Deadwood Dick, the prince of the road; or, The black rider of the Black Hills

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Deadwood Dick, the prince of the road; or, The black rider of the Black Hills

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Deadwood Dick, the prince of the road; or, The black rider of the Black Hills
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Wheeler, Edward L. (Edward Lytton) 1854 or 5-1885
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()opyrlght 1 877-1884, by Beadle & Adams. Entered at Pos t Office, New York, N Y., as second c lass matter. lllar 15, No. 1 THE co. j iV oT. m I


Deadwood Dick, ITHE PRINCE O F THE ROA D; O R The Blac k R ider o f the Black Hills. BY EDWARD L. WHEELER, AUTHOR OF "ROSEBUD ROB" NOVELS, "SIERRA BAM" NOVELS, ETO., ETC. CHAPTER I. FEARLESS FRANK TO THE RESCUE ON the plains, midway between Cheyenne and the Black Hills, a train had halted for a noonday feed. Not a railway train, mind you, but a line of those white-covered vehicles drawn by strong-limbed mules, which are most prop erly styled "prairie schooners." There were four wagons of this type, and they had been drawn in a circle about a camp fire, over which was roasting a savory haunch of venison. Around the camp-fire were grouped half a score of men, all rough, beardei:l, and grizzled, with one exception This being a youth whose age one could have safely put at twenty, so perfectly developed of physique and intelligent of facial nppearance was he. There was something about him that was not hand some, and yet you would have been puzzled to tell what it was, for his countenance was strik ingly handsome, and surely no form in the crowd was more noticeable for its grace, sym metry, and proportionate development. It would have taken a scholar to study oui the secret. He was of about medium stature, and as straight and square-shouldered as an athlete. His complexion was nutbrown, from long exposure to the sun; hair of the hue of a raven's wing, and hanging in long, straight strands ndown his back; eyes black and piercing as an eagle's; features well molded, with a firm resolute mouth and prominent chin, He was an interesting specimen of young, healthy man hood, and, even though a youth in years, was one that could command iespect, if not admira tion, wheresoever he might choose to go. One remarkable item about his personal ap pearance, apt to strike the beholder as being exceedingly strange and eccentric, was his cos tume-buckskin throughout, and that dyed t-0 the brightest sca1let hue. On being asked the cause of this odd freak of dress, when he had joined the train a few miles out from Cheyenne, the youth had laughingly replied: "Why you see, it is to at.tract buffiers, if we should meet any, out on the plains 'twixt this and the Hills." He gave his name as Fearless Frank, and said he was aiming for the Hills; that if the party In question would furnish him a place among them, he would extend to them his assistance as a hunter, guide, or whatever, until the destination was reached. Seeing that he was well armed, and ,judging from external appearances that he would prove a valuable accessory, the miners were nothinit loath in accepting his services. Of the others grouped about the campfire only one is specially noticeable, for, as Mark Twain remarks, "the average of gold-diggers look alike." This person was a little, deformed old man; humpbacked, bow-legged, and white huired, with cross eyes, a large mouth, a big head, set upon a slim, crane-like neck; blue eyes, and an immense brown beard, that flowed downward half-way to the belt about his waist, which contained a small arsenal of knives and revolvers. He hobbled about with a heavy crutch constantly under his left arm, and was certainly a pitiable sight to behold. He too had joined the caravan after it had quitted Cheyenne, his advent taking place about an hour subsequent to that of Fearless Frank. His name he asserted was Nix-Geoffrey Wais ingham Nix-and where he came from, and what be sought in the Black Hills, was simply a matter of conjecture among miners, as ha refused to talk on the subject of his past, pres ent or future. 'l'he train was under the command of an iras cible old plainsman who hnd served out his ap prenticeship in the Kansas border war, and whose name was Charity Joe, which consider ing his avaricious disposition, was the wrong handle on the wrong man. Charity was tha least of all old Joe's redeeming characteristics; charity was the very thing he did not recog nize, yet some wag had facetiously branded him Charity Joe, and the appellation had clung to him ever since. He was well advanced in years, yet, withal, a good trailer and an e>.-pert guide, as the success of his many late expeditions into the Black Hills had evidenced. Those who had heard of Joe's skill as a guide intrusted themselves in his care, for, while the stages were stopped more or less on each trfp, Charity Joe's train invariably went through all safe and sound. This was partly owing to his acquaintance with various bands of Indians, who were the chief cause of annoyance on the trip. So far we see the train toward the land of gold, without their having seen sight or sound of hostile red-skins, and Charity is just chuck ling over his usual good-luck: "I tell ye what, fellers, we've hed a fa'r sort uv a shake, so fur, an' no mistake 'bout it. Barrin' thar ain't no Sittin' Bulls !yin' in wait fer us behead yander, in ther mount's, I'm of, ther candid opinion we'll get through wi'out' a ha'r.0 "I hope so," said Fearless Frank, rolling over on the grass and gazing at the guide, thought fully, "but I doubt it. It seems to me that one hears of more butchering, lately, than there was a month ago-all on account of the influx of ruffianly characters into the Black Hills I" 1 "Not nll owing to that, chippy," interposed 'General' Nix, as he had immediately been christened by the miners-"not all owing to that. Thar's them goldanged coppercolered guests uv the Government-they're kickin' up three pints uv the'r rumpus, more or less-eon sider'bly less of more than more o' less. Take a passel uv them barbarities an' shet 'em up inter


a prison for three or thirteen yeers, an' ye'd see w'at an impression et'd make, now. Thar'd be siveral less massacrees a week, an' ye wouldn't see a ru!yan onc't a month. W'y, gentlefel lows, thar'd nevyar been a ruffian, ef et hedn't been fer ther cussed Injun tribe-not one I Ther infarnal critters ar' ther instignators uv more deviltry nor a. cat wi' nine tails.'' "Yes, we will admit that the reds are not of saintly origin," said Fearless Frank, with a quiet smile. "In fact I know of several who are far from being angels, myself. There is old Sitting Bull, for inst&nce, and Lone Lion, Rain-in-the-Face, and Horse-withtheRedEye, and so forth, and so forth!" "Exactly. Every one o' 'em's a danged de scendant o' ther old Satan, hisself." "Layin' aside ther Injun subjeck," saM Charity Joe, forking into the roasted venison, "I move that we take up a silent debate on ther pecooliarities uv a deer's hind legs; so heer goes!" He cut out a huge slice with his bowie, sprin kled h over with salt, and began to devour it by very large mouthfuls. All hands prooe&ded to_ follow his example, and the noonday meal was dispatched in silence. After each man had fully satisfied his appetite, and the mules and Fearless Frank's horse had grazed until they were full as ticks, the order was given to hitch up, which was speedily done, and the caravan was soon in motion, toiling along like a diminu tive serpent across the plain. The afternoon was a mild, sunny one In early autumn, with a refreshing breeze perfumed with the delicate scent of_ the after-harvest flowers wafting down from the cool iegions of the Northwest, where lay the new El Dorado--the land of gold. Fearless Frank bestrode a noble bay steed of fire and nerve, while old General Nix rode an extra mule that he had purchased of Charity Joe. The remainder of the company rode in the wagons or "hoofed it," as best suited their mood-walking sometimes being prefer able to the rumbling and jolting of the heavy vehicles. Steadily along through the afternoon sunlight the train wended its way, the teamsters alter nately. singing and cursing their mules, as they jogged along. Fearless Frank and the "General" rode several hundred yards in advance, both apparently engrossed in deepest thought, for l;leither spoke until, toward the close of the afternoon, Charity Joe called their attention to a series of low, faint cries brought down upon their hearing by the stiff northerly wind. I "'Pears to me as how them sound sorter hu man like," said the old guide, trotting along beside the young man's horse, as he made known the discovery. "Jes' listen now, an' see if ye ain't uv ther same opinion!" The youth did listen, and at the same time swept the plain with his eagle eyes, in search of the object from which the cries emanated. ; But nothing of animal life was visible in any direction beyond the train, and more was the mystery since the cries sounded but a little way off. j "They human cries 1" exclaimed Fearless ,Frank, excitedly, "and come from some one in distress. Boys, we must investigate this matter 1" "Yon can investigate alJ ye want," grunted Charity Joe, "but I hain't a go in' ter stop ther train till dusk, squawk or no squawk. I jedge we won't get inter ther Hills any too soon, as it ar' I" 4 "You're an old fool I" retorted Frank, con temptuously. "I wouldn't be as mean as you for all the gold in the Black Hills country, say nothin' about that in California and Colo rado." I He turned his horse's head toward the north, and rode away, followed, to the wonder of a!I; by the "General." "Hal ha!" laughed Charity Joe, grimly, "I. wish you success." .. "You needn't; I do not want any of your wishes. I'm going to search for the person who makes them cries, an' ef you don't want to wait, why go to the deuce with your old train I" "There ye err," shouted the guide. "I'm gonin' ter Deadwood, instead uv ter the deuce." 1 "Maybe you will go to Deadwood, and then, again, maybe ye won't," answered back Fear J less Frank. "More or less I" chimed in the general-"con' sider'bly more of less than less of more. Look out thet ther allies uv Sittin' BUJl don't git ther dead wood on ye." On marched the train-steadily on over the level, sandy plain, and Fearless Frank and his strange companion turned their attention to the cries that had been the means of separating them from the train, They had ceased now, altogether, and the two men were at a loss what to do. "Guv a whoop like a Government Injun," j suggested "General" Nix; "an' thet'll let ther critter know thet we be friends acomin'. Par'ps she'm gi'n out ontirely, athinkin' as no one war a-comin' ter her resky I" "She you say t" "Yas'. she; fer I calkylate 'twern't no he as' made them squawks. Sing out like a bellerin' I bull, now, an'et ar' more or less likely-con sider'bly more of less 'n less of more-that she will respond!" F earless Frank laughed, and forming his 1 hands into a trumpet he gave vent to a loud, ear I splitting "hello 1" that made the prariea ring. "Great whale uv Joner !" gasped the' 'General,' holding his hands toward the regionll of his organs of hearing. "Holy Mother o' Mercy! don't do et ag'in, b'yee-don' do et; ye've smashed my tinpannum alJ inter Hinders! Good I Heaven I ye hev got a bugle wus nor enny steam tooter frum heer tew Lowell." "Hark!" said the youth, bending forward ill' a listening attitude. The next instant silence prevailed, and the' twain anxiously listened. Wafted down a.cross tha plain came in !&int, piteous accents tha' repetition of the cry they had first heard, only it was now much fainter. Evidently whoever I was in distress, was weakening rapidly, Soon the cries would be inauaible. ., "It's straight ahead!" exclaimed Fearless Frank, at last. "Come along, and we'IJ soon see what tha matter is!" He put the spurs to his spirited animal, and.


a prison for three or thirteen yeers, an' ye' d see w'at an impression et'd make, now. Thar'd be siveral less massacrees a week, an' ye wouldn't see a rufyan onc't a month W'y, gentlefel lows, thar'd nevyar been a ruffian, ef et hedn't been fer ther cussed Injun tribe--not one! Ther infarnal critters ar' ther instignators uv more deviltry nor a. cat wi' nine tails." "Yes, we will admit that the reds are not of saintly origin," said Fearless Frank, with a quiet smile. "In fact I know of several who are far from being angels, myself. There is old Sitting Bnll, for instance, and Lone Lion, Rain-in-the-Face, and Horse-with-the-Red-Eye, and so forth, and so forth!" "Exactly. Every one o' 'em's a danged de scendant o' ther old Satan, hisself." "Layin' aside ther Injun subjeck," sakl. Charity Joe, forking into the roasted venison, "! move that we take up a silent debate on ther pecooliarities uv a deer's hind legs; so heer goes!" He cut out a huge slice with hls bowie, sprin kled i) over with salt, and began to devour it by very large mouthfuls. All hands proceeded to_ follow his example, and the noonday meal was dispatched in silence. After each man had fnlly satisfied his appet.ite, and the mules and Fearless Frank's horse had grazed until they were full as ticks, the order was given to hitch up, which was speedily done, and the caravan was soon in motion, toiling along like a diminu tive serpent across the plain, The afternoon was a mild, sunny one Jn early autumn, with a refreshing breeze perfumed with the delicate scent ot the after-harvest flowers wafting down from the cool regions of the Northwest, where lay the new El Dorado-the land of gold. Fearless Frank bestrode a noble bay steed of fire and nerve, while old General Nix rode an extra mule that he had purahased of Charity Joe. The remainder of the company rode in the wagons or "hoofed it," as best suited their mood-walking sometimes being prefer able to the rumbling and jolting of the heavy vehicles. Steadily along through the afternoon sunlight the train wended its way, the t e amsters alter nately.singing and cursing their mules, as they jogged along. Fearless Frank and the "General" rode several hundred yards in advance, both apparently engrossed in deepest thought, for neither spoke until, toward the close of the afternoon, Charity Joe called their attention to a series of low, faint cries brought down upon their hearing by the stiff northerly wind. ) "'Pears to me as how them sound so1ter hu man like," said the old guide, trotting along beside the young man's horse, as he made known the discovery. "Jes' listen now, an' see if ye ain't uv ther same opinion I" The youth did listen, and at the same time swept the plain with his eagle eyes, in search of the object from which the cries emanated. 1But nothing of animal life was visible in any direction beyond the train, and more was the : mystery since the cries sounded but a little way oft. "They are human cries I" exclaimed Fearless ,Frank, excitedly, "and come from some one in distress. Boys, we must investigate thls matter l" "You can investigate all ye want," grunted Charity Joe, "but I hain't a goin' ter stop ther train till dusk, squawk or no squawk, I jedge we won't get inter ther Hills any too soon, as it a1' J" 4 "You're an old fool I" retorted Frank, con temptuously. "I wouldn't be as mean as you for all the gold in the Black Hills country, say nothin' about that in California and Oolo rado." / He turned his horse's head toward the north,. and rode away, followed, to the wonder of by the "General." "Hal ha!" laughed Charity Joe, grimly, "I wish you success." .J "You needn't; I do not want any of your wishes. I'm going to search for the person who makes them cries, an' ef you don't want to wait, why go to the deuce with your old train!" "There ye err," shouted the guide. "I'm gonin' ter Deadwood, instead uv ter the deuce." 1 "Maybe you will go to Deadwood, and then, again, maybe ye won't," answered back Fear J less Frank. "More or less I" chimed in the general-"con' sider'bly mo1e of less than less of more. Look out thet ther allies uv Sittin' BUI! don't git ther, dead wood on ye." On marched the train-steadily on over the level, sandy plain, and Fearless Frank and his strange companion turned their attention to the cries that had been the means of separating them from the train. They had ceased now, [ altogether, and the two men were at a loss what to do. "Guv a whoop like a Government Injun," 1 suggested "General" Nix; "an' thet'll let ther critter know thet we be friends acomin'. Par'ps she'm gi'n out ontirely, a-thinkin' as no one war a-com in' ter her resky I" "She you say!" "Yas: she; fer I ealkylate 'twern't no he as' made them squawks. Sing out like a bellerin' j bull, now, an' et ar' more or less likely--eon sider'bly more of less 'n less of more--that she will respond I" F earless Frank laughed, and forming his 1 hands into he gave vent to a loud, earI splitting "hello I" that made the prariea ring. "Great whale uv Jonerl" gasped the' 'General,' holding his hands toward the region I of hls organs of hearing. "Holy Mother o' Mercy I don't do et ag'in, b'yee--don' do et; ye've smashed my tinpannum all inter flinders! Good Heaven! ye hev got a bugle wus nor enny steam tooter frum beer tew Lowell." "Hark!" said the youth, bending forward ia a listening attitude. The next instant silence prevailed, and the' twain anxiously listened. Wafted down across the plain came in faint, piteous accents the: repetition of the cry they had first heard, cmly it was now much fainter. Evidently whoever I was in distress, was weakening rapidly. Soon the cries would be inauaible. ., "It's straight ahead!" exclaimed Fearless Frank1 at last. "Come along, and we'll soon see what the matter is I" He put the spurs to his spirited animal, ancl


this was not all, either. A broad black hat was slouched down over his eyes; he wore a thick black vail over the upper portion of his face, through the eyeholes of which there gleamed a pair of orhs of piercing intensity, and his hands, large and knotted, were hidden in a pair of kid gloves of a light color. The "Black Rider" he might have been just ly termed, for his thoroughbred steed was as black as coal, but we have not seen fit to call him such-his name is Deadwood Dick, and let that suffice for the present. It was just at the edge of evening that he stopped before, and proceeded to read, the pla card posted upon the tree in one of the loneliest portions of Custer's gulch. Above and on either side rose to a stupendous hight the tree-fringed mountains in all their majestic grandeur. In front and behind, running nearly north and south, Jay the deep, dark chasm-a rift be tween mighty walls-Custer's gulch. And over all began to hover the cloak of night, for the sun had already imparted its dy ing kiss on the mountain craters, and below the gloom was thickening with rapid strides. Slowly, over and over, Deadwood Dick, out law, roadagent, and outcast, read the l!.otice and then a wild sardonic laugh, burst from be neath his mask-a terrible, blood-curdling laugh, that made even the powerful animal he bestrode start and prick up its ears. "Five hundred dollars reward for the appre hension and arrest of a notorious young desper ado who hails to the name of Deadwood Dick l Hal ha l ha l isn't that rich now I Hal ha ha l arrest Deadwood Dick! Why, 'pon my word it is a sight for sore eyes. I was not aware that I had attained such desperate notoriety as that document implies. They will make me out a murderer before they get through, I expect. Can't let me alone-everlastingly they must be punching after me, as if I was soma obnoxious pestilence on the face of the earth. Never mind, though-let them keep on l Let them just continue their hounding game, and sea which comes up on top when the bag's shook. If more than one of 'em don't get their fingers burned when they snatch Deadwood Dick bald headed, why I'm a Spring creek sucker, that's all. Maybe I don't know who foots the bill in this reward businegs; oh, no: maybe I can't ride down to Deadwood and frighten three kind o' ideas out of this Mr. Hugh Vansevere, who ever he may be. Hal ha l the fool that h'isted that notice didn't know Deadwood Dick, or he would never h1'VS placed his life in jeopardy by performing nn act so uninteresting to the party in question. Hugh Vansevere; let ms see-I don't think I've got that registered in my collec tion of appellatives. Perhaps he is a new tool in ths employ of the old machine." Darker and thicker grew the night shadows. The after-harvest moon rose up to a sufficient hight to send a silvery bolt of powerful light down into the silent gulch; like an image carved out of the night the horse and rider 1tood before the placard, motionless, silent. The head of Deadwood Dick was bent, and he was buried in deep reverie. A reverie that 1111grossed his whole attention for a long, long while; then the impatient pawing of his aroused him, and he sat once more erect in hia' saddle. A last time his eyes wandered over the notice on the tree-a last time his terrible laugh made the mountains ring, and he guided his horse back into the rough uneven stage-road, and galloped off up the gulch. "I will go and see what this Hugh Vansevere looks like l" he said, applying the spurs to his horse. "I'll be dashed if I want him to bs S<> numerous with my name, especially with five hundred dollars affixed thereto, as a reward." Midnight. Camp Crook, nestling down in one of the widest gulch pockets of the Black Hill region -basking and sleeping in the flood of moonligh1; that emanates from tbs glowing ball up afar in heaven's blue vault, is suddenly and rudely aroused from her dreams. There is a wild of hoofs, a. chorus of strange and varied voices swelling out in a wild mountain song, and up through the very heart of the diminutive city, where the goldfever has dropped a few sanguine souls, dash a cavalcade of masked horseman, attired in the picturesque garb of the mountaineer, and mounted on ani mals of superior speed and endurance. At their head, looking weird and wonderful in his suit of black, rides he whom all have heard of-he whom some have seen, and he whom no one dare raise a hand against, in sin i gle combat-Deadwood Dick, RoadAgent Prince, and the one person wl}ose name is in everybody's mouth. I Straight on through the single northerly 1 street of the infant village ride the dauntless r band, making weirdly beautiful music with their rollicking song, some of ths voices being cultivated, and clear as the clarion note. I A few miners, wakened from their repose, jump out of bed, come to the door, and stare at the receding cavalcade in a dazed sort of way. Others, thinking that the noise is all resulting from an Indian attack, seize rifles or revolvers, as the case may be, and blaze away out of the windows and loopholes at whatever may be i.n the way to receive their bullets. But the roadagents only pause a moment in their song to send back a wild, sarcastic laugh; then they resume it, and dash along merrily up the gulch, the ringing of iron-shod hoofs beating a strange tattoo to the sound of the music. Sleepily the miners crawl back to their respective couches; the moon smiles dO.Wn on mother earth, and nature once more fans itself to sleep with tbs breath of a fragrant breeze. Deadwood-magic city of the West! Not dead, nor even sleeping, is ths head quarters of the Black Hills population, at mid night twenty-four hours subsequent to the rush of the daring road-agent through Camp Crook. Deadwood is just as lively and hilarious a place during the interval between sunset and sunrise as during the day. Saloons, dance houses, and gambling-dens keep open all night,' and stores do not close until a late hour. At one, two, and three o'clock in the morning the st!eets presents as lively an appearance as at anr.


r 6 Deadwood Dick -g .. .., .'rince o f the Road. period earlier in theevening. Fighting, sboot mg, stabbing anri hideous swe{rim5, ter ther great Black Hills Tnee'ter; only costs ye four bits ter go in an' see ther ten:ier sex:. already a kickin' in their striped stoctdn's: only four bits, eco llect, ter ee the r greatest show on earth, so b .. er's yer straight chance!" But,'wby the u se of y e lling1 Alre11dy the shanty i s and judging from the thun d ering screecbe; and c1".pping of hanri s the enteptainment is such as suits ttle depraved tastes of tl:re ruffhnlv "bums" who have paid their "four bits" and gone in. But lookl Miv!ly 01Jt of D iadwood gulch, the a b o 1e of many shadows, dasb(>S a horseman. Straight tbe main street of the noisy m etropo lis he pars. with h:i.t off, and hair blowin!!: b3ckward in a cloml. On, on. followed b.v the eyes of scores curi ous to know the meaning of bis haste-on, and at last he halts in front of a large board shanty, over whose doorway is the illuminated canvas Metrnpolitan S:i.lo o n, by Tom Young." .11 and bummers to see "what the row is." "Is there a man among vou, gentlemen, who -bears the n11me of Hugh V rnsevere1" asks tbe rider, who from bis m1dnigl1t we may jud"'e is no other than Dick. "Tllat is my bcindle, pilgrht I" and a tail, r ougb-lonking customer of the Minnesotian o r der steps forward. "1'Vl.tat mougbt yer lay lie 11.g'in' m0?'' "A surP hv!" hisoes the masked road-agent, sternlv. "You are advertising for one Dead wood Dick, and be has come to pay you bis respects. Tbe next instant there is a 1l. and maudlin curses; full or foul atmos pheres, impregnate w1ta tbe fumes of vile whisky and worse tobacco, and full of sights and scenes exciting an1i repulsive. As we enter and work our way toward the ceuter of tbe apartment. our attention is at tracted by a coarse, brutal "tough." evideutly just fresh in from the diggings, who, mounte d on the summit of an empty whisky cask, is ex in rough language, and in the tones of a bellowrng bull, to an audience of admiring miners as

Deadwood Dick. the Prince ot the Road. .oft brown mustche, waxed at tbe ends, is I "Thunder 'n' Moses!" I he sha1"P, odmost perfectio n itself. pulling out bis watch-an tlegaut .. ffair, of pure Evidently be is of quick temperament, for be g old, and studded with dian:onds-anrl laying banriles the carrls w1tb a swift, nervous d X it fonibly upon tbe table. terity that surprises even tbe professioual "There! "'ba t will y o u plank on that!" sharp himself, wbo isa blttck, swartby-lookiog R edburn too k up ibe timepiece, turned it1 customer, with "villain" plainly written in over and over in bis hauds opened and shut it, every lineament of hi countenance; bis eyes, gave a glRnce at tue "orks, &ud t ben handed it. hair, and a ruustacbe tbat he oc-over to the youth, whom he i11stinctively felt casiona lly strokes, are of a jetty black; diu you was bis friend. Red turn bad come from the ever notice hair aud complexion pre-East to dig gold, and therefore was a stranger dominate among tbe gambling fraternity. in Deadwood. Perhaps tbis is owing to the condition of the "What is its money value'?'' he famil souls of some of these characters. iarizing his tone. "Goo "1'11 take no. I do not call it luck, for I never have luck. my chances. Here, you ganiin. I'll cover the We'll call it chance!" watch with t"'o hundred dollars." "Just as you say," growled the gaml.iler, Without more ado tbe stakes were planked, bringing fortb a new pack. "Cbance aod luck the cards dealt, and the game began. are then twin companious. Will you continue The youth, \\horn we w ill call Ned Harris, l ongPr, Mr.-" was not idle. "Redburn," finis):led the pi lgrim. He took tbe revolvers from the table, cha11ged Ab I yes-Mr. Redburn, will you continue!" bis positi on rn tbat his face was just in t be op" I will play as long as there is anything to posite direction of what it had been. and com-play for," again finished Mr. R., t;wioting the roenced to pare bis firg-u-nails. The fiugers waxed ends of bis mustache r.almly "Maybe were as white and soft as any girl's. Jn bis y ou have got your fill, eh!" hand be also beld a strangely-angled little box, "No; I'll play all night t<, ..,i n back what I the sides of which were mi1 ror-glass. L ooking have lost." at hi. finger-nails he also looked into tue mirror, A youth, attired in bucl> .. stl'l, snd apparently which gave a complete view of tbe card-sba1p, a oouple of years younger thail Redburn, came as he sat at the table. 'iliuntering along at this )';r.cure, and seeing an Swiftly progres;ed the game, and no one unoccupied chair at 011 1 end of the table (for could fail to see bow it was iroing by watchfog Redburn and the gambl. e? sat at the side... fac-tbe cunning light in the gau.bler's Pye. At last ing each other), he touJ:. possession of it forth-the gome-card "ent down, and tbe nextiustant, with. after the sharp bad raked in his stakes, a "Hello!" and thf swore roundly. cocked revolver in either band of Ntd Harris "Who told you to n::i.c in your lip, pilgrim?" covererl the hearts of the t" o players. "Nobody,' as I klt'JW of. Thought I'd squat "Hello!" gasped R edburn, quailing under tbe right here, and your sleeces!" was the gaze of the cold steel tube-"" hat's tbe row, eill:nificant retort, 1tu'1 the youth laid a cocked now?" on tb".I u.ble in front of him. "Draw your revolver!" commanded Harris, Go on, ger,t.le;r,en; don't let me be t h e sternly, having an eJe on the card-sharp at tbe ow\ns of spoiling yor fun." same time. "Come, don't be all night about it!" 1 ... ae gambler u.te?ed a curse, and deal t out Redburn obeyed; be bad no other cuoice. the i:;a.stehoardE. "Cock it and covu y ur man." The youth w11.a watching him intently. "Who do you mean!" He was of medium hight. straight as an ar"The cuss under my aim." r ow, and clad in a loose-fitting costume. A Again tbe "pil11rim" felt that he could not broad sombrero was jauntily upon the left afford to do otherwise tban obey. side of bis bead. the hair of which bad been cut So be took "squint" at the gambler's left close dvwn to the scalp. His face-a pleasant, breast, after which Harris withdrew the siege of band some, youthful fa<'e-was devoid of hirsute his left. weapon, although he still coven d the coveifog, be having evidently been recent!y young Easterner tbe satIJe Quietly he moved bandied by the barber. around to where the card-sharp sat, white and The b'ltween Mr. Redburn and t .he gam-trembling. bier the eyes of bim wbom we have "Gentlemen I" he yelled, in a clear, ringing just descrL1ei, were on the card-sharp com,tantvoic e will some of you st.t'p this way a mol y ment!" T be down on the tabl e in A crowd gathered around in a moment; then sl aps, l'.O<'. & Mr. Pilgrim Redburn raked In [ tb.e ycutb resumed: tne _..,.. 11 li'elles--citizens, a ll of you k co'i> now to play


Deadwood Dick, the Prince ot" the Road.. cards, no doubt. What Is the penalty of cheat ing, out here in tbe Hills!" For a few seconds the room was wrapt in silence; th!irdner, let's git out of this, for times will b e brisk soon. You've wounded one of the biggest card-devils in the Hills, and he'll be rearin' pretty quick. Look! d'ye see tbet feller comin' yonder, who was preacbin' from on top of the barrel a bit ago? Well, that is Catamount Cass an' he's a pard of Chet Diamond, the feller you salted, au them fellers behind him are his gang. Come! follow me, Henry, and I'll nose our way out of here." Redburn signified his readiness, and with ti. cocked six-shooter in either band, l'led Harri! Jed the way. Ned Harris pressed his pistol-muzzle against the gambler's forehead, inserted bis fingers in each of the capacious sleeves, and a mom ent later laid several high cards upon the tablRo A mu:rmnr of incredulity went through the CHAPTER IV. crowd of spectators. Even "pilgrim" Redburn BAD A= A-THE MINE-LOCATER-TROUBLE. was as;tonished. STRAIGHT toward the door of the saloon ha After removing the cards, Ned Harris turned marched, tba muzzles of the grim sixes clearing and l eveled bis revolver atthe head of the young a path for tiim; for Ned Harris bad become no0'1a n from the East. torious in Dead wood for his coolness, courage "Your name," he said, briefly," is-" and audacity. It bad been said of him that be "Harry Redburn." would" just es lief shute a man as ter look at "Very well. Harry Red burn, that gambler. 'im," and perhaps the speaker was not far from nnder cover of your pistol is guilty of a crime, right. punishable in the Black Hills by death. As Anyway, he led off through the savage-faced you are bis vict,im-or, ratber, were to be-it audience with a composure that was remark. only remains for you to aim straight and rid able, and, strange to say, not a hand was raised your country of an A No. I dead-beat and to stop him until h e came fac-e to face with Cat swind ler." amount Cass and his gang; here was wl-'3re tbe "Ohl no!" gasped Redburn, horrified at the youth bad expected molestation and hindrance, thougbt of taking tbe life of a fellow-creature. if anywhere. "I cannot, I cannot!" Catamount Cf\ss was a rough, illiterate "You can!" said Harris, go on"tough" of the mountain species, and po!!Sessed you must salt t!tat card sharp, or 111, certainly more brute courage than tbe general run of his salt 11ou !" type of men, and a bull-dog determination that; A deathlike silence followed. 1 made him all the more dangerous as an enemy. "One!" said Harris, after a moment. Harry Redburn kept close at Ned Barris's Redburn grew very pale, but not paler was heels, a cocked "six" in either band ready for be than the card sharp just opposite. R edburn any emergency. was no coward; n either was he accustomed to It took but a few moments before the two the desperate character of t!:!e population of parties met, the "Cattymount" throwing out the Hill s Should be shoot the tricky wretch his foot to bl'Ock the path. before birn, be knew h!' should be always calling "Hello!" roared the" tough," folding bis hug .. himself a murderer. On th contrary, in the naknotty arms across bis partially bared breast; tural laws of D eadwoo d, such a murder would "ho! bol whoa up tbar, pilgrims! Don't ye go be classed justice. ter bein' so fast. Fo' ks harn't so much in a Two!" said Ned Harris, drawing bis pistol-hurry now-'days as tbey uster war. Ter be hammer back to a full cock. "Come, pilgrim, sure tber Lord manyfactered tbis futstool in are you going to shoot?" seven days; sumtimes I think he did, an' then, Another s ilence; only the low breathing ot' ag'in, my geological ijees convince me be the spectators couM be beard. didn't." "Three!" "What bas that to dowith u s?" demanded R edburn raised his pistol and fired-blindly N ed, sternly. "I opine ye'd better spread, otnd carelessly, not knowing or caring whither some :if you, if you do'1't want me to run a can went the compulsory death-dealing bullet. yon through your midst. Preacb to some other There was a heavy fall, a groan of pain, as pil7rim than me; I'm in a hurry!" the gambler dropped over on the floor; then for Haw I haw I Yas, I obsarve ye be; but it the space of a few seconds all was the wildest ye're my meat, an' l think pro b bly ye be, I confusion throughout the mammoth saloon. ain't a -goin' fer ter let yer off so nice an' easy. R evolvers were in every band, kniveii flashed P'arps kin tell me who fired the popgun, a fn the glare of the lamplight, cu:ses and threats minuit ago, w'at basted my ole pard?' were m scores of mouths, while some of the vast "I shall not take trouble to tell!" r ep lied Ned, Burgingcrowd cheered lustily. fingering the trigge r of bis six uneadly. At the table Harry Rerlburn still sat, as "Ef you want to kll( w wbo salted Chet IJia motionless as a statue, the ievolver still held in mond, tbe worst blackleg, trickster and cardbis handhhis face white, bis eyes staring. player in Dakota. all you' ve got to do is tu go Tben, e remained, the center of general at-and ask him!" traction, with a. hundred pair of blazing eyes "Hold!" cried Harr.v Redburn! stepping out leveled a him from every side. from behind Harris; "I'll hide benind no man' s


Deadwood Dick, the Prince o f the R oad. shoulder. 1 salted the gambler-if you call in here." The so f t band drew Ned Harris fn6hooting salting-and I'm not afraid to repeat side the building, which was finished, but un tbe actic>n by salting a dozen more just o f b i s occupi ed, and Redburn followed, nothing Iota particular style." to get into a place of safety. So far. Deadwood Ned Harris was surprised. bad not impressed him favorably as being the He had set Redburn down as a faint-!learted, most peaceable city within the s:ope of a coi; dubions-couraged counter-jumper from the tinent. East; be saw now that there was something of Into an inner room of tbe building t .bey went, !Dim, after all. and the door was closed bellind ttem. Thu "Gome on, young man!" and tbe young Rpartment was small and smelled of green miner stepped fo rward a pace, "are you with lumber. A tabl e and a few chairs c.,mpnsed 1ne!" the furniture; a dark lantern burned suspended "To the ears!" replied Harris, grimly. from the ceiling by a wire. Redburn eyed tbe The next instant the twain leaped forward strange youth as he and Hnnis were banded and broke the barrier, and mid the crack of seats. pistol-shots and shouts of rage, they cleare d the Of medium hight and symmetrically built; aaloon, Once outside, N e d Harris Jed the way. dressed in a carefully-tanned costume of buck" Come along!" be said, dodging along the skin, the vest being fringerl with the fur of tbe shadowy side of the street; "we'll have to mink; wearing a j aunty Spanish sombrero; scratch gravel, for them up-range tougl::s' will boots on tbe dainty feet of patent leather, with follow us, I reckon. They're a game gang, and I tops reaching to the knees ; a face slightly sun. haiu't the most d esirable kind of enemis one burned, yet sbowing t he traces of beauty that could wish for. I'll take you over to my coop, ev e n excessive dissipaiion could not obliterate; and you can !Ay low there until tliis jamboree eyes black and piercing; mouth firm, resolute, blows over. You'll have to promise me one and devoid of seusu!!l expression; hair of ra\'en thing, however, ere I can admit you as a mem color and of remarkable length ;-such was the ber of my h ousehold." picture of the youth as behe l d by Redburn and "Certainly. What is i t!" and Harry RedHal'l'h, burn redoubled bis efforts in order to keep "You can remain here till you think it will his guide. be safe to again venture forth, gentlemen," and "Prom' se me that you will divulge nothing, a smile...:..evidently a stranger there-broke out no matter what you may see or hear. A1so about tbe speaker's lips. "Goo d-evening I" tbat, should you fall in love with one who is a "Good-evening I" nodde d Harris, with a qui:/' member o f my family, you will forbear and not z ical stare. The n ext moment the youth >peak of love to her." gone. "It is a woman, tben!" 'Who was that chap?" asked Redburn, not a "Yes a young lady. little bewildered. "I will promise;-how can I afford to do "That!-wby that' s Calamity Jane l" 11therwise, under the existing circumstances. "Calamity Jane? What a name." But, tell me, why did you force me to shoot she's an odd one. Can ride like the that garnhler?" wind, shoot l ik e a sharp-shooter, and swear like ".le was a rascal, a...nd cheated you." a trooper. Is here, there and everywhere, seem "I know; but I did not want bis life; I am ingly all at one time. Owns this coop am! two 1verse to bloodsbec1.'' or th1e e other lots in D eadwood: a herding "So I perceived, and that made me all the ranch at Laramie; an inte re$t in a pa:idng placer more determined you should salivate him. claim near Elizabeth City, and the L<:>rd on!)! You'll find before you're in the Hills long that knows bow much more." It won't do to take lip or lead from any one. A "But it i s not a womanf" green pilgrim is tle first to get salted: I illus"Reckon 'tain't nothin' eh "\71 trated bow to serve 'em!" "God forbid that a cbild O\ mine sbou"fd Redburn's eyes sparkled. He was just begin-become so debHs e d and-" ning to see into the different phases of this wild "Hold I there are yet a few recle eming qnaJi .. exciting life ties about her. She was ruined"and here a "Good t" be exclaimed. warmly. "I have shade dark as a thunder-cloud pM>erl over Ned much to thank you for. Did I kill that card Harris's face-" and set adrift uro11 the world, oharp?" homeless and friendless; yet she hs hravely "No ; ynu simply perforated him in tbe right fought her way through the >torm, wit bout side. T b is way. asking anybody's assistance. 'frue, she may Tbey Lad be e n running straight up the main not now have a heart; that was trampled upon, street. Now they turned a corner and darted years ago, but her character has not suffered down one that was dark and deserted. blem i sh since the day a foul wretch stole away A m omen t later a trim boyish figure stepped her honor!'' before them, from out of tbe shadow of a new "What 1s her real name!" frame building; a band of creamy wbitaness "I do not know; few in Dettdwoocl dn. It f s was laid the arm of Ned Harris. sid, however, tbA t she comes of a Viginia "This way, pilgrims," said a l o w musical City, Nevada, family of res pect!!bility and ill voice, mad at tbe same a gust of wind telli"ei l'e lifted the f frnm the speaker'8 l A t thi;; junctur e t.hHe was a great hubbub head, a most wo!lderful wealth of outs!de, and instinctivel y the twain d rew their tong glossy b au: "the' toughs' are afte r you, rev o l vers, expectiI)g that Catamnun t C ass and tiid von cannot find a better ulac<" to coop tban toughs nad discovere d their r etreat, and


10 Deadwood Dick. the; Prince of the Roact. were about to make an attack. But s o on the gang were beard to tramp ttway, m aking the hidrous with their hoarse yells. They'll pay a visit to every shanty in D ead wood," said Harris, witb a grim smile, "and if they don't find u s wbicb tbey won't, they'll h'ist more than a barrel of bug-juice over their defeat. Come, li;t's be going." Tirey left tbe building and once more emerged onto tbe darkened street, Ned taking tbe lead. "Follow me, now," be said, tigbteniug bis belt, and we'll get home before sunrise after all." He struck out up the gulch, or, rather, down ft, for bis course lay southward. R edburn fol lowed and in fifteen minutes tbe ligbts of Deadwood-magic citv of the wildernes--were left behind. Harris led the way along tbe rugged mountain stage-road, that, after leaving Deadwood on its way to Camp Crook and Custer City in tbe south, runs alternately through deep, dark canyons and gorges, with an ease and rapidity that showed him to be well ac quainted with the route. About three miles below Deadwood be struck a trail through a transverse canyon running northwest, through which ft o wed a small stream, known as Brown's ereek. The bottom was revel and srnootb, and a brisk walk of a ba!f-hour brought them to where a horse was tied to an alder "You mount and ride on ahead unnl you come to the end of the canyon," said Harris, untying the horse. "I will follow on after you, and be there almost as soon as you." Redburn would have offered some objections, but the other motioned for him to mount and be off, so be co11cluded it best to obey. The animal was a fiery one, and soon carried him out of sight of Ned, whom be left standing in the yellow moonlight. Sooner tban be ex pected the gorge came to an abrupt termination m the face of a stupendous wall of rock and nott>ing remained to do but wait for young Harris. He soon came, trotting leisurely up, only a trifle flushed in countenance. "1' : . -'BY I" be said, and the anima l by the bit he Jed horse and rider mto a black, gaping fissure in one side of the canyon, tbat bad hitherto escapccl Redbnrn's notice. It was a narrow, subterranean passage, barely large enough to admit tbe horse and rider. Redburn soon was forced to dismount and up the rear. "Row far do we journey in this shape'!'' he demanded, after what seemed to him a long while. "No fnrtller,'' repli e d Ned, and the next instant they emerg ed into a sma II, circular pocket in the midst of the moun tains-one of those beauteous flo wer-strewn valleys which are often found in tbe :3'ack Hills. This "pocket," th e y are called, <'onsisted of perhaps fifty acres, walled in on every side by rugged mountains as steep, and steeper, in some_places, than a house-roor. On tbe we stern side Brown's creek bad is source; and l eaped merrily down from ledge to ledge into the alley, across wbicb it flowed sinking into the eartb en the eastern side, only to bubble up again In the canyoo 'Nita renewed lltreogtb. The valley was one vast, indiscriminate bed of wild, fragrant flowers whose volume of per fume was almost sickening when ftrt greeting the nostril. Every color and variety imagtn able was here, all in the most perfect bloom. In the center of the valley stood Ii loi;:cabin, overgrown witb clinging vines. There was a light in tbe window, and Harris pointed to ward it, as, with young Redburn, be emerged from tile fissure. "There's my coop, pilgrim. There you will be safe for a time, at leat." He unsaddled tbe horse and set it free to graze. Then tbey set off down across the slope, Ill' riving at the cabin in due time. The r tbe three entered the cabin, a model of neatness and primitive "How is it th8 t you are up so early, dear?" you,-,g Harris asked, as h e unbuckled his belt and b1;ng it upon a peg in the walL "You are rare ly as spry, eh?" "Indeed! I have not been to b'.:J at a ll," rer,lied "ometbing was ing to happen, s o I staid up -'Your' lrl plPa-t. be pre.: of l'Oming dange r. I suppo s e," and tbe y oulh laugherl gay l y. "But you need not fe. u. No one will in vade our little paradif-, V t away. What ie your opinion of it, R edh ,rn'I" "J should say not. .L think this little moun. tain retreat is withJut equal," replied HarrJ0 wicb endlul!!tasa ''The only wonder ii. boW


Deadwood Dick. the Prince of' the Road. IJ did you ever atumble into such a delightful placer' Of that I will perhaps tell you, another time," said Harris, musingly. Day soon dawned over the mountains, and the early sunlight fell with charming effect into the httle pocket," with its countless thoussnds of odorous flowers, and tbe little ivy-clad cabin nestling down among them all. Sweet, sad-faced Anita prepared a sumptuous morning repast out of antefope-steak and the eggs of wild birds, with dainty side dishes of lat.a summer berries, and a large luscious melon which had be11n grown on a cultivated patch, contiguous to the cabin. Both Harris and bis guest did ample justice to tbe meal, for they bad neither eaten any thing si1 ce tbe preceding noon. When tbey had finished Ned arose from the table, saying: "Pardne r, I shall leave you here for a few days, during which time I probably be m0stly a'"ay on business. Make yourself at home, and see that Anita is properly protected; I .. m return in a week at t be furthest;-perbaps in a day or two." He took down bis rifle and belt from the wall, buckled on the latter, and half an hour lt".ter left tbe "pocket." That was a day of days to Harry Redburn. He rambled about tbe pic turesque little valley, romped on the luxurian. grass and gathered wild flowers, alternately, At night he sat in the cabin door and listened to the cries of the nil!ht birds and the incessant hooting of the mountain owls (which by the way, are very abundant through out the Black Hills.) All efl:prt.s to engage Anita In conversation proved truitle>s. On the following day both were considerably astonished to peooeive that there was a stranger in their Paradise;-a bow-legged, hump-backed, grisly little old fellow, wbo walked with a sta1f. He approached the cabin, and .Redburn went out to find out who be wa. "Gude-mornin' J" nodded General Nix, (for it was he) with a grin. "I jes' kim over inter tbis deestrict ter prosp

H Deadwood Dick. the Prince of the Road. train the warriors of Sitting Bull attacked in Red 0.nyon. Sitting B ull lost many war riors; yon pale squaw shot down full a balfscore befo.e she could Le captured; sbe belongs to tbe warriors of Sitting Bull, and not to the great chief himself." "Yet you bave the pow r to free her-to yield ber up to me. .{:onsider, chief; are you not enough my friend that you can afford to give me the ple-face girl? Surely, she has been tortured sufficiently to satisfy your braves' thirst for vengeance." Sit.ting Bull was silent. "What, will the Scarlet Boy do with the fair maiden rf bis tribe!" "Sear her to a place of :lllfety, chief, and care for her until I can find tier friends-prob al.Jly she bas frier:ds in tbe East." "It shall be as be says. Sitting Bull will w:tbdra.\v bis braves, and Scarlet Boy can have the red man's prize." A frioanrtly hand-sbake betwPen the youth and the Sioux chieftain, a word from the latter to the grim painted warriors, and the next in stant the glade was cleared of the savages. Fearless Frar,k then hastened to approach the insensible captive, and, with a couple sweeps of his knife, cut the bonrls that held her to the torture-stake. Gently be laid her on the grass, aud arrnnged about her half-nude form the. garments Sitting Bull's warriors bad torn off, and soon be bad tbe satisfaction of seeing ber once more clothed properly. It still remained for him to restore her to consciousness, and this promised to be no easy task, for she was in a dead swoon. She was even more beautiful of face and figure than one would bave imagined at a first glance. Of a delicate blonde complexion, with pink-tiuged cheeks, she made a very prett.v picture, her face framed as it was in a wil l di:;heveled cloud of auburn hair. A hatful of cold water from a neighboring f'])ring dasbed into her upturned facp; a. continued clHtfing of tbe pure white soft bands; tbeu there was a convulsive twitching of tbe features, a low moan, and the eyes opened anrt da1'ted a glance of affright into the face of the Scarlet Boy. "Fear not, miss;" and tbe youth gently sup ported her to a sitting posture. "I am a triend, and your cruel captors have vamosed. Lucky I came along just as I did, or it's likely they'd bave killed you." "On! sir, how can I ever thank you for rescuing me from those merciless fiends!" and the maiden gave bim a grateful glance. "They whipped me, terribly I" "I know, ladyall because you defended your self i Red Canyon. " I u ppose so; but how did you find out so mucb, and, also, effect my release from tbe savag0s?'' Frank leanPd up against the tree which hart heen used as the torturastake, aud related 1vbat is known to the reader. When he ha.d finished, i he rescued captive seizecl his hand between both her own, and thanked him warmly. it not heen for yon, sir, no one but our Go

D e adwoocl Dick. the P r ince or the RoacL "How mean of them I Will ..-e have to make the journey to the Hills alone?" '"Yes, unless we should providentially fall in with a train or be overtaken by a stage.'' "Are you not afraid?" "My cognomen is Fearless Frank, lady; you can draw conclusions from that." He went and caught the horse, arranged a blanket in the saddle so that she could ride side fashion, and assisted ber to mount. Tbe sun was touching the lips of tbe horizon with a golden kiss; more time tban Frank bad supposed hart elapsed since be left tbe train. Far oil' toward the .east shadows were bug ging C'!ose behind the last lingering rs. vs of sunlight; a couple of c o y otes were sneaking view a few r o ds away birds were winging homeward; a perfume-laden breeze swept down from Black Hills, and fanned the pJnk cheeks of Alice Terry into a vivid glow. "We cannot go far," naid Frank, tbougbt. fully, "before darkness will overtake us. Perhaps we bad better remain in tbe canal, here, where there is both grass and water. In the m orning we will taka a fresh start. The plan was adopted; they c11rnpe.:l in the break, or "canal," near where Alice bad been tortured. Out of his saddle-bags Frank brought forth crackers, biscuit and dried venison; these, witb clear sparkling water from the spring in the chaparral, made a meal good enough for anybody. The nig-ht was warm; no fire was needed. A blanket spread on the grass served as a resting place for Alice; the strange youth in scarlet Jay with his bead resting against tbe side of bis horse. The least movement of the animal, be said, would arouse him; he was keen of scent and quick to detect danger-meaning the horse. The night passed away without incident; as early as four o'clock-when i t is daylight on the plains-Fearless Frank was astir. He found tbe rivulet flowing from the spring to abound with trout, and caught and dressed some for the morning meal. Llice was awake by the time breakfast was ready. She bathed her face and bands in the stream, combed her long auburn hair through ber fingers, and looked sweeter than on the previous night-at least, so thought Fearle ss Frank. "The day promises to be delightful, does it. she remarked, as she seated herself to partake of the repast. "Exactly. Autumn months are eTer enjoy able in the west." Tbe meal dispatched, no delay was made in leaving the place. FearleR s Frank strode along beside bis horse and its fair rider, clrntting plea santly. and at the sum e time making a clo s e observat i o n of his gurruundings. !fp knew he was in mirts frequented by b nLh rPince leaving tht torture-ground, camped with a miner's family. As yet no ca bins or shanties bad been erected here, canvAs tents erving in the stead; to-day there are between fifty and a hundred woodeo st ructnres. Alice was charmed with the wild grandenrof the mountain scener;y-witb the countless acr ee of blO!'soms and flowering shrubs, with the ro. mantic and picture sque surroundings in gener al, and was very emphatic in her praises. One day of rest was taken at Rapid then the twain poshed on, and when night again overtook them, they rode into the bust ling, noisy, homely metropolis-Deadwood, magic city o f the Northwest. CHAPTER VJ. O:NLY A SNAKE-LOCATING A MINE. HARRY REDBURN hurried off toward the cabin, which was some ste ps away. In Anita's scream there were both terror and affright. Walsingham Nix, the bump-backe d, bow l egged explorer a od prnpector bobbled aftet him, using bis stall' for support. He bad heard tbe fCream, but years' experJ. ence among the "gals" taught bim that a femi nine shriek rarely, if ev er, meant anything. R edburn arrived at the cabin in a few flying J:>ounds, and leaped into the kitchen. There, crcucbcd upo n the floor in one corner, all in a little bea p, pale, trembling and terrified, was Anita. BPfo1 c her, elong over the mod-scrubbed flo or, evidently disabled by a blow, was a n enormo us black-snake It was creeping awav instead of toward Ani ta, leaving a faint trai\ of crimson in its wake; yet the young girl's face was blanched with fear. "'You screamed at tbatY"demanded Redburn, pointing to the coi ling serpent. U gb yes; it is horrible. "But it is harmless. See-some g iven it a blow across the back. and i t is disabled fo1 harm. Anita'. looked u p into bfs htllldsome face won deringly. I guv et a rap aCl'OS!I th e s ptnal eolnmn, w'eu I kim into the valley," said General Nix, thrusting bis bead i n at a door, a ludicrou s grin i>longating bis 11risl y features. '"Twar a-goin' ter guv me a yard or so uv et's tongue, more or less-consider'bly lees of more than more of less -so I j est salivated it across tber back, wh11c k!" A111ta screamed again as she saw the General, h e w u s so rough a nrl homely. "Who a ri> you?" sbe managed to articulate, a s R0uburn assisted her to l'i!!e from the fioor. "Wbao are you doing be1-e, wb<'l'I' you we r e not in v it ert1 1 1'ner<" 9 al In '1e1 I t on<> bat. fi. ..

Deadwood Dick. the Prince of the Road. The "General" rubbed tbe end bis nose, chuckled. audibly, then laughed outright. opine this ar' a free country, ain't it, marm, more or leswf W'en a feller kerflummuxes rite down onter tL payin' streek, I opine he's goin' ter roost tbar till he gits reddy to vamoose, ain't her' "But, sir, my brother was the first to discover this spot and build us a home here, and he claims that all belongs to him." "Hi. dof more or less-consider'bly less of more tbsn n;ore uv less, eh1 Yas, I kno' yer brother-Jeastways hev seen him an' heerd beeps about him. Letters uv his name spell Ned Harris, not1" "Yes. sir; but bow can you know himl Few do, in Deadwood." "Nevyer mind thet, my puss. Ole Walsingham Nix do kno' a few things yet, ef a ard old nut fer w'ich tbar is not cra'kin'." ', Anita looked at Redburn doubtfulh "Brother would be very angry if b" "er..> return and find this man here. W;.1>+. would you advise1" "I am of the opinion tbat be will have to vac9te," replied Harrr, decidedly. "Ni::c cum-a-rouse!' disagreed the old pros pector. "I'm byar, an' thar's no yearthly use o' denyin' that. Barrin' ye ar' a right p e a rtr lookin' kid, stranger, allow me ter speculate tbet lt would take a dozen, more or less-consider' bly less u v more than morn o' less-ter put me out." Redburn laughed heartily. The old fellow's bravado amused him. Anita, howeTer, was iil.ent; she put dependence in her protector to arrange matters satisfactorily. "Tbat savors strongly of rebellion,'' Redjjurn observed, ; i t ting down upon a lounge that stood hard by. "Besides, you have an advantage-[ would o'.>t uttack you; you are old and unfi tted for combat; deformed and unable to do battle." Exactly!" the G e ne1al" confidently an nounc ed. What good c a n coma of your remaining here?" dem0nded Anita. "Sit down, marm, sit down, an' I'll perceed ter divest myself uv w'at little infermat10n I've got storec:l up in my nortdle. Ye see, murn. mv name's Wal siogbam Nix, at yer sarvice-Wal singham bein' my great-great-grandad's frontis )'it1ce, while Nix war ther hind-wheeler, like nor w'at a be-mule ar' w'en bitched ter a schooner. Tb e r Nix family war a great one, bet yer fal se teeth; originated about tber time Joner swa.1the whale down nigh Long Branch, and 've bin handed down frum time to time till ye behold in me tber last survivin' pilgrim from ther ancestral block. Thar was one remarkable pecooliarity about tber Nix family, frum root t e r stump, an' tbet war, they war nevyer known ter refuse a gift or an advantageous offer; in this respeck they bore a resem blance ter tbe immortal G 'orge Washmgton G'or11:e war innercent; he ked never tell a li e So war our family: they never bed it in their hearts to say Nix to an offer uv a good feed or adecoction o' brandy. ''It war a disease-a hereditary affection uv ther hull combined system. Tbe terrible malady attacked me vr'en I war an infant prodigy, an' I've nevyer yit see'd thet time wen I c'u'd resist tbe temptation an' coldly say 'nix w e n a brother pilgrim volunteered ter make a liberal uv grub, terbarker or bug-ju ice Nix ar' a word thet causes sorrer an' sUJferin g ter scores 'n' scores o' peoplej more or less-gin erally more uv Jess than ess uv more-an' tharfore I nevyer feel it my duty, as a Cllrist yun, ter set a bad example w'ich others may foller." Redburn glanced toward Anita, a quizzical expression upon his genial face. "I fail to see how that has any reference as to the cause of your stay among us," be observed. amused at the quaint lingo of the prospector. "Sart'in not, sart.'in not! I bad just begun ter git thar. I've only bin gi'in' ye a geological ijee uv tber Nix family's formation; I'll now p erce ed to illustrate more clearly thr'u' vein11 an' cbannels hitherto u?Tu:x;plored, endin' up wi' a reg'lar boss-car proposal.' Then the old fellow proceeded with a rambling" yarn," giving more guesses than actual information, and continued on in this strain; "So thar war gold. I went ter work an' swallered a pill o' opium, w1ich made me sleep, an' while I war snoozin' I dreampt &.bout ther perzact place whar tbet gold war secreted. It war in a little pocket beneath tbe bed of a spring frum which fl.ow.i d a little creeklet. "Next morn in', bi ight an' early, I shouldered pick, sbuvyel an' pau, an' went for tbet identi cal Rpring. 'I'o-day thet pock e t, havin' been traced into a rich vein, i s pa yin' as big or bigger nor any C'laim on Spring creek."* B oth Redburn and Anita were unconsciously becoming interested. "And do you think there is gold here, in t .bL fiowe-strewn p o cket-valley?" "I don't tbink it-I know it. I ood a et war hayr in big quantities, so I h'iste d my carcas3 tbis directir>n. Ter-nite I'll bev ernutbir nighthoss, an' tbet'll tell me precisely where tbPr strike ar'." Redburn drutnmPcl a tatt oo on the arm of the lounge with bis fingers; he was retlectiug 011 what be had beard. "You are willing to make terms, I suppose," be said, after a whil e glancing at Anita to see if be was rigc. t. You are a ware, [ believe that we still bnld po ss es s ion above any one else.'! "True enulf. Ye war first to diskiver this placP; ye orter hev yer say about it." "Well then, perhaps we can come to a bar gain. You can state your prices for locating and opening up this mine, and we will con sider." "Wal, let me see. Ef the mine proves ter be ekal ter the one tbet l located on Spring creek, I'll rake in a third f e r my share uv the divys. Ef 'tain't good's I expect, I'll take a quarter." R edburn turned to Anita. "From what little experience I have bad, 1 think it is a fair offer. What is your view of tbe matter, and do you believe your brother will be a ti s fied !" Obi yes, sir. It will surprise and please him to return and find bis Paradile bas bel9 turned into a gold mine." *A fa.


8eadwood Dick, the Prince ot the Road. A ll right, then, we will go ahead and get in shape. We will have to get tools, though, before we can accomplish much of any thing." "My brother has a miner's outfit here," said Anita. "That will save you a trip to Dead wood for the present." And so it was all satisfactorily arranged. During tbe remainder of the day the old .. General" and Redburn wandered about through the flower-meadows of the pocket, here and there examining a little soil; now chipJ>inr, rock among the rugged foothills then feelmg In the bed of the creek. But not a sign of any thing like gold was to be founrl, and wben night called them to shelter, Rerlburn was pretty thorourhly convinced that Nix was an enor mous' sell," and tbat he could put all the gold they would find in bis eye. Tbe "General." however, was confident of success, and told many doubtful yarns of former discoveries and exploits. Anita prepared an evening meal that was both tempting and sumptuous, end all satisfied their appetites, after which Harry took down the guitar, suspended from the wall, tuned it up, and sung in a clear, mellow voice a number {)f ballads. to wbich the" General," much to the surprise of both Redburn and Anita, lent a rich deep bass-a voice of superior culture. The closing piece was a weird melody-the lament of a heart that was broken, love-blasted -and was renrl ered in a style worthy of a professional vocalist. The last mournful strains filled tbe cabin as the last lingering mys of sunlight disappeared from the mountain top, and shadows came creeping down the rugged walls of r:ick to concentrate in the Flower P oc ket, as Anita bad named her valley ho::ne. Redburn rose from his seat at the window and reached the instrument to its accustomed shelf, darting a glance toward sad Anita a m oment later. To bis surprise he perceived that her bead was bowed upon her arm that Jay a.long the window-ledge-tbat <;he was weeping softly, to herself. Acting the gentlemanly part the young miner motioned for Nix to follow him, and they both retired to the outside of tbe cabin to lounge on the grass and SU'Oke, and thus Anita was left alone with her 1?rief and such troubles as '\Vere the causes thereof. Certain was that she had a secret, but what it was Redburn could not guess. About ten o'clock be and Nix re-entered the 1Jabin and went to bed in a room alloted to them, off from the littla parlor. Both went to sleep at once, and it was well along toward morning when Redburn was aroused by being rudely shaken by "General" Nix, who was up and dressed, and held a torch in bis hand. "Come! come!" he said in a husky whisper, and a glance conviaced Harry that be was still asleep, although his eyes were wide open and staring. Without a word the young man leaped from bed, donned bis garments, and the old man the n Jed the way out of the cabin. In passinr; through the kitchen. Redburn saw that Anita was up and waiting. l::ome !" lie said. seizing a hatchet and stake, "we are about to discover the goU-mine and our fortunes," with a merry laugh. Then both followed in the wake of the s]Pep walker, and were led to near the center of the valley, which was but a few steps in the rear of the cabin. Here was a bed of sand there from an overflow of the stream, and at this the "General pointed, as be came to a halt. There! th re is the gold-millions of it deep down-twenty or tbirtr feet-in sandeasy to get! dig! DIG! DIG!' Redburn marke d the spot by driving the stake in the ground. It now only remaine d 10 dig in the soil to verify the truth of the old man's fancy. CHAPTER VIL DEADWOOD DICK ON 'l'l!E ROAD. RUMBLING noisily through th a black canyon road t.e Deadwood, at an hour J ong past midnight, came the stage from Cheyenne. l oade d down with passengers, and full five hours late, on account of a broken shaft, wbich had to h e replaced on the r oad. There were six plunging, snortmg hors es attached, wbom the veteran Je1iu o n the box, manai>:.ed wilb the s kill of a circusman. and all the time tho crack I snap I of bis long-la she.d gad made tbe night resound as like so many pistol rejY.lrts. The road was thmugh a wild, tortuous canyon, fringed with tall spectral pines, which occasionallv admit.ted a bar of ghostly moonlight across the rough road over which the stage tore with wild reckl essness InsidP, the vehicle was crammed full to its utmost capacity. and therefrom err.anated the strong fumes of whisky and tobacco-fm oke, and stronger lan guage, over the delay and the terrible jolting of tbe conveyance. In addition to those penned up in s ide, there were two pas sengers positioned on top, in the rear of the driver, wh1're they clung to the tmnk rrulings to keep from being jcstled off. One was an elderly man, tall in stature and notice ably portly, with a florid ccuntenance. cold !!"r&y eyes, an d hair and beard of brown, freely mixed with silvery threads. He wa s elegantly attired, his costume bein g of the finest cloth and of 1be very latest cut; boots patent-leathers, and hat glossy as a mirror; diamonds gleamed and sparkled on bis im maculate shirt bosom on his fingers and from the seal of a heavy gold chain across hjs vest .front. The other personage was a counterpart of the first in ever.v paiticular, save that wl1ile oue. was more than a semi-centenarian in years the other was bare Jy tw e nty. '!he same faultless elegance n dress, the same elaborate di splay of jewels, and the same haughty, aristocratic bearing produced in one was mirrored in the other. Thev were father and son. "Confound such a road!" gmwled the younger man, as the stage bounced him about like a rnbber oall. "For my part I wish l bad remained at home, instea d of coming out into this outlandish region It is_ perfectly awful." "Y-y-ye-s'!" chattered the elder between the jolts and jerks-" it is not what it should he, that's true. But have patience; ere Jong we will r eac h our des tination, aud-" "Ge t shot like poor Vansevere did!" sneered the other. "I tell you, g-ove rnor, this is a desperate game you are playinO'." The old man sm iled, grimly. D esperate or not, we must carry it through to 'he e nd. V an s everewas not the right kind of a ma;1 to set after the young scamp." ":s:Iow do you mean?" "He was too rash-entirely too rash. Deadwood Pick is I!. daring whelp. and Vansevere's opeu I


Deadwooc\ Dick. the Pl'inee of th.e Road. offer of a reward for his apprehension only put the young tiger on his guard, and he will he more wary and watC\lful In the future." This in a positive tone. "Yes; he will he harder to trap than a fox who has lost a foot between jaws of steel. He will be re vengeful, tool" "Hahl I fear him not old as I am. He Is but a ooy in years, you remember, and will be easily man aged." "I hope so; I don't want my brains blown out, at tea...c::.t. The stage rumbloo on; the Jehu cursed and lashed horses; the canyon grew deeper, narrower and darker, the grade s ligbtly descending. The moon seemed resting ou the summit of a peak, hundreds of feet above, and staring down in surprise at the nois.v stage. Alexander Fillmore (th!' elder passenger) succeed ed In steadying himself long enough to igniw the end of a cigar in the bowl of Jeho.'s grimy pipe; then he watched the trees tha.t flitted by. Clar ence, his son, had smoked incessantly since leaving Camp Crook, aud now threw away his half use d cheroot, and listened to the sighing of the spectral pines. "The girl-what about h er?" he a:;ked, after some moments had elapsed. "She will be as much in the way as the boy will." "She? W e ll, we'll attend to her after w e git him out of the wa.v H e is the worst obstacle in our path at present. Maybe when you see the girl you will take a fancy to her." "Pi sh J I want no petticoats clinging to me-much less an iguoN.nt backwoods clodhopper. She is pr;ibably a flt mate for au T udian 0hief." You are too rough on the tender sex, boy," and the elder F ilmore gave vent to a disconnecte:i laugh. "You must r e member that your mother was a WCJ man.'' "Was she?" Clarence bit tbe end ot his waxed "D'ye carry poppin'-jays, pilgrims?" demanded Jehu, turning so suddenly upon the two passenge s as to frighten them out of their wits. 11 P op ping-ja ys?" echo e d Filmore, senior. "Yasshutin'-irons-rewolvers-patent perfo mtin' n1asheens.." "Yes, we are arme rl, if that i s what you meli.n." On dashed the through the canyon on plunged the snorting horses, excitej to greate r e fforts by tbe frequant application of the cracking l ash. The pines grew thicker, an' l the moonlig;it less often ..-pect.ed you hours ago, on tim e ." "'Twarn't my fault, yer honor!" replies J0hu, mee k as a lamb under the gaze of the's PJ'>gun. "Ye see, we broke a pole this side o Custer City, an' that set us b ehind several p'lnts o' ther What have you aboard to-night worth examln in1?'?1' "Nothlu', yer honor. O n ly a stagt;!ul uv passen ger". this Lrip." "Bah! yon are getting poor. Get down from off thP Mx, ther e!" The drive r tremhled and hesitated. '' Ret down!" commanded the road-agent,, l evc Hng bis r<>volver, "before 1 drop you." In terror McGncken made haste to scramble tct thP ground. where he !:tood with his teeth chatterinir a .nd knee s knocking with terror In a piti hie to see. "Ra, ha, hat" That wild raugh of Deadwood Di c k's made the welkin ring out a w e ird chorus. Bill McGuoken. y<'IH should join the regula r army you are so Ha, ha, hal" And the laugh was taken up by the road-kniirhts, concealed in the thicket, and swelled into a wild boisterous shout. Poor McGucken tremble d In his boots In abject those 'nside the coach were pretty well/ 'Driver," said the Prince of the Road coolly. aft.e1


Dea.dwoocl Dick, the Prince of the Road. th& la>i.glt. .. go you to the passengPrs who imice this rickety shebang and take up a collect1 o n You cum to me wi' !ess n fiv" hundred, ef ye don,t want me to salt ycl" Bowing humble obeJSance, McGucken took off his bat aud m

Dea.Uvood D ick. the PriDce of the Road. 7 I>. nor did their greed,glances toward his .& son's diamonds escape him. .Ve want to get free I" he at last whispered, when none of those ahead were glancing back. You will each receive a cool five hundred apiece if ;you will set us at liberty." The two roadallents exchanged It's a bargain, 'returned one. Stop your horses and let the others go on." The main party were at this juncture riding swift;. ly down a steep grade. The four horses were quietly reined In. and when the_ others were out of hearing their noses were turned back up the canyon in the direction of Dead Wood "This will be an unhealthy job for us," said one Of the brothers, "should we ever mee t Dick again." "Fear him not!" replied Alexander with an oath. "If he ever crosses your path shoot him down iike a dog, and I'll give you a tbonsanJ dollars for the \York. The sooner he dies the better I'll be sui ted." He spoke in a tone of strongest hate-deepest ran cor. CHAPTER IX.. AT THE "ME'l." A FEW nights subsequ .. rnt to v".e events related in our last chapter, it becones our duty to again vi.,;it the notorious "Metropolit.ln" saloon of DeidwooJ to wbnt is going n there As u s ual e,erything aro md the place and in it is lit<> rally .. red hot." The bars are constantly crow J ed. the gaming-tabhs a1e never empty, and the floor is so fnll of numanity that the dance, fonn) r!y a chief attraction., has necessarily been sus pen,J eJ. Tbe influx of "pilgrims" into the Black IIills for the las few days hd can tell you where tbe ''Met" i .... as i"; fJ heq,d..quart ers. We mount the mucl-splashed steps arnl ditmppear the screen hat s tands in front of '"te door. '.!'hen tbe meo ry clink of glasses, suatch"s rib.ltl song, and loud curses from the pollut:id lips of some wretch who has los t heavily et the gaming-t:. ble, reach our hearing. whil e our gaze wanders over as motley a crowd as it .las ever been our fortune to behold Men from the States-lawyers doctors, specula tors, adventurers, pilgrims, and dead-beats; men from tbP western side of the Missouri; ;;ris l y miners from Colorado; hunters and trappe rs from and Wyomh3; card sharps from D enver and rr'isco, pickpockets rrom St. Joe and bummers from Omaha -all are h e re, each one a part of a strange and on the whola a very undesirable community. Although the dance has b een suspended, that does not necessitate the discharge of the brazen-faced girls, and they may yet ba seen here with the rest, freely among the cro-.vd. Seated at a table in a somewhat retired corner, w-re two persons e ngaged at cards. One was a berdJess youth attired in buckskin, and armed with and pistols; the othe r a big. burly tough from the uppe r chain-grisly, bloated and repulsive. Rel too, was nothing shnrt of a walking arsenal, ana \t was pl>.lill tc see tlut he was a desperate char acte r. The game was poke r. 'rbe youth had won three stmili e o. tens steadily iucreasing In l]i"ht .. L .ll!: about Jone. c the ar'.: an' Nour an' the r wLalel" he cries, auothe.-X un t o tit e pile with great enthusiasm: "l: bed u grate. grate muth erinfaw w'at played koords wi' Noar iusid e o' tbet eyedentical \\bale's stummick-played poker wi' w'alebones fer pokers. They were afterwards land eJ at Plymouth Rock, or sum nther big rock, an m togetb 'r, side by side, in the rebellyuns." Ind eed !"-with an mnusr d laugh-" then you must have d escended fro m a long line of rtspected ancestors." "Auntsisters? waa\, I j es t about r ecko n I do. I h e v got ther b lood o' Cain and Abel in my vein, bo_ye<>, a11' ef I ken't rai

Deadwood Dick, the Prince ot the Roa.ct. card-king, for It Wall the notorious Chet Diamond who had asked the question. "I smacked him in the gob, Chet Diamond, for calling me a liar, and am ready to accommodate a f e w more, if there are any who wish to prefer the same charge." "Bully, Nedi and here's whai will back you!" cried Calamity Jane, leaping to the miner's side, a cocked six in either white, shapely hand-" so sail in, l" Diamond cowered back and swore furiously. The wound in his breast was yet sore and rankling, and be knew it to the cool and calculating young miner whose name was an omen of terror among the toughs" of Deadwood. "Come on, you black-hearted ace-tbiefl" shouted Calamity Jane, thrustingthe muzzle of one of her plated r evolvers forcibly under the gam bier's prominent nose-" come on I slide in if you are after squar' up-an'down fun. We'll greet you best we know how, an' not charge you anything, either. Seel I've got a couple full b andso' sixes; everyone' s a trump! Ain't ye no aces hid up yer sleeves?" The card sharp still cursed furiously, and backed away. He dare not reach for a weapon le s t the dare-devil girl or young Harris, who now held a cocked in each hand, "should salt him on a full lay.' Hal ha! ha!" and the laug h of Calamity rung wildly through the great saloon-" hat ha! hal here's a gol Who wants to buy a clipped-winged !!harp?" "Sold out right cheap I" added Ned, facetiously. "Clear the track and we '11 take him out and boost him to a limb!" At this juncture some half a dozen of the gam blPr's gang came rushing np, headed by Catamount Cass, who had recovered from the effect.s of the blow from Harris's fist. '' At them I at 'em l" ,oared the "screecbin' catty mount frum up nor'." H Rip, dig gouge 'em. Bol bo! we'll see now who'll swing, W8 will! We'll I'aro who'll diplay bis agility in mid-air, we will. At 'em, b'yees, at 'em I We'll hang 'em like they do b oss tMeves down at Cheyenne." Then foilowed a battle in the bar-room of the Metropolitan saloon, such as probably never occurre d there b P fore. and never has since. Revolvers fiaohed on every band, knives clashed in de.adly conflict; y e lls, wild, savage and awful made a. perfect 12andem onium, to which was added a second edit ion in the shape of oatbs1 curses, and groans. Crack! wbizl bang I the bullets flew about like hails tones, and men fell to the reeking floor each terrible moment. The two friends were not alone in the off ray. Gallons of blood have made the floor aml reeking, so that it is difficult to retain ones footing. At tlie head of the ruffians the Diamond brothers still hold sway, fighting like madmen in their endeao vors to win a victory. They cannot do less, for to back olf in this critiCal moment means sure death to the weakening party. But hark I what are those sounds? The thunder of hoofs is heard outside: the rattle of musketry and sabers, and tbe n ext instant a com pany of soldiery, headed b;r Major R--ride straight U"f? into the saloon, firing right and l eft. "Come I 'cried Calamity Jane, gras;P,ing Harris by the arm, and pulling him toward a side door, it'a time for us to slope now. It's every man for him self." And only under hel' guidance was Ned able to es cape, and save being killed and captured with the rnst. About noon of the succeeding day, two personso horseback were cc, ning along the north gulch lead ing into Deadwood, t an easy canter. '!'bey were the fearless Scarlet Boy, or as he is better J:nown, Fearless Frank, and his lovely proter>ee, Miss Terry. They bad been for a morning ride over to a neigh b01ing claim, and were just returniug. Since their arrival in Dale; there comes into their eyes an ommcus glitterh their bands each clasp the butt oi: .. revolver, and t ey gradually draw rem. ThaC they r.r e rnemies of old-ti at the fire of ran c o r burns in their hearts, and tha t this meeting is un expeC'ed is pla in to sec. N ow that t'10y have met, probably for tbe first time in months or ears, it remains not to be douhtecJ but a settleme n t must come between them-that thei: h::ite must result in satisfaction, whether in blood or not. __ CHAPTER X. N D sooner had Catamount Cass and hls gang of "toughs" showed fight than a company of miners t;prung to Harris's side, and showed their willlngness THE DUEL AND ITS RESULT. to fight it out D D the square line. BELLIGERENT were the glances exchanged between Therefore, once the first shot was fired, it needed the two, as they sat there facing each other, each not a word to pitch the battle. wltlt a hand closed over the butt of a pistol; each as Fiercely wa?:ed the contest-now hand to hand-motionlc s .. as a carved statue and loud; ose the savage yells on the still nll.'(ht air. Alice Tnry had grown pale, too. She saw that Ono by one men fell on either side their life-blood friend and protector an

20 l>eadwood Dick. the Prince or f;he Road. dead letter. Fearless Frank, too bad seen all phases of rough western life, probably, but bls tem perami:int was more nervous and excitable, his pas sions tenfold harder to restrain. St ,iU, he managed to exercise a cool exterior now that equaled that of his opposite-bis hated enemy. Mystery, as Fr nl< habitually called the girl, did not offer to conceal her feelings It was but natural that she should side with him to whom she owed her life, and the glances of scorn and indignation she shot at the ;young mine r might have driven another man than him into a retreat.. Fearless Frank made no motion toward speech; he was determined that the young miner should ope n the quarrel, if a quarrel It was to b e But beneath h is ftrm set lips were clinched two rows of teeth, tightly, fiercely; while every nerve in the youth's body was drawn to its utmost tension. Harris was wonderf ully calm and at ease; only a gray pallor on .bis handsome face and a menacing fire in his pierciu g eyes told that he was in the least agitated. "Justin McKenzie! Sternly rung out the words on the clear mountain '.lir. Ned Harris had spoken, and the grayisil fallor deepened on his countenance while the fire o ran cor burned with stronge r gleam in his eagle eye The etl'ect on the scarlet youth was scarcely no ticeable, more than that the lips grew more ri:;i:i an l compressed, and the right hand clutched the pistol butt more tightly. But no answer to the othei"s summons. "Justin McKenzie!" again said the young miner, calmly, "do you recognize me?" The Scarlet l:loy b ows his head slowly, his eyes watchful lest the other shall catc h the drop on him. "Justin McKenzie, you do recognize me, even the elapse of two weary years, during which I have sought for you faithfully, but failed to find you until tbis hour. We have at last met, and the time for settlement between you and m e,Justin McKenzi a ha.s arrived. Here in this ouL-of-th e -way gorge, we will settle the grudge I hold a'l"aingt youwe will see who shall live anj who s ball die!" Alice Terry uttered a terrifie d cry. "Ohl no! no! you must not must not. It is bad-ob! so awful wicked!" "Excuse me, lady, but you will have no voice in this matter_;: and the miner's tone grew a trifl e more severe. .1>.new you the bitter, wrong done me l:\,: this young devil with the smooth face and oily tongue-if you knew what a righteous cause I have to defend, you would say let the battle proce0d. I am not one to thirst for the blood oE myfellow-me n1 but I am one that is ever ready to raise my hand ana strike in the d efense of womeu l" \lice T.irr .f secretly admired the stalwart young miner for this gallant speech. Fearless Frank, his face paler than b e fore, an PX pressio n of r emorse combiner! with anguish about his countenanc3, and moisture standing iu either eye .assumer! his qiusi-erect attitude as be answered: "Edward Harris, if you will listen, I .viJl say all I have to say in a very few word<. You hate me b e cause of a wrong I did you and yours, and you want my lif e or the forfeit. I shall not hinder you longe1 In your purpose. For two Jong years yon have trailed and tracked me with the determination of a bloodhound, and I have eva 'ed you, not that I was at all afraid of you, but because I did not wish to make you a murderer. I have come across your path at last; h ere let us settle, as you have said, Seel I fold my arms across my breast. Take out your pistol, aim steadily, and fire twice at my breast. l have heard enough concemiug your sk111 as a marksman to feel confident tl:ln.t. you can kill me in iwo shots!" Ned Harris flushed, ani;ril;j;. Ile was surprised at the indifference and reci

Deadwood Dick, the Prince of' the Roa4. 21 rou have the cho ice! retorted N ed, as coo l as ever, while his enemy was all t1:embling with excitement. "Pistols, at fifty yards: to be fired until one or the other is dead I" was the prompt decision. "Good I Young lady, you will necessarily have to act as second for both of us. If I drop, leave my body where I fall, and It w ill be picked up by friends. If he falls, I will ride on to Deadwood and send yon out help to carry him in." Without tlelay the distance was at, and each of the young men rode to position. Miss Terry1 the beautiful second, took her place at one side or the gulch, midway between the antagonists, and when all was in readiness she counted: "One!'' The right hands of the two youths were raiRed on a l eve l and the gleaming barrel of a pistol shone from each. 0Twol" There was a sharp click I click I as the hammers of the weapons were pulled back at full cock. Each click meant danger or death. Harris was very white; so was Fearless Frank, but not so much so as the young woman who was to give the signal. "Three! Fi1 !" cried Alice, quickly; then there was a flash, the report of two and Ned Har ris fell to the ground without a groan. McKenzie ran to his side, and b ent oYer him. "Poor fellow!" he murmure d, rising a few mo ments later-poor N e d H e 18 dea r / Jt was Harris's request to be left wh ere he fell. A!ld every few momentll there comes up to ibe surface from the depths of a shaft, a bus:ketful of rock and sand, which is dumped into a push-car, and from thence transferred to the line of sluiceboxes in the stream, where more half-clothed Utes are busily engaged in sifting golden particles from the rich sand. What a transformation is all this since w" left the F lower Pocket a little over a month agol Now. everywhere within those majestic mountain-locked walls is bustle and excitement; then, the valley was sleeping away the calm, pertu.-.eliaden autumnal days, unconscious of tile mines of wealth lying nest ling in its oo som, and content and happy in its quietude and the adornments of natnre' o beautie s. Now, sbouts. ringing halloos, angry curses at the obstinate mules, the rumbling of p011derous machin ery, the clink of pi cks and r eports of frequent blasts, the deadened sound of escaping steam, the barking of dog s, the whining of horses-all thc,se sounds are now to be heard. Then, the valley was peacefully at rPst; the birds chimecl in their exquisite music to the lEolian barp like music of the breeze through tho branche s of the mountain pines; the waters pourinit adown from th"' stupendous peaks created an everlasting song of love and constancy; bee s and humminit-birds drank deli. cious draughts from the bluhing lips of a millioD nodding flow ers; the sun was more hazy and drowsy looking; everything had an appearance of etherelf THE POCKET GULCH MINES-INVADERS OJI' THEM. peace and happine ss. WE see flt to change the scene once more back to But, like a drama on tbe stage, a grand transfo1 the pocket gulch-the home of the sweet, sad-face d mation had taken 1 ;lace; a l>eautifnl dream bad bee Anita. The date is one montb later-one long, event-changed into stern r eality; quietude and slnmbt' ful month since Justin McKenzie sho t down N e d had fle d at the bold approach of bustling industi' Harris under the noonday sun, a short distance above and life. And all this transformation is due ft Deadwood. I whom? Retnrning to the Flower Pocket by the r oute to the The noonday sun shone down on all the busy seen rugged transverse gulch, and thence through the with a glance of warmth and affeotion, and partic\ fissurP, we find before us a seene-nqt of lal'ly di t its rays center about two men, who, stand Glumbering beauty, but of active industry and labor, ing en the southern side of the valley, up in amono, <,uch as was not h ere when we last looked into the the rugged foothills, were watching the living pane tl ower-strewn paradise of the Hills. amn with the keenest interest. The fl6w ers are for the most part still intact,tbougb They were Ha1-r y Redburn and the iueer old hump occasionally you will come across a spot where the baclred, bow-legged little locater, General Wal hand of man hat h their growth. singham Nix. Where stoo d the little vine-wreathed ca.bin now Redburn was now looking nearly as rough, m may b e see n a larger and more commodious l o g kempt and grizzled as any veteran miner, and for structure, which is but a continuation of tile orig i fact, be actually bad not waxed the ends of his ti: e nal. mustache for over a week. But there wr.s more ol A bsy s cene greets our gaze all around. Men are healthy glow upon bis face a robustness about bis hurrying h e r e and there through the valley-men form, and a light of satisfaction in bis eye which not of the pale -face race, but of the red race; m e n, told that the rough miner's life agreed w ith him exclad only to the waist, with remarkable muscular ceedingly well. developments, and fleetness of foot. The old "General "was nil dirt, life and animation, Over the little creek which dashC's far adown from and as full of bis eccentricities a$ ever. He was a pine-dressed mountain peaks, and its shining character seldom iaet with-ever full of a quaint bn waters through the flowering land, is built another mor and sociability, but never known to get mad i;tructure-of logs, strongly and carefully erected, no matter bow great the provocation migbt be. and thatched b y a master hand with bark and grass. His chance sirike upon the SP.?t where lay the gold From the roof projec>ts a small smoke-stack, from of Flower Pocket imbedded-if it could be called a wb!ch emanates a steady cloud of smoke, curling chance, considering his to lazily upward toward heaven's blue vault, and inside the openmg up of one of the ncbest m.mmg distncts is heard the grinding, crushingrumble of ponderous south of Deadwood. machinery, and we' rightly conjectl're that it is a We left them after Harry had driven a stake te crusher in full operation. Across from the northern mark the place which the somnambulist had pointed side of the gulch comes string of mulesin out asind1oating the concealed mine. line, each pulling behind nim a jnck-sled (or, what is Oa the succeeding day the two men to work, better known to the general r eader as a stone-boat) and long and desperately to uncover the treasheavily laden-with huge quartz rocks. These are ure, and afwr three days of incessant toil they were dumped in front of one o{ the large doorways of the rewarded with success. A 1ich vein of gold, o r erusher, and the letnrn mecbanJcall v ratller. a det1t>slt Of t'be valuable metal was fllnad, it


Deadwcod Dlck. the Prince or the BoML being formed In a deep, natural pocket afl.d mixeJ alrernately with 11and and rock. During the four days of that week the two lucky miners took out enough gold to evidence their supposition that ttey had struck one of the richest fields in all thejBlack Hill's country. Indeed It seemed that there was no end to the depth of sand in the shaft, and a.s Jong a.s the sand held out theEOld was lik ely to. When, just in the tlus h of their early triumph, the -0ld humpback was visited by an'lther somna.mbuli tic tit, and this time he discovered gold deep in the northern mountain-side, and propbesled that the quartz rock whi c h could be mined therefrom would more than repay the cost and trouble of opentng up the vein and of transporting ma.cbinery to the gulch. We need not go into detail of what followed; sufftce it to say that immediate arrangements we1e made and executed. toward developing this a.s yet unknown territory. While Redburn set to work \vith two Ute Indians (transported to the gulch from Dead wood, unde r oath of secrecy by the "Genera.I") to blast into the mountain-side, and get a.t the gold-bearing quartz, the old locater in person set out for Cheyenne on the secret mission of procuring a portable crusher,* boiler and engine, and such other Implements a.s would be needed, and them safely into the ll'ulch unknown to the rovrng population of the Rills country. And most wonderful to relate, he succeedt>d Two weeks after his departure, he returned with the machinery and two score of Ut.e Indians, whom he bad sworn into his service, for, a.s a UL& rarely breaks his word, they were likely to prove valuable accesso ries to the plans of our two friends. Redburn ba.J in the meantime l:ilasted in until he came upon the rock. Here he had to stop until the arrival of the machinery. He however busied himself in enlarging the cabin and building a curb to the shaft, which occ11pied bis time until at l ast the General" aiid his army returnd. Now, we see these two succes.ful men standing 11nd ga.zing at the result of their joint labors, each financially happy; each growing rich a.s the day rolls away. The miners are In a prosperous condition, and moves off with that and order that :ro:,"' to management and constant atten-The gold taken from the shaft is much fin e r than that extracted from the quartz. The quartz yielded about eighteen dollars to the ton, which the General declared to be as well as .. a feller c'u 'd expect, considerin' things, more or less!" Therefore, It will be seen by those who have any knowledge whatever of gold mining that, after pay tng off the expenses, our friends were not doing so badly, after all. "Yes, yest" the "General" was remarldng. as he gazed at the string of mules that alternately issued from and re-entered the fissure on the opposite side of the valley; .. yes, yes, boyee, things a.r' workin' as I like ter see 'em at last. The shllft 'JI more'n pay expenses if ahe holds h e r head 'hove water, as I opme she will, an' w'at ar' out uv the quartz a.r' cleer 'intment fer us.' "True; the shaft is more than paying off the bands," replied Redburn, seating himself upon a bow Ider, and starino: vacantly a.t the dense column of smoke ejectet; "they say the devil's couriers are ever around when you are talking of them. Look! in vaders already." He p.)inted toward the east, where the passage led out <>f the valley into the gorge beyond. Out of this passage two persons on horseback bad just issued, and now they came to a bait, evidently surprised at the scene which lay spread out before them. No sooner did the "Genera.I" clap his eyes on the pair than he uttered a cry of astomshment, mingled with joy. ''It's thet scarlet chap. Fearless Frank!" he an nounced, hopping about like a pi;; on a hot griddle, "w'at I war tellin' ye nbout; the same cuss w'at desarted Charity Joe' t, ter look fer sum critter w'at war sereechin' f e r help. I went wi' the lad fer a ways, but my jackass harpened to be more or less indispositioned-consider'hly more o' less than less o' more-an' so I made up my mind not ter continny on bis route. Ther I see'd o' the lad h e pea.reel over sum kind 0. a rrecr,pice, and calk.v la.tin. as how he war done fer, rej ine d Charity Joseph, an' kim on." "He has a female In bis company!" said Redburn, watching the new-comer keenly. Yas, 'peer to n1e be bas, an' et's more or Jesa likely tbat et's the same critter he went to resky w'en he left Charity Joe's train!" "What about him? We do not want him here: to let him return to Deadwood after what he bas seen would be. certain death to our interests.'' "Yas, the.r's more or less truth in them words o yours, b'yee-consider'bly more o' less than less o' more. He ken't 'go back now, nohow we kin fix et. He's a right pea.rt sort o' a kid. an' I thinke f we war ter gllv him a job, or talk re<>aon 'ble ter him, thei he'd consent to do the squar' tiling by us." "Redburn frowned. "He' ll have to remain !or a certain time, he wants to or not," he muttered, more savage than usual. It 1ooked to him as if this was to be the sig nal of a general invasion. "Come! l et's go and r;;ee what we can do.,, They left the foothills. clambered down into the valley and worked their way toward where Fearless Frank and his companion sat in waiting. As they did so, heade d by a tlgnre in black, who wore a mask as did all the rest, a band of horsemen rode out of the fissure into the valley. One glance and we recognize Deadwood Dick1 Prince of tbe Road, and his band of road-agents!' CHAPTER XIL MAKING TERMS ALL AROUND. OLD General NU: was the first to discover tJhe Jl6'll Invasion. "Gorra'migh'yl" he ejaculated. flourishing hie staff about exci tedly, "cl 'ye mind them same w'at'I! tuk e t inter the'r beads to invade our sa.ncty torum, op yander? Howly saints frum ther cullen clerl We shall be built up inter an entire city 'twixt this an' sunset, ef th er populatin' sect becum enny more nnmersome. Thar's a full fifty of bbem sb1,1.rks, more or less-co.nsider'bly rrore o' less than le&B o' <;f we .J:rain't got ter1Jofd a Cull t-i:unt


Deadwood Dick, the Prince of the Road. 23 I D order to clean 'em out, why, ye can call me a to the right of the fissure ancl formed Into a coi-!'art. ,,ross-eyed, hare-lipped hyeeny. that's all body, where they h a lted and watched the rallying of Redburn uttered an ejaculation as he saw the the savages In the vallev. swarm of Invaders .that was perhaps more forcible Fearless Frank and his lovely companion remalnE>d '1Jan polite. where they had first halte d, awaiting development.. He did not like the looks of things at all. I f Neel They had stumbled into and were b-Oth sur Harris were only here, he thought, he could throw prised and bewildered. the responsibillty all off on his shoulders. But he Redburn approached the m first. H e was at l osii was not; n either had he been seen or heard of since how to open the confab, but the Scarlet Boy saved b e had quitted the valle:y over a month ago. Where him the trouble. be was taying all this time was a problem that no J .Presume I see In you one of the representalves one could solve-no one among our three friends. of this concern," he said, d o ffing his hat, and show-The "General had made inquiries in Deadwood, Ing his pearl y teeth in a little smile, as the miner but elicited no iufo1mation concernin!!' the young came up. miner. He had droppe d entirely out of the magic ."You do," replied Rf'dburn, bowing stiffly. "I am city's notice, and might be dead or dying in some an owne r or partner in this mming enterprise, v nich, foreign clime for all they kne w Anita worried and untii your sudden adveut, has been a secret to tJie grew sadder each day at his non-return; It seemed outside world." t o her that he was in distress, or worse perhaps" I believe you, pilgrim; for though I am rretty dead. He bad never stayed away so Jong before thoroughly acquainted w;tb the topogrp,pby of the she said. always returning from bis trips every few Black Hills country, I bad not the l east idea that What, then, could now be the reason of bis such an enterprise existed in this part of the terri-prolonged absence P tory. Redburn foresaw troubl e in the Intrusion of the "No, I dare say not. But bow is it that are Inroad-agents and Fearless Frank, although he knew debtecl to you for this intrusion?-fo r such we fee l not the character or calllilg of the former, and be justified ii>. calling it, under the existing circu m r esolved to make one bol d stroke i n defense o f the stances." mines. I did not intend to intrude, sir, nor do I now. In "Go to the quartz-mines as quickl y as you can!" through the mountains we acc idc ntally stumhe said, addressing Nix, "and call every man to his bled mto the fissure passage that IE>ads to gulch, arm$. Then rally the m out here, where I w!ll be and-as there was nothing to hinder us, we came on waiting with the remainder of our f orces, and w e through." wil l see what can be done. If it Is to be a fight for True; I should have posted a strong guard In the our rights, a desperate flirht it shall be." pass. You have a female ccmvanion, I perceive; The "General" hurried off with as much alacrity not your wifef" as was possib l e with him, toward the quartz-mine, O h no l nor my sister. either. This is Miss Ter1y whileRedburnlikewisemadehastetoVJsittheshaft an estimabl e young who has come to.the and collect together his handful of men. Black Hil l s in search of her father Your name i s-" He passe settlement with them; so it is not desirable you propose to do!" that they shoul d see you." "To doP Why, turn back, I suppose; I see n othing You are not going to fight them P" e lse to do." Yes, if they will not come to reasonabl e terms, Redburn leaned on h i s rifl e and considered. which I shall uame. WhyP" "Do yon belong to that crowd P" "Ohr don't fight. You will get killed." "No, Indeed!" Fran!<'s face flushed half angrily. "Humph! wbat of thatf who would care If I lthankn>y starslamuot quite so low down as were killed!" thot y et. Do yo>1 know tbcmf That's DE>adwood I would, for one, Mr. Redburn." Dick, the Prince of the !Wad, and bis band of outThe miner's heart gave a great bound, nnd he laws." gazed into the pure white face of the girl, "What-is It. possible? 'J'hp snme gang whom the ately. Was it possib l e that she had in her heart anyPir r w r is making such a splurge over evpry week}'' thing akin to love for l!im I Already be had con" The same. That fellow clad in black is Deadceived a passing fancy for her, which might ripen wood Dick, the leader." In to love in time. "Eumphl He in black; you in scarlet. Two con" Thanks!" he r aicl, catching up her hand and trasting colors. pressing It to his lips. "Those w ords.i.. few as they "That is so. I had not thought of it before. But are. make me h appy, Miss Anita. .1mt. stop l I no significance Is attached thereto." must away. Go inside. and keep shady until you "Perhaps not. Have you the least idea wb!V see me again," and so saying he hurried on b rought them here?" In ten minutes' time two-score of brawny, half"The road-agentsf I r?ckon I do. 'l.he military dressed Utes were rallied in the valley, and Redburn has been chasing them for the last two Pre>bwas at their head, accompanied by t .he "General." ably they have come bere for protection.' "I will now go forward and hQl d parley," said "Maybe 1ro-or for plunder. Give .me your decl Harry. as be wrapped a kerchief about the muz-sion. and I will !(O and @ee w r.he:y want." zle of his rifle-barrel. "If you see me fall, vou elm "There Is nothing for me to .decide more tlw.n to calculate that it's about time for you co sfin!!' In a take the back track." chunk of ;vour lip. Redburn shook his bPad decidedly. He had fallen mto the habit of talking in an illiter "You cannot go back!" b e said using positiveness ate fashion, since bis association with the" General." in his -argument; "that is, n o t for a while. You"d "All right." assented the old locater; "ef the y try have all Deadwood down on us in a jiffy. I'll give tf>.r salt ye, jes' giv' a squawk, an' w e 'll cum a-tearin' you work In the shaft at three dollars a day. Y o u d own ter yer resk-y at ther rate o forty hours a mile1 can accept that offer, or ubmit to confinement until more or l ess--consider'bly more o' less than less o I SPe flt to set you at liberty." tn ore." "And my companion here Redburn buckled bis belt a hole tighter, looked to "I will place under the charge of Mis s Alli!.<. fr his two telfOlvllrs, and out on bis th,e w h -a h e will receive hOpitable tre 'lbe rtilNN!gl!llts had, m tbe niMn time, circled off .nil!Jit


2! Deadwood Dick, the Prince of the Road. Fearlees ll'r&nk started M though he had bPen a violent blow; his face g1ew very white; his eyes dilated the trembled in every joint, "Anita!'' ne ga.eped-u Anita!" "I believe th&$ IS what I said I" Redburn could <1ot understand the youth's agitation. He knew that the sister of Ned Harris had a ecret. Was this Fearless Frank in any way connected with it, and if so howP "Do you know her?" 1 Her other name is-" "Harris-Anita Harris, in full. Do you know her, o:r aught of her?" "1-1-1 did, once I" was the slow reply. "Where Is she? I want to see her. ReJburn toolf a moment to consider. Would it be best to P,rmit a meeting between the two until he should be able to l earn somethinismore definite concerning the secret? If Ned Harris were here would bP sanction such a meeting? No I somethinl\' told the young miner that be would not; something warned him that it could result in no good to allow the scarlet youth an interview w ith sad, sweet-faced Anita. "You cannot see her!" he at last said, d ec idedly. "There is a reason why you two sh-Ould nev e r meet again, and if you r emain in tbe gulch, as you \vill be obliged to, for the present, you must give me your word of honor that you will not go near yonder cabin." Fearl-iss Frank had expected this; therefore he how promisP.," McKer1Zie said, after a motnent's de liberation, "ou my houor that I \viii not approach tha cabin, you will furnish m e my meals and elsew ere. If Anita comes to m e what u I will see 'uaat she does not," Redburn answered, pos itively Gradually h e was assuming full control Qf things, in the absence of H a1Tis, himself. llliss .1.:e rry, you may ride down to yonder ca Lin, and tell Anita I sent you. Pilgrim, you can come along with me." "No; I will accompany A lice as far as where your forces are stationed," said Frank, and then they rode down the slope, Redburn turning toward where the road-agents sat upon thei r horses in a compiict body, with Deadwood Dick at their head. As the mine r drew nigh and came to a standstill, the Prince of the Road rode forward to his side. "Well-?" h e said. interrogatively, his voice heavy yet pleasant; "I suppose you desire to know what bizness 've'v e got in your c orufi e ld, eh, strangP.r?" "That's about the dimensions of it, yes," replie:l Redburn, at once conceiv ing a likin g for tbe young road-a gent, in whom he thought he saw a true gen .. tleman, i,n the disguis e of a devil. I came over to learn the object you bav e in view, in inva lin g our little valley, if you have no objections to t elling. "Certainly not. As you m w have g u esse:l al ready, we are a band of road-ag-ents, wh0se field of action ve hav e lately confined to the Bhck Hills country. I have the honor of b e init.the l eade1-, and you have doubtless heard of me-upadwoorl Dick, the 'Road-Agent Prince,' as the P ione r p eroists in terming me. Just at present, things are rather sultry in the immediate vicinity of D eadwood so far as we are concerned, aoJ we sought this locality to esc!tpe a small army of the Deadwood military, who around after us for the past week." "We ll. we happened to see a man and woman come this way, a>ld believing that' it must lead to somewhere or other. we followed, and here we are, out of the reach of the bluP-coats. but, I take it, in th0 way of a party of secret miners. Is it snot so? "No, not necessarily so, unless you put yourselves in the way. Yo u wish to remaiu quartered here for the present?" If not contrary to yonr 'Wi."1les, we should like to, ves. '' I have no objections to offer, providing you wlD agree to two points." "And what are they, may I ask?" "These: That you will camp at the mouth 0f the passage, 11.nd thus keep out any other intruders that may come; second. that you will keep your men to this side of the valley and not interfere with any of our laborers." "To which I eagerl y agree. Yon shall experience no inconvenience from our presence h e re; yon fut._ nisb us a haven of safety from the pursuing soldiers; we in r eturn will extend you our aid in rPp elling a host of fortune-seekers who may any moment come down this way in swarms." "Very well; that settles it then. You keep your promise and all will go well." The two shook hands; then Redburn turned an

Deadwood Dick, the Prince of the Road. 8& "ferry, as tbe latter was evidently his real name heartily coincided with his views, and both agreed that it was b es t not to let the Scarlet Boy come within range o! Anita, or at least not till Ned Harris should return, when he could do as he ooose. Accordingly it was decided that Fearless Frank should be set to work in lhe quartz mine, that being the furthest Jrom the cabin, and he could eat and sleep e ither in the mine or in the crusher building, 'hicheve r he liked best. After settling this pciut, the two men rejoined the others, and Frank was apprised of their decision He made no remarks npon it, but it was plain to see that be was anything but satisfie_d. His wild spirit yearned for constant freedom. 'l'he Utes were dismissEd and sent hack to their work; tha "General strolled off with McKenzie toward the quartz mine; it devolved upon Redburn to escort Alice to the cabin, which he ith a J?eneral expres$iOn of cheerfulness about tbe board. Anitn. sAemed less r!ownc1>.st than usua l anrl tbe vivacious Alice made life and merriment for aJl. She was witty where wit was proper, and sensi"ble In an unusual degr ee. Redbwn was in!atuated with her. He watched her with an expression of fondness In his eyes; be admire d her every gesture and action; he saw some thing new to admire in her each ruoment be was ill. her gociety When the evening meal was cleared away, he took down the ri_!tar, and sung s everal ballads, the old "General' accompanying him with bis rich, deep base, and Alice with her clear, birdlike alto; and the sweet melody of the trio's voices called forth round after n,und of rapturous applause from the road agents camped upon the slope, and from the Utes wbo were lounging here and there among the flower beds of the valley But of the Jot, D e arl wood Dick was the only one bold enough to approach the cabin. He came sauntering along and baited ou the thresh u Good-evening!" he said, tipping bis sombrero, but taking care not to let the mask sllr from his face. "I hope mine is not an intrusion. Hearing music, I was loth to stay away, for I am a great lover of music;-it is the one passioa that appeals to my better nature." He s eated himself on the little stone step, and mo tioued for Redburn to pro' ceed. One of those inside the cabin had been strangely affected at the sight of Dick, and that person was Anita. She turned deathly pale, her eyes assumed an expr ession of affright, and shetremblerl 'l'iolently, as she first saw him. The Prince of the Road, how ever, if he saw her, noticed not her agitation; in facL, h e took not the second g lanc e at her while he remained at the cabin. His eyes were almost con stantly fastening upon the lovely face and form of Alice. Thinking it best to humor one who might become either a powerful enemy or an influential friend, Redburn accordingly struck up a livel;y air, a la '1ar1jo, and in exact. imitation of a rendered Gwine t o Get a Home, llymeby .Ana tne thun ders of.,,, 01e that came from the .'.>utside listener<;, showed hew surely he bacl touched npon a pleasani chord. He that with several modern serio comic songs, all o f which were received well ancJ herutily applauded. That recalls memories ,f good old times," said the road-agent, as he leaned back against the door sill, and gazed at the mountains, grand, majestic1 stupendcus and the starlit sky, azure, calm ana serene. "Recalls the days of early boy hood, that "ere gay, pure, and happy. Ah! ho!" He heaved a deep sigh, and bis bead dropped upon his breast. A deathlike silence pervaded the cabin; that one heartfelt sigh aroused a sensation of pity in each of. the four heart that beat,., itldn t h e cabin waits. That th e r oad-ag ent was a f(entlf'mm1 in disgu ise, was not to be gainsayed; all felt tlrnt uespile his out lawed calling, he was deserving o f a place among them, in bis better moods. As if to uccorJ with his mood, Alice b egan a sweet birdlike song, full or tender J,atbos, 1wd pinf! s7irit Clear and the mai.:!en s culturC'd voice nvellerl out on the till niglit aird Mch0; rhen he sprung abruptly 10 Us feet, drew one band wearily across the maP ked brow; raised his sombre ro with a deft movement, a nd bowed hinu.:elf out-out imo the night, where 1be moon and stars looke

-Deadwood Dick, the Prince ot the Road. Llllce Terry rose from her seat, crossed ovPr to the door, and gazed a .fter ihe straight hatidsome form, until it had mingled with the other road-agents, who had camped upon th& slope. Then she turned aoout, and sat do'vn upon the couch beside Anita. "You are still, dear," she said, stroking the other's long, unconfined hair. "Are you lonely 1 If not wh.r, don't you say somethina?" I have to say,r. repli'.'d -Anita, a sad, sweet smile pla mg over ner features. "I have been too much taken up with the music to think of talking." "But, you are seldom talkative." "So brother used to tell me. He said I had Jost my heart, aud tongue. Redburn was drumming on the window-casing with his fingers ;-a sort of lonely tattoo it was. "You seemed to be much inte r es ted in the outlaw, Miss Terry." he observed, as if by chance the thought had just occurred to him, when, in re>ility, he was downright jealous. "Had you two ever met-" Certainly not1 sir," -and Alice flashed him an in quiring glance 'Why do you ask?" "Oh I for no r eason, in particular, only I fancied that song was meant especially for him." Redburn, afterward, wou!J have given a hundred dollars to have recalled those words, for the haughty1 b.a lf-indignant look Alice gave him mstantly clhowe(l him he was on the wrong track. If he wished to court h e r favor, it be in a different way, and he must not again give her a glimpse of his jealous nature. "You spoke of a brother," said Alice, turning to Anita. "Does he liv e h ere with you?" "Yes, when not away on business. He has now been absent for over a month." Indeed I Is he as sweet, sad, and silent as your self?" "Oh I no; Ned Is unlike me; he is buoyant, cheer ful pleasant. 1Nedl What is his full name, dear!" "Ed ward Harris." Alice grew suddenly pale and speechless, as she remembered the handsome young miner whom Fear less Frank had slain in the due l, just outside of Deadwood. TWs, then, was his sister; and evidently she as yet knew nothing of his sad fate. "Do you know aught concerning Edward Harris?" Redburn asked, seeing her agitation. Alico con sidered a moment. "I do," she answered, at last. "This Fearless Frank, whom I came here with, had a duel with a man, just above Deadwo od, whose name was Edward Harrist" "My G od;-and his fate-" "He was instantly killeJ, and left lying where he dropped!" Thert> was a scream ot agony just here, and a heavy ran. Anita had fainted I CHAPTER XIV THE T!UNSIENT TRIUMPH. REDBURN sprung from his seat, ran over to her, and raised her tenderly m hi s a;-ms. "Poor thing! he murmured, gazing into her pale, 3f;ill fac e "the shock was too much for h er. No wonder she fainted." H e l a id h eron the couch, and kept off the others who crowded aroun d Bring cold water!" h e ord e r ed, and I will soon have h e r out of tWs fit I" Alice hastened to obey. and Anita's face and hands were bathed in the cooling liquid until she began to show signs of returning consciousness "Yon may now give me the parttcu! of the af fair," Redburn said, nsmg. and closing the door, for a chilly breeze wa;i 1weeping into the cabin. Alice proceeded to comply with his request by narrating what had occurre!!z. and as nearly as pos .tble, what had been said. 'v ne:a she had concluded., he gazed down for several moments thoughtfully into the face of Anita. There was much yet that was b eyond his powers cf comprehension-a knotty probl em for which he saw no immediate solution. "What do you think about it, 'Generali' he ask0d, turning to the mine-locater. "Have we suf. tlcient evidence to hang this dPvll in scarlet?" "Hardly, boyee, hardly. 'Peers t e r me, 'cordin' to ther gal's tell, thet thar war a fair shake all around, an' as duelin' ar' more or less th er fashion 'round these i;>arts,-considerably more o' l ess 'n less o' more-et am't law-fell ter yank a. critter up by the r throat!" "I know it is not, according to the customs of thie country uf the Black Hills; but, look at it. That f e llow, who I am satisfied is a black -hearted knave, has not only taken the life of poor Harris but, very probably, has given his sister her death-blow. The question is: should he go unpunished in the face of all this evidence 1" "Yes. Lethi_mgo; I will be the one to punish him!" It was Anita who spoke. She had partly arisen on the couch; her face was stl'eaked with water, aml slightly haggard; her hair bl ew about her n ec k and shoulders; her eyes blazed with a wild, almost savage fire. "Le t him go I" she repeated, more of fierceness in her voice than Redburn had ever heard there b efo re. "He shall not escape my vengeance. Oh, my poor, poo: dead brother!" She flung herself b:ick upon the couch, and gave herslf up to a wild, passionate, uncontrollable out burst of tears and sobs-the wailings of a sorrowing h<>.art. For a long time she continued to weep and sob violently; then came a lull, during which she fell asleep from exhaustion-a deep sleep. Redburn and Alice then carried her. into au adjoining room, wherd sh'l was left under the latter's skillful care, Awhile later the cabin was wrapt in silence. ''Vhen morning sunlight next peeped down into the Flower Pocket, it found everything generally as tit. Anita was up and I*JrSuing her household dutit>s, but she was calm, now, even sadder than before, making a strange contrast to blithe, gaysome Alice, who flitted about, ht>re and there like some brigbt winged butterfly surrounded by a halo of perpetual sunshine. Unknown to any one save themselves, two mea were witWn the vallay of the Flower Pocket gold mines-there on business and that business meant bloodshed. They were secreted in among the foot Wlls on the western side of the flowering paradise, at a where they were not observed, and at the same time were the observers of all that was going on in front of them. How came they here, when the hand of Deadwood Dick guarded the only accessible entrance there was to the valley? The answer was: they came secretly through the pass on the night precedint:r the arrival of the road-agents, and had been lying m close con cealment ever since. The one was an elderly man of portly figure, and the other a young dandyish fellow, evidently the eider's son, for they res e mbled each other in every feature. W e make no clifficulty In recognizing them as the same precious whom Outlaw Dick cap tured from the stage onl.v to lose them again througb the treachery of tt>o of his own band. Both look ed coniilerably the worse for wear, and the gaunt, hungry expression on their features, as the morning sunlight shone down upon them, declare d in a languag e more adequate than words1 that they were b eginning to suffer the first pangs Ol" starvation. "We cannot h o ld out at this rate much longer1 the elder Filmore cri e il, as he watched the bustlr, 1n the valley below. I'm as empty as a collapsed bal loon1 and what's more, we're in no of Imo "lledlate relief."


Deadwood Dick. the Prince Ot! t h e Roa.lL Filmt. the younger, groaned a.loud In agony of 8[lirit. "Cunie the Black Hills and all who have been fools enoup,h to inhabit them, anyhow!" be growled, savagely; just let me get hack m the land of civil ization again. and you can bet ;your bottom dollar I'll know enough to stay there.' "Bahl this 1ittle rough experience will do you good lfwe only had a square meal or two and a basket of shcny, I should feel quite at home. N oth lsb nlace. But money, you know, is the root of all-'' "Evil!" broke In the other, and after three months' wild-goose-chase you are just as destitute of the desired root as you were at first." True. but we have at least discovered one of the shrubs at the bottom of which .;rows the root!" "You referto D eadwood Dick?" "I do. He 'is here in tbe valley, and be must f]ever leave it alive. While we have the chance we must strike the blow that will forever silence his toni:rue." "Yes; but what about the girl? She will be as much in the way, if not a good deal m ore so "We can manage her all right wnen the proper t ime arrives. Dick is our g-ame, now." "He may prove altogether too much game. But, now that we are counting e;i:gs, bow much cf the 'lay is to be m i ne, when this boy and girl are finished?" be queried. ''How much? Well, that depends upon circum stangrow in?, impatient when the firm tread of "the Prince was hea;.d swiftly approaching. Quickly the lasso was drawn taut. Dick, not dreaming of the trap, came bcldly a long, tripped, aud went sprawli11g to the ground. The next mstant hi s ene mies were on him, each with a Joor nurderous knife in hand. CHAPTER XV TO THE RESCU 1 I THE suddenness of the onslaught prevented D ecc wood Dick from raising n band to defend bimse l and the two strongmen piliug their combi ned weigbl; upon h i m, bad the effect to render him utterl y help Jess. H e would bav<.yelled to apprise his comrades of bis fa e, but Alexander Filmore, ready for the emergency, quickly thrust a cob of wood into h i s month, and b ound i o there with strong strings. The younw, road-agent wM a prisoner. "Hal ha!' Jeer e d the elder Filmore, peering down into the masked face-" ha! bat my young eaglet; so I have you at last, have l? After repeated efforts to ire t you in my power I have at last been reward ed with uccess1 eh? Hal ha l the t errible scourg e of tLe Black Hi Is li e s her e at my feet, mine to do with as I shall see fit."


88 Deadwood Dick, the Prince or the Roa.a. .. snail we settle him, and leave him lying here, where his gang can find hitn ?" interrupted the ;younger Filmore, who, now that his blood was up, cared little what he did. "You give him one jab and '\will guarantee to finish him with the second 11 "l'io, no, boy; you are too hasty. Before we eilenco him forever, we must ascertain, if possible, where the girl is." "But. he'll never tell us." "We have that yet to find out. It is my opinion that we can bring him to terms, somehow. Take hold. and we will carry him back to om hole in the bill." Deadwood Dick was accordingly seized by the nectc and heels, find borne swiftly and silently toward the western sirle of the gulch, up among the foothills, into the rift, where the plotters had lain concealed, .since their arrival. Here he was placed upon the ground in a sitting posture, and his two enemies -crouched on either side of him. like beasts ready to spring U{'On their prey. B e low m the valley. Utes had kindled one soli tary fire, and this with a starlike gleam of li'l'htfrom th<> gag. I'll hold my six against his pnlsnmeter. If he squawks I'll s ilence him, swe as there is virtue in powder and ball!" The e lder after some de!ibQration acquiesced, aucl Dick was placed in possession of his speaking power, while the muzzle of young Filmore's revolve r }lressed against his breast, warned him to silence aud obedi ence. "Now." said the elder Filmore, "jut you keep mum. Ir you try any trickerv, it will only hasten your destruction, which is in evitab l e!" Deadwood Dick gave a little l a ugh. "You talk as if you were going to do sometliing toward making me the center of funeralistic attrac tion." "You'll find out soon enough, young man. I have not pursued yon so long all for nothing, you may rest assur e d. Yonr death will be the only event tbac can atone for all the trouble you have given me in the" "ls that so? :We ll, you seem to hold all the t>urnpcards, and I reckon you ought to win, though I can't see into your inordinate thir.;t for dittmon ts, when snrvies will eventually triumph. Had I a full hand of c luhshl am not so sure but what I could ..aise you, k nn'lleli t ough you are!" I think not; wh e n kings win, the game is virtu ally up. We hold altogethe r too high cards for you at present, and beg as you may, we shall not pass you.'' Don't be too sure of it. The best trout often 3lips from the book when you are sanguine that you have l\t last been immoderately succt>ssful. But, enOU!fh of this cheap talk. Go on and say your say, m as few words as possible, for I am in a hurry." Both Filmore, Sr., and Filmore, Jr, laughed at this-it sonnderl so ridiculously funny to hear a help less talk of in a hnrry H Bm;iness must be pressing 11' leer e d the elder. savage l y. "Don't. b e at all scar Pcl. We'll start you bumming along tbe road to Jordan soon enough, if that's what you want. First, however, we desire you to inform us whe1e we can find the girl, as we wish to make a clean sweep while we are about it ." "Do you hathe your face in alum-water?" abru{lt ty asked the road-agent, starini' at his qruz tically. "Do you?" "Bathe in alum-water? Certainly ot, 'lfr. Willi do you ask?" Because the hardness of your cheek i .. highlr, suggestive of the use of some similar application. A.fexander Filmore stared at bis on a moment, at loss to comprehend; but, as it began to dawn upon hitn that he was the butt of a hard hit, he uttered a fri?htful curse. My cheek and your character bear a close resem blance then I" he retorted hotly. A.gain I ask yo1 will you tell me where the girl is?" "No; you must take me for an or'nery O? some,.other kind of an animal. if you tbiuk .i! would delive'r her into ylYUr clutches. No-no, my scheming knaves I will not. Kill me if you like, but it will not accomplish your villaiuous ends. She has all of the papers, and can not only put herself forward at the right time, but can.have you arrested for my mur der!" "Hahl we can find her, as we have found you; so we will uot trifle. Clarence, get ready; and when I c ount one-two-three-pull the trigger, and I'll fin ish him with my knife I" "All ri!l'ht; go a.head; I'm ready!" replied the dutiful son. __ Fearless Frank sat upon a bowlder in the mouth of the qua.rtz mine, listeuiug to tbe strains of music that floated up to bim from the cabiu out in the valley. and puffing moodily away at a g1imy old pipe he bad purchased, together with some tobacco, from one of the Utes with whom h e worked. He had not gone down to the crusher-house for his supper; be diJ not feel hungry, and was more con tent" d h ere in the mouth of the mine where he could command a view of n.ll that was going on in the val ley. With his pipe for a companion be was as happy as he could be, deprived as he was from association with the Qthers of his color who had barred him out in the cold Once or twice during the day, on coming fron. within t'> e-ct a breath of pure an-, he had caught a glimpse o f Anita as she flitted about the cabin ,en: gaged at her household duties, and the yearning ex pression that unconsciously stole into bis dark eyes spoke of a passion within his heart that, though it might be was not extinct-was there a ll the same in all its and ardor. Had he been grantPd fae privilege of meeting h e r, he might have displaced tl1e barrier that rose between them: but now nothing r emained for him but to t oil away until Redbum should see tit to send him away, back inw the worlrl from which he came. Would he want to go, when that time came, Hardly, be thought, as he sat there and gazed into til e quie t vale b elow him, so beautiful even in dark u ess. There was no reason why he should go back again adrift npon the bustling world. He had no relatives-no clai'DS that pointed him to go thither; he was as free and unfettered as the wildest mountain eagle. He had no one to say where he should and where he should not go; be liked one place eqnall.v as well as another, providing there was plenty of provender and work within easy range; he nad never thought of settling clown until now. when he had come to the Flower Pocket valley and caught a glimpse of Anita-Anita whom h e had not seen for years; on whom he had brought censme, reproach anrlA. step amon!\' the rocks close at band startled him from a reverie mto which he had fallen, and caused him to spill the tobacco from bis pipe. A slight trim figure stood a few yards away, and he perceived that two extended bands clasped objects, suggested thatthey were S ilence I" came in a clear, authoritative voice. "One word more than I ask you, and I'll blow your bra ins out. Now, what's your name?" "Justin McKenzie's my name. Fearless :Frank generally answers me the purpose of a non ae plume," was the reply.


Deadwood Dick the P rince or the Roa.4. "Very good," and the stranger drew near enoug;h for the Scarlet Boy to perceive that he was clad m buckskin: well armed; wore a Spanish sombrero, and long hair do\Vn over the square shoulders. "I'm Calamity_ Jane. I! McKenzie uttered an ejaculation of surprise, it was not to be wondered at, for he bad beard many stories, in Deadwood, concerning the "dare-devil gal up in men's toggerv. ,, Calamity Jam, ?" he echoed, picking up his pipe. "Where in the world oid '!JOU cmn e fror: 1, nncl how did you get here, and what do yon want, and-" One at a time please. I came from Dead w ood 'With Road-Ag ent Dick's party-unknown to the m, understand you. That answers two questions. Tho tblrd is, I want to be around when there' s any fun going on; and it's lucky l'm here now. I guess Dic k has jnst got layecl out by two fellows in the v alle y below here, and they've slid off with him over amonl( the foothlll[onde r. I want you w stub along after me, and Jen the voices of your sixes, if need be. 1'm to s e t him at lib erty!" "flm at your service," Fralik quickly replied. Exdteme11t was one of hls passions; adventure was an other. "Are you well heeled ? "I r ec k on. Alway s make it a point to be prepared tor wild beasts nnd I he like, you know." "A good idea. Well if you are ready, we'll slide. l don t want them toughs to get the drop on Dick if 1 can it." '"Who are the y?" "Who-the :: f n former enemies of his, without doubt. They propose to nly seals your own miserable fate?" She to0k delib erate aim, but Dick interrupted her. "Don't shoot, Jennie! he gasped, the blood spurting from his wound: "this ain't none o' your funeral. Give three shrill whistles for my men, and take careo' these hounds until I'm able to at tend to 'em. Take m0 to the cal>-" He could not flnJsh the SPntence; a sickening stnmm of blood gushed from bis mouth, and he fell back upon the ground insensible. Fearless Frank gave the three shrill whistles, while Calamity Jane covered the two cowering wretches with her revolvers. The distress signn.I was answered by a yell, and la a few seconds five road-agents came bounding up. u Seize these two cusses, and guard 'em Calamity said, grimly. "They are a precious pair, and in a few days, no doubt, you'llbave the pleasure of attending their funerals. Your captain is wound ed, but not dangerously, I hope. We will take him to the cabin, where there are light and skillful hands to dress his wounds. When be wants you, we will l e t yon know. Be sure and guard these knaves well. n ow" ., rhe men growled an assent, and after binding tbs cap tiv es' arms, hustled them off toward camp, in d o u b l e -quick time, muttering threats of vengeance. Fearles s Frank and Calamity then carefully raised 1 he stricken road-agent, and bore him to the cabin, where he was laid upon the couch. Of course, all wns now excitement. Reel burn and Alice set to work to dress the bleed tng w o und, with Jane and the0General "loo2ng on to see that uothlng was left nndone. Fearless Frank s tood apart from thA r est, his arms folded across his breast, a grave, half-doubtful expression upon his handsome, sun-browned features. Anita was not in the room at the time but she came in a moment later, '1.Ild s1ood gazing about her in wondering surprise. Then, her eyes rested upon F earless Frank for the first ancl she grew deadly wh:te; Ehe tremb:ed in every limb; a halffrightenecl, half-pitiful look came into her eye s. The young man iu scarle t was similarly affected His cheeks blanched, his lips became firmly com pressed; a mastering expression fell from his dark magnetic orbs. There they stood, face to face, a picture of doubt, of indifferent i;espect, of opposite strong passions, subdued to control by a heavy band. None of the others noticed them; they were alone, confronting each other; trying to read the other' s thoughts, the one penltent arnl cravfog forgiveness, the other cold almost to ss, and yet not un willing to forgive and forget. Deadwood Dick s wound was quickly and E killfully dressed; it was not dangerous, but was so exceed ingly painful that the pangs soon brought him back to The moment be opened his eyes he saw Fearless Frank and Anlta-perceived their p o siti o n toward each other, end that it would require only a &ingl e word to brid g e the chasm betwee n A hard look came into his eyes as they i::azed through the holes in the mask; then be gazed at Alice-sweet, piquant Alice-and the hardness melted like snow b efore the spring sunshine. "Thank God, it WIJ. no deeper," he said, sitting upright, and rubbing the tipa of his black-gloved fingers over the patches tba t covered the gashes, 'Alt hough deucedly bothersome, it ls not of much account." To the surprise of all, he sprung to his f eet, and strode to the door. Here he stopped, and 'ooked around for a .few moments, sniffling at the cool mountain breeze, as n dog would. A single cedar tree stood by the c11hin, its branches, bare and naked, stretching out like huge arms above the doorway. And it was at these the road-ngent gazed, a savage glaam in Lis piercing black eyes. After a f e w careful observations, he turned his face within the cahin. "Justin McKenzie," be ssid, gazing at the young man steadily. "I want you to do me a service. Go to my camp, and say to my men that I desire their presence here, togethe r with the two prisoners, and a couple of stout lariats, with nooses at the end o1 them. Hurr.v, now." Fearless Frank started a trifle, for he seemed to recognize the voice; but the next instant he bowed assent, and left the cabin. When he wru; gone, Dic k turned to Redburn. "Have you a glass of water handy, OaJ>.1 jab in the gullet makes me somewhat thit'!!tv,""


80 Deadwood Dick. Pl"ince or the Road. Red'burn nodded, and procured the drink; then a strange silence r.ervaded the cabina silence that no one seemed willing to break. At last the tramp of many feet was heard, and a moment later the road-agents, with Fearless Frank at their head, reache d the doorway, where they halted. The moment D eadwood Dick came forward, there was a wild, deafening c heer. "Huna! burral Deadwood Dick. Prince of the Road, s till Jives. Three long hearty cheers, lads, and a humm0r"' cri e d Fearless Frank, and then t'!le mountain echoes reverberated with a thousand dis cordant y e lls of hurrah. The young road-agent r esponded with a nod, and then S'lid: 0 Th e prisoners; have you them there?" "Here t'ley are, Cap !'1 cr i ed a score of voices, and the two Filmores were trotted out to the front, with ropes already about their necks. "Shall we h'ist 'em?" Not j es t yet, boys; I have a few words to say, tlrst." Then turning halfabout in the doorway, Dead wood Dick continued: "Ladies and gentlemen a litrl e tragedy about to take place here soon, and it b ecomes necessary that I shoul d say a few words explaining what cause I have for_ hanging these two wretches whom yo' u see here. Th e r efore, I will tell you a short story, and you will see that m:y caue 1s just, as we lo ok at these things he:-e in this delectable country of the Black Hills. To begin with : " Le:;. to you, El1r1ar l Ha1ris ."'and here the roadagent flung aside the black mask, r avealiug the "mUing face of the young card-sharp. "I have anC'ther-my family name-but I do not use it. pre ferring to it. Anita, yonde r, is :ny sister. 'Several ye'trs ago, when we were children, living tn one of tbe Eastern States we were made orphans oy ;;he death of our parents, who weredro1vned while drivins upon a froze n lake in co1np:1.ny with my uncle, Alexander Filmore and his sou, C larence are t'le parties yonder, aud as God i s my jrnL; P J believe the7 are ans1Verable for the death of our father an t mo t her. "Ale:rnud Filmore w :1.s appointed over us, and exao ur,or of our property wh1cb n,mouuted to sonwwhere in the of fifty thousand dollars, my fatJ11.-.r h:i.ving been for year:.; extensively in sp3cuhtiou, at which he was 'most ale ways sucees.:;f111. "From ciav of their death we began to receive tbe most t y ra:mical W e were whipped, kicked about, a'ld in a half-starved condlii on 'l'wic e, wh e n w wqr" in b ed, and, as h e supposed asleep, AlexarH l e r Fil n :>re C[tme t o u.s and atte mpted to asMssin'lt e us, but my watchfulness was a match for his vill:iiily, an I we escape d death at hls ban els. Findingthat thiq kind of life was unbearable I appealed to our neig-h':lors aud even to the courts fnr proteethn, hut my 0n"my a m111 of great influ ence, and after m a ny vain attempts, I found that I could not obtain a that nothing r.emainecl for me ro do but to fight my own way. And I did fight it." "Out of my fathe,r's safe I purloined a sum of money to r lcfray our expenses for a while ancl then, ta'ney-bags. I see now bow I was in the wrong. "Well, that very clay, before your arrival, the old man himself pounc0d down upon us, ancl cn rsecl me up hill and down for my treachery, aud forthwith struck ,..e out of his will. I immediately SPnt fol a chaplain, and was married to Anita. I then went up to see the old man and find if I cou l d not effect a compromise with him. "He told me if I would go with him b1>fore Anita anrl swear that she was not legally mv wife, ancl that I wou ld never live with her, he would again alte r hie will in my favor. "Knowing that that would make no difference, se far as the law was concerned. I sent Anita a note apprisin g her of what was comin2", ancl stating tba1 she had best r:;onrn to you until tbe old man sboulO di e, when 1 would come for h e r. Snbsequently I went. before her In company with the o ld man, and swore as I hacl promised to do. ancl when I d eparted she was weeping bitterly, bnt I naturally supuosed it wM sham grief. A month later, on bis neath-bed, the old trader showed me the letter T hrrd sent her. and l r ealized that not onlv was my littl 3 game np, but that I hacl cheated myself out of a love that was trne. l was left entirely out of the will, and ever since I have bitterly cursed tbedav that tempted me to try to win gold and love at the same time. Here, Edward Harri," and the young man drew a packet of papel'f'I from inside his pocket, "are two certificates of mv marriage, one for Anita, ancl one for myself. see now, that although mine has been a


Deadwood Dick, the Prin0e of the R oa. cl. :n e:rrn;', no dishm;or is coupled with your s'ster s name, n Ned Harris took one of the documents aI!d glanced over it, the expression on his face softening. A mo ment latt,r be turned and grasped l\IcKenzie's band. "God bless you, old boy!" he said, huskily. "lam the one who haa erred, and if you it in your heart to forgive me try anrl do so. I do not expect much qna:ier in this world, you know. There is Anita; take her, if she will come to you, and may Uod shower his etern:i.J blessings upon you both I" M cKenz ie turned aroun.I with open arms and Anita flew to his <'mbrace with a low glad cry. There was not a dry eye in the room. There was an impatient smging of the crowd out side; Dick saw that his men were longing for the sport ahead; so be resumed his storr: 0 There is not much n1ore to add,, he said, after a moment's thought. "I fled into the Black Hills when the first '"'"ispers of gold got afloat, aud chancing upon this valley, I built us a home here, wherein to live away the rest of our lives. "In time I organized the band of men you see around me, and took to the road. Of this my sis1er knew nothing. The Hills have been my haunt ever sine.,, and during all this time yon scheming knaves" -pointing to the prisoners-'' have been constantly sending out men to murder me. The last tool. Hugh Vansevere by name, boldly posted up reward papers In the most frequented routes. and he went the 'ame way as bis PJ.:,C d ecesso rs. Seeing that nothing could be accomplisned through aids, my enemies have at last come out to superintend my butchery in person; and but for the timely interference of Calamity Jane and Justin McK e nzie, a short time since, I should have ere this been nnmbered with the dead. Now, 1 am inclined to be m erciful to only those who have bern merciful to me; therefore, l have clecided that Alexande r and C!a r<'nce Filmore shall pay the penalty of hnugin?, tor their attempted cnmes. Boys, f'in'}1emup.'' so saying, Deadwood Dick stepped without the cabin, anct c losed tbe door behind him, Redl.Jurn also shut down and curtained the win dows to kee p out the honible sight and sounds. But, for all this, those inside could not help but bear the pleading cries of the doomed wretches, the tramp of heavy feet, the hushed babble of voice8, and at last the terrible shout of "Heave 'o I up they go I" which signaled the commencement of the vie tims' journey into mid air. Then there was a lon g b lank pause; not a sonnd \"as heard, not a voice spoke, nor a foot moved. 'l'his silence "'as speedily broken, however, by two heavy fall s, followed almost immediately by the tramp off Pet. Not till all was agoain quiet did Redburn venture to open the door and look out. All was dark and s till. 'fhe rondagen: s had gone, and left no sign of their work behind. When morning dawnPd, they were seen to have re camped on the eastern slope, where t .he smoke of their campfirPs rose in graceful wl1ite cohimns ;brnugb the clear transparent atmosphere. During the day Dick met. Alice Terry, as she was &wers i!l!.lN distance from th0nt agree. >till yov marry ine and become my queen?" "Nol" said the girl. h aughtily, sternly. "I have na

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