Young Wild West and the tenderfoot; or, A New Yorker in the West

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Young Wild West and the tenderfoot; or, A New Yorker in the West
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An Old Scout
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j Iss,,,ed Weokly-By /fabscriptum $2.50 per year. App/iC(ltio11 made for Second-Class Entry at N Y Post-Office, No. 12. NEW YORK, JANUARY 9, 1903. Price 5 Cents. The black steed was certainly doing its level best, when th& sorrel forged alongside of him, and then Wild's right hand grabbed Dandy Don by the collar of his coat and whisked him from the saddle!


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EKLY A Magazine Containing Stories, Sketches, Etc., of Western Life. Isaued Weekly-By Subscription i2.50 per year. Applic. atiof!-made for Secon.d Class entry at the !'few _York, N. Y., PO/rt Offic e. Ente1ed according to Act of CongreN, m the year 1903,_ m office of the Librarian of <.:ongr ess Washington, D C., oy Frank Tousey, 24 Union .:Square, New York, No. 12. NEW YORK, JANUARY 9, 1903. Price 9 Cents. OR, A NEW YORKER IN THE WEST. By AN OLD SCOUT. CHAPTER I. THE TENDERFOOT .ARRIVES. The stage c oach that was due at 11 :30 a. m at Wes ton came in nearly half an hour late. It was not an uncommon thing for the outfit to be h e ld up by roa!! agents and rovin g bands of Sioux Indians, and it was the opinion of old Sam Murdock, the postmaster, and a great many others that s u c h a thing had happened again. But when they the s tage coach come rattling and bumping along with driver Shep handling the rib bons in the r egular way, they nodded to each other and nice a chap to be shot down by ther bad man, who calls himself Demon-Drive Dick." "All right, Shep, I'll see to it that the New Yo r ker has fair play," and with that Young Wild West walked around to the side of the coach where the passengers were getting out. There were on l y four of them, and the two first to get out were bearded, rough looking men, who had evidently s pent their last dollar in order to get t o the B lack Hills and better their fortune s The next to alight was a good looking, w e ll-built y oun g man, of something less than twenty -five. H e wore a neat fitting brown sack suit and a derby of were almost ready to s wear that they had felt certain right the same color, and his shoes looked as t h ough they h ad along that nothing had happened to the outfit. been s hined within a day or two. Among those sta nding in front of the post office waiting for the mail was Young Wild West. The young scout looked a little surprised when the driver called him the instant he brought the four horses to a stand still. The expression on his face was one of a nger a nd d e t er mination, and stepping back a cou ple of paces h e waited in front of the door for the other passenger to get out The next moment the bad man the driver had spoke n of appeared. "What's the trouble, Shep?" he asked. He was a big, httlking fellow, dressed after the r egu lar "There's a tenderfo o t an' a bad man inside," Shep anstyle of a cowboy, and the lower part of h is face was COID s wered. "They've been havin' trouble all ther way from pletely obscured by a fierce reddish brown moustache a n d Spondulicks, an' believe they made a n arran geme n t t o fight chin whiskers. it out as soon as they got here. The tenderfoot says he hails Somewhere the man had got ho l d of a n umbe r of medals, from New York, an' after sizin him up, I think he's too and these were pinned on hi s shirt fron t in g or geous array I


2 Y O UNG WILD WEST AND THE TENDERFOOT. "Well you b l amed tenderfoot he exclaimed, facing the Crack young man, "you sai d if I s pit on your shoes ag'in you'd 'rhe bullet went in the air and sped o n its way in harm-show me someth i n'. Now, I'm goin' to do it, so you may less flight. as well tell these people how you want to be buried!" "Fair paly, Mr. Demon-Drive Dick!" exclaimed the "See here, M r Demon -D r ive Dick, as you call you rself, handsome boy, as coolly as though he was simp l y enjoying a l tlont want any muss with you," was the rather calm reply. chat with the man. "That young man i s not used to the "Whe n I first got in the stage over in Spm;idulicks, you tried ways of the se parts, and after taking a whole lot of insult 8 t.o pick a muss with me by calling me a tenderfoot and pokfrom you, he knocked you down with his fists If you want ing all manner of fun at me. When I did not notice the to fight with him, why don't you go at him with your taunts you made at me, you had s ense enough to stop for a hands? You are big enough to eat him, let alone thrash while. But it did not last very long, for you soon began him to try and rub the blacking off my shoes with you r boot Young Wild West still had hold of the man's wrist, just soles. T hen, when I moved my feet as far from you as posas he had ca u gh t i t when he threw his arm up. you tried to spi t tobacco juice on my shoes." His eyes were fixed on those of the big cowboy in a _,,., '"!'hat's exactly what I c1ic1, young feller. An' you showed way tha,t showed he was in earnest, and the enraged fellow what a blamed fool you was by gettin' mad. You said if I did not make a move or say a word .for the space of several wanted to spit on your shoes, for me to wait till we got out ds secon jaw 'rhen he blurted o ut: of ther wagon, an' then if I done it you'd smash me in the "Who in blazes are you, young feller?" "'l'hafs just what I saicl, and you would have shot me "That makes no difference i.o you who I am. I say there right then and there if it had not been for the other two is going to be fair play here, and there is." pa::isengers, who told you that you had better not." "See here, you sizzlin' tenderfoot! You've said about enough, you have. I'm a bad man from Texas, an' my name is Demon Drive Dick. Look out fer yerself now, for thcr fun are about to start!" 'l'hen the bad man let fly. a mouthfu l of tobacco juice, w11ich struck one of the polished shoes the young man wore. There was not an ounce of coward l y blood in the tender"An' I 'll bet a thousand on it," said Landlord Brown of the Gazoo Hotel, who was one of the crowd. "There is goin' to be fair play, an' there ain t a soul of us what i s goin' to interf e re. Young Wild Wes t will attend to it. Ther tenderfoot is a good one, an' reckon he kin do you ; you big ugly lookin' coward!" Demon-Drive Dick dicl not make any reply to this fling at him: His anger was increasing, if anything, and suddenly he foot's veins, it seemed, for he sprang forward and dea l t made an effort to throw Wild West aside. Demon-Drive Dick a smashing blow between the eye,s, which caused him to stagger back against the stage coach. But it was only an effort, for the young scout simply gave "That's the way we do it in New York," cried the young his wrist a twist and bent it over his back with a lightning fellow, and with that he caught the man's neck under his like motion, and the bad man dropped _upon his knees with left arm and began pummeling his face unmercifully a howl of pain. A murmur of admi r at i on went up from the crowd. The next thing he saw was the muzzle of a revolver withThere was scarcely a man there who did not sympathize in a few inches of his nose. with the New Yorker, but t he most of them tho u ght his "Off with your belt now," was the command from Young triu mph would be short-lived. Wild West. "You have got to fight the New Yorker the They expected to see the bad man begin to pour l ead into way they do it in his town. If a man spits on another out him in a very short time. here he generally gets s hot, unless he is awful quick; but An d that is just what Demon-Drive Dick meant to do, in the east it is different He gets knocked down by a fist for he wriggled himself free, and darting under the wagon, blow Ah, that is it l Get that belt off, so you won't came out on the other side, his eyes blazing with fury and have a knife or shooter to fall back on if you get the worst his revolver in his hand. of it." Re raised the weapon to end the life of the tenderfoot Demon-Drive Dick J:iacl come to the conclusion that he then and there, but before he could fire Young Wild West had better do as Young Wild West told him. leaped forward and knocked his arm upward. He had heard of the young Prince of the Saddle and


x-YOUNG wrr_,D WEST AND 'l'HE TENDERFOOT. 3 dcads hot b e fore, but this was the fir s t time he had ev e r But the y oun g m a n seem e d to kpow this and he sa w to seen him it that b e did not ge t c aught. H e w as getting coole r all the time t o o and whe n h e 'l'h e r e w as pl e nty of room, and all he had to do was to h a nd e d t lw b r l t conta inin g h is 1 rea p o n s t o Wild h e a c t ed I dod ge and hit when e v e r h e g ot the opportuni t y a s tho u g h h e tho u ght h e coul

YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE TENDERFOOT. effort to make a fortune out here in the hill s Here come I "I s econd that motion! exclaim e d Jack Robedee. four of my partners; I want to introduce the m to you "All right, then," lau g hed Wild : "I' ll v ot e on it and The four who were making their way toward s Young s ay ay I C o m e on, R ex Moore, T e nderfoot fro m Ne w York. Wild Wes t and the tenderfoot were Jim Dart, Che y enne It' s all settled." Charlie, Jack Robedee and Dove-Ey e Dav e "Well, I n e ver exp e ctfd to b e tre ated like thi s," and Wild introduced them to Rex :Moore and all s hook hand s youn g Moor e w ent a l o n g with th e m t o t h eir house, that was with him in the bluff, h e arty way s o common to the west. jus t in the rear o f th e office of th e W il d West M i ning an d "Young Wild jus t s aved me from b e ing riddled with Improvem ent Co. bullet s," s aid the y oung New York e r "I will never forg e t him for that!" "Young Wild West i s ther white s t boy that eve r s traddl e d a horse II' cried Dove -Eye Dave, wavin g hi s hat to em phasize his words; "an' if ther one that says he ain't kin have me for a target!" CHAPTER II. THE NEW YORK E R DECIDES TO A REGULAR WES T E RNER. Rex Moore was ove rjoye d at th e way thing;; had turned out. The truth of the matter was that h e had expected to b e s hot. He had r e ad cons id e rabl e of lif e in the west, and realiz e d when Demon-Drive Dick had first b e gun to in sult him th at he was in for it. He h eld hi s t empe r a s lon g as h e could and when h e did let go h e m ade up hi s mind that it was a case of do or die But now, if b e was any judge, h e had gain e d the friend ship of the mos t popular person in all Weston-Young Wild West. Win g W a h the C hinese cd ok, always m a d e i t a point t o have pl e n ty o f food on meal times, as h e neve r kn e w just ho w m a n y Y oup g Wild West w ould br i n g wit h him to ea t. And so it was o n thi s occa s i on. R e x Moor e s at dow n to th e beRt m e al h e had eaten s inc e he l eft Chi c a g o After dinn e r they a ll w ent clow n to th e office, and the N e w York e r was introduced to W a lt e r J en kin s the for e man of the mines owned b y the comp a ny. He, too, had been a sort of tenderfoot, and he welcomed Rex Moore in a hearty manner. "You c e rtainly hav e struc k some o f th e best Jle!lple on ea11th," he said. "The r e is onl y one thing I don't admir e a bout Young Wild Wes t a nd the rest o f th e m, and that is, that they a:re alway s runnin g in to dan ge r whe n th e r e i s no need of it. Jim, Charli e and Jack0w o uld follow Wild any where, and h e i s jus t as li able to lead t h e m out on the p rairie to tackle a b a nd o f a hundre d Indi a ns, a s h e would to tak e t hem down t o m a k e a r a id on some o n,e-h orse gamb lin g den Young Wild West has o n e g r eat thing to l e arn yet." "And what i s that?" ask e d th e t e nd e rfoot who w a s v e r y much inte rest e d "What t h e w or d fear m e an s l "I haven t mue:h mone y," he s aid whe n th e conve r s ation "See h e re," s akl Wild wh o overh e ard th e l ast p a r t of waned a little "It cos t more than I thou ght it would to the conver s ation, "wh a t are y ou g i v ing our fri e nd fro m the get out here. I wish you would kindl y direct me to the east?" cheape s t h o tel, :rnd the n give me an id e a of how I mus t go "He has not told m e a n ything I did not alre ad y kn o w," to work to g e t a claim to work." s poke up Moor e "I could see wha t you w e re mad e out o f "I te.11 you what you c an do," Wilcl an s wered "Com e whe n you the b a d man and sa ve d my life I s h o uld over and take dinner with Jack and I. W e run a v e ry much lik e to l e arn to s hoot and rid e lik e you f e llows, regular bachelor establishment. W e hav e a fir s t class Chiand then I could go out on s ome of your d a ng e rou s rack e t s nese cook, eo you need not be afraid that our meal s won't with you." be all right." "I am ever rn muc h oblig e d to you for the invitation but I don t want to shove myself on your hos pitality. I would rnther--" "You will come right along with us," .Jim Dart inter rupted. "We expect to pay a vis it to the great city of New York soTll!'

J YOUNG WILD "WEST AND THE TENDERFOOT. 5 o f bookkeeping. Suppose you take my place for a while? The fir st thin g Charli e did was to mount and ride up I guess the company can afford to pay you fift y dollar s a and down himself. week to keep thing s s trai g ht." "Do you mean that?" "Certainly he does,'' put in Wild The n he told Rex to do it "in the sa me way, if he could. As the young man had n e ver been in the saddle before, "Jim is like myself, he was, of course, rather awkward at first, but .our friend s h e never s ays anything h e does not m e an, unless it b e in a did not laugh at him, which was encouraging to him more joke, and everybody unde r s tand s it that way. We will pay than anything else you fifty dollar s a week for a starter, and you can buy a Afte r he h a d made three or four attempts with more or piece of land from u s on t h e in s talm ent plan, if you want less success, h e turnecl to Wild and 8aid: to; or you can go out a little farth e r and stake out a claim "I have got an idea that I could do b e tt e r, if I had some of your own. If you do bu y of us, we won't take a cent one to ride along with me to give me a few points as to the from you till the money you have paid us has been take n proper poise, and s o forth. Mr. West, I think you would b e from the soil. There i s pl e nty of gold out h e re, and all you jus t the one." have to do is to dig for it. Sometimes a fellow s trikes it "All right; I'I! accommodate you, then; but pleas e don't big right on the s tart, and then, again, h e m ight work a mister m e any more. whole month and not make e nou g h to pay for his ammuniname, whi c h is Wild. lion that he s hoots hi s meat with. But this i s a ric h yieldE how you all 1 can." I lik e my friends to call me by my I ll get m y horse right away, and ing spot around h e re, and I rathe r think if you were to put A s our h ero said this, h e turne d and saw Ike, the colored in a c oupl e of hour s each day you would make a little fellow who did th e outside work around the house, and m o ney." promptly told! him to go ancl get Spitfire, his horse. "Well, I'll accept the pos ition of bookk eepe r for yop, Wh e n th e h a ndsom e stee d was brought out the man had anyway; and I thank yon from the bottom of my h eart a ll h e could d o to hold him but a word from Wild and he for it." "Don't m e nti o n it; you can start right into work now if you want to." Moore was only too glad to do so. He began to feel that hi s hop e s of getting rich in the wes t would be r e aliz e d, after all. The tenderfoot prov e d himself to b e an expert book keeper, too, and Jim Dart was d e light ed. He would not be confined s o close to the office now. When closing time came, Chey enne Charlie offered to calm e d down ins t a ntly H e knew his mas t e r, and h e was th e only one he would obey readily. Wild arranged the girth s to uit him and then mounted. R e x Moore watch e d hi s every move, and then trie d to imi ta te him in getting into the s addle. He did it r e markabl y w e ll thi s time, and Charlie and th e re s t applauded him Then Wild Wes t set out on a gallop up the canyon aways and back. The t e nd e rfoot came right after him riding b etter every give Moore a lesson in riding and shooting, and the young second, it seemed. man said he was glad of the opportunity and promptly exA s soon :is Cheyenne C harlie thought he had l e arned to pressed hi s willingness. ride w e ll enough to do a little s hootin g from the s addle, he Young Wild West was the own e r of a n y numb e r of ridin g set up a whi tc sto n e on the s tump of a tree and c all e d for him and Wild to halt. uits s uch a s w e r e worn in the west, and wh e n h e offered to l e t the tend e rfoot have one of them he was d e lighted. "Wild," sai d the scout, show him what you can do with "Just the thing!" he ex claim e d "The n I will look like the revolv e r w hile ridin g at full speed. Now, i.hen, Moore, a westerner, if I am no t one." Our h ero w ent to th e hou _se with him, and '-i'he n they came back about ten minute s later there was a bi g change in Rex Moore s appearance. Re was about Wild 's ancl th e suit he h a d d o nn e d could not fit him any b ette r if it had bee n mad e for him do a s Wild docs, or try to, I s hould say." "All right was the r e ply. "I'll do my best." Youn g Wild West s t a rted on a full gallop, taking a large c ircl e When h e came around to the s tone h e fired two sho ts, one of them hittin g it and knocking it off the stump. Cheyenne Charlie quickly ran out and placed it back C heyenn e Charli e had brought hi s horse over, and as the r.gain for the New Yorker, who was coming at full speed animal was a real gentle one, everything was in favor of the liis rev o l ver in hi s h and, ready to fire. Yorker. He fired once a nd i t.


6 YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE TENDERFOOT. Then Wild came around again and hit it twice. there was a brand new hotel that our friend s had not vi:;ited Moore missed again, but he did not grow discouraged. yet. "I'll learn after a while,'' he shouted to Charlie. The plac e had opened a couple of nights before, but Wild When Wild emptied both hi s revolv e rs he came to a had heard v e ry little conc erning it, beyond the fact that PLop. the propri e tor was a very ugly looking man call e d Bowe ry H e had hit the stone nine times out of twelve. Bill, and h e boast e d of having serv e d a sente nc e of s ix years Moore had five s hot s to fire before his twelve would. be in Sing Sing prison, New York State. gone, and as yet h e h ad not hit the mark once, though he Our w as sati sfittd that he was one of the kind who grazed the st ump twice. He kept on riding around, and a t the la s t s hot he struck t h e s ton e \ nd caused it to roll off, the same as Wild had don e on the sta rt. ''Hurrah!" c ri e d Moore. "I may be a tend e rfoot, but J'm l earning how to shoot. "And ride, too," said Wild. "You are doing nobly." It was abou t suppe r time, so they gave it up for the da y "Since you hav e been kind e nough to give m e this riding suit, the next thing I want i s a horse, and I m going to ) have a good one as soon as I can get the money togeq1er." "You go and have a talk with Dove -Eye Dave--the tall could really b e called "bad," and that was why h e wanted to tak e the t en d e rfoot to the n e w place. Whatever the man might have been, had pretty good taste in the matter of a buildin g, for hi s hotel had been built on a larger and b etter scal e than any building in W e ston. It had been in course of construction some little time, but Bowe ry Bill had not come in town until it was com pleted and stocke d Then he came and took formal charge of it. The bar was pretty well p acked when our friends walked in, and almost the fir s t man they took notice of was D e monman you were introduced to to-day. H e ha s two or three Drive Dick. extra horses, and if you tell him that you are working for The bad man, as h e choose to call himself, had bee n the comp any, and that I sent you to him he will prob a bly drinking heavily a nd seem e d to b e in a mood for almost give you a bargain for a v e ry littl e cash down. If you want anything. a horse, I can't advise you any better than to do this "He llo, Young Wild West!" he calle d out, as his eyes "Well, I do want a hor se, and I'll do just as you s ay. I lighted on our hero. "Come up an' drink with m e." never knew I wanted a horse until now, and I wa.nt one "Muc h obliged,". an s w e r e d Wild "but 1 never take baclly." whi skey. "You have got ther fever," lau g h e d Jack Robe dee. "Yes, if you stic k to u s we will a reg::ilar westerner of you," addecl Cheyenne Charlie. "'T h ank you Noth in g would suit m e any b etter." Rex 1\Joorc was going to take off the riding suit that fitt e d him so well before sitting down to s upp e r, but Wild told 11 im to keep it on. "We will take a walk around town by and by, so keep it "Well, take what you want, then." "Very well, I'll have ii cigar with you." "Give him the best in the house, lan c llord," cried the drunken cowboy. "They say h e's the king-pin of Westo n s o nothin' i s too good for him!" "That's right," an s w e red th e man behind the bar wh o was no than Bowe ry Bill, the proprietor. "Young 'Vild West I'm g lad to meet you. I've heard a whol e on," said he. "Let those who saw you whip D emo n-Drive lot said nbout since I've been in yonr town, an' I h ave Dick to-day know that you have decided to try and b e a been waitin' to get acquainted with you.'' \resterner. Don't let any of them bluff you, eit h er. If any Wild shook hands with the m a n as a matter of course, of the men get reckless and try to scare you by drawing a he took a strong di s like to him ri ght the n and the r e gun on you, try to get yours out fir st. If you think a man Bill h a d one glass eye, and ther e w e re two or reall y mean s t o shoot you ju st s hoot him first! That i s the three scars on hi s face and neck whic h gave him anything way w e have to do it out h e r e." but a pleasing appearance. "All right, I will do just as you s ay, Wild," was t h e re-But that was not what mad e Wild tak e a di s lik e to him ply. "1\Jy confi d e nce i s placed in you, and what you sa y I'll particul a rly; it was hi s mann e r and his voice. do, even if I think it i s wro ng. '.rhe young scout was e nou g h a st ud ent o f human nature It was just about clusk, when 'IYild, Jim, Jac k an d R ex to know that thE: man's mann e r was affected, and that h e l\Toore left the house ancl starte d to take a turn about town. did not mean a word of what h e was s aying. 'fhe place had been growing wonderfully of late, and "From what h e ha s heard of me h e does not like me, I


YOUNG WlLD WEST AND THE TENDERFOOT. 7 guess," t hou ght Wild. "And if tha t i s the c ase, h e has 'l'h e in the J.iarroom drew b ac k on both sides with com e h er e for the purpose of doin g s om ething else beside s amazing quicknes s running a n hon es t bu s iness. W e ll l e t him ,;how his hand m: s oon a s he ha s a mind to. I{c will find me ready for him." CHAPTER III: ... DANDY DON COME S TO TOW N Both m e n w er e almo s t total stranger s to those present, and the y ex p e cted to s e c the preliminaries to a funeral. Moo r e did n o t :fl.inch, but k ept hi s eyes on tho s e of the cowboy lf the fellow made the l e a s t move to rais e his r evolve r h e w as going to s hoot. The word s of Youn g Wild West wer e in his mind just t h e n and h e was goin g to act stric tly on th e advice given 'rhe n e w hote l was ca lled "The Ram's Horn," a name him. tliat wa::; v ery sug ges tiv e But Demon-Driv e Dick did n o t attempt to pull t h e If c rook eu" bu s iness was to b e d o n e the r e, the name weapon from the holde r a prope r one, anu if it w as to b e run 011 a s .trai g lft" plan, what w as th e differ e nce? There was n othing in a name anyway But Young Wild We s t c ould not get it out of hi s h ea u but that the pl ace was to b e on e o f the Lad ones of that s e ct ion of country. But a:; long a s B o w e ry Bill treate d him and.hi s friends all h e was not g oing to both e r his h e ad abo.ut the place, unless there got to b e c ompl aints ab out it. Wild took his cigar with D e mon-DriYe Dick, and the n, according to hi s u s ual c u s tom, h e tre ated e verybody in the H e had se n s e enough t o r e alize tha t the glitte r in the :N cw York er's eye was a d a n ge rou s o ne. "Guess you h a v e been ta kin !'Orne l ess on s M r. r c n der foot," h e s aid, with an aff ecte d laugh Who' s been leam in' y er-Y oung Wild West ? "That's jus t t]1c man You hit the n a il ri g h t o n t h e h e ad, lVIr. D e mon-Drive Di ck. Now take y our hand awa y \ from your r evoher, and if it g ets there again whil e I am looking at y ou, y ou will b e the one to di e with you r bo ot s on, and not me!" "We ll, well!" and th e bad man tumc d and walk e u over place. to the m en h e had been makin g himself friendly with, a s It cos t the boy a whol e lot of money wh en he mad e the though the whol e thing a big joke. round:; o f the hustling little mining town, but he was makin g lot s of it, and s o h e did n o t care. so. But if he tried to mak e it out a jok e no o ne else thought The b a d m a n did not r e cogn i z e Rex Moore a t fir st, b e cause h e wor e a c ommon i.o that section, but whe n he did see n ext pla c e when the clatt e r of hors e s ho o f s came to their Wild was jus t about to propo se that they go on to t h e him h e b ega n to s how s i g n s of getting u g ly ear s and the next mom e n t a cl e an-limb e d black hor s e c am e The thras hin g h e had received that noon had been very in throug h the door of the barroom and did not h alt unti l humiliatin g to him and it was plain tha t he hate d the ten the bar was reached. d erfoot for it. "He llo y on New York er!" he cried. t r y in' to L1odi s guiHe yourself?" In the s addl e was a dark, sinis ter man of thirt y-fiv e "Wha t are you h ands om e and graceful. "No, r e pli e d qui e tly. "I am s avmg my oth er He was attire d in a hands ome riding costume of v e lvet clothes to w ear \\'hen I g o ba c k east." and the e x p en s iv e s ombr ero that adorn e d hi s head wa s of "Well,] don t think you will e ver need 'em, then. The a light brown with gold hraifl around it. chances are that you ll ui e right in these di g gin 's with your A lmge diamond pin s parkl e d in front of his richly b o ot s on." embroid er e d s ilk shirt, and th e butts of th e r e volvers and th e ''If I do, J hardl y think y ou will b e respon s ibl e for it!" hilt of a hunting knife that c ould seen protruding abov e ans wer e d the N ew York e r, much to Wild 's satis fa ction. the fan cy l eathe r b elt was of ivor y with g old mountings "What do y e r m ean b y that, you m e asly t enderfoot!" The horse was p a wing the :floor of the b a rroom nervou s ly roar e d D e mon-Drive Dic k s lapping his hand on his re-whe n the rider s pok e volv er. "Gentle m en ,'' he, in an voice that was "Jus t what I said you big hulking coward!" and a r e a trifl e mus i c al, "I am gla d to meet you all! I am Dandy \'Olver w as in the t e nderfoot' s hand ins tantly, the muzzle Don of D e adwood, and I hav e come all th e w ay to west on b eing leveled at the bad man's brea s t. t o s e e my old pard, Bow ery Bill. H e llo Bill! How are ...


8 YOUNG Wil1D WEST AND THE rrENDERFOOT. you, old pard ?" ar.d h e put out hi s haud and gave the hot e l to go to m y room at once. r want to mak e a change in m y proprietor a heart y sha k e costume, and th en buck th e tiger a bit before I turn in." "First rate, Don! First rate!" was the r e ply, as BowA s soon as the hostl e r had tak e n c har ge of the hor se, cry Bill returned the grip, and th e re was no d o ubt in Wild 's Bower y Bill cam e from b e hind th e bar and led the dandy mind that he was in earnest whe n h e said it. "Got a fine place, h e re, Bill. Give e v e rybody a drink," J and then h e forced his horse back in a playful mann e r and m a de him dance about in th e center of the room. "The floor will hold him all ri ght,'' said Bowe r y Bill rid e r to ano t h e r part of the house. H e r e's a nice room Don," he said, leading foe way up a flight of sta irs. "Didn' t a ny one e lse com e with you?" "Yes, J< aro rny C hinese and m y expected bride. They are w a iting for th e biggest p a r t o f the popuwith a laugh. "I knowed you would b e comi n some time, hition to go to b e d before they com e in town. The girl ob rn I had it made good an' stroug. I know whe n you com e j ects to marrying me, you know, and s h e does not want to in to get a drink you generally rid e ri ght in." st ay tn our compa ny, even." "That's right I've nevei been s topp e d from doing it "Whe w! Wh e r e did you git th e r gal, Don? yet," said Dandy Don, and lh e n h e looked a round at the D e adwood I thought thi s would be a s safe a place crowd to see what sort of an impression h e was making. any to bring h e r, I mus t say that it is a bigger There were thoe who 8eemed to b e awed b y hi s presence, town than I thought. You have g ot a mini s t e r here, and there were oth e r s who were s impl y amused a t his brag haven't you?" gadoc ia and dandified airs. "Yes, I've heard s ay th ere i s one. But you want to go But one thing was certain. 'rhe man did present a fine rnreful in thi s bus iness, Don. Thc r boss of ther town i s appearance. only a boy, but they say he's a t e rror a g' in anything that's 'rhe horse he rod e was a magnificent b east, too, and the bad," gaudy trappings and the rider 's fancy costume made a "What! Th e boss of the town a boy! You are joking, picture tnat was bound to attra ct the attention of any one Bowery Bill." but a blind man. "No,. I ain t jokin I'v

YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE TENDERFOOT. 9 him take a cigar that cost a half dollar you would have As soon as he saw him now he came from behind the bar asked him why he drink; so I simply did not put and shook hands with him. ther whiskey to him. I knowed what he wanted, so I just give him ther cigar." "Bowery Bill, you are a fool! As if you think I would he afrajd of this Young Wild West, or any one else!" Then he shook hands with Jim and Jack, too, after w hicli Rex Moore was introduced. "I know about you," said Bro";vn. "You are the tendeR foot who licked ther big cowboy, who took so much pains "I didn't once think you were afraid of him," replied to tell us he was such a bad man. That was ther best fight the hotel keeper, apologetically. "But I did think that if I've seen in many a day, an; it makes me laugh when I you knowed Young Wild West wouldn't take a drink of think about it. Yo u had better look out for that fellow, whiskey with you, there would have been trouble, an' from though, for he will be bound to pick a muss with you and what. I have heerc1 of him, you'd have got downed." drop you "''.ith a bullet." Dandy Don broke out into a laugh. "He tried that only a quarter of an hour ago, and got "Bowery/' said he, "you ought to know that I have badly fooled," replied the New Yorker. stacked up against the best of them, and never got downed. "Is that so?" You h.-now who it was that calmM Wild Bill Hickox, an' "Yes, that is right,'' spoke up Jim part . "We have just you know how I took the starch out of Bill Cody a couple of been in the new hotel, and we left Mr. Demon-Drive Dick years ago. Buffalo meant to do me that day, but I showed there when we came out. He was pretty well cowed down, him that I could draw quicker than he. I only spared him, too, for our tenderfoot friend here certainly showed that he Bill, because I knew if he went under I would be a marked was quick enough to get the drop on him to-night. He man. And now you think I w : rnld get the worst of it if I wilted like a tender blade of grass taking its first dose of tackled this boy you call Young Wild West." sunshine." "I think you would be worse than a marked man, if you did, Dandy Don. I think you would be a dead man!" "You don't say!" and Brown looked admiringly at "Well, we will have a chance to see how near you are Moore right," and again the handsome rider laughed. "You don't look like a tenderfoot now, I must say," he added. "All you want now is a little of the kind of CHAPTER IV. ".A GAME OF SHOOT ON SIGHT!" Young Wild West and his friends did not remain in the nerve that Young Wild West has got, an' you'll be all right." "Oh! He is bound to get along all right," spoke up Wild. "We have hired him to work for the compajfy, and he means to stay here in Weston with us. In about a month, I guess, they won't call him a tenderfoot any more." Dove-Eye Dave came in just at that moment. The old man liked an occasional drink of whiskey, and he h arroom of the Ram's Horn very long after Dandy Don generally came to the. Gazoo to get it. had been conducted to a room by the proprietor. There were other things to show the tenderfoot, and Wild wanted him to see all there was going on in town. There were now four places that went by the name of hotels in Weston, and the best of them was certainly Brown's Gazoo. Two were regular gambling houses, each having a shady "Here is the man you want to see, Rex," remarked Wild. "Let me have a cigar, Brown; and see what the rest will have." "Well, here I am. Look at me," the old man answered with a laugh. "Mine is a little red-eye, Brown." "Yes," resumed Wild. "Our tenderfoot from New York reputation, but it remained to be seen what sort of a place wants to buy a good horse." the new one would be. "Well, I reckon I am jes' ther man as kin 'commodate Wild concluded to take Rex over to the Gazoo first and him, then. He kin come right over an' look at what I've introduce him to Brown. got for sale right now, if he wants ter." There were not very many in there, the new place hav"'!'a-morrow morning will do, I guess; unless you want ing drawn the crowds that night. to go now,-Rex." Brown was always glad to see Young Wild West come in "Well, I don't know as it would do any harm for me to the place. go over and look at the horses now," said Moore, who


10 ';'"OTT:N"(l wn,n WEST A ND 'rHR plainly was anxious to see what kind of: hor-rflrsh DovrEyc had for sale. "All right. Take a walk over wiil1 1i;m. if he picks out a horse, l e t him tak e it as soon a s he want s it, and charge the same to me. l'll pay yon and the New Yorke r will pay me at his own convenience." Moore was about to thank Wild, but h e wav e d him off "l gnrss yon neve r hc::ird anything like that over at Devil Creek,'' rrtortrd .1, ack, shaking hand s with him. "l pose \\'ild ,Jim hav r lH'r11 tellin g yon a lot of nonsen se "Well, ain't it so, that you arc e ngag e d to be married?" "What i f it i s You kin b e t if it is so, I'll get married this time, anyhow," and Robcd ce spo ke a s though h e was "Go and look at the horses,'' h e observ e d. "We will dead sure this time. wait h ere till you come back." "Well, yo u mi ght, an' then, ag'in you mi ghtn't. S'posc The two had not been gone over five minutes wh e n Live l y s ome other feller comes along and s t ea l s h e r away front Ric k, one of the citizens of Devil Creek, came riding up. ye r ?" As he di smounte d to tic his horse, Wild and Jim stepped "I ain' t the l e a s t bit afraid of that happenin'. You arc makin' out in that 1 i ne? You ain't marrie d yet, arc "Hello, boy s !" exc l ai med the min e r. "Things got s o dull you?" out to see who the n e w arrival was over at ther Cre e k that I thou ght I'd take a ride over here. out invitin' yon foll e r s !" Anything n ew?" "No. You kin j est b e t that I wouldn't get ,marrie d with"Yes,'' answered \Vild "There i s a n e w hote l h e re." Live ly Rick threw out hi s chest as mu c h as to say, "You "The one that was bein' built wh e n I was over h e r e la s t ought to know me bett e r than that. I 's' pose." "Yes. It really i s the fin est buildin g we have in town though I can't say that I think a great d eal of the pro prietor." "Is h e a stranger ? "Yes; I n e ver of him before." "What's his name?" asked Livel y Rick. "I believe he calls himself Bow e r y Bill." "What! I guess I know him then. Only got one eye, ain't he?" "That's right. Wild and the rest lau g h ed, a nd then our h e ro stood trrat for the four. "I'd like to take a run ove r t e r lhe new h ote l," said Rick a few minutes laie r "I'd jest lik e to sre for Rure if it i;; ther Bowery Bill that I see n in Deadwood.'' "We arc waiting for a fri e nd-a t ende rfo o t fri end,'' r e pli ed Jim. "He has gone with Dav e to look fll a hors e and whe n lw c ome s I.Jac k wC> will go ove r with yo n." A few later Re x Moore a nd D ove-Rye' cnmr back. 'rhe New Yorker was introduced to Livel y Ri ck ;111d took quite a notion to him. "Well, h e w as over in Deadwood a couple of months ago "Well, how did you like the horses Dove-Eye s howed He rui1 thcr toughest place there, whi ch i s sayin' a whol e you?" asked Wild. l ot. A good many who put up the re was n ever seen after "Firs t rate. I think I will take the bay mare he s howcrl they went to their rooms. "According to that, my impress ion of him i s all right me, though I can tell br:tt e r in th e daylight. They arc all good b eas t s, of that I am su re." then," sai d Young Wild West, turning to Jim. "When I take a dislike to a man it i s sa f e to say tha.t h e i s not what "Yes,, an y of the m woulcl do, J uck, o n a pinc h I g u ess. h e o u ght to be. Com e in, Lively, Rob edee i s inside. You They are g ood sad dle horRe8, and that i s what you want." want to ask him if it is true that h e i s e n g a ged to be mar. Afte r a little further talk, they left the Gazoo to fini s h rie d again The miner from Devil Creek grinned broadly wh e n h e heard this. H e was thinking of how t h e widow river in hi s town had jilted J ac k. the rounds of the town. "We want to s how Moor e the other two pl aces first," said \Vild to Ric k "We want to s how him how ih c majori ty of the mine r;; di s pose of the go ld cl u R t they dig and sift from the dirt." H e went in s id e and found R o b cclcc watching a game of "That's right,'i was the r e tort. "We'll take in the r n e w (lraw poke r that h a d just been started in the back room. place last. "Hello, J ack, old parcl !" h e exclaim ed "How are you The y spent about half an hom in each place, nothing gettin' along? I heard ove r nt thr Creek yes t erday that out of the ordinary h appening in eithe r :md then mov ecl yo u was engaged to be married. It ain't a wielder ag'in, over towards the Ram's Horn. i s it?" The b a rro o m was still crowde d wh e n they wa lkccl in and


YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE TENDERFOOT. 11 when Bowery Bill saw Wild enter just a faint look of unthe whole earth and every one rn it!" said Wild, coolly. easine s s crossed face. "You are somewhat on the br ag, too, an cl I am of the opinAt the u pper end of the bar, Dandy Don and three or ion that you would rather play a crooke d game of di:aw four of the western s ports were throwi n g dice. poker than a square one." 'l'he s takes w ere pretty high, by the l ooks of the pi l e of N 0 one expect e d to hear such a r e p l y as this, not even gold on the bar. Jim or Jack, and for the space of a coup l e of seconds a "Hello, Bowery Bill!" cr i e d Lively Rick, as s oon a s he death l y s ile nce foll01n il. rnw the l andlord and got a good look at him ... "What in Dandy Don was plainly very much taken aback blazes arc you doin' ove r this way ?" He had taken little s t o c k in what Bowery Bill had told "How do you do, panlmr," :1ml th e propr i etor put out bim about Young Wild \Vest, and he expected to cower him hand. "Well, l got l iml of D e ad1rood, an' come over at the start. to locat e here. How have }OU been since I seen you l a st?" But now he fully realized that h e had b a rk e d the wron g ''Fine a s a fiddle. Things arc awful quiet over at D evi l tre e. Creek, s o I come over to sec my old friend, Young Wild WeRt." Not that he was at all afraid of the hand s ome boy s tandi11g before him; to give him du e the dandified hor s eman A s Rick s aid thi s,_ Dandy D on looked n p, and almost the was no coward. fir:;t person he was Wild But h e could read enough in the expression of the face He v ery quickly quit the g a m e aud movecl down to before him to realize that he had stack e d up agaiu':st the where our friend s wer e s tanding. tou ghest propos ition he had ever met. ''Excuse me,'' h e ;:aid polit e ly. "But [ jus t hearcl the "Well, si r, are you satisfied with my opinion of you?" name of Young Wild Wes t I have heard cons iderable of Wild asked, bent on seeing the thing through, now that him s ince l came here to-night, and would like to becom e 1.he dashing man, who was so full 'of braggadocia, had staJted it. al:CJ. uain ted with him. "All right. I'll introduce you to him!" exclaimed Bow-. "See here Dandy Don, s p e akin g jus l coul ery Bill, b e for e any one e l s e could say a word. ly as Wild h ad. '' o you know that if it 1rasn't for th e fact He felt pretty certain that there would be trouble be-that y on are s o y oung I would 3Jioot you for say in g lha t hrccn the i.wo, and he meant to make them friends i f h e His hand dropp e d until it fell up o n th e butt o f o n e o f t lie possib l y could gold mount e d revol v c r s in his b e l t as h e s aid thi s "Young Wild W est, thi s i s Dandy Don, an old friend of "Dont you bot h e r at all about m y age, :Jir Dandy Don mine. You'll find him every inch a whit e man," he s a id. You started t h is thing going, and now I \rant you to "And, Dandy Don y ou'll find Young Wild Wes t the s ame, know that I am going to finish it! Yon jus t take you r hand off that gun of yours, or I'll be c ompell e d to b r e ak '' l n e v e r make with any one till I know them your wr i st with a bu llet!" s o that ought to make you good friends from t h e start." pretty w e ll," remarked Dan,lly Don, after he had shaken band s with onr h e ro. "But I must s ay that I am real A hoar s e murmur o.f surpris e went up at thi s plca::;eil to m e et young Wild W e s t, who has made such a The handsome stranger had b een spending hi,; money r eputation here in W e sto n." freely with the rnc n, and

12 YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE TENDERFOOT. and expecting every minute to see his friend Dandy Don for th e hotel, and did not know who the y were, or where drop with a bullet in him they came from "I'll tell you what I'll do," s aid Dandy Don, s till s peak'"The fact of one of the wome n laughing and the other ing as coolly as he did before. "I'll agre e to drop this thing crying makes it seem rather strange," said Wild, when they for tonight i f Young Wild Wes t will; and the fir s t time had entered the hous e "And as they w ent to the new we meet, b e it to-morrow or any other time, it wi.11 b e a hotel, it makes it appear as though there was some crooked game of shoot on s ight. How about it?" work going on. We will have to keep an eye on the Ram's "Agreed!" exclaim e d Young Wild West. "I s han t make Horn and Bowery Bill." it my particular bus iness to hunt you up in the morning, "The one you s hould keep an eye on i s Dandy Don," Dandy Don, but look out for me, if we s hould happen to spoke up :Thfoore. "You must not let him get the drop on meet each other!" "The same to you, Young Wild West!" That sett.led the difficulty, as far as that night was concerned. CHAPTER V . ONLY ONE SHOT! you, by any means." "I don't intend to," was the reply. "It rather strikes me that he is a dangerous man," the tenderfoot resumed, with a shake of bis head. "I hope he won't manage to fire the first shot whe n you do meet." "Don't you worry," laughed Wild. "I am more than satisfied he i s a dangerous man, too, and the s ooner West on is rid of him the better it will be for all good citizens. I can't say I enjoy the bus iness of s hooting scoundrels, and J never have don e it yet, unless I have been forc e d to. This It was in the neighborhood of twelve o'clock when Young is a case where I either had to s hoot Dandy Dou to-night, Wild West and his .frien d s got home. As they were entering the house they saw a figure c oming down the mountain road and making for th em. "It's ther Chine-el" excla im e d Jack "What in blaze s o r to-morrow, or som e other time. It i s not to my liking, I assure you, but it has got to b e done." The New York e r look e d at Young Wild W est with a is he doin' scoutin' around the r country j;iis time o' night?" gaze that was naught but admiration. "We will wait ancl see what he ha s to say," said Wild. He could not und e r s tand why it was that the young fel-low was so confident that it would be him who would do the The next minut e Wing Wah cam e running up all out 0 breath. and not Dandy Don. He had not seen our frien

YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE TENDERFOOT. 13 W e ll if h e i s a lone, I s hould b e alon e Good-by boys had las\ seen the form of the daring young scout he loved It may b e that I won' t come back, but I rath e r think I next to Anna, his wife. will. Anyhow, to mak e sure of it, I will bid you good-by." Charlie 's eyes mu s t have been a little sharper than the With a laugh h e rod e off in the direction Charlie pointed others, for s uddenly he gave a cry and threw his hat in the o ut, l e a v ing th e four of the m pr e tty sobe r looking. air. Jim was a littl e uneasy. "The re 's a black horse comin down ther hill wit'out a H e was pretty pos itive that Wild h a d a pre tty tough cu s rider!" he said. t omer to ta c kl e "Yes!" exclaimed Jim. "And there comes a sorrel with But whe n h e came to think of wha t had tak e n plac e in 1 rider! Wild has finished hi s as sure as you live." t h e Ram s Horn th e ni ght b e fore, h e at once s ettl e d him s elf Tears of joy start e d to the eyes of Rex Moore. into an eas i e r fram e o f min d He h a d feared that his champion might get the worst "Pshaw!" h e thou g ht. "Wild was altogeth e r too quick of it. for him la s t night, ::ind I don t s e e why he won t b e this It was not more than twenty minutes since Young Wild mornin g It i sn't lik e ly th e re will b e more than one s hot West had rode off, but to the tenderfoot it seemed much fired." M e anwhil e Young Wild Wes t rode on up the hill. Spitfir e want e d to go a t full s peed but th e boy held him more than an hour. He said not a wor? but simply took a seat on the office s teps and wait e d to h ear. what Wild had to say. i.'1 c heck. 'l'h e black hor s e cantered on by, and did not stop till it reached the stabl e at the Ram's Horn Hotel. H e r e a c hed th e brow of the hill and then turned off upon th e road that l e d to Spondulick s Our h ero rod e up and di s mounted as though he had just r e turned from giving his hor s e a little exercise, though his He kept hi s horse down to a n e a s y cant er. Presentl y b e r e ach e d a b end in th e ro a d wh e r e it turne d face was just a trifle pale. "There w a s only one shot fired," he said, in answer to the s h a rply to the l e ft, and a s h e did so, h e h e ard hoof-beat s c oming from the oppo s it e direction. Wild nodd e d to him s elf s i g nificantly but did not s lack e n his s peed a particle. Who e ver it was c omin g did not c heck hi s s peed, e ither t hough it was almo s t c ertain that h e h eard the s ound s mad e b y the s orr e l' s hoof s Two second s lat e r Youn g Wild West rounded the bend a nd c ame face t o face with a hand some hor s eman! It was the m a n h e exp e ct e d to meet---Dandy Don. The hand s of both w e r e on t h eir revolver s in s tantly. The n both their arm s w ent up and--" C ra ck! e xpectant looks c ast at him. "I was quicker than he, and the body li e s in the road. I'll notify his friend, Bowery Bill, and he can go and get it!" CHAPTER VI. "FIVE MINUTES TO SEVEN!" Young Wild West was scarcely out of sight when something happened that would certainly have surprised him Onl y one r e port rang out, and Dand y Don fell bac k and could he have witnessed it. d ropp e d from th e s addl e Dandy Don ros e to a sitting posture! Wild h a d prov e n himself to b e the quickest s hot. His face was as pale as ashes, and he showed signs of The black hor s e fright e n e d at. b e ing relieved of its rider being greatly agitated. in s u c h a way, g allop e d past our hero and w ent on in th e dir e ction of we:ston. Wild did not linger at the s pot an in s tant. He had the man 's h eart cove r e d whe n h e fir ed, and he wa s s ati sfied that th e bull e t had found it s mark. He turned Spitfir e a round and rod e along in the wak e of the rid e rless bla ck. "That was a. clos e call," he muttered. "Lucky his bullet s truck my watch in that pocket! That fellow is too much for me at s hooting, I must admit. He's the first to ever get the drop on me in that fashion. I really thought I had re ceive d my last do3 e when I felt the bullet strike." 'rhe scoundr e l, for he was nothing else, sat there on the g round for the s pace of a minute, and then slowly rose to Down in front of th e offic e of the Wild West Mining and hi s feet. Improv e m ent Company four anxiou s one s were waiting He pulled the watch, which had been the means of Cheyenne Charlie had his gaze turned in the dir e ction he his life, from his pocket and made an examination


14 YOUNG WILD WEST AND T .HE TENDERFOOT. The bullet had pierced the back case and lod ged in amon g "Well, how erbout ther next time you meet?" U1c works. "Maybe it will be my turn to do tlie s hooting then." He opened the case and looked at the dial. "Maybe so, Don But I wouldn t :figure too muc h that The watch had stopped :five minutes to seven way, if I was you. J've heard a whole lot about Young Wild "I'll never part with this, if I can help it," he said. West, an' I am s ati s fied that h e can't b e down e d very "Five minutes to seven! I shan't forget that time in 11. easily-that is, iC he i s lookin when thcr s hootin' i s about hurry, either. I wish I had my horse. He 1mus t have got to be done bo.dly frightened to run off like that. Well, he is not used Dandy Don s hruggefl his s hould er s lt was evident that to having me kno c ked off his back by a bullet, and that is he was of the same opinion, though h e did not say so. irhy h e took out like th:it, I rnppo;;c. I was just going to "Bring me a bottle of whi skey, Bill," h e sa id, after a pull on 't oun g Wild whe n I got the bullet from his pause. "I'll my n e rv e a bit, and then h ave a talk shooter. thinks 1 am don e for, a11d I 'll let him think so with my future irife." for awhile I gness. 1t i s not s uch a great di s tance to the Ham's Horn, and I ll try to get th e r e without h e or any of his fri ends seeing rne.'' Pic king up the r e volver, whi c h dropp e d from his l1e.nd wh e n h o fell, Dandy Don 8et out to walk bLck to We sto n. He walk e d on down thE: road until h e got within sight of the ofike of the Wild W est Mining ancl Improvem ent Bowery Bill grinned broadly at r e mark, an d thl'JJ went down stairs In a few minutes h e ea..i11e bac k wtlh a boltlc and g lai:!i:!L'8 and. set them on the table "By the way, Bill," aaid the dand y hor::;cman "you need not let anybody know that I am in the house J f it gcb around that Young Wild W est laid rnc low, J et it. Tlw people will on l y be all the more surprioed whe n they sec me show up in full bloom to-night. I 'll s ta y up here aml In this way he i:!OOn got aronnd to the rear of the Ram's keep qui e t th e rest of the day." Company, and then took to the bushes Horn, and a little la te r entered it b y a bac k door. He did not go into the barroom, but went upstairs, and then sent for Bow e ry Bill to come up. The propri eto r was not long in getting there. "All right, Dou," was the repl y "You kin d.epend on m e As soon as B owery B ill h acl t a ken hi:; d eparture, Dand,v ''\\"hat! Ar e you aiive, Don?" he a s ked in surprise. Don w ent to a door lhat op.:med to another room and gav e .. Oh, ye-<. Tm worth a dozen dead men yet, I guess was a gentle tar on it. 1.hc r e pl y A key turne d in th e lock and then the door wa::; opeuecl 'When I seen your horse come back without you a ew by a Ci1inaman, 1rho m a d e a profound bo1v and p ermitted minutes ago, 1 made up my miucl that you h ad gone unde r. fae man, who w as hid master, to e nter. "\Yell, I met Youn g Wild We st, but I did not go under, It seemer1 that D andy Don h ad e n gage d the bi gges t part tl10ugh i t wa::; no fault of his of the upper of the hote l for his own pri v ate u se, for he dic1 not s l o p in thi::; r oorn, but w e n t across it antl tapped "Yo u didn't drop hjm, Don, clid you?" "No,'' and the villain s hook his head in a on another door. Y ery d ecided \i'ay. "I di.d not drop him. To tell the truth, Like the fl r;;t one, this unlocked, am1 the man I didn't h a Ye the c hance, or rather, I did have .the chance, promptly admitted. but was not qui ck enough He fired too soon for ;me, and I fe ll from the s allcllc befor e I knew what had happened. I It was a w oma n of .fifty who had opened the door. She had evident l y bt'e n b eautiful on ce, for traces of it could I am glad Sultan had bcn;:;e enou g h to c ome back here. lJe seen on her well btit wrinided countenance. "H b e shot y011, how in blhes is, i t that you are h ere This 'ras Paro Fan, one of the greatest femal e card aliYe r" the puzzled hotel keeper, hi;; Bolitary eye gaz -sharps the west had ever knowu. iug in ama11ernent at hi s :!'.:iend. She was a sister of the vi ll ain s h e had jus t admitted, and Look at that, Bill," and the watch was handed over to ge nerally workrcl with him in robbing g amblers who were liirn. l ess sharp than the y "Great Scott!" gasped Bower y Bill. "You are the luckiShe h a d recei vccl th e nam e of Faro Fan from the fact l>.;t nun alive He went off, thinking he had killed you, that she had run a faro bank in D e nver where she had been driven from by a vigtlance committe e on account of the Yeti." many murde r s that w e r e committe d in h er place.


YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE TENDERFOOT. 15 "Well, you laid the young boss of the town low, did you?" he replied in a soft, musical voice. "I want you to make sait lu m ? .. Oh, :vcs. l met him." your own free will, I promise you that I will give up the life I have been leading and take you east to live in lu.'

16 YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE TENDERFOOT. and said it to himself, I may gain something by it. I will "Well, he has just told me that he has given you twenty-keep the watch, too." four hours in which to make up your mind. If you refuse, Alice Dare was not one of the sort of girls who become then he will have a clergyman here, anyway, and the mar frightened and faint in times of danger. She had been riage will take place within one hour from the time you born and reared in Colorado, and she had been taught to refuse or accept, as the case may be. As you have been told. ride and shoot and fight, too, if it became necessary. there is no use of your for h?lp, as no one i'n thi s She was an orphan, and had come to Deadwood with an town will pay the l east attention to you, even should they uncle and aunt but a month befor e hear you, and that is not likely. It has been given out Dandy Don had met 'her and tried to woo her, but she that you are my sister, and that you have lost your mind. would have nothing to do wi,th him. You are going cas t for your health, you know." 'fhe consequences were that he had sto l e n h er from h er The wom:m l aughed as she said this, and had Alice known home and brought her to Weston for the purpose of marrywhat a li e she was telling s he might have felt a trifle better ing her, by fair mean s or foul. than she did when she heard the words. A'.nd the girl was just as positive that she would not many Faro Fan l eft the room, shutting the door after her, and as he was he was that h e would. then, in des peration, Alice Dare moved a chair to one of She seat e d her self on the divan and r em ain e d there thinkthe windows and got upon it and l ooked out. ing for some little time. Pretty soon, Faro Fan, who acted in the ca. pacity of her jailer, came in. "You had better make up your mind to marry my brother," she said "He says h e is going to start for the eas t as soon as you nre his and I am anxious to see New York, as I have nev e r been there. Come, my dear you must marry him. Think of th e gay life we can lead in the gayest city in America! It is not likely that you care to stay in the west all your life, and with a hand some man for your hu sband, you ought to e njoy life." A da shing looking young horseman was coming along, a nd she pressed her face against the glass, hoping he would look that way. And he did look that way CHAPTER VII. 'HE TENDERl!'OOT'S GREAT AMBITION. "You would not marry a man you hated would you?" reCheyenne Charlie suggested that Rex Moore, the tenderplied Alice thinking it best to argue the question with the foot, tak e a little exer cise on hi s new horse that morning. woman. After the New Yorker hacl found that Young Wild West "Well, it would depend on circumstances. I have never came back safe and sound from his meeting with Dand y marri e d, you see, ; bnt if I had when I was your age, and Don, b e went over to the stab1c of Dove-Eye Dave and got got a man who would have treated me right, I would hav e the horse h e had picked out the night b efore. been a great deal better off. I am posi tive that you can do The steed was a full sized mustang pony, as good s any _,; no better than marry my brother." to be found in that section, and Rex was more than pleased "And I am pos itive that I will die first!" with his purchase, and rode over to the stab l e Wild told "No, you won' t. The re is no need of your talking so him he could keep the horse in. foolishly. As you have already been told, the marriag e will Then it wa s that Charlie told h im to take one of the take place, whether you consent to it or not. It seems to saddles in the stable and go out for a half hour's exercise. me it would be a great deal better for you to agree in that "I would rather wait till I get through my work tocase. Perhap s there is some on e else you wouid prefe r to night,'' said the tenderfoot. "There is a whole lot to do to be your husband, and if there is, you may as well drop all get the books in s hap e." thoughts of him from your mind : "That's a ll right," spoke up Wild. "Half an hour won t "There is no one else. I'll tell you that much. I hav e make much difference on work of that kind. Go ahead! never yet met the man I would care to marry, but one thing 'fake a rid e th rou g h the town, and show the people that i.3 certain, I will die by my own hand before I become the you are not so much of a tenderfoot as they think you are." hrid(l ')f the scoundrel, Dandy Don "Scoundrel i s a hard name to call one." "It is, I know, else I would not call him such." This was quite enough, and a few minutes lat e r Moore was attired in proper sty l e and on the mare. He rode up to the canyon and back first, and then find-


YOUNG WILD WEST THE TENDERFOOT. 17 ing that his mount was all right, struck out to ride through the town. If he thought he was going to attract much attention, Then the window raised a few i1iches and a piece of folded paper fluttered to his feet. He picked it up, and as he did so tfie face disappeared. the young N cw Yorker was disappointed, for no one paid 'rhe young man waited a few seconds, but it did not reparticular notice to him at all. appear, so he walked slowly from the spot. They were used to seeing horsemen riding along, so He did not attempt to read the note that had been thrown there was nothing really to attract them, since the tender-to him till he had entered the post office and came out foot was riding as good as the average man. again. Rex rode through the center, and then made a complete Then he unfolded the paper and read the following: circuit of the town, fetching out alongside the new hotel as he came in to take the road to the office. "I am a captive here in the hands of Dandy Don. I How it was he did not know, but he happened look up must get away from him before to-morrow morning. Save at one of the windows of the Ram's Horn, and there he me, I beseech you! I dare not speak to you from the win :;,aw the prc>ttiest face his eyes had ever rested upon. dow, for fear they will hear me and kill me for doing it. An appealing glance was shot at him-a glance that he The window has iron bars across it, so I can not let myself down with a rope. Again I ask you to save me! understooc1 as though worda had been spoken with it. The face belonged to a young lady, and she was in dis"ALICE DARE." tress. The tenderfoot from New York gave a low whistle of sur The tenderfoot doffed his hat to let her know that he prise. saw her, and then the face disappeared. The young man rode back to the stable in an agitated frame of mind. He cou Id not help linking the face with one. of the females Wing Wah, the cook, had spoken of the night before. "I have worked myself in a regular old fashioncc1 ro mance by coming out west," he muttered unc1cr breath. "Save her! Well, I guess I will! l will c1o it without the help of another, too. If I tell Yonng Wild West about it he will have the hotel ransacked from top to bottom in no One of them had been laughing and the other crying, he Lime, and the girl will be rcseuec1, after which those who had said. a hand in keeping her there wi 11 be hangec1, if they don't It must be that this face belonged to the one who had get shot during the ransacking. I would be liable to get been crying; it looked so sad and wistful, and the very little credit from the pretty creature who signs herself eyes had appealed to him for help. Alice Dare. It would be Young \ild West who would get "By Jove!" he thought, "if that girl is there against her will, I will get her away from that hotel, or die trying." Rex had only seen her face, but he had fallen in love with her, just the same. He concluded to say nothing to any one just yet, so he went through his work till noon, and then, soon as he had swallowed his dinner, made the excuse that he was going to the post office. the credit. No! I must save Alice Dare, and do it without the help of any one but myself. But how is it that she says she is in the hands of Dandy Don? Ah! I have it! She does not know that Young Wild West shot and killed him this morning. Well, I am going to rescue the girl :from that house, or

18 YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE TENDERFOOT. Then he mounted and rode off around the town, the 'rhe window was raised a lit tle, too, and dO\m came a same as he had done in the morning. uote, fluttering towards him. Of course he was itching to get beneath the window of He managed to catch it, and with a nod, he rode off to 1.he hotel as soon as he could, but he did not 1rant to be too a safe diB fance and rcacl it. much in a hurry, for fear that s ome one would suspect that "I depend on you to save me. I think if you could get a something was wrong. ladder to the window some time after dark you could twisl Rex finally passed the window, but saw no signs 0 the the iron bar s loose, so I could get through. Dandy Don is a desperate man, so I s hould not advise you to try to get girl. He did the same thing three times after that, but with me out by coming through the house, unless the other way foils. r ALICE DARE." Finally he rode boldly around to the front 0 the hotel the same result. and dismounted. Lively Rick came up about that time, and after exchang ing a few words in the way 0 greeting, the two entered the barroom. Bowery Bill was behind the bar and he greeted the men pleasantly, knowing full well thaf they were friends 0 Young Wild West. 'rhey ordered drinks and cigars, and while they were in Julging Rex took a good look around the room and noted the door s l ead ing from ]t. There were three. One opened into the back room that Rex Moore felt much elated when he read this note. He knew that the barroom would be crowded after dark, and. that he would have a good chance to rescue the girl, if, as she s aid, the bars 0 iron could be twisted from the win dow. So he rode back to the hou se, put up his horse, and then joined Wild and th e rest at supper. But not a word did he say 0 what he was going to do that night. "The girl i s still 0 the opinion that Dandy Don is alive," he thought. "Well, if he was I would not stand so good a "\Yas u sed for gambling purposes, another was the entrance show to rescue her As it is, I ought to do it pretty easy to the hall that lccl to the other rooms on the first floor, But the tenderfoot did not know how difficult a. task : :m

YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE TENDERFOOT. go and rescue 1.he fair captive, and he lost not another mo"Ah," he exclaimed under his breath. "Now I will folmcnt. low them. Something is decidedly wrong. I feel sure of it. CHAPTER VIII. T[lE CAPTURE AND ESCAPE 01' DANDY DON. Arietta Murdock and EloisC' Gardner w!)re waiting for I heir and the two boys were received warmly. The four remained together at the Murdock house for probably three pa s sing the time by playing games and singing, ai; only young people of their ages can do. Tlic11 Jim hud an e xcu s e to s e c Eloi:;c home, so he took d e partnre. Wild kn e w that about the las t of him he would see that nig h!, ;;o \\"he n Arietta bade the c ouple good night he d i d lik ewise>. He quickly made his way to the stable where the ho rses were kept and was promptly challenged by the man on guard. He made himself known, and then the sorrel stallion was rnddled and in a jiffy. Without a word of explanation to the man, he mounted and rode off after the mysterious party, who had just gone up the hill on the road to Spondu l icks. Wild rode along at a sharp clip, and in a few minutes he overtook them. He did not :;lacken his pace, but passed them, calling out as he did so : "A rough night, strangers." ''Yes," came the reply in: a voice that caused the boy to prick up his cars and lay his hand on his revoher. pre tty close to midnight when our h e ro put on his Young Wild West had a great memory of voices, and if he liat and lei'.t s w e etheart' s hom e was not badly mistaken now, the person who had answered him was Dandy Don [ t waa raining pretty hard but h e only had a short di s bmce lo go, and with a la s t g ood night to Et, he started. But that could not be, as he was dead-s hot through the ITc bad just turner1 in the road that l e d to the office ancl heart by the very weapon the young deadshot had his hand b e hind it when he llC'a rd the sonm1 of hoofa Young Wild We s t at once came to a halt and took his behind a tree. If it had not been that s ome one wai:; riding out of town lie would not h aYc paid any attention to it. Bnt it s truck him a s bci ng rather odcl that one should to leaYElltown at that hour, wiU1 the storm increasing in viol e nc e 'rherc 'rn s mor e than one horse approac hing, and they 're r e c oming on ::t walk. The n ext minute th e y \Yithin a few feet of where \filfl was standing b ehind the tree. There wer e four but one of the m had no rider. And a s our hero peered throu g h the darknes s he noticed that one of the oth e r three had a double burden on its back. But lhat was not all h e noticed! That particular horse was the one Dandy Don had rid den in the barroom the night befor e He could tell that b y the graceful stride of the animal. 'What' s up? he thought. "This looks lnighty slls picious I have a notion of following this strange outfit Just then he hc:ud a voice. It was a Chinaman who was talkinoand the instant he a O> upon now. But if it was not the man who had spoken, it was his horse, anyway. Wild rode on, detennined to :find out before long. He had not gone more than a hundred yards ahead of them when the same voice called out to him : "Hello, stranger! Where are you bound, anyway?" It was either Dandy Don or his ghost that was speaking. Our hero was certain of that now. Disguising his own voice, he answered: goin' over tci Spondulicks." "So are we. What might you be l e aving Weston for in this storm?" "That's a leadin' question. What might you be lt;avin' for? You"ve got wirnmen folks with you, too." "I generally ask all the questions I please and answer those I fee l like answering." Wild now knew he was talking to Dandy Don, but hmr it was that he was alive he cou l d not imagine. The party had come to a halt right in front of him, m1d as he sat there in the saddle, the boy felt it was his duty to shoot the man from his horse. But the burden he held acro s s the horse in front of him! heard it, Wild gn vc a s tart. He thought about what Wing Wah ha

--------20 YOUNG WILD \YEST THE TENDERFOOT. riderless horse by the bridle, and at hi s side wa s another seemed bent on plunging it into the girl's body, but the rider, whom Wild saw was a woman. tenderfoot hit her a blow on the wrist with the butt of his "These are the three Wing Wah s aw. Dand y Don be-revolver, and the knife fell to the ground. longs to their party," Wild thought. "Now, what shall J. "Hold up your hands woman!" commanded Rex. do? 'l'hat's the question." Sullenly s he obeyed. Jus t then he h eard the clattering of hoof s behind the "Tie them behind her," Wild advised. "Then come and halted party treat my friend, Dandy Don, the sa me way." Some one else was coming! The New Yorker had pl enty of rope with him, to be Wild made up his mind what to do in ari in sta nt. used in re scuing Alic e, and he soon had the hands of the The villian was holding hi5 burde n on the horse by hi s woman tied b ehind h e r and the end of the rope attached to left arm and one hand, s o our h e ro k ept an eye on the the sad dl e girths, so s he could not s lip from her horse. other hand. Dandy Don sat in the s addl e as immovable a s a rock. He noticed that it had dropped the reins and was resting He wa s in mortal f ear of that weapon that was staring nn the butt of a revolver. J1im straight in the eyes, not over six feet from him. "Dandy Don," said Young Wild W est, speak in g in the As dark as it was, he could see it plainly. regular 1ray, 'I left you for dead on this Ye1-y road this But it was not the revolver he was afraid of so much, morning, but it seems that you arc aliYC'. Do you want me after all; it was the p e rson who held it! to s hoot yot1 from the saddle now, or do you \Yant me to "You caught me unawares, Young Wild West," he said, take you a prisoner?" as Moore proceeded to di sarm him. "I did not recognize These words had scarcely cft the boy's lips when there your voice, and you did mine. But plea se remember that came a muffl.ccl shriek for help, and the burden on Dandy I am not d ea d yet!" Don's horse s lid to the grounr1 with amazing quickness. "Not yet-that's right," was thc calm reply. "But it i s "A thousand furies!" exc l a im ed D andy Don. "It i s only the question of a short time before you get your mediYoun g "'ild W est cine." "That's just 11 ho it is," 11as the calm reply. "Up with "I haYc done nothing to get m y m e dicine for. What do your hands now, o r you ll get a lrnllet between your eyes." you mean b y that? You arc n ot going to s hoot me, after The villain Baw that he 11as covered, and so he obeyed. disarming m e and binding my hands behind me, are you?" But jnst he did so, Faro F an, his sister, fired at Wild. This was said 11it} 1 a great ckal of s arca s m, and with the Luckily was not a very good shot, and the bullet w ent purpose of angering Young Wes t. over his head by a foot or more. Dandy Don was a s hrewd individual. "If another s lio t is fired,'' sa id Wild, "I 11ill drop the It had struck him all of a sudden that if he could make man l hi.we got covered. I-" his captor set him free and g ive him a chance to fight for H e did not finish what he w as going to say, for at that his life, h e w ould h ave the only cha nce left, for h e knew instant a horseman clashed up and exclaimed: that as s oon as the m e n in Wes ton heard how h e had kid"I am h e r e to help you, Young Wild W est These peo-nappe d the girl and brought her over from Deadwood with p lc got the b est of me to-night, but m y turn comes now. the intention of forcing her to b('Come hi s wife, Judge No, you don't, you a lmondeyed celestial Lynch would sure l y condem n him to d eath in short order. 'rhe new arrival was R ex Moore, the tenderfoot! "No, I am not going to s hoot you in your helple ss state," A s he uttered the last sentence h e discharged his resaid Wild, answering his que s tion. "I am s imply going to voher, and the Chinaman dropped from his horse take you back to We s ton and have your character investiH e had been in the act of s hooting at Wild, but had been ga t ed. If I had wanted to shoot you, I could easily have so e low about it that Moore bad time to drop him. done it wh e n I first s pok e to you to-ni ght. If I had sent a It was of course Alice Dare whom Dandy Don had been bullet at you it would have been aimed at your head, and can yi n g off on hi s horse, and the moment s h e .heard the not at your heart, as it was thi s morning. I had no idea ,oicc of the New Yorke r s h e thre w a side the heavy cloak that you wore a brea s t-plate, or you would not be sitting that had enveloped her form and rus hed toward him "Confound you!" sc reamed Faro Fan, urgin g h e r after Alice. "You infernal vixen! I'll kill you!" The woman had drawn a ilangerou s looking knife, and there a captive now." "I w ear no brca s t-p1ate, nor never have was the reply. "It was my wat c h that rnved my life this morning, Young Wild We s t. Your bull e t lodged in my time-piece, and the


YOUNG WILD WEST AND .THE TENDERFOOT. 21 s udden shock e imply caused me to slip and fall from my. horse. Now you know how it is that I am alive. You have no right to make a prisoner 0 me, Young Wild West, "Yes, I r e ad it half a dozen times," the innocent tender foot an s wered, thinking, of course, that the conversation r eferre d to th e ncite that had been tossed out of the window a nd I dare you to set me free and give me the s how tha.t I to him by the captive girl. had this morning!" "Well, you understand it, then. The gir l won't act a s "Your daring me will do me no good. You are going though s he is willing, but the marriage must take p lace towith u s to W cs ton, ancl that's all there is to it Tie him night It i s mos t important for her good, as well as my secure ly to the horse, Rex "I've got him there all right," was the r e ply But th e tend e rfoot only thought he had H e had l e arn e d how to rid e and s hoot pre tty w e ll, but h e had not learn e d how to tie up a de5perat e man. P e rhap s pre tty Alic e Dare, who s tood at hi s s ide, afraid to get a foot away from him, caused him to b e a littl e car e less. At any rate, Wild hall scarcely given the order to about own. You get five hundred dollars for performing t h e cere mony, dominic That is good money, and you shouldn"t li s ten to anything the girl may have to say." The young N e w Yorker almost dropped when h e hea r d this. H e kn e w who it was who was talking to hi m n o w! It was Dandy Don, the man he thought W ild West had s hot and killed And h e was going to forc-e pretty Alice Dare to become his face and go back to vVeston, when Dandy Don jerked hi s wife, and took him to be th e minister he had sent for! right hand free and ga v e his spirited horse a s udden slap on Of all the peculiar pos ition s he had been placed in since the n eck. As quick as a flas h th o r e in s were pull e d from arrival in the w est, thi s beat them all. the hand s of the tend er foot, and away da s h e d the horse The t e nderfoot was astounded. through the darlrncss, its rid er utte ring a triumphant laugh as he round e d a b e nd and disappeared. CHAPTER IX. THE TEKDHRFOOT PO SES AS A MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL. But luckily for him, h e was one of the kind who can very quickly recove r from s urprises. And he was also handy at getting out words Moore in sta ntly realized that h e mu s t pose as the min ister, if he hop e d to rescue the girl. If it came to the wors t, he would s hoot the villain dead When R ex l e ft the house h e mean t bus iness in his tracks as h e dragg e d the girl forward to be marIt was raining :;o h e put on a long coat h e found hangried ing up, and w ent to the shed b ack of the office. There he found a coil of thin, but st rong rope, and hid i ng this under hi s coat, h e started to rescu e hi s fair lady. He had an idea that h e could find somet hing that would ans w e r the purpose of a ladd e r and a bar for prying in the rear 0f the hot e l s o that i s the place h e mad e for. He had drawn his broad-brimmed felt hat down over his eyes to shie ld hi s face from the rain ; and ju s t a s he ente r e d The t e nd e rfoot was r e nder e d desp e rate at the thought of Alice Dare being insulted by the touch of such a villain. Jus t then h e felt able to cope with half a dozen s uch men as Dandy Don. "I will perform the ceremony just as you want me to," he answered in a low tone. "Good!" exclaimed Dandy Don. "You were so long in the yard in the r ear of the buildin g some one s t e pped b efo r e making a repl y that I thought poss ibly you were going to him in th e d a rkness and tou c hed him ou the a rm. back out. Corne ri ght on up the stairs. I was going to Rex gave a start and h alf dr e w hi s 'revolv e r. w ait until to-mor row morning, but the girl said that if it But the tou c h seem e d to b e r e assuring, an d he at once had to be, it might ju s t as well be done to-night desisted. "Very well, sir. I am ready." "Come right on this way," whi s p e r ed a voice, and acting Cll a s udd e n impulse the t e nd e rfoot nodd e d and followed. It st ru c k him that the g irl had m a naged to send some The two went up s tairs the tenderfoot being well satisfie d that the villain would not re c ognize him as the man who was with Wild West and th e others the night before. one to h e lp him to mak e the rescue, a nd though he was a Then he had b een dressed in a hunting rig and now little put out at not b e ing allowed to do the whole thing the long coat certainly did give him a clerica l appearance alone, h e followed the man s trai g ht to the house, and then Rex never once thought of what would happen if the the door in s ide to the bottom 0 a flight of s tairs real mini s ter s hould come. "Did you read th e note?" asked hi s pilot. But he took it for granted that he would not come to


22 YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE TENDERFOOT. perform a ceremony of that kind, anyway, if h e was a real minister of the Gospel. Dandy Don led him hurriedly through the two room s and then opened the door that led into the girl's prison. Alice Dare arose at their approach. "The bot-tlc and handkerchief now," th e vil lain saiJ to his sister Moore did not know what this meant, but h e soon found out, for the next moment a handke rchief saturated with chloroform, or some other pow erful drug was plac e d tightly "My d ear," said Dandy Don, in a bland tone, "I came to over his mouth and no s trils the conclusion that we would not wait 'Lill morning, so I have the dominie h ere to do the job now. Now, get a move on you. I am anxiotis to h ave the thing over with." At this the girl uttered a muffled shriek and fell fainting to the floor. allowed the pro:ffe1>ed gold to drop from his hand and sprang forward to assi s t the girl. H e had jus t succeeded in lifting her to the divan when He struggled a little and then fell back unconscious. "It wouldn't hardly do to kill the Jominie who wa s kind enough to marry a follow," laughed Dandy Don. "We will simply l ock him in here and let him tilce p off the drug. Bill will let him out wh e n he h ea r s him shout." The fainting girl wa s t hen carried out into the other apartment, and the door or the room wa s lo cked. "Make her a s comfortabl e as po ss ible," the villain said h e felt the cold muzzle of a revolver pressed against his to his sister. "She i 8 111y wife now and l don't want lier temple hurt. If she isn't s atisfied with this marriage when she r e "Pronounce u s man and wife, or off goes the top of your Yives, I'll satis fy her with a regular church w edding." head, dominie!" came the command in an icy voice from "Very well," wa s the reply. "When arc w e to l eave for the lips of Dandy Don. Spondulicks ?" Then the tenderfoot's courage left him temporarily. H e had nev e r felt a r evolve r pressed against his head in that manner, and almost b efore he knew it, h e said : "I pronounce you man and wife!" 'l'he handsome villain uttered a chuckle. "Sit down at that table, dominie !" he commanded still keeping the revolv e r against his temple. Moor e felt that he must obey, so he did so. The n Faro Fan steppe d forward with pen, ink and paper. "As soon a s we ca n get away witl1out being tieen. I'll go and have a tal k with Bow e ry Bill, I gues8." Then he went down 8 tairs and tapped on the door that led to the barroom In a minute or s o it wal:l opened by Bow e ry Bill, who, seeing who it wa s came on through. "My man got back from thcr minister's yet," said the notel keeper. "We ll, it make s nu differ ence The dornin ic got here a "Write what I tell you to or, by h eave n s you will sure l y few minute::; ago, :rnd the ceremony is all orer." die!" "Th e deuce yon say Let me congratulate yo u, Don!" Moore took the pen. The two s h ook hands. He was certainly very much under the control of the "Now, Bill, bring m e a bott l e of the best whiskey now. have in t h e h o u se, antl then :-;cc that the four liorses arl' H e knew that he would certainly make a l eap into made ready to l rave at a mornent\ noticX'. a thoueternity if he refused. sand dollars for lh e trou blc you been put to. Wlic11 The tone of voice Dandy Don s poke in told him that. the

YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE TENDERFOOT. 23 "\Vrll, y011 kn o w n h011t wha t time [want t o go. It won t Five minutes late r they all w ent down stairs, Dandy Don do to lnkC' 1 h r g irl 0111, rvrn b y i.h c bac k way, wh e n there i s carry ing the unconscious f orm of Alice Dare in his arms. wl1ok p::111g uro und tl w outside of th e house. SJ1e mi ght rrhrm1 g h th e drizzlin g rain they rod e out of Weston. tak e i t in b r r h ea d to J e t out a c oupl e o f h e r scr e ams, and R ex Moo r e h a d n ot been kill e d as Faro Fan s ugge s t ed. t h e n I w ould b e in a d c nccd o f a. fix. Jus t l e t m e know Not by any m e an s 1rhe n e v e r ything i s cle ar. I ha v c maclu arrangem ents to r11rue, h e ha cl receiv e d t he second dose of c hloroform put u p with a m a n I kn o w o v c r in Sponclulick s I sent ri ght in th e face as h e was in th e act of trying to pe e r him word by t hi s mornin g s stagecoac h. thro u g h the key-hol e to see what w as taking place on the Good! W e ll D o n J'll l c t you know whe n the r way i s oth e r s ide cl e ar. It's r a inin pretty hard n o w an' that' ll m a k e it all 'l'h e room b c ip g shut ti ghtly, h e had r e m a in e d under the the r bett e r, 'ca nse th c r m e n won t s t ay outs id e v e ry lon g influ e nce o f the dru g mu c h longer than h e would oth e rwi s e to-nig ht. You kin d e p end o n me as y ou o u ght to know D a nd y D o n gave a n o d of satis faction and the n went up stairs H e st o p p e d i n the o uiA>r room and b ega n to drink freely of t h e whis key. h ave done. J Wh e n h e ca m e .to h e h e ard Alice Dare weepin g hy s t e ri-call y and he at once d e mand e d to be let out. The light had been tak e n from the room and he was in \ total da rknes s H e w as a littl e bit unne rved a t what he had passed But he found tb e door a ll ri ght, and thre w himself again s t t hrou g h s ince h e ha d been in W cston, and h e thought the it to try and force it ope n. w ould d o him g ood. It did d o him goo d, too, for whe n h e had s wallowed nbout h alf t h e conte n ts o f i h e b ottle h e fell a s leep w ith his hea d o n the tab le. The n h e strove to peer through and the powerful drug 1rns squirte d in hi s face. It ove r come him for a few minutes, but onl y for that l e ngth of tim e. H e was n ot a w akened until t'1 few minutes b e for e midThe n h e got upon hi s fee t and s ta g g e red about the room night, an cl then B owery B i ll came up t o inform him that i n a daz e d c ondition. th e t im e ha d arri v e d for him to g o His plan s to rescu e the f,air c aptiv e h a d bee n a mi sera ble "My c u s t o m e r s are a ll in s id e clrinkin' an' pla yin' card s," failure, and that m a d e him doubly s i ck. h e said. 'l'h c r e ain t fl soul outs id e." By good lu c k h o struc k a chair b e n eath t h e window as he "Good!" grunted th e h a nd s om e villain as h e poure a was s tagg e rin g a bout the room, and ie alizing tha t he needed a n ot h e r drink from l h e b ottle and s w a llow e d it at a g ulp fres h air c limb e d upo n it and s ucceed e d in op ening the Then h e op e n e d the door and w ent into the othe r room. window Y o u are a fine one, J mu s t :=;a.v to g o and ge t drunk at The dra u ght of fre s h ai r that c am e in him won-i h e v e r y ti me :van o u ght t o h a v o all your wit s a b out you!" d erfully, ancl h e soon becam e in possess ion of a ll his facul. e x cla im e d F a r o Fan te stil y ""Whi l e you w e r e s leeping off ties. your drunk out t h ere, I h av e h a d no encl o f t roubl e. I was The n h e b egan tugging at the iron bars with all hi s c omp e ll ed t o use th e chlor oform again a :Eew minutes ago." stre n g th. r"Who on, s i s t e r ?" If he could get out h e would g o t-o Young Wild W est for "The girl and th e mini ster, too They both got to makassis t a nce ing a rack e t. S o I h a d to clo it." The wood was s plit wh e r e on e of th e bar s was set in and "How did you m a n age to give the dominie the s econd it y ield e d dose?" "Squirte d i t in thr ou g h t h e key-l1ole with a s yring e. H e was right the r e to receiv e it, a s lu c k would have it, and in his b e uddl e d et at e h e f ell an eas y vi c tim. I g uess I gav e Anoth e r powerful wrench and it was twi s t e d out The desp erate t e nd e rfoot paused to li s t e n Not a aouncl came from the othe r part of the room "The y havo gone!" he thought bitterly and then he him e nou g h to kill him b y the noise h e mad e wh e n he utilized the loosen e d bar for a pry and work e d ha v o c with dropped to the floor." anoth e r iron "You did w ell, Fan. Com e on, now I am as sobe r a s This one and anoth e r qui c kl y s u c cumb e d to hi s effort s a judge." and the n :finding that the ope nin g w as lar ge enou g h for The woman was all r eady, and hnd been for s ome time. him t o get throu g h, h e crawll d tiwough feet f oremo s t and


24 YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE TENDERFOOT. dropped to the ground below, after swinging himself clear of the house by his hands. He was just in time to hear horses' hoofs receding in the distance, and gathering himself together, he started on a run for the stable where his horse was kept. It was a good five minutes' walk to the place, and he should have got there easily in three if he had not lost his way. As it was, it was nearly ten minutes before he did get there. He learned from the stable watchman that Wild had just gone away with his horse in an awful hurry, so he mounted and followed. / CHAPTER X. WHAT FATIO FAN DID. "Rex, you take the girl and the prisoner into Weston. I am going after Dandy Don!" exclaimed Young Wild West, and wheeling his horse around, he started in pursuit. The handsome villain thought he was sure of escape, for he had an idea that there was not a horse in that section that could catch Sultan in a race. But he had made two or three mistakes since he came to Weston, he was making a grave one when he thought that way. Spitfire, the sorrel stallion, had never lost a race in his life, and his daring rider t'!id not mean that he should lose this one. Neither hori:e needed any particular urging. They were both trained to obey the slightest touch of their masters, so while he was riding at full speed, Dandy Don flung the ropes that the tenderfoot had failed to properly tie from him, and then, realizing that he was being pursued, uttered a yell 0 defiance,. His weapons had been taken from him, so he had nothing to depend upon to save him but his horse. For five minutes he kept along at a fearful pace. Then he began to grow worried. The hoof-beats of the pursuing horse were not leseened in 3ound Wild was nofmore than twenty yards behind him at the start, and he had the distance easily. He did not want shoot the villain because he was t-:.narmed. He resolved fo take him alive. The rain was now falling quite heavily, and it was as

YOUNG Wll;D WES T AND THE TENDERF OO'l'. 25 Wh e n h e plead e d o f b e ing tjre d Spi t fir e was brou ght down to a w a lk. And s o it continue d all t h e w ay into West o n N o t wis h i ng t o run the ri s k of l etting the man's fri ends get an opportunit y to brib e ai1y o n e to l et him go, Wild got Jack R o b e dee to s tand guard ove r him in t h e l i ttl e jail till m orning. The tw o w o m e n h a d been brou ght t o t h e h o use of our fri e nd s b y R ex Moo re, and i t w as now so near m orning Wild con c lud e d t o keep the m t h e r e "I am s o g l a d y ou cam e in time," sa id p r et t y Alice Dare fixin g h e r eyes o n thosG o f Rex Moor e She hacl sa i d this sev e ral times b e for e but seem e d to li k e r e peatin g it. "I a m g l a d too," was the r e pl y So are w e a ll g l a d s pok e up Youn g Wild West. I a m no t, F a ro Fan e x cl a im e d s ull e nly . Of c ourse you a r e n ot, a n d Wild lau g h ed. You are a fin e woman I mus t s ay. Are y ou n ot ash a m ed of assi s ting in the k idnap p in g of this youn g l a dy? A n d you w e r e g oin g to allow h e r to become the wife o f a h eartless villain a g ains t h e r will t o o! Instea d o f m a kin g a r e ply, a s they s upposed s h e would, the woma n s udd enly a ro se to h e r fee t and m a d e for the door of the room. This move w as une xpect e d entire ly and s h e was through th e doo rw ay in a jiffy. With a d efiant cry, s h e s lamm e d t h e door and d arted a"".ay in the d arkness, Wild and t h e t e m ; l e rfo o t s t arte d a f t e r h e r a s s oon a s they recover e d from their a s toni s hm e nt. "I will stay rig h t h e r e till you come back," Alice Dare 1 assure d t h e m. It w as as dark a s pitc h wh e n our two fri e nd s g ot out s id e and t h ey could not see ove r t e n fee t ahead of them. They kne w n o t in wh a t direction the w o man h a d g one But t hey t o ok i t that llh e r a n away fro m the t own. M e anwhil e w e mus t foUow :)Taro Fan. The wom an's one desire was to ge t away from h e r captors, for s h e f e l t certain tha t they would h a n g b oth h e r and h e r bro t h e r. But s h e did n ot want to g o w i thout the villain. Asbad a s s h e was s h e h a d a s muc h l o v e for the man a s y woman c ould have for a brot h e r s he admir e d Throug h the n arro w zig-zag path t hat ran a lon g and ame out n e a r the R a m's Horn Hote l sh e r a n with t h e pe e d of the wind. She did n o t kn o w whe r e the jail was loca t e d but some hing t old h e r thflt s h e was n ea rin g the place wh e r e h e r rothe r was h e ld a prisone r H e r eyes s udd enly fe ll upon on e dim li ght that h eld h e r a fa sc inating way Str a ight for it s h e ran. Once or twice s h e g l a nced over h e r s hould e r in h e r mad "gh t but s h e could see no purs u e r s And a s the fallin g r ain had m a d e the ground soft and eldin g, s h e c ould not h ear h e r own foot s t e p s, much less ose o f an y one pursuing h e r I In a minut e m o r e s h e was at the door of the little jail. Jac k R o b eclee, who was g uarding Dandy Don, s o that there wonld b e n o possibl e chance for him to escape, sud d enly heard a scratc hing at the door It s ound ed l i ke th at o f a cat and thinking that the regu lar jaile r whom h e had r e li e v e d h a d one h e walk e d ove r and o p e n e d the d oor to allow it to e nter. H e h ad sca rcel y pull e d the door aj a r four inche s when a mi s t s hot s quar e l y into 'bis mouth and no s trils, and with a ga s p h e s ank t o the flo or, drugge d with a spray of chloro form F a ro Fan s t e pp e d in s ide, h e r eyes glowing with a strange light. She kne w s h e h a d fo11nd the jail wher e her brother was c onfin e d and without the le as t hesita tion she s toop e d and d r e w the kni fe from Rob e d ee's b e lt. She raised i t alof t to strike him a death-blow, and then falte r e d for a n in s t a nt. And in that instant s he chang e d h e r mind. J a ck'ti lif e was s av e d I ns te11d of s tabbin g him to the heart s h e drew the bottle of chloroform tha t s h e had used s o succes s full y that night from h e r bos om and saturating h e r handk e r chie f, held it ti ghtly over R o b c d ee's mouth and nostril s till h e l a p s ed i n to

26 YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE T l!:NDERFOOT. "] guess the jailer found it so," was the r e ply. "I u sed lhe last I had in the bottle." The two now s t e pped outside, and heading for the p lac e of Bow ery Bill slipped along lik e a c oupl e of s hadow". 'rhe re was a light s till there, whi c h showed that gamb 1 ing was in progress in th e bac k room, and a s they n eare d it Dandy Don s uddenly d ecic1c-c1 to try and get a couple-of horses withont di Bhubing Bow ery Bill if h e coulL1. As luck would have it, the man who h a d brought the hor ses out for them when they had tak e n t h e ir d epar ture from the hote l, had n eg lect ed to loc k the stable cloor. There were two good horses there but when Dan i l y Don forced his way in side, leavin g hi s s i s t er out"ille to keep watch, he did not s top to examine them to sec whet her they w ere good or not, but quickly found the sadcllcs and bridles that went with them ancl Jed them out. All did not take long. in my head all of a sudden to run away, and I did s o almost b efo re I knew it my self. I got a good start on the m, and they did not even know what direct ion I took. I caught sight of one little li ght and I ran to it and found it to b e the jail. That i s a ll there i s to it. Never to my d ying clay will I know what made m o do it, l did and now we arc safe." D andy Don 11'as v e r y cautiou s in making Iris escape. H e kne w that Young Wilcl W est and hi s friends wouli sted on lettin g the hon;;e p roceet gets after u s with tha.l :;orre l of hi s, was the retort. The n ex t minute they urged their horses forward on a /. He was in an awful hurry, but he did not grow s o exrun. c ited tklt he lost time in arranging things. CHAPTER XI. The hands om e villain \ms a cool hand unde r almost any circumstances. In five minutes from the time h e found the stable was unlocked, he and Faro Fan w e re mounted and riding from the spot. "It ia too b a d that I got dia h ccl out of m y brid e," s,aicl the man in a low tone. "She i s the cause of a ll thii:i trouble w e arc i n," wa s the reply. "If you had taken my adv ice you would h a v e l et h e r ;tlone from the start." "Well, I didn' t t ake your advice," was the petulant re joinder. "Fan, were you e ver in lov e ?" "No!" "Then y o u don t know what force made m e kidnap th e girl." J "]'ool s get in love," was all Faro Fan sa id. The two had now rea c h ed the road tha t Jed <1'ver the to Spondulicks. I "I guess we will get away now," observed Dandy Don, after a pause. "Thanka to my great work," added his s i s t er. "That's right, Fan. How dicl you think of coming to the jail after me?" "I didn't think at all. I just mil till l got there." "Did you know where th ey had me?" "No.'' CONCLUS JON. Wild and the tenderfoot ran out to the road that l e d out of the town and a mom ent, thought they h eard the s ound of rapitl l y receding foot s t e p s They turned and proccctlccl to walk back. They had no t cove r e d more than a doze n yards when they heard the sounds of ga llopin g hoofa "Sto p right h e re," said o ur h ero. w'vVe will wait hE."J:e in the s h adow of thi s tree a11d sec who il i s c ornin g out of town in s u c h a hurry. It m ay b e that F aro Fan went to the Ram's Horn anct got a horse." "That's so," r ep li e d his compai1ioll. Nearer cam e the sound s, and prc$cntl y two horses loom ed up in the d a rkness. "Halt!" crie d Yo1mg Wild West darting into t h e road. The h o rses w er e ridden by Dand y Don and Faro Fan, and taken c ompl e t e l y b y they reined in their s t eeds. "\.Yhat 's th e matter?" -demanded Dand y Don Wilcl r ecogn ized the volce in stantly, and as quick a. a flas h h e knocked the r e volver from the villain's grasp. "You arc th e g r ea t est fellow l e v er m e t Dandy Don!" h e e x c!rtimccl "1-T ow did you get out of jail?" With an oath the man tried to force hi s horse over W i ld but the boy was ioo qui c k for him and pulled him from th1.: saddle. R ex }\f oorc had c au ght the h orse ridden by Faro l1'a11, and h e h e ld t he bridlewith one hand and had bis pi s tol "It seem s rather odd that you s hould c om e there ancl l e v e l ed at the woman with the other.

I YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE TENDERFOOT. 27 "That's right," spoke up Wild, who had bound the handsome villain's hands behind him for the second time that night. "Come on. We mnst get back to Weston." 'l'hey at once started, Moore leading Faro Fan's horse and keeping his revolver in his hand. rrhe horse Dandy Don had been riding had started on a run back to the town, but that made little differen.ce, as our two friends were afoot, anyway. They were not long in reaching the jail, and when they got there Jack Robedee was just corning to from the effects of the drug th() woman had administered to him. D::indy Don was once more placed in lhe lock-up and Dove-Eye Dave was aroused to watch him, along with Jack. Then. Wild and Moore back to the house where Alice Dare awaitrd them, and it was now getting well towards morning, and there was little use of going to sleep, so it was decided to keep them there. rrhe tenderfoot offered to stay up with them, and Alice Dare seemed very glad to have him. The fact 0 it was that the girl really regarded him as her rescuer. He had ilone Ms best, anyhow, al1d had arrived in time to help Young Vi'ild \Vest, ancl shoot the Chinaman. Then he had the pleasure of escorting the girl back to Weston, ancl when he had told her all about what had hap pened, she became very talkative herself, and he learned all about her. The tenderfoot was so encouraged that h e whispered in her ear that he loved her. And she did not become the least bit mad when he said it. It was about six o'clock when Wild got up from a sleep. He walked outside and found Moore and the rescued maiden walking up and down in front of the house. "Jack Robedee came and took the woman over to the lock up a cw moments ago," the New Yorker said. "All right," answered Wild. "l believe I will walk over 1hat way myself. But first let me hear the young lady's story." A 1 ice told him how she had been kidnapped by the villain, ancl J10w he had forced Rex to marry her to him the night before. "I want that paper I wrote, too," said the tenderfoot, / iooking a little sheepish at Wild "I either had to write it or be shot." "You were wise in writing it," replied our hero. "Come on! 'rirn two 0 you had better go over to the lock-up with me. Some one has got to appear against him." Wild led the way, and the couple who had fallen in love with each other at first sight came right on behind him. In a short time they were at the Jock-up, where quite a crowd had gathered. Among those there was Bowery Bill, and he was doing his best to gain sympathy for Dandy Don. He had rncceecled in getting the majority to. agree with him that the least they could do was tb give the villain and his sister twenty minutes to get out 0 town. When Wik1 got there he was asked his opinion. "Do as you like about it," he answered. "All I want i s a piece of paper Dandy Don has got. It belongs to Moor e here, and he would like to have it. Then, if it pleases the majority, the mfln and his sister can be given their weapons and the three horses that belong to them, and light out for parts unknown, with the understanding that they must never show up in Weston again-'.' This remark was received with cheers. Bowery Bill took advantage of the opportunity and of fered three cheers for Young Wil

28 YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE TENDERFOOT. the forehead. He glanced at his watch. It was five minutes to seven! Faro Fan rode back, and leaping from the saddle, burst tears. "Can I come back and stay in Weston.?" she asked plead ingly. "Bowery Bill asked me to marry him last night, and I refused. I am now_ willing to take him, as my best friend is dead. Can I come back, :'.\[r. Wild West?'' "As far as I am concerned, you can," was the reply of our hero. "You shouldn't bear me any grudge for shooting your brother, though. He brought it all on himself." "I know he did. It was all his own fault." At this juncture Bowery B'ill rode up on a borrowed horse, and as soon as she saw him Faro Fan ran over to him, exclaiming: "Bill, poor Don has passed in his chips! I will marr you now, if you want me." "All right, Fan, if ther residents of Weston don't ob ject. I'll go an' hunt up ther minister at once." "Don't get the one who was in your house last night,' spoke up Rex Moore, the tenderfoot, tearing up the pape Dandy Don had forced him to sign and scattering the bit to the wind. "When you are done with the minister you can s end him over to Young Wilcl West's house. Miss Alic Dare has agreed to marry me, and we may as well have i over with now!" This was quite a surprise to Young Wild West and th rest. But surprises were common things in the town of Wes ton as the reader knows. THE END. Read "YOUNG WILD TRIUMPH; OR,. WI NING AGAINST GREAT ODDS," which will the next number (13) of "Young Wild West Weekly." SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from a newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNIO SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will rece ive the copies you order by return mail. ''HAPPY. DAYS.'' The Best Illustrated Weekly Story Pa.per Published. ISSUED EVERY FRIDAY "HAPPY DAY S is a large 16p age paper containing Interesting Stories, Poems, Sketches, C o mic Sto r i Jokes, Answers to Correspondents, and many other bright features. Its Authors and Artists have a national reputation. No amount of money is sparep to make this weekly the 'best publishe d A New Story Begins 'Every Week in '"Happy Days." OUT TO-DAY! OUT TO-DA THE BOY RANCHER AND How He Held His Own, B y P. T. RAYMOND, Begins in No. 432 of HAPPY DAYS," Issued January 9th. PRICE 5 CENTS. Por Sale by all Newsdealer s or will be sent to any address on the receipt of price b FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square. New York.


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