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for another five thousand, and IH
stake you to your board on the
chance of your making the old man
fall for it
"A couple of weeks later two thou
sand comes, and the old man adds
that his sentiments is about the
same, -only a little less cordial, and,
anyway, thatis, to be the last. By
the samejxjst as he d written to his
tather by, DicKy sends a letter to tne
girl. He said he'd had bad luck, and
he thought it was .his duty to let her
go, but if' ever he made his pile and
she -wasn't married he d come: back
to claim her.
"Ike was sort of glad that Dicky
got his money, being a good-hearted
sort of a fellow, and he agreed to- sell
Dicky the Blue Shank, for his two
thousand, and to throw in six
nionths' outfit of flour and bacon into
the bargain. So Dicky . starts out
again, and Ike smiles pleasantly and
allows that he'll run down South for
the winter, Betting) out just about the
time that Dickys due to return.
"After three months had gone by
I began to feel uneasy, soniehow.
You see I'd sort of taken a liking to
Dicky, and it seemed to me that it
was all right to sell him the Green
Star, seeing it was experience he was
getting, but that Blue, Shank business
sort of unsettled me. I hoped he'd hit
upon a pocket somewhere on the
Blue Shank property, though Ike had
gone over it with a fine comb. And.
just as my hopes was beginning to
sour me against Ike who should come
on the scene but the 'girl."
"She come in on the afternoon
coach and put up at Ike's hdtel, and
the first thing she does is, naturally,
to ask for Dicky.
" 'Dicky? '.asks Ike. 'Dicky Mears?
"Why, yes. He started out to work a
property lje bought some little time
ago, about sixty miles from here.
I'm sorry I can't take you there, miss,
seeing as how I've got business over
in Leeson's tomorrow, but I reckon
Hi Frank would let you have a buck
"That was as far as he got I had.
drawn up close by to hear what Ike!
had to say, and I wasn't going to
stand for no more, gold mine sales.
But Ike stopped short there, for In
the' doorway stood Dicky!
"He was scratched from head to
foot and covered with blue mud,, bu
the girl ran to him just as he was
and he took her into his arms and,
she put her head down and just cried'
for joy. Even Ike looked a little fool
ish at that.
"When he had done crying .Dicky
put his arm around her waist and
turned to Ike.
" 'What are you going to do about
it?' he asks.
" 'About what?' asks Ike.
" 'About that seven thousand, you
confounded swindler,' roars Dickyr
'There wasn't an ounce of gold in
either of those-two mines, and I have
information that you salted them .
after working'-them out.'
" 'Oh, pshaw!' says Ike. 'Them's
good properties, Mr. Mears. I'd take
them off 'your hands if I had the
money, only I'm down to 'my last
hundred just now. Maybe next summer-
I will '
'"Oh, you will, will you?' sneers
Dicky. 'I guess what youll take back '
is a million gallons of water, and un
less you take it I'll cram it down your
" 'What's that?' yells Ike. 'Water,
did you say?'
" 'I said water and I meant water,'
yelled Dicky. 'You infernal scoun
drel, you damned it back and sold me
a river, and the first blast-I made in
the hard rock dislodged it. The
whole bed's a roaring torrent'
"Ike waved him back. 'Dicky,' he
yelled, 'I give in. I apologize. I'm
anything you like to call me, but I'll
giVe you your seven thousand this in
stant for the rights.' And he reached
for his bank book.
" 'Hold on,' says I. 'This is where
I come in. I'll give you twenty thou
sand, Dicky.y (
i nirty, yens iKe.