Newspaper Page Text
LITTLE BLUE EYES.
Or Why I Joined the Detectives. ",Can I sit with you ?" "Certainly, sir." "Nice weather ?" "splendid, indeed." "Crops growing finely ?" ,yes-couldn't do better." I was sitting in a car on a Wisconsin rail road one day, years ago, when a good-look jng, pleasant-spoken man come along, stop ped at my seat, and the above conversation took place, the latter part of it after he had taken part of my seat. Did you ever meet a man who, though a stranger to you ten minutes before, could wrest from you secrets which you had sworn to yourself never to reveal ? Well, he was such a man. It was not long before he com menced asking me questions. He did no seem trying to quiz or draw me out, but he asked me questions in such a sly, roundabout way, that before I knew it I was giving him my history. I was at that time just on the point of being admitted to the bar of Wisconsin as a student of Law & Law of Briefville. The firm were old lawyers with a lucrative prac tice, and it had been talked over that in about a month I should be the "Co." of the firm A. year before, a farmer named Preston, down about Grafton, died, and his matters had been put into the hands of Law & Law for settlement. Preston had died rich. He had money in banks, railroad stocks, mort gages, etc., and everything was settledup to the satisfaction of the relict and the father less. About a year before his death, being pinched for money, and not wishing to sel anything at a sacrifice, Preston had given a mortgage on his own farm for three thous and dollars. While the papers read from "one year from date," there was a verba agreement that it should be lifted any day that Preston desired. A month after, when having the funds to clear off the paper, the old "money bags" holding it refused to dis charge, wishing to secure his interest for a year. I was on my way to learn the date of ex piration. A fire among our office papers had destroyed this memoranda. We got to Grafton at 10:50, and to my great surprise he announced that he was going to stop in the town on business for a few days. I had not asked his business or vocation, while he knew everything about me. We went to the hotel, had dinner and then I secured a livery team and drove out, get through with business so that I was back in time to take the 3:30 express east. My friend was on the porch of the hotel as I drove up, carrying the same honest dignified face. "Well, did you find out ?" he inquired in his pleasant way. "Yes, it was the 13th, as I expected," I replied. We had lunch together and when we shook hands and parted I had no more idea of ever meeting him again than I had of knowing you. In fact he told me that he should sail for England within a week or ten days, and should not return to America. At parting he gave me his card. It was a modest piece of pasteboard and bore the name of "George Raleigh" in old English script. Everything at the office went on as usual, and the 13th came at length. Law & Law had arranged with me to go down with the money, and I looked upon it as a business of no special importance. "We know you are right," remarked the senior partner as 1 was about to go, "but I want to give you a word of warning, never theless. Don't take any stranger into your confidence until you have passed out the money, and look out who sits next to y ou." It was something new for him to caution me, and I could not but wonder at it; but in the bustle of getting aboard the train I forgot what he said. Ordinary prudence had in duced me to place the money, which was all in bank bills and divided into three packages, under my shirt and next to my skin, where the deft hand of a pick-pocket could not reach it. Interested in a newspaper, time flew by as the train flew west, and at length the hoarse voice of the brakeman warned me that I had reached Graf ton. I had leaped down, and making for the livery stable when I hoard a familiar voice, and looked up to see Raleigh. LHe was seated in a buggy and had seemingly waited for me to come in. ~"Don't express your surprise," he began, goaway, but I changed my mind, and like this section so well that lam going out to-day to look at a farm with a view of purchasing. Come ride up to the hotel." We rode up, ordered lunch, and while we were discussing it, Mr. Raleigh discovered that the farm he was going to see was just beyond that of old Grip's. How fortunate! I could ride out with him, see the farm, return in his company, and he was greatly pleased. I was also pleased. If any one had told me swe got into hebuggy, that George Ilaleigh meant to return with my money An his pocket and my blood upon his hiands, I Should have belire~d him to be alunatio. And yet George Raleigh had planned to do that? Very thing. It was a lovely day in June, and the cool SIbreeze and the sight of the meadows and green groves made my heart grow larger. My companiion was very talkative, but he didn't even hint at my errand. Hie talked ais far' away as heoud "Un, excuse me r" he exclaimed, alter we we had passed a mile beyond the village, and were among the farm-houses, "I should have offered you this before." He drew from his pocket a small flask of wine and handed it to me. Now, I was tem perate in regard to drinks. In fact, I detested the sight and smell of anything intoxicating. But I had not the moral courage to tell him so and hand back the flask undisturbed. I feared to offend him, and so I drank, per haps, three good swallows. He called my attention to the woods on the left as he re ceived back the flask, and when I looked around again he was just removing it from his mouth, as if he had just drank heartily. In about five minutes I began to feel queer. The fences along the road seemed to grow arger; something came to my ears so that be rattle of the buggy sounded a long way off. "How strange! Why, I believe I am going to be sick," I exclaimed, holding on to the seat with all my might. "You do look strange," he replied, a snaky smile stealing over his face; "I shouldn't wonder if it was apoplexy." I did not suspect the game he had played, his words were like an echo, and his face seemed twice as large as it was. My head began to spin, and my brain began to snap and crack, and I was greatly frightened. "You are badly off," he-continued, looking into my face. "I will drive as fast as pos sible and get a doctor." My topgue was so heavy that I could not reply. I clutched the seat, shut my eyes, and he put the horse at his best pace. We met a farmer's team, and I can remember that one of the occupants of the wagon called out to know what ailed that man. Raleigh did not reply, but urged his horse forward. About three miles from Grafton was a long stretch of forest, and this was soon reached. The pain in my head was not so violent, and I was not so badly affected when opening my eyes. I had settled into a sort of dumb stu por, with a brain so benumbed that I had to say to myself: "This is a tree, that is a stump," etc., before I could make sure that I was not wrong. Half a mile down the road we struck the forest, and then Raieigh turned the horse into a blind road leading back into the woods. I could not understand what he intended. I tried to grapple with the question but could not solve it. "Well, here we are !" exclaimed Raleigh, when he had reached a point forty rods from the main road. He stopped the horse, got out and hitched him, and then came round to the wheel. "You don't feel just right, but I guess you will be better soon," he remarked. "Come, let me help you down." He reached up his arms, and I let go the seat and fell into them. It seemed to me as though I weighed a ton, but he carried me along without an effort, *and laid me down within a rod of the fence which ran along on one side of an old pasture.,. Just now I be gan to get better. The effects of the drug were wearing off, and I got a faint suspicion that something unusual had happened. But I was powerless to move a limb; the sensa tion was like that when your foot goes to sleep. "'Can't you speak ?' inquired Raleigh, bending over me; "because if you can, it will save me some trouble. I want to know just where you have stowed that money F' Now I began to realize my situation. His face looked natural again, and the load was off my tongue. I aso felt that I could move my fingers a little. "George Raleigh! are you going to rob me ?" I asked, finding my voice at last. "Well, some folks might call it robbing but we dress up the term a little by calling it the only correct financial way of equalizing the floating currency, so that each one is pro vided for, and no one left out." "You shan't have the money, I will die first," I yelled, rising a little. "Ah, I see-didn't take quite enough," he coolly remarked. "Well, I have provided for this." He went to the buggy, procured ropes and a gag, and kneeled down besides me. I had but little strength left, and he conquered me in a moment. Lying on my right side, look ing toward the fence, he tied my hands be hind me, and then forced the gag into my mouth. "There now, youi see you are nicely fixed up, and all because you acted like a fool in stead of a sensible young lawyer soon to be admitted to the bar." While he was speaking-indeed while he was tying me, I had caught sight of the white face of a little girlilooking at us be tween the rails of the fence. I could see her great blue eyes, an knew that she was frigh tened. There were~ red stains around her mouth and on her little hand resting on the rail, and I knew she was some farmer's child searching for atrawberries I couild not warn her iof her danger and Ifered that she would be seen or heard. Whl aeigh wee tying the last kuno I winkg ~ telittle gil as hard as Fcould ho zi haae woul moveaway. flu she did not moyc. "Well, nowj ioM mone," Miid Raileighi, heobegan sarci ~ pckt. He went cles, felt down my boot-leg and then finally passed his hand ovei*my bdasim anid found the money. ;"Ra, here 4t is !" heexclaimed, drawing out the gicka~ges. "I den't hardly believe that old Grip will see any of this to day." - He sat down niear y head, undid the Ipackages, and was cool enough to go at it to count the money. As he commenced, the little girl waved her hand to me. My heart went thumping for I expected that she would utter a word or shout, and I caught a gleam of her frock as she passed through the grass. "You see, my friend," remarked Raleigh, as he drew off one of his boots and deposited some of the bills it. it, "there's nothing like transacting business as it should be transac ted. Some men would have shot or stabbed you, but it's only the apprentices who do such work. All the real gentlemen of our calling do business as gentlemen should." He drew off the other boot and placed 1 some "fifties" and "twenties" in it, and then continued: "I have it all planned out how to deal with you; as soon as I get this money disposed t around my person, I shall lay you on your , back and pour the balance of the wine down your throat. There's enough of it to make you sleep till to-morrow night, and by that time I shall be hundreds of miles away. As soon as I see the drug take effect, I shall un tie your hands and remove the gag. When t you come out of your sleep-if you ever do you had better crawl out to the road where you will meet some traveller soon. I want to use the horse and bugy, otherwise I would leave them for you." How coolly he talked. He treated the matter as if it were a regular transaction, in which I fully acquiesced. He had me a fast prisoner, and I felt that he could do just as he pleased. While I was thinking, I saw the t little white face appear between the rails I again, but in a moment it faded away and its 3 place was taken by the sunburned phiz of a e farmer. He looked from me to Raleigh and a back again, and I winked at him in a way t that he readily understood. His face disap peared, and I felt that I should be saved. g "No, old Grip wont get his tin to-day," mused Raleigh; stowing away the bills in his I pockets. "You will go back to Law & Law y feeling put out and cut up, but they can't blame you; it is not your fault at all. True 3 had you minded your business on the car, a and not been so free with a stranger, this I would not have happened. I was on my d way to Milwauke, and had no thought of d such rich pickings here." 1 I saw nothing of the farmer. Raleigh fin e ished his counting, and I made up my mind n that the farmer was afraid to interfere, and han run away. My heart went down as , Raleigh got up, for I saw that he was about a to carry out his plan of further drugging me. He turned me on my back, sat down astride d of me, and then pulled ont the flask. "Now, in just about a minute we'll be a through with this business," he remarked, ' trying to put the mouth of the flask between my jaws. e 1 rolled my head on one side, and he did not succeed. He was jaming the flask against e my teeth, when I caught the sound of a soft step, the crash of a club, and Raleigh rolled aover my body. He tried to leap up, but three or four of the farmers struck him down, and one of the blows rendered him asenseless. Before he came to I was free of trope and gag, and we had him securely bound. 0 Over beyond the pasture a farmer and his hands ~were racking hay. "Little Blue Eyes," Sonly eight years old, had wandered off after Ltstrawberries, and had, fortunately for me, witnessed a part of Raleigh's proceedings. She hurried back to her father and told him that "a man was all tied up out there." Un aderstanding the situation, he and his men emoved round so as to secure an advantage, band Raleigh's capture was the result. bWhen the rascal found his senses he was terribly taken back, and cursed enough for the whole Flanders army. We took him itback to Grafton, and when I saw him again ghe was on his way to the penitentiary to serve a sentence of fifteen years. The mortgage was duly lifted, and the gift ewhich Law & Law sent Katy Gray kept her in dresses for many a year. .e For myself, I felt so humiliated at having d fallen into the rascal's trap, and so wrathy dat the treatment, that I determined to devote dmyself to a thorough warfare on rogues. I therefore joined the detective force, and af teter due study took my place as a full-fledged Sdetective. y NoTICE. d I have placed all my outstanding accounts in th hands of Mr. Max Waterman for collection. All ac 1- counts must be settled by the 1st of July or suits Ie will be entered against the parties. NIrcx WELCH. ~;BLACKSMITH SHOP Cor. Power and Franklin Streets, 0 ET. BENTON, * - MONTANA. d -...... WAGON RErAIRINGr, - RUPU8 PA YNE, a Proprietc'r. o0 , oo GPDwoR AT IIASONA1BIE PRICES. FORT BENTON, MONTANA, Wholesale and Retail Grocer, AND DEALER IN DRY GOODS, CLOTRING, BOOTS AND SHOES, ' FURS AND PELTRIES, WINES7 LIQUORS AND CIGARS. Our Grocery Department embraces all Staple and Fancy Articles, a few of which are Fresh Corn Meal, Oat Meal, Rice, Beans, Canned and Dried Fruits, Lard, Bacon and Hams, Canned Vegetables and Meats, Candles, Oils, Fish, Oysters, Extra Soap, Canned Syrups, Candies, Nuts and Notions. Fish Bros.' Freight and Farm Wagons, SEELY MAPW A TOOLS, CUTLERY, Tinware Crockery, Glassware, Toilet Articles PATENT MEDICINES, PAINTS AND OILS. We have in store one of the best selected Stocks ever imported into the Territory, and th trading puplic will find it to their advantage to get our prices befor buying elsewhere. 1STORAGE AND COMMISSION. Corner of Front and Bond Sts., Fort Benton. OVERLAND HOTEL Front Street, Fort IBenton. This popular Hotel is situated in the centre of the town, convenient to the business houses, and opposite the steamboat landing. A number of New Rooms have been recently added, and nothing is left undone which will contribute to the comfort and convenience of guests. JOHN HUNSBERGER, PROPRIETOR. ALL COACRES RUNNING INTO FORT BENTON ARRIVE AT AND DEPART FROM THIS HOTEL. N1ick Welch' Proprietor. _ _____ _____ d 0**_ FronS Fe~t Bnto 0 "THE ELITE" Corner Front and Benton Sts, FORT BETiETN, .. MONTANA. A CHOICE LOT O? Whiskies, Wines and Cigars ALWAYS ON flAN D L. T. MARBHALL, Proprietor. TheElite is tihe most popular resort in the upper part of town. Drop in and have a friendly chat with MarshalL. MARSIALL'S STRING BAND! FOR PARTIES, ETC. Iessra Wilton and Marsball respectfully inform the citizenvs of,-enton; and the adjoining sections that they have consolidated their -tring bands and are now pcared to fur nish rsplat u at reap sona B le rates for BALUa PARTIES THEATR, :ESaI IN BBNTON ýlz v aacm1 'C