Young Wild West's mascot, or, The dog that wanted a master

Young Wild West's mascot, or, The dog that wanted a master

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Young Wild West's mascot, or, The dog that wanted a master
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Wild West Weekly
An Old Scout
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A MAGAZINE CONTAINING STORIES. SKETCHES Ete-. Of lm1td ll' e e kl y-!J g $2 .T>O p u y e ar A l'ldimtiu11 """ ' f o r 8cr.011d'.Cl<1s. El,f"!f a t N Y P o .vi Officr No. 31. NEW YORK, MAY 22, 1903. Price 5 Cents. __ ... Wild and his mascot were more than a. match for the two scoundrels. The dog sank his teeth deep into the thigh o f one, while his acti v e master caught the o ther by the wrists and flung him to the ground.


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WILD WEST WEEKLY Containing Stories, Sketches, Etc., of Western Life. Issued Weekly-By Subs c l"iption $2 .50 p e r y ear. Application 11iade f o r S econd Class enfry al; t h e New York N. Y Post Offic e Ente.-e d a ccordin g t o A c t of Congr e ss, in the y ear 1 903, in the o ffi ce of the Librarian o} C ong1ess, Washington, D. C ., by Frank 1'ous ey, 24 Un ion Squa,.., New Y01k N o. 31. NEW YORK, MAY 22, 1903 Pr i c e o Cents. YOUNG WILD WEST'S MASCOT; OR, The D og that Wanted a Master. By AN OLD SCOUT. CHAPTE R I. THE DOG THAT WANTED A MASTER. It was a pleasant spr i ng day in the year 1 878 On the bank of the Sweetwater R i ver i n Western Wyo ming a company of Unite d States cava l ry wer e e n camped. Judgin g by the g e n e ral app e ara nce of t h e men it looke d from t h e eastern e nd of what was then c all e d the G r e at South Pass. T h i s pass c u t t hrou g h the Green Ri ver M ount ain Range and was a memorab l e spo t, as in days gone by many a fam i l y o f e mi gra n ts h a d bee n amb u s hed aml m urd e r e d t here b y Indi a n s At the time o f whic h w e w rit e it was still dread e d Not onl y h osti l e Indi a n s m ade i t a p lace to commi t t h eir d e pr e dation s but w h i t e men who c hose t o plund e r and pill age a s thou g h the y had been having a hard t ime. More than a doze n w e r e wound e d a n d half a doze n abl e This part i c ul a r troop of c avalr y had been sent out fr o m bodied fellow s wer e digging g raves on t h e san d y eleva tion Fort Casper alon g t h e old pon y express r o u te t o meet a jus t back of the camp t roop from Fo r t 'rhey wer e to j o in in makin g a The trut h of it was that the trooper s h ad had a hard fight. search of the G reen R i v e r R a nge f o r a n exp ert Gove rnm ent That morning a t day bre a k they had been attacked by a surveyo r n a med Professor Rathbun w h o was s upposed to b e band of Indian s and w hite r e negad es, and b e ing out num h e ld captive b y a band of Si o u x Indi an s a nd w hite ren e ber e d two to one the b rave Boys in Blue h ad been forced ga des. to mount a n d fle e lea,ving a doze n d e ad and dyin g beh i n d They h ad w ith the m three of th e g r ea test scouts of the them. times, but u nfo r t u na t e l y f o r the m t hese h a d gon e on ah e ad But fortunat e ly they wer e not purs u e d ver y far, and it a few h ours befo r e t h e attack h a d b e e n m a d e o n th e cavalry , was jus t at noon that they found a camping p lace w e ll :pr o ot h e rwise the y m i ght n ot have been for ced to m ount and flee tect e d by a growth of ti.mber in the r e ar, a nd fronted by th e from the Ind i a n s a n d w hites. Sweetwater Riv er. I have a n idea," sai d Lieute nant L efferts s peaking to Fiv e of the wounded di e d on th e way, one of w hom was the officers u nde r him "tha t t h e b a nd that attack e d u s the captain and it now fe ll to the lot of t he l ieutenant to is the v e ry one we have been lookin g for I would b e will tak e command of the m e n. ing to take an affidavit tha t I saw a b ig giant o f a half-breed Th e l i eute nant' s nam e was L e fferts and h e appeared to who acted as a l eade r tho u g h i t was n o t li ght e nou g h to see b e a bright fellow of thirty, a born fighte r and t here was a ver y good when t h e capt a in ga v e the order to mount and s in i ster look in hi s e yes. makefor cover The s pot where the y were camped was about twenty m iles I too, saw h i m li eute n an t s pok e up a corporal "Ac -


2 YOUNG WILD WEST'S MASCO'f. cording to the description we have received, it was surely "Pooh!" said Lieutenant Lefl'erts, with a sneer. "A big Blackpowqer Dan." black mongrel I shall order him shot at once. We want "I think there can be no mistake about it," resumed no dogs around our camp to bark and let the enemy knol" Uie lieu tenant "It is too bad that our scouts were not where we are Young Wil d West, a lone, is worth a dozen in a scrimmage of that kind." "And Cheyenne Charlie and Jim Dart are worth another dozen," added the surgeon, who had come up, after having :finished dressing the wounds of the men. "Those are true words, if true words have ever been spoken," said the second lieutenant "If Young Wild West and his two partners, Cheyenne Charlie and Jim Dart, had been with us when the attack was made, I feel confident in saying that we would have won the battle, and our captain might have been alive yet The speaker looked hard at his superior when he :finished. But whatever that glance meant, it was not noticed by Lieutenant Lefl'erts. "It is time our scouts were showing up, anyhow," he said, after a pause. "Young Wild West said they would be back before noon, meaning at the place we were camped in; and as we have followed after them for fully fifteen miles they should be back long before this." Just then the barking of a dog came to the ears of the talking officers. It was surely a dog of one of the larger breeds that was making itself heard, for the bark was deep, and it had a sort of mournful ring to it. An orderly caine running up just then, and touching his hat, said: "Lieutenant, there is a big black Newfoundland dog outside our linee. No one seems to know where he came from, and he absolutely refuses to make friends with any one. I thought I would report the matter to you, sir, as some of the men might take it in their heads to shoot hin1, and he seems to be too fine an animal to be shot for nothing "Bring the clog here and let us have a look at the brute," retorted the officer. "I can't do that, sir. He will not follow me. He--" "Herc come our scouts!" interrupted the second lieu tenant at that moment, and he waved his hat to three horsemen who had just come around a bend in the timber line a hundred yards away. "It is time they were here," said Lefferts, in a snappy voice. "Come, surgeon, we will go and see this wonderful dog before the brute is shot." The surgeon followed him to the east side of camp where a number of the cavalrymen were gathered around a fine specimen of a Newfoundland dog. Though he showed no signs of biting, they kept at a safe distance. First one and then another would pat their knee and try make him come to them, but the dog would not make friends There appeared to be a yearning look in the big brown eyes of the dog, and at irregular intervals he would let out one of bis deep-toned barks. "That dog isn't a mongrel, lieutenant,'' mildly protested the surgeon. "It is a Newfoundland, and as fine a one as I ever saw. He is not much more than a puppy, either." "What's the odds whether he's a Newfoundland or not!" snapped Lefl'erts. "He has got to be shot, and that's all there is to it. Get out of here, you big brute!" and he ad vanced toward the dog and made a kick at him. At this the animal growled and showed his teeth, but did not move an inch. At this juncture a dashing young horseman rode up and dismounted. He quickly pushed his way through the crowd that had gathered around the dog that had refused to make friends with any one, and was just in time to see the lieutenant draw his revolver "What arc you going to do, lieutenant?" he asked. "Shoot that confounded cur! He refuses to allow any one to make friends with him and just showed his teeth to me." Then something happened that was surprising to all. The dog walked over to the newcomer, and wagging his tail in a pleased manner, licked his shapely hand. Then a low murmur of applause went up from the caval rymen. They were surprised, and glad, as well, to see that there was some one the dog would make friends with. "I'll take th o dog, lieutenant," said the young scout, as he bent over the animal and allowed his long, chestnut locks to touch him, while he took the profl'cred paw and shook it as though he was clasping the hand of a friend he was v_cry glad to see. "It is only a dog that wants a ma.ster. I'll be his roaster, since he has picked me out." "S tcp aside, Young Wild West. I am going to shoot the dog!" Lefferto had drawn his heavy Colt's revolver and was even now trying to aim it at the animal's head. The young scout who had been addressed as Young Wild West was erect in an in s tant. He quickly stepped over so as to shield the dog, and then in a ringing voice exclaimed : "You are not going to shoot that dog, lieutenant." "What!" roared the officer, flying into a passion. "Do you, a common scout, dare to talk to me like that?" "I am no common scout, lieutenant. I am your equal in every respect. You must remember that my services were soughL after by your superiors, and that I agred to accom pany you on the condition that I was to be my own boss. I say you are not going to shoot the dog!" "And I say I am! Stand back, Young Wild West, or you may get the bullet that is intended for the brute!" Up went the revolver again until the muzzle seemed to be on a line with the N cwfoundland's nose. And Young Wild West bad his hand on the dog's head.


YOUNG WILD WEST'S M:ASCOT 3 The lieutenant surely meant flinch. business, for he did not I "Hold on, you measley coyote cried a stern voice, and Just as he was going to pull the trigger the right fis t o'f th e young scout shot out and sent the weapon flying from hi s grasp. At the same moment the dog utte red a growl and l eaped for the throat of the man. "Lie down commanded Young Wild Wes t, and the dog obeyed. "Now, then, li e utenant," h e said, speak ing as cal mly as though it was only a little fun that was taking place, "what are you going to do about it?" "Do about it?" sh ri eked Le:fferts. "I am going to shoot the dog, and you, too, Young Wild West!" The liet e nant had certainly lost all control of himself, for with a quick move h e seized a revolver from the belt of o n e of the cavalrymen and was in the act of leveling it at Young Wild W est when the clenched fist of the young scout again shot out. This time it caught the officer full in the face, and he went down as thou gh hit by a battering ram "Lieutenant," the champio n of the Newfoundland said to the second li eutenant, "I wish you would call the captain." "The captain is d ead sir," was the r ep ly. "Lieutenant Le:fferts is now in command." "Oh!" and Young Wi l d W est looked surprised "Well I s hall refuse to obey any further orders from this com mand, then; neither will I r eport, unless an apology i s made for the insult give n me just now." The boy-for he was nothing more, as far as age wentturned and walked away as h e said this, the big dog follow ing him as though he belong e d to him. But Le:fferts was not through yet, by any means. The blow had dazed him considerably, but he managed to get upon his feet just as the young scout was walking off. "Seize that m a n and put him und er guard he thun dered, pointing to the boy. Young Wild West folded his arms and looked him squarely in the eye, whi l e the dog gave an ominous growl. Not one of the men made a move to car ry out the com mand of the officer. For the s pac e of several second s a deathly silence reigned. The n it was broken by Young Wild West. "Le :fferts," sai d he, dropping all the courtesies, "I am, as I said before, on an equal footing with you, in any r espect I am not bound to serve the United States Government, as you are; I am acting in the capacity of a scout of my own free will, and with the under standing that I to come and go when I pl ease---to obey the orders of no man, unless I think it wise to do so. You have ordered me to be placed und e r arrest! Now l et me see your order carr i e d out!" Bow-wow! and the dog jump e d up and placed his paws against the speake r's shoulders, as though he und erstood what was said, and wanted to show his appreciation of the rin ging words At this Le:ffe rts drew his s word and s pran g upon the scout as though he meant to finish him the n and there. a hand gripped his arm and caused him to drop the sword. "If you don't quit your crazy actions I'll break the butt of my revolver on ther top of your head!" It was Cheyenne Charlie, one of the companion scout s of Young Wild West, and as his tall form loomed up before the angry lieutenant there came a faint murmur of applause from the men. "Ogden," said Young Wild West, turning to the second lieutenant, "I advise you to fake command It is plain that Le:fferts has eithe r gone crazy, or that he is entire l y incapa ble." "There was a cheer at this, showing only too well that the privates had no liking for Le:fferts. "Go ahead and take command, Ogd en," excla im ed the c1isc0mfited officer. "I am done. I will wait till I get back to Fort Casper; then my turn will come. "You are afraid to go back to Fort Casper, after what has h appe n ed," declared Cheyenne Charlie ''Don't you suppose our word is as good as yours, you blamed coyote? You go back there, and your st ripes will be taken from you, and you'll l and in the guard -h ouse." "We'll see about that! Anyway, I'm done!" The man, whose face was now red with pas s ion, picked up hi s revolv e r and walked away. Five minutes l ater he mounted hi s horse and was riding away over the trai l in the dir ect ion they h a d been flee ing from the enemy A s igh of relief went up from the surgeon as he saw this. "He was not a fit person to take command, anyway," he said to Young Wild West. "It seems to me that the cap tain was shot in a queer manner, anyway. He was shot in the back facing the enemy." There was a l ot of significance in the r emark, but the young scout never said a word jus tthen. But he had an opinion, just the same. With the dog following him h e walked over to where hi s horse stood. It was the faithful stallion, Spitfire, the beast that had carried him safe l y through many a tight place The sorrel was covered with foam, showi ng that he had been traveling at a fast gait, and when the dog came up he dropped his h ead till the noses of th e two met. That seemed to make them acquainted, for the horse allowed his ears to come to their norma l position instantly, and the Newfound l and wagged his tail. "That's right," said Young Wild West "You might as well be friends. Spitfire, old boy, this i s a dog that wanted a master, and I guess I fill the bill, so he is my dog, and we are going to trav e l together, for awhi le, anyhow." The other two scouts, who had come out with the caval ry with the same understanding as Young Wild West had now step ped over to him Jim Dart, who was a young fellow about Wild's age, put out hi s hand. "Shake, old chum," h e said. "I hope you will stick to


" YOUNG WILD WEST'S MASCOT. that dog as long as he lives. He was looking for a master, and since you have taken him, I hope he will prove a mascot for you." CHAPTER II. YOUNG WILD WEST RUNS INTO DANGER. The second lieutenant was now forc e d to take cofumand of the cavalry. He called them all in line, and told them that he was going to do his best by them, and that h e expected them to do the same by him. "Well, so I have heard. I should like to meet him," and Young Wild West acted very much as if he meant it. "Well, what is your advice, Mr. West?" "I would s ugg est that we move on to the vicinity of the pass as soon as possible. W e can find a place to camp where we would be able to mor e than hold our own in case of an attack, and then await the coming of the troop e rs from Fort Bridg er." "Your advic e is good; it shall be acted upon.n The d e ad had all been buried, and their graves marked, so there was really nothing to keep them in camp any longer. Half an hour later the seventy survivors of the company of brave Boys in Blue were moving along the trail in the direction of the Gr eat South Pass. In concluding he said : "I can't understand what made Lieutenant Lefl'erts act Young Wild Wes t, Cheyenne Charlie and Jim Dart rode in the way he did, but you may rest assured that h e can at the head of the line, their neat-fitting huntingsuits and do nothing that will hurt any of us if h e does go back broad-brimmed sombrero s s howin g them off to good ad to the fort and give in a report. you all know that h e did vantage against the blue uniform s of the regulars. very wrong in acting as he did, and you also know that I The N e wfoundland dog trotted alongside th e sor rel horse took no part in it whatever. When he deserted the camp, in as contented a way as a dog could possibly show. I, of course, had to tak e charge. That is all there i s to it, "Jim," said Wild to his boy churn, "I s uppose I o ught to boys, and until we receiv e orders to the contrary, we will name the dog, since I hav e adopted him for good. What push op. to the Great South Pa ss." do you think would be a good n ame for him?" A cheer went up from the men, s howing that they w e re "Well, I will tell you," was the reply. "When he spra ng pleased with their new acting captain, and then he turned to grab Lefl'cr ts b y the throat h e put me more in mind of a and walked ove r to where Young Wild W est was talking_ lion than anything else. Why not call him Lion?" to his two friends who had been out on th e trail with him. "Good! Lion it shall b e H e r e, Lion, old fellow!" and "You may report now, if you wish, Mr. West," he said. he s napped his fingers at the dog. The animal responded "Well, sir, I will be pleased to do so," was the r ep ly. by a joyous bark as h e did so. "We rode straight for the Great South Pass an d reached it That settled it. Lion was the dog's name. without meeting with a white or r ed. As we rod e on "Just what sor t of a mascot h e will prove to be I mus t through it this morning w e m e t a provision train headin g learn lat e r on," Young Wild W est resum ed. "I will first for Fort Casper. As the re w e re not many men in c harge find out ju s t how much he knows and how well he will of it, we came through with them and escaped b eing atmind. It seem s rather odd that he took to me so readily, tacked. The train is coming down the trail within a mile after having r efuse d to m a k e friends with so many. One or two of here, I have no doubt, if they have not halted. thing, if h e h a d not taken 'to me, I s hould not hav e allowed We thought we had b etter ride along ahead and get h e re L effer t s to s hoot him. Lefl'erts proved to be ju st what I to make our report. We saw no signs of the cavalry from took him to b e when I met him tne other clay-a man of Fort Bridger that we are to meet." violent temper and of very littl e principle." "Ah, now I am satisfied that the band that attacked us "And the surgeon intimated as much as that--" at daylight this morning is the one we are searching for. "He shot the captain," Wild said, taking the word s from I am certain I saw Blackpowder Dan among them." Dart's mouth. "If that is the case, sir, it is no wonder we went through "It seems hardly pos s ible that he would be guilty of the pass unmolested." such a das tardly act." "The attack the fiends upon us was a savage and "Well, if the truth was known, the surgeon could tell determined one, but a fter they succeeded in routing us they more than he did. I have an idea that he knows for a fact did not take the trouble to pursue us far." that Lefl'erts shot the captain." "If it really was the notorious Blackpowder Dan it was "It looks that way, he would not have said as much as evidently his intentions to simply cripple you all he could, he did." as he no doubt has the idea that you are bound for the "Well, we will be liable to find out more about it when Great South Pass to hunt for Professor Rathbun-that is, we get back to the fort. rrhere is bound to be a.n inves of course, if he really has him confined somewhere in the tigation of what has occurred, you know." mountains." "Oh, yes; that is a sure thing." "Yes; I suppose he has a way of finding out things, as Whe n they had covered a mile they s udd e nly came upon well as we have. Blackpowder Dan is said to be a very the wagon train of supplies for the fort Young Wild West crafty fellow." had spoken of in his report. l


YOUNG WILD WES'r'S MASCOT 5 Those in charge of the outfit had considered it advisable his mane he wou l d be a lion for fair. here, a i d fel to halt for an hour and feed the tired< animals and themlow, and s h a ke hands with me." selves. The Newfoundland wagged his tail s lightly, and then There were but seventeen men, all t old, and one of these looked at his young master was an old guide in the employ of the army w ho had seen "Go ahead and shake hand s with him, Lion," Wild said, lot s of experience in his day. as though the look had be en a question from the animal as That morning was the first he had ever met Young Wild to whether he sho uld s hake hands or not. West, but he had often heard of him. He had form e d a s trong liking for "the boy with ther grit, strength an' tact of a man," as he called him, and h e jumped to his feet and waved his hat when he saw him riding a l o n g at the h e ad of the cava l ry. Lieutenant Ogden at once call e d a halt. The n he started to hold a conversation with the officer in charge of the train. And while they were talking, Jake Stein, the old guide, called Young Wild West aside. "What do you think about it, my boy?" h e questioned. "Do yer think we will be able to git to the r fort all right? I j est h eard ther li eutenant say that Blackpowder Dan's gang of reds an' whites pitch ed into 'em this mornin'. If that's ther case, ther s neakin' coyotes must b e somewher0 hereabouts. It wouldn' t do for 'em to jump on us, an' it are dollars to doughnuts that 'th ey'd br right glad to do it, 'cause we've got a whole lot of supplies here that would come in mighty handy for 'em." "By Jove I believe you are right, Mr Stein !" ex claimed the dashing young fellow. "I never gave that a thought when I made my report to the officer in charge. I think we had better turn and go back to the fort with you, especia lly as we were sent out to hunt up Bl ackpowde r Dan, and it is almost a known fact that h e is not a great ways from u s I'll suggest it to the lieutenant as soon as he i,,. tbrough talking over" "I think it would be proper, my boy. I don't care for myself, but I happen to know thal; they are in need of ther rtuff we've got over at Fort Casper." "What do you think of my dog?" Wild resumed, noticin g that the lieutenant and the man in charge of the men eil corting the wagons were still in a very earnest conversa tion. "I d idn't know you had a dog. But say, that is a fine fel low, ain't it? Where did you get him?" "Oh, I found him back here a ways. H e appeared to be l ooking for a master, and as I seemed to just suit him, he adopted me, or I adopted him, just as you are a mind to put it." "Well, if you want a dog, I don't think you could have done any bette r if you had searched the r whole country over, especially if you wanted a big dog. An he's only a pup, too, an' as good -n atured as a pet lamb Young Wild West, that's an intelligent critter, that is, an' now's yer time to learn him tricks an' sich. What's his name?" "Lion." "Well, that's a mighty good name, I s hould say. His head is sh aped like the m lions that belong in Afrikay what I've seen pictures of, an' i f you was to cut a ll his hair off but And then, much to the surprise of all hands, Lion walked over and held up his paw to old man. "That's ther ticket That's what I call a polite dog!" and Stein shook with him, af ter which h e gave him a pat on bis h ead. The Newfoundland then walk e d back and sat down beside Wild, opening his big jaw s and panting in the u s ual canine fashion. "Wild has got a mascot now," Jim remark e d "A mascot?" queried Stein. "What in blazes do you call that?" "A mascot is one who, or that, is supposed to bring good luck." "Oh, that is what a mascot is, hey? W e ll, I hope ther dog will bring Young Wild West good luck, for I guess ther boy is deservin' of it, from all accounts "WelJ, I have been v ery lucky, so far," Wild answered. "I was lucky enoug h to strike it rich in the hill s over a year ago, and I have been very lucky ineverything I under took ever since. Only once did a small streak of bad luck get the best of me, and that was when I lost a hundre d thou san d dollars in gold in the twinkling of an eye That hap pened so quickly that I had no chance to change the luck from bad to good, and all the mascots in creation would not have been sufficient to do it. But that streak of bad lu c k taught m e a lesson that I will never forget." "I should think it would! Lost a hundre d thou sand, h ey? Well, I reckon I'll never lose that much, 'cause I'll never have it to lose," and t h e gu id e chuckl ed as though he had got off a good joke. Lieutenant Ogden now came over to Wi,ld. "I hear, Mr. West," said he, "that the sto res this train is taking over to the fort are much needed t h e re. What do you think about it?" "Well, I have just been talking to Mr. Stei n h ere, and we have agreed that it would be a good idea that the train should be escorted in with your cavalrymen "That i s just what I think about it. I don't know as I would be cen;mred by the commander of the fort by acting on that line. Besides, it strikes me that I ought to go there and make a report of what has occurred, anyway." "Yes, I think so. The cava lry from Fort Bridger will wait for us; as it was their orders to meet u s near the mouth of the pass on this s ide. I g u ess they will be able to hold their own, in case of a n attack from the b and we are hunting for. W e will go back to the fort with the train, ) Mr. Ogden, if you have no objections." "So be it, then." Whfilll the m en belong in g to the train had fini s h e d their


6 YOUNG WILD WEST'S MASCOT. noonday meal, and the horses had been fed and watered the whole party set out along the trail for Fort Caspe r. They had a hundred miles ahead of them, but they hoped to make it in two days by trav e ling part of the night. Where the trail was l eve l and hard the teams went along at a smart jog, but when the traveling became difficult, which was the case very often, were forced to proce e d at a walk. It was jus t about dusk that the keen eyes of Young Wild West, who was riding in advance of the train, caught sight of an Indian galloping away in the di s tance. Callingwout for Charlie and Jim to take care of his ma s cot, for the dog could not possibly run as fast as the speedy sorrel, he started to catch the redskin and learn what his mission was in that vicinity. Young Wild West gained rapidly upon the Indian, ancl when he was within two hundred yards of him he rai sed his rifle to his sho uld er and sent a bullet wliistJing over his head. This meant for the redskin to come to a halt. But no attention was paid to it. It was now quite dark, but Wild could see the moving horseman, for all that. He was riding along the bank of the river, and trying hard to rea c h the timber which was not over a mile distant. "He is certainly a hostile Indian," thought the young Prince of the Saddle, and it is my duty to drop him for not stopping when I fired the shot. But I can't do that. I can't shoot a man in the back unless he fires at me first.' But this the Indian had no intention of doing, it seemed. Our hero figured that he would just about overtake .him when he reached the edge of the timber, and as he felt quite sure that the fellow mus t hav e friends waiting for him there, he did not care to get too close to it. He concluded to go a little n ea rer, though, and he urged his horse to a faster gait. When h e was within a quarter of a mile of the timber a savage yell broke from the woods, and the next instant a horde of Indians came galloping from the cover of the trees to meet him. CHAPTER III. THE DOINGS OF A TRAITOR When Lieutenant L effer ts took his departure from the camp he was certainly in a very angry mood. Having be e n born with an evil di s position, it was won derful how the man had liv ed to get as high as he was in th e army. Lefferts had been guilty of many evil deed s in his lifo, but he was one of the sort who, as crafty as they are, surely come to a bad end As the surgeon of the company had intimated, he had killed the captain while the fight was raging between them and the band of Indians and r enegades. He had shot the officer, who was as brave a man as could be found in the service, in the back, and the surgeo n had seen him commit the crime. But the re are times when a person will not give another away wh e n he com:ntits a crime . The surgeon owed the li eutenant a poker d ebt that was really a large r sum than he would be able to pay for a l ong time, and it was that fact that kept him from informing on the villain at the time the da stardly act was committed. And there was another who, though he had not exactly seen the crime committed, hacl witnessed enough imme diately after it happened to convince him that Lefferts had done it. This one was Lieutenant Ogd en, but as he had no proof h e did not say anything of it. But it was his intention to fling it at his supe rior at eve ry opportunity, hoping thus to make him angry ancl give himself away. And L efferts was s uspiciou s that some one had seen him s hoot the captain, too That was one reason why h e got into s u ch an u g l y mood a ll of a sudden and acted the way he did about the dog that trayed to the camp. The lieutenant had two r easons for wanting the captain out of the way. The first, on e would naturally suppose was that in case of his being killed in battle, he would be likely to s ucceed him as captain 0 the company. But the second was a sti ll deeper reason. They wer e both in lov e with the sam e g irl. And pretty Mari e D anie ls, the daughter of General Dan iels, commander of the fort, was the maiden in the case. But right h e re l e t it be sa id that, though the girl loved neither of them, she always trea ted them in a proper man ner. Both had offe red her their hand in marriage, but she had turned the m aside This naturally caused a feeling of jealou sy to come be tween them, though the captain was not the one to think of fou l means to gain his point. Neither was aware that the other had proposed to the girl and been refused. That made them each think that the other was the lucky one And all the time Marie Danie l s was in love with a man who had not yet plucked up sufficient courage to propose to her. He was no other than the bold and dashing lieutenant who was now in charge of the company of regulars that hail m e t with such a disa strous d efeat in the fight with the band of Bl ackpowde r Dan. George O gde n, the modest second li e utenant, was madly in love with the girl, and though he felt certain that she favored n either of his superior officers, he wa afraid to propose to h e r on account of h e r being the daught e r of the commander of the fort. Lefferts being the most viciou s and hot-headed of thr three admirers of the girl, had been the one to show his


YOUNG WILD WEST'S :\1ASCOT. nature, and by so doing he had lost all hop e of winning h er the bank of the Sweetwater River in the center of which hand. the camp of the mixed band of lawless men was located. But when h e rode away from the camp-a deserter-he L efl'e rts was conducted right through the lines, and was thinking of a way to make the girl becom e his wife, though the frowns and dark looks he received were many, whether she wanted to or not. he paid no attention to them. In a s ingle instant he h ad decided upon a course of action, and h e h a d now started to carry it out. He would try and find Blackpowder Dan and join his band. Then he would get the villainous crowd to make a raid on the fort, and in the raid he would carry off pretty Marie Daniels. It was a darin g scheme, but wh en o n e takes in considera tion that Lefl'erts knew just how everything was situated at the fort it was not so daring, after all. If h e could spike the half a dozen old field pieces that mad e up the armamep t of the fort, it would not be such a hard matter to surprise the place and put it to rout in short ord er, since there were few troops there at the time With these thoughts in his head, the rasca ll y li eutenant rode on along the trail in the hope of meeting Blackpowder D an, or some of his men. And it seemed that lu ck was with him in this respect, for he had not ridden more than a couple of miles past .the spot where the attack on the camp had been made when h e suddenly came in sight of half a dozen Indians who were evidently scouting along the trail. The instant they saw the lone cavalryman riding toward th em they opened fire upon him. But t h e distance was so great that their bullets flew wide of the mark. Then h e quickly pulled his handk e rchief from his pocket and fixing it to the end of his sword, held it over his head, still continuing to ride s lowly toward them. They ceased firing instantly, and being a brave fellow, despite the fact that he was a villain, h e rod e boldly up i_o them. "Ugh!" grunted one of the redskins, when h e came to a halt within fifty yards of them. "What does the sold ier from the fort want with the red men?" "I am no l onger a soldier from the fort," answe red Lef ferts. "I have left my people to join ihe band of Black powder Dan. I dare not go back to my people, for if 1 do I iVill be shot "Pale fac e tell heap much lie !" said the Indian. "I am not telling a lie," declared Lefferts. "Take me to Bla ckpow d er Dan, and if he finds that I am telling a lie he can kill me." This seemed to satisfy the Indian scouts, so after holding a short cons ul tatio n in their own tongue they told him to come on, and that they would take him to Blackpowder Dan. The rascally officer was confident that he would have no trouble in getting into the good graces of the notoriou s half-br eed l ea d er, so he rode a long with them, jubilant at the success h e was havin g, and thinking of how he would soon h ave the girl in hi s clutches. The Indians conducted him to a heav.y growth of trees on In a few minute s he was standing before the dreaded lead e r of the band that had been playing such havoc in that part of the country, and which was supposed to hold Professor Rathbun a prison e r somewhere in the hills near the Great South Pass. Blackpowder Dan could s peak as good English as the ma jority of the whites in that sec tion, and when hexhad care fully sized up the villainous lieuteannt, he said, in his usual g ruff voice : "Well, lieutenant, what do you want here?" "I have come to join your band, if you will have me," was the quick retort. "And if I won't have you-what then?" "Oh, well--" and the man shrugged his shoulders. "Well, what?" "l suppose I will have to run the chances of being shot by your crowd, or by the troopers, or by Young Wild West, that's all.'' "You mean, then, that you have deserted the army?" "Yes." "A foolish thing for a first lieutenant to do, it seems to me," and the ha l f -br eed looked quizzically at the uni form the man wore. "You suppose I must have h a d a reason for deserting?" Y cs; l emme hear your reason." "I shot the captai n of my company this morning while you were attacking us." "Yon did?" and Bla c kpowder Dan became very much interested. "Yt>s; I s hot him!" 'J1he lieutenant' s eyes flashed in a manner which told that he was not sorry for doing it, either. "What did you s hoot him for?" "Because he was after a girl I want for my wife," was the truthful reply. "AJ1 I" and the half-breed became more intere s ted than ever. "I want fo join your band so I can fix it so y ou can make a raid on the settlement at Fort Cas per. You can get lots of b ooty to pay you for doing it, and all I want for my trou ble is the g irl. I will take h e r off to your stronghold in the hills and get a medicine man of the Siou x to marry us. Then I will stick to you and try to work myself up till may be you will make me an office r under you. As I dare not go back to m y own p e ople again, it will be my mission to do them all the harm I can. Blackpowder, I have spoken, now what do you say?" "You have a tongue that seems to talk straight," re plied the half-breed. "Come to my tent and we will talk more about this." L e fferts f elt that he had won, and with a confident smile


YOUNG WILD. WEST'S MASCOT. he followecl the villainous leader into a tent that w :as locat ed had fired h alf a dozen shots only two saddles had been in the center of the camp. And so he had won, for after an hour's conversation, Blackpowder led the way outside and passed the word for the officers under him, both whites and reds, to assemble In a few minutes they had gathered about the two, and then the leader of the band raised hi s hand for silence. "Boys," said he "I want to introduc e you to Lieutenant IJcfferts. He has left the army, and from this out he will be one of us. You will treat him right, for it is my orders. I want you to tell this to the m en under you, so there will be no mistake made 'This man will be allowed to come and go as he sees fit, ther same as ther rest of you." Lefferts bowed right and left as though it was one of the proudest moments of hi s life It seems strange how quickly a man can fall sometimes. The traitor had told all the secrets of the fort, and also that a wagon train loaded with supplies was due almost at any time. Blackpowder Dan meant to attack this tram, for he well knew he would find lots of things he ancl his men could make use of, especially in the line of provisions. After the introduction Lefferts and the half-breed had another talk, the result being that the traitor mounted his horse and rode off in the direction of Fort Casper. CHAPTER IV. THE DOG TO THE RESCUE Though Young Wild West suspected that the Indians had companions lurking in the woods, he was a little sur prised to see them come out in s uch numbers. He wheeled his horse with remarkabl e quickness, for he knew he could not cope successfully with so many. The troopers and the wagon train were at least a mile ofi, so he could expect no immertiate help from that quarter. As the gallant sonel started back with the speed of the wind the daring young scout turned in the saddle and raised his rifle to his shoulder. There was a sharp crack, a flash of fire from the muzzle, and then the death yell of a Sioux brave sounded above the warwhoops and hoarse yells of the white renegades. "There goes one!" muttered the boy. Just then three shots rang out in quick s ucc ession from a direction that was at right angles to that which he was pursuing In the faint glimmer of the stars he saw half a dozen horsemen bearing down upon him from tha.t direction. Young Wild West was in a tight place. The newcomers were bound to head him off; he could see that. His only hope was to stay them off until Cheyenne Char lie, Jim Dart and the cavalry got there. He now b egan firing at the indistinct. forms as fast as he could handle the rifle in his hands. But it was difficult to get a bead on ancl when h e emptied. Nearer and nearer those who were heading him off and realizing that it was going to be a fight at close quar ters, he swung his rifle over his should er and drew his re volvers. When they got close enough he would certainly make them scatter. Young Wild West was a whole dozen when came to a fight at close quarters with revolvers. With the bridle rein in his teelh, he rode on, fearless and ready to deal out the hot lead that he was keeping in store for them. Two seconds later they were near enough for him to begin operations. He :fired just one s hot, and then Spitfire pitched into a treacherous hole that was hidden by the prairie grass, and fell in a heap. Young Wild West, being unprepared for anything of that kind, went flying over the animal's head and land ed in a confused heap three or four yards away. An exultant yell came from the .foremost of the pursuers, and before the boy could get upon his feet two of them had dismounted and seized him. He was too dazed from the s udd en fall to make much re sistance, and almost in the twinkling of an eye they dis armed him. Meanwhile his gallant horse st rug gled to his feet and galloped from the spot before the fiends could catch him. Young Wild West was quickly rendered helpless by a lariat being wound about his body which pinioned his arms to his sides, and then he was thrown on a steed before a Sioux warrior and carried swiftly toward the timber. It was just at th's time that the cavalrymen opened fire on the Indians, but none of them were hit, and they only rode all the faster to get to the main band, which was now maneuvering to attack the wagon train, one of the Indian scouts having given the word as to where it was. It was Blackpowder's band who had captured the young Prince of the Saddle. The half-breed had nearly two hundr ed at his back, and about all of them were armed with modern rifles. That made them foes not to be despised. Young Wild West was quickly carried through the ad vancing lines and taken to the camp. Then fully three-fourths of the band spread out into a semi circle and went for the cavalry and men belong ing to the train. It was a rather daring move on their part, and an unex pected one, too. Aft e r a hot exchange of shots for fifteen minutes Blackpowder got the main body of his men between the troopers and the wagons, and then he fell back and took them. Then the villains had all the advantage, for the wagons helped shield them from the lmilets of the brave band of whites. After a s 1iarp fight, during which the cavalry was re-


YOU NG WILD W EST' S MASCO T. p ulsed three times, the y w e r e forced to withdr a w for th e I 1.ime b e ing The y w e re outnumbered two to one and thou g h they o n l y los t two m e n, ove r h alf o f th e m w e r e w o und ed, brav e Lieu te n ant O g d e n b e ing one of the number . B oth C h e y e nne Charlie and Jim Dart received flesh wound s too, but n e ith e r w e r e forc e d to stop It was on the advice of the form e r tha t the fight was give n np for the present. "We c a n t de: an y thing a g a inst e m in t h e r dark," h e said "Wait till daylight an' the n w e kin p i c k e m off." O g den was not willin g to do this, but h e saw th e wisdom of it, a nd soon gave in. M e anwhil e the b and of vic toriou s villain s were h a vin g great fun at r aiding th e wagons The y took abs olut e l y eve r y thin g of v a l u e from them and the n set fir e to th e m Whil e the fla mes w e r e leapin g s kyward the y rod e off for th e i r camp in th e timb e r. \Vhen they reach e d it Blackp owde r was jubi l a nt. H e had not rec eive d a scratc h thou g h h e had been in the t hi c kest of the fray, a n d had k e pt hi s m e n fighting whe n t hey w e r e on the v e rge of r e t rea tin g mor e than once. T he vic tor y was all du e to him a nd w h e n hi s li eute n a n ts th o u ght it ove r aft e r the fight they m a d e up th eir mind s tha t they had the gre ate s t l eade r t hat h ad ever been k nown in t he g r e a t West A doubl e li ne o f sentries was p l a c e d around the camp, so t h e r e could b e n o possible chanc e of s urprise, and the n Blackpowd e r sta lk e d ove r to the tre e to which Youn g Wild West h a d been bound w h e n h e had been brou ght a prison e r to th e camp This was th e firs t meet i n g b etwee n the two thou g h they kne w eac h oth e r from th e description th e y h a d received. "So this i s the g reat Y o u n g Wil d Wes t, i s it?" sa id the h a lf-breed wit h a s neer And you ar e the notoriou s half-breed lead e r Bl a ckpow d e r Dan, I presume," was the c ool r e tort. "I am sorry th at w e meet on s u c h une v e n t e rm s." Bla c kp owde r D a n lau g h e d a s thou g h h e r ega rd e d the lat ter r emark a good jok e "What coul d a boy lik e you do if w e m et on even t er ms?" h e asked "I have heard t h a t you a r e a d ead-shot b u t w hat w o uld that a m ount t o with m e? I, to o a m a dead-shot, and I can a lso h andle a b owie k nife as n o l iving m a n can." "You a r e wha t the Indians call a heap mu c h b r ag,' r e torte d Youn g Wild West. "It i s v e r y nice for you t o ta l k lik e that w h e n the r e i s no o n e t o face you o n eve n ter m s with a revolve r or knife. I w o ul d be o nl y too gla d to mee t y ou with e ith er." "Would you?" was the s n eer in g r e joind e r "We ll, i t may be that I will g ive you a c h a nce befo r e I t u rn you ove r t o the S i o ux, w h o h ate you so. Youn g W i ld Wes t I am v e r y g l ad to meet you, for they told m e t h a t when you once got o n my t r a il you would sure ly mak e it hot for m e." "And s o I will A ,ga

10 YOU NG WILD WEST'S MASCOT. Not a sound came from the dog while all this was taking place, and n e ver once did h e show himself, so even hi s mas ter could see him Young Wild West was going to attempt to do a. most daring thing To get out of that camp a live seemed an utte r impossi bility If he w ere to dart away a nd attempt to escape through the lines he would stan d no show, s ince there were plenty of the warriors who were as fleet he. And then, aga in they would most likely fire a volley al him before he got away. No Young Wild W est did not inten d to make hi s escape in that way. He was going to try and get away from the camp without the knowledge of Blackpowd e r Dan and his men. When they found h e was not there it would be too la te to stop him. There was not a person livin g who could beat Young Wild. West in the art of woodcraft If he could not get past the sentries and reach the prai rie, no one could B{1t the big Newfound l and dog! Would he not be apt to the attention of the Indians guarding the camp, and thus br i ng them upon the boy to frustrate his daring attempt io escape ? One would naturally suppose so. But \Vild did not. The dog h ad reached him without being seen by the g u ards, and if h e could come there tlrrough t h eir lines, he could go back in the same way. That is the way our h e ro figured. 'l'hat Cheyen n e Charlie and Jim Dart were not a great distance from the camp, Wild was sure. It must have been they who tied the knife and revolv er to the sfrap, and the n fastened it about the dog's neck. There was only one obstacle between the boy and lib erty now. That was the way h e looked at it, anyway. And that one obstacle was the Indian brave who h a d been appointed to watch him during the l ong hours of the night That red man mu st di e in order for the white boy to re gain his liberty. It had to be done, and when Young Wild Wes t succ eeded in cutting the thongs so that a sing l e step wouh:l cause th e m to drop to the g r ound, he nerv e d him self for the Ullpleu san t duty that confronted him. The Indian was now walkin g toward him and would pass inside of two seconds As he got in front of him he stopped and looked keenly at the prisoner. At first Wild thought he had noticed that the l ariat was loose. But he saw that thi s was not the case, for he turn e d and w ent over to a tree a few feet di stant, and after l ooking around carefully, sat clown. He was tired, and was going to run the risk of taking a rest for awhile. "Ah!" muttere d Wild. "He ha s saved his life by doing that, though h e is not aware of it. I will get away without having to kill him, now, for he is s leepy and will not notice me in a minute." Sure enough, this was the case. The Indian mu st have been pretty well tired out, for he had scarcely settled into a comfortable position when he began to nod. It was quite dark there, and without any hesitation, Y cung Wild West allowed the severe d l ariat to fall to the ground, and the next moment he was moving away from the tree, his hand clutching the strap around the dog's neck. CHAPTER V. THE CAPTURE OF THE MAIDEN. It was a daring scheme that Le:fferts had concocted Whe n he set out for the fort he intended to arrange things so Blackpowder Dan would hav e an easy thing of it. But l et us follow him and see jus t what he did It was a l ong ride ahead of him, and he did not spare his horse that night. Wh e n morning dawned h e took a rest of an hour, during which he gave his steed a good rubbing, so his joint s would not stiffen b efore h e reached the end of his journey. Then he started o:ff again, grad ually increasing his speed. He was following the course of the river, for the trail ran parallel with the bank, and when noon came he halted lon g enough to shoot a young buck, from which he cut a hau n ch and proceeded to cook himself a meal. He r ested about two hours, and then when h e was ready to r ernme his journ ey, he smeared the blood of the buck on his uniform and hands to make it appea r as if he had been in a dreadful e ncount er He had less than fifteen miles to go to reach the fort, and with a grim smile of determination, he mounted and rod e off. Near er and nearer he came to the fort, and presently he could see the stockade in the dis tance with its old-fashioned -log fort, and the few low buildings around it which made up the settlement. The flag he had deserted was flying from a pole near the fort, and as h e looked at the glorious stars and stripes the traitor sh ru gge d hi s should ers, as though he was thinking f0r the first time of what h e had done. But he soon threw off the feeling, and a few minutes later he rod e up to the gat e of the stockade and was admitted by the sentry, who saluted him in accordance with the rank he held in the army "I mu st see the general a.t once," sai d Lefferts, as he dismounted, affecting great weariness as he did so, in front of the modest residence of the commander of the fort. He was conducted to the presence of General Daniel0 without loss of time. "What is the matter, lieutenant?" asked that official in


YOUNG WILD WEST'S MASCOT. 11 s urpr ise "Are you wounded? What has happened that you come back alone, covered with blood and in an ex hausted condition?" "I am covered with blood an d g lory, general," lied the scoundrel. "I am not wounded a nythin g to s p eak of, though We were attacked yesterday rooming by Black powder's gang, and w e w e r e badly b eaten Over half our men were s l ain and scalp e d The captain was one of the first to fall, and I taken a pri soner. I manag ed to es cape by killing three of the redskins who were guarding me l ast night, and h ere I am. The band, which numb ers over two hundr ed, i s camped of.!' to the left about forty miles in a grove of cottonwoods They are in a sorry plight, too, as many of them are wounded. Now is the time to put the finishing touch to them." All this string of lies the genera l drank in eager ly. While it goaded him to think that so many men h a d been lost, h e was anxious to get at the mixed band that was such a terror to that part of the country Lefferts was given a drink of brandy, and when h e had indulged in a good wash he told the general a story in detail that would throw him entirely off the scent and send the detachment he proposed to send out immediately on a fool's errand thirty miles away from Blackpowder Dan's band. The result was that half an hour l ater thirty men were dispatched to find the half-breed, with orders to kill or capture them all, and then hunt up the cavalryme n who had been so badly routed. Besides the thirty r egu l a r s and officers, the r e were less tha n a dozen men now at the fort. The traitor felt jubilant, for when darkness set in tli e allied forces of the half-breed would be t here to make the attack, and then whi l e the fight was raging he would ca rry off the genera l 's daughter. Just before s un set Lefferts contrived to get into the log f ortress and spike the few g un s there were there. This done, he set about to find a means of getting pretty Marie Dani e l s away. The river bank was close at hand, and as he walked down to it his eye caught sight of the boat the gir l was wont to go rowing in when the weather was fine. It was a finely built little craft on the skiff pattern, and was capab l e of carrying five or six with perfect safe ty. "That is it!" h e exclaimed under his breath "Now, if Bl ackpowder Dan does not forget to send the men straight to the gene r a l' s h o use the minute they get there, as h e said he s u re l y would, it will be easy e nou gh. He will take the gir l to the boat, and then row up the river with her. When the band i s r e turning, aft er a victoriou s raid, they will come up with us, and then we will abandon the boat and take to the horses. It is a great scl1eme, as no .one h ere will think of s uch a thing as the girl being tak e n away with the boat. When they find out she is gone they will think she was captured and carried away on horseback. And as there won't oo many men l eft to follow an d try to rescu e h e r I guess the r e will not be a particle of trouble in doing the thing without a hitc h in it." The sun had just gone down below the line of the w est ern horizon when Lefferts paused at the gate of the general's residence. He had noticed the girlish form seated on the stoop from the distance, and he could not resist the temptation to have a few words with pretty Marie. "Good-evening," he said, tipping his hat politely. "I have had a hard time of it, Miss Daniels. At one time I thought I would never set eyes on the old fort again." "Yes," answered the girl, a trifle wearily, it seemed, for she really dete s ted the man, and did not even care to hold conversation with him. But he was resolved tO talk to her now, for it had struck him that it would not be more than half an hour before the attack would be mad e provided the half-bre e d kept his word, and nothing happ e ned to prevent him. "It would be a fine evening for a row on the river," Lefferts s ugge s ted. "I was thinking that," she replied. "Won't you allow me to take you out for half an hour?" "No ; I think I will go alone I can handle a boat as well as a man, Lieut e nant L e:fferts. Did I und erstand that you r e ported to my fath e r that Captain Alden was killed in the fight?" "Yes; the poor fellow went und e r almost at the start ." "And the secon d lieutenant--how about him?" The question was asked in a tremulous voice, and the trai tor gave a start. "What can sfie be inte r este d in Ogden for?" he thought. "Well, I will tell h er he got killed, too." Then a loud h e said : "Lieutenant Ogd en is among the killeiil, too. I saw the poor fellow get his billet just befor e I was knoc ked from my horse and made a prisoner. He was literally riddled with bull e t s." A suppressed cry of agony came from the lips of the g irl when she heard this, and th e n the brow of the villain dark ened. "So she is in love with Ogden, is she ?" he muttered. "Well, this is news to me. Ha, ha the little minx. She s hall become my bride, though, no matter who she is in love with. I have los t everything to gain her, and I will not be thwarted now!" The girl got up and went into the house without another word Five minute s later Le:fferts saw h er go out by the back way and make for the river. She was b e reheaded and had a light wrap thrown over h e r should e r, a nd in the gathering twilight she looked more beautiful than e ver to him. Stra ight for the bank s he went, and he peered throu g b the tre e s and saw her go to the place where the boat was moored. Then h e li gllted a cigar, and began pacing ba,ck and forth, waiting for the expected attack to begin. But h e took pains to walk where he could keep an eye on the river bank.


12 YOUNG WILD WEST'S M A SCOT. If the girl did not return to the house before the attack was made, it would be so much easier to accompli s h his foul purpose. Half an hour passed, and it was now thoroughly dark. The re was no moon, either, and that would give the vil lainou s band an excellent opportunity to reach the stock ade without being seen Lefferts now began to grow nervous. "It is time they were here," he thought. "I hope they have not come in contact with the detachment, for if they have t h e cake will be all dough, and I will have to make my self scarce, for there is no telling but that Young Wild West and his gang might take it in their heads to ride over h ere. I wonder if Blackpowder Dan got the supply wagons? I wonder if--" At that instant a blood curdling yell ,sounded on the still evening air, and all was in confu s ion. The attack had b e en made. The gate of the stockade was torn down in sh ort order, it being a rather dilapidat e d contrivance, anyhow, and in swarmed the Indians and their whit e allies. It had been year s s inc e fort had been a.ttacked, and this made such a thing mor e s urpri sing to the m en. Lik e so many demons, the alli e d forces s w ept upon th e little cluster of houses, ignoring the frownin g muzzles of the guns entire ly. Blackpowder Dan must c e rtainl y h av e placed a lot o f faith in the word of Lefferts, or he would n e ver h av e d a r e d to charge right up to the fort Those of the m e n who did not fall at the first onslaught hasten e d to get the women and childr e n in s id e the fortress of logs. Meanwhile Le:ffe rts dropped in the shadow of a big rose bush in front of the general's house. The attacking party made quick work of it. They drove the men inside the fort, wher e they poured a hot fire from the loop holes. Lefferts smiled in a fie ndi s h ,manner a s b e thou ght o f their feelings when they found the cannons had been spik e d A minute or two later th e re came a rush toward the gen eral's house. The traitor now wq.lke d Two of the villa ins coming were white s and the re s t Indians. The latte r carried burnin g brands in their hands and meant to set the houses on fire. quickly call e d the whit e men, who imm e diately ran up to him. "Te ll u s what to do, cap s a id o n e o f them. W e a i n t got much time, though I guess w e kill e d pu t t y nig h half of em." "Come with me," answer e d the traitor. "The girl w ent out on the river in a boat. Come." Off the trio went for the bank, L efferts in th e lead. The s hooting was still fast and fur ious, told him that the brave defend e rs wer e putting up a s tiff fig ht. But he cared not how many wer e kill e d o n eithe r s ide All he w ante d was i.o ge t the g irl. It s o happ e ned th a t Mari e D a ni e ls had been some di s tance up the river whe n the Indian warwhoop and the firing came to her ear s Badly fright e n ed, b e cause sh e could scarcely realize what it meant, she turne d the boat and starte d back. And she got to the landing jus t in time to meet Le:fferts and th e two m e n "Don't ge t out of the boat, my pretty one!" exclaim e d th e traito r s prin ging in bes id e h e r and forcing h e r ba c k upon the seat in t h e s t e rn. "The fort has been atta c ke d b y a thou s and Indian s and we mu s t get to a place of safe ty The frighten e d g irl looked at him as though she did not know whether to beli eve him or not. But she could not avoid uttering a shrill scream jus t then. "Shut up!" hissed Le:ffe rts. "Do you want to hav e th e m a ll aft e r u s ? Pus h h e r off, boys. That's it! Now whi c h of you can row?" I kin and o n e of th e villain s picked up the oar s a nd a minu te late r the boat was glidin g s wiftly up the riv e r The poor 1 girl had faint ed, so th e r e was no dan ge r of h e r scr eams attractin g a ny on e t o th e jus t the n. Th e boat had not gone far up th e stream whe n a fresh bur s t o f firin g was heard from the direction o f th e fort. Then th e r e cam e yell s that t old t h e m pl a inl y that the In di a n s had been s ubj e cted to a s udd e n surprise. "He lp mu s t h ave come to th e m at the fort," said one of t h e m e n, s i gn ifi c antly "Yo un g Wild W e st an' his gang, mos t likely," r e mark e d th e oth e r "If that i s the c ase it i s too bad," s aid Le:ffe rts. "I had thin g s fixed just a s I told Blackpowder I would, and there was no troubl e for him to make a cle an swee p of it. If the m e n of my company and Young v\Tild West have got here, I am s orr y but I can t h e lp it. " N o; of course you c an't," retorted the :first speaker. "We ll I reck o n we are about a s well off in this boa t a s a n ywhe r e e lse a r ound h e r e ju s t n ow. Cap, the r gal is comin to. Y o u h a d b ette r fix h e r up so s h e can't holl er." Marie D an i e l s h ad recov e r ed, a nd s h e was jus t goin g to utte r a scr e am for h e lp whe n Le:fferts placed his hand over h e r mouth. "Be qui e t my pretty one," he whi s p e r ed. "I am taking you a way to th e m o untain s, whe r e you will b ecome m y br ide a n d live lik e t h e queen th a t you a re Ah, w e ll I will h ave t o bind and gag you th e n and with th e aid of th e man who was n o t h a ndlin g th e o ars, h e soon did s o Whatever h a d h ap p e n e d to Blackpowder Dan, Lefferts had accompli s h e d his purpose, anyway. CHAPTER VI. THE DOG PROVE S HIS WORTH. Youn g Wild West soon found that he could place the ut most c onfidence in hi s ma s cot.


YOUNG W I LD WES T S MASCOT 13 The dog seeme d to und e r s tand the s ituation thorough l y Wild knew i f lie h ad n ot kill e d th e Indi a n h e had c er L i k e s hadows the two flitted through the tre e s and und e r t a in l y r e nde red him unconscious, so keepin g the musket in bru s h, not making a s ound that could be h e ard ten feet. his hand, h e starte d afte r t h e dog, expecting e v e ry second Once the boy looke d back and finding tha t the Indian to h e ar the sounds oJ. footsteps from some of the red fiends s entin e l was still sitting down with hi s c hin on hi s brea s t who had h e ard t h e noise o f the shor t st ru gg le. he gain e d courage e nou g h to move a little faster. Bu t this did not h appe n so h e m a d e up hi s mind that The n ext minut e h e r e l e ased his hold upo n the strap the re had bee n none of the m n ear e nough to h e ar wha t a r ound the N e wfoundland's neck. trans pired. Wild f elt that it would b e a good id e a to let the i n telli, Fiftee n seconds more, a nd the boy and the dog were at gent animal l ead him from the camp the edge of t he ti m ber. O n e ith e r s id e h e could h ear the foot fa ll s of the slowly They were now outsi d e t he lin e of the sentin e ls, but moving sentin e ls, and h e kn e w that the l e ast s ound o u t of neither lmove d any faster fro m t h e know l e dge of it. the ordinary would brin g th e m to the s pot Young Wild Wes t made up hi s min d t hat h e h a d found The dog h a d his nose to the g r o und now, and on hi s hand s a treas u re in th e dog and as h e realiz e d full y w h a t the and kriees Youn g Wild West cre pt after him. a nima l had don e for him he t h o u ght mor e -0f him t han e v e r. Once th e dog g ot a f e w fee t ahead of him among th e Keeping low in the gra ss, so he could not b e seen b y bus hes, a nd whe n Wild s topp e d movi n g, undecid e d a s t o any of tho s e on gua rd, the boy cr e pt al o ng in the wake of whi c h way to proceed, h e came back w ith a tre ad that was t h e N e wfoundland s oft a s that of a cat and touche d hi s maste r on the for e For two minutes he kept on, a n d the n h e arose to hi s h e ad with his nose a s much as to s ay: "Co m e ri ght on; feet I will get you out of thi s a ll right; trus t to me." "Now, Lion, w e can h u rry a little, I guess," h e s aid patAft e r t h a t the boy kept ri ght alon g with him. t in g the dog on th e h e ad "You a r e my mascot ; s o g o on; I ll foll o w you," h e His mascot seem e d to und e rsta nd, for h e wagge d hi s tho u ght. ta i l, and a s hi s mas t e r ma d e a move to r un h e d a rted ahead Abou t fift y yard s from t h e tree h e had e s cape d fro m of him and l e d the way . the r e was a n o p e n s pace tha t Wild could see plainly a s h e In th e di s tance Wil d coul d see a g roup of tree s not far n e ar e d it. from th e bank -0f the rive r an d pr etty close to the trail. H e thought t ha t Li o n would g o around it, a nd thus keep Lion was h e ading that way, and h e cam e t o t h e c onclu s ion und e r t h e cove r of the bu s hes, but the dog did not do that. that hi s friend s w e r e t h e re in h iding. H e h a d e vid e ntl y come that way, and h e was goin g bac k And s o it proved, for three min u tes l a t e r, w h e n he was the same way. with in fifty yards of t h e t rees a v oice c a ll e d out in a low Wit h he a d a nd t a il e r e ct, the N e wfound l and s t e pp e d into ton e : th e o p e n place and starte d to cross it. "He llo, there!" His ma ste r was just going to follow him whe n a guttural "It was Jim Dart, an d the heart of Young Wild W est "Ugh!" s ound e d within a f e w fee t of him. gav e a bound The n a low grow l escap e d the dog "He llo Jim!" he answered. I a m h e r e!" Wild g rasp e d the huntin g knif e h e h e ld in his hand in a "Good tight g rip "So ther dog found you the n ?" spoke up Cheyenne CharH e felt t h at t h e r e was goin g to b e troubl e li e ste ppin g into vie w "That i s w hat I call g reat. H e Th e n e xt in s t ant an Indian warrior moved toward the w ant e d to g e t away s o bad ever since you 've been g o ne tha t dog, probabl y b ent on s e e in g wha t it was m e a n Jim com e to ther conclusion to l et him have hi s own "Wh u r -r -r -r-r !"growl ed t h e dog. w a y aboht it. W e trie d three o r fou r tiles to w or k our The re d s k in c arri e d a heavy mus k e t a nd as h e heard the way t o the r camp of the r Injuns a:d' w hit e r asca ls, b u t we g rowl h e s w u ng it ove r his head to das h the ani mal's brain s found w e c ouldn't d o it. o ut. S o we l e t L i on go, afte r t y in g a knif e and r evol v e r But h e was n ot q u ick enou g h to the stra p we h a d to put a round his neck t o keep him The N e wfoundland leap e d hig h i n t h e a i r and s t ruck w i t h u s," a dded Jim. t h e r e d s kin 's s h o u ld e r s with hi s paws, sendin g him ove r "And he fou nd m e and afte r I had cut mysel from the backwar d and c a u s in g him to drop the g u n t ree I was tied t o h e l e d m e from th e c amp in s afety L ion T h e n Youn g Wild W e s t m a d e a s qui c k a move a s hi s :ls a n o bl e dog, a r e n't you, o ld f e llo w ?" m ascot h ad The N e wfou ndla nd jumped up s howin g his delight at H e s prang for w a rd l ik e a s hot, and gr i p ping th e gun b y b e in g s pok e n to an d li c k e d hi s mast e r 's hand . t h e bar re l, dealt t h e Indi a n a h eavy blow o n t h e head w i th "I didn t t hin k i t was in hi m to do it," r e s umed C heyit. e n n e C harlie, s h a kin g hi s h e ad a s tho ugh he was st ill i n Li o n wagg e d his tai l and a t ohc e l eft the s entry wher e h e doubt a b out it. h a d fall e n and s t art e d a c ross t h e ope n s pot a t the sam e s low "We ll I m a d e u p m y mind t hat the re was a c h a nce that gait h e had b e en tra v e l i ng. h e w ould get to you without being di s covered, an d if he


YOUNG WILD WEST'S MASCOT. did you would certainly find the knife and revolv er," said Jim. "The dog has succeeded in doing what neither of u;; could. He got in and out of the camp without being seen by the sentries." .. "One of them saw him as we was l eavi ng," Wild observed. "He did?" "Yes." "And what happened?" "Lion knock e d him down and I hit him on the head with his own gun. Here it is. I brought it with me. It i s one of the finest clubs I ever handled." "I sho uld say so," said Charli e as he felt of the old fashioned piece. "I wouldn't want to git a crack on my head with ther butt of it." "Neit h er would I," and Jim s hook his head. "Where are the cavalrymen?" our h ero asked, as he looked around a nd found there were no signs of a camp there. "Over h ere about a mile," and Charlie point e d to the north. "Here is Spitfire," spoke up Jim. "We found him shortly after tlm Indian s got you. We thought we would bring him along, a s you might need him." "Good! I think I do need him now. It will make me feel lik e .IJ.lY old self again to get on his back." The three horses were tied behind a clump of bushes, and Jim l ed the way to them. They were in the act of mounting when they heard an uproar break out in the camp of the allies under the l ead of the half-breed, Blackpowder. 1 My escape has been discovered," cried Wild. "Come on; l et u s get away from here." Into the sadd l e they got, and then off they went at a canter for the camp of th e cava lry. Young Wild West kept in the r ear and saw to it that they did not ride too fast for the dog. Lion could put up a pretty fair gait for a dog of hi s breed. And he seemed to be d e li ghte d to be able to run by the side of Spitfire. "Let 'em come after us, if they want to," s aid Charlie. "They'll wish they hadn't when they git close to our camp, for we've got a place th:t we could hold ag'in twice as many as there are of 'em." "That's ri ght," corroborated Dart. "We struck a :fine place after they got the b est of us near the wagons. It was a great fight, and our s ide came off pretty lucky, as far as losses are concerned. A whole lot got wound ed, though, and Charlie and I were in the lot. A bullet grazed my thigh, and Charlie got a s lit' in hi s arm from a r edski n's knife." "But ther surgeon soon fixed us up," added the scout. The uproar in the camp in the timber behind the m sub side d almost as quickly as it began. "They are not goin g to give immediate pursuit," said Wild. "They will send out scouts now to :findo0ut where our camp is." He knew enough about the nature of a redskin to satisfy him on this point The ride to the camp was soon made, and Young Wild West was warmly welcomed hy the cavalrymen and the sur vivors who had been in charge of the wagon train. But when they heard how the Newfound land dog had bee n the means of effecting hi s escape from the camp of the allies they were astonished. "Ther dog ha s got more sense than some men," spoke up Jake Stein, the o!d scout. "He certa inly has," said Lieutenant Ogden. "I can't t e ll you how pleased I am that Leff e rts did not kill him." "That dog is worth a dozen s uch f e llows as Lefferts, dead or alive," d ecla r e d the surgeon, as he patted the intelligent animal on the head. "Young Wild West, they say a dog friend i s the truest friend a man can have. I begin to b e lieve that it i s true." "So do I," rep li e d our hero. '"rhere i s only one thing that puzzles me, and that i s how the dog came to take to me s o quickly. He must certainly have had a ma s ter before. But I hope whoever it is, he won't come to claim him." "He ha s no other mast e r but you now; that is conclu sive." The camping place the cavalry occupied certainly was a good one. It was on the breast of a ridg e th a t was thickly overgrow n with stunted oaks a11d pines and back e d by a high sand hill. The ridge was not over a hundr e d yards lon g, around i.t on .all sides was nothing but the bare, open prairie. The approach of an enemy coul d b e seen from all points, and they had the trees and the sandhill to shie ld them from bullets. The guards were doubl e d on the advice of Young Wild West, and some of the tired ones turned in to get s5me sleep. Our h e ro was one of these, for h e was pre tty well tired out. H e h ad been through considerable that day. H e had been asleep about two hours when he was awak ened by the report of a rifle. He was on hi s f eet in stantly. Then one of the guards came in with the report that Cheyenne Charlie had just shot an Indian scout. "That is all ri ght," said Wild. "They will not both e r us any more to-night, the n, see if they do." H e again turned in and slept till morning. It h ad resulted as he said-they had seen no signs of any more r edskins about the camp. When daylight came, all hands were much relieved. There is a vast difference in :fighting Indian s in the dark ness and in the light. In the daylight a marksman can see where to send his bul let, while in the night he has to g uess where to fir e more than half the time, as the red d emons are so apt at movin g in the grass. The men had ration s e nou g h l eft for a good breakfast, and when this was eaten, Lieut enant Ogden asked Wild his advice about what they should do.


YOUNG WILD WEST'S MASCOT. 15 "Stay right here until Blackpowder Dan moves his men from the camp over there," was the reply. "And what then?" "If they move in the direction of the Great South Pass ;e will ride on to the fort; and if they go in some other di rection, we must follow them and l earn what they are up ro." "You are right; that is the best thing we can do." "I think so, lieutenant." "I know so, when I come to think of it." Old Jake Stein, the guide, had taken it on himself to go out on a little scout of his own right after breakfast, and half an hour later he came riding back to the camp in a hurry. "Blackpowder Dan is gittin' ready to move," he said. "If some one of you'll climb that big pine over there I reckon you kin see which way they ll go." Jim Dart ran to the tree i ndicated before any one e lse could get there. He was good at climbing, and h e went up lik e a monkey. In a very short time h e had found a good place of observation n ea r 1.he top. For five minutes he remained s ilent, and then he called out to those below: The whole crowd of them have crossed the river, and arc heading in the direction of Fort Casper." "Well," sai d Young Wild Wes t, "it can't be that they will continue very far in that direction, but as they are going that way, so will we." "Mount, boys, and get ready to start!" exclaimed the lieutenant. Five minutes later the column was in motion, with Young Wild West and Lieutenant Ogden riding ahead. CHAPTER VII. THE SEARCH FOR THE GIRL BEGINS. "By Jove! I b e lieve the band of rascals is heading straight for Fort Casper!" exclaimed Wild West whe n they had been following the allied forces for an hour, and found that they had not turned from the course they h ad taken, which was parallel with the river. "They must have an idea that they are invincible, if they are going to attack the fort," remarked the lieutenant. "They would never do that unless they knew just what they are doing," and the handsome young scout shook his head. "What do you mean by that?" "I mean that they would never think of such a thing ae attacking the fort without they knew just how tfle land lay -that it was a sure thing that they would have an easy time of it." "And in that case there would have to be a traitor from the fort to give them all the necessary points." "Yes:" "Well, I have an idea who the traitor is, then." "Who?" '' Lefl'erts." "But he has not had time to ride to the fort and back: yet." "That is true. But maybe he. will ride on anead and fix it so they will have no trouble in capturing the place." "Well, there is wisdom in what you say, for, to tell the truth, I think L efl'erts is capable of doing almost any thing." "I know so," said O gden, vehemently. "It is just a good easy twelve hours' ride to the fort from where the allies started That would give them a chance to take a little rest and then make the attack a little after darkness set in." "Yes." "And there may be a very few men at the fort to protect it." "Yes. But one thing; they have the cannon, and they could mow the m down lik e grain before the sickle after they once got started." "That iti i.rne; but the allies will not be apt to rnn any danger of getting in the way of those old cannon, for as oldfashioned as they are, they could create a fearful havoc if they were only aimed half right." "Well, it is hard to tell just what the band of Blackpow d e r Dan is up to. But one thing I feel certain of is that if they are really going to try and capture the fort and raid the settlement, they know just what they are doing. We all know the sort of a man Lefl'erts is now; why couldn't he have been acting in a treacherous manner before, and have been in communication with Blackpowder Dan?" "That sounds all right," Young Wild West admitted. "You may be right." The movements of the half-breed were r eally a sort of puzzle to fhem. Even Wild could not make out what it meant. While it did not seem possible to him that the villain dare to make an attack on the fort, there was no t e lling what he might do. He had been victorious in the last two battles with the regulars, and he might have got it in his head that he could take the fort. '11h,e n again it might be as the lieutenant said-that Lef ferts was in league with the band. But q.ur hero did not intend to worry over the matter. The only thing tD do was to follow the band and sec what they were really up to. When noon came they were not in sight of them, but as they halted for a short rest and dinner, Wild and Jim rode on ahead to try and locate them. The young scout's mascot accompanied them, as they were not going to ride very fast. The two boys kept und er cover of the timber belt as they rode along, and when they had covered a trifle over half a mile, they suddenly came in sight of the enemy encamped on the other side of the river and about a quarter Df a mile below. That was all they wanted to know just then, so they rode


16 YOUNG WILD WEST'S MASCOT. back to their own camp and what they had learned. "They must mean to go right on to the fort," said Lieu tenant Ogden. "If they don't they certainly have a purpose ii: view in traveling in that direction." "Well, let them go on," retorted Wild. "We will go, too. Then between us and those at the fort I guess we will make it hot for them." When they got ready to resume the march Wild and Jim again set out ahead. "Go on," he said. "I will be the re in tim e to do my turn." The boy had never trie d to call th e dog by whi s tling, as he had not owned him long e nough to g e t thoroughly ac quainted, but he now placed hi s finge rs to hi s mouth and blew two blasts. Then h e call e d out: "Here, Lion," and blew again. A short bark was the answer, and then he knew the dog understood. They did not want to let the allies know that they were In a minute or so Lion overtook him, and th e n after being followed, if they could help it. speaking to him kindly, Wild r e .sumed hi s way in .th e wake And they did not want to get too close to them, either, of the cavalry for they already had a taste of the fighting qualities of He arrived just in tim e to see the allies scatt e ring in all directions. Blackpowder Dan. The company of cavalry had crippled bad e nough, They had been taken by surpri s e from the r ear, and just as the red demons were about to fire the houses in the as it was. settlement they got such a _volle y that they dropped the The boys signaled for them to come on the moment they torches and fle d . made the discovery that the Indians and renegades had re' Seeing that help had arrived, tho s e in the fort came ouf sumed their march. and poured volley after volley into the ranks of the retre at Then they kept it up all the afternoon. b d Our friends were now certain that the villains were going rng an to attack the fort. 'I The rout was compl e te in less than t e n minutes from the ,, time Lieutenant Ogden arriv e d with his cavalry If we could only get there rn advance of them, said Th 1 f th b d f d f th f t h d b t th 1 e oss o e rave e en e r s o e or a een qm e e ieutenant. "W d h "th th ,, d heavy, but the lieutenant had not lost a man, s o well had e can t o t at w1 out em seemg us, answere h h dl d th urld "Th t t ,, e an e em. n i a is <;er am. They did not pursu e the flee ing red s kin s and r e negades "We will follow them up, then, and engage them in the very far, and along the river bank they galloped in wild rear when they make the attack." disorder. "That is the proper thing to do, I should say." It was the third attack Blackpowd e r had made in the When sunset came the allies were resting in a little grove past thirty-six hours, but unlike the two that had preced e d half a mile from the river and within two miles of the fort. it, this one had turned out rathe r di s astrou s to him. They were so located that they could command a view o.1' Young Wild West happened along in time to take part the surrounding country from every direction. in the firing that kept the allies on the run, and he alone Our friends were a full mile behind them when the y h a ltcreated havoc amongst them. ed in a convenient grove at the very edge of the riv e r to The cavalry did not pursue them, being sati sfie d that await the coming of darkness. they had had enough of it for the pre sent. If it had not been for the dog Young Wild West would It was now time for Lieutenant Ogd e n to make his re surely have started in a 1 roundabout way for the fort the port, and he lost no further time in s eeking out the com instant darkness came, but he did not want to take the inmander. telligent animal with him, and if he left him with Charlie When h e told his story the gen e ral was so astoni s h e d that and Jim they would only be hampered by him when the he could not open hi s mouth for the space of a moment. fighting began. "What?" h e cried. "Do you m e an to say that Li e utenSo he decided to ride along with the m and aid in the at-ant Leff e rts left in that manner? Wher e is he? Send him tack from the rear when the time came. to m e at once." Bt it happened that Blackpowd e t Dan led his forces to "He c a nnot b e found was the word that came back the attack sooner than Wild had figuretl on, and when the afte r dili gent sear c h had been made. firing began our friends were so far away that they could Young Wild Wes t corroborat e d what O g d e n s aid and gave just hear it, and that was all. a detail e d s tatem ent of what had happened. "Forward!" cried Young Wild Wes t. "The attack has Then G e n e ral Daniels saw throu g h it all. begun!" "The s coundrel!" he cried. "It was h e who spik e d th e It would take them a. good ten minutes to reach the fort gun s It was he who planned the attack on us H e mu s t by hard riding, so they lost not anoth e r moment. be found and court-m a rtial e d without los s of time. Th e When they had covered half a mile at a rattling clip Wild tra itor mu s t be shot!" suddenly thought of his mascot. At this juncture a colored woman e mploy e d at th e house In the excitement he had forgott e n him and he now of the g eneral cam e up. slack<>ued his speed to give the dog a chance to come up. She was weeping bittei:ly, but managed to blurt out:


( YOUNG WILD WEST'S MASCOT. "Oh, Massa General Missie Marie done can't be found nowhere. She were out rowin' when de shootin' begin, an' no one hab seed her since!" If a bombshell had exploded in front of him the genera l could not have been more astounded. In the excitement of the attack he had forgotten all about his daughter. She was his only child, and her mother had been dead for several years The old man fairly worshipped her and h e had been a very kind father to her. And now to hear that she was missing right on top of what had just happened was enough to unnerve him com pletely. But he managed to keep up, though dreadfully agitated. A sea rch was at once instituted for the missing girl, but she was nowh ere in the vicinity of the fort. With the t e ars streaming from his eyes, the genera l i:i plored Young Wild West to go and find her. "I have reason to believe that the traitor L-effer ts is 'at the bottom of the dastardly piece of work,'' he said. "The scoundrel has been paying hi s attentions to her for some time." "May I have permission to go and search for her,, gene ral?" asked Lieutenant Ogden, whose pale face wore a look of determination. "Yes-yes!" was the answer. "Do not leave a stone un turned to find my mi ssi ng daughter. If it proves to be that she has been taken away by the scoundrel Lefferts, try and take him alive and brmg him to me:" Young Wild West took five minutes to think over what had happened before he set out to find the gir l. She had been out rowing when the attack was made, according to the story the colored woman told. The thing was, then, to see if the boat could be found. "If the boat cannot be found,'' he said to Char li e and Jim, "it is possible she was taken away in it." "That's right,'' replied Jim. "I never thought of that. I just heard one of the men say that the boat was not where it is always kept." "So did I,'' chimed in Charlie. "He said that it couldn't be found at all "Well, then," resumed our hero, "the thing is to find whether the boat went up or down the stream. I sup pose that will be a hard matter. We will have to search in dif ferent directions, I suppose." "The most of 'em are goin' down ther stream,'' said Ch eyen ne Charlie. "Then we will take our chances and go up. Come, Lion! You may be of some assistance in this hunt. If there is any work to be done in the water you sure ly will be right in your element, for I have an idea that you can beat the world at swimming." "He ought to bold his own at it; he is web-footed, like a duck,'' spoke up Dart. Our three friends left their horses at the staQles at the fort, and set out along the river bank on foot. Young Wild West had come to the conclusion that if Lefferts had stolen the girl he would certainly take her to the band of villains he had so nearly given possession of of the fort and settlement 'rhe traitor would hardly dare to make for the nearest city, after what he had done, as he would soon be appre hended when a description was once sent out of his h eig ht, color of eyes, etc. 'l'h 8 more he thought about the matter the more our hero became convinced that the villain had taken his fair cap tive up the river in the boat, with the intention of joining the band when they got through raiding the place. "Well, if that was his idea," thought the boy, "he has certainly s lip ped up on it, for they left much quicker than he had an idea they would, and he will not overtake them this n ight with the boat. And, as he has no horses, he will have to stick to the boat, or else walk." The three kept on untiringly, peering caref ully up the riyer every time they came to a point where it. lay straight ahead for a distance. But it was so dark that they could see nothing, and as not a sound broke the stillness of the night, there was nothing to indicate that those they were sear ch ing for were anywhere about. The boat had had mere than twenty minutes' start of them, and being an easy rowing craft, it made much better headway than a man could at walking Our fri e nds were compelled to walk part of the time, too, as the shrubbery was pretty dens e in places, and they had no littl e difficulty in getting through it. Wild wanted to keep as close to the river bank as possi ble, for h e thought the boat might be in some nook and its occupants hiding. When a coupl e of hours had been spent in the searc h they began to wish they had brought their horses. 'rl1ey could have r idden a l ong the trail and waited for the boat to come up at a point five or ten miles up the river. But it was too late to think about that now. "We are in for it," said Young Wild West, "and we will keep on till daylight. If we do not find the boat by thut time I will begin to think that we have made a mi stake. "Leff e rts might have sunk the boat just to make believe that he took ther gal away in it," Cheyenne Charlie rt> marked. "That is true," admitted the young Prince of the Saddle. "But I hardly think so. I am still of the opinion that he took the boat and intended to meet Bla ckpowde r and his gang up the river somewhere. The more I think of it the more I am convinced that I am. right. The traitor must certain l y be' in l eague with the half-bre ed, or he would not have spiked the guns at the fort, so the attack could be made without much danger. It was all a put-up job, I'll bet! Lefferts .. was to have the girl for the part he played in the garne !" "There is no other way to look at it, I guess," retorted Jim. "When I hear you talk that way I wonder why I had


18 YOUNG WILD WEST'S MASCOT. n ot thought that way before. Wild, you certainly have a great way of figuring things out." "A person needs to do a whole lot of figuring in a game lik e this. Just loo k what has happ ened since we set out from the fort five days ago! 'l'he very band we were after came after us. Then they come back here to our starting point and nearly destroy the buildings and massacre the people hen'! It i s a game of turnabout, it seems, but I think our turn will come before long. We have got the red skins and r e negades going now, and we want to keep them that way." The three plodded on, keeping an eye upon the river as they went. The minutes glided on into hours, and finally daylight came. Youn g Wild West was glad of this, for he felt that they would now find the missing girl. CHAPTER VIII. WILD AND HIS MASCOT TO THE RESCUE. As soon as it was l ight enough Jim Dart ascende d a tree and took a look around the surrounding country. He (;QUld n ot see very far up the river, owing to a grove of trees, but when he turned his eyes off to the right of the river h e saw smoke. A closer look and he discerned moving forms among the trees. The n it struck him all at once that he was looking upon the camp of Blackpowder Dan and his allied forces. The camp was a l most two miles off, but in the stron g light of the clear morning he could see it plainly. "It mus t be that Lefferts has got there with the girl," h e thought as he quickly descended the tree. "It is too bad, if that is the case." Wh en he told Young Wild W est of what he had seen, our hero conclud e d to c limb the tree and take a look him self. When he got near to the top he saw all that Jim had told him of, and then as he turned his gaze to a sma ll sheet of water that l ay slightly to the left of the grove that hid the river from view, he saw what he took to be a boat. It was pretty well concealed from his view, and was so far off that he did not know for a certainty that it was a boat, but he thought it was. And there mus t have been a good tl1ree miles of open prairie b e tw een it and the camp of the red ski ns and rene gades. When he got down he told his two companions of what he had an idea he seen. "It may be a boat or it may be a fallen tree in the wa ter," he said. "At any rate. I think it is a boat. It strangely out of place, too, to see such a craft up in these wilds. If it is the boat we are looking for Lefferts has di verg ed from the river and entered the lak e for the purpose of throwin g off pursuit. Now, then, let us head for the shore of that l ake." Lion gave a low bark of pleasure when he saw his maste r set out again. The dog ran and walked about as over j oyed at the privilege of being allowed to accompany hi s master Cheyenne Charlie clid not appear to have much hope oi finding the boat, and the ones who were supposed to have gone off in it. The scout seemed to feel angry because they had not brought their horses with them But he was not the one to say anything contrary to what Wild did. Of course our hero could not accurately judge the dis tance to where he had seen what he took to be the boat as they mad e their way along; neither could they see the lake from the surface of the ground. But when lie judged that they were within half a mile of the place, he suggeste d that each take a different course, hoping thereby to settle the matter q ui cker. We will follow Jim Dart, who iook a course in the direc ti0 n he said the lak e ought to be. And though he had not noticed it from the top of the tree, but s imply h ad it impre sse d on his mind from what \Yild had said, h e struck it just right. He had not walked throu g h the grove of scattered trees very far when the glistening waters of the little lak e fl.ashed before him. The sun had just risen, and the scene was one of beauty and freshness. Jim stepped quickly toward the lake. He did not forget his u sual caution ancl tread softly as he went. In less than a minute he came to the euge of the woods, and then, as he cast a swift glance around, his eyes lighted upon the boat Wild had seen from the dis tance. There it was, sure enough, a neatly modeled row-boat, with the oars lyin g in side it and the bow resting on the edge of the bank Jim Dart was as surprised as he was gratified to see it. He made just one ste p to approach U1c boat when two men leaped from behind a clump of bushes and bore him to the ground in a twinkling. They were the villains \VhO had come up the river with 1..fferts and the captive girl. '11hey had been resting there eve r since two hours before daylight Though Jim s hould have been anticipating something of the kind, he was taken completely by surprise. The sight of the boat made him forget all e l se just then. He did not even get a chance to cry out, for a h e avy hand was thrust over his mouth instantly. The n the two ruffians, who were powerful fellows, picked him up bodily and carried him through the bushes for about a dozen yards. Then the unlu c ky boy caught a glimpse of the captive girl. She sat on the ground close to the tmnk of a tree, with her hands tied behind her, and close to her stood the traitor L e fferts.


YOUNG WILD WEST'S MASCOT. 19 "Aha!" exclaimed the villain, his face lighting up as he recognized Jim. "So one of the young scouts was trailing ps, was he? Any of his friends about?" and he looked questioningly at the men. "He' s all alone, cap, I reckon," replied one of them. "It's likely there's a gang close by, though." "Ah We will have to move soon, then. Did you see anything whe n you climbed the tree just now?" "Yes," answered the other fellow. "I seen something that made me feel good. Our gang is camped about three miles from here. I seen ther smoke from their fires." "You are sure it is our friends?" "Yes, cap; I'm sartin of it. It is jest about where they would be likely to be. It is a snug place where ther camp is, too, an' most lik e ly Blackpowder has halted there to give ther cavalry a fight if they should happen to come along." "Well, I hope you are right." "I know I'm right, cap." "Good Now, just tie this fellow's hands behind him and give him to understand that if he opens his mouth he will die instantly. I want to ask him a question or two." There was no need of the man transmitting this to the boy, for he was within a few feet of the traitor when he spoke. But the ruffian did as he was told, and then he removed his hand from the mouth of Jim. Dart knew it woul

2 0 YOUNG WILD WES T'S MASCO T. Oh, o h !" g roan e d the man the dog had hold of "Take Che y enne C h a rli e and Jim Dart los t no t i m e in o beyin g him off, won' t yer?" 1 'h e b ull e ts whis tl e d a ll around the m a s they di d so, but You n g Wild Wes t coul d scarcely refrai n from l a u g hin g for t u nately they were not h it. at the villain. The n they began to do some firing. "Let go, Lion h e said. Crack Crack Crack! The N e wfoundland promptly obe yed, and then Ch a r lie Thre e of the India n s dropp e d in no time qui c kly r e li e v e d him of his w e apon s afte r which he c u t J im The other s the n act e d the s am e a s our fri e nd s h a d done-they got behind trees . As powerful a man a s he was Young Wild West h a d con-It was going to b e w hat might be call e d a gam e of hid e qu e r e d the fellow h e tackl e d in s hort ord e r a n d seek now. The twisting h e had giv e n hi s wri s t s h a d been sufficien t Young Wil d West was right in hi s e l e m e nt. to bring tha t about. If an y thin g h e did l i k e it was meeting a r e d skin on t e rm s No one could wit h s tand the g rip h e had whe r e it took stra tegy to d e feat him. "You ar e a fine pair, ar e you n o t ?" h e observed. "Now, He watch e d the trees lik e a cat watches a mouse. t h en, my fri e nd if you don t lie ri ght the r e whe r e you ar e The re war e onl y three of the r e d s kin s th e r e but h e did t ill I tell you to get u p, I'll o p e n a tunn e l throug h t h e sma ll n ot in te n d that the r e s h o uld b e that m a n y v ery l o n g set of brain s you hav e i n your head Please r e m ember tha t Pres ently h e saw the barr e l of a rifl e b e in g s lowl y t hru s t now!" from b e hind one of th e trees The at hl e tic y oun g deads h o t g ot up, taking c h a rge of Furthe r around it move d until it was l e v e l e d at an object the villain 's r evolver s a s h e did s o n ot quit e in lin e with Wild. Charli e and Jim w ere b usy ty ing the oth e r 's hands wh e n The boy did not know what it was aimed. a t, but h e was o u r h ero turn e d to t h e m ready to fire the ins ta n t th e rifle spoke "How did it h a pp e n J im? Wil d a s k e d H e kn e w h e would b e pretty s ur e to get a s h o t at some Well it happ e ned so qui ckly that I don't jus t know," thin g a s a move was mad e to withdraw the rifle. was th e r e pl y "It i s a g o o d thin g t h a t y ou cam e along-C rack a s you d i d for t hey w e r e g o i n g to ti e a sto n e a r o und m y The India n h a d fir e d and a s a bur s t o f l a u ghte r was r i n gn e ck and t hro w m e i n th e wate r. L cffe rts ord e r e d them i ng out from Jim Dart, who h a d fool e d t h e r e d s kin by to do it, a nd I was d e l ayi ng th e m a littl e b y talk i n g whe n placing hi s hat on the muzzl e of hi s rifl e and pu s hin g it out L i on s udd e nl y came t hr o u g h th e bu s hes. I heard him, but a t o n e side of th e tree, You ng Wild West's rifl e sounded. could not see him a nd the n I kn e w I was all ri ght." A pa r t of th e r e d s kin h a d become exposed a nd h e l e t go 1 Leff erts, did you say? exclaim e d Youn g Wil d Wes t, at it. as he pro ceed e d to bind th e oth e r vill a in 's wri s t s Jove It was t h e elbow of th e fie nd, and a s th e bull e t hi t him he I for got abo u t h im. Wh e r e i s the traitor?" utte r e d a yell of p a in and s pran g out in full vi ew. "He start e d off with the girl aoout five minut e s ago." Cr ack crack Ah, we must cat c h him, th e n." Two r e ports ran g out almost a s one, and the r e d d e m o n H e started for th e camp of Blackpowd e r Dan, w hich he san k to rise n o mor e just l e arn e d was not far away," s aid Jim. Both Che y e nn e Ch a rli e and Jim D a r t h a d fir e d Wil d had dropp e d hi s rifl e .whe n h e s prang upon the man The re w e re only two of the m l eft now, and these s udd e nl y and a s soon a s h e had fini s h e d bindin g him h e pick e d i t up dropp e d to th e ground and b ega n c rawlin g thro u g h the an d the n mad e for a tree. b u shes Lik e a s quirr e l h e w ent up and both Jim and Char li e h T he u nd e rbru s h was so thick at that p oint t at our three kn e w what h e to do. fri end s tri e d in v ain to get a g limpse of th e m H e was going to s h oot th e traitor. .But half a minut e l a t e r Wild c au ght s i ght o f o n e of th e m But whe n the boy r e a c h e d the top .o f the tree h e coul d see and takin g quick a im h e fired. no s i g n s of e ith e r L effe rts or the g irl. It was a g ood dis t a nce tha t t h e bull e t h a d to t ravel "The y mu s t b e keepin g alon g in th e timber s trip," he but it w ent une rrin g ly, for the r e was a death yell a n d then said, a s h e descende d the t ree. "He cer ta i n l y cannot ma k e all was s till. verv fas t h e adwa y wit h hi s captive. Youn g Wild W est kn e w that if they s t ayed t here l ong The n ext ins t ant th e r e was a yell from t h e gu s h e s to the they would find the msel ves in a r egu l a r horn e t s' n est. right of th e m, and half a dozen I nd i a n s appear e d Once m ore h e wish e d th a t they h ad b r o u ght their h o rses CHAPTER IX. CHEYENNE CHARLIE S TART S O N A MISSION. The at tac k was s o s udd e n that our fri e nd s w e r e rathe r surp rised "Ge t behind t h e trees, boys! c ri e d Y o un g Wil d West a lon g wit h the m H e h a d not th e least id e a but t h at Leffe r ts h ad met the half a dozen Indi a ns, a nd h a d d i rect e d t h e m t h ere to help th e two villain s put a fini s h to J im. And th e tra i tor w o uld sure l y hear the s hootin g a nd report tha t Youn g Wild West and his fri e nd s w e r e the r e w h e n he reach e d of. h e c amp of Bla c kpowd e r Dan


YOUNG WILD WEST'S MASCO T. 21 Besid es, it would not take the one red skin who had es caped long to reach the camp A crowd of mounted fiends would b e upon them in no time. "Boys," said Wild, "the r e is only one thing for u s to d o now, and tliat i s to take to the boat and go down the river. We will surely meet some of the searc hin g party before long, and then we can go back and equip ourselves for a march to the Great South Pass. Blackpowder Dan and Lef ferts will not remain in this vicinity very long; n either will the y pursue us very far. We cannot hope to do anythin g without our horses." "An' e ven if we h a d e m there'd be too m u ch odd s ag'in us," add e d Ch e yenne Charlie. "Will the boat hold the prisone r s, too?" asked Jim. "Yes; I think it would," replied Wild. "But we have no use for them, s o we will l e ave them h ere. They can go on with their hands tied b e hind them till they reach their c rowd or else they can chew each other loose." The two men had b e en lying close to the ground whila the shooting was taking place, and they mov e d slightly when the y h eard thes e words. They could not help moving, so delighted were they when the y heard that they w e re to b e allow e d to go. Ch e yenne Charli e looked at them and s hook hi s he ad a>1 though it see med to him to be a foolish thing to let them go, but he s aid nothing, and follow e d hi s young leader to the boat. The Newfoundland dog had been cro u ching behind a log until now, for his ma s t e r had command e d him to lie down wh e n the r e d s kins first appeared He sprang up with a joyo u s bark and l eaped into the boat after Young Wild West. When Charlie and Jim were in the craft, Wild t-Ook up the oars and sent it s hooting down the river. As the current was running pretty strong that way, the boat fairly fle w through the wate:(". The dog s at in the how, a s thou g h he was the lookout for them. Wild 's two friends l a u g h e d wh e n the y saw how ear ne s t h e was in watchin g th e bank s of the river ahead On w ent t he cr a ft, a nd a s the y round e d a bend our h e ro saw the two villains rise t o their feet. They w e r e going to g e t awa y before our friends took it in their heads to come bac k and g e t the m. With a s teady s troke Wild kept the boat forging ahead, only s la c kin g up wh e r e the re was a s harp b end in the stream or whe r e the w a t e r was v e ry s hallow, and wh e n an hour had passed they w e r e w e ll on th eir way to the fort Thou g h lie was not what might be called tired, he allowed Jim to take a turn at th e and thou g h the boy was not as g o o d at it as the young Prince of th e Sadd l e he kept up a fa s t gait. Wh e n the y were within five mile s of the fort the y came upon a party of cavalrymen, who had been making a fruitles s s earch for the lost girl on foot. Our frie nd s told them where s h e was, and then they hur ried back for the fort It took them hardly two hours and a half to get back, though they had been all the night in going up the river. General Daniels was i n a great state of exc itement when they got back, but wh e n h e had bee n assured by Young Wild W est that his daughter would sure ly b e rescued he felt a Lrifle easier. The troopers who had gon e o u t on "a fool's errand" had r eturned during the night, and another company had come in. That made s omething like two hundred men at the fort At the suggestio n of Wild the general picked out a com pany and p l aced Lieutenant O gden in command of it. There were just one hundre d men, all told, and when they were ready to start the genera l said: "Lieute nant, while I have placed you in command of the troop e rs, I want you to rec e iv e your ins tructions from Young Wild West. You will do just a s h e says in the mat t e r, and if you come 15ack witn my dau g hter, and bring me the report t hat Bl ackpow d e r Dan has been killed or taken pri sone r and his band brok en up, you may look for a promo tion to the rank of capta in." "Thank you, general," r ep li e d the courageous lieutenant. I hope I may n ever come back without b e ing able to ac comp li sh what you have said "And try and bring the traitor in alive, if possible." "Yes, sir." The n the comp any set out on the mission they had before them. They were ham p e r ed som e what by th e fact that their ra tio n s had to be cut a trifle s hort, but Young Wild West told them they woul d have to d e pend on shoot ing their meat. The capture of the s up ply wagon s by the Indians and renegades had cri ppl e d those at the fort not a little. But they were bound to get a l ong som ehow. As might be suppose d our hero took 4is dog with him. H e had become s o much attached to Lion that he con-cluded to keep him right with him till h e g ot him to his home in W eston. A troop of cavalry does n ot ride at a breakneck pace when o n a hundred and forty mil e march, s o t h e dog could manage to keep up with th em. The spot where Wild had l ocated the camp of Blackpow der to be was about s i x tnil e s to the northward of the pony expre s s trail. But when they n e ared the vicinity they found that the band had moved on. The y got upon the trail, how e ver and a s it l ed over the prairie almo s t paralle l with the regular route to the Gr ea t S outh Pass, our hero was confident that tl).e villains were heading for their headquarters in the Green River Ridge. He w::1s anxiou to overtake them b e fore they r eac hed there, knowing that it would be a diffi c ul t matter to rout thP.m from their r etreat. Young Wil d West thou ght over the matter, and wheri a halt was made night, he had a s ugg estio n to make to tb0 li eutenant.


22 YOUNG WILD WEST'S MASCOT. It was that a man should be sent ahead to try and find the troopers from Fort Bridger. l he should s u cceed in doing so h e was to tell them to lay in wait at the eastern e nd 0 the pas s and attack the band o:E allies and try to prevent them from getting through till reinforcements came to their help. "That is a grand idea!" said the lieut e nant. "I will leave it to you to select a man for the task." "Very well, then, it will be a toss-up as to whether it Charlie or Jim who will go. I'll call them," and he did so. "Which 0 you two wants to ride ahead 0 the Indians and renegades and cut them off before they reach the Great South Pass?" he asked. "I do," came simultaneously from the pair 0 them. "Well, here is the only way to settle it, then," and he took a silver piece from his pocket and held it ready to tos s up. "Heads!" cried Charlie. It came down with the head up, and Cheyenne was the lucky one, i going on s uch a mis s ion could be called lucky. "He won fair enough," Jim said. "But I should have much liked to be the one to go." "But you wasn't lucky, though," lau ghed the scout. "Now, Wild, jest tell me what I'm to do, an' I'll start at once." "Well, you are to find the troop e rs from Fort Bridger, i you can." "Yes." "And you are to see to it that they ambush the red sk in s and renegades when they come along and try to keep them from getting to their retreat till we get there. That is all there is to it." Hal an hour later Cheyenne Charlie had started on the mission. CHAPTER X. THE LONE INDIAN WITH THE MESSAGE FROM BLACKPOWDER DAN. saw not a sign to indicate that they were anywhere in the land 0 the living. When noon came he stopped at a little grove where thero was a spring bubbling from the rocks, and after he had ,1uenched his thirst he gave his tired horse a chance at the grass and climbed a tree to make a survey 0 the sur: rounding country. Almost the first thing he saw was a lone hor seman riding a jaded steed over the plains, and heading in the same di rection in which he was bound. A second glance sufficed to satisfy the scout that it was a redman. "He has been sent ahead by Bla ckpow der Dan, I'll b et a plug 0 tobacco!" muttered Charlie, as h e quickly descend e d the tree. "I reckon I must catch him. My horse is as good as his is, anyhow, an' it won't take me mor e than a half. hour to overhaul him." He was quickly mounted and heading for the distant speck that was moving to the westward. He had not near a plain a view 0 the Indian as he had had from the tn.-e-top, but when he had been riding for five minutes h e had the satisfaction 0 knowing that he was getting nearer all the time. And h e was not riding so very h ard, at that. At ihe end 0 ten minutes he saw that he had gained rap idly. And the lon e Indian h ad not seen him yet. Cheyenne Charlie patted his horse on the neck and urged him to a faster gait. The animal responded nobly, and the distance between them began to l esse n more p ercepti bly. Charlie had no intention 0 shooting tlie lone Indian; he wanted to overtake him and force him to give him some information, i possible. A couple 0 minutes late r the red rider turned and saw him. Then, instead 0 urging hi s stee d at a faster gait, he s l ackened his pace. It was a big jaunt that was ahead o him but Cheyenne "Ah!" muttered the scout; "he is going to wait for me. He is one 0 ther red s kin s that think s h e i s able to take care Charlie was not the one to think of such things, and he simply set out to get there. 0 himself when ther chances a r e equa l, I reckon. Well, I'll H e rode steadily on for the biggest part o the night, restride on up, an' i he don't show fight I won't drop him." ing his horse when he f elt it ..:as really n ecessary, and He gave his ho. rse free r ein, allowing the animal to when morning dawned he reckoned that he had passed the choose its own ga it, and in a short time he was within hailenemy, so he concluded to take a rest o a couple o hours. in g di s tance 0 the Indian. And that couple of hours, during which he ate s ome dried "Hello, redskin!" he called out. "Where are you goin' ?" b f d t b t t 11 h" h "Ugh!" was the r e pl.v, "whe r e paleface goinir?." ee an governmen iscm o a ay is unger, was a lot to the scout who was so used to roughing it under all sorts "I'm bound for the Great South Pass, redskin. Why 0 conditions. didn't you answer my quest.ion?" His horse was a very tough animal, and when he got "It no busin ess 0 paleface where red man is going." ready to resume the journey he found the beast willing. "Oh, so it ain't none 0 m y business, hey? W e ll, I Charlie was following the well-beaten trail and he did reckon it are. Wh e re' s Blackpowder Dan sendin' you?" not intend to div e rge from it without he was compelled to The brave had now come to a h a lt, and turning his steed by circum s tances over which he had no control. f.lround, he aced the scout in a defiant manner. Several times he halted and scann e d the prairie in the di"He's lookin or fight," thought Charlie. "Well, I rection he thought the enemy might be, but each time h e, guess he will git all he wants b e fore he is through with me."


YOUNG WILD WEST'S MASCOT. 23 But he did not lose his nerve for an instant. But he made out that he was not on fighting bent, and in his cool and easy way he remarked: Twice his revolver spoke in rapid succession and the In Now, dian tumbled from his horse. "Don't git mad, Inj un; I ain't go in' to hurt you. tell me where you are goin' ?" I "Ugh!" ":pon't want to tell me, hey? Well, I don't care. But I reckon you are goin' ther same way as I am, so if you ain't got no objections, we'll ride on together." The Indian seemeJ to be surprised at this remark. But he simply said "Ugh!" again, and turned his horse to let him go in the way he had been pursuing. With a smile of determination the scout rode up along side him. "Been to Fort Casper lately?" he remarked. The redskin shook his head. "You wasn't over there last night with Blackpowder, then?" Again there was a shake of the head. Charlie remained silent for the space of a minute and then he suddenly exclaimed: "See here, redskin, there's no use in foolin' any more. I am goin' to ask you a question, an' I want you to answer it straight, too. If you don't answer it straight, I'll have to drop you, that's all !" He placed his hand on the butt of his revolver as he said the last. At this the Indian appeared to be slightly disturbed. "What paleface want?" he said. "I want to know what become of ther white girl ther soldier from ther fort brought to your camp this mornin'." "Paleface maiden all right," was the quick reply, and the brave looked at the revolver the scout had his hands on. "She is, hey? Well, what is ther measley coyote goin' to do with her when he gits to your hangout in ther mountains?" "He make her his squaw." "That is what I thought. There ain't no harm come to her yet, has there?" "No. Big chief Blackpowder tell soldier wait till get to mountains; then have big time; paleface marry maiden; heap much firewater and big dance." "Ah!" and Cheyenne Charlie was quite sure the Indian was telling the truth now. "It will be a big time when it happens, I reckon. Now, then, redskin, I know you arc jest itchin' to kill me, an' I know that you ain't exactly fit to live. You've got a shooter, haven't you?" "Yes, me got pistol," was the reply, and the red man shrugged his shoulJers. "Well, then ride on ahead a dozen yards or so an' then turn around an' cut loose at me. We are both carryin' a message of importance, I reckon, an' one of us ain't to git there. Hurry up, now, an' let's see what you are made of!" The Indian underi::tood perfectly. He was not a coward, either, for his dark eyes flashed, and he urged his horse forward at a jump. Then he turned so quickly that he got the first shot in, and Cheyenne Charlie involuntarily dodged as he heard the whizz of the bullet. The scout was about to ride on when it suddenly occurred to him to search the fallen man ancl see if he had anything that was of importance to him. No sooner thought of than he dismounted and was bend ing over his fallen foe. Tied to the belt of the redskin he found a folded piece of paper, and it was with a nod of satisfaction that he cut it loose and unfolded it: Then he read the following, written in a scrawling hand: "BILL MITCHELL.-Take notice! Have all the men ready, for we might be chased in when we come. Put the Government man in the dark cave, so he can't have a show to git out of doors; and have one of the squaws to fix up a place for a white girl that is being brought with us by a friend. We have had good luck and bad on our trip, and we may have a hard time of it yet before we get home. BLA.CKPOWDER D.A.N." "Whoopee!" exclaimed Cheyenne Charlie, jubila:IJ.tly. "This is what I calls pretty good. I reckon you will have a hard time of it before you git home, Blackpowder Dan! It strikes me jest now that you'll never git home, without it is to yoc;r last home. Now, if Wild was only here he could tell me jest to do with this note." He placed it carefully in his pocket, resolved fo show it to tlie captain of the cavalry he expected to meet, and let him decide of how much importance it was. One thing the scout knew was that he was well in advance of the band, and that made him feel as though he knew just what he was doing. He kept on riding, resting at intervals when it was abso lutely necessary for him to do so, and finally at sunrise on the second morning after leaving the fort he came in sight of the commencement of the Great South Pass. Pretty soon he saw a cavalryman come riding out from behind a cleft of rocks in the foothills and come toward him. Then he urged his tired horse.forward to meet him. "Whoopee!" he yelled. "I'm Cheyenne Charlie, Young Wid West sent me ahead to tell you that he's comin' along in a few hours with a troop of a hundred cavalrymen from Fort Casper. There's lively work ahead for you. Take me to ther captain, so I kin deliver my message." "Come right on," was the reply. "We have been waiting here goin' on three days." "Well, I reckon it is better late than never, ain't it?" The cavalryman said he thought it was, and then Charlie was conducted to the camp, where he soon met the officer in charge and delivered his message. The camp was situated on a little eminence that over1ookC'c1 the mouth of the pass, and as the scout looked around, he came to the conclusion that they could not have selected a better place.


24 YOUNG WILD WEST'S MAS.COT. "I reckon you are all right here," Charlie remarked. "Yes; we picked out the best place we could find, as we did not know what might happen," was the reply from the captain. Charlie suddenly thought of the message he had taken from the Indian. He quickly produced it and handed it over to the cap tain. "What do you think of that?" he asked. "ls it worth anything?" "I have no doubt that it might be worth a great deal," was the answer, when the captain had carefully read it over. "It may help us to rescue Professor Rathbun, for the 'Government man' must surely mean he." "Yes ; I thought that much myself." "I will keep the note and try to think of something to do about the writing 'it contains." "All right. If Young Wild West was only here, he would know jest what to do." The captain shrugged his shoulders. "I have never met him," he said; "but I have heard that he is a wonderful young fellow." "There ain't anything so wonderful about him,'' retorted tha scout. "He is je s t simply a feller that can't be beat, an' one that's good 'as gold at every stage of ther game. You'll like him, all right." "No doubt of it." "I know you will, 'cause I never seen an honest man what didn't." "Thank you for your good opinion of me," and the cap tain smiled at i.he scout's blunt way of speaking. A man had been put at work rubbing Charlie's horse down as soon as he arrived, and now when he heard the call for breakfast he made up his mind _that he would be taken care of, as well as his horse, so he lost no time in getting a plate in his hand. Th'e cavalrymen had plenty of rations, and Cheyenne Charlie went into the biscuits and black coffee as though it had been a long time since he had tasted such luxuries. He was tired of venison and the like, and that sort of a meal just suited him for a change. After breakfast he lighted his pipe and had a smoke, after wj:J.ich he turned in to get a good sleep, something he was sorely in need of. It was late in the afternoon when Cheyenne Charli e awoke, and after he had taken a good wash at the brook that trickled at the side of the camp he felt like a n e w man. "Say said he to the captain, after h e h a d eaten some thing, "how would it be for me to deliver that note from Blackpowder Dan? It don't say on it who is ther feller to bring it." "I hardly think it would be a good idea," was the reply. "It would only put them on their guard, just the same as though the Indian had deliver e d it." "Yes; but I might hav e a chance to git the professor as they call him, out of ther place they put him in an' land him here." "You might; but I don't think it advisable to let theru know that there is any danger at a ll. If yo'.l could manage to locate the h angout of the allies it would be a good thing, for we might be able to catch them unawares arnl take the place." "Well, captain, I'll strike out an' try to locat e ther place_. I'll go right away, an' if I don't find it afore many hours my name ain't Cheyenne Charlie." "Good Go a h ead. We have been in need of a man lik e you." Chey e nn e Charlie lo s t no time, and he was soon working his way up the mountain. CHAPTER XI. THE ALLIE S ARE ROUTED. After a long, tedious ride Young Wild West and Lieu tenant Ogden 's cavalry came in sight of the mouth of the Great South Pass. It was the night following the arrival of Cheyenne Char lie, they being something like fourteen hours behind him. It was moonlight, and as Young Wild West pointed out the outlines of the deep split in the mountain where the pass went through, the lieut enant nodded and said : "I am glad we are h ere Now, where is the company from Fort Bridger, that is the question." "They must certainly have got h ere long before this, un less something happ e n e d to them." "Yes; that is true." "It may b e though, that Biackpo wder Dan has wiped them out by this tim e." "Do y ou r e ally think so?" "Well, no; I can't say that I do think that way," and Young Wild Wes t s hook his head. "They might have made it so hot for the r egu lar s that they drove them to cover somewhe re." "How much have the allies b eaten us here, do you think?" the li eute n ant asked. "Well, I h ad an id ea that would beat us very little. I did figure on a possibility of ove rtakin g them before they g(;)t here.''. "You did?" "Yes." "Could it be that we have passed them?" "It could be, but I hardly think so. You see, they have been following a route parallel with the trail, and about three miles away from it all the way a long. While we could passed them and not known it, I think it is hardly probable. They would not be loafin g so much as that on their rout e." "That means that we are liable to be attacked at any time by the fiend's." "Well, I hardly think so. I rather think that Blackpow d e r would make straight for his headquarters before he did any more fighting. He must be cripp led up considerably, and there is the girl captive, you lmow. They would not


YOUNG WILD WEST'S MASCOT. 25 run the ris k of a dang erous encounte r while t h ey have h er with them." Heav e n grant that s h e i s safe!" sai d Lieutenant O gden, fervently. "I would give--" H e did not fini s h what h e w as going to say for at that i :homent a voll ey of rifl e s h ots sounde d in the distance. It was foll owed by another and anot h er, and then the yell ing of Indians ca m e t o the ir e ars. Now you know wh e re Lhe vill a in s arc, s aid Young Wild West "They have b ee n atta c k e d by the waiting cavalry, and w e a rc jus t in time "Forward!" crie d th e lie u tenant. At a s wift p ace the ca v alry darte d to the r esc u e Young Wild west an d Jim Dart k ept in the r ea r. Our h e ro did not want to l eave his m asc ot b ehind. They wer e only half a mile from the s pot whe r e the fight was taking plac e, and by tho s ound of the s hooting Wild could t e ll that t h e troop er s wer e certainly holding their own. "They have taken the villains b y surprise, h e s aid to Jim. "I guess this will about b e the wind-up of Blackpow der Dan and his dread e d ga n g. W e want to mak e a com plete job of it and take a s many prisoners as we can." "That's right," r e pli e d Jim. "But from all accounts, they are not the sort who l e t the mselv es b e taken prison e rs; they fight till the l ast, it i s said." "That i s all nons e nse. They will b e g l a d to give in wh e n they see that ther e i s no hope. If we can prevent the m from r e aching their hidin g place on the mountain wh e n they r etreat, we wi ll sure ly h ave them. The cavalry was now a hundred yards ahead of them. The N ewfoundland dog was holdin g his own with his m as t er's hor se but h e wa s pretty well tired out from h i s l ong journey. -"Stic k to it, Lion!" cried Wild. "We want to get the re befor e it i s a ll over." The clog r esponded wit h a short bark, a thing he had l earned to do e v ery time Wild s pok e to him. Whe n his ma s t er whi s p e r e d to him it was diff er e nt. H e would not utter a sound but just wag his tail. That s howed that the p erso n who had owned him had traine d him pretty w e ll. Wh en t h e cavalry Wi!S within two hundre d yards of the scene of the fig htin g, Lieutenant O g d en gave the word for the bugl e to sound. And when the pi e r c in g n otes rang out above the noise of the firing it was imm ediate l y ans wer ed in like manner. That told the in just whe r e the 0U1er compa n y was. But the twp bu g l e call s a l s o told the allies that they had bett e r mak e themse lves scarce T hey tried hard to ge t through into the pas s About tw enty or thirty of them did get through. The r e ma ining ones scatte r e d in eve r y direction firing as they rode off, sho wing juR t how savage they w e re. O gden's m e n got a c hance to clo some good work, anr l they poure d volley afte r v o lley into the ranks o f th e T ncli ans and r en egades. I Many prisoners were taken, but a mong them could not be found either Blackpowd er Dan or L effe rts. And the captive girl had not been see n One of the pri s oners happened to b e the man Lion had bitten on U1e bank of the lak e when h e and his master went to the rescu e of Jim Dart. Wild would not h ave recognized him if the dog had not s topp e d before Lhc man and grow led. The fighting was all over now and as our hero noticed who the pri s on er was, a thought came to him. H e would try and make the fellow tell where the retreat of the band was. But as yet he h ad not seen Cheyenne Charlie, and he was anxious to meet his partner. "Fetch that fellow over h ere," he s aid to one of the m e n who wer e in charge of the prisoners. Then h e walked over to where Lieutenant Ogd e n was ta lking to the captain of the cavalry from Fort Bridger. Jim and the dog went a lon g, as a matter of course, the dog keeping close to the prisoner and showing his teeth almo s t conti nually When Ogden sa w Wild approaching he promptly intro duced him to the captain. "I am pleased to make your acquaintance, Young Wild West," the officer has t e n ed to say, and he said it as though h e meant it. I heard all about you from Cheyenne Char lie, your friend." "Ah!" ans wered Wild. "I asaure you that I am very g lad to meet you too. But, if I may ask, where is Chey enne Charlie?" "He went out on a scou t up the mountain side to en d e avor to l ocate the headquarters of the hanil nf Blackpow and h e h as not returned yet." "How l ong ha s h e been gone?" "About five hours." "It i s time he was back, Lhen," and Wild shook his head une asil y "Yes; T was thinking that way." "Well, I will undertake to find him. He may have got in trouble." "That is possible. I was just thinking of sending a s mall d etachment to look for him when the band of allies came a l ong. "We ll I will go and look for him; but I want to que s tion this fe llow fir st." H e pointe d to the villain who was limping from the effects of the dog bite h e had r ece ived. "Go ah ead and que s tion him :rnd l e t him understand that the n eare r h e stic ks to the truth in making his replies the bette r it w ill be for him." "I'll t e ll you anythi n g you want to know," sai d the man, who seem e d to b e s uff ering considerable pain from his wound. "I wi s h you'd put somethin' on ther u g ly bite I've got. It i s a ll s welled up, an' it hurts me so I don't know what to do." "I will hav e the surgeon to l ook at your wound as soon


2G YOUNG WILD WEST'S MASCOT. as you have answered th e questions of Young Wild West," the captain assured him. "Well, go ahead, then." As the villain said this, Lion gave a growl. The Newfoundland had not forgotten th e man who had tried to beat out hi s brains with a club, and if Wild h a d only s aid the word, he would have l eape d upon him and torn him to pieces. But the boy order e d the dog to lie down and be qui et, and he was obeyed instantly. "I don't know as there is any more than one question that I want to ask you," he said. "Where i s the h e adquarter s of your band?" The m a n hesitated. "Of course I can't compel you to an s w e r remarked Wild. "So if you think you will gain anything by lyin g or keeping still, you can do so." "Well, I s'pose I might as well tell yer what yer want te r know," exclaim e d the prisoner. "It are most likely that this are the r la st of Blackpowder an' hi s gang, a n y how." "You can re st assured that such is the case." "Well, th e r han g -out is about a mile up ther m o untain, on the r l e ft. You kin git to it by two ways. You kin go into ther pass for about a couple of hundr e d yards on t h er left, an' take a kind of windin' p at h up to a level patch that's covered b y a thick growt h of pines Then you foll e r a path. that's there an' you ll f etc h right up in ther three cornered cut among ther rocks, where ther caves are in which our gang lives when they are to h ome." "Yes; that is one way. Now, how about the other?" "That i s ther lon gest way. You kin go in a straight lin e from h e re, an' ther first thing you find that looks like a trail will bring you to ther place from ther hill above the thre e -corn e r e d cut. It ain't h ard to find, but Blackpowder has got things fixed so that afte r an enemy finds it h e ain't apt to git away. He's got traps l aid for prowlers." "He has, eh?" and our hero shrugged his should e rs, as he thou ght it was just possible that Cheyenne Charlie h ad fallen into one of these trap s "Yes," answered the man. "Our captain can't be b eat on anything lik e that. He'll give you a hard fight when you get up th e re, but I s'pose you' ll soon git t h er bes t of him, 'ca use there's only a few m e n what got there from ther fight h ere, an' a bout a dozen squaws an' c hildr en was all we l eft at t11cr han g-out." Young Wild West believed the man w a s telling t h e truth. H e concluded to ask him another qu e stion "Where is the Governm ent s urv eyor confined?" he r e s um ed. "In a plac e where it will be hard to git him." At this the face of the captain suddenly li ghted, ani! placing his hand. in his pocket, he drew forlh the paper Cheyenn e CharTie h a d give n him. "He r e," said he, h an ding t h e message to Wild. "Per haps this might -a1row a littl e light on the s ubj ect." "I think it may," 01:1r hero replied, after h e h a d :finished reading it. "Where did you get this, captain?" "Your partner, Cheyenne Charlie, gave it to me on his arrival here. He took it from an Indian brave who was on his way to deliver it to the man in charge of the mountaiP, retreat." "Good! I think this will help u s a little Now," and h e turned to the prisoner, "where i s what you term the dark cave located in your h ang -out?" "Right at ther b ack of ther V-shaped place," was the re ply. "A h ard place to reach, ain't it?" "No; not whe n you know where it is. It i s a sort of secr et place, you know-a feller would not think the r e was a cave there." "Oh, I see. W e ll, how can one get to it?" "By slidin' down ther corner where it comes to a p 'int a feller would land hi s feet right on thcr fla t ro ck what covers the r e ntrance to ther dark cave. All he would ha .ve to do would be to lift the flat stone one side an' s t e p down into it. There! I've told you a whole lot now, won't yer let t her surgeon dress my wound? It hurts m e awful!" "Yes ; you will b e attended to ri ght away," and the cap tain sent for t h e surgeon. It was found that the dog bite had developed into a dan gerous wound. From being neglected, blood poisonin g had set in, and the surgeon shook his head when he looked at it. The man's limb was swolle n to twice its ord i nar y size. "I g uess that dog bit e will be the death of him," hE whi spered to Wild. "We ll, it was hi s own fault," and our hero walk e d away. H e h e ld a s hort consultation with Jim Dart. They soon agreed upon a plan of action. Jim was to lead Ogde n 's men up to the retre a t by the way through the pass, and h e would t a k e the oth e r lot of troopers there by the l onge r route. Onl y enoug h men to g uard the pri s oners and take care of the hor ses would be l eft bel1ind. Young Wild W est did not know how his scheme would st rik e the cap tain of the Fort Bridg e r company, but h e knew that O g d en would agree to it. General Dani e l s had told the li eutenant to do jus t as Youn g Wild West said He cal l e d O gden and told him what he had decid e d to do. "Certainly," was the quick repl y The captain was the n told and he, too, agreed to it. "Now, then, to the rescu e of Cheyenne Charlie, Professor Rathbun, and the gen e ral' s d a ughter!" crie d Young Wild West. CHAPTER XII. CONCLUSION. As Young Wild West thou g ht, Cheye nne Charlie had been unfortunate in his scouting trip, and had fallen in the hands of the enemy. The scout had gone up far enough to locate the place, and he was jus t thinking of a way to get to the rescue of the


YOUNG WILD WEST'S MASCOT. 27 Government surveyor when he stepped upon what appeared to be a bed of leaves and went shooting downward like a sttme. He had walked into one of the traps the prisoner told Wild about later on The scout brought up with a j a r that shook the breath from him twelve or fifteen feet below, a .nd before he could get upon his feet three or four squaws appeared on the scene and quickly disarmed him. Their shrill cries soon brought a white man and two old Indian braves to the scene. But, though badly surprised and upset by the fall, Charlie did not lose his wits altogether. "There!" he exclaimed. "I got into one of them holes, after all. Blackpowder told me to be on ther lookout for 'em, but you see, I'd. n ever been here before, an' so I was bound to step jest where I hadn't oughter." The white man looked keenly at him as he said this. "Do you mean to say that ther captain sent you here?" he asked, incredulously. "Why, of course he did!" exclaimed the scout, :finding that he had made a point. "What would I come here for if he didn't, I'd like to know? There wasn't one of the r reds or whites that wanted to risk ridin' ahead, so I told him I would do it. I want to see Bill Mitchell right away." "Well, I happen to be Bill Mitchell," and t:aen the fel low looked as though he was more t,han half inclined to be lieve that the scout was telling th e truth. "Let him up, there, redskins. Come on, and l et's see whether you are l yin' or not, stranger." Charlie then gave Mitchell the contents of Blackpowd e r0 Dan's l etter. Bill Mitchell look ed surprised when he heard all this. "I reckon you must b e tellin' ther truth," he r emarked, and then h e shook his h ead as though he was in doubt about it. "Of course I'm tellin' ther truth," Charlie replied. "And he told you how to get here?" "Yes; he j:old me there was a couple of ways to git up here, but I forgot what he did say, so I run my chances an' come ther way I did." Though the scout did not know it, he said enough to con vince the man that he was all right. "The coup l e of ways to get there" he spoke of satis fied Bill Mitchell. "Well," he said, a moment later, "I'll do je s t as you say But you must stay right here till the r captain comes. It won't be long afore he'll git here, I s'pose ?" "No; he ought to be along with th er gang in an hour or so. You see, he wants to git here without havin' to fight with the regulars, if he kin, on account of havin' ther g,11 from ther fort with 'em." This seemed plausible, so the fellow nodd ed approvingly. Cheyenne Charlie was g iv en back his weapons, but Bill Mitchell cautioned him not to attempt to leave the place under any conditions until Blackpowder Dan arrived. The scout was jubilant at the way his unlucky accident had turned out. He now felt certain that he would be able to rescue the professor, if he did nothing else. And he got right at work at it, using his keen eyes for al l they were worth. In a few minutes he saw a middl e -aged man brought from a big cave and led back to the sharp corner that formed the back of the stronghold. Charlie moved a trifle nearer and saw just how he was placed in the "dark cave.'' Then he gave a nod. He walked about the confines of the place and took in all that was going on. He saw one of the squaws fixing up a s nug nook near the mouth of one of the larg er caves, of which the re were seve ral, and he made up his mind that there was where the girl captive was to be placed. After he had been there an hour, Charlie began to grow a trifle nervous. He was chafing to effect the rescue of the professor, whom the bandits had been holding presumably for a ransom, and get away himself, so he could lead the cavalry there and take possession of the place. But there was not the s light est chance for him to do a thing, so well was he being watched by the braves and squaws, who, no doubt, had been commissioned to keep an eye on his movements. Aft e r awhile Bill Mitchell came over to him, followed by another white renegade, and asked him to join in a game of cards. There was nothing left for him to do but to obey, so he finally got interested in the game, since it was for small stakes, and he played on until he was suddenly interrupted by the sounds of firing from the direction of. the mouth of the pass It appeared that the cavalry had taken a position that cou ld not be seen from the retreat, and that was why the men there had not known of their presence. "Ther fight is on, I reckon,'' said Charlie, a grim smile on his rugged countenance as he got up from the game. "I reckon it is,'' Bill Mitchell answered uneasily "An' we've g-0t to be ready to help 'em out when they come this way." "Yes." As Mitchell hastened to give some orders to the Indians the scout looked over in the direction of the dark cave. It was as dark as a pocket there, and there was no one guarding the place. Lik e a shadow he made for the s pot. He climbed up a little ways and then quickly slid the flat sto ne he had seen placed over the opening aside. Down he dropp e d as quick as a flash. "Professor !" he ca1led out, in a low tone. "Herc I am!" came the reply, in a voice that sounded hop e ful. "I'm a friend, and I've come to git you out of here


28 YOUNG WILD WEST'S MASCOT. "Heaven be praised!" was the response. "Are you tied?" "Yes." "Well, I reckon I'll cut you loose, then," and the next minute he had reached the side of the prisoner and done so. "Now, let's git out of here." Up they went out of the opening. Everything about the headquarters was in confusion now. The squaws were running to and fro in great excitement. As one of them ran over toward them Charlie sprang to the ground and seized her. "I want her togs for you to put on," he whispered to the professor. Then he quickly bound the struggling squaw and gagged her so she could not make a noise. At a word from the scout the professor took hold of her, after taking charge of the fancy blanket she wore, and dumped her into the hole they had just come out of. "Put that on." The professor picked up the greasy blanket and obeyed. "Now, come on." The old man kept close to the shadow of the rocky wall and the scout walked boldly out. Luck was with them, for in les s than two minutes they got a chance to ascend the side of the hill. And once at the top they started hurriedly down by the way Cheyenne Charlie had come up. But they had not gone far when they heard the clatt er of approaching hoofs. Several mounted men ascended the mountain side The two immediately found a place to hide, and for ten minutes they remained there, until they were satisfied that the allies had all passed them. Then they went on down, b eing cautious about it, for they did not want to run into any of Lhe gang of Blackpowd er Dan. But the way was clear, and they reached the camp of the regulars jus t as they w ere starting for the retreat. Cheyenne Charlie was delighted when he saw Young Wild West. In a few minutes he had learned the full situation and told what he had learned. "Now I'll lead you right to the place he cried. And he did so in much quicker time than they could have got there without him. The result was that the band was soon at the mercy of the troopers. I Young Wild West was looking for Blackpowder Dan and Lefferts, the traitor. Of course he wanted to find the girl, too. As the retreat was completely surrounded he knew that it was impossible for the villains to get away. With his mascot at his side he led the way among the caves, closely followed by Jim and Charlie and Lieutenant Ogden, who was in a fever of excitement over the antici pated finding of his sweetheart. 'rhe cavalrymen were making prisoners of those who had surTen\].ered while the search was being made. Suddenly the Newfoundland dog uttered an ominous growl and darted into one of the smaller caves like a shot. The next instant a cry of mortal agony rang out; then there were the sounds of a :fierce scuffle and the growls of the dog: Young Wild West rushed into the cave, Jim Dart follow ing with a burning brand he had snatched from the :fire n ear by. A startling sight met their gaze. Lion had a man by the throat on the ground, and back in the rear of the cave stood Blackpowder Dan, holding the fainting form of Marie Daniels on his left arm, while his right hand clutched a gleaming knife, which he was about to plunge into her body. The villain knew it was all up with him, and he meant to murder the girl as his last act upon earth. But the knife did not descend into the quivering flesh of the fair captive. There was a sharp crack from Young Wild West's revol ver, and Blackpowder Dan staggered and fell to the ground, a bullet in his brain. The shot had been a timely one, indeed, but Young WilJ West was in the habit of being always in time. Lieutenant Ogden sprang forward, and picking ihe faint ing girl up, carried her outside. Then our friends turned their attention to the land dog and the man he still gripped by the throat. The man wore a uniform of blue, and he was strangely still. Jim Dart held the burning firebrand so the light could strike his face. It was Lieutenant Lefferts, the traitor. "Let go, Lion!" commanded Young Wild West. "You have finished the man who would liav e killed you for noth ing had I not interfered on the day you came into camp. You have certainly been my mascot, old fellow, and I will keep you as long as I liv e in remembrance of how you aided me in wiping out the gang of Blackpowder Dan, if I had no other reason to keep you." "Bow-wow!" answered the dog. THE END: Read "YOUNG WILD WEST'S CHALLENGE; OR, A COMBINATION HARD TO BEAT," which will be the next number (32) of "Wild West Weekly." SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies you order by return mail.


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