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Lawson, W. B.
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A"C5 'ORIC5 A weeKLY WITH DETECllOn Of CRIME rssued Week l y . By Suhscriptio" $2so per year. Etttered a s S econd Class Matte r at Ille N. Y Post O.ffia, by STREET a: SMITH, zya William St. N. Y. Entered accordt.,11( to A.:t of Cong-ress ,.,, the year u;or, in tl1e Office of tile Li/Jrariatt of Congre$s, Wasllin,yton, D. C. No. 27. NEW YORK, November 9, 1901. Price Five Cents. Jesse James' Exploits. By W. B. LAWSON. CHAPTER LXXVII. THi;: '!'RAIN ROBBi;:RY. "Ladies and gentlemen, hide your valuables, quick; there train robbers outside I" A westbound passenger train on the Union Pacific Railroad had stopped for water at a bank a few miles east of Ogden, Utah. The stepped to the groimd, started to walk forward to the engine to speak to tli.e engineer. He had made only two steps when he saw half-a-dozen dark forms spring from behind the watertank and start toward the cars. The conductor had been on the road five years, and he knew at once who the mys terious individuals were. He sprang aboard and shouted a warning to the passengers. It was near midnight, and half t'he passengers on the train were lying down on the seats an

THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. bouks, they lousened in the scabbards the big pistols t hat h!mg from their belt s and Emikd at the alarm of the other passengers. \V!th an air of quiet interest, the two men watched the work oi the robbers f o r a moment, and t h en their attention was attracted by the actions oi a young lady, who oc cupied the scat directly in front of them. As soon as she i.\W the big robber enter the door she began to wrap a dark veil about her face. She turned to the back door, but there was no escape. That door was by a ri;asked robbe r, vvho held a revolver in each hand. "My God, if he should recognize. me I am. lost!" the :voung lady said in a whisper, as she tugged at the black veil in her efforts to conceal her features. words were everheard by the two men who sat be hind hl"r, and tl;e y exchanged glances, but saiu northing. The acti ons ot the young Jady attracted the attention of the leader of the robbers, an

Tt.1E JESSE JAMES STORIE.So 3 was a castle, where he could flee whe n pursued for some of his robberies. None of the passengers or trainmen knew the girl carried off by the Mormon bandit, but they had no doubt that he intended to take her to his home in the hills and make her his wife. She would be number six teen. When the train reached the next station, which was only a few miles beyond the sc ene of the attempted rob bery, a young man, who had the appearance of a well to-do young cattleman, was waiting on the platform. He eagerly watched the few passengers alight, and was ab out to away with a look of disappointment on his face when th e c onductor a s ked him if h e had been ex pecting some one on that train. "Yes, a young lady; have you seen her?" "I don' t know, can you describe her?" The young man gave an accnrat.e description of the woman who had been carried off by the Mormon bandit. Briefly the conduct o r told him of the events of the evening, and of the abduction of the girl by Dick Dudle y "The infernal scoundre l !" muttere d the y oung man, who was g r eatl y atii tate d by the ne\\"S of the girl's cap-ture. "There is only one man who can cope with Dick Dudley here in Utah, and that man is Jesse James I would give half I po s s e ss to find hi l n .now." "Jesse James is here!" The young man on the dep o t platform wheeled around, and saw two tall, bearded men standing at his sid e "I am Jesse James," one of them said, very quietly. CHAPTER LXXVIII. CAUGHT IN A TRAP. The richest planter and ranchrnan in Northern Utah was John Ellis. He lived in a big st o ne house on his ranch a fe'vv miles west of Ogden. Ellis was a Gentile, but had lived at peace with his :Mormon neighbors for many years. Effie Ellis, the old ranchman's daughter, was the pret tiest girl in Utah. She had been educated at an Eastf_!rn college, and had traveled in Europe, but wh e n her mother died she came back to the western home, to remain with her father and keep house for him. In that wild country it 'vvas natural that the handsome and accomplished young lady should have many admirers. The social circle in which she reigned a queen was a small one, hut a score of rich, young ranchmen had thrown tht:i hearts at her feet. Among : e r many admirers, Effie Ellis encouraged but one. Jack We!J.b, a manl y young fellow, when he fin ished his cour s e at Harvard, found that the fortune he expected to inherit his father had lost in s peculation. with a few hundred dollars the young man went \Vest and starte d in business for himself. He purchased a small cattle ranch in Utah, herded cattle himself, and by close attention to busin e ss, was soon en the road to prospe rity. When Jack Webb met Effie Ellis, it was a case of love at fir s t sight on his part, and she could not long conceal the fact that she cared m o re for him than for any other young man she kn ew The result was that the y were s oo n engaged. Efe's father admired the brave handso me y oung ranchman, who h a d wen his daughte r s heart, and readily gave his cons ent to their uni o n. The date of the wedding h a d not been fixed. Effie's father asked that they d e lay the marriage for a while. He would be all al o ne wh e n 1his daughter left him. Jack and Effie wer e ,_both young, and they could wait a while Among Ran chman Ellis' Mormon neighbors was Elder D i ck Dudley. He vvas oc c a s i o nally an uninvited vis itor at the Ellis home, and it \'.'' as easy to learn the object his vis its. He looked wi t h treacherons ey e s on the pr'Ctty daughter of the Gentile. J o hn Ellis knew that Dick Dudley was a bold and dangerous m a n He had bear9 the stories quietly cir culated that Dudley was the of a band of des perat e highwaymen, and was the man in the black mask, known far and wide as the Mormon bandit. In that wild \V estern country, wher e nine-tenths of the pe o ple w e re Mormons, it was hard to prove anything against a man who was a leader in the church, and pos s essed the c o nfid e n c e of the a postle s at Salt Lake City. Ellis feared fo r th e ho no r and safety of his daughte r, and to o k care to d o and say nothing that might anger the n o torious elder. Dudley made no ? ecret of the fa c t that he believed in and practiced polyg a my. He had tried to make converts to Mormo ni s m of Ellis and his. without suc cess. One day while Effie Ellis was alone in the home she roeceived an unexpected visit from Dudley. She was greatly alarmed at his sudden appearance, for she was afraid of him. He was a coarse brntal man, and very repulsive in appearance. Miss Ellis tried hard not to betray the fear she felt, and made vain efforts to treat her visitor civilly. Dudley made no effort to beat ab out the bush, but stated his busines s at on ce He wanted Mi s s Elli s to Leccme his wife. He decla1 .. ed that she was the only woman he had ever really loved, and said that much as he loved his church and its teachings, if she would consent to be-


THE JESSE Jf\MES STORIES. come his wife he 1Yot11d re s pect her religion, ancl would give up all his other wives. Effie was at first almost overcome with fright, but J)nally her indignation overpowered all other emo tion:s. She told Dudley that his proposal was an insult, and ordered him to leave the house at once and never enter it again. "Better consider my offer," said the elder, with a leer. "Leave the house at once!" "I'll go this time my pretty uear, but it will be to the church, where I ,,iil have you recorded as a conyert and Siealed to me for a wife. You do not understand the power of our church, but you shall find out. I have sworn that you shall be mine, and you cannot escape me. The power of the will aid me to win you." With this threat the elder turned and left the honse. As soon as he wa s out of sight, Effie Ellis fell to the floor in a swoon, but she recovered and then came the f4ll realization of her danger. She knew that Dudley was a scoundrel of the deepest dye; and would stop at nothing to accomplish his purpo'se. Effie's first thought iYaS of her lover. She would go to him for advice and aid. Her father came home a few hours after Dudley's departure, but she did not tell him what had occurred. She did not wish to alarm him, if she could help it. Jack \Veibb's ranch was J.a:cated near Rossville, twenty miles west of the Ellis l'anch. Effie Ellis often went to Rossville a:lone to clp her shopping, and sometimes re mained there over night with some of her young lady friendis. An hour after Dick Dudley left. the Ellis ranch, a message was flying over the wires to Jack webb at Rossville. It read: Meet me at depot, midnight train. Important. EFFIE. Effie Ellis told her father that she was going to Ross ville on the night train. She told him she had some shopping to do. and go do\\ : n that night and return early the following clay. As she had made similar trips before he thought nothing of it, and when he kissed her good-by, at the depot that night, he did not dream of the suffering that was in store for both of them before they met again. Jack \Vebb received the telegram from his sweetheart in time, and was at the depot in R o ssville to meet her. He could not imagine wh<:.t tile important business was, but he felt no uneasiness. He knew that Effie had been on the plains long enough 1to take care of herself under circumstances. !t was chance that threw_ Effie Ellis an easy victim i ,nto the h;;nds of the dread Mormon bandit that night. He h;:i,d r:o knowledge that she would be on the train. Tlie band of ontlaws and ri;ibber?1 of which Dick Dud-. ley was the seqet leader, had been idle some time and they wanted a job. Some of them were out of money, and he had agreed to lead them in a train robbery .. It was an easy matter to rob a train in that locality, 'and easy to escape because the public at that time credited all the train robberies in the \i\T est to the Jam es boys and their foliowers. When the Mormon bandit recognized Effie Ellis among the passengers that night, he forgot his usual caution, he was so elat ed and made no further effort to conceal his identity. He realized that the girl, was in his po.wer, and determined at once that she should. not escape him. He gave no further thought to the train robbery, and at once ca!J.ed off his men. \h/hile the train sped on to the \Vest, the Mormon bandit, 1\l ith Effie E llis held in front of him on his horse, galloped away toward the hiils, Jolloweq by the remnant of his band. Tbey did 11ot wait to learn the fate of the three members of the band who were the car with Dudley. ,, Jack wehb's heart sank when the conductor told him of the abduction of his sweetheart by Dick Dudley. Ko man in Utah knew the character of the Mormon elder better than Jack Webb. n1onths a Jot of cattle had been stolen _from b l. c attle and in looking them up he had done a litHe \1ery clever cjetective work. He had secured evidence enough to convince him that Dick Dudley was tiie bead of of the worst bands of outlaws and robbers that ever existed in the West. \?./ebb made no aittenipt to secure the arrest and con vi,:tion of Dudley, because he it would be useless. He knew the pO\ver of the l\ormon t'hurch, with its secret agents all over the territory, too weil. His business interests, too, were amongthe NLormons, and he could not afford to incur their enmity. He did not dream of Dick Dudley's infatuation for Effie Ellis. Jack V/e b b spoke the truth when he said there was only one man ,vho could cope with Dick Dudley in Uta h, and that man was Jesse James. It required a man of grear t cunning and to run down the Mormon ban dit in the hills, where he was surrounded at all times by his band of follovvers, and baq :the terrible power of the Mannon church at his back. The conductor had given the signal to go a head, and Jack Webb had turned to leave the cj.epot at Rossville, when the two s itnmgers approached him, and one of them said, in a quiet tone : "Jam Jesse James." "I never saw you before; how am .I to know that you are Jesse James?" asked Webb. "I will.prove it," answered the quietly. "How yo1.1.prove. it?", . .:


THE JESSE JJ\MES STORIESo 5 "You said, just now, tha:t Jesse James was the only man tha.t couid cope with. Dick Dudley, the Mormon bandit?" "Yes." "\Ve!!, what do you want done with Dudley?" "He has carried off the woman I love, and if she is not rescued at once he will force her to beeome his wife, or worse." "And you \Vant the girl rescued?'' ".. ... es." "Go: :id; I will rescue her, and prove that I am Jesse James at the sarne time. I know Dick Dudley, and I have an old score to settle wi-th him. Can I depend on you not to betray my identity, if I convince you .that I am Jesse James?" "You can. Here my hand on it." "Good! This is my brother Frank. \Ve three will work together, and without other a;sistance. You want to rescue girl you love; Frank and I have come to Utah to settle some oi4 scores with Dick Dudley. Do yon know his hiding-place?" ''Yes." "Can you provide us with horses?'' "The best in Utah." "And xou \Vill guide, us to, hi s hiding place?'' "I shall start at once' on his trail, and I do not intend to leave it until Effie Ellis is out of hi!> and ii he Ins harmed a hair of her hea. d hi's life s hall pay for it." ''\Ve will go with you, and there is no time to lose." The three men hurried away to Jack \iVebb's ranch, and two hours before dawn they were riding toward the hills where the of the Mormon band,it wa s located. The home of Dick Dudley was a big stone house that hacl the appear:>.nce of a castle. It was situated on a hill, and could be approached from only two directions. Vvindows in the house commanded both approaches. A small band of well-armed men could hold the house against an army. Late in the afternoon of the day following the abduction of Effie Eliis three horsemen approached the strongbold of the gre-at Mor111on bandit. The three men were Jack vVebb, Jes se and Frank James. They approached the house very cautiously to guard against an ah1bush. Their horses \rere left in a wooded valley some distance away, and they crept up on foot. Jack Webb was confident they would find Effie Ellis a prisoner in the house, and he was not a little stirpri sed that they met with no resistance and found no sentries on guard. They reached the front door of the house, and were greatiy surprised when :Oudley .answered their knock in person He was clad in hi s robes as an elder of the church, and in bi s hand carried the book of Mormon. Dudley did not recognize the two men who had cut short the career of three members of his band the night before. He knew Jack Webb, and with a great show of hospitality, invited his visitors to en.ter. "Where is Effie Ellis?" asked Webb, sternly. "I do not know," answered Dudley. "You lie; she is a prisoner in this house." Dudley laughed. ''Indeed, you astonish me. It has been some time since I h

6 THE JESSE JJ\MES STORIES. 'Ou t with your guns, boy s we hav e been caught l i ke rats i n a trap, and mu s t fight ou r 11ay ou t," cri e d Jesse. \Vebb and Frnnk ran to the d oo r and looked out. They had, ind e ed, bee n caught in a t rap. The h o u s e was s ur ro und e d b y th e Mo rmon bandit' s desp e ra t e b a nd of outl a ws and mbb e rs. The three men drew thei r t ; ev olve rs. They would not

THE JESSE JJ\MES STORIES. the po,1;er of this man, nor the power of the Mormon church. The elders have no fear of the laws in Utah." '"Bc1t Dick Dudl ey will not dare t o keep me a prisoner here." . "He has kept many others prisoners, and he has done more. He has-. -" The sentence was ctfr short. The door opened and the Mormon ba 1 1dit entered. \Vlfe No. 4 took up tbe tray and ieft the room, leaving Effie alone with her captor. ":dy pretty dea1, I hope you will soon feel quite at home here," said Pudley,. adva1icing toward his prisoner. Effie shrank from him in terror, and did not answer. "Shall I send for an eider a11d have our v.:edding take place to-day, or do you prefer to wait until to-morrow?" "\Vhat do you mean ?" "That vou arc to be mv wife, of course." "You l;ved by the sound of hurrying footsteps.


THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. "My God they have discovered my p1an !" cried Lena Burto n. This way, qu i ck, we must fly at once. It is death to remain here." She opened the door of the cell-like room and dragged Effie Ellis out into the hall. 111en she ran into another room, and came back in a moment with two pistols. Take one of these; we may have to fight for our lives, and if there is no escape, you prefer death to dishonor." Another pi B tol-shot rang out, as the two women ran down the long, dark hall. At the head of the stairs they paused a moment and listened. All was silent below. They hurried down the stairs, and Lena Burton led the way along the lowier hall toward a door. They had gone lesos than a dozen steps, when both stoppe d suddenly, and gave a slight scream of terror. The two women suddenly found themselves face to face with Dick Dudley. The big bandit barred the way to liberty. Their escape was cut off. CHAPTER LXXX. AN OLD SCORE TO SE'rTI,JL Dick Dudley, the Mormon bandit, feared only one man living. That man was Jesse James. He had good rea son tx:> fear him. Dud1ey did not reoognize the two men who had shot three members of his band, while they were robbing the Union Paci.fie express train. At that he did not dream that JeS1Se James was within five hundred miles of Utah. The Mormon bandit wa:s seldom pursued after his robbing exipeditions. His name carried terror with it throughout Northern Utah, and there was no sheriff bold enough to follow him to his stronghold in the hills. While he had never been attacked at his home, he was aways prepa :red for one, and it would have been impossi ble to have taken him by &Urprise at any time. The day after the abduction of Effie Ellis, Dudley took extra precautio11's to prevent the rescue of his prisoner. He kne\v that as soon as her father and lover learned what had haippenied they would never rest until they had found her. He was determined that she should be his wife before any one oould come to her rescue Dudley was not much surprised when he saw three men approac!J his house the afternoon following the ab drtction, and recognized the leader of them as Jack Webb. The othw two men he did not recognize until he heaird the voice of Jesse James. The big bandit as he saw the three men coming He could g ues s their mis,sion, and he was ready to receive them. His followers were concealed near the hottse, and they had been instructed what to do in case '1:hey received a cer tain signal. Dudley's face turned pale, when he recognized the voice of Jesse James, but he tried hard not to show by his man ner that he had ever seen the man before. The Mormon bar.dit realized that thi1s was no chance meeting. Several years before Jesse James had sworn to hunt him down, and when they met one or the other must . Dudley was face to face with a man who was more than a match for him in cunning and daring, and that man was his mortal foe. Jesse James was superior in the skill of handling a revolver. In a duel at sight, Dudley knew that he would have little chance for his life. He must in some way outwit his enemy, and take him at a disadvantage. This in part was the reais.on of the Monnon's suave manner to his unwelcome vis itors. Several years before t4.e time of this story, Dick Dudley and Jesse James had known each other in Missouri. They were never friends, for the reason that Dudley was a crafty, cunning scoundrel, who would stoop to any means to accomplish his ends, while James was a danger ous, brave young fellow; 'who would scorn to do a dis honorable act. He alwan keP,t ,his wo rd with friend and foe. Jes sie James had loved Lena Burton, and she had promised to be his Dick Dudley had prOJ>9sed to her; and Waa refosed. This made him furious. He. the State and went to Utah, where he joined the Monnons, and soon became an elder. He turned highwayman, and was soon very wealthy. But he did not forget the girl who had scorned him. He was planning a teririble re venge, and he had sworn that she should yet be his wife. Before the time fixed for his marriage to Lena Burton, Jesse James was forced to le.ave_ his home, and go in hiding from the swarms of detectiVes .who were on his trail. Through all his exciting adventures the girl he loved remained true to him. Many times she saved him from capture, or death, by giving him information of the move ments of the officers who were hunting for him. One day Jesse received a visit from Dick Dudley. The latter told somethin 1 g of his career in Utah, and wia111ted to join ithe famous outlaw's band Jesse was su:spicious of him, but at Ja:st agreed to take him along on on:e expedi tion and give him a trial. That was all Dudley wanted. He was in the pay of the detectives, and he 011ly wanted an opportu11ity to be tray his successful rival in love. At the first chance Dudlev left the hiding-olaee of the



10 THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. A strang e light ca m e int o t h e flashing black ey e s of Lena Burto n, .and her lips grew pale. "I, t oo, have s worn to kill that man," said Jesse. "Come, l e t u s g et ou t o f this. Tl:e ad\' antage i s all on hi s sick w h i l e w e re m ain h e r e. VVe mus t esca p e fi.:om thi s house and then we will Dick Dudle v where our wi ll b e eqi1al. 1 may not Jet yoi1 kill him I p:--omi se tha t yo u sha ll see him d ea d a t your fe e t." Jes se Jame s took Lena b y the arm a nd led her alon g the ba!I t owa10s c th eir exit. But when the l it tl e party entered the di1!1Jy -lig"hted cave and l oo ked aho n t tl1e m a sight met their gaze that made even Jess e James shudder. I fro m the s tone cei ling of the cave hung fiv e human skele torn1. They t o ld a horrible story of Dick Dudley' s penalty fo r those who dare d to betray the secrets of his life. Five men had b ee n t ortnred t o cteatlr in the cave, .and th eir s keletons bung there as a terrible .warning to other


1'HE JESSE JAMES STORIES. 11 members of the band who might be dis pose

12 .. THE JESSE JAMES STQRIES. Jeb1Se James to.ok in clever work of \ V ebb at a glance. He utte red only o n e w o rd ; that w a s G ood!" Jesse Wai thinking then and not talking-. Effie Ellis wias unhuii t by t h e fall or the l ass o and the party pushed forward again. Once more the man w ith the las so came t o the brink of the cliff an rights for t he first ti m e in his life and ground hi s t eeth in rag e H e was a p r isoner, and t o b e h e lpl es s in the h ands of Di c k Dudle y meant d e ath. Jess e struggl ed to hi s f eet, and turned t o fa c e the man who had thro1rn the rop e The bandit had cllsmotmte d, and wais apv a ncing, hut lie kept the rope drawn tightly and, strugg le as lie w oul d, Je;;se co uld n o t free his arms T h e m a n wh o had thrown t h e rop e with such perfec t aim w as smiling w i t h s atisfac t i o n as h e came up. Jes se g l ance d at h i m and saw he was a '.\ti e xic an a t all power ful fell o w with a m o s t v ill aino u s fac e As t he big Mexican g rin.ll' e d with sa t isfact ion a t hi s good thro w hi s face look ed l i k e o f a demo n. "Ha! J1a m e foo la yo u cla t tim e .'! "Cune yo u, I'll p u t a bu lle t thro ugh y our h eart for that." 'No shoot n o w ," and the Mex ica n gave the rop e a pull a n d drew i t s o t i g h t Jesse win ce d w i t h pain. '\r..T h o are y o u ?" "De. y calla me L asso Pet e." \ i \ihat d o yo u \ Y a n t w i t h m e?"' "De Senor D ud l e y wa11ta yo u H e g i'.e ; 1d the face s p l'ead o ut i n to a h i d e ou s grin.


.. THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. J es3e James realized that there 'vas no u se tal kin g to his ca.pto.r. Dudley had", no doubt; offered a big reward to the who captured him alive. He was a prisoner, and hi-g only chance of escape was to outwit hi s captors. Lasso Pete picked up Jesse's revolv er, and put it in his own pocket. Then he remounted his pony a11d called to his capti v e t o c.ome on. Jesse could dro nothing but obey. Th lasso was still so tightly. drawn about his arms tha t he could not move them. As long as the Mexican held it tight J ess e wa s powerless to defend himself. He c o uld walk, hut his artns were helple : ss. Dick Dudley wa;s n o t more one hundred yards away \\ : hen J esse \\'as captured, a11cl had witnessed the splendid throw of the Mexican. But when Jesse James arose and looked about him, after being pu!J:ed off his horse, the Mormon bandit was nowhere to be seen When Lasso Pete started off with hi s pri sorte r, he led the way dire ctly toward the h ome of Dick Dndley. Jesse James walked along in silence. He was tryip-g to devise some plan of escape. He knew that Frank and Jack \Vebb would come to his rescue as soon as p0ssible, but they might be too ate. Airrivirig at the ba11dlt's house, t hey were met at the d oo r by Dudley, who could not repress a smile of sa t isfaction at the capture . but it was plain that the escape of Effie Ellis had rfbtl; e hin1 fu:iou s. Glad to sec you back," said J c-ss e no repl y. \ Vhere are your friends?" 11Saf_ely out of y.o-ur pov. er." 11Don't be too su1re of They must leave Utah to be out of reach of my power .. 'You won't trouble thtsm any" "What do yo n mean?" "That I intend to kill you." "Indeed! When?" "At the first opportunity/' "Jesse James, yo u will n everfind the opportmiity. Your days are r.umbered. You came to Utah to set tle an old gnigain in the ca\: e the chamber of hotrors. There was -a cav e within a cave in the chamber of horrors. At the back end of the main cave there was a stnal't openin g that led to a tnuch sma.llei' a:nd darker room. The entrance to this small room was barely large enough for a man to crawl through, and, when it was closed, the little room was entiriely cla.rk. Int:o thi s small rootn Jes'Se James was hustled by the o u tlaws, and, as the y cl osed the opening, they mmed him that he wot1ld be shot if he made arny attempt to escape when the opening was closed, the tlrst thing Jesse did was t o feel around him to ascertain the site of the pri90ti. in which he was confined. He found that he had jusit enough roorn to stand erec' t and to turn around. Outside in the main cave h e could hear the reguh1r ti-amp of a serntf) and he knew that his cell was guarded. It would Le folly to make any attempt at escape at tnat time. He wouid hoave to wait a.nd watch for a. better chance. In the dark cave, where JesS e James was a prisoner, it was impassibl e to tell da.y from night, bttt he kttew he bad been a jJrisoner only a few hour>s when the door was opened, and h e was ordered t o come out. Vvnen he reached the 0t .1tc:r cayc he s:aw t hat lt w a s near sundwn.


14 THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. A. dozen well-armed men were standing around, and a woman with a tray of food was there. She put down the triay, and J esse was ordered to eat, which he did with a relish. By the time he had finished his it was dark, and he was l ed foom the cave by the guards, one-half of them walking in front, and the others behind him. Through the sarne dark passage they went back to the castle of Dick Dudlev. The guar.ds with : their prisoner passed through to the front of the house. In a \front room they found blankets and food packed in bandies for them. They took up the bundles, a11d each one of the bandits took up a repeating rifle and fastened it about his shoulders hy a beit. It was evident that they were to go on a long journey. The prisoner was ordered to take one of the bundles of food and a blanket, and he obeyed without a word. Outside the house the party found horses already sad dled, and, mounting: they rode away to the west. Dick Dudley was not in the pa:liy. He had not bee.'1 seen while they were getting ready tp start. The members of the Mormon band of bandits fom1ed in a hollow square about Jesse James as they rode off. After they had gone only a short distance,-they seemed to suddenly grow suspicious that he would try to escape, and, dismounting, they botmd"-his feet together under his horse securely. All night the little pa.1ty traveled at a good pace. Few words were ; spoken by any one, and the prisoner was un able to lea.rn from the conversation of his guards where they were going, or the object of the trip. vVhen morning came, the party camped in a small grove on the bank of a strea!ll. .,f\.fter breakfast, and feeding the horses, the prisoner was told to go to sleep, as they would be in camp all day. One-half the guards kept watch, while the other half slept. Jes se James slept little that day. He was watching for a chance to escape, or to make a fight for hi s life, but none offered. \Vhen night came again, the journey was at once re sumed, and again they traveled all night. Soon daylight the following morning the party came in sight of a town of considerable size. "What pface is that?" asked Jesse. "Salt Lak. e City," arnswered one of the guards. Jesse James was being taken a prisoner to the citadel of Mormonism. He remembered Dick Dudley's threat that he would turn his enemy over to the saints as a spy. Jesse James could now understand why Dick Dudley had not killed him at the firist opportunity. The little party rode boldly into the city. They knew they had nothirng to fear there. A.iny man who was a friend of Dick Dudley was safe in Salt Lake City. Down the principal streets of the town the bandits car ried their prisoner, until they re:ached the g-ray stone building that served as a prison for the Mormon chu.rch. It was in this building that member.s of the church who were suspected of betraying its secrets were confined while awaiting trial, and there the condemned ones were put to death. Spies and informers of all kinds were tried and executed ins1de the gloomy old building-. No man who dared to betray the secrets of Mormonism was al lowed to live if he ever fell into the hands of the elders. Reaching the prisoo gate, the bandits dismounted and knocked. In a moment the gate was opened, and two men in the garb of Mormon elders appeare d. "A spy captured by Eider Dudley. He is to be held for trial by the saints," said the bandits, pointing to Jes se James. "Good! He shall be held, and the saints will try him / to-morrow," answered 011'e of the elders, and, taking Jesse by the a:rm, he led the wia. y inside the prioon. \\t'hen Jes se James heard the heavy gate close behind him, and saw it locked and barred, he began to realize that he was in the closest place he wa.s ever in in his life, and he began to wonder how he was going to get out of it. He was confident it was a.11 a plan of his enemy, Dudley, to get safely rid of him forever and he would be given little chance of escape. One of the ciders conducted Jesse to a cell and locked him in. In a short time he returned with a splendid breakfast, which the prisoner greaHy enjoyed. Jesse James spent the dtay a nd night in the cell of the Mormon prison, seeing no one except the eld .er who brought his meals. He ca refully examined the w alls aJ1d door of his cell, and found both secure. There was t1JO chance of escape from the cell. The following morning, soon after breakfast, Jesse was conducted friom his cell to the courtroom, where the inner circle of Morrnon saints meet to condemn to death those who have been fal s e to the o r have attempted to betray its secrets. Five elders, clad in their robes of office, sat on a small raised platform at one end of the room. "vVho accuses the prisoner, aml what is hi s crime?" asked one of the elders. "I acrnse him He is a spy," said Dick Dudley, step-ping forward. It wa:s just as Jesse suspected. This was all a trick of Dick Dudley to get him safely out of the way. But Jesse James was not de

THE JESSE JAMES STORIES .. 15 "Put d o w n my pist o ls." Jesse Jame s only smiled. "Yo u will be killed at once, if you attempt any resistanc e !:>ere " Y o u will die fir st, if I am." ''What d o V D U meen a prisoner for twenty-four hours, so he followed Dudley without a word. But he soon became suspicious when his guide led the way down a dark hallwa r y and a winding-stair, to a basement. Ther e he opened a small door, a.nd, turning to Jes1sc, said: "That will lead you to the street." Jesse James did riot adwmce. He was t o o cunning to be caught in a trap so easil y Glancing inside the room, he saw a sight that made him shudder. Ranged around the walls of the room on all sides he saw a score or more of human skeletons, a:nd on the breast of each one was a placard bearing the word "Trairor." Failing .in his plan to trap Jesse in the chamber of horrors, Dick Dudle y s udd e nl y resolved to take desperate chances of makiIJrg him a pri&o11er again. He suddenly sprang forward, intending to seize Jesse, and, by superior strength, ov.erpmver him. The big bandit was not quick enDugh. As he lea:pcd forward there was a flash an(f report, atJd a moment latel!" Dick Dudley !ray on the floor with blood trickling from a bullet-hole in his head. He had been too slow for Jess e James. Another enemy W(l) S out of the way but the alarm had been sounded, and Jesse realitecl that t here was nrot a mo lose, He must get out o f there at once. Back up the stairway and th e dark hall, Jesse James rian without waiting to se e th e effect of his shot on Dick He 'turned t o ti{ r igh t sprang through a half opened door, and found h imself in the prison-yard, near the gate thmugh which he had entered. One of the eld e rs wa s t h e re trying t o s e cur. c the faste11' "Open that gat e at o nce," sh 9uted J e ssc, a1;cl, seeing the c ommand b a ck e d n p b_: a re v o lnr, th e o b e yed. Jes se sprang through the gate and stoDd o n the main stree t of Salt Lake Cit v a fre e ma:n. He walk e d sl ow ly aw.ay, h ut ke:pt a ":1-tch for s uit. H e kn e w a d es p e rate e f fort w onlcl be m ad r c t o r ecapture him but he s e e med in n o hurry to g e t o f t h e city. The gre2t o utlaw' s fighting M oad WaJS u p, n o w and he t o tea c h the nm: der o a s M orm:ms a le s s o:1 be before h e J.eft. The oppo rt\mity c a m e without deJ.ay. A bJ.o c k fro m t he priso n h e m e t o ne o f the m e n who had brought him there fr.o m Di ck Dm.l!l"" h11ch The .l\rlormon dr-ew his revolver, bnt, b e fore he could rai s e it he was s hot clo wn. B efor e the sound of the srhot ha(l tlied away a score of m e n surrounded Jess e James. They see med to spring from the ground. He started on a n111, firi n g right and left, but before he had g one a biock his ammunition wais exhausted. Then the Mormo ns closed in on him, an

' 16 THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. fri-end, but Frank tried to ! it off. He did n :-it want to betray his own feelings, and did not want to alarm Miss E1lis. Once when Effie asked about the man she had seen riding alone toward the house of Dick Dudley, Frank laughed and told her his brother had g-one back to settJ.e an old score with the bandit. "But he will be k illed by those terrible outlaws." "No danger of that. He h as be{c n in too many close places to be caught by thos e fellow s ." 'Nhile Frank James had g reat confidence in Jesse's abi lity to take care of himself, undi;r all circumstance s he began to feel decidedly une asy when night came on and nothing had been seen or heard of him. After supper at the ranch of Jack Webb, Miss Ellis said she must haste n home and reliev c the terrible anxiety of her father, who would nat rest until he l ea rned what had happened 'to her. Webb said he could not ri s k her going out alone. She might be captured by th e Mormon bandits again Effie said she was not afraid, but she did not object to havinP" her lover for an escort home. Thet'e was a train at o'clock, and the lovers boarded it. Frank James was urged to accompany them, but he declined and said he would wail at the ranch for his brother, or ride out to meet him. Jack Webb called up the superintendent of his ranch, and told him to s upply Frank James

THE JESSE JAMES STORIES.. 17 'No one thou .o-h1 t of searching the houses of the saints. He could not a refuge there, if he tried. At last the sea'."ch was given up, and the saints atTd elders were forced to the oonclusion that in some mysteri ous way the desperate prisoner had reached the street. When Jesse James sprnng through the window, he struck the ground square on his feet, and was unhurt. Without pausirng a moment, he ran around to the rear of the big temple looking for an exit from the yard. As he turned the corner of the building, he ran against a wom:an. ''Who are you?"' cried the woman, in alarm, as she caught sight of the pistols which Jesse s till held in his hands. "I was a pris o ner there, but I have escaped." "From the death-chamber?" "Yes." "You have not yeit escaped ; you cannot get out of the yard." "I will get out, and you shall help me. I don't want to be rude, but are you my friend or enemy?" "Are you a Mormon?" "N10." "Then I am your friend. Come this way quick, you have not a mome.nt to lose. I will show you a hiding place, but we mus t be quick, or we will be discovered." "\Vho are you?" "Only the wife of a saint or rather his slave now, but I will help you to escaipe. You can trust me." "Show me the way to the street." "Not now. We should both be discovered. I will hide You until night and then vou can away, and, perhaps, ' h d cl h :>" get out of the city. Had t ey con emne you to ea;t : "Yes." "For what offense?" "None. Dick Dudley, the Mormon bandit, i'S my enemy. I fell into his hands bv chance, and was turned over to the to be mnrdere d, by his orders I have no doul>t." "It is fortunaite that yon escaped. Dick Dudiey is a terrible enemy." "Do you know him?" "Alas, too well." "Are you anothef of his victims?" "Indirectly I am. NI v young siste.r fell into his hands, and he brotwht her to Utah. I carpe here in searc!-r of her, but could find her for a long time. I married a man who had been kind to me, only to find when too late, that he was a M .ormon elder, and already had ten wives." "Have you ever found your sister?" "Yes I iearned that she was still in the power of Dick Dudley: and I could do nothiT)g for her., He is a man of great influence in the Mormon church.' ''vVhat is your sister's name?" "Leoo Burton." "vVhat ?" Lena Bu:rton. Do you know her?" "Jt was to find her -and to rescue her from the power of that scoundre l .that I came to Utah." "\Vho are you?" "I am Jesse James." "Thank God, that you have escaiped. I know Lerna will be saved now that you are free. I have heard what a brave man you are. "I will save you, too, if I succeed in getting s.afely out of this infe\. nal prison." "No, no; you must not aitt.empt it. You would only,"be killed or captured. Live and escape to rescue Lena. She is y o lt'ng yet, and w<>s the favorite child of ou r mother. Save her: it does n o t matter about me." While they had been talking, the woman led the way to one of : the holl'!>es at the rear of the big ya:rd. They hurried along, and reached the house without having been disc overed. They entered through the basement, and the woman led the \.viay to a roo m on the top floor. "You mu s t hide here until night. No one will think of 1 looking for you 1-iere, and to-night I will find a way to get you 9 ut to the street, and out of the city in safety." \Vithout a w o rd, Jesse James entered the room. He trusted the WO!ruln fully. He remembered that Lena Bur ton had an older sister, and he knew the woman wais not deceiving him. The door had scarcely closed Oln JeS'se James, when ia crowd of men, led by Dick Dudley, en tered the yard. They l ooked everywhere for the escaped prisoner, but n o t a trace of him could be found. Then the gates leading to the street were all examined. The locks had not been di stu.rbed. The prisoner had no t r eached the street. That much was dear. If he h!ad not escaped, he must be hiding in one of the houses of the saints at the rear of the temple yard. The houses must be searched at once. Dudley led the searchers. By this time a soore of the Mormon secret police had been summoned, and they joined in the search Three hou ses had been searched without finding the daring prironer. The searchers entered the fourth house. It was on the top floor of this house that Jes'Se James was hiding. The search >va:s a thorough one. The prisoner woul r l be discovered if he remained in that room. There was a rap on the door where the prisoner was hiding. He opened the d oor, and the woman who had concealed him there entered the room. "Quick! They are searching the house. You will be discovered. The searchers will be sca;ttered through the house. You must try to reach the door. I will manage to have it unlocked. If you get safely away rescue Lena Burton, that is all I ask. This is all I can do for you." As the woman s-pcke, she handed him a belt and two pistols. At a glance he saw they were his own weapons tha.t had been taken foom him when he fell into the hands of Dick Dudley and his band. "Vv'ith these I can fight my way 'thrnugh an army of Mormons," said Jesse, ws he fastened the belt around him and examined the pistols to see that they were loaded. The woma,n had mot been out of the room two minutes, when there came another knock at the door. The searchers had their game cornered. Jesse had already decided on his plan of action. He would thmw open the door, fire a few shots into the searching party at close range, and then endeavor to reach the front door in the confusion before the othens could get together from the different rooms. vVith a quick movement he threw open the door, and th en, in an i n stant, four shots rang out. There wer e five men in front of the door. Four of them fell. The fiftli


18 THE JESSE JAMES STORiES. was k"Tiocke d sens el ess by a b low fl"om the g r eat out law 's rev o lver. Jess e Jam es leap e d over the b o di e s o f his fall e n foes and ran d o w n t he stairway fou li s t e p s a t a time. Ir. the hallway d own stairs h e m e t t wo more elder s running out of a ro o m They had been startle d b y the shots. 1 Anothe r s h o t, a-n' o t h e r quick blow with t h e butt o f a r e volver, and there were tw o foes l es s betwee n Jes s e James and liber ty. A few b o un d s more and he was at the fro11t door. The wife of t b e Mormo n saint had kept her w o r e!. The door wa s unl o c k ed. It was t h e work of an in stant to ope n t he door anothe r b o un d and J e s s e James stoo d o n the str eet a free man. But h e had no time to fos e His pursuers w o uld be after h i m in a m o ment. A s he das hed out at the door, he could hear heav v foo t steps running throug h the house, a s weil as the shouts and curses, of the startled pursue rs. With the spe e d of a de e r J es se James l e a pel:i forwar d, and r a n until he had turned a corner, and \\'a'S o u t of sight of t he temple where he had been a priso ner. Then h e s.topped running-. He realized that the whole city w o ul d soon b e alarmed, and htmdre ds o f m e n would be searching for him every wh e r e Ile mus.t use strateg y to es cape \ Valking' o n until be ca m e t o a qui e t s id e stree t fou11d a barber s h o p in a small back r oo m. H e entered the sh op a nd finding no other cus tom e r s present, o rde r e d the barber t o s h a v e off hi s b ea rd .Th i s d o n e he had his beau t iful auburn hair cut cl o se and then d y ed a j e t black. when h e lefa the sho p he did not look anything like the man whohad entered it half an h our b efore. But h e was not sati s fied with thi s di sguise He must cli:ange hi s clothing. Across th e stree t from the barber shop he found a clothit11g store. He walked in, and telling a clerk thait he was a cowboy and h'ad be en Elais t on a tri p a s k e d for a oompkte working outfit He w as on hi s wav bac k t o the ranch, he said ; he would have ro leave hi s Ea!>tern cl o the s behind. \iVhen Jesse James left the clothingstore half an hour later, he was dres sed in the garb of a Western cowbo y and hi:s disguise was compl ete. H is own m other would not have recognized h i m He w o re the regulatio n fla nn e l shirt, hoo ts, a n d s om brero. He k11ew en o u g h of the h a bi ts and manner of the cowboy to act the character he had as sumed without fear of det e t 'tio n. His dis.gui se was c o mpl e t e d n o ne t oo s'O, o n. When he came oLtt o n tbe stree t the Mormon po lice and spi e s w ere eyerywher c for him. The n e ws of his daring e sc a i pe and the s ho:oting of the elde;s wh o tried to c a pture him spread ov e r t he city in a very short time, and the n half the p opulatio n 1joined in the search. J ess e min g l e d free l y with the crowds on the street, and asked what all the excitement was ab o ut. N o one sus p e ct e d liiin. In a s h ort tim e he had an opportunity t o test l 1 is di sguis e very thol"'<.'Yu g hly. He saw Dick Dudley com ing t oward him on the street They met face to face The Mormon bandit looked at him closel y, and then passed on. He had be e n completely dece'.ved by the change in J e sse's a ppe arance. Then Jesse k ne w h e was safe. If Dic k DuJley oo uld n o t p e netmtc his dis.gui se n o other man in Utah c

THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. 19 "Well, if you are a giood all-round man, I might give you a job myself. I own a ranch up in the northern part of the territory. "I can do most any.thing ." "Can you rob a trarn ?'' "Well, that seems to be a leading question. Do you happen to be in the train robbing bu siness in addition to running a ranch ?" I occasion:ally take up a collcclion from rich travelers when times are hard." "Good, then you are the man I am lo oking for .It was on account of a sm2.ll loan from the express that I left Texas without saying good-by to the sheriff." "Do you know whom I am?" "No." "I am oometimes called the Mormon bandit. Possibly you m:ay have hear

20 THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. She thought of e s cap e but wh ert she looked at the halfscore of armed men around her she realized .that there was no hope of getting away. The girl was placed on the ho rse of the outlaw who had been shot and kil: x i by Jesse James, and with Dudley rid i11g-close by her side the band set out for the home of the bandit. On the l ong ride Dudley was very polite and attentive to his fair prisoner, and frequently tri ed to engage her in conversation, but she refused to talk to him. Dudley ;rnd his band camped that night in a narrow ravine, hal f -a-day's ride from the home of the bandit. At the head of the ravine a spring of fre s h water gushed forth, and it was a delightful spot for a camp. The bandit did not anticipate pursuit that night, but as a matter of extra precaution he placed two sent ries at the mou L h of the ravine, sev eral hundred yards below the camp. A m ong the band of outlaw s with Dudl e v there were sev e ral good cooks, and as they had broughtalong pleoty of prnvisions a go{)d supper was prepared. Dudley himself s erved a steaming h o t supper, with c o ffee, t o his fair prisoner, and she ate liberally of it in order to keep up her stn:11gth. One of the t w o men placed on guard at the motHh of the ra v ine v\'as Las. so Pete. J e s s e dared n o t b e seen talking to the girl, for fear of arousing the suspiciohs of the bandit chief. It was a rule among the Mormon bandit's band that new men must do most of the work about the camp. In this way it was made the duty of Jesse James to prepare a couch of blankets for the prisoner. This gave him an opportunity he had been watching for all day to speak a word to Effie Ellis. Dudley watched his prison e r clos e ly, and did n o t allow her to get very far from him, but while arranging the blankets on Effie's couch Jesse manage d to whisper a few words to her without being detected. While apparently deeply engrossed in his work, he said to her so low that no one else heard or suspected that he was speaking: "Do not sleep tonight. I am a friend in: disguise. Do not look at me, or attempt to speak to me, but be awake a.nd ready for flight at midnight." Effie Ellis heard the whispered words, and her heart gave a great bou11cl of hope and joy; but she was not a little puzzled. Many times that day she had scanned tfi e faces .of the men around her, and her been unable to recognize any of them, or to disc::over a look of interest or sympathy in her fate She .could not imagine who it \\'as that promised to rescue her, but she was wi lling to tnist any chance to get out of the power of Dick bttdley. Soon after supper the members of the band wrapped their blankets about them, and, lying down on the gMtind, were .soon fast asleep. Jesse James was among the first to lie down and apparently fall asleep. He selected a position as 11ear to where the prisoner was lying as he could without arousing suspicion. Dudley was the laist man in the camp to tum in. He had made several efforts to induce Miss Ellis to talk t o him, but finailly, when she complained of being tired and asked him to let her sleep, he desisted. \ V hen midnight came the campfire had almo.$t biirnd out, and every one around it seemed to be sound asleep. But two persons were very wide awake. In the stillness of the ,camp Effie Ellis could hear the of her own heart, and her nerves were strained to a high tension as she listened and waited for some move on the part of the man 1vho had assured her that he, was a friend. She had no rnearns of telling the time, but she was sure i t was after midnight, and still there was no move on the part of her unknown friend. J e sse James waited until he was sure that Dudley and all his band were sound asleep. The campfire still gave forth a fee b le, flickering light, and he made no move. The re gular breathing of the outlaws told that they w e re sleep i n g J e s s e J a mes stirred. as ii in his sleep, and made a slight noi se The regular breathing of the sl e epers A few moments rnore ancl the ca1npfire buirned out, and the camp was in darkne ss. Effie Eliis felt a light touch 011 her shoulder, then a voice clo s e to her side whispered : "Get up and follow tne, b1tt make no noise." She obey eC: at once, but her heart was beating Sd loud it seemed to her it would wake some of the sleeping outlaws Sh.e her hand grasped. by her f:iend, and a v01ce 111 the same low wh1sper said: "Folio\\' me. As sil ently as two shadows, Jes se James and the fair prisoner crept from the camp. Once one o f the s leeping outlaws moved uneasily and seemed about to wak e but he was only dreaming and soon slumbered soundly again. Not a wo r d was spoken as they cautiously made their way fr o m the camp. A htmdroe<: feet away they came to the horses. vVith out a word Jess e untied his own horse and the one that had been ridden by the prisone r that clay. They w.ere alre ady saddled. "'Ne cannot mount yet; keep close to me and make no noi s e saicl Jesse still in a cautious whisper, and he led the two horses down the ravine. Jesse James then crept forward in the darkn ess a little way, and then h e gave a low signal. It was answered by Las so Pete, the Mexican. Walking boldly for1 v atcl to where sentry stood, J c ss e s aid, in a matter-of-fact wa y : I am setit to relieve y ot1. Y o u go to camp and sleep." The lVIexican g ave a grunt of approval of this arrange ment, a ttd at once turned to go back to camp. The in stant the M exican s ba c k \\'as turned Jesse James raised a heavy pistol and brciug-ht the butt of it down oi1 the bandit's head with terrible force. The man sank to the ground in a heap. Jess i e leaned over him artd stru:ck him t\VO more blows on the head. "You won't give the alarm to-night," said Jesse, RS he hurried back to meet Effie Ellis. The two led their forward a little further, and pass ed safely out of the ravine to the open plain. There they mounted. "May I aik one qliestion now?" s aid Effie Ellis, a.s she was a ssis ted 011 her horse.'


THE JESSE Jf\MES STORlt.3 21 \ ... ,es/ v Vho are yo u 1.1,nd where will y o u take me, if w e g e t awa y from the bandits in safe ty?" i have chan g ed my appearance, or you w o uld recognize me I will take yo u t o your h o m e, Effie. J a m you r friend, t J es se J

22. THE JAMES STORIES. bri g htly no w a ncl t h e y c ould make their w a y without danger or difficulty. In a short time thev c a :ne to a small stream of wat e r with a few tre es along t h e banks, and there the y went into camp It w a s onl y two h o urs unti l daylig h t but spreading their blan k e s on the ground, Jesse prepared a comfortable bed f o r Mi s s Ellis, and ins isted th:ait s he lie down an d get som e slee p. S h e was ver y tired after the exciting eve:nt s o f th e night a nd s l e p t s oundl y until sunri s e The l ittle pa rt y h ad n o ioo

THE JESSE JAMES 23 I To guard against any possible surprise or ambush by concealed foe, Jesse James divided his men and they approached the house from ail directions. No one appeared to meet or resist them. A number oi heavy knocks on t he door were final'.y answered by the v;oman, known as wiie No. I, the woman who, for a few small favois, had remained true as tee! to the scoundrel who had ruined her llfe. She looked at the band of armed men in surprise. She ecognized J J a1nes as of the _new men who had one away with Dudley on. l11s last raid, and at on{'.e she uspectccl treachery, and \vas on her guard to protect .er outlaw husqand so far as possible. "\Nhat do you ;vant ?" she demanded, as Jesse Jam es ttempted to enter the house. ''I want Lena Burton, and I am goin?; to find her." "There is no one by that name here. "You maynot know her by that name. I believe she s known here as wife No. 15. D o you know her by hat name?" "No, I do not know i"'ho you are looking for." "You lie.'' The woman's eyes flashed, but she made no answer. ''Will you tell me where she is?" "I shall tell you nothing." "Then I shall search the house and the secret caves. mtil I find her." "This is a private house, and you s hall not seM"ch it." "It is the hou. se and .the hiding-place of the greatest coundrel unhung, and I am going through it frorh top o bottom to learn all of its mysteries." "You shall not.'' "And wqo will pre.vent me.?" "I will and as the woman spoke she attempted to lose the 1door. sr1e was not quick enough. Jesse James pushed the door wide open, and pushed he \voman to one side. . She reached for a bell-rope. 'Don't do that," and Jesse James caught her hand beore it touched the rope. 'No; you won't sound anr no: .summon any ieip. I think you are the biggest tool hvmg to try to rotect a man like Dick Dudley. I don't want to be ude and don't want any trouble, but I am going tO find 'Lena Burt911, and I will see that you do not inter \ere with. the search. If members of Dudley:S band in an. appearance while we are here they will need funeral to-morrow. Do you understand now that .[ 1ean business?" The woman made no and J csse told two of pis men to take her into the nearest room, and stand !uard over her until the search of the gJace was comleted. They' \\iere not to offer any violence, but to see hat she did not leave the ro om, or communicate with ny one while the place was being searched. Then Jes se detailed a number of men to guard every pproach to house. Dl.tdley and his men might re-urn at any moment. Then with Frank, Jack \Vebb and two cowboys, Jesse tarted on a search through the gloomy old house for ena Bur, ton, the woman he knew was buried alive some here. Jesse had 110t fo.rgo.tten the secret cave, the cave within cave, and he started to search that first. He knew that Dick Dudley was cruel and in-human enough to confine the girl there. In such a prison a strong man would soon go mad, and Tesse James shuddered as he thought of his old sweetheart confined there through the days and nights since she had fallen into the hands of the Mormon bandit after her first rescue. He had not forgotten the way, down the dark and narrow stairway, to the basement, and thence to the entrance of the secret underground passage. Jesse led the way, and the others followed close behind him. vVomen co uld be seen running about the house with white, scared faces. They di d not understand the meaning of the search, and had no idea what was going to happen. They had witnessed cruelties enough since they had been Mormon wives to make them tremble at anything. But the only woman in the house who was true to her outlaw husban,d was under guard. The rescuing party had nothing to fear from the 0thers. In fact, some of them would have been glad to be oi assistance in tho search, for Lena ;Bu rton was popular with her .companions in With a lan 1tern in one hand, to lighit the way through the Jong, dark passage, and a revolver in the other, Jesse James led the way towara the secret passage and the chamber of horrors. He expected to find a guard at the cave, if the girl was a prisoner there, and he was going prepared for fight, if it became necessary. He \VOuld make short woirk of the man who dared to oppose him now. With impa ,tient haste, Jesse ielt his way along the walls of the cellar, until he found the door leading to the secret passage. The lantern to intensify the hideous darkness down there. The door was rea-ched at last. He turned the bolt. It was .locked. With an oath, Jesse thre\v his weight against the door. It broke from its hinges, and fell with a crash. "This way, boys!" cried Jesse, and he rushed forward, along !'he dark and gloomy passage, toward the secret cave. He cocked his revolver as he went forwaTd. There would probably be a sentinel at the. door of the cave. The door leading from the underground passage to the main cave, the chatnber of horrors, was open. There "as no guard or sentinel in sight. Jesse sprang forward and entered the main cave. His four companions were close behind him. 'This is the door," Jesse cried, and he leaped forward toward the entrance to the inner cave. He pulled open the doo'r 'and looked in. The li>ttle ca\'e was empty. "Curs e the brute! I wonder if he has murdered Lena?" Jesse James' thin lips tightened over his teeth, and a dangerous gli ttet came into his flashing eyes. ''If he has harmed her I'll have a score to settle that his covvardly life cannot pay." Perhaips she is locked in some room in the suggested Frank. "I believe he llJl.s killed her, but we will search t'he house."


24 THE JESSI! JAMES STORIES. Jesse turned, and led the way along the dark passage back to the cella r. He sprang up the narrow stairs toward the first floor. A woman was passing along the hall just then, one of the bandit's wives. Without her hea:d, she said in a voice just loud enough for J e!i_se to hear : "There is a d()Or on the other side of t'he cellar. It opens into a dark room. Search rhat." The woman passed on. In faat, she had made no top while s he was speaking. Jesse repeated to his companions what she had said. "Better look for the dark room s1he speaks of. She could have no interest in deceiving us," suggested Frank. The five men tuimed, and erntered the again. 'flhey groped their way along the wall on the side opposite the entrance to the secret passage. They had almost reached the four ends oi the cellar, when they found a small door. It was securely locked. By the light of th e la ntern the five men looked about the cellar for somethi11g with which tb break the lock. ifhey found a heav y iron bar. One hard blow there was a craish and the door flew open. Jesse James, lantern in hand, started to enter the door. From the dark room there came a faint groan. "Great Heavens, is she a prisoner here.?" cried Jesse He rai s ed the lantern and stepped forward. The door opened into a low-ceiled room, not more than eight by ten feet in size. There was another groan, and Jesse called: "Lena, Lena! are you bere ?" A faint groan was the only answer. In a few moments t'he light of the lantern dispelled some of the blackness and gloom, and they could see objects inside the little room. In a corner of the place there was a rude couch. On the couch was the form of a woman, so thin and pale, i;;he seemed a ghost lying there in the gloom. Jesse James held the lantern above the face of the woman. "My God! it is Lena!" he exclaimed. . Stooping, he lifted the thin form fr01t1 the conch There was a rattle of chains and a groan. Tenderly Jesse laid the girl down, and by the light of the lantern he and Frank examined the couch. The girl was chained like a wild beasf. A heavy chain held her feet together, and one encl of it was securely fastened in the wall. A smaller chain was around the girl's wrists, and this was secured to the strong railing of the couch. Accustomed as they vvere to scenes of horror and cruelty, every man n the little room shuddered. "Speak to me, Lena. I Tell me, is this the work of Dick Dudley?" said Jesse. The only answer was a groan. The poor girl was not strong enough to talk. She ha'd been chained clown to that rud e couch, and left there to starve in that dark room. The brain of Dick Dudle y never plai:inecl a more hor ribl e death for his worst enem y. The brave rescu ers had come just in ti 4 ne. A few hours more in that terrible darkness and foul air of the under-gmund prison, and Lena Bufton would have been beyond human aid. The iron bar thait had been used to break the lock on the door was brought in, and the chains that held the poor ,,. girl prisoner were quickly broken. Then Jesse James took her up in his arms, and carried her tenderly to the floor above In one of the rooms he laid his burden. on a lou11ge, and turning to Frank told him to find some of the women in the house, and compel them to bring food and brandy. The poo.r girl. was almost starved. The other wives of the bandit were soon found am' most of them were willing and anxious to do all th could for Lena. 'le They brought brandy and warm food, and did alhe their power to relieve her tewible sufferings. Brandy and water, then food, was forced down her throat, and the poor girl soon began to revive under their influence. She ppened her eyes, and seeing Jesse James standing by her side, a smile came over her face. She 1 tried to speak, but he put a finger on his lips and told her\ to go to sleep and rest. Lena closed her e yes, a111d was soon sleeping the deep sleep of complete exhaustion. Not till then did Jesse James leave her side. His face was white and stem, but he said nothing "I am going to find out who is resp o nsible for this," h e said, to Frank, and then he led the way to the room where the old woman kno\\ n a s wife No. I was under guard. ''.I want you to tell me," he said, to this woman, "who chained Lena Burton in that dark room in the cellar." "'Vhy do you warnt to know?" asked the woman, sullenly. . "Beoause the one who did it shall die, the slow, tortur-ing death, which they planned for heir." "I shall tell you nothing." "I will find a way to make y ou tell me." A volley of and the yelling of a score of cow boys interrupted the conversation at that point. Jesse ran to the front door. He saw a cmwd of armed men advancing toward the house, and firing on his guards as they came. Dudley and his men had retumed. CHAPTER LXXXVII. THE m;A'I'H OF "DICK DUDLEY. Dick Dudley the Monnon bandit, had failed to recap turre his rescu e d pri so ner, Effie Ellis, or his stampeded horses. He and his men had home on foot. They had learn ed on the way that they were being hunted by a large body of armed men, led by two strangers, s o came expecting a fight. 'i\Then Dudley came in s ight of his home, aind saw a few cowboys on guard around it he thought some Gentile sheriff had b e e n bold enough to leiad a raid on his place. The big handit s mil e d at the prospe c t of a skirmish with a few co,,vhoys led b y a sheriff. He knew they would fly at the first fire from his band, as they had done so many times before. Dudley did n ot dream of the real identity of the t\vo


,, ,'''l I THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. 25 en in comma 1 nd Qf the co w boys this time, nor of the real Then they ran hurriedly through the da rk t. bject of th e ir visit to his house. pa s sageway to the cave. There the kegs were broken I The Mmmon outlaws, at Dudley's command, scattered open, and the powder poured in a heap on the floor. Thoo out into a line that formed a semicircle, and in that order one end of the !0111g fose was made fast in the middle 6f dvanced 011 the house, firing at the cowboys as they came. the pile of powder I The latter returned the firsit volley, and then fell back Then they hurried back through the undergiround passtoward the big h o use for shelter. age, Jesse carrying the fuse. It was long enough to reach \Vith rifles in their hands, Jes s e James and his four from the caive to the cellar. rl< companions sprang into the midst of the fight. They fired The trap a!'ranged, Jesse rent a man to the top of a hill i' a few sho:ts each with great rapidity, and of back of the cave, from which a view of the narrow ravine 11 the bandit's band lay dead on the grnund could be obtained. This man wa s to !ive a signal when 11l Jesse fired three shots at Dick Dudley, but the big the bandits approached the cave. bandit seemed to bear a channied life. Not one of the With a smile of Jesge stood at the door i ullets hit him. awaiting the s.ignal that would inform him that Dick Dud' But Dick Dudley realized that something unus ual had ley aind his men were walking into the trap set for them. \ ct.rred. This was no Gentile sheriff with a of He nrot have long to wait. In five minutes the si.gnal cowboys fighting this way. came, and then Jesse ran down to the cellar, and with his When Dudley saw the deadly aim of the men who had own ha:nds lit the fuse. aken pos session of his house, his da rk face tuirned pale. Then he came back to the front door and waited. The Only two men living would fight that way in the face of seconds dragged along until they seemed hours. uch odds. Could it be that he had Jes'Se and Frank Could have gone out? ames to fight again? the bigbandit asked himself. No, it had its duty well. Dudley called his men off, and they retired behind a There was a heavy rumbling explosion that sounded all hill out of gunshot, to discuss the situation, and delike a peal of distant thunder, and then the ground de on s ome plan of attack. trembled as from a.n earthquake shock. Taking advantage of this movement, Jesse James called A great mass of rock and C<2rth was lifted high into the s men around him oo receive his orders. air, directly over the cave, and fell back again with a The outlaws outnuri1bered them two to one, but Jesse mighty crash. mes had determined his last battle with Dick Dud-No man who was in the cave at the time of that exploy should be fought then and there, and that one of them sion sunived it hould die before i1t was over. Death, swift and sure, had overtaken the Mormon ban-Hc gave his men a few instructions, and told them

.. 26 THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. pain, she caught sight of the marks of the chains her W iMSt. "Do not mind those scars," said Jesse, tenderly. "You free now, and I am going .to take you back to Mis souri to your mother and home. A flood of happy tears told him how happy she was at the prospect of seeing the old home again. "Tell me, Lena," Jesse a r sked, "did Dudley chain you in that dark cell?" "Yes; he found that I helped in the rescue of the new wife, or the girl he was going to make No. 16, and he swore he would teacl1 me a lesson I should never forget. rr was to remain chained to my couch in that dungeon for a week. He did not mean to kill me, but the terrible tor ture was driving me mad. "Hie will never chain any one 1else in a dark dungeon ." "What do you mean?" I mean that I am goin g to kill Dick Dudley as soon as 1 can find him. -"Please don't." "\Vhy do you want his life s pared ? "That I may kill him myself. "You are not able ., "I am weak now but I wiJI grow strong for the sake of revenge. That man has rtiined my life forever and in the torture of that dark cell I was kept alive by my hopes of some sort of revenge I swore that if ever I esca,ped I would hunt him d o wn and kill him by slow torture, if possible It will be a poor revenge for all I have suffered; but I can die happy if I first see that brnte at tny feet suffering the pain of death in it s most horrible form. ''I wiil promi s e you that h e shall die ; and y ou s hall see him dead at your feet." "That is not enough Let me kill him. "We mu s t find him before we can kill him.' I will find him. I will s earch the world ov e r for him a n d when I find him I shall kill him." Lena Burton"s thirst for vengeance hdpecl her t o gai n strength. The se cond clay after her rescue fro m the dark dungeon she was able to walk about the house, and a day '1a.ter s he announced that s he was able to stand the jour-ney to the railroad s tati o n Dick Dudley had not returned to his home. He was supposed to be hilling s o mewhere in the hills with the remnant of his band o f outla ws. The stockmen and G e ntile of that sec tion of Utah were full y aroused at last and had decided to wipe out the la r st vestige of the band of thieves aJld outla ws Small parties of armed men were searching everywhere for Di1dle y and the f ew men wi t h him. If the great Mormon bandit fell into the hands o f the s e i 11en he would b e a speedy trial and there would be no e s cape from the decree of the court. Jesse James decid e d there was nb u s e \\"aiting for Dud-ley to return to his home. Bold a s the j\fonnon was, he wou)d not dare meet the little army of angry c o wb o ys and ranchmen who were hunting for him until he could gather arbund him another band of Mormon foJIO\,.,ers. Until he could get his men together he would remain in hiding in the hills, where it would be almost impossible to find him. Most of the men vvho had gone with the James bo y s to the rescue of Lena Burton joined with some of the numerous bands of. vigilants to continue the seatth fG the M o rmon bandit. tH Jessc 'and Frank, with Jack Webb and two of his me started with Lena Burton for \;v'ebb's ranc h. Lena wa anxious to get a\Yay from the place where she had sul fered so tnuch; and she said she \vas strong enough t h stand the journey / She wanted to go at onoe to the nearest railroad st< tion, and there take a train for Missouri to see her mothe. h She would retnri1 to Utah to slay Dick Dudley when sh had fully regained her strength. ] ack \"I ebb would not consent that she should leav s Utah so s o on. She must go with Jesse and Frank to h f n ranch and there actept his gener. ous hospitality for a fe1 a days. s There was another reason why he insisted on her n. maining a short time. In a f.ew days he was to be married to Effie Ellis, an a h e insisted that she must remain to the wedding The little party set. out for Webb's ranch early on morning. The two cowboys rode a short distance in frm to guard, against the danger of attack by a wanderin band of Mormon outlaws. Jess and Lena rode together, while Jack Webb an Frank James brought up the rear: They did not that Dick Dudley would_ dare t foJlow them, but the men were all well armed and read for any emergency. . Every few miles they met small band1 s of armed rand men and cowboys hunting the Mormon bandit arid h ; men. -The honest people of Utah were fully aroused, and the were determined to put an encl to" the career of Dic Dudl1e y By noon Jesse and his little party had rwden twent miles, and for two hours they had seen no cowbo ys. They ha!te

THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. 27 Jesse gave the word ro mount, and in a few moments they were galloping over the plains toward the hill. They had gone less than two hundred yards whe11 they were discovered by Dudley and his men With a shout the Mormon bandits put spurs to their horses, and then began a l\vely race for the protecting summit of the hiH a mile away. It was an exciting race, but with the start Jesse and his friends had, there could be no d o ubt of the result. But suddenly a new danger loomed up in view. Away to the left of the course they were riding there suddenly appear e d, over the cPest of a hill, a great black mass of running animals coming toward t hem, with a roar of hoofbcats that sounded like the heavy billows of a stormy sea. It was an immense herd of stampeded cattle. They were coming at right angles to the direction J ess c i and his friends were riding, and would cros s their path half-way to the hi.\!. To turn back would be to fall int o th e hand s of Dick Dudley and his outlaws. To turn to the right meant to be nm down and trampled to death by that wild herd of cattle. No human power could stop them, or turn them aside, utl'til they began to grow rtired from a long run There was only one chance for safety from the tw o dan gers. That was to ride straight ahead, and ride fast enough to cross the path of the stampeded herd ahead of 1hat living mass, that meant death to men or animals who got in front of it It was a desperate chance. If a horse stumbled and fell, horse and rider would be ground to death under the hoofs of those beasts. "Straight ahead! Follow ,me! Ride hard!" Jesse Jan11es gave the command and, sinking spurs into the flanks of his horse, he rode ahead. The others followed, and even the horses seemed t

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CHARACTER PRIZE CONTEST. During the progress of the Prize Charac ter Conte s t this department will be devoted to the publication o f the best articles sent in by the c ont e st a nts. Here are some of the best ones receive d this week. The Victor of the First Battle in the W a r With Spain. (By George Bird, Watertow n, N. Y.) I hav e read a ll of your J esse James S torie s from N o. 1 to date, so notic e d your, p r i z e c onte s t mid th o u ght I would become a contestant. My a rticle is on Theodo re Roosevelt as _he i s my spe c i a l favo r it e I r e me mb er rea d ing about the first b a tlle in th e Spnnish war, when Roosevelt was lieut e nant-colonel o f the R ough R id er s They had land e d in Cuba a f e w m il e s fro m Santiago. pleaqed General Shaf te r that hi s m e n be permitted to go in the ad v ance column which w as t o move on Santiago, and the reque s t wa s g rnnted. The advance was begun at once On Ti1ur sday, the 2 3 d, th e ann y .ad v anc e d to Juragua, which th e e n e m y h astily e v acu ated a n d b y ni ght a junCt i on h a d bee n effe cted be t w een the m a in divi s i ons o f th e i n vacler s a t a point o n the h igh. ground snrro: m di n g Santiag o city a nd within t e n miles of tl;e guns of M orro. 'rh i s ad rni ice wa s effected without a s ingle c h eek. Beyo nd Jurag ua the Spani s h s u d denly ap pe a r ed in force, expectillg a pparently, to take the vanguard o f our arm y b y surpris e At da y break Friday June 24th ; the guard in g column which included the Rough Riders continued its forced march. Toiling through s wamps and b e a tin g their wa y brusl; the A meri c ans had come within eight miles of Santiago. The sound of tre es falling under the blows of axe s w as a warning that the enemy wa s ahead and preparing defeuses. A s c outing pa;ty o f Cubans familiar w ith the country w a s immedi a tel y forward, but they not gone far into t11 e ob"scure thickets before firing began in. front o f th e m. They p ro te,cted them s elve s as well as they c o uld and ,returned th e :fire. Shooting a s they plunged through the entang lin g branches and firing at the quick flashe s of the Spani s h Mausers the Rough Riders and the regulars, l e d b y Colonel Wood and Lieutenant-Colonel Roo s e velt, went with a cheer into tbe first fighting of the ge ne ral ad vance on SaJ.Jtiago. Thus began the engagement known to hi s tory as the battle of Las Guasimas It wa s intensely trot as the .... . men a d v a n ced .ju the c onfli ct They were tired and d i rty but e ager for battle. Li e utenant-Colonel Roosevelt led hi s men t o th e cha r ge. H e wa s never la cking, this l e ade r of the r egi m e nt. Sergeaut H a milt o n F i s h 'Jr., wa s the fir s t man killed by the Spa11is h fire He was near the head of the col umn. H e s h o t on e Sp aniard who was firing from the co ver of a d e n s e p a t c h o f underbrush. When a bullet stru c k his Lir eas t b e sank at tile foot of a tree, 'IVitb bis b ack a g ain s t i t. C apta in C ap ron stood over him, shoot i ng an d others ralli e d ronud him, covering the fallen man. He li v ed tw enty minutes. He gave a small ladies' hunting ca se wat c h from his belt to a messmate as a last s ouvenir. S o m e m inute s l ater Captain Capron fell mortally wound e d 'I'be 'Charge was soon over. The Spaniards b ro ke a nd ran, and for the first time our soldiers bad the pl e a sure whi c h the S paniards had been experiencing all th r ough the engagement of shooting with the enemy in sight. Sam Houston' s Life with the Indians. ( By We s le y C a rter, Nasi1ville, Tenn.) My hero is General Sam Hous ton. I think his career was one of t J1e most wonderful I ever heard about. He wa s six feet high and ha d a magnificent I would like to su b mi t a n article about his life with the Indians. You k n ow, he wa s at one time Governor of Tennessee, and it was wh i le in t ha t _offic e that he married the lady that brought 1 1 im so mu c h troub le. I don t say it all her fault, but neither do I think it was all Houst

80 THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. Well, the Indians he went to live with were the Cherokees; and their chief was Oolooteka a nobl,e-Jook ing Indian who was six feet high and over sixty'years at that time. He had ten or twelve servants, a large pJantation and five hundred head of cattle. When the old chief saw Houston be threw his arms around him and embraced him with great affection. Houston passed nearly three years among the Chero kees. He was always invited to mingle in the councils of the Cherokees during his res i dence among them, but while he often met them as a friend, he never entered their councils or joined in their deliberations. The chief coun seled with him often about his people, nor was be long iu becoming acquainted with the oppressions and glar ing injustice which had been inflicted on the';!VbY the agents to whom their affairs had been entrusted in their migration to that conn try. In excl?ange for the territory t4ey had occupied lower down on the Arkansas, they were, by treaty, to receive twe nty-ei ght dollars per capita, which amounted, iu the aggrega te to a vast sum. Instead of paying this money, as they should have doue, certificates were issued by the agents, under the pre tence they had no money, and as paper is always con sidered worthless by Indians, me rchants, who had connections with the agents, pmchased up these cer tificates in a fraudulent rnan uer for a mere soug1 repre senting that it was v e ry un cer t a in whether the govern-ment ever could send them mon ey. A m acki n aw hlauket, a flask of powder, aud even a bottle of whisky, was 'often all tllese defr a ud ed exiles ever got for the plighted faith of our governm en t. After seeing these an

Ht1nting and Trapping Department. This department is brimful of information and ideas of inter e st to the yoling traprA; and hur:ter. Vv'rite us !f y o u ar.y quest ions to ask these subjects, and j the y will be ansvvered m a special column. Address all comrnumcat1ons to the "Hunting i and Trapping Department." 1 Hoop .No.oses. Snares are among the most interesting and ingenious of the trap kind, besides being the m os t sure e fficacious. They po s sess one advautage over all other traps ; they ca1i be mad e in the woods and out of the commonest material. Let the young trapper supply himse lf with a small, sharp hatchet, and a stout, keen-edged jack-knife-these being the only tools require d He should al s o provi d e himself with a coil of fine brass "sucker wire, o r a qtlantity of horsehair. noo s es, a small ball of tough twine, and a pocketful of bait, such a s apples, c o rn oats and the like, of cours e depending upon the game he intends to trap. With these his requirements are complete and he has the material for a score of capital snares which will do him much excellent ser v ice, if properly con structed. One of the best of these is made as follows: Take two flat pieces of wood about a foot Jong and two. inches wide, and lay one across the other. At the c euter where they iutersect, drive a nail fasteuing the two pieces together. Now drive a short post in the ground making the top about eight inches from the ground. The are now nailed to the top of the t1pright. nopse is now fastened to each end. Each uoose shoul

. 32 THE JESSE JAMES STORUES. of construction that a s ufficient number for fifty traps might be whittled in less tha n two hours, by an y smart boy w ho is at all "handy 'Yitb hi s j ack-knife. If a few good broad shingles can be found, the w ork i s even much easier-mere splitting and notching bein g then all that is necess arv. The bait stick should b e a b out eight, inches long, pointed at o ne end aud supplie d with a notcll in the other at about h a lf-an-inch frori1 the tip. The upright stic k should be considerabl y shorter than the bait s tick, and have a length of about t e n inches, one end being nicely pointed, and t h e b road side o f the other extremity supplied with a notch similar to the bait stick. About four inch e s fr o m the bltmt end, and on the narrow side of the s tick, a square notch should be cut, sufficiently large to admit the bait stick loosely The catch piece now remains. This should be about two and a half inches in length, half an-inch in width, and beveled off at each end into a flat edge. A hundred of these pieces will make a sm all bundle, a nd may be easily carried by the young trapper, together with his other necessaries, as be starts off into the w oods He will thus be supplied with parts for thir. tythree traps, a,Jl ready to be s e t, only requiring the stakes for the pens, which may be easily cut in the woods. Having selected a flexible sapling about five feet in length, and having stripped it of its branches proc e ed t o adjust the pieces. Take one of the upright sticks and in sert it firmly iu the ground, with its u pper notch facing the s apling, and at about four feet distant from it. Bend down the ''springer,'' and by its force deter miiine the r equired length for the draw string atta chin g one end to the tip of the sapling, and the other ne al' the end of a catch piece, the latter having its bevele d sid e uppermo s t The wire noose s hould then be attached t;,o the draw string about six inches above the catchpiece. A pen should now be constructed so that the game will have to reach the bait through the noose. Its entrance should be 6n the side furthest from the springe r, and should be so built as that the peg in the ground shall be at the ha c k part of the enclosure. The pen b e ing fin ished, the trap may be set. Insert the bait stick with bait attached into the square notch in the side of the upright peg; or, if desir ed, it may be adjusted by a pivot or n ail through both sticks, alway s letting the baited end project towa r d the o p en ing. Draw down the catch piece, and fit its ends into the notches in the back of the upright peg and extr emity of the bait stick. By n ow puqing the l atte r sli ghtly, and gently withdrawing the band, the pieces will h o l d themselves together, onl y awaiting a lift at the bait of dislodge them. Adjus t the wi r e loop at the openin g ot the pen and you may lea v e the trap with the utmost confi de n ce in its ability to take care o f itse lf and a n y unlu cky intri1de r who tries t o s te a l i ts p ropert y. Mos t o f t h e sna re s a re constru c t e d fr o m ro11gh l'IVi gs, as th ese a re a l ways to be found in the wo o ds, and w i t h a little practi ce a re ea si l y cut and shap ed into th e de s ired form s. If de s ir e d, ho wever, inany of the m may be whittle d fr o m pine! nood like the foregoing and the pi e ces carri ed in a bundle, read y for imm e diate u s e. In either case, whethe r made from the rough twigs or s e ason e d wood it is a good plan to hav e the m already p re pared and thus save ti m e at the trap ping g round w h e n ti me is more valnable. The Portable Snare. 'l'his is sim p ly a I\lOdificat i on o f the snare jus t described, but possesse s decid e d !ldtantag es over it in many respect s In the first place, it require s little or no protection iu the s h a pe of an enclos n re. It can be set in trees or in swamps, or in s hor t in an y place where an upright el astic bra n ch ca n be found or adjusted. Like the foreg oing, it is to be commended for its portability, fifty or sixty of the pieces making but a small parcel, and furnishing mater ial for a score of traps. We call it the "portable snare," partly in order to distinguish it from the on e just described, but chiefly because this par ticular variety is generally called by that name in conn tries where it is most used. It is compos e d of three pieces ; all to be cut from a shingle or thin board. Let the first be about eight inches long, and three-quarters of an inch in width. This is for the upright. An oblong mortise should be cut throug h this pi e ce one inch in length, and begin ning at about an inch from the end of the stick. Three inches from the other end a notch should be made. The bait stick should be four or five inches long, one end fitting ea s ily into the mortise, where it should be secured by a wire or smooth nail driven through so as to form a hinge, on which it will work easily. On the upper side of this stick, and tw o inches distant from the pivot, a n o tch shoul d be cut, similar to that in the upright. 'rhe catch piece should be about two inche s in length, a nd beveleq. off to a fla t edge a t each end. This com pl e tes the pieces. To set the trap, it is only necess ary to find some stout sapling, after which the upright stick may be attached to it close to the ground b y the aid of two pieces of stout iron wire twisted firml y around both. It is well to c!lt slight grooves at each end of the upright for the recep tion of the wire s in order to prevent slipping. T j e a strong pi e ce of twine a round one end of the catch piece, knotting i t on the b e veled side. Cut the string about two fee t in length, and attac h the other end to the tip of the sapling. Adjust the bait stick on its pivot. N6w lo w er the catch piece and lodge the knotted end pe neath the notch in the upright a nd the other end in the notch on the bait stick. Care should be t aken to set the catch pieces as slightl y as pos s ible in the notches, in order to insure se n sitivene s s A t about four inches from tbe catch piece, the wire noose should b e attac hed and arranged in a circle directly around the bait. By now backing up the trap with a few sticks to prevent the bait fron1 beini: ap pro a ch e d from b ehind, the thing is com p lete and woe to the misguided c reature that dare s to test its efficacy By a d j u sting the dra wstr i n g so far a s the upper end of the ca t ch piece, the le v e ra g e on the b ait s ti c k is s o slight as to r equire a mere touch to overcome it; and we may s afely say that, when this trap is on c e baited, .it will sta baite d so far as animal in truders are concerned, as we ne ver yet h a ve seeu a rabbit or bird skillful enough to r e move the t empting mors el before being summaril dealt with by the no o se 011 guard duty


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