Young Wild West's surprise, or, The Indian chief's legacy

Young Wild West's surprise, or, The Indian chief's legacy

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Young Wild West's surprise, or, The Indian chief's legacy
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Wild West Weekly
An Old Scout
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Frank Tousey
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WILD WEST WEEKLY A Magqzine Containing Stories, Sketches, Etc., o f Weste r n No. 7. Issued Subscript-ion $2.50 per year. Ente1ed as Second Cla ss lilatter at the New York, N. Y., Post Office. Entered ciccording to Act of Cou11reH in the year 1902, in the o.Di ce of t he Librarian of C:ongr ess Washington, D. C ., by L"runk 24 Union Square, New Yo1/,, NEW YORK, DECEMBER 5, 1902. Price 5 Cents. YOUNfi WILD WEST'S SURP RISE I OR, The Indian Chief's By AN OLD S COUT. CHAPTER I. THE MAIL COACH IS HELD UP. I A group of five young men, whose ages r anged from e ighteen to thirty, s tood watching a numb e r of carpe n ters who were at work putting up a big platform at the foot of a perpendicular c liff about a mile from the cent ral part of the hu s tling little mining town of Weston. They were apparent l y much interested, and they chatted and nodded approvin g l y as the work cont inu ed. The hand s ome young fellow with the wealth of ch es t nut h air, in the center of t h e g roup is Young Wilc1 West, who had been nicknamed the "Prince of the Saddle" because n o one in all the great W est hac1 ever been able to ride anc1 ma s ter a horse a s w e ll as h e cou ld In addit ion to this, Youn g Wild W est was an all-around ethlete, b eing mos t cool in the time of dan ger, a s darin g as a n y h ero who ever bes trod e a horse or handl e d a i:;hooting il'on, and just r eck less e nou g h to make himself admir e d by every one who knew him even his greates t e nemies. His costu m e was r ather picturesque, a s was that of hi s comp a nion s Young Wild West was ri gge d out in fancy ridin g buc k s kin knee breeches trimmed with sca rlet fringe, ye llow s ilk s l 1 ir t and white sombrero. His b elt and hols t e r s w e re mounted with s i l ver, and the pair of s hoot e r s anc1 hunting \nifo h e ca rri e d were of the latC'"t pattrrn of the times. 'rl1nn' w n s one young man in the group who was attired i n what might b e termed semi-w estern s t y le. This was Walt e r J enkins, the s up erinte ndent of the Wild West Min ing and Improvem ent Company. Thou g h he liked t h e country and peopl e h e had come to liv e with very much, and was anythin g but a coward h e did not hunt up dang e r, a s he declar ed his employer s some times did. l The oth e r three wer e Jim Dart, the secr eta r y of the company; C h eyenne Charlie, the scout, and Jac k Robed ee who h ad a lso bee n a scout in the employment of the Gov ernment But it i s more than lik e l y that the reader has become thoro1fghly acquainted with t h e five b efore this, s o no furthe r description of the m will be n ecessa ry The Wild West Mining and Improv ement Company had dec i ded to give an open air dance on their extensive piece of property, and that was why t h e platfor m was being built Wild had been over to Spondulicks the da y before and saw to it that the re would b e a good puff in the pap er when it came out Saturdav so there was sure to be a l arge crowd at the dance in addition to the r egu l ar r e s idents of Weston Wild never did anyth in g b y h a lves, and h e made up his mind that th e r e was to be more people in W esto n the ni ght the dance took place than ther e had ever b een before. J ack Robe dee, who had fallen in love with a widow over in Devil Creek, was p erfect l y willin g to go over to that place and advert ise the dance for a ll h e was wor t h "Have vou d ecide d wha t night to have ther ?" a ske d R obedre of Wild. "Well, T should think tine fr]Jo,, ., have the plat form by to-morrow night, so we can have it take


2 YOUNG WILD WEST'S SURPRISE. next Wednesday. To-day is Friday, and we want a little time to get things ready," was the reply. "That's right,'' nodded Jim Dart. "Wednesday night will be just the time to have it." "I am g l ad it is decided," spoke up Cheyenne Cha rlie, as he twisted his handsome mustache in a dandified manner. "Why?" a ked Walter Jenkins. "Oh! I'll have time to practice a little, you know. I ain't had a good dance since I was in Texas last summer at a fandango. I could sling as light a oot as any of them, but I s'pose I'm all out of practice now. "Well, I don't believe much in dancing, but I suppose I will take a hand Wednesday night with the rest of you." "Of course you will," spoke up Young Wild West. "We w i ll have a square set of oltr own-you and your wife, Char lie and hi s wife, Jim and his gir l, and myself Arietta. l am no dancer myself, nor do I ever expect to be; but on this occasion I mean to do my best." "I won't have a chance to get in that set, then?" spoke up Jack. "No; not that one," laughed Wild. "We'll get llp an other one for the benefit of you and your widow over at the Creek." 'l'his caused a laugh from all hands, and Robedee turned n deep crimson. He had always been termed a "woman-hater," but had at last lost his heart to a widow. "When does the wedding take place, any-1yay, Jack?" queried Wild. "When does yours take place?'' "That isn't answering my question; but I will answer you by saying truthfully that I don't know when will be married." "Well, I don't, either, then." J ac. k spoke as though he was somewhat nettled, and his fou::: friends only laughed the more. "It is time the mail coach got h ere, I should think/' observed Jenkins, changing the conversation "l am iXpecting a letter, so I guess I'll walk do\\'n to .the p ost-office." "I'll go dowiJ1 with you," said \Vild, so the two left the scene of the platform building and \rnlkcd toward the heart of the town. As they crossed the trail that led over the mountain to Spondulicks, they halted and looked to see if the stagf:' cc.aeh was anywhere in sight. "There she comes!" exclaimed Wild, pointing to a cloud 0f dust in the distance. "The driver is behind t ime, and ht is trying to make it up, I guess.;' "That is it, most likely," nodded Jenkins. "We will wait here till she comes in." Half a minute later both coul d see the hurrying outfit pretty plainly. Suddenly Wild noticed that there were onl y three horses io the vehicle. "Something is wrong!" he excl aimed "One of the leaders is gone." His companio n nodded, and then. shrugged his shoulder,; significant ly. It occurred to him that there had been a hold up. Young Wild West thought the same thing, but said noth ing just then. the stage coach was rapidly nearing them The driver, who was handling the reins with but one hand, drew up when he saw the two waiting for him. "What's the matter?" called out Wild. "A hold-up!" was the reply. "Two passengers shot an' 1.her mail gone!" "The dickens you say!" ancl wild jumped into the vehi cle, followed by bis companion, and rode on over to the post-office. There had been but two paasengers to start from Sponc1u licks, and one of them was dead and the other pretty badly wounded. The latter our friends learned a::; ::;oon as they got into the stage coach The driver had been shoi in 1.he l eft arm, and when he l;tought i.he horses to a stanch;t ill in the little square, a crowd in1mediately gatberccl about him. It was the first time there h ad been a stage coach rob bery in tbat section in over a month, and they we re anxious to learn how it happened. "Whites or r eds?'' ljucri cil Wild, afler he had turned the wounded passenger cJYcr 1.o the only doctor the town boasted of. "Both," replied the man. "It happened right over where Rob Runner's gang got wiped out that time. The young Prince of the Saddle was very much inter ested "Ever seen any 'Of the whites before?" he a8kecl. "Nope Strangers, every one of 'em. Ther reds wa::; Sioux, I guess, though I didn't have mltch time to look at 'em We put up a s tiff fight, but got ther worst of it. There was more'n a dozen of 'em "Boys,'' said Young Wild West, turning to the crowd of men, which now numbered easily thirty or forty, "we have got to wipe this gang out!" "That's right!" cried old Sam Murdock, the postmas ter. "We can't tolerate this kind of bl1siness here in Weston. Here ther mail is gone ag'in. I'm putty sure there was twelv e hundred dollars in money in it, 'cause I heard ther feller what's builclin' ther printin' office say that he expected that amount in a letter any day now." "Too bad!" said some one else, and then all hands united in swearing vengeance on the gang who had committed the .crime. "Well, boys," said Wild, "the best thing we can do is to start right out and see if we can't run the hounds to cover. It may be that they have got a hangout somewhere up on the rr.ountain, and it may be that we could :find it. I am going just as soon as I can get my horse." That was quite enough. A score or more of the men started for their horses. Young Wild West hurried back to his headquarters, and


y WILD WEST'S SURPRISE. 3 telling Uheyenne Uharlie and Jack Hobedee wlrnt was in the win d, made for the s table, the beautiful sorrel, was saddled and bridle d in short order, and when Wild rode over to the trail, Charlie, Jirn and Jack w ere right behind him. They w ere in ti m e to overtake about twenty of the miner s who had set out to b e revenged upon the whit e renegades and Indians for holding up the stage coach and robbing the mail-bags. "Young Wild West will l ea d the r way!" c ri ed a brawny miner. "He's ther only one as kin lead u s to victory!" This was answer ed by -a cheer from a ll hands, and then the po sse of horseme n rod e up the trail, sending up clouds of dust. It was shortly befor e noon, but not one of the d ete rmined men thought about waiting to get of lawless men. 'l' rue, Young \>'ild W est h a d wip ed out mor e than one gang since \Ye,;ton became a town, h11t there were new ones forming all the time, and it. wa3 nt'CP5sary l o be on the look out all the while for danger. This nt:w gang that had just operated so successfully on the mail coach, was a su rprise lo the good citizens of \Ve s ton, but they were just as anxious to wipe it out aB they had been for any that had preceded it. About two miles up the trail the way was pretty level for a long di stance The trail, which was now beginning to be quite a r oad, wound around the side of the mountain, and finally brought up inlo Spondulicks, fifteen mile,; from \'Vcsto n About half way between these two towns the trail off and ran on till i t came to the open prairie be yond the foothills. This was the quarter where most of the rough e l eme n t came True, there w e r e any numlwr of lmcl men and clcspcra

I 4 YOUNG WILD WEST'S SURPRISE. Ile w e ll knew that if tho outlaws who h ad robbed the mail coac h w ere really up where the shot had been fired from, they would be watching the m e n who were gathered in a bunch arnund the bend. They would hartlly be expecting a Yisit from one alone. Though our hero did not exactly intend to pay them a vi.sit, h e did mean to get close enough to sec just how they were located. .That is, of course, if t h ere was any more than one there. Only one shot had been fired, and that might mean that there was only one there. Nearer and nearer Wild got to the point. H e was proceeding with the utmost caution now, for he did not know at what moment h e might come upon oome one. '! 'he r e was a narrow l edge in front of him, which ran in an angle around the face of a precip i ce, and ht folt that if he could manage to get ac ross this he would,.. be able to sec some thing. CHAP. ER II. THE DITEL ON THE MOUNT.AINHDFl. A s Young Wild West started to creep alon g the narrow ledge a presentiment of d anger sudde nl y camr up o n him. As he reached the angle where the turn u i:. t be made he pau sed fo r an in stant and li stened. Then h e gave a start of surprise, for the labor ed breathing of a human being within a few feet of him came to his e ars. R evo lver in h a nd, h e qrou c h ed on the l edge that overhung t h e d eep a b yss, and waited for what was to com e But n ot th e least tinge of fear shot throug h the boy's .frame. He was simply anxious, and as cool a s though he was but waiting for the appearance of a friend who was to nieet him. there. The breathing denoted that wh oever i t mig .ht be was craw ling along the l edge from the opposite direction. That meant that a meeting of the two was inevitable There was n o other place where a p erson could b e and his breathing heard. In les than two seconds ; though it seeme d a great deal lo n ger to Wild, a tuft 0 feathers sud d en l y showed within three feet of his face. H e raised his revolver to fire, but before he could pull the trigger the tuft was thrown back and the u g l y face of a Siou x chief peered from behind the angle of rock. "Ah!" exclaimed. Young Wi1d West, a tinge of triumph i n his voice. "Gray Elk, I am glad to m eet you I h eard that you w e r e d ead, but it seems that it was a false r eport." "Ugh!" grunted the Indian. "Paleface boy make heap big talk. He no want to sec Gray Elk!" "Oh, yes, h e does, Ch i ef. You h'TIOW that I owe you an old grudge, don't you ? You ha Ye sworn a dozen t imes to wear my scalp in you!' b elt; you have had me tied to a tree and enjoyed your scH throwing knive s and tomahawks at me; you have lighte d the fire to burn me at the stake, but here I am yet Gray E l k, on e of us has got to die! One of us will go tumbling to the s harp ro c k s a tho usand feet belq'\1', and the carrion birds will fea s t upon t h e de caying fles h. Which of us is it to be, Gr ay Elk?" The face of an Indian i s generally almo s t devoid of ex' pression, but at that moment Wi1d w as certain that h e saw jus t a shade of fear cross the swarthy countenance that was so near him. He held the life of Gray Elk right in his hand, but he he sitated about sending him to thr Happy Hunting Ground s of his faith. The boy could not see what sort of a w e apon the redskin had, as only hi s head s howed around the comer of rock. "The pal eface has spoken,'' said the chief, in hi s p e culiar s ing-song way. "He s peak s the truth wh en he says that one of u s mu s t di e The eye of t h e paleface boy is as true a s the eagle's and h e know s who it will b e that will go t0 the Happy Hunting Ground s R e knows that Gray Elk has no chance. Let him s)Joot !" Then in a low, humming vo i ce, that was w eird and unnatural he began chanting his death s ong Young Wild We s t hesi tated. There was not a drop of cowardly blood in his body, and 11P. could not send the Indian to eternity without a s how to dE:fend himself. Gray E l k was one of the wor s t of all the allies that Sitting Bull ever had, and the terrible c rimes laid at his door were many; but Young Wild W est r ea liz e d at that moment that he was human. And h e could not murde r him, though he w ell knew it would not b e called s u c h. All h e h a d to do w as to press the trigger of tl1e heavy Colt's sixs hoot er h e h e l d in his hand, an d Gray Elk woull1 utter a sharp cry and go w hirl i n g downward to the bottom of t h e abyss. If ever a mortal thought hi s t ime had come it was certainly the Sioux chi e f. H e h a d hi s eyes toward the sky, and was c hanting the s ong as though he was afraid he would n o t get enough of it in b e fore the end came, when suddenly Wild s poke. "Gray Elk, I am going to g ive you a chance for your -..._ life," he said. "Come on around. We will go back to an open spot a f e w yards from here, and fig h t i t o u t I nstan t l y the death s ong ceas ed. Somet h ing like gratitude shone fro m t h e r ed man's eyes for j ust an i nstant, and then w i t h a nod, he exclaimed : Ugh!" That meant as m u ch as though he was sa t isfied and thankful at t h e same t i me Wild bega n craw ling back a n d the chief foll owed him witho u t the leas t hesitatio n. When the boy reached the s olid ground he got up on his fee t. "Gr ay Elk," said he, I know you can te ll t h e truth ..


YOUNG WILD WEST'S SURPRISE. when you want to. Now, tell me this: ,\re yon here alone?" OtlH'r,: gone, one, two miles; me come back, for Gray Elk feel that paleface boy would come to shoot men who take 1'vhat belong to thr Great Father at Washington." The redskin referred to the mail as belonging to the President of the United States. All Indians callcu tbe President the Great Father. "So you thoughl 1 won kl come?" "Yes; and when Gray Elk see you he shoot, but it was too far :for his bullet. 1'hcn he wait for you to come to him." "And I came. Well, Gray Elk, I must say that you are a pretty good judge of rny nature. There is one thing I want to tell you, however, and that is, that if I had shot at you from the sanw di.;tance as you did at me, l would have killed you. My aim is true, Gray Elk.'' "'l'he paleface boy talks true; Young Wild West a heap iJig brave." "Thanks, Chief. That is inileed a great compliment. Xow, then, how clo you want to fight?" There was so much coolness about Wild that the red skin was forced to look at him admirin gly. "'rhe paleface boy shall say which way we fight," he an swered. "He will say the pistol, for he never misses with that." "Suppose I say we shall fight with hunting knives, will that suit you?" "Ugh! Young Wild West has spoke n. We will fight with knives.'' ''Come on, then, Chief. Lay down your firearms Here is a goou place." Gray Elk obeyed to the l etter, and two minutes later the two stood facing each other with no other weapons t11an keen-edged hunting knives. Wild knew that the redskin could u se this sort of a weapon a great deal better than he could a revo l ver, so h e gare him a chance. But never once did he think that Gray Elk would get tl1e best 0 the strugg le. Wild knew what he could do and h e r elied upon himself to do it. Compared to the big-framed Indian he was but a strip ing, but he was by far the most active. Gray Elk was getting a l ong in years; he had seen his clays at hand-to-hand fighting, but still there was :1 w hole lot in him yet. Arc you ready, Chief?" "Ugh!" Then i.he bro blades flashed in the bright sunlight, and the cluel on the mountainside was on. Clash! Clash! The knives came together, sending out sparks of fire. It was to be a fight to the death, for both were terrib l y :lb earnest. Back and forward, and from the right to the left they sprang with nimble feet, the labored breathing of the In-dian chief, the clashing of the blades of steel and the s lid ing of their feet mingling into a confused sound. Wild 1rns perfectly at his ease. He knew that, barring the unexpected, he would soon lx, able to give the red man his death blow. And Grny Elk realized that if he was going to win he must do it quickly. He suddenly changed his tactics, and began forcing the fight, _cutting right and left nt his nimble antagonist. Wild deftly dodged every bl01r, and then when the open ing came he struck the blow that vrns to end the fight. lt did end it, but not in the way he expected it to. The InJian must haYc divined 1Yhat that blo" meant. for he made a desperate motion to ward it off, and Young Wild West's blade struck hi'm on the fingers that clutched the hilt of his knife, and with a clang the weapon dropped to the ground. With the blood spurting from his woundeJ fingers, Gray Elk took a backward step and threw out his breast to re ceive the death blow. But instead of delivering it, vVild thrust his knife into his b elt. "Go on, Gray Elk!" he said, in a voice that was full of meaning." "If there is any good in your heart, remember that Young Wild West, the paleface boy, has given you your life Don't eYer let me see you again!" The chief looked amazed, as much as an Indian could, and then without .a word, turned and picked up hi s trap pings and started around the ledge. Wild watched him till he was out of sight, and then started back to the trail where he had left his companions. He found them waiting for him, rather anxiously, too, for they were not sure that he had not run into an ambush. "Did you learn anything?" asked Cheyenne Charlie. "Yes; the gang of outlaws is located somewhere within a mile or two of where we are now." "How did you learn this?" Jim Dart asked. "Old Gray Elk, the Sioux chief, told me.'' "What!" "That is right. He is not dead, after all. It was he who :fired the shot from oYer there. I had quite a talk with him, but knew there was no use in asking him a whole lot of questions.'' "Well, we didn't hear you shoot, so you must have fixed him with your sti cker," Jack Robedee, as he moved over to see if there was any blood on Wilcl"s shirt. There was some there, and he gave a noel of approval. "Oh! I didn't kill the old redskin," said Wild. "I couid hav e done it easily, but I gave him a chance for his life. Somehow I didn't feel in the humor to kill a human being without giving him a show for his life I gave him the show, and when the time came for me to give him the finish h e threw up his hand and caught i t on the fingers. He dropped his knife ancl I told him to go on." "Well, you are what I call a wonder exclaimed Chey enne Charlie. "Why, he is the worst enemy you have got among the Sioux gang!"


6 YOUNG "WILD WEST'S SURPRISE. "He will lay or you an' plug you ther :fits t chance he gits," added Robedee. "Well I told him never to let mo see him again, and i he does let m e see him I shall certainly draw a bead on him. Come! Let u s now hunt or the outlaw gang." Uis h owledge 0 the vicinity made Young Wild West have a pretty good id ea of where the gang might be lo cated. There were plenty of good hiding places on the mountain, as has been said, but he fo1t quite sure that the y would not locate very far from the trail. It was there where they m eant to do business, and if they expected to keep posted on what was passing to and fro they mus t not be too far away. The cave the famous outlaw, Rob Runner, and his gang, 11ad occupied had been pretty well demolished by explosions of gunpowder, but it would still make an admirable re treat for such a villainous gang. And if they were really all n e w hands in that part of tho country, it would be quite likely that they would take to that place as well as any other. That is the way Wild figured it to him se lf. "I think we had b ette r let our horses go along at a walk," he said. "We don't want to let them know we are corning, i they should happe n to be located at the old place." "That's right!" cried one of the miners "Young Wild West knows what';; what." This was the general opinion of all hands, s o with the handsom e young rider in the lead the band 0 d eter mined avengers rode along the trail. It was just about a mile from tlio place where the meeting with Gray Elk occurr e d that the cave of Rob Rmme r was located. When ne r the spot Wild's keen eyes suddenly detected the head of a man peering from behind a jagged rock at the top of the little bluff oyer the cave. he said, in a low tone, but loud enough for them all to hear. "Our game i s in that cave. I caught a glimpse of one of them jus t now." No one else had seen the man's head, but they did not for an instant doubt Wild. He had a way 0 seeing and doing things that they could not. Young Wild West smiled in a satisfied manner as Jim, Oharlie and Jack looked at him expectantly. "We have been here before," he said calmly. "We will JJlay the sap.1e game we did when we put llob Runner and 11is gal).g off the earth." ''That means that some of us will drop in the cave from tho split in the ridge, an' ther rest stay out here an' fix 'em a s fast as they come out?" Cheyenne Charlie said ques tioningly. "Y cs ; a. half-pound can of powder will start them, I guess. \\1ho has got it?" No one had a can, but one of the miners had a horn that contained that much of the explosive, so Wild promptly began making a fuse CHAPTER III. TII E CAPTURE A.N"D ESCAPE OF UICKOUY IIIPE. WL.:u the improvi sed bomb was made, Wild turned to Jim anu Charlie, and said: "You two will go with me; the others will ride back about a hundred k>t?t and dismount, and wlten they hear the pow der explode run up the trail and make the red and white r enegades either fight or surrender. Is i.hat understood, boys?" "Y cs, yes was the reply. "Very well. W e will cha e them out, so look out you don't :fire on us when we come out of the front of the cave." "We'll be on ther watch," ans\\'ered Jack Robedee. Wild and hi s two compan ion s now started up the rocky ascent to get upon the ridge that ran over the top of the cave. They had all b een there be.fore, o they knew just how to get there. The young dead-shot was soon at the place where be had see n tho man's head when he rode up the trail at the h ea d of the men. But there was no sign of a human being there now. A big, portion of tho top of the ctwe had tumbled m from the effects of a former explosion, but there was still ample room for a score or more of men and their horses to stay in. Leaning over the break in the top of the ridge of rock, our three friends listened. They could hear the pa wing 0 horses' hoofs and the n,oise made by tho animal s as they munched the hay their owners had provided fo r them. Wild nodded significantly. "I don't want to kill any one with tho explosion," said he. "Nor do I want to hurt their horses. We \Vill just touch it off s o it will foreo them to run out, and at the same time :fill the cave with a thick smoke." "Oh I It won't hurt if it kill s a cou ple of ther rascals," retorted Cheyenne Charlie. "They don't mind killin' any one in cold blooq, so I don't know why they shouldn't be treated ther same." "Never mind, now; I'll do the touching off. Let us find a good place to s lide down when the powder goes off. We must fir e fast and make them think that a dozen 0 tis have attacked them from the rear." They c rept along in a cautio u s manner and soon found a place that would suit their purpose. Jus t a s Young Wild W est had lighted the fuse attached. to the powder horn h e detected the form of a man sneaking across tho space b e low them. He had b een almost directly beneath ihem all the time, apd had evidently heard what they were talking abo ut. Instantly three revolv e r s w o r e leveled at him, and a hoar se whi spe r from Wild told him to come back. Instead of obeying, the outlaw got upon his feet and started to run to the forward part of the cave


YOUNG WILD WEST'S SURPRISE. "Don't fire!" exclaimed vVild, and then he let the pow der horn go at the man. It struck him .full in the back, and bounding back, fell upon the ground in the cave's center. The next instant it exploded with a loud noise, causing the roc\y ground to dislodge from under thC--'.fi and send our three friends sliding to the cave below. They had intended to come down, but not in this way. "Now, then, open fire!" cried Young Wild West. "We can't see our game, so we must shoot on a line with our 'breasts. Now!" Their shooters began to crack away right merrily, while the cave rang with hoarse yells and cries of fright. The explosion had not harmed one of the villains, nor were the shots 0 Wild and his two friends touching them at all. But they did not want to get touched by the bullets, so they did just what the men of Weston wanted them to do. Th.ey made for the open air. No man likes to put up a fight where he cannot see his opponent, so it was only natural that, taken by surprise as they were, the villains wanted to get out where they could ;;ee what they were doing. Out they rushetl into the open, on ly to find themselves confronted by a crowd of determined men with leveled re volvers. Three or four of the band put up a fight, but bit the du t in short order for their pains. When Wild and his two companions came groping out of the cave the outlaws had surrendered, and they were rapidly being made prisoners. There were less than a dozen of them now that three or four had gone under, and six of them were Indians. Wild quickly looked them over. He expected to see Gray Elk among them, but he was not there. The l eader of the gang was a reckless fellow, who went by the name of Hickory Hipe. This our friends quickly found out by i]uestioning one of the most badly sca r ed of the gang at the point of a revolver. They also l earned that the mail taken from the s tage coach was in the cave unharmed save that which the m6hey had b cen taken from, and a couple of the miners went in and got it. "Hickory Ripe has got all the money," Raid the man. ''He hadn't divided it yet. Half was tp go to Gray Elk an' bis reels, an' the rest was to be ours. "Where is Gray Elk ?'1 questioned Wild. "He ain't been with us sirrcc the hold-up," was the reply .... "The old fellow hasn't got back, then," th(>i1glit the boy. "Well, it is a good thing for him that he has not, for he would swing along with the rest." The l eade r of the band wa. soon relieved of the plunder, and :fierce were the expressions h e s hower ed upon them. "You've got" me he cried. "But :ver wouldn't have done it if I hadn't had a gang of sn ivclin' idiots wlth me I come from Te xas, where they raise men what don't know what fear is. Thi:dot of men I had with me ain't worth powder to blow 'em to ther old boy!" "Never mind telling us that," retorted Young Wild West, in his easy-going way "We have got you, just as we always get men of your stamp You are not the :first to fall into our hands, and l hardly think you will be the last. We have plenty of good strong rope down in Weston, and there is a piece waiting there for you. You say you hail from 'l1exas, and if that is so I rather think you are wish. ing now that you stayed there, for you are going to dance on nothing before the sun sets. this day." "I ain't worrying over it," wa1') the sullen retort. "I ain't given up yet, either. I've been in just as tight places as this an' got out of 'em." "The next tight place you get into will be a rope neck tie," observed Jim Dart. "Come on, boys! Let's get their hors es out of the cave, the smoke has gone pretty well, now." Half a of the men went in and led out the horses. Not one of them had been injured by the explosion, though they were all more or less excited The captured villains were forced to mount, and they were tie d to the animal s and the ride back to W estou began. The miners were elated at having brought the outla\vs to justice so quickly. All there was left to do now was to hang the scoun drels .and bury them. But they were not destined to hang them all just then, for when but half a mile from the outskirts of Weston, J;,Iick ory Ripe, the leader of the captured gwg, uttered a yell to his hor se, and before a hand could be raised to stay him the animal broke away from the man who held the bridle rein, and dashed madly up a narrow gorge to the left. "Ha, ha, ha!" laughed the men in unison. They knew that it was what was called a blind gorge the scoundrel had ridden into, and that before he went half a mile he would fetch up against a perpendicular wall of rock. "A couple of you go iil after him," said Young Wild West. "We will ride on into town." The two first to turn their horses were the ones :wr mitted to go, and then the rest rode on down the mountain side Wild allowed the older ones in the party to take charge of .the pri sone rs. He knew what would happen"' o them as soon a.s they were taken before the judge. Wild, Jim and Jack reached the house they occupied just in time to see a little fun. About a week b efo re they had given employment to a young colored fellow, who had reached Weston in a state of bankruptcy. His duties were to take care of the horses, and attend to all other outside work. His name was Ike, and he had one of the greatest ap petites ever known Ike had a way of sneaking into the kitchen when Wing


YO C j_ G WILD WEST'S SURPRH:iK Wah, the Chinese cook, was not looking, and helping him self to various eatables. The Chinaman was boss of the kitchen, and the darky was boss of the outside work, so when Ike got to helping himself Wing Wah got mad. He had told Wild about it several times, but he only laughed and told the cook to fire him out the next time he caught him there. And just as they got to the house, very hungry from what they had passed through up on the mountain, the cook had caught the dar1.7 stealing some of the fancy stuff he had made up to please his masters. Wing Wah was going to clo just as Wild told him, that iE:, if he could. He had caught Ike red-handed, and he got a grip upon the collar of his shirt before the darky knew what struck him. ''Gettee out, you blackee tief !" Wing Wah was scream ing when our friends came in, so they paused and listened "Leggo, dar !" cried Ike. "I ain't no thief. Leggo, da r !" "Misler Wild say Wing Wah fire you outee when he eatchee you. Outee you go!" Wild and the other two crept up to the doorway and saw the Chinaman pull the coon over backward, and start on a gallop for the back door, which was open. They broke into a hearty laugh when they saw Ike hauled outside and in a confused heap on the ground. But the cook was pretty mad, and he began to kick the man of-all-work with his wooden shoes. This hati the effect of making the darky get upon his feet a great quicker, and the next instant the two belliger ents were at it hammer and tongs. "Wow-wow-wow!" screamed the Chinaman, as the dai:ky landed a couple of good ones on his face. "Lookout, dar Stop youse scratcbin' !" yelled Ike, when he got a good dig across the nose. In less than ten seconds they clinched, and then they went down, the Chinaman landing on top. He took off one of his wooden shoes and began beating Ike over the head with it, when Wild stepped up and in terfered. "That will do, Wing," he said. "Never hit a man when he is down. Ike, you just keep out of the kitchen here after till you are called in to get your meals. If the cook has given you a licking it serves you right." "He no lick me, Marsa Wiid. He done pound me on de head wi.f him wooden shoe. Dat no way to fight. Down in ole Kaintucky we fight wif our bar han's." As the darky said this he pulled himself together and looked as though he would like to have another chance at the cook. Wing Wah was ready for him, and he even took a step toward him. "Stop!" called out Wild, affecting a voice of anger. "Now, if I catch you saying cross words to each other again I am going to make you fight it out with pistols. Do you understand that?" Both said very meekly that they dicl,.ancl then our three friends went into the house to get the meal they had waited so long for. They were really hungry, and as their cook was excep tionally good one, they had no cause to complain about the food set before them "There bound to be some fun before Wing Wah and Ike settle the difference that Iias come between them," said Jim. "If you meant it when you said that you woulO. make them fight it out with pistols if they were caught quarreling again, I'll bet a Mexican cheroot that the fight will take place before sunset." "I certainly .meant it," replied wild. "But, of course, I mean to see to it that there arc no bullets in the revolvers when the fight takes place. I wouldn't bet with you, Jim, for I feel that the fight will come off, myself. It will be a duel between Africa and China, and we will have it on the platform the carpenters are putting up." "Ther Chinee has got thcr most nerve of ther two, I think,'' remarked Jack, as he leaned back in his chair and picked his teeth in a thoughtful attitude. "That not saying a greatdeal, either,'' Jim hastened to r eply "I'll speak to Walter's wife and tell her to let me know if she hears or sees any trouble between the two," said Wild. Jenkins lived next door in a neat little shanty of bis own. The company had given him the lot to build it on, and he was very happily and comfortably located. Wild speak to Mrs. Jenkins a few minutes later, and she promised to do as he wanted her to, though she could not imagine what was up. The three walked over to the office, which was but a short distance away, and just as they got there the two men who had been sent up the gorge to bring back Hickory Hipe rode up They had the outlaw's horse, but the villain was not with them. "We e;ouldn t find the galoot," said one of them. "What!" exclaimed Young Wild West, "you couldn't find him?" "No. We hunted all around an' got ther horse, but he was gone. We picked up ther rope all cut to pieces that he had been tied to ther horse with, but he'd di:iappeared, jest as though ther ground had swallered him!" The men seemed to be crestfallen at their failure to bring the mi.screant in, for they had taken their time abont it, thinking surely that he could not get out of the blind gorge. Wild and his companions could not understand it, either. "There was only one way .for him to escape,'' observed our hero, after a pause, "and that was fo be a$si.stcd by some one. Now, then, who could have cut the ropes that bound him, and set him free?"


YOUNG WILD WEST'S SURPRISE. 9 K o one c ould an wer this, ;nd a s the two who had gone a1'te r th e o utlaw w ere entire ly above s u s pi c ion, it was given up a s a puzzl er. ' Th a t f e llow will mak e troubl e around h e re," observed Jim, in a l o w t o n e lo Wild "Ile i;; about the ugliest s pecim e n 01' a whit e man I hav e set m y e yes on in a long tim e." I am a littl e b i t of that opinion mysel1'," was the reply. W e ll i f h e doe:; start iu t o kic k up a foss around here, I g u e s \\C will b e able to mak e s h ort w o rk of him." What a r e w e gain' to d o about it?" a s k e d one of the m e n who had r eturne d wit h o u t their m an. "There is n o th i ng l eft to do bu. t to scour th e vicinity," reto rted Wi ld. "You may run across hi1n." The m e n promptly put spurs to their s teed s and r o d e off. action s s howed that they meant to r e captur e llicko r y IIipe i f the re was a pos s ibl e way of doing it. \Vild was t hinking about going aft e r hi s own hor s e and j o i ning i n th e hunt .;,hen he saw Cheyenne C harli e comin g over at t h e h ead o f a sort of fem a l e procession. H is w i fr, Anna, Arietta, olJ man Murdock':; wife, a nd Elo ise Gardn e r m ade u p the part)' and a s Wild look e d a t them i t occmTcd to him tha t they h a d been _inv it e d to tak e tea w ith J e nkin s that day. "The girls a r c c omin g, Jim," h e said "1 g uess we will l et o u t law huntin g a lon e for awhile." "That's ri g ht," was the r e t ort of y oun g D a rt, who had eyes for no o n e but pre tt y Eloise. Ari etta c am e runnin g up to h e r lover ahead of all the rest, and the fir s t thin g s h e noi:iced a bout him was the blo o d o n his shirt. "Bee n in c lose quart e r s a g ain, have you?" s he said. "Yes; but that blood don' t amount to anything. It came from the finge r s of old Gray Elk, the chief who fell i n love with y ou onc e upon a time." Whil e Ari etta was looking at him in s urpri se, Mrs. Jen kin s cam e runillng from the house. "The Chinama n and negro are fighting she cried CHAPTER IV. TIOW CHEYENN E CHARLIE B EA'!.' THE GA11[BLERS. "What's up, anyhow ? a s k e d Cheyenne Charlie as he noticed the grin s on the faces of Jim and Jac k whe n Wal ter Jenkins' wife deliv e red h e r m ess age to Young Wild .West. "Wait and see," r e pli e d Jim. "'I'hcie i s going to be some fun in a few minutes." "Who with?" "The Chinee and th e coon." Wild had mad e a bee -line for the house, followed by Arietta. The rest follow e d the m l e i s ur e ly. "You f e llows get the m and bring t h e m out to t h e plat form," s aid Wild. "I'll fix up th e pis tol s for t h em." That was sufficient, and C h a rli e and Jack a t o nce maclt a dive for the back of the house whe r e th e two were at it tooth and nail. It mad e no differ e nc e whet h e r the y wanted to come or not; whe n the two scout s got bold of the m they had to go. This took a ll the fight out of the b e llig e rent pair, but that mad e no diff e r e n ce; t h e r e was g oing to b e a due l b e tween Afri c a and China and tha t was all there was about it. Th e wome n folk s w e r e s oon t o ld of what was going on, and th e y w e r e jus t a s anx iou s to see th e fun a s the m e n Jim w ent to the workm e n and told th e m to clear a s pace o n that part of th e platform that was compl e t ed, and they did s o in no time In about t e n minute s Wild and Ari etta cam e over to the i1latform, e a c h carryillg a h eavy s i x s hoot e r. The chamb ers w e r e loa d e d h e avily with powde r but there w ere no bull e ts. Ike and Win g Wah w e r e dragge d upon th e platform and ma d e t o face eac h oth e r a t a di s tance of about tw e nty feet. "Now, s aid Wild, you f e ll o w s p e r s i s t in fighting, s o now you have got to fig ht. i s the way we do it in Weston H e re revol v er s all load e d for y ou, s o all you have got to do i s to aim at e a c h an d whe n I give the word, let th e l e ad fly. Are you r e ad y ?" "Me r e ady allee sarnoe," Win g Wah m a na ge d to falter. "For d e g ra cious sakes, M a r s a West!" c1je d the darky, I 'se d one c an t shoot." "\Yell, i f you don't s h oot I'll begin t o s h o ot myself. I'll t a k e ever y kin k out of your wool I give you my ord for it It.see m s t ha t you two fell o w s can t get a l o n g, s o thi s i s the only way t o settle your diff e 1'en c e s One or both of yon are a p t to bit e the dus t, but what d o c s that matter? It onl y h a pp e n s onc e in a lifetim e." 'I'h e trembli n g dark y t ook the revolve r for he thought if he did n ot obey, Wild would surely shoo t the kink s out of hi s bla c k wool. Wing Wah took the oth e r w e apon, though he acted as though he hardly kn e w what h e was doing. Quite a crowd had colle c ted by thi s time, very few of them knowing that r evolver s were not loaded with bul lets. But they enjoyed it just a s much as if they had been awar e of that fact . "When I say three I want you to both fire If you d o n't, I will!" e xclaim e d Wild Som e thing that might h a Y e been meant for a nod c ame from the fright e ned pair, and the n Wild began to count. "One!" The dark y gave a g a s p a nd look e d around for a pity ing glanc e whic h h e fail e d to g e t. "Two!" The almond eye s of the Chinam a n blink e d nervou s ly. "Three!" Bang! Bang!


. lO YOUNG WILD WEST'S SURPRISE. The duelists fired point blank 'at the platform, as though it had been mutually agreed by them to do so. "That won't do," called out Young Wild West. "I want you fellows to shoot to kill, do you understand that?" He spoke in such a harsh tone that they thought he surely meant it. Wing Wah then raised his revolver till it pointed directly at the darky's breast, and closing his eyes, pulled the trig ger. Ike uttered a yell and jumped back, but r ealiz ing that he had not been touched, he plucked up courage to fire two shots at his antagonist in rapid succession. After that both got down to business, and foe chambers of both revolvers were soon emptied Then Young Vhld West led the crowd in giving the pair the laugh and coming ta the conclusio n that something wafl wrong, Ike and Wing vVah dropped their pistols and made a leap from the platform They started on a run and did not stop until they reach ed the house, "I guess that will make them stop quarreling and fight ing," obsened _the hand omc young Prince of the Saddle. "Every time they get mad at each other now they will think of their great duel, and that will be enough to make them shut up." "You arc always up to someth ing Wild," observed Arietta, as she took his arm and walked with him over to the Jenkins' shanty. "If you are not fighting, you are fooling some

YOUNG WILD WEST'S SURPRISE. 11. How many?" asked the dealer, as he knocked the ash from his cheroot. "011e," Charli e. '11hc next man took one also, and so did the next. '11he dealer took two, and Wild was quick enough to catch a glimpse oI the card s and note the fact that they were the ace of hearts and the ace of clubs "Let yourself slide, pardner," the fellow said to Charlie "You'll find that I won't stand any bluffing, so I give you fair warning." "That's all right," was the rejoinder. "I'll go a hundrecl on I've got." "I'll meet that bcL,'' observed the next man, "just to see what you haYe got." "So will I,'' said the other man, aml h e tossed twen ty-dollar gold pieces on the table. Tho dealer had not l ooked at his cards after he had dis carded antl drawn, and he left them l ying on the table in front of him. "I'll meet the bet and raise it five hunched," he remarked, as calmly as though he was simply e njoying himself at a p1cmc. Wild was watching the dealer like a cat watches a mouse, and when he saw his hand slide into his lap he felt certain thal he was feeling for two aces that he had stowed there. There was the amount of twenty-seven Jmndred dollar s on the table now, and as Cheyenne Charlie put up the neces sary five hundred and called him, the dealer was feeling nervously about in his lap. Wild now grew very much interested. He was quite sure that something had inte rfered with the man's plans. The other two gamblers dropped out of the game. Then they look ed at each other in a puzzled way. They knew that something was wrong with their con federate, for the three were r ally sharps, and had started in to fleece Cheyenne Charlie of all }le had. "What's that? Di.d you call me?" aked the dealer, nervously. "That's what I clid, stranger," was the reply. "What have you got?" With no little hesitation the man picked up the five cards in front of him and turned them over. He had noticed tbat th e man who hacl cal led him had allowed his hand to drop to the butt of his revolver, and that made him act with a little more quickness, probably vVhen ihe cards >vcre shown h e had but a pair of aces. Charlie sho w ed his four queens and scooped in the pot. Then he took two cards from his lap ancl tossed them over to the discomfited gambler. "Them's the pair you want ed, stranger," said he, tantalizin g ly. "I seen you put 'cm in your lap when you dealt, so I thought I'd better cabbage onto 'em. Good night, gen tl emen You a re the most obliging lot of sharps I ever met." Young Wild W est whistled with s urprise. He had not believed it to be in the scout to beat such people at their own game The three men looked at each other, and then Chey enne Charlie They evidently concluded it best not to make a row, so they got up and accepted hi s invitation to drink. They had just dropp e d a little over three thousand dol lars between theh1, and though they felt like squealing, they dared not do it. They had heard about the young dead-shot who was with the mah who had' downed them. "I seldom play poker,'' said Charlie, as he paid for the drinks at the bar, "but when I db play I like to win, o:f course Good night, gentlemen. We must be going!" "Good night,'' was the reply, and Proprie tor Brown, of the Gazoo, grinned softly to himself as Young Wild West and Cheyenne Charlie left the place. CHAPTER V THE DANCE. Things ran along pretty smoothly in Wes ton, and finally, Wednesday evening arrived. All arrangements had been Jilade for the grand dance under the auspices of the Wild West Mining and Improvement Company Ever since ten in the morning people had been arriving from Spondulicks and Devil Creek, and the affair promised to be a great success. \ Jack Robeclee had brought the loyely young over, and Lively Rick and two or three of the best citizens of Devil Creek had come along. It was surprising to see how many strangers were in town, too. There were whites, half-breed Indians, greasers and all kinds of men of a doubtful character. But as it was to be a public dance, free to all, no one could be barred, so long as they behaved themselves. When they got so they did not behave, then Young Wild West and the other members of the company woul d make themselves heard. Wild hoped that everything would go but he made up his mind that no rough work would be tolerated froin anyone. Three musicians had come over from Spondulicks, and when they struck up the march shortly after dark ness set in, s ixty couples, with Wild and Arietta at their head, started around the big platform. It was a great thing for the hus tling town in the Hills, and when the niarch started a rou sing cheer went up from the cowboys and scouts who were not lucky enough to have partners to join in. But they enjoyed it just the same. The company had refused to allow any one the privilege


12 YOUNG WILD WEST'S SURPRISE. of sellin g whi s key on the grounds, but there was plenty of it there, for the men brought it with them in bottles and jugs The dancing opened with an old-fashioned quadrille; the and grace with which Wild and his .frie nds went through it was well worth see ing. Jack and the widow, who, by the way, had a head of fiery red hair, cut a great figur e on the iloor. Neither of them had ever danced before, but that made no difference; the y w ent right along, not getting confused when a mi s take was made. -"Heads forward!" c ried th e man who was doing the call ing off. '"l'wo ladi e s forward Two gents forward! Balance all!" and so on. After the fir s t dance Wild took a walk about the floor to see who were there There were a whole lot 'there he knew, and quite a num ber he had never s e en before. Among tho s e he took particular notice of were the three gambl e rs Cheyenne Charlie had so neatly beaten at their own game a few nights before. One of these meri walked up to Wild as he came to a halt after making the rounds of the platform. "lVfy name is Spruce-Dave Spruce," he said. "I saw you danc ing with a rather pretty girl a little while ago. I congratulate you on your choice. I don't suppose you would have any obj e ction to introducing me to her, would JOU?" "Well, I don t know about that, retorted the boy, in his usual frank way of speaking. "I don't know what sort of a man you are, only that you are a card sharp, and I must say that I haven't much use for men of your pro fei;sion. The girl I was with I hope to make my wife some day, so I guess I won't take the trouble of in troducing you to her." "You ate rather fealous, I s ee," was the reply from Dave Spruce "I didn't mean any harm by saying what I did. You haven't any idea that I would try to tak.e the girl away from you, have you?" 'This made Wild just a trifle angry. "I don't know what ideas you have, nor do I care," he said. "But I won't introduce you, so say no more about it." "Um-ah!" and the gambler laughed softly to himself, as though he imagined he was a r egular lady-killer. Young Wild West was not the sort to seek a quarrel with any one, unless he had a purpose in view, and as he had nothing against the man beyond the fact that he did not like him, he walked away. The next dance was a Spani s h fandango, at least, that i s what Charlie said it was, and the way the scout went through the evolutions with Anna, hi s wife, was so amus ing that Wild forgot all about whai; the gambler had s aid to him, for the time being, anyway. The next set he danced with Jack Robedee s widow, b y s p e cial r e que s t from Jac k, and when he had led the woman to a seat at the close of the dance he was glad the ordeal was over. The widow was very cl:umsy, and he b e ing light of foot, the dancing went through rather awkwardly. Arietta came up to him as he was about to go and look for her. Her face wore a troubled look and h e thought of Dick Spruce, the gambler, right away. "Wild, a man just insulted me," s he s aid. "What!" he cried. "Show him to m e and I will make him apJlogize, or el s e I'll--" His fingers instinctively clutch e d the butt of the hand s ome s ilver-mounted r e volver in the right hol ster bf hi 8 belt. "Don't get mad, Wild," s he s aid, pleadingly. :von t do anything rash. I only told you s o you would i>tay n ear me until the dance i s ove r, so he wouldn't have anything more to say to me." "Just point him out, Et." The young deads hot of the great West was as cool as an iceberg now. Arietta hesitated a moment, and then pointed over to where three men were standing, laughing and chattin'g to gether. "There he i s," she said. "The man to the right. H e came to me and insisted on me dancing with him. I ex cu s ed myself, and then he made a very insulting remark." "I know him, little one. He is the fellow Charlie downed at draw poker the other night. He is a card sharp. He asked me a short time ago to introduc e you to hill).; said you were very pretty and all that. I told him I guessed I wouldn't introduce you, and then he said I was jealous. I shan't say anything to him, Et, unless h e bothers ) c,u again." Wild and his girl were seated on a bench at the farthe r end of the platform, well away from intruders, they thought. But they were mistaken in this, for b e fore two minutes. had passed who sh?uld come over to them but Spruce. He had been drinking rather heavily of whi s key, and was reckless in his manner He did not seem to realize that he was treading on very dangerous ground "Aha! Mr. West, I am determin e d that you shall intro duce me to the young lady," began the gambler, twisting I his big black mustache and making a very polite bow. "I--" That was all he said, for with the quickne s s of a cata mount Young Wild West was on his feet, revolv e r in hand. 'Move away from here, Mr. Spruc e or I will fill you full of lead!" the boy cried, hotly. "Is that the only way you can make m e go away-s hoot me?" There was a sarcastic ring in the man's voice a s he a s k e d the question. "No; that isn t the only way," and back went th e r e volver into the holster. "If you per s i s t in ins ulting thiR y oung lady I will give you a thras hing, the same as they do it in the East." '22"'


YOUNG WILD WEST'S SURPRISE. 13 "Ha, ha, ha l Talk is cheap, my young friend. Why, I will take you by the back of your neck and snap off your heels if you don't look out." "Will you?" Just how it was the gambler never did realize, but the first thing he knew he was seized about the waist and thrown high over the h ead of the treasurer of the Wild West Min ing and Improvement Company. He came down upon the platform with a thud that jarred his body as it had never been jarred before. "Get out, now l Get off the platform, or I will hurt you!" cried Wild, angrily. The gambler was a very wiry sort of a man, and he was reckless from the whiskey he had imbibed. He was upon his feet very quickly and full of fight. "I don't know how you performed that trick, but I'll bet you can't do it again!" he hi ssed Young Wild West now went into him like a prize fighter. His right and left shot out with lightning-like rapidity, and Spruce went sprawling to the floor again. When he tried to get up Wild gave him another, and then the insulting villain to draw his revolver. But a kick sent the flying from his grasp before he hardly had it from his hip pocket. His two companions came rus hing up, followed closely by Jim Da .rt and Jack Robedee and several others who had witnessed the la st part of the row. "l;,-ook out, now!" exclaimed Wild, sternly. "The first man who draws a shooter will drop dead, I give you my word on that." "What's the trouble?" demanded Jim, taking Arietta by the arm and l eading her away. "It is all right, Jim," replied Wild. "I was just giving this ff..llow a lesson, that's all." The gambler's two friends as8istccl him to his eet, and then all three left the platform. Evidently they knew when they hacl e11ough. Very few of those present hacl little scene, so the danci11g was not interrupted to any great e xtent. Wild and Arietta went into the next square dance jnst as though nothing had happened to disturb them. But our hero was on the lookout for the reappearance of the three men, just the same. Jim Dart took a quiet walk to see what they were up to. I He followed them over to Brown's Gazoo, where they ':-----weie stopp ing, and the moment he went inside they turned en him, and d rawing their revolvers proceeded to l e t the lead go at him. But Dart did not flinch. On the contrary, he whipped out his own six shooter and opened fire. One of the villains dropped to the barroom floor with a bullet through his heart, and another got a bullet into hi s left arm. "I am sorry I made a muss for you to clean up," said Jim, coolly. "But it was some one else's life or mine. 'l'hey drew on me first." "That's right," answered the man in charge of the bar. "Gracious! You are as quick a's light11in g, Mr. Dart." "I have to be in order to get through the world with a whole skin.' "What the trouble between them fellers and you?" "N othi11g, really. They lrnew I was a friend of Wild' s and as he just downed them a few minutes ago, they thought they would drop me, just to get s quare I ;;uppose." The man with the wounded arm was whining with pain, and turning to him, Jim said: "Go and get the doctor to attend you. And remember, if you expect to stay in Wes ton very long you have got to act right.'' Jim walked out and went back to the dance. He found Eloise anxiously awaiting him. "Where did you go, Jim?" she asked. "Over to Brown's Gazoo. I followed the fellow there who got into trouble with Wild._" "And something happened-I can tell by the looks of your eyes." "Yes; something did happen. The three gamblers were together, and they began shooting at me tl1e instant I poked my head thro.ugh the doorway." "You didn't get hurt, did you?" "No; but two of the men did. The fellow wild gave' the l esson to jumped out of the window." The pretty girl said no more. She had been in the wild West long enough to know what probably happened to the two who got hurt. She had an idea that they both were dead, and as only one of them was, she was just half right. Pretty soon Wild came over to where Jim and his girl stood talking. Ari etta was with him. Wild knew that Jim had followed up the three men, and he was ju st a trifle anxious to know what had become of them. When Jim told him what had happened at the Gazoo, the handsome young fellow shrugged his shoulders. "Well, Jim, I am sorry it .fell to your lot to put one of them out of the way," he observed. "You were luck)' that they did not hit you when they opened up the game.'1 "It isn't everybody who can shoot quick and hit the mark at the same time. Those fellows would certainly have riddled me if I had given them time to draw bead on me. They are not up to our style of shooting." For the next hour everything 'vent along smoothly The dancers were having a" good time, and those who were lookin g on were enjoying themselves fully as well. Jack Robedee and the widow with the red hair were not 'l'he remaining one, who was Spruce, the man who had missing a set. caused all the trouble, darted into the back room and 'l'hey had got so they coulrl go through without making jumped out of a window. so many mistakes, and that made them just crazy to dance "'


14 YOUNG WILD WEST'S SURPRISE. Young Wild West and the rest found much amusement in watching the couple. It seemed strange and out of place to see Robedee pay ing so ;much attention to a woman. He had always talked against them until he met the clashing widow. Lively Rick, who had come from the Creek with him, could not help tantalizing Jack a little. Lively 's girl was also a widow. Her husband had been a N cattle raiser, and she was an out-and-out West ern woman. She could handle a gun or swing a lariat about as good as the average man Lively had not been acquainted with her very lon g, and therefore he did not know what sort of a temper she had. Nevada Kate was the name she went by, and it had been remarked by some one that "she would never be hung for her beauty." There was one failing that Lively Rick had, and that was that he would get under the influent:e of whiskey some times. He was very much this way when he came. up to where our friends were seated, with Nevada Kate leaning on his arm in a lan guishing WlJ.Y Jack Robedee and his charming widow came along at about the same time. Then Lively thought he would have a little fun with Jack. "If there i s anything I dote on it's s orrel hair," he re marked to Wild with a grin "Jack has got ther puttiest gal in Devil Creek!" Then something happened that no one was prepared to see. N evacla Kate reached over and grasped her escort by the ear. "If you like red .hair so well it's a wonder you didn't bring a red-headed woman to the dance!" she cried, in a jealous rage. "Who are you callin' names?" roared Jack's woman, in a s hrill falsetto key. "I'll larn ye some manners Jest take that!" She hit the widow from Nevada a smart rap on the chin with h e r clenched fist, and then a savage fight started between the two. She with the red hair was a veritable hurricane. She sent in her blows right and left and was fast getting the best of her opponent, when Nevada Kate made a quick grab and got a revolver from the belt of Lively Rick. "Now, dance, you red-headed centipede!" she cried, forcing Jack's girl out upon the floor at the point of the re volver. "Dance, I say JJance, or I'll shoot your toe nails off! I'm Nevada Kate, an' I never miss when I pull a trigger!" Strange as it may seem no one offered to interfere with them. There was a grin on everybody's face, even to Jack and Lively Rick. The sorrel -topp ed woman from Devil Creek looked at the smiling faces appealingly, and seeing no help for her, started in to dance. Nevada Kate emptied the chambers of the revolver, send ing the bullet s dang e rou s ly close to the feet of the dancing widow, and then said she was satisfied. CHAP'l1ER VI. THE DEATH OF GRAY ELK. Hickory Ripe had certainly executed a l'e?Jarkable move in getting away from hi s captors. He was not aware that he had turned into a blind gorge, though, or his manner would not have been so jubilant .. He was helpless, a far a s helping himself was concerned, for his hands were tied securely behind his back, and he was bound to the horse. But he was not the sort who think of what i s to come till ii gets there. He was out of the clutches oI Young Wild Wes t and hi::; men, and that was all he thought of jt1,;t now. The horse he rode '"as a very inte llig ent c reaLure, and it answered every word of command to go ahead and every IJressurc from the knees of th e scoundrel. He had a pretty good lead on hi s pursuers, al:l he had taken them completely by surpri. c, and when h e had covered a couple of yards and could not see them, he uttered a s atisfied laugh. Then he began to st ruggle to free himself. But try as he might he could not get his hand s loose. On galloped the horse, going at the top of its speed. At the expiration of three minutes :Hickory Ripe sud denly realized that he could go no further. On either side of him there was an almosi p erpe ndicular wall of rock and earth, and now directly ahead of hihl he sa w the same "Confound it all," he mutter e d, as the horse came to a halt for the reason it could go no further, "I suppose I will be taken, after all! Why didn't I turn in some other direction, anyway? Oh! if my hands were only and I had my shootin' irons!" "Ugh!" The guttural exclamation from a point almost ove1 his head, and looking up, the villain saw the tufted head of an Imlian . The face was turned right toward him, too, and he in stant ly recognized it as belonging to Gray Elk, his redskin ally "Hello, Gray Elk he called out, in a low tone. "Come down and cut me loose, won't you? 'I'hey will be here after me in a minute." "Gray Elk help Hickory Ripe right away," was the re ply. "He see him come, and he git rope ready." The next instant a lariat came down right before the out law.


YOUNG WILD WEST'S SURPRISE. 15 'l'he other end was tied to a tree above, and in much less time than it takes to record it, the Indian chief came s lid ing down to the ground. A few slaslic s of his hllnting knifr and Hickory Hipe sprang from the saddle lo the ground, a free man. Then with a grunt of approva l the chief seized the l a riat, nncl with the agility oi a trained ath l ete, went swiftly up ward hand over hand. "Paleface brave come on up!" he panted, when he got to lhe top. "Gray Elk hear horses corning. Hurry up!" Hickory Hipe tried to ascen3ir feet instantly. Before them s tood a man holding a wearied horse by the bridle. The sfranger's face wore a worried expression, and he look ed as thoug h he might have passed a sleep less night. '.'Hello, pards !" he excla im ed, in a friendly way, "I'm lost. I've been huntin' all night for ther trail that leads inter W eston, where I'm bound I come a l ong here a few minutes ago, an' seen you two layin' there asleep I reck oned it wouldn t be any harm in wak in' yer, so I done so. Kin yer put me on ther right trail?" "Oh, yes!" reto rted Hickory Hi1)e an evil light shining in hi s eyes. "We'll put yer on iher trai l to Weston, cer tainly we will won't we, Gray E lk?" "Ugh!" grunted the chief. "Gray Elk, did you say?" and the stranger looked a trifl e susp1c10us. "Thi s ain't ther c hief Gray Elk who is on ther warpath, is it?" "No; it ain't him. This Gray Elk is as harmless a,s a c hild He's a good Injun, ain't you, o ld man?" "Yes; me good Injun," Gray Elk grunted. This seemed to r eassure the man for he went into hi$ and got out a quantity of bacon. "We' ll start a fire an' hav e a littl e breakfast," h e said "I ain't got much, but I'll divide with yer." "Ugh!" Both were hungry, and as they saw the rather meager s uppl y of bacon it s truck thei that there was ju st about e nou gh for one. "I'll kindle a fir e right away," Hickory Hipe add ed, and he set about to gat h e r up some dry twigs. The stra n ger now seemed to be at hi s e ase, and he started in to help "After we've had a bit e an' a littl e coffee, which I'll make, you kin sl10w where ther trail is, if y ou'v e a m i nd to." "We'll only be too p l eased to," repli e d the renegade. "You kin git to Weston lon g afore to-night, easy enou gh." "We ll, I'm glad of tha.t. I am going over there t o try my luck at minin'." As soon as the fire was started he got out a frying pan and coffee pot from the pack on t h e hack of his sa ddl e


16 YOUNG WILD WEST'S SURPRISE. Th e r e was plenty of wate r a few yards d i stan t, and while he went alte r it Hickory H ipe s ized u p a nd gave a grunt of a pproval. "Tha t w ill jes t a b out s u i t m e I reckon," he mused. "In about five m i nutes t h at h o rse a n fixin 's w ill b e min e see if it ai n't! The villain had hol d of the b r id l e r ei n whe n the s trange r came back wit h t h e water. he whipped out t h e kn ife Gray Elk had giv e n him, a n d as q u ick as a flash plunged it in t o the m a n. With a g r pa n the st r a nger sank to the g r o und, badl y wounded "That's what I call p u t t y neat, ain t it Gray Elk?" Hic kor y H ipe r emarked, as ll e put the knife away The c hief made no reply. He was evidently t hinking tha t as a .end h e was not to b e c o mpa red wit h the w h i te man. "What's the r matter wit h yer ?" demande d Hic k o ry Ripe "Don' t yer l ike the r way I d one t hat ? W e ll, I d o n t care i f you don 't; i t i s a b o u t time me a n you p arte d c ompa ny, anyhow. How does t ha t st rike yer ?" H e ca u ght t h e c h ief e n t ir e l y unawares, a nd t h e bla d e t h at h a d stab bed t h e stra nger was p lu nged deep into his b o d y Then w i t h a hoarse l a u g h Hickory Hip e mount e d the tired steed an d r o d e from t h e s pot Gray E l k was n o t dead, but h e had rec e ived his death wou nd. H e san k upon the grass with f g r oan. Bu t in a minu te h e r a lli e d he was a bout to st ru g g l e to hi s feet w h e n h e heard hi s slayer coming b ack. A n Indi a n, t hough d y in g, will not forg e t to use t he nat ur a l s t rategy pecu l i a r to hi s rac e G r a y Elk remain e d p e rfectl y st ill, feig ning t o be dead. Hickor y Hipe cam e bac k and quickl y took everything of valu e from b o t h hi s vic tims, not forg e tting thei r w eapon s The:ia. 11e was off again. The wou nde d c h ief kn e w tha t he was gone for good thi s time, s o h e s tru gg led t o a s itting posture and s trove to s taun c h t h e blood fro m hi s w ound. H e p artia ll y s ucceed ed in doing thi s and then managed t o get upon hi s feet. Tho u g h s ufferin g untold agon y th e r e d man stag gered on in th e dir ectio n h e knew hi s war rior s a nd their s q uaws and papooses wer e camped. F or h a lf an h our h e st uck it o u t, a n d the n ju s t a s h e heard t h e voice of T r i p pin g Faw n h i s g r a nddau ghte r, rin ging a welcome to his e a rs; h e droppe d t o t h e g round. 'l 'he Indi a n maiden w h o was as g raceful a s a n antelope, and w hose eyes s h o n e like those o f a startled doe, was quick l y at the s ide of h e r wounded r e l ative. "What has h appene d ?" s h e cr i ed, in t h e l a n g u age of the Si o ux. Th e chief call e d for w ate r a nd t here b e in g a tin y s t ream dose .at s h e hast e n e d t o o bey. T h en h e g rew a trifle s tron ger and t o ld h e r how the r e negade, Hickor y Hipe, had given h i m h i s death wound "Trippin g Faw n," said he, afte r h e ha d ma d e a n o th e r Ruccessful r a ll y agai n s t the gr ip 0 death, "Hic kor y Ripe i s a b a d pa l e fac e a s mos t all of the m are But ther e i s o n e g o o d pa l eface Trippin g Fa wn. H e i s young Wil d West, the g r eatest 0 all the pal e face braves! He gave Gray Elk h i s life, a nd G ra y Elk i s th a nkful to' him for it. He could h a v e s hot him, but h e s aid n o H e want e d to fight Grfty Elk and g ive him a c h a nce. Youn g Wild West and Gray Elk did fig ht and th e y oun g pal eface brav e cut the knife from Gray Elk 's h and, and say t o him: Go, Gray Elk; I don t want t o tak e your lif e Y oung Wild Wes t 's h e art 1 s right, and h e i s the g r ea test o f a ll the p a l e face braves!" The m a id e n g a v e him a noth e r drink and bat h e d hi s foreh e ad, a f t e r whi c h h e resumed, in a voice tha t was r e mark a b l y s trong, for on e in hi s conditio n : T ripping Fawn mu s t go and find Yo un g W ild Wes t th e b raves t and best of all the pal efaces. S h e mus t give him what s h e find s tie d around the neck 0 Gra y Elk a s soon as he goes t o the Gre at Spirit in the Happy H u nting Gr o unds._ She mu s t tell him that wnat h e find s in it will m a k e him rich; she mu s t s a y to h i m tha t Gray E l k th a n k s him f or s a v in g his lif e Does !ripping F awn und e r stand?" "Yes," cam e the a n s w er. "Young Wil d West brav e Gr a y E l k make h i m r i c h T hen h e beg an to s in g hi s d e ath song, whi l e the maid e n kept on b athing hi s for e hea d t o ease him as much as she possi bl y cou ld. r e n m i n u te s l ater the chief di e d Tripping Faw n no soone r was aware that life was n o m or e w ith him, than s he p r ompt l y act e d upon hi s r e qu est. With h e r brown finger s tremblin g s li g htly, s h e loosen e d his clot hing and fin a lly took a commo n tobacco pou c h fro m his br ea s t It was tie d there w i t h a pi ece of thin buffalo hi d e a n d winding it carefu ll y ar ound t he pouch s h e p l a ced it i n h e r bosom. Tripping Faw n was not curiou s e no\lg h t<> ope n the pou c h a nd look to see what it con t ained H e r g randfather, w ith hi s d y ing breath, had cha r ged h e r t o take it to You ng Wild Wes t, a nd s he w ould c erta inl y do i t if s h e liv ed It was not for h e r t o s e e what the pouch c on tai n ed. That was for Young Wild West "I will go t o the great y o u n g pa l eface whose eyes ar e as bright a s the bu c k i n t h e woods, and whos e s mile i s l ik e the s umm e r mornin g,' s h e s aid with a s i g h. "I w ill te ll him what Gra y E l k said ; I will give him wh a t h e to ld m e to give him, and I will l ook up o n hi s ace!" The p lace w h ere th e Indian s w e r e c amp e d was only a s hort di s tance away, and with the s p eed of the wind T rip p in g Faw n ran to it. Sh e soon r e t u rn e d with four br a ves, who p icked u p t he body of the ir chic and bor e it back. Tripping Fawn r e mained in t h e camp until after h e r g randfat h er was buri e d and the n one morning she mount e d h e r pony, a nd without a word to h er peo p l e s h e s et out to find Young Wild West. ... f f \


I YOUNG WILD WEST'S SURPRISE. 17 CHAPTER VII. "I cave. You'v e got ther drop on me, stranger. Who mought you be, anyhow?" YOUNG WILD WEST'S SURPRISE. Lively Rick did not try to hav e any more fun with J ack "Oh! my name is West." The follow gave a violent start. He was a late arrival, and thou g h h e had heard of Young Wilcl W est he had never met him before. Rob edee afte r that. His little joke had not turned out the way he it "I guess I lmow who you are," he sai d. "Excuse me, to, but there had been a whole lot of fun out of i.t, for all Young Wild W est. I reckon y ou are runni n thi s hindig, that. an' not me. I won't give you any further trouble." As it drew on toward midnight the miner s grew mor e "That is the way I lik e to hear a man talk. What handle reckle ss do you go by?" They were fast becoming drunk, and in siste d on d oing "Grizzly Gus, that's m y handle. I'm a ripsnorte r at the buck dance on the' platform. killin' grizzlies, but at riding a cay use on a dancin' plat-Young Wild Wes t concluded to l e t them have their own form I ain' t no good." way, so he advised Arietta and the rest of the women folks Our h e ro smil e d at the man's s how of humor. to go hom e "All right, Grizzly Gus. Now, if you will take my ad-This they agreed to do, s o their lov e r s and hu s ban d s esvice you will go and catch your horse and tie him some-corte d the m where Then get in and en jo y yourself." Nevada Kate and Jac k's girl did not l eave the platform, "That's what I'll do, you kin bet yer boots!" though. And that was exact l y wha t h e did do. He made no more They wanted to see the whole thing through, and they trouble that night, and the cha nces were that Wild had showed that whe n they want e d a thing they came pretty made a sta nch friend of him by giving him a little dose of near having it. di s ciplin e Walt e r J en kins remained hom e when h e got there, but When 1.he hour of three in the morning arrived the fun Wild, Jim and Charlie came back. was at its h e ight. Wild was the manager of the dance, and it was n ecessa ry Nearly all the females had l eft the platform, and the m e n for him to be the re to kee p order. were dancing in true vVcstcrn sty le. A number of cowboys w e r e whoopin g it up in great s hape Wild was leaning against a. post at one corner of the when they got back. platform, wishing that the dance was over so h e could turn One of them had man aged to get his horse upon the plat-in get some when suddenly he saw an Indian form, and he was fflllopin g around, scattering the dancers maiden approaclung lum. right and left. Wher e she had come from he could not divine just then. "My friend," said Wild, V h e sprang forward and caught He had not seen her get up,on the platform, but he knew, the horse by the bridle, "this is no plac e for a horse. you of course, that she h ad n ot dropped from t he sky. will have to get off the platform." She was very fancifully attired in the.garb worn by the "Ain' t ther blamed old p l atfo r m strong enough to h old chosen maidens of her race, and her dark eyes beamed with thcr cayuse?" h e an s wer ed. "If it ain' t, an' he g oes plea sure when she saw t h e boy standing there all alone. through an' break s a l eg I'll make somebody pay for it. "!oung .Wild W est h eap m u ch brave," she said, in a low The fellow was a str anger but t hat made no difference to musical v01cc, that sounded lik e the r ippling of a sp r ing. Wild. "Tripping Fawn h as com e with a to him." He was used to handl ing umuly s t rangers; and pullin g "What i s the m e sage that Tripping Fawn brings?" the horse around s uddenly h e u nseated the cowboy, w ho asked Wild. "Her eyes beam with joy, so it a land e d on his back on the floor. mes s ag e of good." Then Wild s lapp e d the stee d s m a r t l y on the flank a n d "It i s fl heap good message that Tripping Fawn brin gs, 9ent him off the platform'. though it is a sad one, too "Great Ginger!" roared the d runken cowboy, sprin ging The maid en spoke exce ll ent Englif:h. which showe d t h at to his fee t and making a move top ull his shooter, "I'll--" s he must hav e been in the habit of a6sociati n g with the "Hands up!" commanded Young Wi l d West, a.nd t hen white s considerab l y the fellow found. himself looking straight into t he muzzl e "Tell me what is sa d about the message fir st, Tripping of a revo l ver Fawn." The m u sic kept right on playing, and only a few of the "Gray Elk i s dead d ance r s their antic .. The mus ician s w e r e used to having bull e t s whizz around their head s whil e they play e d so it was nothing new to them. The cowboy glared at Wild for a moment in s ilence, and then simply said: "What!" and Young Wild West gave a start. "Yes; the g r eat chief, who was the friend of Sitting Bull, is dead. H e was killed by the man whose life. he saved He took the bad white chief, H ickory Ilipc, .from the b ack of bis h o rse when h e was so tied 11C could not h e lp himself. He save d him from the white men who w ould kill him.


18 YOUNG W ILD WEST'S SURPIUSE. Then Hickory Hipe \\'ith Gray Elk and s tabs him." "I see," nodded wi l d, who now und e r s tood how Hickory Hipe hacl mad e his escape from the blind go rge. "Where is the bad paleface now?" "Tripping Fawn doe s not Jrnow. Whe n s h e finds him she will kill him G r ay Elk wa3 h e r grand.father, and he was good to h e r "So the old chief is d e ad, then?" our hero s aid, half to himself. "Yes; but before he die he s ay to Tripping Fawn to go and find Youn g Wild West, the bravest and best of all the palefaces H e say find him and tak e this to him," and she handed ove r a l eathe r tobacco pou c h. "He s ay to tell Young Wild Wes t that he thanked him for sparing his life when they fought on the mountai11. Ile gay he neYe r for get him for that. He say take the l eather pouch and Young Wild West be rich." Though he had no idea what was in the tobacco pouch, h e felt ure that it containe d som ething of value. 'rhis was a great surprise to Wild. "'!'ripping Fawn has the thanks of Young Wild We s t for bringing the messa ge of Gray Elk to him, he s aid, and then the girl wait e d no longer, but dropped to the ground from the side of the platform and vani R hed in the g l oom of the night. The clashing young Westerner gave a yawn, and the n placing the pouch in his pocket, w ent in search of his as sociates. H e wanted to tell them of the surprise he had received "Getting s leepy?" asked Jim, when his be s t friend on earth came up to him. "Yes; I'll be g lad when the d ance i s over with," replied Wild : ''I s uppo se it will b e a g r eat thing for us and the whole town, but I don t think I will undertake to give an other dance." "No; this has been quite enough for me. I suppose the men will keep it up till daylight. \ "Yes; I told the musicians 'not to quit playing till t h e n Say! I just m e t with a great surprise "What do you mean?" "The granddaughter of the old Sioux Gray Elk, came to me a little while ago and tokl me that the old fellow i s dead." "Is that so? Where. were you whe n she found you?" "Right over there on the platform. The chief charged her t o come to me with the news that h e was cleac1, and with his dying breath he bequeathed me some sort of a l egacy Jim was now much inte rest ed. I s t hat so?" he queried. "What is the l egacy?" "A tobacco pouch "That is just like an I ndian. A s if you care about anything l ike that to r e memb e r the old scoundrel." "Yes; but I have an ide a the re i s something in the pouch. The IJ1aideri, who s aid h e r name was Tripping Fawn, told me that Gray E l k s aid the tobacco pouch would ma k e me rich. "Ah I T hat sounds a littl e better." "Here is the pouch. I don t think I will bother opening it before to-morrow in the daylight. Whatever there is in it, it will keep till then." "Yes. I reckon there won't be much." "You can't tell about that." "Well, why don't you open it now then, and see?" "No. I have made up my mind to wait until daylight." 'rhey walked around till they found Cheyenne CharliP, and then h e heard about the l egacy Wild had r eceived from old Gray _Elk. Like Jim, the scout did not think it would amount to much, though h e was anxious to know what th e pouch con tained. J ust befor e dawn a free fight started on the platform, and two men were shot and half a dozen wounded. Yonng Wild We s t thought that was about e nough, so he orde red the musicians to cea se playing,. drov e the dnmken crowd from the place. 'rhen it was that the gin mills in town began to

YOUNG WILD WEST'S SURPRISE. 19 horse s, guns blanke t s clothing, barrr ; l s etc., and Wild made this out to b e that when on e got to the place he would find the equivalent of all the things in the rude drawing. "To sum it up," s a .id h e "it m eans for m e to make a journe y to a plac e whe r e the r e are three mountains clo s e tog ethe r. It will take m e tw o da}S to ge t the r e, and wh e n I do I will find a broken tree bes id e a water-fall, and right there will b e found a pil e o f gold." "I see, obse rv e d Jim. "But wh e re do y ou start from to make the two dayci' journey?" "From here, of comse. Thes e pictures haye n o t been scratc h e d on the s kin mor e than two or three d ays i f I am au y judge, and if Gray Elk put them h e r e for m y b e nefit h e certainly m eant for m e t o s t art from wh e r e I wa s lo cate d and h e kn e w jus t wher e that was." "That's right!" e x c laim e d Cheyenne Charlie "It i s as plain a s da y, all but one thing." "And wh a t i o that? que s tion e d the young Princ e of the S addle, '.ls h e look e d sharply at the parchment again "It don't say in what dire ction y ou are to trnvel.'' "That i s v e r y true but my ought to te ll m e that. All I will havr t o do i s to g o t o hi g h point ri ght around th is v i cinity, and lo o k around till I s e c the three peaks." "Sure e n ough," said Lively Ri c k "I s'posc you are gain' t o hunt up thi s l egacy, ain' t you?" "Yo u can bet that I am." Charlie n od

20 YOUNG WILD WEST'S SURPRISE. Young Wild West was the least surprised of any of them, and not wanting to give the big brute a chance to claw the beautiful horse he rode, he drew bead on it with his rifle and sent a bullet crashing into its brain through the right eye. The grizzly toppled over and rolled in the agonies o f death. 'My! but that was a great shot!" exclaimed Lively Rick, in admiration. "Well, it would not have paid to miss the eye," was the reply . "If I had missed you would have seen a lively time around here for a while. A grizzly is hard to kill, you know, and sometimes it is hard to reach a vital part. vyith a rifle there js no better place than the eye, especially if the bear is standing upright, as he was. Now, Charlie, you can have your bear steaks, I guess." "I reckon I kin," was Cheyenne's retort. "This feller ain't a young grizzly, but I'll tackle a haunch of him, just ther same." The rest waited until he had cut off one of the hind quar ters, and then they proceeded on again. They had covered a little less than half a mile when it occurred to Cheyenne Charlie that he had left his hunting knife by the carcass of the bear. "I don't want to lose that knife," he said "I've had it too long for that. You fellers ride on slow an' I'll go back an' git it. It won't take me so very long. Here, Jack, you take this chunk of meat." Wilcl ancl Jim noclcled as though thought so, too, and then Q council of war was held. After a short discussion it was decided to go on, and not turn back to give battl e to the villains in ambush. "If they are really following us we will give them a chance to overtake us before night sets in, and then we will see what kind of stuff they arc made of," said our hero. That su' ited the ideas of al I hands, so they rode on at a smart clip, Charlie being compelled to leave his knife behind. "I'll get it yet, perhaps," he remarked "If we have a scrimmage with them fellers I'll be on ther lookout for my knife." The party kept on till the shades of night began to gather, every now and then halting and listening for sounds of pursuit. But they heard none, and when they halted in a snug little glade, where a spring of pure water trickled down the rocks, they were half inclined to think that. the men who had ambushed Charlie were not following them. They had brought coffee, sugar ancl salt and a supply of corn brcacl with them, so a fire was started, and soon Chey enne Charlie had his bear ::;teaks sizzling over the coals. The odor from the cooking meat and the coffee gave them all an appetite that made them feel like eating almost anything, and when they sat down to supper Charlie was not the only one who did full juRlice to the grizzly meat. "It are a little tough, but it is mighty good," J aek ob served. "All right," answered Robedee, and then the scout turned his horse and went cantering back to where they had left The horses were bobbled where there was plenty the carcass of the grizzly. grass, and then our friends got ready to pass the night. He had not been gone more than two or three minutes It was decided that no more than three of them should go when our friends heard the sounds of shooting behind them. to sleep one time, as it was strictly necessary that a sharp "Charlie has got into trouble!" wild, watch must be kept. ing his horse around. "To the rescue, boys!" It foll to the lot of Robedee and Lively Riek to take the Away they dashed over the back track, the fleet sor r el first turn, and about an hour after supper the others turned leading by several lengths. lll. Young Wild West had his ritle reacly for business, for At the end of four hours Wild and Charlie gob up and he certainly expected to get a shot at something in a very took the place of the, leaving Jim sleeping as sound-short time. ly as though he was in his bed at Weston. Two minutes from the time they had heard the shots t h ey It was not long before the peculiar cry of some night saw Charlie galloping toward them. bird, or rather a good imitation of one, came to the ears The horses were guickly reined in. of the two on guard. "What's the matter?" asked Wild. "Get the horses in behind that pile of rocks, Charlie," "I had a pretty close call. I guess," was the reply. "l Wild to his companion, as he heard an answering was not long in getting back to the place, .or pretty close to 'cry from a different direction. "There is something up." ther place, I should say, for as soon as I come m sight of The scout unhobbled them and obeyed withouta any loss of ther carcass I seen that some one natl started a fire right time. near it. They must have got there as. soon as we left. They were now in a very good p l ace to resist an attack, Well, I knowed I had better look out, so I wheeled my if one should be made. horse around and made for cover B:alf a dozen shots were Wild knew that they could ho l d the place against a dozen, fired at me from behind ther rocks, but not a one of 'em and he was not the least bit worried. touched me That's all there is to it. l don't know wheth-er they was whites or reels." "You was mighty lucky to git off so easy," observed Live ly. ''Like 1*S not it is some gang follcrin' us." "That's jest what I think," chimed in Robedee Again and again the cries of the night bird came to their ears, ap.d af the end of perhaps twenty minutes some small stones loosened dirt came rattling down the cj.iff in front of them. Wild peered upward from behind the boulder he had


YOUNG WILD WEST'S SURPRISE. 21 chosen to ::;hielJ himself with, and in the dim starlight he caught sight of the figure of a man lying on his stomach and peering over the brink of the cliff. He did nol shoot, but simply waited Pretty soon he saw the man rise to his ect and get back out of sight. Five minutes later he saw three of them show up near the edge of the cliff, and then his face turned J?ale, for they were rolling a big stone to send it crashing down upon those in the camp. He realized this very quickly, and his rifle flew to his shoulder Crack! As the whip like report rang out on the still night air, one of the villainous gang above uttered a cry of mortal agony and came tumbling down almost at the feBt of the young dead-shot The others ran back out of sight, leaving the boulder at the edge of the cliff. Wild's shot aroused the camp, and one word from him was sufficient to cause them to get out of danger. They not an instant too soon, either, for becoming desperate, the men above got behind the big stone and sent it crashing downward. It narrowly missed one of the horses, hut did no damage whatever. "Steady, now, boyR !"exclaimed Young wild West, in a voice that was as cool as though he was going to sit down for a pleasant chat. "Keep your eyes above, and whenever you see a man you know what to do." And they all did know what to do, too. The men above 1.hem were trying to take their lives, and they felt in duty bound to prevent them, if they could, by faking theirs. In less than ten seconds after Young Wild West made the remark, Cheyenne Charlie's rifle spoke. And with the report, another scoundre l went before his :Maker. There was no way to tell how many there was of them, and they did not know but that some of them might come upcin them from another direction; but one thing was cer tain, Young Wild West did not grow the least bit alarmed over the possible outcome of the affair. He was one of the kind who never believe in the word fail Our friends had now drawn bnck. into a. position where it was impossible for any boulders or stones to be rolled upon them, and when their :vom1g leader began to talk jok i n gly, they felt perfectly at their case Half an hour passed without hearing anything mo r e ot thei r enemies. T hen our hero began to grow just a trifle nervous. "Boys," said he, after a lengthy siknce, "I guess I will go out on a little scout. I want to sec who our enemies a r e and learn how many they number." "You ain't gain' to risk it, arr you, Wild?" Cheyenne C h arlie questioned, as though he thought it wou l d not be the proper thing to do. "Yes; I am going to ii;k it. I will go alo n e, an d then if anything happens it will all fa ll upon me. I h a v e d one h& risky things before, I think. From what I h ave alr eady of these fellows, there is nothing bril liant about t h em. They have already J ost two men, where they s houldn't h ave lost any, if they had worked their ca r ds near right. If such a gang as t hat gets the best of m e I w ill be willing to quit call ing myself a sco ut. That settled it. Not anot11cr word was said Wild soon got h i mself in r eadiness to l eave t h e ca m p. He simply laid aside his rifle a n d exam i ned h is b race o f revolvers to make sure that t h ey were in p erfect o r de r a n d ready for instant use. "Now, 'boys, lay low and keep your eyes peel e d," was a 11 he said. Then he quietly crawled away under the s h a dow of the trees in the little glade. As expert as he was, W ild never a ll owed himself to ge t the least bit careless in his movements He worked his way along as though it was a. matt e r of life or death to him; as though the crackli n g o f a sing l e twig meant that h e wou l d be l ost. It was rather tedious work, to be b u t h e w as used lo it, and minded it but little. Even if he was to find a light suddenly turned u po n h i m and a dozen revolvers pointed at h im h e woul d n o t h ave quailed, but would 1rndoubted l y hnve got i n t h e first s ho t. And that first sl1ot wou l d possibly h ave m ea n t v i c t o r y for him. Nerve is a thing most essential to persons who run g r eat risks Slowly, but Rurely, the daring young sco u t w ork e d his way from the ca.wp. In about three minutes he came to the point wh e r e h e would have to cra:wl upward over the rocks. Up he went as silently as a snail worki n g i ts w ay from the bottom of a well. He was gradually dra1 r ing nearer to the p l ace wh e r e his enemies were locakd. Never once did he think of fa i l ing to ga i n hi s poin t. Nay! He had alread>' made up his mind that i f t h e r e was not more than half a dozen of them he would tac kl e them single Mmded. In ten minutes froril the time he left ihe cam p h e .was at the top of the cliff. The many nooks and crannieR that were t h e r e s uited h i pnrpose admirably. He worked h i s way a l ong, stopp in g at a lmost every foot, unti l presently he heard whispering voices. Then he crouched down flat to the ground, an d listened. "It won't do to go d01rn there in the dark,'' h e h ea r d one n!an sa.v. "They would mow us down before we cou ld ge t at them." "Let's wait till day l ight, then, and p i c k 'em off from t h e cover we've got here," said anothe r "That is the only thing we have got to do," spoke up a third. "We must get hol d of t lmt tobacco pou ch t h a t r ed -_,


22 YOUNG W ILD WEST'S SURPRISE. skin girl took to Young Wild WCBt. There io a fortune in it for the seven of us that's ldt out of the nine." Wild nodded to himself when he heard this. It was no other than Hickory Hipe, the outlaw, who I t had spoken last. "So you arc after the legacy old Gray Elk left me, are you?" he muttered under hi:; breath. "Well, I'll guaran tee that you will never get it-not even if I should go un der, for I kft the "piece of parchment with Arietta, my promised bride." The boy could not help smiling there in the darkness as he thought of this. He had committed the Indian writing to memory, so there was no need of his bringing the parchment along. He meant to keep that in memory of the old chief who had died with a spark of gratitude in his breast. He remained there for ten minutes longer, and then being thoroughly satisfied that the villains meant to remain there till daylight, he started to make his way back to the camp. He knew now that he and his friends would be perfectly safe till daybreak. That is, of course, if they stayed there. But Young Wild West did not intend to stay there in the little glade. He had already decided upon a plan of action As cautiously as he had come he made his way back, though it was hardly necessary, and soon he crawled right into the camp before those waiting fpr him were aware of it. He had been gone just a half hour. "Whew!" exclaimed Lively Rick, in a hoarse whisper, when \Vila appeared before them. "You are a wonder, you are. I'll bet there ain't another man livin' as could have got here without us knowin' it." "I must say that I caught you all napping," was the re ply. "You should. keep your ears open "We did have 'em open, but you never made a sound," answered Charlie, shaking his head as though he. was an gered at himself for not having heard his friend's approach. "Well, I have found out all we want to I guess." "How many of 'em are there?" queried Jim. "Seven ; and their leader is Hickory Hi pe." "What!" "And they are following us for the purpose of getting the legacy Gray Elk left me." "Get out!" "Yes. The outlaw leader seems to know just what Tripping Fawn, the Indian maiden, brought me the night before last." This news was astonishing to them, and they co11ld not help thinking that they were very lucky mortals to have such a brilliant leader as Young Wild West. "Now, then," resumed Wild, "we arc going to leave this place one at a time. Lively, you get your horse and go first. Go straight south and wait half a mile below Without waiting for anything further, Lively starteu to obey. In a few minutes he had got away from the camp with out making any noise to speak of. Then the re t followed one at a time, Wild being the last one io leave, and finally the camp was deserted. And all unconscious of what had taken place, Hickory Ripe and hi villainous gang remained npon the cliff, wait ing for the light of day to come, so they could pick off the men they followed from behind the rocks . CHAPTER IX. THE OUTLAWS TAKE IN THE FIRST TRICK. Our friends rode ulong for about two miles after they met, and then Wilcl picked out a suitable place, anU. they went into camp once more. "We won't be bothcrecl any more by those fellows to night," he observed, "so get all the sleep you can. we will settle accounts with Ur. Hickory Ilipe in the daylight tomorrow." All hcmcls now felt perfectly Ht case, and soon those who were not on guard were \napped in the arms of : Morpheus. The place they had chosen to remain the balance of the night was on a gentle slope about two hundred yards from the trail. Thero was quf te a thick growth of stunted oaks there, so they were pretty secure from obKcrvation. Shortly after dawn Wild Climbed one of the tallest trees and took a look around. He could see the spot where they had camped in the early part of the evening quite plainly. But the cliff where the outlaws were could not be dis cerned, owing to a high projection this side of it. 'I'he boy had not been up in the tree long when he saw moving figum; on the trail their old camp "'I'hey have discovered that we are missing," he thought, 'and they are coming this way." Wild waited long enough tomake f'ure that he was right in his supposition, and then descended the tree. "We will move on at once, I gue8s," he said. "The out laws are moving this way. We will go on till we a place where there is water and grass and then go into camp. We can be on the lookout for them when they comi;along and make it hot for them." Those 1rho were still sleeping were aroused in short order, and then the part,v mounted ancl rode away to the south. The trail was in a pretty fair condition for riding, so they kicked up quite a smart pace. Before five miles had been covered they came to a spot that could not have suited them better for a camping place if it had been made to order. Both grass and water were there, and it was so situated that no one could well approach it without being easily "Now I g1icss we can take things a little easy," observed Jack Robedec. "I know what I am going to do." "What are you going to do?" inquired Lively Rick.


YOUNG WILD WEST'S SURPRISE. 23 "I'm goin' to try fishin' in that stream. It looks to me as though there were trout there." "Well, maybC' there be, hut I reckon you've got all ther fish now that you n catch." "Just wait an' see," arn1 Robecl.ce went to his saddlebags and soon produced a hook and line. Then while the rest were attending to the horses and fixing things up in general, he cut a rod and dug up some tingle worms. A few minutes later he was seated on a rock near the $pot where the current of the mountain stream ran the swiftest. He had scarcely cast his line in than he got a bite, and, mucl'l. to the surprise of Lively Rick, who had followed him out of curiosity, he landed a good-sized fish. "Whew!" exclaimed Lively. "I told you so;" ancl then Jack ca lmly landed another, which was much larger than the first. He had great luck for the next ten minutes, catching eighte e n fish. Then they ceased to bite. But 1Robcdcr was rntisfiecl. He did not believe in catching any more than he could me, anyway, so he gave it up and started in lo help T_,ivcly c l ean them. Charlie had started a fire, and when he saw the fish brought in and depo s ited on the grass, he stared in amaze m e nt. "How will they go for lm:'aldast ?" asked Jack, with a grin. "Fine. Ilello, Wild and .Tim! come over and see what Jack has been doing." The boys who were keeping watch up the trail for the ap pearance of the outlaws promptly walked to the fire. Th

24 YOUNG WILD WEST'S SURPRISE. Now, then :Mr. Mcss enger, I will write an answer, which you can taie back to your friends with m y compliments." Jack had part 0 a nbte-book in his saddle bags, and a s soon as he produced it Wild sat down on a stone and wrote the following to the note: '' ro Dick Spruce, Hickory Hipe, and all the other loafers m the gang: am going straight ahead with my friends, and w e are goin g to get the legacy Gray Elk left me. A s you have warne d me, I rrow tell you that unless y ou k ee p away from us you will be riddle d with lead pill s b e fore the ris e and se t of sun. I am not like s u c h a s y ou, for I always my word Yours "YOUNG WILD WEST." The boy folded this and hande d it t o the m esse nger. "Tell them to read this carefully," wa s all he said, and a way the man acting a s thou g h h e wa s v ery glad to g e t out of t he pres ence of Young Wil c l '\Vest and his friends. "Xow, then, boy s we will wait a little whil e and s ee i they arc going tp attack u s right awa y I hope the y are, ?r I woJ.1lc1 like to have this thing O\'C'r ll'ith." "So would I," nodde d Jim. "1 don't ge t what you mig h t ca ll nervous, but I don't like waiting in s u c h ca ses a s this If we have got fo fight, why, I say fight a s s oon a s posRible." "Well, it wouldn't be policy for u s to attack them, unless we caught them s om e wh ere in the open." "I know that. L e t them" do the attacking, and l e t the m do it as soon a s the y want to." At the end 0 half an hour, a s they s aw nothing of the outlaws, the party in s earch of the Indian chief's l egacy resumed their journey. ''Take it easy, boys, and k e ep a sharp watch," sa id Wild. "It may be that we will get a chan c e lo pi c k on e o r lwo 0 them off on the way." They were all waiting for jus t s u c h an opportunity and Lively Rick was the fir s t to g e t i t. He caught a glimpse of a man s n eaking a n o p e n space with a big tin flask in hi hand. He was going for water. ]Jut h e n e v e r g ot it. fo r the rifle of the man from Devil Crcck s p o k e and t h e outla w r ollro over on the ground with a bull e t in hiR bra in. "'rhat leave s six," Raid Wild wit h n n oel of satis faction. "That was a pretty good shot, Lively." "I think I'm improvin' som c ll'hat since I got acquainted with you," was 1 the reply. "I notic e d h o w cool you always arc when you go to fire. I gues s it is coolnes s what does the busine ss." "Doolness counts every time. Every one ou ght to know that, no matter what they arc going to do. The minute a man gets excited he is bound to make a mistake. Being quite sure that the y would s ee no more 0 the out-1aws or a while, our friends mounted their horses and rode on down the rough ancl irregular trail. Nothing occurred to mar the peacefulness of their jour ne.y, except the killing 0 another grizzly by Cheyenne Char- li e and about fiv e in the afternoon they found the m selves at the foot 0 thre e n a rrow, low ering p ea k s And the r e \ras the wat erfall and Lhe brok e n tree right before the m. Gra y Elk had not writte n fal se ly. "We arc h ere, lioys, e x claim e d Young Wild W es t "Now, the fir s t thing to b e d o n e to fix up a camp tha t w e will be able to hold a g ain s t u score, if it s houlcl b eco m e s ary. \Ve have t o r emain h e r e a Wt'ek, a s w e d o n't know wh e r e the g old Gray Elk m entio n e d in his l ette r r e all y i s." "We'll fin d i t ,111 ri ght, T g uc,;:;," r etorte d Jac k. "What do you say i f w e r o ll som e o f Uwse rock s again 8 t t h e fall e n tre e and form a kinde r brca.-;tw orks !'" "1'hat will Jo, I think, n oJde d our h e r o That w as enoug h lo Fpur the m on to work. As s oon a s they had gi1cn th e horses the full l ength 0 their lariats, they starte d in with a vim. It was h e av y \\ork, but they k cpL o n till they h a d pil ed up ro c k s and b owkl.c r s till i t r rsernb l c d a mi n i a ture f ort. The y c oulcl n o t h a v e found a better pl ace to stand a s i ege if they h a d hunte d the m ountains o ve r. The three to1ve r i n g p ea k R r a n up s o straight t hat i t n H e rl y impos:-

a WILD WEST'S SURPRISE. That's right. dround close by. fire, though. There! I smell il, too. Them fell ers are I A prisoner doomed to cl i e di cl n ot alw ays cl ic, bu t a d e ad Funny 1re can't :>ee any smoke from thei r man never came back. That was the logic of the s i t u atio n and b ot h Jim and Cheyenne real i zed it on l y t o o w e ll. In a ver y short t ime t h e h a nd s of t h e two w e r e sec u r e ly tied behind their backs and t h eir weapons t a k e n from t h e m I wonuer if they a i n t in t h al l'HYinc O\" C J' there? If they are the smoke from t h e i r fire woul<.l get lost before i t got u p he r e. "That's jusL iL l'll bet a phtg oI Lobacker that they are there!" T hen I-Iickorv Ripe o r dere d t h e m t o r ise t o their fee t. Tlwy did this soon eno u gh, and t h e n they w e r e c on "Well, we' ll s oon fine out," and Jim began moving a l ong d u cted back into the b u shes and thence down a windin g d e i n the dircd.ion of the ravine. to the ravine bel ow. In a few minutes they were al a pot where they could l ook down into the ravine wilh the greate:t sou nd, bu t whe n t h e echoes began to ound i t was as plai n as tho u g h i t cam e from some one not over a lnmdrec1 yards away 'Stop!" c r ied Wilr1 to t h e t w o rncn who w e r e di gg ing. Som e t h ing has h appened to Jim a ncl C h a rli e. "What do you' mean?" gasped J ac k w h o had n o t h eard t oo sou nds. just hea r d some o n e c h eeri n g as tho u g h they w e r e d e li g h ted at something It could not ha \ e been our b o 3 .,, you k now." "No; it ain't l i kely it was t h em," adm i tted Rob c dee. "Then it must have been H ickor y I-Iipe's ga ng; they a r e t h e o n l y peop l e around h e r e that w e know o f, except our se lves." "That's so." "Well, you t w o jus t keep a w a tc h on the camp and the ;


J 26 YOUNG WILD WEST'S SURPRISE. horses.; don't do any more work till I come back. ing to see what caused that cheering." I am go-been upon her-he r hu sband hanged by a miserable gang of outlaws!" That was all he said and the next moment he was mak ing for the direction h e judged the sounds had come from. Wild was very anxious, and h e made hi s way along as fast as he could. He made no mistake in jtidgin g the direction, and in a very s hort time he had r e ached the point whe r e the cap ture of Jim and Charlie had taken place. H e had nothin g to go by, as the ground was so hard here that there were no traces of an y one havin g been there, but when he had li ste n e d for a minute he h ear d the unmi s tak able sound of voices from below. 'rhen h e s imply crawled to the edge of the ravine and peered over. He gave a sta rt, for the s ight that met his gaze was cer tainly s urprising. Standing on the ground beneath a gnarled tree were Jim and Charlie, their hand s tied b e hind them, and the s i x outlaws 1vere gathered around them arguing over som et hing. He looked for a way to get down to the ravine, and soon found one. In less than a minute h e had reach e d a point that was nearly on a leve l with th e group, and less than a hundr e d yards distant from them He now saw that the villain s had decided to hang their prison e rs. The outlaws seem ed to havo.only one lariat to s pare, for they mad e a noose and placed it around the neck of Cheyenne Charlie, evidently intendi ng to hang him first, and then him down and give Jim hi s close. The encl. of the lariat was thrown over a limb, and then the men mad e r eady to launch th e brav e scout into etern ity But Young W ilcl W est ah:eady ha cl hi s rifle level ed, and when th e rope tightened about th e neck of Charlie it cracked It was cedainly a remarkable shot, for 'the lariat was severed a foot above the scout's head, and the sudden re lease caused him to drop in a heap to the g roun .d. At the report two of the men made a das h for cover, aud reach e d it. They were the leading spirits of the gang, too. Then four shots rang out in rapid success ion, and as many of the outlaws dropped to the ground, either dead or mortally wound ed. With his smoking tifle in his hands, Young Wild West came dashing to the spot. "Just in time, 8ld follow cried Jim, with a joyful kok on his pale face. "There is no mistake about that," answered Wild, as he quickly severed the bonds of his two friends with his sharp hunting knife. Charlie had been choked ju s t enough to make it difficult for him to s peak, but as soon as he could he exclaimed fer vently: "Thank you, Wild. Anna came mighty near being a widow that time. And look what a disgrac e it would have "Well, I don't think any of these four will ever try to hang anybod y again," was the reply. "I kept my n e rv e and gave every one of them a bullet in the right spot. Now for Hickory Hi pc and Dick Spruce!" "They couldn t hav e got very far," s aid Jim. "I don't know about that; they were runnin g like deers when they struck cover. I must adrl)it that they moved altogether too quick for me, for I had hardly sent the bullet that cut the rope when they le aped away." "How did you come to know we were here?" "I heard a great' cheering." "That cheering was from those fellow s when we w ere marched into the ravine with our hand s li e d behind our backs." Dart pointed to the four bodies on the ground as he spoke. "Well, come on!" exclaimed Wild. "lf we want to find the other two we had b etter get at it. We will come back and bury these carcasses late r. I wo" nder where the horses of the gang are?" He pu s hed hi s way throu g h a c lump of bushes, revolver in hand, and then s udd en l y saw the horses grazing on a big patch of luxuriant" grass There were four of them there, told the sto r y that ir. runnin g away the two villaips h ad taken the other two. "Here are four pretty good horses with no one to ride ih cm," observed Charlie. "I s'pose we had better turn 'em loose." "Certainly This was clone, and then the trail of the two that had been off by the escaping scoundr e l s was found. It ran along to the other encl of the ravine half a mile airay, and then turned to the north. "I guess they have got enough of us," said Young Wild Wes t. "They have taken the back track, and that speaks volumes in a case of this kind There was no use in, following the men just then; they had other more important business on hand, so they turned and went back to camp. Jack an cl Liv e ly were very much relieved when they saw their three companions returning, and when they had listened to the st ory of th e narrow escape of Charlie and Jim they felt so good at seeing them alive that they gave them a hearty hand s hake. "Jack, you an cl Lively can take a couple of shove l s and go over to the ravine and bury the fellows I was compelled to shoot," remark e d Wild, a few minutes later. "Charlie can go with you, for I guess he need s a little exercise to get his blood in circulation. His wind was pretty nearly shut off when I cut him clown with a bullet." "That's just what's ther matter," laughed the scout. "I do need a little ercise, so I will pilot the boys to the ravine and let them bury the coyotes, whil e I look on." The three hurried off without the least hesitation to the rather grewsome task assigned to them.


YOUNG WILD WEST' S SURPRISE. 27 \1iT ild a 11d Jim s et in to dig gin g for the gold, both feel ing t hat t hey w e re not lik e l y to b e di s tnrb e d a gain Abo"Ut a foot down the y found a s lnb of rock, and the n they thought they h a d s ur e l y found whrit the y w e re look ing for. But t h e y w e r e di s appointed, for whe n the y had pri e d th.e ,slab up they found n othing but plain, ordinar y dirt, "rfhe r e i s on e thi n g certain," s aid our h e ro, in a hopeful ton e "that s l a b was put th e r e by hand s and that b e ing tho case, it mu s t h a v e been put the r e for a purpo se. I nm going to di g dow n a few fee t farth e r i f it a week." "Tha t's t h e w ay to talk!" e 4clairn e d his c hm. "Like you, I am of the opini o n that w e have s truck the right place Wh e n they had dug anoth e r foot they came to a big stone whic h would r e quir e cons id e rable labor to remove The hol e would hav e t o b e e nlarg e d s o it could b e s hifted. For over half an '!10ur the two work e d at it, and then a s they saw their thre e companion s coming back th e y gave it up for a whil e "The r c ussos ar e all buri e d," s aid Chey e nne .Charli e I an' I found my knife in th e r b e lt or on e of em. That make s m e g lad that I w ent alon g ." Good !" a n s w e r e d Wild "Now, come h e re and see what you can do in the way o f digg in g up rock s." "Wha t do y ou want to git that s tone out for?" h e a s k e d as h e peer e d into the hol e "Be c a use I think the re i s some thing under it that i worth d igg in g for." "All ri ght, then, but it seem s to m e th a t w e might dig in some oth e r plac e jest a s w e ll. iVo don' t know wher e tlrer g old i s if the re is any "It i s und e r thi s s ton e I am pre tty s ur e of that. See th e s lab that w e dug up b e for e w e s truck the s tone." Charli e mad e an examination of th e s ton e s lab, and then nodd ed. "Tha t 's all right," h e s aid. "That looks a s thongh it was cut to fit s omething." Then all hands began digg ing and und e r their united effort s the dirt b e gap to fly with a y.engeance .. In a f e w minutes th e bi g s ton e was tak e n out, and then the di gg in g was c omp a rativ e l y e a s y again. They h a d e nlarged the hol e to about the :'lize of: an or dinary grave, and whe n the y w e re about s i x fee t down the y ,.. found th a t it was a g ra ve. The y hFtd s truck human bo11es, sur e en01igh. "Your l e ga c y i s one of Gray Elk's Ftncestor s I gue s s," remarked Jim Dart, wit h a lau gh. "Don' t lau gh," was th e r e tort. "We will t a k e the skele ton out, jus f for curio s ity' s s ake. That may not b e the only thing in the grave, you know." "You think jus t the same a s I do, Wild s aid Cheyenne Gharlie. "Ah, the old fellow i s fallin' apart!" The whic h was sure ly that of an Indian, had been thero a long tim e and wh e n the s cout took holq of: it the bones fell to piece s While be was scraping away with hi s : hov e l he s udd e nly di soovere d anoth e r s lab of stone, much smaller than the fir s t one the y une arthed. It was but the work of a minute for him to pry this up, and whe n he did remov e it he jurnped bolt upright, and ex c laim ecl: "Gee-whiz! Look the re P' In the bottom of the grav e was an e arthen pot of ancient manufa c ture filled to the b rirn with a glistening mass of golden coins. CHAP'rER XI. CO J OLUSION. 1'That is some thing w e ll worth digging for, I think," cri e d Young vVild West wh e n he had recovered from hi s s urpri se. "\Yh eil e xclaim e d Jim Dart. "I can scarcely believe my eyes." "But the r mon e y i s here, jest thc r s ame,,'' s aid Chey e nne C harli e 1'What a lu c k y fell e r you ar e Wild!" Chai\i e in s i s t e d on havin g the privilege of digging around the earthe n pot s o it c ould b e lift e d out Wh e11 it had been plac e d on th e surfa c e of the ground, all h a nd s proceed e d to mak e an e xamination of it. The c oin s w e re all alik e-five -dollar gold pi eces bearing the date of 1855, with th e s tamp of a California mining cornpany on them. The y had n e v e r been in c irculation, a s th e look s of them plainly indi c at ed. How the coins had come to be buri e d there in that wild s pot be ne ath th e bod y of an warrior was a mys t e ry Our fri e nds had variou s opinion s on the matter, but finally the y gave it up. "Well, boys, th e r e i s no use both e rin g our h e ad s as to thi s money g ot h e r e," said Wild afte r a s il ence had reig e d for p.erlrnp s a mil}ut e "It i s h e r e,' and that i s the bes t part of it. Now, the n w e will cove r up the bone s and then divid e the c oin s into five parts." The division the n toojc place, ancl e a c h found him s elf the possessor of a modest littl e fortune, though in tho s e day s i;n the J3lack Hill s s u c h s ums would hot hav e c ount e d for a great lot. As there was nothin g to keep th e m the r e our friend s dec id e d to s t art for Wes ton at once 'It did not tak e thorn long t o pack np and one hou;r later they l eft the thre e peak s and the fall e n tre e and the wat e rfall behind them. The y w e r e very much e lat e d ove r the result their two driys' journey. "I am s orry. those fellow s interfer e d with us," s aid Wild, as the y rod e along. "But I suppo s e th e y coulcln' t help it. It i s the nature of s uch men a s Hic kory Ripe and Dick Spruc e to do wrong to the ir f e llow-crcah ues, and as they may G.o mor e murd e ring and plundering the s ooner they ar e wip e d out the b e tter it will be. Boys it run s iii my head


28 YOUNG WILD WEST"S SURPRISE . that will come across them before we get back to ton." ''It strikes me that wa_v, too," spoke up T1ively, who bound to make it known that he agreed 1rith everything the young dearl-shot said. Cheyenne Charlie felt of hi s neck ll"he rc the rope had tightened upon it, and nodded his head significantly. "Wild," said he, "] hope-I hop e--" "You hope what?" asked Wild, knowing well what he meant. "Well, I hope yon will giYe me the chance to fire the first s hot if we do come across ther miserabl e coyote s." "All right. I will giYe you my word that I will." They rode on till darkness overtook them, and then after a short consultation conclucled to keep on till they got to the place where they had last camped b efore reaching the three peaks. As they reached the spot an hour or so later Cheyenne (;Jiarlie caught the gleam of a camp fire. "I guess we have found 'c m," he said. "Halt and dismount,'' remarked Wild, in a low tone. He tied his horse to a tree, and the others follo>yed suit. we will see who is camping there," h e said, coolly. They made their way softly along for a few yards and then reached a point where they could sec the brightly burning fire Before it sat two men, smoking pipes and playing cards ll'ith a t imeworn pack. Cheyenne Charlie raised his rifle to his shoulder, but dropped it again instantly. 'l'he hro men were the ones h e was Jooking for, but he did not have the heart to drop them in cold blood. Motioning his frienclR t-0 s tay where they were, he stepped bol dly forward where the outlaws could see him and let out a yell that caused them to grab their rifles and spring to their feet. . The whip-like report of rifle rang out, and Dick Spruce, who was in the act of firing at him, fell to the ground d e ad. Hickory Hipe threw down his rifle and held up his hands. "That won't do!" cried the scout, speaking in a hoarse tone that was full of meaning. "You've got to fight, Hick ory Hipe. I've heard you brag that nothing could sca re you, sonow you "ve got to fight. How will you have it?" The outlaw's face was as pale as death, and he trembled Without another word the two knives together. Clash The sparks flew from the tempered steel like tl1e s izzling of dampened powder, 11lld even Young Wild West became e pellbound for a moment. The scoui. 1rns more than anxious to kill the scou ndrel hr 1ras battling with, but h e did not losr a bit of the caut ion he possessed. He jumped nimbly about and parried i.hc savage thrusts made at him with the greates t of ease. Hickory Hipc was growing desperate He realized that h e had no chance by attempting to be scientific so he rushed in to do or diL'. And he died! Cheyenne Charlie took a quiC'k step to the right; his glis tening blad e was raised, a du 11 thud, and the h eart of the outlaw was severed in twain "Let the carrion lay where it i s,'' the Rcout remarked, as he wiped his knife on the shirt of the dead gambler and walked to wher e his fri e nds w ere s tanding. "1 hav e had my revenge, and l am satisfied "We will bury them," said Wild. "You ne ed not h e lp though. Jack, how ::ibout it?" "With thcr greatest of pl eas ure," was the r ep ly. "I'd like to be able to bury all s uch mi serab le scoundre l s as them two was." The camp fire was all lig ht ed for them, so after the bodies had b een covercr l llp, they wa8hed the dust of their journey from them and pre pared a late s upper. The next morning they got up and resum ed their way to Wes ton. No one interfered with them after that during the trip, and in due time they reached hom e "Well," said pretty Arietta Murdo ck, when she had lis tened to Wild's sto ry of the adventures that bel'ell them on 1.heir trip to the three peaks and back, "I >rnppose you will settle clown for good now, won't you?" "I ean't you that, littl e one," was th e laughing reply. "There is a 1rhole lot for m e to do in this world yet, I think." And so there was, as will be told later. THE END. s li g h tly as he stepped forward and drew t):ie ugly looking Read "YOUNG WILD WEST MISSING; OR, k n ife from his bel t. SAVED BY AN INDIAN PRINCESS," which will be W ell, if I've got to fight, I'll take my chance with my the next number (8) of the "Wild West Weekly." bowie," he said "'l'her game is all p l ayed but ther last t ri c k, a n if I take that in I want to be allowed to go." "You kin gojf' you take ther tricl(," answered the scout, \rit h something like a chuck le. then, arc }OU rea dy?" T h e two men stepped into the firelight, one each side of the body of fhe dead gambler. Cheyenne Charlie was earnest and confident, and the out l aw was t r embling and fearful. SPECIAL NOTICE: AU back numbers of this weeldy are a lway s in print. If you cannot obtain them from any newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to F'RANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the you order by return mail.


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Cow-173 Fred Fearnot's Silent Hunt; or, Catching the "Green Goods" 121 Fred Fearnot Captured ; or, In the Hands of His Enemies. l22 Fred Fearnot and the Banker; or, A Schemer's Trap to Ruin Him. 123 Fred Fearnot's Great Feat; ori.. Winning a Fortune on Skates. 124 Fred Fearnot's Iron Will; or:.. Up for the Right. 125 Fred Fearnot Cornered; or, .wvelyn and the Widow. 126 Fred Fearnot's Daring Scheme ; or, Ten Days in an Insane Asylum. 127 Fred Fearnot's Honor; or, Backing Up His Word. 128 Fred Fearnot and the Lawyer; or, Young Billy Dedbam's Case. 129 Fred Fearnot at West Point; or, Having Fun with the Hazers. 130 Fred Fearnot's Secret Society ; or, The Knights of the Black Ring. 131 Fred Fearnot and the Gambler; or, The Trouble on the Lake Front. 132 Fred Fearnot's Cbalienge ; or, King of the Diamond Field. 133 Fred Fearnot's Great Game; or, The Hard Work That Won. l 34 Fred Fearnot In Atlanta ; or, The Black Fiend of Darktown. 135 Fred Fearnot's Open Hand; or How He Helped a Friend. 13(1 Fred Fearnot in Debate; or, The Warmest Member of the House. 137 Fred Fearnot's Great Plea; or, His Defence of the "MoneyleSI Man." 138 Fred Fearnot at Princeton ; or, The Battle of the Champions. 139 Fred Fearnot's Circus; or, Htgb Old Time at New Era. 140 Fred Fearnot's Camp Hunt ; or, The White Deer of the Adlron dacks. 141 Fred Fearnot and His Gulde ; or, The Mystery of the Mountain. 142 Fred Fearnot's County Fair; or,1. The Battle of the Fakirs. 143 Fred Fearnot a Prisoner; or, \..:aptured at Avon. 144 Fred Fearnot and the Senator; or, Breaking up a Scheme .. 145 Fred Fearnot and the Baron; or, Calling Down a Nobleman. 146 Fred Fearnot and the Brokers; or, Ten Days In Wall Street. 147 Fred Fearnot's Little Scrap; or, The Fellow Who Wouldn't Stay Whipped. 148 Fred Fearnot's Greatest Danger; or, Ten Days with the Moonshiners. 149 Fred Fearnot and the Kidnappers; O!J 'railing a Stolen Child. 150 Fred Fearnot's Quick Work; or, The ttold Up at Eagle Pass. 151 Fred Fearnot at Silver Guieb; or, Defying a Ring. 152 Fred Fearnot on the Border ; or, Punishing the Mexican Hor1e Stealers. 153 Fred Fearnot's Charmed Life ; or, Running the Gauntlet. 154 Fred Fearnot Lost; or, Missing for Thirty Days 155 Fred Fearnot's Rescue ; or The Mexican Pocahontas. Men. 174 Fred Fearnot's Big Day; or, Harvard and Yale at New Era. 175 Fred Fearnot and "The Doctor" ; or, The Indian Medicine Fakir. 176 Fred Fearnot and the Lynchers; 8r, Saving a Girl Horse 'llhlef. 177 Fred Fearnot's Wonderful Feat; or, 'l'he Taming of Black Beaut_y. 178 Fred Fearnot's Great Struggle; or, Downing a Senator. 179 Fred Fearnot's Jubilee; or, New Era's Greatest Day. 180 Fred Fearnot and Samson; or, "Who Runs This Town?" 181 Fred F earnot and the Rioters; or, Backing Up the Sheritr 182 Fred Fearnot and the Stage Robber ; or, His Chase for a Stolen Diamond. 183 Fred Fearnot at Cripple Creek ; or, The Masked Fiends of the Mines. 184 Fred Fearnot and the Vigilantes ; or, Up Against the Wrong Man. 185 Fred Fearnot in New Mexico ; or, Saved by Terry Olcott. 186 Fred Fearnot in Arkansas; or, The Queerest of All Adventures. 187 Fred Fearnot In Montana; or, The Dispute at Rocky Hill. 188 Fred Fearnot and the Mayor ; or, The 'l'rouble at Snapping Shoals. ; 189 Fred Fearnot's Big Hunt; or, Camping on the Columbia River. 190 Fred Fearnot's Hard Experience; or, Rough ing it at Red Guieb. l!ll Fred Fearnot Stranded; or, How Terry Olcott Lost the Money. 192 Fred Fearnot in the Mountains; or, Held at Bay by Bandits. 103 Fred Fearnot's Terrible Risk; or, Terry Olcott' s Reckless Venture. 194 Fred Fearnot's Last Card; or, The Gam e that Saved His Life. 195 Fred Fearnot and the Professor : or, Man Who Knew it All. 196 Fred Fearnot's Big Scoop 0 or, Beating a Thousand Rivals. 197 Fred Fearnot and the Raiders; or, Fighting for His Belt. 198 Fred Fearnot's Great Risk; or, One Chance in a Thousand. 199 Fred Fearnot as a Sleuth ; or, Running Down a Sli c k Villain. 200 Fred Fearnot's New Deal ; or, W orking for a Banker. 201 Fred Fearnot in Dakota; or, The Little Combination Ranch. 202 Fred Fearnot afld the Road Agents ; or, Terry Olcott's Cool Nerve. 203 Fred Fearnot and the Amazon; or, The Wild Woman of the Plains. 204 Fred Fearnot's Training School ; or, How to Make a Living. 205 Fred Fearnot and the Stranger ; or, The Long Man who was Short. 206 Fred Fearnot and the Old Trapper; or, Searching for a Lost Cavern. 156 Fred Fearnot and the "White Caps" ; or, A Queer Turning of 207 Having Fun with the 208 209 the Tables. 157 Fred Fearnot and the Medium ; or, usplrits." 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' OLD AND YOUNG KING BRADY, DETECTIVES. lUMed IVfOkly-By S ubacrlption $2.60 per fMf'' Enlercd ar Second Ol1>1a lllatler al 1.1" New Yori< Poat Offeco, March 1, i899, by Touaey. No. 205. NEW YORK, DECEMBER 26, 1902. l Price 5 Cents. : IE $ DR. . Tf RY E LEM HEIGHTS. . '"\


SECRET SERVlCE OLD AND YOUNG KING BRADY, DETECTIVES. PB.ICE 5 CTS. 32 PAGES. COLOBED COVEBS. I SSUED WEEKLY. LAT.EST ISSUES: 162 'l'lie Bradys' Winning Game; or, P laying Against the Gambl e rs. 163 The Bradys and the Mail Thieve s ; or, '1.'he Man In the Bag. 1.13 The Bradys Defi ed; or, 'l'h e Hardest Gang In New :York. 164 'l'h e Bradys and the Boatmen; o r, The Cle w Found In t h e 114 The Bradys In High Life ; or, 'l.'he Great So ciety My1ter.y. Riv e r 115 The Bradys Among Thie v es; or, Hot Work in the Bowery. 165 The Brady s afte r the Grafters; or, The M ystery in the Cab 116 The Rradys and the Sharpers; or In Darkest N e w York 166 Th e Bradys atid the Cross-Roads Gang; or, tne Great Case I n 117 The Bradys and t h e Bandits; or, Huntin g for a Lost Boy Missouri. 118 Tbe Bradys In Central P a rk ; or1 The Mystery of the Mall 167 The Bradys and Miss Brown; or, The M y s terious Case in S o -119 The B radys on their Muscle; or, the Red Hook Gang. clety 120 The B radyl' Opium Joibt Case; or, E x p osmg the Chine se Crooks. 168, The Bradys and the Factory Girl; or, T h e Secret of t h e Poisone d 121 The Bra d y s Girl D ec oy ; or, Round i ng Up the East-Side Crooks. Enve lop e 122 The B radys Unde r Fire; o r Tracking a Gang o f Outl!ilws 169 The Bradys and Blonde Bill ; or, The Diamond Thlens of Malden 123 The Bra d y s at the B e a c h ; or, 'rhe Mys tery o f the Bath House. Lane 124 The Brady s and the L ost G o ld Mine; or, Hot W ork Among the l 70 The Bradys and the Opium Ring; or, The Cle w In Chinatown. C owb o y s 171 The Bradys on the Grand Circuit; or, Tiacklng the Llght-125 The Bra dys and the Missing Girl ; or, A Cle w Found In the Dark. Harhes s Gang. 126 The Bradys and the Banker; or, The Myster y o f a Treasure Vault. 172 The Bradys and the Blac k Doctor; or, The Secret of the Old 127 The Bradys and the Boy Acrobat; or, Tracing up a Theatrical Vault. Case. 173 The Rradys and the Girl In Grey ; or, The Queen of the Croo k s. 128 The Brady s afi& Bad Man Smith i or, The Gang of Black Bar. 174 The Bradys and the Juggler; or, Out with a Variety Show 12!> The Bradys and th_ e V e iled Girl ; or, Piping the Tombs Mystery 175 The Braays and the Moonshlhers; or, Away Down In Tennessee. 130 The Bradys and the Dead shot Gang; or, Lively Work on t h e 176 The )3;adys lb J;!adtown; or, The Fight for a Gold Mle. Frontie r 177 The Bradys In the Klondi k e ; or, Ferreting Out the Gold Thieves 131 The Bra d y s with a Ci rc us I or, On the Road w ith t h e Wild Beast 178 The Bradys on the East Side; or, Crooked Work In the S l ums. Tamers. 179 The Bradys and the "Hlghblnders" ; or, The Hot Case In Chlna -132 The Bradys In W yo m in g ; o r, Tracking the .Mountain Men town. 133 The Bradys at Cone y Island; or, Trapping the S e a-sld e Crooks. 180 The Bradys and the Ring; or, The Strange Case of t h e lM The Bradys and the R oad Agents ; or, The Great Deadwood C a se. Fortune-Teller. 135 The Bra dys a n d t h e B an k C lerk; or, Traelng 11 L ost Money 1 81 The Bradys and "Siient Sam" ; or, Tracking t h e Deaf and Dumb Parkage. fl g 136 The Bra d.vs o n t h e R ace Track ; o r Beating the Sharpe rs. 182 T h,aBn d d .th "B Kl F' ht! t h F kl 1 137 The Bradys In the C h ine s e Q.ftarter ; o r, The Qu e en of the Opium ys an e onanza ng; or, ig ng e a rs n 138 and t h e Counterfe iters; or, \Vlld Adventures In the 1 8 3 and the Boston Banker; or, Hustling for Millions I n Blue R i d ge llfotlntalns. 1 8 4 The Brady s on Blizzard Island; or, Tracking the Gold Thieves o f 13!> The B r a dys I n tl! e D ens of New York; o r, Working on the J ohn \.C'ape N o m e 140 Rall Road Thie v e s ; or, The Mystery of the 1 8f\ The Brad.vs In the Blac k Hills: or, Their Case In :North Dakota. Midnight Train 1 8 6 The Bradys and "Faro Frank" ; or, A Hot Case ln the Gol d 141 The Bradys after t h e Pic kpo c k ets! or, K ee n Work In the Shdp1 8 7 and t h e "Rube" or, Tracking the Confidence Men YJlng Distri ct. !.. 142 Ttie Bradys and the Bro k e r ; o r Tl:\e Plot to Steal a Fortune. 188 The Bradys as Firemen; or, Tracking a Gang of Incendiaries. 143 The Bradys as R e p orte rs; or, W orking .to r a N e wsl!_aper. 1.89 The Bradys In t h e 011 Colmtry; or, The Myst ery of the Giant 144 The Brad y s and tli e r,os t R a n c h e ; or, T h e S tranae t;ase l n Texas Gusher. C k 145 The Bradys and the S i g n a l B oy; or, t h e Gre a t Robbery. 190 The Bradys and the Blind B eggar; or, 'l' h e Worst roo of 11.ll. 146 The Bradys and Bunc o Bill: or, The C l e v e r est Crook lb New 191 The Bradys and the Bankbreakers; or, Working the Thugs of Y o rk. C hicago. 147 The Bradys and the F e m a l e Dete ctive; o r, L eagued with the \!>2 The Bradys and the Seven Skulls; or, The C lew That Was Found Custom s Insp ectors. In the Barn. 148 The I!radys and the Bank Mystery; or, The S earch for a Stol en rn3 Th e Bradys In Mexico; or, The S earch for the Aztec Treasure Mllll o n Hon se 1 4 9 The Bradys a't Creek; o r, Kno cking out the "Bad Men." 194 The B radys at B lll c k Run ; or, Tralllng the Coiners o f Candle 150 Bra dys a n d t h e Harbor Gang; o r Sharp 'Work afte r Dark. CrPek 1 5 1 The B rn dys in F i ve Points; or, ThP Ske l eto n In the C ellar. 195 The Rradys Among\ the Bulls and Bears; or, Working t h e Wires 152 Fan T oy t h e Opiu m Q uee n ; or, Rradys and the Chlheile In Wall Stree t 1 53 B o y l'npll; or, S if ting S trange Flvid e nce. 106 The Bradys and t h e King; or, Working for the Ban k o f Englanil 1 5 4 The Bradys in the J aw s o f D e a t h ; or, Trapping the Wire Tap107 and t h e Duke's Diamonds; or, The Myste r y of the 155 a n d the T y p ew riter; o r The Offic e Boy's Secret. 198 The Bradys and t h e Be d Roc k Mystery; or, Working In t h e Black 156 The Bmclys a n d the Bandit King; or, Chasing the Mountain 199 ahd the Card Croo ks; or, Working on an O cean L i n e r 1 57 and the Drug S l aves; or, The Yellow Demons o f 200 The Bradys and J o h n Smith" 1 or, 'l' h e Man Without a Name Chinatown. 201 The Bradys :..nd t h e Manhuntcrs; or, Down In the Dismal Swa m p 15S 'l.'he Bradys and the Anarchist Qu een; or, Running Down the 202 The Bradys and the H igh Rock Mystery; or, The Secret of t h e "Reds." Sev e n Ste ps. 1M 'l' hc Bradys a nd the H o tel C ro oks ; or, The :Mystery of Room 44. 203 The Bradys at t h e B l oc k tl:o u se ; or, Rustling t h e Rustlers oil the 160 T h e Bra

I J THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American By HARRY MOORE. These stories are based on actual facts and give a faithful account o f t h e exciting adventures of a brave band of American youths who w e r e always ready. and willing to imperil their lives for the sake of helping along the gallant cause of Independence. Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading matter, bound in a beautiful colored cover. LATEST ISSUES: 59 The Liberty Boys' Justice, And How They Dealt It Out. 60 The Liberty Boys Bombarded; or, A Very Warm Time. 15 The Liberty Boys' Trap, and What They Caught In It. 61 'l'he Liberty Boys' Sealed Orders ; or, Going i t Bli n d. 16 The Liberty Boys Puzzled; or The Tories' Clever Scheme. 62 The Liberty Boys' Daring Stroke; or, With "Llgh\-Borse H arry 17 The Liberty Boys' Great Stroke; or, Capturing a British M a n-o r at Paulus Hook War. 63 The Liberty Boys' Lively Times; or, Here, There a n q Everywhere. 18 The Liberty Boys' Challenge ; or, Patriots vs. Redcoats. 64 The Liberty Boys' "Lone Band" ; or, Fighting Aplnst Grea t 19 The Liberty Boys Trapped; or, The Beautiful Tory. Odds. 20 The Liberty Boys' Mistake; or, "What Might Have Been." 65 The Liberty Boys' Mascot; or, The I d ol of the Company. 21 The Liberty Boys' l!'lne Work; or, Doing Things Up Brown. 66 The Liberty Boys' Wrath ; or, Going for the Redcoats Rough s h o d 22 The Liberty Boys at Bay ; or, The Closest Call of All. 67 The Liberty Boys' Battle for Life ; or, The Hardest Strugg le o f 23 Boys on Their Mettle; or, Making It Warm for the 68 Boys' Lost; or, The Trap That Dld Not Work. 24 TheTr0,rlb1eesr.ty Boys' Double Vlc,tory; or, Downing the Redc oats a n d 69 The Liberty Boys' "Jonah"; or, Youth Who "Queered" Everything 70 The Liberty Boys' Decoy; or, Baiting the British. 25 The Liberty Boys Suspected; or, Taken for British Spies. 71 The Liberty Boys Lured; or, The Snare the Enemy Set. 26 The Liberty Boys' Clever Trick; or, Teaching the Redcoats a 72 The f,iberty Boys' Ransom; or, In the Bands of t h e Tory Outlaw1 27 Good Spy Work; or, With the Redcoats In 7734 Boys as Sleuth-Hounds; or, Trailing Benedict Ar-Phlladelphia. Boys "Swoop" ; or, Scattering the Redcoats Li k e 28 Boys' Battle Cry; or, Wlth Washington at the Brandy75 Boys' "Hot Time"; or, Lively Work ln Old Virginia 76 The r.tberty Boys' Darlng Scheme; or, Their Plot to Capture t h e 29 The Liberty Boys Wild Ride; or, A Dash to Save a Fort. King's Son 80 The Liberty Boys ln a Fix; or, Threatened by Reds and Whites. 77 The Liberty Boys' Bold Move ; or, Into the Enemy's Country. 81 The Liberty Boys B i g Contract; or, Holding Arnold In Ch e ck 7'1 The Liberty Boys' Beacon Light; or, The Sign al on the Mounta i n 82 The Liberty Boys Shadowed; or, After Dick Slater for Revenge. 79 The I.lherty Boys' Honor; or, The Promise 'hat Was Kept. ::cec'!'lcied. 80 The Liberty Boys' "Te n Strike" ; or, Bowling the British Over. 85 The Liberty Boys Signal; or, "At the Clang of the Bell." 8 1 The Liberty Boys' Gratitude and How they Showed It. 86 The Liberty Boye' Daring Work; or, Risking Llfe for Llbertyltl 82 Boys and the Georgia Glant; or, A Hard Man t o 83 Tbe Liberty Boys' Dead Line; or, "Cross It if You Dare!" 87 The Liberty Boys Prize, and How They Won rt. 84 The Liberty B oys "HooDooed" ; or, Trouble at Every Turn. 88 The l,lberty Boys' Plot; or, The Plan That Won. 85 The Lib erty Boys' Leap for Life; or, The Light that Led Them 311 The 1"ber.ty Boye Great Haul ; or, Taking Everything In Sight. 86 The Liberty Boys' Indian Friend; or, The Redskin who Fough t tor 40 The Liberty Boys' Flush Times; or, R e veling In British Gold Independence 41 The f,lberty Boys in a Snare; or, Almost Trapped. 87 Th L'b t B "G 1 t Bl' d" T kl Bl Ch 42 The Liberty B oys' Brave Rescue; or, In the Nlck of Tlme. e 1 er Y oys 0 ng 1 Ill ; or, a ng g ance1 43 '.!'he Liberty Boys' Big Day; or, Doing Business by Wholesal e. 88 The Liberty Boys' Black Band; or, Bumping the British Hard. 41 The Liberty Boy, s' N e t, or, Catching the Redcoats and Tories. 8!.l The Liberty Boys "Hurry Call" ; or, A Wild Dash to Save a Frie nd. 45 The Liberty Boys Worried; or, The Disappearance of Dlck S iater. no The Liberty Boys' Guardian Angel, or, The Beautiful Maid of t h e 4G The Libert y B o y s' Iron Gt" ip ; or, Sque ezing the Redcoats. Mountain. 47 The Liberty Boy s Su c c ess; or, .Doing What They Set Out to Do. 48 T lie Libert y B oys' S etback; or, Def eated, But Not Disgraced 91 The L;berty Boys' Brave Stand; or, S e t Back but Not Defeated 49 The Lih erty Bo y s in -roryville ; or, Dick Slater's Fearful Risk 92 The Liberty Boys "Treed"; or, Warm Work In the Tall Timber. 50 The Lib erty B oys Arouse d ; or, Striking Strong Blows for Libert:;>. 93 The Liberty Boy s Dare; or, Backing the British Down. til The Liberty Boys Triumph ; or, B eating the Rencoats at Thelr 94 Tqe Liberty Boys' B est Blows; or, Beating the British at Benning Own ton. 52 The Liberty Boys' Srare; or, A Miss as Good as a Mlle. !l5 The Liberty Boys In N e w Jersey; or, Boxing the Ears of the Brit53 The Lib erty Boys' Dange r ; or, Foe s on All Side s. ish Lion. 54 The Lib erty Hoy s' Flight; or, A Very Narrow Escape. 96 The Liberty Boys' _Daring: or. 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