Young Wild West's rough riders, or, The rosebud of the Rockies

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Young Wild West's rough riders, or, The rosebud of the Rockies
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An Old Scout
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... WILD WEST WEEKLY A Magazine Containing Stories, Sketches, Etc., of Western Life. Issued Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 per year. Application made for Second Cla1s entry at the New York, N. Y.,, Post Office. Entered according to Act of Congress, in the yea1 1903, in the office of the Librarian of Cong1ess, Washington, D. C ., by Frank Tousey, 24 Union Square, New York. No. 39. NEW YORK, JULY 17, 1903. P r i c e 6 Cents. Young Wild West's Rough Riders; OR THE ROSEBUD OF THE ROCKIES I By AN OLD SCOUT. CHAPTER I. HARRIE EUGENE LANCASTER, TENDERFOOT As the G.35 train came to a sfop at the depot ii the hustling mining town of We8ton one summer evening a few years ago a tall young man wearing a suit of tailor-made dothe8 ancl a broacl-brimmecl, pearl-colorecl felt hat alighted ancl stood on the a:;: though undecided as to which way to tun . A single gla11ce at him would be apt to impress the or dinary Westerner that he was a tenderfoot, and also that he had plenty of money at his command. His clothing was made of costly material and the heavy gold chain and big dia.mond that he sported was evidence of this. The young man stood on the platform, satchel in ham}, until the conductor left the train and started up the plat form. "I beg your pardon, conductor," he observed, stepping forward and touching him on the arm, "but can you tell me where I would be apt to. find Young Wild West?" "I guess I can," was the reply "Just go down the steps and turn to the left. You will see the big building that the office of the Wil

YOUNG WILD WEST'S ROUGH RIDERS 'rhe st r ange r walked along the platform tiil he. came tor As they entered a boy of about the age of Wild arose. t.he ste p s a nd then he down. He was a handsome, man l y looki?g fellow, but unlike The big buildihg the conductor liad s poken of was right Yotmg Wild West, he wore his hair s hort. before him. and when h e r eac hed i t and came to the corner "This i:; Jim Dart, my chum and one of my partners,' of it h e a short that was n eatly graded l ea ding said Wild. "Jim, this is Mr. Harrie Eugene Lanca s ter, of right to the door of a cottage that was painted white with Philadelphia." g reen biinds. 'rhe l wo :;hook hands. The s tranger unhesitatingly walked up to it and gave a "It is a pleasure to know you," said Lancaster. kno c k on the front door. "I can say the same to you, sir," r etorted Jim. Jt was open ed a moment lat e r by a Chinaman,, who "Well, now that we know each other, we will sit down and bowed politely and said : have something to eat," remarked Wild. "How doee ?" The table in the center of the room was a l ready pretty "Pretty well,'' answe red t he y oun g man, smiling at the well filled with steaming viands such as only a Chinese cook importance the Mongolian was putting on. "Is Mr ean prepare, and Lancaste r opened his eyes wide as he saw Young Wild West in?" some things before hill} tpat he had paid enormous prices "Yes; :!11isler Wild in. You s t epee in and I him." for in the big cities. A minute l ater a handsome boy with the face and figur e But he was a gentleman ly, well-bred fellow, and he of an Apollo came through the haU and s tood befor e the made no concerning the provender at all, but sat visitor. clown and proceeded with the meal in a matter-of-fact way. "You are Young Wild West, I presume?" remarked the The conversation during the meal was on various subtail young man, a loo k of a,dmir ation on his face as h e jeds that appertained to the Wes t, and Lancaster asked not 8poke the words. a few questions, which were readily and satisfactori ly an sir. Young Wild West, at your service," was the mered by Young wild West and Jim Dart. r eply in a frank, open tone t hat sounded mu sica l to the It was not until the meal was over and the cigars were w eal!hy tenclerfoot from the Easj;. I lighted that the Philade lphian brought up the subject that "Pardon !JJe for in truding on you, but I came here to had caused him to come out to the Black and call on see you on business of importance. I am Harrie Yonng Wilcl West. Lan caste r, of Philade l phia." "Mr. W est," said he, "I came out here to see y0u for "I glad to meet you Mr. Lancaster," and Young Wild the purpose of trying to induce you to take me on a trip \Yest p1>t out hi s hand in true W .estern sty le. "We are a through the West and show me what is to be seen I haYe littl e late with what we term o ur supper here in Weston; plenty of money at my command and will pay you well for won't you join us? I presume that you just came in on your time. It ha s been running in my head for some time ihe trai n from ?" that 1 shoulll lik e to he one of a party of rough riders and "Well, I did not come h e r e to impose on your goccJ na-exp'Crir:mce life as it is on the plnins and mountains. Can ture, but as I have heard enou gh about you to feel that you you in any way pcssibl spa r e the time to form such a party never exten d an invitation unless you are s inc e r e in giving ancl l ead us an aclventmous trip for a few weeks?" it, I will be only too g l a d to accept your hospita lity." Young Wild W est pushed back his long chestnut lock s 1 I assure you that if I had not wanted you to eat with us and gazecl at the spelke r in silence for a moment I shou ld not have ask:ecl you,'' said Young Wild West with Then h e said : a smile. "Just step in here and you can have an opportu "Mr. Lanca ster, I could manage to spare the time to nity to wash the dust of travel from you. There! Right in make s uch a trip, an cl if you really wish it, and arc satisthere You will excuse me for a moment." I fied to pay the expenses, I will do so with pleasure." "Certainly. I shall not be long, as I hav e learned that "Thank you, Young Wild W est !" cried the Philadel-it does not pay to waste time out here. I am a tenderfoot, J phian, jumping from hi s chair and seizin g the hand of our but I rnmt say that I have read eno u g h to know something hero after the fashion of a happy schoolboy. about your great and wild country." "You sny y0<1 have plenty of money at h and, ancl that Harrie Eugene Lancaster then repaired to the room you want to spend some of it in seeing the Wild West?" pointed out, where h e found water, soap ancl towels in "Yes; that's just it. I am worth jus t two hundred'thouplenty. sand dollars, and I will pay you five thousand for a trip of J n a few minutes he. h ad made a ha sty toilet and step ped out into the other room, where he found Young Wild West awniting him. "Come," said the l atte r "our s upp e r is now ready for us." "\rith pleasure," replied Lancaster. Young Wilcl West him through the hall into t h e din ing room. three or four weeks." "You will clo nothing of the kind, Mr. Lanca s ter ; you'll simply hav e to pay the bill s ancl wages of the men, who will haYe to lose their time in order to make up the party of rough riders you spoke about. You will pay them rea sona ble wages, s uch as may be agreed upon, and the entire ex penses of the trip. Sixteen, inclnding yourself, wou l : l b e to make up the band of rough riders, I think."


YOrNG WTLD WEST'S ROUGH RIDERS. 3 0 h, yes." "Now, Mr. tion.v left th e house and started for the center of the Lancaster, I \ronld like to ask you a qne,;town. ''Ask me ns many as you like," rrpli ed Lancaster, show ing how willin g he wa,; to answn them. I "How was it that you came to me out?" "I heard of you in rny nalivP city. l heurd that you were the greatest scout, dead-shot, Indian figMcr and a ll aroun d horseman in tbe West. 1 have abo read some of your exploits in foe W cs tern ncll'spaper I pick eel you out as my ideal hero, and that i6 how I came to Weston to mu kc my proposition tc you. But l huve forgotten one thing. I want to give you referenees a to and what l am, and I must ir,sist that you find out before w e go any u rthc-r in this T desire you (o telegraph lo llie following parties a l my cxpenRe :rnd inquire into my ch>1rncter, standing, etc. H erc a r e the Ile hane frank with you ancl lcll y0u to yonr face that I ha1c taken a l iking lo 1 ou." "I am glau lo hear that,'' and tiie fcn(lerfoot';;i face glowed with plc&snre. ''Well, we take a walk around town ancl introduce you to some of the bny:> who w ill be lik ely to make up the party of Hough Ride r s." "That will just suit me. T 1ran t you t0 tai-:P me to the best hotel, so I can order my baggage sent over to it. T must have some sort of headquarters in \ V es(on, you :mow, for I intend to stay h e r e awhile before going East, after our trip is over." "Well, if you think you can put up with a Chinese cr)ok, you can stay right here with us till we get the party made up. What clo you think about it, .Jim?" "It will be a pleasnre to me to help e ntertain you, Mr. Lancnsier," promptly retorted young Dart, wh0, like his chum, was very favorably impressed with the Plliladel phian. "I'll accept your hospitality,, then," said Lancaster, bluntly. "I like you both '.'IS well ns any two young fel lows I ever met, and must s ay that I like your cook." There was a good -natured laugh all around at this, and Wing Wah, the cook, who overheard the remark, came to the door, and bowing low exclaimeu: "Me likee Melican man samt:e." There was more laughte r at ancl t h e n . a s Jim mad e1 :.t move as though he was going to pick up s omething ana throw at him, the Chinaman di sappeared. A few minutes later Young Wild West, Jim Dart and The two boys were attired in n e at-fitting blue silk ancl C'Ordnroy hunting breeches, their head s being topped off with the regulation w estern sombrero s while the they wore C'Ontainecl ihe u s ual brace of revolver s and hunting knive$., 'l'h.c l'hiladelpl:ia tenderfoot look e d rnther out of lJlacc with them with hi,; tailor-mad e suit and W estern hat, and Young Wil d W est felt certain that h e was going to attract mon' or less attention. He a l,;o expected to have the opportunity to wha! sort of stuff. the yonng man was made of before they got b ack to the house. One of the new things in Weston was a conc ert hall. All sorts of characters w ere patrons of place. 11'1inc owners, cowboys, sold i ers, civ ilized Indians and half-breeds, gambl e rs, outlaws, and the common, every -d ay bad man came there to drink and smoke and enjo y the vari ety performance t.hat was given every afternoon aml ernn -rng. \Yild thought that "ould be about as good a place as any io i htrocl nr.e t h e tenderfoot, so when they came to the he walked up and bcught three tickets . J as h e had made his purchase two m e n attired i11 buckskin breeches and colored s ilk shirts ca me running. np. ' Hrl lo, there!" the taller of the two called out. "Goin g in to see the sho'l.v ?" "Yes, Charlie," answered Wild. "You fellows might as well go in, too. I'll buy two more tickets." "You had better not leav-e us out," r emarke d the other man, who rather short and stout, and wal ked with a sl ight Tlir dead-shot quickly purchased two more tickets, arnl then as the two came up he introduced the m to Harrie Eugene Lancaste r as hi s r emaining partne rs iu the mining business at Weston. 'rho tall, athletic-looking man of thirty was Cheyenn e Charlie, a famo u s sco ut and he pulled his dark whiskers and smHed patronizingly when he s ho'.lk hands ;rith the tenderfoot. The oteer, who was addi c ted to limping when he walked, was Jack Robeclee, who had al so see n muc h service as an Imlian fighter and scout. He had los t a l eg in :1 fight \vith some cattle ropers, but had a cork member now, and got a lon g remarkably well with it. "From P11ilade lphia, h ey? observ e d Robeclce. "Well, I've been in that town many a time afore I come out West. You see, I was born in the Eas t myself." "I am g lad to hear that," laughe d Lancas t e r "Then you was a tentlerfoot once." w"6s; I reckon I was. But I s oon got over it, as I re c kon you will. Jus t got into town ? "Yes; I earne all the way out h e r e lo sec Young Wild W est, and I found him in l ess than five minutes after I got off the train. "What do you s ay if we go in and see the sho w begin?"


4 YOUNG WILD WEST'S ROUGH RIDERS. interrupted Cheyenne Charlie. "That big drum is bein' [upon the bench before one of them jabbed a pin iu Lancaspouncled like ther mischief to let folks know that things 1 ter's back. are goin' to start up right away." He jumped up with a startled cry, and then turning as "Certainly. We will go right in," r eplied the Philaquick as a flas11 dealt the man behind him a blow in the delphian. "We don't want to miss any of 1.he performance. face ith fist. This will be the first show I have seen in the Wild West, He happened to hit the right one, for a wonder, and our and I want to see it all." hero smiled satisfactorily when he saw the fellow fall over Falling in line with those who were going in, the five backward and strike the floor with a bang. followed. "I don't mind you h!lving fun with me," said the young CHAPTER II. man, hotly, "but when it comes to sticking in me I draw the iine. You fellow, who think you are so smart, I \Vill take you outside and thrash you, if you dare to go!" WILD PICKS OUT HIS ROUGH RIDERS. Young Wild West and his companions found crowd in the place when they entered. "Sit down, you giraffe!" roared the fellow who had been sitting next to the 'One who had been knocked from the bench so suddenly. "Sit down, or I'll shoot holes through a goodly you, so's I kin see the show!" The building was poorly lighted and the ventilation was worse than bad. The smoke from about fifty cigars and pipes gave the at mosphere a decided foggy aspect. A single aisle ran betwce;n two lines of benches, a nd Wild had paused long enough to locate a bencl1 where they could all sit together, he led the way up to it. The orchestra was playing its loude st now and the waiters hustling around soliciting orders for cigars and ('I.rinks. But that did not take all the attention of those who had gath e red there to wliile away the evening. It was Young Wild West's first appearance at the concert hall, and when he showed up those who were well acquainted with him and those who were not looked at him with interest. Of couTSe, when they looked at Wild, they could not very well miss seeing Harrie Eugene Lancaster. The five had scarcely taken their seat when the word "ten erfoot" could be heard from different parts of the room. No one noticed this any quicker than did the tenderfoot himself. "They're making of me," he said, with a amile. "Well, I don"t care if that is all they do.'' Just then the curtain went up and the show began. 1 It s o happeneJ. that a couple of comedians cam out, and after they had rendered a song-and-dance they began a humorous dialogue. They were r e ally funny, and the Philadelphian, who enjoyed such things, laughed as loud as any of the rest. His laughing attracted the attention of almost everybody, including the comedians themselves. Then they started in to make him the butt of their rc markg. He took it all good-naturedly, however, and dians were just letting up on him when three half-drunken men changed their seats and got on the bench behintl our friends. Young Wild West saw this move, and he concluded l'ight away that they were up to some mischief. And he was right, too, for they had no more than dropped He flashed a revolver in his hand as he made the re mark, and then Young Wild West thought it time to inter fere "Drop that shooter!" he said, calmly. "Just sit down yournelf and don't interfere with the performance." It so happened that the three men were strangers ;n town and did not know Young Wild West. "Who are you talkin' to, you young whipper-snapper?" r etorted the fellow. "If you don't shet up I'll chuck you out of here." That was enough for Wild. With a quick movement he knocked the man's revolver from his hand, and then catching him by the collar, flung him over the bench. By this time the fellow Lancaster had knocked down was on his feet. He was in the act of drawing his revolver when the ten derfoot dealt him a blow on the point of the jaw that caustd him to drop senseless to the floor. "I may be a tenderfoot," he called out loud eno ugh for all hands to hear, "but I can just thrash all sucl: people as that fellow, and do it e;isily, too." "Right you are, pard," exclaimed Cheyenne Charlie. '

YOUNG WILD WEST'S .ROUGH RIDERS. 5 And the best part of it was that the audience let up pass ing remarks about the tenderfoot. Wild was very favorably impressed with the Philadel phian. That he knew how to use his hands was more than evi dent. And he showed that he possessed nerve, too. Nothing occurred to interfere with the performance, and our friends stayed until it was over with. Those who did not know much about Young Wild West's way of doing business learned all about him from those who did, and that was why the matter was dropped so quickly. "Him an his partners would have cleared out ther place if any one else had interfered," one of them said to the man in the trio who had acted sensible in getting the other two back to the seats they had occupied at first. "Well, I calculate he's putty soon," was the rejoinder. "My! but he did chuck Ben over that bench too quick for anything!" "Yes, an' he could have chucked a half a dozen fellers over ther bench so fast that they'd all be tangled up to gether. Then if they'd got up an' pulled all their shooters at once he'd either have dropped 'em all, or made 'em hold up their hands. 'Young Wild West is ther quickest mortal in these parts, an' he kin whip his weight in wild cats with weepons, or with hands an' feet alone." The bad men were not a little impressed with this sort of talk. They had seen enough of the boy to know that it was pretty near the truth. Our friends went out of the concert hall and then walked civer to the Gazoo Hotel, which was kept by a very decent sort of a man named Brown. Some of Wild's friends and admirers followed them, no doubt thinking there would be more fun with the tender foot before the night was over. Young Wild West bought cigars for the five, and they remained there .for half an hour, those who had expected to see some fun being disappointed, for no one offered to insult the tenderfoot. As they walked back to their homes Wild told Cheyenne Charlie and Jack Robedee what Lancaster had come to Weston for. They were favorably impressed with the idea of forming a company of rough riders and making a tour of the moun-. tains and plains, and they looked upon the Philadelphian as being a pretty smart sort of a fellow to think of such a thing. Of course they were willing to go on such a trip. Where Young Wild West went they were only too glad to go, under any and all conditions. They parted for the night at the corner near the bank. Wild, Jim and Lancaster went on to the cottage, and Charlie and Jim repaired t9 their respective homes, where they had wives waiting for them. Wild and Jim were engaged to be married, but the timc: was yet a long ways off when they would become benedicts. 'rhey were only boys, and they wanted to get a little age upon them bE:fore launching upon the sea 0 matrimony. When they got back to the house the tenderfoot put his hand in his pocket and drew forth a roll 0 bills. Selecting a hundred-dollar note from the roll, he ten dered it to Wild, "Before we go any further, I had bE:tter give you some thing to pay for the little incidentals, such as to-night. I want to pay for everything, you know." "That's all right," replied the young dead-shot, ".but we are not. yet working for you, you know. Just put that money back in your pocket. It will be time enough for you to spend it when the company is o rganized." "All right; just as you say. I know you mean what you say, so here it goes back in my pocket." "That's the place for it to -night, anyway. To-morrow it may be different, for I guess I will begin organizing the rough riders." "Not until you have inquired about me 0 the people I referred you to." "I shall telegraph a couple 0 them the first thing in the morning, as I said I would You are very exact on that point, and 1 don't blame you. There is nothing like knowing who iB who, especially in the West." Lancaster was given a neatly furnished room, and he slept as soundly that night as he had done since he let his native city in the East. The next morning Young Wild West got up pretty early. Before going to sleep the night before be had thought the whole thing over, and he had come to the conclusion that it would be a great scheme to go out with a party 0 rough riders. 'rhe tenderont was willing to pay for it, so there would be no trouble in getting the men. Wild walked over to the station as soon as he saw the operator go into the telegraph office. He sent two brie messages, one to the mayor 0 Philadelphia, and the other to a national bank in the same city, inquiring into the character and habits 0 Harrie Eugene Lancaster. 'rhen he went back to the house, and was in time to find Jim Dart and their guest ready for breakfast. The tenderfoot was delighted at the way he was being It might be said that he was the proudest man in the whole West. It was not every one who could become the guest 0 the great and only Young Wild West. That is way Lancaster figured it, and he was about right. Young Wild West let the tenderfoot to the care of Jim Dart that morning, while he went around and began picking out the men for his rough riders. He had not the least idea but that the Philadelphian was just as he represented himself to be, so, being captivated by the idea he got right clown to business. One of the first men he asked to join was Dove-Eye Dave, the pioneer resiClent of the town.


6 YOUNG WILD \VESTS ROUGll RIDEH8. Though he was pretty close to seventy, Dove-Ey e Davo was a marvel in ce>urage and s trength. In a little more than two hours Wild had selected four teen rneu and boys and had found them all only too glad to join the rough riders for the p e riod of one month at a sa lary of a hundred dollar s each for that time. Wh en h e had picked them out he w ent over to the post office. His sweetheart was there about every day assisting her grandfather, Sam Murdock, in his dutie s a s postmaster. "Hello, Ei. h e called out, as he walk ed out and found her in the office alone. "1'here is s omething up again, so I tho11ght I nad better come c)ncl tell you." "What is it now, Wild?" asked the pretty, golden-haired girl, as she leaned over the counte r expectantly. "I am Q rganiz ing a band of rough riders "_\ band of rongh riders?" ''Yes." "Well, what you doing that for? Have the Indians broke out again?" "No; not that I know of. T am doing this for the benefit of a young man from Philade lphia, who has lot s of money and \Vill pay for it. He came to We s ton on purpose to seu me and get me to do it. It i s now an assured thing, almost, that I will. We will be gonr about three or four w eeks. "Where are yon going?" "I have not clecifled yet. It is simply going to b e an ad venturous trip for the b e n e fit of the tenderfoot, you know. He is a fine young man, Et, and I will introduce him to )'OU some 1.ime to-day. He i s pretty w e ll educated, man nerly, and has lot s of mo ey at hi s command. And, let me tell you, he ha s some grit in hi s make-up, too. He knocked a man clown for sticking a pin in him last night too quick for anything. You see, we went into the concert hall up the street h ere, and the tenderfoot being dre ssed in the stylish cut o.f the East, the miners and cowboys took to making all sorts of fun of him. He stooc1 it till one of them l1Sec1 the pin, and then times were in "I suppo:::e you took a hand in it then?" "I had 1.o, Et, but there was no harm clone; it all quieted Clown in short order 'I'he pretty girl tossed her head. "You are always standing up for t)'ie rights of others, Wild,'' she said. ''It is a fine trait in you, but I am afraid it will be the ll)eans of getting you into serious trouble some of these timesJ' "Well, I have been in serious trouble from it mor e than once, but I always got out of it s omehow,'' was the laugh ing reply. "Now, Ar i etta Murdock, c1on't you say anything more about it. If you want to talk to me, change the sub ject 'rhe s ubject was changed a ininute or two later, and for n early an hour they talked away a s lovers usually do. When noon came Wild walked home with his sweet heart and then crossed over to the office of the Wild We st Mining and Improvement Company, where h e saw hi s partners and Lancaster standing as though waiting for him. As tlie hands.ome young Prince of the Saddle came up and bdori:: tliem, Rex Moore, the bookkeeper of the concern, C1yor of the city L ancaster hailed from. "Harrie Eugene Lancaster is an 1rnnest, upright young man and my hearty recommendation. J have known him since he was a f:mall child." That was rhe reply to our hero's <1ucry .from one of the parties h e had telcgrnphed to. He was not in the lea,;t surprised at receiving such a favorable answer, but he was gratified just the same. "Mr. Lancaster, your mayor says you are all right,'' he r emarked, handin g over the telegram to the tenderfoot. "1 knew h e would,'' was the reply, and then he read it with a pleased smile. "I didn't doubt that you were what you represented your self to be. If 1 had I should not have asked you to be the gursl of rnyoelf and Jim,'' Wild assured him. "Then I snppose 1$ about sett l ed that you will or- ganize the rough and that I am to be on.e of them.'' "Yes; that i s set tled." Lancaste r gave a whoop lik e a happy schoolboy rnight have done. CHAPTER III. TUE ROUGH RIDERS START ON THEIR TRIP. After they had eaten dinner and Lancaster had brrmght out som e of the high-priced cigars he had with him, the three left the house and walked down to the office oJ' thr company. They had not 'ueen there long when those whom Willl had picked ant began to assemble A few minutes past one they were all there. Then the young dead-shot took out a note-book and began calling off their names. "Jim Dart." "Here!" "Harrie Eugene Lancaster." "Present!" "Cheyenne Charlie.' "Here!" "Jack Robeclee.'' ''Here!" "Dove-Eye Dave." "Present "Bub Sprague." "Here!" "Dan Wells." "I'm here!" "Wal Wisp." "Present !"


\YILD WEST'S ROUGH RIDERS. ,'1 "E:i"y Bel ward." "On deck!" "Davy Rubber." "Here!'' "Joe Lem per le." "Present!" "Pete Bamberger." ff Here!" "Bill O'Brien." ' H ere!" "Ad Jackson." "Here!'' "Pat Gaffney." "Prisint." "W c arc all here, I sec. Well, there are fifteen of you, and I make 1.hc f'ix1.centh," observed Wild. "Now, let me rntroclucc you all 1.o Mr. Harrie Lancaster, 0 Philadelphia, 'rho will all the expense.: of the trip." stepped up and bowed, and then gave a little:: speech hPting ten minutes. In ('Onclucling he sai.

8 YOUNG WILD WEST'S :ROUGH RIDERS. and Improvement Company and turned the corner at the head of the finely equipped band of men, the ladies were at post-office waiting for them. Though it was nearly a quarter of a mile off, the postoffice could bes n from that point, and Wild saw who were there to see them off. Of course the u sua l good-bys had been gone through with before, and this was simply a case of being where they could see the start, and take in the sight of the handsome young lead er riding at the head of his picked band of Ro11gh Riders. The party of sixtee n rode a long at a canter and soon reached the post-office, when the horses came down to a walk. The men and boys looked spick and spa n in their new hunting rigs, and the harness and tra ppings orr the steeds shone to the best advantage. 'rhere was some cheering, waving of handkerchiefs, and doffing of hats, and then the little cavalcade rode by. Harrie Eugene Lancaster had sta rted on the trip that he had longed so many times to take, and he was the happiest one in the party, because he felt that he was now a full-fl.edged Rongh Rid e r himself. ., They were well stocked with everything that they could carry in their saddle bags with convenience, so the trip promised to be one of unalloyed pleasure. That is what Lancaster thought, but Wild and of the rest were hardly of that opinion. Renegades and bad Indians were pretty thick in that section at the time of which we write, and the unexplored parts of the country were not few. As the horsemen left the town of Weston behind them Bub Sprague set up a rollicking song. Bub was a pretty good singer, and he had a way of ex pressing a song that made it sound good, anyhow. When he had finished, the tenderfoot, who was not sit ting as gracefully in the sadd le as he might, thanked him and askrd him to oblige with another. He did so, making the cliffs echo with his loud voice. Lancaster enjoyed him self greatly all day long, but when night came it was with a feeling of relief that he thought the horseback riding wai:i over for the day. I guess I will enjoy the saddle b ette r after I have become more used to it," he remarked. "It will not take you long to get used to riding," Wild replied. "By the time we .get back from the trip you will be a full-fledged horseman." "l just hope I am, that's all." There was nothing elaborate about the camp of the Rough Riaers. 'rl1ey had brought no tents along, but each had two blankets, a woolen one and a rubber one. 'rhey had to sleep in the open air, but that climate in the summer was very healthful, and there was no danger of any one catching cold. Wild appointed two men to act as guards the first half o f the night, and two' for the last half. Then they sat down around the campfire and the Rongh Riders amused themselves by telling stories ad playing cards. I It must have bezn about nine o'clock in the evening when one of the guards came in and reported that there wer<; three men out on the trail who desired to stop with them over night. "Let them come in and we will talk to them," Young Wild West answered. A couple of minutes the three st ranger s came walking into the camp, leading their horses. One of them was a black-bearded man, with a certain de gree of refinement about him, and the others were iypical bord e rrnen. "We were riding along in search of a good spot to put up for the night," said the man with the black lfoard, "when we suddenly saw your campfire s hinin g through the trees. That made u s feel like stoppi ng with you, so when \ve came upon your guard we asked him if we ; could do so." "Well, I rather think none of us have any objections to your staying with us oveT night, strangers," Wild told him. "Where did you come from, anyway?" "From Devil Creek." It was one of the other men who made this reply. "Yes; we come from Devil Creek," s pok e up the bearded man. "That is, there is wher e we come from since I have been riiding horseback. am from Chicago, and I took it in my head that I would like to make a trip in the saddle from Devil Creek to Cheyenne City That is where we are bound. My name is .Tohn Ralph. These two men, who I engaged to accompany me on the trip, are Dave Moorehouse and Happy Buckalew. They were recommended to me by the l eading hotel man at Devil Creek." "Weli," said Wild, when he had sized all three of them up and arrived at the conclusion that the bearded man was disguised ancl that the other two were a couple of villains, "you are welcome to stay with u s to-night. We are not the sert to drive stra nger s away." "Thank you," excla imed John Ralph. "Now may I ask to whom we are indebted for this hospitality?" "Certainly. My name is Young Wild West, and these are my Rough Riders." "Oh, I am glad to meet y9u, Young Wild West. It seems to me I heard your name mentioned at Devil C'reek." "Of rourse yer did," remarked the fellow who had been introduced as Dave Moorehouse. "Young Wild West's name is mentioned very often in our town. It was him what boomed ther place an' put it in ther way of gittin' to be what it is. I kn owed it was Young Wild West as soon a5 I sot eyes on hiin; I've seen him a few times, I reckon." Wild looked lrnrd at the speaker. He did not recollect having seen him before, but he thought he might be telling the truth, for all that. "Dave is right, boss," observed the other. '' 0 course. Happy knows I'm always ri ght. I'm his father-in-law, an' I reckon he's seen enough of me to know that I'm putty neai rigM when I say a thing." This remark from Moorehouse caused every one within hearing to smile.


YOUNG \VILD WEST'S ROUGH RIDERS. 9 If the man was a villain he certainly had a comical way about him. And so it was with the other fellow, whom they called Happy, for when he remarked that "he guessed he'd known Moorehouse altogether longer than he oughter," our friends could not repress a laugh. The trio had provisions with them, and when they asked permission to use the fire to coffee it was promptly given them. A little later Lancaster called Young Wild West aside. "Do you know one thing, Wild?" he said. "It strikes me that I have seen that man with the whiskers before. If it was not for the heavy heard I would be willing to swear that he is the fellow who tried to rob me on the train just before we got into Spondulicks." "Is that so?" retorted our hero. "Well, the beard makes no difference in the case, then, for I am of the opinion that it is a false one." "Do you really think that?" "Yes." the best way. Then if his hired tools interfere and go to draw their shooters something will happen." "I see," and the tenderfoot smiled. An h

10 YOUXG IYILD WEST'S ROUGH RIDERS. There was no mi staking the meaning of the words" and the villain became sudde nly quiet. The tenderfoot now got a grip on his throat and threw him over on his back as though h e }13d been a mere child. 11h e whole camp was aroused now, and rising to his :feet, l'i'ild called out: "Boys, jus t see that none of our three guests get a way from t h e camp!" At this the of galloping hoof s came lo his ears. The n two s hot s rang out in quick s ucce ss ion. m r unde r s tood it all now The other two men had been at the outskirts of the camp with the horses, waiting. fol' John Ralph to get the Philad e l phian's money. Hearing the rumpns caused b y the discovery of the thief, they had mounted a11d w ere now making their escape Cheyenne Charlie and .Jim Dart ran in the direct ion the s hots had come from, tl'\Eti11 revolver s in their hands r e aoy for instant use. They w e r e met by one of the guards. "They' r e gone!" he cried, excite dly. "I shot at 'em, but it was too .Jark for me to draw a bead on 'em. Tl).el'e was two of 'e n1; the oth e r on e mus t b e in the r camp yet.'' "Yes; th er other mea s ley coyote i s here yet," answered the scout. "Young Wild West has got him all right." "vVhat was the r matte r with 'em, anyhow?" "I don't je s t know, but som ethin' is de c ideclly wrong with 'e m, you kin b('t." Charlie and Jim ran to ask their leader if they s hould mount and follow the villains. "No," repli ed Wild, when they came running up to where he stood. "Let them go; we've got the one we want. The others wer e only his tools, anyway.'' Lancaster had s ucceeded in taking the w eapo n s away from John Ralph, for it was none other than h e and he sat. on his prostrate body, waiting for Young Wild West to tell him what to do. ''Let him np," said the young Prince of the Saddle. The tenderfoot at once got off the pro strate form. The man with the heavy beard remained perfectly still. "Get up!" commanderl Wild. "Mercy plead e d the s r.oundr e l. "If I have clone anything wrong I am not aware of it. I am a s leep-walker." "A sleep-walker, eh? Well, you didn't h appe n to be walking when I caught you in the act of going through out friend here. Just be kind enough to take off that fal'Se beard you have on Instead of obeying the command the scoundrel sprang to his feet and started to run away. Crack! It was Young Wild West's revolver that s poke, as the report rang ont Ralph dropped to the ground, utte1:1'g a cry of pain. "Get up ancl,. c ome here! Yon are not b a dly hurt!" cried Wild. It was astonishing to see how qu ick-ly the man got upon hi s feet again. HP can1e slow l y back, Lhe picture of abject misery and humiliation "I g u ess you ain't hurt much," resumed our l;iero. "I only shot to graze your le.ft arm. Now, then, kindly take off that fabe u eard.' Ralph dir1 nut wait to be told aga in H e very cinickly removed tho beard. "That',; him!" exclaimed Lancaster. "He's the same man who tried Lo.rob me on tho train!" "Ther poor fool!" said Cheyenne Charlie, in a sneering tone. "As if h e didn't know any better Urnn to foll er Young Wil d W est's Rough Ridern for ther purpose of rob bn' one of 'em. Ther poor fool! Fetch out a lariat, some body, an' we'll treat him ther as we do a thief!" Merc y Illercy !" screamed the cnlprit, his knees knocking together i:md hi s teeth beginning to chatter. "You need mercy to be takrn on you, J n'ckon," rrtorted the scout, grimly sm ilin g . "A s1wak thief ain't any beticr than a thief, an' a horse thief is as bacl a murderer. I vote to hang you to Lhat pine tree, I do-" At this the man dropped to the ground from fright. As handy as he was at robbing people, he was but the meanest kind of a cowar d, after all. "We will attend to his case after it get8 tla.dight," spoke up Wild. ".T ust tie him i.o that tree, There was not one word of objection now that the l ea

YOU.:. G IVILD WEST'S ROUGH RIDERS. I 11 "Yes," answered "'ild. "There will 'be enough in those two hams to give us all a taste." Xo one paid any attention to the prisoner while they w e r e eating The villain had been making desperate effor ts to free him. elf ever since he }rnd been tied to the tree. "\.nd he had made goocl h eadway at it. He founcl that he now had loosened the ropes that bound his hands enough to get them free. .All it needed was a sharp tug. It could not have been ::i better time to act than when the Rough Rider at their breakfa t. He watched his chance, and then, when h e was certain that no one was l ooking his way, he gave the required tug and released his Then he remained perfectly quiet for a minute or two Since daylight i.he v illain had been looking around the camp anrl near t1 e vicinity. H e could see where the horses were, and h e easily s ingled out his own, which had been brought back by the guarcl when his two companions had made their escape John Ralph was an expert at sneak ing tricks. He had an idea that if he once got free he could reach his horse a 1d get away. X ow he was goi:hg to try it. He had an id ea that his captors would not 'Use him any worse than they intended to now if they callght him. Three minute from the time h e s lipp ed hi s bond s from his hands he was free from the tree. He dropped to the ground and began snea king toward the horses, making a elight detour through the bu shes The Rou g h Riders were laughing and chatting as they drank their c;ofl'ee, .not thinking of their captive jus t then Ralph got to his horse with little difficulty. Then he had a good opportunity to s addle the anima l since the rest of the hornes shut him from the view of the men. One thing R alph was not goin g to run the ris k of doing. That was to get hold of a weapon. He was too much of a coward for that, since he would have to come in contact with some of the Rough Rid e rs to do it. Trembling at the thought that the men might shoot him as he rode away, he got upon the hor se's back. The n he rode him clear of the rest ancl urged him into a ga llop. Young Wild W est :i.nd companion:; heard the hoof beats of lhc horse, and they sprang to their feet instantly. But the escaping villain h ad rounded a dense clump of trees, and t hey ilid not catch sight of him. Our hero thought of the prisoner all of a sudden, anu looking toward the tree he sa w that he was gone "Boys, Mr. John Ralph as he called himse lf, has got the best of us, aft('r a ll. See, h e i s gon e !" he exclaimed. "Great Scott!'' said Lanca s ter. "I forgot all about him!" we b etter go an' catch hinoi ?" asked Charlie, who al ways had it in for evil doers. "I can't see where there would be any use in catehfog him," replied Wild. "We don t want to be bothered with him as a prisoner. Let him go. He hasn't a knife or a volver with him, and that will be punishment enough for him if he trikef: worse company than his own." "That fles h wo1md you gave him will be apt to make him r e memb e r u s for awhi le, anyway," s pok e up the tenderfoot. I thou ght s ure you killed him when you fired." "I had no such inte ntion. I did jus t what I tried to do-touch hi s arm with the bullet." "Well, that j g what I call accurate shooting. And didn't he drop though He acted as though he either killed, or mortally wounded." "That is generally the way with s uch men as he. Some of them will drop even if they only hear the s ing of a bullet. 'rhey drop to keep you from firing another s hot. i s s weet to them, and they lrnte to run the ri s k of being cnt off so s hort a s all that. The incident caused by the advent of the three villains in the camp was soon forgotten, and a few minute s later Young \Yild Wesf s Rough Rider were in the saddle and. on their way for the wildest part of the Roc kies. During the day 'Wild gave the Philadelphian seve ral le s sons in shooting. H e found him an apt pupil, eager and anxiou s to learn. The boys Rhot plenty that day, and meat they did not eat they 8alted and took alon g with them. 'rhough it was umm er the air was cool and bracing on the r ange !illd the promoter of Young Wild West's R o ugh Rider s enjoyed it immensely. They s aw nothing of either of the three villains who had come to their camp fhe night before, and when they went into camp that night they were not di s turbed. It was near noon on the next day that they struck a portion of tl1i range that was wild and picturesque the extreme. Jus t as the tenderfoot was expressing his admiration at what he saw, the shrill scream of a female rang out .It came from around a bend about fifty yards ahead of the m, and in s tantl y the Rough Riders urged their bones to a fa ster gait. Wild led the way around the bend just as another shriek rang out. Then they saw an old man dash out of a cabin an( seize a frighte ned girl by the arm and raise a club t1 ::1trike her. Wild leveled his revolver. CHAPTER V. A CASE OF ,DIAMOND CUT DIAMOND John Ralph breathed a deep sigh of relief when no shots "red at him an

12 Y01JNG WJLD WRS'r'S ROUGH RIDERS. The villain was a stranger i11 those parts and not inuch used to the s addle, anyway. -That made his position one not to be envied, since he knew not which way to turn. H e had depended stric tly upon Moorehouse and Happy to lead him through the wilderness till they found his in tend e d victim. Being without arms, he began to worry over his plight as he rode along. "If I could only strike my two partners," he muttered. "I wonder where they went, anyhow? I suppose they did right in l eaving whe n they found I had been caught, but I think they ought to have remained somewher e in the vicin ity. That Young 'Nild West i s the greatest fellow I ever 8aw, but I'll get even with him for bloc king my game, see if I don't. There are more than one way to kill a cat. He may be all right at shooting and fighting, but I guess I can l earn him soi;nething whe n it comes to cunning." He rode along, picking his way over the rough mountain side as best he conld, for 'tl couple of hours. Then he began to grow hungr y The villain had been in hope s all along of finding a trail of Rome kind, but had failed. In hi s hasty flight he had forgotten to follow the trail mad e by his companions, for there had been a chance for him to do it, as there was plenty of grass near the camp of our friends. But it was too late now, and being weary and hungry, he at length came to a halt and dismounted to try to study out some plan of action. He tied his horse by the side of a little mountain st ream, and then after indulging in a good drink, sat down on a rock. He had plenty of food for thought, but none to eat. While the rascal sat there meditating a rifle .shot s uddenly sound.ea. He sprang to his feet as though the bullet had come within an ace of hitting him, when in reality it did not come that way at all. While he stood there trembling in fright h e heard a crashing in ihe bushes, and the next moment a bear came into view. The creature was wounded, and seeing the man standing there, it made for him with an angry growl. John Ralph made a break for hi s horse. He had no desire to furnish a meal for the bear just then. As he got to his hurse, another shot rang out and the bear stagge red along a few paces and fell dead. 'I'hen a thrill of hope shot through the villain's frame. Some one had shot the bear and they would sure ly come there! .. It mattered littl e to hi;rn whether it proved to be a friend or foe. He had lost his way, and he felt that he would surely starve to d eat h unless some one came to show him the ;,,vay to civilization. Without untying his horse, he stood there waiting for some body to appear. And he did not1 have to wait long, for presently two men bur st from the bu5hes and ran towQ.rd the fallen bear "Glory!" shouted Ralph, joyou sly for he recognized the two as .Moorehouse and Happy. "Is it you, boss ?n the pair asked in a breath. "Yes, yes And I am so glad to see you that I can h a rdly express myself. Why didn't ypu hang around the camp and try to get me away from those fellows?" "We hang around as close as we dared to, after we found they didn't come after u s," said Moor e house. "We was about half a mile away whe n they mounted and started off. But 're thought you was with 'drn a pri s oner, bos'; or else that they' d s hot you or s omethin'. That's right, ain't it, H appy?" "Yes, that's right. Dave' s got it s traight for once in his life ; anyhow We hung around till them Rou g h Rider fellers got out of sight, an' then we sta rted off kindJr sad like, thinkin' that you was either dead, or a prisoner. W c rode along, and putty soon we struck a trail. We looked an' found that it was made only by one hor s e so we reck oned we"d better foller it art' see what there was in it. That's ri ght, ain't it, Dave?" "Yes; that's right, boss. Happy is tellin' ther truth for once in his life, anyhow." John Halph could not repress a smile. He had known the men but a couple of day s but during that time he had. learned that they were the most p ecu liar pair h e had ever met. Father-in-law and son-in-law they got along pretty go0tl togeth e r, though one was continually casting reflection s upon the other as to th<:>ir hone sty and veracity. That made no difference to Ralph, however; they wer e just the m e n to suit his purpose, and when he had told them )> of the large s um of money the Philadelphian had with him, they were perfectly willing to follow him up and run the chance of getting a share of it when the haul was made. 'I'he haul had been attempt e d, but had proven rather dis astrous to a 11 three. But Moore house and Happ y did not show any signs of worriment over the way things had turned out. "A whole c;kin i s better than filthy lucre, anyway," is the way Happy exprt-Ssed it. "\Ve kept on follerin' ther trail," he re sumed, "thinkin' as how we might ketch some feller una wares an' take what he had from him, when all at once we seen ther tracks of a bear. \Ve hadn't had any breakfa s t, so w e follers ther bear, an' when we sees him, Happy, he shoots Happy didn't Jo him much harm, bnt when I fired I brought him down, an' there he is. I'm awful glad we come across you, boss. How did you git away from Young Wild West an' his crowd?' John Ralph quickly told them all about it. 'l'hey look ed at him admiringly and made complimentary remarks during the r ecital of his ad ventures and escape. "You're a dandy, boss!" exclaimed Happy. "If I had. only got that fellow's money I think I would call myself a dandy," was the reply. "We ll, there's more money 'sides that in ther world," observed M00rehouse.


, . .... YOUNG WILD WEST'S ROUGH RIDER8. 13 "That is poor consolation." "Ain't yer hungry, boss?" Happy questioned. "Y es--almos t starved. "We'll make a fire an' cook breakfast, then. W e've got all th e r things we had with us, you know." "Good! Hurry up and get the coffee made." The two men were hustlers when it came to st arting a fir e and getting somet hin g to eat ready. They went at it swift l y and systematica lly, a nd in a few minute s the odor of boilin g coffee filled the mountain air in that vicinity. Some bacon and biscuits made up the rest of the meal for Ralph, but Moorehouse and H appy were not 2atisfied with that alone; they cut off the ham of the slain bear, and salt ing some of the meat, filled with animal heat as it was, and proceeded to cook it. "I don't care to eat that," said Ralph. "What's thcr difference?" said Moorehouse. "It gits warm when it starts to cook, don't it?" "Oh, yes. But no meat shou ld be eaten until the animal heat has entirely left it." "Well, I reckon there won't be much animal neat left in this when WC git reaay to go at it," observed Happy with a. grin. "No; I suppose not. Go ahead and eat it; every one to his taste, you know. If you save a coup l e of s lice s of the bear I might lik e a bit of it for s uppeT." "Oh, we'll save it, you bet." The sneak thief had managed to appease his hunger with the biscuits, coffee and bacon, and he now felt in p rck ets for his pipe and tobacco. He found them for when he was ca ptured nothin g had been taken from him but his weapons. When he h ad lighted his pipe Ralph b egmt to think about those same weapons. His compa nion s each had a rifle, a bowie knife and a brace of revolvers. They would no doubt let him have o n e of the revolvers, but he thought he would feel b ette r if he had a rifl e s lun g over his sl10ulder. The two m e n joked as they ate their meal, and said complimentary things about their boss until at last he concluded that they would give him any of their w e apon s that he a s k e d for. But he had not been with that pair long enough to become thoroughl y acquainted with them. Since the schem e to rob the Philad elp hian had failed they felt that Halph no l onge r had any claim upon them. They resolved that he s hould take hi s chanqes, jus t the same as any other s trimge dog. The pair took their time about eating, and when the y had :finishe d and put the things away to resum e their journey, John Ralph arose, and knocking the ashes from his pipe, s aid: "Boys, I s uppose I can have one of your rifles, and a pi s tol and a knife?" Moorehouse and Happy looked at each other and then burst into a laugh. "What!" cried the former; "you don't s'pose we're ;:;oin' to give up our s hootin irons an knives, do yer? 11.'hy, they cost us money." Dav e speaks ther truth, boss," Happy add e d hastily. A s hadow crossed the countenance of the boss. "You are not going to let me travel along with you with out an y w eapo ns, a r e you?" he questioned anxiously "You'll hav e to run the r chance of gittin' some, T reckon. It might b e that we'll strike some one that'll have more than he want s in that line, an' then you kin :fit yourself out. But as it is, I, or one, am goin' to hang right onto what I've got "1\{e, too, boss.'' At this an angry look flashed from the man's eyes. "What did I get you to come with me for?" he de manded. "To follow up Young Wild W est's Rough Riders an' help you rob ther feller what was supposed to have more : money than brains," answered Happy promptly. "That's .it. Well, we haven't done it yet, have we? : John Ralph 11.3.d his wits at work now. "No; I reckon we ain't," and then both men laughed. "Well, that don't say that we won't I mean to have that money, and I expect to divide it with you fellows. I got beat at my game this time, but guess I will be able to show Young Wild West a thing or two before this trip is over. Now, the question is, are you going to stick to c me?" .m and l?oked at eac h other in silence for a moment. On e was trying to read the thoughts of the other Happy was the one to make the reply "Well, you see, boss,'' said he, "I reckon we ain't got much of 11n idea that you'll git ther money from the r tenderfoot. W e did have when we sta r ted with yer, but we've changed our mind s now, ain't we, Dave?" "Happy is tellin' what's so this time, boss." "You think so, eh? Well, you just put me on the trail of those fell0ws, and I will guarantee that I will have that money before I quit I won't do it by killing any orie, e ither. I've got another disguise in my coat-tail pocket.:l. I do my robbing business on the sly; I don't go in to hold anybody up like most people out here do. I came within an ace of getting the tenderfoot's money; it was Young Wild West who awoke and caught me. Young Wild W est will not be with him all the time, will he? He ha s not got enough sense to keep me from getting his money, and I am going to get' it. Now, you fellows can quit me if you want to; but just give me one of the revolv e rs you have got and put me on the trail of the Hough Rid e r s I will give you all the money I have got in return for it." This kind of talk put a new phase on matter s Moorehonse and Happy s imultaneou s ly came to the con clusion that Sohn Ralph was all right, after all. After looking at each other for a moment, Moorehouse said: We'll take: you an' show you ther trail an' foller it with yer till we sight ther gang in camp to-night. Then you kin


' .. 14 YOUNG WILD WEST'S ROUGH RIDERS. go ahead .an' try yer scheme, an' we'll settle on a place to meet after you've done it. We want to do ther right thing by yer, don't we, Happy/" "Of course we do. 1'11 l et you have one of my s hooters, boss, an you needn t pay me a cent for it." Ralph breathed a sigh of relief. He had won the men by hi s tact and coolness, and now h e resol ved to dupe them, in case he s hould get hold of ihe Philadelphian's money "I can see their game," he thought, as he took the revol ver Happy tend e red him and mounted hi s horse. "They would not he s itate to murder me and tafrn the whol e lot of money, so I'll just fix them if I get it." Then he added abud: "I thought you people would not go back on me. J am a m a n who never stopped till he got what he was looking for, and I am not going to lat up now till I get that pile of money that rich tenderfoot ha B got. Now, l et us :fiud the frail and keep at a safe distance behind Young Wild West and his Rough Rid e rs. I am not going to allow a mere boy i.o beat me in this game, eveu if he did take in the :first trick." "That's ther way to talk, boss!" exclaimed Happy. "You nre made out. of ther right kind of s tuff, an' that's what I told Moorehouse ther other day when we fir s t set on yer "That's what he did, boss;... he's tellin' ther truth this time," Moorehouse assured him. "I've got what might be couple of smart fools to deal with," thought Ralph. "Well, I'll show them how nice I will outwit them, that's all." 'rhe three were now ready to go, so they set out on a sharp trot. l Moorehouse and Happy were pretty well experienced at traveling about in wild sections, and as they knew just what direction the Rough Riders took, they :figure d that they would not be long in :fiuding the trail. It was a little after noon when they struck it, and then Moorehouse said he was hungry, so they halted a nd started a :fire in a little gully where there was water to b e found and grass for their horses. Happy was hungry, too, anft so was John Ralph. The latter even condescended to eat some of the bear meat now, and h e said the animal heat was all out of it, and that it was good. After a short rest they agajn set out. The villainous trio kept it up till s unset without s i ght.l\1g the ones they were looking for, and then Happy said that the only thing they could do was to start out about an hour before daylight th<=! next morning, as that would give them a chance to catrh up a little. This plan of action was agreed upon. It was about an hour before s unrise when they set out, after eating a hurried meal. They conld not see the trail, to be sure, but they allowed the horses to have their way about it, knowing they \vould follow where others had gone. CHAPTER VI. TI-IE RORTrnl!D OF THE ROCKIES. "Stop that!" thnndered Young Wild West, as he leveled his revolver at the old man. Drop that club, or I will send a bullet through ycur cowardl y heart!" 'l'h e command coming to him so s udd en, th e ol

YOUNG WILD WEST'S ROUGH RIDERS. 15 "He is m one of his wild moods again," souhed the girl, ''and he gone away to ome hiding place he has not far from this spot He may not be back agmn in two or three days. Oh, I am so glad that you came here Iler eyes were fixed upon Lancaster when she said this, and the young man blushed a deep crimson, for h e saw that 8he was very beautiful, in spite of the common attire she wore. "I assure you, miss, that you are no more glad than we are,'' he answered. "There i ome my tcry to all this; \ron't you kindly i.ell us what it all meam? We shall be only too glad to escort you to a place of safety "Thank you for the offer, but I dare not l eave this cabin," she answered, and then a shudder came ove r her. 'I have li ved here for seven years, because-because--" "Because what, please?" "Because my father was an innocent man." 'rhis reply was a rather vague one, but a gl1mce from Young Wild West told the Philadelphian not to question her further. "You have no objection i.o our camp in g here for an hour or so?" asked Wild. o, no. I woulrl be glad to have you do so," was the quick reply, while a happy light came in the girl's eyes. "Dismount!" commanded the you n g l eader of the Rough Riders, Lurning to his men. "'rhis is as fine a spot as we could find the whole mountains over. We will cook our c. dinner here and take a rest." "The balance of the day," added Lancaster, who was more than interested in the beautiful girl they had met under such strange eircumstances. He was smitte n by her rare and innocent beauty, and, in fact, he had fallen in love with her. The sixteen horses were soon tied where they coulll get at the luxuriant grass, and then the rid ers busied t h em selves in putting the camp in proper shape. 'rhe girl watched them with a strange and eage r light in her eye-. "This is the first time I have seen many people at' a in years," shy remarked, turning to Lancaster "It delights rue, and at the same time it makes me sad, for I have been compelled to suffer the solitude of thi s place. along with my father, who was innocent of the charge they put upon him." "Tell u s your story, if you will, miss," saia. Wild. "It may be that we can help you." he hesitated a moment, and then looking in the direc tion the madman had gone, s he went in the house and brought out three rough, home-made chairs She placed them near the cabin door, and then our hero and the tenderfoot did not hesitate to sit upon two of them. The rebt of the party were busy a few yards off and did not seem to be paying much attentio n them. The beaui.iful mountain girl took the other chair and then remained s il ent, as though s he dreaded to tell her story She acted as though there was something shameful at tached to it. "What is your name, if I may a sk?" Young Wild West observed, know ing that she needed a little encouragement to go ahead. "Rose Mallow is my name," she answered softly. "My poor falher call ed me the Rosebud of the Rockies. I sup he called me that because-there were no other children in the Rocky Mountains hereabouts." lol.'he last was spoken apologetically, a s though she felt that she was unworthy of such a title. "An appropriate nickname, I should say," s aid Lancas Ler. "Rosebud of the Rockies! Why, that sounds roman tic. I am more pleased than ever, Wild, at coming on this trip." "I am glad of it, Harrie. Now we had better introduce ourselves. Miss Mallow, this is Mr. Harrie Eugene Lancaster, of Philadelphia." 'rlrn girl bowed, showing that she knew what politeness and good manners were, even if she had been cooped up in the mountains for s o long a time. "And this is Young Wild West, the Prince of the Saddle ancl,all-around hero, Miss Mallow," Lancaster added. "Our band here is what is known as Young Wild West's Rough Riders, and we are on a trip through the mountainous re gions sea r c hin g for adventure. Meeting you here has been one of the greatest adventures we have met with so far, though we did have some troubl e with three thieves the night b efore la s t. I doubt if anything can happen on the. trip that will exceed our present adventure, which I shall call the finding of the Rosebud of the Rockies." The gir l blushed and smiled alternately. The ice had been broken now, and she proceedM to tell them all about )lerself, the substance of 1which was as follows: Seven years before her father had taken her and h e r mother away from Denver very suddenly. It was not till thev had reached the serlusion of the Rocky Mountains that Rose, who was then teh years of age, l earned what it all meant . Her father had been accused of robbing a bank of which he was the cas hi e r. Everything pointed to his guilt, though he was innocent, she took pains to declare. Rath er than stan d a trial and the disgrace he fled to the mountains with his wife and child and lived in dread, accumulating gold at the same time. Two years after this haJJpened the girl's mother died. Then Rose set bravely at it to keep house in the little cabin for her :father. H e had often imP,ressed it upon her that if she ever returned to civilization after was no more she must go un der another naIJ:1*. Things went along in their own way for four years more and the Rosebud of the Rockies was budding into woman hood. she began to pine for the things she had known in her gi rlhood days. But she loved her father devoteCUy,, and as a e;hild could be.


16 YOUNG WILD WEST' S RQ UGH RIDERS. She was de termi n e d t o help him fight out hi s battle if diet ake my lif e on him any tim e !" Wil d was jus t g oin g to say som e thing when a hoarse y ell rang out close a t hand. The madman was c oming back. CHAPTER VII. .A. D AST.A.RDL Y CRIME. Wh e n dayli ght overtook the three villain s who w e re trying to ca tc h up with Youn g Wild West's Rough Rid e r s thf!y found t h e mselves in a ver y wild part of the mountain s The ground was hard and s tony, and the trail mad e by thos e who had preced e d the m could not b e s een at all. They halte d whe n the sun c am e up and John Ralph s howed signs of great di s appoin t m e nt. "They h ave s lipp e d u s I g u ess, h e s aid. "It i s too b ad! But I will find them, and I will ge t the t ende rfoot's mon ey, if it takes a month to do it!" "We'll find 'em all ri g ht," Happy assure d him. "They cam e this way but w e can t see the r trail, that's all. Jes t wait till w e strike some soft ground; the n it will be a s plain as day." "That's right boss; H a ppy i s tellin' tber truth," Moore hou s e s poke up. "Our horses know e nou g h to foll o w whe r e o ther others went. Don t git worried now, 'cau s e if you git to worryin' too much you mi ght git into a stre ak of b a d lu ck that you w o n t git out of. Jest take it e a sy. That's tbe r way, ain't i t Happy?" "Dave i s right, boss. W e' ll find Youn g Wild W est's g a n g all right, an we won't b e lon g in doin' it. They were jus t about to g o ahead whe n a hors eman s ud d e nly round e d an angle of the irregular path and came toward the m He was a middl e a g e d man attire d in a corduro y suit anJ top boot s and was arme d with a rifl e revolv e r and hunting knife. "Good-mornin g, stranger s!" he called out a s he came to a halt. "Good-morning!" r e pli e d Ralph, polit e ly. "What brings you thi s way alon e ?" "What b in gs the three of y ou her e I might a sk?" was the retort, whil e the gra y eyes of the man twinkled. "I can eas ily and quickly t ell you that. I am on my way to Ch eyenne Cit y I hired these two m e n t o s h o w me the way It i s a sort of ple a s ure trip, you sort of trip I am not u s ed to." "Ah, well, s ince y ou have told me what you are doing here, I'll t e ll you my errand here I am looking for a lone cabin s a r ound h e re. Haven't s e en anything of it, hav e you?" "No, r e torted the thre e s haking their head s and t e llin g the truth. "A lone cabin!" exclaimed Ralph "Does any on e i n it?"


YOUNG WILD WEST'S ROUGH RIDERS. "Yes, according to the information I received. A man Here is your revolver, Happy. I've got one of my own lives in it who has heen away Denver for seven or eight now. T ake off his coat and vest, too." years. He is a man I want to find, and when I do find him The men were thunderstruck at what happened, for, as I have an idea that he will be the happiest man alive." bad as they were, they had n ever seen a more cold-bloodeu "Why, how is that?" questioned the sneak thief, becomaft committed, and it took their nerve from them tern-ing very much interested. porarily. "Well, this man left Denver because he was branded as But they obeyed the villain's command just as though he a bank robber," went on the stranger. "Two months ago really was their boss. it was discovered that he was innocent, and the bank officials They did this before they had time to sum up what had i1nmediately made an appropriation of fifty thousand doltaken place. lars to be expended, if necessary, in finding the man and Mechanically they went through the pockets, taking out bringing him back to Denver." everything there was irr them. "An' you're lookin' for that man?" obsehed Moorehouse. About three hundred dollars in money was found, and "Yes; and if I find him I will make a neat thing out of a big pocket-book that contained severa l documents and pa. pers that had a legal aspect. "You must have had some clew to bring you here in the "Each of you take a hundred," calmly observed the mountains after your man,'' ventured John Ralph. sneak thief. "I'll take what is l eft of the money and the "I did. A brother of the man gave the clew, when he pocket-book. Are you satisfied?" came out here a year ago. He is the man who had a hand in "Yes, boss, we're satisfied," Moorehouse gasped. ;robbing the bank, and he threw the blame upon his brother. The fellow don't carrv a watch, it seems. 'rhat is Then, I have reason to believe, after he thought his secret rather odd, isn't it?" was in danger of leaking out, he sought out the brother "Yes, b@ss; that"s rather odd," and Happy scratched to live a recluse with 111m. Of course that is only my thehis head to try and get his nerve. ory, but I have learned enough since I have been in the "Just toss the body over the cliff .over there and give mountains to make me feel convinced that my theory is the horse a cut. A l;10rse that belonged to some one else correct. I have information from parties in the town o-f is bad property to be found with, you know, so we don't want Martin Flats, forty miles below here, that the very people the animal." I want are living in a lone cabin somewhere in these parts." "That's a rather strange case, I should say." By this time the two men had recoveredfrom the surprise "yes; it is a strange case, but I am used to such. I the sudden shooting had brought upon them. am a detective by pro.fessi9 n, you see." They looked at each other, and then turnedto Ralph. "I thought as much," and the sneak thief could not help "You're what I call a putty cool hand," Happy remarked. wincing under the gaze of the man. "I didn't know you was that kind of a man. Now, I reckLike all other villains, he had a dislike for detectives, on that since you was the one what shot ther feller, you kin be ther one what. throws ther carcass over ther cliff. Ain't or any other of the law, for that matter. He knew they had a. way of reading pretty well what a that right, Dave?" man was. "Yes, boss; Happy's right," retorted Moorehouse, looking It suddenly occurred to him that if the detective should straight at the meaking scoundrel. happen to get a bullet in his heart in that lonely spot that "Oh, all right. If you are afraid to do it, I'll throw the the weapons he was equipped with would come in very body over. Here goes!" and as the cliff was but a few feet handy for him. distant the task was soon done. This thought had scarcely fl.ashed upon the villain than But before he did it, he took the dead man's hat and laid he whipped out his revolver and shot the man who was it aside. sitting on the back of his horse less than six feet from him. 'rhcn, as he walked bock to his horse, he picked it up and The rnnge was too close for him to miss, and with a tried it on. groan the detective reeled from the saddle and foll to thr, It fit him as though it had been made for him, and with .. ground out any hesitation he threw his own hat over the cliff, and "Great Rattlesnakes cried Dave Moorehouse, looking at then changing his coat and vest for thooe of the dead man, the "boss" ith distended eyes. "You're a dandy, you he threw what he did not want after the hat. are." "Now, then, boys, I am the man what is looking for the "That's right, boss,'' spoke up Happy. "Dave has told lone cabin and the two brothers," he observed, calmly. th er truth for once in his life." "'rhat is what I'll tell oung Wild West if I should run But the murderer paid no attention to the remarks. across him. I've got the other fellow's papers, you lmow, He dismounted as soon as the body touched the ground and by changing my looks a little with these things, I guess Then the next minute he was appropriating the rifle and they won't know me." other weapons. As he finished speaking the villain placed his hand in "Go through his clothes," he said to the two villains with his trousers pocket and. drew forth a wig and beard. him. "We will divide equally what there is to be found. Both were of a blond color.


' 18 YOU G WILD \VEST'S ROUGH RIDERS. "He beatti ther deck, don't he, Happy?" exclaimed _jfoorchouse. "'1\lrnt's right. 'rher boss is thcr man I've seen since I left Cheesequake Creek nineteen years ago." Ralph smiled. \ He no>v tbol1ght he had got the men to fear him slightly and that was just what he wanted them to do. But he was mistaken in his men. Moorehcuse and Happy liked him less than ever now. The foul crime he had committed was too much for them, as bad as they were. They were simply waiting for tlic opportunity to fix him up, as they termed it. 'l'hey meant to relieve him of everything he ha.d, and then turn him adrift in tlie same condition they had found him when they shot the bear the day before. But they wanted him to get the money from the tender foot first. John Ralph mounted his horse, and they followed suit. "Now let us .find the trail of the Rough Riders as soon as possible,'' he said. He had donned the wig, beard and hat, and his appear ance <;ertainly was changed remarkably. They kept on riding for an hour, and then as they r eached a patch of soft ground, they suddenly came upon the trail of the Rough Hiders. "I told yer so,'' cried Happy. "I see it,'' retorted Ralph. let us go on." '' IIere's ther trail "You were right. Now At n sharp clip they procec

YOUNG WILD WEST'S ROUGH RIDERS. 19 "Lei him go now. If he comes back again, which I think he will prct.r soon, 1 have an idea that we will be able to catch him. The minute you fellows hear that yell of his I want you to run up that hill as fa ta you d'an. That is, 0 if the yell comefrom up there." "\V c understand, I guess, an wcrecl Jim. The Rosebud of the Hookie s stood in the cloorway 0 the cabi.n, waiting in an e:xpectan t manner, and when Rhe srnr the -four coming back she turncartily as it progressed. But before he had concluded it Lancaster came out, car rying a small tub 0 pickles The lid was off and the Rough Riders could see the appe tizing dainties plainly. Then everybody's mouth began to water. After him came Ro;:;e Ma llow wit h three man tcr loaves 0 :freshly baked bread in her arms "This may be a treat for you and it may not," she said, blushingly. "A treat?" echoed Jack Robedee. "I reckon it 11 be more than a treat! Pickles, boys! Jest think of it!" 'rhe Ho,;ebud of the Rockies wa put cutting up the bread, and she managed to fix it so there were two big slices or each of them. And lh c slices were thick ones, too. Aficr that s h e left them and went back into the cabin. Many o.f the Rongh Riders were willing to take an affida vit thnt they never down to a meal that they enjoyed so much, and all declared they had never eaten a better one. 'rhey ate without being disturbl d in the least, and when the l as t man had got up from where he was sitting on the ground and the pipes were going ii was a pretty con t ented crowd. Wild was just beginning to think that the old man had given up his iclea of driYin g them away when all of a sud d en the hoarse scream rang out a ga in. It cam e from ihi;; same plnce as it had the last time and mstantly the four partners made for the p1ace. But before they reached the path to a eend the little hill a man came rnnning down helter-skelter with the madman in hot pnniuit. Straight for the camp of the TOugh riders the man ran, an cl as he came our friends sa w that he' was decided l y o! the blond type. Both his hair m1cl brnrcl were decidedly yellow, and his face, which was almost as '"hitc as chalk from fright, made him look all the rnorc like what he appeared to be It was John R1lph. as might be suppose d The villain had come bark to tr,v and get an opportunity to steal Lancas t er's man<'>". and while he eaking around the camp he had ,;udrl('nly come 11pon the mauman. In his pre$ent rnakr-np even Young Wild West ailed to i'ecognize him. "Take him off!" yellerl Ralph "Ile's crazy!" But our fnend;: harclly heard what he said. They saw lheir opportunity to capture the old man, and they lost no time in acting upon it. Wild ran in front of him and very neatly tripped him. Then he threw himself upon him, dodging the blow the old fellow made at him with the club he had in hi;; hand as h e did so. Cheyenne Charlie and Jim Dart quickly tan to his as sistance Then, bc>tween the three or them, they overpowered him and bound him with a lariat. "I guess we've got you now. you measley co3'ote !" The olr1 man had ceased struggling as soon as he felt ihe rope being passed around his hands and body. Surlclenly he bcgau crying like a chi ld. H e was becoming rational again. "H i s all right, my friend," said Wild. "We me not going to harm you in the lea t, i you will tell us "hat has be come @f your brother." "He's in the caYe,'' was the r e ady i;eply. "I haven't hurt a hair in hi:> hra

20 YOUNG WILD WEST'S ROUGH RIDERS. "Where ig the cave? 'rell us and be quick about it." Our hero saw that a queer expression was coming over his face, and he anticipated that he was going to break out in one of his mad spells again. And he was right, for instead of answering the question put to him, the old man uttered a fiendish yell and strove to break his bonds. "I'll kill you all!" he shrieked. "Get away from here! Get away, I say!" "We'd better tie him to a tree, I reckon," spoke up Cheyenne Charlie. "Yes," answererl our hero; "tie him fast till he gets sane again." Lancaster now stepped over with Rose Mallow at his side. "Did you learn anything from him?" the young man asked. "Yes; we learned that the young lady's father is alive and unharmed in a cave somewhere. He told us that much, and thei1 he broke into one of bis crazy spells. That is good news for you, anyway, miss," he added, turning to the anxious girl. "Yes, if it is only true," she hastened to reply, her face lighting np with joy. "I think he was telling the truth when he said it. He also took pains to impress it on our minds that he had not hai:med his brother in the lea st." "Oh! if only it is true!" cried the Rosebud of the Rockies, fervently. \.t this juncture John Ralph stepped up. "l am Detective Benjamin, from Denver," he said blandly. "l am l ooking for one John William Mallow. Can any of you give me any information as to his whereabouts?" At this Rose Mallow utt red a scream and fell fainting in the arms of Harrie Lancaster. Young Wild West turned upon the intruder with flash ing eyes. "You get away from here as fast as your legs will carry you!" he exclaimed. "I don't like the looks of you!" "But young man, I am a detective---" "Kever mind about that. Look what you have done! Gone and frightened the young l ady into a fainting spell. Move, now, and be lively, or I 'll fill you with lead!" "But--" insisted the disguised villain. Becoming exasperated, Wild sent a bullet from his revol ver through t]Je top of his hat, and then, being thoroughly frightened, the cowardly sneak took to his heels and ran from the camp like a deer. Had they only known that he was the prisoner who haJ. escaped from them the day before the Rough Riders would not have let him get away from them so easily But in the excitement none 0 them had looked at him closely, though there were those among them who marveled at his presence there alone and on foot. Soh1e water was brought from a neighboring spring antl the girl was soon revived. "Calm yourse lf," said Lancaster, tenderly. "There is no harm coming to you or your father, either. Be brave, now. I will protect you wit1 my life, if necessary." "He's in love with ther gal, I reckon," Jack Robedee whispered to Bub Sprague. "I guess he i s," was the reply. The Pbiladelphian soon comforted the girl, aurl then he led her to the cabin. "Don't you worry over what that man saiil," he went on. "He will never be allowed to bother you. Why, Young Wild West 0rdered him away while you were unconscious, and because he did not go fast enough he sent a bullet through his hat." "Is that so?" she asked in surprise. "I am very to you all, I am sure." "Don't mention it." "But I can't help saying it." "You just keep up your courage now, and we will find your father for you, and then I have an idea that the my3 tery of the bank robbery in Denver will be cleared up so you can go back to your former home and enjoy living as you should." "Antl if such a thing could happ n where would you go?" "Ob, I gne s I would go to Denver, too." "You don't mean that, do you ?" "Yes, I mean it. If I didn't go a pair of bright eyes would be haunting me as long as I lived." '1,'he promoter of the band of Rough Riders was getting sentimental now, and he kept right at it. He sat in the cabin near the doorway for more than an hour talking very earnestly to the Rosebud of the Rockies, and just before he got up to come out Bub Sprague was ready to m::ike an affidavit that he saw him kiss her. But be that as it may, Lancaster came out looking very happy. The old man whom they had been compelled to tie to a tree to subject him had become silent long before this, and a few minutes after Lancaster came out of the cabin Rose ap peared. Noticing that her uncle was very quiet she walked up to him. He looked at her hal sullen ly, half crestfallen. "Uncle," said she, "where is father?" He glared at her like a wolf at bay, but said never a word. "Won't you tell me, uncle?" she pleaded. "It will be the best for us all if yon do." 'rhis time he shook his head and burst into a laugh. ''Who robbed the bank?" he cried, tauntingly. "Who ran away from his home and came to live in the mountains away from every one e l se?" "You did!" exclaimed Young Wild West, darting before the old man so suddenly that he was taken completely by surprise. "Now, i you don't tell where your brother is, you will be taken back and tried for the crime." Our hero hoped this would have the desired effect, but it did not. Instead it set the man in another fit of madness, and he fairly frothed at the mouth. "There is only one thing to do, and that is to set him free the nt>xt time he becomes quiet. Then we can follow him and where he goes."


YOUNG-WILD WEST'S ROUGH RIDERS. 21 Wild said this in a whisper to Cheyenne Charlie. It was not long before the old man became quiet. But when Wild got around to sec the whites of his eyes he could easily tell that he was not in his right mind, not by any means He concluded to wait awhile. It was w ell toward the close of the afternoon that he thought he was in about the right condition to let go. Then he walked up to him and said: "Mr. 1\Iallow, I bear you no grudge whatever, and there fore, as leader of this party, I am going to let you go where you will. I have seen enough of you to know that you are troubled with your heau, and I think if you were to go some where and remain quiet for a day or two you would come around all right. The old fellow lookt>d at him in a dazed way, and just the least' tinge of a kindly light shone in his eyes for an in stant. Then Wild severed his bonds and set him free. The madman straightened up and looked around him for a moment, and then made a bolt for the little path that l ed np to the bank above. Young Wild West waited till he had disappeared in the and then he started after him, followed by Cheyenne Charlie and Jim Dart. Jack s tayed back, because he was no good at running with his cork leg. Wild reached the top of the bank in time to see the form of the old man disappear in the path that ran fro the center of the rock. He diu not call out to those following which path to take, for fear he would startle the old man and make him hide. He simply ran as light-footed as he could down the path. It was a very crooked one, and he that he could not proceed with any degree of speed. But be kept right on, however, and at the end of a couple of minutes he could hear the footfalls of the fleeing mad man not far in advance of him. Then he kept right along, remaining at about the same distance behind him. The path ran through mazes and labyrinths, being broken at intervals by open spots of rocky ground Suddenty it ran into a dense thicket, and as Wi l d turned an angle he saw the old ma'Il come down to a walk and move in a crouching attitude toward what seemed to be a solid wall of rock. The next instant he disappeared from view entire l y. But the boy was not to be cheated that way He kept right on, and soon came to the place where he bad last seen him. Wild crouched. to the ground and carefully looked about him. He had a strong idea that he was near the cave the mad man had spoken abou t He determined to wa i t. It was impossible for any o:a.e to go mo r e than twenty feet ahead in the dir e ction the old fellow had been running, since the path led to a narrow ledge that ended in nothing. For fully five minutes our hero remained in a crouching position. He listened but could not hear a sound. Then he got up, determined to make a thorough investi gation of the place. He had scarcely got upon his 1 feet when a figure bounded from behind a clump of shrubbery and dealt him a blow on the back of his head. 'rhough it proved to be but a glancing blow, it stunned him temporarily, and he dropped to the ground like a log. Then a man dropped upon him and quickly thrust a wad of leaves in his mouth and bound a handkerchief about it. In twenty sec )nds more he had pinned the boy's arm s to his sides by winding a rope tightly about his body. This \v'as no more than done when Young Wild We8 t opened his eyes. His s enses had returned to him, and he realized what was going on thoroughly "Well, I guess I have got you, Young Wild West," a voice hissed close to his face, and looking up, l1e saw the face of the blond man who had claim!'!d to be a detective bending over him. 0 CHAPTER IX. WILD'S PECUL[AR ADVENTURE. "You get up and come along with me!" went on the man with blond hair and beard. "If you don't I'll blow your head off an cl have done with it!" Y onng Wild West became as cool and collected as he had been before the sudden attack upon him as these words grated in his ears The muzzle of a revolver was staring him right in the faee now, and he knew that it,, was best for him to obey. / So he made a move to get up, and seeing that he did this, his captor lrnlped him t-0 his feet. "I guess you don't know who I am,'' said the man in a whisper. "I had better show you; then you may feel easier." He lifted the false beard he wore as he spoke and dis closed the features of .T ohn Ralph Wild have said something just then, but as he was effectually gagged, he could not. He simply did as the villain wanted him to and allowed him to lead hipi off to the right and down a descent. When they were half-way down into a ravine our hero heard the voice of Jim Dart calling him from a point off to the left He could not answw to save his life, and his captOf,c <:buckled gleefully when he noted the effort he to cry out. "You kept me from robbing the tenderfoot the other night; now I am going to get square with you," he said in a hoarse whisper.


22 YOUNG WILD WEST'S ROUGH RIDERS. Through deme patchc.;: of brambles and over sharp stone> :Wild was forced to go, his captor clutching him tightly by the arm with one hand and keeping him covered by his re volver with the other. He stumbled every now and then as though by accident, making as much noise as he could, so his friends would hear it and come -that way and investigate, if they were close enough But it seemed that the}' were not, for when he had been marched a lon g for nearly half a mile he suddenly a camp in a gully right before him with two men sitting on the ground in the shade of a tree, smoking and faking things easy. They sprang to their feet when they saw that a was being brought in, that yo11 ain't goin' to kill him while ho has got ther leaves stuffed in his mnnth so he can't talk. Give ther boy a c-hance to say his prayers; ain't that right, Happy?" "Ye3, Dave; that's right. Take ther gag out of his mouth an' give him a chance to say his prayers afore he dies, boss." "Pooh!" sneered Ralph. "As if you fellows believed in saying prayers!'' '(We used to, though; didn't we, Happy?" (( Thnt's right, boss." "An' if I thought I was goin' to shuffle out of ther pack in a few minutes, you kin bet yer life I would want lo say my prayers now, an' say 'cm real hard." 'rl1e cold-b looded villain lnughed ha:i:shly at what the :men said. ((You nee

\ 1 I / 'YOuNG WILD \YEST'S ROUGH RIDERS. 23 afore I w cni to bcu his own_1-1'c1 ther prayer she l earned Biff me to say. lt went'nm: 'this; 'Now I lay me--' Again Jicl Young _\Yild West hit him, this time sendi ng "Shut up, you fool!" roarcr1 Halph. "Don't talk such him in a lwap to the ground. nonst>nse Lo me." "Get np !" called out the young Prince of the Saddle. "What Dave says is right, boss," spoke up Happy, 11is Uet up i:trnl tukc your mcclicinc, for I arrt not through with lace as as an owl. you yet.. You have got a whole lot more coming!" \\ 'ell, whci.her it is right or wroug, Young Wild West Halph dnggrrcd to his feet. Jon' t get a chance to say his prayers, unle she says them to He was goiug i.o fight now, like any coward will when himself!" cornered. The villain stepped back and raised his revolver. But he had a chance of winning. But before ho could got the weapon ,on a line with the The boy with the clark, eyes who stood before form of the helpless boy, Moorehouse knocked it from his him, hacl thrashed many a villain who not wliat might hand. be called a co\\'ard. "I reckon it's about time you came. clown a peg or two; And he was going to thrash him, just a s sure as h e stood ain't that right, Happy?" there. "He's right, boss You've been going it a little too high As Young \Yild W est moved toward him Ralph struck at since you shot ther detective. Jest stancl still now; don't him with both hands. try to run away, cause if you do you'll be apt to fall down But before he realized that neither blow lanclecl he re an' hurt yourself. There! That's thcr ticket! Stand ceived a swing on the jaw that sent him to the ground un right there. Ko\\', Dave, whal do you say i.f we untie Young Wild Wes t an' let him have it ont with our boss?" "Jes t ther thing!" c ri ed Moorehouse, slappi11g his hands together to show how d( > lighted he was at the idea. "\Yell, you je s t cui him loose, whil e I keep l\Ilster Ralph covered so he won't run away. You might ask Young Wild West to prom isc not to bother us if we let him loose; you kin take ther gag out o.f his mouth first." The taller of 1.hc two rn en, who had karnetl a lesson from traveling with a scountlrc l who \\'HS a hundred per cent. worse tJum they w e re, walked, over antl the gag from our hero' mouth. "Thank you," s aid Wild, coolly, as soon as he could speak. "You're welcome, sir," retorted l\Ioor c housc, promptly and politely. "You go ahead and untie me. I promise you that you and Happy shall not be interfered with by any of my men or my:::elf." "Do you mean that, Young Wild vVest?" "Yes; I mean it. 1 never say a thing I do not mean." "Well, Happy, l 'rn going to cut him loose." "All right." was the rejoinder;" let her go!" A conple of strokeci of the knife 1\lloorehouse had and the rope dropped from our hero. "I will take charge of your friend I" he exclaimed, walk ing up to Ralph. "AH right," answered Happy. "Jest sai l into him an' give him what h e deserves. We don't care if you kill him; do we, Day-e?" "Nope,'' was the reply. "If ever a man deserved to be done awa) with. it's him. I can't git over it about how he shot that detective while he was talking to him friendly like Jest give it to him hard, Young Wild West." Wi11 was just in the humor to give the villain a thrashing, and he went right at it. "Look out for yourself, you treacherous sneak !" he cried and then he strnclc Halph a blow in the .face witb. his fist. He staggered back from the effects of it, and then, with an oath, attempted to draw his knife conscious. "I suppose I can go now," the boy observed, turning to the two men, who were enjoying the scene immensely. "You kin bet yon kin, Young Wild W est !" cried :Jiqorehouse. "You ha\'e won your lib erty, I reckon." "That's right," chimed in Happy. Don't thjnk too hard of us 'came we ain't .been jest the,kind of fellers we oughter be. Vi' e might dp bettrr after thi s ; you can't tell, kin ycr, Dave?'' "Nope! Yer can't tell-that's right. John Ralph ha.> done more to make me think than any man ever did afore. I never knowcd there was sich a bad man as he is." "If you arc tired of his company, and feel as if you want to start life anew, come over to our camp with me." The men shook their heads. "Wait a 1rhile," Moorehouse said. "We want to give this feller a little more rope, so' s he'll hang himself. Yon will see him ag'in afore long, I'm sartin of it:"'We're jest goin' to let him go till he fetches up, ain't we, Happy?" "That's right, Young Wild West!" Happy exclaimed, noddin g to our hero. "All right. I am going now." Wild walked rapidly from the spot. He felt that he shou ld have brought John Ralph to the camp with him, hui he did not know how the other two men would take to such a proceeding. 'l'hey were armed, and h e was without a weapon. He thought it best to let it be as it was for the present, though he really thought the two rough :fEllows were sincere in what they said. 'rhey had given him his liberty, anyway, and when death was staring him right in the face. Young Wild W est had not proceeded more than halfway back to the camp when he saw Cheyenne Charlie and Bub Sprague coming toward him. They uttered a whoop when they saw him. "We've been huntin' all over for you!" Charlie cried. "What happened to you, anyway?"


I .... < 24 YOUW. "WILD WEST'S ROUGH RIDERS. I "Oh, I had quite ar;. exper i ence I came mighty near going under." "You did? T e ll us how." "Well, T chased the madman till he disappeared in some unaccountJble way, and then while I was peeping around and listening to locat e l1im, I was hit on the head and dazed. When I got I could think again I found myself bound and gagged." "What!" cr ied the scout in a s toni s hment. "That's just what happ e ned. Well, to make a long story short, it was the blond man w e drove out of the camp who had me; and he proved to be no other than John Ralph, the fellow who tried to rob Lancaster." "Gee-whizz !" "He forced me to come with him to a place back here I had to come, you know, because he had a revolver at m y head, and I could tell by the looks of his eyes that he would not h esitate to drop me. The two m e n who were with him when he came to our camp the other night were waiting for him back there, ancl they took a notion to save my life just as : h e was going to shoot me while I sat on a log, bound He did not want to get the }lph h_a(;red too much. Some of them might take a trip the camp of the three, and then somethin might happen to Moorehouse and Happy. That wonld not be kPeping his word He told Jim, Jac k and Harrie Lancas ter. 'rhe Philadelphian spent more than half his time at the cabin with the Rosebud of the Rockie s He seemed to be the only one who could comfort her. It was pretty near dark when our friends got back to the camp, so Wild felt that they would have to put off the search for the madman till the next morning. He walked over to the cabin and told the girl to lock her self in as she usually did, promising her that they would r e new the search for her father as soon as daylight came. The Rosebud was very hopeful, and thanked him for e ncouraging word s It was a fine spot to camp in, as had been said before, and the Rongh Riders took things contentedly After s upper they told stories, sang songs, played card s and amused themselve till a late hour. and gagged." "qood for them!" exclaimed Bub Sprague. mor e good in them fellers than I thought." Wild thought it bes t to place four men on guard, so h e "The r e's did so. "That's so,' Charlie assented "But what happeneil then, Wild?" "One of them knocke0d the shooter from Ralph's hand, and then they ag re ed to lt me loose and give me a chance to :fight the scoundre l. Thex took the gag from m y mouth and when I promised them I sh ould not bother the m, or that my mel;l s hould not, either, they let me at him." "An' did he show :fight?" "Not until I hit him twice; the n he struck at me and missed, and I knocked him out." CHAPTER X THE ROSEBllD'S FATHER IS FOUND Wild told Charlie and Bub all that had happened as they w a lked back to foe camp The two w e r e for going back and taking John Ralph a pri sone r, but the boy sa id no. H e felt duty bound to l et things go a:s Moorehou s e and H appy wanted them. Wh e n the y came in s i ght of the camp near the cabin they found that the re were only two or three of the men to be seen there. The rest were out sea rchin g for Wild. Charlie dre w his revolver and fired two s hots in the air. "That's the r sig nal to s how that you've been found," he said. "I forgot about it before." All of t h e sea r chers were within b earing of the shots, it seemed. They came in one by one, and s oon all w e r e there. Wild did not give a full account of what had happen e d to him to al l of them The night passed smoothly enough till about four in the morning. It was jnst getting daylight when one of theguards saw ihc form of a man crawling tqward the cabin door. He at once .fell upon him and made him a prisoner It w:as not the madman, though the man fought like a de mon,.to get away. But 1Yhe n he felt the muzzle of a revolver pressed against his temple he gave in. The guard thought it best to take him before the leader of the Rough Riders at once. He sent word by another guard, and Wild West was aroused. When our hero gazed at the prisoner, he gave a start of surprise. It was no t the madman, b u t the face bore a strong re semblance to his He was bare-headed, coatless, and looked to be half starved. "Do not be alanued, my frie nd," said Wild, speaking kindly to h i m "I hope you have nothing to fear from u s We are honest people, and I take from your looks that you are the same,;" "Yes; I am honest," was the rep ly. "But ther e are those who think I am not." "Well, perhaps they will not think that way very l ong. Yo u are John William Mallow, I p resume?" "Yes; that is my name." "I thought so. You r daughter to l d me abo u t you, and we have been trying to find you nearly all day." "Yes, I know. 'You are the young man who chased the crazy man to the cave, a n d t h en could not :find it?" "Yes." "We ll, the crazed man is dead. He was my brother." "He i s dead, then?"


,. YOUNG WILD WEST'S ROUGHr 25 "Yes; he died by his own hand. But give me something to eat, won't you. I am nearly famished." "Yes_; don't say any more. I will see that you have a cup of coffee and 8omething to eat right away." Our hero told the man to sit down on a stump that near and then gave him a blanket to throw over his shoul ders, for the fresh mountain air was decidedly chilly. It was now light enough for Wild to see what he was about, and in a few minutes he had replenished the smol dering fire and had a coffee-pot on. The gua .rd stood by the man meanwhile, and Wild thought it best to leave him there, as he did not know whal sort of a notion }\fallow would take. While, the coffee was lirewing the young dead-shot awak ened Cheyenne Charlie and Jim Dart. "Come," said he; "get up. The father of the Rosebud of the Rockies is here Of course they were much surprised when they heard this. They got up right away, and when they saw the man Eitting on the log, Charlie suggested that they wake Lan caster. "Y cs," said Wild. "I forgot about him. He is interest ed in this case more than any one e lse, I guess." The young man was not as easily a r oused as the others had been He was not used to roughing it on the mountains and plains, and when he once got asleep he generally s l ept soundly. But they got him up after awhile and made him understancL what had happened. When he came up to the fire he found Mallow eagerly drinking coffee from a tin cup and devouring a biscuit and a chunk of cold bear meat. No one bother ed him till Wild thought he had eaten enough for the present. Then, though he was anxious to hear his story, he con.duded that the best thing to be done was to arouse the girl in the cabin and receive the story from her l ater on. "Harrie," said he, calling the tenderfo t aside, "go and knock on the door of the cabin and arouse Miss Mallow. When she comes to the door tell her in as nice a way as you can that her father is here. You know how to do it, I g uess." "Yes," was the reply. "I will break the good news gently to her." He quickly went over to the cabin and gave the knock. There was an answer almost immediately, showing that Lhc RoRebud was either up or had not been sleeping very soundly In a few minutes the door opened, and then Har rie broke th e news to her. While he was talking to h Wild l ed her father to the door. She at once fell weeping i nlo arms. "Rose! Rose!" they heard him whisper. "I am cleared of the :it Oh, that yom mother could have lived to know this!" .. Ollr frien.Js turned away. They felt that it was no place for them just then It was nearly two hours later whe n Ros e and her fathe1 came out of the The girl lcoked radiant, and was attired in h e r best, while the old man wore a mountain e er suit and his hair and beard were combed out neatly Lancaster ran to the cabin and brought out a couple of chairs for them and they sat dow n, w l lil e ; oung Wild West's Rough Riders gathered around to li ste n to the story they knew was coming. Briefly the story was as follows: When the madman disappeared from the gaze of Young Wild West he ha

,J YOUNG WILD WEST'S ROUGH RIDERS. Thar, Lloo .cly knife rnusi save him. He l e allerl over till his mouth touched the hilt of the knife. Then he rlo secl hi s teeth upon it and drew it forth. 'I'his much done he bent his head and began sawing at the rope that held him fast. It was awkward work but the thought of life and liberty caused him to keep at it. In five minutes he was free. Leaving the blood-stained knife and body in the cave, he hastened for the cabin he had lived in so long. When he saw 1he cabin of the Rough Riders his nerve failed him, and he strove to reach the door unseen. The rest the reader knows. It was a strange story, and the Rough Riders, who had listened intently to th') recital, earnestly hoped that he would soon get back to Denver with 11is daughter and be restored to the good name he had borne before the bank robbery had been committed. / The Hosebud introduced her father to the Rough Riders, Wild calling off the}r names fbr her. Then they went to look ':It the grave of her mother arnl wept over it together. While they were gone two men came riding up to the camp, and a s our hero looked at them he saw that the y w e re :Moorehouse and Happy. "Corne on; don't be afraid !::._he called out, when he saw that they 1 acied hesitatingly. At this they came forward and dismounted. "\Ve thought we'd come an' tell yer that we've took John Ralph's shooters from him an' started him off to shift for himself,'' Happy remarked. "Does he know the way to civilization?" Wild askecl "I reckon he don't," spoke up Moorehouse. "Didn't I hear you fellows say that he shot a detective?" "Yes, he did, too. It was ther worst thing I ever see n clone, wasn't it, Happy?" "Dave's right, bosF," exclaimed Happy. Wild thought a moment, and then it struck him that perhaps the slain 'detective had been looking for the Mallow brothers, since Ralph had made a remark to that effect when he was there. "Do you know who the detective was looking for?" he as keel. "Yes," replied Moorehouse. "He was looking for that cabin." CHAPTER XI. CONC1.USION. was looking for this cabin?" echoed Young Wild West, looking hard at the two men. "Yes. Wasn't he, Happy?" "That's_ right, Young \Vilc1 West ; he was lookin for thiB very cabin._ He wanted to find a man who was innocent qf doin sornethin', h e said." Our hero now que8tioned the two, and they told all that had happe nPd when they had met the detective. "Them papers might be of s ome use to you, I reckon," said Moorehouse. "I reckon they would exclaimed the boy. "Wait till I get my horse. I want you to put me on the trail of John Ralph." ''That'll be an easy thing to do. He won't git far awa y anyhow, for he don t know nothin' about follerin' a trail. He kin hardly 1.eH one when h e sees it." Young Wild \V" est was not long getting his horse. "Come,'' he said to Moorehouse. "Your partner can stay here till we get back." "A 11 right, Y onng W ilcl West." The two men leit the camp, Moorehouse in the lead. He followed the trail that could be seen here and the r e till he came to the s pot the three had been in camp, Wild follo'wing clos e lwhind him. "You say you took hi s weapon s from him; what did you get when you took them?" our hero asked. I got jus t what h e took from the detective after he killed him," was the reply. "The n you cl id not g et tho$e he took from me?" "By jingo, \1e didn't! We never thought he had 'em." "Well, he mus t have had ID} two revolvers knife It i s not at all like ly that he threw them away.'' "No, he wouldn't

YOUNG WILD WEST'S ROUGH RIDERS. 27 The face of 1.he prisoner was as pale as Jeath, but he had not lost the use of hi5 tongue. "So you followed me up. after all, you hound!" he hissed. "Yes, boss, l followed you up; I done it because Young vVild West wanted to sec you before he went away. You 1ad his shooters anJ knife, which i s sornethin' me an' Happy didn't think of when we sent you off to go it alone." At this the villain began to rave and swear at a great rate. "You went back on me, you hound!" he cried. "Oh, hut I wish my aim had been true, and I had shot you dead when I fired a little while ago!" "I'll tell yer why me an' Happy went back on yer, if yer want to know." "You can't tell me why. You could not give a reason if yon tried." ''Oh, ye, I kin, boss. We went back on yer 'cause we found that you was about ther worst foller we had ever met When you kill rd that poor detective in such a treach erous fashion we wat' putty near paralyzed with s'prise. I made up my mind then that I'fl been a putty bad feller in my time, but 1 thought that there was a chance for me to reform and do better; 'cause I wouldn't have done what you did, not if I thought I was gain' to make a million dollars. Shootin' a man is all right when you have to do it to save yourself :from bein' shot, or to clo it to git square, but to rlrop a man while you're talkin' to him in a friendly way jest to git his shoote r s an' some of his clothes-well, t.hafs ther worstesttthing I ever seen." "Yon-you-you--" sputtered Ralph. "Come on commanded Wild. "Yon can finish i:he discussion in the camp." "All right, Young Wild West," answered Moorehouse. "I'll bring thcr skunk in." He took the bridle rein of the villain's horse from our hero's hand and started for the camp of the Rough Riden Wild let him go on ahead and rode leisurely after him. 'l'hey were not long in getting back to the camp. Cheyenne Charlie and the rest were about expectantly. "Yer got him, I sec," observed Hi:lppy, stepping forward. ''Yes, Happy, we've got him, ain't we, Young Wild West?" aid Moorehouse. "Yes, we have got aim," retorted Wild, smiling at the man's way of talking. "An' did yer filld ther papers on him?" queried Happy. "We haven't searchtcl him yet. That is something we wiU now do." The rope was untied from the pri oner's feet, and then Moorehouse pulled him from the back of his horse, letting him strike the ground in no gentle manner. "Jack," said \\.ild to Robedee, who was standing near, "just go through this and see what you find in his pockets." J aek stepped forward and relieved the villain of every1hing he had about him. Olle of the first things he came acroils was the big pocket book that had belonged to the unfortunate Jetective. Wilfl took this from Jack and opened it. The l egal-looking docurnents were soon removed from it, and then our hero suggested to Harrie Lancaster that they go inside ihe cabin and look them over. He caJlcd J=:harlie, Jim and J ack to follow, and then rnolionlf

'I 28 YOUNG WEST' S ROUGH 1 'rhe young lover s kn e w wha t h e was thinking of. It was the flower-bedeck e d g rav e on the hill s id e where the e arthl y r e main s of hi s once loving h e lpmate s lept on, and would s leep t h rough eternity and till Time was n o m o r e Whe n the three came out of the lone cabin on the moun tain s id e a few momen ts later they were ju s t in tim e to see You n g W i ld West unti e the hands of John Ralph rund hand him a r evolve r a nd knif e "Go!" t hey heard th e young Prince of the Saddle say. "Yon a r e not fit to live, a are c e rtainly not fit to die Go to t h e farthe rmo s t e nd s of the e arth, and may your m e m ory always be haunted by the evil deed s you have com mitted Go !" H e gave th e hor s e a cut with a w h i p, a nd a s the anima l dash e d away Ralph t u rned a s quick as a flash and dis charged hi s r evol v e r at the boy. Then three s hots ran g out a s one, and as C heyenne C har li e saw that Youn g Wild West h ad not been hit b y t h e s coundr e l 's bull e t he s aid, grim ly: "Moor e hou s e an' H ap p y fired ther same time I di d b u t I reckon it was me wha t found hi s black heart." The re i s littl e m o r e to add to the s tor y Young Wi l d W est s Rou g h Rid e rs; or, Th e Rosebud of the Rockies. That ver y afterno o n t he entire pa r t y set out for Denve r They had a good lon g journey a h e ad of them, but Young ''HAPPY Wild \Vest was bound to lead the m th.e re in s a f e ty, and h e did so. H e re th e band of Rough Rid e r s dis band ed, L a nca ster paying th e m off doubly what he had agreed to. "I guess I'll settl e here in the W e st," he s aid, a s he parted with Wil d "Something new has come in my life. God bless you, Young W i ld West. It was the luc kiest day I e v e r had whe n I cam e to Wes ton to g e t you to org a nize the Rough Rid e r s and show m e what l ife in the Wild Wes t was May you a l ways pro s p e r and c ontinue to be w hat you are now-the Prince of the Saddle and t h e Boss Boy of the Wil d West THE END. R ead "YO UNG WILD WES T'S D AS H FOR L IFE; OR, A RIDE THAT SAVED A TOWN," w hi c h will be t h e n ext number (40) of "Wild Wes t Weekly." SPECIA L NOTICE : A ll bac k number s of t his weekly a r e a lways in p r in t. If y ou c anno t obta i n t hem f rom any newsdea l e r sen d t he p r ice in m on e y or pos tage stamps by ma il to FRANK T OUSEY, P U BLISHER, 24 UNION SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive t h e copies you order by r et urn ma il. DAYS." The Best Illustrated Weekly Story Pa.per Published. :J: SS "CT E :I> E 'V" E 'Y" p :1: I> .A. 'Y". "HAPPY DAYS" is a l a r ge 1 6-page p a per conta ining Interesting Stories, Poe m s, S ke tche s, C o mic Stories J okes, Answers to Correspo n de n ts, and many other b r i ght Its A u t h o rs a nd A rti s t s have a nationa l r e putation. No a m o u n t of mo ne y is s p a red t o make thi s w eel$'.ly the b es t pub lished I A New Story Begins Every Week in .. Happy Days." OUT TO-DAY!. OUT TO-DAY! Adrift in the Arctic; OR, Bound to Reach the North Pole,, I ByJAS.D.MONTAGU& Begins No. 459 of "HAPPY DAYS" Issued July 17, 1903 lll 5 CE:N'TS For sale b y a ll N ewsde alers, or will be sent to any address on receipt oi price by FRANK TOUSEY. Publisher. 24 Union Square. New Y ork.


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Afraid of Anything. 5 7 Boys' "Push"; or, Bound to Get There. 97 Boys' Long March; or, '!'he Move that Puzzled the 58 The Liberty Boys' Desperate Charge; or, With "Mad Anthony" 98 The Liberty Boys' Bold Front; or, Hot Times on Harlem Heights. at Stony Point. 99 Th J lb B I N G 59 The Liberty Boys' Justice, And How They Dealt It Out. c erty oys n ew York; or, Helping to Hold the reat (10 The Liberty Boys Bombarded; or, A Very Warm Time. City. Ill 'l'he Liberty Boys' S ealed Orders; or, Going it Blind. 100 The Liberty Boys-er:iig Risk' ; or, Ready to Take Chances. 62 The Liberty Boys' Dllring Stroke; or, With "Light-Horse Harry" 101 The Liberty Boys' Drag-Net; or, hauling the R>edcoats In. at Paulus Hook. 102 The Liberty Boys' Lightning Work; or, 'l'oo Fast for the British. ll3 The Liberty Boys' Lively Times; or, Heret-. 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'Z1 The Liberty Iloys' Bold Move; or, Into the Enemy's Country. 117 The Liberty Boys and the Dwarf; or, A Dangerous Enemy. 78 The Liberty Iloys' Beacon Light ; or, The Signal on the Mountain 118 The Liberty Boys' Dead -S hots; or, The Deadly Twelve. 79 '.['he [,lberty Boys' IIonor; or, The Promise That Was Kept. 119 The Liberty Boys' League; or, The Country Boys Who Helped 80 The Liberty Boys' "'ren Strike"; or, Bowlin.the British Over. 120 The Liberty Boys' Neatest Trick; or, J:!'.ow the Redcoats we r e 81 The Liberty Boys' Gratitude, and How th6" Showed It. Fooled. 82 The Liberty Boys and the Georg i a Giant; or, A Hard Man t o 121 The Liberty Boys Stranded ; or, Afoot in the Ene my s Country. Handle. 122 The Liberty Boys in t h e Saddle; or, Lively Work for Liberty's 83 The Liberty Boys' Dead Line; or, "Cross it if You Dare! 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Deer of l!ll the Adlron 192 193 dack11. 141 Fred Fearnot and His Gulde ; or, The Mystery of the Mountain. 142 Fred Fearnot's County .l!'alr; or.t The Battle of the Fakirs. 194 143 Fred Fearnot a Prisoner; or, 1..:aptured at Avon. 195 144 Fred Fearnot and the Senator; or, Breaking up a Scheme 196 145 .l!'red Fcarnot and the Baron; or, Calling Down a Nobleman. 197 146 Fred Fearnot and the Brokers; or, Ten Days In Wall Street. 198 147 Fred Fearnot' s Little Scrap; or, The Fellow Who Wouldn't Sta1 199 Whipped. 200 i48 Fred l<'earnot's Greatest Danger; or, Ten Days with the Moon 201 shiners. 202 149 Fred Fearnot and the Kidnappers; or, .rralllng a Stolen Child. 150 Fred Fearnot's Qulck Work; or, The Hold-Up at Eagle Pass. 203 151 Fred Fearnot at Sliver Guieb; or, Defying a Ring. 152 Fred Fearnot on the Border ; or, Punishing the Mexican Horse 204 153 Charmed Life ; or, Running the Gauntlet. 205 154 Fred Fearnot Lost ; or, Missing for Tblrt:!" Days. 155 Fred Fearnot's Rescue; or The Mexican Pocahontas. 156 Fred Fearnot and the "White Caps"'; or, A Queer Turning of the Tables. 157 Fred Fearnot and the Medium; or, Havmg Fun with the "Spirits." 206 207 208 209 158 Fred and the "Mean Man"; or, (}'be Worst He Ever Struck. 210 159 Fred Fearnot's Gratitude; or, Up a Plucky Boy. 211 lGO Fred Fearnot Fined ; The Judge s Mistake. 212 161 Fred Fearnot's Comic vpera; or, The Fun that Raised the 213 162 and the Anarchists ; or, The Burning of the Red 214 Flag. 215 Fred Lecture Tour; or Going It Alone. 164 Fred Fearnot's "New Wild West'1 ; or, Astonishing the Old East 2l6 1G5 Fred Fearnot In Russia; or, Banished by the Czar. lG6 Fred Fearnot In 'J'urkey ; or, Defying the &ultan. 217 218 219 220 167 Fred Fearnot In Vienna; or, The Trouble on the Danube. 168 Fred Fearnot and the Kaiser; or, In the Royal Palace at Berlin. 169 Fred Fearnot In Ireland; or, Watched by the Constabulary. 170 Fred Fearnot Homeward Bound ; or, Shadowed by Scotland Yard. 221 171 Fred Fearnot's Justice ; or, The Champion of the School Marm. 172 Fred Fearnot and the Gypsies ; or, The Mystery of a Stolen 222 Child. 223 173 Fred Fearnot's Silent Hunt; or, Catching the "Green Goods" Men 174 Fred Fearnot's Big Day; or, Harvard and Yale at New Era. 175 Fred Fearnot and "The Doctor" ; or, 'Dle Indian Medicine Fakir. 176 Fred Fearnot and the Lynchers; or, Saving a Girl Horse Thief. 224 225 226 Fred Fearnot Stranded; or, How Terry Olcott Lost the Money. Fred Fearnot In the Mountains; or, Held at Bay by Bandits. Fred Fearnot's Terrible Risk; or, Terry Olcott's Reckless Venture. Fred Fearnot's Last Card ; or, The Game that Saved His Life. Fred Fearnot and the Professor ; or, The Man Who Knew It All. Fred Fearnot's Big Scoop ; or, Beating a Thousand Rivals. Fred Fearnot and the Raiders; or, Fighting for His Belt. Fred Fearnot's Great Risk ; or, One Chance In a Thousand. Fred Fearnot as a Sleuth ; or, Running Down a Sllck Villain. Fred Fearnot's New Deal; or, Working for a Banker. Fred Fearnot In Dakota; or, The r,Jttle Combination Ranch. Fearnot and the Road Agents; or, Terry Olcott's Cool Nerve Fred Fearnot and the Amazon; or, The Wild Woman of the' Plains. Fred Fearnot's Training School; or, How to Make a Living. Fred Fearnot and the Stranger; or, The Long Man who was Short. Fred Fearnot and the Old Trapper ; or, Searching for a Lost Cavern. Fred Fearnot In Colorado ; or, Running a Sheep Ranch. Fred Fearnot at the Ball ; or, The Girl In the Green Mask. Fred Fearnot and the Duelllst; or, The Man Who Wanted to Fight. Fred Fearnot on the Stump ; or, Baeklng an Old Veteran. Fred Fearnot' s New Trouble; or, Up Against a Monopoly. Fred Fearnot as Marshal ; or, Commanding the Peace. Fred Fearnot and "Wally"; The Good Natured Bully of Badger. Fred Fearnot and the Mlne\-s ; or, The Troubl& At Coppertown. Fred Fearnot and the "Blind Tigers" ; or, ; ore Ways Than One. Fred Fearnot and the Hlndoo; or, The Wonderful Juggler at Coppertown. Fred Fearnot Snow Bound ; or, Fun with Pericles Smith. Fred Fearnot's Great Fire Fight; or, Rescuing a Prairie School Fred Fearnot In New Orleans; or, Up Against the Mafia Fred Fearnot and the Haunted House ; or, Unravellng a Great Mystery. Fred Fearnot on the Mississippi ; or, The Illackleg's Murderous Plot. Fred Fearnot's Wolf Hunt; or, A Battle for Life In the Dark. Fred Fearnot and the "Greaser" ; or, The Fight to Death with Lariats. Fred Fearnot In Mexico ; or, Fighting the Revolutionists. Fred Fearnot's Daring Bluff ; or, The Nerve that Saved His Life. Fred Fearnot and the Grave Digger; or, The Mystery of a Ceme tery. Fred Fearnot's Wall Street Deal; or, Between the Bulls and the Bears. 228 Fred Fearnot and "Mr. Jones"; OI!', The Insurance Man In 177 Fred Fearnot's Wonderful Feat; or, The Taming of Black Beauty. 227 178 Fred Fearnot's Great Struggle; or, Downing a Senator. 179 Fred Fearnot's Jubilee; or, New Era's Greatest Day. 180 Fred Fearnot and Samson; or, "Who Runs This Town?" 181 Fred Fearnot and the Rioters or, Backing Up the Sheriff. 182 Fred Fearnot and the Stage Robber; or, His Chase for a Stolen 229 230 231 Trouble. Fred Fearnot's Big Gift; or, A Week at Old Avon Diamond. 183 Fred Fearnot Mines. at Cripple Creek; or, The Masked Fiends of the 232 Fred Fearnot and the "Witch" ; or, Exposing an Old Fraud. Fred Fearnot' s Birthday; or, A Big Time at New Era. Fred Fearnot and the Sioux Chief ; or, Searching for a Lost 184 Fred Fearnot and the Vigilantes ; or, Cp Against the Wrong 233 Girl. Fred Fearnot's Mortal Enemy ; or, The Man on the Black Horse. Fred Fearnot at Canyon Castle ; or, Entertaining His Friends. Fred Fcarnot and the Commanche ; or, Teaching a Redskin a Man 185 Fred Fearnot In New Mexico; or, Saved by Terry Olcott. 18R Fred Fearnot In Arkansas ; or, The Queerest of All Adventures. 187 Fred Fearnot In Montana; or, The Dispute at Rocky Hill. 188 Fred Fearnot and the Mayor; or, The Trouble at Snapping Shoals. 189 Fred Fearnot's Big Hunt; or, Camping on the Columbia River. lllO Fred Fearnot's Hard Experience; or, Roughing It at Red Gulch. 234 235 Lesson 236 Fred Fearnot Suspected ; or, Trailed by a Treasury Sleuth. 237 Fred Fearnot and the Promote&; or, Breaking Up a Big Scheme. 238 Fred Fearnot and "Old Grizzly"; or, TheMan Who Didn't Know. 239 Fred Fearnot's Rough Riders; or, Driving Out the Squatters. 240 Fred Fearnot and the Black Fiend ; or, Putting Down a Riot. For Sale by All Newsdealers, or will be Sent to Any Address on Receipt of Price, 5 Cents per Copy, by l'BAKK TOUSEY, Publisher, 2 4 Union, Kew York IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and cannot proc ure them from newsdeale r s, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and fill in the following Order Blank and send it to us with the price o f the books you want and we will send them to you by return mail. P OS'AGE STAMPS TAKEN T H E SAME AS MONEY. t I FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. ........................ 190 DEAR Sm-Enclosed find ...... cents for which please send me: ... copies of WORK AND WIN, Nos ............................................................... " WILD WEST WEEKLY, Nos ........... : ............................................... " FRANK READE WEEKLY, Nos ......................................................... " PLUCK AND LUCK, Nos .................................................. ........... 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H9W TO BECOl\IID AN AdTOR.-Containing com)lete mstructions how to make up for various characters on the itage.; with the duties of the Stage Manager, Prompter, "icemc Artist and Property l\Ian. By a prominent Stage l\lanagcr. N!J 80. GUS WILLIAi\IS' JOKE BOOK.-Containing the letBt Jokes, anecdotes and funny stories of this world-renowned and tver popular German comedian. Sixty-four pages ; handsome olored cover containing a half-tone photo of the author. HOUSEKEEPING. No. 16. HOW TO KEEP A WINDOW GARDEN.-Containing :ull instructions fol' constructing a window garden eithe r in town country, and the most approved methods for raising beautiful !owers at home. The most complete book of the kind ever pub : ahed. No. 30. HOW TO COOK.-One of the most instructive books > n cooking ever published. It contains recipes for cooking meats, ish, game, and oysters; also pies, puddings, cakes and all kinds of >astry, and a grand collection of recipes by one of our most popular ooks. No. 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It contains information for Verybody, boys, girls, men and women; it will teach you how to .lllak.e almost anything around the house, such as parlor ornaments a-ckets, cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching birds.' ELECTRICAL. No. 46. BOW TO MAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY.-A de1cription of the wonderful uses of electricity end e lectro magnetism ; >ogether with full instructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries, .tc. By George Trebel, A. l\I., l\I. D. Containing over fifty il-1strations. No. 64. HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL l\IACIIINES.-Con aining full Jirections for making electrical machines, induction oils, dynamos. and many novel toys to be worked by electricity. 8y R. A. R. Bennett. Fully iJlustrated. No. 67. HOW TO DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a ;i.rge collection of Instructive and highly amusing electrical tricks, with illustrations. By A. Anderson. ENTERTAINMENT. No. 9. HOW TO BECOi\IE A VENTRILOQUIST.-By Harry The secret given away. Every intelligent boy reading bis book of instructions, by a practical professor (delighting multi ude s every night with his wonderful imitations), can master the and create any amount of fun for himself and friends. It is the ;treatest book publiRhPd. and there's millions (of fun) in it. No. 20. HOW TO ENTERTAIN AN EVE1'ING PARTY.-A try valuable little book just pablished. A complete compendium .,f games, sports, card diversions, l'omic recitations, etc., suitable or parlor or drawing-room entertainment. It contains more for the eoney than any b<>ok puhlished. No. 35. HOW TO PLAY complete and useful little ook, containing the rules and of billiards, bagatelle, croqnet. dominoes, etc. No. 36. IiOW TO SOLVE CONUNDRUMS.-Containing all he leading connnrlrums of the day, amusing riddles, curious catches :,nd witty sayings. No. 52. 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Also containing gems fr011" a.II the popular !1nthors of prose and poetry, arranged in the !!XI !!I simple end concise manner possible. No. 49 . HOW TO DEJBATE.-Giving l.'u les for conductin bates, outlm es for debates, questions for disci:ssion and the M"'" sources for procuring informathm on the questions g iven. SOCIETY. No. 3. FJ;OW TO FLIR'l'.-I'he arts .and wile& of f.:rt::::lon "''"'J fully exv.lamerl by this little book. Besides the va1,ious method.!! Oli ha.r.I'< and be convinced how to become beautiful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No. 7. HOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomely containing full instructions for the management and tra11iing of flt canary, mockingbird, bobolink, bla c kbird, paroque t, parro.t. etc. No. 39. ROW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY, PIGEO:'\S AN/:. RABBITS.-A u se ful and instructive book. Handsomely ill t'' trate d. By Ira Drofraw. No. 40. HOW TO UAKE AND SET TRAPS.-Incl uding hlnw on how to catch mol es w ease ls, otter, rats, squirrels and'.<, Also how to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By J. Harrin6t' K eene. No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND ANDIALS." valuable book, giving instructions in collecting, preparing, and preserving birds, animals and irtsects. No. 54. HOW .TO KEEP AKD MANAGE PETS.-Giving co!P plete information as to the manner and method of raising, keepii;.{' taming, breeding, and managing all kinds of pets; arso giving fo instructions for making cages, etc. Fully explained by twenty-eig. illustrations, making it the most complete book of the khJ published. MISCELLANEOUS. No. 8. HOW TO BECO:\IE A SCIENTIST.-A useful and "r; structive book, giving a complete treatise on chemis:try also .n periments in acoustics. m ec hanics, mathematics, chemistry, and a> rectipns for making fireworks, colored fires, and gas bal.JooM book cannot be equaled No. 14. HOW TO MAKE CA:XDY.-A complete hana boo1' making all kinds of candy, ic e-c ream, syrups, essences. etc .. etc. 'o. 1D.-FRA?\K TOUSEY'S F.NITED S'I'A'l'ES DI<:.TA...'l'C TABI/ES, POCKli;T COi\IPANIO::>I GT Ii>Ei.-Ghing t!:i> ofiirial distant'es on all the railroads of the United ar Canada. Also table of distances by water to foreign ports. fares in the principal cities, reports .:if the census, etc., etc ma.k'Tt" it one of thf' most complPte and bandy books published No. 38. HOW TO BECOME YOT;R OWN DOCTOR derf.u 1 book. containing useful and practical information n '.!:: treatment of ordinary diseases and ailments common t<> ever. family. Abounding in useful and effective redpes for gener!l plaints. No. 55. HOW TO COLLECT AND lJo:. taining valuable information regarding the collecting and of stamps and coins. Handsomely illustrated. No. 58. HOW TO BE A DE'l'ECTIVE.-By Old King Bra the world-known detective. 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