Blonde Bill, or, Deadwood Dick's home base : a romance of the "silent tongues"

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Blonde Bill, or, Deadwood Dick's home base : a romance of the "silent tongues"
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Wheeler, Edward L. (Edward Lytton) 1854 or 5-1885
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C opyright 100-1886, by B eadle & Adams. Entered at P ost omce, New York, N. Y., as second class matter. Mar. 15, 1899. No.31 THE ARTHUR WESTBROOK CO. Cleveland, Ohio Vol. III WITJI tJmm 'I'BEY DUO OUT A GRAVE AND WRAPPING A HEAVY DLAXUT A!lOUND TIU COIU'Sll, LAID IT LOVINGLY IN ITS I.APT ll!::sTINO-PLAC;...


)pyrlgbt 1800-1886, by Beadl e It Ad,.mo. Enlered at Pot O i!l ce, New York. N. Y as se cond c la.s m a .tter. Mnr 15. 189!1 No.31 THE ARTHUR WESTBROOK CO. V l llT: c 1 cve1and, Ohi o JJidexoo 0 ..I! "ll'lTJl THEIR Jr.NIVES, THEY D U G OUT A GRAVE, AND WRAPPING A HEAVY BLANUT A.BOUNJl _TBE COB!'SK, LAJll F LOVINQLY RI :i:rs UST RE8Till'O-PL40K,


Blonde BllL .......... Blonde Bill; o;a, Deadwood Dick's Home Base. .a. Romance o f tl1e "!Silent Tongues." BYE. L WHEELER1 &1JTH O R OF "DEADWOOD DICK,'' "ROSEBUD ROB,'1 ETC., ETC. CHAPTER I. .,VERLAND-THE SWOOP OF THE SILENT TONGUES. FROM Del Norte to the southwestern mines of Col orado, along t h e raoid and i mpetuous waters of the Rio de los Animas, and through the rug ged, mountainous d istrict of San Juan county, run s the stage-trail, which is used in lieu of a r ailroad, as a route of transportation both of peopl e and supplies, into the min e s that abound in the vicinity of Silverton and l\.nimas City. T hrough some of the wildest country upon the American continent penetrates this trail, in its tortuous course throug h the mountain environs. A ll the-way from the Wa"onwheel Gap to Bullion City the route is wil;l ani tortuous in the ex. treme. After B.illion City, a mining town of con s id erable importance, the tra velar soon strikes tile San J mm valley, and the rushing Animas, and follows through its ru<:{ged line of nurcL toward the Gulf. Tne valley in reality is but a d e?p gloomy canyon of but width for a wagon trail, in many places, while in others it widens out into broad and fertile a c res of suffi c i ent numbers for graz fn" farms. Many a frightful abyss yawn3 b e side the trail, while the either hand reflects the mighty pine-covered, hoary-headed mountains, that rise in massive grandew, as grim sentinels over the route. A balmv 0 )toba r day is drawing to a close, as old Sol rests his beaming face upon the crest of a western peak, on his way to retire n ent from the active scenes of the day. l'he ravs rrom his merry countenance shoot across to the more eastern mountains, and then reflect down into the depths oft. he gloomy San Juan. About the same timti the lull of.repose h rude ly awakened by the sharp crackin<:{, as of a whip, and a loud, rumbling, jolting sound-then the south bound stage rolls into view, from around a band, drawn by three spans of spirited horses, that in turn are held in hand by a little Canadian Jehu, who, from long experience, thoroughly understands his business. No ordinary affair, this stage, as an ordinary observer would have at once p e rceived, for its size was doub l y greater than other vehicles of its calling, thereby into use a greater numuer of horses, and i t was neatl y furnished, too. That it was literally loaded down, both with passengers and baggage Every seat in the interior was occupied, and eve n the flat top had been converted into a car ryall, for it was occupied by several persons of both sexes. The occ upants of the interio r of t h e Monitor, as the stage was we l'e a ll men-1D0Stly rough bearded, miners, wit h a sprinkling of r uffian s speculators and gambl ers Upon the o utsi de the passe n gers wer e of a m ore varying type Down through t h e canyo n tears the stage, c lose at the heels of the p lungin&", snortlllg horses, who are answering to the rapid cmck of the fiery little French Kanuck's whip-wildtyon they go, the ponderous vehicle groaning and creaking under the as it lurohes spas modically from one side to the other. The can yon catches up i.nd ec h oes the sounds; the mountain pines look spectral and n od theil heads sage l y in the dying sunlight asi f to say, Beware." And, let us grasp the flying moment for an inventory of the personnel of those upon the roo f of the Monitor La Carte, the Jehu, needs no portrayal. Ha is kuown from D tJnver to Triuidad-from Lead ville to Conejos, and all through the mining dis. tricts of the Colorados, as an expert line sman, a dead-shot, and a fearnaugbt of the boldest r oadagent that ever robbed a stage. N ext to him, upon the driver' s seat, is a portly, distinguisbed-tooking personage with bro' wn hair, mustache and sid&whiskers and eyes to match. He is attired in the very hlgh t of elegance as to costume, and evideutly is a man of some importance. -His name is Hon. Ray Vernon, of Ohio. He sits at the right of La Carte; next to him, upon the top of the stage are two bordermen-one a little old man, with wrinkled features and silvered locks; the ot'ier a giant in stature, with a pos itively u gly Cs are hidden behind a pair of green goggles, that give him a strange appearance. A b e l t about bis waist contA. ins a pair of ser viceab l e revolvers, and a Winchester rifle i s amoug h i s effects as baggage. All of the other outsirle passengers are armed, except the man from Ohio, the clerical gentle mau. and the two lad1es, none of whom appem to carry weapons of Especialiy wa the big borderman well armed, for his be1 b oasted of n o less than six formiaao1 e rf,,ro)


Blonde Bill. a vers, and a. huge knife that glittered danger ously. "I tell ye what, et don't pay fer ter go un armed in t:!tis kentry I" he observed, after sur veying those of the passengers who were un armed, with a critical glance. "A galoot ain't safe onless he kenies a bull battery hitched ou ter his waist. IIillo capt'in, I see yo don't go none on six-shooters?" "No, my friend," the clerical man replied, solemnly. I ask for no weapons other than those the Lord gave me." "Oho! thet's et, hey? Hain't no fight in you, then, I'll allow I" "I get not my livin g sir, by fighting my fel was the r ep ly. "I am a ser vant of the LOrd, and I preach his word to the flock with which be peopled the earth. If a man smite me upon my right c heek, I rise not in anger, but turn about my left cheek, -tha t be may smite that also." "Kerwboop I Great catapultian comets an' roarin' rhinosser osses! exclaimed the giant, with a snort. D'ye beer tbet, Alva-did ye beer thet ar' sentyment, jest now uttered by thet AX' clargyman? Gol-darn my old mule's ca pacity fer terant'ler, ef evyer I h eerd a sarcum stance ter ekal. Say, old boss, ef a pilgrim war ter salivate le in tber eye wi' a disused quid o' terbaccy, w u d ye turn yer uther optic around, an' give 'im a shot at thatl" "I would in truth," the c lerical party replied. "He who heedeth the words of the Creator need fear nothing here below." "Waal, I'll be shot ef ). .:iuite agree wi' yer docterine, purfessor," the giant replied, grimly. Et don't bitch wi' ther great state of hooman affairs out in this kentry. H e r e am I, Beautiful Bill, tber Apoller o' tber Nor'west-tber great Pet Elerfant o' ther Leadville trail-that's me I This leetle squinged-up cuss aside me, air Old Avalanche, familiarly recognized in modern spellin' an' hymn-books as tner Great Annihilator-ther Devastatin' Eppydemic o' ther West. Waal, now, ye see, we've j'iued forces an' cap. ertal, an' now constitute ther Death Committee of ther Mines. Ye'll beer uv us everywhar wbar tber auriferous vegetates-a sure extar minatin' pestilence fer road-agepts, boss-thieves, card-sharps au' ruffians. Our pulpit's a tarred rope--0ur p latform et be tber limb o'tber fu's t convenient tree. Now, I'll bet ary pilgrim a bite right out o1 m y off ear thet we, tber great Trans-Atlantic au' cific Death Comroittee, au' Society fer Practical Elevation, kin convert more sinners in one minnit than a burro-load o' preachers philoso phers, or any other sicb critters. That's me, every time-Beautiful Bill, tber Grecian Apoller o' San Won county-ther thurrobred Masher o' tber Animas!" A smile went around among the passengers at the giant's speech, in which the clerical party did not participate. At this juncture the stage plunged morn rapid ly down through a narrower portion of the canyon valley, where it was darker and more weirdly gloomy. "Now, feller-citizens, git yer pepperboxes in shape, an' keep yer eyes open, ef ye've got a full o' swag!" announced Beautiful Bill," fer we're sailin' rigqt inte r a prime l ocality f e r road-agents. S"pect ye' ve heerd about ther Silent Tongu es an' h ow they tackle this trail, twicet ev'ry month. Reckon1 thar don't much swag git tbru on ther Monitor, them nightseh1 Carte?" "Harell!. ever," the stage-Oriver r ep li ed grimly. To-night is the regular time for a raid, that's true. I had nearly fori;otten it. Bad tool" "Why bad1" the man from Ohio demanded, anxiously. "Because, there's a full treasure-box, to-night. See the man with the goggles ? "Yes." W aal, h e's got a heap o' gold aboard, an a heap of greenbacks, too." "Who is he1" "Don't know 'cept some one up at Lake City called him Bloncje Bill. He got on, the re, along wi' the vailed woman." Hon. Ray Vernon took t h e lib erty to turn in his seat, and gaze k eenly at the blonde stranger. When he turned again to La Carte, he !'p()ke, in an undertone: "So be has co nsiderabl e treasure, eh? Where is be bound for!" "Deadwood Dick' s Di scovery." "Ahl where is that!" "Ohl that's a n ew strike 'twixt Silverton and Parrot City. ''t much of a place yet, but they say there's good prospects of a new Leadville." The Ohioan was silent a few minutes, after which be continued: This Deadwood Dick is a road-agent, isn't h e!" "No -that is, he ain't any more. Thet used ter be his profession. But, they say he quit off, awhile ago. Et don't do him much good, howev er, fer ther have got a grudge ag'in' him, and. won tlethim alone. Fer instance, be is sed to have discovered the new mines that bear bis name, but a from Silverton went down and cleared him out, and took possession. Alli the imps! road-agents! the Silent T ongues a r e upo n us!" The cry of the driver awoke startled ec hoe up and down the canyon! / The h orses had been suddenly burled back upon their haunches, thereby bringing the btage to a stan

Blonde BilL No second time did the blonde man have to speak: for the weapons of ibe others poured a volley of death Into the 11anks of the outlaws, even as did his own. Crack! crack! crack! rung the sharp report of the pistols, accompanied by flash after flash, and yell after yell of pain and rage. But the passengers were not. the only ones to fire, for the Silent Tongues-so called because the;i: were never heard to. speak-returned the fustlade with interest. The mine1:g within the coach also engaged in the fight, by firing from the windows, and there within the gloomy depths of San Juan canyon waged such a battle as had ne'er been fought there, before. Troop et to 'em, ye durned galoots," roared Beautiful Bill, his great revolvers with deadly dexterity. G1v' et to 'em right from yer muzzles, like as ef 1..e war kill1n' polecats or salivatin' suckers. Don t ye beer me, now? Beautiful Bill am I, the great hair-trunked, ivory tusked Pet Elerfant o' the Leadville Trail, ther half-partner o' the Transfigurative Death Com mittee an' Society fer ther Propogation of Practercal Elevation!" Crack! crack! crack! The canyon caught up and echoed thd ringing of the pistol-shots-the bullets beat a death's tattoo against the rugged walls. Madly-determinedly-desperately fought the defenders, Blonde Bill in the front, and the others close beside him. Great ham-bone, thet war ther bee-line fflr old Joner! they've plugged it to yer leddy !" the Annihilator cried, in the blonde man's ear -then he turned to fire again int6 the swarming outlaw ranks. Suddenly there was a wild, shrill scream, as of a mountain eagle. Blond e Bill was kneeling beside the vailed woman. But it was not his cry that echoed through the canyon. Another had uttered the cry-the r:lad-agents heard it-paused-hesitated-and then as if by unanimous consent, beat a precipitate retreat from the scene of the attack-! CHAPTER II. A SAD RIDEA QUEER STREET AUCTION. STRA.NGE was the scene, in all its details. First, the stage-coaah, stopped in the gloomy canyon; next the defenders standing in bold re lief UPQn the top; and lastly, the rapid fleeing of the Silent Tongues, in every accessible direc tion. It was a tableau worthy of representation upon any theater's boards, only here it was true to nature. And, not least noticeable, was the blonde stranger, kneeling beside his wounded com panion, the vailed lady, tears trickling down over his cheeks, from beneath the green gog gles. Great ham-bone thet discomhobberated ther terrestyal gravytation uv old Jonerl" the Annihilator cried 1 springing forward, to.the blonde m'!'n's side. Hev they hurt yer Jeddy, pil grim" Yes I was the husky reply; may Gods wrath be upon them-they have killed her." All aboard !" shouted La Carte, who, along "with the minis1;er and the Ohioan, had taken no part in the fight-" all aboard, who goes on the Monitor/" "Stop!" the Sport, of the waxed mustache, cried, covering the driver with a revolver. "Don't ye see we've got a dead lady, here1 Just you hold up if you please." Cau't help if ye've got a dozen of 'em," La Carte replied, drawing up on the reins. "This 'ere stage hes got to go through on time!" "Ohl it haz, haz it!" roared a s1;entorian voice1 and the next minute the little Canadian founa himself held high above the head of Beautiful Bill, support,ed horizontally bJ a pair of arms that never once quivered. 'Oh I ye wull, wull ye1" the giant repeated with a mali cious _grin. Oho I ye'd forgot th et B e auttw-ful Bill was on deck, hadn't ye-I, ther great varie gat,ed, sweet-'cented Apoller o' ther West--ther old original Pet Elerfaut o' ther Leadville Trail -ther left bower o' ther famuss Death Commit tee o' the Mines. Yas-ye'd forgot all about thet leetle fack, on course. Aire y& goin' t,er start ther stage, ye ill favored son o' a polecat, ef I set ye outer yer feet ag'in'I'' "Curse you, yes!" the Kanuck gritted Sav agely. "I'll tear yer heart out!" "Bet yer pile ye lie!" the giant replied. "I'll, fix yo u fer a coroner' inquest, an' drive ther stage myself." The next instant the giant bad hurled the Canadian half-way aeross the canyon, from the poise above his head, and he struck the hard ground with a dull thud, the sound of which seemed pregnant with a deadly meaning. Blonde Bill turned to the Sport. What is your handle?" he asked, wiping tbe tears from his cheeks. They generally call me Rosebud Rob," the other replied, bowing. The blonde man then started a trifle. "I have heard of you," he said, extending his hand. "Will you haud me her," with a glance toward the dead lady, "when I get to the ground? I will bury her somewhere in this vi cinity." "I will assist you, certainly," Rosebud Rob replied. The next instant Blonde Bill had climQed down from the stage-top to the ground, the pas sengers regarding him curiously. Rosebud Rob then raised tl;te inanimate form of the dead woman and handed it into the blo11de extended arms, Bill receiving it with a simple bow as acknowledgment of his thanks. "You may go ahead with the stage now," he said, addressing the giant, who stood erect in La Carte's seat, with whip and reins in hand. Then Blonde Bill turned about and strode up the gulch, carrying the body of his dead com panion in his strong arms. The next instant the crack of the long-lashed whip was heard, and the stagd rolled away down the canyon. In an opposit.0 course, Blonde Bill made his way for several moments; then paused and looked around.


Blonde Bill. A..s he did so, he found himself face to face with the Sport, Rosebud Rob. "What! you here1" the blonde man exclaim ed in surprise. /,Yes-pardon the intrusion, but I bad a curiosity to know more of a pilgrim that can shoot the way you can, and thought I be of some ""'5istance to you," the Sport replied. "It didn't }ook fair to leave you alone to take care of the dead, and so I dropped off." "I thank you, since r ely," Blonde Bill replied, warmly. "I shall n o t forget your kindness." He laid the body upon a plot of fresh, green 11:rass, and bowed down before her and wept. N o t in a loud, obtrusive way-the falling of a tear now and then, and a convulsive shaking of the form all the symptoms perceptible of terrible grief. When b e turned again to the Sport, all ef bis grief had vanished, save, mayhap, a trifle of naleness to bis cheek. fsbe was my wife," he said huskily; "and as true and faithful as an angeL May God gather her to bis fold, and permit me to liva_tbat I may wreak vengeance upon her murderer! Come! let's bury h e r." A little ravine branched off from the main canyon, and up this they carried the body. to a green, grassy slope, shaded by a green hemlock. Then, with their knives, they dug out a grave of sufficient dimensions for the purpose in tended, and wrapping a heavy blanket around the corpse, laid it m its last r esti ng-place. Sticks and bouo-hs were then so arranged as to protect the body, when the dirt was covered over: then the grave was filled by Rosebud Rob, while the blonde man knelt beside it, in silent prayer. When the last of the dirt had been heaped over the r e mains, be arose and grasped the Sport's band warmly. "May God bless you for your kindness," be said, in a choked voice, and put it in my power to amply repay you. Come; let us follow the stage on to Silverton. I will yet I91lke this mining country too bot for these so-called Silent Tongue s." "Silvert-0n, then, is your d estination? the Sport inquired. Y I'S-thereabouts. Ab! I must find the driver, La Carte, and get the key to the trea of the stage, in which I have some money." They debouched frqm the ravine into the Juan gulch, and a short walk brought them to where the driver of the Monitor still lay upon the ground. "The big chap handled him rather rough," Rosebud Rob said, anrl I allow that h e won't drive any more stages, right away." While Blonde Bill searched the Canadian's Rosebud made an examination of bis mjruies, and found that be was yet badly bruised, and stunned beyond immooiate reoovery. "Ahl here are the keys,'' the blonde man said, at last. "Now, if you are going my way, come along. My game is to break up the Silent T ongues, and rid the Los Animas of some o f its ruffianly and villainous element." you may count me in, too, providing you have no Rosebud R ob answered. I ain't no modern Sampson, ner I don't pretend to be a prime factor o' this world's arithmatick; but ef there's any fun on hand ye'll g inerally find me a mljll to suit all circum stances "Then you are the very man I want for a pard," Blonde Bill answered, with decision. Silverton, Colorado. The lively little town of the Se.n Juan mountain districts-the Pride of the Animas. No city or pretensions there to, this town of Silverton, with its mountainous main street of business places, and shanties and cabins dotted about without any attempt at regularity. Yet it had an enormous floating population, and is considered one of tbe roughest places in Southwestern Colorado. H ere, as in Leadville or D eadwood you find an indiscriminate mass of peop le, literally the culls from every quarter of the g lob e The fact of Colorado's being a r ecognized State of the Uniou, a State and municipal gov ernment, does not in the least d eter Silverton from having its street fights and daily demand for coroner's inquests, nor does it d1scontenance tbe various phases of fast life peculiar to all mining centers. The st. r oots every day present a festive and gala appearance, and the boom of business is r elieved by constantly occurring scenes and incidents of a highly sensational nature. On the early evening of the day s u cceeding the bold attempt o f the Silent Tongues to rob the stage in San Juan valley, two persons rode down the busy main street of Silverton, mounted upon a pair of burros of the ugliest possible appearance. One of the persons was a young woman or maiden of perhaps eighteen years of age-a prettily proportioned girl, with an equally pretty face of a decidedly ind ependen t type, r elieved by a pair of saucy brown eyes, and a mouth that could relax from gravity to a broad smile, in a single instant. Her hair was of extreme length, as it fell in an auburn wave over her shoulders, and wits crowned by a jaunty straw bat. H e r riding habit, although coarse was also neat and tasty. Her companion was a swarthy man of forty five, with jet-black hair and beard, and features of a most repulsive cast. His dress was rough and greasy, and a small arsenal of weapons oc cupied his belt. As this strang<>ly contrasted coupl e rode through the street, general attention was turnrd upon them by the crowds of men wbo peop led the busy thoroughfare, and more than once the name of "Salamander Sam," was spoken by re!

8 monde BUI. customer to rile," as many a. conceited pilgrim had learued to his cost. In.v oluntarily the bus y tide that surged in the street. turned and followed the course of the two ride rs, when it was discov ered that the ruffian's companion was bound, for it was of course anticipated that there would be developmen ts in the case Straight down tlie street rode the ruffian, until h e to a. l arge shanty d esignated by a sign: "Hotel," whe n he drew rein u pon his own and the maiden's horses In a mom.,nt thereafter a. dense crowd had collected a.round them inquiringly. At first the ruffian at them fiercely, without any seeming dis position to speak, but after a.whil e be r o s e in his stirrups, and c ried: My name's Salama nd e r Sam, pilgrims, ef ye don't know ;mei an' I've come down h ere ter sell this yere ga a t a u c tion ter tbe r highest bidder. She's my darte r is De.shin' Do l1 an' I opine ef I want ter sell h e r, that's m y b1zuess She a.r' a. tricky b east, an' night she tried ter carve me wi' a. dagger, but e t didn't work. I happened ter be a. le etle tber sprie st, au' cotched her at it. So now, f eller-citizens, e f enny o' ye want 'er, j es t give me a. sta.rtiu' bid. How much do I hear, neow 1 "Gentle m e n, for the love of God, rescue me from this ruffian's power," the girl cried1 plead ingl y. "He is a. bad, wicked man, ana I only defended myself H e lp m e I pray I" "Shet up, will ye1 S alamander Sam roared, whipping a. pair of revolvers from his belt and cocking them. "Ef ye doan't want m e ter sod der ye, jest keep mum. I'm master o' the se sa.rymoniE>s, I am, an' I'm goin' ter sell ye ter ther highest bidd e r. How much'll ye give fer her, boye es-how much, now, boss an' a.111 Durst ary man start 'er at.any price! Gal an' hossl how much do I h ee r now, fer tber goodwill an' fictures-sole right and title-bow much, now? " I'll give ye five dollars fer ther burro," said a. brutal-looking Kentuckian. "Don' t want tber petticoater at n o price." "Hoss an' gal must go tergetherl" announced Salamande r S am. "Five dollars I'm bid, pilgrims-five dollars I'm bidwho makes et ten? Jest think, a. fu' s t class burro an' a gal,, as purty as a. posey-an' fiv e dollars all I'm o ffered Why, ye durned g a loots, ther gal' s wu'th a ten, ter s a y nothing about tbe r gol-durned burro !" "Hello I" sung out a. bystander; "hee r cums Van Syckel, the r minister! H e 'll r aise ther bid." The Lord f orbid," the r e verend :party said, as he came forward and was a t' .qn amted with the rare opp ortunity h e ld f orth by S alamande r Sam. "My good friend knowest thou not the grievou s sin thou'rt c o mmitting b y putting up so c om ely a m a id a t pub li c a u c tion ? "You torkin' ter mi-1" the ruffian demanded, with a scowl. "Ay! good sir; it is within my heart to per s u ade you from your unholy purpos e." "Lookee b eer, old hoss, I'm assumin' ther sponsibility o' this funeral, ef I know myself, an' don t want no sla ck. This gal's my da.rter 1 an' ef I wanter sell her, I'm goin' ter do it, an kin lick enny son uv a coyote es sez nay. Ef ye wanter save ther gal, an' make h e r a. pille-r uv Christendom bid on her, or k eep yer valve closed I" This response elicited a general laugh from the crowd, for the R e verend Mr. Van Syc k e l was nQ fa.vo1ite among the rude and um e ligi o us minerr of Silverton. The few supporters he had in his goodly worll were composed ma.inly of the sex with now and then a m e r chant or citizen, and even the y were not proud of their ministe1ial servant. "Cum1 gents I Salamande r Sam cried, beginginning to grow impatient, will ye let me tal k mysel f hoarse over the r vartu

Blonde BllL '1 and Blonde B ill bad n o difficulty in recognizing her as the y oung lady who bad accompanied the minister at the time of the stage robbery. "Ahl exc u se me,'' he said, doffing his hat with a gallant bow; w ere you speaking to me, lady'I'' The minister's daughter nodded with a piquant smil11. "Yes,'' she said, pleasantly, "I was askinl?: you if you knew the bold creature in male at tire?" If my memory does not belie me, I think I have m e t her before," Blonde Bill replied. "Why do !,OU ask, pray? Ohl merely because I saw you start at sight of her, and partly, perhaps, for an excuse to introduce myself,'' was the frank, laughing reply. I saw you standing h ere, and wanted to ask you bow is the lady who was shot!" She is dead, miss-was dead, ere I left the stage." "Was she a friend of yours, then!" "As near as ever friend c ould be-my wife," the blonde man r e plied, a trifle buskil!, "You are the minister's daughter, I take it!' "Yes, sir; my name is Nora Van Syckel. Yours is-" B l onde Bill, at your service." The young woman nodded, and glanced hurriedly around her, as if fearful of being seen in the blonde man's company. There chanced to be no one else upon the veranda, at the time, and she seemed reliev e d. "Will (OU com e with me into the hoteH" sh e asked. I would speak with you, in private, if you have no objections to listening to me." "Certainly, lady. If I can be of any v i ce to you, you may command me of course." "Then, follow me,'' she said, re-entering the h otel from the veranda. She then led the way up the broa d staircase to a private parlor upon the second floor, Blonde Bill following her and accepting the seat she o ffered him "It won't take me long to tell you what I want of you," she said, as she swept to and fro, ov:er the carpet. "I have taken it upon my self, as my duty to warn you that you are a marked man in this town, and that the sooner you take your leave the safer i t will be for you. "What do you mean! Why am I markedand a total stranger in the town, at that!" the blonde man cr\e d, in surprise. I cannot tell you that, sir-no more than that the r e exists throughout the mining districts of San Juan county, a bold and lawless !'>ang of ruffians, who style themselves the Sil ent Tongue5, and who rule these towns, literally, for once they take a dislik e to a man, he bas to leave-if not of his own free will, by theirs! I overheard a bit of conversation awhile ago, whic h led me to b d li e v e tha t a plo t was on foot to rid the town of your pre'lence and I took the liberty to bring you here, and put you on !,our guard." For which act of kindness on your part I a m deeply grateful," Blonde Bill said, warmly. One question I would ask you, that you ma:r be able to answer-who is the commander of these Sil ent T ongues!" That, sir, I do not know except that be is calle d Captain Terrible, which1 of cours e, i s b u t a nom de plume tO screen anotner name." "Undoubtedly. J will bear your warning in mind, and l ook out for the Sil ent Ton g u es Already I owe the m a d ebt of vengeanc e, which shall be paid in blood." Then the blonde man aro se to d epart. "I sho uld be plea sed fo have y o u call again sir, when i;apa is at b o rn e," Mi s s Van Syckei said acc6mpanying him to the d oo r I am somewhat a strange r in these parts myself, having r ecently returned from sc hool in the East, and of course have made but few eli g ible acquaintances, having take n no particular fancy to the rough e r of citizens." "PerhaP.s I shall find it c onv enient to do so," Blonde Bill r e plied. If y o u l earn anything more con cerning the Silen t Tongues, that might concern me, I should be ple a se d to have y o u let me know, a s I g e n erally like to rake in all the points on the board, whe n practicable The n, with a smile, Blond e Bill bowed himse l f gallantly out of the pre senc e of the minister's daughter, and betook himself to the street. Let us return "to the street s cene The bid of the Ohioan eli cited a murmur of surprise from the crowd, and seemed to please Salamander Sam greatly. "Thar now, ye durned galo ots, here's one pilgrim as ain't afeard ter bid o n ther gall" he roared. Keep tber ball in motion now-keep e r a-goin', I tell y e A hundred doll ers I've got -a hundre d I'm o ffered f e r ther gal an' burro! Whar's the r pil grim w'ot m a k e s et two hundred -a hundred an' fifty-one an' a Qua1t e r ? Going at a hundre d who make s e t I'll make it two hundred," exclaimed a voice, and Rosebud Rob stepped forward. "Two hundred I'm off ered-two hundred,'' sho u ted the ruffian "Who see s me thre e ? "Here," r e plied the portly Ohi oan, eying the girl with a gaze that caused h e r to shudder, so full of vil l ainous significance was it. "Three hundred-three I've got-four IwantJ. Kee p 'er b'ilin', g ents!" crie d the auC'tioneer "She's a gud'un, is ther gal, cept s he's inclined ter be a little sassy, an' arn't afeard tercarve a f elle r whe n h e r dander's up. Three I'vA gotwho'll make it four! "I will, Rooobud R o b said, with as much coolness as thougll be were bidding off a goldmine instead of a lov ely girl. "I'll make it fiv e then," the Ohioan said promptly, with a s c o w l at bis opp on<'Dt. "l'il have the girl, y oung man, at any price-so you may as w ell sto p bidding." Maybe you'll g e t hi>r, and a gain, maybe ye won't,'' the Sport coolly r e pli e d "It depends somewhat on which of us bas the big gest pile." A titter from the crowd at this juncture caus. ed the Ohioan to mutter an execratio n. '!Who are yon?" he d emande d, angrily. "You will p l ease use more respe c t in addres, ing you r supe:nors, sir. "Oh I I will, will H Undoubtedly, sir, when I find them I" Rosebud r e sponrled with a mocking bow.-" As to who I am, I am g e n erally called Rosebud Rob, from a habit I have of always


8 Blonde BllL wearing a rosebud in my buttonhole, when I am aOie to get one. Auctioneer, I'll see you 1lftt, better o the last bid." Five-fifty I have-five-fifty, gents; who will make it six.1 Six! six! who'll make it six! Go ing at five hundred and fifty dollars; who'll make it six' I" "Hillo, heer-hillo, ye gol-durn mules! Git out o' ther way, an' malte way for ther great Dnbble-j'inted, Patent Adjustable Death Com mittee o' the Mines-the reg'lar roarin' antediluvian disaster o' the Animas; the sky-scrapin' Centeuyal Insurrective lnvestergation Board uv ther San Won! Heer we cum a-boomin', an' we do d esire ter stick our paw in this yere purtickle r pie. Cum erloug, Avalanche, ye goldurned no-ear Annihilator, and let's take a peep ther critter; cum erlong wi' yer uncl e, Beau tiful Bill! ther w-0rld-renowned, swe e t-'cented saintly-tempered Apoller of the West-the r ba'r-trunked, tvory-tusked P e t Elerfant o' ther Animas Trail, ther statter o' the God dess o' Liberty. Thats me, my ga..wpin' galoots -me, cl'ar down ter ther eend o' my leetle toe! We b e ther original an' famuss Death Commit tee o' tber Mines, j est like oyster-pie, an' if ye've got any funeral aPOund beer, we want a front seat!" And following the words came the man from L eadvi lle, his way through the crowd, closely accompamed by the Annihilator. "Going-going-going !-who makes e t six1 Whe r e's the man as durst offe r mo six hundred dollars fer tber burro, wi' ther gal throw'd in?" cried Salamander Sam. "Harkee! Great ham-bone, ef they ain't !lellin' a gal at auction," exc laimed Avalanche. "Bill, thet ain't a squar' deal!" "No sir-eel bob-tail horse---thet ain't no fair kinder shake," the giant cried, indignantly. "When wimmen cum ter be sold like sheep, I reckon et's high time fer ther Death Committee ter show a tooth e r two, dog my mother-in-law's old Thomas cat, ef I don't! "Say, sw beer, ye durned hlack-ba'red, stoop sbouldered, lantern-jiiwed, slah-sideg, disgustin' specimen o' humanity, d'ye see me1 I'm B ea u tiful Bill, I am, an' this yere snoozer b e be Old Avalanc h e, an' we two constitute the r Committee o' ther Mines Jes t gaze at us-jest luk atm3, will ye, the g reat Saraytoga-Trunked ivory-tusked Pet Elerfant o' ther Leadville Trail -ther gilt-edged Apoller o' ther W est-ther father uv yer country, an' the r belJerin' statteresque Masher o' old Montezuma. That's me, an' tio,v, durn yer cats, we, ther aforesaid Death Committee, waut ter know w'ot bizn ess you've got makb' a' aucktion hyar, uv a gal!" "Et's my gal, an' ef I wanter sell 'er, I'm goin' to do et!" savagely replied Salamander Sam. "This ain't none o' yer funeral, old man, an' ef ye don't want me ter make a tunnel through you, jest ye close yer valve. D'ye heer!" "Do we be e r?'' the replied, with a leer; "on course we do, an ef ye'll git down ofl"n thet kTroran' waltz over hyar ter my embrace, I'll htig ye ter death in less time 'n takes an In jun ter smell tarant'ler. Don't fret-righ t hyar wul1 ther Death Committee wait o ntll y e git ter purceed ter biz." "Six hundred and fifty dollars," cried BoeeIlud Rob, at this jucture. Seven h undred," added the Ohioan, fie r ce l y "Eight hundred," sung out the Sport w h o was now backed, or rather urged on, by Blonde Bill, who stood at his side. Nine hundred!" from the Ohioan, followed by a vindictive curse. "A square thousand I'll make itl" the Sport cried, coolly, while the situation momentarily gre:w more and more exciting. Such a street scene had nevP.r before been drawn upo n fair Silverton's record-such an in cident was not to be found in this history of San Juan county, averred these Animites; wherefore their interest The most attention was bestowed upon the dandyish Sport, of the waxed mustache, forself assurance excites admiration, in any crowd. And evidently tbe Spol't was as cool as heap peared, as also was the blonde man who stood b y his side. Honorable Ray Vernon claimed to be a Con gressman, from Ohio, traveling in the West for bis bealth; but if this be true, the state of excitement h e gradually worked hims elf into could not particularly conduce to his recovery. Angrie r and angrier, if he grew, ai the opposition offered by the Sport for he was determined to possess the girl, Dashing Dolly, and every raise offered by the Sport meant so many more dollars out of his pockets. "Come, gents, k ee p e r a-gom'," shouted Sala mander Sam, with a grin of satisfaction. E does me proud to see ye place ther gal at sech a high vallywation. fer she's cl'ar material.. an' wu'th her weight in pure a'riferous, ter say nothin' about the r burro." "Te n-fifty," bid the Ohioan. "Eleven I make'r,''. from the Sport. I "Eleven-fifty I'll give." Fifty better I'll see ye." Curse you, ou vagabond, do you mean to run the girl up to a million'!" the Congressman cried, fier ce ly. "Perhaps, if I see fit," Rosebud r eturned. "You'll generally find m e a man to suit all cir cumstances, an' I propose to see you a better, bid what you may. An oath from V ernon was indicative of his f eelings "There is no use of f oo lini;r," he said, savae:e l y. "I'll have the girl in spite of you. I'll give five thousand d oUars for the girl, cash down!" Well, then you put me unde r obligations to see you better," the Sport said, with a smile. "I'll bid f e n thousand dolla1s for he'I', and give her h e r freedom !" A murmur of astonisb'llent r a n through the crowd, for thte was the grittiest bidding they had evPr known. "Tber feller wi' ther waxed mustache is a brick, durn my dd mule' s left hinrl fut ef he ain't!" declared BP.autiful Bill. approvingly. "Great h1tm-bone, yes." aRSented the Ann ihilator. "I've h eerd o' him ftfore. But, 'tain't his cash w'at's huvin' ther gal. The r blo nd4> galoot's his backer." This was evident to all the spectators, for tho


Blonde blonde occasionally nudged the Sport t.o raise the but. "!Well, my friend, are you through?" Rose bud Rob demanded, when the Ohioan did not raise the bid. Can't you see ten thousand in thegirH" "No, curse you, but I'll make this job cost you dearly, before you're through with me." CumJ young feller ,_Jet's hev yer swag, an' ye can nev Dashing Sam cried. I'm anxious ter slo.(Jt', afore ther gal gits free." "Hold on! afore ye slope, I've got 'er leetle ackount ter settle wi' you!" Beautiful Bill re minded, "an' we may as we ll settl e right beer, as ennywhar." __ CHAPTER IV. DEADWOOD DICK PUTS IN AN APPEARANCE. 'i'HE giant meant business, evidently, for right there in the cente r of Silverton's main street, he stripped off his jacket, and rolled up the sleeves upon a pair of monster arms in a way that was very suggestive, tq say the Yeast. A murmur of actiiration escaped the spectators at the sight of the whip-like cords and heavy muscles upon the giant's limbs. Sala mander Sam saw them, and scowled darkly, for, ruffian and bully though he was, he at once felt that he had met a man for whom he was no watch. "Jest luk at me, wull ye," Beautiful Bill roared, prancing about in a very undignified 11eries of positions. "Jest feast yer optics onter 11e, wull ye-me, ther famuss statter uv ther t'.toddess o' Liberty-ther father o' my kintry. Thar was a time, ye durned galoots, when I an' old George Washington war half-brothers; so ye see my pedigree ar' 'way up fer high. D'ye :;ee me, ye gol-durnoo see yer unkle gazin' at ye, wi' ther zest uv a hungry elerfant1 Cum erlong ter my bug, ef ye durst fight United' States fashun, an' k t me put a postage-stamp over yer eye, so't'll l e t ye pass as third-class matter! Cum an' bug me, once, if you da .re-if ye dare, ye black-whiskered son uv a buffier." "It is useless to waste your breath on him" Dashing Dolly cried, addressing the giant. He is a coward at heart than a coyote, and 11here's no fight in him." "You li e i..cuss ye!" Salamander Sam cried, fiercely Thar's no man as walks w'ot I am afeard of." Theri, fer tber luv of He.aving, jest cum an' see yer unkle!" implored the giant. "Cum an' harpoon tber great ivory-tusked pet elerfant, or offer me a stale chaw uv terbaccer1 Whoop-eel sail in, ef ye wanter l'arn bow ter skin a catamount in two single seconts." But Salamander Sam made n o move to re spond; and seizing the packageof.billshanded him by Blonde Bill, he Jabbed the spurs into bis animal's side, and shot away down the street like the wind. "Gol-durn my old mule's left hind fut!" blustered the giant. "Ef I was a good-fer-shucks on hossback, l'd foller tbet an' dust his jacket, I would. But et ain t no use o' cbasin' chain ligbtnin' on fut. Wbar's ther feller w'ot owns ther gal!" "Here is the man," Rosebud Rob said, indicating the blonde stranger who stood by his side. I was only the bidder-he was the backer, and consequently own his purchase." You mistake my motives, Sport," Blonde Bill said, stepping forward. I tale pleasure in presenting the young lad y with her liberty. It was for that purpose I backed your bids." A murmur of applause escaped the lips o f the spectators, and Dolly gazed at the blonde man, 1fears springmg to her eyes: I am sorry I have only the grateful t hanks of a friendless waif to offer you,'' said, modestly "I-I-" Do not consider yourself under the least ob ligation to me,'' Blonde Bill replied "It was simply to prevent your falling into villainous bands that I in terfered, and it was no more thltll any man would have done!" "Then, sir1 you mean to infer that I h11d vil lainous motives in bidding on the girl!" the Ohioan sharply demanded, striding up before the blonde man. "I do, sir,' was the cool r esponse The way YOll gazed at her was sufficient guarantee of your base designs, bad you got her in your power." "You lie, sir-you li e like a Ute!" the Con gressman cried, furiously, nnd he raised his clinc h ed band threateningly. But if it was his intention to strike the blonde man, bis plan was frustrated, for he suddenly found his wrist caught in a vise-like gripe, in the powerful band of the Leadville giant. "See hyar, no ye don't, my gay rooster!" the Pet Elephant cried with a chuckle. "Goin' ter punch tber blonde pilgrim was. :ye? But got fooled, didn't ye, jest like ther Cbmaman w'ot tried ter pick a sliver outer my old mule's fut! Ho I ho I D'ye s'pose I'm ter stand idly by, an' let ye abuse ther w1dders and orfants1 No sir-ee, bob-tail boss! Thet ain't accordin' ter ther constertoochin' an' by-laws uv ther Death Committee-is it Avalanche?" '' Great h am-bone, no," the veteran Annihila tor replied, with a shake of his grizzly head. On co urse et ain't,'' the giant declaredi em phatically, "an' gol-durn my mother-in aw's pet Thomas cat ef ye hin't got ter git down on yer knees an' apolergize ter my cinnamon ba'red n8.mesake, o r I'll make a cadave r outer yo u quicker'n a lightnin'-bug ever got skear t at thunder!" "Don't bother the man, on my account, pard," Blonde Bill said, turning away. "He'll never harm anybody." Beautiful. Bill reluctantly let go bis bold o n the Ohioan's arm, seeming to regard the blonde man's will as his law. "Ye may thank yer boots ye git off so cheap," be muttered. Next time tber Death Committee will tend ter yer case." The crowd now began to disperse. Blonde Bill had gone, and take n away the chances of a street fight, and so there was nothin g more for these Silvertonianstowaitfor. The Ohioan a l so took bis departure, as soon as released by the giant, being glad to escape pun ishment at the Pet Elephant's hands 1 As Dashing Dolly still remained botmd to her


10 Blonde Bill. burro, Roo;ebud Rob now stepped forward and cut h e r bonds, and then assisted h e r to dis mount. "Have you any friends or acquaintances here to whom I could condu c t you 1 he asked None," w a s the repl y. "I have not a friend in the worl d " Say not ko, young lady. Two at least will act as your frie nds, with your p ermis5l on B londe Bill and myself." I thank you, s i r but I could n o t think of accepting the hospitality of two utter strangers. If you will show me a good hotel, I will see if I cannot get empl oyment. there, as h e lp. I think by trying I might b e able." Accordingly, Rosebud Rob accompanied her to the Leviathan, and found and introduced h e r to the proprietor. He then stepped a side and waited until he got an opportunity to speak with the gentleman himself, whose name was Colone l Arthur. Did you hire the young l ady1" he asked, intercepting the colonel. "Well, no-not exactly," was tbe surprised repl y. "I sent her to the parlor to await my answer." '' You take her-give her some li ght and desirable employm ent. I'll settle the bill," the Sport said. .You I" the c olonel demanded. "Exactly. I've plenty of cash, and i t won' t hurt me to l ook 'after the fri e ndles s If you want a recommend, go ask Blonde Bill if Rose b u d Rob is not all right." "Ohl yes, I se e You're the blonde man's friend, eh1 Well, th'lt's all the r ecommend I need. T he youn g lady shall be properly cared for." Thanks. If a man who calls himself Hon o rabl e Ray Verno n offers to molest her, fire him out, at my expense "I'll see to it, sir," the colonel replied, turning away. "The self-styled Congressman is no particular favorite of mine. About the same hour that evening, whe n Blonde Bill was clo seted with Nora Van S.yckel, the Honorable Ray Vernon, of Ohio, entered a notorious gambling palace, not far from the Leviathan. It was a large shanty of more careful architecture and fini s h than its il;p.mediate n eighbors and the interior was plastered and frescoed, and there were carpets upon the floor. The furniture, too, was -of the rich01;t wood, heavily carved, and great lamp c handeli ers pended from the ceiling The interio r was one vas t apartment, with a bar at the further end, the res t of the space b ei11J1; c hiefly o cc u p ied by chairs and tables. The saloon, which was known as the ''Mona co," was filled wit h miners, citi ze ns, and g amblers, when the Ohhan ente r e d but he crowded h is way along until h e chanced to find a vacant chair and table He at onc e ordered a bottle of wine, and proceeded to clo justic e to it, while h e smoked a cigar and gazed upon the strangel y exciting scene a r ound him. H e had n o t been seat,ecl lllOre than half a n hour when a man entered, and approached the vacant seat opposite the Congressman. H e was a bw!y individual, cla!i in mnd splashed garments of coarse material, and his face what was not hidde n b eneath an immense bushy red beard, was shaded by the broad rim of a slo uch hat. The b utts of a pair of heavy cavalry pistols peeped out of the tops of his Jrnee-l:ioots, and another pair of Colt's truso/ revolvers, were thrust into the be l t abou t hIS wais t. Without invitation he took the vacant chair, and gazed at the Ohioan for several minutes in a rude stare "You are Ray Vernon, ain't ye? he finally demanded. "That is my ame," the Congressman replied coldly. "Tho't so," was the r e ply. "You're tber fel l e r w 'ot claims ter hev bought out ther mines, b e low beer, I rec kon? I am supposed to l:>e the owner of the Dead wood Dick's Dis covery rrunes," the other assented. "Why d o you ask1" "Because,yf yu're ther chap, ye've undertook a bad job. lJeadwood Dick didn't sell you the mines." "He didn't!" "No sir-eel You met him u p in Leadville, didn't ye!" "I did." "Ye offered ter buy him out, didn't ye?" "I did "But ye. didn't make the purchase, in a fair way1 The Ohioan scowled "Why did I not1 he demanded, with some fiercen e ss. I'll tell ye," the red-whiskered party said, lowering his tone "Ye made D eadwood Dick au offer, which he d ec lined. Then y o u asked to see ther deed to ther claim. H e show'd the t to ye, an' ye examined it. While purtendin' ter reflect you asked him ter drink, an' ordered a bottle of wine and glasses. When ther wine came Dead wood Dick refused ter drink wine, and you asked him ef he wouldn't exchang e the r wine fer sars'p'rilla. This he consented to do, an' while he was g one you dropped a sleeping po tion inter hi s gla ss. Whe n the drink came you hastily filled his gla.0st an' he didn't notice the powder whe n he dranll: it. In fiv e minuits he war asl ee p, an' yo u made off wi' ther deed o the r Dis covery cl aim." The Dhioan uttere d an impatient oath, as he listened. "How do you kno w this?" he dem1u1ded.. "I know i t," the stra nger r e pli ed "becauss b e cause I am Dw,dwood Dick, anJ have come for that d eed!" And as he spok e he made a quick motion to ward his f eeti and the n ext instant held a pair of cock e d revolvers in hand. G old-mounted tools they w e r e, of great beauty, and thei:;deadly muZ?les stare d the Ohioan in the face. "Curse you!" he gas ped, growing whitt" in an ins,ant. Put aside your weapons What do you mean! "I mean busine ss," the ex-outlaw said, with fie r ce r esolve I don't generally mean any.


Blonde Bill. H tRing e1se, when I irlP such tools as these. You can give me back the deed to Deadwood Dick's Discovery, or I shall be forced to shet up yer shop at once." 1. haven't got the deed-I didn't take it," was the parleying reply. "You lie!" Dick repliedJ coolly; "you stole it, and I demand it, or your tife !" "Put up your weapons first, then." "Ob1 no. You can't come that. The'boys' won't narm you, if you dish over the deed, in riff ht good grace." What if I refuse to do it!'' Then I shall make it necessary for crape to be hung on your d >0r." "Bahl you dare not kill me here. You'd be strung up before the smoke had cleared away." The Buckeye was beginning to mani.fest a little more assurance. "Humph! lt is plain you do not know me," the ex-road prince said, dryly. "If you have any doubts as to my able to back my word, I'll give yon a little illustration, free of charge." "Nol no!" Vernon said, quickly. "You needn't mind. I'll give you up the deed; but, understand you, it is m erely because I choose, as I have no fear of you. Did I deem it best, the simple announcement from my lips that you were the famous outlaw, Deadwood Dick, would bring the crowd down upon you, fvr I understand these Silvertonians have no love for you." Perhaps not," was the indifferent reply, "and it is like![ their Jove will be Jess, ere they hear the last o me. As ;Y"OU say, it might be somewhat to my indisposition, were my presence here generally known. Therefore, unless you crave a coffin, you'd better keep mum. Come! I am ready for the deed, so be lively, as our striking appearance of friendliness toward one another is beginning to attract attention." "The deed is at my hotel. You will have to come there for it," the Ohioan said. Very well. Rise and move toward the door, and I will follow you. Make one treacherous move, and I'll put an air-bole throul}"h you on time. Remember who is behind you!' Vernon arose with a scowl, and pushed bis way toward the door through the crowd. Close at his heels followed Deadwood Dick, in bis clever disguise, and the formidable pair of revolvers he h eld in his bands were an incentive that caused the crowd involuntarily to make way for him. Out into the crowded main street of the little mountain town they went, the ex-outlaw now shoving his weapons into his jacket pockets out of sight, but in such a way that he could fire at the Ohioan as well as before. Down the street they w ent, roward the Leviathan hotel, without any one knowing their pe culiar r elations to each other. The Ohioan was in a rage at bimself for thus being forced to obey the will of the outlaw, but he had heard so many stories of the dare-devil Deadwood Dick, that he was fearful of the con sequences of disobeying. Finally they reached the Leviathan, and ascended the steps to the v eranda. Watching bIS chance, the Ohioan made a sudden dive tblongb a side door, as they entereJ. tile broad hallway, and raising his voice, shout ed: "Help! help! Stop the red-whisk e red devil, for he is the accursed outlaw, Dick!" CHAPTER V. CALAMITY .A.ND .A. V .A.LA.NOHE. THE cry of the Ohioan rung loudly through the ball and bar-room of the hotel, and be rushed through the latter, and ensconced himself in a closet, used for storing liquors. He was fearful that Deadwood Dick would follow him, and thought only of his personal safety. Those who bad occupied the bar-room, at the moment of his entrance, drew their revolvers, apprehensively, for enough of the name and notoriety of Deadwood Dick had they heard, to know that revolvers were necessary when he came. But, though they stood with bated breath, the famous ex-outlaw did not ai;ipear as expected. Instead of boldly bravmg their wrath, he evidently had ta.ken the opportunity to escape. A hasty search was made of the lower part of the hotel, and upon the street, but no person with red whiskers could be found. Learning this, Ohio's Congressman, the Hon orable Ray Vernon, emerged from bis tempo rary place of refuge, and proceeded first of all to gargle his throat with hot scotch, at the bar, to steady his nerves. He had been thoroughly frightened at his own temerity in breaking away from the ex-roadagent, and was yet pale and agitated to such an extent that he trembled perceptibly. "Kinder skeart, weren't ye1" a miner asked, when he found himself able once more to walk about, bravely. "Hain't much used ter bavin' road-agents a-taggin' at yer heels I reckon 1" "No, curse the fellow. He had me covered'. by a pair of six-shooters, and I had to dodge lively to get out of his reach," the Ohioan re plied, with a scowl. "Which way did he gohow did be escap(\1" "Thet 'pears be sometbin' nobody don't know bow ter ans'er.," the miner replied. Here's CaJamity Jane! she's one o' Deadwood Dick's old fiames-mebbe she could tell ye." The Congres..'OD!an turned bis gaze sharply upon the famous girl dare-devil of the mines, who had just saunt.ered into the bar-room-the same nobbily attired party whom Blonde Bill, not a great while b efo re, had seen going down the street. She was the same imperturbable character, whom it has been our privilege to introduce h e r eto fore, only if anything growing handsomer in feature and form, consequent upon her evermoving life and excitement in a wild country. "You say that person is a woman1' Vernon demanded of the miner. "On course she is," was the reply. "That's Calamity Jane, thfil" gal w'ot ain't afeard o' no man that evyer rooe a mule-no siree, not sbet Knowed her up in Leadville." "And you say she is a friend of Deadwood Dick the outlaw!'' "Waal, I reckon; leastways, she used to be.


11 Blonde BilL l'hey do tell ma tl:et she'd hev 'im in a minnit, ef he'd hev her." Humph!" the Ohioan said, eying the girl dare-devil with a sharp scrutiny. 'I'd like to know her-introduce me." "No, sir-ee!" the miner declared, promptly. Ter interdooce a strangel"ter a gal, out in this land means ter vouch for his bein' all squar', an' l ain't on tber vouch ter-night, especially w'en Calamity Jane is around! an' her pistol arm 'pears ter be in good workiu order. Thar's Blonde Bill, stranger, mebbe c'u'd tell ye w'ich way Deadwood Dick went, ef yo're so anxiou s ter foller him." I do not care to receive information from that man," the Ohioan gritted, flashing a glance at the handsome, airy blonde man, who had just sauntered into the great bar-room. "Ha is a liar, a rascal, an\l a meddlesome villain." Bet a cookie ye dursn't tell 'im thet ter bis {aoo," the miner muttered, as Vernon turned .away. He followed the girl sport, Calamity until he found an opportunity to excuse himseif in her presence, for his temerity in addressing her, with the gallantry of a thoroughly polished man of the world. You will please excuse me," he said but nce wanted to wed this Deadwood Dick, but he wouldn't have you. It was a bitter insult-to as pretty a girl as you. Ras not there risi.1n in your heart a revengeful spirit, against this road-agentwould you not like to get square with him, on the old score, if you were parq well fo:-it!" The Ohioan bent toward her, his eyes gleaming like those of a tiger about to spring upon its prey. It was easy to see that h e n:eant business -that for Deadwood Dick he cherished a deadly hatred. Calamity Jane gazed at him for a moment, as if in great surprise; then a wild IR.ugh burst from her lips "You consummate villainous puppy," she said, jerking a r evolver from h e r belt. "I've ten kinds of a notion to blow the bull roof of yer skull off, fer your audacity. B ego ne, sir, before I get nervous and pull the trigger!" But hold! you must hear me through. I will pay you well t9'put this Deadwood Dick out of my waya thousand dollars-two. thousand, e ven!" Bah I a h undred thousan d would not hire Calami-,;y Jane to strike a true anc:\ tried friend t" the girl replied, scornfully. "You mistake me, Sir Villain. I am no tool o r hireling to be tempt ed by a paltry offer of gold. Go, sir, befor e I make a bullet bole in yer bead. I'm famous a t it, once I am r'iled. The Honorable Ray Vernon slunk away, with a vindictive curse. He bad calculated that he could make the girl dare-devil a valuable accessory to his schemes. But how signally be had failed! After he had taken bis leave, Calamity Jane left the bar-room, and ascended the stairs to the first floor of the hotel, room was lo cated. Entering it, she locked \;he door behind her, and seated herself a winavw overlooking the busy main street of th,, town. "Deadwood Dick is down in district she murmured, watching the man!. movidg figures in the moonlit street below, and he is again in danger. He was here in this very hotel to-night, and yet I did not know it, till be bad come and gone. I wonder if be knows of the danger that threatens him! Probably. He ever on the outlook-ever success ful in gettin out of the many scrapes he gets into. Noble ickl no braver man ever roamed through this wild country-yet the people aro turned against him because of his early record. Ha! bat why do they not trample on me, be-. cau!lO a devil in man's attire once crushed every true womanly instinct out of my heart-because one man wrought me a ruined life, with tho liope of watching me go headlong down the road to physical and moral destruction1 But he failed-thank G o.:l for that! The one fatal step t!rken, I bad courage to refuse the next. But. bah! why recur to the past? though I were a virgin saint, I am still Calamity Jane-still Calam ity Jane! Noone cares forme; I am regarded a s a creature as wild as the tall untutored pines of the mountain-a dare-devil, who would as lief tall-e a human life as to smoke a cigar. They call me heartless, unfeeling. Perhaps I am. Were I friendly to the world, my name would be even worse than it is. Yet I have a heart-a tastea craving for a different life than this. Knowledge of manners, eduattion, intelle ct-all are mine, yet I cannot grasp them, because-I have nothing to live for-no one to encourage me-because I am Calamity Jane. Alone-fatherless, motherless-friendless. Oh I Dick! Dick!" Her voice choked, sht'I buried her face in her hands, and her form quivered with the emo tion that filled b 3 r being. "Calamity!" She started violently, and raised her h.N-u quickly, a wil d, eager hope coming from b. glistening eyes. A manstood before her-not Deadwood Dick, as she had expected on hearing her name spoken -not the famous ex-outlaw, but one whom the dare-devil girl recognized for allOld Ava lanche. The veteran Annihilator of o l d times, but now growing rapidly infirm. "Avalanche! can it be true that this is yonP' the. girl c ied, springing forward to grasp his


Blonde Bill. 13 horny hand. "I soon e r have expected be thet galoot-sort o' king o' ther mines, fer et to see the Old Nick!" i s r eported be k erries m ore wealth a bout bis "Or1 peadwood Dick," the old scout r e plied, togi; n o r Julius Ceeser. Tbe r t'other chap he be with nis old-time peculiar chucl, I guess,'' said, hreec h P s p ocket f e r {!aloot as km h c k Sala wit.h a sud r l e n -w r o ug:ht li!:!:htn<>ss "Wbo are m and, e r S a m. JV'ho 11. take the r off er, nowtbe two stran<>"ers-Rosebud R o b a1' Blond e I wbai s the man? Bill ? "Here!" n. voic e excl R iwerl and "Dunno ahout ther blonrte T'ilgrim, l:>v of all. f(lrvr P rd int,., t.lie ring stepped the new ther greati bam-bo m>. Ile be er e nigma, king of the miue s Blont1e Billi


14 Blo nde Bill. CHAPTER VI. A STQET FIGHT AND AN ACCUSATION. A MURMUR of surprise ran through the crowd, as the blonde man stepped forward into the ring. Som e how, in the short time he had been in the little mining town, the report had got abroad that he was a sort of financial king, and that h e, with all his prepossessing e legance of manner and dress, should desire to participate in the street fight, '"''-'3 past the understanding of the average Silvertonian. Especially waf C alamity Jane surprised, as she stood with Old Avalanche upon the veran da of the Leviathan. "The blonde pilgrim is on his muscle, ain't he1" said, enthusiastically. I thought h e wasn't no slouch the minute I set my eyes outer him, a!l1 I kinder warmed terward him. .Bet a cayuse he'll scoop et to ther rnif, fine." Dunno orbout thet,'' A valam;he replied. Et d epends how they fight. I've seen sum o' them da.ndy chaps w'ot couldn't lick a de'd buzzard, an' then ag'in, sum on 'em a.ire mighty pea.rt. Thet ar' Salamander Sam is a tough nugget ter handle, they say, an' I'll bet a wi' any pilgrim that he licks the blonde man." "We ll, uncle, I bate to take a mean advantage of an old snoozer, but ef ye wanter bet that way, I caia accommodate you," and Rose bud Rob steppecfup to whe r e Calamity and the Annihilator were standing. "Great ham-bone thet agitated ther larynx of old Jonerl Et's you, is et!" Avalanche exc laim e d, surveying the Sport keenl'J. "You be the r chap they call Rosebud RoM" "The same, old boy, and you, I believe, are the famous Indiau-flghter, Old Avalanche?" '",Kerect-ther great double-distilletl dynamite disaster o' ther plains-ther famous terrific extirpatin' zephyr o' the r north, by ther great ham-bone! I've h eerd o' ye, too, an' et gives me pleasure ter grip yer paw. This hyar party is Calamity Jane, ter whom et does me proud make ye acquaint." R osebud Rob raise l his hat gallantly in acknowledgment to Calamity's bow, and then turned to the Annihilator. "So ye think tbe ruffian will get away with Blond e Bili, eh!" he asked, a faint smile playing about his handsom e mouth. "Dunno," the old man replied, watching the sea of people below Mebbe ther ciunamonbaired galoot is good for his oats, but I'd orfully like ter see them ar' green goggles knocked away from his eyes Calamity Jane started, and gazed at him sharply. What do you m ean!" she demanded, in a lowered tone. Can it be that{ou have been tackled with ther same desire have, ter see ther eyes uv thet pilgrim down there?" "I shed opine thet same. I say, Rosebud wbo is Blond e Bill!" The old man bent forward, and gazed as sharplr int" the Sport's face as Calamity had into his own. Rosebud gave vent to a surprised little laugh. "I see that all three of us have something of a curiosity, in the same directionh" he said. "If you were t;o ask me who were t e inhabitants ol the moon, I could tell you just as easily." Ye don't know then 1'' I do not, than that he calls himself Blonde Bill, has a plenty of ready cash, and ia a second cousin to an iceberg, so far as coolness goes." They now ceased to cor..verse, for the time be ing, in order to .... atch the approaching combat between the blonde man and the ruffian. Salnmander Sam had thrown oif his coat, vest and shirt, and stood stripped to the waist. His form as thus revealed was sinewy and muscular. Blonde Bill stood with arms folded across his breast, watching the unstrippiag of his adver sary, with a strangely peculiar smile lurking beneath his blonde As yet he had made no preparations at all for the fight. "Cum, ye cinna.mon cuss," Beautiful Bill cried, as be noted his man standing so calm and unconcerned "Ye wantei be pullin' off yer togs, ef ye expect ter lick ther black-haired ga loot. Beautiful Bill, am I-ther great Sarytoga-trunked, ivory-tusked Pet Elerfant o' ther Animas Trail-the sweet-cented Appoll e r o' ther Nor'west, and I do asseverate an' declare thet ther Salamander hez muscles like er buffaler bull." "I have no preparations to make," Blonde -!3ill replied, "When the ruffian is ready, I am. "D'ye mean ter call me a ruffian?" Salaman der Sam demanded, savagely. "I'll pound ther daylights clean outen ye fer thct." "It is your privelege t;o do so, ef ye git ther chance, Blonde Bill r eplied, again, apparently not the least troubled by hi s opponent's threat. "When you are ready, sing out. How do you want it-by rule, or 'do as you please?'" "Do as ye durn please, on cou r se," Salaman der ,.am replied, an evil glare in his eyes, for right glad was h e to have the chance of a choice. "Do as you please," or rough-andtumble fighting, as sometimes practiced in the mines gives a person a chance to bite, kick, sc ratch, knock or gouge, without any conformity to the genera.1 rules of pugilism, and i"J certainly the most effective and brutal man!. of u ing a man up, without mercy, A g rowl of dissent ran throug h the crowd as the ruffian eagerly accept! the beastly mode of fighting for he had a wide reputation of being the champion of that particular field, and very few were there among the assembled spec tators, who woulrl have liked to see the blonde stranger clawed to death by the wolfish ruflia.n. But, Blonde Bill did not appear to be particu larly concerned, as he stood calmly awaiting his adversary's onslaught. Faster came the people, and denser grew the crowd in Silverton's little main street, but B aautiful Bill patrolled the out skirts of tbe ring with frowning mien, and kept back the spectators by having a huge pair of four-shooters in his grasp. "Git back I git back I" he yelled, "ef ye doan't want t\J' git snagged inter purgatory on er streak o' greased lightnin'. Ther sarcus is about ter begin-ther performers aire now on ther sawdust, and ther old Pet Elerfant aire a.-


Blonde BW. 11 waltzin' around tber trail. Keep back, ef ye't want ter explode I" Involuntarily the crowd sID"ged back to a re spectful distance, for they were rather chary of this big overgrown individual from Leadvill e, whose aspect was anything but saintly, to say the least. The Coloradoan, Salamander Sam, now was ready, and moved stealthily toward the center of the ring, !us eyes expressiv e of a venomous prapose. Blonde Bill also moved forward to meet him, with his arms still folded upon his breast, and a faint smile !raking about his lips When within a co upl e of yards of eac h other, both m en paused-paused and gazed at each other. The one evilly, fiercely, malignantly; the other steadily-deadly. 'fhe next instant the Coloradoan launched himself forward, directly at his antagonist, with doubled fists, and mouth open, as if he were bent upon the instant annihilation of his victim. Not an inch stirred the blonde man from bis tracks, but s udd enly stretching ou t his arm, h e knocked the attacker back to the ground, without any apparent effort. Down went Salamander Sam, like a. Io11;, and lay quivering where he had fallen, whila a cheer of applause rose from the crowa, and the Pet Elephant of the Leadville Trail danced about in the hugest kind of delight. "Kerw hoop I" he roared, springing high in the air. Thet's ther way ter ski n ther Devil, an' ther blonde galoot h e did ther beautiful, by g um, an' I ll bet ary galoot six ter six thet ther Sala mander see'd more stars, then, than er superan nerated cherubim." "The blood e man's a clipper!" Cala"'lity Jane said, e nthusiastically, as with Rosebud Rob and A valauche, she watched from the veranda. I'll bet high on him, after seein' him P.lant tnat one blow. Ah! Salamander Sam is crawling to his feet, after another dose." lt was even so The ruffian had regained bis feet, and stood a few feet from Blonde Bill, bis eyes g laring more l ike those o!' a wild beast, than those of a human being. "Crase ye!" he hissed, fiercely, "what did ye hit me with!" Wi' bis patent, cast-iron post-malls, on course!" Beautiful Bill replied, .with a grin. ''Ob! he's a hoss, is that blonde cuss, an' I ken't plant a better crop o' knuckles, myself." "Come, you overgrown booby, get to busi n ess, if yon want another installment," Blonde Bill commanded peremptorily. "I am anxious to get through with you, and go about my busin ess." This caused a titter among the spectators, and more enraged the ruffian. "I'll finish ye, this time," be g1itted, fiercely, and the next instant h e took a flying leap for ward, that bro11ght him directly in front of the blonde man. In a moment more the two bad clinched, tightly. It was now to be a contest of strength, rather than and the attention of the spectators became greater. The Coloradoan was a man o! great muscu l a r strength, and it would seem that he bad a d e cided advantage over his opponent, but such was not the case, for, although be tried the 1 squeezing hug upon the blonde man1 with the hope of crushing him he soon found tnat his ad versary knew a trick or two about the little game himself. Like ihe powerful jaws of a vise did the arms of Blonde Bill wind around the Coloradoan, and tighter and stronger became bis hug, until the eye$ of the black-haired pilgrim began to bulge from their sockets, and be grew purple in the face "Rocky Mountain pr'1ecat, an' perary coy. otes!" ejaculated the gill'.nt, as b e waltzed about the ring, nearly beside himself with enthusiasm. Tork about bein' hugged t e r d e'th by yer motherin-law, pards-et ain't no sarcumstance ter ther present case, no, sir-ee, bob-tail hossl Jest luk at thet aire blonde cuss, will be whoopin' ber up ter ther black b'ar, famnss1 B e t my boots he's half-brother to a reg'lar high pressure engi n e, wi' forty-hoss power. S ee bow h e makes the Salamander blush around ther gills, will ye-ob! Lordy, et's better nor a circus. Beautiful Bill, am I-an' I do h ereby sw'ar an' asseverate thet Blonde Bill ar' king o' these hyar mines, in tber arts o' huggin an' knockin'." Around and around' staggered the lo c k e d ene mies, both pow e rless to escape each other's hug, and eac h u sing his 1naster efforts to crush the lif e out of the other. It might seem a strange and horrible way of fighting, out in the far East, where such scenes are unknown; but in the wild life of the wildea mines of the far West, it is esteemed the acme of sport, and eagerly witnessed by even the toned citizens. The blonde man was the coolest, and appar ently least affected. If the savage bug of the Coloradoan hurt him, the fact was not percepti ble upon his smiling face; while on the contrary Salamander Sam's face was pitrple, hi s eyes bulged nearl y out, and bis tongue was hanging from his month. "When you get enough, let me know, and I'll lmloosen," Blonde Bill said, as he noticed his ad versary's condition. "Never, curse ye!" was the gasping r ep ly. "I'll die first!" At this instant a change came. A pistol-shot was heard, and Blonde Bill suddenly dropped one arm to his side, with an exclamation, while Salamander also released his h old, and fell to the ground. '' l 've been shot," Blonde Bill said, and so b a s my opponeo.t. Wbg committed this act? Show ine the man, and with my uninjraed right arm I will fight him I" In an instant all was confusion, and hasty searah and inquiries followed, but without satis factory result. N o one seemed to know or have the least idea who had fir ed the shot which bad barked the blonde man's wrist, and entered his opponent's back. Whoever bad fired the shot bad been at some distance from the c rowd, probably, as the report bad not been heard. The man, Salamander, bled like a stuck bog and an examination proved that h e could not be other than mortally wounded, for the bullet


18 Hlonde BilL had entered his back and penetrated the left lung .. "Who wants ter take charge o' thischap?" Beautiful Bill demanded. "His fiddle is bu'sted, an' we sha'n't heer much more music from him. Who wants 'im, I say1" "I'll take charge of him," a brawny, brownwhiskered Miner replied, "and see that he has proper care." And with the a ssista n ce of a couple of com p anions, he bore the wounded ruffian out of the ring and away. The crowd now began to disperse, but were to some extent prevented from as Honorable Ray Vernon, of Ohio, steppeu forward and said: "Excusing me, gents, for detaining you, it will be to your advantage to give me a mo ment's attention. I have discovered who it was that shot the blonde man and the ruffian." "Ohl ye have, eh? Then y'u're ther percise chap we want ter see," Beautiful Bill declared. Tell us who promulgated ther deadly pill, an' durn my mother-in-law's litt le yaller dorg ef I won't impannel ther great Death Committee, an' set it ter work. Beautiful Bill am I, and I kin lick ther teetotal spots off'n ther cuss who salivated ther blonde an' pasted ther stripes o' glory to ther Salamander." The man who fl.rod the cowardlv shot is present," the Congressman went on. "As I understand your laws of honor, here in the mines, gentlemen, the man who does a mean act in a sly or treacherous wanner is considered dishon orable, and deserving of being lynched. Is this not correct?" Keerectl" cried the giant, with a flourish and his sentiment was echoed by nods from the others. Then I propose you string up the man, Blonde.Bill," the Ohioan decided; "for he is the guilty man who fired the shot!" CHAPTER VII. A BAD LOOKOUT FOR BLONDE BILL. THE announcement of the Ohioan was re ceived with a general murmur of surprise, and not a f e w of the spectators gave vent to dissenting murmurs, while the big man from Leac! ville jumped fully three feet from the ground, with a yell of derision. "Git out hyar, ye durned galoot!" he ejac ulated1 ferociously prancing up to the Ohioan. "Ye aon't wanter die a unnatural death, do ye? Waal, then, ye doan't want ter cast insinywations &!!;'in' my friend wi' the r yaller mustache. Beautiful Bill's my name, an' ef yedoant wanter be m easured fer yer pine-box, ye'd better dry up yer vocabulary." I care not who you are, sir; I have a right to make a truthful assertion," the Congressman declared, firmly. "If you will listen, I'll explain to you. I was watching the contest very closely, at the time of the shooting, and I saw a small pocket revolver slip down from the blonde man's coat-sleeve, in such a way that it came between his thumb andl forefinger of his right hand, the muzzle being 'JY.>inted at his an back over his (Blonde Bill's) left wrist. Before I could give the alarm, it was too late-the shot was fired, and with the dropping of the blonde man's arm to his side, weapon disappeared." The looks of surprise and doubt began to dis appear from the faces of the crowd to be fol lowed by expressions of interest and belief. This is a strange story you are telling, pard," a miner said, who chanced to be Silver ton's deputy-s heriff, by name George Garwood. "We've ail, as a people, tuk quite a n otio n to the blonde pilgrim, an' et's hard ter believe he's up to sech sly gum as thet." On course et is!' decided the Leadville giant, in disgust. "Et's ther disgustin'est kind o' a polecat lie, and durn my li ttle yaller dorg ef I ken't lick the r onery cross eyed ring-nosed galoot w'ot preferred ther charge-" I do not know that you will take my testimony alone, gentleman," the Ohioan continued, "and perhaps, again, 1t isn't ally of my business to take up sides against the blonde, but I like to s ee things half-way fair. Perhaps there is some one in the crowd who saw the same as I, quick as was the action." "Yes, there is unotber, who witnessed the foul deed," a voice r e plied, and out from the c r owd stepped Silverton's ministerial man, the R eve r end Lester Van Syckel. "Though it 1s my creed to be m01ciful, I will at no time screen crime, and I frankly acknowledge that Isa w the blonde stranger's murderous act I" "Then, by heaven! it must be so, and the as. sassin shall not escape," Deputy Garwood cried. It was a mean and unfair act, and if there are any h ere who want invitations to a lynch picuic let 'em speak up brisk!" "Here! h ere I" came the answer, by a hundred voices. We're with 'ye l" "Contrary, no!" roared the giant. "Beauti ful Bill am I; but may I be etarnally kicked ter death wi' cross-eyed mules, or buzzed ter death wi' anti-dyspeptic was.sups, ef I'll evyer take sides ag'in' ther innercent chap wi' ther yaller mus tb, Calamity Jane and Old Av alanc' 1 c H e h

Blonde BllL Well, sir, I am the deputy-sheriff of this 'ere town o' Silverton, an' I hev orders frum ther IJ0<.>ple ter arrest ye fer killin' ther Coloradoan, ::Salamander Sam!" "What's this?-arrest me for killing the manY Why, my dear sir, you must be out of your bead! We were fired at by some unknown party while strugglmg with each other, and I came near getting the same dose the ruffian got. I have a. bark here on my left wrist as a memento of the close ca.II!" "Yas, that's all well enough for you to say, but et dou't pass muster, ye see wi' this byar court," Garwood announced, determinedly. "We've got two men who tell a different sort o' a. story from yourn. They a. revolver dropped out of your sleeve, int o your hand, went off an' the n disappeared from si ght again the re mtlt being the wound in the Col oradoanls back, nn' a kiss o' ycr wrist, purposely intended, no doubt. Now, mebbe this ain't so, but luks like ly, an' so I arrest ye fer trial, wi' ther prospect ,,, a lynch picruc l" "This is lln infamous plot against me-a scurvy lie. 1 did n.<:>t kill the ruffian, n o r did I have any band in itl" the Blonde replied, with li e rceness. Who are my accusers!" "I am, for one," the Buckeye Congressman 11aid, step;:iing forward with a maligna.nt smile of triumh upon his face. "l saw you do precisely as tb6 deputy, h e r e1 has rlescribed." ".And, I toot" addea the Reverend Van 13yckel with a sorrowful l oo k. Although I would be a shepherd to the Lord, and gather llambs unto my fold, I cannot allow myself to screen crime, and permit the wicked to go un punished." :::nond e Bill was staggered when he saw the evidence offered, but he remained as calm as was his u sual wont. "Gentlemen you are both infernal liars," h e answe red. Your testimony is falsehood and slander-some scheme worthy of Satan's imps to harm me. Again I protest that I had nothinfc yer word won't carry weight, I'm afeard," the deputy replied. "Two aces is allus better'n a lon e jack, an' ye see bow 'tis yerself." "Thar's anuther way o' gettin' at the matter," a miner suggested "Ef h e did the sboot in', as stated, no doubt he still carries the wea pon concealed in his coa t-sl eeve." Good idea I" the deputy accepted. "Pull off yer coat, prisoner!" "Very well, I will do so," Blonde Bill !jaid, .1beying the order. "and you will find a small revolver !'USpendecl in the sleeve by u rubber elastic. It is l oaded in every chamber, and yon can easily see that it has not been fired, as I have had no occasion to use it." A short sea r c h found the weapon, just as its owner had prophesied. It was a bran'-new four shooter, of small o r vest-pocket pattern, and being brif!"ht and polished in every part, and fully loaded. bad evidently never been used. A further search of the blonde man's person re vealed no other weapons except those he carried exposed to view in bis belt. "Thar! now ye see, don't ye. thet tber Ohio IOlecat v;as a-lyi. f" trinmphantly cried Beau-tiful Bill, as he crowded forward. Et's con clusive proof that h e's innercent." "On course he is!" exclaimed Calamity Jane, joined by similar exclamations from Avalanche and Rosebud Rob. The blonde cuss didn't shoot ther rough no more'n I did." "'Well, I ken't tell about thet,'' Garwood re pliecl. Things see m ter be a l eet l e mixed, an' et will be necessary to have a trial." See here!" Calamity cried1 confronting the deputy; jest you hold on a tnfle. If I mistake not, the r fight was a. do as ye please afl'airwasn't it'?" On course it was. To that fact I do solemnly sw'ar an' asseverate-I, Beautiful Bill,'' roared the giant, with a flouri s h.._ "On course them war ther constitoochin an' by-laws o' tner horse der-combat, an' I kin lic k tbe r ornery burro who sez ther blonde man shot ther Salamander! er sez he didn't hev er right to, ef he pleased All in favor o' freein' tbe r yaller-hirsuted galoot will make manifes t by saying I, with capital emphatl" I!" cri'lld Calamity Jane. I!" cried Old Avalanche. I I" cried Rosebud Rob. "An' I-I-1-yi-yi-I!" roared the big Leadvillite. "Blonde Bill forever!" But they four were the only ones -to affirm. Tbe remaim .. er of the excited crowd were grim_ ly silent. "The majority rules, gentlemen, and it is my duty to make the arrest, the deputy-sh e riff per sisted. "Will you come with me, prisoner, or shall I have to use force!" I will not resist the law, sir I" Blonde Bill replied, as he put on his coat. "Lead ahead, and you have my word that I will follow." "Your word is sufficient," the deputy replied, "Come along." He turned, descended from the veranda, and up the street they went, tqe crowd parting on either side to give them passage. Close behind followed the Sport, RoSebud Rob, and also Beautiful Bill, Calamity, Avalanche, with the surging crowd bringingthe rear. the Buckeye Congressman and the Reverend Van Syckle among them. At the upper end of Silverton's long main street stood 11. large barn, which was used partly for stabling horses during the winter season, but was now empty. It also served as house and jail for the little town, when th(li-e was need for such a place, which was seldom. To this castle of legal jurisdiction the deputysberifl' led the way. Every available space was soon occupied in this impromptu court-room, and Blonde Bill stood in the prisoner's box-an empty feed-box, while Garwdod towered upon an imaginary judge's stand. Feller-pilgrims," he said, after glancing over the crowd, "we are here for the purpose of trying a man for murder in the furst degree. Mebbe sum o' ye ain't heerd ther testimony, so the first party of the prosecution will please be heard.," Ohio's representative accordiugly arose, and stated what he knew, precisely as he had flrsi done, when making the accusation. He was then followed by the ministerial man.


18 Blonde Bill. wllo confirmed his statement, with a few co n c isel y c h osen words. Y ou se3, fe ll er-citize ns,"Garwoodsaid "the p roof is conclusive. The b londe c hap undoubt ed l y did the shooting, and he therefore is pro nounced guilty. There is no use of impaneling a jury-the case can be decided without. All ther 1s ter do is ter vota on et. All in favor o' seein' Blonde Bill hoisted, will confe r a favor b y saying ay 1" Ay ay I ay !" came a hoarse, tumultuous s bout of many voices. "Contrary, no!" "No!" came the reply-but only a rew voices heralded the cry. "Et's de c id ed then," Garwood announced, "an' I ther d eputy-she riff an' jedge o' this hyur town o' S1lvert;on, do sentence Blond e Bill to be hanged ter first co nvenient limb o' a tree, one hour h ence Cle :ir ther court-room, an' allow ther pri so ner a quiet chance ter cogitate over hi s pro 3 p2cts." And s0, out once more into the moonlight emerg e d thos e c it iz9ns of Silverton, and waited in groups in the immediate neighborhood, for no thought of sleep was there, with the prospect of the soul-iuspiriug spectac le of seeing a man !aunched into In the hurry of th3 exit from the building, Calamity Jane h'Ld so n e bow go t separated from Old Avala n c h e a11i.l Rosebu1 Rob but evident ly purpose l y, for n n sooner had she gotten out of the thi ckest of crowd, than she sped off up the m o un ta in-gul c h t a il with rapid steps. Ooca she wa,s out of sight of human eyes, shA iuc r eas2 d h e r p ac e to a trot, finally to a r un. Throu"h gubh, with it; grim of t'Lll sp3ctral pi :ns, she fle w lik e a startlea f a wo, tlle occa : iiou'l. l bars of me llow moonshine darting a t hw.:irt her face, and r evealing a wild, r 3solute expression. Rude shanties an::! cabins were strewn along through the gulch, but sh e seemAd s carcely to n otice them, until she reached one, about a h alf a mile from Silvert o n with a m'l.n sitting u po n the threshold of tha do orway, and evidently en joyin g the bsautiful moonlight, as he smoked a grimy clay pipe . A r ad -shirted, r o ughly dressed fellow, with busby b ewhiskerej face, and shrewd little eyes and a form b etokening muscl e and sinew. B e for e him th1 gfr l d are-devi l came to a halt, her boso'Il heaving dee ply, from her swift run. Raph ael!" s h 2 S', ques tioningly. "Bv h eave n! is it yo u Calamity?" And the m'l.n sprung to bis feet, glad surprise beaming from hi s little eyes. "Yes. it's ma," the hasty reply. I am glad you know me. You promised me, Raphael, when you serve1 un'.ier Deadwood Dick' s fla g, that, di d I ever ue e 1 assistance, I might com m a nd yoL1." "In truth I did, C'l.lamity. You were a faith ful fri end to our Captain, Deadwood Di c k, in those bygone days, up in the Black Hills, and that fac t m

Blonde BilL 19 ;rudge Lynch was one hundred yards up the t,,'Ulcb, and toward this tb_ e was led, fol lowed by the crowd. A stout lnsso was made ready, as soon as a position was reached beneath a strong, out reaching branch, and while the noosed end was secured about Blonde Bill's neck, the other was tossed over the limbJ and taken in charge by a ready vomnteers. "Now then, pardner, ye'r' all bunk!" the deputy-sheriff said, surveying the prisoner with a patronizing air. All's required is a leetle muscle, to h'ist ye. So, before the ceremonies begin, w'ich'll be in five minutes, e f ye bev any confessions to make, or eny prayers ter offer, ye'd better git down to bizne ss, lively." I would li ke to speak moment with Rosebud Rob, if you haven't any objections," Blonde Bill replied. "Not in the least Silverton's worthy deputy replied, accommodatingly. "Rosebud Rob, if he is present, will please come forward." The handsome Sport obeyed, as soon a s he heard bis name spoken. A moisture came into his eyes, as he beheld the blonde man, ready for a launch into eternity. "By heav en, BiIJ, I would that it were in my power t:o helP. you!" he said, huskily, "but the four of us ain t enough." Of course not, and there's no other way out of the difficulty than by bang in g, though the J_,ord knows I didn't shoot the ruffian. Rosebud, have you any idea who I am!" "No!" the Sport replied-" except you are Blonde Bill." That is only a nmn de plume," the other r& plied. I've got t:o stretch hemp, and r ma:y as '!Veil do it unde r my real as under a fictitious name. I am Richard Edward Harris-better known as Deadwood Dick!" Rosebud Roq gave vent to a sudden exclama was in turn ec hoed by the crowd. eadwood Dick-you ?" Yes, I I As Blond e Bill I was enabled to re turn h ere, whence these accwsed Silvertonians drove the disguise," was t:Se repl:y,. where are valamity and Avalanche!" I do not know. I have not seen them since we left the court-room. Well, it matters not. They would grieve to see me shuffle off, and it iS better they should be the pain. You will do as wei.J. I want yo u to promise me something. "Anything, friend," the Sport said, gravely. Good. I know you're true as steel. You have heard of the mines, Deadwood Dick's Discovery. Henceforth and forever hereafter they are yours, 9-nd Calamity's jointly . But, in order to get them, you must get tJ:re deed of them from that Ohio scoundrel, and plant your ffo. g on the claim. You are no outlaw; they will not dare to drive you off. Another thing: I want you to break up t he outlaw gang that caused the death of my wife, Edith. You will not have a hard job. The leaders of that gang are I truly believe, the same pair wbo caused mi!: sentence to-nigbt, and it was the ministers daughter who fired the shot that killed Salamander Sam." "I'll carry out your wishes to the Jetter," the Snort replied. !s that all I" "Yes. Go, now, and let 1he law take the vengeance she has so J ong been deprived of." With tears dimming h is eyes, Rosebud Rob turned away, and retraced his steps to the placa where be had left the giant. Even as he did so, the voice of the deputy sberiff was heard: Time's up. He' oh I he' I" "Come!" .Rosebud said, to the giant, "let's get out of this. I don't care to witness the spec tacle." Nor did Beautiful Bill, for, with a yell, he turned and dashed down the street after the Sport. Ruffian though be was, by nature bom, and rude and uncouth as the wild mountainous country of which he was a denizen, it was possi ble that be still bad a heart more capable of tender emotions than his every-day exterior would seem to betrav. A wild, reverberating yell, as they rushed down toward the Leviathan, warned them that Deadwood Dick's feet had cleared the groundthat he w11s launched into eternity. But bark! Not only do the yells of the crowd swell upon the night, but ether yells rise far above tbem fierce yells they are, accompanied by the sounds of rapid pistol-shots, and the thunder of horses' f eet! Then follow startled cries, and a perceptible breaking of the crowd; a mass of humanity comes rushing headlong down Silverton's main. street, with howls and curses, as if the Old Nick in person were after them. "What in the blazes is the matter?" Rosebud Rob as be and Beautiful Bill r eao hed the veranda of the Leviathan, a few moments ahead of the crowd. "Holy polecats! can't ye see!" the big man from Leadville cried, pointing up the street. Road-agents I r oad-agents, sure's I'm tber Apoller o' tber West. Road-agents, by ther breath uv old Zachariaher Z eb ulom, an' they've reskied ther blonde cuss, tool Hip I yip I hurraber !" And loudly the giant's triumphant buz za rung out upon the night. But, the rushing crowd paused not to learn from whence it came. Madly they sped on, frantic with desire to escape the band of masked horsemen that had driven tbeni away from Judge Lynch's tree. But, they need not have fled in such confusion for the outlaws halted at the tree, and proceeded to take the rope from the neck of Blonde Bill, who bad been dropped to the ground at the fleeing of his executioners, unharmed. But, bis bonds were not cut, excep t those around his feet, and they were renewed, when h e was lifted into the saddle. Seeing this act, one of the party uttered an exclamation of surprise, but a revolver pressed against his temple bv an outlaw by his side, bad the effect to produce silence. Blonde Bill was securely fastened int:o the saddle an extra horse that bad been brought along; then tQe lead-line was taken in charge by one pf the r escuers. Then, the dismounted ones again leaped into their saddles, and the cavalcade dashed away over the back trail, with yells of victory. On they went up the gulch, into the interior


80 Blonde BilL of t h e mountainOllS district-now branching off int.o cross ravines, gulches and on, the wtld ride continued, until the of another day fiecked the crest of the horizon Tll en, to the great surprise of Blonde Bill the y came t.o a halt upon a singular plateau in the sidt1 of the mountains due east from Silver t.on, and overlooking the San Juan valley, through which the turbulent Animas followed its tortuous course like a thread of silver. H e r e a dismount was made by the outlaws; Bl onde Bill was released from his saddle, and assisted to the ground. His arms were kept bound, however, and he was car efally guarded by two of the masked strangers. After all had dismounted, the course was taken up through a narrow fissure that seemed t.o split the mountain in twain, and one by one the masked m e n, their prisoners and horses disappeared within this yawning gaphas if entering into the very b0wels of the eart Into what strange he had falle n or whither h e was going, Blonde Bill had not the slightest idea. The r esc ue of Blonde Bill bytbe masked band, was an event that furnis hed much food for dis cussion among the resid ents and population of Silverton's little t.own. And for the next several days it was liberally discussed by everybody. The general belief was that the strange band of rescuers were some of the D eitdwood Dick's own men, while there w ere a few who declared that he had been res c u ed by the terrible Silent Tongues But, those who did not believe the first inference, were limited. Even Rosebud Rob and Beautiful Bill were inclined t.o that opinion, a'lthongh they had no proof of it, and were somewhat anxious. Avalanche and Calamity, too, were both mis sing, which had a strange l ook On the evening of the day after that on which the rescue bad taken place, the Reverend Les ter Van Syckel left the h ote l, and walked up the street to the first cornerhwbere he turned off, and made his way int.o t at scattered and mountainous part of the t.own, which had not aslet been classified into short walk brought him to a large board shanty, somewhat isolated from other habitations and apparently unoccupied, as there were no s igns of life about it, and the windows were closely boarded up. The night was extremely dark, owing t.o the fact that the sky was thickly covered with a pall of black clouds; yet the minist.erial man ap peared nervous lest h e should be seen, and walked with careful {lrecision. On reaching the vicmity of the cabin or shanty, he pausoo, and gazed sharply around him, as if t.o &ilSure himself that no one was watching him; then he clapped a mask over face, and fastened it there, thus effectually disguising his identity. He then advanced t.o the door of the shanty and unlocked it. Opening tile door, he entered a large apartment, which was wrapped in dark J1011B, and closed it behind him. Fumbling around, he soon found a lamp which he lit, and placed upon a mantle. The apartment as revealed by the light, was furnished by a large round table in the center of the room, surrounded by some two dozen chairs. Rude settees were also a1Tanged around the sides and ends of the apartment, making a seating capacity for at least two-score of people. Taking a seat by the table, the disguised minister lit a cigar, and waited. He had not lieen seated ten minutes when the door opened, and anothe r masked man entered from the darkness of the night without. "Ahl it's yon is it, Vernon?" the renegade mi.nister said with a nod. I am glad you are punctual, for we have business to attend to, to-Irie:ht." '<'Exactly,'' the other said. "It was a bad thing for us that Blo nd e Bill, who turns out to be Dead wood Dick, has escaped " Bad enough," the minister said, in a that spoke of anything but a sanctified spirit. "Have you seen any of thtt other members?" '' Yes, there are several in town." The assertion proved correct, for more mask ed men began to string along iuto the shanty, one by one, until, in the course of an how-, over a score were assembled. A s no more came, aftrothat, the arose, and glanced the crowd over. "My friends," he said, "I am glad t.o see SO many of you present because we have impor tant business on hand, that concerns the future welfare of every member of the band of Silent Tongues. We uave an enemy in this town, who is deadly against us, and his removal from our path !I' imperatively necessar y The man is he who was rescued last night, Blonde Bill-alias Deadwood Dick, the ex-road-agent I" 1\ d ee p murmur came from the crowd, showing that they knew, but had no love for the Prince of the Trail. "Some of f.OU may have heard," pursued Van Syckel,' that this same man came here for the sole purpose of breaking u p our band, as he .lias successfully done in other parts of the country. It is true, else-I would not have ordered an attack upon the stage, in the San J nan, which resulted so disastrously for our party. I haalearned that the fellow was bound hither, and I thought that we could secu r e the treasure without loss of life, and at the same time settle his hash." But the bullet intended for him took off his wife, Hon. Ray Vernon said. Yes. I did not get a good chance at him." "Deadwood Dick is safely caged at the headquarters, captain," one of the masked outlaws said, rising and bowing. ":C just came from there." "What! Deadwood Dick captured, and at the stronghold? How is thi.s?-explail!:" the renegade cried, excitedly. Et was ther Li e utenant Raphael who did it,'' the outlaw replied. ''Yer see, Raohael, he used ter be one o' Deadwood D ick's fellers, an' Calamity Jane she knowed him. S o when she heard thet Blonde Bill was a-g oin' ter be hanged in au h om-_ she ofl' an' hunts up R '.tphael, an' asked him ter h elp her r es kv the ch11p frum beiu' lynched, On account Of Oltl friAUdlJ'


Blonde Bill. 21 scores. Raphael he knows his Q's and P's, an' so he jest gits sum o' ther boys together\ an' sails in an' reskies ther blonde cuss,:wi' Calam ity Jane along, an' tben totes both she an' ther blonde chap off ter head-quarters, an' sends me ter let ye know!" Van Syckel alias Captain Terrible, the leader of the dreaded Silent Tongues, gave vent to an exclamation of joy. ''Things have worked well1:' he said, rubbing his hands together, gleefUIJy. "Deadwood Dick in our power, we can soon dispose of him, and thereby rid the brotherhood of a dangerous enemy." "Certainly; and with his death, the Discov ery mines down un the Los Animas become un disputably ours!" Ohio's professed Congressman said, with a triumphant chuckle. "You say the girl, Calamity Jane, is also a captive, Ru lofl" "Yes Sir Grand Chief." I .;;;Jii turn her over to you, my brother Van Syckel said, addre55>ing the Ohioan. ilr want no women upon my plate. But come; we have been long enough in session. Take your departure as you came, singly and cautiously, for should suspicion be aroused as to onr meet ings here, inquiry would follow, and fl would oot be healthy for us hereabouts." Accordingly the Silent Toni;: 'ls disbanded in about the same order they came. CHAPTER IX. ROSEBUD ROB AS A DETECTIVE. ROSEBUD ROB, the Sport, was one of the masked men who assembled within the council chamber of the Silent Tongues that night all by merest chance. He had been up to a gambling saloon, not far from the shanty, and was r eturning, when a masked man passed him, and entered the said shanty. It at oncA struck him as a !little off," and be ing of an adventurous turn of mind, his curios ity was aroused; so he lingered in the vi,cinity to watch proceedings. Not long did he have to wait ere another masked roan came along, and followed the ex ample of the other by entering the shanty. Thoroughly aroused by this time, Rosebud Rob, with his accustomed quickness, resolved to the cabin also. "Ef thar ain't a r(lvelation awaiting me in there, it won't matter so much," he muttered, "as I am in want of something to pass away time. When another of them chaps comes Uong, perhaps I can induce him to lend me one of his masks, and trade places with me." It was not king ere another of the outlaws tame stalking through the darkness, to suddenly find himself confronted by the Sport, and a tel'Olver pressed close against his cheek, in the nnost suggestive manner. '"Sh!" Rosebud hissed; "not a peep, if you don't want me to sp'ile your beauty. I'm a dan!\"erous man to r'ile, so you'd better sub missive. I want to go in there to-night, and you must lend me your uniform," and be nod-ded to':'17ard the shanty. The masked outlaw gave vent to a growl, but did not attempt to reach for a weapon; be evi dently knew better than to thus sign bis own' death-warrant. ''You'd better not try venturing in there1 be grunted, "\If ye don't want ter gtt yerself mter trouble." "I'll take the chances," the Sport replied, as, while he kept the fellow covered by the revolver in hi s left hand, he used the right to relieve him of his belt weapons. I never got in so tight a place yet that I couldn't get out. Now be so kind as to put Y.Our hands behind you, and keep them there while I secure them. Don't you try no gum games, neither, if you don't want me to bore for ile in your cheek, with a lead au&"er." The man obeyed, with poor grace, and m two minutes Rosebud Rob had him safely hand cuffed, with a pair of the law's i:iatent bracelets, which he always carried with mm. He then tripped him to the ground, and tied hls feet with bIS pistol belt, so that he was ut terly h e lpless. "What the deuce are you going to do with me1 anyhow?" the outlaw demanded, gruffly. 'Sh! not so loud, if you don't want me to shut off your throttle-valve. I am going to drag you out of hearingl Bomewhere, and let you lay, while I vis i t the snanty, yonder. But first, let me r e move your n::ask, and take a p eep at you. You may be some friend of mine and I'd awfully hate to discommode a frie nd, you know." And with a chuckle, the Sport knelt beside his captive, and tore off the cloth mask which screened the upper portion of bis face from view. He gave an ejaculation of surprise the next instant. "Garwood, the deputy-sheriff, as I live!" he gasped "--Yes, Garwood, the deputy-sheriff," the other growled, savagely. "Young :feller, you're the only one m Silverton that knows this, an' I want you to k!e p my secret for me. How much do 1ou want?" Nothing!" R01;ebud Rob said, quietly. "I am no tool or slave to be bought for gold. Nor am I a fool to lose a good advantage. If you don't want your neck put where you put Blonde Bill's last night, you'll have to figure for me." "I am at your mercy," the man replied. "It would not be healthy around h ere, if it was known what I am. Of course I don't want to 19se my position, and need not, if you're a mind to play fair. Ef ye want any jobs done, that ye .don't want to do yourself, all ye've got ter do is keep my secret, an' depend on me. Rosebud Rob involuntarily shuddered. The man before him, a servant of the public and treasurer of their confidence, was in fact a villain, who, to screen one baa step, 1'&uld da.rker deed. I shall promise you notbin!?'1:' he sci.d, stern ly. "I'll leave you where you il be safe whil9' I take a peep 'into yonder shanty. When 'r com back, mebbe I'll render 11. verdict I" Without much difficulty he gagged the rellll" officer, and then carri.ed and dragged him mto a little clump of pines, which grew in a. wild spot, not far from the edge of the town. Here he left him, and donning bis mask, re turned to the vicinity oi"the shanty. Watching his chance, he entered, and although great waa


as Blonde BilL the risk, he was not particularly noticed, and thus es c aped d e tection What he heard, is already known to the read er. After the session closed, he l eft as soon as possible, and returned to where he had left the deeuty-sheriff. 'Well, what are you going to do with me? that guilty individual d e manded, with an ness born, apparently, of greatest fear. Ye ain'ta-goin' ter give me awa y, I hope." "That depends, somewh at," the Sport r eplied "If ye tell me where the head-quarters of the Silent Tongue outlaws is I shall probably be more m e rciful, than if you r e fuse to grant the information." The n ye needn't be merciful," Garwood said with a s c owl, "fe r I can't tell ye that. Ye kin string me up, but I cannot-will not tell ye that." Then, I'll liberate you,'' Rosebud said, cut1;ing the b o nds about his feet, and relieving him of the h andc uffs. You dare not do me harm, if you value your public offi c e, and if I conclude to use you, I'll hunt you up, some other time. Go!" I will go," Garwood replied "and I am no dog not to remember you. When I have had my revenge, we'll cry quits, if you're willing. H a l ha!" And the d eputy took advantage of his liberty to stride away into the darlmess. I 'm 'most sorry I let the devil go," the Sport muttered, as he turne d awiiy toward the main street of the town. "He has not a spark of honor about him and will probably lay for me. But I am not afraid of him, if he d on't take me .at a big disadvantage, where I can' t get a chance "to use my arms." He went bac k to the hotel and r etired for the night.--Early in the morning he was abroad, and met Beautiful Bill upon the veranda. "Waal, w'at's the r tap? the giant demanded. H e erd auything frnm D eadwood Dick and Calamity? lit Yes," and the Sport related his adventures of the previous night. T he big Leadvillite whistled, as be heard. "Beats a r ed-hot nove l all holl er, by gum," h e said. "So they're in the power o'ther Silent Tongue s, arter all?" "Yes, and it must be our busin e ss to g e t them out," Ros ebud R o b said. "But lww is the ques tion. I do n o t know where the outlaws' rendez vous is lo cated." "Ner I, by the r holy polecats. But yonde r cums the r othe r bra n c h o' the r g reat Contine n tal D e'th Committee, an' m ebbe h e kin dig up t her trail. I do s w'ar an' asseverate the t Old Avalanc h e the r Annihilator, kin root up ary trail thet e ve r m ortal made." And, as the giant c e ased speaking he slapped his band heavily down upon the s houlder of the great s c out, wco had jus t c om e up. "Take keer, Bill ee ; not too heavy, the old veteran grunted. "My old j'ints won't stand as much jarrin' as the y uster did, in the r days whe n ther Annihilation established ets great fame-great e.nti-carniv e rous ham-bone, no! "Oq they won't., Alva, ye old sunran-iiua:te .. ,1r-on course they won't; an thet's ther reason I teched ye so li:htly the eant re plied, effusive l y. "But we r e gfad ye ve c um, a!l ther same, fer we h e v need o' ye, ye purseev e " Yes, we have that," Rosebud Rob coincided. We want ye to hnnt up the trail of the Silent Tongues, and find where their head-quarters are. " Reckon thet wouldn't b e no slouch of a job,'' the veteran Annihilator replied. They hang o u t somewhere's about Clumsi mountain, over yonder ,to'rd ther Animas, 'case I've seen s u m o' their anymlles grazin' in t h e neighborhood "You know that Blond e Bill-alias Dead wood Dick-and Calamity Jane arein the power of these Silent Tongues?" Great antiquated ham-bone, no!" "Well, they are, we have learned and if we don' t g e t 'em out, it looks purty llkely thet they'll b e made the principal cadavers of a cou ple of funerals. And the n the Sport narrated to the old An nihilator what h e had pre 'l'.iously toid Beautiful Bill. When be had finished, a new fire of life and spirit came into the eye of the scout Great bam-bone thet gargled the throat of old Jonerl" he ejaculated. ":Et is as you say: ther b'yee an' tbe r gal must be got out o ther de e fikilty, somehow. .When d'ye want ter move ? " Not just yet, I've got a little othe r bull dozing to do before I go. If you see anything of Van Syckel, the preac h er, or the Ohioan, look out for 'em, for I half expect they're at the head of the band of outlaws." You bet your last d ollar on my old mother in-law' s leetle yalle r dorg, we will!" the a ss ured, tossing his bat through in unde r his l e g into the air, and skillfully catching it on his head, a la c lown. On course we will old last rosebud o' summer, ef we hev ter d estroy the1 b lame d con stertushing uv the r United States! Beautiful Bill am I, an' hyar's Old Avltlanche H ogg-ther l op-eared Poker o' tber North, an' we two planets do constertoo t ther famou s D eath-Committee o' the Min e s!" Taking l eave of them, Rosebud Rob re-enter ed the hotel, and positioned himself in a place where he could see everybody that entered or l eft the place by the front entrance. Lighting a cigar, he took up a p aper, and ap peared to be absorbed in its perusal, whil e in re ality he was con s cious of everything that was going on around him, and saw every person that passed him in or out. During the forenoon he noticed the man Ohio leave the hotel, and shortly afterward the renegade preacher followed suit. This was exactly what he was waiting for, and leaving his watching-place he asc ended to the second floor of the building. Having previously obtaine d the numbe r s o f Van Syckel's apartments, h e had no diffi culty in finding the m now, and h e tried the first door of the suit, which opened, and admitted him into a. plainly furnished sittingroom, lighted by two windows. Nora Van Syckel, the bogus clergyman' s daughter, was seated by one of these windows, sigaged in sewing, at the moment of the Sport's


Blonde Bill. abrupt entrance, but sprung to her feet with a little cry of alarm, as she saw him. '' Sir I" she said, coldly. "To what am I indebted for this visit1" Excuse me miss but you are not indebted, at all," Rosebud replled. "'I never charge for professional visits especially to ladies. r came to have a few words with yon, and I trusttii,king the welfare of the R everend Lester Van Syckel into consideratton, you will have due 'Patience and becoming fortitude, upon this occas10n." 'fhere was sarcasm in the Sport's tones that caused Miss Van Syckel to crimson, and then grow pale. "l don't understand what you mean," she said, with an effort to conceal, somewhat, the agitation she felt," but I will listen to what you have to say. Be seated, please." "On the contrary, I think you do quite understand the import of my words," Rosebud Rob rejoined, accepting a chair, and becoming seated. In the vE'rnacular of the mines, I've come for the express purpose of turkey' to you In the first place, I'd like to g1ve1ou a question to answer. Whom did you inten that bullet ruffianJ or Blonde Bill?" The minister's daugnter grew deadly pale at the question, but by a strenuous effort managed to keep her composure. 1-1 don't understand you yet," she faltered. "What bullet do you mean?" The one that shut off the wind of Salaman der Sam, in the street fight, night before last," was the reply. "You needn't deny that you fired it, for such a denial would not avail you. You were seen to stand upon the baJcony1 or roof over the veranda, and do the hootmg, and no'Y the question is, which did you shoot at?" That is none of your business," was the re ply. If you think you can make me commit myself, sir, you are mistaken." "No, I am not mistaken!" Rosebud persisted. "You can either my questions, or I'll put you where Blonde Bill left off." "Bab I you wouldn't dare I" Why not prayr !'Ohl for reasons!" The young lady was beg1m1ing to manifest more assurance. "Because your reverend sire chances to be the Captain Terrible of the band of the Silent Tongues, eh?" was the retort. "I assure you that would not hinder my purpose." Miss Van Syckel paled again. "Who are you," she gasped, that you know so much?" Rosebud Rob, at your service, miss-a man to suit all circumstances," was the answer. Then there was a silence of several minutes, which was finally broken by the young w"Jman. "You seem to be p ositive that I fired the shot," she said, "and I do not know as there is any use of beating around the bush; nor am I afraid to name who the bull e t was intended for. It hit the party at whom it was aimed in the back." Ah! then it was not for Blonde Bill?" "It was not." "W ell1 that's one point in your fa .vor. Why, may I IW!:, did you shoot the roughP' "Because I had taken a fancy to the blondt. gentleman, and thoht the ruffian was going t.i. be too much for 'h'un. You needn't have feared that," Rosebud commented, with a low laugh. I opine it takes a man to hug Deadwood Dick to death." "What! was Blonde Bill the famous Dead-wood Dickr' "He was." Well, that is news to me." Perhaps. But if you admired Blonde Bill, l\S you claim, why did you allow him to be arrested for your crimeP' "I will tell you," the girl answered, frankly. "My father saw me do the shooting, and came up here and locked me up in my room; then went back and plotted with Vernon for Blonde Bill's death. I was powerless to be of any a& sistance." CHAPTER X. IN THE SILENT TONGUES' 'POCKE'l. dOSEBUD ROB TAKES A JOB. LET us return to D eadwood Dkk, otherwise Blonde Bill, whom we left in the pcwer of the strange masked rescuers, who we:re, of course, the.gang of cut-throats, that for several months bad spread a reign of terror throughout the Animas, by their bold deeds. After entering the fissure with which the mountain seemed rent, they proceeded along through a passage of utter darkness that was so narrow and low as to s carcely admit of their progress. For several minutes they continued through this, finally emerging into wi.Jat proved to be a second plateau or spot of lev e l land, which was totally lock d in by perpendicnlsr mountains that rose on e v ery side to a hight of a hundred and fifty feet, or more. This appa.t ently was the Silent 'l'oni;u es' retreat, for evi dences of a permanent camp were plentifully strewn about. About every dozen yards around the edges of the pock et," stakes and poles were erected for holding kettle s over a fire, and close to these larger niches or cavrs bad been blasted out of the mountain rock, which provided suffi cient shelter and living room for a couple of men and horses. In all, thne were some thirty of these fire-places, and caves. As soon as.the band debouched into the valley they separated, and made for their respective quarters, with the exception of the lrnder and two others, one of each of whom kept guard over Blonde Bill, and the mask who bad demurred at the arrest of the blonde man. As the reader bas probably surmised, this was Calamity Jane in disguise. At a motion of Raphael, the li eutenant under Captain Terrible's command directed the pris oners to be removed to one of the caves, and closely guarded, until he g i ve further orders. The mask was accordingl y removed from Calamity's face, and her arms w ere bound behind her. Then she and Blonde Bill were both conducted to an untenanted cave. and left to make the best of their situation, a guard being stationed at the entrance to prevent them from escaping. When they were alone in ea!'b other's presence Blonde Bill turned to the girl dare-devil, in surprise.


Blonde BUL "Calamity," he said, "I am somewhat puz zled Can you solve what is bothering me1 Here I am snatched from the gallows, as I first snpposPd by friends, but later I find out ene mies. And yet, I find you also among them-a prison er!" "Ha! ha! Yes. I am among them, a prisoner,'' Calamity replied. I got fooled, ye see, an' that 'counts fer it. D'ye know who that gang o' fell ers is?" "The Silent Tongues, I have surmised, since l!eeinoyo u a prisoner." Cfood guess. You hit it correct. D'ye want me to tell you how I came to be a prisoned" Yes. Tell me, if you like ." Accordingly the girl narrated how she had1 on learning of the dispo s ition to be made or Bl onde Bill, fled to seek aid from Raphael, one of Dead wood Dick's old men; how Raphael bad consented to render as sista nce, and how, when the rescue had been effected, Raphael had pro nounced her his prisoner, and threatened her with instant death if she offered resistance. "So, you see how it comes, I'm here," she said, in conclusion. "I got fool e d in my man, .and now all I ask is to get just one pop at him with my pistol." I am under most lasting obligations to you," Blonde Bill said, gratefully, "for had it not been for me, you would not be here in this un enviable position. But have you any idea whom you have been oorving?" A suspicion that you w ere-were Dead wood Dick has flashed over me, but I have not gave it a second thought." "Yet I am that very party," he said, with a strange smile. Had I the use of my hands, I could soon convince you. " Can it be true? I am so glad,'' Calamity said, her color quickening-her voice s ofte ning. "It seems almost too good to be true. We havt1 been old acquaintances so long, you know." "Of course we have, Calamity, and I am per haps as glad to see you as you are to see me." "But, Dick, Rosebud Rob said that Blonde Bill lost a wife by the road-agent attack, in San Juan canyon Can it be possible that it was your wife1" "Yes, it was Edith," the ex-outlaw said, hus kily. She was shot, and kHled instantly, leavin g me again a widower. P oo r Edith! she was a dear, faithful little woman, Calamity-as pure as the snow upon the crest of the Sierras." "I sympathize with you, Dick,'' the strange girl said, earnestly. Then she tune d away, le s t the yearning, hungry look in her wildly beautiful eyes should pain him. Later, he broke the sil e nce: "We're in a fix, Calamity, andl'We must get out of it. I've dodged death so many times, that I don't intend to give up the ghost yet." The guard stood in the entrance, in an attitude of listening; so they, retired to a furthe r corner of the cave, and sat down beside each other. "Yes, we must get out,'' the girl declared; "but I'm afrald we won't be successful in doing it. This remarkable retreat is well guarded, no doubt, and it would take some figgerin' ter dodge 'em." "You are right," Deadwood Dick replied. "But we'll keep a watch, and take advantage of any favorable circumstances that may offer. You say the man who ordered us sent to. this cave is Raphael, of my old Black Hills gang?" "The same. He is now, I take it, the lieu tenant in active command of these Silent Tongues." The day passed away slowly At noon the guard before the entrance of the cave was r elieved by another masked outlaw but try though they would, the prisoners cotiid not get a word out of either of them. Their title of Silent Tongu es was well bestowed. Shortly after noontide, another outlaw entered the cave, and to the surprise of both Dick and Calamity, cut their bonds from their hands and feet. Then he left the cave, and speaking a few words to the guard, both went off together. "There nowt will yo u tell me what that means1" Calamity demanded, when they had gone. It looks as if somebody had changed his mind mighty sudden." "It means that we are to hr.e the freedom of the valley, I presume. At least, we'll take it, until otherwise warned," Dick replied. He tore away the green goggles from his eyes and also removed the blonde wig and mustache, and stoo d there b e fore her, handsome and fearless-Deadw00d Dick. I "You see it's H" he said, smiling. "Yes, it is you, minus your raven curls and mustache-the same Dick whom I knew up in the hills." They shook hands warmly and then took a p eep out into the mountain locked valley. The light and sunshine of day shonedown..into it pleasantly fr: m ove rhead, and made it seem more lik e the outer world. Standing near the mouth of their cave, the two captives .surveyed the scene with a sharp gaze. Few of the outlaws were abroad-a. half dozen, all told, being engaged in sifting sand, which formed the bottom of the pocket at the further side. These fellows and their occupation attracted the attention of Deadwood Dick, and he watched them narrowly. I b e lieve they're mining gold over there, Calamity," he said; "and if such is the case, this is a good find( -Tb.a outlaws have no right to it, an1 it is mine and yours. Do you hear1 We must possess this cosey retreat ourselves." We will go back to Rosebud Rob, and the minister's daughter. The Sport was silent for some time following Miss Van Syckel's last words, as if weighing them in bis mind. Then you are not in league with your father in his villainy?" he asked. "I am not," she r e plied. "In fact I have not bad the l east suspicion but that he was doing right, until the attack of the Silent Tongues upon the stage in San Juan canyon. Then I heard him give vent to the wbistlA that was in strumental in causing the retreat of the outlaws, and knew for the first that he was in some way connected witn them. T que stioned him, on our home, here, but he professed to be


Blonde BUL IS' awfully religious, and horror-struck at the sus picions I ent.ertained of him. Later, however, I played eavesdropper, when he was holding a privat.e confab with the man from Ohio, who is m reality my father's own brother, and l earned that Vernon is the Grand Chie f and my father the Captain of the Silent Tongues." Ah! I thank loti1 miss, for your frankness, in telling me all o this, as it puts me in condition to fi ght these outlaw devils, and rescue Deadwood Dick, and Calamity Jane. The party of masked m e n who r esc ued Blonde Bill from being lynched, turned out to have been some of these self -same Silent Tongues, unde r one Ra phael," "lndeedl I am sorry for them, as they will probably be shown no m e r c y at the hands of the outlaws." But, I intend to go to their resc ue. While Rosebud Rob luxuriates around these parts, the l!!ilent Tongues will find that the y have one hard nut to crack. But, I want you to furnis h me the information how to reach the head-quar ters of the band." "I am sorry, but I cannot do that." "Whynot'I" B ecause, it would not only b etray my fathe r to d eath, but bring down the v engeanc e of the othe r outlaws upon m e." Fear not. No h arm shall c o m e to you. If you wish to uphold your fathe r to a life of crime, keep your secret, and I will see what &n be done for you, in the w a y o f a c olla r Guide m e and my p arty to the d e n of these outlaws and I 'll guarantee that no h arm shall com e to you." Mis s Van Syck e l arose fro m h e r chair, and pace d a cross the room and b a ck, h e r fac e the s ce n e of m any strugg lin g emotio ns. "I'll t e ll you what l'll do," s h e said, finally. "I'll dress up in m e n' s c l othes, and guid e y o u to the eutrance to the Silen t T ongues' r etreat, for on e hundred d ollars, and t he promise that I sh all have my liberty to g o where I pl e a se whe n I have done as I h a v e a greed. The cash you must pay now, for, a s soo n a s I have d one with y ou, I shall immediately fly to anothe r part of thA country, in orde r to escape being killed "It's a bargain,'' Rosobud a c cepted, quickly. H ere are a hundred d o llars. Mind you, n o w you're in my service exC'lus i vely, and not in the empl o y of Captain T errib l e." I'll not forge t it. Whe n will you want me'I" To-night, just at dusk. That will be the bes t time to make a start. "Very w ell; I will be r eady,'' the minister's daughter said afte r whic h R os ebud arose and took his d eparture. As be d es cended the stairs to the veranda, he m P t t h e d eputy-s h e riff, G arwood. He flus he d a little a s h e caught the Sport's stern gaze but raised hi s hand and m otio n e d for him to s t o p, whic h R osehnd l\ c c ordingly did. "Beg your pardon, sir," the deputy s a id, "but l w a s directed to hand you a little p aper -a challenge, by the way, from the Honorable Ray V erno n And as he concluded he extended an envel ope, which the Sport received w i t h a smile of thanks. "An answer is wanted, I p r esume," he said, as he tore it open "A verbal one is all is necessary, I guess sir," was the reply. The challenge was written upon a single sheet o f paper, and ran as follows: Ma. Ros1t110D RA>n, Sm:-" A s you have on several occa s ions Insulted m e1 publicly, and as I am a man of hiizt> rank ai.d s ocia s tanding it becomes m e to chall e ng e y o u to me e t me, in mortal combat, at any time o r plac e which may best suit you, the weapons to be r e volv e rs at thirty paces each way from the ce nter I w o uld r e spectfully su g g es t that you would name an early moment for our meeting "HON. RAY VERNON." Rosebud R o b read -the challe nge, a smile breaking ove r his countenance "I think I see into this matter already," he said, tnming to Garwood "You have informed the Silent T ongue s how I took the liberty to invade their privacy, and the y of c ourse are in !>pired with a desir e to s end m e t o heaven in a. Pullman car. So the right h o n o rabll' Ray Vernon, member o f the D e vil' s C o ngress, takes this m ethod o f giving m e a chance t o r a through tic k e t ? W e ll! w e ll! I d on't know that I have any objections to him a. whirl, and so you II'..ay tell him that 1 will m ee t him in the Red Wine Saloo n, jus t above h e r e one bow h e n c e, and w e'll plu g away at e a c h other. But, mind you, see to it y ou rself that no gum games are tried on m e or Silverton will need a new d e r.u t y -s h Ariff. 'Do you s 'pose I'd )lave anything to do with an unfarr settlement? Garw ood demanded, with a n air of injured innoce nce. "I couldn't say. My motto is-watch your n e i ghbors as y o u would yourself I" the Sport re j oined while Garwood turned away with a grow} Ros ebud R o b then hunted up B eautiful Bill and Old A velanc he, and found the m in a saloon, in a quie t game of old sledge, which the giant wo n. Whe n the Sport made kno wn to them the c h a llenge b e had r ece i ved and a cce pted, B eauti ful Bill gav e a snort of d e li g ht. "Holy pol ecat!" he ejac ulated Y e kedn't 'a' bit a more t e nder spot in m y ol d constitushing..t t h e n b y a c ceptin' tbet invitat ion-ye couldn't, 1 sw'arl B e a u t iful Bill a m I, a n I d o sw'ar an' a ffirm an' a s severate tbet n otbin' in the r bull contine n t o' Ameriky or Au stralm _ked pl ea s e m e better t h a n te r see the t galt o t JlS)rfora ted wi' l e'd p ills. L ordy I ef ye d o n't sa livate him in styl e S p o r t goldurn my o l d ni otbP r-i n -Jaw's l eetlE> yall e r d o r g ef I doan't pelt y e a soc k dola g e r right in t be myse lf." "Ye n eed n t f ea r but wha t h e'll raise a thun d er-starm o derr>oli shun an' spread a rg.'l"r harry k a n e o' d isa strou s deefik ilty iute r the r c u ssed Oh ioa n' s s y8tem." Old AvaJancl.Je r e marked R osebud R o b knows h o w ter p ull teeth wi' h is r P v olver-great alluvial h a m-b one, yes!" I "I ce rtainly intend to teac h the dog I\ l esson, anyhow,'' R osebud r e pli ed; "and I want you two tu be present, and see ttiat there is no unfaiJ deal.',.


28 Blonde BilL On course we will-great ham-bone, yes I An' mebbe ther Death Committee will get er chance ter work a consarned old disease o' anni hilation," the Annihilator suggested. they all left the saloon and start ed for the .tted Wine, which resort was famous in the history of Sillllrton as the scene of many a bold duel aud free fight. As they entered the great apartment of the building, which was used for bar-room, gambling and fighting, they saw that Vernon was not there. But he entered shortly afterward, accompanied by the dei;>uty-sheritf and a couple of roughlooking, bewhiskered miners. CHAPTER XI. ROSEBUD ROB MAKES ms MARK. THE condition of his eyes was plain evidence that h e had b % u drinking deeply, as was the unsteadiness of bis gait; but he had apparently not as yet fully satisfied his appetite, for he immediately steppoo up to the bar and called for the drinks for his party, which Nere promptly produced, paid for, and quatl'.ed. Tbe Ohioan then turned away from the bar, and crossed with unsteady steps to where Rose bud Rob stood leaning against a tier of liquor barrels that were ranged along the side of the room opposite from the bar. "Hello! it's you, is it1" he demanded, in a thick tone. "You're the man that wants to fight me1" "I am undoubted!{ the same party," was the Sport's response. believe I received a chal lenp: e from you, to meet you at this place?" Yes, curse you! You are a -little too important to suit my style, and so I thought l'd comb you down a little, just for the fun of it. Are you ready, you puppy!" I am at your demand, bat, as a friend, I'd advise you to wait until soma other time, when your nerves are more quiet, and you are sober. You are drunk now, and in no condition for fighting a duel." "You lie!" the other shouted, and the next instant he raised his hand, and made a pass at Rosebud's face. The agile sport parried the blow with his left arm, while with his right fist he dealt the villain a blow between the eyes that felled him to the 11.oor. "There! pick up your rooster and sponge him off, if he's going to do an v business with me," Rob said, turning to the deputy-sheriff. The next time he trie s to slap me in the face, I'll. knock him clear out of time." And there was no mistaking the 11.'\Sh that came from his eves. It meaut business. A crowd quickly gathe red. Suc)l a knock down invariably was the ad-vance of a fight. -Garwood and his two companions baswnerl to assist their man t,o his feet, for h e had only b >en stunned by the sledg&-bammer blow; and while they were bathing the swelling foreh e ad, R0se bud.,Rob turned to the crowd who bad colle cted to learn the nature of the case. "Tell you how it is, gents," he said, "while is doctoring up. He, a man total lv own to me, as far as acquaintance goes, cbailenged me to come here and meet him In a duel. As I never refuse a soft snap like that, I came, when the party of the first part attempted to slap me in the countenance, but got fooled as to the natur' o' the beast I'm not to blame for that am H" "Great auriferous ham-bone1 no!" cried Old Avalanche, and the crowd umversally echoed his sentiment. "On course ye ain't to blame!" declared Beautiful Bill, striding forward, "Ther Ohio polt'>cat wanted t e r slap yer across ther vocabularytrap, but ye give tber Buckeye galoot ther purtiest slap that evyer emanated from ther fist o' mortal man. All in favor o' the carryin' o' this resolution will make manifesto by sayin' II" II" I!" I!" was the hearty res.Jl.Onse. "Carried by a big majority, an' lrud on ther table o' tber house, instid o' on ther floor, as ther war!" the giant cried, with a broad gnu. By this time the assailant's forehead was bathed, and be was regaled with a brandy ' smash." He then turned and glared at Rosebud R ob, savagely while Garwood cried: "Now, gentiemen, please git to either side o' the room, an' let the duelists have the ends, and we will see how the Honorable Ray Vernon, of Ohio, will scoop it to the snoozer with the few waxed hairs upon his upper lip!" Oh! yas, we will, won't we?" Beautiful Bill snorted, with a caper. "We'll see tber Sport a-climbin' ther golden stairs, in about two of a pif?,'s narrative, we will, no doubt. Tell ye what Ill do, pilgrims-I'll bet a solid pound o' pure auriferous wi' ary mortal man, tl:.<1.t Rose bud Rob makes ther Ohio galoot howl!" Who are you, that you interfere in this mat ter?" Vernon demanded, fiercely. "You let him alone," Rosebud Rob advised. "He know3 who and what you are as the whole town will, before I'm through with you. Come! get to your place, if you insist upon fighting with me, though I would prefer you would wait, until you are in a better condition." "I am ready. If, however, you are afraid. to meet m e I can perhaps find it convenient to let you ofl'r' I am not afraid to meet a dozen of your ilk, sir, providin7 they don't come too fast," WM the answer. Take your place, and let's get to bu>iness." "Thet's ther tor-k, feller citerzens-git ter yer places, an' purceed ter bizness. Thar's no more beaucbiful sentence in er grammatical spellin' hook, than ther word 'bizness,' an' w'en a feller don't mind his own bizness, here's w'ot likes ter sPe him cornered like a bull o' ther market, and li c ked!" the Leadville man announced. Both men now took their relative positions tbe Sport with his back against the door open ing into the street, and the Ohioan with his back against the rear wall of the cabin. Tbe spectat,ors were ranged upon either side, leavin an alle y for the duelists. "Now, let's know the terms of this ene:ae; e m entl Garwood cried, "and we'll try anrl k<>ep ori! er." 1 "We won't onlv try, but we'll do tbet leetle same!" Beautiful Bill declared. "Ary ill-timed galoot that shows endicashuns of treaohi>.ry, will


. Blonde BilL spot right squar' atween ther eyes wi' one o' m;r. patent lov&-pellets." "The t;erms of the duel are that we fight with pistols, an' don't quit till one or. t'other of us yells for quits!" Rosebud Rob announced. "I beg to amend that resolution," Vernon 'owled. "We'll shoot till one or the other of us IS dead!" "Just as you like," Rosebud assented. "I was inclined to be merciful, but if you object, I have no reason to complain." "Then git read7, for the Lordy's sake I" cried Beautiful Bill. I'm anxious to see sum gore spilt. Pull yer pistolic perforators, now, an' w'en ye beer my clarion notes yell-' One! two! three '-let yer luv-pell o ts slide The two men drew their weapons, and stepped forward, a pace from the wall. The Sport grasped a pair i.Jf heavy Colt re volvers, the Ohioan had a pair, if anything larger and more formidable than bis opponent's. Up came the right hands of the two duelists, and as they rose to a level, Beautiful Bill, with a quick eye t-0 business, shouted: \ "One! two! three! Ther rooster crows an' away she goes!' Then the report of two weapons echoed through the room, with roaring effect, and there was a faint groan of pain, coming frc,m the Oliiean The Sport's bullet had torn a passage through the fleshy portion of his left cheek, making ,an ugly-looking wound which bled pro fusely. _./' Time I" Garwood ordered. "Yasl giv 'im time t;er rub down his charger, an' sponge off his cheek," snorted the big Lead villite, capering about in the most undignified manner. Time was accordingly given to bathe the wound of the Ohioan, and bandage it, he mean while cursing like a pirate. "Suc h treatment is only fit for a dog," be growled. "The next time I'll kill the villain, outrie;bt." "Yas, ye will!" roared the Leadville giant. The next time. my pard, the Sport, 'll knock you 'wi;,y out o' time, mebbe, an' put another wrinkle in yer cheek." This elicited a laugh from the spectators, and also increased the rage of the Ohi oan; but he wisely repressed it. He now took bis place again, and the revol vers once more came to a level; there was a fl.ash and a report, as Beautiful Bill gave the signal to fire. The result was, that the Ohioan gave vent to another howl of pain and rage. The second bullet of the Sport bad plowed another furrow, tbi l time through his right cheek I "Kerwhoop! converted polecats an' old tarant'lers I what did I tell ye, pilgrims? I sed tber Sport w'u'd make ther Buckeye galoot howl! !fered ter bet on it, an' nary a pilgrim durst ring mea deal. Ho! ho! whar's ther man who no\7 sez thet tber Sport ain't a reg'lar seckond edishion o' true grit an' straight-grained bull dosian? Whar?'' Nowhere, apparently-at least the tide of ad miI'l!.tion seemed pretty evenly centered upon the Sport. ::;.Neither of the Obioan's bullets bad done him any damage, and be stood at bis end of the beat as cool and calm, literally, as an iceberg, w h ile the Honorable Ray Vernon hopped around in a high state of pa. in and rage. "Time, curse you!" he gasped. "Garwood, you fool, tie up this sid0. I'll murder that devil if I die a-doing it. " A solid pound o' pure, unalloyed auriferous ca rryetb I down in ther left pocket o' my durned old bricheloons, w'ot sez ye're a durn old liar, a blowbard, an' er fit asso c iate fer ther fleas in ther hair o' my motherinl aw's leetle 1.aller dorgl" exclaimed tbe giantt quickly . 'Bet1 On course ye won't! A mule 1<.in tell w'ich way the wind blows by the way ther straw goes, ev'ry day ru a week, an' he 's a dw"Ded ringnosed, lop-eared, slab-sided, long-legged son ,uv a Hoosh e r skulemaster, w'at bucks a'gin' ther jedgment uv a mule or bis driver." For the second time the Ohioan suffered the pain of having his wound dressed and bandaged; then he once more took his position1 trembling with rage when be realized that his oeauty was in all probability spoiled by the bullets of the Sport. "Do you still want more?" Rosebud Rob d& manded. "I could have killed you either shot, bad I chosen. I'd advise you to throw up, for your own sake, as none of your bullets come anywhere near me, and if you continue, you'll only get the worst" That's none of your business as long as I choose to stand the blunt!" was the fierce answer. Ready l" Once more the weapons came to a level, and Beautiful Bill gave the word. Once more there were two flashes -two reports -a howl of pain. The Ohioan's Y.istol hand bung helpless and bleeding by his side, the wrist shattered by one of the large bullets from the Sport's revolver. A faint streak of blood oozing out in the neigh borhood of the Sport's earA.told where bis oppo nent's bullet had left a trilling kiss." Again doth the busy little bee improve each shinin' minute:" ejaculated Beautiful Bill. "How are re, Ohio? Want sum more UV tber same piece o goods? bet ye didn't git licked? Ohl holy polecats! Beautiful Bill am l -ther .Apoller o' tber West, an' cumin' man fer ther next Presidency, but I'll be licked up by er consarned 'arthquake, ef ever I see'd a man so transformed, in er jiffy. Most Honorable Sir, bow doth stand yer thermomeser now? Be yer mercu:r all friz ruto zeroic infinity, or aire it boomin red-hot, ready fer anuther salivate?" "I have got enough," the Ohioan replied, sav agely-'"at least, until I get able to use my hand. As for you, my man," turning to Rosebud-" as for you, I'll fix you yet. You have not heard the iast of me, by any means!" Th e n, turning, he staggered from the room, followed by Garwood and the two miners, who bad entered with them. Rosebud gazed after the m, a smile hovering about bis lips, as he lit a fresh cigar. "Gentlemen," he said, sarcastically, "I have the honor of introducing you to four members of the outlaw gang, known as the Tongues. Yond e r they go, headed by the right Honorable Ray Vernon, of Ohio."


Blonde Bill. A cry ot surprise came from the crowd. "You don't mean to say ther deputy-sheriff, toor' a miner crifld. "I do, precisely," Rosebud replied "I hapJ>0ned to spy around and get into the meetinghouse of these Silent Tongues last night, and learned so much that his honor from Ohio chalm e to fight, naturally expecting, no douot to get the best of me." Then you charge these men with being members of the outlaw gang, eh?" another bystander demanded, pulling out his revolvers. "I do," the Sport replied-" at least, the depuiy-sheriff and Ohio a n and it is not im J>robable that ef you would take off the false beards of one of those miners, you'd find his nibs, the Reverend Lester Van Syckel; who is the real Captain Terribl e." This was enough, for with a s h out of ven .geance a number of the crowd sprung in pursuit of the outlaws, who had left the saloon while the Sport was speaking. But the pursuers afrived in the outer world just in time to gall0 with chagrin upon four horseme n that were flying down the gulch at' a safe distance, out of rifle-rang e, and bound mountain ward. Rosebud Rob turned to Avalanche and Beau tiful Bill, with a shake of the head. "I'm afraid that they'll get to the stronghold ahead of us. If Miss Van Syckel is ready, we will start at once." He left them and betook himself hastily to the Leviathan hotel where he was so fortunate as to meet the pseudo-minister's daughter, in the main hall. On explaining matters, she signified her will ingness to get ready a t once. She then ascended to prepare, while Rosebud hunted up horses for the party. They were presently joined by Miss Van Syckel, who was disguised as a young miner, in an admirable manner. A mount was at once made, and the party set in a direction opRred, and bowed pleasantly. "Pray excuse my intrusion," he said, politely. "I thought I'd l ook in upon you, having a bit of news to communicate. I suppose you know me, Dead "iOQd Dick?" I do," Dic k replied, as courteously as though he had been addressing a friend, instead of au enemy. "Calamity informed me whom I was indebted to, for my rescue from Judge Lynch, and my subsequent captivity here." "You are not having a very serious time here, I should judge," Raphael replied, with a smile. Indeed, I did not intend that you should have, after I deliberated on the fact that we were once master and man. I've a little plan to unfold, how ever, if you will give me your llttentivn, which I think we can to our "My ears are open. Go ahead, and your words will receive due weight from me," Dead wood Dick !, in return, and Calamityechoed his words hy a nod. "Well, to begin with, youmaynothaveheard that this hidden J}ocke t is in truth a valuable gold-mine?" "No, I never heard so, but have Sllip0Cted as muc b since coming here." "Then you have suspected rightly, for it is a richer gold-field than has ever yet been discov-


Blonde Bill. 89 ered in this part of the State. This is unknown to any persons, with your exceptions, outside of the band." "Well!" "Well, there are ctrtain members of the band who have become tired of this general outlawry, and want to dissolve with the others. But, at the same time, they are not willing to bid fare well to the gold-mine, and therefore, there the matter stands." "Why do those fellows wish to draw off1'' Dick demanded. They are boys whom some misstep in life has forctd to take up t)Je life of road-agents, but who are not criminals at heart, nor by desire. That's why they wish to draw off from the others, whose ruffianly cravings are only for murder and plunder." "How do the respective numbers stand!" ''There is a large majority of those who wish to disband, and they are the best men. Tbe gang was considerg,bly larger, until the fight in San Juan canyon, when quite a number were killed." A. half a dozen or so of whom 1ou can credit ro me, probably," Deadwood Dick reminded. "Do you kn o w w ho killed my wife!" "I have no idea. Did I know, I would unhesitatingly infoi:m you." "All I want is to meet tbe man. I'll vouch that h e'll n eve r kill another woman," the ex Ji>rmce of the Road said, bitterly. "But why .nre you me of all this about the outlaws! What dOOll it mterest me!" "We want you to lead us, and we will put out the roughest of the gang, and k eep the:val. ley for ourselves. There is enough for us all, and we can bold the valley like a charm." And the lieutenant laughed at his own propo mition. But, supposing I were inclined to accept your proposition-what asswance have I that I would have my liberty, afterward?" "The assurance, sir, that I was formerly one of your followers, and in making you our leader, will be yours to command, again, as will be the otbers.1 Very well; I will accept the position of command, with the understanding that we are miners, and citizens, and-not outlaws. I will demand the right to keep Calamity Jane here, if so be she chooses to stay, and also three other friends to whom I a.m deeply indebted. "Very w ell; I have consulted with our boys, already, and they are willing to go under your leadership\ and give you full power to do for the mutua.1 benefit of the company." "How will you manage to get rid of the -other portion!'' "Easy enough. They are now all sleeping off the effects of a drug that was administered to the m in their tea, last night. They cannot re cover consciousrniss, before noon, and by that time we can have them all lugged out of the valley, at a safe distance from it. There they will be left to recover. When they l'ecover, each will find pinned to his coat a paper, warn him that Deadwood Dic k has taken posse s l!ion and charge of the valfey, with a large lforce of men, and any attempt on the e1'cludeq nutlaws' part to enter the valley, will be punished by instant death. Howlike you the plan Captain Harris?'' "Dood. Unless the excluded outlaws haunt the vicinity of the exit of the valley, and make us trouble when we go in and out for provi sions "I don't think they will, as there has already been talk them of going down into New Mexico, and joming the La Muerte brothers' band." Well, go ahead, and follow your course of action, according to your plan, and we'll see bow things will work!" Deadwood Dick commanded. It is a safe shell, at all events, and perhaps I can. find peace here-a last home-base, as it were." The li eutenant bowed, and at once took his departwe. An hour later the work of removing the bodies of the drugged outlaws from the valley was commenced, and by noon not a trace of the m was left to tell the tale of the former existence of the Silent Tongues. In the mean time Dead woo

80 Blonde Blll. once, but have some other matters to look to first. Be spry, now, and convey my answer back to the captain at once." The outlaw nodded, and took his departure from the valley When he had gone, Deadwood Dick turned to Raphael, inquiringly. "Well!" he demanded, what do you make of it!" Just what the fellow said; they've got Rose bud R::ib and his companions cornered in some tight place, and all we've got to do is to take part of our men, and go and help them out. Do you see!" But, while w e are absent, will not the men you boun c ed from the valley regain J??SS0Ssion1" "No. Half of our thirty men will hold the valley, and with the other half, we can effect the rescue. Leave Calamity Jane in charge, hers, and she'll attend to it, while you accompany me." Accordingly it was so arranged. Calamity was left in full charge of the valley, with fifteen m e n under her command, and with the other fifteen, Deadwood Dick and Raphael soon rode from the secret valley, bound for the rescue. All were w e ll armed, and masked, and with Raphael in the lead, the y das hed away down the mountain trail at breakneck speed. We must now return to R o sebud Rob and his party, whom we left on their way toward the stronghold of the Sil ent Tongues, bent on the rescue of Ueadwood Dick and Calamity Jane. Nora Van Sycke l led the advance, at a rapid gallop, an;! the followed but a short distance b s hmd. Tha r,>:it 'l c h o s e n by her was the same taken by the Sil e n > T o 1 when the y bad res c ued Blonci.e Bill, an l w l S cxtr e mply rough and tortuous, leading throujh daap, d ark chasms and frightful m onuta in ou' p hcPs suc h as none of our three friend-c; h arl eve r e n counte rPd b efore About mid-af t ernoo n, Mi ss Van Syck e l drew reini.!Lna wai te d f ol' the others to come up. You h a d b ette r stop h ere a --few, until I go around y onde r b end and r e connoiter," she said, slipping from the saddl e and giving her bridle-r ein to the Sport. "There i s a plac e there wh ere an e n e my could li e in ambush, and onc e you e nter e j the tl'ap, they'd have you, ere you could think of it. If the route is a ll clear, and saf e I will blow a little silver whistle, and yon can co m e on and fetch my hors e with you. Just around the bend, the canyon forks into two. T a k e the l e ft hand one and follow it, until you find m e w aiting for you." Then, taking h e r rifle, she strode rapidly on up the g ul ch, until s he was out of "I'll b e t s h e di sc overs the outlaws, we shall have to go bac k, and around the other way," R'.>sebud ohserved. "Somebow I don't trust h el', jus t a s I would an angel, for all I hired h e r fairl v "Great ham bone, no n e r I nutber," Old Avalan(!h e doclarerl "These ar' ther deceitfule s t uv all critters on 'arth, taki:a' 'em as they com e on an average. Thar war old Methi1sler Hopp enberry, up at Shian-durned est old cattymount ye ever see'.d, I sw'ar Tell ye w'at she did oncet. She cum down t.el' my ranch, an' axed me ter marry her, an' I con .. sented, After we got hitched, aw'ile, she coax. ed me ter git my life insured fer forty million. dollars, an' I like a big fule I did thet same. Waal, sir, one night she tuk me at an advantage when I was asleep, an' throad me in a boat an' sent me down tber river. Then she collect ed ther forty million, an' skipped out. Fact, tool" "Hark!" Rosebud Rob cried. "I thought I heard the whistle!" They all listened, but there came no second sound of the kind. The minutes passed by to the number of fif teen or more; then a shrill whistle from the dis tance was borne to their bearing. "All's right; so come along," the Sport ex claimed; and putting the spurs to their horses, they dashed up the canyon. -Past the bend they swept, and discovered the forks in the canyon as Nora had advised. Taldng the left hand one they continued on for several minutes-then stopped abruptly. Before them loomed up a perpendicular towering barrier of solid rock-ahead, and on either side of them. They had entered a blind canyon, and were trapped! Full well they realized this, when, at the sound of a low laugh, they looked back, and saw that they were covered by a triq of rifles, which were leveled toward them by the out laws Vernon, Garwood, and Lester Van Syckle! Betrayed by the latter's daughter, they were in an unenviable situation. CHAPTER XIII. CONCLUSION. HA! ha! you are surprised, are you not1" the Ohioan demanded, with a villainous smile. The tables are somewhat turned, jus t about now!" "In all probability," Rosebud Rob admitted, coolly It depends, however, upon your abil ity to keep us covered, whether we are long your prisoners or not." "Ob! we'll hold the drop, don't you fear, until aid arrives," the minister announced, with a laugh, and drop you in the most summary manner, if you attempt to budg;,, an inch. We don't bear you any particular amount of good will, and should deem it a pleasure to shoot you." I presume so. But I am shocked to observe how very impious your revere nce is growing," was the Sport's stinging retort. At which the outlaw laughed again. "I am sorry you have been so badly deceived in the ornament of the Silverton pulpit," he said. "Not werry much deceived, ye consarned old polecat!" grunted Beautiful Bill. 11 We kriow'd ye were a blamed l op-sided, spindles hanked sinner, long ago. But, we got 'most jiucked in on ther female critter who led us inter ther trap. Con.sarn her purty mug! Beautiful Bill _ aire I; an' l do boldly sw'ar, declare, an' as-.


Blonde BllL severate, thet if I evyer ketch my claws inter ther paraphernalyer uv thet gal, she won't never know w'ot struck ber." "Very likely, but she is safe out o f your reach, lon g ere this," the Ohioan assure<;J., mock ingly. A cl.,ver young lady is Miss Van Syckel, to whoni we are largely indebted for your easy capture." Then there was a pause. Rosebud Rob, Beautiful Bill and Avalanche sat in their saddles, quietly, believing it their course not to make any more resistance. The three outlaws stood a. few yards away, 11nd kept their rifles leveled at their captives, steadily, evidently resolved to prevent any pos sible chance of escape "When yow arms get tired, gentlemen, don't you dare to lower your weapons, ::'or the chances i;tand ten to one that ere you can raise one of t heml-.again, I can send in a wbole note!" Rosebud .ttob warned. "I'm up to all such tricks, ;vou know and am not to be trusted!" wood D ick chooses to spare your lives," was the rep,ly. 'What mean you1" Vernon dAmanded. "Cover them, boys!" Raphael commanded, and he was quickly obeyed. I mean that it is you and your crowd who are now our prisoners, instead of Rosebud Rob and bis party. The tables have turned, just a little,_you see TbiE man on my right is Deadwood JJick, and he at present, and for 1)11 time hereafter, commands the You are no longer included, The Silent Tongues bavA been merged into the Rough and Readys, under Deadwood DiC'k, and all the ruffian element bas been bounced oi;t. How like you the change?'' Horrible curses came from the three baffled villains, but they were too wise to draw wea pons against such odds. Throw down yow tools, gentleme n, and surrender," Deadwood Dick ordered, "or I shall direct my men to shoot you down on the spot." They obeyed, and were made prisoners. Rosebud Rob now r ode forward, and was heartily received by Deadwood Dick, as were Bill and Avalanche. Then a gf'nera l introduction took place, after which the whole party set out for the Golden Pocket. This elicited a scow l from the three men, for l;be weapons were evidently growing heavy. -!\.nd the fact that the Sport's band rested upon u pistol-butt the thought that be wanted but tbe slightest gap left open by them open the ceremonies "I guess we're good for a half-hour," the The three chief members of the former band Ohioan said, "and by that time we shall have of Silent Tongues, Vernon, Van Syckel, and the aid. The plan r f your capture was prear-deputy-sheriff. Garwood, begged so piteously for ranged, and so confident were we of its success their lives and liberty, that Deadwood Dick flnthat we sent a man to our stronghold for rein-1 ally concluded to let them have both, but first, forcements, which must soon arrive." made them swear that, as soon as they were Bravely did the three men keep their rifles up free, they would leave the mining country forto a level with tbe C'.aptives' breasts, although it ever. They were then, set at liberty, to be seen was evident that tbeiR arms must have ached never again in the country of the Rio de los .An-excruciatingly. imas. Aud all the while the hawk-like eyes of the Later Rosebud Rob bid a final adieu to Golden Sport were turned upon them, watching for an Pocket and bis friends there, and journeyed to unguarded point. the Nor'west with the intention of taking to Thus five, ten fifteen minutes-a half an hour himself a wife in the person of a young lady passed away; then there came rolling through whom her friends call Cinnamon Chip the mountain corridors the blare of a trumpet. Golden Pocket, with its rich mines, to-day a A smile of triumph broke over the mock min-bonanza. And it has also prove to be the home-ister's countenance. base of Richard of Deadwood, for he is still "Reinforcements," be said, with a smile, and there, with his little band of friends around the next minute he answered the signal with a him, among whom are Calamity Jane, Old Ava-piercing yell. lanche, Beautiful Bill and Raphael. Soon, then. there came the clatter of hoofs Peaceful and undisturbed, the band is mining aud a party of seventeen masked outlaws dashed the days away, out of the reach of the strong, up, on horseback, Raphael in the lead. stern arm of the law; and in the dim future, it "Cover yonder prisoners, lieutenant," the is not improbable that Dick and Calamity will bogus minister cried, and spell us, as we are enter into a loving partnership for life, which near dead a-trying to keep t]jem under the long delayed consummation, we believe, our drop. readers will welcome with" You'll be deitd in truth soon, unless Dead-Three cheers for Deadwood Dick! I


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