Deadwood Dick as a boy, or, Why Wild Ned Harris, the New England farm-lad, became the western prince of the road

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Deadwood Dick as a boy, or, Why Wild Ned Harris, the New England farm-lad, became the western prince of the road
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Beadle’s Boy’s Library of Sport, Story and Adventure
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Copyright, 1884, by Beadle & Adams. Entered at P ost omce, New York, N Y., as sec ond class matter. F eb. 12, 1899. \No 6 Pubuslied Everu Week. ., ltf. J. IVERS & CO. Publlsbero, (James Sullivan. Proprietor.> 319 l'earl S1reet, New York Price 5 Cenla. Vol, I, $2.50 a Year DEADWOOD DIOK ASA BOYt Or, Wh1 Wild lied R&rria, the Jlew J'r111lacl, 11-m the Waterll l'riDce of Che ....., BY EDWARD L WHEELER,


Copyrigh t, lb84, by Bead l e & Adams. Entered at Post omce, New York, N .Y., a s second c lass matttr Feb.12, 1899. No. 6. Published E very Week. lll. J. IVE R S & C O Publis h ers, (James Sullivan, Propr ietor,) 379 l'en.11 S neet, New York. Price 5 Cents. V I J ,2.50 a Yea r 0 DEADWOOD DIOK AS A BOY; Or, Why Wild Ned Harris, the New England Fa.rm-l ad, Became the West ern l'rince of the Roiui. BY EDWARD L WHEELER.


t>eadwoQd Dlck as a Boy. Deadwood Dick as a Boy; OR, Wily Wild Ned Hnrris tl1e New Eng land l'11rm-la1l, bee a me the Weste1 n the Uond. B Y E. L. W HEELEH, AUTB' O R OF 'l'BE '' Dft:AOWOOD DlCK NOVELS." CHAPTER I. HOW Nf,;D DIDN'T GE'l' J,EF'r. Few ch arac ters have obtained a wider notorlety than the famous Deadwood daring explo its touched nearly every Western mining can tor, and whose record. contains many a thrilling !Xperience from boybood to manhood, when through a force of circumstances be became outlawed and hunted as a "prince of the road," t.> which title he won an undoubted claim. It is of thc1 younger days of this extraordinary personage t hat we propose to treat in this sketc!l of his even ,l'uJ career; of his after-life, up to date, much is known and has been written, so that we hava no need to encroach upon his later record. Beset witl1 ill-luck and strange fortune com mingled, th .. youthful history of N e d Harris may not pr< ve or unprofitable to those who cm profit by the moral which such a li!e invariat ly teaches. Edward l arris ca!Ile, it is stated, of e. staid old New E 1 gland family-farmers-who were devout and exemplary Christians of the old 1chool. -They workeq llard and industriously through the week, b i. t when the Sabbath came all wo.-k was laid asi le, aud things bad to be quiet and orderly, am each service b-.d to be attended at the village c !:mrc h. Although peo1,>le of no pretensions whatever, and of the v 3ry plainest dress, the Harris fo.m lly owned c 11e of the largest, finest bests tocked farns the village of Windham, and w r1i cousidered very wealthy. It will b remembered by tbe readers of Dead wood I ick's after life (in BEADLE' S HALFDIME LmRAJ1Y) that h0 was not the own cl'ild of the Harri ies, but an 11.dcpted one, as also was bis sister .AJ ita; but we propose to take him, not as an son, and follow up his career 'from his ela renth year, at which time he first began to de1 elop.some of those traits which be came life ch:1racteristioa.._ The Harri> es bad no other children, and had declared Ne d and Anita should be as tlieir own and inherit 1 be property after them. At the age of eleven he was one of the most advanced sc 'iolara.,gf his age in tbe Windbam 1cbool, and was tbe envy of not a few of his 'Classmapes-for' he never missed a lesqon, and j 1urpassed th JSe who older than himself. He was a sturdy, agile lad possessed of good health; was always to the fore in all school -day B(>Orts, and often a participant in school-day I disagreements, for htt had e. temper of his own, Uld would not allow &JU' to run o'i"er or ia-suit him without challenging the olfender a fight it out. Of all the boys wbo attended the er bool, nearl:v all were sons of rich or at least well-to do families, and ntoved in tha best social circles. Conl!equently, they deemed Ned Harris their inferior, and took every occasion tQ make him feel their superiority. For it was no matter of secret that Ned and Anita were adopted children, and the general opinion was that they were foundlings from the poor-bouse. 'It was not seldom, therefore, that Ned had "_beggar" throw_n in bis face, and fun made of him because he was Harris's cowboy. N evertbeless, the Harrises were kind to him and he did not mind the insults and slights much, although the older of these aristocratit boys never him a chance to forget his d"" pendent position. ware balr a dozen youths of poorer fam1h e s, however, who with Ned, st that he was not alone; they generally played together, being excluded from the "tony" scholars' society and sports, and while they by him and never deserted him, Ned Har r1s was not the boy togo on them because they were poor, even at the risk of being $& v erely thrashed by tbe crusty old professor, Dr. l'1ake, whose greatest comfort in life seemed U be in punishing bis pupils and in tali;ing snuj vigorously after each chastisement. -It is probable that his tormentors would not have had same antipathy toward Ned Bar ris, bad his scholarly talents been in keeping with his position in life. To have. a lad so much beneath them in social rank step to the fl'ont and win triumph after triumph over them in their own studies, was gall and wormwood to them. Among the meanest boys in school was one ,Augustus Fitz the son of the man and banker of Windham, A&ron Porter. Gus Porter, as he was commonly known, waa all that was selfish, conceited, mean and spite fu1; every school has its meanest boy, whose forte seems to be the disagreeable, sarcastic and 1>verbeari11g, and Gus Porter reigned in that respect. A tall, sleuder youth of fifteen be was, who looked as if he had grown up in a hot-house, with pale face and sharp features, to which ever clung an expression indicating his _irritable and disagreeable nature; a lad who always wore th& costliest clothes and best iewelry, and who was an authority atnong bis d!isociates on all matters pertaining to their youthful sports and pastimes, simply because he was the son of the 1ichest man in town. 1 With all the strength or his mean nature he seemed to bate Ned Harris, who was by all odds a better scholar, and better-looking, despite the fact that his attire was of the plainest order. As to be out of tbe graces of Augustus Flta P;irter meant the loss of a great many social ad vantages to t.he boys, they were obliged to fol low. I.tis l ead in all and most es 1:ecially agam4 Ned Hanis, whom Porter spitefully Hog Harris, and other pet names. Had he been some other boy, Ned would have complained to the professor, but that was not his nature, He made tt .,.. CJ

Deadwood Dick Ml a Bo)". r '81 u 1lest be could, without asking favors of "Now I'll bet tbe old llOn"lll mare on lttuiy one, and be did it-a trait which became a Uncle Josh declared. "You're jest as smart nhilracteristic in after life. as Porter's boy, and et would do me a P<>werful The summer term ol school at the academy pile o' good to see that upstart Don't ye "as to end, for a vacation, on the same day think ye can put 'in yer best lickll, boy, and Sbahaw Ned eleven years of age, Ji,. prize of a winr' handsome gold waooh had been offered by a "I guelll! I can try," Ned replied, "though philanthropic gentleman from Boston1 who was yon know influence goes a good way1." topping in the town, to that scholar whose "Of course, boy; but brains double W. record in studies and deportment ltood the best counts it. It 'pears that Aaron Porter know1 for the term. this Bosting chap an' has been trying to get Gui Of course there was eircitement throughout a position in the Bosting feller's employ; and the community as the day of closing exercises offered to bet the Bosting chap that bis Gus is the drew near, fo;r every scbQlar imagined be ought 1IDartest boy in the Windham school. So this to Ue entitled. to the prize, and every family Lyon takes him up, and comes on to test the thought their representative son would surely matter by offering the prize. Ef Gus gits beat1 ret it. they say bis father will part with a snug sumo To the well-to-do was not so much. money." the value of the watch as t e honor in winning Ned listened, a spirit of rivalry entering bit the gift of the Bostonian, who was a man of eyes. considerable importance. "If I'm not mistaken, I stand as good a show Eager that their sons should stand well, the on the roll as Gus Porter, and I'd like to beat 1everal mammas thereof made calls upon the him, 'cause he counts himself so big." Honorable Mr. Lyon, to inform him of the "Well, neow, jest y;ou put in yer best licks, 1martness and numerous vfrtues of their off-boy," Uncle Josh said, "and if you scoop tbe 1pringsi of course Mr. Lyon would do every-socks off of that Porter upstart, PU buy you a thing tnat was fair and discreet-he was so for the river, providin' you won't go noted for his excellent judgment, etc., etc.' any more on Sunday." And the village tailor bad his bands full in And then the old gent limped off. manufacturing new suits for the young gentry Ned spent an extra lon_g time in milking that who were hopeful of winning the prize. night, and cogitating. He was pretty sure he M.r. Lyon, by the way1 was a keen student could make a good struggle for the prize; but of nature; he saw that bis proposal was begin when he came to look at bis rather rough gar aing to create a jealousy and rivalry among the ments it disc'Ouraged him, for he was consciouR older as well as the younger people. Therefore, that the elite of Windham would attend the he had it announced that by ,p. change of deciclosing exercises, and the comparison between 1ion, the prize would be awarded to the scholar his shabby clothes and the other boys' elegant whose scholarly and deportment roll stood the attire would excite pretty open comment from highest, and who should write al)d deliver the those of the villagers who looked down upon best closing address-the merit of the addresses him with envy. to be considered together with the records of Still, he..could not ask Uncle Josh to get him the scholars. better clothing; that was something be had This caused a profound sensation, and by the never done, always patiently awaiting the old majority of the Windhamites, was CODiidered farmer's motion. fair; for it gave chance for the scholars t-0 comShould he let bis pride interfere with an at pete in the way of composition, as an offset tempt to win a l'ictory over those who considagainst their records, should they be def!.-ered themselves above himf cient. Nol he would study and strive to win I Of course the heads of familiPs were put to-The next afternoon the examination was to getber to assist in manufacturing thfli most take place, and the prize to be awarded. scholarly and artistic effusion, so t6at it was So, that night, be went to town and pm really a village rather than an academic conchased some writing paper on which to indite test, had the truth been known. bis composition with a dime he bad found thi.' Ned Harris kept bis own counsel, and said day in the road. nothing to any one. If lie bad an idea of enAs he was coming out of the village bookrering the contest, no one was the wiser for it. etore, he came face to face with Gus Porter an.f Even old Uncle Josiah Harris did not hear of it 10veral of bis cronies. until he went to town, and when be returned "Hello I" Porter "There"1 home, at nightfall, be sought Ned, who was our country rustic, Hog Harris. I say, Hog, te out milking. you going to compete for prizef I see yu An honest plain old-Yankee, was Uncle have been investing beavil,Y in stationerv." ,Jo.iah, and be liked Ned ii'well as though he "Yes-he's going to write a poem," bad been bis own son. boy laughed, "and call it 'The CowboJ '1 "See here, Ned," he said, "they tell me a Breath; or, Brains Bred in a Barn." Bosting cbap, called Lyon, bas offered a prize "Or an essay on chickens and n fer the best composition.. an' record on the last chimed in a third. day o' scbool,-an' it's a mighty fine gold watch I "Of course I We shall have to take on too. I seen it up at the post-office." smelling-salts with us in order tha' we may I e "Yes, there is such a pri11:e to be given to the I eas\)y revived if we should be overpowered lj c:iiolar who has the best roll, and writes the the pauper's eloquence." best composition," Ned repliedl with a 11od. Ned flushed, and a spirit of resentment 1hoM "Ot oouree Gut Porter will aet t.." from hill e.vea.


Deadwood Dick !'ti & Bo7 "Yon m as mncb of a panpeT a s i am. Gus Porter!" be c ried, "and as for "'hat tllfs e 9tbe r boys say I don t care, as they're only weak kneed boob i os, who are subject to y our tyranny. 'You'll keep on with your imults t ill I tbra h you again, 1 s I did last w inter. You know I can do it, t c o if I am y o un ge r t h a n you." "You li E You neve r wh ippe d me," the banker's so r cried, ho tly. "1 m e r ely gave in, es I didn't want my name dis grace d by being li n ked with farm hoy's. I am a gen tl eman's so:1 and I never fight, except with w e apons." "Pbewl J'll bet you'd run. at sight of a pletol/' Ned re ) lied. "As I aln too much of-a man to nandy w ords with a peevish, ill-bred rowdy, I'll bid you And with a cool courtesv. young Harris walked off, eaving the banker's son and his cronies in a pa.1sion. "'That fe 1t>r's going to win the prize," Tom Maxwell sai :l. "He stands neare r perfect than any boy in school, and .b.e's good at compoei tioi:." Never!" Gus Porter gritted. "I yon, bo[.s, that v1tgab1md. shall not win tbeurl><*


Deadwo.;ein1ck as a. Bo7. I of letting it be known the tric k that bad been I CHAPTER II. pr111e. __ IT a unnec,eSS!!fY to state that Ned H11rris got on him, eve n if he failed to win tbe I A SHREWD SUSPICION. the watch, while the exercises broke up in great The gathering that afternoon at the academy confusion, the Porter element of the ass emblage was large, the ez.ite of the village beiag p r omi-beating a hasty and indignant retren t, and tak nently represented, and there was a bustle of 1 ing the guilty ones wi t h them, their prid& excitement among the assemblage so anxious to greatly humiliated. know who was to be entitled to the B os t o n g e n-The watch was not all that Neil received. tleman's gift, which was really an elegant rr'he Honorable Mr. Lyon handed hi m wi t h the alfair. watch, a fifty-dollar note, and bis card, saying: At promptly one o'clock the sebool was-0alled "My lad, I have more admiratio11 for your to order and the roll called grit and your talent than I can e xpre ss, and Ned ihrris and Gua Porter were absent, and should you ever come to Boston, I shall be IO in arranging the programme of vale dictories, 1 ple as e d to see yoii." they were placed last on the list. And after that, Ned never saw his friend Porter, attired in the bight of fashion, soon from Bo ston again. after entered, and then the roll of h o n o r was With the fifty d ollars be purchase I himself a read, to the eagerly listening spec tators. neat, but less costly, suit of clothes and had Fit:1: Augustus Porter's m ention came last but some money left. one, and his r ecord excelled: any of hill olllss That nightLAaron Porter drove Clown to the mates with one exce p t ion. Harris farm-o u se, and was overwill: n g to settle Edward Harris, said Dr. Drake, was the only tor bis son 's" boy i s h mischief as b i termed it. 1Lttendant of the Academy who stood wh olly "We are all liable to errors, you know," he perfect in excellence in studie s, honora b le deadde d, patronizingly. portment during school hours, and regul a r at-"Yas; I know we a.ire," answE 1red Uncle teml ance, which, considering that Maste r H arris Josh, for once, in his anger, forgetting bis resUed over two mile s out of town, aud spent Christian prece pts. hia 1 iut-of-scbool hours in work, entitle d him to "This error, as ye call it, will co < t ye ju:;t a the mention. hundred dollars, or your upstart'un goer I Murmurs, elevations of Doses, ter ther calaboose quicker'n thunder I and expressions of disgust, were on every band Of course Aaron Porter paid the demand, pren.lent. secretly congratulating himself tha t he could Bnt order was called, and valedictory after avert further family disgrace so ch ea ply. yaledict ory was read. From that day N e d was held in hi gher esteem H o n. Mr. Lyon sat and listened, with a s ober, by at least a few of those who had formPrly thoughtful expression of counte nance, but made snubbed him, for they were heartily ashamed no remark to show that be thought one valedic-of young Po'fter. tory better than another. But they wei;e destined not to e Ned long UHtil Fitz Augustus Porter took the stand among 1hem, either to like or diS:ike. From and began his address; then a pleased expresday of bis ill-luck and goodl uck, there don came upon the Bostonian's face. opened out and d e veloped a series o f rapid inciH was a fine composition, showing talent and dents that marke d a busy life. feel i ng, couched in well chosen words; it was It was during the summe r vacation one day, &enl' old better and m ore approprtate than any-that an oily -faced individual, drove up to the thht 1 g that bad b een d elivered before. farm-house, and announced himsel f as Selden And young Porter received the applause Rossitur, stating that he was buyin g up farm wb1.cb followed his effort with a complacent produce atfd stock, for a firm in Bost on, naming fully assured that victory was his parties with whom Josiah Harris b a d bad con.oo.aster Edward Harris not being present," siderable dealing. the professor-So, having some produce and stock to sell, Hold up, a bit! I am here!" Ned cried, at the farmer at once drove a bargatn with the this juncture, bursting into the room. "If you stranger, 11elliug him sixty dollars' worth, tot please, professor, I was delayed and could not which Mr. Rossitur wrote out a check on the ret here sooner, and, as I have lost my compoBoston fl.rm. llitiJ'tUDity to 1hame the p,ilt'.f riTr;ll" bi&hed the Jut worcl.


Deadwood Dick aa a Bq. Ah I there-that' too bad. Pencils are a auis1mce. But, it don't matter;-I have a foun taia pen, here ;/ou can -just sign the receipt. and tben I'll bi you good -day. You can the stuff over at P-by a couple of days from nowf" "Yas. I'll take it over to-morrow," Josh an. _1Wer!, signing his name to. the receipt, in his p e culi a r hand, and th e n bowing the agent out. Now Ned bad been a witness to the whole transac tion, without saying anything, but as to<>n as the agent was gone, he said: rap, I'll bet a cookiR)'ou're sold I" "Humph! how sof" Uncle Josiah growled .,Didn't I get enough!" ''-Yes-too much, Ned replied. "It I am not mistaken, that check isn't worth a fig nor Is tbat chap agent for --& Co., of Uncle Josh looked serious. He bed ir-eat faith in Ned's judgment bar. found it ever reliable. 'It Dot, as you say, what's the infernal scala wag up, to, then, boyf He surely knowa I couldn t ship the stuff to Bosting except be was In P--, to receive it." "That ain't bis game I" Ned replied excited ly. I suspicioned bis game, even before be left. That receipt was written in lead pencilyour name or signature, in ink, lawfully. How easy to rub out the light pencil writing and draw up a note in ink I Ten to one, if you go to the bank to-morrow, you'll find a note of your giving has just been brought in and you'll have to pa:y it, tool" J o s1ab Harris leaped to his feet with an ejacu latio n of est.onisbment. Boy, you're right, and you're cliter than Chri stmas!" he cried. "Jest you jump onter Bay Billy, an' start fer P-quicker' n seat an' ef you in ahead of that scamp, I'll let go to Bostmg to spend the F<'urtb." Now te do this very thing, but th" promISe gave b1m no particular impetus for he was ever ready to do anything for Uncle J01:1h, as he was called, the county over So putting on his best clothes be mounted Bay Billy, who had brongbt to door, and was soon flying toward P-ten miles away. T here were two direct roads which led to the town. Ros&itur had taken one, so Ned Harris took the other. In all that county, there was no better rider than Ned, who seemed b orn t.o the saddle and the horse he rode ead made a record of three minutes, which was remarkable time in those 'ays. A.ld less than three-quarters of an hour after leaving home, Ned Harns stood in the First Na. &ioual Bank of. P--, eager and breathl6811. an hour, and be didn' a bRfi'. Hu a note been presented here against; Josiah Harril, my knowledge, Master Harris," and the cashier looked over some papers behind the screen. "Nothing of that sort to-da:y sir." "Well, tbai don't signify," Ned said, nothing put out. There's goin' to be a forged note presenOOd here to-day, purporting to have been drawn by him, and the one that presents it will want it cashed. I want you to refuse payment.. as it is a forgery, all except father's signature.! Theo Ned re!ate<;l about the drawing of the receipt and bis suspicion that it was nothing more tbau the opening key to a forgery." "I should n o t be surprised if you were right ,. the cashier, Mr. Brown, said. "You're a cute one, at any rate, t.o have suspicioned such a thing. Not one boy in a thousand would have thought of it." He then mentioned the matter to the presi dent of the bank, who was an aged, whiteheaded gentleman, and who surveyed Ned critically. "Keep the lad here until we lf there ii anything in it," be said. "I've heard of the dodge before 1 somewhere in the East, but not around here. So Ned was given a seat behind thescreen and handed some papers to look at while he waited. It lacked two hours of tbe time hen the bank closed up its daily business..._ so that there was ample time tor Mr. Selden J:Wssitur t.o f.ut in an appearance yet, which Ned was glad o In about an hour the agent entered the bank and approached the cashier's window, where he banded in a card. "Rossitur-Selden Rossitur1 junior-partner or --& Co., Bost.on!" he 681.d, in a business like way. "Ahl yes; happy to meet you, Mr. Rossitur," the cashier responded. We ba ve bad some dealings with your firm. Is there anything we can do for you t.o-dayl" "Well, yes--that is if you are agreeable," Rossitur answered, extracting a piece of paper from bis pocket-book. I took a note from an old farmer back in the country, and be said I could likely get cashed here, where he did business." "What I Josiah Harrisr the cashier said, picking up the note, "and for a thousand dol lars, tool Why, what's Harris been doing to that exten r "Ohl I've been selling him a patent-right, and not having a bank check by him, he wrote out the note f o r thirty dar,s. I presume you've no objections to cashing it--eay, give me nine hundred dollars for it." "I will '!Ille!" Mr. Brown said, stepping into CHAPTER III. an adjoining apartment. FETCHING A. FORGO. a few seconds be returned. Tma bank casbier at once recognized Ned Mr. Rossitur, it will be for us to having frequently seen him at the bank in accowmodate you," he said, inasmuch as the pany with Uncle Josh, and nodded, pleasantly law wantl a man of about your size for !or,. Well, Master Harris, you seem t.o be some'.. gery I" what flustered," he said, observingly. "Have A.ud, even ae h\ spoke, Rossitur was seized you been riding fastr by a policeman from behind, and handcuffed. Well, I guess so," Ned replied, wiping_ th I "Hold on I What is the meaning of this out perspiration from his forehead. "Bay Billy "'lier the alleged Bost.onian cried, hotly. C$lio4ed ni over trom home ill thne-QUartert .,, lt me&n1 that I were too 11revioua for 7ou


Dea.dwoO'd. Dick as ( ., efTcumstance, Johnny!" Ned Harris cried, emerging from behind the screen. "Jt's a cold day when Josiah Harris gins thousand-dollar notes for patent rights I" / So complete was the forger's astoni;;hment, that he could not give vent to further expres1ion. as he was led out. From that day Ned Harris became famous all over the country, for the papers him greatly for bis shrewdness in detecting anc\ arresting the fraud, and be was literally in every one's mouth. But it is ever so that when one's prospects seem the brightest there is almost swe to come some misfortune or ill-luck to blight them. Good as bis word, Uncle Josh gave him a goodly sum M pocket money1 and bought him a ticket for Boston1 that he might go and spend the Fourth of Jwy at the Hub. Now Ned bad never been in a larger city than P--, but be was satisfied that he could do Boston without any trouble, having a good deal of faith in bis ability to take care of him self. But when be arrived in the city, Fourth of July be found everything Vl:lry much unlike what it wa-s in Windham and P--, and a sense of loqeliness took possession of him as he wandered about the staid city. He bad forgotten the address of Mr. Lyon, who bad befriended him, at the school contest, and con.!lf!uently knew no one in the whole big town. "During bis rambles be bought himself a walk ing-stick, as the brick and stone walks made bis feet sore and legs weary. Wiitbout noticing where be was going, be wandered into one of the rough street.s of the city, where a most villainously ragged and' dirty set of mortals dwelt. Children swarmed in the street, which was filthy and Ill-smelling, and degraded and blear eyed mortals were seen in nearly every doorwar, for the most part into:x:icated. The sooner I get out of here, the better I'll be oft'., I guess," Ned muttered, quickening bis footsteps. "It's a hard den." But he wa9 destined not to get out without having trouble. He came to where there was an evident family light going on, "Upon the sidewalk in front of a rickety old tenement. An old red-nosed bummer lay stretched out upon the sidawalk, either insensible or dead drunk, while an aged and fragile-looking old woman was fighting a burly young fellow with a bull-dog countenahce, and on account of her age and infirmity, was getting the worst of the battle, for her eyes were blacked, an' d nose bloody. Just as Ned came up, tbtl burly rough struck a terrible blow in the face that knocked her l:>ack upon the door steps. Ned Harris was not used to such sights, and It stung him to madness to see a woman abused in this manner; so be sprung forward and con -'Tonted the young bully, with flashing eyes. "For shame I" be cried, with a sternness older than his years. "Have you no manhood, that you thus strike a weak old womlint" Tlae YOWli: bUll;v. at Ned a moment. la evident astonfsbment as If at loss to nnderste.n4 how so young a lad as be dar. 0 interlere. "Hello I what business you got to lip in, here," he cried, savagely. "Get 0 1t, you rat, or I'll oarve you and throw r_e in th l sewer I" And drawing an ugly kmfe fron, under his coat, he made a Junge at the boy. "No you don't, my friend "Ned cried, leap ing lightly to one side. "1111 thump yol!-oo the bead for that." And, quick as a flash he raised Ids walking stick, and gave theyoung ruffian E rap beside the bead that felled him to tbl) ground, inseusi ble-much to Ned's alarm, too, fo r he bad nut intended to do this. "Oehl bowly murtherl the young om!l.(lbaun bas kilt me Jimmy!" cried the Jattered-up woman, springing from the doorstt ps, frantic atly. "Polacet polacel murther! murtl er!" "Shut up, you fool!" cried Ned. "I've only been befriending you. What do y o u mean by turning on,_mel" Och t polace I polace !" shrieked 1 b e wom.m1 louder and louder, and a moment h ter arounct the corner popped two cops, and 're be was scarcelv able to comprehend mattei s Ned was seized and marched away, under ari est. Although it was not a situation le had ever dreamed of getting in, he was t0< p.lucky to cry over matters, and strode aim g with as much indifference as possible, only orry that he hadn't given the bully a harder < r ack, since be had to sutl'er arrest for it, anyho1h. Into the station-house be was com a cted, and locked up, to await a bearing thene: t morning. It was a dreary day he passed, a n l he won dered how it was all to end. :ije knew that the folks at home to ,;. a Boston daily' paper, and while he was n r o t> cted home for a week, they and other W : udhamites would be more than likely to see a mention ot his arrest in the papers. What a sensation it would creat and how the folks at home would worry over it! The thought was almost maddemng to him, and he resolved never to' give his real naroe, when it came to his e:x:amination. The next morning he bad a hearing before "His Honor," and there gave bis name as Dick Dante. and bis place of residence Brooklyn. A motley gang of roughs of both sexes were present, including the old woman, all of whom gave unblushing testimony that the prisoner bad come strutting through the street, calling folks names, and finally knocked Jirrmy Dugan down with a stick and then blacking :Mrs. Dugan's eyes as his Honor could se e Ned listened in horror. He had rever beard sue!( a string of false swearing be .'o re, in bis Ii fe, and when he put in a plea of r iot guilty it was greeted with a shout of derisi v n, and the crier had to call order, after whk h hurried trial "His Honor sentenced the prisoner to six months in the county jail! Ned was not astonishf!d, at this. After bear ing the lying testimony offered egaiust him, he e:x:pected that be would get two or three years, at the least-his own te&timony being wholly unsupported. U li bad bad a hundred dollan. b. ooWll


Deadwood Dick a.a a BoT ane paid bis tine and got froo-but as be lacked that sum, nothing remained for him but to mit to beiug taken to the jail. For he was now fully resolved to never let it. be at. home what disgrace he had got mto, but grm and bear it.' Such was his pride, that he wotild have worked out a five years' term, rather than bis schoolmates at Windham should know of bl.I Jituation. That saw him Installed in a little cell a\ the combmed jail and workhouse, under lock and key, and ail the furniture he had tor his new home was an iron cot-bed, straw-mattress, and one chair-but that was enongh for his wants. The next morning he was deprived of his own garments and habited in a striped outfit, and his bail< was clipped in the most approved style. He was the n given a choice of the trades be preferred to learn1 and expressing a preference "for the boot and slJOe department, be was set to work at roughsoleing in a room where fully one hundred and fifty other prisoners were at work. It was a new phase of life, to him, and he did not g e t discouraged, at first; but when a month of tedious labor had passed by, he heartly wished himself back on the farm. "An' I'll b e t a l?,eggin' awl I won't stay in here, long1 ei ther, he mused, one night1 as he 1at alone m his dungeon. "If I'm not mistaken I have detected the approach of a mutiny, and there's going to be a grand effort for escape made, when every one is unsuspecting of it. It remains for me to kee p my eyes open." CHAPTER IV. OUT OF DURANCE. FROM the hour o f his making this resolve, Ned Harris k ept his eyes and ears more :widely open than before. He had not been in the place a week ere he had discovered that there was a system of hammer-telegraph among them, by which they secretly conversed, unbe known to the lynx-eyed watchman. There would be a momentary lull in the hammering process; then s ome one in a distant part of the room would/ound a series of telegraphic taps, which woul be answered first by One workman, Riid then another. .As Ned was soon given a position as Jaster, he had more quiet, and chance to note this fact. At first he paid no particular attention to the thumping, but the more be thought of it, the more convinc e d be was that it was understood by numbers of the men and conveyed definite words or ideas and undoubtedly related to plans for their effort for escape. The expect ant Pxpressions upon the faces of many, con v ince d him of this; and always after a message bad evidently been d e livered, every hammer in the room would pound away In chorus, as if to ward off suspicion of the nature of the previou llignal taps. The pri soners in N e d's section were evil. brutal-looking roughs, who appeared capable of any devilment, and it became evident to the be y that they had nearly' all of them taken a dis like to him, for some cause, as on frequent octuions chunka of aole-leather hi* IUai ill 1lle face; but when bit W'Ollld look around, no om appeared to know anything about It. There was no way but to bear these insults, for talking or speaking was punishable with s o lit-ary confinement; and N e d was too gritty t.o make complaint to the superintendent. Thus two months of his term wore monoton ously along, but the.boy prisoner never ceased to be vigilant and watchful while he worked. And it was far from boy's work he had to do. A certain number of boots and shoes were given him to last per day, and to fail to accom plish the work meant to get a blow beside the bead and two days at solitary confinement in bis cell. So, unwilling to take the penalty, he worked d e sperntely, barely succ e eded in finishing hi al1otted number of pieces per day. The third month of his life in the penitentiary rolled around and found him still pegging away and IBosting at his bench. But he was not long to remain in the ahoe shop. One day, while working industriously, a hard piece of leather hit him in the face, causing him great pain for the instant. Looking quickly up, he was in time to see a demoniac expressi o n of triumph upon the face of an Irishman, Mike Donahue by name, who sat but a few benches away. Indignant and quick-tempered, Ned could no longer resist the temptation to retaliate and quickly hurled his hammer at Donahue. Straight between the eyesit hit the Irishman, and dropped him, insensible. It was an unlucky act for Ned, for be was at once taken from the work-room, and confined in a cell. For the next forty-eight hours, he was given to eat or drink, then he was taken froll) bis cell and at bis request went before the superindendenth where he related the insults that bad been t e cause of his hitting Donahue, I also wish to inform yon that a plot brewing among tbe shoemakers, to break jail, he said, also relating what observations he haQ. made from time to including the discov e r y of.the telegraphic signa.t system. The superintendent was a grufr, stern old delegate, whose long knowledge of criminal 11baracteristics had made him suspicious of every one; still he listened 1 o what Ned had to say, with a grim sort of p tience, reading the boy through and through, with his eagle glance. When Ned had finished, he said: "I will give the matter attention, sir. In t h e time you will finish the bala nce of y01u term in the blacksmith shop: and if you hope to get free at the expiration of your sentence, you had best conduct yourself more careful in the future." And so Ned was put in the smithy and made to run a trip-hammer. It was hot work and a hot summer, and he found himself wishing he was back in the cool sbos-shop. But it does the inmates of a peni tentiary little good to wish. One woek of this work, and Ned found him self once more back in his cell" bushed." Over work and heat bad so J:-reyed upon him that he Nd and wu returned to his "JDend."


Deadwood Dick as a. Boy. And It was a foll week ere he felt able to go Dora l{ed and, foJiowecl"b1 to work &fain her milk-faced companion, left the pnson. Visitors days at the penitentiary occurred So Ned worked the day out, and the Be:d Tuesday and Friday, and large numbers of morning the warden and superintendent visited country people always came in to see the sights his cell, and handed him in everything that bad of the" work'ust" been taken from him, at the time of his coming Many times the city folks also made the penito the workhouse." tentiary a call. "Master Dante," the superintendent said, Every day that brought visitors was a com"being favorably impressa d with your actions, bined dread and pleasure to Ned. and believing you the victim of an unjust aenIn one way he dreaded the day, fearing that tence, I have succeeded in securing your pal among the visitors would be some of his former don, as part reward for your brave act h. sav acquaintances, who would recognize him. In ing my daughter's life. Your mon:ey is all in another way it was pleasure, because he saw so your clothes and I sincerely hope you may many happy faces, and one in particular, which safely reach home, and never have the bad luck was neTer lacking, and which he learned to look to get into prison again." for as eagerly as be did bis meals. Overwhelmed was Ned, with gratitude but This face belonged to the superintendent's not so much so but what be could thank the daughter, Dora, a sprightly, kind-hearted miss superintendent, kindly, and also send his sincere of who ever had for Ned a pleasant regards to pretty Miss Dora, to whom he feU 1mile. sure he owed his liberation. During his sickness, she twice passed his cell, Then Ned resumed his own habiliments, and among the crowd, and each time managed to an hour later stood without the prison walls, slyly slip a note in through the grates, which free! Ned was in no wise loth to peruse, whenever he Wbat was he to do nowf was the perplexing got a chance to do so unobserved. question that now troubled him. The first note read: Should he return to the farm! If so, how "Keep up courage, and look forward to a good could he account for his absence, truthfully, Ufe after you get free. Dou." without betraying where he had heen1 The only way he knew of was by refusing to answer The second note read: any questions whatever. "MAsTER Drcx: Papa has discovered what you Even then, he knew it would not be advisable told him a.bout, and taken precautions. I am talk to return home until bis hair grew out. Ing for your pardon. Dou." Nothing, then, remained, but to strike out for The following Sunday, when the superintend, some point where work was plenty, and then ent made a tour of inspectioa of the peniten-hire out. tiary, Dora accompanied him, and smiled in at So he purchased a ticket for Pbilapelpbla, and Ned, which

10 Deadwood Dick Ya Bo;y. eomfortably wrapped up in buJ!alo-robes, and the horses were in the of spirits. "Well, Ned," Uncle Josh said, in his good bfltured way, "if I never com!! every thing is yours and Anita's, and Uncle Alex, h ere, will be your guardian and help you to llOanage things till you get of age." Ned laughed, and said" All right." He had known the honest old fa\mer to say the same thing at least a hundred times before; it wwi a habit of his whenever he started ofl'. "Heaven forbid that Alex Filmore ever be eom es our guardian," Ned said to thirteen-year old Anita, a bright little n1iss with Tlnderstanding far beyond her years, after they bad gone. "With all bis reputed goodness, I cruinot like him, and can but believe that he would be 1r hard man to get along with." It was not an hour afterwl'!.rd that a farmer drove up and to Ned that Josiah Harris and his wife had been drowned in the lake. Jumping into the sleigh, they drove swiftly to the spot and out nearly to its center, where a crowd of neighbors hact already collected. Here was a large hole in the ice, where the slei gh, horses and the farmer aud bis wife bad gon e down forever beneath the cold waters. Alex Filmore and bis son, Clarence, had leaped from the sleigh, they stated, barely in time to save their own lives. Great excitement prevailed, and holes were cut in the ice, but nothing could be found of the bodies of the unfortunates. was the coolest one in the crowd, but his was a wild, unnatural calmness. 1Jpon the ice at the edge of the bola was a little pool of blood, which, tbe Filmores stated, bad come from a cut in one of tlie horses' legs, as they endeavqred to get free. "Alex Filmore I" Ned cried, gazing at the el der sternly and accusingly, "I don't believe it. I believe that you murdered father and mother when they tried to get out of the air-hole in thl' icel" __ CHAPTER V. AS GOOD AS BIS WORD. OF course Ned's l.>lunt added w the excitement, and tlieneighbors censured him for thinking such a thing of Mr. Filmore, who was conceded by those who knew him to he a goon man, as he was a church deacon. "Poor boy, he knows not what he says," the elder Filmore said, or else I should take it more to heart. He is, I have no doubt, deranged by this awful accident." "You lie! I am just as sane as you are!" Ned cried, "and you shall find it out, too." But Ned's wrath against the Filmores did not add to his good reputation in the neighborhood; !udeed, all his former acquaintances rather turned e11:ainst him for his seeming viciousness, while be became more and more convinced that the Filmores were working hard to establish it 11.s a fact in tbe minds of every one, that he, Ned, was not in bis right mind. All but Anita may have believed thl$, but ahe clung to her brother lovingly. Resolved to conduct himself with as mucb de eorum as practicable, Ned raised no fuss, when the Filmores moved in, bag and baggage, until Cl&reiice CODUnenced the war. From early cblldhood Ned had alway. had the large front room in the right wing of the farm-house, which was one of the most pleasant in dwelling. Anita had the room just ad joining. The day after the Filmores "moved fn," Clarence Filmore, who was a youth of seven teen, walked into Ned's room, where the latter was engaged in writing a letter, and gazed about critically. "You will have to move your traps out of here," he said, authoritatively, "for I'm going to take possession of this room. You can get along with the attic chamber very comfort;. ably." Ned's blood boiled in a minute. "Well, I guess not," he retorted, calmly. "Tllis bas always been my roo10, and I've got the biggest kind of a notion I shall keep it, too." "Oh, no you won't," y'Oun:;: Filmore sneered, beginning to carry furniture out into the ball Father said I could have it, and father know1 llis biz.,, "I'd like +,o know it yonr father is going to run this whole business I" Ned cried, springing to his feet. Just you Jet tbe things alone, here, ClareD<>e Filmore, or I'll pitch you down 1tairsl" This looked like a vain boast, for the intruder was a good deal larger than Ned, and be 1!!-ughed tauntingly. "Oh will youi" he sneered, making a Junge at Ned, and attempting to strike him. But Ned was not so easily downed, and seizing young ]jlilmore, be forced him backward from the room, and 'Pitched him head-foremost down the short flight of stairs. _., The only wonder was that the unfortunate son of his father did not get his neck broken in hi. dangerous tumble, but be was lucky enough to escape with a peeled nose and two of his front teeth knocked out. Suffice to say he did not come up-stairs again that day-nor the next. But, two of the farm hands pounced in upon Ne:!, unexpectedly, and ta.King him to the barn, held him, while Alex Filmore gave him an un merciful whipping with a rawhide whip. Ned stood the ordeal without a whimper1 but his pale face and flashing eyes betrayea the strength of his indignation, and even while re. ceiving the painful punishment, he registered a terrible vow of vengeance, which was afte ward executed in one of the lonely mountain gulches of the Black Hills. From thence, on, whi;:-pings were frequent, both Ned and Anita being the recipients. Once in the dead of night., Ned Harris awoke to find Alex Filmore standing over him, wiu.1 & large bottl' in his band, and a spoon. Tbat his intention was to poison him Ned had no doubt. Immediately upon discoveriug that the boy was awake. "Filmore beat a hasty retreat. Again, aLl)ther night, Ned was awakened in time to see Filmore and his son silently enter the room, umed with a -bottle, sponge and ropes. That it was their purpose to drug and make waY with him, he had no doubt. and drawinK a See No. 1, Beadle' Halt-Dime Lnmr.rr.


/ Deadwooa Die& &11 a Bo,.. II pistol from under bl8 Dillow. which be now al ways 'kept ready, he fired upon them, and put them to 11.ight. Awakening Anita., he told her what had twice happened, and iving her all the money he had 11aved up-over two hundred dollars, in amount -he coaxed her to dress and fly to a place of -.fety. Ready to abide by Ned's judgment, the brave child parted with her brother in the dead ot the night, trudged on foot to P--, and the n4nt morning took the train for Chicago, where one of her schoolmates lived, by whom she knew she would be welcomed, until Ned came for her. Ned was resolved to stay at home and fight it but on that line a while longer at least. In the morning, however, following Anita's lleparture, three men drove over from Windham and asked for Mr. Edward Harris. On br3 making bis appearance he was at once pounced upon by two of the men and bound hand and loot after which be was carried into the farm houi:e, where the third man, whom Alex Fil more called "Doctor," proceeded to make an examination of Ned's head, physiognomy, etc.1 which, when completed, caused him to noa knowingly to the elder Filmore: Yes, the boy is crazy," be said, "and will constantly grow more and more violent, unless properly treated. You bad better keep bim confined for a couple of days, when I will coma for him and take him to my private asylum, bale, and his chance t-0 escal?6. He we.a taken to his room and locked m, and one of the farm bands placed on guard in the ball, and another on the outside of the house, thus prettf effectually providing against bis t .be two Filmores entered bis room, bringing him bis dinner, which consisted of bread and water. "Well, bow are you feeling nowr he elder Filmore asked, maliciously. I'm feeling as if I'd like to punch your bead fo!_You, you scurvy old villain 1" Ned responded. You'll get paid for this, Alex Filmore." "Undoubtedly you aro right," was the answer, "for should you term in the insane asylum, I shall throw m a bill againsi lillia estate tor yow-maintenance and aupllOJ'L It you should die, l lnh'rit the propertt'a>ty bow." So I presume," Ned retorted; and it wu this which caused you to wantonly murder yolll' own sister and her husband 1" "Alasl I am sorry to see you 80 insane, my lad; but I suppose we are all subject to sudden misfortunes.' "You'll be S1ibject to something milf. fortune, if I ever get free and get my gnp oo youl" Ned cried. That night be made an attempt to escape, having got free of bis bonds, but was recaptured, and plaCed in a room without windows. The next day the doctor and bis assistants came for the purpose of ta.king him to. the asyjum. His feet were 100800 80 tbat he could walk to the carriage, but his bands were kept strapped behind his back. After placing him in the back, the doctor 1md his assistant also got in, while the third man mounted the box to drive. An. d it was in this style that Ned once mure took leave of his country home It was a dull, gloomy ride, the country heing white with snow, and the wind hlowmg fiercely, and drifting the snow badly. Ned kept bis gaze averted from that of hie captors, and refused to t 1lk; but through. the glass window of the coach he noted every mcb of the country they i;raversed. About noon the carriage drew up in front of a tavern and the doctor and his two tools got out and 'entered, probably to get something tG. Ned's heart beat wildly. Now was his chance for escape, if at all-buthow! Ha was sbnt up in the closed vehicle, and I without the use of bis bands he could neither optm the door, nor defend himself. He was wondering what was best to do, when the horses which bad been left untied, got scared at the creaking sign, aud with snorts of affright, dashed a wiry down the country road, at the top of their speed. "Now, then, I am in for it" Ned muttered. "Like as not there'll be a general smash up, and I'll get the worst of it. I must somehow get my bands free." It was easier said thau done. They Fera securely bound bebind his back with leather and all his efforts to liberate them provea unavailing. On, on dashed the horses, as fast as they could run, and looking back toward the tavern, Ned saw the doctor and his two comrades giving chase on foot, and could not help laughing at the Idea. At the rate the horses were going tlbey were not likely to ovned. Finding there was no hope of gettm11: bis bands free Ned crouchod down with bis back to the door', bot found himself unable to open it. So be sunk upon the cushions to await whatever denouement might come. What the end would be be could not guess. But it came sooner than he looked for .After runninc he milea. the tired


11 Deadwood Dick u a Bo7. daoli:ened thefr gait t6 a Walk, and were shortly aft.erward stopped by a farmer, who peered Into the carriage and then opened the door. "Waal, weal!" be ejaculated, on seeing Ned. "What's the matter-bin high way robbery, bo l" '!. Looka like It, don't it?" Ned said, getting out on the ground. "If you'll undo my hands nd tell me the nearest place I can find a sheri1f, I'll be much oMiged." "Sartin,'' the farmer saill, releasing Ned. "I reckon ye'll find the sherifl' at B--, two miles from here; he's ther to-day, ettendin' a sheriff's 1Ble, ef ye hurry up." Thanking him, N e d climbed upon the driver's box, and picking up the reins end wheeling them about, drove back toward born like mad, leaving his rescuer staring after him 'in open moutbed amazement. Not far from the tavern be n:et the doctor and his two men, end eltborigh tbev rr.ede e desperat1t attempt to stop the rapidly-driven conveyance, they were unsuccessful, and !lied rode on in triumph until he was not far from home. Here be dismounted, turned the team around and started tbem beck toward tloe tavern, while h e cut across lots, on foot, and hurried toward the farm-house. "One more visit to the old home,'' he mut tered, then I'll forever bid adieu to this part of the country. Tbere's money in the safe, end It is mine, and shall b e mine to-night." CHAPTER VII. A HANGING DELEGATE. After securing the contents of the old safe, ln the Harris farm-house, which amcunted to over a thousand dollars, he fled to Cbicago, but could find nothing of Anita. The Doles, with whom she had intended to stop, had moved into Nebreske1 near Omaha, and Ned concluded that Anita baa gone in search of them, for he knew that she was a plucky girl, end would not turn back, when he bad said go ahead. After a week spent in the sights in Chicago, Ned resolved to go on further west, and invest what money he had in lend. While sauntering elcng Dearborn street one day, be spied a placard upon a bulletin board in front of a real estate broker's office, which got tbe '.Proper papel'I! m11"P nnt.. 11pd 11fter I>&v mg ftve bundred dollars down, bought hfhl a rifle, revolvers, ammunition and other things he knew he would probably want, and set out for Cheyenne. On bis arrival there he began to realize that be was re11lly "out West,'' and in a part of it too, where the average citizen had just aa lief shoot a man es to look at him. Cheyenne, although somewhat of a city, Wal the roughest place the New England boy had ever seen, being filled with hunters, trappers, rencberos, gamblers, end ell sorts of border ruffians Law the7 pretended to have in the town, but little of it leaked out around, as near as N e d could judge. He remained a couple of days in the place, engaged in various necessary purcbase1, tn the way of a pair of oxen, an Indian mustang, and some utenr.ils, and in course of dealing, mentioned that he bed recently purchased the Ridley Ranch, and was going to take posses sion. An old weather-beaten scout who was stand ing by at the time, gave vent to a grim laugh. "Hev ye ever bin down ther, yonnker!" he demanded, Ned from top to toe. "Not yet," replied; "guess I shall get started to-morrow." Well, lad, you've got grit beyond your years that's sartin,'' the scout said. "Why soi" Ned asked, suspecting there was something behind the veteran's inquisitiveness. "Beca'se, lad, tbar ain't a dozen men byar in Shian es could be hired to stay over in tbet eire Ridley Rench, or my name ain't Old Mose Magoon. Why, boyee, don't ye know that the piece is haunted!" "Haunted be hanged I" Ned laughed. "l never saw a bigger spook than myself yet." see one ef ye tackle the Haunted Ranch, tho'," Gld Mose averred. "Thar's bin nigh a ctozen older 'uns than you as has tackled the place; but tbey war either found wi' their heads cut ofl', or they cl'ared out erter the fust night." "Well, I'll try my luck," declared Ned. "I haven't the least fear of ghosts, and bad es lief wrestle with a half a dozen of 'em as not." read: But in view of emergency, he was careful to buy some more ammunition and a couple more rifles and revolvers, as well es an additional 1upply of provisions. "Fon SALE, CHEAP! Haunted Ranch appeared to have a A large, well-watered, well-timbered ranch 111 bad repute in Cheyenne-nearly every one territory, near Cheyenne. Inquire to kl!ow .,fit, and have no desire to go near it. Thinking it possible that he might drive a From what Ned could learn, an old. ruffian bargain, Ned stepped in and made inquiries, and named Ridley had in former years occupied the was immediately collared r.nd chaired by a ranch, and had murdered his own daughter and meek, sleek-tongued individual, who proceedea then bims!llf, since when tbe gboot of the deugh to describe the place in question, in the most ter, Rena Ripley, had never ceased haunting glowing terms. the house and the surrounding country. It wes a grazing and farming ranch, he Whenever the subject was broached, Ned ltated, twenty miles from a.bout poohed I in derision; but in bis own private a thousand fitted up with good bmldrngs, opinion he was not so oonfident. stocked with a hundred heed of cattle. Although he did not believe in things super Pnce four thousand dollei;;-flve hundred down, n11turaJ, he was not sure what sort of an im an.d on as much time u the purchaser pression on him a ghostly encounter would desire. I make. ell pleased with the gl

Deadwood Dick as a Boy. IS eyed and wbisky-scorcbed. fndhidual approachglanced sharply_ arounc!, to see anr ed him, beckoning him to pause. startling sight that might present itself. "Well, what do you wanU" Ned demanded, And behold I Such a sight was before him I corning to a bait. Looming up in the darkness was a spectacle "Be you the young feller what's goiu' ter that was calculated to give any person a start. move over ter Haunted Ranch?" the man asked, Swinging in mid-air, and by bis neck, wbicb ln a business-like way, and his facefilowed with was noosed in a lariat fastened to tbesca.ffolding the spirit of true front.for enterprise. overhead, was a dead man. "I reckon I'm the feller," .Ned responded. His body was wrapped in a white sheet, t.o "Wbat of itr' the chin, giTing him even a more ghastly ap" Well, you see," the man went on, "I hate to pearance than would have otherwise been the aee a young life like yourn thrown recklessly case. awayi but, since you have resolved to tempt Ned gave vent t;o a startled cry at the sight, fate, would respectfully infol'lll you that I am but did not retreat, as maiiy a boy would have the only reliable undertaker in the city; and to done. save time, I would suggest that it would be a Then bis gase became riveted upon another good plan for you to purchase a coffin and take sight which literally him to the spot for it along with you, thereby saving you the trou-the moment. ble of coming a matter of twenty miles to select Just beyond the suspended corpse, in the tu. one after your demise." ther end of the barn, shone two fiery spots U. "Well, I'm shot if you haven't got the cheek the dense darkness, which. he knew were ey01. of a fried lobster," Ned exclaimed, surprised. But whether tb.1>y belonged to a human "When I coma to need a funeral outfit it will or not be could not tell-he knew, at least, that. be time enough. for you to talk." they were glaring straigb.t at him. "But, my friend, you will certainly need one A chill of horror crept down his spine; h e In a few days; at least, I've already had the knew not what to do. job of planting some forty odd cadavers over at If an enemy was crouching there in the dark tbe Haunt()d Ranch, and there's no reason to nessJ any movement on his part might bring suppose that you'll be any luckier than those fortn a bullet that would drop him. who tried their hand before you." I don't believe it is any one," he mused Brtt Ned declared his intention of running all after standing several moments in doubt. "l'il risks, and the next morning he started, with test the matter at any rate." outfit for the Haunted Ranch. He allowed hi; hand to drop cautiously to-"Waal, good-by, Wild Ned,'' the scout, Old ward bis belt until it reBChed the butt of bis Mose, said, shaking hands with the young adself-cocking six-shooter; the next instant h venturer. "Et ye will go, I kan't help et. I'll drew the weapon and-tired. drap around in a couple o' days and give you a Following the report of the shot there was a dump inter some bandy buffier wallow, an' stick wild ymyl, and a huge cat darted past Ned out up a board ter let folks know you've gone l" of the barn. "All right! Be sure and bury me with my One ghost the less," Ned muttered/ with reboots on I" Ned retorted, as he rode off toward lief. "It's some satisfaction at least.' the north. He then pro9eeded further into the .barn to There was a wagon-trail all the way to the see it any fodder was to be found-for his stock. r

i4 Deadwood Dick as a ltuy. fold-poles and thence downward to the body thus, when the cord was tightened, the string was so arranged that the leg of the defunct man was forced to kick. It was a clever scarecrow, and Ned knew from the moment of his discovery that there wwi more human agency in the ghost business ln anW8round Ridley Ranch than there was aupernatural, and decided that the ghostly appearances were but a ru;;e to hide some nefari0118 and secret business. CHAPTER VIIL TJIB GARRET GHOST. AJTER caring for bis oxen and horse, Ned found his way through the gathering darkness toward the house, wondering what more ex periences be was t;o encounter. Grim and gloomy loomed up the mansion the prairie breeze sighed mournfully through the branches of the oak, and the lonely bark of a wolf came faintly in on the breeze from the westward. "I'll bet my life I'll soon make it sick for the ghosts around this roost!" Ned muttered. "I've. already laid out two, and am able to tackle another on sight." '--,But when he got around to the front of the lone resid e nce, bis enforced pluck began to de sert him, for the place had anything but an in viting appearance. Before attempting to enter Ned took a seat up o n the horseblock, outside the door-yard, and made a long and que s t.ioning survey of the plac e, bis face d ber, and his eyes watchful. Edward Harris, is there such a thing as ghosts, or notr ne mused, "For if there is, you want an introduction, that's all. This place certainly looks like :i spoolt nursery." Suddenly be uttered a startled cry, as his gaze became riveted upon an upper window of the mansion, from which sbop.e a bright light. As this window was a good many feet above him, Ned was unable to look int;o the room1 but he presumed the light emanated from a lamp, lantern or candle. "Now, then, look out for a thoroughbred BPOOkl" he muttered. "I've always heard say they were tom! of r.eering down attic windows and so forth. Hal' He was not wrong in his surmise. B e fore the window now stood a tall, spectral figure, clad from to{> to toe in a winding sheet of white, and around 1t clung a peculiar, bluish-yellow halo of light. .. Ont;i arm was outstretched, and pointed directly down at Ned, as be .sat !IP

Deaawooa Dick as BoT u the teeth, blear-eyec:t, an4 brntat In expreS81on of countenance. They scanned Ned closely as be rode into the Forks, as if his coming was unwelcome, and, when he dismounted and entered one of the saloons, they followed him. "Well, yonker, I s'pose you're the gallus ga loot w'at's sqnat ted down at. tbe R i dlev's1" one ot the lot remarked, a bnrly, Ill-appearing fel low who looked capable of annihilating any or diwlr,Y person1 and be emphasized bis worch by slapping Ned neavily upon the shoulder. Well, yes, I should remark that wasl" Ned replied, stepping aside and dealing the fel low a )eft-bander full in the breas t that sent him half-way acros8 the room. "Come up and have a cigar!" The rough picked himself up from off p. row of barrels over which be had fallen and l o oked the youth over from bead to foot, in evidently great as9enishment. "Waal, I don't k eer ef we be observed, frowning at the g:tins of his com panions; "but let me lisp in yer ear, pard, that ye'd better start in m o re g entle byarabouts, ef ye don't wanter git teetotally cl eaned out..'' "Judt what l was about to observe to you," Ned retorted; "I've got a disease in my arms which strikes out when I le ast expect it." "Then ye mean .to say that you're sum on yer muscle, eh!" Well, I presume the boy's able to ta.ire care of himself," answered the boy, promptly, Tue roughs, with one accord. s e emed im pres sed with' tbis idea, and if, a N e d imttginedi they bad entered the saloon to pick a quarre with him, they evidently conclud e d it was not best, for no hostile action was off e red, although they eyed him narrowly and tige risbly. Se e n any ghosts over at the ranch l'' the rough asked, whom his companion called Black Bill. "Ob, yes; I had an interview wi t h a few of last night," Ned asserte d. "I' m thinkin g of going halves with 'em, and getting up a ghost exhibition before lon_g." The men exchanged glances, and som ething like a grim smile came over their passion-mark e d faces "Waal, I wisb yon much joy-that's all," Bl ack Bill growled. Better you than me a -cavortin' around with thet 'ar speerit o' Rena Ridley." Ned laughed lightly and soon after took his dep,arture. 1 J '11 bet a pair of boots some of that crowd is connected with the ghost busin e ss," be mused, as be rode back toward the ranch. I'll probe the matter to night, sure I" / Arrived at"the ranch, be once more went over the house, but firiled to make any discov e ries. He then proceeded to the barn and cut d own the body of the lynched man and buried it in the ya.rd corner. only a few feet from the attto window, whe1'9 the specter had sbown itself the previollll mr,ht. 'Now, then, my slippery shadow, just show up as soon as you pieas e, and I'll be happy to inspect you," he s!Lid to himself. It certainly was a gloomy position he occupied, but he was resolved to solve t he mystery of apparitions at any cost to him self. The thunder boomed res-ponsively to every lightning flash, and the ram aoaked bis gar ments through to the skin; but with unflinching grit the young ranch-owner maintained his vigil. And he was not destined to be disappointerl, for at length "' light was seen in the attio room. Wb<1tber of a candle or Ji lamp, be could not tell, as it was out of range of the window-probably in one corner of the room. Almost immediately after the light appeared1 came the groans and shrieks such as Ned baa heard the night previous. Then the grinning skeleton popped into view, and began to rattle and shake its bonesJ and execute a grotesque dance. Around it ctung the strange halo thttt had been around the robed specter the previous night. It was a spectacle fearful enough in appear ance to try almost any man's nerves, and it was little wonder that Ned shudde red. But it was a habit with him to use reason at all times, and he now reasoned that it could not be otllerwise than that the s)releton was strung upon 'wires, and was thus worked by living hands. So he remained silently in the tree, his rifle rea" y for use. Some five minutes of the grotesque gesticula tions followed; then the skeleton as suddenly disappeare d from view, as it bad come. After about five minutes more had elapsed the spectral wbite-robed figure approached the window, and there was a wild, unearthly !a ugh. "Oh I but I'll make you laugh on the o1Jier side of your mouth," Ned muttered, and level ing his rifle at the specter, fired. There came a fierce yell of agony, that trated out into the night with startling distinct ness; then the ghost threw up its arms ana fell to tbe floor. Quickly Ned slipped down from the tree, and entered the mansion; then be lit bis lantem1 and graspinQO it in one band, and" a cockea revolver in the other, he ran up-stairs. There upon the floor lay the ghost, silent and motionless, and pulling away the sheet, Ned was astonished to find no less a personage than B!.eck Bill, 9f the Forks-naw either dead or insensible fr6m a bullet wound in bis breast. He then waite:l for night to approach. CHAPTER IX. And it drew rapidly on, heralded by bea-v y A DUEL BY MOONLIGHT. thunder and rain-storm. IT was a discovery tnat effectually laid the Armed with :US rifle and revolvers, N e d stole ghost f)f Ridley's Ranch, and N'ed could hardly silently from the house, as soon aa it was quite refrain from giving a shout of exultation ov01 dark, and although the rain bad now set in, he bis victory. climbed into the top-most branches of one of the Examination proved that Black Bill was not O&ki, :whicb brou11;ht him to a level with. n

Deadwodd Dick &a a Boyo1 Id, and IO while be was In an Inactive state "Don't be frightened, gentlemen-this Is Blacll Ned bound him hand and foot, 11nd dragged William, the ghost of Ridley's Ranch, whom I him down the stairs into bis own part of the bagged last night." domicile. Great was the excitement at the announoeSitting the ruffian up in the arm-chair the ment, and Black Bill had to be taken hurriedly place afforded, Ned applied r68toratives, and into the jail, to save his neck from a lynch-mob. soon had the spook-player restored to consciou.On the day thereafter, Black Bill was grant. ness of bis bis situation. ed a and1 on being assured that h,e "Well Black william, how's the state of would get his freeaom if he turned State's eVl Tour pulse since you have got lour ghostly deuce, he made a confession. He revealed that wings clippedP' the boy demande laughingly. he was a member of a famous band of despeta. "How are you going to soar about any morer does aud cqunterfeiters1 under the captaincy of "The devil take youl" Black Bill growled. one Kentucky Jim, wno bad long committed How'd ye do itr" depredations along the border undetected, and "Alas, William I cannot tell a lie," Ned rewho also had adopted the business counter plied, "I did it with my little penemoney, with bead-quarters JD a 110Cret trator, nodding toward his rifle. room m Ridley's Ranch. The laid ghost swore again. The other members of the band were citizens "Am I dangerou:!fy wounded!" he asked, feel of the Forks; the ghost business had been origin-ing of bis side. ated and designed for the purpose of keJiping "Oh, no; just winged, that's all. After you folks away from the rendezvous. get a little rested I'm going to take you over to When this revelation became known, Ned ChPyenne." Harris was regarded as a hero, and a "Cuss ye no never tbarl" party of rougband-ready citizens was organ" Ob, yes' I w'ilf. I have a sort of notion It lzed to go down to clean out the balance of the may interest the authorities to know what your gang, Ned being elected, by vote, objPct is in playing up ghost." to take charge of the attack. And although the ruffian uttered all kinds of So he accepted, and a swoop w1111 made down protests, Ned was firm in bis purpose. upon the Forks, that night, under cover ot He bad made up bis mind that it would bi! darkneSI!, buJ; without success. the means of unearthing some scheme of evil Forewarned, no doubt, by the capture of were he to give Black Bill to the proper authori Black Bill, the gang had pulled up s t akes, and ties 11.ed to other parts. Therefore, about midnight, be bound the Satisfied by this time that be did not care to ruffi a n upon the back of the pony and then farm it1 Ned, a few days later, sold the ranc b mounted himself, and started for Cheyenne. at an aavance, for it was now in good d emand, He bad not gotten three miles from the ranch since the ghost mystery was cleared up, and when be heard the clatter of horses' feet in bis made bis h ead-quarters in the the n wickedest rear, and rightly gue s s ed that some of Black city in tbe West, Cheyenne. Feeling lonely, be !3ill's comrades were giving chase. sent for Animhwhofle whereabouts he had !lSC'erSetting spurs into tbe mustang, Ned gave it tained, and t e two went to bousek eepm g, a the rein, and awav the y dashed over tbe prairie tl'ood share of N ed's time being spent iu roout at a fierce run, Black B!ll as a matter of course, mg and bunting, in company with the favorite getting fearfully stirred up by the leaps of the sc out, Frank Wadde ll (Wild Frank)-a su1er pony. sbot and better tra il e r tban whom did not then But Ned did not stop to consider this. He and does n o t, n o w, exist on the frontie r was resolved not to give up bis captive without I If any scouting was necessary, or train-guid a struggle for it. Ing to be done, it was gen erally intruste d to For about a mile perhaps the mustang fiE>won Ned and Frank, for the latter's wide ixpe rience at a terrible rate of speed, leaving the purs uers j and knowledge of the western country, and behind; but after that, owing to tbe double Ned's pluck and ready wit in getting out ot weight it carried, its Fpeed lessened, and Ned I trouble or danger, worked well together. knew the enemy would soon gain on him again It was not long after his taking up head unless be resorted to some dbdge to elude them. I quarters in Cheyenne, that Ned became cogni-Tberefore be pulled out of tbe main trail to! zant of the fact that be was destined henceforth, \'Verd the west about half a mile, and then to becoILe a bunted man. lhaped bis course toward Cheyenne. I One night, as be was sitting In a store, at As soon as it became daylight be made a surCheyenne, a person entered, and clapped him vey of the wide expanse of prairie with his upon the sboul

Dick as a Bo;r l'i .After this unceremonious ejection, the agent of Alex FilmorA did not return to the assault. But this did not put Ned off his guard. He knew that the Filmores would use every effort to get rid of him so that they could obtain pos &e881 on of the Harris property, and he doubted n,ot that if this agent fail s d in fiis mission 1 others would come to take bis place. So, after thinking the matter over, he left the store, resolved to hunt up the f e llow, and make an example of him, to start with. He found him in front of the United States hotel, and walked up to him, promptly and fearlefisly, bis eye s flashing. "See here, Sil" stranger!" he said, sternly, "you're the chap flung out the window, ain't you?" "Well, I suppose I am," the man replied, wiping the blood from several cut.q upon his race1. "My name is Jack Jerrold, and as an officer I have come here to arrest you, in the name of the law." i"ou're a liar, out and out!" Ned cried. 11 Y o u can't show a detecti,.;e's papers, to s ave your life, and you were sent here to murder me. Own the truth and shame the devil, for o ne\!-ain't that sol" The man did not answer, but bis eyes gleamed f urtively, and he endeavored to get his right lland slowly toward his hip-pocket. Ned anticipated bim1 however, and quickly covered him wit h a cociri>d r e volver. "No you don't!" he said, significantly. l[fve you all the fight you want, however. 'Y" ou've come here to earn a sum of money by killing me. Not to let you return, disappointed, y ou shall fight a duel with me, and we 'll see who comes out the better man!" "No, no! I will not do it!" Jerrold cried. "You would kill me." "You shall have an equal chance with me; you ought not to flunk, when you came here to kill me," Ned retorted. "Either yeu shall meet me in a fair due l, or I'll drop you where you stand." Seeing the ugly light in the hunted youth' e yes, the villainous tool of the Filmo res no more dared hesitate, and accordingly! signified his 1 readiness to decide matters en due lo. Dueling, in those days, was almos t a daily occ1ll"rence ia Cheyenne as well as in most border towns, and was look e d U}?On as no particular mme, from the fact that it was about the only way to settle personal differences. It was however, not tolerated upon the main 1tre13t of the "wickedest" city, and therefore Ned and bis enemy retired to the Duelist's Drop," a vacant lot on the outskirts of the town, where nearly every duel was fought, and many a man met bis death. They went not alone, for a large crowd of ,roughs and citizen admirers of this sort of ,1port, followed, making bet'S on the way as to 1 which of the two would be ele cted for the ex i pense of a fuueraL It was a moonlight night, and everything .wa s favorable for the affair of honor. As Ned was the challenging party, J errold had c hoice of weapons, and after some hesi t aUo n named rev olvers,. at thirty paces. "Just as y o u will,' Ned replied. "I can t.tch YOU at &11.J' di.stan ce you like, I reckon, and thereby an example for others to contemplate, before they make contracts to kill Ned Harris." "It isn't certain who is going to get kille d, y Pt," J errold retorted, savage ly. "Even if I do go under, I'll have the satisfaction of knowing that there are others after you, and surely you'll get dropired sooner or later." "I d efy the lot of them and they'll find they're hunting after a hot subject, if they come fooling around h e re. Tbere's plenty o f cemetery room about Che.venue, for them that want to replenish their c o ff ers by killing me a the instigation of a hoary-heade d old" The thirty pace s were counted off, and the two men-for in size N e d was pretty nearl y equal to a man-took their pos itiuWI, each other. Old Mose, who bad been sele<,>t;ed as boss n of the "picnic," called order, warned the oppo nents to beware of trickery, and "One I two! three!" At the word three, both revolvers cracked, almost simultaneously. Jerrold fell to the ground, with a groan-not kill e d but badly wounded. His bullet whistled harmlessly by N ed's h ead, but "dropped a Chinaman, whos e demise elicit.ed a laugh from the boi sterous crowd. Jerrold did not die from the eff ects of Ned'1 shot, but recovered and was, l a t e r hung by a party of regulators, f o r horse-stealing-for far greate r a crime is it consi dered by the average far Westerner to-steal a hors e than to shoot a man I CHAPTER X. A NEW VENTURE. ON the week following the duel Wild Frank and Ned took a wagon train into Nort h ern Da kota, with supplies for a new s ettlement. One night while the y were c amped in midprairie, about fifty mil e s from their d estination, a man rode into camp, wh o h a d t h e appearance of a rancbero. He bad the air of a g entleman, and looked as tbough he were in trouble: After introducing himself as John M arvin, a new settler in the then, as now, colllpar ative wilder ness, be stated that on the previous ni ght a band of Indians bad attacked and burned his house and outbuildings, killed his wife and carried off his daughter, a young girl of sixteen, while h e was away from home on a hunw. Wild Frank and N e d liste n e d attent ively, the former's eyes gleaming fi ercely; t or, d e spite the fact that Indian blood coursed in his veins, Wad dell was one of the bitterest India n haters and hunters on the frontier from the Rio Grande to the .Briti s h line. "I'll it's the work of that infernal skunk, Black Spider, one of Sitting Bull's under chiefs," he said. "He' s been on the war-path, along with a lot of halfbreeds and mixed reds, f.or ome time now, and I reckon it's more'n probable they'll not git broke up till Uncle Sam takes a hand in the game." But my child-is there no hope of rescuing her from these red cut-throats!" Mr. Marvill asked, anxiously. "Oh, yesi we can fix that all right," Frw r ei>lied. know where the .l[&II& o' Spider


18 Deaawood Dick as a Bf17 llangS out, and I'll send Ned, here-:1 to"1py a.I'bund and up the stream. She was the best-lookin g til l I retllrll from the settlement. Injun ever saw. Shortly afterward 11notber T his suited Ned, for be bad never bad an adcanoe pulled oulj, containing a buck Injun, and yenture with the reds, and it also please d Marfollowed swif tlv after the first." Yin, who bad a father's anxiety to regain pos "Humph I mebbe two lov ers going to oom e 110ssio n of bis lost daughter. favorite trystingplac e," N e d commen t ed. After preparations had been made1 Ned and "No, I don t think so," Marvin answered. 'l b e f armer mou n ted tneir horses, equipped and "The buck red-skin look e d as black and u gly IUI ready for their journey. a thunde rcloud, and w as pain "ted up hideo usly. "Now, then, you want to ride south-west I rec kon e d he w a s pursuing the squaw." 11.bout fifteen miles, till ye strike the Chey e nne "Possibly," Ned said, refl e ctiv ely. "nis river," Wild Frank said, "and if you follow a also possible this pair ere out spying. I think d irec t line witb your compass from here, I I'll take a careful stroll up-stream, and see what r ec k o n you'll come out above the island in the I can l earn. center of the stream, where Black Spider holds "Well, do as you think best, but don't stay out. Here you want to lie low and keep a long. If you get into trout!ie, fire a shot and watc h on the island until I join you and map let me know." '-" ou t a p lan for rescuing the girL" P r omising to return within a cou p le of So the two Indian-hunters rode away, leaving hours, N e d s e iz e d his rifle and set forth up the W ild Frank to continue on to the settlement in river s h o re. charge of the wagon train. Although by no means an experienced trailer. Before daylight Ned and the rancbero came N e d b a d"-l!tlready pic ke d up a knowledg e of to the conclusion that they must have ridde n woodcraft, whic h enabled him to f orm pre t t y easily fifteen miles; so they drew rein, to r e congood o p i nions of his own, on matters pertaining n oiter. Leaving their horses in a prairie arroyo, to a lif e on tbe pl a ins. t hey struck oot on foot in the dire c tion the y He bad learned one point-that a scout could cal culated would bring them to the Cheyenne not be too c a utious, in the India n country for An h our's sil ent end cautious walk brougbt the red -man is a more wily rascal th an men,Y t hem i nto a belt of cottonwoods which fringed of bis white brothers when you put him in bis the stream. own el e ment. The Cheyenne, at this point, was quite w i de Therefore the young scout stole along the and deep, and just in the c ente r of the s t r eam, bank of the silent moving Cheyenn e, exerc i s i n g o pposite where Ned and Marvin struck it, was all po s sible caution-and u sing bi s sharp gsze t o a wooded i sland of c o nsid erable size, the the early gloaming of the approac hing t bfoket of timber extending to the very e dge of mgbt. ihe water. O nly the cry of a tree-toad, the pemlier chirp ,That's the place," N e d whispered, as they of p ee pers, end the occasional gurg ling of the stood among the cottonwoods and gaz e d t ow ard waters against the shbres, broke the still nes s of t he island. "All s e ems as qui e t as a mic e now, nat ure's approac hin g r e pose. but yo u ll see plenty of hornets whe n the nest Fortunate for N e d that he was cautio ns and tt ets astir. The first and best thing for us to do watc. bful, foc be bad n o t gone over a mile 18 to get as far from the i sland as we can, with-ere he came to a lower bottom lend, and n early ou t losing sight of it. It the reds were to disd e bouched into a sudd e n clearing,, w h erein, cover us around here, it will be'l'a t h e r warm for near the water's-ed g e stood two persons us, I reckon evid ently the two Indians Mervin had spoken Acco r dingly, they moved up the river, and about. fou n d a sort of op e n glade surrounde d by a Taking to his hands and knees, Ned crept d e n se thicket upon the shore and took cover along until he was somewhat ne arer to them; the r e to await d e velopm e nts. -then he perceived to his astoni s hment that t h e At early dawn N e d crept forth to the e d ge of I ndian girl was securely bound to a small the river, to keep up a watch on the i sland and sapling that grew in the.clea ring. t heir smroundings, while Marvin sl ep t during Not far from them, was a large pil e of logs, the forenoon; then be -.vas to t a ke bis tmn at at the water's-edge : They bad b ee n cut no repose during t .lJe afternoon, and both were to d oubt by the Indians, and would ev entually be be on guard at night. flo a t ed down -to the island, for buil ding purAs --prophesied, the Indians beg11ll to sh o w poses. ,,. \b emselves !'tt daylight-some getting w ater a n d In front of the girl the Indian stood, with a othel"l! fishing, for tbe Ch eyenne affords as good t om ahawk clinched in bis right hand. fis h as any other stream in the N orth-west. Judg i n g by the ugly expre ssion upon bis B u t as none of the r e ds off e r e d to cross to t he h ideously pajnted fac e be was in an angry main-land, Ned had no fear.> for their pres ent m oorl, a n d contemplated annihilating the young 1afet). squ1tw oo the spot. The d a y passed without Incident, and night Speak!" he cried, savagely. " Horse on c e more drew on, dark end threatenin g waits. Let Li ght F$iotgiv e her ensw "rqnickly, Ne<'i arose about six o'clock from an afte rnoon or War Horse.Will bury his tomahawk in her nap, and ider. nqr all


Deadwood Dick as a It ltf& braves. His heart is set on bringing Light his lodge, or talring her life!" it's a good one. I'll bet I'll get your gal out limbo, in short order." "Let War Horse do his worst, then, for Light Foot defies him I" the girl cried, with mQre spirit, Ned thought, than be would have felt CHAPTER XI. h"ke exhibiting, under similar circumstances. .A. NIGHT AMONG REDS. In after years, however, he went through like "Thi\ is what I'm going to do" Ned ex ordeals, with even more nerve. plained. Up where I rescued an lnjun gal, is 1 The red-!lkin lover uttered a fierce cry at the a pile of logs upon the shore, that have been girl's defiance, and raised bis band to strike gathered there by the Indians, for rafting pur her with the tomahawk. But before be could poses. Now, the wa,ter being high if logs are do so, a rifle cracked, and an unerring bullet seen ftoating down stream by the red-skins I shattered the wrist of the band tbat grasped the reckon they won't sus p ect anything more than tomahawk, and the weapon fell to the ground. that the is carrying off their logs, and, as With an unearthly yell, and not to be balked a natural consequence, tbey'll man a boat and in bis revengeful purpose, War Horse at once pull for tbe skidway, to save what logs they stooped and seized the hatchet again, with the c!ln In the mean time, I'll be floating down the' intention of finishing the work be bad sworn. to river, at the end of a log, and make the island accomplish in safety." But b!lfore be could rise from bis stooping Marvin listened, bis face wearing a doubtful p osition, Ned's rifle craCked again, and War express ion. He saw that Ned bad the n erve Horse fell upon bis face, never to prance in bat-and grit to undertake 'most any venture-but he tle again. also knew that the Indian is not so easil y LPaving cover, Ned ran down to wfiere Light deceived. F oot was bound, and cut the thongs that con" Well, you are at liberty to do as you please, filled her to the I suppose, but I am afraid vou will get yourselt "There you IJ.l!IB, Miss Injun," be said, in bis into trouble," Marvin expostulated. jovial way. I'll bet ye ain't sorry '8bout it, It won't surprise me if I do. I was born to neither." get into trouble, but I've got the lives Of a cat "Light Foot Is very thankful to pale-face," and will get out of my scrapes somehow. As fo; the girl replied, gratefully. "Although not the island, I've not much fear for p e l'il. I'm afraid ro die, she would much prefer to send a few logs down before I go to liv e." liinClof quiet the reds, then 1'11 float down my "Blamed fool 1f yon wouldn't," Ned retorted. self." "S'fose you're old Black Spider's gal, eh!" Looking well to bis weapons aml ammunition, am." She spoke in good English. "What Ned strapped his rifle to his back, and. left for does the pale-face do in the land of the red tbe glade, first advising Marvin to give him man!" timely warning should he see any hostile move "Oh, I'm sojourning bereabonts because it's on tbe par of the Indians. healthy," answered NecJ. "So just tell Black On arriving-at the logpile Ned found that it Spider that when I drop down this way again would be an easy matter to roll the logs into -after I visit the settlement-I'll pay a visit at the stream, for the water was already be g iu tbe 1sland, and offer him a hundred horses for ning to surround the pile, and cover the bottom bis" lands. "Light Foot is not to be' 12urchased with So he gave-0ne of the smallest of the 'timbers horses I" the girl replied, haughtily, "and while a roll, and away It went, down-stream at the abe is grateful 'toward her rescuer, be had betwill of the now swift and turbulent ter keep away from the camp, for Black Spider He rolled in half a d o zen in rapid succe>ssio... likes not the pale-faces." Then, s electing one of the largest in the pile, Then she turned, entered her canoe, and be rolled that in also, and sprung in after it. pulled down the stream, the gathering gloom The largi> end was hollow, and large enough soon hiding ber from view. to bide the body.of a man. "I wonder if I've made an impression!" Ned Into this1 feet tI:st, <:rawled. and allowed muttered, with a smilo. "I've a notion to pay him.self to earned toward. the island, a sly visit to that island, anyhow." agamst which the r1smg waters dashed. His His eyes fell upon the pile of logs, and an idea novel vessel headed directly toward tbe island; entered his mind. But as it began to rain just' but when he drew nearer to it, Ned perceived then, he concluded first to return and see Mar-tbat,a number of savage s were gathered upon rin, which he did. the oeacb, near whei'e the log would probably It was a tremendous rain. At first, for nearstrike the shore. ly an hour it poured down in torrents-then it "!'here was no help for it. Ned had no power settled down mto a steady rainfall which bade of guiding his clumsy craft, the hollow end, fair to continue all night. under which he was ensconced, aimed directlf At midnight it bad oot ceased or moderated, for ,the shore, the heavy end dragging behind and tbe two men on the river bank sa'w . -the W!\ters were rapidly ris ing. 1 be Indians were evidently preparmg to "Now is a good chance to visit the island, launch a canoe and I'm going to do it," Ned decll,lred. H?peful "'.as Ned tbrit they .would i;>ay no at. "Your Marvin exclaime d. "You'd better l tent1on to hls.l?g, tor he was a dec1dedly un wait 'ti! your partner comes." fortunate pos1t10n, to defend himself. "Not much! I'm going alone. Listen anci Nea;er and nearer the loi; approached I'll tell you m.y idea. and I'll venture youil SQ' shore. the thunder &rumblina: a threa,telllll.f


10 Deadwood Dick as a Boy. accompaniment along tbe bor:lllon to the waters These lodges were fn a circle. 11nd rush. the encircled space a large ftru was bum Crash! Ashore went the log, swinging around mg, a great skin blanket suspended above it to and crushing against the undergrowth that tree branches, b'eing used to keep the rain from lined the beach, with a jar that nearly knocked drowning out the fire. Ned's breath out of him. He scarcely breathed, Ned watched the scene be"ore him with a Was be discoveredf Nol For in a few mo-searching forming bis plans while be ments Ned bad tile satisfaction of bearing the watched. Only a f e w lodians were seen about I ndians embark in tbe canoe, and pull np the the cai:np, and they only crune out of their stream, witll guttural cries. lodges, occasionally, to replenish the camp fire .After their departure, Ned remained within Nothing could be see of Marvin's daughter, h is covert still another five minute until he however; she very likely was confined in one Judged that the vicinity was deserted-then he of the tents-which one be of course could not cautiously thrust his bead above the log, and guess1 but be naturally concluded that she peered a round. woula be found in Black Spider's own lodge. no signs of human presence, be drew After som"! deliberatioI1, he formed a plan himself out of the water, and proceeded first of which he believed would be successful. al l to squeeze the water out of his garments. Going back to the neighborhood of where be He then unslung his rifle, and stole stealthily landed, be gave vent tO a shrill Sioux ivar lnto the thicker part of the chaparral forest that whoop, which be bad lParned of Wild Frank:. covered the island. tbe!1 turning, be swiftly ran up the shore, with Not ten rods had be advanced, when, sud'den a view of neaching the opposite end of the island ly, there stepped out into bis path, from behind by t be time the red-skins reached tbe spot where a tree, a savage of large stature. be had given the cry. Twice, in bis flight, be For a n instant the boy and the red-skin stood nearly ran against an Indian guard, but by glaring at each other, neither speaking, or raisskillful dodging he evaded discovery. In g a weapol!i then, quicket than flash, Ned To bis satisfaction, soon beard the Indians drop ped his rine, and leaped upon tbe brave, rshing pell-mell toward the place whence bad bis handa clutching the astonished Indian's come the war-whoop, with guttural cries and throat in a vise-like gripe. discordant' yells. In response, the red-skin wrapped bis power"Now is my time to visit the camp," and with ful arms about Ned's waist, and then commenced rapid steps the daring young scout once mure a pan extraordinary duel. It was only a matter proacbed tbe clearing. of endunmce who should first succumb. The openings in the lodges faced.,, upon tbe cirTerrible was the strain about Ned's waist, and cle, so that there was less danger of his being b e was well aware be could. not bold out long, seen than though it bad been otherwise. u n der it, tor not only was 1t exceedingly painSeeing-no one in the circle on aiTiving et the ful, but it was with greatest difficulty he could edge of the clearing, be continued on, and a ge t bis breath. moment later be was in the rear of the largest The red-skin, certainly, was in full as bad a lodge, which be doubted not belonged to the fix, and it was evident bis wind was thoroughly chief, Black Spider. 1but off by Ned's determined clinch about bis Applying bis ear to the skin, be listened windpipti, and it was therefore hut a matter of eagerly, but the roar of the rain and river prea few moments when he too must give up tlie vented him from hearing anything within tha g host So ru:awing his bunting-No words were uttered and but a few moves k:mffl, be .cautiously cut a slit in the skin and were made. peered in, getting a full view of the interior Nearly a minute they their faces The only occupant was a white girl, who d IStorted, and tberr eves bulgmg from their partly reclined upon a pile of skins, bound IOCkets, their te.eth set firmly. hand and foot. But, at last, Just as young Harris felt sure be Her face bore traoos of tears and dee p anxietv. must expire, the Indian loosened bis gripe; there To think, with N e d, was to act. Enlarging was a rattle in bis throat, a convulsive shudder, the aperture, he sprung into the locge. and then a fall to the ground. Ned clutcbed a The girl naturally gave vent to a startled cry tree for support, and it was several minutes ere 1 at sight of biru. h e could get his breath freely. "'Shi make no noise!" Ned warned, in a low "By George! that red-skin was a be:u for tone. "I buve come to rescue you and take h ugging!" he muttered, "but Yankee Doodle you to your father!" gets in his work, when it comes to choking. I Without words he raised her in hit wonder what next!" I strong arms and passed from the tent. I t was still raining-seemingly the windows Half-way between i.; and the edge of the of the heaven s were open to let forth another cl earing be was suddenly baited, a }asso s ettling del uge. I abuut biID and jerking him back to the !?'round. Be lieving that tbe now dead saTage was a Ere be could rise or extricate himself a halfguard, and probably the only one between the dozen burly red-skins were upon him and liound Indian camp and the river,. on that side of the him hand and foot. lala nd, Ned concluded that be could get nearer I He was then taken to the circle and bound to camp, without trouble, so be stole along a stake with strong lariats. 4'DC9 more, stealthily-, and soon came to the t::'..:ion after the main part of the band returned edge o f a small cl earmg, in which were the skin j from the UJ?per end of the island, and there was lod&e1 of Black Spider's villa&-'. consultation amorui: the tribe. Ned could lloa


Deadwood Dick as & Bo;:r. .. lllltlentand what wa said, but soon afterward he was taken from the post and bound on his back upon a fallen tree. He the n perc eived what was about to happen, for the red-s kins Qegan tearing down and re-I moving the lodges toward the lower end OI the Island, and also the other paraphurnalia of the crunp. What did it meant Was the water rising so rapidly that they were afraid to remain on t he i sland I It would seem so, for inside of ten minutes Ned found himself the only occupoot of the clearing.". The rain came steadily d own-the roar of the rising waters, as the y surge d against the island, increased. The camp-fire died down to a mass of embe rs, and an hour later N e d was by no means elated to discover that tbe waters were submerging the island and surrounding of captivity. CHAPTER XII. AT THE ELEVENTH HOUB. IT looked decidedly as if Ned was going to be drowned out. The log to which he was bound lay fiat upon the ground, and it promised to take but a few minutes of time until the rapidly rising waters should creep not only over that, but also over the helpless prisoner bound thereon. What waa be to do! He was so securely fastened with gtroug lariati that thare could be little possibility of bis freeing himself. He did not look for any aid to come from Marvin, because he could give no signal Louder and louder grew the roar of the waters, and higher and higher they arose around the young adventurer, until be f elt bis garments once more soaking with the cold water. In five minutes more all of bis person was submerged1 except hi s head, which by a f orce of determmotion not to give up until the last he managed to k eep above tide. It was a desperate situation, however, as be well knew, and with the knowledge came the unwelcome fact that it could be only a matter of a few minutes until be should have to succumb to his horrible fate. "Quick!" a voi Light Foot's canoe, and she will take him to a place of safety." With a. glad cry Ned hastened to obey, and was soon seated in one end of the pretty Indian girl's canoe, feeling like a new lad. Without a word Light Foot seized her paddle and dextrously guided the birchen craft through between the trees. finally deboucping into the rushing current of the river at the lower end of the island. From here the canoe was dagbed along -at a fearful rate of speed, taxing the girl's efforts to the utmost to keep it from swampi11g. After some ten minutes of this sort of ride she drove the frail shell in toward the shore, and succeeded in making a small inlet and efhctina a landinii on ttie main shore. Here B'he got ont of tbe boat and motlOl'led for Ned to do likewise. Let the pale-face go and find bis broth n, then return here, et>.d he shell know the gr 11ti tude of the daughter of Black Spider, in )be finding of the pale-face girl," she said, motioning for Neef to leave. Glad to accommodate Ned at once hastened to obey. He felt sure be had nothing to fear from the Indian girl. or she would not have bi.n from certain death on the island. Bo be went back and bunted up Marvin, and the two hastene d to the inlet, where, sure enong1!i_ they found Manin's daughter, but not Light .l<"OOt I Three days later the frio reachlld the settle ment. From there Ned and Wild Frank weni back to Cheyenne. Soon after the termination of this advent1ll"f'1 Wild Frank journeyed into the northern lJfll"ll of Montana, where he always spends the wintet' at bis Trapper's Rest, when not otherwise en gaged in active service. Left without his pard, Ned lingered about Cheyenne until the early autumn, when he took a trip into the mining regions of Idaho, near Boise City. Here he once more became aware that the Filmores still had their agents on bis track. One day, while sitting in a hotel at Boise, a ragged youth came in, selling half-oranges1 for, being largesized fruit, the price musti necessarily be so high, in that out-of-the-way metropolis1 as to be above the .reach ot the ordi nary Bo the habit waa to split thll dif. ference, m splitting the oranges in half. "Orange, sir!" the youth said, laying a piece in "Ned's hands, and then passing on to the nexi person to make a sale. As the fruit looked really tempting Ned got outside of it on short notice, and paid the ven der his price on bis return. But he soon regretted doing so. Strang pains in bis stomach and a wild di.zzy feeling soon attacked him, and be rea.lliled that he WBI very sick. He had the presenQe of mind, however, to have the hotel-clerk send for a doctor, who came promptly-for in the districts a doctor is glad of a chance to get a J<>b, most of the sickness in those parts being caused by rifiei knife, or revolver, and being hurriedly fata. "I have just eaten an orange," Ned ex p,lainAd, in &nswer to the doctors inquiries, 'aud I am fearful it was poisQned." An emetic was promptly administered, and the stomach's contents soon came forth, and in a little while Ned felt all right again. He was now satisfied that an agent of the Filmores had made the foul attempt on his life, .uid he naturally felt revengeful. That he should be hunted and haunted by the 1eoundrel who already had murdered bis two test friends greatly imbittered him1 and hll solved t<> strike in self-defense-maa:e it a lif for-a-life fight. As soon as he felt fnlly recovered from the of the poison, be left the hotel, and made IDquirlea tor the eiranD-vender, bul; no ODii...,.


II Deadwooa Dick a.a a Bo7. know of hls whereabouts, or anything of him. He made a tour of the hotels and 1aloot1s, to investigate the registers; but on none of them could be find a name from the Only one eastern arrival bad there been for several days, and that person was Mrs, Dr. Cay, of Boston. While reading the name, it at once struck Ned that she might be bis new foe. I;le also re membered that he bad seen a notice in the local paper which read: W ANTED.-A young woman, who can be relied upon to mind her busin ess, to assist. Call upon DR. CAY, at American House." It occurred to N ed _to the advertise ment in person, for be was satisfied he could JDake up enough like a woman to disguise his real sex He had as yet no beard._.and his face was as smooth as a woman's. 11is hair1 too, flowed down over @s .shoulders, making it un necessary to wear a wig. He at once went back to the hotel where be was stopping, and interviewing one of the do mestics, succeeded in securing her Sunday-go to-meeting outfit for a few days. Resorting to bis room, he at once made a dive into the mysteries of a feminine wardrobe, and In half an hour was "made up in all exceed in gly flash sty le, with bat, dtess, shawl and eyeglasses I He was so changed in appearance that be had little fear bis disguise would be penetrated. Ac cordingly he returned to tbe-A!!ierican, and at request was shown to Mrs. Dr. Cay's apart ment. The Mrs. Doctor was a stout, elderly lady of the masculine order, with a hard v i sage1 dark piercing eyes, and a perceptible fringe or mus tache upon her upper lip. She looked Ned over from head to foot as he entered with a critical glapce. "Well, who are your' she demanded, in a surly way, motioning him to a chair. "Do you come in answer to my advertisement!" "You bet!" replied Ned, characteristically. Th<> doctor looked pleased. "What's your name1" she asked. Ob I I'm a notorious I" Ned replied. I'm Crimsbn Clll-so called 'cause I carved Bill Mc Pherson last year. Ef ye want my sarvices I'm open fer hire." I think you will suit," Mrs. Cay said, promptly. "I have an enemy here. His name IS Ned Harris. If you will see that he is dis posed of-do it so cautiously as not to excite at tention, as it is a very easy thing to do in such e place as this-I'll give you a hundred dollars in fOld." ' Madam, I must reapectfully decline," Ned cried, drawing a revolver. "You'v.e caught on to the wrong mule this hitch." "What do you mean1" the agent .of the Filmores gasped, shrinking back. I mean that l'm Ned Harris, and that you're a gonner, despite poisoned oranges,'' Ned cried. I' Get up and git, now, straight out of this : to wn, or I'll gu'.ll'antee you'll Dl var see day light again this side of purgatory." j It is unneces sary to state that Mrs. Dr. Cay piade no delay in getting out, and that was the last Ned ever saw of her. When he &ot back in CheYenne llll:ain wfn bad once more settled over the land1 and people af!d prairie pards, as a general tbwg, were iD wmter quarters. During the month of December the of McDaniel's theater on several occasions tried to persuade Ned to give an exhibition of sharp shooting on the stage, for it was widely known that be had no equal as a crack shot in those parts, not excepting Wild Bill or Laramie Joe. Finally along came a Montanian calling him self Wiry Walt, who claimed he was the king bee of all fancy shots, and hearing of Ned, sent him a challenge. It was promptly accepted, for if there was one above another on which Ned prided himself, it was his prowess both as a pistol and and rifle shot. The affair waR arranged to take place upon McDaniel's stage, immediately after the regular performance, on the night of the 25th of Decem ber-Christmas-and to make it interesting, a hundred dollars a side was wagered, and the one who accomplished the greatest number o f 1 difficult tricks in the fl.nest manner was to have the sum. When the night came the theater was packed to overfl.owing1 many ladies and army officer& being present, m addition to the regular rough audience. The dull dramatic and variety bill was hurried through in order to giYe the con testants a chance. Wiry Walt ttppeared first, and executed 1 dozen very clever and a few difficult shots. Next came Wild Ned, a great favorite ilj Cheyenne, and -introduced every shot Wiry Walt given, first, in a rapid, careless, but surpassmg manner. Then be proceeded to give some fancy shots with riffe and revolver -of astonishing and al most incredible dexterity, such as had never been made in that part of the West. Wild cheers went up as be finished and made his bow preparatory to leaving tbe" stage. But be did not go off with as much grace aa he expected, for a plstol was in the audi ence, and Ned dropped to the floor. -But quiekly assuming a sitting posture, be raised his rifle end fired at the man who bad done the deed, whom he had seen even as he Wit h a gasping cry the man fell back, dead. Ned's last aet upon the stage that night had most surely made a bit. CHAPTER XIII. IMPENDING FATE. NED was not badly hurt, but he had stricken his would be allsassin to the death. Afterward a search was made of the stranger's clothing, and as a result, papers were found upon his person which proved him to be an agent of the Filmores. Ned was not arrested, as he had simply acted in self-defense, but rather was praised for his prompt act. But he was gradually becoming, stern and gloomy, even though but a boy. His peace of mind, was destroyed. The Filmores h.aving a purpose to accomplish by bis destructio11 wel'1! not the ones to give up until they ceeded in their hellish design. N d therefore WB.11 haunted, end hunted. Unknown foes were liable to strike him down at an:v momen\.


Dea.dwood Dlek l!.l!I a Bo;:r. !8 No wonder, then, be grew by force of habit I olf as rapidly as tbe snow would permit, In J1l!J'o 1Uspicious of every one, and watche d every euit of J!'red's murderer. Well armed e.nd in stranger covertly as if to read theD:J..,throug h. g o od c o ndition. Ned was firmly resolved never About a mon t h the incident o n Mo-to give up the trail, until he found the coward Daniel's stage, Ned was fully recove r e d from ly a ssa s s in, end aveng ed p oor Foster's death. his wound, so as to be able to be around Soo n Tije first day's ride resulte d in naught. W'ben after he met and became acquainted with a night dropped down over the snow-eovered young Texan named Fred Foster, w ho was prairie, no signs of his enemy could he find; ex almost N e d's caunterpart, in look s size, and c ept in the trail, which atill stretched rortlr dress; indeed, they were so wonde!'full y alike over the tree l e s s expanse. that each was often taken for the Othe r when Always on the alert, Ned bad occasionally apart. A strong att a chment sprung up be during the day's ride, picked up some pieces ol tween the m, partly because of this r ese m blance1 dry wood; so that now, after scraping off the and partly because their tempemments ena, snow fro m the ground for some distance, he tastes assimilated ; so Ned s oo n persuaded soon had a cosey camp-fire burning, and made a Foster to come and live with himself a11d Anita. good supper on the food which he bad brought Foster being at heart a r oyally g oo d f e ll o w, along. it was long ere he end Anita as well e s Ned, Early the next morning be w11,s olf again on were on the best of terms. the trail, w ith unbroken determination; but tht But it was not long so to remain. One day passe d into the shades of evening, ere he Dl!>rning, as Ned went up to F oster' s room, to g a in e d the top of a prairie billow and saw in an awaken him early-es the y were to take a bunt arr Examination prove\i that the person or per gibbering exclamations of curiosity. sons who had murdered poor Foste r bad effectThe chief was an ugly-looking old delegate. ed an entrance into the chamber by climbing and surveyed Ned in his Yankee disguise, in ing upon a back lean-to roof, and then prying evident -displeasure. np a window. "What pale face wantf'' he demanded, The same route of egress bed been used, gruffiy. "What pale-face do alone in winter, uvidently, after the crime had been committed. on prairie?" G oing down-stairs, N e d awo k e Anita, and "Weal\ ye see, rm Yankee notions!" made her acquainted with the tragedy. The y Ned ained, "an my name is Ebenezer then left the shanty together, to make an in Cute, an I thort as l.tow mebbe ye'd like ter vestigation there. Rive a feller a smell o' yer campfire, an' take A sli ght fall of snow bad taken place late in ft out in trade." the evening before, so that N e d knew that be And dismounting, he at once began to ex r.ould see any footprints that had been made hibit a part of his stock in trade1 of si11ce that time. brass buttons, gaudy handkerchiefs, ear-rmgs Bure enough, below the window were the finger-rings and so-forth. trac ks of a horse, showing that the assassin had Of course he could not have struck the reds come and departed upon horseback. on a better chord, and a swop" was at once From the shanty, the tracks ran to the north inaugurated, by which Ned succeeded in dispos ward, oTer the open country, vroving that, un ing of the worst part of his stock in trade, for ltSs be had pm>pOSely made a "ide detour, the the privilege of remaining over night in the assassin ha<) not entered the town. camp. Then he removed bis saddlebags, and "It is another blow at me, sis," young Har seated himself before the fire, upon them; and tis said grimly. "Foster was kill e d by one of although be toasted his venison, and kept a Alex Filmore's agents, who mistook him for narrow watch about the camp at the same me. And by Heaven, I'll avenge bis d eatll I" time, be could s ee nothing of bis supposed enemy. He called in the nearest neighbors, left orders No\ a bit was be put off bis guard, however, tor the city und6rtaker to look after the refor be was pretty well satisfied he would find mains of poor Foster; then disguising himself, his man in the camp, when be had a chance to rode away on the treiL look for him. His disguise was that of Ii Yankee peddler, After the evening was well advanced, the and was admiringly gotten up, bis 1lttire, false Indians sought their lodges, one by one, until hair and beard and pack of trinkets having been : Ned alone was left by the campfire, to make gotten up by him especially, for occasional bita the best of the situation. of dete6tive business. Aware that he would be watched on the sly, His horse, (which afterward served him so during the fore part of the night, at be I amously in bis road-agent escapadef) was one of rolled himself in, his blanketl and with his sad-1 he easiest and fleet es t travelers on the plains, die-bags BS a pillow, stretchea himself out BS if { md a far better trailer ti...n many of the soto sleep. t.slled scouts. Being a good deal fatigued, be soon fell asleep, Takin& the tra.iL from his lhanliY. Ned rode ID '"ilia of his to remain awake.


Deadwood Dick as a Bo;v. and on awa'i:en!ng with & start; found himself in the clutches of a number of savages. It was no UBe to struggl e, and he was soon bound, hand and foot, and tied to a tree, near by. Then he discoverad that the reds were noi alone in effecting his capture. S eated upbn a 1tump, near at hand was a young white man, upon whose byno-means he.ndsome face was an upres si o n of diabolic triumph. Ned gave vent to an exclamation of astonishment, sight of him. It was Gus P orter, hi& former enemy of the Windham A cademy. Young Porter laughed evilly as he saw the look of surprise upon Ned's dis g uised face. Well, you're took back a little, eh, to see yonr rival here1" he chuckled. "Maybe I am-aga in, maybe I ain not," Ned retorted, coolly. '' You w e r e al ways a and not a t all surprised am I to see you a special agent for a pack of murder ers. P o r te r frowne d as he r etorted viciously: "We ll, I'm villain e noug h to h ave revenge on you! Y o u may be smart out h ere among the 'ilvild animals, but you're not sharp enough to eope with me. Afte r discov ering that I had ailenced the wrong man, I naturally expected you would give chase, and in di sguis e, too; therefore, I knew you when you c a me." Well, I am g fa d you did. How much do you get fro m old Filmore f o r killing me 1 "Ohl that's a private matter. Perbafs I don't get anything-then again, perhaps do. Anyhow, rve got you, and you m a y bet high that I am going to have satisfaction on the old acore." "Which means that it is your intention to kill me,'' Ned remarked, his eyes fl ashing as Porter came forward and tore the disguise from his face. "Of course it is the young ruffian replied, with a l ee r. "You ain' t wanted out east any more, and to m a k e sure you dJn't return there jo trouble any one1 I am g oing to check your for Kingaom Com e In the morning you ll have t he satisfaction of shaking hands ..,ith the Old Ni clr." Ten to one I'll ring in a deal on you fln::t Ned retorte d "and if I do get a r a p at you, y o u can bet that I'll fix you so that you'll n ever take another job of murdering, you d etestable &kunk l Although bound beyond pos si bility of getting free, a guard was stationed ove r the young prisoner for the remainder of the ni ght. As soon as day dawned, Porter again Pf.rPBched. Your time is up," he announced, and if you've any desire to pray, you'd better be at it. We are now going to go off a hundred p a ces aDd then run a r a ce to s e e who can reach you Ant and tear off your scalp!" With this b eart l ess declaration the murdere r 1trode away, f o llowed by the India n s With a f eeling akin to h orro r N e d lll\W his execution ers begin to measure off the hundred pac es. Oh t just for a moment to be free, with his irusty weapons at his command I But he was not free; he was helpless-power less. He saw the savages and their white leader, the end of the hundrecl 7ardl, he them form In lfne, abreast, and at a given llfgul, rush toward him with drawn knives. CHAPTER XIV. A GOVERNMENT J:NGAGEMENT. ALMOST in the position t hat Ned Harris was, would have blanched at the doom which confronted him-but not so with him. He set his teeth 'tightly together, and his eyes flashed fire as he saw young Porter acd the sav ages leap forward. He was resolved that even though tb:ey triumphed over him, they should not get a whimper out of him, no matter what; his pain. But, suddenly, he recollected something! A happy thought it was indeed that gave him power, bound as he was. During the early part of the winter, he had discovered himself possessed of iwo very won derful gifts-both mesmeric and v entriloquial. The latter power he had cultivated from time to time so that he had attained a remarkable proficiency in the art, and couid throw a change of voice into almost any object, at a considerable distance from him. Could he not use this gift now, to his advantagel It was worthy of a trial, at least! -On came tbe savages, bounding swiftly toward him, headed by Gus Porter. All had knivea drawn; every one seemed anxious to reach the post first, and tear off the captive's scalp. "Haiti" he caused a deep bass voice to thun der just above the heads of the The voice of the .. Great Spirit sounds in your ears! Dare not to touch the prisoner!" The Indians did stop, and gazed around them, dismay and fear depicted in their looks. From directly over their heads s eemed to come the ,commanding voice, and with the innate superstition of their race, they were transtlguredawed. "Bahl what is the, you fools," Gua Porter cried, angered at the sudden halt. Come along and finish up the job." "The Great Spirit has forbiddenitl" the chief rep, li e d. 'Ay! the w Plume I" plainly sa1d tl:ie same strange v01ce again, "and wa,rns the Sioux chief to turn free the pale-face brave, lest the wrath of the Great' Spirit smite the warriors of Yellow Plume to the earth and_ scorch his lodge with" It shall be as the Great Spirit wishes," Yel low l'lume solemnly responded, and he waved his hand toward his warriors. Disregarding Porter' s protestations, they sprung forward, and a minute later cut Ned loo s e from the stake and placed his weapons in his h a nds. Quickly'Ned leaped to his horse near by. Porter saw the action, and that, unde'l. tbe existing circumstances, he had no need to expect aid from the savages. He therefore sp1ung upon his own horse, and headed him b ack for Cheyenne, at breakneck speed, Ned following not far in the rear, but just out of good rifle range. If there was one thing above another of PorWa. that wu of praise. it wu bJa


Deadwood Dick & a Bo7. llN, wbtcb wu a powertol and fiery animal, and capable of even greater speed than Ned's own, as he be came aware, when he saw his enemy rapidly him behind. There was no help for 1t, however, as neither be nor his horse were fully r ested :yet, and the latter had not bad much to eat smce l eaving Cheyenne. To attempt to overhaul the rene gade was easier contemplated than done, and so, as 500n as Ned saw Porter's gain, he slack ened his own horse s gait, and journe y e d along more leisurely. He believ e d Porter would on arriving at Cheyenne, take the first train East ward. But in this he was greatly mistaken. On arrival at Cheyenne, himself, be was at once placed under arre st. But it was only f o r a few days, as it was easily proven that b e was in no way connected with F oster's death-the proof coming through Gus Porter, who was wounded to death, in a gambling di spute, and on his dying bed made a confe ssion which treed young Harris, and implicated himself in the crime. Spring once more dawned, ere Ned Harris had any more adventures worthy of narratio n. About the first of May he was call e d upon b y a deputy U. S marshal, who o ff ered h im, through government anthorit.y, a job o f going into Indian territory, to f erre t out the truth o f a report that a band of whites had invaded the red-skins' wilderness-hom e to coloniz e and mine. Ned accepted the off e r, and at once set out on his journey. Althoug h armed with offi c i a l papers that would protect him from trouble from the Indian agents, should be be discov e red, bis journey was to be strictly a secret one from everyone, as there were expectations that a thorough, but secret investi gation wonld Implicate some of the Government's own employees We will pa88 over the first part of Ned's journey, as it was attende d with no i n cid ent worthl of mention, un t il he was well in the land o the red-man, where the pale-face is for bidden the freedom by Uncle Sam. As a matter of course, '.Ned bad not brought bis horse with him into the Indian territory, but turned it out to graze beyond the border line. A horse was nsefnl, but at the time made a trail w hicb the red-skins could ea sily follow, so Ned concluded to be bothered with covering only the trail his own feet made. Somewhere near fift;r miles south of the middle of the northern hne of the te1Titory, the deputy marshal bad advis ed him, be would find a small timbered swamp, in the center of which was a lake. Near the swamp were rocky hills, wherein rold and silYer deposits were supposed to abound and it was the marsha l's opinion that Mar this lake the colony wou1d locate, using the laby rinths of the 1wainp tor shelter, sho uld an attempt be made to rout them out of the terri*ward him from the south. When lrtt dilcoverlld b.J' Ned, the.J' were 1eTeraJ mi101 away, and be oould maJl:e 011t nothing except the outline of the horse and rider; but as they drew nearer, he saw tbut the rider was a girl ot about bis own age, and most strikingly pretty in face and t'lgure. H e r attire, though common, was neat fitting. She rode with the easy grace of an experienc ed equestrienne Upon her head she wore a jaunty white sombrero. She was armed with a light sporting rifle and revolver and looked as if she were no afraid to use them if emergency She rode fearlessly up to where N ed sto od leaning upon his own trusty weapon, awaiting to receive her, her keen eyes scrutinizing him with curiosi ty. "Good-evening!" she accosted, promptlf. drawing r e in. "May I inquire who you are ''Very lik ely, if you feel so disposed," Ned replied, coolly. Well, who are you then, Mister Pert?" the girl demanded, with full as much c o mposure. White fell ers like ;rou ain't generally seen wandering around lnJun territory, here, nameless "Probably not. My name is Ned Harr!S, at your service." Aud you came here in behalf of the Government!" "Pshaw! To get out of the reach of the Government, you bad better say!" Nllll replied, with a laugh. "It won' t be he&!th( for me to be caught hereabouts, you can bet.' The girl scrutinized him still more narrowly, as if to read him through and through, but hil was a face that one could not learn much from, by study. "Well, if that's the case, you're not the chap I'm looking for. I am Kansas Kate, and I'm looking for a Government sp:y:, who is also look ing for me. It's quite possible you are the man.0 "Oh, Ye&-iJ.Uitel" Ned retorted, "though I'll take my oath I never saw or heard of you be fore. Haven' t seen any Indians around, have yuu!'' "IV ell, no. They don't trouble the11e parta very much, except in the hunting season. Where's your horsef" Ned pointed to his feet with a grin, "Reckon that's the only team I have in harness," he ans wered "By the way, if you've got any jerked venison in your saddle-hap, a'JJ<>sin' you share. I'm as hunivr as a bear.' Kansas Kato complied with his request, and then dismounted. She evidently illtended to make a stay over night. After picketing out her horse, she seated ber11elf upon the ground, and joined compan;r with N e d, In nibbling a piece of the hard dried venison. "GU:ess you' ve been up to some mischief ex craordlnary tough, ain't you, that yon have to take to these parts!" 1he asked, eying him askance. ", I a'pect thar's more rope awaitin' me than I've got throat to accommodate," Ned aasured her. If it ain't any of my businesa, what are you doing here in Uncle Sam's Injun reservt.!" .. Oh, I'm here on business. Wbat that bu.alba fa al.n's none of vour bu.sine" deliV8l'ed


H Deadwood Dick a.a i. Bo7' with empba!is1 and within bf11 mind Ned bad already formea an idea that Kansas Kate be longed to ,the party for which he was in search, If so, she had come to meet him-and kill him1 He hardly believed that, yet so many fair women tnrn ont fiends that his mind was made up that it might be very well to keep a close watch npon Kate from Kansas. But a little desultory conversation followed the girl's e1Pp':latic declaration; then Hhe took her saddle for a pillow, wrapped a blanket around her and Jay down. Selecting a spot at a distance of several yards trom her, Ned also lay down, but not to sleep, a l t hough his eyes Wlil'e nearly closed, and he slumber by heny breathing. 1oward midnight be saw Kansas Kate 1tealthjly arise 1lnd saddle her horse. What did it meanf Was she goiog to take a quiet departure? and It so, what was hllr object! While she had her face from tllm, Ned quietly raised his he-ad, aoo lay looking at her, a pair of six-shooters in Ms hands. When she turned around and gazed toward h im, she uttered a fierce cry, and raised h&' rifie quickly: to h11r Pboulder. She fired at the s"me time that Ned did, the t wo reports blending into one. With a cry she f U back to the ground, as also did Ned, for he1 bullet had taken effect in h is bare should e r, C"Qusing inte\lse pain and a 1teady f\ow of blood. He's your boss, eh I" ". I have boon his captive for two yearL" "Vvby don't you desert!" "I dare not I He would follo w m o to the end of tbe earth, buli what he'd kill me." Bab! the government will 'tend to hi s ease. What do you say to accompanying me bac k to Cheyenne and making evidence that will caus e the authorities to arrest the invaders and pay you well!" __., The girl was silent a moment. "I've often thought of it, since McCo y has made me his slave, but be is so terribl e a brute in ev rything else' except bis respect fo r m y honor that I am afraid to break away." "Have no fears. If you go back to Che y e n n e l'U send you in good ciI cmnstances w here I'll guarp.ntee you'll never hear from him," Later a bargain was struck to that effec t and the next hour saw Ned and Kansas Kate en route. They arrived safely at Cheye n ne, and K a t,e, as promised, gave evidence that subsequem11y caused the exulsion of several band$ ot in vaders from the fndiau territory. True to bis word, Ned paid her fare East, and once, a few years later, heard from her, that she was married and doing_ well. For bis services Ned got tbe promise of a dep uty marshals bip (which in after years he .got), but other incidents of a strange nature soou threw him iuto a current on which be drifted or was driven into outlawry and crime against his fellow-man. _ CHAPTER XV. Between them, as they bad now fallen, arose a little knoll that bid them from each other's 'fiew, even when a sitting posture. Hearing no sound "OD part of the strange CONCLUSION. l?lrl Ned concluded si:i;"" ,,._,. eit'ierst'unned or THE next year in the life o f Ned Harris a ead, and so set ab;;ut bis own wound, passed without the routine of adventur e s which be had fears fl.'l'\lVeserious. that had previously characterized his existHaving some salt in his p<>.}lret, he soon had I ence. the fiow of blood in p, measuro and by But on the following spring, when the firs t examination judge d that the bul.'et had passel! tides of emigration began to pour into the Black through no vital put, but had lll'Jged in the Hills, in search of golden treasur e which wu 1 muscles of the sbovJder. Unless i,"'ammation known to exist there in unprecedented quanti in it was not lik111ly to give him much trouble ties N e d waa once more in business." and as the blood \lad nearly he felt gained a good bit of knowledge of the qqite like bis usual self again. country lying between Cheyenne and the Black After listening f..-r some time he at lu" beard Hills, be was able to guide Deadwood-bound Kansas Kate me, e on the o'ther side ..t the trains into the fastdeveloping wilderness. k noll. And now began a new siege of the enemy "Hello!" he shV"l.ted; "are you deadr against him-his Eastern foe, Alex .Filmore! "Not much, ti-tough I'm badly bit," BOtl 1'9Scarcely a week passed by that did no t brin g p lied, grimly. How are you feeling, )v..!1' against him, in some manner or shape, an sel f?" 1 tack from 'l!ome one of Filmore's agents, plenty Ohl fair to 'llliddling, since I stopped thEI Jf whom seemed to abound wherever Ned bood. l s'pose il s war 'twixt you aud me now, I went. lan't itl" -On several occasions they l aid p lans that "Of course! Aust pop vou.r head above the came near bringing N e d to the gallows, by im tor, of that knolk and I wilf shoot it oft fo,:-you." plicat10g him in different doings of which h a 'Thank yotL I can't sp9re it yet. How did was wholly innocent. J'OU leave tbesg 1atters at the swamp laker j But be had the good luck to Clear himself, nn "All well. ou didn't decPive m ti. ill there 'finally came a blow that was de'stiued "I presume tl.vt. You came over here to kill to turn the whole future course of his life m e / I It was in the month of June, and Ned had Yes. I had '11.o other choice." I been located in Deadwood's 1 apidly building "Row sol" city about a month, engaged in up a "It wan fllli>-iter of life and death to'"me, Jibanty upon a claim for himself and .Anita. Jack McCay threatened to kill me and send J During this time he had falle n int'J the haM boodhoauda alter me if I refused to obey QI'-.t paying visits to a miner's daughter namell '"'"' 1l7' De&Jl-pret;s,


Deaclwooci Dick as a. Bar. H quette, who not care a ceni for Ned, more I and was 1argiily biIQ, to tease him. tbe town was governea oy 1yncn 1aw, ID me She had a beau1 however1 in the pers.Jn of a fullest sense of the word. But be was lpOOUlator namea Col. Caiker, on whom she molested, although he was watchful and armed seemed to dote, and whom she was wont to tell ready for emc.rg e ncy. Ned she idolized. Several day s later, be bad occasion to visit &lieving she only did this to tantalize him Custer Oity, end on his r eturn, did not r eac h and draw him on, Ned paid no attention to his Deadwood until in the small h ours of night. rival. But, not so with the colonel, for as soon Turning his horse ouL to graze, at the lower as he learned that Ned was paying attention to end of town, he started for bis own shanty. Miss Dean, he stopped his youthful rival one When near tbe Dean shanty, he was horrified in the street. I by stumbling over the body of a dead woman, 'See hyar, younkerl" he said, in a ferocious, who lay stretched out at one side of the st!\ee t. blustering way, that was a part of his nature, Bending ove r her and pulling a d agge r from "I hear you're tryin' to cut me out, over to her bosom, be made the startling that Dean's." I it was Molly Dean! "You dof" Ned replied, inquiringly. She b a d on l recently b ee n killed, too. So "Yas, the colonel responded import-great was Ned\i horror and a stonishment, tbat "an' l thought{l'd jus t advise you that for several be move; then il' !.ou don't want to d e, you'd better quit!'' the of rapidly approachmg footsteps 'Oh, my! you near)!, take my breath away, p.roused him to I\ full s ens e of bis situation. at the announcement, Ned .:ibserved, dryly. Two men coming up bad already spied him. "I suppose/ou mean to insinuate tbat if I don't If be suffered hims elf to be c aught be knew step oat an let you st.ep in, you will teetotally Molly's murder would be charge d to bim, an!J annibibte mer' there could be only one result-he would get a "Exactly. I won't tolerate no one's meddling hasty trial, and be lynched by the people. in my love affairs I" Dropping the knife, he ran swiftly down the "Guess you'll have to hoe your own row," 1treet, but be bad not gone far when a half Ned declared. "I wasn't brought up in the a men sprung out in front of him, and woods to be skeart by a skunk, and I've the although he fought them desperately be was biggest kind of a notion that I shall court Molly finally overpowered, and triumphantly borne Dean as long as it snits my majesty'." off to the iufant city's temporary jail, and a "Cuss my boots I D'ye mean this, boyl" guard stationed on the outside to see that he did "You bet I do!" Ned BS!iured. not eseape until morning. "Then I'll slap your mouth up to n paak, When all was quiet, Ned called the guard tfl young impudence!" and the brawny l over enter the jail and fetch him a drink suited the action to the word, ere Ned could in the mP,8]) time having wriggled himseif out parry bis blow. of bis bonds. The man obe yed, when Ned Ned was staggered by the heavy slap, but not sprung upon him, and dealt a blow that laid "downed," by any means, and sprung ba<'k him out insensible. upon the colonel, and dealt him a right-hander Arming himself with the guard's weapons, between the eyes, that dropped him. N e d tben rushed from tbe jail, and ten minutes Of course this created a sensation\ even in more was in his saddle, en route for Cheyenne, sensational Deadwood, for the colone was one "a fugitive from justice." of the most important of the then "ieading Two daye law be entered the Wyoming citizens," from the fact that be had a fing11r m. town only to be met with a crushing di&nearly every speculative pie. covery. That night when Ned went to the Deaa Anita, who had some time before gone to an shanty to call upon Miss Molly, the door was ltijoining tow n, to marry her lover, a man 1lamrned in his face, and that, too, in the pronamed Justin McKeDzie, had returned to 1 sence of 1everal persons, who chanced to be pasCheyenne, stating that McKenzie bad deserted sing at the time. her because her brother was a murderer and Inwardly vowing to let that be a lesson to rillain. \tim to keep away from the female sex, thereThis nearly drove Ned wild, and imb1ttered after Ned turned away in chagrin, and was liim still more, so that from a. brave, freefok;d unmercifully by his acquaintances for tiearted youth he was turned 1Dto a stern, g-etting the mitten. relent!eSil ma1! . The next morning, Colonel Calker was found with him, he fled once moni murdered in bis bed, and robbed of a large sum back mto the bills, but even here he was J?Ursue d of money he had been seen to have on-liis per by .officers of the Jaw, who arrested him and 10n, the night previo Amta.,and set for De!ldwood. Suspicion at once attached to Ned, and he But ID the mght they were b"Jtod by a band waa visited by several inquisitive strangers of masked road-agentst whom the. 1tho he knew of course were detectives; but reS1.sted ana m they failed to elicit any information from him. their ca_ptam, for which were 1mmed1ately He had a room-mate at bis shanty in the JJt>rbut Ned and .Amta were take11 back ton of a Methodi s t preacher and was able to with the outlaws to tberr rendezvous. proTe that he had not left bis house after dark, Here. were 1!:ept several d_ays, when they on the night of the murder. were VlSlted one mgbt by tbe lieutenant of th1 This wu probably all that saved 'him from wb? offered Ned the captamc;v, llt ....... l7uobild. t.he tide of public opin ion = of tll9 m.e.mbeH, who were pl.iliolllld


Deadwood Dick. as a Boy promptly refused, as h had no wish t.o lotain his name with any more bad repute. Accordingly after promising not to betrar those who befriended him, he and Anita were given their liberty, with the reminde r that the chance t.o assume the captaincy was 1till open to h im, at any time he might be forced to tly from the vengeance of the law. From that time he dodged about through the bills, a fugitive. In a dozen places did he and Anita secrete themselves, and stake out little claims, only to be ferreted out by tU.e officen and for'1ed to take to flight to save their lives. Finally, it was no matter of wonder that the hunted youth became reckless and and took measures to bafile the minions of the law, who were so ready to raise hands against him. Little by little he gained notoriety as a law defter, whom it was not easy to take, until at last he assumed the name of Deadwood Dick, and hurled defiance in the faces of all who \ought to molest him. Little by little he was driven back into the hills until he had to seek shelter in the road-agents' rendezvous, and desperate and despairing, he accepted their overtures to become their captain and rode a\ their head in maoy an exciting adventure. It is not our purpose to rehearse these adventures, 1111 they already are in print. But an incident may not be amiss, as illustrating how the young brave retali9.ted for the coostant attempts that were made to crush him out of existence, not alone by his Eastern foe, but"l!w by the people: Not many miles from the road-agents' rendezvous, as the crow flies, had sprung up a little mining-camp, known as Bullion City, whicll in all boasted of not over fifty people, and they ef the roughest class. One day one of Dick's couriers came into the retreat, with the announcement that plaeards had been posted up, all aropnd Bullion, oft'.ering_flve hundred dollarsrewo.rdfor the ar,..... of Deadwood Dick. The young captain smiled, and putting on latest disguise-for he had many-he ordAJ"Bd his horse. Jost as the of evening bad gathered, he rode into Bullion, dismounted, and entered the only "hotel" It was a rude dair, boasting of a bar and gaming tables, at which a few rougbl were seated. Leaping on top of a barrel, Dick held op to view one of the reward placards, and drew a plated six-shooter, from bis belt. "Gents J" be cried, "can you tell me where the chap is that offered this reward for the cap ture of Deadwood Dickt" There was no answer, but one evil-looking fellow attempted to dodge Before he could do so, Dead wood Dick fired, at1d the man dropped; then, without a word the Prince of the Road took his departure; no one offered to stop him. Only a few weeks later, a grand descent WBI made upon the haunt of the band, really led by the two Filinores. lt quickly ended, however, in their capture and their fate was what tbeJ most richly deserved-rope-the limb or"a tre;i, They alone, villainous bther and more Ti!lain ous son-were hung; the rest of the assailants were freed and sent away. Although the outlawed New England boy made himself an unenviable reputation during bis Black Hills campaign, it iB plea sant to note that in later years "Edward Harris by good deeds and stern probity of character in lllODle meuure atoned for his /


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J Deadwood Dick, the Prtnce of the Road. .0 Deadwood Dick's Defiance; err, Double Dag. gers.. 28 142 Deadwood Dick In Dlsgiilse; or, Bufralo Ben. Deadwood Dick In His Castle. Deadwood Dick's B9nanza; or, The Phantom MIJter. 19 Dick, Jr. 's. Three. Deadwood Dick, Jr.'s, Danger Duck&. Deadv.,,,d Dick, Jr.'o, :Veath Hunt. Dench' td l)!ck, Jr., fn Texas. Deadwood Dick, Jr., the Wild West v -...CQ. Deadwood Diel<, J1 .. on His Mettle. DeaUwood Dick, Jr., in Gotham Deadwood Dick, Jr., In Bost0n. Deartwood Dick, Jr .. In Philadelphia. Deadwood Dick, Jr., in ChlC'ago. Deadwood Dick, Jr., Afloat. Deadwood Dick, Jr., In Denver. Deadwood Dick, Jr. a, Decree. Deadwood Dick, Jr., In Belzebub' s Basin, peatl:wood Dick, Jr., at Coney Island. Deadwood Dick. J Leadville La.v. De11dwood Dick, J1., In Detroit. Deadwooi l)lck, In 624 Deadwood D ick, Jr., In Nevada. 630. Deadwood Dick, Jr., in No Man"s Land. 636 Deadwood Dick, Jr., After the Queec. 642 Deadwood Dick, Jr., In Buffalo. 648 Deadwood Dick, Jr.'s, Chase Across the tlnent. 65-! Deadwood Dick, Jr., Among the Smuggh 660 Deadwood Dick, Jr.'s, Insurance Case. 666 Deadwood Dick, Jr., Back In the Mines. 672 Deadwood Dick, Jr., In Durango. 67P Deadwood Dick, Jr.'s, Discovery. 684 Deadwo0d Dick, Jr.'s, Dazzle. 690 Deadwood Dick, Jr.'s, Dollars. 695 Deadwood Dick, Jr.'s, at Danger Divide, 70U Deadwood Dick, Jr.'s, Drop. 704 Deadwood Dick, Jr., at Jack-Pot. 710 Deadwood Dick, Jr., at San Franclac>o, 7Hl Deadwood Dick, Jr.'s, Still Hunt. 722 DeauwoW. Diel<, Jr.'s, Dominoes. 728 Deadwood Dick, Jr.'s, Disguise. 734 Deadwood Dick, Jr.'s, Do.Jlb l e Deal. Deadwood Dick, Jr.'s, Deathwatch. 747 Deadwood Dick, Jr.'s. DoubJet. 752 Deadwood Dick, Jr. 's, Deathblow. 758 Deadwood Dick, Jr.'s, Desperate Strait.) 764 Deadwood Dick, Jr.'s, Lone Hand. 770 Deadwood Dick, Jr.'s. Dereat. 776 Deadwood Dick, Jr.'s, Resurrection. 782 Deadwood Dick, Jr.'s, Dark Days. 787 Deadwood Dick, Jr .. Defied. 7V2 Deadwood Dick, Jr.'s, Double Device. 797 Deadwood Dick, Jr.', Desperate 802 Deadwood Dick, Diamond Dice. B07 Deadwood Dick, J's, Royal Flus!!. 812 Deadwood Dick, Jr.'s, Head-otl:. 816 Deadwood Dick, Jr.'s, Rlvhl. 822 Ileadwood Dick, Jr.'s, Boom. 828 Deadwood Dick, Jr.'s, Scoop 834 Deadwood Dkk, Jr.'s, Proxy. 840 Deadwood. Diek. Jr.'s, Clutch. 845 Deadwood Dick. Jr.'s, High Horse. 85 2 D&adwcod Dick, Jr., at Dev!l's (Julch. 858 Deadwood Dick, Jr.'s, Death-Hole Hust.I< : 863 Deadwood Dick, Jr.'s. Bombshell. 87 0 Deadwood Dkk, Jr., In 876 Deadwood Dick, Jr.'s, Decoy Duck. Deadwrcd Dick, Jr., In Sliver Pocket. Deadwood Dick, Jr.'s, Dead-Sure Game 898 Deadwood Dick, Jr.'s, Double Drive. 904 Deadwood Jr.'s, Trade-Mark. !110 Deadwood Dick. Jr., at Tip-Top. Deadwood Dick, Jr.'s, DouJ:>le-Decker. 928 Deadwood Dick, Jr., at Dollarvllle. J34 Deadwood Eick, Jr., at Flush Flats. 1 951 Deadwood Dick, Jr.'s, Right 957 Deadwood Dick, Jr.'s, Ten-Strike. !J65 Deadwood Dick, Jr.'s Gold-Dust. 971 DJ)adwood Dick, Jr.'s, Oath. !)77 Deii:ll.wood Dick, Jr.'s, Death-Doom. 98(, Deadwood Dick, Jr.'s, Best Card. fl02 Deadwood Dick, Jr., at Gold Dust. 998 Deadwood Die\>, Jr.'s, Big Plo.y. 100.3 Deadwood Dirk, Jr., Branded. 1011. Deadwood Dick, Jr.'s. Dutch Pard. 101& Deadwood Dick, Jr.'s, Big Four. The above HalC-Dlme Libraries are J!'or !1-1 oy ALL NEWSDEALERS, five cent. M. copy. mioQ.Il.t ....__


LATES't AND BES'l'. TRI-COLORED COVERS. e Library e 32 Issued Every Wednesday. bt1y One and You Will Buy the Rest I htrncts from the Neu \ otk Eveuluir Sun. T\\' O ICRlUA ICKA.Ul.I<: 11 l:ICOES. Jn only one sense ot llhe word can tt be regarded a1.1 a aove l suaemPut whe11 the tact Is here recorded thu.t ltcera. &ure haR ,:chen many hero ... s to the world, Krnl perhaps more than one readt'r will to thluk a moment ovt-r 'bla remark hetore the suhtle dellcacy ot Its wit 1&rlke1 home. But It ts most essentially a half dime novel statement ,,.Ill be news to mau.v when It la added that liter& \ure)-Jl-E"aced from the dimly distant dayA when Adam mere child down to the present day, would show ew heroes that In the eyes of hoyhood would be udged worthy of comparison with the two g reaten known to American literature, or, to promptly re-eal them, Deadwoo o f Gold: n r Deadwood Dick's Strike ao; Dick or DP&d\\'OO!l: or, The Picked Party 86 N ... w Yor k NP I. th ... 1<0 ,-Girl Dett-ctivtt 37 Nohb Nick nr Ne .. ada: or. Tb" Scamps of theSlerraa 88 \\'iltl Fr-arrk th .. Huckkin Bravo 89 Dt>adwond Dick' s Doom; or, Calamity Jane's Lui Adv .. ntnrt> 40 Dealwnorl lick's Dream; or, ThP Rlvnlsof the Road 41 D .. anwnod Dick's Ward; or, Tire Black Hills Jezebel 42 The Arab Dett"ctive; or, Snoozer. thtt Boy She.rp 43 Th,. v .. nrrilnquist Detective. A Romance of 44 D.reetive Josh Grim; or, The Yo ung Gladiator' GAlllt> 45 The Frontier or, Sierra Sam's Scheme 46 The Ji mt own Sport: o r Gypsy Jack in Colorado 47 ThP MinPr 8port: or, Sugar-Coated Sam's Claim 48 Dik DrPw the Miner's Son: or, Apollo Bill, the R na<1-Ag .. nt 49 SiPrra RA.111. rhe Detective 00 l"a.111' s Double; or, The Three Fema1e Detecc-.. 61 Sierrn Sam's Sentence; or, Little Luck at Rougll R1-t.nch S2 Tht> Girl Sport: or, Jumbo .Joe' DinniA 63 Dt>nver I 1011,s D.-.vict>: or, The Detecftve Queen M Dt>nver Doll a DPtective M DPnvPr Doll's Partner; or, Big Rurkskln the Sport 56 l > .. nvn Doll's Mint>; or, Little Bill's Big L oss 57 D .. ad wood Dick Trapped 58 Buck Hawk, Detective; or, The Mess .. nl!'er Boy'I Fortune DPadwood Dick's DisguisP: or, Wild Walt. the Sport 60 Dnmh Dick' s Pard: or. Eliza Jane, the Gold Miner 61 Deadwonrl Dick' 62 Spou .. r Fritz: or, The Store-Detective's Decoy 63 Tire Der .. ctive Roud-Ageut; or, The Miners of Sfras Gity 64 Colorado Charlie's Detective D ush: or, The Catda Kings H. J. IVERS & CO., Publishrrs (James Snllivan, Proprietor), 879 Pearl Street. NF.\V VOt:K.


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