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A Woman at Bay by Nicholas Carter

A WOMAN AT BAY

OR

A Fiend in Skirts

BY NICHOLAS CARTER

Author of "Out of Crime's Depths," "Reaping the Whirlwind," "An Artful Schemer," etc.

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STREET & SMITH CORPORATION PUBLISHERS 79-89 Seventh Avenue, New York

Copyright, 1907 By STREET & SMITH

A Woman at Bay

All rights reserved, including that of translation into foreign languages, including the Scandinavian.

Printed in the U. S. A.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

I THE KING OF THE YEGGMEN. 5 II THE YEGGMEN'S CAMP FIRE. 22 III THE "KING'S" LIEUTENANT. 31 IV THE OUTLAW'S HOME. 40 V NICK'S WONDERFUL STRENGTH. 49 VI NICK CARTER ROBS A BANK. 67 VII THE DETECTIVE'S PREDICAMENT. 76 VIII THE DETECTIVES FACE A CRISIS. 94 IX THE ESCAPE FROM THE SWAMP. 104 X ESCAPE OF THE HOBO QUEEN. 114 XI PATSY'S DANGEROUS MISSION. 121 XII BILL TURNER, THE WOODSMAN. 128 XIII BLACK MADGE'S LIEUTENANT. 146 XIV BLACK MADGE GIVES JUDGMENT. 165 XV NICK'S CLEVEREST CAPTURE. 182 XVI NICK MAKES BAD MEDICINE. 201 XVII A WHOLESALE ROUND-UP. 210 XVIII BLACK MADGE'S THREAT. 218 XIX THE BAND OF HATRED. 226 XX A CHAPTER OF ACCIDENTS. 241 XXI CURLY JOHN, THE BANK THIEF. 249 XXII AT MIKE GRINNEL'S DIVE. 257 XXIII BLACK MADGE'S DEFIANCE. 266 XXIV THE FLIGHT THROUGH THE CELLAR. 275 XXV THE MAN IN THE BED. 284 XXVI THE CRIMINAL'S COMPACT. 294 XXVII THE GLARE OF A MATCH. 303 XXVIII BLACK MADGE CAUGHT IN A TRAP. 311

A WOMAN AT BAY.

CHAPTER I.

THE KING OF THE YEGGMEN.

Four men were seated around a camp fire made of old railroad ties, over which a kettle was boiling merrily, where it hung from an improvised crane above the blaze.

Around, on the ground, were scattered a various assortment of tin cans, some of which had been hammered more or less straight to serve for plates, and it was evident from the general appearance of things around the camp that a meal had just been disposed of, and that the four men who had consumed it were now determined to make themselves as comfortable as possible. The kettle that boiled over the fire contained nothing but water--water with which one of the four men had jocularly said he intended to bathe.


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