The prairie pirates; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s trip to Texas

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The prairie pirates; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s trip to Texas

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The prairie pirates; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s trip to Texas
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WEEKLY MAGAZINE. Containing Stories of Adventures on Land, Sea & in the Air. losued ll'cckl!J-ll!J Subscri1ilio" per !!'"" Aplicalio11 mud e for Scco11d-Class b'11lr!J at N! Y. I' ost Office. No. 96 NE'V YORI{, AUG US'l' 26, 190-i. Price 5 Cents. Suddenly from the thicket there were thrown circling lassoes. They came whistling through the air like so many angry serpents. They fell upon all parts of the machine. Some caught about the pilot house, over the forward fender.

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FRANK READE "VVEE:EE.:J:... 'Y" D'.l:..A.G-..A.:.iPaI:N'"E. CONTAINING STORIES OF A.DVENl'URES ON LAND, SEA. A N D I N THE AIR. Issued Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 per year. Application made for Second Class entry at the New York, N. Y., Post Office Entered according to Act of Cong1ess in the year 1904, in the office of the Librarian of Congres fVashington, D C., by Ff'ank Tot
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2 THE PRAIRIE PIRATES. impenetrable hills which it is almost impossible to safely ment in deep thought. Then a great light flashe d across invade." his face. Stuart's auditors one and all drew a deep breath. It "By Jupiter I" he cried, "the Fates have sent you here could be seen that they were deeply impressed by his to-day! If there is a man in the world who can bring words. the Hinkley brothers to terms, I'll vow you are the man!" "And yet," continued the detective, "I have been com"Do you think so?" missioned to invade the den of the Hinkley brother s and "I am sure of it. You are an inv en tor and a man of rescue a young girl whom they abducted from her father's brains. If you will only co-op e rate with me, I will pledge ranch a month ago. Her father is Colonel John Alden of my sacred word to bag the game within six months or the Double Star Ranch, and he offers a reward of ten thouless!" sand dollars for her rescue." Frank Reade, Jr., the famou s young inventor, who was "Are you going to undertake it?" asked one of the now the cynosure of all eyes, smiled and said, politely: party. "You s peak confidently; yet, the undertaking you have "I am," replied the detective, firmly. mentioned is a serious and a difficult one." "Do you expect to succeed?" "Yet you can overcome all difficulties," cried the de" I hope to." tective, eagerly. "Only say the word; will you help me? All were intensely interested m the detective's story. I will give you the lion's share of the reward, and--" Indeed, there were not wanting volunteers to assist him Frank made a slight gesture, which the detective under when it was known that a b,.eautiful young girl was in stood Then they moved away together, leaving the oth durance vile. ers out of earshot. They walked into a private room in Among the listeners to the detective's words was a tall, the hotel and closed the door. fine-looking young man, with a distinguished air and a They did not come out for an hour. When they did stamp out of the common appear, the detective hustled out upon the street, while After a while, as Stuart moved away, he walked quickly Frank Rea:le, Jr., went to the hotel counter and called forward and overtook him. for his bill. "I beg your pardon,'' he said, "but I was a listener just now to your story of the Hinkley brothers." "Going to leave us?" asked the affable clerk, in a per functory way. "Ah!" exclaimed Stuart, looking him over critically. "To-day," replied Frank. "Have my baggage at the first "Yes," replied the young man, "and I was much inter-train for the East." ested." "All right, sir." "Yes?" A few hours later the young inventor was in hi s berth "Particularly when you mentioned the name of John on a Pullman car, bound for Readestown. In due time Alden, who is a man of whom I have often heard." he reached his destination. The detective gave a start. Readestown was a smart little city among the high hills, "Oh, you know Mr. Alden, do you?" he asked "At least and upon a river which led down to the sea. It had been by repute?" for a number of generations th e home of the Reades. "I do," replied the other. "If you were to hand him The machine works where Frank perfe cted his inven this card, he would know at once whom you referred to." tions were near the river and w e r e very extensive, con The detective took the card and glanced at the nam e sisting of a number of larg e s hops and yards. On the day upon it. "FRANK READE, JR., "READESTOWN, u. s. A." of his arrival in Readestown, Frank was driven to the works. At the gate he was met by a comic little Irishman, who ducked his head and shouted: "Shure, it's glad I am to see yez home wanst more, He gave a start. Thfisther Frank. An' did yez have a foine trip?" "Your name is familiar,'' he said. "Are you not an "A very one, Barney,'' replied the young ininventor ?" ventor. "Where is Pomp?" "I am," replied the other. "The naygur, sor? Shure, h e's ferninst the wather tank The detective looked at Frank Reade, Jr., for a moover there, a sorry place fer him. Whist!" ----

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THE PR,\IIffE PIIL\'l'ES. 3 Barney let out a shrill whistle, and a jolly looking coon "JAMES STUART, Southern Hotel: came bounding into view. He turned a handspring at sight of Frank and came running up. "Shall leave here by special train, with the Detective, on 11th inst. You may expect us in St. Louis accord "Golly l l'se awful glad fo' to see yo' home once mo', ingly, and join us there for the trip to Texas. Marse Frank." "Very good, Pomp. Now, I want you and Barney to get ready at once for a lively expedition to the South west." "Whurroo !" shouted Barney. "Golly!" gasped the coon. "When am we gwine to start, Marse Frank ?" "Just as soon as possible," replied the oung inventor. "How is the new machine? Have you finished putting on the brasswork ?" "FRANK READE, Jn." CHAPTER II. IN TEXAS It might not be amiss at this juncture to take a look "Shure, we have, sor, and she's as fit as a fiddle!" cried at the Detective, as completed and ready for the great Barney. "Wud yez loike to take a look at her, Misther Western trip. Frank?" Frank's idea had been to construct a machine which could travel at a rapid rate of speed ,ovF a level surface of ground, and furnish a traveling abode for the purposes "Golly, Marse Frank, l'se curus to know wha' am de of exploration in any foreign country. "That I will!" replied Frank. name youse gwine fo' to gib her?" The Detective was able to move over any kind of ordi"Name?" exclaimed Frank. "Oh, we will call her the narily smoot h surface at a tremendous rate of speed. She Detective." "Dat am a bery good name, sah !" "Begorra, yez am right, naygur," agrceu Barney. "Ah am all us right," retorted Po:htp. Frank smiled and said : "A very appropriate name, when you consider what sort of an expedition she i s bound on." "Phwat is that, sor ?" was also so constructed that she could ascend or descend hills with perfect ease and safety. The body of the machine was long and narrow and rested upon a running gear of strong and peculiar make. There were a series of springs, which were Frank's particular in vention, ancl deadened the jolt of the vehicle almost com pletely. Four stee l wheels, with ball bearings and rubber tires, "To track down a gang of prairie pirates. One of our were affixed to the strongest of axles. The motive power company will be the famous Western detective, Jim Stuart." of the electric engines was furnished to the rear axle, the By this time they had reached the wide doors of one of forward gear being made to revolve under the machine so the shops Barney opened it and they entered. that it could be guided by means of a wheel in the pilotUpon the level floor stood the latest triumph of Frank house above. At the rear part of the Detective was a steel walled For a moment the young inventor ran his critical str ucture called the main cabin. This was bullet proof Reade, Jr.'s inventive genius, the electric vehicle, Detective. eye over it. Then he smiled his approval. and furnished with two windows, a door and severa l loop holes for defense. Over this cabin was a small deck, with "You have done well, Barney anJ Pomp. She looks a guard-rail. On this deck was a swivel electric dynamite complete. ow, I want you to get a car of the railroad gun. company and pack her aboard it in sections. We shall go as far as Fort Worth, Texas, by rail. From thence we shall strike overland into the Llano Estacado or the Staked Plains." This was very light, being only a cylinder of steel with pneumatic air chambers for the expulsion of the projec tile, which exp loded by impact. A shell could be thrown a mile with disastrous effect. "All roight, sor," replied Barney. sor, at wanst." "We'll do all that, Forward was a sma ller cabin and the pilot-house. Through the steel prow of the machine there projected a Frank went back to the office and later sent a dispatch second electric gun, lighter than the other. to St. Louie, as follows : Between the main cabin and the pilot-house was a sec-

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4 THE PR.\IRIE PIRATES. tion of steel netting in which wer e loopholes. ']'he voy-He came directly up to Frank Reade, Jr., and held out agers were safe behind this netting, for it was bullet proof, his hand. and in a warm climate it was excellent, for the fact that "Welcome, strawnger; I reckon you're the sharp from a circu lation of air was to be always had. Over the pilotthe East what has come out here to help me run down the house was a powerful electric sea rchlight. Tlie Detective was primarily constructed with an eye to offense as well as defense It was provided with the neces sary requirement s for travel in a perilous region, where there were wild beasts and savage men. Hinkleys and find my gal, Alice." "I beg your pardon said Frank. "Same here," replied the other, in his offhand way. "I'm Colonel John Alden of the Double Star Ranch. Most anybody will vouch for me in this town Provided with arms, ammunition and stores, the crew "I am glad to meet you, Mr. Alden," saicl Frank. "I could live aboard the vehicle an -indefinite length of am Frank Reade, Jr. You are the very man I want to time, and with the deadly dynamite guns the Detective see. Did you anticipate om arrival?" could hold a sma ll army at bay on open ground. "I did," replied Alden, "and I'm ready to discuss matWith this invention, the latest effort of his genius, Frank Reade, Jr., was about to essay the invasion of the Pedro Hills and the stamping out of the lawless band known as the Prairie Pirates. How he succeeded ancl what were his thrilling adventers with you at once." At this moment Jim Stuart came rushing up and fairly embraced Alden. "Well, this is luck! How did you get here, colonel ?" "Came all the way pony-back," replied Alden. "I have tures will form the subject-matter of this story twenty of my best cowboys with me, and we're all ready When Jim Stuart, the detective, received the telegram to strike into the Pedro Hills with you." from Frank Reade, Jr., quoted in a previous chapter, he "Good!" cried Jim. "You have made Mr. Reade's acW?S beside him self with joy It is needless to say that he quaintance ?" watched every day for the special train. "Just now," replied the colonel, and Frank bowed. At And finally it came rolling into St. Louis. Frank Reade, once the three became the warmest of friend.. Then Frank Jr., Barney and Pomp and the Detective were aboard. pointed out the details of the Electric Detective as Barney It required but a few moments for Jim to join the party. and Pomp were putting it together. He was quickly introduced to Barney and Pomp, ancl they were at 1once friends. "Golly!" declared Pomp, when a short while later they were rolling away through Missouri en rout e for Texas, "dat detcctiYe am a berry nice gemmen. I reckon he bah got lot s ob grit." "Begorra, that's roight, naygur/' agreed. Barney. And seldom it was that h e did agree with Pomp. The colonel was tremendously impressed. "You s ay it is bullet proof?" he asked. "Yes," repli eel Frank. "Wall, by jingo! I don't see why you carr't with per fect safety travel anywhere in them hillK. How air ever goin' to lick ye?" "Well, they will have a hard joh," laughed Frank. "Of course, nothing i impossible, but we can give them a hard. For, while they were the warmest of friends, there was tussle." nothing each liked better than to nag or play practical jokes "Well, you bet! But the more l look at you, the more upon the other. In this respect it was an even game between them. 'l'he special train made a rapid run to Texas. Frank bad selected Fort Worth as the best possible point from whence t-o start out into the wild region beyond the Llano Estaca.d.o, or where the Prairie Pirates held forth. you remind me of your father, who was a very particular friend of mine." "Whoever was one of my father 's friends, can count me the same," replied Frank. "Well said! Your father died some years ago?" "Yes." When ll'ort Worth was r eached the special was side"Well, he was a gentleman and a smart man. I've no tracked and the vqyagers began to disembark. The De-doubt his son takes after him. Now, my boy, do you J..."Uow tective was taken from the cars, anq Barney and Pomp that we have und.ertaken a lively task?" proceed6'1 to put the sections together. "I do not doubt it," replied Frank, "but that is jm;t While thus engaged a large crowd collected, and with what I am lookin g for. I think wr can hold our end them came a tall, broad-shouldered rre;xan, who wore a wide up." KOmbrero, and a distinguished air "God bless you for coming aw:w out lwr e to help me,"

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THE PRAIRIE PIRA 'J1ES. declared the colonel, earnestly. "You sha ll have your re"Hi, dar, chile l'se all ready We gib dem chillun a ward. It nearly broke my heart when they took my gal, chaince fo' to dance, if dey wants ter. Alice away from me. lf the black hounds have done her Down they went from the deck 0 the machine. In a harm, I will consecrate my life to their destruction!" "I think we may :find her safe and sound," replied Frank. "At least, we will make a mighty effort." "'I'hank you, my boy!" Then the colonel rode away to join his men and organ ize them for the great ride back lo Pa rad iPe Lost, the 1 it tlc mining town at the basr o! the Pedro Hills, from whence tLcy wer lo conduGt their opcratiorn; agaim;t the Llink leys. few moments they had reached the campfire. The cowboys were engagecl in te llin g some lJrctty blood cur
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6 THE PRAIRIE PlllATES. "There are the Pedro Hills,'1 he declared. "We are now: could easily have overtaken it, but made no effort, and on the stage trail to Paradise Lost. There is the ford over thus they all approached the hills. the creek yonder "And ther e is the stage," cried Jim Stuart, suddenly. And sure enoug h there across the rolling plain in the A black-looking gap loom ed up in front of them. High 1rnlls of rock rose upon either side. Beyond this pass was the mountain trail which led down distance was seen the yellow stage, with its eight fleet musinto the mining town 0 Paradise Lost, perhaP.s twenty tangs flying under the la sh 0 the whip to the relay sta miles beyond. tion, a few miles further on. The stage reached the pass and disappeared into it. A The top 0 the stage carried armed men. Of late a gang few minutes laler the DetcctiYe followed. of desperadoes had been holding up the vehicle in a pass just this side of Paradise Lost. As the party in the Tear had succeeded in getting into the pass, sudclenly the sound of firearm was heard far Many thought they were the Hinkleys, but of this none ahead were certain. However, there was goocl ground for sus p i cion. At o nce our adventurers were interested. "Let us go over there and hail the stage," cried Colonel Instantly John Alden rose in his sacldle and shouted: "It's the road agents! 'l'hey have set onto the stage. Come on, boys With a cheer the cowboys swept up the defile. The De-John. "Perhaps they may help us in some way to locate tective followed them. the Hinkleys. What say ye?" They did not have to ride far ere they came full upon "Very good," agreed Frank. col onel." "Ride out on the trail, the scene of action. And a thrilling scene it was. The stage had been attacked at a very narrow part of Ollt On the tral .1 tlte pass. The mustangs were instantly shot down, as the The cowboys all gave r e in and rode road a --ents saw that resistance was meant. The stage began to pull up and th e armed men leveled their r ifles. But Alden rode forward with uplifted hand. "All right, boys!" he shouted. "'\Ve are friends. You know me!" "Colonel Alden!" exclaimed Jim Brisco, the d river, as he hurled the bronchos on their haunches. "What do ye want, colonel?" Two of the armed guards lay dead on the deck. The others and the passengers had made a barricade of the coach and were pluckily returning the fire of the bandits. A hot fight was in progress when the reinforcements came up. The road agents were well sheltered by an angle in the wall of the pass and a heap 0 boulders. Colone l Alden and his cowboys rode boldly up to the coach. Then they "We want to know if you've seen anything of the Hinkunslung their rifles and answered the fire. leys on the way from the This began to tell. The bandits, finding the place too hot "Not a durned sign," replied Brisco. "Cluclc-go lang !" for them, suddenly decamped. The victory was won. "Whoa-up! Wait a minute!" cried the colonel. "I see The D e tective had come up by this time behind the ye have a posse on deck, Jim. Do ye expect trouble be-stage and Frank had the dynamite gun all ready, but there fore ye get to Paradise?" was no occasion to make use of it. "That's what we're lookin fer stranger" said one of I Colonel Alden and his men came in for a great deal of the posse. "If they hold up thi s stage, they'll run a-foul praise, but the bluff colone l ignored this and cried: of hot stuff!" "The question is, how are ye going to get the stage down "I don t doubt it," replied the colonel. "Yet you might to Paradise? The mails are all safe, eh, Brisco?" get in over your depth and need help. Now, we've got "Yes, sir," replied the s tage driver. "Yew kin bet this quite a party, arui we're going down to Paradise, too. We'll is the time we fooled ther gang." come along aft e r ye, and if ye git into trouble, we'll try "Look here, Jim!" and help ye out a bit." "Wall?" "Thanks to ye, colonel," cried Brisco, cracking his whip. "Do you know who is the l eader of this gang?" "So long to ye!" The colonel turned and rode back to meet the Detective. Then the party kept on the trail to Paradise Los t. The stage kept but a short distance aheacl, and our party "Dunno as I do; sometimes I've thought they was the Hinkl eys." "Well, I think so, too. I wish I knew it for certain." Four of Alden's men agreed to give up their ponies to the_

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THE PRAIRIE PIRATES. 7 stage and ride upon the vehicle themselves until Paradise was reached. Cheers were given them. Then the stage coach was quickly equipped. It did not take long to change the harness. Then once more the stage "Answer, you dog!" he gritted. "Jose Rivera, noble senor." "Are you the leader of that gang?" The fellow rolled his eyes. was off on its way. "Jcsu pity!" he replied. "I am only a poor follower. But as the Detective followed the party up the canyon, Antonio Gardo, he lead us." Barney, who was at the wheel, suddenly cried to Frank: "Gardo," exclaimed Stuart. "Oh, then you are all "Och, Misther Frank, wud ycz cum here, sor ?" Greasers, eh? Do you want to die?" "What is the matter, Barney?" asked the young in"Saints defend poor Jose! Have mercy, senor!" ventor, as he sprung into the pilot-house. "Then you shall tell us where is the hiding place of Barney pointed to an object in a cleft of the cliffs your gang that we may ferret them out." near. It was a man with fierce, desperate features, cow-Something like a gleam of cunning flashed in the vilering under a cactus leaf. lain's eyes. He quickly rep lied: He seemed to be unarmed and evidently desiro u s of escaping observation, but Frank gave the lever a s u dden twist and brought the Detective to a stop. "Phwat will yez do, Misther Frank?" asked Barney. "Jump out there and bring him aboard,'' said the young inventor. "Make a prisoner of him. He is one of the gang and perhaps we can get some valuable information out of him." "Whurroo !" cried the Celt, "yez are roight, sor. Cum on, naygur." "A capital idea!" cried Jim Stuart, drawing his Colt's revolver. "Bring the fellow aboard With Barney and Pomp the detective leaped overboard. They sprang into the cleft. For a moment the outlaw was disposed to make resist ance, but the sight of the pistol barrels subdued him. He surrendered sullenly and was led aboard the Detec tive, which went on up the de.file. He was a powerfully framed fellow, a darkly hand"There be no hiding place, senor. Don Gardo he go everywhere Camp here, camp there. No tell where to find him. Only hunt for him." "Then he has no rendezvous?" "None, senor." \ Stuart went into the pilot-house with Frank. "Do you believe that wretch?" asked the young inven tor. "I think it more than lik e ly that he speaks the truth," replied the detective. I have heard that very same thing of Gardo Well, it is of littl e use for us to waste our time hereabouts We are after the Hinkleys." "Right!" agreed Frank. "We cannot stop to trail down a lot of Greasers." "Just so. "But--" "What?" "What will you do with this fellow ?" "Oh, take him down to Paradise and turn him over to some but evil face. Ilis shifting gaze took in everything the sheriff." about him. "Very good! He no doubt well merits hanging." He seemed surprised and interested in the vehicle aboard But as the Detective rolled on towards Paradise Loat which he was and stared at the electric keyboard in the the wretch began to beg and plead piteously for his life. pilot-house as if trying to study out what it was. Jim Stuart removed the fellow's sombrero and found a jagged scalp wound. A bullet had cut ifa way along the skull. This, doubtless, had made the fellow insensible and ex plained his being left behind for dead by his comrades. After searching the prisoner's person Stuart began to question him "What's your name?" he asked. The outlaw showed his teeth, like a wolf driven to bay, and did not seem disposed to answer. The detective drew a keen knife and placed the point at the villain's throat. He promised a ll sorts of things. He would give 'up a bandit's life-would be the Ameri cans' slave, and so forth. "Do not kill poor Jose," he pleaded. "I am not with Antonio Gardo of my own choice. Oh, holy saints d e fend me "Really, I'm half a mind to l et the poor devil go free," said Frank. "Wait till we get to P a radise and we'll give him a fair trial," said Jim Stuart. "If nobody proves anything against him he sha ll go free." The twenty-mile trail to Paradise was covered without further incident.

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l 8 'l'HE PRAIRrn PIRA'I'BS. The big yellow stage finally rolled down into the town, aud .the Detective and the cowboys followed. A great ensation was created in Paradi::;ewhen the party "Hurrah! hurrah!" yelled Lhc crowd, and Colonel Alden gripprd hands wjth a 8(;0l'C or the brawny miner;;. .At thjs moment a man came l01rnging out of the hotel. appeared. Never in its history had it witnessed the entry He wa;; a t,rpieal \\'c 8tcrncr, with revolvers ;;tuck all arounrl o. any other vehicle but the yellow stage. in his belt. CH.APTER IV. THE WARNU{G. "How air ye, Stuart'!" he cried, a8 the detective eamc along. "What air ye c1ojn' in Paradise?" "Keno Jim !" excla jmecl the detective. "You arc just the man I waJ:lt to sec." "Eh?" exclaimed the other. "What can I do fer ye, Stuart?" "'We've got a fellow in our team who I think is one of Consequently when the Detective appeared in their midst Antonio Gardo's men. We want to give him a fair trial! the denizen s were utterly dumbfounded. Sec?" In all their caree r they had never seen anything like this "Oh, yew want ter call a special meeting of thcr dislriC'l curious hon;elesi:; rchicle 0 the tenderfoot;; .from the effete C'ourt, ch?" saicl Keno Jim, with a grim smile. "Wall, I'm East. 'l'hey came from all quartern to gaze upon it. lawyer, jedgc, justice of the peace and everything else comParadise Lost was a typical mining town. bined here. Bring up yer man!" In the main it was little more than a collection of pine "Where will we hold the trial?" ;;hanties. There was the long flume fed by tl1c water "In Brigham's bar-room," said Keno, pulling a big from the gulch stream, and the big stamp-mill o:f the Pararcvoh'cr. "I'll j est go over now an' clean it 011t !'' dise Company. And with this he strode away. Deep in the heart of the hiJlH were sunk the Hha:fts of Stuart knew well what Western jusLiec was. l Jnle Jose the company Herc the rcLl-shirtccl Loilcn; were at work Ri vcra could prove his innoccncc .the hour would .oon ;;cc most of the time. him dangling from a mountain pine. But beside s this the gukh wai; erowllcd wiLh Hbantics and So he started back to the .DctcdiYc. I t required but a claims of placer miner.. On the arrival of the Rtage, or l'<'w morncnts for the crowd to get ont0 the fact that one of after the day' s work was over, these men eame from near Uardo's men waH about lo bu tried for his life in Brigand far into the town. liam s. There wa8 a frame hotel, with a wide and spaeiou8 loung'l'hc crowd aL once made a ru8h for the bar-room of ing room. the hotel. Not half of them could get inside. Here miner and 8 port, card sharp and tenJcr.foot, were But the others waited without for the pritloncr tn come Lo be found. 'l'hcrc were gambling dens, and, in fact, all along. the other ui:;ua] fixtures of the frontier town. As Stuart sp rang aboard the .Dclcclivc he ;;aid to .Frank: 'l'wicc a week the stage came in, bringing fresh arrivals and sometimes mails from the When Jim Brisco reined the big stage up in front of Brigham 's,n as the hotel was known, he let out a yell: "Whoa!" Then he sa t still on the box, while the armed guanls c l imb e d clown and the passengers alighted. Then the news o:f the hold up spread. Jim Brisco was obliged to recite an account of the whole affair from his high position. The excitement of the crowd was intense. ".And thar is ther tenderfoot rig what pulled us out of "Now we'll dispose of this poor devil of a 0 reaser. If he tells a goocl story we'll let him oft. ff he Jon't-why, Judge Keno will sett l e accounts with him." Barney and Pomp led the panic-sLriekcn outlaw on deck. He begged piteously for his life. So abject and groveling was h e that his captors diJ not think it necessary to bind him. Barney and Pomp on either side of him led him toward the hotel. The crowd surged toward them to get a look at the out law. Keno Jim himself came forward and when not ten yard ther scrape!" he shouted, pointing to Colonel Alden and distant gave a hoarse cry. rrhe pri soner's gaze and his had his men "If it hadn't been for him, we mought not be met. here now." What followed took such an infinitesimal space of time,

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10 ['HE PRAIRIE PIRATES. Knots of men gathered and discussed the s ituation in 'l'his was about ten miles Jistant, and the real entrance ominous tones. to the Pedro Hills. Nobody felt safe, for it was not known at what turn a Beyond this pass they might quite reasonably expect to foe might be encountered. The outlaws were known to lurk encounter the outlaws, if, indeed, the latter should stand in disguise in every part of the town. their ground. But preparations went on rapidly for the invasion of the That their hiding place would be found there was no cerhills. The Vigilantes, armed to the teeth, formed under tainty. The fastnesses of the hills were many, and it would Keno Jim, and the cowboys rallied under Colonel Alden. be easy for such a band to find a retreat in some pocket There were many volunteers to go aboard the D etective. or cave from which it would be almost impossible to dis-But Frank said : lodge them. "We need no assistance. There are four of us, with But Frank felt that if the lair of the outlaws could be Mr Stuart, and that is a sufficient numb er to efficiently found, much would be gained. He was sanguine of sue protect the ma c hine." But there was one person who attached a deadly signifi cance to the message of the Hinkley s This was Jim Stuart. The detective's face wore an anxious expression, and he declared: cess. The townspeople cheered the Detective heartily as it rolled out of the place. Soon it was threading the moun tain trail. Around the high mountain wall, down through gorges, "It will be well for the p eople of Paradise to keep over divides and at times following the brow of some deep on their guard There i s trouble ahead." CHAPTER V. THE WATER TRAIL. canyon the trail led. The scenery was wild and rugged, like all of that on the New Mexican border, but there was no sign visible any where of human life. The miner and the hunter seldom ventured into these hills. They could tell great stories of the perils they held, while the superstitious Greasers and half-breeds counted them Frank Reade, Jr., was disposed to share the detective's the abode of evi l spirits fears. "In what manner can they do harm to the town?" he asked "Do you know of any particular opportunity?" "I can think of none just now, but when the Vigilantes are gone, and the place is practically defenseless, then look out for the Hinkleys." "But we must engage their attention in the mean time." "You mean that we will try. We are by no means su,re of succeeding 'fhey are very slippery." Frank could see the force of the detective's reasoning, but it was not easy to sec how the plans could be changed to advantage And, indeed, there was very good reason for their fears. For a more desolate, wild region the eye never rested upon. The most description of the entrance to Hades could alone describe it. Yet these hills were, no doubt, rich in minerals. No vegetation of any account grew there. The soil was arid and useless, but in the beds o.f the creeks and gulches, in the strata of the cliffs and the quartz ledges gold abounded. All it awaited was the pick of the placer miner or the hug-e rollers of the stamp-fnill to yield untold-wealth. Years before this it had been a favorite rendezvous or fortress of tbe wily and treacherous Apache. So they were not changed. In a short while the VigiHere he had held the white man at bay and was not dislantes galloped out of the town to the south lodg ed until starvation got in its work and retired him to They were followed by the cheers of the denizens of the the mesas farther west. town A few minutes later Colonel Alden and his cow-The sensations of our voyagers upon entering this gloomy boys struck out to the northward. region cannot be very well descriOed. Then the Detective, with Frank Reade, Jr., Barney and There was a stra nge sense of mental depression, which Po;mp and Jim Stuart aboard, rolled out of the town. They was augmented by the sense of a deadly peril ever lurkwent straight ahead for Calamity Pass ing near at hand.

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THE PR1URIE PIR.A TES. 11 The Detective made its way through Calamity Pass and came into a narrow, barren valley Here the machine was obliged to proceed slowly as the Barney and Pomp would follow in the rear with t h e machine .And thus the start was made Care.fully Frank and Stuart made their way a l ong the ground was rough. banks of the stream, looking cautiously for any sig n of the The voyagers were busily engaged scrutinizing every foe point, near and far, for some sign of the outlaws Presently the level of a p l ateau was reac h e d H e re it But not a thing was seen which would suggest their was pretty smooth going for the explorers presence in the hills until suddenly the Detective came to But it also furnished a fearful setback for t hem They a shallow stream. Frank was preparing to ford this when Stuart clutched his arm. "Wait a moment, Frank," he said "What is the matter?" asked the young inventor Look clown there in the sand Do you see any foot prints?" There, in the sand, which extended to the water's edge, were the prints of horses' hoofs. They extended into the stream "Horsemen have been this way," said Frank. "Just so," agreed the detective ".Allow me to get down; I would much like to examine them The machine halted and the cletccti ve went out on deck. paused in sheer disappointment For Frank suddenly came upon footprints at t he wat e r 's verge, showing plainly that the outlaws h ad her e l eft the stream But this was all. It cou l d not be pursued furth er T his w a s t h e end of the trail. For the hard, flinty surface of the p l ateau left no m ark whatever. The horsemen had cleverly eluded t h e trailers. The pursuers were bailed. "By Jove!" exclaimed Frank, ''this is a hard one What do you make of it, Stuart?" "It means that we are beaten," declared the detect ive, "unless we can find the point at which thi s t r a il has l eft He sprung clown into the sand and examined them 'l'hcn the plateau he inspected the shore carefully up and down stream for a hundred yards Next he waded across it and examined the opposite shore He gave a sharp cry : "It is just as I thought, l!""'rank !" he cried. "What?" "This is a covered trail. They have gone up the stream, and the water has covered their trail." The detective came over and clambered aboard the ma chine He exchanged comprehensive glances with Frank. "What is your theory?" asked the young inventor. "There are several explanation ," declared the detective "Which will not be easy." ".A random quest "However, it seems to be our only r ecourse." "Just so. So they went back aboard the machine. B arney, how ever, had an important bit of intelligence "Shure, .::isther Frank," he said mysterio u s l y I thi n k I can give yez a bit av information "What is it?" asked Frank. "While ycz \rar lukin' along the bank of the c r eek t h e re, sor, the naygur and mesilf kept a watch ahead, sor. "Well?" "First, it is possible that 1.he outlaws heard us coming and "And ferninst that corner av the mountain sor we seen have done this to throw us off the trail. In the next plac2, a queer fl.ash of light it is not impossible that this stream is the hidden entrance to their stronghold ".A flash of light?" "Yis, sir, an' mcbbe av yez watch it l ong e nou g h yez may "It is a c l ever trick," declared the young inventor, "rmd see the same makes it easy for them to throw us off the track Frank gazed in the direction indicated by t h e Celt. This "Yet it is something gained. We have found their 1\as a high spur of the mountain about a mi l e d i s t a nt. trail." "Though a water t r ail." "Still, I think i t can be followed "Let us try it. .At once the plan was made It was arranged that Frank sho u l d follow one bank 0 the stream and Jim Stuart the o t he r. "Kape yer eyes well on it, sor," declared t h e Celt. L oike enough yez will see it. Frank did as d i rected Some moments e l a p s ed. Then he gave a start .A blinding star of light appeared for an instant aga in s t the face wa ll o f the cliff. T he young inv ento r s h oute d to the detect ive.

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12 THE PRAIRIE PIRATES. "Come here he c ried. "Good agreed Frank. "It can do no harm." In a moment the detective was by his side And the young inventor dived into the forward cabin and "Keep your eye on that angle of the mountain wall," soon appeared with the new gun. lt \Yas a very light affair, said Frank. "Ah, do you see it?" Again the fla s h of light came. It was like an electric with a barrel about twice as lon g as the on.linary one. 11Ieanwhile the Detective had been slowly moving along star Once, twice, thrice it fla s hed Then there was an over the plateau and in the direction of the mountain. interval and it flashed again Frank adjusted the needle gun and handed it to the de"It i s a signal." "Done with a mirror." "Yes." The sun was in full glare in the noonday sky There was no doubt but that this hypothesis of the s ignal was correct. It was the common system employed by sign al-service men, the use of flai'H the rail and even in tl1e wheel:;. So1uc Cell ;;hort, but they were quickly thrown again. 'l'h e Detective wa,. proceeding Rlowly and the ropes which ca ught the wheel s for the mome nt lugged them. 'l'h e D c CHAPTER VI. tcctive was a captive. W ere it not for the cntang leme11li,; of lhc wheels the A DARING A'l'T.A.CK. machine could have mad e broken strings of the lariats. But as it was, the electric engine::; buzzed furiously, there wa a "It is not more than a mile over the re, is it?" he asked. spitefu l grinding of the axles and the machine came to a "I think not," replied the young inventor. "What 0 dead s top. t h a t ?" So s udden was the attack that our voyager s were taken "Suppose we try a shot with the needle gun at that light, wholly by surprise and knew not what to ao. The lariats, just to see what effect it will have." as it transpired, were fastened to tree::; in the wood.

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PRAIRIE PIRA1'ES. 13 But following the lassoing o.r the machine came the atother lariats snapped like threads and the outlaws went tack of the foe. down in heaps from the deck. From the depth1:> of the tangle came a legion of armed Clear of the struggling mass the Detective struck up and masked men. speed. 1'hey were all attired in black and looked like demons. Straight for the deck of the Detective they came. Only sharpest kind of work i:;aved the machine. In an instant Frank shouted: There were a score of the foe yet on deck, but they tumbled off unceremoniously, throwing their dead and wounded comrades over also. Before the machine had gone a dozen ya rds the deck "Press lever No. 6, Barney!" was clear. But the lever slipped and she ran half a mile This was the electric connection which instantly closed before Frank could check her and barred every door and window on board. So much He brought her about quickly and sprang to the dynafor the defense. mite gun. His purpose had been to throw shells among It was done in the twinkling o.r an c)' e Then Barney, the outlaws. with a whoop, grabbed up his rifle. But it was too late. "Whurroo Bad ce. i:; to the omadhoum; l Give it lo cm, naygur !" They had picked up their dead and wounded comrades and vanished. J ''l"i;c wii yo' honey!" cried Pomp, and bolh opened When the Detective got back Lo the ;.;pot not one of them fir at the shortest range upon the foe. as in sight. J m;t as fast as they could they fir d the \Yinchestcrs Frank threw a shell into the deep undergrowth, but it tl1rough s eemed Lo have no cffed through the loopholes. They could be ea1:1i ly i>ccn the netting by the masked outlaws 'l'he ii n;t encounter with the outlaws of the Hinkle y gang Over the rail they came with the fury o.r 11"ohc8 was ended and was a signa l victory for the Detective. 'l'hey tore at the netting, striking it with hatchets and knive and firing point blank against it. Jim Stuart was delighted. "It wai; a regular Waterloo," h e declared. But even their tremendous weight could not batter it in. hardly care to attack rn; again right away!" "'l'hey'll Frank had constructed it for just such an exigency as Uie "I almost wi1:>h that we had not experienced this enpresent. counter,'' ;;aid Frank. It rcsi;;tcd every effort! :Jicanwhilc Barney ancl Pomp "Why!''' were ui;ing rcYOlYcrs through the loophole:,; with dcadl.v "\\'c Jiayc gained little and gircH them an idea of out effect. strength. They will now be on t h eir gual'cl." 'l'hc deck was becoming strewn with the dead ancl wonncl-"1'hat uiay be true," agreed Jirn, ''but yet I cannot help eel outlaws. 'omc o.r them were trying to force the pilolfeeling glad of the vidory." house and cabin open. "Ob, certainly. It i.s much better than defeat." Frank and 'tuart were not idle, either. Stuart was at the cabin loophole", 11hilc Frank hacl gone down into the "But where shall we i;trikc now?" "I would likr to reach that mountain wall. But I don't lower part o[ the vehicle, where there 'ra:; a trapdoor. Ree how ire arc going to gd through all that tangle of unBy lo\1 ering this he coulcl lean out, and, unobserved, cut dcrgrowth." at the lariats lashing the wheels. "It iH impossible unlei;i:; we may :;uccced in finding a ln this way he was rapidly liberating the machine. He path. But I have an idea." kept manfully at the task. "What is it?" 'l'bc outlaw had never thought of looking under the "SuppOf;c we cut away to the northward here and make machine. 'l'heir attention was concentrated upon the upa detour of the whole mountain?" per part of the Detective. "Approach it from the other i-;idc ?" So that Frank actually succeeded in freeing the wheels. "Yes." This was all that was necessary. He rushed back up to the pilot-hou:;e. It was bl1t a "Very well," agreed Frank. "We will do that." Accordingly the Detective wai> turned about and headed moment's work to turn on the dynamos. Instantly the Detective gave a plunge forward. in the opposite direction. A clear course wm; found for a The di1:>tancc o.r ten miles.

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14 THE PRAIRIE PIRATES. Then a canyon was seen leading seemingly into the depth And it was a scene which caused the blood of all to nm of the mountain fastnesses. There was some hesitation cold. about entering this. Frank did not wish to get into a trap, which he knew was quite possible. The outlaws could, perhaps, get in n position to hurl huge boulders aown upon the machiue from the steep heights of the canyon on either side. So he studied the situation very carefully. By this time darkness had begun to settle down. Frank ran the machine into the open plateau and turne
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TIIE PRAIRIE PIRATES. 15 plateau. Frank recalled the thrilling .fact that the other side of the plateau was a Icarfu l i:;cries of ;;teep descents. He reached over and took some of it up in his hands. Then he exclaimed : For the machine to plunge o r those meant certain de struction, and it was headed that way. Nor was it possible to change the Detective's course, for the steering apparatus was also mixed up in the debri s It was a frightful outlook. "By Jove, boys, it is from the frying -pan into the fire! It is a quicksand!" "Quicksand ?" asked Stuart. "Yes, or mire-hole, as the Texans call it. They are quite common in thi s part of the country :Many a good Where had the outlaw procured the canno n ? If their s teer ha s been lost in these treacherous spots, and even stronghold was defended with heavy g uns, then its reduc me n and horses themselves tion was going to be a very serious matter. "And, begorra, ifs ourselves as. is in it now," cried Bar-Frank came back quickly to the cabin and communi ney. catcd the state of affairs to the others. "Yes,'' agreed Frank, "and the next thing is to get "Really," he said, "I don't sec what w e are going to out of it." do. It is apparently impossible to check the machine." "Can we do that?" asked Jim, "in our present condi" And to jump overboard would be death, going at this tion ?" speed," declared Stuart. "I fear not until our machinery is r epaired. We must "There is only one way to stop her, that I can think of,'' wait for daylight said Frank. "But what if these outlaws come up again with their "And that--" gun?" "To the driving-bars with a hammer. It would "Turn out every light on board," commanded Frank. put her, I fear, beyond repair, and might make an end to ''In the darkness they' ll hardl y find u s These e le ctric our trip." The hesitated "Is there no other way?" "X one that I can think of." "Begorra, :?\Iisther Frank!" cried Barney, as he rushed lights guide them easily." The order was obeyed. Then the voyagers retired to the cabin, for the storm had burst with t errib l e fury The thunder and lightning was most appalling. I do'1n from the deck where he had been using the search -For hour s it raged. If the outlaws were abroad in it they light, "the edge of the plateau, sor, is only a mile away!" were certainly possessed of great hardihood They did not "Then we must act!" said Frank, setting his lips firmly appear to our adventurers in any case. He picked up a heavy hammer and started f01;. the lower It seemed an age before daylight came Then the sun part of the engine-room. But before he reached there a came up hot and glaring to fl.ash the drenched land great cry came from above. scape. Then there was a shock, a crash and dull spla sh. The en-Just as s,on as things about became c l ear l y visib l e Frank gincs hi sed and creaked and stopped. The machine was at and Stuart began to examine the position of the DetecJ. standstill. ti ve. lirhat had happened? It was not an one. The area of quicksand Frank rushed up into the cabin It was dark covered a hundred square yards. The machine had run Something covered the windows on the outside, excluding into a narrow part of it: the light. The others were up on the pilot-house deck. Only the rear wheels and a part 0 the bocly of the vc" Come up, quick, Frank!" shouted Stuart. "We are hicle were mirecl But they were sunk deep in the treach safe for just now." erous stuff and there seemed no easy way of extr i cating "What has happened?" them. "Perhaps you can tell." Certainly the engines were unable to do it. Frank sprang up on the deck. The machine lay partly "Well," r.sked the detective after some while, "what on her side. Her rear wheels and deck were below the level is our best move, Frank?" of the ground. "First," decided the young in ventor, "we must repair 'l'he search light showed all as p l ain as clay. Frank saw the machinery. After that is done we_can decide what next that a great mass of white sand lay about the rear end of to do." the machine They now went down into the cabin. Barney and Pomp

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16 rrHE l' RAIRrn P lRArrES. had procured some plates of steel and were repairing the rent in the sifle of the machine. Frank began to pick out the tangle of wireR and soon hall restored some sort of onler out of <.:haos. Very fortunately the storage tanks and dynamos were uninjured. All that was needed was to connect the wires and restore the keyboard. "Wlrnrroo !" shouted Barney. "Now if the machine cud only travel, how we c:ud give them a b'atin' !'' Pomp stood on his head with ilelight, and then went lo wrestling wjth Barney. But Frank stopped this. "lt is no time for fooling," he declared. "l'i'e mnst first of all get the machine out of this quicksand." The detective worked assiduously with Frank and in a "Right!" cried Jim Stuart. "J uppose there is danger couple of hours the machine waR all rcatl,v, RO far as the that she may settle deeper at any time.'' mach i nery was concerned. Barney and Pomp had also s1icceeded in Ti veting the arfnor plates, and the Detective wns intact once more. But now the question arose as to how it \YaS to be got out of the quicksand. And this was a problem. But before it could be solved an unlooked-for incident occurred Suddenly Pomp pointed out over the plateau and sho uted: "Golly, Marse Frank !1 DeTe dey cum fo' all cley is worf It am de clebbils ob outlaws!'' Thi s was seen to be the truth. Out on the level plain a great body of horsemen were seen, and between their rankti was the fielcl-piece. They hacl spied the machine and were coming toward it .full bent. If they s hould once more succeed in getting within range it would be all up with the Detective and i ts voyagers 'rhe cannon would quickly destroy it. But Frank Reade, Jr., smiled in a grim fashion "We will hardly give them the chance this time," he muttered. "'rhey must come to close quarters to c1o any harm, and before they get into range I think I can Btop them "Certainly,'' replied "and the q11 ieker we get lwr out the better." "'J'hen let us get i.o work. You mu. t tell U8 what to do, Frank." The young inventor went into the cabin and brought out a long and strong cable. ']'his he carried to 1.he Df' tc di m's rail. CHAPTER VIII. A. GREAT VICTORY. It was no easy matter to get off the deck of the ma chine down upon level ground The quicksand was very treacherous But by putting out a ladder forward Barney ancl Frank succeeded in getting ..out upon terra firma. They carried one encl of the cable and a strong chain to a sycamore tree, about fifty yards away. placed the chain about the tnmk of tbe tree anc1 then placed a strong pulley block against it. 'I'his made He went to the forward gun and carefu ll y trained it. a double line of the cabl e to the machine and back. He waited until h e saw the cavalcade halt. The cabl e on the machine was placed about the forThey came to a halt just behinc1 a hummock in the plain. warcl axle. AR it was turned by the engines the cable shoulc1 The cannon was in the act of being unlimbered. winc1 up anc1 thus exert a powerful pressure to pull the Frank knelt clown and carefully sighted the dynamite machine out of the sand g un Then he pressed the electric button. It wa clever arrangement and Frank fancied that Straight to the mark went the dynamite shell It struck he might thus be able to pull the machine out. So hr the nununock full and fair went into the pilot-house ancl started the engines. There was a tremendous upheaval of earth ancl debris 1'he big rope tm1tenecl anc1 c r eaked with the immense Men ancl horses were scatterccl and the cannon was clis-strain 'I'hen slowly the machine began to yield. mounted. But Frank saw at once that this would not do. The out laws scattered right and left. Frank sent shell The rear wheels acted as a sort of an anchor and held after shell after them the machine firmly where it was. The strain was brl(laking The fearful clanger was a;verted and it looked permail in two nently. The cannon surely wa R of no further u se So he shut off the power "Good!" yelled Jim Stuar t. "']'hat iR the way to treat "What's the matter?" asked .Jim Stuart, from forward. lhem We are tiaved !'' where be had been watching operations.

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'l'H E PlL\.J RIE l") lH.\ 17' "Maller enough,'' replic
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18 THE PRAIRIE PIRATES. Here the outlaws were skulking and hotly fusillading "Alice!" he cried "Thank God, you are safe!" those below. The next moment Alice Alden was clasped safely in her There were stone steps cut in the face of the cliff for father's arms. It was a happy meeting. an ascent, but to have attempted such a thing in the face To every part of the outlaws' stronghold the victorious of the hot fire from above would have been s ure death invaders penetrated The very ease of their victory made But the outlaws' den had at last been found This was them over-confident. one great object accomplished. The outlaws had incontinently fled. Not a trace of them And as the D etective appeared on the scene a mighty could be found anywhere. cheer went up from the Vigilantes and cowboys. Their There were heaps of pluncler and stores in the great ca>spirits went up one hundred per cent ern. The victors procecdecl to overhaul the spoils. "We got here jut in the nick ?f time," cried Stuart. "Let's go over and see A l den and Keno Jim." 'l'he Detective was the r ecipient of a hot fire from the cliff above, but the bul l ets did no harm Once back of the coyer of rocks, Alden and Keno Jim sprun g aboard. It was a joyful meeting Mutual explanations were recounted 'I'hen Alden exclaimed: But Colonel Alden, with Alice, went back down to the base of the cliff and aboard the Detecti re. Frank at once gave the young girl a stateroom on board the machin e "She will be safe now declared Colonel Alden "Oh, this is the happiest moment of my life!" Thus far the expedition had been a grand success. "But I can't understand why the Hinkleys didn't make "I think that Alice is somewhere confined up in that a harder fight," said Stuart, in surpri e. "Can it be place. If we could only get up there--" possible that we have broken up this hard gang so easily?" "We can," said Frank. "How?" "Ah! they may be planning Rome big coup!" declared the colonel. "It is well for us to keep an eye out." "I will show you. Have your men reacly for a charge I "You are right,'' said Frank; "we are not done with will send a dynamite shell up there and clean the cavern's them yet!" mouth of those rascals. Then you can send your men up "But what will be their next move?" asked Stuart. there safely "That we can hardly tell," replied Frank, "but rest asAnd Frank proceeded to carry out this plan. sured we shall hear from them again." H e sighted the dynamite gun and sent a shell up into By this time the day had begun to come to a close. There the mouth of the cavern. It exploded with terrific efseemed no way but to spend the night on the spot feet A great section of the ledge came tumbling down. Not an out law was to be seen after the explosion. With a cheer, the cowboys, led by Colonel Alden, rushed to the attack. Up the face of the cliff they swarmed lik e bees. A few moment s later they were in the mouth of the cav ern, and then the fighting began. The Vigilantes followed Into the cavern they charged. CHAPTER IX. A COUNTER MOVE. So preparations were made for a camp / The Vigilantes and cowboys were content to rest in the The outlaws were driven back before such an overwhelm cavern, where they found many good things to eat and ing force. They fled into the furthest depths of the drink, but Colonel Alden was to stay aboard the Deteccave rn, and soon not one of them was to be found. Colonel Alden was victoriously leading his men through one of the passages when a feminine scream reached his ears. tive. Thu s the night was passed. \Vhen daylight came again, a consultation was held as to what it was best to do. He turned as if with an in!3piration and threw his weight Finally it was decided to continue the scouring of the against a wooden partition across one corner of the cave. hills for the outlaws. It gave way. "If we can only deal them a death blow now," declared He clas hed into a square chamber, rudely furnished. It the col onel, "we will effectually dispose of the worst curse hac1 but one occupant-a young girl, with a pallid face. this part of the country has ever known."

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THE PRAIRIE PIRATES. 19 "It can be done," i:;aicl Jim Stuart. "I tell you we did Was their warning posted on every door in Paradise a.ftcr a big thing when we got Ii'rank Reade, Jr., to enlist with all a literal one? us. A grim look came into the eyes of the three men. It "That is r1'gl1t '" t f F kt was no necessary or o say : Frank smiled and bowed his acknowledgment of the "Forward, with all speed!" compliment The horsemen gave their mustangs full rein. "You clo me too much credit," he said. "I am not en The Dctecti ve went forward with full speed. titled to it." It could run faster than the hor es, of course, and soon So the cowboys and Vigilantes set forth to scour the had outstripped them. hills The Detective followed slowly in their wake. Mile after mile sped by. Thus two days were consumed, but search as they would, not a trace of the Hinkleys could be found. This was cur iou s enough. What hacl become of them ? There seemed but two l ogical conclusions easy to arrive at. One was that the gang had abandoned the hills and gone farther west. The other wa. that they had some hiding place which could not be found. However, the quest proved vain ancl fruitless, so at length it was decided to return to Paradise ancl abandon the search Ancl now a single horseman was seen galloping like ma
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20 THE PRAIRIE PIRATES. But there was just enough oi a collision to tilt the ma c hine over. Then she plunged into the opposite bank. Frank tried to back her out, but the engine:; would not The outlaws \YCrc pressing hard against the doors of the building, and were just about to put the torch to it. But when ibey heanl the avenging cry of the returning amnver. It was easy to see that they were again out of Vigilantes they melted from sight like mist before the order. morning sun. Appalled, all exchanged g l ances lt wa8 a b itter mo-In a Iew momcnh; not one of them wa;; in sight. The ment. darkness of the gorge swallowed them up. "My soul!" exclaimed Stuart. "We can do nothing to In their black suits anuffcrecl an acci dent to his machine coming down the trail be would ha1 e ing of the engines "11Icbbe l kiu git dcm fixed af.o' Marse Frank come back," said the coon "Yo' kin bet l'll try it pretty hard." "You arc right," c:ried Jim luart, "and 11 c mu s t en list his services in the h unL. '' A great cheer went up. A Rpeech was called for, and Frank was obliged to respond. Down the trail the three plucky men rusllCll. They had He prom iscd generously to aid the Paradise people in just reached the out:::kirLs o! lhc settlement 11hen .llden bringing the villainou gang lo jus tice .And then the meet and Keno Jim, with their men, came thundering behind Lt was a fearful scene which met the gaze of all. ing dissoh-cd. Colonel .t d den embrac:ed Ji' rank eflusi vcly, and offered 1rhite men It wa s more like the work oi fiendish Apaches than of 1 1 im the Double 'tar Ranch an cl all lie Juul in the world a. a re c ompense for hi s i;crvi c c s in re s cuing Alice. The ground wa:; strewn with corpses oi men, 1romen arnl But Frank moclcslly decl incd an : v rrwarcl, aying: c:ltildren It was an attack oi wi Lh the Hink"I am in Texas for my own diversion, and I ask no pay Icy gang for performing what was to me an actual pl cam re." It made the blood of even man m the re:-;c:uing parf_y J "Now, let us go back and sec how Lhc Dctccb ve IS," fairly boil. "'ilh white, set races ll1ey rm;h e d to the res.aid Stuart. "She must be repaired." cue "Oh, that will not be difficult," said Frank. "Tt is not On one ;;i dc o f tltc Oumc crcry cabin had been fl.reel. On impossible that Pomp has her fixed all right now!" the other Ride the desperate miners hacl gathered in BrigAt this moment Barney gave a great Rhout: ham's Hotel, with their familiel:l, and wer e fighting for their "Shure, 1\foithcr Frank," he cried, "there cums malives. ch ine now, an cl the naygur i s in the pilot-l1ou8e !" 'l'hc rclie.f came uon e too soon This was the truth.

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'.l'liE PRAIRIE PIRA'.L'ES. 2 1 CHAPTER X. ENTRAPPED. The Detective was rolling clown into the little town and Pomp was at the whe el. The ,.; But just as the sun sank upon the horizon Barney gave a sliout: "Shure, sor, there be Lhe tillygraph poles!" he cried. It's the railroad!" And thi s was the truth. 'l'he railroad wa s, inde ed, in s ight All wete upon the qui vive. Jus t to the outh there was a ide oI th e railroad track and further south and had laid a plan t.o hold up a tr eas ure then a confer e nce was h e l (.l. train on Lhe 'I'exat:i Uentral Railroad. lt was fina ll y dec ided to wait :for tl1c cover 0 uarlmess The details of the nefarions proj ect w e re obtained. 'l'hen anc1 surprise the outlaw s in the ver y act. a consultation was h e ld as to what it was"f:rei:it to do. 'l'heir p l ot was to blow up a bridge over a cree k wit h Of cour. e, ii wm; proper to se nd word to th e railroad dynamite '.l'he train would be com pell eel to stop and then company, but there was no telegraph, and a s tage would they would board it. not reach there in time The creek was SOlllC c listance into the hil)s As the train X or would the bcRt horseman in the town, eit h e r. did not come along until an hour before midnight, it was In this state o.r affairs some one m e ntioned the Electric deemed not to enter the hills yet. Dete ctive 'l'hey would, of course, run less danger of being seen after ]<'rank at once s t e pped forward and 8aid: dark than in daylight. So the D etec tive ran into a cl ump "You may count on me. J will tak e the me sage and o.r tree s ancl waited for
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22 THE PRAIRIE PIRATES. the defiles. Frank and Stuart, with rifles, walked along gun, but a powerful arm was thrown about his neck and s l owly, pi cking out the way, while the machine followed he was flung to the deck. Jim Stuart shared his fate. In this manner they proceeded cautiously, and, as they believed, unseen, into the enemy's country Steaclily they kept on and reached a small height near the bridge at a little before ten. H ere the machine rested, with i'ts guns pointed toward the bridge. Frank's plan was simple Barney was instantly in the clutches of half a dozen armed men, as was Pomp. "Yield or you die!" was the stern command. In the face of such odcls r esistance was sheer madness. In the twinkling of an eye they were bound and prisoners. Such a turning of tables was most astounding. Our ad-It was merely to turn the searcQ.light upon t?e villains venturers were hardly able to iealize their misfortune. as they attempted to board the train, and then send a bomb Meanwhile, others of the outlaws, with lantrns, surged into their midst. on board. Their exultation was great. Rather a harsh remedy, but such a disease required drasAnd the train robbery down below was made complete. tic treatment, as Stuart said The guard in the treasure car attempted resistance, but They were delighted at having gained so sightly an elevawere quickly shot tion, and were sure of giving the foe a keen surprise The treasure chests, with one hundred thousand dollars "Bejabers, they'll be afther thinkin' the world is comin' in gold and bank notes, were taken out of the car and to an ind," declared Barney. blown open and the spoils divided In the gloom dim fonns could be seen working at the Then the terrified engineer was allowed to back his train bridge The outlaws were laying their train of dynaaway and cut out for the nearest station back on the line. mite The train robbers were wildly delighted ,,.ith the success Frank and Stuart even ventured to descend almost to a of the affair the qui vive Then one of the greenhorns placed a band unwittingly All now came crowding abo-ut the machine. They began point from whence they could easily see them. to overhaul it, to Frank's dismay. The time was now growing short Everybody was upon All went well until they reached the engine -room. Frank was at the electric gun. Stuart was at the :forupon a live dynamo. ward rail, and Barney and Pomp at the searchlight, Te&cly He was killed as if with a lightning bolt. to turn it on at the word of command Astounued, one of bis companions picked up an iron Thus matters were when the distant whistle of the train bar and touched the dynamo. was beard Then, far down the track, its headlight showed. The supreme moment had come. Every nerve was but while all were intently watching the train they did not see a number of shadowy forms climbing silently over the rail in their rear. Suddenly the train whistled. 'l'hen there was a great roar and a volcano burst of flame from the bridge below. The next instant it was in the air. The shrill shriek of distress and warning from the locomotive followed. He was knocked senseless, the bar knocking three oth-ors clown with its ecstatic kick. The deacl man was carried out and the death-dealing part of the machinery was regarded with awe. Then the villainous crew began to plunder the stores, and, in fact, possessed themselves with everything of value aboard the machine. "Great Scott!" groaned Stuart, as he lay beside Frank in the forward cabin "This is the worst misfortune we have had yet It is our ruin!" Then it came to a stop not many yards from the end of the destroyed bridge "I am not so sure of that,n said the young inventor "If At the same moment a great fire blazed up from the I could only get one hand free I would soon fix these black side of the track, showing all as plain as day. rascals!" And armed men went rushing up to the locomotive cab The hold-up was complete. Where was the sequel so carefully planned by our friends? It was not enacted Frank 'h ad given the word: They were at the moment reclining in deep shadow Only one man was acting as guard near them. Frank had been patiently working on his bonds until he nearly had them free As the detective realized this, he whispered: "Now I" "Roll a bit nearer to me; I believe I can cut your bonds Then he had sprung :forward to clischarge the electric with my teeth."

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THE PRAIRIE PIRATES. 23 "All right." The outlaws on deck tried to force in the cabin doors, In a few moments the detective's splendid white teeth but they were of steel and stoutly resisted. By this time were doing their best to rend the bit of rope. And he sue-Frank saw a clear course before him and dared to leave the ceeded most admirably. In a short while Frank's hanus were free. The young inventor partly sat up with a thrill of joy. But at that moment a startling thing happened. CHAPTER XI. THE PURSUIT. wheel long enough to liberate his companions. Barney an
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24 THE PRAIRIE PIRATES. 'l'he mrnlt was that the Vigilantes spread out into the Mounted men were dashing about and one of the streets hills while the Detective held guatd belmT, hoping to drive could be seen to be barricaded. the robbers out and then nab them. "What does that mean?" exclaimed Jim Stuart. But after a clay's hard quest the sea rch proved fruitless. "lt means that they are expecting us," said Captain Evidence was found that the outlaws had got away with Odell, grimly. "We have got to have a bit of a ruction their booty clown the creek, in the direction of a frontier with them!" I town know!1 as Big Divide. "Bejabers, I hop e we will!" cried Barney. "Shure, we'd This was well known as a resort 9 toughs and desperagive thim all they want av that, I think." does, and there was little doubt that the gang would there Everybody agreed with the Celt. 'l'hey took their tations divide thl3 spoils. at the loophole s in the n etting and watched the progress or Then they would separate, as was the usual line of tacaffairs. tics after a big robbery, to come togeth e r again months Very rapidly the machine now drew nearer to the town. later, after the detectives had been outwitted. Straight on Frank ran until h e was within hailin g distance To reach Divide, then, before the ga ng could sepaof the barricade. Behind thi8 was the rm1ghest aggregation of men ever seen. They brandi s h ed their weapons and yelled furiously The ma4:hine was to go ahead as rapidly as possible as the machin e approached. rate and escape, was the proper plan. So arrangements were at once made. and corral the robbers. Then the Vigilantes, armed with The Detective remain e d before the barricade for some the law, were to arrive on the scene as quickly as possible. time before the din subs ided 1.o aclmit of a parCaptain Odell and four of his men were to go aboard 'the :petectf ve and represent the law. So the start was made. lt was fifty miles to Big Divide, and the Prairie Pirates had hatl ample time to get there. 'l'he Detective could 11:ake the run eas ily in three hours. It would take the Vigilantes at l east ten hour s Soon the machine was speeding away like a meteor over ley. Then Odell acted as spokesman "Who is the l ea din g spirit out there?" h e shouted. "We're all l eading spirits," yelled one of the gang "Down with the Vigilantes!" "Hang 'em !" "Shoot 'em!" Then a tall, desperate-looking fellow leaped upon the barricade and s houted : "I'm 'Frisco .Jim an' T'm ther hibah-cock-of-ther-walk level plain. Captain Odell and his men were eager to reach the fronhere. What have ye got tei say to tier town and get their clutches upon the robb e r s put on all speed. Frank It seemed an age before the three hours began to draw to a close. Then, far out on the prairie, they saw a rude collection of adobe buildings. It was hard to understand to what Big Divide owed its existence. Why it had been built out here in this open, desolate spot was a problem. "All right, 'Frisco," said Oclell. T am High Sheriff of this city, and J am after the ffinkley hroth e rs. Are they or any of their gang herr ?" "No!" was the defiant reply. "We have tracked them h ere." A mad yell went up. "Well, if they are h e re, they ain't goin' to surrender High Sheriff or not, you heel better go on about your buRiIt was, in the first place, a convenient r endezvo us for ness Divide ain't no place fer you!" the great gangs of cowboys who every seaso n rounded up "Oh, you think so, do you?" cried the Rheriff; "we'll abont there. From that it into a meeting place for see. I d emand that yon g ive the Hinkleys up to the law. gamblers, robbers and all the worst elements of prairie I you clon't; we'll batter tlown every building in thiti town life. and hang every man 'of you!" Any unsuspecting traveler who happened to descend upon 'l'hi s threat was too much for the clr11izcrn; of Divide. Rig Divi(le was lucky, indeed, if he escaped with a whole They instantly openerl fire on the Detective. skin. 'l'hat i s e nou gh,'' cried Odell, angrily. "'l'here is only As the machine now approached the Divide it could be one way to deal with them. n iv0 it bark 1.o 'em!" seen that the place was in something of a st ate o-r ex-So the fire wa s returned. (itrment. With their Winehei>tcl'R Lbo:o;e on lioarcl the DetectiYr

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'Urn PRAllUE PIRATES. 25 could pour a murderous fire into the mid s t of Lhc out law s And s o the baLtle opened. It raged for awhil e with g r eat fury. Uil.\l''J'lm Xll. l\"lIL Uli .ES D 8 nm TALE. Of c our se, .Frank could have opened :fire with. th e big Frank R eade Jr., wa d e adly in earne s t in bi:; lrnrpose. gun and r edLteed every thing about to powd e r. But h e Jlc 1er y car e fully s ighted the gun. waH arcrsc t n t hi s, for i t m eant whol esa l e s lau ghte r. .tlforeo1'cr it was hi,.; belie f that afte r the foe had s tood the fir e of the Win ches t e r s awhil e the y would b e ove r-glad to surrende r o r come to t erms Ior e over i n cours e of time t h e rest of the Vig ilantes w o ul d arri rn a n d the n an attack could b e plann e d from the H e b e li e v e d h e c ould destroy the barricade witl10ut kill in g man y o i th e people behind it H e select e d th e cente r of the barricade a s the objccti re point. Then h e s i ghte d th e gun and discharged it. The s h e ll struc k full in the midst of the barri c all e The result 11 a s thrillin g to witness. rea r Th e re was a tre m e ndou s r o ar and a mighty upward burst As it wa., t h e bull e t s o f lhc Divid e peopl e cou Id clo th e o f flame and s moke. pa r ty aboa rd i hc m a c h i n e no l ia rm what ever. Thi s fa ct Th e ground tremble d a s with an e arthquak e shock. \\'hen finally bec:am e ap p a r e n t to the m the s m .oke and uu R t cleare d a might y hole wa:> seen to haYc T hey at o nce cha ng e d t h eir ta ct ic:;. been blown in the ground big e nough to bury the ma-Firing almo s t cease d and finall y the ruffian who claim e d c hine. lo be t heir lead e r app eare d once m o r e o n the barri c ade, with And the d efe nd e r s of th e barricade were s currying for a flag o f truce. "vVe ll ? a s k e d Odell, a s he open e d the parley. What d o you want ?" "W"c w ant to kn o w what kind of a condemned prairie scho on e r h ave yew got t har? it!" We kain' t s hoot through Of course you c an t retorted the s heriff. "It i s of stee l. YcH, a nd what i,; m o re, W'e liavc a cJyna c gun h e.re whi c h, if w e choo.e t o use it, would blow y ou into perditi on !" th eir Ii re s in all direction s Som e of th en1 had been killed or wounded in the explo : ion, but the number was not great. In a f e w moment eve ry outlaw or tough was out of :;ight. In th e s hcer eHt o f terror they had sought refuge in every building or hiding place about. I rrank could have kept on in hi deadly work and have destroyed every building in the place, and for that matter, ever y per on m ; w e ll. 'l'bi s .fact had become pat ent to th e desperadoes. 'l'hey wer e of a ciao;:> which, once ma:tered, were always s ubdued. N o forih e r resi s tan c e wa thought of. Ode ll was astoni s h ed. "Wl;.y don t ye UHC iU" Hnccr ecl th e wr e t ch. "\Vhe w h e exclai111c
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26 'l'HE PRAIRIE PIRATES. "Then we'll agree to it, if ye'll keep away from Divide with that ere concern of yours!" "That is a bargain," said Odell. "We want the two men and the money." "Kain't give ye the money, as it's all scattered amongst the men." "Well, give us the Hinkleys, then." Frank Reade, Jr., and his companions became the heroes of the hour. No time was lost in calling the tribunal of justice. Keno Jim's services were once more called into requisition. The trial was very brief. The weight of evidence was prepondcrous against the prisoners. Their lawyer could make absolutely no defense. "All right." So the jury of miners brought in a speedy decision of 'l'his announcement was followed. by the sounds of a terguilty. Then Keno Jim pronounced the sentence. rific fight in the building. "The prisoners at the bar, Goff and Tad Hinkley, are Shots were fired, curses were heard, and :finally the door found guilty of the charges against them," he declared. was burst open and a crowd of rough men surged out. "So I will pronounce sentence: Both shall die of hanging In their midst were the two outlaws, securely bound. by the neck to-morrow morning at sunrise from the limb of Odell and his four men leaped down and secured the pristhe biggest pine on our hills." oners. "Hurrah!" wildly shouted the spectators, breaking the They brought them aboard the machine. Then Frank rules of the court. And they cheered themselves hoarse. brought the Detective round and started to leave the The prisoners were deadly pale. town. It was evident that they realized that their fate was It was easy to assume that the denizens of the Divide sealed But yet they did not plead for mercy. drew a deep breath of relief when the Detective vanished For they knew full well that it would be useless. But from view on the prairie horizon. it was noticed that they exchanged significant glances as Ten miles on the return route the Vigilantes were met. their doom was pronounced. Most of the men were for hanging the Hinkleys at once, The sequel of this came quickly. but Frank objected to this. When the prisoners were led from the courtroom to the "It is better to take them back to Paradise Lost and give little jail, Goff Hinkley was attended by a giant miner on them a fair trial," he said "Of course, there is no doubt his right. of their guilt In the Aer's belt was an arsenal of weapons. The "That is right," agreed Odell. "It is well to observe the prisoners' hands were not bound, as it did not seem possible law, and they shall have justice." that they could escape. So the party kept on for Paradise. But swift as a flash, Goff Hinkley grasped the Goff and Tad Hinkley were at length in limbo. Bound butt of one of the pistols. hand and foot they were securely guarded by two of the He twitched it from the other's belt like a flash and Vigilantes. leaped to one side A snarling cry like that of a maddened There seemed small chance for their escape. And thus wolf escaped his lips the return to Paradise was made. Thunderstruck, the crowd for a moment swayed back. The trip to Texas had been much of a success, after A hundred revolvers covered the highwayman. ail. Thi s certainly could not be denied. But he did not heed this. 'I'he next day the Detective rolled down the mountain trail into Paradise. It is impossible to describe the scene which followed. "Shoot!" he yelled, with the fury of a madman. "A Hinkley is not afraid to die Curse ye, all of ye I wish I had the power to drain your life's blood!" As soon as the miners learned of the capture of the Hink"Put down that weapon, Goff Hinkley!" said the tall leys, and that they had been brought to Paradise for trial, miner, sternly. "You cannot escape. We've all got ther their joy knew no bounds. drop on ye!"

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'l'HE PIRATES. "I cannot escape?" shouted the highwayman. "That is false! 'l'his very weapon is my means. Tad I" "How long will that take you?" he asked. "Two months or more." 27 "Goff! Do not be afraid!" "Ah, of course, our contract ended with the defeat of The other brother had shouted these la st words. The the Prairie Pirates." next instant Goff Hinkley fired the revolver point blank at his brother. "Well, yes." Stuart fidgeted around a bit. Frank read his mind like Tad Hinkley fell back, with the blood spurting from his a printed book, and smiled. heart. Then, before the astounded bystanders could re"Of course," said the detective, slowly, "I--er-that is, cover from their surprise, Goff Hinkley placed the weapon I think I have earned a vacation. I would like to take to his head. that trip with you, Frank, if you'll take me." "Stop him!" yelled Odell. "Would you, really?" Too late! "Yes." Crack l "Very well," agreed the young inventor. "Your offer The bullet went crashing through his brain. He fell a is accepted. I am glad that you have decided to accomcorpse pany us." The career of the Hinkley brothers was ended. The The detective sprang to his feet. Prairie Pirates would never more terrorize the plains of Texas. The wonder-struck crowd gathered about the two dead outlaws. Then they slowly dispersed. "After a11," said Frank Reade, Jr., "it was the best thing that could be done. They can do no more harm now and their blood is upon their own heads." "Do you mean that?" he cried. "Every word of it." "How can I thank you enough?" "It is nothing." "Oh, it will be a jolly trip," and Stuart went out to tell Odell and Keno Jim of his luck. The machine remained in Paradise a week. "That is true," agreed Stuart. During that time the voyagers were idolized and treated They went back aboard the Detective. Then a consultahandsomely by the people. It was with regret that they tion was held. were finally compelled to leave. "Well, Mr. Stuart," said Frank, "we have accomplished But one day they went aboard the Detective a:qd took the object of our trip to Texas." their leave of Paradise Lost and also of Texas. "You are right, Frank," agreed the detective. "And do A few days later they were in the wilds of Arizona, chasyou know I am sorry that it is over?" ing and being chased, by the Apache. "Indeed?" As the incidents of that trip would fill another book we "Yes, for I fear that it means our separation. enjoyed my travel on board the Detective." I have cannot give them here. Our story ends with the termination of the trip to Texas "The trip has been exciting and enjoyable," agreed and the end of the Prairie Pirates. Frank, "but all things come to an end." But the inachine kept on from 'l'ucson up through the "Oh, that is true What will be your plans now?" region of the Great Basin and finally over the Rockies to "Well, I have thought of continuing the trip as far as Salt Lake. Tucson. Thence we will strike north to Salt Lake City." Here they created a sensation among the Mormons. "Through the Great Basin?" Everywhere they went they were well received. "Yes." "And then--" "Home." The detective drew a deep breath. Many thrilling adventures and pleasant experiences were had. But we cannot give them here. At Salt Lake Frank chartered a spec ial train and took the Detective back to Readcstown.

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28 THE PRAIRIE PIRATES. It would never be possib l e to take another trip in her, He often hears from Colonel Alden and Alice, who are for the wear and tear of h er machinery had been great. yet at the Double Star Ranch. '!'hey are untiring in their So Frank brok e her up for old iron lrnt h e said : gratitude to Frank Reade, Jr. "I will builcl another to beat her. 1 can make au im-Barney and Pomp went back to their duties at the maprov e ment on h e r I think, some time in the future." chine shops with a Telish. "\\' hen you get a n e w machine finish ed, maybe I'll have Happy, prosperous and contented, we mu s t now leave case .for you," said Jim 'tuart. ""Would you unFrank, Barney and Pomp. dertake another?" THE END. W e will decide when the time comcR,'' replied Frank. "For lh e pres ent I have e nou gh of travel and mean to are alway s in print. If you cannot obtain them from any SPECIAL NOTICE: All back number s of this weekly quit it." newsdea l er, send the pri e in money or postage stamps by Jim Stuart went back to St. Lo 11 i s an cl res um ed hi s de-ma il to FRANK TOU. EY, PUBLISHER, 24. UNION tective duties, but he will n ever forget that trip with Frank SQUARE, NhW YORK, and you will receive the copie R eade, Jr., to T exas in que s t of the Prairie Pirates. you order by return mail. IF IMPORTANT NOTICE..._ This will be the la s t number of FRANK READE WEEKLY MAGAZINE. In its place we will publish a splen did new series of stories of the Rebellion in Blue and Gray Weekly Stories of Brave Northern and Southern Boys in the Civil War BY LIEUT. HARRY LEE THE FOLLOWING NUMBERS ARE ALREADY ISSUED: No. 1 OPP TO THE WAR; or, THE BOYS IN BLUE MUSTERED IN No. 2 AT THE FRONT; or, THE BOYS IN GRAY IN BATTLE No. 3 HOLDING THE LINE; or, THE BOYS IN BLUE'S GREAT DEFENSE Every reader of FRANK READE WEEKLY MAGAZINE s ould buy a copy of this grand war library. All of these stirring stories are replete with exciting adventures, great battles and daring deeds. JACK CLARK is the hero of the Boys in Blue, and WILL PRENTISS figures the same way with the Boys in Gray. Both sides of the Rebellion are given and absolute l y no partisanship is shown. Every one of these stories is written in a manner that cannot fail to delight the most exacting reader. OR.DER A COPY FROM YOUR NEWSDEALER. IT IS .-OUT TO-DAY..._

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I Everything I .! OOMBLETE SET IS A REGULAR ENCYCLOPEDIA I These Book s Tell You E ach book oonsists of sixty-four pages, printed on good paper, in clear type and neatly bound in an attractive, illustrated cover. M<_lllt of the books are also profusely illustrated, and all of the subjects treated upon are explained in such a simp le manner that any child can thoroug'hly understand them. Look over the list as classified and see if you want to know anything about the subjects mentioned. THESE BOOKS ARE FOR SALE BY ALL NEWSDEALERS OR WILL BE SENT BY MAIL TO ANY ADDRESS FROM THIS OFFICE ON RECEIPT OF PRICE, TEN CEN.rS EACH, OR ANY THREE BOOKS FOR '.rWENTY-FIVE CENTS. POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY -A.ddress FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, N.Y. MESMERISM. No. 81 HOW TO l\IESMERIZE.-Containing the most ap proved methods of mesmerism; also how to cure all kinds of diseases by animal magnetism, or, magnetic healing. By Prof. Leo Hugo Koch, A. C. S., author of "How to Hypnotize," etc. PALMISTRY. No. 82. HOW TO DO PALMISTRY.-Oontaining the most ap proved methods of reading the lines on the hand, together with a full explanation of their meaning. Also explaining phrenology, a nd the key for telling character by the bumps on the head. By Leo Hugo Koch, A. C. S. Fully illustrated. H YPNOTISM. No. 83. HOW TO HYPNOTIZE.-Oontaining valuable and in s t r uctive information regarding the science of hypnotism. Also explaining the most approved methods which are employed by the l eading hypnotists of the world. By Leo Hugo Koch, A.O.S. SPORTING. No. 21. HOW TO HUNT AND FISH.-The most complete hunting and fishing guide ever publish ed. It contains full in s t ru ctions about guns, hunting dogs, tiaps, trapping and fishing, to gether with descriptions of game and fish. No 26. HOW TO ROW, SAIL AND BUILD A BOAT.-Fully illustrated. Eve ry boy should know how to row and sail a boat. Full instructions are given in this little book, together with in s tructions on swimming and riding, companion sports to boatini:. No 47. HOW TO BREAK, RIDE AND DRIVE A HORSE. A complete treatise on the horse. Describing the most us ef ul horses for business, the best horses for the road; also valuable recipes for diseases pe cti liar to the horse. No. 48. HOW TO BUILD AND SAIL OANOES.-A handy book for boys, containing full directions for constructing canoes JUJd the most popular manner of sailing them. Fully illustrated. By C. Stansfielc) Hicks. FORTUNE TELLING. No. 1. NAPOLEON'S ORACULUM AND DRElAM BOOK. C ontaining the great oracle of human destiny; also the true mean ing of almost any kind of dreams, together with charms, ceremonies, a nd curious games of cards. A complete book. No. 23. HOW TO EXPLAIN DREAMS.-Everybody dreams, from the little child to the aged man and woman. This little book g ives the explanation to all kinds of dreams, together with lucky e nd unlucky Jays, and "Napoleon's Oraculum," the book of fate. No. 28. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES.-Everyone is desirous of k nowing what his future life will bring forth, wh ethe r happine ss or m isery, wealth or poverty. You can tell by a glance at this little book. Buy one and be convinced. Tell your own fortune. Tell t he fortune of your friends. No. 76. HOW TO '.rELL FORTUNES BY THE HAND. Containing rules for telling fortunes by the aid of lines of the hand, or the secret of palmistry. Also the secret of telling future events b y aid o f moles, marks, scars, etc. Illustrated. By A. Anderson. ATHLETIC. No. 6. HOW TO BECOME AN ATHLETEJ.-Giving full in s truction for the use of dumb bells, Indian clubs, parallel bars, horizontaJ bars and various other me t hods of developing a good, healthy m u scle; containing over sixty illustrations. Every boy can b ecom e strong and healthy by following the instructions contained i n this little book. No. 10. HOW TO BOX.-The art of self-defense m,ade easy. Containing over thirty illustrations of guards, blows, and the differ e n t positions of a good boxer. Every boy should obtain one of t hese useful and instructive books, as it will teach you how to box without an instructor. No. 25. HOW TO BECOl\IE A GYMNAST.-Containing full i n structions for all kinds of gymnastic sports and athletic exercises. Embracing thirty-five illustrations. By Professor W. Macdonald. A h andy and u se ful book. No. 34. HOW 'l'O FENOE.-Oontaining full instruction for fencing and the use of the broadsword; also instruction in archery. D escribed with twenty-one practical illustrations, giving the best p os i tions in fencing. A complete book. TRICKS W ITH CARDS. No. 5 1 HOW TO DO 'l'RIOKS WITH OARDS.-C:.:onta.ining ex p lanations of the general pri ncip l es of sleight-of-hand applicable to card t ricks; of card tri cks w ith ordinary cards, and not requiring sl e igh t-o f -ba nd; o f t r ick s i n volving s l eig h t-of-hand, or the u se o f 1pecially prenare d cards. By Professor Haffn er Illustrate d No. 72. HOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS WITH OARDS.-Em bracing all of the latest and most de<:eptive card tricks, with il lustrations. By A. Anderson. .No. 77. HOW TO DO FORTY T:RIOKS WITH OARDS. deceptive Oard Tricks as pe1formed by leading conjurors and mag1cuws. Arranged for home am;asement. Fully illustrated. MAGIC No. 2. HOW TO DO TRICKS.-The great book of magic and trick s containing full instruction on all the leading card tricks o. the day, also the most popular magical illu sions as performed by ou1: magicians; every boy should obtain a copy of this book, a& 1t will both amuse and instruct. No .. 22. TO DO SECOND SIGHT.-Heller's second sight explamcd b.}'. his former assistant, Fred Hunt, Jr. Explaining how the secret dialogues were carried on between the magician and the boy on the stage; also giving all the codes and signals. The only authentic explanation of second sight.. No. 43. HOW TO BECOME A l\!AGICIAN.-Containing the gran?est assortment ?f magical i.Jusions ever placed before the pubhc. Also tricks with cards. incat.tations, etc. No. 68. HOW TO DO CHEMICAL 'l'lUCKS.-Conta.ining over one hundred highly amusing and instructive tricks with chemicals. By A. Anderson. Handsomely illustrateJ. No. 69. HOW TO DO SLEIGHT OF l!AND.-Oontaining over ?fty of tho latest and best tricks used by magicians. Also contain mg the secret of second sight. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson; No. 70. HOW TO MAKE MAGIC TOYS.-Containing full directions for making Magic Toys and devices of many kinds. By A. Anderson. Fully illushated. No. 73. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH NUMBERS.-Showing many curious tricks with figures and the magic of numbers. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. .No. 15 HO\Y TO A CONJUROR. Containing tricks with Dommos, Dice, Cups and Balls, Hats, etc. Embracing thirty-six illustmtions. By A. Anderson. No. 78. HOW TO DO THE BLACK ART.-Containing a com plete description of the mysteries of Magic and Sleight of Hand tog-ether with mall;)! wonderful experiments. By A. Anderson'. Illustrated. MECHANICAL. No. 29. HOW TO BECOME AN INVENTOR.-Every boy shoulf;J how This book uplains them all, m magnetism, optics, pneumatics, mechamcs, etc Ihe most mstructive book published. No. HOW TO AN ENGINEER-Containing full mstruct1ons h ow to proceed m order to become a locomo tive engi?eer; also dir"'.cti.ons for buildi.ng a model locomotive; together w1tb a full des cription of everythmg an engineer should know. No. 57. HOW 'l'O MAKE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.-Ful! dire ctions 'how to mak"'. a B!lnjo, Violin, Zither, 2Eolian Rar-p, XyJo .. phone and other musical mstruments; together with a '(lrief de sc ription of nearly every musical instrument used in ancient or modern times. Profusely Ulustrated. By Algernon S. Fitzgerald, for twenty years bandmaster of t'he Royal Bengal Marines. No. 59. HOW TO l\IAKEJ A MAGIC LANTERN.-Containinc a description of the lantern, together with its history and invention. Also full directions for Its use and for painting slides. Handsomely illustrated. By John Allen. No. 71. HOW TO DO MECHANICAL TRICKS.-Oontaininc complete instructions for performing over sixty Mechanical Tricks. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. LETTER WRITING. No. 11. HOW TO WRITE LOVE-LETTERS.-A most com plete little book, containing full directions for writing love-letters. and when to u se them, giving specimen letters for young and old. No. 12. IIOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO LADIES.-Giving complete instructions for writing letters to ladies on all subjects; also letters of introduction, notes and requests. No. 24. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO GENTLEMEN.Containing full directions for writing to g entle men on all subjects; also giving samp le letters for instruction. No. 53. HOW TO WRITE LE'.I.v:rERS.-A wonderful little book, telling you how to write to your sweetheart, your father, mother, sister, brother, employer; and, in fact, everybody and any body you wish to write to. Every young man and every young lady in the land should have this book. No. 74. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS CORRECTLY.-Con taining full instructions for writing lettera on almost any subject; a l s o r u les for punc t u.ation and <:ompo sition, with s p ecim en l etters.

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THE STAGE. No. 41. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE BOOK.-Containing a great variety of the late s t jokes used by the 'UOllt famous end men. No amateur minstrels is complete without his wonderful little book. No. 42. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER -)ontaining a varied assortment of stump speeches Negro Dutch nd Irish. Also end men's jokes. Just the thing for home' amuse nent and amateur shows. No. 45. TIIE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE ND JOK)j] Brackets, cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching birds.' ELECTRICAL. No. 46. BOW TO MAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY.-A de3cription of the wonderful u se s of e l ectricity and e lectro magnetism together with full instructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries: etc. By George Trebel, A. M., M. D. Containing over fifty il lustrations. No. 64. HOW TO MA.KE ELECTRICAL MA.CHINES.-Conta!ning full directions for making electrica l machines, induction coils, dynamos. and many novel toys to be worked by electricity. By R. A. R. Bennett. Fully illustrated. No. 67. HOW TO DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a large collection of instructive and highly amusing eiectrical tricks, together with illustrations. By A. Anderson. ENTERTAINMENT. No. 9. HOW TO BECOME A VENTRILOQUIST.-By Barry Kennedy. The secret given away. Every intelligent boy reading this book of instructions, by a practical professor (delighting multi tudes every night with his wonderful imitations), can master the art, and create any amount of fun for himself and friends. It is the greatest book rver published, and there's millions (of fun) in it. No. 20. HOW TO ENTEJRTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A. very valuable little book just published. A complete compendium of games, sports, card diversions, comic recitations, etc., suitable for parlor or drawingroom entertainment. It contains more for the money than any book published. No. 35 HOW TO PLAY GAMES.-A complete and useful little book, containing the rules and regulations of billiards, bagatelle, backgammon, croquet. domino es, etc. No. 36. HOW TO SOLVF.l CONUNDRUMS.-Containing all the leading conun
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