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I CREEDK'S BUILDING BOOM.
I ' ,nfT or ma vnowTit ofacviuous I ' iol.OII.WO MthlXO CAW. no"""""" U,c n,,ml" TawTCtnr: l Hundred Htn lli-eeteil In our lUnlh '"" l,a -"'d erne No !cnsr Wrons Font lVrndloe. ..'Ernr, Co!.. Juno . In tlio summer of ifttSono Haskell Ilyder. ft prospector, with his kotro. trudgod lolsurely up tho Sunnybldo imII alone the snarklins waters of tlio I!io fni1o-Hw 1!l Oritndo Hint divides Toxni ind Mexico--unM hoenmo tlio mouth of a '"ll',trrnm known to tlio plonoers of tho lo tion WI'low -'iock. Ho found hero a cnttlo inch. ''"' "' substantial Jon buildings mid wmII corrals nnd Its barbed wlro tonco an J i'lthamftii'I of acres ot range, under tlio con trol of Mr. M. V. 1). Wanon. who had lenr.ed all the land rouiul about from tho 8tnto, Including (hit which lay along tho Willow Crook, "for iBflcaltuMl ami grazing put poses." A very rifdjlns ranch tt wns. Indeed, a moro plc irf(VUiill'f,'r arnneh than thlsnno with i(tgrasr bottoms and tumbling tioutbrookn nJ lowering, riicued wills would bo hard to fad. leaving tho ranch. Mr. ltydor turned froir tlio Sunnysiilo trail nnthe bnnks of tho :uOran'foto trnvcl to tho north ulong tho tawlf lo' ot wlllw Crook. Thci o wan and Is 'ij n thoso Panels, and Mr. ltydor knew It, "ill he knew n well Hint no ono wns ablo to jet It out profitably, and kopt on his way. bout two miles from tho ranch ho began to jnVr a narrowing vain with a hugi. smooth dM mount iln rising abruptly o-t his right. Khileon tlio loft was a succession of mesas bosrhes one above tho olliui'-that cillmliinted Inllolty. roimdnd. trno-covcivJ knoll. Scat-tfrtJmrrtlicsmoiitli-sldod mountain and on tlieto"-''' wore I'lumpfl and singly truo. with ndJcss beds of wild flowon between, while, )owt tho b.inks of tho stream the willows lairtld.'lt and rank. A tlio pro-spoctnr travelled on tlio moun tains drew near together. Tim mens en tlio rent ended on the brink of a deep mid racked cash n.iif called Windy '.luloli. Tlio foot of t!n stoop. gray slope An the east was slashed (iwai. iNiiln,: an overhanging cliff, at the font of which the stream ronro.1 along ovorbrokon boiililers, wlillo above the gui-'u and abovo tho eltff tho now precipitous mountain peakswero torn Mid pierced by ledgos and pinnacles that I'tmrd to havo boon spurted up from bolow by the mighty power ot some volcanic orup- abroad. Tho newspapers of tho ronton told of tho developments antl of tho work to bo dono moro oapeclally of the work to bo done. Then ox-Honator Thomas M. Ilowen pureha?od tho" ltlrtKO claim on the oxtonflou t tho Holy Mobck voin and a mroup of othor cbilma round nbout. Like Moffat of (no ltlo (Irande llallroad. Tftm llowoft Is known all ovnr Colorado n n, man who puts his money Into no barren holes. Hero wuro two croups of milieu which capltnl lsts woro itolni: to develop. A lot ot minors would bo cmnroyod. Millers woro mibject to llko passtonH as othor men. und inoro. too. There was a lot of inonoy to bo Hindu catering to tho wanlM of miners. Karly In October. 1U:K), tho Holy Mosos Com pany set thirty men working on their property, when tlio merchants down In the Han Luis Vnlloy, thosottled region ncarot to tho new found mine, hoard about that three of thom be ?nn to rustle for team" to linill stocks ot goods up to the eiitnt). which these minors woro to make. 1'lnloy (-'nixon. A. 11. MuJor. and W. 1. Covert woro tho men. Tlioy arrived at Has kell I'.ydor's e.ililu together, and sought tor locations to build on. It Is worth the journey, n.000 miles long, from Nimv inrk cltvtn see tho locations thoy selected. Horo was the bottom of a gorco Uq tween two mountains wher.lln no Invel patch of ground n rod square eould lie fouml. By ifsuming that ground which pitched toward the Roa at an angle of 20' would servo tho pur pose, thoro was a nufllclontly level building spncultxi foot wldo botween tho two moun tains, hut tlio stream, a roaring brook if. r wldo at all ttmos and a plunging torrent of un known size In tlmn of Moods, leu pod from sldn to side along this narrow way. On each Rldo the steep, the vertical crags, tho overhanging elltTs towerod l.'.'iMt feet In air. It was tho typical town i-llouf the Itocky Mountain region. (lining all t Ins spnee to ehooso Imiu tneo men scleetnd spots In tho bonds of tho creek, and built little log cabins. Tlio little hut at the right of thel'iuneer store, shown in tho cut which illiiMrates "Croodo's llrst l'ost Olllco," was tlio llrnt store Tlio next man to airlvo was .Inek Plight', who ostabllshed tho tlrst livery stable, and became one ot Croedo's noted clllsons. Tho minors, of course, were ijunrtered ution top of tin; mountain, near tlio place whero they wcro to work, niidthon win ter einno on, Tho nlr was Illicit with Hying snow for days and weeks at a stretch. Tho gullies and gashes in the mountain sides woro levelled full. Drifts of unmeasured depths rose on the loo ot ovcry crest and wind break, mid all travol was suspended snvowlien huow nhoes were used or trails with pain ful laborent through. Huvo for tho buIldliiK of thoso few cabins but one cither thing was done In laying tho foundation ot this cimm. On tho night or Oct. ''. Ustm. tho miners got together to i-end a petition to Washington ask ing that a Post ORleo bo established at their camp, for tlioy liml hitherto depended on that at Wagon Wheol Uut. between cloven anil twelve miles away, lly unanimous consent the new camp with its Post Olllee was named for the man whose discoveries mndo tho camp possible. It was called Crecde. Until spring canto Crecde was a pretty sleepy camp In spite of the fact that men were at work on mineral ho rich that It could be wtlh proilt carried to Wagon Wheel Hap and shipped thenco to Denver, as was afterward done. 1 he spring of ltll saw a growth of tho Cr.EEPE's FII1RT rOST OFTICE. tlon. Tho valley of Willow Creek then became i Canon, with walls a thousand ' feet high and blocked but a short way beyond tho pros pector by a peak no loss rugged nor lofty than tho mountains that rose on olthor hand. Tho picture had been beautiful when seen from tho valley: It was now magnificent Of all tha picture of nature In, Colorado, only tho Bora! Gorge fs mjro magnificent than tha pfgesof WillowCreek. thero was no trail along Willow Creek In fcjtdars. but Haskell Ilydornnd his donkey ricked their way among tho Tl(qws and over ae broken rocks until they reached' tho' fb it ot tiepeak that seemed to block tho way. Hero It wis found-that tho stream dlvidod. tho ono brk coming from tho northeast and the other from tlio northwest: the three huso inoun tilis adjoined each othor as do leaves of direr, tso deep are the gorges and so steep tit Sides that tho sunlight of .summer falls on tin waters of tho divided stream In many Ibices for loss than halt tho day and at fow for cilrunhourortwo. Haskell Jtyder turned to tho right, and cross ing and reernssing the stream a couple of times as tio followed up Its course lie caino to ililrly level spot some thirty rods from the fork. "Hero he btnppcd. It was a good loca tion torn prospector's homo. The hied lav tilfli enough to bo frcn from danger of a Mood Inthecreek. Tlio formation oPtlm mountain title, thnugli almost vertical, w.is Mich that bo UJ no roar ot u landslide or ;i tumbling boul itt. Trees for a cabin otood at band, llo touldttandon the centre of the pint nml throw ll into the btrcam with the asburanco vut lie wotild instantly hod; a tiour. Tie mountain sides around wcro marked tth the trails of t!i-' blnck-liHi-d tleor. What Wnld one have.' IPukoll Itnlor began work Cf ilozcibin. for ho ha Idetorntlned to remain JMQt the waters of tho Willow f'r'ek until In. rtcTfniind a liounnxa or learned that no lodes tuola ho uacowr'd there. It ir.is only a small house !ny lOxl'Jfeet nareannd il feet high, it was provided with iial3ivn:id a dooroventunllv. though thero JfaeUhor at first, but only holes for thorn. l; reef was inado of puncliuoni anil covered TOO earth, but the lt,.ii-u w.ih.it lenstasiif. Jl-iit shelter Horn tho weather, ami when p'oiided with a camp stove ur.il a houie-mado wwiisi'oinfiirinbl" enough for .any prospec tor. Itlllustrutirf the character of the eo-ln-tWattlntUlnio to say that hlb llisl visitor was mcunUallun. iVmrA,tic?&', L pearly jrrr . . 'BEEti.'H nnsr uoi'sr. kef6Mn,ie.'r;:'''ll'in m Manning. It e.m o u -t? fir i ?, "', w,",t. Tl,lu ."' ,l1" narrow thor IfcaiHUi'Vi1 Wr t-fo'lo-th.. only Crtotlo Ktit wu i1 ,Vl,Vl,,n"l1r.r; '"" w't will bo tho fc.B'i,.,aiu' rrr,,ubl ity whei. tun business mm ru le'vr'1 ,,,lt '.'i1 Jealoiincb tli not SJV,0'" Plosii;rltv. Iln-kell llyder wi. "hu Si ,ln,l'?;0.n :1.n,i ,,om" ,,u il'ler ot Cieede. I i'oii ' Mffldn'tilo it oa purpose. n la, , !'!!'vl bit a scltliunenl w.'.iibl f Vtn'wu 2, km. AfU.r locating here hlH.W a ,,! ' ',,,, "west Ho winked with .1. P. lltunet twl discovered tin; Uacholor mine, at oi . li, e ,1 XJW '.M:liuk'!,.Mle w,' l',!"1,t " but " ?'?l0,"'ltlnio Inprospectlng. In iiisslfm; for frub Makes, and in shooting and lUhlng, llo l'lVate'J ". few claims, one of whieli. an oten I'm of tho llnclielor. may beeoniu v.iluibln foivtlMttbo railroad Is liero.-b.it nr. i. hh tu ho reporter, ho has." not made a dollar, is Btw..rta a dollar, liattluek.' No. sir: thAfs .at I call good luck. If I'd got rich I'd liivo MrKdl1.1" "Tosunt; now I'm as good as JjW'ln tho spring of JHSO. N, ('. Creed. 3?!''. yvo,r ' raiiK to look loran oxtonsiou "trie Spring Creek mineral zone. Haskell lly. (r. JM" "t" tho only resident on Willow l.viMi',-L,0,"'e Vw,,.,.,,n there, but thought u cSmi. n-VV 'P.1'1.0 .03t Aork m"rc' .'lvant.i. Wn?'.an1.Lul,t lo,hut there. This log hut. fnfirr?t.h,''r I1!?' "t"1 "t'lmls up In tho West ciifcu c,l,?.n(1 ".".' !wo "to now kuown as tin. wf5ifi2lia.,l,,ui- yjth'J,,!11 b'''ond whatwould ?, nnn the limits of tihitowii.no nits nr.) SJ -i tlio Ka.t. the tern! mining camp i m .,""c ll'nH,v0 that ..Miry ono who come, us m '.'!" '-' '"'V "UPPlles Is reokouiMl a .'t. era ..T"?1 th," lu',o of the growth win ae0n. ' t ir fl."",v t'",: ,l I ttlo over a year to get Hoiv rA I,'-'1-"J r'.-to.f. Creed., loiind tin, Utiri? .H.."" iun '-' 1W1'. Abou'nve.r ,Mrh,fo1;1 ,' b Moifat. Campbell A Si, n,. Roub ,?nf'1 1 ' l'0 tl'Mo gnntlemeil ean", wublo log hou.s tobs eroetod a short dis 0rtD5p.,li ,rn,m "nkell Jlydoi-'B for use In Jli,5i00llf a!" supples for tho mon wlm I tiit,2fdfff,0,tl?.1Holr Mosos. Thereat the. " now dlBBlnes bosan to spread camp. Tho stories of tho rich finds had bo come generally known among tho mining mon ot the Hockv Mountains, and it was assumed that, sine Mr. Moffat was an owner of the big mtnonud President as well of tho Hio Grande ltnjjwjiy. with its line to Wagon Whoel Oap, ho Would extend tho road to tho now camp, bo thsre was a gathering of prospectors and deal ers in, various tilings, such as groceries, tools, Honors, faro, and stud poker, about the now CAtn p. lVnts and log .huts woro erected, and ono Thomas Hastings oven went so far as to erect a saloon nearly half a mile away down the creek below th forks wbero tho narrow gbrgo opened out into the I outlining ni a valley. It was at this ttino that Mr. Hold Miller, whose story has been told In TiiubiiN, Ci.mo to the camp. Hut the growth did not last long. Tho prospectors who camo among them, ltcnningeran.l Haas of tho .Last Chance, did not tlnd anvthing during the spring or early summer. Tho much-talked-of rail road extension was not made. Tho truth was that the Denver and HloOrande Company was hard up. A receivership Impended. President Motlat. instead o( being ablo to direct an ex tension of his road to ircede. found hlmsolf in a position to vacate his oflice. Mrs. Hold Mil ler abandoned tho restaurant business to go struwberrj Ing. J. Ito was a burden in Croede. It rumnlned so until that bright hot dny in August wlion Croeilo wandered up ovor JIach idor Mountain and found Itennlnger and Haas I ight alongside u reof of am 'ttiyst iiuartz and tl.Ughtaway made hasto to locate tho Aui oibyst wlillo thoy located the I.ast Chance. Although this discovery was tho turning point in frjodo's tldo of prosperity thero was a period of slack wator thereafter. IO-took timo to secure the title to the Amethyst, und time to conrcv proofs, of the nluo of tho find to Oenvor. Even then with the proofs at hand, tlio managers of the railroad refused to extend their line tlioy would not reach out a baud to pick up the Unfile that was to save tho road from luinkruptry. and iloffat with his iHso.dates hud to do It for thorn. On soolmr the vnluu anil extent of tiieir nuwvoiit. .Mnfl'nt and his panners contracted to extend the lino to Cl cede nt a cost of ,7,"i,00l) cash. U w.is when thu news or this spread over tho country that tho liigern began. Croede had tocomo the Mecca or the followers of silver. When the p-opleot tlio mountains sot out for a now camp the,-do not stop for lack of ordi nary Unveiling facilities. WuBous are de.slr iil.lo. of eouise. but hoises. oiitles. and burros will ib to iuiiy a r;inii , sit fit. Lucking thoso. ni.'i' wi.l uso wbeoll'arrows or will haul and pii-h tiiielcboniiM or buggies loaded with their food, bedding, and t .ols. bomo ovon go efoot, carrying pack-, on their backs. .Nor does any .me ui.iUo light of thoso povorly Ktrlcken ones, for In a mining camp no ono enn foretell what one of the throng will strike it rich. The woik on tho rallroud extension be gin in Hepti'iiiber. The cold storms of fall w.'le at hand. Tho mm might shiiio In tho valleys, but black clouds drifted from Peak to peak, leaving white trails wherover thoy pintsed. The gusts and blasts of winter gnb'h onnio down the cations and mad., the wayfarers shiver by day and cower under I Innl.ots. oflen insultlcleiit in number, by night. Ititt nothing could stop the throng. On thu contrary, as the weather became more severe tne number of foituno seekers ineicm-ed In arlth."n"tlcal progres sion, until in Nout.iI or, wlioutho last rail had beeitlridon tho mad hod. every foot of land lor a half mile up and d wii the narrow gorgl had been sfiualtcd on. Of titles there woro none save the right of possession. Tho onllro gulch to th.) ond ot the track, ns a matter of fact. Was coverod hy tho railroads right ot way. but tlio road had scant spuco for its rails, not to mention room for switches and station. Howover, by buying t lie Improvements and ousting t no Miuuttors two switches worn got In place. rtnd then, in December, thu newspapers of Colorado announced that trains would bo gin running to Croe.io at onee. whllo no loss than sir. mini.?, tlio Holy Mosos. i ,,, motliyrit. the Ijwit Chance, tho llnlgo, tho hthol. and tho liaehelor wen. all shipping ore. , Whoop! Colorado went wlldnl the story of ore shipping. Tlio early days of I.oadvlllo won. returned onoo more. At Ouray and As pen nml I.eadvlllo and it hundred other eumps wuro s. ores or inineM waiting for tho story .if a new and real strike that they might rush In to locate on extensions of tho veins spmo othor men bad found. In Dol .Norlo and Alamosa l and Pueblo und llenvor woro no entl ot iner i Ui nils waiting for tho story of such a new strike that thoy might rush in with stocks of goods to bo sold at now strlko prices. In all ol inch -towns and In muny others besides woro I he gamblers and thn depraved, wc.irlod of tho 'id r mid lestralnt of i-stnb Islieil soelnty. Injiglng for tho nlimen ami dash and whirl wht'iii miiiiy strnngorH meet und no municipal organisation exists. . . . ., on He.-. Ki the first train drew Into the new camp. It was tlio usual nondescript of uiiar ioiv gauge branch-anaasrogatlon of flat ours, box cars, combined smoker, bngga-.o. mail, and (xpmH car, und a counlo of antbiUo conches, it suffleod for that doy'strafflc and dally t i. r -after for that week. It was iiiuilo to sene f-tt'io week following Inspltn of the protests .,f overcrowded and discommode. PiiKo..iig..r, ... , Hlui.pcrs. but a wool: laterst III the freicli' -,is carried live train devoted to hticli tr.ml... wliili.a tralit wltfi Pullman sleap-,'!',i'",,'i'",'-"a '" "in from Doiivoroverv night li "'iT1' ih '.f ''! next day at noon. W thin a weeknlteril.', Wu ,outno arrivals by this tialti '111111 sued iioiu ami to MYi uyory day. iho s.vii,., ,i, .,.( ui,,,,,!, l(1 plcturc-s'ltio goi-gt) of Will ,IV i,.(.k during those dnv "; we-l nlgindi;s,,ii,.,,. T,o..meoof the agent of tho ralhoad nas .in od freight ear, rrelght hotisp or cover for iiifrcliandlso did not Mist. Mon and women rnslit.il lilthor and tllllhor seeklnc lodgings .n,. tiudlng uothlng but baro boards, or nt bnt heaps of sawdust covering tuo floors of saloons, Atentwasancdsacd: a MaaaiBBaKMHMiaAaaBHiHi log MihekSi luxury. , An ixvf rsge ot thirty mon stent ontlio sawdust tloorot ono small saloon .vefr.,,lc, for wooks-n frame shantrsosrrtall tnattluiro wn no unoccupied spnee when nil my 'down. Tho Pullman Company wont Into tlio lod;tlng-houoo business. At tltst ono nnrUatur as many as thrco sleepers woro sltlo t racked itl Creodo that, tho berths might be Jot o thoso who wanted beds. It was then Hint v "OobBo was glad to sloop with tho waiter ."iLnonSotn')ror n canvas icstnnrant It Was, thon flint builder grabbed lumber from tlftfinrR nud told tho owner to send his bill, wiHJo jitrny lumbor piles had tu bo guarded by nrmod hinu or lost. Carpenters woro paid ns lilffh ns'Sl an hour for working, nnd Inuring and clntti'totenw anil hammer woro heard tho long night through. Thero was work for all nnd money for alb No wonder that Cy War titan, tho poet of tho Cophotop&s, whon he looked upon tho scono was moved to sing; llrre't n land wlitre all on cmiot ot liliil. nrloslr lilrlh. A Isn.t wlieru men moke mllltoni Heir rrnni tlir itmry eartlt. Itrrr (lie uitek nml mllO-.vfil burrot tin tnlnrrat mnunialnirfl. H' Uar, nil ilny, In tlm ilayllme. And Ihtrc li no niyht In Crco le. The rllfTi nre lolhl silver. Willi woml'rotii wrntth v.ntoM, Ah-ni.ft Peitinr riiniilnir rl.rr ..Are lined with Kllllerlnir milil. While llio world l nllnl ltli r.rrnw. And lirurti inimt break suit bleo.1, H'siliiy, all day. In the iloytline, And tlirre It nu niglit In rrceiic. Thp gorgo had boon built full hoforo tho train camo. Thopopulaco now coming, oagnr to got a rootliold. could tlnd no spot thoro un less by paving exorbitant prices. They woro crowded down out of tho mouth of tho gorgo to where thu triangular vnlloy of Willow Creek heads. Hore they found space. Luckily It was nn open winter. Thoro was but llttlo snow as comparviUvlth tho usual wintor.s-they could get around with tho nbt of long boots, nnd stnko out claims. Tho Crocdo mothod IN TI1K MOUTH OF THE GOnnE. of holding a claim was Interesting. Tho claimant nailed four pieces of scantling together in the form of a (liiadrlla toral a rectangular form was not nco ewuiry and put tho thing on tho plot ho wanted. Acres of these claims can bo scon about tho suburbs of the enmp to this day. Others wont to greater trouble. They sup porrvd these make-believe foundations on chunks cut from a log, or on big rocks for a foundation. Others still erected tho sem blance f a. superstructure. These wero in nlmost nil cases the properties of speculators. Those whd wished to build hegan with good log or otliyr substantial foundations, although, curiously enough, tho substantial foundation often rested on tho ico that In eorao cases was a foot thick on the ground. Hut although the valley wldons rapidly the demand for building space far exceeded tho supply. The County .ludgo of Hagnacho county had in Novonihorcauod a town site to 1 csnrveyod (for this was nil Government land) beginning a short distance bolow the mouth of the gorge, nnd on Jan. 1.1 ho provod up on it according to law. calling tho place Lower Croede. Tills assured good titles totho settlers bore, and precipitated the ontlro mob of specu lator', builders, merchants what not? upon the site. Tho strcot ns survoyod. crossed und rocrosscd the winding brook. Thero was more water than soil on half tho lots. What 0 v-A L HOMES AND nt;SINF.S TL.VCKS MULT nr.NEATIt TnE unilTI.Y HELD HOCKS. (Tld Itmnttcr? Men waded out into tho stream, cleared away bouldurs, and dug holes In the Fund that thoy might oroet posts on which to lay foundations. Upper Creedo. or Creedo proporhad sot tho oxninple. Threo-fourths of nil ths. buildings thero stand ovor tlio creok. 1 shoiilipsay that a fourth of tlio business houses that wero thrown into evistenco on this newly plotted town wero likewise built over the stream. In such no Ices as this town has heretoforo received the building of these houses over tlio creek Is spoken ofi ns an Illustration of tho ut ter recklessness of the inlnlng-camp builders. Thowfltors expect tho floods to come down nnd roll thoso houses into a conglomerate that nlltll'H-GVK VIEW OP L0WKH rnKEI)KLOOKlS(l SOt'TH. will nhoko tho HloOrande. And so tho floods may, perhaps, but thoro is no mark of a flood in the canon to show that thu water has over been high enough to damage anything but a few luaignlllcmt structures built In tho stream, Novertheloss Illustrations of a recklossnes In the choice of building spots-such utter rueklessnnss ns makes thu unaccostumed spectator; ntcll Ills breath when he boos thorn can bo found horo In Creode, As I write these lines I glanco out of tho window at tho wall of an overhanging cliff, that by measure is :()'.) fcothigh. It is less than 100 feet away, Tho street runs nearly midway betweon my end of tho hotel auiI the clltf, Against tho foot of this towering wall thero was once a sloping heap of broken stono Bpllt from tho face of tin. cllir by the action of the elements. This debris consisted of nieces varying trom tho smallest sand up told .cl,"s.nytcn feetorover. Thefacoof thocllh shows nu endless number of ragged pieces of all silo w.iltlntt onlv fur thu pry of fr-ezlng waters to force them elcnii -And , yet a largo part of thut sloplns bank of rock at tho toot of the cltlT, has been dug away that homes and business plaees might bo built b 'iiuatli thn lightly hold rocks on the face of tlm cliff. Nor Is this a single Instancu. There nrodozetis and scores of houses about this camp built wheroi.tray rocks nnd even avalanches itmt suow slides uuiBt sooner or Inter porno down to wnolro thom. No ono has yot boeifhurt by a rock fall, but thero have boen several nar row escapes. A enrty going up tho gorgo itarlv ona morning saw a rook a foot lurao roll down tho mountain amUlrlko a cabin. In a ruornont out rushed two nnked men, rifles In hand, to "shoot, tho -who rolled that rock down." They would not then bellevo tho mombeisnf thopnrt.v who snld that tho rock had tolled because of natural causes. A look showed that iho rock hail broken it well secured log nearly a foot in tllametor In tho Jtousowall. Two hours later tho party on re turning that way found the cabin vacant, end with iilargo sign "For fftlo" In front. In such fashion was tho flat filled choking full of shanties. Then llio lumber-laden tldo swashed up Windy Oulch nnd over tho mesas, while splashes of It appeared on tlio sleep side of Mammoth Mountain, whoro shanties woro erected on niches dug In tho rocks and earth. Houses whoso rear lawns rlso nt nnnngloof forty-flvp degroes and houses with vertical back yards beeamo so common In Crocdo that only tho stranger noticed tlicin. Uvst of all. the tldo reached the top ot Dach olor Mountain, where n settlement had bosun near tho boarding house of tho Last Chanco Mine. A town was staked off, some hundreds of lots Miunttod on. nnd perhaps n hundred mining-camp houses eioctod. Meantime tho now platted town bolow tho mouth of the gorgo had boon nnmod In a fashion that Illustrates life In mining camps. Mr. Jack Pughe. the original llvory stable mnn of Croede. had wandored down to the now slto when only the home of Charles Horn and tho saloon of Ilnatlngn could bo found thoro. Ho thero beenmo thirsty, and. going Into thn saloon, cul'e.l pr whlrtoy. They had nonJ, for It was during the hard tlmo of the summer of '111. Jack thought bcor would serve, but thoy had no bcor nor any other Intoxicant, save gin. Jack didn't llko gin. but anything was bottor than wntor. and to he took gin. Then ho took some more. A couple of hours later ho reached homo drunk, but Indignant. , , " Thash a thiol of a town Ish clntown noth but gin If y' (hie.) perish.", Thu boys who heard him roared, and Gin- town tho would-bo nddltlon to Croodo was called until the rush came. when, by a corrup tion of speech, the name bocame.Hmtown. It Is now known ns Jlmtown to thornilwuv. peo ple who early in the year had to build switches and erect tents for tho accommodation of freight and passenger trafllu there, but the citizens, whon they came to petition for a Post Ofllce, called It Amethyst, alter tho beautiful quartz of tho Amethyst und Last Chanco mines. Tho next Important, In fact, tho culminat ing, ovent In tho real cstato boom of Creedo was tho sale of what they called tho school section. It nppcaiod that tho Stato ot Colo rado owned some school land In the valley of Willow Creek adjoining tho new town of Jini town, or Amethyst. This land had been Icnsod to Mr. M. V. 1!. Wason. tho ranchman, lor agri cultural and grazing purposes, but the people who had flocked into tho now enmp finding the town slto too small had spread out over this agricultural and grazing land. A few liadgono to Wason and sublet tho land, among whom were 1). W. Hoover A Co., who for a considera tion ot "3,000 foot of lumbor and blabs"got a steam saw-mill slto. Tho School Hoard of the Stato seeing that the land was growing In value as town lot property determined that Wason had by theso leases forfeited Ills rights In the land, nnd straightway bad a half section survovod ns an addition to Jimtown. and gave notico that on a certain day tho lots would be sold at auction. Wason got out an Injunction, but the courts sustained tlio School Hoard. Tho legal pro ceedings but served to ndvcrtio the sale. Kverybodv bad heard of tho Creedo boom, and Wason's efforts but contlrmod the preconcoived notion that Creedo was to be a great city. Moreover, hundreds of tales of fortunate spec ulations already mado speculations llkethose of Mrs. Held Miller and Mrs. Heoboc. of which The Sits has told were spread from tonguo to tongue, growing as they went until oven tho boomers of Kansas City heard and listened. How many peoplo came to Croede to attend that sale, or how mnny lis tened when tlie auctioneer called for bids, can only bo conjectured. Tho railroad agents say thatl.'JOO people camo to town on the dny ho foro. and that three long excursion trains wero required to bring thom. What did it mat tor that tho groator part ot tho land to bo sold w-.s little better than a willow swamp? Nothing. Theso people hud como to buy lots at any price, intending to soil them ngaln within a day or a week at six prleos, just as people had been doing in Jim town for homo weeks past. Tho salo began. C. hitrnub bought a bunch of willows for f.'tlO. Somehow that seemed to the rest to bo a mistake -It looked so cboap. Directly Hoapy Jeff Smith, a noted Denver blackleg, got a lot at Sl.IIOO. From that the prices went ui. to thousands where corner lots on the extension of the main business Btrcot won. otTer.-d. Altogether, this half section of land sold for a little over 5-J40.000. of which the purchasers paid one-third ensh down Tho day ended with a futile effort on tho part of Soapy's gang to rob the School Hoard, and everybody went to bod happy. Next day tho buyers got up and strolled down to their newly acquired real estate. Tlioy woro in no hurry to soil -not they, but if any buyer should happen along the i'MM lots eould bo had for s-1,000 cash. Somehow tlio buyers didn't happen along. ,, , , A curious featuie In the history of Croede is the fact that it is a No Man's Land. Owing to defective surveys, no ono knows whether it is ill Hinsdale or Saguache county. Tho State Surveyor camo hot o and decided against Sng nacho county, but did not rosurvey tho lines. Tlie Saguache county oftlcluls wero not salis Ilod. and now say tlioy hao found landmarks that prove ho was wrong. Tho case Is In court, and a survey will havo t ho made to deei.lo tin. matter. A man who was held for niurdnr was taken to thcKugtiuchn county jail. To further complicate matters there are two distinct municipalities. Upper Crecde was organized as Cieeilo und has tlio regular quota of officers, such as Mayor, Councllmen, Ac. Then Jlmtown organizud with a llko list of ofllcers while olloiis huvo been made to nr'anlzn thn school section as a third city. The ambition of sundry ge'ttlometi o servo their constituents led to this condition of iif. fnlM. but It Isllkelvthat the whole .-ami. will within a year organize as a m-coii.I rat.- city, Tlio stranger who conies to Cieeilo In theso days, no matter what bis fj.erlenei in life, (In.ls It Interesting, while to the tenderfoot it Is a soiii'-o of constant Womlor. His journey, whether he arrive mi tlm noon or tlio livening train, bus been for hours- through a fertile Plain until tho famous Wagon Wheel flap country Is reached. Helms tund mountains on both sides of tho track thereafter, but n no to compare with thoso his eyes testiironns lie steps from the cars, If no be an American, ho will feel npatihtle glow the moment ho looks at thn Iiugo precipice that overhangs tlie main part nt town, for fluttering from a tiny staff placed on each of tho most Inacces sible pinnacles uhiitu Inu American flag, Tlio traveller goes to tho Hotel by a path along tlio ends of the railroad ties with the houses of unpinned and uupalnted hoards iu terraces up tin. mountain shin to the left, llo sees househ where tho front verandas of one tlor ovorlnn Ho, ie.tr gables of tho onos bolow. He llndstlrit tho lending hotel hits a lenii-to roof over the main building, thai thu creok flows under onu corner, and that to reach tho main street, alter, passing through tho hotel, ho must cross a foot btldpo. Tho main street nt this writing Is six iuchos deep In wuter before tlio hotel tho overflow from the creek. A look at the town from any convenient height ihowi hundreds on hundreds of houses, poniaps a thousand In all, of which woll nigh half wero built on speculation, and are vacant nnd likely to romaln so. They are In most cases rough board huts of ono room. There arn on tho mnns west of the valloynlotof neat llttlo cottages of two or thrno rooras-tho Nob Hill district will bo found there.' whllo the, valley is nnd will bo devoted to buslnoss nnd labor und Inborors. A walk along the business streets shows many vacant houses. Wolks elsewhere show endless signs of liquors, laundries, lodgings, nnd meals. Non descript homos tents orcctod on platforms, homes whoro the walls aro built partly of boards to bo capped with a Wall tout, whoro tho walls are of logs capped with a wall tont are porchod everywhere , Tho plan of tho town Is unique. Beginning a qunrtor of n mllo abovo tho olid of tho track, up in tho narrow gorge, tho houses lino both sides of tho narrow wagon troll, built first to nccommodnto oro teams from tho Holy Mosos and tho mines near it. From tho uppor sta tion or ond of the track south for tirtyrods this trail Is lined with business houses, nftor which thn road winds down botween shacks nnd dwellings of various kinds for nearly half a mile. Although tho valley widens out bo low tho forks of the creek tho railroad com pany thero assorted its right to a cortalu width of bind nnd tho buildings woro conllned to a single row on each sldu nt tho trail, which thero follows close along the east sldootthu valley. Tho railroad, howovor, keojis to tho foot of tho mosas nnd bolow tho mouth of Windy Oulch tho vnlloy boeomes wldo enough for two strocts, which were laid out tho ono l.v. tho railroad and tho other pnrnllol and fifty foot nway. Tho oreok runs botweon theso two strocts for sonio distance and tho houses aro built directly over it. Tho merchant and his customer hear con stantly tho roar of a noble trout stroam bo ncath their foot. A third street Is laid out to tho oast of tho two and after a roasonnblo .lis tnnco n cross street connects tho throe. Hclow that a fairly regular town has boen survoyod, tho streets running up ovor tho mesas, whoro mnny dwolllngs can bo found, nnd whoro tho Catholic nnd Methodist plaoos of worship aro located. The Motbodlstn havo a commodious structuro of wood and canvas. A llko establish ment down in tho Hat sorves the Congregation nlists. The Catholics have a fiamo chapel conspicuously located. It Is particularly noticeable boennso it is ono of thu few paintod houses on Nob Hill. The main business street Is called Croodo nveniio. It contains moro than two score of buildings llnlshod In planed lumber and paint ed, but botweon these. Hero nnd there, can yot he soon the log cabin and tho flimsy structuro of Inst Decombcr. On tho whole, thoro wero buildings onough orocted, and certain kinds of business placos provided for a city of 10.000 poople. when tho number ot mon then employed about tho minos. tho only sourco of woalth, would not support a cityofy.OOO. Thoro wero throe vailoty theatres hore In February, and .thoro Is but ono now. Thoro werotwlcoas many drinking places thon as now. Almost ns many keepers of restaurants ns saloon keopors havo failed Two-thirds of tlio sporting women, women who waded in snow knoo-d.-op to got horo early In tho winter, Imvo "soaked tholr jowolry to got out of town. Soapy Smith, Hal Mnsterson, tho Now Orleans Kid. and dozens of llko ilk, havo returned to Denver or sought other moro con genial localities. Worse yet, several legitimato business llrms havo gone under, whllo if ono will listen he will hear thnt tho mines hero aro of no account nnd that within a year tho camp will bo abandonod. It Is the oaslost thing in tlio world font man who tins been horo a day to conclude thnt Croede Is a comploto failure. Tho truth In the matter is very much tho othor way. Croede is somewhotslck troubled with cholera Infantum, so to speak, duo to an overload of indigestible food. Mo mnny gnmblersand speculators camo hero that theymudehor sick. She is now recovering, although still a llttlo weak and pale. There is twice ns much mlnoral woalth in sight now as therowos whon tho crazy boom was at his height Imle.'cl. thero woro hut two distinct veins then known, whllo now thoro are cer tainly four, whllo tho developments in a dis trict but threonines nway (Sunnysido) point tovory groat wealth there. Twice as many men now 1 1 nil employment about tho mines as during tlio boom, nnd it is reasonable to suppose that ten times as much mineral wealth will bo produced In May next year as was last -May. Men who havo Invested Inrgo sums of money here estlmnte that the camp will support from 5.000 to H.0OO souls by nnother year, and that then comfortable nnd substantial houses will take the place of shacks. Tho rapid purchase of all valuablo prospect holes by tho million aire minors sustains tills vlow. Ths Colorado Midland lbtllroa.l has two gangs of engineers surveying a route that will take in Creedo, and lias contracted with ono mlno owner nlono for twenty cars of oro per day as soon ns tho road Is built. This still further Indicates Creede's futuro prosperity. Hut it does not Indicate that Creode is a place where n man of no capi tal or experience can get rich in a day. Creedo is all right ovon now. Ifonoeounts in tlio prospectors who aro wading in snow on tho north slopes, and drilling ucd digging holes on all othor slopes nt mountains round about Croodo. thero are 0.000 peoplo hero -perhaps more. The railroad books show that 8,000 moro poo plo have como into Creodo than havo gone out on tho cars. Some havo walked out; somo also walked In. Hut tho peoplo horo now. with few oxcoptions, aro at work, nnd thoy do not make tho camp luminous as it was two months ngo. Croodo, as a wrong-font para dise, is dead. As a thriving producer of wealth it is just beginning to grow. JonN Ik Speaks. 17 IS J.VJJU.VT HAD AEitrr. JL Tnro-yenr-old (hut Flouletl la m Cistern nnd Helped Rescue lllmsclf. From ttit ', f-rf lence Journal. Llttlo Chnrlos Loo Burdon. tho 25-months-old grandson of Leo Burdon. Is being pettod nnd carossod by tho citizens of Elmwood. both ns a musical prodigy and moro particularly in recognition of Ills wonderful presenco of mind and courage In tho presenco of death by drowning which ho recently displayed under the most trying circumstances oven to ono ot innturar years. Charley was visiting Grnndpa IJurdon on Greenwich stroot a fow days ago. and clad in an tilbtor and tight-fitting bonnet, was playing iu the yard, aucomjianle.l by his grandmother. There is aelstorn in tho yard, ten leet in depth, about olght foot In circum ference, nnd containing seven feet of water. It in supplied with an Iron cover, and precautions had boon lakon to havo It securely fastened. Charley decided to mako an investigation. Ills grandmother loft him for an instant, nnd tho child In some unex plulnablemnniieroithcrsucceedod In tiltlngtho cover by partly raising It or else as lie steppod on the edge It was raised sufficiently to mako tin opening through which the ndvonturous liirnnt was precipitated. Tho grandmothor returned to thu spot whore sho had loft him. but ho hnd disappeared. Mho called out to him. but no rosponso was heard. Sho mudo a circuit of tlu grounda. but no trace of tlie boy was discernible. Happily she thought of tho cistern, and soelnc that the cover was bottom side up she removed It from tlm opening und wnslcrrillod to discover Charloy floatingon tho surface of tlio water. He had probably fallen into the cistern foot foremost nnd his clothing had buoyed him up, ho that he was ablo to float temporarily. 'llio frantic grandparont called to him. nnd lie roFponded hrnvoly. Sho besought lilm to ia!so his head a little, and thon called nut to the gardener to como to the rescue. Peter hastened to tlie spot, and in his perplexity could not devise an Immediate plan of action. Mrs, llurdoii ri'iillrod the dire peril of thu situ- nlio i, and seeing a snuill pitchfork n.'ar by she seized it, and w th P.ter s assistance m.i.lo n dospornto off.rt t . fasten it into tho Infant's clothing. Tli" cistern was dark, and It was Willi oMreiiiodlllb'iiltv that the exact lo-ation I of tlio child cuiibi lie discerned. All tho wlillo tin. giandniotlier wasiiiging Charley to keep i iti- eon rage and uttci Ing words of loving sollci- I ml... and tin. llttlo fellow r.'sp.nd.td with ll-piiigiibsuiiiiicc. Itnilivtbo handle o the I pitchfork was thrust within reaching dlstanno 1 and ChMley was bidden to rllng fast to It, Ho s a vigorous, well-doveloped h..v. and he quickly clasped his bauds nroitnd tin. stall and clung to il with dogged determination. Slowly and steadily tlio weight wus lifted to tho Hiiiface ot tho cistern, and the wet and dripping figure wnselaspo.l In tin arms of his deliverers. Charley was cool and bell-possess-ed, and wns.iulckly taken Into the bouse and supplied with an nut lit or dry clothing, and hot drink was adiuliil.stered to hlui. He lisped that ho was pretty iv.'t, but thut he was a smart boy because In. swlmmed in tlio ivntur. She Stood on llei ltlcbfH. t'rmn M. .'', ."". Jifjfi' lir conductor on the Iron Mountain nnd Southern lluilrond told the following Incident; i "Wo were whirling along the other day 1 through the granite bills of Wnyno county, behind time and running nt a furious into, when tin' engineer caught sight ot nn old woinan slowly pottering ahead on th track, Instantly tho whistle was blown. No ho.nl, however, was taken ot It, Thinking (havener nhleilamo would get out of danger Indqo time, tho speed was not sla-'ken-'d. tboiign th i screaming of tlio whille made Hit. hills ring. Vet still the old woman kopt slowly on. turn ing her head neither to the right nor tn the lett until the engine was nlmost upon her. Then the brakes were put on with a will nnd the train was stopped just iu time to mV" her ll'e. What Hie 'bull Is tin. milter will, you' asked ti tigineeriis he jiiniiied oft und took tin- anon lit .initio ny tin. shoalder, "you iieedn t sercun so. I mi have mndo luss . no'.igh nlr 'iidy ' w.is tho caustic, reply. "l-.u heard the whl tie. than.'' "sartinly. I hain't deaf,' '"I'l.i'ii. why In thunder dldn t you g.toff loiiiiiilu't gntnorhiht to runovur folks as 1 knows on. and its vour business to stop whon .on sco thom walking on tlio track,' "Tho swearing of thearmv In Flanders was nothing compaie.l to that of tho engineer as he pushed her aside, sprang upon the machine nnd ret it going again tu the tune ot forty miles an hour." O.V THE BVX8KT 1JUIZ. Danny Redmond's Last Ride with th Halted Blntea Mall. m IA cAtmpo Xifff nf.0mio, Danny Hcdmond was tho mail carrlor on tho Sunset Trnll. and ho fully roallzcd tho Impor tance of his position. Trnfflo might stagnate, oh Miration might pall, but tho United Mtntos mall must go right ahead, and on schodulo time nt that. As for tho Sunsot Trail, It wound Its way far ovor tho dreary plains ot Kansas, ncross tho Clmmnrron. and on and on Into tho grontHtato ot tho Lono Star. Hut Danny's routo only oxtondod to Crooked Creok, a town consisting of a crooory store. At this tlmo tho population of Ford county could have boon easily corralled on n quarter soc lion, and had comfortable standing room at that. Danny was an npostlo to theso lono set tlors, nnd only ono who has ozporloncod tho appalling lonollnoss ot oxlstonco In thoso thinly pooplcd plains, whero you can soo your noxt-door neighbor's shanty on elenr days only, can rcallzo tho joy with which tlioy bor nldod this bluc-oyod, brown-hnlrod bunch ol turbulence. "Two o'clock." would commont somo un kempt denizen, consulting tho sun. "Dnnny'll be here In ten minutes." Thon thoy would look till their oyos ached nfnrtn where tho Sunset Trnll tlppod ovor tho roll of prnlrln at thu horizon. Moon tholr watching would bo rewarded, und steadily and swiftly would tho bny maro Dolly bear bur rldor down tho trail in that swinging, tndo fattgablo gallop ot the mustang. Pnrchnnco somo settler coming into thn Post OITIco would jog In tho path that Danny chose. "Olt out. o1 tho way ot tho Unltod Htntos mall!" would come tho warning, and ho would prudently "glf'to tho other sido of tho road, rfor Danny could and would shoot and. be sides, didn't ho havo ovory ona of thoso fol lows down at. tho office to stand nt his buck to tho last shot? Mo no matter how much of n llro-eater tho obstructor might be. ho switchod off .when tho carrior demanded right of way. And that was often. For that lad had tho iden Inculcated into his being that nil other powers, torrestlal nnd celestial, wero second ary considerations when thu Unltod States mail was concerned, mid ho solzod ovory op portunity to exorcise his nuthorlty. How longingly nnd expectantly thoso ongor pioneers would watch tho lettors distributed 1 Though, porhaps, thoy Und no grounds for ex pecting a letter, yet their hopo did not sink until tho Inst ono was but away. Thon tho roturn mail would bo mndo up, nnd at tho exact minute Dnnuy would vnult into tho largo Mexican saddlo almost as largo ns ho or Dolly and with thu all-potent mall se curely strapped to the girdles on each side, ho would rocommence his long ride, nover stop ping as ho triod a shot at some unwieldy rut ilosnako t lint had draggod Its mottled form out on tho trail to loll In tho sun, who would not bo ablo to wiggle Into tho tall grass ero tho United Stutos mnll was upon him. Along tho route tho settlors would como out of tholr shnntloshalf bont nnd wnvo tholr sombroros nnd cheortho buoyant rldor. Wabash was tho only stop. It was of tho same Importance as Crookod Creok, only thoro wero two houses instead of one. or, rather, n double house; for tho ownors of tho claims that joined up thero occupied a shanty of two compartmonts, ono on each claim. Somohow or othor the scamp would sit stralghtor In tho saddlo and pull Dolly's head up higher when they appronchod Wabash, and a pretty llttlo peach of n girl would como out and chat with tlie carrier while horspootaelod fathor's atten tion wus rlvetod on tho letter pnekngos. Dolly would probably think thnt Danny was getting lather weighty on ono sldn as he bont low In the saddlo, dangerously close to that pink sun bonnet. And tho scoffing frophor thnt sat up eonvonlently closo to lis burro would wonder for what roason a fol low would want to blto a pretty girl liko her. Hut Hoslo didn't Boom to mlndtlio punish ment a bit. All. I fonr Danny would folgn bavn lingered longer nttho unprepossessing post of Wabash, but the United Mtutos mull must bo carried on. Night would fall oro ho crossed the dark Clmmnrron, nnd on auspicious nights tho moon was well up In the sky whon ho rodo, with n whoop nnd halloo that stilled tho howl ing of tho coyotos, into Fort Dodgo tho journey- dono. One dny a cowboy camo Into; tho fort with a jaded mustang and a slash across his cheek and reported thut ho had boen chased by a band of Aranahoee. Those children of nature had grown lnsotontwtth well fooding and llttlo work. They often bocame thus at Irregular Intervals, and. breaking from tlio reservation, swept north upon tho scattered settlers of tho plains, considerably depopulating thoso sparsely inhabited districts. Their great father in Washington, thoy complained, was not giving thom enough blankets, nnd in con sequenco thoy woro compelled to trudo their moccasins for " lire wnter." Then a wild flight would commence for tho fort and largor towns for protection. Tho heathen would rago about with tiro and sword. Occasionally somo wandering cowboy in soarch of Mavericks would sharo tho fnto of the settlors. Thon the groat father In Wash Inton would order out his btuo-conted dlciplln crs nnd poor Lo would start bnck to his reser vation with becoming humility. Thcnadolo gution would go to the great fnther with u Bpurtof oratory about tho treading of his peo ple into tho earth by tho foot ot thu paleface. Danny was preparing to start upon his route whon tlio nows camo. " l'ou oughtn't to go. Dnn." thoy said, " for they'll striko right up tho Clmmnrron llko they allays do, and raur'n likely fall afloul of you. If you do your scalp'U danglo from some rod nigger's belt boforo mornun ." " I'm not skoert." replied he. Bottling hlmsolf In tho saddle, "ond besides tho folks at Wa bash and at tho Crick ought to bo warned. And you know the mail has to go ns long as It's anrwnys possible." Tho spur touched Dolly's flank more ofton thnn usual, but sho kopt up bravely, and Danny clattorod Into Wabash ahead of time. Imparting tho alarming intolligenco to old man Hook, the Postmaster, and cautioning him to got tho family readv aud start for tho post without further delay, ho rodo on toward Crookod Creok. "Jowhlllakersl" exclaimed ono of tho watchers. "What's Danny ridln' soall-flrod fust about ? Must be suthln' up." Thoy soon know, nnd scattorod for their re spectlvo claims to proparo for flight oro tho storm burst. Danny cllnohodthe saddle tlghtor and lookod to his weapons oro he mountod for tho home ride. He was not nfrald. Had he been a coward ho would have remained safely at the fort. Hut an omnlous dread fell upon him ns ho-thought of tlio dark Clmmnrron. He ar rivod at Wabash nnd looked In at the open door of tlie Heck and Lnrtnn households, Lverythlng was topsy-turvy as loft In tho hurrv of iluparturo. " Well, llosle is su'o any way," ho confldod to Dolly with a sigh. Thoir flying shadows grow longer nnd longer, end Anally night dropped on the plains. 11 foro him loomed the Clminarron. Ho could see tho misty vapor rolling up like smoko. "If they're anywhere they'll bo down thero." ho mus'd. " They'll want to lay along tho trail nnd catch somo of the Bottlers mnklngfor Dodge. Wonder if I hadn't bettor cross fur ther down?" It was a goid Idea, nnd ho turnod Dolly from the trull and directed hU course further down the river The reins ohnngod from right to loft as ho ontorod the mist, nnd his right fall upon the protruding butt of a rovolvor In his belt. A twig cracked under tuo horso's foot and gave the rider a stint. Down Into the Clminarron they spin-died. Dolly pulled attho relit. "No. no. jjollj can't drink this time," ho murmured. Ho cllmbnd the bank on tin oppislte bldo and rodo out on the plain, breathhii caslor. "Spang'" Dolly bolted forward, and a flnmo of light flahe I In the il irkness up thn rlvor. I "Vlp-vlp-ylp!" It was tho warcry of the Ara pahoe. 1 he light and light wason. With a yell of dellance he llrml at the dark muss touring after him, and bending low ovor the saddlo lioni st.oko encouragingly tfelho horso: "Doll;-, if you ever run, do It now. You're faster Hum itnv of thom, Dolly, It you'll only ti-y-lool: out for gopher hlils-thnt's a good horse Whew! lint ono was oloso. Now you're getl n .owntf.lt. Dolly. We'll heat tlm rod d-.vlUylr. tin. Doll, itemomber. wo'vogottho mail, and It must bo savod. Hero's tin. trail. Now sen ,riw fast you can run. Ouch1 Oh, ()o. . I'm hit, and hit home at that. It's all with yon, Dolly: It's nil with you," And lie clung to tho saddlo horn and gavo the mustang free ndn. . Horso sense. We hear It nllndml to In a jpculnr way. Did Doily realize that In her lie t feet lav hor masters only salvation' I think mi; vou limy not. Hut sh . ran llko ,. frightened nnlolopn. hardly seeming tot.-uch the ground, whllo Danny, with elo.o.l ojes and cleneli.Ml teeth, oiling tp tlm saddl - lioni with the dixponitlon of i.ath. "Halt! Who conies thero r" challenge 1 tin. guard, a; a horse and r!d-.r canu Into the fort. I he I'tilt.-d Slates mnl'," cam,, tn- in nt reply, and Dolly galloped uj. with b!o id In her np-drih an I bloo I on hor flanks, qiiiwiing like an asj.cn. ,'.',"Hn',"rj. ymi .,.,urt ''! ,'i'ierlud tlio soldier, lifting him frmn tin suddie. " Tin lilt d Mid." In. replied, with u moan, lliovcarriiil iiiiu In'., tho burrnck r-i"-'-and tlio surgeon w.is sumni-i'ii-.l, but t lore i no I .pe, lie snlil. It whs il wonder lie hail hti'd us long ns h" hid. M ... i ilu. news Hpn-.i 1 1) tit" "i up. und t.i" rough '-.l.l,nr iin-l ru tu- 't- I tlei's g.illieied u'o.inil lilm, wtteiil . with biealhlcss luiero-t f.ti .end toco-no. ,;l ! I'lt lie lUl.fl Hi." l( tlll-.IJgl th- c nu' I, wiiuulng he-l:aud iiingoiv, ph , I o t , ru and to ik the s iiti-i.-r'- hand. "Ilosi -," said lie, with n pal nod sulle, "1 tun fnner, 1 guess. Ou.id-hy, llosle, vo l can havo lol y, and tuku care of b -r, for sin. did all sho could to savu me. doo-l.by, hojs, Yoiub-'n the Cimni.irron. That's a good horse, I) illy. ' "Delirium," said the surgeon, . "Out out of tho way f the United Ktates Slnll " The end came. Another daring spirit had Bassod along that unknown trail that leads irough tho dark, dreary desert ot death. HHHHBBByjMMngBKHnjpjatajHajlftw-w-3aasuav BAD LUCK TO THE RANCH. IX CAME OF A riBIT OF A rtUSTTV j tovxo jaiausn iuixdk. fk A Race at Breakneck Hpeed Tllh nn Arm. 4 ed Mnnlno and a. Falnl Ml.bnp thnt rre. Tented a Worse Tragedy. A' Yon. thtCh ttago Itera U. v When llio cnttlo raising buslnoss was at tho a zonlth of Its prosporlty In Wyoming, and whon il Cheyenno was In Its glory, thoro wcro no moro '111 fnmillar figures nt the Choyonno Club thnn . jl thoso of two young lmglishmon who wero in making big money out of a lnrgo ranch somo "I thirty mllos from tho town, whero thoy not 4 only raised beor, but bred draught horses from l'crchcron and ClvdosdnU stallions, -.' Bolh woro undor 30. Tnlllcur, tho older, onmo , of nn old family, while Wnlsoup was the boi ot ' n rich manufacturer who had sent him oft to ,' tho West lo keep him from flinging money f Into tho London guttors. It was goncrnlly supposed that Walsopp's fathor hn.l paid for g tho ranch nnd stock, but tho two appeared to $ dlvldo tlio profits, and, nt any rate, woro on Iho . very best of torms. and, though always guying -j nnd laughing nt ouch other, wcro practically A Inseparable. l One dny, a llttlo whllo nftor tho Bprlng round up. thoy. In company with a number ot other cattlomen from the club, had sauntered dowa $ to tho station to watch tho l'nclllo express go -J through, which was ono of the day's diver- 3 slons, when tho llrst overt proof was given to thelreompanlonsllint ititherofthem liustowed i a thought on tho life that thoy had loft behind , thom. and from which thnvhnd apparently 4 sopnrated thcmseltcsontlrcly. fortliuy usually .3 went to California when they lelt the ranch In- ;'J stead of running over to laigland when they could get tuo chance, nsdid most of their com- -j patriots In tlio cnttlo country. There eameout fl on tho platform of tin. observation car a voting 'Tl and very beautiful hngllsh woman, followed 'S by an oldorly man, wlm was obwously her & husband. -3 Talllour nn.nSnlaopp bolh caught sight or Sit, the pair at the sumo moment. The blood rj rushed to their faces nnd tlioy stepped for- sf.S ward. Tho Kngllsh woman started a llttlo ns hi sho recognized thom. und then bold out both ? her hands. There wns tin unlimited hnmlshak- ?,i ing nil round, and than a quick liilerehangu of S questions and answers. In which the line-look- - J Ing old husband joined Irculy, until the train I pulled out, . s,j During tho short Interview tho partners hnd il with Mrs. l'orbos-Hrlnton (which may stnnd at for her real namol. she must either havo given ''J thom an address to which tlioy subsequently 4-; wrote, of then nnd thero havo promised them ;f , n visit on hor return, for sho and her husband i'ffii nppeared again tit Cheyenno. going east. In '& the course of a week or ten days, ami stbppod jt off, to bo mot by her old lovers and carried olt JSf to their ranch, where sho was loyally enter- Jj'J talnod. Hunting parties woro mndo up for i thom. and the guldos said that she wns n good . -? shot nnd handled a Winchester rifle with ease. M Also she took a great interest In the live stock. S and that was tuo beginning of all tho tit III- '. cultv; or rather it was what supplied a focus -p for tho trouble that arose after sho had gouo - nway to concent rate itself upon. Thoso two js poor voung follows should havo been satisfied ffl with their ill luck In mooting the girl whom v,s they ouuht to havo forgotten. Probably sho -' had no Idea thnt sho was doing nn unwlso '4 thing in nceeptlng their hospitality, and never jl Buspectod afterward that her visit was any- 41 thing moro thnn a casual incident of their . g rather lonely life. Anvhon. Mrs. Forbes- , Brinton went away after a fow (lavs' stay -J loaded up with moro mementoes of Wyoming w llfo thnn bIio could possibly havo wanted, and having ncccpted. nftor sonn. urging, the prom- M Iso of a pair of farm horses selected from Xi among tho colts which Iter hosts then hnd on. -yj their stock farm. Alter sho hud gone both j went back to tho club and drank more thnn was good for them. And a man can stand '-Z a good deal when he Is ruling all daylong, 3 Drinking did not hurt Walsopji's temper, though It mndo him Inattentive to buslnoss. V but Talllour's nerve suffered badly. He bo- '( camo moody, growled, or romnlned silent j Whon Wulsopp tried to joko with him. and I1. gavo signs that ho nondod letting aiono. Wal- H sopp. howover. was not cleer enough to seo this, nnd tho moodier Tnlllcur grow tho .i moro he ondcavored to rouso lilm to share his -i own reckless gayety. -4 One day the foreman of tho ranch rodo up -.- to tho house to ask for direct Ions on somu mat- -p tor of business. Walsopp talked it over with - him. and ho was about going away whon Tail- . a lour lookod up from the easy chair in which ho i was sitting and snid: "Fairbanks, 1 want vou !i to brand that t.alr of draught, horsos which '.'I was set nsldo for Mrs. Forbes-Hrinton." -J Tho foromnn lookod at him in sonionston- ishmont nnd Walsopp said quickly: "Why. -, Tnlllcur. what in tho name of goodness do you - want that dono for?" -.- "That's my look out." said Talllour. rising. -A "I want It dono. I mean that she shall know - thoy camo from us, do you understand 1" ',9, "Why, whoolsowouldthoy como from.'' said '- Walsopp. "My dear boy. aro you mad y" -a Talllour turned and walked away. A day or "$ two later ho brought tho subject up again and '? vowed that tho brnnillng Bhould bo dono nt once. Walsopp.who In thu mean tlmu hnd been H warned by tho foreman that Talllour's mind vk was not running quite smoothly, und who had '$ had tho good senso to shut down nt oncoon & his own grog, managed to smooth things ovor "s for the moment, but Talllour showed an ugly -i Eorslstoney nnd Insistod on postponing tho ; uslnoss only for tho brandy bottle. Walsopp consulted with Fairbanks whether It would not -;SJ bo bettor to humor him tho next tlmo and a brand tho colts, nrd thoy docided that this ft course had better be taken. Iu tho mean tlmo M Walsopp wrote to Cheyenne for tho doctor, ask- yo Ing lilm to como out to tho ranch us it for a friendly call. f$ Ho camo and had n talk with Walsopp, but ; It was only too evidont tli.it Tullleur had been $ brooding too long. He was h .nrd muttering Tl to hlmsolf nbout Mrs. Forbes-Hrinton, and had S apparently como to a determination that tho S unlucky colts should make Homo sort of vica- a rlous sacrillco for her refusal of himself and , Walsopp and subsequent marriage. Ho did not M again speak of branding them, howover. and 'ft In his oxcited condition the doctor deemed it bust to allow ills mind to follow Its bont of ths "' moraont. whatever that might be. ; At tills juncture Fairbanks proposed thnt ho should cut at Iho root of the matter by .'. driving tho colts across country to a noigh- J boring ranch, whero they could bo kopt out 4 of Talllour's way lint'l ho recovered his ; usual health or until thoy could bo sold. 11a .-JS was to bo told that thov had strayed away or w hnd boon stolen by rustlers. I'nfortunnlely f this expedient, tho wisdom of which was en- " i ttroly suporllcinl. was adopted, nnd after tho .0 colts had been spirited off tin. natural result j followod. On learning of their loss, Talllour How into n groat passion, abused everybody "-J for Incompotunno and earelessneis. and In- A slsted on advertising In nil tho Wyoming pa- S pers and on notifying all the stockmen. Ot . 5 coursothO colts wero not found, and Tullleur. 4 who now assorted with frantic aud painful - vchomonco that his solo remaining, inter- "i est in Ufa w-13 to place thom In tho -J hands of Mrs. Forbes-Hrinton. took to ,W mounting n horso an I riding all day In search. iS of them or tho tustlers who had carried fit thom off. This was a good thing In ona SJ wny, for constant life in the saddlo again S might hnvo bogun 11 cur-, but alsopi be- J! camo alarmoil. and in his fear that 'Iailloitr ja would come to somu burin on Hies,, long soli- S tary rldoson which ho w ui d allow no ono to JJI nocompany him, ordered f.ilrnanks o tirlnjf A tho colts back at once nn I coil; up any story Jf that Would satisfy Tail cur. And 11 v.v tho 1ft T4 pleooof bad luck wis yet t com.', for It si luippnnol that Fairbanks. i.h -dipped (.IT aft -r ,3 thoeolts one day when it was thought that Talllour hnd gone on mo of his protracted; $ journeys, rode out ot a lit tin wow and Into , his arms with th. c. ills In hnlter. 3 Tullleur rodo at lair' . nil. and tho cowboy , who was with him lino ,1 111 idman. and nt ,1 hoarse voice demanded to know where hu li.nl found tho noli". Fairbanks stammered over his reply, and Tullleur in-t.iiilly aceusod him 41 of haiittg utlompto.lt .st.-il iIimiii. lalrbanks ?JI recovered his pros -tic.) or mind nt uueuiind Jl began an explanation, but it was too bite. VI Tullleur would not b t n, lie drmy his rovol- .3 1 Mu-u'id ordered Fairbanks to rldo homo wita ll hlin nt onee. nnd hm- th.. matter settled at fel tho ranch. Fairbanks aertcl Ills readiness 4fJ toc.iiuply.nnd throw n-'th lultorsto t h.'j'ow- VI b.yilrpvo his spurs int.. his horse. Talllour ...V wh'eleil toaceonijMi.y him, anil rhov li.nl gong ml but a few paces whin tin. liuidtuaii p'leclv.-d -ft Hint tho colts worn b.-l-.;; left bohli.d. Ho 1 fined In und shout e 1 1.111:11'.) t"ll wbny to 'u follow at top spfi.il, Tins, t I nliiinnksu lit- ei? tie In advance. Tnill-iir, t!.in..ib,' that he was trying to oseapo. Ili.-.l at linn iphI nil -sod hlm. ', Thu foi.imnn, seeing that It aa mndumn with whom ho hud to doll, dtew bis -.vn to- , vohor. Tailleur (ivoilo a, hlm. ami thoy rodt on sldol.y side, covering .-u 0 ota r with their drawn weapon". Tin. cow toy tiir-nsl Hn-colts loose and billowed them. Fur tt.li tiny 10 lo j on thus together, tin. horn's g..ll ii -ig at j bririkncck spend. Full-bun!.-' : -t.tig tli.tt ' (very moment would I.- bis l-i , und V"l. by , sheer force of will, riHlralniiii.' hiius-lf fr nu -,' llring, The 111,1 1-niin's Imt-n.-.g o s weij Jj glut I nir Into his. 1111 I tuat their fl-r ('.ronton- t tugs of instant do tth d.d not 0-1-0 imn-iva him iluil'ig that long and aivfii! til.. Is the 2t highest tribute tn hi-j.owjrs of sell. control. J. Il fel', however, tun unl"s-i T-inb'tir aga n TH Ml-pcct I Mill of tn tog to i-si-.il 1. li w-t!l ho , ,nt slled 'V.tn th- I iiiirc s m tint ho was S7; .'living Ips prl- titini ra 1-1 h he did ?v 11 a j nut tli" tri-;.-. jfs i'uey Iri.l 1.01 11 ri'ii'i- bo- --..-i- .1 1 b i.- v,-)iiq mp they passoil th" lie tlm.. ..I . ir, i.-ti . wlileli, ;&' its thi.y wcro a 1 it .Jo out oil 1 he (ru--, tho'r Stf hors-s took .. 1 (in. iTtllop, li-niiing iiim hpiu " bysld" As iheyscitl ..iil'iw-i Int.. tlt-lr stride iignlnT.ill f tr sfi iiifd t 1 11. .ti-e that they wero I nesrin; li-.iii". and I iokf I fo'w.ird as It to - 1 If th . house w.is In sigh'. I'uirhnnks made a, J Midden lunge a id knocked tho pistol front his " hand. Tullleur turned In fury. At the mi mo J inoni"nt Ills lioro stumbled and threw htm. .' Hu was picked up dead, hU neck having been broken. Walsojip sold the rancnshoitlr after ward and went home to Knglnnd. .Nothing 1, moro has been heard of hlm In Wyoming -' ': ; I MatllMllllWIlatfaWMaWaW