Buffalo Bill's secret camp, or, Trailing the cloven hoofs

Buffalo Bill's secret camp, or, Trailing the cloven hoofs

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A VJEEKLY PUBLICATION DEVOTED TO BORDERHl5TORY issued Weeklv. Ry $2.50 per year. Rntned as S ecnnd Clas s Matte r at New York Post Office by STREET & SMITH, 238 Wi//ia111 St .. N. Y No. 70. BY THE. '.AV'T'HOR )!"' (..( 9? ..BUF FALO B U.b Price, Five Cen t s. --THE RIFLES OF BUFFALO BILL AND HIS FOE CRACKED ALMOST AS ONE, AND THE OUTLAW REELED AND FELL FROM HIS SADDLE.


n n mo rsrs A WEEKLY PUBLICATION DeVOTcD TO BOROl:'R HISTORY By Subscription per year. E1ttered as Second Class Matter at N. Y. Post Office, by STREET & SMITH, 236 William S t ., N. Y. Entered acci>rdinK' to Act of Con,fTess in the year IQDa, in the Office of tlle Librarian of Cong-ress, Washing-ton, .D. C. N o 7 0 NEW YORK, September 1 3, 1902. Price F i ve C.ents. BUFFALO BILL'S SECRET CAMP: OR, Trailing the Cloven H o o fs. B y t h e a uthor of "BUFF ALO BIL L" CHAPTER I. A G I R L S P L U C K The coaches that ran to and from Last Chance ; a mining town on the extreme frontier of the middle West; generally had a pretty hard time of it There were rough r oads, washouts, Indiai1s and, worse than all, there were organized bands of outlaws, the presence of which on the trail made trave l doubly dangerous. It is true that at the time we speak of Buffalo Bill h ad just s ucc ee d ed in capturing and killing a number of the outlaWs and breaking up their band but for all that, travel on the s tage lin e was so that none o.f the r egula r d riv e rs could be persuaded to take the coach through. A brave young fellow nam ed Harding, one of Buffalo Bill's scouts, had taken the coach through in safety to its t e rminal and was on his way back. The relay station at W--, where he changed h orses and where h e stopped over night, w as connected by several coach lines wit h points further east, but passengers seldom came that way, and Harding went to bed thinking that on the morrow h e wou l d hav e a lonely drive through a wild c o untry, to Last Chance. The coaches th at came in from the South al\d East th e next morning however, brought valuable mail tor Last Chance but, to the surprise of all, a lady pas"Senger. She was a young lady, and veiled, but enough was seen of her face to reveal its beauty, while her form was of faultle ss m o ld. She was dre sse d in p e rfect keeping for one on a long journey, and carried only ?small trunk with her. She told the station agent that h er name was Celeste Seldon, and that s h e had come \IV est for the purpose of s e arching for h e r father, and to find the whereabouts of a you n g friend. The last she had heard of her father was in a letter elated from W--. I wrote you, Mr. Agent, s h e said in her sweet way, "asking about a yo un g man, Bernard Brandon by name, who had come VI' est upon a special mission. "You r eplied }hat he had been to W, and gone o n from here to Last C h ance, a mining camp, and though I have written there n o response came, so I decided to come myself and investi gate "Have you heard anything more of Mr. Brandon?" The agent l ooked troubl ed, and seeing it s he said You have heard of him so I beg yo u to tell me all." "I regre t to say, miss, that he was wounded on his way


THE BUFF f\LO_BILL to Last Chance, shot by road-agents; but here is Harding, the driver of the Last Chance coach, and he can tell you all. Harding did not appear to like having to give pain to the young girl, but he frankly told her that the young man she sought had been wounded by outlaws in a recent hold-up, and that the bullet, striking his head, had made him a maniac. "I will go to him. When do you start, sir?" ' This afternoon, miss; but the trail is a very dangerous one,. and I had better bring him back with me." "No, I will go with you, and I will speak for the box seat, if it is not engaged." "Oh, no, no seats are engaged, for all dread the trail behveen here and Last Chance "I do not, so I ride with you, sir, on the box seat," was the determined reply of the young girl. She paid her fare, and wheri the coach started, after havi1; g dinner at the agent's, mounted to the box with Harding's aid, and took her seat by the young driver, while the crowd yelled lustily as they drove off to face the clangers of the Dead Line Trail. Harding drove off with the air of one who felt his full responsibility in having the care of a young and beautiful girl, who dared risk the dangerous road he had to travel. He found that his fair companion, as soon as she left the settlement, was very beautiful, for she r e moved her veil when only having to be gazed upon by one person, and that one a very handsome young man. It did not take her very long to discover that her com panion, though driving an Overland coach, was above the average she hacl thus far met with among the Western wilds, for he was polite, well informed, and his courage was proven by what he was then doing, for Miss Seldon had been told by the agent just what trouble they had had on the line. The night relay was reached, and as there had been no expectation of ever accommodating young ladies, no pro vision had been made for them, so Harding and the stock tender yielded the cabin to the fair passenger, while they occupied a shanty near The stock-tender exerted himself to make her c0m fortable1 and to provide the best supper and breakfast his larder w o uld allow. "What a surprise they will get in Last Chance when they see her, pard. \i'l/hy, them miners will make a god dess of her, whatever that may be," said the stock-tender. "Yes, if we only get through, pard, for do you know I am more anxious now than when I am alone?" !'Why is that?" "Well, I have my reasons ; but Jet me tell you that I mean to fight on this run if we are held up," and the eyes of the young driver flashed fire. The next morning the coach started upon its way half an hour earlier than usual, and Harding pushed his horses along at a far faster pace than they were accustomed to. For some reason he seemed anxious to get by the Dead Line-as the spot where the outlaws generally held up the coaches was kn0wn-far ahead of time, and to push on into Last Chance with all speed that was possible. He found his fair charge most entertaining, and she asked him all about life in the Wild 'vVest, and he was surprised to discover how much she knew of the frontier and its characters. She spoke of army officers known to her well by name, mentioned Buffalo Bill as a hero well known in the East, and seemed anxious to glean all the information she could of the strange country into which she had ventured. At last she touched upon the cause of her coming, and her face saddened as she said : "It grieves me deeply to learn of the sad result of Mr. Brandon's wound, though I cannot but feel, as you say, that he is bodily strong, that something can be done to restore his mind. "He came hera on a mission for me, to find my father, who, I will confess to you, was driven \!\fest by pretended friends and false misrepresentations that kept .him here, as though he had been the veriest criminal hiding from justice. "But it is not so, and I J ong to find my father and re store him to his home and those who l ove him. "Have you ever heard of him here ?-his name was Andrew Seldon." "No, Miss Seldon, I never have heard the name, that I now recall. "Where was he when you last heard of him?" "Several letters came into my possession long after they were written, for I have not seen my father for seven long years, and I was a little girl then, and the last of those letters was mailed at W--. "In it he stated that he had b e en in the mining country, had been most successful, and would come home within a y ear or two. "But this letter did not come to my hands directly, and it was answered by others, his enemies and mine, and so I, upon learning the truth, and of a cruel plot again s t him and myself, got Mr. Brandon to come and look him up that he might know all. "As a dread came, upon rec e iving th e agent's l e tt e r, that harm had befall e n Mr. Brando n, I d e cid e d t o c o me at once to the West myself for I was r eare d on a pla nta tion am a good rid e r, have b e en inured to hards hips and can handle firearms when there is need for them, s o I was fitted for just such a trip as I am n o w taking; but here I am making a confidant of you, Mr. Harding, w h e n I should be keeping my own counsel." "Oh, no, I am glad to know more of you, and it may be in my power to aid you, for I will gladly do all in my power for you." "I feel that, and we will be friends; but why do you l ook so anxious ?" "Do I?" "Yes, you do." "Well, to be candid, I am anxious for your sake, not mine, for I half dread trouble on this run, and we are nearing the scene of several tragedies and which the miners call the Dead Line. "Will you not ride in the coach now?" "No, I take all chances with you and remain where I am," was the plucky reply of Celeste Seldon. CHAPTER II. MASKED FOES. The brave of Celeste Seldon pleas e d the young miner, lhough he did not wish her to rem a in up o n the box. He knew the merciless nature of the road-agents, and


1'HE BUFF /\LO BILL STORIES. 3 that if they fir ed without challenging him, she stood in as much danger as h e did of b e ing killed or wounded. So h e said: I wou ld much rathe r that you should go inside the coach, espec iall y until we pass the Dead Line." "No, I remain her e "You are determined?" "I an1." "Th en I can say no more, and I think, recognizing that I have a l ady wi th me, they will not fire upon me." "Have you much of value with you?" "I h ave considerable money in bank notes for miners at Last C hance. "Is it too bulky for me to hide?" "I think not, miss." "The n l e t me try it. A halt was made and the money was taken from its hi d in g -place. The young g irl asked: "Do you know the amount that is here?" "Yes, miss, it i s stated here,'' and he handed out a paper. "I will take the paper and the money, for I can hide it,'' and w ith this s he put it in a silk bag that she carried and faste ned it securely b e n eat h the skirt of her dress. Feeling relieved on this point, Hardiug drove on and soon after cam e in sight of the Dead Line. He h ad just come up lev e l witl! the cross that marked the fatal spot of former tragedies, and was talking to his team, which s ho wed much nervousness at passing a scene wl:ich they realized as one to dread, when loud rang out a v01ce: "Hold h ard, Harding, or you are a d ead man Not a so ul was visible am ong the rocks or in the trees, and Harding had it flash throu g h his mind to make a dash, when quickl y the h a nd of the young girl was laid upon his arm and she said, firml y : "Obey!" I must do so,'' was the low reply, for the young m a n realized that it would bring a v o lley upon them to attempt to dash through. So his foot went h a rd down upon the brake, as he pulled his hor ses up a nd th e stage came to a halt. "Make your lin es fast around the brake and hands up now came the order fr o m the un see n foe. "You must obey," said Celeste Seldon, as the driver hesitated. \i\Tith a muttered imprecation Harding obeyed, and then out from th e thicket came a h orse man His horse was enveloped in a: black blanket that gave him the appea ranc e of the s t eeds of the knights of robed out in mail for his ears, head and neck were cov ered and it fell to his knees. The cov e ring was over th e saddle, too s o that it as well as the bridle was concealed. The hors e man wore a black robe like a domino, shield ing his form completely, and his face was covered by a r ed, clo se -fitting ma sk, while a cowl covered his head. "The devil on horseback," muttered Harding, as he beheld the man and right the re he made up his mind tha t if he was the sole one who held up the coach, h e would wa tch his chance, if he could get Celeste Seldon away from his s ide, and try a him f()r mastery. But this hope died away when, as though suspecting the intention of Harding, the horseman called out: "C ome, men, and let us get to work. Silently there came out of the thicket now half-a-dozen m e n on foot, but all enveloped in black ro b es, wearing red masks and with th e ir feet clad in moccasins, while a quick glance at the hoofs of the horse ridden by the chief showed that he had muffles on, to prevent making a track. The young girl seated by the side of Harding calm l y surveyed the scene, and her sympathy seemed to be with the young driver, who, she could see, felt the situation keenly. The half-dozen men appearing at the call of their chief seemed to be well trained, for two of them went to the heads of the horses, two more to either door of the coach, and the others awaited orders. The horseman rode" close up to the side of the coach, his hand upon his revolver. "Harding, I see that you meditate resistance if oppor tunity offers, but let me warn you that you are a dead man the instant you make any attempt to escape or fire upon us. I would kill you now without the slightest hesitation, only I fear it would br. eak up the line and travel to Last Chance, and that I do not wish. "Dism ount from that box, and remember, my revo l ver covers you !" Harding obeyed in sullen silence. "Now, what freight have you on?" "I have the mails, and this lady passenger, but, low as you a re, you will not rob h e r, I hope." "The re was money sent through by 1 ou to Last Chance ." "Yo u pretend to know tbis, but I have no money for Last Chance." "I know better." "There is the coach; search it; but let me tell you, if you touch the United States mails you will have ever y soldier stationed at W--. and at Faraway on your track." I believe you are right about that, and I do not care to fight the government by robbing the mails; but the money I want." I have not got any, I told you." "I do not believe you." "Then find it." "I will." A thorough search of the coach was made, and then the driver was searched but without any money being found. I know that the sum of thirty thousand dollars was to be sent by you to the miners in L ast Chance." "You know this ?" "Ye s ." "How?" "Neve r mind, but I know it." ' "Well, you see that your spy misinformed you." As the money cannot be found it is a dead loss to me, and I hold you responsible." "All right I am." "But, as I said, if I kill you no man will be found t o take your place--" "Oh, yes, Qr.,,Dick will."


4 THE B .Uff l\LO BILL STORIES. Dr. Dick was a well-known character in Last Chance, where he was the surgeon. He was a rec k l ess man artd idolized by the rough miners there. "D-Dr. Dick-I beg pardon, miss, but he refers to one whom I hate, and some day will be av enge d upon," said the outlaw. "Well, if you kill me you will have the chance, for he will dri ve." "With even that h ope t o get even wit h him, I will not kill you, yet I must have that money o r a hostage." "Take me, then." "No, I could not re a liz e the amount on yo u "Then do without "Not I, when there is a hostage at hand." "Who?" "This l ady "Coward yo u would not dare." "Won' t I? Then see, for thaHady b e comes my pris oner until I receive that money." "What money?" "The thirty thousand you b ea t me out of to-day "How can yo u get it by taking me with you?" asked Celest e Sheldon, quiet ly. "Why, very easily, miss." "How so, may I ask?" "Harding will go on to L ast Chance and report that I have you as my prisoner, to hold until the miners pay me the Sum of-well, l'll add inter est, so call it thirty five thousand dollars." "The miners have nothing to do with me, sir; they do n ot even know me." "That does not matter, for they are a gallant l ot of men rough though they may l ook, and many of them be, so, when it' is known what I have done, they will ch i p in ?,enerously and the money will be raised very quickly." How will you get it?" a!iked Harding. "I will meet you on any day we may agree upon a t this spot, with this lady and you will come a l one, as I will, and the excha n ge of the hostage for the money will be made. "If you come with others, or attempt treachery, I swear to you I will kill the girl before you r eyes, so if you wish t o have that done, play traitor while, if you act squarely with me, all will be well. "What do you say?" "I will say, as it cannot be otherwise, I will b e your h ostage until the money is paid yo u," said Celeste Shel don, firmly. CHAPTER III. THE SACRIFICE. The plucky stand taken by Celeste Sheldon won the admiration of Harding at once. He did not und e r sta nd why s h e had been so prompt in her r ep ly so willing to at once y i eld h erself as a host age until a r ansom was received for her r elease. But she did offe r and he at once decid ed what he should do. So he said: "See here, cutthroat, I have something to say to you ." ''"Well, out wit h it but be more choice in your epithet s b estowed on me, if you wish to keep in good health." "What! don't like the name eh? Well, I call ed yo u by a n ame that denotes your calling." "vVhat h ave you to say?" "Just this, that if you will allow this young lady to ride on to Last Chance, on o ne o f my stage-hors e s for he will carry h er safely there, I will remain your hostage until Landlord Larry sends the money out to you which you demand." "As a hostage you are of no value, but the lady is." "Well, again?" "What is it? "If I pay yo u the amount yo u said was to be sent by me, will you l et the l ady go?" "vVhe n will you pay it?" "Now." 1 "Do so, and I will let the l ady go fre e "No, no, sir; you have not the money," cried Celeste to Harding. "Yes, miss; I can make it good, for altogether I have a littl e more saved up than h e demands, an d I can start over again to l ay up a fortune, you see, for I am young yet." "I will not consent to that, except that I r et urn yon the money, my kind friend for I am well able to do so, as I am by no means a poor girl. "I will rec ompense you, by paying you back my ran son1." "We will not quarl-e l on that score, miss, so give him the money," said Harding. Celeste turn ed, and raising h e r skirt, took the bag of m oney from its hiding-place. This s he handed t o Harding who threw it at the masked outlaw 's feet with the remark: "Your spy informed you correctly; there is the money; just thirty-two thousand dollars." ':Thank you," and he quietly counted the money before h e spoke again "Yes, it i s all h ere "Now, miss, had Harding rans omed you, it was your inte ntion to have repaid him, you said?" "By all means for l h ave no claim upon that brave gentleman." "You are able to pay back so large a ransom, are you?" "Had I n ot been able to pay it back, I would not have made the offer to do so." "You have not got the money with you?" "Oh, no; I am no traveling bank, nor am I a fool." "Well said; but as you are able to pay a ransom for yourself, I shall hold you a prisoner until you pay me the money I demand." An oath burst inv o luntaril y from the lips of Harding at this treachery on the part of the r oad-agent, while the young girl turned pale with momentary dread. But she said, firmly: "After rec e iving the money yo u demanded, and which I feel it m y duty to pay back, as it is really my ransom, will you be so vile, so l os t to all manhood, as to enforce your words against me?" "What more ca n you expect of one who has no char acter, who is already lost body and soul? "Oh, no; I ha ve no conscience, so do n ot appeal to me, for all I wish in the world is gold, and that I will h ave, no matter w ho the victim, what the means I have to take to g et it."


1"HE BUFF ALO BILL STORIES. "You are, indeed, lost to every human feeling." "So I said, and you are my prisoner until this man Hi!rding brings me, well, say, thirty thousand dollars' ransom money for your safe delivery to him once more. "Now, miss : I wiJJ take your baggage along, for you may need it, and you will go with me." "Where will you take me?" "To my retreat, and you will 1 be treated with respect; but money I must have. "As for you, Harding, go on to Last Chance and raise the money for this l ady's ransom. "Give it to Dr. Dick, and let him come with you in your coach on you r next run out. "Halt just here, and he wiJJ be met by one of my men with this l ady "If others come, her lif e shall be the forfeit. "\i\Then my messenger r ece ives the money, this lady shall be given into the charge of Dr. Dick. "Do you understand?" "I do, and you will understand that all of Last Chance, every man capable of carrying a gun, will be upon your trail before night." "Just Jet any one pursue me, and instead of finding me, you will discover the dead body of this young girl in the trail awaiting yo u. Rememb e r, I am not to be followed, or intimidated. Do you w1derst and now?" Harding made no reply, for he was too much over come to speak; but the small leather trunk belonging to Celeste Seldon having been taken from the coach, along with a side saddle and bridle she had brought with her, the driver cla sped her hand in farewell. As h e grasped her hand, unable himself to speak, for his emotio n at being unable to protect the girl overcame him, Celeste Seldon said: "I would like to have a word with this gentleman." She spoke to the masked chief, who' replied: "Before me, yes." "Very well, I have no secret to make known to him, so you inay hear." Then, turning to Harding, she continued : "You have b een most kind to me, sir, and I appreciate it. You have done all in your power for me, no one could do more; but l et me say to you, if you can raise the sum demanded by this-this-robber, do so, and every dollar shall be refunded to you within a few days after my return East." "The men won't ask it, miss ." "But I shall pay it. "Now, to the reason in part of my coming here." "Yes, miss." "Try to find out for me among the miners, if a man by the name of Andrew Seldon is known to any of them and if so, where he is. "I will." "Try also to do all in your power for that p oo r young man, Bernard Brandon, who, you told me, had been crazed by a bullet wound, doubtless given by this very murderer." "Yes, I shot him, and killed Dave Dockery, the driver, and a miner at the same time," was the remark of the masked road-agent, delivered with the utmost effrontery. "You seem proud of your r ed work, sir." "Yes, killing is a trade with me just now." Celeste Seldon turned from him witli disgust and hor ror, and, addressing Harding, continued: "Ask the one you spoke of as Dr. Dick to do all in his power for that poor sufferer, and he shall be well re warded for it. "When I am released I wiJJ go to Last Chance, as it was my intention and do all I can to find my father, and minister to the sufferings of poor Mr. Brandon. "Now, I thank you once more, and bid you good-by." Harding clasped her hand, dared not to trust himself to speak, but there were volumes in the look of intense hatred he cast upon the masked face of the road-agent chief. The n he mounted to the stage-box, gathered up his lines and drove away in a silence that was most expres sive. He glanced back as he came to the end of the canyon, but saw that the road-agents and their fair prisoner had already disappeared. The n th e lash descended upon the backs of the startled horses, and the team was sent along at a pace that was most dangerous, indeed. But Harding could only find vent for his pent-up feel ings by rapid and reckless and never before had the distance between the Dead Line and Last Chance been covered in the time in which he made it. Notwithstanding his delay at the Dead Line, he went thundering up tne valley half an hour ahead of time, and when he drew rein before the hotel his horses were reek ing with foam and panting like hard-run hounds. His face was white, his eyes ablaze with anger and in dignati on, and his teeth set firmly. "Great God Harding, what has happened?'' cried Landlord Larry, the proprietor of the only hotel in Last Chance, in alarm. Throwing the mail at the feet of the surprised land lord, Harding leaped to the ground, and said, hoarsely: "Come, I wish to speak to you." 1 He led the way into the office and then told the whole story. "We wiJJ mount a hundred men and go in pursuit at once ," cried Larry. "What do you forget his threat?" "What threat?" "To kiJJ the girl !" "He will not do it." "He will." "No; he dare not." "You do not know him-I do." "Well, what is to be done?" "Just what h e demands." "What! pay him?" "By all means, and save the girl!" "You are right." "But have all ready then, the momeut that she is safe, to throw five hundred mounted men on a hunt for him; h ave the entire country about the Dead Line surrounded ; and then hunt him and his men to death," savagely said Harding. "Yes; it must be done; but now t o tell the men what has happened," and Landlord Larry went out, followed by Harding, to find a large crowd of miners gathered ab out the hotel.


t"HE Btlf'f" .hLO BlLL S T ORlf:S. CHAPTER IV. THE RANSOM. Landlord Larry was considerably nonplused by what been told him by Harding, and he hardly knew how to break t h e news to the miners. Hundreds pad for the mad race of Harding's team up the valley had told them that something had gone wrong. So they had hurried in twos and by half-dozens to the hotel to hear what had happened. They were more eager to learn it all when it was told how Harding had made no report, but had led Landl .ord Larry into the office and been closeted there ith him an hour. The panting horses had been led away to the stable, the mail had been opened by Landlord Larry's clerk, and many had gotten letters. But the interest in letters was lost in the desire to learn what had happened on Harding's run in. When the two men were seen coming out of the hotel, a wild yell greeted them. Landlord Larry stepped out upon the piazza, and at once a silence fell upon the crowd, while every eye was turned upon the white face of Harding. "Men, I have bad news for you," said Landlord Larry. "The coach has been held up again, and thirty-two thousand dollars in money, given to driver Harding to bring to Last Chance, was taken. "There are some forty of you who feel this loss, hav sent your gold out to be exchanged for this money. 'But that is not the worst of it. "The mails were not disturbed, as the road-agent said that he wished no trouble with the government. "Nor is this all, for Harding had a pas senger with him on this run-a young girl." "Where is she?" came in a chorus of voices. "I ,m tell you. "There were seven road-agents, all masked, and their chief mounted. "They held the coach up at the Dead Line, and they covered Harding with their rifles, and demanded the mopey which, in some way, they knew he had. "The young lady had hidden it for him, but as she was ta be held for ransom, she gave it up, and learning that she was rich, the road-agent chief then demanded ransom from her." And, speaking slowly and distinctly, Landlord Larry went on to tell the whole story of the coach and taking of Celeste Seldon captive. The crowd was as silent as death, except for the sup pressed breathing of the men and the bronzed faces of the miners paled and flushed by turns. When at last it was told how a ransom of thirty thou sand dollars was demanded, before a word had been said that it would be paid back, a yell arose: "We'll raise it !" "Good! That is just what I knewyou would do, pards, and I will head the list with five hundred," said Landlord Larry. "Put me down for five hundred," called out Harding, and the two offers were cheered, while a stern voice called out behind the landlord : "Put me down for a thousand, Larry, for I have heard all that you have told the men." It was Dr. Dick, the physician of th e town, who was a great gambler, and known as the Gambler Gold King, who, seeing the crowd in front of the hotel, had come to the piazza by passing into the house through the rear door. Another cheer greeted the sum named by Dr: Dick, and there arose cries on all sides as men pressed forward: ''I'll give a thousand, landlord!" "Name me for fifty." "Put me on the list for a hundred!" "Twenty-five for me!" And so on were the sums named by the noble-hearted and generous fellows, even those who had lost their money by the road-agerits, subscribing, until Dr. Dick called out, for he had been keeping account: "Hold on, all The amount is already named. "Now, men, form in line, and give your names as you pass along, and the money, those who have it." It was late when the ransom list was made up, and the men had not heeded the supper gong until after they had paid their subscriptions. Then Landlord Larry packed the money away, and the crowd dispersed to their various occupations and pleas ures for the night, which may be set down as consisting principally of drinking and gambling. This question regarding the unfortunate girl who had fallen into the hands of the masked and merciless out laws being settled, the driver said to Landlord Larry and Dr. Dick, who had returned to the offic e o f the hot el: "Now, I wish to see about the poor fellow whom that young girl was coming out to see, and als o to learn about her father." "Who was her father?" asked Landlord Larry. "Her name is Celeste Seldon, and she wished me to iscertain if her father had ever been heard of in the mm es. "His name was Andrew Seldon." "Andrew Seldon?" quickly said Dr. Dick. "Yes." "I know of such a man, or rather knew of him, for he is dead now," was the response of the Gambler Gold King. A cloud passed over the face of Harding, and he re marked, sadly : "That poor girl seems doomed to have sorrow dog her steps. But you knew her father, doctor?" "Yes; I knew him long years ago, and I happen to learn of his being out here, working for a fortune in the mines, I believe." "You are sure that it is the one she seeks?" "The names are the same. The Andrew Seldon I knew was from Tennessee." "So her father, and he must be the man you refer to. But where did he die?'.' "I'll tell you what I have not made known to others. Buffalo Bill and I struck a trail to see what the end would bring to us, and the night before we came to the end, those we sought were buried by the caving in of a mine which they were working under a cliff. One of those men was Andrew Seldon, and he had a companion with him." "And they were killed?"


THE BUFF l\LO BILL STORIES. "l "Yes, buried under the cliff, that fell upon their cabin destroying all." "You must tell the story to the young gi rl for I can n ot, doctor." "I will cl<;> so, tho u g h I hate to g ive a woman pain." "Now, doctor, I wis h to ask about the one she seeks here in Last Chance." "Who i s he, Harding?" "Th e poor fellow you so devotedly cared for, but whose r easo n was destroyed by the wound h e received from the road-agents." "Ah, yes; poor fellow; his mind is irrevocably wreck ed "Where is he?" "Landlord Larry can tell you better than I for he seems to avoid my cabin since I gave him up as a patient." "He wanders about among the camps at will ; but that reminds me that I have not seen him to-day," the landlord said "Is h e the one the gi rl is coming to see?" asked Dr. Dick. "Yes, and his name is Bernard Brandon. H e came out here on a specia l mission for h er, I suppose to find her father, and not hearing from h im, s h e feared that h e had gotten into trouble, so came West h erse lf in search of him. "Well, her coming may bring back his reason though I doubt it." "Will you not question him doctor, t elli n g him about her, and see if you cannot get him to talk rati ona lly?" "Certainly, Harding; but where is he?" Landlord Larry asked his clerk about the man, but he had n o t seen him all clay, and the miners being ques tion ed, not one recalled havin g see n him s ince the day be fore In some dread that harm had befallen him, Harding then went out in sear c h of th e poor fellow. He went from miner t o miner and camp to camp in his vain search for the missing man, for not anywhere cou1d he find any one who had see n him for over tw enty-fou r hours. Becoming really alarmed, when he r ealized shock it would be to Celeste Seldon, whose hazardous and costly trip to th e \i\1 est would be utterly us e l ess, Harding went back to the h ote l to consult Dr. Dick and Landlord Larrv about giving a gene ral a larm. These a l arms were onl y given in times o f direst' rieed, for the miners were sworn to obey the call and come from ever.y camp and mine wit;Jin the c itcuit of habita t i on about Last ChaJ1ce. The alarm was given by sending a m ounted bugler to every prominent p oint in the valley, wheie. he was to sou,nd the rally three times A h alf-dozen positions thus vis-itecl. would send : the bu gle notes int o every camp of the valley, and it was the duty of all miners to at once for the place of as sembly at the h ote l and give the -_warning. to all others whom -they saw. Landlord Larry, h ea rin g the story cif Harding's fruit le ss search for the stranger, at once d ec ided to order the alarm so und ed with o ut consulting Dr. Dick, who was n ot at hi s cabin, So the bugler was called in, a11d, mounting a speedy horse, h e placed th e bugle to his lips, and l o ud, clear and rin ging r eso und ed the "rally.'" Then he dashed from point to point at the full speed of his h orse, and within half an hour from half a dozen prominent positions, the bugle call assembling the miners had rung out and men were hastening to obe y the sum mons. The bugle call sent the miners from every point has tening to the hotel and within an hour every man in Last Chance had reported the assembling point, all eager to know the cause of the alarm. Again Landlord Larry was the speaker, and he began by asking if the unfortunate stranger,whose wound had crazed him, was in the crowd. Every eye was at on .ce on the search for the man, but soon the reports cam e that Bernard Brandon was not in the crowd. Then Landlord Larry made known tha(the mysterious disappearance, at the time of Miss Seldon's capture by the road-agents, was a coincidence so strange that it needed explanatio n Miss Seldon was coming to Last Chance to find that very you n g man who had in turn come there in search of her father, and n ow, when s he was a capti.Ve to the road agents, to be given up only upon the payment o f a lar ge rans om, the stranger had m ost mysteriously disapp e ared. The name of the youn g lad y's .father was Andrew Sel don and if any miner present could tell aught regarding him, or had known such a man, th e landl ord wished him to come and tell him all that h e could about him. But it was the duty, and but justice,. for one and all of them to set out on the search for the young stranger who had disappeared from their midst, and h e wished to know if they would not take a day off ;i.nd do so, for it might be that h e had fallen and broken bis le g, and was th en lying suffering and deserving their sympathy and aid, somew h ere among th e mountains .. A perfect yell in answer to the r eq uest of Landlord Larry told him that Be rnard Brandon would be found if he was in or near Last Chance, and so it was agreed that all wou ld start at dawn the following morning, many mount ed, many on foot, and report the result, if good or bad at t h e hotel at night. So the miners' meeting broke up, and with first g ra y in the East the following morn ing, four-fifths of Last Cha nee were off, searching for the missing man As they w9re themselves out, or compl e ted the search over the circuit assigned them, the men came in and report ed at the hotel. T oward sunset the men began to come in rapidly, and each had the same story to tell, tl)at the search had been a fruitl ess one 1'.fany of the mounted men did not come in until after dark, but theirs was the same story, that no trace of the missing stranger could be found A t l ast every man who had b ee n on the search had returned, and not the slightest trace -of the missing Bran don had been discovered b y a single one who had gone out to look for him. '' No one r e m embe r ed to have seen him very lat e ly, and so his fate was t}.11solved, and the miners put it d ow n as unknown, with the belief that he had either be e n kidnaped by road-agents or had fallen into some stream, or from a cliff, and thus met his death.


THE BUFFALO BILL STO RIBS. The belief of Landlord Larry and Harding was that Bernard Brandon had been captured, for some reason, by road-agents, and this convinced them that there were spies of the outlaws then dwelling in their midst; but what the motiv:e for kidriaping the man was they could only conjecture, believing it to be ransom that they thought the miners would pay, and, if they did not, that Celeste Seldgp would. This belief of spies in their midst caused a very un pleasant and uneasy feeling among all, for hardly any man knew whether he could trust his own comrade or not. Doctor Dick can-re in late from his search and rounds to visit his patients, and listened in silence to the report that Bernard Bnwdon could not be found. He, however, would not believe that road-agents had kidnaped the crazed man, but said that he might have sprung from the cliff and taken his own life, have fallen over a precipice, or been devoured by the fierce mountain wolves that hung in packs about the camps. CHAPTER V. THE OUTLAWS' CAPTIVE. It was with a sinking heart that Celeste Seldon saw Harding drive away upon the stage, leaving her in the power of the road-agents. But she was a brave girl, and determined to show the outlaws that she did not fear them, no matter how great her dread of them was in reality. The saddle and bridle she had brought with her were carried along for a couple of miles, and placed upon a led horse, one of half a score hidden there, and the masked chief started to aid her to mount : But she said, with a sneer: "I need no assistance from you." With this, she placed her hands upon the horn and leaped lightly into the saddle. Her leather trunk was then strapped securely upon a pack-saddle, and the chief said : "Now, Miss Sefdon, that yo u and my men are mounted, we will start." She turned her horse on the trail behind him, and th e other outlaws followed, all riding in Indian file and with several pack-horses bringing up the rear. After a ride of a dozen miles, a halt was made for a rest, the chief said, and then Celeste Seldon observed tbat the hoofs of every horse were muffled, to prevent their leaving a trail. Having been left something over a couple of miles from the scene of the holding-up of the stage, it would be next to impossible for the best of trailers to discover which way the road-agents had come to the spot and left it, for the chief's muffled-hoofed horse would leave no track t o where the other animals were. Tired out and anxious, Celeste S.eldon, after eating sparingly of the food given her by the chief, sat down with her back to a tree, and, closing her eyes, dropped into a deep sleep. When she was awakened to continue the journey she fond that she had slept an hour. "We are ready to go, miss ," said the man who had appeared to be the chief's lieutenant, and whom he had called wolf, whether because it was his real name, or on account of his wolfish nature, Celeste did not know. "I am ready ," she said, simply, refreshed by her short nap. "Shall I aid you to mount, miss?" "No, I can mount without your aid, but where is youi: chief?" "He has gone on ahead, miss, to prepare for your com in?;, leaving me to escort you." 'I am content for one is as bad as the other," was the reply, and, leaping into her saddle again, she fell in behind the man Wolf, and the march was again begun Night came on, but the outlaws rode on for an hour or more, when the y halted at a small spring in a thicket of pinons. Celeste was made more comfortable in a shelter of boughs, hastily cut and thrown up, and when supper was ready she ate heartily of antelope steak, and coffee. She was rather glad to have got rid of the masked chief, of whom she stood in the greatest awe, and Wolf never spoke to her unless she addressed some remark to him. \Vhen she lay down upon the blanket-bed, spread upon fine straw, which he had made for her, she sank at once t o sleep. She had no thought of escape enter her mind, for what could she do there alone in that wild, trackless land? She would bide her time and await the result, be it what it might. She was awakened early in the morning, and the march was at once begun again, a halt being made a couple of hours after for breakfast. While it was being prepared she was allowed to wan der at will, Wolf calling her onl y when it was ready al,ld thus showing that they had not the slightest idea that she would do so foolish a thing as to escape from them to perish in the wilderness or meet death b y being attack ed by wild beasts. Vvhen the start was again made, Wolf said : "When we halt for our n oo n camp, miss, I will have to blindfold you, and bind your hands. "Ah! you consider me very dangerous, then?" she said, with a smile. "You doubtless are dangerous, miss, in more ways than one; but it is to prevent yo u seeing where we take you, that you are to be blindfolded." "Do you think I could g uide a party after you?" You hav e the nerve k> do it, miss." "But why bind my hands?" "To preve nt your removin g the bandage from your eyes, miss." I will pledge you my word that I will not do so." I believe you would keep your word, miss ; but the chief is a man who is mercile?s, and his orders were to blindfold and bind yo u, and if I disobey he would shoot me clown as though I were in realit y a wo.lf." "Perhaps not much loss, but I will submit," said Celeste, with a sigh, for she had enjoyed the scenery, and her freedom as well thus far, and now must be both blindfolded and bound.


1 THE BUFF ALO BILL STORIES. CHAPTER VI. ANDREW SELDON. Although unknown to every one, Andre\v Seldon, the I father of Celeste Seldon, was still living in the fastnesses I of the Grand Canyon of the Colorado. The landslide which had fallen upon his cabin had not touched him, as he and a comp a nion miner, Lucas Lang ley who was a partner in his mine, had escaped to an other part of the great gorge. Once, when Buffalo "Bill had tracked a band of out laws Into the canyon, Andrew Seldon had aided him, kill ing two of the outlaws, although he himself had been hidden from both parties in the fight. Buffalo Bill had never discovered who his mysterious friend was, and Andrew Seldon had made up his mind to leave the canyon for the East, taking with him the gold he had mined. The day before the one he intended to start on he had gone on a long hunting expedition. It was upon this hunting expedition that Andrew Sel don found himself belated from having pursued his game much further than he had thought. It was some miles back to camp and the stm had long since ceased to send its rays down into the depths of the mighty chasm of the Gra nd Canyon. He started back, with his game swung upon his back, and the shadows rapidly deepening about him As h e neared his old destroyed home he stopped sud denly, for across the canyon a light flashed before his gaze. "It is a firelight, as sure as I live," he muttered. "What does it-what can it mean?" He stood like one dazed by the sight for some time, and then slowly f ell from his lips the words: "It can mean but one thing-that some one has come into the canyon." After a moment more of sil ent thought, he said, almost cheerily: "Ah! it is Lucas." But again his voice changed, as he added: "No; he dreads the spot where he was so. nearly buried alive. and will n ot go them. \ N h oeve r it is, he is a stranger. "I mus' : know, for if they have come here to remain if the y are our foes, we will be forewarned and hence forearmed. "I will at once so lve the mystery, for I had hoped never to behold a human face h e re other than Lucas Langley 's and my own," and the gold-hunter walked away in the direction of th e fireli g ht which had so startled him. Andrew Seldon went cautiously on his way toward the strange light which had attracted his attention. He knew well the danger. if he was discovered, and the builders of the campfjre proved to be foes He knew the locality well, and that he could approach within a hundred yards of the fire, and discover just what there was to be seen. A rriving within an eighth of a mile of the spot, he halted, laid aside his game and rifle, and then moved from r ock to rock tree to tree, armed only with his revolvers. He now saw that there were three fires, two near to gether and one a couple of hundred feet apart and off to itself. The scene of the camp was a small canyon near his old home, and on the trail leading to it. There was gold in the canyon, for he had discover ed it there, and taken some away, while he had marked it as his claim, it having been alread y staked as one of the finds and claims of the real Andrew Seldon. In truth, there were a dozen such claims in the Grand Ca1won found by Andrew Seldon, all of them pa ying finds. Having reached a point within a hundr. ed yards of the campfires, Andrew Seldon leaned over a rock and began to survey the scene. The three fires were burning brightly, and beyond the light fell upon a number of horses corraled in the canyon, where there was grass and water. There were brush shelte r s near, three in number, and about the fires in front of them were gathered a number 0 men. Counting them ; Andrew Seldon found that there were eight in sight. There appeared to be no guard kept, and the camp was certainly not a very new one, apparently having been made there several weeks before. Emboldened by hi s discovery, the gold-hunter crept nearer and nearer, and then could see that the men were all masked. This struck him as being a very remarkable circum stance, indeed. They were clad like miners, some of them wear.ing beads that came below their masks, and all were armed thoroughly. They were eating their supper as Andrew Seldon looked at them. Gaining a point of observation still neater, the gold hqnter obtained a view of the campfire apart from the others. A comfortable little cabin was just behind the fire, and a rustic b enc h had been made near it. A blanket hung over the door of the tiny cabin, and about the fire was the evidence of a supper recently eaten, for a cup, tin plate and knives, with the remains of a meal, were 1pon a rock that served as a table. Upon the rustic seat sat one whose presence there was a great surprise to Andrew Seldon. "By Heaven! it is a woman!" he almost cried aloud, in his amazement. The n he determined to get a still nearer view, and, after surveying the position, he decided that he could do so by passing around to the edge of the cliff and creep ing along it to a point not sixty feet away. As he, after very cautious work, reached the point he some forty feet from the one at the campfire, gaz ing upon her, he muttered to himself : "It is a young and beautiful girl, and why is she here with those strange men? "Who is she, and what is this mystery.? "I must solve it." He noted that the single fire was just around a bend of the canyon, and t hat the men wer-e camped below her. "This l ooks as though she was a prisoner. "But how did the y find this spot, and how dare they venture down that dangerous trail ? "Well, I did it, Lucas Langley also, and Buffalo Bill


..... -' 10 THE BUFF ALO BILL STORIES. an d t h e comrade with him w e r e two m o re to mak e the v entu re, s o wh y not these m en? 'B ut why are they m a s k e d and w h a t d o e s it m ean thc.t th e y have that y oung girl in their mids t ? B eyo nd d o ubt, sh e is a captive, and yet I dare not communicat e with h e r "It w o uld b etray m y presenc e and I would Jose all, perh a p s my life. "The y d o n o t know of m y prese nce h e re in the Grand Can yo n and they will hardl y find our camp, at l e ast a s l o n g as the y find gold wh e re th ey are W ell, I w ill r eturn t o m y h o me and t ell Lang le y of my stra nge di s c ov er y Afte r so musing, and gazing the while at the young girl, An d r e w S e ldon was about to leave his p os iti o n, wh ei;i he saw ahorseman ride into the lower camp. Hts horse s e emed to have be e n hard ridd e n for he cam e in with l o wered h e ad and that the n ew c o :n e r was in authorit y th e re was _sho,; n b y the m e n ri s in g as a p pro a ch e d the fire, w h1le one of them t oo k care of his hors e ..,.. I wil( see what this arrival m e ans," mutte r e d Andrew S e ld on, and h e k e pt his position amon g the rocks. The man who had rid d e n into camp gave s om e orde r which Andre w Seld o n c o uld n o t h ear, a nd on e of about the campfire at once s e t ab out preparing supp e r for him The r e w a s u po n his fac e a r e d mask mu c h as th e othe rs w o r e but h e was dres se d in s o mewhat b et t e r s t y l e than they,_ wearin g c a valry boots inst ead of h e a v y on es, s uch a s hi s m e n had on, while his b o d y dre s s was a v e lv e t jack e t. h a t was a slou c h, en circl e d b y a silv e r cord repre s entmg a snake, as the g old-hun te r dis c c vered wh e n he afte rw ard got a clos e r vi e w of him H e t a lk e d t o his m e n for a f e w m in u t es but what he said the gold-hunter was unable to h e ar. The n he walked away, coming in the dir e ction of the oth e r fire. "Now, I can know what this m e ans, mutte r e d Andrew S e ld o n ea ge rl y The youn g girl had certainly seen the man arrive in ca m p but s h e nad sh o wn no int e r e st apparentl y in his comm g, and n o w as h e a p p ro ach ed, she calml y r e main e d se a t ed; h e r e ye s how e ver, foll o win g bis m o vem e nts. As he dre w n ear, h e p o lit e ly rais e d his sombrero, and said: I h ope I find M i s s S e ldon w e ll?'' "Seldon! Sh e b ears my name," mutter e d the gold hunte r, in int e nse surpris e M iss Seld o n is as well as c o uld be e xpect e d under th e ex i st in g circumstanc es, o f b e in g th e ca ptiv e o f a ban d o f cutthr o ats ," was the cutt in g r ep ly, a nd A ndrew S e ld o n who h earc;l all, o p e ned wid e hi s eyes . Y o u are harsh in y our t e rm s, M i s s S e ld o n " A r e yo u n o t ro ad age n ts, rob b e r s an d murdere rs, a nd are yo u n o t h o ldin g m e h e r e fo r ransom afte r h a vin g robb e d m e o t a large s um in m y keeping?" Y e s such is the cas e "The n w h y winc e und e r the na me ,,,of cutthroat ? But yo u 1ave b e en awa y for some day s?" I h a ve. " Y o u hav e seen your chief?" I h a ve i i "And wh a t m essage d oes h e sen d?" "( "You a r e t o go w it h m e a t d a wn t o th e r e n dezvo us o n t h e Overla nd Trail, w h e r e yo u a r e to b e giyen ove r a t o t h e c n e sent by th e min e r s o f Last Cl ) a'nce to pay yo.ur ransom." [i ." I am g lad o f this, but w ill your chi e f keep fait h o r w ill h e play t h e tra ito r for a t hir d t ime, and escape g iv -l in g m e up thro u g h some trick?" 1 "No ; for ir h e did h e w o u l d sure l y b e run d ow n a s he. kn ow s b y the min e rs, eve n i f your life was the forfei t." I h o p e may p rove true tha t I am to be ran somed and I will b e r eady t o go with you; but w h e r e i s your chi e f ? " H e is in th e ot h e r camp. "The n h e has two?" "Yes." Am I t o b e b l indfold e d and b ound again ,\rh e n y ou are t a kin g m e fr o m h e re?" Su c h are his orde rs M iss S e ld o n ." H e f ea r s th a t I a young gi rl m ay l ead a for ce u po n his secr e t r etre at ? "Th a t i s jus t what h e f ears, M i ss Sel do n " I only w i s h I was ab l e t o do so _"Miss Se l don, m ay I s p ea k a w9 r d t o yo u?" sudde nl y sa id t h e masked o utl a w draw in g n ea r ' I b elieve the r e i s no mo r e to say, for I will be r eady at t h e h our yo u desire t o s t a rt. "The r e i s m6 r e t o say, an d say it I w i ll. I w ist t o t ell y o u th a t I h ave b ee n a very wicked m a n th at I we nt to th e b a d w h en hardl y out of my teens. b roke my moth e r s h ea rt by my evil life, and ruined my fat h e r fina n c i ally, drivin g him to sui c i de in h is d e spa ir. I ca me V v est and t ri e d t o r e d ee m the past b y becoming an h o n e st min e r ; b ut lu c k w en t aga i nst me, a n d I at l ast turn e d o nce mor e t o evil and fou nd a ba n d of outl aws Mo ney cam e to m e in pl e nty, a nd a t l as t I drifted i 1to th e band th a t our chie f co mm a n ds, and, as you know I am hi s lie ut e n a nt. H e found thi s m i ne, a n d sent us t o it, a n d h ave our r et r eat h e r e a l so. M u c h gold is c om11ig t o u s throu g h our wo r k, and, a l so by our h o l d in g up th e c oac hes c m th e Las t C h ance t r ai l for h e posts u s wh e r e t o b e o n h a ncl for an a t tac k, as we have w h at w e c a ll t h e post office h a lfw ay b e t wee n our cam p and h is \ V h e n h e m a d e yo u a I f e lt for you, a nd as I w as the o n e t o h o ld yo u ca pti ve a n d brin g yo u h ere, 1 g r ew mo r e and m o r e fon d of yo u un til n ow I m u s t I will t ell yo u that I l ove you with my w h o l e h eart a;1d soul C e l e st e Se l do n. The Y?un g girl h ad n o t du rin g t ini'e t hat th e o utl a w lie ut e n a nt was b ut now w h en he pro claim ed his l o v e for h e r s h e arose, d r ew h e r se l f u p a n d s aid, hau g htil y : A nd I Ce lest e Seldo n ab h o r s u c h l ove as yo u a n outl a w wo uld feel for me, a nd comma nd yo u n ot again to s p e ak o n e w o r d to me w hil e I am i n th e h atefu l a t m osp h e r e o f your prese nc e as your p r iso n er." "Ce l este Se ld o n I It w as h e r name-mv daugh ter' s name-and -yet t h e J e tt e r S a id t h a t s h e was . I s thi s a c o incjd e n ce, o r i s s h e alive?" S o m1:sed Se l don, as h e crouc h ed among t h e r<;icks his eye s nvete.d u po n th e g i r l not fifty feet from him an d who s o t o l d l y fa ce d th e o utl aw officer who had dare d br ea the to h e r a w o rd cif l ov e : H e h ad ncit s ee n he r


THE. BUFFALO BILL 11 face since she was an infant, and yet he imagined he could recognize the face of his daughter. The outlaw stood abashed at the manner in which his vowal of love had been received. There was no anger in his look, and he seemed hurt rather than offended. After Ce leste Seldon's indignant response to him, he half turned away, as though to r e tire in silence, but the'n recon sidere d hi s detennination, and said, in a low tone, full of feeling : "Pard o n me, for I did wrong to think for a moment that an angel would look kindly upon a devil. I loved yo u and' I could not but tell you of it, for / you had decided me as to my own course; you had made me see my evil lif e as it is in all its enormity, and decide to make another struggle to go back to honor and truth." "This at least you deserve cTedit for, and I trust you may carry out your resolve, for in that you shall have my full sympathy." "Thank yo u, Miss Seldon; but I have wmething more to say to you. " \Vell sir?" "You are to be given up by the chief on th e payment of your ransom?" "Yes." I wish I could preve nt this robbery, but I cannot, as it is simply beyond my power to do so." I do n ot ask it o yo u." "Granted; but your being returned will not end it all." "How do you mean ?" "You came here for an avowed purpose, as I under stand it?" 1 I did, Mr. Wolf." "That purpo se was to find one who had come West on a special mission ?" "Granted again." "His mission was to find your fath e r, Andrew Seldon." The list e ner, crouching among the rocks, started at this, and set his teeth hard, while he awaited the repl y of the young girl. "Yes; he came to find my father Andrew Seldon, who, I had reas o n to b e lieve, was in the mining country about here." "You have not heard of the young man who came at your bidding? "Let me say that he came of his own accord know ing that a great wrong had been done m y father, by one whom he believed his dearest friend. H e came to find him and tell him all the sad truth; but why am I telling you all this? "Beca use you kn ow that I am interested, that I can aid yo u. "Can you?" was the eager reply. I can." "Do so and--" "And I will reward you-generowily." I seek n o reward, ask for none, would not accept any pay at your hand s, other than to earn your good opinion and g ratitud e "Well, s ir?" said Celeste Seldon, coolly. "Have yo u found vour father?" "I o; I regret to say I have not; but I was interrupted in my search by being ca ptured by your robber chief."-. "Do you know what became of the young man who came West in search of him?" "I had a letter mailed at W--from him, stating that he had heard of people at Last Chance who might tell him of my father, and tbat he was going there, and would at once communicate with me "I had no other letter, and my communications re mained unanswered even my telegrams wired to Santa Fe and mailed th e re brought no response. "Then I decided to come out here myself, and I acted promptly." "And yo u have not found the one you seek?" "I have discovered that the coach in which he left W--was held up by your band, that he was wounded, and that th o ugh he was placed under the care of one known as Dr. Dick, and reall y a fine surgeon, though his life was saved, his reason was gone, and now he is wandering about the mines of Last Chance, a harmless lunatic." "He was, until lately." "\tVhat do you mean?" I mean that he was kidnaped several days ago." "Kidnaped ?" "Yes, Miss Seldon." "For what purpose?" "Ransom." "By whom? "My chief." "Ah! but what ransom can he get from him?" "I believe you told the chief that you were rich, and this poor fellow is your messenger." "I think I understand." "Yes, you will be returned, and then negotiations will be entered into for your messenger's ransom." "Ah! I am to be still further robbed?" said Celeste', with a sneer. "Yes, and that 1s not the end," came the significan t reply. CHAPTER VII. THE THIRD DEMAND. There was something in the response of the outlaw officer that impressed the young girl most strangely What more could there be in store for her, than she had already passed through, which caused him to say that the end was not yet ? The listener am ong the rocks kept his eyes riveted upon the two, his ears turned to catch every word they uttered. He now knew that the letter he had received, telling him, as Andrew Seldon, that Celeste-; the daughter, was dead, was false, and a fraud perpetrated for some reason upon him. "You say that the ransom of Bernard Brandon will not be the end?" asked Celeste, after a moment of medita tion. ''It will not." "What else can there be?" "A great deal." "What do yo u mean?" "There will be a third demand." "How?" "Upon you."


12 THE BUFFALO BILL STORlr.5. "For what?" "Go ld. "By whom?" "The chief." "What will the demand be for?" "I'll t ell you the truth, as I happen to know it or rathe r s uspect it, from what I d o know, have seen and heard." "I hope that yo u will act squarely w ith me, M r. Wolf." "Upon my life, I will, and, thou g h I cannot help yo u no w, must eve n ap p ea r to be your foe in the e nd I will hel p you and prove to be your friend." I h ope so ." "You ask what this third demand will be?" "Yes. "Will you ransom Bernard Brandon?" "Where is he?" "A fu g iti ve ." "Where?" "He will b e in this camp to-morrow." "Ah then I will see him?" "No; h e will not arrive until after your departure." "I will await his coming." "That cannot be, for I h ave orders to start w ith y ou to be ransomed, a nd yo u are not supposed to know that h e has been captureJ." "But yo u have told m e so." "It was a confidential communication, and if you b et ray me I can r e nd e r yo u no further service, for my useful n ess will be gone; in fact, I would be put to death." "I will not betray you ." "Thank yo 'u; but l e t me say that Brandon will be brought here, for two men n ow hav e him in charge, and are on t h e trail here." "Yes." "You will be rans omed, and the n go t o L ast Chance. There you will l earn of Brandon's mysterious disap pearance, and a ran som will soon after be demanded of him ." "Yes." "You will pay it?" "Of course, I will." "What is it?" comes the third trial." "You will be captured!" "Ah!" "It is true ." "By whom?" "The masked chief o f the Cloven Hoofs of the Gran d Canyon of the Colorado." "He will st ill hunt me down?" "He will." "Being forewa rn ed is being forearmed." "Not in this case. "Why so?" "He works in a most mysterious way, and do all you .,1ay, you will be captured by him." "And another ransom demand e d ?" "Yes." And so he will continue to rob me of my gold "fo this case the ran so m will n o t be of gold." I do not understand." "The ransom d emande d will be your hand in mar ri age Celeste uttered a cry of alarm, and started back wit!: a l ook of horror upon her b eautifu l face. She stood for a momen t in si l ence, and then asked : th "Do yo u mean that h e will make this demand upon m e?" l a I mean that the demand will be made upon you by one who will enforce it.' h" '"Who?" n-"That I cannot tell y o u, more I cannot say to y ou yet I will relieve your anxiety by sa y ing that I will pro ld) tect yo u cost whose life it may "You?" P "Yes, i f you are again captu red; though if I can pre r vent it, I will." "But if I am?" "It will end there, for then I will prove m y r e forma tion; I will protect you, and that poor fellow for whom yo u will have to pay ransom. "Wh en I do, I believe I will be able to return your gold, paid in ransom, to you agaii1 . "But, whethe r I do or not, you will g o your way free, and Brando n a l so and I will prove that y ou hav e r e fonned me, that my l oving you has made me a differen t man. T ow, I cannot, will not say more; but r e m e mb e r that throu g h all I will secretly be your fri e nd though op enly appearing as you r guard and enemy ." I thank you, and I will trust you," and, stepping for ward, Cel este Se l don held forth h e r hand. The man put forth his own as thoug h to grasp it, then hesitat ed, and said : "No; I will prove my reformati o n m y fri e nd s hip be fore I touch you with my crime-stain e d hand. I will call you at an ea rl y hour, and, turning ab ruptly, the outlaw l over of C e lest e S e ldon walked away. Resuming her seat, the yo ung girl became lost in thought, while Andrew Seldon, after gazing at h e r for a f ew moments in sile nce turne d away fro m his hiding place and crept cautiously back t o where he had l e ft his game and rifle. H e knew that his comrad e would be most anx10us about him, yet he determined to remain there for the ni ght, and see the departure in the morning. He would then know just h ow many outlaws went wit h Cel este Seldon as a gua rd, and h ow many remained. So h e made himself as c omfortable as possible and sank to sleep. He awoke an hour before dawn, and saw the campfires burning brightly. Cre eping to the saf est point o f observati o n fro m whic h he could retreat unseen after dayli g ht should an y of the outlaws r ema in in their camp, he wait e d for d e v e lop ments. He had not l ong to wait b e fore he saw a party ap pro aching 011 h orseback . There was one in the lead, and, as h e cam e within a few ya rd s of where h e fay, Andrew Seldon reco g niz e d the out la w office r Wolf. He h e ld a l ariat in his hand that was attached to the bit of the horse following, and up o n which was mounted Celeste S e ldon. In the dim g ray of e arl y dawn S e ld o n sa w that th e eyes of Ce l este were blindfolded, and h e r hands rested in her lap as though b o und.


l'HE BUFFALO BILL STORIES. 13 Behind her came in s in g l e file five o utl aws, and l j ke their leader, t h ey were masked. B rin g ing up the rear were a couple of pack-horses well laden The party passed on and then Andrew Seldon turned his attent i on to the outl a w cam p in which severa l of the men had been l eft. Having discov e red this, S e ld o n then crept cautiously back, picked up his rifle and game and started off at a double -qui ck for hi s own camp, anxious to r e liev e his pard s anx i ety regarding him, and to t ell him all that he had discovered. A man of great endura nce, he made a rapid run to his home, and did not fee l it in th e l east He found Lucas Langl ey just starting off o n a search for him, and the welcome he r eceived was a sincere one. "Ho w glad I am t o see you, Pard Seldon "Sur e l y y o u were not lost?" he sa id. No, ind eed; but have yo u any breakfast, for I am as rav e nous as a wolf, as I went without dinner and supp e r yes t e rday, .and did not delay to cook anything this m o rning." "Yo u s hall have somet hin g in a iew minutes, so wash up and I ')l ge t it for you." "An d th e n we mu s t have a talk," said Seldon, as h e w e nt clown t o ward th e litt l e st r eam for a r efresh in g plun ge bath. "He ha s had an adv e nt ure of some kind, I am sure," m u ttere d Lu c as L a ngl ey, as h e threw a fine steak upon th e coa l s a nd put some fresh coffee in the pot. A n dre w S eldo n 's bath greatl y r efreshed him and he a t e his br e akfa s t qui e tly, afte r which he said: We'll n o t g o go ld-hunting t o-clay, pare\, for I h ave some thin g t o t ell you. "I fee l that you have seen some one in the Gran4 C a nyon." Yo u are ri ght; I have." A r e they h e r e t o stay?" "Yes; the y think so." \.Yh o are th ey?" "They are mas ked m e n o utlaws b e l onging, I feel su re, to th e ro adage nt band I hea.rcl of when at W--." Th ey g o ma s ked in camp?" "They do "I-Iovv many?" "Th ere are I think, n e arl y a dozen of them." T ell me of th e m and wh e re they are." "They a re ca mp e d in the blu e cliff canyon near our old h o me, and a r e workin g the min e we marked as Numbe r Two o n our m ap." ''Th e y a re h e re for go l d th en?" "Yes ; go ld-diggers in th e ir idle moments, and at othe r t i mes r o adage nts making th e ir r e treat here w h ere t h ey de e m th e m sel v e s safe. 'Th ev d i d n o t see y o u ? " J\'o, indeed; but I go t wit hin fift y fee t of one of thei r campfires, a nd wh e re h eld a c a ptive." Ah! a pri so n e r ? " Yes " Di d vou know him?" "It w as a y o ung g irl." "The d ev i ls "Tha t i s wh a t thev are, inde ed; but l et me tell yo u j u s t wh a t I discov e red, overheard and saw." Then Andrew Seldon told the story as the r eader is acquaint ed with it and in Lucas Langley he found a most ready listener "Oh, that we c ou ld rescue that young girl!" said Lucas Langle y when he had heard all. "To make the attempt would be but to meet with sig nal failure now, Lucas ." I fear so ." "Still, I will see that they are not left long to carry on their work of deviltry." "I am with yo u, h eart and soul." I know tha t well, pard. "But they will return the girl for the ransom d ema nd ed and the n they will get th e amount they cl aim for the young man th ey spoke of." "Yes "This will take some days, and in that time I shall act." "You?" "Yes, th ey will la y their plans to kidnap the girl from L ast Chance, to carry out this scheme of the chief to have his third demand come in and right there I shall thwart them." "But h ow can yo u?" "I will start to-night for Fort Faraway. "Will you go there?" "Yes." "You told me that there were r easons why yo u would not go anywhe r e among those who mig ht r ecognize yo u." "It is different n ow, and necessity demands that I take the ris k. "I have changed greatly, for my long hair and beard, my glasse s and other ch anges compl e telv disguise me from what I was, and so I will go to Fort Faraway." "For what purpos e?" "I wish to see Buffa l o B ill and place these facts b e fore him for we can tell him where t o find the out la ws secret retreat, and I believe that m y daughter and the young man can be saved, and every member of the r obbe r gang captured "It would be a g r and thing for you to do." "Yes; it is just what 1 wish to do, to render some valuable s e rvice to the gove rnm e nt. "When shall we star t?" "I will s tart to-night, but you, pard, must remain h ere in possession of our mines." "As y ou wish, pard; but will yo u be gone long?" Not a day l onge r than is panl." "\i\T ell, success go with you," was Lucas Langley's re s ponse, and th e tw o men b egan to make preparations for the start of the o n e with information o f where th e retrea t of the outlaw band could be found Andre w Seld o n did not care to take a packh orse, fear h e w ishe d to make all the time possible, and when the s un w e nt down h e was ready for the trail, and, with Luc a s Lan g l e y accompanying him he started down the can y on to steal b y the robbers camp Well suppli e d with food and amm uniti on, having plenty of blank e t s along for the nights were cold, and mounted u;)Qn the best one t their h ors es, {\.ndrew Se ld o n felt r e ady to cope with w h atever h e mitS"ht h ave to enco unter in th e wa y o f hards hip s and clangers. 1\1 ufAers had been prepared for the hoofs of hi s h o rse, that h e mig ht leave 110 trail, and make no sound in p.ass iriz the ro bbe r camp, whi l e a muzzle was carriw :or the


\ 14 THE B UFF l\LO B ILL STORIES. nose of the anima l to prevent his neighing and thus be traying his presence to foes. After crossing the narrow ridge, the muffiers and muz zle were tied on and the two men stole along, leading the horse, until they came in sight of the campfires. But two were burning now, and about them only a few men were visible. The two men slipped b y unseen with their horse, some eighth of a mile distant from the camp, and having seen his pard in safety, Lucas Langl ey bade him farewell, with mapy good wishes for his succ ess, and started upon his return: Mounting then, Andrew Seldon set off on his lonely and perilous mission. He ascended the hazardous trail, stripped his h orse of his trappings upon reaching the deadly cliff which he had to pass around, and got safe l y by with the animal. Then he brought his sadd l e and trappings arou n d, led the horse to the top o f the canyon rim, and, mounting, set off for Fort Faraway. By rapid riding, he reached the deserted camp soon after midnig h t, and, dismounting, prepared to go into camp There was the best of water and grass there, and to be mercifu l to his h orse, Andrew Seldon did not allow his own feelings to cause him to camp elsewhere, when the animal would be the sufferer. Having watered his horse and staked him out to feed, he sat down on a log near th-e wicky-up and ate his cold qu i etly. CHAPTER VIII. TO WELCOME THE FAIR GUEST. The miners of Last Chance were too much excited over t h e e xpected ransom of Celeste Se l don ai:d the thought o f soon hav ing a young and beautifu l girl in the mining camps t o devote themse l ves to steady work, after the situation was known to them Then, too they were greatly disturbed at the mysteri ous disappearance of Bernard Brandon, the young man whose mind had been destroyed by his wound, and which they co u ld not comprehend for not the slightest trace had been found of h im with all their searching. T h e fact that they had been robbed, and also Celeste Se ld on, was another disturbing element, and so it was t hat litt l e work was done in the mines during the time follow ing Harding' s arrival and making known the story, and t h e day set for Dr. Dick to go out with the ran som money for the young girl whom they all so longed to welcome in their frontier home. J...andlord Larry had set the example of having things sp r uce d up for h er coming, and the miners had quick l y followe d his e xample, having put their cabins in better condi t ion A c ab in w h ich the l andlo r d was having built for his own espec i al use apart from t h e hotel, was hastened to comp letio11, and then the very best th e h o tel could s upply w a s put in it as furni t ure, and to make it attractive t o the fair visitor, who was to be regarded as the guest of Last Chance. At l ast the eventfu l day arrived for the ransom to be paid, a nd the miners had all tak e n a peep into the quarters o f Ce l este Se l don to see how attractive it was. Dr. Dick had furni s hed a number of things to make the cabin attractive and the miners that had any pretty robes, or souvenirs, did likewi se until i t would have been a callous heart indeed that would n ot be touched by their devotion to one whom th ey had n eve r seen The question of an attempt to capture the road-agents had been fully discussed, but dismissed upon the advice of Landlord Larry, Dr. Dick and Harding, who r ep resented th e danger that the young gi rl would be in at the hands of the m e rcil ess masked chief. That Dr. Dick was the right man to send out with the ransom all felt assured, for if there was any trickery on the part of the road-ag e nts, he was the one to meet it. Dr. Dick had even offered to go out up o n horseback alone, but it was thought best that the coach should be se nt for the visitor and Harding s hould drive, he having met her. The miners, however, arranged to m eet her with a dele gation at the ent r ance to the valley, and escort her to the hote l when all not of the escort should r eceive her with shouts of welcome. Every man was to be dressed in his best and in hon o r of the occasion the saloons were to be all closed, so that no one wou l d get off his base, and s hock her. When at last the day arrived, Harding mounted his box and gathered up his reins, Dr. Dick following to a sea t by hi s side a moment after. The bag containing the gold to be paid in ransom was placed between th e ir feet, Landlord Larry gave the word to go, and the coach rolled away at a rapid pace, followed by the wildest cheering. The doctor was fixed up in his most magnificent attire, his jewels shone with more than accustomed lust e r and there was an expression upon his fac e that boded no good for the road-agents if they nieant treach e r y in their deal ings. Harding was also rigged out in his finest, and wore a please d look at the prospect of m eeting Celeste again, upon whom he considered that he h eld a special claim and ye t und e rlying all was an anxiety that some hitch might occur in gaining her release that would destroy all pros pect of seeing h e r The coach had be e n cleaned up to look its b es t, and a United States flag floated from a staff fast e n ed upon the rear. The harnesses had been burnished up to lo ok their best, and r ed white and blue streamers had be en attache d to the bridles, so that the whole outfit presented a ve r y gorgeous appearance, and one intended to impress the be holder with the grandeur o1 the occasion. And so it was that Dr. Dick went out with the ran som for Celeste Seldon with Harding proud at holding the reins over the picked team that would take her back to Last Chance. "Well, Dr. Dick, what do you think of our chances?" asked Harding, when the coach had turned out of the valley and was fairly started upon the trail to the meeting with the masked road-agent chief. "How do you mean our chances, Harding?" "To get the young lady?" "You were the one to make the terms." "True, and I fear treach e ry." "What chance is there for it?" "We have the money." ..


THE B U FF AL O BI L L S TO R IES. "Yes." "We are but two." "Very true." "They have the captive." "Yes." "And they can bring many against us." "Also very true Harding." "Now, if the chief means treachery, and has his men th e re, he can hold us up get the ransom money, still keep poss e ssion of the g irl a nd there it is." "He might do so; but I hardly believe we need submit to even half-a-dozen o utlaws, where so much is at stake." "I'm with yo11. Doc, in whatever you say or do." "I know that, Pard Hardi11g; but there is another way to l ook at this affa ir." "How is that?" "If those r oad-age nts were treach e rous, as you seem to fear it would end in their utter annihilation." "How so, Doc?" "Why, t h e miners would send the alarm to W--and to Fort Faraway, and we would have that splendid fel l ow, B u ffa l o Bill, l eading a column of soldiers on th e hunt for them from o n e point, another force would push out from \V--, and a couple of hundred min e rs from Last Chance, and eve r y ou tl aw in this part of the country w ould be caught and hanged." "I believe yo u are right, D oc ." I h ad n o t thou ght of the result of trea c hery on their p a rt, for they would get th e worst of it; no, I guess all will go well." "I think so, and h ope so sinc ere ly, answered Dr. Dick, and the coach rolled on in silence for some time, when Harding asked: "vVha t do you think of Brandon's disappearance, doc tor?" "I hardly know what t o think, unl ess h e has fallen from some precipice and killed hims elf "I guess that is it; but n ow let me give you a warning, Doc." "Of what?" "That young g irl." "\i\' h a t hav e I to fear, pard ?" "If yo u d on' t fall in l ove with h e r you are a 4ifferent man fr om w h a t I take you to be." "You hav e been caught, I see." "Yes, I'm gone, cle an gone; but I guess that is all the good it will do me, for I suppose her lover is that poor f ellow Brandon." "You on l y t hink her lovely just becaus e she is the only wom a n yo u hav e seen on the frontier. She is doubtless as ugly as an old maid." "Just wait and see her, and t h en say which of us i s wrong," said Harding, with a confident smile. As t h e coach turne d around a cliff neith e r Dr. Dick or Harding saw t h at there was a man standing among t h e pi11011s watching them. He had, from his position, been able to see the coac h a mil e away, as it wound along the vall ey and he had watched it as it approached with seemingly the deepest interest. H e s tood erect, like a soldier on duty, one .hand resting upon a repeatin g rifle, the other grasping a field glass, which he had occasionally raised to his eyes and viewed the coming stage. He stood like a sentinel, and had been there for an hour or more before the coach rolled into view A glance w as sufficient to show that the silent sentinel on the cliff was none other than Buffa l o Bill, th e chi e f of scouts He was dresse d as was his wont, and back from the cliff a couple of hundred yards, grazing upon th!'! ridge, was his h orse But, strai1ges t of all, the scout sentinel did not hail the coach, did not make his presence known, but allowed it to roll by, him se lf unseen, as though he wished to keep the fact of hi s being th ere a secret, even from Dr. Dick and Harding, his ally and spy. As the co ac h drew near the r endezvous, appointed hy the masked road-agef!t chi e f at the Dead Line, Harding breat h e d hard with suppressed emotion. He had r ea lly fallen in l ove with tne beautifu l girl whom he fel t he was in a manner t h e protector of, and h J was most anxious as to the resu lt. Aside from his regard for Celeste Seldon, her unpro tect ed conditi o n wou,ld have won his deepest sympathy under any circumstances Dr. Dick on the other hand, was calm and silent. He had th e mon ey demanded, and he h ad come to do his duty but was pre pared to face all emergencies that might arise. At last the scene of the tragedies came in view the cro ss e rect e d at the Dead Line was j ost before them, and the n Harding grasped t h e reins expecting a summons to halt. No one was visible in the pass, but that was no sign that th e re was no one there, as Harding and Dr. Dick w ell knew. Jus t as the l ea ders reached the cross a voice called out: "Halt!" Hard went the foot of the drive r upon the brake, and his h a nds pull e d the team to a sudden stop Dr. Dick instinctively dropped his hand upon h is rev o lv e r, but r e m ove d it instantly and calmly awaited the issu e The coach having halt ed, the same voice called o ut : "Is th e re any one ins i de the coach?" "No one;'' answered Harding. "If you lie to me, Harding, your life will be the forfeit." "All right, so be it, sir; but Dr. Dick and I are all that came." "Who is following you ?" "No o n e ." "Did non e of the miners come out from Last Chance?" "Not one." "You are sure?" "I am." "If w e are a ttacked, both you and Dr. Dick sha11 die, a n d if the force is l arge enough to press me hard, I shall kill the girl." "You need ha ye no fear of an attack; but I on l y wis h we dared make the attempt, for I would like to see every one of you hanged." A laugh greeted this remark of tht; driver o nc e again th e un see n road agent called out: "Did you bring' the gold?" "Did you bring the young lady?" "Answer my question, Barding." "You answ e r mine."


THE BU ff ALO BILL STORIES. I will reply \yhen I have had an answ er." "If you brought the y oung lady, as y ou pledged y our self to do, y ou can g e f the ransom m o ney; but if y ou d id not, you will have to fight to get it." "That is our trade; but the young lady is here. ''Then get her out of your vil e c o mpany as quickl y as possible. "Where's th e m o ney?" Before Harding c o uld repl y Dr. Dick s aid ste rnl y : "A truce to this nonsensical parle y ing. I have tr;:! money and will pay it over wh e n the young lad y i s given into my charge: but not b e fore. "Where i s she?" The r o ad-ag ent se e m e d impress e d b y the s tern w o rd s o f Dr. Dick and respond e d : I will go and fetch her, while yo u turn your c o a c h around ." This Harding at once did and coming to a halt again Dr. Dick g o t d ow n from the b ox, a nd the bag o f go ld was handed to him by Harding. There was a wait of a few minu t e s, and the n out fro m among the pines in the pa s s came a m a n follo w e d b y C e leste Seldon, a few feet behind him. As she appro ached the s p o t s he wave d h e r hand t o Harding, and s aid, pleasantl y : "We meet again, m y go od fri e nd. "And might y glad am I that w e do miss. Permit m e to introduc e t o yo u th e b os s man of L as t Chance, Dr. Dick and he i s h e r e with th e mon ey to pa y your ransom. Dr. Dick doffed his so mbr e ro, bow e d l ow, and the n stepped forward as C e lest e h e ld out h e r hand to him and said in his courtly way: "I am happy in m e et i n g M i ss S e ld o n and r e ceiving her in the name of the min e r s of Last Chance." The outlaw who accompanied C e l e ste was ma s ked com pletel y, and hi s form envelop e d in a black robe that ef fectually concealed it. He stepp e d toward Dr. Dick and sa id: You sir, have the ran so m mon e y for the return of this y oung lady?" I have gold am o unting to the s um demanded. " See here Doc I don t s e e .;hy w e sho uld b e robb e d b y one man, so l e t us run him in n o w w e have the youn g lad y and we will n o t have to p ay the g o ld ," and Harding suddenly covered the outla w with hi s r e volv e r. "No, no cri e d Celest e "That will never do. " No, Harding, we mu s t ke e p faith wit h him ev e n if h e be a murderer and a thief. "Put up your gun said Dr. Dick. The masked outlaw had not moved at the acti o n o f Harding, but now said : "Yoi1 wisely decid e Dr. Dick for I am no fool t o be caught in a trap and I trus t no man so ca m e prep a r e d to me e t tre a c hery if it was int e nd ed, a nd thi s young l a d y will tell y ou that m y men are within eas y range, and yo u Harding, in co v ering me wi t h your rev o lver took big chances. "I didn t believe you w o uld c o m e al o ne, a nd we w e r e fools to do so, for we could have fought it o ut ri ght h e r e," grumbled the driv e r gre atl y di s appoint e d at hi s n o t carry ing out his suddenl y det e rmined up o n p l an. The ro a da ge nt then t ook the bag, opened i t, ran ove r the gold lik e on e who kn e w its val ue, a n d t h e n s aid: Y es, there'i s th e am ount h e r e n o more, n o l ess "Ask M i ss S e ld o n if s h e has n ot been t r e a ted with marke d respect. " I can but a n s w e r yes, for I h ave been; b u t am I no t t o hav e m y trunk and s i de-sa d dle?" "Oh, yes, c e r t ainl y," a nd th e road:.agent gave a sig n al, w hich wa s promptl y ans we r ed by two me n appe aring in the e dge of the pin e s The y wo r e long black robes and r ed masks a l so, and the ir a pp e aran ce was proof th a t their l eade r h ad n ot come a l o ne. Brin g t h e baggage b e l o n g in g t o t h i s l ady, and her s id e-sa d d l e a nd bri d l e a l so, called o u t t he l eade r T h e m e n disap p eared an d Dr. D i ck asked : Do y ou ex pect to k ee p up yo u r l aw l ess a c t s m uch l o ng e r wit h o ut meeting t h e fat e yo u dese r ve, Si r Outlaw ? "Yes, for th e m oney I get i s wo r t h taki n g big chances for Dr. Di ck a n d gambler that yo u are, you neve r do a b e tter da y's work th a n w h a t s u m t h is gol d ca ll s fo r. "It is a l o n g l a n e th a t h as no tu rn a n d the t urn will c o m e for you so m e d ay," sa id H a r ding A lig h t l a ugh b e n eath th e mas k was the a n swe r a n d Ce l e st e SeTd o n 's face w ore a cl o u ded expression Harding was n o t s low t o o bserve. "The n I a m free t o go, s ir?" a n d Ce lest e turne d to t h e outlaw. You a re, M i ss S e ld o n ," w a s th e a n s w e r. She turne d to the co a c h and D r. Dick a i ded h e r into it jus t a s the t w o o utl aws carrie up witf 1 t h e small l eather trunk s h e had b ro u ght w it h h e r a n d h er saddle and b n dle T aking th e b a ck seat Cel es t e l ea n e d up i n one corner, as t h o u g h fa t i g u e d an d h er baggage h av in g been put o n t o p Dick and Harding m ounte d to t h e b ox, th e o utl aws atte nti vely re garding th e m thro u g n th e eye hole s i n their ma s ks. R e m embe r pards, I still dri ve t hi s t r ail," said the d river, wit h a n air o f defian ce as h e gath e r e d u p t h e r e m s I won't for ge t, H a rding; but I a dvise yo u t o keep in mind the s tor y o f the pi tc h e r t h a t went once t oo o f te n to t h e well, for rig h t h e r e some d a y yo u may m ee t your fa te." "If I do yo u w ill n o t find me flin c h from it," was the plucky resp o n se, and the d river calle d t o his h orses and the team mov e d on. Lookin g ba c k at tl1e b e nd the dri ve r and D r D i ck saw that th e o utlaw s h a d a lr ea d y d i sappeared, while Celes te Seldo n gazin g b ack, a lso n ote d t h e same fact and murmured t o h erse lf : "What yet is befor e me, I wo n de r?" CHA PTER I X. DR DICK TELLS THE NEWS. v V h e n the coa ch h ad g o t away from the D ead Li ne, H:irdin g g a ve a d eep s i g h of r e l ief, for t h e first time feeling th a t Ce l es t e was safe, a n d wo ul d not be retaken b y the o utl aws vVell, D oc, s h e's safe n ow. a n d we didn t l ose o u r s c al p s,". h e sa id "It is a ca u se of c ongra tulati o n all round, Harding."


THE BUFFALO BILL STORIES. "Now, Dr. Dick, you have got to tell the young lady tbout the poor crazy fellow." t "Did you not tell her?" "That his wound had crazed him, yes; but that is not he worst of it." "Ah, yes, you mean that he has been captured?" "I cannot say that, Doc; but he has mysteriously disapeared." "vVell, you wish me to break the news to her?" "I do, for I can't tell her what I know will hurt her, nd it won't clo for her to hear it from the men when she rrives in Last Chance." "I guesi you are right, pard, so draw up and I'll take a seat inside the coach and tell her the news. "Be very gentle, Doc, for I have an idea she loves that young man "I'll break it to her as gently as I can," was the reponse, and as Harding drew rein a moment after, Dr. ick sprang down from the box and said : "May I ride with you, Miss Seldon?" "Certainly, sir, if you desire." "I have something to talk to you about," said Dr. Dick, as he entered the coach and took the front seat "I shall be glad to hear what you have to say, sir, and I desire now to thank you for your vety great kindness toward me, while you risked your life in coming here to serve me." "Do not speak of it, Miss Seldon, for the miners all hipped in and made up a purse for your ransom, while hey are now anxiously awaiting your coming to give rou a right royal welcome, for you will be the first lady ho ever came to our camp "Indeed this will be an honor; but do you mean that there are none of my sex there?" ot one, only rough men, but with noble hearts many of them, so that you will be made to feel at once at home." "How odd it will be, yet I have no hesitancy in going there, l assure you,., and Celeste gazed into the face of the man before her with both interest and admiration. "Miss Seldon, what I most wished to say to you I fear will deeply pain you," said Dr. Dick, after a pause. "Let me hear it, sir, for I am becoming accustomed to being pained of late," and Celeste was perfectly calm. "l was told by Harding, the driver, that you were on y our way to Last Chance, to look up a friend who had come her e on a mission for you, and who you had feared was in trouble?" "Yes, and my fears were realized when I learned that the coach in which he was a passenger had been held up, I believe that is what you call it, by road-agents, and Mr. Brandon was so severely wounded in the head that his brain was turned ' Yes, but that is not all, Miss Se l don." "Ah what else is there to tell ?" "He was under my care for a long while, and I did all that I could to restore his reason, except to perform an operation for his relief, which I feared to risk." "So Mr. Harding told me." ' \Vhen his bodily health was restored he left my cabin and roamed about the camps up to a week ago, when he most mysteriously disappeared. ''\Ve had all the miners out upon a search for him, did all in our pow e r to find him, but in vain, and what his fate has been is only conjecture." / "And what is thatc o njecture, Dr. Dick, for I believe you are so called ?" "Yes, I am known to all solely as Dr. Dick; but let me an s wer your question by replying that we believe the poor fellow has l ost his life by falling over a cliff." "Such is not the case, sir," was the rep l y that startled the doctor. "Mr. Brandon is now a captive of the road-agents." Dr. Dick gazed at Celeste Se l don in amazement. "Do you know this, Miss Seldon, or is it only con jecture on your part?" he asked, when he had recovered from his surprise. He had come prepared to conso le, but instead had found the young girl cool and with appa r ently knowledge which he did not possess, regarding the man whom Harding had said he be lieved was her lover. "I know it, Dr. Dick." "May I ask how?" "I have just been a captive of t h e ou tl aws myself, a n d in coming here from their secret retreat, we met two of the road-ag e nts with a prisoner. "The leader had some talk with them, but though I at once recognized Mr. Brandon I was not allowed to speak with him." "Did you request it?" "Naturally." "But were refused?" "Yes." "Was any reason given?" "Simply that I would not be allowed to, and i f I d i d Mr. Brandon wou l d not know me as he was crazy, while they did not care to have me do so." "Where was this, Miss Seldon?" "A short distance after we l eft their retreat "Could you lead the way to their retreat?" "No, for I was blindfolded and bou nd miles before reaching there." "The outlaw chief did this?" "He was not along, but it was done by his orders." "Did you not speak to him of it?" "I have not seen him since." "Why, was not that the chief who gave you over to-day?" "1\o, sir " I certainly thought so." "It was his lieutenant, who took me to the retreat and back under his orders." "And where is the chief?" "At his other hiding-place, his men said." "You were well treated, I hope, Miss Seldon?" "\Vith perfect respect and consideration, sir, I a m happy to say, the only indignity being that I was blin d folded and had my hands bound in approac h ing an d leaving the out l aw retreat; but I s u ppose that was n e ces sary for the safety of the band "You certain l y take it most coolly." "\iVhy do otherwise, sir?" "Do you know the mot ive of the road-agents in mak ing that poor crazy fellow a prisoner?" ' Monev." "How -do you mean?" "They doubtless captured his luggage and discove r ea. by it papers that went to show that a big ranso m would be paid for his re l ease


ft8 T H E BUFFALO BILL STO RIES. "Ah they will demand a rans om for him, then ?" "Assuredly." "The miners will hardly pay it if it is a large sum HI do not ask them to do so." "You do not ?" "No." "\i\ ho will pay it, th en?" "I will." "You?" "Certainly "Pa rdon me, but you are a young girl, and--" "A rich one, n eve rth eless, Dr. Dick. "I sent Mr. Brandon West on this mission, and he has met with misfortune, and I will pay the ransom de manded, take him East and plac e him in the care of the most eminent surgeons, that they may aid him if it is possible. You, as a skilled surgeon, for such I have h eard you were, might tell me what yo u deem the chances are for his recovery ?" "Miss Seldon, the blow of that bullet caused an in d enture o f the skull, which might be operated upon and successfully raised so as to r estore his reason. The chances are ninety-nine to a hundred against success, and onl y the most skillful surgeon and nervy one could ac c omplis h it if done." "Thank you; the one chance in favor shall he taken, for without reason one might as well be dead-yes, far better." "And you will stand all this expense?" "Certainly, for it is my int e ntion to pay back to the miners every dollar they subscribed for my ransom, for, as I said, I have th e means to do it and far more "You are a plucky woman, Miss Seldon; but see, we are approaching the vall ey now .and yo u must prepare for a welcome," and Dr. Dick called to Harding to come to a halt. Hardi n g drew up prornptly. He had h eard the voices of the two within the stage, yet not what was said, a !1d he was anxious to know how Celeste took the n ews of the disappearance of the man whom she had come to the Wild Western frontier to see "Do yo u mean that I shall mount to the box, sir?" asked Celeste, in answer to what the doctor had said afte r the coach halted "I do Miss Seldon, for the men will wish to see you, and within ten minutes more we will b e in the valley." "Of course I cannot r efuse, sir," and Celeste sprang out of the coach and mounted to the b ox, taking her seat by the side of Harding, while Dr. Dick settled himself upon her trunk up o n the top of th e coach." "Now, miss, we 'll make 'em hum," said Harding, and he cracked his whip in a way that sent the t ear!\ along at a splendid pace. ,., As they neared the turn into the valley Harding. took a bugle, in lie u of a sta ge horn and played in a skillful manner the ringing notes of "Annie Laurie," intendin g the sentiment to apply to Celeste, Dr. Dick from his perch the while taking the reins. The notes of the bugle ringing out the touching air brought tears to the eyes of Celeste .Seldon, who, however, was startled a moment after as th e stage came in sight o f a hundred hor seme n drawn up in two lines, one on either side of the trail. They were a wild, reckless looking Jot of rough riders, but the cheer they gave when they saw Cele s te on the box came from their hearts. Their hats were doffed, and as the yells burst from lip s they closed in behind the coach four abreast and came dashing along as an escort Celeste wa'\ed her handk e rchi ef vigorously, h e r b ea uti ful lips quivering, her eyes swimming w ith the emotion tha t almost ove rwh e lm ed h er. "Three cheers for the Lady of L ast Chance," came in th e dee p voic e of Dr. Dick from the top of the c oach, and they were given with savage earnestness. Along clashed the coach, Harding lashing his horses into a run and driving wit h marv e lous skill, while behind them thundered th e hun dred horsemen yelling lik e demons in their glad welcome to the first lady to visit their wild camp. Celeste saw the cabins along the canyon valley, perched here and th ere up on th e hills, and at l ast discovered the gro up of buildings that marked the settlement the miners were pleased to call the "Cit y" of Last Chance Gathered there was a vast crowd of men, and when the stage came in sight and three persons were seen o n top, with the mounted escort hastening afte r, the yells of welcome began. The roar floated clown tlie vall ey, and reached the e ars of Celes te S e ld on, and s h e muttere d in a l ow tone: "How kind they all are." "They mea n it miss," said Harding, and he felt jus t pride in his frontier home at tHe rec ep tion, and the man ner in which Celeste r eceived it greatly pleased him. "This is indeed a welcome to be proud of, and n ever can I forget it." On flew the horses, and up the hill they dashed to at l ast come to a halt before the h o tel. The din was now t e rrific, for the voic es of the hors e men joined in with the miners about the h o tel, who, with o n e accord dre w their revolvers and began to empty them in the air. As there were hundreds of miners and all were armed with a couple of revolvers eac h the rattling of the fusil lad e may be ima g ined. Cel este bowed right and l eft, waving her handk e rchi ef, until Landlord Larry a id ed her to dismount and led h e r into the hot el, and the welcome was at an end. CHAPTER X. THE COUNCIL. Celeste Seldon was not one to put on airs. She bad been well reared, was refined, lovableby nature, plucky eno u g h for a man, for s h e had the heart and will to do and dare anything where duty called, and yet she was as simp l e as a child by nature She was deeply touch e d by the reception she had r e ceived, and in g lancin g about, when slie saw only a wildlooking set of men, rude log cabins and an air of the far frontier pervading all, she knew that it was just what she must expect to see and find, and s h e at once adapted herself to circumstances. She was escorted by Landlord Larry to her cabin, Harding himself bringing her trunk and another miner her saddle and bridle. The appearance of th e cabin revealed to her at a glanc e how much had been done to make her comfortable, and


I T'HE BUF.FALO BILL STORIES. 19 I,' 1 f she prais e d the neat qnarters and expressed the greatest t atisfaction in her surroundings. When she went over to the hotel to dinner the whole crowd of miners the re rose at her entrance, and every hat was doffed and placed b e neath the bench on which the men sat for hat-racks were not on e of the luxuries of the Last Chanc e Hotel and a miner would as soon have thought of parting with his pistols as his head covering. At his o wn table; wh e r e sat b e side s hims e lf Dr. Dick and Harding Landlord Larry placed Cel e ste S e ldon, and she was give n the best the house afforded, and expre ss e d hers e lf a s b e in g treate d far more kindly than she had the slighte s t a nticipati o n of. The m eal c o ncluded, Cele s te said that she would like t o consult with the three she r egarded as h e r immediate prot e ctors, th e landlord Dr. Dick and Harding. So the three me t h e r in t h e land l ord's p1! ivate office and Celest e a t o n ce said : I wish firs t to tha nk all of my kind friends here through you, g e ntlemen, for the very generous manner in wh i ch you ha ve r ece iv e d and treated me here. I know that the ran som m oney demanded for my release was quickl y raised by th e p e ople here, you three being particularly generous; but I d e sire to say that I hav e the mon ey t o pay you bac k a n d will do so." "No, no, u nder n o c ircumstances, Mi s s S e ldon, said Dr. Dick e ag erly a nd th e others chimed in with him. But C eleste w as firm in h e r d e termination, and said: I have n o claim upon you, and b e sides, I am very well off so I shall in s i s t a nd La1i dlorcl Larry, I give you a d raft for th e am o u n t up o n an Eastern bank, and for more, as th e r e will be another d e mand upon me, in the amount to rans o m t h e on e who came here for me, Mr. B e rnard "Do you beli e ve a rans o m will be demanded for him, Miss Seld on?" asked Dr. Dick .. "Certainly; for why else was he taken ? "I cannot see what ransom the outlaws e x pected to get through him." :'Whe n he was wound e d they captured certain papers h e had in his pos sess ion, and these proved that he had fri e nds who were able and to pay for his rel e ase. "Under such circumstances, then, the kiclnaping of the p oorfellow might hav e been m a de Dr. Dick said. Yes, I am sure that such was the case." But will \YOU pa y his ransom, M i s s Seldon?" "\. V hy not, Lancllorcl Larry?" I think, said Dr. Dick "that as you came to visit Last Chance, we, the dwellers here, should be responsible and pay these ransoms. " So say I," put in Harding, quickly. And I agre e with you added the landlord. "Under no circumstances will I h ear to it, for I will pay all, my own and the ransom of Mr. Brandon, so plea s e send the draft through for th e money, Landiord Larry, and while here I will take st e ps to find out all I can re garding my father, who was last heard of in this part of the country "Miss Seldon, I can t ell y o u what you must know 1 s o oner or lat e r about your father, who, let me say was als o m y fri e nd,' said Dr. Dick. Celeste nerved hers e lf to b ear the worst, and asked, calmlv: "'

2 0 THE BUFF l\LO BILL STORIES. off over the mountains with an evident p u rpose in view A wa lk of some ten miles brought him to a secluded n ook i n the ii10untalns, a perfect basin, a dozen acres in size, h eavi l y wooded, w i t h p l enty of grass and water. A na r row pass, not twenty feet in width, was the on l y eritran,ce to the basin, and this was securely fastened u p w ith long po les. Ove r t h is he clambered, and as he wal ked into t h e basin a c o u p l e of h orses feeding th e re greeted him with a welcom ing n e igh. In the furthe r end, among the pin es, was a brush cabin, and in it were blankets and a camping outfit, with saddle, p ack sadd l e and brid l es. Buffalo Bil l proceed e d to build a fire and cook d i nner, after which h e caught one of his horses, saddled him, and str apped on some b l ankets and a bag of provis i ons. Leading the h orse out of the basin, he replac e d the barrier secu r ely, so that the other animal could not get o u t, and mounting, started off for the fort As he rode a long h e muttered to hi mself : "I can do nothing alone, I feel certain, and by this time the one man whose aid I can best depend u pon is at the for t a ,rtd' he will g l adly return w i th m e ." P r essing on at a steady gait, he did not halt until some time after nightfall, did not build a fire, but ate a cold sup p er, staked his h o r se out, rolled u p in his blankets and was soon fast asleep. He r ose early and the coming day found him severa l mil e s on h i s way from his night camp. About e ight o'clock he halted, built a fire, broil e d the steak of a n an telope h e had killed, which he ate with some crackers and bacon, his h orse faring well on the grass near by. A r est of an hou r and a half and h e was again in the sadd le, keeping up t h e same steady g ait until noon, when anot h e r halt was made for a c o upl e of h ours On thro ugh the afternoon h e urged his horse once mb te, halting on l y after n ightfall. But two hours before da y break he was in the saddle, a n d now his h orse W!J.S pushed more rapidl y forward, as tho u g h a l o n g rest l ay not ve r y far ahead. It was two hours before noon when the worn out horse P r icked .up h is ears as h e saw a flag fluttering in the skies a mile a h ead t hrou15h th e stockade gate of Fort Faraway rode B u ffa l o Bill, and he a s ked to be at once taken to the q u a r ters o f the c ommanding officer, wh e re h e was w e l c ome He told Major Randall of th e robb e ries on th e coaches an said that h e had men watchin g the roads from a secret camp. "That m ea ns you are on the ri ght trail to bag those road-agents?" "Yes, s i r "They appear to b e well h andled?" "They are, s ir, for their c hi e f is a man of r eniar kable plu ck, cunning and skill, and he handles them in a master l y manner." "Wh o i s he?" I don't b e lieve his own men could t ell you, sir, for h e goes masked, and rob e d in black, eve n c ove ring up I is h o r se from ears to ta il. "Tha t is strange "It i s th e safest p l a n sir." "And w h o i s dri v ing now?" "Hardi ng, s i r, the scout." "A fine fellow; b u t I fear he will be killed as drive r on t hat trail." I hope not, sir, and h e has esoaped sp l endidly throug h great dangers thus far." "Well, what will be your plans now?" "I have been hanging on t h e trail, sir, s i nce my mys terious disappearanc e as Old Huckl e berry, and h a ve be e n hov e ring about t h e Death Line taking not e s and seeing what I could discove r. I have a camp in a basin in the mountain range, and t h ere I l eft my pack-horse and outfit while I came here." "You have something to report to me, then?" "No, sir, not particularly, though I came for a purpose." "And t hat pu r pose, Cody?" "I was aware, sir, that Surgeo n Frank Powell was com ing to the fort to relieve Dr. Dey, and t ha_ his duti e s as surg eon would not begin for some weeks yet. "As we have been on so man y scouting expeditions t o get h er, and Dr. Powell is a regim ent in hi mself, I want e d him to go back with me and unearth th ese road agents, following their trail to the ver y e nd. "You could have no one b etter; what do yo u say, Powe ll?" sa id the maj o r to the surgeon scout who w as present at the int e rvi e w. "How could I r e fuse, major, after Bill's most flattering remark s about what I can do, and which prove he h as Iri s h blood in his veins." "Ah I kn ew that you would go, Frank," r esponded Cody. "Of course I will, and am r eady w h e n yo u say th e word on l y I m ust ask Major Randall for a l eave, should we n ot accomplish our p urpose befo re I am ordered for dut y h e r e." "That will be all right Powell; but when w ill yo u start, Cody, for Dr. Powell will have to first relieve Dr. Dey, as t hat would b e the best plan, and then go, his assistant surgeon in c h a r ge "It i s for yo u t o decide, maj o r "Very well, s ay in just t en days from now "All right, sir; but after a couple of days' rest I had better r e turn to my basin camp, and be on the watch, and I can t.ell Surgeo n Powell jus t whe r e I will m ee t him up on a certai!1 elate." "You know best, Cody; but do not ventu r e m u ch until Pow ell jo i ns )"'JU, for well r know w h a t a team yo u two make together." "I feel cer tain, s ir, th a t to gether we can nm down thes e masked ma raud e rs ," was the confident repl y of B u f falo Dill, and when he wen t to his quarters soon after, Surgeo n P owell accompanied him, for the two were th e fas test of fri ends CIIAPTER XII. TJl E DRIVER'S LETTER. Afte r sev e ral days' stay at the fort Buffa l o Bill started up o n his r etu rn t o his secret camp nea r La st C h ance trail. He carried w ith him anothe r pack-hor se, well lad en with bedding an d s u pplies, for the weather was growing stead ily col de r. and winte r would soo n b e up o n the land


THE BUFF ALO BILL STORIES. 21 He knew that little snow generally fell as far down as th e L as t Chance trail, but it would be well to be prepared for any e m e rgency and as the coaches ran through the wint er, th e road-agents would by no means take a rest from their h eino u s work. Riding l e i sure ly on th e back trail not caring to push his h o r ses too hard, B uffalo Bill reach e d his basin-camp in the mount ains o n the third da y, and the animal h e l ef t there pranced like a colt at seeing him come back. His first work was to make hi s qu a rters mo:-e sec ure and comfortable, and this took him a day, and th e following, h aving st r engthened th e barrier in the p ass, to pre vent his h orses from breaking o ut h e started off on foo t for the W-a nd Last C hanc e stage trail. He would not ride, as h e did not wish his trail to be seen by any prowlilJg road-agents, and o n foot h e could accomplish more and be concealed far b etter than if he ha d gone mounted. Before parting with Surgeon Frank Powell at the fort, Buffalo Bill h ad drawn a map o f the country, marking th e trail the Surgeo n Scou t was to follow, and also just where h e was to meet him. After a l o n g sco u t of a mile he suddenly cam e upon a spot where there were the tracks of a horse visible These were followed a mile furthe r and the scout saw that the g r ound was trampled down, but not by h oofs The track he had followe d thus far had b een that o f one h oof only, showing that tl;e other three had be e n muffled, but one had l ost it s covering. The trampl ed grass and ground revealed that the h orses had bee n left there, and all h a d had the ir hoofs muffled in some way. But the keen eyes of the sco ut picked up the trail and h e followed it quite rapidly until h e came to a small stream. "There were e i g ht h orses a l ong, as th e ir tracks show here, hi.it how many men I do not know. \ V h e n they hav e gone som e miles further they will r emove th e muffles fr o m th e ir h orses' h oofs, and then the trail will be easy to follow, and it no w l oo ks to me as th oug h I will be able to track the m to t h e ir retreat and tha t means the e nd. "B ut ni g ht is coming on, and this is just the place for me to branch off and go to my ow n camp, following the trail to-m 9 rrow on horseback." CHAPTER XIII. ON THE TRAIL OF THE CLOVEN HOOFS. Buffa l o Bill qui ck l y decided what c ourse he woul d pu rs ue. He wciuld wa lk to hi s camp, ge t some provisions and an increased outfit, r eturn there for th e balance of the night and go into camp, so as t o make an early start in the morning direct l y on the trail. So h e set o ut a t a rapid walk and within three hours' tim e had reached hi s basin-camp. He quickly set to work to l ook up some provisions and get r eady for his trail, and in an hour was ready to sta rt, m ounted u pon hi s b est horse. lt was afte r midnight when he r eac h ed hi s camping place, but h e was soo n asleep, wrapped snugly in hi s blan k ets, while his horse was r est in g and feeding. v V ith the breaking of dawn h e was up and re a dy to start, and a few miles away discovered tne spot where the outlaws had removed th e muffles from the hoofs of th e ir horses. From there on h e felt no further anxiety about the trail so cooked his breakfast, ate it leisurely and again started on his way He und ers tood n ow thoroughly why the outlaws had l eft n o trails going to and c om ing from the Dead Line and ot h e r poi nt s on the Overland trail. The muffled h oofs of the horses explained this, and they stuck to their determination to leave no tracks until they got far away from the scene of their evil deeds Buffa l o Bill did not b e lieve that h e would have to go very far from the Dead Line b efo r e he found their r etreat, and was expecting to find out where they were in hiding within half-a-clay s ride from his starting point. B ut no o n came, and still th e trail led him on. He ha d plenty of time, so did not hurry. He could do nothing alone, o ther than to discover the r etrea t and then he would make for his rendezvous with the surgeon sco ut, and together they would plan their future movements. B ut ni ght came and found him still on the trail. lle was compelled to go into camp, for he could not follow it by night, and h e soo n made himself comfortable Again h e started after da y break, and a ride of several h ours ca us e d him to say: "This trail is sure l y leading direct to the Grand Can yon of th e Colorado "Can th ey hav e sou g ht that we ird l and for a retreat?yet, why n ot, for n o safer could be found." Within an h our more h e felt that the country had a familiar l oo k, and h e was n o t l o n g in discovering, upon riding a f ew miles further, that he had ridden right along there with Dr. Dick when o n the trail of Andrew Seldon. d o n Sudde nly he came upon the grand vista of the canyon and at once drew rein. There before him was the mighty view that had so im pressed him on hi s former visit, and he knew that the out law s must h ave found a retreat in the depths some wh e re of the Grand Canyon. Not daring to go further on horseback he rode off the trail to fin. d a hiding-plac e for his horse, and after a short search discovered a littie g l en where he felt that he would be safe, unless his trail was discovered and he was tracked th e re. There was a pool of water in one end, and grass about it, so h e staked his horse out, feeling that he could at least subsist c om fortably there for a c ouple of da ys, should he be kept away that long. Hiding hi s sac\c\le and h e set ou t on foot, with a couple of blankets strapped on his back, his bag of pro vi s ions, rifle, l asso and belt of arms He went back to the trail and again took it up where he had l eft it to hide his horse. Every step forward now was one of caution, for the c o untry was ope n in places, and he did n o t know what m omen t h e might come up o n a party of outlaws and have to fight for his life. B ut h e r eac hed the rim of the canyon by dark, and a short sea rch r evealed t o him that the trail clown into the depths of the treme nd o us chasm had been discovered als o by the road-agents, and their tracks led clown in t o it


21 THE BUfl"ALO BILL STORIES. The night passed with a cold supper and breakfast, and then )1e set off on foot down the dizzy pathway leading to the bottom of the canyon, for now he felt sure that h e would discover the lair of the outlaws, and that done, and his own presence unknown to them, he could arrange for an attack upon them at his leisure. CHAPTER XIV. THE MINER'S MISSION. The gold-hunter, Andrew Seldon, rode on his way from his retreat in the canyon, determined to return to Fort Faraway and report the presence in the Grand Canyon of the masked outlaw band. it was upon striking out for Fort Faraway that he sud denly drew his horse to a halt as he saw a dust far ahead. The dust was approaching him, and it was made by horses Grossing a sandy part of the country before him. Out of t he dust suddenly emerged a horseman, and l>ehind him followed a pack animal. Hidden in a of timber Andrew Seldon saw that it was a white man, and that the trail he was following would bring him near his position. "I believe that it is Buffalo Bill," he muttered, as he saw tbat the horseman was clad in buckskin and wore his hair long. .. But as he came nearer he said, eagerly: "It is the Surgeon Scout-Dr. Frank Powell! The coming horseman eyed the timber carefully as he approached. Somethi n g had evidently made him suspicious of danger there, and turning to the left he was about to flank it, when Andrew Seldon rode into view and waved his hat. Then he rode forward once more, but cautiously, for the chances were that the man he saw might be a foe, he well knew. But Andrew Seldon raised his hands above his head as a token of peace and Surgeon Powell rode straight toward him. "i dare not let him know who I am though I would trust him, heaven knows. 'He knows me as well as any man, and I'll see how I s tand the test of his piercing eyes," muttered the gold hunter, and as the Surgeon Scout drew nearer he called out: "Are you Euffalo Bill, sir?" "No, I am Surgeon Powell of the army." '"I se e now sir,.that you are not Buffalo Bill, for I met him once when he was in a tight place with road agents. "Are you from Fort Faraway, sir?" I a1n." "I was on my way there to see Buffalo Bill, when I say you coming, sir." "And I am on my way to seek Buffalo Bill, for I have an appointment to meet him not many miles from here at a deserted camp, where there is a grave." "I know it well, sir, for I made the grave, and I stop ped there last night." "You made what grave?" "The grave of Black Heart Bill, the desperado, who is tP,ere." "You killed him, you mean?" "I did, sir, for he had wronged me greatly." "Who are you, may I ask?" "My name is Andrew Seldon, sir, and I am a miner." "It seems to me that Buffalo Bill has spoken to me of you. ; "Yes, sir." ''But Cody believes you to be dead." "How so, sir?" "He wished to find you, so trq.cked you into the Grand Canyon, to find your horse buried beneath a fallen cliff, and h e tl'ought you were b e nfath it all. "No, sir; I escaped; but as yo u are going to seek Buf falo Bill may I join you?" "Yo u may, was the reply. "You may join me, Mr. Seldon, and I s hall be glad to have your company," repeated Surgeon Powell, as he rode along by the side of the gold-hunter. "I will be your guide to the deserted camp, sir, but do you expect to find Mr. Cody there?" ''I hope so, but should he not be I p hall await him ." "I am glad to hear you say that, sir, for I am most anxious to see him, and I will tell you why." "If you care to." "I know your secret, Surgeon Powell and am deli ghted to feel that I will have your aid as well as Buffalo Bill's in what I wish to do." "And what do you wish to do, Mr. Seldon?" "I will have to ask you to keep my secret, sir." I will do so." "Well, Surgeon Powell, I am a miner, and I strolled into the Grand Canyon of the Colorado in my prospecting tours, and there discovered several rich gold claims. "While I was away at W--to get provisions, my partner heard the cliff above our camp cracking, and so moved away up the canyon to another mine we had. "He was just in time to save his life, for the cliff fell, and Buffalo Bill \ yas in the valley that night with a com rade and heard the terrific roar of the falling cliff. "They beli eved that my comrade and myself were buried beneath the mountain of rock, but we we re gazing at th em the while and watched them rid e "Some time after I found that others had come into the canyon, and I discovered that it was a camp of out laws, while more still, I saw that they had a female cap tive. "I crept near enough at night to hear and see all, and I saw a young and b ea utiful girl, and the outlaw li eu tenant held her a captive for his chief, until a large ran' som was paid for her by the miners of Last Chance. "I at once decided to act, and ha ving seen them start with her fo give up for ransom, I came on my way to find Buffalo Bill and guide him to the retreat of the out laws. "That young girl sir, gave the name of Celeste Seldon, so is my daughter. "Now, Surgeon Powell, you have my story, and my comrade is in my camp, awaiting my return! Frank Powell was greatly impressed with the story of the gold-hunter, to which he had listened with the deepest attention. After he had heard all he said :


') THE BUFF ALO BILL STORIES. 23 "My dear pard, yo u h ave made very valuable dis covery ind eed, and Buffa lo Bill will be on l y too 'glad to hav e you guide him to the outlaw camp, for that is his mission and mine h ere. "I since r ely h ope that your daughter will tie given up in safety to the miners, and that h e r ransom ; will b e r e covered." "She will b e given up in safety, si E I am certain, for I have perfect c o nfid ence in the o utlaw lieutenant, who told his story t o Celeste, and I only ask t hat he may n o t share the fate of the other o utl aws," and the go ld hunte r made known what had occurred p etwee n Wolf and Celes te, and Dr. Powell replied: '"I agree with you, and i f he acts square l y toward Miss Seldon I w ill urge that h e be allowed to go free, when his. comrades a r e to hang." Wh e n the Surgeon Scout was g uid ed to the deserted camp by Andrew Se l don, he at o nce.:.saw that Buffalo Bi H had not r eac h e d there. But th e r e h e was to wait for him, and so the h orse s were s t aked out a nd the two made themselves at h ome th e r e Dr. Pow ell went to have a l oo k at the grave o f B l ack Heart Bill, an o utlaw who h ad once attacked Buffalo Bill and h ad been killed, and tl1e inscr i pti o n upon the wliite bar k of the aspe n tree, a nd said, as h e read the name: "Hu g h Mayhew was his name "Yes, sir." "There was a Sergeant Manton l\1ayhew kill e d at Fort Faraw ay b y Sergeant \i\T allace \ Veston, who was sen tenced t o b e shot for the deed, but escaped the very mo ment of his execut i on.'1 \Vas h e eve r captured, sir?" "Poor fellow, h e w en t t o an eve n worse fate than b eing s h ot, for he wandered into the d eser t and died of starva t i o n the re. "I know tha:t h e was g uilt y of killing Manton Mayhew, but I am sure he had some g r ave r eason fo r so doing, but which h e would neve r make known. "He w as a sp l e ndid so l dier, brav e and true1 and h e would hav e been commissioned h ad n ot that sad affair occurred. "Did h e give n o r eason for his act, sir?" "None ; h e s imply accepted his fate, though was said to clear himself h e would have to compromise othe rs and this h e would n o t do." "Poo r fellow "Yes, r often think of his sad fate." An antelope was kill e d that afte rnoon, and after en j oyi n g a good s u pper the surgeon and the go ld-huI?t e r lighted th eir pipes and sat do w n for a tqH<, b ot h anxiou s ly' awaiting the coming of Buf!alo Bill. After sitting in silen c e for some minutes the ter said: "Surgeon Powe ll, you were speaking of Wallace t on to-day?" "Yes." "You may h ave noted that the name of Mayhew is up o n yonde r aspen tree?" "An d r e f erre d to the fact." "I put it there." "Yes. "Then I kn ew who Black Heart Bill was." "That i s so "I h ad n o t thought of that. "He was brother of Manton May hew, th'e sergeant.' ; "Indeed!" "Yes, sir." "You kne w Sergeant Mayhew, "Intimately, for we were b oys t ogether.'' "Ah! tell me of him." "'vVe lived n ear eac h other, sir, and Manton Mayhew was m y riv a l at sc ho ol, and also for the love of a pretty gi rl whom I idolized. "He did all in h is power to ruin me, and when I ob t ained a position in a bank, w h e re he also was a 'clerk, he did wreck my life, for I was accus e d of robbery, and worse still of murde ring the watchman, who caught me in the act "I would sure l y have been han ged but for the girl I spoke of, who forced me to fly_ for _i:r1 y life, aiding me to escape I fled, to prove my innoc e nce, and became a wanderer . "Th e n I r eceive d a l etter from the woman I lov ed, t e llin g me that; s he had discovered that I really was a thi ef and murde' rer, a nd that she abhorred where she had' l oved me "And more, when, in my desp_air Lwrote to one -who h ad been my friend to he a r from h ome, I was told that Manton May h ew hacl been the means o f ruining my fath er financi ally, and the l?low l1ad driven him to suicide, while my p oo r mother, h ea rt-broken, h ad died soon after my flight. "Nor was this all, for Hug h Mayhyw the brother 'Qf Manton, had m a rried the gi rl I had !oyed. "Several years after ot h er n ew s came to me from my old h ome, and to the effecf that Brandon Mayhew had gone to the bad and in a drunken brawl had wounded a com pa nion fatally as h e had b eliev.ed, and h e h;d fled, no o n e knew where "His broth e r Hugh had wrecked his father' s bank, and in a drunken frenzy had shot his wife one night, and he, too. had b ecome a fugitive :


D THE BUFFALO BILL STORlf:S. Well, to end the story quickly, for I hate to dwell upon it Manton Mayhew had joined the army and, a g o od soldier, had become a sergeant. "Ordered to Fort Faraway, he had met there Sergeant Weston, whom he recognized, and fearing to be exposed in his Qrimes, he at once attacked him, telling him he would kill him and say that it was on account of his in subordination. "But Wallace Weston was armed, having just b een given a revolver by an officer to take to his quarters and he killed Mayhew as he was about to drive a knife to his heart. "Rather than bring out the old story, and perhaps b e carried back East to be tri e d for the murder of. the bank w atchman, of whic h he was innocent, Sergeant Wallac e Weston submitted in silence to his trial and accepted his fate, feeling that his life Y as one of despair." CHAPTER XV. "Yes, sir." "And who was the one?" "A clerk in the bank and a devoted friend of the Mayhews." "Where is he?" "I do not know, sir: "And they are dead." "Manton and IJugh Mayhew are dead, by my hand but where proof of their can be found I cannot tell, and so I am forced to hide under an assumed name-yes, Dr. Powell the nam e of a dead man, Andrew Seld o n the one whose body was found b y the rock in the desert and buried for mine." "You have had a remarkable escape, Weston--" Seldon now sir, for that is the name I have taken, an d let me now t ell you h ow that poor man, the real Andrew Seldon, was plotted against." I shall be glad to hear all that yo u are willing to tell me, Seldon." "Well, sir, it was while esca pin g from the pursuing soldi e r s that I came upon a stray horse. WALLACE WESTON STILL ALIVE. "He l ed me back t o where his dead master la y up on the "And do you know all this to be as you have stated?" desert, and upon the body I found papers telling who he a sked Surgeon Powell, when the gold-hunter had finwas, that he had left home under a cloud and came West i shed his story. to hide himself and hunt for gold until he dared r et urn. "I do, sir." ''There was a map of so me gold fields he had dis"Knowing it, you did not come to the rescue of poor covered, and h e had st ruck it rich and was o n his way Weston?" home. "I did not, sir'." "So I dressed him in rny uniform, took his traps, and "May I ask why?" and Frank Powell spoke sternly. went my way, and he was buried as Wallace Weston. "I will tell you the reason, Surgeon Powell, if you will "I( was when I was returning to the gold find of An-p!edge me your word to rec eive it ip sacred confidence:' drew Seklon that I came upon Black Heart Bill s camp I will pl edge myself Mr. Seldon." a nd findmg in him H u gh Mayhe\v, I killed him "Because, sir, I am Wallace West on." "I\.fy intenti o n was to take Andr ew Seldon s na1ne, dig Frank Powell was always a calm, cool man, but n ow his gold, and, to ease my conscience, gave half to his he sprang to hi s fe e t, dropping his pipe, and cried: family. "Do you speak the truth?" I imit ated his writing and wrote to his law yer and "I do, sir." be s t friend and little daughter, for hi s wife was dead as "Upon h onor?" l e tters told me which h e had with him. Yes." "In answer, at vV-I learned tha t I, as Andrew "Now I r ecog niz e the look that has so haunted me Seldon, dared not return home, that my daughter Celeste since I m e t you thi s morning. was dead, and my fortune gone. "Up o n my soul, Weston, I am glad to see that you are "vVhen Celeste Seldon was dptured, from her own not dead, that yo u can clear up the story of Mayhew's lips I l ea rn ed, as s h e told the o utlaw lieut e nant, that all killing and announc e yourself once more as a guiltl ess had been a plot t o keep h e r father away, and discovering man." the pl ot, s he had come out h e r e to find him after the "But I cannot, sir, for yo u forget that I am accused o f senger h ad failed to write home t o her lat e r than on his murdering the watchman and robbing the bank. arrival in vv--. Is there no wa y in which you can disprove that?" "Now, )'.O U know, Dr. Powell, w h y I was seek in g "bnly by the confession of the g:uilty ones." Buffalo Bill, and it is my intenti o n to see k that yo un g "Who were they?" girl, .. t ell her all, and give h e r one-ha1 of the fortune in "The Mayhews and OJle o ther." gold I foum;l, through .her father's maps and direc"They were guilty?" tions, in the Grand Canyon."


'f'HE BUFF A LO BILL STOR l f:S. 21 then?" 't s uppose I shall drift about the world, sir, unknown, teading an aimless life, or perhaps return to my gold digging again." "No, Weston, such must not be your fate, for I shall take your case in hand and prove your innocence of rob bing that bank and killing the watchman, for I believe your story, and then with Sergeant Mayhew's character proven, y ou can readil y secure pardon for taking his life as you did in self-defense." "Heave n bless you, Surgeon Powell!" "I only make one request, Weston." "Yes, sir." "T hat Buffalo Bill hears your sto ry as I have, for he b elieves in your innocence most thoroughl y, and will be most happ y to welcome you back to life." "I will be guided by yo u sir, but some one i s coming." "It is Buffalo Bill," cried Frank Powell, and just th en th_e scout rode into the camp. CHAPTER XVI. THE OUTLAW' S CC!lNFESSION. When Buff a l o Bill went on hi s way down into the Grand Canyon, he continued o n until he discovered just where the outlaws had made their retreat. This done, he retraced his way as rapidly as possible, and at once went back on the trail to where he had left his horse. The sun was just setting as he neared the spot, and he approached carefully, for he was not sure that some one had not been there and discovered the animal. Ju st as he caught sight of his horse he also saw there was some one there, a h orsema n who had just ridden up to the spot. The face of the h orseman was masked and this told the story in an instant. But Buffal o Bill had been a l so discover ed, and up to the o utla w s shoulder we nt hi s rifle, at the sa m e instant that th e w _eap on of the scout was l ev eled Th e two rifles cracked almb s t as one, and the outlaw reeled, tried to spur his ho1* in flight and fell to the ground. The scout at once advanced toward him revolver in hand in faint voice came t h e words: "Do n 't fire a gain Your sf 1ot is fatal !" The scout put his revolver in hi s belt bent over and took the mask from the face of the wounded man his hor se following him to the spot. The face revealed was not a bad one, bu t that of a man of thirty with mustache, imperial and hair worn long. The scout plac e d him at length upon his back, and made him a s comfortable as he could for he saw that he had told the truth, that the wound he had received was fatal. The n h e sat b y the side of the wounded man for a while, the light of the full moon falling full his face, and the sco ut h eard h im say : I am glad that I missed yo u ; for I have done evil enough in my time." "Who are you?" kindly asked the scout. "My name is Alvin Wolf, and I had just resolved to l ea d a different lif,e, for I am an outlaw, one of the mask e d chief's band. "Yes, I thought as much." I changed m y life when I met a young girl who was the chief's captive and I intended to thwart his plans to again capture her, for we gave her up for ransom two days ago and, acting for him, I received the gold. "He gave me a written order to take the gold to a spot near Last Chance and turn it ov 'er to him, w h ich I did l ast nig ht for he met me there and then he arranged to ge t a large ransom for a poor crazy fellow the lovt;r of the young girl, I b e lieve and s9 I had decided to act to protect her; but yo u can do so now for I will tell you all, and then I tan die content." Yes it is be s t to di e w ith a fr ee conscience." I belie ve you, and more, I will tell yo u of on e whom I help e d to ruin in life, though h e is dead now. "He was a soldier at Fort Faraway, and his name was Wallace Wes ton. "\"f\i e were boY._S together, though he was older than I and I was led into temptation by others, the Mayhew brothers, and we robbed the bank we were working in, were discovered by the watchman and Manton killed him, and we had so planned that the robbery would fall up o n the assistant cashi e Wallace Weston. "He fled for we intended to han g him by our te sti mony, arid then Hugh Mayhew forged letters and caused hi s sweetheart to believe him guilty, and she married him May he w, to in th e end l ose her life at his hands "l\fanton Mayhew always swore to m e that he w ould kill Westo n i f h e ever met him, an.cl he s a id h e heard he w a s in th e army, a nd so, I suppose, when they met at Fort Faraway, he attempted to do so, and was killed him self "Poor \ Veston did not dare o f the past so haclto suffe r ; but yo u can make th e r e al truth known to clear hi s n ame, for I hav e it all written out a s it i s in my diary, which I have always carried with me, and will now give to yo u. " I am glad to l e arn all this ; but let me ask you about y our outlaw band?" "Yes." "How many are in it?" "Nine, without counting the chief."


THE BUFF J\LO BILL STORIES. 0Y our retreat is in the Grand Can y on." . "You krtow this ?" "I do.;' our retn!at is "And your chief.?" The outlaw did not reply, and a shudder passed through his frame. The scout spoke again, and leaning over he heard a few whispered words from the dying lips which a moment after were sealed forever by death. CHAPTER XVII. UNMASKED. When Buffalo Bill rode into the camp where Surgeon Powell and the gold-hunter sat it was seen that he was leading two horses, one carry ing a p ac k-saddle, th e other a heavy load. The Surgeon Scout at once arose and' greeted him, and said : -. "Ho,: 'Bill, what game is that?" 1lA d e ad outlaw, the lieut e nant of the band, whom I' killed. I "But you are not alone, Frank?" ,;No, it is your old rescuer, who was on his way to the fort to see you when he met me. "He was goin g to t ell you that the outlaws hav e their retreat in the Grand Canyon. .-, ; I have been it; but how ar. e you, Pard Seldon, and let me say that I have good n ews for you, as your daugh t er has come vVest to meet yo u and is now at Last Chance." "Thank you, Mr. Cody, but I am aware of that fact, 's Surgeon Powell c a n ; but come, look me sguarely in the face, and see if you know who I am." Buffalo Bill. gave a fixed look and then cri ed, excitedly: : By the gods of war, you ar.e Wallace Weston,. or his ghost.'' "'l am a very h e althy ghost, sir; but I am Wallace We'[> ton, and I leave it to Surgeon Powell to tell my story to ;vou." The sco .ut sei zed the gold hunter s hand : and wrung it hard while he said: God are not dead, Weston, for onl y this nig'9.t I heCJ.rd the truth of your story !trorri the lips of the d ying outlaw, Alvin Wolf.'' "Ra qnce my friend, then my foe, for he sided with the Mayhews against me." .He did, a,nd I have his diary, which tells the whole story; but now let me tell mine, and then we can com pare notes and d e cide what is best to be done ." first had supper, after staking out their h o rse s and afterward buried the body of the outlaw, Alvin Wolf. J There, until after midn i ght, they sat talking to ethe r, the surgeo'n, the scout and the go l dhunt e r about all had happened, after w hich they retired t o their It was just daw n the n ex t morning whe!1. Wallace Wes ton rode away from the old camp to make all speed to Last Chance. His mission was to take a l ette r to driver Harding, which was as foll ows : "Trust the b eare r with your life-Pick outeig h t of t he best m en_in th e camp, whom you can trust, and have them prete n d t o star t for W--on business, going in your coach. "See that no one e lse goes "Have tw o l eaders that a r e good saddle -h orses, and smu ggle int o the coach seven sadd les "I will me e t you at Dead Lin e with h o r ses, and prepare to l ose your l eade r s then, for four horses can r eadily pull your empty coach o n to V v--. "Your m e n mu s t b e the best, and full y armed. "Yours, "B: B. "The Be a ver will br ing your answer to m e Pus hing r ap i d l y oi1 Wallace Weston arrived in Las t Ch anee that night and at o nc e sought out Harding. Giving him his lett e r, h e receiv e .cl his an swer, after the t wo h ad a talk together, and then, mounted up on a fresh hor se furnished hirh b ) ; the driver, he started upon his return, having attracted no particular attention. It was th e next day that the coach rolled out for W-and i t carried eight m i ners as passengers. A rriving a t Dead L ine, it was met there by Buffa l o Bill, Surgeon Pow ell and Wallace Weston, and the eight miners joined them and went up to the scout's basin-camp. Then, with the two l ea ders taken from coac h they had with Wolf's h orses and the pack-animals, enough to mount the party. The next morning the start was made for.the Grand Canyon, and the descent was made on foot in the dark n ess of night, the h o r ses having been left on the rim. The party was l e d 'by Wallace Weston, who knew the trail perfectly, a n d at midnight they rl.tshed in the outlaw camp, giving them a complete surprise Revolvers rattl ed, cries of alarm and pain were h ea rd, ch eers were given -and th e n silence reigned suRreme, for the battle was won and outlaws had been 'n}ade pris o ne ts-the rest were killed. One had be e n kill ed, and o th ers t!'l;ugh slightly, and these were care d for by Dr. Powelt. In-the cam)'.!, a prison e r, Bernard Brandon :was fou!ld safe, still unconsci o us o f all about him, aJ'.i'pare n t ly. Wallace Weston had a sked Buffa l o Bill and.'Su. rgeo n Powell !o go o n with him to his camp, and tllere they: found Lucas Lan g l ey on g u ard, h e having h eard th ech oes o f the firii1g far down the canyon, and supposed that it ineant a11 a,ttac k plann e d by his pard.


THE BU ff J\LO BILL STORIES. 27 Without letting the secret be known, that there was gold in the canyon, Buffalo Bill order e d an earl y sltl.rt for Last Chance and it was made b y all except Lucas Langley who r emai n ed at his cabin to await Weston's return. U pon n earing Last Chance Bula.Io Bill halted the party, to follow on a few h ours later while he rode on with Sur geon Powell and Wallace Weston. The scout was recognized by the miners and warmly greeted, and as he dismo unted at the hotel and was wel comed b y Landlord Larry, and Harding, who had re turned, Dr. Dick came forward and said: "Delight ed to see you Mr. Cody, again in Last Chance." "Yes, Dr. Dick, I am h e re to find Richard May hew, alias Dr. Dick and more still, the masked chief of the road-agents-hold! yo u are c ov er ed But Dr. Dick saw that all was lost saw that the r ope would be his end, and i n s pite of the warning of the scout, he drew his revolver. But. ere his finger touched the trigger he fell, a dead man, at the feet of Buffalo Bill, Celeste Seldon having come forward just in time to see the gambler gold king fall his length upon the earth. -To the excited miners Buffalo Bill turned and mad e a speech, for h e had their h ero, the id o l of Last C hance. He told them how the mask o f the gambler gold king had been torn off, by the confession of the outlaw lieu tenant, Alvan Wolf, and h ow he had had his suspicions aroused, as had also Landl o r!i Larry and Harding, by severa l things that had occurred, that Dr. Dick was not all he pretended to be. The whole story made known, and as the rest of the party came in, bearing the boot y of the outlaws and the prisoners, and in Dr. Dick's cabin was found the very bag of go ld that had been given for Celeste Seldon's ransom, and the money b e fore taken fr om the coach there was no doubting his g uilt, and a howl of rage ar

Look on page 3t, boys I sn't that new cont e st a bird? Get into it. The e ntries a r e b eginning to pu t in a n app earan c e alrea d y. We'll begin to print them in a coupl e of wee ks I In the meantime we a r e p rinting a few o f the bu n ch o f g o od st o ries left over from the con test just dos e d P.riz e-winners to ne x t we e k. My Adv ent u re on a Day' s Hunt. (By Geo Lev y N. Y.) It was about ten years ago when often I had the privi l ege of going out to hunt or fish as I w ish e d This day I happe d t o b e out hunting, and just as I was n ea ring a sm all nver whi c h \'.ICl.S fr e qu e ntl y v isited b y d eer and o t h er such game, I s aw s o m e thin g p e ering out of t he bushes on the other side of the riv er. A t first I did not know what t o do, but I m a nag e d to get a im a t his c h est, and I shot. The animal b o unded up and down and ran for about tw o rod s and f e ll, kicking, so I t oo k o ne mor e sh o t and that sett l e d him. I t hen sta r ted to skin him, which w as e as y for me, as I watc h ed my uncle man y a ti m e I was ab o ut halfway t h r ough w h e n I h eard a rustling right b e hind me; w ith a quick glance I turned around to b e h o ld a large fox ; at fir s t I became a bit afraid, but I go t en o u g h c ourage and looked him squa r e i n the ey e and he turne d around and fled. I wen t m y gun an d fir e d but mi sse d m y mark. I t he n r esum e d my task and was s oo n o n m y w a y h o me. I r elated my adv enture t o m y p a r e nts a nd s inc e that tim e I h av e alwa ys h a d so m e o n e with m e Saved f r om a Ter rible Death. (By Clay ton Burdick Wis. ) I am a b oy of sixteen l earni n g the paint e rs' trade from a man who mad e his liv ing by painting chimn ey s and cu p o l as o n fac t ories As t hese we r e ve r y high h e used to make sure of not hav ing a n a ccident b y t y ing the end of a rope around his bod y and throw ing the o th e r e n d, w hich had a grappleh ook fa stened t o it, over t h e top of the cupola, but an ac ci dent hap p e n ed just same. One day a s h e w as pain t ing and I wa.s m ixing paint o n the grou n d, I was startled by the l add e r falling about fiv e fe e t from me, a nd o n l oo kin g up I saw Mr. D e lmar the p a int e r da n gling at the e nd o f t h e rope and str iki n g the h o t c u pola. Qui c k a s tho u ght I r eplaced t h e la d d e r and, running up, I caugh t ho ld Jil.f him and h eld him as far away as pos sible, and t h e n th e rope I descende d assist ing hi m d o wn for he w as n e arly unconsc i o u s Whe n I r e ach ed the ground I found h e was burned sev e r e l y a n d callin g aid we took h i m t o th e h osp i tal, wh e re h e w as t a k e n car e o f but w as no t abl e to l eave for ab out four m o n t hs, and a t o n e time i t was feared h e w o uld die As for myse lf I r eceive d a f e w slight burns, b u t n o n e of the m w e r e da n gerous. A Battl e a t the R api d s (By Harr y S c ott, Pa.) One w arm a n d s ultr y d ay, in the l a t te r part o f July, in the year '98, three com p a nion s a n d m y s elf went out t o Bridgewa t e r dam, for a swi m. After h av in g lots o f fun ab ove th e d a m jumpin g a nd d iv in g, I left m y fri e n ds a n d w e nt d o wn t o t h e d a m, an d it was then that I had my n a r row escape. The r e h a d b ee n a h e a vy r ains t o r m t hat m orning, and the dam r esem bl ed the N iagar a Falls, on l y it was a mini ature o n e The r e was a row o f p l anks run ning across the creek. at t h e b ottom o f t h e dam, and they extended out abo ut si x f eet. T h e wate r fell ove r the dam about seve n feet, ont o th e s e pla n ks a n d the n rus h ed off down the creek, m ak in g w h a t I called th e r ap i ds I sa t in b ack o f t h e falls for a w h i l e and t h e n ru sh in g out thro u g h t h e s h ee t o f wa t e r I d ove off the edge of the plank s into t h e seet h ing rap i ds Coming up, I struck ou t wi t h an ove rh a n d s t ro k e for w h e r e i t was s h allow. In stead o f ge tting out a n d wal k in g back a l o n g the b a n k I tho u ght I w o ul d s wi m bac k to the p l anks.


T H E BUF F ALO BILL STOR I ES. 29 This was e a sy for me o n most d ay s whe n the waters were n o t so swift. I starte d back to the planks, swimming hard so as n o t t o g e t ca rri e d b ac k. It was a n awful fight and I w a s pla y ed out b e fore I r eac h ed t h e p l atfo r m. T h e boa r ds we r e we t a nd s limy and just as I l a i d my h and on o ne, the current s wept me b ack. Be ing p l a y ed o ut I could n t d o a thin g, s o dow n I w en t, gettin g my m o u t h full o f w at e r I came up and w e n t for them again but it w as n o u se. Jus t a s I w as a b o ut to s h o ut fo r m y companio 1 }s, I w ent d ow n again, thi s ti m e g etting so muc h wat e r t na t I w a s ch oke d I h a ve oft e n h e a r d that w h e n a pe r so n i s drownin g, they think o f a lot o f thi n g s and I k n ow t h at i t i s true. I was struc k w i t h t h e idea th a t I o u g h t to go with the current instead of fig hting again s t it. T hi s I did and w h e n I arrive d w h e r e I cou l d t o u c h b o tt o m, I s a id t o my self: "Th ank the L o r d I a s sure y ou th a t I h ave n eve r r e p e at e d the trick. How I Saved the Horse s (By Ca rl P r itcha rd, Wis. ) A b o u t se v e n o f m y ch ums and m yself had d e c i ded t o go camping a t T ro u t Lake whi c h i s ab o ut tw e ntye ig h t miles fro m o ur t ow n : We we r e to star t o n Monday m o rnin g but it rain e d t h at day and Tuesd ay a l so but o n W e dn e sday everyt hing was all r i ght, and w e load e d t h e wagon a n d hi tc h ed u p t h e t w o team h o rs e s to ou r trave lin g h ome The r oa d s were v e r y m uddy and sti c k y o n accou nt of t h e rain, so we w e r e onl y ab l e t o go a t a s l ow r a t e of s peed V ve had g o n e a b ou t t w e n ty miles w h e n da rkn ess o v ertoo k us. We d e b a t e d w h e t her to go ah e a d o r cam p w h ere we we r e fo r the ni ght. The maj o r i t y w e re i n fa v o r o f pu s hin g o n so we d i d Vv e h a d go n e ab o ut a mi l e throu g h t h e da r k n e ss when I fei t the lin e s s napp e d fr om my h an ds, an d the h o r ses ga v e a great plunge int o a t orren t of wate r, pull ing t h e wago n a ft e r the m. The b oys jumpe d and swam fo r s h o re, t h o u g h I c alle d l oudl y fo r h e l p fr o m t h em. My fir st tho u g h t w as of t h e h o rses, s o I sw a m for t h eir h eads a n d afte r g etting m y knif e op e n I cu t t h e h a rn e s s w hi c h h e ld the h o rs e s to the w a go n and h eade d th e m for s h o r e They pulle d me w i t h t h e m w h e r e I was haul e d o ut b y the b oys, and t hen, of cou r se, our joi1 rney w a s p u t off, so we cam p ed i n t h e wate r i n s t e a d o f dry l a nd. A n A dventure With a Bear. (By J a mes Law so n, W. Va.) It was in the fall o f 1 898 t h a t my uncl e and I propo s e d takin g a b e a r h u n t in th e Upine Mo unt a in s in G r ee nbri e r Co un t y W Va. So o n e bri ght m o rnin g in ea rl y Novem be r w e p acked our c a mping o utfit a nd st arte d. W e arrived the r e th e nex t d ay, and imm e d iate l y p i tc h ed ou r t en t and coo k e d o ur s up pe r. It was for t un a t e to r us that we b ro u g h t plent y o f blanke t s for tha t ni g ht a b ou t t wo in c h es o f sno w f ell. We w e r e up ea rly the next got our breakfa s t and with our r e peating r ifles, salli e d forth in purs uit of p e ar. V.V e had not gone far wh e n the ir s i gn s b e c a m e vis ibl e in snow. Leaving m y uncle, I started up a d e ep hoHow I h a d n ot gone far w h e n I ca me suddenly up ori t he oo je c t of my hunt. S t a n d ing n o t over fort y yards from rhe was a hu ge black b e ar. M y first impuls e was to run; but t hinkin g o f th e partin g taunts from the bo y s at h o me of what I wo uld d o if I saw a b e ar, I rai se d my rifle to my s h o uld er and w ith a n e r vo u s fing er I pull e d t h e trigger A sa vage g ro w l ans we r e d my shot, and with the blood strea min g fr o m hi s m o uth w h e r e my bullet had hit h im, h e ca m e at m e I scre am e d for h e lp a nd turned and fle d ak fas t as m y trem blin g limb s would carry m e Turning my head I s aw the b ea r n o t five f ee t b ehjnd me .. T h rowi n g m y g un away I s train e d e v e ry n e r ve in 111e, bu t t h e n e x t in stant so m e thing struc k me in the back and a l mos t k n o c k e d m e se n se l ess I lay thus for a m ome n t, and feelin g so m ething wq.rm dropping in my face I o p e n e d m y e y es. The s i g h t whic h m e t my v i ew fr o z e ev e r y drop of' b l ood i n m y v e i ns, for, s t a ndin g ove r m e was the b ea r I had wounded, h i s h o t breath s t ea min g in m y fa ce. I gave all u p fo r l o s t exp e ct in g eai::h se c ond t o his sharp teeth c ru s h i nto my face I clos e d m y e ye s a w aitin g my end whe n Crack !"-a rifl e r e p ort rang o ut and H i e ne x t inst ant a h ea vy b od y f ell o n m y l e g s W ith a b o un d I was o n m y feet an d l ooking up I saw m y uncl e s tanding above m e H e had h eard the report o f my rifle and a r riv e d ju s t in t i me t o s ave my life His bull e t h ad go n e cle an t h rotig h th e b ear's h e a r t '0 l e s t ayed t wo d ays l o n ge r but with no more success I h a v e t h e bear's hi d e n o w in m y rooli)1, and wh e n I look at it n ow, it c a u s e s a f ee lin g o f nervou s n ess to come ove r me T he Fo o t In t h e Frog ( By Rober t C alf10un, Pa. ) One S und ay afte rnoon abou t a yea r a go, whi l e strolling al on g t h e tracks o f the B & 0. R a ilro ad, n ear the o u t sk irts of t h e t o w n I m et wit h a thrillii:i.g escape from d e a th tha t I w ill l o n g r e m em b e r. I often stroll a l ong the r a ilroad, a nd h a v e a g reat h abi t o f wal k ing the rail, w h ich I w as d o ing at thi s ti m e I h ad walke d fo r q uit e a dis t a n ce, and n o t noticing t h a t I w a s n ear a sw i tc h g l a nced up for an i nstant to see i f any tra in s we r e n ea r. It w as a lmost a fata l g lanc e fo r I' slipp e d my fo o t go ing int o the fr o g wh e r e i t remain e d ast with a train nq t ov e r on e-fourth o f a mi l e away, b e arin g d own toward me wit h a lm ost th e s peed o f l i g h tni n g I w as h orror st ri c k e n fo r a m om ent, a-nd pulled and j e rk e d for d ea r life, but thinking o f t he t er rib l e d anger, I r eg ained m y se lfp ossessio n a nd, plun g in g m y hand in t o m y jac ket, I g r asp e d a knife w hi c h op e ned w ith a spring, a nd whi c h fort un ate l y was v ery s h a r p : O n touch i n g the sp rin g th e bla de fle w o p e n, and stoop in g d own.I ma de a quick slas h wit h the knif e and cut the l ace o f m y s h oe from t op t o b otto m I pull e d _my foo t fre e a nd s t eppe d b ack jus t in tim e t o mis s the t h unde r ing lo c o mo tiv e w hiCh p asse d m e lik e a flash. The e n gineer hat! u se d almo s t superhuman e f forts t o st o p the e ngin e but did n o t -succe e d unti l he w'AI a l mos t


30 THE BUFF l\LO BILL STORIES. o ne h undred feet past me, not knowing that I was fast un ti l it was too l ate. After congratu l ating me on my escap e he resumed his jo u rney, and on recovering my shoe I resumed mine An Adventure With a Highwayman. (By W ill iam O'Connor, N Y.) A year ago l ast August I was spend ing two c a t io n i n Saratoga. I was stopping at a cottage wh i ch 1 s s ituat ed on York avenue near the Ten Spring woods, w hich is a very q ui et and lone l y neighborhood a t n ight, a nd a ve r y goo d pl ace fo r a h o l d-up. One night I was coming h ome from a c once r t in Congress p ark, w h e n a b o u t h alf a b l ock from w h ere I lived, a ma n w h o was walk in g down t h e aven ue, s t opped me a n d pu ll e d a small r evo lver out of his coat pocket a n d t o l d me to put u p my hands and b e quiet. I was very muc h frightened, b u t did not l ose m y head, a nd di d as h e to ld me, but just t h en a thought came to me whi c h I r emembe r ed r eadi n g in a book which told what a man sho uld d o i n a case l ike t hi s. T h e man h ad just gone through my and was go in g to take my watc h w h en I nodded making him be l ieve there was some one in back of him, h e saw me do it and l ooked around T hi s was just the chance I was l ooking for. I gave him a bl ow with all my strength o n the poin t of the j aw, whic h d azed h im, and gave me a chance to run home s afely. Numb e r s of GOOD NEWS BOUGHT The following numbers of GOOD NEWS w ill b e bought. Any boys having them in their possession should communicate at once with P. 0. Box 192, New York If you have the following numbers, writ e a t once: N u m b ers 137, 349, 370 to 377, in clusjve I Frank Merriwell writes Another Great Story by Frank Merriwell. 8 READ exclusively for BOY S OF A M E RICA. .8 FRANKME IWELL'S Latest and Best Story, entitled "BUCK BADGER'S RANCH; Or, UP AGAINST THE GOLD PIRAT[S." Opening Chapters Appear in No. 51 of BOYS Every boy of will want to rea d this story. .II> .B .s OF A MERICA. Out Thursday,i Sept, 5th. A Rattling of Western ranch life.


fHIRISi .. NivrcoNTESf r:-icoRKIRTI I S The Contest just starting is going to be the grea test we ever ran. It's an entirely new idea. The : Prizes a re new and the finest we ever offered. The other contests held in the BUFFALO BILL WEEKLY have f all m ade splendid success but this o ne is sure to bre a k all records. Why? Bec a use it is a brand-new idea! a contest every b oy in Am erica has an equal chance in a nd because the prizes beat anything ever offered I before. All you h ave to do is to write out a n account of a ny of your I I : Curious Dreams. Everybqdy h a s had rem a rk a ble drea ms, and anybody who sends in an account of one has a chance of winning one of the prizes. They consist of THREE FIRST-CLASS PHOTOCRAPHIC OUTFITS, Including Camera and all Appliances for Taking and Developing Photographs. I I f 0 i i .., Five Hunting Axes and Fiv-e Hunting Knives. Think of the fun you can have this winter with one of those cameras. You can take and develop photographs of all your friends. Full direc tions go with each camera. Think how useful and handy a first rate huntin g knife or ax will be when you go hunting or trapping in the woods this winter. To Win a Prize.-Write an account of any curious or remark a ble dre a m you have had-no m atte r what it w as about. T ell it in five hundred words, a nd send it with the coupon you will find on this page, properly fille d ou t to the Bu FF ALO BILL WEEKLY, care of Street & Smith, 2 38 William St., New York City. HERE IS A LIST OF THE PRIZES: The three b o y s who send in the three m ost int e resting acco unt s will and of s uch a natur e as t o make it almost impos sible for one part to each r eceive an Eastman Pocket Hodak, w i t h complete become d etached from anot h e r. The h ea d h as an o b long semi-ciicula r I outfit. The ca mera takes picture l!x2 inches; u ses film, and hl}s r ecess mille d in eithe r side t o r eceive th e s l ot t e d end of bar.di e which ca.pacity for twelve p ictur es with o ut r e loading; weight s ix o .unces. T his is accur ately milled t o a close fit and firmly h e ld by a !-inc h stee l wonderfu l little came r a takes pic tures equ a l t o th e m ost expensive It s c r ew. This m e th o d of h andle fastening pr e v e nts any liability of th e mak es n egatives o f s uch s h a rpn ess and definiti o n that beautifu l en-blad e working loose on the h and le. The uppe r part of the h a ndle is l argements of any size ca n b e made from them. Has per fec t Achr o slotted on the unde r side t o r eceive th e folded sheet stee l guard, which matic Lens of fixed focus, Rotary Shut ter wit h sets of three sto p s, i s so a rrang e d as to b e firmly h el d by a fla t stee l bar whe n open or i square View Finder, and covered with fine Sea l Grain L eather. T akes close d snap shots or tim e exposures . Easily carried in pocket or op. bicycl e . Complete with r oll of film fo r tw e lve exposu res and L ea ther Carrying The five boys who send in the five n ext best acco_unts will each r e .1 Case, with room for three extra.film cartridges c eive a SpoTtsmans Ideal Hunting Hni1'e. The r e is about as much diffe rence in point of utility and beauty b etween The five boys.wfio send in the five next best acco1V1ts will eac h reone of our" Ic\eal hunting kniv e s and any other kn ife on the market ceive a Safety Hunting Ax. Dimens ions over all llx4 as th ere i s b etwee n a grizzly b ear and a p o r c upine. They are hand inches: weight 18 o un ces. The blade is made o f solid tool stee l finely for ged, hand tempered, hand t ested by th e ri gidest possible t es t and tempered and highly p olished. The h andle is mad e of mild stee l nickle finished in a mann e r that makes them th e h andsomes t kniv e s in the plat ed on copper, with handle plat es of engraved h ard rubber The The I deal" knives are made with 5-inch blades, l eathe r guard is of sheet stee l hing e d o n a spring in s u c h a m anner that eit h e r liandle, brass and fibr e trimmings, with polish e d stag-horn tip. A handopen or closed it is firml y h eld in position. The construction i s unique iome black or russet case with e a c h knife. Now, Boys, You See Your Chance! It's Up to You to Win a Prize! I COUPON. t BUFFALO BILL DREAM CONTEST. Thi s Contest closes December 1st. All entries must be in by that date. I Remember, the "BUFF ALO BILL NiStamet d .... .. .. ..... W EkEl KdL Y" has the greatest circulation of any ree an .no ................................... wu y escriptive of Indian warfare ever published. f City 07 '.l'own .. ......... ... ...... ........ Your story, whether it wins a prize or not, has a 6 State. ...... ........ ...... ............. chance of being published, and will be read through(> Titfo o f Story ........... .............................. out the length and breadth of the Continent .. e++e+o+e+ete+e+e+e+etete. .. et .. e1 .. +9+9


BUFFALO BILL STORIES (LARGE SIZ:.&.) 1 Containing the Only Stories Authorized by Hon. WILLIAM F. CODY ( "Buffalo Bill"). 41-Buffalo Bill at Painted Rock; or, After the Human Buzzards. 42-Buffalo Bill and the Boy Trailer; or, After Kidnappers in Kansas. 43-Buffalo Bill In Zigzag Canyon; or, Fighting Red tlugh's Band. . 44-Buffalo Bill's Red Allies; or, Hand to Hand with the Devil Gang. 45-Buffalo Bill in the Bad Lands; or, Trailing the Veiled Squaw. 46-Buffalo Bill's Tra.il ot the Ghost Dancers; or, The Sioux Chiefs Secret. 47-Buffalo Bill's Deadliest Deal; or, The Doomed .Desperadoes of Mine. 48-Buffalo Bill's Secret; or, The Trail of a Traitor. 49-Buffalo Bill's Phantom Hunt; or, The Gold Guide of Colorado Canvon. 50-Buffalo Bill's Brother in Buckskin; o r T h e Redskin Lariat Rangers. 51-Buffalo Bill' s Trail of the Man Tigers; or, The Doom of the Branded Hand. 52-Buffalo Bill's Boy Pard; or, Training the Buckskin Bov. 53-Bui'falo Bill's Vow of Vengeance; or, The Scout's Boy A ll y 54-Buffalo Bill and .the Mad tlermit; or, finding a lost Trail. 55-Buffalo Bill's Bonanza; or, The Clan of the Silver Circle. 56-Buffalo Bill's Mascot; o r The Mystery of Death Valley. 57-Bufi a [ o Bill and the Surgeon Scout; or, The Brave Dumb Messenger. 58-Buffalo Bill's Mvsterious Trail; or; Tracking a liidden foe. 59-Buffalo Bill and the Masked Hussar; or, Fighting the P r a irie Pirates. 60-Buffalo Bill's Blind; or, Running the Death Gauntlet. 61-Buffalo Bill and the M asked Driver: or. The Fatal Run Through Death Canyon 62-Buffalo Bill's Still Hunt; qr, fighting the Robber of the Ranges. 63-Buffalo Bill and the Red Riders; or, The Mad Driver o f the Overla nds. 64-Buffalo Bill's Dead-Shot Pa rd; or. The W ill-o -the W i s p of the Trails. 65-Buffalo Bill's Run-Down; or, The R ed-Hand Renegade' s Death. 66-Buffalo Bill s Red Trail; or, I\ Race for Ranson. 67-Buffalo Bill's B e s t Bower ; or, Cam n g the Turn on Deat h Notch D ic k 68-Buffalo Bill and the Gold Ghouls; or, De f ying Death at E l ephant Roc k 69-:-Buffal o Bill's Spy Shadower; or. The Hermi t t f G and Canyon. Ba.ck numbers always on hand. If you cannot 2'et them from your newsdealer, cents a copy will bringthem to you, by mail, postpai<.1. STREET & .l?ttblish.ers, cunnsazc ..... -w I


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