Jesse James in Mexico, or, Raiders of the Rio Grande

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Lawson, W. B.
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Entered as Second Class Matter at New York Post Office by & SMITH, 238 William St., N. Y No. 41. Price, Five Cents. MEXIC:O .' .. ('"' ___ ___ _ W. $ .. j / / "PUT UP THAT K'N'IFE, OR I'LL BLOW Y OU R HEAD OFF! SHOUTED JAMES.


I A WfeKLT DfALlnG WITH DETECTIOn Of CRIME Ismed Wee k ly By Su/Jscnptitm $ 2.5 0 per year . Ent ere d as S.con d Class Matter a t tu N. Y. P oJt Ojfiet, hy STREET & S MITH, a38 Wilha m S t ., N. Y. E11tered ilccor d tnl! to Act of Congrtss"' the yetir 1qo2, t he Office of t he LiM-ar i an of Congre ss, W a sltinrton D. C. No. 4j. NEW YORK F ebruary 15, 1902. Price Five Cents. Jl:SSE JAMES IN Mt:XICO: OR, Raiders of the Rio Crande. By W. B. LAWSON. CHAPTER I. PLAYING FOR A SCALP. On the Mexican side of t h e Rio Grande de l Norte, al mos t di r ect l y opposite Eagl e Pass on the Texan side oi t h e river, and lying in the State of Coahuila, is the l ittle town of Pied r as N egras. And thro ugh all the wide borders no one place had a reputation more in felicitio u s than this same adobe-built Mexica n town, whose inhabitants n umbered less t h an two t h ousand sou l s It was n o toriou sly a lively place a n d held out in du c ements of vicious ple asures, which made it a re cog ni z ed rendtzvous for all th e m o st and desperat e characters of th e frontiers. Such was Piec\ras Negras in th e year i877Late on the afte rn o on of a clay in earl y spring tw o men rod e down into this town of the Mexican frontier. The animals thty were mounted up o n were m a gnifice n t specim e n s o f horseflesh, showing the pride of race in every impati e nt movement of the ir glossy-skinned, handsome form s Nor were the riders far behind, regarded as examples of physical manhood. The one who on account of the full beard w hich hid the lower part of his face looked the mor e mature, but who in reality was the younger of the riders, was a large, powerfully-built man of thirty-two who sat upon hi s horse as though part of the anima l so gracefully did his form accommoclC\te it s elf to every motion of the spirited steed. His face would have bten called handsome were it not for the eyes, fie rc e and restless, that had something within t heir d e p t h s v 1 hich wa s at once rep e llent and cruel. His c o mpani o n wa s o ld e r by o r four yrnrs of a qui e t e r dem eanor, but with enough fac i al rescmb.Jance t o den o t e a close kin s hip 1Yith th e oth er. Bo t h were dre s s e d in st o ut serviceable garments and w ore wicle-brirn:-n ecl slo uch h a ts and both werie armed wit h r e peating rifles and r ev olver s As they entere d up o n the s qualid str ee ts of the town, the y ounge r of t h e rider s sniffed at the atmosphere w i t h an e x pression of deep disgu s t 1pon his features..


2 THE JESSE JAMES 5 TORIES. I-I e poinled, as he finished speaking, t o a laTge build in g bu i lt of adobe, and roofed w it h tiles, which bo r e a cross i ts wh it ewa?hed front in l e tt e rs a foot hi gh, th e 1Laryie: CASA GRANDE. Ri g htl y judgi n g that t his was a h ote l the two trav elers dismount e d and, bit ching their horses to a rail pro v i d e d for t hat purpose, en t e r e d the pl ace. It was a l ong, low room, with a h ard packed earthen floor a.nd fitt e d up at o n e end with a rude counter, be hin d which o n some s h e l ves a numb e r of b ott les and g la sses we r e arranged. A. number of narrow iron -barre-cl windows on eit11e r s ide admitted light into this apartment, and betw e e n t h ese, and firmly fixed to the walls, were set a d o z e n or so of sm all tables. A half-sc,ore of Mexicans were loun ging in th e place, drinking and playing at card s o r dice-evil-looking, sul l e n -faced "gr easers" all; and as the two travele.-rs e ntered they encountered scow ling l ooks ben t upon them fr o m the h alf-dozen m en. T he short sp ring day h ad draw n t o a close, and with nightfall t h e saloon ha d gradually filled up with men. Gamb lin g to be the chief attract i o n of the pla:ce, for at almost every table a game of cha nce of some sort was going on. I wonder if a f ellow cou ld get into a gam e;" the bearded st ran ger obse r ved, s urv eying the scene. "I haven't forgotten m y skill at th e cards, and maybe we might make expenses when you're in an enemy's conn try; live off of the enemy all you can, eh, Frank?" "That's sound l ogic, Jes se, an there's. a f ellovv that l ooks like he o u ght to pa.n out well;" a n d Frank indi cated a man who was seated a l one at o n e of the tables. The man was a finel y -form ed, richl y -dr essed Mexi can, of about forty years of age, but with a face upon \ v hich r ested a look o f evi l wh ich marr ed a n ot h erwise hand some c ou11tena nce He had a bottle and glass b efo re him, but was not drin king; h e seemed to be preoccupied wit h s ome mental problem, and was gaz ing m oodi l y into th e emp t y tumbler. "You are right; he l ooks as if he might have the r nc k s -1'11 g ive him a hail;" and strolling over to the tab l e Jess e dropped i nt o a seat oppos ite to the Mexican ''Como sc' ra, sen or?" he said, politely. The Mexican raised hi s h ead, a fierce look flashed int o hi s eyes, and for a m ome nt it s eemed as if h e would re sen t thi s intrusi o n upon hi s pri vacy. But if such had been hi s intention he controlled himself, and withou t notic in g the sa l utation, grnwled out: "What do yo u wa nt?" "Hello you speak English, e h ? that's well: 'cause m y Spa n ish i s kind o' pigeontoe d an' liable to buck m e out o' the s addle. The Mexican ma de a gesture of imp atie nce. "Again I ask what yo u .. 1 t ?'' he s aid fierc e l y. "Oh don't get mad ," the o th e r said, coolly. I saw yo u si1:tin' all alone an' came ove r to propose a gaane of cards." "You can be accommodated at any of the other tabl es.:...... I do n ot care to play wit h you," the Mexica n said, sh o rtly. And w i t h a dis dainful shrug of the sho uld ers h e drew hi s s erape closer abo ut hi s form. The a c ti o n brought a g l eam of anger int o the eyes of th e American "Well, ye needn't be so d e rn ed snappis h about it ," h e said, c o ldly. "You l ooked t o m e a little abov e the com m o n h e rd h ere That's th e r easo n I spoke to you "And who a re yo u pray, that presumes t o address a Span i s h ge ntl e m a n ? th e other sa id, di sdai nfully. "Pre s umes!" and a livid light flashed inito the e ye s of Je sse "You want t o pick ye r \\ords a lit t l e more careful, stran ger. An American n eve r presumes b y addressing any one.:' And then h e add ed, more quietly: "As for th e r est, I m a man any way yo u ch oose to take m e." T h e Mexican s miled sco rnfully. "There are men in Niex i co, too, se n o r," he said, s 1 g nificantlY. "Perhaps yo u call yourse lf o ne?" the American r e torted, quietly. "I am o n e." Hot and quick ca m e the answe r. The Am e ric an laughe d coo lly. "How w ill you prov e that? he said, a s neering s mil e up o n his lip s "vVit h any weapon yo u choose to nam e," the M ex ican cri ed, fierce l y His loud words began to attract attention. At the va rious tables w h ere gaming was going on the pl ay pau se d, and all eyes w e re bent c uri o u s l y upon the two men whose menacing l ooks were fix e d upo n each ot h e r in proud defiance. The companion of the A m er ican th e man calle d Frank ca m e nearer t o th e table "vVhat's up, J esse?" h e inquir ed, calmly. "Oh nothing mu ch; keep s till Je s s e ansvvered quite as calm ly. And then h e conti nu ed, addressing the :Mexican: "You me nti o n ed weapo n s just n ow, sen or, as a tes t of manhood; but that's a p oor proof of courage. A n y cutthroat can p rove his brave r y in that fas hi on." A dark flus h came into the face of the Mexica n America n o h e hi ssed, "your lan g uage is insul t ing. You are evidtntl y bent u po n a quarrel. Do you know to whom you are addressing your remarks?"


THE JESS E JAMES STORIESo 3 "Well, who?" "I am Juan Fernando Palacio. .'The devil!" It was not an exclamation of dismay, but of surprise, although the name which the Mexican utte red was one associated in the past with everything calculated to carry c o nsternation with it. For of all the chiefs of the Jviexican raiders, Palacio was the one most dete s ted and feared on the borders of Texas and neighboring Territo ries. Swift as a swallow in his m ove ments, and daring to a degree bordering o n reckle ss ness, he had time and again cro ssed the Ri o Grande at the head of hi s band of raider s carried off vast he r ds of hors es and cattle, and l eft death and d est ru c tion in his path. He smiled grimly now, a s he saw the effect his name had produced. "Yes, Americana," he added, "I am the man for wh ose head tht:' Texans offer o n e thousand dollars A wild, reckless loo k ie aped into the face of the American. "And I," he s hou ted, "am a man for who se head t he authorities of the States will pay fifty thousand to the man who can 'ake :t ." T he Mexi c an started ioltjttly, and bent a piercing l ook the ot he:. "\.Vho are yott he asked. "Jesse James." In vain the companion of the American had soug ht to c h eck thi s answer. "Are you mad, man, to t.ittc: our name here?" h e sa i d sternly. But all t h e :eckless da rin g in the fierce nature of J csse James-for it was, indeed, that famous outla1v-seemed to be aroused. L e t me aione," he sa id im pati e ntly, 1Yhile a low murmur of a s t o ni shment ran through the r oo m at the mer e menti o n of t he o utlaw 's name. The l\!Iexican was gazi n g upon him with a l ook of con s t e rnati o n upon his face. J esse laughed grimly as he s aw the man's dismay "Greaser, he said, grimly, "if you are Palacio, the brigand, yo u are d o ubly my enemy I invited you in a friendl y way to a game of cards; you refused I say n othing against that. It was your right. But your manner of refusing was at once so in sulting and offe n s i ve, that yo u must answer to me for it The Mexican drew himse lf proudly e rect. "And I have said, and I say it again, in any way that you ch o ose," he retorted, haughtily. "Juan Palacio fears no one man livin g, e:ven though that man bears th e name of Jesse James." Good enough. Will yo u play a game?" "Of what?" "Dice." "A dozen, if you w i s h ; is that your test of cou rage?" "No; but the stakes may appall you." ''\!\That are they?" Jesse James drew from hi s pock et a buck skin bag, and toss e d it down upo n the table "That bag ho l ds a t h ousand dollars in double ea gles. I will take that and m y scalp against yours and a like sum on three throws of the dice." A murmur of horror rang through the room at this hideou s proposal, and a low buzz of voices followed. Those who understoo d the language were translating t h e words to others l ess familiar wit h the tongue, and for a few m o ment s quick-drawn gasps of asto nishment and ex clamati o n s of dismay wer e heard on every h and. But they soo n ceased, and every neck was craned, ev e r y eye fix ed, t o c atch the slightest move of the t\vo prin cipals in t he hide o u s drama about to be e n ac t ed. Meanwhile, the iace o f Palacio had turned to a s i ck l y hue ; hi s eyes \\ ere glaring; h e seemed st unn ed b y the h o rrible proposition. A g rim taunting s mil e played ab out the lip s of J crse J am es. / "Vvell, greaser, what do yo u say? A r e you afraid to pla y for such sta kes?" h e inquired derisively "Afraid? No; but I neve r h ea rd of suc h a thingt o play for a sca lp! the Mexican gasped. And then he recovered his composure by an e ffort, and 1vent 011, hanghtily: "Wh y s h ou ld I consent to p l ay you for w h at practically will put my life in peri l?" "Why?" Jesse Jam es r e p eated. "Thne are a d oze n rea so n s w h y In the fir st p la ce, we are, naturally e nemies; in the second, you are my rival in trade, so to speak; and, in the third place if you are a man, as you claim to be and n ot th e coward ly h ound I think you arc -for that!" And, leaning over the table, J esse James struck th e :NI exican a blow full upon the lip s with his palm. With a h o r rible irnpr ecatio1i, Palacio sprang t o hi s f eet. A l o n g, glitteririg knife Hashed in his hand; a devili s h g lare of murder s h one in hi s bloodsh o t eye s But as J esse Jam es s truck the M e xican with one hand, h e had at th e same instant dra \\"11 a r evo l ver with the other, and the deadly weapo n now confronted Palacio, the hamm e r rais e d, the dark m u zzle frowning up int o his face. And behind J esse stood his broth er, Frank James, a revolv e r in each hand l eve l ed full at the crow d For every hand was up o n a weapu n and more than one knife was drawn, as the Mexicans w itn essed the s ud den insult to o ne of t heir countryme n a nd a sullen murmur of hate and rage ran throngb th e r oom.


4 THE JESSE Jf\MES STORIES. Then the voice of Jesse James rang oQt sharp l y : "Sit down, Juan Palacio, an' put up that knife, or I'll blow yer head off, do you hear me?" The Mexican was trembling with rage. "Cnrse you!" he hissed between grating teeth; "I'll have your life for that blow "Mebbe you will, if you win it," Jesse James sneered. "But will you play now for that scalp? "Yes! the Mexican said, as he put up his knife, and reseated h imself at the table. "Brin g on the dice." A half-dozen dice boxes were eagerly offered, and se lecting the nearest the Mexican continued: "There is a sack that contains a little over a thousand dollars' worth of gold dust"; and he depo s ited a bag on the table. "Three throws, you said, and the highest tota l to win, I suppos_e ?" "And the wiuner to scalp the loser alive," Jesse James adc!ecl, c o ldl y The Mexican n o dded. He was perfectly calm now, and only the burning glance of his eyes b e trayed th e fie rce hatred that was con snming his h e art. "Will I throw first, or you? he inquired, calmly "You go a head." "All right." And the play began-a horrible game-the stake a few ounces of gold, anda human scalp! CHAPTER II. THE J A1IES BOYS ON THEIR METTLE. There was an awful fascination in watching these two men as they coolly prepared for the game which was to end in an act of mutilation hideous to contemplate. Both were outlaws, the one steeped to the very l i ps in crime, the othEr in a fair way to become his equal-cool daring men, who, in the arrogance of thei r desperate na tme, defying all laws of civ iliz a ti on, had carved for t h em selves a career, whose recor d r c ? .cls like a chapter from the Inferno. Jesse James' bloody deeds had gained for him a world wide notoriety, and Palacio s c1aring raids had won th e Mf'xican a more than local reputat'.on for infamy. But nothing of their lawles s natures was visible to the eye, as they faced e a c h other w i th the little table between, and calmly h a n : J e d the dice \',] 2 sc d e cision would doom one of them t o a h o rrible fate. The Mexican was to throw first. As he rattled the dice in the box he glanced about, ar.d, catching the eye of a villainous-J.ooking half-breed, made a slight sign with his hand. The man nodded, anl'.T' soon after l e ft the room. A\o one s ave Frank James had noticed the action; but the circumstance was significant enough to cause the out law some uneasiness. One of the stable boys was in the room, and Frank James m o tioned him near. "Muchacho," he whispered, "I will give you a coin if you will saddle our horses, and have them ready in five minutes." "Senor," sai the boy, "it shall done;" and he off like a shot Meanwhile, Palacio had made his first cast. Jesse James lifted up the box Th" e dies were five in number, and as they were ex p o sed, he called off the figures that lay face up. "A pair of aces, a five, six, and a deuce-fifteen," he said, laconically. Then he gathered up the dice, and shook them about in the box for a moment previous to throwing. It was the Mexican's turn to l ift the box. "Three aces, a six, and a four___.:.thirteen," he said, as he summed up the tota l of his opponent's throw. "Correct; you are two ahead of me," Jesse J ames said, coldly The Mexican made his second throw. Three trays, a deuce, and a four were revealed whe n the box was lifted. "Fifteen again," Jesse James announced. And when Jesse's second cast was summed up, it amounted to seventeen. "A tie," he said, calmly; "thirty each." "Correct," the Mexican retorted, coolly "Th e dies fall l ow to-night." And he prepared tq make his third throw-his last. "Three fives, a six, and an ace," Jesse James an nounced. "Your tota l is fifty-two-and, Palacio, your sca l p is mine." "Not yet," Pal acio sneered. "You have twenty-two to beat." "And I can do it, too every time," Jesse Jam es retorted, confidently. Pa1acio looked about him anxiously. The half-breed, to whom he had given a signa l at the beginning of the game, had returned, and to Pal acio s questioning gaze he an assenting gesture. Palacio's eyes lit up with a sudden flame. Bu t Frank James, watching h is every movement wit h the eye o f a hawk, saw the action, and in vain tric:d to fathom the mystery of this quick interchange of signa ls. That the Mexican bandit meditated some act of treach ery, he had no doubt, and he, too, gave a quick l ook about to see what chances of escape offered in case of a general row starting. His sea r ch was rewarded by a sight of the Mexican b oy,


T H E JESSE JAM E S S T ORI ES. who, in a nswe r t o hi s e a ge r l ook gave a n ass urin g n od and poin ting t o th e front of t he b ui ldin g, l eft t h e room. F r an k J ames unde r s t oo d b y thi s tha t t h eir h o r ses w e r e a >mi ting them read y sadc!Jecl, in c a .se they would be compelled to fly, and he breat h e d e a s i er B u t n ow J esse J a m es made hi s last t h ro w And t h e g reat o utl aw u ttered a cr y o f tri u m ph as t h e dic e wer e exposed "Four fives an d a four. I b eat you points, Pal a c i o and your sca lp is m i ne-mine h e sa i d, wit h savage e x ultatio n 'Well, take: it, i f yo u ca n ," Pal acio sho u te d fiercely. \;\,'ith a tiger like b o und h e was o n hi s f eet, and with a m otion like thought i n it s quic1'11ess, he lea n ed across t h e t ab le, and stru c k J esse J ames a s tunnin g blow betwee n th e eyes w i t h hi s cli n c h ed fist. J esse J a mes f ell back i nto the seat from w hi ch h e had part l y r i se n at the Mexica n 's s u dden act i o n blinded by t h e blo w a nd d a zed fo r a m o m ent b y i ts s u dde n for ce. P a l acio utte r ed a shrill wild cry t hat was t aken up ou tsi d e like a n echo. The n ex t instant t h e d oo r was flun g ope n an d a doze n m e n with draw n kn i v es, ru sh ed int o th e room. D ow n w i t h th ose A m er i c an o clogs, m y m en Palacio sh o uted in trium p h ant glee. Bu t his t ri ump h was s h o r tl ived. A qui c k, sharp pi sto l s h o t ran g t h ro u g h th e r oom. P a l ac i o utte r ed a gaspin g cr y o f pa in a nd reelin g diz zily, san k b a c k and f ell ac ro ss th e table. I t wa s Frank James wh ose revolve r h ad spo k e n and with bla zing eyes, h e l eve l e d hi s pi stols at t h e a d v an c in g brigands. "Make fo r t h e st reet J esse; "our h o r ses a r e t here," h e s h o ut ed, hi s de a d l y r evo l ve r s pilin g u p a h e ap o f d ea d a n d d ying and wr i thin g wre tc hes befo r e h im. Q uick, man rou se yourse lf o r yo u are l ost J esse J a m es h eard his bro th e r' s vo ice ab ove all t he in f e rn a l din o f sh o ut s a n d c r ies and curses o f r age and p ain. In an instant h e was u po n hi s fee t1 hi s r evo lver s in hand hi s eyes g larin g so m e na c i n gly tha t the Mexi ca n s shrank fro m b efo r e h i m wit h cr ies of involuntary fe ar. A tall S pan i a r d h ad c r aw l ed up be hi n d Frank J a m es, a n d ha d hi s s til et t o upli fte d t o st rik e a d a sta r d l y b lo1Y as Jesse g lar e d ab o ut. In a ftas h o n e o f h i s p i sto l s was l eve l e d and fired, a n d th e f ell an d stuck h i s s til e tt o i nto th e ea r th As he fell hi s br ai n was p i e rc e d b y t h e o u t l aw's bu llet. J h e n with a h oarse, w i l d yell, J esse James sprang into the mids t o f the Mexi ca ns, hi s revo l ve r bla z ing o u t ri ght and l e ft. A halfsco r e o f s til ettoes wer e struc k at him, an d som e narrowl y escap e d hi s h e art. Bnt t h e fig htin g fever was o n th e n o t o rio u s out l aw now, a nd h e n eve r h eeded the p ain of his h urts Shoulde r to s h o uld e r th e o u tla w b rot h e r s foug ht, ably seconding each o t her i n this c arnival o f cleat11, as tbey h ad o f te n clone b efore. A n d n ow th ey reac h e d t h e d o or b ut found i t block ade d by t he Mexi ca n s ; b u t knives are poo r weap ons a gai n s t re v o l ve rs, w h e n u sed in th e hands of s uch me n a s the J a mes bro thers and it t oo k but a s e c o n d of tim e to esc a p e int o th e street. They could d iml y m ak e o u t a coupl e o f h o r ses h e ld by a l a d and b elieving th em to be t h eir s teeds, sprang tow a r d th em. J esse r a n fir st, b ut F r ank who was in t he rear was pu r s u e d b y thre e of the Mexicans. His revo lver s were e mp tied, but sto p ping sudde nly, h e t urned an d st ru c k t w o of his pursuers wit h the b utts o f t he pisto ls, a n d a n ins tant afte r a l ast b ull e t from Jesse's r evolver l a id t h e th i rd o n e low. The n ex t m o m e n t t h ey spra n g upo n the i r h orses and s h oo k th e b ri d les free. Away, J esse, gallop fo r your life-the w h o l e tow n i s arou sed, a n d w e'll h ave a ha lf h undred p u r sue r s a ft e r us in a m o ment, Frank s h o ut ed. "But se n o r, m y r eward fo r b rin ging out your horses the s tabl e bo y cri e d anxi o u sly "Oh curse: your mo n ey," Frank J ames said, i mpatiently, but h e flu n g a h an dful of money i nto t h e boy's ha t and gallope d a f te r h is brothe r wh o was already in ftig ht. B ut m ea n w hil e a sce n e o f th e wil dest co n fus i o n p r e v ailed in t h e t ow n a nd th e m ost alarming rum o r s were abroad. A party o f th e h ated Texan ra ide r s had c rosse d th e Ri o G r a nde and wer e massac;ring a ll th e i n hab ita ntsm e n, w o m e n and c hildr en ; and th ese accurs ed "gringoes" wer e 1 e d b y F rank a nd J esse James, those terri b l e devils w h o n eve r spa r e d a n yt hin g, a s eve r y o n e w ell kn e w A n d t h ese sto ries grew an d m u l t ipli ed, un til t h e streets soo n surge d wit h a m ds t exc i te d c ro w d A l a rm b ells ran g, a n d th e dis t ant drum'o e ats of the Mex i ca n so ldi e rs, hastil y formin g a t th eir barraci

6 T H E JESSE Jl\MES S T ORIESo "Well, Frank, we came down h e re for a little fun an' I reck o n we've had it eh?" "I reck o n so," Frank said, quietly; "but don't talkgallop We must be miles away from here b y daybreak." Rapidly the mik: s flew away behind the gallant steeds of the daring outlaws, for they feared that in a few h o urs the news of their whereabouts would be fla s h ed ove r the l e n g th and breadth of the land and th e keen-scented bloodh o unds of the law be up o n th e ir trail. Throughout Texas, Missouri, New Mexico and the Indian Territory extended a chain of detectiv es, who held thc:se places under keen, vigilant surveillance ever since the aggregate of rewards placed upon th e heads of th e outlaw brothers footed up a grand total of fifty thousand dollars. For the d espe rate affair at No rthfield, in 1876, w a s still fresh in the minds of all. Of the eight m e n who, on a pl easa nt September day, rode into the Minnesota town, bent on that terrible raid of murder and plunder only two escaped in the awful hunt that followed. Three were s h o t down lik e w ild beasts, and found ob livion in dishonored graves; three others found a living tomb in the dark dungeons of Stillwater's gloomy prison, for never while life remains shall the y breat h e the a ir of freedom again Jesse James and his brother Frank alone succeeded in evading the mini o ns of the law And now for a m o nth the outlaw brothers had been quietly living, under assumed names, at the littl e village of Carmen, in the northern part of the State of Chihuahua, in Mexico. But the outlaw brothers were never c o ntent with any lengthy period of enforced retirement. A short season of rest after some desperate affair, and then the tame lif e palled upon th,e ir active natures. In living quietly at Carmen, t hey had an object to at tain for which they were la y in g plans as d ee p as were ever hatch ed in Frank James' sche min g brain. But of this mor e anon. While the plans of thi s project were maturing, the re stless natures o f th e o utlaws would not allow them t o remain idle and the y had determined on a trip through t h e b or der States of Mexico. It was one of the laws of the James boys never to exe cute a project until they had familiarized themselves thor oughly with the countr y i n w hi ch they int e nded to o perat e This was th e main secret of s u ccess in evading capture. A de s ign once formulated, they exec ut ed it swiftly, surely, and were miles away, riding straight for their hiding-place, while the pursuers were floundering all over the country on false trails or bewildering roads. It was in pursuance of the :se pla n s that they e ntered Piedras Negras, with what r esults we hav e see n "In the name of the devil what possessed you t o utter our name down there?" Frank James broke o ut s uddenly, after man y miles had been passed over without a word. "I couldn't help it, Frank," J esse said, apologetically; "that gTeas er put on such high air s whe n h e said his name that I couldn't help takin g him down a p eg." Frank James grow led something beneath his breath, wnose meaning J esse could not distinguis h He knew h e had d o ne wrong _in r evealing th e ir identity, and had noth i ng to offe r in excuse, save the anger w hich had provoked him to the reckles s act. Hence he h e ld his t o ngue now, fo r in all matt e r s of jud g ment Jess e deferred to th e abl e r wisdom and keener w it of his e lder brother. F rank was the man t o plan, Jesse the one to execute. \,\/h ere are we h eading for a n y id ea?" he said at la st, as Frank made n o furth e r r e mark. "I don't know; we will have to get back t ? Carm e n as soon as possible n ow, and k eep quiet for a while; the new s that we are in Mexico will draw all th e cur sed detectives in the States t o the Rio Grande." "That's so, Frank," J esse said, r egretfu lly. And then h e added, fie rc ely: 1 "Curse Juan Palacio, anyway-did you kill him Frank?" "He went down," Frank sa id, s h ortlv. I don't ge n e rally have to fire twice at th e sa m e '"Well, what made me a sk was, that I thought I saw him mov e just as we left th e room." "It may be-I did n o t obse rve it," Frank retort e d. "\,\/ell, if he ain't dead, I'll make it a point to hunt him down somet ime; I'll hav e the scalp I won, if I have to kill a hundred greasers to git at him," J esse said, w ith a fear ful curse. "And I'll help you," Frank James put in quietly, but with a look in his eyes which was n o t pleasant to see. "Before we get through w ith these greasers, we'll mak e 'e1n remember our names. "But see! the da y is breaking; we must stop at some place to rest our hor ses, and obtain some food for our selves." "Right; I don t see the u se of such haste, anyway; thi s isn't much of a t e l egraph count ry, and I don t believe we are being p ur s u ed," T esse observed. And th e n h e added, with a ring of pain in hi s voice: "Bes ides, I am deadly faint from l oss of blood." "Why, are you se riou s l y hurt?" Frank said, anxiously. "I've got a doz e n knife jabs in me; I don't beli eve they are serious, but the moti o n of riding has k ept them open, and I've been bleeding all night." "Well, yonder's a riv er, and we'll probably find a city or village of some kind there; keep up your courage until then old man. "Oh I ain't C:ead yet," Jesse answered, che e rfully. A few m o ments afterward the y drew rein on the bank; of the river, and about a quarter of a mile down stream, o n the op po site side, they saw a collecti o n of h o uses, in some of which lights were still g leaming. Shortly after they found the ford and crossed over. Peop1e we re abroad even at that early hour, for a ban d of Mexican raiders had come there the da y before, t o spend the procee

, THE JESSE Jf\MES STORIES 7 'With o n e h a nd h e drew and l e v e l ed a r evo lve r at th e h eart o f the half-breed; in th e palm o f his o th e r he e x t e nded a n u mber o f g lit tering co ins. Which v ill y o u t a ke?" h e inqu i r ed, i n an icy t o ne o f vo i ce. ''The go ld sen o r t h e g o ld, t he m e dico s aid h as tily. ''T h en d o your work, a n d d o it \ \ ell, d octor, or down you go," Frank ste rnly. The ll!edic o murmure d n o more; e it h e r out o f re s p e ct for the g o ld, o r o ve r a we d by t h e r e v olve r h e set' about hi s wo rk. Jesse James had strippe d t o the wai s t, e x posing a mun b e r of knif e c ut s u po n hi s powe rful che s t and back at \\hic h th e o ld d o c to r l oo k e d se ri o u s B ut a few m o m e n ts of spo n ging and ba t hing and a f e w sec o nds o f painfu l prob i n g, a nd h e a nn o un ce d cheerfully that th e wo und s would n o t be dan ge rous i f properl y ca red for The n applyin g some co o l ing o intm e nt, he soo n had th e hurts s killfull y b an da ge d 'The r e se n o r ," h e sa id surve yin g hi s w ork with pr o f\'!ssi ona l pride ' in a week o r t e n clays yo u will b e as good a s ever. " All rig h t, o l d h oss and her e s your rnoney Frank s aid, promptly. The half-br ee d 's eyes twinkl e d w i t h gree d a s h e clutche

8 THE JESSE JAMES STOR I ES. The v a lu e of the ware s carried b y thes e traders on their mule trains wa s so metimes eno r mou s Kor was the one we have referred to an exception a l th o ugh s trictly sp e aking, it wa s 1not e x actl y a traders train. The t rain c o n s i ste d of s ix p a ck mul e s e ach o n e guid ed b y a mul e te er; and on e ither sid e of ea c h mule rode ;i mount e d guard. Eight e e n m e n in all ju s t to tak e car e of t h e packmule s and their prec i o u.s burden. A nd truly the y wer e burde n e d with a ro ya l l oad, fo r each mule carried on his back one hundred and fift y p o und s i n w eight of s i l v e r coin which the m e rchant s o f Chihuahua were sending unde r militar y e s cort, to El Paso. Nine hun dr-ed p o und s of silver in all roughl y estimate d at o n e hundred and fifty thou s and d o llars. Besides the guard and mul e teers, wa s t h e c ommande r oi the train, a y oung li e u tenant in the Me x i c an s ervice, and three A rn e ri c an m e rchants, who had be e n o n a t our o f busin ess to Chihuahua and were taking thi s opportunity o f re t urn i n g t o th e b o rd e r und e r th e e sco rt o f the M e xi can s o ldier s Thes e three American g e ntl e m en-merchants a s they called them s elve s-had b e en a puzz l e to th e y o un g lie utenant fr o m the time th e y fir s t join e d the train They were w i ld harum-scarum young f ell o w s who w e r e constantl y roving away from the train and at e ver y t o wn the y came to they ins ist e d up o n a d e la y while they expl o r ed it s p leasures But a s t l : c s c Am e ric a n s had been well r eprese n te d to him and w e r e in the main g oo d fellow s at h eart, and kept the lie ntenant s uppli e d with lu x urie s w hich his pa y co uld n o t c o mmand th e yo un g officer had good-naturedly allowed them to follow the b ent o f th e ir i n clinat i ons. At Carmen they ma

THE JESS E JAMES S T ORIES. 9 Boys,., he said, in a low voice, uaoother night's march \\ill bring us to t\lie Rio Grande, and our chance will be g o ne. If we inttjnd to do anything, it must be done to day. :'\i\/ ell h o w do ;:ou propose doing it?" one of the "merchants incmired. "Listen_:_I hav1:: a plan," Frank James said. "I have noticed that every day, when we stop to rest, the silver p ouches are taken fro m the backs of the mul es in order to all ow them more freedom to graze. The bags are al ways pil e d in a heap, and a guard o f two placed over them, while th e of the s o ldiers take their sleep Now, what I propose i s this: To-day, when they a r e taking t h eir siesta let tw o of us manage the guards, while the others break up the guns; we will have the soldiers dis armed, then, and at our mercy should rhey attempt to fight which I don' t think t h ey will {lo. "We can then disarm the muleteers, pack up the money and be g o ne in a jiffy 'Nhat do you say?" ' I say, let's do it, Jesse James remarked, emphaticaily. "J\1e, too," a m erchant observed. while the othu two acqui es ced as readily. All right, then, Frank James continued. "Be ready to jump at the s ignal. No more was said, and i n deed, among these men, nothing mor e wa ; needed Shor tly before noon the train arrived at a small water course, and went into camp, and everything happened as Frank James had described. The si lver pouches were piled t o g ether at the foot of a tree, and the m uHes and hors es t u rned out to graze in the valley, and an h:Jot1 r after the noonday meal all save the two guards and t1h e outlaws we r e enjoy i n g that afternoon s leep which is !SO universally observed in the Spani s h co untries. The two guarc s were pacing to and fr o i n front of the h o lding; their mus ket s in th e most c a rel ess and indifferent manne r. The guns of the whol e party w e r e stac k e d n ear the treasure. The outlaws +ere all together, a littl e apart from th e others holdi n g 'f. l ow converse. "I' ll take the two guards," Frank James was saying "Jesse, you attenti to the m u leteers and the re s t break up .the stack of arms, b u t be careful n o t to injure OUT Win c he s ters ; work i1harp; and w e ll h ave them demoralized in less'n no time. Are you ready?" All ready, came quietly from the others. "Then, boys, go." Drawing hi s Frank James sprang to his feet. T\vo shots rang out in quick succession, and the two guards fell to the ground dead. Instantl y the camp wa s a s cene of the wild es t conster nation. Roused from ,their s l eep by the shots, the Mexicans sprang to t h e ir fret, only t o be confronted by t h e rev o lvers of Frank and J ames "Up with your hands, g r ease rs o r we 'll kill ye a ll, every son of ye Jesse James shouted, in hi s powerful \'O !Ce. A mul etee r attempted to dra.w a w eapo n, but like lightning a bullet from J esse s revolver went crashing through hi s brain. The young lieute nan t came rus hing up. ''Ha! what is this?" h e shouted. "Treachery! Rally, mv m en and--" l;3ut he never completed the sentence, for Fran k James fired again, and he fell to the gronnd, shot throngh the h eart. the "merchants" wer e breaking up the musk e ts by st riking them against the trunks of trees and, overawe d by t he fate of their leader and comrades, and the destruct i o n of their arms, the rest of the Niexicans thre1Y up their hands. They were qnickly disarmed "l\ow, then, Jesse James said, fiercely, two of y o u fellows pack that buliion on to the mules ancl be quick ab out it. His orde rs were quickly compl i ed with, and the money was soon strapped to the backs of the pack animals. The horses of the Mexican s wer e all s h ot. Then, w i th fierce threats of i nstant death to any onf:! who sho ul d dare to follow, th e outlaws rode away '"ith their pl u nder, leaving the defens eless Mexicans to s hift for themselves as best they might. By forcing the pack mules to their utmost, they reached the Rio Grande by night, and crossed over into Texas. Here a division of the spoils was made, the James boys taking the lion's share, as usual, and t h e outlaws separated, Frank and Jess e to visit their possessions in the valley of the Pecos, t h e others to pas s into oblivi o n for their i dentity was never ascertained. By daybreak the James boys reached the Pecos, and, go ing to a secluded spot vvhere they knew of a secure hidingplace, they d e posited their spoils. The pack mul es were next l e d some di s tance away and s h ot, for Frank and Jesse J arnes proposed to take nothing \1 ith them whi ch could th em in the r ecent rob bery. CHAPTER IV. ,\. H I l' h l >I C \\' \ L L \ C I-: Some ti me b efo r e this Whip King W allace was e n his way to the ranc h o f Colone l Daring, a w ea lthy cattle ow n er in the vicinit y The Whip King had j ust returne d from driving a herd of cattle to San Antonio. Young in years, his fo r m was graceful and p o werful, and his face bronzed by the sun until h e might have b ee n mistaken for an Indian. Co i led abo u t his shoulders h e carried the terrihle "stpck whip with which he had earne d his name. The stock, or handle, was a fo'ot long, with a l oop in o .ne encl to confine it to th e \\"rist. In the ot her end was an iron ring, over whic h the strands of the w h ip were plaited T h e body of the whip was p a cked har d with fine bird shot; t h e encl terminated in a wire lash six feet. lon g It was with this imp l ement that the Whip King had onc;,1 b efo re rescu e d Ada Daring Co l onel Daring' s dangh te; ... fro m A l monte lieutenant who, wit h his ba n d .. 1Yas trying to carry her off. The bandits although nume rou s and weJ.l armed, had h ee n put to flight. some of the m gashed terri b l y by the deadly \\ capon of the Texan c owboy.


co THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. I Here in this quiet valley of the Pecos, the James boys we:re l ooked upon with respect. They had acquir ed considerab l e property, and th e ir herds we r e quite large In th e eyes of their neighbo r s they were enterpris

THE JESSE JJ\.MES STORIES. 11 them around ; they had seen that avala n c h e o f madd e ned animals coming down upo n them, a nd with snorts of terror, they \\ heeled abou t and fled. The face of L o rd Stiles was deadly white, hi s eyes were bulging with terror, and h e seemed t o hav e n o th oughts b ut for hi s ow n saftty. Fo r a few hundre d yards the two h o r ses ran s id e by s ide, th e n t he animal up o n which Ada was mounted ste pp ed into a gopher h o l e <..nd stumb led almost hurling t h e gi rl o ut o f th e sadd le. The h o r se recovered hims e lf wit h difficulty: but when Ada sought to con tinu e h er flight, the animal limped for wa rd a few paces and stood sti ll. One of hi s forelegs was wr e nched so badly tliat h e could n ot bear hi s we i ght upo n it. Ada uttered a cry of dismay and called wildly after h er flying esco rt. Lord Stiles ha d n o tic ed the accident, and was gazing back with a look of h orror up o n hi s face. But he was either t oo terrors tricken t o go to her as s istance o r he could n o t c h eck his frightened horse. "My God! what shall I do-to die thu s i s h o r rible, horri b le! the girl c ri ed, wildly. She sprang clo w n h:om her horse, and ran \Yith all h er speed. But h er breath soo n failed, and she stopped, gasping. One l oo k at that h or rihl e d eat h coming down up o n h e r and she f eTI to her knees, covered h e r eye s with h e r hand s and prayed. And o n wa rd comes that avalanche of living bodies shaking the eart h wit h their thundering hoofs. If the g irl remain s there when the last o f th ose mad dened animals shall hav e pa ssed, yo u may search, and sea rch in vai n for any trac e of' Ada Daring. Meanwhile, Whip King Wallace was proceeding on his way. The face of the yo un g cowboy was g l oomy with bitter reflections, a nd lines of pain were drawn about his m o uth. "I might have known it," h e mutte r ed. ''I was a fool for e v e r dreaming that she would l ove m e H e sighed deeply as he finished, for it was hi s first l ove affair, and the m ost of us know h ow deep that strikes in. "But I did n o t believ e that she would so soon forget the service I rendered her," \ V hip King Wallace con tinu ed, bitterly. "Bah! s he is lik e all the rest-they ma y love a man but l e t a titl e come along, and love i s smothered by ambition. "I've been in a foo l' s paradise for a month; it was very swee t but I nev e r though t that the awakening would be so bitter. "But w hat an objec t goes with the title she is evidently oovet ing !" and the cowboy's lip s curled contemptuou s ly; "that fellow has no more sap in him than a dead tree." He scowled darkly for a few moments at n othing in pcrrticular. \Vell, l et her go," he concluded, and speaking m ore e n ergetically. I'll think of h er no m o r e." He had arrived at the t op of th e hill or rather the d o minant swell of the rolling prairie, and halt ed a mo ment to gaze about him. Away to the southward he could see th e hands o me resi dence of Colonel Daring, surrounded by the stables, cor rals and stock sheds To the eastward the glit t er ing waters of the Pecos; its banks fringed with foliage of vivid green. To the north-"Hello a stampede!" Whip King Wallace muttered, as a sigh t m e t hi s eyes with which h e was perfectly familiar. vVhew and it s a big one, too," he added, a moment later; "th ere ca n't be less than five tho us a nd in that herd ; t h e boys will hav e t o hustl e to ro und up tha t run ." And th e n his face suddenly blanched. "My God!" he sai d almost in a whisper, "an d t h ose two are directly in the path of that run. He gazed eagerly to the westward, even as h e wrenched his h o rse's h e ad around and drove the spurs into hi s flanks. But nowher e co uld he see anything of the tw o riders; they had evide ntl y h al t ed behind one of the swells, o r were hidden from view by some of th e timb e r which dotted the prairie in that direction. "Both the gi rl and the Englishman are new to this c ountry and sce nes lik e thi s," Whip King Wallace mu t te r ed, he plied the whip, "they will n eve r kn ow how to act to save themselves." The you n g cowboy was riding furiously toward th e h erd while he was making these r e marks. Ada and h e r esc o rt had been riding to th e west\yard when Whip King Wallace left them; t h e s t a m pede was m oving toward th e southwest. The young cowboy, in o rde r to int ercept the herd, was heading t oward th e northwest. He was not more than a mile away from the running ani mals when he caught sight of Ada and h e r companion, and hi s blood g r ew cold as he saw that the y were almost in the very middle of the p at h o n which the frightened herd was h eaded. He shouted with all th e power of hi s lun gs, sending hi s voice forth in a l o n g-d rawn "coo ee" that rang out far and wide. But they failed to h ear him "Heavens they will be Jost," he groaned. And the n his features became set and stern. I must turn that nm to the westward, or th ey will be trampled ou t o f ex ist e nce ," h e said, firmly; "and I ll do it o r die with her." H e uncoil ed his 101ig, terrible whip as he finis hed speak ing pass ed his h a nd through the loop, and took a firm grasp up o n the s tock. ,, Then h e g l anced along the front of that vast body of m oving animals. There was no dust; the su n had not yet dried up th e moisture l ef t by the spring rains in the ground, and he could see distinctly. The front was crescent-shaped; o n the two outer edges, where the cattle had more freedom of movement, th ey had advanced much farther than the ce nter w h e re the ani mals were packed and crushed t oget he r in o ne great heaving ma ss of dark, mo v ing bodies. If those two horn s cou l d be d ir ected toward each other, and meet, t h e stampede would be over. Hnndreds o f animals would go down in th e crush, but th e main body would be sto pp ed. All along the outer edges of the h erd Whip King Wallace could see the cowboys of the ranch at work, uttering


12. THE J ESSE Jf\MES STORIES. their wild yells and ply in g t h e i r w hi ps, an d g r a duall y d rivin g th e an i ma l s into a mo r e compac t bo dy. A n d n ow W hi p King vVallace met t h e fir s t of t h e fri g ht e n ed a nim a ls. H e u tte r ed a w ild ringing yell, and t h e l as h o f h is w hi p d esce n de d sq u a r e u po n th e n ose of a ffne steer. The a n ima l gave a b ellow of pain, k icked up i ts heels, and p r essed i n upo n th e ot h e r s T h en, w i t h s hrill s h o uts, and p lyi n g his whi p at e v e r y jump, th e c ow b oy urge d h is h o r se a gains t t h e mo vin g ma ss. T h e anima l k new it s work well, and W hip Kin g W al l a c e had n o need to g ui de him. Soo n the l o n g la sh of th e ter rib l e w hi p was r ed w i t h bloo d ; it was c ru e l wor k but g r ad u ally, ve r y g radu ally, t h e maddened a nim a l s we r e force d in wa rd, an d t he p r ess o n the cen te r beca m e more crus h i n g. And all t hi s whil e W hip King Wallace was givin g quick, mo m enta r y glances ahea d "Where can they be?" h e groan ed "Oh, God g r a n t that I ca n clea r t h em fr om thi s aw ful pe ril! He n e ver t h oug h t of th e Englishman as a r i va l in t h a t s upr e m e mom ent of anguish ; h e o nl y r ea l ized tha t h e was a hu ma n being, a n d i n ter ri ble clan ge r of h is life . And n ow t hey cres ted a swell, a nd W hip K in g Wal ,,, la ce utt e r ed a c r y of j oy, for h e s aw tha t Ada and S t i l es wer e n ot m ore t h a n fif ty ya r ds from th e fla n k o f th e fri ghte n ed h erd. B ut to hi s d i smay, h e saw t h e m w heel a n d r ide in a directio n whic h would again t ake t hem into th e p at h of th e stampede. "Turn to your l eft h e yel l ed, but in th a t g re a t b e l lo w ing roar h is vo ice coul d not b e h eard. A light of ago n y l eaped int o th e eyes of Whip Kin g \ Vallace; b u t t h e n ext insta n t h is h eart a lmost cea se d t o beat as h e saw the s t umble of Ada"s h o r se an d .the n saw that he cou l d go n o fur t h er. But as h e saw L o r d Stiles l ea vin g h e r h e ground hi s t eet h in rage. "Oh! th e ho und, t h e cowa r d-the b l ac k bitter sham e h e groan e d And t h e n as h e saw Ada rnn he sh o u te d out hi s di r e cti o n s o n ce m o re, bu t, as be fore, t hey w e r e l os t in th e din. B ut as he s a w th e g irl fall t o h e r k n ees, a look o f fr e nzy ca m e into his eyes, and h e urged his h o r se in fr ont of th e m ov in g m ass. A nd n ow th e he rd stri kes th e a n ima l w hi c h Ada h as a ba n doned. He went dow n w ith a s h r ill n e i g h a nd a cow s tumbi e d ove r h im a n d fell. And then st ill othe r s pil e u p the re, a n d i n th a t o n e pl ace a s u d d e n stop of the sta m pe d e occurs And n ow \ V h ip K in g \.Vallace r eached the k nee lin g gi rl. The n w ith o ut t h e slightest abat e m ent in hi s speed, h e b ent over in t h e saddle an d e n c i rcled the form of the gi rl. T h e shock was grea t a nd fo r an i nstant \i\Thi p Kin g v V all ace c ou l d n ot straight e n u p, and A d a's f eet d r agged al o n g the ground. But the n by a s u per h uma n exertion o f st r e n g th w hich se t t h e b loo d throbbing t o hi s h e ad lik e h a mm e rstrokes, h e sw ung h er u p before hi m o n t h e sad dle. A few mo m ents afte r h e had guided his h o r se o u t o f th e run a n d h a l ted fa r fro m v h e r e th e s t ampe d e w a s thunde rin g by 1\ ot t ill t he n di d he look clown into th e pure, pal e face pill owed up o n hi s t hrobbin g heart. "Oh m y da rlin g thank Goel that yo u are s a fe-thank Goel!" He h a r d l y k new w h a t h e w as saying in tha t w i l d in t ox icatin g m o m e n t of h app in ess, w h e n th e co n scio u s n ess that h e ha d s av ed h e r fr o m a hideo u s d eath fille d hi s h e a r t w ith s u c h g r ea t j oy B u t a g r eat s h o u t now put a n encl t o furthe r co nver s a t i o n A c rowd of. h orsemen we r e co min g t oward th e m ; a t th e ir !r ead a fine, sol die rl yl ooki n g m a n of fift y w h ose n aturally rudely face was n ow b l a n c h e d w i t h fea r and in a few m o m ents t hey we r e surro un ded, and Ada was in h e r fat h er's a rms. "My litt l e one, my pet, I n ever expe c ted t o see yo u a gain," Co l o n e l D a rin g sa id hi s eyes dim w i t h e m o ti o n L o r d Sti les to l d me vo u fel l dir ect l y in fr ont of th e brutes; h ow d i d yo u escape? " I e sc a pe d thro u g h the h ero i sm o f W hip K in g vVal lace." "What! again ?" the co l o n e l sa id. "My la d, I ow e yo u a deb t o f grati t ud e 1 Y hi c h I fea r I n ever ca n p ay." And h e g r asped t h e han d of W hip K in g \.Vallace, an q w ru n g i t warml y "It w a s n o th i n g, Colo n e l Daring," t h e yo un g cow b oy sa id, modest l y "I saw b y t h e wa y the run w a s going, that they 1You ld be ca u ght, so I turne d i t." ' Do n t yo u bel i eve h i m fat h e r ," Ada put in w a rmly; "let me tell yo u w h at h e did. And she d id; a nci yo u may be s ur e that Whip Ki n CT W allace was s h ow n up in hi s tru e lig ht. "' W h e n s h e h ad fini s h ed, a g r eat c heer went up fo r \iVhi p King \Vallace; t h e co .vb oys w ere proud of him L or d Sti les c u t a sorry fig ur e durin g thi s reci tal. "You see e r Miss Ada," h e sa i d n ow, I wan ted t o co me-er to your a ss i s t a n ce but I could n 't-e r sto p t h e h o rse-th e c u rsed sc r ew e r ran aw a y wit h m e." Conte m p tu o u s l ooks pa sse d am o n g th e cow b oy s wh o h ea r d this; could n t s t o p a h o r se, in dee d It must b e a poo r s pecime n o f m a nh oo d w h o coul d n t d o as inuch a s that wit h a h o r se But now t h ey r eac h e d t h e h o u se, and Colo n e l Daring gave o rder s fo r a f eas t to be prepare d "My daugh te r was d ead and has c o m e t o lif e again," h e said, w i t h e m o ti o n ; l et eve r y m a n r ejo i ce w ith m e." And at that feast v V h ip King \.Valla ce was an h o n o red g u est. C H APTER V PALACio's RAID V ./e wis h we co uld r eco r d that the bull e t w hich Frank J arr\es fir ed at Juan F ern a nd o P ala c io d urin g the frg h t a t P i ed ra s 1\ eg r as ha d kill e d him. B u t P al acio w a s o nl y stru ck d o wn s e n se less b y th e shot, w h ich g l a n ced o n his sku ll, and h e l ive d t o inflict a 'lot o f h a r m b efo r e h e was finall y h a n g ed He wa s the cap tain o f thirty -fiv e darin g and un sc ru p u l o u s me n p ro min ent a m o ng w h o m v\"as hi s sec ond in com-


THE JESSE J AMES STORIES. mand a ruffian, crime-stained and hardened to all feelings of pity or mercy-a man w h o bore the name of A lmonte : For a long time Pala cio h ad been l ooking toward the Pecos Valley, rich in flocks and h e r ds, and it became hi s sole ambiti o n to sweep these flocks and herds from the peaceful vale. His plans completed, Palacio, one night at the head of his men, crossed the Rio Grande. The raid was an entire Over six thousand h ead of catt l e \Vere stampeded, and eight cowbo ys left dead T h e larger ranches were not touched, but all the pos sessions of the smal l e r ranchmen were run off. With this imm ense herd Pal acio succeeded in recrossing the Ri o Grande, and reac hing hi s stronghold in the mountains. It was o n the morning of the third day after th e raid that Whip King V..T allace met the Jame:s boys, and in formed them of the l oss of their stock. The young cowboy's little h e rd had be e n stampeded with t h e rest, and his herder, Miguel, killed, for the raid had taken place on the very night that h e h ad spent at the house of Colone l Daring. The raid e r s had been pursued as far as the Rio Grande, b ut there the pursuit had been given up. \t\Thip King \i\Tallace was, therefore, some\Yhat surpri sed to hear Frank James speak about bringing back the stolen animals "I do n ot think it can be done the cowboy said. "Young fellow," Jess e James sa id, with a laugh, "you d-0n't kn ow u s." "But Palacio is probably sec ure in his retreat l ong ere this." "I don't care whe r e he is," F rank James remarked, sav agely; "we are going to bring back our stolen cattle ." "But surely n ot you two alone?" \i\Thip King \i\T all ace said, in s urpri se. "Vve two-unless :,.ou will make a t hird ," Frank James sa id, firm ly. And then he continued, eagerly: "Will you go with ns, Whip K ing Wallace? We would like that first-rate, for you know how to manage a big drove better than any man on t h e border; with you to do the driving, and with Jesse and I to protect th e rear from pursuit I think we can teach Palacio the difference be tween America n men and Mexican mongrels." "But, gentlemen, I could never alone manage a herd of that size." "Oh, w e ll, we'll say no more about it then," Frank James said, cold ly; "come on, J ess, you and I will have to do it." A hot flus h s uffused the face of Whip King Wallace; there was that in the voice of Frank James which seemed to cast doubt upon his courage. "One word, ge ntl emen," he said, quickly; "you must not think that I a m afraid to go with yo u on t hi s exped iti on ; I simply doubt my ability to drive that h e rd alone; if I had two men to assist, I would go w illin gly, for my stock is among th e stolen as well as yours; and I am just as anxious as you are to recover it. "Well, there: won't be fighting all the time, and Jess a n d I have had expe rience in managing cattle up in M i s souri, and would assist, of course." "Besi

14 THE JESSE JAMES STORIES tailed a plan of procedure, which was fully discussed in all its bearings. Then, e verything being prepared, they stole back to their hiding-place to get a few hours of much-needed repose. * It vvas about two o'clock in the morning. Overhead the starlight was bright and clear, and a soft, warm wind came in fitful breaths over the plain. In the camp of the Mexican raid e rs all slumbered, even to the sentinel posted at the entrance to the ravin e The fires, built more for the sake of their cheerful glow than for warmth, were burning low, and threw out only a dim, flickering light. Only the lowing of the cattle out on the plain, and the song of the myriad of ins ects in the grass, broke the silence And in the midst of this silence there suddenly rang out at the e 11trance of the ravine a series of startiing yells, foll o wed instantl y by a number of pis t o l shots, and straight into the camp of th e sleeping outlaws came a couple of horsemen. Firing right and left and yelling like fiends, they charged through the camp, and, wheding like lightning, came charging ba c k again. Shots foll o wed shots in rapid s u c cession, dealing d e ath at every discharge. Dazed and bewildered by th e s u dd e n attack th e Mexicans sprang to their feet and o nl y half-awake and hearing the wild shouts and cries all ab o ut th ey imagin e d themselves snrrounded by a vast force. At the same time, a if to complete their disc o mfitur e out on the plain arose he familiar Texan yell, which the y had learned to dread with d e adly f e ar. The outlaws waited for no more, but with cries of (error and dismay the y s cattere d and fle d a s fa s t as their kgs could earn th e m they n e v e r fired a s h ot but sc rambled up the ravin e int,.o the hill s anywh e re that off e red sec urity still fol loj1ved b y the sho t s of the ir en emies. The surprise was compl e te, and the two horsemen a s 1.:hcy paused in the center of the camp, laughed loudly at the success of their daring. I L "This is a little like the old Quantrell times, eh, Frank?" ,. : one of the horsemrn remark e d gleefully. Lord, didn t we scare those greasers "I reckon th e y won't stop running from now until sunup. H o w m a ny did we kill, Jesse?." "Let' s see-one, two. three," and he \Yent on counting the inanima t e forms lying about until he announced: "Ten-no.t bad, eh?" "No; bll't let us go and see how 'vVhip King 'vVallac e is making out; w e must get the herd together, so that we can start at daybreak." Whip King vVallace was d oing well; he was riding all abo ut the plain, yelling like a madman, his terrible whip cracking lik e pistol sh o t s his "coo-e e ringing out shrill and clear. He was bent on thorou g hly alarming the cattle well knowing that they w ould, in the night, bunch together for protection. In this lw was soon assisted by .Frank and Jesse James, and for the next two hours the plain rang with their shouts. But it was a hard task gathering in all the stragglers, and clay was breaking when it was finally completed. Well we've g o t them," Jesse James said, wiping the moisture from his brow, as he gazed over that great, crowding herd. "And the next thing to do is to keep them," Whip King wallace said, with a laugh Well, we'll do that, too," Frank James observed. And then Jesse James said : "Let's go A simple suggestion enough when applied to human beings; but here was a l;lerd of six thousand head which was to go along. How were to start them? But Whip i(ing \Vallace was equal to the emergency. "Let me have the best y e lling you've got in you, gentlemen, and I'll start th em moving," he said, and, riding to the eastward, he halted a moment and surveved the animals. An o ld bull a veteran of his tribe, caught his eyes and he lashed him with his whip until he was clear of the herd. The old fellow was inc lin e d to be ugly bnt a few cuts o f th e whip administered with m o r e severit y soon taught him b etter manne rs and he w ent off to the ea s t ward, with his tail in the air. But he s oo n stopp e d and began l owing plaintively; he w o uld n o t g o off without his hare m whip King \,\Tallace kn e w that, and sent half-a-dozen cows bounding after him. OtheTs, seeing thes e on the move, follow e d of their own accord and gradually a stead y stream was flowing to the e a s tward. T h e herd was on the move. The y 1vere soon clear of the valley and heading in the ri ght directi o n and th e re 11e re a f ew mom ents t o spare again for c o nv e r satio n. H o w far are we from the Rio Grande, gentlem enan y idea?" Whip King \i\fallac e inquir ed. ' About sixty mil es, I judge," Frank James answ e red. "The11 it will take us all of four clays to get there with this drove. "'vVe'll get there," Jesse James said, cheerfully. "I think we will," Whip King Wallace said; "the cat tle have had a good rest and are not ugly, but how is the grazing on the way? I v e never been in this country be f or e ." "The grazing is g ood and there' s plenty of water, too," 1'ran k James an s w e red. Then, if nothing happens to frighten and stampede the h e rd, w e'll do first-clas s," 'vVhip King Wallace said, brightl y But it kqJt the three men c onstantly moving to whip in. the stragglers, and ke e p that vast body of animals h e a d ed in the right direction. The pro g re s s was nec e ssarily very slow, and at three o'clock in the aftern o on they had made only twelve miles. Frequently during the m a rch Jes s e Jam es would pause and sweep the backward path with his glasses. to dis c o ver if they were being pursued. Shortly after three o'clock :n the afternoon, after a


THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. 1 5 more than usual long survey, Jesse came galloping up, and said, coolly : 'V/e are being followed." "How many of them could you make out?" Frank James inquir ed, a;; he unslung the \ Vinc he ste r from his back. "About as near as I could judge." "vVell, I reck on we'll have to put a stop to it," Frank James observed, quietly. "I re<;kon so," Jesse said, as he followed his brothers example, ar;d brought his riAe into a position handy for use. "You'll have to do without us for a spell, vVallace," Frank Jam es obse rved. "'Ne are pursued, and it must be stopped." Whip King Wallace had been at the head of the herd when J esse first made his announcement. "The-re's about twenty-five after us, and we may go under," Frank Jam es continued; "in that case you'll have to

/ 16 THE JESSE JJ\MES STORIES. the charge of the brigands, and they turned tail and ran like sheep chased by a dog. "That makes six," Jesse James observed, as he coolly recharged his 'Winchester. I reckon they are getting tired o f the j o b they've undertaken." "It look s lik e it. Were you hit by any o f their shots?" "Yes; I got a bullet scratch on the arm; how is it with yon?" "Only a wounded hat," Frank James said, laughing, "but I w onder what they arc up to now?" The Mexicans had withdrawn out of sight behind a neighb o rin g swe ll, and their mov e m ents w e re invisible. I am g o in g to ride over there and see, Jesse announced, and h e put hi s horse into m o tion. Arrived on the crest o f the hill, Jesse James was just in time to foi l a cunning move o f the outlaws. Some ten o f their mttnbe r were s ee kin g to sneak around th e bill \ vhere they could attack the two Americans in the rear. while the r est were occupying their atin front. J e s se saw tbrnugh the de sign in a mome nt. Instantly his rifl e was l eve l e d, and he began finng a s fa s t as h e could pump t h e cartri dges into position One after another the outlaws f e ll, until by the time Frank James reac hed his side, four dead men Ia;: upon the ground, and the res t o f the brigands were 111 full flight, galloping a way for dear life. "They' ve got enough of it," Frank James observed, gazing afte r the fast r etreating outlaws',, "and I guess we have avenged the death of our cowboys. "Yes: but what if t h ey should return and make a night attack?'' J csse suggested; "these g r e a se rs may be human in the day but h ey are perfect devils at night." Frank James was about to reply wh e11 his attention \Yas attracted by a number of m ov in g objects to the west ward. "Sec, h e sa i d p ointing them out to hi s brother, "what are those things moving there?" Jesse r a i se d his glasses. and gazed long and earnestly at the bla c k spec ks. "Mountain men," h e s ai d, at la st, 'ancl coming out this wav." : G rea sers, Texa ns, or A paches-which ?" Frank inqui reel. Fully three minutes Jesse James gazed at the m oving o bj ec ts before 'Soldiers," h e s aid at las t, a s h e low e r ed the g l asses; aye, and Federal so ldiers, too. Frank, old b oy I've seen the time when we didn't like to mee t those b lu ecoat s but just n ow I don't know o f any other sight I'd like to see sooner." 'That's so, J csse, but le t us catch up with th e herd, and s\Ce h ow Whip King \i\T allace is making out." Whip King \iVallacc was looking back eagerly as they came up. "It's all right, Vlallace," Jesse said gleefully; "we've left trn of them d ead back there, and there's a party of so ldiers coming up we are safe no w." Sure enoug h, an hour aftenvard they were overtaken by the blnec oa t ed boys of Uncle Sam. They were a party of McKenzie's soldiers, and were out afttr Mexican raiders. The situation of affairs was soon explained, a n d the officer in comman d l o oked at the three men in wonder. "Vv'ell, gentlemen," he said, you have done more to break up Palacio's gang in one night than I have done in a month." That night t h e soldi e r s camped with the h e rd, and the next morning started out after the remnants of Palacio's band. And that clay our friends m e t a party of six Texan cowboys, who were r eturning fro m an unsuccess ful chase of a party of raiders. They willingly agree d t o h e lp d r ive the h erd, and thus the l ab ors of Whip King V.fallace were lightene d. The big drove arrived in due course of time at the Rio Grande, and the cattl e were restor e d to the various owners from whom they had b ee n stolen. But as, according to theJaw in such cases, our .friends were entitled to a certain p e rc entage of the recovered s t oc k W hip King '\Vallace found h is own little herd n early triple d. And Frank and Jesse James were loo ked upon as he roes in the eyes of people of the Pecos. It is sad t o think that such a lif e would not content the outlaw brothers; they. might yet, even at this late stage of their bloodstained career, have become useful members o f society. But it was not to be. CHAPTER VI. THE ABDUCTfON OF ;\D. \ DARING. whe n Juan Fernando Palacio heard of the terrible dr:: cimation of his band, and th e recapture of his stolen herds, his rage knew 110 bounds. He vowed b y all the saints abo \ e and all the fiends be low that h e w ould be avenged. In this frame o f mind he was ready to listen to the voice of t h e t empte r in the person of Lieutenant Almonte. Palacio's lieut enant had a sche m e which had beei1 rank lin g in hi s mind ev e r since h e re. c eived that cut across the face from the terrible whip of the young cowboy. It wa s nothing kss than to abduct the daughter of Colonel Daring, and hold h e r for ranso m. He unfolde d his plans to Palacio, and they met with th e approval of the outlaw lead e r Three p icked men were to accompany Almonte on the raid; and one night they crossed the Rio Grande, sought a sa f e hiding -pl ace, and bided thei r time. That afternoon Ada invit ed L ord Stiles to ride with her. .And w hil e th ey were cantering at an easy pace, th ere ca m e the sudde n tramp o f h orses, and the next instant a numbe r of men rode up, o n e of whom sprang qui ckly fro m his steed, and se iz ed the arm of the girl. "C::n 1ght at last, my pretty little humming bird," he sa id exultant ly "'\V c've been la y in g in wa i t fnr ye a Jong w hi le but everythir1g co mes at last t o the m th e t knows how to wait. Ada Daring lo o ked up in di s may. She saw an evil, brutal-looking face b ending ove r her, o n w hi c h was a great livid sca r. running from ear t o ear across the nose, and she recognized the man wf10 once


! . THE JESSE JAMES 17 before had sought to capture her; the man whom Whip King Wallace had called Almonte. "Let me go; dare you touch me?" sh e cried, truggling to relea se herself. But Almonte only lau g hed brutally at h e r words; and tightened his grip upo n her arm. And then all the latent man:hoo d that was in Lord Stiles asserted itself ''Fellow! he shouted, as he sprang forward with up lifted wh ip, ;.unhand that l ady, or I 'll horse w hip you within an inch of your lif e." But one of Almonte s companions sprang f o n va rd and dealt the Englishman a blow on the head which felled him st11seJ.ess and bleeding, to the ground. A da utt e r ed a c ry of h orror as she witnessed th e cruel deed. ''Oh, l et me go!" she cried, wild ly, h er he art beating with terror, and struggling de sperately, but vainly, to free herse lf. Almonte threw his arms about her and pinioned her hands to her side. And as the girl felt the h ot, foul breath of the outlaw upon her face, a sudden, sickeniilg nausea overcame her, a black, crushing darkness fell upon her sight, and, for the first time in her life, Ada Daring fainted away into unconsciousness. Five days after the abductio n a cowboy r ode up to the Daring hou se in h ot haste, waving a letter in his hand. "It's from th e devils that took the little gal, colonel-the feller what give me this said so," the cowboy cried. And he went 011 to relate how, riding along down on the Rio Grande, and being recognized as o ne of the herders 011 the Daring ranch h e had been called acros s the river b y a Mexican, and the letter put in his hands, t o be deliv ered to Colonel Daring. "And I'm to ta k e back the answer," the cowboy went on. ''The kller said he wouldn't show up 'f enny one else came, and ye must hev the answer thar by t o -morrow n oo n." ''All right Joe; I will remember." And Colonel Daring hurriedly broke the seal of the let ter. And this is what he read: COLONEL DARING :-Yon n ee d not b e alarmed about the welfare of your daughter. The girl i s h eld for ransom; we will come to bu s ine ss The snm we demand for the d elivery o f your daughter is two hundred thousand dollars. The place for mak ing the exchange to be mutually agreed h e r ea fter. You will pl ease let u s know your news on the subiect by to-morrow noon. Any acti o n of a suspicions or aggressi\'e nature on yonr part will be the s ign a l for yonr daughter's death. 'vVe will cut her pretty throat from ear to ear if we hang for it the next minute. (S1gned) } U A N FERNANDO PALACIO, LIEUT. ALMONTE. Colonel Daring shuc!Clerecl at th e savage concluding sentence of the letter. 'The fiends! he groaned, to eve n thin k of such a thing! Two hundr ed th o u sand dollar s was a sum of m o n ey which even he, millionaire that he, could not gather together all in a moment. It would nece ssi tat e a journey on his part to San Antonio and El Paso, as he vvould have to negotiate a loan, \. for his r e cent heavy purchases of blood e d stock had al most drained him of ready money. But his musings were int e rrupted by a horseman who r ode up and sprang to the ground. It was Whip King Wallace. The face of the young cowboy was set and stern, as he toward the cattle baron with outstretched hand. "Ada-Miss Daring!" he gasped. "I have just heard from o ne of your cowboys what has happened." "Ah! vVallace, mv lad how are vou ?"the colonel cried, seizing the hand e'xtenclecl toward him and shaking it heartily. "Yes, it is awful! But Ada is well. I have just heard from her." ''Thank Heaven for that! But where is she?" "That I do not know. She was abducted by Palacio and Almonte, \\ho are holding her for ransom ''Curse them!" Whip King vVallace exclaimed. "Why didn't I kill Almonte the clay I had him under my w hip?" "I say amen to that. I, too, say curse them!" the cat tle baron growled. "But when did you get back, my, boy?'' I have but arrived from El Paso. The b u siness you sent me on is finished, and the last of the stoc k will be h ere in a few days. I was going home first to see my mother, when I heard the news that Miss Daring was missing, and rode over here at once. But w hat have Palacio and Almonte to say?" "Here are the letter .. R ea d them." Eagerly Whip King Wallace perused the letter of the outlaws, and then he glanced over the few words written by the girl whom he loved so nobly. And when the cattle baron, pacing to and fro on t h e porch had his back turned, he fervently kissed the writ ing. ''My darling!" h e murmured. ''Are you going to pay thi s money, Colonel Daring?" he inquired. "Most certainly . "Don't do it_:at least. clon t be in a hurry about it,. Whip King Wallace said, eagerly; "for I swear to you that I will outwit these outlaws, and bring Ada back alive and unharmed." "You !" th e cattle baron cried ; "but you don't even know where she is." I have a suspici o n of where she is; you forget that I was o nc e in Palacio's stronghold." "But I dare n o t permit it. Do you not see what they threaten to do in case of treach ery?" and the colonel gave a visible shudder. "I wiM be cautious to excite no suspicion, sir," Whip King Wallace said firmly. '' I can speak Spanish like a native of Castile, and am dark enough to pass for a Mex ican. I will disguise myself as one, and enter Palacio's retreat. In your answer to this letter yo u must insist on the full limit of time granted by the outlaws for making the payment, and yo u can have the money read y in case I fail; but I will n ot fail, I swear it." He spoke so enthusiastically, his dark eyes flashing, his form drawn so proud l y erect, that the cattle baron was carried away despit e himself. "Goel bless you. my boy!" he exclaimed, as he seized the young cowb oy's hands. "I believe you will do it; you have twice already saved her from deadly p eril; bring her


!8 THE JESSE J/\MES STORIES. back to me safe, and ther e is n ot hin g you ca n ask of me tha t I will not g rant, if it lays in my power so to do." "Noth ing, s ir?" and a peculiar look flashed into the face o f vVhip King v Vallace. "I will remind you of that p ro m is e some day." "And yo u will find that I kn ow how to keep m y prom i ses. 'Very well, sir; but l et u s determine o n what answer to g i ve to Palacio." '.[hey e n tered th e h o use, and in the cattle baron 's s tu dy concocted the following: _ME S SRS. PALA C I O AND ALMONTE :-I ::igree to your terms, and wt!! act in good faith but it will be fuily a m onth b efo re I can gather toget h e r the su m you demand, r ecent h eavy expenditures having crippl e d me somewhat financially. I n the meantime, for God's sake, treat m y daughter w e ll. ]AMES DARING. This letter was given to th e same cowboy who had brought the at:h e r one, and wa s delivered as directed. atte mpt was made by the cowboy eit h e r to g ain a n y i nformat i on, or to follow the mes se n ger who r eceived the missive. But iong befor e that time Whip King Wallace had set out on his missio n to re sc ue Ada fr om the of the t wo outlaw chiefs CHAPTER VII. WHIP KING WALLACE Ol'f THE TRAIL. Whip King Wallace crossed the Ri o Grande shortly befor e da ybreak o n the morning of th e clay in whi ch Co l o nel Daring's answer was delivered. He Was dre ssed like a Mexica n 7 1aq11ero, o r cattle herder, a character which hi s dark ski n and eyes, and his thorough kn ow l edge of the Spani s h t ongue, e na b l e d him to carry out to perfection From the cowboy who brought the l ette r h e had ob tained a close description of th e place where the m essage o f the outlaw chief would await hi s a n swer, and, finding the s pat, he rod e back from the ri ver some four or five miles and concealed hiri.1self in a range of l ow hills. He had a pair of s mall but powerful glasses, and from his position h e could command a good view o f th e spot where the m eeting wo uld take place. Here h e waited until n oo n whert h e saw two men r iding toward the Rio Grande o n e ith er s i de of the river. One h e r ecognized as a cowboy; the othe r was dr e s sed like him se lf in a Mexican costume. \Vith glasses to hi s eyes, h e watc h ed eve r ything that to o k place, saw th e delivery of the l ette r and the partin g of the two men The cowboy imm edia tel y re crossed t h e river, the Mex ican rode off in a we s terly direction. The man frequrntly cast looks behind him but, satis fied at last that he was not being followed, he brought his horse down into what is tenned o n the bord er "a greaser trot," a gait which the hardy prairie-br ed horses can keep up all day, and mak e th e ir sixty The time had come fo r Whip King Wallace to act, and he mounted his horse, a fine, p owe rful anima l the b est in the stables of Col o nel Daring, w hich h e had b orrowed for the occasion He ov e rhauled the messenger rapidly. The man saw him lon g ere he came up, but as he was comi n g from the direction of the foothills, and appeared to b e a countryman o f his own, h e was n ot a larm ed. "Bueno d i as, se n or," the cowboy sah.ited, as h e drew up alongside of t he Mexi can. "Brieno dias, seno r," th e man answered, p o litely; "coma se ra ?'' ' O h I, am well e nough ; hav e yo u such a thing a s a m atch ab o ut you-mine are all gone? The Mexi can fumbl e d in hi s pocket a while, and pro duced the article desired. ':Will yo u smoke, senor?" the cowboy sa id extending a cigar. 'Nl ucho gracia.s, senor." The two men were soon puffing away at tobacc o in a soci able manner. "That is a fine hor se you h a ve there seno r ," t h e Mexican said after a few m o ment s' silence, and eying th e cowboy's animal w i t h ad mir at i o n "Is he not, sen o r ?" the cowboy sa id, pro udly. I h ave been offered five hundre d pesos fo.r him. "He is w orth it-every real; where did you get him?" "Oh, I found him-on the ot her side 1 of the Ri o Grande," the cowboy said, with a chuckling laugh. The Mexican laugh ed, too; he very well un de rs tood the signific a nc e of the words "And where are you going, the Mexioan inquired. "To E l Paso. to meet our chief." "Your chief?;' the Mex i ca n said, susp ici o u sly "Yes; Bustenado, the cowboy said calmly. He had named a Mexican raider who was almost a s infarr: o u s as Palaci9, and whom he had seen on seve ra l oc casi o ns. "I tell yo u this in perf.ect co nfid ence, senor," the cow bo y went o n, "for I r ecog nize in you a man of m y own calling." "How so?" t h e Mexican r ema rk ed, quickly. "I saw you one time with Palacio and Almonte a t P i ed ras N'egras; and I judge a man by the compan y h e keeps. The Mexican lau ghed heartily. "I will n ot deny it, comrade-I belo n g to Palacio's band." "I h ear th at yo u have had bad l uck of l ate," the cow boy continued. "Caramba yes the Mexican cried "Th e cursed gri ngos killed twenty of ou r band; '""e were surpr ised, and they outnumbered us four t o o n e." V / h ip King \i\ T allace smiled; no o n e knew b ette r than he the numbe r of men w ho h a d engaged in that affair. \i\That sort o f a man is Palacio to work under?" the c owboy co ntinu ed. "Very fine-he i s very lib e ral with us." "Our c hi ef i s just the opposite; bah! I do n o t like him mu c h ," and t h e cowboy spat contemp t uou s l y '"Well, why not join our band?" the Mexica n inquired, eagerly ..I lik e your l oo ks, comrade, and Palaci o wants ni en." "Ca ra111ba! but one d oes n o t lik e to dese:r,t, yo u know "Ah, bah! what difference d oes that make to us? For my part, I would go where th e r e was the most money t o be made w ith th e least work." "That i s true, comrade," the c o wboy said, heartily. "I


1"HE JESSE JAMES STORl ES. 19 hav e thought for a l ong tim e of cutting loose from Busis too strict and stingy "Better join then; if you will give me your name, I will menti o n it to the cap-itano." I am called l\fanuel Alva; and you?" Ri ca rdo Querclo." "When will you see Palacio?" th e co wb oy inquired, after a few m o m en t s o f silence. "In a few clays, I thin k," the Mexican answered, evasively. 'Just n ow, I am bent on a little private busi n ess o f my own." ''Well, just mention the subject to him when you next m e et Palacio," the cowboy said, careles;;ly. He was disappointed; h e h ad h o ped that the Mexican w o uld invit e him t o go along w ith him But evidently th e man had r eceive d orders in the deli cate affair which the outlaw chiefs were carrying on which mad e this im poss ib le, and Whip King Wallace would have to d epe nd on his own r eso urce s to enter Palacio's stronghold. They rode together for so me h o urs, chatting plea s antly, and r e l at ing expe ri e n ces o f their law less lives-the cowboy doin g mo s t of the listenir g, for he wa s careful nort to overdo his part. "'vVe s h all soon have to part, comrade : whip King vVallace said, at a certain part of th e ir j ou rn ey, unle ss your way lies i n th e dir ect i o n of El Paso." "Not so. I shall soo n hav e to strike off to the southward." They were riding by o ne o f the numerous timb e r groves \.vhic h dott ed the r eg i o n they were traveling through when this was said. Suddenly four horsemen dart e d from the underbrush, and halted in front of th em o n the road. The y were all Mexicans, and o n e utte r e d a cry of tri umph as his fierce loo ks w e re bent up o n Ricardo Querdo. As for th e companion o f the cowboy, he seemed to shrink in the saddle as he saw the man b efore him and his face turned to a sickly g reen hue. ' J ose Silvano!" h e sho ut ed, hoar -ly. "Yes, you d og -w o lf, it i s Jose Silvano!" the Mexican said, fie rcely. Your cowardly knife did not quite rea c h my heart. " Well, and what do you want?" the compani o n of the cowboy said, sullenly. "'Your life!" the other hi ss ed, as he drew his knife. Di s mount from your h orse and def e nd yourself," and he set the example by springing fro m his steed. Ricardo Q u ercia gazed about him for a m ome nt, the thought of flight uppermost in hi s mind, but he r ea lized the folly of s u c h a course in an instant. The companions of hi s ene m y were a rm ed with rifles, and h e would be s h ot d ow n before he had gone fifty yards He dismounted, and, drawing hi s knife advanced upon his e nem v List e11, J ose Silvano!" he sa id. "I am bound o n a mission o f imp o r tance If I kill you, am I to continue on my way without harm from your friends?" "That you ma y," Silvano remarked, and, turning to his companions, he continued: "This is a p ersona l matter, comrades. If Ricardo Quer

20 THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. to the south; follow that road about forty miles, and it will lead you int o a circular valley." I know the place," Whip King vVallace said; it was whe re you were surprised some months ago by the gringos and your herds retaken ." "Exactly," the outlaw gasped, eager ly, and, in his ex citeme nt, not stopping to ask how the young cowboy knew this fact, "follow up the ravine until you meet the guards; they will stop you, but say to them 'The Rio Grande and Siena Madres,' and they will let you pa ss." 'The Rio Grande and Sierra Madres ;' I will r e mem ber," the cowboy murmured. "But wait! You will need a tok e n, o r Palacio would never believe the story He fumbled about his bosom a few moments, and pro duced both the lett er and a small, curiously-shaped s tiletto, with a triangular blade. "Give Palacio thi s toy-it is morl? than a weapon: it will tell Palac i o th at h e can trust you, and that I am dead. And here, too, is the letter; it is very imp orta nt, and I may trust you, comrade, may I not, to give it only to m y chief?" I swear to you by all the saints, that n o man shall see it Palacio ha s it in hi s hand s," he answered, im p re ss i vely. "That is well," and the dying outlaw gasped for breath, and the cold s hivers o f d eath began to run over bis body. "Tell-Palacia-how I-died," he murmured, with a horrible rattling voice, and then became quiet, and gasped, and s t retched out his body and was dead. Whip I'=ing \i\Tallace saw that all was over, a nd r e m ounting his horse he continued the j o urney alone. His heart was fille d ; ith exultation; he had a safe pass port into the strnngholcl o.f the out laws-nay, if Ricardo Querclo had not lied, the dagger would win him the con fidence of the outlaw chid. There was only one possibility h e dreaded-not for hi m self, b ut for his object, the fear that his disguise woul d b e p e net rated by some of thE: ou tlaw s I 1 A nd if such an event happen e d his fate would be quick, sure and terribl e But this risk the young cowboy was willing to take, and h is h ea rt beat high with hope as h e st ruck out on his long ride to Palacio's stronghold. He did not push his animal; he had the whole night be fore him, and as h e did not wish to r each Palacio's oamp b efore morni11g, h e took his time. Pretty soon the trail h e was followi n g came o ut upon a road which Whip King \.Vallace rec og nized, for it was the same he had passed over once b efo re with the James boys and the recaptured heTCls. He camped down at a stream shortly after sunset, and even rested a few hours to allow his horse t o graze. Then once m o re he proceeded o n his mis s ion He reached the vall 'Y about daybreak, and, without a moment's hesitation, rode straight for the ravine. He did n o t know if any eyes were fixed upo n him but his movements were made lik e one confident of where h e was going, and o f the reception h e would meet. In the ravin e his progress was slower; he passed through the old camp where Frank and J esse James had made their bloo dy charge without a challmge, and fol lowed up the tortuous ascent. B ut now four or nve men suddenly sprang into the path, the bridl e o f his horse was seized, and a number of revolvers leveled at him. But vVhip King Wallace betrayed no surprise or un easiness. "Who are you?" o ne of the men growled; "and what do you want here?" "I am called Manuel Alva, and I wish to see Palacio," Whip King Wallace answered, calmly. "Palacio?" the man said, as if much surprised. "How know you that Palacio is here?" "I know it, for I come from the Rio Grande, and Sierra Mad res." Instantly the weapohs were lowered, and the hands fell from his bridle rein. "Ah! you are one of us, the spokesman of the guard remark ed. "No I belona to the band which Bustenado leads." "Bu;tenado !';:> and the man bent a ssupicious glance upon the young cowboy; "then how came you to know our passwords?" "They were given me for the first time yesterday after n oo n." "Wh o by?" ,, "Ricardo Querdo ; but yo u are n o t Palacio, vVh1p King \i\T allace remarkt-d, impatiently, "and m y orders are to see Palacio in per son. "But fir s t yo u must sa ti sfy me of your object," the chief of the guards said, sternly. \.Vh y do you wish to see Pal ac io?" ''I h ave a letter for him ." "A letter? ah He was one of the men w h o had been concerned in the abdnction of Ada Daring, and insta n tly comprehen.cled that the Jetter was in relation to that affair. \.Vait here, and I will summo n our chief," h e said, and disappeared up the ravine. He was gone nearly half-an-hour, and whe n h e re turned he was accompanied by a man whom vVhip King Wallace, although he b ad never seen him, fe lt assured was the outlaw chief. And he was ri ght. A few m omernts afte r he stoo d face to face with Juan Palacio. CHAPTER VIII. IN PALACIO'S STRONGHOLD. Juan Pal ac i o gazed at th e young cowboy as he halted in front of h im. But Whip King \iVallace bore the sc rutiny with un flinching features. He had dismounted as the outlaw chief came up and had salu t ed him gravely by t o uching his sombrero "You have a letter for me?" Palacio said at la s t, satisfied by hi s examination Yes, capitano." "Let me have it. Whip King Wallace extended the m issive which Col one l Daring had written. Pal.acio brok e the seal. He started viole ntl y as his eyes rested upo n the signature.


THE JESSE JAMES 21 A cold, stee l y look began to glitter in his eyes and he made a slight s ign with. his hand. The guard gathe red around clo s er. How came this l ette r int o your {>Ossession ?" Palacio inquired, ste rnl y .. It was given to m e to deliver int o your hands b y Ri<..ardo Querdo," Whip King Vlallace answered, promptly. 'And why did not Querdo deliver this l ette r himself?" "Because h e is dead." "Dead! "Si capitano; stab b ed to the heart b y Jose Silvano." "How did it happ e n?" "Listen, capita110, and I will relate the story." And in graphic words 'Whip King V./allac e relat e d hi s meeting with the m esse nger of th e o u tlaw chief, and the tragic event which followed. But h e did m o re ; he r epresented him se lf as being a l ong-time friend of the d ead bri gand, and incidentall y remarked that Querdo had often tried to seduce him to l eave Bustenado, and join the band of which he Querdo, was a m ember. "Ricardo Quero bad e m e give yo u thi s, capita110," the cowboy sa id in conclusion, h o ldin g ont the tri angularbladed d a.gger; it was to prove to )' O U thaif: hi s co nfidence in me was not mi splaced." / "You are right; Querdo would n eve r ha v e give n yo u this .. unl ess h e was s ure o f your lo y alt y," Palacio said, h e artily, b es ides, I remember that Querdo and Silvano were o ld enemies; but why did yo u n o t avenge the death of vour friend?" ,;Capitano, I am but one man, they we r e four," \i\Thip King Wallace answered, s imply. "True-I had quite forgotten; I meant no r eflect i o ns," Palacio said ha s tily, ''but you mus t h ave been in the saddl e all night; come int o the camp and rest yourself.'' The heart of Whip King Wallace l eaped with j oy At last he was t o s ee the place where Ada was h e ld a captive; perhaps h e s h o uld even see h e r. The very thought set the blood throbbing in his veins as h e followed after the outlaw, having fir s t r et urnee\ and staked hi s h o r s e out on the plain, wher.e he could graze to the encl of the picket-rope. And then a sudden thought see m ed to strike Palacio, and he halt ed abruptly. "Did Que rdo tell you anyfhing of the affai r o f which this l ette r i s a part?" h e asked, eying v V hip King 'vV allace ke en l y "No t a word, capita110;" th e cowboy answered, promptly. "That is we ll. A few m o ments after they came out o n a sm all plat ea u green with verdure. A numbe r of ru

. \ 22 T H E JE-SSE JJ\MIES STOR iES o No sooner was he gone than Ada said, coolly: "Yott were a long time coming. "You expected me then?" \Vhip King \Vallace whis pered Why, are you not always at hand when I am in danger?" Ada remarked, calmly. Whip King Wallace could not help smiling at the r e tort; but he gazed apprehensively at the old crone. "You need not fear, Ada said, as she c o mprehended what he feared, "she is as deaf as a st o n e ." ''How have they treated you?" the young cowboy in quired, reassured by her word

THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. 2 3 But they were all sleeping finally, and Whip King V.V!!llace, creeping to the cabin, gave the signal. An answering knock on the inside of the shutter proved that Ada was on the a ler t, and that the old crone was sleeping. Then, cautiously Whip King-\i\T allace removed the bar, and, after s o me difficulty succeeded in dragging the girl through the sma ll open in g. And, silent as shadows, they stole through the camp and reached the ravine. The first part of Ada's escape had been carried out successfully; but now came the real danger of the under-taking. The gnar

24 THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. CHAPTER IX. FRANK AND JESSE TO THE RESCUE. While Frank and Je ss e James r e mained quietl y in the valley of the Pecos planning a train robber y at Big Springs, the y h ea rd of the abduction o f A da Daring. It had l ea ked out and was pretty generally that Palacio the prime m ove r in this daring outrage, and the face of Jesse Jame s grew black as a thunde rcl oud, a s he list e n ed to the r eci tal of th e affair, and h eard t h e name of hi s o ld adversary m e ntioned. "The re 's n o use talkin g, Frank," he sa id to hi s brother, "that fellow has got to go under ; there won't b e any p eace in this valley as long as Palacio lives. ''You are right, Jesse," Frank retorted, "and yon a nd I are th e m en who have go t to do th e work, and we mu st hring that girl back. It is true I n ever saw h e r but that makes no cliffE: r e nce; she belongs her e in the valley, and i s o ne of the family so to speak." Yes and Palacio's scalp is mine; I won it fairly, an d I'm going to have it," J esse James obse rved, san.gely. "Well, let' s go," Frank James put in, t e rs ely Since the recovery of th e sto len prestige in the valley of the Pecos w as great, an d Frank and J esse James b ot h took a prid e in h oldi n g this respect of th e ir nei g hbors. The recovery of the g irl see m e d to them to b e their spec ial affair. and they at o n ce s e t about to accomplish the ta sk. Stopping o nl y long enough to exc han ge their jaded horses for fresh a nimals, they se t o ut at the h ead of six cowboys who volunteered to accompany them when their ob_\ect became known The OU'tlaw brothers !me w nothing of the terrible threat ,,,\ hich Palacio a nd Almonte had made-to murder Ada . in case an y m ove of an aggressive nature was made against them. Ne ith er were they aware of what vVhip King Wallace was doing; they neve r paused to ask questions o r ad vice o nce they had determined to obtain an ub j ect o r carry ou t a design. It was get there and d o it--or die. T he y cr ossed the Rio Grande in the night-time, and followed the path o n which Frank James had kd once before to Palacio 's st rongh o ld On the following morn ing, at just a s they were about to d e bouch up o n a plain Frank James who was riding in advance, reined in hi s h o r se so suddenly that it was with the utmost diffi c ult y the othe T s could ke e p fr o m riding him clown. "Back into th e defile!" Frank James s aid, in a thrill ing whiS>per; "back! b efo re we are dis c-overed They quickly wheeled th e ir horses r o und and rode back a distanct int o the hills. ''What's th e matter Frank?" Jesse James inquired; "what clicl you see?" "A bod y of m e n at th e very place I intended ca mpin g. Halt, bo ys this is far enough." ' A r e they Palacio s m e n?" Jesse Jame s inquired, eagerly. 'vVho else can they be?" Frank James observ e d d i s m ou nring. And h e continued quickly: ';One of you s tay with the hor ses; th e r es t come with 1ne There was a hasty dismounting among the m e n. and, followed by Jesse and five of th e cowboys, Frank James s t o l e ca uti ous l y forward to the m outh of the de.file. H e r e all co{1lcl see what had caused the sudden action of t heir leader A body o f m en were encamped on the edge of th e s tream, and Jes se J ames im m ediate l y had his glasses out s urveying the sce n e "Thirteen m en," he announced, after a few moments' insp ecti on, 'and greas e rs all." D o yo u kn ow any of them?" F rank James inquired. No," Jesse answered, after anot h e r long l ook. Let me hav e ther s py-gl asses fur a m o m ent," one of the cowboys remarked. ' I thort so," h e cried, th e m oment h e glanced through the glasses; "o n e of th e m fellars air Almonte; I know s him well, by sight, a nd 'sides, ye kin see the mark th et Whip King \ Va llac e l e ft on h!s face with his l as h ." 'Look thar a man said, sudden l y, in a n excite d whisper; 'Jay low, b oys They all shrunk bac k a s they s aw w hat he indicat ed-a horseman comin g at furiou s spee d across the plain. Straight for the cam p of th e o utla ws the rid e r came, and, springing to t he ground, w as soon in earne'St discus s i o n with th e outlaws, j udging from his excited gestures. He frequ e ntl y pointed back in the directi o n from which h e had come, and a few seconds after hi s arrival the camp was in commotion. T hE: fires were put o ut, the h orses l e d int o the und e r brus h, and in a ve r y s hort space o f tim e n ot a living thing w as in sig ht. ''What's that for-an ambu sh?" J esse James inquired "It l ooks like it." "Ay and yonder comes w hat they air layin for," a cowboy c ried, with excite m ent. Instantly Jesse James had hi s g l asse s leve l ed at a horse m an, follow ing directly in t he path of th e fir st one. "vVhy, h ello th e fellow has got a girl in front of him ," Jes se said, with s o m e s urprise. And then, as the h o rseman came nrnrer, h e continued, with hi s eyes still t o the glas ses: "That's a mighty pre tty girl; and the f ellow-eh, what? By th e livin g jin go, bo ys, it's Whip King Wallace. I know him, although h e is dressed lik e a greastT." 'Then t he other mu st b e the col o nel's gal." I shouldn't vvonder; but look!" They were s il en t spectators of the s udden capture of the young cowboy and Ada Daring. \ Vhat's to be clone n ow?" one of the cowb oys inquir ed Done?" J esse J a mes sa id, "why, w e've got to get \ V h i p King \Vallace and the g irl out of that m ess-that's all.' 'But how?" Frank Jame s asked, anxiously; "if we rid e out of h e re the y w ill see u s l ong b efore w e can r eac h them ; and, r at h er than be bothered by prisoners, the y w ill s h oot them b efore we could co m e to t heir a s s i stance-Whip King Wallace, anyway." \Vh e r e are your eyes, old man ?" Jesse r etorted; l ook at the s te ep bank of the st r eam t ha t runs at our feet, we can crawl ri g ht in to thei r mid st uns e en in the s h elter of that bank." 'By heay c ns you are right!" Frank James cried.


THE JESSE JAMES STOR IES. 25 "YVhat do yo u say, boys? They are thirteen. and \\e only n but we can kill t he half of them before they eve r know what s truck them." I say, go ahead, and let's do it at o nc e," a cowboy re-marked, tersely. "That's me/' "And me_. too." \i\T ell. come ahead, t h en; and be careful that the y don't see yon ';And, scre-e n ed by some friendly bushes, F rnnk James dropped int o the s tream. He was quickl y followed by the others; and, with weapons in band, ready for instant u se, the seve n m e n waded up the stream, the high bank effectually concealing their movements from view Meanwhile, the arms of Whip King Wallace had been secure ly b ound-Almonte regarding the: operation with savage glee. The outlaw was on hi s way to Palaci o's stronghold, with a numbe r of men whom h e had recruited in Piedras Negras for their d ecimated band, and had spent thc. night on the bank of the river. He was just about breaking up camp, a courier, whom he had sent on ahead a half-hour before, returned with the informatio n that a horsema n was approaching who carried a woman before him on his steed. He had seen the m from some distance, but was sure of what he had st'ated. Almonte's suspicions had immediately been arousc. d, and h e had laid the cunning ambush, th e s u ccess of 1vhich w e have seen. He was of the answer which Colonel Daring had made to thc:ir d emands, as he bad m et Palacio the night before, and he blessed hi s patron saint that he had been fortunate enough to regain the priz e that had so nearl y been wrested from tht:ir bands. And then his face grew dark as he tho u ght of the treachery that had b ee n practiced to stea l the girl away "So," he sa id savagely, "Colonel Daring writes in good faith with one hand, whil e w ith the other h e thinks to outwit u s, e h ? He will regret this; it s hall cost 'him dear." "Colonel Daring had nothing t o do with this rescue," whip King Wallace answere d quick ly. I did it rntirel v on m y own r es p o n s ibility." I do not believe it; you are known to be i ntim ate with' the grea:t rancher, and yo u have n o doubt hatched t hi s up between you to sa ve him his gold; but, b y all the: sa int s above, h e s hall pay for it!" "But again I say, Colonel Daring h a d nothing to do with it," Whip King Wallace cried, l ying d espe ratel y I love the g irl, and could n o t bear the thought of leaving her in the hands of such villains as you and Palacio." "Is it so?" Almonte: cried, laughing. ,, "But I do n ot believe that the co l o n e l kn ew nothir.g of your designs," jle added, sternly; "but he s hall repent itbitte r i y I swear it!" "You doq't say so?" a strange, grating voice cried out. The nc.xt instant a number of men sprang :ip on the bank of the s t ream, one of whom shouted, in a loud voice : L et 'e m have it b oys A volley o f pistol shots followed t he words, and frve of the outlaws went dmrn in the agonies of death. Almonte spran g upo n his horse; he had been wounded by that murderous discharge, but not di s abled. "The h e shouted. "Away mv men and save yourselves!" Even as he gave the order, he turned in the saddle, hate and rage rendering his repulsiv e features positively fiendish, and fired a da star dl y shot at Ada Daring. But hi s a;m was wild, and the bullet went wide of ifs mark. And the 1:cxt in stant a s h ot from the revolver of Jesse James struck him s quare betwee n the shoulders, and he tumbled fr o m hi s horse, as lifeless as a bag of sand. As for the r est of th e men, demoralized and pani c stricken by the sudden, bloody onslaught, they offered hit slight resistan ce, and were mown down before the terri ble r e 1olv ers of Texans lik e grass before the scvthe-it was not a battle, it was a massacre, f o r n o t a man .escaped to tell the tale of that awful s la t'1gbte r "Whip King \Vallace,'' Jesse J am es said, as he cut the cords which confined the arms o f th e cowboy, "we got. h e r e just in time." "Indeed yo u did. I had to give u p hope for I knew Almonte would n eve r forgive me for scarring hi s fa c e so with m y whip," th e young C0\1 boy r e plie d gratefnlk whip King \Val! acc married Ada Daring on twenty-fir st birthday. Jua n Fernando P aia cio came t c g rief in o n e of his wild raids. His h orse was sh o t in a h ot p 1m ; uit, : lllcl pinn ed Pal:u :io to the ground in it s fall. He \YaS the Tex2..n s 2..ilC! hung. 2;1d James n ever got his scalp, afrer all. Frank and Jesse James contin u ed to r es ide in the val ley o f the Pc.cos for a t ime ofte n absenting themselve-; as oj o ld but to t h e la s t never s u spec t ed of being rhe men half th e skilled cletect iYE.s o i the land were eagerly l ook1:1g for E:\ D. :2\Text week's i ss ue (:\io. 42) wiil contai n ;.J esse James' Double Game; or, Golding, th e Dandy Sport from Drnver." T h e next adventures of the bandits took them a long wa y from Mexico. T h ey had exc i tement, however. enough ev<.:n for J esse J ames. Read i t, boys, in next week's issut:'.


ABOUT FAMOUS l'1EN. You know about the new contest, boys. lf you don't, tum to page ;o and read the list of prizes we offer and what you must do to get them. Hustle along, boys, and get your contributions in. Here are a few late arrivals in the contest that h as just closed. The prize winners in this contest will be a nn ounced n ext week. Seth Low' s Success. ( By Frank Williamson, Jersey City.) At the age of twenty-one Seth Low graduated from the Columbia College. At the exercises President Barnard was h eard to say, I have just had a talk with young Low the scholar in the college anci the mo s t manly young man we have had in years." When he entered the emplo y of his father, the largest importer of tea i11 the U n i t ed h e began as clerk ill an inferior po sition, asking no favors and receiving none. His promotious were not gifts, they were earned In five years he became mauaging partner, with millions of dollars under his control. At the age of thirty-o ne h e was nrnde Mayor of Brooklyn and gave the city two terms of the cle anest and best administration it ever had. In 1 889 h e returned to Colurnbia Coll ege as its pres i d en t and his great executive ability is s h ow n by the great aclva11ce of the college. He donated a million dol lars to the li brary on Morningside Heights, af t e r which he resigned to be co me mayor of the second larges t city in the world, New York. "The Plumed Knight"-James G. Blaine. ( By Henry Hofensteio, Baltii:i ore, Md.) James Gillespie Blaine was born in the h amlet of Bro1Tnsvi lie, Washington County, Pa., bn Ja1111ary 3r, 1 830. His moth e r was the daughter of Nea l Gi lle s pie, Jr., of Scotch-Irish descent. His father was Ephraim S. Blaiu e. Blaine's great grandfather was an officer in the Revo lutio n ary War. He rose to the ra-nk of colonel, and it was said that wheu the most daring patriots' spirits were waning, Col one l Blaine was one of the few who h e lp ed cheer theu1 u p. James G. Blaine studied at the Washington College, in his native county. Jefferson College was located about ten mile s away from it. 'l'hese two colleges s ub sequently, in 1865 unite d to form Wa sbillgton and J effe rs o n Col lege. Blaine beca111e the editor of the Kennebec Jou rnal, of Augusta, Maiue, in 1854. He held the position of editor till the 9th of October, 1857 In the fall of 1 8 58, Blaine was elected lo the lower House of the Legislature of Maine. He went into that body with a strong majority behind him. He was re electeti in 1859 iu 1 860 and in 186r. In 1862 James G. Blaine was elected to Congress. He was re-elected in 1864, and :he was re-el ec ted in 1866, almost without opposition. He was re-e l ec ted foi: the fourth time in 1 868, and op the 4th of March o f the fol lowing year he was non 1ina ted for the Speakership of the Hou se of Representative s Three men h ave each been three times elected to the Speakership of the House of Representatives. Henry Clay was so honored in 1811, 1 8 1 3 and 1 815, Schuyler Colfax was in like ma1111er distingnished in 1863, 1865 ai1d 1867. James G. Blaine received the same h onor at the hands of his party in 1 869, 187 l and l 873 Blaine was a maguetic speaker and a most brilliant statesman, at one time he was call ed ''The Plumed Knight.'' In 1 88 0 Blaine was put in nomination for the Presidency by the Honorable James F. Joy, of Michigan, and was defeated, Garfield being nominated to oppose him and elected. James G Blaine was appointed in lf388 as Secretary of S t a te H i s former career in tha t office had been cut short by the assass ination of President Garfield in 1 88 r. He remained in the State Department until u ea r the close of the Harrison Administration. More properly speaking, h e held tile place until it became evident tha t his friends ,,ould present his name to the Republican Convention of l 892. It was al ready the eve of the convention at Minneapoli s, when Blaine retired from the Harrison Cabinet. Blaine died, on January 27, 1893, after a liugeriug illness. I Admiral George Dewey. ( B y James Madden, Brooklyn, N. Y.) Iu the history of 11ations we find that many of the great 111eu who figured prominently in the history_ of each, were the result of some grave event that was the turning point in the life of their respective countries. These men remained in the background, silent observers of a ll that was passing, until the big trumpet call of duty, and then they awoke from their seeming l ethargy and proved themselves to be the men to meet the emer gency of the hotn. Such a man wa s Admiral George Dewey. This illustrious man was born in Montpelier, Vermont, on the 27th of December, 1837. After a time spent in his village school young George was sent to the Norwich Militfry Academy to study for a military career. 'fhe course in Norwich was four years, and it was Dewey's intention to graduate, but he saw that


THE JESSE Jl\MES STORIES. 27 quicker advancement could be mad e in the navy, and so determined to enter that branch of the service. At first his father refus e d to allow him to enter the navy, but finally yielded to persuasion, and promise d to s e nd him to Annapolis, whenever an opportunity for so doing presented itself. On September 23, 1854, he entered the naval academy at Annapolis. This was a time when there were rum blings of the storm that was to sever the North and South aud plunge the whole land into desolation and sorrow. Dewey was opposed to slavery and openly up held the speeches and sentiments of the abolitionists. It is asserted that there was little difference betweeu the Dewey at Norwich and the Dewey at Auuapolis. He sang and played well, and was on this account a general favorite. Whe n D e wey was three years at Annapolis he had a violent argument with a younger but larger cadet named Smiley, concerning the merits and beauty of three sisters who lived on Maryland avenue. They repaired to the battleground, aud Dewey knocked Smiley down twice in two rounds. The youth then made some comment on one of the young women, and Dewey gave him a swinging right hand blow on the chest, which spun the poor fellow around, then followed it up b y kicking him into the Severn River. At the battle of Port Hudson, in March, 1863, he per formed a daring feat of bravery. His ship, the Mississippi, was nearly sunk, and most of the crew were killed. The rest jumped overboard, leaving the wounded, and Dewey, seeing this, rounded them up and returned to the s!1ip. He was highly praised by Farragut. Grant, the Great American. (By Charles Rogers, New York.) General Grant was born at Point Pleasant, Ohio April 7, 1822. He was unwilling to follow his father' s trade, that of a tanner, and at seventeen he secured an appointment to West Point. His name havin g been wrongly registered, Grant vainly attempted to set the matter right, but finally accepted his "manifest des tiny," ass{1med the change thus forced upon him, and thenceforth signed himself Ulysses Simpson, the latter being his mother's family name. Two years after completing his fotir-years' course as cadet the Mexican War broke out. In this war Gdnt conducted himself with gerat gallantry, receiving espe cial mention and promotion. He then retired to private life, where he remained until the opening of the Civil War. Having been appointed to command a company of volunteers, he went to Springfield, where he becamt aid to Governor Yates, and was finally commissioned as colonel of the 'l'wenty-first Illinois regiment. He was a plain, quiet gentle, unostentatious, reticent man, and attracted little attention to himself; but bis inflexible resol utiou, that held steadily to its purpose through every delay and disaster; his fertility of resource to meet each movement of his wary opponents; bis power of handling great masses of men, and of maneuvering the widely-separated Federal armies, his unruffled calmness, in emergency, as if he foresaw and prepared for it, and, above all, his sublime faitli made him s eem to his followers the very ''incarnation of the cause for which they were figqting." After the close of 'bis Presidential term he made the tour of the world. During his extended journey, be was everywhere received with marked enthusiasm and honor, and his dignified and consistent conduct shed luster upon the country he represented. He died at Mount McGregor, N. Y., July 23, 1885. People from all parts of the once-severed country united in sympathy for his loss. A Great Naval Commander. (By Myron S. Albin, New York.) David Glasgow Farragut, one of the greatest naval commanders the world has ever seen, was born in a vil" lage near the city of Knoxville, Tenn., July 5, 1801. His childhood was spent among the exciting scenes of frontier life. David, when about ten years of age, en tered the navy as midshipman under the command of Porter. He had a great love for exciting adventures, and when the \Var of 1812 opened he was in the ranks of the Americans although he was not fourteen years old. After this he continued in the navy for some time, and received a lieutenant's commission in 1825. When the Civil War broke out, Farragut found himself be tween two fires-his love for the South and his love for his country. He choose the latter and hastily left his h

' ) 28 THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. wou11d with rags and tried t o s uppl y the e l ectricity b y rubbing the c a t s back. He read all scientific book s be for e h e w a s fifteen yea r s o ld. At that time he l os t his mothe r Wh e n his mothei die d he becam e a new sb o y on the trai11 s He l ove d this occupatio11 because h e earned money by it a nd could s ee a great many books and papers Meanwhile he was experimenting with chemica l s in the corne r of the c a r, but this soo n cam e to an e11d because the chemicals explode d and se t fire to the c ar. He took lesson s in t e legraphy from a statio n ma s ter an d gradually h e w orke d np u11til h e h e l d a u important pos ition in Bosto11 as an o perato r. In Bo s ton his exp e rirn e11ts bro u g h t h im m o r e m o n ey tha11 his position, so h e g a ve it up a nd in vented his wo nderful quadruple machine or doub le t e legraph, b y whic h four mes s a ges could b e sent a t the sa me time o ve r the same wire. The e l ec t r ic p e u for multip l y in g copies o f letters or drawi11g s is a tube -shaped p e n which i s drive n by electricity and l eaves the tracing o f the origiual o n another sheet. The phonograph i s about the mo s t won de rful instrument he made. This is saying a great dea l for this in strument, for h e made a great many w onderful inveutions Mr. Ediso11 wa s born at M ilau Ohi u Februa ry 1 I 1847. The Story of Columbus. ( B y James W. Moor e W. Va. ) Columbus was born at G enoa Italy. The true date of his birth remains in dispute, probably it w as i11 the y e a r 143 5 From his boyhood h e wa s fond o f the se a fond of Rtudy, aud especiall y fond o f geograpehy. Whe n but fourteen y ears of age, he w ent to s e a Now, Columbus believed the earth wa s round, he al s o believe d that he could r e ach the Indie s by saili11g wes tward O \'e r the sea as we ll as b y trave lin g enstwa rd ove r the land. This w a s cl ea r to him, but it was h a rd t o make the peopl e b e li eve it. At l as t, aft e r eight years of talking in Spai11, Queen Isabella agree d t o help him, aud h e se t out for tbe little t o wn o f P a lo s i1; Spai11, with orde r s for ships a nd m e n T h e o c e an whic h h e wa s to c ro ss was the11 call ed the "sea of d arkuess.'' \\ilieu it wa s kno wu that they w e r e to cro ss this se a there wa s alm ost a r i o t, but the que en s orders must be obe y ed aud s o the officer s of Palos s e t about the matte r. Prisoners were set free, i llld other men had debts forgive n the m on the co n ditio u tha t t he y would agree to g o with C olumbus. At last he s e t o ut with thre e small ships, called the Sa11ta M a ria the Pinta a11d the N ina. fo the first ship Columbus went. 011 board the three ninety men 011 their vo y age several signs appeared which hi s men thought w ere surely sigus of evi,l. But Col um bu s calmed their f e a r s and told them from a book of tra\'els Afte r a while s!gns of la11d appeared, aud at las t a sailor saw l a11d d istinc tl y. Then all s a w a l o w beac h a f e w mile s di staut. The next m orning Colum bus w ent on sho r e, and took po ssess i o11 of the land, naming it San S a l v ad o r. Other discoveries quickly foll owe d. The i slands of Con c eption, Cuba and Hay ti were v i sited. In the l ast named a fort was erected from the timber of the Santa Maria, which had bee n w r ec k e d fo the fir s t week o f January, 1 493, Colmi 1bu s returne d to Spain. The S panish w ere changed. H e was the h e ro a nd he mi ght h a ve wha t h e wanted The qneen promptly sent him on a seco nd v oy a ge. This t i m e h e re ache d the Windward group, and e xplored the coa s t of Jamaica a nd P o r t o Rico A c olou y was establis h e d a t H ay ti Ju a ll C ol um b u s ma de fou r voyages a11d 11iade a g r eat many discoveries. General Clinton: s March. ( B y Edward A. Bourke Chicago, Ill. ) Duri11g the Revolutio,nary W a r in 177 8 Gen eral Cli11-to11 w a s to meet G e n eral Snllivan in S outhern N ew Y ork. The march wa s throug h a n u11broke11 w ild e rn es s. A s there w ere n o roa d s the i r provisions were lo a d e d into boats and floated up the small strea m s, a n d there the frei ght bo a t s a11d all w ere carrie d b y the m e n to the headwat e r s of a11othe r stream. They had littie trouble nntil the y r eached Otsego L ake, and fr o m this poiut they exp ec ted l e s s as the outle t o f the lake for m s the S us q ue}ianna River, and 011 this r i ver, far be lo w, they exp e c ted to join Sulliv a u But the w eather wa s b o t and for m a n y w eek s the r e was 110 rain. The r i ve r h a d n o t wat e r e11oug h to float the b oa t s, and for a time Clinto11 thought h e would b e obli g ed to turn b ac k Bllt at l as t he bit u pon a sche m e tha t promise d s uc ce s s. He built a dam a c ro ss the rive r jus.t where it flows out of the lake. His so l diers rolled in g re a t boulders from the fie ld a11d fill e d the s p ac e between with b rn s h a n d cl a y. The w a t e r could not flo w out freel y In thre e we eks it was six fee t above its suinme r l ev el. 'l'he b oats were the n m a d e ready, with the prov i s i ons and men ou board a nd the dam wa s torn dow n. The water flooded the banks of the 11arrow stream, a11Cl the whole p arty were carrie d c l ow n to the p lace o f meetiug with Sullivan in safety. The Indians alon g the stream s a w this s udd e n rise of water, and the y w e r e v e ry much frighte n e d. N o rain had fallen and the ouly w ay they c o ul d a c c o llnt .for it w a s that the Great Spirit h a d sent the water to help the white men. They e v.:ryw h ere fled in the g r e a tst al arm. General Clinton did not meet on e a rme d e n emy until I1e joined Sullivan, and the combi11ed arI)l y met 110 oppos i tio11 until they re ached the spot where Elmira n o w stands. Here a b attle took place, in which the Indians were defeated. Upon the return of Sulliva11 from his succe ss ful raid into the fodian country h e w a s obliged to kill bis horse for want of forage, and the p l a ce where t)1e hors e s skull lay for a loug time has since b e en calle d Hors e s Hea d.


7 'TALES Of HUNTING AND TRAPPING. SAVED BY THE WOLVES. By MOSES KENT. We were encamped br. a little stream, that came singing merrily down through the ri ch prairie land, and in the eve11ing stillness its sweet mu rmur seemed to fill one with pleasant recoliections. It had been a very busy day with us; fron1 early morning until d e wy evening we had been 011 the hunt, and not without :;ucc ess, as w as proven by the venison to be seen in the camp. W-e had had our supper and were now gathered careles s ly about the campfire. I was thinking of my relatives and friends in the far East, and comparing the comfort of home with this wild Western life. I had joined this bunting party, consisting of four persons with myse lf, some time previous, and was now having a royal time. As I lounged at fuli length on the ground, I took a careful survey of my companions . The short, heavy-set, black-bearded man to m{left, who sat cross-legged, and who was gazing so steadily into the fiickeriug firelight, \Vas'' Black Dave.'' What his other llame niay have been I know not; be was a quie t, inoffeqsive fellow, brave as a lion, and as good a shot as ever glanced an eye along a brown steel barrel. The tall, lean, lank, withered-up-looking chap, who sat to my right, busily cutting at his boo t!Je el, could not have covered up his nationality if he had so desired; he was a blue Yankee from ''old Varmouut," and answered to the cognomen of Seth Hopkins. But the third and last figure of the group was the most important one of all. He lay at full leugth ou his blanket, easily restiug on his right elbow; he held a short blad: pipe b etween his strong white te e th, at which he puffed vigorously. His long iron-gray hair hung low down ou his n eck, and his keen blue eyes shone good-humoredly in the firelight; he was rather slimly built, but his figure was well knit, aud his muscles were as bard as steel, and he was as supple as a panther. This man was Hank Boyd, hunter, fodian fighter, and trapper, now ne a rly sev enty years of age, but as full of life as a youug man. He had killed many a bear and buffalo. and had bad more than one thrill ing, adveuture with the Indians. My eyes were still resting on his kind face, when he slowly raised himself to a sitting posture; he theu t ook a leather pouch of tobacco from liis belt, filled bis pipe carefully, and then, taking a short stick in his left hand. he raked out some hot ashes from the fire, and started his pipe to going. As he stretched out his hand to rake in the ashes his huuting shirt sleeves slipped up on his arm, and I saw a loug red seam, like a scar, on his wrist. Turniug toward him, I said: "What made that scar on your wrist: Hank?' "An Injun's hatchet," he said, shortly, puffing away at his pipe. "Tell us the story, please I said, and Seth-, after a pause of reflectiou, said: ''Yes, cous arn it, Hank, give us the story. I would, by gosh.'' Black Dave said nothing, but he turned his face toward Hank with a look of interest in his gleaming black eyes. After a few lou g-drawn puffs at his pipe, as if that h e lped to bri ghte n up this scene in bis pa s t life, he told the followin g story: ''Oue time along back in fifty, I reckon it was, I be lou ge d to a huntiug party up on the Northwest plains. We had had good luck, and were thinking of goillg to the settlements with our packs, and trade for powder, l ead and coffee, but w e concluded we would have one more deer bunt before we broke camp. "So one morning bright and early we s allied out, each man going his o w n route. Well, I had poor luck: I hunted all day a nd never got sight of a single hoof; so, when uight came, I built a fire, spread my blanket, aud ca111pecl out, hungry and tire d, but resolved not to go back to camp without meat. "It snowed during the night, and I bad strong hopes of soon dowuing some ga me, but it was late in the after110 011 when I struck a trail. I followed it up, a11d bad not gone far when I run into a nob l e buck. I drew up m y g un. aud fired; but the buck made off. He ran heavy, aud, finding blood on the ::mow, I knew he was hard hit. ''Loading my gun, I took the trail again, and had just goue round the bottom of a little hill, when crack went two rifles, a;1d a couple of balls zippe d by clos e to my head, one going through the top of 111y coonskin cap. ''A moment later a couple of Indians came clashing down the hill, yelling like demons. They had heard me fire at the buck and seeing it was baclfy woundt:d they thought I would not stop to load my gun, and so they laid for me; but I stopped the head one quick with a chunk of lead. "The other fellow came dashing up, at1d struck at me his tom ahawk. I kept my eye on him and, when he struck, caught the b l ow on my left wrist. and there is the scar"pointi11g to the long r e d seam on hi s wri s t. "I had had some trouble to get out my hunting-knife, and now su cceding, I aimed a blow at his breast; he manage d to throw up his right arm, and my knife went cl ea r through it. gave a yell of pain, dropped his hatchet, and pulled my knife away at the same time, it falling ou the ground between us. ''We then had it rough-and-tumble for a while to see who would ge t the knife. At last I was able to throw him off, aucl then he ran off and disappeared. ''I was abo11t winded, though, and had to rest a while before leaving; I knew there were more red imps about, and the sooner I got into camp the safer my hair would


/ THE JESSE Jf\MES STORIES. be; so; binding up my wrist as well as I could, I made fovamp, some good distance a \vay. "I had not gone far howeve r when I heard the m yell, and I knew they h a d found the dea d bra\'e. If I had been fresh I would not have minded any pursuit they might make; but worn with my long tramp and want ot food, and weakened by the loss of blood, my case looked dark indeed. "It was now near nightfall, but that would not aid me any, as my trail was as plain a s op e n day. Nearer came the yells of the devils, and it was not long unti l they were clo se behind. Giving all up for lo s t I hid myse lf in a sink-hole in the prairie, and resolved to se ll my life as dearly as po ss ibl e. ''But now a new sound broke the s ilence. From m y left, and rather between m yse lf and the India n s, there was heard a long howl. It was a nswered off to m y right, and soon there was a regular chorus of wolfish howls in all directions. ''And, bounding over the s now, I coul d see numbers of dark form s But a new h ope now arose in my b osom; the wohes were not coming toward me, but were circling down on the India ns, whos e yelling had now ceased. "There wa s now the sounds of rifle shots, and I knew the redskins were trying to beat the wol'l,es off; but nothing but a chunk ot lead. or six inches of cold s t ee l will stop them when they are hungry enough to attack a man. Again I made tracks in the d i rection of c amp, hop ing tha t, if the In dians did not succeed in killing them all, they would kee p the m at bay until I could reach camp, now not far away. "On and on I went, and drew n earer and nearer to t he camp, when suddenly I heard the Jong drawn-out yelp of a wolf behind me, and I now knew what was th e fa t e of the India ns, a nd what mine soo n would be if I failed to r eac h sa fety. "Staggering and swaying fr o m side to s i d e 1 ike a drunken man, I made a last effort and reach e d the,top of a s mall hill, at the foot of which was situated our camp. ''I raised a ye ll for help, and, the n co cking m y gun, I dropped on on e knee and a s th e head of the first wolf appeared over the brink of the hill, I to ok aim by the diin moonlight, and fir e d. l saw the wolf fall over, a nd the n knew no rno re. "When I first came to consciou s n ess, I was in camp with the boys gathered around m e and save a painful wrist, was not much worse for th e wea r. "The boys h ea rd m y yell, and, grabbing up tbeir guns, they cam e to m y ass i s tance, and none too soo n as the wolves were almost upo n me w hen they got to where I was stretched out on the ground. ''After some keen firing they had succeeded in beating the wolves off after most of th eir number had bee n killed, and I was then carried into camp, saved from the Indians by the wolves, and sav e d from the wolves by my pards with good rifl es." The old man now shook the a s hes out of his pipe, and prepare d to turn in, but I said to him: ''What be came of the ltldians the wolves attacked?" ''They 'IYere all food for the wolv e s,'' the old man s aid quietly, as he rolled his blanke t around him and prepared to go to the Land of Nod. Boxing Contest. Now Running SEVENTEEN PRIZES SPALDING PUNCHING BAGS FIFTEEN SPALDING BOXING GLOVES SETS OF The two boys who write the best stories will r e ceive a Spalding "Expe r t Punching Bag. made of fines t selected Napa tan leather. The workmanship is the sa1ne as in the F i t zsimmons special bag. Double stitched, welted seams, re-inforced one-piece top. Best qualitv Para rub ber bladder. An extremely durable and li v ely b a g and carefully s e lected before packing. E ach bag complete in box with bladder, rubber c o r d for floor and rol?e fo r ceiling attachment. The four next best stories will win for their writers sets of Spalding regulation 5 oz. boxing gloves TWO PAIRS OF CLOVES TO EACH SET. Made after the Corbett pattern of soft craven tan leather, weil-padded. with elastic wrist bands. There will be eleven prizes in the third class Eleven sets of two pair of Spalding boxing gloves Regular pattern, made of light.colored soft tanned leather, well-padded, elastic wristbands. These bags and glo\es are The Best that can be obtained anywhere. They are well worth trying for. HOW TO CET THEM Think of an)' exciting boxing bout you have witnessed or p articipate d i n Sit d own a n d write as good a descriptio n of it as you know bow. Make it lively. Throw i n all the upper cuts and half arm jolts, and do it in five hundred words or l ess. E very boy who h a s ever seen a boxing contest has a cliance t o capture one'Df t h e prizes. The con tea t may be bet,\ieen boy s or men, beginners or well-known amateurs If you should not win a prize you stand a good. chance of seeing your s t o r y and natne in print, anywav. To become a contestant you must cut out the B...Xing Contest Coupon on t h i s page. fill it ont properlv. and sent it t o JESS E JAMES WEEKLY, 2,E William Street, New York City, together with your article . No contributi o n w ithout this coupon will be considered. C ome along, boys, and make things hum. THIS CONTEST CLOSES MAY 1, J 902. COUPON. JESSE JAMES WEEKLY BOXING CONTEST Date ........... .................................. Name ...... .............................................................. City or Town ............................................................ State ......................... ........................ ....................


JESSE JAMES STORIES. .;; .. (LARGE SIZE.) The Best Stories ,,Published of the Famous Wes tern Outlaw L .. . .> . .' James, the Outlaw. A Narrative of the J ames Boys. 2-J esse Jam es' Legacy; or, The Border Cyclone. 3Jesse J am es' Dare-Devil I)aJ1ce ; or; "'Betrayed by One of Them. James' Black Agents; or, The Wild Raid on Bullion City 5-Jesse James' Oath; Qr, Tracked to Death. 6-Jesse James inWyoming; or, The Den in the Black Hills. ? ;-Jesse James, Rube Burrows. & Co 8-J J <3.. mes' 'Daring Deed; or, The Raid on the P i ne Ridge Jail. at the or, The Hold-Up at Dead Man's Ditch Io--Jesse James' The Man from Missouri II-Jesse James.Among theM9, Qnshine rs ; or, The Train Robbers' Trail in Kentucky. 12-Jesse Close Call; or, The Outlaw's Last Rally in Southern Wyoming. .. i 3:--Jess.e Jam es in 'or, The Bandit K ing's Bold Play. I4-Jesse James in Nevi r Orleans; or, The Man in the Black Domino. I 5-Jesse Jam es' Signal Code; or, The Outlaw Gang' s Desperate Strategy. 1 6-J esse J ames on the Mississi 'ppi; or, The Duel at Midnight. I7-J esse James' Cave; or, The Secret of the Dead. r8-The James Boys St. Louis; or. The Mysteries of a Great City 19-Jesse James at Bay; or, The Train Robbers' Trail. 20-J esse Jam es in Disguise; or, The Missouri Outla w as a Showman. I 2I-Jesse James' Feud with the Elkins Gang; or, The Band it 's Revenge. 22-Jesse Jam es' Chase Through Tennessee; or, Tracked by Bloodhounds. 23-J esse Jam es In Deadwood; o r The Ghost of S lndow Gulch. 24-Jesse James' Deal in Dead Valley; or, At Odds of Fifty to One. 25-Jesse James on the Trail for Revenge; or, The Outlaw's Oath. 26-J esse James' Kidnaping Plot; or, The Massacre at vVeklon's 27-Jesse James Among the JVIormons; or, Condemned to Death by the Saints. 28:.:._ Jesse James' Capture and Escape; or, Outwitting the Pancake Diggings Posse. 29'--Jesse James' Hunt to Death; or, The Fate of the Outlaw Vasquez. 30-Jesse James' Escape From Cheyen ne ; or, In League wit h the vVyoming Regulators 3I-Jesse James' Rich Prize; or, The Battle a t the Old Stone House. 3 2-Jesse James and His Ally, Polk \Velis; or, An Errand o f Life o r Death. 33-Jesse James in New York; or, The Missing Millionaire. 34-Jesse Jam es' Deal in Sacramento; or, Holding Up the Overland Express. 35-Jesse James .'\gainst the Record; or, Seven Hold-Ups in a week. 36-Jesse James and the Woodford Ra!d; or, The Nervy Bandit Hard Pushed. 37.,.-J esse Jam es' Narrow est Escape; or, Chased by a Desperate Band. 38-J esse James and the Black Valise; or, Robber Against Robber. All of the above numbers always on hand. If you cannot get them from your newsdealer, Hve c ents a 1 copy will bring them to you by mail., postp a id. STR[ H & SMITH, Publishe rs, 238 William Street,. N ew York.


Watches GIVEN AWAY Gold 75 Solid ; Not Gold Filled Watches Not Gold Plated Watches BUT ABSOLUTELY Solid Gold Watches WARRANTED UNITED STATES ASSAY. FULL PARTICULARS IN NUMBER 20. BOYS OF AMERICA. Now Running in ''Boys of America'' .H Corking, Up=io=Date Story FRANK .MERRIWELL The Fanious Yale Athlete, Entitled ... The All=Star Athletic Club; OR, The Boys Who Couldn't Be Downed .. NO BOY CAN AFFORD TO MISS THIS FASCINATING STORY. The wonderful record of the All-Star Athletic Club, their bitter rivals, their battles on the ice, in the gymnasium. on the snow, in the rink, the plots of their enemies, etc., etc., are just a few of the ,, features of this remarkable story, throbbing with enthusiasm and excitement. Don't miss No. 20, BOYS OF AMERICA, containing the opening installment of this great story. I


THE BOYS' OWN LIBRARY Edward S. Ellis Horatio Alger, Jr. James Otis Matthew White, Jr. Gordon Stables George Manvitle FenA W. H. G. Kingston Wm. M1srray Graydon Brooks McCormick AND OTHER CELEBRA U:D AUTHORS THE BOYS' OWN LIBRARY consists of eighty-eight copyrighted titles pub lished in this series only. The books are bound in highly illuminated designs, and equal in every respect to the average high-priced works. Price, 75 cents each. For sale at all first-class book stores. Catalogue on applica tion to the Publishers, .;t. .;t. .;t. .;t. JI. .JI. JI. .JI. JI. JI. .;t. JI. .;,t. Jf. STREET & SMITHt 238 WILLIAM ST .. NEW YORK


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