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About The Red Cloud chief. (Red Cloud, Webster Co., Neb.) 1873-1923 | View Entire Issue (Dec. 20, 1907)
By REX E. BEACH.
C o p y r I tf li t . 10 0 0 by Hex E . tl c n c h . -:-
Continued firm InM wi-id.
"Do you remember when tlioy oro.u'
.Wo your safe mid look Unit money V"
"Well, what made thorn think you
foail $10,000 In tliore?"
4,t don't know."
"I do. Duxtry told her."
OluuistcM' arose. "That's all I wnut
ao hear now. I'm going crazy. My
railnd'aclioM, for I've never had a fight
like (Ids before and II hints. You nee,
Vva Imn'H au autmal all these years.
When I wanted to drink, I drank, and
what 1 wanted, I not, because I've
Jh:uii strong enough to take It. This
Is new to me. I'm going downstairs
:ww and try to think of something else
then I'm going home."
When he hid gone slio pulled back
tJio curtains and, leaning her chin In
'jiPr hands, with elbows on the ledge,
caused her to start, listen, then drop
her preoccupation like a mantle. A
man was speaking of Glonlster. Ex
citement thrilled his voice.
"I never saw anything like It sluco emotion he had displayed two hours
saw n man licl so reckless. I guess
I'd better quit, eh ?" He noted the sneer
on the woman's face, and without wait
Ing a reply dashed oft again. They
saw him clamorously light his way In
toward a post at the roulette table.
"Let mo through! I've got money, and
I want to play It!"
"Pali!" said Mnlllns disgustedly.
"He's one of Uiem Vermont despera
does that never laid a bet till be was
thirty. If Glenlstcr loses he'll Imto
"There are plenty of his sort here."
the girl lemarked. "His soul would lit
In a flea track." She spied the Dronco
Kid sauntering back toward her and
Joined him. He leaned against (he
wall, watching the gossamer thread of
smoke twist upward from bis ciga
rette, seemingly oblivious to the sur
roundings and showing no hint of the
MeMaster's night In Virginia City,
thirteen years ago. He's right."
"Well, perhaps so," the other replied tll0 kM
loubtfully. "but I don't care to back - T)l(J
"This Is a big killing, Isn't It?" said
uouijuuiiy. "Din i uo i euro u huuk - Tho CTU,,,1(;r 0ddod, murmuring In-
yon. I never -sianeu- a man in my differently.
"Why aren't you dealing bank? Isn't
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"Tnen HMiii me uie money, i n imy j ta3 ,.()m. s,ffi"
It back hi an hour, but for heaven's ,,'j lt lnfit nRi,t;
sake he quick. I tell you he's as f , , t , t, , ff ,
right as a golden guinea. It's the lucky t,,,,, for von
night of bis life. Why, ho turned ovor. "Yes; I own t
the black Jack game In four bets. In
the place now. Bought
t It yesterday."
uiieen mmuies nore we can i got cioho Goo(1 hoami3l Tuen ,t.s your Illon.
OHOIIgll lo a iiiimu io nuiiu. in our uiuiii-y (y j10.H winnlng!"
"Sure, at the rate of a thousand a
with a messenger boy every sport In j
camp will be here."
"I'll stake you to fifty," tho second
Ka-M'd down upon the crowd. The man replied, in a tono that showed a ' astatcij tables behind Glenlstcr and
?how Wiib over and the dance bad be- trace of his companion's excitement, j , u followers At that liiRtnnt the
Kun, but she did not see It, for she So Glonlster was gambling, the girl j , , , . t,mt M mncr ,,a(1
Bhe glanced at Uio long trail of dev-
was thinking rapidly with the eager- learned, ami wan sucn hick as 10 nreau ( nBnln llml jt ,inWned upon Cherry that
mohs of ono who sees the end of a the black Jack game and excite the t,l0 pnn,,cr beside lier stood too quiet-
long and weary search. She; did not greed of every gambler In camp. News j ,y t,mt hls ,m1(l aml vo,co were too
notice Ue Ilronco Kid beckoning to of his winnings had gone out Into tho . ,',.. ,., nnoo ,M4 ,,ni(i ., i, tl!ir.
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jfier. or the mnn with liiiii. so tin
gambler brought his friend along and
invaded her box. He Introduced the
utiau lis Mr. Champlan.
"Do you feel like dancing?" the new-
"No; I'd rather look on. I feel so-
viable. You're a society man, Mr.
Olininplaii. Don't you know anything
f Interest? Scandal or the like?"
"Can't say that I do. My wife at
street, and the spurting men were com
lug to share his fortune, to fatten like
vultures on the adversity of their fel
lows. Those who hail no money to
stake were borrowing, like the man
She left her retreat and, descending
the stairs, wns greeted by a strango
sight. The dance hall was empty of
all but the musicians, who blew and
ilddled lustily In vain endeavor to draw
lends to all that for the family. Hut from the rapidly swelling crowd that
1 know there's lots of It. It's funny thronged the gambling room and
do me the airs some of these people stretched to the door. The preis was
Assume up here. Just as though we thickest about a table midway down
weren't all emml. north of fifty-three, the hall. Cherry could see nothing ot
.li never heard the like" what went on there, for men and wo-
"Auythlrg new and exciting?" In- men stood ten deep about it and oth--siulied
P.roneo. mildly interested. ers perched on clnlrs and tables along
"The last I heard was about the the walls. A roar arose suddenly, fob
Judge's niece. Miss Chester." 'owed by utter silence: then came the
Cherrv Malotto turned abruptly, clinic and rattle of sliver. A moment
-while the Kid slowly lowered the front nnd tho crowd resumed its laughter
gs of his i hair to the floor. and talk.
"What was lt?" she Inquired. I "" down, boys." sounded the level
;,,Vhy, It seems she compromlFcd her-1 voice 6f tho dealer. "The Held or tho
tlf -etlv badlv with this follow Glen- favorite. lie's made eighteen straight
'JBti'r'comhw ni on the ste-mie- last passes. Get your money on the line."
wring. Mighty brazen, according to There ensued another breathless In-
iii- ire. Mr". Champian was on tho stunt wherein she heard the thud of
wir -hip nnd says she wan horribly dice: then followed the shout of trl-
Ktinckcd." umph that told what the snota reveal
ed. The dealer paid off Glonlster
Ah! Glenlstcr had told her only hnlf reared liimself bead and shoulders
.3e (ale, thought the girl. The truth nbove the others and pushed out
vas baring itself. At that moment through the ring, to the roulette wheel.
Ohnmplan Hint glit she looked tho typ- The rest followed. Behind the clrcu-
3cal creature of the dance halls, the lar table they had. quitted, the dealer
crufty. Jealous, malevolent ndventur- wns putting away his dice, and there
was not a coin in his rack. .Mexico
MuUIiib approached Cherry, and she
"He Just broke the crap game," Mill
llns told her. "Nineteen passes without
losing the bones."
"How much did be win?"
"Oh. be didn't win much himself.
"And (he hussy masquerades as a
lady," she sneered.
"She Is a lady," said tho Kid. lie
wit bolt upright and rigid, and the
knuckles of hi clinched hands were
xcry whlto. In the shadow they did
iot note that his dark face was ghast
ly, nor did bo say more except to bid but it's tho people betting with nun
Champlnn goodby when he left, later that does the damage! They're gam
n. After the door hnd closed, how- biers, most of them, and they play the
ver, the Kid arose and stretched Ids limit. He took out the black Jack bank
muscles, not languidly, but as though roll first, $4,000. then cleaned the Tub.'
to take out the cramp of long tension. By that time the tin horns began to
He wet his lips, and his mouth was so
dry that the sound caused the girl to
"What are you grinning at?" Then,
as tho light struck bis face, she started.
"My, bow you look! What alls you?
Aro you sick?" No one, from Dawson
down, hnd seen the Bronco Kid as be
come lu. It's the greatest run I ever
"Did you get In?"
"Now, don't you know that I never
play anything but, 'bank'? If lie lasts
long enough to reach tho faro layout.
I'll get mine."
The excitement of the crowd began
o Infect tho girl, even Uiough she
"No: I'm not sick." ho answered In a looked on from the outside. Tho ex-
tvraeked voice. I ultuut voices,. Uie sudden hush, the
Then the girl laughed harshly. I
-Do you love that girl too? Why, J0"'1 ,f, nrvo Jt "n bl " 66t
ue'H got every man lu town crn.yl" ,lcr a-tinl. A stranger left tho throng
8he wrung her bands, which Is a bad nml r,,sluHl to tll, sPot whcro Cherry
r.1gn In n capable person, and as Glen- Mexico stood talking. He was
ister crossed the floor below In her "'J"1" nu san'' with shifting glance
rtlght sho said, "Ah-h-I could kill him and chlnless Jaw. Ills eyes glittered,
lor that!" u's teotu fdxmc rati Ike through his dry
.,i,i t uni.i n,n Tv'i.i nmi ir. lips, and his voice was shrill. Ho
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-tier without adieu.
darted toward Uiem like some furtive,
frightened littlo animal, unnaturally
"I guess that isn't so bad for three
bets!" Ho shook a sheaf of banknotes
"Why don't you ntlck?" Inquired Mnl
llns. "I nm too wise. Ha! I know when
ural. Tbe next moment approved her
The musicians, grown tired of their
endeavors to lure back tho dancers,
determined to Join the excitement nnd
ceased playing. The leader laid down
his violin, the pianist trailed up the key
boii rd with u departing twitter and
quit bis stool. They all crossed the
hall, headed for the crowd, some of
them making ready to bet. As they
approached the Bronco Kid. his lips
thinned and slid apart slightly, while
out of his heavy lidded eyes there flar
ed unreasoning rage. Stepping for
ward, he seized the foremost man and
spun him about violently.
"Where are you going?"
"Why. nobody wants to dance, so
we thought we'd go out front for a
"Get back, all of you!" It was his
first chance to vent the passion within
him. A glance at his maddened fea
tures wns sufficient for the musicians,
and they did not delay. By the time
they had resumed their duties, howev
er, the curtnlns of composure had
closed upon the Kid. masking bis emo
tion again, but from her brief gllmpFC
Cherry Malottc knew that this man
was not of Ice, as some supposed. He
turned to her nnd said. "Do you mean
what you said upstairs?"
"I don't understand."
"You said you could kill Glonlster."
"Don't you love"
"L bnte him," she Interrupted hoarse
ly. He gave her a mlrthly smile and,
spying the crap dealer leaving bis
bankrupt table, called him over and
"Toby, I want you to drive the
hearse when Glonlster begins to piny
faro. I'll deal. Understand "."
"Sure! Going to give him a little
"I never dealt a crooked card I:, this
camp," exclaimed the Kid, "but I'll
'lay' that man tonight or I'll kill him!
I'll use n 'sand-tell,' see? And I want
to explain ray signals to you. If you
miss tho signs you'll queer us both and
put tho house on the blink."
Ho rapidly rehearsed his signals in a
Jargon which to a layman would hnve
been unintelligible. Illustrating them
by certain nlmost Imperceptible shlft
lngs of the fingers or changes In the
position of his band so slight as to
thwart discovery. Through it all tho
girl stood by nnd followed his every
word and motion with eager attention.
She needed no explanation of the terms
they used. She knew them rill; knew
that the "hearse driver" was the man
who kept the cases; knew nil the code
of the "Inside life." To her lt wns all
m an open page, and sho menlorlzcd
more quickly than did Toby the signs
by which the Bronco Kid proposed to
signal what card ho had smuggled
from the box or held bnck.
FOU a long time Cherry Malotto
sat quietly thinking, removed
by her mental stress to such au
Infinite distance from the music
and turmoil beneath that she was con-
4j.lnnu rf It- mitv n(i n fnrmlnuu f.lnmnr
She bad tipped a chair back" against t( Vlt. He can't win steady-bo don't
.the door, wedging lt beneath tho knob Play any system.
,ko that she might be saved from Inter- "Tll0 1,tJ lms Boti chance." said
truptlou. then flung herself Into an- ,riIrL . ..,
.other seat and stared unseelngly. As ' here he goes now," the little man
tdie snt thus and Uiought and schemed f-rl,e,dttt8 V,10 !!l'r?1ar ar?S0' . !.to,d y,?"
Ouirsh and hateful lines seemed to eat el oao" At P ,co ,of j0 "u"1
dnto her face. Now and then she .a 1,e wavered as though affected by
moaned Impatiently, as though fearing Home powerful magnet,
wf , L ai... xmo nintfinp. "But he won again," said Mexico.
Tho Kind You Have Always Bought:, and which has been
in uso for over 30 years, lias borno tho signaturo of
si0 i- and has been mado under his per-
fiz . jLJ&fflj1 sonal supervision since its infancy.
itafyyt -eucSUte Allow no ono to deceive you in this.
All Counterfeits, Imitations and" JtiHt-ns-good"are but
Experiments that tritio with and endanger tho health of
Infants and Children Experience ngahist Experiment.
What is CASTORIA
Castoria is a harmless substitute for Castor Oil, Pnro
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Stomach and Bowels, giving healthy and natural sleep.
Tho Children's Panacea Tho Mother's Friend.
GENUINE CASTORIA ALWAYS
Bears the Signaturo of
The KM You Have Always Bought
In Use For Over 30 Years.
THC CKNTAUR OOMPANV, TT MUKMAV IThHT, NIW VOHH CITV.
Resldonee: birnt door south of
lied Cloud Mill, 101 South Webster
Can be found at homo every fore
TO UK CONTINUED.)
Did ho? Lord I I quit too
2c8t the strategy Bho was plotting
might prove futile; then sho would
rrlso aud pace hor narrow quarters.
.She was unconscious of time and hnd
Mmint- nnrlintm VI hntir.4 tllllR wllfm
mM i. iiiim of tnik in the next mny tightly clutched
4'ompartmont she heard a namo which "D( yu s'noso u's a.fc?
Ruling on Rights of Pupils.
Lincoln, Dec. 9. Deputy County At
torney Matson holds, In an opinion
given out, that a Echoo) teacher has
no right to compel a pupil to say tbe
Lord's prayer. Tho question was
asked of him by a Johnson county
teacher, one of whose pupils refused'
to join In the daily devotional oxer
Buckingham for General Manager.
Omaha, Dee. 10. At tho annual
meeting of the stockholders ot the
Union Stock Yards company of South
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never raanaBer, Everett Buckingham.
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