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Chapter NumberIV
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Full Date1891-06-11
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Newspaper TitleThe Narracoorte Herald (SA : 1875 - 1954)
Trove TitleO'Neil M'Darragh, the Irish Detective; or, The Strategy of a Brave Man
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CHAPTER IV.

She conversation -was suddenly brought ic a close by tbs entrance o£ a Btraage-look

s character; , , ?

A sudden hush followed, aa though the

very person of whom the men baa been . tailing had Euddeoiy appeared amongst -

lilt El. . . , I

The Irishmen observes this eorcp. term-: instion to the convcsEaticn, and at the same ; moment fixed his 'eyes cpoa the new

V^aA-latteit • '?wa«<£ tall man, with loisg, j Meek, flowing hair, as straight end as coarse i sa an Indian's, .while his features were &??? cross between the same race and a ,| negro. . , . - - I ? Toe Irishmen asked in a wmsper of tne countryman sitting next to him :

Who-is that efcap ?"

'11 Indian Jack," was tha answer.

" They same to be afeeril ,oI him around here,'cantiaaed the irishman, in a whisper. • Be the powers 1 there hasn't been a word spoken since he came in here."

**'Well, the.idea prevails around here that j if young Trend all was murdered that fellow

had a hand in it."

'* What ground have they for suspecting

him?"

" Because his character is such that it is believed that he is just the scoundrel who could be employed for some such dark,

work." . _ ,

This conversation had heen.osrned on in a j

low, rapid whisper,

Daring its progress, the half-breed, Jack,

had advanced to the bar, and had drunk oflj

half a tumbler cf rsw whiskey. -

Sience still prevailed..

No~g3s appeared to have the courage to: apeak, when the Irishman cnea more broke ilia awkward pause, fay asking, ia aloud

tone;

" And ye think, thin, that the young man ye ware tpeaking, of, Harry Trendail ye called him, was murdered hear here V"

No one mads any reply to this remark, al though the faces of some present assumed a

pale hue.

Indian Jaclr, when the question was

asked, had been standing with his face to., the bar and his back to the company, but the j ihoment he heard the question ho turned and fixed his fierce black eyes on the Irish

man. .

The latter looked around, in the most m .fioceht manner possible,until his gaze rested

on the haii-breed; ? - „

v Noticing the latter's fierce stare, thelrisfa-.

man asked:

" Do you know anything about this mur der, ray mail I" ; .

"* l't,.a-gaa had beendisohargedin tne midst , of the gathering, it-could not have caused j griatc-r consternation than the irishman's j seemingly inii'ccant question.

All hands instinctively expected to see Indian Jack spring upon the stranger with ihe s&vageness of a hungry wolf. _ .

Instead, however, Indian Jack asked, in a j

husky voice:

" Who are yen ?" ^

' "Well, I am stranger around here, loomm

1 for a job."

•' Who told you that there was a young mail murdered around here ? asked - tha Indian, in a quick, fierce, tone, and as ha

spokene gianced angrily eroded In the races ] of the white men, intimating by his q use lions j that he suggested it was one oi themselves

had started the ugly rumour.

" Bigorra J" answered' the Irishman, " I heard it -before ever I came to this

place."

" It's false!"

The Irishman showed no excitement at this plain intimation that he was a liar, but answered with provoking coolness :

" And. it's me irapression . thst ycu could

tell me more about it, me man, if yon chose 1 to open your red lips."

A yell of passion and rage burst from the

half-breed's lips as he sprung towards the I

Irishman.

All expected that t-ha unfortunate Irish

man, who had been so bold in speech, woUid j be completely demolished. !

Taeisster, however, astonished ih:m all by hia wonderful coolness aud presence of

mind.

Ere the Indian Could reach him, O Neil was on his feet, and managed to avoid a terrible blow, which Shelouming rascal aimed

with his clenched fist.

Dancing around behind a table, M Darragh said: . ...

" Howld an, me friend, what the divil are you making an assault on me for ?"

The halt-breed made no reply, but, with (

a bound like a tiger, iesped clean over the J

table.

O'Seil aid not seek to evade the f=llow, but on the contrary, seizad him, and by a mar vellous exhibition of ekill and strength, he sent the enraged ladiau over his bead.

He erase from the floor seeming uninjured, end apparently unwilling to take theahaisceB

of another toss.

He was not disposed to give up the battle,

however.

On she contrary, he exhibited a disposi tion tc- renew 15 in the mosceanguiuely man

ner.

Drawing a clasp-knife from rue pocket, with a blade at least three inches long, he opened it, aud prepared to make a mo-re d is

parate assault.

Tae Irishman observed his motions, and at

the moment the savage was about to rene w t the assault, be wsb brought to bay by seeing j a pistol levelled at his head, i

The Indian evidently had no firearms, and recognised at a glance that ho was at a dis

advantage.

At length, still holding hia knife, he moved with a slow sliding etep towards the

door.

Having reached the latter, he made one

bound end was gone.

'• Bsgarcal ' exclaimed the Irishman .upon beholding this retreat." that chsp has a fail share av the blood av hia ancestors in hia veins yet."

The rr.su present were still too greatly

paralysed with awe to make any reply tc

this remark.

The detective, however, effectually broke tho ice by asking all bauds to have some re

freshment

Too c ffest of the liquor was instantane

ous.

One of the countrymen found voice to He will murder you in tha dark.'

A confident emile played over the Irish man's lips, as be replied:

" Well, me boys, I'm just tae man to take that china?: bu£l would like tc ask yees cne ?3i"«licn- what made that half uagur so

sensitive about the missing young man ye were talking Efaoct J" 1

. None of the men answered, but they looked into each other's faees and shook their heads in a rather knowing and significant man

net.

Come, now,"said the detective, " ye all suspect something, but ye are afraid to spake

out."

The moii proved this conclusion correct, ae, after drinking, one after the other slunk out of the bar-room, and made their way to their

homes.

Ejob, however, before leaving, gave the Irishmen advioe, telling hiin to got away, or constantly fee on fcii guard, as his life was

not worth a sixpence after having onc9 in-. currcd the enmity of that fierce, revengeful fellow, Indian Jack.