|Newspaper Title||Evelyn Observer, and South and East Bourke Record (Vic. : 1882 - 1902)|
|Trove Title||O'Neil McDarragh, The Irish Detective; Or, The Strategy of a Brave man|
CHAPTER XIV. All idea of the stranger being a get had now 1 vnnished,and was sueeeded by the imprcs. alon that he was j ast tho opposito,al thorough. bred sharper, The fourth deal commenced.andagain the blonde made his bet, laying £20 upon a cer. tLain coard. No one followed his bet, and after a few slides the strange blonde won, and raked in t £100. The dealer now began to sabow unmistalk. able signs of uneasiness, althougll he said nothling. Tile oountg had narrowed down to a play ngalnst a dPcil. 'Thle blonde did not falter. .,lltcognisinge .that.ahtewas.lJlt alone, .he obhengcd id taotise and hbet rceklosely, aad at the end ot two deals he rose from the table EVEN I le hIad neither lost nor won. With a laugh hIe ignioled that he was alone and tile game assumed its old phasawith the old stanad.bya who won and lost day in and day OuIt. DUring the game thie blonde had managed to get on pretty familiar terms with Indian Jack, Wlhen hae closed the game hea asked Jack to drink witc him. WYile tabking their iaquor the latter, in an adroit way, managed, ater tbe tyle of all t designing gamblers, to tell somlethltig aoent himself in a seeming artless aad eflhnauldd fashion, Tae substanne of his Informatiacn was that e he was the son of an Inldian planter, That he had come to Sydney to have some face. fun. Ac uoual,ho had run abort of funde,lavtng been unlucky at play, and was daily tx?cet lng remittances. The dettcotive pretended to believe all that his new friend told lhim, and simulated great deligilht at making tihe riellc, but temlporarily unfortunate, gentleman's acquaintanec. I After their faImiliarity had progressend su floilently, Jck seaid : a You ought to have jampcd lthe game when I you wre ilead.' I Oh, I was just playinlg for fun,' answered the Ilonde. Saout mtus be fortunate not to aonre to wl,, said JaUk; adding, althougth ny ta?l-er keeps me well supplied, still it is alw'ays a i great delight for mo to win.' ' Let's go and have come uppoer,' said te Il deteetivo, in an off hand way. Jaok hesitated a moment. a ome,' said the bloude,' I am hungry i as a bear i and alter we have had eometltlgI a to alt we coat sail Into some otier crib and take anothler wredllo with tihue' tiger.' Thie last remark settled tla matter in Ina ck minuJ c',meand, aund the to menleft the ,aloou. I 1 J.lL, ?ad tdlt hli noce, nalI hlan lenr d d a thathiantowa fienld's name was Alexaad.lr Lliae. TaLc datcative had fallea l back upon ale old ot wavy at orvey little reuarkanad ilmads a agoeod )acetac l[o cic~l iltllillate. TCcl two uvadll to aupor, andc alter uupper ent crcal ae ailchr ec cib htcalal laic. ludila Jac In led tile way to th place, and appeared to blo oil e ioodt terllc wiclt every one ill tile acllola (,'itibicclcacceII Jai lo el t?a ace thl lile pl.ler, tice blonde aclvalloilng thie aIlloley. .1.oki lo.t. Ala dcr aleelic thles unudertook to taico cac Ihk 1Itcvice.. Ial- c iiu el' aoCIIp h t ie letter noit only won a b ak wiit Jcrcl L.:c J bui, t ita hunllded Io lllcda .1 ciclv icclct thet they vhiuhliitc ccj i e I tlvi lll h l a h cere heyohl gelt i ito atllh giacalle dlac acih I r liae ot lltll:ct Un1thr nulb nam wInnings,'t 01Insid\ Vell( cl )I. \'taile Iil acca cc Ie'aiiie aci aulaivcit 1o. i I ck t bcc ii at ,' ia i kha itihcll d '\ 'cicl ycir hin hantheyhad rea he lowr hu a cic!. ctl i tl IIc c1U I atlccIci eo eoch l Icl eItth(I at cahi1? llt ccl 0 : I~I wnH I'I,\!1II h tli?Pllt wel.I Y(II Sh ct?hl Ie il IhIccc bc t i o. lu Iell d ccc leii. icctl iit 'i cc laci W i'lwtht thIcy eouhl cc o c hiiiiii cci 'ii i aia ly ahuiilaaf,,) c h, u 1t'? ii \i ca lll, cciti cci ha ciii It w eilIci I csw icadI I c I vici r III talit vet l e ec tiI acI(( ,,, IIht..lt(I\l~ll aHl' tile1 hlt1).?fftd I?,avn nn tiel, Ill cl l lll ccIUO Wtl Vt llO·t to dl IdRl U ll l h I i lily, iliac i iie i have etc ccii' ' + l , tici?'mlhtilccac hccyircyl lhlt 'I',1 iilp1li ici ii/y' iJ. I gut 1 tic 1 i~llili c t a tic cii cii cII ll liid iitO \ c t ll I/II ll l i 'iii ea till I'l lellIII iit iI llie \Vlllllaadlllc' lld SI cciii c'iOi¥Ia lh tI Il I cci r e o I a IIaIa'll rcllelctd Icy hlil Ilicii t Ic·v 1dlii h tchi 1d I cilor 1ia itali'rc caiiit \i ' 'llt ill iy c1,1l'l((1: c I cit d it'l ' S ccc.l l i Clii( d11'1 III \ 1111) R II ' ul c vinc i iYe I I icic e\a i IIha t i l l y ?ccci
oW in tio wrog. long. lity 1to find a te~ abip: and ihad Jack been 46 OUnning as he th, he h wa he would lha a o - tought red omew at srpanl have aotcresd that it WAD rd toto 00. darot~nl; 'o ; -iond toe b o ndh intIo w oonI 11ero ort nde b olloedo hito o o n qn oeto l?' ^ " "1, , ri o on t ? pier, ter toote trest Til'e b!nnda f ltowtd rBot erg all t he en dor toi ine uCne. of V drinting. . ,1o I:quto r o 0i h d been .'ol?1' nih se darkpnd not a soul bad the Ounde Uon the pltr. the blonde elred aroinnd and atempted to peer through the ' Where is tile steamer I I do not seee a. Ok, sho laya out in the etrcam, answered boThen, how in thunder nre we to get on toard of lter?' ' We will find at boet out hoerto Of the pier,' n oa bare at the end I am goteingto no tboo -nightl o . 'W hy not?' O "Mo l3Because I am In- .?'?. olfth 7ahter. I -"L . e '7 , 'ile two men were'-. 0 / 4 , . end of tbepier. lt, " / - t loth" ;won'tgo o ? :/ ?, kentol Jalkt O. o ' I thinfk m ll e ,I --ill not., ( i'to ooidcr- a 'h-'f 0"0". I'"1ntn w1'hioo t to ~cltI thoo ;-' "I ''Sccig thot tI t.iidclet rg 0,, 10
'G has6 ; -Augnt tise British tiannp? a:n!,insr h ei,;1r$.a°n°ip To arouse out Yes. ?,io 0 alusger, and forn Why,youhhad no m' l dent of politea we hava been playing oL.to I evening.' ' - curo our fre 'That Is false I I loetyou have i?ilk?nslvo pounds.' ' ou lot anm have a hundred pounds?' Yae.' 'When and where 1' The Indian named a certain saloon, and added: 'It li no use for you to think that you can rob me; there were at least a dozen men, lriends ol mine, who saw me hand you money.' The hall-breed had been and was playing a shrewd game. e heanded the bloude a hundred pounds in presence of a number of men, but the money had first been given to him by the blonde. At the time the observant M'Darragh had seen through the game. lIe know that a oanim would be made for that money, end that his own funds were returned to him in an ostentatious manner, for the purpose o making esuch a claim. 0 Neil was still playing drunk, although he was watching every move of the desperate men befora him. II C ome,' said. the latter, ' hand over my money. ' have nomoney of yours.' Ja?k elid no mote, but wih the bound of a tiger ho leaped upn the blonde and seized 1hin by the throat, "Don't murder me 1' gasped O'Nei, in a helpless tone. ' If you don't agree to give me my money I will throw you into the bay and drown you I' 'All right,'eaid Mi'Drrghb, in a far dife. rent tona from any wlhichl he ad previously used, and the next instant the bloude had wrenched himself free from Jack's grasp and before the latter could realiso what was to occur he found himeell held by the throat in a grasp of iron. A struggle began, but thletfflminatchlonde had q'tickly bInomo transformed into a man olfgiant serength... Not a sound fell from the lips of eithler of the men., The struggleo proceeded in the darkness, with no other nesne but thocraokitng of joints nod muscles and the stampingot thoe ontest. ante' Ieet, The blonde dragged the half-breed toward thie edge of the wharf, as though intending to throw him into the water. Just then Jeolr cried out t ' Hold I I give up I' nA?ml,hal my fine follow I it is my turn now I1 'I'm sold I'eaid Jack, notiloing the manly tone ul the otheor. So I owe you a hundred, eh ?' 'No; I was trying to rob you.' 'Then you are a bigger thief than I am, I throw nup,' said thie Indian, O'Neil released his hold. Iustantly the half-breed alapped his hand to his pistlol pockct. Thi weapon was gone. hl'Darrepgh eaw the movement, and said in a jeering lone; 'I'v taken chargo of your shooter, old man; and ore the boat thing for you to do la to reslgn yourself to niroumetances. I want you as a frelond; we can pick up a pile If we pull together.