Denver Doll's partner, or, Big Buckskin, the sport

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Denver Doll's partner, or, Big Buckskin, the sport
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Wheeler, Edward L. (Edward Lytton) 1854 or 5-1885
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C o p y r ig h t 1883--1889, by Beadl e & Adams. Entered at Post Olllce, New York, N. Y., as econ d c lass m a 1ter. Uar. 15, 189';. No.55 THE ARTHUR WESTBROOK C O Cleveland, Ohio Vol. V L1T1'L1t BILL Ai-PICA.RED WITB A PLATE OF / l'ltMPTlllG EDIBLES 0 BKRE YB ARE, 01\.ANDPOPl" BB SUNG OUT M'&&RILY. u UUFR' VODD&R TEI\ l'AT'l'E.N A BVZZARD ON.


Copyright 1888-1889, by Beadle & Adams. Entered at Pos t omce, New York, N. Y.,as second class matter. Mar.15, 1899 No . '55. THE ARTHUR WESTBROOK CO. Cleveland, Ohio Vol. v. UTTLE BILL APPEARED WITH A PLATE OF TEHPTING EDIBLES. "HERE YE ARE, GRANDP;.Pl" Q SUl'lG OUT. MERRILY. u ENDBJI FODDER TER FATTEN A BUZZA.RD ON. u


Denver Doll's Partner Denver Doll's Partner; OR, JIIG BUCKSKIN, THE SPORT. BY EDWARD L. WHEELER, AUTHOR 011' DENVER DOLL AS DETECTIVE,'1 "DENVER DOLL'S DEVICE," "DEADWOOD DICK" NOVELS, ETC.1 ETC,, ETC, CHAPTER I. A VILLAINOUS BARGAIN. "'SHI Hush your clatter!" The speaker was a dark-browed, blackmustached perwnage, of some forty years or more, whose face showed the_scars resulting from several wounds, and whose general aspect was in no way ple&l!ing. He was of heavy build, and dressed in miner's habiliments. The scene was the interior of a rude log cabin, apinst one of the walls of which the speaker sat tlnJ)ed back in a chair. -Sis remarks were addressed to a quartette of fellows, eminently as evil-looking as himself, who were congregated around a table wrangling over a game of cards. One of these-a long, powerful-looking ruffian -turned a scowling face toward tba speaker. "Reckon 'tain't your game, Cap!" be growled. I don't allow no skin game I've got a hand in, an' ye can bet on that!" "Look out!" the captAin cried sternly; "none of your back changP, Huggins, or I'll remind you who's boss here. I said bush that clatteri and I mean it. I expect visitors to-night, and waut order." The others exchanged glances, but none of them offered a reply except Muggins: "It's about time you tackled sutbin' to fetch In shekels, ef ye want ter keep the gang to gether. Tnis bein' shet up like a 'rat in a trap ain't what it's cracked up to be!" he grunlled an11:rily. '"Maybe you'd rathe!' leave the trap, and fall int.o the banrls of the handsome horse-thief Big Buckskin," the captain sneered. "You know he's on our trail, and sworn to wipe every mother's son of us out, for running off bis famous stallion, Star Face. He ain't tbe only one as wants ter see us. The Murdock Brothers have quite an extensive acquaintance, you know, anrl Monk Muggins isn't exactly bold 1111ough to look the law in the face." "I'm every bit as brave as you are, Burk Hurdock-brave enough, anyhow, that I'm devilish sicko' bein' cooped up here." "W .. n, you may have a chance to get out and distinguish yourself, after to-night," the captain answered, re1uming his pipe, a strange glitter in bis eyes. The Murdock Brothers and the man Huggins had, for a long period, made themselves notorious as a band of desperadoes throughout the far Wee t the mining districts of Idaho be!n& the -ne of most ot their depredations. Tbere were two of tbe Murdocks, but the whole party were generally known as the Mur dock Brotl!ers, from the fact that where one went the other could generally be found. They were stage robbers and and were wanted by tne authorities for other phases of criminal offense, one or their most relentles.q foes bemg a miner and scout known as Big Buckskin. Burk Murdock was well fitte<'n the door. Every mau was upon hi! feet in an instant, and while tbe captain stepped toward the door1 the othel"I glided behind a curtain that dividea of! a portion of the room. Without apparent trepidation, Captain opened the door and peered ont. Who's tbar'I'' he demanded grufHy. "George W asbington Gum, at your sarvicel" a cracked, wheezy voice replied, and at the same time the speaker pushed forward inliO tDe cabin. Murdock closed and barred the door, and tbea turned to survey his visitor. Be saw befor'G'


Denver Doll's Partner. a him a long, exceedingly lean indi vidual, who was d res sed i n a v ery lo u d checkered suit,. wb ite shirt, Piccadilly c olla r and white silk b at-an individual witb a face somewhat r esembling that of a monkey, wi t h its cesthetic mouth, fla t u o s e and startling side-whi s k e rs, of a decidedly "ynller" c o l o r Hti fac e was distorted by a profuse grin, and _his large, cat-like eye s beamed uv on the outlaw cbie(. "Who are you, and what do you wantf' the car.taiu thundered. 'Gum lS my name-George Washington Gum, at yer l!atvice-a man o f nerve e n o u g h to chew off the paint from a duke's tally-ho. I am a book-agent, sir-a-canvasser for great and use ful book s of in fact, from a spelling-book to the Holy Writ I bav11 a very UBeful li ttle work here, entitled 'How to Get Rieb. Let me show it to you-costs nothing to read the first four lines." D on't want it,'' the captain growled. But, bold o n 1 It just to me where I can tick le y o u in a t e nd e r spot. l have a neat little book h ere on farming, by Greeley. Just the thmg for a man who contemplates growing up witb this beautiful countr;rl" "Nol not no!" the captain roared. "If I have to tell you no, again, I'll blow your fool's brains out.11 "No, ye won't," G. Washington Gum dee ", e mphatically. "Why, I've been ba11ged away at by forty cannons, an' bit tbat many ti1nes b y thousand -pound balls, and even fued. Got bit on the c heek wi' a fiery meteor, but it recoiled ten mile, while I went home com plainin' about the size of the muskekes that season. F ell into a red-bot blast-furnace, once, and put the fir e out jus t to pay up a grudge I bad agains t the boss molder. Been run over by several train of cars, and was the only man to escape alive. "You are the most infamous liar of liars I ever met!" Murdock growled. "You bave plenty of gab, no doubt, but I'll guarantee I can take some of the conceit out of y :iu. Boys!" The four outlaws advanced from bebmd the curtain, and formed in line, in front of the lean individual, who nodded with a supremely lu dicros grin. How are you, gents? Glad to meet you. My name i s Gum. I have the honor of representing a number of prominent book publishing firms, in the East, whose most popular works I am introdu<'inl!'. I have an interesting book here, entitle

4 Denver Doll's Pwrtner. As soon as I learned of the I a separation by bavmg Wilton arrested and sentenced to eight years for manslaughter in an eastern prison,. although it cost me much to pro cure his conviction His time expired three years ago, and I have learned he is back in the West again. Being a desperate character, my life is m jeopardy, and it is lint a humane preca ution, you know, that I should look out for myself. "Then, again, tb{lre are other reasons why I should have him disposed of. Shortly after the separation my child fe.l heir to an immense landed estate in Texas, whiP-h h a s since so great Jy improved in value tbat it is advisable to sell it. This she cannot do until Wilton joins in giving a deed. Nor is this all. "A distant titled relative of mine, t>ir Royal Rignold, desires my daughter's band in marriage, and a matl'h has been arranged. Of course this marriage cannot be consummated until Wilton is put out of tbe way. We are not particular what happens to him, as long as b" never turns up, nor any evidences of a former marriage. Tbere you have it in a nutshe ll." "Dunno!" the outlaw muttered. "Hev to tl:)ink 'bout this 'ere matter. Might not pay. Your gal got a certiflcatei" "Nol but Wilton bas. He used to carry it in a l ef t inside pocket of his vest. That destroyed, but ond. "\':oore Wistaku, H you do. Wb:Jl 1.; ibHtber "'11!.e is OOl!!10wbe.'NIS in t hiv part of Idaho. Ju utb to Boise City, from a cluster of mining towns a


Denver Doll's Partner. bunored miles north, a nd h a d a bi-weekly stage eacb way. At the p oint where we wi:;h t o faste n the attention, the gulch was not quite nalf a mile wide, ir..cludiog the rise or mountain foot slope, but the-scenery was surpassingly g rand, the hoary peaks rising to the dgbt anQ.lef t with colossal dignity, and bearing v ery little foliage or fores t except now and then a scatter ing patch. The bottom of the gulch was of a sandy formation, yet strewn with a plenitud e of huge bowlderm. Near the bank of the stream stood a service able shanty, built partly of slabs and partly of logs. It had no particularly noticeable c!Jaracteris tic; it was oue just like hundreds which could be found through the far West. Over the door tt. creakiug rudely l ettered sign was suspended, which bore the somewhat uov e l inscription: "LITTLE BILL'S BONANZA. WM. BETHEL & Co., PROPRIETOR." If meant for a hotel, it was certainly set ilown in rather an odd plac e for Bill's Bonanza only bad a population of two pers o ns, and they were Little Bill B e thel aud bis f e arless partner, Denver Doll, the Detective Queen. Roaming through the N o rthwest, the pecu liuly-matched psir bad baited for a night's res t, where the sbanty now stood; anrl, while the dashing young detective was engaged in roastmg sorne venison, Little Bill had pic k e d up a stone to hurl at a vulture, which was com plt1cently watching them from a neighboring bowlder. Before throwing it, however, the glitter of tbe firelight upon it bad attracted his attention, ,.ii nd subsequent examination proved that be held in his hand a nugget of gold atout the size of a hen's egg. tlurra.h, Dollbaby I I've scooped onter a bo nanza, sure's a turkey lays freckled eggs! Look byar, wull ye1 Ain't tb!lt a beautyr' From that discovery sprung the fact that there was gold in the gulllb, and Doll and Little Bill agreed that it would be appropriate to name the new strike Little Bill s Bonanza, whi c h was promptly done, and the first habitation was erected. Their shanty, however, attracted not a little attention from the stagers who passed, and once the stage bad halted at the solicitation of a speculator, who desired to know what the two were doing in that unproductive region. Ready always, Denver Doll turned ofl' suspi cion by pointing to a numbe r of b ea r and other fur-bearing skins, which were tacke d up against the shanty to cnre. "B'&.rs aire thicker nor fleas on a dog!" she observed. "Catch one nii.rh every night." "Humph! didn't know but you'rl struck gold I" was the gruff reply, after which the stage rolled on. Subsequently the stage dashed through Little Bill's Bonanza without 8eiirning to stop, except when Denver Doll occRsionally boarded it, for a ir;o.I> to Boise City. Up to the time we reintroduce them to the read e r Doll and h e r partner, Little Bill, bad QC cupie d tbeir c lam1 two n JOnths, end lrnd made a formAl pmcbase of cue hundred acres of the gulch bottom fJ'om the Government m order to protect th e mselves from invasio n. Sconer or later it would come, as they were well a w-are, and it was best to be prepared. 2\.t last, one evening as tbey were sitting in the mellow moonlight in front of the shanty, engaged in wei g hin g wbat dust t'iey bad panne d out that day, the y were interrup ted by the approach from up the g ul c h of a h orseman. As be drew near, Denver Doll was able to make out tbat he w as an eq uestria n of decidedly cavalier bearing, and WiiS mounted upon a horse of thorough mettle and exceeding Leauty. As he finally drew r ein befrre the slJanty, she was better able to inv en t ory him, and perceived that be was a well-proportioned man, of ripe old age, the only physical d efect noticeable beinf!' a painful bump on bis back. He tipped his sombrero politely as he drew r e in, and Cleared bis throat with a n "ab em!" "Excu"e me, pleas('," b e s aid, "but might L trouble you by asking how far it is from he -re to B o ise City?" "A right good day's journey," Denver Doll replied. "And are there no camps between ht>re and there, young lady!" be inquired, with a keen gaze. "None, until you get within about ten miles of Boise," Denver Doll r e pli e d. "Then, if you've oo o bjection, I'll camp down here by your shanty end restnntil daybrea k, for I have ridde n long an' fer. Should you have any accommodations to offer in the way of refreshments, victuals, or a blanket, they will be thankfully received and paid for." "Yott are welcome to what we have, though it ain't much," Doll respo nded, perceiving at once that he was a man of good breeding, even if he Wt>S poorly dre,ssed. "Bill, you can cut the g entleman some bear steak aud a piece of corn-cake and get him a tin cupful of ale." The traveler looked bis gratitude at this, and, after dismounting and picketing his horse out to graze, he accepted a seat on a rustic bench near the cabin door. "Yes, I've traveled long and far, and travel tells upon me as the years roll by. A snug and pleasant little home you appear t-0 have here, young lady." "Yes-we call it Little Bill's Bonanza, after my young partner. Not much of a bonanza, you know, but it jnst suited u for a name." "May I inquire your name1 "I reckc.n so. About the only name I've borne for years, is Denver Doll. My companion here is Litt.le Bill B etbe l, and we ,J?;enerally camp duwu togetber. Your name is...:i?' "Davirl R a ymond. Out in the West I have gain e d the nom de plume of Old Prowler, from the fact that I am always prowling about. But I allow my days for prowling are about at an end. I'm getting old and cripple<'! up, and begin to yearn for a quiet home w!Jere I can settle down and pass the remainder of my days in peac<> and rest." His words, spoken in rather a remorseful tone, touched a sympathetic chord in Denver Doll's


8 DAn.ver Doll's Partner. nature, and she felt drawn toward him more than she had ever felt toward any other stranger. Your life bas not been altogether unruffled, I she said, as she flnishoo tying up a pouch of gold dust. You peak aright, young lady. Although wealtb. b..a been the le.ast of my wants, my life bas not been without its bitterswe et. As a detective, I cane to this country on a mision of importance. and I can never go back to Eni;land until mission is fulfilled. Probably I shall liv0 arid die here." "Indel!rl I n ever desp'lir. There is no tellillg what a day rrny bring forth. Are you .searc!l inr. for some one1" 'Yes, d aar. It is the old, old story-a rich lord has an only sou whom be idolizes, but who is a wild scap?grace an I in early youth escaoes to A nerica, to be lost. probably, forever. The blow nearly di>tracts tbe father, and he disappears, with evidences left behind to sh o w that be bas comnittei suicide. Accordingly, the next of kin, an unprincipled young scoundrel, sttp;; in and t11kes posse ssion of the estates, with no one to opp ise bitn. A letective, with a little of bad lilnng for him, forms a resolution to bunt up the l ost heir and dis p lace the usurper. That was I. I've made a stron!t attempt, hut, alas! my success bas not been wonierfully prolific. I am now in poss9s3ion of no more knowledge than I had when I started." "I am sorry to hear that," Doll returned. America is a lar"e place to canvass in search of one man, however. By the way, you bad t arry at our camp a few d ays and rest. In the mean time sometbmg may turn up." "I b e lieve I will accept yoar kind invitation, young h Iv, for your al:>ode seem s cheerful, as compare d -vit!l qon9 places I have enco untered. :By tin Lit,,le Bill bad appeared with a plate full of edibles VPr ir, e;r>indpa-.f" he sung out, mer rily. "Eaulf f'lider r,e ., f atten a buznrd on. 'l'<>'u m9 Rn' D)!lbahy lives high since we weat in ks "Th mlr y 1 :1, mv littl9 rn!l.n, thank you! I shall 'lOt 'r!t t your kin In e ss. This i; the r..inptin? repast I have encountare l f o r days" "S 11 W II v, wlien a feller hain't bad a sq 1 1 n n nl a couple o' w e 9lci it d 1 1 t.ic kle bis Ji v a r t1 I r tc 1 m to a sn-to like this. Know h'lw tt is -U\l'i31f. bet yoal Bin so hungry a're iy tb1t I lad t1 o-it mv o;v11 shoo, fer baefstnl r but thev w; so tough that it t .mk a bull d 1 v t-. .?e t a ;;quar' "Th re, Bill : t \'\twill do," Doll int,,.rrpterl, repr vin!!;lv. "If you must tell a story, make it hatr-wa y rel\ionabla." n>e, when trut't is tb>tn fiction?" Wrllivn: prr>teste:l. "It don't cot no more fer a fire-cracker than it doos for a squib!" "That remains to be told, Bill. Alwavs le11rn to keep to the truth, and you will not have occashn to fire off even squibs." By time Old Prowler had dispatched the meal, arid then lit his pipe. "I s'soose vou've never beard of a person 11amed Joe Wilton, have you!'' he said, after a few minutes of retle<'tion. It ain't a common name, yet you mfo;bt have heard "I may possibly have heard of such a but cannot exactly." Humph I it'ff likel v not. Did you ever nieet a persrin named Jubal Andrer' '' J ubal Andre i" Doll exclaimed, tbougbt fnlly. "It s'trikes me that the. name sounds familiar. Let me see!" She reflected for several minutes and then took a note-book from her pocket and it. "Ab, yeRI I see. I have it here, in shape of a notice received from another detective, 'Ju bal Andre, of Boise City, Idaho. Fix an '.lye on him and learn what kind of stufl' be shoves.'" Ha I the very man, I'll wager I" Old Prowler muttered. "I must see him soon. He may b& able to give me some information. 8o you are a d e tective, eh as well as a miner'!" For answer Denver Doll exhibited her badge. Prowler nodded understandingly. I estimate you as one well fitted for the calling," be said. "Later I may unfold more to you, but for the prP.Sent let what I h&ve told you suffice. Feeling tired, I believe I will turn in for the ni11;ht." But thfl appearance of a new-comer upon the scenf> just then caused him to chnnge bis mind. CHAPTER III. SAL SLAP, AND A TRANSFORMATION. WHEN first d;scovered, this new-comer was in the act of reining in a superannuated burro, near at-hand, upon the back of which she was mounted. She was a tall, brawny, raw-boned womau, of evident great muscular strength and enduranc e, with a pinched, homely, vinegarface, which told in it; every lineament of a soured. ugly di'l.posrtion. A tlarrng red dress, poke bonnet and cowhide shoes fixed her out in the way of wearing apparel, and be was armed with a dubious looking umbrella anrl formidable horse-pistol Hello, tharl" he sung out, as she brought the sorrowful lo oking burro to a stand-still. "Whar'; tber orstler of this 'owtel, sissyf Trot him out b0er quicker'n scat, to take charge o' rnv Arabian!" Whereupon she dismounted, and adv1mced, umbrella in band. "We d i11perdent sniper I'll learn ye bette. r m'lnn er3 than ter insult me!" screamiid the 'Tlalring a leap for Bill, with the evirlent intent1110 of giving him an initiatory ma11linl!:. But Denver Doll leaped quickly to her feet and pushed her back. "Not so fest, posy!" she said, calmly, bn* with sternness. "Don't be qaite so fresh around here. Who are you, and what do you waat!"


Denver Doll' Partner. ., "W'bo am H-what do I want, you saasy minx! Ob! .Jerimityl I've a mighty notion to snatch ye ltald-headed fer yer imperdeoce. I'm old Bal Slap, I am, an' l'm a screamer, you bet! I'm ther ugliest critter that ever stood up fer woman's rights, an' kin lick tber best ten galoots that ever swallered p'izeo. Every one's afeard o' me, fer I'm a terror from the word go. Used ter kept ther saloon up at Owl Forks, wbar my repertatioo stands emblazon on tber annals o' hist'ry, as the furst woman who ever survived six days in the town. Figbt1 Well, neow, if ye've got any stock around hyar, jest poke'm up ter tackle me." "Luckily we have no fighting characters around this place, Mrs. Slap, and you'll have to seek other fields for the of your pugilistic propensities," Doll re1iorted, grimly. "Bo ye ain't afeard o' me!" "Not in the least. It would take even a handso!ller wild-cat than you to scare yours truly!" ""But I'm a screamer-a terror-a regular roarin' python, whose bite is p'1sen, and hug is ten times worse nor that uv a grizzly!" -"Can't help that!" Doll revlied, calmly. "Yoa can scream your bead off, but it won't have any effect in this camp. About the pret tiest thing you can do is to mount your .Arabian and seek some more congenial climate." "Whoopyl nary time! I kim right down hyer to locate, and beer I'm goin' to squat!" she declared with a flourish of her umbrella. "I'm goin' ter start an 'owtel w'at h a 'owtel, an' don't ye fergit it, nutber." You'll have 1io locate several hundred rods up or do.,.n the gufoh then, for I own the bot1iom hereabouts, 1md have got the papers to show for it!" Doll retorted. "Ohl ye hev. bev ye! Neow don't ye be 9uite so smart. I'm goin' ter build my shebang )!.'st wbar I please, an' bev got the jinglers to pay fer a site. Don't ask no odds uv anybody, do Sal Slap, the screamer. See that tree, over yander1 That's where I'm goiu' to erect the Guzzler's Glory I'' And with this declaration, Mrs. Slap seized the rein of her burro, and strode pompously away to the spot indicated. Shortly afterward, she bad a camp-fire start ed, and was seen bustling about preparing an evening meal. Denver .Qoll watched her flitting figure, with a doubttut gaze. "She seems 1io mean business!" she muttered. "What do you think of her, Prowler!" "She beats my time!" the old man said, with a shake of the bead. "She is evidently a hard cust.omer to deal with I" "And so she is. Her pedigree is not unknown 1io me. She used to keep a rum-hole up at Owl Forks, where the roughs iu the West were wont tocongregate. "I propose we give her the bounce!" Little Bill put in. "Takes me to talk turkey to sech like her." "Bhe would scalp vou at sight I" Doll lami;hed. "Bet she wouldn't I I'll buz lier an' plague her till she'll git raviu' I" About the only thing to do is to come to IOIDe t.erma with her, and remain, I should judge," Old Prowler remarked. It might prove more profitable to your interests to keep on the right side of her." Ou careful reflection J;>oll came to the same conclusion. Tbe next morning, while Doll was pl'.eparing breakfast, Sal Klap poked her head in at the door. "Well1'' she demanded," goin' to sell me a buildio' lot over yonder'!" "On one condition," Doll responded, surveying her sharply," that is, that you will endeavor to protect my interests by not setting any one up to usurp my rights to the land in this portion ot the gulch I" "Agree *'ry ter bang outer the caboodle." And so it proved. The next day a party of speculatol'h cntllred the gul<'h, and Doll disposed of ten lots for a thousand dollars eacb, and still bad half a dozen left, besides the one occupied by their shanty. 'l'bis made her and Little Bill frel quite rich, and the latter took a trip to Boise City to bank their wealtb. In Anoth e r week a great cbatJge had come ov e r Little Bill's Bonanza. .All of the lots had been sold off to advantage; tbe gulch swarmed with strangers; hundreds of teams were Pn gage d in hauling logs, lumber and provisions; sbautie>, cabins, nod marquees Wf're going up in every direction, while the bustle and excitement V impregnated profitably with both gold and silver. This ouly added fuel to the fire of Pnthusiasm, and the excitement waged wild. Every stage -for they now ran daily-came in laden with humanity, and any sort of eating or was at a premium. One evening the stage brought in an extra load, and landed it in front of the Bas a man who must at once have attracted attention anywhere, for in appearance be bordered somewhat upon the extraordinary. He was fully six feet in hight, and in number of years looked to be about tl\!rtyfive, though he was possiblylounger. -He was drelS0d in a bal -frontier l'Q!tame


8 Denver Doll's Partoer. consi3ting of corduroy breec hes, thrust into a I and pamed but a few paces from where Sir pair of bandsorne top-boots, aud met at tbe Royal Riguold was standing witb Jubal A.udre. waist by a wbite flann e l shirt, open at tbe Rignold was a baugbty, aristocratic-looking tbr<>at. B e sidas the shirt, wors a fancifullyo f tbirty years. with bl oude sirlebeade d l\Ud embroidered buck:;kin buntiug-sbirt whiskers, mu8t acbe and hair, and was elaboaud a jaunty som brero. ratdy dresse d ill the fine s t of clothing, with l eaving the sta ge he made his way into j e w e ls to matcb. the offi c e of. tbe n o tfll, w1t.h tile evident inten-The claim which the miners were opeoiog he tion of s'1curing a ccommo1 latioos. had evide.ntly purchased, for be was giving oc Very li kely be would have failed, but D enver casional dire ctions. Doll, in p e rs o n, pre sided b shind the counter, and Tbe two Murdocks paid no attention to either her eyes ha l r este d upon the sport from the mo-Rignold or the wicked parson, but were seem ment be entv1e d tbe do:>r. in gly eagerly intereste d in the work of the "Ca n I se cure boarrl and a private room m i ners. Their Pars were open, however, and h e re, mi;s?" be asked, as he approacbed the n o t without bearing something. counte r. l guess the investment will pay back a "I will / sea," Doll said, r eferring to the regis-small margin, at least," Sir Royal was saying. tar. "W" are full up to tli e roof every day "I hope your daughter will arrive safely with since the excita m,,nt be.;-an. I have but one the money to night. I might as "ell have vacant ro:>m, nod tbat has two bed s in it." brought it myself, as we encountered no road" Well, if you cse I agents," shall have to take up with that, providing you "It is better in her care," Andre responded, don't put an objectionable party in with me. looking casually around him. "Roadrobbl>rs "Very well. I will lo:>k out that you get at are less like1y to search a woman for valuleast a sober and hon est room-mate. Terms are ables thau a man, The stag e from Boise will five dollars a day. sir." re'.lcb here before t9n o'clock to "Take a we e k's b'lard out of that, then," and The coriversatiou turned otr on other topics throwing down a fifty-d ollar bill, he proceeied then, and the two men soon sauntered off' to a to write his name newly-finished shanty of more pretensions to a Doll gave him his chanie, and the n looked at residence than the rest, and eotere'.l it. the name. And the two Murdock; also movei away. "Big Buckski.i, eh!" she said, in surprise. "D'ye tumbla?" the captain asked. "Indeed, l fe e l honored to you as a guest, "Bet!" was Jack's response. "Andre's gal and will s e a t'1at you get tha best house afis in on the stage to-night, all! is fetchin' fords I" the swell's swag, 'cause he was afoard to fetch "Yo:i kn1w m a then?" he interrogated. it himself." "Yes-bv r eputation, as a bold and daring "We want a smell at that. Tbey say as scout an1 d 3 t e i!tive. You may also have heard how there's no agents fer the Boise trnif, but I of 09nva r D.:ill." opine we kin show 'em better. Where's the "To be surd I have, and I am pleased to meet boys!" y<>u. Un at olrl Sal Slap's I" "If you will w1it a moment, I will call Billy, "What! She's not here, the old tigress1" who will show you to your room." "Of course! Tbe b oys nosed her out first. rat.urned a mom9nt accornpanierl by Got a bang-up raoc b, called Guzzler's Glory. Little Bill, who sho wed the sport to the room Good haven for us, too. She bad it lm:lt wi' an assigned him. eye to biz, in the way o' supplyin' a-hidin'-place As the y went up-stairs, two men, who h!ld been -secret room, ye know." unobBrve I from the veranda of the "Humph! we may need to use it. Bnt, to hotel, turne d awav and walked down tbe gulch, business. Go tell the boys to collect on the Boise for thera was ".'.one owing; to the irregutrail. a mile out, as soon as it's dark I D'ye larity in the lo cation of tb9 houses. take1" Tbes9 mm w ere tw of tbe Murdock bro"lnconrs e!1 tbers, J acil: and Burk, both disguised with false "Call 'Cuckoo' I" beards. The brothers separated, and went m different "Yes, the t wm this ex:cite::tl9nt." At th'\!> m )ment Burk M ttrdoc k did not reply in worJ>, b11t p)iotei tba gulc h, wbere two m 3 n were stan ia watching a party of miuars busy opeoiuJ up a new placer I Jack ll1Cnr-loc k whistle d. "Wby, th 1t's hi s 1evareml nihs, now!" he ejaculate : !. But wb,>'s swell along with him. t.bat ' lp...,orts t 1e side wbiskersT' The E l2;1irdingly they sauntered across the gulch, -CHAPTER IV. A MOMENTOUS NIGHT. AFTER heing shown to bis room, Big Buckskin dismised Little Bill before that youngster coolrl get a word ill ed11;ewisa "Never mind, old h,)ss;" William pompously muttered, as be went dow!l-stairs in a state or considerable chagrin. I'll get even wi' you yet .. The Bonanza bad a bar-room and a wellstocked bar, I.Jut no games of any kind, except dice. were allowed therein. Bill usually officiated during the day as


Denver Doll's Partner. 9 dispenser of good cheer, while Old Prowler took bi,; place after sunset, wben trade was more brisk. That position tbe venerable detective occu pied when Bill e ntered tbe saloon, afte r conduct rng Big Buckskin to bis room. The room being vacant for the moment, Old Prowler signaled for BilJ, who approached with a decidedly grulJl face. "What's the matter, Billy!" the Englishman w;;ked, seeing that something bad gone wrong. "Nothin','' the bo y answere:l. "Big lummox trod on my corn. W'ot ye want!" "Who was that fellow whom you showed upstairs!" "Big Buckskin." "Big Buckskin1" "Didn't I say so? Want me to write it down fer ye? Injun-fighter-bad medicine-card sharp-cuss in general. Killed sixty reds, sin gle-handed, in one day, up on the Yellerstone." "Bill, you are an inveterate liar!" "Git out! "l'wer' r ed-birds he killed." And with ;i. triumphant wbistle, the "pro-p,rietor" of the Bonanza &_\Vaggeretl out of the office" for a walk around town, leaving Old Prowler to deliberate over the situation. "Are you not afraid of a shot in the dark1'' "No. I have been shot at more times than am years old. Tbe.v oan plug away at my form as much as they like, as long as they don't get ahove tae top of my sbouldeni." "Ah! then you wear some protective arrangement beneatf1 your clothing?" 1 Yes, a suit of the fin est and strongest mail -a present frpm an old Russian officer whom I chanced to meet a few years a g o." "If you need any assistanee call on me." I will. Are Y'u alone be re?" "Ob, .ves, except for my youthful apprentice, Billy. The boy is quite as good as any detec tive; in many respe cts better than a man." After supper tbe sport bad e her good-evening, and lighting a cigar wbicb he purchased of Old Prowle r at the bar, b e sauntered out to see the sights of Little Bill's Bonanza by lamp-light, if such were the re. Sal Slap's" Guzzler's Glory," caught his attention, and out of curiosity be entered. The center of attraction, however, was a giant who occupied the center of the floor and wasi>n gaged in a noisy breakdown to the music of a wheezy accordeon. Big Bucks)dn was manifestly a large man as C'Ompared with the ordinary run of human In the mean time Big Buckskin had locked his berngs, but even be paled intQ imignificance as door and thrown llimself upon tbe apology of a compared with the typical bullwbacker, who, bed with a yawn, for a Jong ride in the lumber-while he danced, roared like a lion in its native ing stage coach bad wearied him. jungle. He soon dropped ofl' into a refreshing sleep, "Heer am I-old Gulliver, right up from Lil-and did not awaken until the supper gong liput-the same old nubbin o' corn what Et tuk sounded, when he made a hasty toilet and went hull armies to capture. It's nw, an' no dispute down-stairs. and l'm down here on purpose to get my old To satisfaction he was given a table apart sheetiron copper-lined b'iler full ol bug-juice. from tbe rest of tbe guests, at which he was Goiu' to treaj;, bubby!" later joined by Denver' Doll, whose fair C'heeks He addressed bis remark to Big Buckshin, on were prettily flushed, and who looked v ery at-whom his eyes bad instantly become fixed. tractive in her habitual costume of m ale Buckskin did not reply, but turned bis gaz" attire. away, for, although by no means afraid of any 11 This privacy I deem an exceptional honor, man he bad ever met, he bad no desire to enti>r fair hostess," t.he sport remarked, graciously, into a quarrel, nnr did be desire to humor a man "not to m ention your own corapauy, which I whose every lineament betrayed the human am proud to bave." beast in glowing colors. "Do you contemplate remaining here long, But Gulliver from Lilliput, as he styled bimMr.-Mr.-" self did not propose to let him off, evidently, "Call mti simply Buckskin," he added. 11 Yes, for he swaggered up a sl\ow of braggadocio I propose to lie around )pose until I can get on and glared at Big Buckskm with a leer. the sure trail of the notorious Murdock Broth"Did ye beer me articulate a minnit ago!" be ers. I have sworn to break up thtl gang, and 11:rowled, fiercely. ye beer me ax ye war rather expect the excitement will attract them ye goin' to treat?" here." 11 I believe I heard you I" Big Buckskin replied, "I can perhaps be of service to you, then. I calmly. ) am of the opimon that they are in camp now." "Olli ye did, r, and saw them P.xchauge what ap"Thank you, but I do not oare for anything!" pea red to be sig-nifirant !!'lances. After you But I sa.v yes!" t he roa1 ed. went up-stairs they left. Both wore reddish 11 And I say no!" Buckskin replied, coolly and beards, which I at the time concluded were firmlv. false." "Then, durn ye, you've got to fight. Any Big Buckskin whistled. galoot as won't wet bis whistle wi' Gulliver has 11 I doubt not but what you are right," he got to figut!" said. 11 The Murdock'S are as much my sworn Big Buckskin received the declaration of bis enemies 118 I am theirs. I will look around this huge confronter with as mucb coolness as he bad evening." manifested in answering his questions, not a


10 Denver Doll's Partner. change of expression in his face denoting any alarm on his nart. "Did ye boor mer Gulliver roared again. "Ef ye won't drink you've got to fight, you little pi?:mv." 'Then, fie;ht it is," Big Buckskin replied, coolly. "Take my advice, man, and mind your own b11siuess, or, ten chances to one, you'll get hurt!" a moment, in a half-squat ting pos i tio n and glared in a puzzl!Vl. way at the sport. Toe" be burst into such a guffaw as made the oousE fairly tremble. You hurt me, tbe unconquerable, famous Gulliv e r rr.,m Lilliputl-you, s ec h a leetle suckling babo! .Wuy, pilgrim, I'll flgbt you sine;l6hanrfoJ. I want ye ter try to lick me I want yer t<> knock ome o' the conceit out o' me I" "That'> enough done!" Buckskin replied; and bef<>re an 17 one ba1 any idea of bis intention. b e slapped Gulliver a c ross the mouth with the fiat of bis b a nd. The blow was deliwred with startling quickness and hie force, the report being audible in any portion of the room. So sud en was it that it took the Goliah by surprise, aud upsetting his equilibrium cau.ed him ;o roll to tbe floor. For a mom mt be lay panting for breaththen, sitting up, looked at Big Buckskin with a broad grin. "Dog my cat<, if ye didn't do thPt u-p hrown, pilgrim!" he s>1id, ho arsely. "Done me more go<>d tbao a cactus thorn in a glasi! o' had habit. Tell ye what I'll do-bet ye can't. hit me again." "I have no desire to do so, as long as you behave yo .urself," Buckskin replie1, sternl.v. "If you bother m e agin, however, I s hall entleavor to knock your tee c h dow n your throat. So look to yourself." which be walked across the room to the bar, and purchased a fresb cigar and lit it. As he did so Gulli 17cr rai;ied himself from the floor and shook himself like some great shaggy dog. "See here, parduer," he said, once more swaggering up to tile soort, "you an' I ain't tbru' yet. I allow I ain'tgnt nothin'ag'in'y,Ju nohow, but, all tbe insulted me, au' I want ye to 'pJ l e ri;ize like a 1nan" "I am nnt . .. ara th't I owe you any wha t e ,erl" Buc kskin retortert. "Yo11 wante1 tbe con c eit taken out of you, and I en deavore i to accommnhte you; but I see tbat you h11.l71! a 'plenty left." "Be t I have, I'm a -roarin' rhinos seross, I am-a reg'lar terror uv the desert, wi' no one t 'l diD his head, and stepping forward. Why in thunder don't y e hurry up and get ready tbenr' GJl!iver demanded; "I'm anxious to r,t at yet" I am ready. Step into the ring, and square yourself!" Tbe giant looked surprised. What? Ain't ye goin' ter strip1" be asked seeming to feel a little uneasy. "There is no nee

Denver Doll's .Partner, 11 a pistol, and a bullet whizzed unpleasantly c;ose At the hotel Old Prowler eyed him with a to Big Buckskin's bead. strange expression, Lookmg quickly around, be beheld a young "Excuse me," be said, as the sport set down Indian iu tbe act of skulking from the saloon, bis gla>'S upon the counter, "but you are called Witb a leap that would have astonished many Big Buckskin, you not1" a professional, he reached the door just in time \ I opine that's about the ticket, my friend," to seize the red-skin by his scalp-lock, and jerk Buckskin replied, "Why do _you ask1'' him back into the room. "Merely out of cdriosity. In your features I "So you thought you were going to get off perceive some r.esemblance to a person I once easy, you infernal cut-tbroat!" be cried, a wild knew. Strange, ain't it, bow memory will gleam in bis eyes. "You should have known carry faces back into the past!'' het.ter than to attempt tht1 life of Big Buck" True for you!" Buckskin returned. I skin." often see a face that reminds me of some friend He then turned to the crowd that flocked in days gone by." around. "You have another name!" "Gentlemen, can any of you inform me who "Well, yes; but I don't have "much occasion this red heathen is?" to use it. Big buck$kin is more popular out in "That's Red Eagle, from Boise!" a miner said, this country then plain Joe wilton; so I hang "He's a sneak-thief and rascal, and you can't to the first." do better than finish him I" "I see. You. must have had an eventful life. "See here, red-skin I" he hissed, "your life Some time, when yon have nothing to do, l depends upon your truthful answers to my should like you to give me a brief sketch of it." 9,Uestions, If I detect you in the suspicion o{ a "Thank you. Some day when I have the lie, I'll blow your brains out. Do you bear me, blues I may be able to accommodate you." you red rascaH" Just then the stage from Boise City dashed The savage bohbed bis bead, in the affirma-up to the door, and the stentorian voice of old tive. Hank Hill yelled: "Then, see that you answer me truthfully. "Little Bill's Bonanza! Pile out!" Who put you up to shoot me1" Big Buckskin saul!tered out upon t he veranda "Nobody I" to look at the new arrivals, and was thel'0 joined "Take caret Are you l(ing!" by Denver Doll. "Red Eagle nebber lie!' "No accommodation here fortbis crowd,'' she ""'Vbat did you shoot at me for, tben1" said, laughingly, as the pasiiengers left the stage. "No like pale-face. Kill many Red Eagle's "Ab! wbats that-a stage robbery1" peopte t" The word road-agents" was passing from "Get out! That's no excuse. Do you know mouth to mouth as the passengers alighted. the Murdocks?" "Whet i,; it, Hank!" Doll asked, as the driver The red-skin started. approached her. "Ughl some!" "Oh! nuthin' much!" the veteran grunted_ I thought so. They set you on. Where are "A gang of agents halted us a mile out, and they now?" cleaned out the wPaltb. Not much loss, 'cept "Red Eagle thmk um in mountains." the gal yonder, wbo got cleaned out of a heap "Wbere'i their ranch'I'' of pnper money." "Dunno! nehber there!" The eyes of Dem-er Doll .and Big Buckskin "They want my lifo, don't they?" turned toward the coach, and the Jehu ptissedon. "T'ink sol" A -woman, young and beautiful, and well "And you allowed by killing me, you could dressed, bad just alighted, and was gazing get paid for it?" about her excitedly, evidently expecting some "Ugh!" .. Big Buckskin jerked the savage to his feet by The bronzed face of Big Buckskin turned pale bis scaip-lock. end be stepped from the veranda to her side. "Now, you reil devil, I'll give you ten min"Agnes!" be said, in a low tone. utes to leave the camp." She turned with a gasi;ing cry, and him Tlle Indian was in no wise loth to obey, 1md a startled look. made bis exit from the shanty, in a manner At th" same time a man sprung forward, more hasty than J?raceful. pushed Buckskin back, and clasped his arm Having SPPn suffi cient of Guzzler's Glory for about the lady's waist. ODA night. Big Buckskin soon after left tha "Avast! you ruffian!" hecriedaddressingth& place. and returned to his room at the hotel. Buckskin Sport. "How dare y<;u insult an Ull" "The Murdocks are after me in earnest, protected lady'I'' nowr'hemuttereil, '.!.huttbey'llfindmeaswide F01 an instant the sport did not answer: he awake as ever. On<'e I get them broken up I was white and speechlPSS with rage; the next. will bid adieu to tbis wild country, and instant he forward,_ and tearing th& to the home that knew me in my early boy-man-who was Sir Royal the Yet, I can hardly bear to go, know-lady's side, he laigb above hia bead, me; that I_ have an only son buffeting somewhere the power_ of bis arms, and an about tb1s world, perhaps without a borne or mfltant held hllll there m a horizontal posttion. friends. Something tells me, tcio, that I am go-crying in tones clear and stern: ing to ee Agnes. Goel forbid, for Tery likely "Curses on veu, Reyal Rignold. I'll show lbe ball forgotten me, in all these years we have you "'h.'lt authority I have to address that WO' been teparated." mllll I"


Denver Doll's Partner. The next instant be hurled the Englishman in 1 On o .pening it Doll could scar cely conceal her a heap to the ground. surprise. Ou one side was the picture of R fair At the same time Jubal Andre appeared upon young girl-evidentl.I' that of the poor homeless the scene, and comprehending the situation, crnature who now waited without the bar. The hurried his daughter away to the shanty. reverse picture was tbe face of a man, and it Leavmg the victim or his anger l ying in a was that which surprised Doll, for she had seen stunned condition upo n the ground, Big Buckit before. skin turned and entered the hotel. "Have you any idea of the value of this Denver Doll followed him, and caught bis locket, lady?" Doll a sked coat-sleeve just as be was about to ascend the "Shure! I have not!" was the r ep ly. "It's stairs. little I know about j ewelry at n il." "Hold up!" she, her gaze meeting his. "Well, I should say so. To say the least, the "I want you to answer me one question?" chain and locket are worth two hundred dol" Well!" larsl" "Who was that woman!" The woman uttered a surprised cry, but her He laughed bitterly. face clouded, when Doll hande d it back to her. "A stone-a viper, and best of all, a woman "Won't yez take it?" she a sked who will never interfe r e with my great respect "By no means. Take it and never part with and aciruirati o n for you!" it. You cati have your supper free. Wait a Then he went up-stairs. moment." She went into a rear apartment a moment, CH 'PTER V but soon returned. "Let m e have the bahy, and come with me to TffE DESERTED GffiL-WIFE. my room," sbe said. "You can eat there. You No incident worthy of detail happened during must be tired I know; and, besides, I've some the remainder of that night, except at the Boclothing t o give you." nanza Hotel The Irish gin uttered a prayer for all the The bruised Sir Rignold had been picked up saints to h e r benefactress, and meekly and conveyed to Jubal Andre's shanty by a surrendered her babe and followed. party of sympathizing miners, and the remainOnce up in Denver Doll's room, a transformader of the evening was spent ia discussing the tion was inaugurated, and Nellie K e lly, as s he two main tepics-namely: tl!e stage robbery gave her ame, wa& soon comfortahly clad in and the strange proceedings in front of Bofull suit of fomale attire of serviceable goods, nanza. which Doll had long since discarded for her As for Denver D o ll, she moved about her masculine dress. prosperous establishment, superintending things The astonishment and gratitude of the poor with her habitual pleasant demeanor; but an girl would be hard to describe, and her own intimate acquaintance might have noticed that l anguage was certainly inadequate to express it. there was a more Tivid flush upon her cheeks Next came toe supper, served by one of the to-nigbt than usual, and that she was somewhat Detedive Queen's Chinese servants; and after less vivac ious. it was all over, Nellie kneeled at the feet nf Toward midnight, when she was about to Denver Doll, and sobbod out her heartfelt close up f o r the night, a ragged, haggarli wothRnks. man,. barefooted and bleeding from brier "God bless yezl" she said, in conclusion. scratches, and carrying a six-mouths' old babe "You are the kindest wan I've met in many a in h e r arms, entered the bar-room, of which the long day." Detective Queen was the sole oc cupant. "Do not 'feel bad, but cheery and good, like In years the new-comer had evidently not myself. I want you to tell me of your past-passed far into her teens; but the attenuation of whv you are here-everything." her figure, haggardness of her face, and wildly N e llie looked up into her fare wonderini;:ly. wearie d expression of her eyes, told better tlmn "Phat yez want to know for?" she asked. words that she had undtirgone long and.exquisite Because you have caused me to be interested snffering. in you Why are you here, alone and in destiShe approached D enver D o ll, with a faltertutti circumstances, so far from your native inf. ste p, as if she was afrttid of being repulsed. country?" 'Please ma'am, would yez be so kind to give "Shure, it's searchin' for me husband, I am." me a drink of wather, 11.nd if yez have a bit of "Your husband, Is he here, in the West, supper yez could give me for the like av that, my rlearP' shure the Virgin Mary R.nd the saints will ble ss "Faith, ma'am, but he is. He thought he yez!" could dodge simple Nellie; but, ble ss the gooq And sbe laid 'a locket and chain upon the ba!", saints, I was shar[>E'r than he thought." -with n wistful glance. "He ran away and left you, then?'' Denver Doll took it up, and examined it, with "He did, but I had a hit of money saved up, curiosity. an' followed in the next ship!" Where dirl you f!let this?" she asked. "Good for you l Where do you expoot to find a "Shure, lady, I d1rln't st'ale it," the woman your husband?" replied, with a half sob. "It was tbe'gift at me "Shure, the last place he wint wastoBiasCii.-y, weddiDt, from me husband what bas gone far I thmk." away and left me." "Boise City, you The locket was a costly affair, of heavy gold, "That's it. I run out a'!" money at l'reer'! eet with real diamonds and pearls. :rord, and had to foot it."


Denver Doll's Partner. lS ".And, Nellie, why is it you pursue this man, who is so unfaitbful1" The di vii only knows, mum; only I want to git the likes of a glance at him once more, and prevint bim from foolin' any other girl." "Good! I'll help you." "PbatY" I'll help you. If you will promise me to re-; main in my care, and obey my ad vice, I'll make you the happier hy making your husband un happy. I'!l ulso compel yuur husband to provide for your future." "Yez'll do thisi" "Yes. But you must promise to stay in this room closely, and do as I instruct you. I think I can work up a good case here, that will please more than one." "May thtl saints preserve you I I will do everything phat you say." 1 "Very well. You can occupy this room with me. and I will see that you are rightly cared for. Will you loan me the locket to work on1' "Shure I will. But yez don't know me lms bancl's namel" "Yes, I do. It is Royal Rignoldl" "The saints save us, but how did yez learn the likes of that!" "Ohl I saw him twice to-night-once in life, and once in the locket." Och I he's not here'?'' "Yes-but you must stay right here until I get ready to use you against" him." "I will do as pl'azes yez. Yez have been good tome." "It's a bargain, then. I will now go down and close up for the night." She descended to the office, where she found waiting no Jess a personage than tbe r e doubt able Gulliver fro m Lilliput, wbom Big Buckskin _had met at Sal Slap's" Guzzler's Glory." CHAPTER VL A GLIMPSE OF THE GAME. left the indelible results y! : u behold .Don't you .think such a person orter be lynched fer such an outrageous assault on a poor, homeless orphan!" "To be sure be ought," Doll rE1Plied greatly amused, and wondering how she was to get rid of tbe overgrown ruffian. "Tbi:it's what I think I" Gulliver went on. "And y et, here you keep that same galoot under :ver roof, the same as if he was a prince!" "I don't know who you mean I" "Ye don't! Don't know nothin' about a chap called Big Bnekskinl" "Ob l do you mean him!" "Bet I do! He's the cbap what did the busi ness for me. Jerusalem Jericho! polish me, though l" "Glad of it!" Denver Doll declared. "Big Buckskin is my mash, you know!" with a laugh. "Lord help you! ef he mashes yon in the same style be did me; you won't be so purty as you aire now." "But be won't. And now, if r,our interview is concluded, I will close up shop "But it ain't. I want to see that aire fellow that slugged me in the eye and mashed the corn on my nose!" "Y ciu can' t see him I" "But I will see him!" "But I say you shall not!" Tte giant stared at her for a moment, as if doubtful wbetber she meant it or not; tben, turning, be strode toward the door, on reaching which be turned and tipped his hat, with comical suavity. "Ta, ta! dai sy-I g o as w ent forth the toads from Ireland. A; Graudad Gulliv e r said to the Lilliputians, I canno t c o mpreh e n d the strauge ness of these pe o pl P." And in a mom ent more he bad vanis hed from view. Quite satbfie d with t b e number of incidents of the day, Doll closed up the Bonanza and rntired for the night. __ IT was the first time D enver Doll had ever With the dawning of the next day, the topic seen the giant, and she stared at him for a mo-of the stage robbery was revived, Rnd generally ment .with amazed incre dulity. discussed. A number of the principal claim Gulliver smiled his swe etest smile, courtesied, owners held a meeting to adopt s ome measures and scraped bis foot in true Chesterfield style, for breaking up the gang of desperadoes, at the am! then snake: start. "Beloved maiden, beholdest thou me1" After due consultation, it was decided that no "Well, I shonld snicker!" Doll replied, with a better plan could be adopted than to organize a low laugh. "Any ooe that couldn't discover Vigilance Committee, and put a solid man to the such a fly-speck as you, ought to be imprisoned front. in an eye and ear infirmary. You take the rag "Among those whom I judge most competent olf'n the bush." to take command," one miner said, "is the "No, beautiful I never war guilty noted outlaw-hunter, Big Buckskin." theft, 'cept once in my bloomin' youth, when "A good choice," affirmed another. I stole the luv frum the huzzom o' the belle of "But I object," put in Jubal Andre, who had Chicago. I war purty, then; alas! leaves managed to work himself into the conference. fade, when autumn tickles 'em, an' fiowerets That fellow is a rascal, and bas a notoriety fade when frost nips 'em. D'ye see this nose, second to none for wickedness." siliSyf" "Have you any personal interest, sir," a miner "Yes." asked, "in this appointmentr" "An' this discolored organ of sight?'' "No," was the answer, "but my prOBpective "You bet!' son-in-law may have." "W aal, but a few hours ago, both were fair "We are not considering prospective son-in to view butthe bl!gb*lng band of a 110n-of._. laws, nor penonal spites," the minf'.r said. "We oook feh upon them ill two fell swoops, and _!Yill take a vot.e on ihe matter, among our


14 Denvei-Doll's Partner. selves who are most interested, and if the result is in lavor of the scout, we will give biw the charge." With a suppressed growl, Jubal Andre separ ated himself from the caucus, realizing that that was no time for his protest. A vote was tl\Ken, and. It was unanimously agreed.that Big Buckskin should be waited upon, and asked to take the cbieftaincy of the Vigilantes at Little Bill's In the mean time Jubal Andre returned to his shanty, and found Agnes and Sir Royal playing chess in the front room. The latter was white and nervous, and bad bis left arm in a sling and his hei.d bandage d. Well, did you find out wbo the puppy wo.s who assaulted me, Parson Andrei" he asked, grimly. "I did," the other replied, with a glance at AltlleS, which was full of significance. He is a border ruffian of the boldest type, and is knowu as Big Buckskin." "Humph! I have resolved to challenge the fellow to fight me with swords. I am an ex pert at fencing, and am satisfied that I could run him through. But do you know, friend Andre, that there fs one thing which puzzles mef" "Ebf S:>metbing that puzzles youf What is it, pray!" "Why, you see, it seems so deuced strange that the fellow should call my darling Agnes by her name and then, likewise, ca!! me by my "That I can easily explain, Sir Royal. This man, it seems, has been in c0-0peration with another rascal, who a w'lile ago attempted to me, with a. vie 1 extorting money. They ha.d a. coufe,ierate ia my house in the per1100 of a senaut, who m I afterward discharged. It seems their is young yet. They i.videutly propoe to make money out of me at all ha.zards, aud their knowledge of some of my family affairs probably caused the trouble last night. I would advise you to let the ma.tter drop, for your life is t o o valuable to be placed at the mercy of one of these ruthless border ruffians." "Oh! dear Sir Royal. don't think of the risk of your Jif .,,11 Agnes cried, implorrngly. "Life would be a b! to me if you were taken off." "Then rast your heart, my betrothed, for I will submit to your judgment!" the Englishman averred. Later, when Sir Royal had retired to his room, Jubal Andre still sat in the parlor, in company with his fair but false daughter. It is be, tlien 111 she was sa.ying, her eyes bent upon the carpet. "Yes, and we have got to play our cards cleverly, or he will be of great damage to i.:s. Did you count Sir Royal's money before you were robbe1l" "Yes. There was tf>n thou-rand dol-" Which, a!! rold, worth cent.i" Ho1v dll you mean'/" "I made an '.lxehange a few niJl;ht., ago-}KX>r 10r Co<>' you kn01v." "Ahl then-" I "We are ten thousAnd in, whether you cap. ture him or not." I think I can depend on him, if Joe Wilton does not spoil the thing." "He must not. -The Murdocks are here now, I susp<'Ct, and I'll hurry them up as soon as I can safely see them. Once Joe Wilton is out of the way, you can safely marry Sir Royal and we will make a start for England, and Castle Chelton, where years ago I served as bal!iff t.o Sir Hu11h Chelton. Strange whatever of Sir Hugh, and that young !!capegrace, Sir Clifford. It was a lucky thing anyhow for Sir Royal, and, as it promises to turn out, a lucky thing for ourselves." "Ahr yes; I suppose so. I wish I knew the fate of my child, however." Bah I forget that you ever ha.d one, or a husbanC Remember that future wealth and happiness now all depend upon you.'' CHAPTER VII. ANDRE BEGINS TO DOUBT, AND BUCKSKIN BBh "GINS TO ACT. DURING the night of Nellie Kelly's arrival neu ver Doll slept but little, for her mind was too busy in thought for sleep. When morning dawnoo she arose to find that Littlo Bill and OU Prowler bad already opened up for business. Sending the former on an erranil, the De tective Queen approa.ched Prowler and s!lid: ProwlP.r, you say you are. an English de tective, and, consequently, ought to know every important personage upon that_yatch of land governed by the queen. Did you ever hear of a man named Sir Royal Rignold!" "Yes; I once knew a Roval Rignold; but he had no Sir prefixed to bis This he prob ably acquired. from inheritance." "Tell me aLout it. Prowler." "Why do you want to knowr "For your own good. You t.old me you. were anxious to find the lost son of a great estate. Perhaps I can be of a deal of assistance to you." "Think you so? Then I will enlighten you a little, tbo:igh I do not care to throw the whole business into your bands. The estate of Chelton Castle belonged to Sir Rugh Chelton up to the time of his strange disappea rance. After him, it should have descended to Sir Clifford, bis run away son; but, he being absent and dead to the world, it fell to the next of kin, his cousin, Royal Rignold. M

!>enver Doll' Partner. fact.> that have come into my possession, I be lieve I can not only soon find the lost beir, but prove the usurper a rogne and a rascal. Giv e me sole charge of the case, and I will cipher it out." "We111 if you think you can do it, go abead I'm willing. Sir Clifford back again in bis rightful position, I can afford to pay you well for your work." I am n o t so particular about the pay. It i s more for tbe purpose of righting a great wrong that I crave the j o b, than for any other reason, I assure you. You spoke once about Jubal An dre. any connection with the caseY'' "Not directly. Re was once the bailiff of old Sir Hugh years ago. He, howe ver, sliole ten thousand pounrl s in gold from Sir Hugh, and fled to this country, where be is living infi to all accounts." 'Yes; he is even here in the gulch, I have learned, in company with bis daughter and Sir Royal Rignold " Then you may be sure there is some deviltry brewing. " I believe it is the intention of Sir Royal to wed AndrP's daughter." "That must never be! No Andre shall ever queen it at Castle Cbelt:Ou wbile I can prevent it! I think too much of old Sir Hugh to allow that!" "Sir Royal cannot lel?ally wed again," Den Vflr Doll said quietly. "He hns one wife living already, as I can prove. But leave it tome; I'll make a grand denouement ere long, that will surprise several persons at least." She then turned away, y.nd Old Prowler watched her curiously until she had disappeared withm the office. "A queer girl, but mighty shrewd!" be said to himself; "anrl I shall n<>t be surprised if she works the c ase better than I could do it myself. Would te Heaven Sir Clifford could meet and win this queenly Ameriran girl, to take back as his bride to Castle Chelton!" JubRl Antlre, although be had, while in Boise City, end eavored to cloak bis sins under the mantle of pre tension of being a minister of the Gi>spet, was at heart an anant rascal of the first water, with a power for scheming rarely if ever surpassed. After the termination of his interview with his daughter, be set out into the gnlch once more, bis brain in a whirl over the many thoughts that were flitting acron bis mind. In truth, he was not a little worried over the fact that matters were getting rather unpleasantly personal. Big Buckskin will! in the camp! So was Sir Royal Rignold, who WDB quick to form suspbions when foul play was laid in preparation for him. Should the spon and the Englishman meet. Jubal Andre felt positive tbatsome word wvuld fall from the lios of the f ormer that would knock .in the head all of bis (An

16 Denver Doll's Partner, on with the job is an additional two thousand rn band now." "I'll Sl'0 you to the furthest corner of the earth first!" "Well just as ye like. We're a thousand dollars in, at the least, and if you squeal on ns you'll onl(, get yourself into bot water." We shall see I we shall see'!" Andre snarled, as he aroS B and took bis departure. If I mistake not, you'll wish you bad d : me differently." Big Buckskin was waited upon by a number of the leading meu of Bill's Bonanza, and imPortuned to accept the captaincy of the new Vigi lance Committee which it was determined should be organized at once. Afte r some he consented to act in that capacity, and was giveri the privilege of choo sing his own men. During the day, while sauntering across the gulch, he suddenly encountered the giant, old Gulliver, wllo was sitting upon a rock, evidently in deep meditation. H e llo I" Buckskin cried. "What are you ruminatin<;\" about, Golliverl'.' "I war jest thinkin' about the ups an' downs o' this hyar flickP.rin' candle o' life. Queer world I The giants a1re babies nowadays, an' the babies air giants I" Yes, there is some truth in that. It ain't always the bmse that pulls the most. By the way, Gulliver, I a m quietly organizing a Vigilance for the purpose of caJJtur the r oad-age11ts. I want m en whom I can implicitly r ely on I have already secured several, and I judge you're another recruit I need!" Gulliv e r took off his hat and scratched his matted head. "Waal, durned ef I know what tew do. You give m e a swipe across my mouth, and the n blacked my eye-an' now ye want ml3 ter j'inl3 ye in a racket, when I orter jump outer }e an' tread on y 3 J Duono but ye give me what I de served, howev er. Hadn't no bizness to rubbin' around an 'artbquake. R enko n I ll J'ine ye, providio' ef I git licked by ary otber galoot, you'll take my p!lrt." "It's a bargain," 'aid Buckskin. "Now, understand that you are to pretend to be my ene my alt the time and if you are besought to join a gang of outlaws, sail in imd join, and report to m e 1vhe r e they are located. We'll then sail in and capture 'em." "An' I'm to appear like I war mad at ye, bey?" "Yes." "But thar's to be none o' yer shoulder-hit"Of course not. we'll leave thatentirely out of the matter. I'm yours to command." "Wull, then, ye can count me in. I'm as squar' as a.ldng, an' ye can de>pend on me." I knl"w it, pard, and I trust you." Big Buckskin then gave him a few instructions and returned to the heart of the camp, feeling that be had achieved a victory in securing the giant on his side. On bis arrival at the Bonanza, Little Bill was engaged in arranging things in general. "Well, sir, what do you want!" asked Little Bill" I wished to inquire if there are any letten for m er' "Dunno. Who aire you!'' "Big Buckskin." "No letters here for you, then." "I a lso have another name.'....Joseph Wilton." Then, here's a letter fer ye. Gal jest left it awhile ago." And he handed the sport a delicatP. letter, with the name "Josevh Wilton" directed in a delicate style of chirography. Big Buckskin did not have to ask a description of the pe rson who left it, for he readily ro cognized tbe handwriting. From your gum-drop, sugar-an'-molasses, ga.,h eh!" Little Bill remarked, tantalizingly. " what it is to be in Inv wi' one o' them aire. Used to h a ve my eye sot on a pretty lnjuo squaw, bot I couldn't raise enough bosses ter buy her!" Buckskin madt\ no answer, but Sht down on a settee, lit a cigar, and leisurely tore open the epistle and glanced at its contents. It read as follows : "Ma. JOSEPH WILTON, S a:-Our sudden meeting last evening was as much o f a surprise to me as it was t;o you, and I can assur e you tliat I am sorry forit, for your presumption in addre ssi ng me I consid e r an unpard onab l e olfens0 I am l oth to believe that you are so in sane as to think that I could ever be anything to you. My childish indi scret ion in marry ing you will so.on be dissolved by divorce, and then I shall be at liber ty to marry again "I trust you will be gentleman enough to remain silent, as r can never care for you, and should be pained were f l ever comp elle d to speak to one so far beneath me in social standing. "I write this in order that no int erv iew may ever be ne cessa ry. and hoping we will remain strangers, as ever. AGNES ANDRE. A faint smile curved the lips of the buckskin sport as he tore the l etter into shreds, but he spoke not. The glitter in his eyes, however; indicated that the l.itter had not made a very favorable impress i o n upon him, so far as his r ecreant wife was concerned. CHAPTER VIII. BUCKSKIN SUCCUMBS AND SO DOJ!:S JACK MUR DOCK. LATER that day Sir Royal Rignold, tired of the house, managed to crawl out for a stroll about the gulch, although he was too lame and sore to very much exercise. He was furious, too, tbat he had allowed him SP!f to be dissuaded from challenging the handsome sport, Big Buc kskin, for he smarted with chagrin at the treatmen t be had receive

Denver Doll"s Partner. plucking a bouquet of wild flowers, a profusion Washington Gum, g-ener b l canvassing agent for 1>f which grew in tbe gulch. all tbe lead mg wor > sou psychology, p!Jysiology, "Ab! e:iacuse me!" he said, tipping his hat. electricity, useful l;nowloedge, literature aud sci a Hope my intrusion is pal'donable. But really, ence I have a hea utiful little volume here, en 'tis a most pretty picture to see one so young title d 'How to Put On Airs.' Now, my dear fair engaged in the pastime of flower gather sir, judging by yuur appearance, tbis volume in?;"' would be most happily adapter ] to your require'Sir!" Denver Doll retorted, coldly. "You men ts." 9'iill please keep your flattery to yourself. I do Sir Royal turned and in astonishment not know you." at the superannuated book-agent-the same sleek, "That matters not. an easy thing giib tongued man it "a" wbo had invaded the acquainted, :vou kno-. I am Sir Royal Rig-outlaws' retreat several weeks before; but, if o old, of Chelton Catle, Derbysbire, England." anything, he looked more l ea n and lank now "You don't say sol" Doll retorted, with biting than at that first appearance. !!llrcasm. "Why didn't you say you wel'e tbe "Away witn yc,u, va1rnbond I" S i r Royal orPrince of Wales. It would have bad just as dered, haughtil_f. "What do you imagine I little effect. As for getting acquainted with could want with your trash? ' me, that is impossibl e Go and waste your "But you don't .understand," G. W. Gum praises on Miss Andrl), who no coubt has time went on, unabashed. I have books adapted to to listen to taffy talk.'' every pecuhar phase of human character. and "Oh, no! One tires who pays .constant attervor all ages. Here's bat (OU are serinusly in tlon" need of-' How to Be Polite. Now you couldn't "Aud that's why you Jeft the banks of famed study a more useful work. I have a lso a useful Killaruey, is it!" Doll fired back. work-' The Butcbei's Manual '-tells you how Sir Royal's face grew white in an instant, to kill bogs, and so fortli But, the best of all, and gaze became sternly riveted upon her here's a new work ju't m press-' Tue Rogues face. and Rascals of L

18 Denver Doll' Partner. "Now, then, go ahead!" Big Buckskin or1 "He's a traveling Bohemian, who lives on his dere d "If you have anything to say that is wits," be a ss umed. "He bas, however, doue wortb listening to, be quick aoout itl" me a favor of no mt!an proportions. I will be Exactly. Quick sales and small pro.ts is more wide awake than before." my motto You are Big Buckskin, or other"You will need to be. But chller up. Somew1se J oe Wilton1 thing may occur that will make a change in "Ye!!'." your life. In the mean time let me manage "You have heard of a gang of desperadoes your case, and in tbe end I will surprise you. known as the Murdock Brothersf" I know a fe.v things that you are not aware "I have." of, and if I mistake not, my little scbemes "You also know a minister named Jubal will eventually be fraught with happiness for Andre1" you. Pm also working up a case tor a big "Yes." English estate, in whic h Sir Royal R1gnold is "Married bis daughter!" concerned, along with several others." "Correct." "Humph! the less you have to do with that Don't live with ber1" case tbe better you'll be o ff. This Rignold is "Nol" tbe puppy who aspires to the hand ot my wife. answered the rather un-Let him gol After he gets her he'll be sorry hesitatingly. enough." He was aware that tbe gaze of Denver Doll "Probably. But leave it to me, and l will was fixed upo n tim in a stare of surprise, work some results that will please-you." "Well,'1 G. W. Gum went on," some weeks "Very well. Go ahead; I will remain inac. ago I cbance1 to drop into tbe den of these tive, and give-you full sway, You already Murdocks, hoping to sell one of my valuable have excited my admiration, not only for yourworks. While there, there came a rap, and I self, but f o r your indomitable pluck; and I was importuned to wait behind a. screen." give you fair warning not tu do too much for "Yes. Go on." mel" Well, while there I was a silent witness to a I will try nf)t to," Doll answered, arising deadly compact. Of tb11 visitors there were with a mischievous laugh. three-Jubal Andre, his daughter, and an Indian Thrn the r. separated, Denver Doll going in named Red Eagle." search of Little Bill, and Big Buckskin retiring Big Buckskin whistled. He was beginning to to his room. catch the drift of wbnt the revelation was to be. "Go ahead 1 be commanded eagerlV. "We ll, thi s Jubal Andre did all the.talkin' for his side, and the objec t o f his visit was to hire the Murdocks to p11t two persons out of the way -namely, y o u and y our son. He stated that his daughter was of marrying an English aristocrat, but could not do so until you and the child werP. silenced." Anrl the boy-my son-where did be M.Y he coal l he founr\1" "He did n o t state definitely, but sairl the boy was r oving somewhere the West with a fernal e comp!!.nion." "Tbank Heaven, be is alive thent I will now search to the ends of the earth but what I'll find him. But, go on. a contraot made!" Yes. Tbe captain of the gang agnied to put you out of t h e way for a thousand aollars down aud anotberthousand when the job was -ione." "Humph! Jubal Andre is playing a high game!" tile sport rather grimly. "Is tlhat am" Yes. I made my escape then, with the re solve to bunt you up and warn you.'' Big Buckskin took s everal gold-pieces from bis pocket and tossea them into the lap of the bookagent. You de'!erve to be paid and to receive thanks too." Gum slip necl the gold-pieces into his pocket with a satisfied grin and arose. "Much obleeged to you," be said, "I'd gin up canvassiu.g if I could catch outo IUCh a snap trrery day." When he was gone, Denver Doll remarked: "That fellow ain't what he 11891111. I Mil p Ina io watch him." BaealdD mailed. Later in the day, as D3nver Doll stood upon the veranda of the Bonanza, watching the busy throng as it moved through the gulch, a man cama along, with swaggering gait, as if be felt the importance of his rather flashy attire. Denver Doll's eyes were on him before he was near her, aud her gaze never left his face until he was about passing, when she spoke: "Jacki" He turned, as if electrified. Jack!" she repeated. Her eyes had met his now, and were burnin111 with unnatural brilliancy. .J The man seemed to tremble as he stood, bis eye. never leaving hers. "Jack I" she reJ>e&ted again, and this time sternly. "Down, Jack!" F o r an instant it lleemed 1111 if he was under. going a terrible mental struggle; then a siokly Rmlle came over his face, and he dropped upon bis knee!<. ''Up, Jacki" she ordered, a moment HP. anise like magic. "Comet' she said, tuming and entering the And Jack Murdock, or the notorlou1 Murdock Brothers, followed her as a trained dog would have followed its master. CHAPTER IX. DOLL'S CAPTURll: AND SAL'S lOCW DJ:AL. Tml power which Denver Doll heltl over the outlaw was mesmeric, and she bad him so under her call that she could make him obey her at will. Several years ago, before he joined his brother ID their oareer ol crime, be had Nell Denver


Denver Doll's Partn 19 Doll' youthful lover, and it was at this time that she had disc o vererl her wondrous power over him, and had practiced it a number of times, more for the novelty of the thing than f(jr any other reason. So that she had made Jack Murdock her slave tor life, no matter where they might meet. Doll led the way to the apartment in the rear of the oftlce1 and the young outlaw meekly followed, ana became seat.ed at the girl's motion. "Jack Murdock, I have got youl" she said, triumphantly. "Ehl is it you, Dom What brought me here'!'' and he gued round him in a sort of diized way. "The same olil power, Jack," was tbeanswe:-, at which a slight shiver passed over him. "Yes," Doll went on," I saw you coming up the street, and allowed that you were a fish worth snaring; so I told you to come in, and you came right along like a little man." Jack growled out an oath. "Cui:ses on that infernal power you hold over me! What do you propose to do with me'!" "Use you, Jack-redeem you, if possible. You are le ding a wild, criminal lifa, and I'm going to make you give it up, and betray your gang into custody." "Never! I'd die before I'd go back on a pal Even 1J01' can't make me do that." "But I can, though, and don't you it! You do just what-I will-how are you going to help yourself'!'' "It would be me.'\n of you to take advantage of your infernal power over rue, a nd cause me to bring my own brother to the gallows!" he growled. "Not a bit of it! Your brother and his gang have done many deeds far meaner than that, and the law wants 'em, as an example to other evil-doers. Tell me, now, wouldn't a free, hon est lite be better than a lite crowned with the knowledge that you are an outcast and a villain, whom every honest person turns from in horror'I'' Dunno but you're right. But I couldn't never give Burk up to the law, nohow ye can make it." But I say you shall, or I'll arrest you right here, and cast you into confinement. Bill's Bonanza is a new town, and ye know bow new towns deal out justice, I dare sav I" "Arrest me, and be cussed. I'll never squeal on our pals!" But consider. I can throw you into the trance again, and then make you tell me all I want to know, and arrest you in the bargain. .3o you see I've got you anyway." A sullen, dogged expression came over the young outlaw's face. Go ahead and do your worst. I'll never go back on a. pa) with my own <'onsent." "We'll find out," Doll muttered, beginning to work the spell on him again. In an incredibly short space of time be was thoroughly mesmerized anrl in her power. "Now, then. t<-11 rr.e where the present. rendez of the ll(&ng is." she coi;nmaoded, sternly. Be did not amwer. There was a set, determined expression upo his face, and a shirnr traversed hi s frame. Speak I" Doll cried, stamping her foot. "Ho w dare you d isobey mel'' Still no answer, but, in its place, that doggei silence. This convinced Doll thaf she bad O'rerrated her power to so me e x tent. Fearful t hat he might 8hake off the influenc e of the she hastily procured a pair o f hand c uffs and ma d e him powerless, so far as his hands were concern ed. This done, she brought him oucti more out ot the trance. His rage knew no bounds when be discovered that his hands were bound. "Curse you, Denver Doll I Little I thought, when I used to know that you would ever turn against me thus. "Nor did I think that you would turn into a life of crime and misery. I offered you a fair chanc e, but y o u refused; and, accordingly, iis my duty to arrest you." "Go ahe ad You couldn't make me peach on my pals, an' I never will They ll get me out." "We shall see to it that they don't. For the present, I shall keep you lockest cu that I wiJJ give you half _an hota to dl'<'ide. Marry me to-morrow mght Ol' never!" Oh! I don't know what to say. I don'1; know whether papa will consent a. hasty ruarriaee."


20 Dtnver Doll's Partner. "Humph I he's only too glad to marry you off well." Agoes Andre did not answer, Her gaze instinctively wandered to>vard the Bonanza HotAl, where tbe handsome sport, Big BockskiI!, was pacing to and fro across the veranda. Sir Royal saw her gaze directed toward the sport, aod be seized her wri s t fiercely. "Ohl so that is wby yoo hesitate about a speedy marriage, is it!'' be hissed. "-Tell me, girl what is tbere between him and yuu1" "Nothing!" Agnes replied, with a dry harsh I was just wondering if you could grow into such a rou"'h creature.'' "Never f&ar; Sir Royal Rignold is none of your low American stock. But how about tb.e answer?" "It is yes, I guess. You must take me as I am.'' "Of course. We will set the time-to-morrow evening, at nine o'clock." 'Then there was an exchange of kisses, after which they walked away. And Little Bill crept from his covert, grinning from ear tu ear. "Golly! we'r e goin' to have a reg'lar bitchin'up match fer sure!" be ej: rnulated. "Reckon my p!!.rd, Dollbaby, would .like to know about that." Aud accordingly, be went back to the Bonans, an l told the Detective Queen wbfl.t he had seen and beard. Doll was not much surpriserl, nor did she say much about the matter; but she kept up a terrible thioking, and was coustautly forming plans in her mind for the Mhievement orthe victory she expected to win. On h e r return to the shanty, A;;oes Andre privately made kuown to her father the desire of Sir Royal for an immediate consummation of their nuptials. "Well! what did you say?' the old rogue asked, aoxiou:;ly. "1 said yes, as a matter of course," Agnes replied. "I cannot afford to lose a handsome fortune, even if I do run a little risk." You are rigbt there. But, mind, you, there's something strange in this sudden action on Sir Royal's part. I fancy the fellow has some secrets of bis own which he would not wish others to know." "Perhaps. But, '!>Shaw I what need I care, after I am once Lady Riguold, of Chelton Citstl e 1 ( can the n tame him down to suit my owo notion." Ami both father and daughter laughed. "I have com e to oo fixed conclusion how we 'lre going to get rid of Big Buckskin I" Jubal Andre went on. I saw Burk Murdock this morning, and be refused to do anything without two t'l>u rnd dollars more be paid into his hand. Tb'1t I fl i.tly refused to do." Whv1 You could well afford to have paid that. aner what :vou made off of Sir Royal. "Not much l I'm going to look out for myself with tbat m rmey you bet! If you want to pay any moro do it out of your own pocket!" "You -veil understand that I havenornoney,'' Agnes protested, If you don't ftx mattel'I tip, you know what the result will be You'll have your daughter back on your bands in an in creaibly short space of time." Jubal Andre utterecl a growl, aud was auout to give some sour answer, when there came a loud rap on the door. Come in I" he called out, supposing it was the Cbinese servant whom he had sent on an errand, 'l.'ue door promptly opened, and Sal Slap, the proprietress of the Guzzler's Glory, made her appearance. Jubal Andre and Agnes could but utter excla mations of astonishment, for the old hag was by far the ugliest-looking weature they ever had occasion to meet. "Don't bf\ skeart," Sal said, with a grotesque ly horrible grin, as she helped herself to a seat. "I know I ain't as purty as a noddin' blue-bell, but that don't make no difference. I'm old Sal Slap, and I'm a screamer, and downright proud of it, to:>. How ye gittin' on, Jubal-you an' yer darter, who has grown inter a right peart lady, ef I do say it?" "Woman, I don't know you. Begone, or I'll have you locked up for a lunatic I" Andre cried, feeling alarmed, evidently. "Don't know me, hey?" Sal went on, taking out a box, and helping herself to a pinch of snuff. "Well, I dare say not, for I've grown prettier as my years advanced, an' had heaps o' exoerience. Aggie, thar, looks natt,era.1, how ever, and you would, only you're cultivatin' I.I red nose. D1>n't remember Dorothy, do ye1" And sbe uttered a mocking laugh 1 Jubal Andre uttered an oath. You are not Dorothy I'' he declared. Reckon 1 ain't no one else, tho' siuce I left yer employ I've been roughing it under tile handle of Sal Slap. Haio't quite so party, but l'm a heap smaPter than I was the n I" "For Heaven's sake! A terrible change has c ertainly come over you What are you doing here, woman? Explain yourself I" I am keepin' the Guzzler's Glory hyar in Bill's Bonanza, of which I'm one of the first in habitants. The object o' my present call is jest to reoev acquaintanceship, ye s e e. Et d o es my eye s good t<,r see Yl1 both, f1r ye know, Johal, I allers did bave a sort o' hankerin' arter ye." ;Enough of sucb nonsense. You are an un welcorna visitor, Dorothy, and your depaiture would give me a great reliet." "So1 Well, now, that's curions. But I don't mind your peevishness Jubal. I know you mean all right. But if you don't, ye ortor know better than to buck against me. I ,ca11 do ye piles of harm just at present, if ye como any o' your stuck-up dodges around me. I hear yer gal is goin' to be married tew a lord, duke, or some other high-fangled cuss. Bet a cookie he is as innocent as a clam regardin' Aggie's first marriage." Tbe Andres both winced. "Curse you!" Jubal hisfd. I'm tired o' roughing it, and aspire to Jive in luxury the rest o' my days. I've got a leetle spare cash, but want more, an' it's only natteral tbet yo u should want t-0 furnish it, arter all Pve done fer you an' darter Aggie." "Not a cent will ye get from me, and you


Denver Doll's Partner. 21 swear to it," Jut'ia! Andrn retorted. "Yo/ got your pay once. Wbat m ore em to be surprised," he said. "Am I a bear, that you sture at me, so?" "You are an intruder, here!" Jubal Andre retorted, sternly. Can't see how you make that out. I believe it is customary for one to visit one's wife, and dadrly-in-law, occasionally. ;i BPgone, maul You have no such claim ou me. Begone! I sa.r, or I will have you cast back in t o prison from which you have escaped." "Hal ha! That was liberal of you to provide for me, eigbt years, wasn't it1 But r.s it happens, n0w, 1 rPmained in jail about two weeks. Despite the n o ble plot of yourself anti my ex quisite bride, to kill me, J am still alive. The Murdocks are evidently not diposed to tackle a man whom they have been dodging for some time." /' Jubal Andre grew livid with rage, for he knew that the sport bad iu some strange way made himself aware of their infamous compact. Big Buckskin went on, coolly: I just overheard you mention something about making a disposal of me, and as I am quite interested in such matter I'd like to have you state your plan." If you mind your business, you will likely fare all right!" Andre growled. "But it you l!Mlddle in our aft'airs, you'll rue it. My daughter does not like you, nnd desires you to keep a s much out of her sight as is possible." I am aware of her v ery affe<'tiooate feel. ings toward me,'' was the t aunting auswer. '' lt is a pity she can love only m e when so many poodle s and snobs n ee d her attet'ltion. But, b} the way, I bear that the tair Agnes is about to marry the Englis h manikin wbo calls himself Sir Royal Rignold1" "You are misinformed!" Agnes returned, haughtily. I came to warn you that I am aware of your design to put me out of the way, and any move in that direction will be frustrated, and you'll find yourself cast into jail. A word to the wise is sufficient." He turned and left the shanty. As he was crossing the gulch, toward the Bonanza, an arrow, sent with great speed, just grazed the tip of bis ear. Wheeling, he was just in time to see a figure dodge down out of sight, behind a large bowl cler, tiiid it required no second thought to con vinc e him that it was the vindictive Red Eagle. Drawrng a r evolver, he dropped upon his knees, ancl crept toward the rock, keeping his gaze on the alert, so as not to allow tile savage to escape To reach the bowlder bebind which the sav age was concealed, a number of clumps of had to be skirted; in passing them, Buckskin bad no .thought of enemies being co11cealP-' therein, m1til-Suddenly be felt himself borne flat (o tbf earth, with a weight upon his back of se vera' human bodies, and a band ll"as clapped over hie: mouth: In .quick time be was helplessly bound anc gagged, and undisputably a prisoner of the Murdock brothers. It was now evident tbnt the arrow by Red Eagle ha"'d only been sent as a decoy to Jure Big Buckskin into the Murdocks' trap for the warrior now skulked forward with a demoniac giro. "You smnj?:gle him oil' down the trail," were Burk Murdock's orders to his companions, "and guard him closely in the cave, while 1 go and hunt up Jack, and make terms with Andre. Curious what has become of Jacki" He then left them to get the prisoner out of the town without attracting attention, while he went more into the heart of the camp in search of Jack, who, es the reader knows, Denver Doll had locked up in the room at -the Bo,.., Hotel. After a deal of inquiry, by which he ,;acceeded ii) nothing satisfactory, he came' to the Bonanza Hotel, just as DPnver Doll w11s about entering it, in company with Little Bill. Burk Murdoc k was jgporant of the fact that the Detective Queen had been intimate with his brother, but knowing her profession, be did not care to converse with her. But the moment she saw him ealled out: "Hello, there I Looking for some one'!" He turned with a start, but qU,ickly recovered his composure: Who said I was lukin' fer any one!'' he de manded, and then wheeled and stalked on. J lllt then resounded two distinct pistol J'eports,.


81 Denver Doll' PartJMMr. and Burk Murdock, the noted desperado, threw up his band& and took his last breath as he fell to earth. One shot Little Bill had fired, and that had struck the outlaw in the thigh; the other, which bad pierced pis brain, had b ee n sen t by the un erring aim of no less a p ersonage than George W a s hing t o n Gum, who had opportunely been approach in g the h otel from anothe r directio n. A c r o wd quickly gathere d about, and the excitemen t n aturally r a n hi g h, Who is this f ello w ? s everal asked, "I can ans w e r that question!" Denve r Doll cried, walking f orward wi t h an e ffort. "Tha t man is, was, Burk Murdock, leader of the notorious Murdock Brothers-for he is now dead!" "And I, George Washington Gum, was the fell e r ter put the rat-bole in his temple. Gents, my miss ion here is as a book-ag ent. I represent the le ading publishinir h o us e s of the countrr. I have a be-utiful volume here entitle d the Art of Shooting,' also' How to Make Live,' 'How to Plav Games,'' How to Eat.' 'Ho w to Con duct Funerals '-in f a ct, anything and every thing. Who wants to buyr But the excitement was too great for Gum to push bis case successfully. Tbe news quickly spread throughout tbe town that the n otorious Burk Murdoc k had b ee n kill9U, and there was rcj i i cing among the maof the populac e Den ver Doll was searching about for Big Buc kskin, wh e n she m e t t:ie giant, the self styled Gulliver, fro m Liliput. "Gia:! I've met y e," b e said, calling her to one side. "Bin lukin' fer y e my fairv Liliputlan. See: they've cot.ched the d esperado." Dwu the gulch around the bend, as cautiously as possible, armed with weapons and lassoes1 and there wait. CHAPTER XI. A GENERAL SUSPENSION, DENVER DoLL did not accompany the party, but put t _em und1>r the guidance of Little Bill, in whom she haJ grown to have all sorts of con fid e n ce Gulliver from Lili put also lingered behind, and wh e n on being a s ked the reason why, b e ex plained to D o ll, whom he had followfKI to the hotel: W ull, fairest Luliputian, I will tell ye," he said, disgorging a huge quid and hurling it out. of door ; "l'll uubuzzom myself, so tbet ye won't allow there's nothm' c owardly about me. Ye see, I'm in love--despritly iu love, for the fu's t time in my life, an' I jedged.. afore hanol that shn uld 1 go battle an' get salivated, J m i g b t n eve r be able to reach the summit of Ill::!' aspirations So I stayed behind. An' now, I w ant t o ax a favor o' you, mum." "What is it, Gulliver1" Doll demanded in curiosity. "Why, ye see, I want ye ter inte rcede for me wi' my d ory, who don't 'spicion tbat I keer fer one ib in her corset. I want ye jest to bite a hunk out o' her wax-like ear, and then whisper to. h e r thet I love her, h e v got thir\:;' P..'Uui o' bar an' three mules aa;l wa&t to h,\l'tlese on ter her as my leader this weary vaoe o' tears." "But who is this aworita of your fancy, Guiliverl'' "Wbo1 Wbo else, indeed, but the queen ol. royal beauty, Sal Slap!" What! that old termagant!" "Perzactlyl Ef ever thar war mortal busi n e ss in mortal woman it sticks right out ov old Sal, bv I An' then, tew boot, she's so pritty and fawnlike, that I allow she an' me would make an excellent match." "Well, I'll see what I can do for you, by and by," Doll said, turning away, her face clouded with anxiety and apprehension. Sbe was apprehensive lest Big Buckskin might be killed ere assistance could reac h him, for be had told her that the Murdocks were his deadly enemies, and would kill him at sight if they got a chance. And no wonder she was keenly worried abont him, for she had grown to admire him greatly, and was not blind to the fact that the same feel. in waa in a measure returned by him. I've 11atlllfactton," she muaed, u lbe


Denver Doll' Partn-. aa entered the hotel "It they do not succeed In rescuing Bnckskin, Jack Murdock shall swing for it." She then went to the outlaw's room. To her unbounded astonishment, she found the door un locked, and Mr. Jack minus. For a moment she was thunderstruck and her disappointment was keen. Then she set to work to find out how the outlaw procured liberation. "Me set 'Melican man free," John Wah, a domestic said, on being questioned: Findee 'Meli.:an in room-bear him callee, when pass door. T'ink he lockee up by mistakee, an' lettee him outee, allee eame. M1rnhee ticklee him," Giving the stupid Cele stial a cuff beside the bead, Doll went out of doors, but of course Jack Murdock bad taken all care to make bis escape. It might a11 well be added right here, that be was never again seen around Bill's Bonanza after that. Deeply excited and angered over the disap pointment, Doll tm:ned about, when a wheezing voice spoke in her ear : "Excuse.. me, fair lady-my name is Gum -George Washington Gum, anJ I am introduc ing a number of valuable books-" "Go to blazes!" Doll cried. "You can't fool rne with any of your hook nonsense, Mr. Rack a-bones. You'll ba v" to pick up some other greeny." If I am not what I represent what do you take me forr' Gum d e manded, rather tartly, It would be a diffieult job to tell what you are," Doll retorted, "in some respects, but of one thing I an: s a tifi ed-you are eitber a detec tive or a blamed fool!" I lay no claim to tho latter calling, whatever." "Then you are a detective?" "Privet<>, to you, yes. I am John Stark, tha London shadow.' I would not tell you this, only I have noticed that you wear a U. S. badge." "Thanks for your confidence. Who are you here after?" Sir Royal Riguold better known In London as Jack De Haven, the forger and !.mrglar." "Yon don't say I And so this wortby knight is wanted by Lbe Jaw?" "Yes; I am now daily awaiting a requisition from tbe Government, so that I can arrest him and take him back. I shall have to watch him closely, or he will escape me yet.-" "Not while I'm around. I'll corral the game for you to-nigbt, perhaps. Walk back: to the hotel with me, and I'll let you into my plans, wbicb you'll agree are good." He obeyed, end as they sauntered along, Doll came t<> a full understanding with him. and ar rangements were made that will bereafterward be explained, __ Let us follow the Vigilantes, who bad set out to capture the outlaws. It was not long after the Detect.Ive Queen bad giTen them orders before they were all collected in the gulch below the bend, Little Bill in eluded. 'l'be lltalwart, bearded miners looked down qlOll tbefr youthful captain rather doubtfully, for be didn't appear much like one horn to oomo mand; yet Doll -had expressly stipulated that the attack should be made under his direction. "Well1 Bub, we're ready, an' of you're majorgineral, ;iest spit out yer orders," one miner said, dryl. v. Bill 'squinted one eye, and looked over bis company critically. "Well, I guess you'll -all pass muster," be ob servoo, "I s'pose you've all sed your cate chisms. It's best, tho' ef ye foller my lead, I'll fetch ye out a-swimmin'. Tbe cave's down a ways furder. So come along as keerful as a fly in the butter." Half a mile they proceeded, end then Little. Bill pointed up the mountain-side, to a spot nearly a quarter of a mile wbere two outcropping ledges were visible, The den is betwixt them two ledges," he an nounced, "an' by takin' the bear path that in here, you can reacb the upper lP.dge. Light-out, now." Understanding the balance of the plan, the Vigilantes began to cre"p cautiously toward their destination, while Little Hill skulkeo along the base of the gulch until be gained a good biding-place in a clump of busheE, directly bene11tb and opposite the mouth of the cave. He then waited until be beard the apparent scream of a hawk, wbicb1warned him tbi;t the Vigilantes were ready. Bill then sent up a series of piercing screams, which were like those of a woman in dire dis tress. An instant later, from bis coneealment, be saw three white men and one In< i n rush from the cave and gaze down mto the gul<'h. At the same instant, four Jass c es drnpped with pre.-lsion from above, and in a moment more four outlaws were dangling between the upper and lower le ges. Nor did the Vigilantes take the trouble to draw the victims to the upper ledge, but, instead, fastened the lariats so as to leave them sus pendoo in mid-air. And thus they bung until life became extinct, and tbe Murdock band of desperadoes was no more. Little Bill was the fint to reach and enter the cave, where be found Big Buckskin J:ying on bis back, securely bound, but otbt1rw1se unharmed. Buckskin embraced the boy warmly after bis relcai.e, and also heartily thanked the men be bad chosen for Vigilantes, not at the time, that they would be called upon to rescue him as their first service. After a search of the cavern the party set out on their return. On their arrival. the news of bow Bil? Buck skin bad been captured and rescued became generally known, and also the capture of the outlaws and their fate. Big Buckskin was much surprised, too, when be found that Burk Murdock bad been killed. During the evening, feeling in low spirits, evi dently1 Sir Royal Rignold sought out one of t)le gamblmg dens, wit!: the view of idling away a few hour& He wu 100n 1111cceafU..: ha lllCUJ'inc a man to


24 -Denver Doll's Partner. play with, and being an expert, it was not long ere be bad quite a stack of coin befm:e him. Tl!e-0tb e r tellow finallj backed out and 5ought another table. He had hardly departed, when a rough-looking bummar apprc1ached the noblemlin and helpP.rl him self to a seat: "'EJlo! Mr. Rigoo ld. 'Ow's yer 1ealth!" he saluter! fomiliarly. "None of vour bminess. What d'ye want!" Sir Royal savagely. "Nothin' much. I jest reckernlzed yer, and thort l'il make yer a 1 qu : 1i11tance, since I was sent here for that purrio s r." "You sent herel" Sir Royal gasped, his face growing a shade white r, and a bunted glare coming into bis eyes. "Yas," the chap went on, "I was sent by Jim Braily." Sir Royal appeared bot h excited and relieved. "Indeed!" be said. "What news did Brady send!" "B!Ld l" the other derl a red, grimly. "Stark, the L o ndon detective, is after you." "How do you know t liis?" "Easy enough. I h3ve seen him here in the camp. As soon as b e g<'ts a requisition, he means to nab you without ceremony." 1 Fnries se iz e the f e ll o w l Is he in disguise!" "Yes; he's playin' up book-agent as a blind." "Then I have seen him." "Probably. Now, there'a no t i me to lose,,let me tell you. .You want t o skin out of this town as lively as you lmow bo,v." "I cannot get away at once. I am to marry Jubal Andres daughte1 to-morrow night." "You are a fool!" "Sir!" "I repeat it-you are a fool. Your Irish lassiA is here." .. "Bab! you lie!" No, I ilo not. She i!l bei e and waiting for the marriage-time, so that sbe can step forward and depou.,ce you." "Gieat Heav.enl what am I to do1" "Well. j es t you follow mv advice, an' I'll help you 0ut. Bud Backm never went back on Jim Brad. v's pals "We ll, what have you to propoSJl1" Rignold asked eagPrl.v. It was wident that be was anxious for some avenue of ecape from the menacing peril." "You are going t,n marr.11'' "Hy all m e ans, yes." "The n it must be very quietly and secretly done. Tbe best plan would be to have tha ceremony pe1formed in the gulch outside of the town, whe r e tbe 1 e would be no interruption, anrl from wbert> vou coul

Denver Doll's Partner. at band, and tbe manly figure of Big Buckskin I "Guv me that, an' ye'll bear o' Big Buckskin's stood before him. I death within the next hour." "Well, I am here, Jubal Andre!" the sport "Then come with me." said?" though I'll admit tbat I to 1 She went swiftly back to bersbantyr_esidenre 1 rtice1ve a cballeng e from you. I did not tbmk secured sum demanded by the g1a:nt, nna you had so much pluck." gave it t o him. "Ohl .vou didn'tt Well, you evidently see "All ri?bt!" Gulliver announced, after count. your mistake. I am just plucky enough t o face ing it. Jest ye linger about the camp a bit, a dozen loafers lik e you." aad when ye beer se\reral yer casA is Probably because you think you have ari non compus mentus." easy tl;iing on me with tbe sword, which is very H e then trotted serenely off, leaving Miss likely the case. Still, you have challenged me, Andre slightly in doubt as to whether she bad and I am not the man to refuse any man the done right i11 giving him the money. chance to get satisfaction out of m e if it i s in How far the giant would have gone is bard to him. Give me one of your s laugbte1in' blades." say, bad not an unforeseen emergeney arGse in K eeping the best one for himself, .the ex-the shape ()f no less a p e rsonage than Little Bill bailiff cast the other upon the ground, at Big Bethel. Buck s kin's feet. "What d'ye want?" he demanded. "There! take it, and stand on your guard," "You'll find out I" l'.ittle Bill suggested. he cried, fierc e ly. Wbar was you j es t slopin' fort" Buckskin was as cool and c ompose d as a man "D'rec t fer the Guzzl er's Glory, ter git my old w111l could be. He did not betray any anxiety b'il e r full o' forty-rod, which they do say is good for bis own safety: on the contrary, beoppea_red ter keep b'ilers from rustin' on the inside." to be rather confident that he would be the "Look out! Noue of your !yin', or I'll sali-victor. vate you this minnit. Ye war goin' fer to drap The duel soon came to an abrupt e nd. By a Big Buckskin, warn't ye1" tremendous blow, Buckskin bro ke bis adver"Be! be! Ile! Heerd tbet job I put up on the sary's blade in twain, and-gal, didn't ye? Soak me if I didn't capter her Jubal Andre turned like a flash, and ran for shekels like a charm. Five thousand at a pop! bis life! Jest think uv it! Enuff to keep my b'1ler filled In order to add to bis terror, the sport gave fer a month!" chase for a few mom ents, and the n purpos ely "Then you didn't intend to harm Big Buck allowed the cowardly wretch to escape. skin, beyt" "Sart'in not! Et jest occurred to me as bow my exchequer war gettiu' low, 11n' I'd better bleed some fat pocketb ook Lor' bless ye, lad, I wouldn't hurt a hair on Big Bnck's pate fer all tber gold "ibar is iu tb ese mountings; not ef I Sir Royal Rignold did not find bis betrothed at the shanty, on bis aITival there from the gambling den. Miss Andre bad gone out some minutes before, for a breath of fresh air. The camp, at eventide, was not t1'e least dan gerous place for a latiy to wander about, but tbe young woman prided herself -that she was not afraid, and set out boldly. During her stroll, as luck would have it, 8be met the redoubtable Gulliver from Liliput, who blockadeti h e r path, with an indescribable grin upon bis face. "Evenin' to yer, mum!" b e saluted. "D'ye want a beau ter see ye hum1 Ef ye does, I'm in the market. Gulliver is my handle-Gulliver from Liliput, you bet!" "Sir!'' Miss Anclre cried, coldly. "Please be kind enough to step aside, and allow me to pass!" "Not by a jugfull!" Gulliver responded. "I jist know wb,at l'm about. I'm bizness, I am! I've hearn it said ye'd pay a right peart sum to bev that cuss Big Bnckskin, put out o' the way! Ain't that so1" Agnes Andre's face underwent a change of and her eyes gleamed dangerously. -"So I would 1'' she replied, in a hissin g tone. Ha is the very cure of my life. He stands be tween me and happiness, wealth and position!" "PerMctly. Know jest bow it is. Now wbat'll you give to have that galoot put so fur under ground he can.'t never burrow out a(J''in1" "'u What will you cbarge1 Remember, tbe job must be done at once!" "Five thousand dollars!" Gulliver declared. knows myself!" "Waal,Ishould adviseyenot tertryit fer if ye do, tbar's a powerful sartainty tbarlll a bumblebee buzz right tbru' your pericranium. Bo now, waltz!" Gulliv e r was not slow in obeying, for he was evid ently afraid cif that remarkable lad. Wben he was gone, Bill sauntered to the hot e l, well-pleased at bis success in bluffing down a .1ian of Gulliver's huge proportions, "Bet the gal will knock her heels tergether, when sbe finds out bow she's bin soaked," he muttered. "Serves h e r right, durn her!" After bis fiigbt from the presence of Big Buckskin, Jubal Andre made bis way back to town in a humor that was bad, to say the least. "Beaten again," be whined to himself. It seems as if ill-luck is continually dogging me since I bave come to this a cc ursed town. Big Buckskin has the luck of a cat as regards his life, and it is apparent that I have no business to attempt taking it. What is to be done I do not know." As be entered the town be saw Sal Slap leave the Guzzler's Glory, and walk over toward the Bonanza Hotel His suspicions became at once aroused. "What the blaz es is the ugly she-tiger going therA for?" bA muttered. The s ubstanc e of their previous interview then flashed across bis mind.


Denver Dolla Pa.rtnel'. "Can it be posaible that the boy is there, and she is to betray hi. ; identity to Big Buck skin?" Tben came another thought. He bad twice seen Little Bill tending bar, and had also 1 een him everal times on the hotel veranda. "By Heaven! I b"lieve I bave made a discovery I" gasped. Tbat youngster is tbe son of Buckskin and Agnes, and Sal Slap is goine; to give away the secret, curses be on berr Tbe thought made him fairly desperate, and be qnickened bis pace with a view of overtaking her. But be had disappeared witbin the hotel ere be rd>ic!ied it. Ob, but I'm not bafH.ed yeti" he snarled, crouching down behind a rook. And a maliciously satisfactory chuckle es caped him, in anticipation of the impending vic torv. Presently, a man passed near to where he was crouching, and he saw that it was Big Buckskin, whose footsteps were directed toward tbe Bonanza. -"Ab! but I baveyou, now!" the villain bigslllr, and drawiug bis revolver be fired. 'fbere camti back a taunting, sarcastic laugh, while Big Buckskin walked leisurely on toward the hotel, not even deigning to look around to see what bad attacked him. Jubal Andre gazed after him like one dumfounded. He was positive that every shot he had fired had bit tbe sport in the back, as tbe space between them was not sufH.cient to warrant a "mis," even by the poorest marksman, which the old villain was not, by any means. Yet the bullets had not taken effect, for surely no human being with six bullets in his back walk with as much sang fmid as. Big Buc kskin did. Curses on him I" Andre hissed, "he is certainly leagued with infernal power; or else be wears some protective device that renders him bullet-proof. Never mind! I may get a chance at him ae;ain. I'll tr. v him above the shoulders, then, and see if he will refuse lead there!" "Ye wull, bey1" a voice exclaimed, close to his ear, which caused him to start violently, "Ye wult, h eyf Neow, my Christian friend, mebbe it would more appropriate and con perlite not ter count yer chickens afore they're batched. I've allus obsarved tb"t secb wisdom brought forth better result.s. My name is Gulliver, an' I'm je>t fresh arrived frum Liliput!" It was the giant, in truth, and he held a re volver of like gigantic size leveled at tho mock parson's head. CHAPTER XIII. llAL SLAP'S DISCLOSURE-AND THE MIDNIGHT WEDDING. -.,.. SAL SUP did not gain an immediate interTiew with Denver Doll on her arrival at the hotel, bnt was told to wait in the office until Doll came down from her room. While she was waiting Little Bill came into Uie ofllce, attired for the street. 1'o 1oager a ragged, uncouth-looking urchin was William, but a decidely tony, welkh:'llllllled lad. A quizzical expression came over bis inlielli gent face as he saw Sal Slap. "Hello,_ Willie!'' she said, softly. "You are lookin' right nice to-night!" "Pshaw! you don't say so, Sally. For Hea ven's s'.lke don't get mashed on me! What are you doing here1" W siting to get an interview with Dennr Doll my lad." Humph l what do you want of berr' "It will make your eyes bung out, boy, when you learn." "Phew! must be somethin' exqueordinary then1" "You bet it. is! But don't ax me no questions." Durn it, don't be so Spill out, ef it's anything worth knowin'. Goin' ter 'dopt me1 an' make me your heirr' 'Nol" S ome one want to marry me'I'' "Not for vears yet, you ten-year-old general!'' "Bab! Come now, you're a sweet; purty duckling of a gal-ain't ye goin' pan out the secret?" "No, not You run away for awhile, and when you come back you'll know all about it." "All right, But mind, don't fool me." .You'll know!" Sal repeated, grimly. Satisfled that be would gain no>,bing by teasing her, William arranged his tie and sauntered out for an evening stroll. After he was gone, Sal took out a Testament and began to read, seeming deeply interested. After a long wait Denver Doll came down stairs. Sbe was greatly surprised to see the hag, who bad never bothered her since the Guzzler's Glory was started. "Good-ev.ening, Dolly," Mrs. Sharp greeted, closing her Testament. "I have called to see you on important business. Can I see you priva tely1" "If necessary, yes. Come with me," and she led the way to the room in the rear of the office, where a light was burning. "Now please be brief!" Doll said, "for I have much busiuess to attend to." I've a rlisclosure to make. Did Big Buck skin ever tell you the story of his bein' married!'' "Yes. yes!" "To Andre's gal!" "Yes." Well, a child was born.'' "Yea." "Does be know what became of it, galr' "No. He suspects that the Andres had it smuggled 06." "So they did. I did the job, and I put it in kinrlly bands. I even know where it is now!" Big Buckskin's voice was heard in the office just then. Doll prung to the door and called him in. When he was seated, Doll said: "Mr. Wilton, I have something to surpri8e you. This lady, Mrs. Slap, knows where yfJll/I lost son is." "Whatt" Buckeltin cried, excitedly


Denver Doll' Part1lW .., .......... "It's so," Sal averred. "Your son is aad well, and I ltlW him not half an hour ago." "God be praised! Tell me, woman, where is her He has bet>n as under a mother's care for some months," Sal returned, with a significant glance at Doll. "What! Is it possible you mean Little Bill?" the D .. tective Queen cried. The werry same. l've kept track o' tbe kid ever since I war hired bv Jubal Andre to kill him, when be war a baby.1 Big Buckskin bowed bis bis bands and was silent for some minutes. When be looked up there were tears in bis ey:r-':rbis is the happiest hour I have known for years," he said. "1 never dreamed Little Bill was. my son, but l am none the less proud of him. And I have much to thank you both for, besides what pecuniary reward you can name." "No reward is necessary,'' Sal at once answered. I am only glad to get rid o' the weight on my conPcience. But Jet me give ye a little advice, free gratis. Don't never Jet on to the boy who his mother is, for she is a reproach to the both of you." "You are ri!l'ht. It will be better for the boy to remain in ignorance of the sort of a mother be bas. I will now go and find him." "No, no,'' Denver Doll demurred. "I have something important to say to you botb. Bill will be all right, and you had best not explain anything to him until to-morrow morning." She then spoke to her two auditors in low, rapid tones f o r several minutes, after which Sal Slap took her departure . Let ns return to our friend Gulliver and bis catch, Jubal Andre. The latter swore furiously when he saw that he was trapped. "What do you meanf'' be savagely questioned. "I mean that I have :mtcbed ye in a purty leetle scrape, an' ef ye don't disgorge I'm goin' to ye in the noddle." Man, I have no money!" "Git eoutl Fellers like you don't go broke, an' don't ye fergit it! Jest tumble out yer DO<'kets, an' yer jewelry, an' I'll let ye go trPe, 1ca1se I soo'd Buckskin didn't count ye wu'tb noticln'. Ef ye refuse, I'll blow yer bead oft', wre's I'm the feller what ten thousand Liliputians couldn't conquer." Seeing nothing more sensible to do, tho entrapped ack nearly already." Then get a priest and let's get at once to work. Is there a minister or priest in the camp. do 1-ou knowt'' Yes. One-arrived yesterday and hung out bis shingle." "Then go fetch him at once, and we will start. for the picture rocks, where the ceremony is to. take place. It will be moonlight and romantic." A sharp rap came upon the door. Sir Royal sprung forward and opened it, and admitted th& bum-looking Englishman. "Well1 what's the matter?'' Sir Royal in quired, snarply. "Jig's up in that direction, so far as the weddiu' is con<'erned. See'd ttatfeller Stark meanderin' toward the picter rocks. Guess be smells a -rat. So, I arranged a difi'.,rent Jay-out." "Whatl'1 "Why, I bought oft' Bal Slap. She's sbet UJ> the place fer the night. 'Bout midnight we 'r'" to come one hv one an' rap at the door, au' I'll admit you, We'll hev tht> weddin', then bosses: clu8s by, so we kin git a start at once." The she devil Sal Slap can't be trneted, at: all," Jubal Andre averred. Yes, she ran. Sne said as bow she bad suth in' private to tell ye when y' come." "Humph," was all the answer. "Then it is understood that we ,..m all meet. at Sal Slap's at midnight, prepared for tbe jour ney," Sir Royal said. "Friend Andre, will YOU' attend to the matter of securing the services ot a minister" "I suppose so," was the reply. The villain was not over pleased at the ideoa ot having the wedding at the Guzzler's Glory, for he could but believe that Sal Slap's visit to tbs Bonanza Hotel bad been to give np the secret of the wbereaboutR of Big Buckskin's on. When the Englishman bad departed Andre left the shanty and engaged the ne..,Jy-arrived clergyman, aftPr which he directed his toward the mining-drift. He approached the moutla of the drift and peered in .JiA he did so a b!J88 IP"fal7' 1-.r -Ing toward 1lilD.


1 28 Denver Doll's Partner. Tb at :was enough! He turned and fled for dear life. He was satisflerl, beyond a doubt, that Little Bill wa3 torn to pieces by the monster, long ere thlL So be returned to bis shanty to await the com-ing or the midnight hour. Midnight! Quie t prevailed io Little Bill's Bonanza. Every place of business was closed up for the night, and ooly h ere and there throughout the camp were lights seen burning. Few penple were abroad, and the most of these wertl making for their respective homes. The bright radiance of the moon fell down up<>n the town and reve11.led.ohjacts with startling distinctness e3pecially the aerial figure of Burk Murdock on tho pole. About half-past twelve the last of several mufR a d figures, rapf)ed at the door of the Guz zler's Glory, and was admitted. InsUe, the saloon was but dimly lighted and a moootonous-sileuce prevailed. Behinri the bar Sal Slap stood, a grim expres sion upon her hard face. In different parts of the ro:>m were sooted the parties connected with the nocturnal affair, viz. Jubal Andre, Agnes, Sir R oya l Rignold, and the burn-looking Englishman, Backu s. The last comer was the minister-a young, de mure-lool{ing mao, who appeared to feel strangely out of place in the grog den. Well, I guess all parties are here," Jubal .Andre announce d, "and we w ll get through with the ceremony a soon as possible. Mrs. Sl'lp, will you see that the front door is well locked to insure safety!" "To be sure I will, dear Jub11l," S!l.l replied, leaping over the b!!.r us neatly as a drygoods clerk could have done. "The do o r i well secured." Orde r was then called, and the contracting uartie3 stood up, both very pe.le and evidently Iaooring unde r considerable agitation. The minister produced bis book atad slowly .and clearly read the marriag" received the amwers, anri pronouuceit Sir Roydl Rignold and Agnes Andra man and wife, The following instant a rear door opened and a string of persons entered the bar-room. CHAPTER XIV. WONDER UPON WONDER, AND ALL IS WELL. THERE harl been, no doubt, many artistic and striking tableaus within tbe Glory during Sal Slap'; reign as proprietress but it is safe to say there n ever was one to equal that which marked the entrance of the new-comers followin g the marriage ceramonv. The Andre-Rignold party stood aghast, white .and In the l e"rl of the enterinll': pte d man of boo\ tbe L ondon courts as Mr. Jack De Haven, the ex-convict and burglar I" I will .never I" Sir Royal cried, furiously. But he reckoned without bis host; for he was seized from behind by Sherry, and held firmly, whil-. Denver Doll adorned his wrists with handcuffs. "I guess you'll come to terms," Doll said, with her provoking laugh. Curse you!" was all the reply the baffled bi?,amist could make. 'You are making arrests so freely,'' spoke up Agnes Andre, I propose that you arrest yonder ruffian," indicating old Gulliver. "Not three hours ago he swindlPd me out of five thousand riollars-" "Of my money, too, you bnssy I" interrupted Jubal Andre, savagely. "Which you, in turn, stole from Sir Royal!" snPered Agnes, putting bogus stuff in place of it!" Charmin' laughed Denver Doll. How is tllis, Gulliver'!" "Ohl tht1 gal gave me the swag as pay fer killin' Buckskin, bnt arter I got it, I felt suddenly pious, an' couldn't do the job," the giant replied, with a grin. "I arte rw1trds caught Ju bal thar, a-shutin' at Buckskin, anil I made him dih nut, too!" "Gore for you! I opine that you're entitled


Denve1 D., PartDel'. I to all you have got. And now, friends, these the prboners were placed in the room in tbv few arrests do not terminate ro night's little sur-rear of the oice. prise, for I have wmetbing else to say for the Little Bill bad got back, and was up, waiting benefit of those r e s ent. for Doll "Years ago, young Sir Clifford Chelton, of The uonds Jubal Andre bad plac e d upon him Chelton Cas tle, England, forsook bis home, ran were not tight, and be was free and out of the away, and be came lost to all those who loved drift almos t as soon as the villain "as out of him. A long search was made, but he c-.ould not sigbt, and long befor e the be a r load ente red it. be fouDd, and was given up as dead. That is, As soon as Big Buckskin saw bim, be clasped by all except his fatbi r, Sir Rugh. him to Lis breast w1trmly. "Sir Hugh could n e v e r g ive it up but what "My son 1 my s o n!" he murmure(i. bis son would be F.ouad, and with a resolve to "Git out!" Bill retorted. "What you givin' find him, he left Eu gland to devote his life t.o ns1 I u iu t your kid." the search, purposely leaving bebiad him evi-''But you are, as Denve r Doll will tell you, denc e to lead to the belief that he bad committed and Old Prowler, here, as you knew him, is your suicide." grandfather." "This is false!" Sir Royal cried, alarmed at Denve r Doll then explained what was advisa.tbe prospect of the great Chelton estate being ble to him, and Bill listened curiously. taken fro m him. "Well, that's a rum go, ain't it!" he remuked. "It is not. There stands Sir Hugh Chelton, "Suthin' like a Sunday-,<;kewl hymn. So you're alive and well!" goin' ov e r the puddle eb, dad1" And sbe turned and (Jointed to Old Prowler, "Yes-back to grand old Castie Chelton, tbe who stood near at band. borne of mr youth. You are to go along." The old man seemed taken by surprise. '' Wuli, might go and look uver the ranch, By all things wond erful, how did you find but ye see I ain't got no time to devote t0 relaout mysecret1" be cried, throwing oil' tb e long tious. A s ides, 'Merka' s tbe plac e fur Willum, white false beard and wig, and standing before wbar every galoot's his own king; then, too, I tbem-a hale and hearty-looking old g ent-the an' Denver Doll aire partne rs, you bet!" real Sir Rugh, sure en ough! " I suspected it from the first you told me of the family matter. The lon ger gre w our intimacy, the firm e r did the s u $ picion becom e an established certainty in my miod, But, let me proceed with my story: Sir Hugh'11 search seemed useless and fruitless He gre w fati g u e d and weary, and I gue ss, finally, wh e n b e reached this camp, be was a b out satisfied that 'twas no use to searc h further." "You are right!" Sir Hugh assented. "But with your failing courage," D enver D o ll went on, my i11teres t was aroused, and I made up my miuci t o find Sir Clifl'ord Chelton, a11d I've found bi m." "Wbatl what!" Sir Hugh crie d, e x citedly "Bahl she lies!" roare d Sir Royal Rignold, savage ly. I do not I" replied D enver Doll. Th e old saying, 'It's not always best to forsake the old for the" new,' is extre m ely applic abl e iu this cas e as Miss Andre will undoubtedly under stand, when I state that her wronge d first hus band, Big is t,be real Sir Clifford Chelton!" Agnes Andre uttered a gasping cry. Sir Hugh sprung forward. "My son! my long-l ost so n I Can this be true!" be asked, with tearful e yes. It is true I am Clifl'01d Chelton, but bow tbe blazes this ferre t-ey e d girl eve r found it out is beyond my comprehension," the sport said, as he warinly embraced his parent. did it," Doll explained, with a laugh. "And now, as matters have terminated so well through the medium of my little decoy trick, I opine we better adjourn the meeting." And it was adjourned. The prisoners, and all hands except Sal Slap and Agnes Andre, went to the Bonanza Hotel. Agnes, wicked, crushed woman of tbe world, went hack to the shanty alone and unpitied. On the arrival of the main party at the hotel, A few words to cl ose Juba l Andre and Sir Royal esc a ped before morning and were nev e r s e e n in Idaho aii;ain. During their guard's absence a uoard had be e n pried off the sid e of the building, wbicb formed one of tbe walls o f the roo m, and t b e y bad cra wl e d out tbrough this o p ening and esc aped. was s upposed tha t A g nrs b a d hire d the job don e, and aide d th e m to get a w a y Tbu s the J a w was, in tbes e two cases, b affied, and Stark and Sherry were forced to se t out on tb e search a g

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