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THE !NCEPTION OF THE VIG:LAN
TES OF MONTANA. ATrue Account, Hitherto Unpubhlshed. During the latter part of November or the first part of December, 163, I was liv ing with my partner. Joseplh Bell, in the town of Nevada, following the occupation of a miner. About the first of December, Winm. Clark came from Summit, at the head of Alder Gulch, to our claim and asked me to accompany him to the Stink ing Water and help him hunt up Nicholas Debolt, whom he had sent to Long John's ranch, on the Sth.kinig Water,for a span of mules-stating that he was afraid the road agents had got him. He said he had rid den Black Bess,--a mule which I had rid den from California Gulch in Colorado to Alder Gulch. She was an anim:dal that I thought a great deal of, as -he had saved my life in Colorado from two Mexican despe-radoes, and if there is such a place as a mule heaven I know she got there. She was a sI-lendid saddle animal and the road agents would not hesitate to kill a man to secure her. Clark also went to X. ieidler and asked hihm to go along', but X. was unable to go and stated as his opinion that Nick had been foully dealt with. I asked Clark to come to the cabin and during dinner we would contider what was bet to be done. 1 had been in his emldoy nearly two years in Colorado, packing to diffierent mining camps and a portion of the timle mnerchan (l-;ing. i ae w as a n who!lm I e:teemed very highly, -od I could not refue to ac comnpany him in search of poor Nick, who was ever an honest, nuprihlt and faithful man, although I would rather have given 500 than:m to have gone. After dinner I prepared miyself with a saddle horse and a six--hooter, and proposed t,, (lark that we should take a couple of shot guns, but hte said they would be unnecessary as he had a six-shooter, which he thought was su-ticeient. Nothing of importance transpired until we reached Bob DemItey's ranch,on Stink ing Water, where we wdismounted and went in. ('lark inquired of D)empsey if he had peen Nick. describing him and telling his errand. Dempsey-said he had seen noth ing of him, and told us the p1lace where the mules were, kelpt was three or four miles further dow:" the creek. There were several tment, aod freight teams at DeItpsey's and - iof the party, a good lhookin_ youte..g mani, well dressed, stepped S, (.lark n s..id: "Don't you think :::tt it-;u:., of yours has skipped to : Lake a... taken the mules with : ij . d fire (for it was none Sti renowned road agent, :. . -i had thus accused Nick S!- .:..- , on. t), and hle replied: "That ; iI honest man and some of - --- rod agents have killed him, , . ! :11 an-.v. e him.. i:.- i ,to draw his six-shooter and ('.: it any behind him, when Wi. i 11 .il, one of I-es' confederates, st--pl:e- between them and stopped- the -ow. (lark knew they were both road agents, and he would have shot had I not caught his six-sh:oter as he drew it. As we started for Long John's ranch. Ires and whiskey Bill mounted their horses and went in the same direction. About two and a half miles down the creek the trail followed close to the b:ik. Cahrk was riding ahead of me. a few feet in ad v:-10e. when I noticed :somethlin red and cailed to lark to to stop. On invetigation it pro-ved to be a spot of blood about the size of half a dollar. It had no-wed, and the wind blowing tihe snow of tihe ict", we could discover no tracks that would lead to poor jNicik. whose life blood we had .-_e:n on the ice, although he lay in tilhe cold umbrace of death not a hundred vards dista:nt. After re;otunti,., two men rode across o1I t hrail, about three hlundred yards in .d va:cie. I told (lark we had better keep to the ri:m:t and out of range of their guns ' Ives annd Whisk:,y IBill had gone to Long John's after their short shot guns. intendin to (kill us if we found Nick. On re'achig 1the ranch Clark went into the wicky-up or Indian tepee and asked for Geo. ililderman. A tall, gaunt and awkward human being arose from a pile of blankets and shot guns and said, "that is my name." .Clark then told him he was the owner of a span of mules, which lihe (Iiilderman) was working. HIe relilied that a Dutchman came to get them about a week back; that he was riding a black mule and tha. that the last time seen he was leading the two mules about half a mile above, at the bend in the creek. Having learned that Nick got the mules we started for home, stoppihg at Demp sey's, where we again met Ives and Whis key Bill, their horses being hitched and covered with foam, the dreaded shot guns on the pommels of their saddles. Ives asked Clark if he had found his Dutch man yet? Clark replied, "I guess you know where that Dutchman is," but no difficulty occurred. We then started for Nevada. Reaching Pete Dailey's, Clark proposed to stop for supper. For my part I had seen enough that evening to put me in somewhat of a hurry. I was satisfied that Ires would follow us, and the sight of these guns was not much of an appetizer. Chlark carried his print anrid we dismounted. After hitchinrg the horses, while Clark was or dering supper, I went in and found Clark warming his hands, as unconcerned as if there was no danger whatever. I asked him how long before supper would be ready and he replied, "in a few minutes." But a short time elapsed when our friends, Ives and W\hiskey Bill arrived, carrying the same short shot guns. I thought I had seen those illns often enough for one day, and after a lapse of 23 years they are still vividly impressed on my mind. Ives and Bill came into the bar-room and went into where supper was being prepared. I call ed Clark outside and told him that those fellows were following us and intended to kill us before we reached Nevada; and finally persuaded him to leave without supper. Clark was not in much of a hur ry, neither was I, but I made good use of my spurs, leaving Clark a little in the rear, but continually urging him to keep up. When we reached the point where the Brai:n's Gulch trail left the road, it was pitch dark. I proposed to take the trail, thinking that our friends would think we took the road on account of the darkness, and thus we would throw them off. When within a mile of Nevada we felt more secure and slackened our speed. Clark who had been in California in '49, said: "Those road agents have killed Nick. and I'll tell you what I propose to do. I helped organize the vigilance com mittee in California and I am going to do the same here. and I will make it hot for them before I die." The lights of Nevada were now in sight and like the guns, I will never forget them, for they locked as bright as they were welcome that night. My supposition was correct: Ives and Bill took the road and reached Nevada ahead of us. A few days after someone came to nmy cabin and told me there was a dead man in a wagon on the street, who had been found on the Stinking Water. On going to see him 1 recognized him as poor Nick, with a bullet hole in the back of his hea:t. X. Beidler came up and also recognized him, taking a pocket knife from his pocket that he had riven him a year previous in Colorado. Ite hadl been shot in the back,.-two road agents flipping a half dollar to see who should commit the bloody deed. and all for the paltry sum of $200, which Nick ihad with him, and the three mules. I went in search of ( la:., whol came back with me. As he stood watchin;m the lifeless body of poI:' Nick, e 'it' t,;s in his eyes, he said: ".:: v. I t e.! i-u they had killed him, and he ,ll e avenged." Then it was that X. (kI;lerh, jicinnatus like, dropped ..e implenclnt- of mining and shoulden ri hi i slot ut,, which he never laid d-. i intil . 01 .-t of this ne farious ':_ 1:01 bee :ro 'ght to justice. ('lark ' : brave ,ma as ever breath ed; and nriay a mile i, has followed the road a;fent, tlrou"h cold and snow,- braving the severest weather, with but a few saddle blankets for a bed and his sad dle for a pillow for his old gray head, in verifying his words to Ives at I)empsey's ranch. that he would avenge Nick's death. Cod bless himn, is the prayer of an old timer, for what he did in ridding the country of the worst gang of cut-throats that ever lired. The night before Ives was hung, I was in the store where he was being guarded, and bhought a can of oysters and asked 1dm to help ine eat them. lIe replied that his appetite vwis not good. I answered that it wa': probably as good as mine the night I left Pete D)aily's without my supper - I Jc. lHere", 0: !;r.'nt Co(rier. She was a Wall Flower'. 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