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No. 48. DO\V'N IN A COAL MINE. H y Of,U S f,EIJ'I'll. A SERIES OF THE MOST THRILLING DETECTIVE STORIES EVER PUBLISf!ED l SINCLE I NUMBER. f GEORGE MUNRO PlJBLlSHEil, Nos 17 to 27 VANDEWATER STREET, NEW Yomt. Old Sleuth Library, Issu e d Quarterly.-By Subscription Fifty Cent per Annum. Entered at the Post Offic e at New York at Second Cla Rates.-M arch 29, 1890. Copyrighted in 1678, by Geor11:e Munro. OR, 5 PRICE ( I 0 C .ENTS.5 Vol. III. THE MYSTERY OF THE FIRE DAMP. :SY OLD SLEUT::S:. "The1e'll lie blood s11illed tonigltt, Ralston, unless sometltiug is done to pacify the men," said Sandie. NEW YORK: GEORGE MUNRO, PUBLISHER,. 17 TO 27 VANDEWATER STREET.

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MUNRO'S PUBLICATIONS. 11ltt Jtutf d]t ." \Jlad)jolgrnbe !Bede finb in brr l:>eutfd)m ibrart) erfd)imeu: 1 Der Kaiser von Prof. G. Ebers.... . ..... . . . 20 82 Benvenuto von Fanny Lew&ld.. ... ... .... ..... JO 151 Die Claudier. Roman v. Ernst Eckstein........ ;)(:> Somosierra von R. Waldmllller ............ 10 83 Pessimisten von F von Stengel. .... ............ 20 152 Eine Verlorene von Leopold Kompert .... : ..... Ill" 3 DasGeheimnissderaltenMamsell. Roman von 84 Die Hotdame der Erzherzogln von F von Witz-153 Luginsland. Roman von Otto Roquette ...... . : E. Jl!arlitt........... . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 leben-Wendelstein . . . . . . . . . .. . . . 10 JM Im Baune dl'r M11sen von W. Heim burg........ JC> 4 Qulsisana vou Fr: Spielbagen.. ... ..... .. . .. JO 85 E in Viertelblungen von E Marlitt.......... JO J56 Die Colonie von Friedrich Gerstlicker... . . . 2(' 6 Die Hand der Nemesis von E A. Konig ... .... 20 87 Der Erbe von Martella von A. Dom............. 20 157 Deutsche Liebe. Roman v. M. Mliller.......... JC> T Amtmann's Magd v. E Marlitt .... . ......... 20 88 Vom armen egyptischen Mann v. Hana Wacben 158 Die Rose von D e lhi von Fels Erste Hlitrte . 2<> 8 Vinet& von E Werner .... -......... . . . . . 20 busen... ....................................... JO 158 Die Rose von Delhi v o n Fels. Zweite Hlilrte. 2() 9 Auf der Rlimmingsburg von M. Widdern........ JO 89 Der gol dene Schatz aus d e m dreissigjlihrige n J59 Debora. Roman von W. MUiler.... ... ...... .. JC> 10 Das Haus Hillel von Max Ring .................. 20 Krieg v. E. A. Konig .......................... 20 160 Eine Mutter v. Friedrich Gerstlicker .......... 2C> 11 Gilickaur von E. Werner...... ................ 10 90 Das Fraulein von St. Amarautbe von R. von 161 Friedhofsblume von W von Hillern...... . . . JC> J2 Golde lse von E. Mariitt. .. . . . . . . . . . . 20 Gottschall ..................................... 10 J62 Ne.ch der ersten Liebe von K. Frenzel.... . . . ro J3 Vater und Sohn von F. Lewald....... ....... .. . JO 9J De1 Flirst von Montenegro v. A. Winterfeld.... 20 163 Gebannt u. er!Ost v. E Werner................. 20 14 Die Wtlrger von Paris von C. Yacano'. ........ 20 9-i Um ein H e rz von E Fal k . .................... JO 1 6 1 Uhlenhans. Roman von Fried. SJ>ielhagen .... 20 J5 Der Diamantschleifer von R osenthal-Bonin'.. . 10 93 Uarda von Georg Ebers......................... 20 J65 Klj'tia. Roman von G. Taylor ............. :.... 2<> 16 Ingo und Inl:'raban von Gustav Freytag........ 20 94 In der zwolften Stunde von Fried. Spielbagen 10 J 16667 MDa1.eyoH.erEr1!"2n,iivh0h0rnig1.vc.bpste. L 1 .0invdoanu F. .H en k:e l. . . .. !! J7 Eine Frage von Georg Ebers.. ... . . . .. . ... JO und Ebbe und Fiuth von M. Widderu.... . : b ...., J8 Im Paradiese von Paul Heyse........ .. . . . . 20 95 Di e von Hohenstein von Fr. Spielbagen. Erste J68 Die Saxoborussen von Same.row. Erste Hiilfte 2<> 19 In beiden Hemispiliiren von Sut.-o.. ............ JO Hlilfte 20 J68 Die SaxoboruMen von Samar ow. Zweite Hiilfte 20' 20 Gelebtundgelitt.envonH. Wachenllnsen ....... 20 69 S GE 21 Die Eichbofs von M. von Reichenbach.. . .. JO 95 Die von Hohenstein von Fr. Spielhagen. Zweite 'E: ...... -.: :i-i Kinder d e r Welt von P. Heyse. Erste Halfte.. 20 96 und. i8 !71 Die Kreuzfahrer. Roman von Felix Dahn..... 21) 22 Kinder der Welt von P Heyse. Zweite Halfte .20 97 Im Hause des Commerzien-Ratbs von Marlitt... 20 17"2 Der Erbe von Weideuhof von F. Pelzeln........ 20 23 Bllrmssele von Berthold Auerbach..... . . . . JO 98 Helene von H. Wachenhusen und Die Prinzes-173 D.ie Reise nach dem Scbicksal v. Franzos,..... 11> Das Nest der Zannkonige von G. Freytag..... 20 sin v. A. . . . .. . JO 174 Villa Schonow. Roman v. W. Raabe... . . ... JO 25 FrUhlingsboten von E. Werner.................. JO 99 Aspasia von Rooert Hammerhng. ... . . ... . . 20 175 Das Vermachtniss v. Eckstein. Erste Hlilfte ... :lO 26 Zelle No. 7 von Pierre Zacone. ,. . . . . . . . 20 JOO Ekkehard v. V ic to 1 v. Scbel'fel......... . ....... 20 J75 Das Vermiichtniss v. Eckstein. Zweite Hlilfte. 20 27 Die junge .Frau v. H. ... ..... . 20 JOl Ein Kampf um Rom v. F Dahn. Erste Hlilfte.. 20 J76 He1-r und Fra11 Bewer von P. Lindau......... JO 28 Buchenhe1m von Th. v. Varnbliler .. . . . . . 10 101 Eio Kampf urn Rom v :F. Dahn. Zweite Hli l fte 2(1 J77 Die Nihilisten vou .Joh. Scherr........ .......... JO t/1;9 Auf der Bahn des :Verbrechene v. E A. Konig . 20 102 a on Berth Ane be.cl 20 JIS Die Frau mit' den Karfunkelsteinen von E. 30 Brigitta von Berth. Auerbach.... . . . . . . . JO z v r 1................... M r """ I h t E M rtt 20 108 on der Erde zum Mood von J Verne......... JO ar 1tt. . . ... . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . ,., 3 1 Im Sclli lings o v. ar 1 .... ....... ........ J04Der l'odesgr.uss de1 Leglonen von G. Same.row 20 179 Je\ta. Von George Taylor .... ............ .... 20 32 Gesprengte Fesseln v. E. Werner............... JO J05 Reise um den Mond VOii Julius Verne.. . ..... JO JSO Die Stieftochter. Von J. Smith ... :.... . . . . ro 83 Der He1duck von Hans Wacheuhusen...... .. . 20 JOO FUrst und Musikei von Max Ring 20 161 Au der Heilquelle. Von Fried. Spieihagen. . . 21) 84 Die Sturmhexe von Grlitln M. Keyserling...... JO 107 Nena Sahib v. J. Retcliffe. Erste; ;,.rid:::::::: 20 Jtt.l Was der Todtenkopf erzlihlt, von Jokai...... . 20 85 Das Kind Bajazzo's von E A. Konig ........... 20 lO'i Nena Sahib von J: Retc lil'fe. Zweiter Band .... 20 J83 D<'r Ziireunerbaron, v o n Jokui.. .... ........... JO 86 Die Brlider vom deutschen Hause von Gustav 107 Nena Sahib' von J. Retcliffe. Dritter Band ..... 20 J84 Himmliscbe u. irdische Liebe, von Paul H e y s e 20 Freytag ..................... 20 108 Reise nach dem Mittelpunl 50 Beweirte Zeiten vo n Leon Alexandrowitsch .... 51 Um Ehre und Leben von E. A. Konig .......... 52 Aus einer kieinen Stadt v. Gustav Freytag .... 53 Hildegard v<>n Ernst v. Waldow .............. . 20 122 und Sohn von August Godin. . ........ JO 197 Das Vermiichtniss Ke.ins, von Sacher-Ma.s och. 2<> J23 Das Baus des Fabrikanten v. Samarow....... 20 Zweite Blilfte ................................ 54 Dame Orange von Hans Wachenhnsen ...... .. 55 Johannisnacht von M. Schmidt .... ........... 56 Angela von Fr. Spiel ha.gen .................... 57 Falsche Wege von J v. Brun-Be.rnow ......... f8 Versunkene Welten von Wilh. Jensen: ........ 124 Bruderpflicht nnd Liebe von Schlicking. ....... 10 198 Frau Venus. von Karl Frenzel........... . .... 2() JO J25 Die.Roml'rfahrt der Epigonen v. G. Samarow. 199 Eine Viertelstunde Vater, von F. W. Hackllinder JI) 20 Erste Balfte......... . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Heimatkl1UJg, von E. Werner...... . .. . . . J0-10 .J25 DJe Romerfahrt der Epigonen v. G. Samarow Herzenskrisen, Roman von W. Heil)1hurg . .... 21> 20 Z weite Halfte ........... :... ....... .. . . . . 20 OOl Die Sch western, Roman von G. Ebers...... . . 20 59 lJ!e Wobnungssncller von A. von Winterfeld . 60 Eine Jlliliion von E. A Konig ... .............. 126 Porkeles and Porkelessa von J. Scherr.......... 10 203 Der Egoist, von E. Werner..... ..... .. . . . . 1() 127 Ein FriedensstOrer von Victor Bllithgen nnd Salvatore, von Ernst Eckstein....... .......... 20 6J Das Ske!et vo n F. Spielhagen und Das Frolen Der h Pim lich e Gast von R. B.vr .......... ..... 20 Lumpenmllllers Lieschen, von W Heimburg .. 20 128 Schone Frauen v R. Edmund Hahn....... .... JO 206.Das einsame Haus, von AdolfStreckfus.. . . 21) 129 Bakchen und Thyrsostrliger von A. Niemann.. 20 207 Die verlorene Handschrift, von Gustrv Freytag J30 Getrennt. R oman von E. Polko ............. ... 10 Erste Hlilfte ...... : ................... ..... .... 21) J31 Alte Ketten Roman von L. Schlicking........ 20 'WI Die verlorene Handscnrift, von Gustav Freytag J32 Ueber di e Wolken v. Wilhelm Jensen .......... 10 Zwcite Hiil(te ................................ 20 lo 133 Das (jold des Orion von H Rosenthal-Bonin.... JO 208 Das Eulenhau!)., von E. Marlitt ....... ;.. .. . . . 21) J34 Um den Halhmond von Same.row. Erste Hlilfte. 20 2C9 Des .Herzens ltolgatha, Roman von Hans Wahe.us von Gustav. zu Putlitz. .. . ... ... . . .. 10 62 Soll und Haben v. G. Freytag. Erste Hlilfte ... 20 62 Soll und He.hen v. G. F reytag. Zweite Hlilfte 20 63 Schloss !'lrlinwald von Charlotte Fielt.. .. . . .. 10 64 Zw ei Kreuzherren von Lucian Herbert........ 20 65 Die Erlebnisse einer Schutzlosen vo n K. Sutro-Schlicking ..... ....... ... .......... ....... 66 D!is Haideprinzesschen .von E. MB;rlitt ......... 67 Die Geye r-Wally von W1lh. von H1llern ....... 68 ldealisten von A. ReinO\V .... .................. 69 Am Altar von E. Werner ...................... 70 Der Konig der Luft von A. v. Winterfeld ... . 7J )IIoschko von Parma v. Karl E. Franzos ....... 72 Schuld nnd Slihne von Ewald A. Konig ...... . 20 JO 20 10 20 Jo 20 Ta In Reih' und Glied von Fr. Spielhagen. Erste Hlilfte ._..................... . . . . . . . . 20 73 In Reih' und Giied von Fr. Spielhagen. Zweite Hlilfte. .... .. . ... . . .. . . . ... ......... .. 20 74 Gebeimnisse einer kleinen Stadt von A. von Winterfeld . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 75 Das Landhaus am Rhein v. B. Auerbach. Erste Hlilfte........................................ 20 75 Das Landhans am Rhein von B. Auerbach. Zweite Hllifte ...... ...................... : . 20 76 Clara Vere von Friedrich Spielhagen. . . . . . 10 77 Die Frau Blirgermeisterin von G. Ebers. .. . . 20 78 Aus eigener Kraft von \Vilh. v. Hillern. ... .. .. 20 79 Ein Kampf nm's Recht von K .Franzos. .. . . 20 80 Prinzessin Schnee von Marie Widdern ....... '.. 10 81 Die zweite Frau von E. Marlitt . . . . . . . . 20 134 Um den Halbmond v. Same.row ZweiteHalfte 20 chenhusen....... . .. . .. ..... . .... . . .. 00 135 Troubadour-Novellen von P. Heyse.... ... . . . 10 2JO Aus dem l,P,ben meinor <en Freundin, von 136 Der Schweden-Schatz von H. Wachenhusen.... 20 W. Heim burg.................. ....... . . . 20 137 Die Bettlerin vorn Pont des Arts und Das Bild 211 Die Gred, Roman von G. Ellers. Erste Hlilfte.. 2() des Kaisers von Wilh Haul'f................ .. 10 211 Die Gred, Roman von G. Ebers. Zweite Hlilfte 20 t:lS J\Iodelle. Hist. Roman von A v Winterfeld.... 20 212 'l'rudchens Heirath, von Wilb. Reim burg...... 20 139 Der Krieg um die Hau be von Stefanie Keyser. JO 2J3 Asbein. von Ossip Schubin...... .... ......... 21> HO Numa Ro11mestan v Alphonse Daudet... .. . . 20 214 Die von E. Werner.... . . ..... ...... 20 141 Spiitsompier. Novelle voo C. von Sydow und 2J5 Nero, von E. Eckstein. Erste Hlilfte.......... 20 Engelid, Novelle v. Balduin Mollhausen ...... 10 215 Nero. von E. Eckstein. 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DOWN IN A COAL -MINE. D y 01. n s 1.m1 11. A SERIES OF THE :.'HOST THRILLING STORIES EVER PUBLISHED. N o 48 { SINCLE I NUMBER. f GEORGE MUNRO, PUBLISHER, Nos. 17 t.o 'rl VANDEWATER 811axs-r, NEW Yomt. 5 PRICE ( l 10 CENTS.5 Val. III. Old Sleuth Library, Issued Quarterly.-By Subscription, Fifty CeotR per Annum. Entered at the Post Office at New York at Second Class Rates.-March 29, 1890. Copyrighted lo 1673, by George Munro. DOWN IN A COAL. MINE; OR, THE MYSTERY OF THE FIRE DAMP. CHAPTER I. "THERE'LL be blood spilled to-night, RaJ. ston, unless something is clone to pacify the men!'' Tl;e person adciressed-who was lhe boss of the rooa1-at the mouth of the shaft, glanced at the anxious face of the speaker wilh an air of surprise, ns he said: "What makes you think so, Carmichael?" "How can a man think differently, and use his eyes aml ears?" Tlie look of surprise upon the engineer's face turned into one of undisguised suspicion, as he fastened his eyes keenly upon Carmichael, and Mid abrnplly: "Look, my man, I don't understand this!" "Don't undcrsland what?" "I don't undersland you!" Well, I ain't the subject of conversatio n just now. I tell you there's trouble and you had better heed my warning, or there'll be blood shed before mornrngl" "Are you escaped jail-bird, Carmichael?" said the engineer, as he laid down his oil-can, and looked straight into the eyes of the former. A startled look of terror flashed out from be neath the visage-of the miller's.face, as he replied, wllh nervous earnestness : "Tut, man, what busine.s is it o' thine, whal I be?" "No business, probably, Sandie Carmichael; but it's a suspicious circumstance, when a nian who has all along used the of the miner, suddenly speaks in as fine English as a gentleman." "Ye have no right to question or suspect me, since I have always performed my duty, Jack Ralston!" But you must admit that the fact I have just meotioned is very suspicious." "It's none o' thy business, if it be; I have t!1ken my life in my hands, to warn you of com ing danger. Ye can heed it, or disregard it; my conscience is clear I" "I do intend to take heed," Ralston said; "and you must excuse words which were prompted bl' sudden surprise. Come, man," he added, make a confidant of me, and you may 8ecure a friend." If you suspect me, you would not readily believe a reasonable explanation?" "I might." B Y OLD Circumstances, in which was mingled no crime. drove me to become a miner, and I thought not to excite lhe en v,y of my fellow workmen by seeming to be l.Jeller than they." "Here's a hand, my good man; I believe you are a true-hearted fellow. I know that you meant to act a true man's part just now; the manager is already on his guard." And ye knew that the men were growling and threatening?" "We did. At this instant a shadow was thrown through the open win
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4 the workmen should be admitted to his pres ence. Failing to see the manager personally, andie bad watched an opportunity, and ad dressed the engineer, as related in the opening paragraphs of our tale. After the interview. as described, Sandie sauntered down toward the road, determined to make a second attempt to see the manager . The fearful secret which he held burned upon bis brain like a consuming fire; he knew that every moment was precious; he had intended to tell what he had learned to the engineer, but the appearance of the tell-tale shadow upon the wall robbed him of his opportunity. One word which might be ove.rheard would make him a marked man, and his life would not be worth a groat. Sandie was no coward, nor did he fear to lose bis life in a good and humane endeavor to save the Ii ves of others, as will be fully demonstrated before the full details of this story are finished; but he did not wish to cast his life away need lessly, and without accompli"shing the object for which he intended to risk it; and this was why his secret was unspoken, and he was driven away from his purpose for the present by the shadow, the substance of which he was fortu nately warned in time, was not far distant, and was evi dently upon his track. He had but just turned into the road; and had proceeded but a few paces, when he felt a heavy slap upon his back. He turned quickly and warily, and found himself face to face with a tall, brawny fellow, named Brad. This latter was a fierce, brutish, turbulent fellow, the bully and terror, when mad, of bis fellow-workmen. He had been nicknamed Thumping Brad, owing to a fashion he )lad of closing the majority of all of his addresses to his companions with a fearful thump upon the back or shoulder. Halloo, Brad!" said Sandie," is that you?" "Ay, it's me, an' none other, Mr. Sneak!" Two bright, red spots tinged the smut-covered face of Sandie, as he answered tartly: "Be careful, Thumping Brad, to whom vou throw your foul names, lest thee may throw an insult to the wrong chap, my man!" Blast ye for just what I called ye, Sandie Carmichael; thou'rt a Rneak! an' that o' the first water!" Get thee tlry way, Brad; I'd not quarrel wi' thee!" "Nay, but thou dursn't quarrel wi' me, nor wi' any other good man; thou'rt not bold enough; there be too much o' the whelp in thy breed! I told thee thou wert a cur, man! an' now I tell thee tbou'rt worse!" Why do you seek to quarrel wi' me? I am not meddling wi' thee!" "Ay, but thou'rt not meddl!ng alone wi' me, but wi' all o' the men that are disgraced by working on the same gang wi' thee!" How so? If 'tis true what you say, it's unbeknown to me!" Then, what didst thou with Jack Ralston, the engineer?" Show me that it's business o' thine, an' I will tell.'' No, but I'll show thee a much better trick than that shortly." During this excited conversation, the two men had slowly moved along the road, and at the instant Thumping Brad gave utterance to bis last threat, they bad reached a part of it whfch wound along beside a steep cliff, at the base of which struggled along its rocky bed a rapid stream which was supplied from the mountain which arose away from the opposite side of the road. Suddenly Brad grasped his companion by the boulder, exclaiming: "Thou'lt go no further, man, until I know whal was thy business with the engineer." Take your hand off me, Brad, or it will not g o well with thee, big and strong as thou art!" Ay, and dost thou threaten a man like me, t hou spoouy offspring o' a strumpet! These latter words, including the fearfully foul epithet applied to bis mother, had but just left Brad's lips, when Sandie, who was till now striving to draw himself away, stopped suddenly and dealt his wanton insulter a power ful slap upon bis cheek. Surprise and rage struggling for the mastery was expressed upon Brad's countenance as, with a fearful yell, he sprung forward, and attempted to seize Ins gallant chastiser by the throat. Keep back, thou bully, or I'll deal thee worse than thou hast received!" cried Sandie, DOWN IN A COAL MINE. as he backed away from his opponent's excited grasp. at Sandie, with a vengeful light in bis inflamed eyes, he said, in a low, hoarse mutter: "Ye hev my promise, Sandie Carmichael, CHAPTER II. but that bides but this day. I'll re11quMe with thee yet, man, so tbou'rt warned to heed thyAs Sandie called out for his ruffianly compan self." ion to keep bac;k or he would deal more hardly ;o I would not have au enemy, Thumping with him, Brad exclaimed: Brad, could I do aught to avoid, but if it so "Blast ye, man! I'll have thy life for the must be that thou and I must live with a bad blow ye gave me!" spirit between us, I am thankful for the warn" Not mine, Brad, as long as I have an arm ing thou hast given me; thy words mark thee as to defend myself," replied Sandie the so I throw back to tliee th[ warn" Then defend thy head 'gainst that!" And Ing. l would bid thee also mind thysel for as Brad dealt a ponderous blow at Sandie; but iti-thou hast but just learned, to thy sorrow and stead of receiving it beside his bead, as was in mortification, I'm not orie to be any man's foot : tended, the latter threw up his arm scientificalball!" ly, and stopped the blow. Again and again "Ay, I so learned, and I'll not rest until Brad tried to strike, but each time was foiled I've cleared me of this defeat, by proving my by the opposing armof bis less powerful but self the better man o' the two in the end; so more supple opponent, who only acted upon goodday to thee. Sandie Carmichael, thou and the defensive, and kept backing away, hoping I w111 meet again, lest thou'rt the dog I first that his antagonist would tire out and desist, took thee to be, an' shalt git thee gone through but as each succeeding blow failed, Brad befear o' me." came more furious, and finally, with a horrible 1 know the latter would please thee best; oath and a yell like a maniac, he sprung for-Thumping Brad, so that thou couidst have a ward to close with Sandie. So sudj]enly did he fair chance to boast of thy prowess, with none mak
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cheek as she said hotly : "Can't a miner be a ge ntlemq,n, pray? "You silly girl, go into the house at once, said Aunt Susan, half angr ily ; the n turning to Sandie, she said impatiently : Well, what do you want?" "I wish thee'd tell me when the super int end ent will return." I can't tell you; he may not be home for a week yet." "Don't tell me that He will be loose in the minPs before that time!" involuntarily ex claimed Saudie. At this instant a scream of terror was he a rd within the house when, without answering Santlie's la s t remark, Aunt Susan rushed in, l eav ing the miner to wonder whether anything had happened to that angel-faced, sweet-voiced young cre a ture who had called him a gentleman. CHAPTER III. DOWN IN A COAL MINE. and was hlinded to the more excellent qualities whicb they possessed, and which predominated. One week previous to the opening of our story, her niece. an orphan, and the only child of her brother who had died in California, had come on from the Golden City to reside perma nently with her and her brother, the latter hav ing been appointed guardian and the sole exec utor of the estate which had been left by his brother ; and this orphan niece was the beauti ful young girl who had dazzled the sight of the miner upon bis first approach, and who had irritated her aunt by calling him a gentleman. first address to Sandie, when she had sufficiently recovered from the shock after the comprehension of the significant meaning of his last words, were more considerate and less impatient. She said: Have you come to threaten, or as a friebd to warn Mr. Loder?" I have come as a friend." "Well, what have you to communicate? If I de e m it of sufficient importance, I .will tele -.A.s previous ly intim a ted, th e re was a my ste ry grap h for my brother at once." su rrounding Sandie Carmichael. As far as his "I think you hadst bett e r do so, then, l ady, fe llow workmen were concerned, the mystery for I can assure thee that the dang,r is immi cons i s ted only in his unvarying exclusiveness, neut.'' and owin g to this exclusiveness, those who "Tell me why you think so?" would have been apt an d able to detect some"Well, I must tell thee, then, in confidence, thing beyond this peculiarity saw little of him. but thou canst rely upon what I tell thee. The Rt1lston, who was quite an inte lli ge nt man, had m _en a re greatly exasperated, an' there have been observed that th ere was a cause for this strange emissaries from the Carbondale and other dis ac ti o n more than appeare d upon the surface; lricts, an' they have added fuel to the flam es; and as it is natural in the majority of cases for and along wi' that, Thumping Brad, who at all man to put the worst construction upon his times is a n evil-disposed man, has been secretly fellow-man's acts, it was so in this case; an d and constantly working to incre a se the men 's up to the mornin g of the day that he had been dissatisfaction and incit e them to some deed of addressed by Sandie in rel a tion to ".trouble violence; and from a conversation I overheard among the workmen, he had looked upon him yeste reen I am convinced that he has succeed as a prob ab le c riminal who was biding from ed, and at any moment an outbreak may be ex, the officers of the law. But that conversation peeled. To-morrow, if thee will. rememb e r i s led Ralston to tbiak otherwise, and he made up pay-day, and when the men get inflamed with his mind to seek the man's friend s hip nnd conliquor two or three such scamps as Brad can fidence, for he was now convinced th a t he h ad incite th em to any deed of violence. a hi s tory, and conclutled, a lso, that it was not a my lady, is the truth, nu' I think the peril common or ordinary on e either. is g reat." Had Ralston been present when Aunt Susnn For some moments Susan Loder was lost in rebuked h e r niece for <:ailing him a gentleman, thought; at length she said, at the same time and seen the strange look which, for a mofastening her eyes keenly upon the face of San ment, illuminat ed the miner's face, he would die: have been still more mystified, and have experi"Can you be trusted to carry a dispatch to enced a g r eate r anxiety to le arn more of hi s the town, and see that it is sent off?" previous hi s tory. I will pledge my life, my l ady, to do faith-It was some five minutes before Aunt Susan full whatever you may require." r e turned to the piazza, after having been called "I think I can trust you; but where is Mr. into the house by the scream. Durin g thi s inTilton, the assistant mana ge r?" t e rval S a ndie stood nervou s ly the dirt He left the mines Inst nigllt, sol h ave been in the pathway with the toe of his boot, while told, to attend the fun era l of a r e lative. ever and anon h e would look anxiously toward "And Mr. Ral s ton, the engineer?" the hou se, plainly betraying his readin ess to "He is aware th at the men are dissatisfied, rush in and be of service if necessary. but doe s nut know the danger which moment Looking at him scornfully, she said: arily threa tens him " Well, haven't y ou gone yet?" "w ould yon oblige me by going to the shaft I have not, lady. I am anxious to know and conveying a message to Mr. Ralston?" definitely at what time you expect Mr. Loder "I would willingly do so, but it would he to return ?" dangerous If I could ad vise thee lad y it "I told you once that I did not know You would be better to let me go with the diepatch men from the mines are get tin g v ery trou bleat once, and avoid los s of time. some of late." .Again Aunt Susan thought for a moment, "An' I f ea r tha t more l a t ely they are getting and a t len g th eaid: dangerous, my lady." "Well, I will trust you, and w.ill g o at once Instantly the face of the woman became and write a dispatch." deathly pale : she had noticed the earnest and I In a few moments Miss Loder returned, and solemn manner in which the miner bad spo ken, what she had written to Sandie, she and a wild thrill of terror trembled throu gh her gave him specific directions, and concluded heart as she comprehended the import of his I with the inquiry: words. Do you think th e re is any danger to be apAunt Susan \vas the manager's maiden sister; prehended to -night?" she was a resolute woman, about five-and-forty "No, not until a!ter the men are paid off toyears of age, who had come to keep h o u se for morrow." her brother upon the d eat h of his wife, some "But if my brother does not return they will twelve years previous; and the twelve not be paid." y ears that she had lived with him she bad "They will take the a fternoon for a holiday, passed through many scenes of sorrow and at any rate, an' their not being paid will make peril. Three children, in quick succession, I them th e more violent and quarrelsome." had followed th eir mother to th e grave, and th e Well, you are right; a nd you shall not lose eyes of each of these dear little ones had been I anything for your good conduct. Now speed closed by this faithful woman. Then, agaiu, thee to the town ; here is money to pay your she had ministered for months beside her I livery hire." brothe r's sick-bed after he had been brought "Tb.auk you, lady," said Sandie, humbly home to her one niO"ht, bleeding and mangled I and he turned away. by some parties who had never been discovered. Five hours subsequent to the pnrting between Beneath her sharp, brusque, impatient manner I Sandie and the mana ge r's s i stir, th e former was was hidden a truly noble disposition, and wh e n driving along slow ly toward the village, after r ea l troubles came, this woman, who could be having performed his e rrand s uccessfully, wh en, eas ily irritated by a mere tritle, would become just as he came to a p l ace where the mountain as patient and as the most self sacritorr e nt bad cut a narrow gorge, the hottom of ficing heroine. She haa one wenkness marting which, now dry, was on a level with the road l1e r otherwise noble character-she h a d an unhe wns suddenly start led by see in g the shadow warranted di s like and contempt for miners. of a man thrown across his way, directly in Without s topping to study causes and effects, front, as the moon for a moment shot over a she looked upon them as ignorant and turbulent, clear space between two rapidly drifting clouds. 5 Clapping his hand in his pocket, he drew forth a pistol, and jerking his horse up suddenly he leaped from his wagon and with weapon ready cocked, said, in a calm, steady voice: Who goes there?" CHAPTER IV. "HIST!" called a' low voice, as Sandie ad vanced toward his horse's head. "Old Joe i s miner's friend!" continued the voice. "Oh, is that you, Joe? Alack, man but you gave me a great st.art stealing out so steal thil y from the mouth of. that gorge." Injun is miner's friend; miner was kind to Injun, gave Injun bread; miner's life is in dan ger, Injun come to tell him!'! "Aha! that is how the land lays. i s it, J o e? Well, I am under obligation to the e man, certainly." "Mine1 gave Joe bread, and Joe is miner's friend." Speak out, man. From what quart er comes the danger?" This afternoon, Joe l ay asleep at the s he bang; miners come in two, three, mor e come; by and by they all thought Injun was drunk and asleep-couldn't hear nothing; Injun. al ways s l eep with one eye open, never closes both eyes. Miners have a talk, they say Sandie i s an informer, a spy. Thumping Brad he told them so; then the miners got mad, and swo re vengeance, and make a plan to kill you. and then they will go to the house of Mr Lode r and burn it." Prithee, man but this is fearful n ew s ye have brought!" "Joe was not a sleep; Injun heard it all ; min e rs was drunk;." Do the y know that I am upon thi s ro a d to night?" "Yes; and they are ambushed for you up near the shaft of the old burned coa l min e "That is certainly an excell e nt place to s elect for the commission of murder!" "Yes; road goes through the m ountains there white man couldn't escape nohow " And y ou say man th at after th ey have murdered me it i s their intention to burn the superintende nt's house down?" "That is what th ey agreed upon; Injun heard them." How did they know I was coming this road?" Thumpin g Brad had a spy upon your track -Aston's boy was sent to watch your movements." Did they know the errand which t o ok ine to town?" "Yes." "Alack, ruanl but all this is cerio us. Are the men fill ed with liquor? "No-not all; scm1e Dl'e, other $ filled with mad-they all swear to kill you." Joe was a perfect t ype of the old tim e Indian ; quick to rev e ng e a wrong, and equ ally qui c k and s teadfa s t in rend e rin g a service for a serv ice ; and this was the reason that be had come to meet Sandie a nd warn him of impending dan ge r Upon numerous occasions th e latter h ad treat e d him kindly. Like the majority of his race, this old chief was shrewd and cunn ing, and possessed or i g i nally such a powerfu l and vigorous fra me, that, seemingly, neither lime nor the hundreds of debauches upon which he had been appeared to have impaired his strength in the le a st. For a mom e nt after Joe's last rem a r k noth ing was said. Sandie revolved the sit nation in his mind; he was riot a coward, but no man, no matter bow brave, will willingly advance to ward certain death when no good purpose is to be served, and then the odds, as in this case, were twenty to one against him. Had it not been for one statement the Indian h ad made, Sandie would have turned back, and would have waited until daylight before attemptin g to return to the mining village, but Joe had said that it was the intention of the malcont ents to kill him, and then burn the superint e nd ent s mansion. Anoll)er unfortunate circum stance was the f ac t that there was but one ro ad to the mines. There was no roundabout way to re turn except on fool, and that was a dan g e rous and circuitous path across the mount ains, where, in the darkness. a traveler would ruu the risk of being precipitated down num erous shafts which had been sunk here and there by spec ulators searching for coal beds, There were a lso precipices over which one migh t un wittingly walk, and be da&hed to death on the rocks below.

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6 DOWN IN .A COAL :MINE. At length, after thoroughly considering all that it was Sandie Carmichael. but owing to the the chances, Sandie determined lo se nd Joe back darkness, unable to discover their mist!lke, they with the horse and wagon toward the town, advanced, bearing it rapidly along the road un with instructions to return upon the following til they came to a fiat plateau, which stretched morning, while he under took to reach the viiout upou the side of the road and terminated at lage on foot, and he said: the base of the mountain, which here surround Joe, my man, I must reach the village toed a small sunken area called Foolish Valley-night at all hazards." a name it had earned owing_ to the many uu.. Then you must go across the mountain ; successful attempts that had been made to sink can't take hors e and wagon across the mounta shaft which should reach a rich vein of coal, ain." which was supposed to underlie it many feet No; but I" can leave the horse and wagon down. with you, aud then trip over the mountain on I tell thee, men, I like not this part of our foot. bargain!" Bette r wait until morn'ing; no safe to go Nor do I," replied another; a bit of a riot over the mountain to-ni ght; no moon; no stars; for excitement might serve well enough, but miner walk to death, certain. the killing of this man is something different." '.' No, I know the road pretty well, and I will "Ay," spoke up a third; but what's to be be careful; my eyes are good." done now? Drop the body over the shaft. "Good eyes no good when white man got no Alack! but the man's hlood is not on thy hands stars; leave horse, and Injun will go too. Inor mine; Brad said it was a thrashing he intend-jun find the way without stars ed to give him." "No, I can not leave the horse; you must "An' that is so, truly," said still another of drive back toward town, and briug the horse the miners; "and we have no moie to do with up in the morning." the man's murder tlian they that were not here la jun white man's friend, and will do what at all. white .man says; but better take Injun's adv ice, "Is the man dead?" inquired one of the never cross the mountain safe to-night!" men. Then I must perish in the attempt; I will Ay, from the limpness of his limbs, I cross the mountain, or ll'o ahead and take my should say so," replied one of the miners, as he chances wit h the enemy rn front." raised one of Indian Joe' s arms and let it fall "No cl.lance in front; too many-ten, twenty again loo sely by his side miners; Sandie get killed certain." "Bat woulrln't ye take that as proof that be "Theu I will cross the mountain. You say still had life in him? Tut, man, but I was al. you are my friend; if you are you will do what ways told that limbs of the dead were stark I want you." and stiff." Injun is Sandie's frientl, and will do what "Ay, man, after a season, but not to onct; white man wants . this chap here is dead, most certainly, and if "Very well man, you return to town with we toss him down the shaft, we will partake no the horse, I will give you money to pay for his .more of the. responsibility of his death than keep ; I mu s t cross the mountain." they that attend a funeral." The Indian ceased to o!ler any further pro"I wish I had had none o' this," spoke up test, and after some further instructions he one of the men; "I wouldn't have minded a jumped into the wagon and turned the horse's scrimmage, but this, lads, savors too much of a head toward the town-, while the intrepid miner cowardly murder. ascended the bank beside the road, and disap''An' that's our way of thinking," cried peared like a in the direction of the others in chorus. mountain. At this moment Thumping Brad came stalk After the disappearance of Sandie, through ing toward them. As he saw the body lying at the rlarkness, on his way over the mountaiu, the mouth of the shaft, he exclaimed fiercely: Indian Joe drove on a short distance toward the "A curse upon ye, an' why haven t ye town when suddenly turning the horse's head thrown the carcass of the informer over the about, he muttered: brink?" "Injun is Sandie's friend ; lnjun's friend is "Tut, man, but thou'rt more impatient than in danger; Injun must not be away. Joe will though it were an honorable deed ye had com i:lrive to the village ; miners at the shaft won't mitttd, instead of the murder of a man un kill Joe, In jun no enemy-yes, lnjun will go a wares." ba ck." ' An' cail ye be a man wl10 bas been a spy Knowing exactly where the intended murderupon bis companions? Alack, comrade, but ers lay in ambush, be resolved to alight when thou'rt drawing smpicion upon thyself. .May he neared that point, and approach hem on lie thou'rt a friend o' the informer?'' foot, so as to let them know that he was not the "An' thou Iiest, Thumping Brad, bully as man whose life they sought, thou'rt always, an' the more a coward!" The night was pitchy dark, and as be rode "Look you, and see what a coVl:a rd i am!" along the road became rougher and narrower as and advancillg s uddenly Brad seized the body it wound between the mountains whose rocky of Joe in his powerful grasp and raising it aloft, sides rose abruptly on either i;ide. It was a full held it a moment over the edge of the pit, sud. mil e frnm where he turned to the place by the denlyswinging it back for an instant, with a sunken shaft, where the miners lay concealed; wild oath he again plunged it forward, let go and owing to the roughness of the road and the his hold, and the body twirlin g into the darkness, he made but slow progress. .But at black depths of the shaft. he became aware, by observing objects Thus peris h ull traitors! And now, comwh1ch stood out prominently, and were indi s rades, the night g rows apace, let 's away to the tinctly visib le in spite of the darkness, that he village ; there 's more work to be done yet, and was nearing the vicinity of the deserted shaft, we're the jolly boys to do it, tool" and springing from his seat he jumped out upon "Ay, ay Brad. but you're a friend o th e lads the g ronnd, and was advancing toward the all through, an'. I'll be one o' more to muzzle l)orse's head, when suddenly the deathly still the pate o him. who growls. Tut,. comrndes, ness was broken by a fierce yell, succeeded by are we not men, and haven't we the same right a blasphemous oath. A da'rk object hovered an to make war for our rights as one king against instant in the air over hi s bead, then descended another? Ay. but we have." swiftly, cutting the darkness. There was "Thou'rt right, Brownie!" spoke up several. heard a dull thud, and the faithful Indian fell An' it's a vote that the lads who have grown in a heap upon the ground, as, with muttered chicken-hearted over the death of a bloody spy oaths a number of dark figures sprung up on shall get away to their wives and leave the bat eith e r side, and like so many shadows of evil tie for our rights to them as have more nerve.'' omen gathered about him. "That's the talk!" said Thumping Brad, . CHAPTER V. "AWAY with him to the shaft!" exclaimed he who appeared to act as leader to this gang of murderers. What will we do with the horse and wagon, Brar!?" ill quired one of the men. "Blast the horse and wagon, man! Away, I hid ye, and throw the carcass of this informer and spy down the deserted shaft!" ''But tbe horse and wagon will staud as testi mony against us, man, if we don't make way with that, too!" Taking up the body of Indian Joe, supposing but afore ye start, lads, let's understand one another. We want only what i s just and right ; we have tried fair means to gain our just rights, and we have been met with insults and derision ; we have been l aughed at where we should have been treated with respect. If a miner don't earn his pay, tell Pue, lads, who does?" "Thou'rt right, Brad!" cried a number of the men. "Ay, I know that I'm right, lads ; do we not have to earn our bread fighting both fire and water? Isn't the demon of the fire-damp always lurking in hidden crevices, ready at any mo ment to spring forth and smother us? Ain't we always in of a flooding of the mine, the explosion of the deadly damp, or its fatal in halation?'' "Ay, a.y, Thumping Bred, you're right!''. "Prith ee, but don't ye all well know that I em right? And then, what cares the capitalist w hut becomes of us as long as he gets his divicleuds? No sooner are our graves filled in over us, than our places in the mine are filled also, and the rich man gets his profits all the same." "Hearl hear!" shou ted the men, now wrought up to a frenzy by the words of Thumping Brad. And, alas! the miJ:ier's words were but too true, although he was a barl man himself, end only used the facts to inflame the miners so as to bring them to favor his own evil desig ns. Thumping Brad was uaturally a discontented and turbulent fellow ; he bed been a leader of strikes before, and had learned by experience just the phruses to use to excite and anger het ter disposed men than himself. It is said that you can not a dozen men together from a promiscuous crowd without finding at least oue bad man among and therefore it was not strange that, among two hundred miners Thumping Brad found a few kindred spiritsenough to make a party sufficiently strong to influence their companions. And these now gathered around and encour aged Brad while making his speech; and so adroitly did the villain word his address, that when the men drew away from the mouth of the pit into which th e body of Joe had been thrown', ther. were so worked upon as to be ripe for any devilish work which he might suggest ; and with wild shouts, Let's away to the house of the: manager, and level it by fire!" they bustled and crowded away toward the village CHAPTER VI. THE human heart is a strunge and mysterious study; and when Randie Carm ichael started upon his perilous journey across the mountain, humble miner as he was, he was urged forward by the same impul se which, upon many a tented field in ages gone by, has inspired noble knights to mingle in the clash and shock and danger of the journey. Sandie was in love. During the earlier hours of the day just past, hii had become possessed -of new hopes, desires, and ambitions. He had gazed upon the lady who had led his heart cap tive but once, and then only for a few brief mo ments; and yet tlmt one brief glance had left an impression which was to remain until the grave covered all of his earthly hopes and desires. An intonation of a voice, a peculiar smile, an express ion which betrayed a certain rrait of character, or emotion, or longing of the heart has, in millions of cases, captured the a1Iections of another heart, and held them tb1ongh long after-years of suffer in g and trial; aud thus it was with Sandie Carmichael, the collier; it was not the beautiful face or th e lovely form of the creature th'lt had made his heart throb with a new sensation -it was the kindly tones in which a voice had expressed surprise that any one should doubt that a man could be a miner and also a gentleman. Under Qrdinary circumstances Sandie would not have attempted a passage across the mount ain, but one c l ause of Indian Joe's information would have caused him to walk straight into the ja.ws of death if, by the sacrifice of his own life, he could be of service to another. The night, as previously stated, was unusu ally dark, and Sandie, who was a comparative stranger, had only traveled the mountain but once, and was consequently compelled to de pend more upon chance, good fortune, and in stinct, than llis eyesight and any prior know l edge of the road. Still bravely upward and onward through the darkness he clambered over the rough and cir cuitous path, never nor hesitating, one thought only an imating his heart-a desire to reach the manager's house before the strikers. after a two hours walk, without accident or alarm, he came in sight of the li&hts of the vii luge His face was pale and his 1.Jreath short and quick, as he glanced in the direction where the manager s house was situated. He feared that he might see the flames roaring in full bla s t, or else behold the smo ldering ruins. But no; no lights were visible, but the few dim li&hts which cast their faint rays through the mmers' cottage windows. "Thank God!" cried Sandie with reverent enthusiasm, '' there is a chance that I may yet be in time!"

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DOWN IN A COAL MINE. The lights in the cottage windows served as I I will (hink of it; but will you cross over :a guide; and by their aid Sandie was enabled to the rear lot and summon Mike'/ And by the increase his pace, as he had passed over the time you return with him we will be ready for most dangerous portion of the way, and a few whatever may appear best to do." mom ents brought him to the road. But just as When Sa.ndie returned, after he slipped down the bank, a sound smote upon he found Miss Loder and her mece, with their 11is ear which sent a shudder through his frame; serrnnt, on the piazza; they were cowering ut it was the yells and shouts of the strikers now. one side, watching with terror a group of j ust returning. Wild laughter, mingled with miners, who come to '!' halt and were ap oaths and curses, plainly proved that they were parently holdmg a consultation, on the brow of maddened wit Ii liquor. a hill about half a mile distant across lots They're crazy drunk!" was Sandie's audiThe torches which they carried revealed them ble com ment. They have been carousing at plainly, and in the flickering li ght they looked the Devil's drinking-place down the road, and like so many ghouls come forth from the caverns now that their reason and seuse have fled, they of the earth. will be ripe for any kind of wantonness. 1 Unconsciously Miss Loder felt herself con must away to Ralston's. I'll be no match for s trained to put implicit confidence in Sandie; those d runken demons alone an d unaided." and when Mike joined them, she directed that With a quick, vigoroull step, Sand ie hastened he should remain 'with Sandie, to pr:itect th e away toward Ralston's lodgin gs. Having arhouse, while and Gertie sought the resi rived there, he rapped at the cot tage door; the deuce of the assistant manager .eng in ee r opened it himself. But will you dare to go alone?" '' Ah I is that you, Carmichael?" exclaimed Certainly," replied Miss Loder ; "and were the enginee r in surprise. Why, man, what it not for Gertie, I would dare to r e main!" brings you here at such an hour ? Is anything The men ar e in motion again, Mike," said wrong?" Sandte, after the females were gone. "Ay, sir; I fear there will much wrong be : Whist, now, Sandie, me boy, what's this?" een run for the p resent." nin g hard, and for a moment could not speak; The two men now separated. Ralston started but upon recovering his breath, he said: off on a run down the road, while Sandie "Are you Carmichael?" branched off through a pathway toward th e That is my name." manager's re sidence. Al1 right! I have just come from Mr. Ralston's house. and was told that he had come CHAPTER VII. RAP! rap went Sandie's fist against the door of the manager's house, and after a few mo:nen ts a sash was raised and a female voice called o ut: Who s the re ? and what is wanted?" "You are in danger, lady," cried Sandie; the men have become excited with rum, and a re marching like so many demons toward this house. More than once they have thre ate n ed that they would burn it. I have come to warn you." "Great h eavens!" exclaimed Miss L ode r ; what s hall we do?" "Y<'u had better arouse a ll the inmates at -0nce and come down, when I'll l ead you to a place of safety until the excitement is over." I will not leave the hou se! I sha ll stay and defend it!" I t wou ld be better, lad y, that the h ouse s hou ld burn than that ye should lose your lives. " I have met rioters before; I will not fly without an eff ort to save my brother's property." And will you h ave the young l ady I saw here to-day remain and run the risk of being .abused and insulted?" :Mercy! I had forgotten about G e rtie." "Ay, but I thought thou werL"thiciking mor e -Of the house, lady; but if I could ad vise thee, I would say that the chances would be better to :save the house, if you would seek safety with thy niece." down her e with you." "Yes; h e sta rted from the house with me but we separated at the led ge: the men have been excited, and a re now maddened with liquor and as there is a rumor that they in lend to burn the manager's mansion, h e has gone down to try and persuade them from their evil purpose.'' "I wish him lu ck; but I have not much faith in his success. I have been among the men, anrl they are dead set in their purpose." "Thou rt of the same opinion as myself: and how stand you in the matter, dar e you take a hand against th em to save Mr. Loder's property?" "Yes, I dare; I will lose my life before they shall burn a picket with my consent." "Then I b i d thee welcome, m an, for there 's going to be hot work, methinks, before daylight." "Ay, thou'rt righ t ; already they are upon the march again; the engineer has been unable to-restr a in them!" and the foreman pointed to ward the advancing torches. I wi s h Ral st on was with us." Finding that he bas failed with them he may hasten here; a sober man steps quicker than those reeling drunkards." The four men now passed around to the rear of the house, and watched the approach of the strikers: .after a few moments they saw the fig ure of a solitary man coming toward them "There comes Ralston," said the foreman. I hope tbou'rt right, man, for we need his presence sorely." 7 Ay, but I am right, for it is him surely." The foreman was correct in his surmise, and in a moment Ralston joined them. Who have we here?" he exclaimed, as he approached. "Four determined men, besides yourself," replied Sandie. CHAPTER vm. 't S1rANDl" Thus called Ralston from the second-story window of the manager's house, as th e yelling, reeling miners came crowding across the rear lawn. The voice of the engineer was at once r ecog nized, and the decided !\nd imperative manner in which he spoke caused the men for a mo meut to come to a halt. Brad, their leader was furious. He cursed and threatened and urged his followers forward. "Hang ye!" he fairly screamed, "for a lot of cravens and cowards, that ye should be frightened by the voice of one man. Away with ye, and toss yer firebrands through the win dows, and level the grasping millionaire 's hou se with the ground!" Ay Brad; but there may be more than the engineer within the house, and they have the law with them too." Take that, ye yelping cur," shouted Brad, in a towering rage, as he struck the miner who had spoken a heavy blow on the head with his sputtering torch. "Blast ye, Brad would ye set me exclaimed the miner fiercely. "Ay, that I wquld a thousand times, an' thou dost not hold thy prate, thou descendant of a race of bleaters.' " Thou rt a liar Brad big as thou'rt, man an' that to thy te e th, too." "And I have no time to parley, lest I'd un hinge thy jaws for calling me a liar : but go t a ke the brand, and fire the house as I bid ye!" An' hast thou not a brand in thine own band? Go thou an' "fire the hou se, an' not ask others to do whAt thou fearest thyself." The men had all awaited the issue of this sud den outbreak between Brad and one of their companions. "What ails the man, Brad?" inquired one of his followers. Baste him over the head again with your torch!" cried another. Send him home to his wife and the rest of the women!" cried a third. You had better all return to your wives and the rest of the women," called Ralston; "or it may he that some of you nflly never return!" Come out o the house, man .an' thou would save thy life." "No; I will not come out, men ; and you will find yourselves better off to take my advice against those who would ur ge you to violence! "Yoli will burn with the house an' ye don t come out, man!" "Nay; but I'll send a ball into the brain of the man who comes a step nearer the house with a blazing brand! We are armed, and will use our weapons, too, in defens e of the property." "We must l et them know that we are in earnest," said Ralston, as he -raised his cocked pistol and fired at a man who was just prepar to flin1,1; his torch. One shnek of agony succeeded the engineer's shot, and then followed a moment of death lik e stillness. When Ralston fired, for a moment the men were paralyzed with surprise, and they gathered around their wounded comrade t o learn the ex tent of his wound. It took but a mom e nt to satisfy themselves that the man was dying; al ready, as they held their torches near his face, they recognized the ashen paleness of approach ing death. The man was beyond the power of speech, but he was evidently perfectly conscious, as bis eyes rolled restlessly, and several times he tried to use his fluttering breath to 8ay some thing. But no, be could not ; and finally he drew one long gasp, and then his eyes assumed the wild atid s teady stare of death, his jaw fell, a slight, nervous tremor came over his frame and all was over. To him the great mystery of the beyond was no longer a mystery; he had passed from the riot and gloom, and violence of the last few hours into a Presence where the miner and the king are judged alike, and where all of the wrongs of mortality are impartialty adjusted, and where the wealth and capital of the whole universe can not affect the even bal-

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.. 8 DOWN IN A OOAL MINE. ance of justice one jot nor tittle." Here the miner and the director stand equal before divine law. One of the miners had been kneeling beside the wounded man, and the moment he saw that all was over, he arose to his feet and said: Mates, I'd rather matters had not come to this pass, an' I call upon all of ye to bear wit ness that up to this moment I had counseled peace; but now!" and the miner's face assumed a terrible expression as he repeated, but now the blood of our murdered mate calls for venge ance!" "Ay, ayl Hearl hear!" shouted the balance of the men, and again, with wild shouts, they advanced toward the house. During the time that the rioters had ben gathe r ed around their dying companion, Sandie and his companions had ascended to the ro9f, and also had ventured out of the doors at other places, and had extingui s hed all of the burning torches. While they were still upon the lower balcony, the man who was addressing the miners had just concluded his speech, and as the men made a rush toward the house, they saw the men, who were just about to re-enter "Blast them!" shouted several of the men; those are the chaps that fired upon our mat .el'' And they made a dash at them. Sandie's com panions were already within the hall, but the latter had lingered a moment to kick a burning brand off the stoop, and had but just turned when the men were upon him. Realizing at once that he could not reath the door, Sandie turned to face the men, intending to struggle until the last; but the instant the men caught sight of his features, by the aid of their torches, they all started back with e xclamations of ter ror, as though a gaping chasm had suddenly opened at their feet. A wraith! a wraith!" yelled one of them. "A what?" cried Thumping Brad. Sandie Carmichael's ghost!-tbe man we threw down the deserted shaft! was the an swe r Go thou to thy home, Brad, and call off these men that thou dost lead to wrong, or it will btrthe worse for thee, man!" Sandie cried. '' Blast ye, Sandie Carmichael I ye can not fri g hten nie! By some miracle it seemeth that thou'rt still in the land of the living!" And as Brad spoke, be made a lunge at Sandie, but the latter sprung back, slipped and fell against the door, which, not having been fastened, yielded, and let him fall forward upon thll.floor of the hallway. Come on, lads!" shouted Thumping Brad, as he rushed in th e door, and planted his heavy foot on Sandie's breast before he could rise to his feet. "Come on, mates," he repeated, the citadel is ours! down with the dainty home of a miser and oppressor!" Seeing Brad within the door, a large number of the men who did not know what had driven t heir companions back, rushed forward with wild shouts of triumph and exultation. In the meantime, Brad had made an effort to fasten his foot upon Sandie's neck The latter strug g led manfully, but having been taken at a disadvantsge, and having injured one of his a rms in his fall, he finally felt that he would have to give up the struggle, when, just at that instant, a dark figure stole down the stairway, and Thumping Brad received a blow which sent him pro s trate across th e door-way, right at the fee t of the advancing miners who had come to his assistance. Ralston and the inside boss, hearing the tu mult in the hall below them, and judging that the men had effected an entrance, also came rushing down-stairs ; and as Sandie and Brad were raised to the ir feet by their respective f1 iends, a terrible strugg le began in the pas sage. Oaths, curses, and y e lls of pain were mingled as the fierce contest progressed in the darkness. Suddenly a lurid light was flashed upon the combatants and a wild chorus arose without, as with shouts of demoniac laughter and triumph, the cry sped from mouth to mouth: "The place is on fire!" CHAPTER IX. IN one brief hour, succeeding the significant shout recorded in our last chapter, the onc e handsome residence of Mr Loder, the manager, was a mass of smoking ruins ; and within that hour also two brave men had been terribly rnjured, and possibly maimed for life. With t he fire raging about them on every side. the infuriated miners had continued the assault within the hallway of the house, and the de fenders had maintained a resistance. romance, we should have our mines filled with. Ralston and the inside boss at l ength fell, batheroes, and not ordinary brave, steadfast men." tered and bleeding, upon theiloor; the fire bad "You are not very observant, my dear aunt, now gained such headway that their assailants or you would have recognized equally as soon. were compelled to fly or risk being suffocated, as I did a reason for believing that the man and the fierce battle ceased. Sandie has a history." Sandie and lndian Joe carried their wounded "Well, what do you observe so rem arkab le companions out and bore them away; fortuabout him, Gertie?" nately, in the excitement, being enabled to do so "I observed that when be first spok e to you without attracting attention, as in the confusion be used the ordinary idiom of the miners ; but it was impossible to recognize friend fr6m foe. when he became earnest, he spoke with the The fla111es hnd been seen from the village, nicety and correctness of a courtier; and in and had attracted hither crowds of women and spite of the grim and smut upon his featu res, their older children; and as is usually the case. his eyes beamed with intelligence far above tbe reason assigned for the firing of the manhii! seeming ondition." 8ion was the death of a miner by Ralston's shot. "Fudge, Gertie! you are a romanti c yo un g The cause which led to the dischar ge of the girl! Even admitting what you say is true what weapon was enlirely ignored, and the new does it prove?" comers, and more especially the women, were It proves that for some reason th e man is greatly excited and -indignant, and as a matter living an assumed character; that he i s a well of course applauded the burning of the house. educated man, trying to conceal the fact, and At la s t the day dawned. The scene of the only at times unwittingly betrays himself. events jus t recorded was in an entirely new dis-That man, aunt, is living a disguised llfe." trict. The mine had been but six months in That may all be true, Gertie; it is not an what might be termed really successful operaunusual th ing for criminals, fugitive s from tion and in the.immediate vicinity of justice, to seek refuge in the mines. A ma n of iag there was nothing but wild and unbroken this character was arrested in one of th e mines country, and the many schemes already com which your uncle superintended some years menced lo bring the village in more timely com ago, and he proved to be a man not only well municalion with the more settled districts had educated, but one who had once been wealthy, not yet been comple t ed and had moved in the highest circles of ociety. The n ea rest town was eleven miles distant He w as formerly a bank president, who had over a new, rough, and dangerous road A turned out a defaulter. He was a miner for cutting had already been commenced for a two years before he was discorered and ar branch railroad, which was to connect the re sted." mines with the main road, and thus send the "But do you think, aunt, that this man's. product of the mines in a more rapid and direct conduct, of whom we are speaking, ha s evinced route to the seaboard cities. At present it was a nything which would indicate a crimina l transported in cars overt ram ways on the opposite heart?'' side of the mountain to the river, where iL was "Well, Gertie, I do not wish to pierc e the loaded upon boats and carried many hundreds glamour of romance which you are try ing to of miles in a roundabout way. This total isolathrow around an ordinary miner, who has tion of the mi!}es favored the riotously disposed m ere ly performed a conscientious duty, but I miners, and thus it was that without any moleswill tell ycru that this extemporized hero of tation, except from the brave Ralston and his yours i s noted as one of the most slovenly men companions, they were enabled to carry on about the mines He is nicknamed 'Dirty-faced their work of destruction. Sandie,' from the fact that no one has ever seen When the assistant manager return ed, about him with what might be call e d a reall y clean noon upon the day following the night of the face. He may be a hero; Gertie, but he is a riot, he was astonished at what had occurred. dirty-faced one, and consequently can not He heard the miners' story first. Their ver amount to much after all." sion of the affair was that they hud gone to Mr. As Gertie was about to reply, the subject of Loder's house to present a petition in a peacea their conversation appeared coming around the ble manner, without knowing that he was side of the house. Miss Loder called to him, away, and that while crossing the lawn, withand when he approac hed, she said: out a word of warning, they were fired upon, Arfl you going to the village now upon my and one of their number killed; then, in the errand, Sandie?" excitement of the moment, they proceeded to "Yes, lady, I was about going; an' I'd have extremes, and smarting under a sense of wrong gone sooner, only Mr Tilton kept me a seaso u and outrage, fired the house. making inquiries about the last night's b1,1rnThe first thing the assistant manager did was ing." to imperatively forbid the sale of any more There will be no risk to yourself in go in g liquor to the men, and being a humane and just to the village?" man, he had all the workmen assembled at the I trust not, lady; any way, not mor e to -day pay office, when he made a conciliatory ad than at some future time, an' I may as well' dres s, urg ing them to return to work and await done with it." quietly and peaceably the principal mana ge r's "I would not have you g o if I thought you return, when h e doubted not matters could be ran any danger." agreeably settled to the satisfaction of all con" I think I can run clear of it, l ady, if I meet cerned. any." And Sandie turned to go, when Gert ie A part of the men a ppeared disposed to folcalled to him, and sa id : low the assistant manager's advice, and would "Would it not be better for you to w a it unhave returned to work, had not Thumping ti! the return of Mr. Loder?" Brad, and the "few unruly spirits who fully Sandie's face flushed beneath the dust and sympathized with him, again interfered with grime upon it, as he rep li ed: their pernicious counsels. "Thank ye, miss, but I can be circumspect, During the course of the afternoon Sandie an' I think I h ave little to fear; la st night's Carmichael had occasion to go to the violence has appeased the anger of m y mates upon an errand for Miss Loder. The latter did for the present an' I don't think I re ally run not think of the risk that the friendly miner any ris k. would run or s he would not have sent him ; "Well, if you are really going to th e village, neith e r woulrl Sandie have gone, were it not you.can perform a littl e commission for me.' that he was a brave man, who could not be "An' I'd be honored, miss if you w ould use frightened off frqm hi s p1:1rpose by a merely my service threatened danger. "wait a moment, and I will prep a re a packUpon the night previous, when Miss Loder I wish l e ft at Widow Prahnm's and Gertie had started to a place of refuge Gertie entered the houRe, but came out agai n from the fury of the mob, the latter had inin a few minutes, and handing Sandie a pack quired concerning Sandie, and what his position age, told him what she wished him to do with was in the mine. it, when the latter turned about and took his He is but a simple miner," replied Miss way to the village, little dreaming int o what a. Loder. desperate strait this little errand for G e r tie was He is more than a simple miner in reality," destined to lead him-a peril greater th an any said Gertie, in significant tones. he had yet encountered. This idea of yours is mer e ly the fanciful romance of a young girl; because this man has shown himself brave and generous, you wish to make a hero of him at once: but, my dear child, bravery among miners is such a common quality, that if we should surround every brave and generous one among them with a halo of CIIA.PTER X. '' THAT Sandie bears a charmed life mates.'' Thus spoke Thumping Bmd, lo a knot of his companions who were gathered about him on. the stoop of the village store.

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. "Ay, that he does, or else some other inno cent c hap has suffered in his stead; an' it was .not he at all that you thumped upon the head." "An' it must have been be, for did not I my self watc h him l eaving in the buggy to carry a messa ge over to town?" "An' if thou'rt of that opiaion, it will sta nd us in hand not to trouble the chap further; a mystery about the man at best, lads. ".A.n would ye l et the death of Mills, our mate ; go unavenged?" No, not I, spoke oue of the men "Nor I," said another. : "No r I! Nor I! came !!llCCessively from the ba lance If we be1ieved that it was he who fired the fatal shot." You kl!OW it was he," said Brad. Then we will send word to the brother hood's c hief, and l et him send one of the Secret Ban d ; it's not necessary that any of our mates should run the ri s k of a halt e r for such as he!" During the foregoing conve rsation, Sandie Carmi c hael had entered a miner s house near by, and was just coming thence again, when Thump in g Brad exclaimed: I say mates, barring the shoot ing of Mills, the c h a p there deserves a duckin g in the stream beyond for turning informer against his com rndes! What say ye men? twill not hurt him '\Jodily, but will l earn him better tri cks next The men seemingly acquiesced in Brad's proposition, when th e latter as Sandie apiHOached, sung out : A wo rd with thee friend Carm i chael, av ye p ]e, e?" Sandi e stopped short; a r ed tinge dyed both cheeks, a nd an ang r y light shone in lii s eyes, as h e r e p lied: I want not to hold any parley with thee, Brad; t hou' rt my sworn enemy by thine own admission.'' "Not I more than the rest of thy mates, m an: hou'rt a sneak and a coward; and what is wor se, an informer aga inst thy comrades." And as Brad spoke, he advanced toward San die th rea teningly, adding: "Thou'st earned a duck man, an' we'll g iv e it thee. Sandie drew slowly backward as Brad ad Yanced, and said: "If my mates ha,'e aught against me; I'll rend er them such satisfaction as they wish, but with thee I'll have nothing to do." A y, but thou whelp, I'll have to do with the e ; no doubt, with thy g lib tongue coward as th ou a rt, thou mightst beg off from thy de serts;'' a nd Brad raised a buck thorn stick which he cnnied in hi s hand, as though about to strik e . "Thou liest, Thumping Brad!" exclaimed Sandie, hotly, when thou callest me a c oward; an' if tho u dare st to strike me with your stick, I'll pu t t he daylight through thee." "Ay,.mutes how is this? Who was the cur that s hot our comrade Mills, if not thi s wh e lp, who falls back so quickli upon his pistol?" .. Hold OD, m a tes an allow me to sar one word," said Sandie, as the riotou s mmers, mged by their lead e r advauced toward him. N a y, not a word, thou coward," cried Brad, thou caus t not sneak out of this scrape as thou did s t from the 'shaft yesternight." '' I do not wish to sneak out of anything, nor do I f ea r yo u; I wish only to tell the truth, a nd then l will take th e conequences for anything I have said or done." ' Let the man speak," said one of the miners: "it' s not hing but fair to hear what he has to say." "Ay, let him speak, cri ed anothe r thou g h, c ur se me, if I think he can explain going agains t the men.'' llfates," h e said, I am not aga inst you. I sy mp athi7.e in all that you h ave demanded. I know that men in some of the mines are getti ng that which ye would ask, and in asking an in crease ye are right; but as men, I'd like to ask ye if it i s right to burn down a house ov e r the heads of two innocent women ? Is it right to res ort to b loodshed? Two w ron gs don't make a right, and ye w ron g y ourselves more than ye a r e wronged when ye do anyth in g unbecoming brave m en. I am not a n informer and I believe m yself t he best friend of my mates, when I try to k eep them from acts of violence and the co un sels of tho se who would urge them against their best interests. " An' ye mean the last slur for me?" gro wled Brad '' I mean it for whoever the shoe fits.'' An' I'll crush thy skull in for thee thou DOWN IN .A COAL MINE. lyin g informer!" cried Brad, again raising his stick an d advancing threateningfy. Sandie's words had been well received by a majority of the miners, and when Brad started forward as thou g h lo strike him several of them interfered, and their good-will toward Sandie was increa sed by the bold, unflinching attitude which he assumed. I am, an wish to be, your friend, mates; an' ye will find me on your side against the bosses as long as ye avoid unneces sary violenc e an' bloodshed." "But who sh ot Mill s? Who shed the first blood ?" cried Brad, ta untin g ly. Not I," r eplie d Sandie, as the countenances of the men again began to glower. "An' if not thou man, who then, was it that sh ot down our mat e in cold blood ?" Not me, I tell thee, Brad." "Who, th en? Come, an' if thou art not tht> murd e rer, informing is a trade in which thou art well versed. Tell us who it was that shot down our mate." "I can not tell that, an' it would do no good if I did." "An' dost thou know!" inquired one of the oth e r miners. "Yes, I rad is no cur, nor born of a whelp, lik e yon braggart!" exclaimed the giant, fiercely; "an' if it's the will o' my mates that

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10 I chastise this informer, Brad's the man to do it!" "Thou'rt talking now; an' when shall this matter come off, comrades?" "When it suits the two men who are craving to exchaugc it will suit the rest o' us." To-ni9htl said Brad. '' The time suits me," replied Sandie. An' where shall we meet?" Wherever it suits thee best, man." 'Twill be a moon to night at the full near midnight; at twelve I'll meet thee at the old dead shaft." I'll be there." "See that thou dost!" If I fail thee; man, I'm the informer thou wouldst make our mates believe." Thou canst talk well!" "Ay, man; an' if thine own heart does not fail thee, e'er midnight thou'lt find I can.strike well, too." "Then save thy words until thou rt ready to give the blows. " I'll bide thy advice, man an' good-day to thee until we meet at the shaft " Thou lt have a hard tussle with that chap, Brad," said one of the men, as Sandie moved away, accompanied by Indian Joe. Not I," answered Brad; he'll ne 'e r be there.' "i do doubt thee, man; that man's no cow ard, an' I'm sorry that a suspicion rests on his loyalty to his mutes; leastwise he'd be a com rade to be proud of.'' "He's no comrade at all, man; he's a hired spy; some dapper clerk brought from the city, whose only recommendation is his sharp ears and his sneaking ways; he is a hired informer, mates, au' I' II prove it to ye yet." CHAPTER XII. SANDIE'S a fool! Miners murder him tonight!" Thus spoke old Indian Joe, as he and Sandie sat upon the chopping-block iu the rear of Ral ston's resid e nce. "No, Joe, you are mistaken. .I will have as many friends there to-night as Brad will have." "lnjun uo think so. Brad is a wild cat-a snake! Ugh! he never do anything good; he's a scamp!'' "You are right, Joe, he is a scamp; and he's worse. I believe that man already has the guilt of many a foul crime upon his soul; still I shall meet him, and if I lose my life, it will be as well lost thus as any otlier way." As Sandie ga1c utteqmce to the last remark, he cast his eyes upon the ground, and there was a sad pathos in his tones, and a mournful expressioK?upon his face, which now, having cleansed off the smut and grime which usually marred it, disclosed features of rarest manly beauty and refinement. Sandie must not throw away his life on a wolf!" said old Joe, after a few moments' pause. "No, Joe; I do not believe a man is ever justified in throwing his life a way; neither is he justified in trying to preserve it by shrinking from duty. If I lose my life at the deserted shaft to night, it will be in as good a cause as it could be sacrificed." While Sandie was speaking, and still gazing upon the ground, a shadow was thrown across his vision, and upon raising his eyes, he saw Gertie Loder standing directly in front of him. There was a look of intense sadness upon her features, which was instantly chased away and followed by one of unfeigned surprise, as her eyes fell upon Sandie's upturned face; and as the latter met her surprised and earnest gaze, a blush as deep as a maiden 's suffused his counte nance. what fresh danger are you about to en counter?" 8aid Gertie. Who spoke of danger, lady?" I did ; I asked you what fresh danger you were about to incur for those who have no claim DOWN IN A COAL MINE. coward, a man who talks loudly, and, At len.e:tb it was anuounred that everything therefore, JS not to be feared." was ready. Brad was th e fir. t to step forward "He has proven himself to be a dangerous shy his hat into the rin g, afte r the manner of man," said Gertie, "and he intends to do you professioual pugilists, and an iustant later fol some harm." low it. He was stripped according to t he "I think I a m able to enco unt e r all the harm mode, to hi s wai st, and as the moonlight fell that braggRrt can do me." upon his powerful bust and disclosed it s power" If I had not sent you out of your way to ful contour, and the remarkable display of eirecute my errand, you would not have met muscle which he !I murmur of adtbis man." mirution burst from the assembled miners. "Lady, I would haVf>_ met him sooner or A few moments 11fter, Sandie s hied his hat later, and it is as well that I met him at once into th e ring, and, like Brad, quickly followed I am a workman, and can not be driven from it; and the two combatants stood before the as earning my daily bread." sembled miners in a fine po ition for compara" Promise me that you will avoid meetin g tiv e c riti c ism. Brad was by far the larger and this man as far as you can." made a more formidable disp lay of muscle ; and "Lady, I thank you for your roncern on my yet there were those present who did not fa lter account, but I am not worthy that you interest to say: in my affairs. I can make no "Brad will not have the eusy time that he promises." reckons on." "Very well; I am disappointed, but I will Elandie, though much smaller in stature, was not urge yo to do as I wish. I can at least more compactly built, though be had n ot such warn ygu to be upon your guard; and I would great bunches of muscle as laid upon Brad's also advise you to avoid meeting this Brad, if arms. possible, until after the return of :Mr. Loder." "Dang it, man!" exclaimed one of the As Gertie ceased speakiag, she turned about miners; that chap Carmichael strips more and walked hastily away. The moment she like a young lord who had naught else to do had gone, Sandie regretted his abruptness and but go foxbunting, and rowin g. and the like, positive rudeness. Walking away from where instead of work ia a coal breast!" old Joe, the Indian, was standing, Sandie Ay, thou'rt right, man an' there's some clasped his hands together, and his thing mysterious about the chap an,vhow; I a l handsome face heavenward, he exclaimed, ways not ed that, an' if I was belt-mg money, while a convul s ion of agony swept over his it's he that I would it on!" features The preliminaries havin g all been settled, a ncl "Oh, Lord, how long must this last? Will the rules which w e re to govern the tight thor this cloud never be lifted? or must I always oughly exp lained, they were told to advance to lead the life that I am now living? If so, betthe scratch. ter that I should die before ruy sufferiag was "'l'ime!" callecl the umpire; and in the clear sufficiently great and it hath increased a thoumoonli ght the two men advanced to th e cen ter sand-fold. I am surrounded by mystery, and of the riug. with arms extended in regul&r yet, at times, I doubt me whether I have done attitude. It was like a second David rightly. I sought life because there was facmg a modern Goliah. danger attached to It. I would not go as a The interest in the combat on the part of the soldier-no, oh, no; and yet, my God! what a look e rs-on became intense; tMy watched with fearful alternative it has been. I-ay, I-a bated breath each movement of the two antag miner, begrimed and hard worked, uncouth and onists. Again and again Brad struc k out, but rough, and now-oh, God! I am about to eneach time his more agile opponent avoided his gage in a personal hand-to-hand fisticuff conflict blows. with a great, ignorant boor! llow long must "He's a game un, and as supp le 11s a cat," this last? Would that his first blow would r e marked one. prove fatal. Why did I defend my mi sera ble "Close wi' him, man!" whispered Brad's life to-day ? It had been better if I had let him second, or the chap will outgeneral ye! slay me, and then the agony. the doubt, the Thus advised, Brad advanced, and attempted mental misery, would have been passed; death to seize Sandie in his powerful grasp. His in would even now be a boon-yea, for I fear this tention to accomplish this latter maneuver later emotion comes fraught with fresh bitter made him less guarded; when s udd enly a dull ness!" thud was heard, and Brad luy in a heap in his Injun will meet Sandie when the moon rims corner. Sandie had watched bis opportunity, above Blue Ridge." said old Joe, suddenly adand had dealt him a powerful blow which vancing and touching the latter lightly upon knocked his enemy clean off his feet. the shoulder. After a few moments' rest, a second time the All right., Joe; I will be there. umpire called time," and again the two men Sandie must have no fear," said Joe, obadvanced to the center of the ring. serving the former:s pale and excited features. "Mind thyself this time, Brad," cautioned "I am not of the fearing kind, Joe." his second . "A few more thumps and falls like "Ugh! Injun thought so! Thumping Brad that. man an' thou'rt gone." great coward! great rascal! Injun kill him "Thou'rt wrong, man; it hath but set my soon, waugh!" and before Sandie was aware of blood in circulation Come on now, Sandie his intention, the old chief bounded away. Carmichael, an' I'll give thee a taste o' the Some five hours later, Sandie passed down grass, thou whelp!" the road toward the rendezvous where he was A fearful struggle now' ensued. Back and to meet the old chief. He found the latter forth across the roped arena, without any re awaiting him, and together they stole stealthily ga rd for the code of rules adopted, they strug through the haml e t aud took the road leadin g gle. A torrent of oaths continually poured toward the deserted shaft. Not a word was exfrom Brad's mouth, as he fairly foamed with changed between them, but warily they stole rage; and finally, as every movement and feint along. was defeated, in s heer rage and madness he It was a lovely night; the air was mild and buried his teeth in Sandie's shoulder. B.r the pleasant, and the moon illuminated hill and dim light of the moon, which was now partially plain with its silver radiance. After three quarshrouded behind fleecy c louds, this brutal act ters of an hours brisk walking, they came in was unobserved, a ud Sandie, though stung by sight of the place where the old shaft had been the sharp pain, would not himself proclaim it, sunk; and as they approached nearer they but manfully continued the struggle without recognized, in the moonlight, the forms of at giving utterance to a word. Bat the very hor least two score of the miners, who were gathered ror of the thought that he was being literally in knots, or were walking restlessly about, like cha wed by hi s antagonist, somewhat unnerved so many weird spirits. him; and besides, the desperate exertion which he had made against the odds which oppose
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"the villain hath bitten thee, an' I'll cull a fou l on 111m. " We are not hattling for a wager," said San die. quietly. "Thou' rt right, my lad; but he shalt not abuse thee that way, an' I standing to spon g e thee." Anrl in a loud voice the man pro c laimer] Brau's meanness and brutality. A murmur of indignation greeted his statement, and even Brad' s own friends protested against anything as mean as this. "Ye must not disgrace thyself in that way again, Drud," saicl one of the'll, "or I'll against thee. 'l'hou bust a square nntagonist, an' the least thou can do is fight him squarely." Again they came to the scratch. This time, even in the dim light, those that stood nearest to S A ndi e recognized a fierce, meaning gleam in the glance of his eye; and the moment the com bat was renewed they discovered also that he had changerl his tactics entirely, and, in the parlance of the ring, meant business." In stead of waiting to repel Brad's attacks, he him self forced th e fighting; and blow after blow resounded upon the former's hardened face, and the blood began to flow in torrents. The battl e now waxed fierce and ten ible. Fearful blows were given and taken; but throughout, the ad vantage appeared to remain with Sandie, who finally succeeded a seconu time in sending Brad to gras s When the giant came to the scrat c h, after the last fall, it IJecame evident th a t be was begin ning to weaken, and the battle became almo s t entirely on e -sided ; and at length, when Sandi e agaiu suc c eeded in knocking his antagonist down, the latter failed to rise again. "Aha!" shouled Sandie s friends, "the big nn is gone!" and they commenced closing in upon the ring, when suddenly all were startled IJy a wilrl shriek of terror, whose shrill1Jess pro claimed its i s suance from the throat of a wom au, and the llext instant a tigure clad in white cam e rushing in among them. CHAPTER XIV. A S CENE of confusion at once ensued upon the snrlden appearance of this strange, phantom likc figure which glided in among the rough men like a spirit from another world. For a n instant all seemed stricken wilh awe, when the woman spoke : Have you killed him?" she exclaimed, ex citerlly "Killed who, my lady?" Sandie Carmichael." "No, miss; aa' it's a ques tion if he has n o t killed the big un." Who is the big one? What do you mean?" Faith," cried one of th e men, recognizing their interrogator, "it's Miss Gertie Loder, the manager' s niece!" Yes, I am Miss Loder," said Gertie, and I would be thankful if you would explt1in the meaning of. this scene." "Blast me, miss, but it seems queer to see yon at such a place as this. Faith, my lady, there's nothillg of much matter on, only a rouple o' the lads have had a little set to, an' the smaller man has got the !Jetter o' the larger one.,, At this moment Sandie, who had resumed his apparel, stepped forward, and addressin g Gertie, 8aid: My dear young lady, what under heavens brought yon h e re in such a desolate place and a t such an hour?" "I came to save you from being murdered., Mr. Carmichael. You have placed our family under heavy obligations, and I had reason to believe that by so doing lou had incurred the enmity of tho s e who woul do you injury." l am ce1' tainly grateful, my lady, for your intere s t in my fate; but I fear that you have run a greater risk to serve me than I deserve. Come, Miss Loder," he continued, I will a c company you back to the village: it was ver y rash of you to venture out!" and with a gal lantry which was remarkable under the cir cumstances, he advanced and offered his arm to lead Gertie away. In the meantime, Brad had come to himself, and smarting and raging under the mortification of his defeat, had overheard all that had passed, and as Sandie and Gertie started to move away, he exclaimed : Don't let him go away, lads; ye' ll have no better opportunity to punish the whelp." "Ay, man, hut I'm not certain butthou'rt right." DO\VN .IN A. COAL MINE. Sandie had gone some distance with Gertie, an d Lrad just respectfully requested her to h a sten, when one of t h e men called after him: I say, lad, th e lad y will get along well enough the same way s he came : come you b ack. as we'd have a few words wi' thee!" "Don't go back, they mean to do you harm said Gertie. "I'll not go back, miss, an' I can help it; but the feelings of the men are much riled against me." Indian Joe, who had been a silent witness of the combat, and who bad lingered behind when Sandie left with Oertie, now came gliding after them; und as he drew near, said: Sandie must not go !Jack ; white lady bas made trouble; miners mean harm "Have I made trouble!" exclaimed Gertie. Oh, dear! oh, dear!" she continued, "I hope not; I only came prompted by my anxiety." "You have acted nobly, Miss Loder, and you have not made matters any worse, I may hope; the men are much angered against me and are determined to wreak their vengeance upon me; .at any rate, your coming has really IJeen a serv i c e in furnishillg me an excuse for coming away. The miners, seeing that Sandie paid no at tention to their summons, several of them started toward him, again bailing him. S andie turned, and stopping an instant, said: M a tes, I will converse thee in the morn ing ; at present, I must attend to the safety of Miss Loder.'' Just at this moment a clatter of horses' feet was h eard upon the hard road a few rods dis tant, a nd a mom e nt later a cavalcade of horse men appeared. S eeiug the miners, the horsemen at once came to a halt, and after a few moments' conversa tion, they turned in from the road, and drove s traight toward them. What i s the meaning of this lads?" said one of the men. Blast me if I know!" answered another, unless it is a posse from the town, w ith the county sheriff and the manager, Mr. Loder, at tlJeir head!" "Dang it, man bnt I believe thou' rt right!" as the latter spoke, he turned and tled like a deer, followed by several of his companions. Upon seeing thP. movement, the horsemen d as hed ahead in pursuit, and their leader exc laimed: "Stay, in the name of the law! or we will fire upon you!" As the horsemen were close upon them, a number of the miners stopped, while the bal a n ce continued their flight. Among the latter was Tlrnmping Brad. Ouc of the riders seemed 11 you and I have met before; come here m y m a n, l have a pair of ornaments for you." "Ye have no need to put the handcuffs u pou me. said Brau; "I will go along qui e tly euonglr: I have done nothing that I should wis h to run away." r wouldn't trust you, fellow!" aud as he sp o ke be dismounted, and approachin g B rad clappe d th e uipp e r s upon his wrists. lllr. Loder now, for lhe first time, rec ogn ized the presence of his niece, anu with a cry of sur prise. he exclaimed: "Why, Gertie, child, how under hea ven i s it that I find you here?" Gertie gave a hurried exp lan ation of t h e ca u se of her presence, when Mr. Loder dis111our1teu, and advancing toward Sandie, said: You are a noble fellow! you shall never re gret your faithfulness during the last fe w days I shall make it my business to look afte r yotLr interests with the company. Upon hearing !:>andie thus addressed by the manager, the IJalance of the m en, who h ad been captured and were handcuffed, began t o c ur s e and jeer at him. See, lads, e xclaimed one, how pro u d t he informe r is at the pra i se he gets!" Ay, said another: an' we'll hav e him for the inside boss after this, as a rewar d tor his treachery to bis mates." He is a marked man after this, m ates to the brotherb.oou !" said another. During the s e jibes and sneers of hi s former companion s Sandie stood with his head hang ing uown, as though completely overcom e with shame and mortification. "Ay, well he may hang his head, ca lled the men; and another, calling Sandie b y n a me, said: "Don' t !hou feel uneasy about the nec k man? If tho u do s t not, it's because t ho u 'rt not in dange r of dangling from the lim b o f a tree, thou foul whe l p of a traitor!" "Come, men," called out the sheri ff: we will away to the town, and turn the key upo1i these murderers and house-burners, and to-mor row we will come for the rest of them." How did you come here, Gertie?" s a id lllr. Loder, as the sheriff and his posse rod e away with their prisoners. I walketl every step of the way." Well, my child, this is the most ext ra ordi nary adventme [ever kn e w a young lady to be a party to ; but as it is, you must mount my horse, and we will return to the village; a nd accompanied by Sandie and Indian Joe, Mr. Loder started upon his return toward the mine. CHAPTER XV. t o s ingle him out espe c ially, and riding by sevMR. LODER had returned early inthe even e ral others, he dashed straight after Sandie s ing, upon the same night when Sandie fought lale antagonist. Coming pretty close, he called his unequal fight with Thumping Brad, and out: learning the full parti culars of the riot and d e : Hold, Brad, or I'll shoot you down like a struction of his property, had at once dispatched d o"'" Mr. Tilton after the sheriff; and a warrant havTiie voice was that of Mr Loder, the man ing been speedily procured, they had des c ended ager. Brad recognized his pursuer at once, and upon the men as related in the last chapter, and redoubled his efforts to escape. I bad arrested as m'lny of the prime mov e rs in "Once I warn you, Thumping Brad, another the disturbances as possible. se c ond and I fire if you don t surrender," A week later, the examination of the min e r s C oming to a halt, Brad turned suddenly, and came off. Mr. Loder was a firm, uncompto fa c ing the manager, who held his horse back mising man; he was an old manager, had had a loft upon his haunches, the miner exclaimed: frequent experiences with miners under vari Blast thee! why am I thus hunted like a ous circumstances, and it was a principle with dog'/" him never to yield one jot nor tittle. I will tell you at some future time, you Ralston was unable to be present at th e trial ; scoundrel! for the present you are my prisoner; owinoto the injuries which be had rec eived ; and if you do not wish to be shot down, you and andie was relied upon as the main wit will follow me quietly." And as Mr. Loder ness to identify the active participants in the spoke, he aime r l a cock e d pistol at Brad's head .. riot. The latter well knew the determined character What more greatly incensed Mr Lod e r w a s of the manager, and alrn that the chances were I the fact that the policy of insurance on his prop again s t him, if he attempted to escape, and he erty had expired, and owing to this fatal o v ersaid, in a low, sullen voice : sight its destruction proved a total loss. "Thou'rt wrong in cha sing me like a crimi-Brad was the first prisoner summoned to nal; but mark me rich and powerful as tbou'rt, plead. The miners had secured counsel and I'll make thee rile this night's work." the latter had demanded a separate trial nr ex" And I will niake you rue last night's work, amination for each of bis clients. When Brad you villain!" said MF. Loder fiercely. "Come arose in obedience to the request of the cl erk of along, and if you ma&e the least movement to the court, a murmur of sympathy pervad e d the e s cape you die ; so mark me well, fellow!" court. At length the direct examination of th e "I have naught to do but bide thy warning principal witness began at present," replied Brad, as he slowly followed Sandie appeared calm and resolute; ther e was the manager back toward the place where the an unnatural brilliancy in bis eyes, and his fa c e balance
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12 DOWN IN A CO.AL MINE. to believe that thi s man, with such a fine, hand companied by several constables, and by his some face, could really be a miner; and yet he boldness and decision, quickly dispersed the appeared in miner's garb; and in answer to the rioters. questions of the prosecuting officer, answered As the angry men were driven away, Mr. in the idiom peculiar to a certain class of his Loder again joined Sandie, and said: co11f1e1es. "My man, it is not safe for you to return to What is your name?" inquired the county the mine at present, and you had better remain attorney. in town a few days at my expense, until matters "Sandie Carmichael." are somewhat quieted down; then I wish you to What is your occupation?" return, as I can not afford to lose so valuable a '' I am a miner.'' man as you if I can help it." "Were you present when the house of Jlfr. A week passed. During this time Sandie reLoder was fired by the prisoner at the bar, and mained secluded in the town. Indian Joe had his companions?" disappeared immediately aftE!r his rescue by the I was." sheriff from the enraged miners. Sandie had "Please state the occurrences of that night, been anxious to see him, and had daily wan and make plain, to the best of yoar ability, the dered through the town, expecting the old chief prisoner's connection with that affair." to turn up; but the Indian came not. Once, "He was present, and urged the men to l;mrn during the week, Mr. Loder had had an inter-the house." view with our hero, and had insisted that he You saw him and thoroughly identify him?" should remain, and eventually resume his posi Yes, sir." tion in the mines, but Sandie had sha:.en his Did you see him with a lighted brand in head negatively, and protested that he would his hand?" never take shovel or pick again. Yes, sir." Then you can command my services in any Other witnesses were called; their testimony manner that you choose; you have been of great was onl,Y corroborathe of Sandie's; and at the service to me, and I wish to serve you," said conclus10n the case looked very bad for the deMr. Loder. fendant I am very thankful, Mr. Loder," replied The latter's counsel, in his summing up, tried Sandie, with a confident shake of his bead and 1iard to cast discredit upon Sandie's testimony. a mysterious twinkle in bis eyes; "but I am Brd was found guilty, and remanded for perfectly able to look out for myself." sentence ''You are a brave young man, undoubtedly, The trial continued for several days. One and you are capable of somethinehigher than after another of the men arraigned were called the labor of a miner; still, you will find that in to plead, but, strangely enough, Sandie had bewhatever walk of life you may choose, the as come suddenly very forgetful, not a fact could sistance of a friend will prove advantageous to lie remember, implicating either of the other you." pris0ners Mr. Loder, I rendered a service to you, as The witness has been tampered with," said you honor me by calling it, only in my line of the prosecuting attorney. duty; I did not expect any reward, nor do I "He has been intimidated," explained Mr. wish any. Loder. "You are a strange man." At the final conclusion of the trial, Sandie '"Ay, Mr. Loder, a stranger man than you left the court-house a disgraced man. He had dream of." not won the respect of the court officers, neither "You have seen better days; I never noticed had he softeaed the bitterness of the miners' it before, but I am now convinced that you feelings toward him. have a history." The one believed him either bribed or intimi" I have seen worse days, Mr. Louer, and I elated, while his comrades thought that he had hope to see better, if it shall be so ordered by been controlled by personal spite toward Brad, Providence." and had only failed to testify against the bal"Well, man, I can not lose sight of you, and ance of his mates through hoping that I must serve you in some way, as I have after having vented his '\"engeance upon Brad, promised to." he might obtain the good will of his fellow" Who, sir, has taken sufficient interest in a workmen by refusing to criminate them. poor miner like me to induce them to exact a As he was about leaving the court-house, Mr. promise in my behalf!" Loder came toward him, and said: My niece, Miss Gertie Loder, is the pe:son I am under obligations to you, Sandie, alwho exacted the promise from me." though I believe that you coulrt have made my Upon heariag this reply, Sandie started; a debt of gratitude heavier if you had exhibited pallor overspread his face, and his lips trembled more nerve, and have told the truth boldly with excess of emotion, as he replied: about the rest of the prisoners. You need not I am amazed and gratified to learn that Miss lrnve feared, as I would have protected you." Loder has evinced any interest in my affairs, ''Thank you, Mr. Loder," replied Sandie, but, Mr. Loder, you can not serve me; you are with a proud straightening up of his form, but righ -I have a history, and if I chose could you mistake my motives entirely; fear is a sencomm nd any influence in my behalf; but I timent that I do not recognize." neither need it nor wish it. -Time is my best "Then why did not you testify truthfully friend, that may do a good turn for me, or still ag;1inst tl.\e bala!lce of the ruffians who burned permit me to wander the earth, a fugitive and my property?" a vagabond. But, l\Ir. Loder," and as Sandie ' If I did not testify truthfully, sirrl perjured spoke, a noble light shone in his eyes, although myself; I would not tell a lie to save my life, there was a sadness in the tones of his voice, as much less swear to one!., I he added,"' in that unknown world beyond the "Tllen why didn't you testify?" I grave, where the vista of existence is limitless, Because I do not believe in my own heart there shall be a general averaging of the rights that the men were guilty. Brad was, and wrongs of mortality; if I am not righted in to my belief, the sole instigator of the riot, and this world, I shall be in the next." alone responsible; he is convicted, and this "He is a bold, hoaest man," muttered Mr. ought to be satisfactory; you will have less Loder, and one who has moved in different cir cause to apprehend another riot now that he is cles than the society of miners." After a mogone." ment's quiet meditation, he added, speaking At this instant a great noise was heard with-audibly: "Yes-yes; after all, that is the only out the court house. Yells and oaths were solution of the mystery; the man has committee\ mingled with the screams of women and chi!some C!ime, or has been accused of its com dren, and suddenly above all arose a wild, fierce mission, and has to hide himself from whoop. the officers of the lawm the mines. \Veil, well, "Great Heaven!" exclaimed Sandie, as he I would not surrender him if I could help it, rnshed out of the door, thev're murdering even if he were hiding in my very house; yet it poor Indian Joel That was a "whoop of rage is possible the man a villain, still he and defiance. He is my only friend, and must does not look nor act like one." not be murdered because be is such!" and 8an-"Who is that you think may possibly be a die rushed forth, with a savage gleam in his villain?" exclaimed Mr. Loder's niece, Gertie, eye. as she came out of the house and seated herself CHAPTER XVI A FEARFUL and desperate fight seemed im minent. The balance of the miners were fast gathering, and in a few seconds both Sandie and the Indian would have been beaten to death, when the sheriff appeared upon the scene, acon the step of the piazza, near her uncle's feet. I was thinking of that young miner, who seems to have awakened so much interest in your thoughts." '' What leads you to think that it is possible that he may be a villain?" Simply because he is not what he seems and pretends to be." What does he pretend to be?" A miner." "Well, is be not a miner?" He appears to have been for the last six months, Gertie; but that man, you may rest assured, has a history.'.' "I thought that from the first moment he came to waru aunt and I of the intentions of the men upon that fatnl night." "What first aroused your suspicions'/" "The fact that ordinarily he talked Jike a miner; but the moment he became he unconsciously spoke like a man who had as sociated with refinerl people; and furthermore, in spite of his rough lfarb, there was a grace to his movements far oifferent from the usual slouching gait of a vulgar man." It is strange that you should have noticed all this so quickly, my dear." "We ladie1;, uncle, are generally more ob serving as regards these minor points than men." "Gertie," Mr. Loder said, abruptly, "it can't be possible that your heart has become inter ested in this young miner?" Why would you think such a fact possible?" Gertie asked. "We)I, I will say, my denr, that I should consider it very improbable; still, you 11ppear to take an unseemly interest in championing this young fellow, and it struck me that, ue cause there was a slight semblance of romunce thrown about him, owing to tl.Je mystery which seems to surround him, that possibly you might have become more imaginative than prudent; you know, missy, that a dramatic and romantic halo usually pervades a mystery." "Yes, uncle, I am aware of that; but it is not so in this case. I have not tried to imagine who or what this young miner may be-I only know that he has been brave and noble; and I admire bravery and nobility in any one." "Admiration is only a precursor sometimes, Gertie, of a stronger sentiment. ;, What stronger sentiment do you allude to?" ''Love.'' "Well, uncle, if I fall in love with this miner, it will be no fault of mine; our affections go forth, and alight wheresoever they choose, whether we will or not," replied Gertie, loldly, and with a saucy smile. But the romance which surrounds this young man may possibly be suddenly exploded by the discovery that he is an escaped criminal, who is merely hiding in the mines, in the garb and character of a miner for the purpose of evading justice." "I do not uelieve that Mr. Carmichael is a criminal!" "Mr. Carmichael! You are enthusiastic!" "Yes, sir:" "You astonish me; the idea that you should seriously tl:ink of a ruiner, under any circum stances! You forget that you are an heiress." "No; I have not forgotten that fact, as I am constantly reminded of it." "Well, J'lliss Gertie, I ish you to remember one thiag: When you marry, I expect to see you united to a gentleman." "When I marry, uncle, if it should ever be my fate to do so, I expect to marry a gentle n1an '' "Then banish a11 thoughts of this miner, Sandie, from your heart." "I am not aware yet that he has ever held a place in my heart," said Gertie, with a mis chievous smile; but there is one thing, uncle, I want you to remember, that when I do marry, the person I love must be a l.irave, noble, gener ous man; and when I find such, and my heart tells me that he is worthy of my love, I shall not stop to consider whether he is a prince or a miner-whether he is wealthy or poor; but he must be noble and brave and generous!" And with an independent step and a proud carriage of her head, Gertie turned and entered the house. CHAPTER XVII: GREAT heavens! at last! at lasll justice has asserted itself! Vengeance deep and bitter has recoiled upon itself! the mills of the gods grind slowly;' but injustice, wrong, and op pression have at length been crushed beneath their resistless wheels! Hope once again blooms fresh and strong in my heart! Heaven be praised!" Thus spoke Sandie Carmichael as he stood alone in his lowly lodgings in the town where he had resided srnce the trial of Thumping Brad.

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D!lily since the miner's trial, he had called regularly at the post office, and inquired for a letter. And at last his stereotyped inquiry : Is there a l etter for Sandie Brown?" had been answered in the affirmative IJy the cierk; and an instant l ater, with bri g htened eyes and a quick ened step, Sandie, with the l e tter in his pos ses s ion, had hastened home ; and when we find him at the openii:ig of the chapter, he is standing with the letter in his hand; and after having pern serl it over and over again, at length gives uttera nce to the words above quoted. After a full half hour spent in silent com muuion wi1h his own thoughts, Sandie again soliloquized audibly: During the last s ix months I would have received this letter as a mes sage ftom Heaven; bidding me to step from d a rkness into lighl After weary years of toil and mi8ery, where a ray of sunshine never can be found '-ay. then I would have hastened away with li g htning spee d; and nopear that bis death was the result of an accident "Forewarned forearmed," muttered Sandie, as he struck hi s horse's side gently with his heel s upon either flanks, and urged him slowly forward, while in bis band be carried, ready in s tant use, a cocked pistol. l:'pon nearing tlie engine -r oom he again came to a halt, and sung out, in a clear, firm voice: Who is there?" There was no response. Again Sandie called out: If there is any one in hearing of my voice, if I do not receive an answer I will shoot down the first person I meet within a hundred yards at sight!" Again there was no response. The re s ponsibility of a death must rest with the person who refuse s to answer." A third time called Sandie. Still there was no reply Sandie at length was compelled to question whether he had not been deceived by his own imagination, and whether or not some passing shadow had not been mistaken by him for the 13 figure of a human beiog. But then, again, what had s tartl ed bis horse so suspiciou sly at that dangerous part of the road, where such an accident, nine times out of ten, would ha:ve proven fatal. Still, again, there was no one, to his knowledge, beside Thumpiog Brad who was so l arge of stature about the mines. These thoughts followed one another throu!!'h his mind, aod ouly served to perplex him, whell suddenly another sui;mestion presented itself, and he exclaimed exc itedly: "Great Heaven I why did I not thick of it before. Jt may be a stranger, and still he may be lying in wait for me. It is it mu st be n murderer by lot-a man appointed to murder me as an informer! A member of the secret brotherhood! Ay, the man's stature is account ed for-he is set upon my track-he must mur der me, or brealt his oath, or die! Well, let him die, for I feel that my time has not come yet!" 11nd Sandie strnck his horse's flanks smartly, and dashed bravely ahead. CHAPTER XVIII. DmvING past the lane which branched off from the main road and ran by Mr. Loder's house, Sandie drove on some di s tance, and then ct>ming to a bait, picket e d bis horse, and started across the lots toward the house. llfr. Loder's new regideuce wr1s a regular olcl fasbioued country farm house, built after the Dutch sty le, painted red, and wi1h a piazza raised only one step from th e ground, traversing the who l e len g th of the house both front anct rear. As Sand i e approached, a sight met hi s gaze which for a moment caused his heart to stand still; then, with a wild exclamation, be rlnsped his hand to his brow, and reeled and staggered like a drunken man. "My God! my God!" he exclaimed, "this ends it all! my hopes blighted aud blasted in a; moment! Oh, Gertie, Gertie!" he continued "I had indul ged a bright dream; but uo, no I am accu r sed; it is not for me to be h appy on earth; as soon as the cup of happioess is rai sed to my lips, some specte r hand dashes it at my feet, and a mist of gloom arises from the bro km 'I he spectacle which had so suddenly c hanged Sandie's happy antic ipations to dark forebodi ng c l ourls of misery, was the sudden beholdin g, as he approached l\1r. Loder's house, of her whose image filled his heart leaning lovingly up on the arm of a handsome stranger The couple were out upon the balcony and were standing dirertly before the low window from out which flashed a dear, brilliant ray of light, thereby making plain and distinct every expression and emotional play upon both of their countenances. Their attitude could not be mis taken ; it was one of mutual confidence and love. As our read ers will yet l earn, Saodie Car michael was a far different person from what his adveotures thus far would indicate; be was of a strong, intense nature-a man who in bat tle was a lion, and in love a lamb; in strife, his nerves were like steel; in the presence of the object of his affections, like worsted. When Sandie first ca s t his eyes upon Gertie Loder, as he saw her sitting upon the piazza of Mr. Loder's former re s idence, at the time he came to warn the manager of the impending riot, he was, for a moment, paralyzed with ad miration, at the sudden beholding of her rare and exquisite loveliness; and when he heard the tender tones of her voice, a sweet cord of mem ory was touch ed, and a dream of the past came rushing o'er his mind And again, when those pleasant tones trilled the appellation of gen tleman,'' when of th e begrimed miner, the young man was still more -entranced and from that moment there had been a melody sing ing lightly in his heart, wh i ch bad called into life hopes and anticipations which he bad thought never again to experience From that moment the purposes and aims of his lif e had changed. He experienced desires which otherwise would never have been aromed; and, like th e Arab, he would have folded his tent, and as quietly stolen away from the life of a miner. had not he been drawn into the vortex of the scenes of excitement which had succeeded this new revelation in his Ii fe. Each succeed ing hour h ad incre ased Sandie's enC'hantment; and when he began to realize that Gertie really took an interest in his fate, bis joy became keener and bis hopes brighter and more promising of a glorio11g final fulfillment. His admiration had deepened in an intense

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14 DOWN IN A 00.f\..L MINE. and soul-inspired love. One possibility, in the rapture of the momenl, bad never entered his brain; he had uot dreameil that it could be pos sible that another possessed already the rich benison of Gertie's lov'e. Therefore our readers will readily understand the cause and depth of his emot ion, upou suddenly becoming convinced of the fact that another held Gertie's love, and on his unexpected sudden beliolding the two lovers together. For a moment, after struggling with the first excit emenl of his discovery, Sandie stood and gazed sadly aml enviously upou the pretty table a u presented, and was just upon the point of turning away, when suddenly he beheld the shadow of a persou thrown across the ray of light which fl.ashed from the windows, and the next instant he saw the figure of a man steal stealthily and unobserved across in the same directio n. CHAPTER XIX. UPON seeing this dark shadow crossing the glare of light, which fl.ashed from the windows of tiJe house, a cold chill of danger and impend ing peril crept over Sandie's form. For a moment he lost all trace of the st.ranger's form; and he made a complete circuit of the house without regaining a view of it. "Can it be he soliloquized, "that I am the victim of an opticRl illusion ? Twice liave I seen this ill-betiding .figure-this strange, voiceless shadow, and then again has it mys teriously d-isappeared. Am I losing my reason, or am I really the selected victim of some speC'ter from the grave?" Twice, without the radius of light which fl.ashed from the house, and unobserved, San die made a circuit of the premises w'ithout recog nizing the least indication of the supposed pres ence of the man whom he thought he had seen, nnd he was much perplexed. The mlsterions disappearance would indicate that lus fancy had played him some strange freak; and yet, on the other hand, common sense proclaimed \lrnt his horse had not been fooled by his im11gination, when he was so suddenly terrified upon the road along by the dangerous ledge, beneat h which lurked death for an unwary rider. S till, as after the most careful search, Sandie could see no one, he was compelled to believe that possibly he had confounded the figure of the man who had disappeared behind the en gine-house, with the latter figure which he had seen pass across the ray of light from the house; 11nd that the former may possibly have been a dangerous customer, who bad been foiled by his own wariness, and that the latter might most like l y be some person attached to the house, possibly Mike, the [rishman who had assisted in th e d e fense of the mansion. when attacked by the miners. It did not see m probable that the first individual could have rearhed the vicinity quickly enough to have been the original of the second appearance. Coming again to the front of the house, San die took a safe position behind a hedge, secure from observation, a .ad resolved for a few mo ments to gaze. for the last time, upon the face of tli e beautiful woman who had caused hopes to bud in his ho s om which were cruelly nipped ere they had folly bloomed. Without a feeling uf envy or jealousy, this noble man stood and gazeu upon this pi cture of happiness and bliss. As long as Gertie was happy, Sandie was satis fied. Long and earnestly he contemplated her love ly face and exquisitely graceful form. watching each pleasant emotion, aided by the light which flashed from the windows, nppliag ovn her truly angelic fe11tures. He saw the love-light in her eyes, the fl. ush of. maiden tenderne ss 11 pon her chee ks, aud the confiding smile which ii laminate d and enhanced the genernl charm which constituted the tout en.;emble of her whole countenance. Ever and anon, her pleasant, silvery laugh rippled out upon the clear night air, as some witty rema?k of her companion fell upon her ears. He, too, the hands ome, proml, darklooking man with a fine, stern face, and military air and bearing, appeured to be wooed by her gentle spirit into a condition of ex quisite and holy calm. Still Sandie gazed fascinated by the happiness which was another's, and which, for a few brief days, he had fcindly hope d might have been his. At length with a weary sigh, and a heavy sadness at his heart, he turned awny, feeling that he could witness the scene no longer with out giving a wild, incoherent utterance to his own agonized disappointment. He had proceeded but a few steps when he felt an uncontrollable impulse to return hnt.I glance once more, even if I.ml for a moment upon the tableau which pictured what might been. but which in reality doomed him from hence to walk the balance of the journey of life a disappointed and lonely man. Retrac ing his steps a short distance, he suddenly stopped and exclaimed: "No, no! why can I not be a man at once ? I might linger and gaze at that enchanting face for the balance of my life? but no. I will be a man and meet my future of lonely misery at once!" aud again he turned away. This time he prnceeded still further than at first, fully resolved never to look upon Gertie's face again; but a strange, weird iu1foence, not born of his own personal desire, seemed to urge him to turn back, aud the second time he faced about, and advanced to a position from whence he could once more gaze upon her. Climbing over the side-rail furthest from where the two unsuspecting lovers stood, was the same dark, mysterious figure which upon two occasions previously upon this same night his startled gaze had fallen. Slowly but warily, and with a cnt-like step, the tal l. dark figure approached toward the two young people, who, standing with their backs toward l1im, and gazing at lhe clear moon sail ing gracefully past the rifts of clouds, were too intently engaged with each other to be aware of the approach of the dark, threateniug stranger so stealthily and suspiciously drawing near to them. Oh, God!" exclaimed Sandie, mentally, but unable to give utterance to hit thoughts; "she will be murdereu right before my eyes, and I am helpless!" Still unconscious of their danger, the two in nocent persons stood and enjoyed the beauties which surrounded them. Suddenly a clear, musical laugh .rang out upon the silent air; but an instant later, the music of innocent laughter ended in a prolonged shriek of terror. Gertie had turned su.ddenly, and her eyes fell upon the form of the assassin. With a fierce yell of rage, the latter, seeing that he was discovered, sprung forward, holding aloft in hand a formidaqle knife, which glittered and fl.ashed in the light from the window. The suddenness of the discovery of this threatening figure for a moment seemed to freeze Gertie's companion with terror, and it appeared as though he, too, would prove power less to raise an arm in the doomed girl's defense. . But only for an instant did this shock of hor ror prevail; the next saw Gertie suddenly jerked back, and his fonn placed between her and the assassin. "Be it thou first, and then the girl," growled the assassin, fiercely, as he advanced still nearer. and raised his knife to plunge into the unarmed man's bosom. But evell' as the giant mur derer's arm descended, a sharp report rang out upon the air, and the knife fell from the vil lain's grasp, while his aim fell powerless to his side, as though stricken by palsy, or a bolt of lightning. With a howl of pain and rage, the monster started back a step; and then suddenly, with his uninjured hand, he drew a pistol from his jacket, cocked it with his teeth, and levelin g it straight at the man's heart, was about to .fire. Al this moment a dar k figure sprung forward, knocked the weupon from his grasp with a powerful blow, and sought lo seize him and in for 11 desperate struggle. But the as sassin leaperl. back, and with one hound sprung over the railing of the piazza, and disappeared in the darkness. CHAPTER XX. Mn. LODER came rushing from the house with the amazed inquiry "Great heavens! what is the matter? What does this mean? Who fired that pistol-shot? and what alarmed Gertie?" exclaimed l\:Ir. Loder, without waiting for any one of his rapidly asked questions to be answered. Gertie herself was the first to speak. "Oh, uncle, uncle!" she exclaimed, "I and Edgar would have been rT)urdered in oold blood, if it had not been for the bravery and coolne ss of l\'Ir. Carmichael! He appears to be our guardian angel!" Turning to Sandie. J\Ir. Loder said: Come, tell me tire facts. If a murder has been attempted, the assassin may still be lurkin.,. in the vicinity." When our hero ga,e his reason for visiting the manager's house, a strange. sad light shone in Gertie s eye i aucl had the fonuer observed it, and been less modest. he wonhl have beeu mystified, even if all the old hopes which but a few short moments ago he had bid good-bye to fore1cr had not been wholly revived; hut he did not see the expression upon lier face, nor nntice the glance in her eyes, aud the brave heart still lay heavy in his "bosom, and no joy beats were miugled with its throbs, as he stood and answered l\1r. Loder's quick, sharp ques tions. \Had yon any suspicions, when driving l.ly the engine-room, who the dark figure was that so strangely crossed your path?" Yes, sir; I had a suspicion." Who did yon imagine this scoundrel to be?" "Thumpiug Brad, the leader of the miners' riot." "Impossible!" "No, sir; I could not be mistaken, when my eyes once fell clearly upon that man's face. I know his vil!ainClus countenance too well." "Ilutyou mus t b e mistaken ; '!'humping Brad was removed lo the st:rte prison to-day!" "I know that he was to have been, but it seems that he was not." "Is it po s sible that he could have escaped?" It is certain that he has his freedom, and is roaming this neighborhood seeking vengeance upon those who brought him to justice." "But why should he wi s h to murder my niece? She certainly had no hand in bringing him to justice." "I think that he believed, in the darkness, that this gentleman wa s yourself; and he would not hesitate to murder yonr niece, because by that foul deed he would cause you anguish by sac rificing her." Mr. Loder stood for a few moments lost in thought. when Gertie availeri herself of this opportunity to approach Sandie, and, with tears in her eyes, she in earnest language expressed her gratitude. While Gertie was speaking. Sandie stood mo tionless, with a countenf!nce as pale UR marble, and with his lips compressed a s though struggliug to repress some power fill emotion. Final ly, interrnpling Gertie's expre>sions of grati tucle. he said: Miss Loder, you attach too great importance ton simple act, which any man, under the circumstances, would have been proud to have performed." "And yet., is it not a strnnge destiny that should always ordain tbat you should be near when great peril nssa ils any member of my un cle's family?" "No: it is not n strange destiny, but a very ordinary one. I was a worker in your uncle's mine; a few bad men were inclined to commit outrages: I was opposed to violence. and arrayed myself against these evilly' dispo ed men. This ci .rcumstance brought me in connection with the tragic events which followed, and as your family were the objects of a ssa ult, I naturally fell in as an avowed champion of the manager and bis family." "Yes, but what inspired yon to become our friend? I am sure that had it not. been for you mig;ht have all been murde red upon that fotal night. And then how it that you were the only miner that to defend us?'' "I doubt not, Mi ss Loder. tlrat a ir.ajorily of the mioers would rather huve defend e d you than hnve harmed you. There were hut a por tion of the men engnged in the riot, nnd a ma jority of those were the victims of bad liquor and wor se connsels; and furthermore, they had no idea, when led bythe bad ones, to wlrnt ex tremes their leaders intended to proceed. These men felt that l hey had certain wrongs to redress, and started out with the design only of obtain irig their rights; but frequently an assembl11ge of the best men may, in the excite ment of the moment, be led to countenance ex cesses which in calmer moments they would sooner die than commit." "You appear to be strangely prejudiced in favor of the miners? spoke np Mr. Loder. Yes, sir, I itm," replied Sandie, promptly. "You are enthus iastic in defense of them." "Yes, sir, I am, because I am one of them, nod know the hardships that they endure." During all this conversation the gentleman who had been standing alone with Gertie upon the balcony, nnd who was thereby a joint object

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of a ttack with her, now joined in the conver sation b v exclaiming: Is it possible that this noble and cultivated man must always continue to work in the min es?" Yes, sir, re.plied Sandie, in a tone in which was mingled a slight mixture of bitterness; I am o nly a ruiner and I see no reason to be ash a med of my vocation." E xcuse me, I did not mean to speak dis para gingly; I was only surprised that a man of your presenc e and evident accomplishments should have chosen such a vocation "You are not more surprised, Edgar; than we a ll have been during the last few weeks. Our brave friend here chooses to shroud himself in mystery ; yet I hope the day will come when we will-" At this instant l\fr. Loder's words were cut shor t by a sharp report and a sudden flash, whi c h illuminated the night. The next in stant Sandie Carmichael wheeled around, reached forth his hands as though to grasp at somethin g and then with a heavy groan staggered forward, and ere either of the surprised and terrified by-standers could reach forw a rd to save him, fell prone npou his face, ins ens ible and gasping, at their feet. CHAPTER XXL F o R an in stant 1\ir. Loder stood irresolute, seemingly too much s urprised and shocked by the suddenne s of the tragedy, to know what 10 do ; but aft e r lights were brought, and blood was see n ebbing from Sandie's bared breast, he hes.ita ted no longer. Calling upon Edgar for assistan c e t!Jc y bore the wounded man into the house. Mike. who now appeared upon the s ce ne, was ordered to fiarness a horse, and speed a way for a physician, after stopoing at the residence of 1\ir. Tilton, and directing h.im to hasten to the manager's home as quickly as Having thus put matters in train for the car ing of the noble young man wlio had most proba bly lo s t hi s life iu his servi ce, Mr. Loder took down a rifle from the kitch e n wall, and tol d Edgar to arm himself. What do you intend. to do, brother?" cried ] \Ii ss Loder. I int end. to hunt that rascal and assassin until I run him to the earth; and then," and as Mr. Loder sp o ke 11 terrible expression settled upon his s t e rn countenance; and then," he r e p ea t e d, I will act as judge, jury, and execu tion e r to this wretch, who has stricken down thi s noble youth, even upon my own threshold." "Be not ra s h, my dear brother; neither leave m e now; I fear that this no!Jle man is wounded unto de a th. " A nd he h as sacrifkcd his life to save ours! excl ai med Ge rti e I know it, my dear; but your uncle can pl ace officers of the law upon Brad's track; it is n o t necess a ry that he should run any risk 11imself!" U ncle will do as he thinks be s t; but, aunt, if 1 w e r e a man I would purs ue that murderer unto the ends of the earth!" And there was a fier ce gl e am in Ge rti e' s eyes, and a determined look noo n h e r beautiful features, which seemed sudd e iily to have assumed the clear hardness of chi se l e d m a rble as she spoke. Furthe r di sc ussion was t e rminated for the tim e b eing;, b y signs of returning life in tlie wounde d man This indication caused .Mrs. J.Jo der to ply her remedies with renewed vigor, and. afte r a se a s on, Sandie opened his eye s and sa id i n a feeble voice: W hat ba s happ e ned to n1e?' Gertie to leave the room, or retire from t h e vicinity of Brad's victim, llir. Loder advanced, and s a id: My brave friend, you were the victim of Thump ing Brad's tre acliery " T h e n I h a v e bee n wounded ? " Y es, ruy friend", you have; but we hope for the b e st." Yo u hope for th e hest! Then you tliiuk that m y wound i 5 fatal ? " Yo u are a brav e I!.lan; death hath no terrors for you, and I will c oncel nothing. I believe that your w o und i s futal; but we can not t e ll, cert a inly, until the physician arrives." "Where am I wounded?" l\lr. Loder was about to sp e ak, when Aunt Susan again s hook her finger at him warningly, and herself replied : Yon had better defer asking any more ques tions until th e rloctor's arrival, then he can tell you all about it: all we can do is to guess ... DOWN IN A COAL MINE. Again silence pervaded the room for a few moments, when suddenly all were startled by a scream from Aunt Susan who knelt beside Sandie, with her face turne
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16 excited miners, as the figure of a inan emerged from one of the passages, and with a rapid step, approached. directly tow a rd them. "A traitor! a traitor! an informer!" shouted the men, now wrought up to a condition of ab solute fury. "Hold!" thundered the new-comer. "Listen to me!" and as be approached nearer within the circle of lig ht, the startled men observed that his clothes were tattered, and that bis features were pale and bloody, as though he had just es caped from some terrible combat. CHAPTER XXIII. 'DOWN IN A OOAL MINE. Brad the miner bas an arm to lev e l a pistol and a forefinger to pull a trigger!" "An' how came it, man, th a t thou'rt free to avenge thine own and our wrongs?" They h ave not a prison tllut can bold Brad, nor ca n an enemy escape bis vengeance, nor-" At this moment Brad was int errupted by th e sudden appearance among them of one of the miners who h ad been left. at the top of the shaft., who came rushing in pale and breathless. At once b e lik e Brad, was s urrounded by an anx ious and inquiiia g group of miners. "Ay, man, what brings th ee here ? an' of what evil tidin gs art thou the bearer?" ''There must be another traitor and informer among us! We h ave been tracked to tile shaft!" FoR a few moments a scene of terrible excitebe exclaimed. ment ensued. Weapons were drawn, and it ap"Are they upon us?" asked th e leader. peared as though the stranger who bad so mys" No; but they are watching the h ead of the teriously and inopportunely come among them shaft." . would be lit era lly hacked to piec es, when sud" Ilow many, and who are they?" denly one of the men exclaimed: "There are but two, far as we could dis" An' may I die where I stand, if the man is cover. The one i s Mr. Loder him self; the other, not Thumping Brad himself!" an odd-looking figure, such as we have never Finally, when the wild excitement was suffiseen before." ciently quiet e d, Brad was led forward" and es"Silence comrades, and listen!" cried Brad. corted to the middle of the circle, as the men, Aud at once every sound was hushed as he re in ob e dience to the shouted command of their sumed: "To night I tracked Sandie Carmichael pre sid ing ofilce r, again resumed their seats. to the new residence of the manager: twi ce I Brothers, will we hear from our comrade atte mpt e d to kill him, but wa s bafiled. Finally, Brad?" in searching for him, I saw equally us good "Ay! ay! hear! bear!" shouted the men. it was the manager himself talking lov" Let the man who has suffered in our cause mp;ly with his ni ece upon the piazza of his speak," came from a dozen throats. j house. I stole upon them in a moment, and I Brad stepped forward a step or two, stopped, wo uld h ave bad my knife buri ed in bis bosom, and slowly east bis eyes around the whole c irwhen my evil ge n ms, Sandie Carmic hael, ro se cl e ci:refully scanning each face; at length, in before me, and forthe present saved the million a hoar se voice, he inquired : aire tyrant's life. But-ha! hat ba!-sbortly An' is it settled that we h ave no traitors or afte r l h ad my re ve n ge. They were s tandin g informers among us at this moment?" in a group upon the stoop, Sandie, the inform -Brad repeated bis question; thi s time he raised er, in their midst, the hero of the mo ment his voice almost to a yell, and his bloody face when, with this good right hand, I raised my was convul sed with passion, bi s great bosom pistol, fired, and the traitor, coward, and in heaved with excitement, his eyes burned with a former feH, pierced to the heart. He is one Inrid light, and his giant form fairly trembl ed -wbo s hall be a umb e r two'I" in its tattered covering as be added: "But what brings the man11ger here to th e "I am an outlaw, an' my hands are alre ady s haft?" .red with the blood of one informer! I might as "That scoundrel, Indian Joe. has traileu me :well die for ox as a sheep! Then answer me, here ; and if I live a wef!k, he slrnll be number 1s there a traitor among us or are all here astwo; and then the manager hiimelf shall be sembled true and loyal brothers? number three!" The presiding of. the meet.ing was the For a moment the men stood and gazed at first to break the ternble silence which a seco nd each other their faces were clothed with a look time succeeded this fearful inquir y and he said: of anx iou s' inquiry, when Brad again spo k e and To the best of our knowledge, there are said: none but brave men, and comrades true and "Comrades, I am now an outlaw. A price will be set upon my head. Will ye stand by m e to the death?" loyal, present this night!" "Have ye searched, tried, a nd tested?" cried Brad. "There are none present but the sworn m em bers of the brotherhood!" "An' tbou'rt sure of thi s? An' I t e ll thee there might be an error made!" There can be no error; each man gave the password at the head of the shaft!" "An' if thou'rt. sure, man, it is well; for I tell ye, that the demon of th ese mines, the t erri-ble fire-damp with its lieutenant, and not le ss deadly agent, the choke-damp, are not more dan ge rous to thee and me at this moment than a foul informer!" "Let every man be sworn!" said a voice. Ayl ay! let every man be sworn!" called out a dozen others. It is not necessa ry, said th e pres!ding offi cer. I will stan d responsible with my life for eve ry man present!" "What brought ye here to night ? What oc casion was there for a meeting of the brother hood ?" We m et to talk of vengeance for the murder of one comrade and the imprisonment of an other. A grim sm ile overspread Brad's mangled face, as he inauired: "An' who was the man on whom ye sou ght to take vengeance?" Sandie Carmichael!" "An' then ye may save yer breath!" "What dost thou mean, man?" "I mean that Sandie Carmichael, curse him, has already paid the p ena lty of his treachery! "How so manY" "He is dead!" "Dead!" c a me in general chorus from the miners. "Ay, dead! .i answered Brad, with a horrid oath, anrl not less horrible chuckle. "An' by wnose band?" Mine co mrades! be fell wounded unto death le ss than three hours ago; and as all nnrl informers must fall, as long as The nren' s lips were formed for a unanimous r ep ly when the flash of a pistol illumin>lt ed the entrance to one of the s ide passages and was immediately succeerled by the rep o r t of a fire arm, which roll ed, g rumbled, and resound ed through the caverns like the roll of distant thun der. CHAPTER XXIV. WHEN the bullet crashed throu g h the win dow, coming as au instant aud rem arkab l e con firmation of Indian Joe's s u sp icions, the old chie f followed by Mr. Loder, bounded out of the door, a nd started away in rapid pursuit. of the assassin through the darkness "Brad, stop! or In jun s hoot !" called th e old chief, as he came up with the assas s in. But Brad paid no heed to this suggestive in vitat ion to surrenrle r. -and h aving reached the hi gh -road. a nd knowing that Joe was quite an old man, he had no idea but what be could soon distance him . Sudde nly a report sounded in his ear, and a bullet whist.led across bi s shoulder, in close proximity to hi s bead; still he did not slacken bi s pace, but kept along, and after proceedrng some distance became convin ced th a t b e was holding bis own, if not actually gaiaing a little upon bis pursuer. Again a pistol ball whistled near him; a nd soo n again another came hissing and singing over bis bead. Still he kept on, bis hope being that be might reach the buildings about the mouth of the shaft, when, be doubted not, but that be would be able to throw the old chief off his trail amid the many heaps of debris and lumber which there abounded. On, on they sped. The min er, with a thrill of hope, saw th e buildings about the shaft loom ing up in the di s tance : sti)l he felt also that bis strength and wind were failing him, and finally he began to realiz e that his speed was decreasing ; and at the same time became consciou s that the chief was gaining upon him. A thought struck him; be still b ad some charges remaining in his weapon. Turning quickly, be came to a dead hnJt, took de libera te aim, and fired; and inst!Plltly, with a wil d shont of triumph, saw his pursuer stagger forward, and tumble all in a heap in the middle of the road. "You are settled!" be murmured, as h e turned about, and again started on a trot to ward the mouth of the s haft. The moon, which up to this mom ent bad s bori e out clear and bri g ht, sudden ly became veiled behind a mass of clouds which gra c efull y tloaled b efore it; and so dense was the cloud that the whole fondscape was co ruplet e ly shroud ed in darkness. Brad well knew the many windings of the road, and by slackening bi s pace, wa s able, after awhile, to group his way to the mouth of the s haft. Down, down be clambered, with a sure hand and remarkabl e presence of mind, 11nd with arnpidity which would have done credit to an ex l)erienced acrobat. But it was a terrible stra in upo n bis muscles, and as he d escended from heam to beam be at len g th began to feel that his strength was failing him Weaker and weaker be became. He was naturally a man of imm ense strength, but be bad und ertaken t his t e rrible feat after a most exhausting chase and a continued series of excitements, which bad told fearfully upon his great strength. Finally he felt that be could stand the sl rain uo longe r ; eac h moment hi s brawny band took a weaker grasp, and he knew not how near be w a s to the bottom. After all bis desperate s tru ggles, be began to realiz e that b e was to be overtaken by a t e rrible fate. Alone in th a t narrow passage leading down to th e g loomy caverns beneath, with a wild, despairing look he raised his bead and glanced upward to see if h e could judge of th e distance to tT1e bottom. Through the streak of darkness which enveloped the shaft-way, he could see a faint break which showed him the mouth of the shaft.. Uncons<' iously. and for th e first time in man y years, an in s tinctive prayer for mercy rose to his lips, and again h e sought to descend. Thus trem!Jling and praying, h e maoaged to let h im self down a short distance further, when s ud denly his grasp relaxed. the bold of safety upo n which he clung melted from bis clas p, and with one wild ye ll of agony he went whirling t hrougl1 black space. CHAPTER XXV. AT the time Thumping Brad discharg ed his pistol at Indian Joe, du rin g their mid n i ght chase, lbe old chief had vot been hit \Jy th e bu l l et, bat ob serving th e miner's intention to shoo t, he h ad sought to check his speed suddenly an d in so doing lost his balance and fell. The fall for a moment di sa bled Joe. ond by the time he bad recovered his feet, th e ruiner had disappeared ; and as the former started to renew the pursuit, h e h eafll rapid footste ps in bis rear, and a moment l ate r Mr. Loder ca me rushing up. Has the villain escaped ? exclaimed the m a nager, breathlessly. "No; In ju n no let him escape; Injun fa ll' lucky-Brad shoot-mi ss lnjun-u!th! Joe all right." He fired at you, did he?" "Yes; no bit, tho'; lnjun fall; lu c k y fall; save Injun!" 1\fr. Loder questioned the Indian still further, and after ascert a ining all th e facts, he said : "Probably Brad has made tow a rd th e shaft." Arriving in the vicinity of the building s sur rounding the mouth of the shaft they took a short cut, by a pathway whi c h l ed around be hind the building across open gro unrl wbere tbey would be le ss likely be s11ddenly s ur prised and fired upon by the outlaw. This path soon brought them to a small hill ock, from whence they c;ould survey the road leading to the buildings, and nlFo command a c lear view of the ground and sheds about the shaft. "Look!" exclaimed old Joe, suddenly, at the sa me time giving utterance to the characteri s tic grunt, "more than two-more than three Brad's friends come to help him Ugh! Injun thought so!' ( Looking in the direction indi ca ted by the o ld chief, Mr. Lod e r saw the dim outlines of the forms of several m e n stealing cautiously along toward the mouth of the pit.

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"Those are miners!" exclaimed the manag e r in au under-tone. "Yes; ugh! th e re comes more ; something is up," answered Joe. "I wou ld give a thousand dollars," uncon sciously mutte red l[r. Loder, to be a sec ret witness of the gathering; and whnt is more, it is most probable that Brad himself has found an opportunity to communicate with some of the m en, and is the instigator of this gathering." Thus they wat c hed until the majority of the men bad descend ed tile shaft, when Mr. Loder incautiously coughed. The men placed about the shaft. to guard agninst a sudden surprise, heard the sound, aud at once they held a whis pered consultation "Miners heard that," said Joe; "bad man ager-no good on trail." "I am not aware that it makes much differ ence whether they heard me or not, as I int e nd to approach them and find out the intent of the meetin g. They have a right in the mine only when work i s going on." Tliought mana ge r wanted to hear whal. miners said down in the mine?" "I do." "Injun take manager down-see alt--hear all." How will yon get down there without l et ting the m e n at the shaft know it?" Kill men at s h aft-then manager and Injun go down." "No, Joe; we mu s t find some other way, if at all, t.o discover the purpose of the miners se cret gathering," said Mr. Loder Then mannger most wuit." Thus a fnll hour The mnnager and the old chief r e mained watching, while the min ers' sentr i es als o were evidently upon the alert. At J eno-th, Mr. Loder's patience becomin g ex hau s ted he was abont ID rise lo hi s feet, when a warning cry from the Indinu caused him to lie low again. Bending bis ear to the ground, old Joe said: "Hist!" A few moments brou ght Mr. Tilton to the shaft, where Mr. Loder joioed him, and was delighted to reco g nize in his companions the inside and outs i de bosses. "What is the matter ? What is going on now ?" inquired Mr. Tilton," anxiously. Mr. Loder rapidly outlined all that had oc curred during the last few hours, when Mr. Tilton said: "I received an inti:nation about half an honr ago, that the mioers were assembling at the shaft, from one of the mule -boy s." Yes, there are at least two score of them below." What had b e tter be done?" One of the bosses now spok11, and said: It will be dangerous to g o down the mine, and I wonld suggest that we go away and l e ave the men to without mole s tin g th em; we can find out to morrow, by some meaos, the ob ject of the meeting." "But Brad is down there. a nd if we go away, he may ascend and escape "I do not think ther e is much rlanger of that, as he could have no safer hidin g-p la ce than in the many passage s down in the mine." "But they may be h a tching some foul con spiracy." "We can not ga in by going down the mine, even if they a re; and 1t would be mad ness for any one to descend among s uch a crowd, where they are bound by oaths so t e rri ble. Several men might be killed, and the actual murderer would n eve r be known. After some further con Sllltation, it was deter mined to act upon th e suggestion of the insi de boss; and the party left the mouth of the pit, a ll save Indi a n Joe. The l atter s tole away in the night, mumbling and muttE!ring to him se lf and was soon out of sight, hidden among the sheds and deb1is which surrounded the shaft . CHAPTER XXYI. AT the time, as previou s ly described in a former chap t er, when the news was announced to the assembled brotherhood, that the miners had been tracked, and that the fact of their gathering had b eco me known, as recorded, in the of the exritement a pistol was sud denly clischar ger l. A wild consternnti1111 followed the flash and report ; the majority of the men concluded that, by n concerted movement, they were to be tired upon promiscuomly, by a s h eriff's arme posse, from the entrances to the many passages DOWN IN A COAL MINE. 17 leRding into the chambe r where the meeting had taken place. that they should not fall into any trap at the beac1 ohbe shaft "Extinguish your torches !" shouted the man who was the leader of the secret ga thering." "Ay, comrades!" called another, '.'the min ions of the owners are upon us!" "Lay low, comrades!" again call e d a voice, and the men fell upon their faces. Thus full ten minutes passed, when a few of the most prominent, among whom was Thump ing Brar!, held a whispered consnltntion. Can it be possible, man, that we have been needles s ly alarmed?" "Ay, man; but I believe we have," answered Brad. One of the m e n volunteered to ascend and jumping into the bucket, the s ignal was give n, and away he was car ried, up through the da rk ness. Full five minutes pa sse d, when a retu rn s i g nal came, announcing that all was light and the bucket came down Tims gang after gang went up, until all w e re soon again gathered at. the mouth of the pit. CHAPTER XXVJI. It may be that we extingui s hed the lights THE strange events which bad occurr ed upon too quickly!" the night when Sandie Carmichael was shot by "Not a moment for safe ty ; and we can light Thumping Brnd, seemed to have, for the t im e them again easy enough, an' we did." being, quelled the mutinous spir it of th e miners; "We'll risk the lighting of one torch. We and, as nothing h ad been said to them th ey re can go awa;v to one corner, l est, as we are, we sumed work, and things went on as formerly, might remam until morning." there being no indications of the resumpt ion c;if "You're ri ght. Give me a torch and a few active and violent demonstrations. matches. I ll chance it!" For reasons of his own, Loder had tlete rTaking a torch, Brad, who was well acquaint mined not to appear as thoug he was cognizant ed with the bearings of the chamber, and who of their sec ret gathering; and thus, for th ree b a d been l ess excited all throuo-h than any of weeks, matters proceeded quietly. the rest of them crawled over" to one corner lo the meantime, Sandie had rapidl y recov struck a match a moment l ater arose to ered; the pistol ball, fortunately, havin g taken feet bearing a' tlamiug flam beau. Then causuc:h a course not to make the wound vita.lly tiously he mude a circuit of the c hamber, peersernms, a_nd Ins. naturally strong const1t ut10n iog cautious l y into the depths of each passage. nobly ralhed the effect of the After passing to them all he called out: The fact of Sandie's r eco.very was the "Dang it, m en! an' ye have been frightened of l ow, muttered conversations among th e mm by shadows. Light your torches and stand to ers. when a few _of them were gathered where your feet like men! the:y their talk could not. be overh ear d. Quickly all the torches were again lighted 'I he ongm of the ghost stones among the "From whence came the flash and report of muleboys, must be well known to ou r re ade r s the pistol?" said Brad. to more explain phenomenon, we "It was I that fired at the face of a man look will relate an mc:deut which occurred a week ing from yonde r passage," answered one of the su.bsequent to the secret meeting down in the men, in a low, tremulous tone of voice. mrne. "lt was thou was it m a n? then thou be Two of the mrners, a couple of men who hancred as a and a' fool to cause thy ip throughout had liee n Brad's-:no stea rnest cham such a fright!" :vere h ac king away one forenoon with An' I saw a strange faclf, an' fired at it," their picks, at a breast of coal: when sud den ly s poke up the miner, in a bolder voice. were by a low hist, _and the next "Ay; it was in thine own cowardly brain Brad m person, stood th em. that thou sawest the face, sawuey." 'I he outlaws appearance was terribl e "Not on my life was it ; an' it was face I as he brushed back_ the shaggy locks fro m his have gazed upon hefore au' I'm not mistaken." sca rred face and sa id : "Then whose face dld'st thou see, man?" "Good-day to thee, au' what s the "The face of India n Joe; an' I'm a liar if I news from above?" did not " A bout the same as when we last r eported. "Indian Joe!" fairly shouted Brad, his bloody nothing newt? tell thee, i;iiy man." face becoming s u ddenly convulsed with surAn how about Carmwhael, the rnformer?' prise -they tell me, comrades, that the h ell -hound Ay. it was the face of the old Indian of a spy i s getting the better of the wound I ,, . 'an gave !um." no mistake, 1 ephed th e mrner. .. A "th th t d I "How could th e Indian g et into the mine y, wi e, en_ e r 1 e I'd like to ask?" said one of the men. from the manager_ s ?,1ece, II s so said that he U D t I r t rk 1 th soon b e about agarn ang 1 easy euoug 1. mos 1 e X e same A ferocious expression lowered upon Brad's way as I came mys elf not long smce. 1 d b fi '.'An' bow was that, Brad ?" as he exc a1me _,wit. a erce oath : "Most ways by my own wi11, climbing down the ma!1age1 s. mece! bu_t she rnay_not th e frame-work and about tw e nty-five feet thmkmg that m that viper back mto whirling the darkness, wh e tli e r I wonlcl ay be t t h 0 or" n ee, man u 1 repor 1s ru e s e 1s. r ,? An' it was a wonder that : thou wert not the killed, man." "An. how !s th.at, mates ? .. It 1s wl11spe1 ed among the women tha t Ay; _but I was but fortunately I es-with hi s oily tongue, which gave hi s caped with _brmses; Ay, I te_ll then, away, he has won th e lov e of the manao-er's mates, Brad am t gorng to croak' until a few ni ece 0 of his foes h ave lJeen plant e d first-'.'. A wild, savnge laugh burst from Brad' s lip s Well, "'.hat s.h?ll we do fu!the_r,? au 1f Im as he exclaimed: a of tnnf\, 1t s near mornmg. "I he has. mateR!., Away, then, all of ye, up the shaft, and "An' why, comrade?" giv<: you.r own comrn g dow!) to "An' thou art a pair of fools, an' ye can not all rnqmrers; anti it will not be my fault if ye see that if such be the case I can caus e the do not _have m_eeting, an' that s!1ortly, wretch more mise ry than the torture of hell a nd without mterrupt1on, too. But mmd ye, would! Ha! ha! but it' s glorious new s ye have when y11 come hours for the labor brourrht me. mates, and some good ni g h t, not of the day don t forg et to brrng me food; nor far hence, an' I will need thy service to raise me need I tell thee not to blat of my presence below up the shaft." h ere, your oaths as members of the brotherSandie Carmichael was fully re c overed. For hood. a week he bad daily taken n walk, and gene rSlowly and cautiously the body of miners ally had been accompanied by the fair g ir l who now made their way through the passages, back had generously assisted her aunt in nursing him toward the foot of the shaft. At any moment bnck to life and health. they expected that they might fall into a trap, Upon a lovely evening we find them wa lking or might be sndden ly fired upon. together It had been an extremely hot clay Without incident, they reached the foot of the and they had deferred going out until th e shaft, and finding no indication of the descent bad sunk partially behind the hills. of any one, save the man who had been let down Sand ie, as he rea c hed forth his hnnd, hi s face to warn th em of the presence of lookers -on, beaming with happiness, to assist Gertie over a they gave a signal intended to warn any one at gully which l ay bet ween them, l ooked littl e like the mouth of the shaft that they were below. the coarse, g rim y-faced miner who had first After waiting full thre e minutes they were been beheld b;yhi s companion when he came pleased to perceive an answering signal; and, upon that spnog day and asked if Mr Lode r after a moment's consultation, it was decided to was at home. send one of their number aloft, to make sure As, with his assistance, Gertie leaped over-

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18 from one bank to the other, she exclaimed playfully: Well, sir, how strong you are getting!" Yes, Miss Loder," replied Sam.lie, a s in gu lar expr ess ion suddenly cloudin g his face, "I'm stronger and yet weaker " Tlle1e you go, t a lkin g my ste riou s l y again Now, Sir Gentleman, yon ha\e frequ e ntly prom ised t o explain certain seeming my s t e rie s which surround you, and I s hall insi s t that you unfold to me the strange tale. It is a romantic one I feel certain. For a moment San die looked thoughtful. At length h e sa i d abruptly: Ge rtie, who was that ge ntl e man who was standing with yo u upon the balcony the ni ght that Thumping Brad made bis murderous attack upon yon?" Yes; and when you for the fourth time Tfsked your life to save ours. " 1 am not talking nor inquiring about that. You wish me to unrave l a m ys t e ry for you; but fir t 1 wish ycu to solve a ridclle for me. " What riddle can the identity of that gentle-man be to you?" A g reat rii!dle." I ca n no t see how; pray tell me? " Miss Loder, this latter fact is another rid I d look of strange mystery r eturning to his face. And wh y do you w ish that I wa s n min e r's -daughter?" inquired Gertie, looking at her <:ompan ion curiously. Because, then I could woo thee!" exclaimed Sandie. Gerti e blushed to the t emp l es. Again Sandie spoke: "Yes, beautiful and t e n de r one, if thou wert but a miner's daughter I could woo, an I'd hope to win." "And why ca n't you woo me now?" sa i d Gertie, in a faint, timid voice. Because I a m a miner. " What is that to me, [ have once asked you. "Listen, Miss Loder, anrl t e ll me truly; your -words hnve often implied that there was some DO\VN IN A COAL MINE. secret connected with me. Didst thou e ver sus pect t'!Jat I was aught else but a miner?" Yes, I have. " Since wllcn ?" "Since the night I saw you first." A g lo6my look came over Sandie's face, as he r ep lied sternly: Then you have been mi s taken all this time. Miss Lode r, for I am nothin g but a min e r. I never worked at any other bnsincss or trade io my life!" "We ll? said Gertie, shortly. Well?" repeated Sandie; and there was a pause "Well?" a second time, said Gertie; this time with an increased significance in her em phasis. You m ea n this well as au interroga tion?" Y es I do." Have I not told y.ou. ti.mt you w e re mistaken in your suspicion s, and that I am truly a min e r?" ' And again I say well?' '' reit erate d Gertie. ' What do you mean by this emphatic weU ?'' 'I mean . Sandie Carmichael, t!Jat if you were a thousand times n miner, it would n o t alter nor affec t one jot nor tittle my re spec t for you." And could you lov e a miner?" cried Sandie, earnestly. l might, if he asked me to replied Gertie; especially if he was a brave and noble man, and hnd risked his life on severa l occasions for me; an d was, in fact, 11 h ero." "Then I do ask you to love me; and I can promise you in return a l ove as pure, and ea r nest, and enduring as eve r found birth in a man's l.Josom; n.ud can you, oh. Gertie! c a n you prom i se to love m e and accept my l ove in r e turn?" "I can," a nswered Gertie, as Sandie extend ed hi s arms to encircle her wa i s t ; and s h e was about. to spea k further, when n thunde r -c lap fairly s hook the wqlls of the cave in whi c h th ey s tood ; and with 11 sodden exc l amation of sur plise, Sandie 1 ecoilerl from her, and ga zed, with a fierce glare in ki s eye, toward the entrance of the cavern, with in which, during the foregoing co nversation, they bad r eceded. "Great heavens!" c ried Gertie, in sudden terror" what is it?" "My dear girl," answered Sandie, "we seem to be surrounded by p e rils. I may be mi sta k e n, but I think tha t I saw the da1k shadow of a well-known form thrown across the entrance to thi s en ve." "Oh, mercy!" screamed Gertie; "was it that outlaw and assassin Brad?" '' Do not tremble so, nor lose thy courage, d ea r girl; I will J ) roiect you with my life." "But we will both b e murde red!" I guess not," r eplied Sandie, with a slow, s teady emph asis upon each word; and 11s he s poke, he drew a pistol from his pocket, cocked it, and added: "He will not permit m e to per' i s h just upon the of a new lif e; if danger threaten s us, we will pass through it safely ; anrl if a foe is near us, let him beware, for now I am a dangerous man!" "Ay, m y young gallant, but I be more d an gerous!" ca ll ed the well -k nown, harsh, threa t ening voice of Thumping Brad from without th e cave Go thy way, Brad, or thy mo ments of life are numbered! called back San die. Ay, but thou're a well v e r se d braggart, Sandi e Carmichael, the spy and informer; but I'll not hav e a struggle with thee now, man, au' thou wilt g ive up the g irl quietly." "Fienrll ask me to give th ee my lleart's blood, and I'll do it but thou shalt not touc h th e hem of th i s lady's garment." "Don't re c kon too much, mate; there are two of the brotherhood with me, an' we mean business! An' thou don't g ive up the g irl, we will take her, an' thy heart's blood, too!" "But thoushalt have the go ld man, never theless, an' thou'J t but go thi11e own ways!" "Tbou'rt a fool, Sandie! G iv e up the girl au' thou 'It save thin e own carcass!" Will yon take a price, no matter what it may be?" said Sandie. No, I will not. replied Brad, fiercely, .aml thou canst take that, thou base informer and betrnyer of thy mates!" and as Brad spoke he leaned forward beyond the w all of the en trnn::e to the c av e and discllarged a pistol straight at Sandie. The next moment an n n swe ring report came from wit bin the cave, and tli e voice of Sa ndie ca lled l oudly : "An thou canst take that, thou fiend!" while a f the sa m e time Gertie gave uttera nce t o a cry of terror, and fe ll forward in se n s ible in his arms. "Thon'rt armed, lad!" s hout e d Brad. "Ay, man, well a rm ed; an' if I ge t another s h o t at thy conk I ll send thee home!" re plied San d ie. fiercely, as he stripp ed th e coat fro m his back, placed it upon th e floor of the cavern, and ge ntly l n id th e unco n sc ious fo1 m of Gertie upon it, a t the same time keeping a wary eye upon the entrance l es t Brad m i ght witness hi s mo veme nts and spring suddenl y upon him After the di scharge of the pistol-shots and the brief dialogue recorrled, there wa s a moment's sile nce. Sandie, taking his handkerc hi e f from his pocket nod w e ttin g i t at a littl e stream which trickled through a c r ev i ce and r olled down th e ,side of the cave, bat!Jed the face of Gertie. After a few moments h e had th e rntis faction of witnessing s i g ns of r eturning co n sciousness. Rene wing hi s effo rts, he a t length succeeded in re s torin g h e r wholly, when, rais in g h e r in his arms, h e bore her hack de epe r into the rece sses of the cavern, fearful lest Thumping Brad mi g lit aga in discharge his weapon. As he penetrated further into the cave he ob se rved that i t became narrower, and at he found him self in a p assage h a r d l y wide enough to permit of further progress "We ca n go no further," li e mutte red; "nor can Brad and hi s fellows come llere in safety; and yet I dare not k eep thi s denr g irl in these damp. g loomy depths much longer." Do not fear for me, S!indie, I will not faint again, no m atter what h uppeus Are you not my affia nced husba nd, brave ns a lion ? And would I not make bot a poo r wife for one as bold as thile, if I cou l d only prove an iu eu m brance in an hour of danger and grea t peril?" "Bravel y s pok e n, dear girl; J am uot hope l ess, but it i s not pleasant to be caged like a wild hcast in bis l air." "No; lml I lleard yon say that w e were safe for the present. If tha t is so, why tan not we quietly wail until th a t outlaw, Brad, shall go away, o r w e shall b e mi ssed and so m e person come to onr ass i s tance?" "I do not think that our cl1ances a r e good for the occurrence of e ith e r of the fortunate alte r natives which you mention. "Then, whut can w e do ? At least if we must die l e t us d i e to ge ther. " My precious o n e, I h ope that ou r chances are better than you appea r to hope. If I could only trust you, I think that I could ex tricate us both from our present perilous position." .You can trust me to do whatever you d i rect." "Would you dare to rem a in h e r e alone fo r a few moments?" "And you to go out and risk your life in a combat with that outlaw Brnd?" M y dear R irl I do not see as we have any other chance.' But suppose you should be killed, what will become of roe?" I do not fee l th a t I am to be killerl I have been in even more perilous positions than I am at present. save your presence." "Oh! I dare not l et you go. How imprudent it was for u s to come fur fiom home, kno w in g that Brad w as at lib erty." I did not tlliuk that he would dare leave the I F it's ransom th o u'rt after, scoundrel, mine at present." CHAPTER XXIX. name thy price, and tho u s halt have it! "Oh, Heaven! would that we were safe." D a n g thee. man, wouldst thou buy thyself "If you will permit me to go forward alone, off with the price that g i ven thee for be-and promise not to l eave t!Jis place until I b id traying thy comrades? Brarl i s a poor man, you to co me, we will soo n be safe." and likes th e shiners,' but would have none o' "I will do anything that you ask me t o, no the trnitor's and inform er's gold!" matte r what the consequences may be to m y-" Go thy way and thou shalt have the weight self; I fea r alone for you." of thy wicked h ea d in solid go ld! "Gertie, night has fallen; Brad is already "Ha! hal" laug hed Brad, coarsely "Pretty parti ally baffled ; he doe s not exactly know what offers thes e are from i::landie Carmi chael, the .,to do, or he would have followed us into the miner!" 1 cave; but he dare not. I think that I can take

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advantage of his cowa rdi ce and indecision, and make him a prisouer ere h e i s aware of my ap proach." "Do as you think best; I will remain here as though I was frozen t o th e spot, aud may Heaven help you!" "Fear not; I fee l an inward confidence that all will soon be right; but under no circum stances must you disregard my command to leave this spot, e,cn though you hear the sound of a struggle going on, les t you might appear at an untoward moment, and be the meaos thereby of givin g an ad\antage to our enemies." Brad and his companions, after tile exchange of shots, were uudecide1 l what to do. An at tempt to enter the cave would have been attend ed with great risk-in fact, an almost certaiu4y of being shot dead in the narrow passage which led into the i>roader cave beyond. The outlaw had hoped that Sandie was un a r med; a!lll he had di scharl?ed hi s weapon more for the purpose of ascertarning thi s fact, than with the design really of shoot in g Sandie. Re cently the purpose of the miner demon toward our hero had materially changed; hehad a more diabolical scheme of revenge than the mere tak ing of Sandie's life, although in the end he m eant to have tlte heart's lllood of the man run ning red upon the b l ade of his knife. After waiting some length of time, and hear ing no sound within th e cave, an idea snddenly struck the outlaw, and he said to one of his companio ns : "Bl ast m e Tom! but I fear that the bloody informer has escaped us after a ll!" "An' how could he escape, Brad? No one lrns c ome out from the cave." "Ay, mate, but he may have gone further within, anrl have found another outlet." "Thou.r t imagining a, l o n g c hance, Brad." Ay, but it may be pos,qible; this Carmichael, the informer, is a m e ttlesome lad, an' would most likely have shown fight e r e this, if h e hadn' t dropped upon some better plan." G o you in then, man, au' thou'lt soon find Ont whether t>r not the game has gone away." "Hark ye, Tom, it's not many minutes since thou wert hell fir,, d to go in and drng the informer out. an' it s now thou hast a chance." "An' if thou'lt say that thou'rt afraid to go thyse lf, I'll go in." "I believe in mv heart that neither of thee dare go in; an' as I'm appointed by the brother hood to seek this m an, it may be my rail to go; an I will spoke up the third man, who was a delegate appointed from a distance, as was i.1sual, when an informer was to be disposed of, to m a ke away with Sandie . An' if thou do;,t claim the right to enter .first, th e n we' ll not stand against thee, mate.". Then in it is," said Urn man; and he ad vanc ed toward the entrance to the cave, when Brad called in a whisper: "Hold. man! drop upon thy kne1JS, an' if the informer fire on thee, the ball will whistle over thy head, instead of stopping its song in thy bosom." "Thou'rt right, Brad, an' I 'thank thee for thy caution;" and the fellow dropped upon his belly, and commenced to crawl slowly and warily into the cave carryin g a cocked pistol in his hand, and a large sheath-knife between his teeth. CHAPTER XX:X. You will have a ca:re for yourself, Sandie?" Have I not e very reason that man could irnve to care for mystlf? Ay, dear one, more than thou dreames t of. One kiss, and I will go to outwit and conq11er, I hope, for the last time, this, mr sleuth-hound-like enemy." And rn the darkness of that g l oomy cavern, with a deadly p e ril encompassing them, the first kiss of an acknowledged affection was given and received by th e se two young under cir
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20 DOWN IN A COAL MINE. Then how can you sit there, and wi(h such indifference lis ten to the statement that the g irl has fallen in l ove w ith a mere min e r?" But I do not believe that he i s a mere miner." If he is not, then, in m e rry tell me, what i s he?" If I find what you have just told me to he true, I shall a s k him." Well what th en? " If I 'find that he is a n hon est man, a n d is not hidin g because of some crimina l act ion but can give a satisfacto r y reason for hi s freak, I s hall say, if you two are both agreed, a ll right, go ahead." And you dare to tell me this brother?" Y es: I suppose that as l ong as l ascertain that he is an lionest man, for I am satisfied that he is a brave and intelli gent one, I can not see but what I have done my duty to my niece." But suppose he i s a poor man, without a cent in the world?" That is Gertie's business alone; she i s ri ch enough for two." "And yon will see a fortune thro wn away upon this mysterious adventure r ?" '.'Some man mu s t marry h e r and share her fortune." But if this fellow shoulu prove to be noth-ing but a miner after all?" "So much the better, if Gertie loyes him ; he mi ght be worse." "You shock me! Your niece marry a miner!'' "There's m any a brave and noble heart beats under a miner's blouse, my dear s i ste r; an d if this m a n Sandie Carm i chae l i s int elligent the fact of his being, as yo u say, nothing but a miner, will make no difference in my estimation of him. I would r athe r have my niece share her fortune with an honest miner than throw it away upon some well-dressed, lazy fop, who would live upon her and abuse h er." W e ll, I w1mt yon to under s tand one thin g; I shall protest against this marriage until the last moment." "Yo are at perfect libe rty to do so, Susan," sa id Mr ,oder, carelessly, as h e arose from hi s seat, and walked into the house. Miss Susan Loder f elt outraged ; her indi gna ti c found vent in coutinued mutterin gs after the d epa rture of her brother, and h e r fingers worked rapidly as she knitted away nervously. And so the afte rnoon passed away; the s un sunk bellind th e n e i g hborin g ridges !llld peaks, and the s h a dows of evening began to l eng then, and she sat there kqitliog away as though her lif e depended upon the accomplishment of a certain amouut of work. Finaily, s he raised her eyes, and s e emed to become sudde nly con sc ious that the s hade s of night were rapidly falling. "My goodness!" she exclaimed, "that fool ish g irl h as not r eturned yet. I wonder where shCJ couh.I have stayet.1 so l ong! Ano th er half hour passed; twilight was s u c ceedet.l by night: the sta r s came forth, and still Gertie and Sand i e d id not return. Can it be possible that that mysterious scamp has e loper! with her? I hav e heard of snch things! Oh, my what sha ll I do? Here. Mikel Mike! called Aunt Susan. Mike soon appeared, when Miss L ode r said: "Did you notice the direction my niece took when she went walking this afternoon?" I did, ma'am." W ell, yon go at once and look h er; and if yo u find her tell her to come home at once; the poor c hild ought not to be out a moment in the night air Mike started away, shaking his h ead know in g ly ; while Miss Loder enter ed the house to tell her brother of his ni ece's strange and unac countable absence And Susan did not find h e r brother within the house nor did she me him until ten o'C'lock. In the m eant ime, Mike h ad returned and r eport ed the ill success of his errand. As Mr. Loder entered the hou se, hi s sis ter rushed toward him, her face convu l sed with anx iety and apprehen sion, exclaimin g. Brother! brother! Gertie, our darling, is lost!" Lost! What do yo u mean?" "She went out walking this afternoon with this man-this villain I believe him to be-Car mi c hael, and has not returned!" This is, certainly, strange," said Mr Loder, thoughtfully "Yes; more than s trange it's terrible the poor girl has bee n killed, or what is worse, th at rascal has run away with her!" I will g o and look," said Mr. Loder: but you mu st not be worried; I guess we will find her a ll rig ht! "Oh, yon men! you men! Find her all right, and h e re it is afte r ten o'clock now!" "Come, Mike!" said Mr. Loder, reaching t.lown his rifle, we will go and see if we can find my niece and h er companion." Hours passed, and S u san paced the floor, be coming more and more excited. Midnight c11me and passed, and Mr. Loder did not come: and so one, two, thr ee, four o'clock came and went, a nd not until the mornin g beJ!;an to dawn did llfr. Loder return. Then he came, worn, mud stai ned, and with a terribl e look of anguish upon his face. "Oh, you have not found h e r!" screamed Aunt Susan, as she ru s hed out on the piazza, uron seein g her brother approac h. "No-we h ave not; but 1 do uot despair yet; a s torm swept over th e mountains some five miles distant from h e re,* and they may have taken r e fu ge for the night somewhere ... No ; I know that she is killed, or be e n run away wiih! I heard the thund er; th e s torm mu st h ave passed over before dark!" While they were still talkin g, Mike suddenly exclaimed: Who is that coming?" Whv, it's the old Indian chief," cried the manager. '' I am glad to see him coming, for now you ca n rest assured that we s hall rec e ive Oe\VS!" CH APTER XXXI I. WITH s low and stately s t eps the old c hi ef drew near. The manager, un able to r estra in bis impatience; went toward him and said: "Well, Joe, what news do you bring? Speak quick!" "Ugh! Come!" replied th e old chief. "Te ll me, fir s t ; hav e you seen or heard anything of my niece?" "No;" answered lh e Int.lian, shortly. "Have you seen your friend Sandie?" "lnjun says come!" "Come where, chief? Don't you know that your friend Sandie, the miner, is missing ?" "Injuu knows where Sandie i s." But my niece-don't you know where she is ?', "No; lu,;un don't know." "But my niece and Sandie Carmichael went away to get her. "Injun knows th at." The n why in thunder, you red mystery, the miners, when the workmen, in a body, l efb th e ir work. and crowded down to the vill age. It soon became noi sed about, also, that the two men had been treacherously murd ered by Sa ndie Ca rmichael ; and th e men a ll became furious and mad with ra ge. Mr. Loder tried t<> start a contrad i c tion to this awfu l rumor, but none believed him. "Ay, lads," the men would excla i m it' s well for the man age r to tell this s t ory t o screen the man who has served him so well as an in former; but no such tale will go down with us!" "Let's away to the house, and tear the informer and murder e r from his hid ing place, and hang him like a dog to the nea rest tree!" "You will not find him at my house! sho ut ed the manager, mounting a cart and trying to gain the men's atte ntion Thou liest and well thou knowest it?" yelled of the men, fairly foaming wi th a demoniac rage. But I t ell yo u that I am the greatest suff er er! Thumping Brnd, the outlaw, h as abducted my niece, and Carmichael has gone to her rescue It was in her defense that he was com pell e d to s l ay th ese two unfortunate men " Go nnd tell that to yonder cliffs, but 'tw ill not go down with us. Come, m en, let 's awa y and hang the i nformer!" Hold one moment, men while you have som e r eason l e ft. Promise me th at if yo u do not find Carmi c ha e l a t my house. neith er my iamily nor goods sball be injured." "Ay, th a t we ll promie, trnly. It's the bloody informer th at we're after, an' we'J.I have him er e uight falls, the spy and assassin!'.' "I warn you, my lads, that you harm neit her livin g persons nr.r property about m y place!" "We'll harm Sandie Carm i c hael whcre'er we find him!" And with yells and s h outs and threats of vengeance, th e m en in a body, started for the man age r 's house. Leaving them on th eir way to seek Sand ie, and wreak their venge11nce upon him, we will r eco rd what bef ell that individu a l him self. The persou who entered th e cave jmt as our her o f ell under th e repeated blows of his a n ta.11;onist, after having lmried hi s knife in the l atter's heart was the o ld Indi an ch i ef, Joe. As th e Indian felt around warily in th e dark ness, he said in a low voice : "Ugh' Injun come to h elp friend If anclie lives, l e t him speak . But t o thi s inqu iry th e partially stunned Saudie made no reply. "Guess Injun too l ate!" said the ch i ef. Sand i e killed!" and as h e spoke he ran his finge r s over the face of one of th e men. "No Sandie!" h e muttered ; "mi ner's dea d! Feeling around hi s fingers came in contact with the fast.st iffenin g feature s of the other mine r ; and again he muttered, "Ugh! No Saudie!" Finally, after and groping a rou nd his hand rest ed upon th e Jiviu g face of th e one he was in sea rch of. At once he recognized our hero, and seizing him by th e shoulders, he drew him forth from th e cave, out into the air, whe re, under the s tailight, his suspicions as t o his iden tity were confirmed. The fresh air somew hat revived our he ro, and h e said in a faint voice: Where am I ?" "Olrl Joe fix you qui ck! Old Joe Sandie's friend I" Havingheard the trickle of w a ter within the cavern. th e Indian entered it, and catching some water ill his hands r e turned aud bathed his fri e nd's face until h e was fully revived. As Sandie ro e to a s ittin g position he I s that you, Joe?" "Yes, lnjun come-come loo l ate " Vhere h ave you been, Joe, these pa st three weeks?" "Down in coal mine-out 011 mountain." How did you happ e n to discover me here?" "Found Brad s trail, followed, a nd found Sandie after Brad had gone! Ugh. White man had big fight !" "Yes, 1 have had a t e rrible fight, and, I fea r, all for nau ght! But, l et me see l Gertie is in the hands of Brad I What am I doing here id le, and she may be suffering all the tortures of hell at this moment in that villain's hands!" Rapidly anrl concisely Sandie r e lated all that had occurred, and having fully re covered h e arose to his feet and said :

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" Joe, if you are my friend, discover fur me the direction taken by Bra'.! with his r.apth-e." "Injun know that already: Brad went to ward mountains-not toward mine "How do you know?" "Iojun found bis trail-no go toward mine! Injun would hae seen! then Injun kill him! Do so yet." Point out the trail to me, Joe." "Come; Injun lead the way! Bmd not go far-u p on cliff." "No; you must not go with me. You must return to Mr. Loder's house, and ttll him what has occ urred, and warn him to send for the bodi es of the two poor fellows within th e cave." "Let 'em rot!" said Joe, fiercely. "No ; I can not do that!" "Then Sandie lose girl-qu,ckl make choice. "I w ill follow Brad; yon go and warn Mr. Lode r." "Injnn go Jillie wa y-put Sandie on the trail -then Injun go to miners' boss." "Well, come, sa id Sandie; and to gether t h ey sta rt ed t owa rd the mountain fastnesses. F o r two or three hours through th e nig ht they traveled until indications warned them that they we re nearing the retreat of the outlaw. So certain and unerring had been Joe's sagacity, that be told, not only the direction which Brad l1ad taken, but pointed out the exact s pot where the villa in had set his captive from hi s arms and had compe lled h e r to walk. DOWN IN A COAL MINE. "We will mark what you have said," called the gypsy, as Sandie passed on For full another hour he proceeded along the mountain path, when at length he came to a place where it ran between two cliffs, leaving a passage so narrow that, in some places it was necessary to squeeze throu g h. After halting for a moment to see H there was any other path, he was about to proceed again when he was suddenly startled and thrilled with excitement by hearing a wild, triumphant laug h, and a voice which h e wen recognized. It was the voice of the outlaw, Brad, and he said: '' Ha! ha! Sandie Carmichael! I have been waiting for you; and 1 am glad that you have come alone Looking in the direction from whence the voice came, Sandie saw upon an abrupt cliff, a short distance to the right of where he stood, the outlines of a large figure. Is that you, Brad?" called Sandie. Ay, lad, it' s me, at .your service ; an' I have thee now mate, where I can make thee feel as though thou couldst wish that thou hadst never !Jeen born." Sandie cocked his pistol. Brad stood upon the cliff, a fair even in the darkness; but he heard the click of our hero's pistol, and he called out: "Have a care, thou hell-hound I was pre pared for thy pislol practice; an' I tell thee if thou'rt fool enough to fire at me, I'll toss thy lady-love down the cliff lo thee!" CHAPTER XXXIII. Sandie's blood ran cold; the pistol which he was just leveling dropped to his sii.le, as Brad CHA HG ING the old chief to return after havadded: ing warn ed Mr. Loder Sandie bid him begone, '-' Come, lad, thou'lt not be jealous, I hope, and al one throug h the darkness, continued as I'm making love to the manager 's niece; an' upon the track of th e outlaw. 1 must say, though it may rile thee, that the Our hero well und e rstood the Iudian 's powers lady is nothing loath to my love-makiug." e crazy with appre h e nsion and terror," she murmured, as they eme r ged fr om the narrow passage and started slowly down the. mountain path. "Vve will soon b e with them, darling. Here is a road we can take down the mountain, which i s nearer to the main road and I know a plac e wh ere we can sec ur e a conveyance Sand i e was right; and about an }lour before noon h e r eac hed the hou se m e ntioned ; ani.l when h e arriv ed there, he found it nece ssa ry to remain as Gertie could travel no further that day. After th e d epa rture of our hero with Gertie, old Joe said to Brad: Come, we will go With muttered curses and oaths at his ill fortune, th e outlaw slowly started to go down the side of the ledge, with the pistol of the chief held close to hi s head to warn him not to at tempt to escape.

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22 DOWN IN .L\_ COAL :MINE. Thus they descend ed tlie cliff; and when they had passed through the narrow passage at the entrance to which Sandie had been halted by Brad, and reached the open space, the Indian said sternly: Stop!" Brad halted, when the old chief drew a large knife from bis belt, and advanced toward the outlaw. The l a tter recoiled, with a countenance convulsed with terror, exc l a iming: Art thou going to murder me in cold blood?" "Injun swore to kill you; Injun make big oath; Injun keep 1t." "Mercy!" screamed Brad. "Injun don't know mercy now!" Carmichael would not.let you murder me." "Carmichael gone. Injun alone with Brarl; that's what Injun wants." "Oh! don't murder me!" "No; Injun no murder-Injun .dll Brad! Injun have big fight with miner-miner kill In jun all right-Injun kill miner better." "And dost thou intend to give me a chance for my life ?" "Yes; Injun no murder-Injun will fight!" It was a desperate moment for Brad; but this was more than he could have expected, as it was his only chance; the red man h ad shown more mercy than he himself had shown others, especi ally Sandie. Brad was a desperate villain, and at heart. an ar.rant coward; but under present cir cumstances, the biggest poltroon could do no less than fight for his life. He knew that it would be useless to plead with the old chief, and he expressed his will ingn ess to fight. The old chief produced another knife similar to the one he had just drawn; this he tossed to ward Brad. "Injun cut Brad's hands free." "You won't murder me?" "Injun never tell lies-white man lies-Injun never." Brad extended his hands, and with one gash Joe severed the bonds,. and the outlaw was as free and untrammeled as himself. Brad picked the knife from the ground, where his red foe had tossed it, and the two men stood face to face, knife in band, warily watching each other with fierce, g l eaming eyes ready to begin the terrible conflict which would only terminate in the death of either one or both of them. CHAPTER XXXV. THUS it was with Thumping Brad; the out law, at heart, as has been demonstrated in the course of our s tory was an arrant coward; and allhough ready at all times to urge others into positions of clanger, would generally manage to save himself, an
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Mr. Loder, fearing bloodshed, and himself unable to 11ppease, intimidate or contro1 the excited m en, dispatched to the town for assistance; at the same moment he had sent a messenger to his s ister, warning her to leave the house, while he himself gathered a few men and started to follow the crowd thut he might post sentinels in every direction leading toward his home, so that they might intercept and warn Sandie, in case he might approach, of the danger that menaced him. "This time the rascal and informer shall die!" shouted one of the men, as he passed an incongruous and disorderly procession through the village way along the road toward the manager's house. "Ayl" yelled another; "an' had we heeded Brad's warning. the live s of our comrades would have been saved!" It's death to him now, for certain, the foul murderer!" crie1l still another. Thus threaten ing, cursing, and arguing, the wild mob reached Loder's hou se. Mr. Loder had hurried on ahead of them, and after having posted his sentinels, hastened lJack to the house, and when the miners ar;-ived, he stood upon the front !)iazza to receive them. Have I ever lied to you, men?" he sa id Then don't begin now, sir," answered one of the men. "I never wish to; but I do wish to save my property, and I have a proposition to make to you." "Speak out, then, sir; but be quick, as it's only time, we believe, that you are trying to gain, to a i d.tne flight or hide the informer." I told you an hour ago, and I tell you now, that Sandie Carmichael has not been beneath my roof since yesterday afternoon." "An' it's now thourt lying, if before this nothing but the truth fell from thy lips. " On my honor as a man, a Christian, and a gentleman, I am telling the truth; and if you will but act with a little reason, I will convince yon." "Well, speak, sir; we are ready to listen if thou 'It net be too long " Let three of your number come !\nd search my honse ; yon will then be satisfied that the man whose innoc ent blood you seek is not there; and then I will tell you that I will have a meet ing called of the owners of the mine, and urge upon them the righteousness of payin g the same rate as is paid in any other mine in the coun try." When men are mo3t exasperated, there still remains one passion which is ever dominant; with the wealthy, it i s a prospect of increased gains, and with th e l alio rer, higher wages; and even in this moment of rage and excitement, the miners greeted the manager's l ast promise with an outburst of cheers. This latter phase of affairs so far mollified temporarily the wrath of the men that they held a few moments consultation, when three of them stepped forward and said that they did not doubt the manager's statement, but that to appease the majority it wouln. be nec essa ry for them to make the search, but that they would do it v;ith dispatch and decorum, and put the inmates of the house to as little inconv en ience as possible. 1n less than ten minntes the three men came forth from the house and stated that Sandie Car michael, the murde rer and informer, was not there, and that after a thorough examination they were convinced that the manag e r had 1ightly informed them After calling upon .l\fr. Loder for a restate ment of his promise to intercede with the own ers and directors of the mine, the motley crowd of m en, women, and children, more honest than cultivated, and less wise than enthusiastic, re tu med to the village. Upon that same day all idea of work in the mines was abanrloned; in the afternoon the county coroner arrived; a jury was sworn, the bodies of the c;Jead men were viewed, and the formal inqu est was adjourned for a week in ac cordance with the advice of l\fr. Loder, who stated that it would be dangerous to hold it until the present wild excitement had subsided; and further, that time would be required to gef"the witnesses together . So the day passed. n was long after night fall when the manager returned, wearied and exhausted, to his home, hoping to learn something of the fate of his niece And in this lat ter desire, he was not disappointed, as less than an hour previous to his return, a boy had ar rived with information of the safety of Gertie DO \VN IN A COAL .MINE. 23 and Sandie, and with a few particulars of the I coal is struck, the fire-damp bursts for th in a exciting events which had occurred. great body and fills up the mine so suddenly Upon the following day the funeral of the that the men ca n not escape or extinguish their two miners took place ; the whole village turned lights, and thus explosions take place. Some out and joined in the sad procession which fol-times these crevices connect with other s, and lowed the remains to their last resting place. then there is a continuous flow of gas for In the meantime, the manager had sent a mes-months Then the mines are filled with gas t() senger to Sandie, warning him not to return to such an extent that the miners hardly dare ap the village until he should receive a notic e to do proach the e ntranqe and i t is almost certain so, as in the present state of excitement nothing death to go into them but evil would come of his presence ; and he The fire-damp explodes jus t like powder, and also requested that his niece might also remain, even with more terrible effect sometimes, for if comfortably situated, for a few days until the whole air is then converted into one white matters should become more settled. cloud of flame. It fires the timbers and loose It so happened that the events recorded caused coal in the mine, and consumes them. When the mines to be totally deserted for three whole this flaming gas is exhausted, it is followed by days, but upon the day succeeding the funeral, the chokedamp and it becomes ne cessary the men resolved to resume work, and at the to put the ventilatrng engines to work to purify usual hour assembled at the mouth of the shaft the air; but generally ere this is done every liv for the purpose of descending. ing soul that may have been in the mine at the The men all seemed subdued, and there was time of the explosion is either smothered or a quiet solemnity in their demeanor, as though burned to a crisp. and all were lab?ring a weird preThose of our readers who hav e been upon a sentiment of some ternbl e ship at sea, and have suddenly been aroused by Yet ther.e was no hesitation ; after the usual the fearful cry of fire, can form some idea of delay rcqmred for the descent of the boys, what brief moments of agony the human s oul the entered the car and were rapidly let can endure. at sea! What presents itself down the dar!t and narrow avenues, to the imagination with equal horror? Upon a. wber_e m !ow, shmy .by hard and frail bark, above us the calm, blue sky, all about wearmg toil they earned their daily the equally calm, green waters; but in our It was !'lovely day ; the monntam peaks midst the roaring flames of torture and destruc. reared their. heads toward heav en, freed from tion; with death, certain death, on every side! the usual mists that su.rrounded them, an.d shot But, reader, stay! even in this fearful moment aloft bare and rugged !n the clear, calm hght of the passenger on the burnin g ship ha s a cone one of summer's balmiest days. solation; he can cast hi s eyes heavenward, and Alone upon all as feel the warmth of a blessed hope inspired in his usual about their daily and it apbosom at the sight of that blue canopy behind pearep as though a special calm of both man which our faith teaches u s is an eternal home and nature every nook and as of re s t and peace And then, when the flames. a s?ccess1on to scenes of not and press close upon us, and d ea th is inevitable an turmoil which had prevailed for the last few easy and painless mode of exit from earth and weeks. its terrors presents itself in the calm dept hs of Suddenly a strnuge, rumblmg sound was old ocean. heard, and the cheeks of those upon the surface surrounding the min e became blanched with an expression of terror and agony, which too well indicated their instant knowledge of the cause of the explosions which were now heard with increased frequency while great volumes of black s moke came hissing and rolling up the shuft. The demon of the mines had broken his shackles-the terrible, the fearful, the death dealing fire-damp was reveling in its horrible feast of destruction and death! CHAPTER XXXVII. THE fire-damp! Thousands are the graves which yearly open throughout the world to re ceive the victims of this mysterious scourge of the mines, and its twm-monster, the choke-damp! These terrible elements of death are invisible to the eye, but they make their fearful felt by all the other human organs. They issue from the caverns and recesses of the mines with a loud cry, or a continual hissing, that is horri ble to hear 'fbey smell ghastly and grave like. You can feel their clammy presence on your brow, and if you inhale their breath, you must die. They fly swifter than birds; and, pursuing their victims, they surround and slowly smother them, or else blow them instantly into atoms. One of these foul elements, the chokedamp, so-called because it suffocates or chokes its vie tims, is s ufficintly dangerous and terrible to be dreaded; but its companion evil, the fire-damp, is more dangerous and more to be feareQ, be cause it explodes and burns, and when once a rampage, escape from its awful dp.,ngers ts very rare. It is not necessary, in the limits of our story, to attempt to explain how these gases are formed; that in itself, would prove an interest ing study for those who are of an investi ga tive turn of mind. We shall only speak of them in so far as they may h ave a bearing upon onr tale. This fatal gas, known as the fire-damp, some times lies between the crevices of the coal in the qi.ine; oftener it is in the coal itself, and is not released until the coal is burned. If our readers have ever seE::n bituminous coal burning, th ey have noticed the litile bright jets of gas blazing with a lit.Ile hissing noise. When the coal is laid bare by the miner's pick, the fire damp hisses out, and the neighborhood is permeated by a bad smell. This is what the miners call" s in ging coal," and it s in gs many a poor fellow to his last sleep. When a crevice between the different runs of But neither of these mitigating promises to the dreadful horror of his fate has the poor min er. Sometimes a large.bouy of men who hear the first explosion which portends the coming horror, rush toward the foot of the shaft1 but are met by the suffocating chokedamp, a nd with cries of despair, they retre at back into some distant chamber and seal themselves in, ancl then await for hours and days a final rescue. or a terrible death. And their agony is lonir drawn out; they can hear the shock of the demon fire-damp, as it rushes from chamber to chamber, from crevice to crevice, and through some leak, steals in and they catch a faint odor of that fatal after-evil which portends a less rapid but a more horrible and agonizing death. The light of heaven 1s shut out from them; they are s ur rounded by the black, slimy walls, from which comes the cc 1nt drip, drip of the oozing W!lter; a fit type of the slow misery which is to precede a final death of horror. "Tbe fire-damp! the ther e has been an explosion in the mine! the men were all down there!" and a hundred other exclamations fell from the mouths of excited men and terror stricken women and children, as they ru sh ed wildly towanl the shaft from whence the smoke was still issuing with a sullen roar which was simply awful to behold. It was a terrible sight which m et the eye of Mr. Loder, the manager as he galloped upon the scene. Women were screaming in anguish, and in their frenzy would rush headlong toward the mouth of the pit, and were only driven bac k by the most determined efforts of the men The news of the calamity spread, and crowds began to arrive on hors eback and in wagons, and six hours after the first explosion there was gath ered a vast multitude, and from the great throng arose a constant murmur, while ever and anon a shrill cry was hP.ard, and a woman with di s hevele d hair clasping an infant in h er arms, and leading several other children by the hantl, would break through the crowd, makin g wild, incoherent inquiries. whether any news had come up from the mine. But there were none who could speak one word of cheering comfort; the black smoke, al though less dense in volume still continued to issue from the mouth of the shaft. To the wives and relatives of those down in the fatal depths, the men who were working and watching with pale, worn faces at the mouth of the shaft, would speak words of hope fulness, saying: "Don't give up, my dear women, the men may have intrenched them selves in such and such a chamber; they may

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all be safe, and as soon as the choke clears away, we will send men down to the rescue." But whe n strangers came, and in low, hushed voi ces made inquiries, the same brave fellows would shake their heads and reply in hoarse whispers: There is but little hope. The chances are that" all of the men are dead ere this, or are slowly bu t surely suffocating.'' And ti.ms the day wore on ; the shadows of night came apace, and like the mournful howl of the watch-dog, the despairing moans of an guish of women sounded upon the dewy air. Prayers were openly offered ; cries, piteous cries to Heaven for mercy, were mingled with the shrill cries of children, and the agonized sobs of st ron g men None s lept through the silent watches of the hot night, all kept solemn ward and watch. At ab out midnight a report flew through the immen s e throng that the shaft was clear, and a des cent was about to be made, and a wi!d cheer burs t from a thousand throats While the se huzzas were still ringing upon the air, a remark able scene was occuning at th e mouth of the shaft. The outside boss had just announced that an attempt was to be made to go down into the mine. "I will go he said in firm tones who will go with ' F or a moment there ensued an ominous si lence; a t length a young man step ped forth, and said while liis face fairly glistened under the light o f the "I will!" CHAPTER XXXVIJI. I WILL for another! spoke np a middleaged ma n. No not thou An I'll go down in thy stead," interposed a large-framed, gray-headed man as the tears gushed from his eyes. "Thou'rt a father and a husband," he con tin u ed, "an' I have but my own life to lose, an d none to mourn aftar me." H ere spoke up the noble min er--here spoke the brave selfsacrificing hero To go down th at.fata l shaft was almost certain death-a ter l'ibl e dea th at that! Here is the story of Damon and Pythias-a true history-the noble heroism of Pythias when he took Damon's place upon the sca ffold shone hut dimly in a heroic light besi de the gen uin e offer of the old miner. After a moment. another stepped forw(lrd and said : I will go down also." "Thauk thee, lad, but three are enough. Come, my mates, iet's down to the rescue of our comrades." A t e rrible silence prevailed; the whole multi tude bec ame suddenly hushed, and not a sound wa s heard but the rattling of the chain that held the as it descended into the black depths of t11e shaft. Anxi o usly, and with bated breath, the ap point ed man watched the signal; and a glad smil e b roke over his face, a!'! he said in a low tone : "A.II right so far, they have signaled!" and again came the cheering assurance; then suc ceede d a few moments of breathless interest and anxiety; no signal came. Th e ca r had arrived at the bottom. "Do they signal?" inquired l\'Cr. Tilto11. "No, sir," was th e faint reply Wait a mom ent, and if you get no signal, l e t the ca r come up. A moment passed "Raise the car!" said l\lT. Tilton in a sub dued vo ice. Slowly the wheel began to turn, and the ear started for the s urface ; pale: and paler grew each fa ce, and as the car drew near the top tremblin g forms bent over the edge of th e shaft, and peered down to see whether it brought back dead o r living frei ght. At leng th it was brought to th e surface, and a cry of anguish bnrst from the lip s of those about the mouth of the pit a nd was taken up by the t hrong, an d th en came th e fatal words: "They're dead th ey have been suffoca ted by the c hoke-damp!" and strong men wept, as, tenderly, one after the other th e dead forms of their selfimmolated companions were lifled from t he basket. Efforts were made toward re susc itation, but failed ; the deadly damp had effectually done its work, a nd three victims more were now to be added to th e scourge, the mystery of the fire damp! and thus far only Heaven knew how man y more victims lay down in the dismal pri soned depths of the mine DO\VN LN A CO.AL MINE. Hours passed-hours fraught with more fear-/ another was overcome and fell helpless to the ful agony than often falls to human minds to ground, when suddenly blows were heard against suffer. Daylight came. Efforts had been made the barricades which they had not dared to dis to purify the mine, and again volunteers were turb, and Sandie Carmichael, their brave res called for to descend cuer, came in among them, followed by a Two young men answered to the ca ll ; but in draught of reviving air. le ss than seven minutes from the time they left the surface, with the life-blood coursing health fully through their veins, they were drawn up, and their pul se-beats had ceased forever ; >.nd th e ir lips, frozen in death, could not tell at what depth death-horrible death-had overtaken them. Again the purifying process began, and at noon the call came, Who will go down now?" -in other words, who will be the next victim? This time there came no re s ponse ; each look ed into the face of the other, but none dared say "I will go." A terrible, awful silence pervaded the vast, anxious assemblage, but none seemed willing to go down to certain death. At length one spoke : "Why sacrifice more lives? The men below are bPyond succor. It would be cruel to send another down to certain doom." And this feeling prevailed. Tears gushed from the eyes of some, while shrieks and moans issued from the lips of others. A pall of death overhung tliat great throng of men, wom e n l\nd children, when suddenly a young man came pushing through the crowd, and, as so me of the villagers gaze d upon his pal e noble features, a mmmur of indi g nation burst forth, and deep-toned voice s said: "There goes the informer! There goes the murderer! There goes the traitor Sandie Car michael!" But our hero heeded not what was said, but walked, with proud steps and flashing eyes, straight up to the mouth of the shaft. Then he spoke: Has any one been down the shaft?" "Yes; five men." And they came up dead?" "Yes." Then listen to me. I have been branded as a traitor, an informer and a murderer. Now, in the sight of Heaven, I proclaim my inno cence lf I speak falsely may I never come up from that shaft alive. If true, may I be the means of iescuing my mates, if any of them be still alive. 1 will go down the shaft, and I'll go alone." A wild cry sounded from hundred s of voices, as our hero stepped forward, and, in the face of warnings not to go down, said, in a voice both firm and cheerful: "Let the car go down!" The man watched the signal rope, and at r eg ular intervals came the glad sig n that thus far all was right. Finally it reached the bottom, and 1 he signal came aloft that all was right. Then began a season of fearful suspense. A half hour passed; every eye was fixed upon the signal rope, but it hung motionless. Another half hour passed. Let the car come up," said Mr. Tilton It came up hut it was empty; down it went again, but ere it had h alf reached the bottom the signal rope wa s seen to move. The news was communicated from one to the other, and a frenzied shout of praise and thanksgiving arose. '' God bless Sandie Carmichael! he has proved hi s innocence," was the reply from mouth to mouth. The car reached th e bottom of the shaft; a moment-a terrible moment-passed, then came the s i g nal. Let her come up." Slowly s he ascended; anxious faces peered over "the side of the pit; th e cur came in sight, and strong m e n stagge red back a nd fainted, while others sent forth the g lad c ry: "They're saved! there a re men in the car!" and there was music in the creak of the pul l ey wheel as th e car came up a nd in a moment ha If a dozen pale, terror-stricken men were lift ed from it a nd men, women, and ch ildren crowded about th em, and a glad shout of praise and thank sg ivin g ascen ded to God when the news circulated that in all probability every man would be saved. This g lad hop e was verified. Ca r load after car load was brought into life, and as they came to, the story of th e res c u e became known When the first explosion took place th ey had rushed for the pit but were ddven back by the c hoke-damp. Then they fled to a distant cham ber, and sealed themselves in and thus for twenty-six hours they had remained, hoping and praying. At length the choke-damp began to penetrate their retreat. Gradually one after CHAPTER XXXIX. AT length the last car came up. Save one, all had nscended, but the noble young man, who had been branded traitor, informer murderer, and whose blood had been sought but a few hours previously by those very men whom he had rescued from a terrible death ; because. on e half hour later and the choke-damp would have done its work, and succor would have been too late. Sandie remained below, alone, until the car came down; he entered, and, after his exhaust ing exertions in l eading the weaker m e n to th e shaft-hole, he began to ascend toward light and day once aga in. The last car reached the entraqce; Sandie stepped forth, and then the welkin rang with a cry whkh ascended tG the sky, and must have penetrated even beyond, until the angels heard it urrd folded their wings and looked glad at such an exhibition of humanity when arou sed to its fullest capacity of hea ve n born nobility. Thou s ands of our reader s have been upon the battle-field, and after a hard day's battle, amid the thunder of cannon and the bursting of shells and the rattle of muske try have heard, at len g th, the cry rise above the din and roar of battle : . "They fly, and the day is ours! Then they have heard the roar of the can non cease, or, only in the distance, have li st ened to the rumblin g of the flying foe, and then lrns succeeded the one wild hall elujah of vic tory To them we need not tell of the wild en thusiasm which prevailed around that shaft, nor of th e glad ho sa nnas which were re-echoed by the distant hill s and rid ges. It was a grand cho rus, that can be heard but once, and then forever remembered ; but s uch a greeting m e t Sandie Carmichael, and he was borne away upon the shoulders of a dozen s talwart men Still t be dead heroes were not forgotten. Biers were constructed, flowers were gathered from the hedges and t e nderly thrown upon them, while, with solemn s teps, their comrades bore them to their former homes, the women marching in front and layin g the dust of the road-way with their cop iou s tears. * * * Three months have passed Crowds of gayly de c k ed children are dodging in and out of their humbl e homes, and soon their parents follow, and taking them by the hand, join in a joyful procession, which is wending its way in one dir ect ion. What means this holiday attire? Why these joyful, happy faces? Where is this great thron g marchin g to ? It i s a holiday; andit is more ; it is the wed ding -day of Sandie, the miner, and Gertie Loder, th e manager's niece. Upon the green. in front of the manager's new man s ion, which h as risen upon the site of the one which was burned in a moment of pas s ion i s gathered a g re a t c rowd. Soon the doors aie thrown open, and the bridal-party come forth. Prominent in th e train can be seen old Joe, the Indi a n chief; and there, in the presence of the grea t happy mul titude Sa ndie Ca rmi c h ae l and Gertie Loder are marle husba nd and wife. A great, grand feast followed, like unto the days of old, when the first -bo rn of some great house, the des ce ndant of a long line of lords has in similar manner been united in marriag e to a l ady equally hi g h born. And why should not an equally glorious pageant attend the espousals of our hero and h e roine? for those who stood upon the broud balcony and heard the clergym a n s words for the first time learned a great secret. When the question came, Wilt thou take this woman for thy wedded wife," the c ler gy man did not say Sandie Carmi c ha e l, but add ressed our hero thus: Sande r son Car michael Lord Osmond and Maf'qui s d Arville "-there. our secret is out, and our s tor y is old . 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MUNRO'S PUBLICATIONS. OLD SLEUTH J"IBRARY. J?EJ:CE 10 CENTS EA.CE:. NO. 26.-THE SMUGGLERS OF NEW YORK B.A.Y. :Many and startling are the crimes that have been committed on the beautiful waters surro undin g the chief commercial po.rt of the W orl d. Jn sensational interest they out rival the famed exploits of Captain Kidd and his l aw l ess band of buccaneers. This novel describes those crimes and the manner in which their perpetrators were brought to justice, in such a vividly realistic manner as to thrill all lovers of the sen sational in lif e NO. 27.-MANFRED, THE MAGIC TRICK DETECTIVE. Mystery the mantle with which habitual criminals a lw ays strive to cover dark When matched at by a cle.ver master of myst e rious wafs, as described iu this novel, a tale of entrancing interest is cert a m to result and all readers, while bemg mystified by Man fred's deft arts, will also be deeply interested in following him in the pursuit of his profession. NO. 28.-MURA, THE WESTERN LADY DETECTIVE. The wild and undeveloped sections of the West have afforded a vast field for moving incidents and st.artling scenes., .Among such the author has placed hi s heroine, and the darin g escapades which environ her career as a d etective make a thrilling as well as deeply mter es tin g story, which can not fail to please all who read ii. NO. 29 .-MONS. ARMA .ND; OR, THE FRENC11 DETECTIVE IN NEW YORK. The l<'rench are proverbially a shrewd people, as well as being extremely sensational in all their i;ne thod s. Armand all their qualities, and his manner of doing things in his chosen profession i s graphically described in this exc1tmg tale of actual life m the American metropolis. If you want a story that will please yo u this will meet the want without fail. NO. 30.-LADY KATE, THE DASHING FKM:ALE In two parts-price 10 cents each Lady Kate, as her title suggests, has a dash, a vim, and a brilliancy about everything she undertakes, and att:ibutes are continu ally placing her am id the inost thrilliug surroundings, a ll of which are r ea li stica lly de scribed in this charmmg story. NO. '31.-:--HAMUD, TH. E DETECTIVE. Hamud is one of those weird characters whose personality is inv ested with deep intere st, and all his actions in the various roles in which he is called upon to act are replete with sensation. Fact and fiction are delightfully woven together in this entranci ng story. NO. 32.-THE GIANT DETECTIVE IN FRANCE. In two parts-price 10 ceuts each. The "Giant Detective," as hi s n ame indicates, is not only physically great, but great in all his professional performances. In the pursuit of his calling in fair ]'ranee he meets with many thrilling adventures, a nd is always equal to the occasion. You will find this a strikingly interest ing novel. Try it, and be convinced. NO. 33.-THE AMERICAN DETECTIVE IN RUSSIA. The land of the Cza r has been fruitful, under his a utocratic rule, of many deep-laid cr imes. which h ave required great cunni n g and rare skill to unearth. The American Detective' s experience brings him into contact with many hair-raising adventures, in all of which he acquits him self with rare skill and boldness. His career is well worth perusal. NO. 34.-THE DUTCH DETECTIVE. Humor, quaint and mirth-provokin g, ripples through every lin e of this bright story, and
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MUNRO'S PUBUCA'l'JONS. OLD SLEUTH LIBRARY. l?EJ:CE 10 OEN'J:'S E.A.C:::S::. NO. 38.-0LD IRONSIDES ABROAD. In two p arts-price 10 cents each Lovers of stories which have the scene of their action in strange countries, among strange scenes, will find an intellectual treat in this sensationa l novel. It deals with many queer characters, all of whom are invested with great interest. :NO. 39.-LITTLE BL.A.OK TOM; OR, THE .A.D:VENTURES OF A MISCHIEVOUS DARKY. In two parts-price 10 cents e ach. This is one of the most comical stories to the public. Tl.1e humorous performances of Little Black Tom are sure to be an effectiv e p a nacea. for.the worst case of blues, d1Spelhng them at once by their merry conceits and laughable situatiobs An excellent little story for th e family circle. NO. 40.-0LD IRONSIDES AMONG THE COWBOYS. In two parts-price 10 cents each. The lif e o f a in the Wild West is always full of adventure, and Old Ironsides, in his experience among them, meets with many thrilling mc1dent s on his journeys across the trackless prairies. Boys, this is just the kind of a book you are looking for. NO. 41 .-BL.A_UK 'rOM IN SE.A.ROH OF A FATHER; OR, 'THE FURTHER .ADVENTURES OF A MISCHIEVOUS DARKY. In two parts-price 10 cents each Black Tom frolics through the pages of this book, scattering fun and button bursting laughter on every side He is as prankish as a youn g colt, and is sure to be a favorite with all who make his acquaintance through reading this book. NO. 42.-BONANZA B.ARDIE; OR, THE TREASURE OF THE ROOKIES. In two parts-;-price 10 cents each The great gold mines hidden in the Far ,West are D;Ot rich in treasure than this st.or}'. is in interest. It is full of instruction and adventure, and 1s sure to enterta1p. every reader, no matter how cr1t1cal his literary tastes may be. NO. 43.-0LD TRANSFORM, THE SECRET SPECIAL DETECTIVE. In two parts-price 10 c e nt s each The wonderful career of this great detective. and the wonderful manner in which he succeeded in deluding those whose deeds had placed him on their track forms one of the delightful romances in the realm of modern fiction. NO. 44.-THE KING OF rHE SH.A.DOWERS. In two part s-pric e 10 cent s e ach. S hadowing criminals and people of suspi c ious character is an occupation involving a keen sense of perception and great courage, and is always attended with great danger to the" Shadower." The King of them all is described with a free hand in this novel, and his many adventures linked together, form an absorbing narrative. NO. 45.-GASPARONI, THE ITALIAN DETECTIVE; OR, HIDE-AND-SEEK IN NEW YORK. It is w ell known to the police of all the great cities that there are many treacherous and qesperate criminal s the Italians who have come t o America. Gasparoni in his duties, is constantly beset by danger, and the manner in which he c1rcumvents his enemies at every point makes a story well worth reading NO. 46.-0LD SLEUTH'S LUCK. The shrewd old detective, in bis remors e less pur s uit of evfl daers, meets many dangers that threaten his destruction, and his luck in eluding them and vanquishing hi s foe s form one of the most remarkable of the many that have described his exciting career. NO. 47.-THE IRISH DETECTIVE. The life o f the men who spend their time deep in the earth delvin g for the treasure that Nature has stor e d away is full of many peri.Js wl1ich threaten death at every moment. This book is founded upon actual occurrences, and is therefore full' of interest. NO. 48.-DOWN IN A COAL MINE. Thi s m ag nific ent sto ry i s found e d on fac ts c o nnect e d with o ne o f th e mo s t e xcitin g periods in th e mining s trike s and difficulties in Penn sy lvani a durin g the r e i g n of t e rror in a ugurat e d b y th e famouS' MQl!y or ga nization A thrilling love s tory involving the fortunes of a sc ion o f a noble Engli s h family and the lov e ly daught e r of a mme owner form a pleasing bac kground to the sensational s c e nes por t r a yed.

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