Colorado Charlie's detective dash, or, The cattle kings
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, ;ur-_7r lght 1883-1800, by Beadle&: Adams. Entered at Post< "!lee, New York, N. Y., as second class matter. """' No.64 THE ARTHUR WESTBROOK CO. Cleveland, Ohio Vo l. V
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Colorado Cha.rue Detective '.llla. Colorado Charlie's Detective Dash; OB, THE CATTLE KINGS. .--. BY EDWARD L. WHEELER, AUTHOR OF "DEADWOOD DICK" NOTICLS, ROSE BUB ROB NOVELS, ETC,, ETC. I CHAPTER L THE INSULT, "PEDRO!" "Yes, general!" "Who is this fellow who rescued Lenore from the cowboys, a week since"!'' I know not, general, except tbat ha is a wandering ranger, and is known at the camp as Colorado Charlie, or Quick Shot." "From what does be d erive so strange a titlef" "I believe be is countAd. the m os t unerring shot on the range, sir, either with rifl e or revolver." "Undoubtedly some good-for-nothing vaga bond, with a penchant for n otoriety and cheap whisky!" the gen eral said, angrily, as be l11t 1111vagely at the eqd of a half-smoked che root. "What is more Pedro, I bear that Lenore bas been to Dag gersv1Jle this we e k, ost e nsibly to do shopping, but in reality to meet this tramp." Pedro smiled at the expression of disgust upon his maswr's face. Hearsay e:iven ynu tbe truth for once, sir," be s:i.id. "Of course I have no de sire to meddl e in your family all' air" but I have seen Col orado Charlie and Lenore have a clandestine "Ten thousand devils! when-where? Speak up, man I" Tbe general was fearfully excited. "It was last night, sir, in the arbor at the lower end of the lawn," Pedro replied. Curse myself for a fool if this isn't interestin&l My daugbt<,r, a descendant from one of the finest famili e s in old Kentuck, playing the loverly with a name less mongrel cur of the prairies! Go, quick, Pedro, and send the girl to me. I'll put her on bread and water for a week!" "Beg pardoq, sir. The carriage departed an hour ago, taking Miss Lenore over to the Cott.en woods." "Ahl yes; I bad forgotten. There's to be a sort of reception fete there, in honor of Old Man Ronald's son coming back from graduatiqn at Yale. Well, let the girl go. I'll see to this matter of the scout, lat.er. You can go." And the general leaned back in his easy-chair, to finish his cigar, while Pedro left the room. General Gleason was an ex-Confederate offi cer, and one of the richest of the cattle kings," in southern Colorado, at the tlme of which we write. His magnificent prairie island, of many thou sand acres of superb grazing land, W1I!! a mile from the qui.,t, thriving town of Daggers ville, whose rude habitations were pitched down among the lower foot-bills of the hoary mountain range, at Grizzly Gap. Or Daggersville we will speak more fully he after. From the town, a private road ran down oYer a half-mile of rolling prairie to Villa VoSE11le, the magnificent home of the general-& large modern residence, surrounded by spaciou11 grounds, with abundant shades, flowers, serpen .. tine drives, and costly statuary-a home fit for a prince, the inJ;erior furnished in the m08t elegaut manner. General Gleason, his daughter Lenore, and half a dozen servants-Pedro among themwere the only occupants of this sumptuon11 home, except when frequently honored with visiton<. To be sure there was a full half-hundred, cow boys and herdsmen iu the general's employ, but they bad a special "settlement," or habitation, known as the Barracks, ten miles to the somb, on the cattle-range, and seldom showed up at Villa Voselle except on pay-Oay. The foregoing conversation occurred in the g eneral's well-titocked library, where the gen eral was peated at an open window, looking out upo n a coo l veranda foward the mining-town, upon which the dying sunlight of a hot August dav was jnst waning. He> was aot a homely me.n-this fiery, hot blood e d Southerner, who bad fought through the entire four yPars of the great struggle in the C o n federate service. He was tall and of commanding build, with broad and shoulders, and a haughty, 110l dierly bearing. His face was more stern tban kindly in ex pression, and was well cov ered with short cropped, iron-gray beard, wbile his hair was still more silvery. His eyes were gray and ea11:le like in their glance, and a high, well,.sbaped forehead denoted t at he was a man of pronounced intellectual strength. His face still wore an angry expresion after Pedro departed, foi: it galled bis proud spirit-this rumor that bis daughter, the queenly Le nore, at whose shrine the best men of Washing ton bad bowed but a season before, should even notice a common rover of the mountain and prairie. Ambitious view! had the general for the dis posal of bis daughter. Up in Daggersville, temporarily stopping at the Cinnamon Bear Hotel, was lln old fnend of the general's-Colonel Mcintosh by name-sixty years old, gray-haired, pinched-faced, red-nosed and the possessor of but one eye aml one leg: yet one of higbly-arist.ocratic lineage, with a bank account of a quarter of a million, and one of the most exoonsive and profitable cotton-plantations on the Red River. Hence the colonel had been decided upon for Lenore, by her businestt-like and practical parent. : And Colone\ Zac\t Mclntooin bad come to l>aggenvil\e for the purpose of taking the fair Lenore back with him as his wife. But Miss Gleason kad obstinately refused to asMnt to the arrangement, and where the colo nel had only expected to stay a week after bis arrival, a month had already passed, and still
Colorado Charlie ' DeteetlYe D ..... llh. 8 .._.. was no likelihood of his securing his bride. A.bout eight days before tbe day that opens our romance, Lenore had been found missing, and it was at once suspected that sbe had been e.aptured by a couple of di11ebarged cowboys, who had sworn to wreak vengeance on the general. An armed party was organized and sent out in search of the border beauty, and bat. He must n o t be allowed to slip a way-that is settled. Lenore must marry birn. But, how is it to be acc.1mplished 1 The girl bas the spirit end temper of her father. When she gets an obstinate notion 'into her b ead, thunder and lightning would not drive or scare-her out of it. She depi;;es Mclotosb, and b e perfectly idolizes her. If a success is to be made of my ambitious scheme, it evidently must be through him." He r elapse d into a sort of reverie, which lasted several minutes, when he glanced at bis watch, and put on bi s bat. I've a curiosity to see this young scout!" he said, seizing his formidable gold-headed cane one of tbose convenient affairs for gentlemen, holding a deadly bullet in one end and a narrow tlask of liquor in the other. "I credited Lenore .with extraordinary good taste, therefore I should naturally expect to find this fellow a very para-gon among rnen." He left the house, and walked briskly away toward Daggersville---wmething unusual for him, as be generally galloped up to the camp on his spirited roan, Ken tuck, than which nn bet ter or fleeter horse existed had often been his boast. Daggersville was a little collection of cabins and shanties, situated on either side of a rugged stage-trail at the mouth of Grizzly Gap which at this point, split the towering mauntain-range asunder. \ There were not ever a couple of hundred in habitants, mostly knights of the pick and shovel, the remainder being gamblers or shop keepers, barring a small sprinkling of women and children. Excepting a few private "patches," wh'ich yielded but a meager profit, two quartz mines formed the main support of the miners who populated Daggersville, and both of these mines W81'6 owned by a company, the chief. stockholder of which was a wealthy rancbero, Old Man Roland, as he was called, he being presi dent of the company, and owning a controlling intere.
-Colorado Claal'lle'li Deteettve DaaJa. Where Is thi1 fellow!" ".lte went o:tr for a ride awhile ago; be back l:W mpP41r he said." "Ob, I'll wait tor him, then. They say he is a Jiuick shotr' -Such is the case, I hear. I should judge, from experience I've had at interpreting ther peculiarities o' human character, general, thet he'd be a purty safe character to let alone, speakin' rampageoust,v." "Has be bra.vado1' "No; he ain't no blusterin' tough, but has every appearance of bein' a quiet gentleman. Ef ary pilgrim were to tweak his nose, how ever, I opine thar'd be another earthquake needin' to opeu up1 ter swaller ther corpuses. Not going to fight h1ml'' "Ob, no! I merely want to see him on business. I'll wait." .And the general sauntered away and took a seat on the veranda in front of the hotel He had to wait but balf an hour"-whep a horseman came galloping leisurely down the trail and l!OOn drew rem before the door, where he slid lightly to the ground and gave his hand some steed to the stable-hand. He was a man of medium stature, with a wiry, muscular form, which, in its evident strength and suppleness, spoke of active life and exercise, both on foot and horseback. His age apparently was between r,..,_..;;y-three and twenty-five years: his face was n-..nk, open and handsome, witb a firm but pleasant mouth, partly shaded by a brown mustache; deep brown eyes of sparkling expression, and hair of like S'hade, as wavy as the billows of the ocean and worn long over his shoulders. Beginning at bis foot, he wore a fine pair of top-boots, light woolen pants, a belt i:ontaining a pair of revolvers, a white flannel shirt open at the throat, and a finely-tanned buckskin jacket of scarlet color and most elaborate finish in the way of embroidery and golden bead-work. A jaunty white prairie bat was worn upon his head, and he looked indeed a prince of the plains. He ran lightly up the steps after dismounting, bnt pauaed after reaching the veranda. on seeing ti>e i;aneral a.ris"' as if to speak. "Are you Cplorado Charlie1" Gleason de manded fn a by-no-means pleasant tone. "That's the title I bear, sir, among those who know me," the scout answered, bowing. "You are the party, then, who, 'tis said, rAS;iued my daughter?" "I rescued a Miss Gleason, sir." Why did you not come to me, then, and claim the oft'erert reward, sir, like a. man!'' "Excuse me, but.I hardly understand you. I bad no desire to accept a reward for a. mere act of common kindness." Oh, no-of course not. 1 understimd your motive. You wish to ingra.ti.a.te yourself into good societ.y. You took that wa.y of doing_ it, expecting to be received with open arms. You have even planned and maneuvered so well as to secure clandestine meetings with my daughter. Sir-rh you are a low mongrel of a prairie cur -a dastard and a sneak." "General Gleason!" Quick-Shot cried, draw ing himself up proudly, his face flushed at foe insult-" General Gleason, of Villa Voselle-le& there be no mistake as to whom I mean-you a a liar and a coward!" CHAPTER1L THE DUEL AND THE WARNING, THERE were several bystanders upon the ve. ra.nda at the-moment of the sudden outbreak and bad a bomb exploded in tbAir midst it would have produced no more cousternation ,than did tbe angry words of the two men. In a town, even as quiet as was Daggersville, no greater insQlt was believed possible than to call a man a liar and a coward, and yet tbia very thing bad Quick-Shot
The general's was but a very ordinary affair as compared with it. Witbout parley, the two men took to mid dle of the street, prepared for business. Tbe comparison between the two men WllS striking. The old general was much taller and broader, and heavier by a hundre d pounds, than Quick-Sbot, and as he seized bis blade, with soldierly bearing, an audience would have made tbeir bets in bis favor, as he looked eminently able to cut down his adversary with a blow. though the cattle-king towered above him-the fact did not seem to diminish Q1ickShot's courage in the l e ast. He handled his blade with the skill and science of a professional swordsman, and every tbrust made by the general was neatly met and parried. For full I.en minutes the deadly blades fl.ashed through tbe air, and the ring of steel rerounded, and though the general at last began to show signs of fatigue, Colorado Charlie was evidently as fresh as !lt the start. FulJ welJ noting that be was losing ground, the general uttered a vindictive oatb, and'made a master effc rt to run bis adversary tbrougb; bnt Quick Shot bad been tbat very thing, and with remarkable qmckness made a powerful parry which burled tbe sword from the cattle-king's grasp, and sent it ::;pin ning a dozen feet away. With almost the same breath, Colorado Charlie raised his sword again, and smote the general heavily upon the cheek with the flat of tlie blade, knocli:ing him to the ground. "Mercy!" he cried, raising bh.nself upon bis elbow. "Mei::cy, I beg of you, Sir Colorado Chiirliel" "You need not to ask fo!. it!" Quick-Shot answered. "I have your life in my bands, but would not have the stain of the blood of such a man as yon upon my sword. Arise, sir, and take a stranger's advice-be a little more con siderate in tbe future." Thoroughly chagrined, the general to his feet, and r eceived his blade froru Major Greer. "You have won, sir, and against odds," he said, his voice trembling with bitter passion, which he tried to hold in check; "hence I ac cept my life, fl'om you, as a gift. This need not make any difference in our antagonistic re lations, howev(lf. W e are total strangers to eacb other, and I would warn you to keep your !distance, both from me and mine. You are no fit person to court the acquaintance of my daughter, an'J if you have any common-sense or judgmP.nt, you will be only too glad to get O\Jt of this section of the country at once." "I cannot comply, sir; I never was known to back out of a fie ld for any one. For you l bave only what respect you deserve. F o r your daughter I have a respectful admiration, and as long as I have the least reason to believe that she reciprocates the feeling, I shall not hesitate to pay her any gentlemanly attentions thAt are honorable and acceptable to her, regardless of what your feelings may be on the matter. It may be improper to make such a statement in public, but as I have the pleasure of knowing that I did not begin the quarrel, I trust l will be for making your daughter's affair the gossip of the camp." do I un(lerstand, sir, that you openly defy me!" So far as you would intrude on my liberties as a citizen,. yes!" Quick-Shot replied, with empbasis, and turning, he strode into the hotel. General Gleason and the major directly fol lowed his example and repaired to the bar room, where they became seated, and drinks were ordered "Gen'0'?al, this is a most unfortunate affair!" the major said. "The duel of a few minutes ago will do neither of you any paroicular credit." "You know well enough that the f e llow is no person to associate with my daughter, and I would h e an idiot to allow such a thing to take place. He worsted rue at sword-play, but, curse him, I'll make this part of the c ountry too hot for him yet, or I'm mistaken I" "Be careful how you war with him, general. He isn't a boy "Nor am I a doll. Money is a powerful here, eve n if common-sense can't be beate n mtQ a p,erson." 'Perhaps. But, would you, G eneral Gleason, a man of chivalry, use mon e y as an agent to desti-oy a person who not only did you an in valuable service but }llso never harmed you, andspared your llfe when he could as well have taken it!" "Did I say so!" "You hinted as mncb." "Maybe so. At any rate I'll break up this intimacy, or I'll kn o w tbe reason why. No common ruffbn can ever link himself with the proud old Gleasons." "So you think. But don't be too sure, eral. 'l'b ere is no law to prevent the marriage of two adult persons in this State." "There 1s a Jaw-tbat of force!" "Force is a safe tool always." "Bahl Nonsense! Since you have broached the subje_ct--what can money not buy here!" "Me I" the major d e clared, with emphasis, "And when I speak for myself, I speak for several others, I fancy." "Ob I indeed! Then you put your power in comparison with mine!" "Were it to come to that, I fancy I might stand a small shov." "Yon are foolish. It is an 0pen fact that l control this town, its inhabitants, and the conn. try for miies around." "Do you!" f "I do. I have but to call, and a small army awaits my orders!" "So you think. Doubt, however, is open to everybody. Yo11 may count your wealtb, sirand feel proud of it, too-bytbe hundred thou sands of dollars, but, even your money cannot buy the hon e st, strong arm of many a sturdy We3terner." "Ob, tbink so, if you choose. You, I am a ware, are interested in the Ronald syndicate, but I ean crush tbe whole of you nncer my feet." "If you possesslld such power, you would have taken !ldvantage of it long ego. As for yo111 being so perfectly a monarch of all you Sl!l'o
Colorado Charu8'9 eteetlve Dash. vey, please read this. It came addressed to me, as the enve l o pe will He th e n ba;oded the g e n eral an enve l o pe, torn ope n at o n e end from which the catt le-k10g slowly extrac ted a l etter, written in a scrawling hand. Toe foll owi n g w e re tbe contents: "0ll'J'IO& 011' CAP. M<ON, OattJe-7 lilef. } Aug. -, 18-. "To Ge:N "RAL GIDE ON GLEASON: "Srn.-T write you t his lit t l a note to P t ,)l'OU know that l h a v e hear d of th e capt ure of two of my men, whom I s e nt to c apture y our dau g hter, whom it was my iot e nti o n to hold, subj ect' to ransom. I o.m also informt>d from p rivate sour ces, tha t y o u have of fered a rewa d o f one thousand dollars r o r the capturt> of mys e lf tnd foll o w er3, whic 1 . with that of fered by th e Sta te counti es, and vrlv a te parti es, through your political influence, makes a round sum of V thousand. "In wri ti n g you, l whh to expre ss the heartfelt thanks of mys e lf aod my Rowd y Rangers f o r your interest in our w e lf a re i and w ish, furtll e rm o r e to as.sure you tb.at w e sb.au improv e the first saf e o p portunity t o vlslt d e stru cti on on Villa V o s e ll e and alt that appertains the r e to. "Yours to the "CAP. MEL'l'O ... "'f, "Chief of the Cattle Confisc a tors CHA,PTER III. GRIT. All'TER entering the h o tel, Colorado Charlie made bi.s way directly to his room; and took a good batb. and rub down, Tbeo f e elin g greatly refreshed, b a sallied forth upon the street o n ce m o r e H e was anxi ous to learo bow the tide of public s entiment was drift ing, for h e was sane;uine tha t his trouble with the cattle-king w o uld m a ke birn en e mi es as we ll as frie nds. He wa s a strange r in the town o f Dagge rsvill e and r eal ized that a mon eyed po we r as an a gent agains t a stranger, was an e n emy not to be wh o ll y desp ised Tha t G P n e r a l Gl eason w o uld w ork to drive him from t h e tow n, be had n o t a doub t no mat ter what cos t it m i gb t entail Tb.a itia n was arrogant a n d sternly se t in bi s w ay, a n d b e w a s plainl y no t a p erso n to yi eld a p oint, wbe d the r e a gbost or a c h a n ce f o r him t o win ; b e n ce Qui c k-Sho t need e d n o more to tell him h e was ttre!\ d i n g upo n uncertain ground a n d that it b ehoo v ed hi m to k ee p wide an protrud m,;; from clum p s of b11> h es or ov e r th e t o p s o f bowld er<;; but all a t t e m pts t o c apture the owne r harl thus f a r pro v er! unavailing. One peculiar circ um stance conne cted with ,, this specter, or whatever it was, was tba-, ns an invariable tole, after it had been seen in and about the camp, a dead man was soon after discover ed w1tn a bullet-h ole through his heart, and his head turned to the north. T)lus it w .. s that prairie and moi.ntain-men g1ew into the opinion that Daggersville was uncanny and dangerous, wherefore it bellooved a new--00mer to "keep bis eye peeled n when on a visit to the camp. As Colomdo Charlie sauntered along the rugged street be was a target for many curious glances, and it was artly to get from under the fire of eyes that he stepped mto u newly-built store at shanty, in front 01 which was a sign: "GRIT GLEASON, TOBAOOO AND CIGARS." He took no time to recollect that there was a resemblance in the name of the cigar-dealer and.. the cattle-king just then; but he tbmlgbt of it afterward, On entering the store, be found it .to be a little pig eo n-bole of a place, with a counter and showcase and she lving, the latter two receptacles containing the rather limited stock o( tobacco, cigars and smok ers' articles Beb.iod the c ounter presided the young woman, or more P"Operly a girl, for ber age c o uld not have been over eighteen, if, indeed, she was that. Sbe possessed a p etite but well-rounded fi11:ure, whic h was plainly attired in a n etl t g io g b arn dress. She owned on e of the pre t t i est faces Quick -Shot bad in a l o n g t i m e It was youthful, s m a ll fin e-featured, and m erry The m outh was o f tempting r n gui sb,)lwee t expres sion, and t be bl ack eyes w ere lik e dancin g dia. moo ds in t h eir b rilli a n c y. H e r hair, l i k e h e r eye s in co l o r w tts tossed back from h e r for e he ad i n g r eat a bundance and c h arming c onfu s i o n. Her ban ds wer e small au.rl white Col orado Charli e star ed a t her, it was no more t h a n sbe did at hi m, f o r few m e n o f h is striking a ppearance e v e r vi s ited Daf,!;gersvili e A cigar, i f yo u please, b e sa id, throwing a c oin d own on the sho w -case-" one o r 'the best y o u have." "These H avanas are v e r y g ood, I b elieve, f o r h alf a d o ll a r each. I only b o u ght a feyv of t h e m, as I se l do m h a v e call f o r a hi g h-priced ciga1." "I d are sav no t The pipe, I b e li e ve, generall y suits th e a v e rage m i n e r b etter. These are right e;ood-I'll talr e h alf a d oze n, pl ettse." This liberal. purc h ase appeared to fill the pretty sto r e-keepe r wi t h d e light, and s h ., took e x tra pains to put the cigars u p i n a neat packi s nice weather w e ere sir," sbe r emarked. I do lik e ple asant w e athel', eve n if it is warm." "Yes It wiil not be lon g befo r e tbe rainy s ea s o n sets in. You are n ewly started in your bu s in e s s h e re, are you no t'i " Ob I yes sir-but a few d a y s I was sud deul y upon my own r e s ources and hav ing n othing to do, Mr. T abor thought I make a nice little living at this business. "I haven' t iOld II1"self rich yet, however."
., And she langhed merrily, I house. Lenore gave me fifty dollars out of her do. not come in a clay," Quickown pocket, l!ud that helped me to start this Shot said, philosopb1cally. place. I beh eYe you are acquainted with Le-"To be sure they don't. A few good customnore ? She h s uch a nice girl." ors like you and Mr. Tabor, however, would "I have met her several times since I rescued mak.e me believe I was rich." her. It was owing to this fact that tbe general "Your appearance would mdicate that you precipitated the street quarnl a while ago with have known better times." me." "You bet we have, sir. You see, we came "So I learned. You rather worsted him." from the East a f.,w years ago and papa "I placed him at my mercy, and gave him his bought a big ranch and started fin to the st.ocklife. I presume he will try to take mine as a reraismg business. We were making out nicely, turn compliment." \ :;o far as I know-there was only papa and I"I should not be surprised if he did. Al except that papa drank pretty hard, until about though be is a relative of mine, I am sorry t.o a month ago-then came the crash." say I believe him capable of almost any mean '' Indeed1'' action." "Yes. You see, papa came home one nigM, "Your opinion coincides with my own. ar:d said be was not we!i. and believed From what I have seen of the general, I must be was coming down with the small-pox, to say be bas a rascally and selfish disposition. It . which he bad been exposed over a week before would not surprise me to !earn that yoa have up in tbe mountains 11t an Indian camp. I was been deliberately swindled out of father' awful scared, so I locked papu in the cabin we estate by your uncle lived in, and mounting my pony, rode over to "Ob, sir! do you really think so?" General Gleason's-he's my uncle-and told him "I do, for certainty." about it. Re bad me seized and take n to one of "That is what Mr. Tabor believes, too." bis prairie cabins, and shut t p there 'for t.en "lndeed1 Who is this Mr. Tabor!" days to 1'00 if I W!' ..-.oing to c ome do"Vn with "A gentlemao wbo beard of my distress and the scn'all-pox." kindly assisted m e." "The brute!" Is be a resident of Daggersviller' "I didn't like it, oi course, but cculdu t help Ob I no sir. He is a gentleman of leisure, myself. At tbe end of ten d ays an Indian d o c-wbo comes and goes at will, spending much of ':or visited me. and on findmg me all right, rebis time at bunting and prospectiog. I like lea!!ed me and took me back to_ nncle's. Ob I bicn v ery much, for be took pity on me when sir, then came the tei:rible blow." I the world turned a cold should e r "What was it1 I have becoi;ne very much in"I trust he did so, young lady., with good t.erested I" Colorado Charlie said. and honorable intentions. Ao unprotected "Ob I sir, tb e y told me my father bad bben young lady, nowada ys, :iannot be too careful jead and buried a w ee k. For fear the di!!0&Se from whom sbe accepts attentio us, f , r many a would spread, our bumble cabin aud all our wolf i s lurking nuder sheep's effects bad been burned, and papa bad been "I am v ery much obliged for your kind ad buried where no one would be lik ely to find b is vice, but, don't f ear but what Grit Gleas p n can grave. Not even me would they tell where be take care o f herself." was Haven't a doubt of it, I must be going now "I dare say they could be force d to t e ll I'' as I have a ride to take." Quick-Shot suggested. "There could be no pos"You are n o t goin g to the Cottonwoods!" sible harm in lour knowing your father's last "How did you gu e s s it?" resting-place.' "Be cause Lenore has gone there. Be care-" C ertainly n<'t. This bas not b een all my ful, sir I G e n eral Gl e ason is not to be trusted trouble, sir. Since I have told you so muc h, I too far, and there are plenty of too ls in this you may a s w e ll know all. When I asked coocamp whom h e.co uld"bir e to work you evil. : cernin"" my father's ranc h, my uncle stated that "You are ngbr. I shall be on my guard, everything b e long e d to him-that be held a however, and will d efy the general and the mortgage on tbE!j-mncb for d ouble its value, and whol e kit of bis hired assassins I shall see bad forec losed it; that h e held judgment notes Lenore to-ni ght, jus t the same as though noth ag!lin s t the sto c k and other personal property, ing bad occurr.ed." and bad confiscated it, according to law. He "Well, call a gain, when you want another said I was left upon the world penniless, but stock of good cigiirs." being young and strong, could undoubtedly "I will do so," and Colorado Charlie took his take care of myse lf. Re then advised me to leave. leave this part of tbe country, and s uggested that my position in life now woulrl make it imGeneral Gleason's face wore an. anxious ex perative tbat my acquaintance with the Gle!I pre5'Sion, as be read the letter of Cap. M e lton. sons of Villa Voe ll e should abruptly terminate; Ttis Melt o n was on e of the m ost cunning and also that it would be prudent for me to change dangerous d esperadoe s in Southern Colorado, my name, did I remain in these parts, so that and bad rallie r l arn uod him a baud of cutthere could be no danger of my tieing regarded throats, s e cond only to hims e lf, known as the as one of bis family." Rowdy R .. n.ger s and a ls o as tb" Cattle ()Jique. "I presume y.ou agreed to the s.uggestionl" The baud was extens ive and well organized, the young inquisitor said, with a tlry laugh. and Meltou m a de th e m a successful leader, be-"I presume I did notJIJ Miss Gl.rnson respond-ing feared, 'twas said, as much by bis own tol ed. I told .him to go to bl&IN, and left the lowers, as by those whom he waged war against.
s r Cc>loradu Cha.rltes Deteetive Da.sb. Aovery Apollo among men, in point of manly \ieauty, this Melton was said to be, and a man v of a safer iutelli geuce agency than vours." "Right .Ye be. Buck Brady air tbe ba'rpin to apply to, wben ve want a job done, an' t'on't ye fergit that I Wbat sorter job d'.ve want done, gint\ral-a man put out of tbe way'!'' "You have hit it." "Tbet air Colorado Cbarhe'I'' I Tbe very man." "Tbort so. I reckoned you'd want revenge, ye iknow, arter be bumiliated-'ye at yer own game. Bin l1tvin' fer yer gal, eb?" "He bas dared to intrude into her society. He is a man I don't care to have about, and so the best way to do is to g<:it rid of him before he does any 11:reater rnicnief." '-"Exactly. Wbeu cio ye want it didr' "To-night. I believe tbe fellow will lurk about the Cottonwo'>ds, to-night, on puroose to get an interview with my lle, and it bad for years been a matter of rivalry, between the general and tbe Olrl Man, as t o wbich sllould have the most attractive home. Of the Ronaldss' there were four-father, motber, son and daughter. Ralph Ronald, tbe son, bad been kept at school, from almost infancy. and bad racently graduated at Harvard, with tbe highest hon ors. It was in honor of his return that a recepbion had b ee n planned at tbe C',ottonwoods, towel come him. after an absence of three years. Ruth Ronald, aged seventeen-where Ralph was twenty-four-bad graduated, a year be fore our story. Sbe was a plnnld's return borne; nevertbe le ss "tho Cottonwoods was llternllv a blaze of light. only the dwelling, but even the sb9.de1 groundi w ere lit up, and within the mansion the inspiring strain music lent j'>V to tbe occasion. Tbe grand parlors were filled witl:i richly attiren guests, and with those of rougher exterior but of kindl. v natures. Old Man R nuald always mqde it a boast that the poor were j11st as welcome to bis borne as were the rich; consequently, be counted his friends by scores upon sc
Coforano Cha'"tt"' Detective > - with gueste, and the tables haded with the Alements of a princely feast, there was something lacking. ,.,. Ralph Ronald bad not come! He should have arrived at sunset, as he had written that he would leave the nearest mil way sta.tion that morning on horseback, and surely reach the Cottonwoods by dusk at the fur But, dusk bad come; darkness had followed; yet no Ralph Ronald. It was already nine o'clock. Old Mun R o nald, a fat, florid little gentleman, paced to and fro, with knitted brows, speaking t o no one, exceP..t to occasionally send some one to learn if Ralph had arrivoo; and anxiety was expressed upon the faces of all present. Lenore and Ruth kept closely in each other's company, and the general and the Ill looking colonel chatted soberly togelhr upon a sofa in a retired corner. What could detain Ralpb1 This was the question on every side. Had be been waylaid on the prairie, and mnr derE-d or captured? Or, bad some unforeseen accident prevented bis arriving at the railway station, at the time named? The question was answered an hour later, when Mr. Ronald was contemplating dismissing his guests. Heavy footsteps were heard in the hall, and a moment. later Qnick-Sbot entered the parlor, bearing in bis strong arms the limp, bleeding form of a well-dressed young man of about his own age, and ]_aid hj,m upon the flo or. A horrified cry went up from every side, and Old Man Ronald Rprung forwrud, with a moan of itnguish. "My God I itis my boy!" be cried. "He is dead. Ohl my ho vi my boy!" "Stand back, pleas e! Colorado Charlie or derer!, addressing the guests wbo crowded about. "Give the young gentleman air. I think he iSalive yet." He knelt and made an examination of the wound, which had been inflicted upon the fore head. by some sharp-edged instrument. "The skull is not fractured.'' he said, a mo ment later, anrl I r eckon he is onl.v stunned, for bis heart still beats. Fetch me some water, and a glass of liquor." "My Gori I my poor son is dear!, I fear.'' Mr. Ronald groaned. "Where did you find him, sir?" "I was riding this way, sir. over the prairie, when my horse shied so suddenlv, as to nearly pitch me from the saddle.'' Quick-Shot explained. "Knowing something must be wrong, I dismounted, made a search, and as a result, found this young man lying on th e grass. Yours beirn! the nearest habitation, I brought him here, without suspecting that be was your son." "You have placed ns under life-long obligations to you sir.'' th13 min e-ow n e r said. "If you can only bring him back to life, so that he can explain who rlid this act, I'll bave tbe whole country aroused but what 1'11 find the wretch!" "1 reckon that ain't necessary, boss!'' a hoarse, tiiiumphant voice cried, and Buck Brady strode into the room followed by half a dozen of: bis pals, all of wliom grasped cocked revolvers, ready for use. Boys, cover,your maul" Io a twi.:iklmg each weapon was leveled at Qmck-Shot, who bad turne.! pale "'itb rage, on perceiving the turn that had been called upon him. A murmur of surpris e and doubt escaped the lips of the guests. What! Do you charge this young man with being the one who committed the assault u pon my son/" Old Man Ronald demanded, sternly. "You bat yer boQts I do!" Brady declared. "Ef ye wanter koow, I kin tell ye j est how we know." "Proceed, sir." W aal, ye see, we were directed t e r keep a watch on Colorado Charlie, as he were a sus picio us keracter. So we followed him, and see'd him meet yer son, an' s lu g him wi' suthin' or other. Arter yer son fell w e heerd him say, 'Thar, you won't stand 'twixt me an' Lenore Gleason, J;talph Ronald. I'll tote ye hum, an get a fuoting wi' yer parents fer doin' so.' Th en be fetched yer son here, and we follered ter arrest him." This is an atrocious lie-a conspiracy to in jure mel" Quick-Shot cried fiercely. "I know notbing of bow this young man was hurt. I found him, as I stated to you, and brought him here. This lyini ruffl.ag has been employed to do me this evil turn, and I am not afraid to name hi s employer. There be sits, lik e the vil lain b e is, r ejoicmg at the apparently successful attempt be bas made to ruin me-General Gideon Gleason I" "You li e! you liel" tbe cattle-king roared, leaping to his feet, in a rage. "He don't li e!" cried a second voice, and into the room ste pped Grit Gleason, tb:;' p r etty shop k eepe r. "Tbere is a diabolical conspiracy here, and yo u, Gideon Gleason, are at the bottom of it! I saw you visit Buck Brady's den to-night, and knowio g of your hatred for Colorado Charlie, I suspected your motive. Wben Brarly and bis men l ef t the town, I dogged their footst eps and I am here to swear that tbev came direct to this place, and themselves in the park, and remain ed there until they saw Quic k-Shot ent;er ing this hou se with the man in bis arms! You see what a li e bas b een told, in hopes of crimin atingColorad o Charlie!" -"Seize that girl! She, too, is in league with the assas sin I" General Gleason roared. "Jus tice shall be done here, though the heavens fall!" A couple of Brady's pals rushed upon the brave girl, and secured her, in spite of her fran tic struggles. The house was now in dire confusion, und every on e was greatly excited. "Silence to this clatter!" Ol
10 Colorado Cha.rlie's Detective Dasbe that, boss!" Buck Brady cried. "l'm deputysherif'I', ye .know, an' I takes charge o' all of'l'end ers, every time! We cotched that Colorado Charlie a-committin' the act, an' that's all we need ter 'rest him." "Villain I monstel'! you shall never take him from this hnuse !" Lenore cried "1 will stand by him if no one else will!" And svept across the room, and took her place Q 1ick-Shot, looking like an angered queen. as she clutched a pistol in her hand. L e n,1rel girl! for God's sake, what are you about'I'' the general raved, frantic with rage, and yet afraid to attempt tearing her away from Quick-Shot's side. "What am I doingY" Lenore retorted. "I'll tell you! I am standing here, ready to sboot down the dogs whom yoq set on to destroy my preserver." "And l'rn with you,.Lenorel" Grit exclaimed. "There'll be a dead Brady here, if an attempt is made to h.i.rm the brave scout." "Let me say a word here!" Major Greer interposed, stepping forward. "This man bas been arrested by an officer of the law, and if Mr. Ronald desires to bold him, he must give bail, in the sum of ten thousand dollars." Which I stand ready t-0 do-all bear witness. Further evidence. is not necessary. Brady, re lease these two people. I'll be responsible for them!" "I object to this!" General Gleason cried, furiously. "Your objecti01;1 is overruled, sir. Every body knows that Mr. R onald's word as bail is good for niany times the amount,'' the major re plied. But enough of this. The young man must be revived." Willing bands procured water and liquor, and every effort was made toresuscitatethe stricken son But all to no avail. At half-past ten o'clock be was taken withcon vulsi ons and apparently expired within half an hour afterward. There w ere but few dr. Y eyes in the room as his life ebbed out, but those who were unaf'l'ect,.ed mip;ht be named General Gleason and Brady aud bis Mr. grief was silent. H e knelt a few minutes, by the inanimate form of bis on, then arose and turned to Colorado Charlie, who was much affected. "Sir, my boy is dead!" Ronald said, "and you are cbarged with his murder. Although I h ardly believe in your. guilt, 1 mean to thoroughly investigate tbe matter. The trial will take place to-morrow at ten, and until tllen I have gone your bail. Will you do as much-appear and stand your trial like a man1" "Gori permitting, I will." "Then you are at liberty to go." Quick-Shot bowed and turned to depart, but Lenore.pulled him to one side and uttered a few words in a low tone. They were: ''Sh! listen, I Come for me at two to-night. Listen again and help me. I will bid you 'Bever enter my presence again; as a blind, you see!" She then back haughtily, her face ae cold and white as marble. Sir!" she cried, angrily, "you mistake your position altogether. You have no right' to talk thus to mel Begone, sir, a1;1d never dare to en tet my presence again. I can never be aught to Cine like you. Gol" "Lenore!" Quick-Shot said, entreatingly. "Gol" she fairly screamed, stamping her foot passionate! v. He bowed his bead, 11.nd turning, quitt.ed the parlor like one dealt a sudden blow. His footsteps had scarce died out when Buck Brady uttered & frightful oath and point.ad to one of the parlor windows. .> "The Dead Face!" was bis startling cry, CHAPTER V. LOVE LA.UGHS AT LOCKSMITHS. NOTHING mor!1'startling than the cry of the border ruffian could have tended to electrify the already excited gllests at the Cottonwoods, for the apparition ot tbe Dead Face bad been seen by nearly all of those present, and they knew it was an omen of evil. The trembling finger of Buck Brady pninted toward the large pane of a bay window, against which tbe face was pressed. It was a long, gaunt face belonging to a man of ajvanced years, the skin being drawn tightly over the bones, the lips sufficiently> parted to expose to view two gleaming rows of teeth, the eyes tightly clo sed and the whole beardless face wearing a .ghastly whiteness, peculiar only to the face of a corpse, The bead was covered with bristly gray hair, which stood in all directions. A rriore frightful spectacle to behold would be bard to conceive, and it was little woniler that exclamations of horror escaped the J!:Uests. For only a few sec onds was tbe dead fac-,e pressed against the there was a wild shriek of laughter, and the apparition, or whatever it was, vanis he\:t "Quick! capture it, boys!" Buck Brady yelled, springing through an open window upon the lawn. "A hundred d ollars to the man that does!" General Gleason c ri ed But the search was in v a in. Half an hour of it failed .to discover the owner of the Dead Face, or any trace of him. Whoever the cadaverous gentleman was, be bad taken good care, evi dently, to put distance between himself and the Cottonwoods ere Brady and bis gang could act. As soon as the r esult of the search was made known, :Mr. R ona!U dismissed the guests, with a pathetic little speecb, and after tendering their sympathy and regrets, they departed .for their respective homes. "I am proud to see that you hRve come t,o your senses, Lenore," the general said, as, aocompanied bv Colonel Mclntoh, be and bis daae;hter galloped toward Villa Voselle. I could-' neve r imagine how one of your refined tastes could take a notion to a border ruffian like tM fellow Quick-Shot." I thought I fancied him at first. But, papa, dear, don't you think be is better-looking than your scarecrow friend, the colonel'I'' for shame! How dare you speak
Colorado Charlie's Deteotive Jlla.sb; 11 eo hlsultingly of Mr. Mcintosh. He is a gentkman-a man who can provide well for your 'happiness. The loss of an eye and a limb never depreciates the merits of the man, vou know I" "Of course not! of course noti" the colonel coughed. W by, to tell the truth, Miss Gleason, I feel as young as 1 did when a boy." "'llou look decidedly giddy," Lenore replied, her ey.is snapping. "That cberry-tinted n1 se of yours will save us the expense of light, after we are married. Oh, but won't I 1'1Ped your pocketbook, tbougb I W ortb shall keep a pecil1l envoy iu this country, to supply me with cos tumes." "You shall have your heart's every desire granted, dear Lenore!" the old suitor said, gal lantly. "But, tell me, beautiful lady, when am I to be made bappyt Business demands my attention at home, and I would like to hasten matters, as much as possible.!' "You better hasten right along home, then, as it will take me a month, at least to get rel)dy." "But Lenore, you must be considerate, and try to ohlige the colonel. You can be married right away, so as to make sure of the tbieg; then the colonel can return home, and rou can rejoin him, later." "Ob I well, I'll think about1 it till to-morrow. The tragic death of young Mr. Ronalu has really unnerved me so much that I cannot consider anything, to-night." "Then you shall have till to-morrow. If you do not come to a decision then. I fear I have tio give up all hopes of winning you. I do not like to be toyed with I" the colooel said. Very well. You shall have my final deci sion, in the morning, sir!" Lenore replied, we11rily. ; The remainder .of the journey was completed in silence. The general'8 mind was busily occupied in thought. and the others evidently bad no d esire to speak. On reaching Villa Voselle, the colonel bade the general and L enore good-night, and rode on toward Daggersville. After entering the house, the general was about to seek bis own apartments, when Lenore bade him enter the parlor. She then turned on the light a.nd confronted him: "I want to understand one thing!" she said, her face white and cold in its expression. What are you going to do toward helping clear "Toward b elping clear him t" he ejaculated. "Why, you silly, I intend to 8l'6nd money and time for the purpose of Sbe went to her room, which overlooked the lawn, end wrapped up a little bundle of clothing, together with her money and jew<'lry, and a few tr:nkets. She then took her seat a t the open window, after dimming the light, and peered down upon the lawn. The tempe!lt. bad only fairly began, evidently, for the winJ blew with increased force, and the rain came down in fitful gusts. It was a. wild night, and so dark that Lenore could barely dis tinguish the ground below. An hour passed, then she beard a low whistle, and saw a form st-andiogbelow her window. Is that you, Quick-Shot!" she asked in a low tone. "It is I. and no one else. How are you <'Omdown" '13y the front way. Wait." She cautiously dropped her bundle to hi_m; then left her room, and glided down the carpete to this shanty, and I dare say will be safe there for a day or so, as no one knows I pnrchased the place, the miner decamping immediately after be got bis money." ButJ _9barlie, are you not afraid to stand your trial'I .ru. v father bas sworn to work bis best to convict you, awl I fPar that you will sta-qd a poor show of justice." J do n0t. I've everv confidencA of my ac quittal. Your cousin's tatement alone breaks down that of Buck Brady, who is known to be an inveterate liar." "PPrhaps, I only hope so. Will the ministe11" be wAiting ns?" "Yes. He will be there.'"
UI Colorado Charlie'B Detective Da.sli. They left the spaciou1! grounds, and jus t with out fo11ud waitmg-Colorado Charlie's handsome steed, which was mounted, and. they went flying away toward Daggersville. Avoiding the heart of the town, they passed throngh tbe outskirts and into the gap, and in a $hort time eam.:i t,o a clump of firs in the gap, in among which was a snug board shanty, Ten out of a dozen passers of the locality, probably, would uot bave noticed the structure, Unless something directed their attention par ticularly to the clump of tree s. After Quick-Shot had lariated out bis horse, he and entered the dwelling, which con stand in Lenore's room, and she i s not there!'' "Ten thousand d e vils seize the girl! I believe she has outwitted, me at last. Read, Pedroqu1 ck!" Pedro tore away the envelope, and obeyed with alacrity. Tbe contents were short, and to the point: he would make a formidable antagonist in a personal encounter. General Gleason's face grew somewhat whiter at sight of this man, whom he knew but; too well. "Cap M elton!" be gasped. "You dare to come here?" To be sure I" the other answered, with a sen t en tious sort of l a ugh. "I dare to go anywhere, you know-that's why I am so amazingly free and easy in my movements. Business in my line being rather dull, I thought I'd ride over for my intended bride, the fair Lenore. It seems, however, by the letter your servant has just read, that she has given us both the shake!" "It matters not. You couldn't have her, were she here!" the general cri9d, noting with chagrin that the cattle-catcher's weapons never wavered from their aim. 1 doubt that. I shouldn't hav, as my lawful property, If you fail, I'll do you ha1m. I've got my plans all arranged, and I mnan to push them to the bitter end, you bet! Deliver the girl to m e and I withdraw all hos tilities!" "Bab I what care I for your hostiliUes? Not so much, I'll swear, that I could for a moment think of yielding up my beautiful daughter as prey to one of your stamp!" "Then you defy me, do you!" "To the bitter end I" "Very well. You h avt> till midnight to accept my terms; after that I wouldn't like"to stand in the s hoes of the owner of Villa Voselle. Good-morning!" And, uttering a mocking laugh, the handsome chief of the Cattle ()Jique backed out of the room and was gone, Gleas on made no motion to institute a pursuit, but sat for s e veral moments in deep thought; then be arose and sought bis own room. H ere he remained for awhile, when he ordered bis horse. and mounting, rode away toward Daggersvill e. On arrival there be found that a large crowd bad c o ll ected in front of the Cinnamon Bear Hotel to witness the trial of Colorado Charlie. As the town afforded no suitable place for & public trial, a t empo r ary platform bad been in the street for the accommodation of FATHER:- those te.king an active part in tb<' proceedings. "When this reac h es you I shall be away from Upon it were already seated Old M a u Ronald llere, Rnd the wife of Charlie Waverly better known and. bis daughter Ruth, several of the male as Colorado Charlie, or Quiek-Shot. it will be useguests of tbe previous night, Majo r Greer, ess f o r you to bunt for us, as we shall be out of Buck Brady, his five pals, and a couple of your r each, never to return, until you w e lcom e us towusmer . as a son and dattghter. LENORE." Colorado Charlie and Grit Gleason wer& Pedro paued. neitlJer of them Gideon Gleason was staring at the floor, a There was a scowl upon the general's face as sa-vage expression upon bis fd.ce. he rode up to the platform and drew rein. "Be.lked !" be said, at last, without raising bis Are you gentlemen waiting here to try the eyes. "All is now lostP' ruffian, Colorado Charlie!" be grim" So am I balked; but all is not lost I" a tri-ly. ompbant voice A XClaimed, and, wheeling about, "We are waiting to try Colorado Charlie, Pedro and the general found a pair of revolvers the major declared, blandly. leveled at tbem from the grup of a tall, Apollo" Tben you are spending time uselessly," like knight of the plains. Gleason announced, a spice of triumph in bis A man, he was of oommandf:ng: al!PMll, an tones, "for my daughter, I am abamed to 1&y1 egJe eye, a.ud a ballll-11M; itJ wmi -!ms eloped w11ih the raSGal, and they've had &'ti
Colorado Charlie's Detective Dadl. least nine hours' time, I calculate, to get out of CHAPTER VII. tdM1. Old Man Ronald consequently ferfeits *en thousand dollars, which goes to the real 'l'HE RIDER'S eetate owners of the town1" A PAINT cheer broke from the lips of the "Oh, no! It goes into the treasury, and officl'owd, as Colorado Charlie rode up, looking as cars wlU have to be appointed to receiTe it for handsome and manly as before the cloud of town expenses-that is, if I lose it, for it lacks guilt hovered over him. twenty minutes of ten o'clock yet, and I have Colorado Charlie noddPd pleasantly-then every confidence Quick-Shot will be here!" leaped from hi s saddl e to the platform, and stood J!tonald declared. with fol de d arms, awaiting proceedings-not a "We will see. You needn't hope to creep out tremor of fear upon his fac e of the. bail. If you do, I'll spend twice the "You can take a seat I" the major said. "I amount, but what you Rhall pay it!" have undertaken the res ponsibility of your de-"Pm not noted for making au ass out of my-feuse, while Mr. Rentfrew, one o f our townsli'.elf!" Mr. Ronald retorrnd hotly. men, will act for the people. Mr. Laverty has "Do you mean to insinuate that 1 have1" been appointed judge. Now, then, we will get; the general roar0d, growing apoplectic. to work. Buck Brady is the first witness f" "You have, sir, I'll agree, and so will every the prosecution." one else." Brady arose and was sworn. "You are a liar and a 'puppy! I'll soo you His testtrnony can be summed up as followss as soon as you are done here!" "Your honor, all I know of the case is this. "Very well, sir, you shall be accommoGeneral Gleason come to me an' said as how h( dated!" regarded this chap, Quick-Sbot, as a 'spiciouli' Tlie crowd was electrified. character, and adwised that it war my duty ter Here were two men of great power, literally watch him'. 1 see'd him leave town about dusk, at war; what would be the result? an' calculatin' he were up to some mischief, me There could be but one. They would fight it an' five o' ther boys follered him. We come up out to the bitter end, for, althoug h they had ter him j est in time ter see him steal up behind never had angry words before, it was known the young feller, an' wha<:k him over the bead. that they were not particularly fond of each One blow did the job, an' the you!'lg man turn other, politically: or socially, and should a rup-bled out o' the saddle. The prisomr then !Jent ture occur, neither would give up, until tha over him, and sed aloud: 'Ha! ha! You won't other was dead or out of the country. stand between me and Lenore Gleason, Ralph T6e fuse had now been kindled; the explosion Ronald. I'll tote ye home, and get a footin' wi' was to follow, yer parents fer doin' so.' He then shouldered Either man, if it came to an open fight, could the body, an' fetched it to the Cottonwoods. muster a formidable force of the" tigers" of We follered, an' I guv him awoy, as yer know, mountain, mines and prairie, and it looked as If That's all I know or keer. It war a plaiu out a bloody strife might now reasonably be ex-an' out murder, an' the scarlet coat orter stretch pected. hemp!" The spectators and listeners conversed in low Brady tola this with apparent perfect candor, tones, but neither of the cattle-kings spoke but bis testimony did not seem to impress the again soon. crowd. ThEir sympathies were evidently with Grit Gleason now made her appearance upon Colorado Charlie. the platform, looking as bright and cheery as a One by one Brady's pals were sworn, and rose. Somehow, she was a favorite in Daggers-their testimony taken. lt corresponded with ville, because she was good-.natured, shrewd and that of the greater ruffian in all respects. caP.able of taking good care of herself. As no further evidence of importance was to 'Have you seen Quick-Shot, Miss Gleason?" be bad on the part of the prosecution, the de. Major Greer asked, making room for her beside fense was taken up, by putting Grit Gleason his corpulent person. upon the stand. "Not this morning, sir." Her statement was and concise: "The general tells us be has eloped with his "All I know of tbe case is this," she said. dauF:hter, and will not appear." "Charles-Waverly, alias Quick-Shot, is a Gov" That is both true and false. He and Le11ore ernment I should not know this only Gleason did elope, but Quick-Shot will be l:iere. by the accidental discovery of his.badge, while He is not the man to run from an enemy." he was purchasing cigars at my store. Many A faint cheer went up from the crowd, but of you witnessed a duel between th" young gen-General Gleason uttered an oath. tlernan and Gideon Gleason, and understood "So you were a party to the plot; were yout" that it was because Colorado Charlie had paid be cried, in a fury. loverly attentions to Lenore Gleason. Well, ft "No, but you bet I tcok in the weddin', tho'. was after this I first met the prisoner; and Hello! yonder comes Quick-Shot, now!" learned that he was a detective. I warned him General Gleason made a move toward an inner to look out, as the general would try to 'harm or pocket, with bis hand, but at the same time saw ruin him. It was after the duel that I saw tb. the major cover him, with a revolver. general visit Buck Brady's den. I felt sure he "Let up!" the fat man cried. "I'm watchwould not go to that vile bole except for some. Ing you, so don't come nont1 of that sort of busievil purpose, for, as you all well know, Brady ness, or you'll be sorry for it!" has a .hard reputation, and more than one bad At that instant Quickt-Sbet galloped up tG the erime has traced to bis door Monv, stand. has always saTed bis neck ftorn th'6
IC Colorado Cla&rli' Detective Dash. halt.er; but let us hope that some day money will fail to shield him. Brady's face grew livid with rage, but be did notsPMk. Belfeving the general was plotting QuickSbot rnme dire harm, and knowing that be latter was to meet Lenore at the C ottonwoods, I k ept watch. Half an hour before dusk Ch a rJie rode away fro m the town. Jus t at dusk, Buck Brad y and his five cut-throat pals set out on foot tor the Cotronwoods. Then I knew for Cfilrtain that they were bent on so.me de_vil's work, and suspecting that Charlie was to be harmed. I dogged their footsteps. They got into the Ronald grounds py scaling the wall on the northern side, and secreted themselves in an old unused arbor. I was cl o se at hand. They w atched the m a nsion, anntered it, R a lph R onald in his a rms, I distiuctly h eard B'.lck Brady say, with au oath, 'Boys, there's our cha nce,' and they rushe d into tho h 1 u se I foll o wed in time to h ea r Brady s b a se, lying charge and I pro nounced it an utter false h oo d, a s I d o now! I say h e is a liar, and in this matter i s doin g some other vil lain's work "Is there any o ther t estimony_ to offerP' Judge Laverty asked, drumming ou his hastily impro vised d es k. "There i s," M ajor Gree r ans wered, arising. "It looks to me a s tho u g h t here was a sc h e me afoo t to ruiu the prison e r. I had a talk with the gen eral yesterda y, and h e s wor e he'd spe nd a fortune to drive Quic k -S hot from the c ountry, or see him hun g." "Tba t i s a li e !" G e n e r a l Gl e ason roared. "1 n e v e r said anything of t he kind." "Can y o u pro ve y our a ssertion, majo r1" the ju., "Here co..rn;;; '?n e o f mv h e rd e r on hor<.;eha..,k at breakneck spe eUY CON CERN!- Eiaving l earned tha t o n e pe rs o n call e d Colo rado C harlie o r Qui c k-Sb<;>t, h as bee n arrestedl (a n d is lik e l y to be c onvicted) f o r t b e murde r o r Ralph R 3na ld; I wis h to coITec t mi s t alre and d o the m an justice. alth o u g h I be li eve hi m to b e a d e tec tiv e w ho se missi o n t n these p arts ls t o arres t me an1 my C attle Clique. J kille d R a lph R o nald, but by mis take I chased h im te n mil es beli e vin g him to lie o n e of m y m e n who bad d eserte d As I have s in ce foun 1 m y m m m a I t o ppl e d orer last night mus t hav e b ee n Ral ph R o nald as I ove rtook him not far to tbP s0utb o f t h e C ottonwo o d s "Yours t o co mmand CAP. MELTON. 'Jt The judge tbPn tnrned to Mr. Ronald. I s tbi exn l nnation convincine; to you, sir, that Charlie Waverly is guiltless of be murder of y our son r P erfectly, sir." "The n this precious gang of perjurers HPllo they're gone!" It was even so! While the judge was reading Cap, Melron's every one we; myself from the attacks of private cit. iz a n s." Bnck Brady will nec08"aril:v have t.o ke.-p shady. and 'It hest ha 'forf o tted his rights, a rlepnty ehPrifl', I proprn
Colorado Cba.rlie' Detective Dash. ll .A. rousing cheer went up. That was enough. Cb11rlie Waverlr. was deputy .. berilf of Dag gersville; and Gideon Gleason realized that, after all, be was not a man of so much power and importance as be haS of every one. Inside the parlor, the two m0ll faced eaah oc;ner, stern and angry. The majo r stood at one side, grasping a pair of revolvers. "If theres to b e any blood shed here, I'll take a hand," he warned. "Order i s the rule of my house." "There's no necessity of bloodshed at pres ent," Mr. Ronald replied. "Henceforth, unless the general apologizes, we are hitter enemies, and this portion of the country is not big enough to h old the two of us." "You never spoke a truer truth I" Gleason cried. "My hs.tred for you can never abiite until you are overwhelmed with ruin and dls grace, or are dead." "Gentlemen I gentlemen I no good can come of such a state of aft'airs," protested Greer. "I 11:ive the general an hour to pack his things and leave for parts unknown. If he don't, he will regret it," threatened Ronald. "You cannot intimidate me, you English rascal!" '}'as the general's defiance. ":Cn spend every cent I'm worth, but what I'll bring you to the level of the lowest of the class of Wretch e s with whom you consort," avowed Ronald. And I'll fight you on sight. Is this understood 'I'' "As far as I am concerned ibis." "Then so be it." "The word is given. Open the door, major. The matter is settled." The major obeyed, and the two men passed out. The general mounted his horse, and rode to= ward V!lla V oselle. Old Man Ronald remained about tbe camp awhile, making some arrangements for his son's burial. For Major G .reer to keep a secret was equally as hard tor him as to make him.'!Blf thin in O.esh in a day; consequently news of the declared war between the two moneyed factions was spread all over the town within an hour1 and gronp11 ot people con;ersed in awed tones nere a11d there about the street. About the time Ronald We.." ready t.o proceed homeward, be was suddenly hemmed in by a cro"'d of and others, who Wf're captained by no less a parsonage than Quick Shot. "You will excuse us, Mr. Ronald." tbe de tective said, "bot I have been prevailed upon by those who now surround you, to address you, on a, to them, important subject." "Relative to the q,uarrel between General Gleason and myself, I presume?" "Exactly. These people believe that a des perate struggle for the mastery is on the. tapis, between you. Is this soil' "Without doubt. War bas been declared between us, and I know the old soldier too well to believe that he will allow it to be a civil or peaceable one. He will, I calculate, mass all his men around him, and endeavor,to drive me off my and to destroy-it, as a first act. Wbat will follow, I do not yet know." "Have you any idea, si r, what number of men be can call to hi s aid., in ca se of such an at, "Hardly. He has something like half a hun dred men in his employ, and they can perhaps i qO.uei::ce as many more. "How abont your forces'!'' "I have but fifty cowboys, but..they are as true as steel I'' You are wrong in your count. Tbe fifty odd m e n at my back sifnify their readiness to see you through, Am right, boys?" "Ay I ay I" came the hearty response in a chorus. "I am grateful for your proft'ered support, g entlemen l" Mr. R onald said, "for as you fonn a majority in the camp, I believe we can bold it and tbe Cottonwoods." "Right you be!" QuickSbot assented. "With you in command at the Cottonwoods, and Ma jor Greer, here, it will be better than though the whole force were condensed in one position, eh, majori "Certainly. But, han't you better take com mand, sir1" "Ob, no. You are too old a soldier for me to cut out; then, too, I can be of more service as a scout and spy." He is right," Old Man Ronald decide
II Colorado Charlie' Detective Dasla. --.., "Hope for the best, and don't give war, even at the worst," Charlie said, supporting lrim. Antonio, the herder, soon drew rein in their midst, flushed and excited. "Speak I" Ronald gasped. "Out with it, be it what tt m. yl" "It's bail news, sir. The body of your aon is not to be found. It has been stolen !" The speculator uttered a groan of anguish and fell into Colorado Charlie's arms, in a faint. CHAPTER IX. MAKING READY. BY Heaven! This is bad I" the major cried. waat devilment is ttJis1 Are you sure, An tonio? Have you !Lade a thorough 110arch?'' "We have, sir, but not the least trace of the body can be found about the premises, nor even a clew to the strange disappearance, The body lay iu the parlor, and was visited every few minutes by Mi3s Rut. h and a servant, who kept a wet cloth over th e face. It was on one of these visits, a few minutes ago, that the discovery was made that the corpse was gone." "Strange I strange I What do you think about the matter, Quick-SboU" "To tell tbe truth, ma.jor, I aar rather puz.. zled, myself," Colorado Charlie replied. "There can be but two ways about the mat ter: either the young man wasn't dead and bas recovered and skipped out, or else bis remains have been stolen, for a purpose. The best thing we can do, is to arouse Mr. Ronald, and l e t him and the judge and Rentfrew go down to the Cottonwoods, and personally investigate, while you attend to matters here. I will help you get things in shape for a while; then I have a little business to attend to elsewhere." Mr. Ronald was soon restored to conscious ness, and shortly afterward, he, Rentfrew and the ,udge set oat for the (',ottonwoods, Antonio havmg preceded them. After they were gone, the major once more brought the trial stand into use. He and Quick-Shot mounted it, and the major made a brie f address, stating the resolve of tbe larger part of the populace to stand by the owner of the Cottonwoods, and those who were averse to being sworn into Ronald's service to at once quit the town, under the penalty of imprisonment. The work of swearing in then commenced in earnest, and continued the remainder of the forenoon, during which time seventy able bodied men were secured, together with their families. This left only about a dozen who refused to ioin the Ronald movement, among them being Bu\!k Brad,r and hi s five pals. "You've got to either swear loyalty to our cause, and stick to your oath under penalty of death, or you've got to quit the town I" ,the fat major declared. Thar can't be no split in our side of the ticket!" "S'posin' we won't do nothin' o' tbe kind" Buck Brady growled, with an ugly leer. "I guess you bain't got no right to boss us aroulla." "You have beard what I said!'' Greer returnej, calmly. I'll give ye an honr to maJlll up your minds. n 'l'he work of preparing for the struggle wenti rapidly on. Ten men were detailed for picket duty on the various approaches to the town. Twenty more set to work throwing up a breastwork on the eastern slope, looking toward Villa Voselle, Otben; were detailed to get together and inven tory all tbe ammunition in the camp, a11d it was found that there was enough to l ast for a pro tracted siege, together with a s ufficient quantity of weapons; When everytlring was very n early in Colorado Char lie paid a visit to the little lone cabin up the gulch. He found a cheery scene there, that made his heart beat with pride and g l ad n ess Lenor;i bad exchanged her costly attire for a neat but more inexpensive and was busied in putting h e r new home to rights, singing the while like an unfettered bti-d released from it.q prison. Already she had tra nsform e d the minei:'s rude and humble place into tbe semblance o.f a home, by many little imp1mvementsand touelles peculiar to a woman's band. "Oh I Charlie, how you startled me!' she cried, joyfull y flying to bis embrace, as he crossed the threshold. What do you think of our hom e, a s compared with last ni ght? "You have the art of making a lowly but a charming h ome, my darling," and be kissed her fondly. "But I fear it will not be our lot to remain here l ong." "Why, Charlie? oh I pleas11 tell me what bas gone wrong-for I see b;r your face it is some thing not connected with your arre8t. I have had f orebodings of tl'Ouble, all the forenoon. Tben, too, after you tell me, I've something to tell you." He led her to a seat and placed her upon his knee. "There is trouble brewing, Lenore-bitter tro ubl e, born of sudden-born hatred, which can only end in bloodshed. Y our father and Old Man Ronafd have quarreled, and are even now planning the preliminaries of war against one another, with a view of driving each other from the happy home be owns down the grade to ruin, disgrace, and death I" "Ohl Charlie." "It is true, dear, and not to be helped." "But who caused this feud?" As far as the past is concerned, I know not. As far as the pr&ent, and what I have seen of it, your father has been grossly in err.or, and in sulting in tbe highe s t degree-not ouly to me, but to Mr. Ronald, the major and others. To cap the climax, be has outlawed himself in the eyes of every good citizen, by unfurling the re bel flag, over Villa Voselle !" Lenore bowed her head a moment; then a strange hardness of expression crept over her beautiful face. "We ll, the die is cast. I have often chided him for bis terrible temper, only to receive un warranted abuse for my pains. He has been a father to me only in name, and as be bas made his bed, so must be abide by it. I have nothing to _regret in th'3 choice I have made I''
8olora.clo Charlie's Detective Dash. IT Bless you, Lenore-nor may yon ever have cause for regret, Now, dear, tell me what yon promised." Ob I yes. An hour ago, I was startled near out of my wits. On chancing to iook toward the door, I saw an Indian girl standing there, richly attired, and very beautiful, so far as In dian beauty g6esI" The face of Quick-Shot suddenly assumed a peculiar pallor, which fact did not escape Lenore's sharp eyes, and sbe involuntarily drew away from him. Don't," he entreated. Go on, then. I will explain all." "Canyouj" "Truthfully, as God bears me witness." "We ll, she asked me for a glass of water, and then demanded to know if this wns the h ome of Colorado Charlie. I said that it was, but that you w ere not at h ome f::lhe r egarded me piteously for a moment, then asked me it I :was your wife. I repli e d that I was, and then she said: 'Silver Dove is also the wife of Colorado Charlie, but he no longer l oves her. T ell him, wh en be come, that Flat Nose and his warriors are on his trail. Silver Dove has news for him.' She tben turned and fled." "Le nore, the girl is crazy. Eve n her father, Flat Nose, will tell you so. Once I visited their camp, on a fur trade, and she insisted that I was her husband. She has followed me eve r since, and I believe bas influenced her father to _give credence to her ciaim. That explains all I have no love for red-skins, of either sex." I believe you, Charlie, and that I am the only one you love. How long are we to remain bere1" "You can safely stay here until devel op ments as to your father's plans are more plain; then I will come and take you to the Cottonwoods." "Tben you are going away again!" Yes; it is necessary that I should get back to Daggersville, as my services may be needed at any minute. You are not afraid to remain herel11 "Obi no. I will keep the door closed', and I don't think any one will disturb me." He kissed her and took bis departure. CHAPTER X. THE DARKEST DEED OF ALL. NIGHT dt ew on apace, bringing with it un mistakable evidences of :mother nocturnal tem pest. At the mining-tow?!, l for. a siege Nere nearly IUa tt but remamed for those wbo bad st. 'D t ( l!gi:it for Old Man Ron aid to stand ready for orders. Buck Brady, refusing to take the required oath, had quitted the camp and gone down to Villa Voselle, as had bis five pals. Their depar ture left the camp without an untrustworthy recruit. About an bour before sunset, the discovery was made that a larie band of cowboys and herders bad come in, and were camped out al'ound Villa Voselle, and that tbi'y t1umbered nearly all of Gleason's forces. A few, perhaps, had been left upon the range to keep the cattle from stamped ing. "It begins to look like war in earnest," the major remarked, as bo called 9,uick-Shot'satte .. tion to the collecting forces. I don't see why Ronald don't ca II in bis herders." "Maybe he prefers to wait until night to do that, so that Gleason won't know the exact num ber of bis force. Do you contemplate an attack during tb e night!" "I do not; but if I am not mistaken, GleaSC'll will make an initial charge before morning. He is a h ot-beaded old fighter, and as reveng ef ul as you often find 'em. 11 "I'll try to slip into the enemy's camp as soon as it comes dark," Quick-Shot said, and see what tbeir plans are," Shortly afterward, he sauntered down to Grit Gl easo n's cigar store and entered. As be did so, a man was standing by the counter conversing with the pretty proprietress-a tall, athletic personage, well-dressed, a free and easy manner, and as handsome as an Apollo. _,\. strange cry escaped Colorado Charlie at sight of him, and drawing his revolver, he cov l'red tbe man with deadly aim. "At last!" be cried, sternly, causing Grit and her companion to wheel about in startle d sur prise. "Ob! Mr. Waverly! What do yo u meanf'' the girl cried in alarm, while a tinge cf graylish pallor swept over the Apollo'il face. I mean that good fortune has found me the man I am here to capture." "You have made a mistake, sir. Tbis is my friend, Mr. Tabor, whom I was speaking to you about, and I am sure you can have nothing against him!" Indeed Tabor is a very good name, Miss Glea son, where a man to screen bis own jdentity, but you see I happen to. kno\v your obliging friend, a little better than yon do. He is most popularly known as Cap Melton, chief of the Cattle Clique, of which you may ha;ve beard." "'Tis false my name is Tabor I',. the outlaw growled, watching for a chance to draw a wea pon. Your name so far as I am concerned is Cap. Melton, 11 Quick Shot repli ed '' You know I bave been afte r you for a year, but until now, you have cunningly eluded my grasp." "Well, what are you going to do about it, if all you claim is true1" Bulldog ferocity was in the expression that bad settled over bis face. It depends on circum s tances," Colorado Charlie replied. "You are awaro that were your presence here made known, your life would not be worth the air you brentbe." "Perbaps not." "Then, why d'o you venture here-to spy uoon us, for the benefit of the enemy, or to plan araid on your owu account!" "Neither. Perhaps I was bold to venture my neck into jeopardy, but allow me to say that I did it with an honorable motive, to see this estimable young lady, whom it bas been a pleasure to me to slightly befriend. So far as hostility is concerned, I came for no sucl.1 pur pose." Be it so, then. Murderer though you are, and thief, too, I think you are telling me the
18 Colorado CJaarlle" Detective Dasla. ;.. troth. I mppoe, however, you know what m1 duty' is." "I am not dumb. If your duty is to arrest me 11:0 ahead and mptl" A n l, s ha kin g bis fist et them, he turned and et r l<> r m u tbtl s tor e. C , .,, ... rl C na rli e w1ttrihed him from the door 0 1 ,. w S e thRt y o u \lave remover) a snake from m v p trh an l I am 11ery !!;ratP.ful to y o u for the a ct su,. r11plierl. I rlirl, indeed, believe bim to he ni<:'e gint lem a n until now, for be talked 80 11 'P.IY ind ante 1 so r efioe rl." H e i < 11vli b e 1 rasc'l!-a dangerous devil, anil l'ill n e ed to keep your eyes open le t be nabs ou w hen v o u lea t think." D 1rkne"" MI like a shroud over the earth, blottiro out all ohj0<'l8 frnm human gaze Tile beav Pn< were overc1tst with ominous clouds and a it f .. 11 over everythiog. No report bad rea<:'bed the village from the Cott.onw >Od, where all was somber and silt.at. The R>tme might be said of Villa Voselle, in wbfob rlirootion not a light to be seen. "There is mischi e f brewing!" Quick-Shot declar"Pd. flR be and Greer stood by a camp fire ear the Clnm1mon Bear. I feel if; in my bont-0, &11 the RB,Ving is." "Har I" the major rPjoined. A heart-rPndinit scream pierced the air. A -woman in tattP.red dress, and with hair dis heveled, rushed Into the camp, tottered, and fell at Colorado Charlie's feet. They raiserl her, saw the hlood guiihing from a dagger wound in her that she 1f'aS , PEN could but only picture the emotion ol Colorado Charlie, as be knelt beside bis mur dered bride, and into the beautiful face, already setting in the rigid wbitenesll ot death. He spoke not, nor did a sob escape him, or a tear dim his eye, but bis l>rPast heaved beavily1 and there came over his tace an expression or one wblll!" emotion could not find vent in tears -an awful look, embodying tbe bittere$t inten sity of two passions-anguisb and anger. Are you sure it was the general's voicet" with a calmness that caused the major to shudder. "It sounded wonderfully like his!" Greer re plied Then, attend to h11r, till I make sure. She is dead-I shall go crazy if I stay here I" and before the major coulrl check him, Uolorado Charlie bad leaped off into the darkneSR. The scream bact attracted geo erel attetition, and it was bnt a few minutes ere the whole camp knew of Lenore's sac! fate. She wai tenderly r a ised and borne into the parlor of the Cinnamon B ear; where left in charge of Grit, and a coupl e of miners' wives, wbo volunteered to rPmain with the dead. Although fat and fifty, Maj o r Greer was by no means inactive in a time of peril, and be be would see no more or Colorado Charlie for the nigb.t,fb e s t r e n g thened the r;uards, and sent out a coupl e o f to reconnoiter in tbt! immediate vicinity o f the camp. Th eir r e ports, howe v er, were that the) saw nothing to indicate tro u b le. In half an boftr Qui c k-Shot returned. His fabe still wore that awful express i o u, and every o'1e shuddered when the y saw bi s e yes. They were those of a madma n, rather than of a sane person; they burned like coals of fire, in their stern, piercmg glan<'.e. On being told where Lenore bad been laid, be entered the parlor, and asked tol be left alone with the beautiful dead for an hour. When he once more appeared upon the street, there was no noticeable change in bis appearance, except that if anything his face had grown sternPr. "What did you learnr tbe major demanded, anxiously, "Enough t" was the answer. "I arrivf'd at Villa Voselle about two minutes before the general. It was he who laughed. His fate is sealed. Henceforth my life shall know no rest, my mind no peace, until I have avenged Lenore. Get your fo ce in readiness, for I anticipate an attack, about midnight." He went, then, and threw himself upon the ground by one of the camp-fires, and gaSed into the fire, as if oblivious of all else than that which be 11earched for in its depths. Yet that he was on the alert no one bad a doubt; many believed he harl become partly insaue over his sudden and terrible IOSB. Snftlciently sane was he, however, to ca'-'h 1;!JG utteranr.e of his name, and he sprung Jlim.
Colorado Charlie' DetectlYe Dash. 19 bly to bis feet as he saw a pretty Indian girl tanding near him, in company with _the malc!r. She insisted on 16eing yon, sayinli that she had newel" the major explained. Do you know herr' "I have Been her. She 'to a band of renegade reds, whose chief IS called Flat Noeel" He then tnmed to the girl, who was regarding him wistfully. "What doe& Silver Dove want in the camp of the pa.le-facer he demanded, rather sternly. "Silver Dove baa news for Colorado Charlie," was the answer, in the Sioux tongue. Is Colorado Charlie angry because Silver Dove brings him uewSr' "No. Speak out what you have to sayl" "It is not good news Silve r Dove brings. Flat Nose and his warriors a r e in the u eigbbor bood, aud have allied th"'l!msel ves t o another band of pale-faces, who l"ill a ttack t his camp. Silver Dove comes to warn Quic k -Shot to fly to a place o f safety." "The Silver Dove doe s uot know Quick-Shot. He never takes a back trail, nor retreats before the advance of an enemy." "Quic k -Shot is a great brave but he knows not o f the odds against him. Flat No s e alon e bas a hundre wan;io r s and bas 81'\iOrn to have the scalp of Uolor ado Charlie." "Bahl behasn'tgotityet. Wait!" Quick-Sh o t the n called the major aside, and related what he had jus t learned. It looks devilish bad, the majo r mutter ed. They've g o t over two to our one, I r ec kon, and we'll hav e to do some biK figbtin' to lick em, 'specially as they're part Injuns." "I think we can fetch e m. I shall take the Silver Dove u captive and secrete h e r where a hundred y ears' searc h m ight not find her. I will then g o and make terms with Flat Nose." "Are you not afraid to enter the enemy's camp? "No; Lfea'O not the whole gang, so far as my own safety is concerned. They shall under stand that harm to me, means death to.the Sil ver Dovel" He then turned to the Indian girl, bis band grasping a revolver. "Colorado Charlie is grateful to the Silver Dove, for ber warning, but be must use strategy to baftle the enemy. Silver Dove is our prisoner, until Flat Nose leaves the enemy, ana comes over to our side. Come I you must go with mel" "Silver Dove is not afraid to follow whare Quick-Shot leads. Her heart is already with him, and she fears not to become his captive," the girl replied, humblf "It is well. Come! He procured bis rifle, and led the way out of the camp, lnoo the pass. Withm an hour he was back again, bnt the Indiun girl was not with him. Any newsr he asked, meeting the major on ;be street. "None e.xcept that camp-fires have been built, at the villa, and the movements of the men seem to indicate that preparations are beinit made for an attack."' "Well, look ont for yonnelves as beet you can, until I return. I may return Immediately. but cannot sar for a certainty. If an attack is made, I wil not be far away." Just as be was about to 11tart for Villa V oeelle, he met Grit Gleason. She was dressed in boy's clothing1 wore a jaunty sombrero, and was well-armed with revolvers, knife and rifle. "Where are you goingr Quick-Shot demand ed, in surprise. "With you!" she replied, confidently. "With mer' "You bet I You are into danger, and I am going 1IO share it with you. Until Lenore's death is avenged, consider me your pard, thr ough thick and llhin I" "You surprise me, .Miss Gleason. You are in no wise fitted to rough about as T do. I beg of you to consider. You are foofuihly risking your lifl'--and, what forr If I risk my lif e I may be able to save '.fOUrs-for Lenore's sake," she replied. ahead. I am g oing with you." Q u ick-Shot h esitated a m o m ent, and then led the way from tbe camp in silen ce The girl's strange res olve was a puzzler t.o him, yet be began to into h e r motive, and it caused him the keene s t pain to make the discov ery. Sbe bad, in that very act, betrayed h e r love for him! The y were not long in r eaching the immediate vi cinity o f t be Gleason r es idence. The house was not lit up, but camp-fir es burned bere and the r e about tbe and cowboys armed t.o tba teeth, w e r e gathered around them. Outs ide o f the grounds o n the rear of the maus ion, was anothe r eneampme nt1.!'nd it was here the Indians and half-breeds of .l:'"lat N011e'11 gang were located. A s c ertaining this, C olorado Charlie crept c a utiously that way, Grit foll o win g close at his he e ls. The y soon gained a positi o n where they c ould overl o ok the whole red-skin CBllll!, There w ere three fires, and about these w ere collected a hundred or more wild, v ill a inous-looking red skins and half-breeds, the majority of whom wore war-paint, and were attired in filthy and ragge d citizen's garb, and hats of all conceiv able shapes and styles. They were well-armed, however, ani looked preci!'ely what tbey were, a band of hardened Pacing to and fro ahont the camp, was a stal"'iirt 88Vage whom Colorado Charlie re. cogn!Zed as Fla't Nose, the chief of the maraud ing gang. He was a majesticlooking lndia.n, and the only one of bis party who was attired in bis native <-'OStume. I hardly know just how t.o get speech with him, without venturing into the camp!" QuickSbot said, "and I have a wish to rfltain my scalp for a while longer, at least. If good for tune would only send him this way, I should be greatly obliged, indeei.l." But, good foM;une did not seem to have b"!r machine in motion, just then, for Flat No. t made no move to accommodate the scout-diiteotive,by preeenting himself for an intervkw. "I have an Grit said, after they ha.# the camp-fires for awbile. "Suppose I
20 Colorado "Charlie's Detective Dash. go into camp, claim to he the general's daughtier, and tell Flat Nose that the general wants to see him here, alone." "You'd not catch tbe old red rascal on such bait as that. Your proposal, however1 suggests a plan that may work, so that two neads e.re better than one." He took a me:norandum-book from bis pocket, and wrote upon it the following message: "FLAT NosE:Your daughter Silv.er Dove, is a captive of the pal e -faces, at Daggersv1lle, and i! you attempt to attack the town, she w ill be killed and scalped, If you and your band c0me over to our side, your daught e r will b e r estore d to you. Take your choice. If you will j oin our party. fire a pistol In the air, and sel?. d your men, one by one, up to our camp. Remember, any treachery on your part will seal the doom of tbe Silver Dove I she knew it.must be by e. roundabout way, fol' the enemy were undoubtedly between her a.nil Daggersville. "It must be tbe.t Quick-Shot bas gone to we.rn the people e.t our camp, or at the Cottonwoods I" she said, aloud. I don't believe be he.a been captured or I should have heard more confusion. I think I had better go to camp, at all events, a1 it seems strange ly lonesome here." "Then, maybe you'd like a bit of company!" a mocking voiee cried, and. in an instant her e.rms were seized and held iu a firm grasp. Simultaneously there was a chorus of hoarse yells in the distanc e, a roar of rifle-shots, and a myriad of quick flashes both in the direction cC the Cottonwoods and Daggel'!lville. Both places bad been attacked at once. H COLORADO CH.ARLIE." After writing this message, the scout searched CHAPTER XIL..-about until he found a fair-s ized pebble, around A FIEND'S REVENGE. which be securely the paper. LET us follow the adventures of Colorado "Flat Nose can read English perfectly well, Charlie for a few moments. and this will do as well as an tllterview I" he After l eaving Grit Gleason be glided stealthsaid. ily toward the lndian camp, bis every sense on "After I burl it into the camp, however, we the alert, his eye gleaming sternly. shall have to run for it to get out of oosy The excitement o f bis desire to prevent an reach I" attack upon Daggersville had banished someHe then measured the distance with bis eagle I thing of the vengeful expression from his face, eye, and burled the missile toward -where Flat but enough still to tell of the shock be Nose was standing. had sustained. It struck the grim old savage in the stomacll, As soon as he once more came within view of and dropped at his feet. the fires, be saw the old chief raading the me9Witbout waiting to watch the j!ffect, Quicksage, wbile his dusky warriors were huddled Shot and Grit ran swiftly back fato the dark-near, awaiting bis edict. ness for several hundred yards before they The chief finished the perusal of the document, paused. and then saying something to his warriors Then they beard an indistinct hubbub of voices, which Quick-Shot could not understand, hurried and knew that the message had been discovaway toward the villa. ered, and was creating a sen"!ltion. "I wonder what he's up to nowr our hero For a few minutes all suddenly became sllent. mused grimly. Quwk-Shot's keen gaze never once left the di He ieft his position, made a circuit around rection of the encampment, an
Colorado Charlie's Detecti'O'e Dash. ,1, He grasped a revolver in either hand, and 11?lided from bis place of concealment into the }louse like a shadow. The door opened into a oi rear storeroom; then came a kitchen anld bim cRptive, pre eluding all possibility of simplest thought. When be regained consciousness and slowly opened bis eyes, he found the situation altogether different. As far as be could wake out be was lying upon the prairie, a short distance from the villa -lying on his back, so completely wound up with lariats as to be nearly unable to move a rnuscle. Another person similarly fixed was lying by bis side. 1 Near their feet was a powerful horse, about which three men were busied. Up at Dagge rsville, and in the direction of theCottonwoods, the sounds of a deadly con flict r;vere to be accompanied by an aJ:roost ineessant flaab of weapons, that lit up the darkness like so many hisses of lightning. .A shudder ran through tbe frame of the scout. detective as be comprehended bis situation. He was to be "railroaded "-dragged furiously over prairie and thro'.lgb rocky gorges at the mercy of an animal furious to escape from its human freight. It was sure death in nine cases out of ten, as he well knew-a punishment that more than one poor fellow bas bad to suft'er on the Western. borders. Who was his oompagnon du floyag e f He managed to twist bis head so as to get a partial view of the party. "Great God! Is it you, Miss Gleason1" be gasped, "You bet!" Grit responded. But, how came you in this sfid predica ment1" Tiley nabbed me. I was looking after you." "Yon should not bavE> done it. Are you a.ware what is in store for, us, my poor cbild'I'' Yes. The general r.ondescended so far as to explain to me. It is evident we will get what aome of our friends are even now getting, only in a different way. "Death!" "Yes." I am afraid you are right. I am not so much concerned for myself, as for you; as I can stand more bard usage. I went through this ordeal once before." "Don't worry about m&. I em not a coward, by any means, and if YOll have w race the music I am with you, and we will meet it u best we can."" You are brave, Miss Glueson, but I would to God you were well out ot this scrape!" Just tben the men evidently completed their arrangements ab-Out the horse, for two of them came and bent ov .er the captives. . They were General Gleason and the ruffian, Buck Brady, and their faces, gloating with ex:ultation, were not pieasant to contemplate. "So you have recovered, the general said, addressing Quick-Snot. "I am glad of that, I was afraid Brady had killed y,;iu, and you wouldn't be able to enjoy the treat is in store for you." "Murderer though yob. are, IJear you not. Do your worst-I still defy you;\lideon Glea son, and will live to see the day that I can avenge Lenore's death?" "Do you dare t-0 tell me that Lenore is dead, you young devil1" "I have already said so, and know that for spite's satisfaction, against me, you murdered her-you, ber own father!" "You lie-you lie 1" fairly shrieked the man. "I do not. You are a cowardly assassin, and, God helping me, if i ever get free, I'll have your life in exchange for the murder of your own daughter-you inhuman fiend!" Gleason uttered a snarling oath. "You are counting your chickens before they are batched!" be declared, triumphantly. "So far as your evPr getting free is concerned, I'll guarantee that we shall never hove the pleasure of l o oking on either of your faces again. As for you, Mis s Gertrude, I'll tell tbe truth by ad mitti11g that I would rest a little easier, were you out of the hence I concluded to let you keep tho company of Colorado Charlie on voyage!" "I understand why you fear me l" Grit replied "It is b e cause have robbed me of my pro perty-ay 1 I believe you murdered my poor father. It is fear of being proven guilty of the crime, that you mo to de.struction. May the curse of every honest man rest upon you, you detestable wretch!" The general winced under tbe accusation, and turnP d impatiently to Buck Brady. "Enough of this!" he cried. "Apply the match!" The horse which the tbil'd man was hofc!ing by the bit, was already bec o ming nearly un manageable, and when Brady applied a lighted match to his glossy coa.t be gave a terrified snort, and broke awa y, dragging the helpless human freight behind him. __ CHAPTER XIII. SATAN CLAIMS HIS OWN. THE terrible battle-or rnore properly, the massacre-at V
Colorado Charlie's Deteetive Dash. bad, almost to a men, fallen while still fighting. What bad not been completely m-iwed down had taken to flight, with few exceptions. Old Man Reinald and the major, together with two others of the Ronald mining syndiCllte, named Lewis and Locke, bad been num bered among the missing, when a list of the dead and wounded was taken. Yet there were those 11\'bO knew that the q\lartette of capitalists hSC: been captured, and sm uggl e d off to Villa Voselle, where they were secretly held as prisoners of the victorious general. What was to be done with them, was a matter of conjecture with those who were in the secret, they Laing Buck Brady, Flat Nose and Pedro, the general's valet. It was believed, however, that they were to be held tor ransom,_or some other arrangement by which the general would come into actual pos session of Daggersville, the Cottonwoods and the surrouncling territory. The lo"s on the 11:eneral's side had been heav:v, many of bis best herders having been dropped, never to rise again. lrlat Nose's band, however, had come off nearly whole. 'ibe. morning after the battle, the dead were coJected, by the general's orders, and given a rou11:h but respectable burial, near the Cotton woods, and the gener11I sent di of bis party to take charge of tue Cottonwoods and Daggers vilfe. For sai:-ty's sake, be kept Bock Brased, and no interference was of fered from Government sources, although it was belitived that the massa.cre was known at head quarter.aod plenty o f time bad elapsed in which an c o uld bavA been made. This can!l<'ld the gen eral and bis confederates to feel more at and things once more began to shape about in their usual way. Work wa resumed in the mines, which were now Gleason's property, as was every thing el5e in Da(\'gersville. Re was virtually king-, and the people w ere his minions, and as be paid them with lavis h liberalitv and promptness, there seemeil no oc casion for helief but wt,-,; they would serve him faithfullv. The two immense ,!lncb es were turned into one, ns it war .. anrl the valuable b erf cattle united into one vast herd, and plac"cl in the care of Flat Nose and bis ganrr, the former remnant. of cowboys having been set to work in tbemine. And as trouble was 1>xpected from the "8ttle Clique, the droves were kept in 1111 cl<>t1e pNC imity to tbe Cottonwoods and Villa Voeelle, u good pasturage would permit. Buck Brady and Pedro were now retained at the villa, the former as a sort of confidenQel cut-throat, and the latter as a confidential ser vant. As we have said, the general was daily grow ing more at ease, as no signs of trcuble loomed up on the horizon of bis hopes, and was be ginning to congratulate himself that h!S scheme for supremacy was to be successful, when one evening, as he was sitting in bis parlor, Buck Brady entered, bearing a letter which he bad just obtained at the t-oftlce. It was directed in a broad, handsome style of chirography, and on tearing away the envelope the general's eyes ran over the appended mis sive: HELL'S POST-Oll'l"ICE, } (One llllle from tbe Entranc a Gate to Hades). "August-20th "GEN. GIDEON GLJUSoN:-The time for calling you lo from active service bas drawn so nPar expiration that I have rlAoutized s e veral of your victims to wait on you prevara.tory to guiding you tbrouech the dark and over the fip ry trails lead ng to my perennial summer res'>rt. Hopin g you will not put my envoys to any unnec essary d e lay (as I bave to pay a large premium for fu e l now and have already had the fires kiadled for your special benefit), "I rema in, sir, "Yonrs forever, "SATAN, "King of the Realms Infernal!" Brady watched the general with an in(fuiring expression during the p erusal for lbe usually flushed fac" bad grown strangely white. "By Heaven! what doos it mean, Brady!'' tbe astoni
Colorado Claarlie' Detective Da..h. "What i" the matter'' Gleason demanded, his -pallor ne1uly equaling that of the ruffian. Ob! cuss the thing I l see'd a skeleton, SO I did, what war grinnin' an' snappin' its teeth et me I" The genPral m a
Cc company with h i s c all upon y o u within a day or s o prepar e d to mak e y o u a ca s h offe r "Very truly y o urs, C HALFONT." The next day came another: .. GEN'L GIDEON GLEASON:.. D oAR S m : D o not s e ll your estate until I have tim to r e a c h you Sill:ned. '' W. A SmTH. Ano tb e r communicaUon ran thus : "GEN'L Gro1teN GLEASON:-" DEAR Srn:-Will c all on you sh o rtly with a view to purchasing your e st.at e if monw can buy it. .... "Youru res.Jf.Y, 'Gus RAND. The latter two communic a ti o ns had b ee n maile d f r.om a mining-camp not ov e r thirty miles from Daggersvill e and both arrived the same d a y. "Everything works w e ll. It could h ardly b e be tter!" the g eneral co n gratulated hi mse lf. "l'll ge t wbat mon e y I c a n out of tho bus iness and tben hi e myself t o s ome s pot wh e 1 e 1 s b a ll not c on soontly feel a s if a noo se were to be sud d e nl y s birred about m y n eck.'' Tb e fir s t to arrive was Mr. C halfont and d aughte r, who were u s h e red into tlfo g eneral's pre s e n ce on e stormy e vening. The Eng lisbmau was a p ers on o f medium build, with a hu ge silver y l.Jeard that c o v e r e d the b ette r p art of bi s fa ce a n d ev e s tbat w e r e intensely k ee n a nd p e n etrating, in tb eir glance He was richly attired. His daughte r, H e lena, as he introduced h er, was cl o s ely e nv e loped iu a waterproof, and vailed so carefully that her face could not b e seen. After a little preliminary conv ersation the visito r said: sir, having l earned of your desire to disp o se of your larg e property, I c o nclu de d to c o m e tbis way, aCJd learn your "Exactly dare say you are aware of the o f the property!" I am. I made ing.uiri e s on my way h ere, and a m surprise d to find s:> much under one m an'R co ntrol." "Very hke ly. I have b een mos t in specul a ti o n a n d am proud to p oint out my estate e s the fruits of mv enterprise." Everything: is clea,-, of cours e!" "To a doll ar." "Tbe n, what is your nbjec t in selling out1'' I r e c ently l ost my daughter, a n only child, and having no to bind m e to any partic ul a r pl a c e I desir e to r eturn Eastward to spend the of my days." I :[,_, 1 Well, I suppose you would find more congerfo.l surrounding s, there. What value do you pJ,.ea u p nu y our ranch, its stock and equipa ncl mine?" / "Fiv e m ill i o n of rlollars, et least." "Fiv e million? Would they f etch half that amonl\t at a forc erl sal e!" P erhaps I did not name you my selling price." "Do s o the n!" I will take one million down now, and a half-million more as soou as the deeds are regis tered. I have them already prepared for sign ing, so that after .our business is done here. s Detective Daah. nothing remain but to take them to a register, and get him to fix the m up, he having the old deti i ls, and their records." "Indeed! Tben you have an idea that I would trust a million of d ollars in your hands for even ten minute s!" was t!:!_e sneering answer I do not see wby not, sir. I am a man of word, sir 111 "Ohl you are?" "lam!" Tbe general wes beginning to grow somewhat alarmed, the tone of his visitor was so cool and signifi cant. ."How long have you owned this magnificent domain1 Chalfont went on, stroking his beatt geutly, and nev e r once allowing h"isgaze to leave the g en eral's face. "For sev eral years-three n early." "Were you ever m'lrried more than once?" Certainly not." "You are sure! Tbe general sprung to his feet, growiug livid with rage. Why do you questio n my verac ity'!'' he cried. "If yon c om e b e r e w insult me, I will excuse your prese nce, and r equest yon to leave my h o us e." H e was in the act o f drawpigare volver, when be n o ti ce d that Chalfont already held one in bis grasp, "Ba lked tbe r e l11hisca ll ersaid, with a chuckle. "You should know b e t ter than to try any croo ked game s on me, Gleason. You are too bot-bead ed; but I do question your veracity about not having been blesSAd with two wives, as I know you were l egally married once, and ilh iga lly m arried a. se c ond time,11 "'Tis fals e!" the g eneral roared, -"It is true I" was the stern cry. "St1
Colorado Charlie's Dash. 2& and no stones, they experienced no severe An uneasy feeling caused him to partly raise bruises. and make a survey. The horse plunged madly on, its agonized He saw something that w:ould have startled screams making the night ring. That be would any strong-minded personage. ever stop until forced to drop from sheer ex-A trifle above the level of the ground, not a baustion did not seem probable. dozen yards away, he beileld the Dead Face If be could only get bis hands free, so as to looking toward him, white and unearthly, and draw the clasp-knife which he still bad in bis apparently attached to no body. pocket, Colorado Charlie could cut the two Instantly the Dead Face arose higher, and a lariats; but to get hands loose was no easy man's form becam.; O t !tlined, as it fled from the feat, and thare was no immediate probability of spot-a man's form clad in deepest black, from his accomplishing such release from their frigtat,chin to toe, ful position. -"Very ghostly l" Quick-Shot gritted. So Not a woT d nor groan escaped Grit, she was that's the thing that's been frightening the Dagpassin!;'; through the ordeal nearly as bravely as gervillians! Wonder if I hadn't better give him himself. a cbasef" They were well away from Villa Voselle, when He leaped to his feet and bounded away in the frantic horse came suddenly to a de e p and pursuit, but was soon surprised, to think that he abrupt arroyo, and uoable to check itself, was sh ould ever have laid claims to being a runner, forced to plunge headlong into the depths, drag-for in u very few mmutes the Dead Faced indi ging Charlie and Grit with him. vidual bad vanished beyond the range of his Down, down they went-then all became vision, bla".lk. "Blame it! I've lost both the man and the Quick-Shot was the first to recover conscioustrail!" he growled, pausing when be saw that it ness, and, with his returning s e nses, came a was no use to proceed further. "I shall have to knowledge that he bad a severe headache, and wait till daybreak, before I can readily pick up was considerably bruised, that trail again." He lay several minutes, motionless, until he He sat down, in an ill-humor, and waited, was satisfied that he was in activ;i possession of Ten minutes had scarcely passed, when, hearing his right mind; then, with an effort he raised a rustling behind him be wheeled around, and himself upon bis elbow and gazed about him. beheld the Dead Face a few yards away, and in It was broad daylight, but he was still at thA the same position as wher;. he first discovered bottom of the arroyo, which was rugged and it. rocky. His bonds bad been severed. With a yell of anger, he sprung to bis feet, The horse, with every bajrsinged from it lay and rushed toward the ghostly tormentor, only dead a few :y-ards away, a sickening mass to to see that personage also gam bis footing, and gaze at-put Grit was nowhere to be seen. glide away into nothingness. The horSe had, before the fatal plunge, worn a Tqe next mom ent, be was seized from. behinti bridle. by a number of pairs of hanus, which made Now, that article was not to be seen, and it quick work of securely binding and blind'folding w;s certain that the fire could not have conhim. sumed the bits, even if it had burned the Who his captors were he could not form an leather. idea, as be saw. none of them, and not a word Tbere remained, tbeq, but one re.11sonable was spoken. theory: some one bud entered the arroyo, car-That the Dead Face was concerned in the proried 'away tbe bridle, and likewise Grit Gleason, ceeding, however, hEI did not bavo a doubt. With an effort that cost him great pain, Colo He was b o und a"t:ross a saddle, faee downward, rado Charlie arose from his recumbent position, and carrie d away, the apparently being and hobbled toward the low place where egress led, by one of the captors. from the pitfall was easiest-a sort of natural It sAemed, to Quick-Shot, an age before they trail that wound up the side to the prairie. stopped, and he was taken from the horse's back, Here be found the plain imprints of a horse's and placed upon bis f e et. feet, and the indications were tbat the animal Tbertl was a moment of painful suspeJtse; then had recently galloped up the trail. a harsh, stentorian voice cried: "By Heaven! that brave girl shall not remain "Charlie Waverly, do you know where you. lost very long," Quick-Shot gritted, "She imarei" periled her own safety for her love for me, and "I have not that pleasure!" Quick-Shot rel'Il never rest until I set her at liberty. I don't torted, coolly. feel very active after that-tough ride and tum"Tben, I will grant you the information!" the ble, but I can still follow a trail." speaker said, in an impressive tone. You are Weapons he bad none, except a clasp-knifo in in the presence of a band of avengers-persons bis pocket; but nothing daunted, be >et out as who have suffered terrible wrongs, and failing rapidly over the trail as the bruised condition of to get justice in any other way, have taken the bis limbs would permit. law into their own bands." He trnveled until nightfall with scarcely a "Go ahead l" Quick-Shot called out, indiffer pause, and being a sturdy wallrer, covered a good entlv. many miles. "There are five of us, at present!" the speaker So he continued on his way, as soon as the went on, "and I, the' Dead Face,' as I am best moon was fairly up, and did not pause until near known, am the chief of the band. Of my wrongs midnight, when be felt too fatigued to proceed I need not speak, for they are known only to further, and threw himself up. on the ground. and to-=my God. The others, with one
f exception, have suffered through the agency of "Well, you have left nothing undone in the one Oap. Melton, a chief of cattlethievea." way of self-adornment, I see I" he said. "A "I understand." glimpse of you to be punishment enough "Well, we want one more member to our for any ordinary sinner." order, before we proceed to business. We know "Perhaps!" the tallest of the five said, with you have suffered a grievous wrong, and have a chuckle, his voice unmistakably that of Dead .sworn a vow of vengeance against, one whom it Face. "We mean to make our appearance an is our business to drag down to doom he omen of doom to those we are to chase down. richly merits." Here is a bundle of apparel to mawh oura, and "You speak of General Gleason." weapons of defense. Please eq\lip yourself, and "I do. He has wronged, not only all of us, then we will get down to business, as fast as ia but has massacred many a good man at the j\ldicious." Cottonwoods and Daggersville, of which places In a short time Quick-Shot was arrayed ip. the he now holds undisp\lted possession. He stands new.-iostume, and armed with weapons enough a tyrant king, in a civilized government, and it to lay out a score of men, had he the hands to is a reproach on all honor.able h\lIDanity that the use them. accursed outlaw i& not swept from the earth. Thro\lgh the "devil" masks were eyeholea. We have agree d among O\lTselves to do the job and mo\lth slits for breathing, with projectinc and want yo\lT co-ope ration in h elping \ls to re forked tong\les, that cohld be manipulated from store right from wrong, at Daggersville, and the inside by the wearer's tong\le. breaking up the Cattle Clique I" "Now then, you are all fixed!" the Dead Face "Supposing you inform me whom I worud announced "But come, let us and be be associated with. I could best answer "you oll. We have a n\lIDb e r of miles to ride yet." then!" The mount w a s made, and they struck off a$ "That is out of the question. I know it is a gallop, in a northerly direction, never drawing l>etter for the present that y o u should not. I r e i n until the sil.n h a d s e t, and dense shadows !have named the other four, Norman, Warren, were s ettling like a pall ove r the prairie Gorman and Florren. You are well known and .A. narrow bridle-path led down into the depths respected by two of them; the others have debts of a wood. to cancel with Captain Melton, but are sworn to .A. column of smoke curling up through the help us throughout." tree-tops was the only sign to indicate that the "Exac tl y B\lt I would be excused." grov e was inhabited. "Why!" "The r e's where the Oattle Clique have their "Beca\lse I have another mis si on I" h eadquarte r s," Dead Face explained, pointing "The se arch Gertrude Gleason I" do w n in the anoya. "They've got a big "Yes." sha nty in among the trees, and there' s a nest "Miss Gertrude rashly imp eriled h e r life fall of" cu sse s in it." through a d esire to accompany m e and she hav "Do y o u know how many!" Quick-Shot ing got int o ro\lble it is my d\lty as a man to a sked. rescue her." N o It d e p ends a ltog ethe r whether any of "The n set your h eart at rest in tha t r es pect, the g ang a r e away on a rai
Colorado Charlie's Detective Dash. 17 entire party, numbering all but four of the Clique, were yesterday captured bl soldiers who are advancing upon Daggersville.' "Then we shall have an easy victorybelowl'' "Nol" Dead Face said. "There is nothing DU>re to do dowB there. I spared the r ed-skin because be prumistld to turn State's evidence against t be others." "But, Miss Gleason-where is sbel' QuickSbot asked. "Coming up the pAth behind me. Ah I h e r e she comes, uow. Look I yonder goes the 'trong hold of the Cattle Clique. with everything in it, except what money I could find." He pointed down into the grove wit. b a laugh of triumph, just as Grit Gleason reached the t-0p of the path, leading a horse. A bright light could be seen below, that increased momentarily, until forked tongues of fire leaped up through the tree-tops, with a crackling sound. Without Fpeaking, the party watched the flames \ for some time; then, at Dead Face's order, they all and rode away. have an immense advantage over us; you cao gamble for hours, while we can only play until we lo"'l both money and life." "I will play. If y u "1ose, yoa shall pay the forfeit, depend upon it. The w"rld C!inDot hold u s both." "I am perfectly willing to do so." The general went to bis safe, and returned with several large rolls of money, and a deck of cards. The game was to be eucber. "Cut for deal I" Gleason said, as they seat.ad tbemseles at a table. "Ir you please, gents, I'll take a hand in that game, tool" a strange voice said. The startled trio gazed toward the door iD alarm. What strange"transformation was tbisf W it retribution 1 Eleven persons stood in a ro-v, just within the room, each grasping a revolver in bis right band. Seven of them were attired as the demon avengers. The remaining fo11r were Old Man Ronald, Major Greer, and the two other men who bad been held as Gleason's prisoners. Tbe d eclaration of Cap. Melton, that be was Gideon Gleason trembled like an aepen at sight Gideon Gleason's son, as narrated in a previous of the ominous line-each one of whom, he doubt chapter, caused the general to turn whiter than ed n9t, bad som e deadly account to settle with ever, while a furious curse escaped bis lips. bihf. "You lie-you lie!'' be gasped. Cap. Melton uttered a savage oath, but made "1 do pot," Melton repli ed triumphantly. no motion to fight or escape. He saw that the "I can prove that we are wife and so n to you. odd;; wP.re too largely against him, and be could Lenore is not your child, or rather was not." but tremble when he caught tbe stern menacing "How do you know?'' gaze of Old Man Ronald. : "We do know. You adoptied her from an It IJad been Dead Face, who bad spokeq. asylim, after you bad deserted us, and left us "My money is good as any one's!" be contin upon the world to look after ourselves. Not ued, drawing.Jortb a roll .,f hills, a1. d advancing long since you learned, through that scalawag to the table. so he kind en o ugh to deal me Mcintosh, that Lenore was of good parentag1>, out a band. I know the term' of the game, and and was shortly to come into an immense for-am satisfied to abide by them." tune in tbe South. You two rogues put your The general anti bis wicked son exchanged beads together to get possession of the fortune, glaricPs, and the game began. _,, by arranging a marriage between Mcintosh and Four bands were pla)ed, and the Dead Face Lenore. Luckily for the poor girl, she was went out, }paving the game between Meiton and spared such a fate." the general. "Ayl and accursed be be who murdered her!" They played the bttnd out quickly, and the the genPral crie d, bitterly. general, too, went out! Why heap curses u_pon yourselff It will not Melton grew pa l e, but 1lealt the cards with dive away the tl!a:t ever' haunts you. apparent detPrmination to win. but, enough of that. We could make yon suffer "My life or forty thousand this time I" he on more tbao one charge, but don't p r opose to gritted. do tl\llt, it we can arrange terms." The Dead Face raked in forty thousand and "'I'erm' '." left tweuty on the board. "Exactly. Li > ten, ana 1 will explain. My The general made hi' and the game belittle business of cattle-bbitf bas gone up. The gan, the table surrounded by the avesgers, who cavalry has me bard by raptnring my watched with breatLless interest. men anr son's heed and fired. "You sti11 have a chance to gamble as Jong as You shall never kill biml" she hissed, ad ':9&Ur cash bolds out, and even to putting.up your dressing the general. He was a son to m .. 'iUler property. You see. in that respect, you 1 and we wtll die
28 Colprado Charlie's Detective Dash. Before she could be prevented, she placed tbe pistol to her own temple and fired. The two fell to the floor almost simultaneous ly. The bullet did not produce death for Melton for several minutes, and be gazed about him. "It's all up with me!" be said. "I ask the forgiven9ils of tbem I've wron11;ed. You've won, old man, but I reckon we'll meet at head quarters. My last request-bury mother." "It shall be done I" Dead Fttce said, "and to .relieve your mind of one sin. sir, I will tea you tbat you did not kill Ralph R o nald. I brought bimback to life, and he is present nowl'' At a motion, one of the partv removed his mask, and, sure enough, Ralpb Ronald stood re vealed. A look of relief passed over Melton'S face, and bis lamp of life went out, even as Old Man Ronald and his son embraced eacb other. Gener&] Gleason still sat a.t the ta.ble like one jn a daze, as he nervously fingered the ca.rds. The Dead Fa.ce once more turned to him. "Gideon Gleason I" he said, sternly. "Your unfortunate wife and son have pa.id the penalty <>f tbeir crimes. You are even a greater criminal than were they, and you, too, must answer. We will go on with the garnet" -"I have but fifty tbousimd dollars left," the said, dogged ly. Maybe not, hut you have the deeds to your -own ranch, and you have your cattle. We will gamble for all. You need not prod deathfor there was not a tinge of color iu his cheeh:; his eyes bad an awful
_ r Colorado CharUe' Detective Dash. 29 "Hold I" Dead Face added. "Before you, allow me to apeak, and let no. one under any circumstances interrupt me. Gideon Gleason, yon are looking at me. I think you know me. I will remove my mask. There I I am now the Dead Face of Daggersville. See I I remove a thin filmy skin-now, I am your wronged brother. Gideon, you robbed me of a home. That is naught. You buried me alive, alt ex cept my head. I escaped, and when you found in after months a skull, where I was planted, you considered yourself safe. Of those who helped you in your heinous crime there were a do2'en. They are all dead. You alone remain. Lenore; I have done. You can now tell the general his fate." "I do not think it is necessary/' Lenore rejurned, with a quivering lip. 'I believe a we has relieved us of the JOb. Quick!' Several sprung forward and caught the sinful man as he would have pitched to the floor I When they laid him the sofa his last spark of life bad ebbed out I But few words are required to finish our tale. The trio-father, mother and son were buried, side by side. A few days later a company of cavalry raided Daggersville, and put to flight those who bad pa.I"ticipated in the massacre. Flat Nose waEI captured, but on promising to do better was sent to an agency, along with his daughter, whom Quick-Shot restored to hia;, Old Man Ronald took possession of his estates; the general's brother divided t he consolidated Gleason eatate between himself and Lenore, and .Major Greer returned to his Cinnamon Bear, where he for years remained mine bost-and would ycu believe it, Grit Gleason became mine hostess I" Colorado Charlie and Lenore, so startlingly re united, lived at Villa Voselle, until a few Y!lllrs since. Ralph Ronald returned to the East, where he is now, a rich man. Buck Brady had disappeared, as if the earth had swallowed him, but it is probable that un der a new name the hardened scoundrel pursued his hardened career to its end in other regions! Daggersvilll0 is no more, but in its place stands a thriving town of another name. THE END. DIME HAND-BOOKS. Young People's Series. BCA.Du's DrMEJfA.Nn-Booxs FOR YoUNG PEoPLJ: cover a wide range of aubiecti<, and are especially adapteread-Eagle Speaker 23. Dialect Speaker. 11. Dune Debater. 24. Recitations and Read. 12. Exhibition Speaker. ings. 13. School Spi<,aker. 25. Burlesque Speaker 14. J.udicrons Speaker. These books are replete with choice nieces for tbe School-room, the Exhibition, for Homes, etc. 75 to 100 Declamations and Recitations In each book. Dialogues. The Dime Dialogu es, each volume 100 pages, einbrace tbirtysix books, viz.: Dialogues No. One. Dialogue s No. Nineteen. Dialogues No. Two. Dialogues No. Twenty. Dialogu es No. Thr ee Dia logu es No. Twenty-one. Dia, logues No. Four. Dialogues No. Twenty-two. Dialogu es No. Five. Dialo gues No. Twenty-three. Dialogu es No. Six. Dialogu e s No. Twenty-four. Dialogu es No. Seven. Dialogues No Twenty-five. Dial ogues No. Eight. Dialogu es No. Twenty-six. Dial ogues No. Nine. Dialogues No. Twenty-seven. Dialogu es No. Ten. Dialo g u es No. Twenty-eight. Dialogues No. Eleven. Dialogu es No. Twenty-nine. Dialogues No. Twe lve. Dialogues No. Thirty. Dialogues No. Thirt .een Dialogues No. Tbirtyone Dialogues No. Fourteen. Dial ogues No. Thirty-two. Dialogues No. Fifteen. Dialogu es No. Thirty-three. Dialogues No. Sixteen. Dialogues No. Thirty-four. Dialogues No.Seventeen Dialogues No. Tbirtyfive. Dialogues No. Eighteen No. Thirty-six. Dialogues No. Thirty-seven. ,;: 15 to 25 Dialogues and Drama8 In each book. Each volume contains 100 large lJages, printed from clear, open type, comprising the best colleoo tion of Dialogues, Dramas and Recitations. Dramas and Readings. 164 12mo Pages. 20 Cents. For Schools, Parlors, Entertainments and the Am< ateur Stage, comprising Original Minor Dramas, Comedy, Farce, Dress Pieces, Humorous Dialogue and Burlesque, by noted writers; and and Readings, new and standard, of the greatest celebrity and Intere s t. Edited by Prof. A. :M. Russel, J ttke Books. Pocket Joke Book. Jim Crv-N Joke BooJr, Paddy Whack Joke Book. The above publications are tor sale by all ne11'9o dealers or will be sent, post-paid, o receipt of price, ten cents each. BEADLE AND ADA.MS, Pll'BLlSBE!lsw (
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