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Denver Doll's device, or, The detective queen
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1882-1888, b y Bead le&: Adams. Entered at Post omce. New York, N. v a class maner. M a r 15, 1899 No. 53 THE ARTHUR Wi:STBROOK CO Cle veland, Ohio Vol. V


Copyri ght 18821888, by Beadle & Adama. Entered at Post omce, New York, N. T.,aa 8800nd olass matter. Mar. 1 5 1 8' , THE AR'.BIIUR WESTBROOK CO. J 1 Cleveland, Ohio i; 1 Vol. V.


I Denver Doll' Device. Denver Doll's Device ; OR, 'fHE DETECTIVE QUEEN. RYE. L. WHEELER, AUTHOR OF "DEADWOOD DICK" NOVELS, ROSEBUD ROB NOVELS, ETC; CHAPTER I. ONE NrGHT0S MYSTERY. "Hr ya.rt kit yi I didn't I c.Jouo gone tell yer1 Thar it goos ag'in, honey. EL'S de cry ob a cbile, suah sart'in I" And Fitz Walter August Christie, more COllj monly known as Wutt, rollei bls comical eyes toward his three companions, 111:; ebouy coun tenance glowmg witu triumph. But his three comp1rnio11s hovered closer to tbe lonely camp-fire that cra. ckled briklY upon tile gulch bottom, as 1f they w1>re in no wise -ger to ventureJ'ortl 1 to a.sce rr.ain from whence aud whom had em1n1 I t 'l e piteous wailing cry that had twic e faintly p ealed forth on the cb.ill November night. The camp-fire bnroe J in t::ie rnoutli of a. doop na1Tow gulch of forbitlrticularly not:ceable more than that be s t ill wore his native queue, and had rather a. crafty expression of counteuaoce, not uncommon with the Celestials found in the West. The fourth person was a prisoner, bound t0 a tree near the tire-a man of some two-andtwenty ye!lrs, in whose face was reflected little that was villainous or bad. Why be was helcl in confinement will presently be developed. The words of the darky, as stated, bad no startling effect upon his auditors. Chug, the CIUnaman, gave an uninterested yawn, and Takie louder than ever. Dot vas a he growled. "Golly! I lrftowe 01ore in one minute dan dat whole Germ&ny," Walt asseverated. "I say dat wu de 1eream ob a cbile, done gone suah, an' de common in$tincts ob our na;lll'Eiil sbould cause us to go fru bind an' water to save dat yar kid, sa.b !" "Of!' you vants to go, v!. dot isb all riglx' I d o n'd I" Yakle declared. 'My skin vas vo11L too mooch to sell it to der vildcats nnd lions 10 cheap.> "He he! lions in Arr.ericat" sneered Walt. Y o u's done can tole a lion from a coon, fo' suah! Yar's Chug; he even kno?Vs datdait nuffin' like lions in America-bi, piggy1" Chug looked sagacious, but shook bis head. "Vally muchee lillr in 'Melicat" he declared. "Chinaman nebber lie allee samee likee 'Meli can man." Just then came another cry floating into tbe lonely camp on the keen breeze-a moanine;, pitequs sort of wail peculiar to a child in dis tress. could stand this no longer; he leaped to his feet, his eyes rolling ludicrously aud peering about in the darkness. "I jes' wish to goodness Denver Doll was hyarl" be cried. "Dat yar cry done gone chill all der marrer in dis chile's bones, 'deed it does. Yar's some lost haby in de mountings, an' I 'clar' to de Lor' it's our duty to go to de resctE. Will you go 'long, Chug1'' "Coin&man belly big coward!" the Celeatiai said, hugs;\"ing the. fire closer. No good at fightee. No go wid black 'Melican man." The man at the stake, who, while listening and watching, had_ evinced considerable internet, uow spoke up. The black terrier is right I" he said, in a voiCI! of command. That is no animal cry. There is undoubtedly a child in distress, somewhere in this vicinity, and it is your duty, as men, to go to its rescue. I H you are too cowf:'rdly1 pray grant me the privilege to go in search of 1t. If I fail to return, you can forever know Tom Jal'vis is a liar and an ingrate." Yakie Strauss took his pipe from his mout11, Jou!; enough to put bis thumb sarcastically to his nose. "Not if der Consditntion of der United State! vas acquained mit herself, und she rather chm; she vast" he chuckled, knowingly. "You v_, purty shmardt rooster, maybe somedimes all t1et w'ile, Mistler Jarvis, but you don'd vas can Comll some foony pizness ven Yakie Stra1JBs vas around. You pelong to derrobbergang oft' Mc Parland und Co., und ve yoost hold you till der comes." You will find your mfetake when Denver Doll com0!!," Jarvis replied, seeming io be a little worried at the Dutchman's fiat nilusal. "I am in no way acquainted with McParlaod, nor do I serve him in an:v respect." t\ grunt from Y akie was all the answer this asst>rtion elicited. Christie had crept oat of sight up the gulch. Satisfied that he could get no nssistance among his own comrades, the plucky tellow h!MJ madAI up his mind to go it alone, in a nnture to solve the mystery of the wailing cry. He bad left his rifle at thti camp, but bad a tr.isty revolver drawn, rea.d v for use, and thus equipped, crept on in the direction of ihe place whence the sound. It was some ten or fifteen minuties ere ne


Deaver Doll' Devioe. beard another cry-but he wns all attention at' happy look, there lurked an expression abowt the time, and cons equently gained a more ac-the brilliant Mack eyes, and the marble foreonrate bearing. head, that told of some past trouble, which In half an hour be bad gained a sort of trans-would not be forgotten. verse ravine, several hundred feet above the Her rich brown hair fell in rippling waves level of their camp, and at some distance from I hnlf-way to her waist. A plumed slouch hiit it. of snowy white; an elegant suit of gray, ar.d Here bis se!lrcb ended, in the face of i. specta-patent-leather top-boots, with a diamo nd-studcle that caused him to dart back aghast. 1 ded "b'iled" shirt, collar, and a sash about her Lving upon the rocky earth, her tattered gar-1 waist beneath the coat, made up h e r cost ume, mentspartly whi-tened by the falhngsuowflakes, and gave her an appearance at once dashing, was a young woman--0ne wh o bad recently posand cllaracteristic of the wild roving existence sessed great beauty, but whose face was now she led white and pinched, tbe probal.Jle eff_pct of priva-For she was a "character," a st.range one, tion. too. Where she belonged, no one knw, f o r she Upon the ground, from a wound in her side, was here, there, and everywhere; what was her was a clotted pool of blood-and she was so early history, no one cou ld say. rigid and still that Walt was satisfied she was It was no secret that she was a detective; it dead, was no secret that she was a terror to, and Near her, upon the ground, bundled in a hated b;v, the ruffian and outlaw element of tbe shawl, aat fJlittle girl of about four years of mountllms and mines; it was no secret that she age, sobbing as if her heart would hreak, her knew her own business, was a nervy, dis tearful eyes fixed upon the lifeless l>ody of the cerning, but respectable woman ot tne world. ".Durdered woman. Nor was it a secret that she had sworn to 7he white in Walt's eyes enlarged very con-break U}J the notorious road-agent gang of John siderably, as he took in the scene, but where McParland, who, in their unknown mountain terror would have taken hold of many of his fastness, had for months bidd110 defiauce to lAw race, pity seized upon his kind heart, and be and order, to say nothing of the scores of bold stepped forward to do whatever h e could. rolibe1ie11 tbey bad committed. Yar, boney. jes' done gone cry no more," McParland and his men had also sworn dire he said, kneeling beside the child, and notine; vengeance upon the brave girl from Denver, that it was a remarkably pretty one. "l'se jes' and it seemed only a matter of time when the gwine to take de best ob care ob you, I is. Is bitter enemies must triumph, one over the other. ye cold, honey!" So that it was little wonder that the Detec-"Me so told-me so hungry!" moaned the littive Queen's eyes bt up with a victorious glitter, tle one. "Mamma gone to sleep, an' I tan't when she walked into her camp, and saw one wake ber up!" of McParland's right-band men imprisoned to a 'fear< ent.ered the negro's eyes, and he seized stake. the child in bis arms. "Jarvis!" she exclaimed, pausini:t near him, Come! we'll j e s done gone an' get warm an' and leaning upon her rifle. I would sooner somethin' to eat, honey, and den dis yar chile ha.-e expected a visit from McParland, himself. will come back after yer mammy." Where'd yl'I blow him in, YakieY" Tbe prospect of warmth and food caused the Tbe Teuto n glanced around him before he little one to look up gratefully into W rut's ebony answered. face, and her tears immediately subsided. "Ve!, I dells yov how id vast" he said, rising, B efore leaving the scene of tbe ghastly crime, and swelling with bravado. Walt perceived that one hand of tbe woman "I found dat veller sneakin' mit de r outficle clutched a tiny s,ilver box, while the other conoff der e&mp around, und dells him be helter tained a crumpled paper. surrender right avay quick or I plow bis prains Realizing the necessity of obtaining all possi-in-und dat vas all der vas of it. He obey me ble clew to the crime, the darky secured both yoost like a leedle shackass mule." box and pnper and thrust them into his pocket; "Muchee big lie!" Chug commented. '"Melica and, with the child in his arms, he set out for Dutch no ketcbee man." the camp. "Ot course he didn't!" Jarvis chimed ill. "I was led into camp by the ear, hy that Denver Doll had arnved in c,amp, during nigger of yours. He caught me napf'tlll!', and Walt's absence, coming from over the river, in waUzed me in, wi' a six-time-slugger under my a boat. left norstril !" I To state that she was a splendid specimen of "You vas a pig t'ief-you vas liars!" Yakie young worn v nhood, would be drawing it mild. cried, enraged that be coulc1 not for ooce steal Few were they who had met her, who could the thunder of the "I placks your not candidly say she was queen among young eyes mit pining quicker ash dunder." women. He undoubtedly would have -wreaked some Of just 'l trift above the medium hight of ort of vengeance upon the young e>uUew, had women, al.d C11St in nature's happiest mold, not Denver Doll pushed him l ack, sternly. her in its neat-fitting suit of male attire At this juncture tbPre was a clatter< f b(lrre's would attract admiration in any crowd, for its on the r>cky li<,ttom 0f the 11-ukb, the symmetry and gra<'e. 50und coming from the r Doll and ht>r two <'Ompanions In an instant, and though usually a their rifle s and stood on the defensive, Nrpecting


I Denver Doll's DeTice. an attack; but, to their surprise, they beheld only Walt Christie emerge from the gloom, carrying a child in his arms. "Cl'ar de track dar, cbil'renl" be cried; "byar we'se a-comin' to de golding weddin'. Bring out de 'freshments an' de nussiq' bottle, for dar's a new citizeng added tew de populating ob Sbinin' Bar, fo' suah!" Later, a search made for the body of the murdered woman; but, although the pool ol. blood was discovered, the body was not to be found! It was one night's mystery I CHAPTER II. SHINING BAR UNDER A NEW LIGHT. A YEAR later we will look down on Shining Bar-not now the same lonely camp wherein we opened our story, bnt the same location trans formed into a prosperous mining-camp. The b a r or neck of land th'l t projecred into the river was thickly ouilt up with shanties and tents, but they were irregular as !ar as streets were concerneJ, there being but one street having any pretensions thereto, and on this was located the few business places of which Shining Bar boasted. One general store supplied the wants of the camp so far as edibles and cloth were concerned, in addition to being the p ost--Offbe. Then, tbere were the saloons e a pilgrim could an bis being with" coffin-nail," get robbed either by pickpockets or gamblel's. Also a the ater, playing the acknowledged reigning suc cess es of the season; a smithy, and a mammoth ore-mill, which did tlie crusbmg and smelting for several mining districts besides Shining Bar -so that the Bar bowed gl'ac e fully to the fact thaJ; she was a pliiceof e r ns i d.,rable importance Her population, both floatin" and permanent, was a h e t erogeneo us mixture in which the rough elem ent prevaile d t.o a large extent. A Vigila nce Committee had been organized, how e ver, and under Harry Bu,rke's efficient captaincy bad in a measure established order, although the laws were all home -mnde. In such a state we find Shining Bar, on looking dowu upon it a year from the opening night of our story-a far pleasanter night, however, with less chill, and no snow. A crowd had .:ollected outside the post-office, to await tba coming of the evening stage from Glander's Gul cti, which was unaccountably late, being overdue by three hours at the least. In the East, such a fact would scarcely have elicited an inquiry; but the fact thnt John Mc Parland still made things lively for mountain stages and traveler8, gave cause for uneasiness in Shining Bar. For t!ie rlaring despeTado had been more than ever bolrl of late, since Denver Doll was no more seen iu the mining-towns, and the report had gone forth that she had met her death. Tell ye tber thing looks squally fer t.ber stage, boys!" observed Markward, one of the Bar's rising young citizens. I'd bardly take chances bettin' tbat McParlaud hasn't stopped the hearse to-night." "Injins an' alligators, no-nutber would I I" chimed in Old Pap Mount, stroking bis long white oeard. "Byther eye-tooth uv old Jupi ter, b'yees, et seems miter cur'ous as bow we can't b e v some one among u s as ain't afeard ter sail in an' clean out tbet outlaw gang, root an' branch. Ef I war as young a boyee as I nster b e-great horned ace uv Taos-I'd undertake the hull job myself!" Wbat's this! what's thisl',.a dapper individual demand&d, pushing forward w1tb a note book ancl pencil in hand; is there an accident1 -bas anything bappened1-was any o n e hurt, and bow many! Do tell me! I'm a reporter, gentlemen-yes, sirs, a newspaper correspondent. I represent the Cavortin' ()yclone, published in Cheyenne, and 'pon 'onor, if I do Bay it, I'm counted one o' the finest! Jones is my name Chawles P. Jt n es. P stands f r Pygmalion, instead of Pat or Peter, as some vulgarly suppose. Ahem!" The advent of Mr. P.ygmalion J ones, while it did not create any decided s e nsation, served to momentarily gheck the conversation of the crowd. He was a new arrival at the Bar, and new arrivals were invariably-regarded with sus picion. As this was the first time Jones had made known his bus iness. a laugh followed his intro ductory, Old Pap Mount being the only sober viSRged individual i n the crowd. "Pile;rirn !" be said, with solemnity becoming a full-fledged monk, "d'yefoolaverse tew chaw in' down a l eetle piece uv advice, tendered by an old nugge t from Pike's Pc,ak?" "Advice? Aha! 'tis a great blessing to re ceive it from the aged and to pro fit by it. Pro ceed, v e n erable father; I liste n with eagerness!" Jones responderl dramatically. "Injins an' alligators! Tbort ye'd not go back on a.n old landmari> like yer uncle! Pap grunted. "D'ye see tbe knoll up ther gulch thar, 'ln' that slab stickin' np! "I se e it, sir-the memento of some past and gone eurerprise, I take it." "Jes' so, pil grim:-" A feller came a paper to start! At ther shanty on tbe.r kno l He claimed h e was mos t orful 9!Ilar>; : Most w ond'rous n ews h e tole; fn "A thunderin' lie one day he told, About o l d Slaughter St eve Who w'ars his pisto s in his bootS, An's bad, ye may b e li e v e:-He said as how old S l a ughter hid Five ac es up his sleeve "Six bullets did tber job fer him; His He-raid failed to bloom: We burnt ther shaDty over thar, An' it's served him f e r a. tomb; So ef you don't git up an dust, Fer you thar's graveyard room!" A grim silence reigned as Pap concluded; a host of ominous vi sa ges werA turned toward the reporter of tbe Cavorfin' Cyclone, with looks tbat were not calculated to inspire him with feelings of animation over hi s prospects as a journalist in Shining Bar; so with a deep sigh, he turned and walked mechanically away.


Denver Doll's Device. While Old Pap winked, knowingly. ".Here's to us, young felJersl" h" said, as he took a rip from bis private fla>k. "Tbt f eller should know tbet thar's no hereafter fer re porters in Shinin' Bar. "We were talkin' al:>out some one who could sail in and capture J\IcPa rland, 'tbe rood-a gent,'' said Markward, g ri mly. "You l:>et Lhar's not ther man livin' as C bll capture a f eather out of that galoot's cap. E, en Burkey is nfeard ter leave camp. Maybr, a reward would turn up some chap as t:. s got morP fock tl>an s e nse." "That might be!" a voice exclaimed, and a stranger was for tbe first, seen standing near. "Supposing nominate some first class sort of a reward, and seA how quick I'll gobble on to it!" "Wbo are you?" demanded Mr. Verner, one of the solid men of tbe t own-a speculator, rich and mfluential. But even though he asked the question, a c lose observer might have sur mise d be only asked it to conceal the agita tion that seized upon him, at sight of the stranger. A strange smile came upon the face of the new-comer, as he gazed for a moment at Ver ner. "I fancy you have no need to ask that ques tion 'I'' be replied, in a tone that "xpressed very little admiration for the man be addressed. "But, for the information of all con c erned, I am sually called Ya11kee, which answers all the purposes of a naru e!" Yankee! There were m e n in Shining Bar, who had beard of the name before. A name it was, peculiar to the mining r egio ns of California; it belonged to an individual who n eve r worked, more than to inrlulge in an occasional fight, or to wiu a fortune by the turmup: of a card, and then very foolishly-as tb e worldly men of the mines viewed it-turn around and donate it t o some charity, a nervy,' practice d, well-educat1>d, thoronghly experienced man of -the world, though be bad not long left his teens behind. Straight as an arrow, of a little over medium big b t, and well proportioned; possessed of remarkable muscular developmept, hard flesh,and great agility of motion, little wonder that be had the notoriety of being a formidable antago nist as w ell as a friend to tie to." In face he was handsome, with clearly cut, regular feature s, a firm hut pleasant month, and dark liquid eyes that had a of magnetic intensity in their gaze; hair of a dark brown hue, and worn iu tight short curls over his shapely bead, aud a handsome mustache up on bis lip. His garments were of coarse hut serviceable material, the pants being thrust into :i pair of top-boots, and the j acke t open at the throa t exposing to view a marble-like nerk. A slouch prairie bat rested upon bis head, weapons of fine finish w ere io bis b Plt, and a rifle in his hand, <'Ompleted an ensemble at onre striking and dashing. The announcement of bis name <'llused the crowrl to stare but barl no more visible effect upon Verne1,jban bad the first sight of him. "Yes, I'm li'. ankee, and I'd like no better job han to adjust the D(j()S;, about the neck of Mo-Farland, the road-agent, r essur'l you, geots. Propose a fat r eward and I'm your man!'' "The people of Shinin;; Bar will undoubtedly use diS<"retiou in rPgard to wl om tliey pay re wards," s neered Verner, as be tuned away. If you mean that as an i uinuatio n, Valen tine Verner, permit me to remark that I do not it of the slightest impcrtance wt at volt think," Yankee retorted, 11s he sent a glance after the "I did not c:ome h e r e to. have troub l e with you, but if you pre.,. fer, I can und oubtedly accommodate you!" Verner walker! away in siknce, and the stage' come booming down into tbe town just the l oade d with _pa ssengers inside and out, and with Mickey Pryor, tbe boss J eh u of the road, cracking his longlashed wbip over the eight-in-hand. But it a sorry-locl}>.ing C'rowd the stage buiugbt in that pigbt, for the looks of the pas SEngers told the old, old fitory, as well a3 words could have done--the stage had met McParland and bis merry men. Even Pryor was sullen, and sot bis horses back upon their haunches before the Post-office, with a will, and allowed the passengers to get off without a word. "Gone to thunder I" was his simple announce m1mt, wh e n Wells Fargo's agent came fGrward. 'Twasn't no use to be mulish; tbey were ten ter one ag'in' us, an' bit us in a DPW place!" A bowl of anger we11t up from the crowd, for many miners and some spe<'ulators b ad moneys or valuable property coming to the m on that stage, as well as letters and papers So that for the remainde r of that evPning Shining Bar was in a turmoil 0f commotion over the robhery, and the btreets were never for once deserted of an excited crowd Among tbe passengers who alighted from the stage. Yankee noticed the figure of a wo1CJan, clad in deepest mourning, with he,. face so well concealed as to be invigjbJe to m1tward gae. Shining Bar boasted of a commodious board in g-ho use, which was conducted in a qiet orderly manne r, to trae exC'lusion of all the rougl element, and tbithPr the veiled woman wenda her way, as if fanJJJiar with tho town. Yankee watched her until she had disappeared with an interested gaze, end even then be sc sauntered about the Bar 9.S to keep the board ing-b o u sa under surveillance. Strikes me I have seen that w omen before, under other circumstences," be murmured, "but I cannot place h e r 11ow. It is the grace ful. agile motion of her figure that recalls her." Half en hour later Denve r Doll left the boarding-house-for Denver Doll the veiled woman was-and advanced toward the Post-office. Th e n a light of entered tbe Sport's eye!<. "Ab, I have it n o w! I tb n ngbt I was not mistaken. The QueAn of D etec tives, eh? I know her, but she does not km>w me. I w onder what brings her herel Probably after the devil, MrParland. Ha! ha! ha!" He watched her go into tb11 P ost-0 fflce, and come out again, when she beto o k bff way to the lone: shanty called the ''Monaco." Here, night and day, vari

Denver Doll's Device nearly as fast as in the European resort from whiah tile d,en took its name. "I'll get a cigar," Yankee decided, "anrl then I'll see what success the pretty spotter bas at gamhltng-iJ s0-be that is wby she goes there." Down 1 be street be spied a cie;er-si11:n above the door of a cosey little shanty, and sauntered tba( way. The sign read: "CRYSTAL CARROL, 1 DEALER. IN CIGARS AND TOBAC CO. Entering tb'l pigeon-bole store, the Sport saw no one, C\S be p11shed open the slat door and en tered tbe adjorning room, which proved to be a costly fittied-up little bar-room. A youn!!: woman stood behind the counter. And \. .. nkee uttered a cry of astonishment as ).is rested upon her. CHAPTER HI. THE DUEL. THE girl behind the bar seemed l ess surprised than the man, and judging by her exprt'l'sion, she bad never met the Sport before, while he appeared to believe that in her be bad met some former acquaintance; and the more be gazed the stronger seemed to be his conviction that he knew her. "Doral" be said, at There was deep feeling m his tone-there was l ove io bis glance-bis face expressed tile emo tion of one greatl_v moved. But the young lady stared at him in blank surpriSt>. "You are evid ently mistaken, sir,"she spoke quietly; "I have never borne the name of Dora." "Yon are-"" "Crystal Carrol," "I am. YB.!'.!kee-otberwisa Charlie Eisle r. I was greatly impressed, at first sight, that I bad met _you before under different surro11ncling. and I am not eatit-ely convinceu yet but what I am rigbt. DJra1" He called the name again. His every expres sion of v o 100 told of a deep, undying love for Dora, wboevet sne might be. Ml.;s C 1rr.1l did not seem highly pleased at bis yea.ming stare aod word s I a n sorry to say that you are greatly mis taken," sbe saiJ, wit'.! a soberness tbat did not belie her words. I am not D ora, although I may chance to look ever so much like her." "You do look like her; and if I am mistaken I trust you will e.x:cuse my-my-well, my impwleooe," h o "A choice cigar, please." &.le evidently was not offanded, for, instead o{ fortb the "custo,n" box, she dre w from beneath the shelf a b'1X of real Havanas. I trust you will s uoke at tbe expense or the r ese mblance," she said, pushing his money back, with a little laugh. "Such things do not hap pen every day, you know." "I will smoke; and looking through the clouds that arioie from my cigar, I will not, r es t assured, forg e t the giver-nor the past." She .,.etched her eccentric customer light bis cigar and depart, and sent a lingering glance after bim, as if sorr.Y to part with Wm. "Yankee, otber1vise Charlie Eisler," she said, thougbtfully. "It strikes me I havo beard tllb name before, although I cannot tell where. Sbe gazed out o f the door, even after be was gone, a thoue;btful expression upon her race and in h e r eyes, Sbe was trying to recall to mPmory something of the past, and that something refuseg to be recalled. A fair maiden of l ess than nineteen summers, wa! Crystal Carrol, with features of exquis;ite symmetry, eyes blue and soulful, and hair that few of ber sex co uld rival, while in figure she was petite and sprightly. But even tbougb so seemingly delicate and inoffensiv e she was of a firm exnression of mouth aud eye, that told b etter than wor

Denver Dolls Device. ., Doll engaged at a game of cards with Mr. Ver ner._ Sauntering around, the Sport finally suc.eerl ed in gainiug a position immediately in the rear of the spe<'ula-.or, in orfler that that personage might not be aware of bis presence. The game was poker, and Doll wou, and as the pot was for a hundred dollars a side, Verner naturally felt not a little chagrined. "You are very lucky, your1g woman," be declared, sobrly. "If you have sufficient assuranoo, we will make it five hundred for one game -just one game, you know -no calling for revenge!" "That is satisfactory to me," Doll replied, calmly, and with the declaration she produced a roll of bills, and counted out the sum named. Verner did tbe same, although be bad tbe smaller roll of bills of the two. The game was then played, and the winner was the Detective Queen, who pocketed the stakes with a sarig froid that was inimitable. Verner took tbis loss more quietly than he had the first, but there was an ugly in bis eyes that became a!l wicked as that of a corraled rattlesnake wben he beheld tbe quiet smile of the Sport, who stood just behind his chair. "Very good; you have won, and won honest ly!" he said "Your success, however, was abetted by the signals of tbe individual bPhiud me. Charles you are a sneak and a spy, end. 1 challenge you here before all, to meet me in mortal combat-a battle of life or death be tween us." Yankee was somewhat surprised, for he had fancied tbat his presence in the rear of the speculator was not known to him. If you really challenge, I accept," the Sport answered, ralmly. Wbat weapons do you nominate, Lo1rl Vanity?'' "Tbe choice, I believe, according to the code of honor, should be left to yon,'' Verner replied, with intense bitterness of tone. "Then I will take ad-vantage of that right," Yankee said, grimly. "Eacb man shall strip to tbe waist, and the weapon& shall be salt and pepper, at three yards, propelled from suitable shot-guns. One gun shall be loaded witb powder, in addition to the salt and pepper, bnt the other shall not be. We will draw sticks to see who the shot th" salted gun. No mat ter who wins, be must stand up and level h i s weapon in dueli F tic fashion, and accept of the genera I results. Is tbis agreeable to you?" Ve1ner could not very well say no. He had proposed the due: himself, and that hv the code gRve Yankee the choice of arms; so lie stift\y in c lined bis head in acquiescPace. "\Vill some kindly disposed person lend us a couple of shot-guns!'' Yankee asked, looking over the crowd. A handsome pair of muzzJo.Joading fowling pieces were tendered, and after being examined, were accepted by the Sport. "Now the next thing we want II an honest and reliable man to load one of these eapons, as directed." "Pray aUow me the honor of for tbfs duel I" cried Jones, rushing up. "'I have fought and won more than fifty duels mJUelf, and being the favorite reporter for the Oawrtin' Cyclone, I can do honor to tfie occasion. Jones is my name -Chuwles Pygmalion Jones, of the OaY ortin' Oycl,one." Guess not, J onesy I reckon I'll act in tl:iis matter, if ther old court is aware of herself" Denver Doll cried, arising from the table. "1111 that tbe mill is conducted in qua re shape I Load it with salt and pepper, did you say, pard1'' and she took the guns. "Yes; give the one weapon a goud dose, and now, while you're at it, we will retire to out side end arrange tbiugs." l'll fix tbe weapon all right, never fear," Denver Doll said, es Yankee Jed the way, and the crowd followed him out of the room. Procuring the necessaries from the bartender she retired to one corner of the room, where proceeded to load one of the shot-guns as she had been directed, leaving the other leaning against the wall until she should be ready to take them both from the rnlcon. As soon as she bad it loaded she left the saloon. Out in the main street of the town the motley crowd was congregated the rays of the moon, which lit up the secene with mellow radiance. ThEI distance had already been measured cff, and the antagoni> ; t s were r eady 1md in position. Denver Doll paus ed midway them, and looked from cne to tba other, at the same time holding up a coin between the thumb and forefinger of ber right baud. "Mr. Verner,'' she said, "yo11 have the choice of choosing lots in this affair, Wr'"h shall it or tailsj" Head s up!" Verner cried Tbe girl t o ssed tbe coin into the air, and it fell upon the bard-pan bottom of the stl:eet with a sharp rin:?:. Verner and Yankee advanced and peered down at it. "Tails up!" Doll cried. "Yankee, the salt end pepper gun is yours. Take your posiUou; ell ready, you spectators on 'the sides, fur tbis hyar's got to be a squar' thing!" Verner received his weapon with an oatbtbe oetb, more particularly, when he gazed around him end perceived that there was no hope for bim to avoid the ordeal. Yankee received his weapon, an of triumph upcn his face "Get to your places!" Doll cried. "Mr. Ver ner, your gun is loaded with a blank dose of powder, so that can do your ant8gon.istno harm. You must fire, nevertheless, at the given signal Are you ready, gents1" Ay I" spoke up Yankee, raising his gllll. All ready!" Verner grow led, evidently not relishing the dose in store for bim. "Corrertl" the Detective Queen declared. "Fire at the word three. One! Two I Three I F'ire!" Tbey did fire, earh vblley being discharged almost simultanPonsly. t The result caused a mnrmur of estonhibment among the line of spectators. Verner was dancing about frantically, nibbing bis chest and face, and bowlirlg with airony-for if none of yon readers bav P ever been thar, n let me remark that a volley of &al1i


8 Denver Doll9s Device. and pepper is not tbe most the world to encounter. delightful thiog in night, not far from this camp. He had twenty or more m en." And Yankee! Iustea:l of standing triumphantl.v to witness the antics of his adversary he had thrown up his hands with a cry and fallen to the ground. L eaving Verne r to himself, the crowd, headed by' Denver D oll rushed forward to ascertain the cause. Blo o d was trickling from a tiny hole in his left side, which had boen made by a bullet, and altbougb he yet retained his senses, he was evidently board bit. "Great Heaven! yo:i. are shot!" Denver Doll cried, kneeling beside him. "You should know. Yon had charge pf the weapons!" Yankee cried, sternly. Denver Doll looked pained and anxious. "True, but as God is my judge I did not put shot in eithe r weapon, n o r was I aware that either was tbus l oaded! "Tbe gal is right I" Old Pap Mount cried. "Cavortin' crockydilesl bow could ye bev got a single rifl e-bullet wound ou:t o' a shot-gun1 Some one else has at ye, Yankee Doodlegreat war-boss of Taos, yes!" "Perhaps!" the Sport said, dryly, as be in vain attempted t o arise. Will some one as Bist me to some pll\,ce where I can have my wound dressed?'' Ob I bring the gentleman to my store-I have a couch he can he upon until ue ca n find better accommodations!" cried a f e minine voice, .and Mi ; s Crystal Carrol stepped forward. Few of the miners cared about having a sick man in their bousei.. and therefore the kind offer was accepted; tbe ;:;port was borne tn the little store, and laid upon a couch in tbe saloon apart ment. A doctor was tben sent for. CHAPTER IV. J>ENVER DOLL'S DISCOVERY-THE ROAD-AGENTS AT H.P:ME. DENVER DOLL m a y or may not have ap proved of taking the Sport to Cryst!l. l Carrol's i.. at any rate, she did n o t join the little proC'ession tbat bore him there. Ins t ead, she gave tbe two weapons a close examination, after which sbe set ou t for the boarding-hou se where she had previously put up. Goin"' up one flight of stairs, she followed a long ball to tlle r ea r of the building, and nnally entered au apartment of considerable stv.e, where three m e n wero seated around a table engaged iu a social game of eucher. They pause d and l ooked up, as the D etective Queen entered, howev e r, ancl by the reflection of the candle-light upon their faces we recognize three form e r a cquainta nces in tho persons of Walt Christie, Cbug, tbe Chinaman, and Y akie Strauss. Tbe re was a l ook of expectancy upon tbeir faces. a they b e held tbe young woman, in f .. itbful service tbey had been for sev eral V

Denver Doll"s D evice. 9 knife from his belt, he scrnjled away at the edges of the box, industriously.f 1There was evi dently mm e silver than alloy in the composition for the metal scaled off quit.a readily, until suddenly there was a sharp click, and tbe lid of the box flew oen. The plating had been done around the edges after the llox was closed, thereby malting it appear solid. "Well done!" exclaimed Doll. "You're more cute than I gave you credit for being, Chug. Let me se the t ox." She received it, and took therefrom a closely folded document, covered with writing in a shghtly crnmped hand. Spreading it out on the table, she read the contents aloud, but in a IOI tone, just audible to her companions. It was as follows: Then who was it shot him? Hnmpb! there's a number of points left in the compass yet, so get your thinkers together. And you, Walt, take this box and i:;aper, and see that you do not l os e it, under penalty of ynur life, for the will may never have been probated, as the law calls it." W\Jen the wee sma' hours of tbat night were passing, and there were but few lights gleam rng from the windows of the shanties of Sbimng Bar, a man, enveloped in a dark cloak, w1tb a slouch hat pulled down over his eyes, approached Snllinder's grocery from the rear and tapped upon the back door. After a short pause he imitated the chirp of a cricket, then th!! door was opened and he entered, closing it after him. At first all was as dark as the shades of Egypt within the room, but gradually the light of a. "-Po Whnm It CAL., July lO, 1878 bull's-eye lantern was turned on at one side of "r, Gabriel Porter, being of declining health hut the room, and revealed all objects with sharp. sound in mind and realizing that I am nearing 1 he end distinctness. of my earthly caree r do hereby make my last will and Thi' apartment was used for postal purposes, testament, for the dis posal of all my property,--botb and was really a part of the grocery store, the real and personal, with anu subj ect to the following 1 ..igeon-holed partition across the room only run-exnlanat1ons: half to tb 'li earthly kin at the fo)lowing date. so far as mug -way Up e ce1 ng. con cern the Jaws of inhetitance, are as follows: I Between the postal-boxes and the rear wall have one dau ghter living, who is married to a young was a large space, bo" e\er, furnished with man by the name of Cbarles Eisler, my daughter's stools, and a long table used for di5tributing maiden name having been Dora Porter. Fro m their purposes. union has sprung a child, whose name is Ethel Eis-Upon the stools around this table were seated In addition t o the above, I have living a brother-half a dozen men, exclusive of the one who bad in-Jaw, named Valentine Verner, and a ni e c e his turned on the "glim." child by union 1vith my sister, since dec e ased, whose Tbey all wore cloaks simi111r to that. of the name is Isabel. new-comer, ann.,, finger in fortune hauls, every f'ew nights GABRIEL PORTER. Where's the "ecretary! Then followed the names of the gentlemen "He hasn't turned np. Heard be was sick." named RS executor aud administrator, which "Bah! I don't beli e ve it. Still we can get need not be mentioned here. along without him. How bas the inspection Denver Doll folded the llocument and returned aud reconnoissaucP turne d out, that I ordered!" it to the box. "ExC'ellent, captain, Wells-Fargo's office "Thall settles that," she said. "We are on has upward of three thousand on the next stage the trail at and a part of the mystery is trip." solved in the beginning, But there will be more "Good. But it must be secured from the to be encountered before we get through. It is ofilcl!Dere. There's a urilitary company reported plain now why Yankee and Verne r are enemie s. moving through the bills, in this direC'tiou-so And it is also quite interesting to know where it will be 1tdvisable to J e t the t ,rail coo l o ff for the child is and wbo murdered her mother. awhile. Kelly, I appoint you and Sullinder, This man Eisler may be a consummate rascal too. 1 Jarvis and Morris to make the tap at Fargo's.


10 Denver Do),l's Device. You have all things ready I believe. I will get back to the. bills, and there will be another meeting here to-morrow night, after the Postoffice closes." CHAPTER V. THE BLACK-BEARDED MAN. THE next morning Shining Bar's agent for Wells-Fargo Company. awoke to the most unwelcome fact that tba office bad been entered during tbe night, tne safe unlocked, and all of its valuable contents taken. When the news got abroad, the camp was once more throw n into a gr1:1at state of com motion, and c itizen Markwa rd,(wbo by tbe "ay was a h eav y loser by t 1 e robben_v) together with Burkertb e cbief of the Vigilantes, and several other influential men of Shining Bar, by agreement called upon Denver Doll, at the Occi dental boardinghouse. They were shown into the parlor, where they were shortly j o ined by the young Detective Que en, who was looking remarkably fresh and pretty after a night's rest Sbo bad met Burke before, and by him was introduce d to the other members of the party, after which she was informed of the safe-rob b e r.)'. "And now WR have come," said Markward, to see if we cannot enlist you to put au end to this series of depredations, and bring this McParlanrl and hi s band to justice. We have beard that you are by profession a detective, literally a det.ect1ve on the track of the road agent chief." Perhaps I am, but I may have private reasons for this. One is not apt to spend much valuable time unrewarcte ;I, in bunting down a desperado, unless be or she has &;>me private object in view. I am sorry to hear of these depredations, as it places this section of the country in a feverish state of excite m ent, and keeps many g ood people away. Perhaps a re ward would tempt some daring spirit to hunt this road-agent to bis lair." "There are s"veral rewards offered by private parties, already." Yes, and stitl, without meaning offense, these same p!Lrties, or at least some of them, may be greatly assured in offering the rewards." The sigraificance in her t o ne conveyed the meaning pretty plainly, even if the did not. "You mean to say that if the y bad to pay these offer e d rewards, they would not eventu ally b e anything out of pocket 'I" "Well, -yas-tbat is, I've dreamed that ouch thing;; might easily be worked, in cases like this." "I rnvself have BometimPs cherished an idea that McPar!and bas associates in this town. "I have no doubt of it, and possibly might, after a study, rnl'picion some one, w e r e a quiet thousand dollars to back: the event of my capture o.f one of the ringleaders I" "That can he arranged right here among us." Markwa.rd flnnounced. "We are all men of responsibility, and will pledge you the amount for the capture of one of the ringleaders. After that we will bargain witill you further.' "Very well; it's a bargain, I will go to work quietly, and you must all do the same, so far as furnishing me any needed assistance. If I cannot accomplish a nytbiug by the 20th of .No vember, I will give it up as a bad job." "Ahl what peculiarity has that day!" "It may have several you know-it may have none! But, so-long!" and bowing, sbti walked away, leaving the gentlemen to depart w1tb a feeling that women are always the "weaker sex." Yankee, afte r being r emo ved to Crystal Car. rol's afte r tbe duel, had bis wound dressed, and felt a little better, though by no means what could be called frisky. The bullet had passed not far from a vital spot, and ou being extracted proved to be one of such as are used in 32-caliber sporting rifles. Crystal bustled about and waited on him with alacrity, prepared him some stimulant, and then a piece of toast, all tho time chatting in bor own artless manner, until be finally nearlj forgot bis wound, and dropped asleep. He did not awake n until late the next morn ing, when, on opening bis eyes, he beheld bis hostess behind the, engaged in waiting upon a customer-a burly, black-haired and be whiskered chap. "Ahl you have had quite a sleep for a sick man," Crystal said, smiling over at him. "How are you f ee ling?'' ''Pretty well, thanks to the efforts of my ad mirable nurse!" Yankee replied. "I reckon I can nadgate once mo1e." "Don't try to exert yourself, please. I will get you some breakfast in a moment." "You seem mighty anxiotis to r etain your patient," the man at the bar growled, in a l o w, hoarse tone, but as low as were the Yank e e overheard them. WhaL's this!" flashed through bis mind. The gent of bfuck aspect speaks rather famil iarly, it seems to me, customer." Crystal did not look toward the Sport, but giving the black-beard a scowling l oo k, went behind the counter into the cigar room in front, i;be customer following her example via tbe slat door. Then, for several minutes, Yankee heard a low and at times sullen murmur of voices, but could not distinguish what was said, though be concluded the interview was not exactly har monious. I wonder if that is the lover of my fair bostess1' he muse d. If so, she has a very poor choice, barring that be is not in disguise, which I should not be surprised if be was. Humph I strange things in this life. Although now satisfied that I am wrong, I cannot s bake off the likeness of this woman to my lost Dora: I could almost love her for the resemblance. But, no; I've no time to love now, except for my lost ones, and to pursue the bitter trail of His reverie was brought to a close for a time by the entrance of Crystal, the black-bearded gent having taken his departure. Ob l have I kept yon waiting Jong1" she apoJ. ogi2sed these rough customers are such bores,


Denver Doll's D.eviee. 11 -SOJnetimes, you know. I will have you some-I Y1tnkee did not reply, but sat staring at the thing to eat soon." floor, an unnatural light in bi& eyes. "1 nm so aware from encounters with several Denver Doll noticed it, and remarked: of the spe<;1es I" Yaukee replied. " I should not tell you, under the Re tben aro<;e, and with an effort fouuJ tbat present circumiitances, but I will. She was fo:ind be coulrl walk slowly about the room. tb1tt .:old November nigbt about one year ago!'' "Oh! l'll be all right, soon!" be declared. "Have you no idea who could have shot you, sir?" Cryst!ll asked. "Not in the least, as I had noticed erery face present within bullet rnnge of tbe duehugground, before the circus began. I wonder bow Verner the Valiant is Rather SfJicy, I daresay." The breakfast of venison, toast and coffee was soon ready, and Yankee partook of it heartily, after which be slipped a twenty-dollar gold-piece into Crystal's band, and took bis h,.at. "There's a partial recompense for your ser vices to me!" be said, "together with my heart felt thanks, and if I can ever be of any service to you, pray do not hesitate to command me." ,; Ob, sir! I could not think of accepting pay for so slight a favor. Please take your money back!" "By no means. Keep it. Some time I might be your enemy, but never as long as you keep that I" be said, with strange intensity. "How do you mean?" she asked, looking up at hi{Il, with a faint blush upon her cheeks. "Ob I it's a story of a lost and a wrecked life, which I would not like to relate, as nothing but pain and regret can accompany the nnrration. You are the living image of one who is lost to me, I suppose, forever. But, good-day I I will stir about, and bunt me up a boarding-place." He then took bis dE;parture, but by the time he bad reached the Monacu" was obliged to go in, aud sit down awbile. Just as be was about tu l eave, Denver Doll entered, and saw and approached bi.en. "I am glad to see you around so but am afraid you are a litt. le too hasty,' sbe said. "I trust you belit>ve I was not instrumental in causing your wound, Mr. Eisler1" "I must believe you are not, as I doubt if a thirty-two caliber bullet imbedded in a shot gun wad, oould hardly bave hit so correctly, as Verner's weapon was leveled at my heart." "I am of the opinion that some enemy took the chance to get in bis work on you, woeu there was so good an opportunity." "Enemies, eb1 I shall first have to look tiround and see it I have any!" "I cau as.'Yure you tbat you nave one at lenst cannot one hire others?" You refer to Verner?" "Yes!" How-that is, what do you know of bis en-mity towarrl me'I" much llS yourself, perhaps." "But how-what?" "Ou I well, 1f it will satisfy you, I might re mark that it is getting close enough to the 20th of :N"ovember to came M1'. Verner some bl'ight anticioations-or rather bis daughter." Yankee start.ed, violently. Where did you get bold o! this thing?" "Ob! accidentallv, or course. Detflcti\'eS are to lrnow all CHAPTER VI. YANKEJil ON THE WAR-PATH, YANKEE started more violently than before at this. Shel he I-whom do you mean? For God's sake sveak!" "Your wife, where you left her cold and st)fl' in death-murdered, mind you-with her little child freezmi; her." "What! Yott tell met. bis with the insinuation that I did the job!" be eried, fiercely. "Hare a care how you accuse me!" "Well, tbe crime has to be shouldered by some one, and ..-e do not at present know any one else to suspect!" "But the child! the child!" "Was brought to my camp and I adopted It. It was afterward kidnuppro from me, since when I have never been able to find any trace of it." "Ob! God I This news is worse than tho sus pense I bave been hearieg, for I have been trying to believe them both dead. God knows I could never have done them 11ny harm whom I loved so! Did you bury my wife?" "No. She was discovered by one of my men. Tbe child and what clews could be found, were first brought to this very camp, then, our camp. Wheu we returned for the body, no trace of it could be found." Yankee's face was buried in his bands, and a tremor sboek bis figure. Deepest grief seemed bis, which, for the time being forbade speech. Finally, however, he said: "It is a blow I have undergone, which woul. tively, as if reading bis nature, bis seorets, his very being, before hor answer. I take but precious littile stock in men!" a


u 'Denver Doll's Device. I said, finally, and her tone was proof that she meant what she said. Still, for the sake of the clear little child, to whom I became greatl.v attached-for her sake, I will endeavor to do all in my power for you. You must look out sharp for yourself. If you don't the fl rst you know you won't know nothing. You have seen Miss Crystal Carrol'!'' "Yes. She be!lrs a most striking resemblance to my lost wife." Might she not be Dora!" "No, I fear not. Sbe is more vivacious and lively, and all I said to her in regard to my trouble did not 'seeu1 to affect her." Oh I well, resemblances are often encoun tered. You keep quiet now and get well, and I will see what I can do for you." Valentine Verner bad not escaped the volley Qf salt and pepper. His breast, neck and face were full of it, and for hours be was in most acute agony. The evening following Denver Doll's inter view witll Yankee, the Verners sat in their comf01table parlor, Mr. Verner being epgaged in writing at the desk in one corner. Miss Isabel, a stately brunette of four-and-twenty, sat in a luxurious rocker, in front of tho fireplace, her slippered feet upon the fender, aud tbe fire-light shining upon her face. It was uot exactly a handsome face, but what might be a coldly pretty face. The eyes and hair were Jetty bL1ck, the first possessed of a power to warm up wondrously when anything pleased her. She was evidently a woman who could love intensely, or hate rancorously. She was engaged in knitting some piece of fancy work, and ever and anon glanced toward her wounded p arent. At last be laid aside bis pen. "All the papers are made out," be said, speaking more to himself tban to her, "To morrow I will sell and receive the ca5h for all my real estate here, ready to go back to Sacra menoo. The twentieth is growing nearer and nearer." "And no tidings of Dora nor the child!" Isabel said, inquiringly. "None, since she left Eisler, and fled to parts unknown. Eisler is here, and for a purpose. A certain enemy of his is also in the vicinity. I fancy he suspect tbat this enemy has the child in bis possession." "You mean McParland1'1 Ex.actly." Pshaw! I do not believe it i" "What cause have you to form any opinion on the subject whatever, pray'I'' "Obi none, perhaps!" Isabel replied, languidly. "But, on the contrary, perhaps you have!" Verner retorted, sharply. See here, Isabel, you know hatter than to trYto deceive me. some time past you have bad a caller. I have nover before interested myself enough to ask who, trusting you were capablti of lcokiu g -Out for yourself. But, a few nights since I saw a suspicious character in a mask and cloak leave the house, as I was approaching it. Oould you aooommodate we with his namei" Fire leaped into the daughter's black eyes. "I dare say I could if I chose," she auswered. "I don't, bowever, consider it necessary for a parent to be too inquisitive, where bis bosom are concerned!" Verner, with an effort, smothered an oath, "What in name do you mean!" he demanded, leaping to his feet. "I mean," Isabel said," tbat I bave a lover, or, rather, have heen quietly receiving the attentions of a man, wbo profess es to adorn me. This rnan is an intimate pal of yours. Is it that I sbouU mention any names!" "Nol no! not at all! not et all!" tho parent protested hastily. "But this thing must be stopped." "Ha! ha!" Isabel laughed. "I am not par ticular. Since Yankee bas come here, I am easily appeased." "Mention not that ruffian to me, in connection with yourself. I'll disown you if you notice him!" "Ob I well, if tbe subject is too spicy for you, drop it!" was tbe stinging retort. Just then there came a rap at tbe door. "A caller on business; you may retire," uer rnotiomug her to a rear room. It is hardly necessary I" she replied, signi-ficantly; "still I will obey.'' And she vanished. Verner then opened the door, and admitted the visitor, who was the same black-haired and bewhiskered individllllt who had earlier in the day been at Crystal Carroll's store. He nodded familiarly and took a seat. Verner also became seated. Well!" he said interrogatively. "Well!" tbe other replied, "why \Vere you, not around to see me'I'' "I was sick," the speculator growled. "Look at mer The man grinned: "You are a pet for beauty now," be said. "Why didn't you tln1sh the job for your antagonist1" "It was not I that fired the shot-that is why. Wbat is your errand here to-night!" I came on two errands, or more properly one, as both are connected. Are you prepared to be surprised!" Oh I likely I can stand the shock." "You ought to," the other returned. "To my own knowledge you are hardened enough to withstand a cannon-ball, Well, to be out with it-I am in love!" Verner {awned, but did not reply. "Yes, am in Jovel" the caller wen' on, "tho' it may appear strange. The object of my adoration-" "Is locked in the next room, of her own choice, to save enduring tbe agony with you," the speculator interrupt.eel, mali ciously. The man of the black beard winced, then: seemed to grow furious. "Valentine Verner!" he cried, sternly. "John McParland!" the other returned, cooll v. The roa

Denver Doll' Device. 13 of this nonsense. Let it be no secret that I lorn your daughter, and have decided to make her my wife. You, as a n.atter of course, will con sent, and tbat will settle the whole business, without any parley." "As a matter of course you are a confirmed idiot to think of such a thing. My daugbter marry you-you, an outlaw, a road-agent and rascal. Hal hR l ha!" "Ha! ha l if you like. True, I nm an outlaw in the eyes of the public.:.....a man given to the delectable practice of stopping stages and re lieving pletborlc purses; but, you are no better than 1, for you are one of the chisels of which I am the mallet. Your daughter I adore, and have sworn to have her." And I swear you shall not. She is already engaged to the mau of her choice-the same individual who salivated me with salt and pepper.'' The scheming speculator watched closely for some visible effect of this speech, but saw none. McParland was .not nibbling at such bait, so to speak. He calmJy lit a cigar, and then mid: "You speak hastily, without considering the man you are addressmg, nor your own interests. My reputation ought to assure you that I am the wrong customer to trifle with. the 20th of November is but a few days off." Verner leaped to his feet with a cry. "Ag I suspected. You have the child." McParland tipped back in bis chair with a grim smile. "Well, you're about right," be responded. And you purpose to use this child as a means of forcing a marriage with my

Denver Doll's Device. Out.side Pap took an empty flask from his pocket and filled 1t with water. "Now I'm jestgoin' ter play llkt! when by er incantation I transformed the r mouth uv a Ctiinam a n inter an eight-day canal. When I git tber galoot t e r chase me yeou slip behind tber bar an' grab all ye kin carry an' run. We'll divvy out.side." Into the Monaco w ent the festive pair, and up to the bar. Pap h e ld up bis enpty bands ancl. made several quee r moti ons wbeu lik e a flash a b ottle, appareotly filled with liquor, appeared in bis grasp. .Believing it one of bis own flasks, and seeing Pap turn and run, the barkeeper uttered a howl ot rage, leaped over the bar and gave chase. As be leaptid over in one direction, Charles Pygmalion Jones leape d over in.the opposite, and mstead of landing upon the. floor went through an open trap door rub-a-pying what be supposed was an empty barrel, b e leaped into it and-went down, down, down into utter darkness-iown into the dis used shaft of a mine, far into the depths of the earth I Feeling worn out and weak by the time night arrived, Yankee had retired early to his room in the boarding-house. It was a rather apartment, at the rear end or the building, aud furnished with a nar row bed, a stand and a chair. One window, without a curtain, shutters or fastenings, lo :iked out into the rear yardt fro m whictl any one could easily ascend to ana raise theush. "Not a very savory bP,rth for a man who don't know when he is liable to get popped over," be muttered, looking out or the window. "If I am not greatly mistaken, I .shall visitor& to night-at least I have a kind of foreboding to that effect. Sol will take care not to be caught napping." Togettler with his coat an

Denver Doll's Device. CHAPTER VII. man that struck the blow. She waR wander-THE OONSPIR.A.CY-DENVER DOLL ON TR.A.IL-ing, balfdemented, tbrougb tbe mountains. I THE REPORTE:& IN .A. BAD BOX. knew this person was on b e r trail, and I set out HAD a thunderbolt fallen at the feet of Crys-to baffle bis purpose I failed. 1 cam i upon tal aud h e r l over, neither could have been more her body, but the child was guoe. I bore the surprised than at the sudden appearance of body to a cavern, and tbeu laid it away, "here Yankee, the Sport; who made his introductory no wild beasts could get at it. Some time. 11fter bow upon that dramatic scene, coatless, hatless, ward I recovered the child, anc! have it still in and bootl ess. my possession. I am a bad man. Yankee Eisler, "You lie I" Yankee cried again, leveling his but I never killed the woman you won from me revolvers upon tbe masked man. "You aid not for your wife-nor any othe r womau. I am not murder' me, my fine fellow, as you supposed; a woman-slayer." but, instead, you stabbed a dummy I had pre-The Sport listened with unvarying expres pared for you in bed I" sion of countenance. Crystal screamed. "If you did not kill her, who did?" he de" Did this man try to murder you!" she demantled, sternly. mq,nded, shrinking toward Y 11nkee. "Valen tine V erner I" McParland replied, with "As you have heard. He entered my room, a strange chuckle. but got his work in on my coat and some bed"But did you capture the child from Verner!" clothes, while I was under the bed. Who are "Certainly; and be bas since offered to give you, my noble desperado! What is your name, me bis daughter in exchange for the child." I say!" "You are a chronic liar!" Yankee retorted, The man stood in grim silence. He would not savagely. answer, but was evidently looking for a chance "Whoever secured the child, secured it from to escape. the camp of Denver Doll and her detectives. Yankee comprehended bis motive, and nodded That shows conclusively that Verner did not his bead with a grim smile. have her, which he likely would, if he bad mur" Just you try it!" he said. "I'll fix you over dered my wife. So, further denial of the crime into a perforated plaster if you do. Miss Car-is utterly useless. You swore to break up my rol, who is this man?" happy home, and you succeeded. You swon Oh, please do not harm him!" you would be revenged upon me through those "That is not answering my ques'cion." I held dearest, and you did so. John McPar" No-but-but please do not hurt him. His land, I have made up my mind to kill you. So name is Sir Ralph Raphael, a gentleman from say your prayers, if you desire, as you shall Earope." have but five minutes' respite!" "Bab! Sir Ralph fiddlP.-sticks! Has hebel.'n McParland laughed recklessly. stuffing .vour bead up with this? I can tell you Any harm that comes to me effertually who he is, without seeing bis face. He is John settles the fate of Ethel Eisler!" be chuckled, McParland, the road-agent!" villainously When I die, those who bold the Crystal gasped. 'child in their ,power have pledged themselves to Her lover gave vent to a fearful oath. kill the child!' "'Tis false!" ha gritted, trying to sneak his Say what you like. I have sworn to have hand toward bis belt. revenge, and I will not be balked. You have "'Tis truP .!" Yankee cried. "Remember my two more minutes, On your knees and pray,_ caution. I have met you at last, and before we you dog. One!" part we shall have a settlement. Where is my McParland stood immovable, defiance exwife and child, JohnMcParland1 Speak before pressed upon bis face, and in his gleaming eyes. I murder you!" Near to Yankee stood Crystal Carr_ol, white Fiercely spoke the handsome Sport, and it with terror, and trembling at what seemed imwas evident that be meant, with intense earnest-pendmg death to the mountain roafl-rider. ness, every wort! be said. Two!" Yankee said, st..rnl.Y. There was no McParland evidt-ntly saw that there was no pity in his tone-be was as relentless as ever_ use for him to res1at-just at present, anyhow-fate could be. for be removed his mask with a growl, and bis Still with bulldog defiance stood the roaddarkly-bandsome face was exposed to view in agent, not a tremor of fear seeming to affect the moonlight. him, although death 11tared him in the face. "How should I know about your wife?" be Yankee's keen eye noticed this, and a feeling gr_owled, twisting bis nustacbe. "I am not a of admiration struggled into bis heart. stock-jobber in other men's wives." The Sport's pist,ol-hand raised a trifle higher, "You know wh ere you murdered her, you and bis lips were about to move to speak the accursed bound! Tell me, then, where she is I "three." buried'!'' With a cry Crystal Carrol sprung forward "I know not where you will find her, if so be and threw her arms about Yankee, thus knock it that is dead. I did not kill her." inr, aide his aim. Click! 'Ob! don't hurt him, Yankee Eisler-for my One of Yankee's weapons came to full cock in sake don't fire--for the sake of me, who loves an instant. you! Oh! pray don't shoot!" she screamed, "Chaw back that lie! One-two--" fro .ntically, and she clung to him so persistently "Let up!" McPadand interrupted. "Rather that be could not use his pistol-arm. than get split on a lmllet I'll anknowledg-e anyMcPa.rland was not the man to stand once"'" thing. I did not kill your wife, but know the mony, when he saw an to improTe,.


16 Denver Doll's Device. and seeing that Yankee was momentaril y powSile was seldom seen on the street, except go erless to act, he turned and ran like a deer. ing to and from her boarding-house to the mar. B e fore Eisler could disengage hers e lf, the quee King of the Road was at a safe distance from A couple of miners had ventured their halfor bearing. eagle for an interview, and came out telling of Yankee finally put Miss Carroll ofl', and stood tile wonderful tilings Z oe had .1ttempt to explain my affairs," i;;o:xl-by, he slowly ascended tbe ladder to bis Yankee replied, in a blufl' but good-natured room. And h.had no sooner gained his bed way. than his senses took leave of him. "I can talk pure American," Mlle Zoe said, 'Twere necessary that a couple of days of comparative quie t should ensue, in Sllining Bar, iu order to give tbe excitable inhabitants tbere'Jf time to wear ofl' the efl'ects of tbe several Rtirring events that had occurred. The miners settl_ed down to work, tile gaa: blers piled their vocation with less profit and tile main street presented a scene of l ess bustle than b efore Denve r D o ll was occasionally s een about town, but her actio n s were n o t such as t" arouse suspi c ion that sba was in any way trying her hand at her business Yankee bad got out again, and Valentine Verner was seen on the street and about the mines, which he now only controlled as manager, having sold out his interests. But even when in lack of a stirring sensation, Shining Bar was destined to have something to attract attention and comment. This something was embodied in the person of a Mlle. Zoe, who bad arrived on tbe stage, baggage and all, and had hired a marquee put up on a vacant spa;)e near tile Monaco, and then hung out a banner, bearing the following: MLLE. ZOE, FORTUNE-TELLER AND SECOND-SIGHT SEER. The Past, Present and Future Re1lealed, or Money Refunded. Here was a novelty that Shining Bar bad had cause to wouder at before, and naturally a ripple of curiosity was aroused. What the mademoiselle looked like no one knew, because she dressed in deepest black, and her faCA was ever hidden back of a heavy vail sweetly. "I think r can tell you much that will urprise you. You wish to know of the past!" "Yes-you might as well grind out the whole grist, since it costs tbe same I" the Sport replied dryly. "We ll, you are a Cn.lifornian 1 "You e.ould have easily learned that." "I do not depend except ou myself for infor mation. You nave for some years led a wild life, gambling being one of your passions. You loved one girl-were beloved by two, but wedda

De:;i.ver Doll's Device. 17 rival lover. The child was rescued, but afterward retakeo, and is now in McParland's camp." "You are an expert at your business," Yankee said, wjth sarcasm. "You are well versed in the case, but I already ha..-e larned all tbat your revelation discloses. Can't you give me something new!" "I bave not dune, yet," Zoe replied, unru:flled at his taunt. ''Your present is one of great importance-more than was the past. A fortune is pending on your child. You want her-so do ,dtbers, and eac;b is 1 eady to pay for her, and your enemy bas the ad'Vantage by being 0n intimate terms with tbe child's captor. that, although you may employ detectives, it is lik<>ly the 20th of November will pass without your seeing anything of your child-then, ncr there after-unless you go at the matter in a different way. There 1s but one person who can get pos session of Ethel Eisler, on short notice, anrl that person is myself!" Yankee whistled. "I tllought you were working around to somethiug of the kind I" be satd. "You mountebanks.are all frauds." Nevertheless, I will wagllr all my money that I can produce the cbild within a certain number of hours. My ,price is your band in marriage. You are handsome, and I am by no means a fright. We would make an excellent worldly team, I fancy." "Undoubtedly I But, cbilrl or no child, fortune or no fortune, I am not in ftie matrimonial "Obi Well, you have not bad time to consider yd. After-thought may bring a change. Possibly I shall possess the child, and if I can do nothing better, can sell it to Verner. He is, I-understand, very anxious to possess her, so that he can put it out of the way. My pro fessional charges are five dollars." "Dirt cheap!" Yankee said, as he tossed her a gold piece, and strode from the tent. "Another schemer wllo has spotted the case, and is trying to make a stake!" he muttered, going toward the Post-office. "I'd stve a deal to know who she i.s." Jn passing Crystal Carrol's be dropped in, but a mulatt.o boy was tendiuq; In bniness, and the pretty proprietress was 1101vir11re to t>e seen. When the stage came rolling down into the town, it carried, for a wonder, but one passenger-a weazened, pinched-up little specimen of humanity, wme fifty years of age, whose nose was of a ripe cherry color, and whose head was iis bald as a full moon. The hooked cherry nose graced his visage, just above a large tobacco i;ta.ined mouth; bis beard was of a week's growth, and tbe most striking sign of intelli gence about him was a pair of little peering black eyes, sunken under a pair of shaggy overhanging eyebrows. In them was expressed a wily l'Unning, that belonged to one of his nature. This individual, who on the journey bad voluntarily introduced himself to Mickey Pryor as Monroe Miller, was greeted as soon as be left the stage, by Ve:rner, with a hearty haud-shake, ancl the two walked away together toward the Monaco. The eyes of Denver Doll, who was at the Post. office at the time, took in the matter, and a famt swile curved her pretty mouth. is to be a meetmg, to-night, and that man with a tinted nose will p&rticipate," she mu' ed. "If I don't learn what tbis mrnting iii about, I hope I may never see eayhgbt." Sbe watched Verner and bis chum Dter the M onaco; then she steppE:d bri.kly across the gukh to the boarding-house, and made her way to her room. In fifteen minutes she e:n:;erged from the room transformed into a rough-shod miner-and one of tbe hardest-looking specimens of the miner's fraternity that one would be likely to meet in a long time. Leaving a note under the door of tberoom occupied by her three comrades, she left the boarding-house, and made for the Monaco, where she presented herself at th6 bar, and ordered whisky "Where's yer rhino1'' the astute Emily demantled, eyir:g ber sharply. "Put her on ther slat13I" was the reply. "I'm Glycerine George, from Poverty Claim, dead bu'sted, by Lhunderl" "Then go make a raise!" was the advice. "Plenty o' suckers layin' 'round loose." Glycerine George turned away wiill a sigh. Near by stood Old Pap, locidng nearly as forlorn as tbe delegate from Poverty Claim. "Se" hyar, pilgrim, don't despair," he sairl, mournfully. "Don't despair, fer tbars a silver linin' ter every cloud they say. [ haven't s:niled fer a month-think o' that. My pard be tried to make a raise, but ther last I see'd o' him war his heels vanishin' over that air dis pensin' counter. 'Et's bard ter be broke. an gowi'out ile, But et's boneful o' change, when we rope in our pile.'''-Whetber this fogic affected the rarty frbm Poverty Claim, or not, is hard to say, hut he zigzagged bis way into a corner, immediately In the rear of where Verner and Miller were seated, and fell in a heap, as if" all over I" "Who is the galoot" Miller cried, in an un dertone. "Bab! Some drunken tough, dead drunk and dead broke, I reckon," Verner said, carelessly. "You say we can depend on half of the men at the camp, certain?" "Yes. I have given the matter a careful canvas, and there's fully that many ready for mutiny. Two months have passed without a divy being declared, an' the boys are kind o" skeered." "Wbar.of'I'' "Wej.1, there's a heap of Uncle Ssru's men in' the vicii:iity, which makes the situation Jook unpromising, in itself. Then, Mac bas !Jeld olf about the divy so lonl$' that some ha, e sn idea. he intends turnin' traitor for sake o' savin' bis: own skin." I wouldn't be surprised. I've no confidence in him. But let us adjourn until the midnight meeting. I have notified all the safe men to be present."


Denver Doll's Device. "Very well, Describe the place of and I will be there," Miller said. The rear room of the Post-ofHc-e. Tap three times on the back door and give the chirp of a cricket." They then separated, Verner lea viog the sa loon and Miller moving to another part of it. As soon as she deemed it safe, Denver Doll, in .her disguise, arose and staggered ont of the place, and was soon in her room at the board mg-bonse, where she exchanged disguises, and with paints, clothing and wi?"s transformed herself into a black-haired Spanish-looking per son, with a sweeping mustache and dusky com plexion. Once she had been a passenger in a stage that had been attacked by McParland's men, aud among them sbe bad seen a man whom her presAnt make-up almost exactly resembled. A few minutes before twelve she left the and took a circuitous route to the rear of the Post-office, in which vicinity she secreted heraelf and wai tell. It was not long ere Valentine Verner put in an appearance, and was admitted to the rear room of the Post-office on giving three taps upon the door and the chirp of a cricket. He was unmaEked. Soon another man came and was admitted, and so, one after another, nntil over a dozen had been ad mittei:l. Last of all the red-nosed delegate whom Verner had met at the stage, and was admitted after giving tbe signal. "Now for it!" Doll muttered, leaving her place of concealment. I'm going into that room if I bu'st a suspender." Sel'h1g b e r weapons were in readiness, she advanced to tbe door and gava the signal. W ithout d elay the door was opened, and she stt>rped into the room, closing the donr behind her. All eyes were turned upon, and Valentine Vernl'r leaped hastily from bis chair-for all were seatAd about the tab)A . "Hello I who the deuce are yon1" he cried. "Stop I" Miller interpo30d, arising; "it's Steward, oue of McPs.rland's men. What brings you her"; Steward1" "I was sent by the boys to tell you to go cau tious, as they're rather suspicious that the ca!> smells a rat!" Doll replied. him uspectl I ordered the boys to spot him if be showed bad signs during my absence, and 't.vas not n e cessary to send you. However, now that yon ar" h e re, be seated, and we will go on with the m eeting." Denv(>r Doll coul l scarcely a sigh of relief at the favorabl3 turn matters had taken. "Well, if I am to address this meeting." Verner said, "1 request the undivided attention of nll that of Messrs. Sul linder, Mark ward, Kelly, Arty, Mount, Hayes and Jarvis. Gentlemen, an important project is before for consideration, wbich1 if adopted, will undeniably put money equally m all of our pockets. You all well know that Shining Bar's mineral resources are not fully developed, and that there are bright promises for the future. M::>reover, a hundred vigilant, well-trained men could defend this place against the attack of a small army. The way matters stand now a few of you are in goodly while others ar" barely making a living. under a change, every mun woul

. Denver Doll's Device. & 1'!1iller turned away toward the route to the mountain and after waiting till she was convinced that be was gone, Def! took her way back to the boarding-house, well satisfiP.d as to the results of her evening's ad \'enture. Let us devote a few minutes to looking after the man of reportorial proclivities-Charles Pygmalion Jones, whom we left tumbling down the shaft-way of an unworked mine. l'm going right away to Shining Bar to start a newspaper, and if you will tell me your names I will give you an immense puff-charge you nothing at all." "Wasll my name is Pilgarlic Pete, an' this is Amawn Alf, but ye better come along terheadquarters, an' see ther capt'in furst. Ccme! walk a chalk line now, or l ll put a buzzer in yourpatel" "For sake, where are :vou golng to take me1 1 am Charles Py!>!malion Jones." '.!-Don't make no difference. You'"e goin' ter see McFarland, the road-agent, now." So rapid was bis descext that be had no time to think of anything, the suction of air nearly taking his breath P.way. After a fall of some'fifty feet he landed, but CHAPTER VIII. luckily io a pool of \'l'ater some three feet deep, A QUEER WOOING-DENVER DOLL"s LITTLE which broke the force of bis fall. GAME. He spluttered for some seconds, ere he could THE morning following Denver Doll's visit to get his breath. the counc1l-room of the conspirator,, Yankee Groping about, be soon came in contact with felt decidedly more like himself than be bad the rocky wall. Having a metal box of matches since be bad been wounded and was up and.out be speedily succeeded in striking one of the for a stroll by the time the suu began to gild the lucifers, and, aided by the light, peered arotmd tree-tops of the mountain. him. He wandered out upon the Bar to the point From the bottom of tbe shaft a passage where the river swept around it, and there enbrancbed off. The bottom was rough and cov-countered, much to bis surprise, Miss Isabel ered with water. Verner, Looking above htm, poor saw a black, She was seated upon a rock, gazing out upon uninviting hole, through wbich he had fallen. the water, and a large bowlder being behind He could not get out of his dilemma in that di-her, Yankee did n'ot see her until he was almost rec.tion, so nothing remained for him but to ex-be ide her. plore tbe passage. POSllibly there might be an Not seeming surprised, it was evident that opening somewhere else. she had Sen him coming. He started off, keeping one ,of the passage "Good-morning, Mr. Eisler," she said, with a walls for guidance. pleasant smile. "I am delighted to see you." At the end of an hour be found blrosef out "6"od-morning," Yaukee answered coolly. of the w11ter, and lit another match to ascertain "I was not aware that any one was here." what was the cause. He discovered tbe.t the "I presume not. 'fhe bowlder hid me. How passage now bad the shape of a tunnel, ann asare you feeling1" cended grarlually in its course. This satisfied "Very much improved. The treacherous bim that be was in what is known in mining shot near doing for me." parlance as a" drift," and that by following it "It was such a shocking thing for any one to be would" eventu11lly come into the outside do. I can't imagine who could have been mean world. enough to fire the shot. Papit feels badly over So be hurried on with renewed courage, and it, too, I assure yon." it was not long ere he gained the mouth of the "Over the pepper and salt bath, more likely," drift. Yankee r.esponded, dryly. Here ais surprise increased. "Ha I ba I I was really amuSf'd at bis plight, He bad expected to find himself still in Shin-particularly as we haven't. been on very good ing Bar, and was not. The mouth of the drift ti;rms lately. Yon see, be wants me to marry a was in a tangled thicket, hair a mile, nearly, up man I despise, and I will never marry any one, the gulch, from the outskirts of the town. The unlesR it is the roan of my choice. I hear that drift bad been thus made to follow a vein of poor Dora is really dead, Charley." ore, which had given out directly in under the "Did you? I was not aware that there is Monaco, from whence a shaft had been sunk. conclusive proof of it yet." Jones was a strangei: to the surroundings of "But I understnnd from papa .that she and Shining Bar, and he was so turned around that your child really perished in the mountains. for the life of him he could not tell which course You did so wrong in leaving your home-Dcra he should take to reach the town. was such an admirable little wife. I should After much deliberation, he "6ttleil upon.his think you. would get lonely without a wife, route and started oft' in an opposite direction Charley." from Shining Bar. and for a gond hour tramped "Without my own wife I am. I would give on, and would undoubtedly Rtill have kept!!<>an Arm if it would bring her back to me." ing bad not two masked men stepped sunnenly ''But yon will marry from the chaparral iato his path, a pair of "Possibly, if 1 can find scme one just like cockPd rPvolvers in hnnn. DorA," "Halt!" nne of them "airl RPrnly. "Who "But it ..-oulcl not he A herd matter to find a are von, 11nd whPrP art> ynu 1rnin'?'' heart, mevbe, to fill her place." "I wPrd for Y<'UrAAlf &nd the Crn1orti .n' C11clone of ChevPo!lP, so rlon't two for me, or vice VPrsa-wbi<'h!" Yankee rob me, for Heaven's gake. ag I haven't a copper. I dPm1mded. "Isabel, I ba ve no desire to hurt


so Denver Doll's Device. your feelings, so let's change the subject-or better still, I will bid you a pleasant good-morn'Stop!" sbe cried, arising haughtily. "You are entirely too hasty. Tbanking you, I have not the least desire to make love to you I used to be your fri1rnd, after your cruel treatment of your wife, my cousin, my respect for you c e>J.sed. I was ju s t trying you to see how muc h man your wild career had left in your nature. I am satisfiPd. G o! "I will, tbank you. Will you impersonate Mlle. Zo e to-day1" H e watched her like a hawk, as be spoke. She turne d wbit.e-then her face flushed crimson with passion. She could .not speak, but stamping her foot, point;ed toward the town. With a smile of triumph, Yankee obeyed her silent c0tnmand and sauntered away. "By a hap-hazard shot I fired direct into the right camp!" be nlu<:ed. "She is Mlle. Zoe instead of Crystal Carrol, whom I first suspect ed. Well f well! Here's fun l 'J)1e fair Isabe l wants to marry me, and prqposed to do it by craft, if she couldn't by fair means. Then there's Crystal Carrol would not mine!, I surmise, i.f she g0t a chance She also has some reason for dAsiring the safety of McParland. Isabel, according to her own assertion, is out with ber daddy, and it wouldn't be surprising if she was in :with the road-agent, since, as Mll e Z oe, she claime d she could produc3 the child, wbicb she could not d o except she was in with McParlancl. Altogether, if I am any jucJge, things are c onsiderably mixed." D en v e r D oll knew that it was important for her to attend tile second meeting of the con spirato rs, to learn what n e w schemes wer e to be for. 'll e d in regard to the plot to seize the Bar. But, t o go in tbe disguis e of Steward, would be to tbrust her foot in the fire, literally, be cause Miller, the renegad e, must have f ound out Steward bad not been out of McPar land's camp the previous nlght. "The onl y way I can see, is to have Miller intercepted and held for awhile, so that I can repraoent him at the meeting, on the plea tbat he dare not leave camp for fear of cre!tting an open breach between himself and McParland too sol>n. I think I can trust the boys to the work of capturing him. Accordingly, she gave her ecC'.entric trio in structions, and sent them forth to capture Miller, when he should approach the town, after which she arranged herself for the character of the Spaniard, Steward. First of nil, let us follow the steps of Walt, Yakie and Cbug, and note their success. Proceeding to the upper part of the town for tbay soon got into an alterr.ation as to who shoulrl. take the l ead. "Hello What's the matter here? What you rascah quarreling about?" a voice cried, and wh o should walk in upon the soone but Monroe Milt er, who bad been attracted to the s;x>t by the sou n r l of excited vriices. Walt recognized him by Denver Doll's description, and quickly drawing and cocking his revolver, he shoved it in trout ot the outlaw conspirator's face. "Hands up, Marse Miller!" be cried, emphatically. "Yon'se jes' de berry huckleberry we'se arter, 'deed yon is. Hi l Germany, whose got de leacl now, hey ? " Dot vas mine hrisoner I vas seen him afore yon did, so help m e!" Yrtkie blustered. "Never mind dac, chilc. Jest yon an ratP,ater bind him, while I cubbe r him wid de persuader, fo' suahl Yab! yab!" "See here! what cloes this mean!'' Miller blustered, in a rage. "I'll have .yon infernal idiots strung up for this. Lowe: your pistol, you hlack nigger." '"Deed l won't," Walt declared, a wicked glitter in bis black eyes. "You'se my prisoner, sab, an' l'se gwine to hold ye right yar, till you'se boun' fas' an' sure. Han's up, you rascallion, o r I sw'ar to goodness ef I don't take de scalp cl'ar offin voi1h bead, suab certain." Miller i:ould not doubt but what be was done for, so far a s the present was concerned, and was wise enough not to resist when they attempted to bind him. What am I thus insulted f or!" he gritted. "Denver Doll .ordered us to capture you, boss, an' I bad de 'stinguisbed honor of makin' de arre,t." "Denver Don!" Mill ei; exclaimed, "Yes, sab, de Ace, Queen an' Trump of all de detecti veil, sah l She's jes' gwine fo' yoab roadageuts like a grassbopper after a hayseed, sahl She's jes gwine to abscorchulate an' exterminate de bull consarn, for suah !" "Humph! I think I understand," tbe conspirator muttered. "It was sbe wbo played the p1U't of Steward s.o cleverly. If I don't g e t out of this dilemma, the whole scheme bids fair to be frustrated." Denvi:r Doll bad named to her pards an out of-tbe-way place, in a transverse ravine, where they should take the prisoner: so, accordingly be was marched off, and tbe spot-was reached in due time, and tbe outlaw bound to a tree. A camp-fire was the n built, and the three guards squatted around it for a smoke After their pipe s out, a vote was taken, to see wbicb of the three should remain on gn!lrd, while two of them took a nap. The l o t fell to Cbug, and Walt and Yakie stretched themselves out, and were soon fast asleep. Miller's eyes gleamed with triumph as soon as he beard the stentorian snore of the Teuton, and the accompaniment of the darky. "If I don't make a break now, there will be m,r chances of my getting free," be muttered. I've a sweet-scented idea tllat I can work the Chinaman for all be is worth." Waiting. a while longer, so as to be on the safe side, be attracted tbe attention of Chug with a dismal groau. "Ohl ob! I have terrible pains in my stomacb,'' be said. "H_ave you got a drop of whisky to give me, pig-taiH" Chug shook his bead. "Got no whikeet" be 11eclared. "But I bave," Miller said. "If you'll release one of my hands a minuoo, I'll get it, and you shall bave a swig of it." Now, if Chug bad one weak-


Denver Doll's Device. 21 ness, it was for fire-water, free of ex-pense. Ile I Steward, alias Denver Doll, came lasto She never was known to spend a cent for hquo1 nor was arrayed tbe same-as the i:revious night. was be ever known to refuse a treat, :where it Sbe approached tbe door, cauthmsly looking was "on the square." around her, and was admitted. He now knew that Miller bed been deprived "Ob, my sly girl I your ga01e will not work of bis weapous, and also that Welt and Yakie to-night," Miller mutteied, gliding forward to were sound asleep. the door. What harm cculd there be in getting,_ a drink, He applied bis ear to the key-hole and listened. when it was free, and there was no danger of V <>rner was losing the prisoner? "Ahl you are on hand, eh?" be was saying. Thus be argued, and in a mmr.ent more he "Where is Miller!" was undoing tbe cords of Miller's wrists. "It will not be safe for him to leave the camp "Mindee, no funnee business, or I will se .rve in bis place and act man killee, debbil quick, with 'volvee," be cau-for him," was the respon,;e. "The matter baa tiened. got to be worked carefully until we are fully "Ob, I'm square as a dollar," Miller replied. organized." Chug soon had tbe outlaw's bands free, encl "Yes. Let me see. You are Steward!" stood in waiting, a pistol drawn in bis grasp. Millei burst into the room then. "Now, for tbe whisky," end Miller drew two "Not by any means!" be cried sternly. "That half-pint flasks from bis inside pocket, which is not Steward, but is Den >'er Doll, the detective. 'were fill e d with hquor. "Here's one for you She must never be allowed to leave this room and one for me. Drink hearty.'! alive! If sbe does, our i:-lans are ruined." Chug took the proffered flask, and eyed it a moment, suspiciously. Miller's keeu eyes noticed it, end he quickly examined bis own bottle "See here!" he exclaimed, excitedly, "I have giveu you the wrong bottle! Oue bottle con tains brandy and the other contains whisky. You have got the brandy. Trade, w:ill you1 Whisky is good -enough for you." "Not mucbee, allee samee! Me like blandy, illlee sel}lee like 'MeliC'an man," and Chug put bis finger to bis nose 11.s be skurried away to a .;eat on a Jog by the camp-fire, quite forgetting LO rebind tbe captive. "Chug velly muchee he might influer.ce Yankee as a victim of her wiles. 1 She bad accordingly left town on one stage as Miss Verner, and returned on another as Mlle. Zoe. What bad partially been the results of her masquerade is well known to the 1 eeder. Anticipating events a ccuple of hours from th& time Miller, the ronspirator, bed expo.Pd Den. ver Doll in the rear room of the Post-< ffice, we will follow the movements of Isabel. Leadng the lioardingbcu;;e, without being disguised, she walked over to the cigar store of Crystal Carrol. and found thfl i-retty mistress behind the counter. She looked up, surprise expressed upon her countenance, when slie saw the spe.:ulator's daughter. "Good-evening," Miss Verner said, conde Fcendingly. "I have seen you several times at a distance, but I did not know until recently that it was really you, Dora." "D1"dn't you?" Crystal responded, dryly. "It must have srocked you to have made the dis covery. Is this some joke that is out, or is it possible that people cannot read the name upon the sign over the door?" "A good feint, l.ut you knQw blood will tell. I always believed you would make a good act.rAS, cou3in," Miss went on, coolly. "Well, I must be growing crazy, or else there are more esc-aped lunatics in the country then I supposed. I, your cousin ma'am? Why, you must be out of your mind." "Not a bit of it, Dora." Isahel persisted. "I never was more sane. Yon lucky girl, to be Yankee Eisler's wife; you should never have left him. Now, I have got him."


.. Denver Doll's Device "Yankee Eisler1 Ohl you have reference to the he.Ddsome gentleman who got shot. Well, I cau't say as I would objec, t to having a husband as noble and mP.nly as he seems to be. .But you say you have him, eh'I" "Most assuredly. I can get little Ethel for him, aml wben I can do that, why, as a matter of course he is ready to marry me. He really preferred me before, y o u know, but your baby face prevented." Crystal laughed outright. What l.n extremely funny person you are,'' she remarked. "But it will be so nice if Mr. little girl cad be recovered. When will your w"dding be?'' That is not definitelj settled yet-but it will be in a few days,'' Miss Verner answered, flouncing out of the store, secretly in a gre3.t rage. l'll take chances on that I" Crystal decided. "If you are Mr. Eisler's cboicei I sllall be surprised, for I do not believe he tancies such ec centric )J00ple as you." Miss Verner bad called at the cigar store for the express purpose of testing the matter of who Crystal was, and bad so little satisfaction that she was almost ready to cry. Leaving the vicinity of the cigar store, she dodged acrass the gulch, and finally paused before the mouth of one of the mines that was drifted into the side of the mountain. All was dark and silent, and no one appeared in the vicinity of the place except Mi's Verner, but this fact did uot seem to discou1ago her, for she took a seat upon a rock, and waited patiently. "He will not be long, I guess," she mused. "He promised he would come, and I do n o t fancy he will forsake me." Sbe was right. It was not half an hour ere M c Parl.aod, undisguised, except by a half m&.Sk, made bis appearance. "Ab! you are here, eb?" tipping his hat. "How do I find the fair Isabel this even ing?'' "Happy, now that you have come,'' she replied, making room for him on the rock beside h r. "I have been waiting ever so long, ready to answer the question you asked at our last meeting." "Ah I yes-let me see-oh! what was it1'' and the footpad king scratched his head as if puz zled. "Ohl Y<:>U sly rogue !" and Miss Verner pincbed his arm, playfully, "Did you not ask me to become your wi!e?'' Well-l-1 don't know but I Jid, Isa -but, then, you see I hardly fancv you would be con tent to be an outlaw's wife." "What care I, as Ion!!: as I love you1 According to your own proposition, deliver up to me the child, and I will marry you, and so bave the fortune between us." Yes, that would be very nice, but you seewell, in fact, I have made up my mind not to inoumber myself with a 'jf,ife at present. There may be some developments soon which will make it neoessary for me to look out for myself. And then, We>, I am getting tired of this wild life, and Jong for better. The child is on my hands, and I propose to get rid of her, at all hazards, by selling her to the bigheSt bidder. You have a chance with the rest)' "J obn McParland, !on are a wretch, an in grate, and a deceiver!' "Psbawl You don't intend to let me off that easy, do you? Wby not express yourself in stronger terms, while you are at it2'' Isabel fairly trembled with passion. "You know that there are no words adequat!\ to describe you," she hissed. You have tri fled with my and as good as asked me to marry you. Now, theu, if you do't stick to your word like e. man, I'll be revenged upon you." "Revenge be it then, fair Isabel, for I can not marry you. If you wish to put in a bid fo1 the child, b e t ween now and tbe 20th, a letter sent tbrougb the Post-uffiee, and adrlressed to Mr. Jinks, will fix it all right. Adieu, dearest! I am sorry to have to tear myself awuv, hut such is the case. Hope you may get a husband soon." And then he walked away, with a wicked laugh, leaving her to make out of the situation what si'.le could. Yankee Eisler bad seen Crystal several times since McParland's escape from him, and each time she had spoken pleasantly-so pleasantly, that a strange thrill would go to his heart. "By heavens, I beheve that sbe is not Dora, despite all ber assertions to the contrary I" ho would mutter. It does not seem possible to me that tbere could be two persons in one world so precisely alike. Bot I m a y be mistaken. When it is proven to me that I am, I will bel\-ve it." About an hour before D enve r Doll's exposure in the room iu the rear of the Post-offic e he sauntered over to the cigar sto r e and naused in the first room where the cigars were kept. Then ha waitetl some moments, but no one came. The sound of footsteps overhead told him that Crystal was up-stairs. A few carrls Jay upon the show-case. Taking one of them, the Sport wrote upon it, with pencil: "Dora, m.v wife; I still love you, and my life will never be complete, without you. Why Jive this traospar?nt lie M Crystal Carrol. when you know it is wrong, and I know you were once mine1" He mixed the card among the others then, and rapped smartly upon the counter. Shortl. v after, Crystal made her appearance, and be purchased some A perceptible redness about her eyes told him bad been crying, and his heart gave an exultant bound at the d iscovery-perhaps she had been crying about him I He said nothing to indicate that he ha within about six feet of the ground.


Denver Doll's Deviee, .. This was just as Yankee had expected. By climbing on the roof of the addition, one could easily the rear second story window of the main building. He was tempted to make an entrance, stealthily, into Miss Carrol's upper rooms, in hopes of being able to discover something among her ef fects that would identify her as E>eing Dora, his lost wife. It was a risky thing to attempt he well knew, but he was willing to risk a great deal to satisfy himself on this one point. He took off his boots, and left them on the ground, and then succeeded in climbing onto the roof. From there he had no difficulty in gaining entrance to the single unplastered room over the store. A lamp was dimly burning upon a stand, and by its light the burglar-for-love's-sake was able to command a view of bis surroundmgs. The furniture consisted of a bed, a stand, a chair and a trunk, which was bcked. Some clothing hung upon tbe wall, but none of it was such as Yankee remembered having belonged to Dora. Nor could be recall to mem-ory any of tbe trinkets upon tbe stand. . Tbe truuk was locked, and having no way oc opening it, nor any dispo&ition to do so, bis search was virtually nt an end. "I've bad the trouble for tbe pains I've taken, and nothing more," he muttered. "I must get out of bere before I am discovered." In tbis be was quit e successful, and bis venturesome visit was a c complished without trouble, as be later congratulated himself. The words of Monroe Miller an electrical effect upon the conspiraton<, iu the rear room of the Postr office. Of one accord tbey leaped to their feet, and revolvers were drawn on every hand. "What I what is this?" Valentine Verner cl'ied in alarm. It's just what I said I" Miller exclaimed. "This person wbo is personating Steward, is none other tban Denver Doll the detective. She bas got infu our secret, 1rnd fearing exposure when I returned to-night, she had h e r accom plices waylay and capture me. But I escaped, and here I am to expose her." Denver Ddl stood at bay, a defiant expres sion upon her face, and gleaming from h"r eyes, while her hand rested upon the butt of a revolver in her belt. ls this true-a!"e vou Denver Doll, come here to spy upon us!" Verner demanded, turning fiercely upon her. "Reckon that's about the size of it," was tbe cool respo n se. "Right well I knew there w>1s some deviltry going ou. in which you had a band; and so I thought I might as well fincl out, &nd hinder you ell I could." "Curse you! You shall tind that won't work. You've either got to join us, or we'll put you where you'll never blab our secrets." "Reckon I won't join," Doll retorted, de fiantly. "I ain't partial to associatin' with thieves

Denver Doll's Device. CHAPTER X. THE STAMPEDE, .A.ND .A. BOUNCE FOR THE BRIG .A.ND CHIEF. THE next day was the nineteenth day of No vember. To s everal p e rsons considerable interest was attached to the fact. llhrly iro the morning there rode furiously down into the towo a borseman-an old, whitewhiskere d shabbily-dressed pilgrim, who, jndg ing by app earance3, had rode long and fast. As h 3 dashed along tbrough the main street, he blew loud bla3ts upon a cavalry trumpet, th e evident intention of arousing the town. And to say ha succeeded, would ba drawing it mild. In a very few minutes literally the wbole pop ulation of the camp was gathered in front of the Post-offi ,e, where tbe e!:centric stranger was engagui in tackiugup a huJ?;e poster, which had been written out in pen print or rather with a lettering brush, by some one who was evidently familiar with the art. With intense eagerness did the folk of Shining Bar devour the contents of the poster, after it was naile l up, and the reading thereon, created a more instant..oeons commotion than had anything in the way of a sensation tbat had town for a long while. over and over, was the bill perused, anti this is the information it coobiued: "EXTRA.ORDINARY NOTICE TO EVERYBODY! stay in Shining Bar, and tlle pilgrim would be added to the g eneral hegira. By noon the train was ready to start, and when it m o ved away up the gnlcb, not over a scor e of people w ere left in Shining Bar, and those w e r e sucb as Verner had personally or dered to stay with him. So far his unparalleled plotting had worked well. As s oon as the stampeders were safely away from tbe camp, Verner and Monroe Miller started for the camp of McParland, tbe outlaw, wh e re, by prearranged orde rs, all was to be re

Denver Doll's Device, 85 you have, after all I _have done for you, you I "S'posing you let me loose_. to get a swig, Wl'etch?" tool" the outlaw suggested. "We'll have a ge-"Just about. You'd have given us up to the lorious time, you bet." military if we hadn't got too smart for you, But Zinga, crafty of instinct, winked bis eye so you've no cause t.o growl. Throw up your knowingly. hands and allow yourself to be bound, for re-1 "No let Mac free!" he replied. "Get Yac sistance is useless with all the odds against whisky, dough!" you!" He went back to the bar, and procured a bot No commander ever knew hi.Sown men better 1 tle of the worst" p'isen" the ranch afforded, than did McParland. and then approachad McParland. Death would be the only way of escaping "Ope n mouth. Zinga pour down throat!" he capture; so he held up his hands, a proud smile chuckled, villainously. upon his face. "You go to thunder. I won't drink!" the "Proceed!" be orde red. "I think too much of ex-chief growled, perceiving that he had got my fine flock to attempt t.o clean them out. I himself into an unenviable dilemma, for he am your prisoner, through your strategy, and I knew strangulation would attend Zinga's at-surrender with the best of grace." tempt to treat him. At a motion from Verner several of the out-"Open mouth-drink-or Zinga scalp!" the laws bound their deposed captain securely, half-brefld threatened, and he attempted to. both hand and foot, and then, with the aid of force the nose of the bottle between McP11rlaud'11 hooks and staples driven into the wall, they fasteeth. tened him thereto, so that he was a prisnner in That he would eventually havE> succeeded, is the fullest sense of thE> word. probable, bad not an unforeseen accident oc" There you are!" Verner cried, triumphant-curred to him. ly. "You make a fine appearance, too, as a The sharp" ping!" of a rifle was heard; Zinga prisoner of war. By the way, where is the dropped the bottle, al:ld staggered back to the child 1 I will take that back with me to Shining floor-dead 1 Bar." The next instant the door opened, and a per" Will you, though?" McParland sneered. "I son entered. rather fancy not. The child is in safe hands, McParland started! where I deemed it advisable to place her, in anOf all JM>rsons in the world, this was the one ticipatton of some such an event as this. be least desired to see. If be bad had hopes for When you set your buzzard talons on her 1t will bis Jif.,, before, they all faded away, now. be when I forget myself." The person "ho entere

Denver Doll's Device. CHAPTER XI. DENVER AND YANKEE SHAKE HANDS, LET us return to Denver D o ll, whom we last saw a prisoner in Wolf Ravine, beyond the river, where Valentine Verner bad left her to the not very tender mercy of the ferocious inhabitants of tha t wild locality. But, thanks to the fact, it was not yet late enough in the seaso n for wolves and bears to be very bold and ravenous, and this gave the girl detective a little hope that she might not be trouble d by the m. But eveu though she was not molested by wild l!ieas ts she well knew that starvation stared her in th3 face uuless she was resc ued by some one, and the probabilities were not very favorable that she would be; hence, the outlook was any thing but pleasant. The night dragged slowly away. She heard wolves h o wl, but none approached h er, and at last the w eL:ome rays of early dawn crept into her dark, forbidding place of captivity. This was cheerful, and somehow she felt imbued with a strong hope of escape. But the lining of the silver cloud was false. The morning passeJ away slowly Nnt long bof;ire noon she heard a heavy, shuffling tread, and soon after a huge cinnamon bear made bi s appearance. It paused witb a sort of svbiue, at sight of Doll, as if surpr\sed to see a human being there -then it raised up on its hind legs and lumbered forward, with the evident intention of making a square mealont fair prisoner. Doll's face turned deathly white, for the pros pect of being tJrn to pieces was horrible. Nearer I near the brute came, with jaws dis tended and tongue lolhng, wbenSudd.,oty there was the sharp report of a rifie, and Bruin flinched and turned in the direction whence came the shot. A moment later there was another shot, and the bear staggered and fell to the ground. Then, out from the undergrowth, across the ravine, strode no leSll a personage than Yankee, rifle in band. Denver Doll gave a glad cry at sight of him. Here was rescua at last, when a moment be fore death seemed m os t imminent. "Thank' Heaven it is you, Mr. Eisler!" she said, as be approached her and cut her bonds. "I bad about given up the ghost for good." "I have baeu sAarching for you ever since I saw Verne r r eturn to Bar last night,. wbeu I suspected tbe ttutb,' Yankee replied. "Since leaving Snining Bar I have also made a great discovery.'' What is itl'' "There bas been a stam-peissance, to learn if it will be safe for you to advance." He strode away, and returned shortly, with a n o d. "You will find McParland tie d up in the large cabin,'; he said. I suppose you are doue with me?" "Yes, you can go. But hold! we may need you t o show us the way back to Shining Bar; so you had better wait till we go, aud I will pay you well.'' But Roberts was too fearful of being given up, and no words could keep him from takmg a hasty departre. After he was gone the Sport and D enver Doll crossed the valley to the large cabin and en tered. Thfl sight that met their eyes caused them to ctter suuultanaou s cries of a stonishment. M cParland was tie d as the road-agents bad l eft bim, and bis cl othing b elow tbe wound was dyed r e i with blood, while a pool of the same was gathered at bis f eet on the floor. H e wa3 not dead, but bad lo s t consciousness from the w eakening effects of bis great loss of blood. "By Heaven! there's been devilish work here," Yankee cried, pointin"):; from McParland to the

Denver Doll's Device. restornti ves as were to be had, the stricken man finttlly opened his eyes and was conscious. He seem..d surprised at the sight of Doll apd Yankee, for bis gaze ro'l"ed from the face of one to the otber. "Why did you touch mel" he gasped, faintly. "Wby did you not let me die'I" "For the simple reasan that you are too valu able-a mau to let die just yet," Yankee replied. "I have a little account to siuare up with you, and so has Denver Doll here. "Neither of you wiJJ any lon ge r have r easo n to curse me, for I can make r Ppa r a ti on for what wrong I have done," McParland said. "All I want of you i s your assistance to get me to some place where I can die in peace, and I will surprise you." "How do yo u mean'I" "I will tell you as soon as I get n little stronger. If yo u will g"t me a drink-" D e nver Doll prccured some water, which the wounded man eagerly quaffed. He then rested a few minutes, when he once more spoke, ad dressing his words principally to Yankee: "This girl,'' he sai d, indicating Doll, "bas been my enemy for years, and she bas h e lped to drive me to do many bad things by h e r persistent dogging, which otherwise I probably would not have done. I am her half-brother. There was a hitter feud in our family, some years ago, and my step-mothe r used every effort to keep me out of property that came to me by my father's death. And finally she succeeded by b1ibing the jury to whom tbe case was left for d ec i s ion. I bad no way of redress, and was bounced out upon the world. "'" "Knowing my temper, and fearing tha t if I remained around my native I would seek reven ge, she fastened a crime upon me which necessitated my flight. But she r eckoned without her h ost I bad my r eve nge. Of her two fair daughters, I plucked the fairPst, and ab return and try to save ber ;whose life I had attempted. I went back. I found her body and removed it to a mountain cave. In going for her body, I bad discovered the <'hild in Denver Doll's camp, 110<1 concluded to leave it there temporarily. In the cave I donned the disguise of Sir Ralph Il.apha e l, and set about the task of bringing the dead to life. I do not think men ever worked harder or prayPd harder tban I. And at last I was rewarde d. She came back t() life, but it was a long while e r e s he w"s well enough to walk. By my a ssid u cus att e ntion I won her respe c t and gratitude, if not her admi ratiou; rn that she finally told m e h Pr >tory, lit tle suspecting that I was acquainted with it. ShEl spoke kindly of her truant husband, but declared their p aths in life, forever hence, lay apart. Finally 1 offered t o start ber in tbe lit tle business in Shimnl': Bar, to which s he con sented on the conditions that she pay me back dollar for dollar, and that she ras d one. 'l'be cb ild I recovered and placed in the bands of' Denver Doll's sister, who took tbe best care of it. For Dora my love revived, and I quietly pushed my suit. But it is destined thHt sbe never shall be anything to me. Yankee Eisler, your wife and child still live in good health. You are n ow at liberty to fulfill your oath of ven geance I" Anu the road-agent folded his arms, a11 ex. press i on of satisfaction upon bis face. Yankee gazed at him a moment in medita tio11. "If what you say be true,'' he said," I certainly have not much cause to be revenged upon you. But to-morrow is the 20th of November, and I want my child." "It matters not whether you possess the child to-morrow or not, so fa:c as the Porter inherit ance is concerned, for I have informed the executors, some days since, that th11 child is alive and w e ll, and in yonr poSl!ession. Now that you see I am really not the wretch you picture me, I will propose terms: lilince the desertion of my men, I have reS()lVed that if my life is spared, I will abandon this wild career, and by


Denver Doll's Devfoe. a reputable life atone iu some degree for my land bad appreciated the fact when be substitu past. If you give me my freedom, 1 will tell t e d tbe masquerade. you where to find tbos e who are d e>tr to you; "Hello! Cyclone," Yankee saluted, with a then we will sbake bands and part fri e nds, if h earty laug . "What are y0u doin g here I" you care t o allow me to enter into a bt-tter lif.e, "Oh I h e's ta kin' items for the Cuvortin' where by good acts I may be able to partially Cyclone," r emarked Doll. "What a beautiful redeem mysPJf." lookin' gal b e is, anyhow." There was a momentary silence, and then "I ain't,' Jones growled. "I was captured Yal).kee answered: by tbe road-agents, and have them to tbauk for "Fur my part, I have nothing to say. You tbis fix. Obl the experiences I have passed are free to g?, and it s ball be rny prayer tbat through would fill a large volume of prose. I you lead tlie life in the future of an h onest have already enough matter on hand in mind, man.'" to k eep the Cyclone a-going for years." "As my dut. v as a detective I should arrest "I presume you'll talrn t!Je breath away from you," Denver Doll said, tboughtfully. "But if the wmd with yoRr effusions. But we must be you swear tbat Gerty is s a fe, and will trutbgoing now, Yankee." fully tell me wbere I can find her, I shall not "Wh.utl wbatl are you not going to take me claim you as a prisoner." along? Free me, obi free me, or I shall die!" "It is a bargain, and I shall expect you to "Well, we will but you've got to go back to fulfill your part of it, for all my friends having Shining Bar in the same togs you've got on,'' forsaken me, I am literally l:omeless and friend -Yankee anuounced. "There's no others iu this less. The child Ethel, anrl the two women D ora camp; and besides, 1 wouldn't have you spoil and Gerty are, so far as I know, at Crystal Caryour present beauty, so come along, as wo've no rol's. At l east, I sent Gerty there with tbe time to lose." late last night, before I knew d e finitely Jones's bonds were out, and having no choice of the mutiny. I would ndvise you to go there but to go iu the dress he wore, he followed his secretly at once, and get them out of the camp, deliverers from the gulch, looking and feeling as Satan alone knows what Verner would not deddedly sheepish. do, should they fall into bis clutches." Tbo journey back t6ward Shining Bar was not "You are right,'' Yankee assented "Do you attended by any incident worthy of mention, feel able t:J rir 1P1" until tbey were within about a mile of tbe camp, "I think I could bear up long enough to get when they suddenly ('ame aC"ross a party of six me at a safe distance from this accursed soldiers.I. under the command of a lieutenant, :spot.'' wbom venver Doll remembered of having met "Very well. There is one horse remaining in before. the gulch. We will help you off," Tbe recognition was mutual, and the lieuten-The horse was procurer!, and tbe wounded ant said : -chief assist e d to mouut. A stock of edibles aud "You are just tbe person I most wished to liquor was put in his saddle-hags, and bidding me e t. I want to know what sort of a miningYankee and Denver Doll a sorrowful farewell, camp that is down thegulch I went down be rode slowly away out of the gulch, to be for.. there with a squad of men this morning, and -evermore lost t' the world as t error of the after losing three was forced to beat a 1e:trail under the famous name of Mc.Parland, the treat." road-agent. "You w ere lucky to get off so cheaply,'' Doll "J reckon we have acted in the wisest way, repli ed. road-agent gang is in after all," Yankee observed, as they watche d possession of tbe town, and it will take a good him ride away. "There's the makin::?; of a man troop to root them out, as they are "ell fortiin him yet, and I guess we were right in giving fied. ibim a chance. Aud now, l et's get back to Sbe went on and related what was known of Shining Bar. Tbere may be lots of work for us the mutmy, and the ruse by which the gang had to do yet, b&fore WE get at those we seek.'' gained possession of the camp. "Ayl and mark you, we will finrl tbe route "Things don't l ook quit.a so bright as they into tbe town guarded, so we shall have to go might that's true," Lieutenant Larrowe said, -careful." "but l:>n contrive to break up t bis sort of busiTlley were about leaving the gulch when I reckon w e'll camp here in tbe vicinity, groans attrncted their attentio n to one of the while l senrl o ne of my m e n back for the rest 11malle r cabins, not for from where they were my company. Will you two joiu u s1" passing. "No; I will go on and reconnoiter, and Let's inv stigatP," Yankee suggested. haps may'bti able to get into tbPir camp and "Some one is in trouble, that's patent." r e scue who are d ear to me,'' Yankee reThey crossed tbe valle:v anol entered the cabin. plied. When your men come remain here for Tbe sight that m e t their 1rnze was one that a time, and I will try to report what is the coneaused tbem eacb a smile of wonderment and dition of affairs in the camp." amusement. "If you go I'm with you,'' Denver Doll Baid. The author of the groans was the Cyclone re"Jouesy, you beGter sb1y here and write 11p porter, Cbarles Pygmalion Jones. yoqr article for the Cyclone, and maybe you H e was tied t o the wall, in an immovable can mHke a raise of a suit of clothes among the position, and was attired in woman's clothing, crowrf.'' having been deprivPd of his own. And Charles P. was of the same opinion. A laughablelooking girl he madd, to SinPe learning of the condition of affairs at _,,the least, and it was ivident that McPar1 Shming Bar, he was not so particularly anxious,


:Oenver Doll' Device. to venture there, especially in the raiment of a j plucky woman demanded. I've i;ot an eve woman. I that's not in tbe habit of closing'llt every thin Denver Doll aud Yankee took their departure dodge-hence, I didn t at all whm the toward Shining Bnr, bent upon the rt!scue of stampede took place." Dora, Gerty and little Ethel, if they were in the l "Humph! perhaps you'll be sorry you didn't. camp. I don't believe t!Je gang will allow a petticoatcr 'l' he walk to the vicinity of the outskirts of the i n the town." town was accompli s h ed without incident, when "It won t try their n erves, I fancy if I mind they !Jalted, 11nd after a sbort consultation my own business. Aud ht>sides, I uon't iuteod Doll crept cautiously on in advance to recon-to be either wro nged or iasult.ed. The first per-noiter. son who offers to put me out of the to" n egeinst In a few minutes sile returl!ed my will, I will shoot through the heart, end the There are six men doing guard duty below same sort of a dose is waiting for hi s com rades. and the prospects of getting pust them are I've taken my stand here, and I'll fight it out on not she said, dubiously. "The this line if it takes all winter." only way I can s uggest to get pa st them is to V erner looked surprised, for be knew but lit! le overpower one of them end put on bis to gs in-nhout the spirit and pluck of the young woman. eluding the mask, nod tbeu allow the other one He bad supposed that be would bavea soft thing of us to slide by. The are positioned across tbe in subduing her, and either molding her to his gulch at intervals of about fifty feet and hy will, o r el s e forcing her to leave Shining Bnr. pouncing onto one the neare>t to one side or the Ob I talk is cheap," he sneerPd. 1 fancy at.her of the gulch, I th'ink it is possible we tbree-sc0re of men ought to be e ble to conquer might make a g.o of it." I one wca k woman, so there's no use for y o u to be "We can but try," Yankee assented. saucy to me, as your fate rests entirely in my And with catlike movements they glided forhands, Do you know that {have n'ede up my ward, bent upo n c _apturing one of the guards mind who yo u are, girH You are Dora Eisler." end making their entree into Shining Bar in "If you think so, you are welcome to your spite of the barriers that had been placed to opbelief, Several otber persons have cherished pose them. such a fan cy but have got left. Understand, ---Mr. Valentine Verner, that I em not a bit afraid CHAPTER XII. of you, and if you make any more of your THE BIG SURROUND. tbrnats in my pince, I'll just salivate you right CRYSTAL CARROL, bad taken no part in the stampede. She had half suspected some deviltrv back of it all, but having full reliance on herself, had made np her mind to stay and see tile whole bus in ess through. Besides, Gerty, the sister of Denve r Doll, had come to her, during the night preceding the stampede, bringing with her little Ethe l, and a note from Mc Par land, which said: "DoRA:-1 send ym, h ere with, ;rour child, and the woman who haR taken care of 1t sinc e it llas been in my posse . the woman is my half-sister and a sister of Denver Doll. R e alizing that there is no longer any use of aspiring to tJ10 rightful possession of yow-self I a m to forever l eave the West, und try to begin life ove r again, in some other place. Forgive me for the wrongs I have done you, and go back to him who lov es you, and is repentant for the past. J. McP." And knowing it would not then be safe to ex pose little Ethel iu Shining Bar, was another reason why Crystal, or Dora, as we shell hereafter call her. did not join In the stampede. She Gerty and little Ethel in the upstairs room, and patiently awaited tbe reappearance of the handsome Sport, Yankee. When Verner returne d to the Bar, accom panied by the road-agents, she Mmprebended the situation, and became fearful that she bad done wrong in not joining iri the But it was now too late to escape, so all s!:Je bad to do to be brave and hope for the best. It was the middle of the afternoon before she received a call from any one, and then it was tram Verner. Well I well I so YO'U ere here yet, are your' where you stand." And she suddenly shoved a pair of formiJable six-shooters over tb'l counter at him. He leaped back wltb a snarl. "Take care! don't shoot!" he cried; {cir. at the muzzle of a pistol, 11 m ore arrant rowerd never Jived than v .. 1cutine Verner. "You are too hasty, my deer young women." / "Well, be that es it may if you ere not hasty in getting out ot my housP, there will be need of an undertaker h e re, you bet! One, two, three-get I" The fire iu her eye warned him that it was death to disobey. With a growi of rage, be shook bis fist at her, and took his departure. "He will be beck again, I'll wager. He's a bad man, and I'm afraid that I've undertaken more tbll.n I can handle," Dora muttered. "But I will stand game to the last!" She went up-stei:rs end told Gerty of what had happened, and cautioned her to keep little Ethel very quiet, lest their prese nc e in the house should be detected. Then she returned to tbs store, and waited. Th!l afternoon crept away, e.nd shadows be gan to hover over the town, but they did not lessen b 'l r anxie.,ty. She dreaded the darkness, fpr with it wouki come peril to her and the ones she wished ta conceal. Iu turning. over some cards upon the show case, she came to one Y enkee had w1itten and left there. With feelings better imagined than desoribed, she perused the message, and tears gathered in her eyes. 5rowled, as be entered bhe store. if;ertaiuly I Who has a better I hJ!YJl done wroog to deceive him e.'aout right?" the sbe murmured. "But, God


Deiwer Dolls Device. me bacK my child, and perhaps He will semi me my husband. Then I will hope for a new life. Poor John! villain though he has been he bas earned my gr11titude, for be brought me hack to life after at.tempting to kill me, and gave me up after all.' D eoper and deeper the gloom increased in the gulch, end with its oncoming increased Dora's foreboding\ for s'1e was well satisfied that Val entine lllil er would not long allow matters to remain as they were. At last, when darkness had settled down in earnest, Dora aaw a number of the pause in front of her store, as if waiting for S;>mebody, or something, 'l'he somebody proved to be Verner, for as soon as he made bis appearance, the whole crowd flocked into the store, tbe speculator in the lead. Dora stood behind the counter, a pair of revolvers drawn and cocked, ready for use. There was a defiant expression upon her face, too, which told that she would stand for her ri'bts to the bitter end. 'Wets were beard from a dis tance, to which tbe outlaws responded. "The soldiers! the s o ldiers!" exclaimed Yan kee. "They have come in the nick of time." It was true. With a determination for victory Un<'le Sam' s boys advanced, and the rein of bullets swept away the lives of the desperadoes like chaff be fore the wind. f;ome, by skillful dodging, es. caped with their liveR, l ut they were few. WbPn th!' Lattle was over-for it was of short duration-our I friends in the shanty bed just time to rseapo from what before bad promised to be a fiery tomb, and tbere was great rejoic ing in Sbining Rar among those who ga1bered to protection. __ There is little to add. The soldiers had swooped down on the Bar, guided by Reporter Jones. Among the dPad were founc! Valmtine Verner, bis daughter Isabel, Monroe Miller, and Burke, the faithless Vigilante chi e f Of the otbet chara!'ters we have dealt with, Yankee Eisler with bis wife and child is now living happily in :i5"hi!adelpbia, where also is Charles Pygmaliop Jones, vrho is still aspiring to be a newspaper man. Gerty. Denver Doll's, has married Lieu0 tenant Roberts of the army. Denver Doll, with her pard is still do ing valuable detective duty in the west. Walt ChriRtie has gone out of the detective business, and now han

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