Betrayed by a moccasin, or, The round-up of the Indian smugglers

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, ... ,} } ; t Y( ". t L I. BY COLONEL SPENCER DAIR '\. 4 (, i ( . fI ., VOL. I THE ARTHUR WESTBROOK COMPANY,' CLEVELAND, OHIO, U : S. ,. Published Weekly. I By Subscription, $2.50. per year; $1.25 for 6 months NO.6 Copyright, 1911, by The Arthur Company. -BErRA YEDBYA MO{)CASIN 1 v J .It' j: / 1" t .J t'e I OR The Round-up of the Indian Smugglers .. fir ",. ... By COL. SPENCER DAIR .. PRINCIPAL CHARACTERS OF THIS STORY. CAPTAIN ARTHUR HUDSON-A wonderful, resourceful, fight-OW11er of the" Bank Exchange," the main hell ing captain of the great" American Scouts," whose life in Yellow Knife, on Great Slave Lake, British North as a faro dealer, in the "Bank Exc h ange," in Yellow America. .' : Knife, North America, to his final victory over GEORGE AUGUSTUS WILLOUGHBY STUBBS, ALIAS" STtrBlISEY the Indian is a long story of great deeds. A Noo Yoik" newsboy on his way to make his fortune ALMA HAMPTON-Little, brown-haired, pretty, but a frontih !n the I

.' .. 2 THE AMERICAN WEEKLY. '. great 45-calibet Army cock ed and ready fOr my father 'this saloon ten yeats agO, hag aiiY 'one ever' hinted that our faro game was instant action. . No one moved, now in the room. crooked? II E d d th 1 een Every head' shook in protest. .,,' < very person stoo 'at gaze aroun e gr "Then comes this man, Jean TeSSler, added the baize covered table. A crafty" half breed Indian diq not f change the expression of his face. A trapper, fresh girl" he' is ruining the reputation 0 our place." .fr6m trackle ss wilds in .search of priceless furs, laughed Alma Hampton burst into tears. It 'Yas a caii upon with sheer lust.tb see a killing. A trader in the demand of the sympathy of her audience met with band whisky winked at the man opposite him, a white instant response. bad-man" whose evil reputation kept him out of "Don't cry," said the Indian, whose name in the even the u s ually unquestioning frontier towns. Blackfeet tribe was" Long Foot:' but who was known "Ward off the shot by taking it in your arm," only as Indian Joe, among the whites of Yellow Knife., whispered the Indian to Arthur Hudson, faro dealer, "We know you Alma Hampton' to be as square as 'WI;lO had been accused of cheating while dealing faro, a your dad, 'Old Bill' Hampton. We don't believe far greater crime in the' greater ijorthWest than Tessier." murder. 'Why not examine these cards?" came the soff Nonsense," replied Hudson. The fellow is cFazy voice of Arthur H udson, the faro dealer. "They with drillk. The game is square one." haven't been touched since Tessier spoke." He gazed directly at Tessier with a shrug' of his "That's the talk," cried Pierre H uissier, the" bad-shoulder. ' man" known among the Indians of the territory as Where Yellow Knife River enters Great Slave-r.ake, "The Leaping PantheF." "Alma is right. Let's skin just where begins MacLeod Bay, in Mackenzie 'ter-over the cards," dtoty, British North America, men are mere'ly"atoms In a few seconds the entire party bent over the cards. in the hil.!f million square miles of plains, mouptains, Hudson made way for: without a word. and f ores t, that make up the splendidly wil4 country. "The deal in' box is square," announced Huissier, A dead n:an snuffed life by iJ. pistol shot was "after a rigid e,xamination. "There's no double spring no novelty In Yellow Kmfe, Hudson' knew. to it. It is straight as they make 'em." Yethedid.not quail. He gazed again at Tessier and all the cards up," insisted Alma Hampton. once more shrugg ed his sho,ulders. MaJ Why you "ought to be a few passes had been made au'd that SOOI1 the cards shot. Then you start klckmg up a muss. were narrowed down to the disputed' la opened his mouth to speak. Nothing but a :' Now a!l watch," requested Alma. p y gasp came however. J Ace wms! "Now you get out of here," cried the girl, a very "King loses! furv as she spoke. ". We don't stand for any such Qae.eti'wins I" cattle as you are around here. Get out I say!" Thus again droned the." lookout." The girl tutned to the listening crowd at ithe faro :' A perfectly straight game," decided Huissier, as table. chatt:man of the investigating committee. "-Here, yOU "Boys," she s houted. "Since "Old 'Hampton, TeSSler. do you hear tbat? You're in wrong."


, THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. 3 "You'd b ette r apologize to th is here, Hudson," re" N e ver fear came the swift reply. "No smu?,gler marked Huissi e r a t this point." .' can s nuff my light out. . Or fight him, fiercely put in a tall figure that had Chi ef Haricarf the room to where Hudson s Ilentl y ent e r e d the wide main door to the gambling stood. p lace without being Will the gambling coward fight?" said the Chief All turned as the words rang through the room. or i s he hiding behind a woman' s skirts?" The speaker was Chief Haricart, one of the A flas h of anger crossed Hudson's face. It was I desperate ,of the great crowd of desperadoes that made g o ne in a moment. His face was calm and his eyes up the company that night. Tall, c o pper colored, with steady. fier c e r o vi n g bla c k eyes, that snapped with rage at an "Yes, I wif l fight Hudson answered. "But as enemy, or co uld grow soft a s a -Woman' s when talking the c h a llen ged party I hav e the right to choose to a frien<:\, he stood towering above the company, a and make the condi \ ions f o r the duel. very fury in mien Chi e f H a ri carto b o we d. Bu t his shifty eyes wavered. There is onl y one answer to the word 'liar,' Chief' There was something a b o ut the quiet pose of Hudson Haricart co ntinued. "It's a shot from a good gun." tha t F e c o uld not und erstand. It boded danger to his "That's so, rejoined Huissier. Between Chief schemes. HaricarLand Huissier a lightning fiance had flashed. "Yo u have the ri ght t o make terms, and name They s eemed then to each a.certain position in wea p o ns," the C hief s ai d fina lly. the c o nv ersation tha t followed. " I n a m e 45-cali b er re volvers, Army make," snapped "Will you fight? asked Huissier of Tessier. Hudson. . F fee t ing, yet to the watching eyes of Alma Hudson It i s well ," r epli e d Chief H a r ic a rt. mos.t apparent, came a econd g lance. It darted frQm "With these w e a p o n s tw,o .r e vo l v ers t o each m an, Chie f Haricart to Tessier and was gone. It was so I cl aim the right t o n am e the c o n d i tio n that Jean illu s i ve that A lma hardly could believe that she had T ess i er and I a r e lock ed in t hi s r oom" a l o ne w ith all reaIly see n i t. w i n d ows a nd doo'Ts b a rred ; a nd that w e fight o ur duel But s h e drew Hudso n aside. in the d ark with n o light anywhere. It is furthe, to Be very c areful she whispered. "This looks like be a duel t o the de a th. If our s h o t s d o n o t kill, we a plant They h ave c ooked up this whole affair. Tes-are t o b e g i ve n a s u pp ly of ext r a cartridges after what s i e r was sent here f o r some reason I am sure, to w e s t ar t with are u se d u p trump up ch a r g e s that y o u were dealing a crooked Chief H a ri cart, who s eldom was surprised gav e back g ame. He was in structed to kill you. If I hadn't a s tep. This pl a n was mor e serious than he intended. inte rfered he would have done it." It place d his fri en d a n d nex t in c ommand, "Yo u a r e ri ght, Alma, replied Hudson. "I saw in his b :lnd o f th,;c:s t oo ne a r the d anger zo n e t o be' it was a p l ant in a moment." ple asing . But 11 a ri cart da red not refuse Hudso n s V l h y didn t you shoot Tessier when he spoke? t e rms. There were too man y witnesses p r e s ent who You had a chance t6 get the drop on him." d isliked t h e H a ri cart following in the co m m u n it y to I kno w it. But when I looked out.of .the window a ll o w eve n a s h ow o f t h e white feathe r t o become over Tessi e r 's head I saw. Chief Haricart loafing on appa r e n t . the veranda o f the' White Dog' saloon. You know H a ric art flashed a g l a nce a t T e s s i e r . That worthy a s w ell a s I d o that where Chief Haricart is there's was s t anding open m o uthed li stening t o c o n versaa l w ayS' a dirty plot going on. I knew he was jobbing ti o n It w as one thingt o kill a m a n in a sudden brawl' m e right there." with all the o dd s in hi s fav o r and another to fight I s ee answered Alma. "But what shall we do.?" lo c ke d in a dark. r oo m t o the death. I kn o w what I will do," rejoined Hudson. B ut Tessi e r saw the dile mma in which he was placed' Well." He ga v e Hudson a gl a nce o f ming led fear and wrath . I s hall fight. A man who won't fight in Yellow All right,'" he cri e d "I'll fighl you any old way. Knife, h a d better pull out 'of town two days. And I wiII kill you, y o u lily fin g ered gambler." He's wo r s e than a homeless hamp in a police station, We will see replied Hudso n. "Who wiII furnishl y o u kn o w Of course I shall fight tessier." the we a plllns to be used?" My God! Is there no other way?" Let each man use his own," put in Pierre N one. \\Thy, Alma, I'rri ashamed of you. You "But let me look over the g-uns." k n o w if I don't fight that the' Bank Exchange' will Tessier handed over his big revolvers for inspection .. lo::;e this gang's patronage, and no one else will come They w ,ere pronoJ-lllced to be fair and perfect, after a I'. to t a ke their How would you all live?" mitlute overhaulingby H uissier I I don't now we live. Most anything is better "I ,have no Army 45," said Hudson. "In fact I than this life," repl ied Alma with a sob "Why will don't carry any gun as a usual thing." my father keep in such close connection witb this The crowd was surprised. Not to carry a weapon gang It's suspected that Chief Haricart is only a in that part of the world was looked. upon as a good common smuggler, and we know he is a murderer, and way of c ommitting suicide. a black-guard generally." "I'll loan you my g-uns, said H uissier "they are "That's it, replied Hudson. "That's why they good goods. I've used 'em a lot. They have never h ave c ooked up this muss. They know that I suspect failed If they had I wouldn't be here." them. They know that I know that they are smug' I accept your offer, with thanks, replied Hudson. glers. The easiest way to g:et rid of a suspicious man "But I claim one privilege. Tessier knows his I is to him. So they have cooked up thiS trouble to weap o lls . I:1 e ilseo them often.. I know the get nd of me . g"tlns H tll SS1er: IS to me. I claim the right to try "J see you must fight,': replied the girl, "but be them right here. before I fight careful. Don't get killed. They all assented to this plan.


.I 4 THE AMERICAN INDIAN, WEEKLY. With a speed simply marvelous Hudson grasped the heard roIling and tumbling d own the sloping hill on weapon. He did not take aim, but" fanned ;, each gun. which the saloon stood. in his hand. With a peculiar twisting motion of the I take no apo logies f r o m your kind of cattle," cried wrist he whirled the weapon about in a tiny Hudson to Chief Haricart. I drop the fight becaUSe circle. Alma Hampton reques t s it. She is the daughter of As the hammer came 'up against his thumb he my employer, Old Bill' Hampton. But my answer to loosened jt without using the trigger. The weapon the -charge of being a crooked faro dealer, is made. I thus exploded in a rattling crash. It sounded like the, hurled the dog. who dare d v oice it out with the rest long roll of a drum. The room was fillf d with smoke. of the coyote's. He g o t what was his just due." 'The weapons barked and sang. A great roar of s-wept over the crowd F,rom one hand bullets spat here and there. Lights in the room. They hurned t o tongratulate Hudson, were shot out with unerring aim. who now became a hero in their eyes. The other hand gave out its l eaden hail exactly at Chief Haricart vanished t o l ook after his fallen fol. the same moment. A goblet that stood on the lower. ., table tinkled and fell away into a mass of broOken glass, "Look out," crie d Alma t o Hudson. "Tessier may as a bullet hit its stem, try to shoot you thro u g h the wind.ow if he isn't dead." A ra,ck of red, blue, and white faro chips stood near The girl was right. the goblet. Hudson dropped one revolver. He sent A shot" rang out. a s s he spoke. A flame lighted up jour chips, up toward the ceiling with one hand. In the darkness. It came from Jean Tessier's the other the revolver spat, flashed and sang. weapon. As each chip soared in air a bullet from Hudson's weapon sent it whirring into space. Never had anyone in that crowd of crack shots seen such shooting. It was as if a demon from the underworld had suddenly turned loose. Every face looked aghast. Here was a new element among them. This quiet, easy going gambler was the most wonderful necromancer eyer seen in YelIow Knife, with a revolver. With a final shot which carried away across the room ;:>.nd knocked a stuffeq humming bird from its perch in a corner, Hudson stopped his fusillade. Jean Tessier was white with wrath and surprise. Chief Haricart was puzzled. He dared not let his frief)d ,and lieutenant face a man who could shoot thus. But he als o dared not appear to shield Tessier from the duel. Ho! Ho!" he shouted. Hudson you're a fine shot. CHAPTE R II. "lIE ?ll V T UTE." "Drop that s hooting." Chief Haricart hi sed th e e words into tire of Jean Tessier j \,\s t in time t o t o p a econd hot.' "You fool,'" the Chief add ed, what are you thinking of. Y OLl will s p o il a ll our plans." I d o n t c are," re plie d Te . ier. "I'll kill thatgambler rig t i t here." saw it w a tim e t o interfere. He dragged hIS tnfunated f o llower down the hill ide at top speed, meanwhile' imprisoning th e fellow" arm' so that he could not shoot. "Try and i"et yo u r elf t goether:' commanded the Chief. You can settle H o n later. Remember that we have work to do. Tessier finally began Ii tening to reason. He' had fallen into a soft clump o f sage bru h. and was unhurt ,for .mino r bruises and s cratc:he .. I II kIll that gambler o n sio-hL" he frothed. This thing has gone far enQugh. You and Tessier 1nake up I do not wish you to fight vVe have proved Hudson to be a brave man, and Tessier you He did not deal crooked faro. ApologIze, 'fIght now. Then everyone take a drink with me. I pay for it all." Hudson flas hed a glance at Alma. She hurried to I his side. "Nonsens e," rejoined IIa ri cart. .. You are to blame. You had the dro p o n hi m and the crowd with you, when you yelled out that he wa. a crooked faro dealer. f yo u had s h o t him the n YOU would have been able In, the. excitement t o hav e g o t at the cards., mussed 111. the pack, and there could ha\'e been no in o f the truth of y our charges." .. t What s hail I do?" Hudson asked "Drop it Do not urge tl,e matter further. If Haricart ?oes. not wish to carry.on the fight, it's our play to, gwe 111. 'li T e are at'the mercy of that o-ang you see. Father is so mixed up with them that {' not move le s t I betray his in .terests." "I see. Hudson turned to the crowd. Aln1a advises me not to carry this ,matter further" he .said willing to fight or not, just ChIef H ancart deCIdes. I will fight him or Tessier or an y of his g'aI1g. But Alma does not wish furthel: brawling. There will be no fight." Hudson rusl;ed over to He grasped him by hIS arm. WIth a magmficent exhibition of sheer strength, one would not think possib1e"from his sliO'ht form, he picked up the burly ruffian, as a cat does bits kitten and with one great heave hurIed Tessier throuo-h a window into the outer darkness. b Window glass, sash, and alI melted like the mist as ,Tessier crashed against it. The thug'S body could be .... .. That wJId cat o f an Alma Hampton is to blame, snarled Tessi e r "She jumped me and got mv gun." Hell !" T Yes she did. didn't dare to shoot after that I;,e gang would haye l ynched lne if 1 had." ,,y elI .we'lI recko n with that girl !;ome day," reo phed Hancart., "Yo u can ha\e y our revenge on Hud fon t oo The two a r e in t o g-ether on this deaL They ) oth s';lspect If that girl w o rking on ber fath e r. Old BIll H ampto n. there will be the de\-il t o paX-B He us to the authtirities at Fort Rae." osh, rephed Tessier. "what can the\' do at Fort I Rae. They have only ten pe ople in the Fort that are not bart of us d . an one I S the Hudso n Bav Company agent. Tl\}le other two are member of' tIle 'ortb-West I J.ount d P I' T leo Ice. he rest are fur traders and scouts w 10 are I f I f I on y a ral( 0 u s because the\are not with 115. we asked them they'd j oin our party right away."


-----. ._---\, TIffi INDIAN 5 "I know," replied Haricart. "But there's one ele-Haricart con sidered. The plan might be a good one. ment I don't understctnd and which I fear greatly" Yet it had better be thought over carefully before being "What's that?'''' "ut in effect>. Th l' ose new American Scouts." "The plan looks good to me at first glance," Hari" Who the --are they? I never heard of them." cart added, "but we had better think it over a bit be" Well I have, more's the pity." fon! we do anything drastic." '''Tell me about them.". \ I like the idea," replied Tessier. "I'd like to take They are a recently organized body of men picked a hand in taming that little she wild cat, myself." for extreme bravery by the American Secret Service How about Hudson?" Chief in Washington. You know there's been a lot of "Can't do it if he 1S around here. Better kill him smuggling going on between British North America first." and the United States besides that of our gang." ,. ,; I hate a killing. There's saine people you can kill Yes." and have no come back for you; there's others you "The American Scouts make it .pretty hard to get can't, 'cause friends get busy. I havel)'t got Hudson over the border line now days. Weare stopped in sized up yet. Got to wait to see whether we are -not Montana now, and find hard work shooting our stuff in wrong if we kill him." over North Dakclia's line." Tessier snorted in rage . But he agreed to not try "Then there's those confounded North -West his plan out until Haricart had given him permission. P olice," snarled Tessier. "It's getting hard to get a N You see," explained Tessier, "there's been a big living." lot of krllings here this past six months. Yellow Knite J -fave you heard from our camp,': said Haricart. is getting a bad name all over the territory. Trappers ." Thing s all right there?" won't come here now. They go direct to the Forts ----"Yes," answered Tessier. "A runner saw me this on Great Slave Lake. We don't get first whack at morninf. He said things were all right there. They their furs unless they 'Stop here. They say up F.ort have got a lot of furs ready to ship over 'the border." Rae if you want to die quick take a pack of furs to "What's in the lot?" Yellow Knife." "Sable, ermine, beaver, mink, and otter, mostly. "Have you heard how the last of our goods The b o ys stole the lot from a rapper going to Fort ran the Montana border? questioned Tessier. Providence to sell his year's work to the Hudson's No I haven't. The Fort Rae coach is due today. Bay Company agent there." It carries mail, and there bught to be a l&tter on board What is the lot worth? ,I' telling us what was the fate of our last shipment " Fifty thousand dollars delivereclin New York city. "I suppose the coach will bring up a lot of cash 111 They aren't worth anything here. We might sell 'em its treasure box? to the Hudson Bay Company. They control all the Sure as you're born." skin buying up here. But they wouldn't give us much, What makes you say that? and I'm afraid to deal with, them at that. They might I've got a straight tip it carries half a million ask when Chief Haricart had turned trapper." in cold cash." Are you not afraid of the trapper you robbed? " Gosh! We could use that in our business." Afraid? What do you mean." But we can't get tcy it." Won't he put up a holler and bring down the How does so much cash come on this trip? authorities on us? " It's sent up to Fort Rae from Fort Churchill by "Not much. Dead men tell no tales I shot the the Hudson Bay Company to meet the demands at trapper myself when he was asleep. Then I took the Fort Rae." skins over to our camp." "What demands?" Chief Haricart nodded. His was the indirect path "Trappers are coming in to the Fort now from all always. He pretended to know little about the work over the territory with their winters catch of furs of his gang of smugglers. Thus he questioned Tessier Yes." making it appear that Tessier was the leader, he the "They sell the furs to the Hudson Bay Company, dupe.. hence, there must be in Fort 'Rae the cash to pay for That would be a good clean up," Haricart added. the furs. The Fort Rae agent of the company makes Fifty thousand dollars will look nice when' we disan estimated report to the company's branch at Fort, tribute it us." Churchill. Then the cash is sent by coach." "I've got a bigger scheme than that," whispered It's guarded. You bet, it's guardea, eh?" Tessier.. Of course. 'Keno' Phtelps is the guard Qver this, You have? Unfold it." the Yellow Knife division of the stage line; stage line It's about' Old Bill' Hampton's daughter." stoSk all owned by fur trading comp;l11Y, so if anyone Well what of her? gets after the treasure he's got a pretty come-back Old Bill's' pretty well fixed isn't he? aW

6 .THE AMERICAN -INDIAN WEEKLY. It was noted as being a gang of and whIte smugglers, but with all its evil reputation, the authorities had never as yet, been able to "get the gang right" and jail it for its m,isdeeds. Aside from this fact Tessier did not see that HaTi cart was so' wily that he let his subordinates often plan, knowing that their plans would end in their single arrest. It's an easy way to get rid of a man from my crowd that I am suspicious of," often thought Haricart. "Let him plan out his own cam.paign. ,If he gets in jail he hasn't me to blame." An arch hypqcrite, Haricart held the policy of sacrificing any single member of his .gang, any time, to save his own wily neck. Tessier's l11ind reverted to the half million of money in the treasure box of the' Fort Rae coach. His imagination was fired with pictures of what he could do in the way of a career of vice if he only had tne money in his own possession. I "Hully Gee!" he saia, "I know a dandy place to stop that coach in." Where? asked Haricart. Yat! know. where the Fort Rae Road leaves Yellow Knife about a mile or so above here? "Yes." "I mean the' piece of road that funs through the Point Escatado bluff?" "Yes, I know." That wou.1d be a dandy place for a hold up." I suppose it would." You bet it would. The bluff is a sheer precipice of solid rock: It towers up two hundred 'feet high and is thickly covered by woods." I know." "Half way' down the bluff the road winds along, over which the coach has to pass." Well? \ "The 'road runs two hundred and fifty feet above the waters of 'the Yellow Knife." Well what of it?" "Nothing, except when the, coach enters that narrow stretch of road hewed as it is from the solid. rock, high up along the face of that precipice, there is no chance to turn back. You'lVe got to go ahead. There's no chance to scale the inaccessible sides of that great canyon above. A turn to the right wouls! hurl the coach and all on board to an awful death in the Yellow Knife River far below." Exactly? ", Now you remember what I say. If we don'.t take a chance on this trip and Hold Up that coach and get that half million, some one else will. It's too fat a thing for some one not to sJ' ip over." "Now you forget it," ,said Haricart. "You forget all that quick. There's too much risk for us to figure in any such a game." Tessier swore again with fierce accents. "Now you listen to reason," continued Haricart. Weare in bad enough as it is. You made such a bad play of it all in the Bank Exchange: Why Hudson ,ough.t to be stretched out on a board awaiting burial this minutel if you had not bungled. Now we have got to make peace with Alma Hampton and Hudson. The father is too necessary to us just now, to risk a tangle with his daughten" "I don't see 'it." "You don't-why remembered that Tessier knew nothing of the exact relations between him and" Old Bill" "w-h-y, well you see it's a secret of Old Bill's,' so I can't tell you the dead inside, but you take it from me that it's up to me to make a powwow of peace with the whole Hampton crowd." "Why don't :you go and make up them people seertJ to be pretty strong out here-and why don't vou ko,,\-tow to Hudson too? " Nonsense.' Haricart looked sharply at Tessier. Now look here, Jean," he went on. "Don't you think I'm going to makepeace except for business reasons. YOll needn't fear that your little private quarrel is going to interfere with my plans. I won't let it. Take that from me." "YOll can't stop my killing Hudson," said Tessier doggedly. I dont want to. I would rather have you kill him than not, but I don't want you to kill him at the wrong time; that is at the time that wilLmake us all trouble." I don't want to make trouble." Of course) you don't, Jean. Now I will see that you O'et Hudson in due tirrie. I think your plan to Alma Hampton for the purpose of getting at Old Bill's' savings a pretty good one. But is pretty popular through the entire territory. We must move carefully or every trapper, the American Scouts, the North-West Mounted Police, and all of the whites of the territqry will be at our heels. You wait. I'll get up a scheme that will give you your revenge, and also will give you and the gang a lot of cash. But don't you make a move until I make up the plan." Tessier nodded. "What's that noise," he asked a moment later. Bo'th mel1 listened intently. The rattle of wheels, and the tramp of horses at high speed met their ears. "There comes the Fort -Rae c0ach," said Haricart. ': They will stop an hour at the coach station down below to feed. Then they will start. I will hustle over and see -if the letter we are awaiting is aboard." Don't forget to make peace with the Hampton's," sneered And to plan out your revenge on Hudson as well," replied Haricart. CHAPTER III. ALMA HAMPTON'S PLAN. Tessier's shot grazed Arthur Hudson's forehead leaving a seared scar upon it, but luckily did not pierce his brain. . A close shave," Hudson said. Alma, used to sud den brawls, saw quickly that the gambler was not hurt. \ Jump back quick," she shouted, "there may be a second shot coming. That hound will kill you if he can. You have got to get him or he will get you." Hudson jumped back from out of range of the broken through which he had plunged the unlucky TeSSIer. He won't shoot again," Hudson said. Tessier is a simple assassin. If one of his kind don't get you at first they never risk a second just then sneaks as they are. One might fire back at them." "Now remember," warned Alma" You haven't been I in the' N orth-West very long and you don't know our methods. The chance you get you shoot Jean


THE AMERICAN INPIAN' WEEKLY. Tessier. It's the only way to your life. And .. I meant no offence," rejoined the Chief. "I was be careful. You must. look out for his assassin's willing to depart if I was in methods. He is a French Canadian brought up 'in ""Xou are always in the way of lionest people," 'snapChief Haricart's wigwam." -' ped Alma. "Is Haricart an Indian?'" questioned Hudson in Now Miss Almf.' pray don't," added the Chief .. "I surprise. am here to apologlie for the conduct of my frIend "Full blooded )Sioux," replied Alma. He was born lean Tessier. He was beside himself with drink. He 111 Montana. He is one of those educated Indians ?orgot hims. elf." ( that use tlie veneer of the whites as cloaks to' his In"And got flung tht-ciugh a window, no matter dian deviltry," ... whether he needed the sash or not," added Alma gaily. :: 'Hunter, chief of And he was the arrd after the Sioux were practically' ex" Are you, an American?" asked Haricart terrtllnated by General Cauby, the American Indian of Hudson. fighter,' Haricart was adopted by some of those soc ie"I certainly am, and am proud of the fact, re-ties that think they can make. a good Indian out of plied Hvdson. a Sioux." A spasm of suspicion swept over Haricart's face. "Yes." What are you . doing in.Y ellow Knife?" he asked. He went to an Indian' college. and wWen he was "Am I on the witness stand that I must answer graduated, got mixed. up in a murder the 1irst thing yOll?" rejoined Iilidson. after he got back to his old home. He shot a white Oh; drop this game," said Alma. "Haricart .you man, -I think over a trifling--.quarrel. He flew for the aren't fooling us a little bit. We. know you for a only refuge possible out in the vastness of this wild blood-thirsty Sioux, who is making trouble every min-country.'" ute for decent people in thii territory. All I want'you \.vha t is he doing now to do is to keep your distance from us. My father is I can not really answer you. I Jon't exactly know. better off witho'ut you thadwith you." But he has surroupded himself with a band of fifty "Perhaps you had b.etter let your father decide as J nclian s white men, who 'are so tough that white to whom he will associate with, rejoined IIaricart. friends are impossible,-men like Tessier, for instance. "But to business. I merely ca)led to say. that I sent Haricart has a sort of ca)TIp on Great Slave Lake, but Tessier back to our camp. I apologize for his condtj.ct far up t oward the West away from the Forts, that dot w'm thetlamage he has made." it. There he lives with his ba11d. I don't know how." "Never mind the damage .dryly said Itudson. "I By smuggling, I suppose/' ventured Hudson.' will pay for the broken window. He can pay the In"I suspect so. The gang are very thict with 'my dian Medicine Man for charming the pain out o.f his father. They have some bond in common, and I can bruised bones, when I flung him through the gla ss." think o f nothing ,but tnat one. Haricart is very cun" In du<; time," slowly asserted Haricart; Jean Tes ning, you know. He doesn't get into trouble himself, sier will pay you, MI;. Hudson." mark you, but allows the brunt of trouble to strike "With a shot out of an ambush," sneered Hudson. any merpbers of his gang." "I know his breed. lie couldn't fight me fftir if he Are the authorities ever able to catch him?" tried." " I a. m not here to J' ustify Tessier," replied Haricart. There's precious little authonty except one sown gutlway out here in the frontier," replied Alma. "I have told you that I Ithinkhe was wrong in his at" There's the North-West Mounted. Police. They have. titude. N o,r am I here to light his battles with you, done something .toward ,quelling tre terrible lawlessMr. Arthtrr Hudson, as you call yourself. 1 am here ness that is reigning here, but it's only crimes againqt only to make my personal peace with. Miss Alma the Canadian Government that they track. They have \ Hampton." raided Haricart's camp several titn es, but he always Alma disliked the tur-Q the conversation was taking. manag-ed to sat;riflce one of his band and get off She kne,,{ that the sole support of her old father and self." I h,erself came from the gambling place, and the saloon b d t? they owned, the Bank Exchange. :: rDfoes not <:tn t' 0h u II' th' Trouble with Haricart might lead to complications. not. e IS cu e an reac ero s e IS, e So she made a quick decision to compromise. t,1;mg on earth,"an, educated sly sneak of a SIOUX "What is the use of quarreling," she said. Let IndIan. bye gones be bye gones. I am willing to call this a "Hush," whIspered "Here comes Chief draw if you Hudson can tal}e care of himself Haricart now." ,with Tessier although is a chump if he don't Hardly had the words been spoke!) than the subject go and hlow Tessier's head off quick." o f the conversation entered the roonl. It is not my' business to fight Tessier's battles," re-Chief Haricart's little beady eyes roved from Alma plied H aricart. "He can fight his own." and b.ack to. HU.dson There was a world of Haricart w as the way things were going, insultmg SuspICIOn 111 hIS eyes. \ If he was not much mIstaken there was a good chance Did I interrupt-now surely I did not interrupt a for the deaths of botH Tessier and Hudson each of courtship?" he asked with a smifk. whom the wily Sioux felt had better be removed from No, you didn't" interrupt a courtship," sneered his path . . Al'na, "and if you did I don't think it any of your "They are both making trouble for thought business. I'm free to be courted J:>y .ny man," Yo1,l Haricart. "The quicKer they are killed the easier I can't court any decent woman, with all your ; shall rest." back there in the camp." Haricart then turned to Alma. t ,


8 THE' AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. "I thank you for smoking the pipe of with me," he said. "Is ypur father in the bar-room? ".Oh, don't mention pea:ce," replied !' Peace and you don't gee 'or haw. But I'll bury the hatchet with you, because that's"'!:he best way out of it for us Father's in the bar-room all right. I suppose he is pretty well tanked up by this time. It's pretty nea\, daylight. If {ather is sober when clay.light comes all the mountains around us totter on their base." A gleam of merriment crossed Haricart's face. He bowed. Then he swung open the doors that separated .the gambling from bar.. . The room was the typIcal frontier place. A rqpgh pine board or two lay on rough barrels. This made the bar. Behind it was a little row of shelves, with. 1;>ottles of liquor, and the usua!' fittings of a cheaper class of bar-room. "01d Bill" Hampton, a stout, gray haired man of 1\ sixty was tendingto the wants of a dozen customers. He was in his .shirt sleeves, .and was .at the jolly state of intoxication. But all the time he served his. custo .mers with an ey<: to the main chance, the cash. No booze unless you have the cash," Old Bill" said to a young half-breecJ. who had ordered a drink. "Two bits for one drink of the best whisky sold on the frontier." The young brave produced a Canadian quarter which he laid pn the wet counter. Hampton swept it into his till and handed out a bottle of whiskey with practically the same motion. The Indian filled a good sized glass clear to the brim, closing his fingers ,around the glass and filling clear up to his finger tips. He swallowed the fiery stuff without winkmg and stalked out of the room. ' If I were you I would take care how I sola liquor so -openly to : Indi?ns," put in Chid in a low tone. '. "That's' you, Chief," answered Hampton. "Yoq are always saying, If I were you I woulsIn't.''' I only spoke fQr your own good." Never mind my good. I'm out for the daisy dust; the coin, the gilt stuff, my Chieftain. I'll ta,.ke a good many risks don't you know, to get it." Even by smuggling?" whispered Haricart. "Sure as you're a f09t high," replied "Ol-d Bill." Got anything good? '" Yes." What is it? " Fifty thousand dollars worth of furs." Nothingelse? " Furs ( getting hard to get over The gang that handle our stuff on the American-Canadiarl porder say it's -getting harder to get over every year. The best way now is down to Montana, and in that way. Once Oyer we can ship direct New York and get the furs on the market there at a good price. People don't ask questions when they see a in Jurs there, you know." "What's got into the business?'" It's those infernal Americap Scouts. They are in uniform and out of it, and in our game or out of it. Say, no one knows but what his best friend is a Scout. They got Carlos IIdefonso and his Dunch last month, I hear. 'fhat gang was a big catch. They smuggled more Canadian whiskey over, and .brought back more good American goods for us all up here, than any gang in. the business. Whole gang was pinched by the \ Americ;n Scouts. are in jail in Seattle awaiting .trial for smuggling." "Look out that they don't get us yet," rejoined Haricart. They are out for us I know all the time." For us! Not for me. I hav.en't broken any laws. You are a cute Sioux but you aren't cute enough to put anything up to me. Your word isn't wopth in court, and ,you the ever said. smuggling' to -yours truly, Old BtU: Never mind that kind of talk. Cut It out. We are both in too deep to split on each other. But here's one thinO'I want to know. Who is this Arthur Hudson?" "Who is Hudson? vVhy, he's our taro dealer." "Where did he come from?" "Where did he-will you listen to the Sioux? How QO 1know. How many of us are living out here under our real names? Say, you make me sick." "Where did you get him? I didn't get him. He got: me. Blew here one day on the Rae coach. Was dead broke. Said he was a g-ood faro dealer. My man jumped town ahead of the Sheriff just about that time. Left me without a dealer. Alma and I had t.o it in and deal to keep the game alive. Had 110 faI;.o dealer. 0 took on Hud son. \ Good man he i s. Game goes fine now. We clean up good money out of the room. The Sheriff skipper was always letting the ban,kroll get away and into some crook's pocket. Think he kept most of the pelf himself." Isn't it dangerous taking on an unknown man here where ther. e are so many secrets? queried Haricart: "Where could I get a known man to deal faro in a frontier town like Knife where there's not ten' men ""ho aren't 'wanted by the police' some where? Haricart nodded. "Well I suppose you are right.' he aid, "but I want to know more about Hud on." .. Learn. all you can," rejoined Hampton. "Your man Tessier learn. ed a lot about him. You aren't too old to learn thing-s, eh? Haricart considered. Wa all this a plan to get at the. bottom of the secrets of hi .gang? \Vas Hudson trymg to get evidence ag-ain t hi band which would epd the rou'nd up of th e Indian smuggle,.;! Or were his S uspICIOns unfounded anel was I1ud on merely a stray down gambler, willingto ply his profession in the tmy town of YeIIow Knife? "tt's a situation that must be Haricart considered. "After all a careful shot will Hud son any time!. for Alma I can tame her up in my camp very qUlet1y. And' Old Bill' could take an'un drink of' whiskey that mio-ht kill him. Well. we wIll see. The g-ame is 011. shuffle the cards." While H?-ricart and Hampton conferred there was equally as Important a ..(;()nference O'oinO" on between Alma and Hudson. b b I have a plan.(' Alma announced as Hudson turned to her after Haricart had left them. "Unfold it."-' have-gdt to get my father out of Haricart's power:' "How? "I. I knew, how do you suppose I would be-taking 11;to my confidence-don't oe woozy?" Its a bIgyou -have laid out?" It's a big country you are 111. Eye;vthing is big here.-even to our contracts."


THE INDIAN WEEKLY. 9 Hudson smiled. But he felt that he bad been grasped in his : hand. "Steering Jour half broken brought face to face with a dangerous situation. bronchos through the Point Escatado canyon ain't no "I would db anything I could to hcdp you, Alma, ciMh." and in this matter you may' count on me. But how "Especially J-hen we have a full treasure box," can I help you carry out this dangerolls plan?" replied .Phelps. "It's a shame for the company to send There is only one way," replied the "Wait, but so much cash with only one guard. I It's incitin' watch and hustle while yOU wait. I'll watch .at my rQbbery. Time s is too hard in the North-West to be end. Y o u watch at yours. When you get anything so a temptin' ones fellow man." that looks like helping us, spit it out to me. I'll do "I suppose there ain't enough ,guards to go out the same by you. By and bye we will put over some. two by two, eh?" thing that will get the old man out of his tangle. Not at this Hme of the year, You see there's treasSee? ure goin' to Fort Reso)ution, and Fort Providence, up "I'm with you, giil, all square," replied Hudson. Slave Lake an' there' s guards got to be on them W e will get this thing unwound. between us. Now coaches. There's enough of us guards to go round all it's tim e f o r the game to begin. I'll go back and deal the year but just this time, when the cash to pay for' faro until sun-up. Perhaps something will be dropped furs comes to the forts hereabouts trom the Hudson's about the table that willgive us our lead." Bay Company agency at Fort Churchill. Why, there's Alma nodded. a million and a half dollars goin' through this country And I will go and pull the oPd man off to bed. I right now on three coa c hes with one man to each hear him singing. I'll tend bar till sun-up then will c.oach a protectin' of it." .' shut up and put Jose on duty till aft<;:rnoon," she said. "It's sur' e takin1' long chances, replied Maltby. Hudson hurried into the gambling room where Alma -"It sure is." __ could hear. him calling, "Make your game, gentle-The creaked and crawled along up hill, m e n," in loud to attract a crowd from 'the bar-through the deep acrid dus u It ble w about the four room. / / toiling horses in great smoke-like clouds. He' s all to the billiards," Alma said. "I know ta The coach w:ith its hi g h lower b o d y its heavy s trai ght guy when I see him, if I am in a frontier town. wheels, its great brakes and the hi g h seat for the I 'can trus t Arthur Huds on. He is about the only man driver, with' a seat on the r oo f w h ere sa t the ,guard in Yellow Knife I can trust." made a dramatic picture. As A lma s p o ke a faint timid rap came to the door of Th'e building of the railroad has pushed this type the r oom in which she stood. of locomotion far toward the Arctic circle. "Come in, she shouted. Keno" Phelps, so called because he alwa y s lost No o ne entered. Instead the rapping continued. most of each month' s p a y at the fascinating gambling "Grea t s n akes!". Alma cried. "Why don't you game of "Keno," bore a repeatin g rifle across his come in you ninny. Here, I'll the door for you, knees. Around his bulky waist was the usual 4 5 -cali i f you d o n t und erstand good American, come in.' ber Army revolver, a weapQn used alm os t entirely itt Sui ting the a ction t 9 the word she swung open the the North-West. Whe n one its l e a de n car go landed door. It l e d t o the mairi hall of the Bank 'J!xchange, in an enemy's anatom y the enem y q ui t right th ere. and A lm a knew that who ever knocked, had come in Smaller caliber wea p o n s could n o t s t op t he ru s h of the main d oo r .of the building: because a draft of chill any man, or beast lar ger than a Jack rabb it. So Fery earl y m orning air swept over het. one carried a big caliber rev 9 l ve r Which -was most Alma saw tottering towards her a tiny figure. Its always spoken ,of as a gun." white f ace. and half closed eyes made her shudder, "It's bum this: job," Phelps said. "I'm gain' to Go o d Lordy," said the girl. "What's this?" quit it soon. A fellow ain't reatl y got n b sl)o w a g ainst: The figure swayed into the room. one of them' Road Agents.' They al w a ys gits a guard Alm a caught it just as it fell swooning forward face out of the bushes. Then, when he' s out the driver he downward. gets it, if he ain t fly and holds up his han s' at de foist Good Lord!" the girl cr.ied. "Why it's a boy. shot" W h ere ever did he come from?". Crack. The slight form in her arms gasped, shuddered and A flash of light sprang from the bus hes. Phelps o p ened its eyes. .. up Wi hands, and with a soft m o an fell over D id hit kill hIm? the pale lIps questlOne<;l as Alma dead. b e n t l o w to hear. The shot had passed through the poor guard's heart. He" had quit the job" quicker than he had thought. and before the resolution had practically left his mind. Bang! ... CHAPTER IV. IN THE POINT ESCATADO CAN YON. It's darker than any Indian's mind." That's pretty dark.'" .' PinI<: '" Maltby, driver of the ,Fort Rae coach thus spoke t o H Keno" Phelps, guard of the half million dol l a r tre asure b o x that reposed in the b oot of the great coach as it wound its way on its final stage of the long, l oner j ourney from Fort Churchill to Fort Rae. "bI hate this last stage of our trip," continued Maltby, as he felt out his leaders through the ,ems Tolle leading a handsome pinto broncho, plunged wildly anti lay,' still. The shot had gone through the animal s heart The rest o f the horses came to a plunging They could no further weighted down with tWeir dead compa:nion. "Oh, hell, I'm held up," resignedly s aid "Pink" Maltby. He had driven jn the North-West for forty year.s: A ho } d was no 'thing unusual, and without awaltmg the cry, 'Hold Up your Hands," held them ,up as a matter of course. One gets cynical after he has driven a stage coady forty years, and been held up by some bandit fo!, an average of three times each year.


.' 10 THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. In the first fll1sh of the dawn, a strange .figure Big hold up in de N orth-West. Big masked party stepped out of the bushes that lined -Point Escatado shoots up de Fort Rae Git's de box. canyon. It's an exclusive story. GIve me ten for It. Say, yer man wore a mask. His coat, or trappers blouse on.' was turned inside out. The boy rambled on. In each hand great loo!lled omiJ:1ously. "Oh, let up," yelled the Road Agent, "I h ate to My; hands are up," said Maltby in a bored tone of shoot a kid but this is getting on my nerves." . voi ce. "You needn't show anything more .. You've Stubbs or Stubbs' ey, .as he preferred to be called, got the drop on me. The guard is dead, I guess." ool of blood which lay supine, chatter. chill in death the top of.the coach, and which a The Road Agent gave three sharp few before had been i, Keno" Phelps. Three truculent ruffians slouched out of the under-. Human life in that great' wild country, is extremely. brush. bore a wicked looking riBe, with side cheap. arms,. of two revolvers . Get off that box," yelled the Road Agent. Tie up the man," snap'ped the Road Agent to the With hands fri the air Maltby stumbled down to the new comers. ground. In a trice Maltby was pinipned. your hands 'up." "Two of you thrd'w down tfie treJsure box." Sure." Two men Glimbed on the coach. In a moment the big Any passengers?" .' box with half a million in money in it came tum" You bet," snapped a chiJdish voice. A small figure 'bling to the ground. darted from the coach. ,,' Get the horses," commanded the Road Agent. ,The revolver in the Road Agent's right hand-swbng Two' f)ronchoes were quickly unhitched from the around until it covered the new figure. The weapon coach. The treasure box was swiftly loaded on a long in the left hand still covered Maltby. ttee between the two animals. Each horse bore one Who are you?" end, the box swaying in the middle. Who me?" asked the childish voIce. Get Qut of here quick," yelled the Road Agent it Yes, Y9u. Don't get gay or rll shoot you." the three men, It's getting light." "Hully gee!" gasped the child,. "Get.on to his Now you Maltby," continued the bandit, "and you Miner tlieatreship . Act de fOIst. De Hold Up. Ent'er kid, ypu just listen to me. Don't you give no descrip: guy wid de gun: 'Give me de Boys' says he tion 6 f me to anyone askin,' or me and my gang 'will or' I'll shoot.' My, aint dis great. Dis is de real get you." thing. Dat's punk.l' Maltby nodded. He well kneW" what it would mean "Shut up,s. yelled the Road Agent. "What yor' if he dared disregard an order. A shot from the name'." ,bushes any trjp he made in the future would silence "George Augustus Willoughby Stubbs," gasped the his tC?ngtje fbrever. now frightened boy" .. He rapidly explained to the boy that he had better Where are y'ou from? keep a close mouth if he wanted to. live long. Yoik, .cawn't ye see it from me clothing, old. I'm on," the kid whipped in, don't you think I'm chappie,' ; replied the 'youth whose fears passed away taking a chans't to die way out here. It's too far from quickly. "And then there's' me bloomiQ.' manners, little old BroaElvJay, to cash in. I'll not quit de gamp don't ye know." \ out of me old town." Where did you get him? asked the masked figure But when tqe boy looked up toward the roof of the of Maltby.' coach and saw the body of Phelps, the guard; he turned ( At Fort ChurchilL Came all the way up. Said he sick and faint. His face went white. He faced the was goin' to the Klondike to rri' ake his fortune," resudden death of the North-West for the first time. plied the driver. "Say," he whispered. "Did he kill dat guard? He's a long way from the Klondike out here," Aw, ain't shame. Perhaps he ain't hurt. Say, snapped the masked figure. "New you kid, have you Phelpsey, you ain't dead is yer?" got a gun?" . No answer came -from the still form. "S?re," the ?,oy. "Don't think I'd be out G.osh !" said poor whimpering Stubbs., '1'11 bet here if I wasn t i dat bIg masked bloke did get him. Gosh! '. "Don't either of you move," said the bandit. There His cries were checked from further utterance by was not much .. of a for the remark . Neither .the Road Agent. or boy wanted to move when he saw that unwinking You two fools here an hour" said the bandit. round revolver barrel his head. " Then I'll get a gC>d start on you. 'I don't care what The Agent WIth qUIck def,tness took two re-you elo then. But don't you dare stir for an volvers frOI? In the boy.s pocket he found Mal.tby was 1:.00 old a campaigner not to follow these an. old s)-Egle barr*d pIstol, made for the dlrectlOps. He waited until the sun was easily an edIficatIOn of every small boy of the East. Its leaden 'hour hJgh. Then he asked the boy to unbind him. pe!,let would n ,ot have a fly. Road Agent ha' d not bound Stubbs. Is that your gun? roared Agent WIth a You see that road there," remarked afte.r grea't burst of laughter. he was free, and had rubbed his cramped limbs untIl ': Bet your life," snapped the boy, "that'll me their circulation was restored. for awhile. Say, this is de goods. Oh, if I only had a "Yes, sure as yer born" replied Stubbs phone N ewspap,er Row! 'Give me ele City Well, you hit it quick. You go back 'to the town 'says 1. Say pard, I goes when I gets de mam guy.. of Yellow Knife. It's only a short distance back of


.. THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEFKL Y. 11 us, We had hardly left it when we were held up. ., A hold up," he shouted, Boys let' i make a posse Tell' Old Bill' Hampton, or his daughter A1ma and hurry to the sC, ene, ton, tl;at the Fmt Rae coach, has been held up, and the The crowd yelled in approbation guard s sh o t and the.treasure's gone. Tell him' Pink'. Come on then," cried Haricart as he rushed ahead Maltby sent you to ask him to send help. I can't do taking entire direction of the pursuit and the command nothin' with no horses. I on. himself. The dead coach horse was all that was left. The So strea1ned down the road the posse. No one bandit had ridden off one hor, se, two had been used to missed Alma and Hudson, but like tw.o flashes in the carry away the treasure, and the third was 'taken as a flush of the morning light, the party were passed in m ount f o r the t'1ird bandit. the first five hurtdred yards by Alma, who mounted on :\.faltb y spoke truly. He was helpless a great rangy Broncho tore along at top speed nearing B reakin g into a fast run Stubbs hurried off dow\1 Stubbs in front of her, while behind on a big bay the dusty road for aid. cantered Hudson, each armed to the teeth. The p oor lad, only years old, had supped on We must get to the scene of the hold up .first," said horro r s that night. As he sped along he revolved the Alma as she urged her horse forward ,at his greatest that he had wHnessed in his mind. speed "yvhen that gang gets' there there won't be a W hen he thought of "Keno" Phelps his bravery track ,Ieft '1I1 ten ThejY 11 out any clue vanis hed. Phelps had been very kind to the boy dur-we might find With their awk ward feet. illg j o urney. rhc):' had talk ed often together. ,," ,Don't talk, save your replied I;1;u dson. The guard had shared his meals With the boy, for the Give that beast of yours b oth w.hlp and spur: lad w as almost penniless. He had worked his way The two, man and woman whirled fa s t toward the W e s t fr o m N ew York, just for the fun of the life, and b ody on t o p of the F ort Rae c o ach and the w a s s uch an atom on,life's 'Seat that the guard had felt man awa)hngthem calmly. sorry f o r him. I h o pe isn't dead," sobbed the boy as he sp e d o m .. ard. "Anyway if he ain't it' s up to me to get a doctor." Trotting onward Stubbs saw the lights of the Bank Exch a n ge. He did not know that this was the place he h a d b e en directed to seek. But he blindly bolted into the hall o f the bleak, barren frame structure, and kn ocked at the first door he saw. T h e n h e fell forward into Alma Hamptop's pitying a rms, w h e n she opened the d q or. You poor kid Alma said as she kissed the white d i r t y fa c e What is the matter?" Stubbs sat up quickly. R oad A ge;Jts he whispered. R oad Agents," stammered Alma 111 surprise. W h a t d o y ou Dey g o t de ,Fort Rae coach, up de road a bit," de spera tel y continued the boy. "Dey de guard. I guess 'dat's wot made me faint. He was good to h e wos. Dey killed one-o-de horses and skipped wid de others, with de steel'box we had on de coach all de way up fr o m Fort Churchill." Alma g uessed the entire situation. Did they hold you 'up in Point Escatado canyon," s h e hurriedly. D on't know de name. Was a piece up de road," a n swered Stubbs. Did anyone send you? " Fellow said tell Miss Alma H;ampton, or Old Bill Hampton dat he was needin' help." What was his name?" Pink' Maltby," replied Stubbs. Alma n e eded no more explanation She dashed to the bar-room. Father," she cried, "the Fort Rae coach has been hel d up in Escatado canyon. Road Agents got the treasure box. 'Keno' Phelps has been shot, and ; Pink' Maltby, the driver has sent back for help." The bar-room loungers rushed to Alma as she spoke, Arthur Hudson who ,had heard the words came running in from the gambling room, followed by all tqe. fre.qu ente rs of the place. I Prominent among them was Chief .Haricart CH APTER V THE STR AN G E C LUE. "What's the matter 'Pink?'" asked A lma a s she threw her s elf fr o m her h o r s e almos t b e f o re the animal was o ut o f his swift s tride. A h o ld up?" Pink" Maltby n odd e d qui e tl y : H e sat o n the ground bes ide his h o r s ele ss coa ch There was not mu c h use f o r w o rd s H e M d b ee n hel d u p s o often' in hi s years o f service that he had n o t m u c h i mag inatio n left Nothing in the w ild tro uble had a p p ea l e d to him except that it wa s ann oy in g t o be b e hi n d time' with his coa c h H e w a s n o t r es p o n s ibl e f o r the lost half million. That had been I$:eno" Phelps' duty And Phelps had died without a chance t o defend his tre a sure, b y an assas s in bullet. "Well, th o t 'ght Maltby, ; he t0 6 k that chance when he took tha t j o b So Maltby didn t feel call e d upo n to be ver y en thtlSiastic ab out anything when Alma and Hudso n ar-' rived. ,) Did they get Phelp s?" queried Aima. Yes. Got him at the first fir e He w a s up o n top when they hit him. I put him in s ide. Better get some cattle and drive back to Yellow Knife. I can't lose much time. Got the mail aboard." What time y o u held up ? a sked' Hudson Just at day break." Did you see the man that held you up ? " Can you describe him?" "No. He was masked couldn't get a line on what he looked like." Maltby and Stubbs exchanged g lances It was not lo s t o n Huds on but he decide d t o a s k no m o re questi ons just then. "It's a pretty serious matter, this hold up ," said Hudso n t o Alma as he drew her a s ide "Yo u see the treas ure box must be filled at this time of tlte y ear. Then y o u know the shooting and killing of the' guard was rank murder. It stopped the Canadian mails, a grave offense. It must be a .very desperate thug to


12 / THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY, run all those crances. The Canadian government has which they used as the brace on which to sling their long arms." treasure box. They fastened one to each horse" "You are right," replied the girl. "And do you and then proceeded down the road. know that I think some how or other that Haricart I It's just wonderful. I see now." and his band are'in this thing." "There's one thing more to consIder, added Hud I've had the same impression but it's only an im-son. . h press ion. Haricart was gambling at my arm when What is it r You've got me all 111 t e aIr now," reo this hold up took place. He could not be iri it." plied Alma. "I know. My idea seems foolish. But you know The party of R oad A g e n t s three.111 l!-umber were a woman's intuition: But let us se

THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. 13 "The h man w 0 wore this moccasin I have In my hand." "Why? " if the man was an Indian he wou\d wear an Indian made moccasin." :: n .ot an Indian made foot-covering?" It IS not. I will show you why. First you see it IS not roughly sewed. Exactly alike are all the dif ferent parts of the moccasin . This shows that they were m ade by a machine. Thus we can see that the !)lan w h o owned this nicely decorated foot wear is no savage." , As you put it, I see clearly." If it had been a Sioux, or a Cree, or a Blackfeet -Indian, the tribes we most naturally meet in this territory, we would be pretty sure to get to the owner of this moccasin pretty quickly. The Indi,ms are after all, mere savages and white methods get most' of their secrets quickly." /, "Then you don"t think the finding of the moccasin important?" . Oh yes I do very important. It is a most valuab le clew I dare.say tflow that it will go a long ways to getting to the b<,?ttom of the identity: of the Road Agent. But it would be an easier job, much' clea rer, if we had only the Indians to deal with." I ".y Ott are convinced no Indian.wore that m oc casin?" Perfectly." "Why?" "Now you know, Alma, a white man toes out a lit tle He is taught that way of walking when he is a child t oddling it his mother's knee." "Yes." A white child's mother finds her off-spring toemg straight ahead. This is the natural gait for an children white or red. But she doesn't want her white child to walk' like an Indian: so she teaches the youngster to toe out.". "That is true. I well remember my dear dead mother, saying to me, toe out, Alma.''' .' Just fi t that moccasin over your foot So." Alma did as requested. See?" triumppantly pointed out Hudson. 101 The moccasin toes out . The man who wore it was white; not an Indian." Alma convinced. And unfortunately there are any number of white men that moccasin will fit. r can think of a half dozen right around opr place." "What is youf next plan?" asked Alma mightily impressed with th.e woodcraft of Hudson. "You seem ttl be. able to gather a wqnderful amount of facts from that mo.ccasin." In a case like this everything points somewhere. Now I may be wrong as to my views of this moccasin, but I feel that I am nDt very wrong. If I m istake not this mo c.asin is to be a vital clue in our quest. If we are through it we may re a ch our heart's desire." W ill y o u tell the posse of Qur fi' nd ? " Not as you value your life This must be our own s e cret fo.r the present. I don't think I am over step pinO" the mark when I tell you that I an idea that the F.oad Agent is this m?ment in Yellow Knife-but we h a d b etter get back qmckly to coach, the posse arrives." .. The way back to the coach was quickly 'l"etraced. / Stubbs, the boy, and Maltby sat patiently awaiting them. Any thin' do in' ," asked the boy. N 9thing":-except to have y

. 14 THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. the continuance of the search he would not dare to harm hinl. Spread out in the fashion of a big fan, and let us cover all the ground in search of the Road 'Agents," cried Haricart. He and Tessier ran hither and thither as if hot on a trail. Their united foot-prints ?oon ob literated any of the marks that had so enlightened Alma and Hudson. A shout SOQr{ informed the party that the missing horses to the coach had been found. They' were quickl y hitched to the coach and the party rett1;rned sadly to Yellow Knife. The body of plfelps was tur>!e d over to the coach station aQ'(1]t. and " Maltby, with an extra horse to replac e 11 c one that was killed l;>y the Road Agent soon was b along to Fort Rae, to repor:t the hold up, and the fact that not only was the half million treas ure but tl:e guard over it was dead . Haricart had fixed upon a scheme that he now began to put into execution. "Come on boys," he sllouted to the poss e. "We will go get a drink\ on me and talk this thing over. "I don't like the looks of that," whispered Alma to Hudson. Haricart is 'trying to make some trouble. He never bought a drink for a crowd in his life before. He will hardly b1!y a drink foJ;' himself." Don't be. suspicious," laughed Hudson. "You have need to be when you are dealing with Haricart," replied Alma, he is up to some devilishness." \ \ '. They could .hear the hum of 'many in the bar-' room. "Old Bill" was hard put to tt to serve the thirsty crowd. While the crowd were bus Haricart drew Pierre Huissier aside : "What do you think of that hold up?" he asked. "I can't say as I think any thin' attout it," replied Huissier who never wis noted for his thinking powers. I something I want to shoyv you,'" whispered Haricart. "Well, show it." Haricart handed Huissier a pocket-handkerchief. W ot's this?" asked Huissier. Examine it," requested Haricart. "It's just a handkerchief w i th hello what's this. Here is the letter' H in one corner. " Whose name does that H stand for? " How do I know. " Does it not stand for Hudson?" It certainly does "You know that Hudson is that faro dea ler here?" Sure." That's' certain l y h i s handkerchief, isn't it?" . '" Looks that way." Well I found that handkerchief not fifty feet from where we located the coach horses where the Road had turned them loose." I ,What! Hudson is a ,Road Agent,'eh? 'V ell t never' liked the sneaking cuss." In a few moments the entire crowd knew of the charge made by Haricart which backed by the ap-parent evidence of the .handkerchtef. In a half drunI

THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. 15 It Can y ou not do better than that Haricart" Alma ,q,ilick as a flash, I am of That ga me Isn t put up. good at all. Why, Stubbsey here, thIs boy by my sIde can give you cards and spades and do you out of any game like that." I Alma, we fellows ain't on," implored HUlss ler. , A l m a her weapon. She had the of the mob s hJ:! saw, and they woule! patiently hear her. It was now h e r task to influ en ce them away from H u dson and t h e idea o f l ynching him Now boys, Alma c ontinued, "let' s talk 'this over. \Ve don t want t o make any m i s t a k es. When Judge L y n ch's ve r d i<;,t is. in: there' s a c orpse to account for. You do n t want t o lynch an innocent man." It No No y elled 'the mob., .', It Now added 'the "What time Clid this h o l d u p tak e place?" It. Pink' Maltb y said it just about daylight this m o rnin g," replied H ussiCj[ for the mob. 'Exactl y answered A'lma. "Now where were you this mo rnin g at about daybreak." Huiss i e r scratched head. Thought was an eff ort. I "Wh y I was playin' faro here," he said w 'ith his mouth agape. It W h e r e was Arthur Hudson/then?" asked the girl. "W, h y shucks-say boys we are dead wrong on thi s," replied }Iuissier, with a great la p gh. Say, Hudso n w a s a deaTin g faro h,ere right then .. I he w a s, n ow I c ome to think of it." But h o w 'about this handkerchief?" Chief Haricart held up the article with a suggestiv e t wi s t o f his elbow : ,I." I B os h," replied Alma, "You probably stole' it off Hudson to try and play some such dirty trick Qn him, like this : Any way, wasn't Hudson and I at hold a head 6 f any of you boys. Didn't we rush by you o n our horses as yo.u took the toad?" "That's right boys,.I see her," said Huissier. It might be that Hudson dropp,ed the handkerchief near the scene of the hold up," added Alma,-" but what o f it? What has the handkerchief gotto do with anything, when a first class living: like Pierre here remembers that 'at the tIme of the hold up Arthur was here dealing faro. That alone clears Hudson." The crowd debated among itself for several minutes, Huiss ier was active in the talk. Haricart and Tessier saw that the trend of opinion had shifted to Hudson's innocence, and the two men hurried away quietly to escape sudden desire on the part of 'the mQb for bringing unproven charges against Hudson. "Was that Hudson's handkerchief?" asked Tessier as he and Haricart hurried toward the lake shore. Yes." Did -you find it near the scene of the 40ld up? "No. I took it out of Hudson's packet when he w a s busy dealing the cards last night. I didf)'t know when I was going to get a chance to u:;e It, but I play ed it in, as' I got ,. It didn't play in hard, thIS trIp. No, but any way, we have .got. to take action no.w. I we will to play It rIght (lown to We will have to abduct Alma, after all. The game IS n e ::lrlv over f or: liS here." II Whyj" I got a letter on that Fort Rae coach." "What say?" "It said that the smuggling game is pretty near up for us, from this point. They are getting' wise along ,the frontier as to our gang here on Great Slave Lake." r What are you going to dOi break up the gang? " Certainly not. I will just move to sonre other lo calit y I've a notion to cross the territory till we get t o the Bad Lands. Then we can ship our stuff around b y Fort Churchill, and drop the Montana and South Dako ta way we shipl?ing lately." That's a good idea." We won't haye use for 'Old Bill' if we shift quarters so we might as well clean him out of his cash by giving his daughter a run for a)Vhile up in our present camp." , I see." "Then we can get the old man'sbank-roll, switch out of here, return the girl'to him; get bif to the Bad Lands, and let it go at that." "How about Hudson?'" I "Just as soon as we get the girl you kill him." "He's too quick on the trigger for a straight fight "Oh, pot him 'Qut of tqe un erbrush. I don't care how you get him. Kill him quick, Jar if we ca r ry off the girl and he's on earth he will break through a steel safe but:' that he' ll gel heroack. He's sweet on her I think." "When we to steal the girl? 0_ Tonight is as good a time as any We haven't any use for' Old Bill any mo' re. Let's' get hk cash and run a s quick as we can.". "Shall I get the girl?" If you want to YQU may." I'd better break into her room." II Can t do that." "Why? :' Tl1e Bank Exchange is never closect. There's always some one about. Too dangerous." -"Then how can I dp it?" ,,'. ' I'll writ e her a decoy letter, and will send it to her 'by a messenger she doesn't know." Will she fall for it? " Yes." "That's about all then. Ypu tell me where to get her.' : "You be on the brink of the lake near where we hunted for the RQad Agent at about ten o'clock to night. three of our men with you. Bring only Indians I want any white but you in this. Have a canoe ready to carry Alma to our camp. She'll be there at the time I mentiqn. I'll fix that much But be careful. She's full of fight and can shoot like her side-partner. Hudson." I Never fear I'll get the little wildcat alI right." \ :rhe h'vo conspirntors then separnted. , Meanwhile Alma Hampton was busily engaged in stilting the cIamor of 'the Iyp.ching party. , She earnestly prayed that Hudson would not r eturn. Just bef o re the gang had begun to suspect him he had, at Alma s request, Rone to the post-office down the s tree t. t o s ee if the Fort Rae coach had brought any lette r s f o r the Bank Exchange Th e -Fort Rae, coach onl y ran t o Yell o w Knife once a \ month. Its monthly arrival a great deal to ev eryone with friends" in the .St;W:es)l as suO'h were ah'la y s called.. I '


16 I ''''-1 I THE AMERICAN' INDIAN WEEKLY. f Now you boys," said Alma, "it's time to call this. put your grub on a pack-horse, and you start for Fort matte r a drawn game. We know that liIudson didn't Rae." take any part in this hold up, now don't we." Yes." I Sure," remarked Hussier. No w you put enough grub on the horse to last a There's no reason for you to go any further in the month if necessary." matter, now is there? " Exactly." The answered in the affirmative. .. you pull out for Fort Rae. That'i two days Alma pointed out that Tessier and I Haricart each and nights e asy journey." had reasons of a private nature for making up charges. Yes." will never forget or forgive Hudson's "Ko one knows that you'v e g o t more grub aboard throwing' his dirty self through our window, you than will las t you to Fort Rae." kno w," pointed out Alma:. "And Haricart certainly W ell." backs up everything that Tessier does. I guess you "Then about four miles out, y o u jump the Fort boys are next all right. I need not say more.'" Rae trail take to the mountains. Then you go into The gang of men soon saw the force of Alma's argu-camp, and you come back in the n!ght, al!d you watch ment. Their hatred against Hudson, qu1ckly .turned this house. You watch. and YOll h6ten, hke an Indian to fury the arch plotters, Haricart and Tessier. on his first war path." "Where are the scoundrels," yelled Huissier. Yes." . They are the fe llows we had lynch. We will. I reckon you will hear l ots and much of what you teach them to bring charges against decent men, like hear will show up Haricart Clild his gang." I Hudson." "You.mean that jus t I am more value as a Fic kle as a child the crowd' statted to find Haricart scout outside than here as your companion and your and Tes sier. But they only dis covered a vast vacancy father's employee." where the two worthy scoundrels had been. I mean just this-you are marked for death here. "They hav e made a sneak.," yelled Huissier . Out This is a game of marked cards. Haricart nearly got into the o pen after them. We will get them at l'a:st." you just now with a faked up p ocket -handkerchief deal. The lync4er s streamed lustily out of the place bound It didn't work. But the next plant may." to h a ve a lynching. I' Precisely." Hudson soon returned from the post-office, if the For some reason or other Haricart apd Tessier are little corner in the stage-coach station could be digniafraid to' get you stra i g ht. They d on't dare to fight fied by that name where the scant mail for Yellow you man to man. They tried to job you by killing Knife was dep osited once a month. yap f o r a cr1'ioked far o dealer. Then they put up the I:ew people in Yellow Khife received any letters: haondkerchief deal. won' t put up but one deal They had' reasons for not communicating next." with the outer world. What is that? Hudson's face was a picture when he heard 'of the They will ass a ssinate y ou news Alma had to tell him. Not if I can help it." Did you hold off that gang, alone? he asked But you can't. ... Sure." ; ' Hudson turned ov:er Alma' s plan in his mind. He You are a brave little gir1." looked at it froin every possible point. It really was "Fudge. You would have done the same thing for the only plan that could be taken up he soon saw. me -:. Shall we see each other while I am out in the Of course I would. But then I'm a man and ex-underbrush?" asked Hudson. pected to do such things." J 11St as little as possible." Well, I'm a frontier girl that sticks by her friends Why? even if she has to dr<4w her gun now and then to Haricart's gang will be spying on us all the time." do it. " But we can communicate with each other?" You are the goods, Alma." Yes." "Bosl1. Stop this blarney:There's one thing you Hudson finally made' up his mind that Alma was have g o t to do right. He saw that he would be of more use as an \AThat is it." outside scout than in Bank Exchange even if" Old "Skip from these diggings." Bill's faro game thus lost a popular Nonsense.'" was immediately generally told all over Yellow Yes you have." Kntfe that Hudson was going to Fort Rae to live. "Why?" There was much feeling of sorrow over his departure "You are no us here." f?r Hudson had become very popular in the tough, "What do you mean? '! httle town. "Here you just wait to let gang pot you. Haricart and Tessier had carefully kept away from They 'll get you yet, some day." the Bank Exchange for reason of fear at exactly what H I begin to see day -light." would happen to them if they appeared They thought Now my plan is for you to give it out that Y0U are time had better assuage the anger the lynching going to pull S'ay you're going to Fort Rae, 01' party bef ore appearing in their usual haunts although any old pl ace. Then when it's all about Yellow Knife the l y n chers had dispers ed after their un'successful that yOlf a re leav -ing,you start.'" for the"two. men,. much of their anger gone. Exactly." Oh, Oh! saId Hancart t o. Tessier "our Faro B11t v o u don't start really you know." King flee' s fr o m us, eh? Ol-j, T d o n't Wh:!t do I do '?" Yes -him," repli e d Tessier no\\' how I am v (lu R e t your horse You get your blankets. You going to get him you tell." ..


THE AMERICAN INDIAN 17 "It's :I" poser," replied Haricart. "But I guess I spot in replied Haricart . But even that will see a way." has been provided for." How? " How?" "Hudson go straight to Fort Rae, along the Some six weeks ago i OI.d Bill' Hampton's favorite Fort Rae road, of course." shot-gun stood in' an angle behind his bar." I think so." It al"Xays-sto06l there I remember when' 01d Bill ': Oh, he will. I. hear he is packing up, and has his wasn t out hunting with it.", and hiS pack horse all ready for the starf. "Just so. Well as there was no one around just He will 1ead the" pack-horse, an' on it will -carry his when I saw the gun, I annexed it. blankets and provisions. He will surely take the "Y0lt pinched it?" straight Fort Rae Road." ': No I annexed it. Pinching is such a go-to-jail Looks that way." word. I prefer the word' annexed.' . My plan is easy .. vVe can not be mixed up in this, Ali right) annexed' 'or pinched' it's all the same Hudson is in too solid here Yellow Knife for us to to me. Take your choice. The shot-gun you have, get into a fight and kill him .that way." anyway." Besides he is such a splendid shot that he would "Yes, I have it safe at the camp. I didn't know just get us before we could get him." . what use I could put it to anyway, when I annexed it, Exactly.'" but we know now. I shall have fixed up for Hud-\ So what is your plan? son's kind reception when he starts for Fort Rae." It's very simple. I shall send for Howling Wolf, It seems to me that Hudson will never reach Fort our guide at the camp.". Rae." -<-< Yes \ It begins to look that way." He will be instructed to go ahead tonight and in And when the shot-gun is found it will be pretty some quiet spot on the Fort Rae road, build a trap good proof to Yellow Knife that' Old Bill' owner of for the gun, planted it to trap Hudson." "Because Hudson has been 'so attentive to Alma, "It's done this way; a double-barreled shot-gun, 'Old Bill's' fair daughter." loaded in each barrel with a half dozen bullets, arid an Yes." .' extra load of powder, is secreted in the bushes at a And ,with Hudson dead, Old Bill' ly.nched, or itt solitary spot." jail charged with Hudson, we will have Well? Alma safe up at the camp, and we will pull two strings' "The shot-gun is trained about at the waist of a on' Old Bill' if he is alive by that time." man riding by on a horse." . As how." Oh." I will go to him in jail, tell him I can rescue his Then the gun is eocked, and capped It's a regudaugq,ter, have oJIr gang break in jail and rescue him, lar arsenal, for the' many bulletS' it contains gives put the two of them over into America by the smugit a wide sweep. No one can live through the scattergler's underground route, for One Hundred Thousand ing, deadly rain it will distnbute when it goes off." Dollars:" Of course not." Has he got that much?" "From the trigger of the gun runs an almost in" If he hasn't he must get it." visib)e to a bush that seems to hang over the. Suppose he doesn't?" road, just about breast high to the rider who comes "I will pinch a clergyman from somewhere, although flying along at top speed or who comes slowly leading they are scarce in this country and marry you and a pack horse as Hudson will," Alma." Precisely." What',\.the use of all that trouble, Indian marriage "The rider sees the bush . His first natural moveis good for me." ment is to brushit aside. The motion explodes the "Yes, but not for me. If she escapes us any time, gun, and the rider falls dead riddled with bullets. One she'll be married to you all right, and if anything hap:' enemy the less, for US, eh? '. pens to her any time, you'd be legal heir to a portion But how about us? of her estate." Qh, we are seen about the town of Yellow Knife, "What is that worth?" even we may go into the Bank Exchange, and we can "I don't know. 'Old Bill' is thrifty. I should say not have been here in-Yellow Knife, -both of us, seen he had a million of money locked up in States by many people, and out there where Hudson lies dead where he can get it when he wants it He told me at the same time? ) once that when he got two million cash he was going Tessier cogitated. He was slow witless, a to reform, quit the take Alma to t?e bundle of contradictions. Educated In Montreal, of and settle down and a die a goo.t church member. a good French Canadian family, he, .one m0!Uent talked stolid Tessier was fired by the picture that like an educated man;.. the next hke a Simple thug. Hancart had drawn. His thoughts seemed to move the same way; one "Hudson he thought, "I have sweetmom en. a simple'rough uncouth bull;: appeared to be for my :After the III drop her thinking over a problem; the next It was analyzed In the lake some night, making her death appear to surprising vigor. . I be aC' c ic1ental. Then we will trick.' Old Bill ,and get That's all well for us said TeSSier at length, but the hundred thousand first l a y claim to Alma s estate you will leave the to be accounted for. If net, s eeing that 'Old gets' underground' we use one of ours it may be traced back to the g ood, when he sta rts for hIS beloved States-say, .thls camp? is certainly the !1ifty Admirably! Yott put your finger on the only weak Hancart watched TeS S ier With furtIve eyes.


18 THE AMERI<;::AN INDIAN WEEKLY. Is it a good plan? he asked in soft, snakey h issing tone. I best ever. You hurry up and' get the gun' ready, put Howling Wolf at work. We will get rid of that 'gay boy Hudson, first, within the next few hours. The rest of'the plot is to come late." Tessier then asked what was b est to do as to abducting Alma. 1 I have a plan as youkpow. You be at the tryst at the lake side. I will see that she is theTe Never fear." Both men laughed beartily. as they thought of the comin g trig-hes work. \iVith Hudson dead on the Fort Rae road, Alma in our Cafl1p,) Old Bill' under suspicion of murder, I guess we are King 'of Yellow Knife, all right, 'eh? smHed Tessier.' On to the said Haricart. "We must pull over this scheme tonight: CHAPTER VII. Crash! boome d the revolver. Away spun a button. Bang!" cried the weapon. A howl 9f pain escaped Fritz. Tessier's second shQt was a poor one. It had missed the btltton and buried itself in poor" Dutch" Fritz's wrist. The wound was extremely p;:tinful and Fritz moaned afd danced with pain, his blood flowing fast. Bad shot," cried Tessier. "I'll put the poor devil out of his misery." Dutch" Fritz had no great knowledge of his new land's language but when Tessier raised his revolver he knew enough to run. .Like the speed of the moun t a in wind he fleci for life down the narrow street. R oaring with laughter Tessiersent shot after shot in the general direction of the flying lad. By a streak of good f ortune, the whiskey, and the mirth of Tessier made his aim bad, and "Dutch" Fritz escaped with his life his dying day he bore a great scar on his wrist. , "Great sport," cried as he entered the saloon and asked for more liquor of the attentive bar tertder. -" It was, sure,'" replied Haricart who when drinking never showed fhe effects of the liquor he drank. He "Goot l bye 1'.11", Hudson! Write us when you get grew always calmer, deadlier, more crafty with each .to Fort Rae." drink. When in the stage that would mean hilarious ALMA HAMPTON IN PERIL. }n the full blaze of the ,afternoon sun, Alma said intoxication for a white man, Haricart became a good bye t? Arthur Hudson., "Ctld Bill" half sober dangerous amn, like a wild beast, ready to rend and wavea his good wishes by her side, destroy any living thing that <;rossed his purpose. Haricart and Tessier from the "Trust and'Deposit" I The two men continued their debauch. saloon the only real rival to the" Bank Exchange 'I in Alma Hampton across the, street in her father's Yellow Knife saw Hudson depart, saloon was sensible of the dangerous proximity of the Haricart and Tessier intent in proving an aliiji, had ,two men, started on one grand so that as its throes: proShe had passed word to her father of the fact that gressed all Yellow Knife would witness 'their presence Tessier and Haricart" were on a drunk" in the" Trust in the village, and would b willing to swear an alibi and Ueposit" saloon, and" Old Bill" saw in a moment for them,' that there was war. '\0 the knife on between him and Tessier and Haricart on a spFee were about the his recent allies. 'He armed himself and awaited any wildest pair that ever swept down on Yellow Knife. overt act on the part of hi's once pals. The" Trust'and Deposit" bar-tenders wondering at Don't you fear," said t, Old Bill" to Alma. "We their guests, who had so long been identified with the are better rid of that gang than have them' about." "Bank Exchange" crowd, were not loathe to accept "But father," replied Alma, "aren't you in their the money' of ,the two roisterers, It came a flow of power?" gold over the bar, and the noise the two men made "Shucks! Not a bit;" replied "Old Bill" "I've coulrl be heard a block kind of men I was with years. Come on," yelled Tessier as he danced out in the fhey can t put over anything on me. We are safe open street, I'll buy booze for every man i n Yellow except frqm their open warfare or plots." Knife." A.lma was exceedingly pleased. As he yelled there came around the corne r a s louch" Then all we need fear just now" she said "is their ing figure of a half grown lad. It was" Dutch Fritz," cO;;ling over here and shooting up the place.'; a poor harmless boy, had drifted into Yellovy Yes. But they won't come over here. It's too Knife from the' States a week before, and being-such open. They might try to set us afire some night. an obvious tenderfdo t as new comers' from tge States won:t a open fight." were known in the territory, h e had been th<; butt of Old Btll was nght. The sounds of merriment, many rough jokes. punctured by frequent revolver shots, came floating Dutch" Fritz wore a queer jacket, made in Germto : the Bank Exchange from its rival saloon, but many, and uncouth and to ,the eyes of nothl1lg more Was seen of Haricart and Tesskr. low :Knife but quite the fashionable thing in far off Matters ran along thus until about nine o'clock that Germany. night. Alma was wonderingwhere Hudson was and The coat was decora t ed with fonr big pearl 'buttons How' he fared. ,.' , on t'e sleeve. A'f k' I I _I1C s I spea mg ler name came a knock at the door. These caught drunken Tessier's eye. She opened it. An Indian whom she had never seen H o! Ho! he yelled, "watch me shoot off the but' before stood in the doorway impassively holding out tons." a I)ote. drew his revolver. Fritz stood Alma ,t09k it. She saw it bore her name. The iparalyzed by fear thought came to 'her that she did not know the hand-


THE INDIAN 1-9 wntmg. In fact she knew. in some occult way that the note was f:om Arthur Hlfdson, but she suddenly remembered with. a pang that neither she or Arthur had been sharp enough to arrange any code of secret signals so that any note sent by either would be l{nown by each to be genuine. "\Vhat a chump," thought Alma. "Arthur never' has my handwriting. I have never, seen his. We might get fooled by anyone knowing this fact. But no one l "What kind of looking man?" asked Alma in In-dian pigeon English. . "No savey," replied the' Indiart. How white man look." "No see. Half dark. Take not. Man give me two bits. Ugh!" Alma understood that it was dark when the note was handed the Indian. He did not see the man who gave it close enough to give a description, but the man had to'd him to come to her and had given her proper direction to the Indian with a two bit (twenty-five <:ent) reward. I guess it's all right," thought Alma. "Come in, I will give you two bits more for YOl1r promptness," The Indian nqdded. He took the quarter a moment later and vanished into the gathering darkness, "Meet me on the banks of Great Slave Lake where the Road Agent shot 'Pink' Maltby. Do not fail. It's very important, a life or death' mat,ter-" Arthur," Alma read. "Gee," she said half -aloud,' "what has happened. I wonder what I ought to do. I don't know Arthur's handwriting. This seems all straight. I wonde.r if I have got up against a plant-no this is all right." Stubbs, the news-boy who had been Alma!s sM.dow since' his arrival at the Bank Exchange, whp .now was looked upon as one of its company chlppe(l 111 at this point. He had noiselessly entered' the roOm as Alma was reading the note. Say, Miss Alma," he asserted, "You go and yer feller. I ain't so big but I'll go too. You go fOist I'll foller ve. See?" Den if any thin' happens wot ain't right, I can per tect her:" earnestly the atom of boyd?m. Alma laughed merrily. The idea of Stubb s actmg as her protector was a fUH!ly one. But she saw his idea was a good one. "You may be small but you've &ot -sand," told the boy. "Now I will put you wise to one thmgvou follow me. If it's a plant you can give the alarm. 'If it's all right Arthm. Hudson will. be g'ad to see us hoth. and it's better no man 111 the dark witho11t some boy or woman with eh?" St"bbs was overjoyed. I tell yer. Miss Alma." he said, I'm to as a scout. Say. it's a great countr,Y. 1111 begmnm,g l/i lil.(' it as well as Noo YOlk. Say. but dat s de creamy city. Aw. de bunch on Row give up de stuff to be 1t1 my shoes. A gom to get, {'\'en wid a lot o stiffs like dat H ar-C<.'lt and hiS ugly side stiff Tessier, is wort, de mon' eh? We'll carry off de bundle under de wire by a nose: It's a case of 'de fav'rite wins at Brighton Beach race ( an' dey ain t no odder horse in de bunch dat get's a look in." . j "All r .ight Stubbsey," replied Alma. my K.night from n 'ow on." Stubbs was vastly pleased. He didn't know what a "Knight" was like but if Alma appointed him to the position it must be something good. At nine o'clock he and Alma mounted on two bronchos started for the tryst made by Hudson. Alma went ahead. Behind her came Stubbs. Alma who was wise beyond her age, had wrapped the feet of each horse carefully in burlap. Neither animal made any noise as he trotted along, although his speed had been -[educed by the operation .' ' We have plenty of time to get to the trysting place," Alma assured Stubbs, but it's best to go still along the way. Tessier and Haricart are ready to do anything. They ,might pot us both out of the bushes any time." Stubbs was never before on a horse in his life But he made go od -weather of it, naturally liking the wild life of the territory, and he clung to his perch on the big broncho's back like a rider who had from birth, been used to the fast gait of a fiery N orthW horse. "I've got me gun," h

;' 20 THE AlViERICAN IN.DIAN b e his base of supplies. He could "s.take-out" the With no more noise than a cat would maKe the boy . I I at f soon was directly i n the wai(e 'of the abductors. that, is tie .It to a ong an. or rope 0 ., iWl's ted horse haIr" ThIS rope, fifty, feet m lengt. h, was HulIy Gee," he thought, t'ree Indian's--"'-say, am t d fi I k attached to a long spike, to be rIven. rm y mto th, e dat, dat Frenchie, Jean Tessier wot de ye tm d h I b rt f o-dat? ground. The horse thus ha muc ley 0 actIon The party hurried to the lake side, saw. in grazing, and yet also was firmlr tethered, h Alma was struggling hard for freedom, but her strug. vVith a camp and plenty of supp les, an extra orse, gles were useless She was wrapped so tightly that right here, near YelIow Knife, yet far away enough to her struggles nearly smothered, her, but gave her no be safe from prying eyes, I can act as a pretty able freedom scout" thought Hudson. "Dey's got yer, Miss," thought Stubbs. "It's up He'proceeded steadily watching carefully for any to me to help get yer free. Favor for favor, says me. si'O'n of an ambush. He knew that somewhere along Dey got ye, but dey ain't got me." road an attempt would be made to assassinate him Sotin t ,he party of ruffiaIfs halted at the side of the by Haricart, and "Tessier. lake. A canoe awaited them moored a few feet out "They never would let me get away wlthput an at in the water. tempt t o get me," Hudson thought. "\Vell, we will 'Stubbs laughed to If there was anything trv and see they don't." on earth that Stubbs could do well it was to swim. -H e pulled his horse up sharply. In his younger days he used to haunt East side 'The road was almost roofed in interlacing trees . docks near excursion steamers on the great East side Around him the R!-'eat silent forest lay. The road was of New York city. Then he would furt lovers on n arrow at this point. 'the boats to throw coins into the deep waters of the Yet Hudson hesitated. '\ And Stubbs 'would beat the coins to the bottom He saw a great bush had apparently sagged down with a great dive, every time. from the leafy bower above him, until it hung down Say, ifdose fellows take to de lake de'ys playin'.me about where a man would strike it in passing. long suit," Stubbs thought: There -was unusual about this. Iii these The party hurried into the canoe. Indians soon ,.sat trackless wilds trees and bushes often obstructed even at ,the paddles ready to start. Tessier in triumph gave the best cif territorial roads, the order to give way. But the r e was something that told the keen sense But quicker than thought Stubbs had vanished into of Hudson that there was danger ahead of him. the water. '\i\That it was he did not at first ee. He hustled around bejhind the canoe, Then his keen mind spelled out. the storY. OfJe little hand grasped it. I "Oh. ho!" he thought. "There's a \vrinkled leaf As the-Indians started the craft with swift, powerful that has caught my eye. How did that come there." strokes, bearing Alma Hampton away to an unknown, Hudson knew that a dead leaf on a hrub was a horrible captivity, behind deep in .the water with only natura l .proceeding; but he further knew well that a the tip of his nose shbwing, followed Stubbs, a paswrinkled I af, not dead but simply dying in the heat of senger unknown to the abductors, and one liable to the sun of the late afternoon, was not a natural pro-' m 'ake much trouble for triumphant Jean Tessier, who ceeding, \ laughed in glee when he fuought how eas ily he had That bush did not grow there," Hudson analyzed. secured his prey, Alma Hampton. If it had the leaf would be dead not heat crumpled. I'll pave a pretty little wife soon," he whispered, That shrub was put there recently. \Vhy, and by U and later I w i ll get m y share of' Old Bill' Hampton's' whom? ,. estate." The more he gazed 'the less did Hudson like the ap Just,then Stubbs took, a firm the ring ih the pearance of the shrub. bow of the canoe, to which lte had attached himself. Finally he 'dismounted drawing the bridle reins for-H Say, you may be fooled, .likewise sucked in" he ward over the horse's head, and trailing them on the said to the swirl of waters about him ground, A N orth-West horse will stand for hours Up the lake the canoe sped at frantic speed. thus H hitched." CHAPTER VIII. ARTHUR HUBSON'S COUNTER-PLOT. Arthur Huds,on along at a fair jog as soon as he had left Yellow dife. He first proceeded dir ctly alOng the Fott Rae road, and soon passed the scene of the hold up, and was several miles toward the: fort. At a point about five miles from Yellow Knife was a trail that led over the mountains to the Bad Lands, where there was little vegetation and therefure not much animal life. Trappers kept away from the Bad Lands. and sd the trail little frequented. Hudson to go along this trail for a mile, then strik, e into the woods and camp, The camp would \ As careful as a wolf around a trap Hudson ap' proached the shrub with much caution. Long he eyed it when underneath it but not touch 'ing it. ,His head was several inches' above those of the average man, but he saw that he could walk under neath the shru6 and not disturb it. I would hi t it breast high if I was on horse-back," Hudson thought. "Oh, I see." had caught sight of a strong wiry horse haIr !wlsted rope that ran from the bush to the trunk of one of the interlacing trees, and then vanished. Why is that rope there." went on Hudson. "Trees don't grow ropes even in Mackenzie territory. H\Jman fingers put that rope there: Now why?" ,made a wide detour. He approached the shrub from the opposite side. V l ell, quite simple." He sa w the twisted rope Jed to the tree, down the leafy trunk, and then vanished in the thick underbrush.


,. THE' AMERICAN INDiAN WEEKLY. < I 21 "}'ll ,investigate that thicket," he thought. 'the figure lying so still and plunged his knife into the Keepmg on the far side of the thicket Hudson soon prostrate shape. '. came across the shot gun. As .the bJow fell Hudson stepped out o(his hiding "Well by Gosh!" he muttered . "That's a pretty place. His rifle, long, deadly was at his shoulder. nifty contraption. Injun brains put that up. If it had His. two eyes keen and piercing glanced along the n


.. 22 I THE AMERICAN INPIAN WEEKLY. "What else did you do for Haricart besides build this infernal machine?" queried Hudson. "Take note-give it your gal, Alma," replied the Sioux." \\That?" ,I Ugh." Who gave you the note." Chief.:' Haricart? " Yes." 'mind was ablaze with suspiCion. "When," he demanded. ., early part this sleep." Did you give the girl the note?" "Yes." ,I "What did she say?" Not anything." Did you know what the contained?" No." / What did ,Haricart say \yhen he gave you -the note"? "Nothing. tell me give note girl; no s.abe if'she ask what I am." 'Haricart sentI Howling Wolf with note, to Alma! Hudson pieced out, telling Howling Wolf 110t to let Alma know who sent him, or from where he came. Except," went on the Indictn, "I to say you gave me off Fort road, to girL" "You red devil," translated Hudson, "Haricart'told you to tell Alma I gave a note to you to givt her. What else did Chief Harica'rt say? ". no talk with' mj. He tell Jean Tessier, say dat girl she meet you, they' take her-something like dat. I no sabe." The Indian's words died in a soft mutter. But Hudson read between his words. He brought a mental picture to his mind. "The gang have ,abducted Alma,: he moaned. "I see it all. The note was anothr dirty Sioux trick. Oh, why did I not let all my handwriting be seen by Alma. I don't think she has ever seen any of it. She must have. been lured somewhere-where?" He continued his questioning oi the Indian. "How far is it to Haricart's camp?" "Not far." It's .on Great Slave Lake, isn't it? "Yes-MacLeod Bay." "You mean th, e part of the lake they call MacLeod Bay?" Yes." Then 1t is about five miles from here to the Chief's camp." ,,' Yes." \ East <\,1" \V est? Dunno." I Could you get there alone?" j' Sure." If I give you a big barrel of whiskey, a pony, flour for twenty moons, blankets, a rifle and lots of tion-say for twenty moons-will you take me to the Chiefs camp?" Howling Wolf's eyes gleamed. Here was a wonderful bribe. With all the things H 'ucl.son had enumerated he would be the richest Sioux in territory. \Vhat if treachery gained the baubles. Wasn't Haricatt rich by treachery? Howling Wolf was tempted. He fell like a 'Sioux without a tremor. How I know I get Hngs?" he asked. -, You'll' get em all right," replied Hudson. "Word of a white man good you know, my word good." ,The Indian He knew Hudson's reputation for good and fair dealing with .the Indians around the Bank Exchange. All right," Howling Wolf said. "You come. 1 got canoe." . On1y w.,aiting to stake out hiS stock near water in the center of thiCk woods, and cachemg hiS cyoods'so no white wolf would destroy his stores, Hud ;011 followed the Indian back toward a little shaded point of iand where the crafty Sioux had hidden his canoe. Hildson saw to it that he carried a fair supply of food. Well armed, and ready for the fray, the canoe with Hudspn and the Indian was soon headed for the Hari-cart .urst of speed. In the half light of the early hours of the day after midnight, Hudson glanced around. He trembled at the sight about him. :rhe lake had narrow.ed il1to a sort of bay. Across thiS canoe was flymg and as Hudson gazed the frail bark slipped directly at a unobstructed precipice of great white rock that seemed ./ to tower a mile high over their heads. lake came flush to the bottom of the awful nrec lplce .from a dull horrid roaring that came from dlrectIon they were going, it seemed to Hud son as If they would, dash into the foam of the surf that was beating on the tremendous rock, and that canoe would at once dashed to bits. Look out, Ho;yvhng Wolf," cried Hudson. "If you


) THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. 23 get in that surf there; you will be dashed into bits. If the canoe is sunk, we can never climb up the steep face of that precipice to safety." Hudson knew that Great Slave Lake was a fearful power when. it was lashed under whip of the sudden and qUlckly ended storms that often rage in the great North-West. It was evident to him that a storm had passed a tew hours before at this point and the roar he heard was the surf it had raised in passing. "You sit still," ,commanded Howling Wolf. "No dapger, I all right." Deeply excited and fearing every moment that he would feel the' crash of the cande on the rocky shore, Hudson clung for dear life to the sid e of the canoe which was now going faster as the surf and wart arm of the Indian sent it toward the rocks. "Look out, I say,", called Hudson again. "Don't you see t1:tat we are in a shore current and will be on" the rocks in five minutes." Even as Hudson spoke the current acquired a terrible velocity, Each moment added to the speed. Howling Wolf had ceased paddling. He sat still in the center of the canoe only now and then seeming to give direction to the craft., Y Oll fool Indian," yelled Hudson now thoroughly aroused. You', keep still," shouted back. the India'h. I know." \ 'Hudson saw that he must need obey. There was no other course to The canoe was well toward the shore now .. The waters boiled and htssed with' tremendous con-vulsions about them' A wave dashed hissing aboard the canoe. Hudson started to bail it out quickly. The water is burning .hot," he yelled. He knew in a moment that the canoe was rushing through a fearful boiling They were in the center of a spouting mountain of boiling water, which if the canoe swamped could only end their lives with one burst of deadly agony. I can feel the sides Of the canoe get hot," yelled Hudson. "How1ing Wolf, retrace your steps. Get out of this infernal place, quick." Howling Wolf shook his head. "White man sit tight," he replied. "Leave to me all. Get all safe out. Ugh." The canoe meanwhile sped forward. Then it hesitated. Prodigious streaks of foam were seen on side. I Suddenly, extremely suddenly, the cano<: trembled, seemed about to sink, righted itself-and then" It is whirling around in a circle," shrieked Hud now almost beside himseif with terror. "Weare whirling about in a great, horrible circle." He spoke the truth. The canoe was evidently slowly whirling around from No.rth to South. The edge of the whirl was by Hudson to be a great belt-like-strip of foaming water. Glancing over the side of the canoe, it, looked to Hudson as if he and Howling WoH stood at th. e top of a lono-. funnel of smooth, shining, jet-black water, 'that made a sort of fierce tunnel, from which vOl1).ited great jets of steam, and from which came an .. awful appalling roar like the great. thunders of the wonderful' cataract of Niagara. The whole atmosphere seemed to be trenbling with the splendid convulsion through w hicn nature was passing. -, II We are in a great whirlpool," yelled Hudson to Howling Wolf. He strained every nerve to !1'J.ake himself -heard, he knew he was yelling at the highest notes of his voice, Xet the sound seemed in the awful din about him to be only a mere whi-sper, "Keep mouth shut; no get hurt down throat," yelled back Howling Wolf, who took the horrible situation the canoe was in quite as a matter of :f;lct,' "To tell a man .to keep still when he was drifting about in a big whirlpool of boiling water, sounds fine, now don't it," ,thought Hudson_ I have a good mind to put a bullet through that infernal Indian's head." Then he thpught changed to the idea that this plan would be quite foolish, for Howling Wolf was his only chance for life, and to remove it would be like cutting off one's ,nose to spite one's face, All this time the canoe was spinning roun d and round, Now arid then a great wave would dash the canoe upward, and Hudson would feel dizzy and faint as he-was rushed up toward the sky' at frightful speed, Jhen with a plunge that seemed to drop him to the uttermost e 'nd of time, the canoe would fall far down into the depths of the horrible whirlpool. "I guess this is our last plunge ",to' death,' ; Hudson would think every time the canoe descended. But when the Indian's 'strong arm tighted it and it contirtued on its long curve around the great whirlpool, Hudson would take courage again. I wonder if this Sioux knows his business," Hudson thought. "If this is the way to Haricart's of thieves, he .can keep )lis old camp. I'll get ashore anet stay there." . But a thought of Alma's peril steadied Hudson's shattered nerves. Brave as a lion under ordinary circtmstances he was "tip in the air" he was brought face to face with the terrible situation that now faced him. But he soon pulled himself together The canoe suddenly took a northernly direction. Hudson' saw that Howling Wolf had' paddled with great strength right into what appeared to be a great cloud of vapor and rising steam, But that there wasintent i!t his de;d showed quickly. The canoe was now on an even keel, and was hurrying along in semi-darkness by great wooded shores of wonderful up a sort of creek, in perfectly stili water. "Is it hot?" thought Hudson. He trailed his hand pver the side of the canoe. No it is regular cool lake water again," he replied to his own thought. Howlirk Wolf hurried the canoe forward. "That ,,,,-as ol1e of those peculiar freaks of nature," thought.Hudson, "a boiling spring, or geyser of water right in the lake. There must be a crack in the bottom there which lets up the fires of some concealed volcano to make such a wonderful whirlpooL'" ire now saw that in some way Haricart had dis covered that hidden behind the geyser was the creek two were now passing along. "Haricart saw that the geyser could be passed by descending its fearful depths," remarked Hudson ,'to Howling Wplf. "Sure," replied the stolid Indian. Not bad like j I


. 7 T THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. Jooks.. Only go few feet. Tink go down hell. :eh? H ttdson nodded: A sing le flicker of amusement was all' that the Sioux allowed himself. It passed over his coppery visage and was gone like the flash, of a sun-ray. "No one would ever dare to try that wonderful de"'scent unless he knew the secret perfectly," added Hudson. "So far as surprise by the Great Slave Lake route Haricart has chosen a perfectly safe position." Hudson glanced at, the frowning crags around him. "Only an Airman," he added, "can attack Haricart from the shores." His heart sank when he thought of the difficulty 0. 'rescuing Alma from Haricart and Tessier's clutches. "I must l ea rn how to get to the secret camp of this gang first," Hudson muttered. Then he turned toward Howling Wolf. "How do you !Set down that whirlpool," asked. "Don't go down," replied the Indian. "Just looks like so." "\Vhat js the secret of getting into th e mouth of the creek?" "Keep righ'lon, to right; you get out bimeby The extreme simplicity of the entire proceeding maee Hudson smile. "Got scart at he r e marKed. "WeI don't really go down, we just cross that big whirlpool, eh?" "Yes." "Keep always to the right?" uYes. "That is in going in." "Yes." "How about COining out? "Go West." Jus t pa(ldle boldly in' and 'keep paddling?" "Yes." f[udson l a ughed in glee, Here was what looked like a fearful obstacle to the succor of A11l1a, smoothing itself out, and ending in being no obstacle at all. You take good care, stick by me. Land n.ow, bimeby." Thus spoke How ling Wolf. He was slackening the speed of .. the canoe. Far ahead Hudson could see gleaming lights, a large camp fire, slouching forms, and he knew that he was n earing the haunts Hudson came to himself a s?,ock. I' I "Well I'll be-no I won't either, he said I be blessed. How by aU that's good did you get here?" "Aw sa.y," replied Stubbs, for i t was the lad, "'twas a dead picnic for me, dat sWIm up. ,See. I Just on to de back end' o -dat canoe. Den dey tows me along. W y pal, I've hung on to '(Jer biggest excursion steamer on East River in N 00 Y oik till dey was way by Hell Gate. DIS wos a snap CaNoe can't' go like one 0' dose steamers, -eh?" "Where 'is Alma?" Stubbs rapidly told/oi the the note sent Ha.ri cart, so by piecing out what Howlmg Wolf had told WIth the facts presented by Stubbs, Hudson knew the entire programme of-the Haricart gang. .: " But ho,w did you get by the bOllmg geyser? que ned Hudson of the brave boy "Say dat was tuff," Stubbs replied. "Ge, pal, but de water began to get IJotter and hotter. No boiled Stubbs in Great Slave Lake soup, sez I to me self. So I quits de canoe and hikes out for de shore." "Did you know1 where-the shore was?" "Nit." ;' How did you know way to swim?" "Aw say, you, makes me laugh. Wot did I care about de shore. 'I knowed dis lake wa'n' t no ocean. All I'se had to do was to swim, and keep a-swimmin'. I'd hit a shore some time.'" "Don't you thinJ<: you took a long chance?" "Oh, say wots eatin' yeo I've been takin' chances' all me lif e-didn't I tell yer I comes from New YOlk? Aint Ih 'in' del' t ak in' long chances every day? I guess yes." "When you got ashore what did you do?" Hustled." "How'?" I J ink s to me self; tinks I,-now Stubbsey you stick by de shore. ain't no senSe in gettin' lost in dose woods up dere to your right, even if you 'don't get lo st, tinks I, some an-i-merl'll get yer. So I sticks down by de water. I was pikin' along hitting only de high places wen I hears two mell a at each other. I draws me near. Say, 'twas you and dat big In-' dian sends to'Miss Alma 'dat note. I gets me lamps on ye by a-cralin' up close. Den I talks yer name. See?" "Say, why didn't you come right up to me an speak right out? ': asked Hudson. of the Haricart gang. The canoe grated on the shore. It stopped "Come l ong," whispered Howling Wolf. "Did yer ever gc; up to a mule and, speak out loud, suddin like?" ", Hudson obeyed. It was a thrilling m oment., He knew-that the treach .. y of Howling vVolf mi ght be show n any moment, and that h e might' be turned over to the' vengeance of the Hari-cart gang at a breath. Huds on shuddered to think what would be his fate, alone in these fastnesses, with Haricart and Tessier free to wreck their vengeance up o n his captive body. But' he had gone too far to retreat. Having trus ted Howling Wolf so far he must trust him to the end, "You hide in woods," grunted the Indian after' leading Hud-son a few feet up a steep bluff "I come bimeby." "How you find me?" queried Hudson. "Howling Wolf know; you no fear. I find." Thrust a shore in a wild country, miles from the nearest habitati o n with only the slender stock of provisions he had taken from his store on his pack-horse between him ana starvation. was rather of an unpleasant situation. By all chances Hudson saw, he was iri deadly peril.; But he also saw that he must sta nd fast and wait and see just what Howling Wolf would do. All ri ght, he 'whispered, get hack as soon as YOtl can Howling Wolf disappeared in the darkness. A voice struck keen Iv on Hudson's ear. "Hudson! Oh you Hudson!" It came clear and in a childish treble. "I'm certainly going mad," thought Hudson. "I hear. a voice, a childish voice calling my name. Of course tha,t is merely the beginning of madness. I will be a maniac and get t6 teat 'up trees. and eat roots soon." "Hudson." Again came the whisper. ,_ "Here I go, very crazy," muttered Hudson. "Crazy as a bed-hug. No hooe : The Dadded cell for mine." The voice continued. Then there came '01)t of the darkness a tinv f.orm which darted up to the panic stricken man. "Oh vou Hudson," voice said. "Ain't dat you? S ay, sport, dis is yer old pal Stubbsey." .. No-but what's that got to do with your speaking to me." Ah, gow on. Yer iike a mule s udd en like-he kicks and you might See? "Oh, you feared that I might shoot you?" "Or stab me," replied Stubbs. "Dis place ain't no society hand me out. I didn't tink it safe to waltz up and hand me card to yer. Me and de Coroner ain't big friends yit. We don't want to kno'w each odder better at at." "So you thought best to speak my name until I identified you?" \ You bet, an' I scrooched low behind datt.tee, over clere, while yer was indemnifying me. See?" You are a brave boy, and will make a great' woodsman ;;ome day," said Hudso n. "Tanks, as de feller sa id when d ey was a hangin' him. He asks, whedder his 'neck-tie filted,' he was dat careful I'm some on being careful meself." "Now what had we better do?" remarked Iitidson more to himself than to. the lad. "Got any fodder," put in the boy. "I'm dead to de woild. Got ter eat er I'm a dead pne.'! Hudson gave the half starved Stubbs some hard-tack frOf! his scanty store and while the boy ate in his own mind con-sidered his situation. :' I guess I'm up against it," Hudson thought. "Alma a pnso n er. I here on the shores of this inaccessible place sur rounded by and with only this boy to help me. 'Well, we mu s t fight It otft. or other we can win and if we c an not win we can die trying." / As Hudson spoke he heard the sound of a canoe grating on the shore of the lake where he and Howling Wolf had so lately landed . "There comes the S5ioux," he whispered to Stubbs. "We will go down to meet him." The pair cautiously hurried to the shore. bottom up lay a birch-bark canoe. \ But no one was i n sight. "Howling Wolf," w h ispered Hudson.


.-'. TH;E AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY . -There was no answer. Hudson stepped and grasped the b9w of the canoe. He started to pull It up on the shore further so a passing waw: would not wash it out again into the I!lke. As he did &0 in the da,kness he saw another form grasp the other end of the canoe. "Uh I" the spoke. It was not Howling .Wolf, Hudson saw directly. It was a strange hldlan,' one of Haricart's gang, of course, Hutlson thought. "Ugh! '.' said the figure: "Dam canoe he skip." The vOIce was Hudson had never it before ,. Right canoe," added the voice. ." Ugh,'" said Hudso, n in rep-Iy in the deep guttmal of the SIOUX language. '. Hudson felt the figure turning over the canoe. He assisted without protest. Bail heap mUGh," muttered. the figure. ... Hudson' stooped over to do as he was bid, The J,pdian seemed to suddenly take alarm. "Dat you, Howling Wolf?" h e whispered drawing near to Huds on. \ Ht: d s on qui e tly drew his knife rea!y' for trouble. CHAPTER X. ALMA HAMPTON'S DECISlON, H e r e we are my pretty wild-cat." Jea n Tessier laughed as he carried Alma Hampton ashore at the great camp of Chief Haricart's gang. Bound tightly by the heavy folds of the blanket which had been thrown over her .head, the unfortunate girl did not see the perils of the geyser. It was not the policy 'of anyone in authority to. shoot the whirpool so that any passenger, even if a pris oner, could see the process. So Alma had been kept tightly enveloped in the blanket until the camp of the gang was reached. She felt herself carried to some piace in a house. She knew it was a house, or some place covered, and with floors, because she could hear Tessier's feet beating upon planks as he hurried forward "There you are my honey peach," she heard Tessier say. Then the blanket was withdrawn ana Alma sfood up. She gJan\:ed curiously around., Site was in a strange room, about ten by twelve feet in dimensions. A table, three chairs, a couch, and the entire fm nishings of the room had passed .... before her eyes. "Like your bridal chamber?" uked Jean Tessier, who by a tiny lamp standing upon the table. "My queried Alma. "Your bridal chamber," mocked the thug. "Guess again," cried Alma unterrified. "No wedqing llells yet for min c "They will ring, nevertheless," sneered Tessier. "And it's me for the role of happy bride-groom." "I will not marry you," replied Alma. "I would rather die.. first." . "You will marry me and die soon after," rejoined Tessier with devilish cunning. "v"hat do you mean?" "We are going to send for a clergyman, the real thmg, a regular clergyman," added Tessier. "He will marry us." Never." #' That will make you my legal bride," the ruffian added. "Vie will pass our honeymoon here, and tqen you will fall into the lake and 'accidentally Alma shuddered. / I h "That will make you a dead bnde and me your., egal ell', mocked Tessier. "We have 'arranged to get nd your father, -' Old Bill.' Your lover; Arthur Hudson is now dead." "You lie:' "No, my dear sweet Alma. I don't lie," went .on Tessier as if he took pride 111 revealn1'g to the poor captive all of the depth of villainy in his plot against her, I am telling you the truth." "Where did Arthur Hudson die?" queried Alma. "He was found dead with a bullet in his heart lying on the Fort Rae road. Howling. Wolf assisted in .the d<;,ed ended the dog's life has Just come 1l1to camp With the news. Alma was non.plused. If Tessier spoke the truth there-was no possibility of her rescue. The only man who could &uess where she W

26 THE AMERICAN .iNDIAN WE:e:KLY. Then s he s miled amid her fears "W,hat a liar that Tessier is," she thn was not dead. With him o .utslde along with Stubbs" ernment's alone for letting them know if this loot w.ould make and me inside with a good gun III my hand, I guess I can Huds on wealthy for life," Alma thought. "I am sure that he face s omethmg more to be feared than that chump, FreJiCh-isn't dead. Tessier lied. I'm sure 'of it. I know Hudson isn't Canadian, Tessier." dead for if he was -why because--" Alma wished she had pen and paper to immediately answer Even Alma could not help but smile at the il'!evitable' reason, I I of a woman t at ended her last few words' "because." rhat s hiS simon pure hand-wrltmg, she murmured, shp"Ugh," s he s huddered to herself as she heard the' sound of ping it 1nto the neck of "It w?,uld have saved a lot scratching of a rat echo in her room. 'The' re's a nit. Oh, of troubJe if I could have seen It dear." But Alma took courageand ate qUIte a hearty meal fr?m the Her fac e w e nt white She 'had faced a gang of men intent ve ni soI') and hard-tack: She felt better to c<;,pe with on lynching a man whom she esteem ed She had' faced Jean situation. Te ss i e r a t tne h e ight of his be s tial rage, without a quiver. She h a d ne e d for strength a m oment later when the door to :rh e o f the scratching of a rat turned her sick and h e r prison h Ol'lse opened and Jean ,Tessier once famt with f e ar. "Well, my prdty. captive, are you hungry? he asked The contm,?ed Alma qui etly .took care to see that th.e table was. \ N h ere I S th a t r a t ? Alma thought. "The sounds are from th e m and s he held her revol ve r where TeS Sier could see It ghtter. the outs ide. Th e dirty thing is trying t o gnaw in here. ,Oh "Ve ry ," s he said, meekly. dear, wha t s hall I do?" A r e y o u willing to give in ? ': Alma st o l e s oftl y to the wlUdow. "Do you mean. 'are YQU wilhng to marry me,' by that ques" ". Why it s a rat, : she h e r s elf "It's some one, tion?" a s ked Alma. .. tr Yl1l$ to ge t m through the wmdow. cours e I do," rephed TeSSi er. H e r coura g e r e turned "Whe n will the c1'ergyman b e h ere?" lisped Alma in a soft S h e dre w h e r r evo lv e r and tip-t oe d ove r to the window. She t one. a s h ape i n t h e darkn ess S h e p ee r e d througp the 'narrow T es ; i e r w a s overjoyed. bars th e t a lk ," h e s aid Be a up! up! The cIergyThe figure o utsid e s t oppe d it s w o rk. It s e e m e d t o be looking man will he h ",re t o-morrow. Then we will be t h e fine s t pair at h e : . o f n ewly weds "In the world." 0 1 SOl ? t h e well kn o wn v oice o f Stubbs. "Is daf you, H o w a b out killing m e a $ you s a id ? a sked Alma MISS A lma Say, I'v e bee n thinking it over. What's the u se o f killing W ith a s m o t hered A lm a f a r t o\ n rd brave, you Say, we can put C hi e f Haricart under the lake w av e s in boy. T h e r e w as no w md o w g l ass t a th e .. bllrr e d wmdows, s te a d o f yo u The n I'll b e h ead o f this g a n g \ V e can con-so s h e e a sIly c o uld h ea r what S tub bs was saymg. \ tinu e o ur O'am e and the r e s b ig m one y in it." I s dat y o u M iss A lma? a g a in Ithe boy whisper e d \Vh a t's" vour g ame? "Gorl h I es'> you Stubb s," r ep li e d Alma "Y,es, I am here, Smn gg ling I a p ri s o n e r. " J see, W e ll, it' s a plan t o b e th o ugHt o v e r, eh? I kind of !' Her e t a k e dis," Stubb s adde d like it-a nd y o u w e ll yo u a r e a fine l ooking man .when I Alm a stre t c h e d out h e r hand. put a little package in c o m e t o l oo k a t y o u cl ose it. T essie r 's face beamed with pride. Alma, little witch started \ N o t i s it ? Stubb s aft e r th e g irl had s poken in to flatt e r him. She h a d hi s m e a sure in a m o m e nt. Sa y its so m e ot d e st uff d a t kill e d m e "Say, ain' t I the c andy kid T ess i e r thought. Thi s girl's W h at' s t h a t?" as k e d A lm a. g q ne d o tt y ove r me. S ay-wha t ? o l d Cana dian whit e whi s k ey It'll keep yer' from Alpl a conti n u ed t o stro k e down th e f ears o f Tessier. She a fa i nti n \ v e n yer seen a r.a t all ri g ht, r e plied the lad. soon h a d him eating out o f h e r h and" a s the express i o n g oes. \ V h a t e l se i s t h e r e in d e p a cka ge ? , "The re's, one thing y o u mu s t d o for m e J ean," Alina added, ,; F o od," th e boy l aughe d "Good f o r d e gone f e elin' wen s eeing that her bl andishme nts w e re effective. "Yo u mu s t get yer ;:\1n't h a d n o g rub : D o n t h avet o drmk n o h e alin' water me a big bolt t o g o on the inside o f the door to my jail. )'ou t o ge t da t hun g r y f ee l in'. S ee?" I will let in any time. But I'm afraid of the gang of roltians "In m e r cy's sak e t ell h oW" you go t here?" you have h e re. A girl ought not t o be left alone where any A w say di s ain' t no time. f o r a so bbin out de story 0' me of HaricaFt's gang are, anywa y, without a bolt to her room." lif e Yo u r ea d d e note in dat packag e See? Dat'll put you I guess y o u 're right, replied Tes s ier, "Haricart's gang isn't wisc " muc h fit f o r y our c ompany-o r any decent woman's at that." Ca n yo u wait?" He !eft tqe rOOlT1. as he sp?ke and soon came back with a "Nit M e fri e n i s awaitil1' me I'il see yer later, as de hug e Ir o n holt which h e qUIc kly fastened on the door. f elle r sez t o d e j oile r w e n he break's out of der jail." "ifh e re .... he said "Yo u:ll be ?-ble to g e t your. beauty sleep "Whe n will you r eturn?" her e t q -lilght. When I kick ttll1ce o n the outSide door you A bo ut a n h o ur ," replied Stubbs as he let himself slide down let me in." th e s id e o f th e r o ugh timbers of the building in which Alma "Of cours e But y o u keep your di s tance, you know--" w a s c o nfin e d : H o w l o ng?" Alma s aw that it wa s 110 g reat feat for Stubbs climb up " V llit a n yway until afte r the clergyman gets here," said th e s id e o f the jail or hou s e wh e re s h e wa s confjp.ed Alma in s uch a shy, s w ee t timid wav, that Tessier was overH e w a s a lad who had often climbed high e r heights in the joyed t chestnut g r oves about the city Of N e w Y ork in Westchester He nodd ed. count y a nd h a d no trouble in s caling the comparatively easy' "Now I'll se e that you h a v e a dandy supper," he said as he side s o f Alma's pr es ent place of confin e ment. left the girl. ',:, I r ea,1 m:t note?" she s aid as she turned. away from I Well, of all the vain f o ol s," s oliloquized Alma. "Men are the Window. It for us all that TeSSier feels so d.ead ea;;y an:\;,way. Here's this dirty cur. smuggling Jean Tessur e 0' my not \lemg a ble to es cape that he had not placed S l e r thl11ks I m arazy after him. even a guard a bout this Determin e d to play the game out to its iimir, Alma waited Bu t w h e n s h e s topp e d to thmk she did not see why TeSSier p atit-ntJy ,', s h o uld tho u ght a n e c essary. It that T es si e r s oon r eturned ,'\-ith an Indian lad, the latter bearing a s TeSSi e r sa w h e r po s iti o n she c ould n 9 t escape him. a sav o ry rabbit

TilE A}IERICA.0I INDIAN WEEKLY. i s . T h a t bolt will ke e p anyone out. Tl)!'!y won' t give me any dru g t o kill me. I'm too valuable unbl the y marry me to Tessi e r t o An y way its a fine s tew. Goes good on top o f th a t vent so n, and hard-tack." A famished girl twenty-two years of age can make rab b it s t!'!w l ?0k: queer m shor.t order. Alma' sat quietly In b e r chair thmkmg for some tIme after partaking of the :: S e em s t o m e we are goirg .to win this g a m e ," sh'e I h ave t h e s trength of ten girls when I think that Hudson is s o near. I w o nder when,. Stubbs will b e back? ?er q u es ti o n was. immediately answered. She heard the nOise lIke the Scratchmg of a rat at her w indow and hMried o v e r t o see Stubbs iust unfastening a bar. In a m o m en t Stubbs slipped into the room say," h e whispered in a s m othe r e d voice. "Quit yer s qu eez i n.' It i s easy t o understand jus t wh a t happened to Stubbs. The boy l ooked a r o und. How ab out dat d oor? he a sked. Al m a exp l a i ne d how she had got T e s s i e r to place a bolt on it w hi c h effec tu a lly kept out intruders. "Say, a in t y er de bos s jollier? Stubbs. Say, yo u're a lmost ab l e to k ee p up wid d e N e w Y o ij( goils. D e re dey j olly all de tim e Part 0' d e g ame der is to' be III g o od j ollier." "I h ated t o do it ," r e plied Alma. "But I h a d t o because I am i n despera t e s traights here in the h ands o f that awful man." "Yo u a in'( g oin' t o be d e r e l ong. See?" repli e d Stubbs. "Me and Hudson is a goin' t e r get yer out 0 di s plac e S ee?" "That is eas i e r said than d o n e repli e d Alma .. O h I dunno. W e 've sent h arder g a m es d a n di s over. See?" Alma smile d a t the u se o f the w ord we." Now d i s i s d e game," adde d Stubb s e arnestly "Very we ll. T ell it t o me." Y er a i n' t t o b orro w n o trouble." D i d Arthur Huds on t e ll you to s ay tha t??' "Sure." I a in't t<;> < borrow trouble ,'" a dded A lm a I wont. I have t'n o u g h o f my o wn wit h out m01'e." . He means. keep a s tiff upp e r lip, put in Stubbs di s gu s tedly. "Play d e gam e wid e o p e n S ee? D o n t l e t anyone chok e down de l imit. Play de game a s high as d e sky. No limit. See? " Y es, I unde rstand. You m e an t o take he art and struggl e hard, and w e will win in the e nd." Dat's it. Dat 's wot I me a n to say A in t di s gift o-langwige j ust fo ine t e r have ? You gets m e m ea ni ng a nd hands it back to m e l o ik e m e o ld schoolteach e r in Ch erry in little d le' New Y,oik." . Now then what next? It's your d e al, Stubbsey, merrily rep li e d A lma. ..... or I'll d ea l em, all right, all right, and d e c ards won t be marked See ? N o w de r es t o my s p i e l c o mes quick. Der's goin t o be a r esc u e 0 de b eau-ti-ful m a iden in hi s meller-drammer long 'bo ut midnight. See? " I s u p p ose I'm the 'beautiful maiden.''' Y o ur it! M e anwhile y o u r e t o h Q ld two card s close up. It' s a gentle m a n's g ame dis. Can't turn yo m : h e ad to g e t a drink wid o ut so me feller' s stealin' y our chips "Is it as bad a s that ?" "Now l oo k here, none of dis Ain't dio; T e s s i e r pers on tryin' to 'teal vou-aiR't you one best bet 6' Hudson's? Alma blushed T o nsen se she s aid. "Well say : he 's havin' fit to g et his li fe f o r y o urn ain t a s ign of your bem hiS gOlI, I tmks-;. Neve r mjnd what Arthur thinks ," repli e d Alma. Tell. me wh a t h e wa rit s me t o do." . "Gettin' ready to use de woid p bey i n de service right n o w e h put in Stub b s "But I'll spare yer blushes and gets d ow;) b r ass tacks. See? . . V e r y w ell" replied Alma, laug hm g m plte of herse-If. T e ll me wh;t to do and I will d o it." "Dat's d e talk. Gin it t o me ri ght o v e r d e plate. I'll se nd it te r de ble achers : \-Vell it's di s way. Arthur says dat tfie's co m in' aro und diggin s ab out 2 A ;M., termght, or ter m orre r w hich e v e r way yer like s it. It'll b e dark 0' de moon den ,,'Y o u m e an that Arthur Hudson will be under my wmdow here at 2 A. M., queried Alma. "Ye r n ext. Yer bet's down. Pla y it all to de .case Deuc e t e n five I marries' em, says de Wid a smIle. N o w the three last cards dealt at faro In the North West are call e d < case cards." If you can out in the order they are d ealt y ou call the turn." That means you get four times what e v e r s take yoti have wagered Alma knew this fact. Sh e had "called the case cards" many a time in her own loved Bank Exchange. What' s the five got to do with it," she asked. "De five is what' de cle rgyman gees for de ceremony." "What does the ten stand fo):?" That' s about all you have to pay f<;:lr the first month's rent." And the cfeuce?" . Th a t's what com e s after th e honey-moon ." Y o u r e a bright kid ." "None brighte r. "Now the n y o u ru n away. I und e rstand. I'll. be ready t o j oin you and Huds on at two o clock thi s commg morn. A nd may God help us t o g e t away from this awful gang of s mugglers .'" H a rdl y had Stubb s disa ppeared through the window and put ba c k th e i on bar so it w ould n o t s h o w fro m outsid e that it had been remo v ed, than a gr e at hulking figure stole beneath her window. .--t' Alma s huddered. It was J ean T es si er. H e h a d appointed him s elf h e r guard and was patrolling his s o lit a r y self imposed post f a s she g a zed. ) A nn Huds on i s to be h e r e a t 2 o'clo ck s h e s hud de r e d He, will IDeet T ess i er. Th e re will be a t e rfibt e ba ttle. Th e whole ca m p will b e a r o u sed, and w e s h a ll all b e s l a u g ht e red. What s h all I do to warn Hudson?" CHAPT E R X L H U D SON SAVES HIMSELF "Dat yo u H o wlin g "Volf?" Th e Indian r epea t e d hi s words. H e s t oope d low t o se e H udson in t h e d a rkn ess Hudson d rop p e d th e ca n oe and p repa r ed f o r s t r u gg l e He knew t h a t the. Indian had d et ect e d him He expec t e d his s hrill w a rwh oo p vjould c all dOwn his villaino u s com p a n i ons fro m all sides. Th e I n dian cr o uchi n g l ow c r a wl ed t owa r d H ud son. In hi s h and was hi s w ick e d looki ng knif e . Hud so n in turn dre w hi s k nife. Sudd e nl y th e .India n threw u p hi s h ands. The kni fe went s kimmin g int o th e lake. The Indi a n s t ag g e r e d and f elL His head dis app eared b e n e ath w a t e r The r e a f e w c o nvul si v e tr e m o r s all then becoming still. Ope n mouth e d ; Hudson stood in w onde r What had cau sed th e Indi a n -t'o fall and drown in the lake. Was th e r e so me intan g ibl e som e thin g in the dr e ad waters that ha d Dulle d d o wn it s v i c tim Whil e Hudso n sto o d a'le s tru c k, th e b od y o f the s avage, its eyes s t aring t o the sky, c o ld in d eath; w as t osse d back Into the l a k e a nd flo ating like a grea t l og w as l os t in the murk y night, a n d c o uld n o w an d then be glimps ed ri sing and falling far out in t h e wate r s by the pal e g leam o f th e stars . Say; w o t d e ye tink 0 m e? a shrill v oice at Hudson's ear whi s p e r e d \ It wa s Stub bs. '. Overj oye d Hudso n a s ked f o r a n "It w as di S way," r e plied the DOY. "I waited back dar wen you s e wa s it lookin' at d e canoe. I see s de big bloke a taUdn' to yer qnd I s e z sez I, dq,j: ain't no how lin' w olf; dat ,olf won't howl je s t right for Mr Hudson S o I s neak s m e around be hin" de Injun. Den when he pull s hi s s tick e r I swim s out into d e l o ike. I rushe s in grab s m e Injun by de f oot-pulls him ba c k s a y h e goes right down in deep ya t e r me a hangin ons;;ty h e was a deader in two minutes. My'! how he did jump about" Well you have kill e d yo ur fir s t Indian ," r emarke d Hudson to the h oy . Stubb s was .nearly cra z ed with glee "Say. w o t de ye tink 0' clat?" the boy cried. "Ain' t I de g oods ? Why, de g ang o n New s paper Row in Noo Y o ik will be pale 'gree n wid envy. I,' Kid' Stubbs have killed a real b ig Injun Sa y, ain't dat great?" Th e fact that th e : Indian n o t have been as pleased a s the hov with the operati o n did not appeal to Stubbs; for he knew that the savage would have killed him, as well as Hudson in a jiff y had he g o tten thp chance.


f 28 THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. "Well, there's one enemy the le ss," remarked Hudson. "But there's enough left. Did you see Alma?" / Yes did she say?' Ah, gwon, s port, She's dead gone on you, if dats what she wanted me to tell yoV-if it aint, ,why, she:s d ea d gone just de samey." I It was Hudson's' turn to blush. But he didn't, He just laughed. "This i sn' t a case of romance':' he replied \ It's a case of rescue. How is she?" I "Perky, fine and dandy," rejoined Stubbs. "Full o f fight and wot de Statemen g iveeach odder." "vVhat's that?" . '( "Cold lies-odderwise d e -plo om-e-cy ." You mean diplomacy." "Same "Is that what Alma is-telling?" Say sport, s h e's givin' datTessier de biggest line of con dat any woman ever l aid over on a man since Eve put up de con game" foist on Adam, Why, Tessier just eats it up, See?" Und}!r r e p eated question s,l Hudson got finally from StubJ;!s all about the manner in which A lm a was fooling Tessier. He shook his head trying t o think that the means were justified by the end, alt h o ugh Al'rna practicing deceit and womanly wiles rather went against his wi ll. He wisheQ, it had not been necessary. You are sure you got the message straight}" asked Hudson of Stubbs." Vi/e a r e to be under her window about two o'clock this morning, and she is to be ready for an esoape?" "Surest thing you know," answered the ga llant boy . "Well, all we have to do i s to await the hour," added Hudson. But as he spoke the form of Howling vVoH was see n approaching by water in hi s canoe. .. "How," greeted th e Indian in low accents in nis usual l aconic manner, "How," replied Hudson. He wa ited for the Indian to con tinue knowing the Sioux nature so .welL An Indian does not speak without deliberation. "Tessier plum finally said t\lle Indian. "Why?" "He send me take speec hspeec h, Haricart." "He ha s sen t you to take a message to Haricart?". translated Hudson. "Yes. "Get clergyman, Alma r eady and willing to marry him." "De-pl oom e-cy," thougi)t Hudson remembering Stubb's word. "1 see," he spoke a l oud "Now you better go, of course, but don't yo u find Hari ca rt. See?" '. "Ugh," grunted Howling Wolf. "Then yo u take a note I will g i ve you to 'Old Bill' Hampton. If you do not fail us .you will be made the rich es t Sioux in the t errito ry. Think of the fire-water; the blankets, the hor ses, ski ns, tepees, and you can hive; you will be the biggest Chief in the country." Sto ic as he was Howling 'Wolf's eyes g leamed with' pride. Hudson. saw that he had a faithful ally. Cupidity i s after all, a great aid to a commander of men Hudson r apidly wrote on the back of an enve l ope the chief facts of the momentous events of the past few hours, since he left the Bank Exchange. After assuring' Old Bill' of Alma's present safety he sc rawled hi s name, with directions to any rescuin g party how to pass the geyser to get safely to the camp of the smugglers. "There, Howling Wolf,'; Hudson remarked. "Here is the note. If you deliv e r it and do not fail, your fortune is made." "Ugh," replied the Indian "I deliver paper if I go hell to do it." . "Indians have' heard cd hell any way in this territory," laughed Hudson. "Now b.e off-its imporfant to hurry." Two seconds later Howling Wolf' was merely a dot on the sky where the Grea t Slave lake seemed to j oin it; he was paddling at a speed that would t a k e him into Yellow 'Knife in two or three h o urs H11dson saw. The n Hudso n turned to Stubbs, "How are you on swiping things?" h e asked of the boy. Stubb s grinned, His "sneaking" of s undry apples, and bananas from clive r s Italian venders in th e street s of his be loved" Noo Yoik;" fame to the boy's m'nd, "Aw, pretty fair," he grinned. L don't want to aid aDd abet any l ad in petty threving but this time I going to ask you to 'sneak' something," added Hud son VI/ot?" .. "Do you think you can get into a tepee of one of the In and 'pinch,' a wolf skin?" Surest ti 'ng in de woild?" I want you to get me a wolf-skin, that has been tann ed with the head of the ani'mal on the skin. Every Indian tepee has severa l 011, the floo r or ground just as we use carpets or rugs, as floor coverings." Sure." "You crawl around back of one of the tep ees the re far o uf toward the lin e of huts in ,Haricar t's camp, Get busy, kid there isn't much time," Stubbs did not flinch from the perilous mis sion. If dete cted it meant sudden death. If not seen it meant that he would aid Hudson in sOn'/e trick or plan that was to save the. party; that was enough for Stubbs. "I must watch for the Indian

/ ;.. THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. ... 2 9 '. ., Sttl bbs sa'Y rig ht b e f ore him a spl endid w o lf skin" wid de head on" h e w hi s p e r e d : It. w a s a study in s ilen c e t o s e e the b oy s lowly d,raw inch by Inc h t h e wolf skin toward' him !.t hi m a n h our to quietly, steadil y extract the s kin. D er.e r emarked whe n h e at I e n gth had the skin in his posseSSIOll. I a m a11 ready, a11 n ghto h t o g e t me bac k t o Hudso n." Witho u t Stubbs b a ck t o where Hudson s t ood a p e r y to conflicting emotions H e h a d wondered if he ha;d been in the right to send the lad o n such a danger' o u s miSSIOn. He saw. that he had by the victor y o f th e b oy w h o had r eturned with the wolf skin. Stubbs," Arthur Hudso n said in gl ee. Y o u ar e g omg t o b e a great Indian flgher som e da y, and a gre at woods m a n." A s thi s was the height of the ambiti o n of the b oy his fa c e was abl a z e with s atisfied pride. '. N o w what n ext?" asked Hudso n of h i m s elf. For a time he'paced back and forth lost in thought . r hav e it ," he said "Stubbs y o u are g oing t o be the h ero o f t hi s n ex t epoch making historical trip "Wot?" said Stubbs suspicous ly. The big w ords floor e d him You a r e going to be a wolf.'" Av..' gwan." --' Sure." "Ho\v? " Get into this r obe." Stubbs obeyed. H u dson w rapp e d the r o be abo u t the b oy's s li ght f orm and p u t the head ove r the back o f Stub b's h ead. This brought t h e dead grinning j a w s of the wolf in lin e w ith the e y e o f an-y one lo<'>k ing at Stubbs; it gave him the app ea r a nce of a gre at howli ng, r ave n o us w olf, intent o n g e t ting f oo d at a n ) f c os t. G e t down on all fours, c ommande d Hudso n Stu bbs olleye d . The r esult w as all' that Hudso n wi sh e d Stubbs l oo ked lik e a r e m a rkabl y f i e r ce w olf. Han J m e t you in the f o r es t I d h ave sh o t yo u f o r a w o lf ," lau g h e d Hudson T h e d i s m ay o n the b oy's face, s h owing b e neath the fie rce jaws of t h e wo lf w a s so funny, t h a t Hudso n laughed a g ain "Now flat you's; g o t d e lau g h o n me, wot t e e11 am I t o d o?" questioned S tubbs. .' "You a r e t o work m y plan t o save m yse l f yo u and M i ss A l ma -as yo u say yo u w ant t o d o." I "How?'" I want yo u t o keep that w o lf skin on G e t qui e tl y ove r t h e r e way t o th e left whe T e y o u se e those shapes." Y is." "Those uncanny shapes are the h o r ses o f the lIaricart b a nd stalk e d out th e r e g razing during t h e n i g ht. .. "Well. "This ba n d i s too cute t o h ave o nl y a l a k e entrance. I think by the 50 o r m o r e India n p o ni es, I see and fifteen o r twe nty h ronch os for th e whites o f the ba nd th at th ere i s a n o utl e t through t h e timb e r over t hi s g r eat m o u ntain known t o so m e of t h e leade r s o f the gang." \Vell. / I want :vou to c reep into. t h e center of th at b u nc h of h orses and ponies" S ure." "Then w hen you are the re. yo u j ump up and d ow n and run about. Ca n yo' u h owl lik e a wolf?" .. Sa" w en I'm a Iosi n' 'out a t pit c hin p e nni es d e gan g sez I howl iike' a wolf. I ain' t n o g oo d l ose r See?" W ell you think you are a l ose r thi s time-the n if i t mak es howl you h o wl hard, Its our s alv a ti on." "Ho\v d e doe s ye d a t o ut." "An In dian br o nch o o r p o n y I S s c a r e d g reen a t a wo lf Tt v.;e1I kno w s fr o m its colt days that a wolf will attack it a nd k i ll it fo r foo d any time. It's in d ead l y fear o f a wolf. I yotj to go in a m oo g tha t stock, l?l a y tI le and s t a mped e them." "Wots dat?" "That mean s that whe n they see yo u if yo u p lay yo u r p art well the entire l o t of horses will b r ea k l oose from their f as ttenip.CTs ane! run away a s if 0 ld N ick was afte r t h e m ." w h a t v e r call a stampp ee d ? "Yes':" "Yer j tlst wa t c h D e r s g o in g t o be de wo i s t stamp ee d yer eyer saw in bout t e n minutes." > I S t ill clad in his w.olf s kin Stubb s hurrie d off in' the direction o f t h e In d ian's hors e s r S oon Hudso n c o uld see th a t ,the stock were b e c o ming un -easy. could h ear the animal s running hither and thither. Hots es soon began snorting with fear. Hith e r and t h it h er the fright ened animals plunged The n cl ear and l oud aros e the h o w l of the great gray wolf, the t error of the North-Wes tern ter ritories. With one mad plun 'ge the entire band of horses tugge d at their lari a ts plucked t h e iron pins which tethered them from the ,gr ound and in a w il d f earful ma s s of plunging hoofs, snortin! n ozz les, foam flecked bodi es, the an i mal s plunged into the Th e ruse wa s a s u ccess. The great stampede,. had been accoIll pli sh e d --/. CHAPTE R XII. SAVE D A T H I ts a s t a mp e d e," yelle d J ea n T essie r from u ndern e ath Alma Hampt o n s wi n d o w .,' H e h eard the cry o f th e supposed wolf, an d saw th e f earful ru sh o f the entire s t oc k l e' -Noo Y o ik ." < 'Th e m a n and b oy co uld lear T ess ier's boo min g ou t orde r s f r o m whe r e !'he y s tood. H S o me o f you Indi a n s g e t around a h e a d o f the s t oc k ," he r o ar e d Others' foll o w b e hind Try to co rral the m easy, If yo u d o n t they will kill the m selves in the stampe de. It' s thos e pesky w o lve s again H ud so n sa w that hi s ruse h a d n o t bee n d e t ected. S oon the entire villa ge so f a r as m e n f o lk were c o n cerned wer e strea min g through t h e w oo d s afte r th e plun g i ng .. h o r ses. Tessi e r him self w a s h ea r d boomin g a l o n g dir e ctin g th e work o f th e r o u n d up . H H e will b e b u sy w i t h hi s band until e a rl y m orn," r e m arketl Hud s on. "Our way is cl e ar t o Alma." U nd e r the window o f th e g irl both man and boy s t op ped. HIs t hat y o u Arthur?" Alma whi s p e red .. Yes. H ;f h ank G o d ." Th ey h eard the brav!! g irl in the next bre ath qUIetl y b olt the door t o h e r r o om.. In a trice, Stubb s shinn e d up the s id e of th e l o ng l o g hut, a nd d r ew away the ir o n b a r t o A lm a's wind ow It was a l o ng j u m p for h e r to t a k e but w ith out h es it a t ion. sh e leap e d landing b r eat hl ess but h a pp y i n Hudso n 's a r ms . HAw h r ea k away de r e," Stu b b s sa i d i n a di sg u s t e d t o ne. "Dis a in't no tim e f e r a co urti n' bee. See?" The coup l e beca m e sa n e at once H W h a t can we d o now?" a s ked Alma. "I'm o u t o f j a i lb u t we a r e n t m uc h b ette r than p ri so ners un l ess we can e scape from h e r e." H We m u s t t ake t o t h e woo d s until n i ght f all. Its th e n p o ss ibl e t hat we ca n get t o th e aba ndoned canoe w hich we f ound on th e l ake sh ore. a nd which gave Stu bb s t h e c hanc e t o kill hi s f o i st' India n Alm'a w as the n q ui c k l y jus t what h a d happ e ned s in c e s h e was a h d uc te d


. THE AMERICAN 'INplkN /WEEKLY. 30 '. Ret amaze ment was great. "Stubb s is surely the hero of this conspirac,y," she '" But w e must not stop here We must steal to the woods. Dayli ght was just breaking and Hudson, saw that the girl's words were filIed with wisdom : -"Hurry," asserted "Be quick." As he turned the way was bl o ck e d oy a huge form. "Not so fast, my bold bucko, not so fast." The speake r was Jean Tes s i er. His face was white with rage. In his hand was a gleamin g revol ver Arthur Hpd,son," said Tessi e r with deadly menace, "you are going to die.' "Trapped," moaned Alma. Stubbs v;!nished in the thicket like a wrait h of a boy. "Well, welJ.," sneered T ess i er. You thought that I really believed that a wolf stampeded m y cattle. What a fool you mus t have thought m e." . "Didn't you think so?" replied Hudson ope11lng his. eyes wide "Why, if you didnt I mi stake you. Really, I to think you may h ave some brains. I did n ot give you credit for having any." T e s si e r a lm ost foame d a t the m outh with anger. "vVell, I was next t o a trick 'at once. I a llowed that you wotlld c o me here if I seemed to hurry off afte r the horses. So J rounded yo u and this gi rl' up together. ain't you." ' "Thanks II replied I:Iud son "Yo,u us ." "So far as you. are' c p ncerned I m gomg to s hoot you Aft e r y o u are d e ad I 'will not wa it for any clergyman. g irl will hav e to lake som e heed when she crosses my path. Tricked me, did yo u you she devil?" Alma's hand went to 'her eyes She was crying, 'Fe ss i .er thpught. ,', He g l anced at her. Then h e rooked back at Hudson. His was a study of a: fiend for 'any painter. Rut h e did flot see right behind him 'out of the brushes a long, coiling snake li ke thing, hissing and writhing as if alive. It wa s a lariat which St ubb s had' secured where one of the frightened horses had wret i ched itself loose from it. Stubbs h ad coiled it up i n North West fashion. / He was about to make a last cast 'for lif e of the impromptu la sso \ The hvist e d hnne-halr rope l oop WrIthed. It sprang itito the sky in a great l eap, Stu b b s had made the c ast. Would it en t ang l e T ess ier? The rope came flying down. One e nd wound itserf far .to-ward where Stubbs stood. But t h e centra l l oo p settl e d with splendid aim about head qf T e ss i er,' by the rope -It slid do:ovn. the thugs T es s i e r was arms. "I've got him," yelled S(ubbs. "The fellow can't shoot yer.' The hoy spoke the truth: The r evo l ve r of .Tessier was u se less. He writhed 'and shook in hi s effor t to ge t free. But both Hudscon and Alma rushed upon him together. Alma wrench ed hi s weapon fr o m the thug's hand Rudson soon tru ssed hini up a sa fe prisoner in the yards and yards of rope that the lariat made. ,; Well who is going to die now?" a s ked Hudson ,t 1 f groaned Tessier . ) / "I'll h a v e just as much mercy on you as you would have had on me," replied Hudson "There is .one thil)g more." i s it?" asked Alma. I 1)1e Road Agent .who robbed the Fort Rae coach? ,,' "Yes. 1\1'(1 the due we found to his identity near the scene where he kille d poor 'Keno' Phelps?" You m ea n the moccasin? "'Yes.''' 'If We'll" asked Alma. 'I What of it." Hudso' n drew the frq m hjs pocket. He fitted it deftly on Jean Tessier's foot. '''S ee'l It fits perfectly," added Hudso n .... Jea Tessier I charge you with' being the Road Agent th t held up the Fort 'Rae t'oacn.'" I "Yes-I confess," groaned the cowardly man. T c h n r!l.'e yo u with the murder of Rhelps the!l.'uard 'to the 'lfalf trinn oh worth of treasure taken from the coach?" Te ssie r gro'll'tled. Betrayed by a 11ioccasin,JI he said lis his head fell on his chest. I "He is guilty," cried Alma. "And Stubbs again have you saved the day." Stubbs grinned l1is' h'appiness. VYe ni'ust not delay here;" snapped Hudson, "the Indian gang 0/ smugglers may return at any moment." "Khat can we do with Tessier?" ask{d Alma. "Say dats easy," in Stubbs. "Dere's I round youp gang up for five y;ars. About a year-a!o the Secret


.... fHE AMliiUCAN INDIAN WEEKLY. 3,1 Service Chief \n Washington sent for me and asked me if I "We h a d \0 trouble getting over the boiling geyser, "Old had not better give up my command on the M 'ontana border and Bill told Hudson, We just followed your directions." devote myself to a personal tor you in Canada, and,through The members of the Haricart gang were easily rounded up. the gn'at North-West. PermIssIon to work in British North Hardly a shot had to be fired by the r escuing party. The InAmerica was secured from the Canadian Government at Ottawa dians and white men, whim they knew .that Haricart and TesI came here in the guise of il faro dealer. You l\:now my care/:; sier were prisoners of Captain Arthur Hudson, of the American here." Mounted Scouts had no courage to fight . "But, but, I ,don't kno. w, .t what am I in aU this, if They did 'not propose to remain in the w ilderness either, after I fi1}d you aren t wha t t thought you were P" asked Alma almost their commanders had been captured. They gave themselves up in so quietly that Hudson, could hardly believe his eyes. "Oh, you are Miss Alma Hampton, going to be the bride of They are thoroughly cowed," Hudson said to Alma. Arthur Hudson, Captain in the American Mounted Scouts, be"We have broken up the great Haricart gang at last." fore another night has fallen." The prisoners were l ocked in the sa me ro o m where Alma had Alma blushed deeply. so l ate l y been a pri soner. Tessier cursed his captors wlren Hud"If I don't marry you when you ask me to, I'm afraid you 50n had him carried into th e room in which he had so will be changed into something else, so I had.better yield graceth e girl. fully." .. When the lower floors were the l oo t bf the smugglers Haricart looked up. was found to be far in excess of anything that Hudson had C 1'" imag i ned, Tt was worth millions of do\1ars. ong ratu ahons, h e sneered. "But have yo u founei the R oad Agent?" "And, look here," Hudson yelled, "here's the steel' trea sure box. 'It has not been opened yet. I suppose Tes s ier it "Yes," replied Hudson. "I, t is Jean ':fessier." here expecting to open it at his l eisure. Well, we made the pace "I thought so." 1 so ho t h e never even had a l oo k at the ill gotten gains for Did you have any knowledge of his attempt?" which he c omm itted a foul mUF, der to gail)." "You ought to kno I had not. In fact I rather tri' ed lIlY "Whafs this?" a

" 'THE GREA OF ALL WEEKLIES BY THE GREATEST OF ALL DE:TECTIVE .WRITERS OLD SLEUTH WEEKLY n .... .................... .. These stories issued every Friday, are the greatest detective stories ever written. No man has ever lived in this country or any whose .. tales are so thrilling, so entrancing, which so teem with excitement and desperate situations as those of "OLD SLEUTH," The stories are twice as long as th" in any other library, each story having 'the e,;,ormous total of 5Q,000 words, Nothing like ;t ever before attempted. '-'( ,lr t.,' THE; F OLLOWING NUMBERS ARE NOW OUT: 1. The of Old Sleuth, the Detective; o"r The Great Philadelphia 70. On Their Track; being the c 'ontinuation of "The American Monte' Cristo." 2. Tlie ;\II vstery of the Missing Millions; or Tracked by a Great 71. The Omnipresent Avenger; being the continuation of "Qn Their betective. Tr.ack." 3. The Sec"et' of the Haunted House; or The Great Detective's Tr'lgic 72. Tragedy and Strategy; being the conclusion of "The O .mnipresent .. Find. Avenger. '" 4. The King of all Detectives; or Young Jack Sleuth on the Trail. 73. The Gypsy Greatest Case; or Phil' Tremaine to the 5. The Giant Detective' s Last Shadow; A Tale of ,Herculean Detective Rescue. -Adyenture. 74. The Shadows of New York; or The American Monte-Cristo'r Winning The Silent Terror; A' Narrative .of Genuine Detective Strategy. Hand. .. The Veiled Beauty; or The Mvstery of the California Heiress. 75. The Old Magician's Weird Legacy; A Tale of Marvelous Happenings 8. The Mystery of the Spania-rd's Vendetta; or A Great Detective's in India. f Marve)ous Strategy. 76. A Mysterious 'Disappearance; A Singularly Strange Narrative, 9 : The Great Bond Robbery; or Tracked by a Female Detective. 77. The Red Detective; A Great Tale of Mystery. 10. Old Sleuth's Greatest Case; or Caught by the King of all Detectives. 78. The Weird Warnings of Fate; or Ebeon's Strange ,Case. 11, The Bay Ridge Mystery; or Old SJeuth's Winning Hand! 79. The Treasure of the Rockies; A Tale of Stl"nge Adventures, 12. Shadowed to bis Doom ; ,or Foiled by the Yankee Detective. 80. Strike; being the sequel to "The Treasure 13, Trapping the Counterfeiters; or-The Lightning Detective 011 the Trail. 14. Trailed by the Wall Street Detective; Or Badger's Midnight Quest. 81. Long Sh'adow, the Detective; A Tale of Indian StTategy. 15. The Iris h Detective's Greatest Case; or The Strategy of O'Neil The Magic Disguise Detective; The Wierd Adventures of a "Trans-McDarr:fgh. form." 16. The Greatest Mystery of the Age; or Saved the Gipsy Detectiv!;, 83. A Young Detective's Great Shadow; A Tarrative of Extr.aordinary 17. Trapping the Moonshiners; or Strange Adventures of a Governrd'"ent Detective Devices. Detective in the Tennessee Mountaihs. Stealthy Drock, the Detective; or Trailed to their Doom. 18_ The Giant Detective Among the Cowboys; or The Weird Narrative of Old Sleuth to the Rescue; A Startling Narrative 01 Hidden Treasure. a Lost Man. 86. Old the Avenger; being the sequel 10 "Old Sleuth to the 19, The' Mystery of the B)ack Trunk.; or Manfred's Strange Quest. Resc\le. 20. The Chief of the CouDterfe;ters; or 1;he Boy Dete ctive's G

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STANDING ALONE AT THE HEAD OF ITS CLASS The American Indian Weekly PUBLISHED EVERY THURSDA Y T his g r eat weekly is a radical departure from all othe r five -c ent week l ies t h at are no w being published It has the greatest stories of frontier life, of Ind i ans and of the far West that have ever been issued. The stories are longer than those published in any other five cent library; except the celebrated OLD SLEUTH WEEKLY. They are all edited by Colonel Spencer Dair, the most cele b rated Indi an Scout, Band i t T racker and Gun Fighter of modern fiction. A new number is is s ued Thursday. LIST O F T ITLE S December i-No.1. THE OUTLAW'S PLEDGE . ................ or The Raid on the Old Stockade December 8-No. 2. TRACKED TO HIS LAIR .................. or The Pursuit of the Midnight Raide r December 15-No .. 3. THE BLACK DEATH ......................... or The Curse of the Navajo Witch D ecember 22-No. 4. THE SQUAW MAN'S REVENGE .... . .............. or Kidnapped by the Piutes December 29-No. 5 TRAPPED BY THE CREES .................. . . or Tricked by a Renegade Scout -January 5-No. 6 BETRAYED BY A MOCCASIN ........ . or The Round-Up of the Indian Smuggle r s January 12-No. 7 FLYING CLOUD'S LAST STAN D ............ or The Battle of Dead Man's Canyon January 19-No. 8 A DASH FOR LIFE .. : ......................... . . or Tricked by Timber Wolves January 26-No. 9 THE DECOY MESSAGE ..................... . or The Ruse of the Border Jumpers February 2-No. 10. THE MIDNIGHT ALARM .................. or The Raid on the Paymaster's Camp February 9-No. 11. THE MASKED RIDERS . .................. .... or The Mystery of Grizzly Gulch Feb r uary 16-No. 12. LURED BY OUTLAWS ................... or The Mounted Ranger's Desperate Ride The AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY is for sa l e by all newsdea l ers an d book selle r s, or it will be sent to any address po s tpaid by the pub l ishers upon receipt of 6c p e r copy, 10 c opies f o r 50c. :All back num b ers always in stock. THE ARTHUR WESTBROOK COMPANY CLEVELAND. OHIO U. S. A /


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