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Mitsui waa the leader of as motley
a band as ever slit a throat to turn an
honest penny. It numbered 80. Mit
sui had three lieutenants Deguchi,
Koyama and Nakashima whom he
used but did not trust.
He had also a bodyguard of two.
One was Mikagawa, a ntill hand, and
the other was Yamoto.
Now, Yamoto was not like the oth
ers. He is a woodsman, living alone
in a cabin in' the forest, with only his
gun and dog for company. A sullen,
savage fellow, rumor has it that he
is a miser and has much gold cached
in the woods.
Mitsui trusted Mikagawa and Ya
moto as he trusted no one else. He
ruled by fear.
Trouble began when-Koyama smil
ed on Okane Puri. And Okane Puri
smiled back, thinking no evil. Mitsui
saw, but made no sign.
"Ho!" thought Koyama.' "Mitsui is
a coward after all.
"Nakashima, a backward lover,
seemg that the hghtmng did not
smite Koyama, plucked up courage.
And he, too, smiled on Okane Puri.
Still Mitsui saw and made no sign.
Whereupon Deguchi, "dull of wit but
of great courage, encircled with hiir
arm the waist of Okane Pun before
all the band, before Mitsui himself.
But Okane sprang away from him
Even then Mitsui made no sign.
But one night it was in Novem
ber, last year a party was arranged
In the cabin of Yamoto, the woods
man. Deguchi was there. They gam
Died' and quarreled, and Yamoto shot
Deguchi through the brain.
Then with a pencil he drew a line
through the name of Deguchi which
was written on a slip of paper with
two other names. And Mikagawa
buried the body of Deguchi in the
Another party was given in the
woodsman's cabin. Koyama went to
t in fear and trembling. He dared
lot stay away. He ate and drank and
aligned. They gambled, and quar
reled. Koyamadid not' want to quar
rel. He died as'begucni died, and Ya
moto drew a line through tfie second
name on his list
Mikagawa buried the body beside
that of Deguchi.
A third party was giveri. Naka-
Okane Puri, Who Laughs No More.
shima was the guest. They atej drank,
gambled and quarreled, ana waka-.
shima died. Mikagawa buried the'
body in the forest beside those of
Somebody talked. Mitsui flted to