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Jesse James' exploits
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Entered as Secoud Class Matt e r at N ew Y ork P vs t Office by STREET & SMITH, 23S William St., N. Y. No. 22.

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I ssue d f Veekly. By Subscripti o n $2.JO per Ei
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2 THE JESSE J/\MES STORIES. and, as he turned to his bellows, be said, in the same slow, drawling tone: "That's all right, Jesse, my boy, put up your gun, and I'll have your horses shod in next to no time." The big revolver was half-way back into its scabbard when the old man spoke the name of Jesse. In an instant it was again leveled at the old blacksmith's breast, and the one addressed as Jesse asked sternly: "How did you know that was my name?" Again, the old man laughed, and he gave his bel lows handle a long pull befort! he answered: "Is it possible you boys have entirely forgotten old Billy Haynes, Quantrell 's color sergeant? Many a hard fight and a long night ride we've had together, eh, Jesse and Frank?" 11he man addressed as Jesse put up his revolver, while the other stepped forward and, extending his hand, exclaimed: "Darned if it ain't old Sergeant Billy! Shade of Quantrell what are you doing clown here?" The three men shook hands now, for the recognition was mutual. The two strangers were the famous bandits, Frank and Jesse James, and in the old blacksmith they had recognized a former comrade, Sergeant Billy Haynes, of Quan trell 's guerillas. 'l'he three men had ridden side by side many times, when hul lets were flying thick and fast around them. After one of Quantrell 's last fights, Sergea11 t Haynes was among the missing, and his comrades thought he had been killed. To his old friends he explained that he had been taken prisoner in the fight, where he was supposed to have been killed, and did not escape until a few days before the war ended. Then lie drifted back to his old home in Tennessee, marrie d and settled clown to live a life of peace and industry. He frankly informed his former comrades that he was quite familiar witp their records since the war, as published by the newspapers which made Jesse rather suspicious. "vVe are only down in this part of the com?trY for a little rest, and we are not looking for trouble, but if it is forced on us we will be ready to meet it any time," he explained to Ha)1nes. Again the old blacksmith laughed in his quiet way. "Don't be uneasy about me, boys, old Billy Haynes ain't never yet gone back on a friend, and he's gettin' most too old to begin uow. I prefer to work for a livin', an' live a life of peace, but if you boys like a little excitement best, it's none of my busines If yon stay about these parts long, an' I can do yo1 a good turn, yon may count on old Billy every time I'll not forget the old clays when we fought together.' Jesse and Frank again shook the old blacksmith'! ha11d, and they knew they could trust him uot tc betray them, and the time came wheu the old man made gooa' his promise. While this conversation was going on the old blacksmith had been hard at work, and very soon h( had both skillfully shod. "Goin' to speckerlate a little in stock while you are ta kin' a rest clown in Tennessee?" "Well, we borrowed a couple of horses from an old farmer up the road last night. Our animals were worked down, and we left them in his pasture to rest while we te s ted the speed and stayi11g qualities of his. He may agree to the swap when he finds out who we are." "Well you made a mi'ty good selection. I know these here critters, an' they can outrun anything in Tennessee." "That's the kind of stock we want." The fact was, two outlaws had ridden their own horses almost to death in a recent daring and narrow e s cape from the officers iu Missouri, and they had purposely turned their course into Tennessee in order to supply themselves with fresh and fast horses. When their horses were shod the old blacksmith invited the two outlaws to spe11d the night at his cabin, but they declined. The fact "as, they anticipated pursuit, and they did .not wish to get thejr old comrade into trouble on their account. They thanked him kindly for his offer, and,-promising to see him again before they left that part of the cou11try, they rode away. As Jesse mounted his horse, he drew a .handful of gold from his pocket, and threw it on the ground at the feet of the old blacks mith. Sergeant Billy called to them to come back and take their gold, but a m erry laugh was the only a11swer from the outlaws, as they galloped away to the south, and in a few mo ments they were out of sight. An hour later the two outlaws stopped at a farm house for supper, and to feed and rest their horses. In a strange country, with the possibility of a large posse being in pursuit of them, they dared not sleep under a roof, so late that night they camped uear the bank of the river, aud slept sotmdly until morning.

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THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. 3 1'he following day was Sunday, and as the outlaws were then a long distance from the place where they stole the horses they were riding, they felt little fear of pursuit. After getting a good breakfast at a farm house, and securing all the information possible from the farmer about the roads and the surrounding country, they continued their journey to the south, but rode very slowly. Early in the day they were joined by a rider who was none" other than Dick Liddell, an old companion of Jesse Jam es. It was nearly noon when the three ontlaws approac11ed a cqtrntry church, where a large congregation of colored people were assembled for worship. Just before they reached the church they saw a party of horsemen ride up from the opposite direction, and, forming a line around the house of worship, begin to shoot through the doors and windows. The shots were followed by screams of terror from the helpless negroes on the in!3ide. They dared not attempt escape, because they might be shot down as they ran from the house. 'I'he screams of terror cau sed the white men on the outside to shout with laughter and pour another volley of shots through the windows. The James boys had often heard of the Southern Ku Klux, and how they murdered negroes in cold blood, and, as they watched this affair fro11J a short distance, they decided the men doing the shooting were the raiders so much dreaded by the colored people. They were not real Ku Klux, for they are always disguised, and work at night. They were nothing worse thau a crowd of desperate and reckless young men living in the neighborhood, whose favorite amuse was to break up the services at the colored churches. They did not shoot to kill, but several times their reckless shots bad taken effect. "I'm going to take a baud in this affair myself. I need a little pistol practice, and I'm not going to see those poor people shot down like dogs without a chance to defend themselves," said after watching the performance for a few minutes i11 silence. "Lead ou, I'm with yon. 'We'll teach those cowards a lesson they won't forget for many a day," answered Frank, Dick Liddel echoed the sentiment. The three men uttered a yell, aud, spurri11g their horses forward, they rode straight into the midst of the gang of young desperadoes, firing right and left. Three of the gang fell from their saddles, and the others were so badly frightened they turned and fled as fast as their horses could run. Tl1e young Southerners were not only taken completeiy by surprise, they were dumfounded at the sight of white men taking the part of negroes. Such a thing had never been heard of in that section. Reining up their horses, Jesse and Frank James turned about and started in pursuit of the flyiug young desperadoes, and s=nt half-a-dozen shots after them, but purposely fired high, as they did not care to kill or wound any more of them unless it was necessary. The young men were too much surprised aud frightened to return the fire, and the outlaws did not follow them far. They turned and rode back to the chmch. In the meantime, the two or three hundred negroes assem bled there had caught on to the situation, and they were almost as much surprised as the young ruffiaus had been that white men should dare come to tbeir rescue. They crowded about their rescuers, and the gray-haired old minister, bowing down on his knees at the feet of their horses, prayed for blessings aud protection on the heads of the men who had come to save them. The three outlaws remained some time at the church, until the regular services had been resumed, and they enjoyed the singing aud shouting immensely. Finally one of the old men in the congrega tion came to them and warned them that the crowd of ruffian s they had driven away would probably return with reinforcements soon. The daring bandits did not fear a hundred such cowards, but for certain reasons they did not wish their prese uc e in that locality known, a11d they de cided it would be best to keep out of the way, if pos sible, so they resumed their journey to the south. The cro\\'d of young rnffians who had fired into the n cg ro church belonged to the leading families in tliat section, and news of the attack on them by three strangers seemed to fly on the wind. Three of their number l1acl been sho t down, badly wounded, and they must be avenged. The strangers must be fol lowed, and \Vhen they were overtaken they would be shot down like dogs. No white ma:1 who cir.red de fend a negro could live in that section In less than two hours after the James boys had driven the cowardly young ruffian s away from the

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4 THE JESSE J/\MES STORIESo cI1ur ch they had gathered a band of fifty of their friends and companions, and started in pursuit of the strangers. They were all well armed, and in the party were a 11 umber of men al most as reek less of danger as the men they were following. Frank and Jesse James and Dick Liddell had fought side by side with men from West Tennessee under Qnantrell, and no one knew better than they the courage of the older men of this locality. The boys, like those they drove away from the church, they did not fear, but they kne\V if they met the fathers and older brothers of those same boys, it meant a fight to the death. The bandits admired men who would stand up and fight, b11t at this time they were not looking for a fight. They had come to this section where they were unknowll, to seek some much-nee ded rest, and to gather about them some of the members of their scattered band. A fight that might disclose their identity they determined to avoid, if possib l e, even if they had to nm from it, and they had never been known to nm away from a fight before. The three horsemen had gone le ss than five miles from the negro church, when they heard the sound of pursuit. Sho11ts and yells mingled with the ho of beats of rn1111ing horses came to their ears. Suddenly Dick Lidde ll asked: ''Did yon hear that?'' "What?" "'rhere it is again. Don't you hear it?" "I hear but a clog howling," said Jesse "That is the bay of a bloodhonud. I have heard it before since I have be e n a resident of the South. Listen! There is another and another. There seems to be a pack of them, and they are on our trail." Jesse and Frank listened again, and this time they could hear the dogs plainly. Their deep-mouthed baying was comiug nearer and nearer every moment. This was a new experience for the great bandits. Hundreds of times they had been trailed by human blo odhounds, bnt ueve r before h ad they h eard the bay of dogs on their trail. As they rode along, they could 11ear the baying of the dogs .eve ry few moments, a11d the dread sounds s ee med to b e getting nearer. The bloodhounds were gaining on them. To be chased by bloodhonnds was a new experience for the daring Western bandits. They had read thrillin;?: pieces of fictiou telling how criminals in the South werecaught and torn to shreds by the bloodthirsty brutes, as slaves had been before the war, bu they little thonght they would ever hear the cry of these manhunters 011 their own trail. 'l'he baying of the dogs made Jesse James' blood boil. It was the first time in his life he had been hunted like a wild beast by dogs trained for human chase. He swore a terrible oath to make the fight of his life then and there in an attempt not only to ex terminate the pack of dogs, but the men who had set them on his trail. Frank and Dick Liddell did not enjoy this new experience, and they were almost as anxious as Jesse for a shot at the dogs first, and then one at their masters. The three bandits wheeled their horses around, and waited for the dogs to come up. They had not long to wait. Louder and clearer sounded the baying of the dogs every moment. They were free from their leashes, and the trail was growing warm. The horses of the bandits heard the cry of the dogs, and trembled with fear or excitement. They moved about uneasily, and kept their wild, distended eyes on the woods, whence came the dread sounds. On came the dogs, their h ea ds close to the ground, their jaws dripping foam after the long chase. At every leap the y gave forth that peculiar half 11owl sounding so much like a human cry, that it wonld strike terror to the hearts of men less coura geous tha n those they were now pursuing. The three horses showed a disposition to run away, but their bridles were held by firm hands. In their right hands each of the three bandits held a big revolver. They had uot long to wait. In a few moments the bn,,shes p arted fifty yards away, and a long-bodied, gannt-lookiug dog, with red eyes and open mouth, l eaped through. Auother followed, then another and another, until six appeared. The brutes raised their heads for a momeut and caught sight of the game they were p11rsni11g. 'l'hen they gave forth a dozen short, sharp barks, which informed the men behind that the game was at bay. The dogs were well trained for their work. They did not rush forward in a bunch, bnt scattered until they formed a h a lf circle The:i they started to close in ou the hunte d bandits, all the time giving vent to those short, shrill barks.

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THE JESSE JJ\MES STOR HESo It was a n a w e -i11spiri11g sight, and one that woulcl strike t e rro r t o the h eart o f a n ordinary crimi11 al. 'rhe d o g s were on ly fif ty f eet away wh e n th e thre e b andits r a i se d their pi stols aud fired As the three sharp r e p orts rang out, thre e of the do gs le a p e d into the air aud, wi t h a howl of pain, fell b ack d e ad. A gain the three revolvers spoke, and the n the entire pack of fierce, man-hunting bloodhounds the terror of all the petty criminals in that section, lay
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THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. But a change came at last. Colonel Nelson Teale was appointed United States mars h al fo r the Western 'l'e1111essee diB trict. Colonel Tea le's reputation for courage extendeti far a11d wide. H e was a m an w h o did not know the meaning of the word fear, and t h e m o ous hiuers k r t ew he was a man who would do his duty or die in tbe attempt. Soon after Colonel Teale took charge of the office i:Je received an anG>nymou s letter, which warned him that if he attempte d to break up the business of the moonshiners wlrn operated iu his district, his life w ould be in dang er. He paiul no attention to the let and in a fow day s it was followed by another, wh i c h stated that scnne of his best friends were interes ted in the busi ness, anm for personal and political r easons he J.iad best let them alone. This last l etter roused Colonel Teale to instant action. He d e c la r e d that if any man he called friend was concerned in this illegal business, he was going to find it out as soon as possible. He made 110 secre t of his intention to invade the str0!1ghold of the moonshiners, destroy their stills and arrest every man he found engaged in the busi ness. The moonshiners knew it would be a fight to the death when they met Colonel Teale and his men, and they prepared for it. A few day s l a t e r, C o lon e l Teale, at the head of a posse of depHty mars hals, made a raid on the moonshiners. They captured two still s and destroy ed them without trouble, but when they started to advanc e farther into the mountains, they were fired on from ambus h. A blood y battle followed. The officers we.re outnumbered five to one, and every man in the party w a s hit except Colonel Teale. Three deputies were killed and fonr wounded. None of the moonshiners was kille d. Colonel Teale had led the fight and was more ex posed than any of his men, yet he escaped without a scratch, while they all fell. He was sati sfied that this happened b y design, and n o t by accid ent, but he had no idea why the moonshiners should wish fo spare his life. With his men all ki!Jed or wounded, Colonel 'feale could only retreat, but he wa s now d etermine d that this band should be broke n up, and his bra ve men avenged. He would return with a po s se large enough to drive them out o f the mountains, and every man of them should be captured or killed. Colonel Teale's only daughter N e llie was the belle of West Tennessee. She had suitors by the score, but none more persi stent and determined to win her heart and hand than Major Douglass Gordon Major Gordon was a local politician of con siderable influ ence, and a man of wealth. He was reputed to be a gan 1bler, and he was known to be a bully, and a man whG would fight on the slightest provocation. He was always armed, and few men cared to provoke a quarrel with him. His habits were generally bad, and only his wealth and political influence gave him any social standing. Nellie Teale had no respect for Major Gordon, but she was civil to him on her father's account. Gordon had been a candidate for the office held by Colonel Teale. As soon as the latter announced himself a candidate, Gordon withdrew in his favor and worked hard to secure his appointment. C o lonel Teale naturally felt kindly toward him for this. He little sus pected Gordon's real motive. Soon after Colonel Teale received his commission, Gordon asked his consent to pay his addresses to the colonel's daughter, Nellie. Then the motive of the little politica l trick was apparent. Colonel Teale knew something. of Gordon's character and habits, and he hesitated. He did not like to refus e him out right, but he was sure Ne,llie could never love such a man, and, to gain time, he aske d the major to wait a few days for his answer. rrhe day following the disastrous raid on the 1110011shiners, Colon e l Teale received a visit from Major Gordon. Gqrdon approached the subject very cau tiousl y but finall y he explained th a t he had been employed b y the moonshiners to see if a truce could not be agreed upon. He was authorized, he s aid, to offer Colonel T e ale the sum of five hundred dollars per month, t o a llow the ill e g a l busi11ess to go on without molestation. Colonel Teale was furious. "Sir, your proposition is iufarrions l I half suspect that y ou have an interest in this illicit whisky bu sines s." Major Gordon sprang to his feet and drew a pistol. He was not quick enough. Before his finger could find the trigger Colonel 'l'eale had the drop o n him. The m aj o r put np his pistol, bnt his face was livid with rage. Tt!ale, you shall suffer for those words," he his se d throngh his clinched te eth.

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- THE JESSE J/\MES STORu::s. Colonel Teale answered very quietly, still holding his pistfJl in his hand: "Sir, yonr actions confirm my suspicions. Some time ago you spoke to me about my daughter. I now give you my answer. I forbid you to ever speak to her again, and let this be the last time you ever set foot in my house. That we may understand each other folly, I repeat that I believe you are interested in the illicit whisky business, and that you draw a large amount of your income from that source. I warn yon that I shall break np yonr business, and, if such a thing is possible, I shall find evidence to prove your connection with it and to convict you iu conrt." "And that we may understand each other even better," said Gordon, who was uow quite cool, "I will tell you, Colonel Teale, that your daughter Nellie shall be my wife, and that you shall give yonr consent. Yon will not break up the moonshiners, and you will not prove my connection with them. Now we understand each other, anc1 I will bid you good morning." With a polite bow, Gordon turned and left the room. Colonel Teale smiled at Gordon's threats, but at the same time ,he fully realized that he had a bold and cuirning enemy to deal with, and there was no time to be lost. CHAPTER X. TliE ABDUCTION. In three days Colouel had secured a posse of fifty resolute men. He had appointed as his chief aeputy a young 111a11 of undoubte d courage, Tom Hewitt. Young H ewitt was the son of a poor farmer, but he was very popular in the n eighborhood. The young man did not seek the lJOsition in the revenue service on acconnt of a11y particular love of fighting 'or adventure. While he w a s a s brave as any man living, he never sought a difficulty with any OI!e His reason for seeking a position unde r Colon e l Teale was that he loved the colon el's pretty da11ght er, Nel lie. No one kne w bette r th a n Tom H ewitt tl1e d:rngers to which Colonel 'J' e ale would b e expose d, when he undertook to break 11p the desperate mooushiners, and he fear e d thnt in some way harm might come to the girl he loved. Tom Hewitt had never dared to speak to Nellie Teale of his love, tlie social gulf between tbem was too broacl, but there was just enough of .romance in his nature to make him hope that in his position as chief deputy he might at some time be able to render her or her father a service which would at least win a smile of thanks from her. All preparations for the se cond raid on the moonshiners had been made. It was twenty miles from Colonel Teale's residence to the hills where the stills were located. It was arranged that the posse would start at sundown, and reach the scene of operations by midnight, when they expected to find everything in full blast, and all the men engaged in the work 011 the ground. Soon after leaving the house of Colonel Teale, Douglass Gordon mounted his horse and rode away to the hills by a path known only to the moonshiners and their friends. Colouel 'l'eale's were well founded. Douglass Gordon, the politician, was the backer of the moonshiners. He was the man who furnished the mo11ey to buy all -the material needed, and he re ceived the lion's share of the profits. Few people suspected his connection with the business, and many of the men who worked for him had never seen him, and did not k11ow his name. .They ,knew there was a rna11 on the outside, know11 as the boss, but they d it l not even suspect he was so important a perso11 : : Major Gordon, the well-known and influential politician. Gordon's trusted agent in the management of the stiils was a man named Sam Cobb, a big, brutal ruffian known among the men under him as Big Sam. He had been a moonshirier on his own account in North Carolina, but was compelled to leave that State afte r he had killed two revenue officers aiJC1 wounded severa l others. He was a desperate fellow, ready to do anything for money, and had plenty o f cunuing and courage It wa s for a couference with Sam Cobb that Gordon went to the bills. He had a job for his rnau, which could be trusted to no one else. A fight with tlie reve1111e offic e rs could be left to Cobb and his meu without instructions, but Gordon had something of more importance on hand this time. The desperate villain knew that Colonel Teale loved his daughter better than he did his own life. And he was going to play this card to win. He would g =t possession of the girl, and the price of her ransom would be au agreement that the moonshiners should not be dis-

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8 THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. turbed, and her father's consent, as well as her own; that she should become the wife of Douglass Gordon. If both should refuse? Gordon smiled at the thought. Or:ce the girl was in his power, her wishes would be of li ttle avail. Gordon met his lieutenant at the cave in the hills fo;;t was the headquarters of the gang, and laid his pl a us befo re him. Nellie Teale was to be abducted from her father's house, and taken to some safe hidin g -pl a ce in the mountains, where she was to be well cared for until such time as Gordon found an oppor tunity of visiting her without being followed. Not even the men who were to assist the chief of the moonshiners in the work of abduction were to know that it was done by Gordon's orders. Spies were to be put out, audit was arranged that the abduction of the girl should be attempted on the night before Colonel Teale expected to start on his second raid. This would cause a change of his plans, and leave the moonshiners undisturbed for a while. When all the details of the plan had been arranged, Gordon rode home with a smile of triumph on his face. He knew he could trust his in a n Cobb to carry out his o!"clers to the letter, so his only concern now was to be seen at certain places for the next few da ys in order to be able to prove an alibi in the event of his being snspected by Colonel Teale. The night before he was to start on his second raid on the moonshiners, Colonel 'l'eale retired early in order to secure plenty of sleep aud rest. His men \vere to meet him at his house the next evening, and they would set out on the perilous journey at sunset. Colonel Tea le slept soundly that night. At midnight six horsemen rode slowly and cau tiously to ward the residence of Colonel Teale. They were moonshiners, led by Sam Cobb. A short distance from the house the men dismotwted i11 the shadow of some trees One man was left in charge of the horses, and the others c 'rept cau tiously toward the rear of the hou se They had been told the location of the young lady's room, and in a few minutes th ey stood beneath her window. Her room was on the first floor. To raise the sash and effect an entrauce was the work of a few moments on1y. The men were provided with a gag and a bot tle of chloroform. The girl mus t make no outcry, if it could be prevented. As she was rudely lifte d from her bed, Nellie awoke, and twice she cried aloud for help, but her cries were unheeded. In a moment she was gagged, and chloroform held to her mouth and nose until she was unconscious. Then sbe was dropped out of the window into the arms of two men outside, who hur ried away to the horses. The men in the room gath ered up some of the girl's clothing, and, leaping to' the ground, followed those carrying the now uncon scious girl. In a few moments the moonshiners had mounted their horses, Cobb taking the girl up in front of him and then rode rapidly a way toward the den in the hiils. Colonel Teale was astir E!arly the next morning, and when his daughter failed to appear at her usual time for rising, l:e felt a strange sense of dread, and went at once to her room. His knock received no response, and now very much alarmed, he broke in the door. A single glance confirmed his worst fears, his daugh ter was gone. Douglass Gordon's threat came back to Colonel Teale now with a new meaning, but it at once gave him a clew to his daughter's mysterious abduction. He would look for her in the hiding-place the moonshiners, and when he foHnd her, woe to the man who was re spo nsible for this outrage. Colonel Teale sent for his deputies at once, and told them of his daughter's abduction, and his belief that it was the work of the moonshiners. He did not mention to them of his belief that Douglass Gordon was the man who planned it. Tom Hewitt's heart beat like a trip-hammer when he heard of the abduction of the girl he loved, but mingled with hi s anxiety for her safety and anger at the cowardly outrage, there was a feeling that this would give him the opportunity he coveted of doing her a great service. In vain young Hewitt urged Colonel Tea1e remain behind and let hiin !earl the search for Nellie. The colonel was unnerved by the suspense and ex citement, but he would not remain behind. A hurried search of the premises disclosed the foot prints of the horses ridden by the moonshiners, and it was an easy matter to follow the trail. In a few moments twenty determined men, led by Colonel Teale and Tom Hewitt, were galloping away on the trail. So fr es h was the trail the pursuers were hopeful of being able to overtale the party before they could reach their hieing-places in the hills.

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THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. 9 They had gone le ss than two miles when Colonel Teale's belief that his daughter had been abducted by the moonshiners received a serious setback. They had arrived at a point where the roads forked. The road to the left led up into the hills where the moonshiners were located, the one to the right soon turned in an opposite direction. The trail they were following turned to the right. What could it mean? CHAPTER XI. THE QUARREL. With their horses headed for the brink of a high precipice, and running like mad, it seemed that Jesse and Frank James, and Dick, were doomed to a quick, and terrible death. They made no effort to check their horses. It looked as if they were courting certain destruction. Again their pursuers shouted to them a warning, but it was unheeded. The horses did not realize the danger until they were too llear the brink to stop of their own accord. With a snort of terror the flying seemed to rise in the air, and then they sank down out of sight. The daring riders kept their seats as firmly as though their horses were only leaping hurdles in a race. Many times before they had taken similar desperate chances of escape when hard pressed, but then they were in th e West where they knew the height of every precipice, and rode horses trained to such leaps. This time it was literally a leap in the dark. But again the fates favored the daring ba ndits. The precipice, which from the ground above seemed so high, was in reality l ess than twenty feet above the water. The river a t that point was quite deep, and the bottom smooth. 'l'he three horses landed in the water squarely on their feet, and when they rose to the surface horses and riders. were unhurt. At a glance the three desperadoes saw that the precipice from which the y had leaped a moment be fore projected far out over the water. Back at the base of the cliff there was a narrow strip of sand alm:e the water. Turning their horses around, they were soon out of th e water, none the worse for the adveutnre, except a very thorough duckiug. For half an hour they remained perfectly quiet. They heard their pursners come to the brink of the blnff above them, then turn and ride away Dick left them here, promising to join them again shortly. An hour later the three men swam thei:r horses around the bluff to a point where they could get up the bank. They did not return to the main road, but finding a by-path they followed it until they reached the cabin of a countryman, who agreei\ to give them food and shelter for the night, for the gold they o ffered him, and ask no questions. They first saw that their horses were well fed, and then they proceeded to dry their clotli"es. A good supper was soon prepared for them, and a little later they retired to the shed room of the cabin, where they enjoyed a night of undisturbed rest. They felt safe from further pursuit on account of the affair at the church, for "the reason that the men who followed them to the bluff believed them to be at the bottom of the Tennessee River. Their real identity they were sure was kuown to no one in that section except old Billy Haynes, and they knew they could trust him. For the first time in many months Jesse and Frank James experienced a feeling of absolute security from danger, and th ey decided to take a good long rest, provided the life did not become too dull. After a bountiful breakfast the next morning they rode away to the south, and a few hours later arrived at the quiet little village of Marion. They were pleased with the looks of the little town, and decided to r emain there for a while. The place boasted one small hotel and livery stable, both owned by the same man. The outlaws secured rooms at the hotel, and arranged for the board of their horses at the stable. Then, as it was several hours until diuuer time, they entered the one saloon of the village, and, seating themselves at a table, ordered drinks. 'l'he saloon was well filled with villagers, and they were all discussiug the abduction of Colonel Teale's daug_hter the night b e fore. The two bandits listened to the story of the abduction with interest, and soon decided that they were not in such a quiet and peaceful commu11ity as they had imagined. This opinion was confirmed when they heard the crowd discuss the desperate character of the moou shiners, who were supposed to have carried off Nellie Tea le. Half an hour after the two bandits entered the saloon, two men, better dressed than the average villager, walked in. Instantly every man in the place

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10 THE jESSE JAMES STORIES. greeted one of the newcomers as major, and it was evident that he was a man of some importance iu the village. The man addressed as major shook hands all nrnnnd, and introduced his friend as Mr. Swanson, a 11 erchan t from the governlllen t works down the river. The James boys had been looking intently at the man called Swanson from the moi11ent he entered the room As soon as he spoke they seemed to recognize Lis voice, and exchanged sig11ifica11t glances, bnt said nothiug. Presently the stranger glanced toward th e two m e n seated at the table As his eyes met those of th e men at t\le table, h e placed his fiuger on hi s lips, and then continue d his conversation with the major. His sign had been seen and understood by the men for whom it was intended, and 110 one e lse in the room had 11oticed it. The haudshakiug aud introductious fini shed Major Gordon, for the man addressed as major was the wellknown politician, invited all hands up to the bar to drink at hi s expense. Every one present promptly stepped up to the bar except the two strangers seated at a t ab le. "Come up, gentlemen, come right up, this is my treat," said the major, turning to the strangers. To his surprise they declined. Major Gordon was well under the influence of liquor and disposed to be qnarrelsome. He walked over to the table where the two men were quietly sipping their own drinks, and s tid, in a loud voice: ''Did you hear me? I asked you to come and take a drink with me." "And we declined your invitation," answered J esse, very quietly. "Do you mean you won't drink with me?" "Certainly!" "Do you know who I am?" "No, and I don't care to know." 'fhe man addressed as Swanson came o\'er and attempted to pacify Major Gordon, but his te1nper was up now, and he would nut listen. Again Swanson and the men at the table ex ch a n ged and the former stepped back, but stood immediately behind Gordon. "Sir, I am Maj .or Gordon," and the brought his fist down 011 the table with considerable force. "Well, you are no gentleman." If a bomb had exploded in the room, it would scarc ely have created more excitement than did these: words quietly spoken by J esse James. Major Gordon turne d pale with anger, and his haud weut to his hip pocket. Before he could draw a weapon he found himself looking down the barrel of Jesse's long six-shooter, while Fra1!k, with a pistol in each 11and had the drop on the crowd. It was a n excitiug mo111ent. For t e n seconds 110 011e spoke, but Major Gordon slowly withdrew his hand from his pocket. Half the rnen in th e cro\vd gathered around Gordo1i', and the otli{:rs were glauc iug anxi o us ly about for places of sa fety. Half the men bel1ind Gordon had their hands 011 pistols, but dared not draw them. All eyes were 011 Gordon. Those who knew him felt that the affair would end in bloodshed. Gordon looked the baudit straight in the eye. "Sir, if you claim to be a gentleman, let us settle this affair like gentlemen." "I am willing to settle it any way yo prefer," answered Jesse, quietly. "Then we will fight a duel." "When and where?" "Now aud here, if yon agree to my conditions." "Name your conditions." "I will lay t w o loaded pistols on the table between us with the muzz les touching. We stand facing each other on opposite sides of the table, and, at the signal, we pick up the pistols and fire." "I agree to your conditions, and warn you that I can shoot quickest.'' "Don't be too sure of that, my friend," said Gordon, with a sneer. Half the men in the saloon shuddered when they heard the conditions of the proposed duel, and lost no time in getting outside. The others present were evidently friends of Gordon, who proposed to see the affair through. A score 9 drinks stood on the bar untouched. All interest was now centered on the duel. While the table and pistols were being placed iu position, Fra11k James kept his eyes on the men scatt e red about the rooll!. He suspected treachery of some sor t, and when he saw Gordon step to one siae and whisper something to a villainous-looking man, he was positive the bold major did not intend that this should be a fair fight. Frank kept his own pistols in his hands r eady for iustant use, and kept his eyes on every mau i11 the room as 11ear as possible.

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THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. 11 CHAPTER XII. A DUEL AT CLOSE RANGE. Everything was ready, and the principals took their positions on opposite sides of the small table, on which lay two pistols cocked and ready for instant use. The man known as Swanson had been selected to give the signal, and took his position at the end of the table. "Gentlemen, are you ready?" "Is the man behind you your friend?" For the first time in his life Jesse James was thrown completely off his guard by Gordon's ques tion. He turned to look behind him, and the movement came near costing him his life. Quick as a flash, Gordon picked up his pistol and fired. So quick was the movement, Swanson did not have time to knock his arm up. But the very quickness of the treacherous shot saved the life of the great bandit thouoh it .. was the closest call he had ever had. Gordon had -not taken aim, there was no time, and the shot intended Jor the brain of the man on the other side of the table haa only grazed the side of his head, mak ing a very slight flesh wound. When Gordon saw that he had failed to kill his man, the cowardice of his 11ature asserted itself. He dropped his pistol and turned to run. There was a murderous light in the eyes of Jesse James as he picked up his pistol. He was a little da7.ed by the wound in his head, but he understood the situation in an instant, and his nerves were like steel. Before Gordon made two steps he re..ceived a bullet in the head from tlie revoiver of Jesse James, and fell to the floor. But the fight was not ove r. When Gordon's friends saw him fall, th e re was a shout of rage and in a moment a do7.e11 men had drawn pistols and opened fire. Frank and Jesse made their way toward the door, firing righl and l ef t into the crowd, and at every shot a man went down. Their blood was up now, and they shot to kill, but th ey were outnumbered ten to one. Then, to the surprise of Gordon's friends, a new Richmond appeared in the field. The man introduce d to them by Gordon a few miuutes before as Mr. Swanson, had drawn a pistol, and was fighting side by side with the two strangers. The man was Dick Liddell. The fight was soon over. and when the three des-peradoes reached the door half a score of men lay 011 the floor dead or wounded, while the others w ere crouching behind barrels or boxes to escape the shower of bullets. 'rhe three men knew there was no time to be lost in getting out of the town. Liddell's horse was near by, already saddled. Jesse and Frank ran to the stables where they had left their horses, and in a few moments had saddles and bridles on. When the three men mounted they turned for a moment to 1ook around, and c.ould see meu hastening from all parts of the town to the saloon where the desperate battle had taken place, to learn the cause of the shooting. Putting spurs to their horses, the three daring outlaws were safely out of the town before the citizens thought of pursuit. If the three bandits thought their adventures were over for that day they were mistaken. Instead of finding rest and quiet in Tennessee, tl;ey were finding excitement as fast as they could wish. The three men rode down the big turnpike road at a swift gallop for a distance of five miles or more, and then turned sharply to the left, taking a road leading up into the hills. Jesse wanted to keep on straight ahead, but Liddell, who was familiar with the country, insisted that they leave the main road. He knew the influence of Major Gordon, and kne\.v that half the men in the country would turn out to hunt down the man who had shot the major and half a score of his friends. Liddell did not want any more fighting. He had something else in view, and he was anxio' us to reach a place of safety, where he could lay his plans before the James boys. For two hours the three men rode slowly along the narrow road leadiug up among the hills. 'l'bey wert> beginning to feel pretty safe from pursuit when the: were suddenly startled Ly a command to halt. Wheeli11g in their saddles, they saw a party of twenty-five well -armed men riding rapidly up behinci them. 'I'he command to halt had been given by the leader of this party. Neither Liddell nor the James btiys recognized in the party any of the men they had seen in the saloon at JVIarion, but they had no doubt the party were after them, and they did not halt. Putting spurs to tl1eir horses, the three men dashed ahead, at tlie same time bending low over their sad dles to avoid the shower of bullets sent flying after them.

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12. THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. For a half mile the race continued, and then, as the three men turned a bend in the road, their pursuers were out of sight for a moment. Jesse suddenly pulled up his horse and turned about. 'l'he others followed his example. "We cannot outrun them, we must fight it out here," said J esse and the three men, with a pistol in each hand, awaited the coming of their pursuers. rrliey had only a moment to wait. As the posse turne d the bend in the road, they were met by a volley of shots, and the meu they had been chasing rode into their midst yelling like demons, and firing right and left. They were completely surprised, and scattered in all directions, scarcely tiring a shot. There was one man in the party, however, who did not lose bis head. He was a young fellow, who seemed to be the leader, and had given the command to halt. The young man, when he saw his companions deserting him, turned his horse directly across the road and stood still. As the ontlaws rode toward him they had to pnll their horses q uickly to one side to avoid a c ollision. This was just what he had anticipated, and a moment later, this country youth had tanght the daring ban di ts a very clever ruse in a fight at close q narters on horseback. By the time they had pulled their horses to one side, Jesse and Frank were on opposite sides of the young man and Liddell was close behind them. They could not fire at this man without danger of hitting each other. Quick as a flash the young man reached out and caught Jesse's horse by the bridle. The a11irnai was thrown on his haunches so suddenly that his rider was almost thrown from his seat, skillful as lie was. Jesse James could recover himself, the young man had the drop on him. But he did not fire. As quick as he glanced at the face of the great ba11dit, he lowered his pistol and : "This is all a mistake, you are not the men we are after!'' "Well, young fellow, you don't want to make any more such mistakes," said Jesse, who was 11ettled that he should have been caught so neatly in the trap set for him. Frauk and Liddell rode back as soon as they could pnll up their horses, and then the youIJg man said: "I don' t know who yon men are, but I kuow you have pleuty of and yon arc jnst the men I wnnt for n little business I have on hand. This affair has all been brought about by my 1:1istake, but fortuu .. ately no 011e is hurt, and it has exposed the character of the men I had with me. I see I ca1111ot trnst them when is auy fighti11g to be cloue, aud I know I ca11 trust you geutle111e1i. If you are willi11g to join me in a little tlip, I will explai11 matters to you, and you may count me your friend always. Here is my hand 011 it." The four men shook ha11ds. "Go aheacl aud tell us what you want. vVe are always ready for a little fun whe11 there ts a11y to be had," said Jesse, as he dis111ounted. I m ay waut yo u to do some fighliug." "Well, we can fight a little, when hard pressed." "Then I will tell you my story." CHAPTER XIII. SCOUNDRELS PLOT AGAI!\S'l' EACII O'l'HF.R. vVhen thieves fall Ollt houest men get their dues, and whe11 villai11s plot against each other justice sometimes strikes h olllc Major Douglass Gordon's couficlence in his tool, Sa111 Cabb, was misplaced. Cobb was sornethiug of a schemer himse lf, a11d l1is schcrnes were all i11 his own interest. H e was a scoundrel by 1iatnr e and training. Cobb had lo11g been dissatisfied with his business arrangements with Gordon. He knew that the profits of the illicit business in which they were engaged were enormous, and he thought he ought to receive a larger share of them, as he was doing most of .the work, and taking the greate s t risk. When Gordon asked Cobb t o abduct Nellie Teale for him, the old moonsliiner readily agreed to the proposition, but if Gordon bad looked closely lie might have noticed a qniet gleam of cunning in the eyes of his partner in crime. 'rhe abduction of the girl gave Cobb the opportun ity he had waited months for. \Vith the girl in his possession, abducted by order of chief, h e would have Gordon in his power. 'l'hen, if the chief of the moonshiners did not come to his terms he could cut loose frcolll him e 11tir e ly, and liold the girl as hostage for a trnce with her father, the United States marslial. Up amoug ti:e hills, near where the stills of the moonshiners were located, there was a large cave con tai ui several chambers a11d these had been

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THE JESSE JAMES STORHES. 13 jtted up for the men who worked at the stills. They ere furnished better than the homes of the average 11ot111taineer, a11d at the same time, in case of attack, he cave could be used as a fortress, which the score of moonshiners could hold against a small army. In one of the chambers Cobb lived with his wife, land it was agreed between him and Gordon that he would take the girl, Nelli e Teale, to this cave, where she was to be kindly cared for by Mrs. Cobb, but to be closely guarded until Gordon could see lier. The plans for the abduction of the girl perfected, Gordon returned home, and arranged to be in a posi tion to prove au alibi, if Colonel Tea le should suspect him. J At Mussel Shoals, on the 'l'enuessee River, a few miles south of Marion, a canal was beng built by the United States Governmeut, a millio11 dollars been appropriated for the purpose. The coutractors were pushi11g the work at that time, and had more than one thonsalJ(l rne11 elllployed. Among the small traders who had opened stores 11ear the canal work was a youug man k11ow11 as James Swanson. Under the gnise of running a grocery store h e was selling i 1110011shine whisky to the men employed 011 canal, and obtained his snpply from Gordou's stills. He and Gordon had become good fricncl s, and the uight of the abductio11 of Nellie Tcale Gordon was at Swa11son's store. Next day tl1e two men rode over to Mario11 together. Gordon, by agrec111e11t, was to meet Cobb at the saloon there and rec;eive bis report. Instead of meetiug Cobb, Major Gordon met Jesse James, as told in the precedi11g chapter, and his friend, Swanson, pto\'cd to be Dick Liddell, au old comrade of the James boys. Major Gordon v ; as not killed by the bullet from .Jesse James' pistol-in fact, lie was not seriously hurt. The ball strnd hi1:1 in the back of the h ead but glanced to one side, making only a slight fle s h wotmd. He was knocked down and for a mo111e11t by the shock, but was 011 his feet again very soou after the daring bandits left the room. It was a sorry sight that lllet the gaze of Major Gordon, when he rose to his feet after his duel with Jesse Jam es. The room was still filled with the smoke of the desperate lfattle that had taken place, and the major's friends were lying all about the roon1, three of them dead and others desperately wuu11ded. Major Gordou did uot dream of the identity of the man he had challenged to fight a duel across a tab!e. If he had k110\vn who the man was he would never have proposed such a fight. The proposition was a bluff on his part, he had no idea the stranger would agree to it. Bllt when his proposition was accepted there in tbe presence of his followers and friends, he could not show the white feather. At most, Gordon was a coward, but he mus t keep up his reputation as a fighter, or his influence as a politician would be gone. When he realized that he must fight the stranger 011 the terms lie had proposed, Gordon deliberately decided to get the drop by a rnse, and shoot the man down without giving him a chance to defend 11imself He succeeded in getting the drop, but failed to kill his man, and the affair came very near costing iim his own life. No one in 'Marion suspected the real identity of the t wo men who liad come into the pla' ce that morning so quietly and cleaned out a saloon fnll of men who were always ''ou the shoot,'' as the natives expressed it, before they had been there two hours. :J'.l:ljor Gordon did not attempt auy pursuit of the strangers. The fact was, he did not care to meet the111 again. He was surprised and alarmed when told that his friend Swanson fought with the strangers, and then rode away with thern. He wonde r ed who the man could be, but said notl1in g to tl1e people in the village. Without Major Gordon to lead them, the men vanquished iu the bloody fight in the saloon did not think of pnrsui11g the desperate bandits. Two homs after the fight in the saloo11 Sam Cobb rode into JVlario11, a11d was met at the hotel by Gordo11. The latter eugaged a roo111, and in a f e w min utes the two moonshi11ers were locked in to talk over tile events ot the night. ''Diel you secure the girl?" asked GordoJJ "Yes; had 110 trouble in getti11g a way with her." ''Good; now I'll show Colonel Teale who holds the winning cards i11 this game." "What do you intend to do with the girl?" '"Well, I expect to make her Mrs. for one thiug, and I shall also hold her to make terms with her father.'' "Where do I come in on the deal?" "Oh, I'll pay you well for taking care of the girl!" "'l'bat is 11ot euough." "What do you want?"

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' !4 THE JESSE JAMES STORBES. "A larger share of the profits in our business, and a paper stating forth your connection with it, and your signature to that paper." "You are a fool!" "Not 11ow. I have been one, but I am coming to my se nse s ''What do you mean?" "That I have been i11 your power long enough, and propose to r eve rse the order of things.'' Major Gordon glared at his tool and coufedc.raie a foll rninnte before he made reply. The truth was slo\\'ly dawning on him. Cobb proposed to g'et a hold on him that he could use at auy time. Major Gordon thought to avoid an open rupture with Cobb, and decided to try a little diplomacy. He changed the subject abruptly. "Where is the girl?" "She i s where y ou can't find her." "\N'hat do yon mean? Come, I want 110 nonsense llOW. 11 "Well, I stole the girl, and I took her to a place where she will be safe from all her friends, including Major Gordon. She is my prisoner." Gordon turned pale with rage. There was 110 longer any donbt that Cobb was playing false with him. He made an effort to control his auger and asked: ''What do you demand to turn the girl over to me an cl obey my instructions in the future?" "Te11 thonsa11d dollars down, a half interest in the still, an agreement from you that if I am captured by Tea le or his 111eu yon will secme my release." l\Iajor G _ordon suddenly sprang to his feet, with a pistol iu his haucl, which he pointed at the head of his li eutenant. "You scoundrel," he hissed. "I'll blow your brains out, if you don' t t e ll me where that girl is." Cobb did not move. He was perfectly cool, and looked at the major and his pistol without a tremor. "Put up your shooter and talk business." "I'll kill you." "No, yo u won't. You dare not. If yon killed me, yon wonld be arrested for murder, and besides, you c o uld never find the girl." The man's cooine'ss of words and malluer aroused Gordon to freuzy, but he did not shoot. He realize d the force of Cobb's argument, and pnt up his pi s tol. "I'll have your heart's blood for this," he hissed, as he resumed his seat. Cobb only laughed. The major's anger seemed tc amuse him, but he read 11111rder in tl ie man's eyes;" and watched him closely. i I "Well, do you agree to my proposition, or do you waut time to think it over?" "Give me time to think it over." "Take all the time you want, but remember Teal/ and his men are ont on a raid; the stills may b / d d . 1! estroye at anv tune." . ( "Get your men together and defeud them. You'i can hold the pass to the hills. against, p. thousand revenue officers. "Well, in the meantime don't forget that the girl0 is in my keeping, and you need not try to find her.) 1f you attempt to follow me, I will shoot you down like a dog. We may as well understand each other. You agree to my terms, or it will be war to the knife: between us, and I think I can put an end to your political influence in this sectio n by letting the pub-. lie know the sonrce of your i11come. When you want to see me, yon can send a message to the cave; in the 111eanti111e I will communicate with Colonel Tea le, and see what sort of terms I can make with him." Major Gordon ground his teeth with rage, bnt he arose and opened the door for Cobb to depart. The latter stepped to the door and then turned about. He was just in time. Gordon had drawn his pistol, and in auother moment would have sent a bullet crashing through the head of Cobb. Again the old moonshiner laughed as Gordon lowered his pistol. "I suspected some trick, major, and I'll let you go out first," he said, very quietly. Gordon pnt his pistol in his pocket, and walked dowustairs \Vithout a word. When Colonel T ea le fennel the trail of the men he was following did not lead toward the hiding-place of the moonshi11ers, he was surprised and alarmed for his daughter's safety. Until the n he had believed that his daughter had been carried off by 'the moon shiners, who doubtless hoped to secure immunity from arrest by holding her as a hostage for their own safety. If such was the case, the brave officer was confident he would soon be able to find her a11d secure her release Bnt now he was thoroughly alarmed for the safety of his child. There was only oue thing to be done. He must follow the trail until the men were overtaken. As

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THE JESSE JAMES STOR!ES. \ 15 Teale was about to give the order to his men :o move forward, Tom Hewitt suggeste d a plan was at once approved of by the entire posse. Hewitt's plan was to divide the force, and while rnlf of them followed the trail, the other half would ide direct to the hills, to the hidiug-place of the moouslriners. He argued, with some show of reason, t1iat no one. except the moonshiuers could have an object in the abduction of Miss Teale, and if she were really in their hands, they h a d resorted to some trick to thrnw pursuers off their track. They had probably made their way to their hiding-place by some roundabout wa)' known only to themselves Ry part of the posse pusl1ing on direct to the home of the outlaws, they might be caught by surprise, and Miss Teale rescu e d before they had time to remove her to some secret hidingplace. Colonel Teale at once agreed to his plan, and placed Hewitt in command of party who were to push on to the hills direct, while lie continued on the trail they had followed from the house. .'l'his arrangement was highly satisfactory to Hewitt, who was anxious to rescue the girl himself, if possible, and he believed she would be found at the hiding-place of the moonshiners. I The party separated, and Hewitt, at the headof twenty men, galloped away to tl! e hills. After an hour's i1ard riding, they came in sight of the James boys aud Dick Liddell. Then followed the fight and chase related in the preceding chapter. Tom Hewitt was much chagrined by the cowardly conduct of the men with him. He did not recognize the three bandits; in fact, he did not care who tli ey 111.ight be. had found three men of undoubted conrnge, an
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THE JESSE JA.MES STORIES 'cohb followed the turnpike road south from Marion, so :ne seyen miles, then he turned to the ldt, taking a narrow path, which by winding in and out among the rough hills and narrow ravines led to a hidingplace, the existence of which Cobb believed w a s known only to himself aud a few of his niost trusted follo w ers. Major Gordon had in his employ a negro known as "Legs," on account of the great length of his lower limbs. Legs was a sort of body servant, much at tached to Gordon, and would obey him like a dog. The ne gro's powers of endurance were wonderful, and he conld walk and run faster than any man in Tennessee. Wht:n Sam Cobb rode away from the hotel in Marion, Gordon called his faithful servant, Legs, and told him to follow C ob b, locate the place where stoppe d, s o it could be found, and then lw s ten back withont'being seen by the man he had follow ed. L e g s nodded, and by a grunt s i gnified that he understood, then started at once after the man now riding rapidly out of town. As long as Cobb kept to the turnpike, the negro had to keep on the run tu keep him in sight, but when the moonshiner turned into the footpath, leading to the hills, it was an easy matter to follow him. Legs had followed Cobb for two hours along the tortuous cours e of the mountain path, when he saw him tnrn aside and ride up a narrow, dense ly wooded ravine between two high projecting hill s At the uppe r end of the ravine, one of the mo s t secluded spots to be fonnd in that section of the Sta te, there was a rude cabin. Cobb dislllounted, and hurriedly entered the cabin. A few moments later he came out, unsa ddl e d and fed his hors e Then Legs, wl1 0 wa s w atching from a safe distance, carefully noted the surroundings so he could find the place again, \Vhen he hurried back to inform his m aster of his di scove r y ldajo r Gordon could not repre ss a smile o f satisfac tion w hen the negro returned with the report that he had lc;ic a t e d Cobb's hiding-place, and he tos s ed Legs a handful of silver coin, a s a reward for his services. Tha t night Major Gordon saw one of the m e n from the stills in town, and gave him a note to be deliv ered to Salll Cobb. The note read: "My D ear Fellow: You a11d I cannot afford to quarrel. Me e t 111e in town, at the hotel, a t 4 o'clock p. m., t o-rnor row. I will agree to your t er ms. "GORDON." ... / "I think that will work," said G ordon to himse1f, after he had cautioned foe man to be sure and the note that night, or very early the next n1orning. Then h e w ent home to complete his arrangeni'en ts tb outwit his tool, Cobb, and get possession of Nellie Tea le. Sam Cobb received M ajor Gordon's note, and next day h e started to the appointment. While Cobb w as on his way to meet Gordon, the latter, guided by the n egro, Legs wa s making his way to the cabin in the hills in s earch of Nellie Teale. He found the cabin without difficulty, arriving there a few mo m ents l ater than Cobb r eached the appointed meetingpbce in Marion. At the door of cabin Gordon was. met by a tall, muscular-looking wom a n, with a pleasant face, but wl1ose flashing black e)1es indicated cournge of the most reckless character. The woman was rather neatly dresse d but around her waist there was a broad leather b e lt, from which dangled two six shooters of large caliber. "\Vho are you and what do you want?" asked the wom a n, somewhat abruptly. Gordon lifted his hat, and, with a bow of mock politeness, said: "I am Major Gordon, from Marion, airi look. ing for a very dear friend of mine, a young lady who has suddenly disappeared from home, and we fea,r she may be lost somewhere in these hills. f}ave y .ou seen anything of her?" ''No.'' Gordon was nonplussed for a moment. He was sat. isfied the girl was concealed in the cabin, and he determined to enter and make sure. It was evident the woman was not going to invite him inside, so he tried a little diplomacy. M adam, I am very tired; if you will permit, I will g o in and rest a while." "vVell, I won't permit you." This con firmed Gordon's suspicions that the girl was a prisoner in the cabin, and he determined to enter at any hazard. The woman's manner angered him, and he d e cided to try a little bluff. "Madam, I b e li e ve the you11g lady I am looking for is in this house, and a prisoner. I am goi11g to satisfy nnse lf on that point, whether yon wish it or n o t. Sta nd asid e." Gordon stepped forward, but befor e he rea c hed the

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THE JAMES STORIES. 1 7 door the woman had drawn one of her revolvers, and with it pointed at his breast she ordered him to stop. He was forced to obey, but his face was white with passion now, and he determined not to be baffled by a woma11. Major Gordon b e g a n to p a rle y with the wom a n in the door, and keJ;>t talking until he threw her sufficiently off h e r guard to put up revolver. While talking to the woman, Gordon had very slowly and cautiously advanc ed a little nearer the door. Suddenly he sprang forward, throwing his weight against the woman, knocking her down. Leaping over h e r prostrate body, he was in the r oom, and glancing aro.und, was delighted to find Nellie Teale, seated in a chair in one corner of the cabin. He had b e en delayed too long already, and he r ea l ized tha t Cobb might retnrn at any moment, s o h e decided to waste 110 more time. Calling Legs, Gordon ord e red him to disarm the woman and bind her secure ly. By this time the woman had struggled to her feet, and fire seemed to flas h from her eyes. As Legs started to enter the c abin, the woman drew one of her big revolvers, and shot him through the heart, killing him insta.ntly. "You'll have me bound b y a negro, will you?" she hissed Her face was almost purple with rage, and Gordon shrank back in terror when she turned the still smoking revolver on him. "l 've heard of the chivalry of the S outhern gentleman," said the womai.; "I wonder if you are a fair sample of them, Major Gordon?" The woman suddenly drew a rawhide whip from the folds of her dres s, and with a well-directed blow she brought the terrible lash down on Gordon's face with great force before he could raise a hand to defeHd himself. The whip cut skin and fleslJ like a knife, and the blood poured from a long gash extending almost acro s s the man' s fac e Gordon, with a howl of ra g e and pain, attempted to dra his pistol, but the woman had the drop on him, and with h e r hlack eyes s till flashing fire she warned him to desist. N ellie Teale was trembling all over with fright. The shooting of the negro, the punishment of Gordon for his insult, had frightened Miss Teale almost out of her wit s but sh e did not faint or cry out. with blanche d face, she watched and w a ited to see what would h a pp e n next. N e llie Teale had b e en brought to this cabin the f' night she was abducted from her home by Sam Cobb, and placed in eharge of this woman. Cobb had told her the woman was hi s wife, aud she knew no bette: until the woman hers elf d i sclosed her real identity to Major Gordon. She had, been gentle and kind in her treatment of the girl, and Miss 'I'eale had nothing to complain of except that she was deprived of her liberty. But the wom a n who stood lhere with a revolver in her hand, and her black eyes glowing, and flashing like coals of fire, did not seem like the same individual who had care d for Miss Teale as kindly and g ently as her own mothe r could have done . "Is that man yom friend?" asked the woma_ n, tnrning to her "No, no, Heaven forbid!" cried Neltie, in alarm. "I think I now understand y ou and your g ame," said the woman, with a s neer, still keeping her revolver lev e led at Gordon. "Yon had this girl abducted by men iu your employ, a _nd now you seek to force her to m arry y ou. Am I right?" Gordon did not answer. He was a fraid to admit the truth in the p r es ence of Nellie, and not knowing how much of his plans the other knew, he dared n ot deny the ch a rge. "You scound r el! It would serve you right if I s en t a bullet through your black heart,'' and as the w o m a n said this sh e adva nced a step nearer Gordon, caused that cowering and blood-stained gentle man to back away and beg her not to shoot him. "I'll let you go this time. but keep out of my w a y, and in future, when you feel like insulting a woman, rem em her the scar that will be on your face. You can go, and take the body of your negro with yon." Gordon ttlrned to leave the cabin, but at the d o or he stopped suddenly. Four men were riding up tlie ravine at full gallop, straight toward the cabin. Could it be Sam Cobb? The thought of meeting Cobb the n and there caused Gordon to tremble. 13t1 t as the men came nearer, he breathed a sigh of relief; Cobb was not in the party. The four men rode straight to the door of the eabin, and the young man who seemed to be the leader of the party, at two bounds leaped from his horse and intu the room. He did not recognize Gordon, on acc o tlnt of the blood which covered his face. "Oh, Mr. Hewitt !1' cried Ne1lie Tea le at sight of the newcomer, and the n, to prove how much overjoy ed she was, she fainted away and would. have fallen h a d not Tom Hewitt caught her in his arms.

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18 THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. He did no lay her Clown, but held her in his arms three shots in rapid succession: 011e of the bullets until she regained consciousness. strnck Gordon in the head, and he fell dead. The woman briefly to her friends the Sam Cobb wheeled his horse around, and rode off cause of Major Gordon's blood-stained face, and the down the raviue at a break-neck speed. shooting of the uegro. The woman took possession of l'.1ajor Gordon's In spite of the blood that covered the lower part of horse, and Tom Hewitt took Nellie Teale behind him his face, Jesse James recognized Major Gordon as his on his own horse. Iu this order the little party left late opponent in the duel at the saloon in Marion. the cabin, leaving the dead bodies of Major Gordon He was a little smprised, for he thought his aim had and the uegro behind. When they reached the big been true when he tired at the major. turnpike road, Hewitt and the girl said good-by to Gordon also recognized the man he had deliber-their companions, and turned toward home, while ately tried to murder, and he thought the jig was up the others rode awayto the south, in search of fresh with him now, but Jesse scarcely glanced at him and adventures. made no movement to draw a weapo1i. They found adventure and excitement in abundStill holding. the girl by the arm, Tom Hewitt ance sooner than they expected. stepped forward, aud in the exuberance of his joy shook hands with the three men who had assisted him in his search for Nellie. "I can't find words to thank yon enough for yonr assistance," he said. "I don't know who yon are, and it does not matter; you can always count me yonr friend." Major Gordon ground his teeth in rage, but said nothing. He realized that his game was up, and his greatest anxiety now was to escape arrest. The sound of rapidly approaching hoofbeats now attracted the attention of the little party, and, look ing down the raviue, they saw a horsemau approach ing at a swift gallop. It was Sam Cobb. When Gorclou failed to meet him according to agreement, .the moonshiner's suspicious were at once aroused, and, mounting his horse, he rode at full speed to the cabin in the hills. As Cobb approached, he saw the horses standing outside the cabin, and, recognizing Gordon's a1nong them, he jumped at the conclusion that the major had come with a party of his friends to carry away the girl, Nellie Teale. When he saw Cobb coming, Major Gordon decided to make a break for liberty. He thought if Cobb was i11formed of the true situation of affairs, he would seek to save himself by at once betraying Gordon's connection with the abduction and the illicit whisky business. Gordon believed the three men with Tom Hewitt were revenue officers or detectives. Watching his chances, Gordon suddenly sprang out at the door, when Cobb was fifty yards away, and tried to reach his horse. He was too late. With a shout of rage, Sam Cobb drew his pistol and fired CHAPTER XVI. A GOVERNMENT PAYMASTER RODDKU The James boys and Liddell rode slowly toward the beautiful town of Florence on the Teuuessee River, and, as they rode along, they discussed plans for the fo tu re. Liddell had a plan of his own, in which he would need some help. While rnnning a grocery store at the Governrnent works, on the Mussel Shoals Canal, he had been lookiug about for an opportunity to make money faster than it could be made by selling groceries. A Government p 'ayuiaster visited (he \;(!orks once a month t? pay off the contractors. The monthly payroll was nearly fifty thousand dollars. The pay master made his headquarters in the tow11 of Florence, his checks from Washington were cashed at the bank there, aud, on pay cfays, he drove ont to the works in a buggy, sometimes accorn paniecl by one clerk or assi5tant, bnt often alone. It would be an easy matter to meet the JJayma5ter on his way to the canal and relieve him of the cash. Liddell's suggestion was considered a good one, and the James boys willingly agreed to go into the affair with him. The first thing to be done was for some one to make the acquaintance of 'the paymaster, learn his habits, and find out from him what time he would start from towu on the next payday, who would acco111pa11y him, and if he went armed. All thefr plans arra1;ged, the trio separated, and the following day three horse traders from Kentucky

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THE JESSE JAMES STORiES. 10 arrived in Florence and took rooms at a quiet buard i11g-lionse. One morning the three Kentucky horse traders had their horses saddled and left town. They told the keeper of the-livery stable that they migbt return with a carload of horses for sale in a short time, but tbey were not sure about it. It happened that morning that the paymaster, Colonel Campbell, was driving out to the work with that \\'eek's payroll in his buggy. He was five miles from town, and drivillg slowly along over a rough bit of road when he saw three horsemen approaching. As the horsemen came nearer he was not pleased with their looks. 'I'hey rode up, two on one side of the buggy and one on the otl1er. "Is this Colonel Campbell?" asked the man who seemed to be the leader. "Yes; what do you want?" "On your way to pay off down at the canal?" "What of it if I am?'. "We will relieve you of the trouble, colonel. Hand over the tin box no"v, and be quick about it." Colonel Campbell was a brave man, and he did not intend to give up the money in his charge without an effort to defend it. Colonel Campbell reached for his revolver, but it had been tampered with. Great as the odds were against him, the brave pay master would have macle a fight to save the money if he had been armed, but he could only curse his own stupidity in not examining his revolver before he started. Resistance now would be madness, but the loss of the money meant the loss of his position, and disgrace, if nothing worse He had taken too 111i1ch risk. Instead of taking a guard with him, he had walked right into the trap set for him by the robbers. Dick Liddell dis11101rnted and secured the tin -box containing the fifty thousand dollars of Government money. "Sorry to put you to any trouble, colonel, as you have behaved so nicely," said Jesse James; "but we will be compelled to yon here until some of your friends happen to pass this way." Colonel Campbell was ordered to get down, and then with one of his own buggy lines the robbers bo1111ci him aecurely, and tied him to a tree. This done1 they divided the fifty thousand dollars. It was decided bY the three robbers, after a brief consultatiou, to make their way back West without delay. They were not familiar with the country in Tennessee, and they might be caught in a trap if they remained in that viciiiity too long. Mounting their horses, the three robbers rode rapidly away to the north. 'They had decided to get ont of Tennessee as soon as possible. When the news of the robbery of the paymaster got abnad, the climate there might not agree with them. 'fhe three bandits were barely out of sight when a farmer came along and releas ed Colouei" Campbell. The colonel lost no time in getting back to Florence and reporting the matter to the sheriff. He gave the sheriff an accurate description of the three baudits. The sheriff was an officer famed in that section for catching criminals, ancl he boasted that when once he got fairly started on the trail of a criminal the man never escaped him. Colonel Campbell offered a reward of one thousand / dollars for the capture of robbers, and another thousand for the recovery of the stolen money, and this roused the sheriff to instant action. Quickly gathering a posse, he was soon hot on the trail of the desperadoes. After some dday they picked up the outlaws' trail and urged their horses on at full speed. The robbers, not knowing that Colonel Campbell had bee' n set free, were quietly resting by the roadside when the posse swung in sight. 'l'hey sprang on their horses and were away in a flash. But the posse had come within range and for half a mile a running fire was l:ept up. Suddenly a cry of pain from Liddell caused the James boys to pull up their horses. Liddell had been hit. A bullet him in the shonlder, and the bridle reins dropped from his hand. Just then another volley was fired, and Lidcle'll;s horse fell dead, throwing him to the ground with force. He was on his feetin a few seconds and Jesse James, scarcely checking the speed of his horse reached down and catching Liddell around the waist, attempted to lift the wounded bandit up in front of him 011 his own horse.

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20 THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. "Let me go! Save yourselves; don't niind me," cried Liddell. "I'm not going to desert you." "But your horse can't carry us both. Let me down, and get out of this. They are too many for us th is ti 111 e. "Brace up, and I'll get you out all right," cried Jes se, trying to pull Liddell up to the saddle. "You can't do it. Go on, don"t mind me." "I'm not a coward, to desert a friend." "We'll all be captured. Let me go, and get away. I'll check that mob." Again Jes se refused to desert his friend. Liddi:dl drew his revolver, and pointed it at Jesse. "Go on, I say. I got you into this snap, and you sha'n't be caught ou my account." The bandit's e yes blazed. He was desperately in earnest in his determination not to let the Jarnes boys endanger their own safety trying to save him. Jesse James was forced to release his friend, but as he spurred his horse forward, leaving Liddell to face the posse alone, he shouted back: "We'll come back for you, Dick!" Jesse and Frank, when they realized that Liddell would J.!Ot let them assist him, put spnrs to their horses, and were soon out of sight. Old Billy Haynes was right when h e told them they had secured the fastest horses in Tennessee. L ef t alone, and on foot, Diek Liddell boldly turned to face his pursuers, a nd rapidly fired the three shots left in one of his revolvers. Then he felt a sharp, stinging pain in the side of his head, and sank to the ground unconscious. A bullet had grazed the side of his head, making only a slight flesh wound, but it knocked him senseless for a moment. When Liddell regained con sc iou s uess, he was securely bound and surrounded by half the sheriff s posse. Tlie others had continued the chase a ft er the James boys. As soon as Liddell was able to get up, he was placed on a horse behind oue of his captors, and tak-en to the county jail at Florence, where he was locked in the strongest cell. A physici a n was allowed to dress the wound in his shoulder. The members of the pusse who had continued in pursuit of the James bo ys soon gave up the chase, and returned to Florence. It had been an exciting and disastrous day for the sheriff. Two of bis men had been killed and seven others wounded. Only one of the robbers ha9 been captured, and he would have escaped if his horse had not been killed. After an hour of hard riding, Jesse and .Frank pulled up their horses and allowed them to walk. They heard nothing more of the pursuing posse, and rightly c oncluded that the officers had given up the chase, content with the capture of Liddell. They bad no intention of leaving their companion to his fate, but decided it would be best to wait a few days until the excitement had somewhat subsided, before tliey attempted his rescue. The two bandits rode some twenty miles north of the scene of their fight with the sheriff's posse, and stopped at the house of a farmer for the nigbt. They were worn out from their long, hard ride and slept soundly. They were aroused about seven o'clock the next morning by a loud knocking at the door of their room and an order to get up. Jesse arose ;rnd unlocked the door. As he did s o it was pushed open) and a dozen men sprang into the room. They were a ll farmers except one, who seemed to be the leader of the party. "I am hunting the great outlaws, the James boys. I am a Pinkerton detective," said the man who ac t ed as leader. "Well, what are you disturbing us for?" asked Jesse. "You are strangers in this locality, and must give an account of yourselves." The great bandit laughed. He had caught on 'to tlie situation, and felt no alarm. This man was au amateur detective, who thought that chance might enable him to secure the big rewards offered for the famous bandits. Learning that t\vo strange men were in th e neighborhood, he had summoned a crowd of farn1ers to assist him, and was guing to see who they wer e It was plain he did uot recognize the two men. Jesse was amused at the fellow, and determined to have some fun out of him. "Send fer old Sergeant Billy Haynes. He fit with Quantrell endurin' of the wah, an' he ought to kuow the J ames boys,'' suggested one of the farmers. This suggestion was acted on at once. It was only half a mile. t0 Sergeant Billy's hou se, and a messenger was sent for him at once, while the others all remained to watch th e stran' gers, and see that they did not get away. In a 1 i ttle w bile the m esseuge r returned with

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THE JESSE JAMES STOIUES 21 ergea11t when the old man looked at the two he manifested 110 surprise whatever. ''I don't know t11e names of the gentle111en," he icl; "btlt live somewhere dowu the river, and tl;eir horses for them. Billy Haynes had promised not to betray his old omrades, and he had kept his word. As he left tbe 00:11 a :uecrning glance, nuderstood by both, passed etwee11 him and Jesse James. ''Very s orry to have troubled you, gentlemen,'' aid the alleged Pillkertou detective, and I am also orry you are not the great robbers." "S11ppo s e we were the James boys, what would ou do?" asked Jesse. "Take you to prison at once." "Would ?" a11c1 Jesse laughed. "Of course I would, and take you back to Mis nri." "Well, Mr. Detective, we are the James boys; ome 011 and take ns to prison.'' As J e s s e said this, he a11d Frank both drew their volv ers and faced the crowcl. At sight of the four big revolvers, the dozen farmers 11 over each other in their anxiety to get out of the Olll. The detective made no effort to arrest the two andits. His face turned white as a sheet, and tnrn1g he fle d from the house faster than any of the igh tened farmers. The two bandits enjoyed a good laugh, and theu hey ate their breakfast without fear of iuterruption. CHAPTER XVII. PLANNING ro FRUSTRATE A LYNCHING. Wh!le eating their breakfast, Jesse and Frank ames discussed plans for the rescue of Liddell, s though it was a very simple matter to take a risoner from a jail situated in the center of a town ,f several thousand iuhabi'tants, The plan they decided 011 was a bold one, but cir lll!Sta11ces maae one even bolder necessary. Their plan arranged, they paid their bill, mounted ieir horses, a11d rode away. 'l'he Pinkerton detective id uot follow them; in fact, it was several hours fore he stopped ru11!li11g. Wheu the news of tlie bloody battle behveen the 1eriff's possee and the three robbers was generally known in Florence and the surrouudiug country the wildest excitemeut prevailea. Hundreds of men gathered about the jail, and wanted to take the prisoner out and hang him to the nearest limb. With great difficulty the sheriff prevented the organization of a mob, and that uight he placed a guard at the jail as a precaution. No attack was made on the jail that night, but next clay, when it was reported that one of the men wounded iu the fight with the robbers was dead, the rage of the people kuew no bounds. A big crowd gathered on the streets early in the day, and -con tnuecl to increase i1i numbers. Farmers left their work aud carne to town anxious to take a hand in the work of stringing up the daring robber. Late in the afternoon the crowd began to gather in the vicinity of the jail. rrhe sheriff tried to drive them back, but he was overpowered, the guards at the jail door were disarmed, and in a few minutes mob was in possession of the building. The officers were powerless, and decided that any resistance on their part would be worse than useless. The jail do'ors were battered down, aud in a few minutes Liddell was in the hands of the mob. 'l'he daring bandit was given no chance to defend himself. The howling mob of augry men broke down the door of Ids cell with a sleclge-hammer, and soon had him bound hand and foot. 'I'he prisoner was dragged out into the public square of the town in the midst of the liowling mob. A rope had already been provided, aud a man who had taken part in many similar affairs soon tied a hangman's knot and the noose was ready. "String him up! Here's a limb!" shouted the mob, and tlle helpless prisoner was dragged toward the nearest tree. "Over the limb there with the rope!" shouted the mob, and in a moment the rope was thrown over a strong limb, and the noose daugled just above Liddell's head. It seellled that the prisoner was doomed . The public square was packed with men and boys. The mob nmu berecl folly a thousand determined men, most of them armed, the two thousaud ]Jeople present out of curiosity all sympathized with the mob. 'l'he noose was around Liddell's neck, aud fifty men held the rope, waiting for the command to pull him up.

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22 THE JESSE Jf\MES STORiES. CHA XVIII. A LYNCHING INTERlWPTED. Then there came a sudden and unexpected interruption. Half-a-dozen pistol shots, fired in rapid succession, were heard; and then two men, mounted on superb horses, and leading a third horse, rode into the crowd, yelling like demons. 'I'Jie two men held a revolver in each hand, and their commands to clear the way were instantly obeyed. Plunging madly through the crowd, 11ow scattering in all directions, the two horsemen were riding straight to the tree, where Liddell stood with the rope about his neck. Again they fired their revolvers, and the mob scattered faster than before. Men fell over each other in their mad rush to get out of the way of the t\vo daring horsemen. The mob that a few moments before had defied the law, and shouted in glee over the prospect of a daylight lynching, had suddenly changed tb a frightened crowd of men, all seeking places of safety. Right ,through the crowd the two men urged their horses until they reached Liddell.. Then they puliecl up for a moment, one of them leaped from his horse, and in a moment had cut the cords that bound the prisoner. rrhcn he cut the rope that hung over the liv1b, leaving the noose still dangli11g about the prisouer's neck. There was 110 time to remove it. Liddell was then assisted to mount fhe horse led by 'his rescuers, a revolver was placed in his hand, :111d then the fhree men dashed away through the crowd, and out of the town. Right a11cl left they fired, and yelled like tnad demons as they rode out of the town, sending the frightened i11habita11ts into or under their houses in search of places of security from the flying bullets. Never was a mob so quickly and thoroughly dispersed. A mob of a thousand men had beeu broken up aud driven to cover inside of five minutes by two men. The daring rescuers of Liddell were none other th.ai1 Jesse and Frank James. They arrived in the nick of time. If they had been three minutes later, Dick Liddell would have been lynched. The three outlaws were out of sight, galloping away to the south, before the dazed and frightened men, who, a few moments before, had constituted a howl-. h ing mob, realized fully what had happened. ,1 When their senses began to return they gathered' about the tree, and looked at the piece of rope that J still lmng over the limb. Then they fully understood t: that the two men had been there, and had cheated e them of their intended victim. 1 In a few minutes they began to get mad again .. f I l I IC The desperadoes were out o s1g it anc 1eanng now. The temper of the mob again rose fast and furious. 1 "We 111\lst catch them," said one of the leaders. I H There was a shout of approval. Men began to sad die their horses in a hurry, and in twenty minutes a0 posse of two hundred mounted men were ready to begin the cl1ase after the three bandits. They had: learned some valuable experience from the previous0 fight with the same men, and this time the pursuer? carried guns. Rifles and shotguns of all sizes and descriptions were brought, and the posse that startedx: in pursuit of the James boys and Liddell looked a regiment of cavalry. I v\lhen they were safely out of the town, the three bandits pulled up their horses, and rode very slowly.Ii They did not fear pursuit, and were in no hurry to get away. They knew that the mob was very thur 1 l oughly demoralized, and would probably not attempl.,, any pnrsuit. The three men enjoyed a good laugh over the affair. They rode along in a slow walk for two hours, and then they were suddenly surprised by the sound o galloping horses in their rear. Tht::y pulled 1tp, looked around. Just turning the summit of a hill, half a mile behind them, the three bandits beheld. what seemed to be a small army. "Those fellows don't seem to have enough yet," J sai cl Jesse. "Look at their guns. They think to down us at long range this time," said Liddell. "Well, we'll give them another lesson, and this1 time we'll make it one they won't forget in a hurry." rrhe three bandits pulled their horses out of ti road, and waited for the pnrsuing posse to come 'They had uot long to wait. \Vith loud curses and yells, the posse rode on, keeping well together. They were only fifty yards away now, and the time for action hacl come. With Jesse in the lead, the three bandits put spurs to their horses, and dashed into the road, and straight toward the head of the column of pursuers.

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THE JESSE: J.l\MES STORiESo 23 heir bridle rei1is lay on the saddles, and each mall l Id a big revolver in each hand. t Firing and yelling like mad, they rode directly at 1 eir pursuers. At the first fire from the revolvers of 1 e bandits the pursuers in fro11t wlieeled their liors es ound tu fly. The attack was so suclcle11 a11d u11expectecl, they id not think of resistance. Not one of thew fired a 10t. As those in front turned about they collided with 10se iu the rear, a11c1 i11 a mome11t the pnrsni11g osse was a struggling mass of 111en aud hors es But the terrible bandits were pressi11g forward aud was wouclerful how quick that mass of men and orses had turned tail a11cl were going full speed back Florence. 1t was another complete event, without even the citemeut of a fight, This thing was getting monotonous to Jesse James. e \Yanted some fun and excitemeut now. c:l'm going to ride back into that town, and run 10se fellows to the woods," said Jesse. The others tred to dissuade him, but he was deterined to have a little genuine excitement, and they greed to join him. "Better let our liorses rest a while," suggested id dell. They were near a farm-house, and there they f:'!Cured food for their horses and thenisel ves, and ested for an hour. 'rhen they mounted and galloped way toward Florence to clear out tlie tow11. Half-way back to Florence there was a short stretch timber, where the undergrowth was very thick on th sides of the road. The three bandits had reached the middle of this mber, when they were suddenly startled by a shot, nly a short distance ahead. The shot was a signal. Instantly armed men emed to spring from behind every tree and bush. hu11dred gnus seemed to be leveled at the three en. They were surrounded on all sides. Never before had they been caught in such a close ce. 'TI1row up your hands and surrender!" oys, we must cut throngh their line," said Jesse. e three men, with pistols in each hand, put to their horses and dashed madly forward. CHAPTER XIX. A DASH FOR I.IBERTY. ''Keep together, boys. Cut a gap through the line, aucl when yon shoot make every shot count." \Vith this advice hurriedly given by Jesse James, the three bandits set their teeth hard and spurred their horses forward for a mad dash through the line of men to liberty. As they rode forward, they fired to tl1e rig!'1t and left, and in front of them. A few scatteritig shots were fired in return, but as the thre e 110rs emen dashed on there was a break in the liue in front of thetn. No mau in all that poss e was brave enough to face these three desperate men. So111c of them took refuge behind trees, othe rs f e ll flat ou the ground, and some ra11 away as fa s t as their legs would carry them. The sheriff shouted in vain to his men to st'and firm and shoot down the outlaws. It was certain death to face those three desperadoes, and the men in the line loved their lives too well to stand and receiv. e the deadly fire from six revolvers. Through the broad gap cleared for them, the tJ1r ee bandits rode to liberty. This time they feared no further pursuit, and soon pulled their horses down to a walk. When the sheriff planned that ambuscade, lie was sure of getting the three men wllo had given him so much trouble, but again he had underestimated desperate daring of the men he had set out to capture. They would die rather thai1 surrender, and they had been surrounded too many times before to. have any fear.of their ability to cut a way through the lines. After riding a short distance, the ontlaws came to a halt to talk over their future course. Their trip to Tennessee in search of rest and quiet had so far yielded them only the liveliest kind of excitement. Starting on again, the three bandits had reached a large, old-fashioned farmhouse, and there they secured lodgings for the night. In their room they talked over varions plans for the future, and finally agreed that as they were all well supplied with mon'ey, they would separate for a while and enjoy a season of rest and quiet.

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24 THE JESSE JJ\MES STORIES. CHAPTER XX. AN EXCI'!'ING DANCE. when next heard from the Jame s boys were in the southern part of the State. Nearby there was a small settlement of industrious farmers and cattlemen. They boldly entere d the t own, posing as a coupl e of Government scouts from Utah awaiting orders from Was !1ington. 'rhe uext day they vi sited the homes of se veral o f the native>, and when one o f the.old cattle m e n in vited them to attend a dance at his cabin that night they promptly acc epted. ':A 11 the gals fur t e n miles around will be thar," s a id the old c attleman, "bnt you want to be c a r eful and don't make thar sweethearts j ealous. You might get into trouble if you did." I "Oh, w e'll take care of ourselves neve r fear," laughe d Jes se. The two outlaws arrived at the cabin of the oid cattleman about nine o'clock tha t night, and fou11d the dance in progres s. It was as the old man had said, all the girls for ten miles around w ere there and there were, at least, three men to ever y girl. Some of the y oung cattiemen and farme r s di d n o t welcome the 11ewcomers, but not so the girls. The latter admired the handsome and fea rl ess-looking men, and, bette r still, both the ontla w s were grace fu 1 dance r s They had 110 trouble in findin g partners for every set, and they always s el ecte d the b est-look_ in g girls. Jesse w;is especially atte nti.ve to a pretty bl ack-eyed maiden, who was easily the bes t dance r of all the wome n present. Once whe n he went up to claim h e r h and for the set then forming Jes s e noticed tha t the young c attle man who h a d been talking t o h e r s h o t an ang r y glance at him, but he paid no attentio n t o the m a n. 'As soon as the set was e nded, and J esse had fo u n d a seat for his partner, he was approache d by the young cattleman. "I wattf a word with you," said the y oung f e ll o w, touching the outlaw 011 the arm and leading tlie way to the door. what is it?" Jesse a sked, impatiently "That is my sweetheart you have bee n d ancing with.'' "Well, she is a fine girl." "Do n t dance with her any more." "Why not?" "Becaus e you have been payin g her too much at tention to-night already for a stranger." "Well, I sl1a ll d ance w ith bet again, if she will let me, and I think she will.'' Y o:1 will
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THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. 2 5 into the room. In each b and h e Jield a revolver, while four stalwart men followe d close at his heels. A scene of the wildest confusion followed. The dance stoppe d at once, and many of the girls screamed at sight of the revolvers. Jesse James was standing in the center of the room, and fac e d the sheriff with a look of surprised inquiry on his face. Frank quietly made his way to the side of his brother. The music had stopped as suddenly as the dance, and in a moment there was comparative silence in the room. ''Where are they? Here, Jack, point out the men! The y sha ll uot e scape me 1 this time; I have the house completely surrounded." The young man, who had warned Jesse James uot to dance with his girl, steppe d forward with a gleam of triumph in his eye s, and p ointed to the two outlaws. ''There they are! They are the leaders of the robbers!'' "In the name of the law I arrest you," said the sheriff, stepping forward. "Do not attempt 'any resistance, it will b e worse tha n useless." The two outlaws laughed as nferrily as though the sheriff had just told a ft11111y story. '' \V ill you surrender?'' "Never!" answered Frank, quietly. The sheriff ordered the four m e n who had entered the room with him to close in on the outlaws. "Stop!" cried Je::;se, in a tone of command, and the four meu at once came to a halt and dre w their pistols. ''I have a proposition to submit to you; will you 1 is ten ? "If it is a proposition to surrender," answered the sheriff. ''Allow the ladies to retire, and we will discuss the with you." "I have no time for discussion. Will you surrender?" "Let the ladie s leave the room." I shall take you by force if you do uot surrender at once.'' ''If you are a g entleman, you will allow these ladies to l eave the roow before y 1 continue the discussion." This appeal to his chi Jry 1.Jad the desired effect ou the s h e riff. h He bo\Yed low to the ladies present, 211d, after begging their pardon for such a rude interruption of the dance, politely requested them to leave fhe room for a few mo ments. Then he turned to the outlaw leader again and S:lid; ''Now, hand over your pistols quietly. It will be suicide for you to attempt auy resi stance." Jesse slowly drew his pisto ls from his belt, and extended them toward the sheriff with the muzzles turned toward hims elf. The sheriff smiled at the ease with wliich h e had cape tured the desperate robbers. He put his own pistols back in his belt, and held out both hands for the weapons of the outlaw. The movement was just what Jesse James had anticipated. Quick as a flash, tbe outlaw reversed his pistols. / There was a flash, a stunning report, and the sheriff iay dead at the feet of the outiall'. ''Give it to them, Frank! Shoot to kill!" cried Jesse, aucl half-a-dozen pistol shots raug out in rapid succession. All four of tJ1 e men who had entered the cabin with the sheriff were shot down. The young man who had betrayed the outlaws made a dash for the door, but he was too late. Through the smoke Jesse saw him. was another flash. aud the man who had played the traitor fell deacl across the door. ''Make a run for it now, Frank!" Jesse cried, as he dashed out at the do o r, followeci closely by his br6ther. They left six bodies behind them, and the floor .of the ballroom had been made a pool of blood. The posse outside fired wildly at the two men who bad dashed out at the door. The outlaws turned and fired right and left into the pauic.-stricken crowd of deputies, and three of them went down. The others ran for cover, and the outlaws reached their horses, aud soon riding rapidly a way, having escaped without a scratch. CHAPTER XXL 'l\HE RAID O:N THE DAREVILLE BANK. A few days later a party of horsemen rode into the little town of Dareville, Tennessee. Tlie y were 11one other than Jesse aud Frank James, Dick Lidde ll Billy Haynes and two others of the gang who had come over from Missouri on hearing of the out-laws' escapades. These men would easily have passed for a part); of cattlemen anywhere in that part of the country and tl1eir appearance on the streets of Dareville attracted no special attention. The little baud of men rode down the main street of the place. But the population of Dareville did not drea_111 at that time that such disti11guisI1ed visitors \Yere in their midst. If they had, the reception of the visitors might have been diffet;ent. As the outlaws rode slowly along, thty ca1ef11lly noted the surrouudings. As they approached the prii:ci pal street crossing of the place, a large sign, hung the door of a somewhat pretentious cabin, attracted their attention. The sign, which was rudely painted on cauvas in large irregular letters, read: BANK. Deposits Received Here, Subject to Check. Coi11 a_nd 0Bjlls Exchanged for Gold Dust. "That's the one!" said Jesse, pulling up bis horse. "I doubt if you fin .cl much in it when you break it, said Frank, with a smile, as he looked over the little cabin that was designate(\ as a bank. The outlaws drew reiu in front of the Jflnk, and Jesse, Frank and Dick Liddell dismounted, and enter_d the building. The citizens lounging about the streets saw the party of strangers stop in front of the bank, and three of them enter, but nothing strange was thought of it at the moment. They were supposed to be a party of cattlemen from the hills who had come to deposit their earnings. Simi lar parties came to town every day.

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26. THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. But that day the good p eople o f Dareville fottud a sur prise in store for them, and it was one they did not soon forge t Insid e the little building, the three outlaws found the limite d spac e failed off in the same manner it is in larger institutions of the same kind. There was a window for the cashie r, another for the receiving telle r and the president occupied a r evolving chair 011 a little platfor111, from which he could see every one who entered the bank, and all that took place inside the railing. Ba c k of the cashier's desk there was a large safe, which w a s ope n when the thre e m e n entered. Di c k Liddell was to engage the attenti on of the pres i d ent of the bauk, w!1ile Jesse and Frank transacted their business with the c ashier. 'i'i"alkiu g straight up to the window, b ehind whic h the ca s hi e r stood, J e sse glauceci at the open safe allCl then a s k e d in a quie t t one: "How much money hav e you got in there?" ''\Ve have a f e w enoug h to pay all depositors in foll.. How much is yonr bal a n ce ? asked the cashie r, thinki11g his visitor a whose fa c e he had for gotte n. ''I'll t a k e all the coin you've got, and hand it over q11ick." The c ashier simply stared at Jess e for a moment as thoug!:i he had not 11nderstoocl him. ''Curse you, did you hear what I s aid? Hanel out the mon e y in that safe, aud you want to be blamed quick about it, too." The outlaw shoved a pistol through the little window, and covered the cashier as he spoke. "Write out a check, if you have any money here,'' sa1d the cashier, who still did not understand that he was fac e to face with a des p erate robber. ''Here is my check," said Jess e shoving. the muzzle of hi s revolver in the face of the cashie r, "aud, if it is not hono red infernally quick, it will go off and then this hank will have a d ead cashier pmong its assets. Is the good?" B y this time the cashier began to comprehend the situation. The president, too, saw that s om ething-was wrong and h e starti::d to get up to s e e what it was. As be 'rose from his chair, h e looked into t .he muzzle of a pi stol in the h ands of Di c k L ick! cll. "Stay right the re old b11ck said Liddell. ''My friend there can draw his money without you. The president sat down. "See here, my friend," !"aid the .. cashier to Jesse, ''this i s rnther a dangerous and unplensant kind of joke Don't you think it has gone about far enough?" ''Oh, you think I am joking, do you? W e ll, if you don't hand over that money in a pah of se conds it will be a fatal joke for you." Then the cashie r realized for the first time tha t h e was dealing with a bold and d esperate robber. H e w a s n o t excited or alarmed. He had seen .enoug h of life in the West not to be surprised at anything, and be was a man who did not know.what f ear was. It wa s the fir s t time an attempt had eve r been made to rob the bank, but the cashier kept under his d es k a loaded r evolve r for j11st such emergencies as this. With bis eyes fixed on the face of the robber, he quie tl y dropped bis hand under the desk and drew forth the nistol. Qi.1ick and cantious as he was, Jesse saw the movement almost as soon as his hand touched the revolver. There was a shot from the outlaw's revolver, and, with a faint groan, the brave cashier sank to the floor d ead. ''Quick now, boys, the money is ours. Shoot down every man that moves a hand, cried Jesse, as he broke down the wire door and ran around to the safe back of the ca shier's d esk. With the butt of his revolver he broke the wooden dra,\ers in the.safe that contained the mouey. Taking a l eathe r bag from his pocket, he emptied the contents of tlie drawers into it. There was more thau fifty thousand dollars in the b ank, and the outlaw took every cent of it. The job was quickly done. 1n less than two minutes Jes se had trausferred the contents of the mone y drawers to hi s leather b a g and, with the latter fastened abo.ut his n eck, he rejoined Frank and Dick Lidde ll, who had be e n standing guard over the president and the receiving t eller. "All right, boys, my check has been cashed, we'll go now,'' said J e sse The three outlaws ran out to where the other members of tbe gang stood with the horses. The y were not a rnolllent too soon. Attracted by the pi stol shot in the bank, men were h11rrying there from all parts of the town. They suspected an attempt at robbery a s soon as they heard the shot, and, as most of them had money 011 deposit in the bank, they were ready to fight for it at a moment's notice. ''I've got the stnff, boys, we'll move on, now," said Jesse l e a ping on his horse. The outlaws turne d to ride away, but by this time the result of their visit was known to a part of the crowd of excited citizens. B e fore they b a d ridde n twenty yards a volley of shots w a s fired at them. The horses of two members of the gaug n ere hit, aud a bnlle t whistled close to the head of J e sse. "Curse 'cm, if that's their game, I'll take a baud mys elf," cried the outla w leader, and, wheeling his horse around, he dre w his revohers and opene d fire. The other m embers of the hand followed liis l ea d, and, with-revolvers in botb hands. they fired a regular fnsilade of s h ots into the crowd gathered about the bank. Thre e m e n dropped allCl then there was a hurried scatt ering aud a rush for cover. For ten rnim1tes the ontlaws rode up aud down the principal street o f the town, firing right and left and y elling like d e m o n s If a band of Siotlx Indians, l e d by Sitting Bull, had s udde11ly d a s h e d into the town they cotlld 11o t lrnYe create d a g r eater p a11ic. Whe n the outhnvs fiually ceased firi11g the re \Yas not a c i ti ze n o f Darcville v i sible on the str e e ts. The\' had all s 0 11ght r eft1ge where they would be safe fr o m tl ; e flying bulle ts. Satisfied that they had thoronghly intimidate d the in habit ants of the place, the outlaws fin a ll y rode out oi t."t>wn as slowly as the y bad e11te r e d it, aud not a mn11 in the place once thought of pursuit. TO BE CONTINUED.

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Y0UR E)l?INl0NS 0F FRME)US MEN. 22 G:ra:nd Co:nt:est :9 VALUABLE P R/ZES GIVEN AWA. Y. H-=re i s a chance fo r e v e r y reader of J E SSE JAMES \ VEEk'.LY. Boys, you have all heard of t h e p lucky little Kansan who has been making himself famous on t h e o ther side of the world. What do you think of him ? Wha t characteristics do you see in his face? What has he done, anyway? What do you think is the b est thing he ever did? T h e boy s who can b est a nswer such questi o n s applying to any famous J\merican, known for hi s brave deeds will win J:ta ndsome prizes. Here is the plan of one of the most 110\el contests ever placed before the American boys. Look up what interesting facts you can find abou t any famous American. Then write them out i n your own words, stating your own opinion of him, his appearanc e, and t he partic u lar achievemen t w h ic h p l eases yo u the most. The firs t pri ze will be awarded to the person sending iu the most interesting and best writte n article; the next bes t will wi n the second prize, an d so on. It makes no differeuce how short t hey a r e, but n o con tribution must be longer than 500 words. A'1' '".J..'HE PRIZES. TWO FIRST P RIZ E S The two who send us the mos t interesting and written art icles will each receive a firs t -class Camera, comp lete with achromatic l ens, and loaded with six exposures each. Absolntely ready for use. For square pictures 37f x 376 inches; capacity six exposures without reloading; size of camera 476 x 4 Yz x 5 inches; weight 15 ouuc es; well made, covered with grain leather aud handsomely finished. The five who send us the next FIVE SECOND best l'!rticles will each receive a PRIZE S "Sterlil1g" .Magic Lan tern Outfi t t og et her with 7 2 admission t ickets a n d a large show bi l l. Each lantern is ro inci1es high, 4 inches in diameter, with a 176 inch p l ano-complex condensing lens and a % -inch double conpl e x ob j ec t ive lens. Uses kerosene oil only. FIVE THIRD PRIZE S The five who send us t he next bes t articles will each receive a Hand some Pearl Handled Knife. These kni\'es have each four blades of the best English steel, hardened and tempered. The handle is pearl, the lining brass, and t h e bo l sters German si l ver. For ten next best descriptions, ten s e ts of the latest and most entertaining Puzzles aua Novelties on the market, numbering three puzzles each including Uncle Isaac's Pawnshop Puzzle; the Magic Marble Ptfzzle and '' /\ the Demon Outfit. This Contest closes December r. All contributions must be in by that date. SEND IN YOUR ARTICLES AT O NCE, BOYS. We are going t o publish all of the best ones during the progress of the C on t es t We will have to rese r ve t o ourse l ves the right of j u d g ing which article has the most meri t, but our reade r s know that they may depe n d upon S t ree t & Smith, a n d on their absolute fairness a n d j usti ce in conducting Con tests. This one will be no excep t ion t o the rule. REMEMBER! W hether y our contri butio n w i ns a p ri ze or not, it stan ds a good chance of be iu g publish e d t oge t he r with t he nam e of the writer. To become a co n testan t for the pri z e y ou must cut out the Charact e r Contest Co u pon, printed i n this i ss u e. Fill it out properly, and send i t t o JESSE JAMES WEEKLY, care of Street & Smi t h, 238 W illi a m Stree t New Yo r k City toget h e r with yo u r article. N o c ontributio n will b e con sidered that does u o t h av e this c oupon a c com p an ying it. COUPON "JESSE JAMES WEEKLY" CHARACTER CONTEST No. L Date ........... ..................... 1901 Name ................................. ......... Cit y or To w n . .................................. ..... State ..................................... . ..........

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ABOUT FAMOUS MEN. During the progress of the Prize Character Contest this department will be devoted to the publication of the best articles sent in by the contestants. Here are some of the best ones received so far. They are coming in with a rush, boys, so hurry up and send in your articles as soon as possible. Sheridan's Famous Victories. (By Gus Burke, Tren ton, N. J.) I suppose several of the contestants will write articles about General Sheridan, but as I am sending in mine early in the cont est, perhaps mine will be printed first. I think Sheridan was the finest of all the generals in the Civil War. Every one knows of his famous ride from Winchester "twenty miles away" to the scene of battle at Cedar Creek, where he turned back his retreating army and won a victory in the face of defeat. I love t o read that poem, though I have. often read it before, but I think it 011ght to have a footnote after it, telling what Lincoln said when he h eard the news. He at once made him a major-general in the army "for th. e personal gallantry, military skill a nd just con fidence in the courage and gallantry of our troops dis played by you on the 19th day of October at Cedar Run, whereby, under the blessi11g of Providence, your routed army was reorganized, a great national di:;aster averted and a brilliant victory achieved over the rebels for the third time in pitchedbattle within thirty days." General Grant wrote, ''Turning what bid fair to be a disaster into a glorious victory stamps Sheridan what I alw ays thought him, one of the ablest of generals." That was perfectly true, because in the spring of that year, 1 864, when Sheridan was placed by Grant in command of the cavalry of the Am1y of the Potomac, numb ering nearly 12,000 men, he said, "I every co11fide1,Jce .that you will do the best, and will l eave you as far as possible to act on yonr own judgment and 11ot em barrass you with orders and instructions. From May to August Sheridan lost over 5 ,000 men in killed and wounded, in smaller battles as he protected Grant's flank while he moved his forces to the James River, or in c11tti11g off Lee's supplies. Meantime Gen eral Early had been spreading terror by his attempt to take Washington, thus hoping also to withdraw Grant's attention from Lee at Richmo11d The time had come for decisive act ion. The battle of Opequan was fought September 19, 1864, Early being compietely routed and losing about 4,000 men, five pieces of artillery, and nine army flags, with an equal loss of men by the Federals. The fight WAS a bitter one from morning till evening, a regiment like the One Hundred and Fourteenth New York going into the battle with t8o men, and coming out with forty, their dead piled one above another! Sheridan a t first stood a little to the rear, so that he might calmly direct the battle; but at last, swinging his sword, and exclaimin g, I can't staud this!" he rode into the conflict. The next day he telegraphed .. to Edwin M. Stanton, Secre tary of War, "We have just sent them wllirling through Winch ester, and we are after them to-morrow. This army behaved splendidly.'' This battle quickened the hope and courage of the North, who began to see the end of tl1e war. ''Whirling throug h Winchester" was reported all over the land. Abraham Lincoln telegraphed, ''Have just heard of your great victory. God bless you all, officers and men! Strongly inclined to come up and see you.'' Grant ordered eac h of his two Richmond armies to fire a salute of one hundred guns. The 11ext day Sheridan passed on after Early and gave battle at Fisher's Hill, the Confederates losing sixteen guns and 1, 100 prisoners, besides killed and wounded. Grant's orders were now to lay waste the valley, so that Lee might have no base of supplies. Over 2,000 barns filled with grain, _over sev enty mills besides Lridges and railroads were burned, and 7,000 cattle and sheep appropriated by the, Union army. Such destruc tion seemed pitiful, but if the war was thereby shorten ed, as it doubtless was, then the saving of was a blessi11g. October I 5 Sheridan was summoned to Washington for con sultation. Early, learning his abse nce, and h:i.vi11g been reinforced by r2,ooo troops, decided at ouce to give battle at Creek. His army marched at midnight, canteens being l e ft in camp lest they make a noise. At daybreak, October 19,. with the well-known

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THE dESSB JJ\MES STORIES. 29 "rebel yell" the enemy rushed upon the sleeping camps of the Union army. Nearly a thousand of our men were taken prisoners, and eighteen guns. A panic ensued, and in utter confusion, though there was some brave fighting, our troops fell back to the rear. Sheridan, on his way from Washington, had slept at Wiuchest'er that night, twenty miles away. At nine o'clock he rode out of the town on his black horse, unconscious of danger to his army. Soon the sound of battle was heard, and not a mile away he met the fugitives. He at once ordered some troops to stop the stragglers, and rushed on to the front as swiftly as his foaming steed could carry him, swinging his hat, and shouting, .-Face the other way, boys! face the other way! If I had been here, boys, this never should have happened." Meeting a colonel who said, "The army is whipped," he replied, ''You are, but the army isn't!" Rude breastworks of stones, rocks and trees were thrown up. Then came desperate fighting, and then the triumphant charge. The first line was carried, and then the second, Sheridan a brigade in person. Early's army was thoroughly routed. The captured guns .. were all retaken, besides twenty-four pieces of artillery and 1 ,600 Early reported 1,800 killed and wounded. An American Martyr. (By Charles Mcintyre, Buffalo, N. Y.) David Porter, one of the heroes of the War of 1812, is not often heard of, but I have always felt like standing up for him on account of the shameful way be w a s treated after all he had done for his country. He was unreasonably sentenced to a suspension of service for six mouths for au ima ginary violation of orders I think this was one of the disgracefu l acts of tyrannical injustice which our officers, both of the navy and of the land army, have been oblig e d to suffer from ignorant puppets filling pnblic offices whicb have relation to their respec ti ve services. Porter resigned, and left the country. He took command of the Mexican navy. Ju 1829 he was offered the restoration of bis position hy Jackson, but he refused. He accepted, however, the post of cons\-ge11eral at Algiers. He was still there when the French took the country, and was appointed charge d'affairs at Constantinople. He died in a suburb of that city, March 28, 1843, an exile from his country, and a victim of injustice. Posterity has l e arned to appreciate his merits, and his nallle shall be dear to his couutrymen long after those who attempted to disgrace him are forgott e n. Porter first di s tinguished himself at Malta, when in command of the Enterprise, in 1803, and the way he acted there I likebes t of all his exploits. 1:'he Englishmen ,,ere all the time interfering with us, trying to fii1d out if we had English sailors on our ships. \Viii e he wns at Malta an English sailor came alongside the American frigate and began to abttse the officers and the crew. Upon Porter' s orders the Englishman was immediat e ly seized and soundl y flogged. i'he governor of Malta was iudiguant at this, and intended to detain "" E11terprise and judge her officers. But Porter ordered all his men at their posts, and the gunners to take lighted matches, and sailed out of the harbor unmolested. A few days after this he came out victorious from au engagement with twelve Spanish gunboats, who had attacked him in the Gibraltar. In 18 l 3, while cruising in Southern waters, he left Valparaiso, Chili, on his cekbrated cruise in the Pacific waters. Porter was in the Pacific about seven months, and during this short tim e twelve British cruisers fell into bis hands. Two of them were sent to the United States laden with oil, four sold at Valparaiso, ''two were dismissed with prisoners on parole," the other four were converted into vessels of war. At the end of September the Essex and her consorts reached the Washington Islands, belonging to the Marquesas group. After the Essex had beeu refitted, Porter directed his comse toward Valparaiso. He had a5certaiued that three British frigates were in search of him to capture the Essex, or drive her from the Pac ific. He reached and anchored iu the bay of Valparaiso, the 3d of February, 1814. He had : not long been here when two sails were sighted. One was the British frigate, Plu.ebe, and the other her consort, the C!terub. Porter prepared for action, although resolved not to begin the fight in a neutral port. The two British frigates advanced, but, seeing that Porter w as a formidable enemy, although they were better armed, and were snperior in numbers they did not begin au attack. At length, trnsting in the sailing qualities of his ves sel, Porter p\1t to sea, accompanied by t\Je Essex Junior. Unhappily, as the Essex was leaving the harbor a squall struck her, which carri ed away much of her canvas and rigging. She now took refuge iuto the harbor again, chase d by the P!tcebe and the Cherub. It was now evident that, seeing the disadvantage of the American ship, the two Britishers intended to attack her in neutral waters. The action was conlmeuced, and the guns of the Essex were so skillfully managed that in half an hour the two English ships hauled off for repairs. They soon returned, however, but carried on the battle with long range guns. Porter now endeavored to close with his antagonists, but having lost most of his canvas in the squall the British ships easily eluded him. They poured in a terrible fire, but the Americans re spo nded as terribly. At this moment the brave commander of the Essex Junior, Lieutenant Downes, made his way in a boat to Porter to receiYe bis orders. But nothing could be done, the Junior being inferior to either the Britishers. At last, after an acti o n of four hours and a half, one-half the crew being killed and the Essex being terribly injured, Porter surrendered . He was kindly treated by his captors, and was sent home on parole in the EssexJuuior. Off New York she was boarded by a British frigate, who disputed the passport of the captain of the Plu:ebe. Seeing this detention, Porter d ecla red he was no longer a prisoner on parole, and escap ed in a sailboat. He was triumphantly received at New York. And then after all this service be was tried aud sus pended from the navy.

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3.0 THE JESSE Jf\MES STORIES. Decatur's Personal Bravery. (By Thomas Cook, Alleghany, Pa.) I have noticed your character contest and would like to submit the following article for the contest: Stephen Decatur was one of the bravest and most admired naval officers who ever served in the American llavy. The event that first made him famous occurred at Tripoli, in 1803 during our war with that country. It was the burning of the P!ziladelphia. A f ew months before Ca ptain Bainbridge had been wrecked near the coa st, and after a brave resistance, capture d by the His ship, the Pltladelpltia, also had been captured, and was now in the enemy's hands. The American com m ande r, Commodore Preble, had long cherished the desire of burning the Pltiladelphia under the very guns of the forts which protected the harbor. He had despaired of seeing his plan put to practice, wbeu one day a small sch ooner was
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I UNTING AND TRAPPING DEPARTivlENT. This department isbrimful of information and ideas of interest to the young trapper and hunter. Write us if you have any questions to ask concernin g these subjects, and they will be answered in a special column. Address all communication s to the "Hunting a1id Trapping Department." HINTS FOR SETTING TRAPS. From time immemorial, and in every nation of the world, the art of trapping has been more or less practiced. By some as a means of supplying their wants in the shape of daily food, and by others for the purpose of merchandise or profit. To be a clever and successful trapper, much more is required than is generally supposed; Tbe mere fact of a perso n's being ahle to set a trap cleverly and judiciously forms but a small part of his proficiency, and unless be enters deeper into the subje.::t and learns something o f the 1Jature and habits of the animals he intends to catch, hi s traps will be se t i11 vain, or at best meet with but indifferent success. The study of 11atural history here becomes a matter of necessity as well as pleasure and profit. And unless the trapper thoroughly acquaii1 s himself with t.he habits o f bis yarious game, the sagacity and cunning of his i11tend e d victim will often outwit his mo s t shrewd e11d.eayors, mucl1 to his chagri n. The sense of smell, so largely de\ e1oped in many animals, b e comes one of the trapper'smo::it serious obstacles, and seems at times to amount almost to positive reaso n, so perfectly do tlie creatures baffle _the most ingenious attemp t s of man in his efforts capture them A little insight il1to the ways of these artflll animals, hdwe, er, and a titthi 1experience with their odd tricks soon enables one to cope with them successfully and overcome. their whims. In the art of trapping the bait is.often entirely dispeused with, the traps being set and carefully concealed in the runways of th e various auimals. These by-paths are easily detected by an experienced trapper, and are indicated. eithe r by footprints or other e\idences of the auimal, together with matted leaves anci broken-twigs and grasses. Natnral channels, such as hollow lo gs or crevices be tween rocks ot fallen trees, offer excellent situations for \ ; sted t raps, aud a good trapper is always ou tlle qui vive for such chauce advantages, thus often saving much of the time and labor which would otherwise be spent in the building of artificial enclosures, etc. The most effective baits used in the art of trapping are those which are used to attract. the animal through its seuse of smell, as distinct from that of its mere appetite for food. These baits are known in the profession as ''medicine, J' or scent baits, and possess the most remarka ble power of attracting the various animals from great distances, and leadiug them almost irresistibly to auy desired spot. Such is the barkstone or. castoreum, of such val ne in the capture of the beaver, and the oil of anise, so commonly used for the trapping of animals in general. In all cases avoid handliug the trap with the bare baud. Many an amatem has set and reset his traps in vaiu, a11d retired from the field of trapping in disgust, from the mere want of observing this rule . Auimals of kee11 sce1it are quick in detectiug the slightest odors, aucl that left by the touch of a Jrnmau hand ofteu suffices to driye the creature away from a trap which, under othe r circumstances, would have been its certain destruc tion. To be sure, the various sceut baits already alluded to, will in a measme overcome human traces, but 1101 al ways effectually, and in order to insure success no precautions so simpl e should be neglected. A pair of cl ea n bnckskin gloves are Yaluable requisites to the trapper, aud always be "on han:i" when setting or trausport-iug traps. THE GUN TRAP. The gun trap is very simply constructed and may be put in working order in a very few moments. 'l'h6 weapon may be a rifl e or shotgun. In the latter case, i1 sho11lcl be heavily loaded with buckshot. The stock should be first firmly tied to some tree, or secured in. a stout crotc11 driven into the ground, the barrel being similarly supported. The guu should be about three feet from the ground,

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32 THE JESSE JJ\MES STORIES. and should be aimed at some near tree to avoid possible accident to a chance passerby within its range. The gun sbould then be cocked; but not capped, due caufion being always used, and the cap adjusted the very last thing after the trap is baited and set. Where a rifle is used, the cartridge should not be inserted until the last thing. It is next necessary to cut a small sapling about a foot or two in length. Its diameter should allow it to fit snugly inside the guard in front of the trigger, without springing the hammer. Its other end should now be supported by a very slight crotch, off to one side of the gun. Another sapling should next be procured, its leng_th beiug sufficieut to reach from the muzzle of the gun to the end of the first stick, and having a branch stub or bo0k on one end. The other extremity should b e attached by a string to the tip of the first stick. Now take a piece of meat and draw it firmly over the hook in the long stick. Prop the latter in such a position that the bait shall ba11g directly in front of the muzzle. The crotch supporting the stick should be firmly implanted in the ground in order to hold the bait from being drawn to either side of the muzzle. 'l'he gun trap is set, and its merits may be Before adjustiug the cap the pieces should .be tried several times to insure their perfect workiug. A slight pull on the bait from the front will draw the short stick forward. This immediately acts on the trigger aud ca uses the hammer to snap. By a few trials, the sticks can be arranged so as to spring the trigger easily, and where a hair trigger is used a mere touch on the bait will suffice to discharge the gun. When all is found to work perfectly, the trap should be surrounded by a rude pen of sticks and branches, exteuding two or three feet beyond the muzzle, in order to insure an approach directly in the aim of the gun. The cap should uow be placed on the nipple, after which the deadly device may be left to do its certain work. Where the locality is like to be frequented by other hunters or trappers, it is well to put up a '"danger" signal to guard against accident. If desired, two or three guns may be arranged like the spokes of a wheel, all aiming near the bait. Even with one gun the victim stands but little chance, but where two or three pour their contents into his body, his death in an absolute certainty. By fasteniug the gun three feet above ground, the load is discharged upward into the mouth of its victim, and thus directly through the brain. Where two or more guns are used, it is advisable to aim at least one in such a direction as will send its charge into the breast of the animal. There are several other methods of setting the gun trap. One way consists in attaching a striug to the finger piece of the trigger, passing it back through a small staple or screw eye inserted in the uuder side of the stock for that purpose, and then .drawing the string forward and attaching it to the, top of the bait stick. This latter is stuck in the ground.directly in frbnt of the muzzle and the bait seeured to its extremity. When the tempting morsel is grasped, the bait stick is drawn forwar4 and tlie string pulled, the result, of course, being the discharge of the gun. By still another method an elastic is passed through the Sf:rew eye in the stock and over the finger piece of the trigger, thus tending continually to draw it back and spring the hammer. To set the gun a short stick is inserted behind the finger piece, thus overcoming the power of the elastic. It shou ld be very delicately adjusted, so that a mere touch will dislodge it. Its length should be about'six inches, and to its other eud the bait stick should be attached and arranged as first described. Although a rather dangerous trap to be set at random it is nevertheless often utilized, and bas brought mauy a dreaded marauder to his doom. THE BRICK TRAP. Take four bricks and arrange them on the ground, letting them rest on their narrow sides. If properly arranged they should have a space between them nearly as large as the broad surface of a brick. A small, forked twig-, resembling a miniatme fork for a sling shot, should then be procured. Whittle the end on each side so that it will present a flat surface. Next cut a slender stick, about fom inches in length, bluntly pointed at each end. A small plug with a flat top should now be drive;i into the ground, inside the trap, about three inches from either of the end bricks, aud projecting about two inches from the ground. The trap is now ready to be set. Lay the flat end of tbe forked twig over the top of the plug, with the forks pointing forward, or toward the end of the enclosure nearest the pl11g. The pointed stick should then be adjusted, placing oue end on the flat end of the fork, over the plug, and the other beueath the fifth brick, which should be rested upon it. The bait, consisting of berries, bird seed or other similar substances, should then be scattered on tht ground on the inside of the enclosure. When the hird flies to the trap he will generally alight on the forked twig, which by his weight tilts to one side auq dislodges the pieces, thus letting fall the sustained brick. It is not intended to kill the bird, and when right!) contructed will capture it alive. Care is necessary ir setting the topmost brick in such a position that it wil fall aright. aud completely cpver the open sp .. ;:e. This is a very simple and effectual litt'.e contrivance and can be made with a box instead of bricks, if desire A piece of board may also he substituted for the to brick, and the enclosure beneath made larger by spreac.. ing the bricks further apart, thus making a more room dungeon for the captive bird.

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I vV E were the first pubi11 the world to print the famous sto ri es of t h e James Boys written by that remark able mau, Vv. B. L awso n whose name is a watch word w ith our boys. \Ve have had many imitato rs, Jesse James and in orde r that 110 one shall be d ece i ved. in accepting the spmions for the rea l \\"e are uow publishing the best stories of the James Boys, by Mr. L aws on, in a New Library entitled" The Jesse James Stories," ou e of our bi g foe-cent weeklies, and a sure win ue r "'ith the boys. A number of issues have already appear ed, ad these which follow will be equally good; in fact, the best of their kind in the world. STREET & S:.nTH, Pnblishers, New York. wUff ALO B!LL I O RIES The only publication authorized by the Hon. Wm. f Cody (Buffolo Bill). yyEwerethepublisliers :;s of the first story eve r :-H\Y.-'? written of the famons >," and world-renowne d Buffalo Bill, the great .. ... ,'\\ w;.. ti hero whose life has been /, one success ion of exc itRuffolo Bill. ing and thrilling inci-dents combi;1ed with great successes and accompl ishments, all of whic h will be told in a series of grnnd stories which we are 11ow plac ing before the Amc1ican Boys. The popularity t hey have already obtain ed shows what the boys want, and is very gratifyin g to tlte publishers. S TOR ES THE best kuown detective iu the world is Nick Carter. Stor i('s by this noted sleuth arc is su e d .regularly in "Nick Cai-tcr \Vee k 1 y (price five ceuts), a11Cl all liis Nick Carter. work is wr itt e n for us. It may interest the patrons a11