Young Wild West's dash for life, or, A ride that saved a town

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Young Wild West's dash for life, or, A ride that saved a town
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An Old Scout
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I.sued IVeel,;ly-By Subs cripl'io11 $2.50 per year. Appliwtio11 made for Second-Ula"" Entry at N Y. Post-O!ficc, No. 40 NEW YORK. JULY 24. 1903. Price 5 Cents. The roar of the mighty torrent as it swept through the gorge was terrific. Houses were swept away as if by magic. On dashed the noble sorrel. Young Wild Weet wao going to save the tow:Q or die in t)1.e attempt.


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/ WILD. WEST WEEKLY A Magazine Containing Stories, Sketches, Etc., of Western Life. Issued Weekly-By Subsc1iptio,J2.50 per year. Application made Joi Second Class entry at the New York, N. Y., Post Office. Entered at!d/lrding to Act of Congress; in the yea. 1903, in the office of the Librarian of Cong1ess, Washington, D. C., by Frank Tousey, 24 Union Square, New York. No. 40. NEW YORK, JUI,Y 24, 1903. frice o Cents. Young Wild West's Dash for Life; OR, A RIDE THAT SAVED A TOWN. By AN OLD SCOUT. CHAPTER I. AN INTERRUPTED HOLD-UP. "Git up, thar, you pesky critter! I don't intend to loaf here all day, not by a jugful. I think a mule is ther lazie3t an' most cantankerous critter what ever walked on lcg3. Git up, thar, or I'll begin to lam ther gad inter yer, gosh all hemlock if I don't The speaker was a smooth-faced man of fifty. He was at tired in a well-wQrn suit of coirton clothes and wore a rather broad, soft hat of black felt that was set jauntily on the side of his head. I He was mounted on a jaded animal, such as is known as a "calico horse," since its color was brown and white in ir regular patches. A few feet of him was a pack mule pretty well load ed, and the man was hying to drive him just as though the mule was hitched to a wagon. And this is the only way the animal could be forced to go, for the lone traveler had learned that as soon as he left Deadwood that morning, where he had purchased both horse and mule. It was a warm day in the latter part of August and there was an unmistakable dryness about everything. The month had nearly passed, and there had not been enough rainfall to keep the grass green. It was near sunset and the traveler was trying to get to some convenient place to put up for the night. He had been told he set out from Deadwood that he would strike a ranch before sunset where he could find !.Ccommodations for man and beast. "1 But the day had waned, and there was nothing that looked to him like a ranch, or an1'fuing e1se that was civil ized Nothing but the same old, dreary, undulating trail, with the queer-shaped peaks and jagged rocks on either side, and now and then a yawning c,hasm to skirt with cautious tread. "Jerusalem !n muttered the man, when he had got the mule started once more and was riding along at a jog in his queer tandem fashion. "Jerusalem If I don't strike that ranch, or some other shanty putty soon I guess I'll have to camp out; an' I don't care about doin' that, as I ain't used to it." The outfit kept on winding over the crooked mountain trail for half an hour longer, and then finding that there was nothing like a ranch yet in sight, the traveler called out: "vVhoa !" The mule came to such a sudden halt that the horse ran into him with such force as to irritate the obstinate animal, and the result was that the long eared steed's hind feet flew out and caught the horse on the breast. With a whinny of pain the horse reared back on its haunches and the rider was thrown unc eremon iou sly to the ground "Gosh all hemlock!'' he cried, angrily, as he got upon his feet and made a leap forward to chastise the mule. "Yoil onery critter, what do you mean, anyhow?" /


YOUNG WILD WEST'S DASH FOR LIFE. "What's the trouble, stranger?" The words came upon his ears so suddenly that the man dropped his whip and gazed in open-mouthed amazement in the direction they came from. He saw a jaunty-looking man of medium size seated on the back :.if a big, pcwerful-looking horse. 'The man wore an amused Emile on his dark, rather hand some face, and this, with the recklme out every dark time pattern and held it up for the road agent's inspection night. I'm right gbcl to meet yer, my friend, indeed I "That is a bull's-eye, is it not?" he asked. am." "Yes; that's what it i s It--" "Well, it is mutual, then, for I must say that I am more The man was interiupted, for R edfern suddenly turned than pleased to meet you J. am a traveler, loo, and I althe muzzle of his reYolver upon the Watch and shot it ways like company. What is your name, if I may ask, and from his hand. where are you going?" "If it's a bull's-eye, there's a bullet in it now," the roarl "My name are Stonewall Jack s on Jimson, an' I'm headin' agent coolly remarked, as he allowed the muzzle of the still for some place whe re I kin strike it rich at diggin' out gold smok ing weapon to cover his victim again. an sicb stuff. What rnought your nam e be, my friend?" Jimson's jaw dropped when he looked at the ruined time" Jay Redfern, at your service." piece. "An' whar be yer goin' ?" "I re ckon it ain't no good to anybody now!" he managed "Anywhere at all. You see, I am riding around these to blurt out. parts for my health." "I should say not," was the laughing rejoinder. "But "Fur yer health, hey? Well, that do seem a little curijust hand over your money, and be sure that you give me ous." every cent you have got. I want to keep that appointment "Well, I make my living by riding around, too, you I told you about you know." know." "Don't you give him a cent!" "Is that a fact?" As these startli ng words rang out close to them both men "Yes; that is a fact. And I make a pretty good living, turned in surprise too." Standing before them was the erect form of a boy of "How do yer do it, Mr. Redfern?" and the Southerner, nineteen or twenty, who hacl s tepp e d out. from behind a for such he was, appeared to be very much interested. rock. "Well, I generally relieve every s tranger I meet of what In either hai1d he held a s hining revolver, and as the road, money and valuables he has about him. I am a road agent, agent's eyes rested upon one of them he saw that it covered my friend." hi s h ear t "You don't mean .it!" ejaculated Stonewall Jackson I TJ1e newcomer was of medium height, and was built like Jimson. an athlete. His face was remarkably handsome, and his "Oh, yes, I do," was the reply in a bland tone, and then flashing, rlark eyes and wealth of chestnut hair that hung the Southerner suddenly founcl himself sta rin g at the muzdown upon his shou lders but added to his dashing appearzle of a revolver. "Jus t hand over what you've got, and be ance. a little quick about it, for it is getting dark, and I have an "Don't give him a cent!" r e peated the boy in a voice that appointment this evening at Diamond Hollow, and it iS a was as clear as a bell, and while he spoke coolly enough, good eight miles from here." there was an unmistakable meaning in his words. "Doye r mean what yer say, mi ster?" gasped Jimson. "Well, I reckon I won't., since you say not to, young fel"Yes, I mean it. Hurry up, now, or this shooter might ler," Jimson exclaimed, recovering himself much quicker take a notion to go off, and then I would have to go to the than did Hedfern. "I'm sorry yer didn't show up afore ther trouble 0 dismounting and making a search of your car-feller shot my watch. I thought a good dear of that watch, cass an' now he's gone an' ruined it, gosh all hemlock if he "Well, now, this is too bad! I didn't take you for that ain't!" sort of a man, mister I've got to give you all I've got, But the dashing boy paid no attention to the remark. hey?" He hacl his eagle eyes fixed on the road agent. "Here! I don't want any fooling about this. Just hand "You will please let that shooter fall from your hand,".


0 YO UNG WILD WEST'S DASH FOR LIFE. 3 he remarked in a matter of-fact tone. "If you dori't I will sorrel to the boy. ''I didn't like his way at all I reckon drop it for you." he's what might be called a tough customer." :Redfern hesitated. "You've got that right, my friend," spoke up the SouthHe had now recovered from his surprise, and he was erner. ':He is about ther oilest,tongued feller I've met in looking at the intruder in an interesting way. many a

YOUNG WILD WEST'S DASH FOR LIFE. --=================================== of minutes later they were riding along through the darkness over the mountain trail that led to the mining town in the littl e valley below. CHAPTER II. ACCUSED OF BEING HORSE THIE:VES. Diamond Hollow was one of the prettiest little mining towns in the Black Hills. It derived its name from the fact that it was a diamond shaped hollow-really but a big break in a narrow gorge rather than split its way through the mountain. A stream of wa, ter ran through it, and this was called Diamond Creek. It was about an hour after sunset when Young Wild West, Cheyenne Charlie and Stonewall Jackson Jimson rode into the town and made their way for the leading public place that was called a hotel. The neatness of its shanty houses was what gave the place such an attractiv e appearance; it seemed that an exception ally tasty sort of people had settle d there. Though it was dark, our friends could not help noticing this. "It isn't a very ol

' YOUNG W I LD WEST'S DASH F O R LIFE. 5 who dares to say that either Young Wil d West or Jim Dart is a horse thief ? Show him to me an' IJll make him 'po l o gize, or eat lead !" "I say so!" The words ccme from tlfe doorway of the back room, and looking over, our friends saw Jay Redfern, the road agent, standing there, a revolver in either hand. "Ther highwayman!" gasped the Southernel', w h o h a d not opened his mouth till now. Then, as though it had been prearranged, dozen men rushed int.a the barroom with drawn revolvers. But Young Wild West never once flinched. "Gentlemen," saiJ he, in his cool and easy way of speak ing, "there is some mistake here I came to this town to do a little business of ;l private nature. One of my partners came on ahead from Deadwood, agreeing to meet us here to-day His horse was stolen night, so I am in formed, and he rode away on a borrowed one, and has fai l ed to show up. I am accused of being his confederate in work ing a scheme to steal that borrowed horse, and the man who openly accuses me stands in the doorway there. I am going to prove to nu that it is all a mistake." The words were scarcely out of his moutl:i when he lowered his head and bounded forward like a shot Jay Redfern was less than ten feet from him when he made the move, and before the road agent could draw a. bead upon him, Wild's head struck him full in the stomach and sent him to the floor with a crash. Half a dozen men in the crowd made a move to rush upon the daring young Prince of the Saddle, and then Cheyenne Charlie let himself loose. "Whoopee!" he yelled, waving his revolvers back and forth, so they covered the men all the time. "I reckon some one's goin' to eat lead in a minute. Haul in your horns, you measley coyotes, or some of you will never see another s unrise!" The men paused and stood still in their tracks "Put away your shooters!" resumed Cheyenne C h arlie. "This thing has got to be straightened up to ther satisfac tion of all hands. When a measley robber of folks on t he:r road accuses Young Wild West of bein' a horse thief it is time somethin' was did. How are you making out, W ild?" "I've got Mr. Jay Redfern, road agent and a lla round villain, right here," was the quick reply This was, indeed, a fact. When Young Wild West butted the man in the stomac h so suddenly the wind wasJaken completely out of him as he went down. And not heeding going on behind him, the boy followed up his very quickly disarmed him. He heard his partner's voice and knew there was trou bl outside, but he made up his mind that if there was going to be anybody shot, Redfern would be one of them. Out of the back room he came, forcing the road agent along in front of him at the point of a revolver. Redfern had recovered from the effects of the blow he had received in the stomach pretty quick, and he was now simply doing just what Young Wil d West told him to do, beca use he knew he wou ld be likely to drop if he refuse d "Gentlemen," cried Young Wi l d West, pushing his cap tive to the center of the room, rega r dless of the fact t h a I there were nearly a dozen revol vers drawn, "this is t h ( I man who says I was the accomp lice of Jim Dart in stea lin g a horse l ast night. Do any of you know him?" \ "Yes, yes came from the lips of the miners. H e is Sam Brackett, the gambler "An' he's a robber, too 01:ied Stonewall Jackso n J imson, in a loud voice. "He me up about eight mi les from here, an' after shootin' my watch o u t of my hand, was goin' to take every cent I had, but Young W il d West came along jist in time to take him down a peg an' make him turn tail to His name ain't Sam Brackett ; i t's J ay Redfern, 'cause he said so himself." "The man is mistaken," said the v ill ain. I neve:r sa w .. him before. Gentlemen, nearly all of you know that a young fellow came here yesterday afternoon, wh o sai d h is name was Jim Dart. He also told the proprietor t h at h e e:xpectecl his friend and partner, Young Wild West, to jo i n him here l ater. Then that night after dark some o n e comes along an' takes his horse, an' he borrows mine to go af t e r i t. He didn't come back, did he? Well ain't that pro of enough that his friend came along and took the horse so he could get a chance to borrow one and get away w i t h it? There is the evidence, and the only way to clea r i t u p is for this Jim Dart to come back and give a good exc u s e for staying away so long." At that moment the figu re of a boy came hastily into the room "Here I am back came the startling words from t he newcomer : "and I've got a good excuse for stayi n g away s o long. You are the cause of my staying a.way so long, you crafty villain, for you and your men captu r ed me an d kept me a prisoner in the cave till I managed to escape an h our ago. Gentlemen, that man is not on l y Sam Brackett the gambler, but also Jay Redfern, the road agent!" A hoarse murmur went up from the crowd in t h e b a r room. T h e accusation, coming, as it did, from two differen t p a r t i es, had considerable weight with the ma j ority of t h e m en. B u t there were at least half a dozen of the villai n s t h e r e who were in l eag u e with Redfern, and seeing that the tide was going against him, they made a rush upon You n g Wild West toliberate the road agent One of the more thoughtful ones of his crowd proceede d to shoot out the l ights at the same time, and when darkness reigned in the place, no one offered to fii:,e a shot, fo r fea r o f hitting a friend. There was some great scuffling going on, and W ild lost his hold upon :Redfern, in spite of anything he could do. The ne:xt moment there was a rush for the door by every body, it seemed. But the young dead-hot was one of the l ast to get out, and when he did so, he heard the sound of galloping hoofs. "Brackett's gone!" cried one of the miners. "That shows that what was said about him c:.3 Boys, if


6 YOlJNG WILD WEST'S DASH FOR LIFE. he s how s up around 11er ag'in we'll mak e it hot for him. We ain't got ro o m for any one but honest men in Diamond Holler!" New chimneys were quickly produced and the lamps i n the bar of the hote l were lighted. 'rhen Young Wilrl vVest walked boldly in si

YOUNG WILD WEST'S DASH FOR LIFE. Young Wild vrest was taming him clown, Jim Dart lay in ihe dark care, planning a way to make his escape. He had hope s of slipping hi s bond s and when he began to try he found that he could do it. But it would take a little time ForLunalely for him, he was entirely alone in the place, and this gave him a chance to work away unmolested. In a Jew minutes from ihc time H c dfcrn had taken his departure, the boy breathed a sigh of relief. Ile had succeeded in freeing hi s hands. After that it would be easy enough, h e thought. The men seemed to be rather careless, and with his ex perience as an Indian scout he ought to be able to steal away from them unobserved. And h e did do it, too. He not only got a way from the dark cave, but got posses sion of his own horse, too. Jim wanted lo get hold of the horse he had ridden but he could not take such chances. lt was too dark or him to find it readily. It turned out that Jim Dart got back to the hotel just in time to hear Reclfcrn sa;:: that the only way to clear it up would be or Jim Dart to come back and explain why he had remained away s o long. He could not have arrived in a better time. But ,let u s follow the road agent and his men who lrnd aided him from escaping from Young wild We s t. They were all not a little alarmed at 11hat had happened. "I made a mistake," sai d Redfern, whcri they w e re well en the way to their retreat . "I s houlcl ha \"C \\"Orn a mask when I tackled that fool of a fellow with the mule." ' Y cs," r emarked one of the men, "but ain"t it lik e ly that