Jesse James' exploits

Jesse James' exploits

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Jesse James' exploits
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Jesse James Stories
Lawson, W. B.
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A WEEKLY .DEALING WITH DETECTIOft Of CRIP1E . issued U'eek l y. By Sub.li1m $2 50 f>er war. Entered ns Second Class Matier a l /\"ew York Post Office bv STREET & S MITH, 238 H'illi a m S t ., N. V No. 21. Price, Five Cents. JESSE'S PISTO L FLASHED, AND BARRO W S THREW UP BOTH HANDS AND DROPPED T O THE GROUND.-(CHAPTER I.)


A DfALlftG WITH' Of CRIME Issued ?Veekly. B y Subscription $2.50 per year. Entend as Second Cla ss Matte.-at the N. Y. Post Office, by STREET & SMITH, 2.18 William St. N. Y. Entered accor dingto Act of Congress i n the yea r IQOI, in the Office of the Libr'arian of Congres s Washing-ton, D. C No. 2L NEW YORK, September 28, 1901. Price Five Cents. Je sse Jame s Exploits By W B LAW S O N CHAPTER I. '.ACROSS THE ALKALI DESER T. "Then y-0u won't do it, Bink?" "I'll be hanged if I will! I reckon now, Jess I'm as good a man as yo u be i Crack! A pistol flash ed and a bull et spe d through the air, strikin g the heavy buckle of a b e lt worn by Bink Barrows, robber, g am b l e r and all-around desperado. Barrows threw up both hands and uttered a groan, then dropped to the ground, where he lay on his face, in spite of the fact that the bullet h ad o.ff ha rml essly. The glare of sunlight on the b asalt ciiff just ahead was i.n the mark s man's eyes, ;ind as the p uff of smoke died away, he remarked, coolly: "I reckon now Jess, Hiar won't be no 'disp utin yer," remarked a man with a red beard and blo o dshot eyes, who was l e aning back in the chaparral, with his evil g lan ce fix ed on the bandit. "I reckon thet thar exampl e i s fer ther rest on us! Got any objections now ter m y turnin' th er poor cuss over?" He made a lazy m oveme nt to rise as he spoke, but the s nap o f a pi stol hammer stopped him. "Let him alone warned the outlaw. 'Yo u didn't suppose I could miss at t e n feet, di d you?" "You ain't ther m i ssi n' kind Jess. Everybody knows that, said another of the group, promptly "It sa rvecl Bink right. He's in ther gang, ari' h e'd orter obe y o r ders. \ Vha t was te r hi n der his holdin' up ther Ivlaricopa stage, a nyhow? There won't be a handful of passense ttles him! Men, how many more of yoLl gers, a n it was right in his way." getting r e ady to defy my orders?" The speaker was Jesse J am es, the notorious bandit. He looked around upo n a group of parched andi sun burned m e n and sco : wled like a thun

2 THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. "You. understand what's wanted of you, I reckon," said the outlaw again, straightening his broad shoulders as he spo!:e and facing his men . A nod from the crew of cutthroats followed, and then the whole group, eight in all, r9se from the dense brush where they had been sitting and moved slowly toward an adob e hut a littl e distance away, from which emanated a savory odor of jack rabbit. As they disappeared within the hut, Bink Barrows moved softly in the brush, and as he assumed a more comfortable position, he chuckled softly. "So you ain't the missin' kind, hey?" he rputterecl. "I r ecko n now ther was in yer eyes, Jess, or yer' cl hev seen whar thet bullet landed." is dead he ain't er shootin' off pistols. If I was ter blaze away now, I'd hev Jess on my heels in er minute. I reckon I'd best slit his ;ivindpipe an' then git erlong toward ther mountains if I 've any notion of reachin' water by sundown." He bent and laid hold of the handle of a knife which protruded from his boo tleg, ancl the next second a terrific blow from the rear sent him sprawling over the Indian. As he struck the ground a heavy foot was planted in the middle of his back, pinning him .vn to the ground as flat as a flounder. "Curse your So you would kill a sleeping man would you?" asked an indignant voice. "It's. lucky I saw you, you miserable sneak! Take his weapons there, He raised his head and peered over the bushes across a Bob; there's a bowie and two pistols. Now then, let out patch of alkaline soil that separated him from the hut, and so much as a whimper and I'll give you a close of your his nostrils expanded as he smelled the jack rabbit. own medicine! I'll run you chock up to the handle of "I'm cussed hungry an' no mistake," 'he growled again Then he deliberately turned his back upon the hut anJ crept through the brush in the opposite direction. A hundred yards of crawling brought him to a dense growth of chaparral at the base of another scale-covered cliff, and he was able to rise to his feet and make better headway. "So Bink Barrows is dead, is he?" he asked, aloud. "Waal, I reckon now, Jess James it would be better fer you if he was" He stopped suddenly in his remarks, for he had stum bled upon a form behind a clump of mesquite, and like a flash his hand f ell upon the butt of his weapon. "Lynch me if it ain't an Injun," he muttered, as the man did not move and he was able to look him over. "Ther poor devil is tuckered out. Now whar in thunder did he hail from? He's er sneakin' fer Tuoson, I reckon, an' he's an Apache, by ther etarnal I 'low now it's my solemn duty tcr put an e nd ter him!" I-:fe -drew his revolYcr and aimed it at the sleeping Indian, then, shaking his head, he replaced the weapon in your own pig-sticker and lea ve you here to feed the coy otes !" There was no answer from the prostrate outlaw, and the two young men who had been hiding in the bushes l ooked him over critically. A few words passed between them in a foreign tongue; then the first speaker lifted his foot a little. "Now, you rascal, we'll give y.ou a chance for your life," he said, sternly. "Tell us who is yonder in that shack and we'll show you mercy. Lie to us, and your minutes are numbered I" The outlaw turned his head so that he could look up into the two determined faces above him and at that sec ond the sleeping Indian awoke and drew himself up to a sitting posture. "v\iho be yer ?" asked Barrows, after a sec:ond's thought. The two young m .en exchanged glances, but

THE JESSE Jf\ft1]ES STORnES. 3 we are Pinkerto n m e n, se e in g w e' ve g ot yo u i n our p ower. Now own up. Y o u are o n e o f t he James gang, aren't y ou? T e ll th e trut h and w e' ll g iv e y ou a chance for your lif e. He rai se d the k n i f e abov e th e o utla w's h ead as he sp o k e, and then ba lan ced i t o n t h e t i p o f o n e finger di rectl y ove r h im so t h at t he s l ightes t m ot i o n wou l d s end th e keen po int into t he bl eary eyes t hat were l ooking up at him. "They"r e sou nd a s bull e t s vVe 've see n thi s b yar r o u t e a fo re, stranger N o dange r o f ther James gang drop p i n excep t b y er bull et! The r' s sw a g e nou g h ahead t e r k eep e m m ov in "Could yo u b e induced to betr a y Jess if we paid you g ood m o ney?" a s k e d Gray, c oo ll y . I r ecko n n o w I cou ld!" W e' ll g i ve yo u a bag of gol d if yo u '11 t e ll u s how to d e t a in J ess a nd hi s g a n g in th a t hut fo r t we n ty-four h o urs H old on Put up th e t thar an' I'll make a d e an bre a s t l o nger! of i t,'' sai d Ba r rows, q u i ckly. ''I'll te11 eve r y secre t of t h e r gang t h e t I ki1ow I ha t e J e s s li ke er s nake, an' h y a r s m y c h a u c e t e r git even!" Will S t a r, t h e d et-ccti ve, put up the knife, but ke p t o n e h an d on his r e v o lv e r, w h ile h e a ll owed the t o a s su me a more c o m for t able posit i on. The Apa c he t r a i ler mo,ed forward stea l thily in the g r a ss a n d s niffe d t o ward the aclohc h ut, the ro o f o f w hich could b e s e e n ab ove a clump of manzani ta and t h e second d etec tiv e s t o o d ready fo r acti on i n t h e rea r o f th e ir p ri s on er. "Jess i s ih t h a r all right. a n' h e s got se v e n of h i s b es t me n w i t h liim," t h e fellow. "The horses ai r ye n der i:i th e c orra l b e h i n d t h e shack, a n th ey're b o un d for Tucso n \\'it h e r de a l on at 'jlari copa, cf they re lu cky enoug h t o g it t har !'' l s Din E l k i n s i n t he gang?" a s k e d S tar's cam panio n Bar ro\': s ch11ck e d and s h o o k his h ead a s he ans\Ye re d : "::\a w Elkms a n' J es s c an "t agre e! T hey r e b ot h hi g h-cock a l o ru m s an' t h ey g i t ter sc r appin' T h ey' r e on t her sa m e lay n o'>v, an I was o n th e r way ter hunt up Elkins an' l'a rn hat I co u ld

4 THE JESSE JAMES STORUES. Then, with a glance for a signal, the two detectives sprang at the fellow and j erked his arms behind him, tying hi s wrists together. Then Bob Gray drew a package fr o m hi s pocket and tore off the wrapper. A large cowbell with the wrapper tied tightly was ex pos ed to view, and, keeping it silent, he succeeded in fast ening a string to it and hanging it around the outlaw's neck. "Now, then!" ordered Star, pulling back the hamm e r of his pistol, I want _you to make tracks for the front door of the shack yonder! If you stop or go in any other direction I ll send a bullet after you!" The Indian slunk away as they spoke; but the ou tlaw hesitated, his eyes shooting evil lights toward the two grinning detectives. The detective sprang upon a rock glistening with alka line scales, so that he could command a view of the adobe hut, :!nd, picking up a 'Winchester repeater that lay up on the ground, he turned it in the direction which he in tended Barrows to follow. "Now! One! two! three! Go!" ordered Star, lev eling a revolver at the outlaw's bead. There was no misunder standing the situation. The out law was between two fires. With a desperate look in his small eyes, he set off toward the hut, th e braz e n bell making a strange racket for that section of the country. made th e ir wa y d o wn the ri

THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. ,(j "Lucky she wasn't with the others! They'd hav e taken h e r first of any," he growled; then, after he was in the saddle he cast a last glance about him. The men had stood Bink Barrows up against a rock and were holding a revolver to his head, and Bink was t e lling the story of 'his recent experience as fast as his tongue could rattle it off. I reckon now, thet thar's a straight yarn, Jess," said a fell ow 'by the name of 'Peters, who was m ore cool headed than the others. "Ther bullet struck his buckle an' winded him fer a time, but he play.,;d possum ter keep yer fr o m tryin another shot, an' when he crawled thmugh ther bresh, he found them thar devils waitin'," They was sleuthhounds, Jess! Pinkerton men at that!" broke in Barrows, who was cunning enough to im prove his opportunity to get back into his chief's good graces. "I re cko n now I set 'em a chase," he continued, foxily. "I 'lowed yer was only a gang of hoss thi eves bound fer Tombstone, an' bein' as how they're tenderfeet, th ey've rnade a break fer Tucso n an' ther Maricopa route, thinkin' as how J ess'll be hevin' his eye in thet thar direction." J esse Jam es watched h is face, but could n ot real'r the lie in the words, and a moment lat e r he chuckled over the story. "That means that Elkins will run afoul of 'em when he tackles the stage, an' gives me a chance to do a little j o b when theTombstone go-cart heaves alo111g in this direc tion! Ha! Ha! I'm glad Bink run across the devils! There's time enough to get square about the horses lat er!" A mile from th e shack, Jesse James suddenly ros e in his saddle, and giving a hoarse cry, at the same time pointing to a moving cloud of dust in the distance. "Hold on, boys! It's a herd of wild horses!" he said, promptly. "They're after water, and if there 's a 'Jack' among them they'll finct it, too! You can't fool those animals! Slow up a bit and watch them!" There was a general movement of the men to uncoil their lariats, but they slowed up and waited unti l their horses neighed uneasily. The cloud of dust came nearer and nearer, and, as the Clrove swept by an eighth of a mile ahead, the horsemen urged their tired horses on in the same dir ectio n The de sert ""'0 hlnc<:.oming out in verdure now, sage brush l ooke d gr eener and the mesquite was more abundant. Ri ding slowly down a slope th ey reached the dried bed of a river th at looked almost as arid as the desert itself, only that the chaparral wc.s denser. Here they found the intelligent "Jack" pav t ing the ground vigorously, while the group of wild mares stood back and waited. "Strange how th e m horses scent water," grunted Bink, as the magnificent animals suddenly crowded around the hole and bent their heads to the muddy water that had oozed up somewhere. Jesse James said nothing, but mging his horse for ward, he se lected the finest animal in the group and creeping upon it softly, he dropped his lariat over it. There was a scream that was almost human, and a wild rush followed, as the rest of the herd dashed off "They've took thre e, an' thar's t e n l e ft! Now, as thar across the desert, l eaving a cloU'd of dust behind them. happ e ns t er b e ']even in this hyar gang--" "Bink can rid e one of the mu sta ngs with Peters," broke in the red-whisker e d man. The alkali of the desert was getting m its fine work, and the outlaws knew that they mu s t move on to greener soil if they expected to save thei.r horses; so hastily mount ing, they started down the r i d ge, following the detectives' steps, with Bink and Peters riding a mustang together. "Drop a noose around her leg, Frank!" shouted the outlaw, a'S the mare backed suddenly and lifted her hind f eet. Frank James, the brother and right-hand man of the famous o utlaw, threw his lariat in&tantly, and a mornent later the wild mare was down with the horsemen crowd ing around her At seco n d a grE)wth' 0 mesq u ite,


6 THE JESSE Jf\MES STORRES. ( forty feet of the spot, parted and three winchester ret:gly looking bowie. "I'll take it along! It may come in p eaters were turned full upon the party. Crack! Crack! Crark! The shots were fired simultaneously and, as a bullet whi stled past Jesse Jam es' ear, he dropped his lariat and b o unded back into his saddle. "Curse 'em! It's the sleuths! After 'em, men!" he cri ed. Another volley of shots followed and three of the outi a ws dropped irom their saddles, while four horses fell cicaci in th ei r tracks, carrying their rid e rs wit!h them. The wild mare was on her feet in a second, dashmg a 1Yay across the desert, dragging the cwo lariats after h e r as trophies of her victory. J esse Jam es rose in his stirrups and emptied two \Yeapons at the 'bu shes, and a true Indian yell showed Lhat he had found :a vic tim. Then he, too, dashed away across the plains, yelling for his men to follow, fo.r he did not know how much o f an enemy 1 was in the bushes . As he was retreating, a bullet ploughed a furrow acr oss his neck and forced him to grip his saddle to keep from falling Fiv.e minute s later the two detectives emerged from the bushes, leaving a dead Indian behind them and making their way to the spot, b egan to count their vic tims. "Two dead and one injured, besides four dead horses," said Star, gravely. "That fellow with my togs on got away and so did the James boys, by thunder!" "You winged Jess all right! He had to hold on like gr:m death to from pitching from the saddle! Now we'll water the nags, and lope along! No danger of that rascal stopping if he's so badly in need of water! "Those fellows did not forget to rob the dead of their pistols! There ain't a bullet left!" said Star, as he turned ove r t he bodies ... "Hm'' a knife," Gcay mweced, a,; he di,coveced m han dy." They l ed their horses out of a dense growth of mes qui te, and watered th e m at the muddy pool, then rode on down the trail, l eading the third horse behind them. Darkness was falling rapidly, but for some little dis tance they could trace the outlaws, who seemed to be heading directly for Tucson. A large amount of gold, mostly 111 dust and nuggets, was about to be shipped from this point, but before it could be placed in the charge of railroad officials there was a j ourney by mule train from the nearest refinery. Jes se Jame s had planned to intercept this team at a desolate spot al ong the route, while Dan Elkins and his crew of cutthroats were planning to attack it from an other quarter. Which of the bandit gangs would be victorious they could not guess, but the detectives were there to baffle both, if the thing could be done, and to capture or kill the outlaw l eade rs, if possible The Yankee outlaw was on the 1'1exican border at last reports, while the noted Missourian had just left Col or9do, and was in reality skulking across Arizona in dis guise, while every governor a nd sheriff east of the Sierras was on the outlook for him It was a dangerous job, and so far the detectives had met with poor success, for it was their firs t experience with the fearful alkali desert. "We're tenderfeet, all right, and that's no joke either," muttered Star, as he dro pped from his horse at last and found that the soles of hi s feet were blistered. "Thank Heaven we're n ea r a spring!" was the answer, as Gray detected an ani:ma.l path l eading straight through the dry brush, that was high enough to afford them some shelter. There was hardly a sound as the minutes passed, except the creaking of the saddles, th e n the weird bark of a coyote came over the desert. "Hark! It may be a coyote, and it may b-e a signal," whispered Star. "Those outlaws are expert at that busi-


THE JESSE Jl\MES STOR!ESo 1 ness If they arc stranded it would be a good way of wabng up the coyotes and following their. wake to the n earest \Yate r." "By Jove! I believe you are r ight," said Gray, as h e listened to similar barks coming frcm different directions. "I'm sure of it, Bob There it goes again!" As he sp o ke he r aised his head and gave the well known cry, doing it so clev e riy that i n an instant a chorus of the anima l s answered it. "Hark! There's a terrib l e wolf broke in Star, as anoth e r sharper bark came ove r the waste. "We're in for it old fellow I W e 'll so o n have the whole m e nager i e "Sh! There' s something c oming! Look at the hor ses cried Gray, softl y Star rose to his feet and b ent his h ead to li s ten, and at that second he heard a growl that fairly startl ed him. There was some sort of b eas t approac hin g that was n ew to that sect ion-what i t was he cou ld not tell, but h e cocked his Winchester, as h e waited. CHAPTER IL THE OVERTURNED STAGE. Gray caugl;it his companion's arm sudden l y, and mov ed the gun a little. "Let h e r go! The beas t, w hatever it i s i s belhind tha:t cactus!" A lol\V growl followed, and Star blazed away. In a sec ond there was a tre m endo u s crackling in the bushes. "I winged h im all right! I'm going to follow him up!" cried Star, darti1ig a.head But Gray had already caught sight o f a dark object sc u dding from bush to bush across the sand, and a moment later h e gave a yell o f astonishment. "Hello! It's an Inijun Halt, or I'll fire!" he ordered, stoppi1 1g short and lifting his we::ip on. The fellow wheeled instai1tly and came sl owly back, crossing the moonJi.t patches with that p e cttliar stealthy movement whic h a re dskin ahvays exhibits when he i s on the warpath. "It's a Navajo, b y thunder J'' e.claimcd Star, under his breath. 1'Ten to on e he\ on the track o f an trail er!" W1hen the Indian came near t h e detectives, the wily r edskin sunk upon one knee and s hook 11is h ead sullen1y. For same time, all efforts to make him taik were futile. Finally one of the d e tective.; addressed him in Kavajo tongue, and by cleg-rees the y get out o f him that he had been driving the stage from Tombstone to Tucson, and that it had been wrecked an hour before! H e ld up by one rna11, he said, and left str a nd ed a mil e to t'he east A n hour later they were on the very edge of a cliff, peering ove r int o a ravine that was blocked here there with sca l y bowlders so that rnore than a third of i ts length was lo s t in sha dow. "Here's where the stage went over, he says called Star, who had been halted by th e Indian. The tw o detectives dropped t o the ground, but t h e h orse that the Indian was riding was ti ed to his owri Star did not l e t go his h o ld upon his own horse's b r idle. At that minute a cry echoi n g up from the depth s below, and this was answered by another a:-id another. "A woman, by Jove!" exclaim ed Star, as he; listened. "It's lucky we came old man!" Then h e turned to th e r edsk in and asked : "How can we get down there?" The redskin uttered a grunt, and then leaned low over his ho r se's neck as he guided it down the steep sid e oi t1le cliff to a sort of gully filled with alkaline soil, which was not quite so hard or dry as that e n the ricl:;;e aibove it. After five minutes -0 ca:rcful riding the y cante upon the dead body of a mule, and a few yards farther on the whole team lay dica.d and hu cldled in a heap toget'her. Then the outlines of the lumbering ooach suddenly rose up before them. "Halloa Is any one here?" called out Star, a.t the


THE J ESSE JAMES STORIE S. top of his lungs, and a pitiful cry ;.J'n{the ruins of the coac h answered him. D;opp?ng from their horses, the detectives were mak i1;g for the coa ch when Gray glanced back over his !Ohoulder to give an order to the Indian He was in time to see t h e flas h of a knife blade in the moonlight, then as the redskin cut the lariat that bound the two horses together and made a dash ba ck up the rav ine, he drew his knife and threw it after him. The knife sped true to its mark, and struck i n the redskin's chest. With a yell the Indian dropped from the sadklle, :wd as the horse was too exhausted to run, the detective tied the three togethe r and led them a l itt l e distance, leav ing them in an inky spot between two enormous bowldiers. "It's a young gi-rl, and she's a bea uty! The rest are dead was the remark that greeted him as he returned to his companions. Then a voice that was wond e rfully ca lm in -the face of such d : anger said briefly : "V ve wer e he l d up by a highwayman! The driver was shot, and the mules got fright e n e d and ba c ked u s over the cliff. There were several bags of gold dust stolen fr om the coach, and the stmng box contained quite a s um of money." "Are you hurt?" asked Star, stepping close to the girl. "Only b ru i sed, I th i nk I w as unconscious at fir st! Oh, it was awfu l to see them die one after another!" As she spoke she point e d to three prostrate bodies near the ruins of the coach "vVho was guilty of this deed? Do you know?" asked Gr ay. The two detectives examined thei r p i stols, and then fel t in t he i r belts and were chagrined to find that they almost without ammunition. "We must--" began Star, when Gray interrupted with a shrill whisper: "Look up yonder, Star! The scoundr-els have tracked us!" Star looked up the ravine and saw the dark forms o f several horsemen o u tlin e d faintly against the sky. knew at a g l ance that they were peering down the g u lly. "It's Jesse James hims elf!" h e cri ed, as he recognized one of the figu r es "V-.f e must Qui ck!" Catching the girl in his arms, he da.rted back behind a bowlder just as they h ea rd a yell a little way up the gully, from the direction where t'hey had seen the out laws. "Look out, thar, Jess. I give ye fair warnin'," said a strange voice, which the detective could fa i ntly hear in -the dist ance. The e xclama ti o n came from b e hind on e of the ba salt bowlcl e r s toward which J esse James was urging hi s hor se and was accompanied by a chorus o f guffaws and an omnious clicking of revolv e rs. "Trapped, by !" exclaim e d the famous bandit; th e n he whe e l ed his hors e lik e lightning and made a leap t owa rd the s had ows. "So ifs y o u Dan Elkins! Curse you! I might have guess e d it!" h e roared "That In jun tricked me, the whelp!" J e s s e James dug j1is spurs in to his horse, and with in c redible cleverne ss put a ridge of rock s betwe e n himself "It w a s J esse J ames who d i d it One of the passenand his enem y gers k n ew him. He was all alone, I am sure of it now, although h e told us tha1 a dozen m e n were concealed be hind the bowlders." \ Vas 1the driver an Indian?" asked Star, c u r iou s l y and with a glance towards the spot wher e the fellow was lyi n g Oh, n o H e was H ank Doe, a native of Tombston e I knew him well! He fought like a tig-er, but Jesse James killed him l The detectives, re a li zing that their prese n ce was not known, were puzzled ro know ho w D a n Elkins, Jesse James' famons rival could have b e e n hidd e n so n ea r th em. Before the y had t ime to think J es s e Jam es shouted : "Come on, D a n Elki ns, a nd all of you r gang-! I have plenty of men b e hind me, the bes t shots in the count ry! csse James is afraid of n o m an that ever pull ed a trig ger!"


t THE JESSE JAMES STORIESo CHAPTER III. THE ABDUCTION. At his very first words there was a movement among the rocks, and the two detectives s lunk back farther into th e shadow, keeping the girl between them. "He's right! It's the Elkins gang! I thought they were in Mexico!" whispered Star, softly. "There's go in g to be the devil to pay in just about one holy minute!" "It lets us out, anyway," chuckled Gray, as the dark forms kept leaping over the bowlclers until fully a dozen \Vere asse mbl ed in the g o rge not twenty feet from tLe rock behind which J esse Jam es was hiding. They were al.I u n mounted, which acc o unted for their having been able to creep up so near without the detectives hearing them. "Lucky our horses are so well hidden," muttered Star, under his breath, and then they all three rela}lsed into silence while the'y witne sse d th e doings of the two outlaw gangs in the uncertain light that glinted thr-ough gully. The Elkins gang, led on by their desperado chief, crept slowly toward the rock, fingering their weapons l ovingly as whispered instructions to each oth er. Then, with a deafening yell, they rushed headlong aro und ridge of ;ock, to be met by a volley of bul let s and a roar like thunder. "Ha! ha! Come on! There's five of you clown!" shouted J esse James, after. the first volley. The crack of fircanns was the only answer t o his ques tions. Then Elkins could be heard giving back his taunts with int erest. "We"re even, Jess! Blaz e away, boys! Pepper the hull crew! Vl e'll wipe th et thar James gang out of e x i stence t e r-night an' own Arizona! We'll--" "It's all 9ver, !" whispered Star, a minute later. "I can't hear anything but groans and curses and horse s hoofs against the bowlders." They listened a minut e longer, and th e n Star ventured out, stepping over the first victim in the Elkins gang b e fore he had traversed ten feet from the bowlder. Gray followed him with the girl. at his side, and they were soon able to account for the instantaneous silence. A sharp turn in gorge about fifty feet away shut off the sound of both footsteps and yells, and every living member of both gangs had turned this point and were engage d in a mad race that meant much to the detectives. Eight men in all were l e ft in the ravine, six dead and two dying from hid eous wound s, but neither of d e tec tives paused to offe r th e m consolation. Their business at present was to get out of the fearful place, and in five minutes Sta.r was leading out their three weary horses. Picking their way carefully, they passed on down tb e gorge until they r e ached the spot where they could climb back again to th e level desert and get their aft('.r which they jogged slowly back to their e and once more dismounted. It was nearly daylight now. and the air had become chilly, but the change from the day's heat was very refreshing. At daybreak they were back upon their horses, making for Tucson, and keeping a sharp lookout for any traces of either gang of outlaws. Gray had discovered that his fair companion was a Mi ss Miller, from Tombstone, and the two made rapid strides toward friendship on that weary dog trot across th e desert. On the outskirts of Tucson the little party halted and Crack! a story was concocted which Miss Miller promised to Bang! carry out. Thud! It was to the effect that they were all three passenA bulJet plowed its way acmss the gorge and !anded gers in the ill-fated coach, and it was hoped that such a against th e rock ten inches above Bob Gray's head and statement would disarm suspicion and allow the detect th e r est of th e sentence was lost in the volley that folives to do their work without any one guessing theiT lowed. errand.


''( 10 THE JESSE JAMES STOR6ES.,g up at a log hut which had an enormous barn behind it, they dropped fro m their jaded horses and 1 e quested adrni ssi on. A man opened the door that made Star st:!re in <)Ston i s hment for a min ute, for he rcc ogr;ized the fell ow. He was of medium statur.e, with an immense head and enormous shoulders a n d the most curiously curved legs. "Out of the frying pan into the fire," thought Star, but he did not display a ti:emor, although h e knew the f ellow to be Bill Howard, another desperado of the Dan Elkins orde>r. The hor ses had fallen from utter weariness and Miss Mille r was se riously ill, so there was no goin g on, and a moment later t h ey were all ushered int o the kitchen of the log cabin. The group of men seated around a table looked up as thev came in, and at that point a thrill of horror shot through the detectives, for the trio cons i sted of J esse J am es, Frank James and Dan Elkins. There was no time to wonder at this strange com L i n atio n, for J esse James sprang to his feet at o nc e and ri p p ed out a volley of curses. Gray assisted Miller to a ch::dr, and held a cup o wat e r to her lips, h e strode up t o the table and i:a.isc Jesse J a.mes' own gl ass of whiskey. "I reckon this h yar's purty fr ee frum pisen, secin' how J ess is drinkin' it, he, coolly. 'This hyar's tough congregation, accordin' te r my way of thinkin '. How be yer, Bill Howard, an when d id yer leave Tomb stone?'' There was a seco nd's silence, in which Sta.1: emptied th e tumble r and set it back o n the table, and then Dan Elkins burst into a fit of lau ghter. "Cussed if it a in't Ari zona Ike he said, with a chuckJ.e and ex t e nd ing his hand. "Put it thar, o ld f e ller! d'y., you o ld buzzard!" His back was to the othe1s, and as he extended hi s hand toward Star, he gave him .a significant w ink which, under the circ um stances, the d etec tive was pleased to see meant fri ends hip. He laid his hand in the broad palm and Jet ::)Ut the usual profane greeting, after which h e cou ld see that his id ent it y had been famly eseablished. "Now what the devil does the rasca.1 mea11 ?" he "The gal I saw in the stag ecqac h, or I'm a liar!" he thought, as he lau g h ed and joked with "There's roar ed, hoarsely. "Now, who the devil are the others! Bolt the door, there, Bill, while I look them over!" The detectives shuddered, for they both had papers of importance conc ea led on their persons, but Gray foun d his wits in time t o postpone the looking over. "For God's sake, m e n, have a little humanity! Give the girl some wate r and s omething in the shape of nourish:nent !'' he cried, angrily. Can't yo u see that she's nea riy dead with the ride across the desert?" "Where'd you come, anyhow? .Taint true, now, she was in the stage from. Tombstone, is it? vVhy, Jess says the old lumber cart toppled over the Alkali Cliff!. There' s water fer yer, stranger1 an' whiskey if yer want it!" Howard bolt e d the door as he spoke and then whiskey and water befo .re his guests, together with s ome grease for them to smear 9n their sore. faces. Star had been waiting his time it.o speak, and now, as something behind this game, but ifs beyond me to fathom it. The fellow may be makin g a play to fool J es s for some reason or other." Miss Miller had r ev ived a little and Gray set the glass down on the table, then h e turned to Star and asked for a bit of information. ''As you've been so kind as to pilot us here perhaps you'll be good enough to tell 111e how t o get this young lady into Tucson." "\i\i ho are you? \iVhat 's your name, and where did you come from ? asked J J a:mes, all in one breath. "You oug ht kn ow, Bill Howard," spoke up Gray, promptly. been biggest man in Tombstone long eno ngh to locate Bob White." Bill Howard was in leagu e with Dan Elkins, and seeing his pard prepared to recognize Star, H"oward took the and held ont his 11and to Gr:iy.


:d s a THE ... H:.ssE JAMES STORIES. 11 "I've heard of ye. D id you come from Tombstone?" "Yes, and I'm bound for Tucson! If you can fumish me w ith a n y kind of a vehicl e that w ill carry thi s lady safely, I'll--'' I 'll carry the lady into Tucson myself!" broke in J esse James "No! No! Not for the wo rld, J esse James!" cried Miss Miller, faint ly. "You are a robber! A murderer!" "That won t hinder me from taking g o o d care of yo u, miss," sa id the outlaw, griml y. "Bring o ut the mule team, a:nd b e quick about it! roared the o utl aw Gray bit 'his lip and flushed with mortification w'hile Star h-ad all he could do to remember 'his a n d l augh the othe rs. Miss Miller braced herse lf n e rvily for the ordeal. Gray had i t on )1is tongue's end to demur, but the click of t'he outlaw's pistol made him close his fips, and five minut es l a t e r t'he young girl and J esse Jam es rode away tdge ther. \Vhar 'll he take th e r gal do yer r ecken ?" asked S t ar, trying to speak indifferently. Bill H owa rd closed t h e door again and locked it befor e 'he answered, showing plainly by the act that he had no idea of losing his guests at present. "Jes s has got er hou se somewha r s nigh Tucson, I r eckon," said Elkins. "Th a r' s some cusses above grom1d bhet hev ter sai l und e r no e nd of names, he went on, calmly. "I reckon now thet J ess is one of them kind. P ea r s ter me I've heerd the r of Tucson er talki n erbout 'Mr. Benson ,' an' I've got t'her i d ee somewhars that 'Mr Benson' i s J ess. He wears er gray moustache an' er pair o f muttonchop whis k ers an' thar's an account in the Tucson Bank for Mr. 'William Ebenezer Benson." He leered at Frank James tauntingly as he spoke, an:d the outlaw rose with a n oat h, and m ove d fr om t1he "Yon know too much for yo .ur own good, Dan," h e said, angrily. I t old J ess this morning he was a fool to trust you .You're a snake 111 the grass if ever I saw one I" .). J esse James was back before long. As Bill Howard moved to ope n the door, Elkins Jeane::! over towards Star and muttered: "I(eep J ess e r thin kin' we're all hi s frie nds, you two and we'll let yo u in o n a d e1al that'll make you rich aforr-e mornin' T h e detectives n odded, and Star reach e d for the whisky botttle again, and was pouring his friend a drink, as Jesse Jam es entered. I t n ow commenced t o appear to the detectives t'hat Elkins' only purpose in m aking b elie ve t o rec og niz e th!.'m was to secu r e their h e lp in some treac h ero u s plot 'he was hatch ing. He had surrendered to J J ames the ni g ht b cfo;e, and had joined his gang, but there was no te'.Iing when his treachemus na ture wou l d lead him to b et ra y the king of outlaws "Now that I've squared m y conscience I m ready for biz," laughed Jesse, as he entered the cabin. "Sh e's t'he pluckiest gal I ever saw! I reckon now s he's in l ov e with you, s tranger, blltt that's nothing against h e r .' He gave Gray a keen g l ance as h e spoke, and, dra\\' iTig a chair w here h e c ould face him, sa t down heavily wi t h hi s e l bows on the table "I'm gl41Cl if I won the young l ady's good w i ll." s aid Gray, s tiffiy. "We were fellow-passengers from Tucson anid for that reason, Jesse J ames, you'd be doirug 1 h e square thing if tell me where yo u took h er!" "Ha! Ha! You might be right, stranger! I r eckon n ow it'here's another side to that question though! How do I know the girl won't squeal 0111 me in Tucson? She knows I'm Jesse James and that I robbed the stage You didn't suppG se I Wlas going to let 'her loos e am ong the people in this section, did you?" J esse James drew a heavy watdh frdm his pocket and lcioked at it. \Vhen he spoke again, he changed the subject. "The mule team is hitcl'letd Ult and standing: in front of


I ---"B 2 THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. th e colonel's door," be said, slowly. "Now, then, m e n once more, is this a square deal or not? R e m e mber, it mean6 a carca ss full of bullets for some one, if it isn 't." He looked around as he spoke and found every e ye upon his iace, and n o t a suspicion: of treachery up on any "There's a cool half m illi o n apiece," said Elkins t J esse James, as they rode along, n e it he r fallirng an inc behind the other. A minute lat e r Elkins' hor stumbled and was a head s length behind Je sse James' thoro u g h b r ed, and with a flash feiature. of the eye, F rank J am es touched his mount with th e sp urs "We're d ea lin' fair, Jess! It's a big haul, and ther and dropped hi s hand up o n his pistol. t ea m's sure to be w ell g uarded ," answered Howard, Thar ain t no two men thet kin c o rral thet thar gol d alone, but t'her six of u s o rter do it easy." "What t'he devil do you mean? These two strangers don't count!" roared the outlaw, furiously. This gave the two d etect i ves the chance for a word and as the others were all l ooking at the byp lay, Star whis pered, soft l y : "It i s to-night or ne ver, old man J ess ha ;m't a fri en d except his brother in the crowd, and h e'l l n eve r l eave this Star slammed his glass down 011 the table, and made a gang alive, I m thinkit't g grab for the butt o f his revolv e r "That's the mule team 1 Hold on, boys!" he called "Hold on, Jess! Don' t be too sure o' thet thar he said, gruffly. "Ike's in ther dea l Jess, an' I ll low he ain't ergot th er biz ," broke in Elkins "Yer kin gamble on him, Jess! I ain't so sure of thet tother feller "Then I'll put my mark on him! He' s all right!" broke in Star. He's as as grass, but he 'll do wha t you te ll him. Jesse James see med satisfied after all the talk, and for another hour the five sat to gether planning the night's work, and at e l even o'clock Frank James and anoth e r rough looking specime n j o ined them. "Ther e's thirty men in the guard, all armed to the teeth," began Frank. "The team starts in half an h o ur, and will reach the Pass at midnight. It's time we were in the sadd l e if we mean to be ahead of.them." "Bring the horses, Sam !" otdered H owa rd, and the last man made his wax to the barn and led out some fresh horses. Five minutes lat e r th ey were all in the saddle, eac h carrying two revolv ers and a generous supply of ammuni tion. Their intention was to waylay the mule team carry ing the gold, kill the guard and driv e to a l o n ely spot in th e l nountains, where a gang of men would m ee t them, and bury the treasure until such a time as they c o uld con veni e nt!)'. transf _e.i it jo a p.Jace of greater safety. "Let 'em round th e knoll and git out inter the road a piece. V J e kin s coot across the lots w i thoi,tt their seein us and r each th e Pass in time ter plan e r little They stood perfectly still where they were unit11 th e heavy team passed in the dis ta nce. "Get a mov e on, m e n! Those h orses go fas t when they first start!" roared Frank J ames, and the next minute the entire party was scudding ove r the rough coun try in an effor t to circumvent the mule team in the most desirable l ocality. CHAPTER IV. HOLDING UP 'l'HE MULE TEAM. Star his horse as close to Gray's as possible, and there was a ch an ce to exchange a wotd now and then as they galloped on. "Th ey' r e planning to 'de( Jess as s oo n as he h e lps them corral the gold," was Star's first statement. "111ey' r e a precious pair, but see h o w Frank them ," wa:s the answe r. "He hasn't taken I1is eyes off of Elkins sin ce we started." J ess anticipates trouble but he conceals it ..veil,'' laughed Star. "I'm begi1)ning t o wonder where we come in on this deal, anyhow !" 'That's easy! N e' re bandits! I hope we a in t counted out on the divy !" l__


THE JESSE JAMES STORnES ; ro A laug'h followed that made Bill Howard turn his n c h h' h ead, and afte r that he managed to wedge 1s orse 111 id's lSh between them, so as t o preven.t any more conve rsati o n. After ten minutes of nard' riding they came out upon the high road and it t oo k but a minute of listening to Jrs prov e that the mule team vvas behind them. The night was dark, there b e ing only a i ew stars visi nd ble, and just before d1e team came in sight the men i s clapped ma .sks over the ir faces. IS :!. a 1' Star searched his pockets all'd found one of the useful articles an d a minute la te r Dan Elkins handed Gray one made of black clo1rh, with two h o les in it. "Gi t o ut h ere, Dan Elkins, and h elp me hold up the team! whispe r ed J esse Jam es. Frank and Bill can hide behind th e bowlder That'll make the chances even!" "Grea t snakes, J ess Yer ain't l ookin' for treac h e ry in this hya1r deal air ye?" as k e d Elkins I ain't lookin for anyt hin g uncommon if I am," was the gruff answer. "vVhat s your answer, Dan? Will you come out into the road with me? If you don't, I can promi se you there won't be any hold up of yoryder t ea m o n this occasion!" "Ther game's up! J ess us! mutte red El, kins to Howard, but Star was n ea r enough to ca tch the whisper. A s h ou:t: fr o m the mule team as it rounded the curve ma d e the e nti re group fall ba c k into the shadows, then Jess e James drew his rev o lvers rand gave a fina l order. "Once m ore D a n Elkins! Will you come out into the road or not? I may be wrong in suspectin' yo u, but that don t count! \ V hat I want i s a fair and square answer to my "I'm comin', J esse was the repl y, after Elkins and Howard had a word together. He mov ed out irnto the wad as he spoke, and J e sse James m e t him leaving Star and Bill Howard on one side and Gray and Sam Searles on th e other, the four b eing hidden from sight by a fringe of rocks and bushes. The next s eco nd th ere was a shout from the dri ve r of the mule, whi ch showed that he had seen them, and the crack of a revolver echoed among the distant foothills. l 1 "Hold on, there! K eep your bull e t s to yo urs elf o r it 'll b e th e worse for you!" roared J esse James, taking a posi tion close to Elkins in the middle o f th e road. "Git out er ther way, or I'll plug you full of bull ets !'' was t h e driver 's prompt answer. "This h ya r team's under guard! Git out er ther way, or I'll send you t e r blazes!" "And my men will send you there at the same tim e !" ret o rted J esse, coo lly. "T here's thirty-two of yo u fellers, while my men numb er fifty! Halt! A rod farther and we'll fire a volley that'll riddle mule s and all! We' re after that go ld, and I warn yo.u we m ea n bu siness !" "So do we, c urs e you!" was the an s wer and the re volver cracked again, putting a bullet within an inch of the o utl aw's hat brim. Fleetwind, the horse that J esse James was riding, moved just in tim e to save h er masrter, and the min ute the six outlaws each emptied t wo r evo lver s apiece as rapidly as possible, the d etec tives firing into the air so as to do no damage. It was a greaJ t temptation for the two of th e m to s hoot clown the two bandits in th e middle of the road, but the kn o wiedge that they w e re b e ing closely watched by their companions prevented them from doing so. Several o f the men guarding the mule team uttered cries of pain and three of them fell dead b efo re they c o uld Jischarge their weapons. At that minute both Jesse James and Sam Elkins moved back int o the shadows of the rocks, s o when the guard ;-eturn ed the volley it was forced to guess at the direction of the enemy. The reloaded and fired again, killing the two leaders on the team and wounding three more of the guard. Ano'ther volley followe d, and this time Stam Searles gav e a yell that told that a bull e t had reac hed him, and Gray found it expedient to move back a little. they are, c4rse them!" roared the driver, and


14 THE JESSE J AMES STORiES. a hail of bullets fell around S carl es' dead body, one o f "V\ie ain't :i b:i.d pair to draw to, if \Ye ar e tend 1 e rfeet t hem reaching hi s fri ghtened horse and killing it inh e 1Yhispered. sta\11tly. "Her e S e arles! Lend a hand!" yelled E l k in s, at th Gr a y worked his way th rough th e bushes an

THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. 15 :et!" The original destination of the load of treasure was in. surprise as they that the newcomers mrmfrfty miles distant, but ten miles from the spot where they tha had captured the team the outlaws sudden l y veered to the :en left and made straight for the mountains. They had ead stopped to rest twice, so it was bread daylight when they arrived, but at ten in lhe morning they had left the sun his behind them and were picking their way through a naron row gorge overhung by bowlders. Arriving a spot which was fairly hemmed in by the he hills J esse J ames halt ed the team, and the men dis he mourtted. to lo LS < Dan Elkins t ook a whistle from his p ocket and blew blasts, and in l ess than a minute it was answered by some o ne. Then, muc h to the detectives' s urpri se, J esse James did the same,_ then the entire party sat clown on the rocks and waited . 'This i s growing exciting," thought Star, as he looked around at th e sullen features. "It's evidently a case of 'horse and hor se,' and the victory will depend on has the greatest numb e r of cutthroats with him." Jesse J ames and Elkins were sharing the same stone, and both showed signs of the strain that they were en during, while H owa rd had sea ted himself by the side of Frank James. The bogus Searl es had not been detected yet, for Gray play e d his part well, and besides he had managed about daylight to get a release from his duty and fall back to the rear, while Howard acted as pilot. It was a r elief when th e tramp of feet was heard, and a party of twelve rough-looking fellows joined them from a northerl y direction. Elkins gave Jesse James a quick l ook and his eyes emitted a gleam of triumph as he saw them : but he only made a careless gesture as he introduc e d them. "Thet thar's ther balance of my gang at present, Jess. They 'll hid e the stuff all right, I reckon." Another t,ramp of feet sounded and another gang made their appearance from the south, and the detectives stared bered exac t ly a dozen. "They are all gang I've got with me in Arizona," Jesse James, coolly. ..Betwee n the lot I re c k o n the stuff \Vill be handled satisfactory. The thing n ow, Dan, is to decide where to hide it! The look on Dan Elkins' face could not be mistaken. It was p!ain that h e had not expected his rival to bring out such a crew, and his chag rin at the sight was sta mped plainly o n bis features. "I 'low ther e's more'n are needed ter d o fhe j ob, Jess!" spoke up Bill Howard, uneasily. "The gold ain't so tarnal h eavy but what we could manage it!" t ."The numbers a re even! What more do you want?" asked the clever outlaw, sharply. "If you fe llows you can outdo me, now 's your chance t'O try. The num bers are eve n and yo u "11 never see a bigger swag at one time tha.n the one we have yonder!" He faced Eikins as he spoke, and like a flas h both drew their pi sto ls, while, without an o rd e r of any kind, the two gangs drew their r evolve rs. Then there sound:ed a volley at short range, which echoed through the foothills. The moment the firing began, Star and Gray managed to move out of range, behind a bowlder. They had no int e ntion of taking sides in the outliaws' fight. So intent were the outlaws upon the battle, tha 1 t t heir aotion was apparently not noticed, and, if it was it was supposed that they intended to pick off !.'he enemy from b eh ind the improvis e d FQr although before J ess e James, they had claimed the acquaintance of Dan Elkins, they havl from Elkins at th'at minute s'howed1 that he had thought the same thing, and as 1 his men p oured 'OUt :mother volley at t11e others of the rival gang, he raised


'f I 16 THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. hi:s weapon and aimed traight art tihe b'andit king's foreslhot eyes, was prodding the mules, but the other, who head. In an instant his rifle was knocked out o f his face looked very familiar, was staring at him curiously. hands, and Frank James felled him to the ground wit h a "Bink Barrows, by thunder!" thought Star. I blow from t he butt of an empty revolver. der if the rascal knows me!" T hen, as every weapon had become useless, the unin"Reckon now yer'd like ter take er shot at jured members of the two gangs grappled with ea:ch wouldn't yer, pardner ?" muttered Bink at that minute other, and Jesse James d.rew back a little, where he could "vVaal, I ain't a blamin' yer! I'd lik e ter see yer!"

"'ESSE JAMES 11 ;eof a natural cave among the bowlders. At an order from iim the men began tugging at the gold, and. before it was 1 all hidden in the cave three more of the James gang joined them. ;, Star l ooked them over carefully, in the hope that OJ!e : of them might be his chum in disguise, but he did not find him. "Hurry up, men," ordered J esse, "and get the stuff in the cave! It' s only a makeshift, but the mules can't go much farther! We' ll g e t a fresh team so mewhere and come back this evening!" He rolled a big stone from before the door of the cave as he spo ke, and, afte r the gold was carried in he di r ected the men to conceal the traces of thei r effor t s by sprinkling fresh earth over their foo tprints. '"Whar be ye goin' ter take ther stuff, J es s ?" a ske d Bink, after a wink from the deteclive. "You mind your busines s and shut up your questions!" was the answer. "Time enough for you to know where it's going when I tell you, Bink Barrows!" Giving a sharp glance behind, he ordered the mule teams driven on a f e w paces; then once more the injure d men were set to work removing all traces of their labor. When they finall y moved away from that vicinity no one would h;ive g u esse d that they had halted there, and it was fully an bonr b efore the little cavalca c l e was again halted. They had arrive d at one of the l o neliest spo t s i n the Sierra's now, and t he mi,1ies were so exhausted that they; could hardly hoid their heads up. Going from one to the other, J esse James put a bullet into t hei r brain s. Then the horse men rode on, leavi n g the faithful creatures piled up in the path, bnt freed fro m their sufferings Star kept listening for the sound of hoofbeats b ehind th e m, but they ha lte d for rest without his h earing any, and he was fo r ced to b elieve that he and hi s chum w ere separate d effectually, a thing which complicated his dangers a thousaridfold and caused him a grea t deal of unea si ne s s. J esse James had l e d them t o a spring of delicious water, and, as the verdure about the spring was d elightful, the y settled themse l ves for a few hours of slumber. Jesse James was plunged in s u c h de e p thought that he hardly noticed hi s m e n except his brothe r, wi t h whom h e h ad a long, low conversat i o n. Star did not dare to go to sleep, for fear Bir ik would betray him, but he sank down in the shade near the robber. The red-whiskered fellow scouted around and brought in a few birds which were spitted over a rude fire and made exce llen t eating. At sundown two of the men were sent to the neares t settlement for a mule t eam, and at exactly midnight they were back at the cave, which they found in exactly t h e same condition as th ey had left it. Jesse James hi ,msclf rode forward and rernrmoitered; the n the r est of his party advanced until they fill e d entire space before the c,ave, and t he bags of gold were d-ragged OL1t and reloaded. S tar did his share of the lifting and loading, but h i s h eart was beginning to b e heavy in hi s breast, and he was tired with t h e constan t strain of watching Bink B:o.rrows. l'\o way of getting the best of Jesse Jam es had pre s e nted itself yet, and as it w o uid have been worse t'tan foolish to attempt such a thing alone, he was forced to continue playing the role of bandit. What was his surprise and delight, then, a s h e was helping to lift the last bag, to hear not a hundred yards b ehind him a well-known sign al l t v1:is a mocking b ird's cry with or.e false n ote! He and Gray had prac ticed it until th ey got it to perfection. Jesse James picked up hi s ears e.s h e h eard it, and a dark fro wn gathered upo n hi s fa ce, while his glance t r a veled from one man to the other like a fla s h of light-ning. "That's a queer bird that don't know it's own song!" observed the outlavv', grimly. Star held his breath, but a smile stole over his fea


/! I 18 THE JESSE Jf\MES STORIES. tures, and then the mocking bird's cry came again, this time as true as possible. "You 're fooled this time, J esse James he thought, ;is he watched the expression of surprise on the outlaw's face. "That was clever in Gray to do it right the second t ime!" But Star had done a lot of thinking and was growing desperate, for he knew that his friend's s ignal should be answered some way Suddenly Jesse raised his head a little and imitated the mocking bird's call, giving it so clear and true that no b i rd could help answering it. In an in stant it was Tepeated with the false note that he had mentioned, and Star nearly jumped for j oy, for the outlaw hims elf had helped him ornt of his dilemma. "That was well done, J ess! Yer're got an ear to be proud of!" cried Star. "I r eckon now yo u and I are ther only two in ther bunch .that could irpitate that th ere dis cord! Hold yer breath nO\V, fer I'm goin' ter show yer er half tone in yer whistle tha 1 t's as far askew as th e r bird's ow n whistle!" Defore a wo1 d could be spoken he also r epeated the call, which was not so different from the out1aw's as to occasion any egotism. "Ther same thing! J ess did it as well as you did!" roar e d Dink Barrows, promptly. James, sternly. "I ain't had mu ch time to look yoG over, pardner, but I r ecko n now, as you've j oined m)1 gang, I have that privilege! Take off your hat! I want to look at you !" He drew his pistol as he spoke, and aimed it square! at Star's heart, but before the detective could comply yell from Frank James interrupted: "We're trapped, J ess! Break for the woods yoncle and lo se no time I That bird cali was a signal! Th marsha l is after us!" CHAPTER V. J ESSE ALIAS MR. WII,LIAM BENSON. J esse James waited for nothing, 'but obeyed his broth er's order, but as he dashed ahead he heard the tread o a small army behind him. Star raised his r evo lver im pulsively and sent a bullet flying after the outlaw. Th next second a ball from Frank Jam es' weapon pass dean through the detective's body. vVhen he r egained consciousness, Gray was ben din over him and the sound of shots coulcl be heard in th distance. "Hello, old pard Thank Goel, yo u're alive!" bega Gray, with th e tears almost in his eyes "Am I much hurt?" asked Star, who felt rather. sti "Cuss ther feller! Ike allus was er fool!" ba.wled one on one side. of the others Jesse James said nothing, but his eyes were fixed upon Star's face, and there was something in his glance that made the detective nervous "I reckon now I was right first off!" said the outlaw chief, after a minut e. "I r eckon one call didn't mean anything and two was a signal! If I'm rig11t, ypu'll have reason to remember me, you mongrel! Move forward men! Get ahead there, Bink Bar rows !" He reined his h o:rse close to Star as he spoke and the mule team started, o n e o f the m e n walking on each side to prod the lagging creatures. "So you are Arizona I ke, aTe you?" asked J esse I don't think so! The doctor, h e re, says there's n ser i ous The ball cut through the muscles, b there's no internal hemorrhage." "Where's J ess? Diel they get him?" was Star's ne question. Gray and the surgeon from the marshall's staff assiste him to hi s feet before they a nsw ered. "Jess got away and so d id Frank! There's three the -rascals dead, though, and Bink Baf'rows is one them." "Then I 'll breathe easier," laughed Star, reviving co sid erably at the n ews "Bink recognized the coat, and expected him to squeal any minute."


THE JESSE JAMES STORRES 19 ) After a while Stu was helped to mount one of the pnrture by the fir s t eastbound train, but not before he had (:! G r ay h ad headed his horse towaTd Tucson, but they ad gone some, distance b efore Star n oticed it. .When e did h e was a iittle surprised that the c h as e for Jess ad been abandoned. "The marshal i s after him now with forty men, so ve' re o:.1t of the game for a w hi le, old fellow! They're ot the gold now if they could o nl y get Jess! was ray"s explanation. How about D a n Elkins?" a s ked Star. "Corraled and taken to Tucso n in company v vith oward, and all the r est of them! I h a d the devil's own prove m y id entity," was the answer. "Thank my papers were safe, and the marshal b elieve d e!" "What' s the lay now, old man? If Jess i s still loose, ve"ve got to k ee p after him."' Gray l::tughed and l eane d over to steady hi s chum 111 1 i s sadd le. "\Ve"ll go back t o Tucson and put you to b f o r a ay or two, olJ man!"' e I ''Then I've got : little deal to settl e wit h :'.\'Ir. \Yilli:J.m Bens o n!"' 0 ll Star un d erstoo d what he meant and nodded his head n sympathy. for h e co11!cl appreciate his chum' s anxiety O\'er the fate of :.\liss i\Iiiler. He endured the l cPg ride like a h e ro, and arrived 111 Tucson at last n o t rm;clt the worse for the j ourney. j T h ey ha d planncci to reach the city at night, and runcf1ing across a l o n e ly !mt o n the outskirts, they were ab l e to pro vid e them se hcs v ; ith something different i n the line :?f clo thes by them of the occnpants. Selccling a S':: :a!l hotel they engaged a room, and early 0t he next morning Gray went out and made some other I When the city was ful!y awake the two detectives were 11;1eatly garl;c d, and would have pas eel i n any cro\\'d as :fou rist s or drummers o f the tenderfoot variety. I Tte mciical memoer of the marsrd" s posse teak his de gathered all t'he informatio n on tap in the city. "The natives are frightened stiff," h e explained, after a visit t o the princ ipal barroom. "They've heard that Jesse James has made off with that gold, and they're exp ecting every minute to see him make off with Arizona !" Star stayed i n bed for two days, and the n f elt so well that he ventured out and, in the meant ime, Gray secured some "valuable information regarding the B enso n family. Benson was said to b e a man of curious habits. He owned a substantial frame house on the O:utskirts o f the c1 town, and was noted princ ipally for his kennel of fie r ce bloodhol1nds. These hounds were n o t kept in any particular spat, but allowed to roam all ov e r the spaci ous grounds which surrounded the Benson dwelling. A high board fence i n c!osed the yard m front o f the building, w hile the J o t i n the rear was fringed with a row of o u tbui l dings be s id e s a well-built c orral fo r the B enso n horses. Trade s people l e f t th ei r orders at a w icket in the high board fence, \Yith a pack of hounds s napping and snarling on the other side of the two-i nch planks in a way that made thcm s at is fied not t o ventur e any nearer. The D enso n family, as far a s any one knew, consisted of an elderly w oman who came t h e r e from t im e t o time, four brnt:il -looking stable m e n and one hrndsome yo u n g wo:nan \\"ho w a s known in Tucson as Mrs. Benson. :'.\fr. Benson himself rarely visited the place, and when he did he came and went at night, an d but few people sa w him. The Elkins gang had b ee n t errorizing that section fo r some t ime, and more than o nc e the natives of Tucson had turne d their eyes towar d tha t h o u se but it had not oc curred to th e m before that they were harboring Jesse J ames, the world's greatest bandit. The holding-up of the mule team, and a report that J esse Jame s was in the de:il, had se t them to thinking, and


20 THE JESSE J!\M!ES when Gray began to ask questions it did not take them long to jump at conclusions. Elkins had b ee n promptl y jailed to await .some sort. of a trial, ahd posse after p osse was sent out in search of the rest of th e robbers. When the y returned, bringing only the d e ad bodie s of the outlaws of both gangs, the ex citement arose to a trem endo us pitch. The two detectives told no tales as they ask e d their qu est ion s, and one night, as they sat in one of the -bar rooms of the town, two of the Benson stablemen saun tered in and engaged one of the hab itues of the place in indiff erent conversation. They were muscular-looking fellows, armed to the t eeth with knives .and pistols, and as they lean e d their eibows on the bar the detectives notic ed that the bartender and the two exchanged glances, and then one of the waiters passed Star and touch e d him lightly upon the sh oulde r. The detective took the hint and promptly ordered refreshments for hims e lf and Gray, and as t he man set it be fore them he made a cautious statement: "They're lo ok in' f e r news! vVait a minute, an' you'll see! They never come in here without askin' a l ot of qu est ions." A minut e la te r the m e n turned from the bar and saun tered across the room to the. table where the detectives were sitting. "He!lo, stranger!" said one of

THE JESSE JAMES STORiES. 21 In the excitement o f the moment Gray turned his head LCd the two s t ableme n bolted. A dozen hands were laid on the trapdoor, while a ore of the excited natives clashed around the building. le ray was one of the !alter, and as he reached the rear rd he was in time to see an old man limping toward )U e road behind the buildings. ly "Halt! Hold on th ere!" he roared, as the others surt g uncled the cellar door, for the outlaw to make lS is appearance. I .he old fell ow did not even turn his head, and as 11 ray raised his weapon he was surprised to find the barnder b e sid e him. "Hold on there, stranger! Thet thar's Snipe Wilson, 1e bottle-washer of this hyar ranch l He' s as deaf as er ost No us e yellin' at Snipe! Yer'd better save yer ,u u!J.ets for Jess, curse him!" fO Gray l ovvered his weapon jus t as the o ld man hobbled ut of sight, and at that second the cellar door was burst ec pen from the in side and the mob of angry townsmen ame o ut, yelling like Indians. ce "H e's got away, curse him! Jess stands in with thet ed-headed bartender yonder! After him, boys String n p the traitor!" 11 The mob had turned its attention upon the bartender, nd in a second he was bound hand an'cl foot and dragged 1i ack into the barroom. 11 a Then another batch of t ow n speo ple came up out of the ellar, bringing the dead body of the genuine Snipe Wilon with them and a coat an.d hat that every one recog-ized as Benson's. Gray let out a c ry of rage when he saw how he had een fooled but as there was reason to think that the artender was getting his dues, he joined a mob of about fty people and started after the murderer, who had made h ff in the direction of the Benson house on the outsk irts f the city. 1a -cl : h CHAPTER VI. GRAY RESCUES MISS MILLER. d Th e crowd in the barroom made short work of the bar ender, and by the time the detectives were hali way to 1 he Benson place, they found their party nearly doub'.ed ruumber. S S "The!' scoundre l got his deserts, curse him!" called o ut the leader of the second po sse as they ca:me up. .'He owned up he knew thet Benson was Jess! Reckon he used ter be a member of the Jam es ga.n. g, an' hedn't ergot .the oath of ther organization !" "It'll be a l esson ter any other rascals on t h er same order, I reckon," s aid another voice. "Bill, h yar, made er purty piece of work er tattooin' ther traitor's body! I reckon now thar won t no one harbor J esse James in this hyar to-wn for some time!" As th_ ey approached the Benson r esidence, the entir e posse halted, and a plan of action was mapped out t'hat would have worked all righit if it had been carried out to the letter. The mounted men, aibont ten in number, were dis,.. persed around the premises in order to overhau l Jesse if he took to the sa ddle. The other rnen were divided into two squads, one to attack the front and t'he othe r the rear of the build 1 ing. There was a general inspection o f weapons and ammuni tion, then the whole party moved forward, and t o aruY: one who d id not know the cleverness of the famous out la.w, it would cer tainly hav e looked as if Jesse James'. hours were n nm bered. The detectives, Star and Gray, were in the sq uad th at approached the front of the building, and both were hav ing hard work to conceal their exc it ement, for it did look as though their er rand in Arizona was pretty nearly ac Further, Gray s anxiety over the fate of Miss Millet was making him mi serable, and he f e lt sure bhat this strain also wou ld be over before many minutes. Arr:v ing at the high board fence, they went directly t o the wicket, which was a square cut out of one of the boards and fitted with hinges. There was a fairly smo0>th piece of grout11d insid e but there was no sign of either a dog or a human being. S e veral of the men had started to baitter down the fence, and just as they ripped off t'he nrst board the growl of a bloodhound reached them. "!her critters are thar, all right l I 'low they're holdin' 'ein ba ck, hopin' we'll come in side," said one of the men. "Cussed ef ther place ain't er reg' la r fort with cannons sticki n' out all over it!" cried ano 1bher native, who was staring through the fence.


22 THE JESSE JAMES "Thar's a gun at every winder, an thar's er wicket in ther door!" A roar from the fierce brutes somewh e re behind the house followed and then came a volley of shots from one division of the pos se. The next minute the front door of the house opened, and Gray, who had his eye at the wicket, gave a cry of alarm. usin g all his strength, h e dr agged the girl out of range< the wicket. The next second he dropped to the ground, with ti blood gushing fr o m a wound in his shoulder, and anothll volley from his friends was the last thing he rem emberel "Quick! All together! yelled Star, as l:e made a rul toward the dogs. A dozen more m e n dropped ove r fence, and there was a desperate rush toward the pack t "My God! They've put her out and the dogs are after ferocious b easts. her! Quick, men! We must scale the fence and go to the rescue!" He started to scramble up the fence, and Star to ok his place at the wicket just in time to see the door close .sharply, leaving Miss on the front step of the building, and a pack of vicious bloodhounds bounding around the corner. With a yell he was up after his chum, and as they dropped to the ground inside of the inclosure, a dozen brave men lo-.vered themselves down beside them. "Now, then! Steady! One! Two! Three! Fire!" ordered Star. The crack of firearms followed and three of the brutes fell dead, while the res t of the pack ran howling in all directions Miss Miller had sunk to the ground from fright within ten feet of the door, and, as she caught sight of Gray, she held out her arms to him for protection. In an instant the brave fellow dashed across the yard, and the bloodhounds, seeing him, made a break in his direction. Crack! Crack! Crack! The weapons of the brave fellow s inside of th e fence spoke promptly and three mo re of the dogs fell dead, while a couple rolled over on the ground and then limped away h ow ling. At that second the wicket in the door flew open and Gray looked up to see Jesse James peering out with an evil smile upon his features. 'I'he wicket was directly be hind Miss Miller arid in range of the gate, but the dogs were coming again, so he did not stop an instant. He had the girl in his arms and was trying to lift her to one side, wfrlie11 Jesse James thrust his revolver through the hole and dr0pped the hammer. felt a stinging pain, but he gritted his teeth, and, Dropping to o ne knee, 1the men poure d out another v( ley, and time the yard was strewn with th e de bodies of the bloodhounds. The o utlaw h ad closed the wicket, and as Star ran hi s fri e nd's assistance, he saw that the other divisions f the p osse were coming to thei r assistance both footmt and horsemen. "Don't leave the rear unguarded!" he roared, as b ent over Gray. "That's exactly what J ess wants! around there, some of you!" The men lo o ked at each other, and several of th started to obey, but as they turned t'he angle of the ho they were greeted with a fu illade of bullets. Every window in the building was raining fir.e, and a second there was nothing to be done but dodge to pla of safety. "Keep it up, men! Pepper the rascals!" roared Je James' voice from somewhere, and once more the r l og structure seemed to be turned into an arsenal. A squad of men attempted to round the other angle the house and were met wi. the s ame reception, and t showed them plainly that Star was right and that whole thing had been a ruse t o get them together. clatter of horses hoofs in the rear brought a growl rage, and then the sheriff himself at the head of the men, whiJ e a fellow by the name of Sykes took cha of the other. "It's J ess! He's running away! After him, men, hang the bullets !" roared the sheriff. i'fhere was a dash around the two corners of t he ho at once, and another prompt cracking of r evolvers.

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THE JESSE JAMES STORIESa horse, with his face turne d toward the flag pole that adorned the roof of his own building. "They'll signal him when we go," ye lled Sykes again. "Curse ther devil! Mu,st we stay hyar an' let our O'M1 hous es burn up! Thar's women an' c hildren hack thar, sheriff, that need our protection!" "Let all go who wa nts ter," said the sheriff, grimly. "I'll stay right hyar an' see this hyar thing thrnugh !" The fire carts were already on their way and at his words nearly two-thirds of the posse made a break for the city, where the din of bells and whistles cont inu ed. "Now, m e n git oo' ck outer si ght an' see what them outlaws will do!" ordered the sheriff, as he backed his horse behind the stables out of sight oi the house. "I reckon n ow they think that thar fire will take us all back hot foot, so it might b e possible ter fool ther r ascals!" "Thar goes ther signal ag' in broke in one of the men as he finished; then the rest of the posse skulked back close to the fence and waited. Two rockets were sent' up and then there was a silence of several minutes, in which the men sat on their horses sullenly an

THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. 25 ams of water were still flowing . Neither Dan Elkins who had gone to the sheriffs r escue; then, when this had r Bill Howard had been found in the ruins, in spite of been done, they all withdrew again to a safe distance and fact that there were several charred bodies found. waited. The night was a particularly dark one, and as the posse The hours passed slowly, with the h o r ses growing reste toward the Benson dwelling they kept their horses less, and at exactly midnight the sound of a 1 in hand and one finger upon the triggers of their could be heard in the distance. Star whispered an order, and the men dep l oyed again, "Thar"s Jim Thompson! I left him on guard!" mut-keeping close to the fence or skulking in tbe bushes. An-ed the sheriff, as a solitary horseman joined them, just fore they reached their destination. "Thar ain't been a sound nuther inside nor out," rerted Jim. "It's as quiet as ther grave all around ther They had reached the shadow of the outbuildings now d not a sound had greeted them. The house and unds were as dark and still as though they had been at ed. Suddenly the group of h?rsemen heard the house door n and close distinctly. It's Mrs. James and the outlaw's ther !" muttered Star. The sheriff urge d his horse forward, with the posse !lowing him, and just abreast of the open gate he saw two figures. "Throw up yer hands and surrender!" he roared, rein his horse close to the gate. "I'll arrest yer if yer do There was a frigh te ned scream and bofh figures st arted run, but the sheriff promptly turned i nto the yard and tting spurs to his horse galloped half way across the other and another hoofbeat foll<0wed, coming from differ ent directions, and at last a light a.ppeared in one window of the dwelling. Suddenly Mrs. James opened the \vindow and put her head out fearlessly, holding a la : mp and shading it with her hand in order to scan the inclosure. Star moved a little nearer, and as he did so he head the breathing of a badly-winded hor se just a little dis tance behind him. Thinking it was c-r c f his own party, he did not turn his head. The click of a pistol hammer suddenly startled him, and with the instinct of be lay flat on the saddle, whi .le a bullet whizzed over his head, cutting a hole through his hat brim. Star whee)ed his horse, dfacharging his pist ol as he d1id so, and in a second the sheriff's men put spurs to their horses and came from all directions. As they did so a volley of shots came from the win dows and the bushes, the door of the house ope111Cd and clo se d, and there was the sound of innum e rabie hoof beats. "It's Jess! They're skulking in the bushes!" yelled This was apparently > vhat was want e d, for the two Star. res wheeled suddenly, and the s econd two pistols "It's ther sheriff! Kill him! Rid dle him, boys!" eked and the sheriff reeled and fell from his saddle. yelled another voice "They've shot him! Come back, boys! The whole Dark forms had sprung up like magic and the sheriff's 'ng is a trick!" yelled Star, backing his horse away posse, which numbered thirty, was taken at a disadvan-1 th e gate. tage, for they had been scatter ed in twos and could not "Them are hell-cats fer sartin Ther sheriff was er poss i bly get together. 1 ter chase 'em! mu tt ered o ne of the o t h er riders, but StaT fought like a demon, emptying two revolvers at the sheriff was yelling for help he v enhl!"ed into the once, and the sheriff's men rained hot shot and did some 'I h e rt.'st fcllov.;ed until t!1ey were all in extraordin a ry riding, dashing half way around the in1\ ot a sound could be heard, for the women closure and then wheeling suddenly and pouring their d gone back into the house and closed the door after bullets into the faces of their enemies. Fifteen minutes from the beginning of the fray the "I reckon h e's done fer boys! Hist him in1:er ther last Pistol shot sounded, and Star found himself standin g die, an' one ev y e r lc2

26 THE JESSE JAMES STORiE.S. The sheriff's men were still getting in the inclo s ure, and at the rear of the buildin g, but there was not a sound by which he could judg e the whe reabouts of the outlaws. Suddenly there was a stealthy step near him, and he dropped down behind the horses just in time to escape the eye of J esse James himself, who was stealing to>V'ard the gateway. "Sh! Go easy, Jess! I ain't sure the boys hev got 'em all!" whispered a cautious voice. "Great snakes! What a pile of horseflesh Thar must be six on 'em, cap'n Lucky fer yer thet thar beast Fleetwind wasn't in this hyar scrimmate." l\ chuckle fol!owed and Jes s e Jam es leaped ove r a horse within twenty feet of the detective, who was hiding cursing the luck that had left him in pos session o f two empty revolvers. Crawling out from behind the horses, he waited until the outlaw was adniitted to the house, then skulfoed around to the rear of the building in time to see the last of the sheriff's men put spur s to his horse in order to escape an bt;llet. 'r' 'V "That se. ttles it! The game is up!" he muttered, as he dropped b e hind a bush. "I'm the only man left, and my vyeapo111s a re empty!" Five n'linutes later Mrs James put her head out orf the t11e premises thoi-oug .'.1(y, findin g much of interest, little of value in the "Benson" dw e lling. By morning a score o f were OJ'f

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ABOUT FAMOUS MEN. During the progress of the Prize Character Contest announced in this issue, space will be devoted to the publication of the best articles sent in by our readers know what our can do in this direct ion, as the following articles sent LIS from f to time will show. So send in your articles at once. General Sherman and H i s March to the Sea. (Written' by Alfred Corley, 16 years old, Boston, Mass.) General Sherman is my hero. My father was in his army when he made his cel ebrated March to the Sea, so I send you an account of it. My father has read this article and says it is correct. I know the Southerners think that General Sherman was cruel, the way he burned up houses and farms and allowed his men to steal cattle and other live stock. But I do not think that was cruel, because it had to be done. Ee was a fighter from the wo r d "Go." My fath e r has told me that once, soon after the war began, when Cien eral Sherman was in command of the Department of the Cumberland, he was asked how many 111e11 he n e eded, and he replied: "Two hundred thousand to finish the war in this section." This statement was taken up by the newspapers, and everybody said he was insane. But he knew what he was talking about. Well, to tell you about the March to the Sea. Everybody knows that General Sherman was fighting against General Hood. He had 60,0 6 0 men under him. man had captured Atlanta, Georgia, but was in danger of being cut off from his supplies by Hood. The Union army was 300 miles from Nashville, the point where his food was stored. Of course, it was impossible to carry many days' provisions for 60 000 meu, as he was in the enemy's country, he could get nothing from the people around Atlanta, and all his supplies came along the one road he had captured from the Confeder ates. Hood, therefore, flung his army around on this road at various points between Sherman and his base, and Sherman soon saw his danger: .The Confederates thought they had him sure, and they were going to starve him out. Then Sherman decided 011 a new move, which, my father says, was the grandest and boldest move that ever occurred to a man in war: This was nothing else than to give up Atlanta, to give up all supplies from the North and to dash info enemy's country. He wa s going to dep e nd on the try its elf for supplies b e cause there had been no ba fought there, so there was plenty of forage. I\ He wa s going with his whole army into the very terior of the Confederacy, where he would be cut from communication with every other Union army. course, he could expect no h e lp from Grant or. the ernme nt, and he would have no news from them for a month. No such undertaking had ever been attem before. General Grant did not think much of the plan at and Presi dent Lincoln was oppos e d to it. President coin left it with Grant, and he fiuall y con s ented. The fir s t thing that Sherman did was to de s troy railroad in his r e ar, from Atlanta n orthward. The burned Atlanta and started for the sea on the r5t Novem be r, 1864. The army was divided into two umns, with the cavalry kept distinct. As Graut had predicte d Hood at onc-e turned no ward, as Sherman started soutli; but Sherm au did know this and had to take e v ery precaution against suit or surprise. To Grant and to all the North, Sherman's army called the "Lost Army," and every one was wor about it. On the 10th of December the army came to the f e ns e s of Savannah, after having cov e r e d the entire tance without having anything more than a skim with the enemy. He bad to fight to get in Savannah, but he captur on the 22d of D e cember, and this was the telegram sent to the Pesident: "I beg to present you1 as a Ch mas gift, the city of Savannah, with one hundred fifty heavy guns and plenty of ammunition; also a 25,0 0 0 bales of cotton." The message reached Lincoln on Christmas Eve was published in the Northern uewspapers on Christ Day There was great rejoicing in the North, and S man became one of the great heroes of the war.


THE JESSE JAME S STORIES. 2 9 The Winner of the M ost F amou s American Naval i3attfe. rit t en by Paul Wilson, 15 years old D e t roit, Mich.) I read in a book a little while ago t hat the E nglish ked upo n John Paul J ones as a pirate. I d on't s ee w t hey m ake tha t out. I think he was oue o f the ves t m e n that ever lived, a11d just because h e fou ght more than one c o u n try d oesn t prove tha t he was a rate Those who c all him a pirate rnel'llio n the t ime at h e landed fro m b is ship the Ranger 011 t h e Scotch o r e d mi11g the Revolutio n a r y W a r w ith t he intention seizing t he Earl of Selkirk, but found him departe d. Th e family plat e was taken by his li eute na11t but n e s trieJ t o prevent this robbery, a n d 011 bis arrival in 0 t ranee h e wrote to L ady Sel kirk, promising to make o u ends fo r the d epredations of his l i eutenant. In t h e t tl l e of the p rizes h e pmchased the unfortuna t e family te, and a t his own p e rson a l expen s e returnee! i t t o t h e !kirks. Doc::;,n't t h is prove that Jones was 11o t a irate, and it was only a single instauc e of bis se nse o f o n o r It w a s 011 the 1 4th o f Angust 177 8, that Ca ptain O\ nes s e t sail fr o m F ra1ice with five vessels, in c lu cling t i e American shi p A!lia11c e J o nes' sl1i p wa s the Poor ic/1ard, w h ic h had bee n u se d in the Iudia trade. It r a s i11 a d ilapidated co11 dition, a s w e r e m os t o f h is othe r e sse l s The c r e w co nsi s t ed of sailo r s o f n ea rl y ev ery 1 ation a l i ty, America n s bei n g in the mi11ority Captain J o n e s resolved t o s ail a round the Britis h t slands, but at Cape C le a r two o f the smaller v ess e ls 1 a r ted w ith him, a n d furt hermore lie was greatly nnoye d b y the insubordinatio n of La11dai s, the comander of the Alliance Sail i lig southward Jone s suddenly e n counte r e d the altic fle e t off F l a mborou g h Head. H e immed i a t e l y p r epared fo r acti o n. A m os t remarka l e collll.Ja t followed betwe eu the S eraf;i's, a Bri ti s h 1 r i g a t e of 44 guns, and the Poor R ichard Jone s v e s s e l. The night was cl e a r, and a b eauti ful m oo n shed its al e li ght 011 the scene. The s h ore was swarming with pec t a tors. The sea was tranq uil. i Aft e r several movement s o n the p art of the Britis h cap tain the P o or R ichar d atte m p t e d a c om in g to close q uarters. T wo la r g e e i ghtee n pounders explo ded in h e r gun roo m causing a g r ea t l oss o f m e n and materia l. T h i s gave the Sempis a decide d advantage, beside s being b etter c o n structed a11d better equipped. The Engli s h broads id e s greatly dama g e d the rotte n hull of the Poor Richard. A ft e r s everal ineffectual attempts, Jones grapple d his an t a gonis t. So near w ere the t w o s hi p s tha t the guns of the o n e touc h e d the sides of the othe r. Every disc h a r g e sh attered the timbers of the Poor R ichard in a t erribl e m anne r. The American s ailors climbe d the llla sts, and with hand grena des and li ght arms worked g reat havo c 011 the dec k of the Serap is and a t half-past t e u Captain P ear.son, the E n glish commande r, surrendere d. The battle h a d lasted three lwnrs, aud may be justly reckoned as oue of the most brilliant feats of the Ameri-can naYv. The loss 0 f the P oor Riclzard wa.s about one hundred and fifty, and the British c aptain report e d one h u n d red allcl sevent ee n killed. Jones s hi p being riddle d by the enemy's shot and having ca u ght fir e h e r emoved from her with his p ri so n n e r s and his w e n to the S erapis The Countess, another British frigat e, was al s o c apture d in this encounter by the P allas one o f the vess e l s of J o nes' squadron. J o ne s sai l e d for the c oast o f H o ll and, and was en t hu sias ti ca U y g r ee t e d on h i s l anding He was presented with a gold-m ounted sword by the French King L ouis XVI., with the inscri p ti o n on its hl a d e : ' L o n i s XVI., the r ewarder of the strong, protector of the vindica t e d s ea J on e s l ef t for Amer ica in 1780, in the m onth of Octo b e r. H e r e h e r e ce iv e d a w arm r e ception fro m e v ery qt?ar t e r, and Co ngress g ave him t h e permis si o n t o a ccep t the cross of military m erit t e nd ered him by the Kiu g o f France. ... A Celebrated Fighter. (Writte n b y Charle s G orham, 17 years old, Chelse a, Mass.) One of the most brilliant h eroes of the War of 1812 was Thomas McDo nough, who has always been my h e ro. The inciden t tha t I remember the best in reading about hi1n occnrred in the port of Gibraltar when Mc D 0 11ough was li eutenant of the American frigate S i ren. It showe d his wonderful d aring, and also illus trate d the d e terminatio n e vince d by the officers of the young navy. A n A m erican mer c h antma n ancbore d in the neighborh ood o f t h e Siren, and s h e h a d b ee n h ere but a short time w h e n a b oa t fr o m a B ritis h frigate was see n to board h e r, and soon after pull off with one of the men of the b ri g McDonough' s s u s p ic ion s w e r e aroused, and on inquiry c onfirm ed An Amer i can citize n had bee n claime d and impressed. On the ins t ant, just as the boat with the prisoner reached the Britis h vessel, McDooough alongside and resc i1ed the captive, bearing him away to the Siren. The next incident, immed i ately followed, was the arrival of the Britis h c aptain, loudly demanding from the lieute n ant how h e dar e d to t ake a man from a boat o f his maj es t y s v essel. To this McDonough answered tha t h e was respon si bl e t o h"is superior officer, and tl;Jat the q uestio n s h ould b e addresse d to him. The Eugli shma n there u po n threatened to take the man by force a nd h aul the frigate alongside the Sire n, whic h carrie d only sixtee n guns. 'rhe lieutenant an swere d that h e suppose d it possible for him to sink the v esse l, but as lon g a s she was afloat the man would not be s u r r e nder e d. ' Y o u a r e v ery young and indiscreet, young-man,'' said the captain. ''Suppos e I had been in the boat, what would yon have d o n e?" ''I would h ave t a k e n the man or lost my life.'' ''What, sir! would you attempt to stop me if I were now to attempt to impress men from that brig?"


THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. ''I would; and to c onvince y ourself I would, you have only to make the attempt." The Englishman thereupon left the vessel and when be was seen making in the direction of the brig, McDono11g h was in pursuit in a boat of armed men. The English offic e r returned to his vessel, aud Captain Smith, on hearing the circumstances, approved of the c o n dt1ct of his lieutenant. After the conclusion of the cruise in the Mediter ranean, : McDonough returned home to immortalize his name on Lak e Cham plain. On the breakiug out of the sec o ud war with England, the Britis h general, Sir George Provost, forgetting the fat e of Burgoyne, attempted an invasion o f the Unite d State s from Canada. He crossed into New York with twe l v e thousa11d trt>ops, and marched against Plattsburg, defend e d by General Macomb, with fifteen hundred men, and several bodies of militia. Lake Champlain was d e fended by McDonough with four l arge ve 8 sels and ten small gunboats, mounting in all eighty-six guns, and manne d by eight hundred s a il o r s The British fleet on the Jake was superior in numbers and men to the American squadron. It was commanded by Captain Downie, and mounted ninety-five g uns, bei n g manuecl by over one thousa nd se am e u. McD o n ough drew up his vess els in Plattsburg Bay, and awaited the enemy. Iu the beginning of S eptember they b eg an their move n1ents. 011 the fourth the two hostile fleets commenced their re. The battle was blood y nnd de strnctive, ow ing to the calmness of the water, which all o w e d a delibe rat e and sl1re aim. The British commander ms killed iu the comm e nc e m ent of the enga g ement. Three British g1111-b oa t s were suuk, and the others w e re all ma s tles s The American squadron also received grea t injuries According to the expres si o n of Mc D o!lo u g h ''The re was not a mas t i n eithe r squad ro n that c ou ld stan d to make s ai l Oil. The low e r rigging, be in g nearly all s h o t a w ay, bung dowu as though it had just b e en plac e d ov e r the m a st heads." During tbe battle in the bay the land forces of the British ma tie three des p erate attacks upon the Ame r i c a n w orks a round Plattsburg b11t w e r e ea ch ti me r e pul s ed. A ft e r t h e destructio n o f their flee t ulte r d cspond e uc y to ok p o s ses si on o f th e m and they a baudone d the s i ege and r eturned to Canada. A Famous Indian Chief. (Written by Paul Thompson, Bl oomington, Ill.) 'I' ecumseb, the Shawnee Indian chief, is not exactly my hero, but be certaiuly was one of the wisest Indian chiefs that ever lived. He w a s the last real royal for est king. What a sch e me it wa s that he and hi s brothe r, ''The Prophet,'' conc e ived of, a grand federation of all the Indian tribes west of the Alleghanies It was during the War of 1 812, and his plan was to get the British on his side, and then drive the whites back beyond the mountains. The years from I 806 to 18 l l were spent in perfect' their p owe r s-"the Prophe t by his assumed chara of one esp e ci a lly by tbe Great Spirit, Tecumseh by his remarkable g ift s o f tongue-both comiug almos t supreme in their influence with t Shawnee s and the r e stless portio n of the Wyand Kickapoos, Delaware s, Ottawa s, Senecas, Pottawatou and Chippe was. In \ V illiam Henry Harris on, Governor of the No west T erritory, the wilych i e fsfotrnd a most vigilant sagacious en e tny to their d es i g n s ; but. n o art or arti could thwart the purpose s o f the brothers. Summone d by Harris on to a council at Vincen (July 27, 1811 ) Tecumse h atte nd e d with an imposi array o f w arriors, aud i n a s peech of grea t r o we r ope n avo1Yecf hi s designs o f a11 Indian C o nfed eracy, wh purposes were to dictate terms to th e whites. From this conf e r e nce, with twenty followers, then noted Shawnee s tarted 011 a pilgrimag e to the Southe tribes, to secure their t o t11e con f e d eration. Sam D a l e, the Mi ss issippi ranger, w as present in d : guise, at the grand co un c il in foe Creek country, Tookahatc hi e (Oc t ., 1 8 1 r ) and h eard the r u e:...10ra speech d elive r e d b y tbe conspirator to the as sembl warriors-ove r 5,000 C ree k s Cho cktaws a nd C he roke The Prophe t haYiug r emai11e d at T e c u ms e h s he quarte r s on the Wabas h (Proph e t s t ow n ) fro m wheu the Shaw n ee had r epeate dl y r efu se d t o move a t t ord e r o f the F e d e ral Gove rn me u t, had res o l v ed ti 1 c r e make a s tand, a nd op p o se Harri so11's attempt t o force p e ac e T h e b.:ttle of T i ppeca n oe ( NoY. 7 1 811 the sav age s w e r e signally defeate d, a n d t he Proph e t pOiver broken. T ecum se h w a s t be11 still absen t o n h mi ssion am ong the S o nthern aud Wes t e rn trib es a was exceeding l y i ncense d a t t h e preci pi tancy of h brother, for i t a l mos t ruine d h i s p lans. Ind ee d it is t o be p r es m ned that h a d not the wa r wi Grea t Brita in foll o w ed the S hawnee c h i ef wo uld ha s u ccu m be d t o destiny au d r emO\ed Yvit h h i s tri be m or e w e s t e rn regions; but the w a r a gai n gave him ho 1 for then the Bri ti sh wou l d s nstai11 h im a n d b y th powe rf u l co -operati o n h e might ye t dri ve the vvh i t es, l east, out o f a ll the r egiou wes t o f the Sciota. \ Va r w as dec l ared by o u r Go Y e rn ment June 1 9 181 E a rl y i11 J u l y was 0 1 1 t be wa r trail. Hea diu for Detroi t be c o o p e ra t ed iu t h e B ri ti s h moveme against t ha t pos t which Genera l H ull's cowardice I t o his co untry (Augl1 s t 1 6 ) T he B!"iti s h commander Geue ral B r oc k p u blicly dec o ra ted T ect1mse h 'l'.'i t h a r s ash in of his savage alli es' s ervice:':. s::i the grea t Sbaw?ie e traus f e rred t o c hief the Wy andots-a p oliti c s tro k e of cunuing. He thus a pea r ed to the Iudiaus a s abo v e r ewards. T e cum s e h f e ll i11 r 8 I;) a t the D attl e of the T ham e wh e n b e wa,; f i glili11g ll'ith the ll ritis li. Tecu : n s eh' m e n s ta t i o n e d i n a sw a111p, were h 1mtc d on t wi t h t h b ayonet an d sc,l n: r a n d t h e g r ea t chief perishe d the r e With Tec un:sel! peri s h e d tile l as t h op e o f r es isteuce t the hite man s po1Yer. No longer c ould e1e11 the rno. bli n d and de 1 oted warri o r he pe rsuacl e d t o c on E d euce i a r esort t o a rm s. They b o1:ve d to fat e when T ec u mse fell, antl eve r since then, has t h e S h aw n ee 11a111e bee distinguished. The tribe to -Jay, I b e li eYe, i s extiuc t.


. AND TRAPPING DEPARTMENT. ta lot ill i1 We are pleased to announce a Special Department for JESSE ]AM E S WEEKLY, which ,rtJ feel sure, will interest all of our readers who have a love for hunting or trap ping This will be found brimful of information and ideas on these subjects and will con1 1 in addition. a special column which will. be d e voted to answerin g any questions our ;urlers may ask us. Address all communications to the "Hunting and Trapping Depart ; ilj]t.,, u I 10,HOW TO MAKE A HUNTING SPEAR. bod y When the fish is well cau ght there is an immense t e n s ion on tbe points, and it is held a s e c ure p r i so ner. No matter how smooth and s lim y the fish ma y be the barbs hold it fas t, acting with even greater certainty than a hook, beca us e it grasps the fish on both s i de s If you want to hunt for snakes, or other re p t i l e s o r frogs, you cau u se the sa me kind of a spear, but it s!iou ltl b e made smaller. 1'he best way to fish with fish spears is to go out in a ro wboa t at ni ght armed also with torches or la .uterns. 'I'h e light s eems to dazzle the fish and also r efle cts from thei r shiny sides, showing w h e r e they are. You h old ilie spear parlly in the water, mo vi n g it about s t e adi l y and cautiously. When you discover a fish, move the spear tintil it is direc tl y over its b ea d and then jab down bard. You ma y not be s ucc e ssfu l the first time because it hi k es a steactv hand and a quick eye. But a f ter a li ttle prac tice b o t h spearing and in learning where to fish you can have g rea t fun. A UNIQUE SQUIRREL TRAP. 'I'liis trap is so m etime s callec1 the toll gate trap from its re:;ernbJance to a toll gate. A t this seaso n of the year squirrels are at their liveliest, and besides .being goocl eating their skins can always find a market. The bes t place to trap squirrels is on a rail fen ce. The re seems to be a fascination for them i11 running along a narrow strip o f board. Perhaps they imagine it is a l i m b of a tree. And this trap is especially designed t o be used on a rail fence, which ac counts for another nickname it goes by, namely, the "squirrels' hi ghway." The !Jest thing about it is that it can be made in a few uiinutes with the aid of a jackk11ife and a hatchet. Take your hatche t and cut a forked stick a little higher than the f e nce Drive it into the grouud two feet from the f ence until it is on a level with the latter. Now get a plank three feet long and rest one end on the forked stick, letting the other end protrude some distance on the otlier side of the fence.


l'l 32 THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. Select a heavy stick for the "deadfall"-tbat i s, the 1 n r t of the trap that is going to catch the squirrel. It 8lioul d be alwost as long as the plank, and when the trap is set, o u e eud of the stick will be raised directly on:r t!Je poiut of the fen ce where the squirrel will pass. The point is to bavc the squirrel, in passing, loosen tbe catch that.holds the stick up, when down will come the deadfall upon t he siioulders of the victim. 'the arrangement for holding the stick up and for s e t ting off the trap are a little complicated, so read the fol-1o1 \"ing di r ections very carefully: First, take hvo small forked sticks, sharpe n the ends aud drive them into splits rnade near the ends o f the plank nearest t!i e fence, with t!1c corner of your hatchet. Lay a crosspiece from Oi1e forked sti c k to the other, a:1d tie a short string to the cen t e r o f t b e cross stick. Now cho ose a small thin stick, t wo feet long, to be c a lle d tl1e trigger, and. auotlier one half a foot lo ng. Lay the trigger on the plank, parallel to the deadfall, and fasten one end to the end of the cleadfall farthes t away from the Ct:t a little n o t c h in one end o f the trigger and another notch in the end of the deaclfall. Tie the little h a lf -foo t stick in the middle with the string already m entioned, which is hanging from the cross stick. Now ii:sert the little s t ic k between tbe two 11otches just mentioned, whic h, when done ought to raise the cleadfoll about six inc h es fro m the la!lk aud t h e trigger about one inc l!. Now your trap is made. 'l'he wei ght of the squirrel' s fo o t upou til e bottom bar, o r trigger will make the little stick which is suspended by a spring, fiy l oose from the notch. This, of c o urse, will in turn let d ow n the dead fall and tbe squirrel will be crushed. The r e i s ouly one thing t h e matter with the trap now. It i s liable to sway. To preyent this and also to the deaclfall iu falling, there should he tvio upright guide sticks insert ed in the phuk at about the middle in the san, ie way that til e small crntches were iuserted. This trap is a most efiect i \'e 011e and any one can make it if he will go to work carefull y. Following are some hints to be observed in making this trap: Don' t have your deaclfall too long. It should net come nearer than three inches to the little crotc h es. If it does come nearer the trap will be much harder to se t off, where the farther away it is the easier the trap will go off The trigger, .on the other ba1Jd should not be too short. It should extend two inches beyond the edge of the plank and the notch in it should be made just wh e re it p asse s the eud of the plank. The string als o should not be too lon g Just have it a few inches long, e uough to t ie the l ittle s tick w i t h. When that is done there should not be more than a n inch or two of string suspended. The little stick that goes b e t\Veen the deadfall and the trigger should slaut upward toward the d eadfail at au angle of ninety degrees. If your deadfall is light it may have to be raised higher to kill its victims, but the best thing to do in that ca se is to get a heavier stick, because then you won't have to readjust all your other parts. EXCHANGE COLUlVIN. (Notice.-This column is free to all our readers. We ca.1 b e respon sible fol' transactions m ade through notices in colllmn. All offers rn ust be strictly exchange offers, an "for sale" advertisements, or exchanges of fire-arms, e x sives, or dangerous or worthless articles will b e printed. dre s s all communications for this column to "Exchange tllllll. ") Following are a numbe r of exchange notices which 1i been recently received for publication in this weekly: ICE SKA'l'ES.-W J. K appe, 51 No. Willow St. l\fontc N. J has a p:':ir of a11 clamp ice skates to exchange for a of Indian clubs. BRACKET SA W.-Frank Goble, 173 Amity St., Brook N. Y 4th flool', front, \Yill exch a nge a bracket saw and a 50 foreign stamps for best offer of cigarette pictures. All ters :rns\,ered JESSE J Ai'vlES.-G. Higgins n8 North 4th St. Camden .T., has Jesse .Tames stories from Nd. 5 to No. 20, several g books and otJ1er reading matter to exchange for a prin press and outfit. Self-inking preferred: PROGRAMMES.-H. L. Hamilton, Box U, Paducah, J would like t o hear from collector s of theatre programmes. l WATCH.-John A. Mil l Washing-ton, Pa., has a solid si l Geneya nioYement, ope11-foce

JESSE JAMES STORIES Jesse James. WE were the first pub-lishers in the world to print the famous sto ries of the James Boys, written by that remark man, W. B. Lawson, whose name is a watch wor d with our boys. We have had many imitators, and in order that no one shall be deceived in accepting the spurious for the real we shall issne the best stories of the James Boys, by Mr. Lawson, in a New Library entitled "The Jesse James Stories,'' one of our big five-cent libraries, and a sure winner with the boys. The first four issues are: "Jesse James, the Outlaw. A Narrative of the James Boys,'' "Jesse James' Legacy; or, The Border Cyclone," "Jesse James' Dare-Devil Dance; or, Betrayed by One of Them," "Jesse James' Black Agents; or, The Wild Raid at Bullion City." STREET & SMITH, Publishers, New York. BUFFALO BILL STORIES The only publication authorized by the Hon. Wm. F. Cody (Buffalo Bill.) Buffalo Bill. WE were the publishers of the first story ever written of the famous and world-renowned Buffalo Bill, the great hero whose life has been one succession of exciting and thrilling incid ents combined with great successes and accomplishments, all of which will be told in a series of grand stories which we shall now place before the American boys. The irst of these stories entitled "Buffalo Bill, the Border King," appears in No. I of our new five=cent library entitled The Buf falo Bill Stories." STREET & SMITH, New York. NICK CARTER' STORIES THE best known detec tive in the world is Nick Carter. Stories by this noted sleuth are issued regularly in ''Nick Carter Weekly (price :five cents), and all bis Nick Carter. work is written for us. It may interest the patrons and of the Nick Carter Series of Detective Stories to know that these famous s tories will soon be produced upon the stage under unusually elaborate circumstances. Arrangements have just been completed between the publishers and Manager F. C. Whitney, to present the entire set of Nick Carter stories in dramatic form. The first play of the series will be brought out next fall. STREET & SMITH, Publishers, New York. I : 1 r DIAMOND DICK STORIES I Diamond Dick. ) THE celebrated Dia-mond Dick stories only be found in Diamond Dick, J r.,The Boys' Best Weekly." Dick and his son Bertie : are the most unique and fascinating heroes of Western romance. The scenes, and ma.ny of the incidents, in these exciting stories are taken from real life. Diamond Dick stori es are ccnceded to be the best stories of the West. l and are all copprighted by us. The library is the same siie and price as this with handsome illuminated cover. Pric five cents. STREET & SMITH, Publishers, NEW York.


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