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ROSEBURG, OREGON, THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 1895.
No. 2.
GENERAL DIRECTORY
STATE OF CKKOOK.
0. S. Senators
.(J. II. Mitchell
J.N.Dolph
, ,, (Binger Hermann
Congressmen H'Tn. Ellis
Attorney-General 0. E. Chamberlain
Uo veroor Sylvester rennoyer
tsccrctary ol State Geqrrc W. McBrtdo
State Treasurer , . rail Metschan
Supt, lub. Instruction E. B.McKlroy
State Printer Frank C. Baker
Member Board o! KquaUzattonA. C Woodcock
cF, A. llooro
SF. A. Jlo
C. E. W
It. 8. He
Supreme Judges C. E. Wolverton
(A. -u. uompst-n
Railroad Commissioners...-. J J. B. Eddy
(I. A. Momim
Clerk ol Railroad Commission . Lydell Baker
, SECOND JCttfaAL DISTIUCT.
Judge J. C. Fnllerton
rrosccu U he ; A I uvuey Geo. M. Brown
u. s. iasd orncs, bosxiicko.
Receiver,
aesistcr
..R. S. Sheridan
.R. M. Veatch
C S. WKiTItm BCE1M.C.
Observer..
Thos. Gioson
rxrcj-is cocjtct.
Senator. -Henry Beekley
$ : J.E. BlnadcU
r.eprcjcuutlres ?J.T. Bridges.
C A.SelbreJe
aerk F. W Benson
sheriff . C. F. Cathcart
rreasnrcr i W. A. Frater
School Superindenu.
J. A. Underwood
assessor..
I. a. Sterling
A. F. Slearos
(W. iU Wilson
- IC. H. llaunln
-..Willi. UeyJon.
Dr. K. L. Miller
,Tl!OS. Smith
Qoanry.Jutgc , , .
ComaUacncrt .,
Surveyor-
uuroner..
Sheep Inspector-
rnrctscT oFTicxas.
Justices.
Constables..
.John Hamlin
JLCfcloeum
I cmr-or cossccao.
rw.T. Wright
W.T.
J. II. Sh
M.F.RI
B.O.SI
. Mtupo
Trustee
.Kapp
. itronr
II. F. Rice
F. M.ZIgler
W. F. CarroU
J. A. Cox
Recorder-.
Marshal
Treasurer-
COCET SESSIONS.
The Circuit Conrt for Douglas. County xaeeU
three times a year u follows: The 3d Mon
day In Match, the -th Monday In Jane, and the
in Monday m December. J. C. Fnllerton of
Rosebur; iailse, Geo. il. Bronn, of Roseburg,
prosetuunc allot uey.
Oonntr Coirt meets the 1st Wednesday alter
the 1st Monday ot January, March, May, July.
September and November, A. F. Steams, of
Oakland, jadsc; C K. Maupln of Elkton
and W. U Wilson, of Riddle, commissioners.
Probate Court Is In session continuously, A. F.
Steams, iudre.
Society XlccUns.
LAUREL LODGE. A. F.i A. M.. REGULAR
' meetings the 2d and -tin. Wednesdays in
each month.
TTMPQUA CHAPTER, M). 11. li. A. HOLD
U theirrcsnlar convocations at Masonic hall
on the first and third Tuesday of each month.
Vlsitlnc companions are cordially invited.
M.F.EAPP, U.P.
I&iXKSE Caxo, Secretary.
PHILETARIAX LODGE. SO. S, L O. O. F
mcets Satcrdav erenins of each week at 7
o'clock in their hall at Roseborg. Members of
the order in good staadlsc are invited to attend.
Fkajcs: G. Micxixi. N. G.
If. T. Jzvrrr, Sec'y.
u
rSIOS ENCAMPMENT, XO. S, MEETS AT
Th-zrsdays of each month. Vlsltinc birrlhrcn
ars Invlied to attend.
Fksjtk G. MtmiT. scribe.
ilAtSV I'AET, C P.
rOc?EBURG LODGE. NO. J. A. O. V. W.
Jcv izevls the second and fourth Mondays ot
exiimonUist'Op. xa. at Odd FeUors halL
IlembcrscI the order in sood wandisx are in-
Tlted to attend.
pENOPOST, 50. , G. A. K MEETS THE
- nrs. ana mini nersoaya oi cm ngaj.
irOMEN"S RELIEF CORPS Sa 10, MEETS
second and lonrth. Thursdays in each
Bonth.
ALUAXCE Reralar Quarterly
itfvU(fclMMr nt;iiae Hall,
iCHAPTER-XO. 8.O. E.SL.MEETS
the second ssd louruTimrsaays oi eaca
BLZBXhm mnnrcp B. COXKLT5G. W. M.
TjOSEBCRG DIVISION NO B. OF L E.,
meeueTeryKConaanatourtn&unaay.
T Q5EBUBO E.D. LODGE. NO. tl. I. O. O. F.
-tv- meets on Tuesday evening ot each week at
the Odd Fellows hall, Visiting sisUrs and
oretnrea are lnrlted to attend.
MIS3 SSKXK WlX8ZXT, X G.
Ftasc G. Mxcrux, E. See.
ALPHA LODGE, NO. 7, K. OF P.. MEETS
every Wednesday evening at Odd Fellows
. '' viBOs; Drctnren in gtxu siajyimg cor
dially invited u attena.
crotGE x. rsowx.
rsra. rxcz-rzms,
Attornej-s-at-Law,
Rooms" and a
Taylor & Wilson Block.
ROSEBURG, OR.
B. WILLIS.
Attorney and Counselor at Law.
WEI -paaiee in all tie courts of tha State, Of
1st ia the Court Hiiuse. Docglas county. Or.
A. Si
Attorney at Law,
Sottbury, OrtyoM.
Office over the FcetoCu on Jackson street.
W. CAEDWELX,
Attorney at Law,
ROHEBUEG, OREGON
JP B. COFFMAN.
Physician and Surgeon
OOce:At Dr. Hoover's old stand onOakJtreet
Residence Cor. Lane ii Jackson Streets.
N.
J. OZ.IA3, 71. It.,
Physician and Surgeon,
ROSEBURG, OR.
Office In S. Marks &. Co.'s Block, upstairs.
Calls promptly answered day or night.
JAKES BARB., t
' Physician and Surgeon.
Graduate Rush Medical Collece.
Diseases of Women and Children a Specialty
OFFICE, Rooms 0 It 10, Marsters' Bulldlne
RzswEVCE, Douclas Street, second place cast
Dr. Bunnell's.
KOSEBUBG, OREGON. .
La Fayittz IU. Jcdoe L. Locgiubt
T ANE & LOTJGHABT,
Attorneys & Counselors at Law
Jtotebnrff, Oregon.
Vi ill practice in all the courts of Oregon.
tm in the Taylor-Wilson block.
Of-
MRS. Iff BOYB,
DEALER IX C30ICX-
Family Groceries,
DISHES,
Books and Children's Toys.
A FULL LINE OF-
Fruite, A'uta, French Candies, Ckmfectionery
Canned Goods, Coffees, Teas, Etc
IMPORTED KZr WST CIOAOS.
CHOICE BEAXDS OF CIGAES
v :aaiMkaaCSM mr Pillir
yiLL. P. HEYDON,
County Surveyor.
ana Notary public.
Orncs: In Conrt House.
Orders lor Surveying and Field Notes should
bo addressed to Will P. Heydon, County BnrJ
veyor, Roseburg.Or.
VL CRAWFORD,
Attorney at Law,
KoomS,HarstcnBulldlnr, . ROSXBTJKQ, OR.
rjfj-Buslncss before tha V. 8. Land Office and
mining cases a specialty.
Late Receiver U. S. Land Office.
P. BRIQQS,
V. S. Deputy Mineral Surrejror
and Notary Palillc.
Orncx: County Jail Building, up stain.
0-Special attention paid to Transfers and
Conveyances.
Address. ROSEBURG, OR.
JJJTTBA BROWN. H. D.,
Physician and Surgeon.
Cirealc Ei:easr ef Warnsa a Sjeiiiity.
Office, Up Stairs. In the Marks Bulldlns.
Residence, 112 Cass Street, ROSEBUKO.
jT L. MTT.T.RR, M. D
Surgeon and Homoeopathic
Physician,
AN
AFTER
THOUGHT.
TO-DAY after
Christmsa joa
will jxxsibly dis
cover that you
have thaaght of
everybody and
everything ex
cept your feet,
as if
SHOES
in winter were a
secondary matter!
If your pane looks
weak and oonnm p
tire alter the Xmaa
campxipi come to
oar store. A earn
that wouldn't bay
a poor pair of shooo
in pome places burs
a pood pair at our
store.
yfcfMsSjtlfc- t,-- iter
PARROTT
BROS.
EXCLUSIVE BOOT AND SHOE DEALERS
334 Jackson Street,
ROSEBURQ. OREOON.
J. F. BARKER & GO.
GROCERS.
TEAS
4 SPECIALTY,
A ipedal triad J ansdolterated Tea. Our
prise
con
Is having a Urge sale. Zrw styles ct
Glass and Delf Ware
At astonishing low vices. Osr own canned
Toms ers arc very popuax.
Salem
Nursery Co.
W. DMcQEE,
Proprietor.
11 rr. nmr hrc m. larse stock of fine, laree.
" healthy trees ol all kinds, lnclndlnz
Apple, Fear, reach, Prone and Cherry.' which
are guaranteed true to name and free from In
sects, and willbe sold at very reasonable rates.
AU persons desiring trees szouia appiy 10
E. L. GOODRIDGE, Agent,
CANY0NVILLE, OR.
FaWs Golden Female Pills.
For Female-Irregular
itles: nothing llketnem
on the market Htvzr
ail Successfully used
y prominent ladles
monthly. Guaranteed
to rellere suppressed
menstruation.
SURE! SAFE! CERTAIN
Don't be humbugged.
Save Time, HealUi,
andmoneyitakenooth-
Rnt In tnr address.
secure by mall ou re-
ceiptoipricetz.w.
Address,
THE APHRO MEDICINE COMPANY,
'WeetemSrsscb' Box 27, PORTLAND, OR
A. SALZMAN,
(Successor to J. JASKULEK.
Practical : Watchmaker, :
DEALER IN
WATCHES, CLOCKS, JEWELRY. AND FANCY GOODS.
WljKMm.MJ&a.m-m.e am. SSisoclsal'ty.
(vonuino Urnxilluu lJ.v
A COMPI.ETi: STOCK OF
Outlory, Notions, Tolincco. Oijrart uml Smokers' Articles.
Also Proprietor and Manager or
A SQUARE DEAL,
I :t
Is
We
are
Here
to
Stay. f
i
I
ff Business Is Not Good,
The Plaindealer's
Are the Rooters for the Business Hen of Doutrlos Countv. 9)
sa 'JC at.SC 'JTSILKMC.
SHEET
MUSIC.
40 000 PIECES SHEET MUSIC
p,UUU AT 10 GTS. PER COPY.
Mailed to any address for One Cent Extra.
Catalogue of this immense
We have also secured the agency of the Wiley B. Allen Co.
T. K. RICHARDSON,
THE THIRD
BK00K5IDE. .
T7lQ HOIVC Farm, east of town, has been plat
ted andis now on the market in Lots and Blocks containing
3, 20,. 30, and 40 acres, ranging in price from $25 to $100
per acre.
Any one wanting a fruit, vegetable or chicken farm
or a suburban home ean now be accommodated on easy
terms.
All lots sold in First
than doubled in value. The
the future. More fortunes are made in lands near a grow
ing town or city than any other way. Sieze the oppor
tunity.
For information or
.Estate Office, or on
G- T,
BOWEN &
Blacksmiths
Are now located in their new aliops on
Stephen Street, between Oak and Cass,
And arc prepared to do work in tbeir line with noalness and dinp.ilch
Give them thorn a trial and bo convinces.
Jovclcr : and : Optician.
GIuhscn and SipcotaolcH
Jlosolmr's Famous CavKiiln Store
I 1 I ' I 1 I ' I
I ' I 1 I ' V
10 -il I'J
what wc p-ivcto everv.cus.
tomer, for we believe the best
advertisement possible is a cus
tomer pleased with what we
have sold them, they will come
Again aud again, atid their friends
will come too.
Wc arc not here for a day
or for a month. '
Wc are Here to Stav.
.Roseburg, Or.
"-an
Don't
Squeal ?
But Root.
Advertising-Columns
It is now well understood that
T. K. Ricahrdsou is the best es
tablished and most reliable Piano
and Organ dealer in the State.
He has secured the American
agency and will soon receive
stock sent free on application.
ADDITI0J1
.wr
Brooksidc addition have more
prospect is much better for
convevance, call at onv Real
BKIjDISXV, Prop?.
ESTABR00K,
and Machinists
That
Pie
11
I had for dinner
W23 tho beat I everntc.
Tks to COTTOLONE, the
novf end successful shortening;
ASK YOUR
GROCER
FOR
IT.
REFUSE ALL SUBSTITUTES.
Ccnoinc made only by
N. K. FAIRBANKS CO.,
ST. LOUIS nntl
CHICAGO, HEW YORK, BOSTON.
A Sovereign Remedy & (swghs.
ColdaLaGrippe isdall Affections
cflliThroat Chest arJ Lvngs.
5UU TOR PRlKtR.
ABiETiNE?lED.(6.0Mil!e.Cal.
Sold bv A. C. barters & Co.
W. L. Douglas
. S3SHQE nr. FOR. A KINS,
raaaCHSjmi,nT our.
4?3 Fine CAir&KWsAas
?3.5?P0UCEsoixs.
32.l.7?B0'S'SCrSBlSiKi
LADIES
5rvn rnB!STsiBfti!T'
WI.aDOUOLAS
Ov;r Ono Million People wear tho
W. L. Douglas $3 & $4 Shoes
AH our shoes are equally satisfactory
They give the beat value for the money.
They equal custom shoes In style and fit.
Tb:!r rreartn: qualities are unsurpassed.
The prices ore uniform, stamped on sole.
rnn jiujj uvea ever oiner maxes.
it jcur csaier nnnot supply you tre on. Sold by
dealers everywhere. Wanted, agent
to take exclusive sale for this vicinity.
Write at once.
This extra-
nnlinarv Pa-
ConstlraUon,
Jnvcnator 13
uixtinefs,
Falling Sen
sations, Kttv
ous twitching
of tho eyes
and othor
parts.
Strengthens,
Invigorates
and tones the
entire system.
Huijin cures
Debility,
rTerTousncss,
Emissions,
andderelorxs
and restores
weak organs.
Pains In tho
U-l 1
mo most
wonderful
discovery of
tho age. It
has been en
dorsed by tho
leadlogsclen.
tine men of
Enropo and
America.
Hudyan Is
Fable1' VCS
Hudjan ctops
FrexatursDess
of tho dls
charm in "a
days, cures
LOST
by day or
slfihtstopped
MANHOOD
quickly. OTCr 2,000 private cndorsemcnt.
I'rematurenca means to potency In the tint
fUcc. It U a symptom of scmlnsl weakness
end barrenness It can bo stopped In S3 days
C7 thou of Hudyan.
Tho now discovery vru made by tho Special
ist? of tho old famous Hudson Medical Institute.
It Is tho strongest Yltallrcr made. It Is very
powerful, but harmless. Sold for 31.00 a pack
SKOor6 packages for J5.00 (plain scaled boxes).
Written guarantee given for a euro. Ifyoubuy
tlx boxes and are not entirely cured, sir mora
will bo sent to you freo of all charges.
Sond for clrculanand testimonials. Address
O HUDSON MEDICAL INSTITUTE,
Junction .Stockton, ItXnrkct & mils stu.
San Francisco, Cul-
A TPS "Rft,3,lT"S 1
EAST PI :
0
Cures CORNS, BUNI9NS and WABTS
SPEEDILY and WITHOUT PAIN.
FOR SALE BY ALL DRUGGISTS.
LIPPMAH BSOTHEBS, f rep'rs,
Llppman's Block, SAVANNAH, GA.
jVaaaMiof
AT HARVEST.
If wo havo let our sunny springtime pass
With ldlo scorn ot what the year might
bring
Havo gathered flowers to toss them on the
grass,
And only cared to hear the woodblrds sing:
If wo havo turned asldo from sober truth
In bright, dcluslvo fairylands to stray
And spent tho golden promlso of our youth
With selfish living and regardless play,
When shadows fall, we shall bo struck at heart
With bitter griovlng for our blasted fate.
And then tho lesson of llfo's sadder part
Will lead to agonized remorso too latol
Cho land Is barren now which onco was green.
Wo never can bo what wo might havo been.
Arthur L. Salmon In Academy.
DERRINGER'S CHUM.
Promptly as tho red sun tonched tho
Bfcy lino Old Derringer knocked off work.
Ho had dono this a3 regularly as clock
work every day sinco tho last of March,
and now it was tho middlo of Septem
ber. Ho threw his mining tools aside
and straightened np, with a sigh of re
lief. Ho was a tall, olderlyman, with a
ragged, weather beaten face, in which
honesty and kindness of heart wero not
lacking. Ho looked the typical western
miner in his faded red shirt and greasy
slonch hat, with tho iron gray beard
that reached almost to his waist
Ho glanced np at his dug oat on tho
hillside, at tho sparkling stream at his
feet, at tho gigantio peaks, hundreds of
feet high, which shut in tho narrow Da
kota ravino on both sides. Then his eyes
strayed down tho gnlly, where a tiny
footpath followed tho winding conrso of
the stream through scrub and timber,
and an exclamation of wonder burst
from his lips.
A slender fignro had suddenly appear
ed in tho path about 50 feet distant, and
as it camo slowly nearer it proved to ho
that of a lad of 10 or 17. Ho was empty
handed, and his clothes and shoes wero
much tho worse for wear. Ho paused
within a couplo of feat of tho miner
and looked at him timidly out of a pair
cf frank brown eyes.
"By tho Great falls of Missouri!
Whero did you como from, youngster?"
demanded Old Derringer. "And how
overdid yon find your way hero? You'ro
tho first human creaturo I'vo seen in
months. Any moro com in behind?" ho
added sharply and suspiciously.
"I'm all alcno, " replied tho lad. "1
was chucked off a Northern Pacific
freight train back hero this morning,
and I followed a sort of a road in this
direction, thinking it would lead mo to
a mining camp. I lost it after awhile
and wandered around in tho mountains
till I struck tho path that broaght me
here. If you can giro mo soma supper
and a place to sleep, I'll so away in tho
morning." . .
"What's your namo?" demanded Old
Derringer.
"Tom Mellish,"was tho hesitating
reply. "I'm from tho cast "
"It ain't hard to see that, young ten
derfoot Got in a scrape and run off,
oh?"
"It was sort of that way," tho lad
answered Eadly. "I lived in Pennsyl
vania, and when my parents died a year
3ge' -Ifeflp ..didn't leavo anything, and I
coalda't-gefa plaee tsTwirk yonsee,
tho times wero so hard. They were go
ing to Ecnd mo to tho poorhouse, and as
I couldn't stand that I ran away. I had
a littlo money, but it's all gono now. I
got hero mostly on freight trains."
"And whero aro you bound?" asked
tho miner.
"I thought I'd liko to bo a sailor and
travel to foreign-countries, " tho lad an
swered, "but as I wanted to sea thawest
first I came this way, thinking I might
get on a vessel at Portland.''
"Well, this hero certainly beats me,"
declared Old Derringer, and his face
purpled with suppressed laughter.
"You'vo got pluck, anyhow, and that
counts for a heap. Any relatives livin?"
"I don't know, sir. I had an undo
somowheres, but ho may bo dead."
Old Derringer contemplated tho lad
for a moment and pulled his beard re
flectively. "I'm from tho east myself, "
ho said, "but I ain'tsoen it for20 years.
It breeds good stock, lad, and you'ro
ono of them. I liko your face, and if
yon caro about stayin hero and chum
min it with mo you'ro welcome."
"It's a bargain," tho lad gladly re
plied. "I'm tired of freight trains and
tramping and of being starved. "
. A littlo later tho two wero eating sup
per on tho hillside, and Old Derringer,
with a trust and confidence thatfweroro
markablo for him, was telling his now
chum how ho had stumbled on this lone
ly, gold bearing stream and was slowly
gathering a store of precious nuggets
and dust Then ho showed him tho dug
out which was a room excavated in tho
soft part of tho cliff and repaid the toil
expended upon it by its snugncss and
dryness.
"Besides," tho miner explained, "it
won't attract attention if any stray pros
pectors happen to peep into tho valley.
I'm a man what don't liko to bo med
dled with, and 1 reckon that's why I was
called Old Derringer. "
Thus Tom Mellish's now lifo began,
and from tho first, ho liked it and was
happy and contented. After bis wander
ings it was pleasant to havo regular and
square meals and a soft bed every night,
and, as for tho work, why, it wasanover
ending delight to dig and cradlo tho
yellow gold that tho sides and bed of
tho 6trcam yiolded.
Tom and Old Derringer wero soon
fast friends, and their mutual liking
ripened as tho days went by. Tho miner
no longer suffered from oppressivo spells
of loneliness, aud ho seemed to regard
tho lad as n living representative of tho
faraway cast, toward which his thoughts
had turned yearningly of lata Koithcr
spoko much of tho past, however, and
tho subject was ouo that they tacitly
avoided. Tho bag of gold under tho
floor of tho dugout grow larger and
hoavier as October dwindled away, and
at tho end of tho month n wonderful
thing happened. A stroko of Old Der
ringer's pick opened a pocket of big
nuggets, nnd also disclosed a rich vein
of gold that seemed to run deeply into
tho sidp of tho hilL For threo days thoy
worked in a sort of trance, almost for
for Over Fifty Ycari.
Au Old and Well-Tried llcmctiy. Mrs. Win
slow's Soothing Syrup tins been used lor over
fifty years by million of mothers lor their
children while teething, with perfect success.
It soothes the child, softens the sum, allays
xll pain, cure wind colie, ami 1 the best
remedy for tllarrlicrn. Is pleasant M the taste.
Sold by Druscslits In every part of tho world.
Twenty-five cents a bottle. Its value Is incal
culablc. He sure and a.k (or Mrs. Wlnslow's
Soothing Symp, and Uko no ;hur kind.
For uooil substantial MuokFinitliinc
cheap, ko to MuKhmey & Jlanninu,
Oakland,
getting to eat and sloop, and more than
ono canvas shot bag was filled with tho
precious metal in pure bulk. On tha
fourth morning tho spell was broken by
tho discovery that the supply of provi
sions was completely exhausted.
"There's only one thing to bo done, "
growled Old Derringer, "and that's a
trip to tho nearest settlement, which is
a day's journey off. I hato to leavo at
such a time, but game's scarce here
abouts, and wo can't live on that any
way. I reckon I'll start right now, seein
it's purty early yet You ain't afraid
to stay until I como back, youngster?"
"Not a bit of it," replied Tom.
"There's nothing to bo afraid of. I'll
just keep pn working."
"That's tho way to talk, " Old Derrin
ger exclaimed approvingly. "I'd stake
all I'vo got on your honesty, lad, and
that's why I'm goin to leavo tho pile of
gold in your cara I'll try my level best
to get back tomorrow night, but don't
worry if I ain't on hand. As these
hasn't been any one along this way since
spring, exceptin yourself, it ain't likoly
you'll Tiavo"arSy visitora. This is a lone
ly spot and purty far off the beaten
track. If anybody should happen along,
just keep you eyes open and don't let
'em in tho dugout"
A fow minutes later Old Derringer
was striding down tho ravine,' riflq in
Hand, and Tom watched him until; he
vanished around a curvo in tho path.
The lad felt proud of tho confidence re
posed in him, and a desire to show his
gratitude kept him working hard all
day long. He did not disturb tho newly
opened vein, which the miner had pur
posely covered over with bushes, but
cradled tho sand and pebbles from the
bed of tho stream.
When he returned to tho dugout at
sundown, he bad quite a respectable pile
of nuggets. Ho put them into a separate
bag, so that ho could show what ho had
done, and ho put the bag into tho hole
with tho others under tho miner's bunk.
Then ho ate half of tho few crackers and
dried beef that remained and went to
bed. By sunrise the following morning
ho was at work again at a spot about
20 yards below tho dugout He stop
ped long enough for a lunch at noon
and then went ahead with his cradling.
Ho had expected the miner back that
night, and ho wanted to accomplish as
much as possible.
About an hour before sundown he put
tho cradlo on a rock, and was transfer
ring some small nuggets from it to a bag
in his hand, when he heard a stone
splash into tho stream somo distance be
hind him. Ho glanced down tho ravine
and was startled to see two men stand
ing in tho path about SO feet away.
They had evidently been taking an
observation, and tho stone dislodged by
ono of them had betrayed their presence,
Tom bad good cause to feel alarmed, for
tho strangers were tho most disreputable
looking men ho had ever seen. One was
short and dwarfish, tho other tall and
stout Both had bloated faces and black
beards and were roughly dressed. They
carried rifles, but no prospecting tools
cr implements. Tom realized that the
visitors would not hesitate to commit
murder .cr.robbery and had probably
6om? for" the' !aHe. pBrposeHis" rst
impulse was to make suro of his life by
flight, bat on second thought he re
membered his duty to Old Derringer
and resolved to do his best to save the
gold. Just how that could bo done was
not a matter for present consideration,
though a partial plan came into his
mind as ho stood hesitating. He drop
ped tho cradle, stuffed tho bag into his
pocket and started up tho ravine.
"Notsofast, kid," camo a gruff voice
after him; "hold on thar."
Tom quickened his steps and then
broke into a run. As ho clambered -np
tbo hillside a rifle cracked, and tho ball
whistled close over bis head. He kept
bravely on, and a few moro steps brought
him to tbo littlo plateau in front of the
dugout Ho darted inside, and his first
act was to Eeizo Old Derringer's revolv
er from the shelf behind the bunk.
Then ho threw himself fiat behind tho
upper corner of tho doorway. There was
a stone ledge a foot high in front of
him, and from this point of vantage he
had a slanting view of a good bit of tho
lower part of the ravine.
Ho felt rather more cheerful now, for
ho was in a safo position and could yet
command tho only approach to tho dug
out All tho chambers of the revolver
were loaded, and Old Derringer had
taught him how to uso tho weapon. The
men, however, wero in no hurry to ap
proach. After seeing tho lad disappear
in tho dugouttheystoodf or several min
utes in earnest conversation. Then they
camo very slowly up tho ravine, stop
ping to look closely about wherever
thero were signs of digging or cradling.
Tom watched them sharply and with
growing uneasiness. Their careless man
ner showed plainly that they believed
tho lad to be alone, and what thoy saw
along tha ravino must havo satisfied
them that tho dugout contained rich
plunder. It was even possible that they
bad been waiting this chance for weeks
and knew that Old Derringer was ab
sent at the settlement Closer and closer
thoy came, changing their shambling
gait to a brisk, decided tread. Now
they wero nearly opposito tho dugout
and had planted their feet on tho path
that led up tho slope.
"Stop right there," cried Tom, show
ing tho tip of his nose. "Don't ccrae
any nearer."
Tho men halted, and the larger ono
called out: "Wo want to see tho boss
of tbeso diggin's. Whero is he?"
"He'll bo hero pretty scon, " replied
Tom, "and I'vo got orders not to let any
ono in till ho comes."
Tho men lowered their rifles from
their shoulders and whispered to each
other for a moment. Then they glanced
up toward Tom in a very threatening
manner. "It's no nso to fool any longer,
kid, " said tho dwarfish man. "Wo want
your gold, and, what's more, we're goin
ter havo it If you fork over decent,
wo'll givo you a share and let you go; if
you don't wo'll take it anyways and
slit your throat in the bargain."
"I'll shoot you if you try to como up
here," Tom answered plnckily, but the
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when the two ruffians mado a bound up
tho slopa What happened next Tom
could never remember very clearly, for
ho was pretty badly excited at this try
ing moment He did not want to shed
bleed, and ho had a vague hope of scar
ing tho men back by shooting over their
heads as bo leveled tho revolver with
that intention.
Threo times ho snapped the trigger In
rapid succession, and two of tho reports
failed to check the ruffians. At the third
shot tho little man clasped a hand. to his
right arm with a yell of pain and spun
around. Ho fell against his companion,
knocking him off his feet, and both roll
ed together to tho foot of the slope.
They wero up instantly, and Tom wise
ly ducked his head behind tho stone.
He heard half a dozen rifle shots, and
tho balls passed over him and flattened
against the wall of tho dugout Then
all was quiet, and when he ventured to
peep out he could faintly see tho ruffians
moving down tho ravine. In a moment
they were hidden by tho dusky twilight
Tbo situation was now a perplexing
one. Night was at hand, and the men
would certainly make an attempt to get
tho gold under cover of darkness. It was
doubtful if Old Derringer would bo back
beforo tho next day, and his timely re
turn was not to bo depended upon. Tom
pondered deeply as he lay at his post,
keeping eyes and cars on the alert for
his foes! Ho did not dare to light a fire,
for that wonTd havo exposed him to cer
tain death. After waiting half an hour
without detecting any danger it flashed
upon him that the ruffians probably
hoped he would fall asleep after a time
from a sense of false security and were
deferring their approach until then. He
felt so sure of this that he conceived a
plan to take as much of tho gold as he
could carry, hide tho rest and then cs
capo to tbo upper part of the ravine.
Once safely away from the dugout he
could easily hide until tho miner's re
tarn. He set about his preparations without
delay. Quickly and quietly he filled a
largo bag with tho precious metal and
hid what was left under tho embers of
the fireplace, carefully raking tho ashes
over tho spot again. He purposely left
tho hole under tho bunk uncovered, so
that the ruffians would bo suro to see
that the treasure was gone.
Now he was ready, and after; stand
ing in a listening attitude for a few sec
onds ho crept to the entrance of tho dug
out, tho revolver held in one hand and
the bag of gold in tho other. Ho was
barely outside when ho heard a scraping
noise straight overhead, and quick
ly two dark figures dropped lightly be
hind him. The tricky ruffians had made
a detour abovo tho dugout and crept
down over tho rocky hillside that farm
ed its roof. No doubt it was their inten
tion to rush in and overpower tho lad
beforo ho could shoot them, and had
they dropped a moment sooner they
might havo been successful. But Tom
discovered them before they saw him,
and instantly ho went plunging down
tho slope at full speed. As the coast was
now clear, ho turned southward along
the Barrow rath, hearing-.shosts .and
rapidstfidts'behind him!- "-"
He ran faster and faster through the
night sticking to the path by blind in
stinct and intent only on escaping; with
the gold. Suddenly ho felt slippery
rocks under his feet and knew that he
had blundered astray. Then a rifle
cracked, and at tho samo instant he fell
forward. He felt a stinging pain along
his head, a stunning blow over one eye,
and after that ho remembered nothing.
When Tom camo back to conscious
ness, ho was lying on Old Derringer's
bunk in tho dugout, and tho miner him
self was sitting near him on a stocL
The sun was shining in tho doorway,
and the kettlo was boiling over the fire.
Ho suddenly remembered all that had
happened, and he tried to sit up in spit a
of his weakness and headache.
"Lio still, youngster," said Old Der
ringer in a strangely tender tone.
"You'll be all right after a bit"
"Tho gold!" cried Tom. "Have yoa
got it?"
"Every nugget," tho miner replied.
"The bag was in your hand, and I seen
tho rest peepin from tho ashes."
"But how did I get here, and what
became of tho robbers?"
"I reckon I shot one," answered Old
Derringer. "Leastwise there was hrccxi
on tho stones. You seo I como along just
as they fired at you, and then they hus
tled up tho gorge as quick as thoy could
go. The ball only nipped your head, but
you had an ugly knock from tumblin on
tho rocks. I carried you up here, and
all night long you kept talkin wildlike
about gold and robbers and and about
your home at Carlisle, away off in Penn
sylvania. That was my home, too,
youngster. Say, if you don't mind, is.
Hellish your real name?"
' 'No, "said Tom. ' My real nam is
Woodruff."
Old Derringer turned pale. "Not the
son of John Woodruff?"
"Ho was my father," Tom answered.
Tho next instant Old Derringer was
kneeling by tho bunk and had his arms
around tho amazed lad "I'm your Un
cle Jim," ho cried hoarsely, "what run
away from homo 20 years ago. John
Woodruff was my brother. Thank God,
wo'vo found each other, lad. I'm goin
to sell tho claim to a party at tho settle
ment fur a big price, and as soon asi ho
comes up to see it you and me'll go back
to Pennsylvania and buy the old home
stead And as fur foreign lands why,
there ain't ono you shan't see if yoa
wont to. Wo'll take a trip together. "
Old Derringer stopped for want of
breath, and presently ho and Tom-discussed
moro calmly tho wonderful thing?
that had happened. It was better thar
medicines for tho lad, and by eveninp
ho was on bis feet as sound and well as
over.
A few days later tho two wero travel
ing cast as fast as steam could carry
them, and Tom hucw that his days of
tramping and privation were over. In
the strangely discovered relative he had
found a lifolong friend and protector.
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