Young Wild West and the stranded show: or, Waking the prairie pilgrims

Young Wild West and the stranded show: or, Waking the prairie pilgrims

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Young Wild West and the stranded show: or, Waking the prairie pilgrims
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1 le d 1V cckly-By Subscri71tio11 $3.iiO por year. Applicati o n niade for Second-Glass Entry at N. Y. Post Office. No. 79. NEW YORK, APRIL 22, 1904. Price 5 Cents. When Wild and Arietta appeared on the improvised stage they were greeted with great applause. The Prairie Pilgrims had never seen anything like it before and they simply enjoyed it. Their troubles were forgotten for the time.


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WILD EKLY A Magazine Containing Stories, Sketches Etc., of Western Lile. Issued Weekly -By Subscription $2.50 per year. Application made fm Second Clas entry at the New York, N Y. Post Office. Entered accordinf? to Act of Congress in the year in the office of the Librarian of Ctm g ress Washington, D. C., by Frank Touse:v, 24 Union Squa.e, New Yorlc. ---------------------------No. 79. NEW YORK, APRIL 22, 1904. P rice 5 Cents. OR, Waking the Prai rie Pilgrims. B Y AN OLD SCOU'l\ CHAPTER I THE BALDWIN BUOTHEHS .A.RE SURPRISED. I f0r they had done their best to seU the scenery and other 1 effects belonging to the s how, declaring that t h e money 1 s hould be divided equally among them, and that they 1 would be willing to go broke . Seated about a campfire one night in the month of But a customer could not be found, and the angered May a few years ago was a ra.ther di sma l-looking party 0 and dishea1 tened actors had l eft the s how to it s fate. four. The owners of the s how were brothers-The B a ldwin It was a wild-looking spot in Wyoming t hat they were Brothers, they called themselves-and when they figured camped in, and was just 0ff the trail that led southward up their assets alter they were l eft alone they fou nd tl).at to Cheyenne, whie;h was about fifty miles distant. they had just two dollars in money between them. Two were grazing contented l y not far from the But each of them possessed a watch and cha in and other fire, and n ear to it a ha y wagon was drawn up. jewelry. and t.his fact mad e th e m hop eful. 1'here were no horses to be seen which fact told plain l y Watches :md chains would sell mor e readi l y in Cheye nne 1hat the four trave]PTS had been riding in the vehicle. tha.n the paraphernalia of a third class "fly -hy-night" This was about half load ed with a mixed l ot of st uff show. that the casual observer would probably have declared to So, after due deliberation, the Baldwin Brothers turned be worth ljttl e or nothing. their jewelry into cash, and with the l argest portion of The four trav e ler s bad just finished a rather frugal the money purchased the mules and hay wagon, intending supper, ancl they w e re now smoking their p ipes and lookto strike for some other town and give a show in the ope n in g into the fire moody and thoughtful. to see how it would work. There was cause to make the men downheaTtec1, for they They hnd hopes of collecting enough from the crowd were the promoters and backers of a s how that had they wou l d attract to pay expenses, and if they could do started on t'he road from Chicago four montb s before, and this they would keep it n p until they had acc umulat e d which had become s t.randed in

2 Y OUNG W I L D WEST AND THE STRANDED SHOW. Some cowboy s had told the men that there were lots of ili s t ant hills too, and tha t might have had something tc, towns t o the north of C h e yenne, but they had b e en trav-do with bringing the m out. e ling for a day and a half now, and the y had faile d to find A s it had been dark whe n the strande d showqen had i11e, or anything that looked like a town. 'halte d and kindle d their fir e, t h ey had n o t see n anything The cowboy s had been joking vith them, of cours e, that looked like a burrow, or if the y had it i s doubtful if but the y had t a k e n it for a fact. the y would h a v e known wha t it was "I wis h w e c ould find s om e one who would 'trade u s four The y lis tened atte ntiv e l y ex pecting e v e r y minute that good saddle-ho r s e s for the outfit w e have got," said the a p erfect h orde of little do gs would appear. elder of the brothe r s who se n a m e wa s Perry. But whe n this dicl not h a pp e n and the y r e aliz e d that "What would y o u do then?'. a s k e d Pierce, the younges t. the barking wa s no neare r to them, they conclude d to in Ride on t ill w e struck a job on s ome ranch," wa s the ve s ti g ate. reply. "It c e r tainly looks a s though we have got to ge t They e a c h owned a revolv e r, a s it was a n ec e ssary pro-something to do, and that before long. We haven't struck ceeding to g o armed in that p art of the country, a s they ,, a town yet, and it looks to me as though we won t very had l earne d since they l eft Chicago. soon, .for the furthe r we have tra veled the wilder the In additio n to drawin g these they each picked up a country has become." stick and started in the direction of the barking, which "I am s atisfie d to strike a job on a ranch," said Hat-had l esse n e d s in ce the mus i c s topped. field the nex t to the old es t. A s the y pus h e u the u way throug h the bus h es the y s aw "So am I!" exclaimed the r emaining one, who was a s pace jus t ahead of t'h e m which wa s c ov e r e d with little called John. "A good job, whe re I can get plenty of good I hills. . grub to eat, i s wha t I want. I ge t out the banjo Ou the top of e ach wa s a little ammal that looked and sing and pla y a little to put you fellows in a good h11-to b e h alf dog, half mor? There i s no u se in our beincr down in the mouth! I They sat up on then h aunc h es and barkecl awa y in This is a big world, and there i s a 0living in it for every -piping tones a s though the y t'horou ghly enjoyed it. bodv John turned to hi s brothers with a laugh. ""E t t ,, cld cl p "What do you think of that?" he cried. "Who s ay s I a c ors, a e ierce. 1 Id b I cl ? Th t th Tl b 'ht -1 cant io an audi e n c e w e n o a turn. a is e ns roug a sm1 e. ,, "B t h d'd 't ,, k d p greates t thmg I ever s aw. um ac or s w y 1 n you say, remar e erry. "lxrh t h h ?" .1 p "They look "W t l b h ld h b a are t ey, any ow. s aic erry. e mus rnv e run a um s ow, or w e wou n t ave el k .1 t f 1 b ,, . . J 1 a o o rats cron e n um crazy. come stranded like th1s. I JUS t b egm to realize that w e're B f f h o l l ff 1 t tl 1 t about the worst lot of actors that ever went out with a t efohre afny 0 t e m c 0 er any exp ana rnn ie c a s h ow "It is either that, or e l se the peop l e don't know how to appreciate good talent," observed Hatfield. This sort of talk got them into better spirits and when t h e banj o had been brought from the wagon and the strains of the song t'hey had heard so many times aro s e on the a ir, the three reso l ved that if it was not for John, life wou l d be all the more weari s ome to them. The banjo player sat on a log and strummed away with as much energy as though he was playing before a crowded h o u se His voice which was a fairly good one, aro s e clear and distinct and the f!choes rang from the stri p of woodland on the left of the camp. e r o oo s c ame to t eir ears "Someone's coming!" exclaime d Pie rce "Let's g e t back to the camp, for we can't tell whether they are friends or foes." The y had jus t reached the camp when a horseman clashed up and di smounted. He wa s wildeyed and his horse wa s cov e r e d with foam. "Hicle me s omewhere s strangers!" h e cried hoarsely. "They're after me hot, an' they're goin' to hang me when the y git m e!" The brothers were too much surpris ed to make an immediate reply, and without waitili g for any, the fellow clambere d into the wagon and crawle d unde r s om e canvas. H e had hardly got out o f s i ght whe n thre e more horseB u t only one vers e and the choru s had been rendered men came up. / b efore a faint baiking sounde d near them. "Hello, thar, strangers !" bawle d out a voice. "Where It seems as though a hundred tiny t erriers had all did ther skunk go to?" s tarted in at once. The barking of the prairie dog s had cea s ed now and a s ] II 0 \\ 11 d h i e s t John cea s ed his singing and p laying and sprang to his stillness followed the que stion. feet. "Where did ther mea s l y horse thief go?" shouted the lll The Baldwin Brothers looked at eac h other in amaze -man who had asked the question. 'hE ment. "Is he a hors e thief?" a sked Percy Baldwin. kr "Now see what you've done!" said P i erce, grinning, but "Yes, confound hia hide! Where is he?" a t the same time looking much mys tified. "Well, he jumped off his horse and hid s omewhere They had camped right near a prairie dog b u rrow, and I around here." the music had arous ed the little animal s "We know he done that, but where did h e hide?" The moon was just showing her face from behind the T h e brothers hesitated about answering, for they did O O )'


YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE STRANDED SHOW. 3 not want to be the means of sending a man to his death when they did not know but that he might be innocent. But the three horsemen were desperate-looking fellows and armed to the teeth, as the saying goes, and when they leveled their shooters at the showmen the case was altered instantly. "He's in the wagon!" said Hatfield quickly. "I didn't steal thcr nag, boys!" came in muffied tones from beneath the canvas. "You've made a miRtake, as I told yon afore I got away from yo\l. I neYer seen ther nag. 1 didn't steal him, 1 tell you!" "We know better! Come out 0 i'hat wagon an' git your medicine!" The man in hiding refused to move, so the men quickly dismountcu and surrounded the wagon. In less than a minute they had seized him and dragged him out upon the ground. The follow was unarmed, or he would surely have made a fight for his life. As it was, 'he could do nothing against the three of them. 'rhey soon had his hands tied behind hi. back and his ankles bennd together. "We'll string him right up, boys!" said the man who seemed to be the lea.der of the trio. "Fetch a lariat!" and the prisoner had regained the use of his tongue for a second 'I'm innocent!" he cried. "I'm innocent! Don't--" "Up with him, boys!" cried the man who held the end of the rope. "Now, then! Up with him!" So interested had they all been t'hat they did not hear the approach of a horseman, who dashed up and came to a halt right in their very midst just as the three men were about to launch the accused into eternity. "Let go of that lariat, you cowardly hounds, or I will drop every one dead in your tracks, as sure as my name iE Young Wild West!" was the ringing command. CHAPTER II. BUYS THE EJ:'l<'ECTS OF THE STRANDED SHOW. If a thunderbolt had struck in their midst the men could not have been taken more by surprise. They let go the rope. that they were about to hang their prisoner with and glanced in silent amazement at the speaker. He was but whe11 The lariat was forthcoming instantly. nothing more than a. boy in looks and years, it came to courage, strength and daring, he inch a man-a man in the true sense, was every "You tenderfeet kin look at ther show, but you mustn't The trio of rough-looking men who were so anxious interfere," went on the man, nodding to the four brothers. to put an end to the fellow they called a horse thief "We mean business, an' if you fellers try to stop us you'll seemed to realize this. git filled wii h lead! This galoot stole a horse from our And the Baldwin Brothers were so surprised and decamp, an' he's got to hang fur it!" lig'hted at the sudden turn of affairs that they stood still "I didn't steal the horse!" protested the man. "I never in their tracks and looked in mute admiration at the dash saw these men until. ,rode up caught me about an i ing young horseman who had stopped the hanging. hour ago. I was skmnm a buffalo I cl shot, and I had no With a wealth of ches.tnut hair hanging to his shoul more idea of stealing a horse than I had of blowing out my ders and pearl-colored sombrero tipped well back on his own brains. lf I stole the horse, where is it?" head, the face beneath it showed off to the best advantage "That's ther question-w'here is it?" said one of the men It was a handsome one-remarkably handsome, we who were preparing him to be hung. "You turned ther j might say-and every line of it betokened coolness and nag loose when you heard us after you, that's what you determination. done." There was a dangerous flash in the dark eyes that were "I didn't! I--" looking so steadily at the trio, and the hands t'hat held a That as far as he got, for the noose was placed about brace of revolvers l eveled at them were as steady as a his neck and drawn tight just t'hen. rock. Then the end of the lariat was thrown over a convenient limb and the victim was dragged upward and to a standing position. "Ilold on, men!" cried Pierce, the youngest of the Balcl ,-;in Broihers, stepping forward. "Don't hang tlrnt man uutil you are sure he is guilty. I am of the opinion that 'he is innocent! It is not right to hang him until you know." "You stand back, Mr. Tenderfoot!" was the reply from the spokesman of the three. "If you've got a notion that you'd like to live a little longer, jest stand back an' keep your mouth shet! You kin look, but you mustn't touch! D'ye understand that?" The rope had slackened a trifle while this was being said "Young Wild Wei:, ti'' cried the prisoner, joyfully. "Yes, it is me, Rick,'' was the calm reply. "You staye d so lon g after dark that I started out to look for you. I heard the clattering of hoofs and then I rode up to see what was going on. I was not sure that you was the man who was being chased, but I was certain someone was, and I resolved to see about it. I got here just in time, I Cut that man loose!" 'rhe last remark was adddressed to the three men. "He's a horse thief!" said one of them. "No, he isn't!" was the quick reply. "I know better than that." "But he took one of our horses an' went with it," persisted the man.


4 YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE S'rRANDED SHOW. ----"I didn't, Wild!" said the prisoner. "I never seen these fellers till they caught me an' took my shooters an' knife away from me. They caught ther wrong man when they got me." "Oh! I believe you, Rick. Come! Hurry up, you fel lows, and release him." The trio muttered s ome words between them and then obeyed. Evidently they did not want to let the man go, but they were too much afraid of Young Wild West to refuse. Be had the drop on them! As they severed the ropes that bound him and removed the noose from about his neck the showmen gave a unani mous sigh of relief. "Rick, get your weapons," said Young Wild West. One of the men promptly handed them to him. "Now," resumed the boy, still keeping his eyes on them, "you fellow:s can mount and go and look for the man who stole your horse. Move on, now! I can't say that I fancy the looks of either of you. If I had bad a horse sto le11: and came upon either of you fellows I would surely think that I had found the thief. Move on!" Sullenly the three walked to their horses and mounted. Then they turned and rode off into the darkness. "Now, my friends, I would like to ask you what you are doing here?" Young Wild West remarked, looking c.u.riously at the four actors and their traveling outfit. might back here an' make it hot fur you. In my opinion, they're nothin' more than renegades, anyhow." "Oh! we wHl be only too glad to go!" cried the elder brother. "It won't take us but a very few minutes to get ready." Young Wild West and Rick waited for them, and when they had hitched the mules to the wagon they all set out across the l evel stretch of prairie. In less than fifteen minutes they reached a camp in a little grove of cedars that was near a running stream. Two tents were erected just of the blazing fire that t'hrew out a light in all directions. The four actors were surpr ised when they saw that there were females in the camp. But there was really nothing surprising in this, for Young Wild West was on his way to Fort Bridger, and, as in many cases, his sweetheaJ-t was accompanying him. Tl).ere were just ten in the party. Young Wild West and his sweethea rt, Arietta Murdock; Cheyenne Charlie and his wife, Anna; Jim Dart and his sweetheart, Eloise Gaidner; Sam Murdock, the grand father of Arietta ; Lively Rick, who hailed from a mining camp call ed Devil Creek, and two servants, a negro and a Chinaman. The party had started from Weston, where Young Wild West and his partners had mines and other interests, for li'ort Bridger, where Sam Murdock was going to settle up some real estate business. "We are all that's left of a stranded show," ans\i"ered the elder of the brothers. WiLd and his two partners, Cheyenne Charlie and Jim "A stranded show, eh? Well, that seems rather queer. Dart, delighted in making such trips on horseback aci'oss What are you doing a way out here on the prairies? You the mountains and plains, and when they went out they can't very well give a show here." usually met with lots of stirring adventures. "They could give a show here all right, I reckon," said . That evening at sunset, as they ha!l decided upon campthe rescued man who had been called Rick by the dashmg 1 th L" 1 R" k h d 'dd ff t b . mg w iere ey now were, ive y ic a n e n o o oy. This would be an all right place to give a show, th ht t t d t h t t 11 l d f b ff. 1 e rig o ry an O'e a s o a a sma 1 e r o u a oes bu1t I be co1me to see it." he had sighted. 0 n sp1 c o is r1 mg experience, t 1e man was now perfectly at his ease, and he laughed heartily at his joke. He had remained away so long after it becam e dark that The Baldwin Brothers were pretty keen observers, and Young Wild West, who, by the wa.y, was known as the they had taken to Young Wild west from the very mo-Prince of the Saddle and Champion Dead shot of the Wes t, ment he spoke start e d out to look for him. They saw in him a friend. He found him just in the nick of time, as ha s been de-. John started in to relate the story of how they had to be stranded and Young Wild West and Rick listened. 'l'he actor put a little humor in the story, and that made it go all the better. When he had finished Young Wild West said to them: "Well, what do you say if you hitch up your mules and drive over to our camp? It isn't more than three miles from here, and it is a better place, too. There are no prairie dogs there to bark at you, either, so you can sing scribed Rick told his story at the camp, after the Baldwin Brothers had been made acquainted with a ll hands. Summed up briefly, it was as follows: He ha8. succeeded in dropping one of the buffaloes, and was skinning it in the quickly gathering darkness, when he had been pounced upon by three men, who had dis mounted and crept upon him under cover of the grass and gathering darkness. and play to your hearts' content." '.rhen what. has been described took place. "What do you say?" asked John, turning to his broth-It was the first real excitement that any of the party ers. had been subjected to since l eaving Weston in the Black They s howed. a unanimous desire to accept the invitaHills, and a ll voted that Lively Rick had a narrow escape. tion. Cheyenne Charlie looked questioningly at the four "I reckon you'd better go," spoke up the rescued prisbrothers while the part they had played in the incident oner. "If them fellers what had me took a notion they was being told I j j


YOUNG WTT.D W'RST AND THE STRANDED SHOW. 5 "You f e llers was afraid to tackle ther three mea s ly coyotes, I reckon?" h e s aid. "Yes, ans w e r e d P erry, "to tell the .truth, w e w e r e It was a ll s o surprising that w e c ould not think of jus t what to do, and whe n the y pointe d their r e volv e r s at u s w e felt that w e had b ette r l e t the m have their o wn way." "Oh I

6 YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE STRANDED SHOW. thought so when he swore it wasn't him, but I knowed w CHAPTER III. had to have satisfa ct ion on someone, an' it was better to lynch hiru than no one THE SEXTETTE OF VILLAINS '''l'hat's so!" and the two villains nodded as much a 1 to say they thoroughly agreed with him. We will now follow the thre e men who had been cheated After talking the matter over for some time they at of hanging Lively Rick. len gth tumed in A horse had really been sto len from them, and it is They did not deem it necessary to keep a watch, and so quite probable that they thought they had found the right a ll three of i.hem went to s leep. man when they came upon Rick. It was quite consi d erable after midnight when Still, as they had failed to find the missing horse in his Romer was awake ned by hearing the sha rp neigh of a possession, they s hould have given him the benefit of the horse. doubt. He was a practiced plainsman, anyhow, and he was up But they were not the sort of men to give much of a in a twinkling. show to anyone. The moon was just going down, and, looki ng over to They were out-and-out villains, and w'hen Young Wild where the horses w ere tied, h e was surpr ised to see a West declared that he would unhe sitat ingly brand them as fourth one there. A lariat was trailing from it, too, and horse thieves if he had lost a horse and met them, he was it did not tah him more than a second to see that it was hitting hard on facts. the one they h ad come so near to hanging Lively Rick The villains bore the n ames of Red Romer, Dan Gizzard for. and McGinnis As soon as Red Romer made certain of this he awoke Red Romer was the acknowledged leader of them, and his companions. it was he who had done the most of the talking when they "'l'her horse ha s come back," he said. "I reckon no one were going to hang Lively Rick. didn't stea l him, after all. He must have got ther lariat As they rode away the three villain s were rather disuntied." gruntled. "That's so," said McGinnis. "'!"hat's what I calls bein' interfered with fur fair!" "I guess I'll go an' catch him an' make him good an' observed the one called McGinnis fast this time," spoke up Gizzard, and he hastened off to "You bet it was!" answered Dan Gizzard. "That feller do so. was only a boy, hut he took all the sta rch out of me, jest He had no trouble in catching the horse, and when he ther same." had tied it' along with the others h e came back. ''A very nervy sort of a roo ster, he waR," declared Red "He must have strayed ofl' a putty good ways, too," he Romer. "He s aid as how his name was Young Wild West, remarked. "Well, I'm g l ad we've got him, 'cause he an' I think I've heard that name afore." might come in handy We may be able to sell him to som e "Well, you kin j est bet that I'm goin' to git square on wagon train." him fur interferin' with us, if we ever git ther chance," "That's whars ther matter!" exclaime d Red Romer. said the firs t s peaker "It don't make no difference if we did find ther crittj!r "Oh! we'll git a c)1ance, most likely \Ye come out of where he wasn't lost, he's ours by rights." town to try our luck on ther trail, an' ther chances are The fact was that the three villains had sto len the horse that ther boy has got someone with him that ain't quite in Cheyenne. as sharp as he is. We must wait for 'em, an' then sorte r They had found him wandering about near the outskirts give 'cm a surprise." of the town, sadd led and bridled waiting for a rider. The thr-ee rode off to a little hollo.w that was less than They could not let rnch a chance s lip, for the r e was too two miles from the spot where our hero and his friends much rascality in them for that. were camped. That was why they were so enraged when they thought 'r!rny had l eft a fire burning betwe e n two log s and it was that someone had stolen the animal from tlfem st ill smou ld eri ng. If t'he real o;,ner came a long and had enough men at Di smounting they took the saddles and bridles from his back to put in a claim that was p e r suas ive, they meant t'heir steeds and tied them where they had a good chance to to let him hav e the horse and say that they had found it graze upon the luxuriant g rass that grew there in plenty. wandering about, and had s imply caught it to wait for "We must be up at daylight in ther mornin'," said the the owner to come along. leader of the trio. The three men turned in again and. s lept t ill daylight. "We want to find Young Wild West, you know, an' Then they got up and took a look around over the prai. like as not we might run across ther feller what took ther rie extra horse we had to-night.'r As they were in a li ttle hollow, they could not see very "You don't t'hink it was ther skunk we had, then?" far, so McGinniR climbed a tree and made a survey asked McGinnis. It was uot long before h e cau ght sight of the camp of "No! I reckon we h ad ther wrong man.' I kind e r our friends.


YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE STRANDED SHOW. The tents were easily distinguishable, and so was the l "We're in a little hard luck, an' we're putty well tired hay wagon he had seen at the camp of the four men the I out," went on the "We had a little scrimmage night before. to-day an' lost a horse from a bull et." He came down the tree and reported to his two com "Is that so?" asked the leader of the trio. "Well, panions. mebbe we kin help you out a little in that line. We've got They concluded not to make a fire that morning, but an extra horse." to eat a breakfast of cold bear meat, ancl then wait till "The dickens you have!" those who were camped so near them set out for where The three strangers now dismounted, and it did not they were bound. take Red Romer and his companions half a minute to see When they finally saw four men ride away from the that they were a hard-looking set. camp and head in the direction of Cheyenne they did All of them had Inuian blood in their veins, beyond t'hc not know what to make of it. shadow of a doubt, and they 11acl the appearance of having "Them looks lik e ther fellers what had ther mules an' been in a recent fight. ther wagon," observed McGinnis. One rogue can generally tell another. "They do, fur a fact," retorted Red Romer. Ancl so it was in this case. "That's just who they are, too!" exclaimed Dan Gizzard, They had not talked more than ten minutes before they half a minute later. "I kin tell by ther way thcy'rn under stood each other prettv well. I dressed. They're tenderfeet, fur sure Jus t look at thcr 1 Though a little slow about admitting that they were way t'hey ride." out for the purpose of preying upon their fellow-creatures, "That's right!" and the other two nodded. they let it out after awhile. Ten minutes lat er they saw lhe camp breaking up. Then Heel Romer told the strangers that they had been Not long after Young Wild,West and his friends started i following the trail of Young Wild West's party, and tl1at off in a westerly direction. j fhey had been figuring on a way to get square with him The three villains were surprised when they saw three for interfering with their business the night before. females in the party. The halfbreed, who was plainly the dominating spirit "I wonder where they're bound ?''"Red Romer remarked. of the newcomers, stated that they had lost their horse in "It's hard to tell," replied McGinnis. "I reckon it a fight with a wagon train which was heading that way. would pay us to faller on behind 'em, though. It may be "We tried to stea l a few things from one of ther wagthat we kin git a chance to make a haul out of ther gang." ous," he said, "an' they caught us. We'd been taken in as "If we're real careful we might. Well, we'll jest jog friends by 'em, but they turned ag'in us mighty sudden along in that direction, anyhow. I wonder what it is when they found what we was up to an' ordered u s to git that's in that wagon?" out. We started, but had somei words wit'h a couple oi "I don't know,'' and the other two shook their heads. 'em Then we began to shoot, hopin' to down some of 'em They waited until our friends had got a good two miles an' git away. But we didn't hit 'em, an' ther first thing start, and then they rode over until they came to the trail we knowed one of our horses went under. Then we got and rode along in their wake. away a fast as we cou ld. This happened about an hour That night they halted a little over a mile from them afore sunset, and here we are, ready to jine in with you and pitched their camp right on the open prairie. fellers an' do some business." After dark they dug a hol9 in the ground and heaped "Good enough!" cried "I re ckon six kin up the dirt, so they could build a sma ll fire behind it and do a lot more t'han three, any day!" not have the blaze seen. I The halfbreed gave his name as Sim Dusty and his They cooked their supper then, after which t'hey pre-1 friends were Hammer and Speck. pared to take things easy for awhile and study out a plan It was now truly a sextette of villains that had got to how they could do something to get square on Young geiher, and it was the ext ra horse that sealed the bonds of Wild W est for interfering with them the night before. friendship. They had been in camp about an hour, when they heard "You say they got women with ther gang t'hat's camped the sounds made by horses' hoofs. ahead of us?" questioned Sim Dusty. Someone was. corning along the trail. "Yes," answered Red Romer. The villains looked rather uneasy, for they had an idea "An' it ain't no regular wagon train?" that the owner of the stolen horse was making his appear"No." ance. "A curious sort of an outfit, then, ain't it?" The next minute two horses came up. "Yes, but it i s Young Wild West's gang. I have heard One of them had two men on its back. a little about him. Ile goes all over ther coutry, an' The other carried a rider, who was quite plainly a halfsometimes he takes some gals with him. He's a deadshot, breed Indian. i they say, but we know fur a fact that he's one of ther cool" Hello, strangers !" the latter called out. "Any objecest fellers that ever drawed a shootin' iron." tions to our stoppin' with you over night?" I "Well, if he ever tackles me I reckon he'll find that "None at all,'' answ e red Red Romer. he's met his match" the halfbreed. "I'm jest


8 WIT.JD WEST AND THE STRANDED SHOW. about as cool as they make 'em, an' when it comes to shootin' a gun quick, I reckon I'm right lhar every time." "Well, I'm glad that you're th'at kind of a feller. I'm a good one myself, but this boy took me by surprise last night, an' he made me come down to him, loo." "Wait till I git a chance at him." "Well, you kin depend on me to help yon. S'pose you an' me takes a little scout around their camp an' see how they've got things fixed there?" "Just wl1at I was goin' to propose." "Come on, then. Ther rest of ther gang kin stay here." "How will we go, on foot?" "Yes, that will be ther best." Without any further talk the two set out to pay a visit to the c lo se vicinity of Young Wild West's camp. They hurried along until they got within a couple of hundred yards of the campfire and then came to a halt. T'hey could see well enough to count those who were there, but not plain enough to suit them exactly Sim Dusty whispered that he was going closer, and he at once started to do so. There was much laughing and talk going on at t'he camp, so the villain did not deem it necessary to be very cautious. But that \Vas where he made a big mistake. When he got within fifty yards of the camp a tall form suddenly appea ; red before him and a voice "Hold up your hands, you measly coyote!" CHAPTER IV. PREPARIKG FOR TllE SHOW. When Young Wild West and his companions resumed t'heir journey that morning everybody was in a good lm rnor and a state of expectancy. Ike, the darky, was appointed to drive the mules, and with Wing Wah, the Chinaman, at his side, the wagon was certainly worth looking at. "It is going to make us a little longer in getting at our destination," said Wild. "But probably \re will have enough fun out of it to pay for it. To-night we \rill make an examination of the costumes and scenery and arrange to give a performance." 'fhis made all hands eager for t'he night to come. Cheyenne Charlie and Lively Rick shot some game that 'morning, so they were bound to have fresh meat for a day or two. They were well supplied with everyth1ng in the line qf provisions, and our hero figured out that t'hey would hav e sufficient to last them, even if they were a day or lwo longer in getting to Fort BriJger. 'fhe day passed without anything worthy of note happening, and about an hour before sunset they came to a halt in a convenient group of trees on lhe prairie and went into camp Anna and the girls helped Wing Wah lo get th ready, as they wanted to hurry things along, so lhe, get at the costumes and scenery of lhc show. As -soon as they had all catcD, Wild wenl lo the wage and started lo make an examinati on of the lhings. It was not dark'ycl, and they had a good Lo se how lhe scenery looked in the daylight. None of them were grcally impressed with it as they looked at one piece after anothel', bul when lhc.Y. to the costumes they were rather plca:;ed. Among fhe propertiei; were book:; of several plays and recitations, but when Wild looked them over he declared that when they gave a show it must be an original one. "We will make up things as we go along," he said. "We will pick onl our costumeR and then rehearse over something that will suit. We can do il lo-night, if you arc all willing." Of course they were-at least nil bul t''l1eycnne Charlie. Tle declared that he was not born to lie an actor, and that he would be one of the spectators when they gave a show It was finally decided that \Vild, .Jim, .\rietta, .\nna, and Ike, the darky, should be the performer;.:, and that Lively Rick should be property man and take c'barge of the curtain. The scout was going to be the audience, along with the Chinaman It clicl not fake Young Wild Wcsl long to figure out lhc ground-work of a good sketch, anrl when he had laid it down to the rest of them they got lo t'hinking over suitable lines for it. The costumes they had would answer fire-rale for anything lhey might want to impers onate. When it got dark Charlie left lhe to talk over the proposed show and. look a walk arounJ lhe ontHkirts of i.'he camp. H e was to stand watch during the early part of the night, and though he did not anticipate any real danger, he thought it best to be on the watch. II e made the rounds once and then came hack, looking \rhrn 'he saw the interest his wife was taking in the stranded show. \fter awhile he concluded to make another circle around thr cam p, and he set out to do it. 11 e got something like a hundred yards from the fire beforr he started around, and when he had completed about 'half the circle he suddenly heard a noise off to his right. He happened to be in the shadow of a tree at the time, so he remained perfectly still and listened. At first he thought it was some prowling wild beast, but when he heard low whispers he knew better. "Some measly coyotes are sneakin' n p to have a look at our camp, are t'hcy?" h e thought. "Well, I reckon they'll git surprise, all right." The whispering soon died out, but Charlie bad heard eno ugh to prove to him that two or more persons were crawling toward the camp.


YOUNG WILD WEST AND 'l'HE STRANDED SHOW. 9 1 Dropping to the ground, 10i. e lessl y toward th e plac e lL. he began working his way I "We ll, I don't object to takin' a look," s ajd Sim Du s ty, wher e h e figur e d the prowlwho was c ertainly a pretty c o o l hand and one who was wer e h e adin g for H e k ept r i g h t on \ yithout pau sing t o li s t e n until h e h a d 1 1 eachecl a p aint within fift y yards of th e campfire. T h c scout b a d calc ul ate d w ell, for whe n h e c am e to a s t o p h e heard som ething moving within a few feet of him. R e was l ying ri g h t o n hi s sto m ac h a t th e ti m e a nd th e next in s t a n t whe n h e saw th e form o f a m a n c reepin g a lon g h e decided t o bring him t o with a round turn. T11e n it was that h e spra n g to his fe e t and cove r e d th e prowle r who was Sim Du s ty, the halfbreed as h as been s tated At t h e c omm and t o hold up hi s h ands, Dus ty l e ap e d for w a rd an d clove b e tween t h e scout's l egs, upsetti ng him But w h e n h e w ent clown C h a rlie m a d e a g rab with his l eft h a nd and seized the vill a in b y his ri ght a rm. Sim Dusty w as br o u ght t o with a j erk and he roll e d o v e r o n the g r o und. The n C h a rli e was o n him lik e a s hot. "I've got you, you m e a s l y coyo t e !" h e e xclaim ed. "Now, t h e n j est g i vc a n account o f y ourself, or off goes the r top of yom head!" "Le t m e u p cam e the r e ply "I am a fri e nd if you are an honest man.'' "We ll if you r e a fri end, what a r e you s n e akin' around our camp lik e t hi s for ? a nd t h e scout 's r ev olv e r was thrus t against the vill ain\; t e mpl e "Ho w did I kn o w wh a t kind of p e opl e you was-I don t know yet ? I'm a hunte r an' a fri end to eve rybody what 's hon 0st." W e ll. I'll 1.ak e vour s hoot e r s from you an' the n you kin com0 t.o t h c r camp \\'it h me, an w e'll sec if y ou are You d b ette r t v ll t h e r fell er who was whi s p erin' to yon a little w hil e ago to com e with you.'' "I w as n't whi s p e rin to any o n e I h'as a way o f t a lkin to nw;:elf, a n it ha s got m e in troubl e m o r e than once. The scout did n o t b e li e v e lhi s H e had been keepin g a s harp w a t c h :for som e on e e lse to ap pear while h e h eld the r e v r to th e cllow 's head. A s h e h a d been talkin g l oud e nou g h for those at the ca m p to h e ar him, R e d Rom e r als o h e ard him B u t whe n h e saw Y o un g Wild w est w as has t ening to the spot R e d Rom e r c on c lud e d th a t h e h a d b ette r g e t away. H e did so, m a kin g headwa y a s fa s t as h e d a r e d to. "I cau ght thi s felle r s n eak in aro und Wild," s aid the scou t, as our h ero a pp earecl. "rrhe r e's a noth e r on e right c lose b y." "No, th e r e ain' t! s pok e up th e halfbr e ed. I was t alkin t o m yse lf, a n h e t hin k s the r e w a s someon e with me. I seen y our fire, a n 1 t hou g h t I'd c reep up an see wha t kind of l o okin fell e r s you are I had a right to do that, I reckon. I ain' t s upposed to tak e it fur g r anted that e v e ry o n e i s hone st am I?" "No, y ou a r e not," answere d Wild. "But eome on! You s hall see our camp and all who b e long to it. Then you will b e satisfie d, I s uppose.'' qui c k at forming conclus ion s and g iving answ e r s "I don't object to y ou fell e r s takin a look at our camp, either Thero's s ix o f 11s altogethe r an' w e're a p e a ceful lot. W e're on our way to Fort Bridg e r.,, Wild a nd Charli e c ondu c t e d the prowl e r direct to the camp. Wh e n h e got in the light th e y qui c kly sa.w that he was not a full-blood e d whit e man. "What's y our nam e ?" a s k e d our h e ro. "Sime on Dusty, was t'he r e ply. "You are a halfbr eed?" "Yes. My fath e r was a whit e man from ther state of V ermont and my m othe r was a C hip e wa s quaw. But I'm a n honest m < rn for all that." "I don't know a s th e r e i s an y why you shouldn't b e But to b e pl ain wit h you, Sim eon Dus ty, I don't like your look s I hnv e :m id e a that y ou are a man who would kill a p e rson for a s m all s um of m o n ey, providing you t11ought you would not be c auglit. I alway s te ll a man jus t what I think of 0him, you know and I seldom g e t fool ed." "You're s a yin' h ard things ag' in me, y oun g feller. The r e ain t no c ause fur you to talk that way, e ither." "Ne v e r mind, now. Jus t take a look at our camp, as you w e r e s o anxiou s to g e t n ear e nough to see it. Now, a r e y ou s ati s fied?" "Oh! I didn't want to see it parti c ul a rly. I only wanted to find out whe th er you p e opl e was fri ends or foes. I found out e nou g h to suit me, I reckon " All ri ght, th e n. C h a rlie, g iv e him hi s w e apons and ace him in t h e di rect ion h e cam e from." The scout did so. "Now, y ou mu s t m a k e a run for it, Simeon Ds ty. 'Vhe n I coun t three I w ant y ou to lig h t out a s though a g rizzl y was c ha s in g you and t ak e car e that you do not come s n e akin g a round any c amp of ours again One, two, three! Away w ent th e h a lfbr eed lik e a youn gs t e r on a hundred yard s dash. H e was h e ar tily g l a d to ge t away s o easy, but h e was boil i n g with anger too The act of hi s h a vin g been c all e d s u c h bad name s by a per s on who h a d n ever seen him b e for e was suffic ient to mak e him feel lik e killin g Youn g Wild West. "I'm certain th e r e was anoth e r fell e r with him," said C heyenne C h a rli e "Their whi s p e rin was what I heard fir st." "The r e i s no doubt of it," s pok e up Jim Dart. "The f e llow nev e r s poke a word of truth, in my opinion." "Well, I took notic e t'ha t h e was not one of the thre e who were going to hang Ri ek," s aid Wild. "There seems to be a lot of ras cal s hanging a bout this trail. We will have to be on the watch, or if a number of them were to get together they might take it in their heads to make a try at robbing u s


10 YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE STRANDED SHOW. "I reckon it will take quite a lot of 'em to do it," ob served the scout, smiling grimly. As t'hey did not know just how many there were in the gang Sim Dusty belonged to, Wild thought it advisable to have two on guard. So he put the Chinaman on with Charlie for the first three hours. 'l'hen he would take Ike, the darky, and go on for the Reeond watch, while .Jim and Lively Rick would finish the night. The night pas s ed without any further trouble. As soon as it was daylight Jim took a scout around and f'Oon locatec1 the Rix villaini::. "Blamed if it ain't Young Wild West!" was the reply. How are you, Wild? And how are you, .Jim Dart?" There was a hearty handshake and then the guide was asked where he was bound. "To Fort Bridger," was the reply. "These are Prairie Pilgrims on their way to pick out farmin' land an' settle down." CHAPTER V. THE SHOW BEGINS. As he had not Reen the three who had been going to When Young Wild West told Jack Speed, t'he guide, hang Lively Hick, 'he, of course, could not recognize any tl1at he was going to Fort Bridger, too, and that old man o.f them but the halfbreed. Sam Murdock was ahead with the r est of the party, the Jim managed to get back to the camp without being guide \\'US much . seen by the men, an. d when Wild awoke a few minutes later I He was well .acquamted with.the grandfather of Anetta, he reported what he had seen. also t'.lC scout. ,, "Six of them, eh? Well, that's good! I guess they I r;ckon. you d b:tter JOlll nght us people, won't bother us a crreat deal" and the boy crave a nod of I i::a1d. 'It will be a little slower travelin, but that oughtn t "' 0 to make a great deal of difference." "B t tl .11 b t 1 t th ,, 'd J' "Kot so much s lower, either," spoke up Jim Dart. "We u 1ey w1 ear wa c ung, JUS e same, sa1 im. 1 t 1 tfit ,, 1 rnve go a mu e wagon in our ou Oh, of course. That halfbreed is a treacherous fellow, "I tl t ? W ll tl I 1 'll ht 1 . . s rn so. e 1en rec rnn you go rig a ong and I will bet on it. But he had better steer clear of tlus "th ,, ' th l ,,, I Wl us. camp, oug.i. I Wild and Jim had turned their horses and they were It was a httle after seven when they started out agam,: riding along with the gnide and the others who were in and had scarcely got in when Wild and Jim. advance of the wagon train. took a nde back to see what. the six men were up to. J The guide introduced his companio n s in hi s rough way When they found they did not meet them they were and they all seemed very glad to have met Young Wild not a little surprised, for they were both quite confident West. that t1rny meant to follow them. I "HaYe you see n anything of six men this morning, one 'l'hey kept on in that direction, however, knowing full of t'hem a h1,1lfbreed ?" our hero asked them. well that they could easi ly overtake their companions on: "No" irns the rerilv "but we had a little trouble with l '' account of the s lowness of the mule team. three ga loot s yisterday, though. One of 'em was a. half-Just as they reached the place where the villains had breed named Sim Dusty." camped over night they were surpris ed to see a wagon "Ah!" exclaimed Jim Dart. "That is the fellow." train approaching. There were about a dozen of the old"So there were only three of them, then?" questioned fashioned prairie schooners in it, and the horses and cattle, our hero. must have numbered in the neighborhood of a hundred., "Yes. 'fhey met ns an' asked if they could ride along "Well," observed our hero, "here comes company for, with us. \V e let 'em. of course, an' everything went all us, if we want it. Jim, those six rascals must have made I right till we found 'em tryin' fo stea l somethin' out of ther for the timber over yonder, probably with the intention of I wagons. Then we give 'em orders to light out, but they getting ahead of us." got sassy an' we had a little trouble with 'em. One" of "That's what I would say, unless they went back and their horses got shot in ther scrimmage." joined the wagon train." "I knew that halfbreed was no good!" exclaimed Wild. "Well, they might have done that, and if they have it is "Well, if there were only three of them, there are six our duty to warn the Prairie Pilgrims of them." now. They were camped right above here, and they must "Well, ride on and meet the train, then." have lit out early this morning. The c hances are that "All right." they went over to the timber and are riding fast to get 'rhey started their horses forward on a gallop and soon ahead of us." met the advance guard of the train. j "Well, ther next time they show up around us they'll Then, much to the satisfaction of Young Wild West, 1 git somethin' they don't want. We've decided on that." he found the guide in charge of the train was an old ac-After a little further talk about the rascals Wild and quaintance. Jim rode back with the guide and were introduced to the "vVhy, how are you, Jack Speed?" he called out, a s he men, women and children w110 were on their way to Fort rode up and came to a halt. Bridger.


I YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE STRANDED SHOW. 11 '.Chey all seemed pleased when Jack Speed declared that Young Wild West was the greatest deadshot of the West, and that he had the fastest horse a man had ever mounted upon. After staying in the company of the Prairie Pilgrims, as they chose to call themselves, for about half an hour, Wild and Jim rod<; on ahead to halt their friends and allow the train to catch up with them. Cheyenne Charlie and Sam Murdock were plea ed when they heard that they were to join the crowd t'hat Jack Speed was leading over tlie prairie to Fort Bridger. And the girls were also pleased and did some whisper ing among themselves. "What are you people talking about?" asked Wild, as he noticed this. "We were thinking that we would now be able to have an audience w'hen we give a show," replied Arietta. "That's so! It is a good thing that the wagon train happened along. I never thought about it before. The fact that we were running a stranded show never entered my mind before." "Whoopee!" cried Lively Rick. "I'm jest itchin' to see ther show an' git to handlin' t'her cm'tain, lettin' it up an' down when ther bell rings." The outfit was brought to a halt, and after some little time the prairie schooners reached them. It did not take them long to become acquainted. The emigrants were nearly all Westerners, who had de cided to go a little further beyond the bounds of civiliza tion and try their luck. There were nearly a dozen girls of about the age of Arietta and Eloise, and this made it pleasant for them. Then there were perhaps twenty women, who were the wives of hardy pioneers, and several boys almost grown, I besides smaller children. Before the day passed our friends had becom(l so well acquainted with the Prairie Pilgrims that it seemed as though they had known them from the start of the wagon train. As might be supposed, Arietta, Anna and Eloise soon got it noised among_ the women that they proposed to give a show. Few of them had ever seen a show, so they were eager to see it, as might be s uppo s ed. Young Wild West was as much surprised as the rest, for he had hardly sup]Josed that a band large eno ugh to cope with them was anywhere about. But he was equal to the emergency, however. "Lie low and waiL till you see them before you fire a shot!" was the word he passed among the men. Jack Speed, the guide, was quick to impress it upon the minds of the men that they should do just as our hero told them. The yell that had preceded the firing was plainly made by Indians, and our friends knew it. After the first volley a reigned. The attacking party did not charge the prairie schoon ers, which were drawn up in a circle. They were probably waiting for a return A minute passed. 'l'hen another yell sonncled and a number of indistinct figures were seen moving toward the camp through the darkness. "Give it to them, boys, and make every shot tell!" cried Young Wild West. He fired as he spoke, and a death yell rang out. Before the echoes of it had died away a volley sounded and at least a dozen of the approaching figures dropped to the ground to rise no more. Then several shots were fired from the other side, and one of the men in side the circle fell. Wild quickly darted over and crept under one of the wagons. He caught sight of severa l forms moving along close to the ground Crack! The sharp report of his rifle rang out. Then all was still He waited for a minute and then he saw something moving away from the spot. Crack! He fired again. The movement ceased as if by magic. Cheyenne Charlie fired from the other and the death-yell of a redskin rang out. After that there was a dead silence for the space of :five minutes. \Vhen the men got hold of it they were just as anxious "I reckon they've got enough of it," said the scout for the show to be given as their wives, daughters and He proved to be correct, for though they waited pasweethearts were. tiently the balance of the night, there were no further So, when pre s sed pretty hard, Wild decided that they signs of the attack being repeated. would try it the next morning. T'hey had lost one man, however, and this cast a temHe found that they could not very well do it in the porary gloom upon the Prairie Pilgrims. night-time, owing to the absence of _light. I The dead man had no family, however. They took the usual precautions in going into camp that When daylight came it was found that the attacking night, for they never could tell when they might be atparty were nowhere in sight tackerl by some roving band of Indians or white renegades. An inve;;;tigation found that fifteen of the villains had They were wise in doing this, too, for shortly after midgone under. night a fierce yell broke the stillness, followed instantly by Thirteen of them were Inrli:rns and the other two white the discharge of firearms. men. 'fhe camp had been attacked. Wild was not long in discovering that one o f the iatter


J 2 Y O b N G WILD W EST AND THE S TRAND E D SHOW. bel onged to t h e trio w h o had come so nea r to h anging Lively Rick. "I. guess they have enough of ii," he said. "Well, we will move on a couple of miles ancl then halt and give the s110w. 'I'hat will give the scoundrels a chance to come and bury their dead He had thought it not advisable to give the show to t h e Prairie Pilgrims that clay on account of the death of one:> of their men, but the rest declared that it would be a g0od idea, as they needed something to cheer them up. .Alter breakfast the train got in motion and moved over to a point on the prairie about two miles llistant from the scene of the attack. Cheyenne Olrnrlic look it on himself to watch for the Indian. and renegades to come after their dead, while the rest of our friends got ready to give lhe performance. '1'11' 0 prni1ie sc'hooners were hauled up to the proper di8lance apart and then a stage was r i gged of p l anks be t ween them. Canvas was strung over the lop and ends and across the back, leaving a place for a dressing-room on the ground in the r ear. Then the curtain that was in the effects of the stranded show was hung in place and two flags fastened at the top to ghe a sort of gala appearance W h en all the arrangements were completed Lively Rick a ppeared on the stage and announced that the show would b egin at halfpast nine, and that it would last an hour. Young Wild West was heart and soul in the thing now, b ecause he found that his pretty sweetheart was so deeply interested in it. While he did not know exactly what kind of a perform ance they would give, he made up his mind that they would get 0ff something that would satisfy the audience. He to l d the ladies to go ahead and put on any of the costumes they saw :fit, and to be quick about it. "Et and I will go on first and g ive them a duet as a sort of pre l ude," said he. "'I'hcn we will g ive t'h e act we w ere practicing the night before l ast Of course they were agreeab l e to this. The act our hero spoke of was on the plan of "Ye Old fashionccl Singing Skewl," and allowed them lots of chances to get in no end of original saying and doings. When the time came they were ready and waiting. Wild tinkled t'he little bell and the curtain went up. The audience was disclosed seated and standing about expectantly T here was quite a number in it, too, and as Young W il d West l ooked at them through the little peep-hole that was in the rear canvas, he made up his mind to do h is best and n ot make it a dry performance. He wanted it to be as humorous as possible. rl'he song he 'had decided to sing with Arietta was an old one, and much depended on the way the singers acted their parts. 'l'he costumes wo111cl add to the attractivenes of it. Lively Rick made the announcement, and t h e n t h e show b ega n When Wild and Arietta appeared on ihe im\f>rovised stage they were greeted wit'h great applause \ The Prairie Pilgrims had never seen anything like it before, and they simply enjoyed it. Their troubles were forgotten for the time. \ The many weary miles they had covered since the)( set out on the slow journey across the plains was from their minds, and they only thought of the The gay costumes of the two on the stage quite caug!1t their fancy, and when the performers courtesied to eac11 other and began singing they sat as though charmed. Arietta had a fine soprano voice, and Wild was no mean smger. Their good voices, added to their graceful actions, made the sung a success there on the boundlesi; prairie, and it would have been the same before an audience in a city. 'l'hcrc wai; real merit in the act. They went through it without a break, and when they had finis'hed and ma de a move to retire, the audience would not have it. 'I'hen Young Willi West found that he had forgotten something. He had not figured on being encored by the Prairie Pil grims. But he was not to be left "The lflst verioc and chorus over again, Et," he whis pered. They did this, but even then the audience was not sat isfied. They wanted more of the same kind. Wild and Arietta had both seen the play of "Romeo and Juliet" in Denver, so when the applause had subsided Romewhat our hero said a line or two that he remembered and struck the proper attitude. Arietta. knew what was driving at, and she instantly answered as well as she knew how. Then they he l d a conversation, making up the words as they went along to fill in what they forgot, and they went through the acting part so well that they "brought down the house/' to use the expression For an encore they sang :mother song and then the cur tain came down, the Prairie Pilgrims applauding loudly. CHAPTER VI. THE BALANCE OF THE SHOW AKD WHAT FOLLOWED When Wi l d went off the stage with Arietta, after the cnrtain came down, he found Ike. the darky, sitting on a tub with the hanjo that had belonged to the Baldwin Brothers in his hands. Then he remembe r ed that the darky could play the in Rtrument fairly well. "Why d idn't you Ray something about the banjo be fore, Ike?" he as k e d


I YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE STRANDED SHOW. 13 "I was d one goin' tcr ax you if I could play, Marsa 11 show," sa id Wild, after it was a ll over. "I don't know Wild,'' was the reply 1 when I have enjoyed myself so well as I have this morn"Well, you can go right on and play now. Rick, just 1 ing." announce that the renown ed Ethiopian arti st will now "The s ame here," answered Jim Dart. "But I must say oblige with a little exercise on the banjo that Ike and Wing were the main part of t h e s h ow.'' "All right," answered Lively Rick, and, walking out "Yes, and to think I never tho u ght of them at the in front of the curtain, h e did so. sta rt."It would be a funny lot of people, inde ed, that did not "I didn't, either." like the music. "Well, since we have started in at the show business, They cheered the announcement and waited expectant ly. we may as well study up our parts a little. Why can't we When the darky appeared with a big collar around his play 'Unc le Tom' s Cabin' before we get to Fort Bridger? neck and a r e d swallow-tail coat they burst into roars of It would not take u s more than a coupl e of days to st udy l aughter. the parts." Then Ike settled down to business, and in ju st two sec"That's so!" spoke up Ar i e tta, who overheard them I onds he had everyone in i'hc audience moving their feet "There are a couple of dogs b e lon ging to the wagon train in time to the music. that might answer the purpose of the bl oodhounds." When he got tired of p l aying ji g-ti m e Ike starte d in at "And there i s a l ittle gir l who cou ld take the part of singing. Little Eva,'' said E loise. Though h e wou l d not have received a prize in a compe"And you would mak e a good Top s y if you blacked up, tition he could do it very well. retorted Arietta. He rendered three or four Southern ditties and wound "And you would do for E li za." up by playing the "Esse nce of Old Virginny" and dancing "And Jim would make a good Marks, the lawyer." it at th e same time. "And Lively Rick would make a fine Simon Legree,'' The Prairie Pilgrims declared t'lrnt it was a g r eat s how. said Wild. T hey w e r e more than plea sed with it, w far. "Well, 1 s uppose I would have to b e Miss Ophelia, But they wanted to see more of Young Wild West and then?" remarked Anna, with a l aug h his pretty sweetheart "Of course! You would be a good one for that.'' When the curtain went up again the s inging school was "I think I cou ld knock eno u g h into I ke's h ead to make disclosed to the audience. him play Uncle Tom all right," observed Wild. The participants were gotten up in great s hape. "And what would you be?" aske d A ri etta. The appearance of them made the Prairie Pilgrims "Oh! I cou l d take the part of Eliza's husband, I guess." l a ugh uproariou s ly. "We cou ld pick enough from the Prairie Pilgrims to Arietta took the part of the teacher, and so well did she make the re st of the cast," said Arietta, who was quite do it that eve Wild was surpr i sed. carried away wit h the idea. The others did well, too, making the necessary breaks I think so,'' r etorted Wild. to carry the thing through to perfection. "Well, s uppose we get right at it, then. W e h ave the When they thought they h ad gon e far e nough with the books to st ud y the parts ." act they wound up by s ingin g "Auld Lang Syne" in fin e "Good! The sooner the better. As soon as we have shape, s howing that they coul d s i ng, in spite of all the committed the lines to memory we will have a rehearsal. awkwardness they had shown. Arietta sta rted right in to give the different ones their Wil d lookef! at hi s watch and saw that it lacked ten parts to l earn, and when the wagon train started on its minutes before t.he hour woul d be up, so h e told Ike and way they were st udying hard as they rode along. Wing Wah to go on and amuse the audience in the bes t They saw nothing of the Indians and whites w h o had way they could. attacked them, though Cheyenne Char li e declared that he The Chinama{l needed no costume, and as h e was per-was certain they had remained in the vicin it y of where the fectly willing to do a little s ingin g and dancing, the two fight h ad taken place, waiting for them to get well out of went on, after b e ing duly announced by Lively Rick. sig ht, so they might bur y t'beir dead. The act was the funnie st of a ll That night they reached the foothi ll s of t h e Medicine Wing Wah did nol try to be comical; he did not hav e to. Bow Mountains, and they camped in a grove of pines on His shri ll piping voice and hi s wooden s hoes were the bank of a good-sized running s tream. enough to fill the bill. A good watch was k ept, but it hardly seemed Wing, danced i::o hard that one of the planks of the imfor when daylight came they arose to continue the jour provised stage gave way just as he was winding up the ney. performance and he went down with a c rash. No one had di s turb e d them during the night. It was a s uitable ending to the s how and it is safe to Wild was well satisfied that t h e halfbreed who had say that not one in ihe audience would forget it to his given his name as Simeon Dusty was one of the attacking d ying day. party of the night before. "It was a great thing when we struck the stranded He was expecting another attack, f01; h e well knew that


1 4 YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE STRANDED SHOW Indian s are vengef\11, and tha t they will wait until they [ It was but the work of a minute for them to get the got a good chance to accomplish their foul purpose. saddles on their horses and snap the bits in their mouths. But he meant to give them more than they bargained Then they mounted and rode down the trail, Wild leadfor if they did make another attack. ing the way on his magnificent sorrel. The most tedious part of the journey had now come. 1n exactly two minutes they came in sight of the three At that time the trail that went over the mountains wagons and the mounted men. was a winding one, and it took two full days for oxen to I It was just Lhen that another volley rang out, followed reach the level plain on the other side. by the warwhoop of a number o.E Indians. But game was plentiful, so there was no danger of the The fieeing band r eturned th.e fire, but kept right on Prairie Pilgrim s who went that way of being without trying to get away food. Then Young Wild West waved his hat and shouted : At noon our friends halted on a lofty plateau that was "To the rescue, boys! Show the redskins no quarter!" thick l y covered with stunted oaks. A loud cheer went up from 'hiti followers, and, hearing Young Wild West noticed a craggy point above, so he it, the fleeing band o.E emigrants came to a halt and made decided to climb up there and take a look around. a stand against their pursuers. It was n o eatiy task to get there, but for a supp l e fellow It had taken the Indians a minute, perhaps, to mount lik e him it was not oO much of an undertaking. an a litlle chance to np .for he did know that someone might even then be 1 make ready for them. spymg upon theumovements. I As Young Wild W est and his men swung around a bend When h e reached the c ra g he laid low to it and and joined L'hem, the who were less than a hunthen pro ceeded to take in the surrounding country. dred ya1ds away, (;ame to an abrnpt halt. He could see three-fourths of the land that circled the "Give it Lo them, boys!" crag, and as he moved his eyeti around he sudden ly espied As our hero uttered the command a score of rifles a .thin column of smoke rising from a gorge about a mile 1 emitted a burst of fiame and a rattling report rang out. distant. "Charge them!" "Ah!" he thought There is where they are. Now, if 1 rrh i s was the next command. I cou ld only catch a g limpse of the rascals see how I In on_e quick glance Wild had noticed that there were a many there are of them, then we could very easily fix up a few whites among the Indians, who, perhaps, numbered pla n of action." twenty-five. He remained up there for perhaps five minutes without Crack-crack-crac-c-c-k! seeing anythin g more than the smoke It was a fierce vol ley that was fired into the attacking Bu t just as 'he was going to turn to go down he suddenly party, and they fell right and l eft saw a prairie schooner drawn by a yoke of oxen appear in Then, Indian-like, they turned ancl fled for cover. sight at a point less than half a mile below the spot where "Chase them up, boys, and give lhem somet hing to rethe smoke arose from. member!" shouted Youug Wild West. Another, and st ill another came in sight They did chase them up. But that was all the wagons, though there were half a They kept hot after them for five minutes, firing every dozen 'men riding on horseback coming along with them . time they got a chance It was a small wagon train following the winding trail I The result was that by lhc time the allies got away they that our friends had so l ately traversed. I h ad lost about hal.E iheir men. The smoke from a campfire was ri sing from a point not I Then Wild rode back lo lhc three prairie schooners. mor e than a hundred yards from the trail, and Wild waited The men l'hanked our frien

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YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE STRANDED SHOW. 19 They could both understand him very well, and they i "Come on, then. I will assist you." dicl as directed. I Taking her arm, he hurried her along as fast 'lS he They had no sooner done so than Wild put one of his could. revolvers in the holster and quickly removed the weapons He had not gone far when he heard foolsleps coming from their belts. along the trail from the direction of their camp There was a the ground, coiled and ready for "Here collie our friends," he whispered. "You will be use, and, picking this up, our hero threw the noose over perfectly safe now ihe heads or the two and drew it taut about their necks. The next minute they met Cheyenne Charlie, Jim Dart ''Don't move!" cautioned Wild. "If you do you will go and the men "ho had been selected by Jim. to t'he happy hunting-grounds so quick that you won't 'l'he girl's father was among them, and he promptly know how you got there!" took charge of her The red rascals never moved. Wild told him to take her back to the camp, which he Neither did they open their lips. promptly did. They knew that they were on the verge of death, and "Now," said our hero, turning to the rest, "we will go that the only way to save themselves was to do as the daron and give the Indians and their villainous white friends ing boy bid them. a fight. But we must not go through the pass below Wild now wound the lariat tightly about their bodies. here!'1 Around he went with it until he came to their knees. A murmm went up from the men, indicating that they Then he made a knot. were ready to do as the young deadshot directed them. With the remainder of it he tied their wrists together, Then, with Wild in the lead, they marched slowly down after he made them place them in position: the trail in the direction of the narrow httle pass. 'rhen he tore two pieces from a blanket and gagged But they were not going to walk into any trap! them. All this did not take five minutes, and when it was ac complished Wild gave the bound redskins a push and sent them to the ground. CHAPTER IX. T'hey struggled a little after they went down, but finding that thry were helples::;ly bound, they lay still. THE PLAY IS GIVEN. Young Wild West now turned his attention to the girl. It was but the work of a moment for him to liberate her. When Wild got to within a dozen feet of the conunence 'rhen he lifted her up and found that she was unconment of the narrow place he held up his hand for his folscious. lowers to halt. But she had only fainted. 'I'hey did so instantly. He was well experienced in such cases, so he did not Then he stooped and found a stone about the size of an stop to revive her, but hastened away with her in his arms. egg. The girl was quite heavy, but Wild wanted to get her Without a word as to what he was doing it for, he threw on t'he other side of the pass bcfo1;e he took a rest. the stone ivith all his might at a pile of bushes on the iop Being strong m1d active, he could carry her much easier of the bank a hundred feet from where they stood than an ordinary man could have done. As the missile landed with a crash in the bushes a yell He pushed hif.' way through the bushes as rapidly as of pain went up. possible, making little or no noise during his progress. I-Ie had hit someone! He was now almost certain that the Indians and rene"Let a volley go!" he exclaimed. gades had gone to the pass to wait for a searching party to The words were scarcely out of his mouth when a dozen loo_ k for the girl, s o he was compelled to make a detour rifles sifoke. so as to be sure and not come in coniact with them. Then a wild yell s ounded and our friends retreated It was about five minutes when he reached the place around a bend. where he wanted 1.o get. The trap laid out by Sim Dusty had failed to world Then he paused to take a rest. "Come on, ooys said Wild, leading the way up the Just then 1.he girl opened her eyes. slanting bank. "We have started them, now we must keep "Don't make a sound!" he whispered, pressing his hand them going!" over her mouth. "You arc saved! It is I, Young Wild T he men rushed after him in reckless determination. West, who has got you. If you make the least noise our They coufd hear the Indians crashing through the enemies will hear it and come rushing at us." bushes and they kept firing. A tremor passed through the girl's frame and then she A few answering shots sounded, but t'he bullets fl.ew too became still. "Oh!" she murmured, as our hero removed high, so they we'r: 0i in the lea st checked. his hand from her mouth. "It is awful! Where am. I?" Wild and his wr partners were not wasting any shots "Keep quiet," repeated Wild. "Are you able to walk?" now. "Yes," came the answer. They did not ti t .nless they caught sight of a man.


\ 20 YOUNG WILD WES'r AND THE STRANDED SHOW. They kept on advancing, and the next minute they found that the villains had taken to the trail below. Crack! Crack crack-crack The shooting was going on from both sides now, but Slty Face, the chief, and Sim Dusty were fcading their men to the cover of some rocks a hundred feet di8tant. As soon as they reached them they halted and made a stand. caring to ri sk losing any of his men by making a rush for them, Wild advised that they go back to their camp. He was satisfied that at least half a dozen of the enemy had fallen in the short fight, and that meant a big victory for them He knew th_ eir numbers must be dwindling down so low that they would hardly dare to attack them again. When he gave the word to go back no one raised any objections. Some of the men from the train would have, gone right on, however, regardless of the consequences. They went back to the camp without a man havin g re ceived so much as a scratch . "It is a shame that the young fellow was killed in suc'h a cowardly way,'' said Wild. "But I guess his death has been avenged." "Hardly!" spoke up one of the men. "We must drop more of ther varmints afore I'll be satisfied "Well, if they keep on follerin us I reckon there won't be any of 'em l eft by ther time we git to Fort Bridger," observed Cheyenne Charlie, with a grim smi le What happened put quite a damper on the spirits of those in the camp. The night passed quietly enough, a nd the next morning as soon as br eakfast was eate n the body of the unfortunate youn g man was laid at rest b eneat h a pine tree. Then the wagon train got in motion and the Prairie Pil grims and Young Wild 'vVest'8 party proceeded on their way, followed closely by the band of Mormon converts. vVl1en noon came the discussion of the show began again. After dinner the company went off in a bttle glade and had a rehearsal. This held them over for a couple of hours, but the Prai rie Pilgrim s did not seem to mind it. They were all anxious to see the play when it was pro duced, and non e of them interfered with the rehearsals. When the rehearsal was through Wild came to the con clusion that it would do to announce that the play of "Uncle Tom' s Cabin" would be given by the members of the company who had taken up the stra nded show on the afternoon of the second day following. As s oon as h e had given it out there was great excite ment among the Prairie Pilgrims. Wl1at they had al.ready seen was enough to put them on the feather edge of expectancy. Their journey was one of plain sa iling the balance of the day : Plenty of game was shot as they rode along, though they did not kill any more than they could use. When they halted that night the boundless prairie was before them. The only fear Young Wild West had of Sim Dusty and the gang he was asscciated with \l"'as that they might fall in with some more men of their own stripe and thus in crease fheir strength. He knew they would hardly dare to attack ther:. again with their present number8. He kept a double watch that night and no one ventured to stray from the camp. What had happened the night before had taught them a l esson. Millie Copeland, the g irl who had b een carried off by the villains, was a lmo st broken-hea.rted over the death of h e r lover. Bui all h a nd s tried to c'h eer h er up and lhey partially s u cceeded after nwhile. Nothing disturbed them that night, and the next morn ing they set out again on their way Wild :figured that they would about reach Fort Bridger on Sunday, which was yet three clays off It was doubtful if the Indians would follow them much closer to the fort, he thought, but it was possible that they would make a final effort to get revenge for the losses they had incurre d before the next morning. This was only possible, but Wild figured to be on the safe side. But the day passed, and though they kept a good look out in every direction, not a sou l was seen, either red or white. And so it was that night. The morning of the day on which the gre 'at s how was to t ake place dawned bright and clear. All hands were up ear ly, for they knew what was com ing, and those who were to take part in g iving the play were just as much interested as though they were going to g iv e a samp l e of what they could do, with the expecta tion of being engaged at high sa laries. It was Frid11y-an unlucky day, so some of the Prairie Pilgrims said-but Young Wild W est and t'hc majority of hi s friend did not hang much toward being supersti tious. Cheyenne Char lie, Lively Rick and old man Murdock were a little bit inclined that way, but they always gave in to what Wild said. They had now reached that portion of lev e l prairie land that lies to the eastward of .Fort Bridger. There is no more level a stretch in the United States than can b e found right h ere Here and there at a distance of ten or twelve miles apart a group of trees might be found, looking much like an oasis on a g r eat sea of green grass When tliey came to a halt at noon Wild took a good look back over ihe trail they had l eft behind them He could see a long di s tance over the level st r etc h, as the day was as clear as a bell.


] YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE ST'RANDED SHOW. 21 When he had gazed for perhaps a minute he gave a nod, as though he had seen what he expected. Some moving dots that looked like flies walking along the smooth surface of a table could be seen. "They are following us yet,'' he said to Charlie and .Tim, who had walked to his side and were busy scanning the horizon. right," answered the scout. "I kin see ther measly coyotes. But there ain't more'n a dozen of 'em, I reckon." "They are coming to a halt now,'' added Jim Dart, whose eyes were as good as those of his two partners. "They are going to eat their dinner, I suppose." They kept on watching for perhaps five minutes, and at the end of that time they suddenly saw a thin column of 1 almost colorless smoke rising upward. That satisfied them all that they had made no mistake about it. It might have been a herd of antelope s or a dozen other things that they had seen, but the 8moke told them that they were human beings. "Well," ohserved our hero, "I don't know as they will interfere with our giving the performance this afternoon. It is hf!.rdly likely that they will bother us in the daylight." "Not much they won't!" exclaimed the scout. The three said nothing to anyone connected with the wiigon train, and when dinner was announced to be ready t'hey sat down and ate with the rest. As soon as the meal was done they went at work to get the stage ready. As before, they erected it between t h e prairie schooners, but as they needed it larger this time, they placed two of the wagons on either end They needed a pretty good sized stage to enact the "cakes of ice" scene, and it would not hurt for the rest of the play. When the stage had been put up by willing hands, poles were stuck in the ground on either end of it and braced. Ropes were strung across from the tops of these to hold the scenes and a step-ladder that one of the families had brought with t'hem ou the journey was to be used to hold up the little girl who was to impersonate Eva when she was supposed to be among the clouds near the end of the play. So hard had the members of the company studied that they 'had the lines down pretty fine, but as to acting be fore an audience, that remained to be seen It was two o'clock before they were ready to begin, and by that time every available thing belonging to the party had been utilized to make the seats for the audience. At first the Mormon band had shown much indifference to what was going on, but by the time the curtain was rung up for the first act every man, woman and child of them had gathered to witness the performance. Arietta, as Eliza, scored a great hit in the opening, and the Prairie Pilgrims applauded to the echo. And so it was all through the play, each one sharing in the favor of the crowd and Lively Rick getting all manner of hissing, so well did be carry out his part as Simon Legree. Uncle Tom, h imsclf, was a great character. Ike had a deep bass voice, anyhow, and he was a typical <1arky, so there was not much trouble in him getting t'hrough his part. When the play was finally over there w::is not one among the audience who did not declare that he would not be satisfied until he had seen it again. So when Wild came out on the stage after the curtain went down and announced that the performance would be repeated on their arrival at Fort Bridger 'he was roundly applauded. It was so l<.1te when the slrow was over that there was no use in going any fmther that day, s o the Prairie Pilgrims arranged to stay 1.hcrc all night. Mranwhilc our hero and his two partners had been cast ing an occasional glance to the eastward between the acts. The band that was following them had not come any nearer, but as nearly as they could judge, had remained in camp where they had built the fire at noon. Shortly after the performance Wild called Cheyenne Charlie and Jim Dart, and said: "Boys, what do you say if we take a ride back there and see what those fellows intend to do?" "Bully!" exclaimed the scout. "I'm jest itchin' to have a little excitement. Ther rest of you have had your fun with ther show; now I'd like to have a little scrimmage of some kind, jest to git my blood flowin' right." "I guess we could go there and see w hat is going on without getting hurt," said Jim Dart. "I will take the risk of getting hurt," answered our hero. "If we get hurt I'll guarantee that a whole lot of the crowd will get something worse." Wild soon had his sorrel stallion saddled and bridled, and Charlie and Jim got their steeds ready. T'hcn after telling their friends where they were going, they rode off at an easy gait In five minutes they were near enough to their destina tion to make out that they had made no mistake in think ing a camp was there. They noticed, too, they had been seen approaching, for there was just the least sign of uneasy activity about the c11rnp. A little nearer and they saw that there were only about ten Indians and the halfbreed and the four whites in the band. Our friends held their rifles in readiness to shoot at the least warning. But the villains showed no signs of being hootile. 'l'hey appeared rather anxious, on the other hand. "How are you?" called out our hero, when they were dose enough to the camp. "Putty well," answered Red Homer, who seemed to have been ohosen as spoketirnan. "Which way are yer bound, Young Wild West?" "Oh, we j utit rode back here to call on you fellows, that's


\ 22 YOUNG WILD WEST .AND 'l'HE STRANDED SHOW. all," was the calm rejoinder "You haven't come across a gang in your travels, have you?" "A gang?" questioned Red Romer. "No! We haven't seen a soul, 'cept you people." "Well, then, it must have been you fellows who kill.ed the young man the other night and carried off the gir l from our camp!" CH.APTER X. Young Wild West had charmed them, it seemed. It was their chance to be revenged upon him, but they had not dared to take it. But two shots had been fired by the redskins, and both went wide of the mark. Young Wild West, Cheyenne Charlie and Jim Dart were masters of the situation. The Indians had evidently begun to realiz e that they had made a mistake in bothering with the palefaces, for they did not attempt to renew the battle. Sky Face, their lead er, had been one of the first to fall, and that was sufficient to bring them to terms. SIM DUSTY'S PLAN. They were not thinking of what would happen when they were caught by the cavalry and taken back to the The whites and halfbreed 1ooked at each other when reservation. Wild said this. It is more than lik e ly that Wild and his partners could "We don't know what you're drivin' at," said Red Ro.1 have taken them all prisoners rig'ht then, but they did not mer. want them. "Well, I may be mistaken, but if you have met no one, There was no need of their taking Indian prisoners in to then you must be the gang that did it." the fort. Our hero and his partners were keeping a sharp watch But it they attacked them aga in they would try and on the villains, particularly the Indians. wipe them out, as they deserved. They noticed that the red rascals were simp l y waiting "Well," said our hero, addressing the hal.:fbreed and the to drop them by a few well-direct e d shots. white men, "I guess there won't be many of you if we But Young Wild West and his partners were not to be come together a couple of more times. Now, i ycit1 take caught napping any kind of fashion my advice, you will light out for some place where you "You sa)'. ihat '.cause we :vas goin' to hang one of yer I a re not known and start in to lead bette: lives. Y can men through a rrustake," said Red Romer. "You've got do as you like about it, of course, but if you don t take it in fur m, I s'pose." my advice, just look out! T hat's all I have got to say "Yes, we've got it in for you, all right," replied Wild. The villains macle no reply to this, and, wheeling their "If you don't like it, you know .what you can do. There horses, our friends rode off at right ang les, so they could are about fifteen of you here, why don't you start in to keep a watch on them till they got out of range. clean u s out?" They made no effort to do this, s o Wild and his partners "We ain't got no cause fur to do it." rod e leirnrely back to camp .At this one of the partners of Sim Dusty raised his re-But Sim Dusty and hi R men were not satisfied, not by volver to fire a shot at Wild. anv rneanF. But he was not quick enough. Though they had hern nfrnid to fight when the Crack three were ther .e, they were more bitter against them when Onr hero jerked out a s'hootcr and fired m a second, they rode away than ever. hitting the man in the arm. "Sav!" said the lrnlfbrcecl turning fo hi s companions "Someone else try that," he s11id, coolly. "You'll find when the three had gone, "clo fell ers know what was u s ready." ther matter with me jest now?" They must have thought it a good idea, for the Indians "No!" amwered Hec1 Rom er, l ooking at him and s'hrugsta rted for them with a rus h, clubbing their rifles to beat ging his Rhouldcrs. Lhem down. "\Yell, I don't know myself. But Young Wild West Then some quick and s harp work followed. sorter made me feel afraid oi' him-I couldn't help it." The revolvers of \.Vild and his two partner s cracked as "l reckon >"OU felt lik e I did-that you'd like to live a as they could pull the Lriggers, while their horses little while long er," obscned McGinnis. jumped and pranced about in obeyance to the hands that "No, it \rnrn't that. It was hi s eye what held me. He h eld their made m e fee l afraid of him, that's what he did! I'll bet if It was all over in s ide of a minute. 1 ever run afoul of him ag'in-which I want to b ad The Indians quit and fled for i'he open prame. enough-I'll either drop him or go under myself!" But they l eft half their number dead and wounded on "Well, Sim, thcr chances arc that you'll go under, then. the ground. Whv, jcFt look at what l1im an' his gang done to ther redNeithcr of the white villains nor the halfbreed had taken skins!" part in the short battle. It was Red Romer who said this, and he pointed to t'he They remained right where they were, not making a dead and wounded as he spoke. move i.o draw a weapon "It was quick work, wasn't it?" was the retort. "I was


YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE STRANDED SHOW. 23 thinkin' of j'inin' _in ther shootin', but somehow, every time I went lo draw my s hooter ther eyes of Young Wild W est was right on me." "It was ther same with me," said the el.low, w'ho had been shot in the arm. "That was enough what he give me. I jest felt certain that if I went to shoot with my left hand I'd be a gqner." "Well, what are we goin' to do about it?" asked Red Romer, showfog no little anxiety. "Do about it? Why, we've got to kill Young Wild West afore he gits to Fort Bridger! You don't suppose I'd let a man live, after what he'd clone to me like this, do yer? I reckon not!" and Sim Dusty brought his fist down on his knee to emphasize his remarks. "How are you goin' to do it?" asked one of the men. "I don't je s t know how I'm goin' to do it, but it's got to be done, jest ther 8ame. Jest leave it to me; I'll figure out a way. I'm goin' at it fur fair, too! I'll take ther ri s k of githn' killed, too!" The villain seemed to be awfully in earnest now, and his friends could not help wondering why he had not shown such determination when Young Wild West was there. But they all had great respect for him, as he had proven that he possessed more nerve than any of the rest of them. Pretty soon the Indians came back. They had nothing to say to the whites at all, but pro ceeded to take care of' the wounded and bury the dead in accordance with their customs. There were but four of them l eft who were not disabled, and they w ere a rather sorry lot. They hung around the camp for perhaps an hour, but it was useless; they would not even make a reply to his urg-. mgs. The redskins had plainly had enough of it, and they were now repentant. "Well, let 'em go," observed the halfbreed, as they rode away. "J reckon ''4e kin git along jest as well without 'em. 'l'here's four of us, an' I reckon that'll be enough to fix Young Wild West." Red Romer shrugged his s houlders. "I reckon so," he answered, "if we git ther chance to do it." "We must make ther chanre." "What do you think will be ther best way?" "Sneak up an' shoot 'em," was the reply. "We kin pick off ther three what was here a little while ago right in their camp. I reckon if they was dropped ther re st wouldn't be of much account. We could make t'her rest of t her gang believe that lhcr Injuns done it. You bet I kin work that! We could say that thcr Injuns turned ag'in us, too, an' that they chased us away from 'em." The other three men shook theil' heads doubtingly, especial l y lhe fellow who had been wounded by Wild. "It wouldn't do fur u s to ride away after shootin' 'em," went on the leading spirit of lhe quartette. "That would make it look as though we done it." "That's so," snid Heel Romer. "We could do ther business-say to-night. I guess I kin yell enough like an Injun to make 'em believe that it was them after ther business is done. Then we kin fire a -few shots an' make right into ther camp of ther people, de cla.rin' that ther redskins was tryin' to kill us, 'cause we objected to 'cm s hootin' Young Wild West an' ther rest." "It might work," observed McGinnis. "I think it might, too, when I comes ter think of it," spoke the wounded man, whose name was Hammer. "It does seem so," nodded Red Romer. "Work?" echoed Sim Dusty. "It's bound to work!" It was now getting close to sunset, so the four villains proceed e d to get their supper ready. 'rhey could see the camp of the Prairie Pioneer s faintly in the distance, and they, of course, knew that our friends could see them. But they had no idea that they could see them plainly enough to note that the Indians had left them. They cooked what they had to eat for and then waited or darkness to come on. Sim Dusty was bent on carrying out his scheme as soon as possible now. He had lost all his fear of Young Wild West as soon as the dashing young fellow got out of his sig ht. And now he meant to shoot him when he was not ex pecting it. "I s'pose they won't think of such a thing as our comin' to their camp to-night, alter what happened," observed Red Romer. "That's it exactly!" exclaimed Dusty. "They think we have got enough of it. That's why we kin have an easy thing of it. You re a putty good shot, ain't you?" "Well, I guess I am, if ther mark I'm goin' to shoot at ain't too far away." "Well you take ther tall feller with ther big mustache, then. He was ther one you was goin' to hang, so you said, an' I reckon ybu feel about like fixin' him up in shape I'll take Young Wild West fur my target, an' McGinnis must draw a bead on thcr other boy. Tlwre mustn't none of us 111iss when we :fire! We will all fire as close together as possible, too. It wouldn't do fur me to miss Young Wild West, an' I know it!" "I reckon it wouldn't," and Red Romer nodded, as thou g h he could already see a picture of what would be apt to happen in such a case. They talked over it for awhile, and finally all of them became convinced that it was the only thing they could do to get the satisfaction they wanted. When it got dark they b ega n to make preparation s to pay a visit to the vicinity of the camp of those whom they now regarded as their mortal enemies. The poor fool s were not satisfied to leave well enough alone. They saddled their horses a11d took all they had with them and mounted. "Now," said Sim Dusty, "we will ride up as close a8 dare to, an' thn wc'll l0nve our horses with Hamroi.::orce. I we do ther 1 11ott -OOn as he hears us r


24 YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE STRANDED SHOW. begin to ye ll an' hurry along with tber nags to meet us-He was going to keep on the watch for the appearance fur we'll b e runnin' back by that time. Then, wh e n w e do of the villain at any time. m eet him I'll b eg in to holle r like half a dozen Injnnfl an' whil e the rest busiecl themselves around the camp he yo u fellers kin l et yourselves loo e on yellin' an' firin'. was looking over toward the camp they had visited. The n we'll git on our horsqs an' ride to ther camp as ,\nd hi s sharp e yes told him wh e n the Indians quit t'he though ther old feller was after us, him se lf! If that plan white;; and rnde off to the e a st. don't work J don't know what I'm talkin' about." "Ah!" h e thought "That mean s that i.hc l1alfbrccd and "It' ll work all right, prowidin' w e kin drop Young Wild the re s t are g oing to fight it out with u s alone. Well, I West an' his two partne r s, s aid R ed Romer, looking jnflt aclmirc pluck, but not that of a villain who i s b ent on the l eas t bit doubtful. killing Rom eboc1y. .Ju st l et them c om e They are but "Well, you're thcr one to attend to thcr tall feller, don't cowarrls, ai. the most, and that mean s that they will do forgit that!" nothing openly. But I g ucfls they will find m e ready for "I ain't forgot it, Sim. Don't think that. I want to the m. drop him, all ri ght, rm' I want to clo it bad!" Young Wild West was quite certain that the villains "Well, you jest keep that l'hought in your mind an' would not follo\\" th e m to Fort Bridge r. you'll do it. Thcr same with yon, M c Ginnis." Th,1t meant t'hat th ey were going to try and get their "All right,'' r e pli e d McGinni s "When I pull thc r trig-r c v e11gr> b e fore that place was reached. ger of my rifle I'll hav e it in m y mind that it i s either a Q11itc naturally it occurred to him that they might do case of liv e or di e I b elieve that, an' if I miss I'll expect flom et hin g thal very night. to git a bullet!" If they did not they would have v e ry li t tle s how to gain "We ll, n ever mind figurin' it ont so bar1 a s all their point befor e t'hcy r eac h ed the fort. that. Come on! I reckon w e all what w e've got to .Ju st as darkness se t in our h ero told his partners that do, Ro there ain't no ncecl of talkin' any mor e abont it." h e t hou ght the four villains w e r e up to som ething. His companions nodd ed, an d then they started for t'hcir Charlie and Jim would hardly b e li eve that such a thing de stination. was po ssi bl e They rode along ::it an easy gait, 'not making any more They both w ere of the opinion that since the Indians noise than n ecessa ry. had l eft the m the m e n would strike out for s om e other The ground w as sof t, so the ho of h cats of lheir hor ses could not b e h eard any g reat di;:;tancc, an y way. "Wait and see," said Wild with a laugh. "They are Whe n within three hundre d yards o f the camp the too bitter against u s for that." t'hree who w e r e to do t h e foul work dismounted. "Well, I r ecko n they won't find u s nappin','' retorted the "You com e o n with ther horses on a walk after w e git sco ut. halfway there," flaid Sim Dusty to Hamme r "Not if w e can h e lp it," added Jim. "All ri ght," wa s the reply. The minute it got dark Wild b ega n moving around the The wound e d villain did : jn;:;t a;:; h e wa s told, and five e d ge oI the camp near est to the direction they had la s t minutes later, afte r he had go n e as close a s he dare d to, I see n the four m e n. three rifle reports floundec1. Noticing thi s, Cheyenne Charlie and Jim Dart: followed CHAPTER XI. THE LAST 1'10VE OF THE YILLAIXS. Whe n Wild' and hi s two partne r s rod e into camp after the liv e ly time with the Indians and white s, the Prairie were anxious to know jus t what had happe n ed. They had been able to diflcern tli<1t something w as wrong when the three ll"c r e al t h e other ca mp but they had not hrard the reports of the revolver-shots Whe n our h e ro told them holl" some of the Indians had hi s example and came ove r to him. "You see m to have an idea that the ;coundrels are com-ing here," sa id Dart. "I hav e got that idea." "Why?" "I can t say, but it strikes m e that way," and Young Wild W est s'l10ok his head in a positive way "Well, let's go and m eet them, then?" "I thin} { it would not be a b a d idea to go in that direction a little ways." ".And if w e catch them, what then?" "Make them prison e r s unless they put up a fight, and. take them to .Fort Bridge r with u s "Good!" exclai med Cheyenne Charlie "But I don't be e n thinned oul and what the halfbreed and the others t'hink we'll see anything of 'em." had said and done, they w e r e much surprise d. 'Ihe three now started ove r the back trail. "I recko n they won't foller u s any further," remarked They walke d along with the utmost caution, keeping Cheyenne Charlie. "If they ain't got enough now the y both eyes and ears open. 0 fool s Presently they heard the sounds of horse s' hoofs. wild had see n just enough of -Sim Dusty to know 'rwo or more parties were approaching on horseback. one of the persistent sort. That they knew right away.


YOUNG W lLD WEST AND 'rHE ST'.RANDED SHOW. 25 =---=-----. . --::2-======--========================: = = = And they w er e not coming ver y fa t, eithe r A s the r ea d er might s uppo se th e parties w er e Sim D u s ty and bis three rascall y companions Wild aud hi s p artne r s thre w t h e mselves flat on the ground a l a di s t a nce of tw enly fee l from lh() trail. 'rhen the four villain s rod e up and three of the m di s mounted. Wha t Dus t y said t o Hamme r was heard b y our fri ends a s pla inly as it w as b y t h e v illain himself. And b e for e t h e three who had arra n ge d t o do the s hooting from the c ove r o f the darkness h a d fairl y starte d, Wild, Charlie and Jim w er e c reeping to ward th e c amp. As t h e vill ains procee d e d r a t h er s l owly, i t w as n ot diffi cult fo r t h e m t o keep al o n g wit h them. U h a rlj e and Jim s impl y w a it e d to see wha t Wild 1 v a s going t o do They would b e r e ad y lo j oin in t h e mom ent h e a c t e d . whe n lhe vill ains w er e pretty c lose t o t h e c amp our h ero arose to his fee t I-:fis p a r t n e r s qui ckly foll o w e d s u i l. 'I'he t h ree m en w er e lesti tha n thirty Icd from t h e m. Wild g ave a n od to hi s compa ni o n s aml t h en l e ap e d forw a rd like a s h o t. "Hold up your h ands, you s n e a k in g h ounds h e ex c laim e d in a low but voi ce. Sim Dus t y and his villain o u s pards lurne d in c on s t e r n atio n. They saw three form s leapin g to w ard Lhe m, and it was quite e a sy i.o note the fa c t that th ey w er e coYer e d by s hoot ers Then h e c all e d o ut lo lhe m en from the camp that ev

26 YOUNG wn_,D WEST AND THE STRANDED SHOW. The members of the company were eager to give it, and they were anxious to get to Fort Bridger. 'l'hat evening they talked over the mistakes they had made and had a better understanding of how they were to act the next time. "We will give a longer performance when we arrive at Fort Bridger," said Wild. "We will introduce a few spe cialties before we rcm1er the play. I think Ike and Wing Wah will be able to amuse any crowd that might come to see the show." "I reckon so," said Cheyenne Charlie. "They can't help makin' people laugh, even when they're serious." The s cout had his way of thinking about such matters, even if lie did not take a w'hole lot of stock in the show. '.rhe next morning they started bright and early for tl1eir destination. Wild was of the opinion that they ought to arrive there by night. The prisoners were kept under a strict watch as they proceeded on their way. The Prairie Pilgrims did not want them to get away any more than Wild and his friends did. About an hour before sunset Cheyenne Charlie sighted the fort. As he gave it out a g lad cry went up from the travelers. It was just then that a man belonging to the Mormon band rode up alongside the wagon that the prisoners were m. He 'had been there several times during the day, and it was quite evident that he had some object in hanging around the wagon. T he fact of the matter was that Red Romer had offered him all the money he had if he would set them free. The Mormon convert was not well off in the world's goods; neith er was he what might be called an hone st man and true to hi s convictions. needed some money to put himself on a footing with some of the rest of his companions. The man had thought the matter over carefully, and now, just as t'hey were in sight of Fort Bridger, he had come to the conclusion to accept the bribe and let the He halted each one of them as he did this, so when the villains jumped out of the back of the wagon they could run back to them and mount and ride away. It was done very neatly and quickly. As might be supposed, the four prisoners were not long in getting loose. Then they jumped out of the rear of the prairie schooner and made for their horses. The'Y reached them and mounted just as Jim Dart turned and saw them. CHAPTER XII. CONCLUSION. 11'l"he prisoners are escaping, Wild!" cried Jim Dart, excitedly. "There they go!" Young Wild West turned as quick as a flash. Sure enough, Sim Dusty and the three other villains were just riding off as fast as their horses could go. "Come on, Charlie and .Tim!" he exc.laimed. "I guess we will take thern alive, if pos s ible. "Rick, you just try and find out how they got loose while we are gone." "All rig'ht," answered Lively Rick. Then Wild and his two partners started in pursuit of I the escapmg quartette. Their weapons had been placed in the wagon with them, so when the villains had got themselves free they had grabbed them before jumping out. They were riding for their lives, and each one of them knew it. But they did not know that Young Wild West owned th e fastest horse in the West. They w e re to find this out soon enough, however. "Whoopee!" yelled Cheyenne Charlie to let them know he was coming. "Look out there, you measly coyotes! We're only lettin' you live to show you how easy we kin run you down!" Crack! \. Red Romer turned in the saddle and fired at the scout. prisoners go. The bullet flew high of the mark, however, and though There could not have been a better time than this for Charlie wanted to answer the shot, Wild kept him from him to act, for almost everyon e was riding forward to get doing so. a view of the fort and sett lement near it. "Not vet," said our h<:>ro. "Wait until we find we can't The Mormon rode up to the back of the wagon, and, do it other way, then we will shoot But we may be s litting the cmiain that came down over it, reached inable to make them surrender." side "I don't think so-not now," spoke up Jim. "I guess He peeped through the rent at the time. they are just desperate enough to die :fighting." Red Romer was right near to him, and he quickly cut "Well, they can do it, then. But don't let us shoot the bonds that held his hand s together. them unless they make it too hot for us first." "Give me the money, quick!" he whispered. The four villains were riding bareback, but that did not "All right!" was the reply. "Where are our 'horses?" interfere with the speed of their horses any, and they got "I'll get them for you. Give me the money!" over the ground with amazing swiftness. Red Romer quickly complied with his request, and, But Young Wild West was gaining on them at every stuffing it in his pockets, the rascally Mormon rode along leap of his magnificent sorrel. to where the horses were hitch e d to the back of another He held his rifle to his shoulder and was riding with wagon and cut them loose. the bridle,rein in his teeth I t


YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE STRANDED SHOW. 27 He was not going to t!\ke any chances with the scounBl!t Wild meant business then. drels. He was satisfied that the villain was telling the truth, Once Sim Dusty turned as thol!gh to fire a s hot at him, for he could tell by the actions of the Mormon that he was but seeing Wild's attitude, he refrained from doing so. guilty. On they sped, and near e r came Young Wild West, fol"You go back and bury the bodie s of the t'hree scounlowed by his two partners, Cheyenne Charlie and Jim drels you set free!" exclaimed Young Wild West, ste rnly. Dart. Then trouble started right away. When they were only a hundred feet in the l ead Sim The rest of the Mormons took it up for th e ir companion Dusty became desperate. and quite a controversy took place. He knew t'hat the time had come for him to do or die. Our hero listened to them for a minute or two, and "Boys!" he exclaimed between his c l enched teeth, "we then turning to them, said : have got to drop them fellers or they have got to drop us!" -"That man is going to do just as I told him or there "Yes," answered Red Romer, his face as pale as a sheet. will be trouble! If you don't want me to begin shooting, "Let's shoot, then, an' end it!" just l et him go back and do it."' "All right." "We will withdraw from your company," spoke up the "Are yer ready, McGinni s? lead er "Yes," came the faint reply from the man addressed. "All right. But you will do just as I say, too!" "Let her go, then!" "We will not do it! As Sim Du s ty spoke he whirled in the saddle and Wild whipped out hi s revolvers, brought his rifl e to his shoulder. "Go back an o bury the bodies of the three men we were His nerves were at the highe s t ten s ion now, and when compelled to shoot ju st now!" he pressed the trigger he did not have Young West Theil'e was ;;uch a commanding ring in his voice that covered. the M ormons that t'hey had better do it. As the report rang out he saw that he had missed! "Hurry up, now! I am going to remain l ong enough He made a move to fire another shot, but it was his las t. to sec it don e," our h ero resumed. Crack! Though it was 1 much against their will, the Mormons Wild answered the shot, for he knew it must be done. went back ancl du g a grave s ufficiently large enough for Sim Dusty threw up his arms ancl tumbled from the the three and put the bodies in it. saddle. Then they covered it over, But his companions were only rend e red all the more "That will d o!" exclaime d our h e ro. "Now you can desperate now. s trik e out for yourself, but the fellow who played traitor Rec:t Romer and McGinnis fire d almo st sim l!ltancou s ly had better look out if I ever run across him again. with their rifles and Hammer proceeded to make his reGoodby!" volver work. Just a few in the par ty answe1ed, but the rest said Bl!t they all shot wide of the mark. nothing. Crack! Half an hour later our friends and the Prairie Pilgrims Cheyenne Charlie fired and Hed Romer dropped on his were at the sett l ement of Fort Bridger. horse's neck, and after a few leaps of his hor s e fell to the The Mormons came in a few minutes later and went into ground dead. camp nearly a quarter of a mile from them. Crack! The prisoner was promptly turned over to the command-Jim Dart dropped McGinnis in less than a second later. ing officu at the fort and a charge made against him. The remaining villain promptly threw up his hands and It now being night, our friends prepared t0i re st until began shouting for them to spare him. the next day. Of course they did not fire at him then. But that night the Prairie Pilgrims got it noised about He halted, and they quickly made him a prisoner. the soldiers of the fort that Young Wild Wes t had bought "Now, then," said Wild, "you ju st tell us who it was out a stranded s'how, and that he was going to give a per-that set you free, and be sure that you tell the truth formance at the settlement. about it." Then our hero was bothered with questions from the "I'll point him out," was the reply. "Don't hang me, commander down to the privates. please!" And the residents of the town became inquisitive, too. "Never mind about that. You point out the man who So Wild announced the next morning that the following set you free, and I will send him back to bury the bodies day they would give a three hours' performance in the of your dead companions. He will come, too! I'll guarafternoon. antee that! I didn't know we had a traitor in our midst." The Mormon band did not wait over to see the performThey reached the wagon train a few minutes later, and ance, though it is quite probable that many of them would then Hammer promptly pointed out the Mormon who had have liked to. cut t'hem loose. They procncc" f\l t 8ir way to Salt Lake City, which When he was accused of it the man denied it, of course. was what th1 r 'er:n1 'fl Hie "Promised Land," that day.


28 YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE STRANDED SHOW. Old man Murdock was well known at Fort Bridger, for When it was all over three cheers were given for Young he had lived there before he went to the Bla .ck Hills. Wild West and the stranded show. And so was Young Wild West and Cheyenne Charlie and Jim Dart. They came in for a great deal of lionizing among the plain, simple folks of the setilement, for they were well known for their courage, ability and daring. No wonder, then, that these people were anxious to see them give a theatrical performance. More than half of them had never seen a theater, or anything like one, and when the time came for them to come out on the prairie, where t'he stage was erected, the same as it had been at the last performance, they ha stened there, many of them carrying their benches and chairs with them. Every soldier who was not on duty came also, so it was an audience fhat the Baldwin Brothers would have been proud to have had at any time in their career. Young Wild West was taking pains to have the show to go through without a hitch. As Lively Rick was to take part, he had coaxed Cheyenne Charlie to act as manager of the stage and curtain, and, for a wonder, the scout took interest in it. Probably this was because he was in the settlement where he had spent more than a year of his eventfu l life. Charlie was naturally a bashful fellow, and when he stepped out on the stage and announced that the first of the performance would be "The Doings of a Darky and a Chinaman," he was greeted with app l ause. He then blushingly retired and Ike and Wing Wah came out, the former being dressed in a ridiculous fashion. It was a great act. The two went through with it even better than t'hey had before, and the audience simply roared with delight. But none laughed any louder than did the Prairie Pil grims. After the first act Arietta came out and rendered a song, which was encored until they repeated it. Then it was announced by the scout that the play of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" would be given by the Young Wild West Company. Some of the military men present had seen the great play, aud they waited expectantly to see what the amateurs would do wiih it. The very first scene showed them that they were not to be disappointed, and they applauded as much as the resi dents of the settlement and the Prairie Pilgrims did Arietta captured the audience comp l etely, and the laughter at Jim's admirable impersonation of Lawyer :Jiarks was great. And so it was all through the play. "Are you going to keep in the business?" a lieutenant asked Wild that night, as he was standing in front of the supply store talking about the show "No," was the reply. "Well, I am certain that you would make money trav c>ling around the country if yon did," said the lieutenant. "I have been to a great mapy shows, but I have never seen 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' played any better on a stage as small as yours. I am not trying to flatter you any, either, w11en I say that." "Well, if I was satisfied that we could play it as well as any company on the road, I shouldn't follow up the business," reported our hero. "T he show business is not my line at all. Give me the boundless prairie, the craggy mountain heights, my horse and' my companions and I am at home." "What are you going to do with the effects of the stranded show?" "I hadn't made up my mind." "Suppose you sell. the stuff to me?" "Well, I don't know. Are yon going to here at the fort?" i::tart a show "There are severa l of us who have an idea tha we have more or l ess dramatic talent, and if we had that outfit we could bang away at the business to our 'heart's content." "\V ell, you can have the stuff for just what I paid for it." "How much is lhat ?" Wild told him. The lieutenant took him up. "Consider it sold!" he said. "I will have the money here inside half an hour." He was as good as 'his word, and when the rest of the company l earned that the s how had broken up they were not a tittle sorry. This about winds up our story Sam Murdock fixed up the business that had brought them to Fort Bridger and they were ready to go back to Weston. Before they went, however, Hammer was duly tried and punished according to his crime. That ended the renegades who had made war against Y onng Wild West. THE END. Read "YOUNG WESrr'S LIFE AT STAKE; OR, THE STRATEGY OF ARIETTA," which will be the next number (80) of "Wild West Weekly." Eloise was a "howling success" as T opsy, and Lively Rick was hissed to the echo as the slave-master. SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly Uncle 'l'om did his part admirably, and Little Eva simare always in print. 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Gordon. 258 Jack Wright's Demon of the Plains; or, Wild Adventures Among 295 The Gray House on the Rock ; or, The Ghosts of Ballentyne HaU. By Jas. C. Merritt. the Cowboys. 259 The Merry Ten ; or, The Shadows of a Social Club. Dowd. By Jno. B. 296 A Poor Boy's Fight; or, The Hero of the School. By Howard Austin. 260 Dan Driver, the Boy Engineer of the Mountain Express; or, Railroading on the Denver and Rio Grande. 261 Silver Sam ot Santa Fe; or, 'l'he Lions' Treasure Cave. By An Old Scout. 297 Captain Jack Tempest; or, The Prince of the Sea. By Ca'{)t. Thos. H. Wilson. 298 Billy Button, the Young Clown and Bareback Rider. By Berton Bertrew. 262 Jack Wright and His Electric Torpedo Ram ; or, The Sunken 299 City of the Atlantic. By "Noname.'' An Engineer at 16; or, The Prince of the Ugbtning Express. B F Jas. C. Merritt. 263 The Rival Schools ; or, Fighting for the Championship. Allyn Draper. 264 Jack Reef, the Boy Captain; or, Adventures on the Ocean. By 300 301 By To the North Pole in a Balloon. By Berton Betrew. Kit Carson's Little Scout; or, The Renegade's Doom. By An Old Scout. Capt. Thos. H. Wilson. 302 265 A Boy In Wall Street; or, Dick Hatch, the Young Broker. By From the Street; or, The Fortunes of a Bootblack. By N. S. Wood the Young American Actor). H K. Sbackletord. 303 266 Jack Wright and his Iron-Clad Air Motor; or, Searching tor a Lost Explorer. By "Noname." Old Putnam's Pet; or, The Young Patriot Spy. A Story of the Revolution. By Gen. Jes. A. Gordon 267 The Rival Base Ball Clubs; or, The Champions of Columbia Acade my. By Allyn Draper. 268 The Boy Cattle King; or, Frank ForC!.bam's Wild West Ranch. By an Old Scout. 269 Wide Awake Will, The Plucky Boy Fireman of No. 3; or, Fight ing the Flames for Fame and Fortune. By ex-Fire Cblet War d en. 270 Jack Wright and His Electric Tricycle; or, Fighting the Stran glers ot the Crimson Desert. By "Noname." 271 The Orphans of New York. A Pathetic Story of a Great City. By N. S. Wood (the Young American Actor). 304 The Boy Specul1ttors of Brookton; or, Millionaires at Nineteen. By Allyn Draper. 305 Rob Rudder, the :Soy Pilot of the Mississippi. By Howard Austin. 306 The Downward Path ; or, The Road to Ruin. A True Temperance Story. By H. K. Shackleford. 30 7 Up From the Ranks; or, From Corporal to General. A Story of the Great Rebellion. By Gen'! J as. A Gordon. 30 8 ExpeUed_From School; or, The Rebels of Beecbdale Academy. By For Sale by All Newsdealers, or will be Sent to Any Address on Receipt of Price, 5 Cents per Copy, by PRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, N e w York IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, 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 of the books you want and we will send them to you by re-turn mail. 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WORK AN. D .WIN The AI.I. 'l'BE R EAD 'W'eekly N'tTMS3B.S AB.E AI.WAYS IN ONE AND YOU WILL READ THEM Published. Best J;'B.IN'l'. ALL. LATEST ISSUES: 231 Fred Fearnot's Birthday; or, A 'llg Time at New Era. at Cripple Creek; or, The Masked Fiends of the 232 Fred Fearnot and the Sioux Chief; or, Searching for Girl. 183 Fred Fearnot Mines. 184 Fred Fearnot and the Vigilantes; or, Up Against the Man. 185 Fred Fearnot in New Mexico ; or, Saved by Ti!Y Olcott. Wrong 233 234 235 Fred Fearnot's Mortal Enemy; or, The Man on the Black Horse. B'red B'earnot at Canyon Castle; or, J)lntertalnlng Bis Friends. Fred Fearnot and the Commanche ; or, Teaching a Redskin a 186 Fred Fearnot in Arkansas; or, 'he 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. 190 Fred Fearnot's Hard Experience ; or, Roughing It at Red Gulch. l!ll Fred Fearnot Stranded; or, How Terry Olcott Lost the Money. 192 Fred Fearnot in the Mountains; or, Held at Bay by Bandits. 193 Fred Fearnot' s Terrible Risk; or, Terry Olcott's Reckless Venture. 194 Fred Fearnot's Last Card; or, The Game that Saved His Life. 195 Fred Fearnot and the Professor ; or, The Man Who Knew It All. 196 }j'red Fearriot' s Big Scoop; or, Beating a Thousand Rivals. 197 Fred Fearnot and the Raiders ; or, Fighting for Hls Belt. 19S F red Fearnot'l! G1eat Risk ; or, One Chance in a Thousand. 199 Fred Fearnot as a Sleuth ; or, Running Down a Slick Villain. 2 0 0 Fred Fearnot's New Deal ; or, Working for a Banker. 2 01 Fred Fearnot In Dakota; or, The Little Combination Ranch. 202 Fred Fearnot and the Road Agents; or, Terry Olcott' a Cool Nerve. 203 Fred Fearnot and the Amazon; or, The Wlld Woman of the Plains. 236 237 238 239 240 241 242 243 244 245 246 247 248 249 250 251 Lesson. Fred Fearnot Suspected ; or, rrailed by a Treasury Sleuth. Fred Fearnot and the Promoter ; or, Breaking Up a Big Sche me. Fred Fearnot and "Old Grizzly" ; or, The Man Who Didn't Know. Fred Fearnot's Rough Riders; or, Driving Out the Squatters. Fred Fearnot and the Black Fiend; or, Putting Down a Riot. Fred Fearnot In Tennessee ; or, '.Phe Demon of the Mountains. Fred Fearnot and the "Terror" ; or, Calllng Down a Bad Ma n Fred Fearnbt in West Virginia; or, Helping the Revenue Agenta. Fred Fearnot and His Athletes; or, A Great Charity Tour. Fred Fearnot's Strange Adventure; or, The Queer Old Man of the Mountain. Fred Fearnot and the r,eague ; or, Up Against a Bad Lot. Fred Fearnot's Wonderful Race; or, Beating a Horse on Foot. Fred Fearnot and the Wrestler ; or, Throwing a Great Champion. Fred Fearnot and the Bankrupt ; or. Ferreting Out a Fraud Fred Fear{10t as a Redskin; or, Tralllng a Captured Girl. Fred Fearnot and the "Greenhorn" ; or, Fooled for Once In Bi a Life. 252 Fred Fearnot and the Bloodhounds ; or, Trac ked by Mistake. 253 Fred Fearnot's Boy Scouts; or, Hot Times In the Rockies. 254 Fred Fearnot and the Waif of Wall Street; or, A Smart IlQy Broker. 204 Fred Fearnot's Training School ; or, How to Make a Living. 205 Fred Fearnot and the Stranger ; or, The Long Man who Short. 255 Fred Fearnot's Buffalo Hunt; or, The Gamest Boy In the West. was 256 Fred Fearnot and the Mill Boy; or, A Desperate Dash for Life 257 Fred Fearnot's Great Trotting Matc h ; or, Beating the Record. 258 Fred Fearnot and the Hidden Marksman; or, The Mystery of 206 Fred Fearnot and the Old Trapper ; or, Searching for a Lost Cavern. 207 Fred in Colorado; or, Running a Sheep Ranch. 208 B'red Fearnot at the Ball; or, 'he Girl in the Green Mask. 209 Fred Fearnot and the Duelllst; or, The Man Who Wanted to Flgbt. 210 Fred Fearnot on the Stump; or, Baela CO lV ;s!f tr: :1.l :ar J i&:e !bl tuc '-rt ?rE l rer .gf for '100 l boc tia< l !he ll.nC 1 l>oc ba1 AU 1 Ue ;:: ? :-t p ea '"1 I


. , THE STAGE. No. 41. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE K.-Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the t famous end men. No amateur minstrels is complete without a wonderful little book. 'o . THE OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER. nta:!1mg a vaned asso,rtn;ient of spee c hes, Negro, Dutch d Irish. Also e nd men s Jokes Just the thing for home amuse-ent and amateur shows No. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIPill lND JOK:ffi new a?d very instructive. Every oy should obtam this book, as 1t contams full instructions for ornizing an amateur minstrel troupe. No. 65. M is one of the most original Joke books ever pubhshed, and 1t 1s brimful of wit and humor. It zontains a large collection of songs, jokes, conundrums, etc., of rerrence Muldoon, the great wit, humorist, and practical joker of Ever,v boy .who can enjoy a good substantial joke should tbtam a copy 1mmedrntely. No 79. HOW TO BECOME AN ACTOR.-Containing com plete instructions how to make up for various characters on the 'tare.; with the duties of the Stage Manager, Prompter, icemc Artist and Property Man. By a prominent Stage Manager. 80 GUS WILLIAMS' JOKE BOOK.-Containing the lat ut Jokes, anecdotes and funny stories of this world-renowned and ner popular comedian. Sixty-four pages; handsome "lolored cover contammg a half-tone phot'> of the author. HOUSEKEEPING. 16. H9W TO KEEP A, WIND.OW GARDEN.-Containing mstruct10ns for constructmg a wmdow garden either in town country, and the most approved methods for raising beautiful 4owers at home. The most complete book of the kind ever pub ! ahed. No 30. HOW TO COOK.-One of the most instructive books cooking ever pu blisbed. It contains recipes for cooking meats bh, game, and oysters ; also pies, puddings, cakes and all kinds of 19astry, and a grand collection of recipes by one of our most popular cooks No. 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It contains information for nerybody, boys, girls, men and women; it will teach you how to 'llake almost anything around the house, such as parlor ornaments, \racket1 cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching birds. ELECTRICAL. No 46. HOW TO MAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY.-A de lCriptlon of the wonderful uses of el ectricity and electro magnetism ; together with full instructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries, 1tc By George Trebel, A. M M. D. Containing over fifty il u1tra tions. No. 64. HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL MACHINES.-Con: s l ning full directions for making electrical machines, induction dynamos, and many novel toys to be worked by electricity. :;ty R A R Bennett. Fully illustrated. No. 67. HOW TO DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a ;arre collection of instructive and highly amusing electrical tricks "together with illustrations. By .A.. Anderson. ENTERTAINMEN; f. No. 9 HOW TO BECOME A VENTRILOQUIST.-By Harry The secret given away. Every intelligent boy reading book of instructions, by a practical professor (delighting multit udes every night with bis wonderful imitations), can master the ut, and create any amount of fun for himself and friends.. It is the -sreatest book ever published, and there's millions (of fun) in it. No. 20. HOW TO ENTillRTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A -rery valuable little book just published. A complete compendium games, sports, card diversions, comic recitations, etc., suitable lor parlor or drawing-room entertainment. It contains more for the ;money than any book published. No. 35. HOW TO PLAY GAMES.-A complete and useful little l>ook, containing the rules and regulations of billiards, bagatelle, backgammon, c roqu et. domino es, etc. No. 36. HOW TO SOLVID CONUNDRUMS.-Containing all he leading conunrlrums of the day, amus1 g riddles curious catches witty sayings. No 52. HOW TO PLAY C.A.RDS.-.A. complete and handy little ')ook p:iving the rules and full directions for playing Euchre, Cribl>age, Casino, Forty-Five, Rounce, Pedro Sancho, Draw Poker, A.uctio"l Pitch, All Fours, and many other popular game s of cards. No. 66 HOW TO DO P UZZLES.-Containing over three hun tred interesting puzzles and conundrums, with key to same. A tomplete book Fully illustrate d By A. Anderson. No: 31. HOW TO BECOME A SPEJAKER.-Contf.ininc teen illustrations, giving the different positions requisite to becoiEl'J a good speaker, reader and elocutionist, Also containing geme fz>teJ a_ll the popular !luthors of prose and poetry, arranged in the m!X13 simple and concise manner possible. No. 49. _HOW TO DEBATE.-Giving rules for conductlns bates, outlines for qu.estions for discussion, and th sources for procurmg mformat1on on the questions given .. SOCIETY. No. 3. HOW TO FLIRT.-The arts and wiles of flirtation G\!if" fully by this little book Besides the various method11 !l;: ha_r..dkerch1e f fan, glove, parasol, window and hat flirtation, it 0011,, a _full list of the language and sentiment of flowers, which fi,: m .terestmg to everybody, both old and young. You cannot be hapJl!I:,;. without one. No. 4. H _OW _TO DANCE is the title of a new and hand1om littl e book JUSt issued by Frank Tousey. It contains full instru>li' tions in the art of dancing, etiquette in the ball-room and at partltJ.. how to dr!'ss, and full directions for calling off in all popular dances. No. HOW TO MAKE LOVE.-A complete guide to lo'f G and marriage, giving sensible advice, rules and to be observed, with many curious and interesting thing& not 1e ;ii erally known. No. 17. HOW TO DRESS.-Contaiuing full instruction In tl'ilc art of rlressing and appearing well at home and abroad givlnr seleCtions of colors, material, and how to have them made up No. 18. HOW TO BECOME BEAUTIFUL.-One 0f tt. c brightest and most valuable little books ever given to the worlil., Everybody wishes to know how to become beautiful, both male a210 female. The secret is simple, and almost costless. Read thla tio" and be convinced how to become beautiful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No. 7. HOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomely illustrated ili1l (J containing full instructions for the management and training of tl!lo canary, mockingbird, bobolink, blackbird, paroquet, parrot, etc. No. 39. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY PIGEONS ANID RABBITS.-A useful and instructive book. HandSomely lllWJo trated. By Ira Drofraw. . No. 40. HOW TO MAKE AND SET TRAPS.-Including hlar; on how to catch moles, weasels, otter, rats, squirrels and blrde Also how to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By J. Harrlnitein Keene. No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND valuable book, giving instructions in collecting, preparing, mountlllJ'.] and preserving birds, animals aud insects. No. 54. HOW TO KEEP AND MAN.A.GE PETS.-Giving complete information as to the manner and method of raising, keeplnai taming, breeding, and managing all kinds of pets ; also giving full instructions for making cages, etc. Fully explained by illustrations, making it the most complete book of the kind published MISCELLANEOUS. No. 8. HOW TO BECOME A SCIENTIST.-.A. useful and U!!l= structive book, giving a complete treatise on chemistry; also periments in acoustics, mechanics, mathematics, chemistry, and 41!, rections for making fireworks, colored fires, and gas balloons. book cannot be equale d. No. 14. HOW TO MAKE CANDY.-.A. complete hand-book l?!:t making all kinds of candy, ice cream, syrups, essences, etc., etc. No. 19.-FR.A.NK TOUSEY'S UNITED STATES DIS. TANQllJ TABLES, POCKET COMPANION .A.ND GUIDE.-Givlng official distances on all the railroads of the United States Canada. Also table of distances by water to foreign ports, fare s in the principal cities, reports of the census, etc., etc., makllllQ it one of the most complete and handy books published No. 38. HOW TO BECOME YOUR OWN DOCTOR.-.A. WOIP derful book containing useful and practical information In tM treatment of ordinary diseases and ailments common to evtltl family. Abounding in useful and effective recipes for general plaints. No. 55 HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS AND COINS.-000< taining valuable information regarding th e c-ollecting and arrancll!l/ of stamps and coins. Handsomely tE'd -No. 58. HOW TO BE A DETECTl VIll.-By Old King Brm&l,7, the world-known detective. In whi<'l1 h e luy s down some valuabi\C and sensible rules for beginners, and also relates some adventufl')(' and exp e rien c es of well-known

WILD WEST :WEEKLY A magazine Containing Storries, Sketches, ete., of Westerrn--hife. :S""'Y" .A.N" C>L.::O SCC>"l:.JT. 32 PAGES. PBICE 5 CENTl:S. 32 PAGE. EACH NUMBER IN A HANDSOME COLORED COVER. .' All of the s e exciting stories are founded on facts. Young Wild West is a hero acquaint ed. Hi s daring deed s and thrilling adventures have never been surpassed. mos t das hing s tories ever published with whom tlie author was They form the base of the R e ad the following numb e r s of thi s mos t interesting magazine and be convinced: LATEST ISSUES: 5:l Young "\Yild West Afte r the Claim-Jumpers; or, Taming a Tough 23 Young Wild West s Vacation; or, A Live ly 'ime at Roaring Town. Ranch. 5 J Young Wild West and the Prairie Pearl; or, The Mystery of No 24 Young Wild W est On His l\1us c le ; or, Fighting With Nature's llian s Ranch. Weapons. u5 Young Wild West on a Croo k e d Trail; o r Lost o n the Alkali 2u Young Wild West's Mistake; o r Losing a Hundre d Thousand. Desert. 26 Young Wild W est in Deadwood; or, The Terror of Taper 'J'op. 56 Young Wild West and the Broken Bowle; or, The Outlaws of 27 Young Wi ld West's C l ose Call; or, The Raiders of Raw Hide Yellow Fork. Ridge 57 Young Wild West' s Running Fight; or, Trapping the R eds and 28 Young Wild West Trapped; or, 'J'he Net T hat W oul d Not Hold Rene gades. Him. 58 Young Wild West and His Dead Shot Band; or, the Smugglers 29 Young Wild West's Election: or, A Mayor at Twenty. of the Canadian Border. 30 Young Wild West and the Cattle Thieves; or, Breaking U p a "Bad 59 Young Wild West's Blind Ride; or, The Treasure Trove of the Gang. Yellowstone. 31 Young Wild \Yest' s Mascot; or, The Dog 'J'hat Wanted a Master. 60 Young Wild West and the Yigil antes; or, Thinning Out a Hard 32 Young Wild \Yests Challenge: o r A Comb ination Hard to Beat. C r owd. 33 Young Wild West and the Ranc h Queen; o r R ounding U p the Cat-61 Young Wild West on a Crimson Tra il ; or, Arietta Among the tie Rop e rs. Apaches. 34 Y oung Wild Pony Express; o r Getting the Mail Through 62 Young Wild West and "Gilt Edge Gil"; or, Touching up the 3 on Time Bl DI Id Tb R ld f th R Sharpers. v Young Wild West o n the g v e; or, e a 0 e e n e63 Young Wild West's R ec kless Ride rs; o r After the Train Wreckgades. ers. 36 Young Wild West's Million In Gold; or, The Boss Boy of Boulder. tH Young Wild West at K e no Guieb; or, The Game That Was Never 37 Young Wild W est Running the Gantlet; or, The Pawnee C hi e .f's Last S hot. Played. 38 Young Wild West and the Cowboys; or, A H o t Time on the 65 Young Wild West and the Man from the East; or, The Luc k that l'ralrle. Found the Lost Lode. . 39 Young Wild west's Rough Ride rs; or, The Ros e Bud of the 66 Young Wild West in the Grand Canyon; or, A Finish Fight Wlth ltoc kl es Outlaws. 40 Young Wild West's Dash for Life ; or, A Ride that Save d a 67 Young Wild West and the "Wyoming Wolves"; or, Arietta' s Won'l'owu / d erful Nerve. 41 Young Wild west' s Big ran Out; or, The Battle 'to r a Silver Mlne 68 Youn'f Wild West's Dangerous D e al ; or, The Plot to Flood a Sliver 42 Young Wild West and the Charmed Arrow; or, T h e White Lily o f M ne. 43 Great Round U p ; or, Corrallng the Ranc h 69 and t h e Purple Plumes ; or, Cheyen n e Charlie' s U a ld e r s. 70 Young Wild West at "Coyote Camp"; or, Spoiling a Lynching Bee 44 Young Wild West' s RI H e Range rs; or, Trailing a Bandit King. 71 Young Wild West the Lasso Klng; or, The C rooked Gang ot 45 Y oung Wild West and the Russian Duke; or, A Lively Time on "Straight" Ranch. M ountain and P lain. 72 Young Wild West's Game of Chance; or, Saved by Arletta. 46 Young Wild West o n the Rio; o r '!.'rapping the M e xican 7 3 Young Wild West and "Cayuse Kitty"; or, 'l.'he Queen of the Bronche> Coiners. Busters. 47 Young Wild West and Sitting Bull; or, Saving a Troop of Cavalry. 7' Young Wild West' s Steady Hand or, The Shot That Made a Million. 48 Young Wild West and the 'l.'exas Trnlle1s; o r Roping In the Horse 7 5 Young ''Vild West and 'l'he Piute Princess; or, 'l'he Trail that Led to the Thieves. Lost Land. 4\l Young Wild West's Whirlwind Riders; or, Chasing the Border 76 Young Wild or, The Roundup at Roaring Ranch 50 West and the Danltes; o r. Arletta's Great Peril. 77 West and the Girl in A Lively '.1'ime at Silver ;n Young Wild West In the Shadow of Death; o r, Saved by a Red II 7 8 Young Wild \Vest's Long R anj!"e Shot; or, Arietta.'s Ride tor Life. Man's Bullet. 79 Young Wild West and the Stranded Show; or, Waking the Prairie 52 Young Wild "est and the Arizona Boomers; or, The Bad Men 1 Pilgrims. of Bullet Bar. i 80 Young Wild West's Life at Stake; or, The Strategy of Arietta. FOR SALE BY ALL NEWSDEALERS, OR WILL BE SENT TO ANY ADDRESS ON RECEIPT OF PRICE, 5 CENTS PER copy, BY FRANK TOUSEY. Publisher. 24 Union Square. New York. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained trom this office direct. Cut out and till in the following Order Blank and send it to u s with the price of the books you want and we will send them to you by return mail POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY. .... .......................... ...................................................................... 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