Denver Doll as detective, or, Little Bill's bold risk

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Denver Doll as detective, or, Little Bill's bold risk

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Denver Doll as detective, or, Little Bill's bold risk
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Copyright 1882-1888, by Beadle & Adams. Entered at Post omce, New York, N. Y., as second class matter. 15, 1899, No.54 THE ARTHUR WESTBROOK CO. Cleveland, Ohio N"ol. V DENVJilR DOLL WAVED BER TORCH TO AND FRO ABOV& BJtR READ, AND SCREAMED AT THE TOP Oi' HER VOICE, li'&ll'l'IO WITH li'&l,R '.l'HAT :NO HEED WOULD BE TAKEN OF HER,

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Copy ri g h t 18821888, b y Beadle & A d a ms. Ente r e d a t P os t Ofllce, New York, N. Y.,as aeoond elassmatt.er. M a r 15, 1Sil9 No . THE ARTHUR WESTBROOK CO. Cleveland, Ohio 1 Vol. Vi MNVEJi :>')LL WAVED HER TORCH TO A.ND FRO A.BOVE HER HEAD, .AND SCREJ ME D .AT THE 'l'OP
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c: Denver Doll as Detective. Denver Doll as Detective ; OR1 LITTLE BILL S BOLD RISK. BY EDWARD L. WHEELER, AUTHOR OF DEADWOOD DICK NOVELS, "DENVER DOLL" NOVELS,.--ETC.1 ETC. CHAPTER I. A WILD NIGHT AND A WILDER RIDE. NtGHT wild and furious settled over mother earth, with the hot wind or summer blowing a literal hurricane through forest and gulch. The lightning, too, flashed in vivid zig-zag streaks, and the thunder jarred the earth with its loud rolling. Down in a da1k ravine between the mountains, which was for the most part choked up by trees of sparse foliage, flickered a little carnp-fire of pine cones, which every sudden gust of wind threatened to scatter to the different points of the compas!'. A short, stout Dutchman, of immense girth, but otherwise rathe r attractive appearance, was kept busi ed in replenishing the fire, while D en ver Doll, well known through tbe mountains as an exceptionally pratty and expert detective, was seated upou the ground bfore the lw stump of a tree, upon which a tel egraph instrument was placed, which she was wawhing with eager, expectant eyes. Directly overhead, but a numbe r of fe et above her, ran two telegraph wires across the gulch. Two wires attached to her instrument elw connected with the main wires overhead, thus enabling her to re ceive all the messages that pas3e i over the line in eith e r direction. Dumlera t ion !" pealed from the lips of Yakie Straus>, Denver Doll's companion, as a sudden gU3t of wind carried a stone against the side of hi< h ead, and toppled him over upon the ground. "Siopl sdopl dot ish no fair, sblingin' sdones at a veller, und preakin' his skull. D on'd like dot, Denver Doll; don'd vas like der situation nohow.'' "Well, have p a tience, Yakie, and we will get out of h e re b efore long. When yon see a stick or stone coming at you, why all you've got to do is dodge it!" Doll said, with a musical laugh, which, however, was suddenly cut short by the click! click t of the telegraph instrument, to which sbe instantly gave her attention. Yakie, too, came forward, forgetting his trouble, and crouched by the stump, seeming to be fully as expoctant as his young companion, whom he had served in more than one thrilling detective experience. The message came faster now, and there was a perfect tattoo of ticks, that caused Yakie to open his eyes in astonishment-hut the eye; of the detective queen dilated with horror, as she jot;ted down the message. "Great guns! It is a thing I sus peoted mischief," she observed, finally. "There is a horrible scheme afoot to wreck the eastward bound Union Pacific Express, at Devil's Curve, -around which she. sails at a speed of forty miles an hour, do w n grade. The instigators of "iitle job belong to Nugget Notch and Big Pine CamJIL The offices there are either iu charge of the conspirators and their associates, or. else con n ection has been made outside of each camp. fur the furtherance of this diabolical schemto. Here's the message, so far as it goes." Sbe handE'd bim a slip of pape r which he bore close to the firelight, and s,cenned critically to read as follows: "Sally, B. P C. .. Midnight. .. U. P ., east. Devil's Curve ... big swag .. He ready. "S. & C. B., N. N." Not being much of a scholar, it took Yakie some time to make it out. "Veil, dot vas pad!" he grunted, finally. It looks ash off somepody vas goin' to get hurt, don'd it!" "Exactly, unless we prevent it!" the brave gir 1 cried, excitedly "Und how vas dot goin' done1 Uff we go up mit der Duyfel's Curve, ve k etch der duyfel. not1" Lik e l y There will be a r.ang on band to !under the wreck, from Nugget Notch, at least, and maybe another party from Big Pine ; so that we could do no good there. Tbe only plan I see is for me to set the spurs to my horse, and to get to the otller side of Nuii:get Notch in time t o fliig the train I" Dot vas foolishness. Vat time sha vas1" Denver Doll nervously drew a handsome gold watch from her pocket and glanced at it. It if' t<.Jn minutes of e l even." "U nci der train is due-1" ten minutes after twelve, at Devil's Curve." Shimminy plazes! How you t'ink ynu get to der odder side off Nugget Notch py dQt time? It ish more ash dwenty miles!" "Yes, by the regular round-about stage trail, but not by the railroad track. I can do the proper distance in an hour, and I will do it, if I die trying! Bring Colonel at once!" "Vast You ride mit der railroad track downf You preak your !'ee k ofl'I" "Bah 1 Colonel can leap any two culverts ou the road. Bring him at once!" Yakie stumbled away, and soon returned, leading a handsome roan steed, whose fiery eye, and proud step, and arching neck, proclaimed him a thoroughbred. Without d e lay, Denver D oll mounted and prepared for her journey. "Vot ish to pecoome of me1" Yakie askf'd, rather dubiously, as the thunder.crashed louder "Take the instrument, mount your horse; and set out for Nugget Notch by the regular trail, I will join you there after I flag the train." She then rode away down the ravine, and in ten minutes came to the track of the UniOD Pacific Railroad, which she proceeded to follow in a wefitward course. Ahead of her lay Nug get Notch, a rough mining -town; a conple of miles tothe right of the railroad, behind her, lay the Devil's Carve, where the r oa d ran abruptly around the mountain over a dug-wal. bed, the sheer promontory arising on one side, and a black abyss bordering the other side of the track. A misplaced rail or a pile Of rocks a t this point could not help throwing a train off

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Denver Doll Detective. a 'into the yawning gulf, and causing its utter destruction, upon the jagged rocks in the gloomy gorge below. She knew that she was liable to encounter danger by following the track, but that was of, slight moment to her, if she could save the train. So she set the spurs into Colonel's ftanks, and the spirited charger dashed away at a speed that showed him to he a racer of no mean quality. Over the culverts be dashed, with nimble leaps, the young Detective Queen sitting her sad Gile with perfect east.>, and urging him, until they fairly flew over the ties between the rails. Mile after mile was passed. By a. flash .of hgbtning she caught a. glimpse at the face of her watch, and saw that it was a. quarter to twelve. A quarter mile more she made, when-Hark The shriek of a. locomotive whistle was heard a.hove the roar of the storm. The Express1 some minutes late, was almost upon her! With a.'..'hll shfl leaped Colonel iuto tbe ditch beside tbe track, and brought him to a. standstill. Slipping to the ground, she procured a. torch from her saddle-bag, and with difficulty ht it, and leaped up the embankment to the track, just as the Express ca.me tearing around the hend at a. speed of forty miles an hour I Sbe a.ved her torch to and fro above her bead, and screamed at the top of her v01ce, frantic with fear that no heed would be taken of her. But when the engine was within fifty feet of her, the engineer blew the whistle, as a signal fo1 down brakes. The grade at this point was very steep, and the train was long and heavily laden, so that it was some distance from where Denver Do1 was standing, ere it conld be brought to a stanc. still. But tb cleft your tongue!" he said it's entirely too sharp." its sharp enough to talk for tbe right, you bet I" Doll retorted. "Enough of nonsense. Did you flag the Express to-night?" Reckon I did." Wbat did you do it "Because I wanted t.o." Answer me hetter than that," said the otJiet of the Terribles, sternly. Because l wanted to prevent tbe horribls maFsacre of innocents at Devil's Curve. I rods CHAPTER II. from twPlve miles the other side of Nugget A QUlllER CUSTOMJ:B. Notch to prevent your <'rime." _/ DENVER DOLL was promptly taken from the "How did you find anything out about th& arms of her captor, and bound to a sapling out-. propo.;ed wrerk of the train?'

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Denver Doll a.s Detective. "1' one of you r business again!" "You shall learn better. It hasjust dawned upon me who yo u are. You lire a detective, lllld I reck o n I have heard of you. You are Denver Doll, and I suppose you have come here to wage war on us, ehl" "I've no reply to make to anything that you may surmise," Doll retorted. "I reckon it will be safest for the interests of the Tribunal to shoot you, D enver Doll, and get rid of you!" be said, drawing a revolver. D ead m e n, or wom eu, t e ll n o tales.. Five minute s for prayer so improve them!" "Ho ld up tha r, Cro s s B o ne s Tech a hair of D o ll's h ea d an' I'll riddl e ye like a Gatfln g !" The m e mb ers of the T errible Tribunal gazed arounrl in great astonishm ent at th e sound of the b o yish voice, and b e held standin g near a diminutive specim e n of humanity whose age apparently could not have e xc eede d t e n years, and his fac e not bis fig ure was what gava him the appearance of b eing that old. H a was extremely r agge d and dirty, and bare fo o ted in the bargain, but b i s sturdy, r eso lu te fac e with its big mouth, pug n o s e cunning black eye > and fringe of unkempt hair made him a curi o us charac ter. H e s tood in a d efiant. half-pompous ... utitude, facing tb e desp e radoes, 'and each hand leve l e d a co c ked revo lv e r, unwave ringly. Captain Crime took a good look at'the lad, and then burst into a loud lau g h. "Well, by the Rocki es !" h e ejacul a ted, "if th11t ain't the cutest thing I've seen in a y ear. I sav, bub, who are youl" "l'm Btll B ethe l, y J u bet, and I'm sum on my muscle, too, Sall y So, if you don't want to get slugged, jes t you untia tbe t aire gal, and hand her ov e r to my protection." Captain Crime looked at the boy again. What do you mean 1" h e demande d. "Why I've a notion to paralyze you where you stand!" Little Bill iaughed. "Large trees from little acorns grow, but I don't s<:are worth a cent," lie answered, unfl i n c h ingly. "If I hadn't the drop on you and tbe po"l'er to watch it and nurse it, I'd sta nd no show. But I've got an e ye that S'l1.S tha t the s e 'ere two d e ath-dispensen is lookin at every ga loot in the gan;i;l" Even though he laughe d before h e spoke, his sp e ech was stern and meaning, and that of a man instead of a boy. That be meant business, no one could doubt, and ev e n Captain Crime could do no better than h esitate and consider Seve'l m e u stood at bay, and one sl ender but d e t e rmined boy held \he in there "If you don't g e t o.ut of h ere mighty quick, I'll have you skinaed alive!" Crim e growl e d, savagely. "We ain't quite so green as to allow ours elv e s to b e bac ked down by a boy." "But you are, all the s a m e and I'm j est the sort.of a rooster wuat was brought up to keep my eye peeled for such sharps. Release tb'3 gal and turn her ov e r to m e b e f cre I count three, or I'll let drive at you! One!" And up came the w eapons t.o bear more fully, and tbe flash in the little bl a ck eye& of the strange r might have been regarded as exoee'd in:;ly dange r o us. Captain Crime saw it, and so did his men, and of one accord they shrunk back, Let up!" <:rime called out. "You've g o t the drop, youngsli0r, and durned if you ain't the pluckiest kid I ever met. Therefore, you shall have the girl anrl your liberty. But, beware, both of you l The third time after rec e iving the notic e of the skull and cro ss bun e s, your doom is sealed. So be pre pared!" He ste pped forwarrl and severed the bonds that held Doll to the sapling, and motioned for her to depart. She walked over to the side of Little Bill, and together they b a cked d own the gorge, Bill maintaining his cover with the pis tols, until they were safe away from the outlaws' camp. It was the n D enver Doll seiz e d Bill by the hand, and thanked him waraoly. "You are a brave boy," she said, "and you will always have a friend in me. Who are you, and where do you belong "Oh! I'm Kate's kid-Kate's my old woman, you know. She cum down to a place called b eathly Ditcfi, or sum sech a place, hereabouts an' l eft me up in the mountings a-grubbiu' at a po o r clai n, with pi c k and pan. Sed she had 'portant bizness over beer, but I got lonesum, an' s o jes t buckled on my armor, and dropped along after her. Know of se c h a plac e as Mug gin s s N o tch, Death Ditch, or sum s ech a name, up in this se c tion I" "Yo u m ean Nug ge t Notch, I guess. I'm bound for there myself." "The n I'm with y. I wanter find Kate, as s o on as pos;;ible, for thar's no tellin', now'days, what tl; e se gal s fall into in the way of danger, if t b e y ain't got a purtecter like m e." D o ll could but laug h at the boy's r emarkable s e lf-cou c eit, thoug h it was evident that he was nobod y's fool, in the way of worldly wisdom. Tb eir journey to Nugget Notch occupied the best share of the day, as they were obliged to go on foot. At last, howev:er, the place was reached-a wild, rough mining-camp, like which a hundred could be found scattered through the mountains The ro were the usual irregular clusters of shanties, cabins and tents, here and there being one more pretentious tban the rest. Then there was the inevitabl e grocery store, several saloon, dance-houses and gaming-dens, a shanty post office, a theater, and a bank. Tbe theater was a long one-story shed, which would bave been much more appropriate as a barn than for its present calling. Howev er, it was the popular reso:rt o f the camp, for "fun." When Denver D o ll and Little Bill arrived in the town, however, the theater bad no attractions, for tbe denizens, who filled the gulch stre et, in knots, were in the discussion of s ome important topic, which proved to be conc erning the train disaster. Every one was terribly excited, and the threats made against the perpetrators of the crime, w e r e not f ew. D e nv e r Doll's appearance in the town attra cted considerable attention, but no on e of fererl to molest her, nor her ragged companion Bill B ethe l.

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Denver Doll a.s Detective. I ------------------,-------------After about an hour's search, she found Yakie Strauss, ber Tt!utomc comrade. He was com fort.ibly stowed away in one corner of a saloon, complacently making a meal on cheese and crackers, nnd a mug of whisky, forwh1ch latter article, be bad an iuordinate fondness. He Jookoo up, with a comical ex!Jressiou, as Doll approached, a. much as to say I vas all right-bow you vaI" rattling detective, I fancy. He is es close as a steel-trap concerning Kate, whom be claims to be huntinj!; for. There are many mysteries in life, and there's one here, I'll wager." Half a block down tlle street, ;he met a well dressed mall, wbo took the libel'ty to bl ockade her path, and tip his hat to her. "Excuse me," be said. "Are you not Denver D olli" __ Doll looked car.ifully a1ouuoi ber to f>ee that 11be was not watched. the n said: CHAPTER III. "Well, what news!" RIENZIO. "Loads!" Yakie grunted. "Train run off LET us follow Little Bill Bethel. drack-sbmash all mit Denver Doll bad not gone wide of her mark "So I am aware. I missed warning tbem, in estimating bim to be shrewd, keen and wily, though I brought the train to a stop.'' and having the making in him of a tborougbShe tbeu. explained all about her adventure, bred detective, which narration caused Y akie to open his eyes After leaving tbe prESence of Denver Doll and in wonder. Yakie, Little Bill sauntered a nout town for "Sbemminy blazes I dot vas uoddinks, I haff some time, taking in !t'Pnes as attracted bis swi' times p1gger adventure ash dot." attention, until be finally came totbe "theater," "Indeed I L et's hear about it." which bod opened its doors for tbe night, as tbe "Veil, I dells you. Afder you skin oud und laborers' day's work was virtually closed, and leaf me alone mit mineself I dou'd vas come they were flodring intd tbe camp, to spend what straighd to dis blace, but taks a valse ofe r toa dust they Lad earned that day. blace vere I could vatch der Duyfel's Curve. Before the theater, Wbicb was called the ">uri!y soon. pyme-py, along comes d e r Exbress Glol.Je, was a bulletin, upon which was mounted train und tumbles off into der gorire, yo os t like a band-prmted poster, announcing tbat "tbe rolliu' otl' a Jog. D e n der vas screecbin', unu favorite and celebratt>d Viennese Nigt:tingele, bowlin', und, sbimminy gracious! der duyfe l Rienzi n would positi>'ely appear every night, und bis imps dey vas skootiu' aroundt like goot in choice operatic programme; also several dis fellers. Den purdy quick dey disappear, uud I tinguisbPd high-kickers, boxe1s, and nigger peT goes doWR mit der wrec k. I finds von young formers." mans, mit a hole in bis head, unj be say be giff Little Bill read the aunounremeut, and ponme ein t'ousan' dollars if 1 hide him vere node.r e d over it for some minutes, and then sc1orch pody konld find him. So I put him ofer mine ed m Lbe pockets of bis ragged p&nts till be shoulder, und pring him someveres, git mine founrl a gold halfeagle. t'uusan, und come right avay here." "I'll toke in tbat racket, if I bu'st," he mut-"But where did you l eave tbe young man, tered. "Now, there was ruy old gal, Kate-sbe Yakic?" Doll asked, witb curiosity. was a bopperatic sort o' singer, and et "ould bi. "Dot ish my secret," the Teuton answere
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/ 0 quent backing cough, t'lfat was inclined ;,o you're so anxious to lose your cash, consum o tiou. was rather pre-put 'lp," the g ambler replierl. pos3< ''t of counten ance wito deep blue eyes N e J Ainle y laid his ias t fifty on the table, a p hi.;, 11 > ur 11, shaded b!" a light mustache, jus t a little do:ibtful as to whether he would anit c l 1s'' '1:.11lin z ha i r. eve r st>e it again. cu .npau1 o n 11t the ta 110 wa s a d e ciderlly No w, boy, do your bestl" he said, encour-sport is h l ook i .{ 1n liv1dual glitter of whose agingly brilliant o l a c K was ample proo f that be was "But, eee bere-wbar's m y comin' iu, of that o r e r of huma n b e ings, who was c o nfi-fer exertin' myse lf. G oin' to Q "JYI" dent tb .. t b e co11l l s11il easily thrvu6h life with"Yes.Jf you win, I'll divide and give you a out wor ki n g hotr l to do i t third. 1''111ri" He vris attire i in a blu e suit, with an immac"Kerect. Squar' yourself, Beauty! Cut for ulate w nite ve"t shirt a n d c ollar, while upon his deall" bead a sn o w-white sombrero pinned up at The cards were cut and dealt, and the game one side a n d ename nted wi t h a colored plume. began, Bill leading, and later s c ooping in three His; f ee t wer< incase d in slipp e rs. times. lo figure h a of commanding stature, while Beau Blonde spoke not, but the scowl upon bis in facA be what most people would have usually smiling face, indicated bis annoyance called handso me. and anger. Tqe peering eye s of Little Bill Bethe l took in Little Bill evidently knew perfectly well what. all t'be peculiaritie s of the scene as be pushed his he was about, for be played with cool confi, way alon5 t.o a position. dence, whistling the while. The game, seven-up, had just ended, and the Toward ii:scl ossthe points st.nod tie and there gamble r sp irt had jus t raked in a numbe r of appeared nut small chance for tbe boy to win. gold-pi ec e s and slipped them into his pock e t. But, win he did, amid the cheers of the "You're out of luck, Ain s ley!" he said, with tat.ors, and to Beau Blonde' s inte n s e c hagrin. oue of bi s p eculiar smil e s. "What's g o t into "Yo u inferna l skunk, I'll ki c k you out youl You c an't pla,v for shu c k s any m o r e!" of d o ors!" he roarPd. "What d'ye m ean by Ains ley's white ::hooks !lu s hed, as he thrust stickin' yourself in here, where y ou're not hi s band int.o bi s pock e t. wanted! "I'm not broke y et!" be said, grimly, a s h e "Ob! I jest kim in to see tbe r mena gerie, an' brought forth two twenty-dollar gold pi eces and whipped tbe tiger-that's all," Bill r e plied, with laid o nfl of the m upon the table. "You've a g rin. "Ne v e r did kno w muc h 'bout k eerds, soake d awa y my money long enou g h B eau tho my old m a n u sed ter b e tbe r tbe y say! Blon de and it's my turn to r etrie v e my l osses G oin' ter bac k me ag'in, Ains l e y, ol. a n d with a triump h a1,1t let's play! N ed Ain> l e y said, eage rl y "If I Beau Bl o n de arose, e x c i ted l o B t h i s time h'l ng;ed if I don't the li ttle H is face was pale with t h e p a ssio n he was evi-chap against you d ently trying to w i t hhol d Be3.u Blo nde l a u gher! louil y at t h e i d ea "That will do f o r the prosent," b e said. "I Tha C!lrds 1ver e p r oduce :l, and B e au Blonde will play with y o u so m e othe r time Ned and N e d Ains ley pl ayed their g a m e the s t a k e s Ain ley. Tb e co n cert will s oo n b e gin now." b e ii>!?: forty d o ll a r s a s i de, e l e v e n points g a m e "Very w e ll," Ains l e y ass ented, as the gam-I t wa;i. a s h ort and eas ily-w o n vi c l;or y f o r the bi e r walk e d away. sport, h e s c o ri n .?.: four ti m es, thrice in s n cces" H e llo! C b affy, ain't g oin' ter take water, sion. Ai nsld y getting D'l b a nds w orth playing aire s houted Little Bil!. N ow the n B.J-01'.fi(e chuckl e d, raking in the B eau Blond e looked back with an ugly ,scowl, stake a r e yo u d o n e!" but did not answer. "Rv n o m eans !" Ains l e y ris ing. "Ob! h e's got it in for me, has Blondey!" the I'll back th e h o y against you for fifty a side. lad chuckled. First you know some one will ftnd

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Den.ver Doll as Detecth 1. Y cadaver lying in an out-of-the-way place, l sre's preacbin', an' ye offer to tech her or ready for the undertaker." snit her, I'll blow a bug tbrougb yer noddle!" "Never mind," Ned Ainsley replied. "Beau Blonde fl.ashed a withering glance at the :Blonde is more bark than bite; still it will do no youngster, but did not answer, and just then harm to keep a sharp outlook. ,How much do Rienzio made her second appearance. yon waut, Billy!" In aP."iastant the applause ceased and "Fifty will do me." was the boy's modest was restored, and as she was about to sing again answer, and Ainsley banded it over without a the voi ce of Little Bill piped: .nurmur. "Look out tbar, Kate, old gal-the blonde Feeling as rich as a king, Billy then made bis chap on tbe right means misehief!" 'il'ay as far front as possible to get a position so The singer gave tile boy a startled stare, then tlbat he could bear the primaclonna, who was to turned a half-frightened glance at Beau Blonde, 'localize. who at.the same instant toesed a letter upon the He finally succeeded in getting <1. perch up on stage. a barrel, from where he could obtain a fair view She picked it up, and with pallid fate turned of the stage, and there waited full as impatientand staggered behind the ecenes. ly as the rough audience. As sbe did so tbe man in buckskin seized Beau Beau Blonde stood near the stage, leaning Blonde by the throat! against the wall, bis face clouded, and eyes "You infernal scoundrel!" he roared, in a gleamiug with an ugly light. stentorian voice. "what do you mean1" Not far behind bim was a man of about bis own build, with a heavy brown mustache, and hair worn long over bis shoulders-a rather handsome fellow, who was attired in finely tanned buckskin, and wore a broad-brim hat set back wpon bis head. A couple of revolvers were in his belt, while be leaned carelessly upon bis rifle, with bis eyes fixed upon the stnge curtain. Finally, after the room was packed full, and the audience began to get noisy with impatience, an overture was banged off upon the piano, and the curtain was rung up. 4 short pause-then Mlle. Rienzio swept out -npon the stage. Tbe next instant a pin could have been beard to drop upon the floor. Every eye was fastened upon the beauteous face and figure of the singer, as she stood for a moment with slightly flushed cheeks, before burstiag forth into a sweet, plaintive melody, her voice as clear and pure as the chime of an Alpine bell. Of graceful, symmetrical figure, wbicb was claj in a flowing suit of white mulle, open slight ly at the throat, her face was one of rare perfectnes s of feature and refined beauty. With bated breatb the rough audience listened to the beauteous song, it seeming to bold them spell-boun 1!. Even after Rienzio had courteilied and retired behind the wings, there was a dead silence for sevei-al minntes. Then the Babe l of cheers and applause that burst forth shook tbe structure as thoug-h a tornado bad struck it. Men yelled at the top of their voices, stamped on the floor, and even went so far as to hurl pouches of dust and golden coin in a storm upon the stage. Two men seemed affected in a different way from the others. One was Beau Blonde, who had push e d excitedly fo1ward to the stage, and stvod eagerly awaiting .the reappearance of the a wild expressi o n upon bis face. The ot.ber was the man clad in buckskin. His face bad assumed a deathly pallOT, and be bad foLlowed at the gambler's heels. Across the room, Little Bill BeClhel stood erect upon tbe barrel "See beer, Beau, what yer galn' ter do!" be sl!outeU above the din. "'Member I've got my heye ou yer. That singer's my f\\l pa.rd, Kate, _HAPTER IV, THE DUE:4 THE man who stopped Denver Doll on tM stret:t was a genteel end prepossessing elderly gentleman, say about fifty years of age. He was rather portly, bacl a kindly expressioned face, with beard and heir streaked with gray and eyes that beamed V
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8 Denver Doll a DetectiYe. A young ldy of about Doll's own age occu-1 "Well,'' she said, "if saspicion points t.o pied a seat upon one of tbe settees-a very one, I dou't soo much of a clew to work I" pretty modest-lookmg younl{ lad. v, too, neatly "No, but you detectives ougtt to b" able to and bearing evidences of refinement and pick up threads to work on. I would really good l:Ulture. like you to undertake the case, young lady, as She arose as Mr. Ainsley introdue." In wuat manner has this robbery boon per-D enve r Doll looked at the strange card for a petrat,rl?" while, seeming to be in d ee p meditatiou. Well, that I c1nnot t e ll you. It is 1 "You are right. Tue notice is evidently always de>n3 during tha n'.gbt, but bow, or by m<'.ant to convey to yon tbe waming that you whom, is a mystery to me. You w;ll observe are doomed and will be killed m thirty days. tnlt the cabin is v ary strongly built fortbe purThe party of desperadoes (whom I am bere po9e for w11fub it 1s oecupiej, The door is of uu-after), that wreckP.d the train last night, employ usual st1eagt11, and is mgbtly on the out-the s1Cul1 and '.'ross-bones as a symbol, and are side with d ozm of them, no two uodoubte1ly the authors of tbis card. They alike. An l I have never fouud any evidence of also may b e conuected with the bank robbery. laY'irt g bean pickf>, i or tampered with. I will look iato the matter. If there is nothing Tbe wi11rlo1,-oars ara SJ fixe r ] th1 t tbey cannot more of importance, at present, I will take leave be rem'Jv eii wit .boat cutting them, "and the awl see you again." mooey is nightly 1 icked in tbe safo. Yet ever v Sbe first gave the bank an examination, but fe;v a su-n of fro:n fifty to two hundred could see notbing but what appeared permanent dollars i3 taken." and s olid. Have you ever staid here over nizbtl" After bidding the banker and his daughter "On t.,, but on both I fell asleep, good-night, she went forth on the street again. and money was gone in the rooming." a nigger in the somewberA, and "H11n1pbl H!l.ve you ever kept W!J.tch 011 the I will hunt a thousand's worth for the same, you outsiroad on the street all night." "Hn w many persons, to your knowledge, are acqu'linted with th" combination besides your salt!" N a na. Mv nephew, N e d, attends to nothing but my l>ooks." Is be and relia ble1" "I have the greatest confidence in him." "Confidence is often misplaced you know. Who Rre the inmates of you1; bousebold1" My rlauzbter, myself, and a Chinese servant. Ne1 boards at a neighboring miner's house." Any other re1atives1" A p!!.iried expression flitted over the banker's face. "Ay, I have. A scapegrace son whom I bave not s3en fo over two years, and never expect to see again." "H!l.ve you any idea of bis whereabouts1'' "None whatever." 4 silence follewed. Doll interpreted it that the Ainsleyg did not ..tesire to further divulge their family 11ecrets. To say that Beau Blonde was astounded by the sudden attack of the fierce but dashing s"tranger, would be drnwing it mild. He j erked lo o s e from the grasp upon his collar, and wbeeld
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Denver Doll a Detective. I not satisfied,'' he said, dryly, and then pushed bis way out tbrongh the crowd. A large part of the audience followed him, aud some othem surronndeJ bim, enthu$il1stically, while others stood aloof, with s ullen faces. These "'ere evineatly the cronies of the. discomfited gambler, Beau Blonde. "I say, boss, you are jest tber old creameryde-la-butter, you aire !" cried Little Bill, es be burst into lhe circle. Dog my cats, ef yeu didn't sail in and save my old woman, Kate, like a storm u' l.wrse chestnuts. Pacific Pbil gazed down at the lad, in wousurprise. Who are you1" he demauderl, curiously. Billiam Bethel. at ver service. Tbet Rienzio w'at suug aire nothin' but ther long an' short o' my old side-pardner, Kate, you bet! 8be jest slung aside ber pick an' pen, an' skipped out au' left her young prodigy a-diggin' away. I skipped arter her,_ an' ef ve hadn't 'a' punched Ben Blonde's nose, l'tl hev Clone it fer ye." Pacific Phil seemed extremely surprised at th e boy's words, and p1""obably would have addressed bim, bad not at thi5 instant a fierce yell emanatP.O from the doorwav of the theater. The next instant Beau Blonde came rusbiug out, with the mi1n of a fury. Straight up to tbe buckskin scout be strode, his face flaming with rage, and eyes gleaming. "Look here, you black-hearted rascal, ure yeu aw11re what you have done?" be demunded. Perfectly well I" Pe<.'ific l'hil replied, not in tbe least disconcerted. "I thumped a puppy in the face, and will repeat the action, if you give me auy provocation." "You are a coward and a craven. You dare not fight as gentlemen fight!" "Tuere' where you mistake. That's jugt where yon fl.ad me at home, with weapons. If you want to fight, all you've got to do is say so. and you shall b" accommodated. I doubt if I ever saw a perssn l'd like to fight more, than you." Fight it shall be then!" Beau Blonde cried, fiercely. You bave iasulted me, and I
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10 Denver Doll as Detective. to arrest all whom we find engaged in the practice. Besides this, {ou have as good as killed your opponent, and must hol flung the weapon upon the ground in front ol' Denver Doll, who hastily secured it. Kins motionE>d i o saveral of Beau Blonde's cronies, who instantly seized bold of the buckskin sport. Oil' with him to the lock-up!" the deputy ordered. "We'll have a little more law and order here while I'm in the town. Where's the gal as took the revolver!" All looked around, but Denver Doll bad a way. She reappeared upon the street shortly after however, and encouraged the stern-visag;;J deputy. "Hello! what did you do with that revolverP' he demanded, confronting her, "Put it where it is safe until wanted, my frienJ," the girl retorted, coolly. "Then you go straight and get it, or I'm dashed if I don't yank rou into the jug!" "Oh I I guess not!' Doll retorted, pulling back the collar of her jaunty coat, and exposing a gleaming b:idge of gold. Kind o' opine that \larries me through, not!" The deputy started and stared. "Oho!" he ejaculated. "So you're here after them train-robbers, in anticipation of a reward being otl'ered, eh!" "Perhaps. Perhaps not." "Waal, now, my maid in britches, jest let me Jill you one thing: I'm here on that same lay myself, and I ain't goin' to bev no party nosin' around in my way. Hark to that, will ye I The healthiest thing you can do is to strike out fer same more congenial climate. Mind, I make no threats, but a word to the wise is sufficient." It's useless to try to bluff me!" Doll remarked. "By the way, I am not awaril that a deputymarsbal has authority to interfere in the pro fe3sional duties of a reguh. r d e tective. No doubt a lette r to the chief m!l.rsbal would cor y our fres _hne3s. D on't you think sol" "Y9u'll find outt" King turniug and walking away. "Nic3 m iu to have in a public offi ce," Denver Doll m11tt;erei, as she sauntered along. "If I mist!l.k e n o t, b e bas got as black a heart as the rasc iits wtio infest this camo. Pacifi c Phil dirl n o t wounl the ga'Ubl
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Denver Doll a. DetectlTe. 11 Later, after an earnest consultation, the two conspirators sealed the compact br, indulging in several bumpers of ''bug-juice;' after wbich King took bis depr,.rture. "Phew I ye don't let on I Why, Pve met toot feller, a'ready, an' go't acquainted. He were fleeced by that sharp Beau Blonde; so I Jest sailed in an' won bis money back for him.,. wrong in estimat"Hal ha! So be is addict;ed to cards, ebY If Denver Doll had not clone tug hun a rogue. I that's the case, it may be no great trouble to find how the banker's stamps disappear. Don't "Gimcracks and gum-fodder, but I'm glad to you tbink so, William?" see you! Hain't I bad a boss old skewrup, tbo' "'Nix-cum-a-rouse !" the boy replied, Tell in the time I've been separ11ted from y e! Bet i ye tbat Ned Ainsley ain't no tbief, no more'n I have Told ye I'd find tbe old gal here, I did! am. He's got a mug on him as honest-looking What ye tbink-I jest waltzed inter the theater, as the face of an eight-day cl uck." an' who d'ye s'pose I found tharl Wbyt..!wig "Some faces are but natural masks to vil my nose, ef I didn't see my old gal, .K.ate, lainy," Doll observed, wisely. "I must see this a -paradin' the stage, as natteral as life, with fellow myself. By the way, have you kept an enuff duds and gew-gaws on, tew give a billy eye on the Dutchman1" goat the consumpsbiug. Obi but couldn't she "Yes. He's slid out from the saloon an' whoop-'er-up inter tber key-west notes!'' evaporated. 'Spect he's gone whar he's got the Thus rattled off Little Bill Bethel, as h e and young feller bin." Denver Doll met, not long after tbe duel that "Likely. Keep your eye peeled, and if you had termmated in the arrest of Pacific Phil._ get a glimpse of him again, shadow him until Tbe two had met each other within a stone's you find the biding-place. Got any moneyi" throw of tbe office of Harrison Ainsley, and th<"y "Swads of it! 1 don't play keerds fer nothin'. naturally -paused-more to excl:ange confidences Went snacks with Ned Ainsley, ye see." perhaps, than for any other reason. "Well, then, hunt yourself up a place to If you could only mast.er your tongue, Billy, bunk, and I will do the same. To-morrow we it would be ever so mucb better," Doll said will search d eeper into this case." provingly. ''You have in you some of the ele'"Shi look!" Little Bill suddenly whispered, ments of a detective, but I see I m11st curb you excitedly. "Who is tbat.l" to tbe practice of not talking too loud, nor tellA figure in a dark cloak had approached the mg too much of wllat you know, when there are Ainsley d we lling, and even as they looked, chnnces for other ears in your vicinity." runk down upon the steps . "Keerect, old gall You've got more years "It's a woman I" Doll observed. nor I, and just you shove olit the p'ints, and I'll "Yes, and sbe bas fainted too I" Bill declared. rope 'em in." ebbe that's KRte-luks like her figger. "By tbe way," Doll said, smiling at the 0cmel let's go over!" boy's assurance, "I've undertaken a job, and "'Stop!'' Doll hissed, catching him by the since my partner, Yakie, -has forsaken me, I arm, and detaining ldm. "Look! we'd better will take you in, in his place. The re's a case of not interfere, now. See she 1s being cared for." systematic rolibery going on, and I've under-Two men bad en1erged from tbe Ainsley taken to ferret it out, and I may have a chance dwelling, and raised the tainting woman and to work you in, to actvantage." borne lier within, wherupon the door was "All ri ght. Hyer's witb ye tooth and toeclosed, and all was quiet in the vicinity. nail, jest tell ns what ye want and I'll tackle it Little Bill looked anxiously into Denver Doll's with all my feet." face. "Well, come alcng back on this vacant lot, "Wasn't tbe t kinder skewrious, them two where that fallen tree is, and I will give you a galoots a-comin' out and snatcbin' the woman few points r e l ative to the case. inter the house" be asked. The mov1> was mad<", and a moment later "Well, I don't know, She will probably they were seated upon the body of the tree come out again, after sbe is restored." mentioned, from wh e r e they <'onld have a view "Maybe!" Bill assented, but there was a of the Ainsley dwelling and the street, without doubtfulness to his tone that told he didn't bebeingobserved, themselves. lieve it. "Tell ye what I'm goin' to do. I'm "Yo u see tbat house," Doll said, aft.er they goin' to b a n g around till I see her come out. If were seated. that's my gal Kate, and they keep ber shut up "Be t I do! I've got my eyes on it." in there, dash me if I don't fire the shebang I" That's where Ain l ey, the banker, lives. "Well, do as ye like about that. I'm goin' lt's bis case I've undertaken, in addition to that to look out for a bite of sleep. If you need as-.. f buntlne; down the outlaws." sistance, you'll find me at the Mountain View "Yes!" shebang." ''Well, you see that strong-cabiu. over yon"Keerectl Sail away, Doxy I I'm in fer a. u<1r. That's the bank. Healthy leaking b "ank little detective business on my own book." ain't it. hut, it is e bank, wber.'i Denver Doll laughingly took her d eparture Amsley cnrries on bis husiness. H e claims h e is leaving her young acquaintance to bis prop;;;;;{ being myRt!'riously robh!'Cl, all the time and nocturnal w11tc-h ovPr tlw Ainsl<'Y mansion. yet can gain no clew to tbe pp1rnitr11tor df tile A PlU<'kY piece of bnman mechanism was Ut-crimA and wants me to tAke bol o of the job." tlP. Bill, nnrt you co uld no scare him ti.Jan "Got your 8keleton to work on?" you could intirnidatP. a ragmg lion. "Pa1tly. Haven't suspicion e d any one di-So hP stretC'bed bimRelf out on tbe log, and recrt, but have got mv ey"" <>n Ainslev's nephew kept bis eye upon tbP dwelling of Ainsley. Ned, who works in the bank, as book-keeper." "Bet a cookie that was Kate. She's actin' up I

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Denver Doll as Detective. right strange, fer a sensible gal o' late. Them two fellers, Beau Blonde and Pacific Phil, seemed t o kuow her, an' I opine she know'd 'em, too. Tb e n, bye r sh o come s along and faints on libe banker's Joorstep, and two mi:n n early snatcti h e r bald-h e ooed, a-gittin' her inter the boutt'ng m a for! "Perhaps!" the other replied, dryly. "You a cteect iv e I is, a n' vou're a have e y es I dare say." kP.rric t er. Wbar's my <;al, K a t e! "So I have What brings you back bere1'' Tb e b o y s eyes k ee nly r este:i o n the I d o not a s a rule make known my bus iness f a ce but fail e d to n o tic e any particular to any one. You may infer, h o wev e r, tbs t I pro d u ce d by his came for a purpose." Wbw your "Oh, very naturally I should presume that. K a dmit any o n e unde r any pretext." had b ee n p aying h e r loverly attentions, and "Wtio i s the boss, pray!" had u s ed your utmost Pndeavors to persuade "Ttier d eputy. her to el o pe with y o u. My m othe r was rapidly "P3bawl Ile ain't the earth. Come! open up, sinking away with consumptio n, a nd you, heartand let me in!" less wretch, were paving the way for another "Nary, pard I" wife and a fortune!" "Se3 h e r e !" Ainsley eirolairned, after a mo-Harrison Ains l ey's face had grown whiter pent of thought, "you fellows don't find a i e nand his manner n ervous Je!Jargol1pieoo nnging on every bosh. Here "Ngj; satisfied with turning roo out of honse la couple. Do you want tbem'I" 1 a-Dd home," eontinued t'be prisoner, "you hired ...

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Denver Doll as Detective. 18 1111 adTenturess to enter our home, and, armed with a forged marriage-certificate, to charge me with bigamy. What was the result1 The evi dence was so con c lusive against me that our happy borne was broke n up, and my wife left me to the wild, reckless life of a-well, notquite a i:_uffian. A sport would perhaps be the better term. Do you wonder, Harrison Ainsley, that I am your enemy?'' "'t neither wonder, nor am I concerned at the matter. A man is liable to make a mis-move, once in a while," the bltllker chuckled. ".By tbe way, my son, did tbe child come into the fortune you have r eference to 1 Pacific Bill fairly ground bis teeth with rage. "I'd chok e y o u for asking that, were I free I" be gritted. "You know full "Ne ll she did not, when you h eld the papers. But, it is not too late for reparation yet, perha ps. The adventuress is d ead, I have learned-" "But I b o ld the certificate. Ha! ha! you had better have stayed away from Nugget Notch, Philip. Y ou'll find poor sympathy h ere." It is som etbin!I" 1 do n 6 t Ii ve on. Once I get out of here I thmk it will be my turn to do something r etributive." When you get out-exactly. That is speaking rathe r uncertainly. By the way, wh e re is your wife1'' That, of course, I would neve r t ell you did I know." The words were spoken with intense bitterness. A faint in the eyes seemei'f to injicatEi that be was not exceedingly disappoinl; ed at the answer be bad received. "Well, we will not bandy words,'' be said. "I simply came to learn what your intentions were toward me, so I should know how to act. You are doubtless aware that I married a second time and tLIY wife is dead. Her beautiful daughter resides with me, nnd if you care to settle down and marry her, I'll get you out of this scrape; otherwise, it is n o t impossible that you may be take n for Captain Crime, the noted desperado, and be lynched. They do say you look wonderfully like him." "Thanks for your offer. I am a man, not a tool. If I am lynched, remember you have another enemy to fear, more desperate than !Rudolf Conroy." Bah I the man is deRd." By no means. Although through abject fear of him, you bad him walled up in a moun tain, be still lives, a free man, with an oath rEJ?,istered to get even with you." r do not believe you; n e vertheless, let him i!Ome; I will be prepared for him. G : >0d-byl I expect to see you dangling to a limb, when I arise to-morrow morning," and he capped his lantern again as he turned to depart. Behind the door crouched Little Bill Ethel, in a quandary. Should be scoot out, or be locked in, with the vrisone r? "I'll scoot, and run the risk of results I" at1d he dodged out of the door, just in the nick of time to es cape discovery, by the returning guards. "Here's a go," be mused, skulking' ofi' into da11.'1)0,; "C<>llare
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14 Denver Doll aa Detective. "None to my knowledge." "Do you understand tbe combination of Mr. Ainsley's safe1" I do not. What are you driving at, may I ask!" I will by asking another question. Are you aware that from time to time, lately, sums or money of various amounts, have been removed from the bank, during the night timef' "Indeed I am not!" Ned exclaimed excitedly. "Uncle never Raid anything to me about it. Am I suspected, for Heaven's sake?" "No t by your uncl e, I fancy. He spoke in good of you, but appeared to be greatly mydtitied." "Well, I should say so. H e has been very mum, at l eas t. D o you suspect me ?" "It is my privilege to suspect every one until I hit on the right on e," Doll answered, with one of her pretty smil es "It isn't so nice to be a detective as it may seem. Ooe has often to be rude or insol ent. I hope you are not the cul prit, Mr. Ainsley; you s eem lik e a nice young fell ow! "Tbanks for the compliment, but I assure you I am not the person you seek. "I hope not. By the way, what salary do you receive?'' "Forty dollars a week." "Oh, well, that ought to keep you in change, nicely." "It does, though I sometimes blow a large part of it in at the table; but I al ways mauage to keeo m v bead above water." "Well, I'll louk around and see who else to in Doll said, with a plea sant laugh. Then she left the pl!i.ce and went over to the botHl, on tbo step> of which she found her dimin utive protege, Little Bill B ethe l, his e yes literal ly as big a> sau cer;:. "On! J ein im 1. Crima, Doll baby!" he gasped "I've struck a lead--a regular old bonanzer, or I'm au ant-eater." CHAPTER VII. NAILING A NOTE. SEEING that a considerable crowd of openmouttied idlers were in the vicinity, Denver Doll hastily hurried Little Bill to her room, where be gave a remarkably clear and concise narration of what h e bad seen and heard, to gather with his individual opinion on the matter. Ttie Detective Que en's surprise was great, and she was silent for some time. I hardly took Harrison Ainsley to b e a man ot this type," she admfttod, finally. "He ap peared to m e like a thorousi;h gentl e man "He didn't to me, tho'," Bill retorted, doubling up bis littl e fists. "He threatened to set me up in the boot business, free gratis. Tbat's why I Rnuc ked arte r him. Allus 'spicious o' men who a.ir e ateard o' kids llke me. But, 1 tell ye, Doll bahy, suthin's got ter be done. The banke r may feel unea>y 'bout hevin' mi gal Kate sbet up in his owo hou5e, and may lie snuckin' ber off ter s u m c:;lfP.r placA, even now." "Pos>ibly, unless Ainsley may wish to keep her here for a certain purpose, which I ghould infer, -i.t, indeed, be bas her shut up at all. As for the prisoner in the jail, I do not apprehend any trouble in his direction during the night, as all seems qiet; so our best move is to snatch a mor .. St\[ of s l eep during the remainder so as to be fresn for duty in the morning. To-morrow is likely to bring about new events." The idea was acted upon, and our two friends threw tb"lruselves upon the bed, and Little Bill's hearty snores soon proclaimed b1m to be asleep. Der.ver Doll laid awake for some time, however, her active mind reviewing the situation. "There seems no two ways atiout it, but what Harrison Ainsley is an unparll,llel e d villain," she concluded "If she, his sou's wife, is to come into a fortune, and he holds the n ecessary pipera, tha t accounts for bis hou sing her. He the n intends to make a summary disposal of his own son, and in order to do it, will undoubted ly try to make him out Captain Crime, Chief of the Skull and Cross-bones L eague, known as the T erribles I fear he can do this unles s sufficient testimony can b e produced against him to make the charge a falsehood. That may be a hard matter. As for handsom e Ned Ainsley's being the robber in the bank case, I am satisfied he is not guilty. I must next suspect the banker's step daughter, whom hi" introd uced to me as his daughter." Morning at last dawned, rainy, cold and dis agreeable-such a day as suspended work at the placer mines, though the quartz drifts were worked as usual. After breakfast, Denver Doll left Little Bill to l ook after himself, while sbe stroll!!tl down to the post-office. B ehind the counter she beheld tbe postmaster doing up some mails; so she confronted him, after the custome r had gone. Mosby, I know you," she said, pos1ti vely. He started, and stared at bar a moment, anc\ then uttered a g r owl of r ecognition "WelH" be hissed, hi s eyes gleaming. "It is well, Mosby," ttie girl replied. "I'm not after you-there's ns money in it. But I want some inforooation!" His manner changed instantly. Why ou course, gal I Anything I kin do, ax of me. J est come behind h ere, and sit down." And be le::l the way behind the tie r o f postal boxes into a small apartmen t where the mail was made up or distributed. "Now, spiel out!" lie said, lighting a pipe, and stroking bis shaggy beard. What d'ye want1" "Oh I I'm working u p a case. Want a pointer or so, you know Does Miss Bessie Ainsley re cei ve letters through this office!" "She do. Every day or two." "Are they from out of town?" "Nix! Allus pick 'em out o' the drop letter box." "The next lette r that comes for h e r I want! Do you hear!" "Kerrectl Can't 'ford to go back on you!" "You b e t you caD'tl By the way, you are n retty well acquainted with tbe rol!;ne element. Who i<; there about town who might be Captain "Dunno.'' I' Have you eve r seen him!" "You bet-to my sorrow!" "ls the fellow d ow n iu the j a il the man?"

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Denver Doll as Detect!ve. 11 no!'' Would you swear to iU" "Bet yer boots!" "Good I That's all forget the letter." "Nary time. Doll then left the post-office, her brows slightly knitted, a habit with her when sbe was perplexed "I haven't done so badly, anyhow" she mused. I may learn a bit by the Jetter.\ Further along she met Harrison Ainsley, who approached excitedly. "l3y heaven, I have been robbed again!" he cried, angrily. "The bank was entered again llll'lt night, and a hundred dollars. extract.ed from the safe. This is unbearable." Doll was a moment, a more puzzled expression upon her pretty face than before Well, this beats me I" she averred. Did you l eave everything ship-shape?" "Ayl I took unusual precautions." "Was any of the money marked?" "One ten-dollar note bad a little red x in the lower left-band corner of the face side of the note." "A mark often employed, therefore of little account. Didn't take the numbers?" ''No." Do so hereafter. I fancy I am bot upon the right trail, but can tell you nothing definite yet. Will see you again.'' They -parted. Doll rambling about town, with an eye open to business. In the course of ber perambulations she came to the Ainsley mansion Bessie was standing in tbe doorway, and instantly recognized the Detective Queen. "Why, good-morning," she called out, smil ing. "Won't you come in? It's so lonesome for poor me without company." Secretly elated, Doll was not slow tJo accept the invitation, and the two girls were soon seated in the cosily-furnished parlor of the banker's residence. Then followed an hour of purely feminine chatter. Then Doll was invited to take a look through the place, which sbe accepted, by saying: "Thank you I I do so like to look all through other people's houses, for I expect to bave one of my own, and like to catch up ideas of bow to arrange it-" To herself she said : Now, I"ll see for myself, if tbero is a pris oner m the.shebang." Tbey did the ground floor first, in all departments; then the cellar, where Bessie treated her guest to a sip of wine: then the up-stairs was Denver Doll's sharp eyes noting i>very point and peculiarity. .And a feeling of disappointment came over her, after the last apartment bad been visited, and no prisoner discovered "Maybo it's only a put-up job to throw me oft' track, though," flashed across h'lr mmd. They returned to the parlor, and resumed conversation. "Rave you many gentlemen acqualntanees1" D oll casually. "None very intimate. It is papa's wish that I do not form many here. And a s she spoke, she r aised h e r left band, and arran ged her frizzes At which Doll gave a violent start, unnoticed b y the o t her. She saw u pon the engagement finger o f the banker's step-d aughter, a peculiar rmg-tbe same that bad attracted her att
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18 / Denver Doll as ltetectiTe. lied utt.ered Ah ejaculation of astonishment. Why did you do tilatf' he demanded. Because it was one of the notes stolen from the bank le.st night I" He turned very white. "My God. Then you believe me the thief?" "Borne would-I do not. But I want you to tell me where you got the money?" Ned took out a roll of bills, and extracted a fifty. "The balance I won on faro," be said. "Af ter leavinl{ you, I played, and won, and lost, all night, at Red Mike's. It would be bard to tell where the bill came from, as the cashier held the money he took in, in bis fist, all the time. Usually teu dollars' worth of ivories were bought of him at a time by each of the fiv11 playing, and when a twenty note was given him be of course handed back a um." "I am glad you explain so frankly, and that I tapped that note before it got further. I am satisfidd of your honesty, aud am going to snare the guilt.Y person before long I" Thank you I thank you for your confidence in me!" the young man said, seizing her hand, and rai si ng it to bis lips. "Honor I hold sacred, and I now kuow they cannot steal it from me, with surib an iuvincible advocate as vouJ" "Du uot be too sure. Watch your actions, and don't get tripped. Look at your money, too!" Sile then arose and departed, followed by bis admiring glance, for he felt he had met the only woman he could ever afterward care for. On her way to the hotel, she stepped into the doorway of the post-offic e but a shake of Mos by's head caused her to go on her way. As she was about entermg the hotel, the graybearded man she had met before came out and his bat politely. "Wonder who he is?" Doll mused. "Some how it strikes me his business1 here in Nugget Notch, is of some importance.' She went up-stairs and traversed the hallway leadin g to her room. As she passing the door of the room ad joining her own, a slip of paper partly protruding from under the door, attracted her attention. At first sbe was about to pass it by, but on second tnought changed her mind, and procured Without pausinl!', she went on to her room, where she examined it. It ran as follows: .... .. I meetlag to night at llC-'s, at usual hour. Imp ortant business. Don't fail to be there. ''C.C." That was all, but it;s significance, to Doll, was great. "Tbe six dots means Number Six," she interpreted. The C. C. stands for Captain Crime -that's plain as pie. The whole thing summed up means that there's to be a meeting of the Terrible Tribunal at M--'s, wherever that maybe-" Just then the door was burst open, and Little Bill came tumbling end over end into the room, shrieking with laughter. H e landed upon his back on the floor, where he rolled and kickt>d and roared, until Doll was forced to laugh, too. "Stop! stop, you young rattlepat.el What are you raising such a racket aboutr1 she de mandAd, shaking him vigorously. But the more she shook him, the harder he laugbed, until it seemed as if his puny frame could not withstand the strain upon it. Finally he found relief in words: "Ob! Jerusalem! Obi Holy Moses in the bullrushes l stop me I choke me I I shall kersplode I Ohl Ohl Ouch-ab!" By this time the hall was filled with curionij people, who crowded forward to see what .vas the matt.er. CHAPTEU VIIL PLOTTING. ABOUT the same time that Little Bill was taken with his paroxysm of !aught.er, Hai-rlson Ainsley sat upon the settee in the public part of his banking office, engaged in a deep reverie. "There are no two ways about it. I must send for Felice. She served me once for money, and she would no doubt be glad to do th., same. They Ii v e a sort of miserable existence, after squandering the other money-up in the mount ains somewhere, I believe. No doubt it suits the old man well enough, but the girl bas an inherent craving for money, to put her on an equal with some of her di ore fashionable sisters-thats what bas knocked in tb., head what. ever scruples may have been boru in her. I hardly know exactly what use I shoultl put her to were she here, still, I fancy I could utilize her, for something tells me I may need some ono eminently trusty to work for me by and by. Somehow, I don't put any 'too much confidence in that female ferret, Denver Doll. Sbe has 'most too sharp eyes and wits, and would just as quick work up a case against me as any one else. If Felice were h ere, I could trust berthat is, I am pretty certain I could. If Philip should get free, I should need her more than ever, for I think he knows that Kate awl the singer were one and the same, and should he escape and not find her, he would raise tbe earth but wbat ho would discover her whereabouts! Hal ha! I think she is safe, and am satisfied no one knows anything in regard to her disap pearance." "Ye do, bey'i" Ainsley looked up with a startled cry. The Q.oor was open, anrl a man stood upon the threshold-a burly, ragged, uncouth, Lewhis kered mountaineer, with bloodshot eyes, and an expmssion of count.enance ,tbat was anything but pretty. "Ye do.z.!tey'i" he grunted, advancing into the office, well, mebbe ye do, but hyar is what would like to know whar she is-d.'ye heerf Whar's Felice'!" "Ob I it's you, is it, Falqueer'i Didn't know you at first." "Thet hain't w'ot I axl'd yer1 Falqueer growl ed "I cum down byar arter Felice, w1ot run away ag'in, an' I jest want her." Why, man, I haven't seen her for several years!" Ye lie I I jest beerd ye mention her nlll'.Dao

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Denver Doll as Detective. 17 Better not fool ne and the same man. Se e l "Seel Of course. I'm not blind or dumb." "Well, then, it's settled. After Pac itic Phil is stretche4, you are to hand over to m e one thousand doll.ars." "I will be as gO-Odasmyword," wa s the reply. "It's a bargam. I'll off to call on the U. P 's man now, and see what can be don e w ith him." He found Detective Sinclair in a r o om o f the Mountain Vie w, engaged in writing a l etter, whi c h, however, was laid aside o n t h e detec tive's entrance. "Mr. Sin clair, I believe," King said o n FDter ing, and beholding a little, pinched-up rnllow skinn e d f erret-eyed individual, of some fifty years of nge. "Exactly, sir-Elias Sinclair, at your service. Who are you?" was the brusque answ e r. "I am Deputy Marshal King," the other re plied seating himself. "Ehl is that so?" and the puny men adjusted his g o ld-rimmed spectacles end took e good look et his visitor. "Yes, I guess y o u ere right. Bt>lie ve I have seen you Whet do you went, sir? I am very busy." King s cowled faintly. He bed rather antici pated a more cordial reception, and was not a little disappointed. "Well, I'll tell you," he answered, after a mo ment's pause. "I see you have offered a r eward f<>r the arrest of Captain Crime, the desp erado. Fork over your stamps, and I can produce your man within ten minutes. Sinclair looled at bim doubtfully. "If you bave the power to produce the men, it is lour duty es a deputy marshal t o do s o." don' t agree with you in su c h a case eR this. In behalf of a corporation you o ff e r a reward for a culprit. If 1 am lucky en o ugh tu 1 ,000 REWARD! discover him, the reward is mine. In the same "The above sum wit! be paid by D e tective Sin r e spect, you get a reward for bringing the c ul clair of the U.1;i Railway d f o r the d etec tion and prit to justice, through the instrumentality of desper a o, Captain Crime, or bis another.,, "The se men are known to have wrecked the U. P. The eyes of the U. P. detective smiled gleamtrain on th e nil(ht of the in s t., hence the r e ward. ing}y .'liberal reward. also, for information lea.ding to "You have evidently been waiting for this tbe disc o very of their I reward," he observed. .. . H. SINCLAill, IJeu c t i v e That is not yet proven. I have been here Mountain View Hot el. but a few hours.;' It chanced that Denver Doll had not seen any "Well, where is your menr' of these notic es during her morning trip. Humph I Where is your cash?" But others had-among them, Beau Blonde "Where it is llt:el.y to remain until I have the and Deputy Mal'Shal King, who were out togenuiue offender in my possesi o n. I do not gether." propose to leave the vicipity until I em satisfie d 11 Ahl just what we've been waiting for," I have the right man." King exclaimed, IU! he perused the notice. "I "Yon do not suppo110 I wotdd trick you, Sin have a chance to make a season's salary by clairt"

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18 Denver Doll a.s Detective. I suppose nothing. I know nothing of you: A thousand dollars is a mountain 1io somo men's eyes." "Humph! Well I can /'roduce the genuine case 1f I choose. Now, i I briug the man to public trial, and prove to you that he is without doubt the person you advertise for-" "The reward is yours, in hand." "The hanging will then take place at once!" As soou as I can take the man to the nee.rest court and have him tried." But one trial is sufficient. He must be tried and hnng in Nugget Notch. The excited popu lace would never allow him to be taken 11-way." "Bab I y o u surmise a great deal. And, too, you seem to manifE'st extraordinary iuterast in the man's death." Why shouldn't H" King .demanded, tragically. "Hasn't h e robbed me of money repeat edl!.1 I have no mercy for a robber." Of course I cannot say about that," the other repli ed, dryly. "If you can prove you have t h e genuine criminal I advertise for, so be it. If you cannot, you. had better subdue your eagtir desir e for the money." "I can prove it. I have the fellow in jail now. Within two hours I can produce plenty of witnesses to swear tha t Pacific Phil, as he calls himse lf, is Ciptain Crime, the outlaw." "Very well," Sinclair r e pli e d, quietly, draw his unfini s hed letter in front of him. "That will do, Order the trial for three o'clock this aftern oon, in front of the jail." As be began writing the n, tbe deputy con sidered himself dismissed, and took his de parture with an expression of triumph upon his face. Within an' hour the camp was shaken to its center, as it w e re, with the report that Pacific Phil was accused of be in g Captain C rime, tbe d esperado, and would be tried fo r causing the railway holocaust at Devil's Curve. As soon as possible Denver Doll cleared h e r room of tbe gaping crowd, and locked the door. Then, with another att.impt, she finally suc ceeded in bringing Little Bill out of his fi"t of laughter iqJ;o a state of serenity. Partly opening the door, she perceived that the crowd had dispersed, then turned to Bill "Now, Mr. William, I want you t o explain yourself," she said, sternly. "Why, would you believe it, you've actually bad the whole house aroused by your screeching." "Couldn't help it, sis-bad ter laff-feel j est like 'splodin' ag'in!" Don't you do it for the life of you, but tell me what on earth ails youl" "Well, ye see, tlil.is was jes' how it was," Bill answe:.-ed, squinting reflectively at the floor. "Feelin' tber 'portance o' my detective biz last night, an' desirin' an intervie w with Percific, to l'arn ef he was my parental dad!or not, I waltzed down to the jail and axed to go in. The guard instanter applied the countenance of bis brogan to thtl rear of my rank-an'-file, and lifted me six feet six. Ohl but wasn't I mad I I jest slung a piec e o' quartz down bis throat and sloped. He slanted in the same direction. It was nip and tuck. H e nipped and I tucked. First I know'd I didn't know nothin'-that is, I know'd more about it afterward thitn I did before. Ye see. I dodged into a lot o1 bushes, and went ood over end down into e. sort o' pit about ten feet deep which had been chocked over with vines, sticks and leaves. Wonder I didn't break my neck; 'twould n't been o' much account, tho'. Well, to make a short story long, when that plagued iniard peek ed down, thar I lay deader'n a. bat-a reg'lar smilin' seraph, you bet, not so much as an ear wrigglin'. S'posin' I had swum across, be spit a cud o' terbacker down inter my eye, an' slooed, blame him! I then resurrected myself, and took a synopsis. What d'ye s'pose I see'd1 Right in ther side o' the pit, cluss to the bottom, was a hole ruunin' back inter t edd y firma, more'n big enuff fer a man ter erawl through." "Well?" "Well, ef I wasn't excited, I don't want to go to Congress. I allowed I'd found wbar sum pirut bad bid his nuggets, and inter that hoel I weut after 'em. 1: crawled, and I crawled, and finally
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DenYer Doll as Detective. that tlley could not look in, and the guards pos itively refused any one admittance. It was in this vicinity of the jail that Doll met Harrison Ainsley agam. He gazed at Doll keenly as she approached. "Looks rather dubious for the fellow who is locked up in that jail, don't itY" heremarked. You do not feel very sorry, it appears," the girl returned. The words appeared to give him quite a start. "Indeed, may I a;k why should H" be de manded, rather gruffly. "Ob! there are natural reasons. I did not think you were the mHn you are, Harrison Ainsley, or I should hardly have undertaken the job for you. As it is now I will g o through it. You have been altogether too h!i Sty in two ways. First, in dismissing your nephew, Ned." "Allow m e t o advise you that I manage my own affairs, miss!" the banker interpoed, O.nsbing. "That's ell right, when yon can do so, but when you have to employ a detective to help, you should not spoil the whole matter through temper. Another thing you've made a. li>ad move in is your attempt to prove your own son, Pacific Phil, a rascal and despera Jo by making him out Captain Crime!" "You lie! I have attempted nothing of the kind, nor is Pacific Phil my son!" the banker cried, in a rage. Denver Doll laughed. / It is usel e ss to deny it, when my spy over heard, word for word, your interview with Pacific Phil la.st night. The whole matter of it is, you are an outright rascal, and you know it. Now, do you know what I m going to do1" Harrison Ainsley did not reply. Fear and rage bad equH l bold upon him. "I will tell you," Doll went on. "I am engaged te ferret out the robbery, and have the trap nearly ready to spring. I don't like to mix l in your otber matters, but if I see an.v agency \ of yours in the trial this afternoon, I'll expose you before everybody. Do you underotand1" "Yes. But 1 did not start this movement!" So I am aware. But you were mighty tickled, when it sprung into shape. As I have said, except to liberate Pacifi c Phil I shall take no pers<'nal band in your family quarrel, unless employed to do so by tlJe right. The more shady and quie'; you keep yourself, the less liable yon will be to get yourself into troubll'." With whicb consoling bit of advice she turned and strode away. The banker glared after her, trembling with ra!le Ohl you she-vixen! curse yon!" he hissed. "You bave sprung a surprise on me that I little suspected. And for the time being I am in your pawer, and at your mercy. Philip will escape m spite of mP. no doubt. but wait! Felice may come, yet. Then, it will be my turn-ha! ha l yes!" D!'nv e r Doll bad given her word that she personally would n:it interfere in the family quar r e l unless E>mployed t o do FO on the right sirle. She spoke thus ror berself, but not for Little Bill Bethel. She went back to her room in the hotel, and found the lad there, fast asleep, and snoring like a full-fl.edged butcberi bul! bis eyes w ere opeu the moment she permitted, purposely, an incau tious footfall upon the O.oor. "Another good sign!" the Det.ective Queen said, inwardly. "Hello! back a'ready, sis1" the lad yawntd. "Yes By the way, Billy l've got a case for you. How'd you like to w1llk about with a Gov ernment breast-pin upon your breaet1-U. S. D. SavyP' Billy leaped to bis feet with ..sparkling eyes, and strutted about with bis thumbs under his armpits. "Well, I should snicker ef that wouldn't be r,allus l" he cried. I'd jest rise from tbar t > Congress. A good long step end large fees will fetch it, ye know." Well, Bill, I've concluded not to pay much attention to anything but the roqbery case, for the present; so if you think yon can work Pacific Phil in for a case, sail in. Do you remember everything you heard!'' Like a book. Gulped it down like an alle. gator." Well, now, Pacific Phil may need some per sonal aid, and maybe you can by .extreme <1are become of some use to him. Sup])08ing you iret into the jail, and see what you can do for him in the detect1 ve line. If yon make a success of the case, a badge you shall have l" Tbe boy's eyes fairly danced with excitement and joy, and be executed a jig on tbe O.oor. "Forty fishhooks! v.bat would my gal Kate say, ef sbe were to see me now?" "By the way, I forgot to tell yon, Billy, that I was through the Ainsley residence, in every part, but there's no "omen concealerl there." Billy put bis finger to bis nose, and winked, knowingly. "Git out!" he said. "Did ye go into a sort o' wing on the nor' side o the shebang!" Denver Doll meditated a mement. "I think not," she said finally. "As I re member, all the rooms were within the main house." "Tbort so. That jest settles it that my gaJ Kate i s up-stairs in that wiug. Gue8"' I'll go, now. But, bold up. Maybe ye ratter f
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Denver Doll a.a Detective. giving him the paper, which the boy pocketed, and was gone like a flash. Before seeking the secret passage to the jail, he sauntered about the prison for awhile, to see if anything of extra importance was going on; but there was not, the crowd l.Jeing about all to be seen. Just as Billy was moving away, Ned Ainsley came up. "Hello, Billy," he accosted. "How's your health? Do you know you turned my luck for the better, my boy!" "Sorry of that," Bill declared, soberly. "Goodness gracious! why!" ".Because gamulin' is a bad perfesh, 1 only jest wanted to show l.e ye didn't know shucks about cards, Say, dye know the feller in the jugf' Not personally." "Wull, ye know h e's .Ainsley's boy, "I've had a suspicion that way." "Well, it's RO. Inter the family history!" "Not very deep. I've had it intimated that uncle and cousin were not exactly on friendly terms." they ain't! I got the case down fine. Tbe old cuss wants to crush the young cuss fiat ter nor though an elerfant had stepped on him. To Q.o this a job's bin put up to prove that Per cific is Capt'in Crime. Can't ye give a lift, at the trial, to prove different?" You bet, if there is any need of it. I say, Is that Denver Doll your ma, Billi" William snort@d. "Nary a time! Hain't got but one. Doll's my partner, ye see-young, petrty, unmarried, sharp as lightnin', rich, amiable, and a reg'lar brick. Why don't ye sail in, buddy, an' capture her1" Ned smiled A.t the boy. "I'm afraid I'd not make a bit," he-answered. "Pshaw l She's sweet on you. Kinder like !er, too, don't ye?" "Well, to tell the truth, she bas rather taken me iu and done for me," Ned admitted, blush ingly. "He! be! he! so have II" squealed Bill, with a malicious grin. "Know'd I could draw ye out, like fetchin' a bile to a head, wi' fly-blister. Oh I but won't I have a sweet toothful fer Doll l>al:>y! But, never miud, Neddy; I'll fix it up all fer ye with her. You'll have a reg'lar puddin'I" And away trotted the young ragamuffin, with a tantalizing laugh. "Blame that young rascal," young Ainsley muttered. He'11 worse than any imp. Ten to one he'll make a laughing-stock out of me in Denver Doll's eyes." __ While Little Bill hurried away, rapidly. "This chinniu' ain't allers bizne5S," be so liloquized. "Hope I don't meet another 'quaint ance I know. I must git in a word wi' Percific, afore they yauk him out fer triall" ing no relief in tbiil, returned once more to !tie street, where he saw Deputy King, who was superintending the erection of a sort of stand, upon which the trial of Pacific was to take place. As soon as be could, conveniently, the banker called him aside. Excuse me," he said. I am Harrison Ainsley, the banker of this place. I understand that you have captured the desperate, Captain Crime!" "Bet yer boots we have, boss, and we're goin' to try him, this afternoon." "I'm glad of that: don't you Jet him escape justice. He has robbed me repeatedly, of large sums of money. I suppose you will lynch him'!'' That will be impossible. There are other detectives here, and for me to allow such a pro ceeding would be to lose my position as deputy. I'll guarantee his conviction, after which Detec tive Sinclair of the Union Pacific, will band him over to the courts. The only thing is to prove him the man. Are you greatly interested!" "Well, to that extent," the banker said, slip ping a note of large denomination into bi11 hand. "I would prefer, quietly of course, that s o me sure and certain disposal be made of the fellow, at once." All right. I will see what can be done to accommodate you, sir." "Perhaps I may triumph yeti" the scheming banker muttered, exultantly, as he strode away. "One thing is certain:-if Philip gets free, I shall have to look sharp to save my life. So I may as well take advantage of firRt grip. He went thence to bis banking-office, near which he met Ned Ainsley. "Well, boy, I guess you might as well come back, and resume work," be said, good-na turedly. "I am pretty well satisfied you are not the thief. By the way, Ned, I wisb you'd stay at the bank this afternoon. I have some impgrtaut business, outsiile." So havfl II" the nephew returned, signfi C'antly, and turned away, leaving the banker in a rage. "Can he know, and does he seek to revenge himself on me, at the trial!" was the thought that flashed across bis mind. In the mean time let us look after Little Bill, and ascertain how bis errand resulted, After leaving Ned Ainsley, he made his ap proach to the pit, in a roundabout way, and taking a good look around him, to make sure that he was not observed, leaped into it. Entering the tunnel, he crept underground for some until he came to an abrupt ending of the passage. Then reaching unward, he exerted all bis puny strength, and managed to raise and displace a large fiat stone overhead, which was one of many that formed the floor ing of the jail. In a moment more he was in the apartment where Pacific Phil was imprisoned. Ii was half-reclining, now, his head resting CHAPTER X. upon his hand. There was a look of surprise P.A.OD'IO'll ro:&lii AND i'JLlEalDS. UJ>OII his face as he saw Billy. llAalusoN AINW.EY woot home, bis un-"Hello! where iu the name of all that's won-anj ravctl a!:Juut f:Jr awhi l e but find-1 derful, d'id you come fron:i?" be exi:'lalmt>d.

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Denver Doll as Detective, "Sb! Compress your bugle!" Bill warned, with a nod toward tbe door. "Mum's tbe word I Ears out tbere sbarper than a needle. Kuow meP' "Well, I reckon I've seen you. Once seen, your mug is never to be forgotten!" Pacific said, dryly. "Dunno. Seen purtier, an' bev seen wuss. I'm William Bethel, E s-q., an' beer's my recker mend." l'aciflc Phil received the message and read it, surprise beaming from bis eyes. "Denver Doll is extremely kind," be remark" ed thoughtfully. "Han11: it, so ttm II" chipped in Bill, "or else I wouldn't 'a' rooted through the dirt to reach you. So come down to biz, Percific. Aire ye goin' ter employ me or no!" "What to rlo1" the prisoner demanded, regarding the midget amusedly. "Why, ter tnke bold o' your case, straighten out all the kinks, and win tbe game fer ye, in short order." "Well, I.Joy, your mistress seems to think you something of a phenomenon, so I suppose I better employ you. What do you know relative to !l'.IY affairs?'' "Heaps! Got a phonographic pate-scoops i n all it bears, and all ye've to do is to turn the crank, and out she comes. It was me who got the furst. Snuck in behind your royal dad, and roped in all the s lack that passed 'twixt you. The old gent don't exactly dote on you, does be!" "No; nor I on him. A greater actual villain never live
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SB Denver Doll a. Detective. leaving no trace behind him to tell that he had been in the cell. He and D enver Doll were alone in the secret, barring facific Bill. CHAPTER XI. A BRACE OF R OGUES AND A PRIMITIVE COURT. BANKER AINSLll:Y was seated in his office look ing ov;,r the stock exchange list of a Chicago when Beau Blonde, the crac-k card-sharp of Nu.:z;get N otch, entered unceremoniously, and seated himself with all the sang froid peculiar to his species. Tbe oonker looked over his eye-glasses at tbe man with a stare of inquiry. "Well, sir, what is your erraodl'' Ainsley de manded, as the gameswr settled himself comfort ably into a chair. "Ob, I ju% dropped in to have a little chat. Haven' t ..een you around at the rooms lately." ":tdo not be long to tbe profession-that ia why, likely," Amsley answered, stiffly. "Indeed! Did one night of bucking the tiger weaken you?" Beau retorted, tauntingly. "But let us drop that. I am out o f rnouey, through a bad run of lu c k..., and want a lift!" The banker scowled. "You are liabl e toget one, if you hang around here much lon ger! I a m sole agent for a very practicable lifting machine!" "You sliould a lso start a com i c n e wspaer, you are S'.l facet i ous! Bl o nd e sneered. "But let this parley d r op. I want money, must have it, and you mu s t g iv e it to me!" "Indeed? Wbare do you get so much authority?" "Oh! tba t is easily answered. Whe n I men tio n th'.l.t I h a v e your sec r e t what is the u se fo r you to demur?"' This seemed to stagger the banker a litt l e and bis eyes became fix e d u,po n t he handsome gam ble r in a stony sort of g lare. "W bat do yon mean?" he demanded. "Wu t causes you to think sor Ob! I merely surmised," Beau Blonde an with a lau11:h. One is apt t;o form opinions, vou know r Tbe banker was puzzled, but in this mstance was too wily t;o show it .. Well, suppose I am interested-what of it1" "011 not mucb; only I ttwugbt that, as a business man. if you were particularly in terested, I might be of some service t;o you S0f'1 I bave a grudge-merely a slight oneagainst this p.,cific Phil. Now, if you are in terested-and since I propose to do wbat I can for him, hal bal-wby, you see, a f ew hundred, say five, might cause me to be doubly active." Thank you, Mr. Blonde, but I am not in need of any assistance in tbe matter, as I have already secured all the help necessary, I believe." Be.Ru Blonde smiled again-one of those sinis ter, confident smiles that years at the card-table had made peC'uliar to him. He als9 brought bis fist emphatically down on a table near at hand. "I cannot help my own cause out without h P loingyours, Mr. Aioslev, so plank down an otb"er V h un I ed, if you please." "But I don't please." "Tben I am pleased to squeal. Did you ever witness a lynching, friend Ainsley, and notice how nice a n oose adheres to a man's gullet? Su-.posing-" ''Stop! say no more1 ybu hell-hound, for you cannot get another aollar out of me to-day. Comes ime other time when I have money."' "Very well. I'll not forget it," and tbe card-sllarp at once arose and quitted tbe bank. Once outside, he laughed softly to himself. "'Pon hon >r, I had no idea of striking such a lead," be mused. I just ventured, blindly, to hint that he had a see et, antl be tumb led imme diately into my racket. Hal h&l ba !" B eau Bload e smiled mockin g l y Tbe trial, or,'more appropriatel y, the b earing "Pstiaw l wi:Jat i s your objec t in trying to of Pacific Phil, bad b een s e t for three o'clock, bluff a man of my t ype?" he d e manded. "I have and long before that hour a large crowd "as accidentally come into p o ssession of all t h e data gathered in front of the platform which had appertaining to one of the m os t important sebeen ereeted in front of the jail. of your lif e If you d esire Ill start in and This platform was b uil t a bout four f ee t above giv vou a foll dress rehearsal, t ragedy and all!" g round, and was d esignecl for tbe occupancy of "rhat is unnae essarv I" tile hanil:er demurred, all directly connected w ith the trial. nervou s l y bis face of an ashen hue. "How When be appointed ho .or arrived, tbe dra much can you g e t alo n g with? I am at low ebb matis personceupo n the platform was somewhat t o rhy. owing topeavy shipments and local destriking ml.nh far ab > ve the u s ual run." In the center s tood a sort ot judiC'ial pulpit, in Well, seeing as this is the first time I have whi c h pr'lSided the Union P acific R a ilroad's decalled on you, and you are not flu sh, just deal tect ive, Mr. Siucla.ir. 'J'o bi s right sat D eputy m a out a tho u sa nd, and call it square for the Marshal King. On the left. a little in front, Pacific Phil was t atio!led, h is bands bound be-Aiusley looked angrily at the gamhle r for a hin d b i s hack; but tber e was an expression ot moment; tbe u going to his safe, unloc ked it, defiance upon his face that told he was not ill At and returne d with a p9.ckag e of c ri sp, new hun-ease dred-dollnr n ote s wh i cb h e h ancled over to the On hi s l eft was a bench, whereon were seated man wh i 1 cbtmed to koow his secret. several perso n , Blrmi e glancecl at tbA package sharply, D enve r D<]ll wasl first, Next t;o ber sa t Bill and t'1en shoved it car e l ess l y mto his ve s tR at.he !, then came N ed A.insley, tb" mountainoor pocket. F a lq uee r aDci tbe ma n who b arl t i pped bi s hat "Thank you he s:ild, with an obsequinus I to Denver D oll at tbe Mountain V i e w Rote!, but t>nw; "y-ou r ready i duly appreci-1 who' e name w a s unknown. ated. I presume you are in t he
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Denver Doll as Detective. 18 On the right of D eputy King was a similar bench, upon which was seated Beau Blonde, a companion gambler named Red Eye, followed by six other rough-looking pilgrims, who appeared to be better fitted to cut than serve the aims of justice. Fronting the stand was the sea of faces, not one alike, and a photographer would have been to catch the scene with a i;ingle glance of his camera. Finally Detective Sinclair rapped upon h.!!l desk for order. The trial, or, mora properly, the supplement ary bearing of the case, will now commence," be said, and, in behalf of all concerned, I wish to request that perfect order aud quiet be kept. For the benefit of those who may not know, I will make the following statement: "Subsequent to the terriole disaster on the Union Pacific road I was sent here in tbe inter:: est of t11e company-to offer a reward for the capture of the rnau or m en who caused the accident, and who were said to be members of a band of desperadoes Rtyliog themselv es the Terrible Tribunal. I came as directed, and offered a reward for the ringleader and bis band of subordinates. In response to my notice, Deputy Marshal King, who came here some hours in advance, put in an appearance and desired the reward, claiming to have the original Captain Crime, of wbom, probal,l.v, you ell beard. Allow me to say I was not quite satisfied and to settle the matter, I, in behalf of my employers, end the GQverum ent as well, ordered tbe forthcoming bearing. The question to be de cided is whether the prisoner at the bar is or is not the socalled Captain Crime, the outlaw. First witness stand up and be sworn for the prose cution." Deputy King responded, and the oath was ad-ministered. "Make your statement!" Sinclair ordered. The deputy cleared bis throat: "I was sent here," be began, "by my supe rior officer, immediately after tl:ie disa ster, to ferret out the crime, if possible, and bring the offenders to justice I arrived in time to witness a street duel between tbe prison e r and a gambler, named Beau Bl o ndP.. I arrested the former for the criminal offense of dueling. After I had arrested him, I became convinced, from previous descriptions I bad received, that I batl the famous desperado. I set to work, hunted up m e n wb<.> bad seen him, and bave tbe honor of now presenting them for examina tion. " Why did you noterrest Beau Blond e?" Sinclair demanded, sharply. "For the reason that be did not prov6ke the 11uarrel." "Tb at is no excuse Handcuff the man." King dared not disobey, and Beau Blonde mitted with poor grace. 'Next witness,'' ordered Sinclair. This man, Pete Smick, on being sworn, clum sily testified that be bad seen Crime once, when be stopped a stag e, and "be allowed the prisoner was the same chap." It was a patched-up piece of at the best, and Sinclair's oompletely broke the fellow down. The same result followed in the case of the other ruffians, except Beau Blonde, who stood up and coolly swore that be bed been captured and robbed by Captain Crime several times, and woulu swe9.r on a stack of Bibles that Pacific Phil and Crime were one end the same person. At this juncture some one in the crowd shouted: "He's a liar and a thief, and ye can't depend on a word be says." Denver Doll testified next. She related ell her experience on the night of train wreck, and that Crime was much more diminu tive in stature than the prisoner, and she could detect no resemblance between the two. Little Bill then bad bis say, and a brilliant one it was, too, although somewhat illiterate. He corroborated Doll's testimony, but, as privately agreed between them, neither alluded to Pacific Pb1l as Harrison Ainsley's son. Falqueer next tbe stand. "Why, go!"farned fools," he said," this monkeyin' is preposterous! I know this P acific PIJil. He's bin up nor'west for years. Bin around the vicinity o' the Atlanta mines fop pest months, till a day or two since. Why, be's Harrison Ainsley's son, and this is ther way the old man takes to get even with him." "Is this trnef' Sinclair asked, turning to Pa. cific Phil. "Perfectly, although this testimony is unex pected. Denv e r Doll can tell you as to the lat. ter reference." "It is trne," Doll said. "Bet it isl" chimed in Little Bill. "Allow me to state the balance," the unknown stranger said, rising. The prisoner and my self have been companions for several years as T"\rospectors and miners, as I can produce ample p roof, and we bavenot been in this vicinity over ten days." "No further testimony is needed,'' said, rapping upon tbe box "Pacific Pbil is pronounced guiltless of the charge preferr ed." Then Little Bill Bethel sprung to the front of platform, and yelled: Hurrah fer Percifi c Phil, the squarest pard all-hip! hip! hooray!'' Probahly never in all the days, of Notch was there ever mch a hearty cheer given as in respon se to Little Bill's toast. The crowd fairly bow!Pd themse lves and while the party of the prosecution slunk away, the victors l ef t the platform, and m ade their way toward the hotel, Pacific Phil's st. al wart, manly form in tbe l ea d, and Denver Doll by bis side. It WRS en open defeat to villainy, and a striking exemplification of a motto that every l)ne should consider: "Right is might, in the end.'' Perhaps among those bitterly disappointed at the termination of the trial was the banker, Harrison Ainsley, and scarcely less so was Deputy Marshal King, both beaten at their villainous conspiracy. Some ti me after the conclusion of the bearing, and a little before nightfall, the trio of villains, Beau Blonde. King, and Ainsley, met by chance near the bank,

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14 Denver Dolt a.a Detective. Each wore a rather grim expression, and each stardtl n1rd at Lha oLlJer. The banker was the first to speak. W dl, it has turned out a fine kettle of fish, laasn't it1" h3 11:rowltid. "Mr. B., I thought sure you could he depended on, at least. Yow block heads would have been a disgrace to a penitentiary." "Sorry, very sorry, but I did my best, sfr," tbe daclarecl, obseqniously. "NE"ver mind," Kiug consoled. "We've been beatea; I'm whipped! we all are! but I am not onqua red. wm you put up a thousand on that, Banker Ainsley?" __ CHAPTER XU. A WRONGED WIFE'S SCORN. DENVER DOLL, Pacific Phil, and Little Bill went at once to tbe former's room at the Mount ain for tbepurposeof holding a con fere n ce 11.s it were, over wba.t was their next course of action. striibger. wbo bad been introuced to Denver D 111, hy Pacific Pili!, as Mr. Conroy, wai; also la ;ited int'.> the confab, as he was the fi.ther of K:tt'lleen, Pacific Phil's bride, who bad been so wrongfully separated from him. "Wt1 have bai a go:>d victory to start with," Denver D:>ll said, but, just mark m.v thern's tro uble ahead yet. Three men were badly disappointed at tbe result of the hearing, anJ th 'Y were resp ectively HarriRon Ainsle y, B iau Blonde, and the deputy-marshal King. There you bava a trio of as evil scamps ever Ii veJ, and they have the power to do a pile of miscbi ,fin a camp like this." [ ()nrdially agree witb you," Conroy said. "Mv identity is not known outside tbiscircle; ther1.fore I am in no danger. But yon, Pbil, had h !5t keep close to cover, as I should deem it unnf, for you to reappea1 on the street, wber0 you w o uld mike a good target for a lurking a>s-t3 i 1. We know not what m you are right," Pacific assent ed, but mightily hate to be sbut up. It goe s again3t my grain the worst kind, I waut re on my inhuman and unnatural paren1;, and f''Il bouml to have it!" time eroulf fer that, Pacific," put in Little Bill. "Jest you leave tbe r whole caboodle to u> detectivel, an' I'll sa ve you a furst cla'ls .slice of revenge, all far yerself. Recomemher I've taken yer ca>e in tow, an' it' s 'portaot that ye should yield to my superior judg ment!" "Lo'>k out, Bill, you endanger your j'lw by launcbing iuto such a tori-ant of choice words;" Doll averred. "Ob, that's only the edilication I'm gittin' thro' 's >ciatiu' wt' you:" Bill flashed back. "I'm iu fer a snooze now, so I'll be fresh fer to-night. Got dPad loaus of bizn9ss tb9u." "I have also to look out for," Doll de c1areu. "Sv, Mr. Conroy, we will leave our charge, Pacific Phil, in your care, while we are upon duty endeavoring to put things to rights" The two men then retired to their room, after wbich Denver Doll and her young apprentice in-dulged in a sl.iort nap, for it was bard to tell what the next few hours would bring forth, or wbat active work tbey would bave to do. Wben tbey awakened, it W1tS already early evening, and their room was quite dark. "It's time we were on the alert!" Dl'lnver Dnll '"lnnounced. "What are you going to do, boy1'' I'm going to t-ry and get my bread-hooks on them papers w'ot Pacific wants," Billy answered. Arter that, I reckon I'll try to imer view my old gal, Kate." Well, iro ahead, you young rat, but look out that Ve don't get caught in a trap." "Call me a shad if I do," Billy replied. "I know I've got kinder a curious job "afore me, but I've e:ot the pluck to ta('kle it., auyhow, Used ter live on trout plucks up in our camp. Oh! but I tell you they war boo;s. What's your Jay-out fer ter-nigbt!" -"I'm going to, try and learn tbe import of the meeLing to-night, which I spoke of a having been ordered by the Terrible Tribunal." "Guess it's you what better look out!" was Bill's :>piuion. "Ef auy of that gang gits their digits on ye 11g'in, remember it will go bard with vou, for Little Bill won't be around to help you."_ "I'll try and bear that iu mind," and Doll smiled. "You had better start no'" and see what you can root out. Here's a duplicate key, if you should return hP-re before I do. If I don't return, you will know I'm nailed." About dusk, Harrison Ainsley entered his residence, in by no means the best of humor, and s1ught tbe parlor, wbere Miss Bessie was seated, eugaged in reading a novel. She glance d up carelessly, and then resumed reading. "Well!" the banker growled, tbrnwing him self into a chair, What secret of mine do you know, girl!" "Secret? Wby, papa, I was not aware that you bad a secret; indeed, I wasntl" the girl ex claimed, in apparent astonishment. Bah I You cannot deceive me. Come, own up n ow." I cannot own that which is not true," Bessie repl'.ed, firmly. If you are lying to me, girl, you sh. all repent it. Anotber thing I want to know! Where did you ii;et that valuable ring you wear?" "I don't know, sir, as that matters particular ly to you!" Bessie flashed back. "Re fuse to tell me, and I will turn you from my house!" Bessie grew pale at this, and trembled. She knew that he meant all be said Tbe ring was made a present to me, by an acquaint .. nce." Who is thisa"
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Denver Doll as Detective. Tbe banker was i>virlently too astonished to spe .. k, for be paced tbefloor hkean enraged tiger. "f presume very likely you sanction the match," Bes,ie said, sweetly,'' as it would be real cru'll of you not to!" "Very, very l kely!" was the avagA answer, as the hanker strode from the room, and went up-stairs. Passing along tbe hall toward the front of tbe house, be presently came to a bait, and gave a sudden jerk upon a common nail which was in the northeru wall. In response, a portion of the wall, which was but a partition, at that point, slid aside, and a small room was revealed, wbich Ainsley entered, closing tbe panel behII!d him. The room was 11eatly furnished witb a couch, chairs and table and carpet. Upon the couch, atttred in the same dress she had worn at tbe theater, partly r&lined the bP.autiful singer, Rienzio, or as we shall hereafter know her1 Kate, th" wife of Pacific Phil. Her face was calm in expression, as the banker entered, but her eyes gleamed with a fire not usually there. A movemeut of her arm discovered tbe fact that both wrists were secured separately with a band, to which were fastened long, slender chains which were connected with tbe wall. The banker seated himself with a suave smile, quite in contrast with the exprooiion of countenance be had worn, when down-stairs. "Well. m:r fail Kathleen, how do I find you this evening?" "Procisely as you see me-the prisoner of a villain!" Kate replied, coldly. "Brav1>ly-I may say dramatically-spoken, dear!" Ainsley returned, with a show of ap pare"!lt enthusiasm. "Do you know, when you fire up that way you increase my adoration for you tenfold!" And Rt each time I set i>yes upon you, my loat'iin!Z for you increases a hundred-fold, you monster!" Tut! tut I you are a little too harsh. You k1ww yon secretly love me. So I will pass your seeming rudeness byb as I am awRre that you only use it as a feint, ecause you wish to tantalize me. By the way, I told you that my scapegrace son hail been arrested on the charge of being tbe notorious outlaw, Captain Crime. Well, tbey gave him a fair aud square trial this afternoon. Wbat do you suppose the result of tbe trial was, dear Kathleen?' "I have not the slightest ideal" was the reply of tbe wronged wife. "Well, I will tell vou tbe result," her tormentor went on. "He was proven, fair and square, to he Captain Crime, whose of terror are widely known, and was Rentenced to be hnng to-morrow at sunrise. It is npt improbable, however, that be will be taken from the jail aad lynched to-night." "We111'' Calm as calm could be, not a tremor in ber voice, or an expression of sorrow upon her face, Kate 11:azed at her enemy sternly as she spoke. "Well," tbe hanker went on, "poor Pbilip must die, and with bis death, of course, per ishes all your hopes of ever reunited to him, bigamist and scoundrel that he is." "Not by any means. Do you know; Harrison Ainsley, that I have long since given up the idea that poor Pbil ever bad another wife than me? fit was who am to blame for our separation, when I should have clung to my husband, though ten thousand women bad claimed him." But tbe certificate-the proof of the former marriage with Felice Falqueer-" "Was a cleverly trumped-up fcigetydesigned tO part us, and the young wom1m was an adven turess, hired for tbe I belieV9 this as I believe tbat I am living! But, cbild I cbild I who could have bad any desire to commit such a gross outrage and wrong! Ah! but you are fearfully in error." "I am not! You ask who could have done this wrong-who, indeed, but you? Who turned bis sou from his bou5i;-1 beeause he loved me? Who aspired to my hand in marriage, because he had in some mysterious manner come into pos.<;eSsion of papers that would bring me a for tune? Wbo, indeed, I ask, but you, scoundrel that you are? Is any further evidence neceSS11ry tbat it was yon, too, who sent tbe adventuress to break up our happy home! Ob I Harnson Ainsley, there is a day of reckoning coming for you." Humph I you are getting unduly excited over nothing," the man growled, quailing under her glance. "Your diseased imagination causes you to say things tbat are utterl;y ridic11lous." "Think whatever you choose.' "That is a privilege I sball improve, most aR suredly. We may as well undel'Stand each other. To-morrow Philip pays the of his many crimes. Your disappearance bas caused no remark whatever, as you were nothing more than a strolling mountebank. No_ one bas, or will, take the pains to inquire about you. In your prison beie you are snug and safe, and no one will ever suspi>ct your presence. Therefore, here. you remain until yo11 go forth as my bride." "Then here I wi,J remain till I die!" Kate re sponded. "Wb;Je death would be preferable t.> remaining in this vile durance, it would be doubly welcome to marrying you. Go, monster I" He took bis leave, much to the relief of the imprisoned woman, who c0ul winutes

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18 Denver Doll a Detee._ h ... be could hear the banker stumbling about, then of s ilver and golJ coin, and dost, which made he ottered a curse. thfl young ferret's eyes bulge out in wonder. "Not a match in the plac e to strike a light "My, oh! Ef I war a burglar, what a haul I with I'll swear" be groovle drugged wine is on the safe, tbar to buy U: railroad, locomotive an' all, I bet. aoyb< nv, 'lnd ten chances to one that will catch Ef it were only mine! 'Taio't no use o' wishin', tbe thief, and there'll be a corpse or two in the tho'. When a feller's bands itobes he must town to-morrow ruciroiug." stick 'em in bis pocket. I must s'arch fer them Litt:c Bill closed one eye. papers now." "My, ob I" be muse d. "Lucky I've aot ou to With quick, deft fingers he examined every-that. Bet 11 shad I'd 'a' soaked it a'!i down. thing in tbe way of a document that the safe Wonder ef I'rt hetteriodge in this coop ter-nigbt contained. but to bis disappointment he found or no? OJ.i Ainsley is goin' to leave ,,an' lock up. no trace of anything be wanted. Ef I stay, I'm caged. Reckon a miler roigbt fisbiu' fer fun, au' nary a bite," he dig out, tbu', as these boards of the floor are cl"ing and relocking the safP. "The easily pnlled up-" old cove must bave bis papers bid away in bis It was on making note of this fact that h e house. Now, the next thing is sumthin' else formed a determinat10n t o remain m the.bank I must prospect fer a lead w'at'll fetch me out over-night, and make a search for the papers o' tbis trap. Be a joke ef I couldn't get out, that were wanted hy Pacific Phil. dashed ef it wouldn't!" After stumbling about f o r several minutes Placing tbe lamp in its bracket, be began to l or;ger, the banker finally took bis departure, examine the flooring, which was of rough taking good care to securely lock-the door after boards, and laid down with none too much pre-him. cision. Bill list.ened until b., heard bis footsteps die After trying s everal which were securely away, and then made free to move around. naile d, be at last came to a short one that had "l'm ca .ged jest as nice as a monkey," hemut-not heen nailed st all. tered; an' ef I shouldn't be able to git out o' Lifting it up, be saw that the distance bs heer, they'd stretch my neck fer burghry, like tween the floor and the ground was something eoutf. So I must make the most o' my time. over a foot, sufficient at !Past for him to squeeze GuAss the c.-oast is clear." bis body in when it became ne<:,essary for him He struck a matcb, and by the light took a to concPal himit sort of a crackswbi ch h e found contained a dis used stove and man I'd m'llrn?" some broken furniture. Kueeling h e forp the sa f e, h e stuilied the figures He then placed the lamp on a. table, blew it and mad,;s nrnn the combination p lat;.,. out, and groped his way into tbii alcove, where "A f elle r w'ot don't know tbe 'inters bas to be perched himself con::fortably on top of the go it hlind, an' I judge that's what I'll have to stove and w aited do. A llu kiu:ler luck y on lotte1y, seven-Tbe minutes dragged slowly away-t.ou slowly up an' s1ch." \ to suit tbe young dete<:>tive --for no harde r task He tbeu began to t urn the knob an::l e:ipericonld be impo sed upon him than to keep still for me.,t on the 11urnhe1s. 1 anv great length of time. An hour rlragged by, but b e was apparently Seeing 0.0 propect tha t he was likely to be no nearer reaching the solution of the combina-disturbed very soon, he settled hack into a more tion than at fir s t. comfJrtable po sitio n, with the view of taking a "Drat it! I'll het tha feller w'ot got up this uap, contrivan<>e wus l t>orglar himself. Got sum' But be had hardly closed bis eyes when he myself. bnt, not e nntl' fer tbis sort o' b earrl some one at the door, andhe was in geogr!!.phy. H e ll o! I'm a shad ef I ain't fetched stantly on the alert. her!" H e hearrl the key torn softly; then, after a. It was so. B y a chance he 'bad bit upon mom ent, the door swung open, and two per rigbt nomher! The door was opm am} the ill'sons entered stealthily and clo!ed the door. terio.r of the safe was rnveal ed to view. Tbere They did not lock it, for the reason that there were s everal compartments filled with huoks was no bolt upon the inside. and papers. and a drawer which contained Well I" Orttl of tbe party said, in a hoarse money in notles. There were also several sacks voice, which Billy insta1:1.tly concluded was diw

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Denver Doll a DetectiYe. 27 guised, "here we are again. We must clean the place out, altogether, to-n i11:bt, for it won't do for us to b" caught hllre, whi ch would likely be tbe r es ult, were we to continue tbe raid'l." "You are right. The soorer, the better, to suit me First, you know, blame will be laid upon me." Pooh I you are nervous I But, I t bink, my self, tbat i t will be best to slack up for awhile trod al\ow matters to s 1mm e r down. Did yoH bring anything along to l eave berE' t hat would b e apt to throw su s picion upon Nedf' "Nothing but a handkercbief, with bis name stamnet.I on it. That was the only thing I r,ou ld find.'f -"It will serve all purposes. Now, I will strike a light, and we will see what Ainsley bas left in the safe for us I" A moment later the lamp was lit, and the two night-hawks approached the safe. Peering from between the curtains, Little Bill was able to make out that both wore top boots, long ;ht look around. 1 He ti 1>-toed across the fioof, with cat-like tread, toward the door, his every nerve strung to its utmost teusion-bis breath coming short .and quick. H e advR.Dced sidew i se, so that be could not be 1!1Jrprised by any sudden turn of tbe enemy, and in this way succeeded in reaching the door. To raise tbe latch and open the door was the next important thing, but be accomp li shed i t with the same degree of success that had mark ed his movements across the floor. On second thought be resolved to leave the door slightly ajar, and so doing, be was not long in putting himself at a respectable distance from the bank, but yet no\ liO far that he eould not see the burglars leave it, without being seen himself. Here be waited patiently, for he calculated he could afford to be patient, as it wa P beginning to rain bard, and he could at'cordingly follow his foes, with l ess danger of dist'overy About bait an hour passe
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2 8 D enver Doll as Detective. Struggle us he would, the juvenile ferret eould not get away. Just around tbe hend was a large shanty, where it bud once been Jesigued to start a town, but no pa. v s.,reaks being_ foundl_tbe place was deserted in favor of Nugget .Notch, further down the gulch. Back of it a dismal, pine wooded glen ran bacs: into the mountams. Into this the outlaw f a couple of the men, and then turned to Denver D o ll. "Aha! so my gallant men have been lucky enough to catch a priz9, have they?" he said, ex ultantly. "Upon my word, I nm highl Y elated at your capture, my fair detec tive You came to the mountains to catch a tigAr, and got w, after we transact a little important business we will start some sport. But, t.o the business first. As I stated last night, we have, as the organization qf the oriler of Skull and .Cross-Bone:;;, got to look out. or ths first we know we sball find our;;el ves in hot water, and at the m ercy of the law Since tbe sad railway
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Deaver Doll &a Detective. The order wali obeyed. Guarded by four men each, the two captives were led from the cave by the front entrance, and up the pre cipitous mountain-side to a large s helving ledg e Here a large balloon was al!"eady inflated and anchored, a basket large enough to hold several persons being attached to it. On reaching the cliff, the hands and feet of both captives were unbound. "I won't be too hard on y o u Crime said, with a villain o us chu c kl e "This ballo on i s in flated with sufficient natural gas to carry you ten thousand miles high. If y o u want to jump out when you reac h the moon, do so. Boy s, draw your revolver!. PrISOners, seat yours elv e s in the basket. If you attempt to leave it, you "I' ill be slio t down." Denver Doll e ntered fir s t. Her face wail very .pale, but it was resolute. "Come on, Billy!" she said. "We'll try it, and run our ch a nc e s, anyway. Billy looked de c idedly dubious as be ob e yed her reque st, but if the y had to die, there co uld be little ch o ice. By the balloon there might be a chanc e ofescape. The rain bad c e ased and the wind seemed to be decreasing. "Now, then, good-by I" the captain c a lled out, when the y w e r e seated. "Glad to s e e you take it so coolly. Rategan, cut the anc h o r-rop e." The ord e r was promptly ob6lyed, and the crowd gave a ho a rse, exultant y e ll as the air ship rose gracefully into tbe blacl.n e ss of the night, and was lost to vi e w with its basket of human fre ight. F o r several minutes the air-ship sh o t almost directly upward; then appeared to strik e a counter current, and v e ered to the eastward. Little Bill had belrl out bravely, but now began to cry. Denver Doll, too was alarmed, but knew it could avail nothmg to give way to grief. Her heart beat fast.er, a few minutes later, she thought she detected a slight descend inf\ of the balloon. 'Don't cry, Billy,'' she said, cheerfully, "for we're not 'goners' y e t "D'ye think so ? Bill asked, blightening up. D'ye believe tber's any chance for us, Doll baby? "Loads of it," Doll replied. "The balloon is slowly but surely descending, or else for once I've lost my reckoning. If the balloon only continues to descend at this rate, we will strike te rra firma without damage. Tbe balloon must have sprung a slight leak, wbicb is gradually letting the gas out. If the leak should 9Uddenly grow l arger, we would go down a kitin'I" But the leak did not grow larger, and little by Ii ttle the ba1loon s e ttled down between the rug ged mountains, into a deep, dark ravine, where with no wind to drift it, the ground was soon reached in safety. As the two friends stepped from the basket theybebeld a camp-fire burning in the mouth of a little cavern, and heard an exclamation that sounded mos t pleasant to Denver Doll. "!ilbimminy gracious! dunder und plitzenl vot ish dot?'' and following the words the rotund figure of Yakie Strauss appeared in the cave entrance. "Don't be scared, Yakie," Doll <'alled oui, "It is only I, Denver Doll, and my 'new pard." And the two adventurers advanced into the firelight. The cave bad a pleasant aspect indeed. Upon a pile of skins a very f e minine-looking well dressed youug fellow, with a jet-black mus tache, was lazily reclining, but s ufficiently to tip bis sombrero to the Detective Queen. Explana tions at once ensue.d, Yakie listening op e n-mouthed to Doll's thrilling rec.ital. Vel, py dickens I dot vas a -Juy fel of a s c brape. I dinks you vas lie mit me,'' be ejacu lated, in c redulously. "No, it's all gospel trnth. "And now, if you will give us the nroper directions, we must strike out at once for NotC'b, for we shall he n eede d there s o on." "We will all go,'' the person on the skins said. "I am now thoro ughly recovered, and I have impertant business the re." D o ll pricked up h e r e ars. You are a woman I" she said, more positive ly than inquirin g ly. Tbe oth e r uttere d a laugb. "Yes I am. I am g oing to Nugget Notch to, if R o ssible, right a great wrong I once did I" 'Votl Vot ish dis ? You vas a voomans'!" Yakie exclaimed in great astonishment. ''Yes, my kind friend, although I played off tbe man on you since you rescued me from the wrc.ck." Oh I G ott in himm ell Uff I bad know'd not I'd n effe r ball' stayed here, so help me! Py sbimminy, I was fooled yooat like a lunatics!" "I think I know who you are, &!though I have never seen you,'' Denv e r Doll said. "You are the woman who stepped in betwe e n Philip Ainsley and bis wife, and by a forged c e rtifi cate, caused their separation." "Tbe same-Felic e Falqueer. I did a rer ribly unjust deed then. I was a wicked fool, but I am a woman now. I recently learned that Pacific Phil and Kate were liable to meet in Nugget N o tch, by chance. I set forth to elfect a reconciliation." Tbe;vare there, and you can retrieve, in a measure the wrong of tbe past. Yakie, you rascal, you kept your secret well, but I found you out at lirst. Come, l e t's all set out at once I" In a few moments tbe quartette" were en route for the mining-camp, some ten miles distant. CHAPTER XV. A GRAND CIRCUS. PHILIP .AINSLEY could not rest after Denver Doll's departure. To know that be himself was free, and bis wife was a prisoner in t be power of bis villainous father, was worse than gall and wormwood to him, and he so told his father-in law, Conroy. What is the use of our remaining here idle, when oth ers are working!" he said. "Let us attempt the rescu e of Kate, at least." "I fear that, should we do tbis we might ill terfere with the plans of our coadjutors, Co&oy demurred.

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Doll as Deteetive. .. Pshaw! no. The boy's not liable to accom11Usb much. We can VISit house, taking my b -ther by surprise, and force him to give up Kate and the papers." There was no mistaking that the buckskin sport WI.IS t.err1bly in earuest. I'm thinking he'd submit to death before your forgiven:ess, humbly. I was shot by m:r step-daughter. She came late, and I aocuseii her of being the bank robber. l:lbe shot me and fled. Ohl-ab! ah!" He tell back, then, and expired. he'd yield l" A few words should be sufficient to close this "Becau"8 you don't know him. He can use narrative. considerable braggadocio, but at heart be is a Kat.a was found and released, and Felice <'Oward We can rescue Kate at least, as tbe Falqueer joined the bands of the wronged bus young rat told me where she is." band and wife together, and asked their forgive"Well, I'm with you, if you think best, but ness, wbicb was freely grantee. we bad bett.er wait until the dead hours of A search of the premises the papers night. We can work surer and with less pubrelating to Kathleen's fortune, and also tbe false liclty then." marriage certificate, which was destroyed. Accordingly it was thus arranged. As s oon as morning dawned, Denver Doll About an hour aft.er midnight they left the visited D e tective Sinclair, aud divulged tbe parhotel, and made their way to toe vicinity of the ticulars of the whereabouts of tbe desperadoes. Ainsley mansion. A band of Yolunteers was at once organized, Just as they were trying the rear door, a man and a descent and attack made upon the rendez S.Iddenly popped t
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DeadWiiOd Dick Library LATEST AND BEST. HANDSOME TRI-COLORED COVERS. 32 Pages. B111 O n e and You Will B uy tke it.st! r 8 c.,,..r .... DEAD WOOD DICK L IBRARY I Deadwood D ick, the Prince of the Road I The Double Daggers; o r Deadwood Dick's Defiance I ThP Buffalo Demon; or, The Border Vultures 4 B uffa l o Ben, Pri uce of the Pistol II Wild Ivan, the Boy C laude Duval 8 Death-Face, the Detective 7 The Phantom Miner; or, Deadwood Dick's Bonanza 8 Old Ava lanchP, the Great Annihilator; or, Wild Edna, the Girl Brigand 9 Bob Woolf, the Border Ruffian 10 Omaha 011, the Masked Terror; or, Deadwood Dick in Danger 11 Jim Bludsoe, J r ., the Boy Phenix; or, Through to Death 1 2 Deadwood Dick's Eagles; or, The Pards of Flood Bar U Buckhorn Bill; or. The Red Rifle Team Go l d Rifle, the Sharpshooter 1 5 Deadwood Dick on Deck: o r Calamity Jane 1 6 Co rduroy Charlie, the Boy Bravo. 1 7 Rosebud Rob; or, Nugget Ned, the Knight o f the Gulch 8 Idyl the Girl Miner; or, Rosebud Rob on Hand 1 9 Photograph Phil: or, Rosebud Rob's Reappearance 20 Watch-Eye, the Shadow 21 Deadwood Dick's Device; or, The Sign of the Double Cross 22 Canada Chet, the CounterfPiter Chief 23 De adwood Dick iu Leadville; o r A Strange Stroke for Liberty 24 Deadwood Dick as Detective 25 Dick 26 Bonanza Bili. the lllan -Tracker; or, The Secret Twelve Zl Chip, the Girl Spor t 28 Jack Hoyle's Lead; or, The Road to Fortune 29 Boss Bo b, t h e King of Bootblacks 80 Deadwood Dick's Double; or, The Ghost of Gorgon's Gu lch 8 1 B l on d e B ill ; or. D earlwood Dick' s Hom e Base 32 Solid Sam, t h e B o v Ro ad-A g ent 83 Tony Fox, t h e Ferret: or, Bos Bob's Boss Job 84 A Game of Gold: or. Deadwood Dick's Big Strike 85 Deadwood Dick or Deadwood; or, The Picked Part 86 New York Nell, the Boy-Girl Detective 37 Nob by Nick of Nevada; or, The Scamps of the Sierra. 88 Wild Frank, the Buckskin B ravo 89 Deadwood Dick's Doom; or, Calamity Jane's Last Adventure 40 Deadwood Dick's Dream; or, The Rivals of thA Roa Kings


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