Deadwood Dick trapped, or, Roxey Ralph's ruse

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Deadwood Dick trapped, or, Roxey Ralph's ruse

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Deadwood Dick trapped, or, Roxey Ralph's ruse
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Wheeler, Edward L. (Edward Lytton) 1854 or 5-1885
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c,1py rlght 1881-1889, IJy Beadle & Adams. Entered at Pos t Ol'llce. New York, N. Y., as second class matter. Mar. 15, IR99. No. 57 THE ARTHUR WESTBROO K C O Cl eveland, Ohio W'Jlll TR.AMP M l UNTED OL D BARREL .I.Nil COAUl&NCED TO 'YELL .AlC'O JlllSTICULATE WILl> L Vol. V

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lopyrlght 1881 1889, by Beadle & Ad a me. Entered at Por t Office, New York, N. Y.,as second class matter. Mar. 15, 189$. No. 57. THE ARTHUR WESTBROOK CO Cleveland, Ohio Vol. Vi TBB B.l!IDYWBIBlt&RED TR.ill!' MOUNTED AN O LD BARREL AND CO.IOl&NCBD TO YBLL ..U.1> GBBTlCULATB WlL.l)f Y. -

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Deadwood Dick, Trapped. Deadwood Dick 1rapped; OR, ROXEY RALPHis RUSE. BY EDWARD L. WHEELER, AUTKOR OF "DEADWOOD DICK" NOVELS, ETC. CHAPTER I. RIOEIARD GOLD-DUST. PISTOLVILLEI Though not a bonanza town, or subject to any particular "boom," was, withal, in its own opinion quite" fly," aurl itself a hun dred-fold greater place of importance than Devil's Nugget, up the gulch, or Skeleton Flats, an equal distance down tbe gulch. Pistolville was situated on the narrow, sandy bottom of a rugged mou .ntiu gulch, "hich latter was a sort of goltJeu helt ruuniug from Devil's Nugget to Skeleton Flats, rewarding de votees of the pick and shovel, wheresoever inclination might lead tbem to There was a general supply--stort>, a couple or saloons, a banking or trust office, a smithy, saw-mill and smelting and crushing mill com bined, and a rude logstructure on the door of which was lettered," School No, 1." Perhaps Pistolville bad never bad such a thing as a school, but then, not t.o be beaten by Flat, they had erected tbe edifice, and all tb:it WM wanting was a teacher. To meat this requirPment Big Hank Haddon had posted a placard on the building, in a con spicuous place, so that passers-by might have tbe benefit of it. It read as follows: "NOTISSI "WANTED:-A fu'st-class tutor to take bold an' run this shebang, in 11:ud style cheap fer chips. No feller w'ot ain't acquaint wi' tber higher branches o' studies an' cluss shutln', n e edn't applv "HANK HADOON, May!Yf." The "Mayor" was of course a superfluity on the part of Henry, for Pistol ville bad no estab lished ruler or government further than individual blow went, and wing a typical "bad" man, such as are sure t,o be found in every place, Haqdon considered himself boss." September is always a delightful month in the Sierras, anrt it was on one September evening tbat a man flaisbed a of the falls, at which be bad been working several hours, and putting his book under "bis arm, 'sauntered down towarrl Pist.olville, which was bathed in tba last rays of the dying sunset. A man of four or five-and-twenty, gracefully built and eminently good-looking, bis clear-cut features, dark-brown Ayes and somewhat darker hair and mustache, he was unlike the citizens of Pistolville. When the artist came to the untenanted aohoolbuilding be paused and read the uotice att.entively, then read it over again, as if it had 6QIDe especial interest to him. Seein"' which, Haunted Hank, as the self styled ,r mayor" was nick-named, and a few of bis pards made bold to cross over. "Halloo, daisy!" the mayor saluted, taking a quirt of tobacco from his mouth and hurling it again t the placard, so that it to "<>me exteut obliteratec;I. the word "I say, balloo, stranger." Hello, sir I" the artil ,...,ponded, raising his bat and looking th e surprise be may or may not have felt. I see tbe town wants a scbool master1" "Waal, I'spect that's about the dimensions of it, beauty. Inte;lect ar' sought fer by ther byees an' gals o' Pistolville." "Ab, tndeed? That is good. You could di rect me to the mayor, perhaps1" "Presumedly, stranger, ftor I'm tber honor able party, you bet." Ob, you Mel" And a peculiar expression crept into the artist's face. "Yas, I aire !" Henry asseverated, boldly. "I'm tbe bigb-cockolorum who controls tber destiny o' tbis.byar town, an' I runs it, you btit, an' any galoot w'ot sez "lay gits his ear cha wed ofl'." "Ab, I see! And so you want a competent man to instruct the young idea how to shoot, eh!" "Not much! I allow ther boys knows bow ter do that. Wbat we want is eimply a chap ter l'arn tber boys how ter write, read, spdl an' cipher; an', mind ye, I don't bold myself re sponserble fer funeral expenses." Ob'! I don't anticipate the need of an under taker, as I have bad some success in getting on the right side of children. How old do the scholars average1'' Haunted Hank laughed outright, and his com panions grinned hugely. "Their age, beauty? Waal, now, I don't know so much about that, but ye can see the size of 'em-these byar be a fair sample." And tbe bystanders were indlcatetl as the example. Tbe artist looked l!Urprised, and gave vent to a whistle. "Ob! then it is to be a school of adultsf Are there no children?" "Nary a kid." And no girls?" "Waal, I.dunno. Roxie-that's Bill Ralph's gal-ar' a barum-scarum, an' I reckon ye wouldn't want her, 'ca'se ef she tuk a notion to giggle, and you objected, she'd pop ye over like she would a prairie cbicke_n. 'l'hen there's old Dutch Joe'a darter, Dara Dare, a stuck-up little piece, who reads hymns an' novels an' sech-I reckon she'd not bother ye: an' Starlight, the Ponca gal, who occasionally comes to town, she don't need tew git any smarter than she is now. Tbet compo!MIB our female population." Indeed I I am sorry for that, as ladies are great civilizers," the artist declared, and some how his auditors took it as a broad hint that they qeeded civilizing. And, accordingly, they exchanged glances. "See hvar, my fine fiillerl" Haunted Hank sairl, et won't do fer ye tew tackle us tbet way. VY e kin be as mild as a st.eak o' sunshine, or we kin roar like a blizzard. W a'l'9

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Deadwood Dick Trapped. 8 game, WElf aire, an' ye're tber very kind o' a ypung lamb fit tew eat, when ye r'ile u s." "Of course. No doubt you, all put together, could get away with me in short order," assented the artist, with a gracious smilP "Neverthe less, notwithstanding, bowsomev er, plural, we will not discuss the point at present, hut I will bid you adieu, with the notice that if you should want me to undertake the government of your school, you will find m e s o rmiwbere about the dty. Tai ta! tra l la! l ee!" And, waving his band, the sketcher S'luntered on down the stree t. Pistolville boasted of a hotel and saloon c-om hioed, where, for four" bits," a rather narrow mf'al could be had, and to this the artis t wended i.Ji :way. .After engaging accommodations for a few a book wus shoved toward him by the blear-eyed clerk, and in a graceful band he re gistered himself as "Richard Gold-dust, New York." voice at this instant cried from another part of the room. "Just imagine, for instance, what a great amount o f brains may be contained in that pate, or what powerful strokes of lightning the hardness of that cheek c o uld r .. s istl" G o ld-dust spotted the speake r, even as be was giving utterance to the words, aod walked strai ght flver to wher e be "'a" standing. He was ratber a dashing-looking fellow, both in face, fi11:ure and attire, and wa s somew h e r e near tbe artist's own age, but there was en expres sion about bis black eyes and mustache-shaded mouth which was sinister and evil. "I presume you were r eferring to me," Gold dus t said, with calmnes "Evidently my pres ence here in Pistolville is offensive, and Rgain perhaps you have some other remark to offer?" "Yes. You're a S'l\-ell-bead and a snide, and there is no i:oom here for you!" the insulter retorteCI, "I'll show you," and out went bis arm, aneration. ringing laugh that was pleasant to bear. "Look out for me! I'll have revenge for this, ll'be rider was not a woman yet-probably at or my name is not Tra-Ja-lee Charley!" he the most she was not over seventeen, with a growled, and then went out to wash the blood petite, well rounded figure, and a fresh, rosy from bis face. face, laughing and loYable in expression, and ',!Tra-la-lee Who-ever-you-may be, you'll find eyes that sparkled with youthful spirit-eyes that I run ipy school," the artist retortej, that could gleam with stern o r friendly light-and turned to make his way up-stairs, when he and hair brown and wavy. tossing in unrestrain-was intercepted by Haunted Hank and Cow ed wealth upon her shoulders. ,_ bide Sam. Gold-dust watched her curioug}y; then was "Hold up, beauty!" the mayor said, extend-about to turn away, but she laid her band on iog bis band. "Afore ye go, give us yer flip bis shoulder. per an' allow us ter congratulate ye! Thar's "Stop! bold up a bit, cap'u I've got some-nothin' slow about you, except yer feet, an' thin' more to say to y o u I beer you're to be they'll outgrow criticism, in due time. In tber the new scbulemaster. Now, d'ye calculate ye mean time, we, tber representative piilers o' this kin tame your scholars? I city, bava put our craniums together, and come "If I take yonder school and undertake to in-to the conclusion that no fitter man than y o u etruct those who may apply for instruction, I can be sel ected to manage our school. Tharfore, shall naturally have a code of discipline, and do we beg an' beseech you to accept tber penlsh, expect every scholar to follow it. If they. reat twenty dollars a week, and break the head fuse, I shall give them tbe choice of behavior or of the first rascal, who refuses to mind leaving." "Is this the verdict of the crowd?" Gold-dust "And if they refuse to do either?" demanded in a loud enough tone, so that all "Oh, well, if it comes to that, it will remain could hear. to be seen who 'ill be master of the situation." "Yas, you bet I What saith I, Heuer!, the "Oh! yes; he'll make a fine school-teacher," a sixty-fifth apostle, hez ter be so. All in favor o'

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Deadwood Diek Trapped. seein' Gold-Oust Dick our skulemaster, pl ease make maoerfes t by sayiu' I!" I!" I!" came a vigo r o us respons e from t be majority of the crowd, while to Haddon' s "Contrary, n o !" there came only a few answ e rs. "Thank y L 1 gentlemen!" G o ld-:lust sai:i, wi t h a bow. "Tom orrow I will draw up a cod e of rul e s and regulations, and on the fol lowin g day will b e gin s c h oo l, s in c erely trusting I shall h a v e an o bedient and exemplary roll of pupils. G oo d -e venin g!" The n, with anothe r bov, h e took h i s leave, whil e there was a grim sil ence among the rude audience There w ere no audible express i o n s uttered agains t him, but it was pretty evident that Gold dust Dick b a d not y e t secured any partic ularly firm hold upo n the affec tions of the se Pis tol v1llians, and that was not good. Gold-dust Dick was n o t seen until the next day, wh e n b e l eft the hotel, and sauntered down to his future plac e of bu s iness, the "school-'us." Appro a ching the cabin, b e entered it, and found to hi s surprise that it had an occupant, and tha t, t oo in the IJ"rs o n of a pretty young lady, who might have been in the last year of her t ee ns, and who was plainly but neatly dreosecl, and v ery c nmely of face and figure. "Oh 1 excusa m e ," she said, rising with a flush e d countenance-" I-1-" "Obi d o n o t di sturb y ourse lf, pray," h e said, doffin g bi s bat, "as I am g oing right a way. I just dropp ed in to p os t up a notice con cerning the sc b ool-tbat's all." And drawin g forth a sheet o f p aper b e :pro ceed ed to tac k it up o n on e c orne r o f the black ho a rd. "Oh 1 y o u a r e the new s c ho olmaster, tbenP' the you u g l ady sa iti resuming b e r seat, witb a b o ok b efo r e her. "i am s o g l a d w e are to h a v e a s c h o o l! E d u c'ltion is on e of the things most need eel h e r e in Pisto l vill e." I a g r ee w i t h y o u, and I dare say I sh all have m y hands fnll in try ing to ci<'iliz e the fel lows w b o are to be my sc h o lars. Will I ha'l'Jl you for a pupil, Miss Dare?" "Ah! y o u know my name then?" I h eard of you as being one of the three ladies in the district, and inferred that you were Miss Dare. "Ah, y es W e ll, I d on't think you n e ed to enroll m e as a pupil, as I would scarcely wish to be your only lady pupil, among so r ough a crowd. If you could g iv e me private instructions at my hom e wh e n oapa is there-" Why, certainly. Is Mr. Dare home even inWP' 'Alas up-[ would that hE were," she said, sadly, and turne d h e r bead away. She bad a trouble then1 G o ld-dust r e aliz e d that much, but he finished tacking up the pape r before he spoke again. Mr. Dare is ,. business man, I presume1" hi' said, finally. "Yes, sir. He is unfortnnatelv a partner in the Volcimo, the best mine in Pist;olville, with the man Tra-la-Jee Charley, whom I have heard you knocked down last evening." Ha 1 y es. He made some personal remarks tha t die d me,' as the y say h ere in tbe mines, and I so f n r forgo t myself as tokb ock him down. So your fathe r is in partne rship with him?" "Ye s, si r My f athe r formerly owned the whole of the V o lcano, but this man Tra-la-lee Ch arley got him to drinking, and n ext to gamblin g and all that I can tell y o u is that the vil lain n o w owns a half interes t in tb e V o lc anoown s it tbro ugb cheating my poor misguided fathe r, who is but a wrec k o f bis former self. Oh! sir, wlt a t would I not g iv e to see my father th e brave, upright, nobl e man be was!" "Cannot his own daughter's love lure him back1 "Ob I I fear not. I have entreated him, and p lea d ed with him, and us e d e v ery e ff ort, but he seems to have Jost all sense of shame or affection." "I am very sorry for you, miss," said, "and if ever I encounte r the old gentle man, I will exert my influ e nce on him, for his good, mayhap." The n, raising bis hat, the new schoolmaster too k bis departure "What a strange fell o w! It would seem that b e has no desir e to cultivate my acquaintance," Mis s Dare said to herself afte r he had gone. lt was late that night when, in the window of a little room over the h otel saloon wbere G o ld-du s t Dick had put up, there shone a flickering li ght that made a y e ll o w shadow across tbe street iu the blank darkness of the night. In tbe little r oo m sa t two m e n on either side of a r ound d ea l table with a p ack of cards be t wee n the m suppl e m e nted by a bottle of liquor aml som e glasses. Tbe m o r e attractive appearing o f the two was the young man-TraJ al ce C h arley. H e was a l.t ired in a r e d sm ok in g cap and gay dres sit1g g o w n, a n d hi s mustac he was -Waxed out to a n eed le'. p oi n t giving him a decid11dly dandifi e d a p p earance His co mpani o n was a typical "bum." He wa s r ed -fa ced with an extra tinge on the end of his n ose ; bis h a i r was l ong a nd matted; hie attire was g r eSY and s l o u chy; his eyes were dull and vacant in express ion. 'l.'bis was J oe D are-Dutc b Joe-the father of the girl G o l d -du t Di c k had m e t at tbe school h o use, and i t n eed ed n o shrewd observer to draw the c o n clus i o n tbi>. t it would not take many m o r e bottle s of poison to use the poor wretc)J up. A s we l oo k in upon the s cene, he was dozing in his chair, while Tra-la-lee Charley was folding up some papers and placing them fn his pocket. "Co met com e Wake up, Joel" The gamble r c ried, whe n he had placed thtl book in his pocket, and he reached over and shook the sl eeper hy the arm. "Eb 1 v'ot ish dot?'' Dare grunted, looking up, sle epily; "v'ot you vant, Sbarley1 '' I want you to wake up, and have some style about you. What in blazes ails you1" "Veil, I dells you. I t'ink I vas Rip Van Winkle, in my dream, v'ot sleeb twenty years, und v'en I wake up, I find you sdeal all mine wealth, marry mine Dora, und raise der duyfel

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Deadwo.-d D 'ck Trapped. in s b e n e r a l. I d e ll y o u v'ot, Sharley, I t'ink I sbwea r off." "Like R i p did eh? Ha! ba h a g ood j o k e for a man of your iutell ect, Joe. By the w n y it's a long time b e tw ee n drmks and so l et's smile, to y our g ood luck." My 11:oo t luck! How vas d o U H a f I not l os t eferv gamer' "By no mean Y o u mus t be boozy i n dee d. You have w o n the last six s t r aight games." "Is b d o t sof V e il, I didn' t r e m e m be r dot. Vos we blaying f o r som e d i n gs1" "To be sure not. Why, bl ess y o u, f o r the l'lst week you have r e fus e d t o play fo r stakes, and have w o n 'mos t e v ery gam e If y ou'd 'a' 'd1ipped' you'd b a v e l o n g ago w o n bac k all I ever won of you.." Veil, d o t v a s fo oli shne ss mit me, d en. H ow much of er half n e r mine d o I o we y o u S harley?" "Ob! a triflin g sum. I have your u ote for four thousand d ollars and t hat covers everything." "A. note, you d e ll s me, Sharley "To b e sure-a note t o "6Cure me y o u s ee." "Ve il, I don'd know. Did I e f e r s i g n a note to y out" "Well, no-not exactly : thl' t i s y o u see I drew it up for the amouut you o w e m e and some time when you g e t r eady wh y you can sig n it. I kno w y ou're honest, and c o n se que>ntly am in n o hurry." "Yas I vas honest-dot vas d e r drubbles-I vas too honest. V'ot you say der mine io v orth now! "Oh! !Jr o b ably a tri fle over a h alf a million, tbougb it w ouldn't sell for tbat, as the yield is not s o l arge as a month ago.'' "Und I vas gamble avay all dot monPy! V e il, I vas a pi g fool!" Wbat-you' r e n o t g Ptting pious! "Nix. I vas n o t so dough, ash usual. I play you d and b ewbiskied nonatte n dants w e r e g r o uped o n the outside p eering in a t tb e d oo r and windo ws, T hey were anx i o u s t o se e h a t schoo l was and b o w it prog r e s > ed, and the n the y rathe r expected to see the n e w educator "cleaned out." But Gold-du s t Di c k bad n o t t a k e n the sebool for any s u c h a purpose; he bad c o me there with a determinntion to run it, and, judging by his appearance this morning, be intended to do it. As s oon a s the rude d e l e gation of would-be sch olars w ere seated, pretty mu<'h wherever the y ple a s ed about the house, Dick rapperl smartly on the table with his ferule and said: "Order!" And there was orde r instanter. You could have h eard a fin clr o p. "CbildrPn,' announce d tbe new pedagogue sternly, "I am here for the purpose of t eaching y o u se v eral branche s of studies whirb it bes not b ee n y our pri viJp g e h e r etofore to learn, and I hope and trust y o u will be obedient to the rules of the sch o o l. On each d esk you will find a primer, wbicb two of you can study for tbe first half-hour. How many of you know how to r eadr' Every man present h e ld up bis band. "Very w e ll. Writing and spelling will be tbe fir s t cour;;e of studies. Henry, can you spell phil o s o phy?" "Not bys durned sight, boss. D'ye take me fer a reg'lar organized dictionary? Give me sumthin' Not so ::nany remarks, please. For the first less on, you can all le arn to spell the words upon the first and secood page s. R emember, no talk ing aloud, wbisp,ering, smoking or latlghlng wilJ b e tolerated.' "Now, ef a feller wants to snickt!r, be can, can't be?" Cowhide Sam grunted. "No, sir! St1ict silenee and order during study-hours be observed, o r I shall have to punis ll the offender. Go peaceably about your studies now, and all will be well." And as they all obeyed, the watchers on too outside turne d a way in di sgust, not seeing the racket they bad expected. But as Gold-du s t bad anticipated, the day was d estined not to pass by without a disturbance with the sch olars. Shortly before it was time to dismiss school for noon, Cowhide Sam rose from liis seat, put on bis bat, and then bis coat, as i f to leave. Take your seat, sir! School bas not yet been dismissed," Dic k ordered, dropping his ferule and pi cking up a r e vol v er. "Can't help tbetl" Samuel retorted, doggetl ly. Make another move to 1ea vet he room before I dismiss you, and 1'11 drop you I" "Drop and be banged! Hyar goes for bug juice!" the ruffian cried, and instantly be made& leap through a window. But a bullet from Go.Id-dust's revolver O't'el"-

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6 Deadwood Dick Trapped. I took him, quick as be was, and he tumbled out of thfl window with a painful wouud in bis thigh. "Come on, if any more of you want tbe same," the schoolmaster cried, turning upa.n the crowd with fla shing S>es. I "I opine we arn't so green aster buck ag'in' a snag!" Haunted Hank growled, with a glance at his companions. "But, arter school's out, stranger, I go ye one that about the healthiest thing ye kin do is to lock up tbe school-'us', and git!" Thank you for the suggestion, which I pre su me will not be adopted," the artist replied, calmly. "When I conclude to leave, I'll do so, unadvised. I will n ow di sm iss scbool one hour, for noon, and you may pass quiatly out." They obeyed, Gold-dust bringing up the rear, and striding fearlessly toward tbe hotel, with no apparent thought of dauger, but be was not unmindful of the fact that be was ex posing himself openly to a treacherous attack the rear, aud that his life hung, as it were, by a thread. The mutinous gang stood near the scbool house, and watched him stride away, without making an effort to stop him. But there was no more school that day. Althougb. the teacher was on deck, no scholars came What would be the r esult of the forenoon's he did not know, but he bad a pretty good idea that the majority of tbe population would be down on bim, as it seemed to be main ly made up of the Haunte d Hank type. That night w11s a wild one-and only those who have "bee n thar" can have much of au idea what a wild night in tbe mining country means, as o_;mpared with the wild night" storms in the East. It was such a night., succeeding the day of Gold-Du s t Dick's first attempt at kee,iing school in Pistolville, and the storm was at its bi,;ht, when the st!l.ge from Skeletou Flats rolled down on its way through a mountain dugway, to ward Pisto lville, whence trains of tbat immediate mining district weat eastward, every other day at suaset. It was usu a l for the stage to-connect with this Overland train of white-roofed prairie scbooners, but to-day tbere bad beeu a landslide along the route, wbich had delayed them into tbe night. Coas equently the evening was well advanced toward midnight, when the poa derous coach came te11-ring down over tba rough mountain trail, drawn by four fractious spans of horses, which were ciexterou sly handled by a burly, good-natured lookicg Jehu, in wboseeyes gleamed a spit:it of deviltry, and around whose mouth was ever an expression of humor, Jim Jordan was a veteran of tbe reins, and fear of accident, or care therefor, was some thing he never stopped to consider. Freighted with an even score of humans was the stage-men of rough bearded visage and dirty dress, with only one woman within the CQaCh and one outside. / Tb" .woman inside was wrapped in a linen duster, wore a modestly-trimmed walking-hat, and kept her face closely vailed. The female on the outside was harum-scarum Roxie J:talpb, who, witlr all the wildness and abandon of some wild untamed savage, sat her seat beside J ordan, and seemed to enjoy tbe fe11rful noc turnal ride, as she held her little chip bat in her band, and lat the ruaring storm blow b e r hair in confusion about her shoulders. "Ob 1 thi s is jus t scrumptious, Jim," she yelled, ia tbe Jenn's ear, as the y dashed dowu through the black rugge d dugway. "Let 'em out fer all they're worth." "Whoa!" screeched Jordan, l o ud above the storm, and be settled the h orses back upon their hauucbes with a sudden movement of seeming superbumau strength. The cause was obvious. R o xie saw it and comprehended. Clinging to one side of the coach as it tbun d e red along into an abrupt halt, was a masked man, who beld tbe muzzle of a large cocked re volver close to the side of Jordan's head,,and the consciousness of this same fact was what had caused the J e hu to halt. Be knew what be meant. And so did Roxie, when she took a second glance about, and saw a couple more of maskea men at either carriage door and another clinging to the bits of the fore leaders. For t he first ti me in the history of the Pistol ville stage, it had been halted by those "operators" know.n as road-agents. CHAPTER IV. ROXIE'S ACT. ROAD-AGENTS had from time to time haunt ed near. The man who clung to the side of the stage and covered Jim Jordan, was a wiry, athletic f e ll ow, wbo looked as if he might be a hard one to handle in a tussle. His attire was dark, and tbA mask which covered his face to his chin was met at the forehead by a wide rimmed sombrero, lo oped up on one side, and ornamented with a feather. "Lucky thing you're late to-night!" he said, to Jord11n. "Most auspicious time for our busi n ess Got anything in the treasure-box! II so, I '11 thank you for lhe keys." "Oh, yes. You are perfectly welcome to tbem!" Jordan gritted, grimly. "I never felt in a m ore accommodating mood in my life And, r eac bing into his pocket, b e drew forth a hunch of keys and handed ti:Jem over to the road-agent, after w bich tbat gent for a second low ered b i s aim, as b e jomj)<'d to tbe ground. It was a fatal action on bis part. Roxie Ralpb had been watcbiug matters, n arrowly, and wben be le ape d to the ground, she pulled a revo lvet from her own belt, and fired upon him. And, at the same instant, it s eeme d, sbe snatched the reins from Jordan's bands Rod gave vent to a shrill yell that sent tbe trained animals flying down tbe trail. The captain of the road-agents fell backward to tbe ground-two otbers and the man at tbe horses' hea ds were knocked down and run over, owing to tbe suddenness of th" action. The other two who escaped uninjured were bold enough to send a couple of flying shots after the departing stage, none of which did

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Deadwood D ick ,Trapped. ., any damage, except that one p,assed through the up pe r p ortio n of the plug bat worn by tbe pious-appearing individual wbo clung to the top of tbe sta ge. And the stage r o lled on d o wn into Pis tol ville without furthe r incident to c h ec k its progre s s and, as may b e s uppo se d, after arriving t here, the stage-coac h robti ery, o r r ather the attempt thereat, wbi c h bad bee n frustr11t.ed by Roxie Ralph, bad a thorou g h disc ussi o n. And aft.er every man bad bad bis say end expr!' ss ed opinior..s a s various as could be, Haunted Hank s cratche d his b ead, closed one eye, spat et a fly on the rugged wall o! the saloon, and r emarked: "Y11s, hoyees et's a n e w wrinkle on tbe r b orrorscope, an', twixt .. you myself an' tber nut meg grater, I :l'ec kon tbe r b e ad-gearin' o' that gang gets bis grub pretty ni g h ter b um. W ith out further palave r I'll l eave ye to draw your own infe rences. Ta I ta-tra-la-lee 1n by bis actions. be was figgerin' slyly around fer a confab wi bis nibs, Gold -dust Dick." A O<'owl o f di s pl easure went over the faces of those within the Sttlc on. Silv e r Fox the P onca was a person more feare d by the Pistolvillians than 1111 the roadage nt s for be wa s a st.em old war-chief of the o n c e strong Ponc a race, who bad bi s quarters up in an invulnerable part o f tbe aud with a band of r e ne gade reds from many different tribes b a de defiance to those pale-faces who tried to capture him. Occasionally a scalpless mine r or a robbed treasury came to light-all of which were pre sumed tokens of bis vengeance. Th erefore the sullen looks with whic h the miners received the news. "An' mind ye, tbet ain't all-no sir!" Briggs went on. "Tonigbt I antie d around to see bow thing s lay, an' awhile ago I se e' d five masked m e n c ome do wn out o' the m ountains an' go to Gold-du s t Di ck's shanty an' ente r th e place. Several days passed without further event of They w ere tbar about fiv e minnits, then they importance until about a w eek bad el a ps e d, cum out, an' tbar wez six o f 'e m l ookin' as nigh when se v eral litt l e in c idents occurred to divert alike as two p e as. Now, bow do that strike ye? the pe o pl e s minds fro m ordinary top ic s A gro wl o f auge r esca ped the lis teners, to Gold-dust Di c k, since bis ills uc ce ss at start-whom there could only be o ne m eaning, and ing an "educatio n fa ctory" in Pisto l vill e as that was t bat Gold-du s t Di c k was n o t only contbe denizens termed b a d leas e d a s mall unnected with the road-ag e nts. but also w a s alpaying claim o f a disgu sted "tenderfoot," put lied to their mortal en emy, Silv e r F o x the up a little shanty on i t and made it bis b ead Ponca. quarters and the scene of bis labors. What "An' now what's to be did1 Y e d on't n eessi o n r eferred to Haunte d Hank snarled. Whe n y e see that W aal, n ow, yon b et!" Haddon cried, startgal o' yourn bitched up wi' tbet cut-throat, ing up from his seat at a card table. wbPre b e mebbe ye'll chang e yer polyticks." bad be e n d o zing "At that peco oliar period "Mi qe Dora marry, nix; she neffer marry aforesaid I did beg to asseverate tbet et were nobodys," Dare said, proudly. "She.. alvaya my opine tbAt tbe captain o' tbe r gang o' road-stay single, mit me." a gents war qua rt.er ect purty nigh to bum, or "Obol Then my eyes are durned bias ef I words tew that e ffe ct!" didn't see her buggin' an' kissin' tber skule-"An' :ve kin b e t yer hoots ye weren't fur mas t e r t'other night." fro m right! I b e v reason ter know et. D'ye "V'ot you tell me, Haddon? You s een mill' 1 know wbar tber shanty o' Gold-dust Dick is D ora kiss der schoolmaster Joe demanded, loc a t e d !' fie r ce ly. A s ort of grunt was the answer. "Waal, I should shudder ef I didu't." "Yas, I reck o n y e all know," the miner con"I don't p'lieve it-yon vas a liar, Hank ):{a(i tinued, whose name was Briggs. W aal, ye don I" see, suspectin' things w eren't exactly diagonal, For a s econd a pintail could have be e n beard I've been lurkin' around tber skul emaster's within th e old Bourbon. Haunted Hank turnplace oncet and awhile o' late, and. when I w11r ed and glared at Dare a moment as if dumm tber vicinity Inst night, who
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8 Deadwood Dick Trapped. bully of Pistol ville of whom most men stood in abject fear. Yet tbere was no denying that Joe had uttered the w ords, and now stood tipsily on his feet, looking the haunted man square in the face. "Waal. durn my hoots!" the rough finally ejacuhtted, when be could command bis speech, "ef I didn't b'lie e ve ye sed t.bet as a j nke Jim J!llll J oe, 1-1-wby l'd m ount ye an' chew off yer earl" "lsh dot so?" D'll'e retorted, with a stagger anrt a l ee r. I mean yoo>t vot I VbS a loafer uod a liar, anr l off you come ue'ar me I plack both your eyes mid blueness." "Ye wull, wull ye?" H a unted Haak bellowed, swinging bis arms anrl fai,.ly dancing with rage. Obi felle,.<'itiz e ns, d'ye be a r thet! D'ye want to see me pulveriz e tbet Dutchman inter pow derepe cted her, ang him, afore he bas a cbance to do any more mischief." "B11.hl I know better! Ye aio't agoin ter do nothin' o' the kind?" Roxie dedared, independ ently. "I reckon I know what's the matter wi' your'pie But ye needn't sw1;at. Miss Dora Dare i,; too Bensible a girl to take a second of a galoot of yom class, and, 'sides, she d es pises you, ao' you know it. Now, then, w'at's Dick Gold-du$t done, so horrible?" !" the gambler replied. It was found the t he's h e en bolrtin' cl11nrlestine meetin's wi' our enemy, Silver Fox, the Pon!a; be has also been caught l ettin' masked road-agents into his shanty, an' holdin' secret confabs wi' 'em, which is clear enough that hti' s one on 'em!" A grunt of approval weot np from the audi ence. It was evident that their views coincided with those of the gam bier in this respect, and they were not backwarli in expressing tbe fact, despite their r espect for R o xie, And Roxie, when she heard the murmur, look ed them Rll over, with a steady, unflinching gaze her face fiushe
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Deadwood Dick Trapped. 9 for tbe otber mattar, it is even more a delibe rate lie tban the first, on the part of the men who told It!" "Ra! you durst give me the lie\" the miner, Brigg.. yelled, pringiniz: forward. "Yes, an., ye'I'' a gun of a liar!" Roxie cried, one of ber pistol" at him. "See h.var, Briggs, you've got a squaw end a pap poose, over in Cbe<:!ly, an' I'd advise ye to put on yer brakes, ef ye ever wanter see 'em. I say tbet et's all it put-up job, to git up e. fus.9 wi' Gold-dust Dick. wbo's just as square it galoot es any o' you. Wbat say, boys-did Rox Ralpb ever lead Yf' afoul a snag since sbP's been yer pilot? Waal, I reckon not; an' now, what aire ye goin' to do-take my word tb"t Gold-dust is all straight an' keerect, or aire ye goin' ter pedestrianize olf on yer Par?" "I opine we'll waltz off on eur oracular member I" Tra-le.-Iee Cbarley remarked, with e. re p1dsive laugb. "Nobody addressed you, so shut up!" Roxie retorted. "I was speaking to tbose whom l'vP. occasionally stood by an' did a good turn for." Tbere was no answer, further tbe.n that given by several of tbe miners going and taking their as much as to say that tbey would have nothing to do in the matter. Tbe large majority stood firm, however, and looked sullen. "I guess tber boyees knows their biz, fer r.11 tber influence> o' petticoats I" miner Briggs cried. "Et cropps permiscuss rigbt out, tbet we won't accept o' notbin' less'n a lynch picnic, wi' sponge cake an' bug-juice fer desserts. Still, ef et 'II let yer feelin's be any better, I opine we choose Haunted Hank ter decide tbPr case. Ef be sez bang-up goes tber skulemasterter a place wbar eddice.tion never gits e. grip, an' spPllin'-hooks go ter kindle fires witb. Ef he sez let him free, so be it. Eh, 1arkies?" A e:runt of approval came from the majority. "Hold! I object to this! Haunted Haak is Gold-dust's enemy!" Roxie cried, "and will, of course, derida against him." "! don't know a.bout tbatl" Gold-du;;t said, speaking up. "I've a sort o' e. notion that the Haunted is not so bad on me as tbat. I am perfectly willing he shall make the decisioD<, provierts, won enougb," Dick replied, "And as for you young lady, aecept of my thanks for your interest in my behalf." And, with a gallant bow, tbe young man walked out of the saloon. In the wee sma' hours of that same night, wben the darkness was even more intense tba11 during the storm, e. eamp-fire gleamed upon the bottom of e. tributary gulch pening rnto the main gulch, westwardly, andnot more than five mi !es from Pistolville. Around this camp-fire three grotesque figures wPre lounging-figures of the sbaJ)l'l of men, but clad to the eyes in rne undivided costume, each of the furry part of buffalo-skins, giving them a shaggy and frightful e.ppenrance. What of the features a.hove the eyes was not covered by the singular gown, was bidden by tbe frontis piece of fur caps. For some time these strange beings lounged upon the ground and smoked in supreme silence, the whistle of the wind tbrcugh tbe ravine being tbe only sound to break tbe monotony. Finally footsteps brought a fourth individual to the light of the camp-fire, and tltis in turn brought the lounging nondescripts to their feet, aud they gatbered aronnd .him. The in dress differed from the others, in tbat tbe sbaggy bair was of much greater thickness and and of a jetty black color. He was also slightly shorter, and ..1eavier set, and evidently a person of gt eat "Well!" be said, in a hoarse voice; "I see thou art back o the picket camp-fire of Black Hand the White Aztec. What didst learn in the camp of tbP pale-face miner, concernini thy errand thither?" Thy Excellency will not be pleased, I fear, for we were able to learn little or nothing," one of the nondescripts broke in. Tbe pale-face bravo is an Eastern man, and not the one thou hutb expected. His sobriquet is Gold-dust Dick." "A bravo be is then?'' "Ay, even so. He can at will bold a dozen rnffians at bay, if so he cboosetb, and the power of bis arm batlJ fury." "Perhaps be would !'erve me as wPll. Thou dirlst not tell me bis vocation, EmanuP11'' "No-be is an euigma, thy Excellency. He came unto Pistolville a schoolmaster, but latter ly bas taken to mining. That be bad some un derlying motive in coming to Pistolville, is evi dent, but what it was or is, I am not prepared to declare to tbPP." "Then, we will nnt a.way to our C'ity at once, for thy words impress me wit ,IJ a belief that the handsome sport may be of use to us." When day age.in dawned over Pistolville, Gold-dnst Dick was up ahead of tbe sun, and after e. breakfast or venison and corn-bread and molasses, and changing bis attire

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10 Deadwood Dick Trapped. tire to his rough working garments, be set forth to his placer diggin's, a few rods distant. A syst.em of sluice-boxes ran through bis claiml or which be had the first advantages for wasn," b eing near the falls, and getting clear water in suitable quantities. And then, too, he did not have a strong yield, requiring much power. The dirt of bis claim was a soft sandy sur fa.eel and not hard to dig, and on an average yielaed about fifteen cents to the pan, and therefore, though not getting rich, be managed to pan out three to five dollars per day, withc>UL much trouble It was a splendid sunny morning, aft.er the storm of the preceding night, and the birds were sinj5"ing merrily from perches upon the neighbormg bush e s and crags, as if c>verjoyed at the victory of the mmer-bravo, of the previous night. And be had!ut in a couple of hours of steady work, an was engaged in washing" a pan of dirt1 when be beard light foot steps, and turned to find Roxie standing near by, leaning a rifl e she carried. "'Momin'!' she salut.ed with a roguish grin. "How strives the busy little bee, to improve each shinin' 'pan'! How goes it-rich dirt1" "Nothing to brag of, you may rest assured," Dick replied, in his work. "Just about to live and kill time, you see." "Eumphl what's yer object? I don't work] an' I've gotrlots o' rocks, too. Now an' then buck the tiger,' an' make a raise, an' then I'm heeled, for a time." "Indeed! Well, I seldom gamble, myself, unless dared, or I see a. worthy object. Pleas. 1 ant morning." Bet yer life, an' I'm off after a few birds. : By the way, aire ye goin' to marry Dora Dare? "Marry Dora Dare? What put that into your head?" "Oh, I reckoned you'd get struck on her purty face and refined manners, that' s all, an' thought ef the circus war booked immegetly, I'd invite myself t.er be present." "Ha 1 ha! Well, I m sorry to disappoint you, for I've made no calculations upon such a thing, and there is just as much prospect of my mar rying you as there is of m y wedding Miss Dare." "Ps h a w! you wouldn't such a harum scarum little wild -cat as I am, would you ? and the waif's eyes fairly glistened in their earnest ness "Well, if I were matrimonially inclined. I don't know why you wouldn't fill the bill. But what do you think is the influence working against me here?" Before answerin' that guestion let me ask you another: were y o u v. "u""u w < vli.." 111. ... to Pistolville-tbat i s were you sent tori" Gold-dust Dick looked surprised. Why!" he a s ked, _toying with his mustache and eying her sharply. "No I've a;ed you a square question-answer it or not, Just as you choose." "Well, yes. I was sent for. I was down ai Chicopee, neat Shasta, when I received an un signed Jetter, telling me that if I would come to l'lSt0lville_ I would learn something peculiarly and pecumari.[y my l.Dterest, Ben1g or a disposition to corral fn all the shekels available_, I at once set out for this place, not knowing tor what particular purpose I was wanted, nor am I any bett.er apP.risednow. Do you know!" Well, I ain t able to t.ell you nothin', fer I ain't figgered et thr'u' my head, but by little mites I've picked up an' consolidated now an' then, I hev arriv' at ther conclusion thet ther powerful bad element, thet holds a full hand hereabouts, wanted a man, and wanted him p11rty bad, at that, a.nd you seem to be ther man." "Think so?" "I do! Moreover, rve just found out who you are. You're ther feller as many a miner up North has heard of-you are the famous road-agent, Deadwood Dick." CHAPTER VI. A HUCH SOUGHT -FOR MAN, IF a thunderbolt had fallen at the feet of the miner-schoolruaster,1le could hardly have Shown a great.er expression of surprise than he did at the declaration of Roxie. "I Deadwood Dick ? be articulated, taking off his sombrero and scratching his head. "Well, well-you seem to be off your reckonin?. for once. What makes you think that!" 'Ohl I surmise d it from things I've seen and heard. Besides, you bear a striking resem blance to the famous outlaw." "Pshaw I Resemblances often get one into a deuce of a scrape. Sorry, too, I can't agree with you about my being :Deadwood Dick. He was a man, who1 iu the flush of his wild career, I had quite a likmg for, because o f many of his manly qualities Latterly be bas pas sed out of I think, or at least I have seldom heard his name made a topic of public conversation So you think Deadwood Dick was the called man, eh! " I allow. I don't know just the reason, neither. But good -aay. I'll brinw y9u back a partridge for your snpper, maybe.' And then she turned away and walked up the gulch beyond the falls, finally disappearing from view. Gold-dust Dick finished bis day's work with out again S!!eing her, and panne d out quite a little handful of the f111.kes. Putting this dust" into a Ji ttle puch, he should e rPd his pick and shovel and trudged away toward his shanty, glad the hard day' s labor was over. When he arrived .at bis unpretentious resi dence he found Miss Dare sitting on the door s t ep. "Excuse me," s}le said, rising with a smilea very winning smile, too, it struck Richard" but have you seen anything of my father? He bas not been home since late in tbe afternoon yesterday, and I am very much worried about him." "I saw him last rught," Dick replied; "in truth, saved him from a choking at the hands of Haunted Hank. Perhaps he has got full and is taking a snooze in some out-of-the-way place!" Oh! no, I!O 1 I fear some harm has come to him. Are 7ou sure you have not seen him since last Quite sure, lady. 1 wouldn't be alarmed if

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Deadwood Dick Trapped. II I were you, becaase in all probability be will tnrn up all sate :i:ou are least him. If 7ou defm'e l will make some mqumes for him.' "If you will be so kind I shall feel very grateful, sir. I am alread under many obligations to you, for interruptmg a g'IP'<> between him and Tra-la-lee Charley a few ghts ago." "You know I promised to do what I could for you, and I bap:pened in U:{>On the game just in time to adjourn it by inducrng Mr. Dare to come with me, much to the rage and cbagrin of the patient rascal whom you call 'fra-la-lee Charley, who already has a pretty large share of your father's wealth gambled away from him. But how did you find it out" "Father told me, and, as usual, promised that he would straighten up and do better--but wbeu be gets where there is liquor his promises are all forgotten." I run sorry such is the case. True, be is strongly wedded to drink. and it will probably take a strong shock of some kind to brace him up. I will search for him, however, this evening and talk seriously to him if I find him." Thank you. You are a good man and take a load of sorrow from my mind," Miss Dare said, and then, bowing, turned away-to bide t.earful eyes, Richard Gold-dust half suspected, as he watched her till other shanties hid her from view. According to bis promiset that night, after partaking of bis supper Gola-dust betook him self into the town to look for old Joe Dare. ./ What had become of tbe old vagabond'be of l?Ourse had no idea, but for t -be young lady's sake be resolved to make some inquiries. It was just dark when be left his shanty, and lighting a pipe he sauntered not thinking of danger, and without fear of it should it be ambushed all around him. He reached the main business part of the caIIIP without incident, and seeing a crowd around t.be post-office, dropped in, out of curiositl, for be had no expectation of getting any rnai 'Most all of the miners and roughs who bad been at the saloon the pre vious nigot were also about now, and the glances they s ent at tlie nandsome schoolmaster were not of the most friendlv character. Paying no attention to this, Richard passed on and took his plaee in file behind a number of men ahead of him, inriuiring for mail. As before h e had no reason to suppose be would rece ive any mail, but resolved to in quire, more by way of killing time than anything els e And to his -great surprise, when be asked for mail for Richard Gold-dusththe little shrive led up old lJ(>Stmaster at im sharply throug h I bis blue goggles, and handed out three ordinary looking letters. A glance at the directions showed that two of them were directed to Ricb!l'rd Gold-dust, Esq while the third was addressed to DeaiJ.. wood Dic k. Turningto the postmaster instantly, be said, in a voice loud enough to be heard through the room, "Tbere is evidently a mistake, here, sir, as ODe of the letters you .e:ave me is direct.ad t.o Deadwood Dick, and belongs to that party, whoever be may be!" And then he walked haughtily away from tlie window, to a quiet part of the room, to read his letters. On tbe way, be passed Tra-la-lee Cb.a:rley, on whose r .. ce was a malicious smile, altbo11gb b& refrained from speaking out his evil thoughts, whatever they might have been. Tbat fellow is a rascal and a scoundrel!" was the thought that immediately popped into @:old-dust's mind, only to pop out again, as h& opened bis letters. The first one he opened be found to his aston ishment, was in a feminine sty le of chirographr. ; and a glance at the appended signature still more astonished him. The missive was signed "Dora 'Dare." Of the lettl)r itself there were but a few words, as follows: .. DEAR MR GOLD-DUST:-I "I am almost sorry I ever met you, for I-Ibut, ; no, I will not be so foolish I Yours, Doll.A If this man Richard Gold -dust-this tion of bravo, sport, miner and gentleman-: gave vent to a prolonged whistle of surprise, as ; he finished the nete, and returned it to its en velope, be was pardonable. The color in his cheeks had become highooned, and the expression upon his whole face and in his eyes wa s such as no person well could cl.eil.ne or unravel. "Poor fool-poor silly, passion-ruled child!" ae muttered, the kindly light in bis eyes harden ing a little. She might have as well written an that prompted her to write those few words. The d e uce! I'm in a confounded 1 fine predicament now I I 'll be shot if I and what to do I don't know, unless I repulse her and that. would be worse, no doubt, than were i: to strike her a blow in the face. But, first of all, let's see from whom this other letter comes 1" He tore it open impatiently, wondering the while if it would bring as much undesirable news as the first had done. Nol not exactly bad news, did it bring, but it was a strange letter, sometbh;ig like a romance it seemed to him: "SILENT CITY -18-. "RtcHARD GoLD:DuST:-' Thou must have read of the tribe of Aztec, who, thou g h now nekrly extinct wer e once power ful, a nd whose great achievements left e ternal em blems of their former existence in the wild regions of the great West-upon the picture rocks in th& deep canyons-in the buried subterranean cities Whl<;h tlltl Jal" face explorers are year by year UD ear t hing? "And yet the lest of the Aztecs is not I In Silent City there yet dwell a few of the once power ful rac e of savages, alone in their solitude and boundless wealtli, with Black Hand the Whit.e Aztec, at thell' head. Their days however are not many, nor are those of their chief. And in their last days, when their ability for warfare is gon& when peace and quiet are all they seek, a blood thirsty red brother threatens an invasion, 10 order w get possession of their mines and their gold-tha accumulations of untold generations. "In fear and trembling they appeal to Black Hand for the protectio.the is not able to give them, and he warns them of the worst to expect, and advises them to take a new and younger chief, who Bhan bring with him not to exceed eturdy moral

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ra Deaawooel 11.1act: Trappec!, and honest pn.J:e -faces, andprotect the a ud their othe r wise doomed city from the attack of the Ted scourge of the Sierras Silver Fox the Ponca they to eventually inherit the last life-camps of the Aztecs, and all they leave behind. "T? tl!iS the Aztec braves unanimously agreed, 1md i t for Black Hand to choose their new chief. :Black Hand set to work to recall the trusty t 1rdermen he had met of when a brother pale face, and after thmking of them all, considering their faults, and weighing the balance, he chose of all men to fill the cl:iieftaiucy, yourself-.De ad iwod .Dick, alias Richard Gold-dust, and sent for you. Thou hast come-thou knowest thy offered fortune .hast n<;> choice in life but to accept. Em1Ssarie s of mme even now lurk within thy vision didst thou but know It, and if thou wilt honor the otfer of a people, go forth into the night, barehead ed, and t.hou wilt be met.._ and guided to my camn. "BLACK J:1AND0 the White Aztecl1 That was all, but was enough. As much as Gold-dust Dick liad been surprised at the receipt of Dora Dare's strange letter, it was nothing compared with the astonish ment which as3ailed him, at reading the strange communication of the Aztec chief. "I'm blowed if I ain't tangled up, and fog gad, for once I" be mutteredhas be turned to leave the store, in which t e post.office was situated. As be was passing where Tra-la-lee Charley was idly leamng against a box, the same mock ing smile was upon the villain's face, andgleam in?,, evil light in bis eyes. 'Hal bal Did you get a letter from some forsaken wife1" he demanded, sneeringly. "I thought your expression seemed to indicate that you were brooding over family troubles I" Presumedly you were wrong, and it will be well for yo11 to mind your own business I" Gold dust retorted. He would have passed on then, only that the gambler opened fire: "Ohl you needn't be so pert and saucy beilllu:l0 no one is afraid of you, my susP._Elcted Adonis)" be said fiercely. ''I dare say 1f you to show up them let(&rs, we'd all be a peg wiser as to your past an' present." "Then maybe you'd like to undertake the job of possessing them1" Gold-dust cried turning upon h!m so suddenly, tb.Q.t, rough and used to rough life as he was, the gamester fl.inched. "l've a notion to give you a thrashing, yo1o1 low-Jived curl" Not a word said Tra-la-lee Charley back. He k!'ew th11;t the was immeasurably his super10r both m strength and quickness and he was wii;e enough to play quiet. A belt about bi's c vJtained a revolver, tomahawk and scalping-knife, while bis scalP" lock was stuck full of nodding plumes. It n e eded but a glance to tell that he was a stern old s;:_w., while in the face of bis com panion was nothing of the stern or brutal expression. She was a maiden of some seventeen sum mers, with a finely molded figure, indicative of agility and strength, while her features were round and of Anglo-Saxon cast, instead of the flat shape to the Poncas, and her eyes large, dus and lustrous. Her hair was of great abun ance, and fell below her waist in a sheeny, rippling wave. She was attired in a modern-style StJit made of buckskin, the sJ;.irt reaching to withiD a few inches of her ankles, and the whole costum-: being the most elaborately braided and beaded affair Gold-dust had ever seen, many of the but tons and ornaments being gold. Indeed, all in all, she was the prettiest Indian maicten ho had ever seen. As they saw Gold-dust standing upon the threshold, both the chief and the maiden arose. "Fear not to enter your own wijl:wam, pale face brave 1" the red-skin said. "Silver Fox, the Ponca, and his princef.S Starlight, seek you not except in friendship. We found pale-face absent, and so made bold to enter and await his retw"D." "So I perceive and presumedly the Silver and bis daughter are welcome, as long as are good," Richard replied, enter lJ'.!g and closmg the doorj after which ht. serted hunself near the fire-p ace and lit his p ; .:ie. "And now, red-skin, what might -:--.l Silver Fox comes at the instan'Ce of bis pet and only child, Starlight!" the old chief said, gravely. "Starlight berry smart girl-welled ucated, and know heap about pale-feces and their ways. Starlight want pele-t'ace husband, and t.ell Silver Fox tbat no red-man ebber do her. So sbto see Gold-dust Dick end choose him for h r great brave to succeed Silver Fox es chief of the Poncas, when be die. What has the pale-face to sa:y 1" "Well, nothmg to speak of, more than that I don't calculate to bitch to any female :property just at present; and, besides tbat1 Indian girls ain't in my line, allowin' you1s IS uretty: and good enough for any man I" was the. PJ: 1 .. Rich ard Gold-dust vouchsafed. CHAPTER VIL "Your wisdom saves lou, as far as it goes!" :pick said, turning away m contempt; and leav CARDS VS. THE VOLCANO. :lllg the place he went at once to his shanty NOT every man of Pistolville. would ha 9 where to have quiet "to ponder over tile given th1> Ponca chief the answer that Golo. 1ltance of the communications he bad received dust Dick is doubtful if they would have but to bi_s surprise, on arriving there he found for Silver Fox never forgot a sligbt O!' candle ht, upon the table, and two persons sitan but cherished and nurtwed it. 'UJltil ting on either side of it. bis minds eye magnified it large enough l...' Hardly knowing what to make of the visita worthy of hi' vengeance. tion, he paused in the doorway, and surveyed "Pale-face brave great fool I" he sa.d in o the scene. t?ne t_hat was_ by no means pleasant. d Star-One of the parties was an Indian chief of adlight 1s the pnde of her nation, and great wlll'vanced years, whose body above the belt was riors bow at her feet. Chiefs of all tbt. "'"ad barren of cl?thing and groteB-Iuely besmeared tribe& of the West have sought her, but she bu with war-pamt, as was his face, giving him an tilre. fused them all. and never me.!; hef cholr.e lllla,ppearance far q;ore hideous than handsQle..

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Deadwood Dick Trapped. 13 lier eyes a few days since, rested upon Gvld dust Dick. '!'hen she told Silver Fox of the great vein wsere tbe hopes of her hfe were lo cated, aorl willed it that Silver Fox should come t;o the Rrnvo Rod iotercaje in her behalf, and i::li!ver Fox came. Tbeheart of Starlight, Princess of the Poocas, belongs t;o the pale-face, and to him aloue. Let the pale-face therefore, before refusing her. Tbe marriage will make bim second chief. Tbe -Poocas a;e about to attack another weak-hancled nation, the remnant of the Az t ecs, who have heaps of gold stored up in their silent lodges in the depths of the wilrlerness: Many scalps and much riches will reward tbe Poncas. If Gvld dust Dick becomes the husband of Starlight, be shall lead the attack!" "Thanks for your offers, my noble chief, but l. am in duty bound to refuse tbem,'' the miner said, calmly. 1 appreciate your compliment, but have teasons for not wishing to accede t.o your proposition." What reasons'!'' "Reasons of my own, which I prefer to keep to m vself." Ugh I Then the pale-face refuses to do honor t.o the Poncas1" "Yes, I reckon that's about the size of it," Dick answered. "?-'hen pale-face Dick shall live to regret it, same as other dogs in Pist.olville,'' the chief cried, fiercely, as be arose to d epart. "s 1ver Fox bas sworn veng9ance upon the pale-face miners, and his curse rests on you also "Much obliged-come again l" Dick replied, as the two departed. After a minute be broke into a hearty lau gh: "A goo:i chance, that, for a man who wants a lift, but the prospects are that I shall never be adopted in a red-skin family, at least while j;here is a chance for me to do noytbing else." Later that night Trala-l ee Charley left the Bourbon Saloon, and went fortb into the dark ness, still smarting nuder the effect of the re buff of GQld-du s t Dick. Curses on the f e llow I" be muttered. His devilish and impudence fire me 'mos t to madness. If I don't in some way manage t.o ring in a cold deal on him before Jong it's pretty certain he'll do me harm, f o r it's P.Jaio he has no love for me, and, what's more, Ive a half of a notion that he--" He did not conclude bis muttered soliloquy, for at this same instant there was a collision be tween him and some other person, going in tbe opposite direction, and both sat unceremoniously baCk upon the ground. Hold on I hello l what l h e the gam bier began. Yes, v'oi der:duyrel vas der matter mit your' roared the voice of Dutch Joe, through the darkness. "Who you vas1 V'at you take me vor, all der v'ile'I'' I'll show you, you whisky-soaked sourkroutl" Tra-la-lee Charley growled, rising dole fully from a puddle of water, into which he had fallen. "Wby don't you git out of a fellow's path, instead of lumbering up like a great grizzly bear1 You've ruined the wat of my pantaloons, you SOblrer." "Oh I dot don'd vas of 10me account. Der Volcano "'as good for more as one pa ii pritches," Joe returned, good-naturedly. "Vere you go in', Dra-laloo Sbarley1" "Where you'd better be going-home," the gambler growled. "Oh! isb dot so1 Vel, den I vii go home mit you, too. I half got pizuess mit you, Sharley." "What bu, ioessl" "Ve!, I tole you. You via haff der Volcano avay i;nit me, uorl got me drinking like 11 cod fish. Somedings vas f!'Ot to be done mit me. I play you voo game. Uff I lose der rest off der mine, I make oud der paers for you, nod go commit suicide. Ufl' I via pack vot you via off me, avila ago, I firace up, not drink or gamble some more, uod po mineself again." "Pshaw! rlon't be a fool, Dare. I don't want tbe rest of your mine, anrl you'rl uetter keep wbat interes t yoU:ve got, rathe r than to venture lo sing the rest." "Und I don'd vant you to baff no pizness around tbe mine, Dra-la-loo Sharley, und so I own der whole, or nothing." "Well, have it your own way, I'll step back and get Lawyer Javil, so that if you lose, be can draw up a deed at once, for you to sign." "De>t is righd. Uff I got beat, I sign. Uff' you got beat. I giff you swi' 'ours to gid ourl off der town. GQ git der lawyer, uod I vait for you here." With a repressed chuckle the gambler hurried back t.oward the Bourbon saloon,. but soon re turned, accompanie d by a villamo us-locking miner, who looked better prepared to "ut throats than to do legal work. The three men tb e n set out for the gambler's little shanty, wbich bad been hastily put to getber inside of a w e ek, n od was tenanted by its owner ,vbe n be was not ebewhere, manipulating the pasteb0ards. They soon arrived, and entered, and Tra-la lee Charley faste ned the door after him, so tba t no one need intrude. There was but one lower apartment to the shanty, and the furniture coosisteu of a couple of ordinary deal-tables, four chairs, a cot bed, and a cumbersome old che s t, in one corner. Light was furnished by a lantern suspended from the ceiling. As soon as tho trio were seated, the gambler "Mr. Javil, you may draw up a legal wherein Joseph Dare, f o r the consid eration < f half a million dollars already received, deeds to me, Charles Guthrie, all right, title and iot.erest in tbe Volcano Mine. "Mr. Dare and I will .then play a game of eucber, and if be wins, the deed is to be torn up, unsigned, and I am no longer to claim an interest lll the mine. On the contrary, if he loses, I am, by bis signing the deed, to become sole owner of the mine. You understand 1" "Perfectly l" the lawyer answered, and .pro ducing paper, pen and ink, proceeded to write. In the course of twenty minutes be bad com pleted the form of the deed, ready for signing, and read it aloud. "Yaw, dut ish right!" Dutch Joe asserted, wbcm he had finished. "Uod, now, mil!ller law yer, I vant you t.o at&nd py, und aee dot all is

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Deadwood Dick Trapped, fair play mit der izame. Shuffle up der ture. H a I ha! I have not profited so badly by Tra-la-lee Sharley!'' coming to Pistolville, after all. The Volcano The cat:Ps were sfiuffi ed cut and dealt, and Mine isn't picked up in value every day!" the game l:iegan, each player fully alive to tbe "No, nor it won't profit you t o any great explay instead of Joe's being sleepy, as was u sutent for many a day to com"!" a voice suddenly ruly the case. cried. But alas! the fates w ere against him, and a The gambler uttered an oath, and looked in groan fairly burst from his lips, as Tra-la-lee the dire.,tion whence came the sound. Charle y finally brought his fist down upon the The lid ef the old chest was thrown open, and ,table with terrific force, with a standing upright and erect, withiu the odd re chuckle, as a signal that he had won. ceptiwle, was Gold-dust Dick, a cool, dangerous "The Volcano is rnine, Dutcby," he said, leer" glitter in bis handsome eyes, and a pair of co.ck 1 ing across the table, into Dare's face. "You eel" five "-shooters in his grasp. were a fool that you did not talo:e my advice and You1" Tra-la-lee Charley gasped, flushing keep it, when you could. Sign tl:at deed I" and paling alternately. Dare stared at the docum ent that was sboved "Exactly! Individually and collectively, :(J" in front of him, a strange gleam in bis eyes. the miner said, with emphasi!\. I overheard "1 don'd vas Know better I do dot, or no," he the proposed game, and took it into my head to returned. "Uff you say I mu s t, dot's der ver'y be present. The Volcano Mine is not yours, time you makes a misdake. I vas like a bog-Charles Guthrie. I don d vas drive vortb a cent: nnd den der is "You lie! It is mine!" the gll.IIlbler retort no compuloory law regarding paying gambling ed, seizing the deed, and thrusting it into bis debts." pocket. "There is a law of death here in the mines "I insist that it' is not, and I will proceed to for those who flunk!" the gambler hissed, draw-explain why. I came here, well knowing that ing a revolver; "and you're too shrewd a man yeu never would let Dare win back that which to trifle with me, Joe Dare And then, you are you had gambled away from him. Again, I too honorable to go back on your word : came here to play you a game for that Volcano "Yas, dot vas true. I nefer go pack mit v'ot Mine myself I" I say-dot's all v'ot makes me sign dot deed." "By no means. I'll not play with you,''. Tra He seized the pen and drew the document la-lee Charley growled. toward him, but the gambler checked him with "Ob, yes, you will!" the other reassured, tri-an oath. umphantly. "You dare not refuse, (or you Hold on I your signature must be witnessed. know I'd Just as lievt> shoot you as look at you-Wbat the deuce bas become of Javill" and shoot you I should, if you did not play with For SOJne reason unexplainable, then the me." lawyer bad suddenly male, and seizing a pen, But be finally seized the pen and proceeded to ink and paper, hastily wrote out the required obey Gold-dust's stern command. receipt and flung it to Dare. It took him but a few moments to complete "But I don'd giff you der chance. See! I the work, being a rapid writer. sign my name-Joseph Dare. There! It vas Gold-dust Dick looked on, as be wrote, and 1 all gone now, my broperty, und to-morrow I go when be bad finished, took a seat on the oppo, to work at miner's wages, a wiser fool den I half site side of the table been boretofore." "Now, then, fetch out a fresh pack, and we'll And, finishing his signature as be spoke, tho play!" he said, sternly. "If I lose, you shall misguide I man rose from the table, an1 staggerhave one or my pistols, and shoot me. If I e1 out of the shanty. win, you shall sign that d<>ed, and also give me Tra-la-lee Charley cl090d and barred the door the one Dare signed, or you're a dead man after him; then sat don once more at tile ta-Remembering tbatl am watching you, narrow ble, bis fa<,-e triumphant in its P.Xpression. ly, it will pay you not to make any sly moves, "It's mine now, fair and square, and I'll take l as I'll drop you, it you do!" the ftrst op'PO!"tunity to have thi deed recorded, The gambler did not answer, but bis faCQ N thereby making thini:s safe, beyond peradven-dark with passion.

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Deadwood Dick Trapped. The cards were produced, shufil.ed, cut, and dealt, and game began. In just seven minbtes by the clock, which bung over the fire-place, the game was played and won. And Gold-dust Dick was the winner! "Curse on you,'' Guthrie hissed. "You'll pay for this!" ,.., "Not this evening!" the imperturbable miner wort replied. Have the goodness to sign that assignment, alJld hand it over. No monkeying now J"-for the enraged rasca l evidently want:! to draw a pistol from bis belt. He desisted, how ever, and signed the assign ment of the deed, and banded it tO Gold-dust. "Thank you I" Dick said. "When I get to working Volcano, come around and maybe you can hire oat 'to buck your bead against quartz, as a crusher." Then, with bis revolvers in band, and a victorioos smile on bis face, he backed out of the shanty, and was gone I Aft.Ar his departure, Tra-la-lee Cu.1rley spent an hour in drinking and swearing, as relief for bis jnj uroo feelings, and was just prepari to turn in, for the nigbt, when Haunted H"&nk thrust his bead in at the door. "Come I" he said, sententiously. "Why?" the gamble r demanded. "Because, tae fruit can be plucked, now, in good condition!" Tra-la-lee's face brightened, and arming him self, thoroughly, be followed the bullwbacker toward the post-office. "Seel" H aunted Hank gruntoo. "He's s'urr.b in' fer a le1ter w'at belongs to him, an' he's Deadwoow I hate him; and now for my rev<'nge. Go e;et a half a dozen of the boys whil e I stay on guard-quickly and caunow." All rigb t I" Haddon replied; and ye kin bet yer I'll stay away till arter Deadwood Dic k is caged." This latter conclusion, however, was uttered after be was well out of the bearing of Tra-la lee Charley. After be was gone, tbegamblercrouched upon the doorstep, and watched bis intended victim narrowly through the keyhole. "He's mine now, and he'll never a deal in o n me again.!" be bissro betwe<>n bis clinched teeth. "Whe n he comes out, we'll nab him, and he'll get lynch law, if I've got anything to say about the matter. ]')eadwood Dick (whom the reader bas vrob ably already detected in bis alias of Gold:-Oust Dick) soon after found the letter be was looking for, and tore it open eagerly, unaware that he was watched; for be had calculated that the Pistolvillians wet e all iil bed when be eft''!Cted bis entrance to the post-office for tbA purJ.!OSe of getting possession of the Jetter which be bad reCHAPTER Vilt. fused earlier in the evening. TRAPPING DICK. The Jetter ran as follows: THROUGH the da1 kness of the night, the two "DEADWOOD D1cx:men of similar brutish natures, hurried toward "It is known that y o u are lo Pistolville, and the the village store, which also constituted the sheritT bas received orders from the authoriti e s to post-office. arrest you and bring you t-0 the nearest military It was a large, Jong, Jog structure, with a post for trial for :i:our many d eprt datioDs, years .fear and front entrance, and a couple of winsince. Take the advice of a fnend, and lose yourself dows in one side wnich were now closed in by In some out.-of-tbe-way place, where the name of heavy shutters. I Deadwood Dick is not i.nown. JoBN DUNN."_ Haunted Hank led the way to the rear en"Humph! circumstances are coming along trance, with cautious footsteps, which Tralaf!lster than I anticipated," Dick muttered to lee Charley imitated, as best be knew how, for himself, as be tore the letter into fragments. despite cumbersome size, the elder ruffian "Let me see1 John Dunn was formerly a mem was the better trailer. ber of one of ruy Deadwood bands. Well, I'll Kneeling upon the Hadden peered in think over his proffered advice at leisure." through the keyhole a few seconds-then moThen, turning out the lamp, he unlocked the tioned for Tra-lalee Charle y to do the same. rear door and stepj:ied outside. The apartment withi' the door was used as All was utter blackness, at this, the darkest the inner part of the post-office, where mails bonr before the dawn. were assorted and distributed into the number The rear floor of the opened into an of pigeon-holes facing into the front part of the alley between two buddings, which bad to be store. traversed several rods before reaching the The only oth"r furniture was a table, stool, street. stove and lamp, the latter now being lighted. Though he did not have any idea t;hat danger At the tahl'l. upon which were many lettel"!' menaced him, Gold-dust (as we shall still call spread out, stood a man of erect figure, clad in him) was cautious enough to take a sharp glance black with a similar colored cloak at bis surroundings before leaving the dooraround his shoulders, and a black somstep. brero pinned up on one side, upon bis bead. Seeing nothing, be started on bis way-out of His face from forehead to chin, was bidden the alley, at a rapid gait, when to his conllter behind a bill.Ck mask. nation be suddenly tripped over a rope which He was actively engaged in examining the was drawn acroes the alley, and fell ftat upoa directions upon the envelopes, as if searching the ground. for eome particular addn111S. _EN he could make a move to rile. btlJt a

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11 Deadwood Dick Trapped. dozen burly men had, pounced upon bim, and I The "polls" was a cigar-box with the lid though be struggled with superhuman power to nailed down, and a slit cut in the top, so that rise and ov.,rthroI' them, they at last s u cceeded of paper could be put in through it. in binding him band and foot. The men were then t;old to each prepare a He was then carried out of the alley int.o the slip of paper, and to write either At Once" or main street, and laid upon the ground agaio, "Reprieve," upon each slip, according as to while his captors crowded around him and whether they wanted Gold-dust Dick tried at gllzed down upon him in triumph. once, or banded over to the U. S. deputy mar-" Hal ha!" Trala-lee Charley cried, sarcassbal, when be should arrive. tically. "Who bas won the game, finally, mv "Recollect, gentlemen," cried Cb1trley, "your gay schoolmaster1 I told you I'd pay you off, be s t way is to have the trial, conviction and and here you see yourself, your mask of deceit lynch pic-oic, at once, fer ef yer lock up secb a turo off, and you a b e lple
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Deadwood Dick Trapped. 17 say l Gentlemen, if you will take pains to examine, yu will find out that T:ra-la-lee Charley bas a number of 'At Once' tickets.in his bands, which he intends to drop into the boxr' Instantly the gambler was pounced upon, and his bands forced op'3n. It was as Dora had said. In bis right band he clutched a package of papers, so l Jlace d to gether as to look like one, and in numbe r there were ten. A cry of indignation escaped the crowd at this attempted act of treachery, and the miners who held the gambler of one accord hurled him totbe ground. For a moment he lay like one dead, but be soon recovered from tbe sbock, and with difll culty regamed bis feet. "'.Now, yo u git!" Haunted Hank yelled, whipping out a revolver-'' git, I say, right out o' this hyar town, as fast as yeou know how. I opine I don't allow no sic b varmints ter play ebeat around hyar, 'long's I'm boss, an' ef I eve r ketch in this valley again, darn w e fer a dragon ef I ain't goin' ter fill yer carcass so full o' lead ya'll answe r fer a block o' sodder. Git!" "You mean it1" Tra-la-lee Charley cried, bis face flaming with rage. "Jes t linger hyarabouts an' see fer yel"l'elfl" was Haunted Hank's reply, with emphasis of si!Jnificance. 'Tbe n I will go-but my curses rest on you, girl, and you'll feel the effects of tbem l" be cried shaking bis fist at Dora. Tben he walked away witb curses upon his lips, and a look of incarnate hatred upon his face. "Here! b o l d on vonce in a vile! Don'd you \'as make threats apoud mine gal, Dora, or so !:telb me, I smasb your skull inside out!" Dutc h Joe yelled after bim, doubling up his fists in great bravado. But if Tra-la-lee Charley heard, be heeded not, aud was quickly bidden from view in the darkAfter he was Haunted Hank resto red bis revolver to its usual place, and lo oked the crowd over. "Waal, gents, aire an ther votes in 1'' be demanded. "Fer, if s o, we'll proc ee d to count them!" "Nol" Dora cried, advancing. "I claim a rigbt to cast a vote in this matter, and h ere it is. Are you all willing I should gentl emen?'' For a $econd all was still as deatb. Tben there was a murmur in tbe affirmative, and a few growls in the negative. "Tbe majority allus rulfls, an' the go.I can vote!" Haunted Hauk decided. "Come forward, siss, an' cast yer vote, an' then we'll count 'em." Dora obeyed, willingly. I She had overheard the men who came for her fatber explain what was wanted o! him; and made up her mind to attempt to vote, in hope of getting a temporary reprieve for Gold-dust Dick. As soon as she dropped the vote into the box the lid was pried open, and the miners crowded around to see that Haunted Hank counted the vot.es right. One by one they were selected and deposited upon the top of a barrel in two pi les-one pile for and the other against." I'll bet all v'ot I don't know dot Gold--Oust Dick don'd conie in for der quick trial!" old Joe shouted. But it l ooked. as the votes were singled out, as if tbe I risone r was as nable to get the benefit of a quick trial as any otbir way, for the votes ''for" and '' against" se med to pun out in equal numbers. It was an exciting momPnt. Everybody had their heads craned forward t o tear the r e sult. Finally the last vote but one was counted-the tickets ran even in count. With a cry Haddon held the last one up. On it was inscribed-" Re'P"-ieve 1" Dora's turn it was to utter a thankful cry then It had been her vote tbat had won for Gold-dust Dick a respite. CHAPTER IX. CONSOLIDATING FORCES. As far as capacity for villainy was concerned1 Tra-la-lee Charley bad few equals. He haa sprung from an aristocratic and wealthy New England family, not many miles from Plymouth R uc k, but, despite this fact, his early bovbood seemed to augur that be was cut out for no particular good purpose in life, 11lthongb every moral and educational rnflu e ncC' bad been exert ed over him. But h e b1 beneath a sbeh ing ledge to pass the remainder of the nigt:t. As soon as-it ca me daylight he arose and sat down on a rock to de lib erate. "It's useless to think of going back to Pistol vill e, single-banded, for I 've got my tkket-of leave, in dead earnest," he UJuttered, with a sc owl . I'll y e t run that town, and I'll swear to it! Th e ones wbo sent me forth, sboll learn that Tra-la-l ee Charley is uot the lad to tamely submit to insult. And, a s for that vagabond's proud daughter-oh! but I'll yet bumble ber and break h e r into meek submission to my will!,; Soon after, the gamble r aroe, and plunged deeper into the mountain wilderness, by way of a nArrow ravine, wbicb, fo r over a mile, grew still narrower and darker, until 1t suddenly de bouched into a traverse canyon of considerable width, and great natural beauty. But for the narrow ravine this canyon could not have been reached, l'X(!ept by a l ong tour over the range of mountain wbicb this ravine split in twain. As soon as be entered the canyon, Tra-la-loo Charley d1l'ected his footsteps to tbe north ward. In the course of an bour bo crossed the canyon, and entered a sort o f break, or niche 1n the foot-bilh, and here, emerged into a sort of basin, wherein were built the locges ot.. a little Indian village.

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HJ DEadw od Dick Trapped. Wltbout apparent fear be walked boldly down seventy-five strong. The white dogs numbel tnt;o this village, despite the fact that a motley mauv more." 1 crowd of the painted denizens buddied about "That matters not! One sudden attack him, jabbering aud gesticulating, wildly. would surprise tbem, and wipe out a goodly Putting them t;o oue side, be approacbtld the number, after which we could retreat and watch principal, or largest l odge, and would probably for another opportunity. In this way we could bave only that the chief made his apsoon own the village and mines, and after that pearance in tne doorway. sai;I to and capture tbe Aztecs, as you proposed The chief, iu question, was n one other than 1 t;o Gold-dust Dick. Tell me, now-wbat think Silve r Fqx tha Ponca, and it was his village you of the matter?" that the gamble r had so unceremoniously en"Tbe plan of the pale-face is in accordance tered. with the will of Silver Fox, but it is not all A frown came ove r tbe face of Silver Fox as for bim to say. Starlight must choose her bus bA l!llW the pale-f a ce intruder, for it was very band for herself. But, bow does the Card-me.n eeliom that a white man ever entered tb.e In-know so much about Silver Fox's interview dian village. witb Dick?'' "Ugh! what brings the pAle-face dog to the "From playing eavesdropper. But, call forth village of tbe Poncas?" h e sternly, with a your lcwely daughter, Silver Fox, and consult wave of bis band for bis braves to gather near, ber in to this matter." and cut off the chances of the stranger's escape. The cb1ef stepped into an inner division of the "Does be not know that it means death for lod ge, and presently returned, accompanied by those of bis race to come here to the lair of the Starlight, who looked Tra-lalee Charley over Silver Fox?'' with a keen, g aze "Yes, I knew that before coming, and yet "Tbe daughter of Stiver Fox bas overheard hesitated not, because I have something for the the pale-face proposal," the old warrior Silver Fox to b ea r that concerns him greatly." said," and is willing to do as her father bids, Then let the pale-face enter the lodge of on one condition. Starlight loved Gold-dust Silver Fox, be seated, and explain himself. If Dick, and bis refnsal of her made a deep wound he comes as a friend, the Poncas will spare bis in her heart. Her love bas now all turned to life." hatred, and nothing. hut revenge' can ever "Tra-la-lee Charley comes as a friend, as the effect bar acceptation of bis band, Tbe con great chief will l earn," the gambler replied, as solidation can take place at once, but Star be fellowed the chief into the lodge. light will only become Tra-la-lee Charley's Gaea insid e Sliver Fox motioned him to a wife, when be brings her the scalp of Gold-ose for the hand of bis daughter and the consolidation of both our forces into one formidable hand and the of warfare agains t the pale-faces of Pistol vill e !" Silver Fox's eyes gleamed witll enthusiasm as he listened. "Tbe pale-face Card-man plots well," he said. How many men bas he at his command1" "Twenty able-bodied fellows who know how to ftg!lt." U ghl That would Dlll.ke the POlleBI but CHAPTER'X. DEADWOOD DICK STANDS RJ!:VEALED. IT had been pretty even voting tbat was t;o deci.rle the present fate of GoH-dust, and but for Dora Dare's vote, and be:timely interception of Tra-la-lee Charley's rascally attempt, the famous ex-road agent would undoubtedly have got an immediate trial and sentence. As it was, the one vote that decided the mat ter mad!) it a fact to be followed, that Gold dust was to have a respite, until a deputy U. S. marshal should have time to arrive and take charge of him. Tbe result when it became known was reeeiv ed with a loud cheer by those who had voted for a respite; while the opposite party looked de idedly dissatisfied over the result. But, there was a silenS in the crowd, when H:iunted Hank rose among the m and waved bis band as a signal for them to stop. "Et's all fair, gents," be declared, with em pbasis. "Ye kin bet yer hoots. I'd ju!'lli as lieve 'a' see'd Gold-dust Dick stretched up itn mejetlv, as not; but tber majority 1ules, an' all we kin do wi' Richard, are t;o put bim in a tight cage, an' see't he stays tbar until the deputy U. 8. comes to pull him under his wing." And as Haunted Hank was still law for tht Pistovillians, it WRS settled that Gold-dust Dick should become a guest or the pubJio, until the higher authorities sheuld come 1io claim him.

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Deadwood Dick Tra:pped. :. He was accordingly placed, b ound band and. have no cause to fear me. On tbe othe r hand, I in a strong cabm, without window s wbieh will accept o f n o trumped-up story. 8Q go bad been purposely built to s uch ahead, if you can d o s o with out fal sifying.' IC'istovillians as did not keep w1t,bin tbe oouucl s "Waal, I r ec kon I kin d o tbet, an' byar's all I of order. kno w abo u t et. Shortly L e fore y e lost trac k o' A.round the jail thus t enanted, a guard of six \Calamity Jane w e war up iu that r eg ion wbar 11turdy m i n ers was placed, t o prevent the p r i s y o u were l oca t ed eng a ge d in the one r froin escaping-me n c b ose u, too, from that pursuit o f stealin' hor;;;es an' sec h B y w e, I portio n of the community who bad v o t e d to m ean a parce l of us rough cusse s, be a ded by '.l'l'akeep Gold-duRt Dick until the sheriff came lalee Ch arley, who was the And so it was not highly probable that Rich"Waal, u n e day, e t a p pears, Tra-la-Je e sot ard could gain his freed o m v ery soon again. eyes upon Calamity J ane, and was smutten wi' The news soon spread beyond the limits of 'E'istolville, that the notorious Deadwood Dick was_p.t lllllt captured, and in ja11 for good, and curious ones came from the adjacent camps in hopes of getting a glimpse of tbe f a mous outlaw wbo&e name was familiar from North to S outh along the golden slopes of the rocky West. But Haunted Hank, who had constituted himself chief o f the jail guard, took good care that no person except those of bis posse should get a glimpse at the prisoner, and be even denied himself that privilege, for reasons best known to himself, On the day following bis arrest, at night, Dick sent for the ruffian, and after considerable delay he made his appearance, and was locked in the cabin with his prisoner. His face w ore a sullen, d ogged expression, as he set eyes upon Gold-dust, and be s tood with folrled arms, waiting for him to speak. "Hank Haddon!" tbe prisoner said, surveyin11: him sternly, "I have called you here to ask you a question, once and for the last time. Where 1s Calamity JaneP' "I have been asked that by you before, by letter1 and sent the reply bac k that I knew noth ing or such a party," was the J:(rim reply. "And upon receipt ol the communication, I sent you notice that, uuless you delivered her up to me, I would kill you, upon a certain dayf' 1 You did." And I presume you believe I'll do it, do you botr' "I'll weaken thet I did cuther fear ye'd give me a dig in the backhwhen I wasn't lookin1 hut now I ain't so muc afeard," the ruffian Qd mittec:!. "Because I am caged, I supposer' "Yas. I reckon ye won't hurt hullfamilies, arter this." "No, maybe not; but you can. rest assured that I'll keep my word with you, unless you come to ti me." I ain't much skeert,11 the Haunted answered, with bravado. "Ef you was slingin' yerself loo&ely around, I opine I should feel lfind o' skittish-hut as she am, I feel jestp safe as ye please." -" It's a good thing you've got so much assur !nce. But there is the one thing you must tell me-where is Calamity Jane1" Again I repeat, I do not know. I ain't so 'bad a man M soma go fer ter make me out, an' ef ye'll agree t e r break up yer promise venge auce, I d on't know but l'H tE'll ye w'at J. know about the gal." \ "Ir you explain to my satisfaction, you will her from the word g o Anyhow, when he rid inter camp that ni g ht, b e told us b oy s he'd seen the r prittiest woman in the bills, an' was goin t.er bev h e r. "I don't allow we paid much n o tice to tbfa, ontil one day he fotcbed her inter camp; then I r e ckernized her as Calamity Jane, who I used to see u p D e adwood c ountry. "vVaa l, she was bound band an' fut, and looked mighty indignant end by turns, but Tra-la lee Charley only chuckled at her an' called h e r bis wild canary bird, and as bow he would have tew take h e r away to his cage. Once, durin' the three days she war kept in camp, I got a sly chance tew speak to her, on' wben s be b e gged me to rescue h er, by the grim M o ses I t.old her I'd try, ef et c ost Tra-laJee's life au' wine, too. So, when Tra-la-lee started tew take the gal tew an isolated old ranch up in the mouat.ains, I war layin' fer him, calkylatin' tew trail him an' recapture Calamity; but 'twar no use. I had only got fairly into his rear when the rest o' the boys pounced down outer me, an' that's the last I saw o' Calamity Jane. "Tra-la-lee come back ter camp a couple o' weeks later 'tbout her, but none o' the boys durst question him. I reckon, tho', et explained matters when be hung up a beautiful strip o' woman's soft brown hair to the lodge-pole ; et satisfi e d me that be had done for her in this hfe. by jingo!" Den.dwood, or Gold-dust Dick, listened with clouded face and flashing eyes; but, when the haunted man paused, he bowed his head and groaned. "And then it is Tra-la-lee Charley I have to kill instead of you, ehP' be said. ''Fool you were for not telling me this Jong ago. Fool was for not killing that devil wh e n I bad a chance. Ob, that I were free-how I would hunt bim down to earth! You may go, sir. M:r; vengeance agains t you is now revoked 1 --One day later, just at sunset, Roxie Ralph returned to Pistolville to find somewhat of a change since she had left. And the most won derful of all was that Gold-dust Dick was the fttmous ex-road-agoat, Deadwood Dick, al1d now imprisoned, awaiting the arrival of the U.S. marshal or his deputy. "It's a downright shame, that's what it is," the mountain waif expostulated. "I say Golddust Dick war the best sor_ t of a galoot that ever lit down in Pistolville, :m' I'll bet my rifle that he'll n"ver die by bangin'. If. I don't mis. take, therP'Jl ho n0l!d o' considerin' his migk_t nfore lonll;." And, when Roxie went to the jail and made

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JIO Deadwood Dick Trapped. application to see the prison e r, Haunte d Hank shook bis head. "Not much, my lassi e Y o u 'v"l nothin'-to do wi' se c b a cbap as D eadwo od Dick, take my word fer it. "Obi ain't U W e ll, that r emains to be see n I'm of the o pinion that I can se e G o l r l-dust Dick If I choose." Then s h e turned away in tbe stiff est kind of lndi;i;nat.h"' l eaving Haunted Hank to wonde r what e neme sho b a d for gaining an interview with the impriso n e d Ri chard of the roa d. True to bis de claratio n, Old Joe Dare bad '3ri eneed in forcing the door, Rnd entering the sb anty : t he n, to snatch Dora Dare from where she s a t asl ee p in a chair, ani;l bind and gag her, w a s but the work of a m oment. "Away with h er, now, to my mountain cage\" at on ce o r dere d the v\l e leadAr. The y l eft the cabin and bore her to the horses. S oo n after, all hands ball l eft Pis tolville far behind, and were speedin g through the moun tains ,like the grim night-hawks the y wer e CHAPTER XI. A NBW WAY OF GOING TO JAIL. IT was not discovered until the next morning that Dora Dare had' been abducted; then, when 10me chance caller did make the di!!COvery, the notice was found pinned to the wall, written m large pen print:

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Dick Trapped. zl .c Deem yoursPlves not sefe or a e cure, even in your own homes for Tra la-lee Charley knows no mercy for his enemies." Tbe discoverer quickly communicated tbe in telligence to others, and in half an hour not a person in Pistolville but had heard of Miss Dare's mysterious disappearance, and was naturally llnxious over the strange warning of Tra-lalee Charley. When old Joe was bunted np, he was found in an out-of-the-way place in a state of semiintoxication. "Mine gal Dora gone!" be ejaculated, doubt ingly, wb e n told of the abduction. V'el I yous+, t'oue;ht sbt>'d got mad, and run away mit herself. V'ot haff pecome of her! Did she take der house and furniture rnit her?" "Nol no! you don't understand, Joe,'' one of. the miners v o lunteered to explain. "Your daugbter bas b!lE'n carried off hy a ruffian, into captivity-by your partner that was, in fact." "V'ot! Tra-la -lPe !:>barley!" "Ay! Trala-lee Charley." "Unen the same as wasted ou desert air. That night Roxie rode into town, astride her donkey, looking as demure and independent as a rosy reach-perbRps from the fact that a number of mountain fowls were fastened to her saddle-bow. As usual, a lot of the miners, with whom she was a favorite, crowded about as she drew rein, with expr1>SSions of anxiety upon their faces. At which tbe e lf of the mountains laughed "Well! well! what is the matter?" she de. manded. "You all look as if you'd seen a ghost, or su'thin' of tbe kind. What ails yet" "Ohl not much; only we've bin feelin' the least bit dubious," was a miner's renly. "Hev ye seen any signs-any troubulous signs, gal!" Well, yes. I see'd two P'.izzlies fight to-day, an' enjoyed the sport amazm'. An' tbe joke of it an was that the littlest griz licked blazes out of tbe biggest one." "But, gal, thet ain't the p'int. Hev ye seen any
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Deadwood Dick Trapped. bear from some quarter1 afore many days. I takes to tell it, stood witbin the cell of Deadwood Reckon, too, that the lnJuns an' road agents Dick. have consolidated-that is, in plain English, That personage we.s partly reclining on 11 pi1e 'gone ia snucks,' an' if that's so, et wouldn't be of skins, with a paper in band, which he was a bad Mee. fer us all ter get our hair shavl!(l off, reading hy aid of tbe light afforded by a fliCker down close t-0 our scalps." ing candle, nod, as may be imagined, be looked "Pshaw! We can down 'em-we can down up, considerably surprised, when be saw a very 'em!" Haddon cried. dark specimen of the human i::ace standing b.,._ "I should bate to risk much on et. Tra-la-lee fore him-for Roxie was about as black a s any Charley, it he's at the helm, is a keen -edged young wench could reasonably expect to be. chap, and be don't make many moves what "Well," he exclaimed rising to a sitting pos safe, ef I remember his topographical constitut.ure, "what does this meanl Who are you, tion." my d nsky friend 1" Tbe Pistolvillians needed not to be told of this "Rollicking Roxie, you bet!" was the com fact, for on more than one occasion bad the wily posed reply, as the daring girl proceeded to mop gambler and sport roped them in, in various off ber face with the lower end of her jacket. war. "Did yc;iu think it was the Old Nick, Mr. Dead, I for one think it is no more than right that wood Dick'I'' we should prepare ourselves for an anticipated "In truth, I did," the prisoner answered. attack, and thus prevent the possibility of de-"How came you here, young lady?'' feat,"asensibleminersuggested. "Ob! down through the chimney! I was "And, still better than that, if you fo'kes plyin' up Santa Claus on the half-shell. Them w'at's got property, want tew work it, hencegaloots outside said I couldn't come in, an' so I forth, ye can't do a likelier thing than to give jist made up my mind I would ef it took all winGold-dust Dick libei::ty, an' let him have com-ter. Ari' here I am." mand. Mark yer darter's word, boys-ef any "But wby1 It was very rash of you. You man can bring about order out of chaos, he's the might be discovered and subjected to much inman." dignity." A murmur of dissent went up at this from the Oh I they dab-sent hurt me, not much. :Be Iarpe majority. sides, I wanted to see you an' talk out my mind. I rntber, allow not I" a lesser rough than You see, 1 made up my mind that you're a nice Horrible Hank bimselr, exclaimed. We've got fellow." :Qeadwood Dick caged where he'll keep without Dick did not saltin', an' that's the end of him till the deputy The r e m embrrnce of other days when more marshal arrives to claim him." than on e uusopbi stica ted girl had thought the '"Well, do as ye pleas P my independent same flashed his mind. 1 huckleberries; but I've a faint idea that you'll "You are foolish to think of such a thing," be be gl'ld of bis services before you get out of the said. I am a bold, bad, w1ckPd man, and you threatened danger. You nt!edn't take my word sin to.waste a thought on such as I." for it, neither, if you don't want to!" "Oh! git out! I ain't no fo o l ; you bet, an' I And she rode on. !rnow when a feller's good on' wben be nin't, Roxie Ralph was credited with being keen and smart, despite the fact that her father was a sluggisb, li s tless s ort of an every-day laboring man; but Roxie was sharper, in truth, than she was given credit for being: At any rate, she was too much for the watch ful guard, wbo patrolled the immediate vicinity of Dead wood Dick's prison, and while they were pf the fact, she bad, a few hours succeeding the events last narrated, gained a position on the roof of the shanty it self. FortunatelY for her, the uigbt was darker than usual, a nd, once s h e had gaintld her ele vated position, there was little danger that she would be discovered. Careful al ways, she had formed her plfWl.s be forehand, and there was consequently no delay when she reacbed the roof. Armed with a long stout lariat, she crept along the ride;e board to the wide, old-fashioned chimney, which yawned down into an open fireplace, within the primitive jail. Fastening one end of the rope securely around the chimney itself, she dropped the other down into the dark aperture. In a mo>ment more, regardless of soot, she was gliding clown the rope, and in less time than it just by instinct. I know you've been bad, an' that every one's bani!, ni g h about, b11s been raised against yon. But that ain't to say that you can't be good if you-try. Have you got a gal!" "I did have a wife-may have one now, though I am inclined to believe that she is dead. She suddenly disappeared, and I have since learned that she was stolen by the wretch, Tra lalee Charley, whom you know probably better than T." "Yas, I reckon I've bearn tell on him. An' so you you wouldn't darst, even if in clined, take a rough but honest little nugget like me, f e r better or wuss, till ye found for sure that Mrs. Dead wood Dick, number one, was actually departed this life?" "No, I would not." "Too bad. I'd hitch up with you in p. minute, if I had tbe chance. But if it ain't possible, I'll live and die an old maid. I s'pose vou're ready to !Pave this place1'' "When released by the proper authorities, yes." "But I've got a better way. Climb up that rope-Ahl" Sha uttered a startled cry, as she turned and glanced in the direction of the chimney. The rope had been drawn up ont of sight. Dick discovered the fact almost as soon u

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Deadwood Dick Trapped. she, and an of anxiety mantled his features. You are discovered," he said. "It is too bad. I am aftaid it will go bard with you." Don't fear for me. I am not afeard. My only regret is that I am not able to rescue you now. Never mind, however. If I bave failed this time, that does not signify that I will thE' next." "But will they not harm "No. I am regarded as of too much value to the i !Jterests of thll camp, for them to do that. Ab, here come tbe guards!" True enough, the door was unlocked and open'ld, and four men, with Haunted Hank, entered the prison, if such it could be termed. "Ah, my dear Miss Rttlph1 excuse me if I intrude!" the king-pin of tbe P1stolvillerougbs ex claimed, but-do you not find it rather en em barrassing position to be closeted with a young -nan in sech er manner? Tbort I'd come ter yer resky, an' let yer -out." "You are ever ro kind," Roxie replied, com posedly. "I am reajy to go. Good-by, Mr. Dick. I couldn't rest till I came and tendered you spiritual consolation, seeing as you are EO nPar the end." Then the strange girl suffered herself to be led fro m the prison. "A brave girl," Deadwood Dick muttered undoubtedly a noble one. Something in her prompt and confident manner puts me in mind of my poor lost Calamity Janef' The next evening at sunset, a ragged, blear eyed, andywhiskered being of tbe tramp per suasi o n. rod e into Pis tolville o n the stage, and, soon aftl'r, m ounte d an empty herl'el in front the Old B0urbon saloon, wherPat be com menc e d to yell and gesticulate wildly. As might be expe<'td, there was an immedi ite coll ecting of a <'rowd. And wben the crowd had assembled to some ponsidernble numbers, the tramp c e ased bis Comanche-like y e ll smil e d bJanuly, rubbed his bands togethPJ', and PXclaimed: "Gents, I am the Honorable Eurastus Ephriam !Rathj!rh e ad I" And this announcE'ment was greeted with a loud cheer. __ CHAPTER XII. TRAPPED. J IT was not so mu<'b tbe words of the tramp that had agitated tlle ri;;ibilities of the rough audience, as the adaptation of the individual to his name. "Yes, gentlemen, Eurastus Ephriam Leatber head am I!" the eccentric stranger repeated, with a benign grin, with Reverend bitched to the fore part. I am a divine, ob I my bearers, sent doWH here by the Apostles, to snort and exhort to you--not about comin' sin, but about the?' project of raismg the price o' labor, so that the workingman oan live. And now, feller hearers, hevin' told ye I'm beer fer, I'll step iurotbe saloon hyar, an' take a 'seal-skin' to enliven JJlY sol1tr system, after which I'll be with you again, in the jerk of a lamb's tail." So saying tbe tramp leaped from the barrel, &11d dimppeared within the Bourbon. Doubting not his word, and anxious to OlJ to" what he was up to the crowd outside waited for bis return with lamb-like docility. Waited fully ten minutes and still the came not-and there was not a man m the crowd who could not have taken at least a dozen seal-skins" in that length of time. Wbat was tbe matter? Had the lecturer for saken bis celling in favor of the "bug-juic11" bottle, c r had he perpetrated a big sell on them' They were beginning to grow restless, when there came a pandemonium of yells, accompa nied bv a volley of shots. They had been tricked and trapped I They were the victims of a surprise attack by the out laws I And with what result? Only one volley bad been fired, but that had been destructive to more than a dozen lives! while hardly a man of the lot escaped being wounded in some manner. No sooner did the outla:ws score this victory than they made a precipitate retreat out of the C'Rmp, from behind the different shanties wbi(:h had beld them in ambush. well mounted they had no diflkulty in so doing, without loss to their number, for few shots were sent after tbem. Tb surprise had been so sdden and so ef fective, that tbe victors were well away, ere the victims could recover from their consten;a tion. When, however, they finally did, tho dead and ctying were carried to their different homes and boarding-houses, and those whose cu ri osity had not prompted them to listen to the divine Leatberbead, acted in the Cf.lpacity o surgeons end nurses. The rext day the excitement was greater tb1rn during the night, for all VrJrk vras rns pended, and the uninjured purt of the popula tion clustered about in knots to discuss the matter. Among those who bad been killed was the local ringlPader, Haunted Hank, end several others of bis kmd, so the town was left in reality without a leader or bos. And this, too, when tbe people most needed a commander, who could circumvent any further attac k from the marauders. Deadwood Dick beard of tbe trouble, when bis breakfast of corn bread and water was brought in. "I am sorry," be said, "and if I were per mitted to have my liberty, I should lend a helping hand, far as lies in my power." This news W8jl communicated to tbe outsiders, and while a few of them were in favor of put ting Deadwood Dick in command, the majority loudly disapproved, and the minority, of course, bad to weaken. "I perpose tbet WP don't hev no, ]eader, on less she be Roxie Rlllph !" one miner adrncated. "On course, she's stuck on the outlaw "an' she won't want harm to come to the p'ace, as long as he's here." But R o xie wasn't to be found. After being taken from tbe jail, she had been handed Qver to the care of ber father, with or ders that she should be kept shut up. But that was all 'the good it did. When

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Deadwood Dick Trapped. looked for, she was m1ss10g, and Mr. RRlph could not tell where, when or how she had es caped. So another day passe!l without Pisto lville having a bead man, as 'most every rough ruin ing-town generally does. Early the third
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