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Deadwood Dick's mission, or, Cavie, the kidnapped boy
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Wheeler, Edward L. (Edward Lytton) 1854 or 5-1885
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' Copyright 18821889, by B eadle & Adams. Entered at Post omce. New York, N. Y., as second class matter. Mar. 15, 1899. N o. tn THE ARTHUR WESTBROOK CO. Cleveland, Ohio Vol. V

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1882-1889, by Beadle & Adam. Entered at Pos t Office, New YO<"k, N Y., as second class matter. Mar. 15 lllf No . 611 THE ARTHUR WESTBROOK CO. Cleveland, Ohio iVol. Vi NELLIE BAN .Mil> SWZIUJ THE NOTE. AN.'O BANl)lID l'J' ro 41wa:,

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Deadwood Dick's Mlasioa. Deadwood Dick's Mission ; OR, OAVIB, THE KIDNAPPED BOY I BY E L. WHEELER, AUTHOR OF DEADWOOD DICK" NOVELS, ROSE BUD ROB" NOVELS, ETC., ETC. ETC. CHAPTER I THE WRECK AND COAST VULTURES. MANY milP.s up tb e r11ggecl Pac ific from San Franc isco, goin g n ortb, a little t o wn n e stle s qpon a sloping beach, where o n huge bowld ers lorm a feature of the rugge d landscape. A rude coll ection of buts and sbanties com poses the town, such as are u sually t enanted by fishermen or wreck e rs, with a couple of saloon s and a few general stores. We will call the pla c e Seaport for want of a better name, as it was only known Quigg's by those who knew of it, or ever ventured to it, from inland by stage. Its harbor was r ough and dangerous.in the extreme, and could only be made by fis hing sloops of light burden, but it was seldom that Seap?rt received a call from any vessel what ever. Occasionally there was a wreck upon the coast, which, to the inhabitants of the town, was 1t fortunate circumstance and many hard storie s were told by experienced sllilors of false beacon li g hts to lure ves:;els to de strnction npcn the r ee ks. Whic h was not untrue, as the larger part of the Seaportians were of a hard class to say the least. Some of this class belonged to the permanent residents, while another elem ent hailed from an adjacent ial!!.nd mining-camp, the worst char acters or wmca frequently poured down int,o Seaport to drink, fight and squander their bard earnings in various ways. All of whi c h tended to give Seaport the hard est name of any town on the coast. At the time of which we write, there bad been little or nothing t o arouse the citizens from their monotonous lifo-no fights, no wrecks, nor in cidents of any sort worth relating. But as the rainy season was setting in, it was reasonable to expect some accident or incident would offer the desired relief. One wild stormy night when a fl!lrce gale drovP the great Pacific waves in upon the rug ged beach with a thunderous,roar, a signal gun of distress was beard off the town. In a few minutes the inhabitants of the town were gathered at the shore, and a bard-looking assemblage it was-a bad crowd, whose mercy would not be less cruel than the winds and waves. The signal gun bad not been tired far from shore, as the report was loud and distinct, prov ing that the vessel, which it was impossible to see from the shora.l. owing to the dense could not be far otr the rocks. "Sbe'1 heia' driven in this way1 } reckon!" lod Jabez Quigg cried-the il'im OIQ coast con-dor who bad long haunted Seaport, and profited by wrecks innumerable. "Can't make her out, tho', account o' the spray, blarst my old eyes ef I can. Gue ss tbe r poor vessel will bev to go to pieces, 'ca's e how no rescue b oat can ever live in thet aire surf." A strange r might have thought the old vul ture's whining tone meant that he was grieved becaus e the doo m of the ship seemed sealed, but such was by no means the case; it really de lighted him to know that be was about to hare fall into his hands a hands ome prey-for it WM a p oo r wreck from which he could not realize ric hly. Louder-louder roared the thunder of the storm and sea, while the wind shrieked among the crags witb piercing shrillness. "If I mistake not, they've lost their masts I" said J erry Carker, one of old Quigg's rigbt h and m e n, as he se e m e d to pen etrate the dark' ness vrith his hawklike eye s "Not a sail in sight." If that's the case, ten to one she'll go down afore reachin' the rocks," whined the old wrecker. With eager eyes did the motley crowd peer out upon the stormy sea, in quest of the ship, but in vain; nothing could be seen of it any where. During the next hour, a number of pieces of wood and rigging came ashore, thus proving. that the ves se l had gone down, before having time to reach and be dashed to pieces upon the rocks. The disappointed and disgusted crowd was about to turn away when Carker descried a dark objec t dashing in toward the shore, ar..d gave vent ta a cry of astonishmeut and joy. It :proved to be a ship's launch, and with starthng rapidity the little craft was hurled high up ou the beacb, amid terrified cries from those within it. Tht wreckers gathered around, h olding their torches aloft to view the occup ants of the boat. These w ere fo11r in number-three women and a little boy of four y ears. The oldest of the women was perhaps thirty. eight years of age, stately of figure and lovely ia countpnance, her ricb attire unrl general ap pearance indicating her supe1ior so c ial position. The second lady-a girl of seventeen-was evidently the daughter, or else the younger sis ter of tbe first, as there was a strong resem ble nee b etween them. The third f emale was probably not many years out of her teens, and might also have been voted handsome, although there was a mark-ad difference between her type of beauty atJd that of her two companions, to whom she was evi dently acting in the capacity of trave ling maid. H e r s was a dusk. V countenance, of brilliant, even fascinating expression, with large, bold bll\ck eyes, a tempting mouth with pearly teeth, and a head burdened with a wealth of hair that any well might have envied. Th e little boy looked somewhat like the stat& ly lady, aud doubtless w a s her son. Jerry Carker, although the first to discover them, had no sooner taken a gO
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Deadwood Dick's Mission. a "Waal, marml" the old vulture said, steppin" forward, and addressing the eldest lady, I opine ye kim nigh gittin' ducked, didn't ye?" "We are thoroughly drenched, but do not mind that, since we have been so fortunate as to escape with our lives!" was the sbiveriug reply. Then tber ship went down, did she? What was her name?" \ 'be Belle, of Portland, Oregon, bound for Sa11 Francisco. She lost her masts wbeu s truck by the gale, and would have been dashed ashore on the rocks only she sprung a leak, aud sunk, when not over two miles out." "And you were the only ones that escaped, he1.t" 'I think so. When I saw tbe masts go, we took to one of the boats, to risk our lives tbus, tban iu tbe larger craft.' "How many were there on board?" "Ourselves and the crew. I don't1 exactly know how many there was of them-perhaps twenty. Is there a hotel here, where we can go to pt cjry?" Yas-tbar's the tavern back yonder, kept by old Jim Howler. 'Spect ye might fiud 'comydations tbar, tho' 1 allow it's more goes tbar ter get wet than it is ter get dry. Gum along an' I'll show 1e ther way 1" The ladies, by thIS time out of the boat, made baste to follow the old land pirate, and the tavern was soon reached. Howler being interviewed, consented to accommodate the guests with the best parlor and bedroom off, providing they forked over'tbe cash in advance. One day's board was paid in advance, accordingly, and the ladies were shown to their rooms. Upon Howler's unpretentious register their names were inscribed thus: LADY BEATRICE CHANDos, London, "LADY LEONA Cr.ARE u "CAVANAUGH CuA.NDOs, l' ,. MLLlt. MARIE, "All of Chandos'Heatb, London." "Waal. neow, cuss my carcass, ef we bain't got a reg'lar nest of aristocrats down among us!" old Quigg growled, as be peered over the register, after the ladies bad retired to their rooms. "Lu ks bke ter me thet tbar mougbt be some money in thet party." JeITy Carker glided sneakisbly into the saloon, just then, and took a hasty glance around to ee that no one was present belong ing to the English party, and an expression of relief came over bis face when be perceived that there was not. He somewbat differed in appearance from the general class of Seiiport's citizens, from the fact tbat, though hawkish looking and sloucbily at tired, there was Jess of the genuine ruffian in bis conduct and appearance than in many others around him. His features were finer, and bis face one that might have been termed bandsome1 with its sweeping black mustache, trimmea away enough at the mouth to expose a glittering exhibition of pearly teeth. He wore his hair clipped close to his head; his eyes were blaclr as a raven's; ilia form was one of evide::it great strength coupled with agility and enciurance. He was clad in rough miner's garments, with top boots and a slouch hat. He glided up to the office-counter, and peered over old shoulder, at the register. Humph!' he grunted. I thouglit I wasn't mistaken. Lady Chandos, eh? Well, of all surprises I" "Tork 's though yoil know'd her?" Jabez observed curiously. "Reckon I orter," was Carker's sententious answer, "when she an' I be a good deal more ter each other than we be now, Jest give us yer ear, a bit, an' I'll bite a hole in it." Quigg followed Carker to a quiet corner of the ruom, wbere they sat down, and Carker t>et10n in bis rough vernacular: Now ye see this yere Lady Cbandos is a purtickler mash o' mine, or uster be, an' I haven't given her up yetJ although she's bitched to another lord over in Loudon. I am of noble birth myself, but I got inter a deefikelty, an' hev fell a peg, aftergittin'sent to Van Dieman's Land.Nevertbless I've bin keepin' an eye on family matters, an' allow my time ter play ha& jest cum!" "Ye don't say sol" "Bet your chips I do! I'm goin' ter bev revenge now!" "In wbat way1" Ob, easy enough, now I I pl'opose to Btef!:l the child, and keep it bidden away for a time. If I mistake not this will have the effect of separating Lady Chandos from her hushand, as he i3 insanely jealous of her, believing that she still bas a bankering after me, which may be true. Therefore, in case tbe child is missing, Lord Cbandos would no doubt believe bis lady guilty of putting the kid out of the way; a separation would follow; I would restc,re tbe boy to ber ladysbi-p in case she would marry me, and have a p1C'nic off her annual income forever after. Or, should tbis little gar:Qe not work like a charm, I could undoubtedly get a large reward from one or the other of them, for the restoration of tbe chil.J." J eminetta I but you're tbe arch rascal, ef evyer I see'd one!" Jabez Quigg declared. "But "hat does this consarn you an' me, col lectively1" Oh I as to that-" Here the villain lowered bis' tone to a whis per, and spoke rapidly for some minutes, after which he said, on arising: "There! bow does that strike you? Do J'OU think I am not using you well enough to secure all your efforts hllncefortb in my behalf?" "Kerectl" Quigg replied, with a grin. "Every detail shall be executed according to your directions, so far as lies in my power." "Then so be it," Carker said. "Have m1 horse awaiting in the rear, ten minutes beace.' He left the bar-room, Hnd entering a narrow ball, ascended a flight of stairs to the next floor. At the top of the stairs he met Marie Mares, Lady Cbandos's attenrlaat. The two stoppffi and gazed at each other a moment, in mutual rPcognition-tben :M.an"e flung herself into bis arms with a glad
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Deadwood Dtcas Mission. CHAPTER IL A VILE SCHEME. CARKER put her away afte r enduring a mo mentary hug, and h e ld her oft' at arm's l e ngth. "We ll, it i r eally you, is it-and you h a v en't forgotten me?" surveying h e r curiously. Why, I suppos e d y o u married ere this." "Not while yon remain above the grass," she replied, signifi cantly. "Have you forgotten our plighted troth 1" I am n o t likely to forget it-nor the soon succeeding circumstances that secured me a fre e passage to Van Dieman's Land, as a c onvict. I've had tough luck since then, M arie-cursed tough luc k, mark me; but I'm now about on th e eve of q mttiug wild life in order to drop grace fully ioto a little gf)()d-fortune," Indeed! And do you intend, then, to malie good your S".llemn promise to me? "Most assuredly, providing you are >mfflc i ent ly interested in me to enter into my scheme and help further 1t to a success." Dearegt of men I I assure you nothing could please me better than to work for your succ ess I" "{.as the response utte r ed in a t o ne that indi cated the strength of h e r l o ve -(or the man. "What is it y o u wi.sh me to do ? For Carker to relate bis plans did not require much ti.me. Marie listened attentive ly, h e r face undergoing many changes of expre ssion. "Your plan i s go od," she said, when he bad c o ncluded. "I will h e lp you in whatever way I can, still r emaining in h e r ladys hip's empl oy, until you are ready t o claim m e But yon mus t swear that, when all is achiev e d, you will the n marry m e !" "By all I bold 5acred, I swear tha t f w ill," Carke r cried, dro ppin g dra m a tically upon on e knee. He the n arose, kis sed h er, and said, hur rie dl v : "Enough o f this now. I must g e t to work. You say you have the child in y our care?" ''Yes.'' "The n in Blbcut ten minute s g e t him, land take him d o wn the back stairs. Y o u will find a shed in the bac k yard. Wait there until y o u bear me comin g-tbe n run up the stairs and give an alarm, by which time ,I and tbe kid will be a goodly ways oil', and I'll defy the m to find m e Is h e r ladyship alone in the parlor? "Yes-o r was a few moments dgo. Lady Clare is in the kitche n getting dry." Carker's eye s twinkled villainously, as he passed on toward the parlor, while Marie went down-stairs. Opening the parlor door, b e boldly entered, and closed it b ehind him. La isted. "I am your betrothed, Sir F erro! Falconeri" Lady Cbando s bad arise n haughtily' a moment before, but at this declara tion reeled back into her chair with a gasping cry, her face as white as deatb, her e yes staring wildly, while Carker, as we shall still continue to call him, stood look ing on, triumphantly. "You--you F erro Falconer1 Ob, God I" her ladyship gasped, as soon as sbe could find her voice. "Well, yes; I was F erro! Falcmer before I got transported, but now I m plain Jerry Car k er, one of the roughest roughs on the Slope only about half-civilized sinc e I fell away from your kindly influence. How was Cbandos when you left him?" Very well, I beli eve," was the cold reply, "But how did you know of him1" "Obi I've kept posted, and I'll admit I was a little surprised that be sh o uld marry one who was to bave been an outlaw's wife, but for the interventio n of the law the day before our nup tials w e r e to have b ee n celebrated. Suppose he knew nothing of this?" Of course not. From the mom ent you brought disgrace upon me as well as yourself, by crime I cea se d to respooteven yonrmemory. Sir, the iuterview is prolonged too far already, Pray go!" "Not ye t, B eatrice. The si ght of you to-tiight ha s rearoused a ll my old fierce pas_ sion for you. Oh, B ea trice! lo o k at m e as I am now, and com pare me with wbat I once was. Y o u, and only you, can r e de e m me fro m everlastiog h e ll. We a r e here togethe r in tbis far-away country. L o r d Cbando s i s in England at his c ards win e a nd m i dnight suppers thinking naught of y o u until b e r ec ov ers fro m the efl'e c t o f bis revelry, and the n, s e iz e d with a fury of iusan e jealousy, he curses t h e v ery gro und you w alk upo n, lest whil e h e has bee n d e b a u c hing, you, perchance, may h a v e m e t y our o l d true and faithH!l lover, Ferro F aleo n er." Lady Ch andos.sunk bac k again fo her chair, faint and whi te a n expression of exqi site pain upon h e r fe ature s. Wha t did it mean ? Did she know that every word Carker uttered was the troth? "True I am not aft attractive man now, Beatrice," he w ent on, "because I have allowed myself to wild like the other wild despera doe s in this rough r eg i on; but let mo be encour aged-then mark the change!') A sudden wave of fiercen e ss swept over the face of the pallid lady. She sprung to her feet, her form drawn to its fullest height, her eyes flashing like diamond fire. Go I Ferrol Falconer-go I Remem her that every word you are saying is an insult, as I am a married woman. Go!" 1 will g o but before I do go, I tell you that you will be sorry io more than one > ense for your hasty d e cision. More-you will live -to learn the truth of what I say, that no man loves you but me. I shall seek revenge, but in the end it will result in uniting two hearts inte one, and in the sa Ting in some degree of one

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Deadwood Dick's Mission, man's soul. Au revoir, Lady Beatrice-au revoir I" He knelt quickly, seized her hand and raised it to his lips, aud then was gone almost in an instant. Five minutes later Marie came rushing up the stairs screaming at the top of her voice: "Help! help! murder! thieves! kidnappers! Some robbe r has snatched Lady Cbandos's so n from my arms and tied! Help! Help, for God's sake!" In her room sat Lady Cbandos still deathly white over her rerent shock, She beard tbe terrible news; tben the great strain of the even ing's excitement upon her nerves caused l-er to fall oft' into a deep swoon, from which she did not awaken for hours. CHAPTER III. A DOUBLE SURPRISE. THERE was a sensation once more in Seaport over the kidnapping of Lady Chandos's pretty child. When it was found that her ladyship had fainted, and consequently no news could be gained from her, Marie was ta.ken in charge by Mrs. Howler, and made to give an account of the afl'air, which sue proceeded to do in a hysterical, sobbing way. She stated that she and little Cavanaugh had started down the back stairs en route for the kitchen, as they supposed, when along came a big, bad man rushing after them, snatched up the child, and disappeared down the stairs. She could give no description of him, more than that he was a bold, brigandish-looking fel low. When Lady Cbandos was finally restored to consciousness hy the united efforts of Mrs. Howler and Lady Clare, she was very calm. "Oh I my lady, I trust you will forgive me, and believe it wag not my fault!" Marie whined. "Be still, Mariel I know you were not to blame. But you ought to have given chase and not allowed the villain to escape. I know him -he was in my room but a moment or so before I heard your cries. He calls himself Jerry Carker, and is a ruffian of the worst type. He came here to threaten me, and finding he could not do that successfully, has taken hie revenge." Her ladyship's declaration that it was Carker who was the bold kidnapper soon spread around tbe little town, and old Jabez Qnigg immedi ately thereafter bad nn excuse to pay her lady shio a call. 1 Excuse me, marm, 'ca'se I'm so rough, ye soo, but I jest beerd about yer losin' a cb1ld, an' thort I'd drap in ter see ef 1 couldn't belp ye out of tber defickelty." "I am sure your kindness will be appreciated," ber ladyship answerert, and he was surveyed by tha habitues of Howler's saloon with much curiosity. Decrepit as he was, however, he managed to bobble up to tbe bar and order his whisky, which he downAd with f!:reat gm.to. "See hyer, old goblin!" ejaculated Bill Fargo, the pronounced bully of the town, "you ain't lost yer lip fer bug-juice yet, I see." "A very, very leetle, jes t ter soften my rheu matism l" the old crook replied, in a squeaky voice "Yas, whisk' is a limberer!" Fargo as serted. "I kn o w, 'ca !'El I've bin tryin' it these many years, hut I've occasionally got so stift' wi' tber consarned critter that I've not bin able to move for a long spell. But I tell ye, old man, what aire the best thing to limber ye upthis r And he dealt the old chap a tremendous Plap on the bump upon his back, that caused him to utter a howl of pain. Up went the ruffian's hand to inflict another blow, but it .vas caught before it descended and held in a grasp that was by no means loose, although it belonged to a woman.

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6 Deadwood Dick's Mission. Ann the woman was pretty Lady Clare, with pale face and flas':ling eyes. Passing through the hall on ber way np-s!;airs, she had seen the assault of the bully. ''Stop! stop! You cowardly ruffian!" she cried. "Have you no manbond about you, to thus strike a poor defenseless cripple? For Mhamel Fargo surveyed his accuser for a moment in mingled astonisbment and awe, then, suddenly fhmiug with anger and mortification at being interrupted by a weak woman, he snatched bis wrist fro"ll her grasp and dealt her a slap in the face that knocked her to the floor almost sense less. It was a brutal act even for a man of Fargo's type, and be had cause not to forget it soon. For b e beard a wild, ringing yell, and be and the others turned to stare at the crook-back, from whom the cry came. But no hunchba<;k was there now; instead, behold the transformation I Upon the floor lay a white wig, beard and a suit of rags I And before the assembled crowd stood a man of striking appaarance, with a resolut e, handsome, beardless face, and a pair of eyes that were piercing and magnetic His garb was jetty black, now, and a belt about his wai s t contamed a handsome revolver, in addition to one he held in the gr11sr of bis right hand. Fargo uttered a gasp, at the sudden change, while Dick of D eadwood-for the new-comer was non e other than that famous charact;er pointed sternly to the floor, bis' eyes flashing with a deadly light. , Brute behold your cowardly work. For it you shall 13ay dearly. I'll learn you a you'll not sonn forget. Hold up the band ) t h which you struck tha t brave young lady." Fargo growled and disobe_yed. "Waal, I reckon not!" he swore. "I au1't sech a ninny as that!" "Up with it," cried Deadwood Dick, firmly. "It's your only chance to save your life." With a horrified oath at Deadwood Dick's demand, the bully held up bis band, and there followed a flash, a report and a yell. Tbe bullet had pierced tbe palm or the fellow's hand, and cut its way clear through, making not only a painful wound, but also a mark that was liabl e to c ling to him all his life "Tilere!" Diel' cried, sternly. "You'll probably know better than t.o insult a young lady again, by slapping ber. He turne d, and strode from the saloon, and not a band was raised to hinder him, alheit, Seaport was counted one of the roughest places for a single man to get into trouble anywhere along the Slope Lady Clare also went to her room, a great deal excited at her adventure, and wondering who was her banasome young rescuer. Late that afternoon tbe rain ceased to fall, and, as Lady Cbandos urged that an immediate start be made, the horses ware brought around, 11nd the party mounted, consisting of Lady Chandos, Lady Clare, Marie, and the old land pirate and wrecker, Jabez Quigg. Leaving the town, they ascendeli a 11&1' row and rugged mountain trail, bordered on one side by beetling cliffs, and ou the other by a deep, dark-abyss, many feet deep. In the course of an hour, they struck a stretch of highland nountry which was level for miles, and set out across it, old Quigg in the lead. For s everal hours they rode on. The sky overhead b ecame clear, and the moon, nearly full, rolled up with beautiful effect from behind the borizon, giving to to the landscape a pictur esque appearance. About this juncture old Quigg drew rein, and allowed the others to come up. "Thort to make ther trip interestin', an' give tber hors es a chance ter blow, ye mougbt not object ter heerin' a story, w'ich ain't no darned fiction, but reg'lar downrigbt facts,'' Quigg averred. Did ye beer tell on Guarez, the red-banded Mexican bandit1" "Ob! nol no! do tell us!" fly-away 'Lady Clare cried. Be brief," Lady Beatrice said, with im patience. "I am more anxious to get to my child than to listen to improbable bandit stories." "Notbin' improbable about this, I tell ye, neow. Waal, ye see et ain't werry long. A few years ago, down in Mexico, this Guarez launched out iu bizness by killiu' his first man, at the age o' twenty-five. But, Lor'y! thet waru't notbin'. I kilJP.d mine wb e n I war on\! six year5 old-put arsenic in ther old mans coffee, for sugar. But, as I war s.iyin'-he killed bis mau, and then lit out. He was caught, and inwited to a neck-tie party: but, bless you1 shpped away from 'em like a streak O' greased Jigbtnin' from the bands of a soap maker. "Arte r that he us'ter !av abouts, beer and tbar, an' catch onter rich gals an' wimmen, an' et warn't long ago that he anchored up in !his beer ke{ltry Ye see, be catches onter anything got plent y o' money behind it, and freezes t.o it till some one comes along add pays over a good sum to get a release. Hope ye ain't got mau. v spondulics wi' ye, marm." Wh.1'1'' Lady B eatrice said, in alarm, "are we in any danger of being captured by that bad mau?" Quigg nodded his head in a rather grim fashi on, "Thar's no tellin'. I've tookpartie saC'rossthe kentry a pile an' given tber cuss the slip; but al}'in, I've been caugut, an' my parties made .t.o rork over handsome. But we'll jog along, an' I'll keep a weather eye out, and like enough we'll dodge 'em. Ef we kin only git to yonder dark line of timber, we're all hunk, I guess." They then st.arted, the old wrecker in the lead, as usual, and pretending to keep a sharp look out, when in reaiity be was doing nothing of the kind. The ladies were pretty well frightened, except Marie, who, having nothing of p11.rticular value t.o lose, did not have so much concern. "Mercy, what should we do if we were to lose our money?" Lady Beatrice snid, in a scared tone. "We should have to wait in this wild country until we could hear from England." "I'll fight for mine!" Lady Clare decided, flrney.

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DeMtwood Dick's Mission . "You bad both better turn your money and assisted to dismount. The bandages were revaluables over into my keeping until we are out moved from their eyes, but their bands were of danger. If captured, I would very likely not kept bound behind their backs. be searched, being a lady's maid." It was just daybreak, and they were able to Lady Beatrice smiled faintly. dimly discern their whereabouts. They were I don't think it would do to trust to your in a deep gulch, which loo'ked more like a. exemption from search. The robber might take natural dungeon, with blackened walls rising on a fancy to yon." every band to a tremendous height. Marie frowned her displeasure at the implied Upon the bottom, "here they bad baited, want of confidence in her integrity, but did not there were bones of animals, all bleached and rer.ly audibly. ghastly, while in one instance 11 human skull Can it be that she suspects me of complicity was vissble lying upon the rocks, in this she mused. "If I was sure of it There were half a dozen rude cabins, and one I'd choke her I" and her black eyes flashed of these bore the sign "Saloon" over its door. viciously. It was a den such as wolves and kindred "ild They rode on, anxiously expectant. animals usually haunt, and certaiuly was a fit-Wben ti{ey were within half a mile of the t.ing rendezvous for the human wolves who bad wood border, old Quigg once m ore drew rein. captured Lady Cbandos and her p arty. "What is the matter now?" Lady CbandoiT After they bad taken a good look about them1 demanded, with a shiver of dread. Jabez Quigg once more approached and doffea ":N"otbin' much, 'cept that we're at the end of his 11;reas y old bat. our journey. Look about you." "Thar, mums, ye see what sort of a place They did, and saw, out on the high grass on Guarez, the banc'.it, Jives in, don't ye1 Thar's every side, masked men rising, armed with but one possible wny to escape from here, and carbines. that's triple guarded, always. Neow let me "I suppose you comprebeud the significance," read ye tber rules and regulations, an' tbe:oa Quigg chuckled. "You are surrounded by the ye'll know bow to act_." brave men of Guarez the bandit, whose verit-He took a greasy piece of paper from bis able self I am, and now you will kindly allow pocket, and began: me to suggest, is the proper period for you to Firstly: Every person on arrival here shall fork over your cash and JOWelry, and save peaceably deliver up all his or h e r valuable, with trouble and costs!" out h e sitation or demur, to the chief, and shall ---make no atte mpt to ecape, at peril of forf e iture of CHAPTER IV. life. A ransom wrl b e impo s ed, which if not satls-DEADWOOD DICK'S DOUBLE QUES._ factorily s e ttl e d after first clc:y, one toe will be am putated, as a remind e r that we m e an huslnes. HAD a tbundt>rbolt fallen among tbe little Each succ e eding d e lay o f one day will call forth party, it could hardly have more surprised the another amputation, which will b e ()Ontinued until two English ladies, while as for Marie, she did the whol e body is cut up, in default of payment of not s e em very much trouble d, the ransom." "Sir! do you mean to say that you bave been So b e ware l Tbe rules of Guarez were never so base as to deceive aud betray u s?" Lady known to fail to be catried out to the letter. So Cbandos cried indignantly, gazing at the o l d deliver up your valuables at once, and you will wretch with flashing eyes. then not be molested until I fix upon a suitable "Y.11s, I have been just sur-basel" the .-illain ransom." replied, with attempted facetiousness. "I war "Oil! sil', pray do not tak" all we bave, but figgerin' -on a large amount o' spondulics out o' instsad, a part, and allov us to go in tb1s yere catch, an' I opine I won't get left on search of my stolen son!" Lady Beatrice cried, it, nuthior." piteou s ly. "If 1 do not recover him soon, I "Monster!" may n e ver see him again." "Ob, call me all the front-parlor pet names ye Quigg laughed loudly. want, mum; I rutbe r like 'em, I rlo. But 'tain't "Er ye evyer set peepers on that kid again, goin' ter do ye a bit o' good, more'n to l.Jlow of!' ye'll bev ter marr. v Jerrv, Carker, that's all,''. he yer steam. You're prisoners, lin' you've got to declared, fer Jerry tol; me so bisself. As fer come to terms, j est like docile ducks, and don't ther spon.:lulics, I want 'em all ter onc't, or I'll ye fergit it!" set tber boys ter s'archin' fer 'em. Ef ye've got He gave a wave of his baud then, and the 'em onconvenient, ye kin jest step into one o' the masked men immediately formed in a circle cabins, an' relieve yerself ()f 'em." around. Lady Cbandos gave a despairing sigh, and Bind the captives' arms to their sides, and motioned ber companions to follow her to the then, after blindfolding tbem, take them to cabin nearest at hand, Quigg first having re Black Gulch," was Quigg's order, and the ladies leased the hands of Marie. were obliged to suffer their wrists Lo be bound In the cabin the ladies removed a part of the and eyes blindfolded. money, and secreted it in a placP where it wr.s Their horses were then led away, and thay not apt to be noticed, then took the remainder, could bear the footfalls of the balance of the together with some v:ery costly jewels, and gave Nnd in their rear. them to Marie to band to Quigg, which she The journey was a long one, and the captives did, and be went off, apparently satisfied, 113 could judge by the frequent stumbling of the the harvest aggregated much more in value horses that they were being taken into an even thau he bad really expected. country than that behind them. As the cabin was supplied with some rude Fmally a halt was made, and the ladies WOl'O furniture, the l ad1\IB decided to occupy it durin_g

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8 Deadwood Dick's Mission. such time as they should rema:n in tbe bandits' I About an hour later, the cabin door was stronghold. burst rudely open, and Quigg and bis four The day passed, without their again being cempanions filAd into the apartment, where the molested hy Quigg. At meal hours, a maskod three captive s were seated. outlaw brought them some meat upon a wooden S.ieing that the ruffians were all under the intray, and the n departed. flnence of liquor, and that her sister bad turned During the afternoon, young Lady Clare deadly pale, Lady Clare leaped to her feet, ventured out into the gulch. She was a brave haughtilv. girl, who at all times was ready to prot.ect and "Ruffians, what means this she 'defend herself. cried, angrily. She moved about here aau there, independent"Sit d own, si>sy-don't get excited I" Quigg Jy, followed by admiring glances from the out-said, provokin g ly. "Children should be seen, Jaws, none of whom, however, offered to molest not heard. Lady Chandos I have fixed your or address her. ransom for you and your party, at the moder.Jn the furthf!r corner of the gulch she present-ate sum of fifty thousand dollars, and have, ly spied some pretty wild-flowers growing up on moreover, decided to close the matter up at a pocket in the rough wall. once. So please write rue out a draft on yer Determined to possess them, after some diffi-bank, after which ye will only be detained long culty she succeeded in clambering up the rock enough ter allow me ter git ter Omaha or Den. and plucking them, and was about to clamber ver, and have the money drawn." back again, when, chancing to glance along the "Nenrl" Lady Chanuos erioo, firmly, as she shelf, she beheld a man crouching on t!1e narrow arose to her feet. "You have received from ledge, watchiDf; her. me every penny yon shall ever get!" She gave a little cry at sight of him, for she "Not so, fair lady. I am the last man in tber saw that be was masked and dressed like the world ter be trifl.Ad with. When I mean bizness, other bandits. I mean it. "\\ r1w out the draft, or off comes a Immediately upon her outcry, be raised bis finger from your hand, and one also from the band, admonisbingly. hands of each of your companions. Number "'Sb I" be said in a tone just audible. "I am Four, bring in the block and hatchet!" not an enemy, but a frietJci, here for the purpose The order was obeyed. of rescuing you. Return to the cabin, and I will This block was mounted upon legs, and the join yon as soon as practicable." top of it was much hacked up, and profusely "Who are you!" Lady Clare demanded, fancystained with blood. ing she had heard tbe voice before. Judging from its pre;ient proposed use, it was "I am Deadwood Dick," was the reply-" the the fatal block which had been the scene of tbe man who pnncture murmured, "Very brave, bet yerl" be Raid," but ye war with a sbuddP.r, "Obi where\. Cavanaugh, keerfnl ter rPservP yer flgbtin' band, my boy!" which is perfectly 0. K. I'll fix it fer ye!" Take courage, sister. PPrhaps tbis coming With brutal satisfaction eii:pressed all over friend. Deadwood Dick, can help to find tbe hi s face, he seized the hatchet, aud raised it t4 child." strike tho blow. "Gor l grant WP. mav be able to enlit bi
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Deadwood Dick's llliHion. Another report, and another fall. This time one of the men who had accompanied Quigg to the cabiu. With yells of consternation the remaining outlaws turned and fled, pell-mell from the room, following which there was an exchange of shots on the outside. Then a shadow darkened the doorway, and Deadwood Dick stepped into the cabin I A quick glance showed him that neither of the three ladies were harmed, and Lady Clare, uttering a cry of joy, ran forward and put her hands in his. "Ob I sir, you are a noble man, and I am sure the Lord will forgive you for killi11.g tbese wretches!" she said, looking up into his face, earnestly. "If he don't, I reckon, I've bad a heap of sat isfaction in passing in their checks!" the .knight of the West replied. "Such brutes as those are worse curses on the face of the elll'th than any knowu pests, PXCl'pt Texas mosquitoes. I am glad my arrival and its result was so opportune." All the ladies were deeply impressed with the appearance of the dashing man of the moun tainb, .... Ito, without bis mustache and im peria1, looked somewhat boyish. I am very thankful to you for risking so much in our behalf!" Lally Ch1mdos said, "and must also thank you for a furmer service to my sister, here. I hope it has put you to no incon venience, in coming to our rescue1" "Hy no means, and even if it bad, I should have made the same attempt to free you from what I feared at the start was a trap; hence I 1ollowed. Your mission an.:l mine, is, in one respect, identical. Yon want to see tba rascal Jerry Carker, anrl so de. I. I want his scalpyou want your child. With your approval, I will endeavor to get both, and give you your choice of the trophies." Tbe ladies shivered a little at his liberality, while he went on: "lly_ handle is Dead wrod Dick, and you may have heard of me, for I've been rather a tough cuss, I'll arimit. But a few months ago, I and my wife, Calamity Jane, settled down for gooJ, up country, on a little raucb of our own. Our next neighbors war fine people, but unfortunately rich, an' a target for ruffian9 to aim at. The old gentleman, in particular, was a man to tbe backbone, and he an' I were in separable friends. He had a fair riaughter, and wbat rioes this rough, Carker do, but come along one night, set an evil eye on ber, and offer her insult. Wben the old gent beard of it, be had Carker flogged, and driven off. Yon see tbat1"and be held up a bit of human scalp, the locks of hair upon which we.re long white ru. snow. "They found the old gent a few nights after, wi' this beside bim, and the letter 'C' cut in his forehead. The family were parli.J.yzed with grief, but the horror and indignation I felt surpassed theirs!. and when I bid 'em and Calamity good-by, L told 'em I shouldn't be back until I was sure Jerry Carter was where there is no chance for him to do any more scalping jobs. First your child-then his life." CHAPTER V. NELl.IE THE WAIF. "To traptbis man, C11rker, will requfre shrewd phmning and indomitable perseveranct>l" Dick webt on. "It will require money, too-but perhaps we can find a-plenty in this brigand den. I will make a thorough search, at any rate, before leaving the valley." Old Quigg and the other ruffian had expired almost instantly, and were now stiffening corpses. But this fact did not seem to appall the avenger, for he went through tbe1r clothing with a that must bave astonisbod a professional pickpocket, and succPeded in bringmg to light a sum of money nearly double the amount that the ladies bad surrendered to the outlaw. Delivei:ing up their part, Dick appropriated tbe balance, after wblch be went out into the valley to make a reconnoissance. Discovering no signs of the enemy, he re turned to tbe cabin, and bade tbe ladies prepare to start aH soon as possible. "The first place we'll strike for will be the San Jacin Mines, ro tbe eastward, which will in all probability be tbe first place Carker will strike on his route. Be is a cunning rascal, and I think be suspects that I am already on his trail, Therefore be will naturally work east ward, where be thinks to puzzle me. But be vvill get left if be conceives tbat I will give up the chase; I'll follow him to the ends of the earth but what I will have bim, I there are enough horses in the gulch to mount us; so while you get ready, I'll Se<'ure them." As night was fairly settling over the earth, tbey were all mounted, and Deadwood Dick led the way out of tbe mountain stronghold through a narrow gap, and then all rode away through a mountain gorge, which ran eastwardly, walled in on right and left with mighty towering cliffs. Tbe ride continued during the night through some of tbe roughest country tbe ladies had ever seen, but it was no. novelty to Dick, wbo bad literally gro" n up among rocks and bowl ders. Once, about the middle of the night, Lady ClarP, wbo was in the rear, gave vent to a scream, which caused an instant bait. "Hello! wbBt is the matter1" Dick cried, wheeling his horse around, while the others echoed bis cry. Lady Clare's deathly-white face was visible, even tbrongb tbe darkness. "Ob I ob I" she gasped-" I saw him l I saw him! He was walking right alongsiiie my horse, just a moment ago I Ou I ob l" Who1'' demanded Deadwood Dick. "Who1'' cried Lady Cbandos, anxiously. "Tbe man who slapped me," gasped Lady Clare. "He walked beside my horse for an in stant, and nearly made me faint hf the terrible exprP!'Sion of hatred upon his face.' "Yon were dreaming,'' Dick "half asleep on your horse.'' "No, sir, I was never more awake in my life. I am no coward, nor am I prone to frights. I saw the man, and am willing to swear to it." If that ruffian is really following us, be has an object in it, and it may be that he :is aCJtilotr

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10 Dea.awood Dick's MiHlon. as a rear guard for our genial friend Carker. I'll keep an eye out for him." They continued their ride, and made the best time possible until the n ext noon, whP.n ther arrived at San Jacin, a little Spanish-American town, whose principal industry was placer mining. Its inhabitants were of the usual lawless kind, and the stree t scenes were identical with those in m>1ny other towns, the dance-houses, saloons, and gaming dens doing the best traffi c by far. Conducting the ladies to the only respectable tavern in the place, Deadwood Dick set out on a tour of r econn(l i ssance about town, wondering if ill this strange place he would meet any1 one who knew him. The !irst thing he did was to visit a pawn broker's shop, one of which profitable luxuries exists in nearly every mining-town. Always among the stock in trade are to be found various styles of disgtlises. Many Western characters are compelled by a force of circum3tances to resort to disguises to save being lynched, while others use them to furthe r some particular private scheme. Not knowing what minute he might ueed to conceal his identity, Dick selected a variety of wigs, beards and other apparatus, aud conceal ed bis purchases about bis person. He then betook himself to the posk>ffice, and spen t an h our in watching and studying the diff ering characters who came in ,and inquired for mail. When the window' was vacant for a few minutes, he approached. "Has any one called here recently for l etters for Jerry Carker1" h e inquired of the clerk. "Yas, this mornin't" was the short r eply; but it satisfied Dick that for the present, at least, he was on the right trail. But where was Carker1 Had ha alrearly flown, or was he still lurking around th!' town. Cautious inquiries, on Dil!k's part failed to elicit any news during the afternoon, so he re. turneJ to the tavern and made known what be bad discovered, to the ladies, who seemed pleased-all except Marie. Wben!'ver mention was made of Carker's probablA capture, a steel-like glitter would c eep into h o r eyes, and a sort of grayish pallor suf fuse her face. Di ck's sharp eyes noticed this on several oc casion s and he jotted the matter down in bis m emo ry. Tbat woman evidently i not very particu lar whether Carker is caught or not," b e mused, "11nd I'll wager a detective's guess that she is not overburdened with scruples. I must keep an eye on she'll bear wat,chiug." Whe n it came dark again, he set forth and made a tour of the saloons, gaming-houses and dance-h o uses. The flrst-nam"d were, as a rule, fille:l with half-drunken miners, who were awakening the echoes with Bacchanalian song Th3 g&ming room .' w ere more quiet and orderly,
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Deadwood Dick's Mission. "Why do you aski'' be queried. a most charming girl, full of the wit and spar Simply ciut of curiosity to know who you ld Jerry Carker Giving Fargo a parting warninir. Dick rewould be liable to strike, as it was on his r oute. turned t0 the hotel, and consulted bis pocket Dick c o uld see that L adie s Clare and Chandos map wbiJA hi,i smoked in the parlor. did not exactly fancy the idea of Nellie Dean 's From Gande r Gulch three stake trails diberng added to tbe party, but he rlid not care, verged in northe a stern, southeastern and east as tie r eso lved to see the girl back to her eastern em directions, all l Pading to towns beyond the home, at all hazards, and might aleo much d iv itle, or water-shed. nee1 her L!!:dy Clare, more partirn-Which one to take he was a little at loss at larly, appeared to be a little piqued. for without first: not knowing which one the kidnapper har when of the Road, hut Dick's heart was far away, in Nellie Dean came tripping into the room, lo?k the keeping of Calamity, and he was not eager ing like a morlern foiry in a pretty traveling to even attract tbe notice of the gentler sex, as dress which Dick bad given her the means to he ody too well knew that flirtation worked purcb11.11e. trouble the bellt. l "Well, l'm ready t.o r.ume the jouruey YOO He took considerabl11 intere:ilt in Neille, ho1' -." she sald, wttb a merry laugh. "I dml'll ever, for further acquaintance proved her to H JmGw how to tba12k you enough for your ldD4-

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12 Deadwood Dlok' DliSBlon. ness to me, Mr. Dick. And, ob! what do you think that nasty Frenchwoman said1 She had the impudence to ask me where I made a raise of the money to get this dress with 1 I just don't like her a bit. But, Mr. Dick, I have got some news for you that you will value." "Have you, indeed? Well, let's hear it." "This is it. I was down in tbe ball a bit ago when the man wbo keeps the post-Office came in and asked the landlady if she had a guest named Miss Toodles. I overheard the inquiry, and at once stepped forward and laid claim to the letter, as it popped into my head that maybe it might be of service to you." Dick whistled. "Well, you're cute!" he said. "So you cal culated Miss Toodles might turn out to be Marie, ebl" "Yes; just that and nothing else." Well, let's see. Perhaps you are right. If 110, you shall be enlisted on the detective force when we get to New York.' He opened the letter and perused its contents. It read as follows: "TooDLEB-1 leave by southeastern route, with a of strilring into the L ead ville couutry. You be sure to talre the nor$heastern trail, an.1 then there will be no danger. K." "It is evident that you are right. Marie and Carker are in correspondence, with a view of outwitting me. Does it not look that way to you?'' Nellie looked the letter over and nodded. "Certainly. K stands for kidnapper, in place of Carki>r," she said. "The woman Marie must not receive tbis, eh?'' "No. rn just keep mum, and not lat her suspect that we know o(her treachery. When the proper time comes I'll open up on her. I sus pected all along that she, in some way, had a band in this kidnapping business. Now I know it." "It has just occurred to me that possibly this is a blind "to put us off the track," Nellie sug gested "May it not be that the enemy be lieves we are suspicious, aud therefore tai.:es this method of putting us off the track?" "Your suggestion is not without weight, but I am inclined t.o believe that Carker has struck for the Leadville country, whence, Jf pursued, he can easily get to the East. We will run the chances, anyhow, and go to Marie entered just thl'n, but on seeing that Nellie wa present, soon retired. The following day the party set. out on their long jour_ney for Lead ville, which we will pass over until the day before they were due in the mountain city, when an incident occurred wor thy of narration. Cook's Curve, an outlying town, had bPen reached about sunset, but the party had intend ed t? push on. This, however, was made im P.?SS1ble, as Lady Cbandos was taken violently 111, shortly after the sPttlement, with vomiting and internal pains. She was given a room in the only hotel the town afforded, and a doctor sent for, who, upon appearance, turned out1 for a wonder, to be a man of both refinement a1111 ed eation. After amdytng tbe -for a while, he calltid l>ick alide. and 1aid. in a low toue: "She will doubtless be all right in a few min utes, but I'd advise you to see that she eats or drinks nobing except what you know is pure." "Oh, then you mistrust-" "Foul play, of course! There .is every reason to believe that she bas swallowed poison-prob ably by eating." "I will see to the matter," Dick assured him: and after receiving his pay the dxtor took hif : denartnre. Dick at once sought N e llie, whom be made. bis confidante in 'most everything, and informed bar of wbat the doctor had said, first, however, warning Lady Clare t.o maintain a rigid watch over her sister. N e llie liste ned to the news, with surprise beaming from her pr.etty eyes. "Auel this, too, is Marie's work," she queried. "Undoubtedly. She is rushing matters rather faster than I supposed she would, but I can't see into her little game. If she is in the employ of Carker I cannot wby she should want to poison Lacdy Chaudos; for I believe it isCarker'E: design, in abducting the boy, to ultimately force her ladyship to mitrry him. Why then this at. tempted poisoningl" "I cannot see myself, unless the wily Frenchwoman has some private scheme she is trying to push. WbatwilJ you do?" "I cannot tell, until I reflect. Wher.e is Marie!" In her room. Sbe bas been there ever since arrival, complaining that she felt too eick to attend to her ladyship. Don't that show guilt?" "You are right; yes, she is the leper, in our party, at present!" Dick said, absently, 88 he drummed upon tbe table. Yes, and I have something else to tell you," Nellie went on. "Soon after our arrival, 1 beard her ask of the landlady; 'if there was a telegraph office in the townl" "She did1 Well, Nellie, you're a jewel of a detective. I had no idea you would be so good at the business." I am pleased, if anything I can do pleases you, Mr. Dick," she said, very earnestly, as she lai d one of ber white hands upon bis shoulder. Dick took the second glance at her, Don't get too serious in your efforts to please, little one," be said, kindly, "remember ing it is your duty to steel your heart against any particular friendliness with married men." "Married!" she ecboed-" you married?" "Why yes-to one of the dearest little women in the world." Tbe waif was evidently a little staggered at this, but kept her self-possession well. I didn't know that," she said, but we are all liable to be mistaken in a person." Just then a note was shoved under the door of tho room. itnd the "shover was heard to beat a h11sty retreat. Nellie ran and seized it, and handed it to Dick. I wonder what news this brings?'' and Dick hastily tore it open. CHAPTER VII. DICK'!! BIG DROP. Tmi:CQ111:11!nts were by no maansl0811 strangetha I>tllk anticipated, tor he 8KpeotlBd t.t be IUl'priled, and wu not deceived.

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Deadwood Dick's Dlimsioil. 18 The not.a ran as follows: "Sm:-If you want to find Jerry Carker and the boy, come to the mouth of the Big Blow-out Mine, tonight, at moon up, and an e nemy of his will show you whar to lay your hands on him." T!:iat was all-no signature whatever. Nellie also perused tbe no Le. What do you think of iU" Dick asked. Looks as if Carker had offended some one of bis tools, and he was taking this method o f re venging himself." "Don't look a bit like that to me!" Nellie de clared. It's only a bait to get you where the>y can get rid of you." Maybe you are right. I've known stranger things to happen. But, at any rate, I've made up my mind to test the matter. I'll go .to the Big Blow-out Mine; but, miud you, on the alert, and not unf.repared to defend myself." "Oh! I wouldn t go,,... nor pay any attention to it, if I were you, Mr. vick. You might be surprised and killed, when you were least expect IDIZ danger." ...-, Never fear. I've had death stare me in the face a hundred times, and in many shapes, but have so far h ved to tell of it. I will be back all right-perhaps brin11:iug young Chandos-and if all's well, we will push on to Leadville to-morrow. Keep mum about our little discoveries, and I fancy it will not take long to work the case to a climax." When near moon-rise thatevening Dick armed himself thoroughly, and made a few quiet in quiries as to the location of the Big Blow-out Mine, to learn that it was a shaft, about half a mile beyond tbe limits of the town, which, though moderately profitable, had been des erted because of a rumor that it was haunted. Leaving the camp, in the course directed, Dick was not long in gaining a position in what be judged to be the neighborhood of the mine. Here he paused and listened, but could bear nothing except the wmd sighing through the s'rub-oaks nod pines, which grew in little patches here and there. Made bold by this, be advanced, little by little until be was within a few rods of tbe Big Blowout shaft, the location of whicb was distinguishable by tbe great windlass over its mouth. From his position the moonlight afforded Dic k a good view of tbe place, yet be could see nothing of bum1tn presence in tbe neigbhorh00d. "Possibly tbere is an ambush waiting for me!" he muttered; "but I won't stumble into 1t just yet. I'll wait and see what turns up!" He had not long to wait, only a few minutes; then the sound of footsteps were beard approaching from in tbe direct.ion of the Curve, and soon a female figure, wrappAd in a black cloak, and wearing a thick vail over both face and bat, ap peared, and came to a halt in the vicinity of the windlass. That must be my correspondent, I should judge!" wa11 Dick's conclusion at sight of her. "If I am not greatly mistaken, too, it is Marie. I'll go and see what she wants." He thrust his bands Into the side pockets of his coat, and they came in contact witb a pair of re.,,olvers that neatled there. Advancing from his plaoe of concealment, Dick approached the vailed woman, who was evidently awaiting bis coming. "Good-evening, madam I" he said, looking at her keenly. "Were you waiting for some one?" "Yes-for 1ou. You are Deadwood Dick, are you n o t1' she asked, in a voice which did not sound familiar to him. "I am Deadwood Dick, at your 8ervice, and you, I presume, are the party who sent me an unsigned communication some hours ago." "Yes, I am the person. You want a man named Jerry Cark.,rl" "I do." "We ll, you can't have him!" a voice cried from in the rear, and at tbe same insta1;1t Dick was seized by several pairs of hands. Although he had been alert, tbe approach behind him had been made so cautiousl.v that be had no suspicion of such an attack until it came. With all his strength did he try to jerk and twist himself free, but all to no purpose, for they held him as in a vise of ircn, while Marie throwing back her vail, stepped forward, and with cords secured his bands and feet, so that be was a prisoner, in all trutb. He was allowed to stand, however, wbilo his captors came around to get a front view of him. They were Jerry Carker, Fargo, and another ruffian with a scar up and down bis cheek-a. trio of as villainous-looking men as you would often meet even in the Wild West. "Ho! ho! so we bav" y:ou, eb1'' Carker ex claimed, with a trmmpbant le er. Diun't count 01.1 our bein' so cute, did yon1'' "I presumed there was a trap set, but being in the habit of attacking my enemies in the front instead of the back, which i s tbe coward's method, I was hardly wary enough I" Dick ret orted. "You call me a coward, do you!" Carker cried fiercely. "Yes tbough I don't know but the averagi> coward would then feel in sulted at the comparison. You are a murderer, a thief, a con temptible sneak, and the devil, your master, only knows what else." Carker drew a revolver, and cocked it, signifi cantly, bis face livid with rage. But, before be could use it, Marie knocke d it out of bis grasp. "Stop!" she cried, authoritatively. "What did you Don't attempt any murder, or I'll withdraw from the game and denounce you." Carker uttered a sullen growl. "We!H" be said, interrogatively. Marie turned to Dead wood Dick. "My sbarp friend,_ you see I have just saved your life!" she remarked, with evident sarcasm. This in reward for ;rour efforts in behalf of her ladyship. Finding 1t difficult to elude your vigilance, we have concluded to dispose of you untll Mr. Carle.er has time to get away where you cannot find him. To this effect, we have concluded to lower you Into this haunted mine, where you can have the pleasure of sojourning, until some kindlf,-disposed spook comes along and 10t1 you free.

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IJ)ead wood Dick's MiHion. Dick did not reply. It was a l ess terrible fate than he bad expected, and be resolved to take it with good grace, having hopes of being able to escape, sooner or later. He had a small-sized idea that pretty Nellie Dean would neve1 leave the mining-camp, with-out making a diligent search for bim. The great iron bucket was hauled up out of the shaft, by Fargo and the other roug h. Ordinarily this hoisting pr()C(:ss was done by horse-power, but a crank bad also been provided by which a man could either raise or lower the bucket at will. Dick was then placed in it, to which be made no demur, and the bucket was once more low ered into the mine, where the darkness of Stygia reigned supreme, a grim sil e n ce pre"f'ailing amQng the authors of the work. Down I down-went Dick, and still down, until it seemed to him that he must be really en route for China via a n e w line of travel. Suddenly tbe rope parted, rar above bim, and his down ward flight wo.s coutinued with lightning velocity. .. Then, he Ras conscious of a tremendous jar-and remembered no more for a Jong time. -Wben he did recove r consciousness, the scene was materially changed. He was still lying upon the ground in the mine, but a miner's lamp was burning in a crevice in the rock near at hand, and Nellie Dean was bending over him, camphor to his nostrils, and applying it to his forehead. When she saw bis eyes open she gave vent to an exclamation of joy. Ob I I was so afraid you were dead wh e n I found you lying so still and wh'te. Are you hurt much, Mr. Dick1" "Don't know about that, till I find out!" Dick replierl, staring around, to recoll ec t what bad happened. "Guess there's no bones broken,i though I got an unmerciful thump. Ugh! l feel kind of sore like," but with an effort be re his feet, Nellie having cut the bonds. 'Ohl I ain't so bad hurt, after all. How'd you come down Hope you didn't take Express that I did." / Nellie laughed. "No; I took an accommodation. You see, about as soon as you left the hotel I hired a 410uple of rough but honest fellows to come with me, and set out to looit after your welfare! We arrlored just in tima to Bee you lowered into the well, and the men began an.attack on your captors, who, however, succeeded in escaping. When we arrived at the windla.<;S we found that the rope bad been cut, the per}:ietrators of the deed undoubtedly thinking tbe fall would kill you. One of the men at once returned to camp, and procured a long rope, and lowered down here, where I have bePn, since, work2n!I to restore you to yoar fl<\nses." 'You are a noble girl," Dick said, taking her band, aud pressing it warm Iv. "No kindness I can ever do to you will be suf!Jcien t to expr11ss my gratitude, But, how are we t-0 get ont of this den is the next ques tion to be "I have tl:\at already arrangP1 woman-it won't work. You are guilty, ana your fate is sealed." Sbe turned pale, and trembled, at this; then, to Dick's ast-0nisbmPnt and disgust, she dropped on her knees at bis feet, and burst into a violent fit of weeping. __ CHAPTER VIIL DICK TUlll!LES TO 11 A LIVE LORD. "OHi Mr. Deadwood Dick!" cried, pit;. eously. "Do not be merciles s witb me, but for give me for my sinning and give me a chance to repent and atone. You alone know of my de..d, and wby ruin my future prospects by allowing the matter to travel further, when you can save me from going utterly to the bad." Dick surveyed her with little expression of mercy upon his face, and a feeling of repugtugging at heart, to see bar kneeling there in abject bumiliation before him. "R.Pnlizing that you have lleen discovered, and that, too. at tbe risk of your situation, ,ou have concluder! to make a clean hrPast o it, and thus l!'et time and opportunity for making sure of your j n b next time, eo1" "No, no! I reali z e wht sin I hnve been guilty of, and all f want i s n chance to do bet ter, and to prove that my intention is good." "I suppose your mtentions were eommeod

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Deadwood Dicks Mission. -15 able when .you poisoned Lady Cbandos, and tried to break my Marie turned still wbiter, and her sobs sub sided. You know that ?'' she gasped. "About the poisoning-yes! You thought yourself cunning and sherp, but you are a bungler at the be st. Rise to your feet, woman. I shall watch for any more of youc charming little acts, and curb your playfulneSll, if I see any more of the devil cropping out of you. (}()f' By the next morning Marie bad quite re covered from her grief, and looked as saucy and piquant as ever. Lady Chandos, boweTer, was feeling worse again, and so Dick announced bis intention ol on to Leadville leaving them to follow-in the stage, as-soon as her ladyship felt a ble. So leaving her to tbe careful charge of Lady Clare and Nellie Deun, the ex-Prince of the Road mounted bis horse and set forth. The route between the Curve and Leadville was one of the wildest sort, the trail alternately asconding and descending, and being for much of the way lined on either side by forests. AlthOui'jh well mounted and well armed, Dick -anticipated trouble before reaching the mountain metropolis, where in the early days of the town be bad associated bis name with rob bery, reckless daring and sport; so be kept a sharp lookout, and put bis horse to a apirited gallop. He bad half-completed the journey, and was crossing a treeless plateau, when be beard the peculiar whirring s ound of tbe lasso. Quickly slippiag to the side of bis horse, In dian fashion, he just escaped the noose which bad been sent with preci sion; at the same time be gave a yell tbat sent bis no1se flying across the plateau. Lucky for him that be remained at the side cf his horse, for soon after another lasso drop ped across the animal's back, then disappeared again, as tbe horse flew on. Taking a squint in the direction from whence bad come the attack, be saw the heads of men popping up above the t.ops of rocks. Quickly reseating himself on the flying horse, Dearlwood Dick's vengeful repeating rifle almost immedi11tely spoke, and for each hot came back a wild yell, which proved the deadly aim of tbe ever-ready man. Into the forest again the faithful horse bore him at break-neck speed; but now satitlied that the danger was over, lJick reined in the animal, and rode on, glad to have escaped so luckily. "I don't doubt tbat I owe this little serenade to his Honor, Jeremiah Carker,'' be muttered, as he rode along, nearing Leadville. Oh I my geat and noble rascal, sooner or later I'll show you that retribution is bound to overtake you; sooner or later I'll teach you that to murder a white-haired old man is one of the greatest of unpardona hle offenses, and you shall suft'er for your crime!" mi reached Leadville about the middle of the afternoon, thoroughly disguised in a brown wig and full beard and mustacbs, together with an entire change of clothing. Stabling bis horse, and putting up at a good hotel be ordered dinner, after which be started out for a stroll. Altho ugh the place bad grown much s ince be was there before, still knew where there were several resorts of the sort Corke r ire qnented, and accordingly he paid them a visit. But no Carkerwas to be found. If iu tbe city, it looked very probable that he was lying in biding until b e sbould find a good opportunity to escape; so Dick w ent back to the botel, and on entering hi s room found that a note had been shoved under tbe door during his absence: With some curiosity picked it up and read: "DEADWOOD DICK:-Tbls Is to Inform you that I will nev e r b e taken alive, no matter w ber e you fol low. The scheme I bad afoot for the boy is bu'sted, for I got tire d o f tb e brat, end knock e d bis brains out this morning. As for yon you '11 d o well to stop just where you are, for if you don't I'll show you bow it will not pay you to bother with a bulldog. I shall stay here till I get a chance te wipe you out, and then move on. J. CA.RKER." "All right, Mr. Carker; if you will only be so accommodating as to remain here in Lead ville I will be much obliged, as it will save me the trouble of searching. That lie about the boy, thougb1 however much it might strike other folk!> aoes not affect me in the least, as I know you tbink too much of your prize to yield it up tbat way. I'll watch out for you like a hawk." He went down-stairs, then into the gaming room that was attached to the hotel proper, and run undllr one management. The place was pretty well filled, and drinking was still going on merrily. One man seemed to be somewhat "elevated.', He was elegantly dressed and yet vulgarly loud, wore plenty of expensive jewelry, and was over bearing and obtrusive. He wore a luxuriant full beard, and bis hair was parted in the middle1 as was revealed Ly his bat being cocked back upon his head. At Dick's entrance, be rose from the table where be was sitting, an
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Deadwood Dick's Mission. be a coward!" Dick cried. "That's what you want, evidently," "You're a liar J" his lordship fired back, "and I-" buL hll_ suddenly stopped talking, for out went the 1ight irou-fist of Deadwood Dick, and the Englishman went d9wn like a stricken ox. Th11 sympathizing barkeeper came forward, then, dashaj_ water into the Briton's face, and dragged him into the side room, there leaving him to rwwer at leisure, wbil!I Dirk walked leisurely away to another part of the room, to smoke and meditate. This individual was an English lord, be said, but, judging by appearances, be was a sorry representative of the aristocracy. Lady Cbandos's husband was a lord, too, and as Bick had rrom time to time learned from L!!.dy Clare, was,-as she expressed it1 "an ovPr bearing man whom no one could oear-wild, reckles<, and intensely jealous of his wife." Might not this same individual be the same noble Briton, following her in her travels1 An amused smile c&me over the sport's dis guised face at the thought of the thing. "One thing is certain. Her ladyship and do not panieularly admire e-ach other, nor do they live hai;>pily together. I have often noticed a pained, disheartened expression upon her face when speaking of her husband, Lord Cbandos. If this is the style of a man she has got, I don't wondt!r she fee ls bad sometimes. If the fellow comes around like a gentleman, I'll work him up and see what there is in bim." It was not long ere the Briton recovered; then be aro se and arranged bis as best he could, and inquired for the "insolent puppy who ha as they were now. Dick surveyed bim, and nodded. It could not matter much to him who was his second. All right. Lead ahead!" be said. !iet's get down to business as quick as possible!" They left the saloon, and struck fur the city limits, followed by one of the biggPst crowds that ever witnessed a fight in Leadville. Tbe sun was near to setting when the dueling ground was reached, and no time was lost in marking off the b"J)ace, which the Englishman insisted should be fifty paces. He evidently wisbt>s to mnke the distance long so that he will not be dangerously wounded I' was Dick's thought, but 1 reckon I've got the beauty that will ticklo:i him!" He took a case from his coat pocket, and there from extracted a weapon-a field revolver. There was a unanimous exclamation of admiration from the crowd at sight of the deadly tube, and they involuntarily rushed forward to get a clo ser view of the weaon, the equal of which, for beauty, they bad never seen. CHAPTER IX. A DESPERATE WOMAN'S DESPERATE GAME. ON l eaving the Curve, it bad be en Dick's last request to Nellie not to mention anything to Lady ChanJos about tbe poisoning, and very likely she would have acted according to bis wishes but for the woman Marie, who, on every occasion took pleasure in casting some slur at Nellie, which she believed might annoy her. Several words passed between them, until finally Marie expressed an insinuation that fired all ti.le temper the pretty O:!"pban girl possessed, aud under the impulse of the moment she went to the ladies' room and revealed to Lady Cban dos and Lady Clare all that was known relative to the poisoning. To say that both were astounded would be ex pressing it mildly, for their astonishment knew no bounds. "I am loth to believe thi criminal charge against Marie, Lady Chandos said, soberly; "still, I have never quite put implicit confidence in bor She then ordered Lady Clare t:> go and fetch the Frenchwoman. Marie soon made her appearance, her face somewhat pale, and her manner nervous. "Marie," Lady Cbandos said, "do you think you could find your way back to your home in Havrer' "I fear not, lady. I am very little traveled, you know. Wby do you ask, my lady!" Because it becomes my duty to discharge you. We need not necessarilv dwell upon the whys and wherefores, but suffice it to say that you know full well the cause why you are dis charged, and will, I hope, feel grateful toward me for allowing you to escape merited punish ment so easily. Say nothing, but go. You were paid up your full salary yesterday." Wbiter than before was the tre11cberous woman now, and she t urned upon Nellie with a gasp, one of her bands partly concealed behind her.

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Deadwood Dick's Mission. "Do I ow e tbis to y our' sh e hissed, her e ye s burniug witb an unuatural fir e "Ir y o u mean tbe telling o f the truth, yes I was ordered by Deadwood Dick to make no disclosures until he perfected pl ans for tbe capture of Carke r But wh e n y o u insul ted me by assailing the o nl y gift I have l eft that I value most-honor-forbearance ceased to be a virtue I Take carA I I see you hav e a s tiletto r eady to d o murderous work with, but I c o n s id e r this much easier, qui c k er, and more eff ective!" And the resolute girl produce d a little revolver and cock ed it. "Cursa y o u I curse you alll You have not outwitted or d o n e for me yet. I will have re venge, mark :vou, and it shall be su c h a revenge that you will prefer the t orments of hell to itl" Then she was gone, leaving the two English ladies in an.Ytbiug but an enviable frame of mind, while N e lli e was but little concerned at the threat. "Marie will go to U!advill o no doubt," she said, "to have a confere nc e with Carker, and 1 am going like a sl euthhound o n her trac k. I may in the same trip capture both, be fore Deadwood D ick can. You w ill not be afraid to come on in the stage to-morrow! "Not afraid, <'.ear, but I a m afraid to h a v e you make such a r ash venture," Lady Chandos said, anxiously. "Neve r fear for m e I _I have bad just enou11;h hard experience s in the W es t to m ake m e wide a wake I' N e llie s a id, earnestly. "I know, before Igol" As soon as she c o uld complete the nec essary arrange m e nts, s h e ordered o ne of their b es t saddle h o r se s aud m o u ute d She had l earned tha t Marie bad left some minutes before so s h e s e t off at a good g all o p on the open trac k or road whi c h led to Lead ville. Her one desire s ee med to be n ear t h e hand som e knight of the W est-Deadwoo d Dick-her mind was ever o n him; so m e irresistibl e s pe ll of ;iuman magneti s m seemed to draw h e r toward him. She knew i t was wrong that sbe should allow herself to l e t the f ee lin g grow upon h e r but sh-she c ould n o t h elp it, w a s her consoling thought, wh e n sb e all o wed h erself .to c o n s ider. But as she rode ou, and her mind's eye w a s gazing at tbe h a n d s o m e face and figur e o f Dead wood Di c k, h e r r eve rie w a s rudely interrupted by a harsh i;rating v o i ce e x c laimin g : Halt, girl. A dvance anothe r yard and I'll make you f ee l the v e n geance Marie promised you I" Nellie Dean looked up from her r everie to be hold the wily Frenchwoman sitting upon h e r horse, a few yard s ah ead, a light sporting rifle held leveled for instant u s e. "What do you mean! Nellie demanded, quietly. "Didn't I tell you I should have revenge, you hussy?'' she cried. "l'm going to have it, tvo. Something told me y o u would follow me, so 1 waited here for the sole purpose of w11ylaymg you. Now that I've got you right where I want you, I'll show you that it were better to betray the devil than a fierce-tempered Frenchwoman. Do you know what I am going to do with y our' "I haven't the slightest idea, I am sure," N e llie replied. with apparent c omposure. "Welll" Mario said, significantly, "I am going to rob you of your b eauty. That ls w o rse than death, to one with any claim to good looks. I shall cut off your hair, dis figure y our face and-" I beg your pardon, my royal quoon of viciou s ness, you will do n nthing of kind l" a deep, thrilling voice exclaim ed, and an elderly gentleman stepped from a thicke t near to where the women were halted, followed by a younger man. "You have laid a most villainous pot. which you can hardly expect to carry oui;. So you hlid better go I" Marie uttered a scream at sight of the speaker, and turned very white. You I she gasped-" my God I you f "As you see,"the man repli e d, calmll" "One would infe r that you had seen a gho st.' Marie did not reply, but wheeling her horse put spurs tO him and dashed away toward Leadville a s fast as she c ould go. The elder man theu turne d to Nellie. He w a s, in truth, n o ble looking, with 11 kin
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18 Deadwood -----------------man ascending the stairs. She quickly followed I If you dcn't clear out, I'll put you where him, and entered bis room immediately behind you'll shine for eternity," he said. never him. marry you, so settle on that. If you want a "Marie I" be exclaimed, at sight of her, her thousand pounds to clear out to France and sudden appearance giving him a start. keep your mouth shut, you can have it-other-" Yes, Mariel" sbe cried, seizing his jeweled wise not." hand and cove1:ing it with passionate kiss es, I will choose the not!" she retorted, sav your faithful Marie-the only woman who bas agely. I will show ycu that it is not profltever proven true to you.", able to tamper with a woman's atfections. I Then you have the evidence to confirm my did not mention to you that your son, Cava convictious, ehP he demanded, his eyes fairly naugb, has been stolen from Lad_y Obandos, and blazing. I alone hold the knowledge of bit whereabouts. "Mon dieu, Lord Cbandes, I sincerely wish I Good-day, sir," and she l eft thA room. eould say no; but I have not that welcome news to bear you. Whe n I left England, employed to spy upon Lady Cbandos by you, I could have sworn to her purity and love for ycur noble self. But it has, alas! proved as you feared. Her trip to America was but to escape the vigilanc e or your watchful eye, that she might bask in the smiles of her first love I" Lord Chandos paced the floor more after the frenzied style of a madman than like a sane person. "You tell me all this!" he hissed. "Oh, G od I why cannot I get my hand at her throat! U g h! I am going mad, I believe." He was violent fora few minutes, then quieted down suddenly, and said: "You have seen the m together1'' "Yes, on more than one I met Sir Falconer last night, en route to see her." Does she receive him with evident j)leasure?" "Judging by some of their romantic Shakes perian scenes, I should suppose that she con siders him every inch her The fact is, sha is no longer a wife to you, and I have heard. her de.clare, with an oath, when under the influenc e of liquor, that she would never live with you ao-llinl" shall she. I'll end the ndon a wiser man." "But you must first fulfill your promise to me, please to remember, L ord Chandos." What .to you mean, woman1" "Bab! do not be so innocent! You rromiS3d me that if I would spy on Lady Chandos, and prove her unfaithful to you, you would fill her place with me." "Bosh! Nons e ns e Do you take me for an idiot1 Th9 idea-marry a menial! Hal ha! ti.le ideal" Marie's eyes flashed. "You'll find out you can't put ofl'. If you don't marry me at once, when you gn back to London, I go too, and I'll make things lively for you, you may '!"est assured. I know too much for your peace of mind, so make the be.>t of a trying situation." His lordship winced. "Deuce take you!" he growled. "If you want money say so, and don't take such a roundabout way getting at the matter." "Pooh! I don't want money! I want a home, and a husband. I want you, because you can put t;ll& where I ci;,n shine above those who look down on me, now." The other laughed, wickedly. CHAPTER X. AN OLD OFFENDER" ANNOUNCED. BEAUTIFUL revolvers had often tiashed in L eadv1Ue' s sunlight, and killed their man1 but nothing half so magnificent as that hela by Deadwood Dick bad ever been seen by any of tbe admirers of manly sports. The steel was plated with gold, the handle was of pearl and a dozen diamonds of medium size wt.re set in its sides, to say nothing of the most superb solitaire which gleamed in the butt. "Take care, gents! It's dan?er to get too near a costly weapon like this!' Dick warned, dryly. "Order!" cried Dick's black-bearded second. Tl.tis hyar pic-nic m\) s t proceed, as hoth gents are anxious to get into one another. My name is Bolivar, I tell yer, and I'll see this thing kerried on ou the square." "So'll I," announced Sully, as he was called among his "Git all ready, When I say three, blaze away at each other fer all you're goorl for. I'll bev a pine box fixed up long ernufl' so yer knees wont get humped wh e n we chuck ye in." The.antagonists took their positions, facing each other, and deliberately cocked their weap<)ns. It was easily to be seen that neither paused to consider the result that were liable to follow. "Are you ready, Sir Cur1" his lordship cried, impatiently. R eady, Sir Baboon,'' was Dick's taunting answe r. , The n e;et ready!" the "slugger" cried, loudly. "One! two! three!" Bang! bang! bang! There were three pistol reports, instead of two. Th9 Englishman fell to the ground, wounded very slightly in the lllft side. Deadwood Dick stood unhurt, although he had heard two weapons speak besides his own, and had heard two bullets whiz unpleasantly to head. Looking quickly around he caught sight of his secon1 running toward a conTenient shed, with all bis might and m6in. It was he, then, who had fired the third shot! If so, it needed no more to inform Dick that be had been within arm's reach of the man he wanted-Jerry Carkerl Again bad the villain attempted thll Sport's life and escaped-for he was n,ow too far ofl' to easily pick ofl' with a revolver, as Dick perceived; but with a fierce exclamation he sprung

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Deadwood Dick's Mission. away in hot pursuit, leaving the crowd_ to at tend to the wants of the lord, who really bad purposely fallen, on being wounded, to avoid further punisbment. A fleet runner was Deadwood Dick, but the desperado had the advantage in getting behind the shed, so that no bullet could hit him. In this way he succeeded in gaining some place of safety bv the time Bick had reached the shed, and the Sport was baffled for the' time beiuR. l ll have him, if he is in this town, how ever!" he gritted. "It was a bold move on his part, coming forward to play my second, and more's the wonder he didn't salivate me for good." He went hack to the dueling-ground, and found that the Englishman had gone back to the hoteL After some little trouble Dick succeeded in enlisting half a dozen men in bis service, whom he posted about the city with the purpose of keeping a close watch for the villain Carker. It seemed only a matter of time ere the cap ture must be made. Nellie Dean arrived in town during the fore noon, and found Dick, to whom she communicated what is already known to the reader. Dick listened, but did not chide her, as she was afraid he would. "Well," he said, "we shall have to look to her movements here, and may in that way see Carker. That he is lying low, somewhere about town, I am certain, but so far 1 am not able to locate him, nor are my men." Dick then related bis experience with the Englishman, whom he b e lieved to be Lord Chandos; after which he conducted her to a hotel several blocks from the Clarendon, and she retired to her room to get a few hours' rest. Lady Chandos and Lady Clare arrived that e.fternoon, and were taken to the same hotel where Dick took care to register the m unde; assumed names, and warn them to keep within doors, as he did not want them to know of Lord Chanclos's presence, nor of theirs. Her ladyship was feeling greatly impr&ved from her late illness, but talked and worried constantly about her boy, who she was fearful would be harmed. That evening a paper had in it item: of vital importance to him, when he remembered that Leadville was no longtJr the utterly lawless mining-town of the past. CHAPTER XI. DICK'S WARNING AND CA.RKER'S BLUFF GAME. DICK was not surprised. He had_ rather expected that.his reappearance m Leadville would endang9r bis liberty, but f o r the papers to be first to open on him, was rather unexpected. 1 Who had given the inforrnation-Carker, or Marie1 He hardly knew which, as either certainly was of the neces3ary cunning. Having read the paper, he went at once to the hotel, !ind donned, an entirely new disguise, of 'l lux?riant p ai r of side-whiskers, of .Jetty black, with sweeping mustache and ba1r to matcb, and a full Mexican costume, such a.sis worn by a general. With a preparation, he also expertly dyed his face and bands to a darker hue, and when his arrangements were all complete, he was an ideal picture of a high-toned "Gred.ser." Tbe next thing was to test the disguise, and complete some otl.Jer little arrangements. his bundle of baggage, be made his exit from the hotel by a rear stairs unseen, and went to another hotel and registered as General Guyamirez, of the City of Mexico. Having acquired considerable of the brokea M.exican lmgo, it helped him in furthering his attempted deception. Half an hour afterward he went back to the Clarendon, and registered under a different name than he had adopted at the.other hotel. After sauntering around a while be dropped into a chair near where Bord ChandtJs and another man were in conversation, and into which the detective soon was drawn. After a while the third man left, leaving the pseudo-general and Lord Chandos alone. Fully an hour passed in exchange of confidences, after which1 having acqmred many points to satisfy him mat Cbandos was a heart less wretch, and Lady Cbandos a sinned -against woman, Dick took his departure, assured ti.lat bis disguise h&.d not been penetrated so far although he saw persons pass him whom her.;_ membered from his previous Leadville experi" AN Ow 01!'1!'mNDER IN ToWN.-It is learned, at this ence. oftlee, through an anonymous Jetter, that the notori-Going to bis lodgings he wrote a note to ous outlaw and road-agent Deadwood who Lady Cb&.Bdos not to be alarmed at his non-apsome time ago made himself many enemies h e reh k" abouts, owing to. his defiance of the law, and bis pearan'?e, a.s e was wor mg up tl10 case m andesJ>!lrate deeds, is once more in town in disguise. other d1Sgmse. The mformant to give further information He also wrote to Nellie to the same effect. more _th'!-n to say "."BLc_h out for him, '-not even After sending these to the hotel wpere tbey Astberea_rest!Jlseveral were stopping, be wrote out a poster to fasten forhtm, the lett r wttb his form e r upon the door of the assailant newspaper office description has to the poli ce and I when it should become quiet enough that 1t will n ot b e l ongere te festive Richard lan1mish e s in our loc a l "jug." That he is "PROOLA.MATION I here planning out some new caIDJlaign of devilt .rv is evident, and the sooner bis actions arc nipp e d --g Wl>.frws, a certmn s.beet of Ladv1!1e having an. the burl, tbe bet.tPr--0r rath e r the worse for the noun.ced. t)te presenctl or. an old offender in city, business of our local undertakers ,, that md1v1dual this I?etbod of !nlormml? tbe peoph thot be m tbe city on busmess, and proAnd, as fate w0uld it the festive poes to remain be r e until he sees to abse,nt him Ricbari" was among tbe first to purchase a copy self. The p e r on, who gave p:i.per notice was of th d d tl t' one of two persons concern e d ma s na m e ful abduce an 1e. mteres ,mg _notice tion of a child with a vlew of extort .Jog money from concernrng b1mselt-mterestmg because it was the pa.rems. and it is for the vuruose o( ca.pturiuc

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10 Deadwood Dick's Mission. these r.harks that Deadwood Dick again visits Lead ville. Thos e concerned will please take not e of this -my old challenge is still applicable. Let me alone and I'll let you; crowd on m!'.1 and you are welcome to the benefit of what you will get in return. "Yours as ever, DEADwoon DICK." Dick did not write this as a bluff to invite notorietv, but as a warning that h.3 was still too much of the past-and-gone dare-devil to tolerate insult. Jerry Carker was no fool. Indeed he was an unusually shrewd and sensible man did he put his gifts to their right use. Lady Cbandos and sister bad not been located at tbeJ.r hotel two hours before tbe wily Carker, in his disguise of a red-bearded bullwbacker, had found them out, and tbe number of their room. Lounging about the hotel for awhile, until he saw Lady Clare aud Nellie go out for an evening walk, tbe villain watched his chance to sneak up-stairs, and made his way to the door of Lady Cbaudos's room. Softly trying tbe knob, he found, to his satisfaction, tbat door was unlocked. To open it, quickly enter, and then close and Jock it behind bim was but tbe work of a moment, when he wheeled around, facing her with a revolver in his band. She would have screamed only that she was t.oo terrified to give utterance. "'Sb I" be :!autioned. "It is useless to raise a fuss. I am Carker, and I mean business. I have come toarr&nge terms-or kill you; one of the two things!" CHAPTER XII. A BRUTAL IDSTAKE AND A STRANGE RESCUE. MARIE bad struck deepl_y when she bad informed Lord Cllandos that his wife was untrue to him. There was little in the man's nature that was good or pure; he was envious, selfish, mean and treacherous, and was intensely jealous of hand some Lady Beatrice, despite tbe fact that he really cared no more for her tbau he did for any "pretty woman. Consumed with all the torments of bis burn ing passion, be went once more to his room, after bis conversation with tbe disguised Dead wood Dick. "I'll kill 'em I I'll kill 1em both I" he raved. "I'll learn her that in this country she cannot shake ber lord and master off without a decree of divorce!" He procured bis revolvers, loaded all their chambers, and then set forth upon the streets as IOOD as it was dark. Something tells me I shall meet her to ho muttered, "and if I do, curses be on me 1f I don't remove one disgraceful blot from the fair name of Chandos. I'll shoot her and her paramour, too." some time he paced up and down the P.rmcipal attracting considerable atten tion, partly from the fact that he had made himself a reputation a1 a bad dnelist, and partly becauae so muoh fury wu now expNlllllld In hfs 0011Utenance. It was perhaps an hour after coming upon the street that bis lordship saw a man pause upon a. corner, as if waiting for somebody. His suspicion a.t once aroused, Chandos paused not far away, despite the fact tbat it was beginning to rain a. little, and his fine costume was in danger of getting wet. He had llOt long to wait. In the course of twenty minutes, a. woman sted in a long oil-skin ulster, with hood attached, aud very little of her face could be seen. Tbe man was well dressed, and wore a luxuriant hrown beard. Tbis is their trysting-place, is it!" bis lordship hissed. "I'll break in on their duet in a. way that will surprise them." Tbe pair were evidently lovers, for they walked slow, and seemed evidently wrapt up in each other'R society. Dir
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Deadwood Mission. affright, but she managed to speak finally, though it was with au effort. J pray that you will not torture me with your pi"eseuce," she said, iu a piteou s tone. I am not feeling well, not ha viug fully recovered from the effect of the poison administered to me by your partner in crime so I trust you will be humane enough not to worry me until 1 am stronger." "Dear BeatricE>, accept my assurance that I did not come here for any such a pmpose as that. But, I don't understand about the poisoning. Surely, I bad no knowledge of that, nor anything to do with it. Did Marie do it1" Sbe did, a.nd got her discharge)' "Too bad. She will prove a worse enemy to you than ever I could. But, Lady Chandos, I have come to talk business, now. You tell me, you have no longer any affection for me, as of old." CertAinly not. Indeed, I can see little of the former Sir Farrol Falconer about you." well, such being the case, I presume it would be useless to press my suit?" "Quite absurd, sir; alike dishonorable and Well, I've about come to that conclusion myself, and consequently do not feel so badly as I otherwise might. Therefore, we will pass that matter by, by considering terms for the boy. You see, it is beginning to become quite apparent that there are bE>altbier parts of the cvuntry for me than tbe West, and I've a desire to find out where they are, without delay. I have several reasons for wanting to slope. The kid, although there is money in him by hold ing him back, is a nuisance to drag around the country. Therefore, I am going to dispose of him to tbe highest bidder." "Monster! why do you keep my child away from me1" Lady Cbandos cried, in anguish. "Simply because you have a fat bank ac count, and I desire to taste of itl" Carker chuckled. Tbeu go, you inhuman wretch, for you shall never handle a peony of it!" her ladyship cried, firmly. "Obi well, I'll try Lord Cbandos then, and succeed. By the way, I dare say you have not beard the latest; sensation." "I am ignorant of what you refer to, sir." "Why, you knew that Lord Cbandos sus pectetings have created a deal of talk, and is naturally enraged. To-night a few mo ments before I came here, be was arrested and lodged in jail, formurdering a man and woman, whom be believed to be me and you!" Lady Cbandos turned deathly white, but did not answer-so Carker went on: The murder was a clear case, nod Cbandos will meet tbe penl\lty of tbe Jaw, uule!ly enough, the same parties who bad rescued Nellie Dean from the vengeance of Marie. An expression of mutual recognition and ae tonishmbnt came upon the faceR of Lady Bea trice and the elder gentleman, who sprung for ward with hands. "Beatrice I-Lady Cbandosl Ts it possible that this is you!" he cried, gazing at her, rai> turously, as be seized her hands iu bis. "Obi Sir Ferro!, I am so glad! I have been so terribly shocked and deceived I" "Deceived! ln what way, pray," and be led her to a seat on tbe sofa, while young Cecil, bis nephew, also btl<'ame seated, after acknowl edging an introduction, and explaining tbe cause of the $creams tO the landlord, who made bis appearance. In trembling tones her ladyship went on to explain how Jerry Carker had repres..nted himself to be the lost Sir Ferro! Falconer, and tbe other troubles that bad beset her since leaving the boat at Seaport. Sir Ferro! beard her through-then be said: "This man Carker I know only too well, and am now after him. In Australia, be was my valet and confidant, and j!:Ot bold of all my secrets and past history. He, then stole con siderable money from me, and left the couu'try." "But of yourself, Sir Ferrol-yon have not told me of yourself, yet." "You shall bear, Beatrice. You remember bow, years ago, and just previous to what was to have been our wedding day, I was arrested for forgery iu London. Cirt:umstantial evi dence was used against me so strong, and the enormity of the offense was 90 great, that I was jlaelald off to Van. Dleman's Land for tAD 7MJ'8.

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Deadwood Dick's M;ssion. It wasn't more than two years later that I escaped, and under disguise and an assumed name, went up iuto the Australian fields, with the intention of secretly communicating with you. But, after learning of your marriage through an English paper, I gave up all hop e in that direction, and resolve d to remain where I was. While tbere I amass ed an immense for ttlu e wbicb I now carryabout my person in the form of thousands of diamonds. A year ago Carker left me, carrying off a small fortune. A few months ago my nephew here came and found me, bringing with him evidence of my innocence, my freedom papers and honorable exculpation, and a highl.V com plimentary letter from tbe Que en 's counsel; so that I am now en route to assume my former right>. But, I am sorry you are in the midst of so much trouble, Lady Cbandos. I trust your life is, but for these temporary troubles, exceedingly happy?" I wish I could 1;\311 you yes, Sir Ferro!," she replied with sadnesq, "but I cannot truthfully say so. In fact, I do not b e lieve a mcire un happy woman lives." In a low tone, she then told of what Lord Chandos's jealousy had brought him to, and many other little things that had served to make bee married life with him a tbing ot so much misery that she bad fled to the west coast of America to get as far away from him as pos sible. Sir FerI'ol listened with a darkening brow. "I always privately imagined that Lord Chandos would make a. disagreeable husband, but am most sorry it bas turned out so. Will you go to see him at the jaiU" "Yes, to-morrow, though I am s a tisfied that he will be vindictive enough to kill me, if h e gets free." "If be bas committed murder as you say, I much doubt if be ever gets free. Border ju;;ti ce does not s tand l ong on technicalities. I will, however, go out and learn what I can for yuu, in regard to the matter, and if there is any pos sible way I cau be of service to you, you are aware, I trust, that you are at liberty to ::om mand me." C o nsidering you my friend, I shall not hesi tate to address yon when I believe :Eneed your assistance," Lady Chandos replied, with a bow, and a grateful glance. Sir Falconer and young Cecil then took their depa.rt.re, and went forth into the street. Here an intense excitement prevailed, over the doubl e murder that l:Jad been done-for both of the victims bad died almost immediat.ely aft.er shot. The vicinity of the jail was black with people, and tbe tone of the conversation showed that tbere were strong indications of a forthcoming lynch picnic, in which Lord Chandos was to be the ceutral figure. The police, however, were vigilant in their efforts to v.revent a reign of mob law, or it Is doubtful if Chilndos would have been suffered to crouch within the protection of his dungeon tenmlnut.ell. That tbe Ruillllhman was a eoward now need ed lio further ver11lcatlon than by a peep fntlo his prison, where be was huddled up In one cor n er, white and shaking, as if in an ague-fit. In the mean time, wbilethe threateniugcrowd surrounded the jail, Deadwood Dick h ad "dropped" upon his man, in tbe Carbonate Saloon. CHAPTER XIII. HOW DICK DIDN'T WIN. THE Carbonate was, and yet is, we presume, one of the roughes t holes to be found in Lead ville. Loafers, bummers, blacklegs and r'lscals of various types commingled there, and the papers denounced the establishment as a place not safe for an ho:::est man to enter after dark. Noticing the rough crowd on that side of the street, late in the evening. Dick concluded to "drop in"' and make observation, as it was about the style of a place he imagined Carker would frequent. He was still in his disguise of a Mexican Gen eral, and had no fear of detection, even by sharp eyes, should be perchance en counter him. After purchasing a cigar at the bar, he saun tered about thA room, and finally saw a red whiskered. dirt besplashed, rudely dressed miner, sittmg at a table, a pack of cards, as if he were anxious to try his luck with some one. The beard and hair looked so much Ji.ke one of Di ck's former disguises, that it a.t once attracted bis attention; so sauntering over to the table, he sat dow n opposite the apparent bullwhacker, and said: "I see you are idle, stranger; what say you to a social game of poker!" "I baio't no 'jections as I know on," the man i;eplie
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Deadwood Dick's Mission, 18 ous. 1 have got you, down fine, and 11\.Y eye is right on you, so if y0u don't come precisely to time I will salivate you." "On ac<'-0unt of the kid,'you dassent," Carker declared, cunningly. "When I die, the se cret of the whereabouts of the b o y will als o die." Dick had thought of this, but did not h e sitate. "I ruckon that won't work. I gue ss wh e n it comes right down to one minute b e for e death, you'd squeal. I am after the boy, but that is not my main objec t. Jerry Carker, do y o u re member that poor old man you brutally murdered up in Big Valle y1" The man chuckled, an expr ession of some thing like pride coming over bis face. "Yas, I reckon I got in my r e veng e on that old rooster in the most approved fashion be &Lid. ''Won't never wallop another man, tbat's certain." -"Nor you won' ever murder anothe r man, Carker. When I saw your brutal w ork, I registered an 011.tb to take your scalp back to that valley as a trophy to sbow bow muc h I loved tbe good old man y o u murde rtld. I the n set out on the 'to fulfill my oath. Your scalp now lie s within my gras p, but I will n o t take it. I'm a f air man, and a square man, and here i8 wbat I b a v e to pro po se : You take me to wh e r e Lady Chandos's boy i s c on c eal ed and deliv e r him up t o m e W e w ill tben c o m e back here, and I'll y o u twentyfour hours start ahead of me, in a .race for your life. If you are the smarter, long life and liberty lie before you. If not, death I If y o u do n o t accept the se t e rms, I will pay no m o r e atteution to the Chandos case but avenge my o w n case, by dropping you dead wh e r e you s it. Y o u have heard D e adwoorl Dick. Con s i de r h i s only t erms f o r fiv e minute s, afte r which, if y o u do not a c c ept, you'll n e ed a coffin I" "I have con s id e red. I am n o t r eady to p as s i:h my c hecks. 'You shall have the b oy," Car ker said. Carker's acceptance in a measure su rprise d D e adwood Dick, who bad imagined b e would have m ore trouble with the f ellow; but he was by no means taken off his guard by the ready acceptance of the other. "Well, if you mea n bu siness g e t up and lead ahead," be said, "remembering tbat I am watching you like a hawk ell the time and r!lfldT, to drop you at the slightest provoca t10n . "Ye needn t trouble,yerself about m e !" Car ker growle d. When I say square, I mean square Come e rlong, till I go ter my room in tber hotel to git ther ke.r." "The key to wbatl" Dick demanded. "To ther place wbar ther boy's sbut up," was the reply. They l eft the saloon, Carker l eading, and went down the street to a large sbanty hotel, whic h corre sponded favorably with the saloon they had just quitted. Carker went upstairs to a front room; and Dick promptly followed, resolved not to give his prize any chance whateve r to e scape. After searching about for awhile, the rascal prod)lced an old rusty key, and signified his readmese to depart. "Before you go, I opine you'd best leave your weapons all here on the table where you can get them on your return," Dick advised. "I won't have to watch you quite so close on way to where the boy is concealed, if you do thiS." "Anything to accommod&te you!" Carker gritted, with bad grace, as he complied with the reque st. All I want i s a s ri,uar' deal in this mattE>r, an' I'll be squar' myself. Corre ct. S ee that y o u are, and you will stand a chav. ce to wiu," Dick said, grimly. They the n l eft tbe plac e and walked away tows.rd the w estern outskirts o f tbe town, in which direction Carker stated tbey would have to go for the boy. It did not take long ere the gleaming ligbta of Leadville were left behind, and they were struggling along the gloomy stage road that led to some of the surrounding shanty towns R e ckon Lord Cbandos will g e t bis neck I" Carker remarked, as they pro ceed e d. "So he eught," Di c k averred, heartily. "I am positive that her l adys hip would hardly mourn her life aTVay ove r bis demi se Nor will his death help along your cas e to any great extent, if I know myself. You'll have to adjourn your nuptials." "That remains to be seen," was the sullen answer; after which sil erce reigned betw1.10n the m for some time. The t:rizzle of rain whic h had fall e n earlier in tbe evening was now changing into a heavy f all; but the two enemie s strode on. Soon they turned off tbe main trail and be gan to clamber up the f o rest-covered mountain, the branc hes ol the trees somewhat sheltering the m from the storm. B eneath this cov e r it was s o dark that it was h ardly pos s ible for Dick to see bis man, but be k ept c l ose be s ide him, r esolve d n o t to l e t him escape if it w e r e in bis pow e r to prevent it. But a surprise was sprung upo n birn when he wa s lea s t of all expecting anything of the kind. The y gaine d a scrt of table land on the moun t ain plateau, and w e r e trampin g along through tbe l eave s and darkness whe n Di c k s udde:Jly found him s elf go crashing do wnward through and s ti c ks, and kne w tha t be bad been led directly onto a d e ad-fall, such as is usually prepare d to catch gri zzlie s in. While from above Carker uttered a wild, re v e ng e ful lau gh-the laugh of a demon. Down! down! went Deadwood Dick, full tw enty feet, wbe.n. h e succeeded in landing upon his feet in the b ottom of tbe pit. "He llo! How do you like it d o wn the re1" cried the triumphant voice of Carker, from above. "Got tbe hoy didn't y ou! Purty smart man, you are, Dickey, but I kfo see "'le an' go ye one better, allee sameel Was gom1 t o juggle me right off into the n ext world, wasn't :vo u 1 but you got handsom ely l eft on that. I ve got you, now, just wh ere I can use you to guit my own convenience. Curse you, it will he good-by for you now. I'm going to gather a lot of stones and mash you into a jelly I" With these words Dick heard the ruffian walk away. What 1hou1d be done? He had no doubt that

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IJeadwood Dick's Mission. Carker was brute enough to do all be had prom-1 quieted down, which wae a great relief to Cbanised; so something must be done at once dos wbeu b0 beard of it, although be still feared It would be useless to think of climbing out of that the people might uprise and lynch him, in the pit. / spite o f the law. Groping about he soon found a shallow hole During the day following bis arrest, Marie that had been dug in the side, at a level with was bmught to the grated door of his c111!1 and the bottom. the warden called through: his knife he soon bad a primitive "Prisoner, is this your wife, as she states to cavern excavated of sufficient dimensions to ad us?" mit of bis stowing himself snugly away in it. Cbandos took the cue, as a drowning man Lucky it was, too, for he was barely fixed, clutch at a straw. When he heard Carker above. Yes, she's my wife,'' he answered, gruftly. "Well, nello I" he cried. "How d'ye feel The warden then unlocked the door, and ad-down thar? Ready ter shuffle off yer coil!" mitted Marie, after which he closed it, sa.yi'.'g: "Fire away I" Dick cried, fiercely. "Remember-only ten minutes; so maka the And the next minute a heavy stone was most of it." hurled down into the pit, at which Dick gavo He then marched away. vent to a terrible groan\ after which he kept M arie went over and sat down on the iron mum, and allowed CarK e r to fire the stones bed b eside Chandos. dowu into the pit to smt his convenience. "Well, you've cut a fine caper for a nobleFully ten minutes were occupiOO. in this interman, haven't you?" she said, with sarcasm. estiug ceremony; then the rocks ceased to de-"rm not aware that you are concerned in scend. the matter, madam I" he retorted, with a frown. "Deadwood Dick has bad tbe dead wood "Ob I you needn't be st> independent," M11.rie come on him this tirn11, for sure," Dick beard retorted, "because I'm the only one you have the villain mutter as he leaned 'over and glarerl to look to for help now. If you come to terms, down into the hole. "I'll git the boy, n o w, I it won't take long to get you free. If yon stay reckon, and take him back nearer to town, here another night, you'll be seen dangling to a where he'll !le handier, "!'hen I want to use him." tree, b e fore morning. If you could b ear the Soon after Dick heard the ruffian tramp s entiments expressed on the Qlltside you'd trem away. ble in your boots." Nothing was left for the man-hunter but to 11 What do you think they will do with me -remain where he was, until daylight should enanvhow1" he asked, doubtfully. able him to determine the best way to get out of "Hang you, of course," Marie said, decide0. Marry then I'll a.way to rejoin my bonny CAiamity in me and I will release you, restore to you the our valley bone, never a.gain, I trust, to go little boy, and we will go at once to Castle upon the trail!" Cbaudos." -"You haven't got the boy," the murde CHAPTER XIV. protested warily. "I'm satisfied on that." "I kuow I haven't got bim, but 1 r.an ea fly get him. Carker has got him, and it will be an easy matter for me to get him from him." PLAYING HER CARDS. BELIEVING be bad summarily disposed of bis greatest enemy, Carker was in the best of spirits. when he appeared upo n the streets of Leadville the next morning. To him there not the shadow of a doubt that DeadwoodDick was numbered among the dead; consequently, hav no particular fe'l.r of any one else, he laid aside his disguise, and appeared as his natural self. The excitement over the murder bad materi ally diminished: still the vicinity of the jail was yet thronged, anrl lynching -formed a theme of general conversation. T'ie authorities, therefore, considering the existing state of feeline;, had determined to put otr any hearing of the case until matters had 11 I don't know about that. He is a low il lain and not under your control at all" "I am not mistaken. I am playing my c!u'ds carefully. If I cannot win in oue direction I will iu another. While I am working you lP, C:ark e r i:; doing the sama with Lady CbanJOll. The bug and short of it is, the one who pays the mos t gets the boy, providing you want your lib ertv." Lord Chandos was silent some minut-es. He was considering the case as it appeared to him. On one hand was the law of the Western coun try which he knew o be less merciful than the East. On the other hand, the idea of marr.ving Marie was decidedly repugnant; but could it be

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Dick's Mission. any more disgusting to marry her than it would be terrible to be hung? Mllrie finally grew impatient at bis delay in answering. "Come!" she said "I have only five minutes more. Decide at once, or never. "You aro in a hurry to tread the balls of Castle Chandosi eb1" he replied. "Well, I'll tell you what '11 do, Rnd it is all I will do, I swear. Go you and put Lady Cilandos and Falconer out of the way, first of all, so that in marrying you I can do so legally. Next, get possession of the boy, and then procure my re lease from this jail and my escape to a place of safety. On these conditions only will I wed ton, and give you a marriage present of ten \housanrl pounds." Marie's little French eyes sparkled venom ously. "It's a bargain!" she crierl resolutely. I will set to work at once, and have you out during the <-.oming night, without fail. Mindi there's to be no about this matter." "My word is good!' be replied. "Very well. Here comes the keeper. You be very quiet and all will be well." Marie went from the jail with triumph gleaming in her eyes. Shortly after she had gone Lord Chandos called the warden, and said: If my other wife should make application to see me, positively refuse to admit her, as I do not care to see her .at Bl!." "What! have you two wives'!'' "Yes. Please remember what I say. I do not want tO receive Number Two." "Weill well!" the warden muttered, as he strode away. Later in the day Lady Cbandos approached the jBil, where the warden was standing upon the steps. "If you please, sir, I would like to see my husband, Lord Chandos, who has been arrested for murder," she said, "Sorry, ma'am; but I gratify your wish," the official replied. His !0rdsbip's first wife has been to see him, and he requ<>sted me not to admit any other that came." "Wbnt, sir? My husband bas no wife but me!" Lady Cbandos crie:l, in great astonishment. "Can't help it, mut'n, if be ain't got any. Them's his orders, and they're bound to be obeyed." "'l'hen :vou will not admit me?" "Nixy." "But, 1'11 appeal to the authorities!" "Appeal to the di vii, for all I cares. I runs this hyar place, I does, an' I won't allow no second-wives, to bother his lordship. So, bounce!" Shocked beyond expression, Lady Beatrice wended her way slowly back to the hotel. She was beginning to see through it all. CHAPTER XV. A RED REVELATION, ON bis return to Leadville, Deadwood Dick made his way by an unfrequented route to the hotel where be had left his disguises, and after paytng his bill. took his package, and once more mad.i his way out of town to 11. clump of timber which lay on the stage trail to Oro City. Here he made a caroful and complete change of disguise, the result making him 11. typical swell of the genuine nabob pattern. After inspecting himself in a pocket mirror, he was satis fied that he would pass muster, and accordingly secreted his bundle and returned to town. Almost the first person be met was Nellie Dean, vvho was coming out of a dry goods store, and upon whose face was an expression of anxiety. Was she an:rious about him7 Dick wondered. Something prompted him to test the girl, for in his present disguise be looked really "too ut;. ter for anything," so to speak with his luxmiant blonde side-whiskers, mustacbe and curly hair, to say nothing about a suit of "darling" clothe& that fitt.ed liim most elegantly, and a chapeau that was the Ia.test rage: and his eyes, too, were shaded by nohhy glasses. Doffing bis clfapeau as he met Miss Dean, be pauRed and said: "Aw 1 excuse me, my pretty mi!58, but could you direct a bewildered stranger to the Clarendon'!'' "Indeed, sir, I am a myself, BJ!d could not inform you," Nellie replied, civilly, but by no means pleasantly. "Aw! how fortunate I have met one a stranger like myself. They say misery likes com panionship. Might I have the pleasure of your further acquaintance, divine creature1 It would be one great pleasure to form social acquaint ance with some congenilll spirit." If you are a ,;enLleman, allow me to pass, sir!"Nellie retorled, coldly. "If you want a.c go where they are pienty for the d'l;l(lllg. She endeavored to pass him then, but he blocked the way. "Nellie!" he said, in bis usual voice. She gave a quick start, and a look of glad surprise came over her face. Is it you, Mister Dick? I was never !Lore surprised. I have been greatly worried about you, and I bad a terrible dream last 1,1ight which I cannot shake off, and I am sure some thing terrible is about to happen to Lady Chan dos." She then related how Carker bad attempted to rob the lady, and bow tho real Sir Ferro! had turned uo in the nick of time; also concernin g her ladyship's failure to see Lord Cbandos. "I want you to devote your whole attention to watching over Lady Chandos so that no harm comes to her." "I, too, have a premonition that some peril is overhanging her, and of course it can come from but one of two directions. While you watt'b her I will make another attempt to close this case in a S!ltisfactory way." They then separated, Dick sauntering about town, wide awake to everything that was going on. lle saw one thing that was not unexpected to him-that the real feeling over the murder was growing no less. Most of the advocBtes of lynch law, tioo, were "nerving up" with whisky, It consequent17

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.Deadwood Dick's Mi&11lon. looked as i! Chandos would not pass the night undisturbed. For several hours the disguised Dick strolled about town on tbe watch. Once he caught o. glimpse of Carker, in a crowd across the street, but did n o t care to disturb him just then. Later be so.w Maria in an ice-cream saloon. She bad finished eating, and was figuring or writing upon o. piece of paper. "I wonder if she is up to some new scheme?" was Dick's thought, as he w ent out. "I want C11.rker first-I co.n attend to her later." She was indeed plannin!l out her campaign. "I must spy out the boy s whereabouts Tben, to-night, Lord Chandos must be released. Prior to that, however, comes the disagreeablti attempt to in some manner dispose of LaJ.y Cbandos, and also of Carker, whom I so strangely mistoolr for the real Sir Ferro!. Humph, it's been mixed up all around, in a vf!ry provoking and exciting manner. Who of us two years ago could have conceioved of all this tr .. gedy and comedy1" and the designing woman smiled sardonically. The vision of the splendors of Castle Cbandos, over which she was to reign, was too powerful a magnet to allow her to hesitate as to means to be aEiopted to secure that end, so she decided to act r esolutely and promptly. During tbe afte rnoon she saw Carker in the street, and was successful in corraling himmore than Dick had been able to do. The im postor was evidently surprised to see her. "Come!" she said, "I've great business on hand, and no time for parley. Come wbere we can talk in private, if you want to make money." Like to know what you're up t o?" the rascal growled. If you want the kid, I'll tell ye no! That's my spec' I" "But it must also be equally mine. Give me the custody of the boy, Carker, and I'll make :;rou rich!" Bah! I ain't so badly heeled as it is and when I make a raise from her ladyship, 1 be ready to start into business with a full band." "But I say you can make more by sticking by me. I have everything arranged whereby I alone will soon be Lady Cbandos. Then when Lord Cbandos dies, you stand a good chance of being bis successor, even if you are n o t Sir Fer rol Falconer." "rt won't wash! I consolidate witb nobody. I have done fer my enemy, Deadwoorl Dick and now shall have my own way'. So you'll have to go it alone 1f you outer the race." "You'll regret not joining me!" Marie warned turning away with gall in her heart toward scamp. Carker evidently proposed to play bis own game yet awhile, and risk the results, whatever they might be. Not long after Marie's conversatioo with qim, he sent a. letter to LadyChandos, wllo after reading it, handed it to Sir Ferrol. It was as follows: "I Sll0 it is not worth while to fool with you as I Illtl4ll bslness I'm R'Otng to leave here to-'morro, and you can bet not &'Oln' to tote the boT alom:; with me If I d on't see two thousand dollars lin hand In good United StateS casb by sunset, you'll know that by that time your kid bas gon" tO be an angel. I am bizn ess; so ef you want to negotiate, send answer by the boy who brings this message, and I'll wait on you for the cash, aftr which the boy is yours to command. .. Lovillgly your JE RY CARU:R, .. Sir Ferrol r ead the message with & scowl. Where are you to take the word to1" he de manded of the boy who bad brought the not.a. "I won't give it away," was the prompt' response. "I romised not to tell." Falconer turned to Lady Cbandos, on whose face was an expression of anxiety painful to witness. I would accept t erms," he said. "You will never miss the mone y ; besides, I know the rasca l's nature. He will do just as he promises, for spite, as be bas no care for life, so far as taking it i s concerned." "But what surety have I that I will ever see the child after giving him the money1" "No money must be given him ur:.ti! be pro duces tile child. I guess we can arrange it all right. He a piece of paper and wrote upon it: "All right Come at once." / This h e gave to the boy. "Take it to the men who sent you," he said. Tbe boy nodded and departed. Night had fallen over the city when Carker appeared. -"We ll, you concluded to come to terms, eh1" h e said, as he entered Lady Chados's room. "Yes, conditionally," Sir Fen:ol responded. Carke r started violently at sight of him, but Sir Ferro! gave no sign or expression tllat be had eve r see n the rascal before. "What do you mean1" Carker growled. "Needn't think ye kin come any skin games on me, fer it won't work.'' "No games will be tried. But, befora the money is paid into your bands, we mus t se t eyes on the boy, to be satisfied that everything is square on you r part." "Nixyl Tbat won't work fer a cent," Carker declared. Money in my fist first-then all you've got ter do is foller." Sir Ferro! look ed at Lady Cbandos. "I suppose we'll bf\ve to do it," he SB id. "Put o n yonr wraps, and wben you are ready, pay tbis scoundrel the money. If he attempts to play any games on us then, I'll drop him, H e knows I never fire wild.'' Carker gave a grunt, which was as much as to say that be was aware of Falconer's marks mansbin. La
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Deadwood Dieks Misshn. ing the door. "Reckon got full, an' gone to sleep." He produced a key and unlocked the door, and they entereq. A candle on the stand lit up the room. Before them was a wbicb made them recoil. Stretched upon tbe floor was Carker's ruffian ly ass00iate, Fargo, stone dead. Stuck in bis belt was a piece of paper, with words upon it, rudely scrawled m human blood, It r ead: "Marie came to get the boy, but found this man dead and tbe boy gone." What did it signifyf Carker uttere d a terrible curse. "That she-devil bas been here, bey 1'' be roared. He sprung away up_tbe stairs. "Quil'k I Follow him, or he will escape with the money!" Lady Cbandos and Sir Ferro! darted in bot pursuit, But when he gained the landing above, be heard Carker loop through an open window to the ground, and then run for bis life. After ascertaining that there was no child in 1 the loft, Sir Ferro\ r e join e d Lady Beatrice. "Foiled after all," he said. Do you think the boy bas ever been here, Sir Ferro! t" Yes. I believ e Carker's intentions were sincere; but finding that some one bad s tolen a march on him, he resolved to run ratb!'r than give up the money." What do you make out of the message?" Sir Ferro! took another look at the paper be fore answering. One of two things seems to me sure. Eit.ber Marie came and killed tbe man and stole the child, and left this to turn off suspicion, or your friend Deadwood Dic k did the deed, secured the boy, and put tbis notice here to involve MariA in tbe tragedy." God grant that it may be the latte r way!" Lady Cbandos ejaculated fervently. What is to bedone1'' "I fail to see what more we can do to-night than return to the hotel and await a report from this Deadwood Dick you have told me about. He may throw some light upon the matter in tbe morning." ,.. They left toe shanty and mA.de their way back to town both disappointed and disheartened at the ill-sll1Jcess of their evening adventure. CHAPTER XVI. A SHE-DEVIL'S DEltDS. ll.'f her first move to" ard accomplishing her purpose Marie had signally fa,iled. By some means she had discovered the house where the boy was concealed. Fargo keeping watch and ward below, she was compelled to climb up to the rear window, and thus gain an entrance, which she tlid with wonderful agility. The loft was onlv one room, but bad a large closet, which was locked with new padlocks, Listening at the door she heard the stifled sobs of a child, and knew that little Cavanaugh was there. At the same instant she beard Fargo singing, below, a Bacehanalian song, and moving about. Well she knew she could not pry otf the hasps without noise, nor secure tbe boy until tile guard was silenced. "I'll fix him!" she muttered, a demoniac gleam in her baleful eyes. "Dead men tell n<> tales." She glided down the stairs to take the balfdrunk wretch unawares. His back was toward her and approaching noiselessly, she struck e. t .srrible blow with unfaltering nerve, and he dropped heavily to the floor, dead when he touched it. With face flushed and breath coming in excited gasps, she bounded back up the stairs. A cry of rage escaped her lips then. The closet had been unlocked, and the door stoo one else could have done it.rn quietly. But now it is more important than ever for me to act. promptly. Lord Chandos mus t be got out of that jail to-night, and Lady Chandos and Sir Ferro! must be silen'.!ed. I think I've prepared pretty well for their case. Lady Cbandos, I'll bid you a l o ng adieu!" She too k trom her valise a small package, which when opened proved to be candy wineo drops. "Ah I long life to French chemists for their shr11wd ways of dealing out poison," and the arch-scb&mer smiled. Each one of these contains deadly, tasteless poison e nough to kill tbe most robust person." She then procured a box of similar candies from a shelf. "These are American goods. I will remove the first layer, aud substitute my imported drops in their place. Then the undertaker will have work to do to-morrow." She suited the action to the word, tied: the box up neatly, and wrote upon it in a mas culine band, with pencil: "Respects of D D Boy .All Right." Cunning triumph gleamed in the woman's. eyes. a" she finished her work. That will settle that matter beyond peradventure," she mused, "And now, 8'1 for th& prisoner, I see but one hope, and that lies through me. Tbere will no doubt be an at tempt to lynch Cbandos to-night, and I can see out one chance for bim to escape. I must visit. him and remain in bis place, while he escapes. in my clothing. It's a riskv joh, but it must be tried. If they find it's only me, aftt>r be es capes, they can do nothing more than release me, bec1mse I am guilty of no murder-at least so far as they know." It was a desperate remedy, but she resolved to try it.

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/ SS Deadwood Dick' Mission. the botel, sbe found a boy and gave' him a dollar to take the candies to Lady Chau dos, and say to her that Dick sent them. She then produced from the closet in ber room a number of articles of disguise and a ring of keys to fit handcuffs-when c:..where <>btain ed it would be difficult to say. The warden sat ou the steps of tbe j ail as she approached. "Can I bid my husband good-by?" she asked. "I am going to leave on tbe early morning stage," She slipped a twenty-dollar golrl-piece into his hand, and without a word he admitted her to the jail and to Lord Chandos's cell. "I'll b;; back for you presently,'' he called out as be strode away. "Give me all the time you can," Marie re plied, with an extempori.Zed sob, then turned to Chandos. "'Shi When you leave this jail it must be as me. Do you see? Not a word now, while I prepare yon." With lightning rRpidity she off his beard with a pair of scissors. Than she disrobed berself and he did the same, and they ex changed garments. In five minutes Lord Chandoslookedso nearly like Marie that not one in a hundred would Ila ve noticed the difference in the darkness, the vail being pulled down over his face. Marie, by the aid of false beard, and donnin({ the Englishman's suit, had also made herself resen1ble bis lordship very closely. When the warden came the pair were sobbing very hysterically in each other's arms. "Come! come! you'll have to let up on this!" be cried. "Tragedy won't draw big houses byar. They like fun-ther pure cream o' com edy, such as a lynchin'-bee fer instance. Come, ma'am, you'll have to go out now." Lord Chandos rose mechanically, hut secretly treml>liug that he should make a blunder, aud followed the warden from the jail, the latter letting him out at the rear so that he not have to encounter the rabble that was again collecting in front of the j!Lil. Once outside the jail, Chandos chuckled vil lainously: "Fare thee well, Marie, dear!" he said. "Your loss is mr gain!" CHAPTER XVII. CONCLUSION. THE package of candies that Marie bad sent to Lady Cb11-ndos was received without delay when the part.y at the hotel were together in the parlor-Sir Ferro! and Mr. Cecil, Lady Cho.ados, Li.dy Clare and Nellie, who bad worked her self1 by her simplicity, into the friendship of slL "Why, this is from Deadwood Dick!" L!idy Chando;; announced in surprise. H e is "u c h a nice man. Tbaok God! listen to this. Here is written in pen c il: "Respects of D. D. Boy all right.' Ohl be has got posses;ion of dear little Caviel" A glad expression beame d upon eTery faee t>ut that of Nellie Dean. Her face was as white asdeaih. She rose from her cbair and staggered ao:rose tbe room like one intoxicated, while all gazed upon her in astonishment. She reached the side of Lady Cbandos and gazed down at the writing. with a strange tremor in her frame. "Don't dare-that's Marie's wri-'' sbe gaspe::l, then f ell upon tbe floor in a swoon. Great consternation en,ued. Sir Ferro! seized the box from La,dy Chandos and placed it upon the mantel, while the others raised Nellie and applied restoratives.. Undoing the box, Sir Ferrol examined the conte nts. "By Heaven, I believe we've had a narrow escape from a horrible death I" be cried, "all through the timely warning of this noble girl. I would ooL touch ooe of thooe candies for all in this wide world." "Why, do you think there is poison in them!" Lady Cbandos asked in astonishment. "if my suspicions are not all wrong, there is some devil's dose here, and Miss Nellie, I think, will agree with me wbPn she recovers." In a few minutes Neliie was able to sit up and col!Ac t her scattered senses. "The candy!" was the first thing she faintly articulated. "Is all put away to await an.explanation of your affright," Sir Ferro! said, while Mr. Cecil seemed very much devoted in bis self-appointed duty of fanning Nellie iiack to lifa The girl breathed easier when ske heard Sir Ferrol's words. "I never was more frightened," she said. "It struck me iostaotly what wa, in the box, and that the wi cked woman, Marie, had sent them for a murderous purpos3. I knew it when you read what was written on tbe box, Lady Cban dos, and a sensation of sickening horror came over me lest you should eat one of the !)andies ere I could reach you." 1t is a fortunate thing you were here," Sir Ferro! said, while the ladies embraced Nellie, for otherwi5e I dare say we would all now be sufferhg U'ltold agonies. You shall have your reward for your great service this evening." "You bet 1be shall I" cried Cecil, so impetu ously that all eyes but Nellie's were turned curiously upon him. "The candies have not been proven poisoned yet, and this may really be much ado about nothing!" Lady Clare suggested, and she :eft the room as if Cecil's proximity. to, and evident in terest in, pretty Nellie Dean was of less moment to than something in her own room. 1'be box was left se\erely alone on the man tel, and soon all parties retired to their different apartment. It h!\d been a night of incidents, but it was elected that there should be one more, of a tbrilliog character, ere night's somber mantle lifted from mother earth. Though early in tb9 evening;, a considerable rabble bar! gathered in the vicinity of the jail; but the crowd gradually dispersed, and finally quiet rei gned over the bustling city of ville. But it was the "trange quiet that nsually betokens the outburst of a storm. The town seemed deeply wrapped in slumber'

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Deadwood Dicka Mission. !9 out som e pP.opl e were abroei l, fo r one b y one dusky fi,;ure s b egan t o gathe r o n ce more in the vicinity of the j a il, and the hu s h ed murmur of many voi ce s was ere long beard as the crowd thickene d. Marie, in h e r prison cell, h eard tbe dull B a bel of s ound, and her face blanched white with terror. Were they coming to lync h h e r? W o uld the y lynch h e r when the y found out she was n o t Lord Cbandos? Suppos e the y should out of re venge on h e r for h e r connivance in his esc ape? The thought was torture to h e r wic k ed sin stained and h e r fac e blanched to a deathpallor there in tbe darkness Outside the crowd still grew, but as if it were a prearrange d plan to meet afte r the law-abid people were in bet and handsomest diamond it had ever be e n his fort .uue to s ee "This I will accept as a toke n of r e membrance," he Eaid, in a choked v oice and I'll nev e r forget the ple a sant a cquaintance our mutual adventure s have be e n the m eans of estab li s hing. Wishing you a safe journey across the oc ean, I will bid you all farewell I" He shook bands with them all then, and left the.roo m. In the hall outside, h e came suddenly upon Nelli e D ean, who bad evidently been li s tening. "Ne llie.I" be exc laimed. "Oh I Dick, are you going a wa;v? Shall I n e v e r see you again? she articu.ated, in a hu sky voice, and the n she threw ber arms about his u ec k and '"Shi my child?" be said, c-bi:iingly, but tend erly "This is all wrong Y o u must not be thus affe cted." "But-but what is to b e come of me? Ohl-let me go with you to be y our-your s is t er, Please do n o t say no!" "No, no, N e llie! I cannot do that. You must control y ourself and forg et. H e r e are a th o u sand dollars, which came to m e un expec tedly. Take it as a gift of one wbo bas the greatest re s p ec t for y o u. Go wi t h L a d y Chandos She will gl adly take you, and do w ell b y y ou." H e ki s sed her, tenderly, anrl g ently put her off; then glid e d down th e stairs with the se words ringing in bis ears : "Co me b a ck; Dick I o h c o m e back I" He c ould not g o back-no! for bis mind went bac k t o Calamity a n d the.ii peaceful valle y home, wh ere be yearne d to be o n ce more, in the anticipation of a little D e adwood Dick, to brighten their afte r lives Although the dete ctive s o f Leacrv1lle sought for D e adwood Di c k the y vvrre n ever destined to s ee bim again, and thoug h they sought for Lord Cbandos the y were n o t d e stined to find him, in life, During the evening following Chandos's escape from jail b e hung about the rear of tbe h o tel wh ere the Cband o s F a lconer party W:BW sto pping, awl late at night made an attempt enter a second story room thro ugh the window -for what purpose only himself could say. It chance d to be the proprietor's room, and tbe proprietor chanced to be at h e me. There was a pis tol-sh ot, a groan, a dull thud and-, il e nce. After breakfast, the following morning, the proprietor observed that be had shot a burglar1 about bed-time, and preRlimed likely it woula be wise to send for an undertaker. Search was made, and Lord Cbandos'is bod7 found and recognized.

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Deadwood Dick's Miesion. It was the natural end of a rough and profitfilSs life. Lady Chaudos ordered the remains interred in the Leadville cemetery and shed no tear over that closing scene. It was the passing away from her lips of the bitter cup. A week later, after hard dodging and trailing on their respective parts, Carker Dead wood Dick confronted each other m a wild mountain pass. The Seaport ruffian .and impostor was lying on the ground, partly paralyzed fIonl"'&fall, and was near to death. True to bis manly instincts, Dick set assiduously to work to give the s ufferer all possible aid, and succiieded in getting him quieted down into a subdued and repentant spirit. Before he died, Dick talked so kindly to him that the wretch cried like a baby, and offered up a sineere and feeling prayer to the .Almighty to not judge him too harshly for his sins and transgressi ons. .After he died Dick laid him away in a mountain cave, and with a feeling of sadness and joy commingled turned westward, eit route for bis home, whel'0 Calamity shone as the bright particular star! The Chandos party returned to England in safety, never to forget their wild American ex perience. While it is probable that Sir Ferro! and Lady Chandos will soon marry, it is al!o not improb able that Mr. Cecil will lead pretty Nellie to the altar for she had been adopted by the lady as her companion, and proved her worthiness of all the love showered upon her. Lady Clare reigns as a belle of London society, a bright, gay, girl, wbo will make a brilliant match, and reign as society queen in a very aristocratic circle. THE END, BEADLE AND ADAMS' -Dime Hand-Books. Young People's Series. Ladies' Letter-Writer. I Book of Games. Gents' Letter-Writer Fortune-Teller. Book of Etiquette. Lovers' Casket. Book of Verses. Ball-room Companion. Book of Dreams. Book of Beauty. Hand-Books of Games. Handbook of Summer Sports. ilook of Croquet. I Yachting and Rowing. Chess Instructor. Riding and Driving. Cricket and Football. Book of Pedestrianism. Gulde to Swimming. Handbook of Winter Sports-Skating, etc. Manuals for Housewives. 1. Cook Book.. 4. Family Physician. 2. Recipe Book. 5. Dressmaking and Mll S,..Housekeeper's Gulde. linery. above bQOks are so ld by newsdealers everywhere, or will be sent. post-paid, to any address, on receipt of price. ten cent.a each. BEni.s AnAJIS, Publilihers. 98 WiUiam &, N. Y, BEADLE AND ADAMS' STANDARD DIME PUBLICATIONS Speakers. The Dime Speakers embrace twenty-five volumell viz.: 1. America1;1 Speaker. 15. Komikal Speaker. 2. National Speaker, 16. Youth's Speaker. 3 Patriotic Speaker. 17. Eloquent Speaker. 4. Comic Speaker. 18. Haff Columbia Speak 5. Elocutionist. er. 6. Humorous Speaker. 191 Serio-Comic Speaker. 7. Standard Speaker. 20. Select Speaker. 8. Stump Speaker. 21. Funny Sneaker. 9. Juvenile Speaker. 22. Jolly Speaker. 10 S:(>readEagle Speaker 23. Dialect Speaker. 11. Drme Debater. 24. Recitations and Read 12. Exhibition Speaker. ings. 13. School Speaker. 25. Burlesque Speaker 14. I,udicrous Speaker. These books are replete with choice nieces for the School-room, the Exhibition, for Homes, etc. 75 to 100 Declamations and Recitations in each book. Dialogues, The Dime Dialogues, each volume 100 pages, em brace thirty-six books, viz.: Dialogues No. One. Dialogues No. Nineteen. Dialogues No. Two. Dialogues No. Twenty. Dialogues No. Three Dialogues No. Twenty-one. Dialogues No. Four. Dialogues No. Twenty-two. Dial()gues No. Five. Dialogues No. Twenty-three. Dialogues No. Six Dialogues No. Twenty-four. Dialogues No. t:leven. Dialogues No Tweny-tlve. Dialogues No. Eight. Dialogues No. Twenty-six. Dialog1
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