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Frank Reade, Jr., in the Far West; or, The search for a lost gold mine
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'ltt.To 55 { } FRANK TousEY. Puar.rsHER, 3! & 36 NoRTH MooRE S'l'REE'r, NEw YoRK. Vol. III ..... t New York, October 7, 1893. ISSUED WEEKLY., ro & Entered according to the Act of Oonoress, in the yeur 1893, by FRANK TOUSEY, in the office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington, D. a. IN THB FAR WEST; or, TBE SEARCH FOR A LOST GOLD MINE. The vigilantes. came charging b.ack again, and as Frank Reade ran for the tally-ho one of .the vigilantes 'skillfully cast a lasso at h1m. 'l'he succeedmg moment Frank was jerked backward and surrounded by the enraged vigilantes. ;

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By the Author of all the Frank Reade, Series. CHAPTER I. Jr., and I wish to find my way back to my Uncle In a moment he and Frank were riding furiously Abner Stanton's ranch, which I loft this the direction of the timber. TREATING oF THE LOST MINE. Perhaps you can direct me aright." They reaahed the cover in a quarter of an hour. "I reckon I kin. But you are full thirty miles Meantime tile sounds of nonfiict had ceased, and TEE day was closing, and the somber shadows away from Stanton's ranch, and that's too far ror when the two horsemen rode into the timber, all were falling on the plain's of Montana one day in your tired horEraves. 6etchewan IS an old swift footed deer led him. 'rhus speaking the plainsman began to urge his ol.dest Indian In all ther .north west, I.t said, and For some time the conviction had been stealing horse forward and Frank followed his lead. his chosen bA:nd WitS the last of the ongiQal race o! upon Frank that he could not find his way back to "Did I understan' ye to say, that yer Montann. IndJuns, though th.ere ,!lre plenty of other bts ranch a guide, but he hal ridname was Frank Reade,Jr. ?"presently Inquired old of the Blackfoot tribe. den on and on for "ours, hope, that Yank. Do you mean to state that band of Indians he might yet discern some landmark which might "Certainly, sir; that's my name." been l!lassacred here the so-called serve to set him right. '!You don't mean to tell me you are Frank qotd Mme lndmns of asked Fmnk At last Frank gave up the liope o f finding til e Reade, the celebrated chap what gits Ufl all sorts a augmentatiOn :>f mterest. ranch that day. The prospect of pas8mg the night o' strl\nge in;ventlons ter run hy steam au' 'lectricYes, assented the sqout. alone upon the prairies caused him to constantly ity an' who has gone trav e lin' all over creation "My uncle has told me of these Indians. He has glance wistfully around upon the vast solitude, and and part of N e w Jersey as I've bern tell?" assured me that for')'ears the white settlers of almost as .he uttered aloud the convi ction that he "I plead guilty. I am tb.egenuineoriginalFtank Montana have believed ln the existence of a lost was hopelessly astray, a human form suddel\ly Reade, Jr." gold mine in this territory, which was originally started Into sight. "Wall, dog my cats, pard it does me proud ter discovered, and worked by Spanish adventurers Frank beheld, at np great distanca a man clad in meet ye. It does, by mighty." from Colorado, wb.? were here a hundred years ago, the buckskin garb of the hunters and trappers of pleasure Is mutual." as ancient eoins of Spain, with the dates on them the far west. .. Glad on. it, I swow. But, say, I reckon ye intact, which have been linearthed in the territory, The for such 'he was to Frank, had eviha!n't got none o' yer steam or 'lectrio ftxin's out to prove. The Spaniards have left traces o! dently been concealed In one of these abrupt dehere with ye, hev their occupancy of the country in early days in tl!e pres .sions oi tlie plains which frequently occur on "No; but I have just completed a new electric nomen(l\ature of the territorial towns," said Frank. the Montana table lands. tally-ho, and tile invention Is a triumph in its way I reckon like enough yer uncle told ye too that, The man In buckskin was mounted upon a I think. It is at my homelnReadestown." recently, the opinion hez gained ground thet tber sturdy l ooking mustang and he rode straight to"Ginger I I've 'lowed more than once ter Jay off band o' old Chief Getchewan has discovered the lost ward Frank Reade. an' take a trip to Readestown ter see some o' yer gold mine o' the ancient Spaniards?" asked Yank As he approached the young inventor had an opwonders an' hev a talk with ye personally." portnnity to observe th a t the stranger was a "I should be glad to you at any time." i "Yes," assented Frank. grizziy old f ell'ow, f ac!> tanned and harden"Thank ye. !-hold on, there's a skrimniagej "Yer see, tiler fact is, for some time old ed by exposure, and evui.ently one who had spent agoin' on somewhere near here. Listen ter theri Getchewan and his men !lave been bringin' gold th e greater part of his years in the wild West. faint crack of wee pings an' Injun yells." !ore of mighty pure quality Inter the tradin' posts, Bu,t the of the old plainsman impressed Frank almqst instantly caught the sounds whichjan' they have also traded off a few Spani s h coins Frank as bemg a n honest one, and he was very the old trapper had first heard. :or ancient date and rusted with age, as well as a glad of hill coming. He fancied that a fierce battle, in which a band'number o! old Spanish minin' iaplemeBts an' "Hello, stranger I Day to ye. 'Pears like ye of Indians were ta.-l:tchewan's band the was a bit turned about, I reckon, ez I hev' been obthe timber for which he and his new companion name o' the Gold Mine Injuns." Ae_rvi.n' your wanderi.n' course ever ye came were riding. . "So I have heard," replied Frank .WJthlp. the range o' Sight," called out tli:e old plains"Come on I We bev got to ride like the wmd JIIBt then there came a deep groan. The sound man pre9ently. now. I'm despxit afe!ird thet the reds are at my of suffering emR.Dated !rom a clump of bushes near To this salutation Frank rejoined: lodge, an' there's one there J wouldn't hev come by, and Frank and the scout dismounted, secured "Right. r am 811 stranger m these pal'ts; and [to harm fer all th(' gold In Montana I" cried the their animals, and then advanced into the thicket, acknowledge that Lam lost; I am Frank Reade, scout. prompted by motives of humanity to render as-/

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J?AANK READE, JR., sistance to any woun(ls>i' human creature whom "All right . I want to make a jonrney with my and that we on search for the lost they might tlete a11e it?" he put me otr, saying he would tell me all some The latte r drank and then murmured: "No, Papa 'Yank, but the me day." "The Sioux sought the secret o! Getchewan. afraid, I could hear them dO plainly. 1Ul;J.. I am so It was late in the night when Frank and old. Yank '.rhey meant to steal away the discovery he made a, glad come, for I know the dare Beckbrid_ge the scout ceased talking. But finally the year ago and whillh he meant sho)l. ld yeti 'make not come where ;rou 't re." , conversation was brought to a close .and they him and 'his tribe as rich as the white man's "Ila.l ha I ba I You've got great fait!t i.I:t old Slept. men. But Getchewan has his secret safe yet, and' Fop ;rank,' hain't ye no,y, leetle I When1morning dawned, taking little Sunshine on now since all his men are dead, Getchewan is the s'pose yer think aWl hev ter do are to wink ter the saddle before him, Yank set out to guide Frank onty' mnn in all the world, save one' white man, scatter a hull a'rmy o' ther pizen reds." Reade to his unc!e's ranch. who is in the mine and cannot leavlili t, 'Who knows : I am sure of it1 P(lpa Yank;" rEiplfed the little In dYe time they arrive!l at their destination, wnere the lost mine of the white men of the south, ode with complete assurance, opening her big blue and Frank wa3 wa.rmly welcomed. with pointed b ea rds is."* 1 eyes very wide. , he very next day Yank Beck bridge set out for "Getchewan meant that the .secret of the lost "Ha I ha! ha I" laughed heartily. : Helima taking Little Sunshine with him, and Frank gold mine should die with him, bu,t now that 'be "But, Papa Yank, you brought me any Reade rode to the nearest station of the stag_e line hears the voice of the great Manito calling him, and news of my own papa?" asked the child, eagerly. running between his uncle's ranch and Virgihia he knows that he must soon go to the happy hunt"Allers that question," murmured Yank, aside. City and secured pf1ssage eastward. ing-gr<:mnds, the chief's mind is changt>d. Dead "No, not yet, leetle But I'll bring yer 1 At the posting station while awaiting the stage Shot has always been a friend to the chief, and it is news o' i:ne old pard, Owen Strathmore yer papa, F .. ank was considl)rably surprised to hear that better that he should have the sl'lcret of the lost gold one o' these days, or ye won't see old Yank's gray there were rumors that one Indian Ralph, a reck mine than that it should die with Getchewan." head no more," replied the scout, aloud. l ess road-a.gent chief, who, with his b!lnll, had The dying chief paused fot a moment and then "Don't sa.y that, P apa Yank. I should die if llong been the terror o! tbe Southern ],fontana trails, w.ent on, while his veice ra1iidly became fainter didn't have you." had cpme notth, and had been seen near the road and almost inaudible. Yank felt the kiss of the child on his bronzed to Virginia Oit:r. But Yank and Frank Reade knelt close beside brow, and a memo,ry of the past was evoked that Upon the arrival of the eastern-bound stage the the cliff, and l;teard him as he said: pro ugh t tears to his eyes. Bl!t he turned ,his head driver was informed of the news, but he scoffed at "In the buckskin bag of gold about my neck is for a moment, and his emotion had pas8ed when it as did his passengers. an Indian sign-writing, or tracing, which is like he said: 'Frank boarded the' stage very much reassured, tile maps of the white men to the red man. It will ,This' 'ere Is my pew pard, Sunshine. Now although he was not a bit of a coward, for be bad guide you, if can it aright, and you shall we'll go to the lodge." ,, a larg e sum f?f money on his person which he was tlnd the lost mine." '' Yank went forward, after the little one had ac-conveying east for his urwle. The stre ngth of the dying chief failed utrerly for Know !edged her introduction to Fran, k Reade, in A thrilling advAnture was in store f0r Frank. the instant, and Frank and Yank Beckbridge a childish way. About twelve miles south of Virginia City in a tkouglltthat his ehd had come. t The trapper 1ed the little one by the hand. hilly pass the stage coach was suddenly halted by But presently he drew a faint breath, and mu r'Frank 'Reade followed with tqe bridle-a score of road agents at whose head rode a white mured: reins of tlie horses over his arm In a hollow, not man In fuH Indian war dress, save that Instead of "Yonder, where the mighty hills are, where foot far distant1 embowered by the surrounding trees, paint a black concealed his face. of., white man never presse:i the earth-yonder is' which concealed it, was a rude Indian lodge Thi,s "Indian Ralph and his men f" yelled the terrified the gold mine I" was Yank's summer home. cared for' their jehu, recognizing the dreaded road-agent whom As he spoke, with one last. effort the chief pointanimals and partaken of food, when little Sun-he had soen before. ed to the northwest, then he sank back heavily shine had fallen asleop Yank resumed the thread Frank Reade had his rev.olver out in a moment, an1 the old scout to whom he had bequeathed of his conversation which the appearance of and he shouted to the frightened passengers: his gold secret as an Inheritance, knew tqat he was little girl on Indian battle-field had interon the rascals. There are a dozen o! ns. dead. rupted. We ean heat off the robbers if we will." With reverent hands they gently removed a "I said it wan''t so much the love of gold as it As Frank thus shouteJ he discharged his re buckskin bag from about his and opened it. was friendship that set me on the trail o' ther lost volver through the window of the coach at Indian The bag contained several nuggets of virgip gold, gold mino. Now, I'll tell : ye what I meant," the Ralph. and a folded piece o( white 9nck&kin scout said. The' bullet shattered the road-agent's right ear This Yank unfolded, and hfl and Frank_. scanned "I am interested to understand your pr. eci.se and sent him reeling in his saddle back among his It with eager interest. Tht! singular' map was meaoing." 1 men, while he uttered cries of rage and pain. drawn in the strange of Indian fact are this. father o' _little .But the succeeding moment the signclanguage. l . Sunshine was my old H18 name I've menupoa the coach iq. a body, d1schargmg a "I think I kin study it all over kerrect, but it tionevered 0)ven on the trail o' old Getchewan, and etcely,Mhedashed away. I .' IP.h. 1 a that .they captured the poor feller an' shut him up u The soldiers pursued the robbers and the stage RECKON W1 yer 'ectnc IC e ,you in the lost gold mine." , ,: went on. most anywhere,. n?w couldn t ye? InJuns an "Such a conclusion seems to me to be very Frank made the remainder o! his journey back white outlaws !ion' s1ch trouble ye I coaprobable," assented the young inventor. to his native place without meeting with fur.$er sate. Am I right?" said Yank Beckridge, after a "So 'ye .see, if I kin,. find the lost mine, 'tain't adventure, and h!l thought but little of tp.e threat panse. . gold alone I 'spect ter find, but me old pard, as I of the road agsnt chief. "You are. Under ord1qary !Jircumstances I have pledged me word ter little Sunshine I would The very day o! his ttrrlval in Readestown Frank have no fear to w'th my yet !Jring)lfm back ter her, if he was in the land receive' a call from hi.s old friend Dr. Vaneyke. tnc tally-ho wherever the vel:\lcle can be run. o' ther Jivin.'/' \ f The old traveler and explorer was looking hale "Y!erry good, I've got1an idee. Suppose you an' "You are a true; heart, and such a friend a& I and hearty, and he did not seem to have aged me Jl'De bands as pardners. You furnish ther tally-am proud to have.'' much since ne made his last great journey with ho ,an' I'll put in the map me, an: "I've always triea to be white. But now that Fran b. through Central v.>e II make a &earch fer the lost mme an share an I've 'splainfld the pints uf atrairs \o ye h's arrange Presently the ductor asked share alike. if we ftnd it. What do ye say?" our plans." "Have you decided yet wlilere you will go with ----------"-----------!. "Very well. I propose that I return to Reades,your new electric tally-ho?" Tlls the Indians oleslgnated the earl] Spanish settown, and, immediately ship mv electdc. tallyrho "Yes," replied Frank. "You knew my wife obtlers. to Helena, Montana, by rail-that you jein me jects to contiuuin'g my travels as they keep me

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an' Gi didn't say ye,z was a Ioyer. yez hre a Ioyer. Me flask was in til me overalls whin I wint til me h.,,.,,.,.,at r the lolkes kin tell wh_ere it's "yere, Barney. I tu: trout>Je. l'se a colored gemman-;-1" !s, ail> 'low no IriSh trasll to 'suit my bonn!, do you mean, you rascal, by sllutting in the tally-ho? Release him a.t once!" Reade, Sr., sternly. reluctantly Barney obeyed.

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FRANK READE, JR., IN 'l'HE FAR WEST. The Instant the door of the tally-ho was opened This was too much. Frank caught him by the" prairie Island," a settler's cabin in fiamee, and Pomp sprang out upon Barney and a rough and collar and ran him to the road gate, and there be about It were a score of yelling sa.va.ges. tumble llgM between them. Over and over him a kick to help him on his way. "Forward to the rescue\" cried Frank Reade In they rolled. New Pomp was on top and then The vagrant slunk away, but he muttered In an ringing tones, o.s he turned on the full force of the :Barney. ugly tone: electric batte.ry and sent the toward the While .Barney chanced to be uppermost, Mrs. "You can't kick Tough Jo.ck fer BOthin', young burning cabin very swiftly. . Pomp, who bad come to cal\ her husband to din-tener, an' you'll find it out afore long, cuss ye." All bands took their places Inside the vehicle, DAr, appeared upon the scene. At once the wench But Frank returned to the tally-ho, and ran It and with rilles thrust through the loopholes, r.,ll upon .Barney tooth and nail buck into the work-shop. were In reathoess to alscharge a volley. It everything was arn;nged Cor a general Of course you understand, Frank,'' said Mr. But suddenly out of the timber beside the cabin riot through the combination of circumstances, lor Rfll\de, Sr., "when we allowed the tramp to sleep dashed full half a hundred Sioux, and on whlls Mrs. Pomp was belnborlng BllrMy, Mrs. In tile work-shop he did not have access to the they came n:t the tally-ho yelling hke demons and Barney came to the rear door or the Reade manHe slept in the ontry, and the door lelld flogging thmr ponies 11t full speed. In a moment aion,nnd witnessed the difficulty. lng to the main room and the tally-ho was carethe were circling around the tally-ho and "Sure an' the nagurs are aftller murderln' poor folly secured. 1'rust me to see that no stranger closing m. It W!I.S evident as yet they took the ve Barney 1' Arrah, but I'll br011k the bead of the wus glv.:on an opportunity to meddle with you,r bicle for an ordinary coach and felt sure of its cap woncb, so I will I" screamed the Irate Irishwoman, great lnv.,ntion." turo. and she made a rush for the battle-field and fell There was some oouversatlop. about the 'll.!erlts upon .M111. Pomp furiously. of the tally-ho, and then Pomp null Barney came OHAPTER IV. Old 1\lr. Reade vainly ordered the belligerent back from dinner, and Frank told them about his couples to desist. They did not heed him, and proposed trip to the far West. 1'he Irishman and ASTONISHED REDSKINS. probably be was not heard. the darky were dellglited, 'and Barney said: Tim sudden apyearance of the halt hundred "Ould forever I Sure an' It's reinforce"Shure It's a happy mon I am in the thought Sioux warriors who came dashing out of tlfe tiro menta I have I We'll clime out'the nngur81 Date thnt 01 !'llay soon be aflher havln' a bit av a rue ber near the lone settler's cabin was a surpl'lse to the bead av the \vlncb, Biddy I" roared Barney. tlou wid the rod nagurs on the plains." Fmnk Reade and his companions, o, CGurse. But befors the llght resulted seriously, Fmnk Frank and Dr. Vaneyke returned to the house When the young Inventor started the electric Reade, Jr. and Dr., Vaneyke came hiiStenlng from accompanied by Mr. Reade presently, and, having tally-ho forward lu a chtuge to. the rescue of the the bouse, and the young Inventor quickly pulled dlsousiied tbelr pll\nsfurtber, they ftnallJ separated Imperiled occupants of the cab1n, he E'Upposed he the contestants npl\rt. for the night, and Frank, Jr., retired early. had to encounter but the score of redskins who "No mora of this or I'll discharge you allc,n the Soon the whole Reade household slept. But sud were engaged In the attack on the cabin. spot,'' said Fronk, 'Jr., Bf1 the two couples stood denly Frank, Jr., was awakened by the thrilling But the sight of the additional. force so glaring at euch other. cry: suddenly revealed its presence did not materially Burney stepped baek carelessllll' against 11 wire "Fire I Fire I Fire I" 11lter Frank's plans. which 1vas connected with one of the eleotrlc batThe Inventor hurried on a few garments, and, Still he intent upon rendering assistance to terles In the work-shop 8.8 Frank SP?ke. rushing to the window of his sleeplug-Ioom, which the settlers family. had been making an expenment, and left eomma.cded a. view of the work-shop, he saw thai Above the saturnalia of the Indi11ns th&e the w1re thmt. the building W!\8 In fl'ILmes. The alarm had been ed a clear female Yolce ringing out a des paning As llurney .struck the wire be received a terrible given by a belated wayfarer who chanced to pass crr,of: sbock. the mansion on his way to the town Help I Helptl Help I "Worm I WQrra.l It's kilt 01 am lntlrely !" be Frank realized at once that there was not an In-T.bmi it was known that within .that burnfng roared as be went backward with a sudden jump st"ct to be lost or his new Invention would be de cabm, envlroned by fierce and merciless enemies, that landed him agaimet the t1'1Lmp, who had no1v stroyed. He dashed from the bouse and rushed a helplesS' woman was menaced. changed bla position. to the shop. At the same time Pomp aud Barney A moment with supreme excitement tor Thera \VIIS a laugh at Barney's mlsh11p. But the came running from their dwellings. all within the eleetrHl tally-ho!'lapsed wltile nearer snoceeding Instant all were very much asto.unded Fl'llnk managed to force oren the door of the and nearer the howling Sioux at the tuli to see Barney deal the tramp a blow on tna ear work-shop in a moment. Bu a torrent of black 9f their mustange. that sent him reeling. suffocating smoke r@lled forth and burled him back They were only to be likened to a human mael-" It's mesel' as knows who stole me flask now. for an Instant. Then. thinking only of saviRg the strom, whirling nearer and nearer, like the dead1 smell the breath av the scar&-crow I" roared Bill' tally-ho and heedless of the great danger, Frank ly whifpool, t?ward the center which W!I.S Frank ney. plunged Into the .smoky cavern nr.d vanished Reade selectriC tally-ho. "Golly I luff me ltutt him jiss once I" shouted "Sure, an' the poor biddy Is gone to the death Suddenly the voice of the woman in the burning Pomp. av him I" cried Barney ae he and Pomp recoiled cabin rang out again .Barney and the darky were rushing at the tmmp at the work-shop door,' driven back by the smoke "Save my child I Oh, save my little one I" she in an Instant. His escape was cut off, and, as a und llames uttered. last resort, the tattered vagrant sprang Inside the M F k J d ld R d b d h t d It was a frantic, des palring appeal wrung from tally-ho. rs. ran r., an ea e a as ene a mother's heart by awful dread. It seemed It wcmld fare hardly with the tmmp from the bouse after Frank, and they now came Frank's sympathy was awakened, and all his no1v, for Barney and Pomp meant to drag him out up. They bad seen the brave one they loved vanchivalrous impulses were up in arms upon the In or the elactricvebicle at on3e and soundly pummel Ish the and flames, and Mrs. Reade staut. him. cned frantically: He thought of his own wife and a little son But Frank, Jr., interposed before Barney and Ob, save my husband-sa.ve whom Heaven h11d sent to gladden his heart. Pomp re11ched the coaeh. him, 1 beg of you 1 We must reach the cabin I We mustand wlll "Be oft to vour dinner, all.of you. I will attend There 1"as a moment of awful u.s save the poor woman and her innocent child I" to the tramp,1 be said. Pemp an .... B!!-rne.y, bmve as they uere, hesitated uttered Frank, with intense intor.atlon. Very reluctantly Barney and Pomp withdrew about venturmg mtotheabyss of ftameand smoke. "Rigllt, by powder! You kin skulp old Yank with their wives, and now that the mystery of the But all at once Barney uttered a yell. He had Beckbridge an' feed him out for wol( bait, ter pizen missing flask was cleared up, and Pomp wae ex-caught the,sou.nd of wheels. ther crltrers, ef,he ain't with yq_ on this leetle fam culpated, all four were soon on the of The suc('eedmg out of the burning work bly picnic excursion clean up to ter gills I" ex again. shop came the electric tally-ho and team. Then claimed the old trapper characteristically. Fmnk waited until Barney and Pomp were out the door of the vehicle opened as the tally-ho "Whoop I Etln-go-Bragh an' the Seventeenth of slffht, and then be was about to order the tramp came to a standstill at a eafe distance, and out or av Guld Ireland I It's a the red nagurs to come out of the tally-ho, when all at once the the vehicle leaped Frank Reade, Jr., safe and unare after, t>ad scran til the loikflS av thim, an' sure electric vehicle made a forward start. harmed. its mesel' as will bate the hoods of the murderin' Through the open door it came as Frank and his There was a shout of delight, and Mrs. Reade, blackguards I" Barney roared very belligerently. companions leaped Mide, and on, as though drawn almost fainting with joy, Into Frank's arms. "Put her dar. You done bet your lira, &rney, by four living horses, continued the wonderful The work-shop was doomed. The llre company dar am a heap o' Iron in dis child's blood. Iron am vehicle. from Readestown presently arrived, bnt they came wh11t gibs the colored folks de fine brunette com-It wlll be remembered that the batteries were all too late. Meanwhile, Frank assured himself th11t pte;xlon. 'Cordln' ter Dr. Balls, de hon in de charged, and that the vehicle was ready to start at the tally-ho bad sustained no injury. As to the blood makes de tlghtln' man an' I's gwine fo' to an Instant's notic&. In this Invention Frank bad origin of the fire all were Inclined to think it was wu.ate some ob dat on dam low down nlg slmpllfled some of the machinery, so that the tllllythe work of the revengeful tmmp. gersl" cried Pomp, grasping Barney's hand en-ho could be started by simply pu111ng one lever. Next day the tally-ho and the metallic steeds were tnuslnstlcally. Now Frank understood that the tramp must have, were taken apart and c11refully packed ill castJs "Listen til the nonsense av the nagur. Faith, by chance, while meddling with the IBterlor armade for the purpose. The day after all tbe cases an' It's not iron In the blood that makes a nagur" rangements of the coach, pulled tha starting levOlr. were shipped by rail for Helena, lllontana. said llarney, jeeringly. From the course It was taking thetaUy-ho would Frank, Dr. Vaneyke, Barney and Pomp followed "You'se mlght smart-In yermlnd. Spec's den In a moment or so come in coUislon with a large by the llrst passenger train. The journey to you kin tole what do make de oolor of de African tree It seemed, and knowing that It this accident B.elena W!I.S accomplished In safety, and when the gentleman?" occurred, great damage would be done, Frank party arrived there Frank tound old 'Yank Beck "Begob, an' I kin do that same su 1e." leaped in pursuit of the tally-ho. He reached lhe bridge, the scout and prospector, awaiting him. "Den s'pose yer turn on yer qnct." boot at the rear, and qulckt;v swung himself upon The plainsman had provided a pleasant homfl "De the powers, an' It's dirt an' di>"ty dirt at tho top of the vehicle, gamed the driver's seat, lor Little Sunshine In the famlly of a friend as he that. be ml'l soul, that milks a nagur's color." and seized the lever there, and reversed It, thus had designed. "Barney, I hate tef diengree wid yer or bringing the vehicle to a quick stop before It As soon as possible after the arrival of the tallyhurt yer feelln's, but I must mention dat you am de reached the tree. ho it W!I.S put together and laden with necessary biggest liar op two legs." Frank alighted, and the tmmp, who was now supplies, ammunition, arms and Sllentiflc appli "That n:anes foight Ivory tolme in Paddy's half-lntoxlcnted by the stolen liquor he had drank, anccs, which had been shipped from Readestown. land I" staggPred out of the tally-ho. 0ne moonlight night the party boarded the tally-ho "l'se got de buttln' cramp comln' inter me "Be otr with you, you rMcal, and never show and un"nown to the general public began the great neck. I done spec's l'se got ter butt some one your face around here again," said Frank to the for the lost gold mine-. ter cure 'em." tramp sternly, for he now well satisfied tb11t Thl'l second day of the journey was drawJng "Sure an' it's mesel' Is the docthur to cure he was unworthy of cbar1ty. close when the party on the tally-ho observed a the loikes nv yez, It's manners I'll be afther ".M.albe you think you kin drive me, young Celred reflection on the sky 11head. baten Inti! yez. Oome on, yez Image yez I" roarler? I m tough, I be, an' I mought hit yer onct on Then passing over a ridge on the vast plains ed the smeller, If ye any back talk," said the which they were now traversing, they beheld at no Despite the grent
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6 FRANK READE, JR., IN THE FAR WEST. for their lives lihe two ridlculvus fellows seemed so great was his emotion, but he grasped the hands Barney his feet and seized Pomp by the determined on what Barney would aliectionately of his rescuers and shook them war)D!y. 1< .I hand. term "a bit av a sblody.'' '!.'he cabin was doomed, and the roof with a ":Elorglve me all I ever done agio yez, Pomp 1 Meanwhile the electric tally-ho had sped oncrash sending up a shower of eparkl! against tne Begob, ye are a !oine goesoon as iver 11tood in shoe ward toward tlile settler's cabin. black sky. / leather, if yez are a nagur I Begob, I'll bate the crack, crack I" came the sharp report of Fran.k "felt .that duty. demanded that he should av the man as dare say a word agio yez," he tho Sioux' discharged guns as they surged abbt see those whom he had rescued to a place of said. ,. $he swiftly meving coach. safety. "Dat's all right, Barney. I reckon I wasn't er The din of the fusilladethad for the moment. oc-He questioned the settler, and-the latter assured gwine ter see ilat red nigger pl!ll his razor on yer oupied all of Frank Reade's attention; But now Fra.nk that there was a settlement twenty miles an' not took a han' in de game,"replied Pomp. Dr. Vaneyke touched the young inventor on the furtner West which he desired to react!. Then Barney pulled out his flask and trea.ted arm. So the inventor took the settler and his wife Pomp, and the otd trapper said: Frank turned quickly, and asked: a.nw to Frank laughed, and the doctor said: I' lndian. Ralph I" exclaimed Frank. "Ah I I've the of the vehicle. "It is evident we,must get rid of the Indip.n, and met the scoundre l before. I shot awa:,: h!s ant Bmd b1m securely, Barney, said Frank we do not want his blood on our hands Perhaps he vowed vengeance upGn me at the time. Reade, as the Irishman, aild the darky held the it would be as well to allow Barney to teach !Hm a "Let's put on all ther speed we hev got an' come Sioux motionless. les son befpre we let him go." down on the agents if so be they are attackin' F .rank was promptly obeyed. "Right ye are. Shure an'l.it's a foine wise man the coach," said Yank. Then all hands sprang to the lo.opholes and sent yez docthur !" exclaimed Barney. Frank depressed_ the mam lever, the speed a volley of bullets among tne Indians. "I guess you're about right doctor ass ted of the coach was m'creased. A bend Ill the road Meanwhile the cunning redsk.ins had sought to Frank ' had concealed the scene aheiLd, but this bend wus stop the coach by shooting down the metal horses . quickly turned uy the electric. tally-ho. Volley after volley of bullets had been dischargD?ay t:ele!1se and your Then under tne moonlight the party ill the tally ed at the team, of the tallyho in rapid succession. ructiOn With him 1f you hke, added, Frank. ho beheld a thrilling sight. The Indians saw the' bullets strike the horses, "Whoop I Paddy forever I Bogs an -turf I Shades The stage from Chippaway drawn by four fine and they heard the sharp "ping" of metallic contact. o' Donnybro0k! yer two eyes on. Pomp, black bosses, and evidently full of passengers, was But although they bullets enough til yez see how nate Ill he bntm the head drawn up on the trail. 1 with which to stay a dozen such teams as that atav the heathen blacKguard I cried Barney. The driver bad dropped the reins and sat with tached to the tallyho, had they been real liv-ing 1lnen be an1.Pomp big out both hands held above h!SJ head, staring with a horses, Frank Reade's equine wonders continued of the disarmed h!m and t_tlen set him look of terror at a revolver, which was at on, of course, as tbougn the hostile bullets of he The Indian leaped to his 11 deflant yel., his head by a man attire:!. in fllll Indian garb, and Indians wer-e so many snowflakes. he would have to his. and ran for whose face was bidden by a black mask. The superstitious Indians were amazed and It but he was m by FranKs party. "Indian R11lph, to a dead certainty," said Old alarmed. To them the strange vehicle and its four B11rney was dancmg about before the Indian in Yank as he and Frank Reade loolted through the steeds assumed attributes. a moment. 1 front' window of the electric tally-ho. The oldeSt warriors drew off and shook' their "Ugh .. White man want fight, eh? grunted the The road agent who covered the frightened heads as they muttered: . . "jehu" was mounted on a splendid steed, and he "Great medicine Great medicine I" Tnat s the music thiS is playm begob 1 had a dozen men with him, who were also well In a moment more the burning cabin would be Come o.n. Reddy, ould boy, till .f pate yez one good mounted. 1 reached. IriSh be!t on .smel\er I roared Barne,Y1 These latt er had surrounded the Chippeway Frank saw the necessity-of immediately diapersUgh I InJun whip white man I coach, and, with leveled revolvers, were ordering lng the enemy. uttered the huge savage flerc'3ly, and With clinched the passengers to hand over their valuables. He accordingly gave Pomp some instructions, he made a rush at Bar,ney. "We'll spoil this night's work for Mr. Indian and the darky made haste to get out some handLet her Gallagher I roared the IriShman, Ralph I" said Frank. grenades. wljowas n!)Vf,In his glory. The next moment Frank gave the word to his The door in the top of the tally-ho was then ',!:'he. Bllcceedlng moment Barney and the Indian frifmds, and they discharged a volley at the road again and a shower of the explosive grenwere at it tooth an :I nail. robbers as they came thundering down upon them ades were hurled among the enemy. TheY: were pretty well matched, too. Suddenly in the great tally-ho. This strange volley completed the rout and clmched, and as both to tne gr:ound the oonsternation of tne redskins. The party from lndtai_I was seen to reach out, mto prairie g!'a5S the woods wheeled their ponies and galloped and piCk up a long, keen-b.aded Sioux scalp;ng-CHAPTER VI. madlyaway. , 1 A. PRAIRIE FIRIL Great Medlcjne, shoot thunder and lightning hav e d .ropped INDIAN RALPH's band, was not composed ot balls I" they yelled. Almost the very next, succeeding moment in the heroes,1and the chief of the road agents Wl\8 him-Now the score of Indians on foot about the struggle which ensued between him and Barney, self a co\vard. He could bold up a Cllacb full of burning .cabin were preparing rush against it the Indian came on top, and a cry of horror then timid passengers well enough, when backed by his with a Jog. They meant to use the log as a batwent up from Frank Reade and the rest of Bar-men, but he never contested with anything like an ter.ing-ram, and beat down the door. ney's friends. equal force. But:Frank Reade's tally no came charging up just They saw the treacherous Indian rnise the ecalpThe appearance of tbe tally-ho was cal In time to defeat the purpose of tt1e savages. ing knife which be had secured, and they knew cnlated to strike a feeling of awe anll terror to the A shower of rifle-balls and hand-grenades did that the miscreant meant to murder poor Barney heart of any one who did not know what its secret fearful executJon among the bowling savages. on the spot. was. and In a brief space the survivors fled for their Tne old trapper's rifle leaped to his shoulder Now onc tb,rough the night, under the moonlight, live s. Then out of the cabin a ol like a flash. He meant to snatter the knife hand came the wonderful yehicle at full speed. stnokQ rushed a man and a woman. In ner arms of the Indian before his deaply blow could fall The electric lights on the sides of the tally-ho re the woman clasped a little child. upon Barney. fleeted brilliantly, and the blazing of the elec Eut as the trapper raised his weapon Pomp, trio flre in the hon;es' eves 'fl.asbed forth rays that with a bellow of rage, ducked his head, and shot seemed like unearthly flame. CHAPTER V. forward at the Indian,,who threatened Barney' No driver was visilile on the tally-ho. All about R 0 AD A. 0 EN T 8 life like o. human missile from a po.werful catapult. it was to the road agents myeterious, terrible, awe Pomp's head struck the savage below the belt inspiring. "HEAVEN must have sent you to our rescue. before hecould deal the murderous stab hemediSnddenly the tllectric bell began to ring, and We owe our lives to you," said the settler's wife, a" tatlld. that sound and the detonation of the shots fired she sank down at the feet of Fcank, Reade, who hau The Indian went bo.ck on the ground with a loud from the int .erlor of the vehicle completed tne conalighted from tne coach wnlcb be stopped a t hud, and he remained motionless. of the mAnt prevtpusly. 1 Pomp's terriflc blow had knocked .all the breath They fled, nor stood not on the order nf their go The poor woman's husband eould scarcely sp, cak 'Ut or his body. ing. I

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FRANK READE, JR., IN 'l'HE FAR WEST. 'l Pell-mell, as though each man wlslled to be first There was not one of \hem standing when bear gu,lde the team, while I try to repair tb,e injury to in the race, the road-agents daGhedaway at tbeir ing Frank Reade shout" all aboard/' Barney and the ba,tt!)ry." llest speed. Pomprushed out of th e inn. "All right, Frank. Make haste for your life. Then the stage driver, whom it turned out originFrank was all ready for a and as soon as We qJ.ust !fain r;nore speed, or the tlamet! run ally came from Readestown, yelled In delight: Pomp and BR.rney got aboard the tally-)lo started. us down, the doctor, as he placed himself "Frank Reade has come. I Hurrah, the boss inSwiftly it sped away, and Pomp and BRrney at the ventor forever l" laughed as they heard the ugly yells w hich were !rank at once out the needed jars and ap-And Indian Ralph, hearing the name of the man presently uttered by tile roughs they had left be phances to repBlr the llattery, and and who had llijl*ed him for life, shouted as he turned hind. Yank the old trapper, ass1sted h1m, in the saddle: Frank Reade was aware that Barney and Pomp "Begqb, said Barney, giancmg th,rough the "For the second time you hold the winning had engaged in a fight at the inn, and he took front window, "P?mp, the is av the hand Frank Reade I Beware of our third meetthem to task for it. bareback act In fome dty\e. Faith, an 1t.s better 'ing !'; , But when Barney related how the English bully thin a circus to see him toime on the Frank's only answer was a defiant laugh, and had first insulted him, Frank said he didn't blame av,.tlle big }?ufl'alo. Bedad, _It's a bad fix he. Is i.n 1.' the road 6!1flnt chief thundered on and disapBarney and Pomp al av. < < True, smce hl! can!lot_ ofl' of the QUfl'O.l9 peared a.mongths hills. Chippaway village was rooched in safety. endangermg his hff,l, asstlnted Frank. Then of course the passengers could not say There the settler found friends. "No, bo me soul Pomp ca_n't be afther makin' a enough pleasant things to Frank. But the yollng Alter a day's rest, during which time Frank and jump, for the bufl'al?,k"pes m the herd. a!l' lnTentor did not pause long to ijsten to the than s the old trapper devoted themselves tothe study of 1f Po!l)p was to lep, 1t s thrampled.mt1! the sod he d of the party. the old Indian map upon which they depended be in the whisk av a skeeter's eif." Soon the was in motion, cqntinuing toto tlnd the lost gold mine, a new start was made. "Au' ther old bull the coon is ri_din' ai!l't likely ward Chjppeway, while the stage coacll was driven 1'he electric tally-ho ,was soon far out on the to separate from the: herd., But I g1t half a. briskly on toward its :lestination. prairies again. : ter drop the Sights o o}d 'K1ll Sure' on the Nothing more was seeq. of Indian Rill ph and his The dry heat of a September day Without ram bison, I might drop him. J1st let the old bufller band then. ,, ., 1 had parched the pr-airie grass until it was a mass lag behind for 11 minu\e, an' I'll try a shot," said The electric tally-ho kept on without further adof yellow h,ay, save where the ground retained the ,. venture until it arrived, at a primitive wayside inn some moisture along the water : Frank at once the urgentneces. The tally-)lo was soon brbul!j}lt to a standstill. be zard from de ole!. Kentucky ri(l'ht on deck I' sity for repalrmg the )>attery. . $ide Pomp, ap.d t.he darky was1taken aboard' The same moment Pomp shot into the bar-room, lie earned, carefully packed 111 the supply lock er. "Bedad," exclaimed Barney as he ehoek hands and ducking his head, began to butt Barney's an outfit of galvanic jars, and the necessary with Pomp warmly," it'c champion buftler assailants, while the Irishman's fists. did him good chemicals wherewith to charge 'them, 110 as to genrider .. yez are, an' buftler rid in' bates the jantin'. service 111so. erate galvanic electricity very rapidly. car for jouncin' clane out: In just about ten seconds the Englishmen's "Doctor," said Frank, a moment the bnfl'a-"I done if I am all here. 'Specs 1 done crowd was the sick: est band-of roughs an:d bullies lo herd had swerved to tb' e soutl!ward and tlfundropped part ob mvself on de prairer l" eald Pomp ever seen in Montana. dered by, "pleaRe take my place at the levers, and feeling himself ruefully.

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FRANK READE, JR., IN 'rHE FAR WEST. "I recJ.oil I done need medicine mighty bad. Of course FraLk was Invited t6' stay, and iii a The mad bull plunged fQrward and fell on tha 'Spose dat you hl)-n' me a dose, Barney," be adqed few moments all his party were made to feel at plain. Pomp's bullet hall passed th7ough his with a comical wmk. home. 1 heat:t. "Faith an' I will that. Shure an' there's the The tally-ho was drawn upln of the ranch-Bur on went tile bucking mustang toward a mediaine yez are arther nadln'," replied Barney. hous.e, and when it had b een duly mspected an_d of timber near by. Bar. ney still clung to His flask was forthcoming at once, and :Pomp adm1red by the wondermg ranchman and h1s h1s back. took his "medicine' like a man. cowboys, it was left in cqarge of the old trapper, As the approached the timber a mount But now the fugitive bull'alo herd was observed to whom the incidents of ranch life were an ola ed man dashed out of it. He was hatless and his to act strangely. The animals stumbled and str11gstory, while the others went out to watch the cow-face wore an expression of terror. His horse 'was for all theworld as though they had all run l;loys. evidently well-nigh exhausted with hard riding. mto a swamp. . "We have plenty of horses; suppose _you all Barney had almost lost his and he cried as "I know what's up 1" called out Deck bridge. mount and take a hand iu the sport?' invited the he beheld the stranger: 1 "The herd has struck a dog village. Ther oourAe ranchman, addressing Frank and me hors.e l St_op the long-eared jack rabo' t-he tally-ho must be changed, or we'll glt caught But Frnnk looked askance at the _v1c1ous looking bit, 1f yez are a Christian 1" ip the holes 1 and shook his ht)ad, as d1d the doctor. The new-comer was a splendid rider, and he skill-Frank ha"d now resumed his place at the guld "Many thanks, but I've seen these mustangs fully brought his heree up alongside of Barney's lug-lever and he promptly changed the ceurse'of buck beiore to-day, and I had rather be excused," mustang_,and caught the animal by the bits. the vehicie. said Frank, smiling. BarnE!y jumped to the ground the instant the The prairie was thus skirted, and presTbe rancllman laughed. otustang stopped, and making a sudden leap, tbe ently a green bottom land, along a water-course, Just thon, however, the v<;>icesof Pomp and Bar animal tore away from the strl\nger's hold. was reached. ney were heatd, and, as usual, they were. wrang-"I must on; the menwho are me are Night bad now come but there was a moon, and llpg. They had gone up to a lot of mustangs, close behind 1" exclaimed the stranger, and now the electric lights f\x-ther illuminated the plains. which those of the cowboys not yet out amoQg the Barney had time to see that he was a young man, Frank ran the tally-ho straight for the green botcattle had from a corral. pos&e!'sed of a fine handsome face, and with an tom land and the speed which the electric veb icle "Begob, an' it's mef'el' 1\8 will bet yez the price av honest look about him altogether that quite wen was now' enabled to attain was sufficient to dis a gallon av the ould stutJ I kin 1" cried Barney. Barney. tance thA conllagration In the rear. "Gollle I I done took dat bet, Irish," asserted "Sure an' who Is aftber yez? i he asked. The tally-ho reached the bottom land, and there, Pomp. "1'he Montana vigllantes. The hounds mean to close by a "Btream, it was baited. "Begob, an'l'll not back down from me woi'rud." hupt me down and hang m!l, though I am an lnno-The tlameg came on, but they stopped at the "T-jlen yo use done bet youse kin ride any ob cent man," came the surpr1sing edge of the green gr11,ss, an d struck southward. It dem yere mustangs. Am dat de size ob de wager, was pretty hot where the coach was, and the air sah?" was full of smoke and cinders, but soon the fire "Bedad, nagur, an' ye hev It right." CHAPTER IX. had passed, and our friends wore unharmed. "Dat's all right. Den lull' me see yer take I dat WORKING To SAVE A LIFE. According to Beck bridge's understanding of the yellow mustang what's got his ears laid back like "BE the harp av Tara/ 1t's a good turn yez have old Indian map, the cours.e of the tally-ho should dey was ironed down agln his head." done the loikes av me by sto'ppin' av the jackass, now be due northwest. "Bah, what yer thinkln' av? Faith, an' I'll ride an' su.re ap'lt's not an Irishman I am at all at all Accordingly, alter some little tfme had elapsed, the critter an' not half thry. Why didn't yez pick If I don't play the part av a friend foreninst yez I'' the tally-ho struck north. It not necesaar.r to out a wild looking wan?" said generous, reckless old Bamey. the str-eam at this pomt curved almost 'l'he cowboys who weore standing by grinned, and "'l.'hanks lor your kind lnt4ntion. But full two \ due west. looked at each othE>r knowingly. score men, whose evil passions are aroused, mean As the journey was resumed the doctor observed Frank and the others came up, and they all saw to execute an me, and lllgbt a strange-looking cane in a rack Inside t!le tallythere was sport ahead. is my only resource." ho. At a first glance \t looked an ordinary ."It's an Irishman I am, begob, an' I'll never "But begcb, yez can't go far. Sure, yez cane, but there was something about It which take a dare from a nagur. Se II ere goes to mount is blown, an', be the powers, it's fallln' under yez caused the doctor to otherwis'3. the yeller jackru;s," cried Barney. the animal wull be It ye kape on. You look like Sohe-sald toFrank: . Thenhethrewotl'hiscoatand hat,and ran upanhoneost man. Faith, an' I'm_ tbinkln'I'lltake ''Is that cane some new electncal dev1cll of to the yellpw mustang. A cowboy who held the ye till me Illastber, Frank Reade, Jr." yours?'' reins surrendered them. Barney grabbed the reins "ThEin lead on. If I can only hide somewhere, "Yes," replied the Inventor. "_'he cane hoiand mac;le an attempt to mount. and throw the bloodhounds off roy traek, I may low. IJ!the large handle IS a.n electr1c coil Then the way that '!lustang squatted untll his yet be saved. I have heard of Frank Reade, Jr., -a lJllmature battery, m fact. the whole belly almost touched theground was a sight to and I know he lo a wonderful man. Would to length the cane lsi' 111etal rod, which terminates see. Heaven I could enlist his pathy." in the ferrule of th..cane at the bottom. The rod is Barney was innocent of what was coming, and "Sure, an' yez may," said Barney.' insulated by means of a layer of non-conductor. he Then the stranger urged his horee forward, and 'l'hu.s it Is perfectly harmless to the person carry' "Begob, an' it's ,veil trained the jackass is to Barney ran beside him. On they went at full speed, ing 1t by the handle, but one has only to touch a knale for lminst the rider to let him mount.'' and they soor: reached the place where Frank man with 'the bottom end to give him a '' severe Then with perfect assurance the jolly Irishman Reade and the others were standing. shock I made the cane merely for amusement, leaped upon the back of the mustang and up went "Begob, here's a poor feller that the vigilantes but roa 'come hB:ndy to startle _the n ,atives with the back. of the" bucker" as though :hi&. back was are arther huntin'llke he was a wild beast!" cried yet, replied Frank.. a hickory bow, and up also went Barney. Barney. Early the following morning the tally-ho came In ".lll.urther 1 Worra 1 Worra l It's the divll's own But at that moment the ranchman and the new 1 sight of a great cattle ranch. jackaso I've sthruck I" he yelled, as, he came down arrival uttered exclamations of recognition upon .. on the bP.Ck of the bucker," and terrible beholding eacu other. sbaking up. , "Why, Tom Hampton I Where in the world did CHAPTER VIII. The eowboys shouted with laughter. you come from? I thought you were far away at THE BUCKING MUST AJ!IG-A BUNTED MAN Po'mp rolled over-in and1 ' haw-llawed" your Eastern home said the ranchman. in delight, Frank and the others laughed. Barney "There is no time for explanations of any length FBANK determi-ned to bait at the great cattle was a funny sight indeed. now, friend Benedict. Buftlce it to say I have ranch, for he observed, as the tally-ho approached Up he went the I\ext moment, as the mustang been in Norther!J.Montana for some time. Yester the ranch-house, that Lhere was a scen!l of activity bucked again, and then away the animal dashed day at Ravens' Gulch a man was killed and a ab('ut it, an4 he in what he saw. witq Barney clinging to his back with arms horse stolen. I bougbtthe stolen horse innocent The ranch-house was a large, low suraround his neck. ly-, as I now suppose of the assassin. The vigi. rounded by a verauda. Whoa! Whoa I Stop, ye spalpeeli l Stop, !antes were on his trail. denounced me to All al)out it were large, well-buHt cattle-pens, t:nurtberin' cratpre, yez I Stop, or bedad I'll bate them when he was overtaken, swore I was a road and vast herds of cattle dotted the surrounding the head av ve 1" roared Barney. robber, and had tried to hold him up.' The fact plains. -.. But the mustang tore stiaigi.t on toward a lot of that I was in possession of th' e stolen horse, and a A number of cowboys, well mounted and riding cattle which were being driven out of a braading stranger, sumced to satisfy the vigihtntes, and with the gracefui, reckless abandon characteristic of pen. they are seeking to hound me to my death," said the horsemea' or the wild west, were engagedl'in All at once there was an alarming shout from Hampton, and there was not one present who did 'rounding up" the herds. the men at the bran. ding-pen. not feel that he was telling the truth. "Roun<;llng up"is. the term of the locality for A mad bull, rendered mad for the time by the "Friends, all!" cried Benedict the ranchman, driving In the herds. At tllisseason of oc-branding iron and a desperale Btruggle he had" I kno1v this man. lie Is hdnest and square, and curs the "gracd round up." The cattle are all made fen: escape, crashed through the gate ot the my friend. Will you help me stand by hlw. and driven in and counted. The yearlings, protect him?" olds and: "-maverioks," or those that haye as'yet es-"Get out of the way, stran ger, or the mad bull There was a shout of A.Ssent from the cowboyS'. caped branding, are separated from the others, and will charge ye I" yelled a
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FRANK READE, JR.: IN TH:Ef FAR WEST. 9 ride wldout a nagur glvin' av him the guy. 8hure Beck bridge set tne tallyho in motion, and th e "0. f course he'll deny it. I say, men, let's stor: an' did yez think I didn't enjoy the ride? Be me began to advance. llis wind. There's nothing like making an example faith, in ould it's not a rid in' horse yez All Frank' s party ran for it with Hampton. o f such fellows once we get hold ?f. them.:; can lind that1 isn't trained to make same Frank came last, having paused to say a pattino The speaker and most of the vtgtlantes had now playful tepa as rhe yellet divll was trp to . Faith, word to Benedict, the rauchman. "' dismounted. . . lt was all nuts for me I never enJoyed a ride But now the vigilantescamechargingback again. As the w .. Qrds last 'above recorded passed thtl hps since I left the ould sod so well before. But it'$ md as Frank Reade ran for the tally-ho one of the of the bearded rascal, who sought by means of false not a na11ur I'm afther altowin' to guy me, all the vigilantes skillfully cast a lasso at him. e videpce to condf)tnn Frank R!Jade to .death, ,the same," said Bartley, and be pulled oft his coat and The succeedmg moment Frank was backyoung inventor. made'!' sud forw. ard .. bound. rolled up hls sleeves. ward and surrounded by the enraged VIgilantes. 1 'he w h1cb. enmrcled hiS neck Frank at the "Hole on, dar 1 I ton, and they seemed to comprehend t11e purpose made a captive is Frank Reade, Jr., the great road agent hand and foot upon the back of his he had in mind. Americ:m inventor, who has just arrived in this horse, the lynchers set out with him for the tim Instantly the vigilantes dashed fonvard,'circled part of tho country:' her. by the group of cowboys, and ranged themselves The name of Fmnk Reade mnde an lmpressior(, ''We'll hang him as a warning to au his kind. j;)et\veen Fra'nk Reade and his companions and the and the leader of the vigilantes asked of the young Nobody need fear of meetin' Injun Ralph on the lllectl'ie tally-ho, thus cutting off their retreat. inventor, as he regarded him with new interest: stage of Dakota arter to-day," said the "roo 1 We have delayed this move too "Are you really Frank Reade, Jr.?" leader of the party. long 1" crie1 Dr, Vaneyke. Frank was about to reply in the affirmative when But the road agents' chi e f was strangely cool IV<> should have acted more promptly. But I the man who had accused Hampton and who had and calm in the face of his peril. desire d to be sure I was right ftrRt; assented fallen behind the vigilantes, rode up. "You re sure of your prey, you devils, Frank. The fellow_h!J3rd Benedict pronounce Frank's there's many a slip b e tween the cup and the lip. At tfie same time he and hie comrades ranged arne. I'll stake you an eYen hundred In Uncl e Sam' s beside Hampton. The ranchman and The eye bf the inventor was upon him, and he good gold coin I don'thang to-day 1 he said, his cowboys also rode up to their support. saw thfl ac!)user give a sudd,en and violent start sneeringly. "We wuntthat fellow, and we mean ter hang him as their glances met. '1 You're gam11; but your bravado won:t d() ye fer boss-steulin' an' murder. Surrender the crit-A. thrill traversed Frank's frame, But he conno Bett!lr say yer prayers instead of mak ter er thar'll be trouble," cried out the leador of cealed his excitement, and let his eyes drop !rom in' bets," replied the leader of the vigilantes. the the face of the last arrival. Frank Reade and l).ls friends watched the vlg ".!io, sir. We know he's an honest man. You The latter was bearded to the !)y:es, and he lookilanfes away until they entered the timber have been fooled. He bought the horse be rides, ed like a rough miner,just down from the moun-with their prisoner. and the ow who set you on his tr.ail is the man tain mines. When they had vanished Frank said to Bene \Tho is guilty,'' retorted Benedict. ,. "Ha 1" he exclaimed in a voice vibrating with diet: ', Whoop 1 It's a ruction we'll hava soon. A shin-fierce flXUitation, as he shifted t\ red handkerchief "I thinK I shall now c:>ntinue my journey." dy wid a bigS, begob, or It's mightily disappointed 1vl;licb he had ti ed abOI!t bi9 head as a bandage. "I wish you could longer remain my But I ll be 1" cried Barney. "Tsee ye caught one o' the pals o' the bossif you are bent on going on !'will not attempt to Frank Reade quietly slipped his wonderful eloc-thief an' murderer. I this chap with the feldetain you. However, let me congratulate you on, tricnl caM Into Hampton's band and whispered low we are hunting a few days ago in Red Bend. thfl noble work you have !lllcomplisbed during some instructions in his ear. They were pais, you bet." your short stay." "Hello! Hera come!! the feller who accused "You lie and you know it!" thundered Frank "Don' t mention it," said Frank, modestly. Hampton. Hill boss stumbled and he fell behind," indignantly. "But I must. Such deeds are not to be passed said one of the vigilantes. Meaawhile Fmnk's in the conch had deover lightly. Why, man, you have saved a precious Just then a solitary horseman was seen coming cided how they would aesist blm. Suddenly, a human life, and unmasked one of the greatest ras from the timber, moment. or so later, Barney and Pomp leaped out oals1unhung,'' replied Benedict. But a climax was now reached in the thrilling of the tally-ho. , "Betther greatest rascal hung, beg0b, the sce11e. Frank saw them approacbmg as be gave the man laddybuck IS no doubt !akin' a swing 'in wid-air "Forward, men I Charge altogether, and we'll who denounced him the lie. be this toime," put In Barney. snateh Hampton away from this gang 1" cried the He saw that both his devoted servitors wore their It wao not now necessary that Hampton should vigilantes' leader, and they made a rush. fine chain :>ver their clothing. The burncontinue his tlight, for his Innocence was pro So suduen \"as the onset that the men about Is bed steel 1l!tshed In the brilliant sunlight, and claimed. So Frank and his friends said good-bye Hampton were driven back. They hesitate'd 'l.bout Po mil and Barney looked !Ike gallant knig.l;lts of to tbe man they had saved and the much man, and bloodshed, and in a moment.the fugitive\vas alone the days of chivalry. the tally-ho moved away with all the inventor's on his horse among his deadly foes. His left band Frank understood, of course, that the devoted party; clutched the reins; in his right be b1andisbed couple meant to make an attempt to extricate him The cowboys gave our friends a loud rousing Frank Reade's wonderful electrical cane. from his situation of peril. cheer, and away they went waving their hats and Then suddenly the horses of the vigilantes began But the inventor hoped to accomplish his own sending back an answering shout. to rear anp plunge, and snort and w.hee! and dash rescue without assistance. Suddenly he caught away, despite all the etrorts of thea r1ders. It Barney's eye, and gave him a covert signal. seemed as though the horses of the vigilantes had The Irishman understood the sign and l:e gone mad. Screaming, snorting, they tore away whispered to Pomp: CHAPTER XI. in every direction over the plains. "Sura masther Frank wants us to wait a bit. The vigilantM were amazed, a superstitious terBegob we must bait, but it's mesel' as is achin' to A MESSAGE FROM AN UNKNOWN-AN INDIAN SURror seized them. bate tba heads av' the rascals." PRISE, But Frank Reade uuderstood it all. Both stopped, and Pomp replied : THE tally-ho made. good time for some Obeying the instructions the young Inventor had "Goltie, l's"' gwine ter make dem white trash The route led along a coach road leading north' given him, Hampton had dashed hithar and yon dance the old Virginny breakdown when I gits That night, however a halt was made on the opeti among the vigilantes, touching their horses with among 'em. Lor, but de ole doctor done charge onr prairie, and the road'had been left behind for the electric cane as be followed his erratic course. armor chuck full of 'iectricity, an' I specs will make hours. Each horse received a s!:toclt asthe cane came in dam trash thin)!: dat we un's am two fuss-class Frank directed Pomp and Barney to build a fire contact with it, and this was the of the thunder and lightnin' storms sot on legs; yes, an d get supper. stran11e conduct of the animals. No wonder they sah." 'l' ben and Yank Beckbrldge, tbe old trapper, were wild with terror. But when Frank gave the fellow who brought took thetr guns and sauntered away toward a "Now for the tally-ho I" shouted the young In-the false accusation against him the lie the latter prairie island, or clump o!tlmber standing isolated ventor, and be ble'W a sbnll whistle. Instantly tetortcd: upon the clear pl.ain.

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) f I / 10 FRANK READE, JR., IN THE FAR WEST' But not far had Frank and his comrade gone A choms of loud, lletce yells-the blood-curdling "Sure, and it's more than a lead storm it would whAn they beheld a riderless horse come dashing war-whoops of the Sioux Indians-rang out over take to clane a nagur white." Into sight and advance toward them. the plains. ''Do yer mean to cast 'sinuations, sab?" Frank gave a" horse whistle "-such as is usu-The appalling emanated from the direc"Don't ye S\Vear at me, nagur I" ally employed to call horses-and the coming horse tion of the timber.. "Golly, I dffin't -swear." heeded the sound, thus showing he w&s fami!h1r Turning, Frank and Beckbridge beheld a thrill"Yes, ye; did I Begob, fer two pins-I'd bate the with it. ing sight under the fading light of day. head av yez I" Gradua!Jy then the animal slackened his speed A band' of Sioux, mounted upon their hardy mus"Am datso? I'll gib yer th1ee." until he halted near Frank and the old trapper. :anglc',.had emerged rr9m the cover of the Worra I Oh I the divil fly &way wid the nagur 1 All animals cou tlded in Frank, seeming to know prairie island. He's broke the big toe av me." Instinctively be was their friend._ They numbered two score hideously pamte Pomp had gl,ven his end or the box a jerk, and He had no dif.l1culty ln approachmg the trembraves, who were on the war-patb., and bent upon down came Barney's end on the Irishman's toes bling, panting runaway, and !lOon inextermin.ating whites, or driving them from "Bedad, it's addir;' insult til injury the nngur.ls ventor .had grasped the by btt. the huntmg groul\ds Montan11-. doin'. I'll bate the head av him! I'm a paceful Then he saw that the horse, whtch was snowOf course these were not the Indians Frank mon but begob whin a nagur murtbers theloikes white and a rema(kably line animal, was capariReade and his party had encountered at the burn-av time kick I" roared Barney so ned with a lady's saddle, and as he examined irig cabin of the settler, 11.8 previously recort.l{ld. Then oti came his cpat. further, !Iis glance rell upon a. folded bit of paper _The outburst of yells with In"Keep yer close on!" cried Pomp, tantalizingly. 3ecured tn tb.e buckle ol the stirrup-straps. dians stgnal\zed their rush from the ttmber, fright-"Here, bore, you .rascals, your master is in dan-hastened t? remove the paper, and unened the horse Frank was leadmg. ger 1 Quick 1 Quick 1 Open the box, or we may be Joldmg It he found It was merely a fragment torn The ammal gave a tremendous leap, and Frank too late to save Frank Reade and the old trap-from a dally newspaper. was compelled to relinquish his hold upon the per I" cried the doctor. But it CO!ltained a thr!lling message for all that. bridle win. .. Begob, that's so. Sure,. an' I'll settle wid yo Upon the of the, new_spaper was Then away through the gloaming dashed the another time, nagur," said I)arney. the following lines of wnttl!g inscrJ.,be'onder at thts blessed moment. a fort on wheels, and just the thing for an Indian s so, an mtghty strong coflee It done really concealed savages are battle on the plains," said Frank hopefully. make, assented Pomp. sa1d Frank,, Then, with their repeating rifles, Frank and the But or two had actually co!l. ,I do, sartln, an })1 prove It to ye. T_Ius. old trapper Opined llre on the Sioux, wh{le showm out the and It. am t run far. Well, JISt on thiS Side o era of bullets and arrows flew over their heads and Now alltsr_eady. We Will open ll_re on the red critter. There, that ,ll do . all around them, tearing up the dirt dashing it skms, and a charge on. them wtth some hope you are nght. A Sto?x arrow is in their faces so they could scarcely see to take
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FRANK READE, JR., IN THE FAR 11 If they were left without the means of defense Just then he saw Pomp had the Indian by the will loosen tne tongue a'( the red nagur," said their capture was sure. A cold sweat started upon throat, and was holding a pistol at his head. Barney. the doctor's brow. In a moment Pomp began to marcn he Indian Th()n he hastened to the elootric tally-ho, and Barney groaned and Pomp evinced despair back toward the electric tally-ho. presen.tly rehuned with a small battery, such as by muttering: Ther. the doctor exan.ined B\\rney / s foot, and are ordinal'ily used in public exhibitions .io give "Po' Mal"l3 Frank am a goner dis time, I found that' he ball received a cut on the instep." shocl>.s." ' All the electricity was already turned on to toe But the wound was a mere scratch, the Irish-But the doctor did 119 t propose to liberate the machinery of the vehicle, its speed could not man was reallymor 0 frightened than hurt. hands 6[ the murderous redskin tq"order to suable be furthet augmented. '"Ye see, doctor, lhe red nagur just rached eut hlm, to grnsp the of the battery. He was Suddenly the Indians about the buffalo-wallow and gave me a dig wid his knife as I passed him," far too wily for that. seen riding away wild, exultant yells Instead, he directed Barney and Pomp ts wind that Indicated a victory. Pomp came up with the Indian as the doctor apa wire, which be attached to each handJe of the And on shot the tally-ho. plied a plpster to Barney's wound, and then it was battery, arouud each of the Indian's j\Ukles. The buffalo-wallow was reached, and then the seen tbat. a rifle ball had creased the heaQ.. of the This the two j 01ly comrades hastened to attempt Inmates of the electric vehicle saw that the de-Indian and knocked him senseless. His very willingly. The devoted fellows were entirely pression in the plain was empty. had left him for dead beside the butralo wallow, ready to uud.,rtake anything to rescue They h!ld expected to find the dead bodies of me put a hesd on the blackguard. Sure of their beloved master. Frank Reade and the otd trapper, but their re-an' 1'11 bate the ugly mug IW him. Faith, an' I'll But Mr. Sioux objected. mains were not there. The truth dawned upon the tache him not to cut an Irish gentleman in the 1 White men heap fools. No make_Bantah Sbrve doct o r's mind. "Frank Reade and his old c o mfocN!" cried Barnet. them by tying box to l:lm feet," be remopstrated. rade have been canied away int kin I l'se got a mighty The,l). he again addressed the lightning snakes, which he carries in the coach big bone ter pl.ck wid youse 1" / "Where will the Sioux take their captives?" yonder, loos e upon him, and they are a thousand "Catch the blackguard, Pomp I Catch the red "To the villaj\'e or Sitting Bull.'' .I timeS worse than the' medicine box.'" heathen what cut me root, an' bel1ob, I'll be yer "Where is that?" "Santah wjll speak with a straight tongue" re friend for loife, so I will!" shouted Barney. Where the white m a n will DElver find it."' plied the Indian: ' Pomp was a good runner, he gave the Inshall lead us to tpe village of Sitting "R<3lee him," said the and Barney a,nd dtan allne chase. Bull. Pomp made haste to remove 'vires from about Allnt once 8oth vanished, just as ,though t!),ey "Never. White man may kill Santah, him no the aJ)kles of the Tndian, had sturahled Into a pitfall on the plams. guide them.'' "N'ow. where is Sitting Bull's village?" the docBantey ultered a cry of alarm, and the doctor ,"We shaH see : Barney get out the hand-batto' r1demanded. '1 evinced his surprise and sollcimde .by exclaiming: tery," replied the doctor. San tab pointed away to 'thi! south-west beyond ::Wb"'t cat1 br..ve happened now?" . . __ the growth tim be, in wpich the Sioux bad dis-:Begob, and ther only stumbled mtll CHAPTER XIV appeared with Frank \lnd Bec\<,bridge, and he said: bu!Ialo wallqw I" oned Barpey, as the "The village of the great qbief Sitting ,Bull Is momPnt he a/(a!n saw Pomp!Lnd the Indian,. THE POWER OF ELECTRICITY-AN, UNEXPECTEI\ AT-yotl.der among the mountajns' \\'here the whit;e WIIO 0 Give 11!1lll' red I TACK. . ' ' I. bas never gone," Jve.ry d\l' m the week, all twiCe on Sundar, begob. "BE the shamrock so gree doctur, yez never An,d you will guide there and make no at F'}Ith,.an' Pomp has surrounded the redskm black-axed the loikes av m e to do unythlng that was tempt to betray us to your people?" guard I" added Barney, delightedly. mare plazin' til meael'. an' it's the battery "Yes, Santah so promises,"

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12 READE, JR.; IN 'l'HE FAR WEST. / d d t th t" for a mile or more. Then they emerged Into "Think you the white captives will be taken to Pomp impatiently, as he procee e 0 secure e ton !I am on"" the bills Here there were clumpa the of Sitting Bull?" fallell f:lantah. a va ey d t d bushes and open glades "Yes, they are sure to go there. The great chief Pomp saw Barney's had only deJ?nv-ed of stunte rees !';,untain stream wandered. has spok&n, and said that the white men who are the Sioux of Jus sens\)s and did a hispered to Pomp, as they takea prisoners shall be brought to him." mean that 1le should repeat h1s act of, hberatton tBef!Ob,h tr,!dey wf chimp of trees "it's me-The doctor was not confiding enough to think and attack. haled !n t 6 s a b. lik 1 b!t t moment that the Indian would keep faith "Shut up, nagm !"cried Bar.ney, and he poured self as IS thm.km t IS IS 1st': with him if a favorable opportunity for treachery a small quantity of whisky down the doctor's fornn Injun plac?. be we presented itself. But he meant to watch the Indian throat. The result was we was on eggs, 0?ore we know it so clesely as to render it impossible for him to be-In a very short space time the doctor may come ont1l the r d ti 1 tray his tr1,1st and assured hi5 compamons that he was all nght Pomp assented, and creed1m., cau Y "Vo
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FRANK READE, Jr..,IN 'l'HE FAR WEST. 13 But the Sioux were. so n1,1merous, so well able to Sioux to recever from their fright, and that the "Let us consider our future plans," said Frank, guard against surprlSe or stratagem, that Frank rescue must be accomplished at once if at all. presently. and Beckbrid ,ge scarcely dared hope that their res-In a moment the "fire-men" reached the two "Yas: We hev' got ter make out what we: re cue be ae_c.omplished, eyen by a resort to the captives at the tortl' re-stake '.l,'hey hurled away agoin' fer ter do in the way o' rescuin' the gats. scient! fie appllance contained in the wonderful the blazing brush; and with quick, powerful blows Jist at the present speakin' ther .Injun Joadstun in tally-ho. of their hunting knives severed the cor.ds that my natur are a drawin' powerful towards the piz e n 'l'he map of the route to the lost gold mine had bound the captives. varmints, an' I reckon I can't fight agin ther magnot yet been discovered on the pe1'Son of the pld The Sioux had gath ered about the two white netio 'traction loJ;lg, Ther fac' is I want ter eit ar tmpp_er when the Indians went into camp among women, and understood that another opporter the varmihts right of!:, and start a quiet little rethe hills and bou.nd theru to the stake. tunity must be sougtlt for their rescue. tail businesa in the way o' hair li!tln'" . As the band reached the hill& they were m e t by the young inventur, with Old Beckbridge shifted an enormous quid of to Sitting Bull, the bead chief of the Sioux Beck bridge aud the two rescuers, were in iull b a cco from one aide ef his j a w to the otller, nation, in person. The bloodthirsty old cllie{ d e flight. glanced solemnly at vacancy and expectorate d a cid e d that the white men should be burnt to death 'l'hen, and not until then, Sitting llull and his deluge of nicotine out Gf the window of the t a llyat the s take on the spot instead of b e ing march e d warriors und&l'Stood that the white man's b o just missing Pomp's h ead by the sixteenth of on to his Villf\ge. arts had been employed to blind them to th e an inch, to be accurate in m e asur e m ent. A f e w moments before Frank and Beck bridge truth, and that tlleir captives wer.:e being spirited "Golly, I specs it am lucky dat dis yere co o n w e r e secured t o the torture stake, as they reclined away b e f o re their v ery ey es. wan'.t born ter bEl drown, Mister Trapper. I'd gib upon the ground, bound securely hand and foot, The[\ such a howl of ,mge as went up from yerie r t e r know datI c a n t swim," said Pomp, as Eve Eldridge, the beautiful girl captive, who, with thos e murderous hostiles wa11 seldomheard be-be dodged. h e r moth e r, were left unbound' came to them with tore. They were at their own folly in "Colo,r e d man, heed ther advice e' one as a drink of clear, cool water from tile adjacent standing by and allowmg the captives to leave knows whereof ILe exhorts. Larn t e r swim fer stre am. 'the 'camp. sometimes ther smartest on us can't paddle his At this time the Indians were watch.ing Fral;lk Sitting Bull led the pursuit of our friends, own c anoe, an' -are obleeged ter tttke ter 'ther and .Beckbridge, and it was reCO(?pized us utterly which was inaugurated as soon as. the Indians, wnter." futile to attempt to have the wh1te women try to to a degree, r e covered from th<:lir surprise. ,,''There is. wisdom in that r e mark, fdend BeC}k cut their bonds or make a rush to escape. J3ut a guard was left to prevent the escape of bridge . Bu wllat your advice now as to how The Indians did not offer to prevent the white the two ladies. we sllall undertake to save the captive ladies?" said wo men's ki'ndly service. 'l'hey were allo;ved to The slight delay made by the Sioux in starting Frank. gl\e the white men all the drink they need e d. the chase was of great valu e to the fugitives. "I consait we shill ha v e t e r work some dodge, Mrs. Eldridge carelessly stood, for a time, so They thus were enabled to gain a start which an' I've got a n id ee a-workin' ins1de o' my brain lllat 'her daughter, who held a cup of qold water they meant should prove their salvation. box. I am drawed powerful toward the red nig to the parched lips of the old \rapper, was, f o r a All four were excellent runners. Despite his ger settin' starin' at us lik e a graven image. I mom e nt or so, hidden from the sight of the wateh-years, the hale an !I robust old trapper kept pace reckon I ll hev to s e nd S a ntah arte r ther gals. !ul Indians. witb: the foremost. That are t e r say, s e nd the out e r Santah with the r During that brief space of time a lot of by-play And so on they flent in a swift race for life until inne r man 11 'ivl1ite tra pper, ther fust letters of WM going on between Beckbridge and Eve El-the valley among the bills was left far behind, a:1d whose n ame are Y a nk B eck bridge." dridge which none of the Indians, and not even the rocky pass leading to the same was reached. "Ah I You mean to p e rsonate Santah among Frank Reade himself, suspected. The Sioux came bounding_ on the trail close be-the redskins ?" said Fra nk. .., Presently, having spoken wQrds of comfort and hind. Beckbridge suddenly halted and faced the "Perza<'tly I" laco nically r eplie d the rappe r. sympath:y, the two ladies from the side enemy. He bad snatched up his rifle when he A discussion of plans aoo contingencie s upon of Frank and the trapper. fled from his foes, and now he was ready to firtl. whic h we need not dw e ll ensued. N o t many moments subsequently the fwo cap-The detonation of his weapon was the succeeding Then Yank Beck bridge, fully disguised a s Santah, tives were seized, nod stripped to the waist and moment blended with the r!lports of t .wo oth_er left the tally-ho and struck into the woods. bound to the torture-stakes. rifles. . Th e tally-ho was drawn up in the shadow of a Frank Reade was thunderstruck he saw Barney and Pomp also fired on the Sioux. small clump of Umber and there the r eturn of the B e ckbridge's hunting shirt and rude garment The pursuit was checked for an instant. daring old trapper fro m his mission of rescue was rud ely torn from his back, and yet saw no trace As the ran Barney had told Frank anxiously awaited by his comr a des. of t11e buckskin-bag which the trapper wore sus-where he had l e ft the tally-ho. The first faint light of a new day w a s glowing pended about his (\eck, and which contained the idea occurr e d to the inventor that the t ally along the far e a s tern h o rizon wh e n Barne y, who map of the lost gold mine. ho ruigbt traverse thA rocky pass. He put his finwatch on th e to p o f th e c oa.eh, shouted: But now, standing in the Rhadow o! doom, gold gers to his lips and blew a shrill "Horse m e1;1, an' white m e n at that, in sight on had lost its value for Frank Reade; He regarded This was a sigqal long before agreed upon betbe pl ains, bego h an' they n re follerin' our trail!" it a s naught, and for his life he would have sur-tween him and the doctor, and Frank knew that r e nder e d all the wealth of the world. bearing_it, if possible, his old friend would ,run th e CHAL'TER XVIII. Frank's mind was occupied with serious tally-ho toward him; thoughts, and he gave the mysterious disappearOn and on continued Frank and .his comrades. THE ENEMIES OF LITTLE SUNSHIN E AND BECK anc!l of the map of the lost gold mine little con -Froru tim3 to tim e as lhe pursuing Sioux c ame BRIDGE. sid e ration. , wit)lin range, they wheeled and discharge, d a vol-FRANK READE, and th e other s with him in the 1.L'he fate wh1ch the young Inventor was now conley at the redskins. tnlly bo, we r e v ery much surpris e d whe n B arney front e d wit):l w,as probably the most t'errible But suddenly, ,when they were. almost clear of shout e\1 the annou ncement o f hi s disc ov ery of the savage cruelty could desire. the -rocky pass, the rattle Of wheels was beard, and approach of a mounted p a rty o f white m en. The ordeal of fire was about to begin, and al-then thtly beheld the welcome sight oOhe tally.ho. But.tbe thought that th e new. comer s might aid ready, as mentioned, the red flames began to lick With the b ell ringing, th e electric lights blu.zing on t h e m in the r e sc u e of the whit e captives i n th e up the dry brush which had been l)eaped about the each side of t.tw coach and flashing from the glas s e v ent of Y a n k B e ck bridge's f ail u re, was the first captives when Frank Reade heard the strange un-eyes of the )eaders, the tally-ho was a rema rkable r eflection in their min d s. earthly shonts with which Pomp and Barney and impressive sig ht. The white hors em e n continue:'! to approach r ap heralded their a?proach. The Sioux thought so. They had a whol e s a l e idly. They stra ig h t t o ward t h e hills f o llow-The young inventor recognized tile voices of his dread of the tally-ho and el ectric r e p e atin g ing the trail tally-h o had mad e in entering the f a ithful followers, and hie heart gave a leap of sud-battery, which l!a(l p r o v e n so destructive to th e m r o<'ky p ass. den hope. when they made thei r attack ou the coach pre vi "Le t u s ta,ke a n ob se r m ti o n of the .strange rs The coming of Pomp and Barney wa.s to Frank ously. thr o u g h m y glass," s a id Dr V n neyke. R e ade and Breck ridge like the arrival of two an-As the tally-ho came on the Sioux halte d. The n "Do s o by all m ea n s, d o c tor, f o r you """""' one of deliverance. , Frank Reade and comrade gaine d the electri c cann o t always b e SUl'e of, th e c h aracte r o white When Barney and the darky came in sight vehicle, and enter e d it. !l'he old doctor w e lcom e d m e n h ere on these f a r western plains," replied wrapp e d in seemingly unearthly flumes, Frank them with tears of jO)' in hi s flyes. But S n n t ah, Frank. was tie ligbted. whose presence w a s e xplained to Frank and BecKThe doctor pl a c e d his t o his eyes, a nd No wonder the J;ndians shouted: bridge, .sat b o lt upright upon the benclL in th e through it be looke d.Rt ea dily for the apace of sev" Tbe evil spirit! The evil spirit!" coach tq, which ,htl was bound and grunted in gutem! moments. The Sioux rushed about in confusion for a motural tones: , 'Ihe doctor's f ace, h o wever betrayed emotion. m e nt, but Sitting Bull called upon several of his "Some day great chief Bitting iBull kill all white He, seorned to be somewhat startle& by what he llle n to fire upon the "flre fiends." men." Ba1<\' and hi s brow c:ouded. A fUsillade of bullets were discharged at Pomp 'l'he tally-ho quickly retreated from the rocky "What have you discovered?" aske d Frank and Barney, but their armor turned the leaden PI\SS and Frank remarked: Reade, with some anxiety evinc e d in his tone. storm, and they were not harmed. "The captive ladi e s must not be deserted." "I dC' not like the looks o f the men who are apAt tlrst the savages thonght the strange looking Beck bridge brought the stock of his rifle down preaching. '.rh e y seAm t o m e lo be a rough, dan-men wer e supernabural. Now they were sura of it. emphat' as he said: gerous party whom we wo,uld do w e ll t o avoid." "Getchemanho, the mighty!" cried a chief, "Hight ye are N o t another mile kin w e go in "Bed ad, an' the min will go i ntil the p ass on our using the Sioux term Jor the Indian deity, ."send search of the lost gold mine until we haYe rescu e d t.rail. Sure an' Pomp a n' meself kin git back there awa1 the fire ilemons whom the bullets of, thy rei!. the white gal." in the whisk av a nagur 's h e el foreninst tbim," sons c anno t harm!" are a true heart. Your resolve to save the said Barney. Barney and Pomp continueil to advance Sudladies does you cr e dit," said Frank. Dat',; so. But what fo' we go dar?" ques tioned denly two ball c of flre sped from their h!lnds and "An' I want ter save ther map of ther treasure Pomp. exploded among the Sioux. mine." "Faith, an' the head av a nagur is no use to him "I thought you must have !'oat it." at all. Don't ye s ee, y e thick head yez, that the CHAPTER XVII. "Not so. I gav e it to Eve Eldridge to keep for Jikt'S a v u s might bide in th e rocks beside the pass me. She took it off my neck in the buckskin bag and heav fat the blackgu a rds was sayin' whin they BECKBRIDGE n; DISGUISE. when she brought me a drink or water. The galwint fo1en!nst us.' BARNEY and Pomp bad brought with them a bas the ma.p ot the lost gold mine, and we must "Gollie I We do d a t. But doan y e r make no supply o! explosive fire-balls, a!!d they had, now save her, and,git back the map before we can hope agin dis chile's h e ad. I tell yer, h oney, a hurled two of them among the Swux. to t1 nd the mme." mgger' s head a m what be 'pends on. Yah 1 ya.h 1 Then, while they showered the fireballs among "That's so. But anyhow, I was resolved to try yah 1 D e ed, yer oughter know dat by dis time ''as-the Indians and uttered the most terrible yells they once more to rescue the young girl and her moths e n ted Pomp. ' were. capable of, the two brave fellows made a sudrepli e d FranK. Frank R eade and the doct o r approved of Bar den forward rush. truly-ho was now running on the open plains nay's plan, and having made some preparations, They well knew that they must not allow the the t'l'.'o old comrades left the tally-ho and crept

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r 14 FRANK READE, JR., IN 'rRE FAR WEST. h d t th t the sound of the bell on the electric tally-ho swiftly away to the mouth of the rocky pass. of money to develop a gold clmm he a f grea a t h ve been heard by the halfbreed's band and Th&e they concealed themselves. faith in. I offered to loan him the money or one mus a d not that the wretches would They bad not long to wait before the mounted year. A singular compact was made us, tlief1 origiu of the sound which white men rode Into the pass. and put in the form of a leg a l contract by a awsen V see emote solitudes 0 The party numtered more than a score. They yer. 1 >loaned Strathmore five thousand dollars strange to those rril ex ected to 'see and hea were a wild, re c kless-looking band. Their faces lor one year. If at the expiration of that year, of fhem forth would have testilfed against them in a court of juswhich will he next he !ailed to repay me out aws m P Barne and Pam m e r tice and at the tlrst glance BarneY. whispered to my t11e thousand dollars he b&und himself to sur-best speed, however, Y P Me exPon p: render his d:.ughter, Little Sunshine, to me, as a cellent time. "It's an ugly lot they are, sure/' parent legallr' when the ot her party agrees to 'l'he tally-ho 11was ft but R Right yer am, I'se mos' sure," &Ssented Pomp. adopt the child, as I did agree." sho.rt d1stnn ce from t ? I? ac the e ey made "Listen now, nagur, till we are afther hearin' fat "A singular contract, certainly." entree upon the prai,ne as, ycame from the the blackguards are saying." "Yes. But C) wen SITathmore was so very conhills. d ., B P omp did not make any answer to this admoniftdent tbat he wonld find millions of dollars' worth w1th arney and Pomp t!on. ol gold in his claim that he laughed .when he arnved at the electric ta ly0 "The trail is getting fresher, men. We shall signed the contract, and said that in less than a Frank Reade and Dr. Vane)ke were Inside overtake our man presently,'' said a man who rode month's time ile would repay lliy loan." the' yeh!cle. 1 t B y and Po t th at the head of the band, and who was evidently a "But he did not?" But tile OQiler me arne mp a e halt-bree d. "No. His claim prQved worthless. Then re-door. "Yes,nnd when we do overtake him, wb:at then, cently I heard he bad been capture d by tile _In-"l!'at's up, Master Frank? cned Barney, pant-Brant Forges?" said another of the party. diana 11nd killed. So I resolved to se1ze the child, in g. . "Death 1 Death for him when the secret is Little Sunshine at once as it i6 clear Strathmore "The treacherous redskm S!\nta;hBut not an ours," respon(led the baH-breed chief. call. never make gdod his pwtl; of our co.ntract. I instant be given tq now. Hasteu "Yank B eck bridge will die hard said the am warned that Becl..bridge would be likely to td check the advance of the Indians, or Beckbndge oth e r. send a bull'et thoonl;l:h the of any one who and the ladies will be run down l" replied Frank "Yes, but die' he must. They say he loves Little tempted to take Little Suushme away from him Reade. Sunshine as tilengh she was his own child. While against Ills will, and 'SO I hired you with yqur Almost exhausted as they were w1th the race al he lives, Adam Marvan, your plot against the little band to help me find the old trapper, and ready rUJ?;, and. made another effort. one cannot succeed. Yank Beckbridge is the man the child who stands between me tvent the three Yank Beck bridge, too old trapper." THE TRAPPE:& HEARS OF FOES. heroes. / "Yes." THE sight which Pomp and Barney beheld, when Mrs. Eldridge and her daughter Eve gained the "It. was a rare piece of good fortune. Coming they emerged from thfl concealment Qf the rocky electric tally-ho, but the supreme effort was upon the seene of a battle between ol
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FRANK READE, JR., IN THE FAR. WEST.! 15 ty etterklt ter do a_ny bair-liftiu' afore tiler Indies," drels and suddenly and mysteriously exploded. I "We sh all bear from Barney \oon, I think, unremarlted Becltlmdge, regretfully. count upon the result to strike them with conless ttle Indians and ttleir white allies detect him, Then be pltehed San tab out of the t.ally-ho head sternation so deeply that they will not attempt and I can as yet sea. no sign to indicate such a first. to attack the tally-no before we are under way thing," he added, still peering through his glass. Much to the surprise of ';II the redskin bounded again." said Frank Reade, sternly. A moment or so more went by. up and m1\de off on a run "Whoop 1 But It's the illegnnt foine brain yez Then suddenly there came three sharp twitches "Possum was his game, by powder 1 Gewhew 1 have Mast her Frank. Shure l\n' Barney O'Shea is o:n the wire. Ther pizen hez off with me buckskin the boy to give the spa! peens beyant the bit av a "The signal!" exclaimed Frank, and with a pair trousers that I putonter h1m when I turned Injun Fourth av July celabration, just as you say." of pincers he severed the wire and attached the ter rescue ttle gals. Wouldn't hev lost them buck"Then make bliSte. Get out the keg of cartend to the battery. skins fer a iQ. Texas. A keep-sake th e m was, ridges, and take one end of thal coil of a thousand An instant and a tremendous report-!he deto as I soL some'at store by. Aii' ter think o a pizen yards of fine malleable wire, c1mvl away to the ennation of 11-n explosion was tlenrd A great red rei]. runnin' aro'unu In Yank Beck bridge's buckamy unde r cove1' of the tnll prairie g-rass carrying tlame l!ashed for'an instant among the enemy, and skins. Ti!is world are a vale o' tears an' sorrer. the keg and tbe end Qf the wire, which will unthen a dense blaok smoke swept upward amid I tell ye It. comes home ter a feller when he loses wind as you go. When yoli are among the viiflying missiles. his only pa1r o trousers." lains place the keg, attactl your end of the wire to -The old trapper glanced ruefully at the Indian it and crawl back. As soon as you are at a safe CHAPTER XXI legging8 he wore and consoled himself wit tl a fresn distance I'll do my part. You must tell me when chew of tobacco. all is ready by giving three stlarp jerks on the wire," NO COLORED l!OLKS w ANTED. A stream of liquid nicotine wa.'! ejected skillfully said Franlc. "BustED, by powder!" exclaimed Beck bridge. from between his teeth and Pomp had nnother "Begob, I understand. Yez mane to sind a "Yes, and in a literal sense," assented Frank. narro1v escape from fiood. charge of electricity tnrougll the wire from the Reado, aa the electric, J)urrent transmitted along "Look year, Mister 'l'rapper, 1es' you done gib bathery in the tally-ho, and explode tb whole keg the wire from the battery in the tally-ho occasioned dis colored gent a word o' i\;1\rnin' nex' time youse av cartridges among the murtherin' blackguards/' ttle explosion of the cllrtridge cask. gwine ter open der dam. You better keep dammed "Yes." "Gollie 1 Dut Irisber done bully I I speos dat up ter jlood dem yere white trash what's arter ye' Tllree moments subsequently Barney was crawlhe hab got away from de wercinity ob dat yar an means ter steal a gal named Little Sunshine ing awav from the tally -ho witll a small keg under 'sploslon, er he wouldn't h a b up an' pul)!ld ds away from yer," said Pomp. one arm and a wire In his hand, whieh played wire," said Pomp, clapping his hands in d elight. Tile old started. His bronzed face paled, out fro111 a revolving standard in the tally-ho as J:ie The mysterious explosion, for such it wao; to the and tie exclaimed In of agitation: advanced. Indians and the white outlaws, OCeen working to feller named Adam. All went fuss class with 'em But presently, to the satisfaction of all concern save his child from tbe consequences of his own 'til one day an Injun come 1\long an give Eve a ed, Fra-nk Reade said, as he drew a deep breath of short-sighted bargain. ' pi:!.ened apple an she give Adam a bite, an' then relief and put aside bis implements !or .repairing A clear realizl\tion of the fact that a new and the duce an' all was to pay. Some claim 'twns a the machinery: . much to be regretted obstacle had arisen to hamper sarpent gi'n my great grandmother Eve tber ap -"I have fixed the bent bar all right. -Now let us and impede the search for the lost gold mine came pie, but I know 'twas a Injun 'c<>use unbeknownst see if the m .achinery w!ll work?" to the to Adam an' Eve, there was an old trapper, a Frank made th(l requisite test applying the mo-Re understood that henceforth be was a marked friend o mine; bid in the garden and he seed the tive power trom the battery to ttle delicate rnaman, and that be would be trailed and hunted by Injun," said Beckbridg., gravely, while his merry chinery gradually, so as to avoid anything like a the half-breed outlaw, who sought to steal away his eyes twinkled. shock or a jar. map of the route to the lost gold mine. The ladies smiled. Immediately the tally-ho began to move. "We hev got .n('W trouble on our hands sure as You are a strange humorist. Under such cir"All rigbt. We can leave our enemies behind sbootiu'. Ttle two white fiends, Forges and Mar-cumstances as the present Sir Trapper, I should very easily now, I think," said Frank. van, are more ter b!l dreaded than all the redskins. appreh11nd that your mood would not be suited to "But dis yere colored pusson ain't a-gwine fer 1 foreslle we hev' got to have a long .an desprit levity," said Mrs. Eldridge. ter desert ole Barn. ey. No, san! l'se gwine ter struggle fer ther lost mines," sair't Beck bridge, seri"Never cry tlllyer hurt, area motter o' the Beckfind dat Irisher," cried Pomp earnestly. ously, when a moment's silence had succeeded the bridge fambly, handed down In tbe Beckbl'idge "Cflrtainly we shall not run away and leave Bar-conclusloR of Barney's narrative. fambly ever since one o' my great uncles acted as a ney," said Fran!>. "Goll!e 1 I done say fo' suah dat trouble am gu!de ier a party of emigrants thet was crossin' "I done thought dat you couldn't done gone com in' mighty soon I" said Pomp. ther Red SeQ. ter git away from a big Injun name o' leave Barney behind ter be skulped by dem red "'rh"' nagur is right. Sefil thllr blackguard spa!-Pharo." niggers," replied Pomp. av t;atan are shakin' bands wid the Fed nn"I am afraid your version of the events to which As he spoke the (,!oor of ttle tally-ho opened, and an' they are all good friends. The half a!'' you are scarcely orthodox," said the doctor, Barney, who had crept up unseen, leaped inside half are plntin' at us, an' begorra, it's mesel' as Will h\ughmg. all safe and sound. wager a pint av the ould stuff he's axin' the red Pornp at that instant made a sudden jump and Barney had caught the last part of Pomp's renagur ter come oa at us," said Barney. tumbled over the stand of wire which was now mark. He heard Pomp say" leave .Barney behind The indications were that the Irishman had bit rapidly unwinding, as Barney advanced toward the ter ba skulped by dem red nlggers," and he did not upon the truth. enemr under cover of the tall grass. hear the preceding words. "It's necessarv that we should lntimidflte those A stream of tobacco juice passed the spot Pomp "Be the turf an' the bogs! Worra, me soul red scoundrels and the white outlaws anew, be-had vacated so suddenly and went through the but Ws the loikes av me, Barney 0'8bea, as wuli fore the latter can. explain away the superstitions open window. make the murthtJrin' spa! peen av a nagur ate the the former have formed regarding the tally-ho," At the same moment a chorus of exultant Ahouts words av him, begob I It's Iavin' an Irish gin said Frank. WIIB uttered by Brant Forges, the half-breed, and tleman behind wid the red nagurs ye'd be Rftber "Begob, I'm the p:10n fer the job!" criej Barney. his men. dcln', Is it? Faith an it s a nagur that wull be "You'&e always done junip yahself up ter de The doctor picked up his fleld-glass, and through left bey!ln' us I" roared Barney. fust ol ebber;t'ing. l'se de pusson fer de job mysaw Santah making some communica"Barney-! golly, I--" self I" put in Pomp. t10n to the wbtte outlaws whom be bad now "Shut up, ye nagur! .Sb ut up wid yez, an' '' Begorra, sorry's th.e day a nagur trys t.o. take reached. loi.ke a roon: Shure, an it's an il!Hgant the place av an Irish gmt Ieman. It's breakm' the The doctor menti oned what he saw. gmteel btl av a shmdy I'll be afther givin' yez mug nv yez I'll be afther doin' I" , "'!'he Injun haz up an' told therrenegades that I an I'll bate the head av yez In a whisk 1 Orrah i "Keep way from me, white man. I done spit on am here all right, an they are a-yelling fer joy at it's Iavin' av the loikes av me yez ivould be afthor my han's, an'wtlen I done do dat I'se bad," warned ther news. But they haven't out old Yank doin'l Whoop I" Pomp. or got the treasure map or Little Sunshine yit !" B arnev came at Pomp like a mad bull. "1'ake back the Insult yez gave me, or begob, said Beck bridge. "Hold 1 Ther presence of ther ladiflS are apin It's moppln' up av the fiure wid a nagur is the act Some snspenseful moments now elapsed. yer. '1'ain't ettekit. Put it off. Yer kin cblw ni:x:t on the programme, begob !" The occupants of the t a lly-ho watched the each other up nice an flue some ottler time" Baruoy made a pass at Pomp, but the nimble united bands or white and red foes narrowly. said Beekbridge, throwing himself between the darky dodged, and the Irishman bruised his fist Presently Frank Reade turned from his task and irAte Irishman and Pomp. U&\'ainst the metal side of the tally-ho. said: BLrney was nothing if not gallant : "Worra 1 worra 1 The nagur baz murtbered '!I've almost. 1 epaired the damage done to the He halted, and turned to Mr.;, Eldridge and Eva mel" roared Barney. machinery by the redskins. It's time Barney with a low bo1v. "Shut npl You are served right. Now, then, reaehed the enemy und gave the $gnal to fire the "Excuse me, ladies. Faith an savin' yer pris-what I want Is this; a blasting cartridge package cartridge cask.'' ence I \Vould be afther massaorein' the naoour." must be carried out to the white and red scoun"Yes," assented the doctor. "Irish, you'se de--" began when Beck

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16 FRANK RE-<\.DE, JR., IN 'l'HE FAR WEST. bridge discharged a nicotine which shut Briggs, as he admnced toivA.rd the tally-h; at the rowest part of the p'ass and then, a.ll A.t onoe, Frank Pomp oft' by compelling him to dodge. head of his yelling mob of constituents. Reade uttereci a exclamatiOn, qmckly The tally-ho was now set. in motion, and as it Frank Reado, Barney and Yank Beckbridge wertl threw back the mam l!lyet, and thus disconnected sped quickly away Frank interposed his authority now on the 1op of the vehicle. the electric current wtth the machinery and so and the'trouble between Pomp and Barney was for Pomp and the doctor, at a word from Frank, caused the. te&m to s 1top. the ttme at least averted. had retired inside the tally-ho as the miners Before htm, comp etely closmg the narrow pass 'l'he enemy was soon left behind and out of sight. rushed out of the grogshop. and rendering it. wholly out o.f the to run 'l'hen Mrs. Eldl'idge aml Ev'e were questioned at Frank Reade occupied the driver's seat, and to the electriC tally-ho m that direction, wru; some length, 11nd when Frank R eade 1earned that bim Banty Briggs addressed his order to stop the a rude but barncade. . they had friends at Wind river, he decided to take tally-ho. The obstructiOn was constructed enhrely of large the m to that settlement The inventor now wore hls suit of mail under rocks and bowlders. were placed so as to 1'h e journey to WinJ river was made in safety, his ordinary garments, having donned the form a wall ten feet Wgh. "nd having seen the ladies we1comed by their during the absence of Barney und Pomp, when the Frank, as well ,as Barney and Beckbrldge, was fri ends, l!'rank Reade set the heads of h!s team savage appeared in pursuit of Beckrldge and the ve .ry much sutpnsed at the flrst sight of the barnorth-west again and went forward on whl\t Beckcaptives he bad rescued. rier. bridg e claimed was the proper course to pursue to Barney had not as y<'tdiscarded his armor which But a second glancA served to occaston them S(lultimately reach the locality of the lost mine. he had worn when he appeared with Pomp among ditional astonishment, for, P';Otl'Uding through For some days nothing of sufficient interest Sitting'13ull's band as" a man of flre." loop-holes rudely made in the high walls, they saw transpired to require spooial mention. "I think,' said Frank to Beck bridge, "that in a 'row of!eight rifle barr!315 But one evening the tally-ho reached a mining this instance the easiest way out of a difficulty is There were behmd the rude forflflcatlon. camp called" One .liorse Bend." The camp was the best one. We will not halt here,. but continue Their voices were ht>ard by Frank and his friends one of the roughest and most lawless places in the right ou." as the tally-ho was halted, and the succeeding mo. West. But lor all thatFranJt and his comra\ies deOne Horse Bend was located in a pass of the ment an apparit!O!l appeared on the wall. cided to pass the night there; Montana mountains. Frank Reatte beheld a young girl of s urpasslng As the tallv-ho was advancing into the ruining If Yank Beckbrldge's interpretation of the old beauty, clad in a buckskin tunic and Indian legcamp, J!rank Reade's was attracted to a Indian map, or tracing, was to be relied upon, gings, .and light .repeating r.itle. sign nailed, to u. tree which r:Jr\d thus: route of the hunters in quest of the lost gold mme "Fnends or enem1es, whtcb]are you1" demanded NoTICE. ran through the pass, so it was necessary to go the wild mountain maid, laconically. Warning are hereby duly given ter all Chinamen anughtl poured out of the rum-hole and 8urged tobold of one of the metal guards into which Frank open a passage for the tally-ho." ward the tlllly-ho, shouting: "Hang the nigger 1 )lad just sent a charge of electricity. "And I'O allow thEl men who are my fA.ther's foes Hang nigger!" Several others imitated the example of their and mine to capture us and our claim. No, no, l eader and in about a second a heap, of. rough5 sell-preservation is the first law of nature. It canCHAPTER XXII. were piled up in a struggling, kicking, swearing not be, stranger." THE BARRICADE IN THE ASS mass, and every one of them rea.dy to make But I guarrantee that if you will have an open. P oath that he had been struck by hghtmng. mg made for our passage the men oi One Horse FRANK and hts comrades understood that The tally-ho kept on. 8hall not profit by it," repli e d Frank. Pomp was m real danger. The rough and lawless Thus far Frank, who dtd not wish to have anyH1s quick brain had grasped an idea and he was element of "One Horse Bend" was Clf!arly in the thing done or said to pr?voke had man-ready to c..rry it out at once. ascendancy. The crowd of men who Issued from aged to keep Barney qutet. The maid<"n smiled incr-dulously the and raised the dread 8hout of But now the Irishman yelled in delight: "I am Frank RAade Jr the and I Judge Lynch advocates, were evidently in dead ."Whoop I It's tab:in: av a tumble yez arA, ye never promise more than' I c;,:n perform" earnest. dtrthy blackguards. Fatth, au' wan good mon loike man added. idle menace, no simple threat,. unsustained mese!' could stand foreninst yez all wid a sprig av "You Frank Reade Jr. of whom I have read so by direful purpose, was ever uttered w such tones a sthiCk an' bate the heads av ye !'' often?" ' as thtjorlty. side that was scarcely wide enough for a single "Now 1'? k Hold on there :vith yer er I shill be wagon trail. "Wh ,?,ne ran uompeped tAr. salivate :;e, pilgnll' t" The electric tally-ho rounded a bend in thenarWith and his brave

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FRANK READE, JR;., IN THE FAR WEST. Irish comrade darted up?n :8anty Briggs, and "Gib de mean trash fits, Barney. J'se done as wlien we cam'e?" asked Frank of the Frank dealt him a. stunmng blow which would butted mo' dan a dozen out ob tune. Gues!l da'li miners. bave felled the raMal to the earth had let somebody else take de contract ter hang di& "It 1111 it is I" was, the quick, unanimous renot Barney, In accordance with Frank's instruc-coon oft dar han's!" cried Pomp. spouse. tlons, caught Briggs up bodily and bounded a1vay But just then: "Very good, then, I have m11.de good my promwith him to the tally-ho. "Ding 1. ding 1 ding?" sounded thR electric bell, !se, and now we will say good-bye." Frank followed closely:. . and turning Barney and Pomp saw that way "I hope we shall meet agam, Mr. Reade," Beck bridge meanwhile had rul). out a wire from for the eloctilc tally-ho wa.e opened througll: said the old miner's beautiful daughter as she gave the electric battery to the side of the pa.es not more barricade. Frank her hand, whfle her eyes betokened the than twenty feet from the bend on the side of the more than passing interest the inventor had awak-trail toward the tallycho. CHAPTER XXIV. ened in her heart. Before the roughs behind Banty Briggs lully uu, ., I fear not, fair girl, u,nless you, can some time dersto9d that had been so to say THE WAGON SIGN. find time 'to visit my wife in Readestown," rep!ied snatobed of the1r m1dst and carried away, BarPOMP and Barney ran at once, straight for the Frank. . ney bad lum safe in the tally-ho. tally-ho. Barney tried to da,rt by Pomp and, The girl's face flushed and then paled. Frank Reade leaped op the to p of the tally-ho whether liccidentally or otherwise, Pomp tripped "We shall never meet again. It is better so," and the doctor, .Pomp and Barney instantly joined the Irishman up. she said quietly, and then turned away. him there, and m a seconj's time four rifles in the Down went sprawling. Less than an hour later the tallyho was be;vond bands of the defenders of the great electric inven-But be regained his feet with alacrity, and ran on the range, and again traversing tbe prairie. tion were leveled ,at the roughs of One Horse after Pomp. But Barney was mad. The trail of a wagon train was struck some Bend. "Sure, and that's all a gintleman gits for he! pin' twenty miles further on, and Beckbridge, who was They halted, and a moment later Beck bridge was av a nagnr. Faith, an' I'll bate the head av the gazing ahead, all at once laid hls hand on seen to dart acro11s the trail betjVeen the miners' black rascal whin we git out av this sbindy !" cr!'ed Frank Reade's sbonldel', and said: mo)l and the tally-ho, trailing, a copper wire beBarney. "There's trouble ahead., .fer the emlgraz:.t train hind him. He had bruised his knee and he limped a trifie, that llez just passed this way. Tber are He had given the wire a turn around a rock on but for all that he boarded the tally-ho in a moabout an hour old, I jedge. There's redskins a the slile of the pass whence he came. Now, in a ment. Pomp was already inside the vehicle. tl'ailm';tbe train. I feel ther Injun load-stun in my moment it )Vas drawn taut about a foot from Frank Reade worked the electric levers. The natur' a-workin', an' I know rAds are plannin' for the ground tmd secured among the rocks, into machinery began to move, and presently the tallyter attack ther wagon train. Look yere. Just which the old trapper had darted. bo glided onwu,rd through the ppen'ing in the rocky stop ther team a bit." The attention of the roughs .was entirely center-barricade, which now com !)lete. Frank halted the electric steeds. ed on the tally-ho. light in the high mount-The howling, deeply incen$ed ruffians of the Beckbridge leaped out and inspected the wagon aiu-walled defile was Imperfect, and the mob did mines, recovering somewhat from their discomfittrail. Presently he came back with a white band not see the slender wire stretched across the pass ure, uttered loud, exultant yells as they saw the in his nand which he had picked up in before them. barricade was open. the grass. But one end of wire was connecte d with the "Now we'll run Qld 'I_Valters out of his. claim! "Half a hundred Injnns mounted on ponies hev powerful 111 . the tally-ho, anp. J\t that moCome on, boys! The b1ggest pay-streak m struck ther trail of ther emig .ra11ts near here, an' ment the subtile flUid of the lightuing was travers-gulch are a-waitin' fer us I" shouted one of the are now a follerin' il. I read tber 'signs like a bo:>k. ing the wl!ole length of the wire, invi!lible, but posHere's a. wipe one o' .,ther whites must have sassed of awful power. . ,"An' I reckon it'll wait fer along time I" retorted dropped," said th., trapper, and he placed the The roughs halted at the sight of the rifles lev-Beck bridge the trapper. !landkerchief in Fran. k's hand. eled at themfroll) thetop,oftbe tally-ho, and meanMeanw!Jtle the doctor, so instructed to do by The young man's eyes instantly (\iscovered a while tbe men @eh md the barricade were working Ftank, had got the repeating Winch.ester battery in ria me in one corner of the lost handkerchief. with a will to open the way for the passage of the ' ''Byron Porter I Heavons, my dld school friend tally-ho. Frank halted the tally-ho juRt inside the barri-from Ohio is w'ith that train! Some months since "Halt I We have your leader a captive, and if cade, and immediately the electric battery was dis be went West, intending to purchase a ran We sh.all have and they all pr.,sented a most ludicrous appear;Banty Briggs had regamed Ius senses, and h1s ftgbtmg presently m plenty Without gettmg up a ance. . evil face was as pale as death. 1 row between ourselves I think," Dr. yaneyke. Some began to scram hie up as Barney and Pomp He called out to his co,mrades, , Again the distai\t yells of Inrhans were heard rushed at tliem. Stand back, I go under and the lndistinc,t report o!,Jl.rea1ms succeeded the Barney danced about whacking away at a head on account era mgger or a disputed cla1m. These outcry from afar. wherever be saw one and Pomp t>ntted right and fallers mean biz, an' I know: it: "Right ye are, by powder," assented the trap left knocking' down 'man after man In q,uick sue-Reluctantlythe roughs Withdrew per, and Barney, forgot the pain of his slightly The work of repairing the l>arrlcade was quickly wounded toe in the anticipation of a ruction." 1 whoop! T!!oke that, ye !!pal peen, an' Then, 'it was accompliehed, ft's a av ihe red .nagurs tbet that ye blackguard 1 Shure it's crackir.' the heads Beckbr1dge was called m. mese1 an me black-diamond pard km get aw'l.y av ye, I'm afther doin' I" shouted Barney. "Now, my friends, is your barricade as secure wid. Eh, Pomp, me jewel?" he criad.

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18 FRANK READE, JR., IN THE FAR WEST. Pomp assented to Barney's gasconade, and'as 'ud do better in connection with ther widder1Jln' preservation theJI. were battling, the emigrants there was 11. prospect of a row with outsiders, the thor handle o' ther sweepin' implerment afore made a gJ:'!lnd tlg!It. ,. two l'idicnlous rascals became very friendly forLhmentioned," said Beckbridge. The savages were engaged_ Ill the attack with, and 'Pomp pulled off Barney's boot and bound "1 stand corrected," the doctor, while upon the wagol? tram had not encoun up his toe. Frank laughed, and Pomp and Barney fairly tered the electric and s1ghtmg 1t All hands wal'e presently on top' of the tally-ho roared. they uttered delighted yells and bore down and, looking ahead anxiously. Froiu the moment "Youse de funniest man 1 I ever seed," said upon it. . . wllen tile discovery of the name bn the handker-Pow.p .' ' ., For the J?Once the wagon tram was lert 1n pe>\ce, chief whicll Beck bridge had piclteU up, gnve Frank "'Funny I Silo! you oughter kno\ved my uncle, yvhile, feelmg sure of the of the approach the assuro.nce tllat thi.s quandom friend, Byron Luther Beckbridge. I've knowed folks ter laugh mg. coach, the In<_iians gave 1t all the1r attention._ Porter, was 'in danger, he had caused the tally-ho themselves ter death at that feller. He was fun-When the of the coach mad_e thmr to maintain a higll rate of speed. nier than a funeral-a heap; but there was 11. hasty preparatiOnS for a battle. upon the The air of the northern prairies Is peculiarly rare, guide book went 'long with my Un<'le Luther's sounds of conflict ahead other thmgs that and sounds could be heard at a greater di.stance 'okes, so's any one could tlndout where ther laugh Wbre attended to a smnll cannon was got than elsewhete. came-in." together, and set on th_e top ?f the tally-h_o. lhe Although the emigrant_ train and _the Indians "A \vise p_rovision. Other humorists might small cannon \yas provided a revolvmg car were not yet In sight, the mventor relied upon the take a hint from your uncle," the doctor. nage so that 1t could be a1med in any desired Hpaed of his remarkable electric-vehicle to overtake "By the wny," .said Frank. 'You have not as direction. . th em before it was toe late to render the whites asyet explained how you rescued Eve Eldridge and cannon had been duly loa juice that caused to dod'ge "Yes, but' Strathmore was sure of the' value of while :I!'rauk Reade grasped the main electric lever as it flew by hls ear. ,., qis claim." , with one hand the other held a re\ olver which ' Mlstah Tmpper, I reckon dat ,you done got de "That's just what I blame him fer. A feller rested in 11. port-hole. Idee ins.iUe ob Y,er jj.ls yere c_olored hain't got no right to _be sure o' anything 'dept Everything was In readiness give tile Indians gemmau am er C!-H!'ptdot, Dat am a big m1stake, trouble an' death In this vale o' tears. Bpt I've got a warm receptloll, an' donn yer disremember it,"' said Pomp. a presenterment that tlJer ptzen varmint Brant All at onbe Barney depressed the cannon and "It's absent-'mindedness, nigger," replied BeckForges the half-bree
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FRANK READE, JR., IN 'l'RE FAR WEST. 19 "the thunder gun," as they called the cannon, were Frank saw at the first glance that the old miper buckskin in which the miner carried his gold sein full fiight. wassomewbM intoxicaed. His first words a cured in his broad leather belt. Like a fiash a pistol appeared In the trapper's further assmance of this. But the purpose of the Mllxican was frustrated hand. Tl)ere was a qash and a report. ',l'he Indian "I'm old,Jabe Peters from Placer Pocket, up in in a manner quite unexpected and surprising. fell from his pony. Pomp remained on the ani-ther big sandy mountings, an' I've been ter th e 'l'he little daughter of the old miner was close be mal's back and clutched the reins. post ter sell my dust, an' now I'm go in' b ack ter ther side liar father when the cowardly struck The other Intllans, seeing the huge savage who mines with my leetle gal Jule, an' I reckon ter bny him down. was, it chanced, \ -heirchiei, fall, wheeled and came the best claim in tiler range, fer I've got tiler rocks She saw the robber's hand fiash out to seize tne charging back, intent on vengeance, that talk when ye buy lapd I" announced the miner gold she had sought to save for .mother," and, Btickbridge llJ?On the back ot the pony, injudiciously, and he slapped his breeches pocket, with a little gasping cry, the small heroine thray,r and the succeedmg moment the doubly laden ani'causing a bag of coin to Jingle musically. herself across the body of her father, upon the bag mal was being urged at full speed toward the tallyFrank was watching the Mexicans, and he saw of gold, and the Mexican coulJ not reach it. ho, while behind it came the entire savage band, them exchange glt\tices. 1'wo-thirds ofthe original contents of the treas howling like mad. But they made tbl'l old miner welcome, and ure bag yet 1emained Intact. The baffled Mexican The tally-ho was approachlnj;(at the same time. seemod at least to be the most hospitable people would have torn the child from off the body of hiH' in tha world, father, but something occurred just thea and the ---. CHAPTER XXVII. F.rank kne1v they had an ulterior' design. He Mexican went down all ip a heap and did not felt that those wild, lawl6ss Mexican cowboys When the Mexicans first leaped up and encir meant to transfer th e miner's gold from hit; pocket clej Frank Reade uttering deadly threats, he was THE MEXICAN HERDSMEN. to their own before they were througb'"'lvith bim. completely environed by his foes and separ!lted THE tally-ho and the pony, r!dden by Pomp and The young in Yen tor's sympathies were with tbe from his friends. Beck bridge, th'3 trapper, met in a moment or so, indisoreet. old and he pitied his little daugh Recognizing Fr,.,nk Reade as the leader of the and the redskius in of the latter were yet a ter who seemed to fully realize the condition of American party, the Mexicans were intent upon number ol yards behind. her father, and to grieve because of her know!making him their first victim, Pomp and Beckbridge threw themselves from edge. But to this the young inventor seriously obthe back of the pony and gained the interior of the The presently succeeded in inveigling jected. Life was very sweet to Frank Reade and vehicle the stopped for them, 1lB he the old mjner into a game of cards, despite the he had never valued his existence higher at 11 1mmedintely did. , ft\ct that Frank tried as best he could without acthat mom.ent of suprema peril. Then Barney, who had swiftly loaded the cannon tually setting himself up openly to defeat the Many thoughts traversed his brain with swift. with another sent it hurling among the ene-Mexicans, to prevent his playing. fiight, but the dominant idea was to turn the tide my, an they wlieeled tll:eir pQnies 1md fied, :eavSoon the half intoxi'cated old man was rapidly of peril-to act witil promptitude which might en log several pain led demons on-the tleld, who would losing his bard earned gold. able him to singly defeat the muraerous purpose murder and rob no more white settlers. His little daughter watched him in silence. Her of his assailants. "Now for the wagOI). cried Fmnk, face was pale, there were tears II). her eyes, and Frank was seldom 1 .at a loss how to aot under In a few moments more the tally-ho reached it, several times she plucked the old man by the arm any emergency, and now he struck out straight and there Frank found his old-time friend, Byron and wbisperedtimidly: fpJm th e shoulder with clenched fist s right and left Porter, and the two were de)ighted at the meet"You promised you wouldn't play and his well delivered blows dropped two of the ing. cards. You said you w : onld bring all the mon"y onrushing Mexicans: . Tbe Indmns were seen hovering afar, b ut the home to her. You know how badly she needs !t. 'rhen out came hts derrmgers and two .deadly wagon-train was in no further danger the 011, pupa, do come away I" tubes stared the Mexicans Ill the face they Frank Reade party and the electric tally-ho were Frank beard the child's words and so did Beckru8hed at him. with them. bridge. The two good hear.ts glances, It at that instant that the swarthy cowboy The emigmnts felt that the Y.Oung inventor had and ur.de. rstood each other. who sought to rob the old miner dropped all in a intimidated the hostile Sioux, and of The ol11 miner. pushed his child away and went henp. . ..eourse they understood that they were indebted to on with his reckless1Jlay, staking his gold wildly. ]<'rank's friends upon the inst.int made a rush. him, for their ammunition bad been nearly used Frank and Beck bridge lioth understood the game Pomp re .ached the would-be robber first, and the up when the tallo-ho appeared, and they could not which was 1being played. They.were sure that the of that enterprising gentleman's downfall have held out long against the determined foe. old man was being shamefully cheated. All at was a butt in the stomach which knocked all the Frank'e party listened with pleasure to tho ex-once Frank saw one of the Mexicans draw a breath out of his body. pressions of gratitude whlcll the emigrants made, trump card out of his sleeve and substitute it Barney and Beckbridge came close behind and then a consultation was held. for ooe which rightfully belonged to his hand. Pomp. Frank agreed to guard the trai_ n for a day so, Acting upon the impulse of honest indignation, "Whoop I Shades av Donnybrook I crack the until they had gotten out of the neighborhood of Frank sprang forward,. and dashed half a dozen heads av the yellow nagurs! Sure an' it's a happy the hostiles and reached a mining town a day'& cards from the Mexican's sleeve as be :mon J am wid a nate little ruction 9n hand!" march or so distant1 where they could pu1chase a "Scoundrel, you are robbing this old man I" shouted the fight-loving son or .Erin's green isle. new supply of ammunition. In a second the dot:en Mexicans .were on their .Barney had clubbed his guu, and he used it as R This was done, and there wa.S no further adven feet and Frank was surrounded. "sprig av a shillalah." ture worthy of record for the time. The Indians "Kill the Americano I" they shouted.-"Whoop! Take that for a kape-sake, an' tlv't did not make another attack, and, having"left the fer a love tap I Whoop I" Barney, train in safety, the search for the lost gold mine CHAPTER XXVIII. And right and left his gun crashed down upon was continued. the beads of the Mexicans, while Pomp butted, in Frank and his friends were glad that so many VILLAINS UNMASKED. his usual manner, and knocked outseveml of the opportunities had come in their wa-y to relieve imFRANK READI!l's Impulsive exposure of cheatswarthy villains in short order. periled white people and espouse the cause of ing Mexican gamblers was apparently destined Beck bridge used his gun as' a club too, and in right. 1 to involve him and his friends in a desperate much less time than is required to record the epi "Ah I" said the good dootor when the party was struggle. sode,.the dozen Mexicans Wtire" downed," as Bar talking of their recent adventures, "it's a blessed The Mexican cowboys, who surrounded the ney expi'essej it. thing to be able to help unfortunate fellow-oren!:y-oung inventor, the moment the cards fell from "Gollie I I done bet free spring chickens, wid ures. What divino possibilities. are crowded into the steeve of their comrade, were incensed. all the 'riginal springs in 'ein, dat dem yer yeller this little span of sorrowing and ca res we call a They resented the interference which bade fair to niggers done s'pose dat a cyclone struck 'em I" human life." dPprive them of the golden reckless (lid cried Pomp. The evening of the day we writing of 'tho miner had brought to their net. "Arrah I an' it's a Cloneyclinty lad it takeEI to be tally-ho arrived at a herder's camp. At heart, moreover, the national antipathy and afther Ia yin' out the Greasers I" s aid Barney, and In the summer mnchmen frequently send herds hatred which the Mexicans haye a\ ways entertain-then ihe ludicrous rascal. fiapped his it.r'ms like a of cattle, under guard of some cowboys, to a longed fop.Americam!, caused the swarthy men from _the rooster's wings and crowed lustily. distance from the home ranch to find good land of the ancient Aztecs, to welcome an occasion But unless they wished to engage in a further age, which might excuse any hostile demonstration fight it was evident that our friends had best withThe camp the tally-ho reached was composed of against the detested representatives of a nation draw from the sc;ene. , a dozen cowboys on this service. A large herd which bad oncoso completely conquered t.bem. Frank Re11<\e recognized this fact and he said: was resting near the camp. A cheerful fire t,lazed The..;:tssumption of hospitality and friendliness "Come. Now we will get aboard the tally-ho before two large army tents, and tlte herdsmen which distinguished the demeanor of the Mexicans and be off. Bring the old miner along there's not wnre about it. They had finished. the evening upon the arrival of Frank Reade at;ld his electric an instant to spare. .Beckt>ridge, you and Pomp meal of steak and coffee and bard bread, and were tally-ho at their camp, was not a sincere demonkeep the yellow rascals covered, andsho\lt th' e first smoking their pipes and playing cards. strati on. , one of them who attempts to arise," said Jl'ra'nk. Frank. Reade's coming with the tally-ho gave The Mexicans would now gladly slaughter Frank The trapper and Pomp leveled their weapons at herders a surprise, but they had beard of him and Reade and biz; comrndes with as little show or the prostrate Mexicans. Then the old miner stag his inventions, and seemed glad to meet the celemercy as .their vindictive ancestors massacred gered to his feet, and Frank hurried him and his brated young man, despite the fact that they were brave old Davy Crocket and his heroic adherents little daughter into the tally-ho. ' all Mexicans, at that dtead!ul scene of heroes' doom, called The others then got aboar4, Beckbridge and As Franll afterwl\rd learned, one Don Miguel "'l'be Ali mo." Pomp beirJg the last to enter the vehicle. In a mo Estevado, a wealthy Mexican, had purchased an -The wild, s'varthy cowboys frot:n beyond the ment the tally-ho was under way. extensive Montana ranch of the Unit"d States Rio Grande were descendants of the lower order f>ome of the Mexicans had already come to, but Government, and these cowboys were the Mexican of Mexicans, and the blood of the fierce brigands they did not gef'up at once for fear of a shot from ranchero's moo. of Mexico who have been outlaws and insurgents the Americanos. Onr friends were not favorably impresstd ever flowed in.their veins. The speed attained very quickly by the tally-ho with tho appearance of Mexicans, but they in-Now they caught eagerly at a pos&ibiliry which soon carried our friends out of sight of the camp of vi ted them to share their camp, and feeling wellprG mise1 plunder without pun!Rhment. They the Moxican cowboys. able to protect themselves in case of trouble, thought to estimate their ideas by their deeds-that "What next, I wonder. Assuredly it seems to -Frank and his comrades accepted the invitation. they might massacre the entire American party on me we are destined to meet a constant suc6ession But a short time after the arrival of Frank Reade that remote prairie, and that the dark secret might of adventures/' said Frank. and hill party at the camp of the Mexicar.s, thera never bE! revealed. "True," asjiented the doctor." Butareyou sure, WAA another arrival, or rather two arrivals, for 11 As the Mexicans leaped to their feet one of their Frank, tliat Beck bridge hits read the old Indian gray-haired old miner, evidently originally from number-a tall, satqr, nine fellow, with eyes that map aright, nnd that we are really on the right trail one of New England States, and \ little girl of gl.,amed with savage light-struck down the old to lind the lost gold mino?" twelve, the old miner's daughter, rode up to the miner; with a blow from the butt of his pistol, and "What's thet. Hell' I read the Injun writin' corcarol'. made a sudden atte!IIpt to snatch away a pouch of rect? Well, doctor, I consait I hev: But ther

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\ FR.A.NK REA. DE, JR., IN 'l'HE F .A.R WES'l'. Beckbridge fambly are a modest breed, an' they "And if we once find the mine we shall have no oti from that pizen Injun agio an' wear em back never brags none to speak on. Still I'll say now dif!lcult.y in taking possession of it, since all the tor thAr Widder, er you kin plant old Yank fer thet if any two-legged critter, white er red, kin gold mine Indians have perished." . ke e ps." make out ther old Injun sign writin' that ani mile "If there ain't nobody else in it the fight is off." Just as the trapper thus sptlke there was a sound are Yank Be c kbridg e ," said the trapper, overhear. "Who could there b!J?" of music in the tally-ho. the docto r's r e mark. "Prospectors woulan't dare go there on account All turned !lnd saw Barney turning the crank of f The goo d old man smiled. o' the red skins." a music box which he had taken out of the locker "Have you tak e n into consider'!-lion the fact, "Certainly." . This box was an electric toy which Frank had friend Beck bridge, that the old Indian map of the "An' yet, doc, I hev an Idee mter my bram made for amusement. location of 'the lost gold mine was made nearly a chest thet the lost mine ain't left without fl. The handle connected with an electric battery hundrtld years ago, and that the landmarks may guard." inside t .he box. When a concealed spring was have change d sin ce th e n." "Why, w'hat do you mean?'' t o uched the electricity went to the handle and "I allow, d o ctor, the t you can' t change th e "I hev been cipherin' on that pint." caused the p erson who as turning It to hold on mountings an' the r pla ins 'less you go to work an' Indeed! I wish you would \)X plain. r cannot and turn faster and fast!)r. Of course as long make the world over, which ther same a heap o' understand how you founded your problem. as the electricity was turned on the bolder or the scientific cha ps would like" to do, tbinkin' thoy l1ll easy as fallin' o[ a log, doctor. You player could n e t let go of the handle. could beat the Creator's hand-work, holl e r.'' don't s'pose, I reckon, that them gold mine Injuns But Barney knew all about the contrivance. "But my friend, scientific research has estab-didn't hev no squaws, did yo?" --l lshe d the fact b e yond tne shadow of a doubt that Why, no 1" assente d th e docto.r, starting, while CHAPTER XXX. volcanic action bas tak.en place among the mounFr1mk, R eade and th e oth e rs, who w ore listening, tain r anges of Montan a within less than a hundre d suddenly evinced new int e rest in the con versa-AT TB;E PRAIRm TAVERN. years. We flno c onsait, an' that ain't all "Hi-yi Fo' de good Lawd, J:se _cotched "No?" er cramp m my grapplers! Luff go I KI-yii Took "SERIOUSLY, I believe that topo graphical t ea-"Sartin. Them gold m1ne squaws may g}t help. dat music-box awa) fr_nm me 1" yelled Pomp, tures of the mountain ranges of Montana have unWhat's ter prevent 'em making a treaty with the ly trymg to release his hold, wb1le the electriOJty dergone grea t ch a nges since the old Indian map Sioux? The Sioux would jump at ther chance ter m a d e him turn the crank faster and faster. was made, continued the doctor. tight fer ther red Amazons for a share of the gold Barney just fell down roared. "Wall, it's possible. But I reckon the t if ther mine." Never was" The Weanng of the Green" played changes ye consait bev gone on are sicb aster enough, I see you have given all the con-so fast befor e bother us, we'll find it out in due time, an' tingencies thought.'' Pomp knew at once that Barney had played 11 rib use to borrer trouble.'' "But as I said afore, we won't borrow trouble. trick on him, and he was mad as mad could well 'l' ben you are confident that tb us far That are tber only article o' domestic use the Bec kbe. Ule course we have follo,vt)d is correct." bridge f arn bly never borrowed. 'Everything else, "Dat y e re am a nice game f o t e r put up on er "Sartin. But we'll nov a look at the map." from a cl ean shirt ter a tooth brush, the Beck-fren'l Irish, I done make y e r an nuder tune The trappe r drew the bag, in which h e bridges allers depended on ther neighbors fer, but when dla oie music-box am done playe d out. You c arried the pre cious map, from the cover, and none G n e m ever took ter borrowing trouble, an' heah de tone ob qis coon's weice, I tell y e r !"cried &pread it out. yit I reckon all ther neighbors would a been gla d Pomp. The bleached buckskin was discolored with age, ter lend ern son::e." But Frank Reade touched the spring and re but the unique drawing was legible still. Strange The old trapper looked reflective, and. his feelleased .Pomp. figures there were, men and horses and wild fmiings found vent. A stream of tobacco juice shot there would have been a f!ght b e tween him mals, and mountains and plains. But one lin e by Pomp's bead, b e tween th e darky and Barney, and Barney in real earnest, for this tim e Pomp was doubly marked with .at regular distances, so close that Pomp gave a jump and accidentally in for it. But Fr-.-nk interposed, and trouble extended from one corner of the map diagonally struck hi!\ head against Barney's was pre vented. to the other corner where .the mountains were "Bad scran the loikes av ye2; I Is it taking ad-But Pomp vowed to get even with Barney yet. drawn. vantage .av an Iris h gintleman whir: his back is That evening as the sun was setting beyond the Along this line tbero were riyers, plateaus, hills tume d ye are afthe r doing? Begob, an' I'll make eastern borizoc, and a glow reflect e d fro m and valleys, and in Indian sign writiug e ach prina dead n agnr av yez Fr.t do ;ve want wid a nagur the c loudless sky, bathed the vast prairi e in warm, cipalland-rnark was especially indicated. anyway I" cried Barney, and he made a pnss at caressing tints, the travelers by tally-ho sighted a Where the trail ended, and where therefqre tbe Pomp. large double cabin in the distanoe. trapper believed the lost gold ;nine to be situated, "Well, If Ireland and Africa hez declared wat:, I tally-ho was guide d toward the r e mote, !so there was a land-mark, which if in existence at consait thet we bed bett e r interfere an' pervent lated structure, and when near it our trtwelors dis-this date could scarcely escape discovery. bloodshed I" said Beckbridge. cover e d a wag0n train. This land-mark was a tall mountain whi
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FRANK READE, JR., IN THE FAR 21 Dr. Vaneyke and Beck bridge !\!!Sen ted to Frank'e cognizance of all thev did and said, and that he drug. He knew he could not revive them then, proposition, and so the tally-ho was stopped when pen etrated the .suliterfuge of th eir assumed inand that he must instantly direct hid efforts to saTe the front of the log cabin was reached. lirmity the assassins would have hastened to put the ;ally-ho. "So far so good. Now we'll test the larder of him to death. Tfie trapper silently opened the window nearest this Hotel de Prairie," said Frank, lightly. This Beck bridge fully i realized, and he almc;>st him, removed the fastening of the shutter, and As the tallY-ho stopped, a thick-set, broad shoulclos e d bis eyes while he watched and waited as he pushed it aside. dered old ri'lan, who was bent nearly double and fought his fierce will-battle against the insidious Then he noiselessly leaped out. who hobbled with a cane, came out of the prairie power of the drug whizh now permeate d his In hiH hand Beck bridge carried his rifl!l, and his tavern. He was followed by a powerfully built system. belt-weapons were In their place. yourig fallow, one of whose legs was doubled up Mentally Beck bridge vowed he would conquer "Now fer ther tally-ho an' t e r give them rascals as though he had a stiff knee and who walked the mysterious power that was striving to drag a surprise By powder, they are wuss nor ther with a crutch. An ag ed, hag-like old woman him down to unconsciousness. He saw his fri e nds pizen redskins," muttered B e ck bridge. peared in. the doO"r, and so the travelers saw the a nd comrade s at the m e rcy of the treacherous eneHe glided to the corner or the house, for he had whole family of the lone tavern at once. my, and he understood that they and the great in-made his exit in the rear ot it and peered around "We want to g e t supper. Can you accJmmodate vention upon which he depended to find the lost it. He saw the tally-ho yet standing where it had us?" called out Fmnk. gold minewas in awful danger. been l eft. Th e rascals had not yet got it started, "Yes," screeched the old woman. "Fine anteYtmk Beck bridge f e lt that he was the one obsta-but Yank could h ear them inside of it. lope corn-bread, and good coffee is ther sort cle which might ret, by divine mercy, be permitted He glided forw ard. o' grub as :M:olbe r Barker sets afore ther pilgrims." to interpose between his friends a nd the cruel fate, llut a t that very moment the tally-ho started and "Good enough too. We will partake," said in the pereons of their tre acherous hosts, which the old woman came to the front door . Beck bridge Frank. and then eld man Barker ani'! )lis son, whom menaced them so nearly. knew that if he rushed !or the tally-ho then, the old be c a lled "HaQ.k," expressed: their surprise and Old Barker and his son Hank stood with the hag-woman would sho.ut an alarm and his purpose admiration at the electric conveyance. Old Barker like woman of the tavern glaring at the recumbent would be def eated. seemed very intelligent and he cunningly flattered forms of their victims in hideous satis f action. He asked himse lf what was to be done, and he Frank, seemed so and Interested thjLt "It's our game, Hanky, meson. We bev' trapped glanced along a plain trail which the tally-ho was with pardc;>nable pride the young inventor took the hull outflt sartin sura ," satd the old woman, being along. pleasure In explaining everything about the tally exultantly. At some distance was a clump of timber through ho to him. "An' ho1v neat nn' slick an' sh'nple I got all ther which the trail passed. Yank took a sudden reso-The old fellow asked dozens of questions, and inferlllation l wanted out ot that cute Yankee in lution. He glided along back of the house where :when at last supper was announce d old Barker ventor. I reckon old Jerry Barker kin run that the grass was tall, and undercover of it he sped to understood the whole theory of the great invention outlandish 'lectric hearse all right, an' onot it are the timber. and all about how to work it. dashed o pieces at the bottom o Cheyenne canyon, He arrived In the cover ahead of the tally-ho, For once Frank had been a !rille lndiEcreet with then who'll know what became on it?" said the old Presently it came along. Y a nk allow e d it to pass. his confidence, it seemed possible, !or there was a man. Then he crept out 1md managed to gain the top of cunning gleam of satisfaction in old Barker's eyer. "Correct, father. We'll plunder the coach, an' the vehicle by climbing up over the" boot" in when he w e nt into the inn to supper with Fmnk. then dispose of it as you've said. These here pilrear. M e anwhile the lame young man called HRnk had grims carry good money on them, to say nothing Old Barker and his son were Inside. Silentll' gone into the bar with the others of ]'rank's party, of gold watches and the like. When we hev run Beck bridge pushed aside th e sliding door anc and Barney and Pomp had "cut the dust out of ther conch inter ther canyon we' ll go through 'em, level e d his brace of revolve re. 'fhe w e apons covere(' th eir throats," as Pomp expressed it, several times. and drop them in the usual place," assented the the rascally !ather and son whose backs we[( The party was soon seated around the supper son. turned. table doing ample justice to the excellent antelope "Make haste with ye, then. Don't ye11 recollllct As yet they had not the slightest susplcicrn tha\. steak and corn bread. The cbffee was voted parnothin '? Hev ye forgot suthin'? Didn't ye me anything might occur to foil their A read p ii'rpose. ticularly good and all drank it. ye met Red Wolf up the range an' that he But suddenly Beekbrldge's voice rang ont as stern But suddenly Frank experienced a strange sensaid he and his band o' Sioux would be here arter as fate : sation of numbness about the brain, and ,fie fell their supply o' fire-water this sundown?" said the "Hands up, ;re plzen white Injuns l" ordered the heavily upon the floor, sliding like an inert body old woman. / trapper. from his chair insensible. "That's so. Come along, Hanky. Tho reds ' Within three minutes Barney and Pomp had almust not know about our haul, or they will de /. so fallen insensible from their chairs. 'l'he doctor maud a share of t-he plunder. Let' s get this job CHAPTER XXXII. and Beck bridge knew what was taking place, but ovfir with before the InJuns come, ' assented the old THE sroux AT THE PRAUUE TA.VERN their brams wsre benumbed, and they could not man. stir. "Right you are, dad. ComA along. Mother,_you THE con st'ernation and surprise of the old tavern t The doctor managed to gasp, however: run the ranch while we are gone. It Red Wolf keeper and his hopefnl son may be im a gined when, "What can this mean?" comes before we return let him have his grog, as they turned like a tl.ash, upon hearing the voice "We' re drugged I" ims wered Beck bridge, as the and don't be stingy witll it nuther," said Hank. of the trapper, they beheld a pair of derringers doctor was overcome and slid to the tl.oor. "'J_'rnst yer old mother fer anything, Hanky, me leveled full at their The trapper realized that he and hia comrades son," piped the hag shrilly, Their faces paled and they did not hesitate for were in a death-trap, and he fought against the Then the old man and Hank hurried out of the an instant about obeying the command Beckbridge Influence of the drug with all the power of hiR bouse. had uttered strong will. But he, too, slid to the tl.oor. Still he But a moment later Hank returned. Up went the ,hands of the two ras cals at once. did not entirely lose consciousness. "Well, sonny, what's up now?" demanded the "Slo\v an' easy, varmints, slow an' easy You He saw a sudden transformatibn take place in mother. hev bad your Innings an' now It's thertime fer our' the appearance of the' old man Barker and his only dad says you better lock up the side. Old Judas, jist you stop ther caravan right son. 'l'he former straightened up. The latter threw dining-room and fasten the window blinds so yere afore I drop ye.ln yer tracks. Quick," said away his crutches. if the reds do come 'fore we get back they can't by Beck bridge sternly. "Now to plunder the tally-ho and t:Un It over any chance stumble outer our guests." Old Barker turned quickly to the main lever, the the ledge into Oheyenne canyon," hissed old "Good idee, Hanky. There's snthiu' In yer old use of whi ch Frank Reade' had unsuspectedly ac Barker. dad's t.ead 'side live critters," piped the old creatquainted him with, and immediately stopped the !--ure. "I'll do just as paw says." vehicle. XXI Hank hurried out again, and the old woman He knew that any attempt to draw a weapon CHAPTER X proceeded to the will of old Barker, her would selll his own doom and so he m a de no such YANK BEOKBRIDGE TO THE FORE, husband, without delay. effort, YANK .BECKBRIDGE's career had often led him She tl.ret closed the heavy, solid, wooden bl!&ds When the tally-ho stopped th:e trapper droppe
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/: \.I!' RANK READE, J:3., IN 'l'HE FAR WES'l'. dragged them both out of the tally-ho and left the stairs. Frank and the others went to the out-ney, and Pomp followed. _The two sped along them in a thicket beside the trail. side door, but at th\lt moment a chorus of fierce ridge-pole to the end Which the tally-ho would This accomplished Beck bridge entered the tallySioux war-whoops rang O)lt. pass. 'l'he tavern WII.S only one story high with a ho again, and, having turned the vehicle, he ap__ low attic. 'l'he top of the tully-ho would be but a plied the electricity and sent it on :ts way back to few feet below the roof presently. The purpose of ;be prairie tavern. CHAP'l'ER XXXIII. l and Pomp was understood by Frank and 'L'he trapper baltei the tally-ho in front of the b1s comrades. That the two brave fellows meant )rairie inn us soon a a he arrived there. BARNEY AND POMP LEJ.P FOB LIFJII-STBANGS: to leap from the roof of th_e tavern upon the top of Scarcely bad the vehicle stopped when out came BIDERS ON THE TRAIL. the tally-ho when the velucle passed \VIIS plo.ln. M:other .Barker. STEALTHILY the Indians had approached the The lnd!ans' being turned to the tally-Beck bridge was insidjl the tally-ho and the old lonely prairie tavern. The crafty red warriors bo they ftuled to d1scover Pomp and Barney when wom1m was unabl/3 to see lum. had sighted the tally-ho from afar and they had they first appeared on the roof. '!'he trapper had a plan in millll to get the old concluded that it was a and that it Buvjust as they were about to ieap for the tallywoman out of the way for the lime, and he had run would be right in their regular of busipess to bo was now slowly pa_ssmg the etd of the a wire from the batterv to the handle of the door of rob it and murder the travelers \VIth the vehwle. oallli1, the savages saw the b1ave pair. the tally-ho, on the side of the. vehicle toward The l:!ioux band was that of Red wo;f, one of the They setrup a loud yell, a score of weafJons tavern. most dreaded sub-chiefs of the great Indian natiOn were leveled> at the escapmg men. But Barney As the old woman came rushing out of the inn to which he belonged. These were the Indians and Pomp leaped as the savages fired at them, and Beck bridge called out, imitating old Barker's whose arrival had been anticipated. they escaped the shower of bullets that whistled wheez)" voice '.rhere was a secret treaty between the Indians ovt>r the roof.. "Come yere, old woman 1" and old .Barker, else the lonely prairie tavern could '.rhe tw9 JOlly comrades a_hghted safely on the "What brung ye back?" demanded the old creanever have existed. top of the tally-ho, and then 1t awa_y. ture, ILB she hastened to the tallyoho and grasped The landlord had agreed to sell the savages Barney and Pomp dropped. mto the mter10r of the handle to open the door. whisky at a rate much lower tllan that charged thtl vehiCle through the door m the roof. Then Beckbridge turned on the electricity. them by the regular wbigky traders, and in return "Wberels asked Ji'ra.nk, It sped along tho wire and the old woman tumthis benefaction the Indians were friendly to Dead, sn re. Faith, and we founigns of tecoverr. for tha tally-ho. t he timber and rangod themselves across the na.r Beokbridge seized the whisky bottle from !he '.rhey reached It ahead of the Indians, but only row tJ::ail. s.\deboard and gave Frank Reade a drlnk. Then had a moment to spare. he passed the flask to Barney. Both Frank and Then the 1ndians were within range. the Irishman drank eagerly The liquor had the The savages adopted their usual method of atCHAPTER XXXIV. same desirable effect on them as .it. previously _had !ack has often been described, A STRANGE PROPOSITION FROM A STRANGS: SOUBOE. on the trapper. In a moment or so they regamed mg m a circle around the tally-ho, dischargmg ._ all their faculties and were on their feet. their weapons at the vehicle In a volley as they Fon some length of Ume previously to the date t !n a fe\\ words Beokbridge explained all that went. of this record the officers in command of United had transpired, and Frnnk Reade shuddered as be A veritable maelstrom of savage beings whirled States regulars, quartered at the severn! forts in understood bow close he had come to the hour of and eddied nrand, who had ordered "Whtle and Pomp descend to the eel bad attacked no ordma,ry etage-ooach. the electric tally-ho to bait repeated his command lar;we tl!ree will remain to look to the safety of Frank Reade's manipulation oft.he electric levers as the vehicle came on, ar{d no attention was paid the tn,lly-ho, l'.'Bt the expActed Indians should sudsent the motive power the battery to the rnato his o1der. denly arrivr. and heade
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!<'RANK READE, JR., nf-TiiE 23 hint, put a small ventilator in one of their skulls," stead av a quid iw tobacco that ought to be chockln' the two scoundrels, during 'Whiqh they perfected a sugg!ll!ted Beckbridge, raising his rille. the loikes av the craturol" cried BarnE>y. daring plan for the abduction of Little SunshinP, "No, it is not nooessary. We can speed through !' Gollie !I I'se--", ; 1. Finally the great Sioux chief, Sitting Bull, was their ran -ks, and if they tire a volley, their bullets Pomp cut short his speech, as he was compelled called into the council. rr cannot penetrate the metal plating Qf the tallyho," to dodge out of the way as Yank expectorated a "We' need a ke!3Ii, superior trailer, one who can Frank. .; ,. tobacco flood in alarming proximity to' his head. be relieq upon to' trail the white meu w)lo have fted "Just as you say. But I'd just like fer to gin Float the nagur. Sind him adrift on a terbacker in their' bad medicine wagon. Can f;>itting But! um one good volley ter wake 'em up," teplied tide. Sure, au' we have no use fer the 1ikes av furnish us with such a brave? We will pay, well lleckbridge. < 'im I" cried Barney, enraged because Pomp had for his services," said Adam Marvan. But it seemed that the motive of the deserters stepped on his favorite corfl. The red chief assented, and he Mlled a :young was not yet rightly com prehendod by the party of Mean Frank Reade had set the. tally-ho in and agile warridr to h!s side, and indicated that the thft electric tally-ho; for, seeing that no attention motion again, and before the discomfi.ted deserter the whites desire.d was at their service. was paid to his second commalld to bait, the could order bts band to the, vehicle bad "Blaok Arrow is tl!e greatest trailer ofall my leader of the deserters ordered his men Mide. passed' bill. band and was proceeding swiftly on its tribe, and he is as swift of foot as the antelope," They fell back, and then the leader called out: way. 1 said Sitting Bull "I know you I Frank Reade, the great inven1-'he.deserters pursued for a short distance, but Then the whites conversed with the .young In -tor, and a party of comrades are inside the eleclrio they soon abandoned the chase as. futile; dian. It was arranged that .he should trail the tally-ho. We would be friendly, and I have a "So, so. I think we shall find your conJectures electric coach, go where it might, and that he waSl municatlon of the greatest importance to )Ilake to as to what might transpire true. The squaws of to leave certain markings along th e trail to guide Fran!> Reade. If -you will stop I will advance the dead g0ldi rnine Ihdians seem to have already those who proposed : to t>ventually follow. alone and a great secret." rallied the Sioux to their support," to Very soon the Indian took the trail of the elec "Wh&t do you think, doctor? It seems to me Beck bridge. .. tric tally-ho and from that he _never lost th!l we migllt as well hear what the tallow has to say," Yas, and we shall have to dl) some tall. ftghtlng trail for a moment. , FranK remarked. ' to git posl!ession of the mipe, I consait." Of co.urse he was fat behind the electric vehicle "Yes, it can certainly do no hl\rm;" assonted the "I have been troublen by a retiootion wbloh you most of the time. for no man could competeowitb old scientist. ,. gentlemen may not have considered," said Dr. the tally-ho in pointof speed. Then Frank depressed and reversed the necesVaney!,e. is a question of right and. jus-The Indian was faithful to his master, And he sary levers until the speed of the tally-ho wM tiee<>fnvolved in this mine Had old followed the instructions of the white schemers to gmdually diminished, and the vehicle was finally Getcbewan a right to give away the lost gold the letter. V at _. and bave .. the right to wrest it fr?m the At regular intervals he marke<;): the tmil in the satd Frank to th, e leader the deserters: lndmn women who are no:w 10 pos manner agreed upon, so that when Ad a m Marvan Nowadvancealone .. and I wtll bearwhatyousesswn?. .. 1 : andBrantForgescameto'travers'ethesameroute have to say." to t bat, tbink .we may they would have no doubt as to their course. The man addressed ro\le !orward t\) the door of I_nd1an must have acquired possesston by lDJUS All this presaged stirring and start tally-ho, Frank opened tt and the \leserter sa. w tiCe. _.No doubt they or drove away the ling developments, or whicll Frank R.eade and his . I I Spamard. s tl,le !DIUe belonged by right of oomrades had r.o idea. I wtll know?; m as, few discovery, rephed Frank. ,-:.l 1 -But to' return to the inventor and his friends. words as possible, satd tho latter. Me an me 1 ___ Tlle tally-ho entered the mountains the day arter pardners have lately been, on the tra1l of a cquple the encou 'Mer wit'h the deserter. BeckbrJdge knew of handijome InJI\n squaws who came ton tradmg CHAPTER XXXV many of the passes and old Indian trails but soon post 11 few days ago to sell some !'(Old." tb 1 d w d tb t' th t F k R d t t d tb f Jl ti d THE TRAIL OF THE LOST GOLD MINE CANNOT BE e exp passe ueyon e range 0 e rap ran ea. e s ar e as e e OIV one per's st11mpmg grounds and he could no longer the handsome Indmn women, and goleen left m Helena l:!y Yllonk Beckbndge the tha the search for tb'e lost gold mine must for the warnorson guard at the mouth of tlje mme, 1f such trapper. . present se'ason be abandoned it are. It's a 'mighty thing fer Si(,lux and When, .11-s they soon did alter his the t1vo Blackfeet to jine 'ljands, but in this case it has been white outiaws questioned .Sadah as to whether It was with extreme _that the several done." there was a little white girl in the tally-ho, the I.n melllpers the_, admtttea .th1s but tnere "To what does all this tend?" asked Frank, as dian said no. But he added the information Adam was no gamsavmg it, and tberefpre, W)th many re the deserter paused. ; most desired to obtllin. grets , the head13 of hJs "We wapt you to 'go ln pardners with us. With San tab told th11t a white girl whom electriC team the jtrectwn hol!l e ?1\e day as, your machine (1:[1, wheels and all );our fix the old trapper called Little Sunshine had been by tb,e montlr ot October )V!IS drawmg t q close. ings you can scare or drive off tlie'reds and help him left in Helena. .the. C!Jlti, for m h1g_ h us seize the mine. We'll give you onllfifth share Until tbllt momeQt Adam Marvan had supposed altitude the chlll, qf \";IUter follows closely m the of 1111 the gold we find.", , that little Sur.shine was with he'r foster-father, the fvotstepS _of balmy fa 1 .. "Thanks .But we must decl.ine your offer, as old'trapper, Yank Beckbrid"e. ., B_eckbndge shook lps hea4 and advised haste. we have reaioq to believe the mine von speak of "Ha 1 ha! At last the child ,whose life st11nds saymg: 1 , is the property' of one ot:ourcomradll!!; andinstea,d between me 11nd a golden inheritaBce shall be "!kin ; feel the snow in the air, and the Lord of one-fifth we shall probably take a11 the gold 1n found.' Once I ho!Q. the proofs of her death I can help us all if a blizzard sbould cat'cb us uP here in !he old mice," replied Frank. return to the east and claim oldrSquire Baldwin's the mountains Since we hev got .to go back, let's The deserter uttered a bowl of rage. 1i gold as the only living heir,!' said .Marvan exultmake tracks as fast as possible." II'' ".Bet yer !He you won't take that gold. You are aritly as soon as Santah had rev'ealed tbe secret of Bu t no great speed co uld be attained in the de an infernal Yankee, grasp in' ter' rob yer betters, little Sunshine: s whereabouts. vious passes and winding moun\1\in ,trails whloh cuss ye. You are a $ark, a pirate, a gold hyena, But Brant Forges gmsped his OOJDpanion's arm lay between the tally-ho and the open prail'ie. a Hneak ter get at my secret and thlm set down on and' hissed sternly:. The tally-ho had rot\nded a-< bend in the mount me this away," fairly bellowed the irate deserter. "But I say you must not har:n the child, little ain trail t1vo days later, when nil heard cries of "Hold on, thEre, you bev called names enough," ,Sunshine. :At least ndt for the present I" distress from the wayside. There had been a said Beckbridge sternly, as he raised his rifle. "And' why not, pray?" demanded .the other, ina lrigh wind the preceding night, and the ex The deserter dodge d so l!uddenly that his wolf's tone of anger and surprl8e. plorers saw a tree had been blown down near by; head disguise fell off, and ,the red and bloated Because the child must first serve me.'\ T.he cries of distress th&y heard were by face of a villainous looking rascal was revealed. ''How do you mean?'' som e one under the tree, it seemed. Frank Reade., "You vld Injun eater, w hat yer mean by liftin' "Why. do yvu not discern my drift? You are stopped ,, the tally-ho; .land > he and Beck bridge yer gun on me?" crl!)d the deserter,' addreSiug aware that the child little Sunshine is as dear to alighted. The trapper stalked ahea:d of Frank Yank Beckbridge. "Your., a-a--'' the old trapper' as if she was his-own daughter.'! and in a moment discovAred an Iadian fellow's words, were suddenly' choked off in "True." r f11llen tree, where he lay pinned to the earth unabio a most noYel and ridiculous way. ' '"Very well. To save her life I take it lie would tomove. .. , Yank suddenly popped a huge quid of tobacco even surrender the secret of the tost gold mine to 'l'he trapper, aided by all the rest ""ho were from between his own jaws and with aski!Hultoss me." / .. called upon for assistance b)' Frank, 'managed to threw the quarter of a pound of "cud" down the "Ah, I comprehend.'' IllOYe' the fallen tree and extricate the Indian. throat of the .insulting bully as he opened wide h'is Certainly. My project must be plain-! mean to 'rhe Indian became insensible before the tree capacious mouth. q use the child little Sunshine to secure the gold was removed. The doctor, however soon rev' ived The li\scal tried to order his men to charge on secret, and then you can do with h .eras you like.'' him, .and then it was found-th11t left arm was the electric coach, but he sputtered and strangled I We are partners, and we must work crushed and his shbirlder severely injured. A so he could not )ltter a word, in umson." small blood-vessel in the arm had been ruptured, Barney and Pomp roared. "Yes, and the interest of one must bel)ome the and the Indian had fainted from loss of blood "Degob, ah' it's a nate way to stop the jaw av n interest of the other," snid Brant Forges. Tli e doctor and the old trapper set Indian's blackguar
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24 READE, JR., IN THE FAR placed in the tally-ho and the homeward journey av yez widout a foight; but, begob, I'll run no fur Whether they would take sides against the men or was resumed der an' I'll take no m&re av yer dares," roared their own race if they ever encountered them at tb& and he made a quick jump and hit Pomp lost gold mine, was, of course, an open question. on the Never during thew hole pertod of his long careor as CHAPTER XXXVI. "Dat's all right come agin !" cried the darky, plainsman, trapper and Indian fighter had ')!d LITTLE SUNSHINE IN CAPTIVITY. but he shook his head pretty smartly. Yank Beckbridge been c:mJronted with such a OF c uue the failure of Frank Reade's party to "Whoop I But it's au elegant ruotiOJ?intirely. tartling surprise ,as when was to find the landmarks in the mountains set down Will yez have the pollteness te stand up t1ijme loike upon Santah to h1s pr:emous buckskm in the old Indian map of the route was attributed a man bad scran til yez. Faith, I hnvA me eye on breeches he beheld Little Sunshme, whom b.e at to the theory advanced by Dr. Y&neyke. yez, I see yez are g 4ttin' up steam for yer castthat m?ment believed to be. in her Heleuu All were ready to admit that in all likelihood volirou head!" 'cried Barney, as Pomp began to home. 1n the pGwer of the wh1te outlaws . canic eruptions or. other changes in J;lature p i a duck. At the same mo'!lent that Yank similar character had been at work.in the Montana "Come, come, stop that-no llghtmg !" cried sweet-faced child. who had herse.f mountains. since the map of tile Indians had been Frank jqst as Pomp made a butt. : m the most sacred Citadel of h1s heart, she was made. He plunged at Barney head first Jill:e a flash. discovered by the other members of the party, and Now the prospect of the next spring .1>ow11went the and he did not want. to shouted: . came doubtful. Beckbrtdge was ready to des pan. fight any more. He picked himself up w1th Begob, !he 'vh1te blackguards wid the little gal He was in his own mind well convinced that the such a rueful expcession that all were obliged to are the two spalpeens named Brant Forges tlll' white captive of the lost gold mine, regarding laugh. . what Pomp and ?lese!' heard plot whom the old chief Getchewan had spoken, must be There was bear-steak for supper that evenmg. tin agm the trapper an' the llttle colleen. Bad his partnen, the father of Little Sunshine, as we All. but Beckbridge seemed to have overlooked luck to them I" know. It was on this account that the old trap the fact that there were Indian tracks about. But "Back to the tally-ho fo\' your life, Yank! Tho per s r egret was so deep. the trapper was alert. and watchful. Presently the are creeping rocks, intent upon When the journey resumed after the wound air became full of wh1le flakes. cllttmg off your return I' cned Frank Reade, 1111 ed Indian WlloS ,found the trapper remarked: "Snow I" exelaimed Frank Reade. through the steadily falling snow and the accumu .. "The Injun lood-stun in my natur ginerally hez "Yes, and I'm desperate afeard we're agoin' ter latlng shadows, he o,bserved certain m.ove!J?-ents or a sort o' galvanic influence on my huntin' knife have a big storm," aaid Beckbridge. 1 the Sioux which were in accordance With h1s warn. and I rifie when ther's a red around. nut sa1tln The doctor had been conversing with the wound ing. when an enl'lmy is helpless, even if he are a red' ea Indian, and he now said: As' though the words of tl:.e young inventor had skin, Yank Beckbridge ain't tb.er critter tergo back "l'he savage tells me he is a Sioux, and that his served to break the spell of the dread discovery ho on. him, by powder I ft. d,on't r\ln in the ,Be?k is .Black Arrow." < had just made, Yank Beck bridge turned with tho bndge fambly 1Th_ere was a great uncle o rome This was the truth. hfe Frank utmost celerity and bounded back to the tally-ho. what m h!story. ,That feller Goo1 and the old had savea .was Not a single shot was fired at the retreating trap Samantan Beckbt1dge, an I ,l;l.ern ther parson Indmn who bad tra1led them so m the serv1ce per by his enAmies, for h.is deatli wa.s ter ther fort read 'bout h1m outjln a book. bf Marvan and Brant Forges. He It was who had not in with the plans of the white out It seemed old waY cumin' ,hQm fr?m a rn_arked the trail that was to guide the enemy on law chief. when he run agm a wounded InJun bes1de the trml biB preservers' tracks. Frar:k Reade had turned off the electricity and what all the other trappers had passed by. B!Jt Faster and faster fell the snow. l'hat a shelter halted the tally-ho, when Yank Beck bridge lm my uncle Good he up poured eile for tbe tally-ho must be found soon all felt. But pulsively leaped from the vehicle at discovering on the wounded red an fixed him 0. K. they knew not where to seek it. Suddenly the Santah, the wearer of his beloved buckskin Tl)e old trapper's merry eyes twinkled, but he voice of Black Arrow was beard. breeches. looked so.lemn. "Let the white man go through the pass yonder, Now suddenly the inventor revolved the rellec "Your family certainly must have b_een a very and where the great mountain sometimes smokes ors of the electric lights liiO that they would radiate 11nclent one," commented the doctor, dryly,. they shall find a shelter where the medicine-fires the rear and in a .moment the wonderfully brll "Sartin. Thar was IllY uncle Noah on my will keep them warm." liant light of the magnesium coils in combustion mother's He 'Yas an old trapper. I consalt The tallyho was quickly got in motion. wae shooting back through the 'tailing snow he was a. S?rt o' a. to?; fer he g?t UJ? a !lrst Through an opening in a narrow pass among blinding rays, making the defile like an enchanted class float JeSt l n ttme tQ g1t With his men the rocks it was .. But all at once 'th6 si-realm, as the snow Jlakes caught the gleam. afore the fio?d come. lence of moun tam sohtude was rudely brokeJ;J "Advance at your peril! We have our electric Indeed, I fnend trapper, that yourimagA wild Swux war-whoop echoed through tne dellle battery in readiness Dare' to enter the passage we Pt:one to lead you. ?ut the trail of behind the tally-ho. occupy and the deadly battety shall belch forth its veraCJtt, sa1d the doctor, smlh ,ng. Glancing back, the men of the tally-ho saw a leaden hail upon you I" cried Frank Reade to the That evening a halt was made 'to g1ve Barney dozen Indians,and.among them Beckbridge sighted and Pomp a chance to cook a supper. But as Santah, the Sioux, and the redskin yet wore the .. they were kindling a fire called, attenold trapper's precious buckskin breeches, We don t mean to charge We have tiou to bear tracks and the imprmt of Indian moe" Bars, panthers, an' buffi.ers I" yelled Beck plan to secure what :"' e I have c a sins in the so!t, soil. bridge. "Thar he are-the pizen red varmint as suthin to say to Yank BeckbrHlge, said Brant "Begob, a,n' 1t s a grizzly bear that the l01kes av wears the widder's-I mean my bueksl>ln breech. me hez made'up me moind t'o hev the glory aves I H'ar goes ter git 'em back, for the sake o' the The>' have got Little Sunshme in th, eir I,>OWer, slautherin'. Come on wid yez, Pomp, an we'll kill widder, or lose what hair time hez left old Yackf" I col!saJt. Old Yank ;would lay dawn his hie. for the bastes, be the powers I" cried Barney. The tmpper recklessly bounded out of the tally-the and he s got t'3r l!sten to the ptzen The two reckless fellows rushed avray, rill,es in ho, But the succeeding moment he paused as if varmmts, trapper m an undertone. hany a huge The Inn' it's a dead nagur there'll be !ore the great aboriginal\ nation, which the ,statement of far remained speechless said: ninst the likes av me in a whisk I" the deserter-chief seemed to indicate, bad become "Oh papa Yank take' me away from these bad "Go 'long wid yah I Don't make a fool of yer the allies of the Blackfoot Amazons of the lost gold men' 1 'Please do 1' 1 am afraid of them. Oil so self, Irish." mine. , very very much afraid I" ' "An' ye?. call me !1fool!. Faith an' I'm a pac!lful Santah aD;d his braves bound to the service The childish voice was full of rathetic appeal, mon, an' I am thrym' to from the of the White outlaws at least for tqe the little one's arms were lnvoluntar:ily stretched

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READE, JR., IN THE FAR WEST. 25J out toward the old trapper, who had been to her a forward. 'Four Indians crouched beside the ledge shut up here in the mountain for the winter," said kind and loving foster-purent. In tne rear of the place Forges had occupied. He Beck bridge. Tears of anger and pity w erejn Yanlt's eyes. His gave them a signal as he advanced. One of them Do you really think so? But there is no need ritle sprang to his shoulder and for an Instant tne threw his blanket over the head of Little Sunshine to ask that. A moment's refiectiou tells me you deadly sights covered the' archv1lla!n who held and carrl11d her backward, while she was unable are right. But how we to live? We have pro Little Sunshine a captive. utter a cry. :lslons on hand wh1ch may last a month. After But the outlaw pushed the child before Wm as a The othtlr th1'6e Sioux warriors crept forward In that, what?" said Frank Reade. alllelu and called out tauntingly: the footsteps of Brant He l'eacqM the All were silent. The doctor shook his head,-. "Now fire If you dare I" end of the ledge, groped ll,bout upon it for a mo-Beckbrldge seemed at loss to reply. "' The old trapper lowered his rlfie. His broad ment and then clutched the buckskin parchment "The pro.spect Is disheartening. But we may chest rose and felfswtftly. HlsgreathandsclenchBeckbridge had left there and thrust it Into his that our enemies will perish in the storm, ed themselves fiercely as though be C'ould have bosom. I thmk, finally said Dr. Vaneyke. tornBrantForge!tlimbfromlimb. "Comeonl"he cried. "Now' send the child "No,''said Black wounded Indian "Yank B eokbrldge never ylt scalped a white to meet you. Brant Forges keeps his word 1" "The Sioux with the white outlaws know where man? but by powder he'll do 1t some day It be an' The arch-traitor glided backward, leaving the to ftnd other caves and they will enter them." Brant Forges both Ji ye I" the trapper sibilated. three who Ita() now gained the end of the "Well, we may as well best of the sit" Beokbridge, you are placed in a trying position ledge crouchmg beside it. uatlon and set up an electric barricade at the en and you nave our sympathy. Now let me offer The outlaw had planned his trap well. The trance of the cave to prevent a surprise when the you some advice," said the good doctor, placing three Indians were to fall upon the trapper and blizzard subsides," Frank advised. his band upon the trapper's shoulder. slay him without mercy -vben he came within their wlres.were gotten out of the supply looker Beckbridge bowed his head and the doctor con-reach. and they were laced across the entrance of :the tlnued: Beck bridge advanced the Instant Forges called cave so as to form an Impassable b arrier. "In 1888 than half an hour I can make an exact out for him to do so. He reached the end of th e Then one end of this wire labyrinth was connect copy of the original map. I have with me le. dge. Then, like a trio of demons of the ed IVith,tbe electric and whole wtre;bar cals by the application of which I ean obliterate dreadful storm, the three Ind1ans leaped upon the rlcades was charged with electriCity. some of tbe landmarks on the map In such a wav brave old trapper. This done, Beckhridge was left in charge of the that the villain cannot tell it has been tampered "A trap, by powder I'' grlttetally-ho Barney said: Yank Beckbridge was bowed down with grief. "Then you can surrender the original' map to "Be me soul, Masther Frank, and it's Pomp an He said: the outlaw In exchange for the child, and the map mesel' as will bo afther follyin' the ould as a "'Now tlie murderous outlaws will kill Little will not benefit the scoundrel OJI aid him to find rare guard. The red nagurs an' the white blackSunshine. Tber plxen varmints will not spare the lost gold mine." guards will be afther thryln' on some root game her, since they have the map.'' "Doctor, you are a friend ter tie too, by powder. wid the lolkes av him, sn' 'sure yez won't rob Pomp -Fix tner map. I'll balk ther plzen critter yet and an' mesel' av a chance fur an iiiegant bit av a rue-CHA:PTER XXXIX save Little Sunshine, too, by powder," cried the tion when we kin save the euld man at the same trapper in a lOW voice. time, pla.ze the fates av it." SNOW BOUND IN THE IIIOUNTAINS. "Your Idea Is an excellent one," assented Frsnk "Gollie, Irish. Dat's de Idee what hab jiss done "BLAOK ABBOW beaxs the white man's words. R eade. "But I suspect treachery." hatched out inside ob my cranicum." The traue r ls his friend b e cause he saved his life The movflments of the crew of the electric tally- Excellent, Barney. uo by all means," assented when the tretl held him fast. Black Arrow speaks bo were entirely concealed from the enemy when Frank, who was not without misgivings..-with a straight ton guo, and he tells the white they retired Inside the vehicle. Pomp and Barney quickly left the tallyho. They trapper that tne little whits squaw will not be slain The old trapper produced the old Indian map of crept close to the wall of the 'narr.ow passage, and while she is among these mountains," said the the route to the lost gold m1ne, and Dr. Vaneyke the shadows hid them. wounded Sioux. set to work to copy it. Wjien tbe three Indians, whom tlle white out"What's that, Injun 1 Don'); tr!fie with old Yank -_. .!.r'his task was accomplished, and then the seienlaws bad left to fall upon Beckbrldge made. their er ye'll find him poweriul dangersome, I consatt,'l t!st produced th'e needed chemicals, and the work attack', Barney and Pomp rushed to their old cried Beckbrldge, incredulously of obliterating the essential landmarks on the friend's support. "Black Arrow's tongue travels a straight trail, original map was carefull:y-attended to. "Whack I" came the fighting Irlshmans:shillalah These mountains of the medicine fires are by all When all was done Yank Beck bridge appeared on down on the head of one of the redskins. the f:!ioux h eld sacred to the great Manito, and In the top of the tally-ho and Informed the outlaw' "Thud!" went J!omp's head in the stomach of no case will the red men allow blood to be shed that he was reaay to make the proposed exanother of the murderous trio as he butted the red among them save in hand to hand fight. The change. sltln over. traditions of the m e dicine men say the llfe of a Then BrSilt Forges to the entrsnce of The old trapper's derringer exploded, and th' captive must not be take n among these mountains, the narrow pass, leading little Sunshine by the third Indian fell. or the anger of the great Manito will b& aroused band. Then the three whites fell back. Beck bridge galnst the tribe." Beckbridge went to meet' him. knew Forges did not mean to surrender Little "Thank ye fer the m words redqkin 1" exclaimed Atthe entrance of the pass was a great proJectl3unshine. Beckbridge. "Ye m ean t e r say thor Sioux won' t ng rock. Bes!rle this Forges paused. The rook ex 1:be brave trio regl\!nAd the shelter oft he tallybo. let the white outlaws put Little Sunshine ter death lAnded ten feet in the direction of the tally-ho. Old Yank was well nigh wild with al!!.rm for 'the if they want to do so, I take it." Forges said: fate of Little Sunshine o1v. "The white trapper bas heard aright, and now "l'lace the map on the end of the ledge and re But nothing more could ba done looking to 1 er Black Arrow. will t e ll bim that he means to prove tire ten races. I will come and get the map, 1\Ad preservation then, and the tally-ho went on his gratitude. Listen." i if it's al right I'll send 'the child for'lyard." throu'gh the storin. The voice of the wounded Indian. became a whia-_.,__ S:lon the mouth of a cavern was reached. per, and 'he spoke long and earnestly. CHAPTER XXXVIII. "Go on,'' said the injured Indian, Blliek Arrow. When he had concluded, Yank Beck bridge's "Under the mountains are the great caves where weather-beaten features were all alight with a new BLIZZARD-IN THE CAVE. the medicine fires tlie mountains that used to hope Evidently what communication Black ArMEANWHILE, the snow-storm had been almost smoke will keep us all warm." row had made, had banished to a great degree continuously Increasing in violence, and the trap-Into the cave, whose entrance 'vas spacious the despairing feelings which the old trapper had per knew that a dread western blizzard or winter Frank Reade guided the tally-ho. previously suffered on account of Little Sunshine's cyclone of snow and wind was assuredly at hand. Then, soon a scene of wonders was revealed. A peril. As he left the tally-ho to go to meet Brant Forges, series of connecting caverns were revealed. But let us follow Frank Reade and the other the trapper was almost hurled from his feet by a The. walls were composed of rare formations. meinbt>rs of his party. They went on and on. terrific gust of wind which swept through thenarTl;lere were great crystals of many colors and Frank MrrieJ an electrlo torch and thus light was row pass furiously. here and there hung pendant glittering formatlens gained. The air was full But It no longer fel) In which were like grand chandeliers suspended Finally, as they drew near the heart of the moun gentle flakes, but on the contrary It was now pul from the reck-ribbed ceiling. ta!n and the heat became almost unbearable they verlzed, like, frozen s.and, cutting, sutrooatlng. The And as the tally-ho advanced, the air became dicovered a pit of fire ah 'll ad. death-dealing, blindmg character of the snow in warmer all the time. The t!Xplorers we're filled Its general formation enabled the old sclentistto the dreadful blizzards of the West was now the reawith wonder. They knew they were approaching at once decide that it Wl!ll the crater of an old vol ture of the storm. the source of heat. They asked tbe,mselves what cano. The wind moaned, shrit>ked and howled. The i was; and the explanation was gtveh by Dr. Van"Begorrah, fat's that 1" suddenly yelled Barney, night bad fallen, and but for the brilliancy of eyke. In tones of alarm as the party was retreating from the electric light Yank ceuld not have discerned Undoubtedly we are approaching the crater of the brink of the crater. his way a foot. But the light was reflected beyond an unll:nown volcano, whose oute r opening has All turned and Pomp gave a yell whlfe the wool the entrance o! the pass. become closed, and which Is not sutllclently active seemed to stand straight upon the top of his head The trappe.r heard the voice of tbe' outlaw and to make eru'ptions." sogreat was his fright. also that of Little He caught, as he drew Thq.s said the old scientist. Frank Reade anc.t his friends beheld a strange near them, the faint outlines of their fur mumed The heat finally became so Intense that Frank sight, and one certainly calculated to !aspire tar forms throuKh the shifting curtain of driving snow. although curious to explore further was ror. "Little Sunshine I" Beck bridge shouted, as he ed to retreat. He ran the tally-ho back to a Up from the brink of the crater all at once crawl heard the last words we have recorded as spoken point where the temperature was more comfort ed a great winged serpent Which resembled a cay by the outlaw. .able. men or South American c;ocodlle and also one o f "I am here papa Yank. Oh, come and get me Then Black Arrow ilaid that he had long known those remarkable sea mon11ters \vhlch have from quick I" the child responded. of the fltistence of the c i m } s of the medicine time to time been discovered in the ocean. And Yank plunged forward thrcugh the storm. fires "-lw he designated them. tHe affirmed, too, The terrible monster of the volcano rearfld until He placed th e Indian map on the end of the ledge that there were many caves In the neighborhood. ten feet of his huge length stood erect. His great as Brant Forges had directeli, and secured It The situation of Frank Reade and his fri e nds jaws gaped, and a hissing roar came forth. there by a heavy stone on one corDer of the was now most alarming, although immediate dan" Worra 1 worm 1 lt'e the dlvll's own snake I" buckskin parchment. ger might be guarded against. yelled Barney, anli he took to his heels Then retreating ten paces, Beckbrldge called The blizzard, which rage
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)fRANK READE, JR., IN 'l'HE FAR WEST. 'I his surpasses all my experience, and all the made to force Its way through the miles and miles where It has gone, let us seek to follow the trail knowledge of natural history I possess does not of drifts that obstructed ull_the mountain whe?ce it came. Perpaps the anima.l give me least idea us to wbat that wonderful trails and passes, and e.ven the pra1ne beyond. hall JUSt returned from a quest for (ood. monRter Is," said thS'doctor, as' he and Frank fol,But Frank Reade and his comrades _were by n.o "Forward 1 Tb_e doctor is always right!" cried lowed their comrade. ean!! inclined to sit down and apathetically awa1t Frank,flnthustastiCally. . . Just then Pomp's voice was heard. He cried: their doom. The mo9ster had le(t a ptam tratl. The party at No sah Irish. 'Deer\ I didn't run like I was Although their thus far had con-once follow ed it In tbe direction indicated by the dan youss did." vinced th!)m that there was no exit from the oaye doctor. But presently the solid side wall of tbe "Ye did thin, Its mesel' as was only runnin' til save by .the route th6y had travers .ed to enter 1t cavern stopped them. a hand' grenade to explode at the crocodile. they were now 1mp6lled to reti.ew fheir explora.Here was a dilemma. But Be<;kbridge solved it Faith an lt'li not an alleygater that 1\ln scare an tiona. by an opening through which the Irishriion." Tbe possibility of discovering some passag!l monster had evideiltly It was so "Yali vahl You'se de wus case o' blow datI through the mountain which mi11bt lead them out hole that it 'had not before been seen. Theelectrtc ebb11r seed, lrisll." where the snow drifts were less where thl'y torch no'Y revealed it on account of the "Be the powers av gin, nagur, do yez re11lize might &ecure some of the wild ammals of the shadow of an over_bangm11; ledgE). who yez making them remarks til?" mountains for food, the snow-bound gold The openmg winch admttted of the pa&sagll of the "Ob, go soak yer head.'? hunters on. -!llOn,ster of the crater was of course large llP,Ough What's the now?" askea Frank The of hunger Intense and not to be for a man or two to cr... throu"h at once. coming up. 'subdued save by food, which was not to be found Frank and Becki,)ridge erept tbe OJllln "It's the nag'ur. Sure, Ma5ther Frank, we hev in th.e, caYe, drove the party to make ing, and fbe others followed them. no use for 11 nagur. Begob, an' it's throwln' him which they had previously declared to be entirely "W.eli, here we are in another cave!" EjXClaimed til the allygater we bed best be doin'," said hopeless. , Frank, glancing about. Barney. , At this dark period even Barney an9 Pon;tp seem-The cave which the party had now reached was "Donn' yer git too funny, Irish, fo' I butt some ed d'!!prive d of their us11al spirits. Silentand perv n extensive, one, and it seen that tbe trail of ob dat o,ut ob yer !" turbefi, they went abqut, no longer joking or quarthe }Veil ma'rked, led on wafq. "]j)oes me ears decave me, er did I Ilear the rellng, but anxious and thougbtf.ul. Wttl) s'lspenseasthey nagur threaten tbe likes av mesel'? 1 Be the powers ",We he'V got to f.lnd game somewhere or we are wondered to what the trail "'ouffl ,finally lead them av' turf I kin accom!Dydate yez it ye2< ar. e bound to fer," said J3eck\}.rid_ge, s,o!emnly, as the day the party pressed pick a foight. sure an' I'm a paceful mon, but, thetr food ,vasparty set out to 1 Suddenly Berently uncovered his and most round over the great rock. After that he vanced until they were in sight or the the others followed his example. climbed ij).e the top of the crater. ledge. they all concealed t!temselves behin pro-' The trapper hoped to find game but be returned tecting rocks. Fortunately they had not iong to CHAPTER XLI with tile intelligence that he could wait there in thq heat. Posoiply ten minutes not discover a single track of a living creature. elapsed, a.nd then a PElC)Jliar hissing nof.<;e was THE CAVERN OF DEATR. After this the time went wearily by until jlnally heard and the monster for which the concealed THE explorers saw that the discovery of the beau-the lll..'lt morsel of food was cpnsumed, and the men were watching appeared. tiful summer valley had compjetjlly banishod all dark spe!)ter of famine entered the cave. But this time it did not come out of of their fears of starvation. --. tbe crater. On the contr!l-ry, the monster 'emerged Food and water there was in Ex, OHAP'J'ER < XL. frOII\ a point at the side of tbe caver.n opceilent springs were visible in 'the mountain-sides, 1 . ,, th'3 place_ where Frank Reade and !).. Is comwhere, owing to they were protected . TRE VALJ;.EY. 1 were htd<;fen. ,, from congea\ation. THE supreme ho11r &eemed to ha,ve arrived ;when Slowly the frightful. creatu,re trailed its scaly All comprehended that the snow-fall o! terri Frank Reade al)d his comrades had consumed length n:tong .until it d!sappeared at tJ;le very brink ble plizzard, 'which had occurred two months pre the last morsel ol 10\Jd, and yet there was no pos-of tile ptt of fll\me, as tt seemed.-, the watchers. viously, had soon melted in the warm valley, and eibtlity of the cave bet>i!le the Then the sa!d: they saw channels by which the water bad un Even the electno tea!p, wonder though tt,.wns, "Instead of followmg the since it is imdoubledly escaped through subterranean routfls as and possessing remarkal)le attributes, could not be possi!Jle for man to venture amid tbe intense heat the beat llquifled the snow.

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FRANK READE, JR., IN THE FAR WEST. 27 But hunger urged the explor!)rs to pursue the yer one Indian with a hear.t,,brave, hide trail. C_ome, and Arrow will you to the me which abounded in the beautiCul valley. is red .. said the trapper w1tk feelmg. old white hunter: gaBarney and Pomp went in jmrsult of an ante-He graspeli the hand.. Lead on, I Will. follow," answered the strange lo e and they soon with some juicy "Black Arrow will find the little wh1te squaw man, Jak:s which were quickly ltroiled over a camp-and bring her back to the great white hunter. Black started at on_ce. The cave 1 white men who have the little .squaw a capt1ve was left behmd, and the Indmn gu1ded the aged r.A"ll partook of the food with the keenest relish, will not suspect traller who has served them," white man to entrance of Ute cave where he and Barney and Pomp told that the animals of the responded the Indian. bad left Beckf>rJdge. valley were so tame that it seemed th6y had not "I reckon you're right, Injun . I The old trapper stood be_fore the wire barrlca e learned to fear man. hope by powder," the trapper reJomed. eagerly watchmg and wa1tmg for the return of "All," said Dr. Vaneyke, "it must be that this Then Black Artow hastened It seem.ed Black hidden vallw 'has never before been visited by that his kntwledge of the mountams was of Be_ckbndge was much surprised _when at .length man. Here we may Jive in peace and quietudeun-to him J?OW, and that knew of some cavllm he d1scovere_d the Indian approachmg, folrowed by til spring and the snow melts out tbs which he pres]llll.ed It likely that tho white outthe 11ged wh1te man. mountsin passes laws and the Sioux had sought shelter, They soon came up. "And enjoy a in tb.e midst of the warmth But if the outlaws and tire them "Trapper,:' said the stranger," this dian t':llls of the tropics. There is everything needed to sup-bad not fied from the mountains Ill t1me, 1t was to me he.1s a xplanation of the absence of J ittle Sunshine's reclearly 'explain ho\v it became my privileg e to save 'vhJch alapsed :1 The explorem. were undisturbed. mains flould signify. A thought came to his mind your'lj tie girl." Pl.eot.y and was the1r lot through the that made him shudder. he 'put it away from Thus speaking, the hermit strode awa y and Wlnte:. him. Beckbridge walked by his side, while .Black Arrow Bprmg came at He asked himself If some solltarv member of the followed in his footsteps. As soon as t)le weather indic. ated that the snow party could have escaped with Little Sunshine, and "Bay on," said eagerly. must have melted out of the trails preparations be returned a negative answer to his own ques"For years I have made my home in one of the were made for departure. tion. numerous caves of these mountains. Whyfore I It was decided thnt Beckb. ridge should make a Finally Black Alrrow arose dejectedly and carechose this mode of life concerns no. one but myself, s.cout and note the condition of the outer world befully explored the entire cave. But still the mysand we will not touch upon that point. 'The cave fore the tally-ho left the valley. tery remaine-d as imvar.etrable as ever. ::>till there which I dwell in chanced to be th.e very one in Beckbridge was about to start, when Black was nothing discovered to reveal the fate or the which the wblta outlaws and the Siouxs, who had Arrow,.the Si9ux trailer, whose life we know the white captive. your little child a captive, sought shelter from trapper had came to his side. Finally the Indian decided that the only course the blizzard last winter. Now, leading from that "The trailer will go with tbe great white hunt-left tor him was to return to the summer valley cave to a smaller one is a secret passage, to which er," said the Indian. and tell Beck bridge, the trapper, all. I had contrived a stone door. In tbe interior:. or "As ye like, InJun," replied Beckbridge. 'l'he Indian was walking dejectedly towfl.rd the second cuve I made ml: home: Every summer I "Black Arrow knows the mountains well," the entrance of the cave, when all at once a dark there store away sufficient dried meat and such lndlan cqntinuetl. sha(j.ow fell across his pathway where it was ihuother food as I need for an entire winter, for. often, "I think we can trust trailer," said Frn.nk. minated by the torch in his hand. 1 as during the winter that Is just passed, I am snow" Lam sure on it, by powder. Human nature Black Arrow recoiled like a fiasb and grasped a bound for months. I was hi my secret cave wheQ. -!Lre a book I 've studied some. I consait an lnj.un weapon in his girdla, as tbe succeeding momont be the band J am speaking of came into the outer natur are my stronghold. I reckon Black Arrow bolleld a startling apparition. cave. Of course I knew that it would not do tore means fair. So come along, trailer," responded the An agP.d white man, clad in the skins of the veal my presence. 'l'hen when I learned that tlie trapper. mountain sheep, with his snow-white hair falling terrible storm had filled the mount a in pass'3S, and 1 Ugh I Black Arrow fliend. White man save upon his shoulders, and whose beardr reached to that the strangers were snow-bound for months at him life; Injun no forget." his girdle, stoo:l before the1ndian. least, I took every precaution to conceal my pres" Good, you have the. right spirit. All Indians "Whence comest thou, red man?" demanded the ence. I knew that if my retreat was found, the men are not ungrateful, It s ,eems," spoke Frank. hermit-like personage, in a stern, deep voice. who b11d entered the outer cave would eat up all "But they are mighty few and far between, "From the mountains. Tne red man seeks a my provisions in a fe\v days, and then I should per 'cordin' ter my 'sperieuce," muttered the trapper. white child-s little squaw who was w1 th ish with them of starvation. Then be shouldere
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' 28 FRANK READE, JR., IN THE FAR WEST. thestone door of my interior cavern and glided During his recent absence he had been at work enemy had appeared at the time of the great bllzo forts bent on the rescue. in the thicket, and made a large semicircular plate zard. "}'ortune favored my purpose, neither the white of sheet iron, padded heavily with cotton on All the party then entered the vehicle. outlaws or the eunning Simrx awakened, and I Inner surface, !J.nd covered with canvii.B. Tb1s "Now that wa are clear or the caves, tbe cuescrept to the child. Barney had now secured about his person under tion once more arises in which direction shafl we "Then came the greatest danger of the undertak-his clothes so as to serve as a titomaeh plate. direct our course, whither seek for the lost gold lng. I feared the child would awake and cry out "Begob," said Barney, to himself, as he-came mine," said Frank Res.de. in alarm upon discovering me. What should I do? from the thicket w itb his Iron stomach plate on. "Since I have decided that the land-marks of How insure her silence? I must proceed precisely" Faith an' I'll give the nagur a chance to butt the the old Indian map are no longer to be relied upon, as though I meant to carry her otr against her will brains av him out this toimo, so I will." it seems to me we have nothing to guide us, anll without the knowledge of her captors, I thought. Beckbridge and the Indian bud been gone some that we are to all Intents no better oft than we Upon that Ideal acted at once. time when Barney came swagging up to where would be bad we no map," said the doctor. My blanket was UP. said, dryly: band of squaws, who wear the blankets of the denly pau>ed and grasped the arm of Black Arrow, "Ye do me proud. I consalt I am the bappi3st Blackfoot tribe . The entire pnrty seems to be act who strode sileatly at his heels." man in Montana, bar none, at this identical time. ing as escort for a train of ponies, laden with what "By powder, Injun, I nigh about furgot all I've got back my leetle gal and the widder's buck-I mke to be buckskin sacks." about the r widder an' my backskih bree c hes. I skin breeches, an' onct more ole Yank are-hisself For a moment the treasure hunters looked at consait Santab was among ther band that starved ali over." each other in silence. Theh .Beckbridge voiced the ter dea th. Eb?" he said. "What is the c ondltion of mountains beyond opinion of all, saying: "The white hunter speaks straight," rejoined this valley?" Frank 1!-eade asked, after some tilr "I'll stake my skulp we see the squaws o1 tber the Indian. tber conversation had ensued. gold mine Injuns aud their Sioux allies makin' eli "No.v, tell me was tber pizen critter. in my buck "Ther snow has about melted outen' ther with the treasure of the lost rume." skin breeches ylt?" trails." All were very much excited, and Frank Reade "Ugh, yes. Santsh wore the great hunter's "Good!" exclaimed the doctor. "You could said: bead e d buckskins." not have brought us more '}'elcome news. And "It seems to me it would be useless to pursue "Hurrah for our side! Traps and trappers; tber now I suppose 1ve can continue our journey." the Indians, anc1 I would not attempt to rob them widder shill yit be mine I Injun, lead me ter the "I reckon so." of the treasure they are carrying away in those l'armint ez has been a runnin' around in ther wid "You consider the trails passable for the tallybuckskin sacks unless I was very sure I had a der's brec"3he!l so long." bo tlien?" said Frank Reade. better right to it than they have." "Come," laconically rejoined Blaclt Arrow. "Yas, and we kin be movln' as soon as ye like "Then I reckon we mought as well give Up all Then he led B e ckbridge to the body of Santsb, I reckon." idea o' makin' a fortune an' tlndin' the gold mine and the old trapper repossessed himself of his pre"Very good. We have but few preparations to and start fer hum," said Beekbridge, In a tone of oious buckskin breeches, the rather unique token maktr. We have cured a quantity of meat and put disgust. of 1 the wicider's" love. In a supply of succulent roots whieh the doctor "Why so, friend tra-pper. It is evident that the 'Onct agln the old man are happy. Tbem discovered in the valley. Thus tile tally-ho is pro-Blackfoot Amazons and their allies have breeches I ll wear back to the Widder, an'.she shill visioned anew," replied ]'rank. desert;ed the lost mine for good. They re surrender, by powder I I consait, redskin, yer were "Then let us 'not delay. J consalt we can't be move the mine, though. We have observed the never In love. No. Well, it s worse nor the small-far from the lost gold mine. Tber Idea are power-direction whence tbey came. Let us follow that pox. an' there's only one cure, marry the gal." ful strong Inter my mind that It's located some-course. Once we strike the trail of the party we "Uga, white hunter heap taik," said the Indian where in this ere cave country. But what gits !Jle have found by taking the .back track I think we In contempt. are the fact thaF we can't see nothin' o' the mount-shall find the lost mine," sa1d Frank. "That's er fallin' o' tber Beck bridge fO:mbly, Bnt ing shaped like a pyramid with a huge head on the "Well said. There is a chance to find the lost iiDme on, we've got ter go ter summer valley." top on it which we take it marks the sight o' the mine now which is much better than I dared hope Beck bridge, hand in hand with Little Sunshine, lost said Beckbridge for," said the doctor. and still followed by Black Arrow, strode 1rom the The old trapper scratched his bead and looked A moment later the Indians and the pack train eav.e, carrying with him the buckskin breeahes, rather puzzled. disappeared in the distance. lrh!Ch he had recovered at last. "I have decided as I have intimated that conStraight t!>ward the wonderful mountain-walled vulsions of a volcanic nature which b'ave taken CHAPTER XL"'. 'mlley the trj.o proceeded. place in these mountains during the years that '" '" * have elapsed since the old lndil\n map was made AT THE LOST GOLD MINE-CONCLUSION. Meanwhile the others awaited their return. have 'thrown down the pyramid and tho ocld I'vE got an idee them gold mine squaws There waa nothing to employ the time of the shaped rock by which it was previously crowned," wouldn't run oft an' desart the mine if there was auowbeund ones it seemed, sod yet recl!ntly Barney the doctor hastened to say. any more gold there. I consait they have worked had been mysteriously absent from the others for "I reckon yer on ther right trail o' the explana-the mine out an' carried ofr all the gold Bow hours at a time, and if be had been closely watched, tion," assentell the trapper. soraede,er we'Ji go ahead an' see what we kin find he might have been seen to slyly convey some Then all the belongings of the party were packed out" said Beckbridge. tools a la;rge plate oJ iron, and certain away In tt.e tally-ho. Frank Reade carefully exFrank Reade started the electric vehicle and it other articles to a dense th10ket at some distance amined all the Intricate machinery of the wonder was soon traversing the devious mountaiJ. trails from the oamp In the valley. ful vel:icle and oiled every part of it. This done on t)le way to the place where the Indians on the The truth was was secretly preparing be announced that all was in readiness for depart-march hatl disappeared from sight. something to surpr1se Ever since the ure. Ill the course of a cou-ple of hours the tortuoua darky had butted him ont of t1me the last t1me, they The tally-ho was carefully and slowly run back ro)lte was traversed, and the tally-ho arrived at a !lad a row, the Irishman had been planning to get through the cavern until it at length came out ridge along which the trail of the mounted band Gl'en for once. through the opening upon the pllSs where the WRS readily discernible.

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FRANK READE, The tally-ho WIIS guided along this trail in a A thrill shot through the old trapper's serves. The party, after vainly searching the mine tor trograde course m order that it might reach voice emanated from the passage beyond the any trace of gold, set out on their return journey. place from which the mounted Indinns bact door. Yank Beckbridge believed he They had found the lost gold mine, but no on their march. the voice of Little Sunshine's father. \Vealth, a;nd yet since they had saved a precious Tilers was no dlftlculty in following the trail are ye?" the trapper shouted, comjcg human u:e by rescuing Owen Strathmore, all felt some miles, It led into the very heart door. that the expedition had not been in vain. mountain range. The course was an f:!trathmore !" was the expected answer But they were destined to have a golden 'reward mo11t devious one, but finally all trace after all. Their way led them back by the caves of to plllin trail Will! lost. was more distinct now, and as Beck the volcano. All at once they heard an agonized A mountain torrent which fou1;1d Its way heard it l!.e fllirly leaped for joy, and called cry from beside trail. The tally-ho was ward through a deep chimnel was before btopped, and the party found the old hermit of tho plorers. A short distance up the stream Old Yank Beck bridge, yer pard. I'll git cave lying on his back among the rocks. He had splendid waterfall. The disappearance all right. Keep cpoi and wait a bit." accidentally fallen from a high ledge above, and he trnii at the brink of the mountain torrent trapper and the Indian then swiftly retraced was now dying. mystery. It was too broad and SjVift, way to the tally-ho. They made known their He signaled Frank Reade to come cloM, and the banks were too high to render it possible that dio;covery and quickly returned to the mine, young inventor knelt beside the hermit and heard Indians could have foraed it at this point. ied by ail save Pomp, who was left In him reveal the secret of a rich gold claim which he "Beckbridge, can you suggest an explanation the tally-ho. bad aiscovered near by. asked Frank, as he reversed the levers and old trapper carried a lot of blasting CRr In conclusion the old man murmured: the electric conveyance on the edge of the tridges and fuses with him now. He had secured "Dying, I bequeat4 my claim to you and your t1\in stream, them from the supply locker in the vehi<;le. The party." ' "Perhaps I kin, an' maybe I can't," was dpor in the mine was soon reached, These were his last words. bridge's rather unsatisfactory reply. by mes,ns of the cartridges it was blown open, The explerer buriecl the strange recluse. the mys-"Anyhow I'll make a scout. Come on, redskin, Owen Strathmore and the trapper were totery of whose life died with him, and then they the trapper added. once more, and Little Sunshine was in her sought his gold claim, according to directions he Then he and Black Arrow sprang out of the elec-arms. had given. It proved to be a very valuable find. tric tally-ho and went toward thA waterfall. illlolllediately enSued. Strath * "' "' * Presently Beckbridge 11 out to trail the mine causeway, and upon where discovered by them and Havmg secured. a number specim.ens of 'tho falls, the trapper discovered the to the mines. How then gold from the claim the had given t!Jem, imprints of hoofs. close prisoner there. His Frank. and his party began their homeward Jour" Ah, ha 1 the> reds mullled the hoofs of rescue party had met the ney Without further delay. ponies, an' they left no tracks on the hard One dark night, as the tally-ho wal!' advancing above where the trnil disappeared. I consait I made answer and then Strathmore thr?ugh a mountain pass, just before the vehicle, the l!.ull game. There's a passage under as 1t turned a sharp corner among the rocks, Franlr falls," said Beckbrldge. have learned that this old mine was worked Reade with untold h@rror beheld a yawning chasm He crept down to the water's edge, accom the Spaniards who discovered it years ago. was to" late to the,vehlcle. by the Indian, under the curtain of the stored up a large quantity of gold Jump for your lives sill Hhouted Frank as ing the falls. Keeping close to obstructions a recess, intending to desert the worked made a leap. from the bos: on the top of the tally caused the falls, the two crossed the and take the precious ore with them, ho. His fnends heard his shout and lnstantlJ then, at the side of the fails, were discovered and massacred by the obeyed. All leaped from the coach, and the suesheet of failing water concsaled its entrance, ceeding moment the electric tally-ho crashed ovei beheld a cavern. The ore was of no value to the Indians then. But the brink of the gulch and went down, down into Into this Hpaclous opening the trail of traditions of the tribe handed down the secret of the depths below ponies led, and the softer soil retained mine from generation to generation. Finally Fortunately. none of Frank:s party were injured, print of moccasins; moreover, the rock Getchewan took to selling the gold the Spanand when thi& was ascertamed the doctor prGin a pathway leading into the cavern, thus lards had left behind. a pocket-lantern, and after some explora-lng it had long been frequently traversed by "Now the squaws of the gold mine Indians have bon a way of descent to the bettom of the gulch persons. carried off all the gold that remained, and they are was found, and Frank and the doctor went. down. Inte the cavern advanced Beckbridge and accompanied by a band of young northern Sioux They !ound the electric tally-ho a complete A number of resinous torches were braves who are to become their husbands. saw at ence that It ceulcl never b e repaired covered near the entrance of the "Not an ounce of gold has been left behind, and agam, much: as he regretted the fact. .The place, and one of these great pocket' which was originally found here be&de _the ehasm. Tlje followmg morn-obtaining light for his further been entirely exhausted. mg Frank, assiSted by the others, weut down to The trapper and the Indian saw You se. e, thereft>re, that the discovery ef the the tally-ho and removed such valuables as he were by the evidence of man's has not brought us fortune." ,. [desired to save, and then they ail took farew< purtive here," said Beckbl'idge at length. claim Little S'dn&hine a.'l the !orfeit of your pose. and on that ocaasion the gold claim left The Indfan had advanced ahead of the trapper, failure ter pay his debt. He won't, by powder," them by the old hermit was sold to a of and his voice now reaehed the hearing of the lhtsaid Beck bridge. .and the mo.ney equally divided. ter. Then ib reply to Strathmore's surprised ques!s a.dd m_ conclusion. "White hunter, come on!" cried Blaek Arrow, tions, the trapper told his pard ,that the man the L1ttie Sunshme s mhentance was secured for he>r, promptly advanced, and he found had borrowed the money ftom, for which by her and future was a happy one for the Indian at a great copper door, which com-he had ple
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