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The James boys' steamboat, or, The river cruise of the bandit brothers
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Jesse James Stories
Lawson, W. B.
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. A WEEKLY PfALINGWITH Df TECTION Of CRIME -issued Weekly. By Subscription $2-$0 per year. Entered as SetXJnd Class Matter at New York Post Office by STREET & SMITH, 238 William St . N .Y. N o.48. Price, Five Cents "EA.CK TO YOUR KENNELS, EVERY OUR OF YOU," CALLl>D JEi:iSE JAMES, 'OR I'LL SMASH YOUR TOWN."


-A WceKLY DfALlftG WITH' DETECTIOH Qf CRIME "' fssued Weelt/y. By Sub scription .t2.50 per year. EHt ered as Second Class Matte r a t tke N. Y Post Office by STREET & SMITH, zy8 W11/iaf!J St.,]',' Y Entere d according-to Act of Cong-ress in tlieyar I()02, in tlie Offict oftlie Librarian oj C ongress 1-Vasllingt o n, D C No. 48. NEW YORK, April 5, 1902. Price Five Cents. THE JAMES BOYS' STEAMBOAT; OR, The River Cruise of the Bandit Brothers. By W. B. LAWSON. CHAPTER I. THE MASKED U NKNOWN. It was a startling proposal and thrilled the vast crowd to the heart-an unknown man had stepped to the front and volunteered to take the place of Kilrain, who had been drugged on the eve of hi s great fight with the far-famed Maloney. The audience w a s wild with excitement at the dar ingoffer of the unknown. There was to be a fight after all and one to which zest was given b y the fact that no one c o uld 'cell who or what the stranger might be. That was the thrilling charm of the situation. The suspense of the moment was trying on the strongest nerves. The big amphitheatre which had been constructed especially for the Maloney-Kilrain fight began to fill up early in the afternoon, although the fight was not to commence until after riine o'clock. (I Men were there from every State in the Union, who had come, some of them, thousands of miles to see the big fight. All clas s es of people were in the crowd gathered about the rin g : Bank presidents, lawyers and brokers, card sharpers, border ruffians and crooks of every d e scripti o n At seven o clock the big inclosure was packed to its utmost capacity. Every seat was filled and thousand s of standing spectators filled the aisles and the space behind the seats. A preliminary bout between two local lightweight boxers was on the programme, but the crowd care1d little for that. The boxers appeared, the lights over the ring were lit up and they commer:ced their bout; but little attention was paid to them. Everybody about t1'. e


2 THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. r ing s id e w a s thinking. Q f t he big fight that wa s to follow . .. "Ei ght to ten on Maloney!" shout ed a burly man, with a r eel \vaistcoat, in one hand a bunch of greenbacks I'll cove r a thousand b f your "money," said a slim stranger, with a confident a ir. D one!" shouted the big man. ''I'll take another thom:and o that there gree n pard," sa id a lanky b orderman, draw ing a w ell-fille d wallet from hi s pocke t "Doi 1 t yer do it, Tom," sa id b orderman, la ying hi s hand o n the shoulder of the fir st. He spoke t o him for a few moments in an undertone. 'I'll back water on that 'ere bet, stranger," s aid Tom. "My friend here tell s me that Tom Kil rain has been drugged. I a in t goin' to bet my good money on a fighter with dope in him "Two to o n e o n Jvlalo n e y bell o w e d the bi g m an. Bu t he found few people who w ere willin g to bet with them. Somehow, th e rumor was circul ated in the crowd that Kilrain had b een drugged. The odds in betting c h a :1ged rapidly. From t e n t o e i ght o n Maloney they fell s te a d i l y until scarce l y an y one co uld b e found to take the s m all encl of the purse. The prel i min a r y bout was n o w ov er. The great throng in the amphitheatre had assembled to see the:: fight betw een Kilrain and Maloney. N o \ v it looked as if they had been tricked. If Kil rain had been drugged ho w could he be expected to fight? Angry murmurs began to come from ail parts of th e big building wa s past the time sc heduled for the big bout. T he throng was impatient. ,Now the building was filled with a storm of hisses. N ow it was shaken with the thunder of thousands o f stamping feet. \Ve ve been s kinned out of our money yelled a middle -aged man near the ringside. "It's a robbery Smash the seats! Lynch the manager!" came from a score of voices at 011ce. The hubbub was terrible. The cordon of blue-coated policemen gathered abou.t the twenty-four-foot ring rose to theiifeet and grasped their clubs firmly. Sonte of them felt nervously at their hip pockets to see if their revolvers were in place. They expected that th ere \\r ould be plent y of work for them to do. Suddenly when the cl. in wa s at its highest a man climbed into the ring." After a few moments he succeeded in makirig hims eli heard above the racket. "From some unknown reason," he shouted, Kii rain is ill and cannot fig ht this evening. It looks as if he had been poisoned. We are doing all we can to find out who poisoned him \ V e have also taken care that y o u s hall s ee the fight for which you paid to night. ''A\ t r an ger who appeared here suddenly has volunteered to take Kilrain's place. He refuses to say who h e is, although h e says that he i s well known here. He w ears a m as k and refu s es to set it aside when he enters the ring. vVhether he i s a match for Maloney or not you m a y judge for yourselves.'1 A s the speaker concluded a broad-shouldered man, enveloped in a long cioak, entered the ring, followed b y se veral seconds, and took hi s seat in t!1e chair in o ne corner. The upper part o f hi s fa c e w as effectu a lly conceal e d b y a black mask. Beyond the fac t that he \ v as cle ans ha ven,_ and that his hair was crop ped closely, after the manner of prize fighters, little be di scovered about hi s appearance. \ V h o was h e ? That w as the question uttered by thous and s of lips that 1iig ht. If there was anybody in the enclosure wl1 o c o uld ans wer it he. re' mained silent. A moment later the gigantic Maloney entered the ring, followed by his s econds. There was a tremendous burs t of applause a s the fighters threw off tf1eir outer garments and stood up stripped for action, \\ hile the g ]o y e s w e re exa mined and adjusted on their hands As they stood for a moment recei ving the instruc tions of the referee they afforded a good chance for the spectators to compa r e the ir ph ys ical characteri s tic s Maloney bulky and mus cular towered se v eral inches over the head of the masked unknown. The stranger, however, looked to be a dangerous opponent. Though not as heavy as Maloney he was nearl y a s broad. His muscle s were well laid and he appeared to be as quick i11 hi s 1110 \ ements as a c at.'


THE JESSE JAMES STORIES.. 3 His mouth and chin-the only part of his fac(! left 1' unco vered-wore an expression of bulldog deter mination. CHAPTER II. THE UNKNOWN UNMASKED. Before another blow was struck the bell rang, and the fighters resumed their seats in opposite corners of the ring. He looked as though he did not lack fo.r sand. "The big fellow will eat him up said a gayly-at tired city sport, who had journeyed all the way across the continent from New Yark to see the big fight. "Wait, m y son said an old ranger, "that thar stranger with the mask is a hefty-lookin' critter." But now the bell rang. The t w o fighters stood face to face. Maloney came forward confidently to the position of a trained boxer. The masked unknown slouched forward, in a crouching position. His movements were like those of a panther about to spring. "Crack!" Like a flash he had darted at Malone y striking with left and right. The big man' s fist s shot out like lightning. There was a moment of in fighting so rapid that the e y e could not follow the blows Then the men were locked in a cli n ch When the referee parted them there were t w : o red spots on Maloney' s ribs that s how e d where the stranger had landed. the big man seemed a little shaken up. He kept a respectable distanc e from the unknown. It to be h i s intention t o take every advantage of h is im mense reach and wear out his smaller opponent with long left-h a nd jab s The unknown still maintained his crouching posi tion He continually moved toward the bigger man, who jabbing at him with his left, moved back to avoid him In a moment Maloney had backed into a corner. The unknow n sprang forward paying no attention to the bl o ws with which the other man tried to stop him. He swung heavily with left and right. If either blow had landed on Maloney's Jaw it would have been a knockout. But the big man was a clever boxer. He slipped to one side, and the blows landed on his side and shoulder. A moment later he was in the middle of the ring, the unknown following him up as closely as ever. The crowd which had been held quiet by the great nervous tension broke into a deafening roar of ap plause that fairly shook the building. This stranger who had taken Kilrain s place to fight for the twenty-thousand-dollar purse was a good man. He was aggressive, as strong as a bull and as quick as a cat. It looked as though Maloney had met his match and the spectators roared with deli g ht. Again the fighters faced each other. Their tactics were the same as before. The stranger crouched forward alwa y s on the agg ressive, while Maloney moved away from him, striking at him at long range. These blow s which would hav e crushed an nary man to the ground, seemed unnoticed by the unknown Sometimes he brushed them aside and sometimes he re c eived them on his arms or sho ul clers Again the unknown ru shed with a vicious left sw ing. Malone y ducked it, but ran into a right-hand up per cut that rocked his head back. H e s taggered. To avoid falling he clinched with his smaller c;?P ponent and tried to beat him to the ground with his great wei g ht. The referee rus hed in to separate the men while the crowd went wild with excitement. Never had any one present seen a fight to equal this. On the breakaway Maloney landed a straight right that shook up the stranger considerably. For a moment he hesitated Then he rushed again, head down. His left and right struck the big man' s ribs and made him stagger. The unknown was following him closely. Again he ru.shed. This time he ran into a straigh: left, backed up by all the weight of Maloney s im mense frame. The blow landed on his cheek bone.


4 THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. The unknown staggered back. A tiny stream of hlood appeared beneath the black mask. The uproar was so tremendcms that the fighters did not hear the gong. It was not until their seconds entered the ring and dragged them to their corners that they realized that the round was over. The sympathy of the spectators was all with the stranger -the smaller man, although many had backed Maloney to win with every cent they possessed. "It seems to me that figure's familiar to me," said an old rancher as he removed his cow hat to wipe the perspiration from his brow. "I' cl like ter see his mask raised,'' said his companion; "he' s a good man whoever he is. He's gain' ter get licked though. Maloney's too heavy fer hin1." "Is he gain' to get licked!" yelled the rancher, waving his in the air. "Great snakes! Look at that." 'I;he unknown had rushed from his corner at the sound of the gong like a whirlwind. All his vitality had evidently come back to him and he rushed at his opponent with indescribable fury. Malone y was a clever boxer, and blocked and ducked a great many of the blows, but the strength and speed of the stranger were wonderful. Regarding a shower of blows no more than so many flakes of snow, he rushed under the big man's guard. The movements of the men were so quick as to be wiider the spectator. Now they struck furiously at each other, now they swung from side to side as they strained in a clinch. \iVhen the bell rang the perspiration poured from both men in torrents. A stream of blood still found its way beneath the black mask. The unknown, however, refused to allow the mask to be lifted for a moment. A second who tried to lift it in order to clean the wound beJ.ow it received a blow on the arm that left a bruise there for weeks. I Again the gong rang and again the fighters faced each other. Maloney was clearly nervous about getting within range of the crouching black-masked figure before him -The unknown still maintained his aggressive tactics. Another rush and Maloney was flung against the ropes, bleeding from a wound on the lips. Back he sprang at his antagonist. His right and left shot out with the velocity of cannon balls. But the unknown was out of reach, and they struck only the air. Again Maloney led. He landed on the stranger. The unknown rushed forward. This time the big man ducked under his swinging arms and planted a vi. cious right on his ribs as he made his escape from the corner into which he had been driven. His blow evidently weakened the unknown. His limbs trembled visibly as he again moved to \Yard his opponent. J\laloney, judging the distance perfectly, sent out a lefr and right. They both landed full on the stranger's head. He for a moment and. then fell to his knees. It looked as though the fight were over. The din in the enclosure was deafening, it increased in volume as the unknown rose to his feet agam. He gathered his strength together for one last ef fort and launched him s elf at his opponent. "Crack!" His left landeq full on Maloney' s mouth. The big fellow's head rocked back. He staggered and was clinging to the ropes as the gong rang. "It's anybody's fight now," said one of two detec who sat by the ringside. "Yes, and that man puzzles me," said the other. "His face is to me. I can't place it yet. It gives me an unpleasant feeling. I wish I could unmask him." I'll try it when the fighfs over," said the other. "But look, they are starting again." The unknown came out of his corner with his old crouching position. l\tfa.loney wore a look of rage in his face. He rushed forward, swinging wit. h his kft. The stranger slipped beneath it ahcl planted his idt stra:ight in the big man's wind. The fight was over. lVJaloney toppled to the ground, trxing in vain to rise as the referee counted him out. Meanwhile the unknown had slipped into a dark


THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. coat and trousers, an

6 THE JESSE JAMES STORIESo "But we must be off, for that noisy row over yonder may end sooner than we look for, and it is now nearly nine o'clock." This conversation between the leader of the horse men on shore and the man in t11e darkened pilot house of the mysterious steam!:>oat had been carried 011 in low tones. But there was no one near to listen, save those who had come down on the boat. Now the horsemen rode away and directly to the town. At one of the buildings, larger than the others and standing apart, tpey halted, and three dismounted. Two of them; one the leader, said: "You have gone over the field, so know your work, and I will go and do my share of the plot. "The house is half-a-mile away on the hill, and it may take me an hour; but, if I am delayed and all goes right with you and over in the prize ring, why, pull out and land for me at Walnut Point, six miles down the river-for I'I1 be there, and my game with ine. ''I'll do it, and I've an idea all will go well with all of us." "If daring and iron nerve count for anything, there will be no failure," and the leader rode away, fol lowed by the man who had remained mounted with him. It was to the town tavern they went, seeing no one on the way through the deserted streets. A call bring-ing no one out, the leader dismounted, opened the door and entered. The prizefight had drawn all away, save a negro who was asleep on the floor. The leader, in the light of the two lamps in the office, was shown to be a man of fine athletic form, dressed in corduroy pants stuck in topboots, a velvet sackcoat, ne glige white shirt and black slouch hat. His face was an attractive one-stern, daring and expressive-while his eyes were full of power, and; in rest, had a hunted look, but, when excited, burned with intense feeling. A gentleman rancher he looked, or he might have been taken for an army officer. "Ho, Sambo where is the landlord?" he asked, giving the negr,, no light touch with his boot to arouse him. "Lordy but I was dreamin' ob de debble !" cried the black, quickly rising to his feet, with a scared look. "'vVell, your dream is true, for I am t11e devil, and you must do what I wish, and quickly, if you want a gold piece redhot from hell's mint. "If you don't, you go back with me." "What does Marse Debbil want?" asked the in an awed whisper. "I want a rig to drive up to the home of Judge Chase, and quickly." "Yes, sah; if de boss were here; he--" "Where is he?" Ober at de prizefight, sah-an' Y ha.r I wishes I were." "Well, you act for him, and get me out your best rig, for--" ''I'll go for the boss, sah--" "I have not time to wait, so do as I tell you." "Indeed, sah, I jist can't, fer--" "Indeed, you jist can, for, if you don't, there will be a nigger funeral in this town. "Here, take your money and out 'vith that team, or this bullet ends your life!" He had switched out from under his coat as he spoke a revolver, and the negro hesitated no longer, but led the way to the stables. "I will drive myself, and be back within half-an hour, so come over to the landing for the team," and away went the man, followed by his comrade leading his horse, and leaving the negro gazing after him and muttering: "I wonder ef I did jist right? "Waal, I guesses I did, wid dat resolver a-coaxin' me so arnest ter do as I done." CHAPTER IV. JESSE JAMES A't BAY. There was a big price upon his head, dead or alive. No man knew it better than did Jesse Jam es. It had been tried for time and again, but to the fatal ending of the one who tried it on, rather than to the man the law was willing to pay so much to get possession of. Jesse James was carrying out a plan-a plot his daring brain had originated and which he had the desperate nerve to venture to put through against all


THE JESSE Jt\MES STORIES. 7 odds, and with the risks double what the others had to face. The two men who had sprung forward, weapons in hand, to head_ him off had been like bloodhounds on his track. They thought that they had him foul without his guns, and made the rush to capture or kill him then and ther e Afte1 hi s d es p erate fight wi t h the giant Malorl.ey he certa inl y mus t be worn clo wn bodil y and men tally, and would be easy game. Their weapons we r e co'Cked and covering him, to pull trigger if he ,did not throw pp his hands at their command. They were mi staken in their man-that was all. But their mi stake co s t them their live s Jess e J arne s was armed, and he was lightning 9n the draw and trigger. He fired a sh o t fr o m each revolver" each e y e s e eming t o cover hi s man with the sight of the re v ol v er. That act opened a way for the desperate, but cool, m a n It cut what mi ght be calle d a wide swath through t he center of the crowd." w i t h a bound. Jess e James h a d r e a ched the outer door. The n guns w oulcl hav e rattle d 1,1erril y, but forthe fact t h a t the hunted man turne d at bay. He fa ced the o nc o min g mass of humanity, many o f \vh o m wanted hi s life and \vanted it bad, and more o f whom would like to v e t the r e w a rd. A t bay, the c r o w d surged back qui c kl y tumult uous l y He was n o t o n e t p fir e upon a r etreating fo e S ome in the r ear fired their weap ons-but into the air, not at the man. They merely w i shed to chip in their s h a re o f noi s e t o s h o w that th ey had bee n in H1e fr a y. B u t wit h a s id elong movem ent from th e outer door Jess e James \\ -as in the darkness He stood for a few seconds he s itating, like a hunted stag. Bu t hesitat i o n there m eant dea th and hi s mind wa s made up. He bounded a long in the deeper shadows of the vast building, the n across to some timber and next toward the town landing. But the wild mob were now out and on the hur1t for him. A nd more, many who had already left the ring in groups were on foeir way back into the center of the t own. Upon a group of these men Jesse James happened. They h a d h alted, listening to the wild cries of the mob: "The masked unknown was Jess e James!" "Catch the outlaw!" Kill him!" "String him up!" "No 1-iJercy to Jess e James "Shoot him clo wn a s you would a m a d d og!" It was dark, and, as has been said the night was stormy. But the h alte d group o f men stood looking back toward s till brightly-lighted building and the surging mob. They sa w a form b ound from a th ic k e t into the roadway. The form was them and the lighted-up building. f He was revealed cfistinctl y ; he was running, and from the buildin g It mus t b e the fugitiv e the mob hunted. It could b e no other than Jess e J ames the man with a price upo n hi s head, a nd a bi g one. It was a price big en o u g h for a poor man to ri s k life for. Instantly the score o f vo i ces shoute d : James! " Kill him!" c a m e the next cry. To acid to .their courage, several voic es shouted: "Here he i s A 'wil d shout fr o m the m o b and then came the rushing of m a n y fee t. But several shots had bee n fired full a t the crowd. They found their. targets too. D ead and d y in g men were there, and that fact created a di ve r s ion in fa vor o f the hunted man. E a c h of the score of mee sought to dodg e death. S h o t s were :fired rapidly. But they were fired at random. The ha11ds that held the revolvers were trembling; they lacked the nerv e. The.fugitive had an iron nerve. It had not deserted him in time of sorest need. He might be an outla w accused of crimes untold, a man hunted a s a wild beas t might be; but he was bra v e bold t o desperati o n cool a s an icicle with


8 THE JESSE Ji\.MES STORIES. death staring him in both eyes death skulking at both elbows, and a mob with a rope to hang him at his back. He did not lo s e his nerves of steel but shot to kill, planned to escape, plotted to give the slip to his foe s -one man against a thousand. Right where he had left the thicket was a ditch, into which he dropped just as be had fired It was but three feet deep. That was drop enough for him. He crawled back to the thicket along the bottom of the ditch. He sprang up into the s hadows of the timber, and his eyes, glowing like coals of fire, seemed to light his way as he bounded along through the darkness, thrusting cartridges into the empty chambers of hi:; revolver as he ran. He was still fr e e He was y et unhurt. ... He was ready t o again turn at bay and fight it out to a finish. CHAPTER V. TFIE MIDNIGHT MARA U DERS. \i\Thil e the scene jus t related was taking place, in all its wild ti.ll"moil and fight for life, the three horsemen who had halted in the rear of a large building in the almost deserted town, had set to work with 2 will to accomplish the task that had brought them there in the darkness and storm. The nfan who had left them, their seeming leader, and had g oi'le to the tavern, soon after passed them, yet saw no sign of them, nothing to indicate that they were engaged in lawle ss work in the shadows of the building, over the front d oor of which w as a sign that read: A SKINNER & CO., BANK. "He knows his business," muttered the leader, as he pas se d in the open wagon, his comrade follm ving and leading his horse. "He was wise to take cover >vhen he heard the wheels, for he did not know who was coming," he continued, as he drove on to the home of Judge Chase, the place he had selected as the objective point for his blow to fall. When the rumble of the wheels had died away there was heard a whistle a glare was visible within the bank, and two forms appeared there, as shadowy as ghosts in the uncertain light. \i\Tithout a man paced to and fro, doing sentinei duty, while the real watchman of the bank had been tempted to desert his post and go to the scene of the prizefi g ht. He could not believe how any one with good sense would prefer to rob a bank than go to see the Kilrain-Maloney prizefight upon which hung twenty thousand dollars in good money. H ad the watchma n stuck to his post, and sought to do his duty in defending the treasure, his life would doubtless have been sacrificed. The men wit hin the bank did "know their busi ness," for they had entered the doors without trouble, at least. They were experts in such work. Then they had begun the heavier task of crackirig the safe, for that was what they were there They set a drill to work, and, having come as well prepared as thoug h to open the safe at the requ st, 9 the cashier, they had each and every implement 'and article n eeded in their wicked work. They were cool about it, too, devilishly cool, depending wholly for their protection upon their senti nel without, w h os e various signals meant much, told them just what to do, just when to put out their light, or to stop noi s y work. with two such e xperts, the work did not take long; or, that is, an hour of time was do it all in readiness for the supreme act-the open of the massive door in its case of iron, stone and brick. A signal was then given by the two workmen to the watchman. It was three sharp whistles. It mean three words: "We arc ready." An answering signal came from the watchman. It was but one whistie. Upon it th ey did not act. It meant: "Hold!" They waited a full minute. To those two men that minute must haYe seemed an hour. But they showed no impatience while waiting. They merely go. t their weapons in a more handy position. And they also got two stout. bags ready for u se


THE JESSE JAMES STORIESo 9 They had come well prepared for the midnight outing. To get the boodle by quiet methods, if possible; but to get it by foul means if necessary. To escape without bloodshed, if possible; but to escape red-handed, if necessary to protect their own li\'eS. The long minute passed away at last. Then came the signal from their watchman with-out. It was three sharp whistles. This signal read three words. They were: "Let her go !" The two men within the bank understood it well. I They moved, from before the safe. They sought a sheltered spot. The match had been applied. A sound like a hissing, angry snake, a flash of fire, am a dull sound, a thud, a report like a muffled gun, a crash, all in one. 1h.'he two men appeared the safe. But they waited. They wanted to hear a signal. They got it. Two sharp whistles came, that read: "All right!" The dark-lantern flashed upon the broken safe, for th e rnassivct door had fallen out of its socke .t. One of the men sprang within the six by ten vault. The work had been well done. The flashing lantern, like the devil's eye, revealed the piled-up bundles of money, the bags of gold and silver and bonds. The latter they did not want. The silver was bulky, and was too hard to carry. The paper money and the gold they did want. A slit was made in each bag to see if the contents were yellow or white. Quickly the two stout ba g s along received contents se lected for the taking along. They were throwri. over the backs of the two men, who made their w a y out of the building, met their pal, who handed the bags up to them after they had mounted. Then he, too, leaped into his saddle. "A clean haul, said one of the safe-cra1.:kers "Good! .boodle there?" "Yes, and, as old Skinner robbed others of it, he cannot complain; but they are raising the devil over at the ring." "Have been for some time, and I guess it' s going our way," said the watchman. "Of course it is-all is!" "Seen Captaii1 Frank pass back yet?" "No; but 1-ie won't miss." "Not if he finds the target to shoot at. "But he must win out, for we have, and the chief over yonder will do so." "You bet; but hark!" A shot, and another following quickly, had been heard over at the prize ring. "There is trouble there!" "Yes, I guess the chief's been cornered." Come, we must push for the boat, and get rid of this stuff; then we can help him." "Yes, for there is no danger here; the town is like a graveyard." "And Captain Frank?" "\Ve canpot desert him. Come, for there is trouble there, and the chief is getting in his fine work," and the three horsemen dashed through the deserted streets directly toward the river landing. There was visible, like a beacon, a light gleaming from the pilothouse of the my sterious steamboat. The pilot had set it a s a glimmer of h o pe, a guide to safety to the shore. The midnight plot was working weJl.-lawlessne s s against law. CHAPTER VI. 'l'HE KIDNAPER. The leader of these midnight marauders ashore, or apparently the one who guided their actions, had gone owbis way t6 the home of Judge Chase, upon the hill beyond the tpwn. 'fhe judge was the "big man" of that community. He sat in honor on the bench, was the terror of all evildoers had sent hundreds of men to dwell behind iron bars, and scores to the gallows. He had been the one to put forth the edict against Jesse Jam es and his daring band, making them outlaws. He had also influenced the raising of a large sum to put upon the head of Jesse James, dead or alive, and he had himself subscribed one thousand dollars of the liberal reward thus raised.


/ 10 THE J ESSE JAMES iORIES. The judge \Vas a very rich man, apd, in addition to at a glance, while his manners were courtly, as he his legal duties, he had many irons in the fire" in a bowed and said: busine s s way. ''Pardon me for disturbing you, Miss Chase but I H e owned much real e state in c itie s \vhere it was ju s t arrived in a steamer, and your father me valuable he had interes ts in mines, stores and cot-to call and request that vou at once go to the city, to ton ranches and he held a power that enabled him hi s hotel as your mothei--" to d o pretty much a s he plea s ed, adjourning court at M y stepmother, sir; but is Mrs. Chase ill? hi s pleasure, and sentence the guilty with his own N o t seriously; but your father has to go Eas t, o pinion alone to consult. and wis hes you to go to the city and remain with His particular h o bby was his home, and he had. your mo-I mean Mrs Cha se-until his return. made of it an Eden in a wilderness. As I hat! bus ines s in your town. he asked me to He had built a hands ome mansion furni s hed it ex-deliver the me ssage." travagantly, had city servants to cater to hi s wants, "Yon are very kind s ir ; but when does the boat a nd hi s s table s wer e filled with fine horses and ve-return ? hicl es. At the time of the arrival of th e mysterious steamboat at the landing of the town, on the night of t he much-advertised Kilrain-Maloney prizefight, the judge wa s away from home. He had been called a week before to the city and he had taken his wife with him, as she was something of an invalid. Cherrie Chase, the pretty daughter of the judge, then in her nineteenth year, had been left at home, with the dozen servants it took to run the liouse hold. A girl reared on the border, bright, handsome and fond of outdoor life a nd sports, Cherrie knew no S1.lch word as fear. She rode as well a s a cowboy, shot to dead center with rifle or revolver, could lasso a steer, and was as popular as her father was feared and her stepmother was unpopular, for Mrs. Chase wa s the judge' s s ec ond wife had been his housekeeper, and wa s wont tc;i put on airs with all who were not rich city folks. Miss Cheri ; ie Chase was seated in the parlor, singing at the piano, when her mother's maid announced a visitor for the butler and all of the other male servants had gone to see the great prizefight. "vVho is he, Clara?" asked the young lady. "He said his name was James Franklin, miss; but that don t tell much; only he s mighty good-Iookin'.' "Some one to see my father, doubtless; but ask him to come in." Clara obeyed, and the one who entered the parlor was the horsema n who had so easily persuaded the porter of the tavern to let him have a team to go up to the home of Judge Cl'.ase. He was a striking-looking individual, saw ''The captain told me that. he would await your conirng if you would not delay bng." 'It is a bad night, and l really believe that ther; i s not a male seryant on t he place to get a carriage read y for me :Mr.-1\ilr.--" "James Frankl in. Niiss Chase, s aid the and he added: ''I got a rig at the hotel in which I drove up here, Miss Cha se, and if yotnvill accept bf my e scott I will take y on back to the boat.'' "You are very kind Mr. Franklin, and I will accept the courtes y you offer .if you will allow me to detain you for perhaps half-an-hour Certainly miss .'' -\nd I'll have the hou sekeeper prepare you some supper, and n1y decanters are well s upplied," a nd Cherrie Chas e S\vept from the room, and the visitor heard her call the housekeeper. Seating himself the piano, his face a s calm as a :\!Jay morning, and wholly undisturbed by the dang er of delay and the s u spens e lie m u s t suffer, the v isitor ran his fingers o ver the keys with a ma ster touch He pla y ed s oftl y a11d drifted from an in strumental pi e ce into a sweet melody which he s ang in a voice at whi c h Cherrie Ch as e in her preparations up s tairs, pa\1se d to listen. Then the housekeeper appeared a nd a s ked him to walk into the dining-room. He found there a tempting cold supper, a bottle of wine, and some hot coffee and enjo y ed the meal gre atly As he finished it Mis s Chase appeared, the maid carrying a satchel, and the young lady said: I


THE JAMES STORIES. 11 "My trunk will follow by exf>ress, Mr. Franklin, so I am ready, if you are." "I have much enjoyed my supper, miss, thanks to your hospitality, and you are just on time, for the half-hour is just up." "Ah! one of my men has returned, I see, and--" "No; it is a man who came with me as a guide, and to hold my horse. --Let me aid you," and, as readily as thoug h she had been a child, he placed her in the Yehicle. "You are a remarkably strong man, Mr. Franklin, for I weigh a hundred and thirty pounds." ,. "I lead an outdoor life, Miss Chase, and take much exercise." "Ai:e there not two _men there behind us?" she asked, a trifle nervously. "No, the man has a led horse, for I started to come on horseback, until I thought you II!ight wish to return at once, and would need a carriage." "You were very thoughtful, and it is well that you were, as the men on the place slipped off to the prizefight held here to-night; but I heard you singing a favorite ballad of mine, and so find you musi cal." "I am fond of music ---" "Oh! what is all that noise in the town?" "The prizefight is doubtless at an end, miss; but have no fear." "But they are firing, and in this country that de ath to some poor man." "Vv e will try and avoid the crowd, m iss and-" "But just hear loud voices and the firing!" "Why, listen to their words! They are saying that that terrible outlaw, Jesse James, is in town, and must be hanged. ''We will reach the boat, miss, and--" "The boat is going off, sir! See! the crowd are attacking it!" cried Cherrie, now in wild alarm. Her companion had driven a1most upqn the wild crowd, but now drew rein. He w as unmoved, perfectly so by the uproar, and the glare of many torches revealed his calm face. He glanced behind him. There was his mounted comrade, very near, and with his horse in lead. A man passed near, caught sight of the daring companion of Miss Chase and shouted: "Ho, men! there is Frank Jam es! "Yes, and he is running off with Miss Cherrie Chase!" A roar of voices went up; but, while a curse broke frorh the lips of the accused man, he wheeled the horses to the right about with a skillful turn on the reins, and faid the whip upon the backs of the mals with a vigor that sent them flying back into the town. Behind him came his companion, at breakneck speed, a cry broke from the lips of the girl, and she fainted, while a few reckless men, only anxious to kill the kidnaper, fired after the daring, flying man, as he disappeared in the darkness "Keep close up, for we may need the sadd'le horses. ,'The girl has fainted, and now it is a six -mi le race to vValnut Point-a race for life,'' said Frank James, grimly. CHAPTER VII. "TO THE BOAT!" Jesse James eluded the group of men upon whom he had so unexpectedly run in the darkness, and es caped by means of the ditch, which allowed him to reach the shelter of the timber. Then he made his way down toward the town, to find that the whole howling mob were in full pursuit of him. He stood a moment in deep thought. He was alone, and with a whole community against hi1: n. It w as a cruel mob he had to face and mobs are alwa ys merciless; they are unthinking. He had planned a daring, desperate plot, and he had not shrunk from giving to himself the greatest danger role to play. There were three plots in one in reality, and the plans were perfect. He had taken advantage of the great Kilrain-Ma loney fight to play his cards to win. The boat had been chartered, the game unfolded, his three leading allies let fully into the secret, and the plot revealed and discussed. The three lieutenants each had a bold and important part to play But all must act together. The captain nf the boat had to play his part \n a


/ 12 THE JESSE JAMES 4'...{0RIES. 11er\'y way, fur the li\ es of all the band hung upon his successfully carrying out his duties. The kid.naper of the daughter of Jndge Chase must play the part of a gentleman, ana of a daring abas well. It had been learned that the judge \vork. They were cool, fearle ss, not easily rattled, no: coulcl they he frightened out of an undertaking. The captain of the boat knew hi s part, and was prepared to perform it. He had his furnaces at a white heat, his lights all darkened. his crew at their posts, and thos e who were to

THE. JES. Jl\MES STORIES. fight; in fact, everybody v vill be there who can beg, bo!'iow or steal the price." "then all goes well and I thank you. N ow, I'll put o n my disguise and loaf over to the ring, and I'll know your pal when I sec him, and how to him when the time comes." "He'll be on the watch for you, chi.ef, if I don't--' "I wish you t o go down the shore and meet the boat." "I'll mi s s the fig ht, and--" "D-the fight! You meet the boat and tell Frank all that you have told me. "Wait on the boat and stay with the pilot, for it may all end in a footrace, or a grave-digging, a shooting or a han g ing, and there is too much at stake to take the slightest risk." "AH right, chief; I'll go on the boat, at;d luck to yon." Jesse James watched the man walk away down the river and then drawing on a long-haired wig and rc,ugh beard, he walked over to the prize ring. The result of his going, his hard-earned battle in the rjng, ha s been seen as well as his recognition, escape from the building and flight toward the steamboat, for he was unable to reach the spot where he bad left hi s can oe. Making his w a y toward th e boat, he saw that the pilot had shown one bri ght light a s a beacon, and the va s t mob, now in a frenzy, came rushing on. Had the bank tappers been successful and escaped to the boat? he wondered. Had Frank kidnape d the daughter of Judge C has e and reached the boat with her in safety? He, Jes se James, had prolonged the desperate fight in the arena as lon g as h e dared, to give bis men all the tim e for \\ork that he could. But the encl was nigh now, and all depended upon his reaching the boat and quick action. He was l eading well, when suddenly he saw a car riage coming swiftly alon g from the town. He glanced back at the crowd, half-halting, as though to stand at bay. But he realized the utter m a dness of such an act, and sprang on his wa y ''Frank c a n never make it," he cried and yet it seemed the onl y desperate chance, and he sent hi s trumpetlike voice ringing forth in the command: "To t h e b oat! T o b o a t!'' But Frank had lashed the horses forward. He saw and heard J order above the roar of voice s . and then, in an instant, realized the only thing could do, and he did it. He wheeled his team, and drove away like the wind back intq the town. CHAPTER VIII. A MOB Hl;;J,D AT BAY. There was but one thing for Jesse Jam es to do when he realized that the team could not be forced through the frenzied erowcl He sa w Frank turn about, heard the shots fired at the flying team, and in a voice that rang w ith fierce denunciation shouted: "Cowards! "You are firing upon a woman "Take me for your game!'' They stood silent for a moment, astounded, spell bound. In that instant he had halted, controlled the mad . s pirits Then his hands ros e to a level with his face, a re Yolver in the grip of each, and he was again at bay . Bravely he stepped forward, stride by stride, and with each foo t fall he pull e d trigge r. The crowd was not fully armed. In fact, only a few had weapon s Those ii1 the front were mos tly lookers -on. But they knew the deadly aim of Jess e Jam e s They began to move backward. Then one, two, three men dropped under the fatal fire of the desperate one brought .to bay. It at once became a wild s tampede, as mad as frightened cattle. The on' e s in fr ont fled for their liv es forced the others back, a nd rns hed ov e r the crowd in their rear. The y thought only of safety for themselves; es cape from thos e terrible weapons 111 those steel nervecl h a nd s "He is comin g !., "He i s s ho oting to kill!" "Get out of hi s way!'' "Fly for your lives! "He i s rushing u s !'' Such were the cries that rose on all sides One voice will oiten cau s e a panic in a crowd. It did s o then.


/r / 14 THE JESSE The mad gathering scattered like leaves before a gust of wind. The iew who would ha v e stood their ground were powerless to do so. Those who were armed were unable to use their v,:eapons, though against but one man. The crowd rushed over them, helter-skelter, knocking many down, forcing all back. But Jesse James had advanced beyond all thought of caution. The devil in his nature was aroused to madness, and he continued to follow up the advantage he had gai1ed, though well he knew that it but rary. He knew that the crowd would turn soon, and turn to rend him. The cool hea<;ls, and there were many in the crowd, would master the madcaps but too soon for the good of Jesse James. Already the reaction had begun. Jesse James realized only too well that he could not repeat what he had done-not with that crowd. It thirsted for the large reward upon his head. There were gamblers there willing to stake life to win thousa nds of dollars. They wanted the life the head, of Jesse James. They were reward-crazed. But the defiant man had temporarily checked the pltrsuit of Frank a nd the kidnaped girL Having done th i s he turned to seek safety for himself. Thus far no one connected him with the steamboat that lay so silent and mysterious not a hundred yards a way. Now, he retreated toward the boat, and bounded along swift as a deer. But he halted, for in the babel of voices he heard one say: "After the kidnaper of Cherrie Chase! "The judge :-vill pay big money for his girl's re turn. "And we'll get her kidnaper." These words told Jesse James that he must not linger there. But where were the bank tappers? He asked himself the question, and added: "They must not be deserted!'' As he uttered the words a wild shout arose back iq the crowd. :There came a voice: "There is Jesse James "Follow me, men, and he is ours!" There was a familiar ring in the voice. Jesse James thought that he recognize d it. Then he saw three horsemen dart into view, revealed b.y the glare of a score of pine torches. "There they come now!" "It is a grand bluff to get here in safety," said the man, calmly. The crowd bit at the bluff of the leader of the bank tappers. They saw only three daring men coming from the town, mounted and well armed, and willing to risk life in an attempt to capture or kill Jesse James. The crowd was badly fooled. The three horsemen came on with a rush. Their reins hung loose on their saddle horns, a revolver was held in each hand. Their spurs were pressed hard against the flanks of their horses, and the animals were straining forward to the utmost of their strength. Suddenly a blaze of light shot up from the steamboat. She was revealed hanging by one line the gangplank run out and a crowd of upon her lo\ver deck. The crew of the boat was armed. Crouching in their midst was a bright glare of brass, mounted upon wheels. It was a six-pound brass cannon. It was a startling sight to the crowd, for it told the whole story. Jesse James was not alone. He had landed for a deeper purpose than to get the prize money of twenty thousand dollars for winning the fight against Maloney. There had been method in his seeming madness. I t told that the three horsemen also \Vere in league with him. The steamboat was quivering with fiery energy from keel to pilothouse Its furnaces glared red-hot, and it was ready for flight. The crowd stood as though one blow had been dealt in the face of every man. The people saw all-the steamboat, the horsemen, the desperate man standing there in the full glare oi light. were a revelation.


THE JAMES STORIES. But it all dazed the crowd. A moment more and the horsemen reached Jesse James The man who had acted as watchman wa s not weighted down with booty, and he .o;10ved to the side of his chief. The latter grasped the mane of his horse, and then with great bound s he was carried on toward the steamboat. CHAPTER IX. .. TO WALNUT POINT. The three horsemen reached the steamboat. Clinging to the rn.ane of one of the horses was Jesse Jam es His voice wa s answered as he caJled out: "Stand b) t o cut away!'' T11e crowd had rallied. The mass of mad humanity was pressing forward with a rush and a roar. The darkening of the boat from upper deck. to lower brought all to a halt. They h a d been tricked once, they dreaded a disastrous trick this time. A few dead. bodies. a few \NOtmded men lay about here and there, unnoticed, uncared for. It was the outlaw chief that was the object of at tention just tl1e n The cro\\:c;I longed for Jesse James. He had been in their midst, yet had slipped through their fingers like an eel. His courage, though i n a dastard cai.1se it might be. had won the admiration of the mob. His pluck ha<) saved bi s life. And pressing forward, the crowd yet remained silent An impressive thing, indeec is a vast, silent mass of humanity. A few bold spirits broke the almost painful by shots. They were aimed toward the boat in the dark nver. The horses were going aboard. One by one, led by their riders, they were being Jed up the narrow, carpeted gangplank. A shot from the shore entered the brain of one of the horses, and, hounding into the ai r he dragged his master into the river with him. There was a loud s plash, and a deafening roar from the crowd. It encourage d further shots from the mob ashore, The hors e was dead, and went clown. and the man could not sw im. In an instant J ess e James had plunged into i:i1e river, with boots, hat, coat, all on, and grasped the drowning man. "Throw me a rope t he called. I t was done. ''Draw him aboard!" It. was clo ne. "Lend me your hand!" and the lif etaker and life saver was dra\ vn aboard He had taken lives ashore, and he had saved a life -that of a comrade. The gangplank had been drawn aboard, and the man with tht; hatchet crouched at the bowline, ready to cut it. He aw a ited the order from the stern lips of the chief. "Cut a way the bowline!" The order came sharp and stern. A blow and the boat moved back in the swift cur-r ent. "Ho! the pilothouse, there!" "Ay, ay, s ir. "Set her ahead!" "Ahead she goes, sir!" "Crowd forward here, m e n and show our bulldog!" came the next order. The men obeyed, and the glittering gun was shoved to the front, as the crowd surged to the landing, revolvers cracking. "Light her up! "Let them see us!" again came the stern order of the chief. In an ii1stant a dazzling light shot forth from the steamboat. The searchlight was thrown upun the shore. The crowd surged back as though the cannon had opened fire. They saw the g leaming brass gun. I They saw the steamboat slowly back out, her stern pointed toward the other shore. They stood in awed silence watching the strange and silently thrilling scene. Sternforemost the steamboat swung around until the bow pointed down stream. A rattling of the bells in the engine-room followed,


/' 1io..I' THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. distinctly heard by the silent crowd, and then the steamboat was suddenly lost in darkness. .Not a light appeared, and a darkly-moving mass of internal life, fire and danger, it began to rush on w .ard to seek other scenes. Then the crowd found its voice as one man. There arose a mighty roar from a thousand lips. v Vas it a groan of hated denunciation? Or wa s it a c h eer, bursting. instinctivel y from the hearts of m e n for the grand pluck of the one man w h o had won the fight in the prize ring and then against t he tremendous odds of a mob? v Vho can tell? for human nature is as fickle as death. An instant only of silence followed the wild out-burs t of v oices, and then arose a cry ashore. A voice shouted: "Hunt do w n the man ashore!" The cry was heard on the boat. It told that the kidnaper wa s to be hunted down That he had a comrade in the rush with him for t he boat had not been noticed, it seemed, or, if so, had been forgotten. Jesse James had gone, all wet though he was, up to the pilothouse. The boat' s captain and pilot com b ined was there, hidden in the darkness. He wanted no light to confuse him as to the dark shores of the river. "You made it, chief ," he s aid giving the wheel a turn, and then holding out his hand in congratula-tion. "Yes, through your goo, d aid; but Frank, of course, arranged for his not getting aboard?" "He did and was to make for Walnut Point." "Good about six miles, is it not?" "Ten by river, six by road." "How is the road?" ] ust now after the rains, bad for a wagon." Anrl he has a wagon, and a girl in a faint to care for." A minute more and he would have made it to the bo a t." "But he didn't make it, and I know he did his be s t, for he would not hurry if he lost a tru mp, when he had a part to play in which seeming haste might give him away. "I am sure he did his best. "No doubt of it, chief, for he always does, and L guess he'll reach the Point all right. "I hope so, for thus far things have gone our way, as the bankers drew out t11eir money; we'll count it after we get Frank, his comrade and the girl." "And not a life lost?" "Not on our side; but a few among those \Yho c2cwded us." Y es I saw y o u a t work, chief." "Yes, I had to teach deadly lessons "And how did the prizefight pan out, sir?" I got the twenty thousand purse." "And he was a terror?" "He was dead easy; but I had to play for time, for the boys to do their work, and, as i t was, I took none too long." "'N o ; they finished up about with you ; but I never expected to see you again, chief. ''The devil takes care of his own," was the grim reply, with a bitter laugh from the stern lips. "But are not those. the lights of Walnut Point ahead there?., Yes, chief." "Then we will soon know if that plot miscarries, Frank is to be hanged, or if it is to be more killing of human cattle thirsting .for my blood?" and, with a bitter laugh, Jes se Jam es turned his upon the little river settlement of Vv alnut Point,_ where another tragedy was looked for. CHAPTER X. THE MISSING MAN. Walnut Point was not a place for its citizens to be proud of. It was a village of shanties, of houses scattered about upon hills sloping to the river, aqd with a range of mountains in the background. Unlike most river towns, it had a wharf built out from the and this remarkable enterprise on their part filled the hearts of its citizens with pride. As the steamboat, the outlaw cruiser of Jesse Jam es, approached the town, its houses were dark, save h ere and there oniy a light burning in a sickroo m or some early riser getting up to begin the toil of the da y The town was as a whole, enjoying its sweetest s leep just before dawn. Daybreak was already lighting up the horizon over


THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. 17 the,eastern hills, for the night had passed away during the thrilling scenes related and which the darkness had hidden: Nearer and nearer drew the boat to the little wharf. It was to make a landing, and, if the kidnaper al!_d those with him were not there, then it must await their coming. The people of 'Walnut Point would suspect no harm in the steamboat. They must wait until word came by me ssenger from the scene of tr.:: prizefight in the town above. At lea s t so 1 -hought Jesse Jam es. He stood outside of the pilothouse, cool, stern, determined, gazing upon the little hamlet as the boat drew nearer and nearer. What his were none could tell. His face was white, immovable. He was ready for what was before him. Suddenly he saw lights gleam here and there. What could it mean? Something haci gone wrong beyond a doubt. Had Frank arrived with the kidnaped girl, and her cries for help aroused the town to action? Jesse James w a s as alert as a panther preparing for a spr,.mg. But he said quietly to the pilot: "Something i s wrong thefe." "It looks it." "But we mus t find out." ''Will you land, chief? " Yes round her to, and hang on by one line, while I go ashore." 'Not alone?" I must find out about Frank." "Take half the crew with you. "They can stand ready to come, or for me to re treat on ," and Jesse James went below to the lower deck. His men wer e grouped there, and ready. All were watching for the ordeal that was to be met, whatever it might be. Jesse Jam e s knew his men. They were well-trained. He had himself grown a little stiff and sore in the cool night air. a nd in his \Vet clothes, from the terrible blows <;if Maloney. But, though he had not changed his wet clothes for dry, he had very quietly thrown the empty shells out of his rev olvers and replaced them with ball cartridges Thus prepared, he was ready for whatever might turn up. The boat's bow had been swung round up-stream, and was slowly nearing the wharf. A solitary m a n stood there, one to whom an incoming boat was a joy forever enoug h to bring him from his bed at any hour :n the night. He would receive his reward if only he could make the iine fast. The j o y was for the vo k e of Jesse James ordered: Catch the line drag in the slack and make fast." "I will sir," was the eager reply of the early-bird hoping to be inv ited to the 9oat's b a r to get an eyeopener. Had he known that th e terrible Jess e James had given the orde r, and that he was the man standing by the c oil of rope on the .boat, he would have sprung away from the line as from a rattlesnake. But he did not look for the coil to hold a deadly sting, and he seized it, hauled in the slack with the energy of an old tramp working fo.r a drink, and made the bowline fast. Ther:i he sprung forward to salute the "captain." Just then s h o uts were heard up in the town. Li g h ts flas hed here and th e re Then came the screams of women and children, and stern t o ne s of m en. "What is all t h a t row about in your sleepy town?" a s ked Jesse Jam e s o f the ea rly bird. "Dunno! Gu ess somebod y 's dead, was the re ply. S o meb o d y will be if they are looking for trouble," and the s t ern m a n strode a shore as he spoke. Bringmy horse!" he called out, as he reached the w harf and he added: "Halfa-dozen of you mount and come with me!" The e arly-bird was s cared. He was badly scared, and he forgot about his drink He struck away with trembling knees and tried t o run like a deer up into the town for safety, while h e to l d him s elf over and o v e r a gain: "Th em s pirits Th em s pirits I feels dey is; I knows it! But his knees were not up to the task of making


18 THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. good speed-th ey only crooked, quivered and wobbled in fright. Then down he went. His legs refused to do furthe r service, and he cried mournfully : "The m pirits will steal me!" But a voice was heard now crying loudly: 1Men, follow me!" "The said it was Jess e James, with his outlaw band aboard the boat. "Follow me, and we will take them, dead or alive. "Come men, come !" The loud crie s of the man showed that h e wa;; e ither giving notice to Jesse Jam es to escape before he and hi s heroes got there, or the crowd did not respond to his calls wit h any amazing haste to do and die fo r the honor of their town "They have got a lin e of wire to this town, chi ef," called down the pilot. "So it seems ,'' wa s the c o o l response Then came the words: ' .'But Frank i s mi ssing. "He has n o t reached h ere y e t, and we mus t stand them off until he comes." "All right s ir. The tmv n was now a blaze with lights. The news wired clown from the tO\ v n above had set the people afire with enthusiasm-all save the earl y bird, \V.ho still la y i n the mud, where he had fallen. He was helpless with fright. And so were others in the vi llage, for b eing aroused from bed in t h e chill ea rly m orn i s not conducive t o courage unless a man has pluck to spare. Then c ame shouts further up in the village. Shots follow e d a wild shout, and Jesse Jam es cried: "It i s the miss in g man! "Frank i s coming .Men, mount and follow me, for we _are. lJeeded yonder!" Jess e Jam es and h is six mounted horsemen rode a shore, and dashed off the wharf, nearly riding over the ea rl y-bird, who rolled over with such haste that 11e kept on down the hill into the river. He uttered a wild shriek at the plunge for it was the first water he had used in years, and his terror at the thought enable d him to strike out blindly; his hand touched something, and he drew himself aboard i'ihe "pirate craft, scared, helpless. CHAPTER XI. THE FLIGHT OF THE KIDNAPJ".R. It was a critical moment for the daring kidnaper, who had so cleverly taken Cherrie Chase from her w he,n he came in sight of safety for himself and and the successful terminat.ion of his bold exploit, to find that l:undreds of maddened men cut him off in the very hour of his triumph. He saw Jess e James standing alone before the fierce m o b but at bay, and ready to sell his life dearly. He saw the boat "ready to re<:tiv e them; but between them and safety were crowds of men, many of them armed. At first he desperately determined to dash thro11gh. Though desperate, he was yet perfectly calm. So calm \Vas he that he tried to deceive the young g irl he had kiclnaped as to the motive of the mob. though he knew but too well. The s ight oi Jesse James there, if n othing else, told him the caus e of the trouble. He quickly took in the situation. for and agains t him. as to whethe r he should ri s k t reaking through o r turn back. But the climax came witli his recognition by some one in the crowd. To hesitate then was to lose lif e and all. It t o ld the story when his name welled forth in a cry from a hundred lips . It told to Cherrie Chase how she had been de cei ved, and in whose power she was. She had it fla sh upon her that h e r father had been the one to procI;;iim Jess e James an outla\Y She knew that her father had put up his money in the price set upon the man's head. She realized the truth-and fainted. Whirling the horses to the right about, and laying the lash on, Frank called out with the utmost caJmness to his comrade: "Keep close, for it i s a race for life now." I will b e near when wanted," \vas the reply, in a merry tone, and the question followed: "But the girl?" "She has fainted; and .she is not troublesome now." "Will you desert her?" I. "'vVere you hurt by the shots?"


THE JESSE JJ\MES STORIES. 1'No; were you?" "Not a. bit. "But are you sure the girl fainted?" "Yes; why not?" "Might not a bullet have pierced her brain or heart?" "Great God!" and the man's calm manner was for the first time ruffled. "I had not thought of that," he added, after a moment and his manner was perfectly composed again. "I cannot find out now, for I have to hold her and drive the team," and the horsernan, on account of the narrowing of the road, droP,ped away from the side of the vehicle and followed on behind, still leading Frank's well-trained horse . On dashed the team at terrific speed, held by master hand in horsemanship. The town was left behind now the last house in the outskirts been passed. All was darkness, the trail leading through a heavy woodland and winding along a vale among hills. But the. horses were kept at their speed. "There_ are horses in plenty in the town, and mounted men will soon be in pursuit, and they can travel faster than wheels along this rough road," called back Frank. "Is she dead?" soon called out the horseman be hind, in evident dread that such was the case. "Heaven grant' not, for I cannot war against women. "But she is as still as death," was the answer. So on the flight continued, until miles had been gone over. The horses began to slow down both from fatigue and the increasing roughness of the roads The hor ses drawing the vehicle were becoming more and more dead beat. Seeing this, Frank called back: "How are our animals standing the run?" "All right-no trouble with them." Frank made no reply, and began to dread himself that the girl was dead, killed instantly by one of the bullets sent after them by the mob. Suddenly one of the horses stumbled badly, half recovered and then went clown dragging his mate with him. The pole snapped in two the vehicle rolled upon the struggling horses, a wheel was crushed, and the carriage went over. Frank landed on his feet, and the girl was clasped firmly in hi s ar' ms to injury t0 her if she were alive. The horsema n behind drew up just in time to pre vent dashing upon the wreck. Placing the gfrl quickly upon the ground, Frank sprang t o grasp the rein of his hors.e, which had got loose and jus t then came the clatter of hoofs along the road behind the m "The y are com i n g. We must mount and rus h on." "And the girl?" "By Heaveri there she goes!" He saw that the motionless form had suddenly sprung into action. Cherrie Chase had leaped to her feet, and was fly ing like a deer away from the spot. "Come with my ho.rse. I will c atch her!" So cried Frank, and he was away like a race horse in pursuit. It vvas a deep r elie f to feel that s he was not dead, but very much alive. But she mu s t not escape him. That he was determined up on. He h ad risked much to kidnap her. It was not fo0r such as he to give her up. There were pursuers upon his track, how many he knew not, but the resoundfog hoofbeats proclaimed a dozen or more. But the girl mu s t be reta ken a nd carried in with him. vValnut Point was ye t a mile away. The vehicle was wrecked, one of Ihe horses, with broken l eg, was down, the other struggling violently to free him self from the tangled harness. But hi s own splendid horse and his mate' s were there. He wo1.1ld catch the flying girl and carry her 'on with him. An athlete, h e ran with the speed of a hound and as tirele ss l y He came up with the girl in th e dark timber, and said, with coltrteous manner: "You must go with me, mis s ." "It is so de s tined." She turned upon him, and even in the darkness he saw her eyes glaring into his.


20 THE JESSE Jl\.MES STORIES He did not know that in the fight in the wagon she had secretly slippe d a revolver from his belt. But she had done so-and she used it. CHAPTER XH. THE ):'ROMISE. The weapon held in the hand of Cherri e Chase was held up to the face of Frank the kidnaper. The trigger was pulled, and the flash and report foll owed. But the hand of the girl from the intense excitement and the h are\ run, vYas nerveless and quivering. The hand jerked i o lently, and the muzzle of the revolver p ointed to one s ide when the trigger was drawn upon. The b ullet whistled by Frank 's ear. It was a m i ss, but s o close a one that the lead g r azed t h e o utla w's cheek. Caught off h is gua r d by the act, taken by surprise as h e was, Frank dragged t h e re\olver from her hand befo r e she could fire again, replaced i t i n his belt, and the n said: ) ;;\11/ell intended M i ss Cherri e, but not suc c ess full y execu te cI." "Her e, pare\ bring m y horse." The man clashed u p, and Frank S'vnm g Cherrie to a seat in his saddle, the girl now almost helple ss Lightly he sprang to a seat be h i n d her, and, sup-porti n g h e r by an arm on eit her side, he c ried: "Th ey are almost up o n u s! "vVe must push for our live s Away bounded the two h orses, side by side sweep ing out into the road just where the wrecked wagon was, and not a h u ndred ya rd s a head of their pur s u ers. "That horse has a bro k en leg-I'll put h i m out of his mi s ery. As he dash ed pas t, F rank drew a weapon a nd sent a bullet into the brain of the suffering brute, and never checked hi s speed. The s hot caused the purs u ers to quickl y draw rein They saw th e flas h and s upposed t h ey were being shot at. Frank h eard their cries t o halt, a nd laughed. Then they dashed on the m o re r api dl y, whi le s hots rattled after them. The horse carrying double we ight ran a lon g smoothly. He did not seem to mind his burden. "You are a remarkable man, Frank J ame1t," aud denly said Cherrie Chase. "\iV hy so, miss?" "In many ways, fo.r y qur q f mpst clever and yc:m showed great anx iety about me when you feared I was dead." I f e lt it!" "You d id not flinch at m y shot, and yo u showed a good heart in putting that poor brute out of his pain. ';There was n o need for him to suffer miss." "Again, you sprung up behind me, to protect me from any shots those pursuers might fire." "They are fools and cowards to fir e when they know you are here." "Granted; but t hey did fire, and but for you I would have b een \VOtmded. "Ah! how do vou know this?" "I h eard the thud o f the buliet when it hit you -anc\ felt yo u start.'' I s i t seri ous?" "It is a shot in the back, and I do.n't like that kind I would rather f ace .my foe. "Js the wound serious;" "I thin k not, for i t hit me i n t he muscu la r p a rt of my b ack, mi ss." "A11Ll i f i t is serious?" ''It will sa\'e me from the hangman, doubtless ." was the hitter reply. "Ancl why h ave yo u kicinaped me?" "Th e chief w ill tell yo u w he n \\'Cre ach the boat." "\Nhich you expect to do?" \ Vhv not?" "There i s a ,illage to go throug h a nd the boat may not be there. ''The plans were made with the chief, and will b s o carried o u t . ;B u t there is t h e river at the foo t of this long hi!!. "And where are your pursuers?'' "They h ave stopped to .consider,'' was the laughing r ep l y o f the r emarkable man, whom Cherrie regarded more and more w ith wonder, not unmixed wit h admiration


THE JESSE JAMES 21 "The town seems to be awake, pard," called out Frank to his comrade, who was riding a few lengths i n the rear. "It's the first time, then, I ever knew it to bemust be a teleg.raph here now, for I noticed noles along the r o ad. "And there is the boat just heading in." "Yes the chief i s on hand; but the town is really a wake, as you s aid. ''\ e will put some of them to sleep if they attempt to check u s . was the grim retort. "Don't kill! they intend to do only their duty. I 'l will go with you without trouble if you will not fire on them." 'And yet you sought to kill me a while since?" "That vvas in se lf-defense." Y e s ;111c\ thi s \\ill be al s o in se lf-defen se and to save my prize. r will go \\ ith yo u without trouble, for I know I will only be held for ran,som. "Don't kill them." i .> ''I will ilOt-we'll get throug h without," was the decide d respons e and they rode on at increased speed, for the pursuers were now heard once more coming i.1p behind them. A few moments m o r e and they were among the cluster of houses known as \V alnut Point village. The citizens, howe\ e r had their eyes on the river. There the outlaw cruise r was seen ju s t coming into the landing. VI/ e w ill dash through. pa rd ... cried Frank, and he added: "Don' t handle yonr gun. for I have promised not to." "You may not, bnt I'm not going to be shot down a n d not defend myself," was th e s ull e n answer. ;, Do as I tell you. "If you draw a weapon. I will k ill yon!" was th e stern threat ;:is Frank spurred on, just when, with shouts the pursnei s came das hin g down the bill gaining c ourage \Yith other h e lp at hand. CHAPTER XIII. D R I V E N '1' 0 C 0 V Ji; R A telegram had been sent from the town to \ V a l nut Point, the operator working an hour at the key to get the man in the v illage .awake. He wa s told that Jesse James, on a bandit boat, h a d escaped from the town after knocking out Maloney in a pri zefig h t, and kiiling nt\mbers of men, to say 11othing of robbing the bank o f vast treasure and kidnaping the d a n of Judge Chas e from her elegant home. The village operat o r \\'as so frightened he was u n able, until he had taken sundry drinks of bad n!m a n d got up som e 'Dutch courage, to go out of his o ffice which \ vas also his h o m e and notify the citizens of the fri g h tf nl ne\rs :\t la s t h e did s o and like wildfire the startling t idings sprea d gaining added rumors as it did so. The nien rallied to defend their homes, and when the boat \ H S s ee n to be already at the wharf, they feared to go do1rn and attack it. \ V hil e th ey were hol di n g meetings to screw up the ir p l uck, Jes se James had \\alked out on the wharf, the earl y-bird had fallen into the ri v er, and Frank a nd the kidnaped C h errie were 11eari 1w the vi llao-e 1:> b Then ca m e th e shots fired upon the hill as the pursuers of the kidnaper came in s ight of the villao-e :::. and wished to come in with a bluff of great courage. These s h o t s Jess e Jam es had heard, and he at once ielt that Frank needed h is aid. He was not the man to hang back when wanted, and so h e called hi s half-dozen h o rsemen about h i m and charged along the wharf and up into the town a revolver in each h a n d . and demoniacal yells break ing from his lip s The c i tizen s heard the c latter o f the hoofs, the wild yell s a nd promptly ran into t h e nearest houses. They were afraid t hat they would attract attention to the1i 1 se h es b y bein g found i n t h e streets. They 1\ere liter ally scared silly a nd even the dogs in the v illage quit barking, stuck their tails between their legs and cra\Ylecl into the nearest h ol e s


22. THE JESSE JAMES STORIESo The name of the "James Boys' was terrible in that country to quickly stampede a chur:h m1teting. And up the street rushed Jesse James and his horsemen, ready for bloody work. And do wn into the village came Frank, riding be h jnd the girl he had kidnaped. Down the hill came the peopl e from the town. until they he ard in a loud v oice: H J esse Jam es, is that you?" "Ay1 ay, Frank I "Is all well? ''Then the pursuers were in turn pursued, but by their fears alone, for they turned and fled back up the hill confident that Jesse James and his outlaws were about to clean out the town. 1'Back to the boat, Jesse, for we are pursued!'' cried Frank. 1'No danger here, boy; the town has awoke but it l). as gone back to bed again, and Jesse Jam es raisc!d his hat politely, as he wh eele d his horse by the side of Frank and said: "Pardon se eming rudeness, Miss Cha se, but have no fear of u s " I am not afraid-curs, w a s the g irl's repl y "Had a hard time o f it, I take it, Rrank," continued Jesse James. "Oh, no! only rapid driving and a smash-up, but no one hurt. "I transferred Miss Chase to my saddle and my pard bas l:ier s a tchel ; but where are the pe ople?" "Gone to b ed-or hid-for they have e ve n put the lights out; but da ylight is at h and, I s e e 'Come!" and with a chorus of wild y ells and the rattling of revol v ers the party started forward at a gallop. "I do not think y ou will have a chance to brea k your promise, sir not to kill any of the inhabitants," Cherrie Chase with a smile of derision, while she added: ''What cowards some men can be !" "It seems so, miss/' and Frank called to his com-rade to ride on ahead and take Miss Chase1s satchel up to the stateroom prepared for her. "Then you seemed very sur; of capturing me, sir?" said Cherrie. "Not too sure, as it turned 'out/' was the answer. .'\. minute more and they had reached the wharf, where Frank dismounted, aiding Cherrie to do so, and keeping very clo s e to her, as he h a d not forgott e n that s he .could run lik e a deer. He led her up the gangplank and to the cabin on the main deck, to her stateroom, and said: I \ vould adv ise you to seek rest, lVIiss Chase, for you naed it, and you will be perfectly safe here." "Thank you; I will take your word for it-outlaw thoug h y ou are, an s wered the plucky girl. The man rai sed his hat and returned to the lower deck. The horses had been led aboard and stabled, and the day had dawne cl. The villagers, now confident that they had giv en the outlaws a t e rrible scare and driven them off, thus sa ving their Jiv es and their homes from destruction, crowl.ed clown to the w harf, firing revolvers, rifles and s hotguns and s h o uti n g vengeance. "Cast off!" h a d come the order from Jesse Jam es and, as the boat began to back, the men ashore turned their weapons upon the crew. It w as a mistake Springing toward the bow, Jesse James ordered the bras s cannon to be run into position, and, as it a ppeared before the startled gaze of the crovvd, all h eard hi s clea r t h re atening voice: B a ck to your kennels, e very covv ardly cur of you, or Pll smash your town to atoms!" Then men aimed rifles at the daring man; but they were not fired for in dismay they turned and stam peded b a ck to shelter, while a wild wail came from aft on the lower d eck: "Oh! capting don't take me off on your pirit cruiser!" It was the wail of the early-bird, who had crept out of his hiding-place.


THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. 23 CHAPTER XIV. TH NIGH'l''S BOOTY. The wharf wa s cleared of n1en for ggre, for the terrible threat of Jesse James had scared each and every one, as their humb l e homes were a s dear to them a s the rich mans palace i s to him. The crew of the steamboat laughed l oudly at the flight of the crowd, and then at the wail of the earlybircl who was half-scared out of his wits at being carried off by the 011t la\Y cruiser. "I will land you b e l o w, m y man, and give you a helping hand, for you look as though you haYe tro11-bks of yonr O\rn, said Jesse James. and one of the men remarked: 'That means that the chief wil l kill him, for h e w ill be generous in wh<1t he gives him, and the old soak will drink himself to death." Soon after getting of sight of the town, the early-bird was put ashore, h :tppy, i ndee d and jing linga lot of s iher dollars :n his pocket. He wa\e d a tearful fa r e\\ell to J James a s h e landed. and then set off at a lrot for the village. After breakfas t. Jesse James calle d Frank and the unde r officers o f th e band to the cabin. ancl placed on the tabl e his satchel Gontaining the prize ring money. "There arc twe n ty thousand in good m o ney, men. and i t goes i n \ri t h to-ni g h t s booty. 'Now. what clif l t h e hank pan out?" h e said. .. f -Iere it all i s in the hags. jnst <1,S taken ' was the a nS\Yer. And ever y d ollar \\::t s stolen from poo r people. as I w e ll know Skin 11 er & Co. s cl ea l s in business. "They get i hci"r m oney without ";Count the hill s Frank. and I'll run over the gold." This clnty took .som e little tlme, and it was found tktt the paper m o ney ran up to thirty tho usan d dol lars and the gold to ten thousand dollars. a had niglit'swork ; but we hav e anothe1 re. "Wh:i.t other, chief?" "The girl. 'Ah!'' came in a chorus of voices. "Her father outlawed u s and a ls o branded me with a price on m y hea d. ''That price fo r me, dead or ali ve, amounts to fifteen thousand dollars, and that is just the sum Judge Cha s e rnus t pay to ransom hi s d a u ghter," said Jess e James. s ternl y. : \ ll(l i t s hall b e paid, sir-I p ledge my word to it, was said in the c lear o ic e o f Cherrie Chas e as she appeared i n t h e door of her stateroom, gazing upon il1c e re\\. She was pale, looked haggard-yet was bright a11d a little defiant in manner. A ll rose fr o m the table and off came their hats. The c h ief set t h e example of p o lit eness to a lady. Turning to h e r then, Jesse James s aid: "\il iss Chase, \Ve outlaws must l iv e and, though h unted down like wild beasts n o one considers who. and w hat dron' t b t o t h e wretched, ,, i cked lives. "But \1e dodge the gallO\n;, and continue our \Vork. \\hi le it i s \1ith u s your money ? r your lif e "] hus fa r. hO\rever, we make ff< H o n the rich, not the poor. and \ \" C regret h av in g g i ve n you alarm, worry and in con Yen ience. "J311t your fathe r 1rnulcl haug m e and any one of my band, and tli o ugh I could, \ V ith you in my power, hit. him hard, I will rely upon your pledge ; and anoth e r you mus t make, and let you go, landin g you at a poini ckmn the ri1e r where yon can cat c h a t r ai n to the city and meet your fath e r. "2 ,' r r,irn him you can get the ransom money I rnrcnd, turn i t over to the one who shall be your es cort and t h e deed i s clone. "The ot-11er pledge that I a s k is that you wi ll not betray the man J trnst t o go with yon to the city, ;u1d arr a nge \rith 11i111 how and when you are to pay to hrn the money." 'I \\ill make both pledges, s i r a n d you may rely upon me that t _hey will b e kept, for, if m y father, seei'ng me s afe. refl!ses to pay the money, I have a


24 THE JESSE JAMES STORIE.S. bank account of my own upon which I will draw and turn it o ver to your representative. "Will he be t he one who kidnaped me from my home, may I ask ?1 and Cherrie glanced toward Frank. "He is too well know n mi s s and--" I w ill put trust in Miss Cha s e and take the risk," sa i d F r a nk, quie t ly. "You know how grea t are the ri s ks, said Jes se. "I w ill take them, for, having kidnaped Miss Chase from her home, I deem it my duty to restore her in safet y was the answer. And so it was settled, after which Cherrie Chase w a s given a tempting breakfast. She went on deck, to discover that many had been made in the outward a ppe arance of the steamboat, while s he was surpri s ed to see what looked like \Vomen pacing to and fro But they were the outlaws dressed up in female att ir e to give a peaceful look to the crnft. The name, too, h a d been change d to that o f a down-river bo a t and s o it was that the steamboat of the outlaws w as ma squerading as a peac e ful river steamer. About n oo n a s t eamboat w as met comin g up and the pilo t s l owe d up and c 2lle d out: S e en a ny thing of t h e James bo y s' outl aw boat?" "She ran into a cr eek ab ov e a nd they burned her, answered Jess e J a me s, and his report was recei ve d with a ch eer from those on the other boat, the pilot blowi n g his w hi s tle and r inging his bell as he pass ed O,t:l s oon a fter the out law cruiser la nd e d -at a t own a nd Frank an d M iss Ch as e w e re put a shote to catch a train. Then the boat continued on its way, those on the banks little dreaming what it really was, for, to ques tions about the outlaw cruis e r b eing seen above, Jesse James returned the same answer: "The outlaws landed and burned her. From that point on, the boat made landings, not at river tow n s however and a horseman would ride ashore, weil supplied his share of the night raiders booty, at each stop. By night, only enough remained on the outlaw cruise r to man it, and at the next turn, it crept_ into a retreat without attracting attention, the lights were pu t out. and the last one of the crew left the river craft that ha d become a lawl ess, outlawed cruiser, and, in the hands of Jess e James, had s o well served hi s pu rpos e of greed for gold and deviltry. CHAPTER XV. CONCLUSION. The outlaw escort of Cherrie Chase from the little river town where t hey tooi< the railroad to the city had e very appearance of b eing a gentleman. He did not lo o k the bold robber, the d2ring high wa y m a n the clever kidnaper-all of which he had proven himself. He bought the tickets carried Ch errie's satchel, s ecured a goo d seat for her and got some reading matter to entertain h e r while he t<;>ok a seat apart from h e r not to force hi s company upon her. Arriv ing at t h e cit y just aft e r dark, he took h e r in a carriage t o t he hotel where he r father was stopping. a nd said: "Mis s Cha s e my life is in your hands, for I shall recrister at t he same hotel and under the name of b Jam e s Franklin. I shall keep to m y room, and yo u can call a ser v ant and s e nd him with !i. note when you are to ke e p your pl edge about y 'our ransom. "I suppose it is usel e ss for me to say that you a lo ne mus t kno w of my presence in -tht! hotel, or the city a nd it will be well for you to lead to the belief that y o u are to deliv e r t he ransom money a t another time and pl a c e I f you wish to s ee me hange d it is in your power to bring m e to justice b y b etraying me, but I accepted your pledge, made i n good faith I am here and I will trust you.


THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. 25 "You may do so, and I thank you for your gentle manly treatment of me sir, a.nd I beg that you will give up this life of an ou_ tlaw ." "Too late! too late!" he said, and then added: "Remember the name, James Franklin, Missouri, and a bellboy will tell you the number of my room. "I will first drive elsewhere before I go to the hotel, and pardon me if I do not a id you;'' he said, as the hotel was reached. Ten minutes after, Cherrie Chase was with her father, to whom she had of her safety and coming to the city. The judge welcomed her with great joy and emotion, for she was his idol, but when he learned wha t she had Jesse Jam es he swore and stormed like a madman. "Very well father; as you do not consider my pledge binding made to an outlaw, I shall have to keep my promise good to return to their power, for my word i s sacred to me, no matter how or to whom made!" was the clever bluff of the brave girl. This threat brought the old m a n to terms, and lie promised fo give the money, while he added: "I shall also double the price on the head of Jesse James. "But when must this be paid?" "l w;:i,nt the money in bills as soo n as the b:mk opens in the morning." 'All right, I w ill ha ve it here; but when am I to pay it?" "I am to do that, si r." \ N hen ;:i,nc; where?" "In my time ;:i,ncl place, for I shall not betray the m a n who trusted me." "And I am to allow 'you to do and not that fellow?" "You are to allow me to do as I have promised, or I must re.turn to durance vile, and more, jf you attempt to capture that man while my pledge to him lasts, I will act as I deem my duty in the matter. YVe rn?.:-as w ell understand e ach other, father, for I shall pay the money from my own fortune, left me by my mother, if you do not care to invest that sum for your daughter's safety; but I must have the money in the morning, though it be a month before I can pay it." This was added to throw the judge off the scent as to where and when it was to be paid. That settled it with the judge, for the money was drawn from the bank the next morning and given to Cherrie, who watched her chance, knocked at room thirteen on the same floor as her own and was met by Frank. "This keeps my pledge, sir, for the money is the' sum demanded, as I counted it. "Now, I advise you to make your escape from the city; but first write me a receipt for the ransom money paid you." He did so, and she folded it and said: "I feel now that I have a great weight lifted from my heart and mind as no longer am I responsible for the life of a man-though an outlaw. Good-by, and I shall hope to see that you have given up the life of outlawry' you lead and are not hanged." He bowed and she left the room. Ah h our after, he calmly va lked up to the hotel office, settled bis bill and left passing Judge Chase on his \>rny to a hack. Two days after, he was at the secret retreat of the James boys and his duty was done. But th e wicked and darin g deeds of Jesse James and his men did not end as Cherrie Chase had hoped and prayed t}J.ey would. There: was more game for them to hunt, and they hunt ed it. TiiE END. Next week's issue (No. 49) will contain "Jesse James' Jubilee ; or, The Celebration at the Bandit's Castle." Afte r the success of his last adventure, the Jam es boys thought that a jubilee would be in order. They had one, but there was more excitement in it than they had bargained for. I


CONTEST Push it along, boys; ies a great contest. Just what we prtdkted-an itnmtnst Get right into it if you're not in it alreacly. Fult particu1ars on page 29. A Boxing (By Arnol d Burrage Ohio.) Principals.-George Harris a nd Benny Salters. Cla ss. Referee.--Frnnk Daniels. 'l'iniekeeper.-For c lt1b Ed. Snow. Club.-Or!rnge Athletic Club. Purse-$500 9:12. --0pera House crowded. 9:15.-Sign S H. 0. hutig out. 9 : 16.-Preliminari es over. 9:17.-Saiters and seco nd s enter. 9 :20. -Harris a1id secoflds enter. 9:24.-Refe r ee announces con t e s t. 9:27.-Men glove s. 9 :29. -T h e y s hake bautls. R ound I.-Harris swings l eft for head. Salters ducks and sends right to kidneys Harris a gaiu leads with left for lr e a d which !:'hlters blocks, oh H a r ris' j aw, sending him to ropes. Salters receives an easy right on face a11d se nd s three ri ght to heart. He then righ t for fac e b<1t Harris s ide steps aud lan ds right 011 Salter's ribs Goug. Round II.-Salte r s opens with right swiug for h ead Harris ducks, sends right t o wi nd. Hai: ri'i u ppercuts Salte rs with right and. l ef t Salters clinches.,. On tl ie Harris sends right to j aw. They clin c h but are s eparated a s gong rings. Salters groggy. Round III.-Salte r s mi sses a left for head, an d i s jarred b y right on jaw. Salters puts left to Harris' nose, starting blood. He then uppercuts Harris with left, following \vith a right ovet heart. Harris c0111es back with right on jaw, Jjut is sent to the ropes by a terri fic le f t swing. They clinch as gong rings. Rou11d !V. Sa lter s is favorite, 5 to 1. Salters clucks inside of left swi11g sendiug right to heart. Harri s goes to rope from left swing. 'fbey.clinch. Hartis jabs light and l e ft to face, seudiflg Salters to his corner. Salters co me s back with ri ght to kidutiys, recei ving a tap on jaw. A mixup follows. Harris falls. Helped t o hi s feet by Salters. They break fi'Oln clinch. Salters s etids right to l 1eatt. Harris staggers. Salters closes in and puts a fearful left to jaw, which puts Harris clown aiid otl t. Time of rou11d-2 min. 19 sec. Winner.-Salters. Harris r evives in six 11limttes aud is1taken care of by seconds. The Gay=Cool Boxing. Match. (By Raymond Poelecka, Minn.) Round I. ('firne, 3:30 p. 111.).-Both came up and Gay tried left and sent right to jaw and cot the clinch. In a mixup both lauded of ten and closed again in a clinch. Gay led again with hi s right landing on the shoulder a nd Cool lauded a hard r ight over the heart, seudiug Gay staggeri11g back. Hut Gay ca m e up with right and left, a11d th e r ound end e d in a warm mixup. I

, THE JESSE J/\MES STORIES. 27 Round V.-The men came up swift and heavy and Gay shot out right and left but both were blocked. Cool retreated and finally landed one to the ear. Cool then rushed and landed two body blows. Gay again complained of a foul. Gay then fought low and retreated around the ring ducking a low jab for the face. Cool then landed two more bo d y blows. Round VL-Cool fought lo w and Gay looked for a chance to laud a knockout. Cool shot an ineffectual left. Gay then rushed in whaling Cool right and left. Cool went clown, but got up and rushed, but was forced back. The men closed in several times. With a left-hand uppercut Cool went down. He got up groggy as the round ended. Round VIL-Cool was slow on leads, and Gay bore him to bis corner with a left swing in the eye. Cool came up with a right 011 the bod y Gay landed a straight arm on the shoulder. He then sent straight right over the heart. Coo} the n attempted to retaliate, but was blocked. Cool rushed swinging right and left, and forced Gay back with a few lefts on the face. Gay mustered up courage and forced Cool back across the ring. There was positively no guarding on Cool s part, a nd Gay lauded a heavy right uppercut on the chin, knocking Cool out entirely. A Clever Punch. (By Wm. F. Korth, N. Y.) In the \iicinity of my house lived a great many expert boxers. The one that I think is about the best is James Burke and another a bout equal to him is Harry Gribbon. They are both expert boxers, and one day they were anxious to see who was champion, so they set a day apart on which they would fight. The day came. They both were stroug and healthy so they went down into m y cell a r a n d started the fight. The fir s t round Harry did very well. He hit Jame s a blow in the stomach tha t nearly sent him off his fe e t. The second round Harry got hit in the left ey e which nearly closed it. James also got hit in t!Je jaw was not so bad. The third round James did fine work, he let on all his poi uts and fooled Harry very ea s ily. Harry was getting weak when James gave him an uppercut which knocked Harry out. James has been the champion ever since. A five=Round Contest. On a lonely street of Allegheuy City, in the State of Pennsylvania, stoo d a clubhous e in which about twenty young men kept thems;"!lves very comfortable, played cards and made themselves happy after a day of hard work. Now, thes e boys were all very much interested in boxing, and all liked to see a li vely fight. On the night of January 22, 1902, they held a meeting and voted for the two strongest boys to hav e a frienQl y boxing match. The one bo y name was Edward Vidt, was heavy, strong and had arms of powerfnl strength, aud the other, whose name was Harry \Vill!ams, was also strong and heavy. This fight was to take place on the 30th a ay of January, 1902. And was to be fought for $30, which was donated to the club by two Allegheny hotel keepers. A couple of day s before the fight the boy s spent at hard work. On the day the fight was to take p lace the boys were all ready. When evening came there were fully seventy-five spectators there. At quarter of eight wbeu the boys entered the ring a cheer and clapping of hands arose from the spectators, and at eight o 'clock the signal was given to fight. Edward began with his ri ght hand pounding Harry on head, and th.en a clinch followed. The referee had trouble separating the boys. Harry landed his left hand on Edward's head, and Ed put right and left to Harry' s face in succession, which sent Harry staggering. Ed planted Harry a fierce blow just as the gong sounded. This was Ed's round. Ed landed on the jaw, and the boys clinched. They began fighting s a v agely with short-arm blows. Harry put l e ft to Ed's mouth. Ed led with right, but fell short, getting Harry's right in stomach and clinching again. Ed began with left, landing blows to Harry's face, which sent him staggering. At the end of the round Harry was tiring. Ed rushed, landing right on stomach and left on face. A clinch followed. Ed received a bard short half arm jolt on the nose from Harry's left, a clinch followed. Harry gave Ed an uppercut at the breakaway. Ed put right to Harry's jaw at the end of the round. Ed swung with right and missed. Ed pounde4 Harry's nose with left. They clinched and Ed hit Harry' s eye. Harry put straight right on Ed's mouth and got straight right from Ed and wrestled hitn to the ropes, Harry uppercnt with right and got a bad left hander ou the jaw at the end of the round. Ed rushed, but was blocke d and Harry clinched. Ed rushed again, putting l e ft to the nose and sending Harry to the ropes. Harry tried to put right to Ed's face but was very weak. Ed put right on Harry's nose and l eft on the ear, sending Harry to the floor. He could not get up before the referee counted ten. So Edward was the wi1;mer, and the crowd went cheering home. Ed rec eived the $301 giving Harry $5. They both we11t home and slep t niell the rest of the night. Defending Hi.s Honor. (By John Tracy, Jr., R. I.) Jack Simpson had only been two weeks at Riverdale Academy wihen be was infor med tha t Jim Bowers, the bully of the s chool, was casting insulting remark s about him. Jack pa id no attention to Bowers' actions until one day Jim c alled him a cowaid and hit him in the face; Jack replied with a left-hand swing on Bowers jaw which knocked him down. The arrival of the teachers upon the scene prevented further strife for a time. Upon learning the cause of tbe quarrel, and knowing that the cotllbatants would have it out in spite of all, they agreed to a boxing contest of ten rounds. The ring constructed, the gloves brought, aud the signal giveu, the boys were at it, "hammer and tongs. ' Round I.-After sparring for a while Bowers rushed at


28 THE JESSE JAMES STORIESo Jack, h ittiug him on the jaw, and sending him to his knees. In a secund Jack was on his feet agaiu. Side stepping a rush which Bowers made, he hit him on tlie wind, and followiug him up, swung heavily on the nose, causing blood to flo w. Round II.-Both boys were more cautious, Bowers doing all the ru:shiug, Simpson acting on l y on the defeusive. Round III.-Simpsou started in with a right hook on Bowers' jaw. Bowers rushed at Jack, who ducked and sent in a clever Both cliuche

THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. 29 leads off to body with right which Boxing Contest No\v Running He l ands on the Kid's bo d y with right. The Spor t shows d ecide dl y the tes t foot w ork and seems e at, .. : r t o fight. Kid l e ads off with right, but fails to connec t. Cl inches. Iu the bre a kaway the Spo r t land s on the Kid's bodv with a terrific r i b roast e r The tries a right swing for the K id's wind, but fails. T h e Kid l e ads fo r bead, but the Sport ducks and smas h e s the Kid o n right cheek. The S port leads fo r head with right, which the Kid s idesteps. H e lands on the S p ort' s c h i n with a t er,r ific ri ght hook, which se n d s the Sport ree ling t o tlie floo r. The refer ee c ounts the s econd s and t h e Sport i s nna bl e t o r ise. The Kid i s the wi1mer of the c h ampi o n ship bel t o f the \Ve s t E ucl Athletic C l u b \\Ion in the .5econd Round. ( B y Homer Martin, Mo.) Jac k Y o ung belon ged t o the athleti c c lub of C hitwood Mo. He w a s a11 a ll-rou n d a t h lete, but b o x i n g was his favorite spo r t. The neighboring villa g e, C en'."ral Ci t y w h a t t h e y tho ught a gocd b o x ing cl u b. The presi dents o f b o t h cl ubs m e t o n Frid a y t o clec i d_ a footrace a n d a boxing mat ch. B oth c l ubs prefe r r ed a boxing match, f reach thought that it wot1ld b e an easy v i c t o r y for t h e m. It was d ecide d t o have a b oxing m atch Saturday uig ht.. Next m o rn i n g the following p o s t e r w a s huug u p in the p ost office: NOTICE! The r e will b e a b oxing m a tch bet w e eil Jack Yonng o f Chitw ood, M o and F r eel M o r e o f C e ntral C i t y Mo. at 7 :30 this evening. Everyb')dy i11vited. That n ight the boys began t o crowd int o an old mill t o w atch tlie fight. I w a s t o act a s s e c o n d for Jack Young. I;-Ie cam e over in his corne r where I w a s with a look of c o nfid e n c e on his fac e I said to Jack: ''Yo u must n o t get mad, the n h e w ill drop his guard. have c u e .'' but try t o get him mad; Then step i n and l e t h i m H e promis-=c\ that h e w oll l d T h e r e f e r ee caile d ti111e and the fight w a s o n. Jack hqd p l enty o f co urag e H e thou g h t o f h i s fr i e n d s wor d s a n d deci d e d to follo w h is advic e Fffd o p e n e d i t b y mak iug a r u s h a t Jack Altho ugh Jack a voide:d m cst all o f t h e blows h e was d ri ve n n e a r the rope, > vhei1 h e gave F r e d a j a b in the fa c e tha t sent him s t a ggerillg all arou n d t h e ring. W heH h e r e c o v e r e d he rush e d a t Jack like a mad bull, but Jack g o t out o f l1is way a n d plan t e d a stunniu g blow over the h eart. F r e d w a s knocke d d o w n He wa s r i siH g to bis k nee s shen w h i s tl e 5ou n d e d. T b e next r ound Jac k s t arte d b y givin g bi s opponent an up percut on the jaw. Fred was a bout t o fall, but till he caught the ropes J ack s atv h i s a u d rus h e d at bim and rained bl o w a f t e r blow in the fac e and ribs . He sank to the floor in an c onditio n : He w a s down and ou t Jack b a d won t h e b attle in the s e cot i d roUi1d. How ,;:,, the boy s of Chit\'\rood did ro ar. SEVE NTEEN P RI ZES SPALDIN G BO XIN G GLOVES SETw 0 The two boys who write t.he best stories will each receive a Spalding E xpert" Punching made o f finest selected Napa tan leat her. The worknumship is the s a 1 n c as in the F itzsirntnons Gpecial bag. Double s t itched 1 welted searns, re-in forced one p i e c e t o p. B e s t quality Para rubber bladder. An extremely durable a n d liYel y bag, and carefully s elected before p2t.cking Each ll a g tornplcte in box wit h bl:l..dCle r rubber cord fo r floor and rov e for ceiling attachment. The four n ext best stories will win fo r their wntern sets of Spc,!ding regulation 5 oz. boxin g gloves. T W O Pt.IR S OF CLOVES TO EACH SET. l\fa d e a f ter the Corbett pattern of soft craven tan leather, well-padded, with elastic wrist band3, There will b" el., l e n prizes in the thi r d class Eleven sets of two pair of Spalding b o)dn?" Regular pnttern1 made o f li ght-co 1o red soft tanned l eettlier, well -padded, elastic wristbands. 'l' h ese bags and gloves are T!1 c that C.1D be o b tained anywhe re, The y are well worth trying for. t-iOW TO CET THEM Think o f a n y bo;dn:;b oat you have witnessetl or par t icipated in. s:t down write n.s good a description of i t as you kuow how. 1\1ak e it lively.-'Thr6 w in nll the upper cuts aud half arm jolts, a.nd do i t i u fiye hundre d words or l<."ss. E very boy \vho hn:; ever seen a boxing c c..ntest has a chance t o capture one of the p rize.. 'i'he contest may b e bet w een boy s or men, beginners o r well-known amatours. If you s houl d not win prize yon a good chance o f seei n g > rour stor) and name in print, anyway. To become a contest : tnt you n1ust cut out t h e Boxing Contest Coupon on t his p:ige. fill i t ont prop crh-. and sent i t t o JESSE WEEKLY, 238 \\7il1fr11n Street, York City together ...-Jith your article. I No co::itrilrntion without this coupo n will be C 0!1Sic1ered "Co m e along, boys, and thing s h um. TliIS CON T E S T CLOSES 1"1A Y t 1902. I-: -COUPON. I J ESSE . .. N a me ... ... ... .................. ............ .... .... .... : ............ City or Towa .. State ...........


\ EXeITING ADVENTURES. You will always find here some thrilling story-perhaps a hairbreadth e s cape by sea, or a dare-devil advent ure on land. They are from the pens of the best writers of exciting stories in the world-veteran hunters, Indian fighters and border men, scouts soldiers and sailors-men whose lives have been spent in facing danger of all sorts in all parts of the world. They have written a collection of the finest stor i es that have ever been told. They knew how to do it, for they are thorou2'hly familiar with the scenes they write about. THE DEATH=RO.CI<. Bv D UKE CUL YER. Among the first to build h is cabin on the steep bank o ve rlo oking the smiling va lle y of the Saco wa s a rna n wh o bore the n a me of Luke Garland. With his wife and child be had mad e the lon g j ourney through the trackless fore s t from the settlemeu t s a t Do ver to this spot, 'hich he h a d selected for a new home. O nce arrived there, he bad h a st i l y thrown up a t e m p orary shelter, co m po5ed o f rock s and b ark strippe d from the trunks of the hem l o ck a ud the birch; a nd wi t h his family housed therein, he set to work to buil d a stout, substantial c a b in that would d e f y the e l e111e11ts an d the ll'ild bea sts and that ro a med throug h the forest. It wa s the work of weeks to fini s h it to hi s mind; but a t i ast it wa s c ompleted, much to his p r ide a n d sa t isfac tion, and they took up their abo de thereiu. This d o u e he turned h is attentio n t o the for es t b e l ow the b ank Oil whic h h is n e'I'.' h o m e s t o o d w ith t h e de termination of ge t ting as l a r g e a spo t cle a r e d as p o ss ibl e for the r e cepti o n of se e d the en s uin g s pr i n g Until the n lie had to d e p end upon h is rifl e a lon e t o prov id e the food n e c essa r y for t h eir sustenan ce. But this was a n eas y t a s k The for e s t and mountains ab b u nd e d in g ame a11.d w h en he went forth in quest of it, be ne ver r e tu rned em p t y -h a n d e d For a c ou p l e o f m onths afte r they h ad be com e settled in their n e w h o m e all wrnt w e ll wi t h t h e m Luke's w ife w h o h ad a t fir s t felt timid at b e ing so far rem ove d fr o m neighbo r s, got ov er this i11 a g r eat m e a s u re a nd be came contente d with h e r new hom e Now a nd then a p arty o f r e d s kill s wo ul d m ake thei r a ppearan ce a t the c a b in, cau s in g a mom entary se n s atio n o f f e a r ; but a s they appeared p e ace a bly inclin e d this feel in g soo n pas E ed off. The c a bin s t ood a l m o s t u p on the tra i l tha t l e d through the G r eat Notc h t o the regi o n s bey ond, and it wa s owi11g to this fact tha t i t had so m a ny v i sits from the red men. Luke Garland always treated them with courtes y and, food was plenty in the cabin, t h e y never went away hungry. 1.'hu s the summer pass e d, and the early autt1mn day s were upou them. Already the m a ple s on the sides o f the mountain s liad donned t11eir robes of crimson and gold, and on the to p mo s t bluffs the s now -white tracks of winte r became v i s i b le One da y the settler took hi s rifle and phrn g ed into the in s e a rch o f a ne w s uppl y o f food H e w a s not s o lucky a s wa s hi s wont, and w hen at la s t he starte d a deer his ill luck pursued him, for instea d of his bulle t bringing the g a m e d ow n it onl y inflicted a wound, and the deer bou u d ed s wi f tly away throug h the fore s t Has til y relodding hi s r ifle, Luke followed s w i ftl y alon g the blo ody trail. From the amount of bl o od the c reature was lo!ling he felt sure that it could not run far before it would sink to the earth. Bu t he h a d mi Ecalcu lated the s t r e ngth o f t he animal, which l e d him o ver n early a mile o f ground be for e he c ame u p on it, l ying d ead in its trac k s Throwiug tlie carcas s a c ro ss hi!I shoulder he lo s t n o time in turning bi s foot s t eps h o m e w ard. For s o mething l i k e a n hour he k ep t s te ad il y on b i s w a y and then his course to o k him across the Indian trai l of w hi ch w e ha\e befo re spoke u. Standing upo n it he hesita t e d for a moment which way to take. To fol l ow it w o uld make the. di s t a nce home a little grea t e r ; but then he knew that the way w as s m oothe r a nd this was o f so m e consequen c e con s i d e ri11g the burden he bore. H e d ecided t o t a k e t h e trail, and withont fu rther l oss o f time hnrried onwar d b u t h ad gone h a rdl y a dozen ro ds before h e 1 J a11se d a brup tl y Ca sting his eyes d o wn a t his f ee t a s it w ere. b y ch a n ce be h a d s e en something tha t had. i ns t antly b rou glit 11im to a s tandstill. It w a s the impr i11t o f a w o m a n s foo t in the so f t earth. F o r a n i nstant he s tood a s m o ti q nl ess as t l 1 o u g h mad e o f s t on e, gazing u p on it. H e knew a s w e ll as though h e h a d se e n her l ea v e it there, t hat it wa s his wi f e's. It had been made but a short time, and along with it w e r e thos e o f a numbe r of savage s In anotl1er in s ta n t the truth h a d force d its elf upon bis mind-hi s wi f e was being carrie d off b y the India n s Pe r chanc e his c h i l d h a d b e en murdere d and bis cabin giv en to the fla mes. The thought ch illed his bl o od, and made his heart stand still. But it was o uly for a moment tha t this spe ll wa s u po n him. The next he had c ast it off with the bu r d e n he bo r e. With a thud the carcass of the deer strnck upon the e arth, and an i n st ant a fter Luke was bounding along the trail, with but one thought in his mind-to re scue his wife and a venge himself upon her captors. This he would do or lose his own life in the attempt. Darkness at length came, but this did not impede bis movement in any great degree. Thanks to his knowledge of that sect ion, be d i d not go astra y Nearly all the time he was upon the trail, although the darkness was so that be saw it uot. It w a s w e ll on toward midnight when he s aw a sign which told him t hat he wa s close upon thos e he s ou ght. The light of a campfire s hone before him iu the da;k nes s and his h eart g a v e a quick throb of joy and hope. l


THE JESSE Jf\MES STORIES. 8i The ipoment for which he bad longed was close at hand. With cautious footsteps he approached the spot from whence the light proceeded. Nearer and nearer he drew, until at length he was so close that he could s e e plainly the sitt;ation of affairs before him. The'redskins, six in number, bad built their campfire close up to.the foo t of a steep tliff, and were huddled close about it. A little apart from them lay bis wife upon the earth, her limbs bound s o that she c o nld not rise. Her babe was upon her bre ast and it was its cries bad called his attention to the spot wher(! they lay half-hidden in the darknes s For a few minutes he did not mo v e from bis tracks, lmt stood trying to devise a pl a n h y which they might b e rescued with little ri s k to themselves. By chanc e he cast his e y es tp the summit of the cliff, and in an instant he saw a means by which he thought he might compass the destruction of the sa vages. A hug e bcr.vlder, which hung abov e the very spot where they were huddle d together about the fire, looked as though a yery slight effort would send it crashing down upon them. His wife and child were so far removed from the spot that they would be in no danger. Hastily h e de cided to tes t the plan suggested, and retracing his steps a little, he clambered to the summit of the cliff. Approaching the bowlder he gla nced below. The savages were in the same position a s he had left them. Could he but send it down upon their heads there was no chance for one of them to escape. Laying down his rifle, he brought all his strength to bear upon the rock, which was so nicely balanced that it moved sl owly from its b ed. Straining every n erve, he finally sent it to the edge, and then, as though pos sessed of life, it bounded o ver and went crashing down upon the doomed savages below. There was no time for a sound to escape their lips; but a wild, startled cry came from those of the captive wife. With a joyful shout, Luke answered it, and then hastily descended to her side. He ca .st a single glance in passing at the spot where the bo"ilder lay, and saw that it had don. e its work well -every one of the sa vages had been crushed to death. With heartfelt joy, Luke set bis wife at liberty, and then, without loss of time, they started back for their cabin, which the redskins had spared from the flames. The cliff was called the Death-Rock, and that name it 1 bears to this day. You are an American Boy and Should Know AU About Of Course You Have Seen It. A WINNER WI'I'H 'I'I-IE BOYS. THE FINEST MOST UPm TO-DATE STORY PAPER EVER PUBLISHED. Frank Merriweil, the great Yale Athlete, writes exclusively for Read hio latest Bas e Ball story now running. fine tattling serial stories always running in The celebrated Pard" condu.cts his famous "corner" in The Boys of America League has for its official organ The Young Authors' Library Contest is now running in The liveliest anecdotes, jokes and short. stories are printed in J\nd the finest and most exciting stories of adventure are found in Ask your newsdealer to show you a copy of this rattling weekly, or send for a samp/Ji copy to STREET & SMITH, 238 Willi a m Street, New York. IT IS JUS'T WHft1T YOU ARE l.OOKDNC FOR. CET RT THIS WEEK.


l J i JESSE JAMES STORIES. SIZE.) The Best Stories Published of the Famous W estem Outlaw. 112-Jess e James' Close Call; or, The Outlaw's Last Rally in Southern Wyoming. ,13-J esse Jam es in Chicago; or, The Bandit King's Bold Play. :14-Jesse James in New Orleans; or, The Man in the Black Domino. 115-Jesse James' Signal Code; or, The Outlaw Gang's Desperate Strategy. !16--Jess e James on the Mississippi; or, The Duel at Midnight. I 7-Jesse James' Cave; or, The Secret of the Dead. 118-The James Boys in St. Louis; or, The Mysteries of a Great City. 119-Jesse James at Bay; or, The Train Robbers' Trail. 2cr-Jesse James in Disguise; or, The Missouri Outlaw as a Showi;nan. 21-J esse J a m es Feud with the Elkins Gang; or, The Bandit's Revenge . 22-Jesse James' Chase Through Tennessee; or, Tracked by Bloodhounds. 23-J esse James In Deadwood; or, The -Ghost of Shadow Gulch 24-J ess e Jam es' D.eal in Dead Valley; or, At Odds of Fifty to One. 25-Jesse James on the Trail for Revenge; or, The Outlaw's Oath. 26-J esse James' Kidnaping Plot; or, The Massacre at Weldon's. '27:.._ J es;;e Jam es Among the Mormons; or, Condemned to Death by the Saints. 28-Jesse James' Capture and Escape; or, Outwitting the Pancake Diggings Posse. 29-Jesse James' Hunt to Death; or, The Fate of Outlaw Vasquez. 30-Jesse James' Escape From Cheyenne; or, In League with the 'Wyoming Regulators. 3 I-Jesse J am es Rich Prize; or, The Battle at the Old Stone House. '32-J esse James and His Ally, Polk Wells; or, An Errand of Life or Death. 33-Jesse James in New York; or, The Missing Millionaire. 34-Jesse James' Deal in Sacramento; or, Holding Up the Overland Express . 35-Jesse James Against the Record; or, Seven Hold-Ups in a week. 36-J esse J a m es and the Woodford Raid; or, The Nervy Bandit Hard Pu. shed. 37-Jesse James' Narrowest Escape; or, Chased by a Desperate Band. 38-Jesse J ames and the Black Valise; or, Robber Against Robber. 39-The James Boys Driven to the Wall; or, The Three Lives of Vvild Decatur. 40-Jesse James' Ruse; or, The Escape from "Lame Horse Settlement." 41-Jesse James in Mexico; or, Raiders of the Rio Grande. 4 2-J esse James' Double Game; or, Golding, the Dandy Sport from Denver. 43-Jesse James Surrounded; or The Desperate Stand at Cutthroat Ranch. 44-J esse Jam es' Spy; or, Corralling a Whole Town. 45-The James Boys' Brotherhood; or, The Man of Mystery. 46--J essie James' Railroad; or, The Outlaw Brotherhood at Bay. 47-J esse J a m es Foiled; or, The Pinkertons' Best Play. 4 8-The Jam es Boys' Steamboat; or, The Riv e r Cruise of the Bandit Brothers. 49-J esse James' Jubilee ; or, The Celebration at the Bandits' Ca s tle. All of the above numbers always on hand. If you cannot get them from your newsdealer, five cents a copy will bring them to you by rnail1 postpaid. STREET & SMITH, Publishers, 238 William New York. I l


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