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I THE DIAMOND RIVER I I BY DAVID MURRAY I CllAPTEIt XX. (Continued.) "Oh, yes," cried Jethroe. "Tliey wre ant of ml ml for the moment. If I'd been content to lenve Zclknr to rot and dte when hla ten dollar wore dono with, ns ny of thnt ncouiiilrclljr crowd would have done, I Miould hnvc had no troublp with them. Hut It came to the car of one of them thnt I hnd bought Zelknr n mail Annuity, mid they enme smelling round to bpo wlutt they could And out. They found out enough, for they learned that Zclkar hnd kept his key, and thnt I had bought It, nnd they knew before hand that I hud tho problems. So they put their blnckuunrd heads together, and they decided thnt since I was n member of tho Ezeklel llrm at tho time at which I became possessed of the problems, they II had nn equal right to nnythlng that might accrue to me. It's true that wo had a compneo to slinro nnd share nllke in nlUthlng so long as tha partnership lasted, but they did not share In the pur chase, nnd they weren't going to share in tho profits. It's no mere phrase to ay that they hunted ma for my life. They had two or three tries at me, but I was too many for 'em. They followed me to tho United States, nnd I was too many for 'em there. And now we're within two (Jay of the great Hnd. To morrow night will pay for all." "Would you enro to hear my candid pinion?" asked Harvey, after riding in Hence for a while. "Well" said hla uncle, cocking n side long eyo at him and shooting out his lower lip. "Is that nit the erldence on which you baae your belief In the existence of Hits enormous treasure?" "That la all," said Jethroe. "Then," returned Harvey, "I wouldn't give twopence for all tho diamonds we hall find on this trip." "You don't believe the story?" "I aee no reason for believing It." "Well," said Jethroe, laughing, "I be lieve It. We shall know who's right tomorrow." CllAPTEIt XXI. The sun wns sloping toward the west, but there wero still two hours of day light left when tho adventurers came upon as strange n spectnelo ns Is often ecn In nature. They had journeyed all the second day of their quest toward n mountain, of which one sldo nppronched 'the perpendicular, nnd even appeared in places to overhang. Tho vast wnll rose ome fifteen hundred feet in height, and tretched out of sight with scarco a break. At tho western end of this wall river bed begnn nbruptly. Thcro wns 'no mistaking It for nnything but what It was the bed of n vanished watercourse. But there, where tho stream had flow4, wa a little projecting spur of tho moun tain, just big nnd deep enough to cut off 'the stream, and with trees and brush wood growing upon it. The enormous ilooso boulders which strowed tho arid bed of tho bygono stream showed clearly 'that it must at ono time hnvo rushed up on Its courso with torrential power nnd wlftncss, while the slopo of tho land nd tho depth and nearness of the banks upportcd the samo conclusion. The travelers paused, nnd Jethroe waved a triumphant hand at the view be foro him. "Pretty right so far?" lie naked, In n toIco of banter. "Let's dismount and look at this," ho added, ns ho swung out of his saddle. "I've had an idea about this since first I knew of It." Ho led tho way In a scrambling de scent of tho river bed, nnd up thu dlfllcult bank on the other side. Long years ago fall from tho overhanging fnco of tho mountain had closed tho course of the river nt this point, and had diverted it Into another channel: but tho remarka ble thing was thnt when tho top of the obstruction wus renched It wns seen to bo tin rely six feet wide. Tho rucks of which his natural dnm was composed had so Nmdged themselves ns to present n front reslstanco to tho rush of tho oncoming river ns perfect as If It had been scien tifically designed, nnd ths accidental com pleteness, of construction was nil tho more remnrknliln hernuso of tho extreme scantiness of tho material employed. Na ture, In short, had worked a mlraclo of engineering. Tho diverted river flowed but n few yards away from its old bed, nnd ran wide and sluggish, It had, Indeed, spread Into something llko n ako for tho space of half a mile, aud the current was only jast perceptible. "It's a thousand times easier than I thought it would be," said Jethroe, as he stood on tho dam and nlternately ex amined the fall of tho rocky wall on Itber side of it. "What Is easier?" asked Harvey. "I won't keep you waiting long for the secret this time," Jcthroo answered. "I have had a plan in my mini! that's nil. I shall work It If tho tlmo comes. Wo hall see." lie scrambled back into the river bed, and climbing tho Tar side, remounted his horso and rodo on In silence with liarvey at his side. Tho young man was losing something of his skepticism. What Jethroo had expected to And hnd so far been found, nnd now a new bit of ovl denco was waiting. "Do you eeo that?" ask,ed Jethroe, pointing to tho river bed. "I supposo it looks llko nnything clso to you, eh? It's earth and stone, aud thcro's an cud to It, eh?" "I seo nothing bclond tho common, certnlnly," Harvey nnswurcd. "That Is blue clay," said Jethroe, "and . In this pnrt of tho world bluo clay Is dlamondlferons at times." "OhI" said Harvey, nnd sold no more until a sudden exclamation, which be poko at onco Intense, nmazemcut aud annoyance, escaped Jethroe, "Forestalled!" tho elder man cried, In a boarso and strangled scream, "What Is the matter?" cried Horvey. iHe had fallen a few yard to tho rear, but he put In spurs, and was beside his uncle in an instant. "There's somebody hero beforo us," said Jethroe. "Seo yonder, there has been digging there withlu an hour or two. They bavcu't found out yet that tliero Isn't need to dig that's something, Let us push on." The driver of tho baggage cart was lhalf a mile in front. He bad been or dered to go on while Jethroe and Harvey examined tho river at the place of Its deflection, and they could seo the top-heavy-looking machine, with Its shining tilt of white canvas, as It swayed from this aide to that In its passage over the uneven and blllocky ground. At the In stant at which they urged their horses to the test they heard the clear, sharp xeport of a rifle, and tbeu another, and another, and another. The baggage cart .turned clumsily around, and the half breed driver was aeen standing on the buckboard and flogging Into the mules as U fee dear life The vehicle etna das lag aad JBtapli fiem hillock to hillock, nnd the mules were fairly startled out of their usual stolidity, mid were, for tho time being, mnd. "What does this menu?" roared Jeth roe. "We must stop those boasts. They may come to n standstill when they seo us chnrglng them. If they don't let them pass, and then make for the near leader's head. I'll tnekle the ofT side." They had made n hundred yards when they knew that they were under lire, but the bullets hissed huimtessly nt it dis tance. "Pretty bad shooting," said Jethroe. "Nothing within thirty yards of us, 1 guess." The mules came flying forward, wild with sudden panic, nnd the horsemen were forced to diverge before them. Hut, wheeling swiftly round, they were on n level with them In n minute, and a llrm hand on either side brought the fright ened team back to reason before nnnthcr two hundred yards had been covered. Jethroe turned to the half-breed, whose fare had taken that extraordinary bluish gray which Is never situ except In people of his complexion, nnd mining them only nt moments of Intense excitement. The man's eyes bulged with terror, and he could scarcely speak. Hy nnd by he re covered himself slightly, nnd wns able to point to two holes in the tilt cloth, which plainly enough Indicated the passage of n bullet. What with the excitement of being shot at for the first time In his life nnd the hard spin of the Inst ten minutes' riding, Harvey was breathless, and his emotions were all jumbled up in n curi ous kind of wny unprecedented In his knowledge of himself until then. "I don't quite understand." he snld pnntlngly. "Whnt has happened? What Is the matter? "Oh," sold Jethroe. "It's plain enough. Somebody has found Diamond river, nnd wants to scare strangers. That bluff's good shelter, cb? Let's have n look at things. Ho called a halt so soon ns he had got fairly under cover, and began to prospect. As n precaution ngniust any renewal of panic on the pnrt of the mules, he hobbled the leaders, but ill such a fashion ns to be prepnred to cast off at nny moment. He passed the reins round the forelegs of his own mount, nnd did the snme for Hnrvey's. "You can shoot, I suppose?" he nsked his nephew. "At a target,'' answered Hnrvey. with n half hysterical laugh, "I'm n dandy."' "Then take that." said Jethroe, hand ing' n magazine rllle from tlio curt, nnd arming himself 11N0, "nnd don't uso It without orders. Do you mind?" "All right," said Hnrvey. "You tell mo whnt I've got to do, nnd I'll do my best to do It." Jethroe snaked up to the top of tho hillock behind which he had taken shel ter. He found a tuft of brushwood there, nnd from behind It reconnoitred through n powerful Held glass. "Well. I'll be hanged." ho said. "If this Isn't the coolest thing I've ever known I There nrc half u dozen natives over there in slop-shop togs. They're reckoning to boss tills show, aro they? Well, wo'll see." He turned for his rifle, looked It leis urely over, nnd then, having poked the noso of tho barrel through tho brush wood, took careful aim and fired twice. "Aco thrown." mummied Jethroe, nnd fired again. "No loss of lend this time, Hnrvoy," ho said quietly. "I'vo bugged two of 'em." The survivors of tho party of natives had taken cover, nnd showed no disposition to mnko n fight. Harvey crawled to Jethrou's side and got tha field glass on to tho dead natives. They wero barely halt a mile away, ami In the clear nnd equable light ho could mnko them out with astonishing precision. Ono lny quite still, but the other was writh ing like ft worm. Ho rould not bear to look. Tho sight sickened him. "It's fnlr warfare," snld Jethroe, watching hlin witli thnt quaint, sidelong look ho had when he wns nt hi keenest. "And they declnred wnr. I didn't. It's llko n nntlvu to think he's going to keep n plnco llko this secret when onco It's hnd a spado In It. You mark inc. Har vey, I'll keep It secret when It's served my turn; but I'm tho only man thnt would, if you search the wide world over. We're not going to havn nny trouble with those fellows to-night. It's a full moon, for one thing, nnd apart from that, they've no nppctlte for inoro than they've got nlready. We'll unhitch here and make camp. Thero's plenty of water below there." He turned to work to mako ready for tho night with thut air of cnmmonplaco nmld strangeness with which his years of wandering hud endowed him. At his bidding the hnlf-breed began to gather brushwood and dead branches, and Hnr vey asked In nlnrin if ho meant to build a fire. "A fire?" said Jethroe, twinkling. "I'm not going without my ten for thoso beg gars. No, no. It's all right, lad. I'm going to light half a dozen fires to per suado them that wo'ro n big party. And to-morrow at daylight wo'll bo on tho movo again. Half n dozen miles should do it now; but it's likely to bo bad trav eling between sunset nnd moonrlso, nnd wo shall bo better here." It chanced that tliero wos firewood In plenty near at hand, and Jethroe made his driver build up a number of small piles, on tho top of which ho hnd green stuff laid to mnko wnoke, "It's an old stratagem," he said, "but It will bo good enough for thoso fellows. We'll tnko watch and wntch nil tho same, of course; but we shan't bo disturbed." They innde their evening meal, and tho night came down, nnd the fires were stamped out before the darkness grew. "Walt till to-inorniw," said Jethroe. "To-morrow will have the last word to say In this story." and depth of tils lirr.itlilnff, be wn asleep. The night wns chill, nnd Harvey found n thick overcoat of uso to him. Tho mules and the horses were moving nbout In tho darkness slowly, because of their hobbles mid cropping here nnd there; but after a lime they lay down one by one nnd there wns quiet. The moon tnle up nnd silvered nil the veldt nnd the fare nf the great mountain wall, nnd lu tli iielghlmi'linod of her light the stars were extinguished. Hut, bright as the Illumination ecmed, It was unreal and deceptive beyond anything the lonely watcher had hitherto conceived. Hnrvey Hindu tho mistake which Is common to all young sentries, us nny man of experience will confess. Ho made himself all oyes nnd ears, nud lie saw a thousand things which his own strained sight created for him, and hoard sounds beyond number of whispered consultations, of creeping approach, of crackling footfall, of tho draeglng of stealthy bodies through dry grass. Whatever was to be Imagined of the time and place he Imnglncd, nnd other things which wero entirely nnd ab surdly out of question as he acknowl edged to himself he Imagined also. Tho half-breeil had bestowed himself under the cart, and lav there peacefully enough, except thai nt Irregular Intervals he made automatic sounds like tliosp which nro produced by some old-fashioned clocks when they are nbout to strike. Hnrvoy tried to steel his nerves ngalnst this ns s'init upon them, but In vain. Every tlmo 'he thing happened he started with a ureal tremor, rcfogtilzcd it instantly wenm WL VIENNA. NEW ENOLAN COUNTY FAIR. DADDY DOLLAR, CREAM OP MALT. any ofrcdc:e:fs!v. .OK" 1M-1M MailMi St, Mil 179-lrM Lake At for what It was, upbraided himself sav agely for mil having been prepared for It, soothed his excited nerves Into com parative quiet, became absorbed In other visionary alarms, and was ready to jump from his skin when the extraordinary sound recurred. Ho had but four hours to watch In alt If he were left undisturbed till midnight. He could mnko out tho dial of his watch clearly enough by the moonlight, but when ho consulted it nnd discovered that only an hour hnd passed he wns sure that something had gone wrong with the works. He hnd ngnin and again hero ically resisted the temptation to look at the watch until he could be certain that ho was near the time when ho could se cure n waking man's companionship. He felt no sense of comfort In tho nearness of the .lumbering men nnd animals about him. It felt like n relief to the tension or his nerves when n shot sounded out of tho darkness, and a bullet hissed far overhead. He was on his feet In the mcro fraction of a second, staring round him In the moonlight nnd grasping his rifle lu both hands. "Lie down I" said his uncle's voice, in n tone of much tranquillity. "Do you want to make n tnrget of yourself?" Hnrvey lay down precipitately, and an other bullet hissed past harmlessly. 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Then, if they'ro strong enough, they may try to rush us. Call mo nt midnight; I'll look after tho rest. Mean time keep your cars open; but, abovo all, don't permit yourself to Imagine, things. You'll hear five million noises that have no existence at all; but tho first real noise, If It's only as loud ns tho tick of watch, will show the difference be tween false and true. Wake mo If any thing happens: but if you wake me with out necessity I'll revoke my will, (Stood " ...... tte roiiea over in nis oianaeu, ana m LANGUAGE IN BUNCHES u Man Deplores the Growing Use off Hcnaelcnn Hlailic These' Iluys. "I'm not opposed to tlio idioms of speech, providing they nro exprcsslvo," Hiihl tlio senior member of n stock broking firm, of IMillnilolphla to the Keeord, "but I certainly do deploro tho growing uso of senseless nlang. 1 mux- lie old-fashioned lu my fours, but I predict thnt tlio tlmo will couio when puro Kngllsli will bo ns unintelligible to tho ho-viiIIpiI 'up-to-dnto' pcoplo as n foreign language. 111 glvo you an example. Last weelc tlio sou of nn old f i lend of mlno enmo to seo ino regard ing Homo Investments. I hnd mot him only onco. but this Is tlio wny ho greet ed mo: 'Hello, governor; I'vo been tipped tlmt you're tho main squoazo In this layout, nnd I wnnt you to brush mo up on tlio giiuic. I'm shouting that I'd bo willing to cough :i few cases If you put mo wlso to u doail-suro thing. I'vo been bucking tho ponies, and tlio con nrllxtrt certainly trimmed mo to ft tlulsli. No mono for mlno. 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