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Hounded by red men, or, The road agents of Porcupine River
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Dair, Spencer
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American Indian weekly.
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Dogrib Indians
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BY, CO:LQNEL SP.:NE, R.' '. I THE 2M WESq'BlWJI emAIl CLEVKLAID, OHHl, U. S. I. Published Weekly. By Subscri.ption, $2.50 per year; $1.25 for 6 months. I .' .... .., :,; Io':'i' ).; N1I' JLLALAU-If .... is;. an outJ w of moreevi.J gambled away, is than this th4B"" in all the great, .North-West ,country it North America. w.ollld be hjm. A Dog-Rib Indian: eattcated.J heart and she dllICU .... ll'CI at an Indian school at Great Slave L ake, he be. the North-West iri a an lri!'l""'olic. e stopped as .. t'"lt:, ... b10 1.0" if some mag-netic current had aware of a horrible crisis. 'Look there!" cried Inspector Taft. His hand pointed toward si)..very waters of the Porcupine River in the wildnj3s the forests that. t


THE AMERICAN'INDIAN WEEK;LY. mark the Hne between Yukon, territory;British North "You are right. None of the life fOl: Give America, and the Great country of the United me my NorthWest. It's the life in the open, why States, men pin themselves down to a routine of 1daily 'duH'-Constable York shaded his eyes with his 4/:l!nds. in citi!3S" when out here everything is free, open, and The shining moun;tams, the verdure covere d earth, at" the lJeck and call or he who can fight h1:lIl,t ;and the clear air .all seemed to turn the sun into a ball of work, is something that passes my ,feeble copper that dazzl'ecl as it ,slanted down upon, the scene. ing." ," /,' \. "It's' smoke, ,!.' York, after a long inspec"A poet,!. What de ye 'think of A of the tion Of the spir?r clo\id that wound among the tree-North-West. Fbisale, sir, bound in calf (rus natural -tops to fin{tlly sweep into a .filmy vapor in the sh4nmercolen') .at all bookstor e s for 99 cents, former "pric, e ha,Ving blue vault of the sky. on e dollar.'" Smoke ) all right,''' added Taft, "But why Gerard, laughed: ,"Why J' He'dug' his spurs into the sides of his big gl:ay horse '' it I don't know of over and at 3:' pace loped down ,the trail ran, that part of this district that would cause smoke that it appeared, in the of the whirl Ofl smoke. comes withov,t doubt fro;rn a big fire hidden behind the Nearly six feet high, spare, almost ,ra : w-q6ned, put: forest at our right.!' with: an, alert carriage, showed his ills' YO'l!k nodted. ,.' '" ',Co', position, Taft was a picture of a : Of course i smok;e th-ere, and' likewise of woodsman, half scout that mag.e up the of cqurse the smOKe conies a fire. If it is a forest t,he ranks of the formidable body of men, "the Royal 1 S up to us to try put. it out. ff we -don.'t l\1:01mted Police of w,hich he was a member. miHi ons of dollars worth of lunipen :WoUld" In times 9f sfreils, of Taft be . '. grave, thought!uJ, and penetrating. 'He w,l\s. then But t'hat isn't a forest me. It's not eaTnest in manner, 'and had a trick of contra,ctmg or wide spread enough. It' does I!ot leap fr@m tree and hitting his brows ov,er his black which gave 'tree to shrub, and 'pack to engulf a ,t:uee again, ;with at times the appewrance of tliat peculiar 'spiral motio;t that forest fires usually York, was almost as tall as companion it is l D,ot 1ft forest fire.:' . \ andl best, friend in the ranIeS" 0:& the oilganizati'()u of .' i'What d9 you 'think it may heY" which h.e was a membeI:. "'\f j don"t kno'W---:,yet s'tay ... It is in t he ;Vicinity of the, He was : stouter than 'Taft, was brown haired Lo-:k,il. outfjt /isu-.'t, it 'f!.' _, >, blue-eyed, .a ratber strildng comQi;n.atio:Q, but hft was N orman took his b,earlIigs from the sun. spmewhat given t o sarcastic utl'erances, and Wliil-e his '''By "1 Wink it is." face show.ed imagination, acuteness,and dexteri, ty, he : ,Let lis see," re)oin ,ed Gera:td. '''We are about a had Eot the sagacity of his o fficer n9r his from 'the Fo!,\-t:r:ail, aren't we?" tempered boJ4ness; each Yuan was as brav-e 'f JUSt about. Ov. I' to tlte North you can see as men could be. \'" J Both :wore the brilliant, and yet comfort" Yes. I see It: It goes baqk to whence we c .ame-able Imiform of the North-West pollce ,and each w s 'Qlacef\u Hu(son's Comp-3.Iiy's opt-lying trad-armed with rifle and reyoh: ers of the highest pos s iole P,<;lst for fur and go19. ,,' ca,li.ber, and latest pattern. ",' 1S, ,furs, from trappers aD;a gold 'rhey were two m e n aple to t a ke. care of the lllselves mmers. , :f. ,'i' and to uphold all the law the countrv held. ' : : : furs .than gold.':. There was not' much -but there w a s o f it in ,'Ihat ]S true. However",,:,e won t discuss the HudYgkon territory "the two men. had, skill and ability , son s :Say we WIll -get along and see what and bravery to uphold ; '.soi;netimes they nee ded aU 1S hke.; three attributes 'for any success in the life-work they It s lIke smoke lsn t ]t? 'f" ad opted. up hlS m.outh. "I have an ide .a/' Geraoo finaJiy said as he. and hi s All ]s ahke-to the tenderfoot m the co,mpaniop loped onward.', I' North-We,st Joked . ,"pon't let it escape,' replied Normap. "There are ':t'm of a tenderfoot: 'I've walked por. signs now that there' is to be a hard wiJ?-ter" in sp jte of cou ,ntry a year now, and that this pleas aut su:mt;ner, mornin :g. your You -'WO'1l1d seem to msure' me from bewg called a tencler:Eoot will need them to;.-dig yourself out of .the snow-drifts y seasoned N orth-W est!3i'ner Y;QU. ,,' I soon. ,, Don 't to have you get your up! Gerard did' not answer this sally : Otlt" you Jmow, my: good It reqUIres years ',. ," ; for any white man to r ead and mountains, e,Yes were mtent on the smoke was O'l'.YaT .:l''''''. rivers, and tra c k less wasteS' r an j d spnny In the. ]t. > glades, arctIc COld, an<;l always the wilder-By thunder! crJed Gerard a moment as the ness that makes up England's, possessions," two me:r;t a sharp m the traIl. replied Gerard. .. "It's' the Loxa Ranch that is on fire cried :N'orn;tan "Poetical' cuss,

THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. I The mell raced -neck ahd neck to within a hundred feet of the scene whicl i was t4rilling 'in the extreme. A l o w adobe single storied house, but which took up a sp ace of grollllc1 j,n spite Qf its la,ck of height, was brazing fiercely .... . :A, t one sid e several barns made of logs, rough hewp, "'L'wenty.' w as also on fire :the bl.lrning crops within th.e "Pretty? m aking. the thi ck volume of smoke had first at"Very." 'trac'ted the notice of Taft.,' l'" Colored hai r Not:a: sign of ilie could be seen. "Bronze-brown. The two men gazed in amazement 3rt the scene. ,., "Ey e ;; ';rhe:w could the crackling of the fire, and their 'Brown. eyes watched the dense cloud of risir!.g from t he "Good form. ? .' flames. "1 know p erfectly we ll that y ou 're guying I)1e and That was all. if you don't, stop r :ll bat y ou one right between the ,'" No one was to be seen engaged in desperate attempts eyes Understand?" r e joined Gerard. to.:quell the flaPles. I < ... Norman laughed. There were no shouting m e n about trying t o pour "1 didn't meaR, to but y ou are so water on the burning buildings. ' grave Gerard," Norman aaded. "It' wlls eno ugh to 'rhe entire scene suggest ed something unearthly, rec aus e an y man to poke fun .at you. : .. mote, alone. " No offense," cried Gerard. "I know your sarA told Taft that there wa,s no hope of saving do\l.ic disposit i on and your heart of iold, 'l3.nd the burning buildings. ( give you. There s little to tell you abou ( L 6xa 'He t ,hereford' s tood puzzling out in his mind the family that they, have lived as you see for causes that led to tlie >fire as well as t e absence from. some years. They came from-I don'n know; .now I the'llcene of any human bein:g to think about 'it! They ar:e missing' and their, "That's a funny ,sight," said York in an awe-str:uck home is on Why, I don't kn' ow, but Norman / I voi ce." .' "Is this the Loxa Ranch?" smell a crime here. Dick ,L0xa is 'not absent for noth, 'Yes.'" ing. Neither is his sister Bar'bara a "Who owns it?'..! n ever livep, These two people have bren strugglillg '.'Jti c h ard Loxa, and he had made quite a place of it, hard.t0 make a foot-hold fo r themselves here-' hadn':(he?" now look!" I Morman's eyes took in the spaces wrested from the' "Hard luck!" rejoined 'Norman ; IBurne' (f' out, forests, .. aI).d saw that possibly.a tI:irtyclean and slick." '-I' five acres had' been cleared and put m pretty good "But where are they?N v shape for clutivatiQn. "Dunno." Thy standing crops in. the fields w,here wer:e "That's what's bothering me. ',l'hey are' fifty miles off b y spht I'm I-fences veermg hither and from Fort Davidson on Oanada's Side of t h e fr(mtier 'thithe r lik, e :gigantic straddle-bugs, that, Loxa here and se yeral hundred IT? m Fort. Tanana, the near: (Ihad been I;t good farmer, for the vast stlilnesl> of the est United. Sta t e s fort on the .Alaska. side-and there's .: sounds 6 f h'uman kind that LO,xa n ? t not muc h between here ap.d eithe r point trapper, s ; at his hom e 'When the f!.anies' broke out. or hUn ters-ye s, ,that's tlie question? Where are the "Where 's Loxa1" questi6ned Norman when his Loxa's?'" '. mi n d had grasped all p itiful story of a man's The id e a turned oye r b y N orman in his mind . "By thunder!" l le cried:' "You :There's Dunno. / a stalking here. S orn e .one has s e t t hose b u'ildA/ngs "Who's Loxa?" on fi1 e " "Dunno much about him. into this region No q u estio n of tha t i n m y mind. But s taYing h ereabout five years, ago. He bull-whacked his way in." and talking a bout it isn't going to heln matters. Normalluncl:erstood. ,,' us mov e cautiousl y forward and se e if we ca,n m ake an A i t a wagon a large white'-caIl;VallS top dis c().ve rjes. The flam e s are l}np e r too, m u c h p c u " t to '" r: and" four' patient oxen 'drawing it, "i,!?-ching along" day 0 s p . .:" t by dar)' from thy far away settl, ements of the frontier ... :soon a s h e had fims4ed Ul' towns of /the countrv to this solitary spot where the his although the was a n dri 'ver or ,the outfit length, settled' down and began rearmg at the. SIgh t ?f t he and , his fight for fortune, which wild beast, wilder rg.en, wild ';l'he r I d de n Norman I woods, and days and of toil made almost vam escape the m I an im ossible task caTYIe to the eyes of both men. terror pnWllhngl y b ore ndeI f OIward. p ; .,.. "Let' s cll'cle the hous e fh:st saId Ger ard "Well, put up a good on Norman. J The men ,did so . .' . seems t? have .had and he Yet there ,vas still no sign of a livin g p e r!,?on or ani-to gIve up hIS and made of the WIld land fin e mal. : 4 ., The men halted on the side .e:ppo' site the smo ke away I "And ", i f h d t now-t e wm . ..' ", Geravd's gesture showed his, meaning as he swept While the y were starting o 'ver b y a sprin g of h1$' ,toward the farm-bu.ildings. clear w:ater Taft saw a


THE AMERICAN WEEKLY "Ah!" he cried. He pushed his horse toward the spring followed immediately by ,;There lay a man, face clown in the mud, dead, and with a patch of blood that made a red smudge upon the brilliant green of .the' grass upon which his sightless eyes )'Vere pressed. '. / The dead man was naked-save for a cloth of red flannel wrapped about his loins. He was painted aU over in uncouth stripes of ver I milli,on, black and green, through which shone his coppery-colored skin. '. His black hair was still sticky grease-fat from a beaf. ,l A long feather taken from an eagle was tWisted in th(l ,dead man's hair. "'I ." Around his nec k he wore a coUar of white : bear claws, uncouth, l ;mt bringing to the mind of the two men who"" gazed down at him all ,the acts that were hidden in the dead face turned away from them and buried'in the sod 'J ".t.ln India ,nl'" whispered Gerard. 'I" Shot through the head-see, there's where the,bullet came olit!" replied Norman. 'j "Niltillalau is up," 'mournfully' replied Gerard. "The Red" T 1'1'01' has ,broken out. This man' di J d In the Red Tel-vol's' Raid." . CHAPTER IT: SHOT FROM AMBUSH. I Hut the haste with which the shot was fired saved tliejr Ijves. I The aiin was bad. '1'11e men had escaped the moment they heard the shot g@'whinihg by them by means of their wonilerN.I ability as horsemen. t' It a call made upon their ability indicative Of the me they we;re ,'I"', They met it' with no more emotion thlm the average mal{, wheels away from a city curb to escape the mud autpmobile that lurches toward him. And w:ith little thought of the danger they ,had' passed, as soon as they were away from any possiDle attack, the men turned'to' each other. \ 'Ditln 't get pinked, did y,ou asked ,.Gerard. "No.' Never touch ed me," answered Norman :-"But how do you translate'that dead Indian Y" :Ie "Be 1 Oh, he is, or rather he was, for he is a very good, and dead Injun now, was a member of the outlaw baud of ,Nihiilalau ; the Red 1'error."! that, brute tIP again Y" question of that." "Hard lines, isn't "You bet. I hate the welter of blood and fighting we have got to go through before this fellow is squelched." "It's up to us Jo squelch him?" "It's up to us, a:o.d what help we may get from Fort , 'A lot of help we can get from that fort fifty miles : a,yay!'" ' '., "'Weli,all right! If we can't get help we shall have to do the best we c an, but we have got to put down this uprising, 01:; we are forever shamed and discredit is brought' on 'the 11:olinted Police '" "Which means that there is going to be some sm!!:" fighting presently in which a yoting man, named Gerard Taft, and another named Norman,.. York, are going to A ,shot,rang out upon the ,l1i r ..; engage, and which further means that one or the other The wail of a rifle bullet came shrieking along to' / oius,' maybe both, may, find numerous holes in, ene's ;ward Inspector Gerard Taft, and Constable Norman pelt whiGh some one has sent some lead from a of the iR, oyal North-West Mounted Police force, 'certa,in weapon, known, and called, an.d ui.J.derstood to J'ust as Gerard had the facts told him as he be; to wit, one rifle" or/ revolv-er, held with intent' to '. gazed at the form of the' dead Indian. kill. But the whine of the bullet. like an,entire hive of Norman winked as he spoke. angry bees passed oyer the)leads of the two men w:\th'Gerard minded hoked forward to the out hitting them. ,. work ahead. \ The way; they met this as,sassin's attack char, J' Well, it's,.no facing Nihi,llalau and his gang," acteristic of their thorough frontier training. remarked Gerard. Without touching stirrup or bridle the me il vaulted "You know more about him than I do-tell me about to their saddles. him, , r I', One hand rested' for a moment ori the' necks of their he. is an Indian, "Ihe is : ,an Indian, lastlY' horses i th(>,n they were seated astride of each be!,!-st; an!1 he IS an Ind1an,." came the SWIft, reply. :6h, animals were laying zig-zag / courses 'U!p ,t1!e That 's aH, you need teU about his habits and, ,.. disposition," ,., -, Iirail toward Fort Davidson. ' "Yes. I guess that covers him. ...- There wits l a sudden addition to the shrieking, whines as other, rifles than the first one fired at them gave "He lS all Indian. Or. in oth,er; words, he' is sly tongue, ,but the zig-zag course of the gallant men, ap l sneaking, treacherous, cun:ning, brave, dnmkEln, parently aimless, yet condu cted with skill, as the riders moral, thieving, and generally a nuisallce tq"the comf lay far along the sides of their running horses away niuniliy, and not of any earthly use to himseIf. j ... "About that." / from the line of fire, 'thus shielding their bodies by "What's his tribe 1" those of the horses from t1!-e fire of the conceale9. enemy spoke Fell of th, eir military training. (tHe is a It would hardly have been thought possibfe that two "What's he doi,ng r out here1 ThIS isn t men could be fired at from a fringe woods two huncountry. , I > I dred feet or so away, and not be hit at the first shot : No His country is about Fort Rae, in standing Close togetHer' as they were. territory, along the shores of Great Slave Lake. HQ : ;,"


THE AMERI.CAN :INDIAN WEEKLY. was a member of a band there, the sweetest gang of 'e:,er saw. ,They were cleaned up one day, and thIS tluevmg skate jumped the terr,itory,and came Qut herr'" II . I l\l1aki)lg trouble' nere, of course, from"" the beginning." ", .,.. "Worse than that. He came here in' a:wave of trou)Jle. No s60ner had he struck the than thin' gs began to break loo se Some one held up, or held out, I should say, a mail sack containing bullion from Dawson to Whitehorse." "Did Nihillalau do it?" "Not proven yet, bnt suspected. Then miners down in the Conrad Distri'ct began to be held 'up by some .infernal Road Agent." "That's' bad." "Isn't it 1 Nearly every, report scribed the Road Agent as being dian.'" "No' on e' sure?" that came in clean "No.'}'The man that held up miners wa' s always dis guised. Wore a :mask. Wore htmter's garb. Take ten hunters up here and they all dress alike, white, In dian or haH-breed." "Tha1/s so.' kind of short tunic, or jacket, wide felt hat, leggins, moccasins, or hig h boots,-. there you are." '. I' That's it. I interviewed eyery one t)1at was held' up, but not one was able to come to the front and swear out a for Nihillalau's arrest.'" I I "That's why you left the police post at Fort Daw son suddenly a few months ago 1" "That was why. Been here ever since and haven't got much of auywhere in my Nihilla lau is still at large, and merely under suspicion. I con fess I haven rt got a case against him yet." "Well, you think he is behind this burning' of the Loxa Ranch.1/' 'I do. Nihillala u has been surrounding himself with a gamey gang of outlaws for the past six months. j I something overt was comiI;tg." Norman looked his amazement. "Why didn't you get a good chance at the Jnjun .and blow his head A good gun-fight would settle things here qui.ckly." .' I "I tried that knowing how a d ea d Indian clarifys the atmosphere. But I 'e9-idn't cohte within ten feetany time of the man." "Were you once in ten feet,of him 1" , '. "vVhy, then, didn't you ge bim1" .. "Did'n't know itwas he. I riding along a dark J:'oad a):Jout a mile from Fort Davidson on my way out here when a man hailed me. It was dark and I couldn't .se' e him. He a..skecl me which he ought to go for the Fort Tanana trail. r told him-later '1 learned the man was Nihillalau." "Whew! ..,What a chance I He is of holding up a traveller on the same trail, you know, that same night.'? Norman hroke into a gu;st of laughter. "Rather." "Well, I .then found out tl}at Nihillalau .nad gathered' about him about as mean a gang of gUnfighters and bad men that the North-West can afford to carry-. so I sent. back t<;> Fort Davidson for you bowing that you had ahilities that I thought. would make up the missing link in the campaigu that I must mage against this bloodthirsty Indian." r Norman York made a low bow . "Thank you," he mocked. "It's like you to re member y<:,Hlr old friend and fresh junior In-the serv ice that you send for him, when the bullets begin to hum. It's a compliment that I shall not forget. But tell me, Gerard, what about this Nihillalau If he is a Dog-Rib Indian are all his men Indians 1" "No. 'That's the fumiy part of it. You know how a white-gun-.:fighter .looks down on a red-brother 1 Well in case this c!lap Nihillalau has .not only attracted to hIm many Indians, but man y nalfbreeds and a lot of white bad-men." . "Whom, 1'or instance 1 "WelJ, there's Eitelwolf. Norman whistled. "Eitelwo lH" he said. "He js a pretty bad actor that c hap. is n:om Athabasca way, isn't he 1 Gerard nodded. _ "Funny, isn'," added Norman""but with the ad vance of the gun-man, the bravo, 'the pirate, the assassm the sea-rover, the thug, and hold-up men are being pushed further and ... further to the North 1 If it keeps on there won't be left even iInhe North-West for the cut-throat to do 's so," rejoined Gerard. "Civilization for its own protection won't stand the outlaw or the drunk ard. 'rhey "are no use in the world's making 'any more." "T?ey, may not be any use in the making but they certamly are troublesome when ma de. I think you said w e were liable to have a fight with the outlaws of Nihill alau 's gang of bandits "I did/' rep] ied Gerard. , Well, I guess you right-for here they. come in force!" . r i\:S Norman spoke there trailed into view all the leading part of the outlaw gang, headed by with Eitelwolf at his side and right behind him other membersof the bandit horde. > The outlaws were riding in a sort of-hall cj.rcle pretty 'Well spread onto It was their intention to attack the two fighting men by. closing this circle 3Tound them. Gerar, d saw the plant quickly. back ,toward tl).e forest, Norman," Gerard said. in 11is 'usual conversationa l tone, "don't let them push their around behind us." .., . Gei'ard raised his weapon as he spoke and sent the; first shot in the battle of two against twenty flying 'at an outlaw who was trying to push in behind him. CHAPTER III. \ 'l'FIE OUTLAW'S VIEWPOINT. "That was funny 1 You hunting for' the chap he ,within ten fee,t 0. yo u in a dark night" when you could have snuffed Jiim off the' earth in a twinkling, \ and you kriow itV" cried Norman; I "Was funny, wasn't it 1". rejoined Gerard. ,.


THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. , black, sat on a splendid black horse, which in an agony rrhere was the soft graces of a courtly world jn the of impatience was ,pawing the trail which leads be-manner in which the words were spoken. tween Fort Davidson in British North America and '1'he set of the broad shoulders, the free swagger like Fort Tanana in the United States. a bur,caneer, soft tones, however. The man's-Nue, trousers were stvffed in Ii p.air of top' , In fact Ni:tJ.i1lalau the outlaw was without question boots. The trousers were faced in the inside of the" a man out of t1).e usual type of border l'Ilffians. \ legs with puck-skin, so that they would sta,nd the ( While the outlaw spoke a mall riding toward stant horseback riding,.to which they were subjected. him. ,..,. The figure wore a red-woolen no suspenders, That Nihillalau knew on-comer was. apparent for but a heavy belt ar01l.I\d his waist acted the made no "lllove t?ward Jus revolver, WhICh lay, ;wher e purpose and also held a fine Army revolver, WhICh, hIS hand could ge ,.t It, and the ?utlaw leader'vv:as .' swung"at his right hip with the hammer to the front. ob. the qu , draw," all his frIends, and all hIS enemIes ProjectIng from his 'boot was a horn-handled bowie acknowledged so as the opinion was unanimous it'must knife. have been /, ' Except for his copper-colored skin, he would have In this paradise fo'r outlaws and desperadoes. where passed 'for pr;ospecting gold '. there was hardly a semblance of law, In fact nme, out of ten m(;ln m the ,North-West were was the rule, and force the only recogmzed authorIty, better armed and better' dressed than this silent figure, if a man diq n6t for his gun when another' mali whose spurs with tiny iron chains and clogs carrie into vjew, hIS death fqllowed as a of with every step he took. They were course. \ MW' as his about in to be going If, therefore, no gun was drawn it safe to as-There was nothing about the man that suggested surue that the man was a friend. in any wayan ordinary figul'e, nor did it suggest an rnhat this was so in the case of Nihillalau the first oni. words of the bandit evidenced. .r'1 He was simply a man who looked like a very common"What you discovered 1" .said Nihillalau in hiS place man. soft, silky-toned accents. If seen hi' you would have said to your" 'Bout all thar is ter tell ye," boomed the deep self "there' goe a ma,n,' a gold prospector, a miner, voice of th!;) l1ew-c o m er. a man o"the pick and, shovel" a,nd would have dis-He was short, squat with Holland Dutch written missed tl:!.e entire s .ubject from your mind. over him. and " such.''. But you would have made a mistake. His blue-black beard cut short, and stained I yellow For the man was a persou ality in the North-West. made him look like the celebrated pirate who has gone He., was NiliHlalau, the Indian' outlaw, and thug down to history as "Blue-Beard." I leader' 'Of a desperate band of cri'niinals._ Otherwise the man was of great strength as his wide a man.who .stood ready any m,oment to back shoulders and bxoad hairy, arms showed. His hair was JudgmeD:t WIth hlS and he fought' iron -gray showing he was past the early life of a man, hlillself: up youth as a mean member and he wore a deer:skin hunting shirt, -fringed with pf the Dog-Rlh trIbe of to be the lea .der of dyeti porcupine quills, deer-skin leather-like gang of outlaws be now com ,manded; and It was hIS wh i ch were worn tio'h1.. to his skin as if he had been prolld bo.ast thM-." a ,man in his but melted and poured into ihe;m, boots and the in had a prIce on h18 h;ead, and ,dldn t dare show hImself evitable tinkling Spanish spur. at any settlement the ., A coon -skin hat was perched rakishly on his head It was s':l:r:e tp 'at IndIan 'bandIt was a leader that anIT he wore the, 11sll'al h yavy caliber revolver at his was by .hlS . right hip. ani! slung' over his shoulder was a long"He lS a.1ways WIth hIS 'gun 111 hlS hand ready to, rifle. .. ,. do business' with yo u," was given by ope member of his His name was Eitelwolf OOld he was more wild than as I;eason any wolf that ranged tlie' mountains and the country He t afraJd -0 Dothm1 rema \ 1ted a second l:\..bout him. outlaw. ' Second in leadership to Nihillalau, this man, was as "I-Iels squaa1", a third, "l;te divvy's up wit' implacable as he, ana tog'ether they made up the type de b,oys, arter aI!Y: tm' he Us over." ';, of the, w'orst that the territory. contai,ned from There was nothmg ,alarmmg about tl1e great 011.t-point of deVilishness. law" however, to the casua l observer. ',' ., '''rI'dl all there is : and then I wiH know as much His face was rather 'broad acr?ss. his low cheElk as Y01:, crie d Nihillalau. J.' and could be of his lIps sho:wed that .'" Sartj.n '. hyar goes boomed the deep-bass voice they a!ld thm. ,< of Eitelwolf. "We did as yoU' ordered. S I '", char3:cterlstJ c s made up a face that.-llien who '''l'hat was what, I presUmed you. worud do," said stuclled fac:-s, usually kept 3:way from. I the, outlaw chief with his slow, sweet. smile" ,'I /j:m' man s promm ent and traglcal wlth the I well obeyed." I, ,, traglc fate of bls IndIan race, but ther, e was a snakey" .' ffi \ gleam every. now and then that showed that when an.' Elte lwolf la.ughed lus great ru an' r?aI: of merrI, gel' or revenge actuated him he would be a terrible ment. \ '_, man to cope with. rl'lie sound went through the woods. "'Vhoa!" cl ; led tpe ol}tlaw to his horse. "St!!;nd', : HoVI-Io! Ho! W'y manl ef we didn't. opey ye, we'd still!" \ gi,t killed by ye in two 0' thet tltar gun ye carry' The voice in which he spoke was low, sweet ; silky-. so car'less like," ho wled Eite lwolf. "Say we 'ud look, "'Its tone w ( as eV, en : ,fille e l dis obeyin' ye!" \ ./ \. ';'


THE AMERICAN INDIAN'WEEKLY. -"Oh surely not as bad as that,!' protested the bandit leader. . Eitelwolf roared again. ":W aal, he added, "We w ion't talk erbout thet. W ot I've got tel' tell ye is thet the tricks done A gleam 0 savage pleasure stole into Nihillalau's eyes. / , Good! he cried. "WaU, not so good perhaps as ye mount think." ,"Why not?" "N"awthin'. I tuk er half dozin uv the gang an' we went an' shat up thet thai, ranch 0' cth' Loxas." "That was right. 'That's what you were told to do. "Yass_ We did ut tel' the King's taste." "Very well. What next? , We shot all uv the st.ock." "That was a goo(l move , We set, them thaI' afire , Excellent! "" Then we sot t.he "clobe house afire." "Good. " "Waal, p'raps twas good, p'raps it want so good." "I had them boys a hidin' eout in thet thaI' clear in' an' U'i cose I expected thet them Loxas ud rush eont wen they seen t he flre a:blazin' in them barn, S and that thaI' heouse." "Of course they wo-wd rus11 out of the house-then you filled the fellow Dick Loxa full of lead fnd cap tured the gi;rl-good work, my Eitelwolf!': Eitelwolf scratched his head woefully. He looked rather shame-faced as he continueq.. Waa1, that was th' pro-grum we fellers had laid clown, qut some how er 'nother we didn't make that thaI' riffle." A dull red shot over tbe copper-colored face of Nihillalau His eyes began to blaze. The silky tone::). left his voice. He spoke in a swift hard tone of rage and disappointment. "You are not going to te)l me that YGU missed the Lo 'xas he asked with a ringin,g death-note in his voice. "Naw we didll't miss 'em," meekly replied EitelwoLf. "We di dn 't hev no chanst t{lr miss 'em!" "What 1" snapped the leader. "Had no chance to miss them-what do yon me 'an 1" "Now; Nihillalau," softly and, beseechingly said Eitelwolf, "they ai'n't no caH.fe r ye to git angry. We ain't ter blame." "You're lJot to blame for av7tctt'i" said the leader: "Th!3m Lox as di.dn't git by us." "They didn't escape! Hear the man .they did not escape why did you miss them ? What was my long planned raid gOQd for if you ,did not kill them 1" "Neou; don't git mad. We didn't git theJ.? folks 'cause theys want thaI' wen we r aided the. ranch." Nihillalan st.ri.lck his spnrs into the sides of his met. tIed horse in his -anger . His face was transfixed b y his evi l passions. The frightened horse r eared and plun' ged and tor a time the conversation was suspended while the outlaw curbed thE) animal. When the trembling horse was reduce d to some semblance of obe dience to his mm:;ter's will once inore"all traces of anger had faded from 's face -, Once more he spoke in his drawling silky tones. "Tell me how you failed," he mourned. Eitelwolf withou t doubt hated to make the confession. 'Waar; he began uneasily. "We follied all uv yar in-struct-eens 'ez near ez we could. But thar want noawtin' ter wot we did 'cept tel' burn.up the'Loxa Ranch and run off tl).ar stock a ,killin' wot we cud not use." "Oh 1 "Fer 'har 'want rio one tel' hum. Them Loxa's hed skippeq, 'rhey heel got sum heou 61' another thet we was a. comin,' I guess,' fer they want any whar tel' be seen "Escaped? "Yass." "Do you know wher, e they went toT" "'rhar's )Jot er trace uv em thet we kin find." "vVbat have you done1" \ sent some uv our sconts up en deoWIl, thet thar trail toward Fort Tanana, one vaoy an' toward Fort Davidson t'other way. An' ye knows thet thars onny them i-vajr s t el' any settlemunt hyarbouts, an] them, Loxas no woodfolk tel' tr.y tel" git a";ay frum us by a taking tel' them trackless forests-w'y they'd git et up by the wild beast s in them forests in a second. Tliey aint ",'ood-folks, they jest farwers." "That's ,why I'm after them, " replied Nihillahiu. "The y are the fiTSt farmers to cpme h ere and dispute the earth 'with the forest and the wild animals in it. 1.\Ian, if one man like Dick Loxa, gets a foot-hold jn'this territory way out h eTe, so far from t1le gold diggings, will be no plaCE) for men like us" They law and must be run out of thls rpart of the country by me." r While half of what Nihillalau said was lost on Eitelwolt, he understood enough to make his anger rise. "Them farmers hez ggtter git," he lqared. "Neow. don' ye think thet we ain e goin' tel' gjt them Loxas,yit. They aint escaped so fer thet onr boys can't find 'em." "Hark!" c ried Niliillalall. "I hear the pounding of J oping horses. Into the forest! Be quick!" A touch with his spur sent his horse bounding into the forest depths. He was followed by Eitelwolf. In a breathl ess second he whirled about to ,see racing toward the fine that was swirling into the air over the Loxa Ranch, two horsemen each wearing the uniform of tl,le Royal North-West Mounted Police. "Look! Look!" cr ied the Indian optlaw chief. "Fol lowing the farmer comes the men wliose sworn duty it is to llphold thetlaw. W e must kill those tw.o men. We. must find and kill the Loxas. We are now in a battle for .... onr lives and our liberty. Follow me." The outlaw l eader spurred his horse at its best speed toward the remainder of his band secreted in tile rorest. ClL\.PTER IV. 'HE ESCAPE.


THE AMERICAN iNDIAN ",WEEKI..:Y ; through the wood' as the girl's words were heard. awhile working like a hprse, and then"it all peters The four stalwart mules strained at their collars ; out. Another failure." They were hitched in teams to a lumbering wagon, Dick Loxa grinned. whode round canvas top showed it to' be one of the "We't so bad 0'tI yOl'l might think," he said. prairie schooners, used always by "'J'he c70p.s" a-ce' all destroyed,I know but; 't4e outlaws of 'the ,farmer kitJ.C1, as method of transportittion in the burn oUp the land. Our cattle has lJ'1en ru.n off Nortll, West. \ but' I didn't own all the cattle ,in the North-West. The schooner's mules had' a t har-d time in drawing Thl:! house is bur.ried up, but bless you, Bao, the're's lots the heavy wagon they were .off the of timber in the forest back of the lIouse to build an beaten trail and were in the great forest itself other one. I've already been planning to make the new On .the rear mnie seated in a saddle with high pommel house better than the old on e I never liked the old and with great \vooden stirrups sat Dick Loxa, who'3e bne much-:-";. I' heart was heavy. \ "Heaven, hear the man," wailed "Not yet Whenever he reached a high cleared in-the:: safe from the irmrdel'ous outlaws, yet here he is plan woods he could see the embers and smoke I whirling ..... ning th.e new house on the not yet cold of the old up in,the air that marked the burning o f thk hom e his one! Yo'll are the most cheerful mall I e\:,er knew. But jn(lustry ,hao1 wrenched from the forest. you get 011 n erves. I hav.e to be blue. to mainta,in a "Hurry, cried 'the girl who sat'in tlfe chee rful balance." ", peering ciut of the cap-vas top. I,'" '" 4 man about forty years of age who ,had been walk She was a veri: girl, but hei-face was : white ing ahead of the leading muJes now stopped until the 'with fear. rear tellm caught up wi,th, him. Loxa was a girl who was worth while. Dick ga've a steady pli11 O'Q, the single rein which gOY: 'Brown ha\r.fe11 over a perfect with 'sparkling erne d hi:> four in himel, anel the mules stopped quickly. brown eyes that were set above a NQse and mouth Th e man wiped his fore:head. moulded for and merriment. H e was clad in deer-skin from top to toe . His yel, 'Ehe girl, like all 'Yomen in I that part of the country, low seemed to melt th, e ,Twenty feet w pre a short-skirted 'suit of ; gray 'Cloth, that fitted her from him and be b eca me as much a part of the woods prfltty figute welL was the gl eam a revolver as any wild thing in it. in her belt A knife peeped from 'the top of her tan He was kml\u in the' country as Silent boots. ' ", Sol, b ecause he nev .er was silent for a second of his Her., face, lioweve'r, shGwel, the great m ,ental strain waking hours untile r which she was held:-- '.. H e 'talked aU' the while, I ,"I,'m h,urrying as ast as the mules will gOl,Barbara,'" If you .woludlisten to him he would talk by the yard. cried I.Joxa, whQ' by 'the way, was t h e very,pretty girl's If you woulc1n't listen he would talk, to himself. brothel' I'Now don't get in a wax. w'e will get out 9f He was, moreover, the most child-like man that ever here some time. j, lived in the :ways of the great world, but as a master of "That's you, brotller Dick/' cried the girl. ":Was woodcraft, stood unrivalled in: the British American there eve r such a lllan as you? Here '8 our woods. house beiHg burned' up. Our barns' are already des' No one 101e\v anything about Sol's eai-ly life troyed by fire and yet you say, 'Never mind, we will get But it' must not have all been spent in the forest be but of this' as if it t,"w; as the pleasantest thing in the' ca1(l.s'e' he spol{e well 'and was well 'had' . Somewhere he world to lose the work of at th-e\, hands. of the had been to school in llis days, but not amurN'ihilIalat't ban'c1its-:-oh, dear, I'I1J. just give up." mer for ?<11 his garrulousness ever told aDything about (, Y 011 are the bluest on earth," chimed in hjs youn gel' days. Barbara'S Brother. "Now what's the use1 You can't "Well, Dick," Silent Sol said, "any way I got you change anything. This raid of ,red deVjls has along in safety so far. ,?' ruined me, I know but I've made so many fresh "That's so," returned Dick. ,'. ". in this world th'at I'm used: to being bro;ke. ,What's Barbara's face shone with preasul"e as she,;looked at the use of repining '.:' the scout. .' "You're the man I ever bew. to yon, and to you alone, that we are a:live, Yon are just escaped with your life, yet you look' on the she said in her clear sweet voice. \ bright side!" .' , Now don't, thank me child, said Sol. ,"I "Well, if havi)]g dne's life 'left isn t enough to make 'Woods",prettY, : wen :an,d it was Just luck. ;that I you I don't know what is ? Suppose I was ;, N'lhlllalal \ ; S gaP!5 alo,ng yer;y ford'ead ? Thell I'd have a call to get blue,'l "' cst to burn yon but of hOl1se, and home, and to loll you The gil'l made no answer. b,oth. S O I j1ist said to myself I will beat theirl in Vthat .little 'plot so r took a short cut through the woods, She drummed with hel' haud,on the canvas side of the warned 'Y.9U aU, and here we are--". prairie schooner as she "After we lo'ad ed the wagon with anythin' g we nad "I'm sick of this," continued Barbara: .We''Y,e been handy, liitchep. up the mules and rushed for the woods, by Red Men ever since.I was unlucky enough I shoulr1.think half aD hour before the, red-:g:ten's t.o let you induce me to come here with you five yeaI;s <,' ; ago. It only another story of failure. :Fm sick \ Well, my pretty Silent Sol, "we of wo t'king like a dog to only have everytl; end iIi, al:e out of chmg .er for ,a"':,h]le. Don't you fret. W e failure. It isn't if yeu were to blame '"Dick. You Flll our way some how. I stopped ye because w6rk naird, you're a brainy man, yet nothjng ev .er, there's a spring here aBd it's good clear water. r seems to f\mount to ap y thing. You just start, go ab,ead thqu,ght best to our mules and let them graze a


THE' AMERICAN 'INDIAN / bit., You can get a cold snack-but light no fire .. Nih--the only haven at all near at hand is fifty miles away illalau is an'Injun and knows how to s earch these woods at Fort Davidson. , Qr us. We can beat him at his own game I feel sure. "That fort, is nothing but a Hudson.'s Bay trading But :must Injun ,deviltry with white men's compost and a trifling little hamlet' around it. mon-sen,se . Get us something to eat---'-but no fire, Bab. that IS so. But there' s gooq. hearts there The girl' jumped from the prairie schooner and began that would like to eat up this Nihillalau gang of dirty preparing a simple meal from the few things that had outlaws. If we can make a plunge to the woods from been dumped Into the wagon when the alarm w a s given this little cleared spot, skirt the River along by the sco ,ut. \." parallel to thy :Fort Davidson trail,luntil safe purAlter the mules 'had been lariated, Sol and Dick suit. we can get back into the trail and then make a dash formed a committee of ways and means. for 'the fort." Now, then," said Dick, whose usually { smiling face "W ouldn't it be 'better to cast the schooner here ;was gloomy' .with foreboding, "I've been tr.Ying to be adrift" mount tb e mules and' then make a ride for life cheerful befgre Bab, anu. the strain is pretty heavY. toward the fort I think we are in a desperate plight. What do you "I hardly "think so. This prairie sCbporter is best to think of it Y" stick to. It'13 all you've got left to start life anew in. "rye had some experi ence in tb!3se matters' ,and I You've got some fodder for us in tbe schooner. You've' agree with you that we are in some trouble, .but really got some of your h6usehold goods-not much but a few I've seen sicker dogs than we are get' welL'" \ old keepsakes, they'll be good to start life anew Dick smiled. with-no, better stick to the old wagon until we 'hav' e to "But you will admit that we are pretty sickY" drop it-although it does seJm a foolish thing to lum"Sicker than we wish we were." bel' ourselves up with it." know about where are?" ( I "Where are we , , Good. Then in case we are caught Y" About five miles from your ranch. Silent Sol spat a cud of tobacco out. and took a fresh "We have done pretty well in getting so far, haven't one. we?" When that happens," "we won't have "Wonderfully well. It's no easy task' for four to do much planning. There is 'Ii. sprinklin' of about strQng mules to drag this I prairie schooner as far as fifty men, more en less in the outlaw gang. You can they have done. But' they've worked nob,ly and we figure out for yourself just how long we would last hav. e covered a lot of ground. ,; ." when they started in on us "No question of that. But we can't keep on this way "It would be a case of back up to a 1.'0ck, shoot as through these woods. There 's no trail here at all It's long as you could and die fighting1" a trackless wilderness, and if it had not been for you "Either that or howl as loud as you wanted to and I would have lzeen hopelessly lost in the first mile." then die any way." ,. Very true. with me you won't be lost " Well, dOD't tell Bab." "I don't fear the lQss part but I do fear the pursuit." "Not on your life. She'd better think thIDgs are going "So do 1." on all right. But Dick ; why in thunder did you ever "W,ell, ,,,hat had we better do Y" settle out here in this spot that God Forgot and try "My idea is tpat we can go along this "way for a few to make a ranch out of it 1" miles more " "I dunno. It was a partly cleared spot by' nature "Oh. when I happened to' ride down tbe trail five years ago 'You see the forest)lere isn't cut up by the Porcu-looking for a place to start a ranch. I got it cheap and pine Rive:t-that bit of water makes a bend about two had it. registered by tbe Land. Agent of the Canadian miles from here, and then runs in a sort of .S'. We are government back at Fort Davidson and I was doing ,." in the hollow of the upper part of the'S ,.,, pretty well until this gang Qf l;'ed men got down on "I understand." me-why 'they did I don't know. Do youY" "Now the trail ought to be to_get to safety is "I think I can tell ye why you are HOiinded by Red right over alQng the top of tbe 'S.' you see My plan Men." is to keep in, the bend of the'S,' and then when we <" Whv get the chance emerge into the trail and .hurry towartl you are a pjoneer up here in-farming. You FQrt Davidson." are the. first man to try to make of tbis pah of Yukon '. "w.. e couldn't go t.oward Fort 'ranana Y' '.' ,. territory something 01 a farming district, yo u represent "No' The bandits cut us off that way, but eve.n if. peaceful civilization-Nihillalau represents nothing but we coul(i go that way I don't think it advisable to go the forces of violence. You can't go together:-One of a long the trail over intO' the United States." yo u mllSti die." '. ."It would be pretty far that way." "Gosh! I am .not interfering With any gun men. They can stab and shoot till the CQWS come home and I donrt "Yes, It w0 .UJ.d. You see your ral f h is the farthest care. north ia,the territory. There's nothing between us and, ; You as an indiv i duaL are but you a r e-the either forestbut, wilderness unless ytm take in the few first of a host of farmers. This great wild countn. n Bay 00mpany's fHrther up toward the Arctic Ocean, and a few of the more outlying posts of about us in, the main is merely mining country There the R yal NO,rth.West Mounted PoliGe." where the mines are th.ere is not much use for "TIlat's SQ.' , culture. Nothing gold seems to grow in that soil, I but out here along the Porcupine River, about the Bell "It IS hllndiJ.'eds or miles 'toward any of those points River, up the md Crt1. w s stretches of good , . 'JI I


10 ,,1 THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY, land to be reclaimed from the' leaving still She was not even made ,theiarget for shots, nor )Vas plent,V of forest and rocky hills and mountains for the anv allowed to come near'her . wild animals of the wildwoods There to be a diI:ection regarcling her that e111 ' served as a shield. "Suppose that, five hundred farmers 'settled, in this Wh'ile the girl away at shadowy part bt the c01mtry and thep there would com:e' the not se e that near her was approaching: se-vera l department of the Merchant-stores, tiny at first, would of the' outlaw ga:J;l:g. begin to spring up in little settlements. ' There would The desperadoes were led by Buckskin Pete,' as :aerce be business here in supplying the five hundred farmers a 'tnember of tne outlaw band as it" contained, aside from with goods-soon there would be one thousand farmers' its Aierce leaders Nihillalau and Eitelwcilf. .' ) and ten stores-then civilization would be all over this Buckskin Pe!e, wore his greasy hair' in a wild mass region and where wouI'd there be room for Nihillalau 1" around his sea med, scarred, crime-lined face. His black "J see prainly." ' eyes were sunken'in their caverno us sockets. "Of course. NihilJalau was educated in an Indian' His faded clothes w ere of a variegated type; a red missiOn Great Slave Lake' way; lIe is smart; flannel s.hirtl an old a pair of ,Bu?kskin trou has lear)led sees that nID:P1ng you out now thlW gave 111m hIS and a WIde belt that, 1'l;lay save .tlris wiide'l:ness/to such as 's the brIstled r evo lvers and kmves gave him a fighting same old story over aga.i:n." he th'ought. I glID man., an.d DeMh, ll n :itder, Ill: the. top of his hig!:h boot was stucIi' the biggest bandlts, drunkness gnd theft, rampart, and glorying in bowl e-kmfa that mOlley could buy. their comes the peacl1, ful farmer., Then the set of customers than the three' that ,gun, man fades away." w:th hIm never atJ;:acked a peaceful party.before in any. !.., Ali ') ' '" WIld cQu,ntry. I "The Indian b.andit has seen this in his 'own case. He Men of every /nation and hue were ill Nihillalau's was 'driven out of the Slave Lake colmtry b y the 'band; red Indians, v.agrant thieves, 'that again up l).ere\\ i:q You. JI.e gUI+-men..' Itahan French ,Sll'ffer fate' ag ain He will try to were gmt that .to ?andlt ,mhmidate any I?IOneer farmer 'by killing,' you, aU, ,everyone, merged IdentIty the Olly tCi> get m lus l p ath." :" ' '"' ,,' , ,It's get it!' the of outlaws ,with Nil uUalau had ,mnch-ot the attributes of the, born you don.. t want to nght, because YQu, -"l ,,' commander.,. ' SIlent Sol elld not answer DiCk. He had the trlCk of rewardmg for extra serVlCe Ins ,tead he sll aded his eyes irom the SUn a,pd -1'Ooked ,.down to the g!:ound., "-, toward the. covel't that the uncleared forest : kneY':, when to and when to w!th -hold; when a,fforded to ally skulker. I to play thIS man agamst the other, and, this mlade his Sol grasped his rifle: ,:.' ,-;' ',ten'or to outsiders. As the red terror h-eflash e d about "Get r,eady, boys, here comes the gang l' Sol shouted the terr,itory in almost perfect security, he knew the next nDnute. that h e was secure in having a solid gang l;lehirid him; He took' quick sight-i;W0'ng nis-. 'rifle. there were no in his -.-, ,,' With the of th pIece a ,cry of agony carn,e ; ,But Barbara: at, in,to underb1!u s h ,fl''Om the underbrush into wHich he had f:i.rea." a h1wdred feet away ,where VIOlent agitation made her' .,' "'rhc" outla,vs !Fightfol' ,your lives i" Silent silre ,th,at tlie 'Outlaws were in f0rc8', paid as ;l:te, and :fired at prowling forms that l:tttl e atteptlO'n to the men yvi,l5glillgt like W:Grh;ls through' came stealmg through the underbrush to attack the lit-the cleapmg at her fe et: 7e of three p,eaceful persons, O ne that wriggled along directly.' beh,ind Buckskin , Pete was Muscoda, of the iLong Kmfe J a treacherous CHAPTEJR -V. A MAIDEN' S PJiJRn ... I The :fight "vas f ,ast aDd furjous. by the wag911 pick, Loxa and Silent Sol PQured after shot at the advancing outlaws , The o,utlaws in turf!;' s,ent th'eir death-giving bullets at aevoted men, whlle Blu:bara now 3i :fiend of a ghting girl, with her pretty teeth 'c1ench ed, stood u p m the rear of the wagon and fired her revolver at every wopld have been killed in the :first fire had it" n ot for what was undoubtedly an order' given aiS to her safety, sneaki1;lg who had drifted from over United States Bord e r a)ldjojnecl out law gang. The third man, was Quick-shot 1\1, anotl;Ler outlaw who came from Nevv Engl and, originally to become one of the no-ted gurrfighters on the fronti er: -,The three' JDeJ;l -were ,noted for deeds ,of desperate," the ba12d of'''N.ihillalau ; he himself the lOO5 1er -o 'tn;e gang, f;?ent thew out'to try'\and 1l' Barbara. ',"_ -, -, j "It.'s' not, mf" intention yet to kill Dick Loxa and Sil ent Sol, l' J'!ihill;:tlau' had' e,xplaine d to Eitel wolf "V{hat I am anxious to do is t.o shopt tip. patt in road agent style, and get that girl 1nt,o ni y hands a prisoner, an d I don't much car, e whether any oJ;le kills her two defenders or not-'-pnly I am not out to kill them. If -they are' kill ed, a lL right but what I want' is to keep them pret(v well o c cupied"in sh00ting at me so I can ge t : that gir l, I will go atter Dick and Sol later. But first I ,vaIj.t t'O get rid of the girL I f .' ," ; ,:., my business. ,-. -.... .".f;


THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. etoing to marry her off to some one in the gang that wants to go E ,ast "No. I'm going to ,kill hcr." ..', "That' will cOlhe later. " Even drunken,' dirty, half savage ;Eite'lwolf not see whY all the pains were being taken to catch the . girl alive, when a sudden rush cobId have killed all of the girl and a ll, J111 but the girl, or all but 'Dick or for that matter Silent Sol, any time / \' . Howev er, the mind of an Indian' ls not to be fathomed by any : white man, alld Eitel wolf just'let the question go in his mind. He was not going t9 try to get tg the motives that governed Eitelwolf's master, Nihillalau; it was enough for Eitelwolf to obey. .'Waal: erledEitelwolf, "it's up to ye o Yar the stuff" ole chap. Ef ye wants ter\git the gal that er way, 'w'y git h er. It aint nawthin' t el' me wot ye does as longas ye come Qver wit me share'o' thar ,plurrder." < Barba.ra to in spite of the ugly knife but hei' voice l'efused to obey her. She feJ.t' herself picked up as she was a feather. Buckskin Pete carried her in his arms as if she was a b'aby an,d in two boUnds, it Barpara, she was wrenched from the wago,.n, ana foltIJ-d herself sur. ,rounded gang of horri,ble n1e:p., wild, bloodthirsty, who grinned. 'and laughed whi l e one, a daredevil faced Indian' approached to'speak to her with a sneer of hate on his face, "Nihillalal;l. ; tht! Red Terror," cried Ba.rbara as her senses lGit her and she sank fainting at the feet of t11;e outlaw chief. OHAPTER VI. .. THlj! FIGHT F0-R LIFE . ,: This also seemed to be the' posititm taken by every membeiof the gang who were ill ear shot. Imlp ecto r G e rarcl Taft C onstaJ:>le Norman York of "Well, I want Buckskin Pete, Muscoda, .. the Long the Roya l North-West l\folmted Police co. olly met Knife and' Quickshot AI to get out after that girl. It's the issu e of .battle which the outlaw band had thrust a job of danger for' the, girl's I a good shot and that upon the m. '/ '! ; scout S.ilent Sol and the girl's brother, Dick L oxa, / behi'rld cover each a sig: know pow to fight l,jke ij.ends, But I want you three nal, m nls hors e's ear, at the same tlIDe touchmg' eac h "men to get out of, cover, wriggle up to the' girl a n d a n i mal on their fore-shoulders capture her." The intelligent hors e s lay dOWl;l quickly,in answer The outlaw leader spokejrom an intimate kno wled ge to the signal and when the outfaws were ready to charge of things wben he said it was desperate and deadly, 'the two gallant yOlmg men 'they dangerous h.e had his three best men upon. by a h!'lap of logs'.l?rush, 'and dirt"oehil}-d which horses The shoptmg habIts of SIlent. Sol were .well known. and men la; t the foe. I. ,-, was one of the best shots ill terrItory: The duties of the two PQlicemen were not like those Dick Loxa also knew ho w to use Ius weapon m hunt-of a city policeman, but c0nsisted mostly in possessing ing wild' gapre and had quite a reputation in meeting a knowledge of woodcraft, and a n ability 'to use it, and slaying black bear and' therefore, he was not to be thus fight .tp.e criminal e l ements 01' the forest on their approached lightly. own grounds, twice as dangerous by the way as any "Be keerful," ,Buckskin P e t e urgf;d upon his com p'Ossible city danger.', panions 'oV-hem they 'started on their dangerous mission The party thatb'ad attacked Taft and York was not The party i;q. t h e bushes redoublec1 their firing to dis-the main body of th, e outlaws. tract th(lattenticm of Silent Sol aucl Dick. , Th ese unde r Nihillalau and Eite lwolf, were busy at "Remembel! that So l shot on e of our m()n through the this mome lit in the attack upon Dick Loxa. and his heart, when he J first fired at us, : .' cautioned Nihillalau partv of bra v e people a;;; he sellt away the Buckskin ,Pete 'party. '''Use all Th e partytliat attacke d the young men was lead Qf' your woodcr ilfHn tll-is trip." ., Eg", a lower r anked ruffian tlIan the leaders No ma,tter what the errand mRy have beell Buckskm the outl a w but a pretty bad c itiz e n at that of proyecf" Pete showed 'great adroftness ip. his work. ; conra ge, a;d who w a s quite a s bloodthirsty as any' ,He and l\1us.coda, th.e Long Knife, and' Quick .Shot o tll e r -me mb e r of his gang. (,oj Al first rushed .. out ipto Ithe open and t h e n to the Witl:). Ruffalo Ed w e r e two warriors, Whi1y ground, bnr' l'owing into the earth as deeplY I as they Feather_ and Th e G rizzly Bear, two truculent Indian couid. taking adya;ntag e of every and b ush until thugs and'th, e y made the f q r est ring iii tIleir (lesire to 'at 'length, linseen 'in tb:e quick popping of blazing kill Taft and York. weapons thejr .ged to dart to the rear of the prairie The: rom: of tIl e t h ree J;'ifie s of the outraws and the schooner and then Buckslu11 Pete j:t1mped' on qle wagQ n bark o f the pi ece s o f the policem e n made no end of a an\l grasped' Barba r a br '1il1e racl\:e t i n the. wo?ds. ,Hyar ye the :ruffian "'hiss e d iu the girl's ears outla,:,s had to c o-yer as soon as saw:.. Gine me thet thaI' guu!:' ',' t?-e Jr al}d there was mucll fumg .but ' . 'l./!' h' l I tt] e results on each SIde. H1S haIry paw ,wrested Barbara s revo vel' :.!orom er F' II th fi d b th 'd' In a \ e rillO' cease on 0 Sl es, opened heI' m o:'lth to SCI'e a .m. Th e o;),tla:ws sa; that Taft 'and Yor!r had secured. a C place where the y could l:esist forever 'But the of a 'beld clos e to bel' throat It' was on top of a little wooded hill. \ .by Muscoda, tIle Kniie, sent the blood to Th e two policemen c ommand e d the entire vicinity her lieart in a wave of fear, and froze tlie blood in h e r owing' to tbeir being on high ground, and were so veins. \' / sheltered by the ramparts they had hurriedlY" put about "Gal, 'up!" gro-i ,jeCi the Indian. t1'lem, that' they could not b e fired at with any degree of 1


THE AMERICAN INDIAN WE;EKLY. aim, w,hile the one firing was iI). the open, and would Th ey both were sure' that the s01l)ld oL firing whi ch make a good Dfark for the two young men to':fire at. had at first been distant was coming nearer.: Well?" iuterllogatively remarked 'Norman when the' 1t was evide;iJ.t by., this time not oilly (j-erard and firip,g had ceased {J)ll both sides. "We seem to be coOped Norman but also to B;uffalo Eli, White Feather and ,up @-rizzl y Bear, , "., !f "Rather/' smiled Gerard. ., "'See, Normll-n, pointed "YoCl 'I?an t race '''I am 'not pleased with this cOBdition," smued \ an agitation of the' bushes there showing that the Norman i;n return. laws are approaching battle and like our"Neither am 1." selves are wondering wnat it can "What can you do?'" "1 am going to take a sho t at the highest bush ,there," "If you dON't lilee to sit tight' you are at liberty to Norman. "It seems to me that' I canse, e a tall rush out of this glaae," thug of an Injun -lurking ,there." "Guess that's the ticket, But who do you 'think Norman took car, eful aim through :the this gang belongs to 1'" " logs directly in front of Him. "I think they are 'part of Nihillalau's gang." W ith the sounei( of his ri.fle"s shot there Cfl;lThe a ' se th;at A's Dkk beleaguered that" were forced to lay' stlpine behind LQxa and party. Brit how so aJ!e bei!11g rampart, h'llt feeiin g as 1they did that. there 'was no ',' fu;ed by ea & h side I cannot illl 'cl!erst'ap.d.", Loxa and q,th'er way ollt oUt, ,the' two men tried to be as patient t Ba:r:hara being by: the how can >,: as tp ey c0ulCl. .' '..... ., ',' thei)' so rll-pidly 1 "I wonder-say what's sudd, enly said No'rIt was plain to see what Gerarcil:;melj.1!lt. ,. "man. "1 hear the sound of fighting over there to otlI' The noise of the shooting as if niany weapons right. 'i" were being fired in files. -.' "1 don't heGtr anythmg,;' rejoined Gerard. F ,irst 'there would be a long roll co; without Both listened intently. ," doubt f'I'om rifles fir ed with direction frOm! some com" But now e,ach cotlld hear, the snapping (i)f manding forae so' and together came the reevolvers, the louder roa,.r of rrfles and the shouts and p drts fired ir, om many weapons scr' earns men hgaged, the. trained senses of v Then thel'e Y'ould 1;>e a few iso lated shots, but heing ]i), oth N o.rml;l,l1 and Gerard teld, tla'em, in a fierc"e compat. sen% the,n there '1/ "TheJ;'e's a hattl'e gojng on not than, a mile or'come the long '1:011 of the vOlle'Y firing.'" I. l.t"r\'> away fro:rp. here," said .. ," Shouts of men, wild screams of wounded, neighing No qUl;lstion out" you correct'," l : ep lied of hQrses and 'tihen once more the fatal rise and fall Gerard, "but who is n :" of t)1e battle's ebb and flpw wouJd come nearer) nearer, "It must. be the main gang of the, outl,aw. who have nearer. ,', '" 'stuck up Dick Loxa aNd his party. They must have '", 'Jt was an' inspiring episode. escaped through the woods some way. It goqd fig4ting blood of ,both ,Gerard and "I guess that is so. We ought to' be able to help iNor:r:nan.'!ying up -and down in their vei,ns. ,'.,; '-hem But how ? Weare pretty we'll pinned i,n here, t -Battle-lust from tl;1eill eyes. don't, you know!' , that' great?" cried "I'd like to get a will there's a way," r e marked into .that l\I[yJ,'but"don't'it make onj3's blood Ger,ard : "Let me get my thinking cap on. ; :--,"'(,; G' dal'l,cE)!", > "\.' ,,' .. ',' .'. ,}I'he two men sank back, trying to puzz l e a wayop,t' ". "U-m, m!'" rejoined NormaD, wpo was fingering his of'their own trouble I;l.nd some happy medium by -\hich '1' vdlvers and 3,1 blill-dog,.,as he was, they couJd go to 'the rescue of the party who fhey ready to ge t "into'the' gamel' if be pnly coUld witfi could still h.ear firing away as if never b?th courage and a bility give, a go?d account of en.ough lead at each other. hImself. , "Thunder!" cried Ger ard. "I wish I had a chi:mce / The noise oCthe'battle came ,now-so clearly thll-t it to escape from here." was evident soon ther' e would be seen the opposNorman did not reply. iug forces. / ,'He .-was li stening intently . Th ey righ t IJ-round that point there," shoute(l tbnnder the noise of that shooting is certainly Norman "Hurrah!" . coming nearer," Norman saiC!-. "By Gebrge, \ Gerard, 'Hurrah hQwled Gerard ,110W beside himself with ',I tell yo u 1 am right-that noise without doubt is excitement. "God save King George!"'.. .. coming neal1er." f 'Hu.rrah.1." again ().ljed N0rman? "There'they come Gerard and N01'man again listened intently. -1004', the outlaws are running away ,', J.


THE. AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY His rifle whirled up .to his shoulder; was aimed and fired in Ii breath. . . The screech of Buffalo Ed and his loping off with his left arm hanging useless with a bullet in it, which had it, showed the fine markmanship of .the man who had sent forth the }eaden missile. / "I gotf one," shouted Norman. "Sef;l those rascals run!" "There is no doubt but that you telling the truth," answel'.ecl. Gel1ard, "when you see those chaps rup---:the 'way they are sprinting shows they. are a devilish hurry., : . 1 "There's not.a thmg to be seen of the outlaws," re p,lied Norman. "The trembling of yonder l ; mshes tells the story, of their departure; but that is aU to solace ourselves for their absence." "lcan go without shedding any' tears," cried Gerard. "I 'mgoing to get into the scrap over there as quick as I can." Gerard puHed his, horse to its feet, the patient, saga cious anjmal llaving laid quietly until receiving the rising command from its master. Norman did the same with his mount and in a very' few moments the two men were galloping through the' forest in tbe direction of sounds of the battle After loping haLE a mile at good speed, Norman broke the silence.', "I'm darned if I tbis,'" he crip.d. There's. no sound-whoa." He pJllied his horse to a halt. In three mor;e jumps Gerard di d the same . Both men listened. Not a soun,d could theY ,hear save for -the silence of the woods orokep. oilly by the twitter of birds, the dis tant calls or wild animals, apd the hum of insect life . "Why 1 What this scares me green," ejaculated Nor!llan. "Where's the sound of the fighters 1 Where's the noise of that, battle?" "N ot1;ling seems to be doing now," replie'd Norman. bet, us lope to that rocky hill and ride up it a bit. Jt will show us quite a f?tre,tch of woods ,." > "Bllt the 0l,ltlaws1" objected Norman. -"We would 'be marks for their guns stapding up there on our h6rses like a couple of sky-scraping houses "N-o-o, replied Gerard in Ii, meditative tone. "There's something queer in all' this . The outlaws ran, as far as we did in 'the other. direction .-we' have corrie a mile-they have ru. n a mile; guess there's no danger from them.." "What scared them 1" 'I don it Sometn,ing 1" J,' to negotiate: and soon were in a positiou to command the scene miles around. "Look there!" cried Gerard as '4e :pointed over todistant horizon directly facing hiJ:Il. ,/ Norman gasped. Before his eyes was spre'ad a wondrous vision. The wide stretGhes of the prairie, the forest, the Porcupine River, and the mountains could be seen for imrileasurable miles. I was a scene of awe-inspiring beauty But right where the entire scene melted into the calm, clear, brilliant bluish-pink haze of the horizon, . there could" De' seep a great ar:rpy of men marching, countermarching, with banners waving, and, anon, puffs of white smoKe showed where rifles were blazing and men falling as infantry opened fire on entrenched positions ; . '''rhunders of the ages!" whispered Gerard . "Wh,at a battle. \V'here did tliat fo ce come from-there must be two or three thousand men engaged!" -"No question of that. But Gerard ;" whispered Norman in an awe-struck tone. "In spite of seeing as we do that thE) why don't we hear again the sound of the explosions of their weapons 1"., "Thunder! You are right." . rfhe two men were unable to explain the mystery. Then there came a white clo'Q,d their eyes Its filmy opaque lightness shut out the scene nom eyes. The cloud passed. But there was nothing to be seen ',on the horizon of the fighting men. "Wh'at wa:;; it?" cried Norman, with a white face. 'Lord 4:nows { I don't!" replied Gerard. "To me it was a battle plain enough. 'We surely heard the sounds of the carnage back there where we were hemmed in by the outlaws. But when we come here;. we hear no firing but we see a phantom' battle. "It was a battle of sI)ectres. Shades of the dea soldiers who have perished on many battle-fields fought' th.J;tt fight!" Norman! "It was a ghostly bat:. tIe! "Perhaps you are right. I can not explain what we have heard and seen," answered Gerard: : "Our duty, however, is to take' this as a warning and try to go to rescue of Dick Loxa and Bal'bara Loxa." cried Norman. "Back to the Ijbxa Ranch, shouted ,,'Hurry!" The mel). sped away on their errand of aid. ( i ,It must be en somethjng they dusted or their cover lik,e men i1:). a panic. W1;len that leader' Buckskin Pete got a bull'et in his arm he did not stop to arguf:l with his l'ifle bu.,t just loped ahead intt\nt on-' escaping ; now I remember it all, from s omething miOre . CHAPTER VII. dangerous than 'we are." ' it A GAMBLE FOR LIFE. I WeIr ; we will 'go up on that rocky hill and spy put. the land heading us, at all events." 1 Gerard led the way. ' When Barbara Loxa came to her senses she was in , " \ an entirely new environment. .' J Norman was pounding along right behind him She saw that she had been carried for a long distaJc@' ' into the heart of the mount ains. The y rU1'ihed to liili, picked their way h

. THE AME" RICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. /" I ) .. .. 1. I A tent made Indian style w'ith the look of 'an' You are hated far and wide by every decent person. imitation of an inverted which wasJ Your, own band, fear and' to s}lpremacy by b'ending ,villow saplings to the desired shape. and over truckle to them, or fight them as you covering the whole frame-work with with think 'will serve .your oods--" an.jimer li nii1g or S'ort deer-skin, unrortulll;Lte "'St'op! Many a man lies in his grave for saying leEls girL, . '" to NihiUalau than you have." I.' . 'rhe tent. was the counterpa'tt of many others. AncFmany a -{Jvoman th!lot she 'dead be\ counted frrtysQch tents laid out in a semi-'1:01'e slie had less and suffered at your nail-ds more cll;:cle, and rudely' 'suggesting streets and ave1}ues by than death," cried the' lf11daunted girl. ."You ar.e a marked unirO'rmity. / ". man-that I'd rll-ther die than have within ten miles of ;A. 'spring of 'cleal;', cool' water, ran rrom a mEl if r had my own way, . -ular rock in the rear gf'the outlaw encampment. "Not having your own way, you will .listen to what This rock was a steep I ,orty crag ,that -towered. in the Nihillalau has to say," purred the.InQ.ian in his of feet, to join there another great rock softest voice, .' and to then' climb together to the limitless skY', which BarharfL shrugged her shouldf;lrs and rePlained' silettt. cro""rned the ambiti0u rocks for their valor wi.,th a What was the use of atteIP.:pting to ,contradict\such a 'wreath of"pe;rpetual snow : ;, self-evident .. proposition as the, words of the outlaw" in-n place in the' tliought Barbl;ra, "at dicated.. '. ,least so rar as an"attack from the r.ear is' concerned," A captive, alone, the girl knew she must 1isten to anyThere was no question that she spoke truly for thmg that the outlaw. wished to say to her: it would have seemed impossible for anyone to climb' '. "I am going tQ tell'70u a 'things and why." down the I;ock y place. Nothing .but a: force in arl: air_' The outlaw seated as he spoke leaving'the ship could have and there was, so far as the ,girl standing before him. -girl lrnew, not a sirigle ion the great North-'. Barbara sneered but she knew that she must listen. West. J >, continued Nihillalau, "'1: 'don't fool much "No hope of '.rescue from that side, '''' th01:tZht' Bar-: with female prisoners. I send those that I favor to my bara. ." tent to become one or my wives., or' ,ir the 'girl doesn't :(rer hea!l't s nk, \Rs she 'thought of her bTother Dick I turn,hel' ov:erA:'t> any' member of my band needing 'and Siletlt S01 "3, just then. It's It', s bandit\ ways, 1 aws. \ ...... 'J.'" "', <',.":' I for now that you have spoken as Y9u have, it '8 useless il I "No' ohe to l'escil7e me i. they could ,get dOW n that to dis g uise the fact that my an ,outlaw one f 'awf, ul heighethe e," said the poor g,irl :with .tears in and : that in all civrlized' community there is a price on I her bEl,autiiul eyes. ,.',. ,.' my heaJ,land' on every' one ip. my baftd :.'?-,.o In front of the tj:lnt Barbara saw that the: outlaws ., "I hope the prIce will be collected some day,'? vinhad equally for a place the!e d,icti vely replied. the girl. > /. .. would be no danger of a surprise. "That, shows a humble spirit and Christian charity" ten,.ts were in' a wooQ.ed spot, but 0l) a high bhiff cried ,wjth a gleam of sp.iteful malice in his .that o'Verlooked the "surrounding country"for miles. eyes. "But now, my girl, will me what is I They have ff.w,ay tjrp.ber from the brow there for' the .Indian 'in all this ]Vide country but the' f ,'0' the 'gulf," the faIr gJ,r:J, muttered<. "I see a sen'outlaw I .. 'tinel walkmg to and':flro ip. that spot. A h orse-,"1 don't know what lfoU mean. What is for '" man, cOilld be d etected fo r miles from that eerie point y ou ) Why, man, why 'don't you try to live a decent -and rio foot man could pass out there on his way to ,. lire-, .' ,-' ' this. camp without being am indeed cut off rJ;Om "Stop!'" cQj:nmended Nihillalau. <'If I did-what nope! " '. ",.., "" ,<., then ? Would you willingJy wed with an Indian? BaTbara said these words aloQd. .. Barbara shook her head. They were ov.erheard-by Nihjllalau; the outlaw chier, "Would any wnite woman?" himself, who Laughed in a bitter way in his happiness Barbara agai rr shook her head. at the mental agony his captive was endUI'ing '. "If I gave '!lP outla'Y life would' any one hire me Gir.l the Terror said at t .. y ou are so that I miglit live except to do the ormenial rignt, )7:ou are cut off frpm1 hop ,e.", " ;',lj'. labor?, " I Barbara sprang to her feet. -: shook her head rai.ntly this time. A cry of dismay passed h ,er lips wheIf she saw the" "Where dbes the Indian come in,,in your white man 's .out] aw chier whose red badge or murdJll \ she had, world? He is 'the. sodal equal of the' white man the plunged the fair country about her for miles ill aW, white man thinks! He is -;p.ot his busine ss equal!' He directions a],most litera.lly in 13. sea or blood, ,.," :is no the re,cl-ma;n is nothing.'" '. 'lFiend in b,uman form, what do you want with me 1' .' The Qutlaw paused to take breath. '" cried B1l!rbara, who knew that it would do little good I learned this atthe mission school at Great Slave :to .beg fo r mercy. '( ',,', ,'" Lake, the Indian, be he eyer so educat'ea in the She had the spirit or a true frontier in spite eyes of a white man, no Indian' to be a. whIte man's Qf her: girHsh yilars and determined that would '. equal but an In,dia ll tQ' be a white man's slave-Ido ake'1)1er cringe in the presence -of .. the terrible bandit. not like so I became an outlaw." ';Po n.ot call names," cried Nihillalalf l "n' anieS do Ba'roara looked fearlesslY into the eye.s or the chief anything: " "But w.hy do breaik -thf;l law, eyen ir yo 'J. fire all that you in the :, \, "What does It mean 1" , \"The whIte 'lIl/tn has' no .rlght to make the laws fO'r: I "Every:th,ing that is v.ile" mean and' treacherous. nJe, I am living on the that my fore,fathel1s lived


THE A MRRICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. I on> given: to him by the of the discov' "Do you mean that I may leave this camp free-if erIes of h]:;; forefathers! What rIght has t h e \ I win 1" / ' ma:n to land then ll}ake l aws for "I do . Not only th'at 'but I guaran.tee you a safe gUIdance 1", escort to the. nearest frontier hamlet." f "Bar bara saw t h e o utlaw's point of view . "Th efe is no town nearer than Fort Davidson" cried It was 'that of most Indians if one get them' to the girL ' '," talk upon their pOl'lition the scheme of thIngs: . The n to Davidson y:ou shall 'you win." m ,ade up her mmd qUlckly and put a cogent "If I lose?" tremblingly questioned Barbara. questIOn at outlaw. ' "Your lifi is mine. I may, send yo u back there to "Let us grant what you say to be true; but why are wear it out as' one of my wives. I may give you to the you attacking my brother and 'I 7 What have we done? meane 'st outlaw in my band as his is none We have not stolen your larid. We have made no laws of yOul' affairs if I "riD. Then, you are to deliver your for or against 'you or your race? Why should we be life into .my hands and I will dispose of i t as I -see fit." H01llndecZ by Rei/.-Men?" Barbara was storm-swept. "It's no t yqu' possibly that I think of when I seek She was like a hunted animal m y revenge upon the white race, .rt9, it is not you Ol,' No matter which way she turned she could not es-YOUl'-brother. But I hive burned yoltt hOme over'our cape '. , head and my brother:s are now butchering your brother ,If she did not accept the terribIe hazard of the dice, to ,make the story of your fates a sign-post that will tell offered her by the baI}dit, he was able to kill her an I all the rest of-the world of farme]'s and civilization that way; she was unaI?Ded, a girl, young, pretty, you repr,es'ent to keep out of the lallta 0,. 'Yas nothing for her to gain by reBarbara saw that she was undoubtedly lost. fusmg to gamble for her life and happiness Thjs truculent" dissolute, crack-brained' savage, If she did not gamble death her portion any blood-thirsty, and all Indian cunning an, d 'treachery way.. . had a "bug" in his bonnet over his alleged wrongs. She wm. by a lucky. cast of the dice! Barbara and her brother were to be the '\rictiItis of If she dId not she was no worse off than she was at the terrible imbecile ideas of the remorseless savage the present moment. beore her. _. These thoughts rang through her distraught brain. "There's no use ,of arguing with a foo l 01''3. fanatic, She "raisecil. her eyes to meet the evil ones of the out, \ cried the' girL "1 you will leave me I'will :prepare law. " for the death that I see you.are anxious to meet out to 'rhen Barbara threw back her h.ead proudly. ]ne Well, I sup.po .se I must meet my as coura'g-"I cried. "I will ca 'st drce with you I e'ousl y !los J can, but i t seems hal'd tQ have to die, be-for: m.y lIfe. I will ,first ; I have more cause a crazy b r ute o f a savage wills it." at stake than you have, you villam!" As the brave' girl spoke she looked the savage wild-Ba'rb!=lra 'rattled five c1}ce of death or li?=e in the beast of a man in the eye proudly and fearlessly as the cup whIch / she held m her white hood, and'cast the cubes untamed j3agle glances at its enemy. ,upon a so that both she and the outlaw'rhe glance kindled an answerjng one in Nihillalau's could plal!Jly see what Dame Fortune had sent heH. eye. "Ra!" roared the outlaw. Ha ioved a brave person, man or woman, and he was brave, although he was a desperate man of blood, and outlawry. . "Your fate had b.een marke d out in m y m4td7 girl : the outlaw said with' a grim hateful smile, "but your words are so fearless and brave that I-wait one mo meht. For several moments 'the thug pondered deeply with his b.rilliant b91d black-eyes fixed upon the ground. Then a thought came to his ,mind that seemed to please him, 'judging by the smile that appeared' on his face. "I will give you a chance for life. One cliance!" Barbara's eyes 1:rfightened : "One chance,'" she thought. "A chance-that is better than no chance at, all!" She turned her eyes 't;waid the outlaw. "'I will you this chance-I will 1'hrow dice YQU for your life," hissed the bandit. \ -"'Gamble w jth you fOIl my life? Are you mad gasped Barbara:. Not i n th. e r liave some dice here," re p lied the -outlaw with a villainous smile as he 'extracted five cubes of d ice from his pocket: "We wi ll' p lay; gor l jfe. If you l ose your li;Ee is lPine, t6 take, or to rrot take as I choose.' If you 'win y!.}u are free to do with, yo n r own l ife as you wish I CHAPTER VIII. STALKING OF ;KING DEATH. "Hold hard, Gerard," cried Norman. qne stioned Gerard. B\1t his hand pulled quickly on the Mexidan bit hili good horse wore and the animal stopped in his tracks . A Mexican bit) modeled after the old Spanish one, eIther stops a horse immediately 'or breaks his jaw. The horse pre,ferted to stop rather than to have its jaw broken. , Norman his fine stee d also. "What's tlie queried Gerard. "We are far. from the Loxa Ranch. Why did you stop me'" "Two men sneaking I!l'ong there through the under-., "'''. ""There 1 " "At your right. ' 'I don't see anything." 'fOh, you're not looking in the rjght place. Look fur-ther to the


THE AMERICAN INDIAN "O-h-h!' I see 'something!" /' the uniform of the Royal North-West Mounted Police "Yes, It's two men." which each man before him wore, and he knew that "No, it isn't it's wolves-no it's a coyote." the: uniform was protection and succor for him and "Wolves, your eye! Cbyote yourself-'-that's two for his associate. .', men I tell yelled Dick. "Here's good luck!" Slow to pass' an opinion unless he was absolutely ' Hurrah!' chimed in Silent Sol, who for i1 wonder sure, G9rl:lrd sat. gazing at the t.wo shadows. fonnd nothing else to say in the rush of thankfulness They stole softly as if wishing not ,to be seen. that had 'c0!p-e to wheri' he saw the t:W'o men, "I see them distinctly; 'now," quoth Gerard. "It's who represented all there was of law and order ,in two men, all right." \ th,at part of the world. "Wonderful' Great brain power you have. Can tell "How did you come here?" went on Dick a man froID' Ii wolf or a coyote in three looks," snapped, As ranking officer in the party Gerard took charge Norman. of the examination of D.ick and Sol, while Norman sat "Don't get your back -q.p like an inexperienced kit-by and listened. :/ ...., ten, always fiuffii).g up ,and spitting at .everything new "Y 011 're Dick Loxa,': began r!. it sees. I am not going to pronounce a 'man a mall until "I am." I'm SUlle that he isn 't a wolf or a coyote."" "And you are Silent "Most men are a m'ixture . Wolves ;When they-think' "Yes."'" '1 they can get away with it but coyotes when .they feei "Dick, how did you get here-I'm Inspector Taft that they can.'t J If there's anything rdore sneaJring, oftne Royal North-west MOUI\te'd Police. My associate wicked, mean, treacherous, sly, bloodthirsty, is Constable YOl'k of my Gerard. when he call pounce on anything defenseless, than a "I know you/' replied Dick. "You are from the coyote tell me who it is." \," post of Mounted Police at Fort Davidson?" "Oh, that's an easy one.'.' replied Gerard: "Speak up." Silent Sol' put in' a remark just then .. It indicated ,"I am thinking of Nihillalau." a thirst so Gerard asked Norman to reduce Norman nodded. " it ;with c.anteen, and the two old caplpaigners drew "$ay, old chap; 'that'thief of an Indian outlaw has apart to enJOY a "era 'ture as Sol called' it ctlrtain sure go.t item any' coyote that ever in lea,ving Gerard to continue his. conversation with walkecl thiseart'h.." -' Loxa : .' 'Gerard .made no answer. .. ' Now, added Gerard; "we are out te ask you some He was studying the forms ahead of 'hirp. lurking in We know something about' your hard luck." the underbrush. ,DICk nodded. Tnere was something that looked .bloodthirsty arid "It was ,hardluck, said Dick. "It's"all due to Nihlurking with death in the way the men s r tole from bush illalal\'S wish to drive me fr' om the territory." to bush, took advantage of bit of inequalities "I know." the earth, sneaked every rocK in such evident "He bas been hownding me for months." purpose to conceal themselves from any watching eye. ; (' 'Ph,Ose are not bandits," ,Gerard trickled in ; ,;He has lurking around my, ranch months." f ',\fords. men-by Jove, it's Dick I ca.n re' adIly understand that he .has." Loxa and ( Silent Sol.'-' '" ,. ,"I have suffered all kinds of petty 'thievery from G;erard hadneyer s \ poken to either of the hurrying, hifll and his gang for months.'" , '.'Yes'l"' , ,b-q.t" he had seen them times 'at" the -Hudson s Bayl Compa;ny fort known as Fort Davi d'run off my cattle. Kille a stock when he and had a fine memory for faces. could not .get a chance to run it off and about a month ""'By thunder, your right.!" ejaculated Norman. ago .he left a warning at the ranch." "How do you /!!uppose the men came here?". ,"A In what shapeY" Whi le he spoke the policemen saw Silent SoL 100k-"'l1he usual. > I found stuck in a tree near my ring at them, hO, use. It was a note saYIng that he would visit e Loxa stood with. his hat pulled over his eyes, and J.:tte ;Ay Sister, and1burn our place to; crouchmg down to get a better view. ".' if I dIdn t take the" hint and 'pullout for Gerard stretched his arms high above his head ,with.. some ,otl; 'place!, \ tlie of the. hands towa;rd Dick and Sol, and 'the ." J fingers 'YIde.spread so that It showed that h\3' had, no I t much ',to',it, thOught 'Yeapon In eItl;ler haIl:d. It was half a bhlff. I Jl1St went on as usual, attending Thi s made a sort of human "Y" of himself but to my; work on the,ran, ch." . Gerard knew, and so did everyone ,in the ;; TIien :what happened 7 :' scene know, that it was North-West for "a ,Every horse I had on the place, some twelve in !riend" in 'the prevailing sign language of the and twenty-five cows, were all ruu. off and by the way it is the sign of friendly rr{tent one I got uP in the morning I lte.d only all over the world where an Indian lives. \ four work. mules left and. how they' escaped being It f th I' taken I can not understand \ \ ., IS one 0 e UUlversa slgns by whICh the whIte "Wh t d'd d" \ man meets the savage. a 1 y;ou ?? L There was nothmg for me to do I 'ust Ii' t ox a as as he saw the slgn, 'rU,hed forward folclean down to iny toes I got 'ff' d J t wadS 0 lowed by Silent Sol my r1 e an s ar-te out . to what I could do, bilt Lord, what coUld r do not taken ten runmng steps before noted . DlCl you do 'anything?"


THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. / "Yes. As I went by a spring where I water, I "Regular Injun-bandit style of fighting when they saw an Indian, aiming his gun at me .'" ) cannQt surro,und one, they adopt, that plan." "One of the outl aws ? " "I know. Well behind the/ wagon to "'ll es. An IIndian outlaw." ', get some kiJ;ld of protection for we were few and Well?/1 ' I' they were many, "I got my guP' going just, about six seconds berore '''I see it all," ) he got his worKing although he was aiming, when I "My sister Barbara, Bab ; as we call her for a J>et saw him fust." name, was 'in the wagon where I told her to cro u ch "I saw that you did," down aI)d fire out of the box, and that's all I can tell Dick started blankly. you. We fought for some time Then there was a sud"How did you see 1 he cried. den cessation pf shooting and after our mules had been ,', "I didn't see you shoot. Nor clid I see him fall, but killed, tlie outlaws left" why, or ,for where, I sf\w the Injun lying b y the spring with a bullet in his I!io not know. Woof! They were gone!" head." O h. "011." Gerard's face '\V;:tS dark with his thoughts. Dick smiled . He knew that the outl'aws had not ruilhed away added Gerard. "Norman and I-Norman is without a reason for they must have seen that it was Constable Yorlf-were qn the Fort Davidson trail toonly a question of time when they could have mur gether, whe n tile thugs set fire to your ranch. We saw dered Dick Loxa and Silent Sol. t he smoke speculated aboJlt it for a bit and then we If they rushed awa y it was b e cause they had secured rushed on to rescue y ou, when we got it through 9ur some prize that to them was than the ven:geance noddles that It was your ranc h that was on fire We of killing the two men. didn't find a sign of 11fe, wh e n we p r o wled about and It w as obvions to G erard that the outlaws had when w e found the dead s aw in a moment that sneaked in to the wagon under cove t of the fire of it was aJl due to N ihill alau' s gang W e had be e n after their c ompan i ons ,and h a d m a de Barbara a prisoher. b andit from about ten d ay s past, but' we haduot That 'they then r e lied on killing Dick and Sol later" c ome up wjtlr his t!,:ail until h e se t it for us by s 'etting the gang had' withdrawn to their fire to yonI' property. 'the fate of Barbara was too appalling for ,"The cur' r knew afte r I d shot the Injun that it Dick'to be told, or: for Gerard to fancy. was n ow a cas e of skip or ge t kill ed I had m y sist e r G e r ard, howev e r kne w the "Injun" ,nature of Nih-and I didn't want her to be murde r ed or suff e r a fate ill a lau so well that h e f elt sure that he would try to wo rs e 'than dea i h at h and'S of the bandit leader o r torture Barbara men t all y before carrying out an y purone of his band, so I packed up what I could lay hands pose he hav e as to, her, and Gerard 6 n quick in a 'prairie schooner h i t ched my four mul e s 'felt that if he could onl y find the secret place where to it, and was just 'starting off when Sol there I came the outlaws hid, and could made a d esperate dash for rushing to me with the inform a tion that Niliillalau her life, there might b e some h o pes of a rescue of the was already on my trail. Sil en t Sol had seen the Unfortunate girl. Indians mal'ching, 1'0 attac k and murde r m e and as Whep. ,Gerard imparted his of matters to Dick, Sol is a woodsman, we started hi s the l atter was not. without hope. guiding to make a wide detour from the Fort David"If we only knew the secret d e n of the outlaws, son tra, il down which the outl a ws were coming, over Dick c ried "we might after all rescue Bab.'J the upper bend qf the Porc upin e Ri ver and then, we Silent Sol who .liad h eard these words jumped into wer e g9ing to hit the trail a g ain and get the breac h with a spl endid c e l erity son. '1'he r e s no succor between m y ranch and the fort "Is that all y ou want to c ried Sol. "Why" you know." ," b oy s I c ould lead y ou all to the outlaws' den with' Geral;d nodded. ,my eye s shut. "Tlien, added Dick w e we r e stuck' up b y the "Hurrah!" shouted Norman whe n he heard the outlaws in tfie thickest part of tl1e forest 'through wo ds 0. Sol. "That' s the stuff! Let's get a whirl which w e were , 1 at thos e c haps. If I'm n o t good for at least tl).ree "You fough t them ? -', Injun d esJ?e r a does I'll be no long e r a subject of George '. "We did. All hands. Like tooth and nail. W e drove tn' e m off it' would s,e em b eca u s e the y suddenly Qutlaw bullets dig -as deep into fool Englishm e n departed ,afte r a smart battle-but-., _" as into any one," dry l y Gerard. Dick's face with grief. "I..may fo ql replied Norman in, a hurt tODe, "'\ "but, .I'm n o t Englishma n. I'm an '" ]'\I[y sister was captured by the devils!" man! His reply caused G erard' to start "Worse and more of it, "You' ll "Gracious lIeaven' s!" c ri ed Ger a rd ,"how didthat get it in your fo o l h ead any waYI There never was a scra p in sight tha t an Irishman knew enpugh to k e ep don't know." ou t of. They'll fig ht, if they h ave to :fight a mo n g eac h oth e r, .. "You 'don't know 'I : I "Strange as it seems I do not." f " Why don't \ you ',k,now? I , "In the hot fight that began' with the outlaws they lay hidden in the aro ll)ld us rathe r more in 'front of :us than behind us, but in a sort Of Di c k in spite of his heart-si c k ness o ve r t h e loss of h is s is t e r c ould not help smilmg. As f _or Sqent Sol w ho was feeling his tongue grow I rusty b ecaus e he had not had a chance to chip in only a f e w 'Yords in a lon g "hile, b egan a long story about some of. hi s who reminded him of the point of


THE. AMERICAN INDIAN'WEEKL Y . Gerard's story and then Sol...meanderedoff into flowers of speech, into by-paths of language that beat any alarm clock invented, in the first half of the first inning. "Here!' Here!" cried Gerard. "You Silent 'man there! Sh}lt up! YOll'll talk the halter" off this horse of if you don't quit. f Norman took sterner measures. : Ite pulled r+tl.e over until he had a fine bead on Sol's head. "Shut up!" he shouted Sol shut up. "You fellows a darned good story by your monkey doodles,' he cried and then relapsed into As for Dick he laughed'in spite of his grief 'to how easily his s cout friend and \ compani?n was ... ." , "Now stop this,': angrily said GerariL "Whither away 1" asked Norman to show his jaunty. way of meeting I His superior officer "threw him into a speechless state' by his reply. "'1 am to stal);: King Death,' Feplied Gerard. "I am going to visit the' camp of Nihilla!au and his bandit gang.".' ,', ' The pq.rty started without further words upon its journey. CHAPTER IX. f' "It's up to&ilent Sol here now." "What's up to me?'" ,"Two paIr, threes up!'" "'1'0 lead us to the bandit haunts. Nihillalau roaTed the reslllt of the first cast of Bar"oli." '" JJoxa, w.ho was shaking dice for, hel"life with'the "That's what," cried Dick. thug leader.of an outlaw gang in the middle of what "It's easy, '1 replied Sol. "See that bluff over there was by the bandits to be an f,orest a1)out three miles '1" '... retreat of their bane1. ('Sure," cried Gerard. .' Barbara cover:ed her eyes with 'her hands. "See behind that blu'fi:...:lihe peak of that great mounShe had. often whil ed away the wUd 'winter nights added Sol. shaking "poker-dice" with her brother for the fun \ of "You' mean thecha.p' with his head in th\,), clouds?" the game and now. she heard outlaw roar the asked Norma;n best t.hat she could do, she shuddered i she well kpew "iY 'es," repli,ed Sol. t that' it was almost the smallest possible' combination "/' "We all see impatiently replied { Gerard. "What she could have thrown from the box in which a few of it 1" ,',. momel}ts bef?re sne had so liopefully ;mttled the ivory "Nawthing! Only at the foot of,that inaccessible cubes . -' peak lies the outlaw camp," replied SoL It was now the o .utlaw's turn. There was consternation on tll.e faces or the three He grj.nned like a human ogre as he shook the box other men. "until the dice rattled in it like a castinet '''You mean phe. outlaw camp is backed ,up ,He flung down the cubes. ,," against that tremendous mountain?" s.napped Gerard. Barbara 's turned fearfully tow'ard the fatal . .,.. "I mean that the outlaw ca mp is directly at the foot They brightened.",. ';' oi t,liat IJl0l!-u,tail:J.," :r;eplied Sol. "N othin g but a bird, Two pair; threes uR!" she cried happily. I think could. get down that cliff The bandits are There lay the cllbes. safe fror,p. a pursuit or attack in their 'rear." A pair 9f threes, a pair of

,. THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. J 19 It's getting (Tark. I can' 't see," the bandit yeiled. Soon jt was about twelve feet high. A bearded thug a torch and stuck it,iJ1 the Barbara saw that it was about ten feet square. ground alongside of the ill assorted pair. She could hear the scra-ping of trowels around the His glance was cudous. sides of the stones .. Pure amazement stood in his face when he Sl{w:the 'l'he outlaws were covering the sides of the strange chier of his band calmly shakjng poker-dice with a building with morta, r. beautiful, if pale and care-worn girL '-.; '. Others were doing the s-ame upon the stony, heayy But Nihillalau paid no attention to the mano' roof. He made his cast with a ro.r of "'\'\That is that?" Barbara faintly cried. '" "This is where I win," he "What is what?" roared Nihillalau, whose devilish But he only cast a ,pair of Kings, a five and a three Indian capacity for tprture ha,a suggested this dreadful and two. plan. Barbara's eyes c(Th is house of. stone-why are you building iU" Possibly she would WID. cried the affrighted girl. At the n ,e:x:t cast the outlaw "filled" his Kfugs. "It's your tomb," the outlaw shrieked. "Y:our This made it to beat Barbara at, the last life is mine. I have won it. I am going to take it by cast of the hand by throwing another King. immuring )'0\.1 alive in that tomb. ,It is your mausoNihillalau shook the cubes carefully this time. leum. ," -I He gently let them pass ,out of the box. "'You are goillg to coniine me in that tomb you have Not a King rlisplayed its face. built?" wailed Barbara. Barbara had won the first "horse," as it is termed "Yes.: J in the deadly battle. "My God ,!" She was one leg ahead of th' e outlaw. "Yes, that is your tomb. I am going to But to her her luck seemed to haye alive in You will Slowly starve to death within that been up in fir t casting. She was easily beaten. t markedt by those walls. by the bandit in tne next series of three "throws" each. My God! "Gamesters now," cried the bandit with an evil look. Yes, pray. I will make your death so horrible that is' your ,last chance! l' no other farmer.girl will ever dare to set foot into my Barbara nodded. territory with their damnable crop -plantiItg scheme. For her life she could I'not speak Her beart--seemed This country belongs to me, the outlaw! You will die to bei jumping up in her throat as 'if it would suffocate in that place of starvation and I have left one tiny her. place where I can lOOK in often and gloat over your She made her casts. torture." '. . All three only gave her fonr Kings and a Qneen. The outlaw turned toward the other bandits. The outlaw began. '..c Come boys," he cried, "hurl this girl into yqnder Barbara's face was white with fear and dread. tomb L et her begin hel : li1/ing death!" . She watched the glistening cubes as they fell, as a All h ope died, in Barbara's breast. ,. rabbit watches the charms of the snake. The girl felt that her death by dreadful' torture was The outlaw, 's face was full of malice. about to be encompassed One by one he poured out the cubes. She jelt herself being left to die of starvation aces at length stared Barbara in the thirst. The ou,tZaw had won!;/' '. A wail of fear crept from herwhite lips. Barbara's life 'was a forfeit to the implacable thug. The bandits were approaching. NihillaHm gave a queer, long, double-noted In the darkness she could see their faces were lit up 40ther bandit quickly rusJted forwarCl to him. by faint rays fr:om the torches by which they had been Soon others cam 'e. given light'so that they cO,uld build her tomb; her livFascinated, the girl saw .. that there were now twelve -iI;lg tomb. men facing her with wide grins of pleasure at the vicShe tried 'to. cry out. tory 'Or their chief. Then the girl felt a pair of strong arms encircle her Barbara hl}.lf-fainting heard the crea ,king of a wagon. waist. Soon one came up. She was lifted bodily from where she crouahed into It was surrounded by the bandits who quickly unthe air. loaded it. .' She saw eneath her rapidly as if the ban-Barbara saw that it had contained stones. dits 'bad suddenly to a bottomless gulf, the outThey made a huge pile. her tomb, the scene itself, and then she felt her-Near the stones Barbara saw a pile of mortar. self soaring in the air. The darkness about her was : Then she heai'd the clink, clink, cli1;lk; of trowels. intense . Men came now with torches, Yet she knew that she was being held in the arms of 'Dhe girl the low voices of the workin'g bandits a strong man. as they ta;lked tngether. She heard his words as if in a dream. Soon from the pile of stones a wall had been const ructed. "DOll 't struggle," the man's voice whispered in her The wall than girl's head. ear, "I am a friend. Don't try to get away from me. It was strongly built. . .X will save your life." It was made of stones and that someti!lles took Then the entire world ab'out her bleW' up. three of the outlaw's s'trongest men to move. -The fair girl lay insensible to all that was going on The progl: essed upward with great rapidity. of danger and of brave deeds. 1


THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. CHAPTER X "I ca.n answer that quick,"-returned Norman. "When' it cqmes tp trying to climb up mountain inacc;essible A HERO'S DEED. except for a balloon, I'm a mouse, and a tiny cowering beastie of a field mouse at that." It was dusk when the party consisting of Gerard Taft, All laughed merrily. ' Norman York, Dick Loxa and Silent Sol, paused, be"Joke on, 'boys," replied Gerard calmly, "but you're' neath the terrlfic heights of the great mountain that going to scale the mountain' just the same: hid the haunts of the outlaw band led by truculent Nih"Tn this dark night?" asked practical Dick. illalau. No . There will be fl..lIloon so on. Doli 't you see it '. , nexO" queried Norman or Gerard. sti cking its round merry old up over those trees?" "Wajt until it gets darker. , replied Gerard. . \ "For whatY" "I can see myself enjoying that moon," replied Nor1 To scale this mountain.'" man, "nnder Dther circumstances The mooD, never "To, do what ought to rise save wlien has a girl to tal k to. Lo o k ., Scale the mountain." here Gerard, come over here and I'l(tnake love to you Man, S .ou're crazy!' You don't. kno'W what a game of talk I can p:nt up when ( No, I'm not."" the moon lS full." Norman laughed in derision ; "Or yon are," cbimed Bick. "Man," he said, "you-can't climb those peaks ,"Well, t;VYO fulls in one game are allowable, aren't. at this time of night-in fact I don't think you could they .' ,. climb them in the day time." '" "If you mean that two full hands are allowable a Th e other men crowded around Gerard and tried to of poRer," said Silent Sol, "I must say that. havdissuade 'hrim from w 'hat they said was certain death mg pla ,ye

THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. As he spoke his feet tried! to kick the moon out of the "Well, I'm going down there you horizon. Gerard. Norman came down on the back of his neck. '(Expect to come struck a comparatively smooth place in the side 'I "You bet-I'm 110 Jeffries. I coo come back," reof the t errible hill and was scooting toward the brlnk plied G\:lrard. of a sheer that fell abruptly down a thousand "That's what Jeff said-until he got in the ring," refeet. "\ marked Sol. "I had some Canadian coin down on Gerard was too far ahead to r benefit his friend by a Jeff. Please, oh, please that harrowing quick stop of his rolling body. While the me n thus talked they worked steadily, Dick, right behind Gerard, was helpless. Like most of the male white race they joked fthe great"He is shooting right over .the brink of the canyon---': est when they felt t'he keenest : he will be clashed to pieces in the dreadful depths be-Not a man there at any. moment had really th'ought low," gasped Gerard. of turning away from the perilous :missiQn they had But just as NOJ;'man was hurtling over the brink essaved. of the chas m, Silent Sol grasped him by hIS collar ; and Not a man but ever held in his thoughts the dangers literally,Ya nked him back;ward to safety. to which Ba;rbara Loxa was e;xposed-but they :masked ,"Au! Ugh! Wow!'?' gurgled Norman, half strangled' their real feelings under m erry talk and even while by the fierc e grasp that Sol had taken-upon' his collar they prepared,for. a thrilling attempt at a ( rescue of "Wha t in thunder-aw, say, m y neck's broken." tJie girl, laughed and joked and played pranks like a "You're lucky if it, is. Then onl y your neck would lot of 'sc hool-bo j s have been broken after all said Sol. "If you'd slid Finally Gerard and Norman.had unwound from their about an inc h further you 'wouldn t be with only a broshoulders the long horse-hair lariat. ken ne c k You would have been alll'eady for a coyote's Th eir deft fin g ers had spliced it together. breakfas t As is I hope your fool neck is broken. It now mad e a rope more than five hundred feet in A man who will go blundering along the side of a preclength. . ipi.ce and stub his toe and try to tumble a few thousand "It seems to me that the outlaws are not more than feet more o r less is a chump." .' thre e or four hU:Q.clrec l feet below us, said Gerard as Norman, who sat wiggling his head like some human he mea sure d the distance by 100Jring down into the polly -wag,. sat up' and l aughed. "., giddy depths. '., "Mon, 0'e are :th e fine talke r," he cri ed. "Ef I hed "Three hundred fe e t doesn t sound muc.h whe;n you yeaI' fer gab I'd turD' to 'the East and get a job say it quick, replied Norman, "but it's quite a dis' as a barke, r in a side show at a moving picture theater. tance, when you look down the side of a stSleple, or a MOl, ye h a ve the foine 'gift uv gab!' '..: house, where alL is ,in straight ,lines, so methodical as "if you had your deserts I'd let y ou take .the tumto not stop your' blood from circulating, as when you ble -not that I think it would hurt ye after all, , cried look three hundred fe 'et down into a deep gorge, or Sol. "You're too light-headed to fall. I think you'd canyon, while the steep sides of 'the mOllltain leading have floated an,li noC fallen at that. to the depths 'send out fingers of jE.gged rock to saw,at "Tl).ank you, criep. Norman, "but wIll some one yon-wow!" pleas:e rub filY neck, I know I've sprung a hin ge in drawled Gerald "It does make dizzy it. "... .,' \ to loo k down at the outlaw camp. They are right A!ter a : time'ihowever, 'Norman regained so' mewliat the smart far down ,_I can just see the big bonfire they are use of his as he expressed it, and he and the 'probably 'sitting around twinkle.'like a tiny star-well, remaind 'er of the party clambered on upward as if noth-in th,is darkness, shot o.nly by the moonbeams, I won't -ing' had ,happened.,' be a1)le to fully realize where I am at, when I'm whirl"Here we are! Here's the top of the peaR," shouted ing in space .'" Gerard finally as he fiung himS"elf tired and weary down : "If y ou fall you won't realize much of anYthing," upon the short grass tl;!.at was peeping up under bankS' put in Silent SoL, of light snow. Dick J.Joxa was standing near cogitating with ,'It's pretty cold up here," remarkE ; d Di c k. .' self. . "It seems tome that I will go down if you please ; "Wh at do yo u expect ? g.rowlec1 Norman, we are fi" h he saId, "it's my sister whose life i9' at stake, I don't. far up, above the line. J ave often seen grass liKe to feel that I am not figuring in 'the rescue of her, trY1J?-g to grow in' ,th. ese heights in mid-suinmer with a ,if we can rescue her." snow bank 'right n!3ar 'it./' ' Nonsense," sai!. Gerard. 'We appreciate your posi"You can see it' now,'" rC!ioine d G.e l'ard, ;'but'I'm tion, You are doing all that any brother can to help riot-in lov e with -ellis c old storage situation. I am not but in this case I am the prope r one to descend the dre s s e d for 'winter's wintrv bla sts in tI l e middle of dizz y d epths. I have be e n used to climbing the heights July II, ," ',. and depths of this c ouJiltry for years-no danger,l as. "If jt' s t.oo cold up here will deign to cast sure you.'.' \ your imperial ey'es oyer yon d ec ]ivij;y repli e d Nor"It's nice for you to make light of it, cried Dick, m a n yon can se e far,'" f a r b elo.v-y ou the' twinkl'ing "but I kno w the dan gers yo u a r e facing but I still think lights o f th e outla w t e nt. Your d ear f r i end Nihillalau that it is m y place te try and n e gotiate 'the depths." and all Enterta,inment c ommittee of fift y outlaws are It took a great d e al o f a r g um ent on the part of the there r eady to make 'it warnl f011 y ou and Y O ll need e n'6r e party to. dissuad e Di ck, but afte r awnile h e con g o to the. b est liot e l in, the place; you,r name and s ented that G erard should make the attempt. for n e wspaper to C O l u e 'and jnterBY' this time G e r ard h a d m a d e a noose in on e end of vi ew you at that.''' ,_' the lariat, It was muc h t h e ki n d \ of a swing that


THE AMERICAN INDiAN WEEKLY. :-painters make when'they are at work high buUd,ings. If had in the almost the night, tlley Into tills noose the intrepid, fellow fastened a wide' not have .seen Gerard for In all the vastness strip of wood which he rO\lghly fashioned with his of the forest behind him and the grellt e,liff down which bowie knife into a 'sort of seat. he was spinning, he 'vas' an 'atom in a universe of sj;u-Then he fastened t ile / {)ther end of 'the Tariat to a big pendous things about him. >" tree, and called the enth'e party over to the tree for A cry below him malie Gerard clutch his rope in a last consultation. dread." "This tree will aj:lt as an anchor," he explained to' It wag/the cry of a woman. his companions "If in any way the rope gets away He looked down just as Nihillalau had ordered Bar-from you as xou pay it out slowly under my weight, the bara Loxa to be placed in her tomb alive! tree will stop your losing the end of the lal'iat, ahd it Gerard heard the frightened cry of the girl. might my fall at the other end of the twisted His blood h.oiled. horse-hair lariat. Now the only to do is to lowerHe gave a long 'pull 01) his signal. twine. me easily and steadily. Don't the rope fray and He was lo.wered steadily and as luck would have it cut< where it goes over-the c liff side. A lariat will alcame down directly. over the spot where the frightened most hold a locgmotive isn't so strong ,it, sat. ,.. can't be cut.'.' '. < Gerard leaned do,'Ill in the' darkness.1 Silent Sol :q.odded . ,,' One stalw3JI't arm swept the girl in the air. "!,remember-there, was a friend of he said. He raised her to-where he could puthoth arms around Dick 'bhlskly cut 'him" short: ,... I ,her. '''', "N:o memories; no J?atter how fond, go now, Sol," He gluecl herto the rope, and his twitching he saId. "Shut up !" -' fingers sent the signal to hoist, by the quick jerks 01 Silent 'shut" quick. the signal twi ne flashing up to the laboring men, who "Now,'.' added' is a ball of packo-t wine. knew something had happened b y the additjQttal weight I use it to pack; on 0111' proyisions wp.en we .are on the they felt upon the rope <, !. mo,ve. It's s tr,ong."It is t118 best,kind of stuff to tie "Gol din.g 'it!" cried Norman as he strained every of flou;r tp your saddle with, My ; muscle, hilS hitched, a whale on" t guess p'13Jn d,<; to tie one "en.d-" of this to N' orman. is frantically twitching the ; Good said. Norma:I.1: ,'NoW what will 'your rope ; It lpealls 'qojst'!" > / s'gnal ge to'stop lowering "h W -, ," EV,ery rrlfl!'Il like a beaver. t 'tied the tWine ,Norman 's ; ai'rri. ; I. ' Never. w as rop'tl PJllled in II!-ore steadily ur quick'er. He, gave one i01ufsteady pull. I "Hold on, here they come !".cried Norman when he "That lewer,' "he said. ';' '. -saw that Gerard almost atthe'top of the cliff. he gave tlir,ee short quick j 'erks 01 the' rQpe. .Who' s they..t" snapped 'Dick.' " "That hoist like-well you..knowJ' '. ,But Silent Sol and'Norman now Ma two forms by the "I know," said Norman. ,shoulder" whjch they woce assisting over the dizzy cliff "That's all the signals. More 'might confuse y'ou," --out of the awful depths. . The men sjgnals ,several times so that Dick gave a cry of tp'-ere cb:a:q;ce for or for G:er'ard ."It's Barbara!" he roared, :' }:p:q;tself, t o becomE) confused, ",' The happy girl, and laughing with "Now lower : away, qoys," cried IJerard edged fell '{;nt'o her brother's over the cliff, .f' Lo-yver steadily, This rope will hold' ., Saved!''' caperfld SiJeent Sol. men like me don't let the side of the cliff "Sayed!' NOl;rrian waving his broa, d-brimmed cut l it. ", .' sombrero. I rna moment more Gerarcl was spinning down slowly "I don't-

THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. 011 the opening sentenc e above set down. "Plumb locoed!" .. "We don't know. She'svanished!" "Huh?:' ... 'l'his was t all the answer the arch-outlaw couLd get "Shore. Crazy ez a elk in the spring. Say, thet fel-for all his raging and his oaths. ler's dang'ous." Barbara had disappeared. "What makes you think thet?" #1 ; That was a verity. "W'y he sez, sez he, thet he aint er going tel' give Everything else was a mystery . up his plan tel' ree-capt're thet gal an.' torture her by a ,At first the thugs thought the girl had ruslIed back buryin' her in thet tharIivin' tomb,?' itlto the" veil of darkness outside of the camp. "Ah 1" By the time torches had been s ecured, and searching "Thet 's right! He says a lot 0 : stuff er 'bout a keepin' parties were rushing hither and thither, 'Barbara was out them farmers fer fear they'll run us .eout er the on the cliff top surrounded b y friends who were planterritory? ning for a campaign to get her'away in safety. "Wall? ,But the outlaws thoroughl y threshed tne bush es, "Beau, y e knaws thet w e gun-men: aint ergoin' tel' right and left. holt any part uv the world long? ' They coUld finel nothing of Barbara, 6f ceurse, and "Cours e not!" ,! when Eitelwolf led one party back to the caIpR, it was "I've bin run eout uv a l o t er place!? an'it's ouny a to fihd an almost insap.e man, raving at the fire in the quest i on uv wen we 'll git run eout 0 ,llyar. We p erson of Nihilla l au. aint the kinder folk thet pea ce'ble people are a'goin tel' 'To' lose my revenge, the outlaw leader cri e d, h e v about, e}l?" t ",vhen it was within my gr3f3p! Not to see that girl "Thet s right.", pine and starve, and die of thirs t and s t arvatio n so "My, plan is tel' git tel' a communit y clean up all I kin that I could point to her d eath as an obje c t a s to quipk en the n wen there 's nec -tie party bern' ar what would happen to jiny. other farmerw oman coming range d fer me tel' take th' hint an' tel' skip -about three is -a bitter pill for me to swallow. Did you find no jumps erhead U Vj the party. < trace of her?" "Haw! Ha;v;! Thet's thaI' game. SkiR fore we , Eitelwolf to whom the question was directe d cleared gltS l ynched. ,', his throat and made his sp e e h. "Yep." "N ow we ain't' seeu nuttin' 0 the gal, he cried, "an' "This thar Injun h e wa,nt!> tel' make 'last stands' en thaI' 's a lot 0' the bo a y s that are pretty w ell dee-gusted all tha t sort'li v thing, ell ? et theway yar carryjn' on about her. They thet "Yep.". >. thai' ain't no woman on yearth wuth the howlin' yar "W aal, I aint much in on this hyar pot any longer, ,doin' an" that"you t p o much Injun f e r them They ain' I'll jest let them Injun-gang in this hyar ban' git tel' any holdin' thet thar" s much inte r this tortur 'n uv white plan thet Nihillalau plots eout. I'm gqin' ter saddle gal s as ye prop' ose It's too. ,darned much Injun ways m e bro n c ho and pUlIJIl e boots o'!?-ten-hyar. Thar' s spme tel' b e s tumlllicked by a white man." munny er comin' fruAi the gang but I ain agoin tel' wait it the first time a symptOJ; n of difference of fer it. I aint,got no call fight civilization, boy. My '. opinion 'had c ome to the will o f the leader and, it cut gaIne is tel' get me aI).d me gun on th' frontiers. The -sha' r p l y home to Nihillalau. furteres t I g its frum civilization the better I'll feel:"'" "Injun ways V he shrieked. "Injun way s? You poor see 1 -, .; f0 9 1s! Unles s you make this girl your pbje ctjv e point ":U yar goes a nother chap cried Buckskin Pete. and b y h e r death in the w a y I've presCl-ibed point a Thi s decisi o n marke d t h e d e c i mination of Nih.illalau 's' terrible moral an y attempt to s ettle this p art of the ( gang. world, said Nihillalau "you are g oing to be run out In two hours e very white man, in it had "pulled of. this country just as I and some ot4ers in our band out. .. were run out of Great Slave Lake J;egi:on. There WElS not a si n gl e whit e m a n left. "Wot uv it7 snarled Eite lwolf. "Thar' s a lot The Nihillalau band n o w was c om po s ed. of Indians. m ore t el' the No'thWest than terri to:ry W e kin a n d half-breeds, eithe r half'white)or half black. jump frum h yar any time jest a s good pic k-in's No full blooded w liit e thug, bad as the thugs of whit'e fet u s SOTne wh ars els e." I bl o od we re, would stand" for two thmgs-Nihillalau's; "No! No shrie k e d Nihillalau. "No one can drive tor,turing plans of a d e f e n se l es s white 'girl, or h i s sense-m e .out again' I'll make, this m y last staI,ld." l ess plan t o fight the advanceof the' white farmer, by Eitelwolf looked at his chi ef. the p \ l erile m e thods he put up. -.. Tl t e foaming mouth; I r e nzi e d e yes, terrible : f a g ;:'l\t[ou ght e z well try t e l' stop the Forcupine River 's face s how e d that 'he never would r etr, e a t frum flowin' t erthe Ai--t e ec Oc ean b y damming it up fr, om the position h e had t a k e n. wit a tooth-pick," said Eifelwolf the newly elected Eite l woH for all h is ign o r a nce was pre t t y shre wd. leader of the band that "pulled out, i ez tel' tin k ye H e IO'oked lon g a t tIl e frfLntic Indian o u t l a w 'and then kin ke e p'peacemen outel this hyar 'territor y e.f w ithout further words shi-ugged his shoulders and c l l ooses tel' cl::un an' go tel' ranchin. walk, ed away. "Ez fer II\e," cried Buckskin Pete, "a ranchman usu-Buckskin Eete in high favol' with the whites in the ally hez munn y 'Twould now be a lot of .good ter me gang strolled o ver wh er e Eite lwolf had seated himself ef them prairies an' them valle y s erbout us 'ld fill up on a log. : wit mounting home builders. A good h o m e -bulldin' wanted to tal k 0v e r some things with the white farmer ez wut h some cash f e r m e to get to-se e ? thug. : -, This feeling was b y e v e r y man riding , What 's the mattei -with'. the chieH" Buckskin, near. Pete. 4 \ '''l'har's one thing ter .state right, h yar, remarked


THE AMERICAN INDIAN Y. '. t, '/' Buffalo Ed. "1' was a leadin' uv them fellers wot hed and his party were treading their :p>eJ:ilous 1 way, was that 'thar couple uv mounted cops a shet'up behin" a in an evil state of mind. baric de ;place." J Joe's occupation was that of a Road Agent. "Yaas, we knaws thet," replied Buckskin Pete. He was known to evil haunts as The 'Road Agent of "Wall," continued, Buealo Er; "thar was a heap POtC1tp-ine ., ,. sight uv shootin' like made by a big lot uv fellers wile His special way of himself to fame and we ; was a shootin' up .them cops I looks out uv me writing his L n ,a:me on the' tablets of memory was to peepers an' say fellers, I seen w-a-y off in thet thar sky "hold-tip" the Fort Tanana and Fort 1;>avidson coach a lot uv s-o-l-d-i-e r s a fitin' an' a fitin'," i hich trave\ed between these widely divergent points "What," roared Quick Shot AI. \, every month or weeks, or to shoot from ambush "Say that over agai,n," crj'ed Muscoda of ,the Long any unfortunate trapper that. looked as if he -had Knife ; who ;:tlthough a half Indian, and half white oman .) ."dough" en him. had e l ecte d to cast his lot witli his white 'rhe business of a .Road Agent, in unBuffalo Ed repeated his words. J., and robbing them: Boomerang Joe "An' tPar's' summin more," Ed cried "Thar was a to be Imo')Vn a ll over bad-men's worlds, and thus had terri 'ubIe rumblin'. an' a roarin, an a sho'otin' uv' ]tuncause d it t'O be somewhat in. convenient to frequent the derds and hunde1(ds 1fv men.' Say, thet was fierce s ,ez places yvhere non,l:l'st. people)ivE;, but this was not what I ). thoughts of as he rode along ,or gave him tne :. "Looks like a warnin' fur us ter git. I guess we've, evil look on his face t : got jest ahead "uv some trubble thet would er planted The was that a freighter's to Fort us right hyar-say, aiut quit Nihillalau lanny too Davidson had got by hiJI\. in spite of his watchfulness sO, on 'l'har's death an' llis-as-tre a co;min' ter them \ a:r;td lie had "over-looked a bet" as he expressed it with vy,hat Do ant' ye thinlrpiet "" ',. dIdn't mean nuttm, ner trem, spooks .11shootm' dIdn't Intent upon to the bottom of hIS faIlure and mean nuttin,' It's tiIDe we quit weD. y e sees ti;ngs like with still purpose 0; retrievjng his failure, Bo(}merang, thet a oftoat"in! in that thar air. " Joe lop ed along in. a line 'by a: freak of fate that brought was a general shaking of heads jn affirmation him in due time smack 'up against Gerard and his party, <'>:Ii/ the, t4at J3uckskip. took. " ,just as ) t 1 issuipg 9,OW:p.' the side of 1ll0untain : :.-Was tnar many :qa.,ell" iUitin' thet Y'e in" efl rly a night of q,angerous vigil, and asked Quick Shot !A1.' ,.' ,,':i was streaming6ut over the bottom-land in h,opes of get"Saay, Al, thar/w-a' s h1.mdreds ani :uv 'em,,' ting to the For'tDavidson trail' without b eing ; agatin You I could hear em a swarin' and a cussin', the meni' attacked by 's gan,g,.' wot gets a gro .al').,in' en a hollerin ay.twl'1s a Gerard s,aw the putl?-w com!310ping along a ,fir)e sight ,eg'lar b8:ttle, Buffalo Ed. {;." ': : with his long black hair tloating: in the ;winc1, his black '> w'as, b)n.e ;;white a-fter th.e wastoldf .'tall fl'aT?e clad } n buck,s4;i* .and" his to be seen ,.he re.'-and the;r;e, m. bandIt's ,ranks. hat m the wlI:d: '. / No ' lS qUlte superstltIOus as the JUan of / blood. Halt!" crIed Gerard 1"mslDg hIS two hands in 'the The outlaws pushed ahead at, full speed and b y inverted"Y" form of peace ,' ,. SlID-,UP were far away from their old haunts, Joe stopped quick. ,l The best part .(iJf the outlaws v:anished into the haze At first the slightest motion ,hadr belm made toward of the North-West how.ever, behind Nihillalau, his guns bHt l.the,)'sign of peace as shown by, ,Gerard" the --I;n'e [\1so Gerard, ,\ desperate, crafty, mercil ess, sly, treacherous sneaking" had, fought seyeial' bouts with Gerard, anC!. ,had' devils 'of red mel').; intent only to glut in spent some time i:!l jail a s a resJ,llt of t,he bouts carnage-and' far ,up on the top of a peak of dangerSo he w as curious "( ,,(' \ ous rocks, amid wild beasts, three mm and one weak I "Hellp,' Illspector ? Joe renfarked: woman wa\> all of the white race in fifty miles to cope "Hello, Boom el:ang replied Inl'!pector Gerard with their desire for blood. 'raft. "Where are you going, this nice summer .mornHow would the issue, thus sharply joined, lastY ")," ",!, Whq woul d p ass m v a y jn the attacks of Nihillalaut"To rob a freighter, "promptly know' ROW more tha.n ever The Red Terror' -iElg' "it would do ho g ood to lie to the Mounted ',-' t'? Policeman" "I was to hoIC!. him up last ni'ght. THE ROAD AGENT OF PORCUPINE RIVER, IHe's loaded .with a lot ,of merchandise going to the fort, ,but I missed him ,.in the darkness, I thought I get bini oV,el: there about ten miles for he has two -Prairie Sclrooners anql eight hoss ,es in his train, and he can't make the ,head of the Porcupine before I 1 ca n head him off." ; c ro ss lots to do it, e h 1" said Gerard: ,.l


f THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. "Shore. tacked each other amid great noi se then faded to spec"Well, I think if I were you I wouldn't." tral nothin giless and silence I "No? -.. "What do y ou thin k of it? added Gerard. "No, added Gerard.,," nothing in it this "Haw! Haw! Haw!" laughed the bandit. "Haw! t:r;ip. I might. have / to put it over you, there you Haw! Haw!" are.'I" -I, "What are you laughing atf queried GerarL "Is r"Waal, 'replied J oe .' "You can't get to me until it a lauglimg matter1" I've done something I've not held up I the freightery "Wall, I dicln't think thet ye uv all men 'ld be yet-see? No cri:rp.e b een committed tooken in by any thing like thet-say,'" whar was ye "I might hold you up as a 'suspicious person.'" born1" "No. Not out here. There' s only a few towns in the 'fhis was all that cQuld be got out of the outlaw. U -uiteed States whar that thaI' charge goes. .a s if every -. Gerard f elt sure that he knew somethink; qut sa, w cop on eart, h isn't 'suspectin' some one' and the 'sus-' that it was to get to the bottom of he person' charge }las blasted the reputations of did know. more unfortm;tate aevils than anything else I know of." Bu,t there was one thing that Joe offered to do that GerE!-rd laughed. surprised and touched him "You knojV tricks when you see them, don't, you, "Say, Inspectol\" said J'oeJ "t 'm a going., tel' make Joe, G erard said ye an offer Th,et gal is a likel y sKirt. I like hj3i' looks . '!rhe outlaw laughed. She didn't,outer b e up here in this part uv the woild He beckoned to Gerard to step to one side an' seBin' ,thet s,he' s hyar they aint no call fer me ter .,. "Who's the skirt1" he indic ating Barbara with butt in-but eL ye wants tel' double-cross thet a wink. Nihillalau I m game tel' help ye \' "Siste r of the big chap there." Gerard stare d. '\ "Sister to ):ted Well, h e 's a chump ',,, Whethe r l;te as an officer of the la,w ought to com"Why? . I pound the many felonies he knew Joe to be guilty of "To l e t hi s pretty si s t e r c ome o 'ut h e r e Thar's, too fla shed through his mind. -many gun-men and outlaws hyar t e l' risk a neat, likely "Now Joe, G erard said, y ou know I aint squeamgood skirt thet I'd send her :E)ast ish buf y ou see I m a Mounted Policeman, and you ire' 01' South, or West-any old way, but I'd not keep her, a g un-man to put it t d you I 'oul h yar. Say, som e eller'll run off with her shdre' "Yep.l' Sh 1 1 1 f 1 hI' "I'm on the. square, ye know." e $ too ] y e1' t les e ya r p arts, nspector, amt et a sham, e? "Shore. Thar; never" was a crooked mail in yar Gerard thought a mom ent. ,. I h."lJOW y e i s j est a s square as the y makes em Then he told the entire s t o r y o f th e of N ihill"'That being so may I consult with Constable York, alau. here, b e tween ours e lves without there be4tg offense taken 1 . As h e progy essed B o om erang Joe 's eyes snapped. "Why suttin'ly. Thar' s jest whar y -er' right. Wren ",' S(a,v '," he'sa ;d. "T, hat thaI' loafe rish tlmg of a banJ ,.. y e gi ts through an makes np yar mind I 'll get tel' ye 'J

i THE'AMERICAN INDIAN \VEEKLY. I "Of course not. Don't be silly." They had brutally ;ainted' theh bodies lmtil they -"Well, then in this why should you not take ,up were masses of disgusting colors. one handit and fight him against the other. Don't be The War Feathers of three long tail-feathers from so serious. ',Alter you _have put one thug out of the an eagle were now in every hair 'front, an'd each brave way time to take up the question of ethics. ; Now, '.,. allowed his long ,hair to wave far: behind hiJP. run away and be good : Their swarthy copper, red, and a l most white .faces Gerard could not help but smile. '. according to their breed were sllining with bear's He called over to ,Boomerang Joe. ' grease.', ,j Joe sloliched where the ,two policemen were All were now painted for war! talking. Each face bore longitudinal stripes of red, and yello;w "This is my side partner, Constable York,." $aid and black,' and each 'savage nature was 'keyed-up to Gerard as Joe approached "" and disaster, for "they had spent -a day in their "Pleased ter know yeo I've heern 0' ye. They say o-ld camp dancing The Wa1.Dance ot D e ath thet yer a likely shot an' 'We gun-men had better watch After the dance the as they called out for ye." ,>' had on of Death ..: '", That's 'complimentary,", bantered Norman. I It was theIr cree!. to klll everyhvmg thmg they met 'think hOwever we wiH have to' ,abstain ,from shootin' -after the war dance had ended and they !lad taken the up for now we are allies: We are to 'Wa1" engag, e in a battle with Nil(iUalau and his gang. That's to the of the, bound to give us enougli shooiin' to keep us satisfied where Gerard Uad made hIS wlth Bo ,omerang. for SOme time.' \' Joe, the outlaw, was along a trail of blood, "N aw ye ain," snapped the They only met an inoff.ensive Indian "Well, do you think that Nihillalau .:wlll sit down Fort Frank, on ,but they had apd tameiflet y:ou 'do' hiln '1" amusedly questioned slaugl ,:tered,the poor fellow,m the'll" and Norman, left hun a hacked .and bleedmg corpse near hIS traps ,"Say, I've got this game beat a mile," sneered Joe. a oeayer run, in of the smaH streams emptying skirt is safe an' we hev it all over that Red mto the Porcupme RIver '1)1'1'01' so thick thet ye 'kin see it a .mile." I The Indian's scalp was dripping from the saddle Gerard:/, '\', bo;W of Nihilla:lau, phe' thug! who 'by a .whlsper BOd1r;l.e1;ang JO, e to d hIS plan. was no than an,msane fndIan 1:Juttmg mto "H H H ',n I h d G d h certam death. , a a, a ,aug e erar w en the plan The outlawry of his band had been merged into broke upon an Indian uprising,. "Ho! Ho;! H()!" noared equally 'Pleased . Nihillalau wore a war bonnet on his head "Haw! Haw! Haw!" shouted Boomerang Joe. , Aint ; He had himself to the waist, painted for war, thet the slick plan 1 Well, I jest guess yes." arid was 'now a mere savage whom it would have been The three heads then went together, and remained better to kill quick on sight, than to allow to live ,\' so whil e Dick Lbxa, Barbara, and Sjlent. Sol, I gazed lon ger, for like .the tiger, he was a nbxio us beast whose curiously at the incongruous plotters--:-tvyo policemen only place was, in the clutches of death. ' :and a Road Agent, plotting to ov erthrow ap. Indian The Tomahawk, as the young brave rode at 1he outlaw. right hand of the chief was known, since the desertion of Eitelyvolf, "had a murdero us record' aU' over the North-West. CHAPTER XIII. 'l inE A:.rACK OF THE RED TERROR. "Hel:e's their tracks. Plajn and do I see them. They'have d e scended from the mountain." 'l'bese words rang c l ear and sharp from the liJDs of Nihillalau, the outlaw, now a remorf.i,eless l ea der Of an Indian' band 'pf desperadoes, "Where1" yelled The Tomahawk, while behind him -stream e d a horrid band. I '! 'fhe Indians h ad thrown the last'vestige of civ-ilization. '. we:e 'all. naked to the having cast off the;r cloth es m the]r fre nzy, , I fie was "wanted" at Athabasca' for a fllrious and' unprovoked assault on it white man, which almost ended in the death of the man. rr:here was a fibout Great :Slave' Lake that The Tomahawk was concerned in, a vicious murder,' of a settler who had been "held-up" and who -had tried to resist a-man he said with his dying breath was" an In' di an. 1 ']'he rfomahaw k \ vas a.s wildly;, excite d now as was Nihll1a lau. \ I. As they w ere' backed-by as "desperate band of m e n as one could wish for, 'they were now a howling mob of murderous force, in hot pursuit of the two l\10unted Polic emen and'their party. ,; "Take trail, cried Nihillalau. ,Don't forge t save the.Jife of ,that girl. Kill the but save h e r life. I want to be near as she is d y ing" illl the agony of starvatioJ,l. " As ,the Indians with ev ery fierce eye on tne plain trail showing which way Barbara, ,Gerard 'and the party, went, The Tomahawli:, like, Nih:i1lilau ; a mission edu-cated Indian talked together. -, ' 'What did you l earn? asked


WEEKLY. "Much," replied The "'Tomahawk. on his trail.' I see it was he whbnad himself iet down "What was it 1 ''' / into I9-Y camp, seized that girl, and was drawn up to "The way the girl, Bllrbara Loxa, escaped." Hie top of the canyon in safety by his companions"Ah, how Right good news will it "Qe to me to I fear that this is a ruse There's no reason why this und.erstand. I have.been puzzling over this mystery." trail should be so pI-ain. Gerard would not leave so "Plain' indeed: She wafted into the sky!" plain, a trail. He wants us to follow him--'; "Prut! You mock me How could she be wafted "You rave," sneered The Tomahawk. into the sky? have read of air-ships, but there are He was a young brave on his first war path. nO!1e in this territory, I am sure." I'.' Th.ings that made the wily old hound, Nihillalau, "Indeed, you are right. There are no in suspicious, 'fhe Tomahawk looked upon m erely as susthis territory." circumstances pointing to the cowardice of "Then how could Barbara Laxa be wafted into the his chief. sky?': "Fools sneer the most when least they understand!" "I will tell you." The quotation might have been apropos of the speech "Do so at Qnc.e." r that the chief outlaw mi 'ght have made I to his subordiShe was wafted into the sky by the aid of Gerard nate. . Taft, the Royal North-West Mounted Policeman ::j,nd his As jt was it was not instead, Nihillalau friends, Silent Sol, Dick Loxa, and Constable Norman allowed himself to be led onward. .. York. '.' 'This trail is alright,'" The Tom 'ahawk said. "Huh 1" "There's no danger here. See. Here is where the girl Just what I've, said. Barbara alighted to pick wild flowers. They are sure "lbnposstble!" we have been thrown off the scent and,they are loiter"No, Nihillalau 't is not impossible." ing around gaily, not trying in. the slightest d:egr ee to Ir. Tell me all ,and quickly. You talk too slow for concea l their movements." my hot blood." There vas every that this was correct, for 'Twas simple. The man Gerard and all his friends there' was a bunch of wild flowers alongside of the ascended the peak along which your yOlmg men were trail, fresh and unwitheredJ showing that they had camped .' been thrown there not long before by some idle hsi',n "Ho! Ho! Impossible!" NihiUalall's eyes brightened as he saw the sight. "Nothing is impossible for white men .it would seem." "My revenge seems to be coming nearer," he "You mean that they scaled the_ highest points of The Tomahawk nodded. that mountain beneath which we were encampe d in the "We soon come up with the girl," he cried. night time But for Some unaccountable reason the trail was "I do." lost a-few feet ahead. "With no lights?" "With none but.the moon." by th. e gang of thugs-"Only white men could have done it. We Indians could not." They se arched on all sides but' nothing coul d be seen "White men are -better.thanlndians in this kind of of the missing trail. game, but 1;hey can die you know, just like Indians, I can't understand this;" m\ltt'ered Nihil'lhlau. and it takes ])o. more lead to kill a white man than it "Here we are in the soft bottom lands of the :J?orcupine : does an Indian." I River, and every track made by: Barbara Lpxa or any A smile of d elight swept over Nihillalau's face as he horse, or man, or even dog, in their party ought to be thought of this fact. c lear as a bell under our e y es. Yet we can see not It bolstered up his c@urage. the slightest foo.t prints. It is passing strange." A real Indian is a very superstitious individual and "I don't think so," cried TIle T@mahawk arixious to 'there was something about this uncanny climbing of a create a feeling against Nihillalau" fo"t The Tomahawk spot tha't he believed no human foot could pos,sibly was young and ve r y ambitious. "The tracks not' press, that had cast' a feeling of fear upon the spirits of faded because of any plot on the part of the we I the outlaw l eader. are pursuing but' because as you may see, the party \ It was the seeing of this fact that had caused The have here stepped from the soft bQttom land on to this J Tomaha .wk to point the fact out that a red man and a long stretch of rock." . white mall'" each died ,-equally quick at the revolver's "True : But do you no t see that there a-re ne trac.l!:s ;r. leaden summons. on the muddy bottom land for a long wh ile bacld'! l Nihillalau forgot his feal's. asked the oldet man. -"It looks to these as if : He c1ashe'cl proudly ahead only 'thinking of his ven. party had halted at the bottom land, h51d spread blankgeance ets down lmtil ,they reached the shale or rock strip '''Ha!'/ he cried a feeling of caution sudd. enly sweep-and had hoped to induce us to ')think that the trail h ende d there." mg oyer 1m. . I -. "What does all this mean?" asked Th e TOJ'nahawk. The TOlnahawk s hook his head . Why thes e star'tsand fears Is my l eade r a coward? ., Thev are n ear here somewhere. This is no lure," Is he on the Is he whites': : said .. 'Why I feel s11,!'e we shall.sight "No! No! I am a cowa .rd .. But. I fear that there white party soon. In fact stake--" I is something wrong here. Why are these tracks so A loud yell came at this point from one of the young, broad? I know Gerard !raft. He 1's a goo<\ woodsman. warriors who was whirling about on his horse engage d ' Why is he leaving his trail so plain? He knows I am. in scouting for I,lossible c lues.


TRE 'AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY ... What that haH 1" cried Nihillalau in deep inter-thar rIver it's onny about twen{y-eight mile-L-by the est. trail ets fifty, easy, getin' over them air. canyons The warrior came rushing b:;tck on h j s Indian pony. throwi.q wit-ch the river runs like fun stl'etches out "I have sighted the white party!" lie cried: things when yar on hoss back." ',. ,. "Where are they 7:: said Nihjllalau and T he 's the :st time that .1 kI\ew it hawk together. ., to a place bva'rrver than a road.,"s;:ud Norman. Usn-"Just getting a boat ready' about two miles from here \ ally it's the other way." l' 1 on the shores of the Porcupine River.". "Wall," rejoined Joe: "Thar 's a lot 0' things ,thet A smile of deep revenge crossed Nihillalau's face. young chaps like ye hez tel' larn. This hyar is one of He raised himself in his stirrups. 'em. In this case ye kin get tel' F'ort Davidson a good "We have the white folks now, ", he yelled. All deal quicker 'than ye kin get tel' tht;l place afo 'ot, by who wish to seE) me take my revenge follow me!" goin' by the river, an" don't ye fergit it." I As he his horse ahead .to ,the way fer ye ,to pscape/' the crpss the Wlde stro;tch of country that lay between hIm Jaw ru later when he had'laughed to over and the 'glutting of his ( th snccess of ";: He could see the party led by Gerard Taft Just get, "Kre you goiIag witli us?" asked Barbara of J Q.e. ting in a boat to ,crown the River to "Me! I should say 1iot. I 'm tel' q 'uit this llyar Fort Davldsbn and safety." :1 , territory, taS soon ez 'me plan is pulled, Over. Thar's' a "They shafl not, escape. us !!' cried the ferocious Inchansr Mexico fer gu;n-men they tells me an hween ed into the breach with. ", plains such as those of Egypt, and where they were He had taken the party ,by ways flJeqnentl)T s een by -the French ,army NaP9leon J, the place where he had them. during his campaign in that c0un ,tFY. ' Barbara had been ac c orded the honQr of riding \' 'What makes it'1" asked Silent :SoL and D;J.en lin ridi,ng the horse of "It is said"that wqeilever of the ear:t h i-lorman, the .of Joe s had so < is overheated in these, anq. otherJl atitudes, it communi u usly obJected to bemg. rIdden by any .one but hIS cates a portion of its caloric, to the owner he was Immune of all rIders except fayer of air which t1].us becomes less dense !than the layers. The rays of light which I1roceed from Thus SIlent Sol and Loxl:J. had been forced to an object in the heated layer will then be bent downride "shanks mare" for much of the time warcl and thus arrive at the end ind3Uch a direction They and Norman had "spelled"' each other, howas to' cal)se the object t.o: appear ab?ve its actual C:1ver, and result had been Speedy progress after alL pearailce. Thus a traveller sees a Q) of a lake, he "Well wb,at next 1" cried Gerard searchin(for'some hurI;ies toward it gnly to hav(j it recede from ', as hin:t of the future> from Bo omerang Joe. py' approaching it" J;1e, changes the of dire q tion of "ThaI' under them it fine flatthe e:qter his ey 'e." ," boat," cried the Road Agent. "Et ain't so purty ."E;ilent Sol had been hangin, g on to everything that lookin' but et wm "'it ye tel' Fort Davidson. By thet Gerara said with his eyes aud mouth op en. '" '" \ \


,'it is the finest thing.r ever heard. It is,?' he said "I'm a calm man, not given to deeds of blood," said after Gerard had stopped: "They told me oncet that Gerard in' his deepest voce. "But if I c01Jl,d meet the a man could go to culledge in therp. English countries man who first invente4 the piano alone on a dark far' over the sea and that he could talk after a 'squirt night, I'm afraid! that there would be a shootin-up." bf colli gin. "had been a.dR.PIDstered to him, so that no "There's going to be one right quick here," dryly one could understand it,. I didn't believe it. By put in Norman. "If my eyes do not deceive me 1'see I dian't. 1. go for I don't know what friend Nihillalau coming, lickety-split on a most comGerard was talking' about. I didn't understand one prehensive horse, for the purpose of doing a trifle of single word.' , \ plain and fancy shooting up on his own account." The laugh that followed awoke the echoes. The entire party save Boomerang Joe jumped up "Well to me wasn't much clearer than mud," termined to get ready to meet the terrible Indian. cried Norman. He could be seen coming at high speed followed by at "It ought to be clear," said Gerard. ,"I learned it leaSt a dozen of his fellows. once just like that opt of an encyclopedia, but stripped "Get up, Joe, we must get to cover!" cried Gerard. of all its mystic words it means that under con" "Get nowhar," said Joe. : dlti6ns the horizon refiects scenes many miles off, hun"M8in!" yelled Norman, "don 'Lyou see that Nihilladre'ds; mayh,ap thousands, so that., they appear to be lau will soon be here? 'He will murder us all!" right near you. In this case we saw a rrvirage that may Nary murder," saidJ oe sleepily. beei). reflected for miles away, there was ",Toe, wake up, are you crazy?" cried Silent SoL pQssibly a sham battle going on, for no country is now ,"Naw. Jest wait, a minuet-thar ye are!" cried 'at war that would have had so many troops engaged, Joe. donft you , ' With his words the party saw Nihillalau's horse tltKe ,'" Waal that SQunds O K.," chjpped iIi. Silent Sol. a long plunging roll and hurl the Indian, over on his "I'll stand for sometlJing you 4ave said because you head directly ill front of his plunging steed. have whittled ,them doWn to my feeble common-Arpimd him fell others of his bloodthirsty band. people comprel1ension. I think I get you a little The Tomahawk was seen to try to get off his horse Yo ,V-"seem, to have lucid and streakS ill which was plqIiging here and there as "if in teJ:.r.i what" you said. I can understand that a cloud might desperation. , 'reflect sometliing a good w(l.ys off so that a chap Others in ,the ,band were floundering hitner 'standing where we are would think the scene was thither. ri-ght 'near him. I'm willing to admit that this 'in erinSpellbound aU watched. \ Slowly while they looked, horses .and Indians disc "No, no," said Barbar3>" "mit'age.'" appeared beneath, the surface of the ground, engulfed "Welli have. h your own way" added Sol. .' Only in the living tomb that Nihillalau had designed in an 'I'd rather eat a good '1n1l1' ingue pie than the b,flst mirage otber' form for Barbara Loxa, who spellbound, saw I ever saw-but what, I meant to say was that I'd her tormentor disappear beneath the sUEface of a tel'; stand, for the mirage but how about the shrieks and rible stretch of quicksand forever. Not a squl of all ,groans'pf the w 9 .1.lllded-the-what in the. name of the the .Indian ruffians saved. They died miserably. foul fiend is t4at 1 , Gerard was the first to recover. ,. ; Right behiil d hiI?-came again those dreadful. The Indians are dead in that. vast be& of, quick" The cries of dyirig f men, the squeals of horses, punc' sand!" he cried. "Boomerang Joe knew. what he was tUredby cannon' ballsl the shouts of men urging or; about. Hey Joe-!' fighting soldiers seemed to ring in his ears. ,But Joe was now almost a speck <.>n the' distant hori, Silent Sol 'gasped as he whirled around. r zon. There stood Boomerang ,Joe Ilpla'Ying a Scotch bag-,He started for Mexico when he saw 'that he had pipe. , '. beaten his old enemy Nihillalau, / and had utterly dE\; "I found them pipes over tel' a pawn-shop III Fort stroyed him, and his entire outlaw band. Davidson" explained Joe. "I'm learning to play on Gerard gasped. them an,'plobably wen' ye 'waf> a s 'eein' thet thaI' meeHe turned toward the flat-boat on which he saw that xage I was a playing the,m pipes tel' larn/ some 0' them Silent Sol was leading the horses of the party and that -tunes an' ye th(!)t I was an' army a. dyin' with everyone was ab0ard the boat him. man'y weou:ri.ds-'-what? t " '! A-I-I a-b-b-a-r-d, for Fort Davidson-n, : 'y.eUetl ,The :t:?'ar of lap:gh'lier 'tnat saluted Joe could be he ,ard Norman. "Through by water route. Hurrl:!-f!" yell half a mile. ,Norman. ,I "Joe, it's lucky you 'are fifty miles or so. f.rbm"an y !'Cast off!" cried Gerard as he nimbly jumped other human being when you do your re-aboard and felt the craft start away f

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THE. 'GREArEST BY THE GRE.ATEST OF'ALL DETECTIVE WRITERS OLD SLEUTH. WEEK:[ ( --"': These stories, issued ever y are t h e greatest detective stories e ver written. No man has ever lived i n country \'or any other whose ta les a r e so thrill i ng, so cntrancing, wh i ch s o teenl with excitement and desQcrate situations as those of "OLD SLEUTH." The stories are twice as long as those in any other library, each story the total of 50,000 words. Nothing like it ever befo:e attempted. .THE FOLLOWING NUMBERS ARE NOW" OUT: , : '1i The Reh;rn of Old 'Sleuth, the Detective; or T h e Great P h iladelphia 71. The Omnipresent Avenger; being the continuatio n of Mystery. Track. ... 2. The Mystery o f the M i ss ing M illions; or Tracked b y a Great 7 2 Tragedy and S t rategy; being the conclusion of .. The Omnipresent . Detec t i ve. Avenger ." l rThe Secret pf the H a unted House; or The Great Detective's' Tragic 73 The Gypsy I Detective's Gteatest Case; or P hil Trem a in e t o tbe Find . (: -r Rescue . .4 T \le King of al l Detectives; or Young Jack Sleuth on t h e Trail. I> 74 The Shadows of New York; hI' The American Il'f6nteCri sto"s Wjnnin 5. ,The Giant Detective's Last Shadow. ; A rfale of Herc u lean Detective Hand. I' [1; Adventure. : 7 5 The O ld i\Iagician's 'Veird Legacy; A Tale of Marvelous Happenings., 6: The Si lent Terror; A Narrative o f Genui'ne Detecti ve in India. r ,'" .' f:. r 1. T h e Veiled Beauty; or The Mystery of t h e Cali fornia Hei ress. 7 6. A Nlysterious D isappearance; A Singularly Str al ,ge' '-, S The Mystery I of the Spani ,ard's Vendetta; or A'. Great Detectiv e's 77. The Red Detcctive; A Great Tale of Mystery. ( Marvelous Strategy. 'is. T h e 'Weird Warnings of Fate; or Ebeon: s Strange Case.9. The Great Bond Robbery; or Tracked by a Femal e Detect ive 79. The Treasure of the Rockies i A Tale of Strange Advent\1res. 1 0, Old Sleuth's Greatest Case; 0" Caught by t b e King of all D etectiv e s .80. Bonanza-Bardie's, 'Vinning Strike; being the sequel to .. The Treasu r e 11. The Bay R idge or O l d S leuth's Winning Hand. o f the Reckies. , 12. Shadowed to his Doom; or Foiled br the Yankee Detective. 8 1. Long Shadow, the Detective; A Tal e of Indian Strategy. :a3 Trapping the Counterfeiters; or The ightning Defective on the T rail. 112 The Ma9',ic Detective; ;fhe W'ierd Adventures of a "Trans14. TraildU by the Wall S treet Detective; or Badger's Midnigbt Q u est. form. 1 5 Detective's Greatest Case; or T h e Strategy o f O'Neil 83. A Young. Detective's Great Shadow;' A Narrative o f Extraordinary P!:it McDarragb. I Detectiv, e Devices. '1:16.' he Greatest Mystery o f the Age; or Savec,l by t h e G ipsy Detective. 84. Stealthy. Brock, tbe Detective' or Trailed tp their Doom. 17. ,Trapping the Moonshiners; or Strange Adventures of a G overnment 85. Old S leuth to the :Rescue; A Startling Narrative o f Hidden Treasure '.", Detective in the Tennessee 'Mountains. . S6. O l d S leuth, the Avenger; being the sequel to "Ol d S leuth to the is. ':rhe Giant Detective Among the Cowboys; or The 'Weird Narr a t ive o f ReS Clte." ., '. a Lost Man.; ,." 87. The Great J ewe l Mys ery; or The Right Man in the Case. ',19. The Mystery at the B lack 'I'rullk; Manfred's Strange Q u est. SS. Jackson Coop .er, tbe V,rizerq Detective; A Narrat ive o f Wonderful.' 20, The C h ief of the Counterfeiters; or The Boy Detective's Great'est Haul. Detective Ski ll . 21. The. IVIystery of the F loatin g I -lead ; or Caught by tbe King of the S9 Foiling the Conspirators; 0" Daring Tom Carey to t h e Rescue. I ; Detective'!> DO. The Banker's Crime; or The \ 'Veird o f " neatlYfu l Criminal; ot The York Detective's Strangest C ase. Toe.". , -' ". : Great Jirain Robbery, ; or Saved' b y a Woman Detec t i ve .' D1. Gasparoni, the Italian I;>etective; A Strange Wei rd Ifa l e of City Cif e ""e Italian !Adventuress; A, Ta1e of Marvel ous P l oes. D2. The Vengeance o f Fate; being the sequel to "Gaspar, oni, the Italian j RedLight, Wil1, The River' Detective; 'or The'Roubd-Up o f the Wharf Detective." .' Rat's Gang., ',r The' Secret Special Detective; or' O l d on 'the Trail. 2fJ.. ; 'l: 11e Twin Shadowers; or A Suprisiog Case of ]\Usta k e n IdentiD'. 94 The Shadow o f a Crime; or the "Iron Duke's" Strange' Case. : 21'ml l,'lic Smugglcrs o f New ,York nay; or The River Pirates' Greatest 95. The S ecret o f KiunaplJeu Heir; A Slrange Detecti ve (,'" Crime. 96 Foiled by a Female Detective; being the seguel to "The Kidnapped. Black Rave';, t h e Terror of the, Georgia Moonshiners; 'or The Moun, : Heir." ? ",. Last Sta nd. c, (17 "Ol d Ironsides" in New York; or The Daughter of the G. A : R. 2fl. Unmasking i' Villain; or The Greatest Case. 98. The Trish Detective; or Fergus Connor's GreatestCase. 30; Snared hy a Russ ian Duke; 6r An American Detective Among the 99. The Shadow Detective; or The Mysteries of a Niglit .. ,Nihilis ts. 1 00. Detective 1:hrash, -the ManTrapper; A Story of E xtrao rd inary De 31 .. 'rhe of the B lack Pool i or The Dutch Detective's Sensational t ective Devices . :"Find. ' 101. "Ol d Ironsides" at His Best; A Marvelous' Detective Narrative. 32. The Veiled Lady of the Ruins i or l;Iamud's Gha s tly Discovery. 102. Tra iled' by an Assassin; A Tale of Italian Vengeance. 83. Fqil c d 1:jv :l Corpse: or A Talc of the Great Sou t hw es t. 103. The Lust of Hate; beings e que l to "Trailed by an Assassin. l, 34 .. Night Hawk, the Mounted Detective; or Trailing the Mountai n Out 104. A Go l den, Curse; or The Harvest of S i n. . ,. laws. 105. The Hotel Tragedy; or Manfred's Greatest Detec t i ve Adventure. 35 K i 'dnapped in New York;, or The Dangers of a Great City. l06l The of 207; bei"g the s equel tCi The Hotel Tragedy. 36. I.tll cd by Siren; or In the Clutches of a B eautiful B lackmailer. 101. Garrlemore, the Detective; or the King of the" Shadowers." 37. Ord S l euth"s Triumph: or The Great Bronx Mvsterv. lOR. The F atal Chair; be ing the sequel to Gardemore" the Detec t i ve. llR 'A.Trail of Blood; Being the to" O ld 'Sleuth's Triumph .'" 109: The Mask of Mystery: 0\' The Graveyard 'Mttrder., 39 ..... The Band of the "Red Oath;' or Run to Cover by a Government UO. The Twisted Trail; beinlf the seqttel to t h e Mask o f ]\Ifystery. Spy. '. 111 'Booth .. Bell : or The Pnnce of Detectives Among the Indians. 40. Teml'ten by 'Woman; or The French Detective's Narrow Esc ape. 112. The Beautiful Captive; being the continuati on of Booth Bell. 41. The 'Million Dellar Conspiracv : or Old Sl euth to the Rescue. 11 3. Booth Bell's Twisted Trail; being tb.e sequel to T h e Beautiiul 42. Accns ed from the Coffin; or The Frustration of a Dastardly P l ot. Captive. 43. t!ooltjess Against Cunning; or Trailed by "Faithful Mike. ; 1;14. The 'Wall Street or Harry Weir. the Light,ning Trailer .. 44. 'Foilc a by L ove; or The" Moll y Maguires'" Las t Stand. 115. The Banker's Secret; bcmg the sequel to The'Wall Street Detective. 45. Under a Million Disguises; or Manfred the Metamorphosist. 116. The Wizard's Trail; or The Mvstery o f a Lost Casket. 46. Trackeel by the ]\[an of Mvstery; or Manfred's Great'Triumph, being 117. The House of Mystery' being ihe seq u e l ,to The Wizard' s Trail. a sequel to Under a Million Disguis es 118. Old Sleuth in New York; or Trailinll a Great Criminal. The Human Blood-Hound; or The Bowery. Detective on the Trail 1 19. Manfred, the Ventriloauist Detective; or Wonderf u l Midnight Manfred's Strangest Case; or Foiled by the Weird Detective. Shadows" in New York. \ MonteCristo Ben" the Ever Ready; Detective; A Narrative of Re 120 W'ild Madge; or The Female Government Deteetive. mar\.!"ble Complications. ,. -., 121. Old Electricity in New York; or 'Wayne 'Winthrop's Trail o f a Old Terrible, the Iron v\rm Detective; or The Mystery o f The B eauti-, "Dead Secret." The Stain of Gu ilt; or "Old Puritan" to the Rescue. 122. Gamal the Hunchback; or The Adventures of a Ventriloquist. ful Hei ress. ', 123. Seth Bond, Detective: '01' thc Mystery o f an O l d Mansion.52. A Conspiracy of Crime; or Foiling t h e Kidnappers. 124. Galloway, the Detective: or Running the Crooks t o Earth '511 .. O l d Ironsides" in France; or Trailed by the Giant Detec t ive. 125. O l d S leuth's Quest: or A ;r;:air Daughter's Fate. J \' 54 . The Beautirul M ystery of Paris; being the "Old Iron 126. Presto or Tb"e Weird Magician Detecti ve.' ", s ides ': in France. 127. Old Irons ides Long. Trail ; or The Giant D etective Out 'Vest I 5:; The G ypsy Detective' on the Trail; or Solving a Great Crime. 128. Forgin!( the, Links: being ,the se q u e l to Old Ironsides Long T rail.'. 56. The Half.Breed's Secret; A Narrative of Phenomenal Adventures. 1 29. Oueen Myra; or,A 'Woman's Great Game o f Hide and Seek. 57. The Italian's Rcvenge; A Thrilling Narrative of Adventures. 130. 'the Tluke o f New Yprk; or 'I\he Adventures of a Billionaire. 'l A 'ThreeFold My.tery; A Straight Out Detective lill. Prowler Tom the Detective; or The' F loating Beauty, Mystery. Tlie Midnight League; or The Gi""t 1;letective in Irel and. 132. Man Against'Man; being the seoue! to Prowler Tom. The S ecre t of the Dungeon;, b eing the sequel to "The M idnight 11l3. O l d S icutil's Silent Witness:' or The Dead H and at the Morgue. Leaguc." 1::14. The League of Four; or The Trail o f the Man 'Fracker. the Long Trail Detective; or Solving a Great Mystery. 1::1.'). 1'he House of Fear: or The Young Duke's Strange Quest. The Weird.vetective; or "Old Baldy" on the Trail. 136. Foiled by Fate: being tl,e sequel to The House o f Fear. A Terrible Mystery; A Narrative o f Peculiar Detective Trick s and 1:17. A, Dash for MHiions ; or Trail o f My.tory. Devices. ,1::1S. The Trai l o f Three; or The Motor Pirates' Stand. 64. The Strangest'Mystery jn the. World : or Harry Brand's Winning Play. lS.fl. A Dead Man's' -I-Iand ; or Cau!!,ht by h i s Own V ictim. 66. The O l d Mis'er's Secret; A Strange' Detective Case. 140. The Woman of Mystery; or T lie Roun a up o f t h e Diamond Smug (i!l. The Old I Miser's Secret; A Strange Detective Case. ,;, g l ers. ':.',"'. ,. 6 7 The Man of :Mystery; o r Mephisto t h e Detective. 141 Booth )3ell's D o u b l e 61' T h e BeautI f ul Mounta-tn Matden. .. OS. 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