Jesse James' double game, or, Golding, the dandy sport from Denver

Jesse James' double game, or, Golding, the dandy sport from Denver

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Jesse James' double game, or, Golding, the dandy sport from Denver
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Jesse James Stories
Lawson, W. B.
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,";sued Weekly. By Subscription $2.50 j>er yea r. Entered as Second Class Matte r at New York Post Offi ce by STREET & SMITH, 238 Wmzam St .. N. Y. No . 42. price, Five Cents.


A weeKLT DfALlnG WITH' THE-Of CRIME Issued Weeltly. B y S11!JscnptitJn $:1.50 per year. EMtered as Seco"d Class Matter at t/le N. Y Po s t Office, hy STREET &: SMITH, 238 W'1/i4m St., N. Y. Entere d accor dingto Act of Con/l""ess in tl!e yea r 1902, in the Office of the L iltrarian of Coneress, Washinrton, D C. No. 42. NEW YORK, February 22, 1902. Price Five Cents. Jt:SSE JAMES' DOUBLE GAME: OR, Golding, the Dandy Sport from Denver. By W.. B. LAWSON. CHAPTER I. THE ATTACK O N THE "GHOS T TRAIN. "We' ll meet the leader of the Jam es boys' gang yet. That bandit ca n never be caught na p ping. "This is certainl y the sharpest game I ever heard of agains t Jess e. It has been elaboratel y planned, and without regard to expense. And to you, Raines, will belong the chief g lory if the scheme i s successful. " I don't care for the glory if I m a y only assist in t.he riddance of this par t of the country of the most fiendish outlaw that ever preyed upon the lives and property of honest peopl e "We are not throwing the time and trouble away in any case, since we have succeeded already in getting a good bit of treasure through in safety." "1'hat is worth something, Quelton. But it also shows tha t the outl aws a r e w ary." It was along the wi ldest section of track on the M. P. railroad that an express train, westbound, was bowling at an almost reckless rate of speed. For it was a dark n ight, and, ovving to recent rains, the road was not in the bes t of condition. The tra in was a specia l and for reasons which it is e asy to expla in it was called the "ghost train." One of these reasons was that the c a rs were painted white; a s econd, that it wa s run only at night, and t.hat few of the station hands a long tj1e route rea lly knew anything about it. Once it h a d bee n held up b y Jess e Jam es, the re doubtabl e outlaw1 with a small gang of followers. But for s ome reason, he w a s shyer than usual ancl it was not thought that he looted t he train of any treasure. Yet there was no reason to think that h e suspected it to be running a s a decoy for entrapping him. The fir s t speaker, addressed as Raines, suddenlv spra n g t o a win dow, e x c l aiming:


2 THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. "Ah! we're slowing up, and that means danger." It was true. Then, within the dimly lighted express car, a startling thing happened. The man called Raines wheeled away from the window, revolver in hand. His voice rang out in notes of command. Quelton leaped np, and from some unseen hiding place a r ifle had found its way to his grasp. There was a mysterious set of sounds, like the .whir of rollers along a track, and a section of the polished paneling a1ong the side of the car rolled back. From the narrow space which had been between the inner panels and real outer wall of the car a dozen men stepped with military precision. Every man was armed after the manner of Quelton and Raine s The train had been moving at such a high rate o f speed that i t h ad not yet been brought quite to a standstill. And in the brief interval before the onward motion ceased Rainesspoke, in low but perfect l y distinct tones: "Men," he said, "the moment for a test of your mettle and discip l ine has arrived The expected sig nal was just fired-the signal that tells me of a second hold-up of the 'ghost train.' The first tim e the attempt wa s allowed to succeed; that was a b a it and it was such a valuable one that the foxy leader of the.Jam es boys' gang never quite suspected its purpose. The secret has been so carefully guai"ded that until now not a man of you has been told the true object of the t raining y ou liave h ad, and the mechanism of this car's construction. In another moment we sha(l be face to face with the mo s t invincible bandit on this or any other continent, and he w on't be alone. \Ve wish to take him alive; but, if he is too wary or hi s band too powerful so that he has a fair show t0 escape, you are to riddl e him with bullets. Every m an of you i s a dead. shot. and y o u will not mi ss such a good mark. Now, back to your until I give the s ignal to appear. Then-discipline!" The lead e r of the picked deputi es bowed in silence, and with the same military preci s ion with which their every movement was timed, they 1:eturnecl to their first positions. The panels rolled back into place and only Quelton and Raines rema ined in view. At the same instant the train stopped, and on the air there broke such a p:rndemonium of yells, banging of g uns, ,screams of either real or simulated terror, cra shing of builets and stones through glass, that eve n a sem bl a nc e of coolness called for the exercise of wonder ful lJerve on the part of the two men in the express c a r TI1e s i de door of the car was closed and bolted, after the usual fashion But no sooner had the train come to a stop than a ponderous l og, used as a battering ram, cr -ashed through, tearing off socket and screws. The door fell, and through the came a shower of bullets, l ike hail. From the darkness outside a stern voice shouted: "I see two of you in there, and it is the usual call; hands up!" One of R a in es hands went up but it hel d the r e volver Bang-bang-bang! it spluttered, sending its messenge rs straight as a die toward the v oice from the darkness. At the same time, h e gbt out of direct range of the d e molished door. As the shooting wi t hin began, that from without nearly ceased. There wa s a scattered popping along the length of the train, but the passenger coaches seemed to be the object of the shots. The design wa s evidently to intimidate the passengers and train hands, to prevent any interference with the main object which the desperadoes had in view. As Raines thus defied the command to throw up hi s hands, Quelton boldly stationed himself at the l eader's side, and, pullin g a revo lver joined in the chorus. For a brief space there was no retort from the one \Vho had called for a surrender. Then there was a s harper r eport than those which had sounded in the first part of the. attack, and the right arm of Raines dropped useless at his side. His revolver dropped to the floor of the car, and he gave utterance to a groan of"pain. 1''We've k ept up the bluff about long. enough, I reck o n," muttered Quelton. "You cave first, then, and I 'll s eem to give up b e cause you've deserted me.'' Up went Quelton's hands. At the same time he stood in such a position that the unseen marksman could not draw a bead on Raines, T h e latter cried, in a voice loud enough to be heard by the enemy: "So you giv e up at the first s m ell of powder, you craven!" I reckon my l ife is worth more than any amount 9f boodle on this train!'. was Quelton's retort. "Coward!" howled Raines, with well-simulated dis-


' THE JESSE JAMES STORIES., 3 gust. "Then the responsibility for this surrender shall rest on you, as it belongs I can't hold out alone. where are the brave lot of passengers that we had on board? I heard a lot of bragging from them before we pulled out of Kansas City." "It is this side that talks, gentlemen,'' spoke a voice close to the outside of the broken door. At the same time a dark, fierce face looked in, the bearded lips showing just a trace of mockery. It was a face which Raines had seen before, but which was only recognized by Quelton through a sense of the in. vincible power behind it. It was the face of Jesse James. So far, the programme, a s planned by Raines, had been carried out almost to the letter. The leader of the deputies had not spared himself, as the bullet shattered wrist would testify. To decoy the bandit chief into the car had be en his prime object; an

I THE JESSE JAMES STORIES .. "I yiel d !-I y ield! Spare me, for the sake of m y wife and !" Cole Younger approached bin:. with a s l 7or t laugh, and in another second Quelton would have had a bullet in his brain. "Hold!" commanded Jesse Jam es. "H(; may be of use to us. See that those two bleeding devils are disarmed, and if there i s no help for them, put them out, of the ir misery. VI e a re .10t yet quite clear of Raines' crowd, though we will be in a moment. Hear them shooting!" Quelton sank upon the box w h e r e he h a d been sitting before the beginning of the fight, and covered his face with his hands. In spite of his plea fo r m e rcy he was a brave man, a n d had there b een anything to gain in a good cause he would haYe cheerfuliy fought to the death. \71/ithin the express car there ensued a brief space of comparative silence, fo r not one of the outl aws spoke. All were waiting for the next move in the tragedy. All knew that t h e i n v incib.]e will of J esse James had ordered everything, and not a man doubted his heavy as the odds had b een against him at the start. There came a jerk of the train, then the express car was in motion, its speed rapidly increas i n g At the same time the mounted bandits outside began to s peed awa' y from t h e scene of the attack, pursued only by the blindly discharged shots of the deputie s who had poured forth from the passenger cars at the signal from Quelton. The latter lifted his head, and found that Jesse James was seated in front of him with his stern countenance e v incin g none of the exultation whic h he must naturally have experienced under the circumstances. "'vVell, it is about over," was his comment. Then he added, addressing Quelton : "'vVe may as well under stand e a ch other at the outs e t. I have not spared your life for any love of you, r;or because I consider you harmless. You hacl the good se nse to cave rather than thro\v your life away. I might do the same if I were in your s h oes. What shall I call you?" I a m Rode rick Quelton, and I don't claim to be famous, or a man of nerve; but, yo u merciless fiend, if I ever had you as you now hold me, I wouldn't spare your life for a second. "Tlrn t i s all right, but our posi t ions won't be r e versed, I'm thinking. You see we are moving, and at a rattling good pace. Do you know what has hap pened?" "I suppose you have kilkd every man who was fit to live, and taken possession of the train. "Only partly true, Quelton. Probably the biggest part of your crew are alive, and stalled there where we brought yo u to a standstill. 'vVe have uncoupled the forward part of the train-the express, baggage car and tender, with the locomotive, of course-from t h e passenger coaches, and now we are going on our way rejoicing. The most o f my comrades are on hors eback, and they aren't afraid of your deputies chasing t h e m with a couple of stalled cars. Do you see the point?" Quelton bowed in dejected assent. "Now, I'll have to ask you for a bit o f information. Your answers can't alter the result to the authorities even if you make up a lot of lies to tell me, but a single lie will cost you your breath the instant it is uttered. This has gotten the name of the 'ghost trai n,' and, as I suspedecl, it has _been running as a trap to catch me in. The next station, which is Beaver Run, is a small place, and express trains don't o rdinarily stop there. Do you kn o w what the intention was in regard. to this to-night?"' '.'\ Ve were to stop at Beaver Run to-night," said Quelton, indifferently. "And do you know why?" "For orders." "You see, Q uelton, we had to shoot your conductor, and the engineer eithe r didn't know w h a t you were t o do, el s e he pretended not to know. 'vVe needed hi m too bad to serve him as we did the conductor. Now, Mr. Quelton, yo u will answer me this, and be careful that yo u keep your tongue straight in the answer. How many more deputies have you in wai ting at Beaver Run?"' "Not o ne. "You are sure?" "I am sure that Raines sa id nothing of them, and he would have been lik e l y to tell me if there were to be any." "All right. If it turns out that yo u are mistaken I'll promise tha t it will be your l ast blunder. Did yo u have any tip to warn you of the intended attack on your train to-night?" "No." "Sure of that, too?"


TH. E JESSE JAMES STORmESo I am sure of that. But we knew that the ni ght wa s a favorable one for your inf ernal work, and we were rather more on the alert than usual. \Ve have had to run this train a good many tim e s when we were morally certain that there wouid be no hold up, just to keep up appearances. We didn't take you t o be a fool, Jesse James." "Much obliged I'll h av e to say, though, that if you were better prepared than u sua l to-night, I should have had a cinch had I ch ose n one of the bright evenings when you were off g uard. The re arc good men among you detectives, sheriffs and deputies, but yo u do some of the foolest things that a man in hi s senses conld eve: think of." The other membe r s of J a m es' gang who were in the express ca r were busy cleanin g up the s igns of carnage, tossing the dead deputies from the moving c a r, and looking after the hurts of the woundedfor two were not fatally shot, and there was a chance for life with them, in spite of Jesse' s grim orders. Quelton could hear the growl of their voices chiming with the roar of the s w iftly flying t rain He was agitated by no se n se o f fea r ; such as he had fc-lt at the beginning had relap sed into a feelin g of sto lid ind iffe r e nce. He had a w if e and children, as h e bad intimate d in the momentary weakness whic h h e h ad b etrayed But he no longe r gave them a t i 1ought. The distance fr o m the poin t w here the attack had occurred to the next station was about s ixteen mil es There was one flag station interven ing, but only ('..1e train a day stopped there each way, and it was made littl e account of. They were already nearing Beaver Run, and so swi f t ly did the)T sweep around a broad curve that it se .emed as if the train vrnuld lea 1 e the r ails Then the r e was the short roar of a qnickly c rosse d bricl ge, the glimmer of a few switch iig h ts, a ciatter in g over frogs, ancl then th e j oit and j erk and hiss of the ai r brakes proclaimed their arrival. Quelton had been disarmed, :me'. u nde r p enaity of ill!-;Tant death if he disobeyed he was commanded to accompany J esse James into the stati on wit h a pledge to make r:o attempt t o escape It was taken fc.1 granted that he would make no indi s cr ee t rem arks. In the arrival of the ghost trni n at .Beaver Run there woulq h av e been nothing out of the ordinary to attract comment from the stati o n master but for .the absence of the passenger coac hes whic h were u s ually run, and for the fact that it was not a conductor's uni for m that was worn by t he man who came careles sly into th waiting-room and asked for orde rs. The station agent had no knowledge of the real mission of the "ghost t r ai n. He was a young man, the sen of a farmer who lived in the vicinity "Hello he e xcla imed, seeing that it was a stranger who stood in the doorway. "Where's May field?" "Dead!" was the g ri m answer. "Dead !-how i s that?" "Shot. "You don't say And who in thunckration are you? I'll be durned if I like the looks." "Of me, eh? Sorry, Butchy, but I hadn't time to fix m yself up after the raid, and I didn't suppose you would be so cursed particular. But what are the orders for the 'ghost?' Any from the dispatche .r's office?" "Yes you are t o wait here for the east-bound special which don' t make any stop till it gets to St. Joe." A keener glitter came into the eyes of the bandit chi ef. "An east-bound specia i you say?" he excla imed. \ Vhat sort of cargo does it carry?" Butchy, as the youn g station master w a s called, gave the o ther a keen glance. \Vho're you, an yhow?" he demanded again "If Mayfield, the conduc.:tor, has been shot it is my busi ne ss to find out what the durned difficulty might be. I'll see Sam, the engin eer, I reckon." "I reckon not, youngster." Bu

6 THE JESSE JJ\MES STORIES. 0 "Good Lord! True as I live, I don't know. And who in durnation be you?" "I am Jesse Jam es-excuse me for not introducing myself! That is why I am so particular to know about the gentry on board that special, and the sort of boodle they are likely to have on board. By the dickens !-I wish I had more of my boys along with me. I little knew that I was to run right up against another rich haul the same night. Look here, Butchy: how many helpers have you hanging around the station to-night?" "Not a soul, true as I'm a livin' sinner." "And weren't there anybody waiting to take this train?" "Wall-er-yes, I reckon I did sell a ticket to a feller a spell ago." A signaling shout rang from the lips of Jesse James. CHAPTER III. GOLDIKG, THE "DANDY SPORT." At the moment when Jesse James, the bandit k in g, sent forth that signal which was intended for his brother Frank and Cole Younger, the "feller" to whom Butchy had sold a ticket fully an hour earlier was a listener to the exciting confab in the little station office. The office in question had one window that opened to the back of the station. The small room was overheated by a stove, for the night, with the wild wind that blew from the north; was decidedly chilly. The window was open at the bottom a few inches for ventilation. A long shelf, used as a writing table and on which were the telegraph sounder and key, extended along the entire width of the room and under the window. It was outside close t o the window that the intended passenger on ,the "ghost train" was crouch mg. That he had glided out of the waiting-room just after the whistle of the approaching train sounded, the station master did not notice. The man rose several times from his crouching posture while James was questioning Butchy, but he took care to step back from the window far enough so that he could not be observed from within. "This is luck-bad and good mixed into the same dou gh!" muttered the man when he had taken in the foll significance of what Jesse James was saying. "The bad part of it comes of their risking so many good lives and so much good mone y as a bait for that devilfish who alwa ys manages to get the bait w i t h out be'.ng nipped by the hook. I told 'em so. But they took me for a freak. Golding was too much of a sport-that is what they said of me. Maybe he i s but even a sport may have eyes-and ears-and understanding-and might be able to shoot a gunand hit a barn-a t eleven paces! Jiminy !-and that is Jesse James. I might pos s ibly put my mark on him, but some of his best men are close at hand, and if I missed killing him at the first slwt my life wouldn't be worth two bits. Ah-what is that they're talking about?" When the speaker-the words were really whispered under his breath-began his soliloquy, Butchy had not spoken of the special east-bound train. Then the man who called himself Golding, the sport, was back five paces from the window. Bnt when the special was mentioned, and Jesse James began to ask questions about it, the listener came up so close to the window tha t the brim of his soft ha.t touched the gla' ss It was a wonder that the bandit chief did not see him then. Golding appeared for the moment indif feren t as to w hether he were seen or n ot. He had pullec! out a revolver upon which a gleam of light fell from within. The weapon w as dainty as a toy, gold-mounted, as shiny as if it had just been taken out of a ch a mois-skin case. But it was a forty-four calib e r and Golding had tlie Eame of knowing how to shoot. He was standing thus when Jesse Jam es uttered the signa l yell. He heard an answering shout from the train, then the clatter of booted feet along the platform, and a half-dozen of James' outlaw com r acles darkened the doorway. One was Frank Jam es, and it was his voice tha t demanded: ""'hat is the row? You gave the danger signal, J ess. "There is more work for us, and we have barely fifteen minutes to get ready for it in. And there is a about. Search every part of the depot, outside and in, and shoot anything that yo u may find alive, <.".-en if it is only a woman or a cat!" ordered the


THE "JESSE JAMES STORI ES .. leader, w ith a fierce n ess that fairly appa. llecl the station master. ';There ain't 'ary woman o r cat nigh here to s hoot! exclaimed Butchy. F r a n k James a n d h is companions did not wait for a bidding, b u t pl unged out into t h e darkness. ;' ,'\nd so they want me," muttered Golding. "And I haven't t ime to see them That special clue now in a boi rt ten m i n u tes, h as got to be warned. They \ 1aven't a h tind recl deputies on boar d to h e lp t h en: to fig-ht t hese fie n ds, and J ess e J a m e s woul d n o t s pare a man of t h em. Ther e a r e n o min utes to be lost." Go l d ing glided away from t h e window just as Jesse cast his eagle gaze in t hat Jir e c t i o n. That g l ance, swift as a flash o f l i ght, ca ught a gli\ upse of the soft hat worn by Goldy, the sport, fo r that was hi s nick11amc, as the latter passed through the rift of light frat s treamed from t h e window. Bang-crash! A s hot from the b a n d it's revol ver zipped past the c heek of th e station master and shi, ered a pane of glass as it sped in pursuit of Goldy's J1at. The hat was struck, but onl y the brim of it. At t h e same time Jesse brou g h t the butt of the weapon across Butchy' s l eft temple, and t h e fellow was stretched on the floor of the office That left Jes se Jam es at liberty to joi n in the pursuit of the eavesdropper. By this t i m e Goldy was running. He reached tlic railroad track tit a poi n t just ahead of t h e locomotive and then ran on over the ties. There was a curve jus t beyon d the station, so that the flare of the headlight fell upon the !-unner for only an instant. He was seen, but t h e shots which vvere sent after h i m were fired blind l y, neyertheless, a;1d he was, untouched. I n another moment a switch light was reached. To possess h im se lf o f the l antern, w i t h its reel and' h lue g l ass lights, was but t h e wor k of a second. Then Goldy ran on again with that wonderful light, swift pace. Once h e thought h e heard the so und of the app roachin g tra i n. At t he same time he became ap p rised of oth e r sounds abou t wh i c h there co u ld not b e a dou bt. One of h i s pursuer s had fo u n d a h o r se t h e s tati o n master 's, probab1 y and was followi n g h i m w i t h that, a n d at a s p ee d that he coul d not long hope t o outstri p. Still he k ept on, anxio u s t o get a s far as possib le from t h e point of danger befo r e he should meet and bring the imperiled train to a halt. The roar of it s uddenly bu rst upon his ears. There was a r avine a little further on through which t h e t rack passed, and it was as the train emerged from that that the noise of it became distinct. At the same time the glare of t he headlight flashed blindi ngly m the eyes of Gol dy He waved the red signal l ight. A backwar d g l a n ce showed h im t he h o rseman, d istinctly revealed and a lmost upon h im There was a flash, a report, an' d the s ignal la ntern was shivered in the hand of Golding. A lmost simultaneou s l y the littl e gol dmounted weapon spoke. T h e horse was je rked to o n e s i de and then sped away from t he t rack o u t into the black gloom, -ith the rider lying across t h e saddle, sway ing to and fro, and coughing blood into the flying mane. "'Pity i t couldn' t have been J esse h i mself," muttered Golding, as he turned to see if the b r ie f signal had s u fficed as a warni ng. The train was slowing u p Gol dy d i d not leave t h e track, a lthough t h e p ilot o f the e ngine was within a yard of him before it stopped. A grimy fa c e, t h a t o i the engineer glared clown at hi m. ;' \i\That is th is?" he demanded. At the same ti m e Go lding saw something as g r i m in its expression as the face o f t he e 1 1g irn ;e r. That was the bar rel o f a \1\Tincheste r pointed at h im from tile other side of the cab, and sighted by the ey e o f the fireman. "Good!" exdaimecl Goldy. "I see you aren't a defenseless pair of innocents. I just wanted t o say that Jesse and F rank James and eight or ten o f their best men are out yonder ready t o pay yo u t h ei r u s u a l complim ents. I t hought you migh t l ike t o kno w " \Vho a r e you that takes so muc h trouble ?" re torted the engii1eer, suspic i o u sly "You look mighty dandy.'' "And I'm as dandy as I look. Don't shoot t h a t gun at me at such shor t range-the smoke fr o m it m ight smooch my linen "Get into the cab he re, l ively "It's z_ dirt y p l ace, but I'm willing to o b lig e O nl y hadn't you better tell the people aboard your t r ain? The 'ghost' has been hel

8 THE JESSE JAMES STOR I ES. here. Come man, don't be suspicious o f yo u r friends. It is a sign that you're fooiish The Vfinchester was lowered, and the engineer at the same time had a feeling that he was confronted by a man who could give orders that it would be \vise for him to obey. Just then the conductor came up, and a well-dressed men, .passengers, all armed to the teeth, straggled in his rear. The conductoi' s name was Bagley, and the instant h is eyes fell on Golding he uttered an ejaculation of s u rprise. "You, Go ldy! What is the call?" In a few words the other explained. At the same time, as they looked toward the station they s aw the lights which marked its position suddenly go out. They could also see the headlight of the other locomotiv e, which seemed to be in m otion. "EYery man out of your train-quick l" cried Gold mg. One of the passengers bounded away, accompanied. by a porter, to see tha t the order was obeyed. "The instant they're out, reverse your engine and then jump!" was the next order, from the same commanding lips "Great God!" gasped Bagley. "That train is making straight for ours, on the sanie track!" This was what Goldy's quicker eye

THE J ESSE J AMES STORIESo 9 N o t clearl y The r e 's Bagle y, the conductor. I had him fac e t o face o nc e, a n d had the drop on him but t here was nothing i n it. I wan t t o m a k e out w ho i t i s tha t has warned them. Prob a bl y a nother o f my m en h a s t urned traitor and I h ave b ee n s pi e d on when I didn' t know it. A h there i s the s p y I 'll b e t heavy. o n it. A dan dy sport o f a fello w,. t e tlin g them what to

AO THE JESSE Jf\MES STORVES. "Eric Harrington." Golding's eyes searched the man's face briefly, then shifted to the faces of the others in the group, vvho were engaged in an excited discussion of the situation. Goldy had observed that Mr. Harrington hacl not joined in the general confab. The faces thus dimly revealed to the keen gaze of Golding were, without exception, those of shrewd, successful men of business. Eric Harrington had a suavity of bearing which was unlike 1hat of the others. Besides, his eyes seemed reluctant to meet those of the man who questioned him. Witl.iout hesitation Golding toqched one of the youngest men in the party, saying: "You probably don' t recognize me, bu. t I saw you in the city of Denver a year ago. You are Mr, Rich ard Durling, mining expert, they call you Dick Durling. Up in the 1-riines .they say you are "white," and the general rep'...ltation counts for a good deal with me I want you to look after the two ladies who have just alighted from your train-Mrs. Suth erland and Agnes-I should have said, Mrs. Suther iand's daughter. Take them out of the way of the flying bull e ts, and see them safe through this infernal business. May I depend on you?" "Yes-only I 'ished to take a hand in the shoot ing,' was the frank response. Tlilere'll be more glory in the part I've elected you to play." "But Harrington, here, has been their guardian s ince leaving Denver." "Don't you know, Mr. Durling, that Harrington is a snide?" The words vv'ere not spoken cautiously. Golding ev idently meant that the object should hearthem. Harrington leaped back with a fierce oath, and in a flash he had pulled a revolver, all his awkwardness of handling a weapon having disappeared. But, quick as he had been, it was no use, for he was covered, anq the man called the dandy sport held the other's life under the weight of h is finger. "Up with your dukes, Harrington!" was the com mand. "I appeal to you, gentlemen--" "No time to appeal-up with the dukes! Yonder come Jesse James and thirty of the worst devils out of Hades:" Harrington's hands went up, his we? pons falling to the ground. One or two of the party, not knowing Goldy and momentarily susp1c1ous of him, made a move as if they would interfere. But Durling spoke the right word, and it appeared that Harrington had been unpopular all along. The m a n was stripped of hi s weapons in a second, a nd then run across the track, just behind the "ghos t train" as the latter passe d in pursuit of the special. "If you show up again w hile I'm about," said Goldy, "you lose your layout, with no show to start a new game-mind that." Durling had lost no time in attending to the women, who, appalled by the swift rus h of events, the aspect of their traveling companions and the increasing din from the oncoming outlaws, did not know which way to turn. As Durling approached and quietly told them that he would try and conduct them to a place of safety, Mrs. Sutherland inquired for Harrington. "If you have need of him we'll fetch him around,'' sa id Durling, evasively. "Mr. Golding asked me t o see to your safety, and he appears to know what he is about." "Mr. Golding!" murmured Agnes Sutherland. "They know each other, .md there i s a bit of a mystery in the affair," was Durling's thought, as he hurried them over the uneven ground toward a point of shelter. Golding assumed the leadership of the passengers. "This way, to cover, or they'll cut you to pi eces the moment they get within dose range. Hide like gophers-it i s your only show. Graves i s saving your train, and you have only your lives and purses to look out for. D on't get rattled; hide all the lead in 'em you can. We'll rendezvous at the station .when the picnic is over-what there are left of u s ." The la st part of his speech was not for their ears. Ban g-bang--bang rattled v Vinchesters and small arms on every side. Goldy fell face downward in the midst of t h e plunging horses and yelling riders. CHAPTER V. JESSIE JAMES BROuGHT TO T:E'.RMS. For once, Jesse James did not le a d the attack. The bandit king was a man of nerve, but he was more than that. There are pinc hes where the stout est hearts w ill not match the odds against them. A stout h eart may be stopped by a miserable ounce of lead.


THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. 11 Cra ft was one of Jesse Jam es' chief reliances under c erta in c9nditions, and there were more times when that qnality, c oupled with pure b luff, won out in his wonderful caree r than i s gene r a lly supposed. His broth e r Frank rode a t the hea d of the 'yelling h os t and h e was leader eno ugh, for in d es p erate fig h t in g m ettle h e was h ardly the inf erior of his younger brother T h e ground at a little d is t a nc e fr o m the r ailroa d track was ver y uneven. The h o r se men cl attered o v e r it at a furi o u s pace. G o lding h a d from t h e immedi ate proximity of t h e trac k, and whe n h e f e ll, a s it looked, al m os t under the fly in g h o o fs, it was not b ecause he was sh o t, or intend e d to comm it suicide. Goldy was not a fo ol. The in s t ant he fell he rolled o v e r and over clown a stee p d i tc h b ringing up i n a d ee p hollow fi!le d w ith dead brush v, h i c h h a d been thrown hithe r b y s ec tion m e n a long the track. I t may b e said t h a t Goldyd id t his with muc h ri s k t o hi s d ainty attire, a n d he thought of tha t caring m ore for its d isarr angem ent t h a n h e did for the scratches on face and hands T h e outlaws dash e d past him, avoidin g the holl o w, which meant broken l egs for a horse if stumble d into. G o ldy w a s up s o tha t he could s e e them, as dis a s anything could b e seen in the s cant y and fit fu l ligh t e m i t t e d by the di scharg e of gun s H e had a rev o lver i n h is hand and i t v vould hav e b e e n e a sy t o have p ic k e d off one or two of them, had that b e en his purpose. But he w a s i n a mood to be sati s fied with n.::ithing s av e the bigge s t game in the p ac k Jesse J a m es and C o le Younger rode in the rear. The former was falling behind hi s c ompanion, .and it could be s ee n tha t h is k een glance shifted from side t o s i de He was lo oking for Gol d ing, whom he h a d been o b se rving, as w ell a s p o s s ib le with his ni ght glass since he h a d first g a ined si ght of him. Up fr o m the thicket in the hollow spurted a jet of Name. C o le Younger pitched forward, but his foot G a ught in the stirrup and the terrified horse d ashed in t o the d arkness with a Clang iing burden. Bang-ba n g One shot fr o m the ooncea l e d man i n the hollow t h e othe r from the b andit king The horse h a d seen Goldy fir st, how e ver, and shied in time t o s av e h i s master's l i fe. It was another piece of good luck for Jess e Jam es-no more and no less than that. The s ame movement of the hors e diverted the aim of the desperad o a nd, pos sibl y so s aved the life of Goldin g But it did n o t end the encounter. The wary leader of the outlaws unders t ood that h e had n o common foe to cope with. Jesse James was afraid of no man who stood in the least fea r of him. But one who d i d n o t shrink from in v i t ing an encoun t e r w a s the sort whom he would r ather meet only when the advantage was all on his own side. He had thought that b y riding the rear of his b and h e would be a ble to take h i s unknown foe by surpris e. Instead, h e was surprised himself, and he pulled h is h o r s e t o one side t o a void the e xpected sec ond sho t fr o m Goldy In this, too, he was lucky. for the se cond shot came, true a s a di e, and but for the vest of mail w hi c h the outlaw unq u estionably wore, hi s career would h ave ended then. The shot, intend e d for hi s neck, struck under his shoulde r instead, 6wing t o the simitlt aneo us leap of his h o rse. Up w ent the b a ndit's winchester. Too l ate --the t a r get had changed its p osition, and before Jesse c o uld work in a shot from his revolver the form or Goldi n g shot up out of the hollow and the smaller w e a pon and larger as well were knocke d from his grasp. :i\1o r e tha n o nc e had i t bee n s a i d that Jess e James either bore a charme d life, so that l ead or steel could n o t harm, el s e some unseen iorce kept his foes from sho o ting when opportunit y was presented. At this critical moment it would seem that Goidy might have pushed a leaden messenger straight into one o f the outlaws gleaming eyes, for ordinari l y would n o t have missed the same mark at thirty p ac e s--yet, as he would have fired one foo t tripped o n the uneven ground and the shot flew lower than the mark. The outlaw was touched on the hip, and weakened b y the s ickening grind of lead against the bone. G olding recovered himself and caught the bandit's le g tore hi s foot from the stirrup and tumbled chief from h i s hors e. A furious oath burs t from the lips of Jesse Jam es. 'With a painful not serious, hurt, and par


\fHE JESSE JAM ES STORIES. tially disarmed, he nevertheless was nearl)'. a match for his assailant. "Cur se you, w ho eve r you are!" he roared. By a frantic effort he would have hurled Golding back to the bottom o f the hollow. But the lithe form of his seemed to tw ine itself about him like a constrictor, and both rolled over and over in a grapple like that o f tigers. But of course Goldy held the advantage. Y cf everything did not go his way even then. As he would have ended the desperado's life by another shot he found t hat the last cartridge in the cyl ind e r had been discharged. His knife had slipped from his belt in the struggle. These conditions were unknown to Jesse Jam es and h e wo nde red why his mysterious foe spared him. A co ld sweat came out on the bandit's brow. 'vVas he to be taken alive, after all his oaths that he wo uld never yie l d to bonds or death by noose or bullet in capti vity? "Curse you!" he hissed again . "You r e mine, I reckon, Jesse," came smoothly from the lips of the stranger. The desperado ceased to struggle. Not by any means because he h a d g i ve n up howe ver. He be lieved that the other intended to take him alive and so win the greater reward whic h would be paid under those condit i ons And he thought by appearing to yield to have one more to escape or to st r ike. "Give it up?" queried Goldy, without relaxing his grip an iota. "You se e m to h ave me foul yo n devil!" I asked if yo u gave up?" "And if I say yes?" "Say it, and you will then learn the conditions. "'Nho are you? I was never clO\vned like this before." "If I told yo u, you wouldn't know any better. We're not old enemies, Jesse -at l east, you never had the drop on me, in any way. I might have shot yo u through the brain t onight as yo u were talking with the station master. I observed you at my leis' me, and when yo u got the glimpse of me and fired, [ d idn't care. I come from D enver, and I h ave staked a great deal to g et a straight word w ith you. There were other ways of getting it but they would have been underhanded-I should have had to ap, pear to be something that I am not, and to tell straight-out lies. I never did that yet, not e ve n to a so n of Satan like you. It has been said that you h ave some sense of honor, Jesse Jam es." "Tr y m e and see," muttered the outlaw, with singula r eagerness. "And if i t should turn out that you have n o n e I would be the l oser. That won't go." "I never broke a solemn pledge," said the outlaw, with a dignity wh ich was genuine. "Did you ever make one that you cared afterward to break?" T he other silent "Let me send a bullet to your brain now, as you lie under my hand, an

q'HE .JESSE JAMES STORIES. 13. you alive That is not entirely so. I may spare you because I partly promised to do so." "You promised if? I don't beli ev e it." "I'll prove it. Jesse James, you h ave a wik in Missouri." "Well." "And a sweetheart in Denver!" "My God!" The face of the bandit king was as white as a sheet -eve n in !:he gloom that enshrouded the spot Goldy could see that. And the man was trembling like an aspen-something which he did not do when he thought his l ife hung by a hair. "Now what ha ve you to say?" asked Goldy. CHAPTER VI. THE FLIGHT FROM BEAYER RUN Jesse James did not speak, but he breathed like :i man who is in morta l pain. "Come, we must talk fast. ell Clayton, recently in Denver--" "Isn't s he there now?" "I am not answering questions. \ Vhat I started to say was, that Nell Clayton, recently of Denver, com missioned me to get from you certain papers which s h e says you never leave at home-that you aiways carry them up o n your perso n when away from home. You know what I mean. "What do you want of them?" "To hand them ove r to their owner." "vV hy did she wish you to do that?" "I wished it. She granted the favor out of gratitude to me." "Out of gratitude to you, eh. So she is your swe etheart as well as mine, curse her!" "No. She is true to you-more's the pity She doesn't even know that you have a wHe, and I hadn't the heart to teil her. But about the papers-I must have them." \ "They are not here.1 "\iVhere are they? She said that you never parted with them, even for a day, just because her name wa s on them." "So much she doesn't know. I wouldn t risk car rying them everywhere." "vVhere are they then?" "Thirty miles from here, hidden so that no man could find them without i1elp." "That is unlucky for you, Jesse James!" sa id Goldy, as he quickly pulled a r evo l ver and pressed the muzzle against"the outlaw's temple. Not a quiver shook the bandit's form-not even a muscle of his face twitched. 'Let her go," he said Better that than a noose. I have said that I would ne ver yield to a man, but I didn't say I would not give up to a devil -and yo u are one, I belieYe." "\iVhen I struck you just now, I forgot that you were not in a position to seek satisfaction in an honorabl e w ay, w ith guns at any number of paces. You intimated that I meant to accept a bribe to set you and that I would not do A million of gold would not save you-ten millions wo uld not. Those papers given into rdy hand will give you a fighting chance, and that is all." "How i s that?" "Hanel them over to me and I will let yo u up now without a weapon, but with a three-minute chance to get out of my way." ''But I can't do that" if they are not here. It might be that I wou l d bargain to tell you where to find them." "That will not h e lp you any, for you are to be trus t ed. Yon mi ght tell me where to find them, and tell it true, but you would manage to get to them before I did and get them. No, I promised N Clayt o n that I would get the p;ipers and spare your life if I possibly could do so wh ile I had you at my mercy. I have fulfilled my pledge to her, and there is no other reason vvhy such a wretch as you should be allowed to live. Hark !-some of your men are returning. I won't take the risk of trying to turn you over to the authorities alive, for yo u might manage to give me or them the slip, since luck is usuall y 1 on your side. Your time has come, Jesse Jam es!" "Stay," growled the outlaw. "I have the papers. But how do I know that you w ill not break your word when they are in your hands?" "Because, if I m ean t to shoot you anyway I should not have wasted all this breath on you. I might have blown out your brains and taken the papers afterward, with whatever besides you may have with you. My pledg\! to Nell Clayton gives you the chancet and that pledge was given to gain of her the fact that the writings were in your possession. Can't you see that I must be acting in good faith, and that


14 THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. you don't even have to risk anything that is yours, since your life is in my keeping anyway?" Near er came the approaching horsemen. Jesse James was merely trying to g ain time. The cold ring against his temple presse d h arder. "I will count three-then y o u go!" Goldy wished to see the papers before he gav e the outlaw the promised chance for his life for it might be that thos e which should be given would not be the genuine which he sought. Jesse James thrust a hand into his hunting shirt and drew out a packet. Goldy, without relinqui shing his advantage, struck a match and said: "Unfold tl,:ie larger one so that I may see the face of it." The bandit complied. A showed that it had a large seal at the bottom-that it was a certificate of ownership in the Gilt-Edge Minin g Company representing many tho usand in value. The transfer was made in the name o f Nellie Cla yton, in favor of Agnes Suthe rl a nd. There were a l s o the names of witne ss es, which Goldy did not stop t hen to exam me. They were what he had taken so much risk to ob tain, of this there could be no doubt. He stowed them a w ay safely. He was for the moment par rially off his guard, and he believed Jes se Jam es to be more completely disabled than was the fact. Vlith one powerful arm free the bandit king struck a quick, powerful biow that sent Golding reeling. Before he could recover hims elf the outlaw had released his other arm and regained his feet. At the same time the shadowy forms of several h o r semen be ca me vi s ible, and once more there was a cracking of revolvers and banging of Winchesters close at hand. As ha s b een s ta t ed, Golding's revolver had an e m pty c y linder. He was on his fee t, his head dizzy fr o m the blow that Jesse James had given him. To

THE JESSE JJ\MES STORIES. "You have heard more about that man than you have told p1e. Tell me the rest of it." "I have heanl but little, and .that little was mere gos sip. He was in St. Joe and cu t quite a figur e as a high roller. A regular s port, a fr ai d of nothing, ready to fight with dukes or guns, d ead game at poker, and dressed to kill. The women went wild over him at. a dance, where he rolled around as the only pebble. I was in the time, but for good rea so ns I was '.n disguise, and rather modest at that. I saw him, I suppose, and that was about all." "But wha't is his real lay? Gos s ip or gospel, I v vant the whole of it "Some thought he belonged to the J a m e s boys gang," grinned Frank. "If he really did our name would soon be forgotten, and it would get to b e called the Golcily Gang instead." "You think he's game?" "No matter what I think-both of us can't l ive in the same part of the country. Vvhat else did you hear?" "The same old gag that goes about every crank that strikes a town and behaves different from the rest of the crowd-some think that sort are always detectives." "In the cas e of Golding they may be right, though I reckoi1 it may be on his own a ccount. Say, Frank!" "Let her go, Jesse. "I would at this minute give every dollar of the treasure that I have cached for a fair chance to kill Golding. That is the word-I want to kill him, I don't care how, only I want to do it myself. If you get the drop on the devil, do1/t use it, but s ave him or me." "He is yout meat, Jess." "Or I'm his-as it 11,1ay happen to turn out. One thing, counting him out of the game altogether. we \.vill ha v e a hornets' nest about our right off on a ccount of our clean-out o f the 'ghost train' to-ni g ht. Rajnes was a popular and gamey leader of deputies, in employment of the r a ilroad company of private capitalists of the State, and I don't know how many more. For a time we will hav e to keep t o cover, an d what we d o c a n t be clo n e as a g a ng. 'vVe couldn't scrape together a dozen men who would follow us into a raid for the next month or m o re. As for Cole Younger, I'm afraid he has passed in his checks. You haven't seen him since the last part of the fight, have you?" "No." On rode the brothers in s ilence, pen etrating deep into the rugged wild s of tha t region-Frank thinking of a priva t e ambition, an cl Jesse with a heart hot for vengeance against Goldy, the dandy sport from Denver. CHAPTER VII. THE G RT!'.ETlNG I 'ROl\I SUTHERLAND'S R A N CH. Grave s r eturne d wit h his train in two hours, and he brought with him a deputy sheriff and armed p o s se, eager to give battle to the Jam es boys' gang, for o r g i ory. Of course they won neither. Butchy, the station age n t w as ali ve, but with a head badly swollen from the clip he had received at the hands of Jesse. He got so m e g lory o ut of it, by enlarging on his adventure with the unconquerable b a ndit king. It was w orth s o m ething ju s t t o have b e en knocked down by the r e now ne d Jes se J a mes. The "ghos t train" ran wild, but at a lagging pace! to the ne x t station, where it was ea s ily boarded and brought to a thanks to the steep grade it had to climb without a fireman to stoke fresh fuel. There w e re only two men found alive on the ill fated train. They were on e of the disciplined dep uties in the paneled car and Quelton; the former seri ously wounded and the latter helpl essYy bound, and overwhelmed in spirits by the death of Raines and defeat of the ir cherished project. when Graves arrived with his reset;ing party at Beaver Run he blew a prolonged signal. Slowly, one by one, the pa s s e n g ers who were in hiding came forth from their burrows Durling, with Mrs. Sutherland and A gnes, were among the first to put in an appearance. Immediate inquir y wa s rnade for the mysterious stranger who had warned them of their peril, and so actuall y s aved the m from death and robbery. But 110 one h a d seen him since the b e g inning of the encounter. I f eel more an x i o u about l\1r. Harrington, who ha s bee n so kindl y attentiv e t o u s during our jour n e y from D e1we r, was M r s Su t h e rlan cl"s remuk to Durling . The latte r sh rugged hi s s houlders.


16 THE JESSE JJ\MES STORIES. "I wouldn't worry about him if I were you." rington w as out attending to our bagga ge, I found a "But Major Sutherland enjoined us to depend s lip of paper l ying on the floor of the car right at my upon him for everything." feet. It wa s badly soiled with the marks of boot"Strike s me he would be rather a poor dependence heels on it as if it had lai n there some time, having when he can t be found at the time he is most been overlooked when the car \ v as swept out. Out wanted." of idle curio s it y I picked it, up, and. of course read "It seems like that to me ," ventured Miss Sutherwhat was written on the other side of the s lip. )and. As she spoke, Miss Sutherland took the scrap o f "It is hard to say what our fate would hav e been paper fr o m her purse and handed it t o Durling. but for the man called Golcling,who vv'arnecl ns o f the "Pass it around among the friend s of Mr. Goldin g, intended attack, and who ordei:ed every detail of our the dand y sport,' as h e see m s to d elig h t in bein g flight and defense," said D b trling called. "Goldy is the be s t trump in the whole deck-he ''Heave n s ejaculated Durling. beats both bo'''ers and the joker," sai 4 Bagley, t he 1 There were some wh o mutter ed yet more emconductor, who chanced along at tha t moment. phatic epithets as their eyes took in the words and Ag!leS rai se d her beatiful eyes to the speaker's significance of the writing. face. There w a s something like a look of scorn in It bore no date, was poorly scraw led but cor them as she replied: rectly spelled and was as follows: "You are a friend of 11r. Goldiqg's, it see ms?" We'll r espec t your order s r egarding the bu siness a t B e av<'r "For the be s t of reasons, :Mi ss Sutherland." Run, i f we ab l e t o carry o ut th e rest of the programme. The "gh ost" i s ours. There'll be a rush made fo r the and "You ha v e seen him before to-nie-ht ?' yo n will h ave a show i n the l ine of sa ving t h e train from the "Yes." bad men, and what gratitud e you get from the women passengers "In Denver?" will go t o pay for your favor s i n the way of tips a b out the "Yes." shipping of t r ea s ure. J J. "In St. Joseph also perhaps?" "In St.Joseph, and in one or two other towns. He cut a figure in the mining regions a year or two ago, made a fortune, lost or gave it away-according to who tells the story-and has done m a n y a m a n a good turn without s a ying a word about him self." "A nice record, to be sure," and the scorn in th e tones of the girl wa s more marked than before "But unfortunately, there are those who could present another side to the picture." Durling, Bagley and others, drawn about the fai1 speaker by the e v idence of interest in the discussion, exchanged looks of intens e wonderment and curi1 osity. "Then you know something o f this Golding?" exclaimed Durling. I know that he is a cheat and a gambler, who mined one of the best men who ever lived!" she said. I w o uld nev e r have thought it I knew he was handy with the pasteboards, but I took it that it was just a sport or pastime with him and that he would rather lose a stake 'than win one except by fair i)lay." "Wha t I have said I know to be true. Nor is that all. Before this train left the station at Denver, when we first found our seats, and while Mr. HarOf those who re a d the note there was not one who failed in his mind to identify the writer of it as Jesse James. And who had carried out the programme of "resc ue except Golding, the "dandy sport?" h a d not the message been sent to Goldy, o n some recent elate, a nd lost by the recip ient ? There might have been some general doubt about it had Miss Sutherland not furnished testimony as to what she had reason to belie v e was the real character of the my sterious stranger. In the mid s t of the comments on the writing, with the expressions of indignation against Goldy s double-play, another persoJ1 entered the car. It was Eric Harrington, and he cast an angry glance at Durling as he said: "If you have no objections, sir, I will resume the cha.rge from which you helped that sporty stranger to oust me a short time ago. My reckoning wit h him will come when he faces me with a fair show, as wiil be the case some time." Durling did not know what to say. He and Bagley, the conductor, were the only ones on the tra in by this time who did not credit the black evidence against Golding.


THE .. JAMES STORIES17 Bagley was silenced, but he still felt that some thin g might be sa id in def e n se of t h e nervy f e llow w ho se record, as he had h eard i t, was a white one. Durling was in doubt. But the s peech of Harrington h elped Gold in g in hi s estimation. At the next stati o n a little after clayiig h t, a tel e g r am \ vas r ece i ved from Major Suthe rl and, requesting his wif e and daughter to stop th ere and avyait his arrival with a carri age, as h e had just been called out to t he ir r a nch a m e ssage from th e m a nager of the estate. Mr. Harrington affected g reat surpris e and dis appointment that h e was so s o o n to be deprived o f escort duty I re ally fee l that I o u g h t to wait h e r e and see t h a t you are safe under the major's protec tion before I al l ow yo u to l eave my sight,' he decla r ed. "I would not trouble you so fa r. protested Mrs. Sutherland. ''I s hall in s i s t for I do not feel that I have b ee n rel ieved of the trus t Besides, I wish to see the major, and, as he is at his r a n c h instead of at St. Joseph I should miss him if I went on." Durling wa s near enough to hear this sp eech The truth wa s, th e younger man had found M is s Agnes ve ry agreeable, a nd he was inclined to favor the judg ment of Goldin g when the latter had called Harrington a sn ide. But there seemed to be no pretext that would allow Durling to demand the ri ght to sh a r e in escort duty, and he was co m pelled, reluctantly, t o see the ladi es lea ve the train in company with the sleek an d oi l y Mr. Barring ton. 0The station was in the heart of a thrifty farming town. Ma jor Sutherland's ranch was situated about a dozen mile s out. It had been a thrifty estate, but owing to reverses in fortune, the o w ner had allowed it t o run down for some time. Major Sutherland's one great fault was that he could not resi s t the temptation to put up big stakes at poker. In this he was notorious, and in that l o cal ity nobody would play against him. it was whispered that he had been cle aned out in t ha t and similar games in Colorado by the cool sharpers of that region. Of the matter he couid never be led to speak to either his wife or daughter, but the latte r had been informed upon good authority that in her father's fatal lo sses Golding had been the winner. Just as the train left the station and as the l adies vvere conducted to the waiting-room by Harrington, a carriage drawn by a pair of high steppers came das hing u p to th e rear of the d e pot. Harrington hastened out, jus t as the driver of the turnout jumpe d from th e sea t. Instantly the m a n thrust out a b i g, r ed paw and leered down into th.! sleek co untenance o f the gentleman fr o m Denve r. "Well, old ho ss, ef ye ain't fixed up like a durned mule that's jest clrawed the corpus to a nigger funeral! roared the driver in greeting. ''Shut up curse you, o r I'll blo w the top of your h ead off!" A s t h e gentl eman s po ke he ca u se d the muzzle of a r evo lver to peep out from unde rneath his waist coat. But the clrive r only roared the louder. "Durn me for an ornery buzzard, Rick Hamblin, ef ye ain't spreadin' it on a leetle too thick! Do ye reckon that I'm the r b oss ter sheer out fer a pop gun of t h et ere cay l yber? But, s ay, Rick, where air the petticoats? W a lt z 'em right out and pi le 'ein inter the hearse. "For God s sake, hu sh!" g as p e d the other. CHAPTER VIII. THE JAMES BOYS STILL HUNT. v V hile t o one observing all of the c ir cumstances there could be lit tle doubt that the s le e k ma n from Denver callin g himself Eric Harring fon was playing a d o ubl e game, as yet M rs. Sutherland and Agnes were s ucc essfully deceived by the rather slim e xplanations w hi ch the man made of all questi.onabie appearances. v V hil e they were being driven o u t to the Suther l and ranch by the rough driver-who was a stranger to them-and so bein g decoyed int o a trap which they little dreamed of, events we re ripening in another quarter which w as t o have a bearin g on their situation. Little suspected by Major Sutherland when he ha d bought the r a nch, the m os t secret retreat of the boys was situated within a few miles o f the estate. And it was to that retreat that the bandit brothers made their way after their capture of the treasure on the "gh os t train." Usually Frank and Jesse worked harmoniously to gether. Yet each had his secrets and his ambitions,


18 THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. like other men, both good and evil. Frank did not know or uspect the existence of his brother's sweetheart in the city of Denver. And, on the other hand, Frank had a sch ,eme of hi s own which he had not mentioned to Jes se The brothers had been in Denver whi l e Mrs. Sutherland and h e r daughter were in the city, and, as they were in di sgui se, it had chanced that they had seen the mother and daughter upori severai occa sions A slight acciden t had happened to a vehicle when the la dies we1' e riding on the outskirts of the city, and Frank James, as g entlemanly as any one w h en it st\ited his purpose to be so, had come t o their relief, r epairi n g the break in the harness, and seeing them safely on their way again. Frank was not usually much impress ed by femi nine beauty, but Agnes Sutherlancrs face and s mile had haunt ed him constantl y fr9m that hour. Hearing that the ladi s w e re o n the s peci a l train which they had attempted t o raid w it h s uch ill suc cess, h e determined to s e e and obtain a n interview wrth Agnes up01i some pretext. The James bo y s for the tim e sottg h t se clu s i o n in a stanch cabin, which ha d been built m a n y y ea rs b e fore by a runaway negro, and afterward u s ed by other s of his kind as a hiding p l ace. It was l oca t ed in a narFow ravine, o verhung by a tangl e of trees and climb ers, and almos t entirely shut in b y rocks It w a s built mostly of stone, and was in part formed by a s hallow cave A deeper excavation had been m a de a rtifi cially, and, as to the secrets of the interior, no one except Jesse and Frank James at that time knew. A t the hour just before sunset of the fourth day after the h old -up. and robbery of the "ghost,'' or de coy, train, two plainly-dad, farmer-looking men drove in a cart a long the little-u s ed road that l ed p as t the Sutherland r anch. This same road, if followed in the direct ion from which the homely team was driven, would have led a searcher qu ite n ea r to the en trance of the ravine alluded to. The honestlooking farmers were no other Jesse and Frank James. Their disguises were clever, and they were s uch good actors that only the shrewdest of observers wou ld have suspected that they were not what they seemed to be. "You say Rick Hamblin i s out at the Sutherland ranch, Frank?" J esse remarked, breaking a long si l ence. "I'm dead sure of it, Jess." "\Vhat can he be up to out here? I reckoned h e would find it for his health to stay in Denver, after playing at ban dit under my instructions, and then playing a t detective just to toady t o the authorities, and trying for a dead giveaway of my latest plans. Curse him fo r a double-faced sneak and co"ward Frank did not betray so much heat o ver the matter as did his brother. The truth was, things were working so much to his own mind that he could not appear very much out of humor. ''He has worke d into the major' s confidence, and ha s been t r ying, I reckon, to m a ke up to the major's d;.;ughter." "And is the major here at the ranch?" "I d on't think he is. Which shows that he is play in g fal s e i n tliat quarter. I heard some talk at the railroad stati o n yesterday, and, whil e nobo dy seems to s u s pect anything, I'm pretty sure that he deco y e d the \ vomen out to the ranch, and that he will light out vvit h the g irl one of thes e fine evenings. Rick H a mblin w o uld never act on the square with any living man or w oman." "That's right, Frank. And if he is here to-night I don't mind running a little ri s k of being spotted for the ch a n ce of having it out with the sleek devil." "And, Jess, what's the matter with my taking the girl under my protection?" "Better keep out of the girl. business, Frank." "'vVe' re having a run of good luck jus t now, a11d i t i s a good time to scoop as big a pot as we can while we hold a flush." "It is non of my affair. But women will turn a man's luck no matter how str a i ght it may seem to be running They will beat t he best hand a man ever held w ith just the a ce of h earts." 'Yon don't always take your own advice, Jess." "I take my own consequences, anyhow!" snapped the bandit chief. And then he rela psed irito a silence from which he would not let his companion arouse him until they were within sight of the lights fr o m the Then he said : "I have an idea that Gold y tha t Denver dandy, is hanging about here. It has been a w onder to m e that nothing has been heard of him since the nigh t oi ou1: las t raid. He has some papers--"


THE JESSE JAMES STORftES. 19 Jesse interrupted himself, shutting his stern lips tight. "VVhat papers, Jess?" "Curl papers on his hair, I reckon," sna1 Jesse. An d that stopped the questions. Near the buildings of the ranch there wa s a grove of primeval trees. As the brothers rode through them a form rose at the roadside, clo s e to the wagon. That the unkuown lived to draw another breath wa:> due to the reluctance of the James brothers to giv ing an ala1-.:t1 at the ranch. B':t h covere d him with their revol v ers. "Easy, pardners," said the other, in a husky voice. "Cole Younger!" u ttered the brothers in the same bre-.tth "Right--what there is left of him. About all of the claret 1s run out of me, though, and I have to drag myself around like a snail. You know, Jess, when we were riding up to attack the crowd from the special--" "Go light on that talk here, Cole. B e c ause you happen to know our makeup doesn' t signify that we want you to tell everybody the secret. It seems you aren't dead, and that is enough of the yarn here. what is the lay? \tVhy did you come here as soon as you could crawl?" "To find the devil who came nigh to shooting the life out of me." "Golding?" asked Jesse, under his breath. "Yes. I hav e been laying for him as patient as a cat watches for a rat to come out of its hole. And here he is, sneaking round the house yonder this very night." Jesse James shrugged his shoulders. In spite of his unfailing nerve, he could not think of being in such close proximity to the only man who had ever so fairly had his life in hand without a slight qualm -perhaps we should not say of fear, for Jesse James was not the man to shrink from death when the last c all should come. But he had a feelin g that the crisis of his life was at hand. Ii there was his equal in coolness and reso u rce in the Southwest, then the man called "Goldy, th dand y sport, from Denver" was that equal. "I reckon we are running up a gainst something as ho as it would be to raid a whole town, and prob -ably without an ounce of boodle in it he muttered. T want the neck of that d e vil under my fingers!" growled Younger. "It isn't likely you will get it there, Cole." "\"lhy not, if you stand by me?" "Because I'm for sending a bullet to his brain if I get the drop, without waiting for any of your foolery in the way of vengeance. That man isn't the sort to be monkeyed with, as if he was a common deputy." "Take me into your wagon, can't ye? I'm weak with dragging myself. He jest missed my jugular, and shooting in the dark at that. I've bled a hogs head." "Get in, but keep shady, and don't talk. J nst answer questi o ns, that's all. Do you know that Gold ing is here to-night?" "I s een hin1." "Why, in the name of all the fiends, didn' t you shoot' him then?" "'Cause my hands .;ire pretty nigh being paralyzed wit h the lead that grazed the top of my spine. Sometimes there aren't no more feeling in 'em than as if they wa'n't hitched on to me." "Lie low, then, if tl1ere is a fight. Where was h e when you g limpse ct' him ?" "Standing up ther':! on the porch, cool as if he was the house dog." "He is mine!" muttered Jesse James. They drove on until the y came opposite to the front entrance of tlie house. They could faintly see the. outlines of a man standing on the porch, as if_ wa1tmg for the door to open. As upon another recent occasion of which note has been. Jesse James brought his night glas s into reqms1t1on. At that_ moment. the dooi ?pene.d, and he plainly saw that 1t was Rick Hamblm, alias Eric Harrino.. ton, who stood inside. 0 The one him was Goldy! He was by the revolver of Jesse James. But at the same mstant there appeared another form in the doorway, exactly in range. It was Arrnes Sutherland. 0 To have shot Golding then would have almost surely ended the life of the girl with the same bullet. Jesse' s hand was stayed by that of his brother. CHAPTER IX. AT THE RANCH. Affairs a_t the Sutherland ranch looked squally When Rick Harnbiin found himself confronted by the man who had c::illed him a snide in presence o\ the other passengers of the special, he recoiled as i f he had seen a gho st.


20 T H E JESSE JAMES STO RIES. B u t h e wa s too ol d a v ill ai n to giv e up a grip tha t he had w orke d s o hc:rd to obtain. H e whipped o u t :i rev olv e r and-bang Bullets are quick but it almos t s e e m e d as i f Gol d ing was q uicker .:ve n tha n t h ey H i s l e f t han d bught the w ri s t o f Hamb lin jus t a s t h e latter fired a n d the s h o t hi sse d past hi s ch e c k and plugge d a tree in t h e yard. That w a s all the s hootin g H ar n bi in fo und t ime to do j u s t the n fo r t h e reason tha t Gol d ing sent the revolve r fly ing off 0 1 1 a tri p of its own, w hile h e ca u g h t t h e co unterfeit gentleman by the co ll a r and proce ed e d t o w ipe u p t h e d usty flo o r o f t h e porc h wi t h him. A t this stage the e vo luti o n s o f Gol d ing and his vi c tim were s o b e w i ld e r i n g tha t n eithe r o f the J a m es brothers c ould have gotte n i n a s h o t w i t h a n y d efi ni t e idea a s t o w h o m it wo u ld hit, h a d they t ri ed Bes id es, Suthe rland k ep t flu c t e rin g about the comb atan t s with some id e a probably, o f putti n g a n encl t o the fray. J u s t \ \ho s h e wo ul d have preferred t o h e l p might seem a m a tter of d o u b t fo r t h e moment. But the truth was t o be made clear a lit tl e late r. Believin g a s s h e di d tha t Goldin g had i mpover i shed her father a t .the gamin g t abl e it was not to be wondered a t that s h e was strongl y prejudiced against him. Yet, wi t hin t h e l a s t few clays, s h e had come t o hate the v e r y s i g h t of Ri c k Hw.mblin. The l a tter had stuck to the ranc h n i g h t and clay, unde r p r e t e n s e o f an a n x iety fo r h e r safe t y J o p lin t h e rou g h p ilgri m who had g r e e t ed hi m on thei r a rri va l and d r ive n out to the r a n c h had pbycd hi s par t wel l and kept u p a c o n s t a n t alarm w ith repor t s t h a t the James boys were hi d ingin the v i c i n it y and that th ere was a pl o t to rob the r a n ch. M e a n w hii e, Hambl in was ope n l y making love t o Agn es and w h a t La I begun as per s u a s ions were bec oming m o r e lik e threats, un til she wa s fai rl y i n t e rror o f the si g ht :)f h:m. This experience, c ouple d w i t h h e r a n x iety o ve r the n o narri va l of 1<:-r father at t h e r a n c h r encle r e d even the s i ght o f G o ldin g a lmost a pleas in g one. She began to s u s 1)ec t tha t afte r all, the app arent s e r v ic e he had d o n e i n warning the specia l o f the a t .tack of Jesse Jam es might h a v e been genuine So much for t h e sit u a ti o n a t the r anch at the m o ment of the arrival of G ol din g, a n d the m ed itated vi s it of Frank and J ess e J a m es. It s h ould not b e understood tha t Gol d in g really had a fig h t with Rick Hambli n for t here was n o fight about it. The o ld cheat was mer el y u se d a s a mop, and for a time it looke d a s if G o ld y w o uld wip e up t h e who le of the grounds about t h e house w ith him before he e o ul d be persuaded to l e t go. It was such a p r e tty si ght that the J a m es boys, and even Cole Younger, o b serving it fro m beyond thf' fringe of e vergree n s in fr ont o f the dwellin g, looked o n wi t h a k ee n enjoyment. C o l e got to laughing and came n ea r t o b e t raying their proximity b y his mirt h. "Th a t G o l dy i s a corke r ai n t he?" h e hoar se l y w h i s p ered. J esse J ames compressed h is l i p s He d i d not care t o s a y w h a t h e knew abou t the fight i n g abili t i es o f the s lick young fellow from Den ve r. He \Vould several t imes have ven t ured a shot at Golding, but for the r estrai nin g h and of h is brother, who w a s watchful of th.e sa fety o f Agnes. Besi d e s F r a n k did not wi s h to h ave t hei r o w n rea l ide n ti t y b e trayed t o the S u t h e r la n ds u n til he had h a d a c hance to try hi s arts at Joye-making w it h Agn es T h e encount e r at ti1e door thou g h l i v e ly, was not a long one A n d i t e n d e d a s suddenl y a s it b e gan. Gol

THE JESSE JAMES 21 knew him by while he acted as a spy for the out..: laws." "You don't mean that, Mi. Golding!" "Ask J esse James." "I wouldn't dare to speak to that dreadful desper ado." "It_ would probably be safe enough under most conditions, though I don't wonder that yo u are a lit tle fearful. But, really, I came here to-night to do you a service, and I w ill have to go J.bout it. Did you know that Hamblin laid a snare to catch you in, here at the ranch, and that yonr father ha s no knmyl edge of your presence here?" "I have suspected that something was wrong, my father has not appeared. I supposed he vvould be here awaiting" "The whole yarn that Hamblin told you was a fake. Major Sutheriand thinks you were unable to come on the train you realiy took, and that you will not arrive for another week." "Are you s nre of this?" "He told me so himself, not nine hours ago." "Then you have him?" cried Agnes. "Yes." "Then, of course, you told him that we were here?" "Of course not." "Why-why-" " Hamblin had a watch set for him, and he would not have lived to see you had he tried to get here. I hastened here to attend to your safety myself, and I hope at the same time to prove to your satisfaction that I have never done either your father or yourself any injury. There is not time now, how ever, to plead my case, except so far as to persuade you to trust to me for your safety in your present danger. You heard the shot which was fired ju s t now from the direction of the road?" "Yes. "That was meant for me. It might have hit you. I fear that Jesse Jam es fired that shot." "Good heavens!" "Hark!" There were the SC'ttnds of footsteps outside on porch. Then there was an imperative knock o n die door. r t the same time Joplin came running into the roo1 1 ''I say, Rick--'' he began. Then he S

22 THE JESSE JAMES The fact that Frank James knew or suspected his secret made Jesse more wary. For, to have hi s wife know of it, would be a n outcome which he would lit tk relish. no idea of giving you a way, Jess,'' said the other, mildly. "Come, we must trap that Golding, now that w e know where _he is He has got girl on the brain, too, and so he will stick to that house until he i s sure she is safe. So I have a chanC'e that may not come again in many a clay." ''I'm as ready to clean him out as you are, and for good reasons," muttered Frank. "Come, Cole, if you want a shot at Goldy, lend a hand," said Jesse. "Didn't I tell you that my hands are pretty nigh paralyzed, and that I couldn' t shoot to hit the moon!" "Afraid to face him, eh?" sneered Jesse. "Not by a durn sight!" Younger clambered out o f the wagon, groaning as he did so, but spnrred on by the taunt of his leade r -They went into the yard of the house, and Frank pounded at the door, anxious to get ins ide, so as to play the part of rescuer to Miss Sutherland again. In his disguise he believed that it wou ld be easy to do, and that she need never suspect the truth. Younger, lagging behind his companions, nearly stumbled over the bulky form of Rick Hamblin lying in the grass. The man was grunting in an effort to recover the breath which had been knocked out of hi m. 'rIe caught at Cole's legs, and the latter went clown. "Blast it!" howled the outlaw. Then he got up and fetched Hamblin a kick that made him roar, and scramble to his feet with more fight in him than there had been before. The two scuffled for a minute, and were then torn apart by Jesse Jam es. "Here, enough of this," he said. "Tell me, Rick, who of your old friends you have in there? Don' t think I would waste lead on you for an old score, but talk fast, or out go your lights." CHAPTER X C 0 I DY'S L 0 NE HAND. Rick was glad enough to t e ll Jesse what he wished to know, and the rate at which he fawned upo n the bandit chief in the effort to regain his good will and confidence was fairly sickening to th'e object of his demonstrations. But for the moment it seemed to be best to keep the man's good will, so Jesse refrained from laying him out on the grass with a blow between the eyes, a s he felt impelled to do. Stepping back, while Frank hammered at the door, Jesse beg;:m to fire through the window. At the same time the lights went out, and he could not tell whether there was any one in the room to be in clanger of the flying bullets or not. Go lding, rneanwbile, hastened to barricade the doors as well as it could be clor.e The h ouse was stanchly built, but he knew it would be easy for the enemy to smash thei; wa1 in through a window. To do this, however, wou ld n ecessitate an ex p osure of thems elves to the fire of the one within, a n d \\'ith his reputation shot, Goldy believed that Jesse James would be chary about giving him a good chance at him. "He wants a\\'ful l?ad to lay me out," thought Golding; "but he has a respect for me, ]ust the same, and he won't risk my getting the drop if he can h e lp it. He has reason to know tha t I wouldn't give him another show for his life, as I did before." Having put the h .o\tse in the best possible condition for defens e, Goidy set about a bit of strategy. Going upstairs, he opened a window over the p orch and crawled out on to the roof. From there he could look down into the yard. But he c o uld not sec up close to the house, and it was too dark everywhere to make out objects with anything like distinctness. If, there had been nothing but his own safety to thinJ< of Goldy would have enjoyed nothing better than the sport of fighting and outwitting the ban dits, and watching for a chance to wind up the career of Jesse J To accomplish the last-named feat in a fair fight or b y fair strategy, was the kind of victory that Golding coveted. To do this by treach ery was remote from his purpose. The shooting below suddenly ceased, and l ikewi s e the clamoring at the door. Yet Golding could plainly hear the foe moving about, and the rumble of their voices also came to his ears. But for the poor health of Mrs. Sutherland it vvoulcl have seemed easier to find a way of getting them awa y from the house, for there were good saddle horses in the stable. As it was, the prospects did nQt seem very bright. and Goldy feared that he would. have to keep t e foe at bay until daylight, or until help should come;. He knew that Jesse Jam es would not ris k caught in that locality after s unrise, for the countr y all about there was aroused against the bandit broth-ers and their bloodthirsty gang. f As he crouched and listened, an idea to him. I "It won't be easy to carry out, but I recktj n it'll have to go," he decided. He found his way to the room where Mrs. Sutherland and Agnes sat, clinging t o eac h other the


THE JESSE JAMES STORSES. 23 girl stnvmg to quiet the apprehensions of her mother. "It is best for me to get you out of the house, and on your W!'. y to the village," he declared. 'But at the start I must be assured that ymt will do exactly .s I say, without stopping for question s, objections L r d o ubts. Mrs. Sutherland, I will have to require you to make all the physical effort in your power, as 'yon would do if the h ouse were on fire, and there was only one way of escape. May I rely on you?" "Yes, yes!" they both eagerly r esponded. For by this time t h ey were convinced t hat Golding had their interests and safety at h ea rt. "Come, then. They followed him to an upstairs room at the back of the house. He silently opened a window and i d : "Get out on to the fla t roof of the shed. I will 'ollow presently." They complied. He went back to the roof of the porch, and again o o k obse rvation s He saw a form skulk-ng across the yard. He leveled his revolver. Crack! T h e form ceased o skulk. There was an instant outcry, and the sound o{ turried footsteps. There were no more moving 'Hms in sight to s hoot at, but Golding let his r e Olver rattle, the bullets going "zip-zip here and here in the shrubbery. The whole dooryard was a augerous place just then. Then Goldy hastened back to hi s companions. The distance from the roof of the shed was short :>r there was an embankment below, ri sing above he l evel ground. "You will have to let me lower you to the ground, nd wait t here for me to follow,'' he sa id in a low They remembered what he had enjoined about aising objections, and they were quick to follow his lightest direction. He lowered the older lady al r,s t by hi s own strength a lone, and d id not let go n til 1er feet touched the ground. He assisted Agnes more quick l y, and she dropped ghtly at the s ide of her mothe r. A second l ater he as at their side. "Do not sti r, he ordered, and again left them. He found Jesse and Frank Jam es in the act of en rin g one of the lower rooms through a window, ving smashed the glass. Cole Younger stood out k:le to keep watch. Out amid the shrubbery Rick amblin la y in a s il ence which woul d n eve r be oken. Golding hastened back to the women. "Follow, Miss Agnes," he whispered. "If we are eel a t follow just the same. No matter what hapns follow." He lifted Mrs. Sutherland in hi s arms and started a t a s i len t run, b y a long detour, around the build i ngs. He reached the road at a point some distance below the place where the, team belonging to the James boys was standing. fie llOW made his way tO\vard it. vVben he had nearly reached 1.he horse the latter snorted and tos::ed his head. The beast would have started on a runaway had Goldy not dropped his burden and caught at the bridl e just in time "Get in, quick!" he commanded. Even the o lder w6man showed abili t y in the way of agility such a s she had not displayed before. Both got in. Go ldv foliowecl A came from the house, then a bang-the latter from Cole Y ounger 's revolver. But it proved that his claims of finger clumsiness were true enough, for the shot went wide of its mark. Another, fired by a truer hand through the window, nipped the horse's flank. "Just the thing, s aid Goldy, for it set the horse into the maddest kind of a gallop. Jesse James would not have started out on any kind of a mission with a slow horse. This animal had the look of an old skate, but it was merely be cause he was thin. In truth, he had the blood of a l ong ancestry of racers in hi s veins, a nd he pounded the dry road at a rate that made it smoke. Goldy l aid on the whip, and at the same time faced h alf-w ay about and sent some shots from the shining little toy of a revolver, just to keep the foe to cover. From the te::ir there came a perfect fusillade of shots, from 1 .. evolvers and i\Tinches t e r s But it was too l ate, for the ni ght was dark, the road crooked, and the mark a flying one. "Good-good! You have done a brave, wonderful thing!" breathed Agnes Sutherland. "Ju s t a vvord about that rpining stock that it wa:s said I won from Major Sutherland," said Golding, as they sped along. "I have just placed the papers i n the major's hands, with a full explanation. He may not t ell yon the whole facts, but he will exonerate me, be sure of that." CHAPTER XI. THE FINAL FLIGHT. Leaving the ladies safe in a hotel in the town, Goldy was in time to join a party of cattle and mountain men, who chanced to be in town on a holi day, and who had just made up for a search for Jesse Jam es, and a chase, if they should be so lucky as to strike his trail. Golding knew that these men were there, and had


24 THE JESSE JJ\MES STORiESo intended to give them the pointer they sought, and accompany the m if they desired. But a knowledge of the clanger of the Sutherland ranch had compelled him to go on alone in advance. When he told them that the bandit king was eve n then within a few miles of them, and that he believed they would be in time to track them to their hidingplace, there \Vas a cheer th:i.t roared from one encl o f the town to the other. They were soon on the road, Golding ridin g at the head of the cavalcade. He had found a good h o r se, and rode l ike mad, setting a pace that taxed the others to their utmost to foliow. They had no idea that they would find the bandit brotliers at the ra11ch, and iri this they were not disappointed. The horses in the stable had all been taken, Joplin mounted on o ne of them, and all had made a wild break for the rugged country that lay beyond. Golding soon determined that they had not gone tovvard the secret retreat, where the brothers had been hiding since the last railroad raid. Therefore it became a wild chase, farther and farther into the wilds, where rocky hills, tangled forest, gloomy ravines and deviou s paths abounded. Some of the pursue r s abandoned their horses, and Golding was one of them. He found that the trail of Jesse Jam es separated from that of his comrades, and that he had chosen the ruggedest way of all. "He has good nerve when it comes to close quar ters," said Goldy to a companion, "but when it comes to taking care of himself in flight, he knows how, and he takes no ri sk that he ca n avoid." "That's right." "But woe to the m a n of u s who meets face to face in these wilds He wo uld sell his life dear, and you may gamble on it." "Ah !-look!" They were at the summit of a short, steep ascent. They were in full view of it, and they could see the rugged path that wound up and up until it seemed to pierce the deep blue of the arching sky above. And there they beheld a lone figure climbing wit h sw ift, tireles s strides. He was so distant that he looked like a monstrous insect cra,Yling np the face of the rocks. "I believe it i s he!" exclaimed Golding. He rai se d his glass and added: "it is Jesse J a111es. But there is another pursuing him-and, by heaven !-it is a woman!" "\rVho can it be?" "I can only guess. He hat'. a sweetheart in Denver, and, as everybody knows, he has a wife in Missouri. I know the Denver girl has found out the truth about him, for he deceived her. I think it is she who is hot on his trai l yonder. Ha he sees her-and she has fired at h im!" I The puff of smoke coulcl be seen But the bandit king did not fall. He leYeled a revolver, but seemed If to be speakin g to h er. \ 1 Another puff from the woman's we apon, and Jesse l l Jam es staggered. c Then there was a shot from him-and the a ir! fell t cl 1 1 r an ay a dark spec k upon the rocks. 1 "'The v illain !'' his sed Golding's companion. "He is that. But it mie-ht be sa id that he did i t in self.defense, and not until s he hac'. drawn the first blood.'' As h e spoke Goldy unslun g his own rifle . _.What are you going to do?" ''Try the range of this shooter. It will at lea s t 1 show Jesse that I am here, an cl that there were wit nesses to hi s last foul crime." I -:T e took careful aim. The sharp crack split the air, and Goldy's compan ion, having the glass to his eyes, saw Jesse Jame'> throw up one hand and stagger back against the rocks. "You are a wizard, Goldy!" he exclaimed. "It was a spent bullet, and it will make him awful sore, but th e pity is, that it hadn't been thirty yards nearer." "In that case it would have been Jesse James' last call." .. I t would have been hi s last call The sound of the shots drew others into sigl:it, and soon the whole p arty of pursuers were fair l y on the < right trail. It soon became a trail of blood. And yet, follow it as they might, another nig-l1tfal1 found the fugitive s tiil in advance. And with darkn ess the trail was I lost And how farec. Jesse James, the king of American outlaws? The wound from Goldy's long-range shot gave him considerable trouble, but, with his usual res olution, Jesse kept on. v Vhen darkness arrived he doubled 011 his own track, and then, making u se of a narrow pas sage among the rocks . of which no one, perhaps, except himself knew, he succeeded in find ing his way to another ravine, and thence to s uch a labyrinth of rocky passages that he was sure of pres en t safe ty, at least. But when he paused at last, i t was after he spent with fatigue, hunger and pain He had Nellie Clayton in self-defense, but the deed maclo him h eavy -h earted. His spirit, too, was well-nigl gone. Had he then met his foes he would hardl ) ha ve made a fight for his life. He would probably, in his desperation, have blow1 out his own brains, as many a better man has don when weary in body and mind. But with r es t allCl food, courage and all the bit ter thirst for vengeance against society returned


THE JESSE JJ\ M E S S T O RI ES. 25 Jesse Jam es would again be mas t e r of himself and of his followers. "They shall hear from me again no m atter how ong may be the before I appear to them!" he 1mttered many times that day he la y in his lonely iretreat, suffering i--ang s a.)f thirst and of pain. \ Doubly embittered, Jesse J am .;s was yet to prove more formidable desper:Hlo thz,n he had ever been efore. IIad the whole party of pursuers not concentrated }heir efforts upo n the attempt to run the leader at lea s t Frank James might on th.; occasion have Leen brought t o the encl of hi s life trail. But, ::i.s it was, the older brother .was gi,e n ample oppor. unity to hide himself away and nurs e hi s rlisappointment ove r the failure of hi s r a id on the Sutherland ra nch. i Golding arrived St. Joseph se v e r al days later, I md, of course, went a lmost directly to the Suther ancl home. The major was in a state of nervous co llap s e over + n x iety a b out his wife and daughter, who had arriYed here the day after their rescue from the ranch. There was another thing on hi5 mind which it was 10t easy to banish fr o m his thoughts-a se ns e of :ruilt and remorse, such as a virtuous m an s h oul d iever have c ause to feel. Not until Golding came did he summon re so luti o n o tell Agnes the truth. "Do yo u know, my girl," he exclaimed, "that I you do this friend of ours the bl ackest kind of an ,':ljustice, even when he was trying to save me from L{in ?" "Bette r let it drop now, m ajor, sai d Goldy, as he 1icked specks of lint and dus t from his immaculate oatsleeve. Agnes was looking at him. "No I want to hear it all she said. "Vi/ sa id her father, with a shake i n hi s tones, I have been an old cheat:" ,, "There, there, that w ill do, rnaJor, laughed "I'll tell the truth and shame his majesty," growled J 1 e major. "I spent a year in Denver, a s you know like to play, and I don't squeal if I am the los er. ) ut, as a general thing, I have done m y share of yinning. I won money, nugg ets railroad ancl min \\ig shares. Then I r a n up against a sharper, who the tables agai ns t me I t wa s Gol d i n g h e re. The l atter was smiling, whi l e he took fu r tive lanc es into a mirror to see that hi s necktie was raight. "He won and won. Then another sharper came ong, and h e won and won. Golding let up oi: me, d looked on. The other sharper got ev erytlung I cl l eft, after Goldy had dropped the game. I 10ught they were in league. "Go on-go on! urged Agn es. "You didn' t know, when I came back here that I was stone broke. But it was so. T h en, by mail there comes to me, the certificates of stock that this rascal won from me. And he has since told me that he yambled with m e in the hope of cleani n g me o u t befor e the other :.har per should get after me. Don't y o u s ee ?-Goldy v.:o n so that the other wo ul d not get e\e r y thin g, kn owing that I should get nothing back fr o m him That vvas the whitest play I ever, strnck. And that isn't all." "Tell me!" breathed Agnes. "He has restored to me the mos t va luabl e part of m y l osses to the other sharper-the s tock in the G ilt -E

LOOK ON PACE 30 FOR NAMES OF PRIZE-WINNERS. ABOUT FAMOUS You h ave se e n the names of the prize -win ners, boys? A r e y o u one of them? 'vVe congratubt e y o u i f y o1 are. v V h ethe r you a re or not, get y o ur coa t off and roll u p your sleeves for t h e n e w contest. Y o u know all a b o L i t. If y o u don' t l o ok up th e l ist o f pr izes on page 30, a n d t h e n get to wor k The new co ut e s t is a l ready we under w a y an d a l r eady en o u g h e n tr i es h ave come in to m a k e a s m alls i ze d s n ow-s t o rm. R e m e mber, if you d idnj w in a pr ize, o r didn' t s e e y o u r co n t r ib u tio n p rint e d i n the l as t co n t e s t you m a y d o be tte r if'. this. Y our letter m<\j be printed y e t W e c ould n' t p r int t h e m all, o f course but here are a few m o r e vf t e best. f A Few Facts About G a rfield. Britis h wlio tnrne d the i r guns directl y 11pou him, a J 2 tho11gl1 h e w a s a fair mark for every s h o t he escapi ( B y W. D Sutton New York.) without injury b A bout sev enty fiv e years a g o when t h e gre a t Sta l e of Ohio was l i t t l e more tha n a wilderness, a m a n u y the uame of Abram Garfield move d from t lie S t a t e of New York out into tbe \Nilcl countr y of Ohio and settled in C a y a h o g a County A fter h e h a d b e e u i n O h i o abou t n y e a r his younge s t son, J a mes A Garfie l d, was born, N o vember 1 9 r 83r. Whe u he a you n g boy James d id 11ot have t h e advautages t h a t most b oys do JIOW, b u t had to do his s h a r e of w ork 011 the small farm whic h his father had cl eare d a fe w v ea r s before Whe n li e was a bout fourteen years o l d h e lllanaged o b t a ill a posi ti oil on t h e c a n a l whe r e h e worked a bout two year s Prom the cana l h e went to W i lliams College i n where he grndna ted in 1 8 56 H e studi e d l a\I', mid w a s a m e m be r of the Sen a t e iu 185 9 and r 86o H e c utered t h e a rmy in 1 8 6 1 as col o n e l of the F o rly-second Voh111teer s A ft e r the war h e was d istingnish ecl i n Collg ress. H e was finally elec t e d President of the U u i t ecl S t a tes. On July 2 r 8 8r, four month s after his inaug urat i o n be w a s s h o t b y Charles Guiteau, a d isappoiute d offi c e seek e r. G a r fiel d lingered along, s uffering great pain until September 1 9 o f the sam e year w h e n h e die d a t Elberon, :N' ew Jersey. Perry's Victor y ( B y Frank V ermillio u Was h ingt o n D. C: ) W h e n Captain P erry then only tweuty-seven y e ars o l d, was assigne d t h e commaud of the flotilla o n L a k e Erie, the Britis h were 11ud ispute d master s of the l a k e whil e his fleet was to be, in part, m ade out of the tre e s in the fores t By ver y St!vere exertion h e got nine vessels, carrying fifty-four g uns, rea d y for actio n whe n the Britis h flee t o f s i x vesse l s a n d sixty three g u n s b o r e clown upon his l ittle squadron. Captain Perry had l)ever see n a naval battle, while the commander of the British s hi p, C aptain B arclay, was an o l d v e teran and had lost a n arm in the s e rvice. Perry's flagship the Lawrence engaged t w o o f tbe heaviest vessels o f the enemy and fou ght them till but eight o f his m e n w ere left. He h e lped thes e to fire the last gun, and then leaping into a boa t b ore his flag to ,the N iagara. He had to p ass within pistol sho t of the D r e a king t !Jron gli the en.emy,.s line s a11d firing aud left, w i thin fif teen minutes aft e r h e monnt ecl t l deck o f the Niagara the v i c t o r y w a s won P erry a t on wrote t o Gen eral Harri sou, S e p t e mber TO, 1 8 1 3 : "We have m e t the enem y a u d they a r e ours." This dispatch Cfl.U se d g reat exc i t e m e n t a u d joy a ll ov'1 the country. a Bill N y e (By A l bert Roy, B uff alo, N Y.) A rna11 who bas made m a n y others happ y I con sider g reat mall. S uch a m a n was "Bill Nye, nnder w hose h u mo rott sTvi11gs tl i e d o m e stic ancl fin a n c i a l c arc;s of multitud h a v e been made for a time, at least, t o vanis h. It was ' B i ll who o r i g iliated the story a b o u t a battl w h e r e i u a m a n s l e g was shot off a t the kuee by a ca u ouball. Of course, h e dropped t o the ground and b gan t o bl eed profusel y B u t h e soon rallied sufficieut t o suni m o n a comrade t o his a i d As the latte r approached, h e asked : W h a t i s the matte r ? '' \Vh y cau t y o u s e e mat! m y leg is s h o t off a nd wil l bleed t o d e ath if you don' t carry m e to the liospitii a t once said the w ounded man. T hereupon the wounclt!d sol d i e r was p l a ced u po n 11'.i friend' s shonlder and the m arch towar d the hospit1 began. The b earer o f 'the wounde d m a n had not fa r how e e r w!Je n h e w a s stopped b y the captain o f t regiment who grnffiy d e manded: "What d o you mean, Brown b y w asting y our tit f with that f ellow w hen w e nee d eve r y man we h ave u p t the fie ld?'' ''Why, you see, sir, this f e llow's l e g has b een cl i pp1 off and--" :'Leg, n othing!" interrnp t e d the capt ain. you see that bis head is gone? G e t b ack to your sir. ' The captain had spoken truly; o n the way t o 1 hospita l ano ther cannonbaJ.J b a d take u the man' s head off back of bis w ould-be rescue r s shoulde The b earer of t11e dead m a n stoppe d and laying burden upon the g rou}ld l o oked u p o n i t in undisgui astonishme n t Then he said : 1


THE dESSE JAMES 27 j "You are right, captain; bu t it r e ally isn't my fault, Lr h e told me it was his l eg And there was more in William Edga r Nye than apeared upon the surface He was an affecti onate hus a nd, a loving father and a true friend of humanity. o The world is better for his having li v e d in it. He gav e alms fre e l y, but not indiscriminately He rests beneath the heartfelt blessings of a multitt:de Washington and the Corporal. (By Lafayette Briggs, Mass.) During the revolution Georg e Washiugton was out 'Jtaking a walk. He did not have his military costume on eand came upon a little s quad of soldiers trying to rais e a big log of timber to the top of some military works they !wer e repairing. i: The log was going up with difficulty, and the offic e r,

28 THE JESSE JAMES ST6RIESo When the Johnstown flood occurred Clara Barton w ( bureau of r ecords of missing men in the army. The object of this bnreau was to gather information concerning the missing aud to comun111icate it to their friends. For this work for the soldiers she expended her whole fortune of $rn,ooo. Then Congress voted her $ 15,000 to reimburse her for her expenditure and to help her carry on tl1e bureau. After the war was over she went to Europe for her health. When the Franco-German War begau iu 1 8 7 0 she joined the Red Cross Society and hel ped to organize the German hospital servi c e . Thre e years later she returned to America and organi zed the Red Cross Society h ere, and in 1831 became president of the society. on the sceue and did much to relieve the people No1V came the civil war in Cuba, when the Cuba ro se in opposition to the Spanish government. To th reli e f of the su ffering Cubans c ame Clara Barton wit supplies from the people of the United States. ; There sbe remained until the Maine was blown u l Then she came back to America. Soon after her arriv iu Washington war was declared with Spain. Back to Cuba went Miss Barton, with hundreds other women anxious to a id her. There she remaine throughout the war, nursing friends and foes alike. A thoug h s i xty-eight years old, M i ss Bartol! is still ve r j active and ready to go 1Vhererer she i s needed. : TALES Of HUNTING AND TRAPPING. It-OST TI-IE ALLIGATORS .. Many years ago I was jou.rneying by steamboat u p one of the mally bayous or creeks in the southern part of tbe State of Louisiana. In t h e course of the morning the steamboat drew up at a wooding station to take in a supply of fue l and led by curiosity, I went ashore with a lad abou t my own age. Growing tired o f watching the negroes carrying the split wood on board we yielded to the t emptation to venture a little wa y into the for es t. A squirre l crossed our path. We gave chase, and the frisky little animal led us o n till we found ourse l ves out of hearing of the bissi11g of the steam and the voices of the negroes at the woodpile. Suddenly a bell rang; th is w e knew to be the signal for the steamer's d e p arture, and \Ye re horrified t o uote how faint and far-oft th e sound Howeve r, shouting a t the top of our voic es we turneci back. Through brambles and briers, thorns a!ld thicke ts climbing over fallen log s aud splashing through marshy places, we scrambled and l eaped. Then we distinctl y heard the coughing of the steam and the da s h of the paddle whee ls. Tbe boat h a d The sounds grew more indistinct, and our heart s san k as we Leard them rapidly die away in the distance. We thought it would be a11 easy thing to find the river; yet our effo rts were utterly in vain. After a time, no rive r appeari11g we realized the fact that we were lost! An hour or two passed, and we be ca me se n sible of the paugs of hunger. We searched our pocke t s, and dis covered that one biscuit w as om entire stock of pro visions. This we divided and gloomily ate. An incident now occurred which showed that our posi t ion bad its positive dangers. A tall tree lay before us. Upon mounting the log, I espied coiled in many folds, with its rattle erect in the center, a huge rattlesuake. Just as I was about to leap down, my eye cau ght its villainous g l ance. Fortunately I knew enough of se r p ent-lo r e to r ecognize this formidable enemy, and with a shout and gesture prevented my companiou climbing th l og Nor were we a mom ent too soon. The creature ha evi de ntly observed u s, for, as we fled, we h eard b warning rattle, and mowentarily expecte d hiin to sprin over the log in pursui t. As th e sun drew we stward we busied ourselves wit picking out a tree suitable for camping purposes. I helped my companion to mount one which was thic and bushy, in the branches of which he soon lay I stayed belo1V to watch for a l as t chance. It seemed use le ss thing to do; yet, though hoars e with shoutin I on ce m ore lifted up my voice. \Vas it a faucy that there was a reply? vVe could nj be mistaken, for both of us heard a fa i nt, far-o respo nse. We wai t ed with intense anxiety the approach of tl stranger. At length a gun barrel emerged from a g reat bank rnshes, followed by a rough, hunter-looking man '' \:Vho are you?" h e as ked. I ''We came ashore from the Abe ille at the woodin station and have lost our wa y.". ''Whew!" he whistled, and rested on his gun; thej s canned us b oth narrowly, for by this time my conj pauion had :;lidJen down from his post among th branches. I '' Gness you had better come with me," he said; an shonldering his rifle h e turned a nd pushed his throug h the reeds. Soon we sa w through tbe branches the glitter of wate j and ca:-11e out u po n the banks of a river, smaller th that up which we bad passed in the steambo a t in ti. morning. Here, con cea l ed in the rushes, was a canoe, which 1 quickly latll1cbed, swinging the he a d .rouud to where were standing Without speaking, he motioned us to get into the fra cra ft, then followed h imse lf, laying down bis gun a taking up a paddle. With a few h e drov e t ca n oe out int o mid-channel.


THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. 29 Very soon the night fell and the fireflies darted among the bushes on the sho re. We now heard the barking of clogs, deep-toned and longcontinued. T e n minutes more and the canoe was laid alongside a shelving bank, some five or six feet high. Our b oatman, quickly leaping ashore, fast ened the ch a in of the canoe to a stump n ea r the water's edge, and bade us disembark. We followed our protector as b es t we could in spite of the growing darkness, till after traveling a few hundred yards, as far as one might judge iu s uch a blind journey, we halted befor e a dimly-visible Jog house. The man unfastened the door, whereupon t w o huge deerhounds leape d out, frisking and barking, and, in their canine fashion expressing the height of joy u p on the return of their master. Upon perceiving us they showed signs, lively and unp l easant, of and animosity, till they were roared down by the dee p voice of our coud uctor. A match was struck and a pine-kno t kindled. Heaping some dry wood upon the hearth, the hunter speedily had a blazing fire, whose ruddy glow show ed up distinctly the rough interior o f the house. One of the first acts of our protector was to unroll a bundle from the c orne r and spread upon tJ1e floor a buffalo rob e, upon which he bade me sit. From the blazing fire h e lit a rude lamp, which he hung from the roof. Then be produced bis iron pot, and sharpening bis knife, with the pot iu one hand and the knife in the other, went out into the darkness. He' soon returned with water from the ri ver in the p o t, and in bis hand a piece of deer's meat. The' pot was set upon the fire; the meat, cut into pieces and powdered with salt, put into it, and a handful of meal added, making a savory compound, which to us hungry boys seemed a delicious supper. The serving of the meal was primitive. There was but one plate in the establishment; this the owner relinquished to his visitors, after having heaped it with smoking food, himself feeding leisurely fr om the pot. We learned that our entertainer was an Englishman, who, in consequen c e of liberal views on poaching matters, had thought it more prudent to put the broad At-lantic between himse lf and his native vi llage. Here, deep in the backwoods, he lived a Robi n so n C1moe kind of life, mil es away from human habitation, supporting himself with his gun. During the c o urse of foe evening we had been con scious of a growing babel of sounds, which arose on all sides in the great dark outside world, and which deepeued in intensity as the night wdre on. Ever.y now and then a hoarse bellow, as of some mammoth bull that, slumbering, had been awakened by intolerable agony, came from thtt alligators tha t abouuded. in the surrounding swamp. We bad noticed that the door of the hut was a crazy concern, loos e ly hasped, and with an unfaste ned padlock on the outside. Inside, its only protection was a woo de n bar, which shot so smoothly in its grooves a s to suggest that a strong-snouted animal could easily nose the d oo r off its hinges. Upon communicating our fears to our host, we produced upon his grim visage the nearest approa' ch to a smile that. we had yet observed. He seemed entirely at his ease. He had strange tales, such as that one day he came home and found an old alligator asle e p on his hearth; h ow tha t rattlesnakes had frequently crept in through the interstices of the logs ; and how that alm ost every evening after dusk, at certain times of the year wolves prowled around. Then our protector informed tis that we must be stirring with the dawn. He would take us in his canoe a distance of ten miles, whence, by crossing a narrow tongue of land, we might reach a steamboat landing. With lively interes t we watched his preparations for the night. He t r ied the wooden bar placed across the doonny. The logs were put together on the hearth. He then bade us wrap ourse\yes as well as we could in o .ur buff alo robe; put out the clamp aud then lay full l ength on the floor, u ear the h eart h, and was soon fast asleep. \ Vearie d as I I could not s leep. The external noise s grew loude r and louder. The alligators waddled up and down the ac cli vi t y upon which the hou se stood. At oue time no f ewe r ti.Jan four of these ugly reptiles were prowling arounc;l our little sanctuary. :Meantime, our host bad fallen into the profoundest of slumbers, the audible proofs of which had in the m some obscure consolation, for I could not but reasou that a man who could sleep un de r such ci rcumsta nces, and sleep sq sou11dly, could not but be assured that there was no real ground for al a rm. S o the event proved. Con.fused thoughts of rattlesnakes, a lli ga tors, wolves, steamboats that devo11red, and, rattlesnakes that coughed and paddled, clouded my brain, tmtil I fell off into an uneasy slumber, gradually deepening into utter unconsci o usn ess When we a\\oke our host was standiug in the open d o orwa y, drying himse lf with a strip of canvas, af ter his matutinal wash in the river. He bad put a ca n of water over the fire, aud, bruising some coffe e berries between two stones, he made us a not uqacc ep tabl e beverage. Biscuirs, coffee-without either sugar or milk-and the considerate relics in the iron pot from his last night's supper, made our breakfast. vVe were soon on board the canoe, and were rapidly drifting down stream. The distance was quickly accom plished, and connection with civilization rapidly made; but I shall never forget that night spent among the gators. EXCI-IANGE COLUMN. ( No t ice.-This column is free to all our readets, but we cannot be responsibl e for trausactions made through it. All offers must be strictly exchange offers, and no "for sale" advertise men ts, or exchanges of explosives, or worthless articles will be printed. Address all communications for this column to "Ex change Column.") L es lie Engdohl, of Colvert, Texas, wishes to exchange 1,000 tobacco tags for novels or songs. John Br enner, 334 S. Pearl St., Albany, N. Y., will exchange Bffalo Bill stories from I to 30, and Diamond Dick, Jr., 264 to 269, for Wbitely exerciser or best offer. I


30 THE JESSE Jl\MES STORIES. THE PRIZE WINNERS. Boxing Contest Now I Running ,i The Editor of the JESSE JAMES WEEKLY takes great plei3..sure in announcing the winners in the recent contest. The enormous number of articles sent in has made it harder than in any previous contest to decide on the ones having the most merit, but the judges have successfully picked the winner s out of over 5000 contest anfs, al though it was a nip and tuck race between many of the young writers. The winners of the first prizes, who are each awarded a; first-class Camera, are : Malcolm D Reed, 3 8 H arrison St. Leominster, Mass George Nordlin, 401 St. Peter St., S t Paul, Minn. The winne r s of the second prizes, who a r e eaeh awarded a "Sterling" Magic Lantern Outfit, are: Raymond G o o k sey, 7938 Lowe Ave., Ch icago, Ill. Cha rl e s Pitzold, East Boston, M a ss Roy L. T ow nsend, Freeport, M e. Arthur R. Jones Que n e m o, Kan. G r een, B ow li n g G reen Ky. The winners of the third prizes, who are each award e d a handsome Pea rl-handled Pen knife, are: V T. Levy, Pittsburg, Pa. W i lliam E. Doe rsein, Buffa l o N Y. Will ia m M. Carter, Brookl y n N Y. J ose p h Steinbe r g, Alba n y, N. Y. Leon L Frame, Milwaukee, Wis. The winners of t he fourth p rizes, who a1'e each a w ard e d a set of the Lates t Puzzles, are: W illiam Kerr, Jr., Irwin, Pa. M il es Burns Westfie l d Mass. John Bre n ner, A lban y N. Y. Donald Wils o n Bradford, Pa. 11'.Iorris Ross o n Lincoln Hotel Washington, D C. James Jcrpi e Pittsburg, Pa. Garry Pearson, M exico, Mo. S. F. Luterick, 700 Washington St., A llegh any, P a E

I /, JESSE JAME S STORIES. .. (LARGE SIZE.) The Best Stories Publi shed of th e Famo us Western I-Jess e J a m es, the Outla w A Narrati v e of the J ames B oys 2-J es se J a m es' or, The B order C y cl o n e 3-Jess e J a m es' Dare-Devil Dance; or, Betraye d b y One o f Them. 4-J ess e J a m es' Black Agents; or, THe W ild R a id o n B ullion City 5-Jesse J a m es Oath; o r, Tracke d to Death. 6--J e s s e J ames i n Wyoming; or, T h e D e n in t h e B lac k Hills. 7-Jess e James Rube Burrows & C o g_: J esseJ a m e s D a r i n g D eed; o r The Raid o n the Pine Ridge Jail. 9-J Jam es a t the Throt't le ; o r The Hold-Up a t Dea d Man s Ditch. lo-Je s s e James D ouble; or, The Man from M i sso uri. I 1-Jesse" J a mes_ Among _the Moonshiners; or, The Trai n R o bb ers' Trail in Kentucky. 1 2 -Jess e J a m e s Cl os e Call; or, The Outlaw' s L a s t R ally in S outhern Wyoming 13-Jess e James in Chi c a g o ; or, The Bandit King's Bol d Play 14J e s s e J ames in New Orleans; o r The Man in the B l ack Dom i no 15 J esse J ames' S i g n a l Code; o r T h e Outlaw G a ng's Desper ate Strate g y. 16 -Jess e J ames o n the Mi ss is s ippi; or, The Duel a t Mi dni g ht. 17-Jess e J a m es' Cave; o r, The Sec r e t of the D ead. 18-The J ames Boys in S t Lo' ui s ; or, The Mysteri es o f a G r ea t C ity. 19-Jesse J a m es at Bay; o r The Train Robbe r s Trail. 20-J es s e J a m es in Disguise; o r T h e M i ssouri Outlaw as a Showma n. 21-Jesse James' Feu d with the E l kins Gang; o r The 'Band it's Revenge +2J esse James' Chase Througi1 Tennessee ; or, ,Tracked by Bloo dh o u n d s 23Jesse Jam es I n Deadwood; o r T h e G host of S hadow Gulch 24-J e sse Jam es' Deal in D e ad Valley; or, A t O dds of Fifty to One. 25-Jesse J a m es on the T rai l for Re'venge; o r T he Outlaw's Oath. 26-Jesse Jam es' K i dnap in g Plot; o r T h e Massac re a t \ i\Tel do n 's. 2 7-J esse James Among the Mormons; o r, Condemned t o Death b y the S a ints. 28_:._ Jesse James' Captu re a n d Escape; or, O n twittin g the Pancake D iggings P osse. 29-Jesse James' Hun t to Death; or, The Fate o f the Outlaw Vasqu ez. 30-Jesse James' Escape From C h e yenne; o r In League wit h the \ i Vyom ing Regulators 31-Jesse James' Rich P r ize; or, The Battle at t he Ok! Stone House. 32-Jesse James a n d H i s Ally. Pol k Wells; o r. AnErrancj o f Life o r Death. 33-Jesse Jam es in New Yor k ; o r T h e M i ssi n g M illi o n all'e 34-Jesse James' Deal i n S:icramcnto; o r Holdin g U p t h e Overl an d Expr e ss. 35-Jesse James.Against the Recor d : or, Seven Hold-Ups in a week. 3 6 -J esse James and the W ood forcl Raid; o r The Ne r vy Bandi t Hard Pt1 sh e d 3 7 J esse James' Nar ro w es t E scape; o r C h ase d by a D e sperate Band. 38-Jesse Jam es and the Black Valise; or, Robber Against l}obber. All of the a b ove n u ml:ers a lways on h an d. If yo u c annot g et them fr o m you.r newsdea l e five cen t s a copy will bring them to you by m ail postpaid. STR[H & SMITH P ubl ishers, 238 Willia m St r e et, N e w Yor k


7 5 Solid Gold Watches 1 GIVEN AWAY .. Not Gold Filled Watches Not Gold Plated Watches BUT ABSOLUTELY Solid Gold Watches WARRANTED UNITED STATES ASSAY ; FULL PARTICULAR IN NUMBER 20. BOYS OF AMERICA. Now Running in ''Boys of America'' .fl Corking, Up=io=Date Story FRANK MERRIWELL The Fa:rnous Yale Athlete. Entitled .. The All=Star Athletic Club; OR. The Boys Who Cottldn't Be Downed NO BOY CAN AFFORD TO MISS THIS FASCINATING STORY. The wonderful. record of the All-ta1 Athletic Club, their bitter rivals, their battles on the ice, in the gymnasium., on the snow, in the rink, the plots of their ene:rnies, etc., etc., are just a few of the features of this reina.rliable story, throbbing w"ith enthusiasm and excitement. Don't Illiss No. 20, BOYS OF AMERICA, coniaining the opening installtnent of this great story


CONTENTS The Physkal Man. The Muscles and Muscle Building. The Lungs and the Science 9f Breathing. Indoor Exercises and Home Gymnastics. Eating and Drinking for Health. Diet Cures and Anti-Drug Remedies. The Value of Baths and Massage. How to Dress for Health and Beautv. Walking and Running. Swimming and Bicycling : $ ::.::::: Physical [, Health I C ; A Popular Manual of Bodily Exercises and lfome Oym nastics for Male and Female. BY I l>r l PROP. POURMEN I All Newsdealers, 10 cents If sent by mail, 3 cents additional for postage. Street & Smith PUBLISHERS 238 William New York THE book is regulation size, pro fusely illustrated by full-page photo-engravings, showing the different exercises by male and fe male models posed especially for this work. Exercises and home gymnastics will do more for beauty of face, form and good health than all medicine ever invented. Read list ef contents.


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