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wn "'M .lov' l!l(i been 8 Hicf. aral hi, Willi a tile K':: ink 81 n| yho»... ul w.s in r^,vore,J |." *l's har! Ue from i,. his min'. [i~ a facTl. 1 into ri,.. hurt w .. 8 cr island urther IOOLIS1N the portaic. rough the, doer e benches vby scor«! the music airs, mmon Btory, te and its can ion ,K'X terns/' 'J i '»ndoj files lied with f v.'nt !.• faces, i a row .ing bio?' om— limples govr: rue endeavor, the will, and frolic, keep stir. t) "111 Ill ingers, ith the buck-, .njf berries tdy nook ote rebt'ilit'i. :asured f1cad, romping some clot ei 'kh!. s! VIit »d il!i i' bam "isifi" is. V V. take it k:i»i.j, le men aodloss t' iUk book and pen. md rauUlcn.*. ure In-r! y hU: 1 JfCCS, 1 f!!'M 'e ncf .erch. wed it evi firm .red yfiir i'-i k my .. len V1 re i t.t t id i .•sr-!vi IHW'V I!. lb: *ail ys tc ierai. is i BIG wi i— ell is rini -iu -. •school is in OB'S I'LAIM FOUAH IT. takr v th I til. nui ji ranee of wi vitli or.c Hi rr 11) is i HOW i Was dead b- .. ed to sit down an.. s.iudy and what was best to be down hi rocker and park n the glass his blankets in it, wiili pick, shove). and fry big pan, with a a little p": I., ham, flour, his cofli u'd, peepingi ing iron," said the gir "blanket-, wa* the neck .Your name of Whi.-'ky ttlc. He had stopped at man, and, I reckon. sh a high, mountain ndge ruinated corn juiee. jYuba lliver, thai made! "Well, Nell, that".* It wa-' well wooded and rough," said lJob. who hail, iiitle underorush lialf .-.mile on her f.ice. him there ran a creek i8, clear and coo], over the was very pleasant to see the hot summer weath he bottle from th" jiaek, up to the light, saw there ood drink left, lie looked inside through the big the flickering sunshine irougli the thick foliage earth in many places in jt, he earth was of like the casins on her small feet, and a sun bon net thrown back from her head.* Her hand rested upon a long, Kentucky rifle. She was a representative of the better class ol Western girls, W'liowere continu ally, in those early days, arriving in the mountains of California from the long trip overland, emigrating in families from old Kentucky and other States. Passing near their camp-lires at night, one could hear the quaint songs and bal lads—oiten sung to negro melodies—*hey had improvised on their march about the daily journey and its incidents. Some o these songs were musical anil comical. She was singing "Keuliieky is my native pi.e. e, Kentucky is my home Aud.here I be across the plaii1-. seek tor irohl and roam Wake snakes and clear the ra, k When Kentucky unit's idoiu^, Mt name is Nellie Jreen, boy-. I'm cixleen, young' andstrong.'' Whisky Bob listened to the song with delight, and gazed at the singer in ad miration and then, with his pack on his shoulder, cooly walked out into her pres ence. and putting tin pack down not far from her, sat down himself. The young girl looked at him a little surprised, but sat composed and still, only puffin her hand carelessly onth" v bi ight, a lire, i. He soliio- flames val substance i ttle and fell int. igain, lined the saiie durued by whisk y. alter money I jest deserve ii. ned fool a human critter aselfwith whisky:" iiscauraging, this kind of ob, like many others, was itorncd to his own folly, is ship in San Francis o ly summer ot iwro, and nes for his pile. From s lucky where In- struck tie earth it was sun to find obtained it -o easily, he lid always find it when he irdiugly threw it away or lers, and is.-i pat ion until lor became a besetting sin ending him to min. Noth lew and strong impulse, .wakening of hi.- better ,V€ him. Just 1 Jict ic sii 1M' 1 I'O'A. I .1 )S lU'C •s rJc ere y. from hisbe- s his name a. quireil. .Dob jllow ol about twenty-five ng, and welt built, with hair and beard, brown, in ng eyes, an.I, in fact as llow as j'ou oft,-.n look up S a chance for him yt-it,.. if ht happen to change his forth his} re.-div goorl qual iat could do till-. He Von loquy. I be again, swearing nil Stulf Slug a pile—and always «o whisky wov._e than ever, 'gold in my bag a lew o, of flour and pork, with and tobacco, and that's all e. If I could strike pay Wi.'. e X'd try —yes I'd try to be j'.Vhar can I strike ii:1 701 I rgif-, eet a woman up here I'd in the ciouik whar I first s, J.i,'1 foman brings me luck ev *rfi^ it who can expect in this 's» woman I will pack my 'ere ridge, where the min- rissjN«:morning (f) SM )?ir ,] n a mS) ything at ail, there I lo- Ifer.- for a woman is out of the Ni« New hia pack, Bob toiled slowly Jai' under tlie 1 rees until he •es: op, where it flattened out in i, 1'.aces and slight depressions, 'ule nging and flowers blroming down to rest V(- mr*.and as 1 exitf. lis )!iuti ear, odsi^ ^—autiously under lis astonishment, not very jar, sweet voice of a female, u thf: yo'ing open -,1at, iy iere, in a little Wt-ock, was the singer. It was of lecture to look at, for a lonely (1 to shapely, buxom yonng girl i jt Golden hair, blue eyes and bt bj pretty features. She was theii^hort calico dress, with inoc- !ock of |.-r lille. Then she spoke to bin: ••Well, misier, who might you be. that walks into a young ladv's drawing,'-room without knocking. even on the Icirk of a tree' Vv —out prospecting, lie. "No'miss'about it. Mr. Hub, -e. My name foi "-!irt, is Nell Crum t- all friends, and to other-—well. I'm it shoot und con tinned: one. young n you are being that s t—but ratiier tlie girl had a and slu. looked at him with lor the and iier She was not in the .. ward, or wanting in im company of rwiigh men, danger seem s in tin- wilderness, had taught to be composed and self-reliant. She was iijil'Oth, as they say, in all situations. "Now, Mr. iob,- -without the Whisky —it seems to me," said Nell, "ye're throwing ytrseli awav and then might be something better for ye", it ye'd seek jiression ot some interest. "I know it, N"!, if could oniv d« it." "Got any folk-, ii" fanii'.y '.o O-er t'er ye v said Nell. "Nary one,'1 said I•»1 ••never had. I toted myself and pack up this ridge, to jest seek mv luck once more, to quit the corn- juice and reform. I said to iiiysell MJob, if ye could only met a woman any whar in these diggings, and stake out a claim whar she stood, it would bring ye fresh luck, and ye might turn over a new leaf, and be somebody onct more. And her-, sure enough, I've met you. lint I say, Nell, ain't you ever afeard up hero in the wilderness, alone by yeiselt?" '•Afeard of whar, stranger What is it. and whar, that I'm afeard of.'"' replied she, indignantly. "Mr. l»ob, look down the ridge about sixty yards, and ye'll u-e a pine saplin": tlrir'^ a ring-neck snake varmint called around it. and wagging his head to charm a noov tomtit bird sit ting her net in the i. rotch of the tree above. Now look a-here, Mr. Hob.'' Throwing her rille up to her eye w?th her little hand? with p« rfVct ca*e, and then gracefully «1k fired. The snake's head went: one way, while his twisting body raised the dus at the toot of the tree. "Thar, stranger, what should I In? afeard of with this shootiug-irou alioui ."' "That's an et-rnal fact, -inc." -aid Dob. Nobody could insult a :r r. !i!e you. I allow, and ii.at 'ere rii/e is a con sideration. Hut you'ii excuse, a rough miner, who ain't sot eves on a woman t'er a long time." "All right, Mr. Kok I e.wpt your apol ogy. Ye mean right. I'm sure," said Neil, softly. "Ihtt down the trail away yonder, I see my folks are coming along, with their fixings ami plunder, p::u, man, and the rest of *em. 1 must put out. stranger: but, Mr. Hob, let me say a kind word to ye, on parting irom a short ac quaintance. Ye say a woman brings ye luck (-very time. Now, jut hope I'll bring good fortune to yer, and you may take yer pile out of this 'ere spot, though I can't see when.' it is. And, Mr. Dob," said the girl, hesitatingly, "ef ye do lind if, and act up to yergood intentions about the Corn-juice well, then, Mr. Dob, my jolks are raising log-houses and shed fixings down on the opening at the foot ov the creek, away thar whar ye can sco a break in the trei's. We mean to lo cate.*' And walking up to Hob, she put her hand on his shoulder, "and, Mr. Dob, ef ye raise yer pile ye can bring jest a lit tle piece of gold downier Nell to remem ber she brought a better life ler ye." .Dob was confused, and seemed to feel a tear in hi* vyc, but he caught the little hand and kissed it, while Nell, blushing, hurried away with a step light as an an telone's. Tiiese two seemed at once to take an interest in each other, as often happens in life. Dob stood looking with Ids heart in hiseyes, until Nell's waving dress was out of sight, ami her people's train had STONE OTTY. Gil ANT COrXTY. DAKOTA. SATURDAY. PEC EMBEll ii. 1ST!). disappeared then lie to^ im pack and other things, and made bi^camp under a great pine tree that stood u/.dimt a bill steep rock that would give \ini"shelter] gathered some dry wood lor Ir^ evening meal, ami took a look about hijj. place was a slight depression ot about twenty acres, where during the wc- sea son the water had trickled down formed a little rivulet running throuyh the grass until it had left a visible line worn pebbles to mark its meandering course for some ninety yards. Ii. was on top of the ridge, and many hundreds of miners had passed it daily without supposing gold could be found in such a place. Dut Whisky Dob was a believer in luck, destiny, or whatever we may choose to call it, and more particularly, he had strong belief in his own good luck, especially in hi- relations to the fair sex. fer again. Next he went and rolled ly the rock where Nell had been sittiii^ and singing by the dry pebbles ol the rivulet, ami taking his pick, commenced digging out a ditch in the grass, about two leet deep and tAo feet wide, down stieam, and tf..oK the dirt to his rocker. He worked until suuKef, only linoing about s bits of coarse gold, but in his last bucket, when washed out, he found a good solid piece oj gold weighing three ounce- This encouraged him, and brightened hopes for the future. There there, he had now found lobe a fact. coffee, ending with his u-ual smoke ol his pipe, he went io wvrk again, deter terniiiicd to work ihe place out for Nell's sake, if he did not make a fortune. lie worked hard aud steady through the day, only stopping at noon for ioine I codec and a smoke beneath his binetree camp. The sun was very h'".,. 'fpt, he didn't mind it. At night when he washed out the result of the day's hard toil, lie only had a dollar's worth of coarse gold: i but he found a little piece of blue ribbon Nell had lost from her hair. This con- When the miners passed him daily 0:1 their way over tin to w!,- V 1 In the morning lie i\ daylight, stood pretty Nell at the wash-tuo, verv and alter his breaktasi of liicd pork and busy in the steam ol soap-suds and Ken tucky jeans, singing as free as a bird 1 soied him amply, a« he kissed il and said and her ve-sparkled to himself lib. ciaim sported," for "Hob, bctler lnck.to- morrow." was what miners call "very tiie gold wa.- snofs lieic and there. The next day and and with poorly tin next labor brought fh'.' same results, "Certain .-ure. about enough to pay expenses, or as the come." miners call il, "gutb money." i "Yes. Holt. 110 divide they stopped tin was, and when ttiev in v hat his in. saw a very I they laughi lumps of go them beside ttle coaise gold 1 i at him. Hut din I, pocket, the rock in his tin- way iie worked on,!akin large piece.-, of gold out, hali Nell's little Jisl, and '.hen (or little. Wi.en he went down to trailing tent for his suppiic.-. 1 temptation to see and smell as the miners were drinkim. ing it oil" buttles, sto.u pockets and under their 1 his pan kept, his buried i»metiiiies large as davs verv the nearest i .was some the whisky, and carry-! 1 away in their brought shirt bosoms, i him, am Dut Dob could feel the bow of blue rib bon over his heart, and resisted ail temp tation and as lie went up his steep path on the mountain side, beneath the pine trees with a heavy sack 011 his .- honldcts, he could look down, and see alar the break of the forest when* Nell's home. was and telt that he had kept his prom ise to her. And, besides, w is he not o v i n e o u e a a n a a i n u He determined he would not seek Nell for some time yet. The days and weeks passed by. but Dob toiled on, determined to work out his claim thoroughly. He dug down asylum stream, until over tin? edge of the flat it became so steep no show of gold eou'd be found, and then dug holes and cross ditches to see if the little depression ot the mountain had any more chunks of gold buried under the grass loots. Dut he had worked it out, and what was bet ter lie had kept his word to Nell, his re solution with himself to reform, and had taken out his pile at the same time. He now examined and weighed his gold and he found that he had about six thousand dollars, mostly in heavy pieces. This was a pretty good fortune tor seven weeks digging, and Dob felt an uncon querable longing to go and tell Nell all about it. The next morning by daylight he cleared up, packed his things, and started down 111 Hn Toll's Diggings, a few miles lroni the Yu •a Diver. Whether anyone ever had the t:u'iosity lo^iiim j},. a He took his rocker and i at it in work- pantaloons. Her, i ing order down the ndge bv a little pool I himself generally, found -m .1,1 ,,11,., of water, led by a small stream, where who couid trim W ,. he could biing his dirt and wash nut lor and Irani to rea-onaij,. proportions, and halt an hour, and then packing down purchased some calico shirts and other more while the pool was filling with wa- clothes, until, when lrr^,.,j' ,' said lie was a very fine "Kentucky is my native place, Kentucky i-. •,« my home, Aid re I lie aero: white as roam. Wake snukesand clear the track. Old Kent nek is my started down the ridge to the nearest' had her hands so tangled in the soapsuds trading tent. But in his blankets, care- an»I clothes she couldn't resist, but pouted lull v out ol sight, was a heavy bag of! her lips, and Dob took his k isses back g^ld place ot a whisky bottle. The from them. locality where this strange deposit of Nell found hor voice atjlast. "Bob, be gold was found was on the top of a long quiet and behave. Yer a stranger to my Tidge bounding a little valley called I folk*, an' if the boys come in an to prospect tbe ridge further is dou.tful. ''•"•had a heavy load to pack, but it was ah.j OW)1 1,11^ U)( tliereioie easier rr ived at the mining store, or tradingt^.nt so common in the moun tains in olovQ times, where almo any i purchased—from a panor ot i)ins to a caf co s hj an i broadcloth u 7rested and renovated ut 1," )oWhair ln lie cou'ti have walked the city, and any of the fair nicely 1 up e e s o a n y 1 W ouid have 1 ]ookhr fellow. If was early in the day yet" ,[ Dob i set out to find the ranch of Nelly people leaving h.'s pack, except the h,ul^G^g containing his gold, which wa.- un owr his shoulder 011 the pick handle. In a little over a mile's walk, he fouuj a pretty valley at the mouth of the creek wlitre some fine new log-houses, fenecs and clearings indicated Nell's home, his Dob walked around, but he could -e old 1,0 llt: found a black, volcanic, pewderv ilirt oc-1 that set his heart thumping like the stamp prf'tiV^ casionally, and thi.. seemed to he thei of a quart/, mill. He knew there was (litll-mi strata that held the gold, i'job slept the 01 sleep of tic righteous and .-.ober that 'and he walked quietly in. night and dreamed of pretty Nell audi In a back room, with her wi.iie, strong, big pieces of gold. beautiful arms ban to the shoulders, i dy one voice he hail ever heard like it, kohjj My name is Nelly Ureen, boys— Till 15ob may come along.'' The last line was .^ung very softiv, ts if afraid .-omc oik would hear her. Hob put down his pack and walked in but Nell's quick ear heard, and as she tinned and saw 1dm, her cheek flushed "What! Hob, is that jou come at lasti1 in store c!otlies, too' said she, glanc man, i sgu i sed pleasure uttered in i ing v»ith bright eves at the young The fourth day, pist before lie washed w hisky i" out, in his rocker of dirt, at sunset, he "Neil, I haven't touched a drop since found two pieces of gold—one worth a you saw me: if I have they mav shoot me. hundred ami fif'y dollars, the other, full i And what s more, don't me m* 1—if von two hundred. Dob was happy that night, say so," reused he. and tied the blue ribboa with a bather string about his neck, so th it it could rest on hi heart. The nexl two days brought big pieces, bat the seventh he took pieces of gold from the claydike cement weighing about seven hundred dollars. It wa.-. 1.ark-colored gold, pret ty solid, and twi-ted info strange shapes, with f.olcs in it, but mU appearing much worn, or, in mining patlance. washed." "An* Dob. did I bring hick :o \er. Was there g»ld up thar: "Nell, thar s six thousami jllars and more, roiled in 1 to yer pretty sell, or I'm a nigger. Ami. Nell, ju.-t look here," and Dob took from the breast 1 his shut a package care fully wrapped in paper, whii had rested on Hie bow of Nell's id lie ribbon he. had found, ami which she plainly aw I' 11- I wrapping i. :!..-r v,as a piece of gold in shape a jireail eagle, almost exact very 'i', weighing over -ix ounces. Nell, you said 1 mi'. imen from my piie, 'Hit what "Yes I! In i Nell, you said I night nit how about the hem blankets har. I owt 1 1 yer a ht brhu iiid here al's bit :b ald b.c.i i:- lha: \"v so kcerful aboul ." Nell, with a loving look, but tun her face from him t.i i 1. v ..n-'... stiiring the "ap-sud,-. "That ere," xeplicd he, "broke 1 trom the bar ov an angel that met me on the mountains, yonder, and said some kind words to a dead-broke man, that gave him new Hie, and what's more, ood luck and a pile of gold to he kept the thing as a charm to lighten his thoughts, when he felt down hearted," and Hob went close to Nell, whose cheek turned red. "Yes, Hob," said she. "but ain't that talk kind o' airy? Angels don't flit round these tliggins. as lever heerd ov?" es, Nell, that's so but any woman's an angel to a man that's going wrong, who. in loving kindness of her heart, encourages him to do right, and that":, what ye've done for me. Ye sec Neli, I've never had any folks ov my own blood to keer for me I went into a"shipV cabin as 'printice boy, from an orphan That ere gold came by luck to me, Irom you, an' if with something else ye'd ouly take it "With what, Dob?"' but Nell still kepi concealment. The Sioux hunters her lace turned away, while he was edg ing still closer to her. "Well Nell, if I must make the riffle, jest take Hob with the dust and make a happy man ov him for life he loves yer and would die lor yer any time," and Hob stole his arm round her sieuder waist. "Nell at last turned her blushing face, 1 and looking roguishly at Hob, said:j "Don't ve think. Hob, it would be better 1 1 NO. IT S3 use to say ye'd live for Nell than die for her? Hob didn't speak but drew Nell to him, and kissed her. Nell, somehow, 1 see yx'r taking liberties with Nell they're al mighty quick 011 the trigger. I hear somebody tuning now," and 111 stalked a tall Kentu^y boy over six feet high, I about twenty years old. with a deer i ac ross his shoulder and a rifle in his hand, and seeing Dob with his arms around his sister's waist, dropped the deer with a tkud on the floor, and brought the muzzle of his rifle towards Dob's head, with finger on the trigger and face flushing with anger. "Hello, stranger, tackling our Nell, eh, under her own roof?" said iie» Nell, quick as a panther, sprang from I the wash-tub aud threw herself before Bob to protect him. "Here, you, dim Green," said she, with a flashing light in her blue eyes, "jest you put that obooting-iron down. This young man 5s ft/friend ov mine, and means all right. I've known him here some time, and jest you let Nell Green take kcer ov i herself she kin do it sure as shooting.1' Her brother, confused, apologized, say ing, "Web, 1 auger, ye took me sudden 1 like, and I reckoned our Nell was being '"jftoiie..wrong to. an" ye see she's our only s ?-t home the doors were all open, i he peeped 111, but could lind nobodv but I'ndi the very roots of the grass he i he heaid, ::i far oil, a clear, sweet voice. ?ter, an' the apple of our eves like, but ^"rer lier friend, I'm yer 'friend, and H.eTCsj my fist on it." grasped Ms .hat'd, and was thus lntroou.»fj to the head of her family. 'hi others came in from their difierent occupations, three more brothers and her a tail, strong, handsome matron, all of vhoni w§re shyly and with some b.ushetj, iT»»dc acquainted with Dob by Nell. Her JI11W ., w lom tation. After the mid-d. ?\'cll had told about her euri,ils meeting with Dob on the mountain ikUe, and about his having no folks, took tindly t# him at once, and altogether .. vas accepted as a lricnd oi the family wii lout aav v ni ,,Ti n n i. with Nell's consent, tohl ti/iv,hole story of mee'ting her, working his claim, and what the result had been, -.Ivwiiv' their wondering eyes the heav- pieefs gold 'ndden away in his blanker.' diln't go into ecstasies over th» but kept pretty near to Hob whet could. to of Nell gold, ?V' As for him—his hsndsome. iioe.tst f?,ce 1 and straight-forward truthful luarinf were thr best letter of intndueti'* jy the wotid to these jieople, of a like xia_ tuie. As lor his gold, well, it gen era Ky (canied some weight everywhere. •J litii) became as one of the family, for Nell's wish was law to them, and fn the warm, sliil, autiful moonlight nights, sitting togi ther beneath a big pine tree in the cieaiing, Nell antl Dob discussed about their future ami its coming hap piness—very often until near midnight they had so mmh to say. No echoes from distant marriage bells rang out to I them, but their happy hearts beat in |cllii:i'- mutual |o\* a ,w new ••t 'aitl i love. I iiree ais after liie aoovc e\imta iwtp-. pened. in that same valley, was a very pretty ("itage, with garden and rowers' about it, that indicated taste a:id iefme iii- nt. arid t!" v, hole clearing had become" evtemiv ith its building:. md n-ianv ili'ipro1,c,,. Ifeie i :idcd Mr. Do' e.-t Sinien '.is pretty wife, Nell. hamisomes* ami happii 1 t!. re t'hern countie--. th. io. se and te1. U a in 1 he Mountain Lie?. An oJlieer in the army, who lias jspcjiu a good many years on the frontier, ways tho Hioux. are afraid of the mountain Utcs, their dread of them dating back fifty years. In those days bolli tribes found choice hunting on the Laramie plains. The Utes were disposed to re gard the Sioux as intruders, and finally forbade tliem coming into that region for the purpose of limiting. The Sioux continued to come there, disregarding the claims of the Utes, and challenging them to contest with bow and arrow, the firearm being unknown among them at that time. One summer the Utes got wind of an intended hunt by the Sioux, and sent out to intercept the enemy. A party of several hundred rode up into the mountains north of whore Fort Steele now is, and ambus caded in a narrow cauon, the sides of which were covered wit a thick growth of timber, affording the most perfect over 100 strong—came filing down through tho eanon, when, at a signal, the Utes, from their concealed position, opened upon them with arrows. The surprise was so complete that over 100 of the Sioux were slain then and there. Tlu Sioux have since become profi cient in the same kind of tactics in war ring with tho whites, but to this day they are afraid of mountain Utes.—Chi cago Times.