## Dollars from dust, or, The boy who worked a silver mine

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Dollars from dust, or, The boy who worked a silver mine
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--The ru#lan was dragging the senseless boy to the motith of the shaft, intending to drop tum mio the mine, when there sounded a wild shriek. A girl alighting from a carriage rushed toward them, screaming: "Stop that, you villains!"

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. Fame and Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS W H O MONEY 1-ecl Weekl11-Btl Bvb1cription I J .60 per fiear. E11te1ed according t o Act o f Cong re1s, in the flea r 1909, in the oJJ!.u of IAe LUwG" o/ Con o r e11, Waihington, D C., b11 F r ank '.l'ouse11, Publi1her, 24 Union Sq u a r Neto Yo r k, No. 2 1 9 NEW YORK, DECEMB E R 10, 1 909. PRICE 5 CENTS. ffOLLARS FROM DUST OR, THE BOY WHO W O RI scott & P hoeni x R a ilr oad li11e, and the speake r was a goodlooki ng b oy, dresse d i n city clothes. He had a suit case in hi s hand, and h e had jus t alighte d from a train whi c h had come from Phoenix. He w as the only passenger who got off at t h e lonesome s t atio n, and the train h a d gone on a soon as it dropp e d him. "About twent y miles a th e crow flie$, p e rhap s ten more by trail," r e p li e d th e age n t a dark-skin n ed, ro u g h-anclr eady looking man in a cowboy ha t, a g ray s hirt, pants stuck in the tops of h i s boot s and attac hed to his wai:::t b.v a belt, eying the boy c u r i ous ly, Goin' t h ar ?" "I am." "Why didn't yo u go on to Fl o rence t he n ?" "Why sho uld I?" The man look e d the n e wcom e r over aga i n before r eply ing 'Because that's the p lace to get off i f you're goin' t o Reclrock. "It i s? rep li ed the b o y in s u r p r ise. "Yep." "How far is i t fro m here?" "Ei ghree n m il e." I was to ld t o get off a t this stati o n "Who told you?" "A man I m et i n Phoenix." "Did you tell him you were bound for Redrock?" "Yes." "And he told you to get off here?" "He did." 'l'he agent rolled hi s q11iu in mout h expectora l ecl, a n d then grinned. "He mu s t h1we b e en a tenderfoot like youri:;elf." "You mean a stra n ger to .\rizona ?" "Yep. "He didU:t look like it B c1'iues he s aid he knew th e country like a book." H e said that?" 4,. "Yes." "Hnrnph Why didn't a s k the agent whe n you bought your' ticket ? He'd 1rnv s ot yo11 right." I sup p osed this was tlte nca r est stopping place to R eclrock." "Wal, it ai n t Yo u ought to have gone on to That's a tow:o, a nd t1wr' a stag e rum:i.in .to the lt doesn't connect wHh th e t r ain you come down o n bnt cou l d go over in the mornin'." "Reclrock is a m inin g to\vn, I beli e v e ?" "I reckon it ain't nothin ) e lse, sonny You're from the East, eh?" "Yes-from New York.'' 'Sen se me, but what rrdgbt be your business in R e d rock ?" u T'm going to look aft e r a D iu e that wa;; left t o me." "A mine!" PAGE 3 DOLLARS FROi\I DUS'l'. The agent's eyes opened pretty wide, and he let out a whistle "So you own a mine?" he continued, looking the boy over for the third time. "I do. It was willed t o me by the owner, who died in New York." "You don't say. Relative, I s'pose?" "No. He was a stranger to me up to a week before he died. ".A stranger And he left his mine to you?" "Yes. I did him a good turn. He hadn't any one else to leave it t0. Not a soul in the world, so he showed his gratitude by deeding the mine over to me." "You're lucky, if the mine is worth anythin'. What's the name of it?" "Red Crow." "Do1d knol': notbin' 'bout it. Never hear d te ll of it. Sure it ain't a wild cat?" "No; it'Ea rpal mine." "HOiv d'ye know it is?" "Becaus e IYc got the deed, and it's marked recorded in the c 'nnty clerk 's office at Florence, with the date and etamp." "Then I reckon thar ain't no doubt about the property, but it may be a dead one, for all that." "No, it isn't a dead one-it's a rich claim." "Oh, it is. ? How d'ye know that?" "Dan Harker said that he had discovered--" T he boy stopped abruptly, as i! conscious he was saying too m uc h "\rho's Dan Harker?" "The prospector who gave me the mine just before he died." "What did he discove r-ore?" "Indications of ore, but he wasn't sure," replied the boy, in a hesitating tone "He came to New York to try and in terest some capitalist to go in with him. Before be met a moneyed.man he was hit by a motor car on the street. I tried to sarn him, but only partl y succeeded. Only for me he'd have been kille d outright in all probability. I got him to a hosi;iital, called on him regularly every day, and did what I could for him, but he'd received internal injuries and he couldn't recover." "And he l ef t you the mine-"' cause you was good to him?" "Yes. He was friendless in New York, and he said my visits 'rere like rays of rnnshine to him. At any rate, he was grateful to me for the effort I made to save his ife, and he di cl what he could to show his appreciation." "So thought you'd come to Arizona to take a look at your property?" "Yes." I' rn an orphan, and there was nothing to keep me in New York." "J. est so. You ain't a capitalist, are you?" "I should say not I wish I wasl' "What cl"yc expect to do with your mine?" "I can't say till I see it." "Wal, if the owner needed capital to work it, you'll need it, too." "I suppose so. "How arc you goin' to get it?" "I couldn't tell you offhand -, "Wal, I wish you luck. It's too bad you got off here. You'll have to stay over till mornin' and take the fii;st train for Florence. You kin bunk at my ho use if you don"t mind payin' a dollar, and I'll give you some breakfast, as well as supper, but it won't be hotel feed The boy looked around the lonesome place rather dou bt fully. There were only a few shacks, that might be called houses, near the s tation, bord e ring on a well-defined wagon road that led southward, and seemed to be much used Several freight cars were standing on the long siding, which showed that the railroad did some business at the place, though whence the business came from the young stranger from the East could not possibly guess, but he judged that whatever was shipped from the lone station came over the road from a distance. He had been directed to get off at that station by an acquaintance 'he had made in Phoenix From his talk, the boy judged that he knew all about the country, and he aeemed to be perfctly familiar with Reclrock. How was it that Bud Dalton, that was the man's name, had misdirected him? Had be done it designedly? If so, what possible object could he have had m doing so? He had describecl the station accurately, and h e ha.d told the yotmg tenderfoot that he'd have to buy a horse of a certain man b e mentioned and follow the trail to the northeast As for the town of Florence, he did not even mention it. "By the way, soriny, what might be your name?" asked the station agent. "Dick Alvord." "Mine is Hen Vicary. My house is yonder-the one with the trough in front of it. That's my nevvy, Brad Smith, loungin' in the door. I keep a bar, and he tencla it. When the waggins get here from the Tuscarora mine yonder," and the agent waved bis arm down the road, "business is rushin'. At other times thar ain't nothin' doin' to speak of, 'cept of night, when the boys 'round here drop in and talk and wet thar whistles. I s'pose you'll stop with me till morn in' You kin sleep with Brad. He won't object, and I don't see that you kin do any better." "Do you know a man around here namQd Sam Hickey?" asked Dick. I reckon," replied Vicary, looking at the boy pretty hard. "How came you to 1."llow him?" "Buel Dalton referred me to him for a horse." "Bud Dalton!" exclaimed the agent. "So you know that chap, do you?" "Not very well. He's the man I met in Phoenix who told me to get off at this station, buy a horse of Sam Hickey, and take the trail, which Hickey would point out to Irie, for Redrock," replied Dick. 'So it was Bud Dalton who directed you to do that?" "Yes. Do you know him?" "Wal, I reckon I know somethin' about him, and I don't want to know nothin' more if I can help myself." "Why so?" "Look here, sonny, how came you to meet Dalton?" "I met him at the Phoenix House. He introduced him-: E r PAGE 4 I 3 e e p t y IV 0 r , , 't 1-DOLLARS FROM DUST. self. I didn't know anybody in the town, and I was glad to have somebody to speak to." "Did you tell about the mine, and how you got it?" "Yes. He said he knew all about the mine s at Red rock; that's how I came to tell him. H e treated m e in a very friendly way, and though I didn't fancy his face much I thought he must be a pre tty good f e llow." "Sonny, I'm afraid you told him too much It ain't none of my business, of course, but seein as you r e a tender foot and not a bad s ort of chap, I think it' s my duty to warn you against havin' more to do with Bud Dalton or his pals "Why?" exclaimed Dick in a tone of surprise. "Because he' s what we call down h e re a bad man.'' "Uo yon mean to say that he's not to be trusted ?" "I do. iie's suspected to have some connection with the bandit gang that have lately been tearin' things up in this here county." "Good gracious!" "He mus t have had some purpose in tellin' you to get off at this s tati o n, and buy a boss of Sam Hickey. Sam is a -pal of his and don't bear a good reputation. If you go near him I won' t guarantee that you'll ever see R ed rock." This was plain English Etraight from the shoulder, and fair.Jy made Djck gasp. CHAPTER II. BRAD SMITH. I "You're putting the matter pretty strong, Mr. Vicary," replied Dick, alter a moment's silence "I d o n't see what. object Bi1d Dalton could have in l e ading IJ?.e astray." "Have you got any money about you?" "Not a great deal." "Maybe you gave Dalton the idea that you wE;re well fixed." "I am sure I couldn't have given him that impression because I'm .. n ot." "He must have figured that you're worth plucking, or he wouldn't hav e taken so much intere st in you. "But I left him in Phoenix, so how he rob me hereabouts?" / "His pal Hi c key, could do you u-p when he took you out yonder in the bru s h to p'int out the trail to Redrock." "Well if Florence is the right place for me to have gone to, it certainly looks queer that Dalt.on should tell me to get off at this place." "That's just it." "As th e circumstances look s usp1c10us, I'll take your advice and stay away from Hicke y." "You couldn t do better, but you don't want to say nothin' about me warnin' you ag'in them chaps, for if they should hear I've queered their little game, whatever it is, they'll make troubl e for me." "I won't say a word about what you told me, and I thank you for the tip." "You're welcome. Come over to my shack and I'll in troduce you to my nevvy. You'll find Brad a clever boy. He can tell you considerable about Hickey. The rascal comes in my place about every nigh t when he ain't away somewheres, so ifs lik e ly you' ll see him. Then you can s ize him up yourself I'll gamble on it that you won't fall in love with him." Vicary took Dick over to his house and introduced him to his n ephew Br ad Smith was about Dick's own age, an d he was a pretty wideawake lad. He was dressed in a free-and-easy way like hi s uncle, and looked every in c h the typical young Westerner he was. Vicary exp lained to his nephew Diek's pretlicament, and said that the young tenderfoot would stop overnight at the house, and then take the morning train for Florence. "I'll leave him with you, Brad, as I've got some business on hand at the st ation. Make him feel a t home," said the agent, who the n went away, after telling Dick he'd see him at supper "I'll take your grip inside, Alvord," said Brad, in a friendly way. \ "Thanks," replied Dick, taking his seat on a bench out side the door. "I s'pose you think there ain't much doing 'round these digg ings the way things look at present," said Brad, when he r e turned and sat beside the newcomer; "but it's lively enough sometimes, wheh the boys get to whooping things up. That happens 'most every Saturday night, when the miners and the busters from Thompson's rm;ich come over to take the freight in to Florence to mak e a night of it there. Florence i s the county seat, and quite a lively town for its size. There are shows and gambling joints there, so a follow can have a bang-up time if he's got bis wages in his pocket. So you got off here by mistake, eh?" "No, not exactly I was told by a person whose ac qua.intance I made in Phoenix that this was the nearest point t o Redrock," replied Dick. "He must have been off his perch, then. Why, this i s only a s iding for the Tuscarora mine off yonder. None of the passenger trains stop here unless they're flagged. If you'd asked the ticket agent at Phoenix he'd have told you that Florence is the place where you transfer to the Redrock stage." "Well, you see, I'm new in these diggings, as you call it, and I took Bud Dalt o n's word for it, as he looked and act e d as if he knew the ropes." "Who-Bud Dalton?" said Brad, looking hard at Dick. "Yes, that was hi s name." "A square -built, fl.ashy-dressed chap, with a heavy b lack mu s tache?" "You've described him." "How in thunder did you come to get in with him?" "I met him at the Phoenix House, and he made himself very friendly." "And h e told you to get off here to go to Redrock ?" "He did. Told me to get a horse from a man named Sam Hickey, and take the trail which Hickey would point out to me." ''Say, did you flash a wad before Dalton?" "No' I haven't got s uch a thing." "Well, there must be some reason for P.im telling you to get off the train at this point. Did you intend calling on Hickey for a horse to take you to Red rock ?" "I did when I got off the train; but after a talk with your uncle I changed my mind. I'm thinking that it PAGE 5 4 DOLLARS FROM DUST. wouldn't be good for my health to follow Dalton's direc tions any further." "Then Hen put you on to the kind of man Bud Dalton is?" "He gave me to understand that he wasn't a man to be trusted.'; "I should say he i sn't, or Sam Hickey, either. They're birds of a feather-birds of prey, in my opinion. Bud Dal ton knows as well as any man in the county that this isn't the place to get. off to go to Bedrock unless you're s tuck on taking a thirty-mile ride on horseback along the trail through the brush, and I ain't seen nobody that cares to do it when you can go to Florence, which is only twelve miles from the Redrock mines, and take the s tage or a horse if you d rather travel that' way. Dal.ton saw yon were a tenderfoot, sized you up as having money, and sent you to his pal, Hickey, to do up. That seems as plain as daylight to me, knowing the kind of chaps those two are, and I'm thinking I don't know the worst of them, either." "It strikes me the same way now. Had the scheme suc ceeded Hickey wouldn't have made a whole iot out of me," r eplied Dick. "He couldn't get what I haven't got." "Well, you must have some money about your clothes, even if it ain't such a lot, and he'd have got that, at any rate. It's a good thing for you that you told Hen all the facts." "Yes, I think so." "You'll be safe here, and you'll reach Florence in time to connect with the Redrock stage. Then you'll be all right unless the mountain bandita take the notion: into their heads to hold up the stage, which they'ye done sev eral times during the last six mouths." "Your uncle told me' that Bud Delton is suspected of having some connection with those robbers." "A good many people think so, but they haven't any proof of it. It's my opinion that he and Hickey are hand in-glov e with that crowd. I know' Hickey doesn't do anything arol<;nd here to earn his living, yet he always has money. Every littl e while he diaappears, and is gone for a week or more. He never lets on where he's been when he comes back, and nobody can find out why he hangs around this place. They say the sheriff of the colmty has his eye on him of late, and also on Dalton, when he comes here or goes to Florence; but if he has it hasn't amounted. to anything so far.'' Brad Dick the object of his visit to the mines, and the boy told him what he had already said to the station ngent on the subject. "So you own one of the mines there, eh ?"- PAGE 6 l l a 'f DOLLARS-FROM DUST. 5 "Brad has been pere a good while. Whar did yer meet him?" "'Cause I got her for nothin'. Won he\ at a game of "St. Louis," said Brad, quickly. "We went to school together." A dark gleam came into Hickey's eyes, and for a mo ment he was sil ent, blowing rings of tobacc o smoke from his lip s and apparently watching them floa. t away. "Say, you ain't seen my new mare, ha Ye yer, Brad?" he said. "No. Got a new one, have you?" "I reckon. Come and see it. Mebbe you'd like to buy i t, or p'haps yer friend would?" "He's got no use for a. horse." "I'll sell it dirt cheap," continued Hickey, not noticing his reply. "'here did you get it?" "In Florence this mornin'. Rode oyer here on her. She's a spanker." freeze out." "I don't want a horse just now, anyway." "You could ride over to the mines." "I'd rather go by train and stage. It's shorter and quicker." "You'd save m<:mey all 'round, and I reckon yer ain't in no rush to get thar." "M;uch obliged for your offer, but we can't do any busi ness." "Goin' to stay with Brad tonight, I s'pose ?'' ''"Yes." "Wal, so long. Mebbe I'll see yer in the mornin'." Hickey got up and strolled away 1ust as Brad returned. "He's gone, eh?" he s aid. "Did he try to pump you?" "Not much; but he guessed I was headed for Redrock." "How could h e guess that? Did you admit it?" "Couldn't help it very well. He wanted me to buy his "One horse is enough fur me,'' replied Brad. mare, the one he offered you. Said he won it at a ca .rd "Uome anJ look at her, anyway." game, and would let it go cheap." "I will sometime." d h "If. you bought his horse you'd have to ri e it to t e At that juncture an old woman came to the door of the camp over the trail, \he very thing y<>u oughtn't to do public room and looked out. under the ciTcumstances. It would take you all day, any" I want you a moment, Brad," she said way, to do the twenty,eight miles, even ii you didn't miss ::V\?at do wa?t ?" Smith, impatiently. your way, which you might, as you're a stranger in this "I ve got a. J0? for Y?u ,. section By rail' and stage you'll get to 'Redrock in a Oh, let the JOb wait. Im engaged. ,.couple of hours. That's the only .way for you to go." "It won't wait. You've got to come, or there won't be no ''Of course. I turned his offer down." supper to.night." "What else did he say to you?" Brad got' up reluctantly, nudging Dick. "Asked me if I was goin' to stay with you to-night, and Dick rose and started to follow him. when I said 'yes' he got up and walked a.way, saying he Hicl'4Y reached out and grabbed him b y the arm. might see me in the mornfog." "Sit down. I want to talk io vou,'' he said. J "He's a. bad egg,'' replied Brad. "I wish he'd move Dick, much again s t his will, sat clown. away from this neighborhood. You never can tell what "Isn't it a fact, young feller, that you're bound for Reda fellow of his stamp will do." rock mining camp?" said "Well, s'pose I am?" blurted out Dick. Their conversation then turned on other things. "N othin'. I heard you was, that's all." Fred asked Dick many questions about New York, and "How did you hear? Did--" Alvord ga.ve him a general description of the city, and Dick stopped suddenly. how he had got along there s inc e the death of his mother He was about to ask if the station agent had told him, a year since, which ]eft him an orphan without any near relative". but remembering that Hen Vicary was not likel y to im-part any information to a man of Hickey's stamp he caught By and b y the woman came to the door and told Brad himself in time. \ to call his uncl e to supper. "How did I hear?" replied Hickey, rolling another cigBrad and Dick walked over to the station together, a.nd arette and calmly lighting it. "I guessed it the moment I Hen Vica ry, afte r locking up, a.ccompanied them back, and looked a t yer." the three sat down to a good palatable meal, which Dick "Well, what about it?" relished as much as a better one at a hotel. "What ver O'Oin' to do tha. r ?" After da.rk the mep who l ived in the small hamlet began 0 "I don't know exactly what I'm going to do.'' to drop in at Vicary's public room to spend the evening. "I s'pose yer to Florence by the mornin' train?" They gathered about a large, round table, with Vicary "I expect to." as one of the bunch, and opened up a. game of poker for "And take the coach to the camp?" s mall stakes. "When I go there I suppose I'll have to take that conThey talked, laughed, drank and smoked, while Brad veyance." 1 looked after the bar end, and conversed with Dick. "Why don't buy my hoss and ride over to Reclrock Hickey didn't put in an appearance, and at eleven o'clock by the trail? Yon'll need a hoss at the mines." I Vicary shut up s hop, and hi s friends and patrons departed. "If I do I can buy one there, I guess." Dick accompanied Brad to a room on the second floor, "Yer'll pay twice as much as I a.sk for my mare: After i where there was a bed large enoug h to accommodate two. yer use her as much as yer want to ye1: kin at a l The boys turned in and were soon asleep. good profit." Dick was usually a s ound sleeper, but something aroused "Why are you s.elling the animal so cheap 1" him this night. PAGE 7 DOLLARS FROM DUST. He looked tiround the room, and his gaze was arrested hard with the young Easterner had not Brad smashed at the window. Hickey in the jaw with considerable force. The lower sash was up and a man was in the act of getAt that moment Vicary came rushing into the room. ting in. ""What's the trouble here?" he asked, noting the strug'l'here was enough light for the boy to recognize the ingle that was going on between the two boys and a third truder. person he did not at once recognize. It was Sam Hickey. "Grab him, Hen. It's Sall\ Hickey," cried his nephew. CHAPTER IV. CHECKMATING A RUFFIAN. Dick was greatly startled, not only by this midnigb.,t in vasion, but by the fact that the intruder was Sam Hickey, which assured him that he was the object of the man's attention. He punched Brad in the side in so vigorous a that Smith woke up. By that time Hickey was in the room, and was making for the chair on which stood Dick's suit case, half open. The young tenderfoot was not wanting in pluck. After punching his companion into wakefulness, he sprung out of bed and made a dash at Hickey. "Hold on there, what are you ctoing in this room?" he cried, grabbing the fellow by the arm. J Hickey, who had supposed the occupants of the room were asleep, for he had taken a look a.t them before he i.n at the window, turned witq a start and a deep imprecat10n. V Swinging his :fist at Dick, he knocked the boy down, grabbed the suit case and made for the window. Brad, however, was quicker than he. The station agent's nephew sprang over the foot of the bed and collared ,the intruder. "Drop that case, Sam Hickey. What in thunder are you doing in here at this hour of the night? Trying to hook my friend's case? This is bad business for you to be en gaged in. You know your reputation ain't none of the best, and this piece of work won't help it any." Hickey was somewhat staggered when Brad Smith grabbed him, and it was a moment or two before he made a move. He didn't drop the suit case, but partially shaking Brad off, he drew his revolver and shoved it in the boy's face. "Git back to bed," he said, fiercely, "and if yer utter a yawp I'll send yer to kingdom come." Brad was no coward, but a cocked revolver pointed with in an inch of his nose, by a man he believed capabl<> of shooting on the slightest provocation, was not to be disre garded. Dick had got up, and seeing his new acquaintance in danger, and his suit case, which contained what little money he had, the deed and other documents connected with the Hed Crow mine, and all his duds, in the hands of a night thief, he jumped for HicK:ey and grabbed the revolver. As the rascal's finger was on the trigger, Dick's sudden action caused it to go off with a report that awoke Hen Vicary, who slept in the next room, as well as the house keeper, who roosted in the garret. uttered an imprecation and turned on Dick. I.f e tossed the suit case out on the roof of the one-story kitchen and then grappled with the boy. As he was much stronger than Dick, it would have gone "Sam Hickey!" exclaimed the station agent in some surprise. Then he jumped in and seized the rascal by the arm that held the revolver. 'l'hat enabled Dick to get the weapon away from the rascal. Hickey saw that the game was up, so he quit making any further effort to escape. "What does this mean, Hickey?" demanded Vicary, sternly. "What brought you here to-night?" "He came here to hook Alvord's suit case. He threw it out pn the roof of the kitchen," said Fred. "Have you taken to thievin', Hickey, or is that your reg'lar trade?" asked the station agent. better let me go, Hen Vicary, and say nothin' about this, or you'll regret it," replied Hickey, darkly. "I'll take my chances on that, Hickey," replied Vicat'y. "You've shown yourself in your true colors at last, and the sheriff will have to attend to your case. Get a rope, Brad." "You intend to turn me over to the sheriff, then?" hissed the rascal. "I reckon that's just what I'm goin' to do. When a man breaks into my house I treat him as a thief. You've broke in so--" Hickey, by a. sudden and violent effort, shook station agent off and leaped out of the window. Dick, fearing for his property outside, raised the re volver and fired. Hickey fell on the kitchen roof and rolled off. Vicary jumped out of the window, and going to the edge of the roof, looked down. A sarcastic laugh floated toward him from the corner of the building. "You'll hear from me, Hen Vicary, afore long, and when yer do look out." After flinging that threat at the station agent, Sam Hickey made off in the darkness. "I reckon I'll have to carry a gun handy after this," muttered Vicary, picking up Dick's suit case and handing it to its owner. Then he re-entered the room, shut down the window and turning to the boys, told them to turn in, as they were not likely to be disturbed again that "This night's work settles Hickey around here," said Brad. "He won't dare show his nose in place, for if he should he knows what he may expect to happen." "It's lucky for me that I didn't call on him as I intended when I got off the train," said Dick. "He is evidently a hard rascal, and might have shot me if I had gone with him on the Redrock trail. At any rate, he would have robbed me, and set me adrift. I'm thinking Bud Dalton is a bird of the same feather." "That's what I told you, ain't it?" said Vicary, moving toward the door. ra in m h: l' w tc II k: h. b l SI 1 1 1 1 lJ r t r PAGE 8 l n aid for Md y a vi th 1ave !ton ving \ I DOLLARS FHOl\I DUST. In another moment the two boys were alone again. "Howcame you to wake up, Alvord, in time to spot that rascal ?" asked Brad. "Blessed if I know. That fellow must have made a noise in raising the window," replied Dick. "If he'd have got away with my suit case, I'd have been strapped, and I'd have been out of the mine as well, for all the documents relating to it are in the case." "Do you :know that I think Bud Dalton must have sent word to Hickey about you," said Brad. "When I come to think about the way he acted this afternoon after I introduced you to him, and the fact that he seemed to know you were bound to Redrock, I'm almost sure that he had advance information." "Dalton may have sent him full particulars by some body who came here from Phoenix by the morning train," said Dick. "No, the morning train didn't stop here." "Then how could he have got the information?" "You henrd him say that he rode over from Florence on his new mare?" "Yes." "If Dal ton knew he was there he could have sent him a letter by the morning train, which carries the mail, or he might have sent him a 1.elegram couched in language un intelligible to the operators, but perfectly plain to Hickey. Dalton would hardly take all that trouble unless he had reason to believe there was something in it. Well, may be it wasn't your money but the papers proving your title to the mine that Dalton w51s after. The new deed isn't recorded yet, and if destroyed, you might not be able to prove your right to the mine. Dalton may have figured out some plan of getting possession of it himself in case he got the papers away from you, and intended to get Hickey to clean you out. To p-revent you from reaching Florence and putting your papers on file with the county clerk, as well as to put you in Hickey's clutches, he told you to get off the train at this place." "I wouldn't be surprised but you are right," answered Dick. "I told Dalton too ml1ch about my business, which only shows what a blamed tenderfoot I am." "Well, it don't make any difference now. You've euchred Hickey, and you're on to Dalton, so if their object was to do yon out of the mine you can easily balk the game by taking your documents to the clerk's office as soon as you reach Florence and filing them. That will secure you oE the property in spite of anything they could do afterward. You'll miss the stage, however, but I dare say you'll find som.e teamf'ter going out to the camp, and can arrange with him to take you If you're not in a big hurry you could stay over till the following morning in town. You"ll firnl plenty of amueement thereto fill in the timr," said Brad. The boys talked awhile longer and then turned over and went to sleep. The train was due little after nine, and when it came along Vicar.I' flagged it for Dick. Alvord bade his new friends good-by, said he hoped to see them again before long, and stepped aboard one of the cars. Forty minutes lat e r the train stopped at Florence, which appeared to be a bustling town, and Dick got off. The Redrock stage was standing. in front of the station, its llriver on the lookout for the mail and any passenger bound for the mining camp. It made one round trip daily, though it could have made two had there been anything in it for the owner, for it was not much over seven miles to the camp. "Why, I could walk that distance easily," thought Dick, "if there was any need of my doing so Maybe I can hire a horse and ride out there after dinner. r"e a great mind to do that if there is any way by which I can send the animal back." Dick inquired his way to the county clerk's office, and reaching it, soon put his papers on file, and thus relieved his mind on the subject of the mine. Then he went to the Florence Hotel and registered. Finding that dinner would be ready at half-past twelve, he went out to look at the town, and, inciclentally, to make inquiries as to whether he could get a conveyance to the mines that afternoon. CHAPTER V. HELD UP IN DEAD MAN'S PASS. Dick found that Florence was a lively place, and he found much to interest him in the course of his walk. When he got back to the hotel he learned from the clerk that there was a team in the yard which was going to start in the direction of Redrock after the driver had had hi s cl inner. "He goes within a of the camp," said the clerk, "and if you, don't mind walking that distance I'll intro duce you to him and you can talk with him about taking you. I don't believe he'll charge you anything, for he'll probably be glad to have your company.'' Dick said he'd like to see the man, so the clerk sent one of the hotel help to find hihl, and it wasn't long before he turned up at the desk. "So you want to ride out to Redrock camp, eh?" said the driver to Dick after the clerk had introduced them. "Yes. I'd like to get there as soon as I can," replied thEt boy. "I can take y01.1 as far as the entrance to bead Man's Pas$. That's a little over a mile from th.i camp. You couldn't miss your way, for the road through the pass will take you straight there. l you'ye got any can arrange to have it brought over by the stage to-morrow morning," said the man "I've got only a suit case, and I haven't any objection lugging that a mile," 11nswered Dick. "How much will you charge me?" "Not a red. I'll be glad to haveyQu along. It makes time pass quicker when you\'e someone to. talk to.'' Dick decided to go with him and told him so. "All right. There's the dinner bell. We'll start as soon us we've filled up. You can eat with me if you don't mind. Come.on." Dick followed the driver into the dining-room and they sat down together. Both did ample justice to the bill of fare, which wa,s a good one, and then the driver hitched up his team and drove around in front, where Dick got up. beside him.

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[ l r f l s t e " e DOLLAHS FROM DUST. 9 Presently around the turn ahead came a girl on horse back. She rode w lt h a grace and conndence that attracted Dick s admiration, and as she drew nearer he saw that she was remarkably pretty. "I'll b e t that is Susanne Long, daughter of the Bed rock s ilv e r king," said the boy to himself. "O'Leary said E>he was a corking fine girl, and Brad Smith told me she was a s pank e r and the only girl in Bedrock who didn't have to earn her living. As the horse and girl came abreast of the boulder the two b earde d men s prang out from their place of conceal. ment ai1d blocked the way. Both seized the animal by the bridle and brought her to a stop . "What do you mean b y stopping m e in this way?" demand e d the girl, indignantl y "We mean that you're out pris'ner miss," replied one of the pair. "Your prisoner!" gasped the young lady. '"l'hat's what," laughed the man. "You re old man Long's darter, and I reckon he ll pay a good round sum to get yer back." "Get m.e back!" she cried, with flus hed face. "You wouldn't dare detain me." "Wal, now, I reckon that's j est what we're goin' to do," chuckled th e rascal. "We',1 e been on the lookout for yer these two -..eeks, and we've got yer at last." "I order you to release my horsti," s h e cr ied imp erious l y "Couldn't think of it, miss. You're worth ten thou sand doll a r s at l eas t to us, and we need the money." "'l'ake your hands off the bridl e both o f you, or I'll shoot," cried the plucky girl, s uddenl y drawing a revolver from a holster in front of her and covering each man ii+ turn. The two rascals were taken aback, but only for a mo ment. 'l'hey were evidently used to taking chances with firearms. One of them dropped the bridle, dodged down, and com ing up s udd e nl y beside the girl, grabbed the hand that h e ld the revolver. Th e g un went off, the report echoin g through th e pass. The fellow then pro ceeded to pull th e young l ady off the ma.re. She uttered a thrilling scream and fought desperately with him. Dick, after witnessing th e fir s t part of th e encounter. and realizing what the object of th e men was, pulled hi3 suit case toward him, un st rapped and unlocked it, and fumbling in one corner, pulled out hi s revolver. He got it in his hand ju s t as the rascal who had done all the talking s u cceeded in pulling the girl to the ground "Let the hoss go, Mullen," said th e man who was holding Miss Long in hi s arms. "The s hot and the gal's scream may bring somebody this way. C hase it and l e nd me a hand to quiet her." Th e other man released the a nimal and gave h e r a s lap on h er fla nk s which caused her to spring ahead and das h down the road As th e raacal stepped up to pal, Dick came out into th e road with a resolute look on his face R elease that young lad y," he cried authoritative ly, drawing a bea d on the ruffian who held Miss Long. The two rascals starte d back in consternation and glared at the brave boy. CHAPTER VI. LONG .. "Save me! Save me!" crie d the mining king's daughter. "That's what I intend to do," r e plied Dick. "Drop that young lady, you rascal, and throw up your hands!" "Who in thunder are you ?" cried the ruffian who held Miss Long. "That ne e dn't concern you," replied Dick. "Do r s I t e ll you." "Shoot him, Mullen," hissed the fellow, yanking the gir l arour1:d so as to cover hi s body and reaching fo:b" his gun Mullen jumped behind his companion and Miss Long, and yank in g out 4i s revolver, fired at Dick. The .ba11 tor e a piece of cloth out of the boy's jacket at the should e r, but did not injure him. As the smofe cleared away he saw the other rascal's revolver coming into action, and quick as -a wink he fired at his arm. The ball struckl the man's wri s t, breaking it, and he dropped his gun with a cry of paii;J. and rage. Mullen shoved his revolver around bes ide the girl's waist, but Di c k $,w it and jumped just as he pulled the trigger. The ball went wild and Dick, springing forward, got a line on the s hooter and fired, the bullet smashing his arm at the shoulder. Mullen s hrieked with agony and rolled on the ground. "Now, let the young lady go," said Dick, shoving his revolver within a few inches of the face of the other ruf fian. Disarmed and wounded,,the fellow s ullenl y obeyed, and Di c k caught the fainting girl on his l eft arm. At that moment, with a rattle of wheels, the s tag e frnm R ednock, e n route for Florence, came dashing down the road, with hal f a dozen men seated on the roof with re ,ilY ers in their h ands, ready for business. They had heard th e s h o ts, and suspecting a hold-up in the pass by the mountain bandits, had urge d the driver of the stage to mak e speed to the scen e of th e troubl e On the approac h of the s tage the rascal who had r e leased 1\Iiss L ong turned to make a dash down the road. "Stop!" s houted Fred, covering him with hi s r e volver aga in. The fellow saw he hadn't the ghost of a chance to get away and did nnt make the attempt. "Now throw up your h a nd s," ordered the boy. 'l'he rascal obeyed. Then the coach came up and its passenger s piled down and gathe red arou nd th e combatants. -Long!" cried the fir s t one in s urprise pulling off his ha,t on recognizing the mining king's daughter. "What's h a pp e n e d, young man? Thi s looks like a hold up." "'l'hat's what it i s,' :replied Dick. "These two scoun drels held this young lady up as s h e came riding clown th e road there While one held the bridle the oth e r pulled PAGE 11 \ 10 DOLLAR S FROM DUST. ) her oJl' hcr horse. Then I stepped in, and we had a bit s annc. "Look out for my horse, please, and take charge of shooting. 'l'hey got the worst of it, though they used of it." the young lady' as a breastwork." Two of the miners got into the stage the prisoners, "Well, stranger, you seem to be a corker. Who might and the others returned to their seats on the roof. you be, and where bound?" "Three cheers for the young tenderfoot," cried the miner "My name i s Dick Alvord. I'm a tenderfoot just from spokesman. New York, and I'm bound for Redrock on foot." They were given with a will, and then the stage con tin"A te1;clcdoo t, eh? Well, this doesn't look like it. You've ued on its way toward Florence, leaving Dick and the girl got oceans of nerve to face two mountain bandits, who are standing in the road. big and bad enough to chaw you up in no time. Shake, "Wlrnt a plucky fellow you are to attack those two men young fellow. If this doesn't give you a reputation and sing le handed," said Susanne, regarding Dick with undis the best introduction you could ask for to the boys at guised admiration, as they started on their way. the camp, not to speak of old man Long himself, nothin' "I should have considered myself a coward had I re, will." mained in the backgrotmd and allowed those rascals to The speaker held out his hand and Dick took it as the carry you off. It's the duty of every man to by a girl raised her head and looked around on the newcomers, woman in distress, even if the odds are against him:" ev('.tjy one of whom she knew by sight as employees of her "You took your life in your hands by interfering. Ho\v father. can I ever thank you enough?" Two of the men from the camp had grabbed hold of the "I hope you won't worry yourself about the matter. I least wounded b a ndit, while a third was bending over the consider it a privilege to have had the opportunity to serve writhing Mullen. you." Mis s Long released herself from Dick's arm. "You are certaihly very gallant to say so," she replied "Boys," she said, "I was held up at this spot by those with a smile. "May I ask if you are from the East?'' two men who, but for this brave young s tranger, would "I came direct here from New York." have carri ed me nway with th e m a s a prisoner, and held "Indeed. And have you always lived in New York?" me till my father paid them a large sum of money Take "Always," answered Dick. charge of those rascals,.. and don't let them get away from "We.II, for a city boy I must say you are quite a wonyou. der. As soon as the boys at our camp letrn how you "No fear of that, Miss Long," 2aid the speaker of the rescued me from those two bandits, after standing their group, re spec tfull y. "Your l'escuer has done one of 'em fire at short range, they won't be able to do enough for up and left hi s rnark ori the other." you. I hope you won t think me too inquisitiYe if I ask "You are a brave boy," said the girl, turning to Dick and ihe object of you1Hisit to Redrock. Was it to see my father holding out h e r liand to him, "and I am very grate ful to on bus ine ss? you for saving me from men at the risk of your lif e "I intended to call on your fatller for sprne informa Yon may be sure I shall not forget the service you have tion, but that is not the object that brought me here. I rend e red me, nor will m y father when he learns what you have come to find out what I can about a silver mine called ha.ve done for me." the R ed Oro\\, which b e long s to me." "1.'hat' s all right, Miss Long-I believe tlrnt's your "The Red Crow. That' s a claim which lies to the north name." of the Susanne, one of my father's bes t producers, whi c h "Yes, SJ.Lsanne Long. And what is your name? I am he named after me. Why, I understood it belonged to a anxiou s to know to whom I am so greatly indebted." pro s pector named Dan Harker. At any rate he offered "Dick Alvord." to sell an inte rest in it to my father a short time ago, on "You are a stranger in this neighborhood ? condition that my father would work it under his manage" I am." ment. As it is distance outside the recognized silver "Are yougoing to Redrock ?" b e lt, my father refused to entertain his proposition, though "Yes." Harker declared that he had found indic ations of the pres" The n you may escort me there, if you will. My mare ence o.f ric h ore. As he refus e d to giv e out any inforrnaha s been s e n t down the road b y those men, and I must tion until papers were drawn up and signed, my father walk back. The distance is not far, however Not much wouldn't do business with him. A few days afterward he over half a mil e." left the camp, and we haven't seen him s inc e." "I shall be glad to accompany you, Miss Long," sa.id "And you'll never see him again," said Dick, solemn ly. Dick. "No?" The miner s had by this time put the two wounded ban"No. He is dead." PAGE 12 " I DOLLARS FROM DUST. 11 "I see what you did for me isn't the first brave act you've "Yes, it isrough, and lacks the luxuries of advanced done, for you riske d your life to save Harker from being civilization, but you'll find human nature th ere just the run over, and though you did not wholly succeed, you same as elsewhere, only a little more pronounced." might have lost your own life in his behalf just the same," "I shouldn't think you'd care to live out here in the said the girl, her admiration for her rescuer increased a wilds, where you can't enjoy yourself as you could in a hundred fold by story. big town or city. Even Florence, what little I saw of it, "Well he showed his gratitude as well as he could," relooks like a big place compared with Redrock." plied Dick. "If there is anything in the fact s he gave me, "I am sa ti sfied to l ive here as long as my father remains I think your father made a mistake in not taking up with on the ground He has only me, and I-I hav e only him," his proposition." she said, with a touch of sadness in her voice. "My mother "Maybe he did, but my father is pretty shrewd in .his died a year and a half ago, and her death was a hard blow mining transactions. However, on one thing you may de:to father. I was at s chool in Galveston at the time, and, pend: he will do all he can to help you develop your mine of course, I was sent for. After mother was buried, father if there is the l east indication of paying ore on the prop would not l et m e go back to school, nor did I care to go. erty He will do this out of gratitude to you for what I f elt that my place was with him, to try and chee r him you have this afternoon done for me." and do all I could for him. He say's I'm the image of "I shall be glad to have hi s advice and assistance, for I mother when she was my age, and he clings more to me know nothing whatever about mining. It would be a great for that reason And so Redrock has become my home, thing for me if the Red Crow turned out a winn e r, for it and I want no other as long as my father finds it is the only thing I possess in the world. If it fails to pay sary to s tay here." me, why," with a shrug of his shoulders, "I mus t turn in "Your mother must have been very pre tty if she looked and hustle at something else." like you," sai d Dick. "Whether the Red Crow turns out to he worth workA slight blush r e ddened the nut-bro wn cheeks of the ing or not, both I and my father will see that you are mining king's daught e r, and s he made no reply. handsomely provided for," said Susanne, earnestly. Perhaps her h eart b ea t a littl e quick e r at this compli If you .mean that your father would pay me for saving ment coming from the good -lo oking and manly young you from the bandits, I will say right here that I will acstranger to whom she owed her life cept nothing that I do not earn, Miss Long," replied the "I hope we shall be good friends while I remain at Red boy, resolutely. "It was my duty to aid you and I did it. rock," he continued I place no money value on such a service. I would do it "Can we be ?" she asked, fl.ashing a look at him again if circumstances demanded it, but I won't accept pay that quite took away his breath. for it." "I should hope not. And I al s o hope that my stay will There was a ring in the boy's voice that deeply impressed not be brief-that my mine may pan out, and give me the girl, and if she admired the young stranger before, her plenty to do." respect and regard for him was largely increased by his "I hope so, too. I feel as if we shall get along very nicemanly words and attitude. ly together, for apart from what you have done for ine I CHAPTER VII. DICK ARRIVES AT REDROCK. At that moment they reached: the eastern end of the pass, and the country beyond opened to view .., The sun was setting behind the San Topaz range, and the long shadow of the mountain peaks extended across the landscape. "There i s the camp," said Susanll'e, pointing to the left, and Dick cau ght his fir s t view of a real mining diggings. lay against the fQot of the range-a collection of houses and shacks linin g both sides of a single wide street, as Mik e O'Lary had described it. Beyond it to the northward were the houses and ap pliances connected with the different mines. A train of ore teams, en route for Florence, was climbing the road to the pass, accompanied by a guard of men with rifles, to protect it from attack on the pa .rt of the mountain bandits. The scene was certainly a novel one to the young East erner, and he took it in eagerly, as a thirsty man does a draught of cool water. "I never saw a 1nining camp before," he said to the girl. "It looks wild and woolly to me, just as the pass did when I got well into it." I like you. You are different from the men I have had around me since I came here. You possess a certain air of refinement which is lacking in those who have passed a large part of their lives in this and oth e r out-of-the -way spots, wh ere there are few women to tone the m down. They're all very nice to me it is true, and I dare say, there is hardly a man among them all but would risk his life for me as you did this afternoon if the occasion called for it; but they are rough and ready, and amuse thems e lves in ways tha't I do not approve of-and, because you are dif ferent, I am glad you have come, and I hope you will s tay." "I will certainly remain here if there is anything in it for me," replied Dick. "And the opportunity of enjoying your society will al s o go a long way toward making me contented with m y new situation." The earnestness of his tone brought another blush to the girl's cheeks, for, to say the truth, she was greatly inter est ed in this young stra ng er from the East. As the ore wagon train passed them the men all lifted their hats respectfully to Su sa nne, and she returned the salutations with sm ile s and waving of her arm. In less ten minutes more Dick and the girl 11ere walking up the street She was the recipi ent 0 more bows and hat tips, and Dick came in for a large share of curioai iy. PAGE 13 i12 DOLLARS FROM DUST. Finally they reached the hotel. "I'll see you at supper," Susanne said to Dick. "Ask <1ne of the waiter girls to show you to our tal:;ile. My father and I usuaJly reach the dining-room at quarter-past six." 'I'hus speaking, she bowed sweetly and entered the house by a side door, while the boy went in at the main en trance. Walking up to the desk, Dick saw a man in his shirt sleeves seated behind the counter smoking, and reading the Florence Daily A rgus. "I should like to have a room, sir," said the young East erner. The man, who was the proprietor of the house looked around, and noting that Dick was a stranger in the camp, he got up and pointed to the register, handing the boy a pen. Dick put down "Richard Alvord, New York." "From the East, I see?" said the proprietor, whose name was Jenkins. "Yes. What you charge here?" "By the day or week?" "By the week." The proprietor mentioned a moderate price. "Want your pay in advance?" "Any baggage?" "Only a suit case." "Know anybody in the camp?" "Yes; Miss Susanne Long." "You can pay at the end of the week," aid the proprietor, putting down room number 2'1. Then he rang a bell, and presen tly a man who acted a::i porter and general factotum about the house appeared. "Show this boy to room 21." "Follow me," said the porter, grabbing up Dick's suit case and starting up a staircase at the other side of the room. Dick followed him and was soon in his room. "Supper, six to seven; breakfa s t, six to eight; and din twelve to one," said the poi:ter, who then departed Dick looked at his watch and saw that it was half-pa s t five. He washed up, brushed his hair carefully, put on a clean collar and scarf, and then went downstairs.' The room below was gradually filling up with men who either lived at the hotel or took their meals there and slept elsewhere. There were two large, round tables-one littered with newspapers and magazines, the other supplied with writing material. Most of the chairs were occupied by men talking or read ing, while there were twice as many standing around. Dick, being a stranger, attracted considerable He walked to the doorway and looked out. There were nearly a dozen chairs outsid e on the veranda, and w e re mostly filled by men waiting for the supper gong to sound Dick took possession of a vacant one and amused him self looking up and down the long street, with its s tores, pcrl<'ot.rians and passing vehicles and burros. -\t l e ngth a big gong sounded somewhere inside and at or.t:e a ll the men began to gravitate toward the dining room. Dick wait e d till six-fifteen, and then entered the main room again. 1 "Yonder i s the dining-room," said the proprietor, point ing to a small door. Dick entered and confronted the porter seated at a gmall table on which lay a conductor's punch. He u sed this to punch the meal tickets of those who took table board only at the house. "Take a seat anywhere at them four tables,'' said the porter. .. "Miss Long told me to go to her table," replied Dick . "You are a friend of the Longs, then? That's their table under the winder." As Dick s tarted toward it Susannf! Long and her father entered the dining-room. They reached the table almost as soon as he. "Fathe-r," said Susanne, "this is Mr. Alvord, the boy who saved me in the pass this afternoon from the two bandits. Mr. Alvord, my father." The mining king of Redrock grasped Dick by the hand and shook it warmly. "My dear young man, my daughter has told me of the aervice you rendered her, and I assure yon. that you have p lac e d us both under the strongest of obligations. I thank you from my heart f01 so bravely coming to my dear child' s rescue, and I want you to understand that I shall not forget the debt I owe you." ''That's all right, sir. As I told Miss Long, I don't think I did any more than I ought to have done under the circumstances," replied Dick. "You showed extraordinary nerve for a boy unused to s uch a situation as you found yourself in. Once more I thank you, and you will her eafter consider me your warm f.ri.end. Sit down. As long as you, remain with us, which I hope will be for s ome time, yqu will consider yourself my guest and eat with us at this table," said Mr. Long. Dick bowed acquiescence. He felt that he wonlu be more at home with his new friends than at one of the long tables with the general company The Longs had a special waitress who looked after thefr wants and she now came forward to take their orders and Dick's. "You have told my daughter a good deal about your.:. self, and the object of your visit to the camp, all of which she has repeated to me, consequently I feel as if I was al ready pretty well acquainted with you," said the mining king. "I understand that yop. have come into po.sses<>ion of Dan Harker s claim, which he called the Red Crow." "Yes, sir." "I am sorry to learn that Harker is dead. He was a good fellow as men go in this locality . }Je willed his min ing claim to you in gratitude for the effort you made to save his life in New York, I believe?" "Yes, sir." "And the object of your visit here is to learn what your legacy amounts to?" Dick nodded. "I will talk with you about it after supper. I am natural ly w e ll posted in everything connected with the mining interests of this section, and can give you all the informa tion you want. Now, I see ill)'. daughter de"sires to have PAGE 14 DOLLAH S Fnm.r DUST. 13 something to say to you, so I will not monop olize your h orse, bringing the animal, with S usann e's mare, around attention I in front. After that the conversaticm became general, and by the The young people mounted and galloped off together time they had finished the other tables were deserted, save Two hours later they rode up to the main building by two or three late comers. the Susanne mine, and went "into the office, where they As they were leaving the room, Susanne proposed a found Mr. Long. walk to Dick, saying, with a smile, that she would show him The girl stayed only a few minutes, saying that she would the town, and when they got back he could talk mining return to the hotel alo)le, and that she expected to see matters with her father. : Dick at dinner. Dick agreed, and they started off together like old friends. "Now, you want to know something about the Red Crow CHAPTER VIII. claim," said Mr. Long to Dick. "To begin with, it is merely a claim and not a mine, and it is situa t e d some little di s tance outside the silver belt." "Am I to understand, then, that, in your opinion, it has Susanne and Dick walked up one side of the street and little value as a mining property?" said Dick, somewhat on the other, b y which time it was dark, and coal oil fJ' disappointeq. DICK'S INTERVIEW WITH THE MINI'.\"G KING. lamps and gasoline tor ches illuminated the little haml e t "Well, Dan Harker in s i s ted that he had found indicaWhen they returned to the hotel Dick noticed that h e tions of rich silver o re, but I will tell you fi:ankly tha t I was regardefl with a new inte rest and not a little respect I put very. littl e faith in his sta tem ent, although I recognized Mr. Long had s pread the news of his c;onduct in the him as a n expert prospector. He made hle a propo s ition pass that afternoon and the result was he achieved a I which I d idn t care to accept, chiefly because I have my considerable amount of popularity for a newcomer. l hand s pretty full with lookin g after the five mines I con Everybody was anxious to make his acquaintance,"' and trol, and which practically cover the entire silver district. as soon as he joined the mining king, Mr. Long proceeded I'h e r e are o ther mines in operation on the borders of my to introduce him around. properties, but. they are not what may be called howling In fact, Dick held a regular reception on the hotel ver-successes. I have to a ll btents and purpqses a monopoly anda, for there were constant additions to the crowd, as on the pre sent output of silver ore in this district, and those who went away circulated the news of Dick' s rescue my claims have proved rich propositions-the Susanne, of Susanne, and h o w he had, single handed, wiped out the nam e d after my daughter, the best of all." two bandits, after taking their :fire at close 1 range. ".I s uppose you figure, from experience, that the claims Dick n eeded no introduction to the mining camp, outside of the known silver belt are rather problematical and before morning there was hardly any one in the place as mining propo s itions?" said Dick. that hadn't heard about his exploit in the pass, and of "Yes that is the way I look at it. Several out s ide claims course, popular opinion voted him the pluckiest tenderhave been promoted and work ed, with results that just ify foot who had ever come to Redrock. my state m e nt. Only the mines t hat have been opened up The boy found no chance that evening to have a private ad joining m y own have amoun ted to anything as paying talk with Mr. Long producers, and, as I said, they are not meeting the anThe mining ki ng however, told him he would be glad ticipations of their owners The further away a claim to see him in th e morning at his office, located at the Suis, the less. chance there i s tha t it will turn out to be valu sanne mine, which was the boss producer of the camp. able, thdugh I will ad mit there are exceptions to the rule. Dick sai d he would call, and feeling in need of rest, Such exceptions are very noticeable in the Gold field and he retired to hi s room. Bullfrog di s tricts, a.nd other camps -of Nevada, but here Susanne and her father were at breakfast when he ennothing has as yet happened to show that any of the tered the dining-room on the following morning and he outlying claims are worth their salt." joined them receiving a warm greeting. "I don't want to trespass on your ki:i;idness, Mr. Long, After breakfa s t Susanne took possession of Dick. but I would ask you if you would be willing to assist me "Do you ride horseback?" she asked. in proving or disproving t h e facts that Dan Harker as" Yes, I can ride some, but I'm not an expert like yourserted about the value of his Crow claim. I have these self," he replied. "You are certainly a very graceful ricler, fac t s all noted down \on paper but it will cost something Miss Long. I noted that fact yesterday before those ras-to demonstrat e their accu racy, a nd I have no funds of cals held you up." my own to pay for the necessary work," said Dick. "Thank you for the compliment," she answered with a "My dear boy, don't talk about trespass in g on my kind -smile. ness. I owe you a debt of gratitude that I could not fully "Well you deserve it." repay, even with my pre sent fortune. I will help you look "I was going t? pr!?pose a ride," she said. "One of our your property in order that you may know the truth. men brought m y mare back early this morning. You can If you will show me the facts you have mentioned I will get a horse of Mr. Jenkins, the proprietor of this house. be a bl e to d ete rmin e just what can be done about them. After I have shown you a bit of the country we' ll stop at It i s quite that Harker's assertions are conect, my father 's office, and then you can talk with him about though h e was so reticent about divu l ging them to me, your mining claim." fearing, perhaps, that I might take some undue advantage "All right. I'm on," said Dick. of him, which was an injustice to me, as I have made it The hostler of the hotel furnished Dick with a saddle the rule of my life to do unto others as I would have others PAGE 15 DOLLARS FROM DUST. do to me, that I gave very little consideration to his claims." "What were his claims?" "That the silver lode, which ends just outsid e of the Susanne property, was continued in the Red Crow." "That is one of the facts he told me, and I have the locations he gave me to prove the truth of it." "I remmber he told me all that at the time he wanted me to take an interest in his cla.im, but he would not show me the locations where he had made his alleged dis coveries. I felt offended at his lack of confidence in me, and called the matter off. If you will give me his proofs I will put an e xpert to work at once on your claim to verify them. If the result is satisfactory I will open up your property at my expense. Should the lode be devel oped on the Red Crow you stand every chance of becoming a rich mine owner, and no one would be better pleased at that than myself." "Thank you, Mr. Long. Here is the paper. I'll leave it with you Take whatever steps you deem right." "I will look it. over after dinner. In the meanwhile I will deposit it in my safe. By the way, have you taken your document s relating to your ownership of the claim to the county cle rk s office in Florence? If not, you should lose no time in doing so." "I have attended to the matter before coming here." "I am glad to hear it. That will prevent, possible com plications. I see you are a business boy." "I lost no time in doing it, for I think an attempt was made to deprive me of the documents." "Indeed! How, may I ask?" "I met a man, I am sure now is a rascal, in Phoenix. His name was Bud Dalton--" "Bud Dalton!" exclaimed the mining king, in a tone of surprise. "Yes. He acted in such a frank and friendly way toward me that I suppose I was flatter e d by the attention he paid me, a stranger. At any rate, I foolishly confided to hini the errand that brought me to the State, and was taking me to Redrock. He was intere s t ed, and led me on till I guess there was n t much I didn't t e ll him. I a s ked him what was the neare s t point on the railroad to this mining 'ca.mp. He told m e to get off at Tuscarora s tation." "Tuscarora station!" "Exactly. As I believed he was directing me right I bought a ticket the da. y before yesterda y for that place. On my arrival late in the aft e rn oon, I found it was a pretty scaly-looking place-little better than a s iding for freight cars, with a few houses near by, and a road l e ading off somewhere in the distance. Dalton had directed me to find a man named Sam Hiokey, who, he said, would sell me a horse cheap, and show me the trail that would take me right to Redrock. Fortunately, I had some conv e rsation 'rith the s tation agent before I started to look Hickey up, and he told me that Dalton and Hicke y both had tough reputations, and were suspected of having some connec tion with the mountain bandits, a gang of ruffians who were the terror of the county. I took the ag e nt's advice and didn't try to make Hickey's acquaintance; but I met him afterward accidentally, and he tried to sell me a horse and get me to travel to this place by the trail. I wollldn't have it. That night I stopped at the agent's house, and during the night was aroused by a man getting in at the window. He proved to be Hickey, who was after my suit cas e." Dick then went on to tell Mr. Long what happened after he dis cover e d the intruder, and how the rascal failed to get away with the suit case, "He narrowly escaped the bullet I sent after him, and disappeared in the darkness after threatening the agent," concluded Dick. "So it looks to me as if Bud Dalton was anxious to get hold of the documents I told him I had with me, and that he sent word in some way to his pal, Hickey, to do me up, or, at least, get the suit case away from me, thinking he had paved the way to the outrage by sending me into Hickey's clutches at Tus carora station." "You had a narrow escape of it, young man," said Mr. Long. "Bud Dalton and Sam Hickey are suspected of being spies of the mountain bandits, but they are so cautious that sufficient evidence to lead to their arre st has not yet been found against them. Hickey's attempt to rob you, however will give the sheriff the chance he has been look ing for to jug that rascal, and Dalton is bound to see his fipish before long. Now we will go to dinner, and after the meal, you and my daughter must get ready to go by the stage to Florence to push the case against those two ruffians who held Susanne up yesterday afternoon. The stage starts at three, and I will be on hand to go with you, since after what has happened I am afraid to let my daughter leave here except under my protection." Mr. Long locked his desk, shut up his safe, and accom panied Dick to the hotel, they arrived soon after th e gong had sounded. CHAPTER IX. CAPTURED BY THE BANDIT S That afternoon, Mr. Long, his daughter and Dick went to Florence by stage and put up at the Florence House. The mining king saw the chief of police and it was ar ranged that the two bandits be brought b e fore the court on the following morning. That evening Dick took Susanne to a show t the small opera house given b y a company of third-rate Thespians who were touring Arizona . On their way back to the hotel after the show the two yo.ung peopl e whos e movements had been watched by friend s of the captured bandit s from the moment they en tered the town, were suddenl y surrounded by four anned men, and before Dick could make a move to protect his fair companion, both were seized, gagged and hu s tled up a dark s treet, where horse s stood waitin g Dick and Su s ann e w e re bound on the bac k of o n e of the animal s th e ruffians mounted the oth e r horses, and, without hardl y a word b e ing spoken sinc e th e hold-up the party start e d off a t a rapid g ait for the S an Topaz range. The l e ader o f th e gang h e ld the rop e that guided the animal on which the pris oners w e re bound, and he led the wa y The f e elings of Dick and Su s anne may be better imagined than described Though bound close togeilher they could not communicate with each other, owing to the gags that stopped their mouths. cou p.ro ] t a i i De: a rn o f he: t ra sm n e tio pa i n h fo i t h e p B c s 0 PAGE 16 ) e '! r m lll ns 1{0 by m ed b.is up of o.d, the ge. the the ned :!ate b.eir DOLLARS FROM DUST. 15 That they were in the hands of unknown enemies there could be no doubt, and what their fate was to be was a p.roblem for the preS\ont. In the co' urse of an hour the party entered the moun tains through a wild and rocky ravine a mile north of Dead Man's Pass. After that the difficulties of the way made progress slow, and more than another hour elapsed before a sudden turn of the dangerous pathway they were up in the heart of the range brought them to a cave before the en trance of which a bright fire was burning. A solitary watcher, who looked after the fire, sat on a small boulder near the mouth of the cave, rifle in hand. "Well, Barney, we've got 'em," said the leader of the new arrivals. "I see yer have," replied Barney in a tone of tion. "Are the boys in the cave?" "Every mother's son of 'em have been a left them alone. "Oh, Mr. Alvord, what shall we do?" cried Susanne from her corner. "We're in the hand's of the mountain bandits. My father will be crazy about my disappearance. He must be scouring Florence for i.1s at this moment." "I can't say what we will be able fo do; but of one thing be certain, I will save you even at the cost of my life," replied Dick. "How you are!" she answered. "I am afraid we will be watched too closely for you to do anything. I will be held for ransom; while you--" "May be killed out of revenge for causing the capture of Mullen and Burns." "No, no; they mst not kill you. I will tell them that rrf.y father will ransom you with me," Susanne said earnest ly. "I should never be happy again if anything happened to you." "Thank you, Miss long, for--" "Don't call me Miss Long Call me Susallil.e." "I will on one condition." "What is that?" "That you do not call me l\fr. Alvord but Dick." "I agree . We will be Dick and Susanne to each otb.er after this." "Your feet are free, aren't they?'' "Yes." "Only your wrists are bound?" "That's all." "Then get up and come close to ine. Bring your hands dose to my mouth, and I will see if I can unloosen the knot with my teeth. If I can free you, then you can cut me loose; for you will find my jackknife in my "And what then?" asked the girl, as she came up to him. "We must trust to luck," he replied. After that there was silence while he gnawed at the rope that held her hands together. Dick had good teeth, but it was a haril job to loaFrn tl-ie knot, although from the fact that the ruffian who tied her had a girl to deal with he had not made it as tight as he otherwise would have done. After a long and persistent effort the cord was sufficient ly loosened to enable Susanne to draw out one of her s lender .hands at Dick's bidding. The other !b11owed as a matter of course. "Now you're free, Susanne." "Thank you, Dick. You're the finest boy in the world." PAGE 17 16 DOLLARS FROM DUST. "No compliments, pl ease. Put y o ur harnl in my right trouser pocket and get m y jas;kknife." Susanne did so. "Now cut me loose." It was the work of but a few moment s for the girl to 1ceomplish this, and Dick s tood up a free boy once mor e "Now, you remain here till I investigate," said Dick. "Do be careful,'' begged Susanne. "Sure ; I've got you to take care of, so I don't mean to take any more chances than I can help he replied. His eyes being now accustomed to the gloom of the rear cave, he could see objects pretty well. G\)ing to the e ntrance that ope ned into the large cave in front Dick counted eight forms stretched out on the floor in slumber. "I'll bet we could paas them all right, but outside .HJere is a man on guard, and that is the obstacle that lies in the way of our e s cape. He must be disposed of first before we can leave the camp," said the boy to himself. He picked his way among the sleepers with great care and glanced outside. Barney was seated on the boulder, with his rifle across his lap, smoking. He was evidently wide awake. The fire had gone down to a mass of glowing e mbers, but the night was not dark, for the sky was brilliant with stars. Dick kept his eye on Barn e y and cons iq e red. Finally he decided to return to the inner cave and consult with Susanne. Susanne held the handkerchief in both hands ready to clo her part They crept upon the unsuspecting watcher. Suddenly Dick grabbed. Barney with a viselike grip around the arms and chest. Susanne sprang in front of him and tied the handker chief about his mouth. Barney was taken so by surprise that he did not make a struggle until J;ie had been gagged. Then he woke up to the situation. "Quick Tie him, Susanne," cried Dick. 'faking the rope from her arm she proceeded to clo it, but was greatly hampered by the man's struggles. Dick finally succeeded in pulling him off the rock and tripping him on his face. 'l'hen he held him down while the girl tied his arms behind his back. "Now his legs," said Dick. That !Vas an easier proposition for her, and at last they had thle watcher dtiad to rights. Di c k then dragged him away off down the path, Susanne following with the two rifles. Reaching a thick clump of bushes, Dick dumped the man into it, after seeing that the gag was secure. "Now to get out of the mountains if we can, and find our way back to Redrock," said Dick, relieving Susanne of one of the rifles, and starting down the mountain path with the girl by his side. CHAPTJYR X. "We could easily escape but for the watcher outside," he told the girl. "Now, the problem is to put him out of THE FIGHT IN THE PASS. business without raising an alarm. With your help it may "Those rascals will be mightily surprised in the mornbe done. Have you the nerve to help me oui ?" ing when they discover that we are missing," said Dick. "I am ready to do an y thing you say, Dick," answered "Yes," replied Susanne. Susanne. "You're a nervy girl, and didn't make a false move "You're a brave girl, Susanne. Most girls would hesiwhen everything depended on speed and coolness. I tate to face the dang er." couldn't have succeeded but for you." "I will face any danger you do," she said, earnestly. "I followed your directions, and !mew exactly what you "We might as well take our chances, for we'll have none expected of me." in the morning when the m e n are all astir. They'll find "You did fine. When I tell your father he'll be prouder us free, and :will talce extra pre cautions in consequence. of you than ever. I'll bet the boya of Redrock will give you This is the only opportunity w e 'll have to get away. I've an ovation when they hear about your grit." brought two rifles. You can shoot, I suppose, if you have "I thank you for your commendfl,tion, but I am sure to?" I never would have dared to do it bnt for I felt that "I can," she replied. you were your life for me, and I was resolved "My plan is to creep up behind the watcher and throw to aid you all I could." my arms around him. Befor e he can cry out you must "And you did like a little major," replied Dick, em gag him by tying my around his mouth. Then phatically. "You are a girl in a thousand, anc1 I consider you must tie him with the line used on us, which you must myself honored by your acquaintance." tiake on your arm. It is a tickli s h job all around, but if "Oh, dear, you will make me dreadfully conceited," we act quick it may succeed. I r e ly some on the surprise laughed Susanne. QUr action will give him. You mustn't lose a moment in "Nonsense! Girls like you have level heads and do not gagging him after I have grabbed him. He is probably get conceited." stronger than me, but I'll hang on to him like grim death. "Now, Dick, you mustn't throw so many bouquets at Are you ready?" me," protested the girl. "If you don't stop I'll tell you "Yes." what I think of you." "Come, then, follow me." "As long as you think well of me I'm satisfied." He led h e r to the e ntrance to the cave. "Can I think otherwise? You are the bravest, pluckiest Barney was still s moking and gazing r e fkctively a.t th e boy in a.11--" glowing embe rs of the fire, which threw his stalwart fig"1'hat'll do now, Susanne. Cut it out, for we are still une s omewhat into r e lief. up to our eyes in difficulty. We may lose ourselves in these : s PAGE 18 DOLLARS FROM DUS'l. wilds and finally have to lie down to die in some untrodden spot like two babes in the wood. "I think not," replied the girl, confidently. "This path leads straight down the range to the ravine we entered, and once there we ought to have no trouble in :finding our way out on the plain." "I hope so." The path, however, presented increasing difficulties as they continued down. There were place s where it failed them entirely, and they had to hunt about to find it, and then by-paths led off it that were scarcely to be distinguished from the main one they were following, so that Dick's fears that they might be lost in the range were not wholly unfounded. Dick carried Susanne in his arms across several shallow mountain streams, and supported her steps when she grew faint and weary after several hours of tramping. At last they reached the ravine which they remembered was the one they had entered the range through, and they felt encouraged. If nothing happened to them here they might soon ex pect to reach the plain, a mile or so north of the pass that led to Redrock. As they sat down on a boulder to rest before they tackled the last stage of the journey out of the range they suddenly heard the gallop of horses coming toward them. "Quick, Susanne, let us get out of sight," said Dick. Accordingly, they drew back among the trees and brush. A shallow stream ran across the path at that spot. In a few moments two horsemen came dimly into sight, and when they reached the stream they reined in their ani mals to allow them to drink. The tones of the men's voices as they sat their sounded familiar to the boy. Peering out at them he recognized one.as Bud Dalton and the other as Hickey. Their appearance at this part of the range indicated that they were on their way to the cave of the mountain bandits, with whom they were doubtless connected. In a few minutes they continued on their way, and when the thud of their animals' hoofs died away Dick and Susanne came out of their hiding place. "'l'hat was Buel Dalton and his pal Sam Hickey," said the boy as they walked on. "Dalton is the man I met at tbe hotel in Phoenix and who misdirected me on my way to Redrock in order that I might fall into the clutches of his associate. I told you how I met Hickey at 'l'uscarora station. He's a hard case It's a good thing they did not see us or there would have been some shoot ing done." Half an hour later they got out of the range at last and started for Dead Man's Pass. They reached it in about twenty minutes and turned their faces toward Bedrock. They had accomplished half the distance when the sound of horsemen at a rapid gallop reached their ea.rs. "Who can that be?" said Susanne. "Perhaps my father and some of his friend s on the way to the camp to start all the boys on a gen e ral hunt through t11e range for us." "Or it may be part of the bandits on our trail," re Dick. "We must hide, for we can't afford to take any chances." The gray dawn was just begim1ing to lighten up the east ern sky. Dick looked around for some spot for his companion and hims e lf to conceal themsehes in. Ther e were some boulders on the mountain side, and they scrambled up and hid l)ehind these. As Dick dived out of s ight the crack of a rifle some where in the near distance on the mountain awoke the echoes of the range and a bullet whizzed by the boy's head. "We're discovered and will have to s tand the rascals off as long as w.e can. The worst of it is we're hemmed in. 'That shot came from yonder, while the horsemen are up the pass," said Dick. At that moment six horsemen came into sight and be gan to slow down. Five dismounted and turned their animals over to the sixth man, who remained behind while th e others advanced Dick a:tld Susanne could now hear men descending the mountain and shouting to their companions in the paas. "I'm afraid it will soon be all up with us, Susanne," said Dick; "but I mean to clef end you to the last gasp. You must help me out the bes t you can. Make sure of your mark when you fire. The s e rascals must pay de:nly for our recapture. The firing may be heard in Redrock and bring help, but it will probably be too late to do us any good. At length the rascal s above got close enough to their frienda in the road to tell them where the fugitives were hiding, and then a rnsh was m ade for th e boulders. Dick and Susann e took careful aim at the two men in advance and their rifle s cracked almost together. Both bandits were hit and went tumbling back into the road. The ruffians were evidently tak e n by s urpris e and stopped They had no idea that the fugitives were armed. Before they Dick and the girl fired again, and a third bandit threw up his anm with a cry and dropped. In another moment the scoundrels sought cover and began firing at the boulders Under cover of the fire aevera1 of them began creeping up in a roundabout way toward the hiding place of the fugitives. The sky was now growing lighter every moment, and Dick and Susanne were better able to detect the movements of their enemies. This they could do in spite of the fire they were Bub jected to as long as the shooting came from below. Dick watched from one side of their br e astworks and Susanne from tne other. They fired only when they felt sure of reaching their mark, for they had only a few cartridges in th e ir maga zine rifles, and when they had expended them they would be wholly at the mercy of their enemies. Five of the rascal s had so far been put out o f ness, though whether any of these had been killed the fugi tives could not tell. Their shooting had been so effective that the bandits were afraigecl, ancl it. war. merely a question of time before the villains would prevail unless something turned up to queer th e ir plans. As it happened, something did turn up. PAGE 19 18 DOLLARS FROM DUST. If it hadn't the hero of this story would never have out of the pass alive. It was a calm, s till morning and the firing was he ard by the early r isers in R edrock. The early risers were mostly miners who had been aroused by a messenger from Florence who had r eac h ed the camp a short time before with word that Susanne L ong and the young stranger from the East had disap p ea red the night before, and it was suspected they had been kid napped from the town by disguised bandits and taken into the range. The message was an order from the mining king to his employees to arm themselv es and scour the range in small parties. A dozen of them were already mounted and prepared to set out when the sound of ohooting in the direction of the pass reached their e ars. They lo st no tin1e in spurring in that direction as haf'd as they could go, with their r ifle s r eady for business. They dash e d up the. declivity arid rushed into the paas like a whirlwind. As the firin g con tinued at frequent intervals they were at no loss to lo cate the exact spot where the trouble was The bandits were fast closing in on Dick and Susanne, who had almo s t exhausted their car trid ges, and their fa te seem e d about 8et tled when the party from Redrock cmne upon the scene. The. rascals heard their approach in time to scatter for safety. Those who had come on horseback rush e d for their animals, mounted and rode a.t breaknee;k s pe ed down the pass, leading three horses with them, the owners of which lay wounded in the road. The other bandits who had come down the mountain, made off the way they had come with the utmost speed, leaving two of their number hor s du combat. The rescue party did some shooting, but it was Without result. As soon as the identity of the newcomers was discovered by Susanne and Dick, the young people showed themselves and were received with general acclamation. In a few words they told their s tory, and the miners congratulated them on their e sca pe from the bandits, and complimented them on the plucky stand they had made against recapture. Susanne, knowing that her :father was worrif!d to death over her disappearance the night before, decided not to i"O on to Redrock, but to return to Florence at once. She called on the miners to act as an escort to her and Dick. They readily agreed, and an hour late r the party reached ihe Florence House and Susann e wa.s in h e r delighted and thankful father's arms. CHAPTER XI. AT THE MOUTH OF THE SH.A.FT "You stood nobly by my d ear child, and have increased the debt of gratitude that I already owe you," said Mr. Long to Dick, after he had heard the story of the night's adventure from his daughter's lips. w-you don't suppose I would desert her, even if I could have saved myself by so doing?" replied the boy. "She was in my care when I to o k her to the show, ancl, of course, it was my duty to look out for her. How ever, she did h er share toward our escape, and I'm bound to say that she'o, the ner v i es t little girl I ever me t. She never flinch e d under the fir e o f the bandits, and the way the bullets pinged around us was er{ough to try any one's courage." After a was h up Dick and Susanne went to breakfa s t with Mr. Long, and on they appear ed in court when Burns and Mullen were brought up for exa mination. Their testimony was enough to cause the judge to hold the two rascals for trial, and they were sent back to jail. Dick, Susanne and .:he mining king returned to Redrock after dinner. The camp knew all about the y oung people's abduction from Florence, thei r escape from their captors, and the d es perate stand they had made agamst the bandits in the pass, consequently they received an ovation on er;tering the place Next morning, Mr. Long having sat i sfied himself that there was som ething in the d e claration o f the late Dan Harker that the re was silver or e in th e Red Crow claim, sent an expert prospector to the property tb verify the dead man's conclusions. The r eport he made bore out Harke:t's assertion, and on the strength of it r. Long told Dick that he would open up a mine on the prop erty at his own exp ense. It was arra nged that Dick would superintend the open ing up of his own mine under the a dvice and assistance of one of the mining king's superintendents. The boy insi s ted that Mr. Lon g s hould keep an account of the money he advanced for the purpose of developing the mine, the same to be repaid out of the profits of produc tion The mini-pg king agreed to this proposal with evident reluct a nc e but Dick was firm on the point and would not have it otherwise. On Monday morning ground was broken for a shaft, and Dick was on hand with the superintendent to see the work commenced. Suitable machiner y was ordered ior the proper development of the mine, and a couple of carpenter s were engaged to put up the nec essary buildings. As soon as the large r one which was to house the engine and boiler, was well under way Dick established his office there. Every morning the su perintendent visited the growing mine and after inspecting what had b een acco mplished the day before, gave Dick instructions to go by that day. Susanne was a daily visitor at the Red C row claim, and was ver y much intere ste d in the progrei!s of the work. "You' ll be a rich boy Dic k if the men strike the lode that Harker claimed is continued on your property. My :father thinks you ll strike it, for the outcrop ping s all in dicate the presence of pa ying ore in your mine ; she said. "I'm confid ent that Harker knew what he was talking abol\t," replied Dick, "and now that the chance is mine I intend to prove it." "While my father admires your independence he regrets that you will not accept his money except a s a loan." "I always intended to hew my own way in the world, and fello way help I an sis ta loa n D and ti fie that san1 T wa.b the begi is fa 'I Rea tbe har 1 haa ] me : ] san not Rei wa we iie IDE jec thi fa: 1111 li t UI m th tl PAGE 20 t ,-e e 1t n d d r; co.t ot ft, e [p ed l e t : he b.d de [y n id ng ne re a ld, DOLLARS FROM DUST. 19 an d I mean to stick as close to that plan a.s I can. A walked outside a_nd stood looking in the direction of the fellow with any spirit always feels better if he works his mines. "I wanted him to go with'Ille to the Hardy ra n ch. way himself to fortune instead of letting somebody else She had forgotten to tell Dick at supper about the in help him to it. Of course, when one is sti:apped like vitation she had received from her particular friend, D o r a I am, it is necessary for him to accept some financia l asHardy, that afternoon, begging her to over to t h e sistance, but if it is understood that he is to repay the ranch that evening and bring Dick with her. loan when he can, why, then he feels independent." As her mare had gone lame Susanne had ordered the Dick pushed the work on his mine as fast as possible, proprietor of the hotel to liave his buggy hitched u p and and the character of the ore that came to the surface jusbrought around to the side door at seven o'clock tified the expectation that he was touching upon a vein As she stood looking northward into the darkness be that seemed as rnluable as that which had made the Suyond the end of the long, lighted street, tlie hostler ap sanne mine a big success. peared, leading the vehicle. The development of the Red Crow claim was eagerly "I know what I'll do," she said suddenly, as he r eyes watched by the owners of outside claims around him, and rested on the horse and buggy. "I'll drive out to t h e the men who owned property on either side of him also Red Crow claim, meet Dick and take him straight to began to work their claims, hoping to reach as satthe ranch. He won't refuse to go, I know, for w h a tever isfactory as Dick's mine was panning out. I say goes with him." The working of the new mines brought more miners to She darted up to her room, got her hat, and a few m i n Redrock, and that, naturally, increased the population of utes later was driving out in the direction of the mines. the camp to some extent. In the meantime, Dick had reached his property ana Several of the men that Dick"s foreman hired were was walking toward the buildiniJ where his office was, qui te hard-looking characters. unconscious that he was being dogged by two men in t h e They looked as wicked as any of the bandits the boy darkness. bad lately encountered These men were the two miners who had shown a great But looks didn't interfere with a man getting employ deal of interest in him from the day they starte d to work ment in the Redrock mines . for him. Dick notic ed that seve r al of the best miners in the SuThey were brawny, hard-looking fellows, who had g iven sanpe mine weTe mighty tough-Tuoking chaps, so be did their names as Duncan and Swivele r and they did n o t not find any fault with the men who went to work on the fraternize with the other miners to any great exte n t R ed Crow so long as they did their duty. Every night they hung around a saloon on the He noticed that two of his new hands seemed to be side of the street from the hotel, and kept their eyes on watching him in a covert way whenever he came where they Dick whenever he appeared outside. were. On this evening they followed him as he started a way At first he paid little attention to this circumstance, befrom the hotel on his errand to the mine lieving that his late exploits with the bandits ca. used the They did not think he was going out there, but ho pe d men to regard him with special interest. they might find a chance to catch him unawares some p l ace But he soon had reason to change his mind on the subwhere they would not be observed ject When they saw him go out into the country beyond t h e One evening after supper he returned to his mine office end of the street they a grunt of satisfaction. to get a book on mining he wanted to go over. "He's our meat to -night," remarked Swiveler. H e'a He have stayed at the office only it was too lonely going out to the mine." there after work had ceased for the day and nig)lt had "We couldn't have a better chance to do him up," replied fallen upon the landscape. Duncan. "After the job is done we'll rejoin the band and The mines were deserted at that hour, save by -the watchreport the success of our mission." men. "He has caused the capture of seven of our lads, eve r y Dick had employed no watchmen as yet, for there was one of whom he has wounded badly, so it's high time little property on his place to protect, and thieves were he got what is comin' to him," said Swiveler. unknown at the camp, anyway, as the miners had a sum"He'll get it. He's hurt us wus;; than the sheriff and mary way of dealing with such characters that djscouraged his posse. He's the toughest teI).derfoot I eve1 come the business. said Duncan. Soon after Dick left the hotel Susanne came down from They were close behind Dick when the boy appr_oached "' her room to find him his office door with the key in his hand. As he wasn't on the veranda she entered the public room As the boy the key in the lock the y clashed upon and made inql.liries at the desk. him, and Swiveler struck him down with a blow from the Jenkins told her that Alvord had gone out to his mine. butt of his revolver. "Wb.at At this hour!" she exclaimed in some surprise. Without a cry Dick rolled over "Did he say why he was going there?" "Now we'll take him into the buildin' and put a couple "He said he had forgotten to bring something from of balls in his heart," said Duncan. the office that he wanted." "No. I know a better and safer way of deal in' with "How long has he been gone?" him," Mid Swiveler. "Only a few minutes." "What's your plan?" "How provoking!" exclaim e d Susan n e to herself, aa she "We'll drag him to the mouth of the shaft and drop PAGE 21 20 DOLLARS FROM DUST. him in. Then it'll look as if he fell in by accident, anCi murder will not be suspected." "All right, though we don't care whether the people here think he's murdered or not, for we'll be a long ways from here by daylight.'; Confident that the place was quite deserted, the men, went leisurely to work about the comm is sion of their con templated crime. Swiveler enteied the office, picked np a lantern and lighted it. They needed some light to aYoid falling into the shaft themselves in the 'rhen they procee ded to drag the boy to ihe yawning hole in the middle of th e claim. While they were thus employed Snsanne clroYe up in the buggy. The hors e and wheels made scarcely an.\ sound in tl1e soft earth, and so the two rascals were not aware of her approach. When they thought they were near the !hey PAGE 22 ed ft. ut of at on in !US llis :ed an me gs ow of ier ied art ase LOt. by l'ed ced eed she ere I nd oy, OU ted ike DOLLARS FROM DUS'l' 2 1 "Nd, I don't need ,it," he said, getting on his feet, asby the girl. He felt kind of wobbly on his pins and staggered some Susanne grabbed him by arm a.nd steadied him. "Is that one of. the chaps?" he asked her as the watch-man turned the rascal on his back. "Yes," she replied with a s hudder for now that the excitement was over she began to realize that she had probably badly injured two human beings "He's senseless," said .. the watchman. "He's been hit twice. His arm is broken and there is a ball somewhere in his carcass." "Then he should be carried to a doctor at onc!;)," said Dick. "If yo u can lift him into my buggy do so, and I will carry him to Doctor Smith," said Susanne to the watchman At that juncture two more men came on the scene. II'hey had been dra wn by the firing, and came from the Susanne mine. They recognized the girl, and wondered ii she had been in another scrape. . The situation was explained to them, and they helped to put the badly wounded man into the buggy. When they learned that the other ruffian had fallen down the shaft they said there was no doubt that his goose was cooked. However, Dick asked them to get hl.m up, which they could easily do by mean s of the ore-raising tub and the hand windlas s Leaving them to attend to the matte r Dick helped Su sanne into the buggy an d then got in himself. They drove as fast as possible to Doctor Smith's house, and on the way Susanne exp lained tnore fully the st ate of affairs when she arrived at the mine. "It's dreadful to think that I have injured those men," s h e said; "but it was to save your life, and I do not regret what I did." "I can't pnd ers tand the obj ect the men had in attack ing me," repli ed Dick "This wounded man is one of the hands e mplo yed on my mine. Whether his companion was also one of m y workers I could not say until I see him. Whirl they had against me is a mystery as far as I am concerned." Doctor Smith was in his office reading when they drove up. He came out at once and helped Dick carry the wounded man into hi s operating-room . After exam ining him the doctor said he was dan gerously wounded, and it was doubtful whether he would recover. tacked him, but Duncan refused to an1 explana tion. Dick and the doctor removed the wounded man to the office lounge and made him as comfortable as circumstances permitted. Susanne, in the meanwhile, had r et urned to the hotel, where she hunted up h e r fath e r and told him everything. Mr Long was astonished, and could not account for the attack which had been mad e on the young New Yorker. When Dick returned to the hotel he told the particulars of the affair to a group of men on the veranda and the news soon circulated all over the camp. Next morning, when th e miner s went to work on the Red Crow claim, the y saw the dead body of Swiveler stretched out at the end of one of the houses. Duncan was removed to Florence in a wagon and the county coroner came ov.er to R e drock to hold an inquest on Swiveler. The verdict of th e jury was that he came to his death through his fall into the mine, as it was shown that the b\lllet wound was not a fatal one. Susanne was e xonerated of any blame in th e matter, and, in fact, was highly complimented for saving Dick Al vord 's life. Duncan was in the hospital some time, but eventullllY recovered and was tried for murderous assault on Dick, and sent to pri son for a long term. Before hi s fate was settled Mupen and Burns were tried and convicted, and so were th e five bandit s captured in the pass after their attack on Dick and Susanne, and the entire seven got what was com,ing to them. Although the sheriff and a strong posse searched the range the y did not find the r est of the band. 'l'he rascal s had evidently decamped and gone elsewhere. At any rate, th e mountain s w ere rid of them and one could now go through the pass without fear of being held up. This afforded th e mining king and all connected with Redrock much satisfaction, for the bandits had been a great menace to the neighborhood. CHAPTER XIII. SURPRISED. BY THE BANDITS. Work proceeded in the R ed Crow mine stead ily, and finally, after three weeks, the lod e that :pick was looking for was brought to light, and p1onounced b y experts to be fully as rich as the lode in th e Susanne mine. Mr. Long came over / and looked at it and then congratulated the young mine owner on the realization of his hopes, which fully bore out all and eveh more th a n Dan Harker had claimed. He said the fellow would have to be taken to the hospital Of course, Susanne congratulated Dick, too, and so did at Florence everybody in Redrock. He probed for the bullet, located and extracted it. The news circulated far and wide, and brought many Then he bound the wound up with antiseptics. new speculators to the camp. After that he fixed up the man's broken arm Dick received severa l tempting offers from outside cap icThat's the best I can do, except to revl.ve him," he who wanted to work the mine on a lease for a said. certain g iven term. In a short time Duncan regained consciousness. Their idea was to form a company, sell stock in it, and When he saw Dick he scowled at him. with the fund s thus acquired, get out as much ore as thev The boy aaked him why ?e and his companion had at. could within the time covered by the lease. v PAGE 23 DOLLARS FROM DUST. Dick would thus be relieved of all trouble and receive a certain percentage of the value of the ore taken out. When the lease expired, it could either be renewed, taken up by another company, or Dick could work the mine him self with the capital he had acquired. He might possibly have agreed to a proposition of this kind if he had not been backed by Mr. Long, but as the case tood1 there was no call for him to divide up with outsiders, so he turned all tj'le propositions down, and made prepatations to work his mine on the scale that its output called for: Claims w e re taken up beyond the Red Crow in the belief that the lode in his mine extended beyond the limit of his property, and things became livelier than ever in Hedrock. !!'he railroad compa ny yielded to the solicitations of Mr. Long and agreed to build a branch line from\ point east of Florence through the valley up to Redrock, as the in creasing output of silver ore promised -to be an important factor in its traffic. When the branch was completed it would be of benefit to Redrock, which now ceased to regard itself as a camp, and called itself a town. Another hotel was in course of construction, a branch of the Florence Bank was opened there, more buildinga put up a newspaper started, and other modern improve ments introduced., so that Redrock was already quite proud of itself. Dick ancl Sus anne continued to see each other con stantly and a very warm attachment grew up between them. Land had failed twice to hold her prisoner long enough to be of any advantage toward a ransom. The rascal intended to make a third effort to get the girl in his power, feeling sure that if things worked right he could get$50,000 out of her faj;her for her return. One aftemoon the spy at the mine, whose name was Dillon, found out that Dick and Susanne were going to attend the firemen's ball in Florence on the following evening. They were going to town by tbe afternoon stage, and would be accompanied by a number of other residents of Red rock. Dillon also learned that the branch bank would send a considerable consignment of" bullion by the same stage Here was an opportunity not to be neglected by the bandit band. Accordingly, that evening, after he had had his supper, Dillon started on horseback to carry the news to Dalto n. He had a long ride before him, but he knew he could cover the ground by sunrise, and that would give Dalton time enough to make his preparations for into hia old district, where, with1 sufficient force, he could lie-Jin ambush in Dead Man's Pass and give the passengers of the stage the surprise of their lives. The animal Dillon rode was a good one and perfectly fresh when s he started out soon after dark, and he made her go her limit. The sun was just rising when he reached thenew ren dezvous of the bandit band, and was soon in the presence oi Dalton. Everybody noticed how the wind blew except her father, and it was looked upon as a certainty that some time in His appearance indicated to the bandit captain that his the future there would be a wedding in Redrock in which subordinate had brought him news of some importance, and Dick and Susanne would figure as the principals. he was not disappointed. When that event came off there would certainly b e high Dillon told his sMry, and Dalton 'saw his opportunity jinks in the mining town and no mistake. and jumped at it. As soon aa the machinery arrived the work in the Red .He called the band around him and told the jllews Crow mine proceeded in downright earnest Dillon had brought,. the11. 1f they were Dick was bossing the Job himself now s h h d k d to take a hand m the enterprise he pomted out. a e a pic. e "'xr k b. h l b 11. t b up all the information he needed either fro M. L ,ve w1 ma e a ig au ln s1 ver u o egm m r. ong th" h d "Th t ld Lo d hte or the superintendent he had delegated to tl bo at w1 e sa1 en we w1 ge o man ng s aug r the start. ie ) into our hands and can hold her for a big ransom-$50,000 The ore panned out on similar lines with that taken from at least. At the same time, we have the chance to capture the Susanne mine so that the Red Crow was considered that young Easterner who has caused us so much trouble. the second best mine in Redrock. Once we get him into our clutches we'll make him dance As the days and weeks pas s ed, Dick' s bank account grew s teadily, and out of it he paid for hi s machinery and was gradually reduc.ing the debt he owed to Mr. Long. The bandit band was heard from occasionally, but al ways at a distance. lt' was known uow that Bud Dalton was and always had been, the leader and captain of the gang of desperadoes that composed it. Sam Hickey was his second in command, and both of them, as well as their followers, had it in for Dick, and they intended, when the chance offered, to get square with the boy. They had a spy in Redrock watching his movements. The rascalsucceeded in getting a job in the Red Crow mine just as Swiveler and Duncan had done, and he kept Dalton informed of Dick's prosperity. Dalton still l;iad his eye on Susanne Long, although his to the tune of the dead march!' "Hold on, cap'n," said Dillon. "Reveng e is all right in its way, but to my way of thinkin' money is better. He owns a rich mine, as you know, and is making money hand over fist. What's the matter with making him ran som himself for a hundred thousand? 'fhat's better than takin' his life, which won't put a cent in our pockets. What-.d'ye say, boys?" The crowd greeted his suggestion with acclamation. The only one who objected was Sam Hickey, but his objection didn't carry much weight when it was a question of dollars and cents. Dalton thought Dillon's proposal a good one, and placing ii before the members of the band it was carried with hard ly a dis.senting voice. Preparations were at once made for the expedi tion. No time was to be lost as the bandits had a long ride PAGE 24 . DOLLARS FROM DUST. 23 before them to reach the pass and ambush themselves by the time the stage passed through at four Dillon ate his breakfast his pals and then set out on his return to Reclrock When Dick Alvord returned to the hotel from his mine at noon for dinner he found Susanne and her father already at their table. Dinner over, Dick returned to the mi11e anCI' put in an hour or so there and then he rode back to the hotel to dress himself for the firemen's ball, to which he was to escort Susanne that even1ng There was room in the stage for nine inside, and the scats were all occupied when the vehicle started, with half a uozen more on the roof. It was a jolly crowd, and there was no thought of dan ger in the mind of any Under the driver's seat were severa l boxes of s ilver bullion, and though two men well armed sat beside the driver to protect it, they did not expect to have their serv ices called upon. Everything went as merry as a marriage bell till the stage reached the wildest spot in the pass; then suddenly two men sprang out from the bushes and caught the horses by their bridles "A holdup! exclaimed the driver, apparent ly greatly surprised The two guards grabbed their rifles, bnt at that moment 1.here was a rush of masked and armed men from all sides. "Hands up!" roared a stentorian voice, and Bud Dalton, also masked, stepped forward and rovered one of the with his rifle, while Hickey covered the other. On both sides several rifles were aimed at those inside the stage. The surprise was complete, and the bandits had everything their own way. CHAPTER XIV. THE ROAD TO FRBEDO"ZIL "Turn ont of the stage, every one of you," was the next! command of Bud Dalton, in a tone that showed he would take no fooiillg. Everybody realized that they were at the mercy of the bandits they had till that moment supposed were far away to the north, where depredations by them had recently been reported. Resistance under the circumstances was unavailing, and all the victims of the holdup were presently lined up in the road under the guns of severa l of the bandits. "Get the boxes of bullion out of the clrivei"s box," eaid Dalton to Hickey, and that worthy quickly obeyed or ders. 'fhere were six boxes. ancl these were tumbleu into the road, smashed open, and their contents distributed in the pouches brought for the purpo"se, the whole amouilt being divid ed as equally as possible among the rascals. The mail bag was then taken off the stage, ripped open and the bunch of registered letters taken po ssession of by Dalton. 'rhe bag was then thrown into the bushes "Now, boys, search the prisoners," cried the leader of As all hands had a bunch of money to spend at the ball, the rascals made a good haul in cash. Dalton's next order was to tie all hands, and they were tied, Susanne and the other two girls having their hands secured behind their backs, while the men were trussed up hand and foot.--"Now, then," said Dalton, "we'll be off. Fetch up the horses." The horses were brought. Dalton sprang on his own animal. "Hand :rpe up that girl," indicating Susanne. "Tie a handkerchief around her mouth first." Susanne was passed up to him and he placed her in front of him "Sam, you take g_ha.rge of the boy." Hickey mounted his horse and two of the bandits tied Dick on behind him. "All ready?" cried Dalton. "All rea,dy, cap." "Then forward at your best speed." Dalton led the way down the pass, followed by his band \'r hen they struck the road outside they turned north ward and sped along al.high speed After an hour's ride they turned again into the moun tains and th e n they went along at a more l e i sure ly gait. By paths that they knew better than any one else they penetrated deeper and deeper into the range till, as c}flrk ne s s fell upon the face of nature, a short halt was called to water the horses The gloom of the mountains did not seem to bothe.r the bandits much, for they kept on without. another halt for two hours more. After resting twenty minutes the journey was resume d at a slower pace. After a long ride they finally reached their rendezvous in the early hours of the morning, and the prisoners were then relieved of their gags. This time they were not left together, but put in sep arate sections of the big underground cave that the ban dits used as a hiding place All hands then turned in for a sleep, after two men were detailed as a guard to keep a bright watch until morning. The situation of Susanne and Dick was not one to be envied They were once more prisoners in the hand s of the ban dits, and to make things worse, were unable to communicate with each other. Dick felt particularly gloomy. He believed that the bandits had brought him to their headquarters for the sole purpose of revenging themselves on him at their leisure. He had no fear that Susanne would be injured, for he knew that the rascals had captured her for the ramom they expected she would bring from her wealthy fath er, who could afford to pay largeh for her release. While Dick was thinking of Susanne the poor girl was thinking of him and not of her own unfortunate position. She knew he had been placed in the small adjoining cr,ve, of which there were quite a number of such offshoots in the place The cave was entirely underground and reached by a narrow passage from the outside PAGE 25 ,. 1l4 DODLARS FROM DUST. This passage terminated in a series of rough natural matches and they will serve to light the way aml see where lrtepa formed of boulders, and these led down into the niain we are going." cave Illumination was furnished by lighted lanterns hung in different parts of the cave. There was also a spot where th'? bandits sometimes bui l t a fire. The smoke escaped through a crack or rent in the roof. A good sized side cave was used as a stable for the horses of the band 'l'he snores of the tired bandits reached Susanne s ears as she sat in sad contemplation of the unhappy situation in which she and Dick had so unexpectedly been placed. "If I could only get my hand s loose I would try to set Dick free at every hazard, and then maybe we could make our escape again from these villains,'' she said to her self. The possibility of being able to help her young sweet heart urged her to make a persistent effort to free l1er self. She let him precede her and he at once st ruck a match. It illuminated the passage for some way ahead, and the flame flickered in the draught that blew in their faces "'l'his passage inay ca,rry us into the air," said the girl, hopefully. "If so, it is funny it should be left unguarded," an swered Dick'. "Maybe the bandit captain overlooked it in giving his orders. At any rate, he did not expect that we could free ourselves and go hunting for back passages. If it ha1ln 't been for the draught we never would have been led into it." "That's true. It wodd be great if w e found our way to freedom this way," said Dick. They hurried fOTward, the boy s triking a match at in tervals to see that there were no pitfalls in the way of their progress. "This passage seems to go right clown through the moun tain,'' said Dick, after hey bad gone on several hundred After a time she succeeded, to her great joy, for the ban PAGE 26 i I, 0 r r e. 1y )f 11' to .J DOLLARS FROM DUST. 25 1V.l:<>"t:rcycl.es G-i'Ve:o. Freet .-REGULAR SElLING PRICE$200.00 -.. OUR CRAND PREMIUM CONTEST BEGAN IN I>.A. ':N'<>. rzsrz AND IS NOW RUNNING \ The five readers who send us the largest number of coupons cut from "Happy Days," beginning with No. 787 and ending with No. 798, will e ach get an __. M. M. MOTORCYCLE ._ .A. :J3 S <> L :C.. 'Y' P:R.E E? It i s a high-grade m a chine, g u a r a nteed b y th e m a nufacturer t o be of h o rs e-power, and c apable o f a spee d of 45 miles per hour SEE CUR.RENT NUMBER.S OF "HAPPY DAYS" FOR. A FULL DESCRIPTION. D o n t m iss t his c h ance t o get a motorcycle for n o thi n g. ANYBODY CAN ENTER THIS GREAT CONTEST. G e t as m any coupons a s you can and s ave them until the contest close s Then w e Jm notif y y ou in "Happy Days" whe n to sen d the m t o us. The n a m e s and addresses of the winners will be published in the p aper )Vith th e numb e r of c oupon s th ey send0 in. THIS IS A FAIR AND SQUARE CONTEST' EVERYBODY HAS AN EQUAL CHANCE TO WIN G-e"t "the Co"U.po:ns? G-e"t "the C<>"U.p<>:ns: TRY TO MOTORCYCLE recapture us, antl we are likely to have a har d time avoid which was quite true, as such articles could not have been i11g them. tlri 1 'e n into the almost trackless wild s where they had tb,ei r W e m ust clo our be st," repl ied S u sanne headquarters "\r e ll you can bet we' ll do that." Pretty soon around the cu r ve in the road came an empt y 'l'hey continued on at the best pace Susanne was capa 1ragon and a team of horses driven by a lone man. ble of, noting by the glow of the rising sun that they were "Here's a fine chance for Uf' both to get a ritle," sa i d going in the right clircdion to ultimately bring them out Dick i n a tone of g reat satisfadion; for he knew that into the upper part of the le1cl ground to the we:;t of t he' Susanne was almost
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Clearly the rat was up a tree, when the nut tumbled, and before the rat could withdraw it was crushed to death between the nut and the ground. At the CO)lclusion of a children's performance at Old Mel drum an elephant proceeded along a narrow road with a pail in its trunk for the purpose of procuring water from a pump. A.little girl chanced to get in the animal's way, and the road being only wide enough to accommodate his substantial body, the elephant laid down the pail, picked up the child with his trunk and gently lifted her to a place of safety, afterward resuming his journey to the pump for the water. Green goods' agents have been stimulating the Sile of their productions in the South, and the negroes "caught on" at once. Spurious money was offered at the rate of five for one. In one town the congregation of a negro churc h that wanted to clear off a debt raised $1,000 and gave it to the pastor to go North to buy$5,000 worth of the cheap money. When the transaction was completed, and the pastor had returned, he received by express the supposed package of money. He was shocked on opening it, when he found a nice little packag e of green paper faced with a genuine \$1 bill. A friend who witnessed his amazement says that the colored gentleman curned a little pale. "Corn is king in America, and the cow is queen in Aus tralia," remarked R. J. Guthrie, agricultural editor of the Sydney "Mail." "The cow has redeemed the country, and hun dreds of farmers who lost nearly all they had by the drought of 1902 are now better off than ever were, and it is all due to the cow. Australian butter ranks well up with the best butter in the world . Our butter-making is all done by the co operative creamery system. It has been years since the farmer made butter on the farm. We have little use for a dual pur pose cow in Australia. That is, the dairy farmer wants a cow that will give milk ten months in the year, a nd h e uses it for no other purpose; while those who raise cattle for beef have no thought of milk production." A successful farmers' institute, the first ever h e ld in Alaska, has been in session at Seward, and it was attended by men from all parts of the surrounding agricultural district. Thos e present reported exceptional crops of hay and oats, the great staples of that section of country. The fea ture of the ineet ing was the address of Levi Chubbu c k, special agent of the Department of Agriculture, who is making surveys of land suitable for homeste a ds, and who assure d his hearers that the successful growing of forage and root c rops on land in that section of Alaska with an aggregate area of 1,000 square miles, was practically assured. The 1,000 square miles which has thus been surveyed, and on which it is assured that for 'age and root crops can be suc c essfully cul'tivated would fur nish 4 ,0QO homestead claims, which Is rather more than the aggregate amount of claims awarded in the recent land lottery held in Spokane. In the Spokane lottel'Y there w ere nearly two hundred thousand applicants for a chance to get claims, and the vast majority were doomed in advanc e to disappoint ment. The 4,000 Alaska homestead are ready for any one to take up who cares to do so, without taking any chances on a lottery. The first choice goes to the man first on the ground, and there is no rush of applicants. The farmers' institute at Seward serves to bring out anew the fact that farming is a pursuit that can be successfully followed in that countr:y. In the neighborhood of Seward the climate is mild. The market demands of Alaska are far ahead of any possibil ity of their being supplied by local products .for many years in the future. JOtf(ES AND JESTS. "Did your new chauffeur turn out all right?" "No; that's why he's in the hospital." Mrs. Bart-My husband got a letter to-day saying something dreadful would happen if he didn' t send the writer a sum of money. Smart-My husband gets dunned for his bills, too. "Which do you like de best," said :Meandering Mike, "tl.e city or de country?" "Well," answered Plodding Pete, "de closeness together of de houses in town makes it convenient But I likes de country because dere's just about walkin' enough to give you an appetite between handouts." A baseball enthusiast took his wife to the ball game. That night the "fan" was awakened from his slumber by his better half shouting in her Kill the umpire! Half asleep he sprang out of bed, and in doing so knocked over the washstand. The crash awoke Mrs. "Fan." "Did you kill the -umpire, John?" "No," replied John, angrily. "But I smashed the pitcher." A little girl was in the habit of telling awful "stretchers." Her auntie told her she could never believe her; and, to warn her, related the tale of the boy who called "Wolf, wolf," and how the wolf really did com e one day and ate up all the sheep. "Ate the sheep?" asked' the child. "Yes." of them?" "Yes, all of them," said the auntie. "Well," said the little one, "I don't believe you, and you don't believe me. So there!" "I had a big surprise to-day," said a bellboy in a Denver hotel. "This mornin' I was called to a woman's room to bring her some writin' paper. When I handed it to her she slipped me a dime. 'It's for cigarettes,' she says. 'Much obliged,' I says, droppin' the coin in my pocket. 'I'll spend it for cigars; I don't smoke cigarettes.' 'Well, I don't care what you smoke,' she says. 'Those cigarettes are for me.' And I got 'em fer her, too."

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