Young Wild West's cowboy band, or, The tune they played in Deadwood

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Young Wild West's cowboy band, or, The tune they played in Deadwood

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luued W clcly-By Sub s cription $!.50 P"' year A..pplicalion mad fol Se c ond-Cla..s Entry al. N. Y .Post Offic. No. 89. l. 1904. Price 5 Cents. Young Wild West sprang from his horse and tore the mask from the face of the leader of the villainous trio. "It is Dick Doolittle, the gambler!" he exclaimed. "Just as I thought, boys. Dismount and tie them up!"

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WILD WEST WEEKLY A Magazine Containing Stories, Sketches, Etc., of Western Life,, Issued Weekly -By Subscription $2.50 per year. Application made for Second Class entry at the New York, N. Y. Pos t Office. Enteier.J, acc01ding to Act of Congress, in the year 190J, in the oJ]ice of the Librarian of Con g ress, Washington, D. C by Fl'ank Tousey, 24 Union Square, New Y01 k. No. 89. NEW Y ORK, JULY 1 1904 Price 5 Cents Young Wild West's Cowboy Band OR, The T une They Played tn Deadwood BY A N OLD scourr. CHAPTER I. Sam Spud, the leader of the cowboys, gave orde r s to hi s men to pitch the camp, and they promptly set out to do i t. YOUNG 1\.ILD WEST AXD HIS PARTNERS ON TIME. The cattle, tired from their long jaunt over the roug h I country, were glad to halt and nibble at the l uxu riant "Boy", I reckon here's about ther place that Young Wild grass. West an' his pards was to meet us." "That's right, Sam. Here's where ther hail forks. Tber one to ther right goes to Weston an' ther one to th er left will take us to Dead1rnod." ""Well, it ain't likely that we'cl go any further to day, anyhow. 'l'her sun is putty close to sinkin', an' if Wild was here he'd tell us to go in camp, Im bet There's good grazin' fur ther cattle here, so I say that we go into camp." Knowing that they would not 1)tray, the entire party di s mounted and turned their horses loose. 'l'hen they set about to get their supper ready. The supply wagon that had been drawn from the ranc h by four mules was well stocked with provisions, and t h e hardy cowboys were not long in getting a meal ready. 'l1hcy were just going to sit down to it when four ho rse men were seen conung up the 'Veston trail. "\V ell, Sam, if you say it, we'll do it. You're our boss till we git ther drove of cattle into Deadwood. After that "Here comes Young Wild West, I reckon!" cried o n e of the men. every man will be his own boss "As long as he behaYes himself he will. Young Wild West will be there with us, you know, an' he ain't ther o n e a will see his men gain' wrong without callin' 'em to a halt." It was near the close of a warm summer day that the aboYe conversation took place. The scene was on the high grazing lands of eastern W yoming, right on the border of the famous Black Hills, and the time was a few years ago when things i>ere in a very unsettled condition in that region. A band of cowboys, numbering a score, were taking a h erd of several hundred cattle from Roaring Ranch to D eadwood, and Young Wild West, tJie owner of the ranch and cattle, had promised to meet them at t h e forks and go to D eadw o o d w i t h t h e m. "I reckon not," retorted Sam Spud, as he took a good look at them. "Young Wild West an' his pards ain' t no sich hangdog -l ookin' chaps as them. Them's what I call bad men, if I know anything about it." The approaching horsemen were certainly not very pre po,sessing in appearance. They were rough, dirty-looking fellows, and wer e a r me d to the teeth There was an air of extreme recklessness abo u t t h e m too, and when they drew rein at the camp of the cowboys they looked around in such a domineering way t hat the men could not fail to notice it. "What are you fe ll ers d oin' here?" one of t h em, w ho was evidently the leader, asked, as he E'pat a mouthful of to b acco juice d a n ge r o u s l y close to Sam Sp u d's f eet.

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2 YOUNG WILD WEST'S COWBOY BAND. =========::;::::===== ======-=--:::._;;;;;============== "You oughter be able to see, s tranger," was the quick Sam Spud looke d around and saw three horsemen das hreply. "You ain't troubled with blindness, are you?" ing toward them. "Oh, I guess I kin see about as far as ther next man," I He r ecognized them at a single glance. said the fellow "Say, what have you got fur supper?" They w ere Young Wild West, the da s hing young Prince "Bacon, corn bread, roast potatoes an' coffee. of the Saddle, and hi s two partners, Cheyenne ChaTli e and "Good! That's jest ther kind of grub I like. I r eckon Jim Dart. me an' my pards will stay to supper." Young vVild West was mounted on a c lumsy-looking "An' I reckon that you'd better ask if you kin first." I gray, and he was doing hi s best to urge the animal for Sam Spud was anything if not spunky, and he was not ward at a higher speed going to allow the four roughl ooking fellows ride over "Whoopee! Whoopee!" yelled Cheyen ne Char lie who him any sort of fashion. was a tall man with fl.owing black hair and a heavy mus"Me ask? Why, l guess you don't know who I am!" tache of the same hue. "We're comin', boys! Wait till "No, an' I don't want to know." you see ther measly coyotes bite ther dust!'} "You don't, hey? Well, I'll tell you, anyhow. I'm Crack! Ike Boots, of Deadwood, an' when I git my dander up I His rifle spoke at that moment and one of the four bad make lead fly. I've jest come over from Wes ton, where I men threw up his hands and fell from the back of his 1 li cked ther boss of ther town. I ain't in ther best of buhorse. mor, eit.her, but I reckon some of ther pickin's of what Crack! you've got there to eat will set me right. Git off your It was Jim Dart, a handsome young fellow, who had nags, boys!" not yet reached his majority, who fired the second shot, He dismount e d and his three companions instantly fol and another of the ruffian s bit the dust. lowed suit. Young Wild West h e ld hi s rifle to hi s s houlder, but he There was not a man in the cowboy band who did not did not fire. S(;ent trou b le. Evidently he wanted to take Ike Boot s a live. They figured that the fellow who had introduced him"Whoa, Spitfire!" he cried out suddenly, in a ringing self as Ike Boots was pos8essed of a large amount of nerve Yoice. But they were not afraid of him. 1 The effect was r eally astonishing "Now, then, you lopin' grasshoppers! I want somethin' I The sorrel came to an abrupt stop and the horse thief to cat, an I want it quick. Uhuck out some of ther best \rent flying over hi s head like a catapult. of that grub you've got there. Hurry, now!" I 'l'hen the oth e r rascal brought his steed to a halt and He pulled out a to emphasize words. I held up his. hand s Sam Spudd ste pped around to get out of range of the 1 Young Wild \Vest and lus partners quickly reached the weapon, and as he di_d _he right against the horse the 1 scene and dismounted. bad man had been ndmg. Ike Boots wa l y ing where he had landed. Then the leader of the cowboy band gave a start of su rThe fall ha s tunned him. prise He was just reco1 er ing when Young Wild West, his "Hanged i.f this ain't Young Wild West' s horse, boys!" dark eyes flashing a:r;id hi s wealth of chestnut hair flying he cried in the breeze sprang upon him. A hoarse mmrnur went up from the men and instantly "You sneaking cur!" exclaimed the boy. "You were revolvers were very much in evidence. not satisfied to leave the town in the proper way, after 0 "Hold up yom hands, you infernal horse thief!" shouted you were given a chance, were you? o! You had to one of the cowboys exchange horses with me, didn't you? Make him a pris Instead of obeying, Ike Boots made a leap for the hand oner, boy s Such fellows as he is should not be allowed to ome sorrel he had been mounted on and was on his back run at large." in a j iffy. "I rec kon a rope necktie is ther thing for him," spoke "Clear ther track!" he yelled, and then he fired a couple up Cheyenne Charlie, as he knocked the revolver from the of shots at those who barred his way. man's hand as he pulled it from hi s belt. "He'll git his "Don't hit ther horse!" shouted Sam Spud. "It's Young medicine, all right!" Wild W est's sorre l st allion. Don't hit ther horse, whatever In less than three minutes bot]y Ike Boots and the other I you do!" Crack, crack, crack The three companions of the accused bad men mounted in a hurry and began firing wildly. None of the hot s took effect, fortunately for the cow boys, and away went the four bad men. as they cleared the limits of the camp a shout went up from the Wes ton trail. s urvivor of the rascally quartettc were sec urely bound. By this time the whole band of cowboys had rea ched the scene. "Hooray fur Young Wild West!" cried Sam Spud. "He's ther Prince of ther Saddle an' ther Champion Dead s hot of thcr West, boy s; an' he's only a boy, fur all that. :N"ow, then-Hooraa -ay! The cheer i.hat went up awoke the echoes

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YO UKU WILD WEST'S COWBOY BAND. 3 I Young Wild West took off his broad-brimmed pearlcolored felt hat and bowed smiling at the men. "That will do, boys," he said, qui e tly. "I am very glad to meet you. W e would have been here before if Ike Boote and hi s men had not mad e some trouble in Wes ton and detained u s I guess he had no idea that w e were heading this way when h e sta rted the rumpu s in front of the postoffice. If h e h ad he would not have taken this trail when h e rode away on my horse. Jnst brin g the rasca l s to the ca mp with you and we will see what i s to be done with them." Young Wild West took the sorrel by the bridl e and followe d the men to camp In hi s n e at-fitting suit of buckskin, trimmed with red s ilk frin ge, the boy mad e a hand some and da shing pi ct ure. He was a p erfect type of a true young W esterne r and hi s r e putation as a t e rror to evil-doers ex tended throughout the en tire We s t. With Jim Dart, hi s chum, and Cheyenne Charlie, the scout, he had been throu g h many p er il s and exc itin g ad ventures, and he was so u sed to the mountains and plaine that st aying around the ri c h gold mines h e owned was irksome. Havin g r eceived w o rd from his ran c h that a herd of cat tle was to b e delivered at Dea dwood, h e had arranged to m eet the cowboys and go with them, jus t for the trip. Wh e n the two prisoners had been tied to the wheel s of the supply wagon our h ero turned to the men and s aid: "I'm a little hungry, boys. I see you have s upper ready, s o wh a t d o you say if we have something to eat ?" "That's what's ther matter!" r e tort e d Sam Spud. "Ike Boots re cko ned as how h e was goin' to h e lp hims elf to our grub, but he made a mistake. I found o ut that b e had your horse j est then, an' that's how ther trouble begun fur fair You come along jest in time, fur they'd have got a good start afor e we could hav e mounted." "We a l ways try to be on tim e," s p oke up Jim Dart. "So the ra sca l s stoppe\1 here to get som ethi n g to eat, then? W e ll they have h ad an idea that Wild would not pursue them. I guess anyon e who take s his horse won't get very far with it. "You can't call it stealin'," said Boo ts, lookin g at the m appealingly. I done i t jest fur fun. H was only a trade, anyhow. That's all you kin make out of it." \Ve won't argue the question just now," Young Wild W est sai d to him. "I am hungry, an d I am going to have somet hin g t o eat." Soon all hands were enjoy in g the s upp e r that the cowboy who acted as cook h ad prepa r ed. They were all hearty men, so there had to be plenty cooked to sat isfy them. But the cook had made no mi s take. "There ain't much need of givin' them two fellers anything to eat," spoke up one of the men. They ain't got very long to live "Not unless they change their ways." "Why, ain't you goin' to hang em?" "Well, I hardly think we'll do that." The majority of the cowboy band lo o k e d s urprised But there were those among them who knew that Young Wild West never took part in a l y n c hing. If it was ext r e m e l y necessary that a man should be I h a ng e d h e went away a nd l e t those who were most anxious to do it. In this case h e did not think it nece ssary to hang anyone Weston and Deadwood were both close enough by and the pri s oner s could b e taken there, if needs be, and locked up. But the d ash ing boy meant to l et the two villains go and g ive them another c hance to do better CHAPTER II. 1'HE RAN D PLAYS THEIR FIRST TUNE I N D EA DWOOD. Young Wild We s t walked up to the two pri s oners. "You f e llow s tried to run things your own way over in Weston this afternoon, and you were lucky you did not get s hot You promiseG. to ride out of town and b e have yourselve s in the future, and I iet you go. 'rhen you stole my horse and ra m e h e re and tried to run things. You see the result, don't you? The r e were four of you then, and now there are only two. Now the question is, wh i c h do you want to do-behave yourselve s or be l ynched?" "We'll behave ourselves if you' ll only give u s another c hance! cr ied t h e man who had surrend ere d of his own free will. "Yes, I r eckon we'd r athe r do better than t o di e," added Ike Boots "There is some force-put about this, ain't there?" spoke up Cheyenne Cha rlie. "You r e willin' to make any kind of promise, but you don't mean to keep i t after you make it." "Yes, we do." "You promise, then, that you'll mind your own bus i ness and be h onest h ereafte r ?" asked our hero "Yes!" came from the pai r of them. His companion seemed to be earnest, but Boots was plainly not in earnest. He was s impl y promisin g anything to save hi s life. He was not able to even affect that h e meant it. Wild did not want to hav e hirn h anged, so h e ordered the m e n to cut him loose. H e h ad supplied e nou g h for a ll hands, and when they Half a dozen of the cowboys had ju s t fini s hed scooping had fini s hed there was some over. out a s hallow g r ave to hold the r ema in s of the other two "Give the prison ers a bite, boys, a nd the n go and bury I villains, and whe n they were free, Wild told the m to go the two who w ent under," said Wild, in his cool nad easy and take what money and valuables the r e were upon the

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4 YOUNG \VILD \VEST S COWBOY BAND. "It b e long s to you by ri ghts I s uppose," h e rem1nked. J Wild knew the y would hav e t o take an early start in "Yon may a s w e ll have what the y l eft b e hind them ord e r to r e a c h D e adwood b efo re R 1 fi 1 k" som e o n e had g i v en it t h e n i ckna m e anc1 the re were plenty 1 e cow o y T orn :.oarm g a n c 1 w e r e a n e o o mg h f w o clt proud of i t. lot of m e n, a nd our h e r o muc h ple ased wit h t h e m whe n he look e d th e m o v er The re wer e three or four mu s ical geniuses amon g the m and they had br011g h t t h eir in s trum ents a l o no. A :'.\Iex i c an n a m e d r r o n y had a g ui tar aud three Am e ri cans, Bob 'i\illi s a nd Larks, r espec tiv e l y h a d a banjo, corn e t and concertina. N eithe r our h e r o n or hi s two partne r s h a d e v e r heard the m play and wh e n Willis, who \\"as the le ad e r of the band a s they call e d it ask e d if t hey w o uld lik e to the y promp t l y a n s 1 rerc d in t h e affirmati r e The i nst rnm c nts w e r e pro mptl y bro u g h t fro m the wagon and a ft e r a littl e tuning up the four st ar te d in. The mu s i c was far b ette r t han o n e might h a v e exp ecte d to h ear, and Y o un g Wild W est was much plea0ed. "I did not kn o w I h a d a cowboy b a nd h e said, with a l a u g h wh e n they lia d r en d e r e d three or four pi eces "The r 1yhole l ot of 'cm is what m i g h t b e call e d a cow boy b and," observ e d C heyenn e C h a r l ie, with a g rin "But 1 the m four i a r egular b a nd-a band what m a kes mus ic." "We ll Y o un g Wild West 's C owbo y Band a in t so bad, i s it?" s pok e up S a m S p ud "I' m g l ad.I'm a m e mb e r of it, even if I don t p l ay any mus i c." "The r best tun e I kin p l ay i s with my s hoot e r s whe n I git in a ti ght place," said t h e scout. "Whe n a p a ir of s ix shooter s gits p oppin' a1rny t hey m a ke real mu s ic, a n don t you for git it!" The Cowboy B a nd e njoyed the mselve s imm e nsely until it was time to turn in and th e n all but the watchers w ent to s l e ep. Nothin g dis turb e d t h e m or t h e cattle durin g the night, and the next mornin g the y \\"e re up at daylight. Y o un g W i ld \ Yest and his p artne r s now l eft the cow boy s a n d r o d e on a h e ad to make t h e man who was to take the cattle be read y to receive the m. In a few minutes t hey r eac h e d his s to ckyard and found. him in th e littl e office near i t It happ e n e d t h at h e was expecting the cattle, s o nothin g w a i n t h e w ay for t h e m t o c o me ri ght ahead. The c a ttleman's n a m e DaYe Libby, and he was of the o ri g inal set t l e r s o f D e adwood. Ile h a d r o u g h e d it thro u g h o u t the Wild West and had been c m r b oy, min e r ga mbl e r an d a n all-a round bad man. Now h e was a st o c km a n and makin g l o t of money in beef and h i des. Wild 1 ra s not v e ry "ell adJ.u a inted wit h him, h a vin g only seen him o nce b efore, but h e soon found that D ave T 1ibby coul d b e c ount e d on a s b e in g honest no matt.er what his failin gs wer e "I'm g l a d to meet you Y oung W ild West the s tock man s aid a s h e c la s p e d our h e r o's hand and gave it an extra ti g h t s queeze. "And I :im g lad to meet you Mr Libby, r etorte d Wild, s lippin g the g rip and the n goin g him one b ette r. The s to c kman winced You y e got som ewhat of a g rip I re ckon," he ob s erved, with a good-na t ur e d g rin. "Well, yes. I c an q u ceze a man's hand pretty hard if I try t o." "Diel y o u tr:v jest t h e n ? "Not much." "We ll d o n'l t h en I reck o n y o u kin outc1o me, an' T>m c all e d a regul a r t error at sh a kin' hand s

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YOUNG WILD WEST'S < OWBOY JU.ND. "A good grip is a nice thing to hav e somet imes," sai d our hero, with a l augh. I reckon it is, in more ways than one, Young Wild West. Say! You've j est got into town, I reckon." "Yes. "Then you ain't heard ther new s? "No. You are the first person we hav e spoke n to 1'hcr e's ther dickens to pay here in Dead wood. '"'\Vhat' s the troub le?" queried Wild, getting interested. '"'\Vell, ther whole town i unde r what they call mob rule." "Is that so?" "Yes, there's about a hundred bad men, who took a notion this mornin' i.o run things their own way. They've cleaned out ther exp ress bank an' have took charge of ther bigge t gin mill in ther place Six men have been shot dead an' over twenty wounded. Ther heriff has sent fur ther militia." "I reckon 11e'vc jest arrived m a good time, W ild," spoke up Cheyenne Charlie. "A bad time, I sho uld think, unless you like to have hot lead a-fl.yin' around your ears," sa id Libby. "Well, Charlie rather likes that kind of work," ob served Jim Dart. Dave Libby looked a trifle uneasy and ran to the offic e and got his rifle. "Ther mob is comin' this as su r e as gun s!" h e ex claimed "Hurry up, boy s !" crie d Young Wild W est. "Get the cattle in the stockya rd. The cowboys knew tliat someth in g was wrong and they p u t themsel ves at their be s t. They had just managed t o get them all in whe n a volley of revolvershots rang out and a big crow d of men, mounte d and on foot, came in sight. It was the mob, sure enough! Wild no sooner realized this than he called the four musicians to him. "Get your in st ruments and start in to playing right in front of the office h e re," h e said The players looked a bit surprised but they ha s t e ned to do as he sai d As the mounted men in the crowd rode up, yelling and firing their shooters, the band struck up. It was a lively air that they played, an d it was seve ra l seconds befor e the mob knew what was going on. Then they ceased their ye llin g and sho ot ing and gath ered closer to li sten But music h ad no charms for them just then. "I gue s we will stay in Deadwood ju t as long as we A swarthy faced man with a mustache s udd enly urged want to, mob rule or no mob rule," said IVild, coolly. his horse close to the office and commanded the mus ic t o The stockrnan l ooked at him keenly for a moment and cease then an admiring g l ance shot from his eye :'ls the four play.ers were just at the finish of a tune, "By jove!" he cried. "I've hearn tell that you are they did so. a regular scorcher when yon tarts in to do a thing. I'll "It's Dick Doolittle, the gamb l er," whispered Dave bet that \l"itl1 you to l ead u we kin put down this bad gang Libby to Wild. "11hey say that he i s the l eade r of the afore the ojers gits here." hard crowd." "Well, if you want any help, ] \Ir. Libby, you will find "Ah! was the r ep ly. "So h e is the l eader, i s h e? W e ll me and my cowboy band at your service." he had better l et u s a l one." "Cowboy band, hey? What do they p lay-music?" "What do you call t hi s ? s h oute d the man, pointing to "Yes, both kinds of music-the real kind and the crack -the musicians and looking straight at our fri e nds. in g of s hoot ers and the whi tling of bullets, if it is "Young Wild Wes t 's Cowboy Band!" an s wered Chey sary." enne C h ar lie, qui ckly "There 's twenty-three what be Good!" exclaimed Libby "I wa jest thinkin' when long s to it. Want us to play another tune?" you come along that ther gang might take a notion to The fellow uttered a sneering l augh. come down here an' make some trouble fur me. I'm a "I reckon we kin play a ll ther tunes that Deadwood
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.... YOUNG WILD WEST'S C'OWJiOY BAND. Young Wild We. t with a revoher leveled straight at bis head. He had not expected it-in fact, he had not dreamed of any such a thing happening. He was the recognized leader of the mob that had ter rorized the town since the night before, and up to this time no one had dared to even talk back to him "Hold up your hands, or you're a dead man!" Young Wild West repeated the command in a voice that \l'aS full of meaning A hush came over the crowd as the gambler slowly lifted his hands. When he got them as high as he could a hoarse murmur went-up. The cowboy band was ranged in a Tine before the office and every man had a revolver in his hand. It was the first opposition the bad men had run against since they carried all before them on the first break they made. "Quit ther game, boys, an' leave my cattle alone!" called 0ut Dave Libby, in a persuasive tone of voiice. "There's no use in havin' a whole lot of trouble n The majority of the men could hear him, but instead of subduing their passions it made them worse. "Let's burn Libby out!" shouted one. A hoarse yell of approval went up. wild saw that something had to be done to quell them. "Stay right where you are!" he cried. "If you don't I will shoot yo{lr leader!" They paused for a moment, but that was not sufficient. Then our hero, seeing this, made a. leap forward, and, catching Dick Doolittle by the arm, pulled him from his horse. "Into the office \rith him!" he s aid. "Quick, boys!" Before the rascally gambler was hardly aware of what was going on he was pulled into the little building. "The band will now play again-the same tune, boy !" As our hero said this the music struck up once more. '11he crowd remained strangely silent. '11heir leader had been whisked from them so suddenly that the men were at a loss what to do. "Turn back and go about your business, and we'll let your leader go!" Wild shouted. "If you don't you will never see him alive again!" The crowd hesitated Cheyenne Charlie was in the office with Dick Doolittle, and when he heard what Wild said he turned to the villain and exclaimed : "Come here to th er door an' tell that gang to make themselves scarce, or off goes ther top of your head!" As Jim Dart had the villain he really felt that such a thing was liable to happen, anyway. "I'll do it," he said "Ther men didn't intend to take any of Libby's catt le, anyhow. They jest come here to wake things up a little "Come on an' do it afore trouble begins!" cried Charlie. Dart walked to the door with the prisoner, still keeping him covered with his shooter. Charlie opened the door. "Now give it to 'em good an' strong!" he said to the leader. Dick Doolittle held up his hand. Wild stopped the music and then there was a si lence. "Boys," said the captured man, "if you don't want me to go under, go on back to your h eadquarters. I'll be right after you if I do. But as sure as you go to makin' a fight here I'll have my skull filled full of lead. Now, jest go on back, an' we'll settle things some other time." Young Wild West hardly expected the men would take much notice of this, but they must have thought consid erable of their leader, for they turned and walked and rode away in groups. Sam Spud, who had mounted J1is horse, rode along after them when the last had turned the corner, and, seeing that they were heading right on down the main street, he came back. "They're gone!" he said "You can't tell how soon they'll be back, though." "They won't come back here unless I tell 'em to," spoke up Dick Doolittle from the door. "Well, when you tell them to come back just make up your mind that you are going to go under the minute I set eyes on you," retorted wild, coolly. "You will take my advice and disperse the band you have got together, for if you don't they will surely get the worst of it. :M:ob rule can't last long, you know." The gambler shrugged his shoulders, but did not deign to say anything. "You can go on," Wild said. "Bring his horse, one of you." A cowboy quickly led the steed up to the door. "Thank you, Young Wild \Vest!" exclaimed Dick Doo little, as he mounted his horse. "You had me in your power, and could have put an end to me if you had so desired But you did not do il. I ma) be able to return the compliment some time. So long, till we meet again!" "Be careful how you act when we do!" Wild answered as the villain rode away. "Well, if that don't beat all!" ejaculated Dave Libby when the leader of the mob disappeared. "How did you do that, Young Wild West?" "Well, I can't tell you any more than you saw how I did it. But they will come back, if it is not until to-night some time. You must get ready for them, Mr. Libby This mob law in Deadwood must be put down. There are plenty of good fighting men who do not sympathize with the rioters-there must be. I will help you out and my cowboy band will play a tune in Deadwood that some of these people will never forget." "Good enough! Putty work! That's what I like to hear. We've got plenty of good men here, ,an' all they want is a l eader I reckon you're that leader, Young Wild West. Jest wait; I'll send a couJ?le of men around town as far as they dare to go an' notify some of ther boys-to come

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YOUNG WILD WEST'S COWBOY BAND. ==:......::=====..:. __:=-. ::.;:::::_-_--------up here. You see, them what's layin' low ther mob ain't ''I reckon you three are equal to twenty-five of them beeu interferin' with much." fellers when it comes to a shootin' match!" exclaimed Sam "Yes, I understand. But they will wake up after the Spud. "I knows what I'm talkin' about when I says mob has gone a little too far." that. "Well, they're dependin' on ther sojers to git here: "Well, then, we will make our headquarters right her e Then they'll make themselves heard from." at the stockyard for the present. It is beginning to get "That may be a good while dark, so you'd better get a hustle on you and fix up the "You think ther gang kin be busted up afore ther sojers camp." git here, then?" "Take that there fur your quarters," spoke up Dave "Oh, yes! If they have no more sand in them than they Libby. "I'll have my men clean it out fur you in a jiffy." showed a litile while ago, I don't believe it will be very "We'll git it cleaned out!" exclaimed Sam Spucl. I long before they will be glad to quit th e game they are that will be a good place to camp under, fur I playing. Dick Doolittle is the only one they have to lead think we're goin' to have some rain afore to-morrer morn them, it seems, and without a leader they can do nothing in'." when it comes to a real fight. Of course, they can ride The cowboys went to work, and in a short time they had about the streets and yell and shoot their revolvers, but fitted up quite comfortable quarters under the big shed that i sn't fighting; that's only bluff." that the stockman used to stow hi s wagons. I reckon you know jest what you're talkin' about. Som e of the latter were pulled out to make room, and Well, as soon as I git ther couple of men out to hunt up these were drawn up so they could be used as a sort of some of ther men who will stick to u s I want to pay you breastworks in case of an attack from the mob of bad fur ther cattle It might be that ther mob gang cleans men. me out, an' then I won't have a chance to pay you." The cowboys made their fires out in front of the she d "All right laughed Wild. "I'll take the money and and then proceeded to cook their supper. run the chances of keeping it until this affair blows over. Wild and hi s partners were invited to eat with the stock I won't leave Deadwood till it does blow over, eith(fl'." man but they declined, saying that what was good enoug h "An' you'll keep your cowboy band right here, too, I for the cowboy band would do very well for them reckon?" After supper was over Willis, the cornet player of the "Oh, yes! The mob may want to hear that tune again band, came up to our hero in an embarrassed manner. before they quit, you know." J "'What's the trouble?" queried Wild, looking at him They now went into the office and the stockman sent two rather curiously. of his men, as he said he would. "Well, l\Ir. West, ther fact is that I was 'spectin' to be Then he counted out th e money he Oll'ed Wild for the able to call on my sweetheart, which live s here in Deadcattle and got his receipt for it. wood. I wrote her a letter a week ago an' told her I was Our hero called his men up one at a time and gave them comin' over. I've been sorter worryin' about her, 'cause I five dollars apiece. like ther gal, an' .iihe's promised to be my wife. I don't "This is a little pre sent," he said. "You did well to mind tellin' you that we had it arranged to git married get the cattle over in such good s hape and so quickly. afore we left fur Roarin i Ranch. I didn't tell any of the r You'll wa?t a little spending money while you're in Dead boys about it, 'cause I was goin' to give 'em a surprise wood, so this will help you out some. But now that things is all up side down here in town I When every man had received his five dollars Sam Spud don't know how I am goin' to git a chance to see her." took off hif' hat and proposed three cheers for the dashing "Willis, you will be able to see her all right. I'll help young ranch owner. you. I know how you feel on the subject. Dick Doolittle, The men fairly yelled themselves hoarse. the gambler, and his gang shan't deprive you of seeing "Now, hooray for Young Wild West's Cowboy Band!" your sweetheart. In what part of the town does she live cried Cheyenne Charlie in?" Then there was some' more yelling, which the mob surely "Clean over to ther other s ide, sir. Not far from where must have heard in the distance. ther East Wagon Road comes in?" "Boys," said Wild, addressing the cowboy band. "I "I know where it is. What's her name, Willis?" want to give you a piece of advice. Tl1e mob seems to have "Tillie P ett. She's ther darter of Old Man Pett, the r control of the town, and they would be only too glad to man what run s ther express from ther railroad station to get hold of some of you, or drop you, perhaps. My advice ther bank." is to keep together all the time. There are twenty of you, "Ah! I know him Well, the chances are that the riot and yot\ ought to be able to give a good account of yourcrs have made it pretty lively for the girl's father, Wi llis, selves. There are only a few over a hundred in the gang and it may be that we'll have a pretty hard time getting to D ick Doolittle has at his back, I should say, and with the house. But we'll go, just the same.". Charlie, Jim and myself to help you, I gi.i.ess we can make The musician's eyes fairly danced with deli ght. things hum for awhi l e "When will we go, Mr. West?" be asked.

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I I YOUNG WILD WEST'S COWBOY BAND. "Ri g h t away. Just tell the other three musicians that As they neared the house Wild found that several men I want them." were follmring them "Yes, sir!" There were a dozen of them in less than a minute, and W i ld promptly sought out Charlie and Jim. 1 they kept coming all the time. "Boys," said he, "I guess we will take a little trip across "They are looking for trouble, I guess," he said. "They town." belong to the bad gang, but they are stay ing at their The two looked at him in s urprise. homes, I s uppose. \Ye ll, if they know when they are well "Where are you going to?" queried Dart oif, they ''ill l et u s "We'll take the four musicians over to the house of a "I s hould reckon so!" exclaimed Cheyenne Charlie, as man named Pett." h e tapped the butt of one of hi s r evolvers s ignificantl y "What for?" asked Charlie. "There is the house!" sai d Willi s s udd e nly. "Ther "One of them ha s a sweetheart living there, and I gang has been at it, by ther look s of things." thought it would be a good idea to take the mu s ic along, "So they have," answered our hero "I wonder if there since I promised to go over with him It i s Willis, and he i s anyone in it?" says that he intended to get married before h e went back They went up to the building and found the door nailed to Roarin g Ranch. I don't want to see the man disapup from the i nside and heavy wooden bars across the win pointed, so we will go over with him. We will take the claws. musicians a l ong to play that tune in case any of the bad Some of the weath e r-boarch hacl been r ipped off and the g11ng gets after us." glass was nearly an out of the windows. Both the scout and Dart said no more. "We'll go around to the back,'' suggested our hero, and Young Wild West did queer things sometimes, but they he led the way. were not the ones to argue agairn;t anything ha proposed As they turned the corner of the building a voice called In a few minutes the four players of the cowboy band out : appeared with their instruments "Halt!" "Are you ready, boy s ?" asked Wilcl. "That's Ur. Pett!" c ried Willi s ''Hey, there! It's "Yes !" came the reply. me-Willis, from Roariu' Ranch!" All right i.hen. We will go on foot. Spud, you keep "Why, s o it i s came the ans1rer. "Who's them with things straight till we get back." ver?" I'. "Young Wild W est an' some more 0 my friends Is Til lie all right?" I "Yes, there ain't any of us been hmt so far, but we CHAPTER IV. don't know how long it will la st that way. "Well, we will i.ry and make it last till all clanger is TI-IE COWBOY BAND PLAYS A LITTLE UORE. over, J\Ir. P ett," spoke up Wild and then he hastened to the man ancl s hook hand s with him Receiving the assurance that Sam Spud would look Why, bless me!" exclaimed the expressman. "If it after things, Young Wild West and hi s companions s tarte d ain't ther Champion D eadshot I'm a liar! I didn't believe for the home of Willis' sweetheart. Willi s when he said Young Wild West was with him. I 've Wilcl dicl not want to run across any ,of the rioter s if he seen you before, Wilcl, an' I know what you are. Go right cou l d h e lp it, but he was ready for them in case s u c h a on in I'll be in as soon as I make sure there ain't no one thing happened. follered you h e re." They kept to the out sk irts of the town and worked their "Oh, there is a whole gang following us," retorted Wild way gradrnrlly around. "But n ever mind. If they got to trying anything funny It being pretty dark, as the s k y was clouded, they got they will be mowe d down like grain before a sickle. Willis along without being seen by anyone. was anxious to see vour c1allghter, and I undertook to pilot But it was that they proceed for a few him over here Dick Doolittle's crowd are not running hundred yards through a vcrv th i kly-settled part of the Deadwood as much as they thought they were, and they town in or d er to reach the place where the cowboy's sweet will be doing it a great deal less before we get through heart lived with them." The big hotel on the main street was where the rioters Two females now appeared at the back door. weri;i quartered, and that was only two hundred yards from They were P ett's wife and dau g hter. the house "Here I am, Tillie!" cried Willis, and the next minute When they reached the thickly set tled part our friends he had the girl in his arms right in the presenc;,e of all noticed that some of the s hanties ancl houses were pretty hand s well tom apart "Nica girl and Willis nica man," commented Tony, the These, no doubt, belonged to those who had opposed the Mexican. gang I This opinion was shared by all

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YOUNG I YILD WEST'S C OWBOY BAND. 9 He dropped it qui c kly enough. The men who had been following our friend s had stoppe d near the corner of the house and \ rere stan ding there as though undecided as to what course to pursue Probably if he had not he would have dropped himself. The music kept right on insid e the house and the crowd "Come out there with me, Pett," said wild, l eading the way. we will see if we can't talk a little sense in them." Rifle in hand, the exp ressman ollowccl. "What i s the matter w ith you fell ows?" Wild asked, i n his free-and-easy way 0 talking. "Do you want a n ything, or did you follow us here out of curiosity?" "Who are you with, ther sheriff or Dick Doolittle?" asked one 0 the men from the darkness "Neither side, just yet. We are s imply going it on our own hook," answered Wild. continued to gather. After the players sto pped or a res t Wild s tarted in to ta l k in a rea s oning way to t h e mob. He s howed how fooli s h they were for acting the way they had done, and drew a vivid p i cture of the con seq uences when the military forces arriv e d .''I you qu it this business now and go back to you r work the chances are that you will not be called up at an when the s oldiers get here," he concluded with. It was wonderfu l what effect his talk had on the m en. "Who are you, anyhow?" another voice sa id Some 0 them walked away to their homes and oth e r s "Don't you know?" r e mained to hear the music '!No i I did I wouldn't ask. But there was s till plenty 0 them who were going to "Wasn't you up at Libby's stoc kyard just before dark?" st i ck b y D i ck Doolittle. "Yes, I was there." Wil d knew that he had made a deep impression on the "\Yell, lhen, you mu t have seen me. I am Young Wild majority 0 them, and be :figured that it was n ot going to \Yest, and I've got the players 0 my cowboy band with be such a hard time to get things running stra ight in Deadme. Do you want to hear some music?" w aad again. "What kind?" After awhile all the cowboys came out 0 the house ''Oh, any kind. Pistol-shots and yells, i you want it but Willis. that way." He was doing his courting now. "We ain't lookin' ur no muss j e t now," said the :first The other three were glad to g ive him an o pportunity to speaker. "We've got a l e ader an' we do as h e tells u s to. be a lon e with sweethea rt. H you'v e got them bugle th ings an' banjoes with you, you : 'l'hey had heard about the marriage and were might g ive u s some music, though." ; anticipating a big time when it took p lace. "Certainly." I After an hour had passed there were very ew outside Youn CY Wild West knew that the music would attract a the house. b bi g crowd there, but he was ready for almost anything ju13t I Wild called out and asked them i Dick Doolittle was then, so he did not hesitate anywhere about. "Go ahead and play, boss!" he exclaimed "He's at ther hotel," wa lhe reply. "We'd better do it inside," s uggeRted one of the band. "Well he had better stay there," our hero s aid. "Un-,, fi '...: lirginnin' to rain an' we'l l g i t our in frumcnts all less h e calls off the mob he ha s raiseci h e will ar e pretty 11 ('[." had the n ext time 've meet. You can tell hi1il that w h e n ll right; go inRi.cle, then. These fellows can hear it you sec him well enough, since they have broken the window-panes out'. There 1 ras no reply to this, and then Wild went in the I s uppose they anticipated something like this when they house, leaving Cheyenne Cha rli e to stand on gua rd. were smashing thing s around here." He had not been in the house more tha n ten minutes The most 0 the c rowd heard this, but no one said any hen Charlie called him, say ing that Di ck Doolittl e wante d thing. to see him. Probably they were not used to dealing with such a cool "Ah!" exc laimed the clashing youn g deadshot; "it is person as Young Wild West. I eithe r a rnse of give in or bluff with the follow W e ll, he The four mu s icians were now in s id e the house and they will .find that I will meet him on all condition s." soon had their in s trument s in tune. The l eade r of: the had ga n g was mounted on a big bay Then they s truck up the mu s ic. h o rse, and when Wi.ld came out h e rode forward. Young Wild Wes t and his two partners r e mained out "I come as a fr i end, Young W i ld West, he said "Some side with Pett. 0 ther gang has told m e what you said in the r s peech you In less than two minute after the mu i c started a big made a little whi l e ago, an' I've come to t h e r con c lu s i o n crowd was seen coming from the direction 0 the r i oters' that you're about right. Boys, ther riot bu iness is all off. quarters. Go home an' start in o n your regular work. D on't do any "Take i t easy, boy s !" Wild yelled out lo them "Life is :fightin' unless ther s heriff or hi s men make you! We've too s h ort to waste it in starting rows. Iley, there! D rop been rai s in' cane an' we've had a hi g h o ld time, but we that sto n e!" a in't gain' to s uff e r ur it. We're j est not gain' to be On e 0 the men h a d picked up a sto ne and was in the act touched at all. Go home, boy s !" of throwin g it at the house. A s hout 0 approva l went up

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10 YOU:'rn WILD WEST'S C OWBOY BARD. It seemed that the men were will ing to ab ide bY. what the gambler s aid. He had a great control over them. "You see that I mean what I say, Young Wil d We st," the villain res umed a s he turned again to our hero. "Now, s uppose we be friends?" "All right. You can be my friend, if yon want to. But look ou t that you do not try to trick me." "I am perf ect ly hone st in what I am sayin'. Tak e me in ther house, now, an' get ther s heriff to let up on me." "As this i s not my house, I can not invite you in," re torted Wi ld. "But if you like the tune we play, I will call the other musician out and give you some mu sic Hey, Willis, come out with your cornet. Willi s promptly did so, and when he appeared hi s sweet heart came with him. And that was the way it was to be in this case. When Wild thought the musicians bad played enoug h b e told them to stop. Then Willi s went in the house to bid his sweetheart good-night. A few minute s later our friends were on their way back to the s tockyard, and not a man offered to follow them. CHAPTER V. THE VILLAINOUS TRIO. Di c k Doolittl e l eft a t the same tim e Wild and hi s fri e nds did. She was a very pretty g irl was Tilli e P ett and when He mount e d and rode s traight to th e hotel where the Dick Doolittle saw her s tandin g in the light that s hone rioters had made their headquarters from the window he gave a start. When he got there he found about fift y of the men in "My!j' he exclaimed to himself; "I didn't know that the place, som e of them so much und er the influence of there was such a pr etty gal in D eadwood." liquor that they were obli v ious to what was g oing on and Wild overheard th e remark, and, turning to him said : others in a very hilarious s tate "Well, ::;he belongs to another, so you should n't go and 'rhe appearance of the g ambl e r was g re e ted with cheers. fall in love with h e r ." "Where have you b een, Di ck?" one fellow, who could O h and the villain laugh ed. "Me fall in love? I barely s tand, asked. rec kon I'm out of that kind of game long ago." I've bee n talking to Youn g Wild West," was the reply "Oh, it i sn't lik e l y s h e would want to wipe h er feet o n "An' you. didn't s hoot him dead in hi s tracks?" spoke s uch a s you, anyway," said Wild, coolly. "You are Dick up anot her in s urprise. Doolittle the ga mbl er and mob lead e r, you know. "No, I didn't hav e the chance. O ne thing I d id do, The man winced, and the glance that s hot from his eyes though; I told him that we'd quit ther game we've been told p l ainly that he would have s tran g led the boy r i ght playing if h e' d git ther she riff to call it all off." then and there if he only dar ed. "What did he s ay?" But lik e a g reat many other villains, he was a fraid of "He said w e' d be sorry if we didn't quit. He made a Young Wild W est little s peech to ther boys an' s aid as how ther cavalrymen "Give our friend a tune," said our hero not acting as would come here an' mow us down l ike grass if we wasn't though he noticed the look that had been s hot at him. q ui e t by ther time they showed up. I thin_ k so myself, to "He seem s to be all right. I hav e heard that mu s ic l'itts tell t her truth. I think w e 've had a jo ll y s pree, an' a great effect on some of nature' s c reation s." if the r folks we've injured are satisfied! we ought to be 'rhe four player s at once started up their mu s ic will never be known who shot thet men what went down,' Dick Doolittle wat c hed them for a few seconds and then so there won't be nothin' done to anyone fur that. Give hi s eyes turne d to pretty Tillie Pett again. us some of that liquor you've got there, an' in the r mornin' Young Wild Wes t was watching him all the while. we'll hold a meetin' an' talk it over. O ne thing, if we He saw that the villain had taken a great notion to the s hou l d manage to hold ther upper hand here ther whisky girl all at once. in ther p lace would soon be gone, an' then what would It struck him that Doolittle might keep hi s word about w e do?" breaking up the mob, but that he was going to interfere "That's so," said on e of the rascal s "If there ain't no with the young lady he could easily see. business done here the r e won't be any more stuff bought I will hav e to keep a good eye on the scoundre l whi l e I It would soon be s o we'd have to go to work again, or else stay in Deadwood," he thought. "I want to see Willis s tarve. I'm in favor of quittin' myself." f and the girl happily married if it i s possible. Willi s is a AE Dick Dooli t tl e was taking the drink one of the men pretty good sort of a :fellow, s o I am told, and he says he hand ed him who sho uld come up by him but Ike Boots, intends to t ak e hi s bride to Roaring Ranch with him. the horse thief, whom Young Wild West had set free the 'l'here i s i oom for a hu s tling girl like her out there, and I ni ght b e fore. am going to see to it that she gets ther e "I told you things would hum when Y oung Wild West That was quite enough to make it go, for when Wi l d I got h e re,'' said Boot s "I c ould fee l it in my bones w h e n dec ided on a. thin g he carried I you set out fur ther stockyard. He's a h e i s But sometimes lots of difficulties came m lns way. Didn't he fix me, though! An' he'll fix everybo d y h e run s \

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YOUNG WILD WEST'S COVVBO Y BAND. 11 afoul of, too He 's quicker nor a wildcat, an' when he looks at yer rnacl-like you've got to be careful." I guess .you're about right, Ike," Doolittle ac1mittec1. "But I think we kin fool him fur a ll that. The r e a in't no use in puttin up an open fight ag' in him, so what clo you say i f we clo some s n eak work?" "Show me ther l east c hance to git even with him an' I'm with yer." "Let's go an' set clown; I've got a iclea. Call Rags He's a c1anc1y at work." The man referre d to was s ittin g at an adjoining tabl e and was apparently one of the most sob er ones in the place. Ike Boo t s was well with him it seemed ancl h e went over ancl to u ched him on the s houlder "Dick wants you to come an' have a talk with u s," he saicl. "All right," was the reply. "I'm je s t in ther humor to talk, for I imagin e I kin see a tree with a rope hangin' to a l imb, or somethin' lik e that. W e've gone it a little too taut, I think, an' I'm jest b eginnin' to realize it." "Well come on in th er back room." Rags, as he was call ed, got up ancl shook l ike a dog does wh e n he comes out of the water It was easy to unP.ers ta nd why he was call e d Rags, for hi s clothing was lit e rally i n rags. That was the way he had been attired ever s ince he had m ade hi s apearance in Deadwood. His face was pin c hed and drawn and a s mall pair of deepset eyes gave him a s hrewd and c unnin g expression. Th e three walk e d into an. adjoining room and sat down at a ta ble. "What's ther troub le, Dick?" and Rags s hrug ge d his shou lder s "We want to rig a p l an to get squar e with Young Wild West." "Ther young feller what tamed ther crowd up at ther stockyard, an' come mighty near puttin' ther finishin' touc h to you ?" "Yes, he' s the r one I mean "You want me to think of a way to git him whe re th e r hair is s h ort?" "Well, I've got an idea myself, but I thought I'd better ask your opinion on it." "We ll what's your idea?" "There's a mighty putty ga l not far from here an' one of Young Wild Wes t's men is goin' to marry h e r afore th e r cowboy band l eaves town, so I h ear "Yes, but what 's that got to do with it?" "Well, I've sorter took a notion to ther gal myself." "You have, h ey?" "You took a notion to a ga l, Dick?" exclaimed Ike Boots, in s urprise. "Yes, I'll own ther corn. She's s orter made my heart go pit a pat, an' I've thought of a scheme to git her, an at ther same time g iv e u s a c hanc e to git squar e on Young Wild We st." "We ll, spit it out, Dick," said Rags, looki ng intere s ted. "Your sha nty is in a kinder lone some place, ain't it?" "Yes, it's about th er furthest shanty out of ther town to ther north." "Well, s'posin' we ste al ther ga l to-night an' take h e r over to your shanty?" "What would that hav e to do with gittin' squ are on Yo un g Wilcl West?" asked Boots. "A whole lot." "I see ther point," spoke up Rags. "Young Wild Wes t would come to l ook fur h e r." "Certainly! Rags, you hav e got e nou g h brains to see into things." "Young Wild 'N est would come to look fur her an' then we could lay fur h im an' put him out of existence.'.' "Oh! exclaimed Boots. "I sec into it now. Well, je s t count on me to clo ther business with yer I reckon we've all g ot ourselves in to tro uble, as it i s an' only way fur u s to do i s to git square on someon e I hear ther sheriff has got ther names of more'n fifty of ther boys, an' they'll git it hot when ther cavalrymen gits h e r e." "Not so very hot, either," Doolittl e assured them "Why not?" a s ked R ags. "Well, accordin' to what Young Wild Wet says, we'll be l et alone if w e quit ther game ri ght now." "You mean if we sto p s hootin' an' tearin' houses down?" "Yes, an' clrinkin' up ther rum that don't bel ong to u s.'' "Well, if we do stop who'll pay fur the r damage we've don e?" "Ther owners will have to stan d ther loss, that's all. What are they goin' to do about it?" "Well, we may g it off easy, but I'd rather not have my nam e on ther lis t ther s heriff' s got.'' "Never mincl, now. We' ll quit thi s an' go into some business on our own hook-jest u s three. What do you say? "Certainly!" cried Ike Boots. "I'll b e only too g l ad to go in business with you Dick; sai d Rags. "I'm sati sfied that we kin make more money than we have foolin' around with this mob." "You mean by gamb lin'?" remarked Rag s "Yes some sharper bu s iness, an' when we git tired of that, d o a li ttle in the r ma s ked highwa y man game W e'd be able to work that a lon g time without bein' found out, an' I'll bet on it." "We might i Young Wild W est didn't git afte r us," said Boot s "Young Wild West won't be able to git after us, 'cause h e' ll be dead!" excl aim eel the l eader of the trio. "I see," said Rags "You mean to do ther hi g hway man act after h e's finis h e d." "That's it! Now l et 's figure on a way to gi t ther gal, so Young Wild W est kir: have a c h ance to come out to look fur her We've got to fix things jest right, you know. W e 'v e got to hav e it so he don't come with his whole cow-

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12 YOUNG WILD WEST'S COWB O Y BAND. boy band at his back, fur in that cas e we couldn't do much." "I'll tell you what to do," spoke up a::; he scratched his head thoughtfully. "What?" Here and the r e a few m e n c ould be seen gather e d m g roup s bnt the r e \1er e no s i g n s of the reckless times of the prece din g day. The s h e riff and his d e puties 1ren t about the t o w n and h elped those who h a d been injure d by the b a d g an g i.o "Things will b e quieted what you say. down to -mo1TO\Y, a c cordin' to st rai ghte n t h i n gs out. "Yes, I re c kon they will.' "'Well, do you know thc r name of ther c owboy what's gain' to marry ther ga l ?" "Yes j t is Willi s I h e ard Young Wild West call him that to -n i ght." "Good enough!" and Ra gs nodd e d appro ving ly. "Now to rnorrcr mornin' I'll s end a n o t e to t h e r g al with thi s cowboy's name s i g ned to it. I'm a dand y at writin' l o vel etter s or any oth e r kind of l ette rs, fur tha t m atter. \ V e ll when s he ge t s the r let.ter s h e' ll see that it i s fur h e r to meet her lover rig ht s omewh e r e clos e to my shanty Sh e'll c ome all right, e s pe c ially wh e n s h e find s that thc r m a jority of the men has gon e ba c k to work. The n I reckon will have ther gal." "Good enough! But how will we git Y o un g W ild We st?" "In the r s am e way. I ll writ e a not e t o him an' s i g n thcr gal' s name to it. I kin wri te an y k ind of a hand. I may l ook like a lunk h e ad an' t alk like a no o dle, bi1t I ain't, j e s t the r s am e I wa s g i ve n a g ood education I bet you was !" s pok e up Ike B o ot s I wi s h I'd had ther s ame chance "What would you have amoun te d to if you had? a s ked Ra g s l ookin g at him in di s gu s t "I'd have been a mi lli onaire by this time His two companions laughed. "Well," ob s erved Dick Doolittle after a pause, "it is gitti n mighty l ate W e ll fix things up in the r mornin'. Now, don't say a word about this to anyon e ; I v e made up my mind to qui t ther riotin' business, an' if we're c ar e ful what we do we w ill make l ot s of money in thi s new game of ours "You bet!" cried Ike Boot s Rags nodded. The three went out into the room whe r e the liquor had been flowing so p lentifully, and the n Di c k Doolittl e gave the men a noth e 1 "piece 0 advi c e about quitting the rioting business and went off to hi s hom e Before he parte d from hi s two fri ends however it was unde r stood that the y should meet at the shanty of Rags at ten the following morning. Thin gs were very quiet in Deadwood when the sun arose the next d ay. r The owners of the hotel building were surpris ed when \\'Ord came to them that t h e bad gan g had quit making it their h eadquart e rs and adv i sing them to go and t ake charge of it. After this 11 a s d o n e the h e ad of the county an d the official s of ll1e town m e t and decide d to offer a r e 1 vard for Dic k capture, d e ad or alive. But it a s decide d that the off e r w as n ot to be m a de public u n til Young W ild We s t and his p artne r s had been c on sulte d 'rhey w e ll kne w that th e y oun g dcad s hot fro m W est on had been th e r eal c auf'e o f th e bre aking np o f lhe rio t er s All t h a t h e h a d d o n e hac1 traTel e d t o t h eir ears They ,1er c un a nim o u s in decidin g t liat s om e on e nm t s uff e r for what h ad happe n e d a n d Dic k D o olittl e b e in g t he lead e r of the mob, quite na turally w as pi c k e d a s tho one \Vhil e t hi s con sultati o n was takin g pl ace b e tween the s h e riff and tl1e tow n offic i a l s Di c k Doolittle w as m aking his w ay to the shanty of Ra gs The villain wen t by a rou nd abo u t way h e w ould n o t b e s e e n b y many, fo r h e h ac1 an idea t h a t h e was a marke d man. He realized m o r e tha n eve r no w that h e h a d made the mi stake of hi s life when b e l ec1 t h e m o b in sca ttering d eath and destruct ion ab out the minin g t own. But h e w as figuring 011 di sg ui sing himsel and :;ta y in g close for a fe w days. But, fir s t o f a ll h e mus t ha ve the pretty dau ghte r of P ett, the c xpres:;man, and the n the li fe of Young Wild West "I'd b e willin to quit ther town, t h en, if it got too warm fur m e h e re," ]Je mutte r e d, as h e c ut ac ross a patch o f 1 roo d s tha t ran a lmo s t np to the rear door of the shanty of R ags. Wh e n h e go t the r e h e found Ike Boot s had arriv e d ahead o f h i m. "1 c om e on hors eba ck," s aid the v ill ain "I''le been h er e over t en minutes." "T__,et's git down to business," s poke up R ags. "I reckon we musm't fool to o long with this g ame if w e' r e goi to ll'Ork it throu gh." "All ri ght. Go ahead an' write ther l etter to ther gal,'' said Dool i ttl e Rags s oon wrot e it and the n h e w ent out to get a boy to deliver it. CHAPTER VI. "l'IJL D SHOWS THE BIG COW -PUNCHER A THING OR TWO In a couple of hours time everyt hin g lo oked diff erent ill' tl1c mining town I Young Wild West's Cowboy Band pas s e d a pretty com-The shop s ope n ed and began to do bus iness fortable night up at Dave Libby's stockyard

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YO UNG WlLD WEST' S COWBOY BAND. 13 Our hero had hardly expected that they would be trouenne C harli e "Ile says he's putty rnre that you wouldn't bled by any of the gang w ho had made such a commot ion s tand no s how if you ta c kled him. H e 's 11-ras tled with in town bulls an' such like, you know He knew that when the men came to t hink it over thej "Oh! he ha s eh? Well, I luwc not !he lea s t donut but most of them would b e Yery g l ad to quit and go back to that he i s a very strong fellow. What i s your name, my the ir work. friend, if I may ask?" 1\fter the cowboys had en j oye d a good breakfast they "They call me Big Roddy thcr cow-pund1er,'' r e plied felt in the be::;t of hmnor. the man. "See here, Young wild West, I don't 1rnut you A big, brawny cowpuncher in the employ of the stock to think for a minute tha t I've got ther l e a s t thing agin man came up to Cheyenne Charlie and asked him for a yer. It ain't that what mad e me talk to your friend here. li g ht. I was onl y thinkin' that it didn' t l ook pos s ible fm you to The scout gave i t to him willingly enough. handle men around as I've heard say you could. I wouldn't "I r eckon ther trouble i s about over what the cowthink of s uch a thing as gittin' in a fight with you; it ain't puncher said." in my line to :fig ht, anyhow, an' I nev e r does do.it unless "I r eckon so," replied Charlie "If it ain't, Young I'm made to Then I gen e r a lly gives a good account of 1 t d t t 111YSelf." Wild vv est w1 soon pu an en o 1 J "It don't seem to me as though a boy could do a s muc h "I und e rstand you, I guess. You would just like to see a s they say he 's don e," and the big man shook his head m e handle a big man lik e you, just so you would know doubtingly how it was done. I s that it?" "Wasn't you there to see it last night?" "That's it exactly cried the big man, s miling all over "No, I was back tendi n to ther cattle I'v e h e ard a his face whole lot about how he made Dick D oolittle hold up his \.11 ri g ht. Just come over h e re, whe r e all hands can hands, an' then yanked him from h is hor s e an' made him have a look at us and we'll try a wrestle." a prisoner. That might all b e so, but I'll bet there was "I won't hurt you," s aid Big Roddy. "I'm s o much others the re to h e lp him bigge r than you are that I won't hurt you. I ll jest put "Oh, there was o t hers there to help him if h e needed you down easy-like." h elp," said the scout, quietly "But he didn't happen to "All right!" l a u g hed our hero. "I w on't hurt you need any to t end to ther lead e r of ther riot e r s Di c k Doomuch, eit h er, intentionally But I advise you to look out little is easy fur Youn g Wild W est, my friend." j for yourself. You may go down pretty h e avy when you do "They say he i s awful s tron g an' quick fur a boy." go, you know." "We ll, I reckon h e's about st ron g an' quick enoug h for "I don't think you're half so st rong as a crazy bull, any man whatever wor e b oots." young feller," and the bi g cow-pun c h e r chuckled Charlie looked at the cow-puncher's boot s jus t a s he So did Cheyenne Charlie chuckle. said thi s He knew what was coming, and he felt that he could The man mus t have taken it that he meant that he describ e it before it happened. would stand no s how in a mix-up with our h e ro. "You don't think ther boy could h a ndl e me do yer?" he asked, looking amazed. "I re c kon he could," was the cool retort. "Why, my friend, I've wrastl ed with bulls, an' I've chucked 'em every time, too. What show would an ordi nary man hav e with me muc h less a b oy?" "That's wh ere you inake a mi s t ake, m y fri e nd," C harlie has tened to s ay. "You s ay Youn g Wild West i s nothin' but a boy. Oth e r s have thought ther same way, but they've fo0und out that he's ver y a man afor e they got throu g h with him. I'm not goin' to say that Wild is as s trong as you are, but I'm dead sartin that he kin handle you a easy as pie!'' "You are, h ey?" and the man showed s ign s of anger. "Well, I'd j est lik e to see him try it." Wild happen e d to be walking that way just then, and he caught the la t part of the conver$ation. "What's the trouble here?" he a s ked walkin g up to the two men "Here's a man who thinks it mighty strange that y ou got ther be s t of Dick Doolittle Jas t night," ans wered C)ley. But he s aid nothing Nearl y all the cow boy band knew Young Wild West was one of the greatest wrestler s that ever took hold of a man, an d they si mply waited to see the fun. The cow-puncher was s o big and ung ainly that it could ver y easi l y b e imagined that h e was s lower than molasses The bi g fellow pull e d off hi s coat and Wild did likewise. Then both took the w eapons from the ir belt s "Go ahead and take your hold, Youn g Wild West," said Big Roddy. "I'm goin' to give you all ther s how in ther world." "Ve ry well was the reply, and Wild s t e pped up and got him just where he wanted him. "Are you ready?" "Yes!" "Then away you go!" The r e was a streak mad e by s win g ing leg s and arms and the cow-pun c h e r land e d on hi s back upon the ground with a s ho c k that took the breath from him. "Great rattlesnake s !" he cried when he got his breath. "How did y ou do that, boy?" "Quite easy You made a mistake in giving me .my.

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14 YOUNG WILD WEST'S COWBOY BAND hold, you see. You shou ld have made me give you your served Big Roddy a few minutes lat er "Would you mind hold." showin' me a thing or two about it?" "You kin \vrastle some, can't you? "In what way?" asked 'Wild. "Oh, I don't make a profession of it." "Oh, not in a :fightin' way, certainly not! Can't you do "Well, I s'posc you'll give me another chance?" some fancy shootin' at a mark, or someth in' like that?" "Oh, yes! You can have as many chances as you like Our hero was just in the humor to please him. How do you want to do it this time?" Several of the other stockyard men had been watching "We'll run in an' grab our hold." the proceedings, and they seemed eage r to see somet hing "That just suits me. Corne on!" e lse. They darted for each other, Wild feinting to the right "Ilave you got a pipe?" he asked Big Roddy. and left as he did so. "Oh, yes!" was the reply. Ilis movements bewildered the big fellow, and before "Just put it in your mouth and stand over there." he was aware of it Wild had him again. "What are you goin' to do?" and the man looked just a It was quite easy to put him down, and when he went he trifle uneasy. fairly jarred the ground "Oh, don't be alarmed. I am not going to s hoot you." It was fully half a minute before the defeated man got "All right. I won't back down. Anything you say I'll up, and when he did so he shook his head sadly do." "I made a mi:;take in siziu' y.ou up, Young Wild W esl," "Well, just put your pipe in your mouth and stand over he said "But I will say that a man can't throw another there by that post." unless he gits a hold of him." The cow-puncher obeyed without another word. "Oh, you would like to see what you could do if you "Now stand perfectly sti ll and hold tight on the stem get hold of me once?" your teeth." "Well, to tell ther truth, I would." His face turned a shade paler, but Bi g Roddy did just "Well, I will give you your own hold this time, provid-as he was told. ing you will tell me the very instant you are ready." Young Wild West took a r evolver from his belt. "I'll do that a ll right." Up it went, and then-" V cry well, then Come on!" Crack Wild knew he had a regular giant in st rength to buck I A piece of the stem remained in the man's mouth, but against, but he depended on his quickness to carry him the rest of the pipe was missing. through. "That is pretty fair shooting, isn't it?" asked Wild, As he gave Big Roddy his hold our hero was c,rouching smiling at the astonished man. a little, so he really appea r e d shorter than he was. I shou ld say so!" was the reply. "But I reckon that "Sing out when you are ready!" called out Wild, as he is all I want of it je st now." put his arms around his big opponent's waist. "Oh I am not through yet. I will clip that stem out "I'm ready now!" was the answer. "Go on an'--" of your mouth if you will let me." That was as far as he got, for Young Wild West "Not fur a ten-hundred-acre farm!" cried the cow-straightened up to his full height as quick as a flas h and puncher. "I've seen all tber fancy shootin' I want to ee. Big Roddy was lifted clear of the gro und. I've got to go back to my work, s o you'll please excuse Then over he went as though he was a log, landing flat on his ba ck with the boy on top! "Oh!" he grunted. "I've-I've got enough!" "All right," said Wild, and he promptly arose to hi s feet. The cow-puncher sat up until he recovered himself and then he accepted the hand 0 Wilcl and was helped up "I'm satisfied," he said, nodding right and l eft to make everyone und e r stand that he meant it. "I kin under sta nd now why Young Wild west kin tame a man so quick. I kin throw bull,s, but I can't throw him." He was not the least bit mad, and that made all hands think well of him. Our hero put oIl his coat and belt and picked up his hat. The big man was puffing like a porpoise, but he was as calm and undi st urbed as a s ummer morning "They say you're a deadshot, Young Wilcl West," obme. Wild lau ghed heartily hi partners and the cowboy band joining in. Big Roddy went away and he was soon forgotten. Our friends cleaned their weapons and made things c omfortable about their camp, after which Wild proposed to Charlie and Jim that they take a ride around town. "Eve rything is so quiet," said he, "that I have an idea that Dick Doolittl e has really kept his word. "It look s that way," replied Dart. "But I'll bet that feller ain't done with us yet," spoke up the scout. "You kin jest make up your minds that he ain't one of them kind that gives in so easy He might have stopped ther riotin', but if h e has it is because he thinks it will be better for him. We'll see an' hear more of him afore we leave Deadwood see if we don't." "We ll, if he tries any of his games on us he'll get more than he is looking for," declared Wild

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YOUNG WILD WEST'S cowBOY BAND. 15 'l'hey mounted their horses and were rid.ing a\vay when the sheriff came riding up. Wild had met him on a former visit to Deadwood and ------------------. ----------------Quite a crowd collected outside and everyone was in a good humor. After a talk with the town officials Wild and his friends he greeted him with a cheery good-morning started off on horseback. The head of the county took off his hat and as "We will make a circle of the town and see what is going though he was before a general of the ar my. on," our hero said, and they proceeded to do so. "I've come over to see if you'll give us a little adUnknowingly they took a route that would lead them vice," said he. "I've had a cpnference with ther town uffi-directly to the shanty of the villain called Rags. cials an' 'lle've decided to offer a reward fm Dick Doolittle. As they neared this place the sharp cry of a famale in He's ther man what led ther mob, you know, an' he's got distress rang out. to have his neck stretched if we kin git him alive." It came from the woods right ahead of them. "Quite right and proper, I should say," retorted Wild. Wild paused iong enough to listen for the cry to be "How are things? Ha-ve the men gone back to their repeated, but as it was not he set out on a gallop in the work?" direction it had come from. '')fos t all of 'em ha s There's a bunch here an' there The others followed him closely, and soon they came to layin' around, waitin' to do mischief, I s'pose, but it won't the shanty. take long to put 'em down, I reckon Just as they reached it three ma s ked men came out. "No, I hardly think it will." They were greatly surprised at the appearance of the "What I want to a s k you i how soon should we make horsemen and looked around for an avenue of escape it public that I'm willin' to pay a reward for ther capture One of them looked like the villain who had led the mob of Dick Doolittle, ldead or alive?" the day before, so our hero thought. \Vil d thought a moment. "Cover them, boys!" he cr ied. "Shoot the first man "Suppose you wait until to-morrow," he said. "It who tries to get away!" might incite the mob to form again, and they could do a I "Stand still, you measly coyotes!" said Cheyenne Char whole lot more damage. Besides, I may be able to get lie. "I reckon you've struck a regular hornet's nest. him for you before that time." Where's ther woman we heard hollerin' jest now?" "Good!" exclaimed the sheriff. "I will do exactly as The three men stood stock still in their tracks, and one you say." of them, who was undoubtedly the l eader, put on a defiant au. CHAPTER VII. THE COWBOY BAND TO THE RESCUE. The sheriff remained there until well toward noon. He was a very talkative man, and Wild was willing to listen to him When he did get ready to go he invited them to go with him and fetch the musicians of the cowboy band along. "They kin play a little then further town officials, who ain't heard 'em yet," the head of the county said "All right," retorted our hero. "Anything to please you. Come, boys! Just get your instruments ready." The rain had c l eared during the night and the sun was sh ining so there was nothing to interfere with the sound of the instruments The four players soon had them ready, and then mount ing, they Tode off with Wild and his partners and the sheriff 'fhey rode straigl;it down to the building that was occu pied by the to\t-h officials. Men lounging on the street looked at them curiously as they went along, but no one offered to interfere with Young Wild West's Cowboy Band. They went right into the main room of the building and the band played for them for fifteen .i:ninutes. "Where is the vornan ?" demanded Jim Dart. There was no reply. Young Wild West sprang from his horse and tore the mask from the face of the l eader of the villa in ous trio. "It is Dick Doolittle, the gambler!" he exclaimed. "Just as I thought, boys. Di s mount and tie them up!" The men obeyed with great alacrity. Djck Doolittle did not put up any fight, for he saw how useless it was. His companions were, of course, Ike Boots and Rags, and when our friends saw the scoundre l they were not a little surprised. "So this is the way yf>u are leading a better life, is it?" said Wild. "Going a bout with a mask on your face, eh? Now, tell me where the person is who uttered that scream a little while ago, or I'll let a streak of daylight through yon!" "She's in ther shanty,'; replied the villain, with a falter ing voice. "What did you tell 'em fur?" shrieked Dick Doolittle. "Why didn't you l et 'em find her?" "They'd hav e done that soon enough What's ther use of bein' obstinate; it won't do u s any good." "That's right, Dick," spoke up Rags. "We're in fur it, so ther easiest way is ther best." Wild made for the hut in a hurry. He went inside and tlie first object he saw was the form of a girl, bound and gagged, ly'ing on floor. \

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16 YOUNG \HLD WEST'S COWBOY BAND. He did not recognize her till he lifted her up. He advised the men not to come too close, for he had Then h e saw that the captive of the trio was no other an idea that they might make a move to release the pris than Tilli e Pett, the s weetheart of Willi s oners. "Com e here, Willi s !" h e cri ed, a s h e quickly releas e d But they did not, and a few minute s later they were the gag from her mouth and severed the bonds that bound! over to the s heriff and lodg e d in the jail. her hands behind her back. Then our friends proceeded on to the home of T ill ie The cowboy ran into the hut in a hurry Pett. The next instant his sweetheart was in hi s arms As h e r moth e r kn e w nothing of the peril she had been "Well, this does beat all!" exclaim e d C heyenne Charlie, in, s he w e lcom e d th e m with a happy s mile. as he look e d at the three prisoner s "What won't happen, But when Tillie told her how s he had been deceived by I wonder?" the decoy note the woman n e arly faint ed. ''You fell e r s have got th e upper hand now, but my turn Pett came home whil e they w e r e the r e and he was sur -is bound to come, s e e if it ain't?" cried Di c k Doolittle, prised to see them. vindictively. "What's the troubl e no w ? h e a s k ed, laughingly, for he: "Yes, your t urn w ill com e putty qui c k after ther s heriff saw they all wore s milin g fa c e s gits h olJ of you," retorted the scout. "'rhe r troubl e i s all ove r, I re c kon replied Cheyenne :Ufoamrhile, Tilli e P et t was getting calmer all the time Uharli e "But the re was some a littl e while ago." and was soon abl e to tell how s he had been captured. W i ld told P et t what had h a ppen ed. ''I rec e ived thi s note fro m you,'' s h e s aid, produ c ing a "'Ihc c onfound e d villain s !" exc laim e d the expressman. piec e of p a p e r c ontain i ng writin g a nd handing it to Willi s "What do y o u uppose they did that for?" and I out to meet you." Di c k Doolittl e s aid he-he was going-going to marry "Set out to m eet m e !" g a s p e d t h e cowboy. "Why, I m e," s pok e up the g irl blu hin g l y didn't send thi s no te to you, Tillie." "Ile was hey? c ri e d Willi s 'Well, I g uess he'll get "No! I can see it a ll now. One of tho s e vill a in s wrote all th e marr y in g he w ants whe n that r o p e tighten s around it just to g et m e to com e h e r e," s h e r e pli ed. "But I am hi s neck. Th e villain! If I h11d known h e had said any-so glad that you happened along jus t in time, Will." thin g lik e th at I b elie ve I wou lcl hav e c hok e d him up there "An' so am l!" at th e lrnut y.'' Wild took th e note and saw that it was bri e f and to the "N d ,, ,_ 11-r-11 "mh 1 b e v e r mrn spo,,;:c up 1 v 1 ci. L e r e m s een no pomt. I real h arm clo ne. I a m going to make a s ug g e s tion if you It stated that Willi s thought it advi s able for him not to will l e t m e." come all the w a y to h e r hou s e and a s k e d her to meet him "What i s it?" a s k e d 'Tilli e near the s hanty at th e north end of the town a s soon a s "Make arrangem entR for a w e ddin g to take place inside po$s ible. o f two clays. To-morrow i s Sat urday why can't it take Th e g irl had not s topp e d to compar e the wntmg with p lace to-morrow night ? his, but had set QUt in a J. o.vful frame of mind to meet h e r 1 "It kin if s he' s willin'," F p o k e up Willi s lover and had been b e set b y the three ma s ked m e n, who The g irl put her h e ad on h e r mot h e r 's R hou lder and re q uickl y bound h e r whil e one of th e m h e ld a h a nd .ove r m a in ecl sile nt. her mouth to pr e vent h e r from m a kin g an outcry. "Wha t do vou sa11, Mi. s P ett?" call e d out our hero. It was whe n they w e r e pla cing th e g a g in h e r mouth J J after they got h e r in id e the s hanty that s h e got the oppor"C'o m e y ou m ay a s w e ll s a y yes and have it over with." Yes, s h e a n s w e r e d softl y tunity to utte r the c r y f 1 tl "Hoora}.-! v e ll e d h o nest-h e art e d Willi s "I'm ther It had been quite e nou g h to brin g our nencis to 10 re s -J happiest man west o f t h c r Missippi, an I know it! Hoocue if it was only one c ry. 1 "Now, boy s,'' s aid Young Wild Wes t, when it had all l been under s tood, "we will take the three pri s oners to the sheriff. I hardly think it will be n ecessary for him to offer a reward for Dick Doolittl e now." Cheyenne Charlie lau g hed. "I reckon not," he r e marked. They tied lariats about th e n e ck s of the villains and then drove them like sheep toward the center of the town. Willis took his s w e eth e art on hi s hor s e with him and rode along in the rear of the queer procession As they got into the town a crowd gathered and began to follow. The majority of them were the rioter s of th e day before, too, bnt Wild was not the lea s t bit alarm ed. ray The cowboys join e d in ancl ga\e a chee r that made the raft e r s rin g A few min11tes lat e r all of our friend but Willis left the house and w ent bac k to the ir quarter s at the stock yard. Jus t a s they g ot th e re they h e ard the s hrill notes of a bu g l e "r.r4er s oldiers are comin', I reckon," said Cheye n ne C harlie. "Well I rather think they ain't exactly needed, for ther tune we've been playin' since we've been in D ead wood ha s sorter s traighten e d things out." "We will kee p right ou with the same tune as l o n g as we are here, I guess," answered Jim Dart. "Wil d seems

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YOUNG WUJD WEST'S rownoY BAND. to enjoy the way we have been doing, and I am sure that I do. "An' so do we all!" exclaimed the scout. A couple of minutes lat er a troop of cavalry came up halted near the st ockyard. CHAPTER VIII. THE THREE VILLAINS ESCAPE FROM JAIL. The jail at Deadwood at the time of which we write was 110t a very imposing structure, neither was it large. But it was s upposed to be a strong one, and if a prisoner made hi s escape from it he was called a good one. It was entirely devoid of prisoners when Dick Doolittle, Ike Boots and Rag s were placed in it. The three were put in what was calle d the big s trong room together, and two men were left to guard them Stripped of their weapons,' the three villains had li ttle chance 6f escaping the punishment that would be accorded them. "It would be impossible to do it," said Kumber Two, shaking his head. "N othin' is impo ssib le," insisted Dick Doolittle working on the point he had gained. "N othin' i s impos s ible in a case of this here kind, anyhow." The two jailers remained silent. "S'pose you was to come in here putty soon to give us some.thin' to eat, which we' d called fur, an' \YC punched at yer an' got yer down an' tied an' gaggecl yer? How would that be?" "I don't know about that," answ e red Number One, doubtfully. "!I didn't know you well an' had always thought putty well of yot1 I wouldn't liste n to no such ta lk. "Nor me, either," added the al.her. "Well, it would be je s t a s easy as anything," spoke up Rags. "We could tie you up, an' you'd be h e r e till someone come. Then you could easy tell 'em how you was s ur prised. You'd better take our money first an' hide it some where, though. Then you could git it later." The la st words touching on the money question decided the thing Jus tice was swift in D eadwood, and Dick Doolittl e knew 'rhe two jailers talked in whi s pers for a miont e or two, that he would be hanged unless he got out of the jail. and then Number One said: He meant to get out. "Well, w e' ll take tber risk, l)r01Tidin' that if you're There was only one way to do it, and that was to get caught ag in you won't say anything abou l how \Ye l et you assistance from the jail ers git away." H e knew both men 1rrll, a s b e had gamb led at the same, "We'll nev er s::iy a word, not ii' they han g u s !'' dec lared tabl e with them on more than one occasion the villainou s trio. The door to the big st rongroom had four iron bars across an opening two feet square, which admitted the only light that got i nto the p lace, and that from the windows that were in the adjoin i ng room, where the jail ers were supposed to remain on guard. In addition to a big padlock, there were two heavy iron bolt s that h eld the door secure. 'l'h e three villains were very quiet for fully ten minutes after they were placed there, but at the expiration of that time Dick Doolittl e called out to the jail e r s : "Say, you fellers!" "What do you want?" asked one of them. "You ain't gain' to leave us be in here, are you?" he said "Let you be in there?. Why, I s hould reckon sol" ex claimed the other one. "But you don't have to, you know very well. Hangin' a;.n't a very nice thing to think about, l e t alone have it clone to you. I don't want to be han ged, boys." "I don't s'pose you do," Number One admitted. "Of course not," added Number Two. "I've got over three thousand dollars an' a diamond pin .an' a wat ch an' chain thnt's worth a couple of hundred on me, an' Boots an' Rags ain't nothin' like bein' busted." The jailers looked a bit interested when they h eard this. "It will be yours-ther whole business of it if we git out/' went on the l eader of the mob in a persuasive voice. "Don't ta l k s o l oud," admonished Number One. Tben th e jailers, who were rnscally fellows, anyhow, talked together a little more. One of th e m went to the door and took a look around. "There i s too many arollnd fur you fellers to git away now," he said. "I don't see how it i s gain' i.o < lo you any good if you git out of ther jail." "We'll take th e r chances," answered Dick Doolittle. "You've got some hat s an' coal s around h ere that we could put on to make u s look different I reckon. We could take your two hats an' coats, anyhow." "I've got an idea," spoke up Number Two, s uddenly. '"l'here's ther horse an' covered wagon out back in ther barn. I was to go to ther storr this afternoo n fnr onr week's supplie You could take that an' git awny, l ll bet!" "I'll bet we could, too!" exclaimed Ike Boots "Well, here's all thcr money I've got, 'cept a few dollan; that I'll need to run me till I git hold of sornethin'. There's a little over two hunclred fnr yer." "An' here's three hundred F
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YOUNG WILD WEST'S COWBOY BAND. 19 They ran to the most gaudy of the tepees in the c amp as though their very lives depended upon it. The next minute a dirty-looking Indian attired princi pally in a faded army blanket and wearing a tangled mass of eagle feathers in his hair, appeare d. 'rhe three had followed the sq uaw s and were right near the tepee when he came out "How?" said he in the Indian fashion of greeting a pale face friend. "Putty good," answe r e d D oolittle. "Chief, we want to talk to you a few minutes.'' Out came a handful of money, which was held before the c hief 's eyes. "Ugh! Paleface s come ins i de tepee!" exclaimed the r ed sk in. Tli.ey lost no time in accepting the invitation. "Chief," said Doolittle, handing him the money he had in his hand, which must have easily amounted to a hundred dollars, "we want you to help us. Ther she]'.iff is after us, an' i s goin' to hang u s i f he catches us.'' "What for?" asked the chief, as he took the money and began counting it. "Because we was at ther head of ther gang what made things howl in ther town the las& couple of days.'' "Ugh!" grunted the redskin, when he had foundhow mucl1 there was in the roll. "Yell ow Arm friend of pale faces He help 'em." "Good! Now, jest fix u s up so we look li ke lnjlms an l et u s hide here in camp fur awhile, an' you'll git as muc h more money as I jest give you. W e must have good grub while we're here, though." "Palefaces talk wise. They shall be treated right." Evidently the c hief was not going to divide the money with any of his followers, for he proceeded to fix up the three fug itive s from jail him self He had a mixe d assortment of clothing in the. tepee and he pi eked out what he thought would suit them best and told them to put on the togs. When they _had don e s o he got a handful of berries, and, squeezing t h e juice from them, proceeded to darken their face s and hands. Twenty minutes later the three villai ns would scarce ly have b een recognized. CHAPTER IX. took a littl e run over with my cowboy band and got h e re just as there was a riot in progress. How h ave you been, captain?" "Fine!" was the answer. "Things have been pretty dull for the pa s t month, and when we got word from the sh eriff that tro ops w e re wanted h ere to quell a di s turbance we came in short order The mob ha s quieted down, I s up pose?" "Yes quite cons i derable." I s up pose you had s omething to do with quieting them?" "Well, my cowboy band had something to do with it, I s uppose. We p l ayed a tune for t h em that seemed to charm a lot of them." Wild was really pleased to meet the captain of the troop ers. He had become acquainted with him over a yea r before, and they had been through an Indian campaign together. H e told him j ust what the s ituation in Deadwood was, and s u ggeste d that it would be a good idea for the c avalry to ride through the town before night and let the people see them Captain Darling sai d h e would do this, anc1 then, after a lit tle furthe r talk, he c1ecic1ed to camp right there. 'l'h e troopers were a jolly lot of fellows and they soon b ecame on very friendly terms with the cowboys. Wild sent one of hi s men for the sheriff, and t h en he told the four musicians to go aheaa and play some music. It was thoroughly enjoyed by all, and when the s heriff got the:re he leap e d off hi s horse and danced a breakdown for them. H e was very glad to see the c avalr ymen, for now re was certain that things would be stra ightened out in the town in short order. "I reckon we've got the r ones we want;" he said, when h e got down to talking business "Dick Doolittle i s safe in ther jail. There will be a hangin' afore to morre r night, fur I reckon it won't take but a few minutes to git a jury that'll conv ict him.1 The sher iff then starte d in and re l ated the who l e c ircum stances connected with the riot. It took him some li ttle time to do this, as he went into d eta il s It was along about four in the afternoon w h e n he sai d h e guesse d he would go down to the jail and see how things were. H e had just mounted his horse when a man came running up all o u t of breath. OUR FRIENDS ARE FOOLED. "Ther prisoners has got u u ter ther jail! h e panted ex cited ly, and then he paused because h e could say nothing When Young Wild West made h i s appearance b efore the furthe r just then. troop of cavalry the captain in stantly dismoun.ted and hur"What!" r oare d the a stonishe d sh er iff w hil e our friends ri ed toward him with a welcoming smi le. and cavalry captain look ed in s urprise at t h e messenger. "How do you do, Wild?" he cried "I hardly expecte d "That's jest what's ther matter," sai d the man when he to meet you here in Deadwood.'' had recovered. "Dick Doolittl e an' ther other two fellers "Nor did I expect to meet you Captain Darling," reha s got out of jail!" torted our h ero, as he shook hand s warmly with him. "I "How in thunder i s that?" yell e d the sh eriff, fly ing into

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20 YOlXG 'WILD \YE8T'S COWBOY BAND. I a rage. "\\'liore 1rn::; U1er i.1 rn men I left i.hcre in cha r ge oJ: 'cm?" "They tiec1 au' gagged 'cm afore they went. They took i.hor hoffe an' wagon out of ther barn an' got away that way 'l'her hon;e come back wilhout anyone drivin' him, an' thafs how they come to find it out." "That' \\'hat I ca1lo putty tough!" ob:;crved Cheyenne Charlie. "4 \ fter we caught 'cm s o nice, too! Sheriff, you mutit be runnin' a que e r sort of jail to let such men as that i.o an' guard your pri s oners." ''I dont under s tand it," said i.he sheriff, i:;haking his head in a puzzled way. "Thor guardi:; shouldn't haYe gone in by 'em at all. 'rhere was room enough between th e r bar s in thcr cloor to hancl grub into them; an', then what mac1e 'cm let ther scoundrels git ther best of 'em, any how?" "Perhaps they wanted them to," observed ou r hero, quietl y The bugle sounded and then our hero turned for the jail with the s heriff. When they got there quite a crowd hung about the en tranc e 'rhe two men who had been found bound and gagge d w ere the center of attraction and were exp l aining how it all happened. OJ: they did not foll tbc whole truth; it would not have ucen good policy for them lo do so. The minute Wild laid eyes on them he felt sat isfied that they 11-cre keeping someth in g back. ''You are what I call two putty galoots to go an' l et them feller git a1rny like thal!" thundered the sheriff when he reached lhe center of the cw1rd and paused before the two keeper s of the jail. "Couldn't be helped, heriff," saicl one. ther lea t idea they gain' to go fur u s door to--" "We hadn't I opened ther "You mean that perhap c the jailer s let them go and s uf'\ Yhat in thunder di d you open ther door fur?" interfered U1cmoeh-e::; to be bound and gagged for a blind?" rupted the sher iff. "Didn't you know that Dick Dooli ttle spoke up Captain Darling. is about as desperate a galoot as.lives in Deadwood? Wh at "Such a thing might be. I won't say that it was, but I did you open ther door fur?" should like to quest ion the two men \Tho were on guard, "Well, we was --" just the same "Never mind tellin' me. what I want to know is, wha t "Well, I reckon you kin do lhat, Young Wild West!" did you open ther door 'fur? The re was no need of doin' c r ied the sheriff, who was now as mad as a wet hen. Jest it, an' it's a pity they didn't shoot you dead wh e n you git on your horse an' ride over to ther jai l w ith me, will I clone it!" you? "Let me ta l k to them," interposed our hero, stepping up "Oh, yes! I will do that," replied Wild to the two men "I guess w.e 1Yill all lake a ride over that way,'' spoke "Go ahead, Young Wild 'West. I don't care if you put up the cavalry captain a bullet or two through 'em. They 're the r two biggest "That's right!" exclaimed Young Wild West "Come fools I've s een in many a clay!" on, bcfys!" Wild now fixed hi eyes on those of one of the men. Wh e n he aid this it meant that the entire band of cow"What were you doing when t h e three m e n attacked boys w ere to go. yon?" he asked They got a hu stle on them and were soon mounted and "I had a pitcher 0 wat er in my hand which I was ready. gain' to hand to my mate, so he cou ld give it to Di ck D oo-Then the trooper and CO\rboys, with Young Wild West little," was the rep ly, while the fellow showed unmi staka and i.hc at their head, started for the ma,in st r eet ble signs of being uneasy. of the town. "Who did they pounce on first, you or ybur partn er?" Their appearance created con iderable exciteiuent. "They jumped on him fir t." Men left their work to find out what it was all about, "What did you do then?" aud the rat:e;als who had taken part in the riot began to "I dropped t11er pitcher an' tried to help m y parc1." tremble in their boots. Did the pitcher break when it struck the stone floor?" "Go r i ght ahead and lead the boys," Wild sa id to the The man became confused at this scout when they neared the jail. "I will go with t h e "I-I don't know," he answered, hesitatingly. s heri:lt and try to find out somet hing about this escaping "Sheriff just go in s id e a nd see if the pitcher broke business." Wild said, quietly "All right," replied Charlie The s heriff did so. "We 1rill take a little ride through the town, just to "No!" he shouted from ther door. "The r pitcher ain't show them that "c are here and ready for bu siness," sai d broke, an', what's more, it's on ther tray in ther corne r Captain Darling, as our hero and the sheriff turned off. jest w h ere I left it last i1ight with a bunch of flower "That',; right. We will meet at the tockyard again, Btickin' in it." 1 suppose?" "Just a bout what I thon ght, sai d Wild. "This man "Yes; I s hall make my heaclquartel'S there whi l e we s tay telling an untrut h s heriff I am sat i sfied 0 that." in Dcaclwoocl." 'l' h c face or Lhc man turne d a lie n.

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YOURG WILD WEST'S COWBOY BAND. 21 "I forgot," he hastened to say "I didn't have ther s uch fellows as you are ought to b e sent away to som e pitcher when they jumped on us. I was gain' to git it." country where no one but fools exist." "Thal's right," spoke up the other fellow. "Say! l et us out, won't you? We've both got fami "I guess you had better tell lhc truLh in thi matter," lies to look after!" pleaded the one who had fired at ou r our hero retorted. "ll will be all the better with you in h ero the end H lhc sheriff finds that you l et the villains go he "I guess noi! roared the s heriff. "You shot a man, an' might take a notion Lo hang you fellow s in place of them it ain't known yet whether he 's gain' to liv e or die. If h e This :;o enraged the man who had said but little that doc die, then you'll swing!" he made a leap for the boy and tried lo grab him by the Then the pair began to cry lik e a couple of schoo lbo y s throat "Come!" said Wild, turning to the sheriff. "Just place wild promptly knocked him do\\"n with a blow of his omeone you can trust in charge of the jail and we will fist. start out to hunt up the scoundrels who escaped. It won' t "H you feel like trying that, do so," he said, turn-do to allow them to be running about the country ing coolly to lhe other "I reckon it won't," was the r etort. "I'll soon hav e my "Yon ain't got no right 1.o accuse us of somethin' we didn't do," was the reply. "'i Vell, I wouldn't accuse you if I didn't feel certain of it. You see, l have a way of reading people pTCtty well, and I can't help thinking that you fellow set the prisoners free. As I helped to capture them, I feel a little interested in them, and I am not going to allow anyone '"ho aided them to go around free in this town. The proper place for you hrn i the cell the others came out of." ".\.n that's jc u t where they'll go, if you say ther word!" exclaimed the sheriff. The man who had been knocked aown was on hi feet nephew h ere I've sent fur him. I'll leave him an' three deputies in charge, an' then we'll commence ther hunt. It ain't lik e l y that they have gon e so far, since they l eft ther horse an' wagon an' took out on foot." "It may be that they lrnYc sto l en horses to ride away," said Wild. "we must find out." A few minutes later the two were riding in the directio n the wagon had gone when it came out of the jail yard. Ou t on the main street they met the cowboys an d cava lrymen. Young Wild W est call cl Cheyenne Charlie Dart and tdld lhern what was in .the wind. Then they set out on the lrai l in earnest a nd Jim again now, and though he made no move to renew the tt l 1 d tl t t t 1 t W"ld ':Chere were several to show them where the jail wago n a ac \: 1c was evi en y wa1 mg o ge a c rnnce a i t cl 1'!' f. tl ot. t cl th t 1 rr fi d n r] 1 1 ff 1 b t 1 1 tl 1 cl urne 011. iom 1e v rec an cy "ere no on0 m n 11 1en t 1e s ien spo rn a ou oc oner 1ern up 1e su d 1 h J 1 J fi J nt 1 mg the lracks made by it, smce the ground was soft and en v w 1ppeCt out a revo ver ano .Hect a our iero. 1J tl. t waoons se CtOm went 13 way. But Yonncr Wild West otvmcd rntcntion, and, clrop0 ping suddenl;, the bullet went over his head and struck a When they came to the place where i_t hacl been turned man behind him in the shoulder. around and started on the back track Wild called a halt. IT e dismounted and made a search about the spot, but The man dropped with a howl of pain. Then Wik1 shot upward like a cat anc1 'vea pon from the rascal's hand. knocked the \ 1 as forced to acknow l edge that he cou ld not t ell whic h di.J,:cction three villains had taken. Realizing that it was all up with him the jailer grap p led with the boy and sfrove to throw him from him so he con ld get away. But he had made a big Young Wild Weot l et himseH loose, to m:e the expres Rion, and in less than two seconds the fellow was on his back. The n with apparent ease h e disarmed him "Put him in the l ockup, sheriff," h e sa id, calml y "That is the place for him "They went into the woods, that's certa in," he said. "Bnt which way -that i s the question?" "Maybe they went to g i t horse s somew her e," sugges ted the sh eriff. "Yes, but where would they be apt to get them arnun d here?" "I don't know, unles they got 'cm from ther InjunR what's camped back here They had plenty of money) you sec." "That looks. ieason ab le. Jus t take u s to the Indian camp." "Right you are, Young Wild was the r eply. "It's right over this way, and the sheriff headed his horse There were willing hands to help the heri:ff, and in less in the proper direction. than two minutes both the jailers were in the strongroom In a hart time they came in sight of the camp. where the three had escaped from. Several braves and squaws came to meet them and a s ked Once there they broke down and confesse d jus t what they them what they want e d to buy. had done Wilcl thought he would try a little s trategy on them. Wild listened to them witr1 a smi le of contempt. He knew that if Dick Doolittle and his companions had "If ever two men were serve d aright, you are the two," I bought horses of them they sure l y had cau tioned the r cdhc "Yon might have known that they would take s kins to r e main quiet about it. the money back after they had you in their power. Oh! "Have you got any more horses to sell?"

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22 YOUNG WILD WEST'S COWBOY BAND. "Yes," answered one of them. "Me t e ll Yell ow Arm, the chief. He sell you horses." The chi e f soon came out to them. "We want two horses, the same as the three you sold this aftemoon," sai d our h ero, watching him kee nly. H e knew q uit e well that an Indian' s face i s lik e a st one \rh e n h e wants to keep sti ll on a certain s ubj ect "Me sell no horses to-day," replied the red s kin, shaking his head and not moving a muscl e of hi s face to s how that \1e was surpr ised or whet h e r h e expecte d th e que s tion to b e asked. "Yes, yer did spoke up the s h e riff "You sold three h orses to thcr three scoundrel s what got out of the r jai l this aft ernoon." The India n s hru gged his s houlders. How Ye llow Arm know that men got out of jail?" he askecl '"rhen yon'll a dmit that you sold them horses?" "Yes, me sell horses two hour s ago M e n pay good price and go a"ay. 'l'hey say no t to tell, but me know you, sher iff, so me tell you." "Which way did they go?" questioned Wild, beli e ving that the chief was telling the truth. The I ndian pointed to the trail that l e d off to the south east '"l'hey go that way," h e said. "They've got a putty good start on us, I reckon," s poke up Cheyenne C h ar li e "That's so," nodded Jim Dart. "What are you going to do about it, Wild?" Catch them !" was the quick reply. Then our hero took a good look about the dirty camp and turned hi s h orse a round. It was one of the few time s in hi s life that Young Wild We s t was deceived b y Indian cunning, for the three vil lain s w e r e right there in camp. CHAPTER X WILD L EA RNS A WHOLE LO T. Young Wild W est and his two partners and the she r iff soon l eft the Indian camp and s tart e d the way the chief bad to ld the m th e three m e n had gone 'l'hey foll01red the road until after darknes s set i n and the n they cam e upon a party of miner s riding toward Dead wood. From them they learned that no horsemen had been met, and then Wild b ega n to think that perhaps the Indian chief had lied to them vVhen he had talked with the miners a few minutes he came to the conclusion that it wou l d have been impossib l e for the three villains to have passed them a s the trai l ra n ove r a dangerou s part of the mountain where the meet ing would mos t like l y have occurred and there was no othe r way for them to go. "Boys," said our h e ro, turning to hi s companio n I guess we have been fooled." "It look s that way," Jim Dart admitted. "If w e have that Injun chief wants to look o u t for him self," observed Cheyenne Charlie. "I'll pull all ther feather s out of his hair, ther m eas ly coyote!" It was soon decid e d that they s hould ride b ack with the min ers, and they acco rding l y did so. It was l ate wh e n they rea c h e d Deadwood and, parting company with the miners at one of the hot e l s and leavi n g the s heriff at the jail, our friend s went to their camp in the s tockyards. "How did yer make out?" qu e ri e d Sam Spud. "Rather bad, I guess," replied Wild, who was not in a di spos ition to talk j u s t then. Wh e n h e g ot deceiv e d by anyon e he ge nera ll y felt ang r y over it until it was straightened out. And he meant to straighten thi s matter out by catching the three villains. Cheyenne Charlie gave the cowboy all the information they want e d in hi s own peculiar way, and they vowed that. they wer e ready to go on a hunt for Dick Doolitt l e at any tim e Wild heard them expressing themselves in this way s o he said: "I will l et you know wh e n to start on the hunt. As soon as I hav e something to eat I am going out to try and locate them I am going alone." It was a prett y late s upper that our hero had, but he did not seem to mind the delay. The fact was that h e was used to such things. Wh e n he g ot through he picked up his rifle and started away on foot. Both Cheyenne Char li e and Jim Dart woul d have be e n pleased to go with him, but they did not a s k him. 'l'hey knew hi s ways pretty well by this time, and they realized his object in g oing out alone. He had been dec e ived by the Indian chief, and there was wh e r e he wa s bound They were right on this Young Wil d We s t was goi ng to pay a visit t o t h e I nd i an camp unknown to those i n i t He was going to find out what had become of the three villains who had made their escape from the jai l i he possibly could It was past the hour of ten \vhen our h ero r eache d the out s kirts of t h e camp. So cautious had he been in his approac h that t h e dogs did not even hear him. Closer and clos e r h e worked h i s way, and soon he was w i thin twe n ty feet of the tepee occupied by the chie f That was the point he h a d been wor king for. H e was lyin g fiat on t h e g r o u nd now, a n d betwee n two other tepees. H e cou ld hea r heavy b reat h ing i n b oth tepees and t h a t tol d h im t hat t h e occu pan t s wer e asleep. B u t Ye llow A r m, t h e c hie f had n ot turne d in ye t for

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YOUNG WILD WEST'S COWBOY BAND 23 h e was seated on a log, smoking and ta l king with three seeming Indian braves, who lounged on their blankets be fore him. When Wild got himself into a comfortable position he settled down to li s ten and hear what the chief and his com panions weTe talking about. It was just about that time that one of the three on the ground laughed Young Wild West gave a start. "That wa the laugh of a white man," he muttered. "Ah! I guess Im on the right track now. I'll just venture a little closer. If I do get caught I'm not afraid of any such a gang as that." H e moved toward a c lump 0 bus hes that was right at the side of the chief's tepee, and then once more he settled down to listen. "Ugh!" he heard the chief say, "Palefaces no get In dians in trouble. If they want to stea l away the paleface maiden they must not bring her to the camp of Yellow Arm. Yellow Arm wants to stay here with his braves and hi s squaws, because he can make money here." "Well," said the voice 0 Dick Doolittle, which Wild house tomorrow night and then I will appear beore them so suddenly that their heads will swim, I'll bet!'' Having arrived at this conclusion, he laid there and lis tened to all they bad to say. F:rom thei1 conversation he got the ull details 0 what they proposed to do. / It was certainly a novel;not to say daring plan. The three villains were to sneak into the P ett house in the early part of the evening and wait for an opporttmity to catch the girl. They expected to have a good chance while she was getting ready or the ceremo ny. They figmed on her mother being with her, but they meant to overpo\1er her and bind and gag her. Then from a window they would lower the h e lpless form 0 the brid e and ride off with h e r to some wild s pot to marry him. This was the lat est scheme of the villainous gambler, and h e thought it a good one. Wild thought it was not. Our hero crept away from the camp with a smile on his face. recognized without the least difficulty, "you see how easy "We'll see all about it to-morrow night, Dick Doolittle," it was to fool Young Wild West to-day. I reckon it could h e muttered "There will be a lively time at the wedding, be done agJin, all ri ght. You are a smart chief, Yellow I'll bet! :My cowboy band will play the same old tune, Arm, an' you kin make money by h e lpin' me in ther too!" scheme I've crot in my head. I want to stea l ther gal jest He hturied along through the woods and soon reached when she's af1 ready to git married to ther cowboy to-mor-the stockyard. rer night. I kin work it, I know I kin, fur Rags is goin' "How did you make out, Wild?" Cheyenne Charlie to put in his best licks, an' when he does that .we can't be asked. beat. Ike, he's somewhat s low, but he knows enoug'h to do "First rate, Char li e," was the reply. what he's told. What we want to do is to sneak into ther "Have you got any idea where the three scou ndrels are?" house where ther w eddin' i s to take place an' git ther gal s poke up Jim Dart. when s he' s gittin' ready to be married. They'll be waitin' "Yes." fm' her to come downstairs an' s he'll be miles away afore "When are we gain' to chase 'em up?" queried the scout. they :find out s h e ain't there. I je st want to do it this way "We won't have to do that. They will come right to to show Young Wild West that he ain't ther sma rte st feller us." in ther world, not by any means." "What!" cr ied Ills two partners in a breath. "He might be fooled, but he ain't th er one to stand up "That's just it, boy s They will come right to us, and before when there's any shootin' to b e clone," up ana ll we will have to do i s to grab them." other 0 U1e d i sguised trio, whom Wild instantly recognized "Is that a fact, Wild?" Charlie asked, looking in sur -as Ike Boots "But I reckon it ain't goin' to be sic h a hard prise at our h ero. thing to do to git ther gal, as they won't be Hunkin' 0 ".Just wait and you will uee that it i ." such a thing as us bein' around. It'li'be an easy thing to "Oh, tell u s somethin' what you've found out, won't do, chief. All's you've got to do is to let u s have ther you?" ho r ses an' not say anything about it. You Ii.eel today fur Wild concluded that he had better, or they would not us, an' I reckon you kin do it ag'in, prowidin' you're paid s leep any that night. u r it." So he told them just what he had seen and heard at the The redskin thought a moment and then retorted : camp of the Indians. "All right. Palefaces canhave horse for thousand dol"Ah!" exc laimed Charlie, when he had fini heel. "So l ars." that's how it i s? W e ll, when we git them three fi!llers we "Good enough!" exclaimed the three villains in a breath. oughter go an' make ther r edskin chief know a thing or Wild elt like making his presenc e known, but a thought two. I ain't a citizen of Deadwood, but I've come to ther struck him by which he could make things turn out bett er. quick conclusion that he ain't got no right around here "I'll let them go ahead with their game," he sai d to him 1 He's got to neak an' tak e his gang with him, jest as sure self "They w ill get nipped just as they think they have \ as my name i s Cheyenne C h arlie!" everything their own way I'll let them get right to the "That is certain,'' nodded our hero.

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24 YOUNG WILD WEST'S COWB OY BAND. "I hate a r e d s kin, anyhow, an' when one i s smart enough to fool me, I hate him worse than ever." "Well, never mind a b out it now. lt i s som e thing that will keep W e will go to s l eep, and to morrow we will mak e all arran ge ment s 'Thin gs ar e going to turn out all right, boy s Our v i sit to D e adwood i s goin g to b e a how l in g s uccess." "An' ther folk s will rem e mb e r t.he r tune Young Wild W est's Cowboy B and play e d for a l ong whil e to com e," ch u ck led the scout. "You b e t they will !'' added Jim. They s aid nothin g to any of t h e cowboys that night, but went to s leep in their quarters. The next morning they w ere up at the u s u a l time, and after breakfa s t Wild call e d Willi s a side and told him what was in the wind. The cowboy was mu c h s urprised and a g i tated whe n he heard of the foul plot to s teal his bride, but h e was oon r eass ured. "Don't you worr y a bit,'' said our h ero "And don't you say a word to the young lad y until I t e ll you what to say to her. This i s important as I don't want anything to l eak out." "You can d epend on it that I will do exact ly a s you say, sir," Willi s decl ared earnest ly. "Th e w e dding i s goi n g throu g h jus t as i t i s planned for, wit h the except ion that the r e "jJl be a n i nterruption o f a few minute., so you have no t hin g t.o worr y over." "All right, sir." Aft e r awhil e Wild mount e d hi s h o rse a nd rod e into town to see the s h e riff. H e found him at the jail ll'ith a coup l e of m e n from the express bank. 'rhen h e was gratifie d to learn that the loss from t h e raicl on t.he bank amounted to absolnle l y nothing. 'J'h e ri oters h ad fai l e d to get into t h e vault, and, beyond t h e smas hin g of glass a nd a f:lig lit damage to the buildin g, nothin g was wrong But the men were very anxious that the l eader of the mob should be caught and punished. "We'll hav e him if h e kin be h a d won't we, Young \Yild We st?" exclaim e d .the s h e riff. "Ob,' we will hav e him soon e n o u g h," Ollr h e ro replied, with a Rmil e "Just tak e it easy, and ins id e of twenty -four h ours Dick Doolittle will b e in ; jail or e lse dead." "You seem to be pretty pos i t ive of that, by t h e way you t alk," observ ed one of t h e m e n from the bank. "\Ye ll I am," was t h e r e ply. "Well, if that i s the case, why don't you make it your business to catch the leader of the rioters, then?" sai d Wild ou may consider it your bu in ess, but I don't. You just slated that not a cent in cash wa taken from the b ank." "But '"e want the villain punished, ju. t the sa me 'Why don't you puni h him then?" wild was getti n g a little nettled "\'i'cll, i f you know where he i s you should be compelled to tell," went o n the man. "\'iT ell, if you think you can make me tell, go ahead and do ,o !" "You a r e rather impertinent for a boy, I think." "And I think you are rather impudent fo1: a man." "I've a notion to s lap your face and teach you a little manner H i t ere not that you h ad your b elt full of weapons I be l ieve I would do so." Yonng Wild \'{ est quickly unbuckled his belt and l ai d it on a table "Go ahrad and slap my face!" he said, walking up to the in sulting fellow. "I will!" almost shrieked the banker, who was now as mad as a h orne t. Ile made an effort to do it, but fai l ed wild caught him b y both arms and l e rri e r J1nkes a rat. s hook him as a I ll"on't hit you h e aid, cooily. "You are too inno cent for that. Now, Rit clown and behave ycJurf:elf. Bang! The man '\"ent down into a chair behind him with such force that the bottom was nearly driven in. )fa ltolm wa a Yery dazed man for a minute or two Then h e got up. I want to apologize, he said, putting out hi s hand. "Tt i n't necessary," retorted our hero, not noticing the proffe r e d hand. "Sh e riff wl1cn you arc tl1ro u gh with thcRc m e n I would l i k e to spea k to y<;rn on important busi ncs The men from the bank were a ver y crestfa ll en coup le. It dawned upon them then that Young Wild West h ad come to impaii to the s h er iff the in format ion he had in r egard to Di c k Doolittl e "Good-day, gentlemen they said, nnd then they out. H a, ha, h a !" laughed the sh crifl' b efore they were out of hearin g "Young Wild West if you didn't 'ervc that feller j est ri ght I neYe r seen any one w hat 1ras I reckon they oughtcr b e :::ati sfie d fhc r way i t i s no1L A lnmdred d ollar will fix ther bank bni ldin' all right agin, an' what's "Do you know whe r e h e i s ?" "Well, that i s a 1eading que s.tion. I will attend to bim-_1 ther use of makin' a bi g time about il? D eadwood ain't that ou{fht to be s ufficient." C'hicago, or even D enver W e'vc got Lo take things as "Yes, but--" they come h ere." 'You'd better keep s till," interrupted the s heriff. "Well, I think you a r e right on that point, s h e riff. I "Young Wild West is a feller what nev e r tell s everyone his cam e over to tell you that we are goin g to capture Di c k 01rn bu s iness." Doolittle and his two partners, Ike Boots and Ra gs, t o "But t hi s i s our bus iness, mor e t h an anyone else's just ni ght." n o11 ,'' in8 i ste d the man. "What!"

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YOUNG wn:iD \ VEST'S COWBOY BAND. 25 "I mean what I say." Wild then told him all about it, and "hen he had :finished the honest hearted head of the county fairly hugged him with delight "You're a dandy, Young Wild West!" he exclaimed "You're a dandy, an' no mistake!" CHAPTER XL PREPARATIONS FOR THE WEDDING. Wild and the sheriff took a walk down to the principal hotel in the town and found that it was running in the usual way The proprietor informed them that he was not going to pre s charges against anyone, as he had received word that enough money would be made up to pay for all the damage that had been done and that it would be forthcoming that night. The fact was that the biggest damage clone 11as to the hotel, since something like a thousand wOTth of stock had been used by the mob While they were talking and smoking two st r ange rs rode up and dismounted They came in the hotel in a very easy and don't-care sort of fashion. "'Where's the proprietor?" bawled out the taller of the two in a loud voice. "I'm lookin' fur information, I am!" "Here I am,'' spoke up the hotel man. "What kin I do for you, stranger?" whole lot, i.f you're any sort of a man. I'm Dick Doolittle's brother, an' I jest come over from Spondulicks, as I heard there'd been some trouble here I heard they had Dick in th er Jocku1), an come over to git him out." "He was in thcr lockup," retorted the proprietor. "But I reckon they don t know 11herc he i s now "Did he git out of jail?" the tall man asked in surp rise. 'l'he tall man had dra"'n 11is revolver now and he had it on a line with the sher iff's h eart Before anything further cou l d be said You n g wild We s t knocked the weapon from t h e man's hand a'ud cove r e d him with his shooter. "If there's going to be any s hooting done in h e re, I a m go-!ng to take a band!" he said, coolly. "I guess you can't run this town, my fri end, nor even tM sma ll est part of it. You just turn :your face toward where you came from and get a hust le on you, or you'll never liv e to see Di c k Doolittle hanged. Hurry, now! I mean what I say!" There was a deep s il e nce a:s this command was given. The crowd in the hotel bar held their breath, it seemed. But Young Wild \Yest meant busi 1Jess. The hand that held tile r evolver leveled at t h e ta ll man' he a d was as steady as a rock and the l ook that shone from tlie dark, handsome eyes spoke volumes. Sudden l y the oth er stra nger made a rea ch for his s hoot e r. Biff Wild 's l eft fist sho t out and caug h t him sq uar e l y under the chin. D own he went to the floor, and then out came the b oy's other revolver "Get up! he cried, stern ly; "get up, and then the pair of you get out of to'rn as quick a your horses can cal'l'y you Do as I say, or I'll make sieves of you! The man scrambled to his feet in a hurry. "Come on, Bill!" he exc laimed. "It's too warm fur us here, that's certain!" Then, much to the surp rise or the majority of the crowd, the two turned and went out to their horse s They l ost no time in mounting them, and r ode off at a gallop down the roacl that led out of Deadwood "Hooray fur Young Wild West!" s hout e d the s h e riff, waving hi s hat. "Hooray, boys! Let your l ungs out, now!" A deafening cheer went up, and smilingly Wild took off his hat and bowed. ''Set 'em up for all hands!" said the head of the county "Good enough!" when the din had subsi ded. "He got out, but it won't be many hours before he is in This was done, and then Wild l<;:ft the p l ace. jail again,:' spoke up Wild, fixing his eyes on the tall man. It was near noon, and he wanted to po st Willi s what t o "What! You don't mean do you, young feller?" do at the wedding. "Yes, I mean it," was the reply. "He got ont because He walked back to the camp, followed by cheers and two men were foolish enough to let him, but he's going waving hats, which \1ere in the hand s of a crowd of ad to either be put back there or die in his tracks I mirers who could not following him. "I reckon not. I'm his brother. an' I gneR this man The cowboys hacl tlieir fires burning and were preparing here will draw his charge what 11c's put in ag'in him, won't dinnE'r when he got back. you, boss?" and he turned to the landlord. "Well, boys," said Wild, "I gi.iess everything is lovely, "I never made any charges ag'in Dick Doolittle in parand we'll have a good time at the wedding to-night. You ticular," was the retort. can figure on it, anyhow, and I'll guarantee that if you '"We can't help l:irother Dick Doolittle is. We've don't I'll be one of the most s urprised fellows in creation." got to git him, an' he's got to hatlg!" exclaimed the sheriff, "What happened, anyhow, Wild?" asked Cheye nne bringing his fist down on the bar with a bang. "I'm ther Charlie, who was anxious to hear how our h ero made out sheriff of this county, an' when I says a thing I means it!" I on 11iR vi it to the sheriff. "Well, you jeRt take back what you said, or they'll be 1 Wild told them lookin' for another sheriff right away!" 1 You hac1 two at it, then?" observe d Captain

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26 YOUNG WILD WEST'S COWBOY BAND. Darling of the cavalry "Well, I must say that beat any thing I ever heard of." "Never mind about that," was the l a u gh ing retort. "When I get started I can't help it." "An' ther fun of it he never gits started unless he's in thcr right," spoke up Cheyenne Charlie. "Of eourse not," said the captain. "That makes it all the better." "Well, we'd better think about getting ready for the wedding to-night,'' observed our hero, after a pause. "Willis has left it to me to give out the invitations, and I hereby invite all the cowboys in my band and all the troopers, from Captain Darling down. I want you all to look as SViuce as you can, and if you don't hav e a good time it 1rnn't be my fault I will go down to the hotel presently and have the landlord fix up som et hing in the 1ray of refreshments. I meant to give him the order when I was there before dinner, but the meeting with Dic k Doolittle's brother and the .other bad man made me forget it I guess. Willis, you can go to your sweethea rt's house whenever you're ready, but be sure that you don't say any thing about what I told you until I come. Do you under stand?" "Yes." It was about an hour later when Willis mounted his horse to ride over to the home of bis int e nd e d wife. "Will you-er-see-about ther minister, Mr. West?" he asked, blushingly. "Oh, I've ahieady sent word to him," was the laughing retort. "Or the sheriff did for me, rather. But you can bet that I'll see to it that he gets there, even if I have to carry him. go on, now, and don't worry about the minister, or Dick Doolittle, either." "I ain't worryin', sir." Willis rode off and a little later Wild called Charlie and Jim and Sam Spud and said: ,, "Now, we will be the committee to look after things. Come! We will go down to the hotel and stop at the min ister's on the way." The four mounted their horses and rode off. Wild had no difficulty in learning where the clergyman lived, and when he knocked at the door the good man came in answer to the summons himself. When he heard what this young visitor wanted he assured him that he bad promised the sheriff that he would be on hand punctually at eight. "I trust that there will be no trouble there," h e re marked. "The sheriff told me that the rioters had settled down, and that all was quiet." "There will be no trouble, sir," said Wild. "There may be just the least flutter of excitement for a few minutes, but you must not mind that. It will be all right, and there will be no one hurt there." "Are you the young man who is going to wed the daugh ter of Mr. Pett, sir?" "No, sir," was the smiling reply. enough to think of marrying yet. I "I am hardly old am only a boy. I think a fellow shou ld be past twenty-one before he takes a wife, and when I do take one it will be in my own town, Weston, wheie I have as pretty and true a sweetheart as ever liv ed." They passed a few more words and then Wild joined his companions and rode on down to the hot e l. He found a good-sized crowd there, and when the men saw him they broke into a cheer Someone shouted three cheers for Young Wild West and his cowboy band, and they were given with a will. Then our hero had a talk with the proprietor, and the result was that he arranged for the wedding guests to have a ll they could eat and drink after the marriage was over. Wild had a way of knowing ju st how to do things, so he joined in with his partners and gave the a lift in making preparations. It was s upper-time when they got back to the camp, but he advised the men to dispense with that meal and make up for it at the feast. CHAPTER XII. CONCLUSION. Dick Doolittle and his two ch um s in crime remained pretty close in the camp of the redskins all day. 'l'hey had arranged with the chief to buy four horses, and had paid half the money over to him The balance was to be handed over when they l eft that evening on their villainous errand. Doolittle was working a great game, ,so he thought He meant that the kidnapping sho uld be laid upon the Indians, and the three were going to keep on their dis guises until after they got well away from Deadwood. As soon as it was dark they took the three horses, paid over the balance of the money to the chief, and then set out by a roundabout way for the house where the wedding was to take place. It so happened that the night was a cloudy one, so they managed to get close to the rear of the house, where there was a clump of woods, without being perceived by anyone. Then it seemed to the villainous trio that things could not have work;ed any bett er They crept up to the house and found a ladder there that some men had been u s ing in repairing the structure from the damage done it by the rioters. "This i s fine," whispered the lead er of the three, as he took hold of the ladder ancl carefully shifted it to an open window on the upper floor. Just then they heard the voice of a girl singing. It was the bride-to-be, and they knew it "She'll s in g a different song afore long," chuckled Rugs. "I s hould r eckon so!" retorted Ike Boots ..

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YOUNG WILD \VEST'S COWBOY BAND. 27 "Never mind She's goin' to be a bride, anyhow, tho ugh it may not be to-night," said Dick Doolittle. "Who's goin' up there?" asked Rags, when the ladder was in r eadiness. "Me an' Ike will go," was the retort. "You wait here, an' je st lay low if anyone comes out of ther back door. Th er w ed din' guests are beginnin' to arrive, I kin see. 'l Up the ladder went Doolittle and Boots. Two minutes later both were in the hou e, and the voice of the bride-to-be was still rai sed in song Once in the house the two scoundrels got ready for business. The door of the room adjoining them was ajar, and as there was a light in it, they w e re enab l e d to see two female figures walk in g back and fort h. rehey li ste n ed, and soon came to the conclusion that they were moth er and daughter. "I gues w e may as well act now," wh i s p e red Dick Doo l ittle "Be carefu l, now, an' cover ther mouth of ther one you grab. It's got to be clone mighty quick, you know "All right," replied Ike Boots. I hope Young Wild W est ain't in ther house yet." rri1en the two, who looked for all the world like a couple of S i oux Indians, crept to the door. They pushed it open s lowly and found Mrs. Pett al).d her dau ghter with their backs to them Then it was that they sprang forward to carry out the kidnapping scheme "Hold up your hands, you scoundrels !" 'l'he command rang out calm and c l ear, and then from behind a c urtain Young Wild West and Mr. Pett stepped, each with a reYolver in his hand. Doolittl e and Ike Boots were str i cken temporarily dumb, 'rhe sudden appearance of our hero was altogether too much for them. "Move one s tep and you will be d ead m en!". exc laim ed Wild smi ling as thotigh it was a great joke, but holding his shooter as firm as a rock. Up w ent the hands of the pair! They had played their last card and the game was lost. DicK: Doolittl e realized it only too well. He said not a word when Cheyenne Cha rlie and Willis, the cowboy, stepped in and disarmed them. They were bound and then the s h er iff was called. He came in grinning l ike a plea eel chi ld. "I re ckon you won't git away this time, gents," he said "I have got your partner downstairs waitin' fur you Rags tried to put up a fight when Jim Dart nailed him, but it was no use. He's hard an' fast I guess we'll have a nice little hangin' up at ther jail as soon as a jury kin be got to convict you fellers Somethin' has got to be did to set an example fur any future rioters, you know." H alf a dozen armed men l eft t h e house a few minutes later with the captives, and Young Wild Wes t and his two partne r s rode a lon g w ith them to the jail. The di sgu ised men were as meek as l ambs and began to plead when the jail came in sig ht. They had made their beds and .now they had to lie in them 'l'he s heriiI took good care to place them in the strong room this time himself, removing the two rascally guards to another apartment. Then, with a strong guard over them, the prison ers 1rere left to meditate over the fate that was in sto re for them. Young Wild West led the way back to the house and found the clergyman ready to begin the ceremony that was to make Willi s and pretty rfillie P ett man and wife. The marriage ceremo ny was a rather short one, because all hand s were anxious to see it over with. The n followed, after which the refresh ment s from the hotel began to arrive A wedding in the Wild West i s generally a very lively affair. And so was this one, though nothing out of the way was said or done by the rough, honest men who had gath ered there. The cowboy band supplied music for dancing and t h e f est iviti e w ere kept up till daylight. Though Willi s was the best man there, Young Wild West was the central figure. He handled the affair in such a masterly way that n ot h ing but praise came to him from every s ide. The cowboy band was feted by everyone, it seeme d and when the wedding celebration broke up some of the men were a lit t l e the worse for wear. In accordance with the custom in the West, they bad imbibed a little too much firewater. But they retained their good nature through it all, so there was no trouble over it. J\ was time to get up when our friends sought thei r s l eeping quarters, and when they did come around for their breakfast it was noon. Young Wild West found the sheriff waiting for him at the otnce of Dave Libby, the stockman. "Morni:n', Wild!" h e called out. "I've got an awfu l head on me, but I'm able to do bu iness, fur all that." "Well, I must say that I feel as well as I ever did in m y life," retorted our h ero. "You see, I never drink anything strong, and that probabl y accounts for it." "I reckon it does, my boy. But nev er mind. I ]mowed how I'd feel when I was celebratin', so it's no one's fault but my own. I was je st over to ther jail an' found that the r prisoners are all right. Ther feller what got hit by ther bull et one of ther guards fired at you was there, an' he wants me to l et ther rascal go. What do you think about it?" "Well, I am satisfied, if he i s He i the one who got hurt; not I." "It has been l eft to me by ther town official s to use my own judgment about punishin' them two fellers fur ettin' Di ck Doolittle an' his pals out of j ail. Some seem s to think that they oughter b e let go now. W e've got ther ones they did let out, you know."

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28 YOUNG WILD WEST'S COWBOY BAND. "Well, if the officials are s ati sfied and the man who got shot in the sho uld er wants it, if I were you I would l e t them go." "Will you come down an' say a few words to 'em afore I do l et 'em go, it may do 'em some good?" "Certainly I will. Just wait till I have someth ing to eat Something less than an hour later Young Wild Wes t and his cowboy band rode over to the jail. A big crowd had gathered there, a s the s h eriff had given it out that Wild was coming there to pass judgment as to whether the two men who had betrayed their trust s hould be let go or not. you'll die ther same way fur meddlin' with me, that's all ther harm I wish you!" "All right, Mr. Doolittle," was the reply. "But your hopes won't come true, I am afraid. Never mind about me; just make yourself ready for what is before you. I colildn't help you if I wanted to." That was the la s t our friend s ever saw of the three, but they l earned later that they were punished in accordance wit.h the custom of the town. As they were about to leave the jail Cheyenne Charlie rode up to Wild and said: "Don't you think them Injuns ought to be given two hours to git a way from Dcaclwoocl ?" "I do," was th e an swer. "I'll ask the sheriff what he thinks about it. Their appearance was greeted with re s ounding cheers In a few minutes the two men wer e brought out in the little square in front of the jail building. He did ask him, and receiYed the assurance that s uch a They looked sick enough, but when they saw the kindly course would be taken withqut delay. eyes of Young Wild West turned upon them they braced "Let me do ther talkin', will you?" queried the scout. up to meet what was coming. "Sartin. Come on over to ther camp." J 'd They all rode over and soon reached the Indian camp. "I don,t suppose you two fellows feel very gooc1," sa1 n r 'lcl d J tl wv ] e d f yourse l ve" The redskm s seemed surprised and Yell ow Arm c ame 1r i a etressmg mm. i ou are as iam o ,, J I k t I t' fi d th t 'tl f 0 woulcJ out to learn what the trouble was anc1 now i am sa is e a n e 1 le1 o y u 1 t i l t I l cl d tl e to l et "Say, you mea sly coyote with ther copper skm," said r y o s 100 me agam, so la Ye a vise 1 f ,, I C heyenne Charlie, "l'vc been delegat e d by ther sheriff to you go re e. h d t tl d urld tell you that, m{less you git away from this here town in There was a cheer from t e crow a u s an 1 v i two hours, s omethrn' 'nll happen to you. Now, git your waited till it subs ided. whole gang togeth e r an' light out!" Then he continued: "Ugh!" was the r e ply. "I want to give you a little advice before you go. It is I But an hour later the Indians were gone this: Be honest in everything you do hereafter and never Young Wild West and his cowboy band remained in l et your desire :for money get be s t of you. Now, I be-, Deadwood until the first of the week and then they set out lieve you have both got families, so go home to them and for home. tell your wives that you are going to be real men in the Tl b t t R R h tl b d f w ,, le cow oys wen o oarmg anc 1e n e o t -future. lis accompanying them, and Young Wild West and his two The cheering was greater than ever at this, and with partners returned to Weston. tears in their eyes the two men thanked the boy. But they had enjoyed their trip, and there are many Then they went on their way rejoicing in their liberty, who have forgotten to this clay the tune they played but st ill feeling ashamed of the part they played. in Deadwood. "Do you want to have a look at ther prisoners afore you go, Wild?" asked the sheriff. "Well, Tes," was the reply. "I would lik e to tell some thing to Dick Doolittle." They went inside the jail, and the next minute our hero was looking through the bars at the villains. Th e Indians togs had been taken from the man they now look ed lik e themselves. "Well, gentlemen, I am sorry to see any human being in such a plight as you are, but I mus t say that you brnught it all on yourselves I am not going to interfere in your behalf. The law must take its course." 'rhat was all our hero was goin g to say, but Dick Doo little called him back. "It .was you and your cowboys what done it all, Young Wild West," h e said, hoarsely. "Don't think that I'm gain' to squea l an' beg fur mercy, fur I've thought it over an' know there ain't none cornin' to me. I'm goin' to be strung up, but they'll find me game to ther la st. I hope THE END. Read "YOUNG WILD WEST'S INDIAN SCOUT; OR, ARIETTA AND THE PAWNEE MAIDEN," which will be the next number (90) of "Wild West Weekly." SPECIAL NO'l'ICE: All back numbers of this weekly are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from a n y newsd ealer, send the price in money or postage stam ps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY; PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copiee you order by return mail.

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WORK AND WIN. The Best '7\T"eekly Published. AJ:.l:. 'I'HE N't1Ml3ERS ARE ALWAYS IN :J?:RIN'I'. READ ONE AND YOU WILL READ THEM ALL. LA'l'EST ISSUES: 199 Fred Fearnot as a Sleuth; or, Running Down a Slick Villain. 200 Fred Fearnot's New Deal ; or, Working for a Banker. 248 Fred F earnot and the Wrestle r ; or, Throwing a Great Champion. 249 i rred F earnot and the Bankrupt; or. 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Broncho Busters. 213 Fred Fearnot and ''Wally"; or, 'he Good Natured Bully of 263 Fred Fearnot after the Sharpers; or, Exposing a D esperate Badger. Game. 214 Fred Fearnot and the Miners; or, The Trouble At Coppertown. '264 Fred Fearnot and the Firebugs; or, Saving a City. 215 Fred Fearnot and the "Blind Tigers" ; or, More Ways 'l'han One. 265 Fred Fearnot in the Lumbe r C amps; o r, Hustling in the Back216 Fred Fearnot and the Hindoo; or, The Wonderful Juggler at woods. Coppertown. 266 Fred F earnot and the Orphan; or, The Luck of a Plucky Boy. 217 Fred Fearnot Snow Bound; or, Fun with Pericles Smith. 267 Fred F earnot at Forty Mil e Cree k ; or, Knocking About in the 218 Fred Fearnot's Great Fire Fight; or, Rescuing a Prairie School. West 219 Fred Fearnot in New Orleans ; or, Up the Mafia. 2GS Fre d Fearnot and the Boy Speculator ; or, From a Dollar to a 220 Fred Fearnot and the Haunted House; or, Unraveling a Great Million. Mystery. 269 Fred F earnot's Cano e Club ; or, A Trip on the M i ssissippi. 221 Fred Fearnot on the Mississippi; or, The Blackleg's Murderous 270 Fred Fearnot and the Errand Boy. ; o r Boun d to lllake Money. Plot. 271 Fre d Fearnot' s Cowbciy Guide ; or, The Perils of D e a t h Valley 222 Fred Fearnot's Wolf Hunt; or, A Battle for Life in the Dark. 272 ])'red Fearnot and the Sheep H erders; o r '!'r apping the Ranch 223 'Fred Fearnot and the "Greaser"; or, The Fight to Death with Robbers. Lariats. 273 l!'red l!'earnot on the Stage; or, B efore the Footlights for Charity. 224 Fred Fearnot In Mexico; or, Fighting the Revolutionists. 274 Fred Fearnot and the Masked Band; or, 'l'h e Fate of the Moun 225 Fred Fearnot's Daring Blull'; or, The Nerve that Saved His Life. tain Express. 226 Fred Fearnot and the Grave Digger; or, The Mystery of a Ceme-275 Fred Fearnot's Trip to Frisco; or, '!'rapping the Chinese Opium tery. Smugglers. 227 Fred Fearnot's Wall Street Deal; or, Between the Bulls and the 276 Fred Fearnot and the Widow's Son; or, The Wors t Boy in New Bears. York. 228 Fred Fearnot and "Mr. Jones"; or, The Insurance Man In 277 Fred Fearnot Among the Rustlers; or, The "Bad" Men of Bald Trouble. Mountain. 229 Fred Fearnot's Big Gift; or, A Week at Old Avon 230 Fred Fearnot and the '.'Witch" ; or, Exposing an Old Fraud. 278 Fre d Fearnot and His Dog ; or, The Boy Who Ran for Congress 231 F d F t B" thd A Bl Tl t N E 279 Fre d Fearnot on the Plains ; o r Trimming t h e Cow b o ys. re earno s ir ay ; or, g me a ew ra. 280 Fred Fearnot and the Stolen Claim or, Rounding U p the Gulch 232 Fred Fearnot and the Sioux Chief; or, Searching for a Lost Gang. Girl. 233 Fred Fearnot's Mortal Enemy; or, The l\Ian on the Black Horse. 281 Fred l'e1trnot s Boy; or, Selling Tips on Share s. 234 Fred Fearnot at Canyon Castle; or, Entertaining His Friends. 282 Fred Fearnot and the Girl Ranch Owner, And How She Held H e r 235 Fred Fearnot and the Commanche; or, Teaching' a Redskin a Own. Lesson. 283 Fred Fearnot's Newsboy Friend : or, A Hero in Rags. 236 Fred Fearnot Suspected or, Trailed by a Treasury Sleuth. 284 Fred F earnot In the Gold Fields; or, E xposing the Claim "Salt-:l7 Fred Fearnot and the ifromoter; or, Breaking Up a Big Scheme. ers." 238 Fred Fearnot and "Old Grizzly" ; or, The Man Who Didn't Know. 285 Fred F earnot and the Office Boy; or, Bound to b e the Boss. 239 Fred Fearnot's Rough Riders; or, Driving Out the Squatters. 286 Fre d Fearnot after the Moonshiners; or, The "Bad" Men of Ken240 Fred Fearnot and the Black Fiend; or, Putting Down a Riot. tucky. 241 Fred Fearnot in Tennessee; or, 'he D emon of the :lilountains. 287 Fre d Fearnot and the Little Drummer; or, The Boy who Feared 242 Fred Fearnot and the "'error" ; or, Calling Down a Bad Man. Nobody. 243 Fred Fearnot in West Virginia; or, Helping the Revenue Agents. 288 Fred Fearnot and the Broker's Boy; or, Working the Stock 244 Fred Fearnot and His Athletes; or, A Great Charity Tour. 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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution By HARRY MOORE. These stories are based on actual facts and give a faithful account of the exciting adventures of a brave band of American youths who were always iea.dy and willing to imperil their liyes for the sake of helping along the gallant ca.use of Independence. Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading matter, bound in a, beautiful colored cover. 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Fll4NK REA:l)E WEEKLY MA:GA:ZINE. Containing Stories of Adventures on Land, Sea, and in the Air. :B"Y'" EACH NUMBER IN A HANDSOMELY ILLUMINATED COVER. A 32-PAGE B 'OOK FOR FIVE CENTS. All our r eaders know Frank Reade, Jr., the greatest inventor 0 the age, and his two fun-loving chums, Barney and Pomp. The stories publish e d in this magazine contain a true account 0 the wonderful and exciting adventures 0 the famous inventor, with his marvellous flying machines, electrical overland engines, and his ext ra ordinary submarine boats. Each number is a rare treat. Tell your newsdealer to get you a copy LATEST ISSUES. 55 The Electric Island; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Search for the Greatest I Wonder on Earth. 27 The Black Range; or, Frank Reade, Jr., Among the Cowboys with 56 The Underground Sea; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Subterranean Cruise. 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WILD WEST WEEKLY A magazine Gontaining Stotties, Sketehes, ete., of Westettn ltif e El"Y" ..A.:N" C>:J:..Ji:O SCC>"UT. 32 PAGES. PRICE 5 CENTS. 32 PAGES. EACH NUMBER IN A HANDSOME COLORED COVER. All of these exciting stories are founded on facts. Young Wild West is a hero with whom the author was acquainted. His daring deeds and thrilling adventu res have never been surpassed. They form the base of the most dashing stories ever published. Read the following numbers of this most interesti ng magazine and be convinced: LATEST ISSUES: 64 Young Wild West at Keno Gulch; or, The Game That Was Never 37 Young Wl!d West Running the Gantlet; or, The Pawnee Chief's Played. Last Shot. 65 Young Wild West and the Man from the East; or, The Luck that 38 Young Wild West and the Cowboys; or, A Hot Time on the Found the Lost Lod e Prairie. 66 Young Wild West in the Grand Canyon; or, A Finish Fight With 39 Young Wild West's Rough Riders; or, The Rose Bud of the Outlaws. Rockies. 6 i Young Wild West and the "Wyoming Wolves"' ; or, Arletta' s Won-40 Young Wl!d West's Dash fo r Life; or, A Ride that Saved a derfui Nerve. Town. 68 Young Wild West's Dangerous Deal ; or, The Plot to Flood a Silver 41 Young Wl!d W est's Big Pan Out; or, The Battle for a Silver Mine. Mine. 42 and the Charmed Arrow; or, The White Lily of 69 and the Purple Plumes; or, C heyenn e Charlie's 43 Young Wlld West' s Great Round Up; or, Corraling the Ranch 70 Young Wild West at "Coyote Camp" ; or, Spoiling a Lynching Bee Rai d ers. 71 Young Wild W est the Lasso King; or, The Crooke d Gang ot 44 Young Wild West' s Rifle Rangers; or, Trailing a Bandit King. "Straight" Ranch. 45 Young Wild West and the Russian Duke; or, A Lively 'l'ime on 72 Young Wild West's Game of Chance; or, S8fve d by Arietta. Mountain and Plain. 73 y W'ld W t d "C 46 Young Wild West o n the Rio Grande; or, Trapping the Mexican oung 1 es an ayuse Kitty; or, b e Queen or t h e Bron-Coiners. cho Busters. 47 Young Wild West and Sitting Bull; or, Saving a Troop of Cavalry. 74 Young Wild West"s Steady Hand; o r 'l'be Shot that l\lade a 4 8 West and the 'l'exas '.!'railers; or, Roping 10 the Horse 75 West and the Piute Princess; or, The Trail that L e d 4\l Young Wild West's Whirlwind Riders; or, Chasing the Border to the Lost Land. Thugs. 76 Young Wild West's Cowboy Carnival ; or, The Roundup at Roar50 Young Wl!d West and the Danites; or. Arietta"s Great Peril. I n g Ranc h. 51 Young Wl!d West in the Shadow of Death; or, Saved by a R e d 77 Young Wild West and the Girl in Green; or, A Lively Time at Sil-Mans Bullet. ver Plume. 52 Young Wild West and the Arizona Boomers; or, The Bad Men 78 Young Wild West's f, ong-Range Shot; or, Arletta"s Ride for Life. of Bullet Bar. 79 Young Wild West and the Stranded Show; or, Waking the Prairie 5:l Young Wi l d West After the C laim-Jumpers; or, Taming a Tough Pilgrims. Town. 80 Young Wl!d West's Life at Stake; or, The Strategy o f Arietta. 5-1 Young Wl!d West and the Prairie Pearl; or, The Mystery of No ill You n g Wild West's Prairie Pioneers; or, Fighting the Way to the l\lan' s Ranch. Golde n Loop. 55 Young Wild West on a Crooked Trail ; or, Lost on the Alkali 82 Young Wl!d West and Nevada Nan; or, The Wl!d Girl of the Sierras. 56 Young Wild West and the Broken Bowle; or, The Outlaws of 83 Young Wild West in the Bad Lands; or, Hemmed in by R edskins Yellow Fork. 8-1 You n g Wild West at Nugget li'iats; or, Arietta"s Streak of Luck. 57 Young Wild West"s Running Fight; or, Trapping the R e d s and 85 Young Wild West"s Grizzly Hunt; or, The Rival Rangers of the Renegades. Rockies 58 Young Wild West and His Dead Shot Band; or, the Smugglers 86 Young Wild West's Buckskin Brigade; or, Helping t h e Cavairy-of the Canadian Border. men. 59 Young Wild West"s Blind Ride; or, The Treasure Trove of the 8 7 Young Wild West at Magi c 1\fark; o r Showing Them how to R Yellowstone. the Camp. 60 Young Wild West and the Vigi lantes; or, Thinning Out a Hard 88 Young Wild West's Duel With Death: or. Arietta to tbe Rescue. 61. West on a Crimson Trail; or, Arietta Among the 8 9 West's Cowboy Band; or, The Tune They Played in Dead Aparhes. I 90 Young Wild '\"est's Indian Sr.out; or. Arietta and thy, Pawnee Maiden. 62 Young Wild West and "Gilt Edge Gil" ; or, Touching up the I Sharpers. 63 Young Wild West"s R ec kless Ridrrs; or, After the Train Wreck-J ers. FOR SALE BY ALL NEWSDEALERS, OR WILL BE SEN'.r 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 o f our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained trom this office direct. Cut out and fill in the following Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the books y ou want and we will send them to you b y r e -turn mail POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY. 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