The black range; or, Frank Reade, Jr., among the cowboys with his electric caravan.

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The black range; or, Frank Reade, Jr., among the cowboys with his electric caravan.
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2 oTHE BLACK RANG E. "Black Max I think I r e m embe r hitn. A dark scowl, ing f e llow who came near pi s toling you once?" "He i s the f e llow!" r eplie d Haven with a s mile. "He is an ugly cus tomer Max is. It would b e h a rdly s afe to ac cuse him of the theft vyhat that steer wit h th e twisted ranch e r o "No, that is our s !" "But it can t be. See th e brand? Reed gaze d at the brand in amazement. to Decatur and hi s companion s "Throw tha.t s teer," he said. "I' want to "Yet, I believe he i s th e thi e f c ri e d t h e gen e ral, with conv i c tion. "I s hall in v e s tigat e C all up the boys and l e t 's brand ride ove r to the round up!" Reed ble w a small whistle In a moment from th e ranch s hed s whi c h were built in the f orm of a trian g l e tlll'e e rough lookin g f ellows s prun g They w e r e in s tantly in th e s addl e and away rod e the caval-' c ade of five men. Ihs tantly the three cowboys rode forward The s teer s ingled olft. Aloft went the ir swirling lariat s One c ir c l e d about s t e er s horn s and the oth e r about hi s right l eg. A pull in oppos ite dir e ction s and down went the I d e ned beast. The talltness of the lariats held him The ran c h was soon left far behind. And the two men, Ree d ahd Vaile, were enabled to To the westwa rd ext e nd e d the mighty expan s e o f th e mount y nd lei surely in s pect the br a nd range. Far out on the horizon lik e low l y ing black clouds, It was the bran q of Black Max the h erde r o n the was a mountain rang e range. For some mom ents G e n. Vaile s tudied it. Thi s was the rang e of Bla c k Mountain s and at their bas e Then Ree d s aid: and winding out into the plain fl.ow1ed the s luggi s h water s of Did y ou ever notice any s imilarit y b e tween Dane s Blac k River. and ours?" Th e Bla c k Range was ri g htly nam ed. "There i s the'Same cross mark, but the figure eigh Ther e was e v e n a certain s omberness in the air, the hill s "Wait!" said Reed, coolly "Remove the upper w ere of black rock, the riv e r blac k and s il e nt, and the soil hand lobe of the eight, and the right uauu-.:oc;-. bla c k a s ink while even the gra s s was of the darkest kind there i s our brand!" of green. An a s toni s hed cry bur s t from Vail e / But th e Black Rang e was a mos t famou s grazing region 'l' he two m e n exc hang e d glance s Not in the whole Southwest was its e qual to be found. In a little bas in t e n miles to the westward s everal hun dred of the cattle had been rounded up. There was a special rea son for thi s It was by Gen. Vaile 's orders and the reason therefore I shall be seen lat er. On a s winging gait rod e the Bla c k Riv e r Ranch contin gent. Jerry Juke Snapp e r Jake and Vil D e catur were the euphoniou s names of the three cowboys. P e rh a p s half a hundred of these hard y a dventurous cowboys w e re in G e n Vaile 's e mploy, but the y \Vere far to the northward with other h e rd s th e r e grazing. Deep Bottom, the plac e of the round-up, soon began to .. come mto v1ew. A s th e part y rode on a gre at drove of cattle c ould be see n "Tha t looks like an alt e red brand!" I will tak e my oath that it is," s aid Haven Reed, "for I know this steer to b e our s from marks upon him! "Then-Max Dane i s the thief!" "Either he or some one of hi s men!" Vaile' s face was like a thund e r cloud "We are going to hav e troubl e on a c count of this, v e n !"he s aid. "I mu s t see D ane a t once and--" "Ah !" cried the ranch e r o e xcitedly. "Here h e now!" Down into the sink rode a dozen arm e d men. Lawless-looking fell o w s the y w e r e At their head r a t a ll mus tached and d a rk-featured man. He touched his sombrero at s i ght of Vaile and pulled hi s hor se. "Glad to see you, general! "_J1e said. "Fine day on restlessl y moving about the plain while cowboys with s naptrail!" ping s whip s rode around th e m to keep them from a stam-Gen. Vaile ignored the sah\tation He was thor6ug pede. ( s tirreci q. Soon Gen. Vale s party rod e down into the depression. "Dane," he s aid, "I think you and I bad better mak A s they approached the h e rd was c ar e full y in s p e cted. Sudwider difference in our brands." denly the general pull e d up hi s hors e and cried: Black Max started, and his face turned black as a th "Look, Reed is there not one of Dane's' cattle?;' der cloud


THE BLACK RANGE. 3 I= tll "Eh !" he exclaimed, sharply. "What are ye driving t ?" "Our cattle seemed to get mixed up." "'Vall res. 'My cattle are hard to keep together, for rue our herd is larger and raws them. But I have no trouble thf locating my stock." "Indeed!" But he restrained himself, and putting up his revolver, turned to Reed. "Haven,' he said, tensely, "I ought to have that wretch I We shall now be in constant danger." "You are right, general," replied the young ranchero, set ting his lips firmly after the remark. "But I have exposed the scoun drel, and I will publish wa "In fact, I hev cum over to-clay to drive some two or him from one end of New Mexico to the other." hree steers of mine yew hav e over h ere. Ah I thar's my th wrk now.'' He pointed to the fall e n steer. Gen. Vaile looked gri111 tnaJre put a hand upon hfs pistol butt, and said quietly: "Is that vour steer Max?" les d "Sartin!" I: ''Did you ever own a steer with a twisted horn like that nefe?'' ''Why, thet's one mark 1 well remember." Gen. Vale drew a deep qreath. He rode his horse a rartifie nearer, and look ed the di s honest herder straight in 1e eye. F--"Do you really dare to assert that that is your steer?" le Dane 's gaze waveied, but he replied : "Of course I do! Do ye mean any insinuation?" threatlgly. I I "I mean more than an insinuation. I know that the and has been c hanged on that steer, and that you are a t stema tic thief.'' ml \ Black Max reeled a s if dealt a blow. !" His evil face was contorted with black hatred and he hippe(l out a revolver only to look into the death dealing "It will truly be a war between u s now," said Haven. "Every man on the range mu s t go armed." The outlook certainly was not a pleasant one. Sud denly Haven continued: "I have had my fear s of the rascal, general, ever since that insulting letter he sent to Carlotta." "To Carlotta! to my daughter! gasped the general. "1 knew nothing of that." "She did not tell you for fear of having trouble with the wretch. she s howed it to me, and it is no harm to tell of it now." Gen. Vaile was astounded. "' "What-what was the character of the letter 0 he asked. "It was n proposal of marriage. Of course, Carlotta did not answer it." \ "The audacwus scoundrel !" gasped. the ranch owner. "I wish I had shot him now. We shall have much to fear from the wretch. I think I had better send Carfottra back to St. Louis at once. This is a. bad outlook." "Gen. Vaile," said Haven Reed, in a strange but reso lute voice, "before harm shall come to Carlotta or to you, every man of us will die. Eh, boys?" The cowboys, who had been interested li steners all this I of one before him. Tarnatio_n an' blaze s !" he yelled. ge of that and liv e." "Nobody kin accuse while, opened their throats an? cheered. Every rna? of them was faithful to their noble employer. "I aecuse you of it!" thundered Gen. Vaile, "and I de and that you return the cattle you have stolen from me, om ( it's war to the teeth between you and I hencetorth." For a moment Max Dane cowered before the righteous ath o the man befor e him. ro Then a jeering laugh escaped his lips ea. "'Ihcn war it shall be!" he cried. "And curse ye, I'll ve yer heart 's blood fer thi s insult to-da.y an' you," turnll to Reed. "You young whelp _I'll break your spirit too. is in Black Max's power an' he never leaves the track of he lwtcs." g \Vith a snarling cry the desperado wheeled his horse. His lowers sent up a defiant yell, and all rode away at full eel. 1 hlor a moment Gen. Vaile seemed about to send a shot r them. All hated the villain Dane. But before Gen. V ai].e could thank them a strange thing happened: There was a rumbling s ound in their rear, and the earth trembled. All wheeled to behold a most astonishing spectacle. To ward them, across the plain, at race-horse speed, came a s trange looking vehi?le, the like of which they had never be- fore seen. CHAP'l'ER H. THE ELECTRJC CARAVAN-THE DETECTIVE .. I Six weeks previous to the events just chronicled, in a cer tain little bustling city in the United States called Reades town, there was quite a little stir of excitement and interest. The town had been founded by a man who bore the name


4 THE BLACK RANGE. of Frank Reade, a distinguished inventor whose fame was But t they were extr e mely light and banded with world wide. rubber tires. Many s trange and curious machine s he had invented. This with the cushion s prings made the Caravan as He rapidly become a man of fortun e ; but, growing riding a carriage a s one could v e ry w ell wis h for. old, his son, Frank R e ade, Jr., succeeded him. Upon the turret the r e was plac e d a s earchlight of This young man was handsome, tall and well formed, and power. At the r e ar of the Caravan there was the idol of Reade s town v ery light but d e adl y dynamit e gun, operated by and the s pecial invention of Frank Read e Jr. He was a worthy prototype or his father, and went on inventing air-ships and other wonderful things. But for some months pas t he had been employed upon a new invention. In the extensive shops used solely for the manufactur e of his machines Frank Reade, Jr. had long bee n at work upon what he s hould b e a mas te rpiece. He had long entertained a to take a trip into the Apache country of the southwest. This new machine, therefore, was cons tructed with a view to safe traveling in that region. For the enlightenment of the reader, let us give a brief of it as completed. For the body of the New Electric Caravan, for such Frank called it, he had selected sheets of fine rolled steel. This was deverly joined and made water tight. Th e The intE!rior of the Caravan was a revelation of and comfort. The furni s hings were of the richest de s cription. course the compartments were s mall, but they were There was the main cabin, which was a combination cabin and dining-saloon. Off from it were small bunks sleeping. Beyond were the cook room, the e ngine room, and a azine for the storing of all explosive used This had doubl e plated steel shutter s and was proof. This is an inadequate description of the famous Caravan Thousands of sightseer s had been admitted within a days to see the wonderful invention. In Frank Reade, Jr's., e mploy there was a comical body of the Caravan was long and wagon shaped; with a ing darky, named Pomp, and a joval Iris hman named high dasher from which a ram some four feet in ney O'Shea. iength. One was as black as a coal, and the other had the At in the Caravan's body were s mall, circular of hair and as comical a mug a s ever the Emerald Isle windows like the dead-eyes of a ship. duced. Here were the lower compartments and electrical engine Barney and Pomp had been long in the employ of Fr rooms of the machine Above these compartments was a Read. deck completely encircled by a guard rail. They were faithful, s h a rp and smart and popular Built up from the deck was a protective cage Of the well. Wherev e r the famou s young inventor traveled of steel wirf!. At interval s there were small loop world over they accompani e d him. holes in the netting to allow of a rifle being fir e d from the And half the success of his inventions depended upon interior. two-the Irishman and the negro. Moreover they were Above the netting was yet d eck with a round turly company. ret which had its foundation in the main body of the Car avan This turret had loopholes and was des ign e d as a means of Barney was a joker of the most original kind, and play the Irish fiddle with a ma s ter hand. Pomp was a banjoi s t of a high ord e r and brimful of wider view. Its interior was fitt e d up with rifle racks and tation lore. The two mad e a hot team. stands of small arms, being a veritable arsenal. Above it waved a SI;nall flag. And just forward near the das her was the whe el-house, They were the best of friends and yet one was always gaged in playing pranks upon the otlier. "Begorra, l\fi s ther Frank!" Barney had declared a small tower with plate gla s s windows. Here was the the young inventor announced his intention of going wheel which regulated the guiding apparatus of the wagon. the Apache country. "Yez cud 'nt take a thrip more to The wheels of the Caravan were eight in number, there loiking. Shure it's a foine Injun foighter I am being four behind and four forward. They were very skill"I have no doubt of it, Barney!" said Frank, fully truced, much like the wheels on a Pullman car. "Huh! don' yo' believe a wo'd ob dat, sah !" cried


r THE BLACK RANGE. 5 derisively. "I done know all about dat chile. He am caped w ith ten thousand dollars of old Howe ll s' m o ney. gwine to run an sabe dat lubly red scalp ob his, if he knows Lately I have gained a c lew as to his whereabo u ts hisself Everybody laughed and Barney was furious. "Bejabers, av they got that wool av yures they'd make a woolen blanket av it roight away!" he retorted No doubt the two jokers would have a ruction then and there, had it not been for the interposition of Frank Reade, Jr. He put a stop to it, and sent them about their business. Thus affairs were and Frank had decided upon no definite course of action, when .. one day a man appeared at the ma chine works. He was a tall, shatp featured ma. n with a well knit form. "Ah is that so?" "Yes, I have heard that he is out in New Mexico herding cattle upon what is known as the B lack Range You may have heard of it?" "Very good!" admitted F r ank; but in what manner can I hel p you?" is no one e lse can help me so well. I understa nd that you are going down into the Apache country." "I had thought of it." "Also that you intend to trave l thither in your new E lec tric Caravan "Yes." Rig keen ferret eyes were a "Good! Now the favor I have to ask of you in the inter "Good-day!" he said pleasantly. "Is this Mr. Frank ests of justice is to allow me to accompany you." Reade, Jr.?" "It is!" replied Frank': "My card I mpossible!" exclaimed Frank. "I never take passen gers." "That settles it then. But I thought I woul d app l y to Frank took the pasteboard He saw the name upon it at you. However, I am going down there in q u est oi Max-once. "Alvin Dexter, Detective, Boston." "A d e tective!" he exclaimed in surprise. "What can I do for you?" "You can do much!" replied the detective, quietly. 1 trust that you will when I have told you my story." "If I can help you subserve the ends of justice I am at your service!" replied Frank. "You can!" "Very good! Let me have your story "Are we beyond listening ears?" ''Come with me said .F"rank. He led the way into the private office. Both were seated ; then t?e drew a photograph from his pocket He handed it to Frank. "Did you ever see that man before?" he asked. "Never," Frank admitted. It was the portrait of a dark, repulsive man. He was a type of desperado. well, and maybe I will see you there." Frank extended his hand "Young man," he cried, earnestly, "if I meet you down I cannot take you as a passenger from here I wou ld be there I will certainly }lo all in my power to hel p you: But slighting many whom I have and that wou ld not be right "I1have gain it your co-operation I want, not a free ride. O f course you will admit that the villain oug h t to be bro u g h t to jus tice?" "Certainly, and I will help you do it." ''I thank you." A l vin Dexter, tlie detective, arose and went to the door "I will meet you in the land of the Grease r," he said. I "Until then, Mr. Reade, I wish you good-clay! :. Frank bowed, and tne detective was gone. The you ng in vent"or 'ruminated some time over the matte r He remembered the Howells murder very well. It was a fi.endisl.J. and terrible deed. Sure l y it would be a grea t t r i "'ren years ago there occurred a terrible murder out in umph to now, after ten years, the m u rderer to j ustice Connecticut," said the detective. "It was the Howells' Frank, somewhat excited, touched a bell and Pomp ap murder. You remember that the old farmer and his wife peared were slaughtered by a farm hand named Danton Maxwell." "Pomp," said the young in;,'entor, brsq u e ly, I want you "The Howells' murder!" exclaimed Frank; "I remember to see that the Caravan is all ready to start to-morrow. Have it well." it put aboard a car in sections and billed to Santa Fe. Do "Good enough! That is the picture of Danton Maxwell." you understand?" "Well?" "Yes, sah !" replied the d a r ky, bobbin g h is h e ad "I'se ...__ "Now I have been on his track all these yea r s He esgwine t o do j es' w h a' yo' s a y sah I" 1 I f I 1 I


6 THE BLACK RANGE. Then he vanished. Frank Reade, Jr., lost no time in preparatiolil. CHAPTER III. IN THE APACHE COUNTRY The worU'I. which }}ad its eyes upon the action of the "Bejabers I'm thinkin' we've found thim already!" cried Barney, excitedly. "Wud yez luk at that?" The Celt pointed to the southward. There was a little belt of timber which extended to the river's banks a mile below. From this a band of horsemen appeared. They were coming like a flying cloud toward the Caramous young inventor little dreamed that he had another van. mission to New Mexico than that of pleasure seeking and a It needed but a glance to see by their long lances

I J THE BLACK RANGE. Then ope of their number dropped from his pony, and, with hands uplifted, approached the Caravan. "Begorra, I'd loike wan good thry a.t the varmints," said Barney, eagerly. This was in token of and Frank decided to grant Frank now started the machine toward the river with the the truce. He stepped out of the cage, while Barney and purpose of fording. The bottom was clear and sandy and Pomp kept their rifles upon the advancing red man to make the water shallow so that this was quite possible. sure of guarding against treaclrery. The Apaches seeing this purpose at once began to draw The savage advanced until within fifty feet of the rna-nearer the Caravan yelling the while. chine. Emboldened by the fact that they were not fired upon 'rhen Frank said : ,./# "Well, red man, what do you want?" The Apache, who was a hideous looking chap, expanded his ugly mouth in an artificial grin. "Me friend pale face," he declared. "Come see pale face in his big wagon." Frank smiled at this. "Evidently that red-skin thinks we are fools," he refleeted. "I'll undeceive him." Then aloud he said : "I don t believe you will, Indian. You showed how friendly you were by firing upon us a few moments ago." The Apache only affected a deeper grin, and said: they came quite near. Just as the Caravan made the bank ..., of the river the precipitate attack came. :,r-"l. 'rhe savages rushed their ponies up close to the Caravan and throwing thems elves off tried to gain the deck. -:But.:b'rank Reade, Ji. was prepared for them. He saw that there was no alternative but to kill a few of them and he shouted ttl Barney and Pomp. :Give it to them spare one and make every shot count The two jokers needed no second bidding. Their hatred of the Indian was instinctive, and they at once sprang to the loopholes in the cage With shouts or joy. "We'll gib it to 'em, Marse Frank!" cried Pomp. "Oh, "Dat only way Apache man say howdy. Welcome. No yes, yo' jes' bet yo' life we will." fear. We friends." "Whurroo !"yelled Barney. "Bad luck to the divils, an' "Then you'll go on about your business and leave us here goes fer phwat we're worth. Have at yez." / alone!" said Frank, pointedly. Just as fast as the two could work their repeaters they "Red man want to come in white man's wagon. Heap fired upon the savages the loopholes in the cage. fire water. Be friends." The fire proved most deadly. "No, you don't, you red scoundrel!" replied Frank, sharply. "That game won't work. All we ask of you is to r go 9-Pabout your own affairs." "No make friends wif red man?" asked the savage, half angrily. "I don't care to," replied Frank, with a gesture. "Go away." Whereupon the professed red friend burst forth with a The Apaches could not stand before so hot a fire. Some of them had really gained the deck of the Caravan, but they dropped almost instantly with rifle balls in their bodies given with unerring aim. Beneath such a deadly fire the red foe were driven back. The Indian is a poor fighter in the open ground. The moment that they found their attack stubbornly contested they broke and fled. volley of expletives such as Frank had never heard the likes To a good safe dis tance also. Not until they were far be-oi even from the lips of a white ]Jlan. yond rifle range did they halt. Ten of their number were I Then the truce bearer returned to his waiting companleft dead behind. ions and reported. While not a scratch had been received by those on board They were evidently not well pleased with this. They the Caravan. began yelling fiendishly and brandishing their weapons Then once more they began circling their horses about the Caravan, firing at the machine the while. Frank would not allow Barney and Pomp to re taliate. Barney and Pomp cheered lustily. Frank sent the Caravan ahead now, feeling quite safe. The Apaches had retired and did not seem disposed to renew the contest. Through the river went the Caravan. Once upon the "We do not want to take human life if we can help it!" other side there was a genuine feeling of security. he declared, "but if we find it necessary then we will teach The savages watched the crossing at a respectable dis-a lesson they will not soon forget." tance.


8 THE BLACK RANGE. They did not attempt to interfere. By the light of day they seemed a trifle afraid. But they were not idle. Some of them began to deploy down the river and cross as if with the intention of h eading off the Caravan. :Frank, however, did not fear that they would succeed i.n this. 1 After crossing the river h e sent the Caravan booming away over the plain. The ponies of the Apaches could not hope to travel with the Caravan, so they were soon l eft far behind. "Upon my word, that beats me!" he exclaimed. "It's a locomotiv e off the track." The cowboys straighte ned up and unhung their lariats as if they would make a cast at the runaway monster. But the Caravan now suddenly slackened speed. Brakes were applied and she rounded to, so to speak, and came to a stop not twenty yards distant. Frank Reade, Jr., lifted his cap politely and shouted: "Good-day to you gewlemen! I am pleased to meet you." "Ye-es !" ejaculated the astonished general. "So are On over the plain boomed the Caravan at a forty mile we. But--who the deuce are you?" gait. All on board the Caravan laughed at the earnestness of It was smooth going and good time could be made. The the general. Then Frank made reply : plain was level and almost floor-like. Miles were covered, and s udd enly Barney, who was forward with a powerful glass, sh outed : "Begorra, Mist her Frank, wud yez cum here!" Frank at once hast ene d to the Celt's side. "What's the matter Barney?" he asked. "Jist luk fer yersilf, sor. Shure, I don't know wheth e r it's more Injuns or not!" Frank took the glass and studied a distant dark line on the horizon. \At first be fancied they might be buffalo, but the truth flashed a cross his mind. "It's a round-up!" he ej&eulated. "This is a great cat tle range, and we are now in the land of the cowboys!" "Whurroo !" cried Barney, joyfully. "Shure that's the foinest av news!" 1 "We will run down there and pay our r espects to the herd e rs," declar ed Frank. The Caravan' s course was instantly changed, and it ran rapidly now toward the distant herd of cattle. It was seen now b y the surface of the plain that cattle had grazed here. This was prima facie evide nce that they were last in the land of the cowboys. CHAPTER IV. AT THE BI,A.CK RANCH. To say that Gen. Vaile and his companions were aston ished by the appearance of the Caravan would be a mild statement of the facts. It came down toward them at thundering speed. "I am Frank Reade, Jr., and these gentlemen are Barney and Porup, my assistants. Whom have I the honor of addressing?" .. "Gen Vaile, at your service, and this is Haven Reed, manager of my ranch." I am happy to meet Gen. Vaile!" "It is mutual! But tell me, what kind of a machine have you there that runs without the need of rails?" "This is the Electric Caravan!" replied Frank. "An in vention of mine!" "Well, I'll be sh ot! I nev er saw anything like it before!" cried the general. "The re are many who say that same thing," said Frank, "but I can assure I find the Caravan a safe and effective way of traveling in these wild r egions!" -"I s hould think you might!" agreed the general. "Is that cage bullet proof?" "It is, but I should be pleased to welcome you aboard." "Thank you." Frank down from the deck of the Caravan. The general dismounted. Then they advanced and shook hands warmly. Each look e d into the eyes of the other, and from that mo ment they were friends. The general and R eed went aboard the Caravan. Frank showed them the mechanism of the machine, and I they were deeply interested. "Wonderful!" cried the general, enthusiastica lly. "Truly, Mr. Reade, you are a famous inventor." "I enjoy my inv entio n s," said Frank, modestly; "but if : In the bow stood Frank Reade, Jr., and Barney. Pomp you will tarry aboard, my negro cook will prepare you a was in the wheel-hou se. l "What the deuce is coming?" gasped the general. "What d'ye caU it, Reed?" Haven Reed was amazed. pleasant meal." "A thousand thanks," replied the general warmly, "but my ranch is only t en miles distant. I insist upon your going thither with me."


THE BLACK RANGE. 9 So it was decided that the party should go on to the ranch All fraternized happily, and it was proposed by the cow-and pass the night. boys that the -party retire to a cow shed near and beguile a Frank was not loat h to do this, and Barney and Pomp short while at the fascinating game of pinnochle. were delighted. Barney and Pomp were willing They saw a good chance for sport and a good fea>St. So They were professed greenhorns, and the cowboys win k e d the st'art was made. and chuckled a1. the prspcet of a good. haul. Gen. Vaile and Haven Reed accepted Frank's invitation But pinnochle was .too flat for sportive minds, a nd to ride on the Caravan it was voted down promptly in favor of draw-poker Their horses were taken t charge of by the cowboys, who Of this s imple game and Pomp professed to know rode on 'behind. But Carav:an soon left them far benothing. Yet they were not loath to enter. hind. In a short while Black River Ranch came in sight. Then the Caravan bowled into the ranch yard. On the way thither the General had told Frank of the Jerry Juke dealt the cards. "Ante all!" he said tersely. This was done Then Snapper Jake threw down h is hand and Vil Decitur called for two cards. "He as tryin' fo' a full house," thought the ast u te Pomp, "I am not sure bnt that the villain will have the hardi"he am jes' got free ob a kind. I done :fink I'll stay." changed brands and the rascality of l\fax Dane. hood to attack this ranch!" he declared. "If he does, then Barney was out of it. It lay now between Pomp an d Jerry Juke. There was a moment of silence. "I trust you may beat him off," said Frank, warmly. "If Then Pomp very cautiously took up a chip and p laced it there will be a terrible :fight." I am in the vicinity I s hall certainly help you. But--" "What?" "Have you seen a detective down this way by the name of Alvin Dext er?" "A detective?" "Yes." The general looked inquisitive, and Frank said: "I think he is in pursuit of a noted murderer by name of Danton Maxwell." "Danton Maxwell!" mused the general. "The name sounds familiar. Yet I cannot say that I have ever met anybody b y that name h erea bout s ." "I fear Mr. D exte r will find that he has a harder task to perform that he dreams of," sai d Frank, "however, that i s his business "Now, Mr. Reade l" said the hospitable general, as they stepped down from the Caravan, "let me show you over my ranch. 'rhen we will go in to supper, as I see the hour is near!" This was true. The sun was just gliding the western sky with rare gor geousness. Frank at:cepted the genera.l's kind invitation. There was nothin g suited the ran c h owner better than to pilot one over hi s place and show them the stock. on the pile. Jerry grinned, and slapped down a whol e fistf ul of c hip s "I'll go ye fifty to better," he cried. "Now l es' see yer, sand, nigger There was the faintest suspicion of SL smi l e abou t the c or ners of Pomp's mouth. But he feigned doubt "Don' know bout dat, mah friend!" he said, cautio u sly "Hab yo' got a straight flush or am yo' jes' bluffing?" "I've got enough tew beat yew, nigger!'; sai d the cowboy. "Well, I 'spose I might see you one bettah !" sai d Po mp, s lowly. "Air yew bluffing?" 'Hain't nuffin' to say!" "I'll raise yew ten "J es' one bettah "I'll go it and call The others had been interested spectators They ben t tor-ward now eagerly as the two p l ayers threw down thei r hands. The result was curious. Jerry Jake showed three aces. Certainly i t was a good hand. But Pomp very quietly l aid four nines upon the ta ble. While h e was doing this, however, Barney and Pomp pro"Who am de winner?" he asked, innocently. ceede d to have a little fun on their own account. All roared at this but Jerry Jul{e, who looked disgusted. made things ship-shape aboard the Caravan "Good fer yew, nigger!" shouted Snapper J ake, pou nd Meanwhile the three cowboys, Jerry Juke, Snapper Jake ing Pomp on the back. "Yew air all right-an' I'll" rlsk and Vil Decatur, had been making a social acquaintance yew." with them. Once more the game went on. This time Snap p e r J ake


10 TilE BLAOK RANQE. won a small pot. The game progressed merrily for some time. Then, as honors were about even, the festive cowboys thought they would have some fun. They wil\ked at each other, and Vil Decatur turned and question was one of mast e ry, and it required a.n area of a mile square to settle it. The mustang made a leap in the air, and began a system of gyrations which made Pomp dizzy. The darky, however, was a good rider and hung on. He said: saw the point of the joke at once, and grimly resolved to ''I'll wage r my buc k s kin broneho on this hand agin your turh it on the laughing and sb.rieking cowb9ys. money. What dew ye say?" I'se jes' gwine to take dat, sah !" cried Pomp. "Dew ye me. an it?" "Ob co'se I does!" "Put up the cardJ F' I They were dealt, and a s good luck had it, Pomp got a full hous e of aces and kings. He s tood ready to back it with all he had Decatur 's hand was three jacks, and he bet boldly. The re s ult was that Pomp won easy. The negro was de-... lighted "Golly!" he exclaimed,-"I jes want fq' to take one look at dat lily hoss !" "Good fer yew, nigger!" cried Jake, a:pd then all the cowboys began to congratulate him. Decatur appeared to be much broken up and tried to get "Hang on, nigger!" "Don't drop off!" "Lay him out!" These and other yells were give(, and Pomp heed e d them well. Round and round the corral went the darky and the mustang in the mad struggle for ma s tery. So long as the mustang p e r severe d in thi s line of pro cedure Pomp Wil.S all But presently he his tactics. CHAP'TER V. FRANK PROPOSES TO DEFEND THE RANCH. That mus tang was an expert in the art of bucking. Thus far he had tried it in every fashion upon Pomp. But in vain! Pomp to release him But the darky would not. The darky still Now, however, the mustang tried "Well," said Decatur, "I'll make a ra.ce with ye fer him? a change of programme much to Pomp' s sorrow He's the fastest mus tang on the ranch, but I kin take old Turning s uddenly after coming to a stop, the mustan g Spotted Joe an beat ye !" reached around and in s tantly gripped Pomp 's toe, stirrup and all in its teeth. The hold was a good one; and the darky gave a spasmodic was up. yell of pai11. The mustang went around lightning-like in n. "I'll do dat ; frien' !" cried Pomp, whose racing blood Pomp had once been a very s uccessful jockey, and there was no doubt in his mind but that he c ould open the eyes of the cowboys. So off to the corral they w ent. It was just at dusk, but there was yet time ehough for a race. Decatm lassoed and led forth the very prettiest mustang of the lot. Pomp was delighted. "Y e've got the king pin boss on the range, nigger cried Snapper Jake. "Now les' see ye rid e him "Huh! jes' yo'. len' me a saddle an I'll show yo'!" de clared Pomp. circle and the darky losing his balance went off. The fall broke the vicious animal' s hold upon his foot and the mustang galloped away with a shrill neigh of triumph. The cowboys yelled with delight as Pomp arose and came hobbling toward them. "What'll yew take fer yer pony, nigger?') "Ain't he a buck jumper?" "Yew are a dandy rider!" These w ere the exclamations Pomp had to face. The darky was very angry and s ullen Decatur brought out a saddle and it was placed on the am a'right !"he growled, "but I jes' bet yo' de beer mustang's back, he making little or no resistance fo' de crowd dat none ob you uns can stay on dat hoss's Then Pomp pulled his ca,p over his ears and advanced tc back so long as I did." mount. "I'll take yew nigger!" cried Snapper Jake. "Put up The mustang stood docile enough while Pomp mounted. yer cash." But when the darky raised the reins and slapped the a n"Mah wo'd am good!" imal's neck there was an immediate circus. "All right! I'll take yer word fer it." The principal actors were Pomp and the mustang. The The pony was lassoed once more, and Snapper Jake


THE BLACK RANGE. 11 mounted. To Pomp's amazement the cowboy had no. trouble with the mustang at' all. Pomp was now the laughing s tock of the crowd. But he was too disgusted to appreciate the joke. "Huh! he growled. "I don fink nobody kin ride a trick pony. I was je s fooled dat was all." Then Barne y and Pomp contributed in their way with the fiddle and the banjo. This immensely pleased the cowboys and Barney and Pomp were favorites from that on. But at the hour often and just as the party was breaking up some exciting incidents occurred. Darkness now began to settle down thick and fast. There was the clatter of horses' hoofs, and a cowboy came Every moment began to ride in from distant riding madlv into the yard .-" points, until fully half a score were on hand. He almost tumbled from his horse and staggered up the All of them brought a thrilling report. piazza steps. It was seen then that his face was streaming It was rumored at the s ettlement below on Black River with blood. that BlacU Max had sworn the mos t dire vengeance upon Gen. Vaile. "Broncho Bill!" cried Haven Reed 1 excitedly. "What is the matter with you?" The general heard this report not without some concern. "The devils are coming!" gasped the exhausted He at once gave orders for the place to be carefully "Thy nigh down here by 'the Forks!" guarded, and that every man should have his pistols ready at hand Jhat night. "Who is coming?" cried Gen. Vaile "Why, that pizen varmint, Black Max. He's got all of "This may not be very pleasant for you, Mr. Reade," he a hundred or more Greasers and cut-throats from Broken said to Frank. "I have no daubt you would rather be qut Bar. They're all coming up hyar to wipe out this ranch!" of it." Gen. Vaile turned deadly pale and reeled back. "On the contrary," said Frank, "I shall be pleased to be right in it, and I think we can give thes : rascals a good siege." "You don t say that you mean to h e lp us?" Certain! y." The general wrung Frank's hand "My God!" he gasped, "this is awful!" Then he clutched Haven Reed's arm. l <.!Reed, my boy," he said, huskily, "I'm going to put great trust in you." "You can trust me to the death!" said Haven, in a voice of steel. "I never forget you," he "I Wl;Ult you to s addle the two best horses on the range. Perhaps the most deeply alarmed person on the place Take Carlotta and ride-ride until you reach Fort 1Y,l:yers. was the general s daughter, Carlotta Xaile. Leave her there and bring back troops." She was a beautiful &nd accomplished girl, and the idol-"I will." of her father's heart. Haven R eed s tarted for the door. But Frank Reade, Jr., The home of the Vailes was in St. Louis, but CaJ;lotta had stood before hiin begged to accompany her father out upon his "Wait," said the young inventor, calmly. "Don' t do ranch. \ that!" She was the only one of her sex in a wide region about, and had only been enabled to reach the ranch by a long horeback ride, which few women c. "I'm not the man you think I am!"


12 THE BLACK RANGE. Then, the speaker's face being expo. sed in the light, Frank recognized him. Frank Reade, Jr., who had und e rtak e n the def e n s e of the ran e h, hOW began to formulat e hi s plan s accordingly. The Caravan was plac e d at the gat e of the stoc kade with "Alvin the detective!" he gasped. "Frank Reade, Jr. !" cried the detective, told you we should meet!" joyfully. "I the electric gun trained to bear upon the prairi e in front. Thn Frank took a gr e at coil of wir e and w ent out upon Frank turned to the 9-etective's captors the prairie. "I will vouch for this man!" he said, "he is a friend." With the h e lp of Barney and Pomp h e rapidl y uncoil e d it Explanations followed and apologies were in order. Then and made several circuit s of the s tockad e about a hundred Dexter told of his adventures since leaving home. yards distant from it. "I left Santa Fe a week ago 1" he declared. "I have ridThis wire wa. s with the powerful dynamo s and den night and day and have just come from Broken Bar, a a terrific current s ent through it. rough settlement below here." "What!" cried Gen. Vaile, "then you must have heard of an upr}s!ng there?" "Yes!" replied the detective. "And I qn my way here to warn you!" "Indeed!" "A certain desperado named Black Max is coming with a gang of cut-throats to burn your ranch." "So we have news!" s aid Frank Reade, Jr. "Then you are prepared for him ?" "We shall be!" "Thank Heaven for that. Do you know I think I recbg nized in him my man!" Frapk Reade, Jr., was astounded. Then every :fighting man in the ranch was upon the stockade. With the s e a rchlight Frank could at will r e veal any point around the stockade for a mil e or more. Thuf:' prepared, the young inv e ntor s aid to G e n Vail e : "If they whip us now they mu s t have some powerful ar tillery. And if they don't dismount my electric gun at once, they can't even do it with that." Gen. Vaile was now more confident, and s aid : "You are a wonde rful man, Mr. Read e I hope your plans will not miscarry!" "Haveno fear Qf that," s aid Frank, "but if your daugh ter you fear for let her come aboard the C a ravan. We c a n all e s cap e in that, anyway, for they have not hor ses fleet to catch us." "Indeed, I will avail myself of that offer, Mr Reade. A "You don't mean it?" he cried. "Not Danton Maxwell, bullet, you know, might enter the stockade." the murderer?" "Yes, I believe that he and Black Max are the same." "Then we must capture him!" cried Frank excitedly. "Dexter, I shall help you all in my po'fer." "Thank you, Mr. Reade," said the detective, gratefully "You are quit e right, Gen. Vaile." So Carlotta went aboard the Caravan. She was certainly safe there. All h a d been mad e for the atta c k of the foe. But midnight came and passed. Still he did not come. "With your help I am sure of success!" "Are our ad vice s reliable?" a s ked Haven Reed, in someThe great question now was how to receive the attack of what of doubt. the foe. "Mr. Alvin Dexter reported it so," replied Frank R e ade, Meanwhile a new ru:r;nor bad reached the ranch. This .was that te Apache band of Long Lance were in collusion with Black Max, and were al s o coming to the at tack. Jr. "He came direct from Broken Bar "Certainly; the r e port was curr ent ther e," d e clar e d the detective. "Indeed, the r e was much e x cite m ent ove r it." "I think there i s no doubt of the villain s inte ntion s," declared Gen. Vaile, But yet the attacking party did not appe ;r. did it If this was the case a tremendous force would be launched against the few defende;s of Black Riv e r Ranch. mean? "Don't you really think, Mr. Reade," a s ked Gen: Vaile, "that we had better send Carlotta to Fort Myers?" "General," said Frank, quietly, "have no fears. I can defeat a forc e twice as large." "I depend on you?" "You may." It was reckoned that the attacking party would reach the ranch shortly after midnight CHAPTER VI. AN ELECTRICAL SURPRISE. Had there b e en a picket, or an outpo s t, howe v e r, it would ];lave been speedily di scovered that the foe w e re advancing to the attack. But their scheme was, Indian. like, to effect a surprise.


THE BLACK RANGE. 18 Their ponies were corralled some miles below, and the The result was that they were obliged to beat a dismayed of white men and Apaches, full three hundred strong, retreat. Out upon the darkened prairie they rushed pell ere creeping through the tall prairie toward the mell. pomed ranch. But they gave vent to their feelings in wild and demoniac The first intimation of this was received in a strange way. yells. The cowboys and Gen. Vaile were elated as well as Suddenly Frank heard the dynamos click. There was wonderstruck. shock, a brief flash of light out on the prairie, and a terriThe genetal came rushing aboard the Caravan wildly ex-e agonized yell. cited Instantl y the young inventor was upon his feet. "Mr. Reade, you have done it!" be cried. "Bravo! it is "Hurrah!" be cried, "there is the advance guard, and wonderful!" first victim!" I told you that we would make it lively for them!" said Instantly all was excitement in the stockade. Frank with a smile. Th e cowboys all rushed to their posts half expecting the "And you have done so. Your electric wires did it." oe to pounce right down upon them. But they did not. 'fhe wires so skilfully laid by Frank Reade, Jr., were do llg their work. The young inventor had at once sprung to the searchlight pd sent its rays out on the prairie. "The best thing they can do!" said Frank, grimly, "is to make tracks from this vicinity. I can annihilate ten times their number!" "Indeed, I believe you!" The cowboys were riding their horses madly about the ranch yard, shouting defiance to their foes out on the The wires could not be seen as they were low on the prairie, and firing their pistols in the air. round, but the forms of the assailants could be identified ainly. Seeing that they were discovered all reserve was thrown If and they came to the attack furiously. It was not long before Dane's gang recovered from their'_ respulse. They gathered upo:ri a little rise of the prairie and re turned the yells of the cowboys. It was plain that they had In a body they sprung up from the grass and rushed tonot given up the contest. ard the stockade. But they did not reach it. Instead they struck the deadly wires and the result was for them. la.By the score they were piled in an inextricable heap. ome. of them received adeath stroke, but others not coming contact with the wire were shocked into insensibily. While, with every contact with the wire lightning flashes to leap and play along the ground. Of course such a mysterious and astounding :eception as bad a demoralizing effect upon the attacking force. Especially the Indians were terrified by the curious ligbt fillg flashes. To them they had a s upernatural meaning, and this was nough. They beat a hasty and unceremonious retreat. 'rhe Greasers and other desperadoes of Dane's command ad never seen an exhibition of electrical forces before. It was therefore natural that they should be also imressed with doubt and terror. To them it seemed as if mines were being exploded beeath them, with the exception that there was no report. Several charges were made, but each time the electric threw them into confusion. "I really believe they mean to attack us again," said Ha ven Reed. "You may depend upon it{ declared Frank, "that is their intention." "Had we not better get ready to receive them?" "Wait a rile!" Frank kept the search light full upon the group of des peradoes. This plainly did not please them, for it was most daz zling, and its nature they could not comprehend. They kept up a rattling fire all the while. This was not without effect either, for two of the cowboys who recklessly exposed themselves were badly wounded. \ The desperadoes now seemed to adopt new tactics. They deployed in single lines until the ranch was completely surrounde.f. Then the tramp of horses' feet was heard. The truth was apparent. They had brought up the horses, and were about to make a mounted attack. "Well, they have good pluck," muttered Frank Reade, Jr., "but I think we can give them enough this time." Round and round 1 the ranch the attacking party now rode. The pnairie seemed alive with them.


. .. 14 THE BLACK RANGE. The Apaches rod e their ponie s in th eir u s ual way, yell ing like fiend s N ea r e r they drq w their lin e t o the ranch : Frank knew that they s oon s trik e th e wired. The youn g inven to r f ollow e d th e m with t he searchlight closely. S udd e nl y t h e c rash cam e Another e xplo s ion follow e d a n d again a-"s cor e of met their f a te. The rest o f t h e atta c kin g b and h a d now pau s ed the deadly work of the d estroy in g invention 'rhey h a d n e v e r seen anyt h ing l i k e it before and a t a loss t o understand it. On e o f t h e Apa c h e ponies came in c on tac t with a wire 'I h e y coul d face a batte r y of Uncle Sam 's guns but The re was a t e rrifi c flas h, and hors e and ride r were tum-tempt to stand b efo r e t hi s a wful destroyer was too much. bl e d in a h e ap There was pl ainly p o w e r e n o u g h in t h e d e adl y gun Bu t Fra nk R e ade Jr., h e ard a di s ma ying s ound. This was the rattling buzz of the d y namo s At h e sprang into the e ngin e-room and sa.w the t ruth. dest roy t hem aU. Sati sfie d of t his, a h as t y and mo s t ord e rly retreat was made. Frank sent the Caravan a.ft e r th e m. Wh e rever a good s hot c ould b e made with the The wir e had been sev e r e d b y the colli s ion with the In-. gun, it was mad e Dozens of the Apa c hes w e r e dian pon y and the circuit was brok e n. But the white desp e radoe s seem e d to b ear charm e d Had the attacking force known this at the moment, they 'I'hey g ot beyond rang e and di s a p p eared. might ha v e made a m a d atta c k upon the ranch, and p e r-For some miles Frank purs ued the foe. Then he hap s have c a rried it. turned to the ranch. Fortunate l y they dela y ed their attack, little a.war e of the The battl e was over. advantage the y held. The d ef e nd e r s of the ranch were victors. G e n. Vaile A s s oon a s he saw that the circuit was brok e n, Fra. nk o v e rjoyed kn e w at once the u selessness of the 'ele ctric wires. He wrun g Frank's hand earnestl y and cried : He kne w that a different mode of defen se must be adopt"But f or you w e should certainl y ha v e all bee n s la e d, a nd that at once. and the ran c h burn e d !" h e d e cl a r e d "It i s a debt I H e s houtE:d to Barney and Pomp and then s prang to the n e ver fully r e pay, but I s h all n e ver forg et." breech of the e l e ctric gun. _, Qui c k a s a flas h Frank plafed a projectile in the breech. The n Barney in the pi'lot-house pre s sed the motive le ver, and the C a ravan ran out of the ranch yard. Out upon the prairi e it ran, and Pomp s w ept th e circle with t h e electric light Jus t wher e the l a r ges t c rowd of the I f o e w e re, B a rney s wun g t h e h e ad of the Caravan abou t. Frank took lightning lik e aim and the n pressed the e lectric key. The re sult was 'thrilling. The re was a s li g h t r e c o il a hissing of air, and the n th e dynamite projectile was l a unc hed at the foe It struck the gro und right in t h e m i d s t of a scor e of Apaches. "Indee d s aid Frank, warml y "Do not think of ... I am onl y too g lad t o h e lp you." B e auti f ul Carlott a V aile was e xub e ra.nt in joy gratitude She expressed her warmest th anks to Frank. Then "' f ollowed a s p e ll of m e rrymakin g a t t h e ranch. It was in the e arl y h ours b e for e this had ended Day li ght was at hand. How e v e r G e n Vail e's fear s n o t over. He had call e d e v e r y cowboy o n the range to du ty, otde r e d them all armed to the te e th "We hav e got to rid e th e range ove r," h e declare d v illain s hav e b.een b affle d in t h eir att empt to destroy ran c h but t h e y will attempt to ato n e for b y killing The re was a t e rrific, thunderou s roar and an earthquak e of my cattle." like shock. Then a might y blaze of li g ht, an d the bodies of "Do you m e an that?" exclaimed Fra nk in surprise Indian s and ton s of e arth and ston e were s e en to rise in th e air. "Ce rtainl y I do!" "The n s ta y L e av e y our m e n h e r e to d e fend the Falling, the d e bri s form e d a mound full ten feet high, I will go out with y ou in the Caravan to natrol the range a literal cavern b e ing made in the ground. Round s w ept th e Caravan Frank thrus t d y namite b omb in the breech of t h e gun. Once again h e dre w aim and pressed the e lectric k ey G e n Vaile wa s ove rjoyed. "Do you mean that?" he c ried C e rtainly I do !" H o w s h a ll I ever r e pay you?"


THE BLACK RANGE. 15 You need not think of that. I ask for no better diverWhile in their rear were a hundred mounted and yelling than the bringing of these rascals to justice!" Apaches. It was plainly the purpose of the Indians to stampede the The cowboys in charge of Haven Reed were to be left in herd into the mountains ,fen:se of the ranch. Gen. Vaile gladly went aboard the Once there they could be driven into remote valleys, from again at once. They would not know but that the an yet hovered in the yard. "I hope we may run down that villain, Danton Ma4l !" declared Dexter, the detective. "I would like to him back in manacles to the East." "Perhaps we can run him down this time!" said Frank, whence an army would required to rescue them. It was necessary at once to take the most active measures to prevent this contingency. Frank Reade, Jr., realized this just as well as Gen. Vaile. He sent the Caravan ahead at full speed. "Bejabers, I'd loike a shot at the omadhouns !" cried Bar ney, who was forward with his rifle. "Yo' kin jes' bet I would, too!" said Pomp, who was by "One thing is sure, if we can sight him we his side catch him, and you may depend upon it." Dexter and Gen. Vaile also held rifles in readiness for ---\ '-CHAPTER VII. THE STAMPEDE. The Caravan at once started out across the range. Soon the ranch was left out of sight on the horizon, and Black River's gleaming waters could be seen ahead. Back of this were the mountains. use. But they were not yet in range. Now the machine ran down a s lope, and was upon the lower plain A moment more, and the entrance to the coulee was reached. Here a fearful sight was revealed. Half a dozen cowboys here encamped, had made a game fight for their lives and to save the herd. Here in a. sort of coulee there was a round-up of several There, upon the ground, lay their mangled bodies devoi'l IUlom;an. d cattle. They were in charge of a hal dozen ex-of scalps. It was a fearful sight. llleneincea cowboys. "Revenge!" gritted Gen.--Vaile. "We should not sp.are It "'as this particular herd that the general was anxious one of the mi s erable dogs!" "Now will we!" said Alvin Dexter. "Death to the whore He knew that the villains would be apt to strike this one as it was. the most valuable. I If they could stampede and run it into the mountains could hold the cattle there forever. gang!" Leaving the coulee, the Caravan now followed the Apaches. The redskins were driving the cattle straight for the river. At this point it was easily forded. But cattle, no matter If not they could destroy, which would mean a heavy loss the ranch owner. how great the stampede are always halted by water. So it can be understood why Gen. Vaile was so anxious. Caravan now rapidly drew nearer to the coulee. This was a sink or depression in the plain with precipitous Thrist is never disregarded by a dumb beast Instinctive ly the leaders halted in midstream. There was a struggling mass of the cattl& 1n the stream There was a narrow entrance to it from the lower and the Apache s in vain tried to hasten the crossing. and it furnished an excellent place for the round-up, This was a fortunate delay. the cattle, once in the spacious coulee, could be held as as in a corral, and by half the number of men. It could not be seen what was going on in the coulee un-close upon it. Then all distinctly heard the sound of fire-arme. "They have attacked our men!" cried the general, ex ----.r "Look I on my word there goes the stampede!" The rumblin g sound of hoofs like distant thunder was Then aoross the bottom lands the vast herd,of long was galloping. The Caravan now had approached within a quarter of ::1 mile of the river. But the ground here was boggy and treacherous and progress was slow. Frank hardly dared to nee the electric gun for fear thE' bolt might overthrow and kill many valuable cattle But Barney and Pomp, Dexter and Gen. Vaile opened fire. The rifle bullets did good work, too. 'rhe Apaches returned the fire, but their bullets rattled harmlessly off the shell of the Caravan.


16 THE BLACK RANGE. No liarm was done and eve ry mom ent the white m e n w e re getting near e r The Apach e w arrior s were waxing alarmed. But now the cattle had tak e n a fr e sh start and were across the river "By Jov e exclaimed the detective. "It looks as if we would lose them yet!" "No, noF' cri e d Gen. Vail e "that mu s t not be!" The boggy ground havin g been cro s s e d Frank sent the Caravan ahead at great speed now. In a moment they wer e at the w at er's edge. The sav{lges were upon the oppos it e bank, and with loud V{ent over the rail. Barney wanted to follow him, but Fra wouldn t allow him "Pomp will do it alone," he s aid. "We will soon find o the trouble." The darky div e d several times. Finally he came up on the opposite side of the Carava! and cri ed: "l'se bin clean und e r de car'ge, s ah !" he said. "An' done faun' dat de forrud axle am jes' wedged in between tw big s tones "Jus t as I thought," said Frank coolly. "Well, PomJ yells of triumph were rus hin g the cattl e toward a high how can we move those s ton es?," walled pass. "Don' je s know, sah I fink a jack-screw will be de bea Frank sent the Caravan into the s hallow river. When fing." about half way across, howe v e r, a startling mi s hap occurred. "Good for you The Caravan s udd e nly came to a halt. Frank possessed jac k-s c r e w s arid the necessary tools fa The utmost of the electric current c ould not move it forextricating the ma c hin e fro m s u c h a fix a s this now it prov e d very fortuna t e indeed ward or even backward. Di s may was in -every face. It was c e rtainly r e ma r kabl e foresi ght 6 n his part, "What can be the matter?" "Has something brok en?" Pomp made eas y w o rk of placin g the jack-screw in "No," said Frank. "Nothing has broken. It ls an ob-tion. The n the forward axle of the Caravan was gently e:xi struction. tricated from its w e dge. "An obstruct 1 0n !" 1 d G V .1 The machine was h e ld thus, while Pomp climbed aboar exc a1me e n. a1 e m sarpnse. "What manner of one?" The n Frank started th e dynamo s and turne. d th; wheel han aport. "Probably a rock," r e plied Frank. "We'll soon g e t around that." "We will be too late!" said Gen. Vaile hopelessly "Do you think S'O ?" "Yes." "Why?" Thi s c l e ared the obstruc tion and the Caravan once mor w ent ahe a d and for th e oppos ite s hore Bu t tim e ha d bee n los t, and this was the most valuable o all. The Apaches and the cattle were out of sight. The depth s of the mountain pass had hid them from vie But Frank went on until the Caravan was at the mout "Easy enough! If they get the cattle into that canyon it of the pass : will be the la s t w e s hall s e e of them." "Why not pursue them still?" "That will be impossibl e Thi s v e hicle cami.ot make its way up through that pass owin g to th e rocky formation. We could not c o p e with s uch odd s on foot." Truly it was a hop e less outlook. :But Frank R e ade, Jr., was not di spos ed to abandon hope. 'Ihat was never his way. "At leas t we will mak e an effort to save your cattle, Gen. Vail e," he s aid. "Come, Pomp you are a water bird!" "Yas, sah !" replied the darky, promptly. "Wha'ebber yer want, sah ?" "Just pull off your clothes, dive down there and see what's the' matt e r "A'right, sah !" The darky needed no second bidding. Then the very difficulty mentioned by Gen. Vaile was en countered. The ground was too rocky and rough for the CP.ravan t travel over it. There was no way but to give up the chase. To atte mpt pursuit on .foot would be the height of folly The Apache s w e re in s u c h force that they could amb u s and kill the whole party The plan w a s out of the question. So Gen. Vaile at onc e abandon e d it. "It i s a dead loss h e declared "'rhree thousand of fin cattle and the lives of s ix of m y b est men Truly I owe t Apach e rac e a bitter r e v e ng e!" "Perhaps we can outwit them yet," deqlared Fran,k. I there no other way to enter the hill s ?" "Yes," replied Vaile; "there is the Main Pass, tw o :n:ril I n an instant he bad thrown off his clothing and then below."


0 1::HE BLAO"<: RANGE. I s it l arge eno ugh to a llow the Caravan to pass it?". His face was cove r e d with blood from a s calp wound; h e was deadl y pal e and v e ry w e ak. "Yes; I think so! "My God! what i s wrong Hav en?" s hout e d G e n Vaile, "Then let us by all means e mplo y it. No doubt it will with horror and appre hen s ion. take us to the heart of the hills and tha t i s what we want!" "Oh, the worst," r e pli e d Haven i n a f eeble v oice "I "Yes!" d e claJ'ed Gen. Vaile indiff e r ent ly. "I s uppose it hav e ridd e n all thi s lon g t o :find you and tell you. is It was plain that the gen e r a l had los t hop e and was d e pressed. But D e xt e r, the d e tective, crie d : 1 "By all mean s Let u s try the pa ss." And s o it was s ettled. The Caravan was quickly under way. But it was found n ecessary to recross the river. This You a r e wound e d "Yes, I h a d a fracas with t w o Apac hes out h e r e a f e w mile s who t ri e d to st o p m e I am not badl y burt. "But tell m e bow are thin gs at the rapeh ? Carlotta s h e is--" "Carlotta i s gone An awfu l cr y welled up from V a il e's deep throat was don e and the-Caravan s truck out to the s outhward "Gone G o n e h e crie d in h o llow tones. "What do But befor e t hey had g on e far, Barney, who wa s in the y ou m e an boy? G o ne--ca pture d-st o l e n awa y ? gave an e x cit e d cry. B ejab e r s Mistb e r Frank," be cri e d, "pbwat the divil is comi n toward us? Shure i s it frind or foe?" A ll l ooked in the direction indi c at e d "Yes s tol e n a w a y !" For a mom ent G en. Va i l e seemed a bout to fall. The oth er s rus hed for w ard t o h is assi stance. But b e p u s h e d them asid e c r y in g in a hoarse, broken Far out on the plain a s olitar y horseman was riding to voice: ward them at a swingin g pac e Not mu c h c ould be told about him at that long dis tanc e "Ab, m y littl e Lotta. They have carried h e r away God But all agreed that it was a white man, and Gen Vai le, know s to what fat e C u rse on them!" afte r some st u dy, d e claJ'ed: The g en e nil' s grie f was t erri bl e to witness. It was some "Well that is q u eer But even at thi s di s tanc e I can rec time b e for e b e w ould in an y measu r e be pacified ognize him 'rhe n Frank sa id resolutel y : "You can?" gasped Fra nk. "Pray tell m e bow?" "Certainly I by hi s long, s win g in g motion in the saddle. I know him w e ll ; b e s poke, with somethin g like a groan "Wno i s be?" Frank saw that the g e n e ral's face was pallid and set A strange l ight was in his eyes "It i s Haven Re e d h e declared "And be brings se riou s tidi n gs from the 1 anch, I fe e l s ure. Don't think that!" said Fran k, cheeri l y "It cannot be so!" "Yet it i s "Have no f e ar gene r al! W e w ill rescu e h er!" "Rescu e !" g a s p e d the agonized fat h e r "Yes, w e m u st rescu e h e r M y life i s consecr a t e d to that end now!" "Amen!" s aid R eed, h o ll owly "But y ou h a v e n ot told m e how i t ha ppe n e d ? a s ked t h e general, :finally L e t h e know .all about i t Hav e n Reed b a d di s m ounted from hi s h o rse, a nd now a c cepted a g lass of w in e w hi c h P o mp tho u ghtfully brought him This r esto red him and be r e pli e d : "How th e foe learned t h at you b ad d e paJ'ted a nd that the N e arer dre w the y oung ranc h e ro and it could b e seen ranch w a s d efe nded b y a f ew, I kno w not. But s uddenl y ih that he with difficulty sa.t his hor se. whil e w e w e r e in the yar d ta mi n g a n e w mu s ta ng, b eard And h e da s hed b ack the brim of his s ombr e ro a huna s cr e am. dred yard s di stant all saw that it was indeed Haven Reed "At onc e I recognized the voice of C a rlotta. I s tarted b u t that hi s face wa s cove r e d with blood. for the ran c h but b e for e I r e a c hed i t a ,scor e of armed "My God!" g a s p e d Gen. Vale. I kno w the w o rs t has g r e aser s beset the ga t e W e fought the m back and held the h a p pe n e d!" e CHAPTE R VIII. O N TO BROKEN B A R. ranch, but Carl ot t a was g one." "How could t hat b e ? demand ed G e n Vail e almo s t fiercely. "Was s h e n o t in the ranch? "Yes--oh, yes. But the s kulking villain Dane, bad man A s young R eed da s hed up to the Car avan h e wit h diffi-aged to in som e w ay gain admittance, and overpowe r ing culty, pulle d u p his hor se. He was a fearful s ight. her, he mad e his escap e upon his fleetes t hor s e I


1 8 ( THE B!JK RA'EmEfl' "Ye gods!" gasped the gen eral. "Why did you not purwhe th e r or not Dane and his crew have returned sue?" t o the town. H w e learn that the y are then w: will "Ah you forget. We were engaged with the Grea s er s be better jus tified in attacking the place Whil e we w e re b e atin g them back he made hi s escape. Gen. Vaile groaned in hi s angui s h of s pirit. "Oh, m y God !" h e m O aned. "My darling child-m y Carlotta i s gon e !" Then the o l d warri o r spirit ro s e in him. Drawing hi s fine form up to its s tat e liest h e ight, h e cried: "Good!" c ried Dext er, the d etec tive "Then I hav e a proposa l to make." "What i s it?" ''Simpl y this L e t m yself and two or three other s visit the town in di s guise a nd size the place up I wou l d like e s pecia ll y to get a loo k a t thi s Bla c k Ma x !" enough of thi s Let u s act! If Carlotta cannot "It shall be don e !" c ried Frank R eade, Jr. "I will go b e r e scued w e c an at visit vengeance upon her capwith you. Let the oth e r s b e lVIr. Reed and Vaile tors!" I ''Hur rah l cri e d Alvin D e xt e r, the d e tective, "th at i s tLc kind o f talk!" "And B arney and P o mp will s t ay with the C a ravan "Yes !" Barney and Pomp did n o t d e mur. I b e liev e that pane has gone straight to B roke n Bar!" They nev e r question e d their e mployer's ord e r s for wis e declare d Haven R e ed "He ha s fuU sway over that settleand politic r e a sons Y e t eithe r w o uld have jumped out of m cnt now. It ha s become a nest of outlaws!" hi s s kin for the privil ege of g oing. "For Brok e n Bar, then c ri e d Gen. Vaile. "Forward Prepara.ti<1n s w e r e soo n m ad e all!" The Caravan f ound cove r in a c lump of ca ct.i, not half a Frank Reade, Jr. s prang into the pilot house. Haven Reed r e leased hi s fagged mus tang and clam b e r ed a board. 'l1h e n t h e Cara v an set out to the s outhward. Brok e n Bar was a s mall c ollection of adob e huts at the junc tion of the Bla c k River and a tri butary. The s p o t w as on1ce the site of an an c i ent pu e blo, and the dwellin gs w e r e built u p from th e ruins of this mile di stant fro m the G r ease r sett l e m e nt. Frank and Dext e r R eed and Gen V a il e adop te d the cos tume of M ex i cans a nd dark e n ed t heir faces w i t h a pigm e nt. Their di sg u ises wer e exceed i n g l y good and they ielt safe enough a s t hey l eft the Car a van They wer e arm e d to the t eet h Frank R e ade,. J r a n d H ave n Reed w e r e to b e the s poke s -It was a r e ndezvous f o r Gr e a s er s cut-throat s and gamm e n a s the y und e r s tood the Mexi ca n lang u age b e t te r than bier s The resp ecta bl e cowboy s hunned the place as he val-the other s ued hi s lif e and r e putation. They s et off for th(} settle m ent wit h all has te It did It was true t ha t Bla c k Max was t h e demagogue of the not take long to cover the h alf mil e p lace. As they approa c h e d the c oll e ction of "dobys," they saw His word was law in Brbken Bar. Few dared gain say it. that all w e r e l i t .up, and a g r eat c rowd of l awless m e n rrul y G e n Vaile' s n e ighbor s w e r e not of th e mos t desir throng e d the doorways and t h e main s treet able kind. Various w e r e thf scenes witnessed. Y e t the genera l h ad got along peaceab l y e n ough In s ome of the building s m e n w e re drinking and throw with all until the discove r y of the cattl e theft s of Bl ack ing dic e or pla ying at c ard s }fax was made. Out s id e t h ey w e r e t radin g mu sta n gs, pra ctic ing with the Alr e a(l y t he g e ner a l saw that hi s onl y hop e of future lariat, o r playin g mu s i c al pi pes an d da n c ing. p ro s p e rity o n the B lack Rang e w as the w i ping out of the en tir e gang at Brok e n B a r \ Now that he had the co-ope r a tion of Frank R e ad e Jr., and his Electri c Ca ravan t hi s seem e d a possibility It was nightfall wh e n the Caravan reached va.Uey in which the Gr e aser town was s ituated Already the lighu c ould be s e e n in the g loom. A n d now a pl a n o f pro c edur e was di s c ussed. To attack No w o m e n ever fou nd access t o Bro k e n Bar. It w as essentiall y a "gander" town. Indeed wome n i n the r eg i o n about w e r e ver y se ldom see n. A s the f our d is gu ised m )ll S lmnt e r ed l e i sure ly among th e Greaser s they w e r e not no t iced and certainly they did n o t aro use s u s p i cion Dexter tl1e d etect ive, was keenl y on the Thi s was hi s pri m e oppo r t uni ty, and h e mad e the most of the place ope n l y with a C aravan it was agreed was n ot a l it. He was mos t anxiou s to ge t a g limp s e of Bl a c k Max. to gether th e bes t of ta s t e There was no doubt in the d e tectiv e's mind that he was I "First," ,:aid ,Frauk R e ade, Jr. "I think we h a d better id e ntical with Danton Maxwell the murd erer. \ ;


THE BLACK RANGE. \ 19 The d e t ect iv e's who l e b eing thrill e d with the thought that H e was a gian t in stature, with d ark flus h e d face and he mi g h t s ucceed _in c apturing hi s bird. b l oodshot eyes gl e aming und e r t h e d e pr essed brim o f his if h e s hould, hi s fam e wou ld b e est a bli s hed His zeal s ombre ro. c an, t h e r e fore, b e well und e r s tood At s ight of him in st antl y the two a n g r y gambl e r s d ropp e d The qu artette s troll e d o bservant throu g h the to w n Nothinto their sea ts. ing esca p e d their keen an d pe n etra tin g gaze. In the cen te r o f th e c ollectio n of dobys was a larger str uc ture than' th e oth e r s It bore t h e a ppeanmce of a host elry, and s ported a large bar a nd ca rd ro om. This w a s c ro w d e d H e rEQ. t h e four s pies p a used I think this i s the mos t lik e l y place to fin d o u r man," s aid Haven Reed "All ri ght. L et u s ente r s aid Dext er. Thi s 'ras d o n e They file d into the place Newcomer s w e r e a hvays expecte d t o patronize the bar Accord i n g l y our quartette did s o The. liquor was some thing v ile, but they mana ge d to s wallow it. Then Reed call e d for a pack of c ard s and they seated t h emse lves at a t able. They p l aye d fri e ndl y g ames to avoid s u s picion. Their pla y w a s not n o ticed however for the s wearing, dri n king c rowd o f G r ease r s wer e too in tent i n their own hands. Thi s i s our best ch a nce of finding Bla c k Max," s aid Reed. "If h e has r e turned from the range, he will su r e l y be her e !" De x t e r, the d e t e ctive, was on th e qui vive Tim e passed but h e did n o t a ppear The n, j u s t as our f ri en d s w e r e beginnin g t o los e p a ti e nce, a thrilling t h i n g oc curre d / -Two Greaser s a t a t a bl e back of the m, s uddenly qua rreled Per chris t o hissed one, s pr i n g in g up, "you i n s u l t me, s o n o f a dog D a r e you s a y I c h e a t .,_f "Diablo! g ritted th e oth e r "you are a s coundrel and a thief! "For that you s h a ll die "Carram bo gas p e d one "It i s Black Max T h e n e w come r 's gaz e howe v e r was fix ed eag le-lik e upon the m "So ho h e roar e d with a.toss of his h e a d like a. wild b u ll. Ye will fight, e h ? C oxcombs! I've a mind to m a k e ye fight with me. I haven t s hed blood f or an hour and it's time I tried m y hand Ho, ho, ho! Cowards, are ye? See 'e m trembl e whe n Black Max s p e ak s An d the fronti e r bull y roar e d wit h moc king laughter. B ut the two M exican s a nd ind eed, e v e r y oth e r man in th e room, v e ntured not to cross the mood of the 'bad man o.f Broken B a r C H A PTER IX. D E XT ER GETS REC KLESS. Too m any l ives were charg e d to the account of B lack Max for h i s pre s e nc e not to t e rrify th e cowardl y Gr e asers. Not o n e of them but had a s up e r s titiou s f ear of th i s man w ho a lways came out ah e ad in a s hooti n g scrap e imd who bor e the r e putation of a c h a rm e d life. H e y jr ou, Mig u e l T o r e d o cr i e d the bully, s tand up lik e a man a nd t e ll m e what you r e dis turb i n g the p eace for ? The d a rkest of t h e qu arre lin g G r e aser s scrambl e d t o hi s feet. The bully's h a nd was upon hi s p i s t o l butt. Qui c k as a flash h e pulled i t an d fir e d d irectl y at Mig u el. Bla c k M ax h a d t h e r e putation of bein g t h e qui c kest man ,.. on th e drop in th a t part of the W est. The bull e t w e n t true t o i ts mark. It cu t the tasse l fro m "Jesu! n o t un t il I h ave g iven y ou t h e l e ngth of my Migue{Toredo's c ap knife !" The Mexican with a yell of terro r w ent to th e floor. But The table was o vert urn e d a nd the a n g r y pla y er s f aced Black M ax roa r ed with l a u ghter. e a c h oth e r. The ot h e r games ters looked up with idle inter "Gi t up y e w hite livered dog! he c ried. "Ye're not est killed yet. I was onl y having some fun with ye." The pro.,prietor did n o t interf e r e Tor edo scrambled to his feet, and pallid and te rrifi ed, So comm o n a t hin g a s a g amest er's quarrel s carce interc r ept bac k t o hi s s eat. Now t hat he had had hi s l ittle joke ested an y and b e li eved th a t hi s monar c h y in th e bar r9om was esta.b-It was that the tw o hot-h e ad e d M exic an s would li s h e d Bla c k Max r e la.xed his bull y in g mann e r. hav e fought. W a lk up e v e r ybody !" h e c ri e d "He r e g oes for the B u t at that )IlO m ent a Jie avy ste p struc k th e threshold A .crowd Toss 'em up yew drink mixer a nd l et's have the I powe :dul fram e d man app ea r e d bes t ye've got.''


20 THE BLACK RANGE. The Mexicans all flocked to the bar, not daring to disre gard the summons. But our quartette did not do so. In fact, if they had been allowed seco:nd thought, it was likely that for policy's sake they would have done so. But they were so intent in watching their man that this did not occur to any one of them. The others, Gen. Vaile, Frank and Haven Reed, saw that the crisis rashly precipitated by the detective called for their co-operation. To refuse it would be fatal. To attempt, howeve r, to arrest the villain there upon his own stamping ground had been an act of folly upon the part of Dexter. "As I live!" exclaimed Dexter, in deep excitement, "I The detective was plucky and had instantly got his man believe that i s my man. I think that he is Danton Max-at a disadvantage. well." Unhindered, it was possible that he might have over"I have a mind to shoot him now like the dog he is!" expowered and secured him But this was not permitted claimed Gen. Vaile The villain yelled commands to his the But Frank Reade, Jr., said: Mexicans. In a moment the melee became "No, do not be rash. We will play him two for one yet." In the midst of it, however, the detective managed to deal "All walk up!" roared the bad man pf Broken Bar. "It's Maxwell a blow upon the head which knocked him sense-my treat. Every man walk up!" Then his blood-shot gaze was turned upon the fo"Q>.r men who had yet k ept their seats. He stared at them a moment. It was not possible for him to identify them as other than Greasers in their present dress. And the bully reckoned them as setting his authority at defiance. Thi s inflamed hi s temper. less. But he saw at once that it was going to be impossible for him to secure hi s man. Realizing this, he s houted to his friends: "Get into the st reet Separate !" The others heard this. At once they fought their way out of the barroom. By this time the din had begun to call a crowd to the spot. With an oath he whipped out his revolvers. But our friends had managed to overcome the Mexicans "Curse ye !" he yelled, "didn't I say for all to walk to in the barroom, and now held them at bay with loaded rethe bar? Are ye coming or not?" volvers At that moment Alvin Dexter, the usually cool-headed In this manner gaining the street, Frank Reade, Jr., took detective, los t command of himself and retorted : the lead, crying: "We obey no mandate of yours, Danton Maxwell, murderer!" The words rang out sharp and clear. The effect was astounding. The bully started back as if shot and lowered his pistols. He bent forward like a tiger at bay, and fixing his swollen ga.ze upon the other, hissed: "Who the deuce are you?" "I am a man of the law! cried Dexter, s pringing up and whippin g out a pair of manacles. "You are my pris oner in the name of the law. I arrest you for the Howells murder, a crime of which you are guilty!" The daring detective sprang toward the petrified villain "Break away, lads! Follow me!" With wh}ch he darted to the rear of the adobe hut. The others followed, and they had gained fully a hundred yards before the Mexicans were heard in their rear The course tak e n by Frank Reade, Jr., was the best possi ble one. It was toward the river and they reached its banks just in time to escape the shower of bullets sent after them Here was the mighty belt and once in this they were safe. The gloom enabled them to easily distance their pur suers. At length, breathless and exhausted, they came to a halt. It seemed as if the wretch had lost all command of himse1. This was in a small chaparral. But only for a moment. No sound of the pursuers was now to be heard. They Then a yell lik e that of a maddened wild beast escaped were safe. his throat. He brought up the pistols again, but swift as a flash the detectiv e st ruck them down. Both bull ets went through the floor. Then Dexter was at. the wretch's throat. The t.wo were enwrapped in each other 's arms in a deadly struggle But not one of them had escaped without slight wounds. Dexter was th e most di s gusted of all. "I \vas a fool!" he cried. "I think you were unwise," said Vaile. "You acted too soon!" ventured Frank.


THE BLACK RANGE. 21 "I know it!" said the detective, disappointedly "It was y eager haste to make a prisoner of that rogue." "But your time had not come!" "I see it p.ow." However, there was little use in crying over spilt mi l k. ao the best was made of the situation. "What is our best move now?" asked Haven Reed. "I think we had better return to the Caravan," declared Frank "So do I," agreed Gen. Vaile. "But-ought we not make some attempt to learn the fate f Carlotta?" asked Haven Reed. "They are going down to with Danton Maxwel L He and Long Lance are bosom friends, you know "That is it exactly!" cried Gen Va. i le. I w ould giv e much to know the result of that confe r e n ce." "There is a way," said D exte r "How?" "Follow them This move w: s instantly decided upon The muffl ed tread of the Indian ponies cou l d be heard in t h e dista nce ahead This was sufficient guide, and the white trail e r s followed it. Haven Reed, who was the best I ndian tactician, l ed the "Yes," replied "but I think we can do better with way. h e Caravan now than without it." For some while the party went on in this fashion. B u t "All right. This settled the question. All set out to find the spot where the Caravan was left. his was by no means an easy task In the gloom it was extremely hard. to settle the proper irection to take It was not surprising, therefore, that the adventurers auld run into most dangerous l oca l ities and incur some citing experiences. this could not continue long, for the settlement was n o t far distant. Soon the lights of the town burst i nto view. T he n t he Apaches were seen gathered in a knot in the verge of t h e chaparral. Several of them had torches, and they seemed to be s i g naling. The party of white trail ers stealthily crept i n to t h e chaparral and gained a point directly in the rea r o f the s a v ages. They had succeeded in getting out of the chaparra l at l ast d were crossing a broad strip of open l and, when sudde nFrank Reade, Jr. who was in the lead, halted "St he exclaimed. "Keep perfectly quiet "What is the matter?" whispered Dexter "Look!" All now saw plainly the cause of Frank's words. ead, in the gloom, were shadowy forms. Just They were mounted, and seemed to be coming direct l y I ndeed, they had just time to shrink into a copse The nown passed near enough to be within reach. And outlined against the sky their forms were seen to be e ef Indians. They were Apaches and moving south rd. Doubtless they were of Long Lance's band. Where wer j going? When the last one had passed, the crouching white men e, and Gen. Vaile was the first to speak. What is their game?" H ere could see and hear and not be seen. Some time e l apsed T he Apaches seemed to be waiti n g for something. T he n a tall form was seen c oming up the slope It was a white man, and as he came within the cir cle o f light made by the glare of the torches, the watchi n g white men recognized him as D anton Maxwe ll. The desperado walked st r aight up to Long Lance They gripped hands and then after a few guttural remarks the chief l ed the way into the verge of the chaparral. They were now but a few feet from the white traile r s and each held his breath in deepest excitement Every word could be plainly heard red brother has done well," the desperado said, in a gruff voice. "He has stamped many of my white enemy's cattle." "My white brother speaks the truth," replied Long Lance "I seek now the scalps of the strange men of fire who have slaughtered so many of my braves.'' "You mean that curious chap with the electric wagon?" "My white brother knows They seem to be going toward Broken Bar," said Ha Reed. "Yes, and I don't understand why our men did not cap "I have an ture that devil. But we'll have flim yet." That is true," agreed Frank Reade, Jr. What?" "Long Lance awaits his white brother's commands." "Good We must now rig up a new plan to exterminate


1 THE BLACK RA.NGE. the whole l ot of them Curse them! Not one must be spared!" CHAPTE R X. BARNEY AND POMP TO THE RESCUE. When D anton Maxwell made this blood hirsty remark he litt l e dreamed that the subjects of it were so near at hand. It was well for them that their was unsuspected Long Lance, the Apache, seemed to e pleased with the declaration of the villain that tP.eir foes must be exter "You know me well!" sai d the hard voice of Gen "Now, Danton Maxwell, your l ife is in our hands. must do our bidding." The white trailers in hiding in the woul been worse than fool s not to seize the opportunity iously given them. Even as Maxwell had been making his soliloquy the was passed in whisper from lip to lip Haven was instantly at the villain's shoulder, his revolver pressed against the face. ; Maxwell was a desperate and reckless v1 lain. minated. Yet men of his class ever place the highest value "The spirits of my dead brethren cry out for their life knew that it would be death to disregard blood!" said the Apache chief. "But my white brother has captu red the pale face squaw!" "Right!" cried Maxw' ell, with fiendish delight. "Ah! that was a rich prize. And she is pretty, too. Egad, she has my heart and she shall be my squaw!" At this brutal declaration Haven gritted his teeth fiercel y command. So he simply said: "Ye have the drop-! yield !" Quickly Alvin Dexter slipped the-manacles on his He was now hopelessly a prisoner. "Now," said Gen. Vaile, sternly, "we will give chance for life. Tell us, what have you Twice he raised his rifle to shoot the dastard, but he low-lotta ?" ered it each time as he realized the folly of such a move. "My time will come!" he reflected. "First, Carlotta must be saved!" All were in hopes that Maxwell would betray the spot where he h eld Carlotta captive. But he did not do this. The balance of the conversation between him and the Apache chief, concerned an attack upon Black River Ranch to be made on the morrow. "Every Greaser in Broken Bar shall be there !" cried Maxwell, fiercely. Then theinterview terminated. -. Lpng Lance mounted his horse, and with a guttural adieu the whole cavalcade dashed away. They were almost instantly out of sight. The villain Maxwell stood a moment in a sort of reverie. "'l'l_1e game is well in my hands," he gritted. aThere is nothing to bar my eventually gaining possession of that ranch and the Black Range. Then I shall be a cattle The wretch was silent a moment. Then a horse laugh broke from his lips "!h, that is my revenge!" he cried, jeeringly. never tell. No man on earth knows but me. She will a nd I shall have my reve..nge. It was useless to attem1;t to get more than this o u t o f pretch. I B;e would yield no more. At length, abandoning t\e attempt, Gen. Vaile said: "Come, let us take him to the Caravan. Once will find some way to get the truth out of him!" So the party sent out for the Caravan. Again they were puzzled to find the way. But at Frank Reade, got his bearings from the lights of ken Bar. It looked as if tne party had the best of the situation. They had the arch villain a prisoner and it would seem to be only ip. order to force a confession from him as the whereabouts of Carlotta. prince, aud ,Carlotta shall be my princess!" Then they could descend upon Broken Bar, and wipe "Not this time!" said a gritting voice, in his rear. out of existence and forever disband the "Hands up !" Like a flash the desperado wheeled. But it was to feel a cold pistol badel against his face A rough grip was on his shoulder. About him were dark forms. For a moment he was stunned. 'l'hm a bitter curse dropped from his lips. "What devil's work is this?" he gritted. "Who are ye the re. Then Black Range would be from its most deadly cubus. It would not be difficult to keep hostile beyond the mountains. But, as near incidents were to prove, the best l aid "aft gang aglee." The party had reached what seemed a certain point


13 j!;, -:-""when suddenly lights flashed ali ..te ad Mex i c an s w e re found, but not that of the de-a ) e treat wher e he But a chaparral near a score of dark forms J. 1 J 0 ,,.. .. mstant comprehension of the s ituatio "It was certainly a mystery. esolution to f k '_Was qmc to act. pity, comrades!" he yelled. "I am a prisoner." Instantly Haven stopped the des p e rado s mouth. But tim e was precious It was found nece ssary to give up the quest. "He may turn up all right yet," declared Frank. "I hope he may This wis h was echoed b y all. The detective had made His word s had been h e ard and the were inhim s elf well-liked. s urrounding the p arty with loud yell s and curses. But th e ques tion now was what s hould be done? Pi s tol s flas hed in the darkness, whi s tl ed, and then "There is but one move," d e clared Frank Reade, Jr. "We the clos e combat The odds w e re t o o g re a t and s e e must wip e that d e n of viper s off the earth it, Frank Read e Jr., s houted: "What! D e stroy the s ettlem ent?" asked Gen. Vajle. S eek s afety and we will r e gain "Yes. Have you any objections?" pri s oner yet." "Objection s gasped the "Well, I sho).lld say The order was obeyed. not." The hold upon th e menacled de s p e rado was r e luctantl y r e Th e n h ere goes!" ase d. a nd t h e Cara v an 's part y brok e away The Cara v an s hot f o r w ard. A running fight fol1owed, a nd it was possible that the In a few mome n ts it was in clos e rifl e shot of the adobe might h a v e been s erious. v illage. H e r e Frank brought it to a halt But at tha t moment arumbling s ound like dis tant thunHe was ever ave r s e to taking huma.n lif e so he decided to was heard 'rhe n a great and dazzling light broke over fir s t explod e a d y namit e s hell ove r the town as a warning \ to Instantly Frank Read e Jr., s houted: "Hang to it, friend s The Caravan is coming!" its denizens to leave it. "If you blow up the whole tribe of them it would be no crime d e clared Gen. Vaile. Saga c iou s Barney and Pomp the melee, had at "I think thi s will b e b e tter d e clared Frank. "If we guessed the cau s e and s tarted the Caravan to the resdnve thE>m out of their d e n and des troy it that will be some-Th e y had come in th e nick of time. Th e M e xicans, t e rrifi e d brok e and fle d for the s ettlement a f e w s econd s the v cinit y was clear. Caravan' s party at onc e ru s hed for the machine. and Pomp, e xcited, but ove rjoyed, met the m at the HBress de Lor', Marse Frank, yo' am safe!" cried Pomp, lly. ''Be jab e rs !" cried Barney "we thought yez might be in ruction an we cum down to help yez I" Al}d yon c ame in the niok of time, replied Frank, hap I think we are all here. Let's count noses Vail e and Hav e n Reed w e re b y Frank 's s ide. thing." "You are ;right." Frank e l e v a t e d the d y namo gun and in s erted a time shell, to bur s t thre e second s aft e r l e aving th e gun. The n h e pressed the e l e ctric k ey. Up into the a ir lik e a meteor shot th e d y namite shell. The re was a s light parabol3:; then-one, two, three seconds, and--Crash-boom There was a t e rrifi c roar and a fearful blaze in the dark sky a s the bomb explod ed. E v e ry adobe dwe lling in Broken Bar was sh a k e n to the foundation The Mexican s took the cue. The y had no de s ir e to s tand s uch a bombardm e nt. Nat, Alvin D e xt e r was mis s ing. Where was the ura ll y c oward s the y w ere now in abj e ct t e rror. Had he fallen in the fight? A s truck all. Out of the town, on hor s eback or afoot, in wilde s t is Dexter? e xclaimed Frank. "I thought he ha s t e they ru s hed. And Frank now began his fearful work at my shoulder when the Caravan came." of des truction. did I," said R eed. H e aimed the gun at the n e are s t "doby," which wasdesearchlight was now employed, and search was mad e serted missing man. But no trace of him could be found In a fraction of a secon. d it was nothing but a heap of he was dead, his body was also missing. The bodies du s t and debris.


24 THE BLACK RA N GE. And so, through the town, went the be I "You know me a great crowd gathered around With the coming of sunrise, not a dwelling was stanu... "Now, Danton in Broken Bar, and every cutthroat and desperado was -nust do our command was for a smith to seeking safety in the mountains. maihiL.w..b.; The cattle stealing gang had this time received a lesson they could not very well ever But there was yet lots of work for the Caravan to do. Alvin Dexter's fate must be learned. Danton Maxwell must be captured or run down, and Carlotta Vaile rescued. These were all gigantic undertakings, but Frank Reade, Jr., did not shrink from them. At once he turned the Car avan toward the hills. None could be found at the moment, but a stepped forward with a steel file and a bottle of oil and a remarkably short space of time had the Dexter watched the whole operation. Of course it would have been madness to have u 1te:rte:req But he was resolved to shadow his man thenceforth. Not if he could help it should he again get out of sight. A pass was found and threaded, and soon the machine warili1lJMal It ;vas at this juncture that the bomb exploded was a long and fertile valley in the heart of the mounover the town. tains. But here were numberless hiding-places, and it looked like a tremendous undertaking to find the many they wanted in that wilderness. All that day the Caravan searched the hills. Despair and utter hoplessness had begun to settle down upon Gen. Vaile. "Ah, I shall see my darling again!" he groaned. "My Carlotta is lost "Don't say that," said Frank, cheerily; "this is only the first day of the quest." The sun had just begun to gild the Western hill-tops. The Caravan at the moment was skirting a steep slope, when suddenly a startling incident occurred At once there was a stampede The Mexicans realized that Frank Reade, Jr., meant iness, and they did not waste time in vacating so hot a cality. They spread in every direction, each man for himself. Dexter still kept close watch of his man. command Maxwell had over the Mexicans was now lost. The villain began now to shirk for himself. He made way hastily to a corral near, and catching the first at hand, mounted him. For a moment Dexter was dismayed. It looked to him plainly as if the game was up. Those on the deck of the Caravan became witnesses of for a moment in a quandary. a scene which sent the blood in hot currents through their But just then a happy chance present e d itself veins. None there ever forgot it. CHAPTER XL THE DETECTIVE'S ADVENTURES. Near by and hitched to a sapling was a horse saddled I bridled. Its owner did not seem to be near. Neither did the detective wait for the owner or his mission. He instantly leaped into the saddle A touch of the and the mn stang was off. Maxwell was just ahead. Out upon the plain rode pursued and pursuer. Alvin Dexter's disappearance was easiJy accounted for. He was wholly possessed of the mad desire to bag his man, were riding in the same direction. So Maxwell for a lhc desperado Maxwell, and this led him to adopt more did not su s pect that be was being pursued. r eckless measures than he would ordinarily have dared He did not fall victim to any of the bullets whistling so closely about him. Indeed, be seemed to bear a charmed life, for he was in But soon he was clear of the fleeing mob. across the lowlands toward the river. He was now alone. the very thickest of the fight. His eyes were upon Max-Reaching the water, he quickly forded the stream .L"''.,..1;, well, and when the Mexicans broke and fled he was in the ing the oth e r bank, he galloped away toward the hills. rabble. And now an idea occurred to Dexter. Being in Mexican garb he was not identified as a foe. At first he had thought of riding down his man and He kept his gaze as long as possible upon Maxwell, whose ing to capture him single handed. manacles had not yet been removed. But second thought him to abandon this Down into Broken Bar went the crowd of Mexicans. From the course taken by the villain, Dexter reckoned And still the shrewd detective kept Maxwell in sight. he meant to strike some objective point in the hills.


THE BLACK RANGE. 25 Might not t hi s b e th e hidin g -pla c e or r e treat wher e h e taken Carl o ta Vail e ? The thou g h t en d o w e d the d e tective with the resolution to two bird s with one s tone. Why not shadow hi s man until he had r e ached this place? detectiv e w a s resolve d to do so. So he forded t h e river and k ept a re s pectful di s tance be hi s m a n Fortun a t e ly Maxwell did not look back. H a d he don e s o hi s s u s picion s might have bee n arou sed at t of the stra nger pursuing him. S o on the land began to ri s e a s the hill s w e re r e ached. A ascen t was mad e and then Maxwe ll vani s hed into a pass. I Th e d e t e ctive urged hi s horse on. But again he re s train e d him s elf. along the verg e of the plateau and di s appeared. "That is queer!" muttered the detective. "Where is he going?" He seemed to come from the direction of the cave. But the re was no tim e to b e los t in useless rumination. The detective' s fir s t impul s e had b een to follow his man. But h e put this aside now and went on toward the cave. Iri a very fe,w moment s he was in a position whence he could see the interior. And it was a startling scene he beheld. A fire burne d in the floor of the cavern. Rough mats and ski'hs were thrown about and hung upon the walls. Upon the b e nch by the fire sat an aged Indian squaw, But whe n h e reach e d t h e mouth of th e pass, Maxwell was c rooning and rocking hers elf back and forward. in sig h t. Fearful t hat he mig ht e lud e him t h e det e ctive But ba c k again s t the walls, the picture of despair, sat a lias teJn e d forw a r d beautiful y oung girl. It was Carlotta Vaile. But still h e did n o t come in sight of his man Forward h e daBb e d at full speed. Thi s in the cour s e of a moments brou g h t him out of the pass. Into a littl e s i n k or d epression a.mong the hill s he rode. seeme d no outlet. This was apparently the end of Maxwell was n o t in s i g ht. But t h e pony h e h a d been ridin g was grazing quietly in g lade. In s p i t e of the d e n s e gloom the d e tective could thi s At once the correct id e a struc k Dexter. Thi s w a s as f a r a s c ould g o with a hors e Here had take n to hi s f e et and was prob a bly s caling some p ath above. The quick-witted detective read the situation at a glance. This was the pri s on of the fair captive, and the squaw was her k e eper. The detective was not ten seconds in mak ing up his mind to a plan of action He drew hi s r e volver 1 and walked into the place. The squaw started up with a guttural cry, and caught llP a rifle. But Dext e r s aid, st e rnly: "Drop it: I have the line on you and I will shoot!" Trembling in t e rror the squaw at once obyed. The detective picked up a thong and bound her hands and feet and gagged her. Carlotta Vaile had sprung up with a wild, glad cry. "Oh, thank God You hav e come to save me!" she cried. "I hav e !" s aid the deteetive, "but tell me. quickly. Are H e threw hi m s elf from hi s pony's back,. and with the rein others about?" ---. hobb l e d h im. The n h e set about finding the path. "Oh, ye'S, a fearful gang of ruffians and they are in the Fortun e fav or e d the d e tective. lower cavern." A s it h a ppened t he r e was but one point whe re the steep "The lower cavern?" of the inclosur e c ould b e sca l e d "Yes, just under this!" H e r e D e xt e r found what was a well-b e aten path. Soon he "Ah, I see. But Maxwell-has he not been here?" b e red ove r the e dge of a s mall plat e au. "He has jus t gone down to the lower cave." "Then he is apt to return any moment?" Th e d ete ctiv e saw a bri ght li ght jus t ah e ad and the out"Yes." of what looked lik e the mouth of" a cavern. Like a flash the detective nad formulated his plan of a.c-It was now n e cessar y to use caution. He crept forward tion. He took the young girl s hand. form towe red up bes ide him. bru s h e d pa s t him as h e crouch e d bes ide a bowlder. -'"".L' vu. again s t the sky the d e te c tive recognized Maxwell. more the impulse was upon him to seize his man. "Come he said. "I am going to save you." He led her out to the path which extended down to the little glade whe re the horses were grazing. "You are not afrajd ?" he asked. "No!" she replied. He thrust a revolver into her hand. I


26 THE BLACK RANGE. "If anyone s top s you, s hoot them. F ollow thi s pa t h down. You x v ill find two horses grazing there Take one and ride for your life You can find your way back toyour father s ranch." "Oh, yes. Then go !" "But you--" 1 "I am going to bag my man. I mean to get him before I go." Sh e s aid no more. Down the path s h e vanish ed. The d etec tiv e turne d back to th e cav e rn. R e aching it, h e Down the dark p ath she felt h e r w a y s he the glad e below. There were two mus t a ng s y e t grazing where they left Le s t ther e might be mi s appr e hen s ion in the minds of feminin e r e ad e r s l e t u s explain in cert a in parts of wild W est it i s w holly cu s tomar y for ladies. to ride fashion or a s tride. Ladie s s addles are an unknown quan titY; and a s tang s are vi cious and tric ky th e s afest way i s ever th e So mad e no hesitat ion i n moun tin g the c rouched in the shadows at its entrance in the natural way and gi v ing him the r e in r ode H e had barely done this when he heard footstep s ap-down the can yon pass. proaching. Maxwell was returning. Now his burly form loome d up in the firelight. H e was at the cavern entrance, and had halted as he saw the squaw lying there, bound hand and foot. "Sdeath !"he gritted "What s thi s ?" Then, like an avalanche, Dext e r was upon him The dete c tive threw him and almo s t b e f o r e th e villain c ould think, had I?anacle s upon him again. A smothered curse escap e d the desp e radcl's lip s But he was powerless. The detectiv e thrus t a g a g into his motlth. Thim he pla ced th e r evolve r at hi s temple. Across the plat e au they w e nt. Soon they were descend ing by the path t h e y r e ached the glad e below the outlaw 's horse was found grazing The other was gone The d e tective kn e w that Carlotta had taken it. He made \ his prisoner mount the r e maining mu s tang Then he sprang up behind him, and still, holding the re volver at hi s captiv e's head s aid in a voice of steel: "You must obey m e in ever y thing! If not I will s hoot you. .Tak e up the r e in s and r i d e ; no tre ach ery!" At that moment loud yell s of discove ry were heard on the bluff above. But it was too late The desp e rado was too muc h of a coward to attempt to s tand again s t surh odds He had no doubt that the d e t e ctive would kee p his Words and shoot him. So he r e in e d the mu s tang, and the sur e footed animal with its doubl e load went galloping down the canyon. The plucky detecti v e had bagged his man. CHAPTER XII. CARLOTTA S ESCAPE. Soon s h e h a d reached t h e open c oun try, an d l a t e r came the river. The light s of Brok e n if3a r, or rather the was vis ible. Sh e knew that her fath er's ranch northwest. So she followed the river rel y ing upon it a s a sure until she s hould rea c h the Black Range. She had tested the littl e hor s e which s h e rod e to know that h e was quit e nimbl e on hi s feet. So s he f elt s ur e of a good chance in a .race for life she run acros s foes. She had rpany mil e s along th e bottom the whil e h e r senses w e r e upon the alert. She kne_w well e nough the danger of meeting a band Apaches. In s uch a contingency, if s he f e ll into their hand s it d e ath. The r e for e s he k ept constant watch. She could see but f e w objects on the wide plain h e r and the horizon line, but she trus ted in and k ept her hol'Se as much a s possibl e in the s oft soil, that his hoof b eats w e r e dull ed. And now, presently, the e a s t b e gan to grow light. fir s t hue s of dawn b e gan to appear But just a s this gratifying truth dawned upon her, exp e ri e nced a thrill of mingl e d terror and doubt. Jus t to the northea s t, and riding a s if to h e ad h e r s h e s uddenl y espi e d a mov in g body of hor seme n. They had come into s ight s udd e nly a s if risen from plain, a nd almost in that moment Carlotta fancied that had seen her Ins tantly she pulled up her hor se. For a moment her heart beat like a trip-hammer. was an e xciting moment, and she knew that h e r now would quickly decide h e r fate It required no slight n e rv e for Carlotta Vaile to follow Ver y coolly, however s he a c c epte d t h e situation. the dewctive's instructions nerve did not desert her.


t THE BLACK RANGE. 27 She remembered that she had heard a cowboy tell his 11ethod of determining the nature of a band of horsemen in precisely similar fix. She slipped from the mustang's back. tlie :hether in one hand, she crouched down and waited until e horsemen topped a rise in the prairie and were brought arp in outline against the eastern sky. Out of the hemlock scrub sprang the pony and girl rider. Like a meteor the lithe mustang sped up the valley. There wae the sound of a wild Indian yell Once Car lotta poked back and saw the red foe in pursuit. On. and on.she rode madly. She knew not what course to take. she left with the pony. Anywhere so that s he escaped. And the pony, sagaciousanimal, took the avenue of escape from the valley. Ye s, they were Indians. She could see their waving alnmes, their irregular line and their long lances. S t, "Come, pony!" she cried, s pringing to her feet, "it is life This was a deep and rocky pass. On sped the sure-foot' r death for us. NOW show your mettle ed, nimble creature. Down through the gorge, over rocky The little steed pranced as s he mounted him. A moment steeps which ordinarily would have appalled the girl rider. a ore and off he raced toward the hills. Still on s he rode. J But in tl1at moment Carlotta fancied that to her ears And after her came the yelling Apaches. t arne a distant yell. She kn e w that s he was discovered. At l ength tl1e canyon walls bega n to melt down. The On toward the hill s she rode. level was reach ed and the next mom ent Carlotta dashed out lt was broad daylight before Carlotta's horse reached the upon the lowlands. lls. It was at this critical moment that we left the Caravan She looked back and saw that the red men had spread and party at the close of a preceding chapter. eir line out s o as to cut off any attempt to escape north or uth. '"rhey mean to drive me into the hills," s he muttered. ) Ah, well, I am willing to go, for there I can find hiding!" I She ,rode through a little defile and now was in a. va.lley. this s he dashed and followed a tortuous ravine. The n l!ross another valley and the pony began to show signs of ofigue. Carlotta pulled him up just under a of hemlock rees. There was no sign or sound the red foe. at She that she had outwitted them. At least there as no better place to hide. ie So she dismounted and touched her pony's knees with c r hands He was trained, and readily obeying, laid s .own. A great cry went up from all on boardrthe Caravan. Quick as a flash Frank R ea de, Jr., s prang to the wheel 1 and changed its course. Then he went to the electric gun. "Carlotta!" screamed Haven R eed. "It is her. Fire! Riddle the red h01f nds! Don't let them overtake her!" Gen. Vaile echoed the cry. Barney was now at the wheel, and Pomp handed Frank a dynamite projectile. He placed it in the breech and trained the gun. Then he pressed the electric key. The projectile struck in the midst of the savage horde. There was an earthquake-like rar and the ponies and red skins were scattered every way. Of the score of s avages in the band scarce half a dozen were left. These fled incontinently to the hills. The rescue was But Carlotta at that moment forgot one important thing. complete. She overlooked the fact that the s avages would follow her Carlotta, upon seeing the Caravan, in stant ly rode toward il. Not until the peril came did s he realize it. An hour pas sed by. it. The next moment s he was in hct father's arms. The joy of Gen. Vaile could not be exp ressed in word s Thus far nothing was seen of the red foe. Carlotta felt But there was another scarcely les s pleased. e that she had eluded them, when the blood almost froze 'l'his was Haven Reed, the young lover. th a thrilling sight. Explanations were soon in order. th Up a little rise of land at the entrance to the valley came Carlotta told her thrilling. story. That"part of it which eral of the Apaches. concerned the detective intere ste d all. They were walking s lowly, leading their ponies and "I tell you he is a plucky fellow, that Dexter!" cried ying the ground. Like a flash all came over Carlotta. Geri. Vaile. "I wish I knew whether he succeeded in bagIn an instant s he was upo:q her pony's back. Not a mo-ging his man or not!" t must be lost. "There is one way to learn!" said Frank Reade, Jr. here was no time for hesitation. All depended upon k action. "How?" "Why, take a ru:p. down there!"


28 THE BLACK RANGE. "I am agreeable." "Great guns!" exclaimed Gen. Vaile. "Is that you, So instead of going to the ranch, the course was changed, Dext er? We have hunted all over for you." and the Caravan took a back t rack. "Indeed!" exclaimed the merry detective But Carlotta had become deeply attached to that little several hours.'' mustang which had saved her life "I want always to keep him," s he declared. "He is a game little fellow." "And your man--" "Is locked up in the adobe cabin yonder. Oh, I have car ried my point, and he goes East with me to-morrow." I "But we cannot take him with u s," sai d Gen. Vaile, All cheered at this glorious declaration; Dexter was mod dubiously. estly grati:fiPd. "I have it," said Hav e n Reed. "Brand and hobble him and leave him here. I will come out l ate r and get him." This seemed the best plan Frank R eade, Jr., Barney and Pomp and the detectiv Dexter, were the heroes of the hour. But plucky little Carlotta also came in for a deserve Therefore it was done. The little mu stang was quickly meed of praise for her brave work with the Apaches. f given the Vaile brand and then left to graze. The next morning Alvin Dexter took Maxwell, the mu The Caravan now head e d toward the ruined settlement of derer, back East. Two months later he expiated his crim( Broken Bar. on the scaffo ld. -A quick run was made over the rang e Frank showed his passengers what speed the Caravan could attain. It was easily forty miles an hour on the level plain. Gen. Vaile was delighted. CHAPTER X1II. THE END Dexter gained fame and reward for his brave Bl' he s hrugged hi s shou ld ers and declared : "Pshaw! I never could have succeeded if it had nc been for Frank Reade, Jr., an his Electric Caravan. I te you that young man is the wonder of this age.'' Frank R eade, Jr., and Barney and Pomp, with the Car avan, stayed a week longer at the Black River Ranch. Thi s was long enough to witness the happy marriage Haven Reed and bright little Carlotta. The Caravan had now come in sight of the of BroThe Greaser never returned to make Broken Bar a re ken Bar. It was the hour of nopn. dezvous, and the Apaches, la cking the co-operation of the But not a living being was seen about the place It was desertea and dreary enough. "That is a blessing you have conferred upon u s in break ing up that nest of vipers declared Gen. Vaile. "I am glad of that!" replied Frank. "I hope you will never have trouble with them again." white allies, retired beyond the mountains. Gen. Vaile recovered his cattle, and once more pros peri shone upon the broad wastes of the Black Range. The Caravan took a southward trip, and after seeing th greater part of New Mexico, Frank returned -to_ Readesto '-The trip and th1i Caravan had proved a in ever "I feel sure we shall not!" sense of the term. And with this announcement, dea Carlotta now directed the way to the pass through which the den of Maxwell was reached. The Caravan could not :make its way up there But Frank and Barney, with the general and Haven Reed, armed to the teeth, went up. They gained the plateau e .Jld found the desperado's cav ern. But it was deserted. reader, comes our story to THE END. Read "OVER THE ANDES WITH FRANK READE JR., IN HIS NEW AIR-SHIP; OR, WILD ADVEK The Caravan was now headed for the ranch It was late TURES IN PERU," which will be the next number (28). in the day, when, after miles 'of swift trav e l, the Caravan of "Frank Reade Weekly Magazine." sighted the adobe walls of Gen. Vaile's home. A number of horsem e n dashed out to mee t the Caravan. They were the jubilant cowboys, who had heard of the great victory. And when the Caravan rolled into the ranch yard, there was a surprise for ap. Upon the piazza, coolly smoking, sat Dexter, the detective. SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weeki are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from an news d ealer, send the price in money or postage stamps mail to FRANK 24 UNH. SQUARE, NEW YORK!, and you will receive the coT you order by return mail.


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