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CHAPTER LI. Lot and Mine Jumping Tragic Occurrences Two Men Jibbeted Mines Fortified .... 229 CHAPTER LII. Riot of Corruption in Public Office Frightful Crimes and Accidents 236 CHAPTER LIII. Visited by Gen'l Grant, President Harrison, Vanderbilt and the Goulds 239 CHAPTER LIV. Era of Legitimate Acting Theatre in a Tent Strong Stock Combinations ...... 246 CHAPTER LV. A Gigantic Conspiracy to Depress Stocks Eight Thou- sand Miners Strike ...... 248 CHAPTER LVI. Numerous Incidents of Thrilling and Tragic Interest in Banking History ...... 262 CHAPTER LVII. A Stormy Political Battle as an Aftermath of the City National Bank Row 283 CHAPTER LVIII. The State Treasury Ring Beaten to a Frazzle and Driven from Power 289 CHAPTER LIX. Excessive Wickedness Redeemed by Unexampled Char- ity The Fighting Parson 294 CHAPTER LX. Summit to the Sea Efforts Far Afield How a Deep Water Port Was Secured 305 CHAPTER LXI. Strange Facts, at Once Thrilling, Pathetic, Grotesque and Humorous 310 CHAPTER LXII. With the Collapse of Silver Leadville Again Turns to its Gold Deposits 332 CHAPTER LXIII. Crystal Carnival and Ice Palace A Most Gorgeous Architectural Spectacle 337 CHAPTER LXIV. Heart-Rending Cablegrams that Sent the Author Upon a Very Sad Mission 352 CHAPTER LXV. The Influence of the Press Essay in "Political Por- traits," by Fitz Mac 372 CHAPTER LXVL My Relations with the Press Gang 'Gene Field and His Eccentricities 386 CHAPTER LXVII. Surrender to Nature's Exactions Life in the Palaces of the Afflicted 400 CHAPTER LXVIII. Boarding the Oregon On to Zion A Nemesis Shel- tered in Home for Veterans .... 405 CHAPTER LXIX. Again in Harness Second Collapse Proposal by Wire Shirt-Waist Wedding . 410 CHAPTER LXX. Again with Angels Creating Fiction and Dealing in Junk Farmer Once More 419 CHAPTER LXXI. The Case Submitted to a Jury of My Peers What Shall the Verdict Be? . 430 APPENDIX Summary of More Recent Developments in the Lead- ville Mining District, by Henry C. Butler, Editor Herald-Democrat . . . . . . 435 A Few Excerpts from the Contemporary Press . . 436

CHAPTER I.
Buffeted About from Ocean to Ocean and from the Great Lakes to the Gulf
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CHAPTER II.
A Five Months' Journey from Northern New York to Central Iowa
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CHAPTER III.
Four Dollars Earned in a Day—An Entire Year's Labor for a Red Cow
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CHAPTER IV.
Beginning of a Half Century's Career in the Field of Journalism
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CHAPTER V.
Peace Hath Its Victories No Less Than War—Career of the Anamosa Tigers
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CHAPTER VI.
How With Some Assistance I Succeeded in Putting Down the Rebellion
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CHAPTER VII.
Gruesome Work—My First Shock—A Captain in Disgrace—An Irksome Detail
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CHAPTER VIII.
Chased by Guerillas—Burning of Grand Junction—Forrest's Dash into Memphis
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CHAPTER IX.
A Near Tragedy—Thrilling Recapture of Colors—A Regiment Shot into Bits
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CHAPTER X.
Embarked for Home—Thrilling Steamboat Race Between Two River Leviathans
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CHAPTER XI.
Paths of Peace—Experiences as a Tramp Printer—"Beardless Editor of Egypt"
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CHAPTER XII.
Juvenile Missionary Work in the Queen City Yields Handsome Returns
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CHAPTER XIII.
Decided to Locate in a Field Where I Was Neither Needed nor Wanted
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CHAPTER XIV.
Single-Handed Engagement with an Infuriated Mob to Save a Miserable Life
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CHAPTER XV.
Death and Destruction Come Out of the Heavens on a Peaceful Sunday
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CHAPTER XVI.
Fearsome Midnight Conference with Condemned Murderer in His Cel
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CHAPTER XVII.
The Great Revenue Conspiracy of '73—My Connection with Its Principals
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CHAPTER XVIII.
Earnings of Five Years Ascend in Smoke—Failure of Health—Off to the Rockies
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CHAPTER XIX.
A Summer in the Mountains—Perilous Ascent of Long's Peak—Triumphant Tour
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CHAPTER XX.
Glimpse of the Early Colorado—Progress from Grazing to Gold and Silver Greatness
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CHAPTER XXI.
Thrilling Railway History—Guarding Mountain Pass with Cannon—Gorge Fortified
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CHAPTER XXII.
Privileged Peep into the Archives of the Denver and Rio Grande Railway
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CHAPTER XXIII.
Allurement of Mining Booms—Fingerboard to Fortune—Birth of a Great Newspaper
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CHAPTER XXIV.
Snowed in on the Kansas Plains—Discomfiture of a Railway Agent
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CHAPTER XXV.
An Impressionist's View of the Weirdest City on the Face of the Globe
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CHAPTER XXVI.
Climbing into the Clouds—Lost in a Blinding Snow Storm at High Noon
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CHAPTER XXVII.
First Night Amidst Scenes Never Before Witnessed in a Civilized Country
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CHAPTER XXVIII.
Weird Sights by Daylight—A Bank Outside the Counter—Wonderful Postoffice
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CHAPTER XXIX.
Launching of the Most Successful Journal in History—An Enormous Sale
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CHAPTER XXX.
Phenomenal Success of the Carbonate Chronicle—$3,500 for 10,000 Copies
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CHAPTER XXXI.
Fifty Thousand to the Good the First Year—Vale Arkins and Burnell
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CHAPTER XXXII.
Fight for Title—Difficulties in Procuring News—Deadwood Destroyed
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CHAPTER XXXIII.
Order Out of Chaos—City Flooded—Office Fortified—Life in Jeopardy
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CHAPTER XXXIV.
Startling Disintegration of the Working Force—One Man Only at the Helm
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CHAPTER XXXV.
The Retort Final—"A Thief by Instinct, a Blackmailer by Profession"
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CHAPTER XXXVI.
First Editor of Harper's Weekly Joins the Staff—Reporter's Tragic End
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CHAPTER XXXVII.
The Brilliant Career of Orth Stein, a Strangely Contradictory Character
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CHAPTER XXXVIII.
Discovery of a Prodigy—An Editor with Fifty-Six Ounces of Gray Matter
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CHAPTER XXXIX.
Col. Joyce of Insane Asylum and Prison Fame Ascends the Tripod
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CHAPTER XL.
Vivian, Creator of Benevolent Order of Elks, Joins the Local Staff
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CHAPTER XLI.
The Chronicle Absorbs Democrat and Herald, Becoming a Grinding Monopoly
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CHAPTER XLII.
Human Life the Cheapest Commodity in the Local Market—Shameful Corruption
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CHAPTER XLIII.
Fabulous Riches Uncovered—Fortunes in a Day—30,000 Claims Recorded
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CHAPTER XLIV.
Opening a New Chapter in the Fascinating History of Famous Fryer Hill
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CHAPTER XLV.
First Authentic Account of the Discovery of the Little Pittsburg Mine
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CHAPTER XLVI.
Inspiration for the Building of a Great Transcontinental Railway Line
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CHAPTER XLVII.
Corruption in City Affairs—A Model Mayor—Schemes of Graft Circumvented
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CHAPTER XLVIII.
The Brighter Side of Life—Characteristics of Society in the Early Day
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CHAPTER XLIX.
Appointed Master of the Mails—Most Remarkable Postoffice in the World
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CHAPTER L.
The Terrible Fate of a Postal Clerk and Three Associates in a Snowslide
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