Diamond Dick and the timber thieves, or, A close call in Custer's Canyon

Diamond Dick and the timber thieves, or, A close call in Custer's Canyon

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Diamond Dick and the timber thieves, or, A close call in Custer's Canyon
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issued Weekly. By Subscription $2.50 per year. Entered as Second Class Matter. at New York Post Office by SrREET & SMITH, 238 William St., N. Y No. 290. Price, Five DIAMO.ND DICK CAUGHT THE YOUNG SPOln" s HAND ANIJ TH!!:Y Wll:RI!: WHIRLED ALONG THROUGH A HAIL OF BULLETS.


Issued Weekly. By Subscription $2..so per year. Entered as Second Class .!.fatter at t/1e N. Y. Post Office, by STREET & SMITH, 238 Wi!Ham St., N. Y. E1lter e d accordi11g to Act of Co11gres s i u t he y ea r 1 qo 2 , ,. the Office of the Librarian of Congres s Wasllinglon, D. C No. 290. NEW YORK, May 3, 1902. Prke Five Cents. Diamond Dick and the Timber Thieves; OR, A CLOSE CALL IN CUSTER'S CANYON. Bv the adhor of ''DIAMOND CHAPTER I. PROFESSOR FIN)l'EGAN, OF .M'ED1CINE HAT. "Pun in tliet hoss, tiillr You in the piug nice r I'm a to." ":Vlc ?" "Who ebe ? Ain't y e a-l ookin' i11ter the end o' this hyer forty-five?" "illy good man .. ___ n "Don't ye call me a g oo d rna u I'm the toughest propersitio11 thet ever lrnppened in this part o' Ari zony. Chuck Evans is my handle, an' they call me the Curly-headed Cauliflower frolll San Simone. I'm a terror to all the tin-horns an' p lug-uglies o' these divert the muzzle of that firearm from my person, remove from my path and thus allow me to proceed.'' "Say, an ombray wo11ld think ye wasn't a six-spot ter hear ye throw it inter me. \Vhat do Ye name yerself ?" "Professor Fiunegan, cf :\Ji:dicine Hat, Head Gameril of the Le::irned Pusii known as the Antiquarians.'' "Bosh l You 're Reel Ferg, of the C' nited Order of Toucl1ers and Grafters, at present engaged in manufacturing red-eye of the moonshine variety. 'J'lie Government bas offered $500 fer yer capture, parts, thet's what I am." an' as I'm on the make, this mornin', I reckon I'll "Well, sir, allow me to inform you that I'm take you in." neither t'n-horu nor a plug-ngly. I'm a scientist engag(""d in sci 1,lifi c p11rsuits. the ki11c111ess to "This is an ontrage !" it is, but I'll give it to you i;ood au'


DIAMOND DICKo JR.-rTHE BEST WEEKLY. pknty, Fergus, if you try any tricks. Tt1rn, yore cayuse ter the left an' ride a length ahead o me. A half a mile an' then ye'll come ter my ranch. I'm the deperty slier'f, ef it'll ease yer mind ally ter know it.'' A short, little man, thin of form and cadaverous of face, wearing an old-fashioned high hat and a clerical snit of was riding aloug an irrigation ditch in . Southern Arizona-roads in that section usually fol-lowing the ditche.s--and had been suddenly accosted by a ge11tlema11 i11 velveteen trousers, flannel shirt and sombrero. 'l'his gentle111a11 had a very businesslike air and also a gun. The foregoing conversation then ensued, and Professor Fiuneg:rn, nfter using all the arguments he could muster, fin ally yielded to force1a11d turned his horse unde r protest. "\Vhat makes you thiuk I'm Red Ferg?" Illquired the prufessor, as he rode along. "I received a tip from the sl1er'f at Phceuix ter look ont a man who had 011e white eyebrow an' t'otlier reel or black. 'l'het's yerself, pilgrim." This poiut i11 the iuclictment was well covered b y the professor. His eyebrows were of the character describedwhicl1 was strange btlt none the less trne and nnfor tnnate. "I liave papers upon my p e rson which will con vince you t!iat I'm what I c1aim to be-Professor Finneg

DIAMOND DICK, JR.-THE BOYS9 BEST WEEKLYo 3 "when I'm away on biz the dorgs take keer o' the place.,, After pulling a pair of leg irons and some ten feet of chain ont from under a bunk, the depnty made the professor pass out into the yard once more, and halt under a fig tree that grew within three feet of the irrigation canal. The bark of the tree was much scarred and chafed and the grass not a little trampled. "Sit clown!" commanded Chuck Evans. The prisoner dropped down and leaned his back against the tree trunk. The dep11ty then adjnsted the leg irons and made the chain fast to the tree with a padlock. "Now, pilgrim," went on Chuck Evans, retreatin a few steps in the direction of the place where he had left his horse, "I'll start out an' look Escomb. '' "It will take you two days, will iU" "Thet's what I told ye." "I'll st1rve to death while you're go11e. ".:>Jot on yer life, onless ye're t oo lazy ttr iic.:Jp ,erself. Thar's figs over yer h eac1-more'11 ye can eat in a month; water ter drink.in t he c a n a l au' nice soft grass ter sleep on. You ciiu 't the om bray thet's been kept in this place, not by a long shot." The professor's face lighted up as a happy thought passed thro11 g h his brain. 1I give yo11 warning, sir," sa id h e, "that I wiil ask the first person who passes to release rne." "Keno! Ask all ye want t er. Persons don't p<1ss hyer so frequent as ye opine; an' ef they do, Cinch an' Rocket'll be left 011 gnarcl." Evans waved his hand toward the hounds. "T!Jey won't let ye be interfered with, Fergus. Ad/o. ; to ye." Chuck Evans gave a parting salute, but the pro fessor fook no notice of word or gesture. He was irritated, and had half a notion to send a bullet after the deputy. A few minutes later and the deputy sheriff was gone. Cincl: lay ou olle side of the professor and Rocket on the other, both dogs watcliing for a11y bolt toward freedom on the prisoner's part. The professor heaved a heavy sigh of disappoint ment. Ever since he had left .Medicine Hat on this important mission, he had been baffled by delays. He had Jost twe11ty-f ,our hours through a railroad wreck, had missed connection with a train at Ash Fork a11d had thus chalked up six more hours to the bad, after that a burning trestle bad caused a11other six hours of delay, anJ then he had had a runaway on departing in a mountain wagon from and now, pursuing his mission on horseback, he \vas mistaken for an outlaw and sidetracked for two days. As he sat on the ground, his back against the tree, his thoughts dwelling 011 his misfortunes, the sl1ade, the cool wind, the rippling waters, the balmy air, all conspired to put him into a drowse. He slept and forgot his troubles. In a few hour. s he was awakened-a voice baving reached his ears from the road. "Gle-ory to snakes an' all sashay! Hello, yot: feller in the plug-cady Hev we got ter git a cannon ter wake ye np ?n The professor rubbed his eyes and lo o ked toward the road. He gave a start of surprise and then rubbed h is eyes and looked again. His sight had not deceived him. 'I'he.re were thre e horsemen drawn up at the fence, all most excellently mounted and somewhat covered with the dust of the desert. One had iron-gray hair ancl mustache, and sat his monnt like a Centaur, and, with a younger individtial, wore a peculiar dress, half-Mexican, half-America11, which set off their lithe figures to greatest advantage. The costumes were studded with diamonds. The third member of the party, the one who had spoken, had Jong, red hair and a red beard, and a veritable giant of a man. . The professo r plucked np heart and began to think that fate was at last inclined to be kind to him. "Who are you?" he asked.


DIAMOND DICK, JR.-THE BOYS' BEST WEEKLY. "I'm thet rip-roarin' ole propersition known as the r Sarpint o' Siskiyo11," replied the giant, "an' professor," spoke up the young sport, "I'd advise you to make that white eyebrow the same shade as these byer gents I'm trnvelin' with aire known as the the other. Tha.t's what Red Ferg himself has proba -Diming Dicks, of 0 11ray." The professor jerked off his hat and it iuto the air. "Hurrah!" he cried. His ray of hope had brightened. CHAPTER II. THE PROFESSOR AGAIN DISAPPOIN'l'ED. Well, look!" exclaime d the astonished Handsome Harry. "Ye'd think s ollle 'un had hiin a h11ndr e d !" ''\,Vho are you?" in q11ired Di amond Di c k. P ro f essor Finnegau, of Medicine Hat!" "Blazes ter blazes an' six-hands 'ro1111cl !" cri e d Harry "Ef I had my ch'ice between six years in the pen an' two in l\Iedicine Hat, I'd take the pen. Shore I wo11ld. Let's ride on. Ef we linger around hyer an' talk with thet dub we'll git Jonahed." "Don't go!" pleaded the profe s sor, balancing liim self on his manacled legs. "I want to talk with Dia mond Dick.'' "What you doin g there, profe ssor?" put in o l d Diamond Dick. "Waiting for some one to happen along and release me Are you Diamond Dick? ''Yes.'' "Well, I have a letter for you. Set me free so that I may present it." "Firs t tell us why you are a prisoner." "I w as mistaken for a villain known as Hed Ferg ,. Handsome Harry e x ploded a laugh, in which th e yo1111g sport join.ed. A smile flickered about tile old vet eran's lips. "Why," Diamond Dick, "you' re only about half the s ize o f Red Ferg.' J. '. "But I've got a white e yebro1r." "So I see, and it's the otil y point of 'If you're go :ng to rc n :un 101.16 i11 this bly done, although no one in this sectio:1 s eems to have credited him with sense enough." The professor tben went o n to tell how he bad b een captmed and left there for a space of two day s while his captor went after a man named Escomb. "There certainly has be e n a mistake i1ere," remarked old Dia111011d Dick, throwing iii s bridle reins to Bertie a nd dismounting. Climbing t!1e fence, he stnrted toward Finnegan, but Cinch and Rocket bristled the hair on their nec k s and lined up to dispute his pass ag e ''Better to ss your letter to me,'' sa id the old vete rall. Finnegan ti ed the letter up in his handkerchief, together with a small stone and flun g the packet to Diamond Dick. Tile latter caught it, took out the letter, opened the 1111se aled ellvelope and read as follows: "i\1r. Richard Wade, Ouray-"The be a rer, Professor Finnegan, is all right. Pers onally, I think he's a little bughous e on the subject of Ame ri can antiquities a nd he's going to your sec tion to hunt for an idol or something. Treat him kindly, see that he doesn't get hurt and thus oblige an old friend, Eu OLIVER." Oliver was a Montana man whom Diamond Di c k kuew very well aud respected highly "This i s all r ight, Finnegan," said 11iamond Di c k, putting the l etter in his pocket. "Have patien ce for a little while and we'll release you." The v eteran turned to Harry. "You take care of the dogs Harry. D on't kill tbe brntes-just retire them until we cn11 get Finnegan out of this trouble of hi s." Diamond Dick thereupon passed into the house. B y the time Dick himself again, Harry had roped the two foxbo1111ds and tied them, snarling .and gasping, t o a fence post. The old h a d gone into t h e h o use to l ook for a kc); to the le g iro11s; or, failing to fi11d that, for


DiJ\MOND DlCK, JRo-THE BOYS9 BEST WEEKLYo 5 a sledge or an ax with which to break the chain or the padlock. He found neither a key nor a sledge, but he chanced upon a big file, and half an hour of steady work with this made the professor a free man. Finnegan heaved a deep breath of relief as he got up, s h ook off the irons and stretched his cramped limbs \ I am under many obliga li ons to you," said he, shaking hands all around. "Where are yo u gentlemen riding, may I a sk?" "We have been out in the hill s looking at a mine," replied Dianiond Dick, "and are now o n our wa y back to 011ray ' ' I wonde r if you wonld help me in m y search, gentlemen?" The professor turne d a glance at Harry who wa s feeding figs to the three horses, then at Bertie, and the n at old Diamond Dick. "You can tell u s about your search we are riding t oward Ouray," ans w e red the veteran. "I'd do anything for a fri end of O li ver's. This answer put the little m a n in t;!OOd humor, and h e trotte d off to get his horse While h e was securing his animal, the Serpent o f Siskiyou w ent to the dogs, who, by now, were choked into a condition b ordering 11pon Without running the slightes t ri s k of bei11_g bitten, he removed the noose s of the two riatas coiled them up, flung on e to the young sport a nd a ffixe d the other to his own saddle bow. Shortly afterward th e party wa s m ounted and r e turning t o the main trail. "It was a very fortunate tlii11g, professor," r e marked old Diamond Dick, "tha t I and m y pards took a short cnt to the Ouray trail aud passed by Chuck Evan's r a 1lch. lf we h adn't, you'd h a ve had to stay there for two days, and yonr po!Sition wo11ld have been anything bnt comfoi;table." "Cl111ck'll think he's got an attack o' blind staggers when he gits hom e an' finds the got out o' the leg irons an' give the dorgs ,the slip," chuckled Handsom@ Harry "I left a liue in the house for Chuck," replied Diamond Dick. "I merely stated that I had happened along and found out that the prof.essor was all right and had released him.'' "Thet'll bring Chuck inter Ouray on the lope." "Possibly." Diamond Dick turned to Finnegan. "Now about your search, professor.'' "I am looking, sir," said Finnegan, "for a great stone image, an idol of the ancient peoples who inhabited these mountains and mesas in prehistoric times. It is an image of the god Tlaloc and the l earned gentlemen who have clubbed together to send me on my q-nest have accurate iuformation which locates the statne somewhere in the vicinity of Cnster's Canyon.' 'rhe Dicks looked at each other, aud the old Ser peut looked at the Dicks, tapping his forehead sign ificau ti y. There was a legend, current through that section of Ariz ona, that there was such a11 image, and that it was built over one o f the richest veins of gold to be found anywhere in the country. For years prospectors and the adventurously inclined had been hunting for the idol of Tlaloc. Every foot of the country, it would seem, had been thoro11ghly explored, and as the idol had not been found, old Diamond Dick and his friends had come to look upon the legeud as an idle ' The learned gentlemen who clubbed together and sent y on out here are thinking of the gold under the idol, I suppose?" Diamond Dick i11quired, a twinkle in his eye. "Not at all, not at all," retmned the professor, hastily. "My quest is purely in the interests of sclence. l an1 to s e cure a sketch of the idol, 111ake a perfect copy of its carvings, or, if the image is.not too large, have it taken clown, removed to the nearest railroad point and shipped to Medicine Hat." Ill stead of cl n bbi 11g together, Harry thought, the pr> J re s ;s8f his learned friends ought to have l. "')..- I cl u bbecl e ach other.


Dl/\MOND DICK9 JR.-THE BOYSP BEST WEEKLY. "Would you take a little advice from me, professor?'' Diamond Dick asked. "Certainl,.yi, Mr. Wade." "Then take my word for it, the game isn't worth the candle." "Not worth the candle? Why not?" "There may be such an idol, although I doubt it; but whether there is or not, Custer's Canyon is not a very safe place for a man to go to look for it.'' A gleam shot into the little man's paie blue eyes. "Why isn't it safe?" "It's a rough country. Indians prowl through it, outlaws make it their render.vous, and if all yon want is a picture of the i<'lol, I repeat again the game isn't worth the candle.'' "Sir," cried Finnegan, excitedly, "the man who told us about the idol was entirely trustworthy. He had seen it with his own eyes and he said, sir, that it was a smoking idol-fire and flame coming from its stone lips. Think of that!" "What causes the fire at1d flame?" rrhe professor leaned from his saddle toward old Diamond Dick. "The sacred fire of Montezuma burns within!" "\Vho takes care of the sacred fire?" Finnegan shook his head. "I pass the ante." The Dicks a11d Harry were surprised at this expression from the professor's lips. It was hardly in keeping with his character of wise glly and all-around savant. "He's off the jump," Harry whispered to Bertie. ''Are you with me, Diamond Dick?" queried Finnegan. "All I want is the idol; you and your pards may have the gold.'' "The gold to be found," replied Diamond Dick, ''would hardly be an inducement. I take no stock in the story whatever. If I and my pards assist you, it will be entirely from a desire to oblige Oliver." "You will help me?" "I must think of it." '\Vhell will you give me your answer?" "After we reach Ouray." I 1 : "But that will cause more delay--" "No. Custer's Canyon lies north of Ouray, and we are now to the south of the town." This had to suffice the professor. As they rode along the dusty trail, talking of other thiugs, old Diamond Dick kept his eyes on Finnegan in a covert way. Was he deceived in the man? At that moment the veteran would have bet heavily" tl1at Professor Fiunegau was other than he seemed. He was not Red Perg, however. Dick and his pards had once seen the outlaw, so they were positive on this point. Onray was reacl1ed long after nightfall. The horses were left at the corral, and the veteran and his party repaired at once to the hotel, took some refreslnnent and went to bed. Scimewhat late the next morning, Diamond was awakened by a clatter of hoofs, loud cries and various other sounds indicative of a disturbance of some kind, all coming from the street. Springing out of bed, he threw up his chamber window and looked down. A runaway horse, riderles; and with foam-flecked mouth and drjpping sides, was dashing along the road. Half-a-dozen men were trying to stop the brute, and Fritz Dunder and Two-Spot Peters, Diamond Dick's young aides, were just emerging from the lower part of the hotel as the old veteran took iu the scene. "Hoh smoke!" cried Two-Spot, halting at the edge of the sidewalk and grabbing the Dutch boy by tl1e coat tails. "Come back, Wienerwurst !" "Leaf me alo11e yet!" shonted Fritz, jerking away from his friend. "I vill sh top der horse, yon bed my life!" "You'll get the crimp, that' s what'll happen to yon.'' "Leave that horse alone, Fritr. !" called Diamonri Dick. The however, djcl not hear.


Dll\MOND DYCK. JR.-THE BOYS' BEST WEEKLYo 'fhe horse dodged one of the men who were trying to head it off, broke awuy from another who cat1ght the flying bridle and full (ilt at Fritz. ''l'fe got him l" yelle.d Fritz, jumping at the bits. But Fritz didn't have him. With a side leap, the broncho threw the German youth heels over head, bunting him into a pole which supported an electric arc light and making him see more stars in the daytime than he had ever cou1Jted at night. Although the horse got away from the Hot Tamale, its speed was checked so that one of the men was able to grab the bits and bring it t<1 a halt. Two-Spot, hurrying over to the Te11to11, helped him to his seat. "Is he hurt?" cried Diamond Dick. touched him!" grinned the New York kid. "Fritz has juined the Don't-Worry Club, Diel;, and you couldn't dent him w1tli sledge-hammer.'; Fritz gaYe 11imself a shake, passed one hancl across his face, and looked 11p at tile old veteran. "Id don'd co1111t, Tiamo11t rrick," sa id h e, with a faint !'mile. ":'11n11y a man vorries himselnf to death ofer s11ch liddlc dings vich ai11 't vort' der bodcler nt all. Dot's righdt." \iVben Fritz went back int(} the liotei iie went with a stagger, but the patie11 grin neyer left his face. "I say, l\'I r. \V :ide Diamo11d Dick withdrew his gaze frolll the D11tcii boy and it t,i1)011 a 111a11 who had baited o n the sidewalk beiow. T h is 111a11 wore a torn ffo1rnel was carryi11g : quirt in one kllld, and hac! a little of hlood Bowing across his cheek. Dick recognized the 111a11 as Job Heudricks, fore man in charge of a gm1g of tic-cutters at work ill the woods beyond Rapid H iver. Hendricks W(lS in the veter:111's employ and was getting out tht: ties for the railroad which the Dicks and their pards owned :ind "Was tba.t your liorse, Hendricks?" Dick asked. ''Shore. Tlie cc11,;arned critter g1.1t skeered at a blanke t lnjun aH' tossed rne gallcyvwest right on the aidge o' town. Bnt ti1et don' t matter. ye, u11' muy pron/ii.'' "Anything wrong at the camp?"' ''I sho11ld ,say.'' ''Come upstairs and tell me abuut it." I got ter : ee By the time Job Hendricks had limped up to Di<.lrnond Dick's room tile old Yeteran was more than half dressed and ready to receive him. "Hurt?" asked Dick, as the foreman dropped down on a chair. "Sprained my knee, tliet's all. I was ridin' in ter !.ell ye thet timber thieves hev been ter work, 011t at the camp.'' "Timber thieves?" "Thet's what. They made off the pile o' ties down at the saw-mill. Rafted 'em do\vn the river, I reckon, sometime dmin' the "\Nasu't there a watchman at tlie saw-mill?" "Gabe Bcnso11 was tliar, bnt he was given a lick on the head with a club. I:Ie died jest arter l got ter the' mill, about claylight. An' h e wasn't able ter talk or tell us a11ythi 11 '." 'I'hc olc.1 veteran's brow grew stern. "\Vhat sort of men are these timber thieves tliar they commit murder in order to make off with a lnrnclred dollars' wort ii of ties?" ( don't reckon the viilain,; opined they' d kill Cabe. It was a wicked blow tlicy give him, how suu-:cite!llent thet net'.ds cul tivatin," sai

DIAMOND DICKQ JR.-T!HE BOYSP BEST WEEKLYo 1 '.-\s soon as we can eat and get our horses.'' "Fr:tz and I have warehoused our chuck already,'' said Two-Spot, his eyes brighteuing at the prospect of excitement. "We'll get the brouks and have 'em ready by the time they're wa!Jted." vat's der madder," said Fritz. Diamond Dick nodded and away went the boys at a double-q11ick. Twenty minutes later Dick and his party, which inclncled Fritz and the New York kid and Job Hend ricks, were ready to use their spurs and quirts aud make for the lumber camp. Before they could leave, howeve r, the professor came hurrying from up the street. "What's this?" he demanded. "Are you gcillg o ff to hunt for that idol without ever taking me along?" ''Idol be durned !" grn11ted Hands om e Harry. "We haven't any time to look for i d ols now," said Diamoml Dick. "We have an important matter on ha11d which must b e attende d to without an hour's delay.'' The look of heavy disappointment which over_ spread Finnegan's face caused the veteran to add: "As soon as we get through with this job, Finnegan, we'll turn to and help with yours." "It may be too late then," returned Finnegan. "I'm sorry to disappoint you, but it's the best I can do." The \'eteran was about to give the signal to start when he cangllt sight of Buck Keever, sheriff of Ouray County, standing. on the sidewalk across the street. Riding across, Dick beckoned the sheriff to c ome close. "See that small man in the black clothes, Buck?" lie asked, his lieacl t o warcl the hotel. "I've been watching him for an hour,') replied J.;;eever. "Tho se eyebrows of liis arc a fuuuy com bination. I got a letter from the Secret Service De partment, uot long ago, stating that moonshille whisky is being made in these parts, somewhere, and that a tough known as Red Ferg is IJeiie, ed to be the fellow who manufactures it. Red Ferg 13 described as having one red eyebrow ancl one one. So--'' "Tliat little man isn't Red Ferg, but he'll bear watching. Keep track of him. Don't try to 11i111 any, but don't let him lose yo\tr eyes." "I llnclerstand." The old veteran straightened in his saddle and mo tioned to his friends. 'rhen, simultaneously, every horse was put in motion, tlie veteran swened into the lead, and the party was lost to sight along the trail in a cloud of dust. A quarter of au hour later tlie professor hiked away in the same direction, a grim smile on hi::, face and a light of determination in his p ale blue eyes As lie rode, he drew from the hip pockets conceale d under the skirts of his long coat a pair of "bnlldog" revolvers aud examine

DICl{0 BOYSP BEST WEEKL\'o at Bertie, "Little Bright-Eyes has joined the Don't \Yorry push, so a gag like that won't fret him." ":;'.1eppy nod," spoke up Fritz, something of a wild look in his eyes, "aber der more vat I clink oof dot gonuntrnm cl er more vat I can't guess it oudt. '' "Then forget it." "Chimiuecldy I can't forget id. Id shticks py me all der time. Cof my mndder-i11-law's sister--" "Chew it over to yours.elf, Dutch," ,the old Serpent. "\Ve've got no time for puzzles of ti1at kind," put in Diamond Dick, Jr. "I've known people to go off their trolley trying t o work out co111-biuatio11s liJ;e that." Fritz therellpon subsided; but he was tliollgl1tfui, and it was plain t o that he was trying to g11ess the answer. 'l'here were two ferries across Rapid River, 011e known as tl1e "Full-Hanel," a11d another, two miles below, operated hy a man 11a111ec1 Bud Priestly. It was to Bud Priestly's ferry that Dick and his p:ifty made their way. himself i,.1pon it, developeat to t!tink. He k:1ew tha t a bullet had passecl his Lead, missi11g hill! by a ltair'::; breadtl1, that a cry as of pain had come from the right-hand side of t!te road, a11d that tlie siiot a11cl Keever's call had come from the left. Instead of paying attention to tl1e sheriff's shouted words, Diamond Dick, after a moment or two of quick thougl1t, leaped into the bushes on the rigl1t. Some distance ahead he could hear a crackli11g in the undergrowth, ancl from about the point where the shout of pain must have come he found a trampled loose. Our business is most important ancl the encl place and a spatter of red 011 the green leaves. would .i ustify the means.'' Diarno!ld Dick dropped his reins over the pommel and slipped from his :;addle into the road. A fallen tree lay near the roaclside, a11d he seated Of one thing the old veteran was now certain: The bnllet w!tid1 had so narrowly missed his head I l had struck a llla11 hidden in the brush on the opposite sicte of the road.


DB/\.MOND JR.-:THE BEST WEEKL V,, Had the wou11di11g of the ambushed man occurred by accident or by desigll? Tlrnt was the important point. Diamond Dick lrnd no time to spe11d debating the questio11. The sounds of crackling brush were growing more a11c1 more distant and bearing toward the trail. "Ride north along the trail and take the horses!" Di::imoud Dick cried to his friends behind him. "Keuo, par

DiAMOND DICK, JR.-THE BOYS9 BEST WEEKLYo 1 I saw him creep up to within ten feet of me, then pull his gun and blaze away?" "He didn't pull his gun nt once. He hoisted himself up mid looked for several minutes toward the road; then he jerked ont his gun and rested the muzzle over hiti left arm which he crooked in front of his face." Diamoud Dick's fa ce brightened. ''I see. It's n1y opiniou, Keever, that .the profes s o r, ins t ead of being au euemy of mine, has proved the trues t kind o f a friend and saved my life." S everal of the old v e t eran's party were beginning to share his opinion. "\Veil," muttered Keever, "the professor got awny, no matter what he tried to do." "Did he take his horse?" ''No. When I went to get my mount I s a w his horse at the place where it had been hitched." "The quickes t way to capture the professor would have bee n t o s ta y close to his horse." "I know tha t w e ll enough, hut I wanted to s e e wha t was going on over in this direction." They were now at the fork in the trail. "Go 011, Buck," Diamoncl Dick said, yon can find the professor's horse now. bring the auimal down to the ferry.". "All right." "and see if If you can, The sheriff thereupon continued on along the trail while D ick and the res t turned to the rigi1t and made their way to the rive r "Gee!" cried 'I'wo-Spot. "The old catamaran has g o t past our gnard someway.'' Looking toward the place wl!ere the scow had been chained to the tree, Diamond Dick saw that the boat w a s inde ed gone And it had c ertainly i;iot been released by its owner, for the staple which secured the boat end of tile chain had been chopped out of the wood. The vetern11 swept hi s eyes over the rive r in ai1 at-te.mpt to locate the scow, b11t could not do so. The boat was nowhere. within si ght. .lust then Keever c ame up with Finnegan's horse. ''He hadn't come afte r the animal,'' remarked the sheriff. "I'm wondering if he did not co111c after the ferryb oat,'' r eturned Diamo11d 'Somebody has chopped the craft loo s e, made off with it, and here we are, hung, U]J." At that jy11ctu1 e, while the y all sto od l ooking aild w o1ide1ing what obje. t tlic professor c 0 1dd have 11ad in taking the scow, if he really did take it, a faint cry for help came froJ,n down the river. L o oki11g over tbe tree tops, in the direction from which the call came, Dick anti his friends saw a cloud of smoke. A quic k u s e of their carried them to the river. Their range of view was limited, however, on ac, count of a bend in the stream, a short distance below the ferry landing Without a word, t !1e party, by a common impulse started along the bc.;nk at a splashing gallop. Presently they rounded the bend and a thrilling spectacle burst upon their gaze. CHAPTER IV. 'l'HI<: BURNING S COW. What Diamond Dick and his friends saw was tlie s c o w, floating down the river and burning fiercely. Tlie flames were all confined to the forward part, but were steadily eating their way back toward the stern. The fact that the ferryboat had been chopped loose, fired and cast adrift was not a matter of very serious import; but it was the fact that the professor was helplessly to the stern of the blazing craft, and about to meet a doom too terrible to think of, which sent the liot blood racing through the veins of the onlooking horsemen. "Come on, Harry!" cried Diamond Dick, Jr., goading his mount with the spurs and tearing along down the bauk. "I'm with y e son," the old Serpent of Siskiyou anwered, aud followed the young sport closely. Diamond Dick and the others remained where they were and' watched the rescue as it was effected by Diamond Dick, Jr., and the Californian. The t\\o latter gallope d much fa ster than the cur rent carried the boat and were soon at-a point considet"ably below the scow 'I'here they turned into the wa_ter, swam tlieir horses ont to the doomed ferryboat and right up uudcr the stern where the heat was fairly scorching. "We'll have to be quick," warned the young sport. it is, pardy," answered the old Serpent. The professor was bonnd witlii11 easy reach, and b olh I3crli e a11c1 Harry used their kni\'es on the ropes, thus l osing u0 timt: in setting him free.


DIAMOND DICK, JR.-;-THE BOYS' BEST WEEKL'\",1 "I'll handle 11im, said Harry, as the pro fes sor w

DIAMOND DICK, JR.-THE BOYS' BEST WEEKLYo 13 "Tell me sometliiug about this expedition of yours," said Finnegan, in a low voice. Dick told of the theft of the ties and of the murder of the watchman. "The man who was aimiug the revolver at yon," went on Finnegan, "was trying to put you out of this case, evidently thinking the pursuit would not amoul1t to much if he could pick off the leader of it. And the cutting loose of the scow, firing it and set ting it adrift was clone to hamper your passage of the river. Tying me to the boat was a secondary consid eration. A bullet would have settled my case equally as well.'' "That's pretty fair, professor," said Dian1011d Dick. "I had already figured the matter out in that way. What inference do you draw from that line of reasoning?'' "I draw two infe r ences. First, that tlie gaug of timber thieves is pretty despera te. s econd, that they wouldn't have tri ed t o c ommit murder to get yon and your pards off tbe trail if there was only a theft of a couple of li11nclrcd ties for them to answer for." "There is al so the killiug of the mill watchman." "Yes; but there i s something else back of this be sides a mere thef t of timber." "What?" The professor shook his heacl and kept llis own couusel. O n arriving at the saw-mill the Dicks found t e n men, comprising the entire force of cntters and mill operators who worked under Hendricks. The me11 were all armed and iu a particularly sav age mood ou account of the killing of G:ibe Benson. The sight of the Dicks cause d .every one of the ten to give vent to exclamations of satisfaction. "What have yon men beeu doiug since Hendricks. left?'' Diamond Dick inquired. "We've beell lookin' fer ties au' fer signs of the thieves," !eplied Cottrell, a s i x-foot Kentuckian. ':We've doue a right smart lot o' lookin', too, but couldn't pan out any color. \Vliar tl1em ties went is a mystery.'' "H9w far clown the river have you bceu ?" ".0... c0uple o' rniks below tbe canyon, I reckon, and into the cut .. ofi plum t o the wall." The "cut-of!" referred to b y Cottrell was a branch of tlie Rapid River-11ot a feeder, but an outlet. 'l'lJis outlet broke away from the main cha111;el tu w..,,rtl Ui<: icJ\,c<' .::iht of (Li6Lcr's Ca1lyo11, ::.wepL with race-horse speed for a l1nudred rods and then van ished right nuder a towering mountain of rock. Where the immense volume of water went no one knew. There are mauy rivers in Arizona which have the vanishing habit, bnt none save the Rapid "cut-off" drops out of sight at the base of a mouutain. "You saw no suspicious characters rn the hills?" Dick went 011, "Nary a one," replied Cottrell. 'l'hen another of the lumbermen spoke up. "We fonucl a c:ibin, though, Dimtm Dick . It looked as though it had been occupied purty recent." "Where is tl1is cabin?" "011 the north slope o' Pinochle Hill." "I know where that is," said Diamond Dic k. "It would be impossible to reach that place on o"t1r horses so Diamond Dick, Jr., and I will go np there on fo o t a11d reconnoiter. You and K eever, Harry, might go dowu to the cut-off and give another look for tlie ties. Hendrid:s, yon stay here and watch the horses.'' "I don't think it's safe for you and the young sport to tackle any s n c h proposition," said' Enck Keever. The old veteran turned 011 the sheriff with a quiet. smile . "I mean it," continued Keever. "1l'hat attempt to assassinate yon on the other side of tlie river, Diamond Dick, proves that this gang lta s got it in for you and won't hesitate to fill you full of lead." "If they get the chance,: Diamond Dick. ''This is a reconnoitering expedition, Keever. Come on, Bertie.'' Not. only was Keever considerably worked up, but Handsome Harry was also champing the bit, eager to with his two pards instead. of being shunted over in to the cut-off. Two hours of the hardest kind of tramping brought the Dicks to the slope of Pinochle Hill-a wooded declivity whose base clipped into the waters of Rapid River at the head of Custer's Canyon. Iu a sort of cove, at tlte foot of the liill, a log boom had b ee n constructed by Dia111ond Dick's wood cutters. The boom was auont half-filled with logs ready to be hanled up to the 111ill and sawed into ties. spo'ken of by the lumberma n was fonnd witl1 b11t little difficulty, half way up the hillside and weli lly tl\ e tim!Jer.


DIAMOND DICK. JR.-THE BEST WEEKLYo It was a sma 11 affair and bore every evidence of being occupielJll two will be done f1:r. Surrender now or ta!,:e roweyueuces." \ \' l o art'. \ o t 1 ? ' "Il wo ::L 111'c l1:::lp matters any ef ye knew. Will ye come u ; 1 t, or hev we got ter take ye?" "\'ou 'Ii h . v.: to take \1'.i; and you'll fi11d there'll be notiiin.'4 easy iu that proposition." "It"ll lie easier than ye think. We'il fire t h e shanty. When you come out we'll riddle An' ye'll l1ev ter come out b y the chimney kase tliis door's brw:ed with a log. Hfld the cabin been constrncted to serve as a mantrap it could uot have been bui!t t o better advantage. There were no windows 11() chinks between the Jogs. There hap filled up with ,, I b een chinks, of course, but Oiey w ere plaster as hard as adamant.' i /. Bertie, with a case knife take11 from the top of the b o x and with the butt of his revolver, e11deavor-ed to break a hole so that he could command one side of the h11t with his forty-fours. Ent this h e found impossible. "Dou 't waste your time, Bertie," said the old vcternu. Tlie yonug sport flu1Jg the case knife to the floor. "After the fire i s started," said iie, <:the smoke might hide our attempt to get out by way of the chimney." ".To, tliat wqn't do. expecting u s to escape by the chimuey and the entire force of men wi ll 11ndoubtedly be on that side of the house We mll s t try to g e t out by the door.'' "It's fastened 011 the outside." Diamond Dick pointed to a section of a log whic h by by the fireplace. "\Ve will nse that as a b attering ram," said he. "If Otlr attack 011 the door proves successful we can protect ourselves from the bullets of our foes by using t iie door as a and carryi11g it with us until we're well in the timber." 'l'he yonng sport was not slow in seeing the wisdom of the old vetern n's suggestion. As they were stooping to pick up the section of l og, another hail came from without, this time from the back of the house "We've set the fire au' ye'll di e like rats in a trap onless ye agree ter give up peaceable. Ye've got oue ch:rnce Will ye take it?" "'I'hen yer fate will be on yer ow11 heads. The min it ye show yerselves above the top of the chiD111ey we'll pepper ye." ''The door's our only chai1ce, Bertie," s.iid old Diamond Dick, in a low tone. "Up with the log and we'll try it." The piece of log was extremely heavy and tried the stre11gth of the two, but they lifted it and rushed toward the door, striking it in the exact center with their battering ram. 'I'hat first blow all but did the work. "Once more," said Diamond Dick. Crossing to the rear of the room, tl1ey mad e another rnsh. 'l.'lie cbor, broken from its hinges, fell tllltward on !op of the log wliich had b ee n u s ed to prop it shut a;1d whic h had been forced aside. A wild yell c2m e from arouud the cabin.


DIAMOND DICK, JR.-Ti-lE B0\5' BEST WEEKLYo 15 "'f hey' ve busted the door!" "Train yer guns on 'em as they rnsh out !11 "Git 'em! Git 'em ef ye clie fer it!" The Dicks Jost not a moment. Raising the door, they carried it with them, inter posing it between themselves and their enemies. Spat, spat, Bullet after bullet struck the oak planks of which the door was bnilt. Some of the leaden missiles sang through the air and so!lle chugged into the gronnd uea: the feet of the Dicks. But, in spite of the hot fi:e, 'they we1e not harn1ed by that first volley. All the while the shooting was going on they were doing their utmost to get fa1 th er and fa1 ther iuto the ti rn be: "Head 'elll off!" yelled the voice which had spoken to them while they wer e in the cabin; between them an' the mill! Drive 'em inter the 1iver!" 'I'his movement was soon in foll blnst, as tl1e Dicks could tell om the sounds made by their foes. "Drop the doo'. !"said the old vete1 a11, his shar p eyes f:om point to point. "We've got to make a nm of it and reach a place where we ca11 make a stand." Owing t o the 10 ngh natn e of the gronncl, the outlaws we1e able t o execute their m aneuver and fo:m a half ci1cle about the Dicks jnst as they d1ew close to the foot of the hill. "Ifs up to u s to fight 011r way past the meu who11e betweeu ns a11d the mill,'' said yonug Diamond Dick, b ringing out l1is guns. For a moment the old vete1an was of spo1 t's opiuion; bnt he caught sight of wl1icb changed his plans in a Has h the 011110 '"> something 'rhe velc: a11 had gone to the cabin 1 endezvo11s in tlte ltope of d eveloping the enemy, fot a seen foe is always easier to combat than a foe iu hicliug; but Diamond Dick had not tltollght to find himself i11 snch despeate st1aits. The objects that clta11gec1 Diamond Dick's plan of earn pClign consisted of a pair of spike-soled boots pendent f1om the limb of a tree at the edge of tl1e log boom. "Wait, said he to the spo1t and dropped cl.own Oil tlte gro1111d and l1ast il y lClllOVecl his foot.. gen;. Afte1 that he wa:; but a few moments in clonn111g the spike-soled affoi1s a u ,

16 DIAMOND DICK, JR.-THE Bovs BEST WEEKLYo This mo111e11tary pause in oue place gave the out laws au advantage in their target practice and they made the most of it. Diamond Dick caught the young sport's hand and the y were whirled aiong through a hail of bullets And fortune was with them, for the time bei11g. ::\either of tbern was hit, and B ertie was soon lifted to the log bes ide which .he had fallen. B y 11ow the outlaws had bee n l e ft b ehind Although there was n othing to be f ea r erl fro m their lmllets yet a 11ew and unfo r eseen danger threatened. This was the cut-off! 'I'he eddies l!a d carrie d the Jog s t o the left side o f the rive r, w e ll into tha t part o f the current which d ivided from the parent stream. 'l'he v eteran did his utmos t to k e e p the logs from taking the l ateral course bnt he was a t the m ercy of t h e current and there was little h e could do. 'l'hat little availed nothiug, and the Dicks glided through the entranc e iuto the narrower defil e, straight toward the high wall of t h e m ountain, where the cut-off vanished from the eye of m a u. "This rac e, Bertie," said Dick, "has bro11ght us stirrup to stirrup with d eath." There was no bravado in the o ld veteran's tone; simply the calm acknowl e d gmeut of a fa c t which w a s plain l y evident t o b oth himself and the y oung sport. '"We're ttp a gains t it good and hard," sairl Diam o !lll Dick, ]r. Hardly 11ad he s p ok e n whe n fa te again showed itself to b e rang ed o n tli e s i cle of the usual "Wade lnck. '' Fiftee11 feet o r less above til e surface o f t ; 1 e rush ing water was an overhang in g rock, a n d on this rock H anrlsome Harry a11d Buck K eever appea r e d 'as if b y magic. They had coiled riatas in their hands, having been 11Sing the ropes to help the m o v .er the precipitons, ris es which lay b etween the saw-mill and the cutoff. D i amo11d Dick had sent Harry to the spot for another lo o k for the stole n ties, and it would seem a s thongh the fi11ge r of Providence h a d been in it. The overhanging bowlder w a s a roc k in every seuse of the term; there was n o t a particle of e arth upon it and not a sign of shrub or tree. In frantic haste, Harry a11d Keever conlg to drop on their knees affix the t!nds 9f the Jppes to projections o n the upper fa c e of the "Stand by to grab aholt yelled Harry, as he and the sheriff arose to their feet,_ ready to fling the noosed e11ds of the ropes. "I'll throw to you, Diam 011d Dick, '' shouted Keeve r, "and Harry will throw to the young sport.,, "We're ready!" called Diamond Dick. 'l'he logs w ould not pass directly under the rock, but somewha t to the left, althoug h well within range o f the ropes p roviding uo miscalculations wer e made i n ti 1 e As so much depended upon t h e accuracy with whic h t l : e ropes should be c a s t, i t was w e ll that Kee\'er }1acl tho ught to divide the w ork and thn s, a s far a s p os sible a void mishaps With t 1 1 e eye of a hawk, Handsome H arry watched the darting logs ' .Tow!" be c ried, ho<1rs:::l y and the sinuo u s ropes ieapecl ontward and downward. They fle w straight and w e r e canght as plauned Dia m oud D ick securing the riata thrown b y Keeve r, a nd the yonng sport catching the one thrown by Harry The Serpent of Siskiyou h a d small faith in the anchoring o f the ropes and after the three-. both he and Kee v e r dropp ed flat 011 the top of tbe rock and clung to the riata s with a11 tlieir strength. .\s the logs glir1ed onwa rd the ropes tightened and ere pnlled around on the top of the rock. Dia111o!lcl Dick' s rop e held and h e w a s dragged fro m the logs; but Berti e's rope y i elde d, slippe d ove r the j agged place around which it h a d b een tied and was jerked into the stream below, carrying th e old S erpent with it. B ertie droppe d astride t i 1 c lug, clingiug to the p i k e pole with the croo k of h i s lefL arm and pnlled the rope toward him. H arry was uot injured b y his so u s e i!l the water, and h ad n o t let g o his desperate hold 011 the r iata; s o the young sport was able to draw h i m to the l o g and there the old Serpent aud his little pard clt111g and rode ont tiie remainder of that desperate race. Diamond Dick, climbing h and over h and to the surface o f the overha n ging bowlcler, paused in con sternatio u. He saw the log w ith his two pards glide ii1to the foaming spray that churned about the base of the wall at the end cf the cut-off and then, in the t winkling of an e y e, both log and riders disappeared from sight. s


DIAMOND DICK. JR.-THE BOYS' BEST WEEKLY. 17 CHAPTER VII. THE Pl'l'. 'fhe failure of tlie rope to hold and the accident to Harry had happene ears, but he had a vaoue idea that it was ouly an echo of the sound ,.., thal had :llmost deafenet1 him when he was thrown from the log bega11 11is losing battle with the nndcrtow. Something to11cli ecl his fate and glided over it, then picked 11p his arm :rncl released it so tiJat it fell li1:1ply back "Bertie, boy," whispered a voice, with sorrow, "hev ye crossed the divide ahead o yer old panl? Bev ye cashed in while yer old pard Harry has a hand er yet ter play in this game o' life? I wisht it haci been me, son, I wisht it had been me!'' Again the hand of the old Serpent was laid on Bertie's face, a11d Bertie, with a quick effort, roused himself and caught the hand with a ferve11t pressure. "Don' t sponge me off the list too soon, Harry," said Bertie. "What?" There was a great throb of joy in the old Serpeut's voice. "Ye're all right, so11? No bones broke, nor not hin' Ii ke th ct?" "The worst that happened to me was a crack on the head from that log of ours. I took a little trip to the land of Nod, but I'm wide awake once more and worth a dozen dead rneu, I hope." "Wake 11p, snakes, an' warble!" murmured Hand some Harry. '"rhis hyer''> almost too good ter be true. Wl1en l pulled ye out o' the water an' ke7ried ye up l1yer through the dark, I was shore of the opinion thet we'd pulled off our last go pardy Juu1pin' sandhills! Now thet ye're alive, son, I ain't got 110 kick comin' fer anythin'." It warmed the young sport's heart to note this manifestation of feeling on the part of his great old pard, his "diamond in the rough." "l hope that wl1cu I go," said Diamond Dick, Jr., "it will be besides a log and a river that takes me. But where are we?" "Pass the ante." "It's a pit of some kind, seems like," Bertie we1:t 011, rising to a sitting posture and noticing how their words echoed through the vastness around them. '(lt mnst be a big pit, too." "'!'his hyer cut-ofJ i'> an 11nderground river, I reckon. Mebby it's worn out a pocket in the heart o' the mounting.'' "And we're iu the pocket, eh?" "More'n likely." "If there's no way out of the pocket except by the road we got in, possibly it would have been better if k b ,, tltat log had knoc ed out our rams. "We never got i11ter a hole yet thet we couldn't git out of, lkrtie." "Tlie1e's always got tu be a first time, pard." "This ai11't the fost time, an' I'll bet on it." "l hope not for tlie first time: in this instance, would tllldo11btedly be the last. We have got to make a to: 1 r of discovery, Harry, and see what we can fiud out.'' Bertie felt for his guns, but his belt had been stripped from 1J is waist. "Got your shooters, Harry? My belt is gone." "I've got my belt, but the sltooters aire 111issi11 '. opine they drappecl out when I took tliet header from tlie ro c k. Thar's 011e thing I'm powerful glad of, SOtl. ,, ''What's that?" "Why, as I f'igger it, I've traded places with Dick. He' s !"afe with Kee\er, an' I'm--'' "Safe with me," laughed the young sport. ''How i11 Sam Hill did ye and Dick happen ter come shootin' along the cut-off on them logs?"


DiAMOND DICK. JR.-THE BOYS' BEST WEEKLY.' Bertie explained as briefly tlS possible. "Jmnpin' sandhills !n jubilated Harry. "Reckon them varmints knows the Dicks conte hard, by now. It was a great ride ye had, son. My on1y cause fer sorrer is thet I couldn't take it with ye." "Did yon loci.te the stolen ties?" "Wall, nary. They're plum gone an' the Ole Boy himself kain't tell how." The young sport got slow l y upon his fe et. ''Great Scott!" he exclaim eel. "What i s it, pardy ?" "This head of mi11e. That rap was a stiff one." "Is yer head bleedin' any?" "Not that I crin discover. We've got to begin looking arou11d and see if we can find out what sort of a place we are in. Where's the river?" "Off to the right." "Let's follow it ttp, said Bertie, groping his way in the direction illclicatcd. "I'd give a farm for a box of dry matches about now, or--" He stnmblecl over something -in his path and wen t down on his hands and knees A brief period of silence fol lowed the mishap. "Why ain't ye gi tti11' up, so11?" asked Barry. "l'\e fo11nd so!llething," answered Bertie, still 011 his knees. "What?" "A railroad tie." "'l'earin' blazes! Aire ye shore?" "There can't be a11y mistake! '!'here's 11ot ouly one,.but a dozell, all witili11 arn1's reach." "Thunder! '!'hey mus t h ev got away from them 'thar thieves an' takell the cutoff, like yon an' Dick." Bertie made uo answer to this, but the more he groped around in the dark t l1e m 'ore ties he found. He was abl e to c onut a huudred in a very few miu utes. "If a h u 11d red t i es got a way from the 'thieves," saia the young sport, finally, in a to1;e1 "they 1n11st have been extremely careless in t .hf, \yay th ey hahdled them. Aud how do you suppose, H<1rry," he added, raising bis' voice "they all got out on the bank in this pit?" The Californian had not tho u&ht of that phase of the matter, and he gave a startled jump. "Do ye opine, son, he queried, iu a tense tone, ._. J I tJiet thar were some o' the thieves in snake the ties out o' the water?'' .,-"Could they have gotten Ollt lll any other' wa) ?" i:Blamed ef I see liow they could." "'!'his may be a rendezvous for the gang; possi bly, it's the main rendezvous, and that hut on the slope of Pinochle Hill is only a temporary headquarters.'' "Do ye reckon thet every time the gang wants ter git in hyer they hev ter go through what we "Of course not. rrhere must be another entrance." "What would they be doin' witll ties? Think tht!y're goiu' ter build an underground railroad?" "I haven't any idea what they intend doing with them, but here are the ties and some one must have pulled them out of the water. If that's so, why--" Bertie broke off agaiu, this time with an exclama-tion of astonishment. "Wl1at now, pardy?" asked Harry. "Here's a batrel." "E1pty ?" "Now; it seems to be full." 'J'he old Serpent made his way to the young sport;s side. After some maneuvering, Harry rolled the barrel partly over and a gurgle of escaping liquid reached Bertie's ears. "What's i n it?" It was several moments before a11 answer came. "Red-eye!" exclaimed Harry; "this hyer bar'] is chuck full o' fresh-made forty-rod. I wonder if th e bar'l come in with the ties? Catamounts an' hyeners, but this puts new life i 1ter me!" Once more came silence1 broken only by the so11ml of th e 1::nrgliu g Aow. "Try a few s wallei;.s, so n S>iicl Harry, at la st. "It'll straighten out the kinks in yer thinkin' ap parat115 an' put sleel in yer muscle." Bertie t ook a f e w swall ows of the stuff. lt wa s raw, and a most disagreeable close, bnt its effect was almost ma g i cal. "Ques ti on, said Harry; "how did the bar'] git hyer ?" Before Ber tie had a chance to formulate theories on this head, a point of light appeared in the distauce. Gripping Handsowe Harry's arm, tlie you n g sport held to it, aud watched closely while tlie glow of light grew larger aud laq,!er-certai11 evidence it was approaching Finally a mumble of voices ,, as heard. ".D.o\vn !" said the' you11g ;>port, pulling his old punt' down be11iu

DIAMOND DICK. JR.-THE BOYS' BEST WEEKLY. 19 to those fellows. What they say may be of impor-be shook loose until they do what they set out ter tance to us. '' There were two men and they advanced slowly, the lantern swinging between them. "No two men, outside o' the Dimu11 Dicks, could hev made thet escape from the cabin," one of the men was saying, when he came within earshot. "Bnt they jest nacherly got out o, the fryin' pan inter the fire,'' the other rnan, who was carrying a cross-cut saw over his shoulder, answered his companion. "I was up on Pinochle Hill an' I seen their logs shoot inler t\;e cnt-off. !t's all day with the Dicks, an' the OJJ!y man we got ter fear is Naylor.,, "Red kin take keer o' Naylor all right.'' ''Then the quicker he does it the easier I'll feel. Naylor is abo'1t the slickest hand in the employ of the Secret Service, thet's right.>' ''He's after us, hey?'' "Like a house rifire." "Is thet the reason lhc ole man ain't start1n' up the distillery?" "Thet's it an' 11othi11' else.'' '"I thort he was waitin' ier the Greasers ter frtch in a supply o' corn?,, "'rhunder! 'Why, he's got purty nigh a thousan' bushels stored away. Come on an' le's set down. Thar's no use hurryin' ter cut these ties in two fer firewood. 'Twon't do fer thet heathen idol ter spout smoke Naylor is anywhar in Arizony.,, The mall with the light seated himself 011 a tie a yard in front of the place where l3ertie and Harry were lying, listening with all their ears. The outlaw's back was turned toward the two pards, and he placed the lantern on the tie at his side. The other man dropped the cross-cut saw and seated himself at his comrade's side. ''I got a feel in' in my bones, Perse, '' remarked the second man, "thet some blame kerlamity is shore goin' ter happen.,, ''Bosh!" "No bosli about it! Ferg hadn't ort ter hev tried ter steal Dimun Dick's wood, nohow. He might' hev knowed he'd bring the ole war-boss down 011 the lot of us. An' killin' thet thar \Valclunan at the saw mill was the wurst part o' tile hull bizness." "Aire ye losin' yer nerve, Clip 'I" "Not exactly; but you kuow as well as I do, Perse, thet when fhe Dicks take a trail they kain't do." "1'hey: ve already reached the end of the trail in this hyer bizness. 'vVe ain't got nothin' more ter fear from the Dicks, so ye kin cnt thet part of it out." ''But Naylor is still left. He's sworn thet he'll git Ferg." "Tliet ain't no sign he'll git him." "S:-iy, you ain't fergot Hanchett, hev ye?" "The traitor lhet Red Ferg sentenced ter death an' the t got away by swimmin' the river?" "Thet's 11im. He was an ornery varmint. I shouldu' t wonder ef he went ter one o' them Secret Service chaps an' told how ter reach th et heathen joss up above.'' "Ef it comes ter a show down, Clip, Red Ferg'll blow up the idol an' blow a reg'lar mounting inter tl; e hole.,, ""Wit!J us down !Jyer ?" "Thar's a way fer ns ter git out, by divin' au' swimmin '." "At the cut-off?,, "Naw, the current mus the wrong way at the cut off. It's at the othe r side the pit whar the river goes out. \Ve kin git away thar an' be ill Mexico in twenty-four hours." "'I'het'll knock ns out o' this plant as a place o' bizness ch?" "Shore it will. We kin all git out, but no man kin ever git bad;, unless lie wants ter rnn the risk o' dashin' out his brains by tryin' to git iu by the Cl!t-off." "I reckon Ferg'll be a little slow how he sets off the blast np in the idol.'' Diamond Dick, Jr., aud Handsome Harry had heard m11ch of great inter est and profound importance. Had they waited longer they mi2ht have heard more, but :i3ertie had been revolving a plan in his mind ever the two men had seated themselves on the a 1d he feared it would be impossible to rnrry out the'yian if he waited too long . "itVe waut their clothes, and their guns, and their lantern," Bertie whispered to his old pard. "There's a rope t!ed around the tie on which those two are sitting, and if we're quick we can get what we want a11cl leave the rascals bound and gagged." Harry's ans,wer was a q11ick pressure of his big hand 011 Be'rtie's mm. Soflly they got up, arouud the pile of ties


20 DIAMOND JR.THE BOYS' BEST WEEKLY. behind which they had lain concealed, and then, in a fla5h, had hurled themselves upon the unsuspectiug outlawi. ---,-CHAPTER Vil!. A CL.Il\I.B FOR I .IFJ;. The attack of the young sport and t\Je old Serpent succeeded beyo11d the expectatious of either of t!Jem. The outlaws, Perse and Clip, taken entirely off their guard, were caught firmly about the tliroat, hurled backward a11d held down until strangled almost to a point of he! plessness. It was the sort of a set-to the y ouug sport did uot at all fon c y, but he and Harry were uot in a positiott to choose their owu or m ethod of attack. Coats were stripped fron1 the backs of the outlaws and the rope, 1ised for snaking the ties out o f the undergrouncl rivtr, was cut in le11gtl1s aud to tie their hanr b behind them. A quarter of an hom of q11ick work saw Perse and Clip bound aud gaggecl, and Bertie and Harry clothed in their garn1 e11ts-wliich fitted 11one too well-aud armed with their guns. ':Now what, parcly ?,, aske d Ha11dsome Harry, higiily elated. The Serpent of Siski,011 was not 0 : 1ly ]Jlc:aseL1 at the succ ess he aucl his :ittle pard lia d had iu dealing with Perse and Clip, but also at the information gleaned from the conversatio n overheard betvveen tlie two outlaws. "Now that \Ye have located this viper's ne.st, and know that there's a way out," said Diamond Dick, Jr., "I thmk it will sland us in hand to get out and bring a force here that will be ample euongh to deal with the gang. Von and I are a tolerable handful. Harry, bnt I don't think we're equal to the task of standing off Red Ferg and his entire outfit.'.' "Yore thinker, son, allers gr!nds 011t an A I hrand o' reason, so ef ye say pull out, why, pull out it is." "That's what I advise." "How do we go?" "There's only one way to go and that's i11 the direction from which Perse and Clip came.'' Bertieaud Harry had a six-shooter eacb, taken from the persons of the outlaw;;, abd 'it would be difficult to describe the feelin g of secnrity'tlfat went with the possession of the guns. Bertie picked up the lauleru, gave a final look to the bonds of the prisoners, and then he and Harry started off. "Gle-ory to snakes au' brain-twisters!" breathed Handsome Harry. "Thet ale perfessor wasn't so crack-brained, arter all. Thar is an idol, an' it makes the only entrance inter this place, aside from the means o' gittiu' in an' Ol1t by the water route." "And this is a mooushiuer's retreat!" muttered Harry ''Red Ferg buys bis corn of tbe Mexicans, steals tie timber for Stove wood, and operates his stiil. '' "An' floats his likker ont by water, I reckon." "A11d he's got a blast set in the idol that \\ill throw a mountain of stone into the ouly opening above ground!" "An' when thet's filled 11p the 011tlaws kin git out by the rive r, but can't never come back except by the cut-off, which the y won't be fools enough ter try. Bnt looky hyer, onc e, son." ''\Veil?" "Who pl ncecl tliet image up thar at the entrance :rn' fixecl 11p Lh!s hyer pit fer the manufacture o mooe s11ine likker?" Red Ferg 11ndonbtedly fixed 11p the pit for the 1110011shine but it's a long guess who planted the idol. Finuega11 may be able to tell us." "l'li take lllore stock i11 arter this, I will so.'' The two pards were climbing upward, all the time. 'I'here was not liin;,: anywhere around them but stygiau blacknes s lllade all tl1e more impenetr: 1ble by tbe dim circle of lantern light by which they were surrot111clecl As they walked, some one who was passing, off to the left, hai led them. "Hello!" "Hello yersc!f!" returned Dia111011d Dick, Jr., dis-iii.> voice. "W!io is thet r" "Perse au' Clip." "Why ain' t ye over thar !"awin up them ties?" "Gotter go back fer a hammer ter fix the saw," answered Bertie, afk: pausing a moment to think of an excttse. ''Dues it take the two of ye ter go fer a hammer?' ''Clip wollldn t stay thar alone nohow," Bertie went on. "He's skeered ter death." "\Vhat about?" "He' s afeared he'll se.e ghosts." '''I 7 lial kiu

\ DIAMOND DICK, JR.-THE BOYS' BEST WEEKLY. 21 "Why, of the Dicks!" 'rhe other man swore roundly "Clip's an infernal coward. I"m goin' to thet lot o' ties ter look 'em over. Hurry back with t .he lantern, Perse, an' leave Clip in the still-room. Bring back Angns with ye." "All ri ght," sang out Bertie, and the man passed on. "That means that we've got to hustle,' the young sport said, in a low whisper to his old parcl. "That fellow will get to the ties au cl find Perse and Clip. 'l'hen there'll be a how-de-do, with yo11 and I look ing two ways for a chance to skip.'' 'l'he old Serpent agreed with his little parcl, and they continued o n almost at a mu. At last they rounded a l1oulder of rock and :5'aw a glow of light ahead; it was 11ot arti ficial light, b11t a strnggling beam from the snn itself. The beam shot c1ow11 a slope which appeared to form part of the side wall of the pit-a steep slope in wl1ich rude steps h ad been chiseled. As Diamo11d Dick, Jr., and Hn11dso111e Harry stoo d still for a 111oment allowed their eyes t o wander from the botto'.11 of the flight to t11e top, they saw 11ow a well-placed blnst, of proper proportio11s, would precipit;1te upon the long a t errific rnass of rock and earth which h1111g above it. 111 foct, two halves of what

22 DIAMOND DICK, JR.-THE BOYS' BEST WEEKLY. "Now's our chance, Bertie!" panted the old Ser p ent. "Climb, boy! climb fer life!" They put forth their best speed and had climbed to the top of the slope before their enemies below had recovered and disentangled themselves so that pur suit could be recommenced. At the llead of the stairs an oblong opening co11frontecl them, and through the they saw the slope of the mountain, bare in that particular part, and outside ti1ey heard shonts, shots allCl otl1er sonnds of battle. As they paused for an i11stant to regain thei r breath, the oblong was d arkened by a giant of a man with a red beard a shade m ore fiery than Harry's. 'This man had a wound across 11 is cheek from which rnn a dri ping flow of blood. Jn one of his hands was a smoking revolver. "\Vho's this?" lie shouted, brus hi11g one hand across his forehead. At that instant Bertie and Harry m ade out something which had escaped them before, namely, one of this man's eyebrows was reel while the other was white! Undoubtedly, tl1is man with the smoking revolver was the notorious Red Ferg. "What ye doin' liyer, I say?" yelled the man. Then Diamond Dick, ]r., recognize d 11is voice It was the same voice that had demanded the sur render of himself and old Diamond Dick at the hut on Pinochle Hill. "Wai tin' fer you, Red Ferg!" bellowed Handsome Harry. 'rhe tlext moment he had flung himself upon the outlaw and the two were struggling in the opening. "Set off the blast, Cla11cy !"shouted Red Ferg. Barely had he given the shout when Handsome Harry forced him out of the and they fell to the ground and rolled O VlU and over down the hill. Bertie sprang through the doorway. Blinded by the brigl1t sunlight, he c ould see nothing and no one. "There's one of 'em!" he heard the \ Oice of Keever cry out. "Kill him or capture him!" A bullet sang murderously close to the young sport's head, and he raised his hand and threw off his hat. "Bertie!" shouted the amazed voice of old Diamond Dick. "Dia111011d Dick, .Jr.!" echoed the equally astounded sheriff. "Dack!" crie d Bertie. "Dow n the hill! Quick! Your li\es depend on it. lt's Harry who's fighting witli Red Ferg. Get them out of the way-there's 11ot nn instant to spare!" all but blincle a voice, low and tense, I had g i v e n you up."


DIAMOND DICK, JR.-THE BOYS' BEST WEEKLY. 23 rrhe yon11g sport whirled around and sa\v old Dia"An' ye come among us, an' made yerself one of mond Dick sta11di11g beside him; standiug with outus, jest ter come back an' nm me in?" stretched hand and a look upon Ids face such as "Yes." Bertie could never remember having seen there be"Ye're plucky-jest about the kind of a chap tett fore. The young spor.t clasped the veteran's hand 111 1Jotl1 his own. "l had abont given myself up, ,,he admitted. "I felt that there was i1ot a doubt as to your fate,,, the veteran weut on, ''and I have pursued these tim ber thieves like a bloodhound, remembering only that I had 1ost yon and Harry. Come!" He averted his head quickly, and led Diamond Dick, Jr., to a place wl1ere Handsome Harry was standing over tlie form of_ Red Ferg. There was a greAt wound in the side of the moou shiner's head, and Harry's brow was clouded as he watched the man struggling to keep the breath of life. "It's up wilh him." the o ld Serpent was sayi11g to 1':eever and Finnegan, who were close by. "A rock from the hlow-11p kim s111asl1i11g at us while we was hevi11' om setto, an' instid o' iittin' llle the rock strnck 1\cd Ferg." Suclcle11ly Red Ferg opened his eyes :rnc1 llie pro knelt c11n\'11. train with the Dicks. I kin recognize a brave man when I see him. I ain't got no kick comin'-it's the fortunes o' war. Men as makes their livin' by their wits an' law less methods has got ter expect a finish like this. But the pit's closed fer all time. Them as liire inside '11 git out an' find a way inter Mexico. But no one thet's outside'll ever git in." "I know that." Diamond Dick had listened to this colloquy with not a little astonishment. But he did not neglect the main point in his own inclictment agaiust the moonshiners and timber thieves. "Who killed my employe e, Red Ferg? The man at t lie mill." "I did, Dimun Dick, but it war a mistake. We wanted the ties and we didn't want terkill no one." did you want of the ties?" "He wanted them for stove wood," put rn Dia mond Dick, Jr. Diamo11d Dick had other questions he wanted to ask, bnt Red Ferg suddenly straightened out as he "Hnnchctt !" gaspiugly fro1JJ the. moonand every 011e knew that his evil life had come shiner's as, with his failing s tre11gth, lie struck at the prnfessor's hearl. The blow fe ll short, a11d tlie rage llia<. conv11lsec1 eel face was terrilile to wil11ess. to a 11 en c l. "You ge11tlcmen will please. bear witness to the dealb o f this 11c torio11 s individual," said aylor. "I lia\'e bee11 after l1i111 for two months l would have scot111<1rel I kid wy strengt h, l'd takc11 hi111 aljve, if I co11lcl, but it was not to be. Jf choke out yrr miserable life!" some of ) .our lumbermen will his body back to It req11irerl an effort for I

24 DIAMOND DICK, JR.-THE BOYS11 BEST WEEl{l Y .. tions, made sliift to carry the dead outlaw across the country which separated them from the camp. TJ1e Diamond Dicks, Keever, Naylor and Handsome Harry followed Before leaving tlie scene, Naylor turned and looked up at the place where the ido l had stood and where now the ope11ed seam in the mot111tai11 bad clo ed for :.ill eternity. "That image, as yoll liave all see11," said the de tectiYe, "was a reality a11d uot a myth. I don't know how many hundred years ago it was chiseled out of the soft black stone, but if report is to be believed, the pbciug of it in this spot, over the entrance to the pit, was the work of Jesuit priests who used t i1e statne to mark, wl1at they believed, the entrance to the infernal regio11s. "In limes of Indian uprisings, the Jesuits would take refoge in the pit and would be pei"fectly safe. 'Not a murderous Indian would dare to ajJpro;ich the idol, feari11g the vengca11ce of the god. "An cl now i t is goore indulged in, 011 the re tu1 n trip, :;11C1 th e wo:1derful uarrati,e which Bertie antl l-!andso111e Harry !tad l o t e ll was listened t o w i t 1 1 evcil 111ore iuterest tl1an was the stor y told by the clel ect i \'e :-\11d Saylor's yarn was exciting e11ouglt to pleas!" Ile told huw he had hee11 commissioned to fincl out w:1e1-..: the illicit whisky was coming from, a11' l how he h:id posed as a r:1ffia11 i11 search of a job, and had been hired by Re::l Ferg himself in the tow11 of L:1s 'l'ab las. He told, a lso, how h e liad mingled with the moon shiners i11 tiieir unc1e rgro1111cl re11dezvous, had watched them work, and l1ad beeu discovered while trying to se t off a of powder which was tu wreck the illicit still. He was rnack a pri u11er for that attempt, and was se11le11c ec1 by the outlaw chief to be killed. In tlie eleventh hom a friend among the outlaws came lo his released ldm, and he had swam across the Rapid River an

DV\MOND DftCK9 JR.-THE BOYS' BEST WEEKLYo 25 During the crossing of the riv.er he bad been shot and severely wounded, aud found it necessary to return to Medicine Hat, where he had his home, and recuperate before again taking the field Red Ferg. 1rhinki11g it might stand him in good stead to pose as the chief of the 1110011st1iners, if certain eve11ts came to pass, he had had one of his eyebrows whitened, thus making himself something of a martyr to his duty. But the events he had anticipated did not come to pass, aud he only suffered detentio11 and delay, because of his whitened eyebrow-as in the case of Chuck Eva11s. Diamond Dick wo11dered why Naylor had not ex plained matters to .Evans, and so have avoided arrest 011 the ground of being Red Ferg, a11d put tlie questiou to the detective. i\aylor's reply was that h e did n o t vvish to go out of his cliarncter of Profe-;w Fiu11ega11, even ti1ough his 1011g of delays in gettiug to Custer's C:rnyo11 was to be capperl with a final hang-up of two days at the deputy sheriff's ranch. Dick blamed the Secret Service man for 11ot revealing his identity when he had presented the letter from Olive r, but ='Jaylor averred that it \\'a'i not necessary at that time, and stated that h e had intended to renal himself in case the Dicks sliuweJ any hcsita11cy in helping 11i111. Rut tlie raid of t11e rs on the old vetera11 s tie p i le had taken Dia1uo11cl Dick and his p:mb directly to tl1e place where the detective wa11ted Lhcm to go, fur the latter felt positive that the of tilllber thieves and the ga11g of 11100sl!111crs 01:e aud the .\ml i 'aylor had hecu of tl1e nt111osl to old Dia111011d Dick; for tlie Yetera11 a11d i-.;:ecYer, 11p. rn leaYing the over\Jangillg rock i11 the cut-o'.f, had been met by t 1e detec::ti\'e uear the saw-mill aud le 1 to the image of Tlaloc, where the young sort awl lia11dsome Harry 11ad hee11 rnet cinrl re,cned. \\'Len 1Har ti1e idol, Di<1moi1cl Dick and his followers had encountered Red Ferg and several of his nien. All the moonshiner's force had been slain except two-the leader, himself, and the wo1111ded man whom he had sent into the pit to warn Clancy to be ready to set off the blast which was to close the eu trance. After remaining two or three days in Ouray, Nay-lor left for Denver to make his report. Before he left, the detective had the pleasure of meeting Chuck Evans. Evans, on reaching his ranch with Escomb, had found his prisoner gone and only the note left in the house by Dick to account for the disappearance. Yery much wrought up to find that the Dicks had pli1cked a. possible $_soo reward out of !1is hands, Chuck Evans struck nothiug but high places between his ranch aud Ouray. It req11ired very little to pacify him, although he asked the same question which had been put by the veteran: Why hadu't Naylor reveale d his ideutity? i-Jor was the deputy e::a-:tly 'atisfied with Naylor's explanation. In some .respects, this deal which the Dicks had had j uintly with the Secret Service man, covered some of tl1e most novel features which they had ever m e t with in their long and varied experiences 011 the fro11 tier. A11d the idol of Tlaloc, whos e very existence was so a baffii11g mysery, and the great pit in the i11ou11tain, w::'re i:ot the least of these unique features. .\11d :is for Custer's CaJJyun, ti1e close call which the old veteran and the sport had had there was sorni:tl1ing they could never forget. ) "' THE END. Tlie nc.t iss11e of this Weekly (i\o. 291) will con Laiu the story eutillecl, "Diamond Dick's Fig lit: or, At Odds with the Circus Crooks." .\corker, boys. Don't miss it. Diamoud Dick liar! a11 awful fight with n c;rc11s crook in the swi11g i11g basket of a rising balloon. Look ont for it next y,eek.


' I DO YOU WANT A COMPLETE FISHING ASSORTMENT? LOOK ON THE BACK COVER OF No. 293 A PICTURE AND DESCRIPTION OF ONE If you enter this contest you will have a chance for the finest and most assortment of Fishing Tackle offered. Seven Complete Assortments Given Away. By winning a prize you can fit yourself out a s a dea ler in fishing supplies. The seven boys who send in the seven best contributions in this new AMATEUR JOURNALISM CONTEST will each rece i ve a Famous Fishing T ac kle Ass ort m e n t Watch for a pho tograph and des c r i ption of one on th e b a c k c o ver Of c ourse y ou w an t to own one. Then get into this cont est without delay. SEVEN COMPLETE OUTFITS GIVEN AWAY. HERE ARE FULL CHRECTl!ONS: Take any incident you can think 0f. It n1uy be a fire a rnnaway, an accident, au adveoturc, or C\ .. eu a murder. It doesn1t matte r whether y'Ou were tht::r e or not. \Vrite it up as graphically as you ca_n, 1nake it full of "action," antl send it t o us. 'l'l1e article should not be over 500 words in.length. The Contest closes September l.st Sen d 111 your stories at once, b oys. All the b est ones wil) be published during the progress of the c ontest. Remember, w hethe r your story wins prize or not, it stands a g ood c h a nce of bein g published, together w i t h you r name. > Cut out the a c com pa n yi n g Cou po n and send it with your story, to the DIAMOND DICK WEEKLY, Care of STREET & S MITH, 238 W illiam S t reet, New York. No contributio n w ith whi c h a Cou p on i s n o t enclosed w ill be con si der ed ,l'{ \J

r.. 1 Just take a look at the opposite page. What do you think of that offer, boys? Watch for the photo graphs to appear on the back cover. of 293. Take anotLer look at the announcement, and then you'll gee right into the contest without being told. It's going to be the biggest contest yet, boys! Bear that in mind, and get a hustle on! An Adventure with a Wildcat. 1 By M. H. Andrews, N. Y.) One rnorniug in the month of October a party of thre e chums and lllyself went out for a fox hunt on Mound Harcoe, a very thickly-wooded ridge i11 the nortbern Catskills. We were all well armed, each having a trusty rifle and a hunting-knife. We a :so had two foxhotmds that were the pride-of our part 1 After we had traveled for several miles without much luck we reached the mount.aiu we were in search of. We ha'.ted for a short time to let the dogs nm a little and then we started to ascend the ridge, each k e e ping a close watch. We k11ew we were in tbe region of the bl ack bear panther aud wildcat. We traveled this way for some time when suddenly one o f 011r dogs came over to us w ith y elps and barks which l knew were no false alarm. Turning, I saw, several yards al.Jead, a monstrous wildcat in a hollow tree. \Ye were all in a fever of excite111ent. \\'e rushed to the tree, which we no more than reached whe n the brute sprang on the back of 0ue of our party aucl \ 'iciously tore his clothes and flesh. I lowere d my rifle and fired at the cat, but misse d and the bulle t lodged in the leg of one of my part1 One of the otl.Jer boy:.;, seeiug I had llli ssed. succee d e d in wounding the wildcat twi c e in tht: b ack with his knife. With a vell, i t rele:is e d its icti m and made a rus h into the w -oods. I left the two wounded rne n to gethe r and took tbe other boy and started in close purWe weut for some time without gainrng, wlien the cat turned on the dogs. I leveled my riOe and fire(:! again, but to my ill luck killt:d one of the dogs. With this had shd I came to rny and s e einJ:; th of b l o od fro111 tbe wounds in h i s hac k I started 011 a fast nm and soon came close enough to get a good target, J agai n lowe red m y rifle, took a steady aim, fired. aml witli a deaiening )ell the brute spraug iuto the air anLi fell dead. Both of us being consir!erahlv exh a11ste

12& .DIAMOND DICK, JR.-THE BOYS' BEST WEEKLY. diggings, working as if for life, hopelessly bunting for what was not there. At last, discouraged, he stopped and leaued on his pick. At that moment he observed Lem Sing making his way across the creek with great difficulty, as it was rapidly swelling 011 accouut of a heavy rain during the night. Lem rnan'lged to reach the other side in safety, and commenced to return with four of his passengers. A large number of miners, knowing the da11ger, stood looking on curiously, while Lem siowl:y pushed out i11to the stream. An instant later and the boat, seized by the curreut, shot clown the stream at lightning speed, aud was smashed to pieces against the rocks. It all happened in a moment, aud four lives hacl beeu blotted out, while Lem's dirty yellow face was rearing itself above the water next to the rock 011 which the boat had struck. The water, rnshing a m! boiling around Lem, was slowly looseuing his hold upon the rock. Only a couple of minutes and all would !Je oyer. Jake had dashed into the cabin, only to reappear with a coil of rope in his hands. ''It's too fur to throw," exclaimed Arizona Bill, as he saw Jake go toward the water. Jake did not an swer, but handed one end of the rope to hi$ compauiou Ben, and gave him !:ome instructions. Bill now comprehended what he i11tended doing, and drawing a six-shooter, Lade him stop. Jake calmly drew a gun, and said: ''Bill, you liaYe hounded me loug, have dispossess ed 'ana threatened me, b11t don't try to stop me 110\11', or, by the eternal stars! I'll sl:ioot ,y.e dead." Bill, awed aud abashed, drew back. 'faking tight hold of the rope, Jake tnr11ed r ound an cl said: "Good-by, boys!" then jumped. The current whirled him dow1! the creek like a top, but going past the rock where I.em still strnggled for life, he managed to throw him the rope, by means of which Lem was drawn out of danger. 1?00.f0 Jake was never heard of more, bnt his memory ha? always heen cherishecLat. Roaring G11lch. . When the Dice Rolled Wl'ong. "Craps," came the low-toned voice of the dealer, as his helper raked in the stakes. The bloodshot eyes of the man who lost glittered viciously. ''As you crapped, the bones are still yours, if you want them," declared the dealer. The man with the bloodshot eyes picked up the dice with his right hand and tossed his remainiug five-dollar bill on the table with his left. A rum-soaked rounder near the other end of the table flung down a two-bit piece. ''Come se\en, come eleven, stay away craps,'' h e s ho11ted. The man with the 1.iloocbhot eyes tossed out the dice. As before, one rolled ouly a short distance and stopped the side up being "two" the other stopped against a small piece of wood-part of a toothpick or match-but it did JJOt stop flat, being balauced 011 a corner by the little piece of wood. The side nearest up was'' five." '' SeYen-up," shouted the ma11 with the bloodshot eyes and the rum-soaked rounder both togethe r. "Oh, no," asserted the dealer, ''the dice rolled wroug, and it does not cotrnt at all, either way." "Curse you, that's a seven!" shouted the crap player. "It isn't anything when the dice roll wrong," d e clared the dealer, to'ssiug the dice back to him. 'Come, roll again." With a deep curse, the man picked up the ''bones," .and again r .olled them out 011 the greeu cloth. They hoth stopped at the same time, and it wa seen 'that 'he bad 'crapp' ed" attain, for one of the dice was ''one ' the other ''t\.vo.'' 'l'he dealer's helper in the stakes and the dealer tossed the dice back. ''You. cau back 'em up again, if you wish,'' he said. "You curse d hellhound !" shouted the man with the eyes, "I rolled seven before. Yes, I'll back 'em up agaiu-this way," alld his hand songht his hip coming out again with a revolver. The d ,ealer, the dealer' s helper and the companion of the man who lost also drew their shooters, bnt the dealer and the companion of the man who Jost were 11ot quick '(By Rex Perine, New Orlea. n s, La.) enough, for when the guns spoke the dealer fell back 'l with a bullet in ,bis brain, and the companion of the Scene: A room off the bar bf the Rudolph Hotel, on man who lost dropped to the flo o r with a bullet wound the Texas side of Texarkana, that hustling little city, in his breast, the bullet in his lungs. He died within the llalf 1ti Arkansas and half in Texas. hour. A lllot1ey crowd of men and boys gathered Of course, the others in the room scattered as soon as crap table. the revolvers appeared, and then the police came. , .i ,... The man who lost cast his eyes arol1!1d, seeking a way It's. up. to you, sir," declared the deale tossing the to escape, but two policemen captured hi111 before h e dice to a tall man, who looked as if bnd l ome off a could leave the roorn. The qealer's helper escaped to the street, and started T11e man put, his hand in his pocket and brought out on a run for Arkansas, but was captured by the sheriff two bills1 both fives, and throwing one on the green before he was withii1 a block of State Line Street. cloth of the rable, picked up the dice. 'rhe morniug two bodies, cold, stiff and stark, ''You shoot the five?'' iuquire d the dealer. were lying in the Texarkana morgue; two pri oners ''It all goes," growled the man; pard ?'' t _urning were iu the Texarkana jail, charged with murder-and bis bloodshot eyes to a companiou at 1is 'Mhow.' the little compartment off the barroom of the Rudolph Then he rolled the dice out on th1e greu Hotel was closed. One on.Jy rolled a short and the sid.e ,11Qne of those w!io were preseut ;at the time will up beiug "six"; the other rolled the" ult' le11g'tf1\W the .. 'ever forget_ what happened .that night, when _the dice 'table; a1id also stopped' On' six; .,, ,':"'r "-,. i:o11Ed \\>r<11-1g. "'



Ev ROGER STARBUCK. Two days after passing through Behring's Straits we, the crew of the whaler Fingal, of New London, experienced a heavy gale, that made the old ship tremble a11d quiver as if about to fly into a tl10usand pieces. All around us were fragments of ice, with so .me of which we frequently came in contact. F.\ery blow fr o m these masses made the craft reel and her timbers crack, while the force of the shock nearly threw the 111eu from their feet. One poor fellow, who had gone aloft to arrange a gasket that had blown loose, was thrown from the foot rope to the deck, breaking a leg, aud spraining his arm severely. We had at the wheel two good men. who were obliged to exert almost superhuman strength and activity to prevent the ship from running afoul of some of the larger, more solid bergs, which would have crushed her bows like an eggshell. Ahead of us, however, there was a large floe, whic!t we feared we could not avoid, although the captain had ::rowde:l all the sail he could bear, hoping to edge off to windward of it. The huge topsails, filled almost to oursting by the gale, seemed to threaten every morn eut to carry away our masts, which kept creaking and :racking with every pitch and roll of the v essel. We kept nearing the floe with tremendous velocity. There it was, now less than a league ahead of us tbe huge bergs looming high, and the great seas dasllillg against them, with the roar of a tlun1derholts. All along the edge of the floe the wotdJ 1vas tossed into s?eets o f hissing spray, rising hundreds of feet into the air. Soon we were within twenty fathoms of the dangerons mai;s s, when it became evident that we would not clear them. The first mate, a loug-lirnbed Sag Harbormau, standing six feet four in his stockings, and aceotmted one of the best seamen that eyer trod a ship's deck. now spraug to the wheel. His quick eye had t}n;ough the floe, a narrow passage, leaq.i11g rtbe clear space of water beyond. Iuto'this passage, all the rest of the men were expectiug the ship would be dashed to pieces, he directed the vessel by suddenly raising up the wheel, and kept her skadi l y aloug lo the clear water. While all hands, thankful for their narrow ec:;cape, ''ere watching the recediug floe the man on tl1e lookout was heard screaming at the top of his voice: "Sail 0 !-of a wreck off there in the ice!" Glancing astern, \ e the n beheld what had hitherto, owing to i11terposing walls of ice, b een hidden from our sight, the dismastcd hull of a ship, dri,eu along through the ice. Upon the quarterdeck, dinging to some rigging, we saw a girl whom the captain, looking through his glass, soon pronounced young and beautiful. "We mus t save her!" he sh on tt:!d. "Next to impossible!" cried the mate. "Still, I' 111 willing t o go down a11d try with the larboard boat." A whale boat cau live in a very rough sea. Beiug made of light mater ial howeve r, it is easily sloven. Tbe mate lowered with a stout crew, who, pulling vigorollsly, s oon were alongside the floe. There were many very narrow passages bet\reen the bergs, and into one of these the boat was directed. Crash! came a heavy ice -block, falling upon it, and over wellt the boat! The crew, clinging to the bottom, s o o u righted their craft and took to their oars, glad of tue exercise after their irnmer: ion. fll spite af a ll his exertions, however, the mate found it impossible to k eep his boat clear of t he ic e which, closing ro:md it, soo n stove it to pieces. The crew had escaped by crawling o .ut upon a large b erg, aml n o w, clinging to the projections with balf frozen fingers, the y "atched their ship, which had been signaled. and from which they m omentarily expecte: l to b ehold a boat approaching to their rescue. In fact a boat soon was lowered, but before it had more tha11 half ac1.:omplish e d the league between the and their v ess el it was bidde!1 from sight by thick fo;; cl o uds, which h a d gradually been gathering along the horizon. Carried along by wind and current, the party on the ice vainlv waited .for the boat. This n; ust have them in the fog for the roar of the wind drowned their shouts and also the blast o f their boathorn, which they had coutinued to Si!und. The y p::issed a dreary night.


DIAMOND DICK, JR.-THE BOYS' BEST WEEKLY. 31 The gale abated by morning to a moderate breeze, and the fog had cleared. They saw no sign of their ship, however, but glancing' astern of them, they beheld the wreck, seen on the previous day, wedged in between the ice drifts. It lay over almost upon its b eam ends, of the bergs rising above the bow, and the bulwarks amidships. "Ay ay, now," said the mate, looking at the wreck through his gfas s. ''.l see no sign of the girl w e saw y esterday. What can have b ecome of her?" 'Perhaps w e cau get to the wrec k over the berg s s Jid Willia m Clyde, bis harpoonen, a tall, good-looking y oung f ellow o f twenty-five "We cau then easily find out if she's aboard." 'True, a n swere d the mate, "but who' d ris k getting to the \\rec { O\"er them b ergs ahead, which are most too far apart to be jumped r" "I will g o said Clyde I think I can l eap them.' " W ell, if you think y o u can, y o u m a y go; but I would n o t unde r take it." The young man, thrusting the boat hatche t in his b elt, started at once. of uncommon agility, h e continue d though n o t without g r eat exertion and s o me very n arrow esca p es, t o l eap the bergs betl:eeu him anp; :;o lifting hi s h atchet, be a furiou; h b w a t ti1e c reatLJre':; h e:ld. He missed his aim, and t h e h l:Hle of t h e weo p o 11, t h e l"opes i n \ vhich tlJe legs w e r e el.lbugle d, seyere d them, tbe ferocious b e a!Ot at libe1ty1 Now tlieu the aui111a !, throw i n g h i m s elf ui:ion his enemy, clas p ed h illl in h is p a w s 'whe11 his <.tdversar y d rO\' e h i s sheath k11 f e to the hilt i11 the creature's stom ac)1. T he bear, l!mve v c r h aring a l ready plaute d two of its front teeth in the s a i!Jr's slnn1lder, him It lllll!-il tl1<'.11 Ii n'c fared h1rcl with the y ot1ug mR11, l::fti't for the coils of large rope a111ong wb icb be had follen, and which kept off the bear's paws and teeth. The animal seemed to grow fiercer every moment as its life-blood flowed. Snapping and snarling, twisting itself from side to side, it kept the young man prostrate in .such a position that he could not use his arms. Soon the beast gave a hoarse, prolonged growl," and then opened its jaws wide to grasp the head of its adversary. Clyde, having by this time recovered the use of the arm wbic. h held the hatchet, lifted his weapon and struck the bear's jaw a furious blow. Before he could repeat it the hatchet was kuq,ckeq. from bis gr.asp by a stroke from one of tht! animal's forepaws. Then down came the bristling jaws to cl ose over the youug man's hea'cl., when the girl, who, hitherto held motionless from mingled feelings of surprise, terror and anxiety, had not moved, caught up the hatchet, and with the strength lent by fev erish excitement, struck the bear a heavy blow upon the neck. Considerably weakened from loss of blood, the bear, now staggering, partly 11po11 its side, when, springing quickly to his feet, and snatchiug the_ hatchet from the g irl's hand, Clyde finished the bear with a few blows From the noble girl, whose life he had saved, and who .had been the means of saving his, be now learned that the name of the wreck was the Mt. Vernon . When, at night, her crew became convinced that she would be driven into the ice, they lowered the boats, the captain remaining aboard the last man, and his daughter insisting to remain with him. Finally the captain stepped into the boat, and was about helping bis daughter in after him, when, owing to the fnrious roll of the ship, the ropes attached to the boats parted, causing them to drift clea r of the wreck, leaving the young, girl still aboard. Since the n she had seen nothing of the boats. The bear had craw l e d on deck from ooe of the bergs among which the c raft was jammed, and. as shown, the girl had tried to escape him by rl11ming into the hold. The bear foll o w e d, and must soon have o vertaken her, b u t fo r the ropes in which it became entangled. lt bad r emaine d in this situation for an hour when Clyde came aboard, and doubtless must soon have extricated itself a11d devoured its illtende d victim, bnt for the young sailor's timelv arrival. I have 01iiy to add that the Fiugal hove in sight be fore noo n and that Clyde, with t h e young girl and bis shipmates rn o n was picked up. it w:a'I a sce1taine d tha t the Mt. Vernon'!! crew ban succeeded in g a in ing tbeshoresof an island off the c oast, from which they w ere picked up by a F 1 ench wha)er. \Vords not. ex:pres:i the intense joy of the wrecked captaiu I r e faml!y dasped to his bosom the te whom he ll n d give11 11p for lost. He thanked her pre 'i\' a r mly, and the two soon beca111 e great friends. A year l ater, \Vjlliam Clyde 111arried the daughter of the ?11t. Vetno11's captain-Thomas Aston, of New Bed fo r d -and I hav e ever y reasop to believe that the twain lea d a happy life. .


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