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o Elnlh at 11112 "l'Kri1 Eng."
SUSIE ANDERSON, '14.
It was a dark, murky night, the
moon was obscured, no light was
visible except that which poured from
the little window of the Red Dog Inn.
This was where the stragglers, the
gamblers and the lucky but shiftless
miners of the surrounding hills had
congregated to spend the night in
riotous revelry. In the furtherest
corner a group of men were gathered
around a roulette wheel, watching
with breathless interest the revolving
disk. In another corner a game of
stud-poker was being carried on. The
curses of the gamblers, mingled with
the blue smoke of the strong tobacco,
made the air seem bluer than it really
Was. A few who were already over-
come by liquor were hanging on the
greasy bar, shaking dice, and the bar-
keeper watched them with greedy in-
terest through his small, half-closed
eyes, as he aimlessly' wiped a sticky
glass with a dirty piece of towel.
Suddenly the door opened and in
staggered an old settler, his face worn
and haggard, his eyes staring into
vacancy. He made his way to the
bar and demanded, "Something hot!
Rake,-something that'l1 feel like five
yards of barb-wire goin, down." A
hush fell over the noisy crowd and
the old man sat back in a chair. "I'm
a goner, boys: I'm a goner, I sure
am. Oh, you needn't laugh, Pedro,
you peg-legged cub, it's serious this
timeg I never spent such a night since
I hit Lucky Cut, no I haint. Yu'
know that thar old shaft that runs up
yonder under my shack? Well, that's
the place, that isf' He paused dra-
matically, for he saw that they were
What a motley gang they formed!
But in spite of their rugged appear-
once, no one could wish for a more
attentive audience. Over at one side
stood Buck Lewis, who but a minute
before had had eyes for nothing else
except the little spotted cubes as they
fell incessantly on the liquor be-
smeared bar, now the dice box had
dropped from his hand and he stood
there with his mouth open, his whole
attention fastened on the speaker.
Pedro, the old Mexican card shark,
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