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By JOHN R. MUSICK,
Aotfcor ai "Myitarion* Mr. Howard,'
Dark Straogor," -'Charlie Al l e ndal e 1 !
Oovrrtght, 18*7, by Boson- Bomsbs's Box*.
All rlfbu rosorrsd
CHAPTER III.— (Continued.)
"We've got one on 'em wounded, an'
let's make most out o' him we kin
afore we let him go. Let's not go an'
act like a hull passel o' fools as don't
know what wp re a-doin' nohow. Save
him an' we'll git Crack flash's dust
back aji'iwe'll hang all four together;
you all know that's much better'n
bangin' one at a time."
The life of the captive was spared
for the time being, and the miners
proceeded at once to organize them
selves into a vigilance committee, pre
paratory to stopping crime at the very
beginning in their new settlement.
Lying on a low couch in one of the
shanties was the hero of this stroy,
known on the Klondike as Crack Lash
Paul. His wounds were severe, and
he was in a feverish condition. One
of the miners who had some knowl
edge of medicine and surgery had ex
tracted the ball and dressed the
wounds. The name of the doctor will
perhaps never be known. In the Klon
dike he was only called "Sawbones."
The patient's face was flushed and
his eyes closed. His quick breathing
rind nervous movements indicated that
he suffered mentally as well as physic
"Be quiet," whispered "Sawbones"
1n the ear of his patient "Here, take
He raised the head of the
wounded youth and gave him a spoon
ful of nerve-quieting medicine,
drank it off. and then lay back on his
bed and slept. The doctor arose from
the low stool at the side of the couch
and went out.
He quickly turned his gaze toward
every projecting branch within range
of his vision. A look of disappointment
came over his face as his eyes search
ed In vain for some object.
"What have you done with him?"
he asked of a miner who was going
"Nothin'," was the answer.
"What, hain't you hung him yet?"
"Glum Ralston said not."
"What's the matter with Glum?
Has he got bats in his belfry?" roared
the infuriated doctor.
"Hold on, Sawbones; don't get off
your trolley until somethin's on the
track. I tell ye Glum's all right." He
then proceeded to explain matters to
the irate doctor, assuring him that he
would yet have the satisfaction of see
ing the robber lifted high enough to
get a bird's-eye view of the new Jeru
salem, but explained that in order to
get the others they must keep the
powers of speech in the one they had.
"Well, with that explanation l cave
in," growled Sawbones. "But I don't
want any feeliu' o' sentimentality
roaming around this camp. We don't
come of a forgivin' stock, we don't."
The patient slept for several hours,
and when he awoke as evening began
to draw near he was much improved.
But he recovered slowly, and so did
the prisoner. The latter's wound, how
ever, was more severe than Paul's,
and for a time his case seemed doubt
ful. The doctor impressed with the
hope that some information would be
obtained from the wounded man, used
his skill to the utmost to bring about
a speedy recovery.
When Paul was able to walk about
be insisted on going to his shanty to
Investigate it, though he was so weak
he had to sit down on a sluice box to
jrest before he approached the door.
When he had rested sufficiently he
arose and, unlocking the door, entered
the shanty. He searched the room
carefully for some clue that might
have been dropped by one of the at
tacking party after they entered the
room, but for a long time found
At last he discovered in a narrow
crack between the logs and chinking
what seemed to be a bit of paper
wadded up and thrust into the hole.
He went to it, pulled It out, and it
proved to be an envelope stained with
The envelope was stuck in the crack
the corner where the wounded
outlaw had fallen and Paul at once
surmised he put it there. He took
v the paper out of the envelope and
gazed at the handwriting In amaze
ment. It ran as follows:
"San Francisco, Sept. 1, 1895.
"Inclosed find transportation and
money sufficient to pay your way to
Juneau. Whatever you do, remember
that Paul Miller Is not to return to
Fresno. Do him no harm if you can
accomplish your ends without vio
lence, hut at all hazards keep him
two years longer in the Klondike.
He read the mysterious paper again.
He turned it over and looked on the
back. Who was "L. T." and why
•honld he wish to keep him in Alaska?
There seemed to be something slight
ly familiar about, the chlrography, but
he was not certain. Haviug a clue to
the mystery, he sat down to study the
The more he read the note the more
he was puzzled and the farther he
seemed to get from the solution.
"There has been a carefully laid
plot to ruin me," he said to himself, as
he sat ui>on the stool trying to study
"Who is 'L. T.,' and
why should he wish me to remain in
He left the shanty, carefully lock
ing the door after him, and was mak
ing his way to the cabin at which he
had stayed since the attack, when he
met Glum Ralston.
"Hello, Crack Lash, gettin' under
"I am able to be out, Glum," he
"Glad on It, boy—glad on it."
The ex-sailor was about to pass on
when the young man said;
"I want to talk some with you,
Glum. There was a deep-laid plot to
rob and murder me. I have an enemy
or enemies—I know not how many—
who have designs on my happiness.
Ralston was not a man to be moved
by emotion or jump at. a conclusion.
He sat a long time listening to the
unquestionable evidence of the youth.
When he had finished there was no
longer a doubt that here was a con
spiracy to Injury Crack Lash, and per
haps take his life. A new light was
breaking in on him and he became
more interested in the youth than he
"M-well, Crack Lash, I think we'd
better run 'em down. Wonder how
many we kin git to go with us."
"I want no one but you. Glum," said
the youth. "You and I are enough, for
1 can trust you, which is more than I
care to do with all. I believe that if
I can capture those men they will not
only tell me where to find my lost
treasure, but also inform me who this
enemy 'L. T.' is."
"Then by the trident o' Neptune
we'll go an' never stop until we find
After consulting the matter, they
decided to keep their departure a se
cret from their companions, and de
cided to start before they were awake
next morning. During the night a
snowstorm raged. Next morning long
before the miners were astir our two
friends were attired in furs, with sev
eral dogs, provisions, blankets and
rifles, and set off on snow-shoes in
search of the three men who had
robbed and so nearly killed Paul sev
eral weeks before.
Glum Ralston had received reliable
information that the men he wished to
find were in a valley up the Yukon,
and they acted on that information.
They found the snow still falling,
though it was not very cold. For sev
eral miles they trudged along on the
snowshoes in silence. At last Glum
"Why?" aslced Paul.
"I am not tired."
"Ye don't think ye are, mate, but
you'll have all the wind out o' yer sails
afore ye know it. Set down."
There was a log lying near, and both
sat upon it.
"I ain sufficiently rested, so let's go
on," said the youth, after a short rest,
starting to his feet.
"Don't be too certain ye know ye
kin stand it, lad. I tell ye it's a longer
voyage 'n you think, an' there's rough
sailin' between this an' the Chilkoot."
They reached Dawson City next day
at noon. As Paul was still weak, he
secured a room in the hotel and went
to bed to rest. Being overcome by
weariness and the Journey, he was
soon buried in profound slumber.
He was awakened by some one shak
ing him by the shoulder and whisper
"Tumble up, Crack Lash."
"What is it, Glum?" he asked, start
ing up and rubbing his eyes
"The rascals that robbed ye. I saw
th' face o' one o' them fellers we'd
seen a-hangin' around our diggin's be
fore you were robbed, an' I'd bet my
wolf-skin cap th' others ain't fur off."
Paul Miller hastily donned his
clothes. The pale youth drew on his
fur boots and buckled his revolvers
about his waist,
dangerous an encounter would be and
be knew he might be a corpse in
twenty minutes. He breathed a silent
prayer for Laura, mother, and lastly
himself, and whispered:
They went down to the room below,
where they found a wild crowd carous
ing, but no sign of the man who was
suspected of being an accomplice in
"Wait at the door. Crack Lash,"
The ex sailor left him and hurried
away. He was gone but a few min
utes when he hurried to his side, say
He realized how
"Up the ukon; we'll find 'em In the
"Let's go at once," said Paul. They
set out for the upper valley.
Esquimeaux was engaged to take
them several miles on his dog sleds,
and from there they traveled on foot,
sleeping on the snow securely wrap
ped in their blankets
On the morning of the third day
they came upon the trail of these men
and followed it until nightfall. Next
morning they were early on their trail
again, and after four
travel Glum Ralston said:
"There they are, Crack Lash!"
He pointed down a narrow valley
which diverger! from the main valley,
and three spects could be seen upon a
Glum Ralston was an experienced
scout, and began at once to put in
play his woodcraft. They crept for
ward to some trees and advanced rai>
idly, keeping themselves screened
from the observation of the men they
were trying to overhaul.
Night fell again without coming up
with them, but a glimmer far up the
mountain-side told them they had
and rested a few hours and then again
The pursuers slept
started on the trail.
At last they came in sight of the
three men not over two hundred
Raising their rifles, they
shouted to them to halt. The fugitives
cast quick glances behind, and then,
with defiant yells, fled.
Two darted around one side of a
huge, projecting cliff that formed the
extreme spur of the mountain, and one
went the other way. Two rifle shots
rang out on the mountain, and two
bullets whizzed through the air.
"Ye winged yer man, Crack Lash,"
cried Glum. "Follow him and I'll give
chase to the others."
Paul needed no second command,
but darted after the man at whom he
had fired. The fugitive threw away
his gun and fled for life, and for an
hour Paul was in doubt whether he
gaining or him or not. At the end
of that time, to his great chagrin, he
him dash into a thick forest of
pines and firs.
When next he saw him he was
creeping along a ledge five hundred
feet above him. With no other thought,
than the capture of the fugitive and
of his treasure, Paul threw
oft his snowshoes and clambered up
the steep precipice with great labor
and no little danger,
heedless of everything but the solu
tion of the mystery which threatened
his life and happiness of himself and
Laura. He reached the fork and be
gan to climb the great dead limb of a
tree which touched the coveted ledge.
At that moment he heard a crackling
at the root of the tree and became
conscious of a descending motion in
the limbs to which he clung.
He knew he was falling, and that
with the vast mass he must descend
into the valley beneath. He left him
self rushing downward through the
air; he closed his eyes; there came a
horrid crash on his ears, and he knew
Up he went,
When Paul regained consciousness
he was lying on a pile of skins and
furs in a cavern.
A man clothed wholly In bear and
seal skins stood over him, gazing at
him with a pair of strange gray eyes.
His hair was long, falling to Ills shoul
ders, and his beard, which was almost
white, came to his waist,
half-savage and half-civilized appear
Paul gazed into the strange, wild
face and asked:
"Who are you?"
The stranger, without taking his
eyes off him, asked:
"Who are you?"
"I am a miner- from the Klondike
who was robbed. 1 was in pursuit of
the robbers when the accident befell
me. You found me?"
He had a
Paul at first supposed that some of
his limbs were broken or dislocated,
and dared not move, but after a few
moments he discovered that he had
suffered no greater injury than a se
shock. He had fallen into a deep
snowdrift, which had broken the fall
and no doubt saved his life.
"Won't you tell me who you are?"
asked Paul after a few minutes' gazing
into the face of the mysterious
The roan turned away for a
moment as if he wished to avoid the
answer and then slowly turning back
"I am a hermit; will that suffice?"
"Do you live here?" Paul asked.
"How long have you lived in this
Then earn* a longer silence than
usual, when the hermit of the cave
"What difference can that make to
you? I found you In a perishing con
dition and brought you here and
saved your life. Is that not enough
without telling all the secrets of my
He turned slowly about and
went to a small fire that smoldered on
the stones some distance away, and
began to toast some slices of moose
steak. Paul closed his eyes and tried
to reason that he could be in no imme
diate danger. If the man had intend
ed to kill him, he would no doubt have
done so while he was unconscious. He
alBo reasoned he might have some
design In saving his life.
(To be continued.)
SEA PIGEONS IN MILLIONS,
Birds Shut Out Light of Sun on Pa
Traveling in immense hordes which
resemble huge black clouds sweeping
over the water, millions of sea pigeons
came in from the sea last week, close
In the wake of mammoth schools of
sardines, which they were intently
pursuing. Flying three or four deep
and a score or more abreast, millions
upon millions of the small birds were
seen floating over llaker's Ray and
the lower Columbia, forming a solid
but ever changing mass, almost im
penetrable to the human gaze.
The speed at which they flew was
largely a matter of conjecture, but
probably was not less than fifty miles
an hour. One flock of pigeons was
more than two hours passing over
Thousands of the birds became en
tangled in the mesh of the flsh trap
leads at high tide, and the weight of
their bodies is a serious menace to the
At sea the pigeons can generally
be found where the sardines exist, but
they come to the river every summer.
Their usual custom
schools of whale, which also feed upon
the sardines. Waiting till the sardines
are surrounded and the whales are
about to rush upon their victims, the
pigeons slip in and gorge themselves
upon the fish.—Ilwaco Journal.
is to follow
NEW FEATURES AT WEDDING.
Costumes and Music Both Out of the
Sandals were worn instead of shoes
by the bridesmaids at the wedding ol
Lady Hermione Grimston. daughter ol
the Earl and Countess of Verulaiu. to
Lieut. Rernard Buxton, which was one
of the most fashionable eevnts of the
in London, and which took
place a short time ago.
maids, who numbered four, made a
quaint and pretty picture in their Old
World frocks of white silk muslin,
floating yellow sashes
bunches of Allan Richardson's roses.
Their hats, of poke bonnet shape,
tied with black velvet ribbons
and they wore long black lace mit
The hymns chosen for the
service were quite a new departure
in wedding music, being "Fight the
Good Fight with all Thy Might" and
"God Be with You
Again." while during the signing of
the register the choir sang Mendels
sohn's anthem, "He, Watching Over
Israel, Slumbers Not Nor Sleeps.''
Till We Meet
Ancient Tinder Boxes.
Tinder boxes now have no practical
, and, Indeed, a statistician recent
ly declared that matches will soon be
thing of the past. This is an elec
trie age, just in its infancy, and the
future is big with promise,
boxes were used tw-o or three hun
dred years ago, and much ingenuity
and taste were displayed in their mak
the wood was elaborately
of the most skilled
carved by some
artisans, and the one here shown,
which is a fair specimen of that pe
rlod, is now In a celebrated collection
Sharks Worry Fishermen.
end of trouble for
Sharks cause no
the fishermen along the New England
coast. Several of the fishing boats
have had their trawl lines chewed off
by rapacious flsh aB they made for the
Hundreds of feet of good line
been lost this summer. Not only
_ they lose their lines and hooks,
but there is the loss of the bait and
flsh which would have been
had the lines not been chewed
Millionaire's Humble Beginning.
A New Bedford man has an old pay
roll of the Fairliaven Branch Railroad
which carries the name of
Henry H. Rogers, the Standard Oil
magnate, who worked as baggage roas
ter in June, 1861, for twenty-one days,
and received $24.23 therefor, an
of about $1.16 per day.
Inventor of Barbed Wire.
Henry Fuchs, who died recently at
the inventor of
It is said that he made
San Francisco, was
barbed wire. L
a fortune from his invention, hut lost
it all in Alaska when he went in
search of gold.
Bee Work* In Darkness.
A bee that workB only at night Is
found in the jungles of India.
unusually large Insect, the combs
being often six feet long, four feet
wide, and from four inches to six
DEAD SHOTS ARE ALL DEAF.
Hsaring cf the Left Ear Affected by
Concussion of Rifle.
"I see you are a rifle shot," re
marked Philosopher Simeon Ford to
a man who after a good deal of spar
ring for place at last sat down In the
hotel corridor by the side of New
York's landlord orator.
"How do you make that out?"
asked Mr. Ford's companion.
"Oh, easy enough. You are deaf Id
your left ear. All rifle shots are deal
in their left ears. All the Creedmooi
experts are that way. I am deaf h|
my left ear myself and got It shootlni
rifles. I met Gildersleeve once and
I was backing and filling and dodging
to get a position where my right eal
would bear on him and he was' ma
neuverlng at the same time for ai
opening where he could rake me wltlj
his right ear. Then Gildersleeve said
to me. as I have Just said to you. that
he observed I was a rifle shot. It wat
the first time 1 had heard that ai!
rifle shots were deaf in their lefl
ears, but l have noticed it ever sinei
and know that it is true.
"The reason of it is that all the con
mission of the rifle explosion comet
on the left ear drum. The right eai
Is partly turned away and partly pro
tected by the gunstock being brought
up to the cheek when the gun it
fired."—New York Sun.
A Teacher's Testimony.
Hinton, Ky., Nov. 28— (Special.)—
It has long been claimed that Diabe
tes is Incurable, but Mr. E. J. Thomp
teacher in the Hinton school.
has pleasing evidence to the contrary.
Mr. Thompson had Diabetes. Ho tools
Dodd's Kidney Pills and is cured, la
a statement he makes regarding Lla
cure Mr. Thompson says:
"I was troubled with my kidneys
for more than two years and was
treated by two of the best doctors In
this part of the state. They claimed
I had Diabetes and there was littla
to be done for me. Then I started
to use Dodd's Kidney Pills and what
they did for me was wonderful. It
is entirely owing to Dodd's Kidney
Pills that I am now enjoying good
Many doctors still maintain that
Diabetes is incurable. But Diabetes
Is a kidney disease, and the kidney
disease that Dodd's Kidney Pills will
uot cure has yet to be discovered.
New York Glrle Muet Bmoke.
It's funny how a girl's lips can smell
of tobacco smoke when she has been
alone with a man.—New
In a room
Deafness Cannot Be Cured
K local application!, !■ thny cannot reach th* die
(ascii portion of tun car Then) I" only ou* mI »
•ur* (learned, and that, l» by constitutional reineolea.
Deafneaa I* caused by an Inflamed condition of
mucous lining of the Kustscbtsn Tube. When tins
lube Is Inflamed you have a rumbling aoundI or Im
perfect hearing, and when ll Is entirely cloeed, Deef
aess Is i he result, and unless ttie Inflammation can tie
taken out and this tube restored to lt« normal condi
tion, hearing will be destroyed forever; nine oaeet
ont of ten ere caused by ( atarrh, which la notnlBf
but an Inflamed condition of the mucous eurfacea.
We will give One Hundred Dollars for anr i
eafness (caused by > aiarrbl that cannot be
y HaU'e Catarrh Cure. Send for circulars,free.
7 F. J. CHKtiKY & CO., Toledo, 0.
Sold by Druggists, The
Take Hall's Family nils for conitipatlon.
dog and a really consistent
the two most uninteresting
thing* In the world.
Pino's Cure Is the best medicine we ever used
for all affection* of the throat and luiurs. Wn.
0. KsD8i.ii, Vanburen, Iud., Feb. 10.1800.
Wait Till He Call*.
When Messer Trouble comes lnffr
lng down the street don't tear out and
embrace him. He may have bnaUMS
in another direction.
Important to Mothoro.
Kxamlne carefully every bottle of 0 ASTORIA,
a safe and wre remedy for Infant! and chit***.
•ad see th*t It
1 * U*o For Over 30 Ye»r«.
The Kind Too Have Alwajri Booght.
Cheap Municipal Tenement*.
The ebeape*t municipal tenement* •
those owned by Dublin, where twe
be rented for 60 ceata a
Which do you spend most
money on, tea or whiskey ?
Irish Egg* the Best,
Irish eggs are richest of all, batte?
than English or Danish, and Brltlab
pastrycooks always try to buy them,
as they go further.
Do you think the only dif
ferences in tea are a few
cents a pound ?
A Loa Angeles woman la seeking a
divorce because her husband heat he*
when she tried to read her poem* to
him. The husband will probably de
feat the suit If he Is wise enough t«
I plead self -defense—Washington Post.