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w» < * i] MEXICO INDEPEKDENT be wants to be alone in the meuntatu where ! be returned to the side oi his companion and nobody must s'-e his place?\ , j observed— •True, true, DJV id, shrewd they rightly call; \I see a little twinkle np there once in a you; 1 too Lave suspected .nearly all tbis<,'and j whiler-there, I see it from b re new—uer«. still kuoW something besides of -,the Jellow.— } look where I point; do you *--e it now\\ And now will y\ou keep a secret and engage I \Ay yes, 1 d-d catch it then.\ for mv ? It is this Same villain that I want I . \Well that's-the piece—abi.ut half a mile oft .you to a.*8ist me in defeating.. Will you' j'-*-'I kgows a good^cow path 10 the rupijutaip ; promise?*' » • . • . > . • ,a?d when \we gete there I knows oni-way io the \Yes Miss May,\ I promise now, and what I says I does,\ \Well David, I have discovered, aa I think, that the letter' you beard of was made\ up by Gow. to deceive and make me listen to his oi- lers.\ ' \ ' ' i '^Zounds? I'd fix him. And Mr. Ashley didn't write any letter?\ ' \'Yes I am satisfied be did, for Gow had po other means of counterfeiting Mr. Ashley's hind. Mr. Martin took the letter from the |f- fice and gave it to Gow, who, I feel sure, has etill got it, and keeps it kid away in his place in the mountain. Do yon know, David, where this is ?\ j **1 guesses putty close at it. I thinks it is the old cave that Mr. Ashley and 1 once finds|n coming over the mountain. I sees every night just after dark, a little glim of light away up there, jost peeping through the trees.\ • \Is there such a place ? that is doubtless it, then. Now, David, can yoa go and get me the tetter?? - , \What! in the daytime? he's always there,' and won't let me have it.\ ' , . » \No ia the night, when he ia always with tlje diggers^ \ \Maybe the old man's there ;, they do say, Mils May, he's the old one* himself, helping them dig money with the black art. I'd! go for yoa and take a bear out of a trap, if twas as dark as a nigger's pocket, for I always knows how to . tight such like; bat the old one t-*I fears to go alone cause of he.\ \But If I would go with \ yott?\' said May. smiling at his superstitious fears, but thinking it would be useless, to combat them. *'Y6u f you Miss May f\ \Yes David, 1 will go, and this very night, as soon as mother is asleep ; they have not been digging for some nights past, but I over- heard] Mr. Martin say they w ere going to begin again to-night, and Gow of coarse will be ab- sent from his cave. Will you g* with me ami guideme to the place?\ . '\\'\fgoeB \ said the little fellow, plucking up, \The old one never comes near if yoa be there, Miss May 1 , and I fears nothing elsev' r \Well then, we meet at this spo* to-night as soon as you see the light put oat la> mother's room; and though it is out of my \power to pay you-now, David, I will, some day or other see you handsomely rewarded.\ J \J works for pay sometimes, cause mother's poor; battlikes Mr. Ashley, and I likes you now, and I go just as well for likes as for money.\ j So saying, and gathering himself up proudly, the little fellow took his fishing implements and hastily made off as if his excited feelings were hurrying hhn,away to prepare for the expedi- tion. * \Don't forget to be here to-night in season,'? said May, calling alter him. f j *'I nejrer forgets anything,\ replied he, in| 'creasing his pace. ; Our heroine now returned to her domestic avocations in a state of the highest excitement^ areatrd by her newly-raised hopes, and the -thoughts of her projected adventure, an&imi patiently awaited tire time set tor undertaking it. It was ber first object to obtain her letter j but although her great »nsiety for its posses- sion bad prompted this bold, and, to a female situated as she was, somewhat hazardous en T terpise, she had yet other inducements to visi^ the cavern. She highly suspected Gow of deep and complicated villainy, and thought it not improbable that something might there be dis- covered Ifhich would enable her to unmask him ; for if any of his deeds had rendered him liabie to be punished, she, in view of justice wad public good, as well as hVown wrongs-arid iter own safety, was fully determined to expose, him by every means in her power, believing that this was not only due from her, but trio surest and perhaps the only way she could es< cape from the dreadful fate which seemed so menacingly impending over her unprotected fchead. cave—nation bad arid steep tto, M:ss May, but I findtthe way for all the dark-^-aad here, feel the end of this cord—I brings it for you to hang 'on to, so yOu don't get lost in .tbe Lushes. And now, Miss May, if you ain't Bleared I leads you to the spot; I gneas that Mipter ban come among the diggers by this time, for I watches aud sees them going afore I comes for you; |o now, if the old man isn't there, we find a defer run and no snakes.\ \David said May, not knSwing how far the boy's hobgoblin fears might carry him, in case they met amy one, aqd being &ware how much depended on him in the adventure, \you h&ve very wrong notions about th%8 old man, who has been seen about here ; he is either some poor, crazy vagabond, or else a brother rogue of Gow ; but at ail events he is nothing more than a man.\ \0 lears nothing for him ; cause it he be tbe old one he turns to a man when he sees you. Miss May, or else he clears out in a big hurry.\ The boy now plunged into (Tie woods, follow- ed by bis-daring c«mp»n1en,- Srid striking info the path, proceeded alowly and cautiously on to the foot of the mountain, at some little dis- tance from where the money diegerB were as- sembling for their flight operation* It was the same night we have already de- scribed as proving so exciting and fearful to tbe enthusiasts in searching for the buried mammon, we having found 4 it most convenient, in describing their operations, to go toward of the events of the other part of our narrative. The night was unusually dark, and tb« thick mass of the full grown foliage of the heavy resolute companion, continued to work his way several hundred feet up tbg altnost perpendicu- lar ascent, till they came to a narrow level, beyond : which an upright and wall-like ledge interpostd an almost insurmountable obstacle to their proceeding' any farther iu the. direction they 1 a»i been^mr.'uing. J'AliJ I remember.this cutQ 0 plaoe,'j wbif=pe> ed Dav'.d, as they both dropped down on a mossy rock on reaching the summit, through sheer exhaustion from the severity of their struggles. \I remember thJB; we are most there now; only go along a piece on this level place till we comes to the end, and then when we amounts another rock and just gets round the point of a ledge.' there's the cave—no trouble but what we fiuds it, cause see! there's more light bow we have got up above the tops of the' trees down there below.\ < Our adventurers,again set forward along the scanty shelf towards the nortb, v keeping as near to the ledgy barrier on the left as possible, as on the right and often within a yard of their feet yawned the black and fearful chasm of the precipice, here falling down perpendicularly some hundred feet beneath them. They soon, however, reached the termination of their walk in this direction, For at this place, while the- shell along whioh, for nearly a hundred yards, they had passed, considerably widened, a tail rock shot out boldly from the ledge on the left, forming a rectangular arena, of several sqnare rods of leva! surface, in the corner of which\ stood a linall tree, whose branches Vvwtepped the ledge above,, here not raoxeJhaD ten feetin height \ •'There! Mis? May,\ said the\ littte guide, \•when we gets up a top of this we are within a few rods ef the plaee where the Mister stays,! I tow leel» sure, cause I finds the twigs and bushes brake qff ( along back there? where he brushes by la going and coming here, and I knows well enough that nobody else comes to tbjs ere mortal place. 3 \Yes David, but how are we ever to get dp 'there?\. CHAPTER V. , j •* At the appointed hour, May went to the spoi \?rBed o*^* 1 * he Kwdea, and found her ttard/ little guide already there patiently awaiting her wrrivat. • \Ah hi'- Mies May,\ said David, cautiously peering about—\up to the chajk after alH that'a a nrave one for a lady; I guesses all the | lWiag- overhanging forest completely shutting cat tbe .faint suffusions of the skylight,wbich was hard- ly perceptible even in the* open field, and ad- ding a still deeper shade to the- ordinary dark- ness, no common or unaccustomed hand could lave succesded in advancing IEJ the woods at alls touch less in Teaching any given point at a distance ; bat shrewd 'David, familiar with- ev- ery peculiar tree, every turn of ib* path, and every inequality of the ground, and* possessed of *• vision uBoomrnonly acute, carrying a long stick in his hand to apprise him of'each inter- posing- obstacle* while bis bare feet informing him by the.feeS, of the Jrst stej^s,deviation frora'ttfe slightly trod paih. threaded the diSS* cult way with surprising accuracy, (lading bat little-trouble for himself, and kinaMyendeavor- ing, by: removing every limb or bu«h from thie way, and timely notifying her of every log or otherobetacle to be surmounted, -*> aid bis less practised companion in her more embarrassed progress. Sometimes the resolution of May wavered for a Moment, and her heart almost' misgave her as tbe boldness of her own undertaking and the difficulties of its accomplishment; but a senso of her own wrongs, as often reourring to roaae her besom ,to resistance, and^the thought of what naaot soon be her. late without a perseverance in her plans, impelling ber out- ward to action, bore up ber courage through all, and tempered her usually mild spirit with a* energy adequate to the Jrying emer||- ency. They, at length arrived at the fas* of the here steeply ascending; mountain. Dwv-id now agaib came io a halt for tbe purpose cf ascertaining bis baarings, and finding the- naost feasible j place for olimta»ag the aBcent. After grojiug about a. while, he returned, and, ibforming May that he had nweeeded in flniiug the place where be intended to go ap» he led her to-the spot. j \Now Miss May,\ he said ioa low, caatiOUB tone, \nowforth* tougher! Illsfens andjuKt hear* tbe diggers at their wserk not * great wayfroff frottkhere they are now ; that Mister, I guesses, has oome down afore this; bit if he ain't; and we-meets bim, 1 hears him coram' time-enough, and when I gives three jerks of the eord, yo* must slink under a bush er some- thisg,. and fe still as a mouse, and I does the same till he gets by. So ni»w let's pnll for it.\ \Bless me P said May, jswt being able to dis- cern the dark outline of the sleepy which rost; Isio tbe sKle of a house bsfore her, \bless me, Btarid, we, haven't to climb up here I\ '*Tes, no other way for it ; but never mind, we goes it, and I tells you what, Miss May, you tie the end of the cord round you, liko, I've done—there 1 now let them bands work for a 1 seizes the roots;-«nd yoa must.be \Why I supposed all the time tba.t he'd a fixeii up some oontrivaace to get up and down, but I'see none. When Mr. Ashley and ioonie we jets up' into the top- of that tree ; but you can't climb; can you, Mass May V \I never trisd,.David. I believe, or at least not vary lately».but>is thereVno other W«y ??M „ \Stay a bit— let's fee a little,\ replied the boy, Sosayingi and passing along the base of the ledge, he BO an announced that he saw some- thing projecting over the top of the rock which he thought to be some kind of a ladder. Aad now nimbly mounting the tree and jumping on to the- rock, he proceeded io let down the-con- trivaneo be had difcoveredv which proved to bo a light?- ladder, composed of two poles distended at the ends tjy split- sticky with etrong bark ropes confined at proper intervals to the sides to serve- in lieu of rounds. Our boroiae courageously mounted, and soon stood by the side ot her companion on the top of the rb«k.~- Here they found anotben level terminating at the diekuace of two or three rods in 1 another and still loftier ledge of rock* After pulling up and carefully adjusting th« ladder in ita-orig side before. H. With a slight shudder May obey-j ed the motions of her guide, and they passed, on keeping at 4s fereat a distance from tb<ecave' as the still-continued preeipice on the right! would permit, and soon reached a spot where,' the effect of the ledge forming- the cave seemed' to terminate, leaving an opening of only a gen^ 1 tie rise up to. the moqntaia.: *Here, safe from, discovery, they sat down to watch the inmatesj of tbe cave, the new addition, or front ofi which, was still in sight. ' ' * ; \See that little streak of light throttghtbe Bide there, Miss May ?\ Well, there's whefe I. getfl my peep. Suppose hojsyou cre<ps up and tries it, and I oomes,after you get^till.\ \Can 1 do it without aty danger of being', heard?\ ' \ \Yes if you fee]s every place where you puts; your foot down, to &re tbat there's no dry-bushf ^ or leaves to mike a noise.\ ! Another moment and our heroine wasglid-! Ing silently to the spot—another and she was' breathlessly feeing aod hearing all that was_ . passiDg within. JJhe two worthies s^t on a rude j bench made of a cleft log, placed betore a j : small fire built just without the entrance of' the natural cave so as to afford-the smoke a; chanee to escape through tbe opening left in • the bark roof above. j '•Let's see, to-day is Thursday,\ observed \ the elder—a man apparently about fifty—the, first to bfeak silence after May's arrival at the i loophole. \To-day is Thursday— npxt Tuesday evening brings your concern to ai focus, hey ?\ , \Next Tuesday, my o{d boy,is the day tbat gives me as smart a little jade of a wife as ever [bandied a br6om*«c ; k^-fogether-with all the, appnrtenaucps thereunto belonging, as my old' dad's parchment used to run.?' \Ay ay, the appurtenances after division,, rsmember! As to the wife, she should have' been named last p she is but tbe incnm- brance.\ ' * \Why as for fha*0olonel, she is really so smooth a pipce, that I think I can stick to, and be quite husband-likefor a year or*©; and by that time I intend to have all said appurt-, enances in the shape of Cash in my pocket, af- ter which I shall probably be ready fer a little \ high life by way of adventures again.' r s \•Having duly and impartially divided * —\ \ \What a suspicious devil you are. Colonel 1 \ Yes, yes, I am honest, and honor bright in this business, depend ott't.\ , \Kpally'you well know how t can help my-; self, if you don't walk straight, my conscien- tious lad.\ *^ ! \Come none of your threatening; I can do as m«eh even at tbat ae you can, I am- think-, ing. • But, as to this affair, I freely sny you will be well entitled to share the plunder, let It be ; as maeh as it may, for-you first started the pro-' ject and gave me the chance. But bow, Col* ; onel r did you find out that the old man bad ! made Fuch « will ? You?nerer told me exactly, 1 I think.\ \Why hearing that the old man wa*confin- ed, and all others there, who formerly ku«wme,; deader removed,! ventured to, spand a few i months in town; and remaining there till the ! old fellow popped off, when the snbject of his' family and estate was * good deal talked of.— I happened\one day to-overhear a lawyer, who drew the will, telling:a friend all the particu- lars. He said Frank had written home a peni- tent letter informing his father of his private mawiage in the days of his wild oats, long be- fore he went abroad, : and that though his wife died at jhe birth of her first chill, yet that child- waTprobably still Iitfng, having been left with some family in the north psrt of New Haaspshire, and winding off by asking the old maw's forgiveness, and -hoping he would pro- vide for his child, ad*ugbter he was told. On wbrsh the old man forgot his temper—tbrew the old will, cutting Prank off, into the fire— made a new one, giving him ail the property, except these' legacies in Case the girl should be alive. I afterwards went to the register's office myself, and,-under some pretence or other, got a peep at the will, and found it as 1 bad heard. It was then, knowing Frank would come home from France as soon as he heard of his father's death, to take possession of his estate, I hunted I inal position, David proposed, as from hading the ladder at tbe top Gow might still be in the cave, to leave May/under a projecting cliff, and go rOund.the pointiof the ledge which only in- tervened between them and the cave, for the - purpoftfof reconnoiteuiog thr spot. Accord- ingly he noiselessly sunk away, and after a considerable absence he returned, and creeping close up to May, he pat his mouth close up to her eas and whispered—\As sure as gang, Miss May. they be thereat t\ ' \Tbay !\ repeated the other with some agi- tation ; \they ! who? are there' two of them?\ \Yes the Misder ana an oldish m«, who I almost- thinks must be the old man himself; though for a certain-he ain't got the same aw- ful qjieer face oixnaW that he had when I gets a psep at burn one'day in tbe edge of the woods. They've- built out a sort of plaoe with stukes and bark fight afore tbe cave, so as to make it come all in one room; sol creeps up behind, and gets a look at them through the holes.\ ' f \Ah ha 1\ maseCMay. \This old man, then, i J°° U P» f nd P ut ™ this scheme so as to have wears a disguise; he is beyond all doubt ah afternoon as how you'd flammux when it com*: stronger than that pesky old bear that grap- dark.\ \Not so easily frightened, David, Are yod jwadj Head °n then,\ 1 On this, they silently wt forward across the .fields and soon reached the woods. Before en- teeing tern, however, the boy proposed a halt, mounted aeveral tall stamps successively for .obiaialng an observatioh, and at laat aueceeded. pled hold of my trowsers last summer; just as I springs and scrambles up a sapling to get out of her way.\ With this they commenced their laborious and difficult task of climbing the mountain.-— Slowly clambering from tree to tree and rock to rock, oar sturdy and active little mountain- associ ate of Gow. But what is to be done nowr, ©avid?\ ; \Why I thinks we better creep round where I did, so as to be on the back side,; cause! ex- pects the Mister, and maybe tother one, cotoes this way soon now, to go down to the diggers j and if they takes a light they sees us; but ij we goes round there, they won't \go tbat way for anything I guesses; and if they do, we slink off into the bushes, for there's a clear run that way. So we better go round there and wait till they goes\* or we gives it up.\ \ May at onee- falling in with this advice', our adventurers^roceedfd with the utmost silence and caution round tbe projecting point, and immediately found themselves directly in front ofj and not twenty yards from the entrance of all done before bis return.\ \And all shall be done by my precious old match-maker, but- my very good friends, the mo'ney diggers, are by this time on the ground below, and doubtless impatient for my coming —I must be off. Let's see, how many of your salt aod water rusted dollars did we bury there?\ . '' •:. \Just thirty, f believe.\ \Five a-pieoe, hey ? Zounds ! liow \the fel- lows will jump at the sight of'em, if they are of domestic manufacture i that is, if my worthy friend, the devil, don't frighten 'em out of their senses'.\ f \Yes but you had better hear to me, Gow, and put them tff till the night before or after you are married. T*be fools, I am afraid, will go and pa*? some of their dollars, and then we' stand an even chance to get blown up beiore the cavern. Voices were now distinctly heard j within, and a portion ol light escaped through j you bring your affairs to a point.\ the narrow eutr^uce, winoh wo* (stopped by set- ( 'Blown npl how I We get. five hundred doi- eer follo*^d by his scarcely less agile and | ting a broad piece of bark upright on the inner , lars of the real to-ttight, and as for what they 4 I* &

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