Mile-a-minute Tom, or, The young engineer of Pine Valley


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B VE-BOLD A Different Complete Story Every Week i i /--' W-.tq. 117 #.se ,_,. JIHr. Elwed 1Jccordi"K to .Ac t of Q,,greu ;,, Ille y11Jr 1 904, i tlw O;lu of IM LiWlll'i4 of Co"lfrU4. WtUlll;,gto,. D. C STRE E T & SMITH, a,i8 W il/U.,,, SI. N. Y. No. 72. NEW YORK M ay 7, 1904. Price Five Cents. MILE=l\=MINUT E TOM, OR I The Youn g Engineer of Pine Valley. By CORNELIUS SHEA. CHAPTER I. HOW TOJ\1 CAME TO BE AN ENGINEER. "All aboard!" exclaimed the conductor of Train No. 3, of the Bankville and Blue Mountain Railway. The passengers, who were lingering on the platform, talking with their friends, hastily got upon the cars, and the train slowly pulled out of the depot. This railroad was a new one, and on the morning our story opens trains had been running but a week. The road was a hundred miles in length, and ran through the wildest part of New Mexico. But the company were satisfied that in less than a year the road would pay handsomely, for Bankville was quite a city. and Blue Mountain, the terminus, was the center of the mining district. There was but a single track, but two switches allowed trains to pass when going in opposite directions. Train No. 3 pulled out of the Bankville Depot, with Bill Schr o eder, a surly-looking man, at the loco1'notive's throttle. His fireman was a boy of eighteen, well-built and mus cular and handsome as well. As the road was a new one, all the hands were strangers to the officials, but all had to show a good recommenda tion before they go t a position Tom Mansfield-such being the name of the young fire man-had worked two years on the A. T. & K., under his father, who was an engineer. But one day his father got crushed to death through an accident caused by another engineer, and Tom was left to support his mother. Soon after this they came to Bankville, and the fireman, having an e xcellent recommendation, had no diffi culty in securing a job to fire on the new road. Tom had been in his new place but a week, and, with one exception he liked the job immensely. The wild portion of country the road ran through just suited him, for there was considerable danger in running the trains, as outlaws were reported to be numerous in that section, and at any time they might make an attempt tq_ hold up a train. Being of an adventurous turn of mind, Tom did not. object to the danger, but rather liked it, if anything. The wildness of the country and the kindness of his employers made Tom well satisfied with his position, and the only drawback he had was that he did not like the engineer he was firing for. And Bill Schroeder did not like Tom, to judge by his actions Whenever he desired his fireman to do some par / ticular thinghe ordered him to do it iT\ a rough tone not forgettin!!, !o put in a plentiful supply of oaths. On this day the engi neer seemed to be more sullen than

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2 BRA VE AND BOLD. usual, wh!eh fact the yoimg fireman could not help buJ notice. The time table waii arra nged so train No. 3. would rive at Blue Mountain at exactly twelve o'clock, where H would remain until e ight in the evening, and then start back for Bankville. Blue Mountain was reached Qil ti111(}, and when Tom had banked his fire, he left the engine 1n charge of the wipers, and made his way to a cheap r e staurant, where he usually dined. On his way to this place he noticed Bill Schroeder, the engineer, talking very earnestly to two rough-looking, bearded men. As he passed he heard one of the men say: "All right, then; slow up when yer git ter Pine Valley, an' we'll do ther rest !" Tom gave a start when he heard these words, but paying no further attention to the men, he hurried to the restaurant. "There is something iR the wind," he thou ght, "I un derstand that th ere is a lot of gold dust going to Bank ville on our train to-night. Can it be possible that there is a job put up to rob the train? Why should Bill Schroe der slow down at Pine Valley? Well, I shan't say any thing, but I'll keep my eyes open, you bet!" Tom saw nothing more of the engineer until the time came for him to take his place on the locomotive to make the run back t o Bankville. Contrary to his usual manner, Schroeder opened a pleasant conversation with his fireman. This only served to excite the of Tom, though he conversed with the engineer readily enough. Pine Valley was .a wild spot about halfway between Bankville and Blue Mountain, situated between two moun tains. The valley was plentifully sprinkled with rocks and bowlders, and derived it s name from a sparse growth of pines, these being about the onl y species of trees that grew in it. About two miles. north of the valley was a small sta tion, at which the trains stopped on signal only. Tom Mansfield was not a little nervous when the lo comotive neared this station, for he saw a waving lantern, which meant that the train should stop to take on a pas senger. "Some one wants to get on," said the engineer, as he blew the whistle and shut off steam. "I didn't think we would take up anybody here to-night, Tom." The young fireman made some sort of reply, and then felt to see if his revolver was safe in his pocket. Finding that it was, he kept on ringing the bell till the train pulled up at the little station. He watched and saw one man get aboard the train, and then they started again. "I say, Tom," said Schroeder, sudden ly, "let me have your revolver, will you? I left mine at Blue Mountain. I always make it a point to carry one, for this road runs through. a dangerous section of country, especially Pine Valley." "That is why I can't lend you my revolver; I want it myself," returned Tom, quietly. The e ngineer muttered an oath at this retort, and then bpsed into silence. Tom kept a sharp eye on him, and be n otice d that, as they neared Pine Valley, he slowed down considerably. "What are you going to do-stop? he asked. "None of yovr business, you confounded yot\tlg fool!" replied Schroeder. ''Throw some more coal on and keep )OU!' mouth shut! I am boss of this engine!" The young fireman knew there was sufficient coal in the fur. nace, so he did not make a move to obey the com mand. His companion hurled a voUey oi oaths at him, and again ordered him to replenish the fire with more coal. "I know lUY business a;s well as yo1.1 know yours, Mi:. Schroeder!" ex;clairned Ton1, with flashing eyes, "There is a full head of steam on, and the fire do es not need to be touched for half an hour." The engineer had shut the steam off entirely now, and the train was fast coming to a stop Springing from his seat, he uttered an oath and made a move to clutch Tom by the throat. But the boy was watching him, and nimbly jumped out of his way, at. the same time drawing his revolver. "Hands off, Bill Schroeder!" he cried. "Don't attempt to tm.lch me, or I'll shoot you dead in your tracks! You are a base scoundrel, and have put up a job to rob the train, but you shall not do it! Get off the engine now, or you are a dead man !" There was so much earnestness in the boy's voice, that the engineer turned as pale as a sheet. The muzzle of the revolver was not over two feet fro\n his face, and the look in Tom's eyes told him he meant what he said. "Whywhy, what is the matter?" he ,gasped. "Have you heard--" "I know all about it! Get off, I say!" thundered the stalwart young fireman. vVithout another word Schroeder sprang from the cab like a whipped cur; and then, as quick as a flash, Tom spran g to the throttle and opened it fully halfway. \i\Tith a b ound the l ocomo tive darted forward, and then a volley of rifteshots came from a group-of rocks close by. "Foiled!" cried the brave young fireman. "If the fiends have not placed any obstruction on the track, I'll run the train safe into l3ankville." With his hand upon the lever, he watched the track ahead, paying no attention to the shots that were being fired by the band of outlaws, who had planned to rob the train by the aid of the villainous engineer. Fortunately the track was clear, and, entirely unaided, Tom ran the train into Bankville. No one had been killed by the bullets from the rifles of the outlaws, though one of the brakemen received a wound that was painful, but not When the road officials learned of what had taken place: Tom Mansfield was at once placed in charge of locomotive No. 5, of train No. 3, on the Bankville and Blue Mountain Railway, a position which destin e d him to pass through many perilous and startling adventures. CHAPTER II. THE SCOURG E OF PINE \'.\LLEY. \i\Then Tiilj,. Schroeder j nm peel from the loco111otive he immediate::,-darted behind a rock evidently that Tom might take it in his head to fire a shot at him.

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BRA VE AND BOLD. 3 Though a villain, the man was a rank coward, and he did not get upon his feet until the last car of the train had passed. But he soon dodged for cover again, as the gang, who were shooting at the engine and train, were not very par ticular where they sent the bullets. They were located somewhere on the other side of the track, and waiting until the fast-receding train was well out of sight, the baffled engineer walked upon the track and shouted : ''Hello, Felcher! Hello, Dresden! Is is me-Bill Schroeder !" An exclamation of surprise, followed by a volley of oaths, partly in English and partly in German, was the response he got, and then a lighted lantern was thrust in his face before he was aware of it. "Id him, cabdain-sure !" exclaimed a voice. "He is vot I calls von grazy fool!'' "Hold on, Dresden, get mad," said Schroeder, in a tone that was appealing. "I did the best I could, but the fireman got onto our racket, somehow, and put me off the engine at the point of a pistol when I slowed up for you." "So that is it?'' exclaimed a masked man, stepping for ward in the rays of the lantern. "If I had known just 11ow matters stood we would not have fired upon the train at all, then. We thought your heart had failed you at the last moment. Anyhow, we will wait until some other time. If this railroad wants to run through this part of the country, it must pay l\lasked Dan and his men for the privilege-that's all!" "Yes, yes!" cried a number of voices in unison. "Long live l\Iaske
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4 BRA VE A:t\D BOLD. Masked Dan drew his knife and stepped to the table, and Felcher immediately stepped forward with a tin cup. Up went the outlaw captain's powetfol arm, and then down came the knife with a sickening thud. As he coolly dl-ew the knife from the wound a crih1son stream followed it. The German allowed the cup to fill, as the blood trkkled downward, and then placed it to the engineer's lips. Schroeder was so badly seated that he would have fallen to the floot if he had not beeh supported by a couple of the men. "Drink!'' thundered Masked Dan. With a shudder Schroeder obeyed. He drained the cup, and then the men allowed him to sink to the floor. "Get up, brother!" cried the outlaw captain with a laugh. "The man I stabbed was but a dummy, and you have btit drunk a tup of wine!" CHAPTER III. STARTLING NEWS AT THE SWITCH. Tom Mansfield's engine h1ade only orte trip in two days, so the day following the treachery of Sthroeder the young engineer had a day off. He would just as leave have gone to work, fol: he was very proud over his promotion, and was anxious to make his first trip as a full fledged The superintendent gave him the privilege of se1ectit1g his own fireman, so he picked out a young fellow nah1ed Lou Dailey, who was working on the road as a brake1mi11, though he had fired for nearly a year on a Texas road before he came to Bankville Tom. and Lou were fast friends, so the new arrange ment was a very satisfactory one. The officers of the road thought it probable that Schroe der would turn up with some plea or othet, but the day passed and he failed to do so "If he was aiding the outlaws to rob the train, he must be ohe of them," argped Tom, and this version of the matter was accepted by his employers. "You must keep a sharp lookout, Tom," said Superin tendent Maury Kemper "Schroeder must certainly have it in for you, and it is quite likely he will try to h1jute you." "I shall keep n1y eyes open, sir. Schroeder is not sharp enough to get the best of me, unless he has sofne one to assist him. I think I will be able to make the trips, if anyone earl." "I like your spirit, Tom," returned the superintendent. "Go ahead and do the best you can. I am afraid we arc going to have coilsiderable trouble with the lawless men that infest tllis region; but if we can manage to run the trains on this road for a year, there will be a mint of money in it for the stockholders. We want only first class engineers and conductors-me11 who are brave and determined. Therefore, you will understand that a great deal of the responsibility rests on you Go in and win." The young enr>:ineer thanked him for his kind words, and then turned his attention to his locomotive. He saw that every bit of the brass work was rubbed until it shone like a n<'w twenty-dollar gold piece, and arranged the cab to his full satisfaction. He did not have his license yet, but the officials had promised to have it for him by the time he was ready to start the next clay, so this was a matter of little con sideration. Train No. 3 left Bankville on time the next morning, with Engineer Tom at the locomotive's throttle. The run to Blue Mountain was made in safety, as was the return trip. And so it kept up for a whole week, the outlaws 11ot bothering them once. Business contimted to boom on the new road, and the company began carrying a large amount of passengers and freight. The trainmen were on the alert for danger all the and every rnan was well armed. The company had a contract with an express compahy to carry a considerable qua11tity of gold dust from Blue Mountain to Bankville, once a week. The very first week it was pltt aboard the express car Bill Schroeder, the engineer, had joined in a scheme to rob the train. But he was foiled, a5 is k11owr1, by Tom Mansfield. The second shipment of gold dust was placed aboard a train that left Mountain at four in the morning, which passed Tom'.s trairt at a switch between Pine Valiey and Bankville when the young engineer slowed down at the switch he saw that the other train was riot on time. It should have been there waiting fot him, according to the tih1e schedule, but as delays are frequent occur rences on all railroads, he thought nothing of it. Five, ten, fifteen minutes passed, and still there Was no sign of the express train. Tom began to uneasy, and called the conductor and asked him Wllat he thought of it. ''Something has happened-that's certain," responded that individual. "I wouldn't be a bit surprised if Masked Dan and his gang have held up the train." ''That is my idea of it," said Tom. "But--" The boy was interrupted by the shrill blast of a 1ocot1iotive whistle. "There she comes!" exclaimed Lou Dailey. "Now we will soon know what caused the delay." The express ca1ne in sight at that moment, and a n1in ute later pulled up at the switth. "What is the matter?" asktd Tort1, as the engineer sprat1g to the ground. in an excited manner ''l\iatter Look at the express car!', Turning his gaze in that direction the young saw that nearly everv window in the car \/\'as sn1ashed and that it was otherwi;e mutilated. "l\.Iasked Dan held up the train in Pine Valley and killed two brakemen and the express messenger and then got off with the treasure." "Yes, an' took one of the young lady passenget&. with 'em, too,', affirmed the fireman. By this time the express trai11 hands ahd a number of the passengers '..\'ere on the spot, talking of the outrage that had been committed by the outlaws. Tor11 leaned from the cab window and listened. He learned tlrnt the young J acl_v the outlaws had taken ptisoner was Ethel North, the daughter of Col. Nnrth. who was lying wounded in one of the cars from a pistol bullet received during the attack.

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BRAVE AND BOLD. 5 Col. North was a r et ired army officer, and being a native of the terri to ry, chose to make it his home. with his wife a nd daughte r he h ad been on his way to BankviIIe, whe r e he intended to l ocate for a while, as h e was a heavy stockholder in the railroad It must have been the gi rl s beauty that attracted the atte ntion of the outlaws, or else they expected to get a ransom for her, for she was the o nly prisoner Masked Dan took. Tom sympat hi zed deeply with the old man, but he had no tim e to lin ge r and list e n to the story of the outrage. After learning that the track was clear tra in No. 3 st arte d on her way, over twenty-five minutes behind tirrte. "I must make this up," thought the young e n g-irteer; and h e re so lv ed to do it. L o u Dailey kept up plehty of steam, and Tom opened wide the throttle. The train sped along at the terrific rate of a mil e a m i n u te The trainmen nicknamed Tom "Mile a ::\Iinute Torn" after that flying trip t hro u g h Pine Valley At the next stopping point they had gained five mihutes of the lost time, and then Tom k n ew he could do it. As t hey passed through Pin e Valley they saw nothin g u nusual, though both the you n g engineer and th e men o n the tra in kept a sharp l ookout The locom ot i ve was a good ohe, and when the time was up for the train to be at Blue Mo untain it was there. As Tom sprang fr om the cab after attiving he saw the evil face -.Df Bill Schroeder peering at him from the corner of the depot buildittg. CHAPTER IV. DOOMED TO A HORRIBLE DEATH. Tom gave a start wheh he saw Schroeder, "I wonder what he is doing here?" he thought. "I ,,. should think he would be afra id to vetttu r e where any of the r a ilroad officials might see him." The villainous engin ee r scowled when he saw Top) looking at him, and th en quickly atound the cdrrier of t h e building. : The young engiheer made hi s way to the dining saloon, resolved that if Schroeder attempted to harm him he woltld get the worst t:Jf it. But, though he kept a shatp l ookout, he saw nothing of him duri n g the afternoon. When the time came for thetn to start back to Bartk ville Torn told his fireman about Schroeder's prese nc e in B lue Mountain, and warned him to be onl the lookout for danger: Both young feilows did l ook sharp ahead of them, for it occurred to them that possibly Schroeder had taken ali afternoon t rain to P ine VaJiey and woul d lay in wait for them the re if h e r eally meant to do anything. But not so The villain was up to a b ette r scheme than that. He wanted r evenge on the brave young fellow who had taken his place on the l ocomotive and his friends, Felcher and Dresden, were going to-help him get it. T h ese th ree members o f the outlaw band boarded Tom's train at the Pine Valley platform a1ter t he robbery of the ot h er train. Schroeder was disguised, and when th e conductor took his fare he d i d not know him. The y went to Blue l\Iountain on an errand for Masked Dan, and at the same time to get square with Engineer Tom. The train sped on its way and in clue time n eare d Pine Valley. W h e n about a mil e from th e littl e sta tion the h eads o f three men appeared above the back of the l o c omot i ve tertcler. They belonged to Schr. oede r and his two pals. Torn sat at his post, gazing upon the track ahead of him, and Lou Dailey was throwing c oa l in the furnace. It was th e very opportunity th e three villains wanted. Quickly but silently they' cr ept i nto the coal bun ke r and made their way toward the unsuspecting young fellows in the cab of the locomotive. Each carried a r evo l ver in hi s band and a short, h e avy stick. At length they had almost re ached their victims! Just then Tom turned and saw his danger. But too ]ate! Bill Schroeder struck him on the hea d, a nd he feII back, compietely unco nsci ous The fireman was served in a lik e manner befo re he had a ch a nc e to look around, so the thtee villains became masters of the s it uati o n very easily. With a g rin of satisfaction, Bill Schrode r took his place at the throttle, while the ras cally anarchists proceeded to bind Torn artd Lou. The whole thing had happened so, quickly that it hardly seemed possible to the v illains th emselv es. On thundered the train, the tra inm en and passen gers entirely ignora11t of the fact that a diffe rent man was in chatge of the l ocomo tive. As they pttIIed up at the Pine Valley station, Schroeder told Felch e r and D r esden t o get off on the othe r side, and take the young engineer a nd firemen with them The n1o men t the ttain stopped they obeyed. The villainous e n g ip eer was now alone in the cab, anr1. he coolly waited until h e received the conductor's signal tv start, artd then opened the throttle. He opened it wide r th an usua l too but he d i d it pttr poscly, for as soon as the driving wheels began to re volve h e jumpe d from the l ocomotive and l ande d on gtottt1d, on the side of the track opposite the station. And the train; gaining h eadway every second, went on throt1g h the darkness of th e night, w it h no o n e o n th e locomot ive Schroede r utte r ed a chuckle o f d elight as he made his wa y to the spot where Felcher and Dresden were standing with the two prisoners Both Tom and Lou h ad returnee! to consciousness, and it was with feelings of horror th at t hey h eard Schroeder tell how he had sent t he train on with n o o n e at the throttle. "What are you going t o do with us?" d ema nd e d Tom, speaking as coolly as possible. "You vos find out puddy soon," sa id Dresden. "You bet he will exclaimed Schroeder. "Shall we t ake them to headqua rters?" "Ve vos ](:';we ele m ontsidc till ve. r e pr:irt," spoke up Felcher. This s eemed to be satisfactory to his two companions,

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5 BRA VE AKD BOLD. so the ropes abo u t the ankles o f Mile-a-lVIinute Torn and !:is fireman were cut, and then the two young fellows were as$isted to th e ir feet. Cut their a rms w e re securely bound behind th em, so t hey were as helpless as infants. "Come on," said Schroeder. "Walk fast now or I'll stick a knif e in your backs t o h e lp you along!" The distance t o the outlaws' secret retreat was n o t great, and it was reached in less than half an hour. The a nkles o f the prisoners were again bound, and then the three villains left them lying on the ground and went inside .The entrance to the underground place was not near e no u g h for Tom and his companion to see or hear any thing by which they might locate it. As soon as they were left to themselves both boys began struggling to free their hands. But all their efforts were useless; the anarchists knew how to tie fast knots only too well. "This is awful!" groaned Tom. "It is a good thing that the track is clear, for the train will go on until it passes the ne x t station before the train hands find out th at there is n o one on the engine. Schroeder is a fiend !" "I wond e r what he means to do with us?" asked Lou. "He is bad enough to kill l:ls." "We must try and get away." "But we are powerless." "I know it; we are in a bad box." It was a long time before Schroed e r and his two com pani o ns came out of th e r e treat, and when they did so Masked Dan was with them. PJl this time Tom and Lou had been forced to re main in the same position they had been placed in. "So you are here yet, hey?" lau g hed Schro ede r, in a tantalizing way. "Well, we will soon put an end to your misery. The three-forty-five from Bankville will be along in about ten minutes." Tom knew not what to make of this speech, but he soon found out what it meant. At an order from the masked man, who called himself the S courge of Pine Valley, the boys were picked up bo dily b y th e o utl aws, and carried to the railroad track, a few yards distant. Right; across the rails they were laid, and then with a st out rope Felcher and Dresden began tying them fast! Cold bea ds of perspiration broke out upon the forehead of Tom while a cry of horror left the lips of Lou Dailey. "You surely don't mean to l e ave us here to be crushed and man g l ed by the train, do you?" hoarsely cried Tom. "Keep cool, young fellow; you can't die but once, and it is a fitting death for an engineer to be run over b y a l ocomot ive," replied l\[as ked Dan. "We've got a g rud ge a ga inst you, Tom Mansfield, and you have got to die! The fireman will keep you company for b e ing with you !'" exclaimed Bill Schroeder. At that moment the whistle of an approaching train was heard. With a rnod: ing lau g h the outlaws darted away in the direction of their r etreat, l e aving T o m and his fireman to their fate. The next instant the g lare of a locomotive's headlight could be seen in the distance! CHAPTER V. JOE, THE SHADOW. Immediat ely after the office rs of the Bankville and B lu e Mountain Railroad learn ed of the attempt to h o ld up the train, which was so cleverly foiled by the coolness and brav e r y of Tom l\Iansfield. they held a meeting and de cided to hir e a first-class detective to l ocate the headquar ters of the Scourge of Pine Valley and break up the band. They did this in secret, not allowing any of their mos t trusted employees to know of it, and on th e very day the outlaws made the second attempt to rob the express car, which was a successful one, as the reader knows, the detective arrived at Bankville. This human sleuthhound, as m e n of his occupation are sometimes called, was kn ow n as the Pinkerton Shado w though his proper name was J oe Bullock. He was a young man-not having passed his thirtieth birthday yet-of medium build, and an adept in the call ing he chose to pursue The extre me audacity of the outlaws in holding up a train and robbing the express car in broad da ylig ht caused the detective to folly r ea lize that he had a dan gerous con tract on hand. But he was to big pay for his work, and, in case he was successful in breaking up the outlaw band, he was to p ocke t five hundred dollars extra. The instant he heard of the robbery of the express car and the kidnaping of one of the female passengers on the tra in, the detective made preparations to go to Pine Valley. He was pretty well tired out from his long journey t o Bankville, but h e th o u ght the soo ner he go t to the scene of the robbery the better it would be for him. Supt. Maury Kempner ordered an engine and o n e car to be ready in half an hour, and then the shadow dis guised himself as an elderly gentleman of means, or, in other words, he desired to pass off as one of the stockhold ers of the company. It was quite late in the afternoon when th e special started to convey the detective to Pin e Valley, and when the engine came to a sto p within a mile of the place, and allowed him to ge t off. it was quite dark. The engine and car immediately started back for Bank ville, and Bullock, the Sl1adow, was l ef t standing on the side of the roadbed. He had never been in this section of the country be fore, but this mattered littl e to him. He h ad been t old that the outlaws had their h eadquarters somewhere in Pine Valley, but no one knew exact ly where. As he was now at the edge of the valley, he knew as much about the secret retreat of the robbers o f Pine Valley as anyone, save th e members of the band. That is the way the detective figured it. The first thing h e did after himself alone was to hunt about for a pl ace that would serve as a sort of headquarters for himself. The country was a wild one, and in such places snug little hiding places are often found. When he had searched about for half an hour the tective gave a grunt of satisfa cti o n and came to a halt. He had found a lit tle dry cave the mouth of which was concealed by overhanging vin e s

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BRA VE AND BOLD. 7 "Now I'll change my rig," he muttered. "It will hardly do for me to stay around these diggings in my present make-up." As soon as he had crawled into the cave, lig hting his w ay, of course, with his dark lantern, he took a quick survey of it to make sure that it was not the den of wild beasts Having satisfied himself on this point, the Shadow de p osi ted his lantern and the small valise he carried upon the ground. Then in a very few minutes he removed his outer cloth ing, which h e had worn to deceive the train hands, and donned a rough-looking suit of jean, which he took from the valise. A wig and false b eard were quickly adjusted, and then the Shadow looked like a plain, everyday workingman who had been in hard luck for some time. "Now I'll go down the track to the place where the out laws got in their fine work to-day,'' he muttered, extin guishing the lantern and placing it in one of the capacious pockets his coat contained. The cav e he had selected for his headquarters was not over five minutes' walk from the railroad track, and as the detective knew exactly what direction to take, he soon reached it. It was not so dark but that he could see objects about him, so he soon selected a bowlder and a scraggy pine tree near it, that would act as a landmark to help him find his cave again. Then he started down the track, walking rather slow ly, as though he had long been upon the tramp, and was very tired. Whe n he had made a trifle over a mile he was satisfied, from the description he had rec eived, that he had reached the spot where the outlaws had stopped and robbed the train Coming to a halt he sat down on the side of the track, as though to rest himself "There is one of two things I am satisfied about," he muttered, "and that is, either the headquarters of the out. laws is very close to this place, or at least five miles from it. If it i s close by, this man, Masked Dan, evidently thinks no one would believe he would commit his d e preda tions so n ear it. They say he is very shrewd and darin g, and I am inclined to think the latter is correct." Just then the disguised man heard the faint sound of voices close at hand They came from a clump of rocks in front of him, and in an inst ant he was all attention. Dropping upon hi s stomach, he worked his way to the rocks, and cre e ping into a niche, l ay perfectly still. Two men were talking in low tones, and after lis tening to their c o nversation for a minute th e detective came to the concl usion that they were outlaws. "Felcher and Dresden and the new member will be here on the train that is to pass in an hour or so," he h ea rd one of them say. "From what I understand, they have put up a j ob on the boy that nms th e eng ine of that train. Just what they intend to do I don"t know." "I suppose it ain't any of our busin ess, anyhow," re turned the other "All we want is our share of t!1e plunder we coll ar. The captain says if things pan out 'right for the n e.-t two months we'll all be rich. He thinks the new railroad will be busted in that time." "I reckon it will !" laughed the other "And I reckon it won't," thought the Shadow "But something else will be 'busted' inside of that time, and it will be the villainous band you rascals belong to." The men talked a little while longer and then moved away from the spot. The detective crept from his p l ace of concealmen t and followed them By their movements he guessed them to be sentinels who were guarding the vicinity of the out l aws' retreat. And this was exactly what they were .Masked Dan took every precaution to make his under ground den a safe one, and two men were continually sta tioned about it, both night and day But the Shadow did not1grow 'disheartened He made up his mi\1d to locate the retreat, and, if possible gain ad mission to it. He lingered about, keeping a sharp watch upon the two men, until he heard a train coming. "That must be the train the three men are coming on," he thought. "I wonder--" He was interrupted at that instant by seeing the two men start directly for the rock behind which he was con cealed. He pressed flat to the ground and remained perfertly silent. The next moment the outlaws paused in front of a bowlder a few feet distant and pounded three times upon it He could not h ear what was said, thoug h he strai n ed his ears to do so. But the stars gave out sufficient light for him to see the bow lder roll over. A man wearing a mask came out from a hole and joined the two outside. The n all three walked swiftly toward the track. Acting on a sudden impulse the detective crept to the hole. The next instant he glided noiselessly down the steps He had scarcely got into the passage below when the three men returned. Down the steps they came, and then the bowlder rolled back in its place. The Shadow was inside the hidden retreat. CHAPTER VI. TOM ANp THE COLONEL. Tom gave a groan of agony when he saw the headlight of the approaching locomotive. It was not over two hundred yards distant, and it seemed that the brave boy and his fireman were doomed to a certain death. On came the train, and the outlaws, thinking that the two boys were as good as dead, hurried to their secret retreat. Dnt a kind Providence was not going to permi! them to die in that horrible manner. The outlaws were scarcely out of sight when the form o f a man suddenly darted from behind a large rock and sprang with .Jight ning bounds to the railroad.

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BRAVE AND BOLD. The roar of the train told him he mustdo his work quickly or he would not be able to do it at all. A cry of joy came from the lips of Lou Dailey when he felt a knife sever the ropes that bound him to the rails. Like magic he was whisked from the track, and then the stranger turned his attention to Tom. When he started to cut the ropes that secured Tom the locomotive was so close that its headlight lighted up the scene with a brilliant glare. The engineer had put on the brakes and reversed the engine, but he was too close to do any good when he saw the human obstructions lying across the track. No! it all depended on the unknown man, who had started in so bravely to rescue the boys. The pilot of the locomotive was within twenty feet of him now, and still Tom was not loose from the rails. The young engineer heard his would-be rescuer hoarsely utter the words: "Too late!" and then the glaring headlight disappeared from his vision and he knew no more. But he was not dead, or even hurt, and when he re turned to consciousness five minutes later the forms of a dozen persons bent over him, among whom was his fire man, Lou Dailey. But the unknown man who had rescued them was no where to be seen. "That was a narrow escape!" exclaimed the engineer of the train. "My heart was in my throat when I saw the two boys lying across the track, for I knew I could not stop the train before I got upon them. The instant I -saw them a man rushed to them and cut them loose from the rails He was just in time, too, for the head wheel of the forward truck cut the heel squarely from the young engineer's shoe, just as he pulled him from the track." These the first words Tom heard after opening his eyes. 'He's all right!" exclaimed the conductor, as the boy arose to a sitting posture .... "Are you hurt, Tom?" "No," was the reply; "only badly scared-that's all." The next moment he got upon his feet. feeling a trifle faint from the terrible ordeal he had passed through. Lou Dailey was still very pale, and as he grasped the young engineer's hand, he said: "Tom, that was pretty near death, wasn't it?" "It was!" exclaimed the boy. "I should like to thank the man who saved us. He is a hero, even if he should prove to be one of the outlaws!" "The moment he saw you were safe he ran away and disappeared among the rocks," said the engineer. "I should like to have the opportunity to do him a good turn some day-whoever he was," .observed Tom, as he boarded the train, along with the rest. "So should I," said Lou Dailey. Everyone took it for granted that it was one of Masked Dan's band who saved the boys, when they had listened to their story. "The fellow had a more tender heart than Schroed e r and his vile companions," observed the conductor. "\Veil, boys, we must take you on to Blue Mountain with us, you can take the first train back." There was nothing better to do, so the boys were forced to abide bv this. The train reached Blue Mountain on time, and an hour later Engineer Tom and Lou Dailey started back for Bankville on another train. As they passed through Pine Valley they saw nothing of the outlaws. When they arrived Tom found his engine all right. He learned that the train hands had discovered that there was no one at the throttle twenty minutes after Bill Schroeder had jumped off. The steam ran down, owing to the fact of the fire being low, and the train had stopped on an up grade. There happened to be an engineer on the train, so the run was finished without mishap, though they got in nearly an hour behind time. The appearance of the young engineer and his frreman was hailed with delight by the officials of the road, and' when they learned that Tom had no idea of resigning his position they were doubly glad. "I shall stick as long as the rest do," said the boy. "I am not afrai
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BRA VE AND BOLD. 9 "To-night, after you make your trip. I will have a special engine and car ready to leave Bankville as soon as you get in The men I have hired will occupy the car, and you and your fireman can take the engine through with a deputy sheriff and myself in the cab with you." "All right," returned Tom, "I shall be ready as soon as we get back to Bankville." The young engineer did not have much faith in the colonel's plan If his advice had been asked he would have unhesitatingly told him to pay the twenty five thou sand dollars the outlaw captain demanded; but as it had not been asked, he agreed to serve the colonel as best he could. ---CHAPTER VII. WHAT THE DETECTIVE ACCOMPLISHED. The moment the detective heard the outlaws coming down the stone steps he made up his mind that he was in a tight box. But he did not lose his presence of mind and get rattled, as the majority of men would haye done under like circumstances; he dropped silently tc;i the ground and began crawling along the passage, all the while feeling for a place to hide As soon as the bowlder rolle
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10 BRA VE AND BOLD. I the door, and he made up his mind that he must be pretty near what he sought. Presently he came to a crack through which no light came. "Eureka!" he exclaimed, under his breath. "There is a darkened room below! Now, the question is whether it is the girl's prison or the captain's room? The meri all sleep in bunks about the main apartment, for I saw th e m lying upon them. This might be the captain's private apartment, and then it might be the place the girl is con fin e d in. How am I going to find out?" The detective scratched his head in a thoughtful man ner for a mom e nt, and then promptly came to a decision. He would drop something through the crack, and if any of the outlaw band were there they would think it was a p i ece of dirt that had fallen through of its own accord, and take no notice of it. But if Col. North's daughter there she would most likely become frightened at the n01se. This was the only plan the Shadow could form under the circumstances, so he set about it at once. a good-sized pebble from the plenty that were scattered about upon the planks. he deliberately dropped it through the crack The next instant there came a stifled scream from be low, and the detective knew he had struck the right place. But he was forced to remain perfectly quiet for {). time, because the noise the girl might call some one there to see what it meant. But fortunately this did not occur, though the prisoner had now light e d a lamp and was walking up and down the room in an agonized mannrr. The Shadow dared not trust himself lo speak to her, so, drawing a memorandum book from his pocket, h_e quickly wrote the followingon one of its pages: "Keep up your courage; a friend is very near, who will save you before many hours. Destroy this immediately. "A FRIEND." T earing the leaf from the book, he wrapped it about a pebble and dropped it through the crack almost at the girl's feet. The detective could not see her, owing to the fact that the crack ran in a slanting manner, but in less than a min ute afterward he heard her exclaim: "Thank God !" While he was studying over what to do next he beard the sounds of a c ommotion below As he could do nothing toward rescuing the girl just then, the Shadow made his back to a spot where he could hear what was going on below. He was just in time to hear the outlaws resolve, to a man, that Engineer Torn and his fireman should be tied to the track and run over by the early morning train. The time had passed rapidly since the detective arrived in Pine Valley, and it was now well on toward moi:nin g He had accomplished considerable during the few short hours he had been there, but he resolved to do one thing more before daylight. He meant to save the young engineer and fireman the outlaws proposed to murder in such a fiendish manner! He heard the outlaw captain say that in half an hour they would go out and tie the two boys to the railroad track. He also learned that they were lying outside, bound hand and foot. But he could not get out until some of them went out ahead of him, because he did not know how to roll th e bowlder aside. Forgetting all about the imprisoned girl for the tim e he made his way back to the opening over the door of the retreat and dropped lightly into the passage. Then he crawled in the hole where he had first con cealed himself, and waited for some of the outlaws to come out. It seemed a long time, but presently the key grate d in the lock and four men came out, one of them carrying a lighted lantern. From his place of concealment the detective watched one of them seize a heavy wooden lever and press down upon it. Then they all filed up the steps and disappeared. With drawn revolver, the Shadow started noiselessly after them. He was just about to ascend the steps when the bowlder rolled back in its place. .But this did not deter him; waiting a couple of minutes, he caught hold of the lever as the outlaw had done, and caused it to open again. But he could not have opened it wide enough, for h e barely succeeded in getting outside without being crushed as it fell back again. But a miss is as good as a mile, as the old saying is, and the detective thought nothing of the occurrence. Straight for the railroad track he went, though he was forced to proceed very slowly, for fear of being seen b y the men. He got near enough to see the villains tie the two bo) to the rails, and as they l e ft them to their fate he heard the whistle of the approaching train. "Great God!" he exclaimed, "will I be in tirl\'e ?" But he was in time, for he was the stranger who s o bravely saved the lives of Mile-a-Minute Tom and Lou Dailey. CHAPTER VIII. A TERRIBLE SITUATION. The colonel conversed with Tom all the way back to the switch yard, and the young en g ineer was forc e d to caution him not to talk so loudly of his plans. "Pshaw!" was the reply. "I don't b e lieve there are any of the outlaws or their friends about here." ''You can't tell," said Tom. "Masked Dan's men are a well-organized band, and they certainly have spies out, both here and in Bankville. It stands them in hand t o do so, as they are thus enabled to know all that is goin g on Neither of them noticed the knowing look that flitted over the face of one of the yard men, who had been lis tening to a good part of their conversation. The moment he got the opportunity this man, who was nothing more nor less than one of Masked Dan's spies. made his way behind some freight cars and gave a low whistle.

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BRAVE AND BOLD. i i The next minute Felcher, the anarchist, appeared, though he was disguised as a cattle man. The yard man quickly told him what he had heard, and the German gave a guttural laugh of pleasure. "I vos got blenty news for der captain," said he. "The young engineer and der fireman dey vos alive, alredy, 'and n o w dey vos g oin' to run a special, loaded mit shooting men to preak up der band and get avay der girl! But I guess me not! Der whole pusiness vill die-I bet me on dot!" With these words he left the spy and made his way from the yard. All unconscious of this, Engineer Tom boarded his engine to make the return trip when the time came. The colonel was aboard this train, and so was Felcher, the outlaw. When Pine Valley station was reached the latter got off. Half an hour later the entire outlaw band knew that a party of men were c oming in a special car to make an effort to exterminate th e m that night. T o m's train got into Bankville all right, and then the colonel hastened to see if his orders had been carried out. He found that they had; the engine and car were ready to pull out of the depot at a moment's notice, and twenty four armed men were in the car. Tom sent a message to his mother, stating that he was going a little way down the road on a special, and then jumped aboard the waiting locomotive. Lou Dailey followed him, and then Col. North and a deputy sheriff dambered into the cab. Then start was made. "Go to the spot where they had you tied to the track, and th e n stop," said the colonel. "I am satisfied we have enou g h men with us to exterminate the outlaw band, and rescue my daughter quite easily." "We must find them first," returned Tom, qui e tly. On bounded the engine and car at the rate of sixty miles an hour. Being a heavy stockholder in the company, the colonel had been able to procure the best locomotive on the road, and the manner in which the young engineer handled it was a credit to him. Whizz -whirr Whizz-whirr Onward they sped, the men in the car declaring they had n e ver rode so fast be fore. And Engineer Tom just gloried in it. With his hand upon the lever and his eyes upon the glistening steel rails ahead, he was in the seventh heayen. "You just tell us about where the villains came out when they carried you to the track, and we will do the rest," sp o ke up the colo n el, afte r a lcne'"th y pause. "We have picks and sh o v e ls in pl e nty, and if it is necessary we will dig our way into the outlaws' h e adquarters." must look out for an ambush obs e rved the d e put y sheriff. "They are d e sp e r a t e f e llows and are not l ik ely to give up the game ver y e as i l y ... But Col. North was s atisfied th;it hi s pbn \YO t 1lcl work, and it was useless to arg ne wit h him, thou g h it must be confessed none of the men he had hir e d were ready to risk running into an ambu s h on hi s a c c o unt. They were d et ermin e d men for all tl-iat. a n d w e re pre pared to battle with the outlaws in an open fight, and bravely face death. The nearer they got to Pine Valley the more nervous and excited the colonel became. "We will teach the scoundrels a lesson !" he cried. "After all, it fell to my lot to devise a scheme to rid the world of the Scourge of Pine Valley." Tom, Lou and the deputy sheriff exchanged glances. It occurred to them that the man was fast becoming in sane on the subject of slaying the outlaws and rescuing his daughter. On thundered the locomotive and car, and presently the valley was entered, A mile farther and they would be at the place where they were to stop. As yet Tom had not shut off the steam a particle. Half a mile farther and he reached out his hand t o do so. But at that instant his face turned as pale as and a cry of horror escaped his lips. They had just rounded a sharp curve, and less than two hundred feet ahead of them the track was torn up. CHAPTER IX. THE SHADOW IN HARD LUCK. For reasons of his own the detective did not tarry, after rescuing Mile a Minute Tom and his fireman. As soon as he got out of sight of those on the train he made direct for the cave in which he had left his valise. He was pretty well tired out, and wanted sleep. Reaching the cave, he crept through the tangled vines ins ide, and, wi t h his coat for a pillow, he lay down and promptly dropp e d into a d e ep slumb er. It was nearly noon wh e n he a w oke, and when he did he felt much refreshed, but rather hungry "Now I guess I'll walk the track as far as Pine Valley Station, and see if I can get something to eat," muttered the Shadow. Still disguised as a po-:ir man in harcl luck, he made his way to the railroad track, and follo wed it till he came to the little station. There was not a bui l din g in s i g ht, but observing a wag on road leadin g from it the d e tective started along this. When he had walked about a mil e he came in sight of a ranch. A roughly-painted si g n informed him that "re freshments were to be had" th e re. so h e made his way to the door of the log house and tapped up o n it. A stout, middle-aged woman promptly opened it, and demanded to know what he wanted. Can I get s o mething to eat?" asked the Shadow. "I reckon ye kin -that is, if ye have got ther money to pay for it," was the quick r e ply. I've got a little money left-ve ry little, too; I've got three dollars and fifty cents, and I want to lay it all out in grub." "I kin 'commoclate ye, stranger. Come inside I s'pose you want yer dinner, an' then ye want ter( take ther bal ance of yer money's worth along with ye?" "That's it, exactly!" exclaimed the detective. "What hav e y o u g ot that's good to eat?" How'll a slice of ham, three eggs, some com dodgers an a cup of coffee strike ye for a dinner?"

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12 B R A V E AND BOLD. 'Good,., 'Tl! ;.;it it rea d y for you m a j iffy then. The hun gry ma n sat down to. wa it fcir th e meal and wh e n it wa s a t len gt h p laced b efo r e h im he di d full jus tic e t o it. The w o man was lib e ral, for when h e h a d eat e n his fill, s h e ga v e him a co o k e d h a m a nd a ba g of biscuits for the m o ney h e t o ld her he had. Aft e r p a ying her, th e d e t e cti ve starte d back for his cave, with enough provisions t o last him thre e da ys For r e a s ons of his own he r e m a in e d in the vicinity of th e cav e all day. But s hortly after darkne s s he v e ntured forth and made his wa y slowly in the directi o n of th e outlaws' retreat. "I'll r e scue the girl and th e n devise a plan to trap the wh ole g ang," he thought. He reached the spot where the movable bow l der was located without meeting or se e ing a human being. He knew that thre e rap s up o n th e stone woulcf cause the secret entrance to open for him, but it would be naught but extreme foolhardiness to enter the place in t hi s manner. No, h e must conceal h imself clo s e by and wait for some of t he outlaws to come out and leave the place op e n for a short time. Settlin g himself down in the s a me niche he had occu pied the night before, he pre pared to wait An hour pass e d and the situati o n r e main e d the same :t\ o t a s o und was heard that would indicate there was a livin g being ab o ut. But the detecti v e did not appear to mind this; he kept very s till and wait e d At l e n g th his pati e nce w a s r ewarde d by two men com ing out of the und e r gro und plac e But they clo s ed th e op e ning the instant they came out, and the Shad ow w as b alked. It must ha v e been within an hour of midnight when they cam e ba c k an d as they h a lt e d v e ry close to the hid ing man he could h ea r what they said quite plainly . "There c o mes that youn g eng ineer's train,'' one of them observed, as the shri e k o f a l o c omo tive whistle rang out. "Yes," returned th e o th er; "an' I r e ckon that she 'll be ther last train ter ru n in a d a y or tw d ." "Sart'inly Jist g i v e th e r sig nal an' git ther gang out with ther crowbars an' sh o vels. Vve've got ter make quick work of this. :Determined upon learnin g the exact way to gain adm i s sion to the outlaws c a v e th e d e t e ctive left his place of conce a lment and cr e pt to a point dangerously near the two m en. Three sharp blo ws were struck upon the bowlder, and th e n th e following c o nvers a tion took place : "Who i s it?" "The Sc ourg e of Pine Vall e y." "Ho w d o I kn o w thi s?" You w ill n o t k n o w for sure until you open the secret e n tra n c e o f his h ea dquarters." "I will run th e risk." Do so." A feeling o f satis fac tio n came up o n the Shadow. So ke e n was h is s ense o f h ea rin g that h e h e ard e v e r y w o rd, and h e h ad th e quest i o ns a n d answ e rs firml y placed in his m i n d almost ins tantl y T h e re i s o nly one thin g th a t puzzl e s me, he thou g ht. \ V h e r e is the man w h o an swe rs the summons? He is not l ocated i n th e passag e at the foot o f the ste p s He must b e i n t he ma in ap a r t me nt and t her e is no dou b t a p i p e run nin g l o t he Sl.trface of th e ground so s o u n d can .easily b e transmi t t ed. I m u s t find this out. H e had no ti me t o p o nd e r furth e r on the subject. A l ready the bowl de r had turne d ove r and the two ou tla w s w e r e desc e nding th e s t o n e steps As they int e n ded t o come ri ght out, they all o w e d t he hole t o rem a in o p e n. As the d e tective pe e r e d into th e h o le, h e s aw t hat 1. lighted lant ern w as there, and this tol d him that h e had a small chance to gain an entra nce with o ut b e ing disco v ered He. was just conjuring up some plan of action w h e n a startlin g thing t o ok p l ace. The Shadow received a sharp blow on the ba c k of hi s head and pitched headlong down the steps Then the form of a man quickly .sprang down after him, and a voice exclaimed : "Py chimminy Dis vos a spy, I guess L ucky I vos de r e It was Felcher, the anarchist, who spoke "Vot vos up?" interrogated Dresden, who quickly fol lowed his chum down the steps, not forgetting to close the opening after him. "Ve vos catch a prize," was the reply. "Hey, dere give me a lit tl e h elp!" The two men who had enter e d th e passage first quickl y came to th e G e rman s assistance, and in Jess than a min ute later the det e ctive was b o und s ecure ly. The blo w had te m p o r a rily stu n ned him, but still he made a desperate struggl e tho u g h it was u seless him inside!" cried Felcher "He must be von SJ?Y Meanwhile the Shadow was fast recovering the full use of his faculties. "Wha t is the matter my fri ends?" he cried, in a fright ened tone of voice. 'I w a s walking by when I saw a light in this hole. Out of curiosity I looked in, when some one hit me. I meant no harm, I assure you. I am only a poor man in ha r d luck, and I ain on my way t o Kans as City, wh e re I live." "The chances are you'll never git there," returned one of the men. \Ve'll take you ter ther captain an' see what he thinks of you The det e ctive began to plead with his captors in a frightened manner, all the while assuming the character he repres e nt e d But the la w l e ss men only lau g hed at him, and the next moment h e was huiitled int o th e main chamb e r of the headquart ers o f the Sc ourg e of Pine Vall ey "Ha \ V h a t h a ve we h ere?" exclaim e d Masked Dan, as his eyes res t ed up o n the prisoner. The Sha"do w at o nce start e d to t ell a sto r y that suited the occasion, but he was cut sh ort before h e had spoken a dozen words. "Lo ck him in the stron g room until we get through with th e j o b ou t s i de ,' s a i d th e outlaw chief. "Whe n we have compl ete d t a s k w e will atte nd to his ca se." The d e t e cti ve sa w it w a s us e less to sa y an y thin g more, so, actin g a s thou g h h e w a s thorou g hl y fri g hten e d, he all o wed the m e n to place him in the dark room without making the least resistance

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BRAVE AND BOLD. 13 CHAPTER X. A DIABOLICAL SCHEME. The thoughts that flew through the mi nd of Mile a Minute Tom, when he saw that the l ocomo tive and car wer e rushing to certain destruction, can better be imagined than describ ed. Almost in an instant he had re verse d the engine and whistled for 'down brakes," but he knew it was too late. But, strange to say, n either he nor his companions thought of jm11ping, and eve n if they had done so, th e chances of escape would hav e been a hundred to one against them. The locomotive was going so fast that in ten seconds from the time the young engine e r saw th e ir danger it was off the rails Luckily the g round was comparatively level and hard at this point, and i ts enormous weight k e pt the engine from turning over; but the moment the car l ef t the track it was overturned with a loud crash and splintered into fragments. Bump-bump-bump! The locomotive surged over the g round for a dozen yards and then ran plump into a small pit of sa nd and came to a stop. The fireman and th e colonel were flun g clean through the window of the c ab by th e force of the shock but Tom a nd th e deputy sheriff managed t o keep in side, though the y were r ende r ed uncon sc i ous by the concussion. Lou Dailey escaped bein g injured, as he had lan ded in a sof t spot, and with great presence of mind he clamber e d into th e cab again and shut off th e steam. The n he lifted Tom to a sitting posture and wildly call ed him by his name and asked him if he was hurt. In about half.a the young engineer came to. "Where am I?" he exclaimed. "Oh the track it was torn up. I remember!" "Yes/' replied his fir ema n. "Are you hurt?" "No; o nl y bruised a little I guess." "Get up and see if yo u can walk." Torn did so, and found that he could. "Let u s go and see how th e poor fellows in the car hav e fared," sa id Lou, when he saw that his companion s were reall y all right. With wildly beating hearts the four started to the spot where the 'hragments of the car lay. As they neared it th e y saw the forms of several men working among th e debris. They were the men who had e s cap ed being killed in the smash up. There vvere but seven of t hem ; the r est of the twenty four had e ith er b een killed or wounded. "This is awful!" groa n e d Col. North. "They must have got wind about our coming, and this is how they have served us," said the deputy. Engineer Tom was horrified at what h ad taken place, but he kn e w that a tra in from Bankville would be alon g i n s ide of two hours, and it was n ecessary that it should be sig naled and stopped befo r e it got there. The deputy sheriff a g reed to go back and wait for the train, while the r est took care of t he wo und e d th e best they knew how. It was necessa r y that they shou ld have water, so Tom went at once to the l ocomotive to get some. I3ut he found that the tank h a d sprung a leak, and that th ere was n o t a drop of water to be obtained ther e It was then that the boy thought of a stream h e had no ticed in 'passing through th e valley. It was locat e d within two hundred yard s of the wreck, so he quickly hastened to it. He go t a pail of water and started t o r e turn, when suddenly three men sprang upon him and bore him to the ground. They were B ill Schro ede r and the tw o anarchists, anJ they rendered th e young engineer poweriess in n o time "If you can t be killed on the railroad we'll find some other way that will set tle you!" hiss e d Schroeder, as he lifted Tom to his feet, with his revolver pressed against his temple. "You vos bet dot ve vill exclaimed Felcher, while Dresden chuckled gleefully. Straight to th e underground retreat Tom was carri ed while his companions waited anxiously for him to return with the wat e r to relieve the sufferings of the victims of the outlaws' fiendish plot. The young engineer's heart sank within him as he felt himself carried underground, for he knew that nothing short of a miracle would save him from being slain now. The moment he was carried into th e main chambe r, where the entire band was congre gate d, his revolver was tak en and he was r e leased. He arose to hi s feet at a command fr o m the captain, but made no effort to escape, knowing full well that it was useless. ''So this is the f ellow who h as twice escaped death?" observed Masked Dan, a s h e turned his gaze upon Tom. "Well, young man, I promise you that you will not escape thi s time. You have walked in the light of day for the last time !" "Why do you wish to take my life?"' a s ked the boy. "Are you not satisfied with the t er rible slaughter you have already caus ed t o-night?" Masked Dan lau ghe d "I shall not b e satisfied until all my enemies are out of the way," said he. "I have go t a spy l ocke d up and I will have him brought out presentl y to see if you know him. Whether you do or not, it will make n o difference, as you will both die befor e morning !" "Take a walk around, and see what snug quarters we have," remarked Schroeder, grinning at the pallor that overspread Tom's face. The young engineer m a de no reply, but sat down on a bench in a deject ed manner. "Go and bring out the other f e llow," commanded Masked Dan. "I am going to kill them in a st rictly orig inal manner." A c o uple of the men r e tir e d a nd in l ess than three minutes returned, l eading Joe, th e Shadow. The detective was qu ite pale, but beyond this he ap peared unc once rn e d I am going to let you two fellows kill eac h ot h er or, rather, it will look as thou g h you do," said Masked Dan, smiling b eneat h his mask. "Get two chairs, some body. The chairs were imm ed iat e l y brought a nd Tom a n d the detective were forced to si t upon them facing each oth e r, at a distance of four feet Then, at a command from th e outlaw c apta in, t hey

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BRA VE BOLD. were bound to the chairs with their f e et resting upon the bott o m rungs and their right arms perfectly free! "Now, then, fetch two rifles that hav e hair tri ggers," said Masked Dan. Not one of the men knew what he was going to do, but the rifles were soon brought to him. "Are they loaded?" "They are," was the reply. "All right. I will show you what I am going to do with them." Taking one of the riflts, he placed the butt to Tom's sh o ulder and the muzzle against the detective's heart. The other on e he reversed by placing the butt against the detective'? shoulder and the muzzle to the young en gineer's heart. Then, while the two men held the weapons in position, he bound them securely together in the center, and then pr. oceeded to tie the captives' right arms, which had been left free, to the rifles, arranging it so that their fingers protruded through the trigger guards and rested upon the triggers. A chuckle left the lips of Masked Dan when all this Lad been ac5-'.omplished. "Men," he exclaimed, "if you don't want to run the ri sk of getting shot, don't stand in range of these fellows' b acks I am going to cock the rifles now !" The next instant he did so. and then took a seat at one si d e where he could watch faces. Though a brave man, the perspiration broke out upon the detective's forehead in great beads as he realized the position he was placed in. He knew if he so much as moved his finger he would s end a bullet crashing into the boy's heart. And Engineer Tom's heart almost stood still as he realized the same thing. Of all the diabolical schemes either of them had ever heard of, this was the worst. "Gentlemen," said Masked Dan, vvhen a minute had passed, "remember the one who has the strongest nerve lives the longest! But he who moves his finger first will not suffer long after he discharges the rifle. for the instant h e fire s off goes the other gun. Take it easy now and let us see how long you can liv.e !" CHAPTER XI. A GIRL WITH PLUCK. But little has been said of the girl prisoner in the out laws' den, and now it beco m es neces sary to devote some space to her. Ethel North, unlike most girls of her age, was quite pluc ky. When c aptured by M as k e d Dan. though very much she d i d n o t r-iYe up a !I h 0 p e s of seein g her relatives and fri ends again. but resol ve d t o wait a reason able l en g th of time for s01ve one to e ffect her release. During her stay in t11e r e tre a t sh e had heen treatfd fair Iv w e i i. thou!!h was kent a c10se nrisoner. Tiw n 0 t e s h e in s u c h a pecu l i a r manne r fr n m the d e t e c t i ve enc o ura:1cd h e r g re a tl y and s he h a d g reat hopes of getting out of the clutches of the outlaws without h e r father paying the vast sum of money Masked Dan d emanded for her release. (J n th e m orn i n g followin g the delivery of th e note Ethel be gan to look about her prison with more interes t than usual. As the note l'.ad been dropped from t\1e ceiling, it occurred to her that whoever came for her might take her out that way. She determined to see what sort of a place it was up there, so she stood on a chair and tried to reach the crack in the planks overhead. But she was not quite high enou g h so reluctantly she got down and tried to think of some other plan. Suddenly she thought of an empty barrel that stood in a corner of her prison. That would be just about high enough! It did not take the girl very long to get the barrel in the proper position, and then, by aid of the chair, she mounted it. Her head now nearly touched the rough plank ceiling. But when she strove to look through the crack sh e could see nothing, for it was as dark as a pocket up there. Placing her fingers in the crack, she tried to dislodge o ne of the planks. To joy it moved. Ethel North was becoming interested now. what if she should make her escape unaided? She gave a push upward and a piece of plank about eight feet l ong turned over, disclosing an opening large en o u g h to admit her body. 'Tm going up there," muttered the girl. "Somebody has been there who cla ims to be a friend, and who ever it was must have got there from the outside. I am going up there, but h o w )" Had a boy been in her. pface he would have easily drawn himself upward, but Ethel was only a girl, and thou g h a brave one ; she knew little of the ar.t of climbing. "If 1 was onl y up a little higher I could do it," she thou g ht. The n she happened to look at the chair that stood near the barrel. The next moment she reached down and secured it. It was a small wo o den chair and would just about stand upon th e head of the barrel. But Ethel made up h e r mind that she had to run ri s k s if she hoped t o escape s o she resolved to trust her weight to the chair. As gently as p os sibl e got upon it, all the while holding fast with her hands to th e planks above. At length she s t oo d up r ic;ht up o n tl1e chair, with h e r head and shoulders throug h th e hole in the c e iling. The r es t wa s ea sy. A ir inute later th e g irl was in the loft. It was very dark up there and a s she h a d no light, or means of getting any, sh e had to move with the utmost cauti oil. Whe n she h a d moved along about a dozen feet a light suddenly flash e d h e r very eyes. Breathless with fri<"ht "h e can1e t o a pause. Sh e was o n th e ve n o f a ron,.,.h tranclo o r. and h::id it n o t hf'en tlr1 t n n e o f the outla w s ente r e d th e ro om hf' low with a light just then she would have tumbled headlong downward an instant later!

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BRA VE AND BOLD. The sigh of relief that escaped the lips of the girl was loud enough for the man to hear, but he did not seem to notice it. 1 It was a very small room he was in-:not much larger than a closet-and as Ethel gazed at him from the edge of the opening, she saw him set a l i ghted lantern on the ground, and then proceed to place a number of rifles that he had brought with him upon a rack. One glance at the littl e apartment would have been enough to convince anybody that it was the place where the outlaws kept their weapons and ammunition. On both sides was a rack about nine feet long, and each was filled with rifles. "Well," muttered the outlaw, loud enough for the girl to hear, "this is the last lot. I am glad they are all cleaned and oiled, and loaded with cartridges, for I do hate a greasy job. Ther captain says as how we might have to use the rifles to-night, and if we do, I'll bet they will be in good order!" Having placed the l ast one in the rack, the ma11 left the room, leaving his lantern behind. The moment he closed the door Ethel began to look about for a means to descend into the liltle apartment. The trap was right near one end of the room, and as she peered over the edge, she saw a number of cleats nailed to an upright beam, which showed that the outlaws had at first intended to use the loft for some purpose, apd had proyided a way to get up and down. / Ethel was getting b'.aver all the time, for down she came into the room without any hesitation "So they expect to use these rifles to-night, do they?" she soliloquized. ''Well, I shall use them first." Having been brought up in the West, Ethel knew all about a rifle, and, one at a time, she took the weapons the rack and emptied the cartridges from the maga zmes. It took h er fully ten minutes to do this, and when she had finished her task she made her way into t)1e loft again, taking one of the rifles and all of the cartridges with her. "I don't think those rifles will kill anybody to-ni g ht, unless they are reloaded," she muttered, with a smile of satisfaction. Upon consideration, she concluded to go back to her prison and wait until night, after the majority of the band had left the retreat, before she made the attempt to escape. She r eached the room in safety, the chair and barrel serving her without tumbling clown. She was careful to put the plank back in its place be fore descending to the floor, and then placin g the rifle and cartridges where th e y would not be discovered by the Indian squaw who brought her meals, she righted the ap pearance of the room, and then sat clown to pass the time '}S best she could. 1 When the squaw came to bring her supper that night she informed the girl prisoner that the captain had or dered h er to spend the evening with the pretty paleface, so that she might not be l one ly. Ethel was forced to put up with this, and so long did the squaw stay that the girl became tired and sleepy, and at length threw herself upon her c o t and fell asleep. This was a strong hint for the squaw to retire, which she did, but Ethel slept on for four or five hours after that. When s h e awoke and found herself alone, h_er first thought was to make the attempt to escape. She had no means of knowing what time it was, but she thought it could not be dayli g ht yet. Getting out the rifle, which was loaclecl, and ready to be discharged sixteen times, if necessary she placed the barrel and chair into position, and a few minutes later was in the loft. Cautiously she made her way to the trap, for there was no light below now, and she could not see two inches ahead of her. When she came to it she made a move to go down below, but at that instant the door of the room opened, and one of the outlaws came in with a lantern and se lected two rifles from one of the racks. "These are the hair-trigger fellers," she heard him say ; "I guess they'll send ther young engineer and that fool of a spy ter ther devil quick enough! I wonder what kind of a scheme ther captain is a-goin' to work on 'em, any how?" Half a minute after the man went out with the rifles Ethel was in the room. Holding her rifle ready for instant use, she made her way through the darkness in the direction of the door. CHAPTER XII. ETHEL NORTH ACCOMPLISHES SOMETHING. Mile a Minute Tom made up hi s mind that his time had come, but he resolved that he would not knowingly press the t igger that would send a bullet crashing through the heart of the man who sat facing him. With Masked Dan's words rin ging in his ears he clos ed his eyes, expecting death to come every second. A deathly stillness reigned throu ghout the cave as the outlaws waited to see the result of th e ir captain's dia bolical scheme. The seconds flitted by-slowly, it seemed-and at length a whole minute passed. The bound forms of the outlaws' victims sat as immov able as statues, but it was plain that the strain upon them was something terrible. Another minute came and went, and then, unable to stand it any longer, the young engineer fainted! The instant he did so the hammer of the rifle clescencled, but there was no rep01J-merely a click. This so disconcerted the detective that unconsciously he pr essed the trigger of the weapon his arm was bound 1 o. Click! That was all. Neither of the rifles were dis charged! As Masked Dan realized this a howl of rage escaped his lips. "What means this?" he shouted. "Where is the man who cleaned and loaded the rifles to-day?" "Here I am, captain," said one of the men. forward in a trembling manner. "I attended to them ail correctly, sir; it must be that some of the cartridges are bad." "That cannot be, you hound You h ave negl
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16 \ BRA VE AND BOLD. sure that I loaded every one of them after I had finished cleanin;;' and oiling." "\\'ell," said the outlaw chief, ":'.ith an icy smile, "as my plan to kill the two prisoners has failed, you step up and do the job." ''Hold !" exclaimed a ringing voice. "If the prisoners are not released instantly the man my rifle is leveled at will die!" With cries of surprise and astonishment every man in the place turned his gaze in the direction the voice came from. Standing in a doorway a few yards distant they beheld Ethel North, the girl captive! She had a rifle to her shoulder, and its muzzle was pointed directly at the heart of Masked Dan! ''I mean what I say," went on the brave girl. "I can shoot true to the mark, and my rifle is loaded !" Bold as he was, the outlaw chief quailed before the girl. He felt that she was capable of doing just what she threat ened, and he realized that he was as near death at that mo ment as he had ever been in his life. "Untie those men!" As the command came from the girl's lips, Masked Dan somehow felt bound to obey her. "Do as she says," he said, addressing his men, b11t not moving his position a single inch. "By heavens, men! she means business, and I don't want to drop off just yet." "It is all right," whispered one of the outlaws; "if we do untie 'em to satisfy her, they can't get out." One of the villains sprang to obey the command of Ethel, and a minute later both Tom and the detective were free. The young engineer had nqw recovered from his faint ing spell, and he allowed the detective to assist him from his chair. "Follow me," whispered the Shadow. Walking a few paces toward the entrance of the re treat, he halted and said : "Are you through with us?" ''For the present-yes," returned Masked Dan, still keeping his eyes upon the muzzle of the rifle that cov ered his heart. "Can we go, then?" "You are welcome to go as far as you can get," spoke np Bill Schroeder. "Yes, dot is all right," chuckled Felcher. "Yaw!" grinned Dresden. The detective conducted Tom straight to the door of the retreat, and unlockin&_ it, passed out into the passage. As the door closed be'hind them the outlaws did not show the least concern. They thought that, being un acquainted with the secret means of exit, that would be as far as they would get. ''Now, miss, you might lower that rifle." spoke up l\Iasked Dan. "You deserve to be shot through the heart," was the calm rejoinder. ''Is your promise good for anything='" "If I make a promise to you I will keep it." replied the outlaw captain, who, if possible, was growing more un e:isy every moment. ''Promise me that you will not harm either of the two who have just been released from the chairs, or myself, for the next twenty-four hours, and I will lay down my rifle." "I promise you that." "Villain as you are, I will take your word." The next moment Ethel North placed the rifle on the ground, and then, the excitement getting the best of her, sank down beside it in a swoon. A sigh of relief went up from every man present, and Masked Dan muttered: "I admire the pluck of that girl. I've a great notion to make her my wife!" Having returned to his normal condition, the outlaw captain made his way to the rear of the cave and called t.J1e squaw. The woman was dozing when he called, and, springing to her feet in alarm, she rushed out. The first thing Masked Dan did was to deliver her a blow with his fist, after which he demanded to know how the prisoner had escaped from her apartment. As the squaw did not know, she, of course, could not inform him; and then, to make matters worse for her, could not produce the key to Ethel's prison when he asked for it. She had mislaid it somehow, which was quite a lucky thing for the girl, since the entire blame would now be laid upon the squaw. ''Find the key at once!" exclaimed the masked villain. "Take the girl back to her room, and if you let her get out again I'll brain you and feed your carcass to the coyotes!" After a search of five minutes the old hag found the key where she had dropped it while dozing. She then dashed some water in the unconscious girl's face and soon brought her to. "Off with her, now!" exclaimed the outlaw captain, "and remember what I told you." Tremblingly the squaw Ethel to her prison, and unlocking the door, ushered her in. There was no light in the place, so she did not observe the barrel and chair in the center of the apartment and the dislodged plank in the ceiling. squaw locked the door, thinking it must have been her fault that her charge got out, but how, her thick head could not imagine. Once inside, Ethel quickly adjusted the ceiling plank to its proper place, and then moved the barrel and chair to where they belonged. "I am satisfied with what I have done so far," she thought. "I have fooled them nicely; and if that villain ous man only keeps his word, I shall get out of here before twenty-four hours pass, as will the two that were about to be killed. If I had not removed the cartridges from the rifles in the armory, it would have been all up with them. They are the worst fiends I ever heard of. these outlaws, and it stands me in hand to keep cool. What I did a short time ago I never had an idea I could do. I will be brave if I die for it!" Meanwhile, Masked Dan, as soon as he saw that the fair captive was again placed under lock and key, made his way back into the main cave. Though be had promised the girl that he would not harm Engineer Tom or the detective, he meant to break his word and slay them at once. "Half a dozen of you go out into the passage and bring the boy and the spy in," said he, addressing the men. The required number at once started to do his bidding.

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BRAVE AND BOLD 17 But a minute later they came back, and Schroeder, who was one of their number, exclaimed: captain, they are no t in t h e pa&sage, and the entrance is open CHAPTER XIII. MAKING REPAIRS. The detective was no soone r in th e passage than an exultant cry left his lips. ,. 'If they but wait two minutes before the y come out after us, they will find u s missing," said he in a whisper to the young engineer. "Why?" asked Tom. "I know how to get o ut. Hurry, and I will show you." The next min u te the shadow seized the l ever and threw back the bowlder as ge ntl y as p ossible. Up the steps they noiselessly hurried, and a few seconds later eme r ged into the open air It was fast gett in g daylight, and it behooved them to get away from the spot as quickly as possible. At the suggestion of Tom they started on a run for the scene of the wreck, the b oy exp lainin g about it as they did so. In a very short time they reached it, and found several men t h ere, nursing the wounded and guardin g the bodi es o f those who had been k ill ed. Tom had s carc e l y been there half a minute when he missed his compa nion. He l ooked around for him, but c ou ld find him nowh e re. The cleteetive had watched his op p o rtunit y to d epart unnoticed, and was on his way to the cave he called his he adquarters. Enginee r Tom was much surprised at his disappearance, but he made n o comment on it to the men gathered about th e wrecked car. A large c rowd had collected th ere durin g his absence. They came from two trains, one of w hich was lying on the t r ack but a hundred yards the ot her s id e o f the spot wher e the track had been t o rn up, and the other was waiting at the Pi n e Valley Station. As Tom arrived upon the scene of the wreck the men were preparing to carry the dead and wounded to the waiting train. A couple of litters had been made, and the se answered the purpose . "Wher e is the o utla w band l ocated?" asked a big miner. "Don't anybody know?" "I know,'' quickly r eplied Engineer Tom; "I have just co me from there!" As he spoke the words, Col. North rushed up to him and seized hi m by t h e hands. ''Where have you been so long?" he asked. The next moment Tom was the central figure of an interested group. rel ating his late experience Cries of surprise went up from all sides whe n he had briefly related his remarkable story and Lou Dail ey was so glad to see him safe and sound that he fairly hugged him with delight. There was nothing left to do for the present but to con v ey the dead and wo und ed back to Bankv ille, and this the train did, Tom goi n g with it to make a report concern ing the condition of his locomotive. As soon as the train b ac k ed int o Bankville, and the rail road officials became acquainted with the trne state of affairs, a construction t rain wit(i a hundred men, and the necessary mate rials, was sent back to put the track in order, and see what could be clone with the derailed loco motive. At their own r equest, Mile a Minute Tom and Lou Dailey were the engineer and fireman that took the con struct i o n train to t h e scene of the smas h up. Col. No rth h ad written a letter, add r essed to Masked Dan, the contents of w hich was an accep t ance of the pro posal the outlaw c hief made He was now perf ect ly willing to pay the twent y -five thousand dollars for the release of his daughter. This l ette r was t o be l eft on the t o p o f a huge flat rock n ea r the scene o f the smash-up in Pine Valley, and th e colonel sent a man on tha construction train to deliver it at that pl ace Mile a 1'1inu t e Tom knew of this, and when they got to the place where the track had to b e r epa ir ed, he resolved to keep a sharp watch upon that rock to see if anyone came for th e lett e r He saw the man place the l ette r there, and then, keep ing a sharp look o ut from the window of the cab, he waited to see the result. \ Ni th the lar ge force of men working the track was soon repaired, and then th ey proceeded to lay a temporary sw itch to the l ocomo tive that was l odge d in the sand pit in order th a t it might b e pulled out and t owe d to the re pair s h op at Bankville Along toward noon Tom saw one o f th e workmen leave his job a nd make in a roundab out way for th e rock. Leaving th e engine in charge of Lou Dailey, the young e n g in eer jumped to the ground and follow e d him in a cau tious manner. He saw him tak(ll'the letter and place it carefully in his pocket and then come back to hi s work. I must watch that man," mutte r ed Tom. "He is in league with the outlaws to a certainty!" CHAPTER XIV. THE DETECTIVE'S TRICK. Joe the Shadow, n o soo ner reach ed his hiding place than he threw him self down to take a s l eep. He did not worry ove r what h ad occu rred, or what might occur in the next few h ours, but sought the rest he n eeded. For s ix hour s h e slept, and then, after washing at a little b t'ook, h e ate a meal of cold ham and corn cakes. After t)1is rather frugal repa s t the detective lit his pipe and sat down to figur e out what was to be done next. I must get the g irl away fr o m the outlaws first," he muttered. "The chalces are that Masked Dan will not ac cc.pt the s um o f money he dema nd ed for her ransom, after the silly move her father made last night. But I ought to h ave an assistant to do the job, and--By Jove! I'll t ake the young engineer into my confidence-that's what I'll do! He is a brave and determined fellow if h e is rather young. I'll hunt him up as soon as possible; but the first thing I must do is to change my disguis e."

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18 BRA VE AND BOLD. Having himself of these thoughts, the Shadow took off his garments one lJy one. and coolly turned them inside out. Then he donned the111 again. and, lo! he represented a as far as his apparel went. A broad-brimm@d bat was fished out of his valise, to gether with a brown wig and a false beard to match, and then he was ready for business. After adjusting these to his full satisfaction, he took a heavy revolver and a bowie knife from the valise and stuck them in his belt. "Now, I'll go down the track to the place where the out laws wrecked the spec ial," he exclaimed. and, l eaving the cave, he sauntered lei sure ly in that direction. As he neared the spot he heard the noise made by the construction hands driving spikes, and he readily guessed what was going on. The detective did not go directly among the men, but leaving the track, wenJed his way through a grove of pines until he had passed them. seating himself upon a bowlder, where he could see being seen, he concluded to wait until noon before he sought out Engineer Tom. As the hour of twelve drew near he saw one of the men who had been working near the derailed loc omot ive slyly leave his work and start almost directly toward him. "I wonder what that fellow is up to? He acts a trifle suspicious," muttered the Shcidow. Keeping his eyes up on the man, who was no other than the fellow Tom saw take the letter from the rock, the de tective slid from his perch ou t of s i gh t. The flat rock where the letter had been deposited at the order of Col. North was not over a dozen yards away from the Shadow, th ough he was not aware of the fact that it amounted to anything more than an other rock in the vicinity. But when he saw the man take the lett er and give a chuckle of satisfaction, the detective became all attention. The workman placed the letter in his pocket and passed so close to the rock the hiding man lay behind that it was a miracle he was not discovered. As he started for the scene of his work again the Shadow heard him mutter : "It's a lucky thing I saw that letter placed there. It's for Masked Dan, and when I deliver it into his hands along with the recommendation I've got, I guess there'll be no trouble about me becoming a member of the band." "Whew!" exclaimed the Shadow, under hi s breath. "I must have both the lett er a nd the r ecommendatio n. If I make the right move now, I am a dead winner within the next twenty-four hours I" As soon as twelve d'clock came the disguised man made his way to the locomotive of the constructi o n train, and seeing Engineer Tom there, asked to see him in private. Tom, of course, did not him, but the de tective soon proved who he was, and then, after ten min utes' conversation, the two thoroughly understood each other. The Shadow the n left the engine in order to keep a good watch upon the man. He was just in time to see the fellow get paid off and start in the direction of Pine Valley Station. After him started the Shadow, but keeping at a safe distance behind him, until a very l onely spot was reached. Then he increased his pace and overtook the would be member of the outlaw band. "Hello, stranger!" said he; "where are you going?" "I don t know exactly," replied the man, coming to a halt. "Where are you going?" "I don'.t know, either. Say!" "What do you want?" "] ust hold your hands behind you, will you?" As the detective spoke he drew his revolver and placed the muzzle within two feet of the fellow's n ose "Wh a-at--what !" stammered the astonished i ndi vidual. "Never mind now. Do as I say, and be quick ab out it." Being a sensible man, the Shadow's advice was promptly taken, and the next moment a pair of handcuffs snapped upon the wrists of the luckless rascal. With surprising quickness the detective "went through" his prisoner and brought two envelopes to light. One was sealed and bore the name of Masked Dan. and the other had no inscription whatever, but contain ed a folded sheet of paper-. "I guess this must be the recommendati on," said the Shadow. "But I'll open it and see before I let yo1J go." "Who are you, anyway?" asked the handcuffe d man, with a puzzled look. "You will find out if I ever set eyes on you after I dismiss you. If you think your life is worth anything, you had better get out of this part of the c ountry as quick as you can." "Why, do you know anything about me?" "I know enou g h to tell you that you are not the kind of a man Masked Dan wants." A look of extreme came over the man's co:.mtenance. "Who are yotl, anyway?" he again ask ed "If you ever meet Masked Dan ask him-he will tell you." "Good Lord! you ain't he, are you?" "Never mind. I'll tell you he don't want such as you to join his band. I'm going to take off the handcuffs, and when I say 'go,' I want you to do it; and don't you look behind, either, for if you do you will get a l ead pill. Now, then, go!" The Shadow had removed th e handcuffs. and the in stant he spoke the word the fellow darted off like a shot. He watched him until his form was los t to view. and then, with a satisfied smile,_ opened the envelope that con tained no address. The sheet of paper he to ok from it cont aine d the fol lowing brief note: "To MASKED DAN : Whereas, the bearer of this note is no longer safe in Arizona, I h erew ith recommend him to you as a first-class man. Your old college chum, "PAUL BARTLETT." That was all there was of it, but it was enough to cause the detective to make a sudden re so lve. 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.. BRA VE AND BOLD. 19 CHAPTER XV. ETH EL NORTH ESCAPES. The P in kerton shadow hung around the Pine Vall ey Station all day l ong, and when ni g ht came he made for the outlaws retreat. Though he knew how to do it well e n o u g h h e dared not work his way inside; equipped with th e recommentj.a tion and Col. No rth 's l e tt er, he was posing as a g r een horn and a would-be mem ber o f the band. "I must wait in the vicinity of the entrance until I see some one who b e l o ngs there," h e muttered, as h e near ed the pivotal rock. He l ea n ed against a tree a few yards distant and pre. pared to stay. 'Whe n h e h ad been there half an hour. he heard l ow voices near him, and h e knew that s o me of the o utlaw s were stirring. \Vithout any hesit ation the d etec tive hurried t o the spot where the voices came fr om. The next minute he came upon tw o men. \i\That are you hanging around here for stranger?" ask e d one of them. 'Lookin' for a j ob," calm l y replied the detective. "I guess you'd better get o ut of these diggings, then; men who liv e in Pine Valley don't work for a living." "Them s jist ther k ind of fellers I'm l ooki n for," as serted the Shadow, adopt in g a familiar ton e of voice. "You are a peculiar sort of a fellow, I guess," said o ne o f the men. "I should smile," grunted the other. "How much money have yo u got with you?" ot a red cent. "I g uess we h a d better examine you and make sure of it. We n ever allow anybody t o run around th ese diggings with any money in the i r clothes." "Hold on!" exclaimed the detective; "I guess you fel lers are the r ones I'm lookin for. I want to see Masked Dan, the Scourge of Pine Valley." "What do y ou want to see him for?" "That's my business." "You needn t get so deuc edly sassy about it, stranger. ''l\'eve r mind, now; can I see M ask e d Dan?" 'Her e he is; take a l oo k at him! A masked man stepped fr om behind a b ow ld e r as the words we r e spoken. He h eld a r e volv er in his hand which was pointed directly at the detective's breast. "You see me; now what do y ou want?" he demanded, after a pau se. I would lik e to speak in private with you," answered the detective, not s h owing the l east sign of fear. "Seize him men, and t ake him below!" cried Masked Dan, for it was r eally h e "I will soon learn who and what he is." The Shadow did n ot make a struggle when the men spran g upon him and bound his hands behif)d his back. "Come on," commanded th e outlaw captain as h e l ed the way to the e ntrance of the r et reat. Three minutes lat e r the daring man was in the under g r ound den,, where he had passed through such an or deal the night before. "Untie his hands." said Maske d Dan. "There is no danger of his going out, I guess." The m ome nt his hands were free the disguised man drew the two envelopes fr o m : i s pocket and handed th e m to the o utl aw captain. "What is th is?" exclaimed Masked Dan, as h e glancP.d at the lett e r from Col. North. ''How came you by this, a n y h o w?" ''I saw a man place it o n a flat rock n ea r ther railroad track, an' when he went away I got it. I was glad when I saw it was addressed to you, for 1 wanted to see you, an I thought b y delivering it to yo u it might help intro duce me." "You did, eh?" And th e villain th e n r ea d the colon e l's lett er, smiling wickedly as h e did so. ''Th at's all right," h e sa id placing the missive in his pocket. r ow, what is this?" He th e n proceeded to r ead th e r ecomme ndation and as h e finish ed a whistle of s urpri se esca p ed hi s lips. 'Well. h ow is it ? questioned the detective. Is it to be. or not to be?" "It is t o b e," returned Masked Dan. "You come highly recommended, and you shall become a member at once. \ V hat is you r name?" Dick J "Are you prepared to go through our regular initia tion?" I am.;' "Ver y well. If you prove yo urself a worthy and brave ma n I will tak e yo u to Blue Mountain with me to-mor row night. I have a littl e private business there." "Thank you "You must not thank me now; you have not stood th e test yet, you know. " I am able to stand it if any ma n ever did ," replied the detective, and he congratulated himself o n the excellent progress he was making. "From what I already know of yo u, I like you first rate," went on Masked Dan. "But afte r you are put to the te s t I may n o t have such a good opiniol} of you." A f ew minutes lat e r the disguised man was led to the center of the cave and th en he was put through in the same manner as Schro e d e r had been There was a marked difference in the way he went through. though, for, unlike the villainous engineer, he did n o t once flinch or even h esita te. He was ro undl y applauded for h is wonderful dis pla y of n e rve. and then M ask ed Dan shook him warmly by the hand and said he should go with him the following night. "Whew!" whistled the Shadow. when it was all over and wh e n he had seated himself on a bench in a corner of th e r et reat ''that initiation beats anything I eve r heard o f W e ll, I was forced to take an oath, which, for the sake o f hu ma nity, I must break at my first oppo rtunity. I am going to get that girl out of here to-ni g ht, if such a thing is possible ." But it was n o t possible, as he found o ut, for everybody seemed to want to talk to him and as the hours wore on he was forced t o l e ave the attempt to rescue Ethel North until a more favorable opportunity arrived Early the next morning he was instructed in the man n e r of opening and closing the entrance, and thou g h he already knew all about it, he appeared to be much in terestecl. "We have to iie low w hile it i s daylight," sa id one o f the outlaws. "It's nights that we do our business We

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BRA VE Al\D BOLD have men who go to Bankville and Blue Mountain, who CHAPTER XVI. collar all the coin they can in any way that is the most THE FEAR OF A COLLISION. handy All they get they bring to the captain, and he divides what there is on hand the first of every month. Tom was g reatly surprised when he learned that Col. We are going to let the railroad alone for a few weeks, North's daughter had escaped from the outlaws, and was and then, when a good chance comes, hold up a train and now safe in lier father's house. clean it out." The Shadow told him how he had rescued her, when "That's the idea!" exclaimed the detective. "I am very they were in a place where it was safe to talk, but did glad I joined this band." not inform him that he had become a member of the out''You ought to be, for it's an honor to be under Masked law band in order to gain the end he was seeking. Dan, who is the best captain that ever drew breath." He could have told Tom lots of things that would have All day long the Shadow was forced to remain in the astonished him, but he did not deem it proper to do so just cave, but night came he got permission to go out then. with a couple of men before it was time to start with the "Well, Tom," said Superintendent Maury 'Kemper the captain on the proposed trip to Blue Mountain. next morning, "do you think you will be able to make the Just as they were going out he told the men that he had rom;i.d trip to-clay?" to go back in the cave after something, and advised them "Yes, sir," replied the young engineer; "I shall not to close the entrance, so he might try his hand at getting allow myself to be tricked again." out alone. "We have concluclecl to put an extra man on each "Sure," said one of them. "It's easy enough, but you engine one who can handle a shooting iron in any shape, ought to make sure that you can do it." and who is not afraid to handle it. Here is the man who The moment the. bowlder rolled back in its place he will go ""ith you." darted through the passage, but instead of entering the As the superintendent ceased speaking he turned to a door of the retreat, he clambered into the lofL bright, active-looking young man of perhaps twenty-five. "I'll get the girl out n o w or die for it!" he muttered. "This is Mr. Mansfield, the engineer, Mr. Simrall," Noiselessly he crawled along upon the planks until he said he. \Vas halfway to the apartment the girl was confined in. Mile-a-Minute Tom immediately extenct'ed his hand, and Then he suddenly heard a noise quite near him. the young man shook it in a hearty manner. It was in the loft, too, and it struck the daring man that "I guess we'll like each other first rate!" he exclaimed. somebody besides himself was there. "But don't call me Mr. Simrall-call me Harrison-that's But who could it be? my name." Acting on a sudden resolve, he struck a match. "And you may call me Tom," spoke up our young Then he heard a stifled cry of alarm, and beheld--friend. ''This is my fireman, Lou Dailey." The very person he was looking for not ten feet from "I like you, too," said Simrall, bluntly. him "Simrall was a typical W estet11er in appearance, though "Don't get frighten ed, miss; I have come to rescue you," born in old Kentucky. He was attired in a neatly fittinn. he whispered. as soon as he recovered from his astonishsuit of buckskin, wore his hair long, and kept the top of ment. his head covered with a broad-brimmed white felt hat. "Who are you?" asked Ethel. He was armed with a rifle, revolvers and a hunting knife, "I am the friend who dropped you the note the other and, born and reared in the mountains of Kentucky as night." he had been. he knew how to use them. "Oh!" and a sigh of relief came from the girl's lips. Tom felt like himself when he got hold of the throttle Ethel had been in the loft three or four times since of his engine again, and the way he made up time that she had saved the lives of Mile-a-Minute Tom and the demorning was remarkable. tective, but being unacquainted with the way to get out The run to Blue Mountain was made without accident of the passage, she made rrothing by her short pilgrimages. or inciden t, and when the young engineer left the locomo -It so happened that she came up there this time just tive, Harrison Simrall accompanied him. at the minute the detective wanted her. "If those fellows try any funny games on you they'll After passin3" a few words, so they thoroughly underhave me to deal with, too," rema r ked Simrall. "It woul l stood each other, the daring man led the way to the be a sort of gkasure to me if I was to plug a couple of passage, and aftc'r making sure that the way was clear, those outlaws. I've got no use for such coyotes as the y dropped gently clown, and assisted Ethel to follow him. are." Ten minutes from the time he had parted with the two "You must be an excellent shot," said Tom. outlaws he was back there with the fair captive at his "Pretty good; but there are plenty of men that can side'. beat me." Now came the most dangerous part of the proceeding. On the return trip that ni ght the voung engin e er kept a But there was no time to study over it, so seizing the sharp watch ahead as they n e ared Pine Valle y lever, he threw the bowlder over as gently as he could. Shortly after they left the 1 it tl e stati o n he suddenh Then he boldly walked up the steps, bidding the girl to saw a red lantern p ino-innback and forth across th e follow at a distance of six feet. track ahead of the locoITotive. The two men who went out before him were nowhere to That was the signal for danger, so he promptly put be seen, and seizing Ethel North by the hand, he assisted on the brake. her to the open air. "Look out for a trick now!" excl a imed Simrall, as he The girl was free at last I unslung his rifle and loosened the revolvers in his belt.

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BRA VE AND BOLD. 21 T o m w as on the alert for danger as the train slowed d ow n Like Simrall, he believed a trick to rob the train w as being play e d. As the locom o tive n eare d the swinging red lantern, a rifle sh o t ran g out from th e side of the track, and a bullet clipped a lock of hair from the young engine e r's head. "It' s you they are after!" the cowboy. "Well, I'l l plu g that f elle r with th e red lantern." H e had scarc e l y finished speaking when his rifle cracked an d the light disapp e ared. K eep your head low and start her up!" cried Simrall. "That feller won t stop any more trains, I r eckon." Tom obeyed, and as the locomotive forged ahead again a n o ther shot rang o ut. Simrall answer e d it by firing in the direction the flash c a me fr om, but with what result they could not tell. By this time the train was under good headway again, and the danger was soon passed. "They mean to my life, it seems," said Mile -a 1'.linute Tom, "but as they have failed so many times, I'll stick it out a while longer. Masked Dan and his gang will be routed out sooner or later, and I want to do all I can to help do the job "You just keep your eyes open every time you go out, and b.e more than careful when you go through Pine Valley, and y o u'll be all right,'' returned the cowboy. "I should think the railroad company would make a move to wipe the gang out, anyhow," spoke up Lou Dailey. "This watchin g the track and guarding the locomotives might be all right, b4.t if the outlaws were exterminated, it would not have to be done." ''I'll exterminate them fast enough if they only give me the chance," and Simrall patted the stock of his rifle as he spoke. The rest of the run to Bankville was made without further mishap, and when Tom left his engine, Simrall in sisted on walking home with him. "I am hired to be your bodyguard," said he, "and I am going to do my duty." "All right," laughed Tom; "how are you going to guard me while I am asleep?" "Oh, that's all ,fixed. The superintendent has engaged board for me at your mother's house." "Do you mean that?" "Sure." "Well, my mother must be quite anxious about me, too." "She ought to be." The youn g eng ineer said no more on the subject, and, bidding Lou D a iley good-night, went on home with his bodyguard at his side. The Kentuckian slept in a room adjoining Tom's, and when the boy got up rather lat e the next morning he found him sitting in the hallway near his door calmly smoking his pipe. "Hello, Tom," said he; "did you sleep well?" "First rate," replied the boy; "and how did you make out?" "Very well, thank you I've been up about an hour, thou g h." The two desc e nded to the lower part of the house, where Mrs. Mansfield welcomed them with a warm break fast. As it was the young engineer's day off, he concluded to stay home and take it easy. Harrison Simrall was a very entertaining companion, and the two passed the time very pleasantly. About the middle of the afternoon the carriage of Col. North drove up to the door, and the colonel and his ter, Ethel, ali g hted. "I thought I would bring Ethel around and introduce her to you," said the colonel, as he shook bands with Tom; "she seems to be quite interested in you." The young engineer blushed as he was introduced to the girl, for she was very pretty, and bestowed upon him a most charming smile. "When we met last, Mr. Mansfield, it was under very trying circumstances," said Ethel. "Yes, indeed; but, thanks to your remarkable courage and presence of mind, I got out of the outlaws' den." And the girl told her adventures in full, winding up by stating how the detective had escorted her to Pine Valley Station just in time to catch a train for Bankville, and then left her without even telling who he was, or wher e he resided. Tom reckoned that afternoon was one of the most pleasant ones he had ever spent, and as the colonel and his daughter took their departure they both gave him a pressing invitation to call at no distant day. For the next week things ran along very smoothly. Tom made his regular trips, and neither he nor any of the other engineers were bothered. The Scourge of Pine Valley kept very close, but Tom knew it could not last long. In the past few days half a dozen shanties had sprung up near Pine Valley Station, the cause of which was that some one had located a vein of silver near there. When this leaked out it made business very good for the railroad company, for people began flocking there by the score. A week from the time the last of the half-dozen shan ties had been built nearly fifty more were constructed and occupied. Pine Valley was no l onger a signal station, but the main way-station of the road. And during all this time the outlaws had remained quiet! One night Tom and Harrison Simrall were aroused from their slumbers by a violent knocking at the door of the house. They donned their clothing in a jiffy and rushed down stairs to see what it meant, When they opened the door they found Col. North standing there in a great state of excitement. ''The outlaws have stolen Ethel away again!" he cried, wildly. "They have gone in the direction of the depot; I chased them as far as here, and, happening to think of you I made up my mind to ask you r assistance." "And you will get it!" exclaimed Tom; "come on, Har rison." Revolvers in hand, the two rushed for the depot, the colonel following as fast as he could. It was but a short distance to the depot, and just as they reached it they heard the puffing of a locomotive that was leaving. "They have stolen an engine !" gasped the young

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22 BRA VE AND BOLD. gineer ; "but there is another one steamed up. We will follow and overtake them!" This was true. Half a dozen outlaws, under the lead of Masked Dan, had been daring enough to force their way into the colonel's house and kidnap his daughter; and now they had seized a locomotive in order to get back to their retreat with the prisoner. As Tom and Simrall rushed for the roundhouse a couple of shots came from the rapidly-receding locomotive, and they distinctly heard the bullets whistle as they passed dangerously close to them. But they paid no attention to this; they must get a locomotive out at once to start in pursuit! Tom knew not what had become of the watchmen and wipers, but, seeing that his own engine was ready to go out, he gave Simrall instructions to attend the switch, and jumped into the cab. Two minutes later the locomotive was up o n the main track, just as Col. North came puffing to the scene. "Can you overtake them, Tom?" he asked. "I'll try. Jump aboard!" Harrison Simrall began throwing in the coal, and Tom took his place at the throttle. A minute later they were bowling along at a fair rate of speed, with the other locomotive a good five minutes ahead of them. "This is the fastest engine on the road," said Tom. "If we don't catch them before they get to Pine Valley I don't know what a throttle is for!" As he finished speaking he glanced at his watch. "Great God !" he cried, his face turning as pale as a sheet; "there i:s a train due in seven minutes, and it will meet the stolen engine long before the next siding is reached I There is bound to be a collision !" I CHAPTER XVII. MASKED DAN IS CAPTURED. Mile-a-Minute Tom turned deathly pale as he realized that the locomotive with Ethel North and the outlaws upon it was rushing to certain destruction. There was only one thing that would avoid a collision, and that was the possibility of the regular train being fifteen minutes late Such a thing often happened, but was it at all likely that it would be late on this particular night ? No, it was more apt to be on time! These were the thoughts that flitted through Tom's mind as his engine dashed along in mad pursuit of its stolen mate. "We will keep on," said he, after a moment's thought. "If the train is late we might be able to overtake them in time to warn them of their danger." "Heavens!" groaned Col. North, "my poor Ethel is doomed." "Don't give up yet!" cried Simrall. "Maybe they've got things fixed so they won't run into the train Those out laws ain't fools, you know "I doubt it," replied Tom. "It isn't likely they have thought of anything but getting away when they took the locomotive." One, two, three, four-five minutes passed I In two minutes more the train from Blue Mountain was due to pass a crossing a mile beyond. A cold sweat broke out on the forehead of the young engineer. If there was a collision, he knew not only those on the stolen engine, but a score or more of people might be killed! As yet they had not come in sight of the locomotive the y were pursuing, but as the track ran in a serpentine cours e at that point, Tom was not surprised at this. Another minute passed, and then he knew the locomo tive could not be overtaken in time, un)ess the regular train was late Tom clutched the lever with one hand, while he held his watch in the other. Slowly the second hand went around until it had meas ured out another minute At that instant the whistle of an engine blowing for a crossing rang out. "The train is on time!" exclaimed the young engineer, shutting off steam. "In less than half a minute the crash will come!" He had scarcely spoken the words when he saw a loco motive calmly resting on a siding not fifty feet distant! The siding had been laid that day for the benefit of a construction train, and Tom had not been aware of it! "Thank Heaven!" he cried, as he reversed his engine. "Colonel, your daughter is saved from a horrible death! Now, then, we have got to run back like lightning to keep out of the way of the regular! I see the outlaws have turned back the switch all right." As the locomotive came to a standstill and then began to back slowly, the reflection of the headlight of the approach ing train could be seen on the rails as it rounded a curve. But Mile-a-Minute Tom knew there was no danger. In a very short space of time he was backing at full speed for Bankville. He did not slacken speed even when the yard limits were reached, but ran to within fifty feet of the round house Then he jumped off and adjusted the switch so the regular could pull into the depot in its usual manner. "What are we going to do now?" asked the colonel, as they wended their way homeward after the locomotive had been put up. "I don't think we can do anything to-night," replied Tom "Masked Dan has probably reached his headquar ters by this time." "I will call on the sheriff to-morrow, and see if I can't get him to ask the governor for troops enough to wipe out this bandit and his gang, and get my daughter back in safety." "Perhaps the mysterious person who rescued her before might be able to do the same thing again," suggested Sim ran : "He is quite capable of doing it," added Tom. Tom and Harrison Simrall parted with the colonel at the door of Mrs. Mansfield's residence, leaving him in a very disconsolate mood It was th e young eng ineer's day on the next day, and as they had been disturbed from their slumb e rs, the two young fellows sought their couches as soon as possible.

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BRA VE AND BOLD. 2 3 The next day Tom, Lou Dailey and Har rison S i mra ll boarded the locomotive, and vvhen the conductor gave the signal they started on the trip to Blue Mountain. As they neared Pine Valley the young enginee r kept a sharp lookout, but nothing out of the ordinary occurred until they were about to leave the station at that place Then a small stone, with a piece of paper wrapped about it, was flung by some person unknown through the open window of the cab. It landed almost directly at Tom's feet, and Lou Dai l ey promptly picked it up and handed it to him Tom waited until he had got the locomotive down to the usual pace, and then removed the paper from the stone. Spreading the paper out, he read the following, written in lead pencil : "Masked Dan has made a wager that h e will c ap t u r e you single-handed to-night on your return tri p. Be on the lookout." That was all there was to it. It was addressed to n o one, and no name was signed to it. "Here is a note of warning," said Tom, passing it t o his companions. "'vVe must be on the lookout If Masked Dan tries to capture me he may be captured himself." "Or else get a fine streak of daylight thro u g h his heart," added S i mrall, tapping his rifle in a s ignifican t manner. "If the information that note gives is correc t Masked Dan is certainly a daring villain. How he intends to ac complish his purpose I am at a loss to imagine," observed the young engineer after a pause. "Just keep cool, and we'll wait and see," spok u p S i m rall Tom brought the train to Blue Mountain on time, and then he and his bodyguard prepared to enj oy themselves until it was time to go back. The Kentuckian's keen eyes \Vere continually rov ing around in search of some man that looked as though he might be an out l aw. In fact, Simrall was spoi l ing for a fight with some member of Masked Dan's band . But not the least chance did he get d u ring t heir sta y at the mining town, and when the time arrived for Tom's train to go back he was r eally mad. "Now let the Scourge of Pine Valley attempt to cap ture you, Tom," said he, as the young eng i nee r op e n e d the throttle and set the train in motion. "If he does you will do me a favor if you will n ot s hoot him unless you are compelled to," returned Tom. "You want to take him alive, then?" "Yes." "All right. Who do you suppose it was that sen t you the note in such a curious manner?" "I have reason to believe it was the same man tha t rescued Ethel orth from the outlaws." "By Jove I wouldn't be surprised if it was !" The young engineer really believed it was the detective who had thrown the note throu g h the window of the cab, though he had not seen him in several days. Everything passed alon g in the usual manner until the train pulled up at Pine Valley Station. Then a rough looking man in tattered garments sud denly appeared alongside the locomotive, and i n a pleading voice asked for a ride to Ba n kv ille. It ins t a n tly flashed upon the minds of all three of the occupants of the ca b th a t thi s see min g t r a m p was Masked Dan in disguise. Tom gave a wa rnin g g lan ce at his companions before answering the man "It is against t h e ru les t o let an y bod y rid e on the gine said he "Wh y don t you sp e a k to the baggage master i"' "I always have bette r l uck w i t h en g in e ers repli ed the tramp. 'Don't say no, young f e ll e r ; my feet a re s o s o r e that I can't walk another step, an d I w ant to g et into Bankville "]ump or\, then; b ut you mu s t la y low, so the c ond u c tor won t see you As Tom spoke t h e t ramp cla mb e red into the cab in the fashion of a we lln i g h exhaus t e d man He sunk dow n i n th e c oa l bun ke r with a s igh of r elie f and began nu r s ing his fee t a t th e s a me time murmuring his thanks in a trem blin g vo ice. Simrall took u p his pos iti o n d i r e ctl y in front o f him as T om started the e n g ine an d w hen they g ot under good headway he calmly drew his re volver, and leveling it at the t r amp's h eart, e x claim ed: "How, do you do, M ask e d Dan?" The s u p p osed t ramp gave a start o f s urprise ; and then made a move to r ea ch h i s p o c k et. But t h e instan t he d i d so L o u Dail ey s pran g upon him and, seizing his arms, pin i oned th e m to hi s s id es. --... Engineer Tom qu i ckly p r od uced a ro pe and together the three bound him h an d a n d foo t "I am no t sure w h e ther you are Maske d Dan or n o t ," said Tom, "but I am go in g t o s earch you and see if I c an find out He quickly went thro u g h th e m a n 's pock e ts, thou g h he protested loudly agai nst suc h a proceedin g, and repeatedl y declared that he was n ot hing but a poor., abu se d t ramp When the boy go t thro u g h w ith h i s investi g ati o n he had brought to lig ht a go l d w atch and chain, a brace of loaded revolvers, a bot t l e o f chl o r ofo rm and a syringe! "So you are Mas k e d Dan, afte r all ? said he. "I am," was th e ret ort, "but I am not of the sort to beg for mercy !" CHAPTE R X VIII. A COMPACT. Tom was so m uch pl eased with th e capt u re of the out law captain that he concluded t0 say no th i n g ab out it to those on the t ra i n un ti l they r eac h ed Ba nkville. He made su r e tha t t h e villain w a s s ecurel y tled, and then attended strictly t o his d u t i es o n the e n g ine Simrall kept a goo d wa t c h o ve r t h e ir pris o ner occa sionally chaffing h i m over t h e ma nn e r o f hi s capture. Masked Dan remained s il ent for fully t we nty minutes, and then, as though the thou ght had jus t st ruck him he said: "How did you people k no w it w a s m e so soon? "Don't you suppose we ha d sense e n o u g h to im a gine a trick was being p l ayed o n us?" r e pli e d Simrall. Y o u ought to have k n ow n b ette r than to try anything like that.

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24 BRA VE AND BOLD. This evidently satisfied him, for he remained silent dur mg the rest of the journey. Great was the surprise of the railroad officials when they learned that the notorious Masked Dan had been captured, and great was the praise that Engineer Tom ancl his two companions received. When the prisoner had been safely lodged in the Bank ville jail, Tom and Simrall went home, well satisfied with their night's work. The next morning Col. North paid a visit to the prisoner He wanted to learn tidings of his daughter, and see if he could not secure her release. When he broached the subject to Masked Dan, the vil lain talked readily enough with him. "Your daughter is safe and in a place where a regiment of soldiers could not effect her rescue,'" said he. "Is there no way for me to get her back home again? How much money would it cost?" asked the colonel. "What good would money do me now ? I will be hanged or shot, I suppose." "That is so," mused the colonel. "I forgot about that." ''I'll tell you what I'll do," and the outlaw lowered his voice to a whisper. "I'll .fix it so you can get hei: if you will guaran'tee that I will get out of this jail a free man insiqe of twenty-four hours." "How can I do that? I am not your keeper. You are in the custody of the town officers." "Could you not fix it so I codld escape?" Col. North scratched his head in a meditative manner. At length he said : "I might fix it, providing my daughter was safe in my house before I did so." "Well, you say you might do it-will you do it?" "Y-e-s, upon the condition that Ethel is released first." "And you will never divulge the transaction or how it was accomplished?" "No, I will not! I will promise anything, so long as I can get my daughter back again." "You say you will promise anything-will you keep your promise?" "Sir"-and Col. North spoke with just the least bit of dignity-"sir, I am a business man, and also a man of my word." "All right ; I will take the chances. Now, then, furnish me with a piece of paper and a pencil for a moment, and I will fix it so you will have your daughter back inside of twelve hours." "And when she is back?" "Then you must get me out of here. Must, I say, for I don't fancy having my neck stretched, I can tell you !" "Here is the paper and pencil ; proceed I will stick to my part of the agreement if I lose my reputation for it." ow you are talking like a man," observed the out law captain, as he took the articles handed him. Though a vile outlaw, Masked Dan was an educated man, and it did not take him long to write the following note: "BROTHERS: The Scourge of Pine Valley is caked at last. He must get out, and he will if the bearer of this brings Ethel North, the girl prisoner, t 0 her father in Bankville. Don "t waste any time for delays are dangerous. Your captain, "MASKED DAN. As he handed this note to the colonel the outlaw captain said : "Take this to Crowley's saloon on Front Street and hand it to the man behind the bar. Do not say anything, but listen to what he says." "I'll do it," replied the colonel; "and I give you my word that I will never mention anything about this busi ness to a living soul." "All right. Now, before you go, tell me how you are going to fix it so I can escape?" "Leave that to me; I'll fix it." "Very well, then. colonel!'..' "Good-morning,., responded the colonel, and then he passed out of the cell as the jailer unlocked the door for !lim "It is not the right thing for me to do, but I must do it to save Ethel,'' muttered the colonel, as he turned his footsteps in the direction of the saloon the outlaw had in structed him to go to. He kept muttering to himself as he hurried along, and failed to notice that somebody was following him very closely and straining his ears to catch his mutterings. The colonel did not notice this even when he entered the saloon, with the man right at his heels. And this man was no other than the detective. The saloon was a filthy-looking, low place, and the col onel seemed to be a trifle out of his element when he en tered. However, he walked up to the bar, and, without a word, handed the bartender Masked Dan's note. The man read it over carefully, and then, looking the colonel squarely in the eyes, said : "That signature is all i:ight, so it must be all right. You can meet your daughter at Pine Valley Station at eight o'clock to-night. That will give you time to catch a train back." Without a word the colonel nodded, and then passed out of the place "Here, J aggs,'' exclaimed the bartender, addressing our friend, the detective, "I suppose you had better take this note to headquarters at once." Then, in a whisper, he added: "The captain is going to exchange the girl for himself. That Col. orth is a cute old chap, too." "It is a very good scheme," replied the detective, "for I don't believe we could do anything toward getting the captain out of that jail; it is too well guarded." "That's just my opinion. But this colonel can fix it easy enough. because they won't suspect him." "You are right. \i\! ell, give me the note, and I'll be off. I don't suppose there is much use staying round here any longer, anyhow." The Shadow took the note and left the saloon, turning his footsteps in the direction of the depot. He was still disguised as a cattleman, and so good was his make-up that no one suspected him of being either an outlaw or a detective. It happened that a train was just. about leaving, so, pur chasing a ticket, he boarded it and started for Pine Valley.

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BRA VE AND BOLD. As it was quite risky to enter the retreat during day light, the detective was forced to wait a long time before a farnrable opportunity came. It was well past noon when he succeeded in getting in, and as soon as he did so he passed the note.around for all hands to read. The men gave a faint cl1eer when they heard their cap tain was going to make good his escape. They had heard of his capture the first thing that morn and since then they had been a trifle despondent. ''You can take the girl and get out as soon as it gets dark," said the outlaw in charge. "It must be all right. for the captain says it is in the note." "There is no doubt but it is all right," returned the de tective. Time passed slowly to the daring man, who was going to free Ethel r orth. As the day dragged along and darkness finally came, Ethel was notified to get ready to return to her father. She could scarcely believe her senses when she heard this, but she lost no time in obeying. A few minutes later she was ready. She was blindfolded, and then, after making sure that the coast was clear, the outlaws allowed the supposed Dick Jaggs to conduct her outside. This was the second tinie he had clone this, but under different circumstances. When they bad walked a hundred yards from the hidden entrance, the detective removed the handkerchief from the girl's eyes. "Now, Miss North," said he, "you will soon be with your father, who is waiting for you at the station." CHAPTER XIX. A SCARED LAWYER. "I'll agree to that," returned the Kentuckian, "provid ing we disguise ourselves." ''That would be an excellent plan," said the boy. "We will do it." After Mile-a-Minute Tom and Harrison Simrall had disguised themselves as drummers for an Eastern firm they went out to Pine Valley and spent the time going around among the newly-opened saloons with the hope that they would be able to pick up some clews about the bandits. Mile a Minute Tom wore a blond wig and false mus tache and eyeglasses, and his companion put on a pointed beard and a wig of a dark-brown color. They met several trainmen that they knew, but they were not recognized by any of them. After spending the afternoon in a vain attempt to learn something about the bandits, the Kentuckian suggested to Tom that they stroll down the railroad track toward Bank ville, as there was a possibility that they might get a long range shot at some of the train wreckers. Tom assented, and they started down the track in the direction of the town. They had not gone very far before they saw the dark figure of a man moving along rapidly in front of them. Tom thought at first that it might be Bullock, the detective. As the suspicions of Simrall and the young engineer had been aroused, they immediately decided to make a detour and overtake the man, one from the right side of the track and one from the left side. Tfiey separated, and Tom made a wide detour on the right side and Simrall on the left side of the track. They succeeded in reaching a point some distance in front of the track evidently without attracting the man's attention. When he came abreast of them they both jumped suddenly in front of him, at the same time leveling their guns at his heart and commanded him to throw up his hands. The stranger obeyed them as though he had been or dered to throw up his hands by the Angel Gabriel. He "M k d D h d ,,, appeared frightened to death and could hardly speak. as \ an as escape s II 1 d h I 1 This was the startling announcement made by the jailer imra as
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BR A VE AND B OLD are?" said Tom. '1If your nam e is reall y D o n F oeman, ;i.n,d y ou are a law ye r, yo u mu s t hav e some th i n g to prove it. ' "I have evidence exclaimecl the man and he put his hand in pocket and d r ew out a lar ge bundl e of l eg al iooking papers and letters a1;1d handed them t o Si m rall. "You keep him covered, said th e K e ntuckian s o h e won t away while I read thi s e v idenc e Taking out a match he H g hted it and l oo k e d at one o f the letters. It was addressed t o M r. D o n Foeman, car e the Phoenix Hotel Bank v ill e Simrall pulled the lett e r o u t a nd ope n ed i t. It w a s written in a very girlish hand, and b ega n : D e ar es t Darli n g Don." "Whew exclaimed S i mrall, as h e rea d i t a l oud to Tom. fHe is a strnn g :favo ri te w i t h th e ,ladies. We wo n t interfere with this gentl ema n a n y fur ther." As he said this, he and Tom b o th put up th e ir g u ns :tnd Simrall return e d the papers and l e tt ers to t h eir oymer, at the satne time assurin g him t h a t they had n o t meant t o hurt his feelings in the l e a s t that as they we r e on the l o okout for s ome of th e bad men that wer e i n t hat l ocality they did not want t o t ake an y c h a n ces wit h an ybo d y After Tom and S lm rall ha d t o ld t he you n g l awye r w h o they were, h e as sure d them that h e f e lt no h a r d fee l i n gs towards them, and that h e h ope d tha t th ey wou ld be ab l e to run their trains throu g h P ine V all ey i n p erfec t safety in the fl.lture. Both Tam and Simrall tl i ank ed him and he then bid them goad-by, sa y in g th a t as h e w as go ing back to Bank v ill e on th e n ex t t rain h e wo uld n ow go to Pine Valfoy Stati o n ancl w a it far th e tra in w hi c h wo u ld 1100,u be due the re. After leaving th e young law y er, the two fr i end wa l ked on dow n the track t o the plac e wh e re the b andi t s had wrecked the train th a t had C ol. North an d his party of deputy !iheriffs on b oard, A short tim e afte r wards th ey r eac h e d the s t atiou a n d fol.lnd that they had only a f ew m i n utes t o sp a re b efo r e the train to Bank v ille would arrive. The re w e r e a dozen Qr moi;e rou g h-l o oking men wh o we r e evide ntl y goi n g t o Bankville an the sam e train Tom and the y oun g Kentuckian th o u ght n o thing o f th e presence of these m e n at tha t time, but they ha d good cause to remember them l es s tHan thirty minut e s later / CHAPTER XX. MASKED DAN'S ES CAPE. As soon as Col. North l e ft him, Maske d D a n began t o think over the comp a ct h e had made with him "It was the o nly thing I could do," h e muttered. "The chances are that unl ess I ge t a way my trial will come off in a da y or tw o, a nd the n it will on l y be a question of a few h o urs b e fore I am e x ecut ed. It i s r a th e r tough on me th a t I should be c o mp elle d t o g i ve th e g irl up; bu t it is t h e only thing I e an do, u n l ess I c a n ge t out before dark t o nig-ht, w i t h out th e colon e l' s as sistance. The m o rning wo re o n un til n oo n a rri ve d Whe n the m a n c a m e with t h e pri so n er's noo n day mea l h e t o ld him t o hurry u p a n d eat. "Wha t shall I hurry for?" coolly asked Masked Dan. Becau s e it i s my afte rnoon off, an d I wan t t o get home," was the reply. "Are you goi n g right out of the jail as soon as I get done eating?" quest i oned the outlaw captain. "I am; just as soon as I leave the tray in the kitch e n." "I wish I was going out with you. "I suppose you do, and the jail e r grinned. "But I am afra i d when you do go out of this cell you'll only go a few yards, and then a rope nec:ktie will be put around your n eck." While t h e man was speaking a desperate reso!Ye cap-ie i n Masked Dan's head. If h e coul d o v e r power the man was it not pos s ible that he cou l d don his clothing, and go on out as though he we r e the jailer? It was a plan worth trying, and if he failed the colonel was bound to get h i m out, anyhow. "See here," said he, suddenly, how is it that you were so k i nd as to put milk in my coffee to-day?" I didn't know as there was any milk in it; must be a m i s t ake," r eplied the jaile r as he leaned over to take a look a t the coffee. T h e n ext moment a startling t h ing occurred. As quick as a flash Masked Dan threw the contents of t he cup in the man's face, while at the same moment he s l ipped the revo l ver from the pocket of his coat . "If you make an outcry I'll shoot you dead!" he hissed "I've got your own revolve r leveled at your heart?" The j aile r was half blinded by the coffee, but he could h ea r as well as eve r and he deemed i t advisable to remain p erfe c tly quie t. "I am a despe r ate man," went on the outlaw captain, "and I am going t o gt:;t ou t of here Anybody who at t empts to oppose me I will shoot dead with your revolv e r. Take off your coat and hat, my man, and be a little quick about it With out a word th e jailer obeyed, and Masked Dan hu rried l y p u t them on. The coa t was of corduroy, and quite conspicuous, and t h at was w h y the outlaw hoped to get outside the prison w all s Eve r y one of the pri son officia l s knew the jailer wore that coa t and if they should see a man going j>Ul with it on they would naturally think it was th e jail e r. "Hand ove r your keys excla i med the villain. "I am go ing to l ock you in the cell in my If you mak e t he l east bit of noise before I get out of the jail I will kill the fir st man I meet. That won't harm you any, but still yo u w ill b e r esponsib l e for it." With out wa i ting for a r e ply he slammed the d o or shut a n d, after l ocking it, strolled l e isurely down the corridor ca r ry in g t he tray in one hand and the bunch of keys in the othe r Masked Dan knew the way out well enou g h, but he was daring enough to go to the kitchen first and set the t ray on a table. T hen he turned and deliberate l y walked out by th e fr o n t way. Just as he was a dozen feet from the door a man hail e d h im. "Hey, Jackson!" he yelled you are taking the ke ys home with you !" The out l aw captain tossed the bun c h of keys to th e man and then, without turnin g h urried on Once out of sigh t of the jail, he made a bee line for the sal oon he had sent Col. N o r t h t o.

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BRAVE AND BOLD. He reached it by the time the alarm was given out, and, a few minutes later, in a neat disguise, he walked back to the jail and joined the throng of people who had gathered about it. No one dreamed of his being the escaped prisoner, so after he had remained there for a few minutes he made his way to the depot and took a train for Pine Valley. Arriving here, the bold villain made for one of the hotel shanties that was not run in the interest of his band, and prepared to wait until dusk, so he might gain admis sion to his retreat without being observed He knew that whoever came after the girl would not leave his stronghold until after darkness set in, and he desired to be there in time to prevent it. As soon as it began to get dark, l\Iasked Dan made a bee line for his retreat as fast as his legs could ca .rry him. As he was passing the station he was greatly chagrined to see Ethel North and her father standing on the station platform surrounded by men who were congratulating Col. North on his daughter's escape. "I am too late," muttered the bandit, and he hurried on to his retreat. As l\Iasked Dan entered a cheer went up from his men, and everyone wanted the privilege of shaking his hand at the same time. "I am not dead yet, boys," said the villain, smiling be neath his mask-for he had put it on before he entered the cave. "No, and you ain't likely to be for a good many years!" cried one of his men. "What is the news?" asked the captain, afte r a pause. "Does anybody know whether that big shipment of gold dust was made to-day?" "It is to come through to-night!" exclaimed a dozen voices in unison "On what train ?" "The one that gets here in the neighborhood of eleven o'clock." "Good! We have let up on the railroad for a long time, but to night we must have that gold dust." "How are we going to hold up the train-wreck it?" "Yes; we will wreck the whole business. The two cans of nitro-glycerine we have had on hand such a long time will do the business. They must be placed on the track at the curve half a mile below here just before the train comes along." "Will they explode without being touched off with a match?" asked one of the outlaws, who was ignorant of the powers of the explosive. "The instant the engine strikes either of the cans she will be blown into the air, and I guess the cars will stop soon enough after that." "Surely," spoke up the dete,ctive; and then he gave an inward shudder. "We will have to do our work quick after the explo sion," went on Masked Dan, "for in fifteen minutes' time the miners and drovers will be upon us Every man must keep an eye upon the express car, and make for it the mo ment it comes to a standstill." Dick, the Shadow, was ordered by Masked Dan to place the two cans of nitro-glycerine on the track, ;i.nd when the time came for him to do it, he set out in advance of the outlaws, who were goirg to rob the train. He placed them on the track as he heard the train approaching. and then immediately picked them up again, and, placing them near the track, covered them with sand,! As luck would have it, he found a workman's dinner can near by, and this he put on the track, just as the glare of the headlight of the approaching locomotive fell upon him. The engineer thought something was wrong, and he quickly whistled down brakes, and reversed his engine. Masked Dan and his men, from their place of conceal ment behind a pile of rocks, saw t)ie engine strike the can, and they were much astonished when no fol lowed. "The stuff must be spoiled !" cried the outlaw captain in a rage. ''Shoot the engineer and fireman, boys, so they can't start the locomotive. We must have the contents cf that express car !" The reports of half a dozen rifles rang out immediat e l y after the villain spoke, and the two men in the cab of the engine were ruthlessly slain. The train soon came to a stop, and then the outlaws made a rnsh upon the express car, discharging their weap ons at all who opposed them. Mile a Minute Tom and Simrall were busy shooting into the ranks of the outlaws, when the conductor of the train shouted : "Is there an engineer among us?" "There is!" exclaimed Tom; "I am an engineer." "Jump on the engine, then, and get us away from here. It is our only chance to save the treasure in the express car." "Corne, Harrison !" exclaimed the young engineer ; "that is an excellent idea of the conductor's; we may be able to best them yet." The express car was next to the locomotive, but the two sprang off and started in a semicircle through the darkness, hoping to reach the cab of the locomotive unob served by the outlaws In this they were successful. The villainous band seemed to be too busy in their work of battering in the doors of the car to notice them. In exactly two minutes from the time they jumped off the car Torn and Simrall were on the engine In another moment the young engineer had seized the throttle. Puffpuff puff, puff, puff! The locomotive started ahead as fast as it could, and then both Tom and Simrall were forced to lie low to escape the storm of bullets that came that way. The outlaws were foileci, for they had not succeeded in breaking open the doors of the express car when Tom put the train in motion. "Oh, if J only had my rifle with me," sighed Simrall; "1 could pick off half a dozen of those fellows, sure enough." "Never mind," replied Tom;. "we fooled them nicely that time, and saved considerable for the company." He reached up as he spoke and threw back the lever. A few moments later the train was rushing along at a mile a minute, leaving the disappointed outlaws, cursing and swearing at their luck, far behind. The train arrived at Bankville nearly an hour late, but the railroad officials did not find fault with this when they learned what had caused the delay. After the battered express car containing the go ld dust

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BRAVE AND BOLD. had been run into the yards and left in chatge of the .armed express guards1 Tom ahd the Kentuckian felt so jubilant bver tlieif success irt savihg tteasure that whert Harrisbh Simrall said that he thought that they aught to make a Roman holiday out of the morrow, the young ehgineer enthusiastically agreed with him, and said that he would go and see Mr. Mauty Kemper, the super ihtettdeflt, a sk hitn felt a liolitlay. Tbrti HHle at that mbment how near he was to taking an eternal holiday. "By the by," he exclaih1ed, "we haven t taken off our disguises yet." "That's sd/' assented Simrall. "Weil I guess I will take mine off now I don't look much like Mlle-a-MirtUte Tbn1 it1 this outfit." The young e hgineer was driving his ehgine throu g h the deserted yards to the distant roundhouse at that moment, and had no thought of any danger, when they heard a voice say: "So you are Mile-a-Mihute Tom, are you?" THe words \.Vere fairly hissed in his ear. Alrrlbst thuflderstrutk, ot.tr two fr!ehd s turned around. Within three feet of them stood a man with a huge revolver in eath hand, tlie muzzl e s of which cbveted the liearts t1f tHe brave engirleer and his companion. It was Dan! "Gentlemen," coolly remarked the outlaw captain, "you have just ten seconds to live." Masked Dan uttei:ed the words1 Tom felt an icy chill tutl down his spine. But he did hot lose his nerve entlrely. It instantly flashed throu g h his mind that if he had to die he would do sb while making an effort to save his life. q_ulckiy did ht! reacli this conclusion that the outlaw's words had scarcely died out when he dropped upon his hands and knees, and darted between the bandit's legs up setting hitn As the bandit fell Harrison Simrall sprang upon the m::tti and piniotted his arms ;'Now, then, Mr. Man, I guess that it 's you who have just ten seconds to live!' ; "Hold !" tried a voice from the rear of the tender ; "dorl'f slio6 thttt mah." "Detective Bullock!" shouted the young engineer, as the detective emerged from the shadows at the back of the tender. "Yes, It Is I1 said the Shadow as he took frbm his pocket a fl!llf of handcuffs, antl1 with the assistante of Simral1, who was holding orl t6 the battdit for dear life, fastened them on the man's wrists. 1I will take charge of this fellow/' murmured the de tective. "Cettaihly," replied Tom. "Take charge of him at o nce;" and the young fe1low turnrd his attention tb his 1ocomotive. "I don't know about th is," observed Simra11; "he has b een i n the Bankville jail; and got out rather easy." "I will see that he does n ot get out this time, returned the Shadbw. "All right, then; I'll give in, but I did say that I was goihg to let daylight through his heart the first time I got the chante ." Mea11while Masked Dan had not uttered a word since the fables had been tuthed upon him in such a neat and unexp ected mahner. How the bandit and the detective cam e to be on the engine is easily explained. The Shadow happened to be near Masked Dan when Mile-a-Minute Tom volunteered to run the l ocomotive, and befor e he could think of doing anything to assist them he saw the outlaw captain make a bolt for the engirte The detettive recognized Tom's voice, and it quickly occurred to him that Masked Dan meant to kill the boy. "He is going to play a trick, so I will follow his ex ampl e," he muttered; and then, while the outlaws were pounding upon the doors of the express car in their efforts to ge t inside h e crept along in the wake of their captain. He saw him clamb e r over the back of the tendet and se crete himself behind a pile of coal. Then, with surprising quickness, the detective drew himself upon the little box which was attached to the rear of the tender for the purpose of tarrying extra couplings, ett., ahd cob lly sat dowtt. The next instant he saw Engineer Tom and Harrisbn Simrall dash by and board the locomotive. The instant the train was in motioh he raised his head and peered into the cab in a cautious manrte r. He;! kept his eye upon Masked Dan, and when the villain did the act already recorded, he did it so quickly that he even surp rised the Shacfow. As he beheld the peril of our two friends the detective's face turned deathly pale; but gritting hard upon his teeth, as though he was going to do some thin g that was against his fee1!t'\gs, lie lev e l ed his r evo lver at the batk of the out law captain It was quite plain that he meant to slay him in order to sav.e the lives of Mile-a Minute Tom and the Kentuckian. But before he c ould pull the trigger the young engineer made the sudden move that upset Masked Dan, and with a sigh of relief the Shadow placed the revol ve r back in his be1t. Then it was that he asked the Kentuckian not to kill the outlaw captaih. Though it w.as l ate in the ni ght, quite a crowd collected when it became noi sed about that Masked Dan was again in the clutches of the law. A c oup l e of officers soon arrive
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BRA VE AND BOLD. "I reckon you won't fool me again," said the man the outlaw had so neatly tricked When he made his escape. "If you get out this time I am willing to resigrt my posi tion and beg for a living." "I have fooled better and sliarper men than you/' re turned Masked Dan, quietly. It was quite plain that he could hot untl'etstand whether the supposed Dick Jaggs \.Vas for or against him. He had too much faith in the detective to doubt him, and yet he could not understand why it was that he had delivered him into custody, instead of shooting Engineer Tom ahd his companion when they had the best of him on the locomotive. "If he is doing all this to gain some pointi he is over doing it by placing rrty life in too rhuch danger," muttered the outlaw captain. CHAPTER XXL THE LAST OF MASKED DAN. It was late the next morning when Tom ar_ ose. As he had several days off, he had no occasion to leave his bed early, so he put in a good sleep, and fell: all the bet ter for it when he left his hottie in the company of Sitnrall about ten in the morning. \ Naturally, they turned their steps in the dired!oh of the jail to learn if everything was all right thete. On the way they met Col. North and his who had just driven down to the jail fJ>r the sanie purpose, and were on their way home. They learned from them that everything was all right at the jail, and that there was no possibility d Masked Dan escaping. "The Scourge of Pine Valley is to be executed at noon," said the colonel. Ethel insisted upon shaking hands with Totn, and made him promise to call and see her. "I don't think much of her father, but the girl is a dandy," observed the Kentuckiani as the couple drove on. "Ethe l North is certainly a fine girl," was Tom's retort. "And she is just as sweet on you as she can be without telling you so." The y oung e n gineer blushed a deep crimson. "\i\ T hat do y o u mean," he asked. "Just wh a t I say. Can't you see it?" "I n e ver thou ght of such a thing. Why should I? She is the dau ghte r of a wealthy man, who is one of the heav iest st o ckh o lders on the road and I am only a poor, young engine driver, who has to work for a living. Pshaw l don't let such a foolis h idea n-et i 11to y our head. Miss North only regards me as a friend. ' "Never mind, we will wait and see. If yoU both live 1011g ehough, you \\rill marry that girl sorl1e tlay, Tom. See if you don't." "Hl1111bug Talk about something else." "I'll stake my right arnl. ort it. I am a good judge of human nature, and 1 know what I atn talking al:mut,'1 As Tom and the Kentuckiah reached the jail, they were just in time ttl see Bullock, the Shadthv, torttirtg out, They hailed him; but he evidently did not heat thetn, for he paid no attention to them; btit walked swiftly irt the direction of the depot. Our two friends did not go inside, but they learned from the jailer that everythilig all right, attd that the execu tion of Masked Dan would take place promptly at twelve. "That detective was in to see him just now, but what passed between them I can't say. Ahyhow, the bold out law chief has appeared very dowh-hearted ever since he went out." "I don't think Masked Dan is made of the sort tJf stuff to give in at the last minute. He will die without weaken ing," said Tom. "No, he won't," returned the jailer. "He atts ttow as though ready to squeal. He'll never die gartte, see if he does." "I don't think I'll stay to witness the exettilion. I have ho fancy for such sights," observed the youttg ettgineer, as 11e tttrnetl from tlie spbt. "I think we had better take a run down to Pine Valley, then," spoke up Harrison Simrall. "'Ne tttight flfitl some thing to interest us there." "Very well; then. There is a trairt that leaves in twenty mihutes. That must be the one the detective is going on." The pair made for the depot, and reached it just ih time to catch the train. They searched through the cars in the hope of finding the Shadow, but if he was aboard he must ha"l(e disguised himself, for they could not discover him. "He is on the train, you can depend upon it," said Sim rall. "Probably he is going to Pine Va11ey.;, When the traiu stopped at Pine Valley Station our friends kept a sharp lookout as got off. About a dozen people got off, most of them being men on their way to the mines. And still they failed to recognize the detecf e among them. "He came on that train, just the same!" exclaimed Simrall, as the two walked off the platform. "There is a possibility that he did not," Tom. "That is true; but I thihk he came alf the same." As Simrall spoke he turrted his steps in the direction of the saloon. The young engineer followed him, and the two Went inside.

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30 BRA VE AND BOLD. As they did so the man behind the bar cast an uneasy glance at them. It was plain that he r ecog nized Tom as the engineer the outlaws had had so much trouble with, and the fact of his paying his place a visit at such a time at this made him feel a trifle uncomfortable. The Kentuckian was not slow to notice this, and, believ ing the fellow to be a member of Masked Dan's band, he proceeded to worry him. "They tell me the outlaws have been cleaned out round here," said he, fixing his eyes on the ma.n. "Yes," was the reply; "and a-good job it was, too "I don t think everybody agrees with you on th2 t. Masked Dan has a good many friends." I don't kn9w about that." ''Oh, yes; you used to be a friend to him yourself, didn't you?" ''Me? Oh, no!" "Why, I thought I saw yo u making arrangements with him one night to work off a lot of counterfeit money." This was not true, but it evidently hit the mark, for the man changed color and involuntarily placed his hand on his revolver. But he changed his mind instantly, and did not draw it. "You act as though you are on the shoot." said Simrall, with a bland smile. "Don't spoil a good mind; go on and shoot." I am all right on the shoot if I want to," replied the saloon keeper, in a clogged tone. "So am I," said the Kentuckian, rising to his feet. "I want you to understand that no such an ugly-looking coyote as you can back me clown." The next moment both men had drawn their revolvers! Simrall had purposely picked the quarrel, because he believed the saloon keeper to be an outlaw. Now he was satisfied that he but he meant to give him a fair chance for his life. According to the laws and customs of the wild country they were in anybody would / be justified in shooting on sight any man they knew to be an outlaw or horse thief.., But Simrall gave the fellow a chance. "Where do you want to have it out-right in here?" he asked. ''Right in here will do I guess," replied the man; and then, with a lightning-like movement he jerked h is re volver upward and pulled the trigger. As the report rang out the Kentuckian staggered back against the wall, but before his back touched it his re volver cracked, and the saloon keeper tumbled to the floor with a bullet in his heart! "Are you hurt, Simrall ?" cried Tom, springing to the side of his friend. "My shoulder is grazed-thats all. If he had shot a little lower he might have settled me," was the reply. in a cool tone of voice ''There lies ai10ther of l\Iasked Dan s men," sa id Tom, addressing the crowd that had gathered about the
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BRA VE AND BOLD. 31 CHAPTER XXII. CONCLUSION. The min e f s p icke d i1 lhe body o f the no,ted \l,utlaw ch\ef a.ii.ti carried it to the station, where it was placed aboard the first train that came along, and tl\ken to 13ankv\lle. Mile-a-Minute Tom and Simrall were much mystified as to how Masked Dan could have e s caped, and C\S soon as they arrived at BankviUe they made for the jail. They qne stionecl the first person they knew the villain's escape, and were astonished to hear that 11a keel Dan had uot escaped, but was to be hanged a,t four o 'clock "The re was s omething the matter with the gallows," said their informant, "so they put it off until four. You will be just in time to see it." "There must be two Masked Dans!'' exclaimed Tom. "Co me on let's see what sort of a mystery is." I\J uch puzzled the two ha s tened to the jail. It was five minutes to four when they got there, and it was difficult for them to pi\sh their way through the im mense throng that had gathered to witness the execution. They managed to reach a place near the grim-looking gallows just as the sheriff and his assista,nts led the pris oner from the jail. The prisoner looked very much like the Scourge of Pine Va.He y, but both Tom and the Kentuckian saw that he was not. As the party r.eared the scaffold, Simrall stepped in front of them, and, in a ringing voice, exclaimed : "Hold on That man is not Masked Dan! I shot Mask e d Dan over two hours ago, and his body lies at the depot!" These words not only had a startling effect upon the crowd, but upon the prisoner as well. An expression of pain, intermingled with relief, crossed his face and he sank back into the arms of his captors. Then he recovered himself and made a sign that he would like to speak. T o, I am not Masked Dan, the Scourge of Pine Val ley,'' said he, addressing the crowd. "I set the notorious outlaw fre e this morning and took his place in the cell. I am J o e Bullock the detective, who hunted Masked Dan and his band of cutthroats to the earth !" A deathly silence followed the c words, and then a pro lon f' ed y ell went up fro m the crowd. S o me of them were for having the hanging anyhow, but whe n a wagon arrived bearing the body of the real Masked Dan th e y became silent. The district attorney walked 11p to the it was sure ly he-and, placing his hand on his shoulder, said: "l' Tr. Du!l o c k, can you tell me why you violated the law by releasing the prisoner, and then taking his place?" "I can," was the calm retort. "The notorious Ma.sked Dan was my older brother!" Had a bomb exploded in their midst the crowd could not ha \'e been n.10re as.to.nis.hed. "I discovered by chance yesterday that he was my qlder \>.fother, ,Y.ho rcm from home when he was a, l>oy. When I found out the relationship I could not let WY brother die on the gallows." ''Fellow citizens," said the sheriff, "ther will be no ex ecution here to-day, as Masked Dan ls already dead." Then, turning to the \letective, he "Mr. Bullock I am compelled to arrest you, though I don't think any jury convict you for what you have done.'' Mile-a-Minute Tow tumed from the spot like one in a dream. He had received more surprises that day than on any day in his life. The detective ;:\nd the outlaw captain twin brothers! It did not seem\possible) but still it was true. Half an hour later the Shadow was out on bail, and as Tom shook hands with him he said: "I honestly believe that if Simra.ll had not shot your brother you would have perished in his place." "I meant to confess what I had done before I reached the gallows," was the reply. "But say nothing more aboqt it at present; I am ashamed of myself, and-well, I loved my brother !" * * * Five years later. Bankville is quite a dtfferent place from what it was at the opening of our story. It has increased in population and wealth nearly ten fold, and has all the reqi\ire11,1ents of any city in the South west. The Bankville and Blue Mountain Railroad now runs all the way to the Pacific coast, and Tom Mansfield-well, through his own efforts and those of his father-in-law, Col. North, the plucky young engineer is superintendent of the eastern division of the road. \ The Kentuckian was right when he said Tom would wed the. pretty Ethel North some day, and at the wedding he was Tom's best man. Joe Bullock, whom we knew better as the Shadow, went East after his acquittal, and is still living, though he has never been to Bankville or Pine Valley since he hunted down the outlaw band. Lou Dailey, who used to fire for Tom, ls now one c f the most trusted engineers on the road. and Harrison Sim rall, the Kentuckian, is one. of the traffic agents, THE END. Next week's issue, No. 73, will contain "Seared With Iron; or, The Band of Skeleton Bar," by Cornelius Shea. The scene of this interesting tale i s laid in the wilds of Arizona. A boy goes out there to seek his fortune and he finds a whole lot of adventure that he was not looking for. is a masked band of desperadoes at Skeleton Bar, as the place Yhere he stays is called, and their d o ings make interesting reading. You will learn in reading this stor abont the b o y whe was brand e d with the letters "U. S." on his back and what came of it. Look out for next week's issue.

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