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Wtritt n flor the Tribune by Y. II. I. T S. CHIIAPTER I. The hamlet known as Boulder was aI quiet as any dleepy country village, except 'v:ien an occasional wagon passed by to the lakes, which were only four miles further up in tle mounteins. Boulder was or rather I::d been the camp which in years ubefore supplied several of the sur rounding gýulches where placer mnining i lad been carried on. Into its one long a!td :-inuouls street had come! the traffic of 1 t whole tominig region. Long strings of I mt le, teams:, dusty and hot had paused 1 while the thirsly drivers wetted their parched throats in the bar-rooils. Mu-ic and revelry, the- laigh and the hitter oath had been i::u ible on this long street years ibefore, but t the time of which I write there was a hui:, a silence as though ( death was in every one of the many de- 1 serted houses which lined the road. Yet. quiet as it was, dead as it seemed there was sonme life left in it yet. Up Case creek there was a mill which worked the ohl Cat;i gravel mine; further up still there was a saw mill, and on a mountain called I the "Bos'" was a quartz lead which pro duced no small returns. Occasional !ish ing parties stepped for dinner and restedI -their teams. The postoffice with its tri weekly mail brought men from quite a distance. T'here were a few families in the neighborhood, so the county school t board allowed them a school and teacher, more out of compliment to the former Igreatness of the place than from a rigid complimnce with the school laws. And so Allie Farmer was there in the quiet out of the way tonw teaching school. The position was not exactly such a one I as she would have chosen, but she was a sea 'ble young woman and she had made up her mind to accept it and teach the 1 children sent her with just the same faith fulness as though her surroundings had been more pleasant. CIIAPTER II. California was comparatively a new 1 country for the Farmer family when they settled on Spring creek. Old man Far mer, Allie's father, had been in Nevada county in early days, had made a small fortune, gone back to Illinois, invested it in a farm and for a while did well. One day Joel Farmer put his name on the back of his cousin's note and finally 1 was compelled to pay the face of it with interest. "It's only a formality," his cousin said when he d:d it, but in two years after- a ward the formality bankrupted him. lie had been fortunate in California, why not r try it again? Gathering the few fragments tl that were legally his, he and his wife and two daughters left Illinois for San Fran cisco. Accustomed to other scenes than those of a busy, rushing city, Farmer sought the foothills, and in due time the Farmer family settled on 160 acres of fer tile land just outside of Independence mining district. The nearest town was h Dry Gulch into which Joel Farmer some times went alone, at others with his wife .or daughters. During one of his visits to Dry gulch he became interested in a con versation concerning a new discovery of very rich gravel found the day before up in the mountains some twenty miles dis tant. Then the conversation turned upon quartz, and the subject was being pretty 0 thoroughly dilated upon by a tall, strong b looking man who, though powerful enough had not the appearance of a miner. His u words were listened to with attention and roepect and Farmer was impressed with the idea that the man knew what he was S talking about. "Excuse me, sir," said Farmer, "do you t believe quartz is the mother of gold?" The young man smiled upon his ques tioner and said: "Thats a question easier asked than an- s swered; to me, sir, it is a mystery where n the gold originates or how it grows if it ° does grow; all I can say is that gold is A where you find it." "But didn't you say a moment ago that n gold was found in quartz, and that they S' said quartz was the mother of it?" persis- q ted Farmer. h "I did say that gold was found in quartz, n but aid not assert that all quatz bore gold, d -and as to the mother business I only spoke i of that as a theory," was the young man's a reply. Farmer saw that he had misunderstood n him, and as the man walked toward the h -the store door he overtook him and said: a "I hope you'll excuse me, sir. I didn't t' quite understand you at first." d Receiving a hearty assurance that he s had said nothing to be excused for, Far- a mer returned to the store. '.Who is that man?" he asked Boyd the storekeeper. "Don't you know him? Why thats Allan 4. Blake, the assayer." Farmer nooded, and then after gather- s Ing up his purchases started for home. All o -the way home his mind would wonder ii .sway to the mountains, to the gravel banks e and deposits, to quartz leads, and then a back to the old placer claim in Nevada tl county. N When he reached home it was still day- a light, but his gardei, the trees and the I young grain did not appear as green and ii as welcnP.-: as in the morning. le was h not so chetrful that evening as usual, nor A !7 could the kind words of his wife nor the tl pt caresses of his daughters ristre hiii to ii to his usuai humor. Next day lie found a t es pretext and was in Dry gulch again. seek is ing out 0ilake in hi< lat--:1at:y Ih pro- w in pounded ,i e tioW-l l s ef r (<., . tioni, .g t a rE r de ,cription of tie cotu i ry f, r milelaround g learned (oz new pr .e, c s and of n.w ores. 1 Ii Blake'. i',,rmation wa;,S all now to Far mer who.e knowle ise of on1inh' htad ef hitherto been limited to placers and ithe Id long tom. When he returned hm ie that I ir night he was in splenedid humor. and aftr to c super told the assem:abled fatniln of ia ihi h wonderful man whom he had met that as fternoon at Dry gulch. 1ie ' n< lthusi e astic upon the new dic,-overie. iln the '- - tr h el claims, gr1 w eloqu:iint upon q(a:'tz, andi by hli fervid descriptiont, inpl'ed to the t, group some of his o il .-:tion of spiriit's. .e - SC'HAPTEII Iii. ti It was late in the evening, and as Blake e rode alongl musing on his hem'eward way, di d his horse, pricking up his ears, _'ye evi to decell that omething was x wrong. i't-lring intoth e darkness and guided an xvll in ti i the horse's preference for the right s.ide - of the road as by his own eye-ight, he V l discovered something i.,!ack lying by the I n roadside. Dismounting he alpproahed u] t1 the object, and bending over it dipc'v-evred r,a prostrate female form. A li'hted m:lati ,r revealed the pallid features of a girl of il d about seventeen. At first Allan believed hi her dead, but though faint her pulse beat e regularly. l)ropping the b hridlIe broiught 1. water from a small stream, and bathing in le her temples soon restored her to consciious- nI a ness. At lirst bewildered, then frightened fc Le she uttered a faint cry of alarm followed -' e by one or pain. Allan's hind tones reas- Pi sured her, and he soon discovered that her v' d ankle was sprained, she had fainted, that her name was Iletty Farmer and that her o0 home was on the other side of Spring I creek. fletty was no etherial being, but Ai w that did not prevent Allan from picking F 'Y her up in his arms and placing her on his: r- horse, who, with cautious steps, carried his Ia burden with a sense of tihe responsibility i .1 which rested on his back. Mrs. Farmer a: it was gently apprised of the catastrophy sI whichi had befallen Hetty, and though i in warmly and repeatedly urged to sit down ci 1y bade mother and daughters good night as a th soon almost as he had carried the girl into a the house, promising, however, to come fi id again at some more seasonable hour. By SI r- a word and the mention of his name they le knew him to be toe wonderful Allan G. T ot Blake so well spoken of by the head of 1 t1 ts the house. st CIAIPTE:I i-. Joel Farmer was absent at the time of Hetty's mishap, in fact twith tie exception of occasional visits he had be1, - aw .,, two months. The gold fev r had bri}. aI out again upon him, anti he spent days of hard expectant work and nights of vision ary dreams. lie had taken up a claim some forty miles from home, and was working away with :night and main, hop Sing once more to secure a golden for tine. His family, though not in needy circum- q stances, felt severely the effect of hi.- iro longed absences. There wvas a hirind nman on the place, but even though lie did hii best he could not manage as well as Joel Farmer. So the women folks tried to dis uade him from going out again each tine he went, but it was useless. Allan rode out and asked after Iletty. She in person replied to his knock on the door, and thoughlame was radiently beau tiful and did not offer such a study as did I Allie whose quiet, unassuming manner took him completely. If Hetty was beautiful she was not solidly sensible. There was a frivolous manner about her that showed no depth of character. Though plain and homely, Allie spoke from the heart and did not at tempt to msake an impression. Mrs. Far t mer seemed to defer to IHetty,and at times. so Allan thought: talaly overlook-.d the quiet daughter wi:a titoLe only w li-n she had something to say, a:.d said ~ hat she meant. Allan had been a wild boy- in his day, but now at twenty-nine he was sober ing down, had determined to be a man s and would not any longer play the boy. In sucn a frame of minI Allie's demure E manner was exactly wli.t suited him. tHer honest expressions cau.ht him, and after - a visit which lasted over an hour he said j to himself that he would win the elder daughter for-his wife and secure for him self a quiet future which no storm of dis agreements would overset. t. ( CHAPTER V. Farmer came home with a chunk of rock in each pocket, each of which :he q submitted to Allan's inspection. In one I of the pieces Allan foind a trace of gold, r in the other, nothing. The trace was E a 'enough to keep the old man's hope alive : en and send him back, after a day's stay, to ida the elaim. It was no use, Joel Farmer lwas no longer a farmer he was a miner, iy- and with a that fixe.d determination which he snakes an earnest man the more foolish, ud he continued to work the quartz vein he as had found with the assiduity of ,t votary. or Allan's warning that, "I wouldoin't work he that lode too .t ong Mir. Farmer," made no to inpression on hhni nor did the fact that a the trace wht.lhy disalpoar ,( ri-'ia-ge the ,k- ol m:n a bit. ih i,- ,v.irie at.ins serious o- with the arm.er fnil. pl ay Boyd a refu-d Ii-.tv l five- yard of ba.k tape, and Id wI !: q-estoned b- h in, irate ii'l told her s. thit h -n th, O70oc-r' bill was paid she rcould then have whal e r dry doods she id wild. . oe ihal h:rdly -ai. his when ot 1'.1 tears. It was an on;, matte'r for him or to c:il :1oy . t one .id a d: ,iuietly ge i t at it -"Let her have it," said Allnhm, ,ant the i- tape was wrapped up and h-anded to the F - .i1 who suppo-ed thia her tears had pa 1d -cfte: n,i the odu:r he:a ritt : if che tore keeper. Hlavingn s.,cttred 1 l.,r wi,_"i she is. p Ou a p mile, and with a c'foo tish ow -- ---ed out of the 'tare. llan was nt" :',.f ths -taoe inv woi,;t peuale confide. e Iloyd, ti.- .tou a tlhorouit"l h tuies-s Inma n, did n-t fear to repose his bu iness secrets i e told Allan that Farmer's .;rocry bill - lll amounted to over a hundred dollars. Sthat the ranch would pay if the old mian e would tay at hu-n. and attend to it, de ie prec-tt d iis; mining slhee arid wacusnd -d up by :-eying: e: "ile ought to have lett.r stn e." I• Allen nodded a iquiet acq1 ,ie ,een and of made up his mind that the arumers munt sd have help. ,at lie was not rich. his business did not ht bring him in a very great return: he had g mouch upon his books which he would is- never collect, but he muanaed to have a ed few dollars on hand, paid ca:sh for all he ed got, and owed no man a dollar. Ie was is- p)rudent without being mean, and saving er without being stingy. at That day he sddled up his horse and or out to Farters claim he rode. Farmer ng was glad to see him and if Allen was dis ut appointed in being unable to divert Joel ag Farmer from his hobby, he was more than is satisfied with the earnestness of his work. mis The tunnel which the old man had run ity was a splended piece of work, following ter as it did, the lead to the walls, making only lv such a showing of perfect mining that gh none but an enthusiast in the business vn could do. Timbers there were none; none as were needed, the strong unbroken vein ito was mined out without a break and the ne foot and hanging walls of granite were By smooth and even. Cv The old man's work surprised Allan. G. The care and order of everything about of the tunnel showed that the man under stood his his business. To succeed in diverting such a man from his purpose required more tact than Allen was possessed of that day, so with a t few words of encouragement he left Farm o er to a further prosecution of his work. Boyd was ameliorated by a twenty paid o on account, and Allan gave himself up to an assay of a stolen piece of rock out of the Allie mine. n (Co, tiued.) 'as JOY & FRITZP ATRICK, 58 Chamber of Commerce, St. Paul E P. ROLFE, e Attornoy-at-Law, - Special attention'given to land entries of all id kinds and to contests in the land office er U 8 DeDuty Mineral Surveyor Helena and Great Falls F.ADKINSON, , Attorney at Law. 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Across the Missouri River above or P the mouth of Sun River is now running. A new wagon road con necting with this Ferry whibh in tersects the Helena road near Eagle Rock, and effects a saving in distance of TEN MILES oetween Great Falls and Helena. The road is plain and good. SExl -Tonsori rtis. . , nm ... "Expert Tonsorial Artist . ma-r.z