Doom of the bandit brothers, or, The demon renegades

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BY COLONEL SPENCER THB ARTHUR WESTBROOK COIPIIY, CLEYKUJD, OHIO, U. S. I. Published Weekly., By Subscription, $2.50 per year; $1.25 for 6 months. NO. 28 Copyright, 1911, by The Arthur Westbrook Company. CB;y Colonel Spencer Dair. CHARACTERS OF THIS STORY. CAPTATN P ERCY FoRREST U. S. A .-The brav e command e r of the Fifth United States Cavalr y stationed at Camp near Independence Mi s souri. The gallant young officer who had won his spurs as an Indian fighter in '' the far \;\/est was i forced to .take up deadl y combat against a 'gang o f outlaws who had been murdering peaceful Missouri citizens, holding up banks, burning the barns of farmers, and at length united their forces for the purpos e of joining in a gigantic raid which was to e;xtend over a wide area in the South-West. Captain Forrest, in his attempt to put down lawlessness, figured in the storm center which must follow a man who attacks bandits of the despeliate h e was forced to face. LmuTENANT AND ADJUTANT OscAR FRIEND, U. S. A-A fighting man, Wes t Point bred, whos e duty was to aid his Commander Captain Forrest in the dangerous work of attempting to uproc;>t the band of outlaws. Like his companion, Captain Forrest, he found his work cut out f o r him. LlTTLR vVILLY' McKI NNEY-A d e sperado who le.d a mutiny against the leader of his band. The swift vengeance that was meted out to him was carried out with an outlaw's cunning and cruelty and makes a crimson stain in its recital. CHAPTER I. OUTLAWS AT WORK. "Boots and saddle!" The long shrill s6und of a bugle echoed over the parade ground of the Fifth Cavalry, United States Army, stationed near Independence, Missouri. As if MusH Y COHEN-This trucul e n t ou t la w knew what it w as to feel the heavy hand of Fate upo n his ' s h o u l d e r when h e dared to re s i s t the auth o rity of h i s desp e r a d o commander. H e suffered a dreadful punishment in company w ith his fellow conspirator, Little Willy McKinne y "RoARING BJLL" BRADLEY-A dance-bou s e keeper in the town of N a y o, Mis s o uri who shot off his mouth about the outlaw who was devastating the country and who looted t h e bank in the town o f N a y o Forced to engage in a dance of death, he finally falls b e n ea th t he avenging pistol of the outlaw. FRE D STAUNTON-The unfortunate coach dri ve r of the Nayo and Independence stage-coach This vehicl e w as he l d up by a desperado who with a refinement of cruelt y hardly credible, murdered the unfortunate driver EDWARD FILKINS-A y oung man of Nayo Mi s s ouri, wh o wa s killed because he had engaged in a gun-fight with one of the outlaws and had shot him . THOMA S S IMPSON-An aged farmer who w as killed jus t as he had a s sisted two bandits t o e s cape from the i r pur suers. MRS. LEONARD FILKINSM other of Edward Filkins who was forced to burn her own home after her only son had been1_ m1,1rdered by outlaws. the sound had turned into life all the pent-up activity in the camp, there came flying from every direction many uniformed men. Then there came the rush of horses' feet and almost before the of the bugle ha:d diea away, the troopers of the regiment were in thejr saddles and were drawn up in ljne as their com-


THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. mande r, Captai n Per cy Forr e s t r a n from his quarters and vaul t e d u p on t h e b ac k o i a spl endid g ray stee d. '!.' he comman d e r was fo ll o w e d b y L i eute n \ ant and Adjutant Osca r Frie nd. ''Trot! Ga llop! thun d e r e d Captain Forrest. Like an a val a n c h e lo osene d b y mountain rain, officers an d troop e r s . swept into the cool gray air of an early Missouri m orning and swung a thundering mas's in to a bro a d h ighway and a t utmost speed started upon a campaign of blood "What's aske d Adjutant Friend of. Captain P e r cy as h e swun g hi s h o r se alongside of the straining anim a l ridden b y his comm anding office r. ' A m ess eng e r j ust arrived a t the cam p ,'' s n appe d Capt ain Forrest. in ferna l outlaws a r e up aga i n We are aske d t o c om e t o the ass i s t anc e o f the citi z ens of a littl e town a bout ten m i les from h e re. 'rhey have b e e n pent-u p in the town try ing to kee p the outlaws from burnin g i t .'' ' W hat i s it 1 Anoth e r on e of t 1 1 ese confo u n d e d :!'.f i ssour i "I'm afraid it is." "Do you k1iow wh o t h e o u t l aw s a r e ? "No, I do n ot, but I h ave m y su s pi c ion s "Do you think we'll b e in "God onl y k n ows but I h o p e s o -yc..,r e must n o t c:;pare our c:attle." D o yo n kno w ho w m a n y men there a r e in t h e o ut law ranks ' ' Th e mess e n ge r said a b o u t twent y. H e adde d that the o utl aws attacke d the li t t le town early t his morning There h a d b ee n a fight in a d a n ce h all in the p l ace the n i g h t b efore, an d a m e mb e r o f the ga:n g of outl aws h a d l J een woun d e d Yo u k n ow 110w thos e things go in a M i ssouri tow n i n these early s eventies. Th e r e is a d i spute, s o m eone l e t s off a gun, of resorting to his fists, as d ece n t A m e rican c itizen s should d o a f e l low gets a p uncture d hide, rushe s aw ay, g ath e r s to a band of o utlaws. an d returns to shoot up the town The n we so ldi e r s are appeal_ed to, and wh e n w e g e t t h ere --" . ' 'J'he troub l e is all over and t h e r e a r e h alf a dozen m e n k ill e d a number of wom en frightene d h alf t o d ea t h a n d py the t i me w e ge t there the di sturbance i s all. over. Th e slightly cy ni ca l remark s o f Adjutant Friend w el'e a n s w ere d by a no d. Th e com m and s w ept forward 1mtil on t h e horizon a few mil es a.; way, a thi c k bl ac k smo k e t i p eel w i t h tongues o f fla m e s h o w e d that a large fir e 'Was ragin g No w an d t h e n. o n t he c o o l sweet air. (ja.IJ;l e t h e so u n d of exploding rifl e s and r evo lv e r s. B y t hunder, t hey'r e a t it! "mutte r e d Capta in For r e s t ' Ride h ard. bo vs ' Everv troo e r in tl{e c o mm an d spurre d an d w hipped t h e 110is e s until at l ength as t h e cav a l ca d e hurr-i e d aro n n d a turn i n t h e r oad. s a w a l a r ge buildin g of fram e i n t h e cente r of a t in y ham l e t. n est lin g clo$e t o r.. high m o untain. wreathed in smoke "By Geo r ge crie d .Adj utant F r i end, " t h e out l aws a r e burning t h e bank! "If the y h av e n l oot e d it! c ri e d Ca ptain F o r r e st. 'l'h e gallant comm a nd e r p ull e d his r e volv e r from its h o lster and l ea ning o ve r hi s hors e s n eck in the a bandon of the per fec t riding of a Unite d State s Cava lry office r wh irle d down upon t h e belea g u e r e d 1 v ill age fo llow e d b y hi s c omm and, every m i m with whi t e set face and c l enc h e d teeth, eage r to engage in .. > a com bat with tlie o utla w s, w h o c oUld b e s een dashing hi t h e r and thithe r throu g h the town, and a s "the rescuers appr o ac h e d near e r t h ey could see that t he citiz ens w ere maki n g a brav e fig h t ---, -.. A t a word of command f ro m Captain_ Forr:es t, ,the soldi e rs tias h e d i n t o op e n o r der an d the n ext m o m ent, a s their c ommande r r a ised hi s r ev ol ve r and s ent a sh o t at on e of t h e o u t l a ws, ev ery t ro ope r turne d l oose . L o o k o u t, bo:ys! H e r e c om e s s oldiel,'s 1:" shouted a 'tali stal w a r t, brown -h ai r e d man w h o w a s,, riding a bay horse. ''Get o u t of this '' 'j, As v vas us u a l i n raids of t h e c h a racte r tha t t h e o u tlaw s we r e fig u r ing in t h e mi sc rea;nts scatte r e d like f r ighte n e d s h ee p .. Th e t r Q op e r s c h ase d the m hithe r and' t hither and Captain Forres t w ho se a im wa.s d eadly, ,. laughed as he saw an ontla w s i n k f o rward on.' his h ors e 's n eck and w ildl y clutc h a t the a nim a l 's ma1ie. ' I got o ne, anyway, ' c r ie d Captain F orrest r h e r e v vas a running fight fo r a mile, but i n the fie r ce sweep f r o in the ca mping ground of the d e t ac h ment, t h e y h a d partially winde d their h o r se s and ou t l a w s m a d e their esca p e bearing with them their kill e d and wo n:r;tdf!d. Captai n Forrest s oon s a w tha t fu r t h e r purs u i t w as u se l ess s o h e orde r e d the bugle r o f the d etac h me n t t o so{md a r e c all. In a fe w mo ments the t rooper s ca m e stragglin g b ac k and captain Forrest o rcl ered f o r just such !)xigenci e s and they f o u ght the wi t h grea t success. C itiz e ns as s i s t e d in t h e wol.k of q u e llin g the fir e with an old fashione d fir e -engin e worke d by hand and b earing o n its s id e in gold l e t te r s t h e words Cataract Number O ne.'' w hi c h w a s b r o u g h t to the scene, and thre w a tiny stre am of wa t e r upon the bank. The s o ldi e r s a t tacked the flimsy wo oden structu' r e with axes, and wor k e d like b eave r s until finall y the fla m es w e r e t hor o u ghly subdue d W hil e one d etachment o f s oldiers and citize n s we r e at o r k upon the bnrn ing b ank, anothe r cle t achif!.e n t f o u g h t th e flain es in a squa r e wo o d e n h o use opp osite we r e a id e d b y a n elderly w o m a n gaunt and t a ll w h o owned the ho u se. It w a s not until h e r h o m e / was parti a ll,v d estr oye d t h a t s h e stoppe d her fran t i c effor ts to !?aYe h e r propert.v. Ca p tait'l Forrest approac h e d the wom an, for h e h a d h eard t h e d e t ai l s o f h e r s t o r y, w ith hi s s y mp athy showing in hi s f ace I a m s o r r y t h a t we d i d not ge t h e r e soo ne r," Ca p, tai.n J>a i c:. "What good i t d o m e n o w ? the w o m a n s a id. "My. s o n w a s kille d b y the outlaws when h e tried to d efend m e A t the point of a T e volv e r I w a s made t o set fir e to m y own hou se b y the outlaw chief!" Capta i n Forrest shook his h eac l. In the pre s en c e of grief like t his h e w a s dumb. "Do : v ou know the name of the outlaw chief?" he aske d of the woman who was Mrs. Leonard Filkins, a wido w wh o had lived in the little hamlet .. for y ears. ' I do,'' r e pli e d t h e wom a n. "Will yo u t ell m e the n a m e of the outlaw chief ?


THE AMERI<:AN INDIAN WEEKLY. 3 Mrs: plade d h e r hand upon Captain F orrest' s arm, and l eaning o ve r whispered a name in his ear. "I thought so," r eplie d the Ca ptain, as h e g ravely shook his he a d. What I d.o for y o u 1 "What c a n you d o for m e 1 asked M r s. Filkins, with intense scorn in h e r voice. ' Good God, m a n Can you as k m e that? Wha t u se i s t h e United States a rmy if it cannot run dow n the outlaw w ho has mur d ered m y s o n and h a s burne d m y pro p e rty? Are yo u real men o r a r e :you t i n soldi" e r s ? W h y ask me what you can do f o r m e? You k no w you r duty! It i s yo u r busi ness t o run down the outlaws w h o have attac k e d this defencel e ss and peaceable t own .'' "I will do my duty r ep lied Ca ptain For est, "and I will t ell you now that I w ill run down t h e outl a w s, if it is a poss ible thing t o d o so. But i t i s not a n easy matter, Mrs. Filkins, to c op e with the guerrilla -like 'farfare adopte d b y this t errible b an d of borde r r overs. I have not b een successful in the past, but I w ill do the b est I can.'' Captain Forrest, l e a ving the d eso late wo m a n again began to make an investigation so t h a t h e could make his r eport to the Gen eral in c omm and of the department to which the Fifth Cavalry was attac h e d It was a crude and pitiful story h e learned. As the messen ger h a d told him, the trouble began whe n y oung Edward Filkins had b e com e inv olv e d in alte rcat ion with an outlaw in a d ance hous e in the t ow n of Nayo Missouri. No one could t ell, exa ctly what the trouble had b ee n about. Two or three stra n gers had ridden into the town early in the m orning, and had b egun a career of wide dissipation w hi c h wound up in the dance-h o use in the sm all h ours of the night. Edward Filkins h appened to stroll i n t o the d a nce-hou se and he was s ee n standing at the b a r w h e n o n e of the strange r s in the p l ac e said somethin g t o him a t whi c h h e too k offen ce. Then there came the soun d of a shot and the o u t ll'rw droppe d to the floor with a bulle t i n his shoulder. ''Behold how great a fir e a little matt e r kindleth! '' murmure d C aptain Fores t ''A kid w i t h a gun and an outlaw with a jag. This appears t o h ave b ee n the in ception o f all tl1 is murde rou s attack Well w e ll w e ll It is suc h tomfoolery a s this t hat i s making M i ssouri a hissin g and a b y-word eve rywh e re." C aptain Forrest furthe r investigated ai1d after in finit e d e t a il l earned tha t a bou t six o'cl oc k in the morning the wounde d outla w w h o h a d jumpe d out of t l w door of the d a nce-hou se a f t e r h e had b een s hot, had r e turne d with about twenty of his b a nd. They rode .into town i n true outlaw fashion. firin g t h eir weapons r i g h t and left and had procee d e d imm e diatel:v t o the h o us e oi Mrs. Filkins, and as y oun g Edward Fii ki ns steppe d out of his own door, h a d riddle d the nnf)rtn nate youth with bulle t s. . The n the bandits had hurrie d t o t h e bank across th e street from the Filkins' reside n ce, had kille d the c a shier of the bank, had broken into the flimsy vaults of t h e institution, robbed the place of all its money, amounting to about ten thousand dollars, and the n had s tarted. upon a career of carnage throughout the town. The dazed citizens in the place had rushed to arms and a pitched b11ttle ensued. How m a n y of the outlaws had been killed or wounded no one kne"\Y. Dozens. of citizens had received painful and grievous wounds, .and three had been killed outright, including young Filkins. When the citizens saw that they could not c op e with t h e outlaws; they had desp a t ched a mess enge r t o Cap tain Forrest, and it was only himself and his men by tl1ei r opportune arrival t hat had saved the town and its residents from actual anni h ilati on Captain Fol'rest s hook his head. He did not like the condition that fac ed him. He k n ew that he and his command woul d be immediately detailed to run d own t he outlaws, for this overwhelming disaste r to the town of Nayo was of such a magnitude tha t the f ormer iso lated outbreaks o f the bandit gang whic h infes t e d thi s country, faded into nothingne ss in the face of t h is organizfld looting and pillaging o f a town i n the mi ds t of a peaceful farming community. Cap tain Forrest, however, had served his time in. a territor y whic h may be said to have made up a corner of M i ssouri and Kansas, whi c h for a gene ration b efore h e attack o n the helpless town had b een a focus for r eck l e ss and daring attacks hy the outlaws that infeste d t h e countr y. Captain Forrest k n ew, unfortunately that as i de f r om the outla" element, the c i tiz e ns the m se l ves had i n h e rited an indi ffe r ence to death. Am bus h i n g. p illage and a r son had long gone hand in with m u r d e r W omen a n d c h i l d r e n h a d b een k illed as r u t hl ess l y as had been fig h t in g men Bank rob b ers and train r ob b ers were ri fe. Col d blooded an d u n hesitating n 1urde r was par t of t h eir eve r y day life, and Cap t ain F orrest, a l t h o u g h hi mse l f a brave man. knew that h e m ust meet a n e l ement which eve n a b raver man t han h e might no t care to m eet. C H APTER II. THE OUTLAWS Il\ RETREAT ..:-\fter raiding t h e little Yillag e of Nayo -:\Iisso uri the o u t l aws as was u s ual in t h eir p lan of campaign, sepa rated i n s m a ll par t i es of two o r three and by circuitous routes retur ne d to t heir haunts. One knot of thre e m en we ll mounted p r o ceeded at a s l o w pace when t h ey we r e su r e they h a d escap e d from t h e i r pursuers. They halted at a turn o f t h e road be neath t h e s h a d e of a cl ump of t r ees and swun g out o f t heir saddles fo r t h e p u rpose of giv ing t heir hbrses an opportunity to feed. ''We got in wrong there, J esse,'' said one of the thr e e m e n to the l eader of t h e party. "I gness w e did, repli e d Jesse James. the famous outlaw "I tell .-ou Col e those countryme n back ther e a r e a hot buncl{! Thev must have go t one or two of o u r b oys ' In t h e person of t h e man whom J esse J ames ad dressed as Cole a noth e r famous outlaw had been iu t r o d uce ll J esse J a i ms fo r the first time w i t hi n his b a n d .. Col e Younge r. a l t hough at t hi s ti m e just about starting in hi s caree r of crime. was, like hi s compan ion .Jesse J a m es, a forme r m e mb e r of the t errible C h arles William Qu antre ll gang of borde r ruffian s and jay h awke r s. In t hi s ga n g h e and J a m e s h a d met. Qu antrell flew a flag unde r which quarter was un k nown, and m e r cy a forgotte n thing When hi s gan g di s b ande d J esse J a mes and Col e Younge r w h o a l tho u g h w h e n they w e r e with Qu a n t r ell we r e m e r e bo ys continue d their c a r ee r s o f crime. E ac h man slowl y fought hims elf up into notorie t y and e a c h be came in due time l eaders of gan gs of crimina l s worse i n the ms e lves than the original Quantrell horde.


\ 4 TH.t. 1\NlERlCAN INDIAN WEEKL\' Cole Younger in himself w a s a man who was the de sc endant of a worthy farmer who had been a County Judge, and who was twice elected to the State legislature of Missouri. Like Jesse James, he lived in Jackson County, Missouri. \ben Jennison, a Kansas jayhawker leader, in one of his raids in Missouri, burned the house of Judge Yolmger; and c.onfisca;ted all his property Col e Younger started out on his career of crime The two m e n, Jesse James and Cole Younger, often worked together and often worked a lone. With the respec;tive gangs were such bandits as George and Ollie Shepherd, Bud Singleton, Bob 1\Ioore, Cle l Miller and Arthur McCoy and in this raid upon the top of Nayo, Missouri, the two outlaws had joined fo r ces for the purpose of shooting up tihe tiny hamlet \rhi c h they had just l eft with such fatal effect. Youn ger, broad sholilldered blue-e yed, stockDy built, and with a rather pleas g personalit) after he had tethered his horse whe r e it co11lcl feed upon the soft grass a lon g the roadside, walked over to Jesse James and motioned him to come to .one side. "How much money did you ge t out of that baink?" asked ounger. "I'm ready to up now. I've got all the 'Cash in my pocket,'' Jesse James. ' 'rhe tmo men then sat down and cooll y divided the swag they had secured fro:J:n the loot e d bank. "All right, Jesse, you 'il'e playe d fair," said Cole Yonnger. "You'v e c1 ivid e d u;p the pelf eq ual1 y between us and I'm ready to go with you to the bmit, if y ou want me to.'' -"1 don't know exactly how high m y limit is g oing to go," c ri e d J esse James, "aJ;Jd I will later what we can do.'' "Just as soon as the h orses have h a d a bite to e at, w e'd better sneak out of here as rapidly as possible." At the en d of half an hour, the J?arty of three men started along aimlessly down the road, for Jesse Jame s h a1d not exactly planned in his mind any great ca m-pai g n. At the t:lme of the t rouble in the town o f Nayo, J esse Ja es' b and and that of Cole Younger had b ee n c ross ing Missouri near the town of Nayo for the purpose of joining forces and engaging in a grand raid over Missouri, Kansas, Kentucky, Tennessee and as far east as W est V i rginia. Th ey had in mind the looting of dozens of banks, as mm1y. railroad passenge r trains, stage coaches and trave l e rs. as they liked. Th e magnitude of this criminal program was to be a series of ex ploits unrivalle d in criminal annals and they hoped their deeds were nev e r to be again equalled by any gang of outlaws. In these times it is almost unbeli ev abl e that in the heart of a country thickly settled, in the face of a long reputation for cr min a l d e ds, and in a country thoroughly warned of their projected aids that such things could happen. But lmfortunately a halt had b ee n made near t he town of Nayo for the purpose of having all of the dif ferent unhs which were to make up the outlaw band in its comJ.>letion m eet and Bud Singleton in himself an outlaw of fame, had stolen away from the gang and started off on a solitary drunk in the hamlet. It was the capacity for drinking strong liquor and then becoming quarrelsome that bad caused the fight between Bud Singleton and Edward Filkins, and it was in rev enge for the shooting of by Filkins that Jesse James and C oie Younger and the rest of the encamped gang of outlaws had hurried to the town of N a yo. J e ss e James felt that the r eputation of the outlaws must be preserved and that the shooting of Bud Singleton must be immediat e ly avenged or the outlaws would lose muc)l o f their prestige, and would not stand as th e type of a gang that must not be attacked by anyone in the community unless they cleaned up a town when a c i tizen o f it h a d dared shoot o'ne of their outlaw com panions. "'I tell you, Cole," Jesse James remarked to Younger, as t h ey c ontinu e d along their route, "I'm sorry we had to stick up t hose fellows that were concerned in. the shooting o Bud Singleton, and after all I wish they 'cl killed Bud. When he gets his skin full of bug juice, h e hasn' t as much s e nse as a Missouri goat.'' ''It certainly do es look to me,'' replied Cole Younger, "that we',, e got to make a change of front and get the gang further away from this part of the country before we can get the boys back togethel," again.'' "I'll send Frank out on a SCQnting expedition," re plied J es se, "and see what he can do towards rounding np gang.'' ,Jesse accordingly called the third member the who was his brother Frank, and after hurriedly explaining t he situation, _Frank J aines to ride away for the purpose of not1fymg the scattered bandits of a place for a rendezvous. 'fhe J a mes and Younger. panels had so long laughed a t th e l a w defied the authorities and rode as they_ liked upon their ex peditions, that they paid no attentiOn at a ll to the fact that the United States soldiers had driven them from the town of Nayo, for they felt them selves strong e nough, having denied State and County g ovel : Bl'llents SO long, to COpe with even the militant arm of t h e United States government. Y e t after a.ll, Coie Younge r felt some hesitation in startin9 a bout wi t h United "Say, J e sse,Z' he sa1d "I'm a little bit leary of that c a .valrv. officeJJ, Captain Forrest. Do you know anything about that chap 1 1 Oh he-'s only b een in col!lmand of the soldiers over in Independence for about s1x months." "Is h e a West Point man 1 " Dun no." "Well, if h e is look fbor tr:fiothlbl;,l Those West Pointers don't know nothmg ut g t. "What y ou givin' me?" ''That' s r.ight. '' . "I hear that that fellow Forrest has been Indian fighter in the far West, and he has been sent out here bv the authorities at Washington to cJean us up. Jesse laughed heartily. "Cap' Forrest," said he, "may be a powerful good Indian fighter, but I don't believe he can fight Jesse Jame s and Cole Younger when they're together. And now I think of it, I'm just going to try conclusions with him for the fun of the thing." "Look h e re, Jesse success is turning your head, isn't it 1 When y ou stack up against that fellow, you're stacking up against Uncle Sam, and I don't want any: government troops sent BUt to us, thank yo1,1 most todeath.,., "Well, there isn't much chance of a fight," sneered J e sse James. "As it is now we're running away fro.m that Captain .


THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. "Jesse, do you know where in the world we ''I don't know any more Adam' s off-ox .'' ''Do yoi.l. know where we're going to 1 ' "I haven' t the slightest idea. What I want to do is to get a good meeting place for the gang, and select a 1 new camping ground.' "I know . a good place within a few miles. It is on what they call Split Rock Roa. d, and it' s up among a lot of rocks which stick up in the surrounding country and from which you can s ee everywhere, and .in case those sold i ers are following us, a good look-out m a n can watch the m and warn us in time to dust out from the re, if nec essary. I didn't say anyt1ling to you about it, but I tipped Frank off before h e l eft to have the bo y s \ me e t us there.'' ''That was a good plan of yours.'' The two outl aws rode along for a whil e in sil e nc e and the n J esse J ames pulled up his horse sharply. The g .esture was imitated b y Col e Younge r J.vho inquired what the matter was. ' I am lost,'' r e pli e d J es s e James ''We've got to find somem1e who can lead us to that Split Rock Road!" J e ss e notice_ an o \ d man a :fi.eld nearpt hand and try m g hard to dnY e a strmght furro w as"'n e follow e d on far b ehind a muYe as ric k e t y and old as himself. ''Jump that fenc e with your horse Cole,'' J es s e c ommande d ''and bring that chap ov e r here .'' Col e Youn1ger did as h e w a s requeste d, and so the old man stood b y J e sse Jame s side "Do you know the to the Split Rock Road? aske d J e sse Jame s of th e a ge d man, whos e name \Yas Thomas Simps on. "I do replied Simpson ''The n v o u l ea d m e to tha t roa d,'' said J a m es. "I leave my ploughing," quave r e d the old man in a f e eb l e tone "Yes you can." murmure d Jesse, as he pulled a re volv e r from hjs holste r and h eld it at the h ead o f the. unfortunate farnwr. Thomas Simpson kn e w "the a rgnm ent that came from a loaded weapon held at his h:e11d, and h e tottered down the road at the h ead of the two outl a ws nntil he had r eached the Split Ro c k Road. and theu h e told Jesse Jame s that this was the road he was hunting for. Without a word furthe r J esse l ea n e d forward in his s11ddl e place d his r e : olv e r at the h ead of poor old Thomas Simpson. and shot the unfortunate farme r through the brain. The old m11n reE'le d and tottered forward, ancl crumple d up on th e ground a corpse. "Dead men t ell no tales. cried Jesse to Col e Younger. "If I had us e d that m a n as a guicl e and l e t him return to his plow, and the so ldi e r s had come by and question e d him, w e would haYe known how we were surprise d in the camp that w e are go\ng to form at the Split Rock Eo ad.'' "Say, Jesse, yo u always were a great General. ad milingly replied Col e Younge r. CHAPTER TIL ORDERS. "I like that," said Captain Perc y Forrest to hi s friend, Lieutenant Oscar Friend, a clay or two afte r the burning of the v illa ge of Nayo. "Like what?" replied Friend. ' ... 'This order.'' what o rded Forrest, \ntbout a w ord, h ande d a blank t o his frie nd .. The ':as as follow s : "St. Louis ; l\I o ' T o CAPT.-\I:\, PERCY FoRREST, ' Commanding Fifth Cavalry 'Independe nce, l\Iissonri 'You r telegram d e s c ribing_ outrage and burning at N ayo, l\Iisso uri h a s b ee n r ecer v e d. I would suggest to y ou tha t you d etac h yourself from your command and with one companion take up the question of scout duty A f t e r you have dis c over e d the b est manner of attacking the p erpetrators o f the dastardly outrage upon defe nce l e ss citizens, are authorized to use your c omm and in btinging the outlaws t o jus tic e If you t hi n k it would b e b ette r t o imm e diat e l v attac k outlaws wi thout a prelim in a r y scou ting investigatio n yo u a r e at lib erty t o do so. ( S ig ne d ) WrLLL\ ox, M a j o r -Gen eral, ''C om m a n din g the Dep a r t m ent o f th e l\: [jssour i. ' 'Lie ut e nant Os car Friend r ead the foregoing m e ss a ge o\ e r twicr. Then h e h an d e d it b ac k t o hi s companion Captain F o n e s t, without a word. "What do you think of it1" asked Captain Forrest. "Extre m e l y c { e p a r t m ental in tone and s c ope. First yo n are told to d erac h yourself from your command and s t art out on a s couting expedition a gainst 'the outlaws, a nd the n von are a s k e d to crus h the outlaws immedi a t e l y witl{ you r command, 'if you see fit. Our catty l\Iajor-G e n eral commanding has t a k e n his usua l d o ubl e jointe d pen in his h and and ha s s ent you a message whi c h m eans in c as e a n ything g oe s you have got t o staud fo r it. n o t h e .'' "PHhaps that s so r e pli e d Ca p t ain Forre s t "Ho\re Y e r army life d oes not diff e r greatly from civilia n life. The m a n b ehind the gun has to s t and for the trouble in case any trouble c om es. Howe ver m y plan i s to de t ac h m?self from my command in spite of m y tears and t he g e n eral lamentations, g e t myself into s couting frame of mincl,' and g o out and s e e what I c a n d o t oward a t l e a s t d isco Y ering wh e r e the outlaws are t o b e f ou n d th eir n umb e r s and wh o are t h eir com inande rs. '' ''Yon know who is commanding them, don't i\Ir s Filkins said that sh e r e cogniz e d Jes s e J a mes a s b eing with the band. J ess e is liable to be the fo cal point in this. \Yelter of blo o d murde r and arson, and I may suggest that I beli e v e Mrs Filkins is right in her r ecogniti on of the famous bandit.'' Li entenant Friend tilte d his cap backwrerds and dre amilY look e d O\er toward the range of b lue mountains w h os e hazy tops could b e s ee n miles away from "Loo k h ere. P ercy." h e said, "I think you have taken on a contrac t. It' s no joke going up again s t t h e J e ss e Jame s gang. But of cours e you'fl take m e with and I will protec t in a great m easure.'' Captain Forrest was highly amused at the rather clev e r waY in whi c h his friend had "butted in, but when h e ca me to think more in detail, he made up his m ind t h11t t h e sugge stion of Lieutenant Friend was a good on e There was no r e a son Li eutenant Friend


6 THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. should not accompany h i s and superior ofstudied my map and I :firmly believe that somewhere ficer. 'fwo men in all, against twenty outlaws, was betaround the vicinity of the Split Rock Road, we will get ter than one man agains t a band. iJJto touch with Jesse James." ''It's a go,'' replied Captain :B.,orrest, to the mute ip.-''If yo u're not a detective, you're certainly a law-quiry in the e yes of Lieutenant Friend. If yo u want yer," rejoined Friend. I suppose that somewhere in to get shot, quick l y, thoroughly and with little fuss, go the beautiful mosaic of your argumen t, you placed to our quarters an d get on a kahaki scouting suit, a the exact point wh ere yo u are to meet Jesse James, and broad brimmed hat, and o il up you r revolvers and meet h ave arranged for the newsp ape r pictures showing the me h ere in an hour. I'll get into a similar rig and we 'll event." play the part of two tender-fqoted Eastern men in this "I have," drily r eplied Forres t. "And down in one part o f the country on a hunting expedition. corne r I have arranged a star with these words: Star I like that!" laughed Friend. "There isn't anys hows the place where Lieutenant Friend was shot'.'' thing to hunt bigger than a sparrow within forty miles Lieutenant Friend did not reply to this sally of his of at thi_s the yea r. ' compa nion, but followed Captain Forrest into a shady Oh, y e s there JS, rephed Captam Forres t. nook along the side of the brook which shone through 's outlaws!" the about twenty-five yards from the road on mu c h c e r emony, transfer of the troop to which1 they were proceeding. Captain Forrest ex the next m . Forrest was made, and plained that he proposed resting, at this point until two (Jfiicers carr y m and buffalo eve ning, then h a d planned to tie his horses and nfie s to?k the long trail, as Fr1end ex-reconnoiter a bit in the hop e s of discovering something pressed1t. of the James gang. ;: Whitlwr goest 1 asked F!iend. It was well into the evening before this sortie was To R.ome-that Js, to find the outlaws, rephed_Capmade. The horses h ad oeen lariated-out so they could tam_ For1;est. walked during the of their owners, and after lo?k, t.he I.oad the) Slm a man on hOiseb ack, lead mg well to their weapons the two army men sallied a see?nd . 9 forth. inte11t upo n discovering the outlaw camp. The vVI;o s th1s fellow w1th the horses, asl ... ed Lieute n-way l ed across constantl-y rising ground, studded with ,Frlend. , , l ow bush es and screened b y a second row of saplings. The h,orses a!e ours replied Forrest That s Climbing .up the constantly rising ground was hard ?I _0 of our troop, at the h ead of the lead-work be cause in many places the brook had backed up and Forres t and his compan ion often were wading knee rh_a.:s a good_ Idea Pe:cy: I thought yo u dee in moss y ooze. The :nen a t length reached higher had al l anged a little '' a Jl,m ., match for me, when. e o-ro End an d heavier timber which screened them more starte d out. . thoroughly than on the lower slopes, and they walked .O.fficers t!lei_r and soon were a lon g carefull y, taking great pains to avoid steppin&' on : then. mto. a country _that a snapping twig or in starting stones rolling that might e an > l .ol:ell.el and lonelJei. Ioa:l OJl whic_h the) betray their presence ; and eventuall y found themselves we 1 1chng wound a th1ough a of in the midst of a gigantic pi l e of rocks. The general as b r a: v t:mh : r ro c)r: Tl:e m which pect was one of terror and dread. The gnarled rock made t.!1e_y :'e1 e afte1 shmp nde_u: warm many strange and fantastic shapes about them. They s ee med m)( l chsmal and thJCl, 'uth tl1e seemed to center into an enormous mound. S but determmed, the two officers slnelded m0st d es irabl e part o f one's fighting c ampaign. So I t h emselves under a fir tree no(fifty feet away from the


-. -----.;;:;_, THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKL Y. 7 form of a man pacing slowl y backwarcls and for\vards with a heavy rifie upon his sh,oulder. Those outlaws know something of military dis c ipline and tactics," r emarked Lieutenant fi-,riend in a whisper. "Of. c?urse th, ey d p," replie d Captain Forrest. "In my opm1cin, the reason why they have been allo1ved to form hard riding bands of terror and swee p like a lightning plague over this part of the world, is because no on e has taken them seriously as a united fighting force Everybody seems to think that ,Jesse James and the m e n c:.omprising his band are isolate d bits of human scoundrels who are fighting without plans. independently and in groups __ of two or three. \Vhen I was sent out here to try and stop tlie depredations of Jesse James and his companions, I discovered that while . Jesse and Frank James, as commanders were always united, thei r gangs appear to be elastic. Jesse will take four or five men and hold up a country bank for the purpose of robbing it, but if he wishes to stick up a train or a stage-coach, he in creases his force to ten men. It shows me ; therefore, that Jesse James has an elastic band that h e can increase or decrease as he w i ll. In my opinion, therefore. the mistake that bas been made in fighting him has been in just considering him to b e an outlaw with a small following. To get him at all, w e mnst treat him seriously. ,and as if he w ere a commanqing general in possession of a troop of "hic h w e know nothing.'' "Thnt is why you have adopted this scouting method before taking more active measures.'' ''That_ is just why I came on this scouting expedition. and just why I think that m y plan is the pest one. Now I ll tell you what I'm going to do Lieutenant. I am going to try to pass that sentry 1Ybich Jesse James ev i has statione' d o-at here to guard against a surprise on the part of and my co mrq.and You stay h el'e and I will go ahead and see hat I can l earn. If ,vou see or h ea r a shot, or I cry for assistance, get into the gam e qui c k. W e are only two, but w e know our cnmpaign and what we intend to do and in that very unity I look for success in this preliminary scouting tbnt. could not be adcomplished \vith m ore ;men." Mushy Cohen, the sentry poste d outside of his camp by J esse James. did not dream all this time. that wriggling along near him was llpproaching the tall and agile form of Cnptain Forrest. The 'sentry was ns it was now nearl.v ten o'clo c k at ni g lit. and h e had not been relieved after many honrs of watching. thoroughly angry: and slightly malic iou s thinking that his co m r a d es had not. treated him fnirly in allowing him to re-main so long on duty. 1 Th ese r eas ons made it e nsi e r for Captain Forre st, ":ho slowlv wormed himself within strikingdistance of his foe Captain Forrest, Indian blnnted his sensibilitie s a r little, and h e was not squeamish about attacking nn ontlaw with the same tac ti cs that h e wonld a blood-thirsty red Indian. and so the army of ficer crouched himself for a spring and awaited the moment v v h e n the sentry's bac k would b e turne d to him in his cenF:eless pacing to and fro. M ushy Cohen had made two steps with his oack to Captain Forrest, when that officer launc h e d himself in ajr and ca me down upon the bac k of the _sentry with the same ease with wh:it;h a tiger d escends upon the b ac k of. d efe n ce le!ils do e Mushy Cohen gave a smothered shriek as the long fi11ge1s of Captain Fouest c los e d around his throat, but he was dragge d bac kward in such a tempestuous whirl of actiou that for a moment, Mushy was paralyzed with a s touishmeut and drend. Bl'avery and quick action, n l as, a r e often held b y outiaws as well as by honest m e n. 'rhe intelligence of the. outlaw told him that he h a d been attacked almost b efore he had b een grasped, and Mushy started immediately to extricate 'himself from h is position. He drove his elbows backward, striking Captain Forrest two sharp blows in the pit of his stom ach, and nearly doubling him up. The n the outlaw shoved his head back, striking Captain Forrest in the nose, and although the officer held o n mth all his might, the outlaw succeeded in turning himself so that he face d his foe. : Mush y Cohen could not scream; however, because in spite of two bits of painful prodding that Captain Forrest had received, he h1p1g on to the outlaw's wind-pipe with all his force, and squeezed away with all his might. \Vh en a brown and active hand clutches one b y the throat nnd squ eezes hard eno u g h there is not much opportnn it,, -for extended argument. There were several secon d s of struggling bet\Yeen the tWO m en, and then l\fu s h Cohen. the outlaw. fell limp and insensible at th e feet of his captor, Captnin P e r cy Forrest. Captain Forrest threw the unconscious outlaw over his shoul del' as if h e had b ee n a sack of oats. and boldly walked bac k do" n the hill to the point wh e r e Lieutenant Friend wn s sec r ete d. The tiYO men in a few secon ds bound the h e lpl ess outlaw and -laid Mushy Cohen unde r the shade of a tree, hoping that. 1rhen h e ca m e to conscio u sness, h e wonlcl think oYer his past li fe with profit to himself and to the communit:v in general. As soon as profitable. Captain Forrest returned to the point wh ere he had attacked J esse James's sentr:y. and picking up Mushy Cohen's hat and rifle ci.ammed the hat down over his forehead and swung the rifle ov e r his shoulder. at the same time motioning to Li eutenant Friend to concea l .him self b ehind a roc k a few feet The astonishing spectacle of a United States officer. an Indian fighter of renown: holding hi g h rnnk i n a crack cavalr,v r eg im ent. striding b ac k and forth f!llarding an outlaw camp. could thus b e s een, had there b ee n interested obsen-er present. The action o n the part of Captain Forrest had b ee n take n without a momPnt's thought. H e hn d noticed npon his return to the post. Rfter l w had removed the incon .. :,., t flP tl1nr in his hurried remmal. i\Iu shy Cohen hnd ldt b ehind him his coa t :mel rifle. S eeing a chance to a.t least get n ea r e r the outlnw camp than h e had b een before. Forres t had turned outlll\Y sentrv. Just ns he wn;:; rPeTetting his step, a man shot out of the darkness lwhind him and Captain Forrest kne w immediately t hat this mnn was the famous ontlaw J esse James hi mse l f .. CHA P'rER IV. IN DEADLY PERIL. Jesse Ja m es approached Captain Percy Forrest but glanced a t him as he did so. "How are g ruffly asked J esse "All right," as gruff'.,v replied Forrest. As for L ieutenant Ji"'riend. h e fingered the trigger of his re,o lYer, which h e h eld in his hand beca:u se h a d a feeli n g in his mind that much sorrow and trouble in the futm e could be avoided by his s hooting the famous ..


8 THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY outlaw. Lieutenant Friend knew, how ev er, that if he 'afte r each had tec ei v ed some money of Jesse took this a c tion without c onsultation with this comt hey left the famou s leader alone. manding of}lcer, Captain Forr' est, h e might get him self I didn't know t h a t they had pay-day s in the out into s e r i ous trouble, and so did n o t send t h e fatal shot l a w c amp thought Captain Forrest, "but I am glad to speeding on its w ay. h a ve been e n able d to sf)e it. I suppose I ought to Say C ohen," asked Jess e James, b e ve r y caref ul h a v e known that outlaws had to have mone y just; as .and watc h eve r y ave n u e he re, b y whi c h a surwell as arm, y-office rs:" prise c oukl be e ffected Durin g t o-ni g h t, w h i l e r e Capta i n Fo'rrest kri e w tha t h e c ould not remain on post, a lot o f our bo y s w ill beg i n stragglin g back, and "he r e h e w'as long b eca u se at any moment som e one of c ourse, you are to adm i t any of our p e opl e t o the mi ght clo se the door and h e would be discovered, so camp but be careful and don t let str ange r s get b y y ou h e sank to the ea r t h and s t ol e around quietly to the becaus e I've g ot a hunch that those officers and so ldi e r s r ea r of the ca bin. where h e inglori o usly se c r eted him w h o r-has e d us ou t o t Na y o haven't stopped with t h a t se l f in the wood-pile. H e lay thus for an hour1 and of their campaign." the n h eard Jess e J a m es go upstairs and h eard the ''All righ t ,'' quoth' the pretended l\Iushy Coh en, and of his boots as the outlaw leader threw them down in J e ss e James turned backward and started fo r h i s c amp the fra il stl: ucture, as l).e prepared for b ed. again not knowin g that within ten p ace s stalke d Cap Captain F'orr est ; valked around to the front door tain .Forr est who had immed iatel y t ln, o w n down his assuming him s elf that tbe qandits were as l eep in r ifle. draw n his r ev olv e r and c arryi n g i t in hi s ri ght qu arters, and with infinit e care slipp e d hand hurri. e d afte r th e r e t reatin g o u t law-: within tll e door. H e saw the f orm of a man lying on I t a ve r y dark_ night, fortunatel y aud Ca ptain' .i:1. c ot direct l y in fro11t of. him as h e entered the r o om Forrest w hen he thre w do>l' n Mushy Cohen's r ifle knew and the officer saw that th1s man was a p e rsonal s entry that would be r e p l a ced as entry by po ste q t l'ter e to d efend Ja.r,nes a.;nd who was t h e r e I;ieutenant Frie n d wh o had s e e n the tac t i c s pursued by o r;e o f Jess e J a m e s s trus t!'ld h e"?t enants Forrest from th e pl ace of hi s c on c ea l m e nt. .' Who are t h e outlaw as k e d m a lo w to n e of f . d vo 1 ce; aml h e half motlon e d toward Capta in Forrest C aptam Forrest oon ou n d h1mself w1th m t h e c1ta e l .., th 1 1 t mb 't tl t 0 t F f h b d 0 d b ,-n u s SIX-s 100 e r : ... e n 1 w a s 1 a a p mn j o ro : t e a n It s n e or two ozen m e n we r e t p e see n r est look e d ac ro ss i n 't o e t emitv H e kne w that h e did seated around a c amp fir e bml t on an e l e Y ate d pla t ea u t 1 r t n o 1 a v e a r o g o A few army t ents w e re scattered. h e r e and t h e r e and at t h e e xtrem e l ef wa s an old l og cab i n tumbled d ow n and having the app ea r ance of h av in g b een d es erted for m a n y ye ars, t hatch e d ove r w i t h a cov e rin g o f saplings by t h e outlaws, to b e u se d as the temporary hea d q ua r t ers of th e leade r s of t he b an dit gang. In this s n rmis e C apLaiu Forr est was correc t The re was a do01 o pen and in th i s door d i sappeared J e sse Jame Cap tain Forrest did not h11ow t hat w i thin t h e house, o n the npp e r floo r i 1 1 a room s i t u a t e d d i r e ctly ove r t h e main entranc e door, lay Col e Younger w i t h his b oots off, taking a r est after his d ay '13 l a b o r Capta i n F orrest c rept a r oun d b ehind the door and g ently p nll e d i t flush agai nst t h e side of ca:bin, and whi l e h e queezed him!'lelf through t h e narrow space, also man a g ed t o us e t h e door a s a sc reen between h i m and the with its sur ro undin g circ l e of o u t l aws, whi l e at t h e sam e t ini e i t gave the officer an oppo rtu nity to look within the c ab i n Captain F orrest saw tTe$se James s i t down at a tab le made o f t wo boards placed acros s the sawedoff butt of a t r ee, and begin rapidly cou n t ing s o m e F ro m t h e s iz e of t h e p il e of h ank note s Forrest judged that there w e r e s ev e ral thousand dolla r s in t h e h a nds o f the o :ntlaw Forrest knew i mm ediate l y that t h is w a s prob a bl y the l o0t take t l f rom t h e bank whic h had bee n r aide d during the whol es al e slaughte r o f Edward Filkins and h is c o m p a ni o n s C aptain Forrest kne w that h e could no t get t ht> mon ey although h i s fingers itc h e d to do so. But he watc h e d J e ss e James wi t h curious eye s as the o utlaw d iv i d e d the mon e y into s m all p ac k e t da,v i n the outl aw c amp i s appro ac h ing, murmured Captai n Fonest to hims elf This was what had happe ne d t h e officer s a w imm ediately afte r Slowly a ll the outl a w s around the c amp fire e nterE'd th e r o o m in whi c h sat Jes se J a mes. pass in g b y the spying officer s o that auy memb e r o f the band could a l most h a v e touched him by r ai sin g their hands, and ,, C H APTER V. J E SSE JAMES 'IS WARNED. '' \ V h o are you ?'' w hi s p e r ed the outl aw agai n. as h e w ave d his se l f c o c k jng .45 i the direc tion o f C apt a i n Forrest I n t o tb e m ind of t h e Capta i n theTe flash e d just OI;Je ide a That w as tha t if h e was g o i n g to shoo t a t a ll h e mus t qui c k. H e lme\v he would kill e d i n a t\a sh if h e hi1iisel did not shoot . He Jmew, too t;hat h e must shoot at H i s mark with fatal effect or not at a ll Fo:nrest dropped over to the left, crouching down as h e did so g oing afte r his gun with his left hand, and t h e n t urnil1 g th e w e apo n si deways in his hand, fir e d it . C r ash! The shot re e cho e d through the narrow low ceilinged ca bin. awake ning all of the outla,oys in the ca mp. Forrest kne w tha t this would be so but h e had no time to do anything but shoot and shoot qui c k. So far a s h e was c oncerned at that particular mom ent, J esse J am es C o l e Youn ge r, all Of the outlaws him w e r e wipe d off the map; it was m e r el:v a ca s e of a n miknown outlaw against an army officer e a c h arme d e a c h ready to fire and w ith nothing e l s e around the m -just these two despe rate :fighting m e n In the darkness Forrest did not know whether h i s shot had g one hom e or not. H e stra,Jghtened up as he s ent away his first bul l e t, and pulled h i s trigger the s econd time, but he miss e d the outlaw, he was c onfi d ent. The entire tra gi c o ccurrence d i d not take the sp ace of one long breath, and following upon the sound of the first shot, the outlaw,staggered bac k upon his cot quiv e r e d onc e or twice and was dead. He had b e en shot d i r ectl y in the center of the brain b y Captain For r est. T h e army officer was u;nharmed Th e sound of the two shots, for the outlaw had be e n kill e d so instantaneousl y that he had not had time to


.. \ THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. fir e hi s weapon a t Captain Forrest, alarme d the outlaw c amp in a mom ent. From e v e r y direction, men running There w ere 'loud shouts of amazement and many fier c e oaths, but no one saw the speeding scout fly down the trail which led to a water hole back of the ca bin, s ave Jesse Jame s, who at the first crash of t h e r esounding sho t' below him, had guess e d the situ a tion jumped into his boots h a d vaulte d from a rear w indo w of the c abin and with r ev olver in h and, pierced t h e deeR sh a dow of the adjacent w oods not t wenty se c o n ds behind the hurrying form of C aptain Forrest. Ca ptain Forrest, a s h e ran, caught his f oot in a ro o t and went crashing and tumblin g do w n a s l ight de c livit y, hi s r ev ol ve r f a llin g fro m his h and as h e fe ll a nd h alf stunne d and b ewilil.ere d brought up in a s eate d po si tio n &t t h e bo t t o m of an old w a t e rc ourse whi l e 1 w i t h a g reat s how e r of gravel and dirt, J esse J a m es hurt l e d the gully in mid air, s a w the man h e was after 'Cr o u c hio.g b e n eath h im, with sp l endid e:ffo:rt turne d a n d f ell d i r ectl y upo n the army officer a n d in a mo ment. the two m en, we r e r ollin g over in a r o u g h and t u mble fight. Jess e bad t h e a dvantage of a preliminary round, b e C fi'p se h e fell upon t h e office r but t h e w restling gam e was no t unknown to Captain Forrest, an d h e bow e d h i s pack and crouc h e d upo n his knees and hands ai;J.d as J esse u p on him, gave a m i g hty u p wa r d h e ve and h i s foe w e n t flying ove r his sh oulde r. J e s e h ow ever, *as o n hi s fee t i;n a secon d and r a i se d hi s w e a pon to take t h e life of his antagoni 'st. Capta i n Forr est f elt s ure tha t h i s life would b e ende d b eca u se he saw eve n in t h e the rigid a r m o f J ess e h olding hi s h eavy weapo n and F o rrest expected e v e r y second t o feel the t e r r ible a gon y of the bull e t a s i t plou g h e d throug h his body Jus t a s For rest h a d given h imself up fo r l os t a form at t h e fee t 'of J esse James w hi r l e d upward an d clutch e d t h e outlaw's we ap on. It .. explod e d h a r m lessl y i n the air. F a i n t w i t h his e mo t io n, for a m o m ent Forrest did no t indentify, and then saw that i t was h i s companion L ieute ;nant Oscar Frien d J es s e J a m es a lso made up liis mind ;that. h e h a d pic k e d up more ene mies than he khe w of and suspi c iou s b y nature a s e vil m e n u sually a r e J es se wrenc h e d himself l o o se fro m Lieutenant Friend's grasp, pluc k e d 'th e Li e utenant 's r ev olv e r from h i s han d as if it had b ee n a: feathe r W flnd and starte d to retreat to hi s fellow o u t laws. It w as impossible for J esse to get b y F orrest b ecause t h e officer had square d himself in s u c h a position to blo c)r t h e w ay, a n d even in t h e ni g h t, Jes se knew that t h e >Odds were two to one again s t him ::mel h e r e lish e d no f u rthe r p e r s on a l c omb a t with eithe r of his UBknown a ssailants. ,Jess e felt that h e was trap p e g unless lJ,e m ade H e r culean e ffor t s to esc ape. The warning tha t had rMcl;te d Jess e when Captain Forre s t had kille d hi s c o mp a nio n ;:tnd his guard a t t h e sam e t i me ;v as suffi not o nl y to alarm t h e ou t la w but t o thro u ghly mystify b iro Je:;;s e James did no t d r eam t hat on e m a n 1 v6uld have d a r e d t o e nte1 his ca mp and ge t n ear e n o u g h to hi s p e r s on to kill his body guard, and he was ll.laJ;me d and amaz e d and thought onl y of getting back to hi s com p anions when h e found that the m a n h e h a d suppose d ';Vas alone wh e n he b egan }).is pursuit was ac c ompani e d b y man So far as J ess e James kn e w thes e two m e n might have a hundre d c ompanions a .ncl a lth o u g h brave hims elf, so f a r a s phys ical courage I S c on c erne d J esse was c r afty and f e l t tha t t h e t im e w as n o w n ear fo r h i m to make h:is personal es c ape fro m t h e predi ca m ent in which h e found hims elf .Bu t, when J es s e saw that Forrest was i n his way again, h e trie d to retrace hi s steps only t o find Friend fumbling with his revolver whic h luckily for J es se, had b ec ome twiste d in the Lieuten ant' s h ol s t e r during t h e e ffort he had take n to save F orrest's life b y attac k ing t h e outlaw. Jess e J a m es found himself hemmed i n, but wit h that marve ll o u s d as h ,and d etai l whic h m ade h im the l eading criminal o f h is day he dash e d ahead a voidin g t h e two officers as if h e had been a f oot ball p l aye r making a spl endid hund red yard run, a n d thus melte d away at r ight angles and dis a ppear ed into a little clump of m aple t r ees that surmounted t h e miniature battle -fie l d i n which the conte s t was raging At e r him!" muttere d Ca ptai n Forres t "Don't l e t him aw a y, F ri e .nd! ''Be t your boots I wo n't! It' s w orth sm; ne J;I.I.on' ey i n rewards to catch that. cuss! It' s the King Highb inde r hims e l f J e s se James '' T he' men c hase d t h e flyin g outlaw into the gloom o t h e forest, and as t h e moQ.D. b y this t ime had r i se n, had n o he s i t a t i on i n the path they t ook, a n d t h e directio n t h ey '\\ e r e to g o w a s plainl y marked b y the fast running form of t h e fam o u s c r imin a l who ran l i k e a deer thr ough the diml y lighted wood have him!'' c r ie d Forrest. 'Hf can t e s cape us now!'' Lieutenant Friend gav e a c r y of pleas u r e1 for he saw t hat Jesse J ames had com e flu sh up a g ainst a canyon or d ee p cl eft in the solid rock an d i n h i s ow n mi n d, f elt sure t h a t at last the famous o utla w w as at bay. V isio ns of su cc ess ofte n t i mes a r e mere ly. visions. The two officers cl o sed in on Jesse and he s eeing their a c tion rush ed clown along the ca n yo n in the hop es of finding a place w h e r e he could des cen d into its d e p t hs. But the she l vin g s i d e s of t h e declivity mad e it im pos s ib le for any man to g e t to the b ottom of t h e c anyon without l os ing hi s li fe b e cause t h e poin t wh ere Jess e w as sp ee ding. w a s seve r al hundred f eet in depth. l\I flking sure tha t t h eir p r ey was thor oughly hemmed i n t h e office r s ran 'after h i m but Jesse k ept on s t ill along the bririk o f the terrib le abyss. H is straining ey es w e r e watching for some method of extri cating hims elf f r o m h i s pe ri lous J es s e bitterly b e w aile d in h is own mind his t emerity in put tin g himself into the awkward s i tuati on b e was fac ing. H e c ould not 'turn bac k b ecaus e of h is p ursuers his p r o g r ess se e me d t o be stopp e d b y the yawning can yon. and he ran a l ong the brink o f a s t eep, h i s mind fill e d w i t h angui sh a n d f e ari n g tha t at last h i s deeds of bl ood w e r e ove r an d t h a t h e w o u l d .fall capti ve to 'hi s purs u e r s J e s s e did not really understand why he was no t shot i mme diately. His reputati on fo r de e ds of vio l e n c e and qu i ck gun work was s o great, and his declaration so we ll known 'to e v erybody thai he w ould not be c a p tme d a li ve bad made i t lllm ost certain that wh e n h e was hemm e d in b y any p1lr t y of pu r uers h e would b e imm ediatel y kill e d J esse, howev e r did not know that the -tw o .army officers me r e an xiou s to capture him a l i v e B oth For re s t and Frie n d ]ql e w t hat J ess e 's w e apon bad bee n l ost i1;1 t he struggl e Alth ough a t :first he had des i gne d to s h oot Jesse w h e n hi s own w e apon caught i;n h i s h oi, s t e r Friend had an op port unity to chang e his mind, and h e had decide d t hat it was b etter to do so rathe r ihan to kill the outlaw. Capta in Forrest di d not want


10 THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. to kill Jesse a11yway b ecause he had the fighting man's natur.'al aversion to killing a fleeing man. All these motives redounde d to the credit of Jesse, and account for his not having been slain in the first few lmndreds yards of hi s remarkable e fforts at safety. ' Press him hard!'' shoute d Forrest. ''Close in on him Friend, and throw him!" lh1t thi s order was fated not to carry out. A cry of triumph rang from Jesse James's hps He had seen, on l y a few feet ahead of him, a way out of his p erilous position. Across the ravine which was now about fift y feet wide, as it narrowed occasionally and widened later into se veral hundre d feet, lay a maple sapling. A bolt of lightning had shivered a tall young tree at its roots, and the i _ncipient monarch of the forest had falle11 directly across the frightful chasm. There it hrrug. malcing a frail pathway, so slight, so 'brittle that o11l y a desperate man who preferred to die in a mad effort to escape than to be captured, wduld e :er have dare d to cross the frail bridge. Yet .Tf'sse James, wi t hout a moment's hesitation ran at full speed directly upon the frail sapling. ''He'll kill hims e lf!" cried l<'orrest. as h e saw the daring act of t h e outlaw lead er. : As i f he bore a c h al'.med li fe Jesse, howeve r made thre e orfour csatlik,e steps, swung a little to the right, appeared to b e about to dash into the d epths of the can yon to a frightful death, regained his equilib rium, and then lightly darted across the swaying tree, and in a mom ent had r eac h e d the other side. Forrest and Friend gaze d at eac;h other in absolute awe and astonishment. They would not have believed that s n c h a feat was possible., ye t it had been accom plish e d before their eyes Almost doubting the evidenc es o f their senses. the:v watched the still swaying sapling and walked around its stump on their side of the canyon, while from t h e other side they heard the mocking. jeering laughte r of Jesse James, the escaped ontla.w ec h oing throug h the .woods. '1'1 e of,ficer:; t h e ms e lves W(:)!'e in aJomost as grellit pe1,oil the:" felt, as ,Je sse .Tames had b ee n. who thus made one of tlte most memorabl e escapes from capture of the hnnclrecls n1acle during his eventful outlaw existence forrest and Friend could hear the hoots and howls of: rag e of the other outlaws at the camp, as they beat the conntry surrounding the cabin in h o p e s of dis coverin g t h e man who had kille d their compani on Pighting Phil Shannon. '' T wonld l.1ke to negotiate that tree m y s elf,'' said Forrest, "if: I only had the sand." His r e m:uk was l:J,nans w e r e d because just at that moment the s;Rpling began s lo w l y to part at its shat terrd r oots, and then 11ith a sulle n plunge, rattled dmrn into t h e abyss b en eath. carrying with it a shower of stone s. ']'he position of: t h e previou& hour had b ee n reversed. Th e men. instead of being scouts and pursncrs of:Jesse James. had b ecome the unmasJ.r e d enemy 1d10 \ H r e now being pursued the outlaws, h o clemande<'l r e d Yengea n ce for the death of t;0eir comrncl e Captain Forrest IYas no t baffl e d in his plans by the ne cessity that faced him and. which had ende d in : thr killing of Fighting Phil Shannon, but h e also now was in great peril and he faced a position that re qnire<'l q nick thinking with "hi c h to extricate himself. CHAPTER VI. JESSE JAMES RAISES FUND S T o an outlaw or the caliber of Jesse James, a diwger is a d ange r forgotten. .As soon as h e had esca ped f r om his pursue r s, Cap_ tain Percy Forrest and J:..i eutenant Priend, Jesse made a circuit' and entered his camp again undisturbed. He saw that he was b eing spied upon, and he guessed that the men who had pursued'him were probably in some wa.v attached to the P ifth Cavalry stationed at Inclependen ce J esse knew that for the 1)ast year h e had :figured in one criminal expl oit after the other, and he r eme mbered with an inward shudder Col e Younger 's warning that it was best n o t to raise up United States troops against him. Intent upon 1 dis coveringhow t h e spies had entered hi s camp, J esse searched the outposts and soon came upon t h e bound form of Mushv Coh e n. who had been s"r earing as w e ll as he could a gag in his-mouth in a mixture of broken _Eng lish and H ebrew Jesse J unbound h is angr:v follo"t er. and after he had calmed Mush:'-' clown somewhat, secured from him the story 6f how he had been captured; and of course, in a few moments of puzzle d memory, knew that the same two m e n who had almost ended career. were t.he sa m e 1\ho had surprised and bound Cqhen. .,. "You're a fin e sentry!" sneered Jesse James as .he kicked his abject assoc.iate forward into the celiter' of the camp "You can thank your lucky stars that I h aven't got my gun w ith me!" For som e time J esse assl.sted the outlaws in a search for t h e two officeis, and finally, when this sear c h had not been productive and the hour was waxin g late and h e r eme mb e r e d anothe r plan that be had in mind. the outhnv delegated the ork o pursuing the officers to Col e Younge r Then hastily mounted his large bay h orse, and was soon wending his way toward the v il lage of Split Roc k that within two mil es of s ce n e of his narrov'\ r escape and of the man hunt now b e in g carrie d on by the outlaws. .Jess e James knev v as well as any q.ther man a li ve that it woi.ud he impossible to keep his mt:;n with him without the liberal use of mone y. Cash talks, their l ea d e r knf'lv. The outlaw was shrewder than Cole Younger. Col e appealed onl_,. to other men to aid him in his c::>mpai g n of iolence by exciting their d esire for blood amongthe hard riding outlaws. and b y giying t h e m an infinite share in plunde r se cured. J esse James, "however, a lways stipulated in advance that each mem b e r of his band should rece ive a certain sum of money which the outlaw leader furnished and a lso as a further r e"ard, each member of the band was to figure in fu ture rewards oil a p e r f : entage basis. Man? outlaws of fame in Inde p en d ence :fields had assisted .J esse James on t hi s basis of payment. and the _bandit therefore al vYays bad at his command the pi c k of the gun-men and the bad m e n of the United States. But bad or good m en had to b e paid, and J esse James was short of funds. He had com e to a point where it was necessary for him to get some ready money. The plunde r s ecured from the hank h e had last raided. ten thousand dollars. h e had divided with Col e Younger, and Col e Younger had settled with the members of his own gan g l enving J esse t o settle a n y arrears due in his own men


--.. ---.------------THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. 11 Jesse h a d l eft just eno ugh mone y to placat e hi s own James's r ev olver in its brain. Th e r e was a plunging a ssoc i 4 t es, and, n o t wishing t o l e t Cole Younge r into of ani mals, and the n the entire equipage sprawled the fina n c i a l situation, had starte d off a lo ne to se e w h a t a c ross t h e r oad and unable to carr y the weight of thei r he could do in the way o f r etrenc h i n g hi s exhauste d dead companio n, the t hree oth e r horses c ame to a stop exc h eq uer. as Jesse flas h e d around in vie w holding his two r e J esse kne w tha t b etween t h e town of Inde p en d ence, vo l v e rs i n h is hands. whi c h h e l eve ll e d at t h e head o f Mi ssouri, and t h e h a mlet o f Nayo, an ola f as hioned the d r iv el' of the c oa cb. stage coac h made i t s wee kl y progress Con fe d e r a t es of ''GE-t down from there!" J e ss e commanded. his i n Ind e p en d e n ce had informed him tha t on eve r y On e look a t the figme him was e n o ugh fo r Thurs day ni ght a n extra trip of t h e c oach h a d been Fre d Staunton, drive r of the coa c h He "got down" made in the pas t and tha t t en or fif teen thousand dol -w i t h ama zing ce lerity, an d illt hough !he had not been lars of the funds of t h e b an k i n Nayo h a d b ee n trans-requested to do so, h eld up his hands and tremblingly erre d b y tha t bank to a l a r g e r institutio n i n I n d e -stoo d i n the road a waiting the n ext o r de r of the masked p e n d e nce, to m aintain t h e b a l a n ce of ex c h a n ge betwee n figure standing silentl y before him. the t-wo finan c ial concerns .Tesse w a lked ove r to the thorough l y c o w e d drive r, J esse James h a d d ecide d t h a t h e would h old u p the not in t h e s li g h t est a b a ting the d eacliy aim with his coach on thi s night whi c h was, by t h e w a y, the night revo l vers. H e too k no c h ances In early M i ssouri when the treasure w as t o b e t r ansporte d. J esse h a d days, sometimes h e l d-up m e n shot sudde n l y, and J e s se figured tha t it w as a one man s j o b to hold up this did not propose to b e made t h e vi c t i m o f any ruse that coa c h Perfectly s m e o f o w n ability as a n o u tlaw the stage-c oach drive r mi g h t have i n mind As so o n ,and h old-up man, J esse J ames neve r took into a n y of a s h e h a d r e a c h e d t h e s i d e of Fred Staunton, J ess e his p l o t s a n y more m en than w a s a b solutel y n ecessa r y thrus t t h e rHolve r in h i s right hand b ac k into its h o i H e w as wont to say t n a t o ne m a n '}'O uld not b etray ste r and bound th e un fortunate dri ve r a n d tie d himse l f t w o m e n r e du ced t h e c h ances of one man's hi m to a whe e l of h is o n coach. es cap ing, and a plo t h eld b y ten m e n w as a t any time Then Jesse knew that h e would b e u n d isturbed, and liable to l and all o f t h e ten men e i t her in j a il or in h e c l im bed up on t h e box of t h e coac h and soo n found their grav e s , the mon ey h e was after, w hi c h was h e l d in a ste e l case, I t w a s about two o'cl oc k i n t h e m orning, and the s ecure d w i t h a padl ock J ess e p u ll e d a s ma ll burglar's moonli ght was fi0w i n g d o wn Ul)On a s ce n e of jimmy fro m hi s poc ket, a n d il! a moment bad wre n ched and p eaceful contentment. whe n J esse J a m es e m e r ge d op e n t h e bo:s: . His e y e s we r e fill e d with happine ss as upon the hi ghway connecting Nayo wi t h Inde p ende n ce he gloated o,er t h e t r easu r es d isplayed b e fo r e h im. Jesse sec r e t e d his !10r se a t t h e e x trem e end o f a field The r e g reat stack s o f t e n twenty and five dollar skirting the highway and t h e n place d ove r his face a b ills, rolls of gold, bags of silver, and all o f this loot blac k 'mask whi c h concea l e d hi s features and turne d J e ss e t r a nsferre d to h i s po c k e t s a nd. withou t his coa t inside out. "Flven i n t hi s uncouth garl ?_, t h e r e a singl e word f urth e r. e i t h e r in s elfp r ais e o r o f w arnwas s o m ething about the outlaw t h a t s p e ll e d p o w e r in g to Fre d Stau nton, s t ep p e d d own into the road and and bravery J e s se sto od in his hi g h -toppe d b oots ca l m l.Y b egan extricating t h e d ead ho r s e f r om its b a r whil e a r ound hi s w a i s t was a broa d l e athe r b e lt, and ness and str a i g htened the team out into the road again, f a r in front of his right h i p whe r e hi s h and could rest min u s its d ea d ni g h l ea d e r J esse t h en cut t h e r em ainupon the m in a se cond, w as a brace of heav y a rm:v r e in g lead e r l o o se and with a n a mus e d s mil e on hi s f ace vol ve r s of high calibre b ound t o shoot bulle t s of the sa>l' t ha t the c oa c h w hi c h h a d h a d f o u r h oises attached most d eath-dealing kind. J e s se stood in a wide s h a d o w to it, had n o w on l y t wo. H e unbound Fred Staunton made b y a tree, e x actly j n the cente r of the road with f r o m w h e r e h e w as s ecure d t o o n e of the -front wheel s his h ee l s c los e togethe r and his two h ands r esting o n of t h e coa c h a n d at t h e po int of h is r e volv e r marc h e d the white i vory handle s of his r ev olv e { s The r attle of h i m to the rear of t h e eq uipage "he r e h e fasten e d the the o n c oming C'oac h a s it swaye d in the gutters and tmfortn na man to t h e c oac h b y a l o n g r ope, one e n d lurc h e d forward -in the str etc h es o f goo d road, ca m e of whi c h the outlaw turned into a h a ngman's n o os e and faintly to the outla w s ea r s a n d t h ere crept into drftl_y t h r e w onr t h e stage d r iver's head. J e ss_e's face the s napping li g h t always see m e d He t h en u n bound t h e l e gs of Stau nton but took ca re to huge r the r e w h e n a d ee d of v 1 o l e n ce of bl ood had t hat hi s arms w e r e still fir m l v se cure d Stauuto1i was begun. . . . t hu s ab lE' to walk, but t here w"as a rope a round hi s n ec k, It s ee ms m c r e d1ble, but m sp1t e o f t h e fact that f r om w hi c h h e c on l d n ot e xtri cate him s elf. b ec a n s e of all o f the wide cou ntry kne w tha t J e s s e and his b a_nd hi s b o u n d arm s Statm ton w as n ow s t anding abo u t t e n were out, and that Col e :Youn ge r h a d JOme d the m w1th f ee t from t h e c oac h i n t h e da n ge r o u s pos ition of havin g his band, t hat a coac h co ntaining a r o p e a r o und h is n ec k and his pe r il was in c r e as e d thousands of doll ars m b ank n otes g old be in a mom ent. w h e n J e ss e star t e d t h e t eam a n d urge d i t t o lurch thro u g h t h e c?untry w1th onl y a o n to a mad gall op b y striking ea c h h o r s e with hi s r e m charge There w a s !1 l a ug-h o n the f a ce of v o l ve r J e sse c ri e d i n hi g h p l easure as hE' s aw the .Jes se >yhe n h e saw t h 1 s co_nd1t1?J? H e kne w h e h o r s e s runn ing at t h e i r topmost spee d and th e driyer was go m g to be suc c e s sfulm r a 1 s m g funds t o contmu e runn i no as fast as h e co uld b e hind the c oa c h f o r the his blo od y of savi n g hi s li fe No oue coul d ev e r t e ll justJ esse pulled h1s two 1vory m ounted r ev ol ve r s f r o m wh e r e t h e s tao-e-drinr stumble d b u t whe n the c oa c h his h o l s t e r and raise d t h e w e a p o ns j u 'st as the coac h as fou nd. o n the sam e morning by s o m e farme rs, cam e clown the hill on a k een run of f o u r m e t alle d it w as d raggin g t h e h ,apl ess driv e r be hind it, b ecaus e h orses. wl w n h e had f a ll e n hi s ex ecution b? hangin g had im The r e was a flash and a s h arp retort, and the n igh m e diatel y occurred. In hi s afte:r-li fe, Jesse J am e s was leadin1g horse p lunge d forward 011 its h ead and f e U woi1t t o t e ll of t hi s as the gre a test joke the r oad, stone dead, f"ith a bullet from Jesse h e b a d ever p l ayed on a fe ll o w be ino-.


12 THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. CHAPTER VII. \ JESSE JAMES'S REVENGE. Feeling now in the position of funds enough to continue his campaign, Jesse James, the outlaw chief, secured his horse from the point where he had hidden it, and soon r esumed his journey. Hav in g secured his cas h he now thought of his re venge. An hour's further ride brought him to the farm owned by W illiam Kittridge, who had offended Jesse James because h e had refused to contribute fodder for the horses of the outlaw leader's companions and him self in a previous raid niad e in this part of the COlmtry by t h e outlaw chief. Kittridge, h a d by his r efusal, earne d the undying hatred of the Oliltlaw, and J esse James was d esirous of impressing upon every community at every possible chance, the :fiact that the gaining of the enmity of the J ames boys o r their associates was always followed by swift punishment. J esse had d ecided to teac h Farmer Kittridge what h e considered to be a needed l esso n As the outlaw r ode along, he sa w comjug toward him ropunted on a rangy dappl e d horse, the :figur e of a man whic h h e identified as l1is br ther Frank. "Hello, :B.,rank," Jesse hailed, when t h e lfad and Eran k gnve a o y ous shout when he J a Js broth er. "How in word did y on CQme heJ;e. asked Frank. "I came h e r e r e p li e d the ontlaw. "because I want to go and see Farmer Kittridge and (Lo a little business with him. B:v the I just h eld np the Kayo coach." "How mu c h cUd get1" "Rno1.1g-h boodl e to keep 1.1s go in g until we can ge t to th e next p lacP." "Did YOU take out our bit iu advance?" You b e t I did! Th e J am s boy s aren't go in g to get l eft. Not if I know it." Jesse .Ja mes winked at his h rotbe r Frnnk as h e spoke, and t heh in(Juire d as to t h e s n ccess of his bro'tper 's mission. "I saw a1l the boys I could :find," said Frank, "and I told them to go into camp t o you at Split Ro c k Road -yon mow. the p lace w e had se lected up among tb, e s plit ro ck:; ." right. But w e ''ye b ee n having a. lo t of trouble 8t Ro ck. There' s bern bloody murder and sud d e n death g o in g on t h e re!'' "That's no thing n e w whe ;revPr you ma:; be," l a nghingl:v e join e d "Tell me about i t Jesse detail e d the story of the attempt to ca ,pture him made b y t h e two unknqwn scouts, and Frank whistl e d s rilly when h e heard the tale. "Who those wo feUows that w e r e afte r yo n ask\!d Frank. "I don' t know." retnrnc d Jesse "but of c ourse. they nmst have been a couple of soldiers. Th ey .p11t up the slickest game that's b ee n h ande d to m e in Y e ars. In fact. no two m e n v e r got so near s in ce I started out in this game of o nrs. I fee l a little leary of tbose f e llows. whoever thev may be. beca u se it's the first time that nn ybo d y bas had t h.e nerve and brains enough to get nnyw1Jere n ear an:v camp that 1 haY e Psta blish ed." "That's right, but this was onl:; a snap-shot, anyway. Yon sPe we were all pretty disorganized by the unfortnnate n ecess ity of raiding that town after Bud Singl e t o n w as shot, klnd I suppose things. weren't run-n in g as they ought to be at the camp. We ought t o kill l\1ushy Cohen fo r letting those fellows get to him. "I kic k e d him good and plenty "Ki cking don't do a:Qy good It' s killing that that c hap n eeded.'' "It isn' t too late yet. "No, that' s true. But, Jesse, where are you bound for 1 "I'm going to make life one diz zy round of pleasure for Farme r Kittridge. '' ''You me au that f ellow that refused us hay and grain fo r our horses some time ago 1'' ''That's the ve r y chap!'' ''His farm i s around here somewhere, I r emember." "Yes, it is only a f ew miles from h ere. I want to go oyer there and show that farmer that h e won't do anybody any good, him self especially, b y d e f ying the Jesse J q;JTies gang.'' "All right, jog along, Broth e r Jesse, I'm with you!" Jesse 'and Frank, afte r about an hour of sharp riding, reached the farmhouse owned and o ccupied by William Kittrirlge The house was a Gothi c structure a story and a half in hei ght, with tiny dormer win.dqws, an d g reen bl1nds. and it:;; white painted ext erior, something unusual in Missouri at this period, indicated that it was the abode of a farmer of substance. This fact was evi denc.ed fnrther b y neat row of barns painted r e d with w,hit e trimmings, whic h from their size, showed that occupied pa.rt q f ;;t of extensive dimensions. Farme r Kittridge had more than a thousand acres of land under cultivatio n and his far:n1 supported s everal hundred head of stock, and h e had been one of the earliest of the Missouri farmers to s tart the business of breeding high-grade running horses. Jesse laughed in a sardonic 1nanner when he saw the peaceful s cene that lay b efore t h e eyes of h i ms elf and hi s broth er, as they looke d down t h e roadway leading to the quiet center of Fa;rmer Kittridge s wealth. \-\Then .'ou see Kittridge, Frank," said Jesse, "you pull your gun on him and make him walk out in the middle of t h e road. You tell him that your brother J esse has gone inside his barn to a Fourth of celebration Frank James grinne d b eca use h e saw his brother's program as soon as Jesse h a d spoken, and the couple s eparated, Jesse, going into the barn while Frank rode up to the front door of the neat old farmhouse and began thundering away with his gauntletted hand upon the lmocke 1 of the door. The polished brass knocker in the form of a lion's head, upon its c op p e r base nnd fill e d the interio r of tpe house with its stric1ent 'varnings. F arme r Kittridge, who was ivithln t h e honse. not knowi11g what to make of the sounds mn,cle by the 011tlaw at hi s front door, rushed out to as ce rtain the cm1se of so much noise, to find himself gazing withi: n the narrow depths of a r evolver barrel, b ehind whi c h the blue eye s and li g h t m ust11ch e of Frank James nnmistakablv told the farme r who his caller was. 'l'h e farmer in a moment that Frank James had retnrned to extort r eprisal for his temerity in refusing fodder for the-James gang more than a year before, and Kittridge's face turne d white with f ea r although h e spoke i10 words. ''Come o1,1t h e r e you ___ ,+ sn ee r e d Frank James. ' I don't propose to let yon get to a g un. Hold up yonr hands!'' Th e ti1n e-honore d an d time-worn phrase, so far as


I THE INDIAN WEEKLY \ 13 the J a m e s )Jo ys w e r e concerne d fill e d Kit tridge with alarm. H e ob eye d the summo ns i mm e di a t e l y. however. ''Marc h ou t a h ead of m e into the r oad!'' commande d Frank. The did a s h e w a s b a de, andl walke d ou t i n front of b 1 s home, F rank f ollowmg on his horse '' G e t down on .Your knee s !'' mutte r e d F:rank J and the f arme r obey e d. B y this time J e ss e had arrange d the Fourth of July celebration h e had spoken of The pre'li min a r y di splay c ame, whe n from the roof of the main barn of the farm d arte d a great cloud of thic k blac k smoke, showing that hundre ds of tons of hay in the uppe r part of the building had b ee n set on fir e Soon smok e and flames burs t from the othe r bui ldings surrounding the main s tructure, ana within t e n minute s J e s se Jame s had d arte d and thithe r with h i s own hands s etting :fire to e ve ry; outbui lding upon the Kittridge farm and a l so had ignite d t h e interior of the farmer' s hou se. Iri f a r l e ss time than it takes to des cribe the horrible , ac tio n, e v e r y building o w n e d b y Kittridge was a mas s o f flam e s In s om e of the buildings, cattle were c on fin e d "l'h e a lmo s t human shrie k s of t h e burning a n imal s m a d e a terrible s o u n d but both Fra n k and J esse J a mes appare n t l y enjoye d t h e a go n y o f the d ying brutes, f o r they l a u g h e d as i f t h e entertainment was t h e b est they had eve r witnesse d F arme r Kittridge upo n his knees, wat c h e d t h e entire d e molition o f the res u l t of years of p atie n t i ndustry on his part. All his property, s av e his a c r es h a d b ee n d estroyed t o s a t isfy the vindictive whim of an outlaw l eade r and his outlaw brothe l ; Kij;.tridge could not h elp but think that the l a w had f aulte d somewhe re, that allow e d suc h huma n d ev ils to burn a h hones t man' s property un d isturbe d. But he continue d to knee l with w h i t e f ac e and tightly drawn l ip s, not even d a rin g to vo ice a pro t est o ver the d estr1,1c ti o n of hi s pro p erty. Je,sse J a m e s, a f t e r h e had tho r o u ghly i gnite d all of t h e building13, walke d o ve r to F arme r Kittridge and b egan tau;nting him. Eve r y epithe t that an evil mind could d ev is e was hurle d upon the lmfo rtunate farme r K ittridge kne w that h i s on l y hop e of life was to make no r etort, and although h e was a man far on the shady side of life, h e felt tha t existe n ce was s till sweet t o him in spite o f his d e m o l i s h e d pro p erty. J esse a t l e n gth hav in g, a s h e tho u ght, s ufficiently taunte d his enemy, F arme r Ki ttridge orde r e d Frank to lead him up towards the m a i n burning barn, and turn him so that he would st and in a p osition with his face tow ard the confla g r ation and his bac k to the two o 'utla ws. Farme r Kittridg e f elt tha t his l as t hour w as approaching, 'and b egan muttering praye rs "Ge t out of the way Fra.nk, b a w l e d Jesse as h e dre w his revo l v e r fro m his b e lt. "I' m g oin g to make tha t l ook like a si eve.'' J esse rai s e d h i s r e volv e r and t ook c a r eful a im. It was his intention not to kill Kittridge im1ne di a t e l y, but to prolong his agony b y infli cting many painful but not fatal wou n ds. Jesse 's skill with the r evolver was r emarkable. H e se e m e b e a ble to shoot and hit his mark at an.y po int .. h e wished without taking the slightest ajm J esfle squinted a l ong t h e muzzle of h i s six-shoote r lJoweyer as he too k a i m a t Kittriq.g e b e c ause he di d J;JOt wis h to b e balked of J1is revenge by killing h i s vic tim at t h e fi'rst sho t. ,, ' C l ip his wirlgs a little, J e sse, b e fo r e y ou give him his d eath wound, 1 sneere d Frank, who stood near by with his 1 r e vol ve r in his hand. Fran k had ho l d of the reins attached to the bridles of the i r horses, and watched the scene with a critical ey e Just as J es s e 's lean fore finger was pressing the re v olve r and thus releasing its leaden height, ther e came the shrill c all of a bugle e choing d own from a hill along whi c h the highw a y l e d ''Charge '' roare d a voi ce. V lhat s tha t ? said Jes s e as h e low ered his weapo n without firing Again c ame the bugle note, shrill, c lear and inspiring. ''Soldiers '' his se d Frank James. ''Mount a n d get out of h e re, J e ss e H ere c om e the so l die rs!" This see m e d to b e the f ac t b e cause dart1ng down the hi ghway could se e n a man wav ing his hat and shouting with all h i s might. I ''Com e on, b oys C ome on!'' howled the heroic figure as it c ould b e see n spurring its horse's sides to inc i te t h e c r eatme t o r e n ewe d endeavor. "It's t h e Fifth Cava lry! yelle d J esse as h e saw the flying figure approac h i n g r apidly W e ve got t o r i de for our live s Frank I ' S carce a hundre d f ee t behind the first m ounte d form could be seen a sec o n d r i d e r. ,'Get out o f h e r e quic k, J esse ' shrie k e d Frank. ' I know t hat second fellow! It's Lieutenant Friend of the F i fth!' Th e outlaws at t h e be s t s peed they could get out of their ho r s es, r us h e d clow n the highway a way from w hat t hey b elieved t o be t h e organiz e d attack of C a p tai n F orrest and a tro op of his soldier s As the outla ws van i sh e d, F a r me r Ki ttridge f ell f o r ward o n hi s in a d ea d f aint. The r evulsiol). o f f ee l ing t hat came t o him w hen h e d iscove r e d that he was not t o h e as s assinated ow in g to t h e o ppo rtune arrival of ass i s t ance, was too m uc h for him and h e d i d not s ee t h e p itring f ace of Captai n F orrest l ea ning ove r h i m C H APTER VIII. THE Ol' C \PTAI::\1 FORRES T. Whe n Far me r K i ttrid ge regain e d con sc i o usness he lo o k e d about vainl y f o r the troop of cavalry whose opportune arrival he fe l t sure, h a d save d his life from b e in g t a k e n from hi m b y Jesse and Frank James. Instead of the t ro op o f cavalry he s a w the smiling face of Capta i n Percy F orrest o f the Fift h Cavalry looking d own on h i m w hUe hi s h and p oure d ge ne r o u s d oses of l iq u o r down the far n t e r 's throa t from a flask whi c h h e h eld in h i s h a nd, and with whic h he was trying to r e su scitate Kittridge Holding two s w eatc ov ered horse s he saw the stalwart f orm and grinning. f ac e of Lieutenant Friend Th e b ewilde r e d farme r l o ok e d at his two r e s cuers and hi s lips moved faintly 1 "Whe r e a r e the soldier s 1 h e s a id. "We are the soldiers l aughe d Captain Forrest: "That i s b e is on e soldier," s aid Lieutenant F riend ''and I a m the oth e r so l dier. One man would be s o ldi e r and w e b eing t wo, w e there fo r e are soldiers!,., Kittridge w a s b e wild e r e d and fina ll y m anaged to -murmur that he had heard, just before he fainted, t h e bug l e soundi n g the charge, and had a l s o h eard the


. 14 THE AMERICA N IND I A N WEEKLY voic e of Captain Forrest urging on h is troops in an effort t o rP e:ne t he farmer. "We ll. that was just a little ruse of mine," said For r est. ''Th e fa c t o f tb e matter is that we are all that there a r e h e r e of th e li'ifth Cavalry. We have just been hav ing a litt l e brush with the outla}YS ourselves, and for t unatel y, happene d to be around i n this \icinity when we s a w 1 h e s mok e al'ising from the burning buildings. vVe "c1e a m i l e or two away at that time, but we rode h a r d W e l'eae:he d the top of yonde r hill just "hen we saw yon bE>i ng l e d out for execution at the hands of J e s se Jmnes." Bnt h o a b out tl;Ie bugle?" falter e d the farmer. ' H e r e it is,'' repli e d Forrest. '' 'l'his horse I am rid ing b e l o ngs to the bugler of our troop. He forgot all a h o11t his bugl e when he turne d his horse over to m e Jt wa s s winging at m y saddl e pomme l in,its usua l phHc wh('n w e s t arte d on the lon g str etch of that hill, and [ c onlcl l e e that if I didn' t do something quickly th a i y ou wol.flc;l b e assass inated .. BPin g a bright interpolated Lieutenant FriE>nd, "Ponest ounde d the charge on the bugle, ho,,lc d 1 i]; e a man i ac as he usually does when he is g oing into actiOJ1, for his men to follow him. and I r epresenting the troop and being his men' rushP d nftE>r him and y e ll e d just as l ou d as lie did. By lin t o f many anoth e r lmgle charge, a f e w re v olv e r apd tJ1rough ki cking hol es in the ribs of 011r .r;;, w e managed to put up a very good military we made Jesse Jm:nE)s think we -weTe th e e J )tire .Fifth Cav::tln" and incidentally we s ave d 'our life!'' Fan. n e r Kittridge, a l t h oug h heartsi ck over the fi nanc ial loss h e had sustained, was thankful to escape with hi s life, at t h e s u ggestion of Captain Forrest, who nssist e d in t h e op erati on, a stray horse was caught a mi t h e Parmer .started back toward the village of Nayo his sou liv e d and wh ere h e said he could r e mai1l fo a f e w clavs. out of r e ac h of the outlaws in cas e th e ) r0tnrned, still determined to assassinate him. As soon as ilhe h a d been dispos e d of For rest lool11cl b e ca n se h e saw there no further us e f or his r e macining in this vicinity. ':Forre st kne w al o. that it would be dangerous to re main lo gflir in c as e Jesse and Frank James returned, for i f cbd c ome back, t h e) would quickly see how hncl b egimrnt of eavalrv. Captain ForrE)st and Lieutenant Friend had escape d from t h e pu:rsnit b,v the outlaws near the Sp lit Ro c k Camp hnt rmiy wit)1 extreme Th e two fic ers hnr 1 b eNl Clilablecl to make t heir :Aight the desp 0rat0 rxpe client of dmnling back on their tracks and nsing th e ir \YOodcraft gain e d in many Indian up risin!!s. had wormed themselves back through the narrow strip of t imber snrrounding the outlaw camp. and h::td mannged to do so nnobs e n e d by taking achnnta::re of. pven possibl e shelter. ThE>y had :finall:)' issu e d out on the Split Rock Road and had got t e n back to their secreted hors es. and knowing that the ontlaws were now fully aware of their bein g i n the vicinity, and feeling that further scout dnt.y wns 1mnE>cessary, at least nt this mom ent, the two pursuers of the law breakers had started back to,vard Nayo, and had thought -by hard riding that they could escape the treacherous gang. 'l'hey had managed to evade pursuit, and then they w e r e able to get back to the road on which was the farm of Wmialn Kittridge and, at the psych i c moment when the farmer was about to be assassinated by Jesse J ames, had b een enabl e d to clash down upon the scene and b y a clever ruse drive off the bandits they had b e e n able to accomplish their murderous purpose. Captain Forrest, as he rode away with Li eutenant Friend from t h e scene of vand a lism committed by the Jame s boys, knew that h e bad thrown n o w his profes siona l reputation into the scales in the hopes that it would outweigh an outlaw's astuteness, and that it was now a matter of hon o r with him to either capture or kill Jesse and Frank James. It was with no liglit heart that t h e brave officer contin u e d his journey, re volving at the same time in his mind a plan that h e had hatched there, which made h im f e e l that its successfu l accom plishment wo uld ena ble him to perform the dangerous mission he was upon. .Jesse James an d Frank James, after riding. several miles at the best speed of which their hors es were ca pabl e and then finding that they were not being pursnecl what they thought was the major portion of the United States Fifth Cavalry, halted and looked at each other in disma y. .' ''I ,:vonder if we ran away from a shadow?'' sneered J esse James. "I don't know," r eplied Frank. "I don t know what we ran awa:v from, but we ran away right smart!" "I saw that f e llow. Cap' Forrest and his s ide partn e r Li eutenant Friend, coming like a couple of demons clown the road, and I passed up my hand.'' ''Nothing doing for me, beau!'' '"l'hey snrP. P.ame swift." replied Jesse "What got rne. w as that bugle sound. You can't fool me, b u t I hE>nrd a bugle soui1d 'Charge!' .Jesse tnrned the entire situation over in his mind, and with the subtle adroitness of which he was ca pable, figured out that the mo vement had been wise, in escap ing from the position in which they had ,been found when Forrest c ame charging down the hill even if he had not had behin d him a troop of United States Cavalry soldi e rs. J0sse could not help recalling the dread tbat Cole Younger had exhibite d in having what had -appea r e d to him to b e the paralyzed arm of the United States govemment raised against the o utlaws. Jesse was shrewd and at first had laughe d at the fact that the Fifth Cavalry had been called into action against him and his dependent c r eatures. But when h e came to think more gravely upon the subject, he had seen that hi s situation was a s e rious one and lie eventually a r r ived at the same conclusion as had Captain Forrest that eithe r the United States Cavalry must exterminate J esse James, or Jesse James must exterminate Captain Forrest, who up to the present time was the militant force in the field of the Unite d States' forces "It looks to me," said J esse, "as if we had better dnst out of h ere and make some point other than Split Rock for the meeting place of our men ''Where will we find a better place 1' 1 asked Frank. "We have started out on this raid, -and we can't drop it now for any brush with the United States troop Th ere's nothing in it. this bucking up against soldiers, but r e m e mber, y ou sent me out to send all the boys t o


THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. 1 5 Bplit Ro<.:k, after t h ey h a d a ll separated when we were the to a high d egree of l\Iissouri elegance attack e d b y the soldi ers bac k at Nayo. What are y ou 'l' h ere w as a polish e d m a hogany bar a t o n e end o f the go ing to do with alL o f the men that will com e strag-room, with a large plate g l ass mirro r behind i t, and gling ba c k in twos and thre es ? You see, I didn' t see range d a lon g in front of the mirro r o n a litt le s h elf a ll of the m e n, but got up against those that I c ould and w e r e many glas s es. Signs around the room bore l e gends. told the m t o S l!CJ w l J .. ; "' a ud to uotify any One sign s a i d "Gentlemen must treat ladies a f t e r each othe r of the boys they came across : dance ' 1 All mixed drinks one doll ar.'' '' Tickets '' That' s so; I d idn't think of that! I don t s uppo se f o r t h e d a nc e hall 'l'wo Dollars. Each tic k e t i s goo d for that more than half of our boy s have shown up, and two drinks if we Split Rock C amp we will be A bi g horsesho e swung from a c r ystal c h andelier in our c ompanions. Whoever is chasing us will get bac k the cente r of the room. 'l' he center of the h o r ses ho e and turn out the soldi ers and they will lay low and bore the words '' Welco me. ' Anothe r sign said pic k off the r eturning partie s and we won't b e the r e Gentleme n w ho shoot out the lights o r injure t h e bar t o h e lp in the fight. 'l'h e onl y thing that we can do, I furniture must be prepare d to s ettle with the proprie gue ss is to remain in c amp at Split Rock for the t or. ' ' Any lady who draws a gun in t h is d a n ce pre s ent, and if the soldi ers make it too hot for us we house, wiJl. be immediatel y r emoved from the p lace ' can scatte r and run after t h ey have attac k e d us. The cl? n ce -hall prope r was r e a c h e d b y a do o rw a y at The two outlaws con v ersed upon the question of the ri ght of the bar. A polish e d and waxe d ,floo r ma inin g or not r emaining at Split Rock Camp for some s how e d wh e r e the d evotee s of the d a n ce en jo ye d them time A ft"e r careful d e liberation they decid e d to stay se lYes. The r e was a little r ais e d platform wh e r e t he i n th e c amp, at least for the present, and Jesse d e o r c hestra playe d ni ghts Th e o r c h estra consiste d o f t he spatc h ecl ] "rank back to Col e Younger, who had been nsual thing-a c olored m a n who playe d a rickety l eft in command of the outlaw forc es, to acquaint him piauo whil e another c olor e d man sa\\.-e d o n a vio li n, with the d ec ision. until h e m a d e it wail in protest. m ea nwhil e "calling off" J es s e did not t e ll Frank whe r e h e was going, except t h e various figur e s in t he' dan ce For the purpose o f to s a y that h e w ould return to the Split Rock camp eng a g in g i n th e dancing pastime, the y oun g h alf l ater on. Afte r Frank had left Jesse the latter mounted c riminal e l e m ent that frequente d the pla c e bough t a his horse agairi and started off clown the road, eventut i c k e t a t the bar for two dollars and went into the ally g e tti11g to a r oad t h m J e d b a c k to the village of room and s e l ected any p artne r h e wished a mong the Sa.\o, ancl iu the c ourse of tim:e, reached the hamlet num e rous f e males who lin e d the sette es along e a c h sid e and boldly rode clown the main street. of the room. A sign show ecl that the art of s e l ec tion in It was a foolish thing to do it would appear on the the m e th o d u s ed sometim e s ende d jn quarre ls Th e surface, b ec ause, Jesse, by taking this action had sign said "Any two gentle m e n s e lecting the s am e plunge d himself into a town seething with desire to must not fight eithe r in the dance -hall or th e bar. G o anest him. 'l'h e r e was not a c itiz e n in the place who ontsidr to do your shooting. \\'oulcl not have tired c on c lusions with the outlaw im. Roaring Bill Bradley "n:;; nlo n e in the bar-room of m ediate ly, had the y known of presence eithe r by his d ance -hall wh e n Jesse James ente red. th e resort shooting .Jess e 'from ambush o r b y trying to overb eing t enantle ss save for its proprietor. pow e r him forc e of numbe rs. Jesse's skill with the ,Jesse James had pulled l1is wide-brimm e d f elt h a t far r evolver was so well know1i that no c itizen of Navo down over his drawn brows, and, as it was not usual would have faced the out1aw and attempted to kill for a horseman to drop into the place to get a drink, him in an open fight. Roaring Bill at first paid little attention to the custo-Jesse had upon his reputation for dexterity m e r. ,Jesse walked up to the bar and Bill turne d l a zil y with deadly weapons to k e ep from an open attack and around and in a g ruff voi ce aske d his e usto me r what the outlaw's sharp e:ves darted hither and thither as h e h e e oulcl do for him. rode rapidly through the streets. his purpose being not "Gimme a chink!" said J es s e to run into an ambush. The c itizens of Nayo however Roaring Bill produce d a bottle half fille d with did not dream that Jesse Jame s would thus dare to from his sto c k pac k e d in i c e in a little coppe r ride into the town, and the solitary outlaw horseman t ank underneath the bar. but Jesse James w a v e d this was not disturbed in his progress. nwnY with a sn ee r. Jesse soon r e ached the dance hall where Bud Singleo' your b a r whiske:v for min e the o ntl aw ton's foolish quarrel with Edward Filkins had precipisaid 'Give. me som e o' that fancy dope u p the r e tated the events which had just transpire_ d. The dance alongsid e o.E those glasses!" hall was kept by Roaring Bill Bradley, who had a Bradley did not understand the gruff voi ce of his notorious reputation in the town. Roaring Bill was caller but he turned to get the bottle indicated, whi c h what is known as a "false-alarm bad-man." He had was of the type known as "Nigg'er Whiskey and as figur e d in many shooting episodes, but was noted for he turned away Jesse drew his reyolver. never going into one without having the odds on h i s There was a startling explosion and the ne c k of the side. ""' bottle held in Bradley's hnnd flew over among the shindance house kept by Roaring Bill Bradley was of ing glas<;es, reducing s e vernl of them to bits of broke n the usual Missouri type of these days. It was in a low cr,7stal. two-story frame building, on the single spidery street J e sse did not fire again. but Bradley shoved his harid of the town. The upper floors were divided into down in 1mder the bar for the purpose of getting at gambling rooms where there was a faro-lay out, a rouhis glm which lay there in plain sight. Here, you!" lette table, a keeno game and little rooms used by snnrled Jesse, "Don't touch that glm!" poirer parties. The outlaw drew another revolver from his holster Down stairs the front of the building was devoted with hjs left hand, and he levelled it at Roaring Bill's to the bar itself. Roaring Bill Bradley had fitted up head.


I' 16 THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. "borl. 't you mov e hissed the outlaw. Roaring Bill did not move. ''Jesse James!'' he muttered. "You bet i t 's Jesse James," the outlaw replied. "I thought I'd come and make you a sociable morning call.'' "Now, Jesse, what's the use1" whined Bill. "I've always b ee n a friend of yours. What do you want to come i n her-e for, like this, and muss up a gentleman's ''One or my boys told me the othe r day,'' snapped Jesse, you said that if Jesse Jam es came into your saloo n that you'd cut his heart o ,ut and hang it ,up on the chandelier! I am here waiting for yo u to do the cutting!' ''I never said n o such thing!'' protested Roaring Bill. ou know, Jesse, I always thought you were a p er fect' gentle au. Anything I've got is yours. ' ,Jesse lang ed in a strange manner. He walked over to the ba ; r, still keeping , r evolver trained upon Roari11g head, and h e pom e d out a glassful of wl1i skev. you c om e over here, Bill. and take a drink with me," c outinn13d Jesse. ":No don' t put your hands do wn. G e t down ana lap up that boOZ\3. Iu spite of his protestations, Roaring Bill 1Yas forced to 'hol his hands up i n the air, lean ove r guasp the whisk, e y o-lass is teeth and drink as much of i t a .he coultl l,lnder t h e embarrassing circumstances. The fier stuff caused the dance-hall pr'opr ietor to choke and f>Wear, but neyettheles15, he managed to get a good portion whiskey down his throat. "ThaU s th e way dogs drink," hissed Jesse. "You're nothing but common e v ery-day dog, so I made y ou drink the way you. sl10u ld. You run, a dance-h all, Roaring Bill, and I'm going to see how yo u can dance R B ill w eighed two hundred and fift y pounds, a n d 1\as m i lt a ccording to his weight .. "\7\Thy, Jesse I can't dance!" he whined. Bang! The shot from t h e rev lverin J esse's right hand n atly clipped the straps on the right boo t of the dance 1iall roprietor. "Dan,ce! howled the Ol;ltlaw. Swe ar iuo-l 1);:e :;t certain arm:v in F landers, Roaring1 Bill a"rkw1,1,rdly began to :;;huftl e about o his feet. JessP ,Ta 1es er do:ved the spectacl e htugely. like a bear!" bawled Jesse. "Hey. Bill! Hit iit u Roaring Bill tried to dance a little faster. Bang! W Pnt Je; e 's re\olver. The shot neatly cut the straps on left h opt. and he began t o dance with m o r e abandon. "Whirl around, Bill," cried Jesse. "Give us so;ne fancy steps.'' Roaring Bill knew tha t Jesse was in a humor where h e might do anything, so h e did "hit it up" and with e lephantine grace gambole d around the r-oom. "Get up on th,e bar. Bill," commanded J e sse. "Dance up and down the bar, an d if you fall off. I'll kill 1 Roaring Bi,llmade heavy w eather ip getting-up on top of the bar, but he did so finally and capered about, doing his best t o satisfy the outlaw and for half an h our the nnfor-tunate dance-h all keeper shuffled about while cutflew iu eve r y direction and the bar looked as if a <'yclone had struck i t. ,Je e urged on Ro aring Bill, and ever-y now and then stalke d np t o t he l:ar an4 poured himself out a glass of 1rhiskey. ln fift een : minutes h e had con s um e d enough liquor to have floored an ordinary man; 'l'he fiery stuff, however, did not intoxicate Jesse in the' slightest degree. Instea d, it appeared to excite all the fierce instincts in the m a n. His face grew whiter and a deadlier light began to creep into his eyes with each drink. Stm training the r e volv e r in his left hand upon the dance-hall keeper, Jesse turned loose with the weapon in his right hand. A shot crashed into the mirror and ruined it . Anothe r shot ploughed its way among the bottles and the glasses, and before six shots had been fired, the bar was absolutely wrecked. J 'esse shoved his empty weapon into hi s right boot and yanked anothe r gnn from his hip pocket. ''I came down here to give you a warning, Roaring Jesse l eered, as he walked quietly to the door. Roaring Bill, .st ill dancing, said nothing. ''I you say again,'' added Jesse;'' if you evermake' a single r-emark about me I'll come back and fill you so full of bullets that you'll s ink in a tumbler of water. Jesse backed toward the door, and as h e did so, he s li ghtly lo wered his r e volver. 'l'his was Roaring Bill's opportunity. The dance-hall propr-ietor ran hi s hand into the breast of his jacket and with a wonQ.edully quick motion drew a revolver and fir-ed it point blank at Jesse James. Jesse staggered back for the bulle t had struck him directly in the waist. As h e fired, Roaring Bill tumbled down behind t h e bar out of ran. ge o Jess.e's w ea pon b ecause he did 'not know how badly tile outlaw was injured, and did no t fee l like t aking c hance s of a return shot. CHAPTER IX. A FIGHT WITH THE OUTLAW. J e sse J ames, as 'be staggerecl back, felt sure that he w as fatally wounded. H e ran his hand down to his waist, expe,cting to find that his blood was running freelS i from a gaping wound, but instead, saw t hat Roaring Bill Br-adley's bullet had struck him in the cen t e r of the broad leather belt which bor13 a square gilt buckle. This buckle had reflected the bullet and thus save d Jesse James's life. Th e outlaw was uninjured! Although h e had shot up Roaring Bill's place and-once more had gratifi e d his private r-evenge, Jesse Jinew that hi s position was b y no means an enviable one. H e had gratin e d his revenge, but from the sound of the tramp li i)g of horses' f ee t in, the street outside the dance house and from the loud shouts that came to his ears and many revolver shots, J esse knew that town had b een alarme d and that citizens were arming for the purpose of hurrying to the saloon as rapidly as they A bell in the church began ringing rapidly atnd Its brazen note e..cho e d through the place. J esse feared t h a t Roaring Bill would shoot again, and h e was also afr-aid that his horse, which b e had left outside, would b e capture d b y the eitizens, and. thus his means of gl'!tting out of town would be taken from him The nerve of the outlaw did not desert him. Crouching down, be tiptoed to the window ove'rlooking the street, and to his delight saw his horse standing mo tionle ss a lthough he looked up and down the stree t ca refully, no sign of the citiz.ens could be seen although' the church b e ll continue d ringing, shots in the dist' ance


.. THE AMERICAN INDIAN \VEEK L Y. 11 1. . could be heara, and Jesse surmised that theinhabitants at the co.unter itself in hopes of it and were meeting at the church, no single man having the thus gettmg to his assailant it was ineffectual. l'he hardihood, apparently, to face the outlaw. It was this counter had been made for just such emergencies of fear on the part of people that had so mahogany reinforced with an inner lining of sheet many times worked in favor of the bandit. steel, so that Jesse's bullets only buried themselv es in Bradl ey, meanwhi le, was carefully keeping his vast tl:1e wood, the inner steel sheath acting as a bomb proof bul k the as vrell as he could and yet at the fort. l!..,or several minutes, absolute silence reigned in the same tlme, was trymg to edge around so that he could saloon, s av e for the heavy breathing of the two men. get a shot at Jesse. Bradl ey was a typical gambler and E3:ch was in perfect phys ical shape, and gun-fighter and he was a remarkably good shot with a neither of the men suffered materially from their flesh six-shooter, but he was not the peerless absolute genius wound. J esse was determined to wreak vengeance -w:ith a revolver which gave Jesse entire superiority o ver upon the dance -h all keeper, and the latter was fighting h1s fellow gun-men It was the ferocity of disposition for his life. and the abnormal desire to kill people that made Jesse Jesse could not unde1stand why the in the Tames such a deadly power in the l and. Ungoverned tovvn did not begin to appear upon the scene, but he by law, r ejoicing in b l ood the mere fact to Jesse J.ames, figured in his mind that this was probably due to their that a man was lying behind a mahogany counter doing being leaderless. his pest to into a position where h e cou l d successThis was, indeed, the cause. It was almost an liDfully shoot hlm, had no .terrors. b e lievable situation that an outlaw could 'ride into a Jesse was d ete rmineu, if he possibly could, to "get" t.own and engage in a combat with a saloon and danc e Roaring Bill Bradl ey. Roaring Bill on the other hand, h a ll keeper which no w had lasted almost an hour, withthirsted for the notoriety of killing Jesse James. There out som e represe nta-tive of .law an d order stopping the could be but one Ultimate result to such a position. One fight. Th e town of Nayo, ho weve r did not possess a of the m e n would eithe r have to b e killed or so d es perpoli c e force and the solitary lesso n taught the inhabitatel y wounded that he could not continue the combat. ants of the place by the burning and looting of the Roariug Bill manage d to edge bulk around, the bank, the destruction of Mrs Leonard F:llkin 's home edge of the counter and fir e d a shot at Jesse, who had the assassination of young Edward Filkins, and the overtmnecl two or three chairs, making an impromptu ing of the t"\vo other citizens of the place, had driven all bulwark before him. Roaring Bill let fly with his the men in t1Hj l1amlet into a state of n ervous fe ar. They weapon, but the shot only buried itself in the woodwork dared not attack Jesse J a mes, although the odds were of one of the chairs. Roaring Bill had the best of the proabsolutely in'their favor. The only man in the town with tectivc measures adopted b y each fighter, but Jesse bravery enough to attempt any untold act, lay under at the smoke and flam e which issued from his op-the maple tree, whethe r d ea d or alive after Jesse J ames pon ent's weapon and was .lucky enough to land his had shot him, none of h}J> friends knew. -bullet in Roaring Bill's left forearm: The impact of that be must close the combat the shot caused Bm to drop his revolver, but he quickly for h e not know ex::1ctly what steps the grasped the weapon with his right and uninjured hand, were takmg, and so the outlaw _moved a little t o and took another quick shot at Jesse A little puff of.the r1ght, reached back and grasped his hat which the dust flew up from Jesse's coa:t in the upper part of his from Roaring Bill's r evo lver bad bru

't' l' 18 . THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY . ,_ jump upo)\1 the _back of a horse from the ground with out touching a stirrup, y e t Jesse to perf?rm this feat at any time and his horse, tramed for JUSt such e m erge n c i es, Z vithout a pr!'lliminary movement, jmnpe d o a gallop and Je sse tore clown the stree t and out into tb e country ana was soon l os t to vi e w a l ong the country road. For the se c ond time in two weeks, Jesse James had sho t up the fate d town of Nayo, and h a d added a name to th e li s t of those who h 'ad died at the rmgmg summon s of his w eapon. ,Je s se rode h a 1 ;d, as was his custom, until h e was joine d by his brothe r Frank, who after h e had seen Col e Younger and delivered their leader's message, Had r etrace cllris "ay toward Nayo. Frank was somewhat worrie d at not finding J e sse near the place w h e r e he h a d left him but whe n h e saw his brother coming, as sume d hi s u ;nal air of bravado and 'vith a wave of his hand greeted him. ''H e llo J e ss e ' said Frank. '' W11ere 've you been 1'' "I' ve b ee n a J?rivate matter with Roaring Bill Bradley." 'Do "OU think tha t 's a brotherly thing to ques tion e d Frank i a grieved ton e "It s ee ms to me that vo u cnwht uot o haYe gone out on a game like that "> h f A without invitin g me a long. to see t e 1m. n;re y ou hit?" Th e gash in ,Te ss e 's shoulder from ""'h.i ch the blood had flow e d fre ely staining his coat, to Frank that l 1 is brothe r \iVas wounded. 4 scratch r eplied J e sse. "How abont the ot her f ellow? as k ed Frank. ''I got Roaring Bill right plumb in the c enter of hi s che$t I let him have one of those mu.shro0m pullets and it ende d his useful career as a dance-hall keeper in the neatest possible vvay. '' ''Good boy, J e s s e!'' replied Frank. ''I'm g l a d yo u settled R'oaring Bill He's been too mouthy around here fo:t: a. good )t time we stoppe d Ins If there s 3;nythmg I h ate. 1t s tcr have peopl e talk about me pehtnd by back. But you had be-tter eome down in the b0ttom land over b y that creek at o n r right and let me see how badly you are, hurt." Th e pain from the flesh wound suffe r e d b y the bandit was c ginnin g to b e felt, so Jesse accepted ad vice and t h y w ent to the cree k where Frank : vashe d his br6thE>r's wonnds and bound them up w1th the rongh snrge r:y so w ell known to the outlaws who were stoppe d from ac tivity oniy by a fatal wo:und. Frank hRd slung a c ross his horse when h e h a d left the c amp. a cold lunch, and the two o u t l aws mana gE>d to pangs of Jl'il e they ] aid. deeper plans for the;n future gmdancc. "How arE' i ihings nt t h e c::1mp? asked J esse ''PrettY ff!ir. '' "Is Co.l e Yonn ge r tre flting t h e boys "Yes." "Boys a ll s::1tisfiecl ? "SePm to be. "What's the m atte r ? You don't speak very brisk." "Mush y Cohen seems to think that b e 's running the whole show. Cole Younger has appointed him second in command of th e b.oys and some of the boys are g r owling." "Some of the men we've got now wo11ld growl if they were in Paradise. But I don't blame them for kickin g on Cohen He hasn't got s and enough to lead a bunch of rabbits. in a r aid through a lettuce patch.' ''Well, lie ':s getting k ind. of bras h. I didn' t very muc h ; because I knew yo u had a. way of setthng those little matters, But I guess it's up to you to hurry to the camp and try to quell this new who is trying to l ead our boys to his kmd Land.'' .Jess e studied over the words of his brother, but 'he did not think the revolt of : Mushy Cohen was par ticularly dangerous, althoug h he appreciated fact that with the unruly e lements that made up h1s band, ;:t mutiny of any kind; no matter how slight, .liable to extend until it became a dangerous propos 1 t10n to handle. But Jesse had a way of coping with situations of this kind many of which had a _risen in his career, and he dismlssed the entire matter from his mind with a m ental reservation that when the proper time came h e would deal a solitary punishment out upon Have you heard an ything of the soldiers 1 asked J e ss e "l-Iaven 't heard a s:in g l e t hing of them." "No one been spying around the camp 1 "Not ti1at I can find out." ''What do you suppose has become of that Captain Forrest and his adjutant, Lieutenant I haven't the slightest idea. \V' e have kept close watch about the camp against any_ possible surprise, but no one has shown up. and things have been as 'peaceful, so far as attack i s as you could possibly imagine." "It beats me w h y we haven't attack e d long si;nce this by the Fifth Cavalry," "vVell Jesse that's the other man's game. I suppose that know s c_ards he's and he's going to play the game m .h1s own way. "I know what cards we're holding, and those don't bother me any, What I would like to do -would be to l earn what the other fellow holds." ''Of course that's a good plan, but it seems to me tllat the best thing to be done is for us to stand pat. We don't wai1t to draw any more cards and if Forrest does, let him! He has at b est, only three troops of the F'ifth Cavalry with him, and I'll agree to hold our camp against the tbree best regiments the United States Army can turn out.'' "The Cavalry have n't any artillery them, and they can't nm their up Spht Rock, If the y tried t0 come up afoot, there w1ll be reversed boots in cavalry saddles tha n you eve r saw m all Y?Ur life, and tbe band will b e playing dirges and nothmg e l se for the next six months. "I know all about th3lt. We won't have to dust out of Split Rock until we get read y, I think. All the same, I wish I knew where Forrest and Friend could b'e found. Sometimes the wish of a man is gratified immediately. J esse, as h e spoke. was back and fort};l, with h abitual caution, g lancmg here and there1 for In his mind there always lurked the fear of the assassin. "What's that 1 questioned Jesse, as he toward the highway. "It looks like a man," answered Fra n k. "It is a man. "Can you tell who it is?" "Too far o ff."


THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. 19 "It looks to me, Jesse, as if that was Captain Forrest:'' "Is he alone 7" "He certainly is." ''On horseback 1'' ''Yes.'' < ''How far off is he, should ypu ''About a mile .'' -, ''Then be will be here in about ten minutes. It do esn' t look to me as if he was rjding fast.'' "No, it cloes not look as if h e was in any hurry." "I have a plan." "What is "Let' s go up and capture tha t .fellow." "I don't know. Pretty dangerous, holding up an army cifllcer. '' "I don't care if. he's an army. I'm going. to hold him up.'' Jesse and Frank hid themselve s in the woods that slrirted the road in its most lonely spot. The country round about was of a rural character, dotted here and the_re by heavy timber and well watered by numerous streams. ,Jesse James a lways took advantage of soli t?-ry and wooded spots in which to surprise his enemies and h!'l and his brother lay clos e to the roadway awaiting the arrival of Captain P ercy Forrest, who was r id ing toward them, not dreaming of his danger. Captain Forrest was at least ten miles away from Split Rock, on finother road. and lie had no suspi cion t hat the two outlaws were lying in wait for him. If he had known of his danger, he not h ave despatched his frien d and companion, Lieutenant Oscar Friend, to a high bit of land at his left. with instructions to search the surrounding c o .untr:v with his field g l asses. CHAPTEH X. DOOM r OF THE BANDIT BROTHERS ., Captain Percy Forrest rode gaily into the ambush and before he was even awar e of the presence of his enemies t h e two outlaws Jesse and Frank James, a lasso thrown by Jesse from his p l ace of plucked the army ofllcer from his seat an d pulled him backwards as the fatal rope settled around his arms, while his mettlesome steed vanish ed down the road. Captain Forrest was insensibl e when Frank James, with a loud hurrah, dashed to his side. Captain Forrest recovered his senses, however, in a moment, and sat up feeb l y and looked about him w ith_ a wondering gaze. ''Where am h e asked. "That's an old gag, sn eered J e sse Captain ForFest kne w instantly that he was the prisoner of J esse and Frank James, but h e only smiled slightly at the answer of one of his captQrS, and COn tinued looking at Jesse as if t h e outlaw was a new kind of bug "What's your asked Jesse. "You know it all right," replied the army officer. "Will ;vou telf me what you're doing here 1" ''I-did not learn anywhere that you have the right to cross-examine me." Jesse knew that it would be impossibl e for him to ext:r;-act any information from the offic e r and as it was now getting to be between four and five o'clock in the afternoon, he laughed fiendishly and ordered Frank to bring the lariat from the pommel of his saddle, as the one that usually swung at his saddle bow was being use d f o r the purpose o f c onfining the army officer. . 'I. a m go i n g t o m a k e short work of y ou,'' hissed Jesse Prank J ames threw the noose of the l asso around the officer's n ec k hurled th e end of the rope over the end of the limb of a tree under which they were standing, and with a long, pull, the body of Captain Forrest was whirled from the ground and hung dangling in t he air by its neck. L e a ving Captain Ji'orr est t o strangle to death for all they care d a. s rapidly a s he wished or as slowly as he d esired, Jesse and Frank James mounted theii: horses and rocle rapidly away The life of Captain Forres t hung by a thread. IIe, fortunately for him h a d been strung up to di e b y the rope so quickly and so bungingly b y the outlaws that a portion of the rope had caught in the collar at his thus s a v ed him fro m instant strangulation. H e could not save himself; b ec ause his legs and arms w ere pinione d. Enduring horrible agon:v and slowly beginning to los e consc i ousnes s wi t h a tre m endous ringing i n his h ead a s the rope press e d upon his windpipe, Captain. Ji'orr est, who was p e r fectly consc ious, although rapidly fading into the border lin e o f oblivion, felt in his h eart that h is last mornent bad c ome. The n he felt himself r a is e d by his legs a knife was ins e rted b e t veen his n ec k and the rope. Th e rope parted and a rus h of air c ani e to the laboring lungs of Forrest, and b e sank, as it s e em e d to him, from a tremendous h eight down into a d ee p Yall e y with the terrible sensation comes when on e sinks beneath wave s in a tempest at sea. The next sens ibl e moli}ent that came to Forrest WtiS when he opened h i s eyes and saw leaning over him the h orrified countenance of Lieutenant Frie nd. Porrest smiled feeb l y and trie d to sit up. His head swam so that he cou l d see. But afte r a few moments his v igorous f r am e threw off the e ffects of his terrible peril ancl finally he was enabled to gasp feebly his thanks to his companion for his opportune arrival. "Don't mention it," said Friend w ith a feeble attempt at a joke. "It seems to me that you >Youlcl do as much for me if our positions had been reversed. But I hope I shall, never dangle at a rope's end the way you have b e en doing. How did it happen 7 " I don't know, replied Forrest. I was riding along looking back for : ou when the James boys chucked a lasso at me and pulled me out of my saddle. Th e n the y aske d m e a fe, y questions, thre w a rope around m y n ec k and strnng me up to t}1e tree Oscar, if hadn' t happene d alon g, I d have been a d ead man in a moment more." "I was riding afte r : o u. r eplied Friend, a .ncl not seeing you anywhere, concluded that yo u were further ahead and wh e n I c am e a c ross your riderl ess horse gal loping do"n the I knew that some disaster had com e upon yon I put spurs to my h orse and at length happened to spy you hanging to this tree. Say, oldman, I t hrew a fit! I thought yo u were dead! So I jumped off my horse and rushed to your assistance, cut t hat infernal lariat with-my hnnting knife, and luckil y, after pouring about seventeen' quarts of whisk;ey more o r less clown you r throat, brought yo n back to 1ife." "I was pretty near over into the other world, said


THE AMERI C AN INDIAN "I don't remember much after the outl aws out our and rip particular Hades out of the strung' me up, except at first there was a terrible feeling Jesse JameS band. I don't think it would do 'us a of choking. Then azure, purple, violet and reddish particle of good to return to that outlavy camp at lights began to flash before my eyes, and there wa,s a present, and before going any further I think l will distinct and terrible roaring 'in my head. r began t.o pass this whole matteF up to my commanding officer, have a feeling of intense lightness, as if I were soaring Maljor General Williamson, and. take his ruling' i n the away somewhere where I did not know . Then I heard matter." 1 the sound as i many b e lls were toiling, and then tpere W4ile the two officers proceeded back to the village came absolute oblivion: I remember no more until I of Nayo, Jesse .Tames, and his companion Frank, : \ vho came back to consciousness with a shock and found nrmly b elieved that they had murdered their en.en;ty, you bending over-me.'' . Captain li'orrest, wended tlfeir way1 s wiftly back, to "If that's' the way it feels to be hanged, for Spht R.ock Camp. Cole Younger met them as soon as :rrllne, thank you!', passed the sentries with c .onsternation writ' "It see ms to ine," said Forrest, "that I've' got to ten upon his face and told them -that Mashy. Cohen and tak,e this imprompttl execution of me out of Jesse James another known as Little Willy McKinney had in some way or other. I've be e n working along here on iJ?c1uce d a half dozc;l:ri. members of the barj.d of outlaws, this doing m y duty in the past, but 1'1!1 out now to. join the m in a mnti:o.y J Jesse hurled a volley of for Jesse James's scalp. I don't propose to let any outcurses a 't Cole Younger. Jaw on earth hang me up by the neck witho'ut getting "What kiNd of a. commander are .(Y .. ou anyway,' back at him.'' 1 1 .pole 7' ,shrieked Jesse!' ''How the --di?you ever "Look here, Fonest. What would you do with Jesse allow such a cheap, four-flusher as Mushy Cohen to James if yo u had" get away .with it 1" . '-> "Hang 1 ., "Nonsense' r ejoineQ. 'Cole Younger, cli.rsing Jesse' "What's sauce for tl1e goose is sauce for the gander." quite 11s' heartU y as J esse had sworn' at him, "How the "Pl'ecisel v !" --could 1 help. it? I didn't know that Mush y had The offi.c. ers decided that even if Jesse James and a Jook -in with theJioys, a ltho 1IgH r knew that he was a Frank James had personally wreaked their vengeance trouble-maker, lmtil the confounded idiot gathered. his on Forrest, t hat it was not time to ca ll out the troops' around and quit the ., . a11Cl try to capture in the SplibR.ock camp: '1Where a:re t:hey?j' howl e d Jesse. '' You see, Oscar," said 10rrest, "I can hardly call 'rhey ha:ve made a camp in the rear of ou1:s, back out our rp.en to attack the Split Rock camp, becau se in' th!:lre amQrig the roc ks. '1 trenched as those scoundrels are, we could .gain a J esse 's eyes began to gleam and his face was distorte d victory only after a bloody battle. 1 I believe that 1i with rage. H e drew '11is revolver from his P,olste r and C01.1ld forc e m'y; -.vay into ,the haunts Of thosf') outlaws, walked b ac k towar:d insurgen t ca mp. but w h en I got in the re, I would only find m yself'in 'are,sou gomg, Jesse q" crie d Frank in amaze. possess ion of a barren victory. Jesse James's' tact).cs ment. 7 lir e to fight in force only when he .. has thr, best of and "I .,ftm ba'ck to h ave an 'inte1: v i ew with Mushy in au entrenched position. For me to sacrifice a lot of Ccil1en bawled Jesse. m e n to ga i n an empty camp ftom which the outlaws Even Frank, who Jesse's d esperate moods was hFe s cattered like a ntock qJf frjghtened would appalled at the t emerity of the outlaw . Frank kne w o:oly end in my courtmartia!l." that it would do no goo d to attempt to stop the tempest, ''I 'm' afraicl y,o1,1 r e right, Forrest. The outlaws ha-ve and he contented )1imself \vith trailing after his brother, 's o entrench ed themSEll-ves that it vvould be a:lmost im.. while still fctrth e r .in the real' came C0le Younger, who for them to b e driven out of those rocks : It had no stomach for getting shot by the outposts of the might be done if w e had artillery, but we haven't got a Ip.Utineers, and, c oncluded tha t t};te better part of valor gun. Charging up aga:inst a lot of rocks bel}.ind which was to ke ep under cover . l a y a band of desperadoes would surely end in our Jesse, his eyes lil\:e c oals of fire, his teeth losing a great many men." o len c h e d a;nd clutc1ling his revolver, reached the ''I see how you feel a b out saciificing your mim, and su:vgents' camp before he was discover ed. The mutinolil.s the many 'ifs and ands' that would b e asli'ed, after portio n of Jesse's ban,d stood around a party of four the engagement by f"USsY, old gentle:me,n in Washington men who were/ gambling at poker dice, and they.did afte r w e get throu g h.'' 'not see J e ss e appro:;t c hing. ' "I think you're right on the fuss y old gentlemen When tJ1ey' saw J esse stalk into their midst1 his re-part of it, but I wasn't tllinking of them. What I was volver in his hand, the statue of incarnate,rage, not a 1 1 thinking o:E was my 'OWn reputation as an officer. To man made a motion to get his gun. Jesse pushed the fruitlessl y throw away the lives of m y command and at outlaw back until he re ac h e d Mushy Cohen. Mushy's the. end of it to find that I had allowed the outlaws to face was the color of paper, and his teeth chat escape would end my us e fulness as an army m a i\ and I t erecl in his f ea r. H e made no effort to def end himself. think I may be ab l e to J esse in another way." J esse motioned to to approach. ' "Yes, it's a good deal like ''attacking a :inan in a "Get in front of me," yelle d Jesse bomb proof house with a front' and a rear entrance. He Littl e Willy McKinney, assisted Mushy Cohen sho?ts at a l ong time from the front, and when yo'u in his plans to excite 1a portion of the .01.1tlaw camp to break in tb e front door, b e eme rges from the rear, door mutiny, tried to shield himself b ehind 'so. me 'of 'the out and makes his escape. l aws but Jesse pointed his revolver at him and lined "That's just the position that J esse James is in. I him up heside Mushy. think the best thing for u s to do is to stay right on the "Now, you march hack to my camp,n job as we've been doing. until we get more light When shouted Jesse mad with anger. we have secured it. it will be time en ough for us to call .. Like twp lambs being led to the Mushy


THE AMERICAN INDIAN 'WEEKLY. Cohen and Little Willy McKinney marched along and the mutiny melted away like the snow beneath a sum mer stm. One by one the mutineers stole back into the of the outlaws, and, Eke the French revolution, when it was blown into mist with the rattle of Na poleon's guns in the streets of Paris, the only mutiny . ever started against Jesse James by any of his men, had ended. With his face set and stern, Jesse drove the two ring leaders of the mutineers before him until he had reached a clear flpOt. There was no protest from,any of the outlaws, but they watched with eager eyes to see what fate was in store 'for Mushy Cohen and Little Willy McKinney. "Get me two ho rses, Frank, Jesse said in b.i:s low e'Ven tones. .. 1 l.i'rank look e d at his brothe r, but Jesse spoke that way, Jmew better than to disobey < in the slightest p;;qti cular. Frank starte d afte r the horses. "Get two bucking bro n cbos," c all e d J e sse afte r his brother. Assisted b .r Y 1mge 1 s oon r eturned with. t h e The two m e n l1acl blindfold e d the horses but their wildn ess was displayed in every motion as they snorted -in t error phmge d and r eared. Other. outlaws 1;ushe d to assist C ole Youn ge r and Fr,ank James, and after a ba:ttle of several moments ; the horses were further blindfold e d, hobbles w ere p!a ced upon their h i gs and were r educed to a state of subjection "Tie those C 11l'S on t he hf!Pks of t hose horses, one on ea c h horse," smoothly said J esse. I Th e mutineers in a second were trussed the backs o the trembling horses. "Head those horses towards that cliff!" cried l\fushy Cohen shrieked in deadly fear. l\I ercy! l\fercy!" he howl ed. Little l\i cKinney trie d to join in a request for mercy also, but hi s voice mad e 1'10 sound, and with tears streaming down his fa. c e h e was bound upon the back of the second horse. ''Stand c lear, everybody!'' yelled jesse. Not a hundred jn front of frightened horses, blindfolded as they were;yawned the horrible abyss over wliich J e ss e James hac\ clashed in his effort to save his life from Captain Forrest. J essf:\ raised his hand, and as Frank pulled the bridles o ff ea e h of the untrained horses, Jesse struck the brutes upon th eir flanks with the-"butt of his revolver.' in agony the .\lorses bounded toward the c liff Blindfolded as they were and bearing their hu:i:nari freig})t, they launcheQ. themselves into t e depths whi c h lay hundreds of feet beneath them. 'l'here was a scream of terror and fear from each of the outlaws a murmur of dl'ead from the ; watchers, a i nom ent of intense silence. and then a grinding crash whi c h ec)loed from the bottom of the abyss. "'Jlhe doom Of the i!:lreaded outlaws; death!" cried Jesse "The next man in my band who dares raise his against my authority or even thinks of such action, will meet that fate!" ., In the midst of a terrible silen ce, broken only by the sta1tl e d1. cri\ls of the. birds ; within the canyon who flew about the 1)1aimed and crushed shapes of what had been Mushy Oohen and McKinne Jesse James walk e d slqwly, witll 'fold e d arms, into the caqin in which he held his headquarters. CHAPTER XI. JESSE TURNS SCOUT On the following morning, Jesse James having asserted h1s authority once and for all among the evil and turbulent characters that made up his band, issued at an early hour from the cabin in which he made his headquarters in the midst of the outlaw camp, and astonished his brother Frank by appearing with a neat black suit of clothes, a pair of varnished boots, a high crowned white felt hat, what was known !lS a "boiled shirt,'' and a black tie. "What's the game ; Jesse asked Frank. "You look like a Tennessee planter.'' "I am one," replied Jesse, "How do you like my make -up?" "It's great but what have you rigged up that way for? " Oh, I'm going bac k to N ayo again. I'm not half through with that town.". Thunuer, Jess e When y ou ge t your :ghting mood on y ou n e v e r can have enough. Why don't you k ee p out of that town 1 Haven't you trimmed it enough?" "I'm not going out to tri)Il it. I put my mark on that town and vi c inity, and it won't forget .Jesse James for many a day.'' "'l'hen why are y ou going bac k there, Jesse ? "I've got to :nd out what that fellow Lieutenant Friend is doing, now that we've hanged tb,e chap that w a s suppos e d to be l eading th e soldiers. If the soldiers follow wh ere he has gon e to. they will follow Captain Forrest to a pretty hot place.'' "Anyway, J e sse you sent F-orres t ahead to hav e e v erybody's rooms ready.'' ''There w a s more satisfaction to me in hanging that army officer, than_an ythjng I ve done in a year.'' ''There's one thing to look out for, Jesse. Don t let those fellows get onto you whateve r you do. I shudder to think what would be your fate if you were captured in the town of Na.yo." ''Don't you be a bit afraid of m y being caught. I am sq,mewhat over seven years of age and 1 ve defended so long that I think m y defe nsive faculties have developed into a habit. I wish, Frank, you would get me a gray horse. Pick out one ()f those horses we clown in Tenne ssee a coupl e of years ago and see if y ou can't rake up a saddle that looks like the style a planter would use." "\Vhat are going to do in What's th e lay? What charac t e r are y ou supposed to take in thi s little panton1ime you are arranging?" "I am going to be a T e nness e e plante r up in Mis souri on a cattle buying expedition." Shortly Jesse had rigged up in a true Ten nessee style and, as he ambl e d off on a gray horse he look\ld the counterpart of a suc c e ssful and opulent So uth ern pla nter. Jesse proc eed e d at a slow pace and :nally about two o'clock in the afte rnoon reached the village of Nayo. He founa the town in. a ferm ent. A1,med men were patrolling the stre ets. At first, Jesse was held up. b y a sentry, but wh e n he explain e d in a Tennessee drawl who he was he waf? allowed to ente r the town. Knots of e x cite d citizens stood about, ev e r y man app earing to be bl;'istling with guns. "In spite of all these walking arsenals murmure d Jesse to himself, "I verily believe that5f I should let out


(I I 22 THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. a whoop, fire two shots, and u e clare myself, ev:ery man in this p l ace would climb th e nearest tree." Jesse paid no attention, ho" e yer, to an y one around hi)D, but amb l ed along on his gray palfry ;until he reac hed the dance--hall in the cen ter of which, in his coffin, lay Roaring Bill Bradley whom the outlaw had killed. Jesse dismounted from his horse and joined the throng in the dance -h ous e The bar, h e found, was do ing a flour i sh in g business. Bet1\ een l amentat ions for the c orps e and threats of v e ngeance on Jesse James, the crowd gravitated to the bar and the dance-hall n eve r took in so much money in its ca reer as it did when its dead proprietor added to the attractions of the place, by figuring in s il ent, death-lik e majesty in his coffin J e ss e went to the l ni r and bought a drink, his eyes twinkling with merriment as h e looked around the room and saw tbe h avoc his visit hRcl c r e ated. J ess e all dnring the late afternoon and early evening, cir c ulat e d throughout t h e turbulent town. No one paid attention to the quiet, stalwart but evidently timid stranger, who gasped wh e n J esse James's n a m e was m e ntioned, as if in fear, but who often invited all hands to have a drink. Jesse thus ingratiated himself among t h e r es idents of t h e town, and soon bit b y bit h e h a d ex. tracted a g r ea t deal of valuabl e information. H e had learned that Captain Forrest had not b ee n hanged as he supposed1 but had been r escue d b y Lieu tenant Friend. H e l earned a ls o that Captain Forrest and J.Jiet;ttenant Frien d w e r e already in the town and were stOJ?pin g at the onl y hote l in the place. T e sse wondered ho1v Forrest c puld b e about in a half hange d q onclition but the information t 'hat the two of ficers were in the town was suffic ie1H to make Jesse know that for t h e p r ese n t h e stood in no danger o f a secret attac k o u th e part of th e F ifth Cavalry. J esse was shrcwrl :mel h e figured al011g the sa m e lines that hud caused Captain Forrest to decide not to attack the ont law camp, and ca m e to t h e conc lusion that the r eason why the ca mp was not raided was b eca use of the generals hi o n the part of Jesse in selecting a vantage grow?cl plit Rock, from whi c h h e could not b e easily dislodged. J e sse was curio us and had hoped that h e could meet Forrest and Lieute n a n t Flriend. but as nig h waxe.d and wan e d an d no sight of the enemy was to him, J esse drifte d into the gambling room abov e t h e sal oon where h e engaged in a gam e of poker '''itt h three strangers. J e ss e sat a t the rollllcl green baiz e cove r ed table with the usua l little' slot in the center the "kitty, but manage d to p l ace hims e l f so h e vvas near a window and coul c l l ook out into the street up and clown which people were passing to a nd fro, o r standing i'n groups, as they talked over the last' fatal v isit of the dreadful bandit. Jesse 's plan was to place hims elf n ea r the window so that in case of surprise, h e could jump into the street and disappear in t h e c r owd Th e outlaw measured t h e d istance from th e room in whi c h he had seated h imself to the street J )e l ow. and saw that i t was a not imposs ibl e jump. J esse's plan made in hi s mind w as that in case h e was discovered, h e would jump o u t of the window, run for his horse which was in a stabl e clown the stre et, monut the animal. and rush awa. \. While to my s tified outsiders. J esse James seemed to be always taking t h e most desperate c h anc es. when analysis wfls made of all hi s a cts, they were d i s c overed to have bre n t h e result of complete careful preparation. The outlaw never fought a bat-tle without having the b est of it; never engaged in a gun fight without having the odds in his favor, and never went out on one of his secret and spying ex peditions without leaving himself a way out.' It was this method of calcu l a tion that marked Jesse as a re-markable outl aw. ,_. In this particular c ase therefore, l1e had his oppor tunity for escape of surpr ise l aid out b efore him, and at any m0ment bad a man who kne w him entered the lit tle poker room J esse would haYe been enabled to ef fe c t his escape unless the person who attacked him had been a g u n -man like hi mself and had shot first and exp lain ed afterward 'l' h e littl e of poker players dealt and shuffled the cards with varying d egree of fortune. Jesse James managing by tri cks "that are vain" to occasionally shove a n ace or a . court card into his nand whe n his hand needed strength ening, and thus m anaged to flee ce his competitors out of many a stalwart Jack-pot. Jesse' s h and did not tremble in the slightest as he dealt the cards, and he was calm and bland as he played cards close np to his chest in true Tenness ee fashion, and skimmed over e a c h hand with agile eye and made his bets as if his entire plan of campa]gn had been merged in a gambler's greed. But t]J.e furtive eye, s h arp as a needle, always darted hithe r and thither, as he watched every second for a poss ibl e surprise, hi s chi ef anxiety b eing to some thing clefir;rit e about Captain :B'orrest and Li eutenant Friend. Peopl e drifted into the room watched the hot little game of poker going on smiled as Jesse raked the coi n, eve r y now and then, toward himself. Occasionally some of the onlook ers dropped a word or two, and from the isolat e d bit s of conversation that reache d the out law's ears h e l ea rn e d that Forrest and Frie nd had left the village mounted on their hors es, and while Jesse could not learn th e exac t ronte they had taken, he made up his mind that the officers were" going back upon some r econnoitering expedition toward the outlaw camp In the cente r of the room hung a large kerosene lamp, its dismal rays throwing lights and shadows down upon the poker table. This was the only light in the room. 'l'b e c rowds in the stre e t began to thin out, and still the poker game continu ed. Jesse had m a d e up his mind that it would b e well for him to draw out of the poker game when to his intense surprise a shadow f ell upon him. and looking behind him quickly, J e sse saw stand ing directly a t his chair the .figure of Captain Forres t. It was a dramatic moment. Th e splendid nerve of the outlaw was n eve r b ette r shown than a t thi s time. J esse was dealing the cards when h .. e recognized F orres t He made no gestl-ire of surprise but ca lml y dealt five cards one at a time to eac h m a n in the party, in cluding himself and the n hitched forward in his chair, and turned the chair a little toward the arm y officer. thus throwing forward the pocket of his coat on the tight side in which his gllD nestled. Jesse also pulle d his hat a little .fnrthe r down over his eyebrows so as to shield his face, and when one of his oppon ents threw a red check into the center of the table, J esse quietly called the b e t and pushed for IYard a stack of blues, r epresenting a couple of hun clred doll a rs, as if the poke r gam e was the most im portant thing in the world. An o bs ervant man. when h e me ets another man re m e mb ers not so mu c h as to a stranger's face but cen ters his r ecog nition upon little t ri cks and manner isms. Forrest ldokecl sharpl y at Jesse for there was


THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. 23 so m e thin g f amili a r a bou t the turn of the outlaw' s sh oulde r and in the ton es of his voice, but he made up his mind that he did not know Jess e a lthough for some reason o r other, his inne r c ons c iousness told him that the r e was s omething abou r tl1e qui e t T e mi'esse e cattle buye r that r ec og nition. J e sse how ever, took care to change the pitc h of his Yoice-, as he spoke an d the feeling that h e kn e w thi s stranger, pas sed qui ckly f r o m Forrest' s mind, J ess e had no d esire to g e t into a fight with Forrest unde r the condit ex i s tin g in the town of Nayo The o utl a had made up his mind t o get away as soon as h e c ould ; and h e was s ea r c hin g for some vali d e xcus e whi c h would a ll ow him to m a k e his escap e when For r e s t walke d up to Jess e and place d his hand on his should e r J ess e raise d his h ead in a qui e t and natural manne r but h e slipp e d his hand quietl y down into his po c ket and t ouched his r e volv e r, makin g up his mind that i f anY a ction on the part of Forrest wou.ld lead him to beii e v e that he was discover e d, would not draw his weapon. but would fir e throug h the pocket of his coat hoping thus to kill the officer. Jes s e awaited the next mov e of his antagonist, but Forrest did not r ec ogniz e him the outlaw saw a moment late r. His action in plac i n g his hand on Jesse's shoulde r was m e r e l y du e to a d esire on hi s part to see "hat the strange r hacl di scarde d. Lik e office rs. :b""'orrest'was very muc h in t e rest e d in the game of pok e r about the only amusem ent that officers have among themse lv e s when statione d at l on ely posts. Jesse care full y turned ove r his cards and l e t Forrest see what he had dis carded, and his hand had been strengthened by his draw. All wouid have gon e w ell, had it not b een for t11e arrival of Mrs Leonard Filkins, whose onl y son E .dward, Jesse had killed in the first raid upon the town. She had desired to s e e Captain Forrest, and learning that he was in the poker room had h i uTi e d thither, and as she ente r e d the doorway, with on e glance at Jesse, r e cog nized him. With a shri e k of dismay the widow started bac k. and Jesse kne w that he was discovered. Th e splendid nerve of the outlaw did not desert him. He aros e from the table as if steel springs were coiled in his l eg s tipped the table over on top of the players, with the s ame motion hurle d a Chair crashing upon the form of Captain Forrest, and the n with the revolv e r he. h a d drawn from hi s po c k e t fired on e shot at the lamp swinging the table and with a ,.crash the room was in compl e t e darkne ss. J e ss e made a fty in,g i ea p tluough the window. ran. forty or fifty f ee t darte d ac ross a vacant lot, doubled into the 11;here his still bridled and saddled horse stood awaiting him l e d the gallant beast. out into the open s c r a mb led up into the saddle and with hurrying h o o fs d i sa p p e ared. in t o the darkne ss and gloom of the nigh t. It w as J esse James!" shrieke d M r s F ilkins ''Why didn' t you g e t him Captain Captain Forrest was not p a r t i cularly i njure d e x c ept in s pi r i t, b y the chair wl1 i c h had b ee n flung at him, n o r fo r tha t matter, w e r e the othe r poke r pl aye rs, who scrambled out from under the upturne d t a b le. But in the conf u sion by the time a li g h t had been brought, the o u t l a w was so far away that Forrest k new ho w im possi bl e it was for a suc c essful p u r s u it. Forrest cursed hi msel fo r a n addle-pated f ool f o r l e t t ing s u{lh a c han c e t o capture the outlaw go by, but he c ould not h el p admiring th e clashing enterpri s e with whic h Jesse c arried on and t erminated his scou t i n g expe dition CHAPTER XII. A COUNSE L O F W A R Baff l ed once m o r e in hi s d esire to gain in formation o f t h e ,Jame s ga n g and s eeil'lg c l early that h e was over match e d in craft, Captain P ercy F orrest was unable to d ecide upon any future campaign. His ange r was e x c ess i v e when li e thought of how he had b ee n tricked. As for Lieutenant Friend, he was almost speechless and sat in a blue rage fuming at the h ard luc k 11ith hi c h h e and hi s companion h a d m e t in the ir scouting campaign. "SaY F orrest. s a id Friend, w e might as well b e monk e.:--s on a p ainte d stic k s o f a r as any su cce s s is c on ce m ecl i n our s couting exp e ditions." ''I c erta i nlv h a v e b ee n made a of.'' r emarked Forrest in a dej ected. tone Th e r e is on e clea r little g l eam o f light. l aughed Frie nd. '' \o,T e are no g r eate r monk eys on a s ti c k than oth e r m e n h o haYe b ee n c h asing J es s e si.nce'61." "That is the tro ubl e J e s s e i s a :-otmg man yet, but h e old in c rim e and h e has b ee n practicing his pro f essio n fo r man:-y ears I am b eginning to think that the o nly st e p w e h a Y e l eft fo r u s t o take is t o r eturn to Inde p ende n c e and bring our b o ys b ac k '"itl1 us and at tack Jesse i n his stronghold. I do .not f ee l that our starting expedition bas b ee n a p ositiv e failure We kn o that the J esse J a mes and the C ole Younge r bands a r e n o" togeth e r and w e f ee l tha t w e have at l east as ceJ t ained t h e strength and the po sition o f the e n emy, whi c h is imp ortant t o us and i t may be that w e ca n accompli s h more r e sul t s .... n o'" b y a direc t charge upon the ontl 1 t upon a persona as1s.


24 THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. "Possibl y I had better make a full report of what I've done to our commanding ofiic'er, General Williamson, and get his ruling upon the matter.'' Having arrive d at this determination, Forrest and Friend mounted their horse s and returned to their headqumters in Independence, Missouri. The remainder of that day and part of the next was passed by Forrest in making out his report. In it he confessed t h e partial failure of his plans to gain a victory through the scouting method, but h e pointed out that the trip had been valuable because it had given him personal knowl' edge of the entrenchments surrounding the outl aws, and also as to their strength. The inaction necessary be fore a reply could come from General Wil liaxl'lson grated h&rshly upon Forrest. He kne w that e v ery moment that passed gave Jesse greatel' time in which to prepare for an attack which Forrest knew the outlaw f eare' d would be the ultimate intention on the part 0f the soldiers. But Forrest knew that it would b e imposs ible for him to avoid t h e i ssue of an attack, and believ e d that when h e received a r ep l y from General 'Williamson, a general 1vould be' ordered. G eneral \ Vil li amsol) himself was somewhat startled at the magnitude of the outlaw raid. In common with everybody i n l\1issom ; i h e had tmdel'rated the situation. :I'o be told that two.liands of d esperate criminals h a d finnly entrenched themselves and w e r e prepared to resist the authority of the,Unite d States army, gravelled the Y eteran commander of the Department of the lVIis souri, and h e ordered that Captain Forrest avail himself o f ev ery man possible in his command and to immedi ately proceed to take the field actively against the ont hnvs '"That i s all riglJt as far as it goes," rest, ''but I do not glean from the Ge n eral' s instructions how I am going to rtm out the outlaws as he has so c almh directed me to do.' I am in the position of the man who grabbed the l:iear b y t h e tail. H e had to have assistance to aiel him in letting go "If I were in yom' place," said Friend, I would 1 ea Ye te11 or fifteen men h e r e in camp as a guard, and I wo1.1ld at once start upon a campaign that would end in <"rushin g t h e outlaw forces, and if I w ,ere in your p l a ce, T woulct make i t the duty of my life to get l ;wld of the two .James boys and I would han g them with the s ame d egree of promptitud e that they hanged you, only I "'o llld make t h e result more certa in." Fonrst pointed out that it was somewhat against the r11les obtainin g in the l nit eel States army to hang a foe afte r his capture unless a state of organized warfare exist d and a captured enemy could he c l early proven to h e a spy. While J esse had turned himself into a spy, h e had not entered the ranks of the army, and had tented him e1f with spying upon civilians, hence the plan of Jumging him would'hardly do. I som e of my trooper s should happen to kill Jesse James and his during the engagemen.t that is to come, I haven't the slightest doubt but that .I would sing 'Hail, Columl)ia!' Some. time was spent in getting the men that Forrest designed to take with him, r ,eady Jor the projecte. d attack. Ammunition was issued to each trooper, the best horses in the command were selected, and Forrest himself the. accoutrements of each man, thus knowing from observation that everything was in readiness for the fight. In the early hours o f the morning following, the troopers, heade d by Forrest, with Lieutel!an.t riding at 'his right, started away UP,On their dangerous. campaign. Fonest knew tJtat his mission was a finll-1 6 ne, aucl that if the outl aws escape d him, the;r. would again break into little bands of two or three men and w ould :fl.y awa y over the country like scattered sheep, to meet at some fij-r away spot and that the warfare against them would be prolonge d and would take on many of the attributes:. of the campaign against blood-thirsty Indians in the far West. 1 As the troop progresse d rapidly 'through the country, :&orrest sent three of his most trulJtecl m e n forward at their best 'speed' for the purpose of acting as scouts, whil e he six men to act as a rear-guard and t o follow the main body of troopers at a distance of about half a mi e. This plan was to obviate any clange r of a surprise, and as the party proceeded up hill and dale, eve r ybo d y kept a sharp watch for a possible ambush. As Forrest proceeded a long with his troops, from time to time excite d citizens stopped him with 'new tales of 'th e vindictive depredations of the outlaws. All sorts of st0ries redched Forrest's ears. Elach story bore the caTJnarks of th e imagination of the panic stricken resi dents' o the farm-houses situated the lines of the march. Time was lost b y Forrest, b ecause in some cases he was told that on various side roads, outlaws had been seen riding aiong, and so frequent excursions had t? be made t o as certain the truth of these stories. In every c as e they were found to b e to the rumor that is r esponsible for so much that is fals e issuing from tl1e sce n e of great events. "We have got to chase all t h ese moon-beams, Forrest explained tb Friend, "but I know th,at all of them, without question, are as flims y as ghost stories.'' ''I see tha t repli e d Frank. "If we were told that t h e were burning a farmer's house ,and barn two miles f1'om where w e are, and we clidn 't ride over to investigate, we would be sharply censured in case the outlai\' S reall y w e r e engaged in s uch an active incen diarism. On the other hand, if we were-lucky enough to come up with out1avvs so engaged; it ;voulcl be a thing for us. With the ca'tt l e we have under our good bo'-'s a n outla w would have to some to get away J f


-THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. 2 5 from us, a n d in t hi s o p e n country, w e w ould h ave no entre n c hm e n ts to f ac e and we would toas t tho se o u t l aws o n b oth side s.'' "The outl aw l eade r is too shrewd to a llow him self t o b e t r icke d into making a raid just now whe n con c lu- s i o n s are so m a r ke d b e t wee n u s I firm'iy b e l ieve that J esse h as ma d e up his mind to r emain in his ca mp a t Split Ro c k and then in cas e we attac k escap e b y some sec r e t way o which we know nothing. ' W e k now tha t he can' t g e t down the fiss ure in that vast r oc k that makes up the rear of hi s c amp >J ''W e k n o w h e couldn't ge t down it the other day whl n h e to o k a 'chance and m a d e his desp e r ate run a c r oss that frai l sapling to s afe t y But w h e n J esse es ca p e d it m u s t h ave c o me t o his a l e r t mind tha t he could hold h is po sition fo r a l ong time again s t troope r s i n h is.,f ro nt, b u t tha t i n c a se ou r b oys r u s h e d his posi tio n, t h a t h e "'-ould h ave to devas tate the f o r est a bout him to get eno u gh saplings on which to c r oss the cha s m ' Yo u think then--" That Jesse h as fixe d up some metho d o f escap ing d own those r o cks? ,, "Ex a ctly." "Wh a t strategy h ave you deci ded upon to meet s u ch a qond i tl o n ' When' we ge t t o Sp lit Rock, I a m go ing to tak e fifty me n and have t h em steal up under cove r and ope n fire on the outlaws "A l ot o f good that will do ?OU! To hit a n y o utlaw, ou r bull ets woc'lld h ave to penetrate thro u g h a bout eight o r ten feet of solid roc k.'' ' l don't expec t t o hit a n ybo d y A li I want t o do is to m a l;:e a trem endo us no i se, whic h willJ1ave all the ap pear ance of an attack ing f0 rce. I a m goi:p.g to l eave troope r Cassi d y i n charge o f t h e att ac king p arty a l o n g i n t h e f ront o f o u r a d vance, and I m going t o see tha t b e i s str ong en ough t o c h eck a n y attemp t o n t h e par t of tl ie outlaws a t rushing thro u gh our front." ' 'l'h e n w hat a r e yo u goi n g t o do?'' "Yo u and I and the bulk of O 'LU c ommand will d ep l oy alon g the lines of thos e ro cks.'' ', "I am i n h o p e s t hat the a ttack i n ilront will make the outlaw s d ec id e t o e ''acuate their pos itio n and try t o mak e their eSCffp etbrough the rear down the ro c ks If they do that, the things f h a t I a m g oin g to do to that outl a w band y ou can readly ima g ine." ''That' s a great game.'' H alting unt il tl! e shades o f nigh t h a d f alle n for F o r rest designe d a night a t tack, the comman d en jo ye d a r est at a ;>p o t about three miles f r o m Split Ro c k. Horses and ;me n fe d, and at last unde r a cloudy, drifting sky,. wWJ. n o moon Forres t r e a g hed the imm e di a t e v i cinity of Spli t Rock With h e placed th e i n c oncealment. rrh e n by making li half ci r cle thr ough the country, he bid the r ema inder of, h is command in the underbrush which skirted the g iganbc r ocks t owering above his h ea d and w h ic h thu s him in t h e pos ition he bad de::;i gned to o ccupy i n the battle now r e ady to begin. an arra n geme n t b etwee n t h e two forces under his command, F orrest h a d named ten o'clock as the hour for w h ic h the attack must comme_nce. So the soldiers on their arms, t h eir ho r es hidden out of the line of fire with five guarding men, each horse haYing been m uffled so that he woul d not betray their presence to t h e attacking forces b:v an unfortunate whinney and fee ling that h e had done all in his power to win a vic tory, Forrest sat d ow n on a log and awaited the hour wh en t h e first s11ot woul d ,ring out. announcing that the 1 engagement had hegun. .,. CHAPTER XIII. JESSE JAMES AT BAY If t h ere had been careful prepar ation for the pro jected attack on the par t of the soldiers, equally as care ful work was going on in the outlaw camp. T he out law leader w o rked like a beaver in getting himself in readiness to repel the troopers o: the fifth Cavalr?. B: a s ingular coi n cidence the m in ds of Forrest and Jesse had run a l ong the same channel. T he outlaw chief had clone exactly as Forrest thought he would do. He had p lanned a runnin g fight as soon as he was attacked, and then designed to escape th1ough the. r ocks, scatter his band in the usual mode he adopted in such ex i genc ies, and then away to nieet at some eli tant po int. A dozen members of the o utla' camp dm' ing the day t i me had b een sent to find some place in the rocks down whi ch t h ey all might escape. About a h undre d and fift) feet f r om the p l ace wh\Jr e Jesse had made his dar ing escape :from Forrest, the rocks dipped into a sort of gully and by use of pickaxes and s h ovels which the outlaws sto l e f r om a nea farmh o u se, rough steps \ H r e h e w n and it was down this passageway that Jesse designed to :flee. T he outl a w did no t dream that .For r est w o ul d attempt to p l ace a force to meet his band when i t came do n t h ese i mp r ovised steps. All of the h orses o: the outlaws, hobbl ed and b li ndfolded and m uffled. ha.d been secreted in a point o: woods near the p l ace where t h e steps en d e d and J esse. had planned to get to h is horses im m ed i a t ely and r ide away as soon as t h e e n gagement in front had assumed se r ious pro portio ns. "l\Iy idea," J esse said to F rank, i s to shoot up as of the s old ie r s of the Fifth Cavalry a s I can I w ould h a Y e b ee n o u t of h e r e so that y ou c ould not see me f o r the dust m an y hour ago, jf i t had n ot b een for th<:> wh o haYe n ot ) et come in to ca mp. I ca nno t


26 TH' E AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKL Y leav e my f eiend: to come back here at my orders to :find m e missi n g, for that 1\ould mean their utte r extermina t i on o r c-apture. I regret the position I am in, but if I don't stand by our bo ys, our bo ys would not stand by me, an d I've got to remain h ere and take my medicine." ''It is h ard work," groaned Frank, "that we h ave to risk being cut to pieces this way.. Have you calJed the roll to find how man y of ou r men are missing?" 'Yes l :find that ten are still outlying somewhere. There w ould be a chance of their not having receive<;l word to rendezvous here, but I can t afford to take that I ve got to stay here and fight it out to the last gasp. If I am .driven out and have to fiee no one of our boys can blame me if they get back here Jate, to find 1ny camp occupied b y soldiers. If, however, I do not go until l am driven out, no matte r how many men [ may lose in my effort to stay h ere and !l elp my compal'l ion s, I cannot be blamed by an:y one." "Yon're getting mighty careful of what the boys will sny abont yo n aren' t you?" ot a bit of it! So far as I am conce ;rned, I don' t r e ally care anything a bont the boys, but Frank, you see we've got to have help eve r y now and then to carry orr om r ai ds. g un-rQ a n will stick b y us if h e thinks t hat 1\'e will sac rifice hiiil without a strong play to save h im Onr scope wonld nanow down to just yo u and me. So J 'm go ing to make a gra.nd stand play, probably lose a lot cii m en. an d risk t h e c h ance of getting kille d or captnrecl myse l f, so hereafter every one who comes to j oin our band will fee l that' I am sctuare and will go th e lim i t fo r him or any othe r of my boys." lti s cli plomatic r e ,mark whi c h s h owed the characte r of .J e:;;se James ette. r than a nything h e had said i'n some tim r was r ece iv e d b:v Frank with a smile ''Oh Y e n well," said Frank. "If yo u're an xious to put yonrself 011 record as a protector of 'vagrant out laws.' a s th ne\\spapers are calling us, I suppose \Ve will Juwe to .-tand t h e racket." Th o11 t law leader tll e n took as muc h pains at a gen eral cxmnit"Jatio n o. t h e .conditions in his o w:t;t camp, so fa r as men and arms w e r e con cerned, as i1ad Captain Forrest wi t h hi s soldie rs. Jes. e s n speetecl N1at if any attack was coming, it w o nlcl bf' started at nightfall, so h e orde r e d that all li g hts b e extino-;uished in t h e evening, after ra t ions h,acl b ee n issned to his men, and h e finall y felt that eYer.dhing possible had b ee n done' to prepare for t h e fray. Col e Younger had lo oke d out after his portion of J esse'.forces. \rhile t h e two on tla\1 bands commanded by these re dou bt ab l e d esperadoes had b ee n joine d together with Jesse in sn pl'eme command, C ole Younge r stil l acted as the actuallrader of his own m e n. ''See h e re C ole,'' said Jesse, ''I want to have a littl e talk with you.'' ... ''All right,'' repli e d Cole, ''talk a 'Yay .'' are going to b e attacked by that-For-' r es t I feel pretty sure.'' "All right," r eplied Cole . "My boys are spoiling for a fight. J esse explained his plans and Cole heartily acqui esce d. He sai d that he could find no fault in them. "All right," rejoined J esse "Now I want you to circulate among the boys and t ell them that when we escape down the roeks, it will b e a case of every man for himself. We must all spread O_!.lt until we get into the open country, and then in knots of two or three, we must all ride about fifty mil es away from here to a place known as l I e U's Kitc hen, wh e r e we will camp' down again. '1 "Hell's Kitchen is about sixty miles due south, isn't it 1" "Yes, it is a point along the : Missouri River, far removed from any village the place getting its name from a whirl-pool form e d b y rocks in the river." "Don't you think the soldiers will take us "Not in a month of Sundays. My opinion is that the soldiers will chase us after they drive us out of _o11r camp here. Vve will rustle around considerable, and we will run off the legs of the soldiers' horses. As w e are nll going to scatter b y the time th e soldiers have chased our li'ttle bands about. they will b e so weary that they will slowly begin to t ail off.'' "We're liable to los e a lot of men, aren't we1" "Just as few as I possibly can!" ,Je sse into the r easo n for his remammg in his camp at length with Col e Younger, placing himself in the g ui se of a h e r'o who would not desert h i s friends, no matter what cost it }night b e to himself. Cole Younger's e?es were filled -nith admiration, and Jesse winke d at Frank. when he saw how eas il y b e had impressed Cole wi t h th e idea that h e \1as <1 leader who stood b y all of his men. bo) r s, } Y e 'll turn said J esse "--V\T h a t 's that?" "It's a shot!" cried Frank. Th_ e re"erbc rai;ions of a r evolver shot ca m e t o the ears of the three ontlaws directl y i n the front of their posi tion. It was ten o 'c lo e k at night. and shaxp upon the hour the first g nu sounded as had b ee n b y Captain Forrest. Ot h e r shots followed the fhst one and soon a stel!dY roar of exploding w eapo ns told J esse James that the dance of death had b eg un. Jesse sltowed extremely good judgment and great capabiliti es as a military leader from the moment that


THE AMER IC A N I NDIAN WEEKL Y. 27 the' .first shot sounde d. He was here, 'th e re ev e r y where. H e skillfully deployed his forc es so tl).at each man lay b ehind the protection o-f a rock, and as the soldiers pumped lead at the outlaw camp and Jesse's m e n returne d their fire with hot briskness, smoke soon bega;n to a s cend ov e r the scene, and although no one was hurt in the first ten minutes of the engagement, n early as muc h noise was maae as surrounds. a battle in which the li s t o f the d ea d and wounde d is appalling. "What chumps those fellows are!" bawled 1Cole Younger to .Jesse. "The y liave b een shooting at us long enough to hav e wipe d us all out, and not a man has b e en hurt." "It looks to m e as if the firing b y the e n emy was due to a d esire to allow a charging party to advance under c ov e r,'' snmm e d np J e sse. "No, I don't think so remarke d Frank "Thi s looks to l i k e a general engagement on the part of the troops, and is about what a lot of men not used to our style of warfare woulci engage in.'' The firing on the part of the s oldi ers b e g a n t o slac k e n and J e ss e p ee r e d out from b ehind a r oc k to s ee if he could as certain the en e my's position. "They are l y ing the wo ods," J es s e r e m arke d, "well tmder cov e r Captain Forres t stol e bac k to the front of his firin g line, and a f t e r a'c on Y ersation with troo p e r C assid y and as the r esult o f ten minutes' conv ersation, t e n m e n were d e plo y ed and the y stol e forward to attack the outlaw c amp. Eve r y m a n in the attacking party was a traine d India n fighte r and althoug h t he outlaws saw the m c om ing, and fir e d a t the m fre qu ently, onl y on e soldi e r was hit, and slightly vvounde d as the party advanced up the rise of ground whi c h l e d to the camp of the bandits. In a mom ent the thin l in e of brave m e n had engag e d directly in a hand to hand fight w ith the outlaw out p o s ts. Forrest a r ose to the o cc a s io n. ''Charge!" h e roare d Th e bugle r standing b y hi s side sounde d the brazen notes 1ndi c.atiug to the outlaws tha t th e s oldi ers w e r e in force, and as F orrest sw ept up the hill a figure in his kahaki uniform, h e saw c oming behind him all of t h e tro op ers h e h a d poste d i n front of the outlaw camp. ' C om e fast, b oy s ' yelle d Forrest ''Hold your fir e until you get up h ere.'' Th e ce l ebrate d y ell of the Fifth Cavalry when g oing in t o ac tion sounde d on the air a s the br a v e troopers ran forward. A burly outlaw t o o k a flying shot a t F orre s t but mis se d him F orrest l e t drive a n d the outlaw. stag ge r e d back a g ain s t a ro c k, turne d s l o wl y to the l eft, and fell, l y in g still upon h i s face. In a m o m e n t, the r e was a hand to hand c onfli c t. Jesse J a m es foug):Jt hard, and s e veral troop' ers bit the dust, but the nndi sc i p l i n e d fo r ces in the outla w c amp in re sto o d no s h o w befo r e the traine d fight ing m e n of the Fifth Ca v a l ry. T h ere w e r e a f e w moments of hard fighti ng, and the n t h e outla ws broke and fled d own the. stairway in a disorderly m ass. A t the bottom of the rock hewn s teps v i t h a wil d shriek Lieutenant Friend, with his m e n around him, rus h e d from his conc ealment and d as h e d d o wn u po n t h e ou t l a w s '' H e mmecl in ' c ri e d J esse ''Try to break throug h them!'' bawled Cole Younger. "It's our onl y hope!" repli e d Frank J ames Th e s ce n e was a dreadful one. Men engaged han d t o hand a s if forgetting that there were other figh t ers around them. Th e air wa s blue with smoke and through it c ould b e see n the sharp flashes from the ringing re v o l ve r s whil e the h o wls o f the outl, aws and the dee p ye lls of the figh t i u g F ifth CaYalr:v made the scen e o ne of pande monium l\fan y troope1's w ere bad l y wounde d or kill e d but t h e sl a n ghte r of t h e a lmo s t unprotec t e d outlaws, h e mm e d in as th e y we r e b etwee n two lines of fire, wa:s dreadf ul. Th e outl a w s could no t rush back np the steps, for it '"'as c rowded with fighting soldiers. Aheail. of the m f on ght ano ther horde o f kahaki-'miformed soldiers. A t l as t. looking 0n l y for a c h a n ce to e s ca p e t h e fire of t h r o u t l a w s b ecam e fa inter and fainte r Soo n the entire band of d e sp eradoe s was intent only up o n escape. no man aske d f o r qu arte rs, an d m a n su rrendered It was a pity that s u c h brave r y and s u c h a lmost h e r o i c cleY otio n t o a n outlaw l eade r c ould not have b een d i r e c t e d i n to a n honest c hannel. J esse James, C ol e Y ounge r and Frank l'.eem ed to b ea r c h arme d lives Jesse h a d b een shot the arm. t h e l eg, a n d jn the g r o i n, but h a d not b ee n fatally inj'ure d Frank had b een wounde d in three plac es not fatally, a n d Col e Y o un ger had a lso been shot twi ce. Th e y stuck togeth e r however, and man a ged to work t h ems e l ves far a l ong t ow ard the light of a fire, and t h en i n t h e darkness se eing that they could b e o f no furt her u se to the i r c o mp a nions and knowing hat "ould b e tJ1e u l t imate outc om e of the confli c t so fa r a s w e r e should they r e m ai n tliey jump e d n po n the ir and whil:e J e s s e s w aye d dis mflll y in his sa ddl e and look e d as if at any m o m ent be mig h t f all f r om his great bay h orse, the three desp e r adoes ro d e a w ay For a fe w moments after their dis appearance, t he r e m a i n in g outlaws fough t on w1th grinding teeth and g l i t t e r in g ey e s but y h en t h ey did no t h ea r t h e e n comagi n g vo i c e of heir lead e r s the y too, broke and flecl. A s m a ll p o r t ion of t h e ban d manage d to e s cape wi t h t h eir h o r ses and r id e a way in s catte r e d bunc hes, but ma n y l 1ad be en killed, man y fatally wounded,


l THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY many injured. and it i s a matter often spoken of in army c ircles, that no prisoners were taken by the troopers. Forrest rage d like a d e mon of war over the battlefield. A dozen times he had attempted to get into personal contac t with Jesse, hut eac h time, other out l aws had thrown themselves b etween him and their leader, and had forced Forrest to fight them off. "Have you seen anything of shrieked For-rest to Lieutenant Friend. "Not a hide or hair of him," r eplied Friend. "I wonde r if h e i s killed?" ''T don t know.'' "I'd g ive anything i n the world to fu1d that fellow." ''I saw him and two other men run down the line to the put in Trooper ''Com e on, lj'riend and Cass idy,'' shouted Forrest. "V,T e must not let Jesse escape I bet that he Cole You nger and Frank James have got to their horses and are off!'' l one of the other troopers take command," howle d Forrest. "Follow me to our horses, and we wiJl hit the trail after Jesse." I Soon the tine int_re1Jid m e n well-mounted, were following after; the three outJlMvs. It 1n1s almost impossibl e i n the darkness, 'to tell which w ny Jesse and his companio n s had gone, but by going slowl y in the diiection h e 13urmised the outl a ,.s wo1ld take, Forres t was oon out into the open com1t r y1 and at ]en.gth, cqming to a road, they issued out 11pcm it. "'.rh is seems to b e a h'ighwavr, remarked Forrest... } e 1 ullecl up his horse and go t down on l1is knees in t h e ditt, a'l1C1 dint of striking numerous matc hes, i n the hard road that made up the highway, the harp unmistakable tracl.;;: of three horse s goingat high s p ee( l. h e other members of his party a lso lighte d matc hes and the ground with keen eyes. "Look h e re!" cried l ? r .ieud "I've dis covere d some thing!" ln t h e dust o n the road\. vay was a large, round, moist, stick.' bit of crimson fluid. "It's b lood, said Forrest. "One of the outlaws is wounded.'' Fill e d with h ope at this discoYe1 y. the party fol l o w ecl along, Forrest e y m : no\\ an d then dismounting and sea r('hiu g the higlnva: for tracks. H e found them and as h e saw more pool s of blood from time to time, h e made up his mind that b e wa on the right track, and that one, if not a ll of the outlaws had been injured. -ho>Y serious ly. h e co u l d not d e termine--;-some time tluring t h e :fight '' 'fhe man who ; is bleeding like that,'' "is shot on the right side somewhere." "How do you know that?" asked Friend. "Look h e re," r ejoine d For,rest, as he lighte d a match. ''See, aH of the blood spots are on the right side H e r e at the l eft, y ou can s ee the marks of a horse,' s hoofs. The horses are galloping, but not at top speed.'' "How do you make that out? askedFri end. "By the length b etween the strides of the animal. The horse i s nlood spots show me wl1ich side he has been hit upon." .The party; at length. came upon a tiny .whic h memJd e re

THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. 29 get Jesse Jame s also. Should he follow the straight upraised f ee t in the po s ttU e usually adopte d b y long highway or should h e turn to the right? For a long tim e Captain Forrest thought and studied over the mute e vidences that lay in the tracks before him, nntil the morning broke gray and chill, and then h e d e t ermine d to continue on the main thoroughfare b ec ause he felt that the probabilities were that the out la:vs would beli eYe that they had escaped undetected, w e r e not b e i n g follow e d and that Frank and J e sse Jame s, the two bandit brothe rs, w ere stieking together, a11d that Cole Younger taken the road to the right. 1!-,ill e d with vague fears that in the supreme moment of victory h e w as going to lo13e J e sse and Frank James, in spite of all his efforts to capture or kill them, Captain F orrest l e d his c ompanions forward along the main road, thus following the tracks of the two horses. In t he e ai'ly morning light, they saw that the tracks were b ec omin g sharpe r and sharper. \N e are g etting near'er and nearer," muttere d For i.est to Frie nd. question qf that, rejoined Friend. "The outlaws a re not far off." "We're liable to sight the m a:ny mom e n 't, don t you t l1ink asked Forrest. I certainly do." Troop e r C assid y pulle d forward E rifle whi ch was hanging over his bac k, and hande d it silently to Forr e st. Forrest' s ey es gleamed with pleasure when he re ceive d the weapon. "You may have to take a long shot at the outlaws," C assid y remarked. ''That rifle has a beautiful range.'' Look there!" cried Friend. I F orrest looked ahead where about a thousand yards down the broad highway, d e s perately spurring their jaded horses, swept two men. Forrest dug his spms into his horse's sides and darted after the flying criminals while behind him, hurrie d at equal speed, Friend and T:ooper Cassidy For a mile, the desperate race continued. Unfortu-r a nge marks m e n s t ea di e d him self for h is s ho t and as he pulled the. trigge r o f h is w e apon wh e n h e h a d qui ckly adjuste d h is s ight s, without s t opping to se e thll result of the shot, jumpe d up and mounte d his horse again. ' Look the r e Y o n ve go t him all r ight!'' sh oute d Li eutenant Friend. Captain F orrest saw that his desp emte shot had landed b etter than h e had a n y reason to hope. One of the hors es of the outla ws was dovm i n the roadway feebl y kicking, and his rider was just emerging fro m a cloud of dust, for h e ,had been violently thrown wh e n his horse fell under him. "Hurrah! Hurrah! we've got 'em," ye lled F o r r e s t H e l e d the way in a mad rush upon the outlaws, wh e n he felt his b east tremble under him, and h e had hardly time to jump from his seat when his horse dropped dead from fatigue. Unfortunately the animal f e ll directly in the paths of Forrest's oncoming com p a nions and in a mom ent, a terrible mix-up ensued. Troop e r Cas s idy s h orse stumble d over that of C ap tain Forrest,flung hi s ride r over his head, and t he trooper lay stunned in the roadway Into the mass charge d Lieutenant Friend, and he was also violently thrown, but was uninjured. The two horses darted right and left, into adjacent fields, and For:t;est saw hims elf without means of continuing his chase. The gallant officer gTabbed the rifle and began nmning toward the two outlaws, hoping to be able to reach them I before they recover e d from the c onfusion in which the killing of their hors e had thrown them. U s e d to s u c h rev e rs e s Frank James had pulled him self to gethe r in a mom e nt. H e twitched the uninjured h o rs e which h e bad b ee n riding with his head pointing down the highwa y, grabbed Ja{ues around his waist, for although J e sse was not fatally hurt, h e was weak from the loss of blood, vaulted upon the ba c k of nately Forrest found the energies of his horse his horse, put spurs to the jaded animal exc1ting it to and when he looked back at his companions, discovered a feeble gallop, and thus the two outlaw brothers disthat their horses were equally weary. Jesse and Frank down the white roadw-ay : James. were mounted on two Kentucky thoroughbreds, and it began to look as if, even yet, they might outstrip their pursuers. Forrest pulled up his horse jumped to the ground and lay dowp. upon his back, and sighting through his "Escaped!" murmured Captain Forrest. ''Was there ever su c h luck! I am horseless and cannot fol low them!'' I THE END.


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,. / .. Standing Alone at the Head of Its Class The A m erican Indian Weekly PUBLISHED EVERY THURSDAY This great w eekly i s a rad i ca l departure from all other five-cent weeklies that are now bein g publi s hed. It has the greates t s torie s of frontier life, of Indians and of the far West that have ever bee n i ssued. The stories are longer than tho se published in any other five-cent library, except the ce l ebrated OLD SLEUTH WEEKLY. They are all ed ited by Co l one l Spe nc e r Dai r the most celebrated Indian Scout, Bandit Tracker and Gun Fighter of modern fiction A new number i s i ss ued every Thursday. LIST O F TITLES No. 1. THE OUTLAW'S PLEDGE ..... ...................... ........ or The Raid on the Ol d Stocka de No. 2. TRACKED TO HIS LAIR ; ..... . . ....... ,. .... ........ o r The Purs uit o f th e Midnight Raider No. 3. THE BLACK DEATH ....................................... or The Curse of t h e Navajo Witch N o 4. THE SQUAW MAN'S REVENGE ........... . ................... or Kidnapped by the Piutes 5. TRAPPED BY THE CREES .............................. ..... o r Tricked by a Re negade Scout 6 .. BETRAYED BY A MOCCASIN ..... .. : ............ or T lie Round-Up of the Indian Smugglers No. No. No. 7. FLYING CLOUD' S LASTSTAND .... : ..... .......... or The B attl e of Dea d Ma n's Ca nyon No. 8. A DASH -FOR LIFE .... .............................. ....... ... o r Tricked by Timber Wolves Nci. 9. THE DECOY MESSAGE ....... ............................ or The Ruse o f the Border Jumpers No. 10. THE MIDNIGHT ALARM ................... ........... or T h e Raid o n the Paymaster's Camp No. 11. THE MASKED RIDERS .................... .................. or T h e Mystery of Grizz l y Gu l ch No. 12. LURED BY OUTLAWS ....... .' . .... .... ............. o r T l )e Mounte d Ranger's D esperate Ride No. 13. STAGE COACH BILL'S LAST RIDE .. ... .................. o r The B andits of Great Bear Lake No. 14. THE TRAGEDY OF HANGMAN' S GUL'CH ...... ............ or The Gho s t of Horn Mountains No. 1 5 THE TREASURES, OF MAcKENZIE ISLES ........................ or The Outlaw's Drag-Net No. 16. HELD UP AT SNAKE BASIN .......................... ... ...... or The Death-Vote No. 17. THE MAIL RIDER' S D ASH 'WITH DEATH ........ . .... ...... or The D es p erado of Poker F lat No. 18. TBE RED MASSACRE .......... ................ ....... or The Hold-Up Men of Barren Lands No. 19. THE MYSTERY OF THE ARCTIC CIRCLE ......................... o r The Robbers' Round-Up No. 20. HOUNDED BY RED MEN ............... ............... o r The R oad Agents of Porcupine River No. 21. THE FUR TRADER'S DISCOVERY ............................ or The Brotherhood of .Thieve' s No. 22. THE SMUGGLERS OF LITTLE SLAVE LAKE ................. o r The Trapper's Vengeance No. 23. NIGHT RIDERS OF THE NORTH-WEST ............... . ....... or The Vigilantes' Revenge No. 24. THE SPECTRE OF THUNDERBOLT CAVER r .... . ... .. or Tricke d by Midnight Assassins No. 25. RED HAND OF THE NORTH-WEST ...................... or The Pirates o f Hornaday R iv e r TO BE PUBLISHED ON T HURSDAY May 25--.N o 26. THE HERMIT BANDIT'S REVENGE .......... : ... o r T he League of the Fur-Stealers Ji_m e 1 No. 27. THE CURSE OF CORONATION GULF .............. or The Outl aws of B lu e Waters June 8-No. 28. THE DOOM OF THE BANDED BROTHERS .. : . . ...... or The Demon Re negades June 15No. 29. THE WITCH OF DEVIL WHIRLPOOL . ... ... ..... or Th"'e Gun-M e n of S p l it Lak e June 22No. 3 0 TORNADO BESS THE KIDNAPPER ... ............. or The Outl aws of Rabbit Island June 29-No. 3h THE WRECKERS OF CARIBOU REEF ................ ... or Border Bandits at Bay Jul y 6-No. 32. THE PLAGUE SPREADER. S OF HUNGRY TRAIL .... or The Robbe rs of Little Wind The AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY is for sale by and booksellers, o r it will be s ent to any address po s tpaid by the publis h ers upon receipt of 6c per copy, 10 cop i es fo r 50c All back numbers always in sto ck. THE ARTHUR WESTBROOK COMPANY CLEVELAND, OHIO, U. S. A.


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