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BY COLONEL SPENCER DAIR VOl.] I THR ARTHUR WESTBROOK COMPANY, CLEVKLIID, OHIO, U. S. I. NO. 26 Published Weekly. By Subscription, $2.50 per year; $1. 25 for 6 montjls. Copyright, 1911, by The Arthur Westbrook Company. The Hermit Bandit's Revenge t or 'By Colonel Spencer MAXWELL the early days of Missouri troubles the gun-man of tl;le \,Y est and South\ill est played a prominent part. His days were numbered, however, when he got into the service of thk! United Sta es government as a Marshal, or entered private employment as the agent o f wealthy men who needed brav e gun-ready men to s top the depredations of outlaw s which infested the country. To this class belonged Maxwell Hy. de. A man of bravery, a gtm-fighter, an outlaw himself, he was hired by the Western and South Western Bankers Guild to blot out two who of his own class were termrizing the South-Wes t and were looting many !mlall banks How the bold fighting men chased the two lone o utlaws who had held up the Milton and North Milton hanks, robbed them of some fifty thousand dollars and murdered the cashier of the institution at Milton, Mis souri, is a story of desperate chances well taken. FRED FELTONThe young brother of the murdered cashier of the Milton bank He starts with Maxwell Hyde in the quest for two daring outlaw s of intern a tional reput a tion who had accomplished the terrible deed. He was brave and young, and ably played his part in the exciting search, w ith numerous poses for the outlaws which ended fruit there always a to-morrow! CHAPTER I. XHE MASKED MYSTERY. "Watch me put a bullet in him! Steady now, old horse!" The speaker was a man about five feet ten in.ches in height, and weighed about one hundred and Sixty five pounds. His hair and eyes were brown and he sat DwARF HANK-A member of the Fur-Ste!!ler s League and the Missou ri agent for this well-known c riminal a s sociation Be aide d in the attempts of the two outlaws to escape, and met a merited doom in his battle with the a thorities led by Maxwell Hyde. But he was only a small thief and fence and was not of bank-looting caliber. BIG Eo GRAY-A member of one of the posses hunting down the bank-looters. He was selected by Maxwell Hyde as o ne of a body of men to aid him in a mid-air battle for the arrest of the outlaws. Big Ed was brave but was put out" early in the sanguinary onslaught up in the clouds in the aerial home of Dwarf Hank. TrM BENNETT-A farmer's lad with the brains of an older man. He showed Maxwell Hyde how to make one la s t bold dash for the outlaws and then went back to his crops perfectly contented. CASHIER FELTON:_'Fhe murdered official of the Milton bank, wl1o, before he was shot as he sat bound in his chair, wrote witfi one finger which he used as a pen to write in the dust on his desk-top the name of the bandit who h a d looted bank of its cash an d afterward murdere d him his fine black horse i he were a part of the splendid animal. As he sneered the words that just before he fired his repeating rifle, which was even now resting lightly at his shoulder, it could be seen in the half ligqt of the fitful stars that the speaker had lost a finger of his left hand no doubt from a bullet wound.


., 2 THE AMERICAN1INDIAN WEEKLY . "If you are going t o shoo t d o it quick! The town's awake." c ri ed a voice at the left 9f the first speaker. from a sl i ghter man, with light hair and clear blue eyes, and a "i-agge d reddis h moustache. Crash! The shot from the rifle echoed in the early ni1ght a ir but wjthout stopping to see the result, th' e two men sped down the straight line of hillocky country r oad at fine speed o n their great, fast "Ride hard!" cried the s lighter of the two men, there goes those poppers at us! T h e words were hardly out of the speaker's m outh w h en from behind them the reek of the night seemed to spit flam e, followed by the crashing reverberation of rifl e s and revolvers, while yells, hoots, a medley cif sc' r ea m s and oath s were wafted to the hurrying met<, who la y low on their horses and sped out into the open country. Don't lose the swag murmure d the first iider. Ride for a ll there's in the beasts! As he spoke h e pulled the slight mask fro m his fa ce, and his companion followed suit. . The action s howed two faces that were ngtd wtth purpose, and there was something about the air of each m a n that spoke as plainly as if the words bad men" had been uttered by a shouting voice. The early "seventies" threw t o the surface many s u c h men, as the cheapnes s of revolvers and rifles added to the desperado-like character of some men, seemed fallow land for burglaries, bank-robberies, h o ld -ups ; and general thuggery on the part of ra s h untrained men. T h e sce n e from which these two men were escaping was the straggling M issouri town of Milton; and they had just looted the largest and. in fac! the only s ubstantial bank in the place, and w1th the1r plunder in a o Teat sack sluneacross the h o rse of 'the second of t h e fleeing riders, w e re trymg to escape a Pvo maskell n 1en of mystery hau dasheu tnt<_) .the town j u s t about midnight. They had come h orses whose s h oes had been off so that no rino of s teel would be h ea rd t 0 warn any person that nio'ht of the deeds of blood t:hat would soon ensue. The m e n had hurried to the homeof Cashier Felton, in a s ub stantial h o u e o nl y a few hundred feet f.rom the bank building. .. O n e of the me11 knocked softl y o n the door of the fa ted cashier's h ome. t h ere? he demanded. "H-us-h!" cried o n e of the robbers, as he w hi s p e r e d the name of the president o f the bank. It is I! Get tip a nd hurry clown There's trouble about the hank! / ti t ies of the t,. \ o robbers, and later b _ring th. e men t o justice. . While he peered 'into the faces a:f, their masks effectually concealed them, and he saw that unless there was some acciaerit that he cou, fd no. e tell who his captors were; the men sci Jar as he was concerned, liable to continue to be men of inystety. In a few moments the robbers had despoiled the fortunate cashier of the combination of the safe of the. ; bank, and, ';v;ith expertness of men long in the business of bank-looting, they had rushed into the safe, tje.d the ca shier, gagged and b ound him in a c 'hair and had swiftl y possessed themselves oi a large amount of gold si lver and hank notes in th-e safe, literally shoveled it in the sack that one of the outlaws carried tied about hi s waist, and then had stolen out of the bank with their weapons ready and. had softly tip-toe. d to. their/horses tied at. a rickety fence near by. 1 The two m e n looked kee nl y about into the light that comes fro m star s in a Missouri night . They c6ultl hear the faint hum of the night insects 'abouf them; and the faint twitter o f birds' among. the trees. "Hush! what's that?" murmured one of 'the men. His ears had detected thefain't snapping of a twig._ ' Some one's there," he irr a matter-of-fact tone, .and, as he half turned, he twitch'ed a revolver from, his belt, which seemed to be a small arsenal of deadly weapons, and with a crash and a roar 'opened fi-re in the direction of the sound of the bFeaking I twJg, 1 r i Had the s h ots that fir s t sounde d from the bank-robber's pistol been a signal there could not have <; a quicker retbrn. From the semi-darkness came a blaz e of light. The lights were quickly follow ed by a rapid set of explo. sions as the pistol sent forth its hail, and wo11ld seem that with men who were trained in the use of the revolver that some one ought to have falleh imnie.diately .... It was n()t to be so, however, for 'the semi-darkness made 'the bandit's aim unsteady. He had only tlte fire of the enemy at which to aim, -and whoever was -. firing the plenty of experience in this mode of gun-play for he fired, -dashed to the ground with, shot, pulled again, weaved to the right or tJ1e left and the outlaw, whose curs e s could be as he sensed the situation could only fire aimlessly at the flash of an enemy w h o with the flash took up a nevv position. Thinkihg that the whisper was utte r ed b y chief officer in the bank, Cashier Felton, half asleep, JUmped up and partly dressed hurr.ied down and opened the door. The unknoyvn foe also, was handicapped b y two outlaws, who with the shot of the first one had dodged behind a lo w fence and were pursuing quite the same line of tactics as tHe other gun-fighter...:....: but the shots added one element that the outlaws saw/ made their position awkward. The town was aroused "The bank's being r o bbed!" howled a running man, as he shot his rifle in the air to awaken others. He had heard the sound of the shooting and had rushed from nis to the bank, firin g hi s W.eapo!l as he. cli. d so. Then lights began to fla s h in the town.. Men, half clress ed1 but d eadly eager in their intent tO' aid A pair of brawny hands clutched his throat a s h e di.d so; another pair of h ands, 'pressed a revolver to hts head. Speak a word a nd I'll n l ovi you1 brains out!" hissed a deadly ca lm v o ic e Felton knew that h e was trapped. He was in the hands of the two outlaw bank robbers, and he...--quickly made u p hi s mind t o discover who the men were, thus while he felt tha t he could not stay the lootmg o f bank, that he might at least discorerthe iden' in the repulse of the robbers, ran hurriedly hither and thither. They were joined by other half-clad men, and soon a formidable posse was in action, It had no leader in its fit St inception, and this was. what the outla:ws had counted on. They had planned their raid. iri aU calmness, and, although there were only two, in the \.


,. I ...... THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. .. 3 party they acted so uni t edl y tha t the re was n o -opporMaxwell Hyde l ooked a r ou n d t h e r i nrr o f f aces. tunity for a mov'ement to jeopardize their plans. ''-\iVh o c a n loan a goo d h o rse?" he s h o uted. "Get to the hors e s murmured o ne of the robbe rs In ten a roan c h a r ger, w h os e Io e k s at length. "Tnat -firing u s has got the tow n b ottom a n d s pe e d ; was r ea d y for the bandit-chas er. up! It's a straiglil.t ride for safety for ours!"He s t arte d t o swip g into the s ad d le when he 1 "Good! Come on! There's our hors es not twerity saw a yo un g m a n of a b outt w enty o f a ge, armed feet away!" 1 t'? the t eet h s e ated on a rangy ba y h o r se, a waiting Like huge black serpents the men sto le to their wait-h1m. ing steeds and were moun.ted in a trice. It was then gave the str a n _ger a searc hin g g l a n ce. H e that they turned anc\ before rushing out of the town s w un g mto the saddl e and lop e d out o f t ow n the stronger arid taller of the two bandits deli vered Ov<:r hi s s h o ulde r h e s h oute d t o the other mounted a single into the darkness of the bank. a wo rd s and th e n toge t h e r they d ashed off Poor Felton, the brav e cashier, curled over dead, m p u rsmt of the outlaws as the shot ra,;ng out. Yo u r e th e dead ca shier' s broth e r, remarked H yde His brave attempt to save the looted bank by idenas the t wo men l o ped al o n g : a nd yo u a re after v entifying 'the robbers was ended in his geance!" d B h b f 11 b I 1 d th M mur er. ut e was not to e, a ter a m t e pos1am, rep 1e e stra n ge r. y name 1 s F red tion of a man wh6 had died for' the.right without ac-Felton. ,don't know how I can a ve n g e m y 'brother's complishment, for wheiJ. ,the posse members dashed cowardl y murder better than b y al o n g with s u c h into the bank and turned up the lights, they found a famou s g n n-fighter as Ma25-well H y de." that the dead cashier, whose bullet wound in the center "There's none of u s s o g o od that there ain ''t so me of his forehead told how unerring had been the aim of othet mat } better," murmured Ma>..-well H y d e a s he the outlaw,, had with infinjte pains, bound as he was;-?ug his spurs into his horse' s side ; and flew over the traced a name in the dust that lay on the arm of the road: "But I've been chasing the outlaw that turned big chair that had been used by the outlaws as a place this tri_ ck for some time-and it look s as if thi s time I'd in which to secure him. land him Spur hard " Whose name isthat? cried one of the posse. "Can't.make it out,'' murmured a second man. Let me see! -shouted a strongly built man, shouldered, about five feet seven inches in height, and whose clear. blue eyes, rather sandy hair, florid complexion, and rather tl}in lips made up a striking personality. There was_ some .thing about the inquirer that smacked of purpose, and, although he was a stranger in the tiny town, there was an air of command about him. In fact this was so marked that the mem _bers of the posse, who had discovered the .name traced by the dead finger of the cashier, pushed aside all"for mality and made way for a ma;n whom they-had never seen beore. 1 The looked at the writing in the d u;;t. "Ah! he murmured to himself. '' Yes, I see! I thought it was he-baffled again, but never mind! M y time will come next! > 1 CHAPTER II. THE FLIGHT OF THE OU T j:.AWS For thefirst few miles of the race for .safety the two outlaws at the bes t speed of their h 0 1..--s es, but when the gQmg became harder they sl ac kened their speed and soon had the horses' going at a slinging trot. "That will do, Jesse," lau g hed the slight man. -"Res t a little eh, Frank? .the taller man laughed and the n th. e two famous outlaw s the James B r others, Jesse a nd Fra nk, hurried o n ward, e very s en s e .intent upon escape. The way of blood tliat fa m o u s men had marked for thems el v e s was rapidl y making escap e harder and hardru after each deed of r ec kl ess d a rjng h a d c o me to light. The t wo m e n were n ow famo u s all 6 ve r the M i s so uri-Texas country, an d were rapidl y ass u m in g N a tional n o t o riety. They worked in a country then without much pretence to law and order. They had a As he murmured th ese words the sound of the returning posse, who had been in vain chase of the flee. ing outlaws, returned to the bank and cro w ded into it making a motley crowd of fierce .faces, hut-unfortunately merely as they stood being an undisciplined force. t wildne ss o f s cope in thei r de ed s o f crim e They were brav e rec kless daring and a n x i o u s t o w in t h eir only code beingto stick to e a c h o t lie r at all ri s k s, a nd -fig-ht off the f o rce s of the law "Well, th<;y got away, sulked one o'I. the ot(tlaw pursuers. I thought as much, dryly answered the strang e man, still reading the name traced by the dead; over and over. 1 Would you mind telling us your name?" a sked the leader of the mob. "Not at Maxwell Hyde, replied the stranger in an inc;lifferept tone. The ne1,me went buzzing through the room. I I It's Maxwell Hyde, the T-exan gun-man! He's hired by the Western and South-Western Bankers Guild to chase down all such band its as have looted this, bank," murm-ured the M -ayor of the town: If he chases down the fellow whose name writ ten there," whispered a sesond man "I'd like to see the shooting when they meet! .. They h a d looted s o man y o f the banks o f the territory in which they lived, that they had f orced an org-anized operation agaihst t hem, h e n c e the forming of the Banker s Guild and th e hiring o f Maxwell Hyde, a gun-fi ghter with something of the outlaw in himself, to try' and bring the two James boys, Jesse and Frank, to the Justice they so richly merited. ; I supp ose -remarked Jesse } ames, to Frank, 'that Maxwell H yde is on our trail again." Y o u bet he is rep1ied Frank. Do yo u know, Jesse. that I think he the mah firin g at u s out of the darkness.". I'm wifh you in that! I think so m)self . I heard he 'Yas after us when we left home-and do y ou know, Jesse t hi s g am e s getting hard f o r us? That fellow, ..


4 THE A MERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. Max well Hyde, is a goo d man. 'vVe 've g o t to get him--" In c ours e of time if we don t get hi m," repli ed Jess e H e' ll get us, e h ? " You r e on! " VI! ell, he won t get us-thi s t r ip "Wi ll we get hi m ? I don t k n ow. I do n t want to t r y any co n cl u s i o n s this trip. I just want t o get o u t of t h e game All I'm l ook in g for i s t o ca ll i t a draw a n d get off Witl:J. t h e p e l f." . '), How much do y o u s u pp o se we got th1 s ti m e : D o n t think we g o t more tha n abou t / fift y tho u s -and do llars, did w e ? "No That b ank cl ea n e d u p f airish-but w e will m a k e that fif t y th o usan d go q uic k, won t we?" T h eri!'S a l o t o f the boys t o pay up r e pli e d J es se. "W el-1, n eve r mind. vVe w ill se e what w e do see. T h e two outlaws r o d e o n, a littl e f as t e r n ow, b e ca use i t l ooked li ghter i n t h e East that d aw n was c o ming. The fia t r ather c o u n try gave littl e s h elter for a n y o ne, but t h e M 1 ssoun R i ve r a b out fiv e mil es furthe r t oward .th e left was h eav il v wood e d F r ank Jame s s u s p ec t e d that J ess e was go in g to tha t w a y for shelte r. "Going to t h e rjve r ? F r a nk a s k e d. "Ye s ." W h at's the p l an? "Th e r e s a f ellQw there n amed Dwarf H a nk. He i s a hel'lnit-hke thing, miss h a pen, and gnarled as a twi s t e d o ak. He's a b out a s unlikely a cu s s t o go t o as you e v e r saw-he lives t)1e life o f a b andit. I guess h e' s a sort o f f ence f o r a l o t o f chaps tl1a t s teal fur s f rom boat s co min g d ow n the M i s souri, o r f o r that m atte r a n ything r el se they ca n steal." G a n g o f petty-larce n y thieve r s eh ? c ri e d Frank, with the b o ld outlaw's contempt for deeds that were sec ret and had littl e ca ll for personal bravery in them. "That's ri ght!" "Do you know this f ell ow-Dwarf Hank? "Sure! H e has h e lp e d me out b e f ore when Cole Younger and I wer e dow n this way a year ago I .staked the u g l y little b rute pretty well, and if we c a n get to hi m we n ee d n o t fea r tha t we a re go in g to be ca u ght-he will hid e u s out until w e get a chance t o s t e al back t o Inde p ende n ce " Goo d w o r k You a l vyays pl a n things so tha t w e get off, e h?" ."Yes, F r a nk So far i 'v e planned things. But I don't like this game. T h ey are li a ble t o pen u s in any mi n ute. This c h ap Maxwell H y de is no slou c h. l d make m o nk eys o f the P ink erto n d etec ti v es o r a n y other detecti ve t h a t you ev e r heard o f but this fellow Max"Vv ell i s o n e o f our kind-he knows our game a s well a s we d o I r emembe r when he w a s d ow n in Texas three years ago Then the y u s ed t o fear him a s b ein g a bout in m y class { tp this w a y-and h e h a d a prett y bad gang behi:o d him. H e c a n sh oo t and a in t afr a i d t o p ull hi s g u n a n d 1/Se it-I d o n t like hi m a little bit tra il i n g a ft e r u s "How l o n g, as near as yo u get a t it, has h e bee n trail i n g us? " H e's been after u s s i x o r seve n week s at l eas t. Some of our friend s in C lay County have t old us a lot about him, and hi s bein g a ft e r u s. But I didn't take him s o serious as I mi ght. hav e done you know. He has s in ce then been pretty busy, .and I guess :we will ha ve t o s h oo t h im u p s o o n o1 he w ill get to us -;well, spur up a bit. I want to get t o Dwar-f Hank' s as s o o n as w e ca n .' It's bett e r t o get h i d quick ." "How l ong w ill w e have to lay out?" N o t m o r e t h a n a week-maybe I o nl y a few days." D o you suppose Maxwell Hyde is o n our trail?" Sure! If h e was the m a n thai: sho t at us, you bet h e a in t m o re tha n a few miles behind us. He is the k in d o f c h a p that d o n t l e t up when he has a scent unti l he is baffled "You hav e baffled hi m a bit, eh?" Be en luck y, that's a ll. D o n t you think, 'however, t hat h e i s n t t h e kind o f a m a n that is easily baffled H e i s a bull-dog o n sti c kin g t o a trail. It was easy to s h a k e off the othe r f e ll o w s in that bunch-but not so e a sy, don' t you see Frank, t o get rid of him. Hustle forward a bit. ; ' T h e two o utl aws, u t t e rl y undismayed that one .of them h a d jus t kill e d a n unsuspecting and innocent man a few hours bef o r e rushe d onward as if nothing had happened to jar the m fr o m their usual train of thought. Me n who ha d r o b b e d murde red been notoriously m f am o u s all ovel' t h e country since boyhood, as these m e n of outlaw r y a nd blo od w e re not of a habit of min q 'to mOL!rn over the death of a man who stood in t h e way of their lo o t. . So t h e James boys _ru s h e d o n w ard, light,hearted, yet 111 t h e tr he arts k n ow m g that b ehind them came Maxw ell Hyde a lm os t a s desperate a man as eithe r of them. . How would the rus h 0 f pursuer a:nd pursued end? Would the J a me s b oys o nce more escape the fate' they richly m e ri t e d a t t he o f the officers of the l a w ? t w o q u es ti o n s wer e seething in the o f etther of the o utlaws, a nd a few miles now alone s ep arated them. J ess e James, the ... so n of a clergyman, and his Frank ha

THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. 5 In a fe w m o m ents a boat was _l>e e n tci c ome s h ooting .o u t a l o n g the ri ver but n o t f a r fr o m s h o r e In the b oa t was a strange little fig u re. I t wor e a peaked h a t of fur s, altho u g h the day was h o t f o r it was n o w pas t e i ght o ; l o ck in the m orning Its l o n g h air made i t h av e an unearthly / cast t o its c ounte n a n ce As soon a s the tiny figur e was opposit e J esse he, stepped out into the open and raised hi s h a nd. The dwarf saw the action and s oon s h o t the boat to a point near Jess e and with w onderful de xterity, c o n sid eriqg the enormo u s h ump o n its back and its shrunke n limbs, jumped out o f the craf t and ea g erl y huf"ried to Jesse's side. "Hello, Jesse!" the dwarf matte r e d in a hi g h fin e little voi ce. "Hello, Hank! replied J es s e "How's thing s?" Did you blow the'horn?" ask ed the dwarf. "Sure! I you." What's up? " Been, pulling over a trick-ma n o n m y h ee l s "Oh! Who's afte r you?" Maxw' ell Hyde." it might b e w o r se "Yes He mi ght have c a ug-h t m e " But he has n t -what diD you want m e t o do?" I w ant to hide out fr o m that fellow a ni ght or t wo " Of course you can-better get o n y;our h o r ses G o d own the river half a mile and you w ill see a long b ar. You can easily fo'rd the river the re. There' s a spot about a hundred .fee t wide that yo u 'll have t o swim, but it i s easy forded the rest of the way You two boys d o n t mind a litt) e wetting?" "I should s a y n:o t -but how abo u t y o n?" rema rk e d J e sse. "I'll row across, hide the boat o n the op p osite s h o r e :.rid lead you t o my hang out You know I change m y place of livin g e very f ew day s H o Ho! Hq! Getting h o t f o r y o u here eh ? " Y o u bet! The r evenue office r s a n d L o r d o nl v knows w h a t office r s els e are c hasin g m e all the I just have t o m os e y h e re and hu s tl e t h e r e but so me how or other I don't s eem t o have muc h troubl e 'cept the trouble of movi n g s o often-wh a t y o u boy s bee n dojn' ? "Bank bus tin r e pli ed Jesse. 'c Fra nk a nd I pushed o ver an easy one i n the b at1k a t Milton-got away but croaked 'the cashie r and got chased b y a po sse. V / e shook off the posse easily, but .just b e f o re we hit the road, party opened fire on us fr o m fhicket, or fenc e _i:n the darkness I couldn't tell w hi c h I am pretty sure that the fe llow firing at u s was Maxwell H y de. " I see. Well if it was Hyde, you bet he' s chas in o you! If it wasn't you are safe and I d o n t that i t wi ll harm you t o l a y off h e r e f o r a day o r two, aayway-of course I get a bit of thi s for h o ldin o v o u t?" . ,., ou 0 How's five hundred in g o ld?" That's a ll right. W-ouldn t take n o b a nk n otes fr J m that plac e -they s m ell of bl ood. bu t gold d o n t smell of anything, you know, and there s n o government tracer. in the world that can h and u s an ything f o r spendmg clean gold; h o one t ell w h e r e g o ld c o me s from!" The dwarf winked at Frank James as h e spoke and burst into a roar of laughte r "Never mind laughing. Let's g e t o n c hecked Jess e sharply he and hi s brother jumpe d o n their h o rses and soo n t o t h e bar indic a t e d b y D warf H ank. J e s se led the way a n d when he h a d shade d hi s e y e s r p m the sun a n d h a d seen tha t the dwarf was h a lf over the ri v e r in hi s boat bythis time, h e boldl y s p urred hi s h o r s e f o rwar d into the muddy wate r s o f the M i ssouri. The h o r se a t fir s t s n orte d but Jess e g u i d e d him alon g a r o ck y r e ef, broad and s 'hallow and which at n o part seeme d t o show the animal danger a ltho u g h now and then h e w a s up to his b elly in water. The goin g b ec a m e h a r de r after a bit, and fina lly witb a s n ort and one h e avy p lunge the two h orses were ove r-h ead in the water and began swimmin g lustil y fo r the further s h o re. J esse threw hims el f o ff the animal, d re ss ed as he w a s, and began swimming with one hand t i ghtl y clutching the animal's tail, g i v in g it its o w n w i ll. Frank. follo w e d the s a m e pl a n and after a brief str uggle the animals found f ooting a g ain both m e n jumpe d on the back' o f the f aithful stee d s and they churned awa y thro u g h the s hallow wat e r to where they saw the dwa r f standing and amiably grinning a t the m. I s ee Jess e the d warf rema rked you h aven' t lost your skill at the game of swimming a h o r s e. 'It's b ee n a l o n g time s in ce I've t r i e d it," J ess e re plied I a in t stuck o n the j o b . B u t it had t o b e d o n e The p arty the n hurried throu g h a tan g l e of so ft oo z y b otto m-land where t h e f eet of their h-orses m a d e n o m a rl c They soo n came o n fir mer g r ound, and then Dwarf H ank whis t l ed s hrill y and a m a n stole out to m ee t him fr o m behind a .. tree. The man was t old to t a k e the horses o f the two outlaws and t o rub them d ow n w ell. H e di sappeared with the animals and the dwarf led the t w o brothers t o a hill y hummo ck and after h e had ptill e d a s id e w hat appeared to be a pi e ce o f r o ck but was rea ll y q. cle ve rl y p ainted bit of t imber, s howed the entrance t o a tunne l into which he plunged f o llowed b y the w e t and hung r y o u t l aws. "Her e we a r e D warf Hank said geni a ll y a s h e led t h e w a y intt:> a r oomy pla ce w h e r e there was light and air, i1i p r o f u s i o n. Yo u f ellows b etter chang e your cl othes, : v h i l e I get a bi t e to eat. You nee d n o t fear a nything f r o m i VIaxwe ll H y d e H e will be s een if he trac k s yon h ere b y o ne of m y boys and w e w ill be ti p p ed off -hurry up, Jess e yo u l oo k pretty' w et!" CHAPTER III. DWARF HANK'S LAIR. \ V h e n J esse and Frank J a me s had is sued fro m their rub and had cl'ad thems elves in cl othes th a t D\\ a rf Hank h a d prov id ecl the m they heard the hi s s in g of c ooking viands o n an oil stov e i n one part of s pa c e they were in. T e sse l oo k e d around him. The p l ace he saw, was a spiendid cavern, w hi ch was at leas t two' hundred feet l o n g, a hundred wide and ran u p sev eral hundred fee t The mellow light came fr o m intersti ce s in the r oo f thro u g h whi ch the s unli ght w a s filteri n g in a subdued g lovv. The pl ac e was wellfitted up. It had b een par ti t i o n e d off b y curtains, l ooted from somewhere or o th e r by D\Yarf gank The r e w ere rug s on the sandy floo r of the cavern, pil es o f furs were scatter'ed here and there, m e r chandis e o f value, clo .thes, opium, all the genera l plunder that w o uld be brought to a f e nce who would buy anythi n g o f a thi ef for a song, and tru s t t o l uck t o se ll it i n so m e mart o f commerce 'fo r at l ea s t ;1101 e tha n h e g a v e f o r it. I


\ 6 THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. Fr<1nk James winked at L1i s brother and l ooked about somewhat in wonder. They not help but think that the dwarf had built up a snug place f.or himself. As they stood thinking .Dwarf Hank saw them and waved his fork a t them. ''Come ove r and get something t o take away that weqry feeling," he s h o u ted to Jesse, and soo n there was n o sound save the steady clashing of jaws as the three in e n ate heartily. How do you like this place?" asked Hank at length. 'Fine!" replied Jesse. "Take a l oo k at it, Frank," added the dwarf. "I. think it's pretty s li ck myself." Jvell Hyde. He i s a pretty sli ck c ustomer, you kn ow, and i sn't easy to get away from. If we don t hu s tle h e may get u s T h e dwarf lighted hi s pipe and crossed hi s legs in an easy positio n The fine ventilation in the cavern was s h ow n by the upward trend of the s m oke which was drawn r ap idl y up through the roof of the cavern, but so easily and imperceptibl y, that n o one outside co uld see it esca pe. Jesse, a l so, took a pipe a nd under its mollifyin g influen ces was soon w hiffin g hi s cares, away. "So yo u shot up the. cashier," murmured the dwarf carel ess l y .. T eli { !! 1 d i dn t intend t o kill him but shot into the place jus t intending to puncture hi s hide a trifle but I crack e d h im and then we made our 's neak. Oh, Frank!" "V\That?" replied Frank f r o m a far corner. "Bring over ab out fiye hundred in gold." The money '"as so01\ tran s f erre d t o the dwarf's h a nd s. "Tlie James broth e r s are q uick pay, I s ee ,'' s ni ck e r ed the dwarf. "Say. thi s gold fee l s out pretty good to me does n't it?" Both of th e outlaws n o dd e d Frank helped himse lf t o a third pipe and the men puffed awa_ y i n g r ea t .content. They sat for some time smoking, Jesse was the first to break the silence. ' I figure that we can s t ay here until toni ght," he said. "I suppos e Maxwell Hyde will fol low me as far as our tra:cks go, \but. can't do much when it comes to following us into the river. vVater ,doesn't lea ve much of a trail." The other men grunted. They saw the. force of _Jess e's argument. Ip fact Jess e was the more calm, and calculating 9f the men. He planned most of the Clash\ng raids of the outlaws over which he 11_eld command and his judg men t was so fine that none of the men under him but l 1ad a feeling of security in his plans, and elt that he would bring them ,through in safety. This made much of their dash and fierce attacks and did much toward making them succeed in their looting of banks and railroad trains. I'll tell you,'' added Jesse. It fooks to .me as if we were in a fair way to win this trip. I am not afraid of getting aw(!.y from Maxwell Hyde, all right, but his being after us makes it awkward as to his making me change my plans. You see when Frank and I left home we were out after several games. The stuff we got over there was just the beginning. I have several other games yet to play out. If Maxwell Hyde gets in the wax half my plans go in the air. I don't know just how 6to block that 1ellow-" "Why not lay for him in the .bushes," growled Frank. "That will settle it all in a hurry." J esse,_s eyes narrowed to. in ere slits. An ugly ex-. pre'ssion came into his face He was thinking -over that plan, but it did not please him, the watching men saw. We would make more trouble for ourselves,". Jesse decided. If we pot this fellow we will bring down a posse on us, I am afraid. You see the bankers are pretty well stirred. up I've been doing a pretty heavy banking business l a tel y. In fact I've drawn out of many banks money that I 111ever put in, my only capital being my gun and my nerve. Now, if we shoot this Maxwell Hyde if is going to 'mean a big fuss everywhere. The bankers "\\'ill rise up, hire a gang of good'\ men and chase us till they end us once and for all. My plan is to keep this fello w Hyde on the run. Let him chase us. If he chases us expecting every minute or two t o catch us we will only have him to deal with. As lon g as he chases us, all right; when he gets too near and we have to croak him, we will do it, but my plan is to make hiin chase just as long as we it a r .un so far as we are concerned, throw him off the scent as o ften as ,we ca n, and, if worse comes to worse, we ca n do him in the end. \ i\That_....clo you think of the plan? The dwarf, who was k e en and agile in mind, did not. answev for some time. Iristead he sat gazing into vacancy pulling at his pipe and thinking over all the plans that had been presented to him. He _saw in a moment that Jesse had got t o the crux of the situation with his usual adroitness. The best thing to do was n o t t o remove the man w h o was now hot on their trail, but to see whether they could not keep him b u sily engaged in trying t o catch Jesse, while he and Frank adroitly escaped every snare laid for them. Then, with the fascination of the pursuit stiffiing the fact5that it was alway s a pursuit never an arrest ahead of.him, o f a l o n g run .while Maxwell Hyde could be


' THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. 7 I .. "stalled o ff ; if things to a s h ooting s howdo \\'n \ yatchmg v i g il. Thus t h ey s l e p t until e leven o cl oc k later, then there w o uld b e time t o m a k e a ne w plan. a n d the n Frank, w h o hFJ.ppene d to. be o n watch, arose 1 don't see'but tha t J ess e i s ri ght," the d warf d e q r e t c h e d himse lf and and f ollowed by his cided. He has little to g ain b y killin g Maxwell Hyde m o r e fam o u s brothe r softl y s t o l e to tbe entrance of v ow, but he maf have to d o '_it later. Jus.!_ n o w I f I .. th e terit where Dwarf H a p k was awai t in g the m. Not awere you b o ys, I d clean up m y w e ap o n s to se e that the w ord was spoken o n eithe r s id e un t il t hey had got rive r h adn't made then1 u seless take a good snooz e to the entrance of the tunnel tha t marked-the conand about e leven o 'clo ck t o -ni ght I think I wou.Jd try cealed home of the dwarf. my hand at the game of sneaking away." 1 trio halted,in fr ont o f the ti m bers a s the dwarf I think W e had better .tr y this eain e," r e pli e d fumble d with, the bolt that h e ld tJtem in p lace Frank. I fs the best I see in the c ards." It' s all to step out b o ldl y / Dwarf Hank mur' Then it's sett led ," replied J es se, as h e began cle a n inghis revolvers and hi s rifle, a n ac t th' a t \ V a's t ollo ' 'ecl m1.1re d in a low tone. "I have a man out there hi d d e n in the thicket. N o one can see h im and he woul d .bv Frank. h d 1 y h The two men then tied. the loot they had secured s e e any one t at tne to snea < u p o n us. our orses into a smaller sack. T h e gold was equaJ.I y di v ided and are ready They hav e b een rubbe d d own and fed. 1 d h dd You take a trail that leads up the bluff t o the le f t and p ace 111 t e 1 r sa le bags. The bank-notes were tied follo w it t o i:he high ground. It co m es out into a r o ad. in dthe1 two1Ieather1be lt s that the men had with thei11, t o tlue r oad until y o u c o m e t o a fork in it-then an t_ltls t 1e resu t o f their murdero u s r obbe r y w a s held 111 halves by each brothe r the idea that i f o n e t a k e the r i ght hand road. It w ill take you where you 1 \ ant t o go. D o n t be afraid of Maxw ell Hyde getting c aptnrec an of the m01'1ey w ould n o t be found upon b v u s. Jf h e comes this way we won t have much talk lm. ...,vith him I a in t so squee mi s h a s you are If h e g ets "Say, l10w muc h d o you think we got ? a s k e d F r ank o f Jess _e, after the plunde r was,thus in m y w a y I l l plant him with h)s b oo t s o n Heel Hee l .Heel " I d o n t know repli e d J e 'sse in a n indiff e r ent t o ne. 'Pretty near T h e d warf then opene d the timbe r s, and Jesse and : That's. pretty fair f o r a count r y ba nk t o y ie f d up ." F r ank s lowl y s lid into the o p e n air a g ain. 1 Struck me that,. way t oo T h e twooutla w s s t oo d m otio nl ess. The ni g h t was "Came pretty e asy. v V h o would h av e t h o twht that c l ea r but it. w a s the dim clearness o f the stars that f oo l c a s hi e r wOt\lcl hav e had tha t m o n ey so to get tlJey There about them assu m ed strang e bul k s. w h y, he even h a d the c o m b in a ti o n of the safe in hi s They c ould see at thei r feet the great M issouri winding v e s t pocket,! a l o n g. The c a ll o f ni ght birds sounded startling l y i n T h a t's Jhe way they clo in the s e co untr y banks ears w a s .the hum of l ife. but They k e ep the c ombina ti o n o f their saf es in thei r poe-netther man the shghtes t attentlOJ? t o these ket-b oo k. The;y were tin" p a n at that. It w oul d sounds,. thoug h J g ave carefu l 1_10t t ake t e n cents w brth of nitro-glycerin to blow glance 111 every d1rect10n. N

THE AMERICAN I NDIAN WEEKLY. "You know your end of t he game?" "Jesse of his brother. CHAPTER IV. A BOLD ROBBERY. "As well as 'if we had rehearsed it time and again," blithely came the answet. \ V hen J J a m es into the ban1( his swift "Then we will start now. It's about five o'Clo ck. g l a n ces t oo k in the entirecondition with. in it in a, trice. We o ught .to turn this trick and get off in a few minu-His eye s n o t e d that there was a large room one tes-it's easy to me-we don't have to take much of which had b ee n partitioned off. These were the l:lus- time." iness parts o f the bani{, the various little compartments "Look out, Jesse," cried Frank when he saw by_ tli.e being partitioned off b y partly wooden and partly ugl y look that the mood was sweeping over his brother wire bulwarks. 1 when he was t;he most dangerous. Take care! Don't All of these cages were not o ccupi e d as Jesse en-get too brash! Don't forget.that if you h ave a g un t h e t ered. The' cl e rk s appeared t o ha v e gone home. The other fellow may hav e one too. central compartment was occupied by an elderly pleas-Jesse smiled wanly and at a fast lope darted into the ;;tnt fa ced man, _who sat on a high stool, facing a small town followed by his b rother. They rode with purpose runway which led b ack towar d a door which was shut. but in no way carried weapons. As was customary T.he other side of the room was also partitioned off. their re vo l v ers dang led from their belts, and from the ir It held a desk and a tel e phone. There >vas a long saddles other weapon s could be see n hanging, but the table in the littl e pri,ate o ffice and the door bore the arrival of t wo strange horsemen at a fast 1ope in a word "President" in g ilt. quie! M i ssotrr i town was not l oo ked up o n b y any of the J esse's g lanc e ro v ed to the safe behind pleasant people lazily seated before v ariou s ousiness hou ses in faced man. It was o pen he saw. Tht:!re was als o a. the late afternoon sun as anything out of the ordinary. great pile o f green-backs directly' in front of the man, No one recogni zed the two ride r s as they dashed and little bags of go ld and silver which made:r the cii.t t forward. Not a soul knew t hat the quiet, although law 's -mouth water. well armed me n were the o utlaws w h ose names made But when Jesse saw t h e fa'ce-of the man in the comlittle children shudder, and who were u se d to conjure partment turned toward him with an expression of in. up a picture of recklessness in the minds o f older p ea-quiry about it, Jesse strode up t o the window in the ple. partition at1.? pulling a hundrei:l cl_ollar J;>ill rq m his -The two men swung down the street. The t ow n po cket handed it to the pleasant faced man. was only half awake. It was nearing the time for The man took the bill. He lo o ked at it and then at general pusiness clos in g and the few in the Jesse. . various places idl y turned t o watch the tWo men. I -wanted to know i.f that bill is all iight/' said W hen the half ston e h alf brick bui lding in the' cen-Jesse in his low clear confident t one of voice. I took' ter of the town was reached over which vyas a sign it in or l a deal to-clay and sor n e of my friends say it is bearing the si9g le mag-ic word, Bank," Jesse stopped no good." \ his h0rse, calmly handed the reins o f his bridle to The pleasant faced man did what Jesse e_2epected him Prank, drew a bit of tobacco fr o m his pocket, took a to do He grasped the bill in both hands and held it chew and as he did so l ooked up and down the street. up in the air and look' e d sarutiBizing ly through the bill The actio n was such a natural one that no one who to examine it as to texture atarl water.-marks in the saw the two boys marveled g r e atly. It was simply two paper on which the printing had been done. men hurrying to ttansact so me business at the bank With his hariC!s in the air grasping the bill, the bank bef ore i t cl9sed, to the eye of a clerk who was just official was .fust. in the po s ition that had antici-putting up the shutters to grocery store opposite_. the pated. . bank. "Don't put your hands down or I'll b low your--But by his acti o n Jesse had taken a head off," whispered Jesse, as he fl.ashed his gun in the view of the street in either direction. He had seen surprised man's face. Don' t you move or you\e a that save for t h e clerk opposite, there was no human dead man." \ being in sight. There wer e two dogs quarreling ov:er The stranger's face turned white. His eyes bulged a bone in the center of the street. Further in the direc-and his mouth opened slowly as he saw the stranger's i tion the two men h ad come was another man who was revoh;er in his brawny. hand stare at him. He knew walking away from them with a parcel in his arm. A that the slightest motion he made. would be his last, woman with a sun bonnet was just going into another and as if frozen to the spot in his horror he still store, while still furthe r in the picture Jesse saw a third g ra spe d the bill b y both hands held it at abattt a level. huma n bein g, another woman with a pitcher of milk in with t he t o p of hi s head and thus stood daze.d and her hand. transfixed. "Safe!'' murmured J esse to Frank. "I won't be Jesse easily leaned through the opening In the. desk '' : lon_g. When I ru s h out and get m ounted you halt un-and while his right hand kept his cocked and ready til I get starte_ d and cove r my escape. Then you dash revolver trained on the banker's head, his 'left hand 1 on b e hind. If we get cornered try and get back to deftl y gathered up the bills. stuffed tliem . into the dwarf's but I. don t think it \ 'rill come to that. There sack nearest to him emptied all the other sacks into isn't anything t hat can g i ve u s a fight in the street an y the one. with the bills and then he spoke ag-ain. way. \ i \Tatch o ut. Frank!" "My men have rifles turned on you If you dare Be caref ul. Jesse came the reply. Don't take mov e for half an hour they will riddle your --hide! fool risks!" the outlaw mtirmured with a menace in h i s tone that For an answer T esse stro de into the bank, and caused the blood of the banker to run cold his veins . Frank l oose ned hi s. revolver so it would pufl easily Then, stilL with revol ver presented, 'Jesse backed ,to and. waited with bated brea'th the return of his fight-ward the front door ahd.when he the open ajr, ing outlaw brother. thrust the revolver into hi s pocket and with quick


Jl THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. 9 though not running feet rega ined l,1is horse and out his revolver and fired point blank at the form m ounted him. ahead . He missed. Don't go too fast, Jesse said in a low tone to his Another revolver began sounding to the left and brother, Don't excite suspicion. You may trot easily Jesse saw' that he was hemmed in between two fires allfl then break into a natural lope ./ .He was in deadly peril. But he kept his wits about There wa..,s not a sign in the street that anything had him and rolled over and over until he had near been seen to excite. suspicion. The conditions were al-to where Frank's horse stood trembling fr o m head to -most exactly the same as when Jesse had vanished foot. Jesse vaulted on the animal's back and then into the bank. The grocery store clerk was still idly rushed over to his brother. He tried to pick up the in putting up the shutters having arrived at the last one. sensible man, but the bullets that went singing b y him This he held suspended as he gazed at the two men,"' showed him that he was only sacrificing his own lif e so unemotionally were riding away. Except to without saving his b_rother. thmk that the business transacted was brief, consider-He saw Frank open his eyes in a dazed way. iiJg the haste with which the two strangers came to "I'll come back and help you, Frank," Jesse cried, as transact,it, the clerk thought nothing further. U p the he clapped his spurs to his horse. and went bounding street the two women had l joined forces and the other across country while with a shout of glee M axwell person first seen had vanished. :,One dog had secured Hyde ran toward the outlaw who was now sitting up t he bone and was eating it while the bereft dog in the road and feebly fumbling for his rev o lv e r at the victor. Hyde, knowing the man he was dealin g w i t h t o o k "Not. a thing to stop us," muttered Jesse. "We no chances but threw his arms about those of Frank w in again VV e take the second trick." James and with the aid of his fellow trav eler F r ed The progress out of town was quickly made. Felton, bound the bandi t with strong r ope, plac e d him l:e t her go now! c ried Jesse, a s soon as the la s t li _ke a sack of wheat him, and a s rapi d l y as house had vanished. circum stances would permit r o de back t o the v illage The words had hardly left his mouth \ vhen there where arrival was followed by a rush of men who was a shot heard behind them. It darted in a 'volume howled m frenzy they saw that o f men o f sound, and when he heard it Jesse o-avc; his hors e a who had up their ban_k was ret;.1rmng a pnso n e r. jab with his spu' r and darted al o neroad .as .fast as Maxwell was oveqoyed at his success. He rap-the animal could

10 TRE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY .In answer to the pleadings. of M axwell Hyde a n d the laughter gre w l ouder and l ouder\ as the party the oft repeated statemen t by Fred Felto n that Frank drank more and mor e fr e el y o f the liquor. James ough t not t o be h a nged exc ept in the town Frank J ames' heart was bitte r within him. His wher e t h e last murder of t h e two f amous outlaws had b o n es ac h e d f r o m hi s f a ll. H e did not whether been committed, the mob desisted, and Frank, man-' Jesse was dead o r alive or w h e tl'!er he to6' was a prisacied a n d boun d, was p laced i n a r oom in the upper o n e r. He in fact -vva s utte rl y in the dark. as t o what. s to r y of the bank, with three men a s guards over him, had happen e d a f t e r his h o rse h a d f a ll e n with him, arid whi le Maxwell Hyde and F r e d Felton wen t t o the w hil e h e had h eard t h e expl a nation that had b ee t t only hotel in t h e town t o rest. g iven fo r hi s f all; w a s a n g r y t o think how e a sil_y afte r Gradually after t h e entire populati o n h a d peeped' at a ll h e h a d b ee n c a ptured whe n it looked as if he w a s 'the bandit, w hose fame was s u c h tha t in the town h e escaping. The ease with w hi c h he had been caught created quite as much curiosity as a ci rcus, the crowd was a n added, ince n t i v e to his wrath and he his thinned o u t and Frank J a mes was left t o view the t il y over his pli ght and t h a t of Jesse, who m he..saw ha4 desperate s i t uation in w hi c h h e found himself He was d o n e t h e o nl y IiOSsible thing t o po t.mder the circum.: bound hand a n d foo t with heavy cord. His h a nds were s t a nces and h a d scampered away with what h e could t i ed behind his b a c k and the n h andcuffs o f c hill e d of their illgotten -\vealth. steel wer e s lipped o n hi s w ri s t s. His legs w e r e s hackle d The b ottle seeme d to be passing rapidly now He with s t ee l c h a ins padlocked so t i g h t l y t h a t h e could couls l hear one of the guards laughing in the aimless not move, and h e was t ied to a heavy c h air b y his t o nes of a drunken man-then there came a 'sil ence. captor s, a n d i t was decided tha t h e s h ould r emain in I s h gittin' sl eepshy he heard a maudlin vofc e say h i s present situa ti o n until the nex t day when a posse and the n the r e w a s a strange silenc, e and a snore of twenty men would accompan y M axwell Hyde and b r ought Frank, s e a ted as he was and bound, t o alnf o s t Fre. d Felton back to Milton w h e r e F rank was t o be a s t anding position. . delivered over to t h e a u t horiti es, with the taci t under" \iVh a t's tha t?" F rank mur mured. "A snore! \ i Vhat stan d ing t hat w h e n the j ail was r a ided l a ter the r e was does this rnean?" to be no great opposition t o t h e o n s l a u ght of the m o b He saw a fo,nn steal into the room. It w a s tha t o f who woul d save t h e co unty som e expenses in the way the countrvm a n n o it was-wh o was it? of a t ri a l b y t h e lynching of the prison e r. F r a n k p 'ee red att h e figure whic h s t oi'e over t o his Frcink J a mes gave hi q 1sel f u p fo r lost H e knew tha t s i d e and w i t h a bi g knife began cutting his bonds. A : J e_s se coul d do nothin g a l o n e and o rgani z ed attack key unlock e d the hamd c uff s upo n th.e prisoner's wris t With t h e town a r o u s ed co ul d neve r w in himhis liberty. A second key loosen e d the padl o c k s upo n hi s leg In fact I' rank James knew tha t t o a ll intents and puFleft them free. Frank tried to ri s e but he tottered back po ses h e was even now n o t muc h b ette r tha n -a dead a n d forth. His l o n g confinemen t in b onds h a d m ade it man, and he. at wit h s narlin g rage depi c ted o n fa c e, almost impossibl e for hi m t o mO\e But h e f elt a h'!nd a s lat_er i n _th e 11igh_t men a n d wom e n again J;>egan to begin lustil } r t o rub him. . d rop m to Jeer at hi m and m a k e s p ort over h1s arrest A b o ttle was placed to h1 d -ry lip s a n d a fier y dram T h e o_utlaw gave himself u p to di stressing forepodings warmed hi s h ea r t. He h eard a voice whisper. and )11s s a n k lower lower as h e fel t how in J -was it? \.Vh y t h e s ig h t and feeling c ame back t o the possi b l e J l was that h e m 1 g h t escap e doom e d man with a rus111. CHAPTER V. A COUNTRYMAN CALLS. I t was a l O I Jg abo u t m i d night t hat Fran k James a woke f rom a n uneas y s lumber in whic h a gallows figured p l a inl y, a he heard an alte rcation goin g o n i n the hall way. He hear d hi s g u a rds l a u g h a t some uncouth joke a n d aft e r a time a grinning, tall, broad sho u ldered coun t r y m a n w i t h his barn-yard stain ed t r o user s t u c ked, in the t o p of his boots l a n d a wide s mil e of s imperirig embarrassm ent o n his face, s i d led into the room a ncl open-mouthe d gazed in s i l e n ce a t t h e ban dit. He sai d nothing but looked as i f h e would neYer !3ee a nother outlaw i n thi s \ N o rl d and want ed t o see 3 1 1 t hat t here was p os s iblt; of t h e o n e befor e him. Aft e r h e had s t o od by t h e side of o n(' of t h e g u a rds and had looked h i s fill h e w iggled away and F r ank hear d t h e i'ou n d of h is -voice loudl y that h e was surprised that an o u t law d i d not look muc h di ffe r ent fr o m a n y man "C:ay. fellers,'' t h e coun t ryman c ri ed. "Th e t eaou t l o r a int no great shake I c u d lick im w i t h o n e h a n d tied b ehind me b ac k. Say, w ill you fe ll e r s lickke! ';Vi t me? I gin a bottl e o' prim e pi sinup t e r the h 9 t el." T h e l a u ghingguards had n o o bj ectio n t o a drink w h e n i 't came so easy ss the o n e in the big b ottle and The form o f the. count ryman to sink a-yva y and in its plac e s tood Jesse J ames; coolsmiling as he 'thrust a revolver into F r ank's hands t h e pusoner knew in a fla s h that h e r e stood hi s .. brother bound t q rescue him o r die with him. . How in -did you turn this trick," cried Frank. Shut up, y o u idi ot!" answered Jesse. "Can you w a lk ? If you can follow me." Frank n odded. The n h e s t o le softl y after] e sse. The two men s a w a stra nge P,i cture 'when they tiptoed into the ante-i o o m The thre e g u ards lay o n the floor fast asleep, all snoring b ?autifully. Drunk?'' asked Fi-ank . Drugged!" replied Jesse "r'hocussed their s tuff. The y w o n't wake up for a week." F r ank now full y unde r s tood Jesse had' gaine d entra n ce to him disguised a s a countryman and:Jiad pro v i ded himself wit h a l a rge b o t'tl e of drugged l i q u o r. H e h a d induce d the guards fo drink freel y o f the stuff and, after -they had gone t o s leep and w ere-in a stupor, had sear c hed each m a n until h e h a d found t h e keys t h a t unloc ked the h andc u ffs a ncf t h e p a dlock the n afte r he h a d cut the rope with whic h hi s brother w a s furt h e r confin e d had arme d him and had h 'urried ofif a t his best speed,' with the fr ee d prison e r. : 'Say. w h a t are you goin g t o d o next?" a s k e d Frank. Co m e a l o n g and d o n t talk," replied Jesse. T hey had n o diffi culty in walking out unobserved ,.


'I ' 1 THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. into the street, and a s they reache'd the. bott0m, step they saw sev.eral men approaching them. Jesse began to stagger about. ap.d lean up against Frank, who sensed the situation in a moment and led his supposed drunken friend down the street, as he made rail fences , in his faltering / "That's all right,'! a voice said. "It's that country-man who was at the hotel with a jag early in the night. He's only half baked. Wanted to see an eartlor' as he called it. Let him get along with hi s friend." Wisht I had a quarter of that load," another voice laughed and the two outlaws, still playing the' part of a drunken man and a friend trying to take him home, staggered away, and were soon .lost in the shadows of the country street. . J es .se straightened up. quicldy a s soon as he thought it safe 'to do so, and the two brothers with' their revolvers pt.essed close to their sides so that no light would flash from them, rushed along as fa s t as they and soon out in open again, but h?rseless and expectmg every moment to hear the no1s e of a hue and cry break forth In that cas e all they cou-ld d o was to ta).{e to brush and fight it out with.the flood of men that the c).aring escape let loose upon the country . Each one of the outlaws that' if they were pursued and caught that they would be lynched without further ceremony. Their captors would allow them to escape instant death a second time. Come on. 'JJ murmtired Jesse. ,We haven' t any time to lose The two men soon reached the outskirts of the settlements that led up to the village proper and after a bit they very boldly took to the highway until; after a !ime they came to a frame house. There was -light m the house .and Jesse halted. The house was on one side of the n;urow highway On the other was a large red-painted with ::t cupola. Jess e led the way to the barn. My plan," he explained, is t o g e t in the barn, steal a couple of hdrses and ride ayvay as fast as we can. " But when the horses move,' obj.ected Frank, .the people in the house will 'hear and we will a firrht on our handS .. in a ; ninute 0 "Don't worry about 'any fight, rejoined Jesse. I have a plan thai will let, ps get the horses in thereif there's any horses in there to get." 1 What is the plan?" We will hunt around u n til we get a blanket and then we will tie a bit of the blanke t about eath 1 foot each horse." "Go od sch-me! Tea r up the bl anket .into strips eh?" ' That's my idea. .. It's an excellent o n e The sound o ( the hoofs upon the wooden flooi will be muffled and we can keep them pn the animals until' we are well out of ear shot." "That's it! here?" I w onder if there's an -dog about I Don't think so." "Why not?" "' "If there had been he would ha v e bayed at us before this-what is that?" J I The speaker jumped in the air a s he Some-thing was rubbing against his knee. Oh, a snapped Jesse a moment later. If, it had be e n an el ephant i t c o u ld not ha e fr ightened me more I Y ott, j unipecl as if you d se e n a p o sse ,'' snickered F1'auk. I was fri ghte ned myself when y 0 u jumped. I thought s _ome one had s t uc k a knife in me. " Laug h if you want t o You were rio t la -ughing y.hen I saw you fir s t 1 t o -rii ght. d o you think I' got tOr you? " I know how. . \ -., -"I mean 'ho w d o y o u think I f ounp w h e r e y o u were confined? "Dunne. Tell my, W e ll, when those fellows took that fall o u t o youI owe Maxwell Hyde one fdr 'it; e ven \ if it was a slick made that old ho ss o f ours do hi s best licks. I was d(':ad sure that he would not get away for I tho'ught. while Maxwell' H y de attended to you that side partner of his would take up the chase after me-by the way who i s that fellow?" "His naniei s Fred Felto n. He's the brother o f the ca s hi e r we croaked in the M ilt o n raid .' " Phew!." said Jesse, with a sharp intake of his breath. "Then \ V e were in a l o t o f trouble. I hated t o croak that cashier. Y o u kno w I didn't mean to kill the --= But I'm such a g ood shot th,at I got him the onl y shot I fired in the who le hold-up ." \ V ell, ne ver mind him. He' s dead. It' s his b ro t hel = that' s bothering me, jus t now-no, the brother stayed behin l t o make sure o f m e an d well, they got me all right." / For a little while. 'vV eil when I found that I wasn't being pursued, I too k a circle and soon. saw you go by on one of the horses of tho se fellows. -r had half a mind to shoot the two mep but then th'i s plan I jus t pulled off flashed thro u g h m y min' d Things are getting so hot for u s that I made up m y mind it w a s n t going to pay m e t o d o an y more s hooting. Bes ide s w e were so near t own that e v en i f I'd got b oth those i ellow s it w ouldn' t do u s any good. My hors e was no good. Your hors e I me an-for. mine was dea d a nd l didn' t figure that w e had a s well chane e t o e s cape o n a half' f oundere d h o r se the two of us with a pQsse fre shly m ounted after us and you know what w o uld have h a vo en!'!d qu,ick if we had s h o t thos e two fellow s Max/V eil H y de a nd F red Fel ton on t o p of the cro akin g of tha t c as hi er" I know what would have happened i f we h<:td n o t e s caped and I was taken back t o M ilt o n." J esse He well kno w what would have happe ned and he wa s n t sure as ye t that .the tric k was n o t goin g t o be turned by the enem y after all. "My s t ory i s so o n t o ld n o w ,' h e added. I inade up' my. mind t o f ollow after you r was running along ' o n f oo t through the underbrus h so n o one woufd see m e when I came a c r oss a h a lf drunkc::n f ello w who was wearing this suit I lia ve o n I p o ked him one in the n os e a nd w h e1i. he was out and on his back I took his cl othes_, put them o n o v r mine becau s e he was larger tha n I-and the rest yo,u : T o n: y profit ," laughed Frank. I t1 was a splend1d thought on your part, Jess e and 1t sav e d m y life." \ The men w aited for seine time in silence. They stood under the shelter of a were so silent a .nd' still that nQthing in the way of the usual wild animals that infest a farm saw them or if they did were alarmed by then1. A fox after chickens by, sto13ped1


12 IHE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. scented the two men but made no effort to escape. ''Not a chance to do that is there?" He was of the animal. outlaw world and recognized Jesse did not reply. His mind was coping with the his human fellow. A rat squeaked and scuttered over idea that would not leave him that there might be Jesse's feet, but when he saw who it was, did not seem .thought up a wa-j to get back the money that Maxwell to care to escape. An owl hooted in a maple tree its' Hyde had taken from Frank. It seemed on its face an long sweet note gurgling in its throat, and m .aking impossible plan that had popped into his mind,' but ,the s cene more solitary and lonely;. Jesse could not get the thought out of his mind that "Well?" asked Frank of his brother finally. possibly he could make 'his ideas succeed. However, "I wanted to be dead sure that we were not to be before he made a final decision he thou.ght best to disturbed," J replied. I thin!( we 'are safe to further question his brother. "' make a movement now." "Say, Frapk)' asked Jesse. "}[ave you ever been Jess e s next step was to softly op en a window in in "this part of the wgrld before? 1 the barn. When h.e had entered the building he found "Oh, yes, I've been here quite often. I'm pretty it very dark but there was enough glimmer of light familiar with the country hereabouts." for him to see a fanning-machine standing behind a "vVhere. is Milton froni here?" lumber-wagon, and then he heard soft breathing, and Over to the left about six, or seven miles. You after his eyes had become accustomed td the gloom, see vve have made a d"rect trip ancl have cut cross-coun' he saw four horses standing in a row. D "rectly in .try-we aren't rpor e than six or seven miles from there; front of each stall in which stood a horse, was a Dig the place you held up back there is called North Milton peg on wbic;h hung saddles and bridles. and the bank there is a branch of the Miltonbank "How' s that for lucid" Jesse murmured to himself. where we croaked that cashier." Saddle s and l"iorses all ready. N-ow t\1en to tell Yes, I knew that-but I didn' t know much about Frank." the lay of the two places because it requires a PhilaFirst Jesse . crawled back out of the window and delphia lawyer to read one of those confouride<\ roadquietly informed Frank of the good luck that had be-maps of th;s part, 'of the country. I've studied the_one fallen them. Then he returned and finding the best I ha:ve but your description helps me:; a lot, don't you horses in the lot as well as he could in the darkness, know. I see where we are now." saddled and bridled two and then cast about until he "vVell that's all I can tell you." had found a blanket. \i\Tith his hunting "Now' in going from North Milton to Milton, now he cut the blanket into strips which he wound about would a man t'tavel? each of the hoofs of both horses tying'each shield above "Ross-back, rig, or afoot;" the fet-locks of the animal. The result was a perfectly "Don't be funny. You're not cut out for comedy-... soft pad for the _animal to stepupon, and one bound Tell me the question. Ifs jmportant." .,... not to make a no1se as the horse tramped over the hard "All rirrht?" rejoined Frahk. "Well, if a man was timber floor out into the stable-yard. rroinrr North Milton to Milton 1"\e would take a There Jesse met Frank who held both horses until tha-t will come into this one about three miles. the window had been closed through which entry had further along." been made to the stable, and the door out of which the "Oh, I begin to understand. That is he would get horses had been led had been firmly secured. Then on this road eventually from a divergent road that leads the' two outlaws wotmted arid at a foof-pace started to this one." off into the calm night, which soon en:velo 'ped them y crs." ' ' and melted away the outlines f.Jf the barn. Thus the ''Then al! we have to do to get into ,touch )Vith travel men proceeded for a mile, and then they to'ok off the between Nt>rth Milton and Milton is to keep on this_ bits of blanket from the horses' feet and, after Frank .present road, for a few miles where we are sure to reach had burjed the blanket, bits a tree so that they finally the road that brings all Milton and North Milton would not be left openly in the road as a mute bit of travelers on our road?" evidehce that the outlaws had. passed this way, the Exactly." t"':o brothers struck a fa ster pace and steadily placed How do we know when we reach the spot where miles between them and the town where Frank had so the Milton roq,d-that's its name isn't it ?-and 'the nanowly escaped lynching. t : oacl we are on intersect?" "V\T e didn't come out of that game as well as we "Yes it's known as the Milton road. This is the might," remarked Frank after a hustling ride of three Marsh ;.bad. When we ca11;1e out o the village baCk or four miles when the .horses were slowed up to thbre. we stt: uck into t11is road, instead of Milton breath them. road bv accide nt. They all lead to the same place." N d J Th '' -o-o, answ.ere esse ey got to part of our "Is there anythl)Jg thete where the two roads mee,t.? cash that we had struck in the Milton hold-up." There's an old fashioned tavern." That's right. They took all of my cash." "Ah an old fashioned tavern?" \iVho took it? " A good one too." "Maxwell Hyde." "Travelers between North Milton and Milton stop Htt ., m at this tavern, do they not?" Why do you say that?" "Oh, I had a thought." That is you thought out a plan?" "Something like that." I supJ!>OSe the plan was concerned 'v,ith how yon might get back the cash Maxwell Hyde took?" "It was." "Yes." T e s se said no more but_ started forward at a gentle an;ble and soon the outliQes of the tavern, just shaping themselves lines of curious shapeq struck thtrir eyes because they w 'er now riding in the early hours of the mornil]_g and the animal world, they could hear, was beginning to wake at the coming of another day.


THE 1\.MERTCAN INDIAN WEEKLY. 13 Jesse made no remark but y.ralked his horse boldly up to a horse block and drinking trough and while the animal drank greedily, Jesse stretched forth the whip he carried in hi,s right hand and struck a thundering 'rap on the do,or of the tavetn, with its metallic end. The opened at '{he face of Maxwell. peeped out at the two outlaws. The detecttve for the Bankers' G11ild Jess e James as quickly as Jesse recognized him. Behind Maxwell Hyde stared the face of Fred Felton, Max" v ell Hyde's self-constituted assistant. CHAPTER VI. A BOLD OUTLA W 1 S S TlWKE. ,. Although surprised the presence of mind of the outlaw did not desert, him. His hand flashed to his re v ol v .er and the round, unwinking barrel, was gazing into the face of Maxwell Hyde in a breatb. Hands up' whispered Jesse James. Quick--au I" y Thet: e was no hesitation oit the part of Maxwell Hyde. He knew when it was safe a?d it was n o t safe to disobey such a command; m this ase he de, cided that it was unsafe to disobey. If the motion of Jesse had be,en quick in drawing his weapon that of his brother Frank, was equally quick. He had accepted the quite as quickly; as had his brother and his weapon was out and trained on the head of Fred. Felton quite as quick as a winkJ and thus the space of a second of time the tWQ outlaws had the drop on their enemies, and the situation their own hands with amazing celerity. "Don't you move," inurrtmred J esse to his man. "It's death to bat your eye1 Maxwell! I'm gunning for you!'' .. M a'il:weil Hyd!! shew ed hl.s bravet'y aml hi!l ing by riot moving a muscle. There a famt. smtle on his face which indicated .i:l.musement m the way he 'had By one of otis freaks of fate .he and Fred Felton had JUSt amved at the There had been a tremendous sensation wbett i t was found the guards of the ba_n dit) Frahk James, liad be'en dr'ugge d a.nd that th.e pnsofiet had escaped Maxwell Hyde had been nottfie? at his inn and he h1td nurried to but by '\tm : e 'he ha' d seve ral men mto a party: oi. rrdtfi'gmen fi' t to chllse the outlaws, J ahd Frank well on 'their wily to Milto11 road, a nd a "Vam search, m'tl'Ch surmtses .as to how. lt had all the decision was .rnaqe Hyde ana Fred. Felton return raptdly to Mllton, lnform the there of fhe escape of Frank, :rt:td start :a general .posse of men to country, as tt .,not thougnt that Frank was atdeil by Jesse James 111s and it was supposed that he was walk iing aimlessly about in a vain endeavor to escape. Maxwell Hyde kr1ew better, however. He had expert knowledge o the wotk of the outlaw, and he sensed in his own mind that Jesse and Frank had got ten and felt that they would into: some farmer's barn and steal horses W1th to continue ,their journey; but that wl).en he had JUst entered a tavern, heard a knQck a t the door turned opened the ft;ont-door to have, a ,big revolver his face and the man,he was thihking about: say to hun in a voice was he had not bargained for-yet here he was wtth lhrs bands J high in the air; there stood the form of Jesse and Frank James, grimly insistent. It was all an amusing episode dnly he was not sure how long he. was going to live to 'enjoy it. Jesse James gave Maxwell Hyde information on the latter point directly. Get their gllns," Jesse snapped to Frank. Frank was off his horse and had disarmed both Maxwell Hyde and Fred Felton in a moment. "Don: t forget that money-belt," Jesse said in the same calm, yet deadly and ominous voice. Frank smirked as he went through Maxwell Hyde's pockets again, and took all his personal money; and most of his jewels leaving only a cheap watch which he said wasn't worth lifting." The missing money was found leaden with bills about Maxwell Hyde's watst, and Frank dexterously removed it and transferred it to his own person. Then Frank robbed Fred Felton of the few dollars he had in his pockets, baclred away from the two men still with his gun handy and jumped on his horse. "Just o ne word, Maxwell Hyde," murmured Jesse. I'm g oing to give you a tip. Get off this search after me or I'll plant you. See?" The -two outlaws whirled their horses and spurring them into their fastest paces rushed away from the scene and disa!ppeared into the fast lightening darkness and in less time than it takes to tell of it were in full cryof es.cape. They well knew that as soon as he could sed.tre arms that Maxwell Hyde would be on their trail again, and they determined to put as much space betyveen their pursuer and themselves as possible. With this end in view they did not slacken re_ in or stop spurring for a long dista. nce . When they finally rested Jesse looked about. It was broad daylight. They were on a road at least ten miles from where they had held up Maxwell H y de and thev could look back several miles they were sure that they were not now being pursued by any foe within a few miles at least. Good work, Jesse," cried Fra the Milton bahk boodle! " We got back "We did all right, rej o ined Jesse. "I thought up a general plan and it was to see if we c_ouidn't get b a-ck that missing pelf and there, when 1 knocked at 'that door, out popped, that devilish Maxwell Hyde. Say, I almo'St fell off my horse ,with pleasure! I got my o-un out quick though. It was lucky for thae chap Maxwell Hyde is a good gun-man and if one don't draw quick on him, o ne don't, get a second chance. He's dead before he begins." '... "That's right I But you pulled so quick he didn' t have a look in." -;, He was a wise guy. I wanted to kill him right then but I knew if I did we wouldn't ever get the, He would have been shot all right, but the noise of' the shb t w o uld have brought some one on the run and we would have had to escape before we could have got the belt off body-oh,. it better this way but my fingers ttched to k11l htm. It' wa s lu-ck I hadn't thought of way he ha.d you tied I think if I had I'd let htm have had 1t but it's better ,as it turned out. We have the pelf, and ,say, thctt's a pretty good gun that you got : off Maxwell _Hyde?" you bet it is It's a magazine gun, centra1-fire and has a.ll t11 e modern quirks to -it-it's < me of ;tbe


/ THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. guns that are being put out, and you hear m e it's "He was this way if seems two hours ago." a pippin! Do you want, Fred Felton's gun?") ,"That's probably right. A horse can gallop-quite' A n y gelf that there was not much hme to gether and i s n ow scou 6ng-the country side or M-" think wrtful ,.. only a mile away and spurring .,.


' . THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. 15 hard o n thoro u ghbre d h o rses. B u t Jesse's mind worked with lightning s p e ed He m anag-ed t o h i t upon a p l a n de sperate in it se lf but the n v ; a s n o t hi s pli g h t, as well a s hi s brother's desperate? T he y h a d narrowly escaped a grea t danger to them sel ve s and ;had thrown ,off o f the scent men w h o had they discovere d their identity would nav e k illed the m as t h e y would a c ouple of rats. \ CHAPTER VII. iF-ssE J Al\IES' P L O T. .Get the h orses off there a t .t h a t clump o f t r ees a b o u t a quarter of a mile fr o m the house." J ess e J ames gave these in structions t o F r a n k in a quick in c i s i v e manne r and Fra n k, w h o knew his brother so w ell jumpe d without a word t o f ollow ou t the order. The h o r s e s w ere so on secrete d in the mid s t of the trees s o that they co uld n o t be see n fr o m either h o use or r o ad, and then Frank James hurried back t o the h o u s e where he f ound Jesse s t anding bes id e sev e ral pil es o f c l othing which h e was examining c a r ef ull y. \iVh a t s in the wind now?" asked' Frank. Jesse .did not r e pl y He pi c k e d out o f the pi le of' clothing a pair o f bluej ea n ove r alls a blue s m oc k f r oc k and a wide h a t of fade d and r athe r dirty white. In a second Fra n k had donne d this regali a and l oo k e d e a s tl y like an unco u t h and g r _inning country l a d so le thought was of the farm. J ess e managed to pi c k out the same s t y le of hat. with a broad brim, and much the same style of coat and tro u ser' s, such. as the substantial head of a good farm w o u l d wear when at work. Jesse found a pai r of s p ectacles which he put o n n os e and then the two bandits sallied to a pi l e o f straw n ear the barn, and ten minutes later when the p os se hunting them spurre d into the barnyard the two men o p en-mouthed leaned o n their forks and a sked in am az ed t ones what the trouble was. 1 Trouble, Farmer," cri e d the l eader o f the banditchasers, a self-sufficient young, and fat m a n. "v, r e are chasing the two worst o utlaws in the country ;" So? replied Jess e in a wondering tone. Betcher li fe! Say, them f ellers we're chqsin' aint n o othe r the n J esse and Frank James " Vvh o be they? a s k e d Jesse in a w ondering tone. D on't s ee a s th' e m fell e r s live d a b 0ut hyar. I d o n t never hear of n o James es boays ab out h yar." Nor I nuthe r grut1ted F;r ank James as he stopped fr o m pitching u p some straw into a l oft abov e his head. you have s e e n 'em or. not," cried the lea d e r o f the bandit-chasers, they've been b y heret hey i s the w u s t k,ind e r o utl aws in the country. " I seen t w o feller s o n bosses b y h yar 'bout an h our ago," ejaculate d Jesse as h e spat o n his h ands and' went to work'; at the straw. '.' They's the fel l ers, shore, the bandit-chas e l e a d e r bawled. "which way did they go?" I Rirrht d eoun th' r oad." crie d Tesse. "They was a goin Jicketysplit. I was t hinl d n thet some o' th' neirrhbo r s was a sendin' f e r the d oc t or-so they was outlaws, h um? \\T all Wall!" As if hi s remark had ended hi s inteFe s t in an ything but the pi l e o f straw, Jess e worke d away a s if his life depended upon h i s ce lerity T h e posse dashed off down the road in hot search after the mythical outlaws w h i l e Jesse and Frank; the two outlaws with their h ats p ulled d9wn over their to' conceal. t h e i r o f deli ght, ;lpparent l y unemotwnall y co!1t1nued thet r w o r k. B u t their hearts were exceedmgl y happy. "Tha t a cl os e shave," muttered F r a nk. ."Yes. M y heart was in my throat. I d felt in my 1:und they w ould next and I made up my mint: l t f dtd the o nl y thmg was to get in t h e b arn and fight tt out-they w ou l d p ro b a]:>ly get u s sooner o r later and we only would have the satis faction of rretting them before they could get us. vV e ll they didn't get us." T h e r ea t we a r e g l a d. " B t t t it l oo k s t o m e a s i f we were pretty wen up agains t it?" D o es n t it?" T h e enti r e co un t r y seems to be after u s. " Ri ght you are!" "Anyway, there's o n e t hin g in our favo r few k n o w us." Luc k y for us." 1 "True again : I\e rreYe r be e n dow n her e bef o r e and y o u ye b ee n h e r e o nl y a lit tle t i m e o nce before and p robabl y t h e on l y man that knows o u r faces are l-lax well Hyde an d his fr i e n d-no h e do n t know u s a t a ll. :\[a x we ll i s the o nl y man o n t o u s." "Again lucky f o r u s " ls it not ? "v.,r e ll anyway, -we are pretty w ell hemmed in a n d it's going t o be hat : d t o get out-in f act i f it wasn t f o r giving up m y entire plans I d m a k e a run for it ri rrht now, and try to skip this country I can fight any _man on earth and I can give a goo d account of my work with two or m ore enemies, but I can' t fig h t a ll this part of Missou ri." '"' That's so. They all seem e d de t ermined t o s h o w u s d own here-well g o ahead Jesse. It's up t o yon. You're the chap leading this forlorn h o pe. Just w hat y

16 :I'HE INDIAN WEEKLY. with all the country in arms against hi111 that he dared not essay further trial of hi s mission. Jesse was thoroughly. angry. Yet angry as he was he dared not tempt fate, and after thinking matters over for some time he decided that he had better devote h im self to the work of escaping rather than to take over further exploit s It would be better to es cctpe and come back than to not escape and never come back. Jesse in a few words told Frank of his Frank, who never in the slightest degree contradicted Jesse, laughed and coincided. He did not care much what he did as long as Frank lead, a:lthough he was by no means no leader himself He could at a. pinch engineer quite a desperate under taking, and had pulled over some splendid criminal plans; onl y his habit of mind was not of the kind that looked far ahead. He preferred to have some one else lead Jesse was not loath to assume the position of leader. Best thing to do is to get to our horses and get away from here post haste," added Jesse. Shall I go get them? asked Frank. "Better get them quick while I'm getting out of this rig." As soon as t h e horse. s were got ready, and fed, and rubbed down, or in all about a n hour after the outlawchasers had disappeared, Jesse and Frank were again in the saddle headed for some unknown point. "Wh ere are you going?" asked Frank. Back to that tavern!" Back to the tavern?" "Yes." Aren't you sure, Jesse, that you will get m trouble?" "I'm looking for it." Don't 'be I won't. But I'm weary of being chased about like a common thief I am no second-story w indow man or strong-arm man in a big city. I'm only out' for big game that makes a great fight. It requires no coward to train, with me. These fellows hereabouts h ave got to be given a lesson They seem to think it'sJ easy, s po r t following Jesse James ab out the country and that as fast as they chase so much the faster I must run." Frank knew by the expression of Jesse's face that he had planned and thought out a desperq.te deed a d J e sse, Frank further kriew, was not easily dis suaded from anything that his mind was made up to, so Frank shrugged his shoulders and rode on behin'd his brother, idly wondering what was coming next. In a short space of time the brothers halted their horses in front of the tavern where they had held up Maxwell Hyde and hi s companion. 'Jesse laughed as he i ndicated the spot. Then telling Frank to remain on his horse and back him up when 1 the "shooting came" i f any came, Jesse drew hi s big and haughtily walked into the tavern. H is ears were smitten with the sound of men singing in lusty voices. The noise came from the bar-room and when he peeped in the door he saw that the room held a dozen men all drinking at the bar and all busiiy engaged in talking in the high nervous manner tha. t excited men, excited by liquor, seem to adopt in times of great public clam or. Jesse sneeringly watchedt the me n. 'Ji'hey went all armed of course, to their teeth. Rifles stood stacked in corners. Every I man in addition" had belts about their waists sagging with revolvers and with knives. Jesse sneered again 1 when he saw the display of deadly weapons. They could kill him in a breath he saw, in a dozen different ways, but he was still undaunted. He carefully looked over two of his revolvers and took pains to see that each was fully loaded and .in fine concl,ition. Jesse always the old type of ., Army .45, which he used to say was the best weappn in the market for quick execution and beat the new fangled magazine revolver to death. Having assured himself that he was well armed and could depend OR his weapons, Jesse opened the door to the barroom, steppetl calmly inside, with each hand bearing a re volver. The crowd sagged back as they saw a man enter with' revolvers displayed in sucth a menacing manner. CHAPTER VIII. )o ., A DESPERATE POSITION. "Good evening, gentlemen!" Jesse James suavely remarked. Hands up! I am Jesse James! For a 'moment absolute stillness ieigned in the room. Not a man stirre<;l.. A tall man with a glass of whiskey in his hand, which at the time Jesse spoke was l y. lf w a y up to his mouth, stopped the operation with the whiskey still unconsumed and gasped. A second man, started to steal his hand toward his waist belt but there was an evil t light in the outl9-;w's eyes that caused him to give up the effort. A third man looked over his shoulder at his laug-hed at the pli ght his careJ.e ssness had him in, and shoved his hands .. ab 0v e his head. Hands up! cried the deadly, calm voice of the outlaw again. Last caU! I'll kill the man'wh0 doesn't obey." There were one or two glances cast at the bandit he had thus spoken for there were men in that room who were able to give fine account of them selves in the exchange of shots in a bar-room brQil.. glances told the me!il. 'Yho were experienced in' .such matters that. there would be no timidity in pulling the trigger of either that was pointed at them by Jesse th.ey decided that \'he who figlJ.ts and runs --away may ltve to fight another day." As there was no opportunity' to run at_ all the best thing to do was to remain quiet and hold up hands. The general \)pinion that this was s0 seemed to spread around the circle and reluctantly but nevertheless .steadily, hands were poked high in air, even tbe whiteaproned bar-keeper shoving his up also after one lonO'ing, look at a reyolver that lay near. Now gentlemen," mocked Jesse. Every man "' in line back of me." There was a shuffling of feet and the order was obeyed although a long growl ran through the men as they did so It would hardly seem possible that one quiet outlaw could h0ld-up a room ul1 of men. But it was being done and had won out because the daring deed kad been carefully planned. The captured men were not ready for the arrival of the outlaw. He had cau ght s0me with weapons far away. Others had been coverecl. by the bandit's weapon before they that Jesse. was. amt!mg them. .It is always so Wl


fi'HE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. 17 warned in advance. They see a cool. strong, tall, walk in with two revolvers in his hands. There i s the usual demand to hold up hands" and while one brav.e man might have got to his weapon, it was sure that he would fall dead at a shot from the outlaw. The others while one man was being killed would have no tro uble in eventually killing the bandit-but one man would have to be s acrificed and so strong i s the love of life in every man that no one of thee men in range of T esse's guns wished to be the man to make the break_;, The outlaw counted on this well known fact, and here he was with a band of brave men all facing toward a blank wall and. with their hands all pointed t o the ceiling and all angry and all wishing they had the nee ssary sand to try conclusions with the calm, steady eyed outlaw. Jesse's reputation for straight shooting and deeds of blood had gone far. He had been known to do this thing before and his prestige was of such a caliber that he had the mob before him thoroughl y cowed. Now gentleman," calm even tones continued! I am going to take your valuables." He ranged behind each man and def tly with. one hand searched the pockets of the crowd. His other hand still held the unwa"tering: weapon an_d he made no remark as he took a roll of btlls fron1 th1s man; some jeweh:y from that one; and from every man took his s ide weapons. The result was astonishing. He had enough revolvers and knives to stock a small army. But besides that he had a couple of thousand dolla1 : s in bjlls anq gold and silver; a nt,tmber of good watches, and after he had thoroughly his victims, rushed backward out of the place jumped on his horse and like the wind hurried off, Frank following him at t he same swift pace. Jesse tossed his load of revolvers over a fence into a field because he could not be burdened with and well knowing that the loss of the weapons would not fail to stop pur!"uit unti l the major mei11bers of the posse he had held-up could re-arm themselves. That's 'pretty slick ," ci'i'ed F rank. I up' my niimcl that was what you were going to do. You got a\lifay with it, Jesse, but yo u n)ay not day. That's the second time you've turned that trick. .Three times and out, you know! " I know! I didn't want to do that, but it roiled me clown to my boot-tops to know that I was being chased about like a wild-beast. I thought I'd teach that gang in that bar:room that they weren't going to do all th.e things .that they were bawling they were going to do to Jesse James, after all." "Well, they were only bar-room fighters at that. They were easy marks. Two or three of them would have the sand to put a fight up against you but the others would just faint away if either of us were to announce ourseJves as the James boys." "That's right! _They were all hot-air-gun-fighters. Not one of them dared peep when I waltzed in-but it got some" of the bile off my system." "Yes, and it got another' posse after you.", "The more the merrier! What of it? If they get us it's all over in quick time. vVe won1t get any mercy from this gang around I;J.ere and Pm not going to ask for any. I'm through now. It's back to Clay fdr tpe. 'Fhe rest of th:e .loot that we might have got on to won't do us any good. We are up against it hard enough now to satisfy any reasonable man. "Do you know I learned something when I was awaiting you?" \iVhat was it?" I heard a fellow who went walking b y say that they had us penned in." Penned in? How? " He said that there was at least five hundred men after u s The plat;1 of the peop!e out here is to draw a cordon around tis so that we will be surrounded by posses." "Oh L" We are to be made the center of a circle and this circle will constantly be narrowed into a smaller one until we are chased into sm-aller and smaller quarters." I understand." ". How do yo u think the last dash is to be made?" "I don't know." Twenty-five men under -Maxwell Hyde are to try and catch us in the center of the c ircle we are to l;le shot-up by them. If we escape--" Oh, they really think there is a possibility of our escape?" That was what I overheard. If we escape they figure that those guarding th!= outside circle will get us." Here a condi tion the most dangerous the two men of blood and dire deeds had ever faced. It began to seem to Jesse that they had overstayed their time. They ohght to have escaped when tht;! organization had not crystalized itself. Jesse knew that Maxwell Hyde a born leader and was a brave man. They could see l1is genius for organization irt the plan that had been made. It was the only plan possible to aiel in the capture or deaths of the two outlaws and now that they had raised such strong opposition, Jesses face was very grave. He saw that his chances for escape were not many. He felt that he mio-ht have made a grave error in trying t o get even with the gang of men in 'the bar-room but he knew that it was now too late for repentance. "Anyway," snapped Jesse, "we have done .all we set out t o do. I think that we have secured a good big boodle. How much ha,r e we raised this trip?" "All told about fifty thousand dollars. That's not so bad--" "Not so bad if yve get away with it. If these people catch us the money won't be much good to us." Jesse his horse to a walk, and then hurriedly thought over possible plans for escape. 1'urn which way he would_ thhe seemed to be nothingthat in any way could aid him. To keep to the highways meant certain capture. He did not know enough of the conditions to risk a dash and his horse and that of Frank's was showing sjgns of sheer dis tress. The beasts after all wer e only farm-horses and, while they had been saddle-broken, were in no way as good as their own horses, and here .they were far from refuge, alone in a strange country surrounded by desperate men sworn to kill them and once and for all end the dominition of the James boys which had been a 'terror of the time all over the middle-West and the South-West. But Jesse tried hard to keep his spirits up. Frank saw :lior the first time indecision rest on the of his brother and he too now felt a strange qualm pass over him. No man, outlaw or I


18 THE AMERICAN INDIAN -WEEKLY . 1 not, like s to face death w i thout a struggle, and Frank Looks that way," i-'eplied.] esse dejectedly. could not help confessing .to himself that there waq The dwarf t9ok an easier posit'ion oii the log dan.g e r of defeat and death in the air about 11im. thep squared himself for further remarks. \ The two men sat their horses hardly knowing which I say, how much is it wuth t' ye to have a way way to turn: They were afraid almost to''venture in out shown you?" ; any directi on. For the first time in their long careers The words came a s balm to the two distracted out of crime they wer e facing what had made tliem so sue-laws. _They looked hopefully at the dwarf who . apce ssf ul-or g anization. preciated the sensation his words had ..-made to' the W hil e their horses pawed the earth and whinnied fullest. He imew that he had the attention of the to each oth e r Jess e with a somber face gazed at his two outla,ws and \ Vas bright enough to see that lie had. brother, who equall y p u zz l ed and \\ondering gazed the matter in hi s own hands. He now wanted the . speech l ess back at him. price set and if it was high enough showed his will.. Their dilemma was solved, however by a circumingn,ess to help in the possible. escape of the two stance that was beyon d them and which gave them brothers. when they saw it presented to them renewed courage. "How much do you want to get us free?". aske,d From the thicket of bushes that lined the road there J esse, who watched the dwarf carefully. 'came a low whi'stle, Jess e s hand stole to his ready re"Is ten thousand dolfa'rs too man volver. Frank di ew hi s weapon ready to use it in a s ked. I can't promise sure to git ye off but r am a moment. pretty well acquainted with this country and I will "Don't s h oot!" c ried a thin high, piping voice. try fer that sum. It's a case of pay and play bpt noth-" It's !-Dwarf Hank!" ing sure promised." The s pea kin g of the words was followed by the ap"\Vhat d 'ye say, Frank?" asked Jesse. pearance in th e mid s t o f a canopy of green lea\r es of the "Beggars can't be choosers," re'plied Frank. "This elf-like face o f the tiny miss h ape n man, \\'h ose cavern-feHow is our -last l oo k in. \Tile don't know tliis coun. home they h ad l eft onl y a few days bef o re. The dwarf try q;ver well. Everyone seems to be after tl's. Ther.e.' was g rinning in g l ee hi s gr,eat black eyes were isn't a show f01/ us as we stand. Seems to me I'd snapping with excitement and his long hair was be-ing take the only chqnce we have. and go over with the' bl own hither and thither i n the soft breeze. cash. If this fellow can't save us we can't save our Hello, Hank! sm iled Jesse. ive s and that money ain't going to do us any good \ "Hello, sport!" echoed Frank. 1f we are caught-I'cl t ake a chance and put up Grinning wider than ever the dwarf jumped bank-roll.!' -.. through the thicket and h obbled with great swiftne ss I look at it that way myself ," Jesse answered. He toward the two beleaguered outlaws He sat down t oo k from his pocket a big roll of bills and counted put 1 on a stump and while his e y es maliciously in bank-notes of large denominaticn1 th e money asked' \ looking fir s t _at one of the brothers and then at the by the dwarf. He handed the creature the cash and it_ other. was clutched in a neat brown claw-like fist and. hidaen "Jest thought I'd warn ye," h e CJ;"oaked. "There's a ,away in the twinkling of an eye. posse clown the ro a d a bit waiti. n g fer ye. They allpw L-eave your horses," the dwarf cried : They ain't you'll ,co m e along tt1is road.'.' no good any more." .' t How about going back the way we came?" sourly The outlaws obeyed and' Dwarf Hank l ed the way asked Jesse. Clown through the thicket of brush toward the "There's t e n men there waitin' fer ye. Maxwell River bottom which could be seen shining 'not more Hyde has them. He he's going t e r kill ye both than a mile away. The way was not har:d to ril'!gotiate. on sight." There was increasing shrubbery which began to grow Jesse instinctive l y looked to ard the left across the taller and taller and the three men pushed along at wide expanse of green fields. a g oq d pace. The tiny dwarf made it easy for himself "No u se that way-lot of men the re waitin' fer ye," by dodging undet trees that the taller and broader' remarke d the dwarf. shouldered outlaws had to go around, and soon the.: Frank's eyes gazed t o the right. The dwarf smiled three stood by the river on a shelving baak and were again. cautioned not to move by the dwarf who disappeared ,, < "Can't git off that way," h e added. "More men in the tall, rank grass, and presently nothing could be there. In fa t t you two boys at;e h e 1 J 1med in!" heard of him. Jesse swore roundly. He saw that 'he was trapped Do you this is a plant?" aske' d Frank. and that there was without doubt men in every direc-"Hard to tell," replied Jesse. "Whatever it is 'it's r tion bound to capture him: His heatt almost stood all the string we have left to us. If Dwarf : still beca u se he tasted in advance the bitterness of de-throws us 9-own there's only a: squeak left for us. feat and knew that as matters n o w stood if he could We will have to try and cut our way throu"gh the lines not find some way out his capture was certain. He that are hemming us in. It's not one .chance in fifty knew that the dead cashier of the Milton bank was that we can b.reCJ,k -through, but we might do it by a popular throughout the entire country about him. The sudden dash. vVe could stalk t_he enemy; dead man's brother: was urging the men who were through and maybe get 10ff-but it's such a small hunting for him to deeds o.f courage that they pos-chance that I don't want to attempt. it unless sibly would not have assayed if it had not been for the fellow surely throws us.'' encouragement of Freel Felton, and. the leaders-hip of "He. has the Why should come back?" Maxwell Hyde. remarked Frank .. "Maybe we.. ought, not to have given "In a tight hole, aren't ye?" said the dwarf, who had him that stuff so brash." been watching both men carefully. "I don't know. You can know, .....


. l'HE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. 11 ,. you can foresee/ As i s w h y must stand thet 'would take' Yll a n y w har e l s e arter Jesse here, held here and await his r e turn:__there h e i s, coming b ack in up the m m e n i n the barroorn say, that was a brash a boat." bi. t o work The f ellers w e r e hoppin mad wen they Dwarf Hank was to be seen now in a flat-bottomed woke up t hat Jesse J a mes hed held up a b and o' 'em row-boat a l ong close t o the shore with all an' a s s oo n as they gets bosses and weapons they his force bent on the oars. H e made the b oat fly started hue and cry arter ye-holy smoke boys, through the w a t e r in 'an asto ni shing manner for his outer s een them f e llers ride arter ye,an' they went tiny form. B t f t lik e mai! Y men w h o are distmted .inter the w r o n g road o' c ours e, an' they comes back from birth he' w a s stro n g, and as h e and the skiff iiJ. ter the t av:ern t e r git m o r e l:iooze and y.rhat they sai_ d which he was seate d were b oth light, he made splen-. they was goin' t o do ter ye w ould stop a clock! An' did progress and s o o n g r o unded the s k iff a t the f ee t w ha-t the y tlid w a er talk a heap a n git boilin' full o' of the two outlaws. booze-say. Hee )flee! But it was 'sartin funny! " Gettin' anxious, were ye? h e snickered a s he : V\There were y n u : w h e n the posse returned to the beckoned to the two men. Kinde r thinkin' h o w you tavern? r questioned Jesse. mount hev held on ter th' c ash longer an' h o t run n o La yin' In th' bushes I h eern e verything thet was risk o'. my not 'com in back .. Why, s a y if I'd wantedsaid. Then I jest h o t f oote d it ter whar I ,knew ye'd ter throw y e, I could have got ye down here turned c ome out sooner or late r and held ye up fer that cash. some of my boys loose o n y e and got yer whole bundle. Hee! Hee! Fus t time t h James boys were e ver belt But you chaps trusted_ me an' I ain' t goin' throw up. without no gun a n d m ade ter stand and deliver like ye. Don't git worrited. I'm goin' ter save ye ef I u s co mmon-fo lks that h e z fallen infer their clutches kin-an' I think I kin." ' inth' pas t." With these emco u r a gin g words the dwarf m o ti o n d I t s pi 'te of themsel v es the t w o outlaws laughed. the two men in the poat. H e s t a ti oned Jes s e in the They s a w that the kind of a j oke that the dwarf apbow, while he told Frank to t a k e the seat aft and t o prec i a t e d b e s t was bein g g i ven them here and they hang on to a paddle with whic h the craft was to be rue full y laug h e d altho u g h t hey could not_ but admit steered when more thanone person was in it. that the wiry ato m pulling a t the oars had scored a "This boat .ain' t no great shakes ter look at," the good p oint. He had their money and they had only qwarf remarked as h e gave W<}Y at the oars. But trust' in him so far a.s their p ortion. But after all there she'll c'arry us safe l y a spell. The n we w ill git t o the w a s som ething about the litt le man that made them shore." f ee l r e newed confidence As soon as the b oat r omtde d a bend in the turgid "\.Vhat's to hinder m y putting a bullet through your Missouri River, _Dwarf Hank in s t ructed Frank, to hea d and taking bac k the money I gave you, and then steer close to the shore. He said that in shore with rowing to s afety m yself? asked Jesse. the fringe of trees. and as a ?ackgro?-nd "Nothing in the worid Sci f a r as the bullet i s conthe boat was less hable to be rf the :rver c erne d ," merrily replied the dwarf. But everything was breasted further out. A t thrs pomt he explamed, w h e n ye co m e t think that the Missouri ain't no millthe rive: "':'as ab017t a mile It tortuous, and. pond and y e don' t kno w which ter _turn wit out was twlsti_ng as 1t had a habit o f domg and there m e and:..wonldn' t la s t ten minutes arter ye'd sunk me was scant danger that any one of for in th' riv e r what's t e n tho u ter yer lives, boys? the outlaws would come to the nver side because Ye didn't hev ter work ter git thet cash. It don't after .the hold-up iu the old taverri, it h a d been known represeut no labor ter y e and I ain' t a bit scart at ye that the men ha' d horses, and ther:efor e it was surmised ve are not dumb-fools e nouo-h ter kill th' feller that's that they would try to esc ape along some high road. ve s atety an' anothet try at yer biz-but, boys, The plans had left the rive: out enti rel y 'The enemy let me tell y e one thing. Y e ain't goin' ter last at the seemed not to think it possibl e f o r the to dare g ai.t yer goin'. They ain' t no country big 'enough to a river attempt; and Dwarf Han_k expla m e d he holt y e Ye are play iin this outlaw game too strong . had his spies out who w ere watchmg the ope ratiOns o f Put. it o-\r er easier or some day s ome one will be givin' the men trying to capture his friends. r ewards ter hev ye er captured. Relationship, -"I've been attendin' t' some outla w hereabo.uts f ri ends, inflooence, nut ti n stan s in th' way wen ye myself, remarked Dwarf. Hank w1th some pnde. fellers git prices onto yer hea ds. Some one's goin' ter ''In fact I ain't so pop'lar about h y .ar thet could git th' reward fer popin' y e wen ye least 'expect et. notice it. wit th' naked eye. f.ellers 111 thet The dwarf relapsed into silence after this last re-posse over ';oul? ,t g_It d they mark and bent' his e?-er g ies to sending the boat along I: this an I am _turnm tnc_!<:. f;r. y e a t a fine pace under Its h e avy load . outlaws kept qu1te hard on, yer a c coun: ez I_ m d?m 1,t ter, their thoughts to thems el ves and they were even Wit some o them sma1 t y-elhcks m th var ot:s ones Thev knew that D warf Hank was talkmg posses.. In_fac' one o' them gang s they do .n't soun. d but they were not gifted with much in-. know 1t are pretty w:ell filled up Wit me own men. trospection qualities, and they managed to collect These fellers see ter It thet I grts .knqwlthems el ves and look mor e h opefuly on their future in' edge q' all goin' ter come, off Thet's how I spite of the depressing word s o f advice that had been kne.w where th men was posted. showered upon them. I see," replied Jesse. You had Y

20 'l'H E AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. from a shading tre e a nd whis tled once i n a shrill h igh key. I t was without d o u b t a si g n a l a nd Hank then g ave the oars two or three quick flutt e r s througl'l the water ,and the cra ft gently r a n hi g h up 0 1 1 a s hel\rit1g, firm sand y be ac h J esse l ooked about him. The p l ace was l q n e l y a n d w ild T he r ive r ran h e r e in a wide bend a n d t h e r e was quite a clump of trees about and. there was furt her mu c h s h e lt e rin g shrubbe r y. Jess e n o ti c ed tha t h aving g i v en the. s i g nal w hi st!"the m a n w h o had been s e en a mo m ent disap pea r ed, aM h e co uld n o t help c o mplimentin g the dwarf in hi s own mind, for n o t al lowin g any o f hi s friends who w e re assi sting him to be s e e n so tha t in c as e anything went wro n g later there wo. uld be n o pos sibilit y o f identific ation. S o on the entire party were a s h o re Altho u g h the sun was s hin in g bri ghtly and birds were s in g in g in the trees, no s o oner had the river bee n left o ehind as the three men hurried inland, tqan it seemed a s if ni ght had settted do w n so deep w a s the leaf y s hi e ld about them on all s ide s. It w a s e v id ent tha t a par t y of men either inl a n d o r o n the ri ve r co u l d n ever penetrate behind this 1 eaf y ca n o p y, and Jesse' s h eart beat f as t e r as h e saw t ha t for th e p re s ent h e and F r a nk wer e sa fe was a bso lutel y n o d a nger o f a surprise, fr o ni any p omt. S o fa r t h e dwarf had kep t hi s p r o mi se. H e h a d taken t h e two o u t laws away f rom their da n gero u s p r o x i m ity t o the vari o u s posse s s co urin g the country f o r t h em bu t whethe r h e would b e enabled t o get t h e o u t laws away o u t o f t h e da n ger zo ne wi t h out muc h t r o u b l e was something that J e s se knew, must b e left to time a l o ne. "Well, we co u l d hi de h e r e in definite l y murmured Fra nk "No o n e would e ve r fin d us. "That's t r u e w hi s pe r ed J e s e in r etur n bu t as f o r m e I'd rathe r get away and d o it qui c k tha n remain here muc h l o n g e r. 1: appreci a t e the f a c t t hat we hav e only t h i s dwarf to depen d on for our live s C a n h e help u s out of our h o le?" CHAPTER I X 'MAXW ELL HYDE T AKES ACTIO N Di s p irited beyond m e a sure but a s de termin e d as eve r t o arrest the n o t o ri o u s and cri m inal J a me s boys Maxwell Hyde sat in a r oo m in a f a r m h o u se not far fro m the p l ace where the m e n h e was s earching for w e re t r y in g to avoid h im. H i s f ace w as drawn w ith the e xertio n of the p as t few w eeks for he had b e e n a lt11os t c o n s t antly in the saddl e and had i n d eed tried h a r d to arrest hi s prey Had i t n o t b e en f q r t h e adroitness o f the owtlaws, h e w o u)d h ave b e e n s u c ces s f ul for p l a n s wer e weU l a i d an.d ni ne ti m es ou t of ten v i c t ory w ould have p e rch e d up o n hi s banners Maxwell H y d e w hil e dis pi ri t e d, was n o t c ru s h e d. He h a d a v a s t a m ount o f r e s erve f o r ce and a b ull-dog ten ac ity of purpose. He fe l t t h a t t h e i ss u e b etween himse lf and the two outlaws had narrowed s h a r p l y, a n d that in the n ex t fe w days t h e c r e di t for ca t c hing t h e bank-r.obbers a n d murd e r e r s w a s t o b e hi s ot they wer e t o see v i c t o r y perch upo n their banners The news of the l ooting o f the two banks, w hich w hil e in a mea sure p art o f e ac h othe r yet in a way wer e who ll y separate, h a d b ee n s pread wideca s t. M i s so uri was flaming with the de ed. Newsp ap er s were c a llin g upo n the ,State autho ritie s t o rise and crus h the James l:foys. The Western and :SoutnW estern Bankers Guild had been sending frantic messa g e s t lJ Maxwell Hyde askinghim t o take some actio n and he felt now that the eyes of the decent yvoild of M issouri were upon him. .. I don t care how lon g it takes. I d o n t care how many y ea r s I may waste," Maxwell H y de muttered to hims elf "I'm going t o ,get the J a m es b oys and break up their gan g Or I m going s ix-foo t under the turf! \i\Then a man o f the c a lib e r of Maxw e ll Hyde makes s uch a statement it m ea n s o n l y o n e thing, and is ".,.,. that he or the o utl aws will have t o be buried, or, so -far a s th e are. c oncerned, if they are n o t buried they .are in jail. There was determina ti o n in the fa.ce o f l\.fax w e\1 Hvde as he sat and talk e d "over matters with !;is c o m p a nion Fred Felto n F elto n w as no l es s d e t ermine d but a t the same time not h o peful o f s u cces s He had begun t o f ee l tha t chas in g t h e o utl a w s \ vas n o t to e 'nd in s u c ce ss But he s till h oped. f o r th' e b e st. I have about g i ve n up the. id e a tha t the p oss e s are g oin g t o d 6 anything in the o f arresting Jesse and Frank James ," r emarked M a x well H y de. "The plan l ooked goo d t o m e but whe n I go t into it, it so m e h o w did n o t work. The two c rir H inal s h ave bee n ch a s ed b e f o r e you know, and were a w ily p air." "The c h ain you drew about cer tairi p a rts of t he w h e r e yo u were s u re t h e c rim i n a l s we1: e hid d e n d oes s ee m unproduc ti ve. T h e re h a s n o t b e e n the s li ghtes t s i g n of the J a boys h a s theie ? "Not the sli g l : t est! T h ey s ee m to h ave faded a way. " D o yo u think they are i n this c o u n try? ::Yes. I figur e that thex have n o t left our v icinit y.'f I h a rdl y u m lers t a n d how you reas o n tha t o ut. " It is like this Had the J a:mes b qys escaped there would have been b y this tim e news o f some kind of an atta ck somewhere . o r othe r ; another bank somewhere would h ave bee n l oote d o r anothe r h o ld-up carried throug h o r atte m p t e d 'J.'h os e boys a r e not able to w ith stand anything l o n g tha t ha s in ,it c riminal loot. You ma:yrest tha t they c an't keep down l o ng. They wlll b e m the gam e s oo n and if they had escaped t hey w o uld hav e b ee r i at their old tric k s a long w hil e a go. Freel Felto n f elt tha t Maxweli H y de w as ri ght. H e h a d a g r ea t f o r the elder man's judgment and kne v y w ell o f h1s bravery, and it was with so m e curio s ity tha t h e a waite d further information .from hi s l eader. Maxwell Hyde pi c k ed up a small stic k o n the floo r the. r oo m opene d hi s p ock e tk nife and began whit tling 111 trwe Yanl<:e e manner. Someh ow he s e e m e d t o t h!n k .clea:er w h ei1 thus e ngaged. H e h a d turned ... .,. o ve r Jus m1.rtd every p ossible e o f the grav e qu estJo n b efo r e hun, and h e was certain in hi s own min d tha t the J ames boys had n o t e s c a ped throu g h the cordoq that he had pl a ced a:bout them. ' Tha t b e in g d etermine d the. next situatio n f a<:in g hi m was what was he t o d o a b out tt ? VVhere could he search f o r the two criminal s ? Tha t they w e re in hidinO' in' the imme dia l e v icinit y was in h is mind where? How c o uld they have escaped t he coraon. about them? Only b y hiding That was self-evident-. But w h e re w e re they hiding? H o w cou l d they be s ecreted? And b y whom? F;o r the purpos e of all possible paths, that might l ead t o the c ri m inal s, unles s sure that the -


THE AME.R!CAN INDIAN' WEEKL Y. 21 were not at the end of them, Maxwell Hyde turne d to young Felton, as )1e knew that Felton had Jived all his life in Mi lton, the trading center of the country and from his murdered brother' s affiliation with the' Milton bank, was in t ouch with every .one within a hundred mile circle fr o m the town. '.' here, Felto n, Maxwell H y de began, "you know this country pretty well d o n t you ? " I o u ght t o. I was b orn here a nd ne yer have bee n ten fr o m hyre in m y lif e-I'm n o w thirty ye; n s old." "Were yon employed in you.r b rother's bank?" Off and o n My brother and o n e othe r m a n owned the bank. They" g ave m os t o f t h eir time t o it and w h e n there w a s a rus h a b out c r o p-movin g time I u sed t o be call e d in t o w o rk in the b ank for a s pell. "Then you kno\y from tha t f ac t ne a rl y o n e about h ere?" Oh, certainly! Maxwell :Eiycle l ea n e d fo rward in hi s c h a i r and s topped whittling. He threw away hi s stick and fixe d his p i e r ci n g eyes o n Felton. 1 Now, F red," he s aid i s t h ere a n y one a b out h e r e that you woul d think capabl e o f h a r bo rin g the James boys?" It was a serio u s ques ti on. To a nswer i t woul d pro b a bl y thro w sus pi c i o n upon this or tha t one. The s u s pi c i o n w o uld b e f o llowed by some a c ti o n o n the part o f M a x well Hyde. In a country w h e re li v e s were snuffed out quickly and u se o f d ea dl y weapo n s the u s u a l a r gument advan ce d Felt on felt that he mus t b e c a r ef ul and n o t answer unl ess h e told all h e knew. I ll t e ll you M r. H y d e," Felton remark'ecl, "there's no end o people eve1 : y w h e r e in lVIi ssouri w h o are friend s o f the James b oy s in o n e way o r a n other. The boys are a dangerous pair. It's eas i e r t o be friendl y with them than t o ri s k gaining their enmity The autho ri t ie s 0ut h ere a c t rather s low. The James boys act rather sudden. S o many s t and t o h e lp the James boys covertly throug h fear. Just who these people are I can' t say. That is why I can' t tell who might aid the boys this trip, b y c o nce a lin g them from you until hue and cry i s o ve r and they can get off outs id e this country, safe and alive Maxwell Hyde specu late d over thi s answer in s ilence He saw that there would be no lead up this path. For, if the boys jus t r ode up t o an i s olated farm-ho u s e and a sked for shelter a :nd conc e alment, policy and persoi;al s af e t y mi ght actuate e ve n one who hate d the boys and their d ee d s, t o aid in sheltering them. But at the same time Max w ell H y de had an other idea in hi s mind H e s h o t it a t F e lt o n immediately . .. "Tell me then," he said, d o yo u kno w of a n y m a n out here who w ould be li a bl e to aid T esse w h o i s in the criminal, o r partly criminal class?, "Oh yes,'' r eturned Felt o n I know a cl1 a p calle d Dwarf Hank, who w ould he lp hi s fathe r murder hi s mothe r i f t h ere was en o u g h money in it for him." "That's better!" cri e d Maxwell H y de in a j oy ful t o n e "We are beginning to get so m ething now." "This .fellow i s a n awful type of dwarf. H e i s ab out thirty year s o ld n ow. He ca m e f r o m I do n t know where, and lives t h e life of a p a r t ial outlaw in the w o o d s, o r the botto mlands o f the M issouri Ri ver in the summe r ancl l n the fall has a s h ac k nea r the t own of M ilton. vVe...all t a k e him h e r e as a sort o f c ro ok, who deals in stolen goods-this part of the world is fill e d with petty thiev es There s a L eague of Fu1 l3tealers up in the North-West, who are also They send their stuff an ove r the worl d to be traded out, sold, or smuggl ed, and in Mi ssour i this chap, Hank, \'{hom we h

. THE AMEiUCAN INDIAN WEEKLY. light out of the s k y and f ro1med upo n i t. There was a colony of hawks whirling about the s ide s of the cliff and a,bout two-thirds of the w a y up there w a s to be seen a which jutted o u t f r o m the r oc k s A tin y rope led from this .tree down t o vvhe re the outlaws were and ,without D1-varf Hank grasped this rope and tave a stout pull. "Stand back, boys, the dwarf murmured. D o n t get hit! His word s w ere follo\\"ed by the fa ll o f a large package of something, an d the o u tlaws d odged back Dwarf Hank paid no attentio n t o the outlaws but instead jumped upon the pac kage and with his hands managed to open i t with ease and with deftne s s born without doubt o f lon g pt : ac ti ce. A rope ladder was di sclos e d t o his view. It was arranger! upon pulleys so tha t all that had t o be done was to pull at the rope and the ladder soon soared into position. It looked ve r y f r a il a g ainsl the walls of the beetling cliff but without a word, s a v e a i:wd and a curt glance upward, the dwarf clutched his rope in his skinny hands and swan 'necl up it lik e a sailor at sea. Jesse watched him open-mo ).lthed Frank was equally amazed. The tiny form looked ]ike a sprawling fly displayed as it was a g ain s t th e recldi' s h-rock y e arth of the cliff. But without l ooking down the dwarf reached the point where the tree grew o .ut of the side of the cliff, hurdled over it, and then looked down at the wondering outlaws; and shrilly called clown to them to follow him up the l a dder. Jesse gingerly felt of the r o pe It seemed small an_ d frail to him, and he wondered if it would take his heavy bulk up into the hei ghts ab o ve Frank steadied the rope as well as he could and after a time Jess e awkwardly began the a s c ent. His form swayed in the wind as the ladder was surmounted. 'and once or twice when he looked down and saw Frank far b elow him he was sick at heart and nearly ended his career of crime by dropping backward into the abyss. But he heartened 'up a little a f t e r a time and managed to stand still long enough n o t t o f ee l that he was l)ound to pitch to death. In a short time of climbin g J ess e managed to re3:ch the tree, tumbled over it. p e r spiring and b reathless and finally sat down in a dim 'place 11ollowed out in the rocks and awaited the a rri v al o f hi s brother. Frank f o r his part shut b oth eyes and climb e d. This method of procedure g o t him t o the t o p o f the ladder without many of 'the qua lm s tha t J ess e liad expeii enced. "I'm here for life," he remarke d t o T esse. If there's no other way out of this place I' in stranded forever. I'd never get sand enough to go down to the end pf that rope-thing even i f I did shut my eyes and shin up it." Jesse s mother-ed hi s lau ghter. He did n o.i: kno w "what to do save to hope him s elf that there was another way out, and when the question of 1 e xit was put to the dwarf he only winked and remarked that the only way out was the way they had c ome in "What i s this place? a s k e d Jes se. "It's the last stand of Hank ," the dwarf cried. "I know that some day peo pl e a b o u t here will be hunting for me. I'm young t o di e S o, in the several hiding places that I have made f o r m y self in thi vicinity so that the hue and cry whic h i s b ound t o come for me will n o t find m e in thet It wos some yeah b ackth' place whar they w a s a lot of hawks thet built neo;t s in th' side o' th' clift I gets 'me a rope, an' I get s up hyar-then I fixe s up .this hy:ar rope-ladder g a me--here, we are s nu g a s we kin be an' ef theys any feller s thet try t e r git up h yar-well, you j _est wait!" A s he spoke the dwarf pulled the r ope up and soon snugly stowed away the ladder. Then he threw. the tin y r o pe out and turning led the way back into a small ' cavern. Jess e looked about him in some surprise. The cay ern was fitted up like the, one he had. first be _en. taken to by the dwarf. It was all very comfortable and very out of the way, and Jesse fe{t sure that he and F.rank cou)d remain hidden there for years-but then there was Maxwell Hyde! The feeling abont this man was mixed in Jesse's mind. He app'reciated that a detective was not to be very muchleared by him: No detective could solve the labyrinths of the outlaw mind, T esse felt sure, but here was a man almost an outlaw himse lf and he knew tricks hims elf . But 'then, the outlaw went on .in hi s s pe.culations how could Maxwell Hyde ever find the r o pe ladC!er, how steal up the hei ghts to this concealed nook? Impossible! So while their h ost went to work preparing a meal', the outlaw brothe rs sat dow n together and began talkin g over their fu ture. They c oncluded it was a black one. As long a s they were--where. they were, safety was probably theirs. If they started away from the dwarf they did .not know hqw long before they woqlc\t be captured. 'The thing I'm afraidof, .remarked Frank, "is th,at his dwarf will lay for our bank U-m-m," replied Jesse. He could hold us up for any sum he wanted to and make us put up on a threat that he woufd squeal. Don't you see? " Yes, I see. I also can drop hi m off the ledge there several hundred feet down into that canyon. He wouldn't make much more than a fly speck w .hen he hit the earth, I'll admit. but would pay me to see him tumble if he tried that tric k of holdii).g us up-don't l e t tha t get in your n o ddle. He w e m t hold us up, yQu can rest a ssured a little bit! f I'm glad to near it That' idea being out of my n o ddl e what's the game for us now?" Y o u mav search m e How do I know? 'What can I do? I m stumped! I'm just going to drift a bit and let it go at that. The!e'S'"nothing' to do now but wait. I hav.en't a plan yet but to wait and s ee where we are at. We can't get through this g-ame by fightiqg through. If we g e t off at all it will be due to the .. .,.'dwarf to him alone-so let's get some supper! During supper ther e was not much conversation. The situation was felt t o be serious. .No on..e was in the mood for talk in any way. Jesse was moody and Frank w-as equi: tlly non-communicative. So tl!e meal passed and the dwarf finally after a smoke, decided. to go to bed while his two companions after a time followed him. / Theh slumbers began about the time that H yde and his ._party started away from the point where thev had met for the farm-house. They were not a me;-ry party. All appreciated that the hunting down of the two outlaws was a -dangerous undertaking. Buf Maxwell Hvc!e .who led them was-sure that he had'


" ...... THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. 23 was glad that lin e of thought a cluet o .the of the Jame s b oys, and h e elusio n in hi s own mind and di d nbt say ml1c h t'o the othet:s in the party, buthe man traveling al o n g the same leg the march direc tl y to the of the. Mls had reached the same point. s ouri River. "Well, we s hall s e e," remarked M a x well Hyde. Beside H y de marche d Freel Felton 11:ti the "Later we : will probably kno\v w h ether we are right t emainclet of the party of eig-ht -c o mingon in strag-or VTOng-now let' me see. I am in structed to take a gling: order behind thes e two m en. The nig-ht was boat here. I had arranged to hav e two here at this' but there was enoug h radiance from the sta r s t o point. The y were t o be h ,idcle n in the shrubs al .ong give an opportun.ity to the ri1en to pick their way along the ri ver bank at the up-stre a m -sid e o f the bi g tree thetortuous way and in a few moments they were .here." ' standing. beneath the tree where onl y a few hours be-Maxwell Hyde for some time searche d about in the fore the two outlaws had awaited the t 'eturn of Dwarf-underbrush. At length he g a v e a low cry. He had Hank.' f ound the hiding plac e of. the boats and in a f e w more Hav e y ou any information as t o where t'he outla w s moments the entire0 party had e t 1 1barkecl. Maxwell are?" questioned. F reel in an underto:ne when he had H y de t oo k the oars in his stro n g braw n y hands and drawn Maxwell Hyde one !'ide out of ear shot. sent the b oat f o r ward with l o ng ev en stro k es. The strange thing happened t o me after you left," other boat foll o w e d him n o i se le s s l y. The darknes s of was the reply. "I was study in g -out the s 1tuation and the night made the scene one o f s te alth -and secrecy. heard some one a s kingf o r me d o w n &tairs. I went Tliere was hardly a rippl e on the surface of the river. dow.n and was met by a s lig-ht tiny fig-ure, all n1_tlffiecl-/ The Missouri flowed o!rward in its s t ately 'V{ate r to the ey, es tri a shawl. I don' t know who the person rats ca .me out from patches o f w eed s, bltnked at the w a s that had called but he thrus t into my hands a uncouth shape made b y the b o a t an d floppe d into the written missive and in it 1 late r found, some informa-water in terror. Night birds were i:ipn that lPrl me to thitik that the outlaws were in the screamed in awe of the strangers, made short rushes vicinity." in the air with their flapping wings 'and then sank ."I t\nderstand," replied Felton. "There were some back to their nests. All was ni ystery and solitude and rea so n s thenfor your .coming here." the two boats were as. stjll as if they had been painted, "This is ,t)1e only t :eason I h ave It i-s all I have. I .upon the ri ver which its elf w a s o nlY. the ri ver o f a don't know whether the informatio11 is correct or why picture. it was given to me." Maxwell H yde was ca reful t o dip his o9-rs deep to ft looks to nie as if some o ne knew where the out-take eac h stro k e with a clean sweep s o that no gur1.'laws were and had a grudge against and gave gling o f water w ould b etray to any watcher o n th. e th. e informatio n ) r o u are n o w p oss essed of t o have ri ver s id e boat s were passing. Thes e tactics come fitlcl the bandits." tun1 ecj the two crafts into g re a t hideo u s bulks o f pl :anYou never can tell. That is the way I con strued t o m things, s lowl y, at tim es swiftl y at othe r s hurryit, but the other h o rn t o our dil emma i s we in g w ith the ri ver its elf

THE INDIAN :WEEKLY. fla -sh the thought of treachery came to him. But in next breath he dismissed this feeling from his mmd and gave the rope a gentle pull. There fell at his feet directly, the rope-ladder that'had in the same. manner fallen at the feet of Dwarf Hank. Maxwell Hyde picked up the r o pe and quickly saw that it was a rope-ladder that was attached to its end. He debated in his mind what to do and coming to no conclusion held a whispered consultation with Fred Felton. Where did tl1at rope-ladder come from?" asked Felton quid;ly, as soon as he had the facts of their find straight in his mind. "I don' t know," replied Max ell Hyde. "It leads up s omewhere. I don't know where." What do you propose to do with our discovery? " I'm going up the ladder." Phew! That might mean death to you." "It; s all there's ldt to do. I'd go if o ld King Death stoo d on the top round ,of the ladder awaiting me! "I'll stand for a bout with o ld King Death. But I am not looking for one with either Jesse or Frank James." '" \iVell, the result would be the same. ; "Probabl y it would. But don t you think it fool hardy to go up that ladder?" Of course it is! I know it's the act of a fool to l a s cend it-but I'm going up, yotrcan bet you\ botto111 dollar!" . If you do, I'm going also ." Very good! Since we are botlu in this affair we, might as well go to the bye. -bye land together-if we go at all." What are you going to do with the others?" My plan js for we two to go up the entire distance. Big Ed Gray can then go up ten feet or so. The others of the party can hold the rope-it might be well for one or two b? ascend it a little ways. Then when I yell all better ,swarm up it like m_!ld and get into the fight tf there s any OQ.e left to ficrht with up there--" ,.., Or there's any o ne left to fight with at all." That's right! The plan o f campaign was r e lated slowiy in whispers to the others in the party. They fully; it. Then Maxwell Hyde placed hts keen Bowte kmfe between his lips, clenched his teeth _and up the ladder closely up the swaymg statrway by Felton. No s6oner had they reached the first twenty-five feet than Big Ed Gray hurried i1p to his post and all on the crround watched with beating hearts the two men as they swung hicrh in a ir in thair perilous ascent. 1 . c, Not a sound was made by "any of the party. Maxwell .Hyde got up to the nar'row s pace by the growmg out 1 from the s ide of the mountain without any trouble. He sank clown exhausted and was fol lowed by Felton wil? reached top unharmed. They looked down the dtzzy depth and sa. w that Big Ed Gray and the were slowly climbing to their posts, and then the tw0 undaunted men stole t0 one side o f the tree and laid down with their weapons in their hands ready to repel any attack. Crash! Something stirred in the gloom ah ea d of them. "There' tone. sot 11e one there," quavered Felton in a low \ This information was somewhat superfluous for in a wild tempest of wrath Dwarf Hank darted out from the cavern, having been awaken_ed 9Y the occult sense of danger that sometimes comes in one's sleep. The dwarf's voice shrieked and whistled as he plunged forward and looked over the side of the cliff. He the dark forms of Big Ed and his companions climoing far below him. He yelled in tear. . "Jesse! Frank!?' the dwarf cried. a Treachery:! We are attacked! Two other forms came rushing to the aid of the .dwarf. The latter with fierce oaths leaned over the side of the cliff He never dreamed that the men below him were MaxwelL Hyde and his party. Instead he thought it was some of the members of the League of the Fur-Stealers attemptmg to surprise and,. rob him. The dwarf drew his knife. "My re, vlenge is complete! Die, you fur' stealing. coyotes! shdeked the Hermit dwar.-lead,er, as he 'cut the 1ope ladder with his keen knife! .. Maxwe ll Hyde with no sound t 'ushed to the dwarf. He grasped him by the shoulders. The wiry mis s hap en man turi1ed like a snal\_e and sunk his teeth ipto the hands of his captor. Freel Felton turned ]1is revolver lo ose and the entir,e party in a seccmd was strug-gllng for life or deat h in the air, on the narrow ; ledge. CHAPTER XI. j INTO THE DEP'FHS TO DEATH. il :rviaxwef l Hyde gave' a fierce grov\rl as. he felt the farigs of the dwar s ink int'o his h ,ands . He raised him,. se lf and exerting. his great strength sent the rat--like / creature hurtling away rom him. ) Dwarf Hank gave one screech that rang over the din of the revolvers as he went flying-off into-the darkness.: down into the terrible canyon, where he fell by the side of the half sensible forms of the rmen who had fallen with tlie ladder as the qwarf cut the rope con fining it. The death o.f .the dwarf 'Yas instantaneo't1s. His bod'Y was driven a foot into the soft sand that, lined the canyo!1's &pth,and he quiver d -onee a 'nd lay s till, while aroun-d him trickled a g:reat stream of his life blood. As soon as he had straightened up from his deed of strength Maxwell' Hyde rushed back. The noise of the popping of revolvers had ceased-; He stumbled over the form of a man. It was that of his companion, Fred Felton.. : . He lifted Fred's arrt:f. Was he dead? Had he beer.i "., shot? Were the charging forms th"at had flashed dut : of the cavern after the dwarf two men, ] esse and' ., Frank James? Expectimg every moment to be Maxwcrll Hyde lifted the prostrate and ,limp form of his compa\.lion and felt for his heart. Was Ire dea1 ? No! Maxwell Hyde felt the faint pulsations under his hand and kne\:v: .that although he might be ... fatally wounded Felton was not dead. With swift.yet careful steps Maxwell rusht;d into the gloom and soon stood half with revolver in his readv hand, in the cavern where the' outlaws had secreted themselves. In the dim light. of a torch stuck in a crevice 'of.rock the br(!.ve man looked about him. Not a sou( was to be seen. He niade ct quick rush throug-h the cavern. No one was there. Then he ra. n back to the tree. Again he saw that on the. narrow


THE AMERICAN INDIAN wEEKLY. 25 ledge no one stood, and no human being was in sight save .the form of Felton who was now coming out of his insensible concliti'on and sat up groaning and wildly gazing about. he' started t o attend to his triend; s injuries Maxwell Hyde P!=eped down into the depths below hi-m. There he found a solution of his search. The trerpbling of a long line of rope spelled to hirn the manner in which he had again lost his quarry. By Hea ens! he groaned, "th,ey have escaped! T _hey slid down that rope not knowing how many men there were here in this party and caring only to get away. They dare d not remain and fight it out with me__;;. I wonder: were either of the outlaws wounded? r .J'he temarl..'Well Hyde sat down and as if his campaign had.been a great success, except as it really had been a succession of failures, he made a cup of coffee in a tiny sheet iron stove 1,1ear at hand, and soon began m aking a toothsome meal. "Y' ou bet! H e's 'mashed to a jelly One of the b oys fmind a big rpll 'of banknotes in his p ocket. I've got. it ready for you. All right! Some of you fellow s run back to the boats. See if they are all right. Freel Felto n got knocked out up here." Whew! Isn't killed? w :ere the fellers that ran by us?" "Jesse and Frank James. They were hiding up here." A chorus of oaths drifted back tq Maxwell Hyde . He paid po attention, however, but dragged Fred the cavern and then, after he had fumbled about and found some pine torches, lighted two and soon had 11is friend seated upon a pi l e of furs and be gan dressing his wounds. A long scalp-wound from a bullet was discover'E!d to have been the cause of Fred's temporary cessation. of hostilities. fired at the two men that came dashing Q .ut 'of her:e behind that ugly little dwarf," Fred explained. "Then something hit rpe a thundering thwack on the head and I didn't know anything until :r sat up and groat1ed. I guess I had a narrow escape." I guess you guess right," dryl y replied Maxwell Hyde. Few me n are sl].ot at by the James 'boys apd come back to earth -to tal k it ovef. what probably saved your l ife was the fact that in the and hurry of the sqrprise, one of the outlaws took a flying "See_ms plenty to eat and what this-yes, plenty to dri k MaxweU Hyde cried as he filled a cup with a good modicum of ,French brandy that stood on the table. Better shoot a ball into yourself from the outlaw' s store. 1t will do you more good than the baH that the James boys tried to put into your !1eacl.'1 Felton, feeling faint. was willing t o try the kind o f a "ball him and the potent stuff soon made him feel better, and after a few minutes he drew up to the table and ate sparjngly but with an appreciation of food that called forth a pleased remark from his superior offi c er. .You'll make a fighting-i11an yet, cried Maxwell Hyde. "I like to see a fellow live QJ1 the enemy. It does _my heart good to eat -the stuff enemy put up for h i mself. It's good business this' living on the enemy's copntry and is good generalship." "But where's the enemy (" "The good Lord only knows-I don't! He made a \; swift exit. Anyway we can congratulate ourselves on the fact that Jesse and Frank James know that we are afte1 them. It's getting so this part of the world isn't safe with those two sneaking rascals above g r .otmd -well, I've not had much luck in getting them

26 TH1h AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. still on their trail. I'll follow if 1 have to go where they scorch." "You won't hay e t o g o that far. You' ll get t!fem in o ld Mi s souri." "'' If I don't I'll hav e to be shown -the reason why. They are two slick outlaws, but no man is so slick that there is not s .omewhere or other a man living tl1at's just as slick as they are. I'm not throwing out anyidle jests but let me write it in the tablets of your memory that Mlied Jesse. "That's the extent' of mv knowledg-e." Where I am isn't bothering !Jle half so 111uc)1 as where. i I am to go to." I'm with you' there. Can't we steal horses somewhere?" ' vVhere? " At any farm-hous e as we did before." That won't go any more. We have set the co untry in arms against us. I'll bet there isn't a horse in four \ hundred that hasn't got a farmer !'e .tting along' side of it watching it, with a gun about "' long on his knees av.;aiting them bandits.' " Guess you're right! It won't do for us to try and steal a horse off a farmer-but we have got to get a horse-two in fact." "That's right We never cot.f ld this way. We have got to come over with a ne-W \game. ffhey are all on to our old wrinkles." Trust you fq_r thinking up something new! .. L Jesse did not reply. Instead he lighted his pipe and r -


. I ,. ... THE AMERICAN INDIA:N WEEKLY. 27 began s111oking out 'the situation. It a favorit'e attitude of the outlaw. He and his brother were in the center of a bit of securely hidden from any prying eyes, and it seemed best to stay where t\1ey were as the faint of cocks in a barnyard some where near af hand came to their ears and there was the gray blackness in the air which showed that the mo.rning was stealing on at spyed. 1 ' -" W will :Rave to lay here awhile," Jesse remarked at length. "We can't go out into the open. We would be s urrou'nde9 and shot like a couple of mad dogs before we got a hundred yaras. In fact I don't see a way out yet-that I tltink may come. Wish I had something to eat." "So do I. But I don't dare to cut out of here. Look! There comes the morning! The air was now clear of the fog that rises along the Missouri River after the sun goes down. The twitter of awakening birds, the hum of bees ; the scent of wild-flowers drifted to the outlaws, but still they lay supine and fearful wondering what lucky stroke they might take that would lead them to safety. They felt each in his heart that there was not much that they could do but await deyelopments. But when the morning had broken and jt was, they thought, about seven o'clock, judging from the sun for the watches of both men 'in their had been allowed to rt)n down, Frank proposed that they reconnoiter a bit. "My 'plan is to wiggle t}].rough this brush, keep-ing rriysel hidden and see if r can get my bearings." Jesse 'at first was averse \O prating with his brothe r ;but finally gave in and the two men separated, Frank hurrying away through the bushes like a serpent, while Jesse rem'ained behind to solace hims e lf with another pipe full of tobacco. Frank to his surprise had not wiggled along five hundred feet before he came ro a highway. It stretched white and glowing in the sun far away to the left 'and right. Frank concealeci. himself in-.the tall grass at the road side and awaited developments. These cad!e quickly. He saw approaching him a wago n loaded with farm produce, and he surmised in a moment that the wagon was on its way to Milton with farm stuff aboard. --' A country lad sat dozing on the seat of the wagon, the reins dangling on his horses' backs. Frank examined the horses. He saw that while they were not of the caliber used generally in Missouri' for riding that at least they were young horses and wot1ld probably answer the purpose to which he proposed putting them.' Frank wiggled to a better position nearer the road side. Then he awaited the moment when the wagori would be opposite him. The country boy still 1dozed on his seat. The names of the. outlaws probaoly were not in his mind' and he had forgotten the troubles attending a weary ride to town as he sat half asleep trusting 'that his horses would keep to the oft trodden road w'ithout needing guiding. Frank stole softly behind the wago n and with a leap like-that of a tiger-cat jumped to the rear part of the rig and quietly crept forward he stood behind the half sJ'eeping lad. Then F:rank's hands closed upon the throat of the lad. There was a mi..1ffied shriek of surprise and then Frank 'puliea-the boy ba_ckward, laid him half in the .bottom of his own wagon, gagged and bound him with the speed that comes from long practice, rushed td. the horses, stripped them of their harness, all a bridle, and then tying the two brutes to the hind wheel of the wagon, ran with fleet feet to the place where he had left Jesse. He found his brother asleep. Which spoke wef! for the nervous system of the outlaw! r Frank shook his brother not too gently. Jesse awoke with his hand on. his revolver but when he sawr Frank smiled and nodded. "Anything doing?" Jesse asked. ., You bet! replied Frank. I've got some horses!'' Horses? Where did you get them?"' Off a farmer.) "Good boy, Frank! Tell me about it." Frank related to Jesse all, that he had done anrl Jesse's eyes snapped with pleasure at-the recital. He saw that his brother had some of the family traits of organi'zation pretty well developed also. Come on then," 1 ] esse cried That's the stuff! V\T e have a look in at an escape." But hisheart was heavy after all. What chance was there with so many enemies surrounding him of escaping from them? He well knew that every road somewhere or otber was / guarded., He knew that there was still the terrible armed circle of men around him and that go which way he might,' sooner or later he was hound to meet some of his foes. .That the farmer boy had passed with a w agoft and horses was a stroke of luck of course. vV.hen Jesse saw the horses his heart sank further his breast. He whistled in amaze arid then into a jolly laugh. .Do you call these horses?" he asked. "They aren't horses_! They're crowbaits. Neither of _them can go_ more than five or six miles an hotir." You remind me of the nigger and the turkey on Thank-sgiving eve dryly returned Frank.' "He was carrying a scrawny turkey along the street and another nigger who had' no turk met him. 'Say, I'd throw dat turk 'way; he ajn't no good,' sez the nigger with no turk. Beats nuffin all ter the debbil' cried the nig ger with. the,turk." Jesse roared. He saw-the force of the story and made the pointed application quick. Yep," he said. "These horses beat nuttin all to (he debbil' and they just do that and JlOt much more." We can't go five or six miles an hour walking. These horses are a good deal like a dollar at a farobank. You don't know what they will lead you up against.'' "That's tight! Mount and ride!" The did not even look at the farmer boy, in the bottom of the wagon. and they started off, riding b;u-e-back, and leaving the boy to his own medita-tions. . Y The youth, Tim Bennett by name, was not so much of a farmer" as the Ja-mes boys thought. He knew about them and the hue and cry raised them. His father was with one of the posses. A brother waS" with another and the only reason he was not outlaw-chasing was because of the need for some one to be left to haul the growing crops from t;he farm t o market. Timothy BeQnett when he. had been grasped by Frank .Tames tumbled in a second as to what had befallen him. He gave himself up for lost an'd felt happy to think that he had been merely choked and gagged, and laid in the bottom of his father's wagon, while the outlaws stole away with the


I; 28 THE AMERI<:::AN INDIAN WEEKLY. f hors es, instead of being shot and killed at once, which The jail that would see u s i s n t b uilt. 111e en-was more of a James boys' trick than the one he had raged con<;lition of the men in this country would prosuffered the effects of. In this case, however he did duce a rope and a tree fo r each of u s -say, Jesse, n o t know that the fear of making too much noise b y a I'd half lik e to see you d a n cing on air!" shot had s aYed his life f r om a bullet. Frank James had 'Th a nk you but n o n e of that for mine. I'm going lost hi s Bowie knife down the rope escape h e had made, t o l oo k out for myself and not get caught where I've and was f oned from his r easons for secrecy, rather got t o dance to another fellow's music. Don' t you than from human motives to treat Tim as h e had done. think I'd get caught i f the posses closed in on u s nqw. The m oment that the outlaws were off o n the I'd rather take mine from some one's gun in a fight." hors es Tim Bennett g o t busy. His seventeen year s "So would I-shake!" of life on a M issouri farm had taught him something The outlaws thus sealed a compact between them anct he strain ed at the r ope w ith 'which h e had been that they would never snrrender but would fight to tied with all his might. I t was a rope that h e ld the grim death's doors if the made t hi s act ne ces rearb oard o f the wago n in p l ace, and T i m kne-vv that sary. it was a new r ope He knew also that ne w r ope Well jog that horse of yours," remarked Jesse. stretched. In a remarkably s h ort time Tim had "Is that the best yon can d q t o get speed out of him?" stre t ched him s elf out o f hi s b onds and had r e moved "The best, Jesse. Say I hit him with this club and h i s gag fr o m hi s mouth and was speedin g up the road he sticks his head up and galloping. He goes in the oppo it e di rection t o the bandits at a pace through all the motions of going ahead faster but he's hardly t o be thought possibl e fr o m a pair of stout legs jus t like a rocking h o r se He jumps up and down in The s ight of a running y outh was the o n e that Max-the same The harder I hit. him the more he w ell H y de saw n o t an hour later. The boy came jumps." H ying down the hill. w h o was jus t m ounting "l\'Iy horse seems to take a n y blow I him as a hi s horse, s urrounded by three of hi s men, and F red personal affront. Instead of resenting the blow or J:ile l t o n, all that was left of the ill fated party that going ahead he jus t sinks down tamely under the in hurried afte r Jesse and Fran)< James the ni ght before, suit. He wrinkles his skin and shudders a piece about the res t being in the hospital e nd of the campaign, a foot square and every blow I gi \re him merely ends kne w the moment that h e saw T im Bennett that i m hi s sagging back in stead of going-ahead." there was news of Jesse atid Frat).k James. Maxwell Vv ell lick them all you can! }-] y de s-traightened up in In is saddle and a g-leam of This double-barreled a dvice worked fairlv well. The pleasure hi s face. A lthough d efeated h e was horses, old farm "skates," managed to get better speed no fool. It. i s a w a y s far ea sier to escape, on'the part out of their work and after a time of j ouncing the two of two men than it i s t o capture the two on the part men stopp ed before a sign board and debated what of many men. So MaxweU yde await ed with interes t t o d o The sign board said in blac1< letters as it stood the tale of the running lad. \ at a fork i n the road-1 Three miles t o Milton; two Say, I ve see n Jesse and rank James!" panted miles t o North Milton." Tim Bennet'!:. In spit e of himself Jesse roared .-, Wbe r e? snapped I-:Iyde. "If the re's any two town s on the m ap t11at we About an h ur' s run down the roa'd, saict Tim as d o n t want t o get into it is those two. h e cried. he went on t o tell hi s stor y \i\Th e n he had finished, "\i\T ouldn 'tit jar you to sm1ack UJ) agin that sign-board M 'axwell Hyde and the po se rode awa: at the best t o find that the 0 nl y places 1-ve d on't want t o g-et to are s peed hors e s had iQ., them. O nl y a n h our's start,. the ones about u s?" and motmted on two horses? t hought Maxwell Hyde. "It certainlv is the cusseddes luck. I'm amazed at it The horse s fhe outlaws rode could not carry them all. No m atte r which way we go we seem to get fast e n ou g h to e scape the fast that he further up agains t it. Mounted on two farn, 1 horses, and hi s c ompanio n s wer e mounted upon. In the minCI' \ Vithin a short clistanc of two towns, that we are anx of Maxwell Hyde the capture of the two outlaws, i o u slv awaited in with the c ountry alive with searchJ es s e and ramk Jam es seemed certain. in g ti1en it doesn't look to me as if we were going to have the times of our live s this trip!" CHAPTER XIII. T r,E E N D OF THE TANGLED SKEIN. The outlaws pe r fect l y t111cons cio u s that there was nearin g t)qem such active danger, j ogge d al o n g in the sweet m orning a:ir with the fall sun shining on fields t hat were approa ching crop per ec ti o n talking as t hey went of some method of escape. "Do y o u kn0 w a nything about this r oad, Frank?" a ked T 71" N -o-o," replied Ji'r an,k. "Not t o speak of. This' part of the country was l a id out by a cow I guess. The roads tw'ist and twine, and diYerge and mi x \nto each other so, t hat when you are on o n e r oad you find your sel suddenl y o n anothe r one. The entire road system in their infant days cif M issouri it seems t o me, were laid Ot)t by a CO'vV as it went grazin g a l ong." "That' s an_ apt ill pstratio n But even so The greatest labynnth has so me way o ut. \ Ve have got t o get out this trip or get in-jail!" "How much cash d o vJe get if we get away?" "Taken all in all I figure' that between us we will clean up about fort y t-o f o rty-five thousand dollars in good money." "That's going some! It's o n e of the bes t game s we ever pulled over. 1 "From a money standpoint it i s. The boys are all broke back home and when we stake them all I g-uess we ought t o have a little left to k eep the rainy days away. " Then Cole Younger i s out--" "Y-e-s-the tro ubl e with Cole is that he 'takes too many chances I e don' t seem t'o get t o the boodl e the way we do. His raids of country banks d o n t s eem to pan out as much as they might-but then he is .hol ding-up smaller institutions where there ain't so mucn ca s h as we get to. "How'd you like to git to New York or Chicago or St. L o ui s o r Kansas City and touch l-IP a bank there?"


-. ,..,..-.r-:THE AMERICAN INBIAN WEEKLY. This fired Jesse' s ''Like to?" he snapped. "It' s the dream of my life! One good big bank like that-would be en o u g h f o r mine. I'd quit 'this business you bet in short order." J uclging from the rewards being offered for us dea d or alive it wou'lcl pay the authorities to set a bank a side for you to loot up, eh?" Might b e a good {>lan! ::..;othing more was said for a time. Then Jesse asked Frank if he knew any road that could be reached by going cross-count. ry. His idea was that it might be a good plan for him to lead a clash over to this road for it wa s manifest on its face that it would be pretty, dangerous to go to either Milton or North Milton; there were ghosts there, and real men besides, that it would be well to take a wide space to get away fr o m. "y -e-S," t thought Frank. "we might find most any kind of a road any way we go-but I would think in my mind that the easiest way out of it would be to rush across to the left. The going seems merely a succession of fields that have been tilled until they are as level as a floor." The two men took down the bars of an old-fashioned five-barred rail fence 'that stood near and led the animals into the field. Then Frank put up the fence and they remounted and r,ode through a field with a second growth of clover in it. It was a sylvan scene. The bees were humming about; a flock of crows were cawing over head as they circled about and Jesse in spite of himself grinned in pleasure. There's nothing like the country in an early fyll m orning, he well knew. Neither .outlaw. said a w.ord. The e was no use for conversation. T,wo men mounted on unstable plugs, surrounded by men bound to arres t and kill them, can not say much' to each 0ther; the time for conversation was about over. The men at length entered a clump of chestnut trees and then skirted a long fringe of maples and soon c ame to the rail-fence that marked the other side of an 'extensive farm. They took clown the rails, led their horses through, put the rails again, so that no passer-by would s ee any c hal)ge in the fence, and came ou( upon a high-road that led directly in the way they wished to take. which was merely the aimless direction aw.ay from Milton or North Milton. These roads are the queerest I ever saw," remarked Jesse.. . \iVhat makes you think that?" "They seem to be gifted with the faculty o f going in everv direction " don't seem to be gifted with the of going in a direction to allow u s to our sneaks," scoffed Frank. ''Right. my friend! But you forget one thing and that is that we are alive" yet!" And .that we are also uncaptured." "And we aren't wounded seriously." That's so! "That we have good guns and plenty of ammunition." "Not to say empty stomachs!" "And horses that are wonders, nothing less, than 1 t'eal wonders! "Now with all that I'm going to take one more chance." "What's that ? " I'm going to eat! " Eat what, the horses?" N-o. I'm going to stick up the first farmhouse we come to and mak' e any one there give me some real food. Food and l0ts of it is all I want. They can just keep their accursed gold. It' s food for mine!" Come on then-I can' t fight on an empty stomach. 'vV e'Jl hold up the fir s t commissary department you ever heard of, and make who ev e r is in charge The outlaws hurried along to where they saw smoke coming out of a hollow. The y got as near to the vapor as they dared and then they secreted their two plugs in a thicket and boldly walked out into the highway the house.' A w oman was frying some bacon in a big pan back on a rickety stove. She was a tall woman, gray haired and with faded blue eyes, her back bent with long years of toil. She wore a gown of that uncertain quality of goods called in Missouri home-spun. By the side of the woman sat a faded out old man. He was at the end of the skein of life and his bouts with the world had given him so many unforeseen. falls that about all the spirit was crushed out of him. The room around him bore hardly any fittings. There was a deal table, a few half useful chairs, and that was about all. Poverty was written all over the place. Home of a poor white," murmured Frank. "And very poor at that," whispered Jesse. Never mind they may give us something to eat." If they've got enough for themselves we are lucky to get a crumb from that. I 'guess this ain' t a place for gun-play." 1 As he spoke Jesse drove ip. the door softly with his great fist. The man l,ooked up but not in surprise. That emotion had left him years. ago. Lo, stranger, the faded man said. The woman adjusted her spectacles and smiled and continued frying bacon. The heavenly odor made Jesse and Frank eye, it like famished wolves. "Hello!" Jesse growled in answer to the man' s 'salutation. "We are strangers as you see. We don't know at1y one hereabouts and we were trying to get t o Milton. 'vVe are off the road in some way. I don't know how we got off it but we are, and we haven' t had any breakfast and have been up' since sun-up riding. V\T e hitched our horses back a bit and traveled here oh foot. They are done up and we don' t know what to do." I kin fix ye," the old woman said. 1 They ain' t much t' eat hyar but you ails is welcome t' what we hez. Thar's some bacon an' them chickuns out thar hez laid some eggs an' ef one o ye boys will take yar, hat an' gq eout an' hunt' some aigs ye can have meat an' eggs er yer brk'ast. " You go," said Frank in an undertone to Jesse, with a gleam of amnsement in his e yes to think that an outlaw mnch sought for his deeds of blood, was reduced to hunting aigs in advance of a breakfast in a poor white home in Missouri. "Nq you go," snapped Jess e who appreciated the joke. \iVe'll both go," at l ength cried the formidable brothers. and they laughingly started out and in half an hour returned with aigs enough to feed the family. "Why whar ye git th'm?" queried the old woman, "m, e an' my ole man ain't so spry as we uster be, an' we didn't think them hens never laid no more aigs like them." Jesse explained that the hens had hidden their nest' s


' 11 30 THE AMERICAN INDIAN in the top of the rickety litt l e b arn where there were a few whisps of hay s till t o be He explained that he had climbed a lad de r and g o t the eggs while his friend had held the ladder. "We ain't et much lr:ttely the woman said. "Times is hard hyar. We ain't gain' t stay much longer, the old man remarked with tears in his eyes. 'In .answer to Jesse' s adroit questio n s the old fel'low sobbed out his troubles. His w if e and he were all that was left of a large family. They had bought the ten acres about them five years before. They paid a few dollars down and the rest was held on a mortgage. They had lost their horse and could not buy another. Tl-ie ani mal had foundered in a bog. Now they were about to lose all they had as the mortgag e was about to be fore' closed. "I'm pooty old ter git a fre s h start, cried the old wreck. Jesse looked at him and fel t'that he got a start any where in the race o f life. He was h@pe lessly left at the post in the start. No hope now of even seeing the distance flag fall. Hel d never last to the quarter mile pole. "An jest think," garrulously rambled on the old relic. "Thet feller what's goi_n' ter git this teenty place hes a thousand acres Half a mile away he has got moren fifty thoroughbred running horses what's bein' bred fer the boss market-say, he don't. need my little po-ten acres, sho, but he'll git it! He will 2'it it! Horses! Thoroughbreds! And near at hand! Jesse's smiling eyes lo,oked into the laughing ones of Frank. Here was a strpke of luck they had not reckoned upon. horses in a field right near them? It would be a wonder of the ages if they didn't "get to" those in some way, Jesse said. But he made no remark to the old couple of hi s intentions Instead he ate his breakfast of bacon and aigs," corn-bread and meat, the yellow corn meal of the South-Wes t and the razor-backed hawg," and drank his alleged coffee with grea t gusto. No meal cooked under happier circumstanc e s ever tasted so good to the two outlaws. They were nearly famish ed and hunger makes most any meal go good. "Now farmer," remarked Jesse as he drew away from the table, have you got a piece of rope?' The wondering old man produced one about twentyfive feet long. He hande d it to Jesse. "Farmer," added the outlaw, "how much do you owe on this place? " Tree hund' dollaws." "That would get you out clear?" Shore. But I'll never s e e thet m uch! Jesse pulled a r oll o f bill s out of fiis pocket. He co4nted out five hundred dollars. Frank laid five hundred on top of Jesse's pile and remarked that he'd chip In too. Jesse gave the money to the aston ished farmer and told him that the cash was in small bills and could be used any time. It was pointed out by the outlaws that the couple had better account for the cash by claiming that so me friend "N'oth" pad seHt them the money t o cle a r off their place, and that what was over would buy another mewl" and would help the old couple to a start once more. Showered with bles s ings the tw. o men rushed away. They refused to give their names and the old couple kne w t o wh o m they were in.debted for the fr es h start" they had been gi_ven; which was better than to know that two outlaws o f such infamous lives as the James boys had given the in cash! In half an hour Jesse and Frank had "roped down" two likely young horses. Frank had hurried to the old farm c attle, taken their bridles, turned them loose and had then placed tlJ.e bridles on the newly captured .hors e s, and were g aily dancing down the road under the. s pringy strides o f the fresh young animals. This looks good to me," Jesse cried. What did you get' off the old woman whom you were buzzing, .while I was talking to tl1e old man, Frank?" "I g o t a l o t o f news . It seems that she was full ofinf ormation of the posses out after 'them J ames'es critters' and she t o ld me that the only way she knew of thet them critters' could escape would be by riding down this road we are on for half a rriile and then taking the one that turned to the left She .said that road was the hi ghway leading to Northen1 Missouri, and was the onlv -road about liere that 'the critters' could escape She added that if the critters diqn't hit that road that they were caught without doubt." "Well, I'll guarantee that they will 'hit that road' in ten minutes," laughed Jesse. we are going to escape it seems to me-what's that?" In the moment of his apparent victory the outlaw saw ahead of him, in a shady place under some maple. trees that lined the road, a company of ten or fifteen men. A camp fire showed tpat they were bivouacing along the road and were getting a meaL Horses were tethered in an adjacent clover patch. The men were off duty" apparently, for no sentries were set and, 'ap luck would have i't, the party was none other than that headed by Maxwell Hyde, .which had returned from .. another fruitless run after the outlaws upon the information fur-nished by Tim Bennett. They had 'not expected that they would get any traceof the outlaws on their way back and they were getting some-thing to eat in sullen despondency. .T esse saw his only chance. He took it quickly. He dug his heels into his horse's side and tore down the road at a wonderful burst of speed. Frank fo-l lowed his example. In 'one grand rush the outlaws dashed by the camp of their pursuers arid were over the brow of a hill beyond them, and away like ened rabbits before any of the men could draw a weapon. Maxweli Hyde was the first to see that the outlaws -again had outwitted him. "They have escaped, boys! he cried calmly. Don' t try to follow them. Their horses are fresh ;w_ hile they have escaped us 1 time-just wait, 'it' s a 'long lane that has no turning '! , There was a sparkle in the eye of Maxwell Hyde that boded disaster to the two outlaws, who, at all events for the present; were safely out of reach of1his revolver.., But there is always a to-morrow! THE END. The 'next issue will be Ame1ican Indian Weekly, No. 27, Entitled THE CURSE OF CORONATION GULF, or THE OuTLAWS OF BLUE WATERS. t


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