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"I have nothing further to say,"
added Zadiary. "and to prove to you
that Pin on tlie square, 1 11 go to ray
enmp and say nothing about this meet
ing to anyone."
How well Komaine would have
liked to followed '.icbary was told by
his longing look and lukewarm heart ;
but lie naif forever linked himself with
Howard and Lowry. He had been
tlieii associate in lesser crimes, and it
was too late to witltdraw from their
companionship. "This is tlie last time
1 will ever stain my hands with a good
man's blood," he thought to himself.
Magruder liad been so generous and so
true to Komaine that he would have
Sue to him and confessed the whole.
il he not feared instant death in iron-
sequence. Hardly had the sounds ot '
Zaehary's footsteps died away, when ;
Howard laid open ids whole plan,
which was to murder Magruder. Allen, j
Phillips, and the two boys, on tlie I
eighth night from Bannack City, in
the Bitter Root mountains, one hun- !
dred and ninety miles from any sectle-1
merit. Regarding Page. Howard
agreed to take care of him upon the j
night of the murder, tip to which time '
he would keep hi;n in ignorance of the ;
On the eighth day from Bannack
City, along in the middle of the after
noon. Page rode up to Howard and j
pointed out the camp in the distance,
"There's one of the best ramp on
the road. P 1 upon the top of the
mountain, nearly, but there is any j
quantity ot wood, and the water is
tetter than it is in tlie cannon.
"It is just tlie place I want to stop
at to night, of all others." said How-
ard. "And you go into camp, I want ;
you to proceed with your train to a j
distance of at least half a mile from
the spring. BUI Page," lie said in a j
cold, low tone, which almost froze the j
thin blood of the listener, "we are '
going to kill Magruder and the other
tour men to-night."
"Hold your tongue until I get
through, and then I'll listen to what j
you have to say. You are to stay with :
the stock. Yon are not to have anv-
tiling to do with the killing of any of
the men. neither are you to be harmed, I
yourself. You may at once, rest con- j
teutedly upon that score; for. really
Bill, we could not get along without!
von. "So. you see, you are safe from j
the force of "circumstances. When we
call you in the morning, all you will
have to do is to take your share of the
dust and to help us throw the dead
men down the mountain."
Page was thunder-struck, and as
silent as the grave.
"What do you say?" continued
Howard, his cold, grey eve piercing
tlie shriveled face of poor Page with
stiletto keenness and cruelty.
I can say nothing," gasped Hie
trapper, in powerless amazement.
"That's all I ask of you say noth
ing, and do nothing:''
Bill Page had lived west of the
Rocky mountains for twenty years,
ami liad never before anticipated in a
robbery even. Tlie bare thought of
the proposed murder terriBru him
with fear. He would have gone to
Magruder and informed him of the
dreadful plot against his life, but there
were a dozen Obstacles in the way.
Magruder would nor believe him. he
thought, especially as Howard had
made himself such a favorite. He
knew nothing of the plot, and could
extend no Information of an intelli
gent character. Beside-. Howard re
marked to him, upon quitting hi 'com
pany, to be sure and not be seen again
that day. except at supper.
"Recollect, bill, you are not to be
harmed." said Howard, as he rode
back to tlie party ; "hrt he sure you
say nothing and do nothing,
have any regard for your iue.
Gamp was made a little before dark,
a stiff blinding snow-storm having set
in a half hour previous. At 9 o'clock
all had retired except Magnifier and,
lowry, who were on guard from 8 to i
ll o'clock, and were sitting at a tire
some two hundred feet up the moiiu- i
tain from the main camp, which was
pitched within a few hundred feet of
the Bitter Root mountains, and under
cover ot a patch of red-tree ai.d Juni
per. The two Mls-oiiri boys were
sleeping together, about sixty yards
from the main camp : Page, was with
lite stock; Komaine slept with Phli-;
lips. Howard was ten yards in thej
rear, and Allen slept in front.a feiv .
yards, in his tent. j
It was agreed that the murder should j
take place at 10 o'clock. At that hour
liOrv took up tlie ax and went into
the bushes for some wood. Here he
met Howard upon agreement, who
liad ventured as near as possible t
aaslst Lowry, in cae of failure. At
the fatal moment Magruder was sit-:
ting near the fire and thinking of the
loved ones at home, and holding a
doublc-barrellyd -hot gun in his hands,
the caps of which had been previously !
removed by Howard. Page was sit-
Uug up In bis corral, almost stark
I WUD mi snuiui vi wood.
Hi to star the
tire. i liile stooping over his hat !
full oft mid Lowry -truck the fatal
blow. Page got up in his excitement,
and was the witness of tin- whole
Sonne. Howard rushed troni his place
of concealment, anil taking the ax
from Lowry. gave Magruder two or
three additional blow.' The murder-j
ers then proceeded rapidly to tlw lied
of the two MUsouriaiK whom they
dispatched with an ax. At the same
time Komaine chops (men the head of I
his bed fellow. Phillips with a small j
hatchet, killing him instantly. One of '
the Missouri boys gave a lond groan,
which awoke Allen. Quick as a fawn,
however, and liefore the latter could i
reach his revolver. Howard scteed a i
shotgun and blew his brains out, dis- j
charging both barrels into the back of
Page gazed at the tragedy from be- j
giiining to end. and fell down against t
his saddle almost insane from excite
ment. In a moment or two Howard
came down the trail and shouted :
"Come on, Page, come on : hurry j
up and help us."
Page immediately recovered him-
Bell, and at once proceeded to the scene
of the assassination. Preparation
had already commenced to cover up
the ninrder. II is very bones were
made to chatter and his flesh to crawl
as Lowry turned to him and said :
"It's a grand success. Bill we never
made a miss hit !'
The balance ot the night was con
sumed in the attempt of the murder
ers to cover tip their awful crime.
Page w.is sent u; the mountain with
Lowry. to take charge of the body of
Magruder, whom they tied up in his
blankets, then took him up to the top'
of the ridge and threw hint over a
precipice of seven or eight hundred
teet. The tw o brothers were wrapped
up In their blankets, and also taken up
to the top of the ridge and thrown
down on the other side, and Allen and
Phillip were tied up in the tent and
disposed ol ill the same way. All of
the animals except eight horses, in
cluding the sixty mule.s, were taken
up a canyon off the road and killed.
A large lire was made and everything
was burned, including the entire camp
equipage, saddle, strapping, blankets,
guns and pistols. Alter everything
had been burned, all of the scraps of
iron from the saddles and harness,
such as stni)ts, rings, bits, etc., and all
of the pistol and gnu links and barrels
were carefully taken up. placed in a
bag, and thrown down the mountain,
Morning came, and uot a vestige of
the murder was to ! seen. This
would have been the case at any rate.
as there were two feet of snow on the
ground. After breakfast the nuirder-
ers divided tlie dust giving Page a
quarter, and at once resumed their
it was agreed that the party should
proceed with as much haste as Hssir
ble. to Elk City, and when within
forty miles of Low Htou to cross the
river and go to Puget Sound. The
river however, at all points, and es
pecially at tlie proposed place of cross
ing, had been swnHeti to a turbulent
height on account of late rains and
snows in the mountains, and every at
tempt to find a safe 6ml proved fruit
less. When within, thirty miles of
Lewiston. with only one day's rations
left, and the river still swelling, a
meeting was held, in which it was
concluded to proceed to that town the
tiest night, steal a boat, and go down
The next night, about 10 o'clock,
tlie font men. Lowry and Komaine
went in search Of a kl( while How
ard and Page remained in charge of
the horses. Hardly had they arrived
when the wind commenced to blow a
perfect tornado, the river became fear
fully rough and stormy, and all at
tempts at navigation were abandoned.
After the return of Komaine and
Lowry. it was at mice resolved to go
Into town, put up their animals, leave
nil their traps in cliurge of an acquaint
ance, and take the stage for Walla
Walla, which left that night at 12
o'clock. Lowry being delegated to go
and purchase tlie tickets and disguise
himself as much as possible,
As (lie night wore on the storm in-
creased in it violent fury the rain
fell in torrents, and rude blasts of wind
howled Mtterly through the forests be
It was half mst eleven, and Hill
Beechey bad not yet retired. It liad
been his custom to retire at nine
o'clock, for years, this might have
been the only exception since hi resi
dence at Lewi-ton. His clerk was
pre) airing the way bill, when three
distinct knocks came heavily unon the
"Come in at the end of the door! "
shouted Beechey, fairly awaking
.fudge Berry, who was snoring soundly
in a chair in front ot tlie hearth,
A tall well built man obeved the
summon and went up to the clerk k
dck. " When does the stage leave
for Walla Walla?" he inquired, in a
Mr. Hardin, the elerk, replied, "In
half an hour."
"Olve me four tickets? " demanded
tlie stranger, in a louder tone of voice.
" What names inquired tlie elerk.
proceeding to put them down ou the
John Smith ! "replied tlie stranger,
in an unpleasant voice, ,
"The other gentiemeH sir-what
are their names ?"
" Bill Smith, my brother," he said,
in sharper and rougher tones than
before, "and Harry Jones and his
brother Tom, How much is if f "
"Four of you Sixty dollars, sir."
The stranger flung three twenty
dollar gold pieces down uhiu the coun
ter, nud said. " we'll get in at the post
oflieo." and took lite departure without
throwing a glance at any one else in
" I'll bet a hundred dollars that the
Stage will Ihj robbed Before h gets ten
miles from town." remarked the clerk;
what do yon say. Judge ? "
" if you'll lend me a hundred I'll
bet the same way." laughingly replied
Judge Berry. " But." he coatlftued.
addressing himself to Beechey, "did
yon ever see the fellow liefore!1 lie
was so completely disguised, With his
hat over his eyes, and Ills scarf around
Id; face, that I could not distinguish
a feature. Hut he acted like somebody
who knew the place."
Beechey was lost in thought. The
absence of his friend Magruder and
his dream flashed through his mind.
Then he remembered that Mrs. Ma
gruder had received a letter the day
before, stating that her husband would
not leave Bannack City for twelve
day. Rut lie muttered through his
A robbery at least there are too
many .Smiths and Joneses."
"There's something wrong, sure.
Mr. Beechey," said the clerk, "what
liad we better do? "
Hill Beechey sprung to his feet and
said : Harden, you go up to Wells,
Fargo, and tell them not to send any
treasure to-night. Let that man In
the next room sleep. He's got a good
deal of dint, and it will be safer tor
him to lie over a day. The Judge and
I will go up to the post olllce."
They arrived just in time to see
man who purchased the ticket,
bis three companions get into
coach. They were all disguised alike,
each having a scarf around his face :
and a bat slouched over the eyes. But
the quick vision of Beechey recognised
the features of both Howard and l!v
niaine. He whispered to Judge Berry
as the stage started. " Lloyd Magru
der has Urn murdered."
" What makes you think so;J " asked
the Judge. "Hid you recognize any,
of them ? "
" Two of them 1 Doc. Howard and
Jim Komaine. They've done away
with Magruder. The man that b night
the tiekets was Chris Lowry. It's all j
plain to me; and mark me. Judge j
Berry, you'll never see Lloyd Magru-;
der again. They all had heavy can
teens and money belts, you noticed.
Now-I'll furnish stock if 'you and the
Sheriff will join me, and intercept
Why, man. are you crazy." said
the Judge. " What would you do ? "
"Arrest I hem ou suspicion of hav
ing murdered my friend Magruder,"
he replied with flashing eyes.
" Why, Hill, the whole town would
laugh at us. There is no cause for
alarm in that quarter. I met Mrs.
Jlagruder last evening, and she told
me that she did not expect her hus
band for ten or twelve days. At least,
let things rest for the present. Yon
manifest an undue haste in this matter,
which Is not commendable, and your
wife and friends will tell you so."
Mr. Beechey followed the counsel of
ids friend, and the two walked back to
the tavern. Mrs. Beechey being at
once made a partner with hllU in her
husband's suspicions upon his recital
of the scenes just diseribed. The next
day Lewiston was alive with the ad
venture Of the night. In the course
of the evening it became known about
tmvn Hull. Hmv:ml 1nmilioi w,- i . if
the pane. thatBecchev had remarked i "'i'1 M beoo",e. ,l,r n Lewiston.
that they had murdered Magruder, """j W 110 w ,of Magruder,
producing much feeling against him ead 5 m im.t iwrties were eou
witii a majority of the residents. 1 thmfy ir8 "W that Ma
Three davs elapsed, and a party of Snider, and Allen, and Howard, and
ton im nn-ived from Hamuli VMv. ; Komaine. and the others had left Ban-
great crowd gathered around them
as they dismounted in front of the
tavern. Hill Beechey was the first to
" Where is Magruder? " he inquired.
" why, bas'iit lie come in?" said
one of the traders.
"No! " said a dozen at once.
"Then lie's gone to Salt Lake. He
left Bannack Citv three or four (lay:
before we did, in company with ( bar- circumstances of the arrest now he
lev Allen, Bill Phillips. Doc. Ho.vaiil. nearly lost his prisoners through the
Chris. Lowry. Jim Komaine, and Bill technicalities of the law how at last
Page ; and there were a couple of he obtained permission from the au
yoiing lei iows who had saved a little , thorities to bike them to Lewiston.
ilust along there were tune of tlamt although he had no proof against
in all." 1 them regarding tlie crime for which
Beechey stood as one petrified. At i he had caused their aired. He again
last lie said hi a loud tone, addressing ; wrote from Portland to Judge Berry,
himself 0 the whole crowd: Gen-' saying that, from observation made
tlcnien. Lloyd Magruder lias been by Howard to Komaine upon the
murdered, and I know the murderers." steamer, not only had Magruder been
This remark was received by the I murdered, but Charlie Allen, ' Bill
majority of the people present with j Phillips and two others,
manifestations of disapprobation, as On the 7th of December, Beechey
halt of the idlers who had assembled arrived at Lewiston with th prisoners,
at the tavern Were men cf the same under a strong guard furnished by
character as Howard and his associates. : General Wright. He was met at the
But most of the citizens of Lewiston rVer by over a thousand of the best
had likewise expressed an opinion a ! citizens of the place, with four -ropes
few days before that Beechey had not I mid other implement, of execution,
only been precipitate in bis conviction. ; who demanded the Immediate surreu
but indiscreet in giving them frequent der of the murderers.
"'"'IrTy'ou sure the fellows "tarted mT,
ll g ! Ch,et of Police 01 8 Francisco, and
newcomers. , tlie friends of these boys, that they
"Certainly, we saw them off." I shall have a tab-and impartial trial'
Well, how Is it that Magruder J
Wrote to Ins wife that
leave lor twelve days,
don't hitch, does It? "
"That's very plain, indeed," said
another, dismounting front his horse.
"He had about $211,000 in his poes
sion, and wanted to throw the road
agents off the track. He left Bannack
City the third (lay after writing thai
During this colloquy Mr. Beechey
had returned indoors. The first man
lie met was Tom Pike.
" Tom," he said. " I'm off to-night
for Portland, and I want you to go
with me. I'll pay all of your ex
penses, and give you five hundred
dollarshi the bargain. Wean-agreed,
you know, as what has becoitte of
Magruder. Now for the murderer-.
I've got requisitions on all of theUov
ernors west of here I got them three
days after Hoc. Howard left,
sure his parly had made way
friend. What do you say?"
Mint it. I'm with you."
in an hour ; will vou In
Yes." said Pike.
In less than an hour the two men
were oil' tor Walla Walla, where they
took a fresh team for Wallnla. Here
they got a boat for Portland, and ar
rived in tliat city during the second
week in November. Beechey at once
sent Pike to ictoria. and engsigcd
the services of a detective, who rallied
I he information that the four men had
started for ban Francisco the day be
fore, minus some six thousand dollars
loaned to the Portland faro banks.
As nine davs nmst elapse Is-fore an
other boat left Portland for Sun Fran
cisco; Mr. Beechey took the stage,
and arrived at. Vreka. the most north
ern telegraph station in California, in
three days. From this point he tele
graphed' Capt. Lees, the chief of
police of San Francisco, to arrest the
four men whom -he was pursuing, giv
ing film a description of them, and
suggesting the most proper mode re
garding the means of eanture. Mr.
Beechey arrived in San Francisco in
four days after, and at once proceeded
to the ofilce of the chief of police, and
announced himself as Hill Beechey.
Your men are in jail in Irons,"
remarked the chief, who at once ac
companied him to their place of in
carceration. The prisoners, as might have Im'cii
expected, wen- thunder-struck when
Bheechey appeared at the cell. He
shook hands with all of them, during
which Page scratched his palm.
"That's a point made," he though',
"and I will tell them what I had them
arrested for." Then addressing the
prisoners, he said :
Howard, I have had you arrested
for the murder of Lloyd Magruder ! "
i Page turned ashen pale, and again
I seized Beechey 's hand and scratched
its palm. Komaine was silent, but
trembled like a leaf. Lowry laughed
at him, and muttered a string of oaths,
while Howard looked him straight in
the eye, and said :
" Hill, you km put j our foot in it
j this time ; and mind you. when I get
out of tills Pin going to make you
i Doe. Howard," said Beechey. in
a distinct tone of voice. " you'll mter
get out of this scrape. But you ami
all the rest shall have a fair trial."
i The murderers, it seems, after arriv
: ing at San Francisco, took 937,000
' worth of dust to the mint, reserving
$1,000 each for the purpose of clothes,
and for purposes ot gambling ; and
having been arrested upon the third
i day after their arrival, but little of
i their money had been squandered.
In the meantime the w ildest excite-
nack City together. Letters bad been
received from Beechey, from Portland,
stating that the four inen who created
the sensation in the town a few weeks
before, were Howard. Komaine. Lowry
and Page, and that they had lost at
faro, hi that city, over "$1,000 apiece.
Letters were subsequently received
from Mr. Beechey (at. San Francisco)
giving a detailed account of all of the
These worth were full of courageous
manhood, and produced the desired
, The prisoners were kept at Beechey 's
i tavern before, during, and after their
trial, four of the citizens of Lewiston
: taken turns in performing guard duty.
I six out of each twenty-four hours.
As the day of trial approached tin
; most intense excitement prevailed,
i Page, the trapper, had confessed the
eiieit'itstances of the murder in detail.
! and had been accepted as a wltne-
against Ids associates. The trial was
conducted before Judge Park, and
lasted several days, during which Page
' recited the tale of the inurd. r in iili its
startling and revolting minuteness.
1 The jury without leaving their scat
! rendered a VcrdicT, and tlie three men
I were sentenced to be htutg on the -lib
of Muich, 1 i(i-i. which "was legally
I caniiil into effect.
Tliis traewlc has no patuile! in the
j annals of crime in this or any Other
! country, lull Beechey. through who-e
indomitable courage and energy tlie
murilercr were brought to Utice, re-
la. on the line ot
Railroad, and U
hearted and best
the Central Pacific
one of the noblest
known men. noon the
He h the proprietor of 111
from that point to Boise
and to the White Pine ruloc
subsequently got an order from
Justice Chase, then Secretary
; Treasury, to '.urn over the $17,000 left
j at the San Francisco mint by the niur
I defers to Mrs. Magrutler. w hile the
j Legislature of Idaho remunerated
him for his services in the sinu of
: A-UKio, the money he had spettt out of
; his ow n pocket.
While upon the scaffold Howard
said that the real murderers of Magru
der would some day turn up, and his
blood must rest on Beechey "s head,
lie betrayed much emotion whi n the
rope was put around his neck, and had
to be held in a standing position. Ko
maine wept bitterly, and confessed the
crime in detail, with the exception of
changing places with Page. " I hope
Uod'wiil forgive nsall," lie said, and
added : I die with no feeling against
Beechey. Had I been in his place.
I would have done the same." Lowry.
; who had betrayed no symptoms of
! fear, in response to the question,
"Hive you anything to say?'' re
! plied : " Boys, file Bible says cursed
j be the man that is hung from a branch
j of a tree. I've managed to dodge
that paint, havn't I?" And again,
when all was ready, he shouted:
"Launch your boat ; Its nothing but
; an old scow at any rate ! "
The trapper. Page, who turned
i State's evidence, and w ho dug tlie
j graves for his associates, was shot dead
in a quarrel some seventeen months
afterward, and was buried by their
A Parson's Stkategy. The fol
lowing is old it belonged to the last
generation but it may be new to
many at the present day :
Old Parson Muuson of Winchester
(Mass.) was occasionally absent from
his flock on Missionary tours to dis
tant States. Upon a certain Summer
Sabbath, having just returned iron,
one of these excursions, be found his
congregation quite drowsy, and for
the purpose of waking them up he
broke on In the midst of his sivmoii,
and began to tell them of What won
derful things he had seen in York
State. Among other wonders he said
he had there seen the largest mosqui
toes it had ever been his fortune to fall
in with so large, in fact that many of
Hum irmtltl ueigh pnmul.
The good people w ere by this time
"Yes" continued the parson : and,
moreover, they have been known lo
climb up a tree and 6-mt!"
The congregation were sleepy no
more oh that day. On the day fol
lowing two of the deacons of the
church waited upon Parson Munsou
and Informed him that the members
ofhteparUh were much scaudalijseil
by the big stories he had told them
from the pulpit.
"What stories?" said the parson,
w ith innocent surprise.
"Why. sir, you said that you had
seen mosquitoes in York State thai
would weigh a pound."
"I said," returned the parson, ex
planatorily, "that laaayofthein would
weigh a pound.""
"Well but," continued the elder
deacon, with a slight choking in his
utterance, -you said they had la-en
known to climb up a tree and baik."
vei'tatniy, said the parson, with
an assuring nod. "As to their climb
ing up On a tree. I have seem them do
tliat here in Worchester county;
haven't you, Deacon?"
"O. yes I have seen 'em do tliat."
. "Well, how could they climb a treo
without climbing on the bark?"
The good deacons went their way
with something very like a mosquito
humming in their ears.
She Wanted an Avpix In one of
the Fat contributor's correspondents,
we llnd the following eminently satis
factory dialogue :
Knter train boy. Old lady. "Have
yon tor sale any ehoiee varieties of the
genus Pomuui ?"