AI.HANY RHmSTKR. "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 ; entire affair. 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, saying : "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." "And-" "Be quiet!" "But-" "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, yon I 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 mm, Mnrrjamrw 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 his head. 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 journey, 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 river. 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 j youd. 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 door. "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 low tone. 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 way bill. 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 the room. " 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 teeth 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 the md the 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 them to-night." 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 speak : " 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, he wouldn't then? That 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 letter. 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." was with my m oi in an hour ; will vou In rendv." 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 ' sillier." 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 elteet. , 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- -ides at Neva la. on the line ot Railroad, and U hearted and best the Central Pacific one of the noblest known men. noon the V tcific 'fat coast . s line Idaho, . He Chh f of 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 side. 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 wide awake. "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 ?" "Who, mumf" "Pomutn." "No, mum."