or Silver Brow. In the darkness he b!ld evidently fall e n from a cliff above tba trail, to which be bad been making bis way. Re was stone dead; and by bis side wer" sev eral bags of gold, both in nuggets and shining dust, which be was, for some 'reason, bearing along with him. The gold was turned over to Bes s ie, who re cognized the dead man as her father; and be was given as a burial as circumstances would permit. The party safely reached the new camp, and here Bessie, in due time, became Mrs, Joe Lang don, while Deadwood Dick and his now fast friend, Shakespeare, took their leave on a t<1l)' i of search for lost Calamity Jane. THE END."

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