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<PLACER Sy JtMPAU PARMSH AUTHOR Ofy MiW 'MWt/fMm Mm/umvc. K CHAPTER V. A New Proposition. Id one in the least inclined toward fastidiousness, the Miners' home at Glencaid would scarcely appeal as at desirable place for long-continued resi dence. But such a one would have had sniïWÎ' choice in the matter, as it chanced to be the only hotel there. Thet Miners' home was unquestionably unique as regards architectural details,! having been constructed by sections, in accordance with the rapid develop meist of the camp, and enjoyed the' furtjier distinction—there being only two! others equally stylish in town— of bring built pf sawn plank, although, greatly to tin* regret of its unfortu nate occupants, lack of seasoning had resulted in wide cracks in both walls and [stairway, while strict privacy withjin the chambers was long ago a inert* reminiscence. Without tin* Min ers' home put uii a good front—and was, in reality, the most pretentious structure gracing the single cluttered' street of Glencaid. Directly across) the street, its front a perfect Glaze of glass, stood invitingly the Occiden tal saloon, but the Widow Guffy, who operated the Miners' home with a strong hand, possessed an antipathy to) strong liquor, which successfully kept all Suspicion of intoxicating drink ab sent from those sacredly-guarded pre cincts, except as her transient guests imported it internally. Mr. Hampton during the course of bis somewhat erratic career had pre viously passed several eventful weeks! in Glencaid. He was neither unknown nor unappreciated at the Miners' home, and having on previous occa-' rsioijs established his reputation as a spender, experienced little difficulty! now in procuring promptly the very best accommodation which the house afforded. That this arrangement was accomplished somewhat to the present discomfort of two vociferous eastern tourists did not greatlv interfere with bis pleasurable interest in the situa tion. "Send those two fellows in her to argue it out." he said, languidly, after listening disgustedly to their loud la-, mentations in the hallway, and ad dressing his remarks to Mrs. Guffy, who had glanced into the room to be again assured regarding his comfort. and to express her deep regret overt the. unseemly racket. "The girl has! fallqn asleep, and I'm getting tired of, heating so much noise." "No, be hivings, an' ye don't do nothin' of thet sort. Bob," returned! the widow, good-naturedly, busying: herself with a dust rag. "This is me, own .house, an' Gi ve tended ter the likes of them sort er fellers afore. There'll be no more mother this toime. Besoides, it s a paceful house Oi'm runniu'. an' Oi know yer way of sit - Hing them things. It's too strenu ous ye are, Misther Hampton. And what did ye do wid the young lady, Ol make bould to ask?" Hampton carelessly waved his hand toward the rear room, the door of which stood ajar, and blew a thick cloud of smoke into the air, his eyes continuing to gaze dreamily through the open window toward the distant hills. "Who's running the game over at the Occidental?" he asked, profession ally. "Red Slavin; bad cess to him! ' and her eyes regarded her questioner with renewed anxiety. "But sure now. Bob, ye mustn't think of playin' vit awhoile. Yer nnrves are in no fit shape, air won't be fer a wake yit." He made no direct reply, and she ung about, flapping the dust rag un easily. "An what did ye mane ter be doin' wid-the young gyurl?" she questioned at last, in womanly curiosity. Hampton wheeled about on the hard chair and regarded her quizzing ly. "Mrs. Guffy," he said, slowly, ■"you've been a mother to me, and it would certainly be unkind not to give you a straight tip. Do? Why, take care of her, of course. What else would you expect of one possessing my kindly disposition and well known motives of philanthropy? Can it be that I have resided with you, off,and on, for 10 years past without yoqr ever realizing the fond yearnings of rtiy.Iieart? Mrs. Guffy, I shall make her the heiress to my millions; I shall marry her off to some eastern nabob, and thus attain to that high position ia society I am so well fitted to adorn at ; I | i j i ! I j | I | ) | I 1 I j j ! j —sure, and what else were you ex pecting, Mrs. Guffy?" "A loikely story," with a sniff of disbelief. "They tell me she's old Gil lis' daughter over to Bethune." "They tell you, do they?" a sudden gleam of anger darkening his gray eyes. "Who tells you?" "Sure, Bob, and thet's mithin' ter git mad about, so fur as I kin see. The story is in iverbody's mouth. R was thim sojers what brought ye in thet tould most ov it, but the lieuten ant—Brant of the Seventh cavalery, not less—who took dinner here afore he wint back after the dead bodies, give me her name." "Brant of I he Seventh?" He faced her fairly now. his face again haggard and gray, all the slight gleam of fun gone out of it. "Was that the lad's name?" "Sure, and din't yet know him?" "No; 1 noticed the '7' on his hat, of course, but never asked any questions, for his face was strange. I didn't know. The name, when you just spoke it, struck me rather queer. I—1 used to know a Brant in the Seventh, but he was much older; it was not this man." She answered something, lingering for a moment at the door, but he made no response, and she passed out si lently, leaving him staring moodily through the open window, his eyes ap pearing glazed and sightless. An hour later he was still sitting on the hard chair by the window, a cigar between bis teeth, thinking. The lowering sun was pouring a perfect flood of gold across the rag carpet, but he remained utterly unconscious of his own awakened memories. Someone rapped upon the outer door. "Come in." he exclaimed, carelessly, and barely hlaucing up. "Well, what is it this time, Mrs. Gray?" The landlady had never before seen this usually happy guest in his pres ent mood, and she watched him curi ously. "A man wants ter see ye," she* an nounced, shortly, her hand on the knob. "Oh. I'm in no shape for play to night: go back and tel! him so." "Sure, an' it's aisy 'nougli ter see thet wid half an eye. But this un isn't thet koind of a man, an' lie's so moighty perlite about it. Oi just cudn't sind the loikes of him away. It's 'Missus Guffy. me dear madam, wud ye he koind enough to convey me compliments to Misther Robert Hampton, and roquist him to grant me a few minutes of his toime on an im portant matter?" Sure, an' what do ye think of thet?" "Hull! one of those fellows who had these rooms?" and Hampton rose to his feet with animation. The landlady lowered her voice to an almost inaudible whisper. "It's the Rev. Howard Wynkoop," she announced, impessively, dwelling upon tin* name. "The Rev. Howard Wynkoop. the Prasbytarian missionary —wouldn't thet cork ve?" It evidently did. for Mr. Hampton stared at her for fully a minute in an amazement too profound for fit expression in words. Then he swal lowed something in bis throat. "Show the gentleman up," he said, shortly, and sat down to wait. The Rev. Howard Wynkoop was neither giant nor dwarf, but the very fortunate possessor of a countenance which at once awakened confidence in his character. He entered the room quietly, rather dreading this interview with one of Mr. Hampton's well known proclivities, yet in this case feeling abundantly fortified in the righteousness of his cause. His brown eyes met the inquisitive gray ones frankly, and Hampton waved him si lently toward a vacant chair. "Our lines of labor in ttiis vineyard being so entirely opposite, the latter said, coldly, but with intended polite ness, "the honor of your unexpected call quite overwhelms me. I shall have to trouble you to speak some what softly in explanation of your mission, so as not to disturb a young girl, who chances to be sleeping in the room beyond." "It was principally upon her ac count I ventured to call," Wynkoop ex plained in surren confidence. "Might I see her?" Hampton's watchful eyes swept the other's face suspiciously, and his hands clinched. I j j ■ j I ! j I 1 j j j I ! "Relative?'' he asked, gravely. The preacher shook his head. "Friend of the family, perhaps?" "No, Mr. Hampton. My purpose in coming here is perfectly proper, yet the request was not advanced as a right, but merely as special privilege." A moment Hampton hesitated; then he arose and quietly crossed the room, holding open the door. Without a word being spoken the minister fol lowed, and stood beside him. For several minutes the eyes of both men rested upon the girl's sleeping form "I Have Shot Men for Leas. Go, Be fore I Forget Your Cloth." and upturned face. Then Wynkoop drew silently back, and Hampton closed the door noiselessly. "Well," he said, inquiringly, "what I does all this mean?" j '.'Let us sit down again," said the j minister, "and I will try to make my ■ purpose sufficiently clear. I am not here to mince words, nor do I believe you to be the kind of a man who would respect me if I did. f may say some thing that will not sound pleasant, but in the cause of my Master I can not hesitate. You are an older man than 1, Mr. Hampton; your experience in life has doubtless been much hoarder than mine, and it may even bo that in point of education you are likewise my superior. Neverthe less, as the only minister of the gos pel residing in tiiis community, it is beyond question my plain duty to speak a few words to you in behalf of this young lady, and her probable future. 1 trust not to be offensive, .vet can not shirk the requirements of my sacred office." The speaker paused, somewhat dis concert ed, perhaps, by the hardening of the lines in Hampton's face. "Go on," commanded Hampton tersely, "only let the preacher part slide, and say just what you have to sav as man to man." "I prefer to do so." he continued. "It will render my unpleasant task much easier, and yield us both a more direct road to travel, f have been laboring on this field for nearly throe years. When I first came here ym were pointed out to me as a most dangerous man, and ever since then I have constantly been regaled by the stories of your exploits. I have known you merely through such unfriendly reports, and came here strongly proie diced against you as a representative of every evil I war against. We have never met before, because th*te j seemed to be nothing in common be I tween us: because 1 had been led to ! suppose you to be an entirely differ j cut man from what I now believe I you are." Hampton stirred uneasily in his 1 chair. "Shall I paint in exceedingly plain j words the picture given me of you':" j There was no response, but the j speaker moistened his lips and pro eeeded firmly. "It was that of a pro I fessional gambler, utterly devoid e.f mercy toward bis victims; a reckless ! fighter, who shot to kill upon the least provocation; a man without moral character, and from whom any good action was impossible. That was what was said about you. Is the tale true?" Hampton laughed unpleasantly, his eyes grown hard and ugly. "I presume It must be," he ad mitted, with a quick side glance to ward the closed door, "for the girl out yonder thought about the same. A most excellent reputation to establish with only 10 years of strict attend ance to business." Wynkoop's grave face expressed las disapproval. "Well, in my present judgment, that report was not altogether true." he went on clearly and with greater con fidence. "I did suppose you exactly that sort of a man when I first came into this room. I have not believed so, however, for a single moment since. Nevertheless, the naked truth is certainly bad enough, without any necessity for our resorting to romance. You may deceive others by an as sumption of recklessness, but 1 feel convinced your true nature is not evil. It has been warped through some cause which is none of my busi ness. Let us deal alone with facts. You are a gambler, a professional gambler, with all that that implies your life is, of necessity, passed among the most vicious and degrading eit ments'of mining camps, and you do not hesifate even to take human life when 'in your judgment it seems nec essary- tp preserve your own. Undei this veneer of lawlessness you may, indeed, .possess a warm heart, Mr. Hampton; you may be a good felloe, but y(>u ! are certainly not a model character, even according to the lib eral code of the border." "Extremely kind of you to enter my rooms uninvited and furnish me with this list of moral deficiencies," ac knowledged the other with affected carelessness. "But thus far you have failed to tell me anything strikingly new. Am I to understand you have some particular object in this ex change of amenities?" "Most assuredly. • It is * to ask if such a person as you practically Con fess yourself to lie—homeless, asso ciating only with the most despicable and vicious characters, and leading so uncertain and disreputable a life— are fit to have' chat'ge of this, girl, almost a woman, and mold lier fu ture?" For a long, 'breathless moment Hampton stared incredulously at his questioner, crushing his cigar between his teeth. Twice he started to speak, words burning his lips, while an un but literally choked back the bitter boldness began to overcome his first fierce anger. "By God!" he exclaimed at last, ris ing to his feet and pointing toward the door. "I have shot men for less. Go. before 1 forget your cloth. You little impudent fool! See here—I saved that girl from death, or worse; I plucked her from the very mouth of hell; l like her; she's got sand; so far as I know, there is not a single soul for her to turn to for help in all this wide world. And you, you miser able, sniveling hypocrite, you little creeping Presbyterian parson, you want me to shake her. What sort of a wild beast do you suppose I am?" Wynkoop had taken one hasty step backward, impelled to it by the fierce anger blazing from those stern, gray eyes. But now he paused, and, for tlie only time on record, discovered the conventional language of polite society inadequate to express bis needs. "I think," he said, scarcely realizing his own words, "you are a damned fool." Into Hampton's eyes there leaped a light upon which other men had looked before they died—the strange mad gleam one sometimes sees in fighting animals, or amid the fierce charges of war. His hand swept instinctively backward, closing upon the butt of a revolver beneath his coat, and for one second he who had dared such utter ance looked on death. Then the hard lines alxmt the man's mouth softened, the fingers clutching tlie weapon re laxed, and Hampton laid one opened hand upon the minister's shoulter. "Sit down," lie said, his voice un steady from so sudden a reaction. "Perhaps—perhaps I don't exactly un derstand." For a full minute they sat thus, looking at each other through the fast dimming light, like two prize-fighters meeting for the first time within the ring, and taking mental stock before beginning their physical argument. Hampton, with a touch of his old au dacity of manner, was the first to break the silence. "So you think I am a damned fool. Well, we are in pretty fair accord as to that fact, although no one before has ever ventured to state it quite so clearly in my presence. Perhaps you will kindly explain?" The preacher wet his dry lips with liis tongue, forgetting himself when j liis thoughts began to crystallize into expression. "I regret having spoken as I did." j he began. "Such language is not my j custom. I was irritated because of your haste in rejecting my advances before hearing the proposition I came to submit. I certainly respect your evident desire to be of assistance to this young woman, nor have l the slightest intention of interfering be tween you. Your act in preserving her life was truly a noble one, and your loyality to her interests since is worthy of all Christian praise. But I believe T have a right to ask what you intend for the future? Keep her with you? Drag her about from camp to camp? Educate her among the contaminating poison of gambling holes and dance halls Is her home hereafter to be the saloon and the rough frontier hotel? Her ideal of manhood the quarrelsome gambler, and of womanhood a painted nariat? Mr. Hampton, you are evidently a man of education, of early refinement; you have known better things: and I have come to you seeking merely to aid you in deciding this helpless young wo man's destiny. I thought. I prayed, von would be at once Interested in that purpose and would comprehend the reasonableness of my position." Hampton sat silent, gazing out of the window, his eyes aparently on the lights now becoming dimly visible in the saloon opposite. For a considera ble time he made no move, and the other straightened back in his chair watching him. "Well," he ventured at last, "wh . is your proposition?" The questio; was quietly asked, but a slight tremor in the low voice told of repressed feeling. "That, for the present at least, you confide this girl into the care of some worthy woman." "Have you any such in mind?" ''I have already discussed the mat ter briefly with Mrs. Herndon, wife of the ■ superintendent of the Golden Rule mines. She is a refined Chris tian lady, beyond 'doubt the most proper person to assume such a charge in this camp." Hampton flqng his sodden cigar bqtt oiit of thé window. "I'll talk it over tomorrow tfith—with Miss Gillis," lie said, somewhat gruffly, "it may he. this means a good deal more to me than you suppose, parson, but I'm bound to acknowledge there is con siderable bard sense in what you have just said, and I'll talk it over with the girl." Wynkoop Held out his hand cordial ly and the firm grasp of the other closed 'over his fingers. "I don't know exactly why I didn't kick you down sairs," the latter com mented, as though still in wonder at himself. "Never remember being quite so considerate before, but I reckon you must have come at me aliout the right way." If Wynkoop answered, his words were indistinguishable, but Hampton remained standing in the open door watching the missionary go down the narrow stairs. "Nervy little devil," he acknowl edged slowly to himself. "And maybe, after all, that would lie the best thing for the kid." (To be continued.) SEATTLE SHOW HAS THE CASH. Special Correspondence. SEATTLE. July S.—With more than ten months in which to work before | the opening day of the Alaska-Yukon- i Pacific exposition, the 190) fair is in i an advanced stage of completion, and . there is plenty of funds in the treas-■ ury with which to complete it. Ail international exposlt'ons receive I I more or less adverse criticism, as to j the progess of the work and die finan j cial condition of the organization In j some instances this criticism is justi- : fiable, but in the case of the Pacific World's fair the officials have carried out their tacks so successful!.• that there are no foundations for insinua-, tious that the exposition will n r be a success in every way. The United States government is preparing to expend its appropriation of $600,000. As required by the bill ! passed by congress, the exposition management now has more than a ) million dollars in assets. The total j capital stork of $800,000 lias been fully ' subscribed. With $1SO.OOO in coumy appropriations and a donation of $?." 000 by the Arctic Brotherhood, a fra- ! ternal organization, the assets ream 1 more than a million. This is exclu j sive of the $1.000,000 appropriated by the state of Washington, the various other state appropriations for partici pation, the sale of concessions and 1 exhibit space and foreign appropria tions. Of the total government appropria tion. $250.000 wil he used for ttie fol lowing buildings: main government, i Alaska, Hawaii, Philippines and f'sh- ; erics industry. The remaining $350. 000 will be expended for the collection j and installation of exhibits. Work Well Under Way. Work on the grounds is about 60 per cent completed. Two of the larg est exhibit palaces, the manufactures and agriculture buildings, twin struc tures, are rising rapidly. The admin istration building, emergency hospital and fire station have been finished for some time. The mines building is having its staff put on and the fisheries palace is far beyond the foun dations. The Oregon building will soon be completed, while work on the Washington, California, Missouri, New York and Utah state buildings will be started some time next month. Already the landscape architects are making the grounds beautiful. A nurs ery has been maintained for than a year and millions of plants, flowers and shrubs are ready to be set out. Velvety lawns are being cultivated in the gardens and along the avenues, j plazas and courts, which have been finished for months. The decorative features, such as the j big Geyser fountain basin and the Cascades, need only a little work to have them ready at the time desired. I At this early date water has been j turned into the fountain basin. Concessions Being Let. j About 20 large concessions have I been let and negotiations are pending I for about as many more. Some of I the most famous showmen in the coun try have obtained privileges. Among them is Henry Rotaire, the great illu sionist, and Thompson of Thompson & Dundy, the men who made Luna park at Coney Island and opened the Hippodrome in New York. The Pay Streak, the amusement boulevard, will be more than a half mile in length. In order to accommodate the large number of applications for exhibit space, at least two more exhibit pal aces will, have to be erected. These are the transportation and foreign ex hibits buildings. Thousands of ex hibits are pouring into the office of the division of exhibits; This fact shows, according to officials, that the THE KING SPENT TOO MUCH MONEY [By United Press.] LISBON, July 15.—Revelations of Misappropriations of property of the crown family by King Carlos were to day reported by-the.commission which is investigating thé Illegal transac tions of the dead king. Early esti mates say that $1,000,000 will proba bly be too small to cover the misap propriations. GIVE VILLAGE TO CHURCH. [By United Press.] ASHEV'l IE, N. C., July (•.--Mon treat, the model village at Black Mountain, about 25 miles from this city, which was recently transferred to the Presbyterian synod, will be formally dedicated today. Several distinguished clergymen and educators will take part in the ceremonies. Montreat was established by John Wenamaker, John S. Huyler and other wealthy men some years ago for a re ligious assemblage and retreat. The Presbyterian synod, as the new owner, will continue the work on a more ex tensive scale and make Montreat the home of the Presbyterian Sunday school convention, missionary confer ences arc' other church meetings. A large ruditorium, to ha erected, will be a memorial to John Calvin. LABOR LEADERS ARE DEFENDANTS DENVER, July 11.—While conferring on labor matters today, the heads of the American Federation of Labor, including Gompers, Mitchell, Lennon and Max Morris, were served with papers to appear as defendants in a suit brought against them by the Thompson Marble company. W. R. Thompson, proprietor of the company, seeks $50,000 damages for business losses alleged to be due to suspension on account of a strike. He alleges that the company employed union men, paid union wages and worked union hours, but that the men were called out, and that the men served as defendants are responsible. Their trial has been set for August 4. NEW YORK BANKERS. WATERTOWN. N. Y„ July 9.— Members of the New York State Bank ers' association, the wealthiest and most influential organization of its kind in the country, are gathered to day at the Hotel Frontenac, Thousand islands, St. Lawrence river, for the annual convention. The speakers on the three-day program include Alex ander Gilbert, president of the New York Clearing House association; Job E. Hedges and W. H. McElroy of New York, Joseph T. Talbot of Chicago and James A. Emery, whose topic will be "The Banker and Class Legislation." In view of the recent legislation affect ing banks and trust companies, the discussion is expected to be of an in teresting nature. ROCKEFELLER IS 69. NEW YORK, July 8.--Thera is re oicing in the office of the Standard Oil company, at 26 Broadway, today, this being the 69th birthday of the great chief of the oil monopoly, John D. Rockefeller. The anniversary was gen erally remembered by the friends and business associates of the oil magnate in New York and throughout the coun try. and the telegraph wires today car ry hundreds of congratulatory mes sages. APPOINTED CONSUL. [By United Press.] WASHINGTON, July 8.—Among w» consular appointments announced to day was that of Thomas W. Haskins of California to Swatow, China.