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with the Sawyefs Dam boys, whom we know.”

“Ef we are going to hev the legitimate trade of Rattlesnake interfered with by the cranks of some hidin’ horse-thief or retired road agent,” said Mosby, “We might as well invite the hull of Joaquin Murietta’s gang here at once! But I suppose this is part o’ Bulger’s particular business,’ he added, with a withering glance at Briggs.

“I understand it all,” said Briggs, qui- etly. “You know I told you that bullies could n’t live in the same camp together. That ’s human nature-and that ’s how plain men like you and me manage to scud along without getting plugged. You see, Bulger was 11’t going to hev any of his own kind jumpin’ his claim here. And I reckon he was pow’ful enough to back down Saw- yer’s Dam. Anyhow, the bluff told—and here we are in peace and quietness.”

“Until he lets us know what is his little game,” sneered Mosby.

Nevertheless, such is the force of 1nyste- rious power that, although it was exercised against what we firmly believed was the in- dependence of the camp, it extorted a certain

respect from us. A few thought it was not _ 4—-v. 6