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> CHAPTER I.
CHANGING GHOSTS—TRAGEDY AND
The three men who entered the train
at Pardee looked scared and nervous.
There was a strained ‘expression’ upon
their countenances and a haunted look in
Before they advanced a foot into the
car they‘looked well around them, each
with a hand in the region of his hip.
‘Reassured, in some measure, evidently, .
they then went forward, still on thé look-
out, and took seats together, turning one
.. seat to face backward.
That done, each man of them got out
his shooter and held it in his lap; keep-
ing it lightly covered with his pocket
handkerchief. and with hand secure on
the butt of it..
Thus they commanded the car.
Two of them could keep watch ahead,
-while the other took care of the rear.
It looked as if it would be no easy
~matter fora foe to get at them, if a foe
they expected, and that appeared to be
And these three men—who were they? .
Hart McNeice, editor of the Ainsworth -.
Herald, was one; his brother, John Mc-~
and the third, the edi-
Neice, another ;
tor’s brother-in-law, Ben Clarence.
There had been, as they politely put
it, ‘‘the devil to pay down at Ains-
worth.’? McNeice, when drunk one day,
had’ written up a very gingery ‘article
about a desperado who was just then
>making that section red hot.
Nate Bowen, the desperado in ques-
tion, was the terror of the Territory. He
had several notches on his gun—as is
said in the Southwest, and could be
counted on to add severai- more to the
list, if- occasion demanded. He was
known as a man quick on the shoot, and
one upon whom it was Lard to get the
A few days after the appearance of the
scorching article in the Herald, Bowen
called at the office and walked up to the
editor’s desk and made himself known.
He said he hadn’t called on business, but
had merely dropped in to give a gentle
Every man in the county, he said,
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