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Vol. VII. (SECOND SERIES.)—JANUARY, 1886.—No. 37.

GOLDEN GRAVES.

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You have often asked me to tell you The disturbances into which his professional about my Christmas in the mines. I fear vocation threw us were many; and when,

that in looking forward to my story you are at last, his resort to the pistol, in a quarrel : anticipating something very different from its over the faro-board, put him into the power

reality. Christmas has always been so pleas- of the law, the deed was accepted almost antly associated with mirth and revelry, with with acclamation, as furnishing a welcome dancing and feasting, with the interchange opportunity to rid ourselves of an unpleasing of gifts and the formation of friendships, with element. I think that scarcely an hour had the burial of deeply-cherished animosities, elapsed before Mark Sintley was in custody, and the return of long-lost loved ones, that a judge elected, and a jury formed; for legal it becomes hard to believe there can be any proceedings, when necessary, seldom suffered corner of the world in which the day brings much delay in those stirring times of 1849. only trial and suffering. Even in the mines As I gazed at the prisoner, sitting upon a of California it would seem as though there camp-stool in front of the jury, I could not must be festive gatherings in the place of resist a sentiment of regret as for a choice labor, and an interchange of stories about piece of nature unappropriately assigned. the dear ones at home, and much jovial He was such a handsome fellow- not drinking of their healths; and that, for the much over thirty-five years of age, tall and day at least, all sickness, and weariness, and shapely, with dark, curling hair, bright eyes, poverty, and hardship must either be absent, and something in his expression that indi. or, through some heroic exercise of the will, cated a faculty of unusual fascination whenbe disregarded. But that was not in my ex- ever he was disposed to exert it; having perience at the Lowber Bar.

withal a not unpleasing dare-devil look, which The story properly begins in the early part now had full delineation as he sat smoking of the preceding fall, and with the trial of his cigar, with his head thrown back in a not Mark Sintley, the gambler. He had appeared altogether unsuccessful affectation of unconat Lowber Bar about a month before, and cern, though from the very first he must from the first had been considered by most have known full well that his case was hope. of theʼminers a very undesirable acquisition. less. But I felt regretfully how gallantly,

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had he been born with station and family that is in it. There isn't much, but it may honors to uphold, he might have sat his help him to get home. When he wants to) steed and thundered down upon an enemy's go, perhaps he will tell you who he is

, battery of guns; and it seemed the work of That is for him to say.-And now, Charley a cruel and perverted fate that such a glori- -ous destiny had failed him, and that, instead, Trembling and sobbing, the boy crept still he had grown up a mere social waif and closer to his companion, who put him upor scourge.

one knee and drew an arm about him, and In all that little crowd there was only one for a few minutes whispered in his ear, ap person who tried to intercede for him. This parently trying to comfort him, as well as was a young fellow of fourteen or fifteen to give directions for the future. Gradually, years, bright-eyed and smooth-faced, whom Charley, under the other's magnetic influ Mark had brought into the camp as his sole ence, and perhaps from having been already companion. Some thought that the boy was somewhat exhausted by his emotions, ceased his son or younger brother-certainly he did from sobbing and sat motionless, with his not appear in any way to be a hired assistant head upon Mark's shoulder. Then Mark in the gambler's business, for he had never kissed him upon both cheeks, and arose. been seen near the card-board, and generally “You can take him away now," he said. kept studiously out of sight. At times he “I don't suppose you care about having him might have been noticed peeping cautiously wait here to see it.” out at the tent door, and more rarely met With that two of the miners lifted the poor in the early dusk, strolling about the camp, boy in their arms, and gently carried him off but never very far away. Now the emergency to his own tent, there placed him tenderly of the great question of life or death had inside, and closing the front, stood on guard, tempted him from his seclusion, and he clung as it were, to prevent any chance of his lookfrantically to the doomed man's side, . pit- ing out. Meanwhile a rope was run over eously gazing around the crowd for mercy. the lower bough of a red cedar tree, and one It was an affecting sight, and I saw tears of the ends fitted snugly around the gamglistening in the eyes of two or three of the bler's neck. Not seeming especially to re

. miners; but of course, all thought of pity gard what was being done, he lighted a fresh must be vain, for Mark Sintley's offense had cigar, carefully selecting it from a number been too rank for forgiveness. So, mutely that stuck out of his vest pocket, puffed it pleading, the boy remained until the verdict into active service without betraying any eswas pronounced; at which, with a struggle, pecial nervousness, and, in fact, in the judg. he seemed about to break away, as thoughment of all present, exhibited a masterly to throw himself forward at the judge's feet. faculty of self-control. But Mark restrained him.

“ It's no use,

It was all over in a very little while. Charley,” he said. “You see that it must While it was being done, a few of the migo on. Judge Conley!”

ners looked steadily forward, some of them " Well?”

composedly, but others with blanched cheeks. "I want you to see to Charley after this is Many turned aside or gazed fixedly upon

You must know very well that he has the ground until they knew by the rustle of no part in any thing that has happened, and the little concourse that the thing was at an should not be punished for my misdoings. end. Others strayed off to a distance, nor As to my past life, he could not help it. again turned heir heads; a great many had Will you assist him from here when he wants already slipped away, and now only looked to go?”

back furtively from afar. “We will do that, Mark. Make your But there vere enough left to carry out mind easy."

the judgment of the court, and speedily. It “Right. I leave him my tent and all was all so quickly done, in fact, that for a

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moment I felt dazed, and unable exactly to ial place. There was none to be found in comprehend it. In less than half an hour the whole length and breadth of the plain, all that remained of Mark Sintley was a which everywhere was hard and stony, and something that lay on the ground beneath a cut up with excavations, or staked out into weather-stained sail-cloth. Could it be that claims for future work. Nor near the stream, this motionless form was the gallant looking which was entirely occupied by flumes and fellow, who, if the Fates had conducted rockers. Nor on the slope of the surroundthings aright, should have been a dashing ing hills, which was even more stony than life-guardsman? It was indeed very diffi- the plain, besides offering scarcely any secure cult to realize it, especially as the little crowd foothold. But on the other side of the lowthat had given background to the late pic- est range of hills, and about half a mile from ture had now nearly all dispersed, and there the main camping ground, the land sloped remained, besides myself, only the Judge down pleasantly towards a gulley, and there and perhaps half a dozen miners, who did formed a level plateau some twenty feet nothing but stand and gaze, as though under broad. It seemed a place especially adapted the spell of some fascination that rendered for the purpose required. It was evidently it impossible for them to tear themselves unoccupied for any mining operation. In away.

one or two spots along the gulley, as well as “He must be buried somewhere," said within it, were traces of slight excavations ; the Judge in a low tone. “No use waiting, but these had, no doubt, been abandoned of course. Michigan”- this was my name in almost as soon as made, so unpromising of the mines—"will you attend to it ? You gold had they proved. Apart from such conwere not on the jury, nor took a hand at the siderations, it was a very attractive place. rope. It seems as though every one should The bed of the gulley was about thirty feet have some part in the—”

wide, almost as smooth as a floor, and paved “May I help find a place for him to lie with white pebbles. Doubtless, in the season in ?" spoke a low voice at our elbow. It of the spring freshets, a stream would be runwas Charley's voice. With the close of the ning through it, and this would account, execution, the young fellow had been re- probably, for the condition of the banks. leased from any surveillance at the tent, and for the level of the land, some five or six feet had now softly stolen in among us. I no- above the gulley, was covered with a thick ticed that there were no longer any tears in turf, in which, here and there, some secrehis eyes nor trembling in his limbs. It tions or deposits of moisture had left a few seemed as though he had taken a new char- sprigs or tufts of green grass, showing that, acter upon himself-gathering together with in the proper season, the whole surface of manifest difficulty his poor little strained fac- the sward must be bright with fresh verdure, ulties to exercise his dutiful part in control and dotted, perhaps, with flowers. Here and ling what remained to be done.

there were large trees of the redwood cedar, “Certainly, my boy,” said the Judge. "I and through a gap in the hills the pink tops

“ don't know any one who seems to have a bet- of the Sierras gloamed against the sky, some ter right to be here than yourself; Michigan, thirty miles or so away. take some one along with you to help, and “It is as pretty a spot as we can find,” I let Charley go to choose a proper spot; and said, suggestively. so let the whole matter be ended as soon as “ Yes, and in the spring, maybe the runpossible."

ning of the streams close at hand will sound For my companion I selected a dull, thick- pleasant to him,” was the boy's response, in set Dutchman, with plenteous muscle, and a low and almost inaudible tone, as though vacant face, and so we set off, the boy more in soliloquy than in attempt at converCharley falling silently behind. It proved, sation. I could not help looking a little

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