Canada Chet, the counterfeiter chief; or, Old Anaconda in Sitting Bull's camp

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00py rlght 1879-1885. by Beadl e ct Adams. Ent ered a t Pos t OftJce Y nrk. N Y.1 A S 11econd class matter .Mar 1 0 u ........ No. 22 THE ARTHUR WESTB ROOK CO. Clevelan d Ohio Vol. II CANADA CHET The Counterfeiter Chief; J 01', Old Annconda in Sit Bull's Camp. ( BY EDWARD L. WHEELER, .AUTHOlt Q F "DEADW<'O D DICK NOVELS "ROSEBUD R OB" N OVE T ,S, ETC., E TO. AND THE BRUT A L GU.ARD, LE GURO W A S ON 1IAND, WITH ms TERRIBLE WHIP, WHIC H w.. SE.E ME D TO '!' A'>E D ELIGHT IN OVEII. TBl: BAOXS OF THE O F.FENDERS.


. W.Vrlg'Dt 1879-18SS. l>y Beadle & Adame. Entet-ed at Post Of'l!oe, New York, N. Y., as seoond clasa matter. Mar.15, 111 No.22 THE ARTHUR WESTBROOK CO. Cleveland, Ohio Vol. IE CANADA CHET, .. BY EDWARD L. WHEELER, A ... iDOR OP 11DEADWOOD DICK" NOVELS, "ROSEBUD ROB" NOVELS, ETC,, ETC. ...... l'HE BJWTAL GUARD. LE GUBO, WAS ON HAND, WITH ms TERRIBLE WHIP, WHICH SEEMEf> TO TAD DELIGHT Jlf i\LA.11:R

Canada. Chet, 1.heCOiinterfeiter Chief. Canada Chet, THE COUNTERFEITER CHIEF; OR, Old Anaconda in Sitting.Bull's Camp. A Tw o Boys' Adventures, P.Y EDWARD L. WHEELER. &tJTDOR or u 'DEADWOOD DICK,, NOVELS AND "ROSl!:BUD ROB" NOVELS. CHAPTER T. TltE YOtTN'G ADVENTURERS-A WARNING DY A OTRL. THE past autumn was one of great beauty up In the far Northwest. Warm w eather prevailed Jnnger tha.n auy previous for a numbe r of years, and ooosequently N"ture was in h e r loveliest.moods. The prairis w e r e growing dry aod dun-hued, am! the tree s w e r e beginninj:_to rattle down their leave 1 s.a the result o f the earzy froqt, when w e open our romance in a location as hitherto quite negl ected by the pen of the noveliso and veracious historian-( r in the British possessions to the northwest of Min nesota A land of s in guhr beauty, with its va> t rolling prair;.,s its lev e l plains, its vast tracrs of silent forest, its numerous clear streams aud lake lets. The day we -have chosen for the opening of our romance 'vas a calm sunny onA in the early part of 0 Jtober, wifo a gentle but invigora tint; breeze stir ring down from the boreal regions over th9 dun ptairies ao:l th rougl:I the g r silent forests. A soft moody haze hunil" about the horllion, while ol d Sol loo' see bis r ound, good-natured couutena:ice in the bosom of crvstal lake or stream Two b 'ys in 'a boat were leiqurely d esce nding: a stram which r a n throu;;h for,-st of hemlocks and pioe, aod which was both wide and deep, the waters fllwing On either hand nau.:;ht wa;;1u viaw but the ancl of th1b,,; even t':ie sky WM al most hidden bv the overha,giug bra.ucb es. As their boat. a lie:ht s dll', with two s ets of oars, drifte I alon.:; at vill of the current the two youths gazed aroun I in awe:l silence, wirb a n occasional glance at each other, in which were ex pressed wonder and anxie tJ'. The foremost y outh, about ei!?'l,tee a years of was of a full supple form, anr J fair, good-natnr d fa; e, blit was oot n e His eyes were br0wn and sparkling, and his hair a lie:hter. He was attired in a hand soma an'l s rviccabl bunting suit, an1 equiped with a Winchester rifl e. of the Cent&nni::il mod. e l, while bi3 revol fin e w ea pons. Ammunirion was C3'rried in one of two lea thern bags, whiah were strapoed to his back. His comoaniou was eviiently ab,ut a year older, and in form of a "Urioc:;itv. He tow ered aloft to 1 he mPas11r ? of six and" half feet, whe n standing in his boo ts, a,d was literallv a living ske l e ton. as bis skin was simplv drawn over the bonP s, with not a pounJ of suparfiuous flesh in his make-up. His clothes sat 100 3ey uoon him, and his boots were the only thing that fitted him and they w e r e n11mh e r 14s. In face he was thin and pinched as in form, with a sallo1v compl exion, and little greenish eye' that pe,red strangelv from their sockets. He was a r <'markmpan io 1. lookincr old enough to be his fath r. Hi narn w"s Dave, or as he was better known. Big '!'rack; for it was declared that no man In the N orthwes t could 1U his tracks, with a bum!\n toot. What should briu;; these two contrasts togetbe1 1 and so far out in the Northwestern wildern-can be readily explained, in a f e w words. Both were sons of wealthy merchants, Canada. Being possesse d of an adventurous spirit, their parents had equipped tbe rn, and sent them into tbs wilds, supposing o f course that a rouple or w eeks woula Eat1sfy their desire f o r u rough111 i.t, when the y would then return gladly anJ settl a down to; But neither H a l nor Big Track had any desire to return unt il they had see n a I there was to see, IWd conseqneetly we now behold the m many hundred miles rrom their homes, in tbe wilds of a thinly set tled trac t of the British posse ssious. For the lAAt twe nty-four hours, Ibe y had b0en fol lowing the course o f tbe stream in the hop" s of em erging ag'1in into the settled district of Quinnebog, which rhey betievPd to lie south of the m BUS. the forest was seemingly endless. "By J inks, l'm gettin' t rt to shoot the first object that turns up, o r go bu-o gry. Mr, appetite ia now a tussle wit h my backb11nP. 'Twon' t do to shoot," Track ''for, clo,t you remember the y told us i;+>-at the Forks about old Sitting Bull's being up hereabouts? "Hang o lct SiLting Bull I Heah.'tafraldof rue nor I of him. I'll run the risk, you b et, rather than sutfeI' tbe pangs of hunger." Can't Wt-'1" "Bother the fish l Haven't w e subsisted on fish diet for the last twenty.four hours? I':n going to shoot something that walks o r fu.,s, be i t bird, beast or Injlln." Well, at least let's row on dowo the stream fur ther, and see if something won't turn up. l\Iicawb e r fashion. We've got two hours at least before sun set." They mechanically seized the oars, and shot the boa t along over the smooth, even surface The dips of their paddle s and the rustling of the leaves among tbe branche s overhead, wer? the only sounds that broke the moue tony of the somber sur l'Oundings. After pulllng on for an hour, steadily, they again shipped their oars, as if by one impube. The trees bad grown a trifle more open, and ligh; cam<' down from aheacl But t[Jis not wha. caused Hal Dayt.on to s e iz e Bi '! Traci{ b y the arm, and point to the shore. ''Lo11kl look!" he whispere d exciterlh-, 0s.:?e there on the bank. Who in the namo of Jupiter can it b e?" Big Trac k looked M directed, and behe1<1 a whit.a horse stan

Canada. Chet, the Counterfeit.," Chief. a Who is It?" Happy Hal asked, excitedly. "Jovel she's a reg'lar beauty." "She looks like an Indian queen or princess," Big Track replied. in a low tone. But don't you go and get struck after her," "Why not, you cheeky? Who's got a better 'No one; but you'd stand no show. Beauty like mine always wins;" and the young lanky rolled his tongue about in his cheek in a manner that made bjm doubly ludicrous. The girl eque.;trian still maintained her position on the bank, and watched the urifting canoe containing llal and Dave. "I propose we pull toward her, and have an inter view. She's wni1.e, clean out an I out, and probably she can spPak U .ited States," said Dave. Accorrun gly tbey pulled toward the bank, and she did not change her position, nor did her horse stir, When they were a few f.,et from the bank, Happy Hal w:os e to his feet. doffed bis hat and bowed low. In reply, a low\ musical lalll'h came back that caused gallant Ha to redden. The strange eq uestrienne was lookIDg at him curiously. "The young pale-face does .hono r to J:!:&.?'el Eye, the Lily of the Forest," she said. "Why 1s 1t so?" "We are surprised at flniling a young lady In these desolate surro u ndings, and thought we'd ask about you," Hal managed to stammer, for the steady, un flinching gaze of the forest prmcess bad literally abashed bis s e lf -possess i on. "The pale-face is inquisitive, but is not the first one of the same characteristics," was the r eply. To one and all, llaze l Eye bas no word of explanation." Ob 1 just as you please about that. But aren't you afraid to bo a !on e in t he forest, unprot.>cted ?" "No I Hazel Eye knows not fear in the f orest alone, for It is h e r bomP-ber hunting-grounds. She heard ef the p a le-faces' cominl?. and she ceme hither to warn 1 hem that tbcy are surrounded by dangers. To retreat n1eans d eath; to advance is periloue." "Phew! 1.on don't say so," and Hal gave vent to a wlrtstle. Who's going to hurt us-a couple inno cent babes in the timber?" "The young pale-faces have manv enemies un known to them. Tne great chie f, Sitting Bu' !, is now monarch of these forests, and his warriors count many. He hns learned of the two young Valt"-fac es, and wants their scalps." "The blasted o lcf son-o f-asea-coo k I Say, Fatty, what do you say to uarting with tbe upper circum ference of vour "T'rl rat lier not. for a choice," Big Track replied, with a cadaverous smile. "Just my llx, too. Sw, look h ere. Miss Haze l Eye I what grudge has old Sitting Bull got a1?ainst the top-knots of a couplt> o' young roosters of our caliber?" "Sitting Bull is a mighty warrior," the t,-!. l r e plied, "and he counts his conquests by the hun areds. He is a bitter foe to thP white race; he bates them as the snake bates fir e They drove hlm from ms hunting-ground3, anti be came hither; and he has llworn to kill every pale-face who invade s these which he claims as his own." "But. 1s there not a settlement below here, somewhere?" "Yes; the palefaces' settlement of Quinnebog, or the Choppings, lie not far below. And it is there t!le young pale faces are bound?" "Exactly. And why does he not war upon these ,:;ettl ers of the Choppinl?s?" "llecause they number many sturdy woodsmen and their families. and nro strong. Beaides, the:v were :.iere before Sitting Bull came, and are not at war with him and his braves." "How many braves has hf'?" "Many but all are not Sioux. Some are renegades with painted faces, some are of other tribes. "You seem to know au about it, young Iad:v .. observe<'l Big Track;" you must belong to old Sit. tinp Bull's caravan. Hazel Eye is a child of the forest. She has none to stay her; she comes and goes at pleasure; she be longs to no one. u "But, see here, there is no Injun about you?" N o Indian blood flows in the veins of the Forest LU!.," was the reply. Then you are a friend to the whites, I take It. Give u s ynur advice wl:at w'e'd best de." "Haze l Eye has no advice to give the pale-face youths. They c0110 f1 om a great distance Into tbe wilderness where ibere are many ptrils. Tbev DIN armed, and are young end strong. Hazel Eye liq only to warn them of the warriors of Sitting Bull and of Canada Chet, of Beaver Lake." Who is Canada Chet!" The great Canadian trapper, who takes many skins each year. He, too. knows of the coming of the pale-face youths, and swears to drown them if he catches them near tbe great village of the Beaver." We ll, l e t him drown. We've hear

4 Canada Chet. the Counterfeiter Chle said a stalwart young buck, who was clad In the unlfop of an under chief, but Mink Cap is a chief nearl,1 as as the great Sitting Bull, unde r whom be serves, and be cannot bow at the words of the Forest Lily." may the Demon of the Forest invoke his wrath upon you!" the girl cried, sharply. At this the red-skins seemed to shrink in terror, as if some poisonous r e ptil s had been dropped in their midst. The y shook their beads witq 11:uttural excla mation s "Tho words of the Forest Lily are stern iind re buking. Wb'\t would she have Mink Cap and lis warriors do!" the chief demanded, from across the stream. "Hazel Eye would have Mink Cap and his war riors give up this warfare a7ainst the two pale-faces, and return to their villageh' was the reply. "If the y disobey the Forest Lily, s e will surely invoke the wrath of the Woods Demon upon them. "Then it shall be as the Girl Ran1;1:er wills," Mink Cap replied. "The warriors of Sitting Bull sball return to their lodges, and snfi'er the pale-face dogs to escape." awhile. The first question we have b efore us, iswhatc,ball "'"do!" "Do? Why get back to sbn"!l, as lively as pol'S!ble and s c ull alon g cove r of the wood we can find a i;rood place to spend t'.1e nigbt.' I propose we go ashore, and tramp into the s e t tlement, yon der. There 011cbt to be some kind of protection tJwre, anvb'lwf" This was decid e d RS the best course to pursue, and pulling in to the nearest shore, they disembarked1 a n d their boat in a clump of bushes fr: nged the bunk. Tbeu, shouldering their rifl e s they f o llowed tho curving of the hke suore, until they re:icbed the selltlemei.t, which c onsisted o! some tllirty cabins, all built in unrler the shelter of the forest. It. was evidently a town for the purpose of produc ing lumber from the immense forests that stretchepearod; then she turned her eyes upon Hal shop, besides the steam saw-mill, which was running and De.Te Laam, who had resumed their seats in the at full blast. skiJf. "J,et's go in here and see how savor," Ht. "The pale-faces are at liberty to go now, and bad snid, and they accordingly entered the "Choppings best make the m6st of the oppJrtunity," she aid, Hotel." 7 wavi11g her fair hand down the rt'e e!" "The red!!; '"'ltS a rough, !11-construcood apartment whic]\ man is as treacherous as the tarantula ot the : t much time rusty stove, around which lay numerous quids of to thank ye now, but we'll make up for it, some tobacco, and several tables and rough stools, com other time." prised tne furniture, unless we mention the individ" Haze l Eye asks not for ttanlrs ot the pale-ual behind the bar. faces." was the reply, ant'I waving h e r band, she He was a rawboned, repulsive-looking wretch wheeled her horse ab3ut ii,ud rode away into the wil-with his sle eves rolled to l:iis elbow, and siili=t derness. open at the hairy throat-a man with bloated face, "Now for a grand get up and get I" said Hal, bloodshot eyes. and matted hair and beard, so ugly seizin:\' and locking bis '>ars while Rig Track push-as to cause dhe to shudde r to look at him. ed olf from the shore against which the boat had He was smoking a grimy pipe, which be condedrifted. sce nded to remove in order to stare insolently at the "It we get caught again, it sba'n't be our new-comers. fault." Hal stepped up to the bar independentlv an1 moSeizing the oars, both laid to with a will, and the tioned tor Big Track to follow bis example. ski!f shot along out into the deep silent etream like Come, old covey, dish us out some good cigars an arrow. he said, reaching in bis pockets for money. "Give Over the waters they glided, swiftly keepiqg a us best you've got, nO\V." lookout on either side for red-skins. For, had not "Hain't got none," was the gruff reply. Haze l Eye said as much as that,an Indian could not "Got any soda-water, then?" be trust e d? 0 Nary." They kept on it wa. about the hour of sun"Any champagne, for luck?" set, when they suddenly found the river merged "Nary." into a lake l e t of several miles in \vidth-a glasy "Any wine, then?" sheet of, whose banks were locked with dense "Nary." forests of What in the deuce have you got?" To tbP northern side of the lake, a score ot cabins "Whisl
PAGE 6 Ch..,i. t.lle Countert"eiter Cmef. __ "A.. eucbe. '-deck," allowed the individual behind the bcr1 !luite suddenly, as if the bright idea l::ad struck rum as auspicious at this point of the interview. 'Worse and worse!" growled Dave. "See here, you blear-eyed Muldoon I haven't you got any bread, JDeat, or cheese. or milk, or-" Got swill," was the only answer. "Well, what in the name of Jupiter Pluvius is S'l'l'ill, then?" "Swill is milk," deigned to answer the host, loftily. "Well. then, trot us out several quarts, and let us sample it," Dave ordered, over;ioyed at the prospect of appeasing the cravings of bis voracious ap11etit e "Hold up. Don't be so fast I" Hal cried. Let's see bow much the old galoot asks for bis swill." "A dollar a drink, an' dog cheap at that, i vouchsafed the proprietor. "I should say Track growled. "Go ahead and fetch us some. The man shuffled oft and was gone about an hour, during which time O\ .' yonLg voyageurs bad to amuse themse lves as b est tb.,y :o uld. "What has become of the cbup!" Dav" demanded at last. "Ten to one he's fallen asleep, while on his errand." "No. here be comes at last," Hal replied; and sure enough, the proprietor of the hote l entered, carrying two ten-quar' pails brimming full of fresh, foaming milk, wliich he deposite d upon the bar with a huge grunt. '.' yer money," he ordere d, relighting the gnmyp1pe. "You be blowedl" growled Dave. "Where are our drinks of milk?" "I'll alb" tbnr's two on 'em on the counter. W'at more d'7e want?" the host said gruffly "You don't call the bucketfuls d1'ink s do ye?" D ave gasped. The voyageurs didn't wait long to bandy words, wns provided with a lip for straining and pouring purposPs. and glu in g their own lips to thi s, each }Ollth IJeg-an to drink. And they drank and swal lowed, and swallowed and drank:. until they could hohi no moreJ when they r elinquished the n ozzles and comparea notes. Hal had emtied bis about a quarter of the way, w hile Dave bad accomplished a good half I The ind iv idual from behind the bar gave a grunt. H Why don't ye finish up?" "Look here, who is doing this?" Dave dema nded, puffing anJ panting from bis overgorge of the lacteal. "What d'ye take us for, anyhow? a pair of reservoirs. or a coupl e of Welland canals? I r.ickon we're the ones that is purty near finished n ow." Th P host chuckl ed audibl.v. "WPrry small capacity," b e observed, filling up kis pipe with pulverized weed. "Werry small ca pacity. Thar's them in this' ;ity as kin drink one o' them tin cups em'l'ty ten tiues, inside o' ten min utes by thcr moon.' uYou're a liar, anrl I'll bet on it. replied Hal; "or else this place is inhabited by human hogs" At this juncture loud voices wne hf'ard coming through the woods in the vicinity of the tavern. The host vaulted over thP bar, and peeped out of the door rather nervously. When be came b ack. be looked so grim that Hal and Dave involuntarily exchanged glances. "See liyar, young fellers be said, stopping in front of them. "I opine you've struck an unhealthy latitude. My name's a le!Jion uv honer in this yere town but I'm an old sinner ef Capt'in Canada Chet an' his gaing o cusses aln't p'intin' fer this werry shanty." "Well, what of it!" Hal Dayton demanded.'ve they got to do with ust", now, ye don't want ter let;em git hold on ye! ef ye bevn't a likln' fer a bit o' hemp, Piccadilly co lar style, an' an elevated limb." "You mean they'd lynch tis?" "Waal. I opine they would. Least"ise, er y e .couldn't lick twenty on 'em, tbet would be yer fate. Ye see as how Canada Chet purty much runs this byar town, an' be don't allow no immigration, you bet. I He sez he's got them picked out as he wants, and none others will he have. Now providln' ye wanter escape him, how much'll ye pan out ef 1 hide ye till he gits gone?" "How mucb.'11 you take?" "A hundre d dollars." Give you ten-that's every cent." "Agreed. Hurry up-they 're 'most !Jeer." Harry Dayton handed him a crisp United States X ., and then he l ed tbem behind the bar, where there were several barrels. Taking some keys from his pocket, be unlocked the heads of two ordina ry-looking barrels, and raised the m on invisible hingeH. "Git in lively," he growled, "and keep yernozzles ter th e r bung-hole, or ye'll smother." Then will yon let us out when danger is blPDn overt" '' Yes yes-get in." Both Hal and Phil obeyed, and soon were locked withln thei r queer places of refuge. And not a moment too soon; for the door was flung open, and a swarm of stogy-booted, long bearded and roughly-clad men burst into the room, and they heard a hoarse voice cry: ' H ere we aire, boys; but rippin blazes I where's the kids? Say, you Abe Hl)('ktr, wliar'a them stt angers t" CHAPTER III. THE DWARF DESTROYER-SITTING BULL. "CRAcK!"1 The echo of a rifl e report went booming throuirh the wild woodland. answered in the distance by a death-ye ll The time was night, and all nature SP.emed at r est, for a brooding silence hung over the woods, the waters and tbe prairie, which stretched away in a vast unbroken expanse, a few mil e s north of Beaver lake, beyond the timber. Luna, beaming in the heavens. sent a great flood of mellow, whitish li ght over l\1rther Earth. A man who bad been crouching in the edge uf the timber, arose to his feet, and wiped the barrel of bis title, with a rag. 'Ao"Otber red h e llion gone ter blaze s, kerslap," he chuckled. '"l'hat makes fifteen to-day, which ain't a werry bad averaj?e. T'll allow fer a pilgrim o' my status. Fif1een. Old Sitting But: an' yet I ken't git a bead on ye. Waal, thar's better times aeomi11g; an' ef thP.t ancient an' leetle Darwinian Old Anaconda. k1m't get at ye, tbe1: bull Unit e d Sti:.te& C o nst:.lou.11:.n bes gone ter slivers, an' no mistake. rn go out tbar an raise tbet p ei::ky warmint's ha'r, an then get back ter my nocturnaVroost. \Yonder w'at thet salamander war doin' out tbar. a-crossin' the prr.i r ie, anyhow, at this t im e o' mght? '8pect sum deviltry ar' afoot, anyhow, co sarn the'r red rictersl Ef evyer ther war a beast, bird or reptyle hate, et be an Jnjun." TbP old fellow said this fierce!;; as if in dead earnest He was something of a curiosity to behold, this little old scout, such as you wo uld not often stumblt' across very often in the Far West, u Wh e re men grow l a rge, Witb strength and courage great." He was a dwarf, not over four feet four, in bight, with strong, perfectly shaped limbs large. irony muscles, and a trunk of prodigious strength. In every way be was a perfect specimen of well-ripened manhood, except in hight, in which be wa<> l acki ng. His face was covered nead y to the eyes.,, itil which the shears bad reduce<;! to a harsh stubble: so


8 Canada. Chet, the Counterfeiter Chie t hat his glittering littl e orbs we r e all that lent his face any expression. He was clad ip a well-worn suit of buckskin, with a beaverskin rap upon bis head, and belt arou1;d his waist containing a curious assortment of ravo l vers1 scalps, ammunition, etc. H;s ri.fie was a Wmcbester repeater of the 1876 model, and hand somely mounted with silver, and a diamond muzzle sight. Ha slung this weapon to his back now, and stood for a moment gazing out ov e r the prairie, upon which tbe moon shed so grant! a flood of light. Away to the nort'-east galloped a horse-the rider les animal of the Indian the scout had dropped from his saddle. No other objwt was in view to mar the harmony of the beautiful scene, as it stretched away to the horizon. A smothered sigh escaped the little old man's lips, ud he turned and glance d around him. "Thar's danger afoot to-night f e r soinebody," he muttered. "I ken f eel it in my bones. I'll sail out an' see ter thet warminl's top-knot, an' then I'll take a scout toward old Sitting Bull's camp. Tenter one I'll drop another before I soar back." He aceordingly tbrew hims elf in the grass, and crawled out upon the prairie. Too old was he in the wisdom of the wilderness to sail boldly forth upon the prairie and run the risk of a fusilad a from tile timber, for a hundred of the enemy might have been concealed therein without his knowledge. He preferred stealth to risk, as the true scout ever does Stealthily he crawled along until be came to the where the savage. lay stretched out upon the prairie, stark and silent, a horribl' distortion of bis features evidencing the fact th1t he had died hard. As he gazed upon the s:ivage, Old Anaconda gave a littl e start of surprise. "It is F1rng Sitting Bull's herald," he '' thort et wasn't no common Injnn arunnin around loose in this fashion. 1'11 bet h e's carryin' sum news t e r l\Iary, an' mav I be stewed fer pie ef I don't find out about sum leetle gam With verv littltl compunction the

Cana.i:a. Chet, thE:l Counterfeiter Chief: 'I Knowest thou l! the Sioux chie! and the Canadian on terms of treaty!'' "No. 1 do not, know anything about it. I should sax not, though ... I bave been studying hard to-day. in magic," the 011 man muttered. Reat inghimseU upon a stool and gazing-abstractedly into tbe tire. I have !ound and solved many new points. I have worked won ders out of nothing, and now l e t them come I-let them come, T say, and I shall h e read for them I" "Fear not, grandp for no enemies will ever mo lest us hne in this sohtuue." Thou hast not the judgment of my older years, child, l know that thev will come-tbai tbey are e ven now the way." "It is only your con stant fear of them that drives you into the belief," the girl replied, removing her belt of weapons, and surveying herself in a cracked mirror that hung ag inst tl e wall. "Surely. you aM 0ut of their reach, as who would ever tbink of l ooking !or us h ere!" "The devil could easily find us, and Caspar Dayton would not b e ali e if he were not leagued with the cevil, curse him I" "Why should you fear hil!l, then!" Hazel Eye sail, with a laugh. "Everx one declares you an imp of His Satanic Majesty. The old man chuckled, then rem1ine d silent fo r timP; b t he spoke again. at. last: "Sitting Bull was here an hour before you arrived." sitti' g Bull!" the girl echoed, her eyes dilating "What brought him-flere f "That you might eaeily guess. He bas seen the grandchild of the l\!an or l\1aJ?iC, and fallen in Jove with her. He wishes to add her to the c0llectio11 of wives alreadr in bis wigwam, and offers many hides and horses. "And what did you tell him?" the beauty of the wil<> his con q ueror. But, ask me not whys and wherefores, now, for this brain of mine is full of magic-full of mystery," Hazel Eye made no r e ply. She was use d 'o the eccentricities ot this old of the N orth-use d to all his mode of liv ing, bi temper, bis s 'udi sand bis ravingR. Sometimes many people would have called him crazy, but she knew his moments to be due to excessive e or despondency. She had lived with him ner since he could re member-alone with him, bavm!? no companionship except his, his books and her horse. He bad edu cated t.e r in all that was desirable, but taught her to make no friends. She left bim now, sitting over bis tlre, and went out into the wood at t''e edire of the lake. had fallen. and although the moon was ris ing m the it was comparatively dark in the timbe r and upon the Jake. ding upon the sliore. "he gozecl across the 'silent sheet o! water toward the Cbopi:ings, where sevnal liirhts twinkled dimly. .. I wonder if the VOUll!! Sf rangers arrived safely over sbe mU.rn1ured. u I am afraid dange r has befallen them for they are so unused to this life 11 wonder what brought them this wild unset-tled country f" She stood pondering ovel" the events o f the da,v, when sl:e was suddenly ai oused by a hand bemg laid her shoulder, g lanciug h astily up s h e saw a painted Indian standing c lose beide hrr. She shuddered, for she r ecognized h>m as Sitting Bull _ CfJAPTER J V FrrTINO BULL'S TBHEA.T-AMASA THAT Hazel Eye was startled and alarmed was n<* strange. Since tee coming into the Briti

8 Ca.nada. Chet, the Counterfeiter Chief. silent waters of the Jake. "I must save them, for he would kill them without merc,t, should be get upon their tracks. n Searching along the bank of the Jake, she soon came upon a light skiff rocking idly in the water. Casting off the thong lashings, she sprung in and s e ized the oars. Another moment, and the boat was skimming along over the water, headed toward the Choppings. __ To return to the dwarf scout, old Anaconda, whom w e left upon the prairie beside the dead savage. Not long did he remain there. Crawling bac k to the edge of the forest, he paused and listened intent ly. He was a little uneasy. A strange silence seemed to be brooding over all nature, more than was usual, even at the d ead of night. The moon shed down a spectral wind eve n had lull ed, and scarcely a leaf qmvered. "Something-'s up!'' the dwarf mutte r ed. "I've red-skins as sure's I'm an anti Injun lovy.,r. Ther varmints ar' 'broad in bi!>'. numbers. a-wahin' f e r sumtbin'. But I can't wa1t t e r botherwi' many on 'em, fer ef them Owon folks ar' in sad tribulations. It' s high time this old projectile o' thunder and war about." Unslinging his rifle, he held it in readiness f o r in stant use, and then st:> le silently away into the edge of the wood. keeping the prairie not far to ills left, and working along in a southerly direction. Each step was one of stealth, as light as the foot fall of a cat, ,l\nd the little p eering eyes of the Dwarf Destro}'\lr were watchful on either side. Sometimes be would make a wide detour, to escape crosqing a bar of moonlig t that streamed down through an opening in the branches above. In this way he procAeded for a half-bour, or so, when b e suddenly came to a halt, and crouched be hind a fallen l og. Just ahead of him, not moi'e than a dozeil yards distant. a tall s<>vage stood in a moonlit spot, in an attitude of listening. H e was a n:>ble specimen of the wild red-man, and was armed with a. breech-loading ritle and a. knife. The first supposit ion or Old Anaconda, was that his approa.cb had been discovered, but a moment of listPniug film to the C\::>ntrar.Y. Afar off in the woods catn'e the echo of a loud voice. pitche d at a high key, sine;ing that National old en-time song "Yaukee Doodle." the individu:d was, he was evidentl.v a tranger in the lanl of the great North, where life ofttimes pays the forfeit of death for penetrating t .hose solitudes. The vocalist was not particular, evidently, as to the selections with he treate d his audience, tor he speedily branched off into the soul -ct ; .rring ballads Capt. Jinks" and the" Girl I left behind me.11 The r ed-skin seemed to enjoy the primitive c on c e rt, for ills necK was craned forward in the di rec tiou of the sound, and his eyes fl"leamed wickedly. Old Anaconda, from his cov ert. watched him, with a grim smile koeping his however. in iustant readiness. "The varrntni' cac'rylates, ns how he'll bev ther pleasure o' raisin' thet feller's cap-sheaf. what be singin' like & black, double-headed night-in-gale, over yonder Wonder who in Lord Harry he ar', anyhow? Sum greenhorn frum out' in tber States, I'll bet my shirt on't. Ho-! hot bow beanchiful thet warmint thar would skulp him, Pf the r Dwarf warn't around Jest see his muscl0s work, as tho' he war goin' ter hev a reg'lar F uurth o' July celebration out o' tber greeny. But, poor, delu forward, w Ith stealthy motion, his snarp eyes &learning wickedly. Rising from b ehin d the log, Old Anaconda glided noiselessly after him. For some time-the steal tbi' chase continued, Ana conda gaining all the timp, until he was within easy reach of the slrulking redsidu1 who was entirely un conscious of the proximity or the dread Dwarf De stroyer. Suddenly Old Anaconda raised hi s rifl e, and swung it over his head with a lightning movement, and the heavy barrel dealt the unsuspecting savage a blo w beside the head that sent him crashing like a log to the ground. The next minute the a g ile scout was astride his body; his flashing knife did the deadly work, and tore the scalp from the red-skin's crown. hone more!" he muttered, hoar.:3ely, as be arose from the ground, and stole a way through the forest, "and still not enough. Were the whole cussed race o' red hellions dead, it would not pay for the wrongs I and others have suffered." A few moments of swift but silent walk brought him t o the edge of a small open glade i n the heart o f the forest, whence came the sounds o f song. A glance explained all. \ In the center of the glade was a roaring fir e built beside a dry old stump and ssatz d upon a log in close proximity to the fire, was tho author o f the singing, who had now branched eff into the current epidemic-' Whoa Emma!" In o n e word he was a Yankee. Th;..: was e".ide nced by a jack-knife in his hand and a JJi""" of pine, which he was whittling. H was a long, lank, bony individual, with an ideal Y anlr'le face, buttermilk eyes, a large mouth, and hair and chin whiskers of a fiery reel hue. His make up corresponde d with the invariable newspaper etchin;:s of Uncle Sam, from the white plug liat to the striped breeches and swallow-tailed coat. A rusty musket with powder-horn and bullet. pouch constituted his only weapon or d efense while a wild hawk roasting by the flames evidenced the fact that he was not disposed to starve, even if he had to resort to the meaner fowls of the air. Old Anaconda gaz d at film keenly for a moment, then a smile hovered about his lips. "A regula1', downright, out an' out Yank," he mutt,orecf, with A chuckle. "''\Tonderwhc>be is, an:yhowf Ten to one he's as ignorant as Cain, an' a big coward. Jest fer beans, I give him a test." 1 Slinging" bis rifle to his back, the scout got upon hii> hands and knee s and crawled stea!Lhily out irto the glade toward the stranger, whose back turned on him. Never did the Dwarf Destrover move with more caution tban now, as be crawled a long. A cat could not have moved with l ess noise. Fully ten minutes were consumed in reaching a position directl y b ehind the Yankee, who kept on and w bittlini< and singing. u Gosh, tho', but i t ar' rutber lonesomei u p hyaf, seems to m e," the whittler mutter Pd, as he gave t.b& fir e an extra poke, thereby sendiug a shower ot sparks, heaven w9.rd. I don't reckon I'd like it beer, ter live fer good. I'd rutber be back in Michi gan, every tim!J. But then. I ain't doin' ba

Canada. Chet. the _Coanterfeiter Chie 9 The scout had, before rising to a standing position in the rear of the Yankee, tied a cord to the bloody scalp he had so recently torn from the head of the red-akin: this he suspended upon the end of his rifle barrel, e.nd slowly lowered tbe repulsive object l;>efore the eyes of the man from Michigan. The frightened m a n made one leap without look ing around, and clt:ared both the fire and the stump, striking' the ground only to fall flat on his face, where. for a full minute, be lay trembling and pant ing from fright. while, on the other side, Old An& c.onda was rolling arou.nd 'on the ground convul:>ed with laughter. H earing this noise, the Yankee final ly arose and ventured around the fire, when the old scout a.rose with a huge grin. "Gosh all fried cakes I" the man from Michigan ejaculated, surveying tbe dwarf-scout, criticn lly ; "Who be you, Cap? 'Pears to me ye're a casted little cuss ter hev whiskers on ye." "Big enough ter skeer the fits out o' you, tho'," Anaconda snorted. "Great hatchet o' Washington I but you war skeert, tho' I Went kitin' over thet stump like as ef all the divils in purgatory were at your heels." "Pshaw I I warn't skeert a bit." protested th., man from Michig::m. snapping bis fingers. I know'd yon was behind me all the time, an' I jest got up 1het sarcus for the fun of it." "Git out! You warskeart ui' ter de'thl" declared Old Anaconda. "Who be ye?" "l' m Amasa Scroggs, from Kalamazoo, Michigan." was the reply. "Kerwhnopl thet settles it. Never see' a man from Kalama.zoo yit who warn't afeard o' bis own sbadde r. But-" The Dwarf Destroyer did not finish bis sentence. for !It this instant a t horus of fierce yells resounded upon the night, and a swarm of painted savages sprung from the forest into the glade. And Sitting Bull beade d the gani; I CHAPTER V. INTO THE PEN. THE ruffian, Cano Ela Chet, evident]) Jeant bis de mand to be persuasive, for be acco. lpanied it with a broad oath. ">Vhar's them young Yanks as cum in hyar a. bit o' go?" be repeated, glarin g around like a wolt in search of some morsel of food. .. Show 'em to me, while I dissect 'em! Say, you, Abe Hooker, whar ar' them Yanks?" "Dunno. Hain't see'd any," Hook e r replied, innocently. "If ye mean them two young Henglish men, they've took their departure. Cum an' got a drink o' swill, an' then went off." "You're an unmitigate d old liar." Chet swore, l\ngrily. "You've got them cnsseo bid, au' I know it. Didn't I see them same J?ilgrims come in heer, an' don't I know the y didn t come out ag'in? You old !yin' thief. I b'lieve you've got 'em bid! Bo.vs. make a search for the m kids, an' I'll give a o' straight whisky to the galoot as will find This seemed to be a powerful inducement, f 0 r the wood-b&wks !'et to work turnin!! everything topsy turvy in search of the c o ncealed voyagers, whi1e Canada Chet grasped Abe Hooker by the collar and held a cocked revolver to his heart. He was a fierce-looking ruffian. tbfr, Canada Chet-a largelimbed, powerE:il in buckskin and armed t n the teeth, aurl. th> t1rnbodi meut of all the evils of passion and crime in the calendar. Tlie eyes were black and st.em; the mouth was large and sensual; the black mustache, that was nf ferocious s ize reminded one of the Neapolitan bri gands. He was a man one need not care to anger unless be was ready for an immediate row. With mde oaths his band of roue:hs hauled things about promiscuously in thA little bar-room. for Obey were all men after the captain's own type, and had no care for anything except plunder and adventure. "111y whisky-tber galoots will drink it all upl" H ooker groaned in anguish of spirit. es he saw the precious liquor flow freely down the throa\s of the ransackers. "So much tber better," Canada Ch e t ..aid. I t will l'arn ye in future to keep a better article fer bo1s. Who own1 this yere place any how. an' what Ar ye grumbling about? Ain't I boss hyrbouts, l'd like ter kno'P Ain't Canada Chet tber king o' this yere region-the monare:C o' all he survEys? Waal, I shouJa remark thet same." One of the searchers p;ave the ha rrel< a 'l'l'bir l out from behind tbe bar, and them tumblinl! to an other part of the room, where the y would be out of the wat. As he did so, a faint sneeze came to the ears of Canada Chet, ruod be uttered an ejaculative oath. "Whoa up t thars music bayr "be roared. "Take an ax an' knock ther hoops off1m them barrels, jest fer fun, an' let's see if we k en't find a couple o' fugi tives. Oho! Hooker, you are no good at stowing away precious freight." "Swow to gracious. J didn't stow notbin' away. Ef anybody's in them bar'ls, they got in on tber sl y while I was out a-milkin'I" the tavernkeeper aver red stoutly. The Canadian only smil e d, l(rimly and watched the men -assail the unoff e ndin g barrels. Wit b a:res and other sharp-edged tools they drove the hoops off, and then knocked the staves apart. And there, in cramped positions, were the two r.oun adventurers from Ottawa. They were speed Jly hauled out. by ready bands, and held up before Canada Chet. for thev were too weak from semi-un consciousness to starid alone. The wood-ruffian surveyed them critically, an ugl y expresPse bull British Possession s, I do. an' ary l!'aloot as kicks against my monarky, he gits a bu'sted bead. \ \ho said contrary?" demanded Dave, independ ently. "No one, younker, an' ye needn't be so sassy, nutber. Mebbe ye hedn't brerd o' my e nl(agement t e r be married to Queen Victoria, soon? Waal, it's a fac'. 1het same. But ye hain't told me w'at fetch ed y e beer, cusses on ye!" "That ein't the finish of it-we ain't a .goin' to, neither!" retorted Hal, in the true border language. "It ain't none o' your business what fetched u 1 heer!" Ho I h o I we shall see if it ai,n 't I" the Ca 1 ... 1dia n cried anJ?rily: "we shall see <>f IJanada Cl1e. ain't: boss o' this y ere bemisfeer. Fetch 'em along, boys, ter tber pen!" Aud the 1 uffian turned toward the door, but step. ped back with a growl of "Stop I a stern voice cried, and H aze l Eye. the quPen of the woods, stepped boldly throu11h the open doorway. and confronted the chief. Stop, Chet Howard, unles< you would provoke the wrath of the l\Iae;ician of the North." The ruffian chuckled horribly. 'Once the old bum bug, of the lake shore yonder, held power over me, but I've eluded his devilish spell. I no lon ge r fear him, or any other pilgrim tbet stands in boots." Rut you fear me!" Hazel Eye cried. "You dare otdisobey me." "And why not, pray, my pretty bird of the forestP Ho'V do I fear you?" "I will tell you." Hazel E_ye said, stepping towam him. Then lowering her voice to a whisper, she uttered two words-a sinJ?le name, and then @82.ed at hl!n with a triumphant laugh.


10 C a n ada C'he t the Coun t erfiter F o r h e had leaped bl\Ck wit'1 a frightful curse, his usuall y red face grown as white as death. "Devils seize youl" he gas)'ed, with a shudder. What know you of-of-" I know enoup;h to assure you that you have run nearly to the end .;f your halter; t .at your hour of d oom is gradully but surely approaching I" "An' yA dare er imagine thet I'll surrender up, these two yomkers on tber streagth o' thet name! he demauded, with a l ee r. "I think you w"ill find it to your advantage to do so-yes, E ye r e pli e d, coolly, as she toyed with the hilt of her revolver, "Then, I ken t e ll yt>, I won't do nothin' o' the kind I" the Canadian A wore, pushing h.r rude ly aside, and b olting through the door. "Cum erlong, b'yee1.;, an' fetco 'ar younkers.,. 'i>he ruffians obeyed thefr commande r s orderJ and Hal DayllOn and Bi'l" Track Dave were force a lon:;: out or the tavern into the town. H 1zel Eye exchanged glances with the m, and then -darted along into tile forest out of sight. '!'be hearts of the two fairly sickene1 with dread. They bad l ooked upon the strange and beautiful gir'. of the wilderness as being able to ef fect their rescue ag-ain; but it now s e emed that h e r powe r over the ruffi ms had failed and so they doomed to be huoler of the two, for he had long since learned to master his fe e lings and to con trol hio e motions. Hal, on the other band, was usally gay nnd careless spirited when his sun shone brightly, b>1t gloomy and when it was in unr l e r a. c loud. 0 l guess we'd better make an uncour litiona.1 snr. rende r i f so be th:>t we can, and if we gat a chanca we'll ski'l back for Ottawa," he said as they forced in n )nP to'l gen""l e a ma'lner. u l'< l rather have a1other c0ursa through college, than mnch more of rhls life." D:.ive l a11gh1d. "'You're :.{'e1;i n6 we3.k,"h) s1id; ''no useot r.ha+;. They can't mure than butcher us and callillbalize our "Yon don't b e lieve they'd do such a. thing, do you?" Hal asked, in alarm. "Of cour"e n 1t. you I But wait, we shall see mnre t ba.n we care to. no doubt." They narchel t .Irough th9 forest vil lage by the rougb3, wi:Jo were headed by Canada Ch e t. The r ough citizns an'.! their families stood iu the doonvays of t!leir cabins, making no effort to stop th e noct11rnal procession. for afraid w e r e tbev of tile C 1n vli>ln rufil in anl his b:>ckers. Many n time h e had proven him,elfa bu.nan brute a.nd an I t!J d p eop b h ,1c1 \lim in awe F u r h e ow1Pd all the irr woi c h they d v e lt, an I supplied th m witll work at th1 great mill which y early turne J 0 1t mil Hons of feet of lumb0r that was rafted do""' into t h e s'tlennnts, ofttime3 dnwn intn th3 Unite 1 Therefor. thes' citize a chss com 1ose I mainly of half-br aed.., B!1c l K1.nucks, were in no ways eage r to rais'3 a. band against the man who was the means of the ir sup;:nrt. H a l aod D1ve t'i& faces of these peopl a, as ttiy were hustlr l al::mg-, but c o uld n 1 t one expre3ion or pity there. They were rou character a s citizens. How sumdever, you've cum in hayr, a-pryin' a.bout, an' W13 don't all 1 w no heer, I'll allow; so we'll give ye a lash a.piece and set ye ter work." The lash was administered by a power f ul arm, and cut a gash in eacil of ta.e vo yal!'eurs' backs, but they refrained from expre,smg their pmn In words. They wer.i now unbound, and take n Into an ad j oining r oo n. on entering Yhich, the noise of clank in2' m 1chin c ry reached ttl e ir ears. The bandazes were now removed from the i r eyes, a.nd they gazec l about them in wond e r It took but a glance to t e ll the m that they were in a counterfeiter's d e n on the outskirts of civil ization. Cana.d.a Chet, h aving motioned his m e n t o retire, sttJod watching our youngadventurers. Tlie room was a large on>, and li gbtod by lamps set in refi"c
PAGE 12 Chet, the Counterfeite r Chief. l1 0 You see the sorter man who bosses you," he said grimly. "lf you obey and work, all k erect; ef ye don't, he' ll cut ye open. Your work will be ter turn th et stampin' machine, bour 'bout, until a new recruit is nabbed, when you will be put at some tb jng else." Tben turning on his heels, the King o f the North left the roqm, locking the door after hlm. We are doomed to imprisonment for lite," Hal whispered. "Nots'>" Dave returned. "Keep quiet; do as you ,..r,., 1old and we will outwit them yet. Take couraj?' CHAPTER Vt. A SCRIMMAGS:-THE HEAD. THAT was an unenviable situation in Which O l d ;_ naconda and Amasa Scroggs wP-re placed. Both saw th'l Indians simultaneously, and ooth were not il littl', alarmed. Had there been but a few of them, thP dwarf would bav" had more hopes; but they numbe red full a score, and were led on by the great chief, Sitting Bull. 011 Anaconda gave Amasa Scroggs a keen glance, a suspicion arising in bis mind that this same mau from Kalamazoo might be some treacherous rene gade, whom Sitting Bull had placed out in the woods as a decoy. But it r equired only one glance to dissipate this thought, for Scroggs was as white as a ghost, his knees knocking together and bis teeth chattering in affright. Oh I ..Lordy-J erusalem I Holy Moses I" he gasp ed. endeavoring to get behind the Dwarr Destroye r "Ob, Jewbitta k r Jimminy I what shall w e do? obi what shall we do?" "::lhet your p o rt-bol e. an' w e 'll do ther best we kin, shoot me f e r a fiddler ef we won'tl" Old Ana conda repU ed. "Can ye shoot?" "Yas; I kin plumb a squar'l every time at a thou san' yards," Amasa assured, hr pefully. Tben cum behind ther fire bayr, an' when I fir e you fir e an' don't waste a pin's head o' l ead on any thing but a J?rea s y red-skin. D'ye beer?" "Yas; I'm with ye, heart an' scalp!" the Yankee ,'eplied, with grim humor. The two m e n leaped hastily behind the protection of the smoke which arose from the fire, and held their guns r eady for rough work. "Lordy I wbat awful-looking chaps!" Amasa muttere d, gl mcing around the stump at the craft1ly approacbing fo emt n "Phew I what would Sally say ef she could &ee me now? She all us sed I'd never tlgger nor make a general. Bet a quarter o' beef I can make a 8Cattt>rin' among the m chaps over yancle r I Reais rifle agaiu flew to his shoulder, with that ra pidi y of aim and fire of him But this time his bullet went wic!e of the mark. "W e l, they're gone I" he muttered, as the last r ed skin disappeared under the cover of the forest. "Ttn next worl!: is 1 o raise the scalps of them out yontle r but tbet job'll bev ter be postponed fer tber present. I opine we'd better git fer cover ourselves." ''Lordyl Jerusnlemi Injuns tbar," Amasa said, in a larm. "Guess I d on't want to git my scalp r::tis""" li.: ye ain't particklar about hevin' it appropriat ed, ye'd better cum nlong wi' me" .Ana9 nda r e plied. "What aire y e doin' out in this country, ll.DY bow, Slab-sides?" "Lookin' fer a job, '' was the rf\ply "Kuo;r tv anvbody as wants to hire a cheap hand?" ''What kin ye do?" "Wal, I kin 'most c!o anything, though I'll n.l -,-. I'm tbar when ye cum t e r hoein' pertaters, bmk.: corp or chop pin' wood." "Do you know how to lift the i;a'r frum the t p knot uv an Injun ?,, "Obi Jerusalem, no! Y e don't mean t e r say as you could bev ther heart to clo sech a thing?" Waal l'll allow, few know bow any better'n yeiuncl e! the Dwarf D estroyer replit d. "l've got enou'lb sculps up at my roost to make a fancy b t d quilt.' ''Jewhittaker! what would my gal, Sally, say. ef she war tr.r bee r ye s a y sech a thing? Folks a i n't. u s d ter such quils out, in Kalamazoo "Kalamazoo be hanged I" Anaconda grunted. "Cum erlong, e f ye're goin' ter sail in my ship. !1 's high time we war skinnin' out o' this.,, Taking an opposite coure from that taken by the reel-skins they hurried into tbe woods. H ere o\ct Anaconda tlucw himself upon the ground and pressed hi s ear thereto. H e arose directly, and there was an anxious ex pres>l o u upon his features. "Thar's heaps o' tber red hellions In tbe r wood," he said, pr.erin g keenly around in all directions; "en consequentJy thsr's work for ther old De>troyer. I'm goin' ter Sittin' Bnll's village ter rescue ther Owens, ef they've been tuk thar, a-

Ca.nada. Chet. the demandec. . npatiently. "Time is slrulp s wi' me, an' l can' t afl'o rd to be foolin' about lon g. ''Guess I'll stay h e r e," the man fro m Kalamazoo at Jast dec ide d u It's six o' one a.n' h alf a d o z e n o' t'otheriw' ich place I stay. Lordyl I w ouldn' t go "tar an niun village no quicke r n I'd bite my owo bead off " Wbich, j edgin' frum ther size o' yer fly -trap, you are perfec tly a ble t e r do, the D estroyer r etorted, with a i;rin. "Waal, g ood-by ter y e I Look out f e r yer ba1r. a n tak e m y Christian a d vice an' shuts e v ery red skunk y e git a p o p at. Tell_ye w'at I'l!'do1 Yankee D oo d l e I J est you dro p that Sittin' Bull, an raise b i s hair, an' I'll giv e y e enoug h sculps ter put with i t t e r make ye a hunting shirt-will, by gtJm I" Git eout l I wouldn't do sech a thing. What would Sally say?" "Sally &a h<\n g e d I Luk out f e r yer nate r a l wig, now, an' don l e t no r e dskin rais e ti" And \vith t h ese injunc ti ons the eccentric dwarf scout hurrie d away into the f o r e st. <>f the in his imme di a t , vi c inity; n o n e w ere in whi c h wa s to bim as g ood as a bl e ssin g. "Wo nd e r whar I'd best ske d addle t o a n y how ? h e soliloquized. Guess I'll go S o u t h and see what I flud t h ar." 'J.'aking fro m his pocke t a c ompass, h e located the desired direction anJ set o ff. It might n o w b e obser ved that he was m ore .cautious in bis m o v e m ents and tha t b e b etrayed some of the peculiarities o f the s cout by adva n c in g stealthily, a n d k eepi n g a sharp watch out 6n eithe r hand. I n this way h e tramped f o r s e v eral h ours, whe n h e finall y p a usd t o find himself at the edge of t h e sam e g l ad e i n w hi c h b e and Old Anaconda h a d fou ght t h e 'battle with t he Ind i a n s unde r Si t tin g Bull Y es, t her could b e n o doubt o f it. fo r t h e r e was srumn in t h e cent e r o f t h e m oo nli t i: Ia.tll-shaped thing, w h a t -ev e r i t might be, a b out the size o f four men's beads p o f his speed CHAPTER VII. A WSTORY OF THE l P E N "-THE SC HEMER HAL n.n d Dave L:tnm w ere s e t to work at tbe about a n bour afte r t heir ar r i v a l. And t h e brut!L l g uard, L e G a r o was on b a n d with. h is w hi p wf>ich h e see m e d t o take de li g h t in playin g ove t the backs of the offe n ders. nave turne d t h e c rank a t tache d t<' t he stamp i n g machine whil e ono youtl1 o f nin e t een or t we n : y had in t h e a lloybox, coming fort h from u nde r t h e dies, the d e nominatio n s and fifty c ents a nd t h e stand:trd doll a r. T h e wor k for ou r young voyru;etr was v e r y h ard. and tire s o me, but hP stuck t o it, d eter m ined t o s u ff e r rathe r than r e c e ive a b l ow from L e Garo's whi p H al's machin e for the pl'in t in o f b ill s was less hard to manao;e, and therefore the w o r k al l o t ted to hi m wns comparative l y e a s y a the press w a s fed by ao o ld, g ray-hai red "'"n o f sixty y ears, whose fo r m wa! bent, a n d han4s loni:r and bony. One of the r u l e s o f the e s abli hm e n t was t h a t no n e o f t h e s l aves were t o spak t o [ each of h e r dur i nir worki n g hours, und e r p e n alt. v of a h s h fo r each a n d ever y word spoke n T his was even m t l r e torturP t o our vo11ng" than tho ugh t h P y w e r e not r.Ilowe .i to bl'en.the fo r t h e two privi l e ges we r e to H

Canada Chet, the Counterfeiter Chie& 13 Here they were locked in, to make the best of their time until their turn again arrived. Milk and roast fowl were upon different tables in liberal installments, and the overworked slaves made hasty work of it. Dave and the young man who f e d bis press, and Bal and his aged assistant, chanced to occupy one table and accordingly opened a verbal acquaiut lnces bip. The young man's name was Harry Reynolds whil e the elder slave rejoiced in the cognumen of Al ex. Watchman, After they bad talked over the situa1 ion and their prospects for some time, the o l d man said: "No; there is no hope of getting out of here, as long as the d e n is in exllitence T e n long years have 1 served here, and during that time I have never seen one unguarded avenue of escape-not one I Everything is locked, barred, or As you may have imagined, this is one of the greatest counterfeiting dens in America-ay, I may add in the world. .A.II of the dies are so nearly perfect tl1at it requires the mo; t experienced expe1 t to detect the bogus money fro m the genuine. The coins are of nniorm weight with silver. Of the s ilv e r pieces we..piannfacture and p rfect about a,. hundred dellars per day, whih of the pape r we iAsue from one to ten thousand per week the denominations being on e two and five dollar bills. N one of large r tlg-ure b e ing issued, because it is these larger bills that the of this cur-rency abroad on the market," Hal said. "Yes, there l$. Some banks ma:y: have larg-e amounts of our 'queer' in their possession. unaware of its beillll:" bogus. Th<" most of it, however, is cir culated through th,, extreme West-in the mines and cattle regions, where expert detecters are less frequently met. And the same man never distri butes the second time, in one locality, except In dis guise." H ow often is this 'queer' shoved upon the ma1ket?" Once a month three m!'n. armed with numerous disguis e s, start out, and their three predecessors come in ." "'Yero nny of these circulating mediums ever caught?" "Yes, ou several occasions, but they always iied rnum." Can&da Chet I suppose, then, is the owner, and consequently the one whom the business most beneHts." "On the contrary, I am led to be!ie.-e that the 1Canadi11.n and bis employees are merely tools in thR servic e of a ring of greater rascals, who have their head-quarters in the East-men who have made their fortunes and who have occupied at various times, nod may yet r e tain. high offices unde r both the Danadian and United St.ates Governments. Probably the world at l a rge knows not llow much counterfeit money they are daily h11.ndling." COuld not these leaders be implicated and brought to jug tice, think you?" Certainly not, for who could pic k out the guilty mes except those who belong to the ring-a brother hood that ne"er betrays?" "Is it not until lately that you began the manu of bills, eh?" About n year ago." Wh ere do the steel engraved plates and pape r 1.::ome from?" "Originnlly from Washington; but previous to 1 reachineus they trave l thousands of miles out of direct route. in charge of a sharper employed by 'jl1ering. "How have you l?arned all tWs?" "It would be hard for you to listen to a r !'cita l of h ow, by degree s I have picked up my information. T e n y ears have been consume d in tl1e tak." Harry R ;vnoMs was a good lo o king young fellow, and an eIIJoyable companion. He hall b e e n cap tared, a year before, while trapping aJong Beaver Lake, with a party of seven others-he being the only one to escape the massacre at the hands ot Canada Chet Several hours of conversation ensued: thn all bands s ought rest upon the cots, preparatory to going on duty the eoming e vening. Dave and Hal were in somewhat better spirits for their new companionship, although they each heartily wished themselves back in their comfortable homes in Ottawa. Th eir ch"' o ( escape, however, appeared remote, --Canaaa Chet !:.:'l a cabin of his own, not far from the" pen." where he usually spent bis nights, waited upon by a ba!f{>reed lad. On the morning foJl o wlne; Hal and Dave's incar c eration, the King of the North, as he was known among his intimates, sat smoking before hie door, when a man rode leisurely up and dismounte d. He was a stranger in town, and Canada Chet eyed him narrow Iv without speaRing. A man of some flv e -and-fort v he was, with a portly form and florid countenance, which was for the most part coveN'd with a long, heavy growth of brown, glossy beard. The end of his nose was colored, and about his e.i;es was a com bined expression of cunning, evil and the effects of dissipation. He w11s dressed in citizens' 1?arbt with a Derby hat upon bis band, as he paused and oowed before the Canadian. "Do I behold the Right Honorable Mr. Chester Howard? be demanded, In effeminate toneD. "Yas, I reckon that's me," the ruffian grunted. "What in thunder d'ye want, snybowf" "That is easy to explain, after we arrive at the subject," was the reply. M v name is Casper Dayton: an uncle, by the way, to one of the two boys'Jou took into your ser vice last night. I want to buy those boys-or, rather, one of them, my nephew, trom y o u." "They ain't fer sale," Canada Cbet growled, flerc e lv. "I opine you're on the wrong trail, pilgrim.' "And I'll allow that I am not," the other rerlied. "Just listen to me for a few m oments and will convince you to the contrary. I have a little story to relate, which I believe will prove interesting to you. "To bell"in with, I am the youngelit of three sons,. of a family of giintle blood named Dayton. My paternal relative was at one time a millionaire in the city of New York. Of course, to make my family history complete, must be one black sheep iu the hock, and I was the one. At an early ae;e I was a disgrace to my proud family in many different ways, and was summarily kicked out into the world. My father and eldest brother finally left for the upper world, on an exploring expedition. and I being in prison at that time for burglary, the whole wealth was made over to my brother, who now lives in Ottawa, Canada. "The property lies in New York State, and is all bis, except one dollar, which I can claim at any time I choose to go forward, and risk being arrested as a forger. Ha! ha I Ohl you see am familiar to every phase of crime-a heart-hardened wretch, my father denominated me on his death-bed. Now, then, all the human individuality that stands between me and that estate is this brother, and his son, not ano1her h ei r being In existence. The r efore, I have ferreted the w bole matter out, trailed the lad here, and now wish to purchase him, for spot cash. The old gent is on his way hither, I understand. but I chanced to get. In ahead of him." "An' so ye want the boy, bey?" Canada Chet in terrogated, regarding hi visitor sharply. What would you do with him t" "Take care of him, so that he would nevel' lay a


14 Canada Chet, the Counterfeiter Ohle. claim to the Dayto1:1 i.:iheritance," the schemer re plied, significantly. Also, he should be so silenced as to never betray your secret." "My secrets I" the Canadian grunted. "Yes-the secrets of the 'pen,' yonder, as you call it. He shall never cough aloud even." Why I how in thunder did you ftnd out that the pen had any secrets?" Canada Chet demanded, sus piciously. "Ob I that's all right. If you want tQ know how, find out. I not betray you, nor shall I unwittingly betray myself." "Cuss it! who aire ye?" Ca1'per Dayton at your service.,, "Why not l eave the lad whar he ar'P He'sin safe qarters, I 'ii b e t I" "Not s1fe enough for my purpose. I'd rather see bim six fAet in under ground. He'd be surer not to troubl e me then." :: ... ''No-sfirai1?ht." "Ct\n't have the lad short o a thousal?J, durn ma ef re can!" the usual formality of knocking before she 0(."2 gain admittance. The old man was busy about hi labol'Uory, I n some new experiment, and spoke not until Baael Eye addressed him. "Grandpa, a new stranger has come to the woods.'' The old man started and wheeled upon her with a curious stare. A new man?" he interrogated, in evident sur prise. "Yes. and something tells me that he is the enemy you have so long teared." "Halba!Ihave madereadyfor him thenl"the magician said, \vith a chuckle. "Let him come. But the name-tbe name, Hazel Eye?" I& i s Casper Dayton." "Ab I then it is indeed the same!" he muttered, with a. groan, "He 8ball not surprise me, however, tor I will watch for bim-ay I I'll foil him I" "Grandpa, tell me of myself now-my life seeras more shrouded in mysWry tba.n ever.'' Fret not. Thou shalt know of thyself ere many moons," the old man mutte red, as be turned back to his magic. A thousand? That's rough I But give me time to consider, and I'll let you know later." CHAP rER VITI. H Do as ye please." THE INDIAN BEAUTY .A.NACONDA'S l{EW DEPA.ll'l'UR.2. I have thd freedom of the town, then?" AFTBR leaving Amasa Scroggs in the woods, O l d "Reckon ye do. was the curt response; where-Anaconda struck oll' to the nortb and strode swift-upon the Canadian arose and entered his cabin, and ly along in a direction which calculated would M r Casper Dayton mounted h is horse and rode bring llhn In the neighborhood of Sitting Bull's away up the Jake shore village. had scarcely l eft the cabin when a clump of The route was free from underbrush and he was buahes near the door parte d antl there issued ther e-enabled to make rapid progress, even though he was from the face and !orm of Haze l Eye. dwarfed. She gav e a hurried g lance around to note that her For the remainder of the nigbt h e t ramped steacli m ov e ments were u nperceived, after which she glid-ly along, withou t pausin g to rest-without relaxing ed on through the wood in the direction taken by his vigilance in the The woods had been his Dayton. home fo r, and woodc raft knew he by actual "Ire I s a b o l d, bad man and I can but think that expe11ence he is In some way connected witll grandpa"s trou-Toward morning he paused to drink of tbe cool b lea. H& would take the life of Chet Howard, I befresh waters of n bubbling spring, which spread out lieve, rather than not gt posse ssion of the hoy, in bis path. Then he w ent on all'ain until day had Hal. Such a man needs to be watched." dawned-the moon had fully hidden itself a.way, After riding on for a half a mile the schemer and the sun was shoving its face above the eastern Casper Da:r.ton, drew rein at the water's edge. and horizon dismounte Le 1ving his horse to crop the herbage, H 3 now came t o a halt on the edge of the timber, he drew from his !!Rddle bags a of wearing where it was met by a b eautiful stretch of undulat apparel p acnliar to an loclian chief, and donned it ing prairie. several miles in circumference. ovet bis citizen's garb. transforming himself into Before him lay the villafj"e of the great Sioux chief part of a full-fl edged Indian. He next r emoved the Sitting Bull, who, a fugitive from the land or his supera.bundAnce of hair from hi face, it being a ll birlh, had fled into the far North where American false, and procee:fo d to daub bis face with war-law had no control. paint, and ornament his bead-gear with a variety of The village covered something like five acres o f painted quill s 11.nd feathe rs. ground, and was surrounde d by a high wall of After be h ad thu$ arrave

Canada. Chet, the Countertelter Chle manysquaws In bis wigwam to wait upon bimsquaws of the red and of the white race, and squaws that were beautiful of face and form. For it was said that the old warrior had a true eve for beauty, and would have no squaws at the fir e side who were not prett.v and possessed of a moderate p.>1tion of intellectand education. It was to discover the tmth o f these reports that Old Anaconda particularly wished to visit the vii lage, The Owens were old friends of his, and if the chief had caused the gen tle nnd winniug Milly to be brought to rug wi g warn, the Destroyer's purpose it was to r escuP her. For some time he stoocl gazing down upon the village in which no life was visibl e on account of the high wall, except a few columns of white smoke which curled heavenward from the different lodge tops. The morning was one of exceeding beauty, for so I.ate in the fall. The sun rose as bright and warm out in the east as ln early and :ilooded the prairie and forest with b1illiant light_ Off upon the liorizon hung a haz<1; a gentle and in iark e d from the summit of their burrows, In vain did Anaconda watch for some si g n of life about the village which lay below him ii:. a flood of 1mnlight, but he was diappointe d. Not a sound nor sight, except the white spiral columns oi' smoke, ;inswered his patien t watch At last he glanced around nin. as if intuition bad warned him of the near presence o f somebody or uomething. His glance brought forth an ejaculation, 1'.or not three yards away was an Indian girl, half reclining upon a mound at the foot of a tre e en in working beads upon the moccasin she held fnoneband. Sue was the most beautiful creature, thought the be bad ever s a en, exceptin g none white Her complexion was of an olive tinge, the features lbeing as purely chiseled as if formed by the hand of 1>n olden-time sculptor, and the heal! admirably lOoised upon a graceful neck, which s lop ed down to 1i noble bust. and into the continuation of a form ll'hat was little less than perfection. Such a graceful, sylph-like fi.l(ure the dwarfed ncout had never seen before, and he regarded her in admiration, she evidently all unconscious of his pre sence. Her bair of a nut-brown hue fell to her waist in a cloud; the eyes and mouth were of sweet expression-the former in color like the hair and fairly in their power. She was clad ln a tasty beaded skirt, and waist partly open at the throat r e vealing the beautiful neck. The skirt was met below the knees by fancifully wrought l eg gings and mocca;;ins. No covering whatever was on the bead except a sort of coronet of feathers of many shades of the rainbow. If standing she would have been about the m ed.f urn bi!(bt of women, and as Old Anaconda thought, over and over again, tbe most beautiful embodiment of the opposite s e x he bad ever conceived. Resolved upon having a word with her. he ad vanced a few nace s until she looked up with a star tled exclamation, wben he doffed his hat and bnwed low She arose to her feet and retreated a few paces w!J.ere she paused, a scar ed, uneertain look in her wild pretty eves. And now more than b

16 Canada. Chet, the Counterfeiter Chle beaubltul tars. W" war in the third year o' our pros perit. y In our new home, and hedn't nevyer hed no trouble wi' tber red-skins, when sudde nly one day Sitting B 111 came to mr. cabin, during my absence, and murd.1red and mutilated almost beyond recOjj; nition my poor wife and sunny-haired baby! I r e turned home to find my cabin-home burned, and the scalpless bodies o' my wife an' child lying clos e at han1 An' thbt", over their bodies, I swore to have a Sioux sc;:ilp for every Grop of the preclou.s blood shed fr nn th ei r v eins God knows l have etrive n to make my promise!" An1 as he fini s h e d speaking tbe scout gazed at W1lr! Bird-te'\rs in l1is eyes. w e r sympathetic tears in her stai>ry eyes, for the yer's narratio:i had b en told with a peculia' touching pathos that stirred up the softer passions of ber wild, untutored nature. "Wild Bird's heart aches for the noble pale-face scout," she said earnestly. "and h e r anger is strong against tile Sioux. Si tting Bull is no warrior if he bas murrlered a weak and h e lpl es s bab9 Wild Bird despises him. She would die soon e r than to b n come bis '\ueen now. Her heart is with th,e whit9 Destroyer.' "Waal, leetle gal, I tbanlc you, and I recky you an' I can on as friends anyhow. Would the Wild Bird leave tbe vill,,.ge of the Sioux?" "Where would Wild Bird go ? She has no she could but wander in tb e fv1est, wller<1 her sisters of the air have their coverts. if some [>ale-face would to marry th3 Wild Bird, and t .ake h e r to with him in his C'.l.b in. would th' Wild Bird gJ, even though the pale face be dwarfed and not so handsome M many of his brothers?" An eager light shone from the beautiful maiden's eyes, an;! arising she a'.lvanced and knelt before the scou t, and kissed him uoon the forehea I. "Wild Bird S3.YS yes," she said, earnestly, h e !' bosom heaving, and an overj oyed expression upon her pretty, dusk:y face. "She bears the words o! the palefac9, and accepts with a l<'la.d heart. Wild Bird's whole life-hop e and dream is realiz 9 d, if the pale face brave will tab her to his c:i.bin." "That settles it. then," Old Anaconda said draw Ing her to him and h e r cherry lips. h I feel thet the Lord put ye in my path .ter make up fer my \ost ones." The Indian girl gently withdraw herself ( rom his emhr;:ice and arose to her ft'>et. "Wild Bird's pale-face lover must not tbinkto d.,. <'"elve or b etray the lndiau maiden, she said. "He 1 ias kissed her. and must not touch her again until nhe is his by ril<'ht o f marria'<''" "All right. Birdi e ; an'thet sha'n't be put oil' long, You b t I My trail of vengeance ar' purty nigh at an I ud, an' the n we'll go hick across the line and settle tJown. Now, will the Wild Bird help me to rescue the white maidens from Sitting Bull' s power?" The Indian girl started, as if stung by a pang of jealousy. "Wb.y wouli the White D estroyer seek the pale face mai1ens?" she demandf>d, quicklv. "Old Anaconda wonlJ rescue tbem from captivity and sen1 to t .beir homes, because they of bis blo o:I llni color. But let not Wild Bird, the B '"utiful, fear. The old man'll stick to her, you bet! N : t so v ery old, nuther-onl. v eight-an'-tbirty, tho' I've suffe r a d pain enough f e r fifty. Waal, waal, what's your ans'er little pet?" Wild Bird will help the White Destroye r in his J>lans; she loves him, and will fight fer him!" was the earnest reply. __ CHAPTER IX. Ilf BULL'S VILLAGE-TOO LATl!f, WILD BIRD consente d to return to the village anil repare tile way foi the Dwarf Destroyer. Tbe been her brightest hope that she might become the wife of a pale-face, and she was now happy In the thought that her dreams were aoon to become a reality. ' But hold up, Birdie." TbA Destrover said. as. she was about to take her departure; "there are a few questions 1 have neg l ected to ask you." "The Wild Bird listens." I "Then, who are the pale-face captives Sitting' Bull has in his wigwo.1n?,' "Both young 8quaw:s." "But the r names-what are tbev!" "They call each otLer Milly and "Humph I The girl Milly has sunny hair, has she not?" "Yes-hair lik e the summer sky." "How long a g o was she brought to the lodge of Sitting Bullf" "O:il' lallt ey_enlng, from the trappers1 cabin." ..,J arents were not brought with h e r?" "No; ther, were massacred by the warriors of Sitting Bull. Old Anaconda shuddered. He knew thP Owens well and a feeling of horror crept over him as be picture d In bis mind the trapper and his wife lying eithe r roasting ia the fire of their burning cabin, or rigid in death from a blow of the murderous toma hawk. But, eve n as the picture was before his e -wc. ht' swore a silent oath to continue deadly worll against the Sionx, until "Dot one of the murderous race r emained to foll : w the war-trail. "Wild Bird must go, now," the beautiful mi.Iden R!tid, "or Sit ting Hull will return and discover her abse nce. and b e v ry angr.v." "So the r old c uss is out in the woods, eh?" the scout d emande-l. excitedly. Sitting Bull is abroad with many of his war. riors." \\ ild Bird replied. How many are the re. y et, In tr.e villa({e, th en?" "Three braves and twenty squaws, not collllting the pappooses." "Very w e ll Ef Iken't git awav wi' tbetnumber" I'll sell out cheap. But, Wild Bird, are thero anJ horse 1 in the village?" The Indian gfrl smiled. Wild Bitd bas four of her own as fiePt of foot a$ any upon the prairies," sbe said, proudly. ''The pale-face lover of Wild Bird is welcome to them all." '.'All ri ht, my j wel; we shallbaveneedforthem soon. I am p:oin g to rescue the white irals. autl bear them away from the village. Wild Bi.rd must go along,, Where her face had fallen at the first words of bis declaration, it now brightened gladly, and her deep, li'luid eyes s'.larkled like diamonds in the sunlight. Wild Bird ls glad. Her heart beats faster at the prospect of going with her paleface lover. She will have the horses ready, and leave the gates ajar iO that the brave scout may enter the village." Then, kissing her band at the dwarf. the dusky beauty walked away down out of the edge of the forest toward the India u village. Old .Anaconda gazed after her until she bad dis appeared wi thin t b e gates. Then turned back further into the forest, and made a careful examin aion of his weapons, to see that they were in oon dition. He then crept forward again to the edge of the timber, and throwing himself upon the l eaves, dozed away the time in the For he was in no particular hurry to make hJS venture in the Siout village, durin6 the broad light of day. He waited all day Jonst in the edge of the forest, without the least impatience. Indeed h e bad many a time l ain in ""' l\ the better share of twenty four hours in order to e 1tra1, a savage. Duringthe day s everal delegations of savages, numbering from ten to twenty in approached and entered the village, but Sitting isull was not amongtbem. Anaconda noted this fact, with contra.ctip.g brows. deviltry brewing somewhere, I'll bet," he _,


Canada Chet. the C ounterfeiter Chief. 11 muttered. "Et don't matter so much now, fer tbar war none o' ther settlers hyarabouts as war wu'th sculpin', 'cept Tom Owens. Poor feller. et war a shame about him. Them 'ar settlers at Quinnebog ar' nothin' but pirares anyhow, o' which thet Can ada Chet ar' a fair sample." At last the sun set, and the shadows grew thick in the prairie. b e low the wood line. Tlie sls.y bad clouded over, and there would be no moon, which made it all the more satisfactory to the scout, a'.s hti could .work with l ess ft:ar of detection. The cam-fire liu:ht from the village reflected against the heave n s wiLh wonderful aistinctness, and the n0ise that floated up cu the evening bree z e from there bespoke tlie tliat the Indians were Wide awake over rnme discovery. The scout's c uriosity was.aroused, but be made no venture toward the spot1 for he knew tliat to betray his presence in the neignborhood would only be the meas of stimulating the watchfulness of the camp. He therefore lay quietly in the edge of the timbe r and waited until be should find the camp silent enough for his purpose. During ibis delay he heard a footstep in his rear, and turned to behold one whom he least expectedHazel Eye She came forwnrd, C"arrying h e r hand some rifle in h e r hand, and nodded as the scout saluted. "Great Lamentations I is that you, Forest Lil? I didn't expect to ye 'way up beer," the dwarf scout said, as he arose and shook her hand. "How's t hings in Quinnebog, anyhow?" unad," 1l i1zd Eye said. sbakingher head. Can ada has taken two more prisoners, and put them in tbe pen. A.nacond scow l erl. T h c t Co.nadian hez abnut run ther lenir,h o his r ope."' he muttered. "Who are these chaps as has got sn u t up in the pen?" "Two youag adventurers, who came into this sec t ion for tbe purpose of hunting and trapping. Their Dames are Hal and Dave Laam.' "Well, we'll have to s e e to their case s d' A t present, however, I have another case on the docket. "You are not g oing to make a n atrempt to enter the Indian village?" I am thet 11ame, you bet I Thar's two gals thar --Old Ovenss Milly, an' another 'un, called Rachel. I'm !!:'lm' ter reskY 'em." "Rachell" Haze l Eye gaspt-d. excitedly. "Whom d o you mean-Rachel Connors?" "Ken't say es the t Wild Bird didn't give no other name than Rachel, I reckon." "Wild Bird? When did you see her?" "This morn:ng. Do you know her?" "Yes; I have often met her in the woodland She woman, Anaconda, and as good "Them's just my ides. An when s'he becomes M rs A.nauonda, gal, I shall expect thet ye will come a n' see us in our ne" home." "What! you don't mean to say that you are going to make the Wild Bird your wife, do you?" "Tber Lord permittin'. an' e t don t rain, the m's m y concise intentions, Haze l Eye. She wants a white husband, an' hay r's w'at 1!in't goin' t e r pass her by." "Then, l e t me congratulate you. my dear friend, for if ;11:ou !!:et Wild Bird, you not only get the most beautiful woman in the :f

18 Canada Chet. the Counterfeiter Chiet. for she believed that the scout meant every word he uttered. And who shall say that he did not? "Wha r ar' the guards!" he asked, peering cautiously .round. "They drank of whisky furnished by Wild Bird, ana sle e p deep," the lndian beauty. replied, smiling. An aconda need have no f ear of them, but must w rk caut iously lest he arouse those in the lodges." "Where are the white girls?" Wild Bi.rd pointed across the &quare to a small lodge. "The D ostroyer will find them there, in r eadiness. W hile h e goes for them, Wild Bird will bring her !l.J 1'Ses-. Wi t h th is understanding the y separated, Anaconda silently across the villa g e green to tht> lodge. a n d the graceful Wild Bird gliding toward the cor-1."al. H e r s was p erhaps the most ditlicult part, for a single whinny might arouse the whole camp, and all woul d b e lost. But she was a favorite with all the animals, and ther w e r e not,frightened at ber approach. S ne wa s fortunate in s ecuring he.r four pet ani mals, leading them acr oss to the gate where she tied and again stole away. She was gone but a fe.,. nnments, however ere she r eturne d with four s a ddles and bridles, which she soon had upo n the l n the meantime Old Anaconda had made his way across to t'le litrle lodge, and upon rai sinll' the flap h e p e rf'C ived that a faint light was burning mside. Co me I" he said, in a low althoug-h h e could see no all is r ead v if you wisb to escape." Instantly two female figures wrapwid in skin mantle s emerged from behind a partition, and he had the satisfaction of shaking hands \vi th the two girls w hom he had come to rescue. Bu there was n o time t o l ose, and bidding them follo.v him, led the way across the plaza to where WiM BfrJ was waiting. "Then lend me your attention and I will tell you something of which you have probably never dreamed; you have probahly h eard o f the "Pen," as it is called where scores of m e n are suppoi;Jllied, c r aftily. Casper Dayton r e flected a moment. H e was not sure whether it was best to trust the red-skin o r not. "Iwil! tell you," he said, after a while1 "if you will promise to give me up the boys, and a girl named Milly Owen, should the news prove wluable and in teresting to you." "Sitting B ull agrees to that. L e t the pale-face speak." "Well, then, here i s the secret. The P e n, at the Cboppings is a counterfeiters' den where spurious coin and paper money are manufacture d in large quantities.,, "Money heap no good," Sitting Bull said. "No h eard a bu.r blankets an' powder." Sh e was very much excited as the scout could see b .l' th' gleam of her eyes and she raised her haud enj" iniu silence "Li;ten! she cried, and they did, and iong, p eculiar cry, from out on the pPairie. Yes, it will. Now l'll tell you what I'll do. You have many warriors. Go you and kill olf tbis Canada Chet and his gabg, together with the lum bermen of Quinn e bo!l', and we'll go in pardners in "ft 's 8itttnq BuU!" she cried. He is comtng and w e are txi late/" __ CHAPTER X. this counterfeiting biz. I'll run it. you see and give C ASPER DAYTON PLOTS-AMA.SA IN THE WOODS you ball' of the goOd money that is realized from the A FEW hours previous to this, Sitting Bull had met sale s o f the spurious. See?" in L he forest n o less an individual than Caspe r Day "Sitting Bull is not blind. It shall be as Wat ton. Tlle two had ridden into a glade nearly simul sanoka says, for he is a great rogne He shall have t a neou slv and drawn r ein within a few feet of each the trapper's daughter whom Sitting Bull has in his ot. bel'. wi t h a pair or duplicate grunts. for it will be wig-warn that Dayton was attired in tbe costume "And the boys?" of a n Indian chief. And the boys." Sittin g Bull was unaccompanied by bis warriors, "Good I Sitting Bull Is a great, n oble and wis e and two m e n were quito alone in the h eart of the chief, and he shall have paper dollars wit h which to n a r t h rn forest. light his pipe L e t him set his warriors at once on I" was the chief's int e r rogative grunt. the war-path with the instructiou to kill and scalp "Wh o i3 the chief that is a strange r to Sitting B u ll? every man in Quinuebog, or in the foresti exc!'pt the What bring-a him into the forest that belongs to the youths, and tbe trapper's daughter. Let Sitting S ioux n ation?" Bull also give Watsanoka a toke n to w ear in plain "Watsanoka is no India n warrior by birth, but a vi e ,v, that he may not be molested." pale -face hunte r, who has come to the land of t b e "Watsanoka sball not b harmd," Sitting Bull Sioux to behold the great Sitting Bull. He brings said. "The great chief will caution bis warriors. tbe great chiuf important news, and would ask his Every pale-face but the young Americans the trapaid. p er's daughter. and Haz!' l Eve. sh" ll meet d ath at "Sit tin'.( Bull's ears are open. Let the white ren!'the bands of the Sioux. Sitting Bull l1as spoken!" gade proceed,'' the chie f said, haughtily. "He will "And spokP,n \visely. But. hold I Ou ght we not to answP r after ne h a s heard tbe words of the pale leave the pale-fwe slave s in the p e n unmolested? face." '!'hey understand the manufacture of this money Casper Dayton was sure that he h eld the key of b etter than we, an' can he forced to work for the succe-s in his hand; b e meant to use it. l!rm of Sitting Bull and Watsanoka the same as the "To the southwes t of us, he began, "lies the Canoda Chet." s P tt.le'n ent of Quinne bog, or the Cboppings. Do e s "Watsanoka speaks wisely. and it. shall be as he Sitting Bull know the secret of that town?' says. Sitting Bult will at once proceed to bis village Si tting Bull knows naught of the settlers by 1 and dig up the hatche t and put i t in the bands of bis Beaver except that they infringe UJ(>On his warriors. Will Wats,.noka come to the village with rights, by building themselves homes upon his ilunt-Sitting Bull?" ing-grounds. no1V, noble chief, as I have work elsewhere,


Canada. Chet. the Counterr"eiter Chief. 19 :ftting Bull may keep lhe trapper's daughter in his wigwam until the war is over, when WatSBnoka will take her for his wife." "How does Watsanoka know the trapper's daugh ter if be is a stranger in the North?" "EasilyanswerPd. A year ago tile Owens lived In Minnesota, and Watsanoka also lived nigh. He woord the pale -face girl, but she r efused him, and be swore to one day possess her. That day is near." The tw, separated, Sitting Bull riding through the forest toward his village, and Casper Dayton taking a course nearly opposite The schemer was at his success in en listing Sitting Bull in bi:; plans, and smiled triumph-antly as b e rude a long. "Everything is working in my favor as nice as I could ask for," he muttere d, with a dark glitter in his eyes. .. B.v the time my beloved brother James arrives upon the scene, I shall have the forest full of roving Sioux, and f be falls by a tap from a toma hawk Ws none of my fault-of course it's not. And the boy. Harold, I'll see that he is properly cared for. Then, Brooksfteld Place and the Dayton Inheri tance are mine!" It was a grand scheme which be bad been matur ing for yearsJ.. but without knowing bow t<> put it into execution. 15ut n ow Iris course seemed plain. With so powerful a n ally as Sitting Bull, he wou l d tri umph; at least he could see no reason wl.;y he should not. "Lordyl Jerusalem! Jewbitaker Jewsbarpl I wish I was back In Kalamazoo, I do, go! durn ruy f oolis h soul I Why did I ever leave Sally, ter cum out ha.yr wbar Injines on wild beasts ar' thicker' n hair on adorg? Obi obi" The speaker was Amasa Scroggs, of course, In difficulty as usual. He had bee n wandering aim l essly about through the fo r est in search of some thing to appease hJs appetitehw hen there bad come a whirl and an arrow scratc ed the" c razy-bone" Qf his right elbow. Amasa had made one of bis lightning leaps which carried him behind the pro t e ctiv e body of an upturne d tree, where he crouched and gave vent to his howl of m isery. Uh I Gosh-all-fish-books!" be peering around In the blackness of the mght; "tbar's a bull caboodle of them durned rips over tbar, an' i out bayr a'huntin' after a Cl}Up\e o runaway boys, jes t fer two dollars a dav I H ai n 't see'd hide ner ha'r o" u ooy yet, nutber. Lorrly! I'm as narvous as a cat's tail when she sees a rat. Expect to see an Injuu every blessed minnit. Ue;b I tnis is tber a1vfulest country I e v e r got inter. Last night I ran t en mil es ter get away frnm tbet consarned Walkin' Head, an' now I'm cornered by Injuns. Ob I I want ter go hum.'' Risin g to b i s feet he peered around the stump, expecting to b e hold a n Indian. The next instant a horrified yell pealed from his l:ips, for tber0 not three yards away, was the terri ble Walking Head advanclng toward him, the mouth stretcher! from ear to ear in a horrible g rin, and the tone:ue l olling out in a hideous manner. Poor Amasal His blood froze in his veins anrl his limbs refused to move. His hair was fairly "upon end A more seriously frightene d man probably never exi sted. He could only stand and gaze at the strange object in a.sort of horrible fascination. It came nearer and nearer until it stood b efore him, its whole hight but reaching to bis knees. It w0s to.all appearances s imply a human 1'ead grown upon a huge pair of f cPt. Lbe body having bee n omit ted in the make-up. Upon the face there was that demoniac smile, phosphnrecent-like, and the e ars. several sizes too larj!"e for the head. flapp ed to and fro In a startlin g manner. Altogether It was a monstrosity of the most fearful nature, and it must have put to the courage and nerve of stronger men than Amasa Scroggs. It stopped before the horror-st.ruck Yankee, end gazed up into his face, one eye rolling and blinkin& viciously Be not afraid!" came the words in 1. sepulchral voic e "Tbe D emon of the Forest harms not the weak and timid. Come! follow me, for there arA many savages after ;our cal p. ThPy fear me, and 'll>ill not molest you i you come with met" "Ohl Lordyl Jerusoleml l'd rutber be sca lped than .!10 wi' you!" Amasa gaspenly disap peared I Nowh ere was be to be seen, and Scroggs was agai n lost in the great woods. "Olli Jewbittakerl I wish I was back with Sally -I do, fer true. I never W'ill git out of this consarn ed rPg i o n, IH e llo!" While h e was complaining be bnd suddenly struck what appeared to be a well -beaten trail, leading at right angl es to the course he was pursuing, or in other words, north and south. I guess I'll pursue this course," he muttered, grasping h is rifle firmly, and ghding along. "Hope I don't stumble on that Walking Head again I" He had .not proceeded twenty rods ere a bi g painted savage suddenly bounced before him, with upraise d tomahawk. It was desperation, now, more than courage, which n erved the stalwart son of Michigan. and caused him to sling his rifi e suddenly around and knock the red-skin quick l y to the ground. It was all done in an Instant, and then he kept on, looking on every side for more of the painted rmps; but no more bothered him, n o r did he catch a glimpse of another. About daydawn he came suddenly to a halt, on the margin of a small clearing, for l oom!ng up, therein, was a commodious cabin, built of balf bewn logs and painted red I CHAPTER XI. ESCAPING-FROM TREE TO TREE-THE ?\TEW !"ft. WE must now return to Hthe Pen, S;nd its surroundings. Early in the morning after their arrival. at night, just as they were about going to sleep, Hal and Dave were disturbed by strange noise, which they could not account for-noises that sounded like of agony, in the distanc0. But these sounds soon were l>.eard 110 more, and


20 Can.ada Chet, the Coun terfeiter Chlet. both being really fatigued, needed no urging to seek forgetfulness and N'St. They slept soundly and awoke after a \ong while, feeling refreshery rub toward seeln!\'. six o clock at night," the old man replied. 0 You'd b e tter put down some now, as there's no telling when L e Garo may eome for us .. "Where's a fellow's clothing?'' grunted Dave Laam. "Ain't he goin' to have nothing to wear?" '!'he old man laughed. u I reckon aot, you man, unless, perchance, you are more favoreJ th' t quit work, filed into the sleep ing-room. That was s drear. v night tour for D!\ve and Hal. Neither had ev<1r been used t1 hard labor before, and ft was no play to run the two heavy machines for tw.elve houl'!l. But they worked st now dicovered that the act of r emoving the Iron bars was easier than he had at first supposed, as they were only fastened to the wood with screws. These he soon had out, and the bars were removed; after which, to displace the gla< s window was but stream of the fresh air Dy placing tha table upon which he stood on top of another table. and raising both together, hi$ com panions were enabled to raiRe him so that he could look out of the hole upon tbe roof. All he could s e e was the tops of the trees, and a sparkle of water upou the lak"l The sun was shin ipg brightly. and the birds were caroling their early morning songs among the wilderness of ?t>!iegated foliage, that spread out beautifully before the naked eye. From afar off in the forest came wild, discordant sounds, which boded no good to the town of Qninne-bog. They were Indian war-clie s. Springing ui>waro, and drawing himself outsil

Canada. the C cmnterreiter Chief. 21 the hole and dropped it through into the room below. He then held fast to the upper portion, until one b y one every man had ascended to the roof, where they stood, in the blast that swept across from the lake. "The next question is, what shall we dot" said Hal, gazing about, and listening, with the to the sounds, whicn came from otf in the for est. "Can't we somehow get possession of our clothing and weapons 1" "Nol that is imposaible," Alex. Watchman said, :promptly. "We ought to f ervently thank God that we have been permitted, through the heroism of our brave comrade here, to escape from the living tomb at all. To be sure it isn't a very desirable plight to be in, this being ungarbed, but it is a blessrng compared t o that If we can but get away from the vicinity of the Pen, unobserved, I know of tbe cabin or an old scout, in the forest, where we can find skius to cover our nakedness, But we run a great risk of discovery by descending to the ground. Besides the forest is full of Sioux,judging from the y e lls we bear." "I do not intend to d escend to the ground," Big Track Dave aid, decidedly. "You observe how matted together are the branches of the nearest We must make our escape from tree to tree, whlch I trunk we can do, if we work carefully. Once well away from the Pen' we can descend to the ground and make otf with our best speed." ls there no hope for rescuing the ethers who are In the Pen!" Harry Reynol ds, anxiously. Not at present," Watchman replied "We must l ook after No. 1 first; then remember No. 2." Dave Laam's plan being accepted they accord ing l y proceeded Lo put it iota, execution. Big Track l e d otf, fe ll owed in turu by Hal, Harry, Watchman and the others. The branches of a large tree swept the cabin on the western side, and they crept carefully into this, one by one, and then on over int.ersectio g branches from tree to tree. Considerable noise was made, cautious as.-they were, but fortune favored them inasmuch as their d?pruture had been wholly unnoticed. llleanwhlle, the .veils of tbe Indians nearer and louder. durued r e d cusses must be ehasiog sol:ne bod.v," Dave declared, as, with his companions, be pause d to listen. "I g"uess it won't be healthy for us to decentl to t e rrn yet awhile. What's your opinion. friend Watchman?" "You are undoubtedly right," the old man said. is safer to remain under cove r at present. After occasional advance s and halts they found themse lves among the branches of a gigantic oak, where they were quite secure While all bane'> w ere talking over the H a l Dayton and Harry Reynol'.ls ascended into the extre m e t o p of the treA, to make observations. A strong east wine! bad sprung up, and what they was not in the Pas t encouraging. Tbe horizon was bidden by a dense smoke-cloud, and great volumes of smoke aocl bu ning: leaves were streaming up out of the forest in nearly all points of the com s. The "oodscertrrtnly wf!'P The savages evi

'22 Canada Chet, the C o u n terfeiter C .bief. hedn t orter be kicked fru'm San Francisco New York, I don't want a cent! A reg'lar cu"8ed old numbskull am I-a ginuywine no-brained sucker!" "Wbl\t is it t hat makes the White Destroyer re proach himself?" Wild Bird asked, anxiousl y. "Ohl nuthin' much, only, why didn't I stampede them b osses in th"r Injun village, 'stid o' leavin 'em fer them red ripscallions to ride? 0h, fire awa.Y. ye ted sons of carmine! but ye ken't do us any harm vet." "The Sioux' are very angrv," the Indian girl said. -"If they should c&tch Wild Bird, they would put her to death. But. she wou Id laugh I" "Tb.,t's it, leetle gall Don't let the m varmints skeer ye fer a cent--not one red identical c ent I You're my meat, I reckon, an' when them Sioux 2ons o' guns git their paws on ye, it'll be when Old Anacond a hes passed in his checks and ballanced his books; you bet I Well, are you tired, Miss Owenf" "Not ver.v," the trapper',s daughte r replied. Do you think there i s great danger of their overtaking us!" "Waal, neow, I shouldn't ke.,.. to express a can did opynun on thet subject, h ein's one ken't tell one minmt whar he'll be ther next." the dwarf replied evasively. "Our only hope's ter press on an' get ter timber. Onc e 1ve get tbar. I'll opine ther old man knows a few things himse lf, once i n a great -whil e On-on-on the y dashed, the yell 8 of pursuing Indians makin<:r the night hideous. They also kept up a continual fire with t h eir repeating rifles, which, of course, di 1 no harm to the fugitives a they w ere a sa.te distance beyond the reach of the leaden mes sengers. "Oh, plug away, b last ye!" the old scout gritted. "I'll bet ef 1e claw my sculp this yere moon, Pt will be sum thin ruth e r sing'lar. But, tha.r's no use mis takin' -them ITIJuns m" cra wlin' 'JP on us, inch by inch!" The j etty eyes of Wild Bird fired up Instantl y as l!lhe heard the words. "The words of the Great Destroyer are not we ll spoken I" she cried pro udly. "Sitting Bul l has no horse in bi corral that can keep pace with those of the Wild Bird. To show the hunter that Wild Bird knows, she will lead and they can f ollow." And, as she ceased speaking, she uttered a wild, cry rhat echoed and re-echoed over the prai rie; that was caught up in the distant aisles of the forestil. and sped along in a pecnliar bird-like call, un til it nall y died out altogether.' The animals ridden by the fugitives seemed to start and tremble fora single moment; then Wild Bird's horse shot away like an arrow, to be followed closely by the others A voll e y of bullets and a baffi e d yell of rage came from the pursuing red-skins; an answer, 1n tbesba.p e of a c lear, defiant laugh, burst from the lips of Wild Bird. "Jumpin' John Rogers!" Old Anaconda ejaculated as be was borne along. u These yere are b ea ut ies, these anamiles I S'pose ye wouldn't s e ll one of 'em a millinn, Wild Bird?" "All that is Wild Bird' s belongs great White Destroyer, as soon as be t a kes her for his bride." "Phrlwl that's so, ain't it?" Anaconda muttered. scratchinghis head. "I'd e'na'most forgot all about the fact." "Must not forget now." Wild Bird s a id, in a skni tlcant tona. "Dwarf Destroyer must not forgefbis promise-must not think to deceive the Indian girl. I She trusts him; if he gets treacherous like the snake 1 his name resembles, then Wild Bird will die." "Ob, ye llee ln't git at all skittish. my be,uty, fer I 'll hitch mysolf in rloubl e harness with you, ef I don't lose my ha'r an' kin 6ad a parson. l'm yours tighter'n bark'. until dP-ath do us part!" This asurance seemed to s e t Wild Bird's doubts at l'est, and a li3ht of love once more shone out from her eyes And so t h e w il d ride continued. Now that a new speed bad been b r o u g h t out of the fugitives' animal s, it was an easy job to keep o u t o f rifi e -sh n t of the pursuers, and at last, when the y struck into the edge of tbe forest. the savages were a qnarter of a mile or more away. "Now, then, we'll puzzle them I" Old Anaconda. said, witil a c uckl e, as he took the lea d. "]'oiler b ehind me close now, in single file an' we' ll see e f we can't git tbem ofi' ther track purt.Y much I" He accordingl y s truck ofi'. witb. Milly Owen and Rache l Connors following respectively behind hhn, and Wild Bird bringing up tbe rear. I t was a long, monotonous ride, with only the foot falls of t b e horses. and the occasional scream of a night bird to break the dead of nature's r e pose The w oods w ere full of lurking shadows, that served to kePp the two white gir! s in a constant state of terro r, leet they should s uddenly dissolve into a band of murde1ous savage. Wild Bird was not ala m e d. for she was liter all y a child o f the forest; and Old Anaconda was equ ally at borne there. At last morning dawne d, and tbe birds renewed their sweet songs among the branches of the forest monarchs. The n it was that tho Dwarf Destroyer ordered a halt. Wild Bird and the two white girls noticed a strange expre ssion upon the scout's face which was not usually there. What is it r" the Wild Bird demanded anxiousl y "Why does the Destroye r look around so?" "Dunno, Birdie, jus t now; but I reckon we'd bet.. ter camp down hayr a trifl e w'ile l make a sortev reconno1ssance. Sumhow my old bones predict m junslf' "GrPat Heaven I I hope your bones may belie you I" Connors Eaiil, lu alarm. "Do you think the savages are in the n eighborhood? " Can tell ye better &fte r a bit," the Dwarf Scout said, sliding from the saddle. "You remain bere and do not illsmount unde r any consideration until I return, unless you hear the yell of a CC1fn.anchP, the n turn sha.Tp to your and rid e for your lif e. With these mjunctDns he unslung bis rifl e, and stob cautiously away into the wood, leaviug his horse in charge of Wild Bird. He pro.,.,e6ed in a straight lin e due east from where hP had l eft the females ; then stopped stock still in bis tracks. He had no occasiln to go further. The n ews for w hich he sought was witbineye-reacb. Ahead of him be c ould s e.e the forms of several Indians skulking about among the h-Pes as if search ing for some body. They did not s ee him, howe v p r and he crept back In the dilection whence h e had com\l; then proceed ed to make a great circle a'.Jout the spo t where he ha1 J ,ft the girls. As a r esult, he found Indians among the trees, forming a circle around the spof o f forest containing Old Anaconda and his trio of charges. Tb is was tbe v ery state of affairs tb0 old man had expected. and be was none disappointed by tbe discovery. H e knew that it meant busines1>; that only fighting them with stPaltb would do any good. Then, be retnrned to where he had left the girls They were i n a state of grave anxiety. "rndiansl" he f:aid, in answer to their inq11iring looks "Wear literally surrounded on all sides." "Ob I what shall we do?" Milly murmured, tears springing into her eyes. "We shall all Le massacred '' Poor girl I she had witnessed the horrible b.&chery of her own parents but a few hour3 before, and tba scene now arose before her eyes in all its sickening details. "No, we ain't. goin' t e r git massakerd-nuth!n' o tbPr sorL. ef thPr old court ar' on duty. I'll allow ain't no mite or a clee6kilty, but we' ve got ter beal. ther cusses, somehow." "Did the Destroyer see Sitting Bull?" Wild Bird asked.


Caaa.da. Chet, the Counterfeiter ClUet; 23 "Nol ther durned old skeeslyx kei;it out o' m y sfabt, o r I shed hev put a bullet t hr'u bis kemood Jeum Just keep still now. while I think." And standing with his face to the east, the scout ruminated over the situation. "Thar's only one p lan, an' we've got t e r v:rab it like a fish grabs bait I" ne said, at last. "Do you tbiukr.:n1 c ould send tbehorsesawayriderl ess, W il d Bird!' "The animals of Wild :eird are trained to do her bidding." the beautiful Indian girl replie1, proudly. "Goocl! Our hope may then be a Come I FoUermel" And v:.ulting into his saddl e the scout rode on through t be woods. The three girls f ollow ed, wonderi ngly, but asked no questio ns. By his directions they lingered behind, allowing him to get some distance ahead. Suddenly be arose in his stirrups, and clinched his bands to the limbs. of a giant lind e n tree be neath which b e was passin!l". The n ext instant be had drawr: himself up. and bis horse passe d on. He then motioned the three girls to ride beneath the tree, and reach up their arms to him. In this manner be succeeded in pulling them all up into the great tree "Now, S<."'nd the a nin1als away," he when be had l mded them all sarely. '"fhey must not remain i o the n e ghborboocl to b etray us." Wild Bird bowe d, and spoke quickl y and excit{ldly to the auimals, in the Indian tongue. They pricked up their ears at the sow1d of her voice; then the pony sbe had ridde n gave a wild snort, and dashed < n, whose only taste of ple a.sure was in braining er >calping the pale-faces. The wind ble w through the forest d e nse ckuds of smoke and particle s of bcrot leave s anrl warned the fugitives that lhe flames were not far be bind. Presently a wave of Old Anaconda's h'lnd caused the girls to pause, while he skulk d on, knife in hand; for the shining" blade of strnl "as t be only weapon to use now, AS report s of fir earms would on l v attract the nttention of the fo l' Like some grim 1 1 h a r.t n m the little o d scout glided along, no sound re b e had left Lhe and nature. sbe naturally was much concerned to see I found them much a larmed at his r;rotmcted abh i m uneasy. sence. "Nuthin much, y et," lwreplied; "by-an'-bytbings "You have killed an Indian," Milly Own said, may assume a more sart'in s!Jap e with a bornfte d g lance at his belt. An hour passed. but there was no change. The "Yas; ldlled ther last of ther Mohic r n s. :r9u bet I wood land was just as s olemn and silent as before; But look! vonder's a jet of flam e I thP fire 1s upo11 the bircls cbattere d among the branches; the l eaves us! Come w e must put :or our Jives!" dropped, drooped, dropprd. at the touch ot the And it was even so. nreeze as it tanner throug h tl:ie forest. As they started to leave the spot, long tongues o t Toward noon it stiffened up and blew with greater fire followed spitefully in their wake, and dense :orce, causing the auumn foliage to d escend in clouds of rhokin" smoke sett.led around the m show e rs. Sitting Bull was i n the vicinity of Quiunebog with Old Anaconda broke th!' dee p silence now by a a part of bis baud, having detailed a number of bis suggestive grunt, and sniffed the air like a fox-braves to worry and pursue the Dwarf De stroyer and 'bound. hi companions. "Ther devil's ter pay." he growled; "tber woods The great forest fire had swept far to the west 1s.r' afire, an' we've got ter cavort out o' tbis roost now as tbe sun began to set, leaving in it..: trr .ck a ,or git scorehed; you hea!" tber old man talk I" desc!ate wast. e of scorched and nake d timber and


24 Canada Chet, the Countert" eiter Chie frying carcas8e8 of unfortunate beasts and birds tbat we<"e caught in the fiery vortex. In the edge of the timber that remaine:l untouched bis handful of braves The S i oux chief was waiting for the white rene gade, Watsano!ka is la.te !" Sitting Bull growled, at last. "The braves r emain here while Sitting Bull go hunt him." D dath is meant f o r the braves to dis o bey, and so they kepo their positions, while the old chief rode off. Threading his way through the silent woods, he soon came to tpe northern bank of Beave r Lake. Without pausing, however, he continued the bank toward the cabin of the Magician of the North, where he arrived in due time, and drew rein before the door. All was dark and silent nbout the place as if it were inhabite d by POOJ?l" not earthly', if at all. But Sitting Bull prided bimself on possessing a brave he\\rt1 and h e fear e d none o f evils r eputed to exist in tne cabin of the ma,g-ician. Therefore he di,m'>unte d au:! triad the door, and to his great surprise it swuug open. B e fore entering the cabin, tbe wily chief peered into it, to see that no tra p had b0e n set for bim. But be could see nothing, and therefore stepped insid e. the fir e to a blaze, h e proceeded to m a k,. \\n examin1tion in general or the article s to the magician. Picking up a box which lay upon the '", he raise d the lid and gazed iu. His cnriosit. r was quito satisfied. A huge artificial snake lay ia the bottom, and it instantly began to r ec oil aud raise its horrible head. With a yell the chie f dropped the box, and l eft the cabin, in disgust. On arriving upon the outs id e, the savage found that his horse was missing. Thinking h e might have strayed he set out in search of him, and spent full an hour in the task without success. At last be paused at the edge of a glade, in a great a l e face dog of a magicia n is the thief, and S itting will have his r e v enge!" h e grunted. "He will go and order his braves to kill every p a l e face in the forest. be he fri end or foe. Non e of the accursed race shall live in the laud o f the Sioux." A low sound of l aughter caused the chief to start and gaze about him in alarm, Not a half-doze n yards distant the terrible object known as the Demon of the Forest was anproaching rapidly, the short feet moVing as fast ai those of a larger person. The chief s'.1.w the strange and horrible thing, and s t ood rooted to the spot o.s if entrance d. H e bad often h eard of the D3mO!l, Jmt had n ever before caught more than a passing glimpse of it. Nearer and nearer it came tha mouth opened by a broad grin: the P:Ves winking and blinking and the ears wigg-lint? and flapping like those of a ffiuie. :Door Sitting Bull! f h e h:id n eve r had expe rience of affri ght b 3 for e h e bad a goo::! taste of it now. His limbs refused t" m o v 3 an l h 9 trembled in every joint All he could do was stand and stare at the terrible Sh'tpe, in 't horrible fasc inatiob. The Walking Head to be aware of this fact, for it appro' his belt for his tomahawlc, but it was not there I Nor was he possesseu any of his weapons. He was now quickly jerked to the ground, and his a1ms bound to his back, although be knew not how or by whom, as he lay prostrated upon bis When the tying waS finished, he was r olled over on his back. A sava;a!'" Ugh I" escaped him, for he beheld the terrible W alkiug Head st!lnding by his side, and peering over into his face. The Sioux chief tried to speak, but bis tongue seemed suddenly paralyzed. An unearthly chucl.:l!l escaped the D emon of the Forest, as he watched the confticting emotions upon the chief's face. "Sitting Bull is a prisoner!" came \vord" from the Walking Head, in a strange. sepulchral voice. "He is no longer the king of the forest, but lies before one many times smaller. Tbe warriors of Sitting Bull are abroad with their hatchets unearthed. What \'i"ould the Sioux do, in the land of the North?" "Sitting Bull' rnPn s ee k the branded pale-face who has no right in the land of the Sioux," was the sullen reply. "Would not Sitting Bull recall his braves, and establish p eace if h e could have his liberty again, at the hands of the Forest Demon!" "No I Sitting Bull is no coward that be would ac cept terms of truce. H e is not nfraid to Ute, know ing that his braves will neve r leave the w.,.,-trail until the d eath of thei r chie f bas been amply avenged." "The n Sitting Bull shall die but no by the hand of the Fores t Demon, fo r he i s a b e ing wit uout hands. But Sitting Bull shall lie in the woods, and risk be ing devoure d by wild beasts of prey. No warriors of the chief are i of t b e savages whom he had heard calleil Foxfoot, and who bad assumed command for the time b e ing. "The great chief went in s earch of Watsnnoka and bas not returned." was the replv. I am Wa.tsanokl>.." Caspar Da:Yton said, "and


Canada. Chet, the Counterfeite r Chiet. 26 your chief bade me to give }ou orders when it pleased me." "The ears of Sitting Bull's braves are open and t hey will heed the words of Watsanoka," Foxfoot r eplied. Then Jet them visit the pale-face settlement on the banks of Beaver Lake, and begin the scalp-dance o f death. Let not a man, woman. or child be spared; Jet the firebrand be applied to every cabin, except the building called The Pen.' Does Foxfoot uoder!!tand !" The savage responded with a n "Ugh!" and turn<'d and addressed his companions in the mdian tongue. Casper Dayton awaited the result with a great deal of satisfaction, for he saw that the savages were eager and willing, and he smiled his p leasure as they filed away through the fores t with drawn hatchets. I have woo I" he said, distinctly and loud. "No, Casper Dayt0n, you hAve lost/" ex.Jalmed a voice, clOi>e behind him. CHAPTER XIV. FACE TO FACKA CRIMSON CRIME, TnE speaker was the Forest Lily, Haze l Eye. She stood in the rear of Casper Dayton, a pistol in her band, which cover d the renegade. H e wheeled and saw it-saw th m orrelo u s beauty of the girl, who bad assumed U1c llLi1 .. c.i.> o f enmity toward him. He ventured to u c L e r i:u uutb. What was there io her face that was familiar to him? What resemblance to some one in the past-? 0Devils seize youl" he gasped. uwho are you, and whom do you think me to be?" "The eyes of the Forest Lily are rarel y at fault." Hazel Eye replied, calmly. They can penetrate the disgnis e s of even greater villains than you, Casper Da1ton, with all your hideous paint." Cu1ses on you! 'Vhat do you mean, girl? I am not Casper Dayton, nor did l ever bear the name." You need not he," the girl replied, as coolly as beforP, "Come I Casper Dayton or no Casper Day ton, you must accompany me. Resist, and l 'll shoot you dead in your tracks I" "You d a r e not do murder!" Dayton !!"asp"d, be lieving be could intimidate this brave fairy of the forest. "You dare not do murd e r!" "T1y me and see!" HazP l Eye said. full-cocking her r evo her, "I givP you until l count ten to decide whether you w ll go with m or 11ot." I Th" villain saw that she was in earnest, without d o ubt, and that it was beet t o lmmor her for the 1preoen t and watch his chances "I' ll cave ," he said, quickl y "Lead ahead, and ( 'II follow." A smile of sarcasm wreathed Hazel Eye's cherry Vips. "How nice that woul r l be, wouldu't it? No Cas p e r Dayton; l was detailed to capture you, and I bave d o u e so. H8.nd me your weapons now-take carp I'm watching you, aud if you make a move to use one of those weapons, I'll pop you over like a flash!" ... And believing that she w ould kP.ep her word, the villain promptly obeyed, with a savage scowl. Th e fie nds take you, What are you going to do with me?" he demanded. "Patience and time are two of the roadways to knowledge; perseverance another. If you wait long enough and have enough patience. you will doubt less learn as to the disposition of your re.mains." After she bad appropriated bis weapons she gave the order: "Right about. face I" and they marched ,,tl' through the forest, Ca.per Dayto n in advance, 1:overed by Hazel pistol. In this way they maroh@d until they came to the !M:agician's cabtn on the lake shore, The d9,0r was o pen, and the little old man sat upon the doolf;teps,::lsmoking his pipe in the moonlight which streamed dowu through a n opening in the trees. As Casper Dayton saw him he gav P a violen t start. and mecbanica,lly reached toward bis belt; but Hazel Eye pushed him fo rward at the muzz l e of her wea pon unt il the villa in stood iri front of the Magicianstoo(i ther e g lari n g down at him l ike a confined spiri t of evil, worked into a frenzy, "Sylranus Dayton!" be gasped, bis features work ing, bis fingers opening and shutting conv ul sive l y. "Sylvester Dayton 1-yO'll-alivt !" Ay I alive(" the Magician replied. as he arose and stood upon the threshold. ".Alive, my t.ltvilisb bro ther. altbOUl\'h it i s i.;ot vour faul t 1 bat I am, Come Hazel Eye, bring you1 prisoner within tloe cabin." The old man ignited the wick,s:>f a Jnrge oil lam p and the blaze glancing to a mirror-like refltctor lii;hted the room in every part. He then turned, with folded arms, to !'aze at t h e man s itting on the stool under the cove r o f Hazel Eye's weapon. Yes, Casper, I am alive; but it i s not tbr fault," h e r epeated. What brought you hither?' "Slial! I tell you f" the other replied, with a sneer. "Well, I will then. It was to murder the son of your brother James. It was to murder him in cold blood, and take possession of our wealth at Brooks fie l d. "Then, you knew nothing of my w h e r eabo uts?" the Magician asked. "No; bad I suspected that you were alive and in this region, you should have died, long ere this. I as sure you. but, who is this accwsed brru:en-faced girl?' "Take care Casper Dayton, lest she be so an gered es to shoot you. Listen to me and you shall bear that which will surp1ise you. The sto r y you told to the counterfeiter, Canada Chet, was a base lie; let me now repeat a little of the truthful liistory of the Daytons, for the benefit of this young audi tor. "Some years aio:o, tbNe Jived three brothers and an o l d fathe r in an Eastern State The old gentle man was well fixed, in this wo 1 Id's goods-his wealth counted up into the hundreds of thousands, and he had no h eirs until these sons of bis came. Then the old man watched them grow to manhood, and was content to <'.ie. "Of the sons. Jame. was the youngest, Casper the next in rank. and Sylvanus the eldest. There fore tbP old father made Sylvanus his choice, con trary to the usual Wei, for the youngest son is gen erally the one best loved because 1 be last. "Sylvanus was an honest, hard working fellow. James was also industrious and inclin e d to b e sav ing, but Caspe r was a wild, dissolute fellow, a spend thrift and at heart a villain. No amount of good advice o r p ersuasion, it seemed, could tempt him from hi s course. "At last the good fathe r died, and in the piesence of the three brothers, the will \Vas r ea d "And such a b('mb then explrded in the r ayton camp! Th e was far frcm er Ela tis factory to any of the brother>, exce p t to Sylvenus, to whom the property was bequeath e d. with the except.ion of two dollars, which "as left to, Le divide d between James end Caspe1'. "In case of the death of Jvmes bP was to have a decent burial. N o pro..-ision of thi0 kind was made for Caspn. Should Sylvanus diP first. the whole wealth descended to James; after bis death, to Casper. rhuo tbPre was a grand lnc enl ive to Villainy, and one 'w h ich you, Casper Dayton, made hete to embrace. I bad nev e r believ u you capable ('f ac tual crime. but I found out to my cost that you were. for one night a< I was coming along a l!looroy highway, I was attacked bv you. end se!JSe less from my horse, You then threw my body mto the riv e r, where you calculated I should die by drowninl\'. "Kind hand rescued me, bowevPr, and I was taken to the cottage of c widow. where I was re stored to consciousness. Dut the terrible blow had


,16 Chet, the Counterfeiter Chief, nnsettlec1 my brain, and there followed a sort o! Insanity that was mtermittent, however-not constant. "At timec I was of sound mind. Then would come on one of the strange spe lls in which I feared youfeared my God -feared everybody except the widow and her daughter, a baby then. To them I took ltindly fo r I believed the m my friends. "A strange, headless bndy was f oun d in the rive r tho next day, attired in the clothing of Sy lvanus Dayto n, and was taken and buried, and a large circb of mourning friends w ept over the coffin' of the supposed murdered owner of Broo ksfl e ld. But it wl'.B only the bodv df some unknown person who had been fhbed out o f the river, and suvstituted, by my directions. Thus, Casper Dayton, you supposed you were rid of m e, anc: y o u turne I your attention to watching an opportunitv to strike your remaining brother-the obstacle which stood between vou and the heritage of B rqokfle ld. "While I s e ized with my insane fear of you and the world fled the country. First, l.owever, I married the Widow Wallin,;;", and took her and her child with 1:1e. I penetrated to the very depths of the wildemes, finally came'iuto this remote region, wh e r e I have since r emaine'1. "My wife di ad, when Hazel Eye, here, was a mere child, o.nd I have brought ner up to suit myself. But all m ; life since you d ealt m e that cowardly blow, I have oeen possessed of those strange spells of fear. L ttel y thev have upon me l ess freqe ntly, and you behold now not afrai d of you, CJ.Spe r D yton"' "H"! hal we shall s ee about that, mycrazybro tbe r! I shall yet have my r evenge upon you. What do you intend to do with me?" "Nothing I shall free you, and t.ell you to &'0, warning you to kee p your dista.nce fro m this cabm, which is so constructed that death lurks within every timber. G i I sav, an rt may the of Almightv God release you from your doom in the coming hell. Show him out, Hazel Eye." Hazel Eye nodded, and motioned ward the Ma gic ian. "Why did you let him go? H e's a bold bad man, an'.l he will not h es itate to do you an injury." t hough you were in a child of my own blood. But. now, this can no longer be lour home. I havo decid e d to q11it t,1is wilderness, i I CSJ'.!, and r e tun1 to i, my ol::l h o me. Bnt, ere 1 go, there is wor1< for me to do in the forest; and, too, I wonld not be far away when this cabin blows up. Tll e re fore, take your necessary trappings and your horse and po to the cabin of the Dwarf D e st1oyer wh e r e i will join you later. De careful not to fa II into the power of the red-men, w'th whom the forest swarms. "You need not fear," Haze l replied. "I h ave never :vet been taken an Indian's cap,tiv e and I do. uot believe my luck has de&!'rtecl me. T e n mil1utes later, both the Magician and. Hru:el Eye had quitted the cabin. In the mean time, the r e d demons of Sitting Bull. under the o der s of Casper Dayton, had augmented t heir strength in numbers in the f o rest, and descend ed upon the "Choppings," a hundred or more strong, from nearly every point of the compass. They po-ured from th3 forest on the south. east and west, ancl landed from the lake in canoe-loads, on the north. The night rung like a pandemonium with their y e ll s ; the screams of terrified women and children, the hoarse shouts and eurRes of men. and the reportJ of rifl e shots m ade a Ba\Jel of the settlement. T he towu was su(rounded on every h a nd. an1 the r ed demons fo11-gh1. as if p osser s e d of demoniac fury. None were parcel. as h d bee n the directions ol! Caspar Da yton. The reeking tomalin.wk and smok ing repeating-rifle s, with whi c h mauy of the red fiend< were armPd, did the de:ully wor' for each pale-fac regarclleus or age or se.x, and the terrible scalping-kn ife fla shed and glemned in the ghastly moonlight. Soon the firebrand reache d the cabins, and the flames lick e d up with greed the homes of ti10so who lay dead upon the crimoncd ground, or were still fui:htiag desperately for their lives. 13ut i t was use less for them t o contend aginst odds. Soon it was that t e last survi vor f e ll, and the last re king scalp was "raised,., and .. mainecl to tell of the exi tence of the great counter f e itin g t ow n of the Northwest but a. smoking logs and glowing coals and the dead bodies. aroun 1 which the r e d fiends of the forest were dancing and yelling And about this time Caspar Dayton stood upon the op oite shore of the 1ake, and gazed across upon the scene w ith a d e vilish delight. 'They have done well." be said, in a low tone; "but, furies: what dol se 1 Curses on thelcliots! They have burne' \ t .he P e n. with its dies and presses and stock! I wish now that I had not sent them. fo r I have burde n e d mv soul with another crime with out rec e iving a conskleratioo for my awful sins ." "I fear him not now, as I used to; fhave shaken off the insanity that ha been the c loud of my lif e and I am pre1nreJ 1'o fight odds with science and strategy. I did not touch him, because be is my CHAPTER XV. brother, and l would bq,ve no blo od upon my THE CADJN SELF-WROUGHT h ands. But I have warned him to kee a way from WE must now return to Old Anaconda and the my cabin; if he comes now, his blood be o n bis own girls, whom we I Pft fleeing before tbe flame and .11ead." smoke of the burning fore t. . "What would you do?" It i s unnecessary to add that they ran for dea1 "Blow the e:i.'oin to atoms. I have e erv timb e r for such was the case. The lurid tongues so cha"gcd with various explosive that I can ar-driven bv the wind and tbe flame current. chased range it that when I leav e the cahin and ciose tbo them with tlie hi ssing perseverance of a "nakei the Jc>or, no on e c9.n thereafter open that door w ithout smoke blinn e d and choked them, but still they Kepi blowing u p the who l e building. It is an infernal on. strugglin, bravely. invention, bnt I have warne::I them; and those who "Don't git discouraged," thP Dwarf Destroyer ad would not di e must hee d the warning." viseci. We hain' t fur ter go afore we sight my cab-"But tell m0 am I the chi:d of the widow whom In, I recknn. Keep on a bit longer. you married years ago?" And, like, heroines, the brave females did keep on,, ''The same I am yc::ir step-father instead of despite the rough footing, and scratching and tear your as you have always Called me. J ing the bUSbPS. have ever re<>:ardecl you as my own c hild and lovw\ At fast Olrt Anaconda utter e d a cry of sat1sfac you as such." tlon, for they had arrived at the edge of the large .. But if I am in no way related to you, It Is not c learing wherein stood bis cabin. or "fort," as be right for m e to ii've upon :vour bounty." 1 often called it., It was a lare: e structure of logs, "Tuel tut! child; banish any S'1Ch ic1eas. for yon n>ith a si n gle door, and windows up near the eaves .are as dear to me and as mucb mY e ,;, was built in the most man11el', 111'!.i


Canada. Chet, the Counterfeiter ('.hie ... was a good retreat wherein to keep off the red-ilkins for loopholes covered the "all in nearly &I points of the eompass, fO that approach from any side of the clearing was well guarded. On the edge of the cleal'ing Old Anliconda and bis charE;es paused, while be gazed sharply toward the calln. "What is it?" "lid Bird asked, noticing the sud den compression of his lips. "Dees the White De stroyer scent danger again. near his cabin?" '' 'Vaal, I 'low there's sumthin' wrong. 'twixt you an' me. Thar's sumbody, Injuu or white ga loot, gone an' taken persession o' mydomy0ile yander, sure'sl1mareflexion uv tber Darwin theory." "Who is it?" Durn me et I know though I'll allow they're white, for no Injun d be w0 ry likely ter start a smoke. not If they war Jayiu' low fur me. "Then tet us hurry forward and get out of danger .Milly Owen said, eagerly. "Not yet, by a long shot! I opine I'm a-goin' ter know more afure I stick my pericranium inter a hornets' nest. Fust uv all, I'm goin' ter l'arn how thick tber Il'juns be hayrabonts. And enjoining the gir1s to r.-main where they were, the scout moved away along the border of the clearing to make bis reconnoissance. In about ten minutes be returned, and glanced un easily toward the cabin. u We've got to git out o' this,' he said "Cur tbar's a bull pack o red he! ious out bayr in the forest, a sneakin' up In cur rear. e must make fer my Jeetl e fort yander, nn' if we gi t a blizzard frum c o n ceale d enemies, I opine it won't be Olll' fault. J'J rutber an lnjuu'd skulp me any time tnan a white, butCome e rlongl" Seizil .f. each. other's hands, the three girls f Pllowed swiftly ofter the old scout, across the clearing to ward the Cllbin. The distanca was not great, and they were soon within a few yards of the cabin when Old Anaconda gave vent to an overjoyed whoop. ns the cabin doo r swuug open, and a crowd of men stoort upon the threshold to welaome the fugitives. At the same timetbe savages burst from the forest at a tht> fugitives bad just quitted, with wild yells of baffled defeat. "Ob! yell, go! durn yer pesky pelts!" the D1pl.:ie they lll wai t in fer ter arrive." 0 sl" said Amasa contemntuous ly; Wby,ther' ken't l>emany o' them left, I teli ye, fer I slaughtered oh like t n thousan' a I war cumin' beer. l y w ;. y of amus!n' myself. 'Tain't much ter brag on tcr 'Et depends sum'at e f a fell e r's a. consarned cow ardor n ot, Anaconda said, dryly. Ye ken't ex pect much o' a man whoce nerves flies out o' his mouth when a bloodv Jnjun sculp i s lowered before his eye$ Ef he' s a brave roan, show me a cow ard I" Amasa colored to the rcots ot bis hair, and pretendin;i: not to notice the which elicited a. broad smile from all hands. he tut ned to give some fatherly advice to Dave and Hal. of whom be bad assumed the -rii:bt of guardian, now that he bad found them. Wtien nobO<\v was near, however, be approac:ie tl the Dwarf Destroyer, mysteriousl y. See heerl'' be said, in a whisper; 11 you' re a pUi'1y good wrter feller, an'efye'll jest keep cluss-moutb cd about thet leetl e affair. I'll make et all right wi' vou. Ye see. I've kinder too k a shine ter the;; Rachel over tbar, an' I want ter make an impression cf! caa." "All ri1?btl Sail in, and I'll not bother i-e ag'ho, the Dwt,d Destroyer said. with a park le in l is eyes. And A.r asa did sail in evident l y, for he l'!id th<> agreeable nd ga.llant, as well as he kPew bow, t,o Rache l Co1 '!ors all the afternoon, nlthougb s .he gave him IL 'DY a slight and hint that Lis I wns not ogre.. lble. The dinner 'repar Pd by the three girls was soo,, erved, aud pr,ved liberal aud satisfactory to th<> bu ngry ones JU the wilderness. The afternoon passe.I away. but there was n< h ostile movement on the part of the savages on th"' edgo o f the forest. Thincit e thos 'in the cabitt to m ore than ordinary watchfulness. Anaconda l1owever, was not he thrown rff hi,, guard. He was ceasel essly watchful, and warne6 those wit bin the cabin to be prer arcd for almost any Furprise. "Oh I ye'll hcer 'em blow their bug! s, nforo J nng you b e t yer hoots!" he said, in response to Hal Day: ton's inquiry. '' They re waitin1 fpr darkness cum on, I allow. an expect reinforcements; 'h<>n thero'll be church mmick m ther air keyed in Ynn-kee Doodle meter." I 01d Sitting B ull over the-re, now?0 "Nary. l or.ine. He's ther" erry same high cock olorum they re waitio' fer. When 1 e comes, you'll no tis a renewed activity ir: the ranks. Thar'll be a. genywine r ed-ski n convention, over tbar." The afternoon gave place to the oncoming night. 'l'h e change of wind had swept the fnrest fire to thA 11orth, and the sun went down over a horiz.:in that; WM smoky and dim. The deep shadows crept on apace and gatbued thickly over the and clearing, wherein stood the Jone cabin. Mebbe we shall gei a blizzard frum them 'r, r copper-con.ts afor<> moon-np. the Destroyer un. nounced; "so ye'd better all grapple a sh tin' arm. an' bunt yerself,;, .:;onveni e n v loophole. Thar's plen ty ot weapons, y nnderi:1 the:' imbl:O.y closet!" All made baste to ann themselvcr; nachel Connors. She knew nothing about flre-armG. cbe said, and would peddle the ammmition to those whe> stood on guard. The anticipated attack befcre moon-rise did not; occur, but did not mke the occupants of the cabin feel any easier T.uey knew that it must comasooner or later. The moon rose above the forest of trees lik" n h.ll of fire coming out of a bloody bath, aud shone down into the clearing brightly, revealing each object as clear as day from the cabin "Now, look sharp. If you see any object in the


Ca.1'18.da. Che t the C o u n terfeiter Chief: n1ature, let It h"ve it, J:erslapl" A second later th" keen eyes of tbe Dwarf caught sight of a tuft in the tall grass that grew in the clear ing, and hA uttered a grunt. H might or might not be the top-knot of a conce,Ied savage-eight out of every ten men would have passed it o.-er without a thought of uspicion. Not so with Old Anaconda. Experience had long since taught him that a very small placG of am bush could secrete a lurking red8.kln. Thrustin'\' his rifle intq a loophol e, he took a quick, accurate aim and fired. Theu he withdrew his rifle and Jl" ered out Into the moonlight. The veteran ))e s troy er had not missed his guess in the least, for that suspicious tuft was now lively enough, and an Indian death-yell pealed out shrilly upon theGauiet of the night. "Jerusa1em I how in thun der'd ye kno' thet varmint war thar!" Amasa Scroggs demanded, in genttine astonishment, while the others expressed their """r>rise in sundry lations. ''The White Destroyer sees like the owl anell in the vicinity of the borne of Syl vanus Dayton, the Magician, but a few minutes be fore, he would have found the cabiu surrounded by red-skins, headed by the white villain, Casper Davton. "He is in thera, curse him!" the r e ner!ade cried. "Oo, open cloor, you pack of yelling idiots I" But the savages were shy or the cabin. and could not be persuaded to touch a timber of what they believer! to b o long to the Evil One. "Curs you a ll for a p-ick o f coyotes I" Casper Dav ton crie d. Stop your infernal screeching, whi1e I orde r the mnn inside to surrender!" The Indians quieted down, and then the white reneo:ade advanced and knocked on the door. "Come open np, if you don't want tlie cabin torn over yonr head, Sylvanus Dayton! No delay now!" Lio ord e red. But there came no answer. Within all was dark, and silent as a tomh. did the renegade pound, and call aloud. .Still no answer. The savages had C'row ded ba"k at a respectful fend it, an' lots o' powder an' ball. So th&t ef them lngins git our scalps, et ain't my fault." The Indians dtJ not return immediatelr. but those within the cabin diJ not r ela..-.: their \ tgilance, for tbey w e r e coasta:tly expecting the savages' I;jlturn, and some su1den SJrprisa in Indian craft. Hal Dayton positioned himself by the side ofpret.. ty Milly Owens, as a sort of protector, while the comely Rachel was zealously guarded by the man from Michigan, Arnasa Scroggs. nncl the long, lean comrade of Ha.I, Dave Laam. D:ive h::i:l no notion of looking favorablv upon the woman who was, unfortunately the wife of Canada Chet. the outlaw, but be caught an glance from her eyes, and resolved to t eac 1 the Yankoe a lesson. Amasa. could not b a induced to leave his post by hints. and accordingly. when an opportunity offere d, D ,ve C'tlled Arnasa a5id e looking as threatening as possible. u See here, you ignol'ant blnnderbussl" be said, sternly, "ecretly amusPd, "do you know what I've a mind to do with you?" 11 J e rusalem. no,., Amasa r e plied, in evident alarm u Whi:t.t's te "Well, if you don't keep away from l'llrs. Connor

Canada Chet. the Cov.nterfelter Chief: 29 "Waal, now, ef them ain't facts. when I come to tllink about don't want a cent." Anaconda me one open the door and let the g Harry Reynolds eagerly officiated in the capactty of dooropener and was quite repaid for his trouble by rece iving a surprised, glad glance from Hazel Eye's pretty, sparkling orns, as she saw him. She entered the cabin, and was warmly r eceive d by Anaconda, Wild Bird and Kitty Owen, while Harry Reynolds stood modestly back, coutent with the knowledgii that he should soo n have h e r for himself. After the first greetings were exchanged, IIazel Eye glanced around the cabin, and nodded her head commendingly, as she saw that every person except Rachel Connors was armed, and had positioned themse lves at a convenient loophole. 1 It is well," she said, turning to Anaconda, "for you'll need every gun and arm you have to defend yourselves from m e rciless butchery. Th e woods are full of savages, who are creeping toward the edge of the glade on its every approach." Let 'em come, we a Jn't a-goin' ter take no slack from them, I'll allow, ef w e a.ire littl e, tbe Dwarf scout said, with a grin, "I reckon we ked drop the crowd, afor e they'd get across tbe clearin '." ; 1 don' t know about that. The red-skins are double your strength in numbers, and have armed themselves with strong bows that will shoot a r e d hot arrow a !freat distance. Oh I th"Y r g;oin' terpersuadeus wi' fire, eh?" and the e;res ot the Indian-hater sparkled w ith a danger ous light. "They're a-goin' ter burn us out, be they, the varmints?'' "That is evidently their intention," Hazel Eye re plied. "Is old Sitting Bull with them now 1" No; the chief has suddenly disappeared. and the red-skins believe ho has returned to the village for more warriors." "Reckon mebbe some galoot's tapped the old son of a sea-cook on the nOJ'gin I Et sech be the case, I shall cavor1i and weep, f e r it hes bin the sole ambi tion or my latter lite to raise the ha'r of thet old red cuttb roat. By the way, gal, what war thet explosion a while ago?'.! "It was the blow-up ot the Magician's cabin, on Beaver Lake. A white i enegade and a number of Indians were killed." Rachel Connors started f orward, eagerly. 0 His name his name!" she gasped, her form trembling and features working. "Was it Canada Chet?" "No, Mrs. Connors, it was not. This man's name '\fas Casper Dayton. But, I have to advise you, that the ruffian Canada Cbet, was massacred, together with every person in Quinnebog, during the forepart of this night!" BP-fore Haze l Eye had finish e d speaking, there was a sharp scream and the outlaw's wife fell to tbe fioor, as all supposed, in a swoon; but when they picked hn up, they found that her heart had ceased to beat, and she was dead. This cast a g loom over those within tha cabin, for it seemed a bad omen, just when they were "beiore the enemy." The body was placed upon a couch of skins, and covere d up. and then a deep silence prevailed in the cabin, while they all watched for the coming of the enemy. Harry Reynolds managed to get a few words with Hazel Eye, and a pressure of her hand, as a reassurance that she had not forgotten him since a previous meeting. The attention ot all was presently called to the eastward by Old Anaconda. A had suddenly .been kindled at the edge ot ihe timber. around which several forms could be B88n bw..sied. "Thet settles et. W e 're goin' ter hev the cabin tiled over our heads, But we must saroumvent SUID of them red ripscallions' plans, tho'," Old AnSCODo da said. "You, young man, whose handle is D&ve Laam, mount up inter ther loft, whar you'U find & trap openin' out on the roof. When ye hear me screecll you open ther trap, climb out on ther roof, an' pull oui the burnin' iron, sling it away, an' get back in under kiv e r lively, l es t Y" git plugged in the back." / Dave turned to obey; then Old Anaconda called to Amasa. "Cum, nf!xt tallest; you stand by ther door,"'an ef an arrer strikes inte r wood b e low tber eave s et'll be y e r duty ter knock it out wi' yer g"un. and skedaddle baC!< into the

30 A!l instant later there was au o&ili>u the side or tbe cabin "Now's your time!" Anaconda yelled, Harry Reynolds darted out of the cabin, and with a heavy stick rMcb.ed and dislodged the arrow which had alr<>al.n tima the red devils were swarming t-:>warJ the cabin from all sides, howling and yelling the b zs t they 1n1fv.,. -..-::.--w, as they C!ame that an easy .,, ,_ ... umerr's-g:>l durn :P. le, "'.'.1>e, 1 say, an' don'i; waste a shot. Make every cflJ.iltr o' Jead count, fer ef ye don't w e're a gone set 'coons. When they get in, next ter ther well say our kittenklsms, an' lay Crnck I went the weapons In sharp concert, t.ns weratl bv '113rce Indian yells and death-cries; crac.1"' ph-iscs. b:'? tb.r., b:v ..;a ihe mercies of the scalping-knife. These were the only two alternatives. Old Anaconda gazed around into the faces of those witbin the cabin. Each face was a shade paler lltlao usual. although beg-rimed with powder and smoke. Harry Reynolds had recovered consciousness, and after having a bull t ext.racted from his shoulder, be was able t >stand alone. Dave Laam httd also been r e lieved of several leaden messengers but was very weal<. The Dwarf Destroyer !):ave vent to a stifled curse, as he listene d to the triumphant hon,ls of the red hellions ou the outside. They were making no attack, tor they knew that the burning cabin must soon rout out the concealed pale-faces. With a grim nod of his h ead Old Anaconda ascend ed into the loft, and tool< a pee p out of the man-hole onto tbe roof. One glance satisfied him. The whole roof was in one blinding blaze-burning rapidly, fanne d by a stiff bree z e which had sprung up, and came bowling down from the north. He returned to the ground floor, and once more glanced into the faces of bis men. Alarm was ex pressed there1 but th;i were yet resolute and deter-mined t:: t::> the 'Whe.. "' LIO wi..: O>u .:J0x Watchman de.mand0 1, "Stay here and stare deat!:l o: :-. ;'; Listen. By n.r. t"'"".._, ........ l orim!ct 'Ti,elp i8 coming/" cried Hal Dayton, iis tue ecno m : a l:iorn <> faintly to their . G::id bd L!w..i, for true I" Old An& mounted Manitoba volunteers to ow suc,cc! The savages made the discovery ? ,bout the same time as those inside the burning cabin. and advanc ing abreast, in military style, prepared to open fire upon the horsemen as soon as they came withill range. "' But, forgetful ot the rear, they made c,u advance just far ennugb to expose their persouG eo loop. holes' range Anaconda had been we,tching for this, eud t.ook advantage of it. Every loophole on the eastern side of the cabin was manned, and at a given signal a volley ot lead en death poured into the line of savages, mowing them down like before a scythe. A t the same time there waz a toot of a bugle. and the mounted police charged forward, with speaking rifles. Wb&t could be the result? There was but a sin gle altl' tha"1;ney fled from the n eighbor!iooc, ::ct o ffering further molestation. Preparations '7ere made c o: :::,1 e:::r.y LCl)a1ture from theregion Horses were found in the forcct belonging to the Indians, and appropi"iated, Ju that each person bad ... n0un,; \Vero :ea ... :y ,;c ca v e vicinity 01. Gile burn .. ca.bin, YhCV .1. OOJL'.:! was c ross ing the clearinc;, a r-d the i.11yst eriouz 0.1.. t.i1lc l'i'or est soon s tood close l',t. ht>,ncl. :i9ng, .!lowevei.-, ioi.' ... n -


Canada. Chet, the Counterfeiter Chief'. 81 was seen t o part in the back, and out rolled a human body, doubled up like a ball. This unfolded, and ln a moment more Sylvanus Dayton, the Magi cian, st<.'lod upon his feet, and the Demon of the For est was no morel The whole secret of the Demon, amounted to the fact that Dayton was one of those "boneless" wonders of the human race and was abl e to roll himself into a baJI, and get rnside the Walking Head, which was manufactured out of buf falo hide, wi t h artificial e y e s and ears. These he worke d from the inside b y the aid of bis hands. Another reunion took J?lace between tbe two longeeparated brothers, wb1ch we have not space to relate ln detail, then the wh<>l e party bade adieu to the wilds of the Northwest, first, however, interring the body of Rache l Connors, near Old Anaconda's c abin. The Daytons are now in Ottawn. and an equal division of the w ealth b etween James and Sylvanus pl!lced the m forever above pecuniary want. 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