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Si CHAPTER XXII. 3 A FRIEND. Cheyenne was a busy place in those 0 days, busy in traffic, hurriedly so in dissi- s] pation, perhaps the wickedest, busy place Si in America. "A stranger in a strange land" mused b Benton to himself as he wandered aim- tl lessly from one public resort to another, E and while the sentiment of his position el was growing upon him a hand was laid h upon his shoulder and voice said, "hallo Ed!" tc The evening shadows had deepened into s night; he could not distintly see the face, E but the voice was familiar. cI "Don't you know me Colonel?" repeated Si the voice. It was Smooth George, and m Ed. recognized him. The handshake was t healty on both sides, for each was really glad to meet the other. George had just arrived, and though on his way to Lead- s ville had concluded to lay off at Cheyenne and see the town. He told Ed. that he W was "pretty well hooked up," and proved it by the exhibition of a goodly sized roll w of bills and quite a number of twenty dol lar gold pieces. George was well dressed, sv wore a good watch and chain, and though he his clothes were a little dusty were only au so much so as to proclaim him a traveler. ti( Ed. on the contrary, looked just what he was, or rather what he had done, followed re along miles of dusty road with a string of mule teams. The dust on his worn gar ments was nat recent. Anyone could see that there was an accumulation of dirt ni upon him, in his hair, on his hat, even his light brown mustache had a trace of travel o0 upon it. He knew this, felt it; and the sight of George's money made him more by keenly sensitive of their difference in ap- ce pearance. So Ed. with twenty dollars in ta his pocket was not the same jolly fellow whom George had known and admired so se so well in days agone. be "What's come over you, old fellow," St: said George as they walked down past the ca depot, for his companion saw there was fin no brightness in Ed. Wearily and with or0 reluctance Benton replied: "I'm sick, George." "Sick? well let's go to a doctor and get yourself fixed up," was George's kind suggestion. In a lame sort of way Ed. tried to ex- inl plain, "It's nothing serious, only-only I vo don't feel well." sa Though Ed. was suffering from no very definite physical ailment, he was sick, very sick, sick at heart and the mental dis ease had preyed upon his body. George was a quick-witted fellow, and saw at a glance how the matter stood, knew that his friend was out of luck, remembered him as he once had been, a leader among his associates, was satisfied that the dusty worn clothes were not those of Ed. Ben ton's choice, so he tried to be careful of Benton's feelings. CHAPTER XXIII. HOPES. Ed. was not easily moved to George's plans. In answer to a question he had said he was bound for Leadville, and thereby committed himself and his inten tion to George. "So am I, Colonel, old boy, and we'll go together," was George's rejoinder. From Cheyenne to Denver, Ed. was si lent, reserved, almost morose. In Denver the current talk was Leadville, the mines, mineral, money, fortunes; and as those ever-recurring topics came to their ears 1 Ed's tongue became unloosed and he taldked. George was surprised at the ease t with which Ed. could converse upon quartz, limestone, granite, spar leads, lodes and deposits, and as Benton pro ceeded he warmed with his subject, spoke 1 confidently of prospects and mines, out puts and the fortunes to be made, got him- C self worked up into a condition of hope fulness which rendered him something 1 like his old self. George was not only a delighted with Benton's enthusiasm, but T partook largely of it, was confident that r with Ed. rc his partner and companion s fortune awaited them both. They did not tarry long in Denver, nor were they loth to leave for the wonderful f camp in the mountains. t The steep and rough stage roads made n some of the passengers tired. The scanty a meals at exhorbitant prices made many of a them loudly complain. The returning malcontents made some of them doubtful, a but George and Ed. got neither tired, C displeased nor doubtful,. but they g kept on with a hope which sustained f them and turned inconveniences into ' pleasures, hardships into frivolous inci dents. ri vi CHAPTER XXIV. BEST ORE ON EARTH. si "The greatest mining camp on the face of the earth," they heard a man say as the II stage pulled up at the Grand Central. ui They were in Leadville, and if the crowd- r ed street was any proof of the man's as- e sertion it certainly must be as he had said. Elbowing, jostling, crowding, laughing, swearing, the human tide on Chestnut street surged along in opposing billows. Music mingled with the rattling of faro d checks, the clinking of glasses, the hum v se of voices and the tread of feet. Men si- spoke loudly so as to be heard, and the d ce subjects of conversation were no secrets. v "Give It to you for five thousand," a n ed brawny, canvas-suited man was saying as o - they entered one of the biggest saloons. b Ed's attention was riveted upon the speak- T ,n er's face, for he was determined to know rI id him again and have a talk with him. lo The surging mass did not confine itself to the street, indoors as well as out the t( to squeezing, elbowing method prevailed. g e, Ed. and George became separated in the w crowd, and Ed. soon found himself along d side the brawny miner. With the off-hand y, d manner of Western men, Benton opened al as the conversation. ly "Good many folks in town to-night." ft at "Bigger crowd in Saturday night," an- tc a swered the miner somewhat gruffly. ti 1e "Whereabouts is your claim?" asked Ed. sl a without further parley. 11 d "Say, young man, what you give'n me?" 01ol 11 was the rather threatning reply. ti Benton looked squarely at him and an swered, "Nothing. I justgot in to-night, w h heard you offer to sell for five thousand ci y and asked you for the sake of informa- to r. tion." e "Ever prospect any?" was the evasive fa d rejoinder. w f "Yes," returned Ed. frankly. P( r- "Where?" came the next question. G e "In the Black Hills, a little in Califor- ki t nia," Ed. replied. as s "How's the Father De Smett pannin' g: I out?" It ,e Ed. answered his question ,and soon side re e by side they stood exchanging confiden- te - ces with all the familiarity of old acquain- in n tances. m "They're all good," was big Steve's as- w o sertion. "There's Breece; Fryer and Car- sn bonate hill. Big and Little Evans and Ir Stray Horse gulch, mineral in all of 'em, re e carbonates, rich as--" and failing to or s find a suitable comparison he added, "best h ore on earth." CHAPTER XXV. THtE PAPER. Ed. treasured up in his memory all the information and hints which Steve had i vouchsafed him,. and the next morning saw him and his friend George climbing the hills. They found vacant ground, sunk a hole, put up a location notice and called it the Invincible. For days and Sdays nothing struck Ed's eye as indicating mineral, except a sandy sort of iorn stained 7 stuff which he impatiently shoveled into the bucket. George, full of faith in the surety of finding a fortune, examined with inexperienced eye every piece of rock, every bucketfull of dirt that came out of 0] the hole. One day he determined to find out from an assayer what it was that Ed. was sending up so fast, so wrapping up some of it in an old newspaper he put it in his coat pocket, and when night came he departed for town after supper. iHe was not absent long and came back with P a sackfull of supplies. There was fresh m meat, coffee, tobacco, andgwrapped most carefully in the Cheyenne Pioneer was a treat-fresh bread, fresh from a newly started bakery. As George cast aside the tei paper covering, Ed. picked it up from the de floor, smoothed it out and spread it before him. The fresh beef was praised, the fot coffee looked at, the bread admired, the tobacco partaken of and then Ed. gave qu himself up to the perusal of the paper. It was of an issue several weeks old, but new ea to the hungry eyes which read it. The no general news was glanced at with skim ming attention when a detailed account of str a "Tragedy in Deadwood" held him spell- we bound. be "One of the most sad of tragedies oc- ho curred in Deadwood on the 7th instant. He While two contending parties were fight- ad ing for the possession of the Georgia mine auc a lady, and a personal friend of Major kil White, came upon the scene during the dad night, and was instantly killed by a stray sle shot. The object of her presence there at hac that hour of the night is so far a profound to I mystery. Investigation fails to prove who wo fired the fatal shot or give any further clue COt to the solution of the mystery. The wo- sib man was identified as Mrs. Kate Owens, mu and for a few days past has been a guest tom at the Welch House." ' mo The paper fell from his nerveless grasp, ant a dead white pallor came into his face, he choked, made a spasmodic attempt to re gain his composure and then in a dead faint dropped on the floor. George's back was turned when he fell, the noise of Ed's BC fall caused him to turn round, and he u rushed to his friend's assistance. In a very short time Benton regained con sciousness, but George could get no fur ther explanation from him than, "I'm sick, George, sick." of a For three days nothing was done on the to6 Invincible. Ed. was stupidly dull, semi- toer unconscious most of the time and George 1- remained near him to be of service if nec essary. CHAPTER XXVI. C"A tt SAND CAREONATES. Ed. said, "I feel a little letter to-day, o don't stay with me, go down town if you a wish to; I'll be all right to-morrow." a George, after a little more persuasion, e did go down town, wandering as he went what had caused Ed. such an attack. lie a made a few purchases, looked into several s of the gambling halls and then remem s. bered the sample taken to the assay office. The assayer greeted him with a smile, and r remarked as he handed him a certificate, "How do you like that?" f Could it be possible? 203 ounces silver to the ton. George's questioning eyes gazed at the man of retorts and cupels, who smilingly said: "Surprised are you? I thought when 1 you brought it in you didn't know much I about sand carbonates." George lingered a moment, and then as fast as his legs could carry him went back to the Invincible and Ed. When the cer tificate was laid before Benton he read it slowly, comprehended the value of the figures, but did not understand George's object in laying it before him. "Where's the claim ?" he asked. "Right here. The Invincible. The stuff we've been throwing over the dump. Sand carbonates," George blurted out in de tatched sentences. Benton was forcibly struck with the facts of the case and said nothing. Iie who believed he was a miner and a pros pector to be taught by a tenderfoot like George who a few weeks before (lid not know the difference between a windlass and a whim or could'nt tell a chunck of galena from iron pyrites, he told himself. It was a blow to his pride, but he soon recovered, for George was too much ela ted with the discovery to think of assum ing any credit to himself. To make the matter sure, they sacked up some of the worthless looking std~f, took it over to the smelter next day and had a mill run of it. In the course of several days they got the returns, which showed a fraction over 200 ounces to the ton. They were rich. CHAPTER XXVII. A FORTUNE. A FORTUNE. The news of the rich strike on Fryer I Hill caused a new rush to that locality. Not only did prospectors look into the shaft of the Invincible, but experts exam ined the property, scrutinized the ore, made wise remarks about how long it would last, the size of the lode, generally with a tendency to disparagments. But the boys held on, woikced themselves and employed others to assist them. Several offers were made them which they re fusea, but when a certain mining expert told that a deed and possession would bring them a check for one hundred thousand dollars they hesitated, looked one at another and said: "It's a bargain." "Fifty thousand apiece," said George as they came out of the bank. Ile was in high spirits, while Ed., on the contrary, acted more like a man who had made a foolish bargain. "Let's go back to the Pacific slope" sug gested the joyous George, expecting, as a matter of course that Ed. would assent. "No," slowly replied Ed, "I'll stay here for a while." He didn't speak loudly nor with much emphasis, but there was a- de termination in his tone which George un derstood. A few days later George started back for the western shore. He had two drafts the largest his own, and the smaller one quite a large sum itself for Ed's mother. If Ed. Benton had been restless and un- A easy since selling out, he was more so now since George had gone. He wandered from saloon to hall, from street to street, up the bill to where they were taking out the rich ore that once had been his, watched the progress of the new hoister and mill which was being built. lie had money now, didn't owe any man a dollar, was regarded as a lucky fellow and yet he was miserable. Idleness was killing him. It was bearable during the GI day, but when night came he couldn't sleep. The memory of Kate Owen's death - haunted him; he couldn't sleep. lie drank to keep off the blues, it was no use. 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