Witch of Devil Whirlpool, or, The gun-men of Split Lake

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Witch of Devil Whirlpool, or, The gun-men of Split Lake
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American Indian weekly.
Dair, Spencer
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BY COLONEL SPENCER DAIR. VOL. I 'I'D 11TI1JI mft191l M!PAO, (UJBLIID, Qlllt, 0. I. 1.. Published Weekly. By Subscription, $2.50 per year; $1.25 for 6 months. R0.29 Copyright, 1911, by The Arthur Westbrook C01;npany . . WIT.CH OF DEVIL WHIRLPOOL, or .• The Gun-Men of Split Lake .. . ' . ,. ' By Col. Spencer Dair . ' ' ' J: I PRINCIPAL CHARA,.CTERS IN THIS STORY. .. THE "WITCH OF DEVIL WHIRLPOOL-This aged 'hag whose career began in El Paso, Texas, as proprietress of a dance hall, and: ended in the solitary cabin where she and her only son were carrying on the criminal business of manufacturing and printing bogus bonos, to have been issued by various South American governments, with her dying breath placed a curse upon a famous , outlaw whose career o blood and disaster blqzed for many years across Missouri, in the " Seventies." LoNG GREEN JoE PHILLIPS-A criminal who in early days was a bank-note and bank-bond engraver and who joined with his mother the Witch, in the work of manufacturing bogus securities. He died like a dog by the revolver of an outlaw leader. BURTON GooDRICH-A wealthy re s id ent of Split Lake, Mis souri, who, desirous of securing a county seat for his town, engaged two outlaws to fight his battle for him and ended in becoming their prisoner, held for heavy ransom; and whose narrow escape from death was due to the indomitable services of a detective who was engaged in uprooting the band of outlaws who held Goodrich prisoner. MAXWELL HYDE-This indomitable and fearless man, in his younger days a gun-man and OtttlqW Of fame, in this story continues his attempt to round up the outlaws who were devastating a chain of Missouri Banks which CHAPTER I. THE SEARCH FOR THE OUTLAWS. The outlaw stole toward a chink in the plain board wall of the great barn. , In his ha!fd he held a huge revolver, and avoiding with great caution making much noise in the rustling hay about him, he slouched along until he could get a better view of tne barnyard. had formed themselves into the Western and South w estern Bankers Guild, and had employed Hyde to protect them from looting robbers. LINCOLN 0RRIN'-Pres ident of the Savings Association of . Falls, Mis s ouri. He learned that an outlaw had several strings to his bow and was forced at the point of a bandit's . revolver to pay twenty-five thousand dol lars in gold coin for this knowledge. BIG BILL-A certain famous bandit disguised himself in this character and before his identity was discovered, tricked Maxwell Hyde, the . GIRARD RANDALL-Post-master at Split Lake, Missouri. His fight with an outlaw leader is part of the history of Mis souri. LucAs BAILEY-Pre s ident of the village of Split Lake, Mis souri. He played a man's part in the arrest of a bandit, and it was not his fault that the bandit escaped. DEPUTY UNITED STATES MARSHAL \iVILLIAM STOWERS-For the space of a few hours he held in custody an outlaw on whose head lay thousands of dollars' reward, but when victory seemed within his grasp, the outlaw leader es caped by a daring and desperate deed, leaving Stowers to mourn the loss of his reward. GABRIEL HAYJ(ES-A farmer who fought , a window battle with two outlaws secreted in his barn, and lived to tell the tale. .. All appeared safe to his scrutinizing eyes. The desperado strolled back to where his companion lay up o n a n : 10und of hay trying to staunch a wound in his left arm, which was freely. " Did you see anybody? " questioned the wounded bandit. "No one there," replied the first outlaw. "How's your arm?"


' ' 2 THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. ' O h , p retty good," came the quic k r e pl y. " M y op ini o n is that the bullet went through the flesh part and h a s n ' t hi t a bo n e . As soon as I . get this b andage o n a n d stop the bl eed in g, I'll be all ri ght." "You 'd b e t te r hurry u p. V\T e want t o get away from h e re while there' s a chance . " T h e wou n d e d despe r a d o t o w h o m this remark was made w inkP.d a n d s h oo k his head. " W h a t a r e we goin g t o get away on? " a sked. '' Those chaps got our h o rses. " The fir s t outlaw l a u g h e d 'in a sne<'!rin g ' fashi o n , a s he po inted i n t h e d i r ecti o n of the rear o f the barn where the stamping of h o rses' h o ofs co ul d b e faintly heard anl i d t h e innumerable s ounds o f fowl, of ducks, and o hogs tha t cente r a b out the o f the average co untry-farmer. . . 1 ' Say, the r e's so me pretty good cattle back there, " smil ed the outlaw. "Do you not hear them stamping, ready f o r a r a ce? Why man, don't you see all we have to do i s t o get down stairs, s n ea k a couple of horses and th e n m a k e ou r g etaway. If w e g o fa .st enough and a re qu i c k e n o u g h , we o u ght t o d o it without anyone dis c o vering u s. " " How many are f 0llowing u s ? " " F ive o r six, I guess." " We ought t o be sw'ift et;ough t o hand s o f chi cke n s . and m any v agrant ducks w h o made p r o test s after the ir kind. "If it wasn ' t f o r bring in g some one here, I'd like t o s h oo t that f a t r oos t e r , that's crowing o vei there a l ongw i t h those c a cklin g hens, " l a u g h e d o n e o f the de s p e rado es . " S till I g u ess the re i s n ' t a n y b ody at h o me ." T h e wor ds had hardly i ss u e d fr o m hi s mouth, wiJ.en f r o m a n upper ch amber o f a substantial looking farmhouse ac r oss the n arro w roadwa y separating it from t h e b arn, c a m e a white puff of smoke. As the smoke pushe d its way out into the air, the ring of a rifl e sounded and t h e hat of one of the. out l a \ vs flew f r o m hi s head as a bullet struck it. Thetwo d esperadoe s dooged behind the edge of the barn out o f r ange, the man whose hat had been hit c r y in g lustily. " I g u ess the re i s som eo n e in tha t house after all ," lle said. "If I w a s d ead sure h o w many tqey had, I'd .get i n t o the game m y self and see how many I c ould s h oo t , but a s it is , I think we' d better keep out of r a n ge. The farmer up there is probably shooting at u s . " "i don't know whether or not he's a . farmer, but he shot well, " laughed }the other man, who was crouching and. trying to peek arou.nd a corner of t h e ba rn . " v V e ' re in a pretty _ pickle . . ,We've got t h ose h o r ses saddled and bridled, and can't get at th e m beca u se they're in the line of fire ' . I don't l ike t'o b e p lugged at b y any farmer, fr<;Jm the co ver of a w in dow : " "'vV e 've go! t o get the h o r s es somehow! They're the only dec en t hors e s in this infernal stable. I d on't s ee w h a t t o I do-yes I do!" The speaker tipto ed himself' around the barn in \he . o pp_osite. direc ti o n ; and started to exe.cute the plan he hand in mind. He had hitched the two horses to . a p os t in the Genter of the bar-nyard. The position was ab out one hundred and fifty feet frO!Il the i11 whic h lurke d the man whose rifle shot' had so • n ea rl y ended disastrously for the desperadoes. How t o get the horses was indeed a puzzle. ,The animals. were tied together by a bit of rop' e reaching from each 'bridle, and this. rope was twined once around a hitching post of wood. A man could cross in twenty steps the space tween the point at which the was standing, s hi e ld e d fr o m a shot by a pile of wood, t'o where the h o r ses w ere, but w hile he was taking those twenty s t e ps, h e would b e directl y in the line of fire from the fa rm-h o u se windo w . It was a hundred to that a m a n who kno ck e d a hat' spinning from a head at his firs t s h o t , w o uld not mis s the outla_ w a second time. ' T he outlaw crept al ong behind his bulwark-of the of w qo d until he was. directly opposite the horses, a n d a t the same fime was entirely shielded from any s h o t f r o m the , o .pen windo w . "I've" got a plan; " the crouching man said. " Now l o o k out a nd catch the h o r s e s when + cut them "'vV h at're you goin g t o d o?" asked .the other man. " Nev e r ydu mind. You lo o k out_ for the hor-ses. " T h e speaker drew hi s r evo l ver from his belt, and. as h e -knelt clown he r ested it upo n a stick of wood in fr ont o f him and then through a chink in the w qodpile , saw that he was within range of the two tied h orses. outlaw si ghted along his revolver great c a utiOn. , A t fir s t , he appeared n o t t? like the position he was in , so he 'laid down his weapon for a mom

THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. end of fhe severed rope, and quickly \e . d the two liber aj:ed horses back , out of Chuckling to himself, he qwaited the return of his co * mpanion. . ' " That certainly was a dandy shot," cried man who heid the horses when his companion returned. In a moment the two men nwunted, dug their heels into the horses' sides and whirled away down the road, and with great speed disappeared over a hill and up toward the town of Split Lake, Missouri. Farmer Gabriel Hawes, considerably disturbed at the .disappearance. of the two outlaws along with his best saddle horses; r .emained for a long time under cover, fearing that the two men whom he had seen riding away might have companions secreted in fhe barn who would kill him, in case he left his place of concealment. , An hour thus .passed and during. that period, the outlaws placed ten miles at least between themselyes and Farmer Hawes' barn where ,they had been in hiding. At the .end of this hour a dozen men, headed by a tall, broad-shouldered man whose sunburned face pro claimed his outdoor. life and at the same time concealed his Feal came hurrying down the white and parthed under the afternoon sun, and dtew up in front. of Farmer Hawes' house. The farmer looked at the man in the lead and recognizing him promptly stuck his head out of the window, hailing the new arrival. " Hello, Maxwell Hyde! " oried the farmer. " Be you fer them fellers? " "I surely am. What's become of 'em?" replied the ' . newcomer. .Maxwell Hyde was in the employ of the. Western and Southwestern Bankers Guild. , As has often been stated previously, his early life had been passed in the ranks of the outlaws, but with the passing of gun-men he had joined the fotces of law and order, and now: he was trying to weed mit the criminal from Missouri, Texas, Mississippi and Tennessee, as agent of the 'chain of banks dotting, this territory in • the " Seventies." a mu ss-never m ind what about-I'd been tracingwell, ne ve r mind who I'd been tracing-so I rushed after them.with a posse and here I a tn . How long since those fellows were here?" " Ab,out an hour," ! epJied Farmer Hawes . The farmer was a Missouri mil.ll and he knew .all about the little hamlet of. Woodstown, ... a little raw boom town of unpainted boards and tents which had SJ?rung up almost over night near a place D ev il W hirl pool o n the shores of the M i ss i ss ippi River. The p opulation of Woodstown w _ as of the typical frontier variety and everybody around believed it was going to some day become a great commercial me tropoli s . It was sixteen miles fro m this town t o the farm of Gabriel Twenty-five miles in the opposite direction to_ward which the outlaws had vanished , was the rival town of Split Lake. Split Lake, also of the boom variety, was deeply embroiled in war with woodstown and between the two rivals turbulent history had bee . n made. In fa c t each town had been the scene of many bloody conflicts, and the entire country in these stir.ring days of land boom had become involvea, the Split Lake faction vowing that no other site should be se lected as the. county seat; while Woodstown people as bitterly vowed that they would be obliterated from the . face of the earth before the county sea t went to their rival. It was surprising how many lives had been lost and how many people badly wounded in this fight for the _honor of the town's selection as the county seat and at the time this history begins, there had been a new elementbrought irito the campaign by the town of Split Lake, whose Board of Trade had sent over to Independetice, Missouri and had hired several desperate men known as to assist in the pro-jected plan of cleaning up the rival hamlet. 1 There had been a meeting in Woodstown o n the day spoken o f by Maxwell Hyde, when citizens of the place ha' d passed re sol uti o n s offering fifty thousand dollars for a new Town Hall, in cas e a final se lection was made of their village as the county seat . Although a hard drinking, hard-fighting man in his young days, handy with. his Hyde had cut out the hard drinking_ and was now the pick of the forces he represented, for he was intelligent, generous, 't; The two desperadoes who had escaped from Farmer Hawes' barn had been sent over to attend this m e etmo-' 0 and to see that the reso luti o ns, when presented, were not adopted. They had fatally well performed their part. Just as the resolutions had been read, o h e of the outlaws, had drawn his re volver and shot an unoffending citizen , and instantly killed him . This shot in a c ommunity where men wore revolvers openly and used them m omentarily, cau se d every man present to draw his weapon and to begin firing indiscriminately at the two outlaws. bold and shrewd. , In this particular case, Hyde was heading a posse of men intent upon capturing or exterminating the two desperadoes who had now an hour's start upon them. , .• . 1 "Who be them fellers?" asked Farll}er Hawes of the man whose career has,just been rapidly sketched. "I don't really know, " replied Hyde. rode intq 'woo4stown morning, and spent the " .day in the place time of it. They were drinking pretty heavily in the town and they got into The d esperadoes beirig trained gun-men, having ef fected the purpose for which they had come t o Woodstown, tha t being to prevent the passing of the resolu ti o n , returned the shots rapidl y1 and as they had plan-


THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. ned the campaign, did g reat execution. After a five minutes' hot fight they had mounted their horses and started to ride away at the best speed 'they could muster. Behind them lay four dead men, and half a dozen wounded citizen s of Woodstown attested their quickness with their weapons. They themse lves had suf fered only o n e wound between them, and that , although painful, was not at all dangerous. They had, by this dastardly method, secured the success of the mis s i o n they were upon for w hile the resoluti o n s had b ee n partly reatl, they were not passed and they had not, t h erefo re, been sancti o ned as an officia l ac t of the town, and the bribe of ' a new Town Hall building, so far a s Woodstown was concerned, had not been of ficiall y offered in the race for county seat honors. In the two factions leading the county seat war which ha become famous over all that part of Mis souri at this time, Maxwell HyCJe interest. Working for his employers, tbe Bankers Guild, he had been watchin g a band of well-known outlaws who li ved IJear Independence, Missouri, in his endeavor to s ecure evidence by which he could convict tliem of certain crimes o f which he knew. He would have been in the town of Woodstown when the town meeting had been h e ld had he not started away' on a clue which had proved to be fal se. Thus Maxwell Hyde was absent f'r01; n , the hamlet when the two •desperadoes arri ved within it, and during the bloody scenes they had instigated. He had not witnessed their escape, but had come into town jus t as th e outlaws had left it and as a lmost everyb0dy in the place knew Hyde's reputation for bravery, he had been requested to lead the posse a 1d had accepted the onero us position. The leading m erchants of the p l ace, t h e lawyers and the b ankers and in fact all of tl;le subs tantial element o f the town, had hun;.i.ed to Maxwell Hyde's hotel and had pleaded with him to do what he could t o arrest the miscreants w h o had up the plac e. result had been an ' acceptance on the part of H ;; d e of the dangerous honor, and he had formed a posse of the younger men of the town an,d had ht1r , ried a: ter the o utl aws. The desperadoes, howev.er,' had had a l o n g start and would have escaped had it not been for a young man named ToJ,TI Halloway who was walking across a field in the ciuts ki nts of the hamlet (j)f Ml0o d s town. He saw the flying o:ut lav,rs1 heard the sounds of shots and sc1eams echo in g from the main street o f the town , and taking a long chance upon being tight he rested his rifl e up o n the t op rail of a fence a11d in two seconds had kill e d one of t h e h orses r idden by the outlaws, and would have kill e d the men ther n se lve s had hi s weapon not clogg:ed. By the time he' ha:d it worki11g 'tgai,n, botli men had gall oped away o n the same horse. The horse ridden b y the outlaws had broken down jus t as they reached Farmer Hawes' farm and theyhad crep t into tlie bi g barn and secreted themselves in the hay, ?O that one o f them co uld attend t o his injured arm, while they pl anned some method o f securing new horses a nd making their escape. These various points Maxwell Hyde pieced out with the knowledge h e already possessed as to the actions of the and soo n after, having asked the farm e r if he had bee n inju ' red , was leading his posse out into the open again, knowing. that the outlaws had a tremendous lead on h1m and that a stern chase was proverbially a long one. " Hey, Maxwell, " shouted Farmer Hawes, just as the leader of the posse was starting away, " did ye !mow them two outlaws?" . ; Hyde w ink ed as he galloped away without answenng. CHAPTER II. THE RIDE OF THE OUTLAWS. T he two desp e r adoes hm. ried away at top speed c a!wjlsse d in their own minds the d eeds of .the -day passed. ' The le ade r of the expedition was no other than the famo us outlaw Jesse James. Riding j_us t behind him came a no less famous desperado than his brother, Frank James. The two men, Jesse with hi s brmv.n eyes and hai • r, and Frank, mpre . slightLy built than his brother, and wl;wse light hair and blue eyes h a d made hit u known fwm one end of Missouri to the other, had been for many years terrorizit 1g that part of the country. They had been tra in-robbers, bank burglars, express car looters and bad men years, and although had be'en chased place to place by detectives, they had never b een captured, because in those days the t o wn s were small, remote from each other, with the c ountry about them w ild and practically unsettled, so that when the two rode away from town, they were blotted o u t of existence in the wilderness until they saw fit to issue ,again at some civil _ized point. '.' Well Jesse," Frank with his sunny smile, "we got away with it, we?" " So f a r , y e s," reJ=1lied J;esse. " Those are after us, of course, and I heal' that our old fnend Maxwell Hyde . has been s een about that town. I sctppose Hyde will h ead a posse that w ill try to catch us. " "Well l e t ' em try it. What do we care? Did you get yO\lr' money from those people over in Split Lake . before you started out?" . ' '.' You bet I did. They paid me twenty-five hundred d ollars t o s top that m ' eeting over in Woodstown. They didn't want to pay me any money in advance hut I t o ld 'em the;; had to. I t o ld 'em I wouldn't go unless they put the cas h first. They kicked a bit abou t giviNg me money before I turned the tnck, but I t p l4 'em Jesse James's word was good enough f o r thein to t e and if they didn"'t p a y me, I wouldn't stir ' a step toward bracing up the meeting they were so anxi o u s to have stopped." THe men winked and grinned a t each other as they pull ed their to a little slower pace, and Frank .James re.,marl {.ed with a great deal of unction in tone that he was ti okled to death to see that they had carrie d ou t their p l a n s, Cf.Jl right, and that the list of dea d . in Woodstown. was enough to please anybody. " I thought you were crazy," Frank said to his bro th er, "to ,start shooting when you did. I thought sure so me of those 'fellows would get us. But you gGt away with it afte r all, Jesse, and I congratulate )rou . " , Jesse held up hi s wounded arm and' pointed at it with a s mirk. "They got one bullet into me," said Jesse, "but I cut it -out with my penknife as it had gone clean through the fleshy part and just laid in under the skin on the other side. You needn't worry o:Ver my arm, I


' THE AMERICA f however, because while it's pretty sore, it won't stop really knew what we are going to do 'they wouldn't be me from liauling off another little. plan I've got." so h appy about it. " r • ... "Well,, if you've got_the bullet out, your arm will Burto n Goodrich, who was seated on his front steps heal 'up all replied Frank. " 'Only don't get when the outlaws a,rrived at his home, greeted the in 'to , a ; 1y ,tnore f.ool plans, Jesse. Rer:nember there:s a two gun-men with every poss ible di splay. of enthusi-posse chasing ti s and we have g 'ot to hit s9me kind'of a;. a s m and pleasure. ' co ver or' they'll get us. H they get us; I-I don't want Jes se masked hi s intention behind an affable smile, to think what would happen. to us." •. 1 and although instructed his brother not to dismount . The rode along at a steady gate for some but t o h old his h orse and await his coming with weapon tlme, Jesse n o t answeri g. He finally, however, de,. ready if nece ssary , he gav e no hint of design while taile d hi . s plan t o his brother. Although he had b een h e ex t ended his hand toward Burto n Goodrich, as the eml?loyed by the Board o f Trade in Split Lake, Jesse l atte r eagerl y a s ked for a rep ort upon what h a d hapargued in his own mind tha t after he had been paid pene d at Woods t ow n . . for hi s work, .he was,as free t o ,;i.rork against Board "Did yo u keep thos e fellows from passing the resohe was to work for it. , lu t i o n?" as ked Goodrich, " We gcit our cash off the Board of. Jesse " You bet w e di d ! " replied Jes se . ... .. explained further to Frank, "and I am gomg to go '' Te,ll m e what h appened!" back an9get some more m oney , off those fell o w s ." . " T!1ey tri e d t o start the game, and a tall , You''are!" Frank, hi s opening in his fello w began re a din g it, I thought it was time to amar-em .ent,. "Do you mean t o ' tell me . that you'll end matte r s with' out any further delay. There was a have t.he . nerve to. go back to Split and hold it up young fell o w sitting in front, o r me, and so I pulled my just a{ e' you've got their ca s h f q r going. and sticking g u n and s hot him thro u g h the head. When I hit him .... town? : . , • . . . , h e didn' t appear t o f eel a s i f he wanted t o vote on the Wfi}r, Frank, there s n o sentiment 111 busmes s , " re r es o luti o n s , and then e v eryb ody got busy and we had plied Jesse. quite a scr.ap . I h ope they've go t a goo d undertaker in . " But .. l ook he.re! Would it be safe? With . that that town , becau s e there's a J o t of work for him to do, poss e behind us, chasing u s into Split Lake, we would a n d I h ope they've go t a goo d florist for he , can do a be, liable to get ourselves in.to serious trouble jn case good bu s iness with the families of the deceased-there the posse caught'up .with' us. " are a l o t of ' em there -I d on't know h o w many r" "No rtanger in tl 1 a f!" replied Jesse. "The posse "Good!" r ep l ie d M r. G oo drich. " .That' s the kind will we've g o11e b ac k amo ng. our Split Lake of : wo rk that counts! Do you know that I would friends, :ven H y de i sn'! brave enough to d Q u b l e t h e m o ney a g ain a n d s h oo t up all that there is lead a poss e mto the. jaws o f the Spht Lake people. I in W oo d s t ow n r ather tha n hav e this place . of Split think w e'll be perfectl y safe t o go u p and try a couple Lak e l os e1the county sea t. But say, what made of heats with our former f r iends. " y o u come b a c k h e r e? I tho u ght the barg ain w a s that " \ V ell , jus t a s you say, Jess e . I'm in with yo u all you woul d re turn h ome after you had stopped the ri ght. Only d o n ' t get ras h . 'The pitcher that g o es pass in g o f tho s e r e s olutio n s . Y o u see our Board of often to the well ,' you know." T r a d e d o n ' t want it kno"-'n that you in any way dealt "I'm not going to get this t f me , m y hoy. w ith us. \ V e d o n ' t want t o h av e it put up t o us that we hired you to go ove r there. D o n ' t you think that D o n : t y o u b e afraid, " repli . ed Jesse. t h os e i n \ Vo ods t ow n w ill b e li a ble to su spect "All right! J;-ead "on! I'll f o llow y o u . " s o m e t h ing if they hear that you r o de right b a ck fr o m When the two men progre s s ed a little furth.er on t h a t fight t o us?" the way, Jesse swung into a road that was leadin g diA g le a m o f amusement and yet of menace crept into rectly to Split Lake. This hamlet was so extre mel y the e y e s of the outlaw lead e r. yout\g that it did not support a ban k , but Jesse made "Thos e fellows over in Wood s t own will n o t suspect , up his that his obj e cti v e p oint would be t o g o t o -they won ' t s u spec t any m ore than you d o h e re. " the home o f the President q f the Split L a ke Board o f "\rVhat d'you m ean?" q ueried Goodrich in a puz -Trade, whos e name was Burton G oodrich; and se e if z led t o ne. he could pot inquce him to p art with s o me money that " The y w o n't s u spect in \ Voodstow n, " Jesse reJ es s e felt .sure he possessed. The outlaw' s plan was t urn e d . "that you hired m e to go o ver ther e, and you 'to rid e directly ' to th'e home o f G . oodrich and force d o n't s u s pect h e r e that I have r eturned to d o a little him to give up all 'the wealth he h d in his h o u s e , f o r , m o r e w ith you. " he. thought tl1at who h a d tlie of A m a zen.1eRt w as dep icted up o n the face o f Burton bemg a money 'lender-would .probably be m pos& es s ion G o o dri c h . A fr o n t ier ' m a n like hims elf c o uld scent a of enough cash and jewels to r na ke ' the projected raid deed of bl o o d qui c kl y. His fie r y spirit took alarm im wortn while. -.' m ed ia tely . tho u g h h e w a s a brav e man. and his righl: The two men soon reached Split Lake .and hurried to h and started in a quick trav el t oward his hip pocket, 'the home of Goodrich, which was situated on the out-whe re . th e r e n e s tl e d the inevita ble revol ver. 5\

. -!; l • 6 TBE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. fa ce turned white, and he folded his hands tensely upon his knees; staring at Jesse meanwhile with fear and astoni shment. "What=--what-what-what-d'ye want?" he stam mered. " I want money! " Jesse r ep lied in even tones. " Money! " howled Goodrich. ".I haven' t got any' money! I haven't got more than a few hundred dollars in the w h o l e h o use. That won ' t pay you." "Well; !.suppose you can get some, can't you?" B urton Goodrich thought quickly. If could only temporize with the situation that confronted him, he thought possibly he co11ld manage to secure a?ce. So w ith that end in view he began playing for ttme. " Do you think this is fair?" he asked. " I don't keep much money in the house, and while I might be able to get some from some of my friends , if you hold m e up here, I can do nothing." This plan did not appeal to Jesse at all. The outlaw knew that if he allowed Goodrich to communicate with hi s friends, the result would be a good deal like stirring up a bee-hive, and Jess e's one idea was to escape with a ll the plunder he could accumulate without too much trouble. So rapidly deciding that a horse that would n o t drink s h ou ld be made to drink, he began s h ap in g up in hi s mind a plan whereby he could get at Mr. Good rich's bank r oll a nd s till not allow him to communicate with his friend s. "No," snapped Jesse . "you cannot go out of here and get into t o uch with your ' friend s. I'll tell you what I'll let you do." ' "What's that?" questioned Goodrich with white lips. . " I see ove r on your desk there pen, ink and paper. I ca n dictate a pretty good letter. You get busy and I'll tel l you w hat to w 'rite." "Before you sit down at that desk," added Jesse, "you hold u p your hands." Si l ently Goo dri c h obeyed the outlaw's bidding. Jesse quick l y ,removed the revolvers from the older man's pockets, a nd the n, after h e had searched the desk to. mak e sure n o weapon. was concealed in it, he motioned the great man o f the village of Woodstow:n-to seat hi mself at t h e desk and begin writing. Good rich scow l e d 'but sat down a nd clipped a pen in ink, at t h e sa me time drawing a s h ee t o f paper toward him. "Now, we' r e all ready," cried Tesse. "Let's begin!" Goodric h swore as h e turned toward Jesse, awaiting the letter t h e outlaw was about to dictate. "To my Friends a nd Fellow\ i\Torkers in the Board of T rade of vVo odstown, M i ssou ri : (dictated Jess e) I am held as pri so ner by J esse and Frank James. They came t o my h o u se to-day a nd took me away with them. If t e n tho u sa nd d olla r s is paid in r a ns o m , they agree to return me unharmed. If my friends will raise this money. I w ill see t hat th ey a r e reimbursed, as I have not so m u c h cas 1 1 o n hand. This note ca n be taken as my n o t e of hand for ten t h o usand dollars. The money must be ra i sed at o n ce and sent to Jesse James who will be wil lin g t o r eceive it under these circumstances -Send t h e m oney by. a s in g l e mess enger to Devil W hirl poo l on t h e M issouri River about ten miles due south. Leave the money with a woman who lives ther e in a hut a nd i s kn ow n as the Witch of Devil Whirl pool. Sh e v/11 receive a.1,1d receipt for the money and when it is in her hands, I will be allowed my freedom and will return 'home and settle up with my friends who have advanced the: cash. Only one persoJ}, however, must take the money to the Witch of Devil Whirlpool. The money must be raised twentyfour hours, or. I am a dead man." r "You can sign that now," added Jesse with a sneer, " and you take it from me that if your friends don't cough up that cash, you will never return to this pleas-ant little house." ' Jesse James then drove Goodrich ahead pf him out into the street, and oraered him to mount Jesse's own horse. " If vou cry out or make a motion as if you we're not going with us of your own free' will," sneered Jesse, " I'll put a bullet through you. Frank, you run .around to the stables behind the house and brini!' out a horse, saddled and bridled. Goodrich always has horses in his stables, and you pick out the best one he's got. We've got to ride far and fast, so don't get a plug." Goodrich knew it would be impossible for him to escape, and although sever:al people passed, . .he dared not cry out .to . them for aid. Passersby assumed from the attitude of Jesse and Gooo . rich that the party was going out on some pleasure expedition, and. soon Frank returned with a fine gray horse, saddled anq bridled, which he turned over to his brother. " Come on, now," murmured Jesse, "we will 'start away and see what we can do ." The two outlaws and their unwilling, mortified and frightened prisoner, made their way undisturbed out of the town just as Maxwell Hyde and the posse he headed entered the hamlet from opposite direction. CHAPTER III. MAXWELL HYDE' S QUEST. After leaving Farmer Gahriel Hawes' farm, Max well Hyde had no difficulty in tracing the outlaws. They had ridden so and fast that they had left many marks . of their hurried-journey in the highway and it was an easy matter to' follow them, but Hyde was somewhat surpris ed when the tracks led around into the Split L ake Road, for Maxwell, with his ability as a hunter of outlaws, had s ensed in a moment, after he had been told of the. Woodstown tragedy that Jesse a nd Frank he had identified the visiting outlaws immediately in his own mind-had been hired by Split Lake people to stop the passing of the resolu-. tions which would practically end in Split_..Lake's losing the county seat. Settlers in that part of, the .country would naturally gravitate toward the county seat town and knowing the 'generally unscrupulous methods taken to secure county seats in these early clavs, Hyde had figured out in hi s own mind all of the un-der current that had ended in the fuss in the hamlet of Woodstown. But Hyde 1 1ad n o t thought that the James boys woufd have the temerity,to return' to Split Lake. He had argued that as the entire episode was a plant, Jesse would demand hi s money in advance, and havin g gotten it and carried out the bargain, that the two outla ws would immediately return to Independence where they had their headquarters. He therefore was greatly surprised and somewhat disturbed at the re-turn of Jesse to Split Lake. . The highway wound around the shore of the b ,eauti .. \ • I


THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. f 7 ful little lake -which gave the t own its name, which was set )ike a diamond along heavily wooded shores, and .when he reached 'the town itself, Maxwell re'marked to Tom Halloway, the young man who h d shot• one of the outlaw' s horses, and who had joined the posse, t 'hat it would be best to ride back to the i11en streaming on behind and tell them to close up and form a solid mass, b,tcause Maxwell suspected that the reason for Jesse's return to Split Lake was to engineer another of his famous 'raids upon unprotected towns, and that soon he would hear the s ounds of shots and the wild yells of the two bandits,which always marked their careers of blood. No shots sounded and no cries could be heard. The town, as they entered it, seemed orderly and peaceable. Hyde hurried directly to the post-office where a littl e knot of town loafers were congregated, an. d who were gazing in open-mouthed amazement at the arrival of the dusty aqd breathless cavalcade. By dint of rapid, questions, Maxwell learned that a broad-shouldered, brown haired and brown-eyed man, -accompanied by another of slighter build, with reddish mustache. had entered the town a couple of hours before and had proceeded to the home o f Burton' Goodrich, president of the Board of Trade, and so Maxwell led his men directly 'to the Goodrich house. Hyde found the front door open, and although he almost pulled the door-bell wire out of its roots, no one answered him. Accordingly Maxwell hurried'into the , hotf se, expecting ,to see the signs of a conflict within it, and was somewhat surprised at finding nothing that showed the James boys had-been there. A systematic search, however, ended in the finding of 'the note dictated by Jesse James, and when Maxwel l had read it, he laug h e d in great glee. " Jesse James is certainly a dandy," cried Maxwell. as h e h anded the note to Tom Halloway. who had con stituted hims elf as the friend and adviser o f his leader. " I have always given Jesse credit for a long head. That optlaw n o t only has taken the money from Goodrich t o turn the one trick, but he has come back after Goodrich and now has l'lim prisoner. I wish you'd step clown t o the, posto ffice and find some of Good rich's friends and have thern come up here t o talk this over with me as quickly as they caw D o it a s secretly as because I d o n't want any talk. Don' t bring more than one o r two back with you.'" In the course of half an hour, Hallowell returned with Girard Randall, the postmaster o f the town , and Lucas Bailey, a real estate dealer and president o f the village. It turned out that the two men were business as sodat'es of the prisoner, Burton Goodrich, and a consultatio n of war began as soon as they had been t old of the capture o f their fel low townsman by the Ollt_ laws. . Both Rand alJ and Haile y h a d liYed many vear s in the turbulent Missouri of that date. and they were not at al,l surprised at the address with which Jesse James had secured their friend and business associate a ft e r the fir s t amazement with which they h a d read the n ote that MaxwelJ Hyde handed t o them immediately upon their .... " \'A,T e 'll have t o rai s e the ten thousand d ollars, " said Randall. "hut it's pretty tough times just now to cough up so mnch moneY: I suppose that I coul d raise a cou o le o f thousand. H o w inuch are you good for, Lu?" ' ' I might get my hands on three thousand before nightfall," responded Bailey. " That will make five thousand i n all," Hyde remarked. " How are you fellows going to get the rest of the money? " " I guess we' ll have to pass around the hat," smiled Randall. " Goodrich has got a lot of money, and he'll stand good fo'r the teq thousand if only we can get him released . . But I hate like everything to have those outlaws c ome here tand do u s out of the cash. It's a lot of money to part with. " 'But it ain't our money ! " insisted Bailey. "We ain' t going t o lose any o f it for Goodrich' ll make crood ! " ::. ' . ' I t o ld Goodrich," came the swift reply, "that he was a fool to send to those James boys. Those fel lows will deal w ith you one minute 'and w i ll deal with your enemy the 'next. They don't care two cents who they stick up nor how they do it, providing tbey get the m oney. They don' t know what fear is, and they'd rather kill a man than eat a good breakfast." The party s tood and stared at each other for some time. until RandalJ voiced the sentiments of alJ in a single sentence . .. Have we got t o give up that money?" said he. .-\ s mile c rossed Maxwell Hyde's face . .. Do you want 'my advice?" he asked. .. Y o n bet! " c ried Randall and Bailey, almost tog eti1er. " I d o n ' t think I'd give up hard cash until I was sure that I had to give it up," Hyde rejoined. .; \1\. hat would you propose?" ques ti oned Bailey. l f r were in your place, I ' d get-that money together just as quickly as I could," Hyde returne d . "When yon have it a ll together, you take a tho usan.d dollars o f it and split it into two fiv e hundred dollar bdls. Then oet some g-reen paper, just about the texture of a bank bill and up a p ile of the right size and then take o n e fiye hundred d ollar bill of real money and put it on the top of the pile , putt in g the other five hundred clollar b ill o n the bottom of the pile, thus sandwiching the green paper in the center. Then you d o up the pile with rubber bands, paste a lot of pape r bands aro .und i t s ti c k it all over with sealing wax so it looks real, a1;d mark it plainly a s they do in banks, '$10,00 0 ' and--" ' \A/hat next? " ';Yes, that's it! V\That next?" cri e d R a ridall. "Then you make up another package exactly t h e first. but with ten tho usand dollars o f real money 111 it. You secure some trusted messenger to go over to Devil vVhirlpool. The messenger can use his own If he thinks there] a chance to put the phony package over and sec.ure the .release of G oodrich. i t w ill save Goodri c h nme thoHsancl d ollars. If, o n the otlier hand h e finds he can't put the pho n y stuJt oYe r. the best thing fo r him t o do is to give up the rea l cash. If the messenger has good lu c k , he may get away with the prisoner and the cash al so. but achnit he's g-ot to b e a pretty, smart f e llOVo\ to tnck T esse .Tames ." ' ' \i\lh o w ill you send," a sked -Bailey. "I'm not goin g t o send anybody," repli ed Hycle. " That's up to you ." A if the remark were a signal f o r a vote o n the q uesti o n. Bailey and Randall an;;wered in one breath. " You go , ' H y de. You're the fellow to go. Y QU have been chasin'g' Jesse fo r a l o n g time, and you


8 THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. , 1 know his tric k s better than any other man on earth. If anybody can get G oodrich free without havi-ng to g i v e up t he m oney , you're the m a n . " Hyd e the remark over in his mind. H e did not car e for the de t a il b eca u se it was an extremely dangerous one, a nd yet a t the same -time, t h e a s s i g n ment fit t e d in with hi s own plans . He had been for mor e tha n a year trying to find a way' to track the J ames boys, a n d h e tho u ght that possibly he could ac co m pli s h hi s purpose by attemptin' g the work of r esc uingthe p rison e r. A t t h e same ti m e he hesitated. T h e triangul a r d u el betwe e n Hyd e and the J ame, s boys had ass u med p r o p orti o n s w hi c h would end only in the c apture o r death o f the o u t laws, o r the death of H yde h i m s e lf. If h e c ould m a nage t o p enetrate the present haunts of th e o utlaws, he mi ght get s o me secret inf o r mati o n t h a t w o ul d a id hi m in hi s mi ss i o n , and he saw i mm e d i atel y t hat t h e p nl y ca u s e fo r a deni a l on h i s part woul d b-e f r o m motives tou c hin g upo n h i s personal safe t y, a n d a s h e was n atura ll y a brave m a n , havin g . li ve d by ];li s r e v o l v e r , in h i s younger clays, he decided t hat t h e be s t thing t o d o woul d be t o accept t h e dan ger o u s m i s s i on . " I w ill go t o Devil W hi r l p oo l , " Hyde dec i d d . " I will d o the b est I ca n t o pull ov e r t h e p r isoner and the m o n ey. _If I fin d t hat I canno t get the prisoner wi.th;l u t g i v i n g u p t h e m o n ey, I w ill have to produce -the cash, of c ourse , b u t w h at's the u se o f , borrow in g un t i l t r o u b l e c o me s ? You gentLeme n here in Split L ake h a d better go out a nd get the caslJ, and when y o u 11e t itJ fix u p those pack ,ages I spok e of and let i t g o at that. I w ill try to accomplish the mission on w hi c h • yo u are s e n d in g me." Three h o urs late r H y de , with the two packages h e l d within the mo ney b elt arouncl1his :waist, was well on h i s w a y t owards Devi l proposin g fir s t t o g o a n d s e e t h e o l d Wjtch w h o m the J ames boys had s e lecte d a s . the i r age11t in securing t h e fre edom of Bur-t o n Go odnc h . . . CHAPTER IV. youth. But with increasing years, she ,had turned into a SliUff-dipping-, dirty and repulsive old woman. fier h air was gray and entirely uricared for. He,r face v.;as , lin e d and seame d with the storms and stress of years. No o n e knew her name, o r anything about her. 'She n eve r appeared t o d o any work except to fish o<':s::asi o nall y in the river , o r t o hunt through the patches of woods near her home, and just how .she li ved was an u n s o lved p r o bl e m t o a ll o f the h1habitants of Whirlpool. If anyon e t h o u ght a t a ll a b out her, it was mere l y t h e p ass in g tho u ght of idl e curiosity that came t o As a ma t )e r of fac t, peopl e in n ea r t ouch t o her were n o t gifted with the power s of thinki:r;I g v ery deeply, and the r efo re the wom a n lived out her life unchal' J e nged, n o b othe rin g h ' e r p a r t i c ul arly, and she be known in the community a s the \iVitch of Dev il W hirlpo0l. . ' , :Maxwell 1 J yde i n hi s work as agent for t h e W estern a n d So u t hwestern Bank e 1 s G ui l d , kne w many things w hi c h h e k ep t t o hi mse lf. He h a d known o f the Witch for se, eral years, a n d a s i t was n ec essar y in hi s work f o r h im t o know a )ittl e a b out eve r ything and ev e r y body . h e had passe d so m e t i me in l ooking up the hi s t o r y o f the w i t c h . U p to a ce rtain p oint h e had l ea rn ed m u ch tha t astoni s h ed a n d s u rprise d him, buf be hinEl. th e po int i n ques t i on t here was a mystery whic h h e c o u l d not p e , netrate. \iVh e n h e h a d r ea d the n ote left by J esse J a q 1 e s , H y;de had g ui ck l y unders t oo d why t h e hag h a d b ee n d e pended u p ' on aJS the deposito r for the so fa r as the p r iso n e r , Burto n Goodrich was co n cerned. "Th e 'r e i s inne r co r d co1H1ectin g the J a m es boys with t h e Witc h . " a r g u e d Hyd e t o hims elf. "She i s n ' t her e for a n y other r easo n , in my opinio n , tha n t o act as g o -between f o r the Jam es gan g . In fact, I t hin k that they a r e mainta in jng h e r here f o r re a so n s that I m u . s t Learn ." . I n hi s work w hi c h ten ded toward the a b olis hment o f the James gang and the c aptur e of its lead e r Jesse a n d his brother Frank, H y d e h a d f ound hi s trail cross iu g into myst e ri ous a nd wond erf ul b y -paths . . H y d e saw THE WITCH OF DEVIL W HIRL P OOL . th a t of the g reat r easo n s fo r the e x i s t e n ce o f the D e , r i l W l 1irl p oo l d i d n o t b e li e its n a m e . It was J a m e s boys was ' b eca u se t h ey h a d leagued the mselves caw:;ecl b y a s t retc h o f w ater in the M issouri River wit h people fr i endly o tl1em all over th e enviro n ment w hi a h tu 1nbl e d over a r o d q bed. The foamc r es t e d in which th.ey figure d . For in s t a n ce, in o n e p lace a waves see m ed t o ru s h d o wp, a g-l oo m y canyon , the hig h m a n s uppos e d t o b e h o n es t a n d a bove r ep r oa ch h a d of w hi ch wer e covered by strugglin g shrubs b ee n p roven b y H y d e t o b e the close associate of the g r owing i n r e ddi ? h soil. The entire scene was sombre J esse J a m es g-an g. At a n othe r place , a m iddl e -aged a n d J,ii cturesq ue i n t h e ex t r e me, and there w a s some-wom a n w h o was supposed t o have b een a s m a ll storet hing u nn atura l , chill i n g ari"d f orbidding in the land-keeper was r e all y n othing more tha n a s p y f o r the s ca p e , V.rhi c h seemed t o pen etra t e the b ones of an o nJames gan g , hav in g been p a id a s t ated s al ary t o send l ooker w ith a fee l in g ofd read. in f o r m a ti o n t o Jesse o f any o rganiz ed a t t empt to cap A f e w p e op l e li v ed in the littl e s ettlement known as. ture him o r any membe r of his gang. In Texas, t o which D evil \Nhirl po ol. • T h ey appear ed t o b e long to the ' f a ro ff p oint: in tlwse clays. the outlaws had pene c l ass kn own as" p oo r whites , " and seemed to hav e settlated. Hyde f o un d tha t a Unite d S t ates p ost-tnaster in tl ecl the r e lik e b a rn acles up o n the qottom o f a shi-p, a m ounta in hamlet h a d acted f o r sev eral years in that havin g n o e nergy l ef t to go e l sewhere. The entire. regi o n as a trusted a gent of the James boys. p op ulati o n o f t h e t o w ; 1 di d n o t numbe r fift y s ou,s, So Hyde was n o t greatly surprise d t o find the Witch th e:y wer e u nspeak a b l y illit e r a t e, dirty and , p o v erty ac tin g as a n inn e r a gent for J ess e J.a m ' e s, and whil e he stncke n . h a d n e ve r known h e r , at lea s t so fa r as to speak to her, A few y ea r s b efo r e , a wom a n w h o c ame fr ; m the h e began t o speculate as , t o jus t w hCj.t he should s a y t o south h a d settl ed in this deso l a t e s p o t , having built her w h e n a b out a mi l e fr o m h e r h o use. becaus e he w i t h h e r ow 1 h a n ds a sort o f hut from b oards which kn e w sh e w o u l d be re ady to g re e t h i m. s h e h a d fished out of the turbulent river, or from tr. ees L o and b e h o ld! the Witch was standing in her doo r' whic h she h a d cut d own with her own hand. She was way awaiting h i m when he arrive d. Before he dis ' a woman a b out si x t y y e a r s o f age. ta11 and angular, m c ntntecl Hy:de carefu ll y hitch ed his revolver for\..rard a n d appea r e d t o have bee n o f some beauty. in her w h e r e i t w ould b e r e ad y f o r hi s h a n d and hurried up ,.


THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKL-"i. 9 a little winding path which led to the hut of the witch, and without preamble, plunged into the reason for his visit. , " I am the agenf sent from Split Lake," Hyde cried as soon as he was within hailing distance of the woman, for'he noticed that she helda revolver in her hand, and one glance atthe masterly form before him convinced him that she would be perfectly willing to u s e the weapon, and would be able to use it with tell in g effec t in c as e he did n o t quickly state his mission. " Well , " said the old woman in a harsh voice, " did you bring the m oney?" "No, I didn' t ," repli e d Hyde. " I bro u ght a little of it w i t h a m e ssage. " " Produce your coin ," the woman said. " Money talks here." " Money doe s n ' t only talk, but it shrieks, " cried M;axw ell as h e pulled a hundred dollar bill out of his p o ck e t and l a id it in the palm of the hag. " Ymt t a lk t oo much," . sneere d the Witch. "I want you t o ' know t h a t if you haven ' t g o t mo re m oney than t hi s about yoq, you'd better not co m e a t . a ll. The f e l lows tha t have got the m a n you want in charge won' t g ive him up for a hundre d do lla rs . " " I didn ' t e'xpec t they w ould , but I'll t e ll you-that hundred d o ll a r s i s n ' t f o r them. That money ' s for you!" " I don't suppose that you'd g i v e me money unl ess I'm t o do s omething for you in return," hissed the Witch. "Now you state your business and _state it quick. I ,haven't. time to fool 'with you unless you're out l )ere f o r bustness. I know what I'v e got to do , and I kno w what you' v e got to do if you want t o s a ve tha t f e ll ow's life. So stop talkin g and get busy . The quicker y ou g e t to w ork, the e a sier it'll be for us a ! 1." Hyd e tho u ght o v e r the n ex t step he ought t o t ake, a n d h e kne w tha t he' d h av e t o speak q ui ckly i f h e ac -eomplished anything at all. • "Now l o ok here, " he s aid a s he drew a thousand d o lla r bill fr o m his po cket. "!{ere's a bill tha t i s t o g o to the J anJ es boys. You tell Jesse James when you see him that he's got everybody in Split Lake

< 1 0 . r H F A M I 'll II' A N f 0 LA!\: . W F: F K L Y. d on t believe Jesse James has built this p l a c e or has Anyway, I ' ve g o t a n e n tering wed g e this c abin at;d h a d other s b uil d it for him . It looks to me as i f some i f I do n ' t o-et t o the b otto m of the enttre mystery, I 11. out s id e gang connec t ed w ith Jesse in some way has q u it. my j ob and call it a d ay. The only thing for me to bu il t it and--" ' . do .now is to await the return of that filth y hag and Maxwell Hyde, trying t o spell out the story of the see what message she brings to me from Jess e. Anys h e ltered hut, now noticed tracks freshly m a de by a way, I am pretty. safe f o r the pr. e sent, but I wagon, l eading u p to the hut a n d h e knew from the waht t o be i n t h e s h oes of Burto n Go odrich. It wtll depth o f t h e track s t h a t the wagon , w hi c h was not _ t eac h him t h e l esson t hat you ca n ' t deal with crooks in e v i d ence i n a n y d irecti o n, h a d r ecently v i sited the w i t h out g etting into trou b l e . Hell o ! There comes the place a n d had be.en heavil y loaded. old w qman. I w hat s he's got"t o s ay?" It l o o k s to m e as i f a heavy article h a d recently _..:.__:' _ __ been tJans p orted into that h u t," surm ised t h e d etec ' 1 C H A P;fER V . t i v e . 'Now w h a t article could b e t a k e n i n t o that hut that w o u ld wei g h som e t o ns? If it did w ei g h some t o n s , h o w man y men d i d it take to ca rry that load i n t o the h u t ? " 'Fhe surm i s es of Hyd e wer e c h ec k e d a t this p oint by the so u n d of a b o d y breaking through the underbru s h a t the left o f w h e r e h e s t ood . Hyde knew it was dangerou s t o turn a r o u n d u n de r s o m e circumstances, i f t h e acti o n was taken so that h e c ould be discover e d . B u t h e was r eady f o r a lm os t ever y emergency a n d h e d r e w a s mall r o u n d l oo _ k in g glas s f r o m hi s vest pocket. and h e l d it. so t hat h e co ul d l oo k into -it and s e e reflected o b j e(:ts tha t were behind hi m. In t h e r o und, polished s u rface of t h e mirro r , Hyde for a s e cond saw t h e image of a m a n depi'ct e d . The man appea r e d t o be tall a n d thin . He wo_re a s l o uc h hat, a da rk s ui t o f cl othes , hi g h boot s, and carrie d a , riAe swung o ve r hi s ri ght shoul de r. The v i s i o n was seen only i o r a seco n d, dimming the g lass h e held in hi s h a n d , and then i t vani shed as the m a n plunged again into t h e brus h. _ "That i s 1ot Jess e James," muttered H y de. "It i s n " t a n y of hi s ban d. I know ever y man that's cl os e t o ] esse. a n d I d o n ' t b elieve tha t c h a p i s a n y o n e b e l o n ging t o hi s g a n g. • A t all events , I've sol-ve d one pro b l em . T h a t fellow was g u a r d in g this hut in the absence o f t h e w i tc h . He probably has h a d hi s w e ap o n d rawin g a b e a d o n me eve r since I've been here. If I had a ttempted t o make a m otion leading towar d a n exa min atio n of tha t hut. h e w o uld und o ubte d l y h av e k ill ed me. I t ' s for m e that I k n o w th e g a m e o f thes e f ellows, o r I w o uld have s t um b l e d into a neat little tra p. I g u ess I ' ll t a k e a smo ke. " As h e lig-hted hi s p ip e , Hyde li s t e n e d intently, h o p e ing t o hear t h e n o i se o f t h e conc e a led man as h e sank into a n e w c o n cealt. n e n t o r continue d o n hi s way t h roug-h t h e b ru s h . Save for the pi p in g o f the birds and the s t e ad y roar f r o m Devil Whirlpoo l , nq sound reac hed Hyde's ear, s o he seat e d himself o n a r ock, still h o l di n g hi s h o rse by the bridle, and calmly puffe d away a s if hi s life depended o n the amount of s m oke h e bl e w i n t o the s oft air. ' 1' ve g-o t a sta r tin g p o i n t, a nyway, " tho u ght Hyde t o h imc e lf. "There's a myst e r y abou t this hut t h a t I'm b o un d t o so lve. I t i s the h aunt of c ri m in a l s, but w h y a r e they he r e? T hey a r e c e r t a inl y n o t h e r e f o r a n y g-oo d , a n d c ri me s tha t they a r e co ntj'!mpl a t ing o r car ry in g f orward i s of a characte r tha t requires t h i s solitar y p lace a n d all of thi s secrecy and f ortresslike attributes . I g-ues s my best p lay i s t o sit h ere ca l m l y un ti l t h e \i\T it c h co m es b ac k. L a ter I ca n take up t hi s e n d of t h e gam e and run it down . As it s t ands n o w. we have got a little myst e r y o n o u r h ands which we mu s t sol ve , -.,vh ethe r it runs a l o n g lines that cross the path o f Jesse J a 1 1 es o r n o t , tim e can p nl y tell . . f ., THE RETURN OF THE WITCH. " . T h e W i t c h of Devil Whirl p o o l striding w i t h steps t hat soon bro ug-ht h e r t o the s ide of M a x w ell Hyde solved o n e point o f the Detec tive's dilemma immedi a tel y. " Well, \ v h a t d i d you fin d out?" asked Hyde in a p leasant t on e . I savv Jesse, " s h e re{!li e d . Hyd e was. imn) e nsel y p l d tsed to n o ti ce tha t the witc h looked towards the ca b in as if trying t p di s cove r whethe r H yde h a d attempted t o v . i sit it, and out , of the corner of hi s e y e he n o ti ce d the m a n whos e image h e h ad see n in hi s mirro r s how hims elf momen, t a ril y f r om b ehind a tree a n d s h ake hi s hand twice in the air, evid e ntl y givin g some well-un de r s t oo d s i gnal t o the woman. "That c hap i s a look out, " tho u ght H y de. "He has t o l d t hi s wom a n by ti-iat s i g n a l that I have n o t approach e d t h e cabin. and that all i s well s o far as .I am co n cerne d. I wonde r who that fell o w i s-I wis h I co ul d l!e t a nearer v iew of hi s f ac e . Maybe among the m a n y w hose pho tograph s I retain iti m y brain tha t fellow i s ticketed a n d cl assified .'' "I've see n Jesse J a m es," r e p ea ted the Witc h , as she sank bac k upo n a stum p nea r H y de . "You ' r e .welc o m e t o the j o b ," returned Maxw ell pleasantly . ' P e r s o n a lly I w ould much rather. hea-r of, • T esse James than s e e -him. " -" \ " Well , a nyway," the cro n e adde d , " I put your story u p t o Jesse and gave him the d ollar bill and h e said-that . h e would w ait twenty-four h ours ." " T h e n he has agr e e d n o t t o k i ll h is prisoner in s i d e of twenty -four h ours ? " "That' s w h at!" "Suppo s e we ca _ n ' t arrange the money ins i d e o f twenty four. h ours?" . The vVitc h m ad e a m o ti o n a s i f s h e were h o ldin g a revo lver t o t h e head of a knee lin g man, and then she g ri n n ed a t the de tective with h e r t oothless g ums show in g, in h orrible s uggestiv en e s s . ; " I unde r s t and!" c ri e d Hyde. " I suppose that patheti c little traged y whic h you have jus t r ehearsed m ea n s t h a t if I d o n ' t come over with the cas h ' b y the. t ime set by the butlaws, they will murder their priso n e r. " "That's w hat!., aRai n r e m a rk ed -tHe c r o n e . ''_You , know J e s se, i f you a n ythi n g a b out the gun men. in t hi s part of the world , a n d you kno w one thing, and t hat i s . h e' ll k ee p his wor d ! H e i s n ' t the kind of a fellow t o be foo led with and i f I in your plac e I would p u t up t h e money a n d I'd get here well within the twet1ty -f ou r h oi.trs . J e s se sometimes gets s h ort tempered ancl his w a t c h might b e wro n g ." "At l ea s t I've g-ot twentyfou.r h o urs le a way!" remarked Hyde , as he sprang upo n pis h o r se. "You


. THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. 11 needn' t "'{_Orry any . I'll be back with the cash inside of twenty-four hours . .If you s ee Jesse again, tell him not to get too gay with hi s gun, because it" is better to keep G oodrich alive a while in the hopes that we can arrange the money, than t o l os e the cash and the prisoner as. well, as be the result if he killed 'him. Whereabouts is this trail? Do I go straight ahead, jus t the way I came? " "Y ci\1 k ,eep right straiglit down this trail until you . come to a big boulder which y o u will find sticking out of a hill to your right about half a mile away from here. They call it about here 'The Witch's Head,' becaus e they think it l oo k s like me. You know e verybody around here thinks I ' m a Witch." "What shall I do when I get t o the. rock? . I remember seeing it when I came along," replied the detective. "A man will mee t you there: Y o u needn't be afraid of him, because he .knows what t o d o . You want t o get back to Split Lake, d o n't you?" " Yes ." . . " 'Qlis fellow will mee t you there at The v Vitch's Head, and he will s how you a s h ort cut trail. It too k you pretty near three h ours t o get here, but after m y man has put you on this new trail, you ca'n get back in an hour, It's a cro ss-c ountry cut. " Hyde nodded to the o ld woman and started his horse at a slow walk in the direction of The Witch's Head. From the hei ght o f hi s back, Hyde was enable d t o get a good view about him , but he did not see any s kull

12 THE AMERICAN, INDIAN WEEKLY' . . followed , and he felt that f.rom his elevated posi-Hyde' that he' was approaching the mysterious t10n, or other within his rapge of vision, he So he made a little circle through the woods until he <;:ould have discovered any possible pursuer. had reached the high hill one side ,of the h1,1t, and . That of human kind could be observed by after a few moments, he gained a point where he could ht!D hun supreme satisfaction, but he did not stare down into' the grounds' surrounding the• cabin, chmJ;> down from his lofty perch until the shades of and dark tho'ugh,.it was, the bulk of several e:renmghad fallen and just before desc e nding, he gave hurrying men, who appeared to be carrying: burden.s hu;nself added information as to the question of pur-of great weight. ' • SUlt by another long and careful examination of the " I suppose. I 'y e got to t'ake a chance," Hyde routsurrounding country. ' as he stole n .earer 'and nearer to the cabin, until t i l . ' f ' • guess .1t s sa e e,...nough,' murmured Hyde to l).imat length he had readied the wall of 'Yhi .ch he as he down from his perch, "for me to . b,:gftn . slowly; 'to ;;tsce, nd. , . . 1 ; " • • go back and se e my old friend from Texas, his Witch It required t he greatest cp.ution on part of tre assoda te, and try to penetrate behind the veil of detec ti v e . If he made one unfortunate step, and dts s.ecrecy seems to hide the mystery of fortress-, lodged an y of th . e earth or" the numerous tiny sfirubs hke cabm. I think that in that cabin I will find some-that g rew upon the rocky waste, he would give wa'rn' thiJ?-g tha t wi)l. be quite a s interes tin g to the Ba1;1kers ing to the , desperadoe s al}d knew that in tp.e storm Gwld a s the James boys, professional raiders b.f woq ld <;orne in his direc of banks, c o uld possibly offer me . Still further it looks tio'n, he would R robably a ' fatal wound. to me as i f I may kill two birds with one I Texan c areer o f Maxwell Hyde had taught him cau may p e n etrate into the m ystery surroundin g t he cabin tion, howev er. in ' proceedin g along rocky steeps and and at same time s e cure the liberati o n ' of Jesse, he had so o . n stll : m ounted the sto n , y peak'ahead of him, James's pnso.ner and, perchance, at the same, time corand began qescending -the side. a few mo ral the James boys." , ments .. he j ,umped. d bwn into the• . the CHAPTER VI. hut and the rocks and sheltered himself in a little• hol ' l o w 1 try in g hard to pierce the gloom for the purp,ose 0 f making out just what the men were doing. He MA:xyvELL HYDE MAKES A DISCOVERY . , ,, could hear-the muttering of voices, ancl .now and then ,For an h our after Max well Hycje had reached His I s hrill t o nes the vVitch r e af:hecl, his but t}:le' " c o n c lu s i o n that it would be the best thin a for him to wind in the ,d'iredi0n from : hiqi d o to r.eturn to the cabin of' ' myster:y: he "'awaited the 'and he could n o t n i ake out their , deeper darkness that comes betwe en ten and eleven " The only thing, me to do,'' he thought, "is to o'clock at night. He knew that no moon would rise remain here until those fellows go into the hut. Still, that ni g ht, a n d felt that the d eeper the darkness :the 1I can't qelp w ondering what they ar, e carrying: " better it w o uld be for hiq So in retu;nina .At the ehd c5 , half an hour, .Hyde saw all of the toward the cabin,'he made extremely slow an' d ' that had been sUuggling 'with their various often left the trail and r este d beneath the shade of a burdens disappear, and then he heard the heavy slant c o 1J.venient all the while listening intently for the of the deceptivel.y massive front door as it, closed be-sound of any each time feeling better and hind >them. ' ' better s a ti s fied. There was 110 noise save that , of the ' "All the rats are in the hap," murxntired Hyde. "It night owls and night birds comhtg to his ears. seems to' me that the only. way to find out what is goiJ;Ig "I I' 11 h " E:r' d ,. 'd' fi -'' on' of :that c;toin is to sneak up to that little . gues s , m a ng t, e sat con denttally to hts horse. "Just as soon as it grows daTk en6uo-h I window throug h whi'ch the light is . beaming, and can m a 'ke a m o re careful examination of that hut "'and if I can't get a .ch.ance to : find out what the rats are when I d o so , I will be able to plan my further 'camdoing inside of t\leir trap." , paign." , ' flyde ,crept on hands an But 110 sop,nd fr.o_ m su!Jlg the }ames outlaws. the cabm, no attempt be;ng made by anyone to leave The fact that h e was alo ne , absolutely without any-it, H y de becatile c o nvinced that his _ presence had not one to a ssist him in the slightest degree, prowling been discovered. ' ' aliOttJ;Jd !'i-ke a wild b e a s t i .J:I a country o f whic h he knew His foresight hiding' after his first peep was I littl e , as it WCliS by de sperate m e n, and that disbrot)ght sharply to his mind, however, when he heard. covery meant his death , did n o t even make his healit som e otJe ope.n the window. beneath which he was beat fast e r . CTOttching'-and heard a voice, which he' identi-' . S oo n a t winkling' thro u g h the bu s hes showed fied as that of Jesse 'James, make a remark.


' ' THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. 13 "It's confoundedly hot in this place," Jesse said. ' ' I guess I'll leave this window open." ,Not knowing whether or not Jesse was out of the window, Hyde extended his long form ttgh,tly against the side of the cabin gluing himself, as it were, to the timbers, and thus getting d eep within the cabin's shadow. Hyde waited for fully fifteen minutes he dared to move. Even then he did not dare to take another peep within the because there was no shielding glass between him and the outlaw band. But he placed himself in a position where. he could hear all the conversation going on inside , and he listened intently, hardly daring to breathe. " What kind of a lookiQg fellow was the mes senger? " he heard Jesse James ask of the Witch. " He was a tall, broad_;shouldel'ed, dark-complexioned man," the shrill voice of the Witch replied. ''What kind of a suit of clothes did he wear?" questioned Jesse. "Kinda brownish," replied the Witch. " What was the color of his hair and eyes? " asked Jesse. . " -Brown," replied the V\T itch. " Did he wear a niustache or a beard?" added Jesse. " N 0" replied the Vi! itch. r "Did He wear a broad brimmed hat?" "Yes." ,. "vVhat color was that?" " Gray." " How many guns did he carry? " '!Two.'.' " vVhat kind of a horse did he ride?" "A tali bay." "What kind of spurs did he have on?" " Spanish spt1rs." " What kind of a saddle did hi s horse bear? " " A Mexican saddle." There was silence for several moments and then Hyde heard Jesse talk with Frank in an undertone. Hyde strained his ears in hopes that he co,uld determine what was said, but a ll he could hear was a low murmur, sometimes louder, sometimes softer, and then he heard his name spoken. . The sounds sunk into s ilence again and then Hyde a sentence which made him jump. ' ' " I am sure it is Maxwell Hyde! " Jesse spoke knowingly. " But I don't care it is or not.. If Hyd.e will come here as the accredtted messenger from Spht Lake, I'm willing to accept him and let by-gones be bygones for the present. If he comes h ,ere as Hyde, agent for the :Bankers Gui ld , I will kill him. It's up to him t o decide just what job he is gqing to take on. " "I'd kill him anyhow," cried Frank. "I knew Hyde down in Texas, and he's one of those never-give-up chaps.' As long as he's on earth. there's going to be trouble for us. I think you're foolish, Jesse." "No; I'm not, " Jesse rejoined. "If Hyde comes here as a messe!\ger , he's gojng to put up that cash. What I want just now is money, and if he pays the ransom I have set for Burton Goodrich's release unharmed, that's all I care about just now. I'm good enough with the gun to face Hyde or any other later o!l. The only thing that 1 I to know exactl y m what gui se Hyde i s commg to see me. " How are you go in g to know?" questioned J;

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