Young Wild West's leap in the dark, or, Arietta and the underground stream


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Young Wild West's leap in the dark, or, Arietta and the underground stream

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Young Wild West's leap in the dark, or, Arietta and the underground stream
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' A MAGAZINE CONTAINING STORIES. SKETCHES Ete. Of J ssuerl Weekly-By Su)1criptio11 per Applicatio11 marle for Second Class Entry at t!te ,v. Y. Pot No. 200. NEW YORK, AUGUS'f 17, 1906. Price 5 Cents "It has got to be done! cried Wild, nerving himself for the jump. "I don.'t know where. I'll fetch up, but here goes!" Arietta uttered a scream as the young deadshot made his leap in the dark.

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WILD SI WEEKLY A Magazine Containing Stories, Sketches, Etc., of Western Lile. Issued Weeki!/ -B!I Subscription $2.50 P,,. year. Application made for Second Class entry at the New York, N Y., Post Ojfice, Entered accord ing to Act of ConQress, in the year 1906. in the otJice oj the Lib>'aiian of Cong1ess, Washington, D. C., b11 F1ank '.l'ouse11, Publish.er, 24 Union Square, New Yo1k. No. 200. NEW YORK, AUGUST 1'1', 1906. Price 5 Cents. YOUNG WILD WEST'S LEAP IN THE DARK OR, Arietta and the Underground Stream BY A N O L D SCourr. CHAPTER I. YOUNG WILD WEST AND TOMBSTONE TOM. "Whoa, there! Look out, youngster! I come mighty near ridin' on top of you an' your sorrel nag. Jest git out of ther way, will yer? I'm Tombstone Tom, ther terror, an' I'm on a high old spree. I'd jest as leave eat yer up as not. Look out, there I'm goin' ter make yer ride right up on tj:iat porch ter git out of .my way!" The speaker was a brawny man, conspicuous in a flam ing red shirt. He was mounted on a bony mustang that was jumping about savagely under the pressure of the spurs that were attached to the rider's The remarks were addressed to a handsome, dashing I young fellow, who was mounted upon a spirited sorrel stallion. The boy had just reined in his steed in front of the Red Hot Tavern, in the mining camp called Hard Scratch, Arizona, when the reckless rider dashed up and tried to run him down. Instead of becoming frightened at the manner of the man on the bony mustang, the boy simply turned his horse out of the way and smiled. "Go it a little easy, my friend," he said, coolly. "If you don't I'll give you a dump!" "You'll what!" roared Tombstone Tom, the terror, letting up -0n the spurs in his 8itonishment "You young galoot, I want ye'r ter ride right up on that porch an' lead ther way ter ther bar! Do yer hear what I say?" "I hear you," was the reply, "but I am not going to do it. You just keep away from me or you'll get hurt!" The reckless man, who was under the influence of liquor, uttered an oath and then whipped out a six shooter. "Lead ther way inter ther bar-room, you young whelp!" he roared. "If yer don't do it I'll jump right on top of you an' your nag I'm Tombstone Tom, an' my word is law around these diggin's." Then the bony mustang reared up and plunged straight for the boy on the sorrel. But both the boy and his mount knew their business. There was a quick leap from the horse, an arm shot out like a piston and Tombstone Tom fell from the saddle and landed in a heap on the ground The mustang, relieved of the torment of the cruel spurs, dashed up the single street of Hard Scratch Before Tombstone Tom could make a move to get upon his feet the dashing looking young fellow was on the ground before him. A quick kick sent the revolver flying from the man's hand, and then he was grabbed by the collar. A low cry of astonishment went up from the dozen miners gathered about the door of the tavern as the boy lifted Tombstone Tom to his feet as easily as though he had been a child. A sudden twist of his arms and the man whirled about two or three times and then went staggering across the road until he recovered his balance. "Now then, you ugly looking galoot. if you are looking for a fight, come on You have just g0t me in the humor to clean someone up, and you are the one I want to tackle!" The words were scarcely out of his mouth when he

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YOUNG WILD WEST'S LEAP IN THE DARK. sprang at the man and hit h im a blow i n the face with He did not tie him, but simply allowed the bridle r ein his rig h t fist. to drop over the sorrel's head. As Tompstone Tom staggered back another blow caught "How are you, gentleme n ?" said the boy, smiling at him, this time on the c hin, and his head fle w back as the crowd "I always have a way of speaki n g to st ranger s tho u gh his neck had been unjointed, and down he went w h e n I ride up, but I did not have the chance before, i n a s itting position in the sand. since that fellow da s hed at me so sudde nly. Is the land-A little old man with chin-whisk e rs, who had been lord of the tav ern here?" standing on the por ch of the tavern, took off his hat, and "I reckon I'm the r ga loot you're lookin' fur, boy," waving it over his h e ad, s houted : s poke up a red-faced man, stepping out and bowing. "I'.m "Three cheers fur ther gamest boy what ever struck Ja.ck Pepper, an' I keep the r swellest j oint ever see n in Hard Scratcl1, boys! He' s knocked ther s pots out of a Arizony minin' camp. Do yer want ter put up h ere ther Terror, which i s somethin' no man eve:r done yet! to-night?" Hooray "Well, there i s s ix in our party, not to speak of the 'two C hinam e n we have got along as servant ," replied l Almost every man in the bun c h joined in the cheering, and they would have all clone it if it had not bee n that the boy. some were aftaid of the drunken man, who 1iad met his "Good! They kin be 'commodated h ere all right. But Waterloo in such a sudden manner. ther two heath e ns will have ter sleep on ther floor in ther back kitch en. Yer see, we've got a few boa1;ders here jest Tomb s ton e Tom, the Terror, was in no lmrry to get now, an' though my shanty i s ther biggest in ther camp, u p I can t find s leepin' 'eornmodations fur more'n twen ty, He sat there, looking around him in a dazed way an' then as many as six will have ter sleep in one room." But if he did not get up himself he 1ras hu st led to 11is "Well, there are three ladies in our party, and if you feet, for the boy had not don e with him yet can l e t them lrn vc a room I guess the re s t of u s can make Once more he felt an iron grip on hi s shirt collar and out H w e can't do any be tter we'll s l eep out of doom, then again he was l ifted to his feet. the same as we are in the habit of doing the most of the "Have you got enough, my friend?" time: When we strike a camp with a decent hotel in The words were spoken as coolly as though the boy it we always feel lik e putting up at it, just for a cha n ge was simply asking an ordinary question. I lik e the looks of your pla ce, so I guess we'll stay here "Whawhat ?" stammered Tombston e Torn, looking at "Good! I like ther looks of you, too, an' yer kin bet the boy and blinking like an owl in the sun. your l ast dollar that you ll hav e no complaints ter make "I a s ked you if you had enough Didn't you underwhen yer l eave here. Say, I m jest tickled ter death over stand what I said?'' ther lickin yer jest give Tombstone Tom. H0w di11 >er "Did you hit me, you young--" do it, anyhow?" "Shut up! Don't call me any names! If you do I you looking?" will thrash you so you won't know you re all ve "Yes, I was loo kin', but yer sorter dazzled my eyes, But in spite of the fact that he had received sucl1 a yer mov e d s o quick Thunder! You 're only a boy in r ough handling, the reckless man was not satisfied. l ooks, but yer act lik e half a dozen men w1rnn yer start He now flew into a terrible rage, and finding that hi s in ter lick a ga loot!" reYoher was not in his b elt, he drew an ugly looking The boy s-liled at this remark. kn ife and made a lunge at the boy. Standing there in his neat-fitting hunting suit of buck -If the point of the hlade had landed where be wanted skin he certainly made a true picture of budding manit to the boy wou l d have dropped dying to the ground hood. But it did not He was about the average h e ight, broads hould ered and A muscular left hand caught the villian by the wrist as s upple as a willow and a clenched right fist brought up against hi s mouth at A man in size, st r ength and ag ility but a boy in years the same time. and looks. Spat! A wealth of c h estnu t hair hung over hi s "Wow! Oh, oh!" setting off his hand some face to the be s t of advantage, 'rhe yell the T erro r uttere d was on account of a twist and a Win c hester rifl e st rapped over his shou ld e r whic h tlrnt his wri s t receiv e d had not imp eded his movements in the l east when he The knife dropped to the ground, and thenthra shed t1rn bac1 man, together with a belt that contained Spat! a brace of revolv ers and a buckhorn bowie, gave him all Another blow struck him in the face and down went the appearance of being a true son of the Wild West. the man in an uncons c iou s condition. And this is just what he was, for the das l1ing boy was Then the dashing looking boy coolly walked to whe re no othe r than Youn g Wild W est, the Cha1npion Deadshot h i s horse was standing, and taking the animal by the of the vVest, Prince of the Sac1c1le and youn g minebrid le, l ed him to a hitching post owner

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YOUNG WILD WEST' LEAP IN THE DARK. 3 'iVith 11is friends 11e had struck Hard Scratc h about we can be accommodated h ere," he said a couple of minfour in the afternoon of a very hot day. utes later. "Just have a nice room ready for the girls, Leaving them unde r the sliade of some trees at the out landlord skirts, he had galloped into the tmrn to see if there \-o:ras "Yer ki n bet I will, Young Wild West. Them ga l s a tavern they could put up at unti l the following day you're goin' ter fetch here will find j est as nice a room It was a rather )Vann r ece ption that he received whe n as was eve r put in a sha nty. I'll go an' te ll the r o l d he reined in his sorre l stallion Spit.fire in front of the woman right away." tavern, but l1e had managed to make it a great deal The dashing boy gave a nod and the n went out and warm e r for the ruffian who had attacked him mounted h is waiting hor se. All the miners who had witnessed the one sided contest TombsJ;on e Tom was sitting on the bench, and nea r liad not follo1red the boy in si de t h e tavern. him stoo d the m e n who had assisted him Four of them had stayccl outside to renclcr the defeated B efo r e our hero could start from the spot the ruflian T e n :or their a i sta nce. arose and pulled hi s s hoot er, which had been returned Tombstone Tom was well known in Hard Scrat ch, and to him by one of his he was really what he claimed to be-a Terror. "Drop that!" rrhose who' wantecl to ]1e l p him fea red him, and that and he Young Wild We s t had divined hi s inte ntion, was why they were doing it. had drawn one of his s h oote r s in a twinkling. They got him to the c amp, and afte r about ten minutes lt was on a dir ect lin e with the man's br e a s t at that he came to sufficiently .to realize that i1e hall bee n thrashecl tlian Tonlb s tone moment, and no one knew it any b ette r 1Yithin an i nch of hi. li.fe. I'om himself. Young Wild We s t l ooked 01,1ts id e and saw the rasca l 'J'he weapon fell from hi s hand. sitiing on a box unde r a tree He counted .five men with him, and then h e nodded and There wns someth in g in the voice of th e clas hin g young observed to the l andlord: deadshot that made him quail, as w e ll a s the action. "l s uppose those fellows 't like me very much for "Lift your ri ght foot, Tomb s ton e Tom!" f d ,, Th e command r a n g out s harp and clear. thr ashing Tomb s tone 'l'om; they see m to b e Tien s OL ..._. ,, "What do yer mean?" c ame the r e ply from the cowed m s "Wel1, I reckon they want ter k eep on ther rigM s ide of him Tom is somet hin fierce when h e git::; sta rtell. H e'd je. t as l eave shoo t a. galoot as ter take a chaw of tobacke: r." "\Vell, I hope he don't tTy to shoot me. If h e 11as a notion oi doing it he Jiacl better order 11 is grave dug be fore he starts in I hav e met so many suc h fellows a he that I am actua ll y getting tired oi it. I never look for tro u ble, but I won't l e t s u ch a bluffing galoot as h e is order me about I guess I wasn't born to be ordered to do things I don't want to do. L e t us all have something, l and lord. A ciga r will do for me, for I never drink any thing strong The proprietor h astened to put out the d rinks and cigars and the c r owd join ed in wishing good lu ck to the boy. "Who might it be that we're drinkin' with?" the little man who had proposed the cheers asked "Young Wild West is my n ame "Oh!" Then the little man put out his hand and gave our hero a hearty 1iake "I've heard of yer, my boy," he said "No wonder yer give Tomb s tone T om his medicine so easy Why, boys, this young felle r coul d li ck a dozen fellers, let alone one H e's Y oung Wild West, an' he holds t11cr title of ther Champeen Dead s hot of t11er whole West!" The n they all wanted to shake hands with him, so Young Wild West smilin g gave them the privilege. "Well, I guess I'll go ancl let my friends know that uad man. "Do as I say !" T11e T error lifted hi s right foot. C rack! Young Wild West fired and the s pur flew from the hee l of his boot. '.'Now your left foot," said the boy. They w e re all out of the tavern in time .to see Tomb sto ne Tom obey the command Crack! Young Wild West fired again, and off went the other spur. "Now, you cowardly ga loot, you won't have those things to jab in your mu sta ng whe n you catch him If I catch you around with spurs on your heel s again I am going to shoo t them off, just as sure as my name i s Young Wild West!" With that the boy rode off, a cheer from those who had come out of the tavern ringing in his ears. It was only about a quarter of a mile to the spot where he had left his friends, and in a f e w minutes from the time ke l eft the tavern h e was the re His friends con sisted of Cheyenne Charlie, an ex g overnmcnt scout, and his wife Anna, who was a pretty young woman; Jim Dart, a boy of about bis own age, Jmoise Gardne r Jim's sweetheart and l ast, but not l eas t, charming Arietta Murdock, the S \ eet h eart of da s hing Young Wild West. The six were makin g a little trip through Arizona, just for the adventure they could get out of it, and inci-

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YOUNG wILD WEST'S LEAP IN THE DARK. dentally to strike it rich in the way of gold if it came their way. We forgot to mention the two Chinese servants, Hop Wah and Wing Wah, who were great Celestials, especially Hop Wah. But of them later on. "Well, Wild, how did yer make out?" Cheyenne Charlie asked, as he twisted his drooping black mustache and bnshed back his flowing locks: "Firstrate," was the reply. "We can ride right up to the tavern. I have made all the arrangements, besides giving a bad man a thrashing I haven't been gone very long, either." CHAPTER II. WILD SHOWS HOW HE CAN SHOOT. Cheyenne Charlie and Jim Dart were attired s imilarly to Young Wild West and armed exactly the same The girls, as they always called Anna, Arietta and Eloise, wore fancy riding suits that were as durable as -they were pretty Cheyenne Charlie was easily ten years the senior of the boys, but he was still a young man. Though an experienced scout and Indian fighter be a lways relied on the judgment of our h ero in anything that came up. Thi s was probably because Young Wild West was always cool in trying times and quick to think and act. Usually they all rode in together when they cmme to a sett l ement OP. mining camp, but i't h appe n ed that Arietta's saddle girth broke just as they got to a clump of trees in s ight of the mining camp, and while Charlie was fixing it with a wax-end the das hing young deadshot decided to leave them all there, while be rode in and found out what sort of a place it was they had struck. The y h ad met a crowd of cowpunche r s back on the trail, and from them they had learned that the nearest town was called Scratch "Tell u s bow you thrashed the bad man Wild," sa id 1:1-riettQ., as her l over buckled the repaired girth for h e r. "Well, it was a plfetty warm reception that I got when I rode up in front of the Red Hot Tavern,'' be replied "I--" kin tell one of 'em a mile now. I s'pose if you hadn't spunked up he'd have made a laughin stock of yer." "Well, no one bas ever managed to quite do that yet, Charlie "Oh, I know that I mean if it had been someone else he'd been made a. laughin' -stock of." "Not you, though." "No I would have ripped a bullet into one of his arms afore he knew what he was talkin' about. I don't fool that way with anybody, an' I don't allow anybody ter fool that way with :i:ne." "So you s hot the spurs from hi s heels, eh?" said Jim Dart, with a la u gh. "It mu s t have been fun for those who were looking on "It was, for the majority of them. But the galoot has four or five friends there, and they all s tuck to him. Not in a fighting way, but they were anxiou s to help him and s howed all the sympathy they were c ap able of handling just then." They were now ready, so they started for the tavern, the two Chinamen riding in the r ear al).d leading the two pack hor ses that carried their camping outfit. At the time of which we a.re writing the great West in the vicinity of the Rocky Mountain s was in a. much wilder state than it i s to-day. It is wild and dangerous e nough in some parts yet, for ever y now and then we read of hold-up s and raids being made by despe rate gangs of outlaws, and of outbreaks among the Indians on the different r eservatio ns. Mining camps like Hard S cra tch seldom had anything lik e law and order to govern them, and if a man got shot in a quarrel there was never an arrest made, s impl y because there was no one to arrest him. But if a man committed a murder or sto le a horse there was always plenty to take care of him, and when caught he generally got lrnnged to the nearest tree. A s Youn g Wild West and hi s friend s travel ed over the wildest and most dangerou s parts of the country, they met with all of danger s and exciting adventure s And it had got to be so that they were never satis fied unl ess they did get into more or less danger. The party had left Yuma three days before and were going up toward the central part of Arizona ju s t to hunt up some excitement. Thus far things had gone tamely and when Young Wild Wes t m e t the bad man in front of tbe R e d H ot "Probably that was the reason it was warm, Wild. Tavern it was the fir s t excitement he had experienced Anything named 'Red Hot' ought to be pretty warm," si nce leaving Yuma Arietta interrupted. They rode up to the tavern .a t a canter, and when they The g irl tossed her blonde head and laughed, a s she came to a halt t'he crowd gathered there gave a cheer, got off the sally. while hats swung through the air and feet s tamped the "That might have been the cause of it, Et; but if I got rough boards of the porch. it warm the fellow who tackled m e certainly got it hot." Jac k Pepper, the proprietor, was there, and bes ide him Then ]1e related just what had occurred s tood a smiling woman, who ':fas his wife "There's no end ter them kind of ga loots in ther Wes t, She had hurriedly prepared a room for the girl s and it seems," remark ed Cheyenne Charlie "I've got so I now she was on the porch to greet them

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YOUNG WILD WEST'S LEAP I N THE DARK I Wild cast a glance around and found that Tombstone Tom was not present. The men who had assisted him after hi s knockout were, though, and they s imply l ooked on and took no part in the demon st ration. The girls were u shered in the 110use in gracious sty le b y the landlady. The two Chinamen went around to the r ea r with the horses, and then Young Wild West and his two partners made their way into the part of the tavern that was used a s a bar-room. There was only one man there when they came in, and that was Tombstone Tom. than his spurs before this I have see n men shot dead for acting the way he did when I rode up to the tavern." Our hero could tell plainly that the man with the red whiskers was a sort of bully himself. He decid ed to show him what a little straight shooting was. "What is your name, my friend?" he a s ked, ste pping over to him. "Red Runyon i s ther handle I goes by," was the repl y "And you are one of the leading citizens of Hard Scratch, are you ?" "I reckon so. I was among ther first lot what struck ther s and hill out there It was me what nam e d ther His face flushed when he saw our hero, but he s aid camp, fur it was ha rd scratchin' here at first, an' I said as nothing. how Hard Scratch would be ther proper name fur it. I've Wild l ooked down a t his feet an'd found that there were been ther direct ca use of seven funeral s s ince I've been no spurs there The rascal sa w the g l ance and moved uneasily. "Where is ther galoot what was goin' ter ride on top of yer, Wild ?" Cheyenne Charlie asked, for he thought right away that this was the man. "There he is," the dashing young deadshot replied, nod ding at the Terror "I guess he feels b ette r now. "Well, his nose an: mouth i s putty well s welled I reckon he feels as though a horse kicked him, by ther look s of him The scout l a u ghed. He did not care whether the bad man liked it or n ot But Tombstone Tom wisely refrained from getting angry The crowd came in, as all were intere s ted in Young Wild West now. Bu t the boy paid little or no attention to them He arranged to s top over night at the tavern and paid the bill in advance Then, as h e was about to go out and see if the h orses were being properly cared for, the landl o rd exclaim ed: "Young Wild West there' s a couple of ther leadin citizens of Hard Scratch here who would l ike t e r see how yer kin shoot They wasn't there whe n yer ripped th e r spu r s off ther Terror 's heel s an' they ain't in c lin e d ter believe that yer done it." "Why, they don't think that was su'ch good s hooting, do thef, Mr. Pepper?" a s ked Wild, who was alway s ready to give an exhibition He knew that good s hooting alway s had a tendency to make the bad e l ement behave I 'm one wha.t would lik e ter see yer make as good a shot as they say yer don e," s poke up a pock marked man with scraggy red whiskers. "I a s ked ther Terror about it, an' he says he don't know how he lost his spur s He s ays yer sMt a t his heels, but he don't know but that he l ost ther s purs when he was l ayin' on ther ground in a dazed condition." "Oh! I g uess he knows just how he l ost them," re torted Wild, with a smile. "He doesn t like to own up, that's all It is a wonder to me that he hasn't lost more here, too, an' I ain't got no idea how many more galoots I'll drop afore I die." "Well, 1 should say that you were one of the leading citizens, Mr. Red Redyun. How is it that you and Tombstone Tom live in the same camp?" "We ain't n ever had ther least trouble, have we, Tom?" ans wered the miner, as he turned to the Terror "No," was the reply; "I reckon we was made ter drive double, Red.'' "So you would like to see me d o some s hooting that is a s good I did when I ripped the spur s from the heels of the T euor, eh?" Wild queried in hi s cool and easy way. "Yes, l would, young feller." "We ll, do you value that pipe much you are smoking?" "No; if I was ter lose it I've got two or three more layin' 'around my sha nty." "Good! You are well s upplied, I s hould sayY Wild then sLepped back as thou g h he was going into the rear room, but wheeling suddenly, h e drew his sh ooter and level e d it in the dir ection of R e d Runyon. Crack! As the report rang out th e bowl of the pipe disap peared and the astonished miner found himself with the ) stern in hi s mouth. "How was that?" asked the young dead shot, coolly "Now do you believe that I s hot the s pur s off the heel s of the Terror ?" "Jumpin' gallinippers yelled Red Runyon, as h e took the pipe-stem from between his finger s "What was that, anyhow?" Didn't you see it?" The mail was holding the piece of broken stem out so &11 could see it, whenCrack! Wild fired again and took hq,1 of it out of hi s fingers. He was a gooa ten feet from him, too, s o it was enough to make the men in the tavern marvel. "Now," sai d Wild, jus t as though he had not yet showed what he could do in the line of s hooting, "I will show you some pretty good s hooting. Mr. Run y un, I notice that one of your eyeteeth sticks down a little further

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6 YOUNG WILD WEST'S LEAP IN THE DARK. than the other Just stand over there in the corner and open your mouth good and wide. "Me dlink some len me showee nicee lillee magic tlick," Hop said, smiling sweetly. The man gasped and looked as though he could not believe his own ears. "What do yer want meter sta nd over in ther corner an.' open my mouth fur?" he :ianaged to ask. "I want to trim the tooth that is a little too long to (' match the other, that's all." CHAPTER III. / THE CHINESE MAGICIAN. "Sa.y Don't a s k me ter do that, please. I believe yer could do it, though, an' not hurt me a bit; but I don't Y ong Wild Wes t and his partners knew the Chinaman want ter let yer. It's all right, Young Wild West; I was perfectly able to show the miners a mystifying trick. won' t never doubt anything I hear that yer do after this And a s he see med to be in the humor to perform some Thunder, but jest think of it!" of hi s s leight-of-hand work, they were willing that he Wild had made himself more popular than ever with should go ahead the men of Hard Scratch. "All right, Hop," Wild said; "go abeac1 and s how u s T11ose who did not like him-and there were some something. But look out you don't drink too much tanglethere feared hin1 more than ever, too. foot. We may leave early in the morning, and I want Tombstone Tom was completely crushed, for the time you to be in condition to do your work if we do." being. "Me feelee allee samee singee bird in um morning," It was evident that he had exp ecte d Red Runyun to Hop answered. pick a row with the dashing young deadshot, and then Then he swallowed the drink he had poured 011t and he would have joined in and tried to get revenge for the bowed to the crowd. treatm ent he had received. By this time the room was pretty well filled up, for the shooting had attracted others tlrnre But the shoot in g of the pipe and then the s tem capped Hop n s uall y selecte d a victim to the laugh on when the climax. he performed tricks in a bar-room. Not a man who saw it don e would have thought of try-It t t 1 tl t 1 l ld 1 t th d t k 'th y W'ld W was qm e na ura 1a ie s 1ou se ec e re nw o pie a row w1 oung I est now. . 0R d R 11 d b f f 1 k wluskered man, s mce he had s hown such opposition to e unyun pu e a ag o money rom 11s poc et 1 h 1 t d th 1 d t J .. th b 111m w en 1e en ere e p ace. an ossecl it on e ar. 11 ,, 1 "d f l' f b tt i ou ve y mcee man, 1e sa1 ee mg o a u on on "Everybody dnn: t er ther of ther champ10n of the miner's shirt front. "Me likee you; you tleatee poor all !her d_eadshot s he exclaimed. Chinee, so me showee velly nicee lillee tlick." It was JUs t at that moment that one of the Ohmamen Red Runyun had no idea that the foundation of the belonging to Young Wild est's 11arty in trick was being laid while the wily Celes tial was talking It was Hop Wah, the most m_nocent lookmg of the two. to him, but s u c h was the case, for Hop was not only fool But though he looked to be mnocent, he was far from ing with the button on his shirt, but putting something it. under the garment at the same time. He was one of the most slick s leight-of-hand per"What is the trick you're goin' t e r show me?" asked the formers that ever deceived the eye of an audience. miner, emphasizing the word "me," for he seemed to feel Added to this, he was a pronounced gambler and a' pleased at the way the Chinaman was praising him up. lover of liqupr. Hop stepped back s uddenly. 'l'hose were his bad habits, but he had good ones, too. "You eatee um sausage for um dinner he said, ex" What's ther matter, you heathen galoot?" said Cheycitedly, and waving his hands at the astonished man enne Charlie, as the Celestial walked up to the bar; "can't "That's a lie!" was the retort. "I ain't seen a sausage git along without a little tanglefoot, I s'pose ?" since I left Denver two years ago." "No, Misler Charlie," was the reply; "me havee velly Hop shook his head doubtingly. g l eat pain; me must havee lillee tanglefoot." "Me no makee mistake so be," he de c lared. "Whattee "A heathen Chinee can't drink at this bar!" roared gottee here? You eatee sausage, and you puttee some Red Runyun, pulling his revolver. under shirtee to savee; you havee sa usa gee two years ago "Oh, yes, he can," spoke up Wild. "That Chinaman is in Denver, and you savee somee till now." with us." Then he caught hold of a string that was st ickin g from "Lat makee allee difl'ele nce in um world, Misler the opening in Red Runyun's shirt, and putting his left M el ican Man," s aid Hop, s miling blandly "Me hear you hand against his breast, b ega n pulling upon it. say evelybody dlink, so me .dlink with you, allee samee He made it appear that he was pulling all his might, Melican mans but he was no_t, of course. 1 "Jurnpin' gallinippers Give ther heathen ther best Suddenly a string of half a dozen sa usages came from there i s in ther s hebang, Pepper!" cried the miner. under the flannel shirt the miner wore.

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YOUNG WILD WEST'S LEAP I N THE DARK. "Wow cried Red Run y un. Wh e r e i n thunde r di d them things come from?" He was the picture of amazement, and H o p Wa h look e d to be the same "Great pantaloons, Reel, yer don t m ea n ter say t h at you've hacl them things u n der your shi r t fur two years, do yer ?" cried Pepper, the lan dl o r d "Thunder, no!" was the rep l y I ai n't got tb e r l eas t idee how they come ter be there. Mighty fu nny, I say found that it bad disappeared from the p l a .ce he a l ways carried i t. in t hu nder did that watch git in my bat?" he c ri ed "Me no know," answered Hop, l ooking at him and smil ing in his bl and fashion. The n he pulled another empty flask from the hat and p l aced it on the chair beside t h e rest of the a r ticles Next came Runyun's six shooter. The miner felt. of the hol ster at his s ide and fou n d "Velly stlange," commented Hop. Then he calmly squeezed the s u pposed sau sages in his it was ndt there, and then lrn was more s u rprised t h a n hand, one at a time, and they vanished from sight. This was something great i n t he eyes of the men. How the Chinaman had caused the sau sages to disap pear they did not know If they had known that they were but skins made of rubber, filled with ajr, it woul d have seemed simp l e enough. "Me likee have you hat lillee while," sai d Hop, just as thongh nothing strange h ad happened. ever. "How did that git i n my hat?" he asked, looki ng around for someone to exp l ain it to him But no one had seen Hop take it from hi m, so thej d i d n ot know The next thing the Celestia l magician p ull ed out of the hat was a baby's rattl e "You likee baby allee light," said Hop Then he pulled out a clay pipe and two c i ga r stu mps "You likee smokee," he observed "What do yer want it fur?" asked Red R u ny u n, l ooking The next thing to come to light was a bottle of ink an d a pen, and when the l andlord looked at the shelf near t he end of the bar, where he a lways kept a pe n and ink, and found his had vanished, he knew they were h is a bit doubtfu l. "Me wantee see whattee you got in u m." "Well, there ain't nothin' in it. "Ain't your head in it, you big ga l oot?" landlord, with a chuckl e asked the But he had not seen the Chinaman take them, so he was much mystified There was a laugh at this and then the spectators Hop felt into t1rn hat again and t hen brought for t h were restored to their norma l state again slowly something t h at capped the climax. Hop reached over and took the hat from the man's It was a big paper parasol of various col ors! head "Lere he exclaimed, as be handed the hat back t o It was a high crowned sombrero such as the Mexica n s Red Redyun, and then started around the room with the wear. parasol over 11is head; "me t'inkee your hat ho l dee p l enty Th e C eles tial stepped over to a corner of the room, so be." so no one could look at him from behind, and then began "Say, boys," cried the landlord, "I call that abou t t he r to examine the inside of the hat. best I've ever seen in the l ine of magic, don' t you?" Pretty soon he put his hand in it and drew out a p ack They a ll agreed with him promptly. of cards Some of them could not understand it at a ll. T hey It was the oldtime hat trick which nearly every ma gician in the country has performed over and over again. But when it is done right it is always bound to create a laugh. "You play d law pokee, me r;ee," said Hop, smilingly "I re c kon I do," was the reply. "But I didn't put them cards in my hat." "You dlinkee tanglefoot," went on Hop, a:pcl then he iook out a pint flask anc1 plac:a it on a chair at his side The flas k was empty, as might be supposed, for the Cele stial was not e xpo s ing any t1iat hac1 liquor in them. That was not his way of doing business. The miners looked at him in astoni s hment. "You likee know w1iattce time e is," went on Hop, and then he pull e d out a silver watch. Th e w a t c h really belonged to Runyun, for Hop had : 'i c k c d it fr o m his pocket lie k okcd a glrn.. t wl1en he recognized i t as his, and were not willing to believe tliat the various a r ticles had not been in tlrn hat when Hop took it from Runy un. But the paraso l was what staggered the most of them They di d not stop to think that the handle might be jointed paper, and that the rest of it could be fo l ded i nto a very small bunch. vVhen they had examined the hat thorough ly, evide n t ly for the purpose of assuring themselves that the r e was nothing more in it, Red Runyun called for the drinks again "Give ther Chinese professor ther best you've got, Jack Pepper!" he exclaimed "Not11in' ain't too good fu r him Th e miner 1rnd plenty of money ancl he began to let it fly. "I tell yer what I think," he said a few m i nutes l ater, "Tombstone Tom ought ter make fri ends with Young Wild West He got an awful lickin', I know; but he oughter be g l ad he's l ivin'. S'pose ther boy had shot at l

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YOUNG WILD WEST' S LEAP IN THE DARK. his head in 'stea d of his s purs! What then? Come, Tom, I reckon ther best thing yer kin do is ter tell Young Wild West that you're sorry yer acted ther way yer did w?en he rode up to ther tavern "I don't know as I oug 'ht ter be s orry fur anything I clone ter him," was the surly rejoinder "What did I do ter him, anyhow? Kin anyone tell me whe re I even hurt a hair on hi s head?" There was a glitter in the eyes of the rascally fellow as he looked around for somebody to make a reply to the questio n. "Well, Tom, I'll jes t tell yer why yer didn't hurt a. hair in Young vVild West's head," answer e d the tavern keeper; "it was because he wouldn t let yer Every body what seen it knows that." "I reckon you're gittin' putty soon, Pepper, or yer wouldn t talk ter me that way. This ain't ther only time I ll ever be in your o l d shanty, mebbe !" "I only said what was right, though, Tom What's ther use of you gittin' mad, anyhow? J est because yer got a lickin to day don t say that yer can't be called ther Terror np mor e Peppe r was tal king just the l east bit sarcastic now, and as he had a lways bee n very respectful when the Terror came around previous to this, it certainly looked a8 though he was piling it on him a bit. In his own heart he no longer feared the man. The very fact that he had been thrashed by a mere boy was enough to make him think that a man could do it, providing he tried pretty hard. The Terror s tarted for the door "'Where are yer goin', Tom?" asked Red Runyun, who seemed anxious to smooth things over. "'1'er look fur my nag," was the rep ly. "Better do what I said," coaxed the miner. I know my own mind better than you do, Red." "All right, then; I'll say no more." Tombstone Tom w ent on out of the place. He looked up and down the s ingle street and presently saw his horse standi ng under a tree about a hundred yards distant Then he started toward him at a swift walk. When he reached the mustang he mounted, and with out looking back, rode away at an easy canter "Now, if I kin find them two Injuns I reckon I'll fix it so I'll git square on this Young Wild W est," h e mut ter ed I a,in't ther same man I was afore he stuck t h is town, an' I know it. Ther lickin' I got from him made some of 'em lali.gh, when they used ter turn pale when I come around, lettin myself go. The r galoots of Hard Scratch ain t afraid of me now; leastwise ther mos t of 'em a i n t. 'rhere's ther two Mosley brother s an' Coxey, though The y' d stick ter me through most anything 'cause they're a leetle afraid I might tell how they s tole ther cattle last month if they didn't I wonder where they w ent? With the m an' ther two Injuns I reckon I could find a way ter clean out tha.t wonderfu l boy, what s got ther strength of half a dozen men an' ki n s h oot so straight As if to answer his question, thr ee men appeared riding out of the woods near at hand. They were the identica l ones he had bee n thinking of 'l'he face of Tombstone Toni lighted up "Hello, boys!" he called out "What are yer d oin' here?" "Well, we reckoned you'd come this way, so we come on ahead, Tom," one of them answered "We couldn't git Norris ter come with u s He likes yer all right, but he s ays he ain't goin' ter git mixed u p in any trouble, since he' s got a wife an' child ter s upport. He allowed that we'd try ter help yer git square on ther young galoot what walloped yer so, an' he says he don't want no n e of it. "Well, all right. Let him have his own way abou t it. He's putty much of a coward, anyhow." "Where are yer goin', Tom?" asked the ma n call ed Coxey. Well, I was goin' ter look up my two Injun friends," was the reply. "It ain t only one that we've got ter down; ther boy what is called Young Wild West ha.s got two pards One of 'em i s a boy an' ther other is a man what look s as though he'd as leave fight a s eat. An' I the re 's a Chinaman with 'em, too. It ain't an ordinary Chinee, but a galoot what kin do ther wonderfulest things yer ever seen or heard of. I reckon he'd be a had man ter fool with." The men looked surprised. They h ad no idea that a Chinaman could be a bad man to fool with. All they had ever met around the mining camps had seemed to b e very mild and docile. The Mosley brothers were named Hank and Jake. They, l 'ike Coxey, were of the kind who only lack a l eade r to make them do almost anything They were now ready to h e lp Tomb s tone Tom out in anything he wanted done. And incidentally they expected to make something by doing it. "We'll ride along to ther gorge an' see if we kill find ther Injuns,'' the T e rror said. "I reckon Young Wil d vV est an' hi s pard s must, hav e some Ip.Oney with 'em, an' most lik e ly wE\kin find a way ter git it, an' git square fur what ther young gal9ot done t e r me at ther same time. CHAPTER IV. THE WOUNDED STRANGER Supper time soon came around and then Young Wild W est and his partners w en t in and joined the girls in the scanti l y furnish e d the tav ern

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I YOUNG WILD WEST'S LEAP IN THE DARK. The floor 1ras bare of carpet, but it was clean, and neath his gown "Me makee nicee flowers for you flom there was a white cloth on the table um glass The crockery was not of the best, but the food was, "What does he say?" the woman asked, turning to and that was what was wanted by our friends. Anna, who was sitting next to her. 'l'he meal was a very satisfactory one to them, and they "He says 11e is going to make some nice flowers for enjoyed it immensely, since it was the first time they you from the grass he has in his hand." had eaten under a roof since leaving Yuma. "Oh, he can't do that, can he?" Hop and Wing were served in tJie kitchen, along with "Yes, I think he can. He is a very clever person, you the two servants in the employ of the tavern keeper. know." At the table Cheyenne Charlie related how Hop had "But how can he do it? That is only common grass surprised the men in the bar-room with his magic, and he has there." there was a laugh all around. Hop steppe d over and handed her the grass. There w e re those there besides the girls who knew "Takee lookee," he said. nothing about this, and they expressed t1rnir s urpri se at Then, while they were looking at it, lie pulled his bi'g a Chinaman being able to do so much, for the average yellow handkerchief from his pocket and shook it out Son of the Flowery Kingdom to be found in that part of to show that there was nothing in it. the country was generally supposed to be innocent and The grass was handed back to him, and then he lifted dull. the 11andkerchief and placed it under it. It was quite that they sho uld want to be treated He carefully worked the handkerchief in the shape of to a performance, so Wild told them that after Hop had a pyramid, so it would stand alone on the table, and then finished his supper he would call him in the dining-room Bmiled and looked thoughtfully at the ceiling and l et him show them a trick, providing, of com e, that There was a deep sil ence, for everybody was waiting to the lady of the house was agreeable. see w11at would happen next. But she was perfectly willing, for she h ad never seen "Me gottee velly smartee uncle in China," Hop r emuch in that line, being the daughter of a r.anchman marked, shutti ng his eyes and s haking his head, as though eighty miles distant, and having been brought up where he was in doubt abqut something "He gleat mandarin, shows were out of the question. and me takee after him; me rnakee bunch of glass turn So after the table was cleared Wild found Hop and lo um bunch of flowers, so be. told him what was required of him "Let's see you do it," said one of the mine owners "Alee light," was the reply. "Me do velly nicee lillee present. tlick." "Allee light. "Give us the boquet of flowers trick for the benefit of Then the Celestial lifted the handkerchief, and lying the landlord's wife," Wild said "Then you can do some on the table was a bunch of flowers that looked as though thing funny if you have a mind to." they had just been picked. Hop nodded. A murmur of surprise went up from those not familiar "Me be l eady in um fivee minutes," he remarked with Hop's tricks It was just about five minutes later that be came into The landlord's wife held up her hands and declared the room looking as innocent as a little child. that her eyes must be dec eivi ng her. To all appearances, he had nothing with him more than "Velly nicee bunch of flowers," said Hop, shaking out any Chinaman would have, but the pockets in that loose -the handkerchief. fitting garment he wore in lieu of a coat contained more Then he picked up the flowers and handed them to pockets than anyone would be apt to dream of. the woman, bowing politely in the act. And in those pockets were many things that could be "'rhey are just likt some I have growing outside," she u sed to mystify people, as well as amuse them. said. "Isn't it wonderful!" "Goodee evening," said Hop, bowing right and left and The scout grinned when he heard this, for he knew wagging his queue. very well that Hop was simply presenting her with some The salute was returned, and then he took his place of her own :flowers. at the head of the long table. But it was a very good trick, since no one had been able "Hop," said Young Wild West, rising to his feet, "the to see him put the grass in his pocket and substitute the ladies and gentlemen would like to see you do a little flowers for it. magi c." Hop's hands were quicker than the eye. "Allee light," was the reply, "me s howee velly nicee The landlady went and got a glass of water and' placed lillee tlick the flowers in it, leaving the 1 gla:;s on the table. Then he looked around the room until his eyes rested Hop looked around and then let his handkerchief drop on the landlord's wife over the flowers "Me havee lillee glass me pickee outsidee," he resumed, "Oh!" he exclaimed, acting as though he had not meant smiling at her, and pulling a bunch of grass from beto do it; "me no mean to covee um fl.011er s."

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10 YOUNG WILD WEST'S LEAP IN THE DAHK. He l ifted the handkerchief quickly, and then, much to the astonishment of the l ookers -Qn, the flowers had vanished and the bunch of grass was there instead "Water in um glass must have makee flowers turnee ba ck to um g l ass," Hop said, shaki ng his head, sad l y "Here, missus, you takee and thlow um water outee." He picked up the glass and hand ed it to the astonished woman But the moment she had it in her ]1and the water be gan to hiss and bubble over. The good woman uttered a cry of fright and dropped ihe glass. But the Chinaman evident l y anticipated s ome such ac tion from h e r for he deftly caugl1t it. .The contents were spilled on t'he floor, however, which made no particular differ e nce, ince there was nothing there it could soil. Then h e put the handkerchief over the bunch of grass again and carefully wrapped it up as though he did riot want to break any of t11e s pear s This done, he handed it to' the woman and told her to unwr ap the bun c h. She did so rather gingerly. The flowers were again exposed to view "Now yo1 1 takec, but no puttee in um water," Hop said, !'.bakin g hi s h ead "If um d o flower s allee samee turnee to bunchee g l ass some more." "Thank you ::\Ir. Hop; I will do just a s you say But isn't it womle r fn I?" and she turne d to the gir l s "It does seem wonrlerful to anyone who has not see n it don e before,'' Arietta answer ed. "Do you know how he doe s it?" "No; I can't say that I do. But of course he simp l y deceives yon, you know." 'l'h e woman s h ook her head. "It i.s the greatest thing I ever s aw done," she de clared. But Hop was not done yet. He had a bigger surprise waiting for them He took from his pocket a common pasteboard matchbox of the oblong sty l e Sliding the cover from it, he showed all hands that it was empty. "Now me puttee in two, thlee matchee and um box jurn pee alound um table," he remarked, smiling blandly. "It will be funny if you do," spoke up a miner. "V elly funny,'' the Celestial assured him. Then h e took two matches, which were furnished b y Jim, and placed them ill the box and slid the cover on it. Placing it ne a r the center of the table, he threw h i s handkerchief over it and adjusted it carefu lly about the box. While doing this he told them something more about the uncl e he had in China That uncle of his must have been a great man, indeed, but somehow he had n eve r been abl e to tell just what bis greatness consisted of. A coup l e of minutes l ate r h e lifted the handkerchief, and then the box gave a hop and lancled clean off the table Hop picked it up quickly and placed it on the table again Then the match box gave another jump and l anded a foot away. He righte d it quickly and then it wriggled around in a semi ci rcl e, while the surprised ones held their breath. "V elly nicee lillee tlick,'' remarked Hop, as he picked up the box and placea it in his pocket. "Let me see that box, won't yer ?" asked a miner. I thought I seen little l egs stickin' out of ther bottom of it." With a smi l e Hop handed it over The man opened it and found the two matches he had see n put in it before it was covered with the handker ch ief. He w as comp l ete l y s tumped "I must have been mi staken,'' he declared. "But I d like ter know what made ther blamed thing jump around like that. He was not mistaken at all, for there were l egs stick ing from the box that had hopped around on t'he table. -The legs belonged to a big gra shopper, too, for Hop had put one in that particular box and allowed the legs to protrude through hole s 11e made for the purpose He had fixed up the box before he came into the room, of course, and it was easy for him to put it in the place of the one be placed the matches in. It was jus t as this tric k was concl uded that the land lord came in l eading a man who wa wounded. "Excuse me fur disturbin' tl1er party," h e said "But this feller jes t rode up in a putty bad condition. He's lost so much b l ood tlrnt he fee l s faint. Young Wild West, maybe you know how ter fix him up." "Give me a little whisky first,'' gasped the wounded man. "Then if someone will bind up my s liould e r I reckon I'll fee l better." Cheyenne Charlie h astened to the barroom and got the liquor for the man He gu lp ed it down andthen declared that he felt better Wild and Jim got at the wound in his s houlder and soon dressed it. It h ad been made by a glancin g blow from an ax, so the stranger sa i d, but h e d id not tell them any more just then. Wild advisec1 him to take a sleep till morning, and he aid he guessed h e would But he was given something to eat firs t. "That fellow ha s been in a pretty hot fight with some body,'' Wi l d said, after they got the man to the room the landlady turne d over to his u se, which was the same that Wild, Charlie and Jim were to occupy "He sa rtinly b as, C harl ie hastened to r e ply "A crack from an ax i s a bad thing, I re ckon."

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YOUNG WILD WEST'S LEAP IN THE DARK. i1 "He looks like an honest fellow," Jim remarked "Oh, yes. I hardly think there is any of the villain about him," our hero answered. They went out and had a look at the horse that had brought the man to the tavern. It was an India.n pony and was pretty well played out. "Just see to it that the horse has good care; I will pay for it if the rider don 't," Wild said to Jack Pepper. "All right," was the reply "I was goin' ter take care of ther nag anyhow. Thcr fe ller has got money, 'cause he told me so ther minute h e landed here. Did he say what happened ter him?" o, he hasn't told u s yet, any more than he got the wound in his should e r from an ax "Someo ne took him fur a tree, an' s tarted ter cut him down, eh?" "It look s that way. "Well, none of th er boys has ever see n him before, so we don't know h'is name. But I re ckon he'll be took care of, as well as his nag, an' if he ain't got enough money ter pay fur it, I'll be ther loser, that's all." The landlord was a pretty generous fe llow, after all. Our friends did not stay l ong in the bar and card rooms that night. They remained in the big room at the other side of the house with the girls until it was time to turn in, and then they were not lon g in getting to their sleeping quarter s It was a big room in the attic that Wild and his part ners were to occupy with the wounded man, and when they got to it they found him s leeping nicely. "He'll feel pretty good in the morning," said Wilcl. "Then we will find out what happened to him." CHAPTER V RALPH COOLEY TELLS ABOUT THE CAVERN AND UNDER GROUND STREAM Tbe next :norning when Young Wild West arose he found the wounded man was awake. "If you git me a drink of water, pard, I'd be thankful ter yer," said the man. "I'm a bit feverish I reckon, an' I've been wantin' a drink further last two or three hours." "Why didn't you call out?" Wild answered. "l guess we would have been only too glad to get you a drink. W a are all human, you know "I didn't want make no trouble fi.tr yer It will taste all ther better now fur ther waitin'." Our hero was not long in getting him the wate r When he had drank his fill he was much refreshed "I reckon I'll be all right in a couple of days That cut very deep. Ther bleedin' was ther worst part of it. I couldn't stop it." ''You must have l ost considera blc blood,'' Wild ariswer cd. "So the cut came from an ax, eh?" "Yes, pa.rd, an ax in ther hands of a drunken Injun, too. It was a hard fight, but I won out after a while. You see I was in ther hills back here about forty miles, when I struck a mighty big cavern that's got no end of passages in it. They run this way an' that, an' about all of 'em fetc hes out on ther bank of a tream of water which goes ter no one knows where a mighty dark-lookin' st ream, an' it goes rushin' along an' makes a noise like the r water in a mill-race." ".An underground stream, eh?" "Y cs, that's what 1er might call it, 'cause it i s s artinly under the ground Well, as I was goin' ter say, th e r lnjun what cut me with ther ax took a dive in that stream when I got hold of my s hoot er, which he had knocked out of my hand at the r staxt He jest let out a yell an chucked himself right in. That was i.her la st of ther ga loot, I rec kon, 'cause whe n I up ther torch he had s tuck in a crevice an' look ed down there was nothin' but black, rushin' water ter b e seen "Rather funny that an Indian would commit s uicide, i s n't it?" "That's what I thought, but I s'pose he thought it was all up with him when he seen I got my s hooter." "There was only one in the fight w ith you, then?" "No; there was two of 'cm I dropped ther ot her one j est a.fore ther galoot w11at junlp ed inte r the r wate r knock ed my shooter from my hand with ther ax. "Were they Apaches?" "Yes, they was 'Paches, an' might y bad ones, too They didn't like it 'cause I come in ther big cavern; seemed tcr act a s though there was somethin' there they didn't want me ter see I'd looked tluough half a dozen of ther crook d passa
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YOUNG WILD WEST'S LEAP IN THE DARK. girls to show them something they are not in the habit of Wild tried to rnake him wait a couple of days l onge r, seein g every day. A cavern full of crooked passages and but it was no use. a n unde rground stream is worth seeing." Cooley seemed to be anxious to get to the big cavern "Yer don't mean ter take ther gals I seen downstairs It was a novel trip, so Young Wild West t hou ght, and la st night with us, do yer ?" asked the man, in s urprise. he felt confident that somet hing would come of it. "Sure! They are to all sorts of dangers, and I It seemed that he and his friends were always falling guess there won't be much danger about the cavern, now into novel situations, anyhow that the two Indians, who did not want you in it, are Wild had seen nothing of Tomb sto ne Tom since he left d ead." the tavern, after refu s ing to be friendly with him at the "No; but there may be more of 'em around, yer know." s u ggestion of Red Runyon. "Well, if there is we will try and make them tell u s Red Runyon was at the tavern that night, as u s ual, and why they don't want us there." after they had talked it over with Ralph Cooley, and seen The wounded man s hook his head. that he was made comfortable when he retired, our hero "What i s your name?" Wild asked,. I have told you and hi s two partners went into the bar-room to see what who we were, but you forgot to tell who you are." was going on. "Th at's so! By jingo! I don't know why it was that I The red whi s kered miner was the :first to greet them, didn't te ll yer right at ther start. I've got nothin' ter be and he appeared so very friendly that Wild made up his ashamed of, an' I'm perfectly willin' ter let anyone know mind that there was something up. my name. My name is Ralph Cooley. I'm a prospector, He put no faith in the fellow anyhow, for he coul d an' some day I expect ter strike it riCh. I was born in readily read his character, and knew that he was a bad K man at heart. ansas, an' three yea1\S ago I come ter Arizona I'm twenty-eight yeal'S old, an' my father an' mothe r i s both "Where are yer gai n' when yer l eave h ere, Young Wild livin' o n ther farm in Kansas." West?" he as be look ed a t the boy s haiply and puff ed on hi s pipe. "Well, you have told all about yourself in a few words. l"we are going to head for Phrenix," was the reply iN ow, Mr. Cooley, if you don't Jon.ind, we will start for this "After we get there we wm strike out s outheast for the cavern you talk about as soon as you are abl e to iide yom Rio Grande, where I own a ranch." horse." "Oh!" "All right, Mr. West. I am very I met you But "What did you want to know for?" Wild asked. mind! I won't say for sure that there is any gold to be "Nothin', only I'm gain' in that direction myself on a found in ther place. I only got t hat idea 'cause ther two little bu iness trip, an' I thought maybe if yer was goin' Injuns didn't wan t me around there. They wouldn't try ter-morrer mornin' I could go along with yer fur a ways." ter kill a feller fur nothin', would they?" "Well, I don't know as there would be any objections to "Hardly. You can bet there is somethi n g there There you going along with us, Runyon. But I assure you that is just enough about what you have told to make me feel if you do you will have to behave yourself, a;nd not try to lik e paying a visit to the place." get square on me for what happened to you and your "Me, too," spoke up J im friend, T 'omb tone Tom." "An' I reckon I'm feelin' j est a s though I'd like ter see The miner gave a sta.rt that underground stream," added the scout. He had not expected a retort lik e this. Wild now looked at Cooley's wound, and found it wa s "Why, what do yer mean?" he asked. getting along nicely. "Ju s t what I say. I have an idea that you would like to He dre ssed it, and then the man insisted on gett in g up get the chance to down me, and that you want to accomand going downstairs wit h them pany u s to-morrow just for that purpose I guess I am I feel a little weak an' a li ttle s ore," h e said. ''But by not far out of the way, am I?" to-morrer I'll be abl e t e r iide my hor se, I know. This vVell, well! I never thought yer had an id ea lik e that! ain t ther worst I've h ad h appen ter me si nce I've been in v\Thy, I ain't got no grudge agin yer. J est b eca use yer lick Arizony. I had a mi x -up with a bear a couple of months ed Tomb s tone Tom don't say that I'd have anything agin ago an' it was thr ee week s afore I was abl e ter walk agin. ye1', does it?" I'm feelin' a whole l ot better t han I thought I'd feel this "No, it does not s ay so, but that is the opinion I have mornin ', I kin tell yer oi you. The gir l s got up a little later, and t h en it was not lon g "Then I won't go along with yer. I'll strike out a l o n e b efore they all had breakfttst. "All right. T'hat will suit u s all better Ralph Cooley showe d that he h ad a very strong cons tiT'he man walked away. tution, for h e improved rapidly. "You certainly put it to him straight, Wild," observed However h e took it easy a ll day, and when he retired Jim, with a smile that night he h e would b e ready to set out with I r eckon that's j est right,'' spoke up the scout. "That them the ne xt morn ing galoot i s nogood, an' I know it."

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YOUNG WILD WEST'S LEAP l.r THE DARK. 13 ou are right on that, Charlie,'' Wild said. they wanted a s har e of the money that could be got from 'It was not more than five minutes later that Tombstone him an d his friends. Tom and the three men who had agreed to s tick to him and rob Young Wild West and his friends came in. Tha t was the main in centive the y ho.d for jc inin g in the fight against him. It was the fir s t they had been there since the trouble beAft er a while they w ent .in the rear room and sat down tween Wild and the Terror. at a table. The moment they came in they were joined by Red They drank and talked i t oye r, and it was clccided tha t Runyon they s hould follow the P a r ty when it left the camp, and "I'm glad to see yer, boys," the miner said. "How did when th e proper time arrived they would attack our hero yer make out?" and his companions a nd rob them. "Putty good,_" replied Tomb s tone Tom. "Have yer "I couldn't find the r two Injuns I wanted ter he lp i n found out when Young Wild Wes t an' his crowd is goin' this business, but I r eckon ther five of u kin do it all t e r leave?" right,'' Tomb s tone Tom observed, a s he swal101yed a clrink. "Yes; they're goin' ter leave here in ther mornin' I "Ther e's only three of 'em, an' if we kin drop 'em in a was je t tryin' ter work it s o's I could b e one of ther party, hurry we won't hav e much tro ubl e with ther ga l s an' tlicr but it was no go." Chinaman." "Wouldn't take yer in, eh?" "I heard ther landlord say that a ga:oot which "Not much! Ther young galoot says as how I'm no here with a cut in hi s s hould e r i s goin' away with 'em ,' good." s aid Red Runyon. "That makes four of 'em." "He does, hey?" "Well, there' s five of us, o I reckon it'll be all r ight The villain w e re near the door, talking in whi s pers, and far enough away from our three friends to converse without being heard by them Wild paid no more than ordinary attention to them, anyhow, for so long as they did not bother him he wa s bound to let them alone. It was getting a little late, s o OUT three friend s decide d to retire. When they left the room Red Runyon breathed a sigh of relief "I'm glad they're gone," he said, as he pi cke d up the g lass of liquor liis friend had ordered for him. "Some how, I don't feel exactly s afe when ther boy i around. "\Vh!'ln he looks at yer it seem s that he 's seein' through an' r ea din' jest what you're thinkin' about H e's a bad one t e r h ave agin yer, i s Young Wild Wes t." "Well, we ain't ther sor t ter b e hi s fri e nds, I reckon; so that make s it s o h e s got ter agin us," an s w e red the T e rror. "I know one thing! He jest mad e m e look putty small in this camp s ince he give me that li c kin' yisterday. Why, I r ecko n most any galoot in Hard Scratch would tu r n on me now." CHAPTER VI. ON THE WAY TO TUE CAVERN. Ralph Cooley was rather pale and weak, but he declared he was fit to take the ride to the cavern when h e arose in th e m o rning, s o Youn g Wild West consented to make the s tart. It was only forty miles mray, so Cooley d ecla r ed, and that meant tha t they could take it easy a nd get the r e before night. Hop and Wing were ordere d to get the pack -h orses r eady as s oon a they had e a te n their breakfa s t, and t h e two C hinam en ha ste ned to obey Whil e they were l oading the animals Reel Runyon stro ll e d out to the s hed that answere d for a s tabl e for the tav er n. "lUornin'," said he, plea s antly, to Hop. "I s 'pose yer fe e l putty good t hi s mornin', don't yer ?" "Me feelee allee samee bully boy with um g la s ee eye," "I s'pose that's about the r c ase, Tom. Yer see, yer r e t orted Hop, g rinning at the man h e h a d astonis h e d wit h always ruled with a h eavy hand an' the y got t e r b e hi s s l e i ght-of-hand performance. afraid of yer But je s t 'ca use yer got li cked by a boy "Goi n away t h is mornin'?" asked the r ascal ly min er they'v. e made up thei r mind s that you ain't a s mu ch as yer Yes; m e go putty soon ee." made out ter be I kin see how it is, fur I'm a putty good "Where are yer g oin to?" jedge of human nature. M e no know retorte d Hop. "Whattee Melican man "We ll, I've g ot ter git s quare, if I lose my right hand wan tee know for?" doin' it. I'm goin' ter make Young Wild W est wis h h e Oh, I j est a s ked yer that's all. It don't make no dif never was born afore I am many hour s older. An' we'll f ere nce ter me where yer go. make s ome money at ther sam e time Hop grinn ed. "Good !" exclaime d Coxey, whil e the Mos ley broth e r s H e knew ri ght away that the man was trying to find n odded to show how they felt on the s ubject. l out where they were g oing for some purpose. The three villains had no gTudge against our hero, but Red Runy on walked away just in time to ge t out of sight

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H YOUNG WILD WEST'S LEAP IN THE DARK. before \\"ild and bis partners came out to get their own and the girls' horses ready. Then Hop told him that the villain had been there ask ing "All right," said the dashing young deadshot "Yon rouldn't have told him where we are bound if you had wanted to, Hop. But it makes little difference whether he knows or not One thing, if he follows us and looks for trouble he will get more than he wants of it." "Me no likee Led Lunyon," answered the Celestial, shaking hi s head. "He allee samee badee man, like um Tomb stone '.rom." "You've got that right, I reckon," spoke up Cheyenne Charlie. "Me allee samee putty smart; me tellee had man fl.om goodee man, evely timee "You certainly can, Hop," Jim Dart ha s tened to say. "l\Iy blother velly muchee sma.rtee,'' observed Wing; "me likee be smartee, but me only um fool Chinee Jim as' s isted them with the pack-horses, and then got his 011n s addled and ready for use. By thi s time Wild and the scout hacl the r est ready, so they led them aro und to the front of the tavern. The man in c harge of the stab le had already take11 Uooley's mount around, so they were now ready for the start. Wild had paid the bill before coming out, and when he came a round Pepper was waiting for him with a dozen cigars. "Take these an' smoke 'em on your way over ther ran ge," he said. "I lik e you folks, an' I'm sony ter see yer go away. I've got a l ittle present fur ther Chinee, too." Then he handed Hop an oblong package which looked ver y much a s though it was a bottle wrapped up "Me velly muchee 'bligee,'' sai d the Celestial magician. "Yer kin give your broth e r some of what's in it, if you've a mind ter," the landlord replied "Allee light; me always givee my blother whattee me gottee." Wing s hook hi s head, as though he never knew much ahout it if Hop did give him anything. Once in a great while he gave him whisky, but that was to get him in the humor to do a little gambling. And when Wing gambled with hi s brother he always lost money in the operation "If yer ever come a l ong this way don't furgit ther Red IT ot Tavern," said Pepp_er, as they rod e off. "You bet we won't Wild answered. "Good by, all!" There were half a doze n miner there, and they gave t hem a rou sing c heer Wild was pretty certain that they would be followed, so after they had got about h alf a mile out of the town he t u rned in the sad dle and looked back. Sure enou gh, five horsemen w ere following them "I guess we'll have trouble before we get to the cavern," he sajd Cooley. "I made a couple of enemies in Hard Scratch, and I guess they mean to down me if they can. 'l'he re are fivc' men coming along after us now, and two of them are the rascals I call my enemies." 1N e ll, if half what I lmve heard about you is true I reckon you kin take care of ther galoots if they try any of their games on yer,'' answered the pro s pector "Jest let em come along! I kin shoot putty good, if I have got a ga h in my shoulder I ain't altogether laid up, I rec ko n. Tbey all turned around to have a look at those follow ing them, but the villains took to the woods at the side o.f the trail jus t then, and were lo t to view They saw no more oi the men until noon_, when they s topped to re s t the hor:;es and cat their dinner. Charlie and Jim had shot some sage -hen s and a couple of partridges, and a s they had made pretty good time, so far, they deeicled to halt long enough to broil them. It was while they were waiting for them to get cooked that the fiye villains came riding up. None of them had rifles, but they were all armed with revolvers and hanting-knives, and Wild soon noticed that both Tomb s tone Tom and Red Runyon had their hands on the s hoot ers they had in their belts. That meant that they were ready to shoot in a hurry "Keep right on going, gentlemen," said the dashing young deadshot, coolly, and then he pulled one of hi s six shooters and had them covered before they knew it. 'l"ombs tone Tom, who was slightly in advance of the re s t, had been in the act of reining in his mustang, and when he saw the revolver in the boy's hand he turned pale and allowed the animal to keep on at a slow walk. Charlie and Jim had drawn their shooters by this time, and they now stood with them in their ready to begin firing the moment it was necessary. "What's ther matter with yer?" the Terror asked, affect ing to be surprised. "We was only goin' ter stop ter ask yer a question. He brought hi horse to a halt as he said this, evidently hoping to throw the boy off his guard. "Keep right on going!" an s wered the dashing young deaclshot. "If you don't want to drop off that horse with a bullet through your heart, do as I tell you." Then the villain lost no time in starting the mustang up:, and in single file the rest rode after him. They were soon out of sight around a bend a hundred yards away, and the moment they were Wild started after them on foot "I am going to try and find out what their game is," he said. He hastened along the trail, treading lightly as he went. When he came to the bend he dropped close to the ground and crept to a clump of bushes As he expected, the five men had come to a halt. T11ey sat in the saddle talking in low tones, but not so low that Wild could heat ai1d understand what was being said

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YOU.NG "'WILD WEST S LEAP IN THE DARK. "I knowed that game wouldn't work," he heard one of Dut Wild c1ic1 not mean that they would be shot at froni the m say "l was fur neakin' up on 'em an' lettin' 'em am bu h just then. have it with6u t them seein' u s It wonld have been very foolish of him to l ead his It was Coxey who s aid this, and by the way they acted, friends along the trail past the rock s after hearing wha t it was evident that th e rest t h ought h e was rig ht. he had. ""We ll,' said R ed Runyon, "l had an idea that ihey '.Ju s t get dinner ready as soon as you can, he wouldn t mind talkin' ter us, an' while w e was makin' out said "The n we fix up something to fool those fe llows. that we was friends we could have pulled our g un s an I think it would be a good idea to send you ahead and dropp e d 'em at close range sec if they would s hoot yon. "Yer might lrnve had a chance tcr do ihat if yer had ":i\fc no like e cricJ t h e C hinaman, holding up his k ept your hands away from your shooters whe n w e rocle hands in fea r. "1\'Iakee my blother go! H e no 'fl.aid of up. They see n you an' Tom have your fingers froze t e r yer bad 1\Ie li c an mans." s ho ote rs, an' that was eno u g h ter make Youn g Wild W est Hop wa s shre wd e nough to uncler F tand that \Yild was think we wa up tPr someihin' only joking Our hero s miled 8s h e h e ard this. Taking advantage of it, he promptly spo ke up: He now knew the villains were alte r him for a certainty. "Me n o 'flaid; m e lide pa s t um locks, an' w h en um batlce Forewarned is forearmed, so iliey say galoots s hootee at me, me shootee back, i!llee samee Mis l e r "Ther best tiling tcr c1o now is te r hide somew ]1er e till Wild!" they e:ome along,
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lC YOUNG WILD WEST'S LEAP IN THE DARK. kind of a move against the villains who were waiting to shoot them down from ambush. "What are yer gain' ter do?" he asked, anxiously. "I am going over there and surprise them from behind,'' was the reply. "Then I will give them two minutes to take the back trail for Hard Scratch. If they don't do it I'll iust show them how fast I can make them drop." CHAPTER VIL OUR FRIENDS REACH THE CAVERN. Wild now took his rifle and left the camp. He started in the woods and up a little bill in a direc tion that would lead him to a spot back of the place where the villains had left their hor ses The boy was ready for business, for now that be was certain that the villains meant to shoot them down from ambush, it was for him to protect himself and companions. Tombstone Tom and his friends were very close to death at thaot very moment, though they were not aware of it. While they were waiting for those they had marked as their victims to come along and be shot down, the very OJ;Je they wanted the most was approaching them from be hind with a deadly Winchester rifle in his hand. Wild had no difficulty in getting through the woods, and' he had judged the distance to a nicety. He was not more than two minutes in reaching the strip where the horses of the gang were standing. Then the daring young deadshot crept up, and was soon within twenty feet of the five men sitting behind the rocks. He looked at them in silence for a moment. Then he decided to make known his presence. But before he could so he heard Red Runyon say in a low tone of voice : "It's about time they came along, unless they're goin' ter take it easy fur a while, boys." "Oh, they'll come putty soon, Tombstone Tom retorted. "Jest remember, now! Young Wild West is gain' ter be my meat. I want ter drop him myself. I've got a good place ter rest my arm here, an' I can't possibly miss, 'cause they're bound ter come so close that a feller could almost shoot 'em with his eyes shut Ther very minute that I fire the rest of yer kin give it ter 'em. Shoot down everybody but ther gals. No one will ever know what happened ter Young Wild West an' his party, then, fur we'll see ter it that ther gals never gits where they kin.tell anyone as would like ter know. Now, jest--" Wild could sta nd it no longer, and he interrupted the scoundrel by crying out in a ringing voice : "Stand up, Tombstone Tom!" It was a peculiar command, but before he scarcely set eyes on the one who uttered it Tombstone Tom was on his feet. He knew the voice of the young deadshot only too well. Wild stood behind a rock that was about waist-high, and the eyes of all five of the villains were now turned upon him. They were amazed beyond meas ure. "I have heard just what you galoots were talking about," went on Wild, "and I am in just the humor to s hoot you down! Which of you wants to die first?" There was no reply to this, but it seemed that Coxey was the one. He fired a s hot with remarkable quickness, and then tried to dive behind a rock. B.ut he was not quick enough. Even as Wild heard the bullet whistle past hi s bead be turned his rifle upon the villain and fired. Coxey dropped on his face. It was the last drop he would ever make, too. The smok ing muzzle of the rifle was l eveled so it could be turned upon either of the others, and they stood there like statues. "Who i s the next?" the young deadshot asked in his cool and easy way. It seemed remarkable that a single boy could stand there facing four villainous men, each of whom was armed, and hold them under subjection. But they knew how. well he could s hoot, and they dared not trust themselves. That accounted for it. "We wasn't doin' nothin' ter you," Red Runyon pres ently found words to say. "No, you had not starte d yet. But there is no use in trying to crawl out of it, but ju st thank your sta rs that you are i:;till living." "Don't shoot agin, please,'' spoke up Hank Mosley. "Ah! you are not anxious to die, th.en?" "No one is, I reckon." "But you wanted to shoot us all downi in cold bloodyou were anxious to do that!" "'Well, I, for one, ain't anxious ter do it now." "Oh, no! That seems :funny, don't it? Well, I am going to give you four scoundrels a show for your lives. Just mount your horses and ride off somewhere, so I will never set on you again. I as ure you that if I ever do see you again, and you. are actin g in anything like a suspicious way, I will shoot
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I YOUNG WILD WEST'S LEAP IN THE DARK. him. I'll give you jus t minutes to d o the job, and then ride past our camp over the back trail." With that Wild dropped back into the bushes and start ed around for the spot he had left his friends at. He knew that the four villains would do just as he h a d told them But what they might do after was anot h e r thing. Charlie and Jim were right at the bend in the trail, for when they heard the two s hots fired they had rus hed out to be on hand. They had seen the four m e n s tanding there among th,e rocks, but' had been unable to catch a g limpse of Wild. But they knew he must be all right. It was not until he ca lled out to them tha t they were aware that he was coming back Then they hunied to the camp, and got there the same time he did. "What did yer do?" a s ked the scout "It was your rifle that spoke, I reckon." "Yes, that's right, Charlie," was the reply. "Yer dropped one of th er ga loots, then?" "Yes, I had to, or h e would have dropped me. H e sent a bullet mighty close to my head, as it was. If he had had anoth er chance he might have succeeded I didn't give him the other chance." Wild then told them just what had occurred. "They will be along here in a few minutes," he added "We will keep a sharp watch on them when they go by, for there is no telling but that they may take a notion to :risk firing on us. They might think they would have a c hance to get away because they will be mounted, and ready to make a dash Our friends now got ready to move, for they meant to g o on as soon as the villains rode by. It was not morn than twenty minutes after Wild gave them their orders when Tombstone Tom and the other three scoundrels appeared. They had their horses on a walk, and appeared to be very meek and docile "You galoots will be wise if you ma. ke this the l ast time we will ever set eyes on you," said Young Wild West, as they rocle by. "You ought to be very thankful t hat you a re alive." There was no reply to this. But the expression on the face of the Terror told plainly that he did not intend that it should be the last time they would meet When they were out of s ight Wild gave the word, anc1 all mounted. Then they proceeded on their way for the wonderful cavern Cooley had told them about Cooley was del ighted at the way the villains had been handled. "I reckon that's about ther best I ever seen done," he declared. "Young Wild West, you sarti nly know how ter handle sich fellers I wish I was as cool as you, an' could shoot haH as straight." "We ll, if you try bard you can improve yourself in both ways, I s upp ose," was the reply. "It is easy e nough to keep cool if you only make up you r mind t h at you are going to do it." "But it has got ter be born in yer, too, I reckon." "Well, maybe it has, to a certain extent. But there is always room for improvement. If you can't be cool, why, be as cool as you can," and our hero laughed. "That 's somethi n li ke ther Iris hman said, ain't it?" "Yes, only he made it the word 'easy,' inste ad of 'cool.'" The y kept a watch b ehind them as they made their way ove r the trail. It was a tra.il that was not used a great deal by trav el ere, and, conseq u ently, ,it was pretty rough traveling, for he mos t part. But the horses were well used to that sort of g round, s o there was no real difficulty exper ienced. It was about three in the afternoon when Cooley pointed to a high ridge in the distance that was broken in the cen ter so as to almos t form the s hape of a l ette r U. "There's where ther cavern is," he said. I reckon we'll be there inside of an hour now." "Yes, I guess we can make that distance in an hour all ri ght,"1Wild repJied. It was a wild and picturesque scene that lay before them now. Not a thing that indicated the l east signs of c ivilization could be seen. There was an arid plain off to the left, and to the right could be seen the rolling prairie that was well coyered with a growth of green grass Ahead and behind them were naught but peaks and cur i ously formed rocks, with here and there a gr owth of trees common to the semitropics The trail wound its way a long steep precipices and othe r dangerous places, but their horses were s ure-footed so n othing was to be feared on that score. In a trifle less than an hour they came to tlie place Cooley had pointed out. "Here we are!" he-exclaimed. "Now; I reckon, we kin pick out a campin' spot. There' s ther mouth of ther big cavern, right over there. Yer can't see that it is a cav ern till yer git right up ter it, though, fur that big hi g h rock stands right in front of it. No one would ever think there was sich a place there, unless h e st opped an' looked behind that rock." They a ll dis.mounted, a .nd the n Wild and Arietta led the way to the rock. They found it exact l y as the prospector had said The rock, which was .of a brown in color ant! of the sandstone variety, reared itself square l y before a big opening that was lar ge enough for a team to drive through'.. But it was so close to the opening that it would have been impossibl e for the team to get to it. If such a thing was tried it would be neces s ary to re move the rock first. \

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18 YOUNG WILD WEST'S LEAP IN THE DARK. But a single horse could be led in by making a sharp turn. Wild looked around, and saw that there was a conveni ent spot to pitch their camp not more than thirty yard s from the big rock. A stream that was rather small, but large enough to supply them with more water than they could possibly use, trickled from the high bluff above, and then lost itself in a narrow rift in the rock s some distance away. There was plenty of grass, and the mesquite bushes were plenty near the spot where the water came down. "This will do, all right," our hero said. "Wing, you and Hop get the pack-horses unload ed, and we' ll put up the tents right again s t the .face of the cliff there." Cooley wanted to help them, but they would not h e ar to it. His wounded shoulder would hinder him in the work, and they could very well get along without him. was not long before the camp was in s hape, for they had a system of doing thing s and as it had been practiced so many times, it was quite easy. "Now, ther fir s t thing yer know w e' ll miss ther galoot of a Hop," said Charlie. "He's got that bottle of tanglc foot what ther landlord of ther Red Hot tav e rn give him an' he won't be satisfied till he's put it ins ide of him." "Well, I am not going to say a word now, and if he does go to drinking, so as to make a bea st of himself, I'll give him a little scare I have been pretty e asy with him fo:r some time now. r don't mind a fellow drinking whisky if he wants a little now and then, but I haven't any u s e for one who gets drunk just for the fun of it." "An' that's what Hop wil-1 do every time he gits ther chance," said the s cout. "Well, he don't alway s drink eno u gh to make him out of the way much. If he wants to take a swallow now and then from that bottle I don't object, but if he starts to make a spree of it I'll shoot the bottle out of his hands, that's all." Charlie judged the Chinaman right, for he was s imply itching to s'ample the present the tavern-keep e r had given him. He did not think he was being watched, but he was. The camp was no sooner put in proper s hape than Hop '1.isappeared. CHAPTER VIII. rros REMARKABLE ADVENTURE IN THE CAVERN Hop had been listening to a great deal that had been said about the cavern and the underground stream. He was not inter este d in it much, but he decided to go in the place as soon as he got the chance And when he went in he meant to take the bottle of l iquor with him. "Me have e lillee dlink in um biggee cave, he thought. '\Mi s ler Wild no findee." So h e watched hi s chance and managed to elude those who h a d been keeping an eye on him and get into the cave It was dark in there, of cou rse, but Hop carefu ll y took hi s bearing s and made his way to one of the many pas sages that see med to open i n all directions. He found a convenient place to sit down, and then he proceed e d to take the cork from the bottle. Thi s was an easy thin g, since he carried a corkscr ew. He took a ta s t e of the contents, and then s macked hi s lip s "Misler Charlie lik ee havee sonie of li s," he m uttere
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YOUNG WILD WEST'S LEAP I N THE D A RK. 19 "Me no likee!" protested Hop, who was more sore over It was evident that h e e njoyed the fear his capt ive was losing his tanglefoot than he was frightened showing "Cbinee come with Injun!" repeated the redskin Nothing pleases an Indian bett e r than to see cowar dice "Me no likee!" protested Hop, getting real frightened displayed by one not belonging to his own race. now. "Chinee heap much 'fra id," he said, contemptuou sly. "Cbinee shut up!" "M'e no li kee," answered Hop. "Me velly good Chinee." The Indian th111st the muzzle of his pistol against the In less than a'minute l ate r they came to the brink of a head of his pri oner now, and Hop obeyed roari n g stream He followed the redskin-or rather he was dragged The Indian came to a halt an d dropped :upon his knee. along by him-through the passage. "Chinee see?" he asked. It was so dark in there that neither o.f them could see a "Yes," answered Hop; "me see, but me no likee." foot before them, buL the Indian evidently knew where he Then it sudden l y occurred to him that he must get away was going. from his captor After a turn to the le.ft had been made Hop's captor He noticed that the redskin no longer liad: his pi s tol gave a grunt and came to a halt. in his hand "l\Ic Lie ) 'Our hands," he saic1. "If Chinee no want to He bad thrust it back in his belt. die he will hold bis hands behind him." Hop thought quickly Then was the chance for the ( 'elestial to knock the In order to make his escape he must hurl tlie red s kin weapon from the redskin's hand and run for his life. into the water! But he did not take it. It would be no easy task to do this, since bi s handi were As smart as he was in the majority of things, Hop was bound behind him. not up to snuff when there was a revolver leveled at his But there were more ways than one. head The Celestial could buck pretty well, and he Wal very He feared that the weapon might go oil', and in that case active for one of hi s race. his earthly career would be ended. He made up his mind what to do in a second. He put his hands ju t where they were wanted, and 1 "Me no likee water," he said getting ready for the efthen in less than a minute he was rendered helpless, as l fort he was going to make. far as they were concerned. The redskin grunted He till had the use of his feet, and he could have called Bump! for help if he tried. As quick as a wink Hop lowered hi s h ea d and butted But if he did that he thought the Indian would surely the in the ribs. kill him, and Hop Wah, the Chinese magician, hoped to Then his left foot swung around and tripped !Um. live a long while yet. Splash!. Having secured his captive so he could not put up a The Indian had vanished, for the bJack: waterlil liad fight, or do him any harm, the redskin felt around on a swallowed him up little ledge at the side of the passage and soon found a The torch went with him, so the Chi naman was in Stypitch pine torch. gian darkness. He struck a match and soon had the torch burning. But one thing about Hop was that he always took note Hop was now terrified. of the direction he was going "Lettee poor Chinee go!" he pleaded in a very low voice, He knew which way he h a d come, :for as the forcli went for he felt that he dared not make too much noise into the water he had turned and looked into tlie pas"Chinee shut up, or Injun kill!" was the reply. There was no help .for it, so Hop was conducted througl1 the passage, which turned this way and tbat, until :finally, at the end of five minutes, the sound of rushing wate r could be heard As frightened as he was, the Chinaman thought of the underground stream he had heard Wild and the rest talk ing about, and he felt thac he W
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YOUNG WILD WEST'S LEAP IN THE DARK. "Well, I'll be jiggered!" exclaimed Charlie. "Wild
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YOUNG WILD WEST'S LEAP IN THE DARK. 21 him by the throat. "Just take it easy, now, or you may get hurt." Charlie and Jim came rushing around the rock at that moment, and as soon as they saw that Wild had the fellow they sprang to his assistance. In less than a minute the Indian was dragged out into the open air. The rest of our friends gathere d around as he was lift&d to hi s feet. "Thunder!" gasped Ralph Cooley; "if it ain't ther red galoot what jumped inter ther underground stream, I'm a sick coyote!" "Allee samee ledskin what me knockee in um under glound stleam lillee while ago," said Hop, stepping for ward, for he had only lost a lock of his hair by the bullet that had been sent at him. Wild looked at the two in a puzzled way. That they were both in deadly earnest he could plainly tell. But he thought that both must be mistaken. "I guess this isn't the fellow who cut you with the ax, Cooley,'.' he said. "Redskins look alike, a s a rule, espec ially when you see them in the dark." "It is the same fellow," declared the pro s pector, shak ing his head to show that he was pos itive. "I know ther galoot's looks too well ter make a mistake. It's ther red skin what jumped in ther und e rground stream ter save himself from gittin' a bullet from me." "Allee samee ledskin what me knockee in um water," Hop added. "Me no foolee, so be." "Ah, you don't know one redskin from Hop," exclaimed Cha rlie. "If this galoo t was knocked inter ther water, an' ther place is anything like you an' Cooley sa.ys it is, he must have drowned himself; an' if he got drown ed how could he be here ?" "He mustee gittee out allee samee putty quick. See him allee wettee fl.om um water." "That's right," nodded Wild. "I found out that he was dripping wet when I tackled him. The red galoot has just come out of the water, and no mistake." "And that means that both Hop and Mr. Cooley are right, when they say it i s the same one," spoke up Arietta. "'There must be a way to get back into the cavern from the under gro und st ream. That sound s plausible, for under gro und stream s are c uriou s things, and anything i s liable t o happen if a person gets into one." "But the surest thing ter happen would be ter drown," Cha rli e declared. "That galoot never was in no under ground strea m I'll bet." The Indian had b een li steni n g to what wa s s aid with stolid indifference, but th!J remark of the scout caused a faint sm il e to play a bout his lips. As an Indian is not given much to s miling, Wild made up his mind that there was something in what Arietta claimed. "BTing him over here and tie him to the tree, boys," said, pointing out the tree that was close to the fire Wing had just kindled. Charlie and hustled the prisoner there and soon had him bound so it was impossible for him to escape. "Now," observed the dashing young deadshot, looking the pri s oner squarely in the eyes, "I want to know why you shot at the Chinaman ust now. If you don't ,speak the truth you will be a dead redskin of ten min utes." "Ugh!" grunted the redskin; "paleface heap much talk; me no talk." "I guess you'll talk before the ten minutes are up," and with that Wild put a fresh cartridge in his revolver and then s tepped back a pace and leveled it at the Indian' s breast. "You tried to kill the Chinaman, and then you shot at me," he said, coolly. "That makes it lawful in this country for me to kill you, because you are too far away from a court of justice. I am going to s hoot you dead if you don't answer the que sti ons I put to you. Do you feel like living, or do you want to make a quick journey to the Happy Hunting Grounds?" The boy acted a s though he surely meant to keep his word and kill the Indian, for he had a way of doing it and could fool a per s on very quickly. Of course he would not have been guilty of s hooting a helpless pri s oner, no matter what crim e he had committed. But the redskin must have thought it would be all up with him if he did not do as he was told, for he very quickly said: "Me no like palefaces here." Hop was suddenly struck with an idea, and, walking up to the captive, placed hi s nose close to hi s mouth for a second or two. Then he jumped bak and gave a nod of satisfaction. "Me no makee mi s takee he exclaimed; "me smell tanglefoot Ledskin dlink my tanglefoot." "Great gimlets! ther heathen has been sme llin' of ther red sk in's breath," the scout exclaimed. "That is what I call putty good. I'll try it myself." He s tepp e d up and tried it, and then he knew pretty s urely that the prison er had been drinkin g whisky. That mad e it look as though it really was the fellow Hop had knocked into the underground s tream. Wild watched the red s kin' s face whil e all thi s was going on. He remained s toical jus t as though it was of no con-cern to him. "What did you s teal the Chinaman's firewater for? our hero asked him s uddenly. "Injun like firewat e r," was the reply. "Well, after you got hi s firewater what made you m a k e him go with you for?" "Me want Chinee cook for me." Thi s was admission enough to prove that Hop was ri2h t in what he said. But Wild did not s top there.

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22 YOUNG WILD WEST'S LEAP IN THE DARK. What did you try to kill that man for?" he asked, pointin g at Cool ey. "Paleface man try to kill me," was the reply. "Bu t you wanted him to go out of the cavern here Why di d you want him to do that?" "Paiefaces no right there; Chinee no right there. Apaches on l y go in the big cave." "Ah! I see. Well, you wiH change your mind, won't you, about that? How about letting us all go in and look :.ro und ? W e want to see the water that you jumped in and got knocked in and yet you didn't get drowned. You s h ouldn' t object to that. We arc not alter the gold the Apaches h ave got stowed away in the cavern The r e d skin had been trying to appear very but this seemed to be too much for him, and 110 gave a start a nd looked at Wild as though he could scarcely believe that he had heard aright. "You h ave got a lot of gold hidden in there," went on our hero, wh0 knew he had scored a point, 'and if you are the only one who knows it is t110re what do you care, any how? Why don't you take out what you want of it and go and become c i vilized?" At this the redskin shook his head "Paleface boy heap much talk," he said "Well, I am oi'ily talking what is right. You know you have made a big mi s take, and you ought to be g lad that I spared your life, for I could have shot you dead if I had want ed to The Apache lo oked at his arm that had ]feen grazed by Wild's bullet. The blood had just been drawn, and that was all. "Paleface boy try to kill, but he no hit in right place," he s aid "Oh! If you think that way I will show you that you are wrong. I can hit anything I shoot at. Just watch this." Wild p i c k ed up a stone that was no larger than an egg and tossed it a lm ost straight in the air. Then out came his revolver and he fired two shots at it in s u ccession The Apache opened wide his eyes, for he could tell t1rnt the stone had been hit by both bullets Wh e n it dropped to the ground our hero picked it up and showed him where the bullets had hit it and flattened 01;1t I guess you think I could have dropped you for fair now, don't you?" he asked. "Paleface boy heap much good shoot." "Yes, I can shoot straight, redskin. I am Young Wild W est." Then it was that the Indian gave a start. It was evident that he had heard of the young deadshot, but had never met him before. "Young Wild W est make heap much fight with Ap aches," he said with a sort of grunt. "Yes, I have fought the Apaches a few times, and I a lwa ys won out, too You would be a fool to fight us, for I would s hoot you before you had tin1e to sing half a line of your death song. Now if you will promise to go away and not bother us I will let you go." "He won't keep his promise i f he makes one," spoke up Jim Dart. "No! ther measly coyote wou l d s h oot u s down ther first chance he got. He'd be as treachero us as them galoots what followed u s from Hard Scratch was," declared the scout "Injun go away, but he come back," sa id the Apache, s l owly For a wonder he did not try to deceive them by making a promise he did not mean to keep. "I tell you what to do," s pok e up Cooley "You don't seem to think I am fit to go in the cavern with you to night, s o we will keep the redskin until morning, and then we'll Lake him in there with us It may be that h e' ll show u s sornethin' about ther place that would be interestin' "That i s a good idea, I guess," sa id Wild. "Redskin, you can make up your mind that you're going to be a prisoner for a while. It isn't safe to let you go, for you would only qe trying to take our lives if we stay around here, which we mean to do." The Apache shrugged his s houlders, but made no reply. He did not like the idea of remaining a prisoner, but he was not the one to beg for his life or liberty. Wild told Charlie and Jim to fix him so he would be able to sit or lie down, if he wished, and then he turned his attention to the supper that was nearly r eady. The scout and Dart soon had the red ski n fixed so he was sure to s tay there, and then they turned their attention to the s upp e r also. It was now near six o clock, and-as they wer e all hungry, they thought it time to eat. After the meal was over Arietta tho ught s h e would try her at questioning the She walked over to him, accompanied by Anna and Eloise. "How is it that you have decided to be a bad Indian?" she asked. "Injun no bac1," was the reply "But you tried to kill a man with an ax the other day, anc1 only a short time ago you shot at our Chinese ser vant and then at Young Wild West. They would not do a t11ing to harm you. You certain l y are a bad Indian, or you would not act like that." "Pal eface maiden talk" much," the Apache retorted, e vid ently not knowing what else to say. "But I want you to tell me what there is in the cavern that you do not want us to find. Come, you may as well tell, for it cannot hurt you any." "Paleface maiden heap much pretty," was the reply. "Well, that is all right. But 'tell me about the water that goes rushing under the rocks in the c1ark. What is there beyond the place where it goes out of sight?" "Only what belongs to the Apaches, paleface maid en; th e palefaces must not go there.

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YOU.NG WILD WEST S LEAP IN THE DARK. W ell, I am going there." The captive r edski n looked at her curiously. "You no afraid, h e said "No, I am not afraid. I am going to find out the secret of the underground str eam." The Apache nodded gravely. "If the paleface maiden go the re she will find gold," he answered. "Good!" Then the r e dskin s hru gged his should ers, as though he was sorry he had s aid as much. 1 Arietta questioned him furth e r, but could get nothing more from him. "Wait until we go into the cavern," s he said to Anna and E 1oise. "I wi11 find out what i s there that the Indian does not want us to trouble CHAPTER X. THE VILT.AINS STILL LOOK FOR REVENGE. As t h e reader no doubt s upposes, Tomb sto ne Tom and his three remaining friends clid not intend to give up hunting down Young Wild Wes t. If anything, they were more bitter than ever toward the daring young deadshot The y only rode half a mile back on the trail and then they came to a halt and dismounted "Well, boy I r eckon we got it worse than ever that time," the Terrar observed, as he wiped the perspiration from his brow. "If we didn't git it good a n hard no one ever did!" R e d Run yon exclaimed. The Mosley Brothers n odded and shr ugged their shoul ders They wel'e thinking of what had happ ened to Coxey. "I want to a k you fellows if this ain't enough ter make u s fo1ler Youn g Wild West till we git him?" 'rombstone Tom went on to say "It are," said R e d Run yon; "an' yer kin count on me te r t ick to yer till ther job is fini hed ." "Me too," cried Hank Mosley. "An' yer kin bet I'll stick!" chimed in Jake, his broth er. "I jest thought a whol e l ot 0 Coxey, 'cause he was a mighty good feller. I'm goin' ter git r evenge fur bi s death." "That's ther way ter talk, boys! and the T e rror bright ened up wonderfu lly. W e' ll j est make it hot fur 'em afore to-morr er mornin'," r emarked the r e d-whisker e d villain "They must have money with 'em, as you say, 'I'om. The r chances is that they've got a pile of it, too. 'rhat will pay u s fur ther trouble we'll have." "But it won't bring poor Coxey back ter life," added J ake "We've all got ter die/' said his brother, shrugging hi s shoulders "Yes, an' we might all die putty soon, if Young Wild West happen s ter draw a bead on us," was the retort. "We ain't g oin' ter let him ha_ve ther chance," said Tom. "We must be mighty particu l ar how we act this time Most lik ely Young Wild Wes t an' his people thinks we've gone on back ter Hard S c r a tch." "Sartin they do," declared R e d Runyon. "They think we've got eno u gh of it, I reckon. But we ain't hardly got started If we could only find them two redskin s what 's frie nd s of yours, Tom!" "I don't know where they kin b e," was the lead er's reply. "'rhey;ve got a h angout in a big cave fifteen or twenty mi les from here, an' sometime s fhe y' r e a round there, an' sometimes they ain't There's somethin' funny about them two redskins, too. They don't want ter mix with anybody, not even other Injuns But they think a pi l e of me, 'cause I give one of 'em whisky one day an' saved him from ther bite of a rattler. They'll do any thing I ask 'em. "'!'hen if we could only find 'cm we might git 'em ter sneak: up on Young Wild W est's camp to-night an' pop him over," said Runyon. "If that could be did we'd hav e an easy tirn'e of it, I reckon. We ought ter be abileter take care of ther rest of 'em all right." "Yes, I think tha t would be a good plap, Red. We'll try an' find ther redskins ." "But we'll :faller right along behind our inte nded vic tims, though." "Y cs, we'll sartinly do that." The villains waited for a fu ll holll' befor e they mounted and proceeded a long the trail. Even then they were very cautio u s when they came in sight of the spot where our friends had halted at noon. When they found there was no one there they rode on, keeping a sharp l ookout ahead. They knew if they rod e at a very fast pace they would overtake the party, and as they did not want to do this, they kept at a pretty slow pace. In this way they finally neared the big cave rn. 'I'ornb tone 'I'om knew where it was, and whe n they finally came to the top of a littl e hill he halted ancl took a look ahead. He was not lon g in noti cing that a coupl e of t ents had been pitched near the big rock that hid the mouth of the cavern from view. "Hanged if Young Wild W est ain't st opped ri ght where I expected ter find ther two red s kins!" he exclaim ed. "That's mighty funny, ain't it?" "I reckon it is," retorted R ed Runyon, s troking bis beard, thoughtfully. "I wonder if they eome here on purpose?" "'Vhat do yer mean by that?" Tom asked in surprise. "Well, it sor ter s truck m e that they had an object in comin' h ere They' r e with ther gal oot what g ot hurj:, yer know. I heard J ack Pepper at ther Red Hot Tavera .say

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YOUNG WILD WEST'S LEA P I N THE DARK as how ther ga l oot got c u t with an ax in a fight with a couple of Injuns It might be that you r friends is ther same I n j u ns that done it." "By j ingo! I never tho ught of that, Red. It is as like l y as not that they've come here fur that. Young Wild West wants ter hunt ther Injuns up an' drop 'em, I s'pose. He's always after bad Injuns, or white galoots what don't do things jest right. He's an awful medd1e some young feller, an' he's got a way that makes ordinary fo1ks like him." ''I reckon we ain't ordinary folks, then," spoke up Jake Mosley. "Well, we ain't, are we?" Tom hastened to say. "No! I reckon not!" exclaimed Hank. "We're what some folks would call villains "But we're jest as good as anyone, fur all that," added Red Runyon. "Never mind about what we are, boys. It would take a long while ter argue it out, I s'pose We'll find a place as close as we dare ter go ter Young Wild West's camp, an' then we'll stop there. "I think I know jest ther place. Foller me The leader now left the trail our friends had taken and t u rned to the left. The others followed, and, keeping along a ledge that swung around the face of a cliff, they rode until they came to the high piece of ground that was between them and The five villains fixed up as good a camp as they could. They did not have much with them, but they were used tit roughing it, and the blankets they had to sleep on and the frying-pan and coffeepot were quite enough. Red Runyon had seen to it to bring along a few sup plies, so they were not going hungry. "I want some coffee, boys," he said. "But I don't s'pose it will do ter make a fire till after dark, or them people over there will see ther smoke They won't be able ter see either ther smoke or ther ligh1; from ther fire a fter it gits dark, 'cause ther hill will shut off ther view all right, an' ther smoke will git up among ther clouds with out bein' seen." The same tiny stream that supplied our friends with water ran along close to the spot they had halted at and the vegetation and grass was as rank there as it was over uear the big rock in front of the cavern. As they had taken their time in getting to the s pot, it was close to sunset when they fovnc1 that Young Wild West and his friends were camped so clos e by, and it would not be a very long time before they would have a chance to light their fire. The sun set and darkness gradually came on At length they thought the time lrnd arrived to go ahead and get something cooked for their evening meal. Red Runyon acted as the cook, and when he got the fire going and the coffee over the blaze he gave an exclamation the camp near the mouth of the cavern of satisfaction. T h e cavern itself was located in a part of the mountain Th h d t th th h h h db k d that sloped down in the back ip.to a deep gorge that was 't ey lad somte mk eal wit emk'.tw ic tha ea]en smo e so i wou not a e ong o coo i over e co s. impossible to be reached, to all appearances Th' th th b. t th h d b ht l f th h d d h d fin 11 t is, w1 e iscm s ey a roug a ong rom e T e :five men ro e aroun t is an a y came o a t th ld k th cl 1 s ore m e mmmg camp, wou ma e em a go6 mea halt at a pomt that was not more than two hundred yards I f t .t ld b d th th l b"t f t ht 1 f th f f cl n ac i wou e as goo as ey were m e ia i o m a s raig me rom e camp o our rien s tt' th But in order to reach it they would have to cross a ge mg m e camp. narrow ledge and then work around to the trail, making a "If we only had a little liquor now we would be all distance of probably a quarter of a mile right," observed Tom "It is too bad we Tombstone Tom had no sooner dismounted than he was didn't think ter git half a gallon afore we left Hard ascending a hill to get a view of the camp. Scratch." :As soon as he had accomplished h is p u r pose he gave a "There's only one thing that hurts me, fellers," spoke guick look and came down. up Jake Mosley, "an' that is that poor Coxey ain't here. "Hanged if they ain't got one o f m y I n jun friends a It's a blamed shame that he had ter go an' git his mediprisoner !" he exclaimed cine from Young Wild West." "What?" said Red Runyon, looking increduloiisly at "There's no use talkin' about that, Jake," said his him. brother. "What's done can't be undone." "It's a fact, Red. They've got ther very Injun I saved "Yes; but we kin make th er young feller suffer fur it, from dyin' from th er rattlesnake bite. I know him so though." well that I couldn't make a mistake in him. It's Red "An' that's what we will do, too,'' remarked Tombstone Snake, ther 'Pache, as sure as I'm standin' here!" stone Tom. The men looked at him in silence for a moment. "I'm willin' ter sneak over there an' try an' git revenge "I told yer so," said Red Runyon, after a pa use. "They now," sa i d Jake. come out here ter hunt down ther two Injuns what give it "You are willi n ter do that?" the Terror asked, lookter ther galoot that's with 'em. Most likely they've killed ing at him sharply. ther other Injun. "Yes," "Well, it's all r ight We'll see ter it if we can't find a "S'pose yer go over there putty soon an' try an' see if way ter git ther prisoner free. If we only could he'd be yer can't git ther redskin loose? I reckon that would be ready tp do anything we wan ted him to. Jest wait, boys." ther best way ter git at ther business."

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YOUNG WILD WEST'S LEAP IN THE DARK. "Do yer mean it, Jake, when yer say yer want ter go over there?" asked the man's brother. "Yes, I mean it," was the reply. "I'm afraid you're a little hot-headed, an' yer may git shot if yer try ter down Young Wild West." "Well, I won't try ter do that jest now; I'm goin' ter try an' git that Injun free, jest as Tom says." "I don't think you're hardly ther right one ter do that, either." "What makes yer think that?" "Oh, you git excited over any little thing, an' it might be that you'd git killed, anyhow. I reckon I'd be ther one ter do ther job." "Do you want ter go, Hank?" asked Tombstone Tom. "Yes," was the reply. "I'd like ter go myself," spoke up Red Runyon. "Yer would, hey, Red? Well, I 've got a notion that I'd like ter do ther job, too, so ther best way ter settle this is ter draw lots. That will be fair fur all hands, an' ther one what wins kin consider that he's goin' ter do some ihin' that will be ther startin' of gittin' square on Young Wild West." This proposition seemed to suit them all. "How are we goin' ter draw lots?" asked Jake. "We'll pull straws," was the reply. "There ain't no here ter pull." "Well, we'll use pieces of grass. Ther one what gits ther shortest piece will be ther one ter go." The Terror picked five blades of grass and got them ready. Then he held them so only one end of them was visible and the men drew. Jake knew he would take a risk in getting to him, but he had come there for that purpose and he meant to do it. He paused for a minute and then began creeping around for the tree to which the redskin was bound. CHAPTER XI. THE TRIUMPH OF THE VILLAINS. While the villain Jake wa s creeping up to liberate the Indian our friends were talking of what they were going fo do when they got inside the cave. It was not long before a s hout went up from Charlie and then a pistol shot rang out. .Young Wild West sprang to his feet and was just in time to see the redskin free and bounding toward the cavern. Grabbing up the lantern, he star ted after him. Cheyenne Charlie had fired the s hot, and it was Jake who got his medicine. The villain had succeeded in cutting the redskin loose, and he had just raised his revolver to :fire a shot at Wil d when the scout saw him. Charlie :fired to kill, and he did not miss his mark. He saved the life of Wild, probably, for Jake was close enough to send in a st raight shot. As Charlie saw our hero dart after the escaping redskin he decided to follow him. He picked up his lariat and rifle and started after him. Then Arietta s uddenly made up her mind to go into the Jake gave an exclamation of joy when he found he had cavern. been the one to draw the short one. There had been two lanterns lighted in the camp, and "It's all right," he said; "I'm ther galoot as will do ther Wild had taken one of them. business. I'll see if I can't git ther Injun free." She picked up the other and exclaimed: His brother then underto"ok to advise him as to what he "Jim, I am going with Wild and Charlie. Take care should do, but Tomb stone Tom interposeQ.. of the girls." "Let him use his own jedgment," he said. "He won't Jim heard her, but he was too intent on for know jest what he's goin' ter do till he gits there." more of the villains to appear to answer just then. Five minutes later Jake left the camp and star ted on Jim, in fact, did not know that Wild and Charlie had his mission. gone into the cavern after the escaping redskin. It was pretty dark, but he had figured out the way to He expected that it was one of the rascals they had sent go and be crossed the l edge and made his way around the back that day who had l iberated the Apach .e, and he felt. hill. certain that the rest of them would appear in s hort order. It was not long before he saw a lighted lantern, and But when a minute had pas sed and there was naught then he knew he was approaching the camp of Young Lut s ilence, he took a look around the camp ,. Wild West. Ralph Cooley and the Chinaman were crouchmg behind He moved with pretty good caution, for, in spite of a boulder, read y to fight, and the girls were not to be seen. what his brother had said, he was about the best one of the Then it occurred to Jim what Arietta had said: five to go on the mission. ,,.. It was dark in the camp now, but Jim could see tlie Jake crept up to within a dozen yards of the camp. outlines of the three behind the boulder. He saw that Cheyenne Char lie was sitting close to a tree He was squatting behind a tree himself. with his rifle across his knees. "Did Arietta go?" he asked in a whisper He was keeping a watch. "Y eil; Misler Wild and Misler Charlie go, too," an:The rest were sitting near the tents talking, and the swered Hop. Indian was reclining on the ground. "And your sweetheart and Mrs. Anna are in their tent/1

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YOU TG 'WILD WEST'S LEAP lN THE DARK. r.dcled the pro spector "I reckon Young Wild West don't ga loot s hard an' fast. Ther Chinamen kin stay right mean ter let that galoot of a redskin git away." where they are till we come back." "He won't if he can possibly help it," Jim replied. Cooley was easily deceived, and as the Chinamen were But Jim felt a little bit uneasy. badly frightened, they did not notice that it was not Jim's He was sorry that Wild had Iiot let the red skin go, for voice. he felt that they were liable to be attacked at any moment The p{ospector started for the spot the voice came from, by Tombstone Tom and his men. and when he got there a revolver was placed under his Jim decided to take a look around and find out if there nose. was anyone coming. "One little bit of a noise an' you're a goner!" Tomb-He crept over to the -boulder and told the three what stone 'l'om hissed in his ear. he was up to. Cooley was unable to put up a fight on account of his Then he made his way to the tent in which Anna and wounded shou ld er Eloise were. The villains had a lariat, so they soon had him bound "Girls," be whispered, "lie close to the ground, for if ancl gagged, the same as Jim. any firing i s done you might get hit. The boulders in Then they dragged him back and tied him to another front of the tent will protect you if you lie down." tree that was close to where Jim was. "All right, Jim," Eloise answered. "I am sorry Ari"Now," said Tombstone Torn, with a c1rnckle, "Red, me etta went along with Wild and Charlie, though I always an' you will walk right inter ther camp, j est as though we feel safer when she is with u s was these two fe ll ers We'll catch ther two heathen ga "Be very careful, Jim," Anna said loots in no time, an' then we'll only hav e ther gals ter fool "I will You both 11ave your shooters r eady, I supwith." pose?" Leaving Hank in the background, they walked boldly "Yes," came the reply. into the camp. The boy crept away from the camp and began to crawl "You findee baddee M:elican mans, Misler Jim?" Hop around in a semici rcl e asked, rising to his feet He had not gone far when, without the l east warning, I "I reckon we did," was the reply, and then they pounced he was pounced upon by a man. upon J:lOth Hop and Wing and bore them to the earth. He was thrown flat on his stomach, while a hand was They both let out a cry, though, and then Anna ancl clapped over his mouth at the same time. Eloise came out of the tent, ready to fire Jim hacl been caught! "Come here, Hank!" called out the leader of the v il-'rhe fact was that Tombstone Tom and the rest had l a ins. hastened toward the camp the instant they heard the Hank came on a run. pistol s hot and s hout. Anna nerved herself and fired a s hot. Somehow they hacl felt that Jake had gone under and But it went over the scoundrel's head, and the next they became desperate. minute she was sci.zed and the weapon torn from her They had run all the way to within fifty feet of the grasp. darkened camp, and then they dropped to the ground and Eloise was captured quite easily by Tomb s tone Tom, crawled up. \\hile R.ed R.unyon took care of the Chinamen. As luck would have it, Jim Dart crept right into the In less than five minutes all hands were prisoners arms of Red Runyon. But the three villains were worried for fear that Young The whole three of them soon liad a hand in rendering Wild West and Cheyenne Charli.e would appear Jim helpless I They forced Wing to tell them where they had gone, Then they lilted him and carried him back a few yards and then the l eader was struck with an idea. and tied 11im to a tree, so he could no t roll away. "If we could only make that big rock fall over ag'in Then back they crept to the camp. ther opening we'd have 'em !" h0 exclaimed "They'd Unfortunately Anna called out in a whisper just then, stay there an' starve to death. I r ecko n that would b e and as Couley answered her question the villains received revenge enoua-h fur us." the information that there was no on,e there now but the "It sartinly would," replied Hank. "I wonder what prospector and tlie two Chinamen, besides the girls in the they clone ter Jake?" tent. While Torn and R.ed w e r e trying to find a way to make "We'll catch them galoots," Tombstone Tom whispered the big rock topple over he went around in sea rch of hi s to his companions. "Hank, you kin change your voice; brot11er. jest call out fur that galoot with ther wounded shoulder He found him in short order right where he had icr come here-that somethin's up, yer know ." chopped "All right," answered Hank, and then in a shrill whis-Jake was dead! p e r he called out: rrhen he flew into a rage and began to l e t out a string f "Jl1st come here an' foller me. I reckon we'll git them oaths that were horrible to h ear.

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YOUNG WILD WEST S LEAJ? IN THE DARK. To m h ad found another l antern and lighted it. "They 've gone in the r big cave aft e r the r r e dski n, h e s aid, "an' th er chance s i s that the y ll be a g ood whil e catchi n him We'll light this lantern an try an git t h e r rock over. Hurry up! We ain't got an awful lot of tim e ter s pare It so happened that the ro c k was not much mor e than balanced in its pos ition before the mouth of the cavern. CDoley's pro s pecting tool s came in handy, and they were soon digging on the inner side In l ess than ten minutes the rock gave a lu rch Crash! The ro c k jarre d the ground as it fell over "There's what yer might call a livin' death fur t1rnm what s in the re," he s aid with a chuckle. "Boy s we had hard luck fir s t off, but our turn come aft e r a whi l e "If we hadn t los t two of our m e n it would be all right," answered Reel Runyon A little l at e r Jim and Cooley w e r e brnu ght to the c a mp and ti e d to trees. Then the two girl s felt s ligl1tl y reliev e d They r emove d the gags f-:rom th e mouth s of the two captives a nd b e gan questioning the m about th e money they had But our frie n d s a lways c a rri e d mos t o:f the ir money in their s addl e -bag s and Jim was n ot g oin g to tell them that. However, the s coundr e l s found a s mu c h a s a couple of hundred dollar s on the per sons of Jim and the pro s pector and they felt that the y were partly paid "We'll wait till daylight afore w e fix you g aloots," w ent on the looking a t Jim. "I :reckon we' ll han g yer, an we want daylight t e r do it in. Jest what d o with ther gal s we a i n t settle d on yet, but yer kin b e t that w e'll use them all right. We'll make queen s out o:f 'em, or somethin' like that, I reckon." Jus t then the voices of Wild and Charlie wer e heard f rom the cavern. "They have got u s pri s on e r s and hav e fa s tened you in there, Wild Jim call e d out loudl y Then the scoundrels laughed mockingly CHAPTER XII. CONCLU S IO N' Young Wild Wes t was. b ent on catchin g the r e d s kin for he depended on him to show the m what there was in the cavern that was being kept from them A s the fellow had no light, he coul d not run as fast as Wild with the lantern and he rapidl y gain e d upon him. But when he darted into a passage and fle d throu g h the darkne s s Wild knew he a good chance of hiding s omewhere However, he darted into the pas s age after him, fol lowed by. Cha rl ie and Arietta. Our hero could hear the footsteps of the e s caped red kin and he kept on, h o l ding the lantern so he could see his way. But s uddenl y the foot s t e p s ceased Wild r a n on a few s t e p s and the n 11alted and waited :fctr t he scout and Ari etta to come up. Have yer los t him?" a s ked Charlie. Yes,'' a n s w e red the das hing young deadshot. Wild, didn t Coole y say that all the pa s sages in the cav ern led to the underground stream?" Arietta asked "That's s o! Come on! We' ll keep right o n ahead aRd see whe re w e f e t c h out at. Th e thre e now ran on and in a very few minutes the s ound mad e by rushin g water came to their ears Ari etta's e yes brightened. "It i s the und e r g round stream!" she excla im ed "'I am confident th a t it i s going to be the mean s of somethi ng wond e rful happening." The ne x t minut e they were standing on the bank of the dark ru s hing s tream, whe re the passage ended Th e oth e r passa g es, some thing like half a dozen in number, a ll m e rged into one right there. But th e r e w e r e no s i g n s of the Indian. "Wild, I am s ati sfie d that thi s underground s tream i s g oing to bring u s g r eat luck." "In wha t way, littl e one?" "That I c an t say. But it will see if it don't!" W e ll, I 11op e it does, but l e t u s find the red s kin. He ii; the fellow who can give u s some information about it." I think the r e d s kin will come here if we wait," said A ri e tta "He ma y hav e got los t in the dark." Wild thought they had s ur ely l o s t him, and h e was now io F g oin g back to see how the y making out at the camp. It was jus t the n they heard foot s teps comi n g their way. r r he next minut e a form loom e d up before them. It was the Indian, s ur e e nough "No s hoot!" he exclaimed, holding up his hands "Re d Snake i s now a friend to the palefaces We can no get oi.it of the cavern by the way we came in!" Th e y que stion e d the red s kin clos ely and he told them t hat he had been in hiding in one of the passages until a few minutes ago, whe n h e w ent bac k to the ent rance, hav i ng decid e d to s urrender and t e ll th e secret of the under g r o und s tream. The n h e s aid h e found that the bi g rock had fallen ag ain s t the opening, and that it was impo ssible to get out that way. Young Wild West felt that the redski n was telling the truth. "We will go back ancl s ee," he said. They soon r e a c hed the closed entrance and found that what the Apac he had s aid was true Then it was that Wild and Char l ie shoute d to their friends on the out s ide. The reply the y r e ceived from. Jim Dart and the hoarse lau g h of the thre e villain s told them. plai nly that they were caught in a trap "Corne!" said the Apache, speaking in a sol e mn voice; "there is one way to get out-the underground stream!"

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28 YOUNG WILD WEST'S LEAP IN .THE DARK. Red Snake l ed the way to the brink of the roaring, black wat e r s in s il e nce. He s tood looking at the water for a moment; and then, after making some mys terious crosses on his breast and forehead, he turned to Wild and said: "Give me rope; me jump in water. Then you jump in and me pull you up in the gofd cave of the Apaches. Then you go with me to your camp from the out side and make your friends free from bad men." "All right. Give me the lariat, Et." Clrnr lie stood in the mouth of the paasage with the pick he bad found at the mouth of the sea led entrance over his should e r. Arietta h e ld the lantern she had seized when s he started after her lover and the scout. Wild put the lantern o n the ground, and as he made a loop around a point of rock the lant ern was knocked over and it was whis ked out of s ight b y the turbulent stream. But they s till had a lantern, so it was all right. Red Snake took hold of the other end of the l ariat The three villains were seated near the lantern they bad light ed and appeared to be in the bes t of moods. Wild saw there was a way to get down. With out waiting another second, he dashed down and stood before them. up!" he cried in ringing tones. But, instead of obeying, the villains reached for their rev olvers. Crack, crack, erack There was no alte rnative, s o Young Wild West fired three time s in quick s u ccession Tomb sto ne Tom and his follower s were wiped out forever Th en the work of getting an opening at one s ide of the rock was begun as soon as the pri oners were liberated. Charlie and Arietta had come to the entrance and were waiting to get out, the scout working with his piek on the inside. When they were liberated there was a general rejoicing. Red Snake appeared to be sad, but aft e r an hour of s ilence h e turned to Wild and said : "There is gold in the cave; go and get it. Me go back to ieservation and be good Injun." "When rope get tight you come," he said to Wild. Th e n the Indian unh esitat ingly leaped into the water. Ins tantly he was swallowed up and then--A s h a rp j erk came on the lariat and it sli pped from the rock and went after him. "That's too bad!" said Wild. Then he called out : The ne xt morning they all paid a visit to the cave n ear the underground strea m and they found that the Indian had spoken the truth. "Hello R e d Snake!" "Palefac e boy jump in repl y half a minute la ter. Red Snake explained that h e lrnd regarded the cave as a s a c red one, becau e it had been discover ed ages befo r e by his forefathers, and that he and the brave who had I catch him!" came the faint been killed by Cooley were the only ones who knew of its "Oh, Wild!" said Arietta; "you are not going to make that leap in the dark, are you?" "It ha s got to be done!" c ried Wild nerving himself for the jump. "I don't know where I'll fetc11 up, but here goes 1" Arietta uttered a scream a s the youn g deadshot made hi s leap in the dark. Spla s h Down h e went and th e n he felt himself being whirled a l ong lik e a cork in a mill-race, B y a des perate effort he stru gg led to the s urface and then-Bump He came in contact with a rocky ledge. He caught hold of the ro ck, and then it was that a pair of hand s seized him. "Ri ght up here, Youn g Wild West!" eame the voice of the Indian to his ears, and the ne xt minute Wild was upon the rock. It was dark where he was, but when he heard R e d Snake whispe r for him to come on, and felt a revalver that was perfectly dry thru st into hi s band, he unhe s itatingly did so. "This way!" exclaimed Red Snake. "Tomb st one Tom said I mu s t starve to death with you, s o I am no longer hi s friend !" Right afong the roek s that formed the roof of the cavern they went and the next minute Wild was looking upon the camp bel ow. existence. It was easy to under sta nd now bow it was that he had jumped into the und e rground stream and then come out alive All one had to do was to grasp the rock and haul themselve s out as they were whirled toward the place where the water was s uck e d clown into the bowels of the earth. The gold amounted to severa l thousand dollar s in value, and whe n Wild in sis t ed that the India n take hi s share he did so. The next day they all w ent back to the mining camp known a s Ha.rd Scratch, and there they told their sto ry. This ends the sto r y of "Young Wild West's Leap in the Dark; or, Arietta and the Underground Stream." 'l'HE END. Read "YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE SILVER QUEEN; OR, THE FATE OF TH;E MYSTIC TEN," which will be the next numb e r (201) of "Wild West Weekly." SPECIAL NOTICE: All back number s of this weekly are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any n e wsdealer, send the price in money or pos tage stamps b y mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQUARE, NEW YORK and you will receive tbe copie s you order by return mail

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:P ::L. "U c A.. N" :0 :i:.... U" CJ :H:. I C ONTAINS ALL SORTS OF STORIES. EVERY STORY C OMPLE'l'E. 32 PAGES. BEAUTIFULLY COLORED COVERS. PRI C E 5 CENTS. LATEST ISSUES: 363 The Seven White Bears ; or, The Band of Fate. A Story of Rus sia. By Richard R. Montgomery. 400 A New York Working Boy; or, A Fight for a Fortune. ard Austin. 40 1 Jac k the Juggler; or, A Boy's Search for His Sister. Shackleford. By How By H. K. 364 Shamus O'Brien; or, The Bold Boy of Glingall. By Allyn Draper. 365 The Skeleton Scout; or, The Dread Rider of the Plains. By An 402 Little Paul Jones; or, 'The S courge of the British Coast. B y Old Scout. Capt. Thos. H. Wilson. 403 Mazeppa No. 2 the Boy Fire Company of Carlton; or, Plucky 368 "Merry Matt"; or, The Wlll-o' -the-Wisp of Wine. A True TeroWork on Ladder and Line. By Elx-.b'lre Chief Warden. perance Story. By H. K Shackleford. 404 The Blue Mask or, Fighting Against the Czar. By Allan Arnold 367 The B o y With the Steel Mask; or, A Face That Was Never Seen. 405 Dick, the Apprentice Boy; or, Bound to be an Engineer. (A By Allan Arnold. Story of Railroad Life.) By Jas. C. Merritt. 368 Clear-the-Track Tom; or, The Youngest Engineer on the Road 406 Kit Carson, Jr., In the Wild Southwest; or, The Search for a By Jas. C. Merritt. Lost Claim. By An Old Scout. 369 Gallant Jack Barry, The Young Father of the American Navy. 407 The Rivals of Round Top Academy; or, Mis sing from School. By Capt>: Thos. H. Wilson. By Allyn Draper. 370 Laughing Luke, The Yankee Spy of the Revolution. By Gen'! Jas 408 Jac k Mason's Million; or, A Boy Broker's Luck In Wall Street. A. Gordon. By H. K. Shackleford. 371 Fro m Gutter to Governor; or, The Luc k of a Waif. By H K. 409 The Lost City of the Andes; or, The Treasure of the Volcano. Shackleford. (A Story of Adventures in a Strange Land.) By Richard R. Mont-372 Davi!' 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By Howard Austin. 390 The Boss Boy Bootblack of New York: or, Cllmbing the Ladder of Fortune. By N S. Wood (The Young American Actor). 391 The Silver Tiger; or, The Adventures o! a Young American In India. By Allan Arnold. 392 General Sherman's Boy Spy; or, The March to the Sea. By Gen'!. Jas. A. Gordon. 393 Sam Strap, The Young Engineer; or, The Pluckiest Boy on the Road. By Jas. C Merritt. 394 Little Robert Emmet; or, The White Boys of Tipperary. By Allyn Draper. 395 Kit Carson's Kit; or, The Youni: Army Scout. By An Old Scout. 396 Beyond the Aurora; or, The Search for the Magnet Mountain. By Berton Bertrew. 397 Seven D;amond Skulls; or, The Secret City of Siam. By Allan Arnold. 398 Over the Llne; or, The Rl c h and Poor Boys of Riverdale Schools. By Allyn Draper. 399 The Twenty Silent 1 Wolves; or, The Wild Riders of the Moun tains. By Ri chard R Montgomery. 416 The Meteor Express; or, The Perilous Run of a Boy Engineer. By J as. C. Merritt. 417 Buttons; or, Climbing to the Top. 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Everything I ..! COMPLETE SET IS A REGULAR ENCYCLOPEDIA! These Books Tell Y o u Each book co n s ists of sixty-four pages, pri nted on good paper, in clear type and neatly bound in an attractive, illustrated cover. of the books are also profusely illustrated, and all ?f the treated are explaiined iu suc b a s!mple manner that any ch i ld can thorough l y understand them. Look over the hst as classified and see 1f you want to know anythmg about the subjecliil mentio ned THESE BOOKS A;llE FOR SALE BY ALL NEWSDEALERS OR WILL BE SENT BY MAIL TO ANY ADDRESS FROM THIS OFFICE ON RECEIPT OF PRICE, TEN CEN'.l'S EACH, OR ANY 'l'HREE BOOKS FOR '1.'WENTY-FIVE CEN T S POSTAG E STAMPS 'l'AKEN THE SAME AS MONEY. Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, N Y. MESMERISM. No. 81 HOW TO MESMERIZE.-Containing the most ap p roved methods of mesmerism; also bow to cure all kinds of d iseases by animal magnet i sm, or, magnetic healing. By Prof. Leo Hug o Koch A C S., author of "How to Hypnotize etc. PALMISTRY No. 82 HOW TO D O PALMISTRY.-Containing the most ap prove d methods of reading the lines 011 the hand, together with a full explanation of their meaning. Also explaining phre nology, a n d the key for telling character by the bumps on the head By L e o Hugo Koch A. C S Fully illustrated. HYPNOTISM. No. 83 HOW T O HYPNOTIZE.-Containing val uab l e and in structive information regarding the science of hypnotism. Also expl aining the most approved metboils which are employed by the lea d ing hy p not ists o f the world. By L e o Hugo Koch, A. C.S. SPORTING. No. 2 1. HOW TO HUNT AND FISH.-The most comp l ete hunti ng and fishing guide ever publish e d It contains full in struction s about guns, hunting dogs, traps, trapping and fishing, tog ethe r with descriptions of game and fish. No. 26 HOW TO ROW, SAIL AKD EUILD A BOAT.-Fully illustra ted. Eve r y boy should know how to row and sail a boat Full i nstr uctions are given in this little book, together with in structi on s on sw i mming and riding, compa nion sports to boating. N o 47. HOW TO BREAK, RIDE AND DRIVE A HORSE. A co mplete t reatise on the horse D "sc ribing the most useful hors es for bu s in ess, the best horses for the road; also valuable recipes for dis e ases p eculia r to the horse. N o 48. HOW TO BUILD AND SAIL CANOES.-A. bandy bo o k fo r boys, containing full directions for constructing canoes and the most popular manner of sailing the m Fully illustrated. By C. Stansfiel d Hicks. FORTUN E TELLING. No. 1 NAPOLEON'S ORACULUM AND D REA.M BOOK. Conta ining the great oracle of human destiny; also the true mean ing o f a lmos t any kind of dreams, together with charms, ceremonies, and c u rio u s games of cards A complete book No. 2 3. HOW TO EXPLAIN DREAMS.-Everybody dreams, fro m the littl e child to the aged man and woman This little book gi ves the exp lanation to all kinds of dreams, together with lucky and unluc k y Jays, and "Napoleon's Oraculum," the book of fate. No. 28. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES.-Everyone is desirous of know i ng what his future li fe will bring forth, whethe r happiness or m ise r y wea lth o r poverty. You can tell by a glance at this little book. B uy one and be convinced. Tell you r own fortune. Tell the fortune of your friends. No. 76. HOW TO '.rELL FORTUNES BY THE HAND.Contai ning rules for telling fortunes by the aid of lines of the hand, or the secret o f palmistry. A.lso the secret of telling future events by aid o f m oles mark s, scars, etc. Illustrated. By A.. Anderson ATHLETIC. No. 6. HOW TO BECOME AN ATHLETE.-Giving full in s t r uction for the use o f dumb bells, Indian clubs, paralle l b ars, h o r izontal bars and various othe r methods of developing a good, h ea l thy musc le; containing over sixty illustrations. Every boy can become strong anJ healthy by following the instructions contained in thi s littl e book. No. 10. HOW TO BOX.-The art of self-defense made easy. C ontaining ove r thirty illustrations of guards, blows, and the dilf e r ent positions of a good boxer Every boy should obtain one of t hese u sefu l and books, as it will teach you how to box w ithout an instrucro r. No 25 HOW TO BECOME A. GYMNA.ST.-Containlng full instructions for all kinds of gymnastic sports and athletic exercises. Embracing thirty-five illustrations. By Professor W Macdonald. A h andy and usefu l book. No. 34 HOW '1'0 FENCE.-Containing full instruction for fen c i ng and the use of the broadsworJ; also instruction in archery. D escr i bed w ith twenty-one practical illustrations, giving the best positions in fencing. A. complete book. TRICKS WITH CARDS. No. 51. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH CARDS.Containing exp lanati ons of. the general princ iples of sleight-of-hand applicable to card tricks; of car d tricks with ordinary cards, and not requiring aleight-of -han d ; of t r icks involving sleight-of-hand, or the use of specially pre p a r e d cards. B.u Profess o r Haffne r Illustrated. N'?. 72. HOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Em brac mg all of the latest and most d eceptive card tricks, with il lustrations. By A. A.nilerson. No. 77. HOW 'l.'O DO lfORTY TRICKS WITH CARDS. deceptive Card Tricks as performed by leading conjurers and mag1c1ans. Arranged for home amusement. Fully illustrated. MAGIC. No.? HOW TO DO TRICKS.-The great book of magic and card tncks, contammg full instruction on al! the leading card tric; ks of the also most popular magical illusions as performed by our: leadmg mag1c1ans ; every boy should obtain a copy of this book as 1 t will both am use and instruct. No._ 22. TO DO SIGHT.-Heller's seconJ sight explamed by his former assistant, Freel Hunt, Jr. Explaining how the seciet dial ogues were carried on b e tw en the magician and the boy on the stage; also giving all the codes and signals. The only authentic explanation of second sight. No. 43. HOW TO BECOl\IE A J\IAGICIAN.-Containing the grandest assortment of magical illu sions ever placed before the public. Also tric ks with cards. incantations etc No. 68. 'l'O DO .CHEll\II9AL 'l'lHCKS.-Oontaining over one hundred l11gh ly amusmg and JD8tructive tricks with chemicals. By A. Anders on H:rndsomely illustrateJ. No. 69. llO\V 'l'O DO SLEIGHT OF HAND.-Containing over of the latest and best tric ks used by magicians. Also contain mg tile sec1et of second sii:;ht. l!'ully illustrated. By A. Anderson. No., 70. 110\V 'l' O MAKE MAGIC TOYS.-Containing full d1rect 1 on s for Magic Toys and devices of many kinds-. By A. Ancleison. l! u lly il1L1strntcJ. No. 73._ HOW. TO :qo WITH NUJ\IBERS.-Showing many cunous tricks with figures and the magic of numbers. By A.. Anderson. Fully illustrated. .No 7.5. HO\Y TO A CONJUROR. -Containing tr1.cks Domm?s, Dice, Cup s an,J Balls, Hats, etc. Embracing th1rty-s1x 11lustrat1ons. By A. Aud ersou. No. 78. ?"QW TO DO THE .B!..ACK ART.-Containing a com plete d escnpt1o n of the mystcnes of l\fagic anil Sleight of Hand, together with many wonderful experiments. By A.. Anderson Illustiated MECHANICAL. No. 29. HOW TO BECOl\fE AN INVENTOR.-Every boy sl1ould how o.ri.ginated This book explains them all, examples. 1n e l ectr\c1ty, hydraulics, magnetism, optics pneumatics, me c hamcs, etc. 'Ihe most instructiYe book published. No. 56. HOW TO BECOJ\11D AN ENGINlDER.-Containing full mstructions how to proceed in order to become a IO this book. No. 74. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS CORRECTLY.-Con taining full instructions for writing lette r s on almost any subject; a l so rules for punctuation and composition, with specimen letters.

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THE STAGE. No. 4-1. THEJ BOYS OF NEJW YOHK END MEJN'S JOKE BOOK.-Conlaining a great variety of the latest jok es used by t h e m?st famous men. No amateur minstrels is complete without t his wonderfnl httle book. No 42. 'l'HE BOYS OF NEW YORK STUl\IP SPEAKER C ontai;iing a varied asso1rtr;ient of speeches, Negro, Dutch and Irish. Also end mens Jok es. Just the thing for home amuse ment and amateur shows No 45 THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE AND JOK1JJ B<;lOK.:--Something new and very instru ct ive. Every boy should obtam this book, as it contains fu ll instructions for or ganizin g an amatenr minstrel troupe. No. 65. lllULDOON'S JOKES.-This is one of the most original j oke books ever published, and it is brimful of wit and humor It con titins a collection of songs, jokes, conundrums, etc: of Terrence l\Iuldobn, the great wit, humorist, and practical joker of the day. Every boy who can enjoy a good substantial j oke shou ld obtain a copy immediately. No-. 79. I-J9W TO BECOilIEl AN ACTOR.-Containing com pl ete mstruct1ons how to make up for various characters on the 11,tage.; with the duties of the Stage l\lanager, Prompter, S cemc Artist.and Pr erty l\lau. By a prominent Stage l\fanager 80 GUS WIL IAllIS' JOKE BOOK-Containing the lat est Jokes, anecdotes and funny stories of this world-renowned and ever popular comedian. Sixty-four p ages ; handsom e colo red cover contammg a half-tone photo of the author. I HOUSE-KEEPING. 16. H9W TO KEEP A, 'VIND.OW GARDEN.-Containiug full rnstrnct10ns fol" constructrng a wmdow gardeu eithe r in town or country, and the most methods for raising beautiful flmrnrs at home. '1'he most complete book of the kind eve r pub lish ed. No 30. HOW TO COOK.-One of the most instructive books on cooking ev!'r published. It contains recipes for cooking meats fish, game. and oysters; also pies, puddings, cakes and all kinds of pastry, and a grand collection of recipes by one of our most popular cooks No. 37. HOW TO KEEP BOUSEl.-It contains information for ever ybody boys, girls, men and women; it will teach you how to make almost aurthing arouud the hous<', surh as parlor ornaments brackets, cemenls, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching birds ELECTRICAL. No. 46. HOW TO MAKE AXD USE ELElCTRICITY.-A de scription of i he uses of e l ectricity and electro magnetism ; t ogether With full for making Electri c Toys, Batteries, etc. By George '!' r ebel, A. l\I., M. D. Containing ove r fifty il lu strations. No 64. HOW TO l\IAKE ELECTRICAI, l\IACIIINES.-Con t ainiug fn II Jirections for making electrical machines, induction coils, dynamos. and many novel toys to be worked by e l ectricity. By R. A. R. Bennett. Fully illustrated. ro. 67. HOW 'l'O DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a large collection of instructive and highly amu sing electrica l tricks, together with illustrations. By A. Anderson. No. 31. ROW 'l'O BECOME A SPEAKER.-Contain ing foul" te en illustrations, giving t h e d1fi'erent positions r eq uisite to become a good speaker, reade r and elocutionist. Also containing gems from a.II the POJ?ular authors of prose and poetry, arranged in the molt s i mp l e anc 1 (onc1s2 manner possible. No. 49 now TO DEBA'rEJ.-Giving rules for conducting de bates, outlines for debateti, questions for dis c ussion and the besl sources for procuring infotmati on on the queations given. SOCIETY. No. 3. HOW TO FLIR'l'.-'l'he arts and wiles of flirtation art fully explained by this little. book. Besides the various m et hod s of ha.r.dkerchief fa n glove, parasol, window and hat flirtation, i t con tams a .full list of the language and sentiment of flowers, which i1 m.terestmg to everybody, both old and young. You cannot be ha p py without one. No. 4. HOW 'l'O DANCE is the title of a n e w and handsome book just issued by Frank Tousey. It contains full iustruc l1ons in the of dancing, etiquette in the ball-room and at par tieg, how to dress, and full direct ions for callin g off in all popular square dances No. 5. HOW TO MAKE LOVl)J.-A C?mplete guide to l ov e, and maniage, g1v1ng sensible advice, rules and eti q uette to be observed, with many curious and interesting things not gen t r ally kno wn. No. 17. HOW ro DRESS.Oontaiu iu g full instruction in thft art of dressing and appea ri ng well at hom e and abroad givin g t he se l ect i ons of colors, mate\ia I. and bow to hav e them mad e up. No. 18 IIOW 'rO BECOllIE BEAUTIFUL.-One of the brightest and most valuable little books ever given to the world. Everybody wishes to know how to become beautiful, both male and female 'l' he secret is simple, and almost cos tl ess Read this book and be convinced h ow to become beautiful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No. 7. HOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomel y illustrated and containing full instructions for the management and training of the canary, mockingbird, bobolink. blackb ird, paroquet._parrot, etc. No. 39. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY rIGEONS AND RABBITS.-A useful and instructive book Handsomely illua trated. By Ira Drofraw. No. 40 HOW TO l\IAKE AND SET TRAPS.-Including hints on how to cat<.:h moles, w ease ls, otter, rats, squirrels and birds. Al o how to cu r e skins. Copiou sly illustrated. By J. Harrington Keene. No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND ANIMALS.-A: va l uable book, giving instructions i n collect ing, preparing, mountin1 and preserv ing birds, animal s and insects No 54. IIOW TO KEEP AND MANAGE PETS.-Giving com p lete information as to the manne r and method of raising, keeping, taming, breeding, and managing all kinds of pets; al s o giving full instructions for making cages, etc. Fully explained b y twenty-eight illnstrat ions, making it the most complete book of the kind ever publisheci. MISCELLANEOUS. No 8. ROW TO BECO;\IE A S CIENTIST._.A useful and ill structi ve book, giving a compl ete treatise on chemistry; also e x periments in acoustics, me chanics, mathematics, chemistry, and di-ENTE RTA IN ME NT. re cl ions for making firewo rk s colored fires, and ga s balloo ns. Thi1 No. 9. HOW TO BECO;\IE A VEJXTRILOQUIST.-By Harry book cannot be equa l ed. Kennedy The secret given away. Every in telligent boy reading No. 14. HOW TO l\IAKE CANDY.-A complete hand-bo ok for this book of instructions. by a practical professor (delighting multim aking all kinds of candy, ice-creall,!.., essences etcu etc. tudes every night with his wonderful imitations), can master the No. tH. HOW 'l'O BECOl\IE Al'I AU'l'ttOR.-Containing full art, and create any amount of fun for himseH and friends. It is the information r egarding choice of subjects, the use of words and the greatest book <'Ver and there's millions (of fun) in it. manner of preparing and submitti ng manuscr ipt. 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Fame and Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY By A SELF-MADE MAN 32 Pages of Reading Matter Handsome Colored Covers A NEW ONE ISSUED EVERY FRIIlAY-PRICE fi CENTS A COPY This Weekly contains interesting stories of smart boys, who win fame and fortune by their ability to take advantage of passing opportunities. Some of these stories are founded on true incidents in the lives of our most successful self-made men, and show how a boy Of pluck, perseverance and brains can become famous and wealthy. Every one of this series contains a good moral tone which makes "Fame and Fortune Weekly" a magazine for the home, although each number is replete with exciting adventures. The stories are the very b es t obtainable, the illustrations are by expert artists, and every effort is constantly being made to make it the best weekly on the news stands. Tell your friends about it. ALREADY PUBLISHED. 1 A Lucky Deal; or, The Cutest Boy in Wall Street. 2 Born to Good Luck; or, The Boy Who Succeeded 3 A Corner in Corn ; or, How a Chicago Boy Did the Trick 4 A Game of Chance: or, The Boy Who Won Out. 5 Hard to Beat; or, The Cleverest Boy in Wan Street. 6 Building a Railroad; or, The Young Contractors of Lake-view. 7 Winning His Way; or, The Youngest Editor in Green River. 8 The Wheel of Fortune; or, The Record of a Self-Made Boy. 9 Nip and Tuck; or, The Young Brokers of Wall Street. 10 A Copper Harvest; or, The Boys WhoWorked a Deserted Mine 11 A Lucky Penny; or, The Fortunes bf a Boston Boy. 12 A Diamond in the Rough; or, A Brave Boys Start in Life. 13 Baiting the Bears; or, The Nerviest Boy in Wall Street. 14 A Gold Brick; or, The Boy Who Could Not be Downed. 15 A Streak of Luck; or, The Boy Who Feathered His Nest 16 A Good Thing; or, The Boy Who Made a Fortune. 17 King of the Market; or, The Youngest Trader in Wall Street. 18 Pure Grit; or, One Boy in a Thousand. 19 A Rise in Life; or, The Career of a Factory Boy. 20 A Barrel of Money; or, A Bright Boy in Wall Street. 21 All to the Good ; or, From Call Boy to Manager. 22 How He Got There; or, The Pluckiest Boy of Them All. 23 Bound to Win; or, The Boy Who Got Rich. 24 Pushing It Through; or, The Fate of a Lucky Boy. 25 A Born Speculator; or, the Young Sphinx of Wall Street. 26 The Way to Success; or, The Boy Who Got There. 27 Struck Oil; or, The Boy Who Made a Million_ 28 A Golden Risk; o;, The Young JY.:iners of Della Cruz 29 A Sure Winner; or, The Boy Who Went Out With a Circus. 30 Golden Fleece; or, The Boy Brokers of Wall Street. 31 A Mad Cap Scheme; or, The Boy Treasure Hunters of Cocos Island. I 32 Adrift on the World; or, Working His Way to Fortune. 33 Playing to Win; or, The Foxiest Boy in Wall Street. 34 Tatters; or, A Boy from the Slums. 35 A Young Monte Cristo; or, The Richest Boy in the World. 36 Won by Pluck; or, The Boys Who Ran a Railroad. 37 Beating the Brokers; or, The Boy Who "Couldn't be Done." 38 A Rolling Stone; or, The Brightest Boy on Record. 39 Never Say Die; or, The Young Surveyor of Happy Valley, 40 Almost a Man; or, Winning His Way to the Top. 41 Boss of the Market; or, The Greatest Boy in Wall street. 42 The Chance of His Life; or, The Young Pilot of Crystal Lake. 43 Striving for Fortune; or, From Bell-Boy to Millionaire. 44 Out for Business; or, The Smartest :Boy in Town. For sale by all newsdealers, or will be sent to any address on receipt of price, 6 cents per copy, in money or postage stamps, by FRANK TO"Q'SEY, Publisher, 24 Union Squa,re, New York. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS Qf our Libraries and cannot procure them from n ew sdealers, they can be obtained from this office direc t. Cut out and fill in the following Order Blank and send it to u s with the price of the books you want and we will send them to you by re turn mail. POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY J FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. ............ 190 DEAR Sm-Enclosed find ...... cents or wh'ich please send me: .... copies of WORK AND WIN, Nos ................ ........................ -........ WIDE AWAKE WEEKLY, Nos .......................................... WILD WEST WEEKLY, Nos .......................................... . THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76, Nos .......................................... ... ............ PLUCK AND LUCK Nos .............................................................. I'\ SECRET SERVICE NOS ................. .............................. -......... .. . FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY, Nos ..................................................... Ten-Cent Hand Books, Nos ................... .. ........................ Name .......................... Street and No .................... Town ........ State ........

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WILD WEST WEEKLY ll m agazine Containing Stoiries, S ketehes, ete., of Westettn Ilif e. El"'Y" .A.1'19 C>J:...I> SCC>"UT. 1 3 2 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 adventures have never been surpassed. They form the base of the most dashing stories ever publi&hed. Read the following numbers of this most interesting magazine and be convinced: LATEST ISSUES: 1160 Young Wild West and the Railroad Robbers; or, Lively Work in Utah. 136 Young Wild West and the Rio Grande Rustlers: or, The Branding 1170 Young \Yild \Yest Corraling the Cow-Punchers; or, Arietta's Swim at Buckhorn Ranc h. for Life. 137 Young Wild \Yest and tile Line League; or, Arietta Among the 171 Young Wild west "Facing the l\1usic ; or, The l\listaka the LynchSmugglers. ers i\Iade 138 Young W_ilcl West' s Silver Spurs; or, Fun at f'alrplay I'air. .172 Young Wild West and 'l'lontana i\Iose"; or, Arietta"s Messenger 139 Young Wild West Among the Blackfeet; or, Arie.tta as ri 8ur<:eress. or Death. 140 Young Wild West on the or, 'lhe Secret of tile 173 Young Wild West at Grizzly Gulch or The Shot that Saved the Hidden Cave. Camp 141 Young Wild West's Deadly Aim; or, Ariettas Greatest Danger. 142 Young Wild West at the Jumping OJI"' PlacP.. or 'l'he Worst 174 Young Wild "est on the Warpath; or, Arietta Am6ng the Ara-. .. pahoe!. Camp 10 the \\

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