Young Wild West and the Prairie Pirates, or, The fight for the box of gold

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. I ssued Weekly-Bf/ Subc r iption per year 4pplication made for Second Class Entry at th e JV. Y. Po st Office. 209. N E W YORK, OC'NBER 19, 1906. Pric e 5 Cent& The leader of the Prairie Pirates laughed derisively as Wild lifted the lid of the box. I .told you so!" he cried. "You've got me, but you ain' t got the gold." Wild saw the.t the box was filled with stones


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/ YOU N G WILD WEST AND TH}!; I HAIRIE PIRATES m in ds t hat they had struc k the ric hest g old-bearing refool they thought I was W hen they s ee that box of gold gio n in a ll Colorado I reckon they'll open their eyes l u a month's time more men came to the place, and I reckon they will,'' ans1rercd one of lhe rncn 1rlto t h e n a m i ni n g camp sp rang up. had begun Lo be a lmost as muc h iulcrcs tcd in the lhing a s I Lake made u p his mind to get rid of some of lhc gold wa s Lake. "I want ter be righL wiLh yer when ycr m ee t h e h ad mined, so, i n con j u n ction 'l"ith the four proi:;p ec -yo11r r e lation s an' f1iend s, blamed if J don't." tors, whom he had taken in a s partncrt> no1r he b egan Thi s man uore ihe name. oi Hoo ley. H e wa, a gooJ shipping the dust the nearest lo11n and depo s i ting the follow, and a prct ty n ervy sort of a man. m o n ey in a Denver bank. 'l'lic others 1rcrc hard fellows, no t mud1 lacking wh e n "The r e's o n e thing I'm goi n to clo," Lake kept it carnc to laking care of themselves, but they lac ked the tell ing his partner s, "an' that i s to take a big box of gold i sty lc of J c;1dcrsh ip and, c-oosequcnUy, "haL Lake and h o m e w ith me. I was l a ughed at by my r elatives an' Hooley said always w ent with lbem. friends wh e n I sot out fur Colorndy to git rich. T h ey a ll 'he wagon kept on over the cattle Lrail. and lhc a llowed t h a t all t h e r gold I'd brin g home i lh me I could waters o.f Lhe 11latlc coulcl. L e see n in the dis p u t in my eye. l'm worth rnore'n fifty thousand in cold tancc. c a sh, a n I want ter take a box 0 gold home, jest tcr show BuL the sun was rapid1.v nearing lhc line of the Western e m that t h ey was t h e r fools, an' not me. I'm goiu' ter horiion now, and lh c five travelers knew that they mu. t take t b e r gold a ll ther way in a rnulc-"i.gon too! get a hustl e on them if lhcy wanted to reac h the river beli e sai d t hi s so many times, and it appeaTed to be hi s fore darkness overtook them. one ambi tion, that the four men made up iheir minds to h elp him carry i t o uil. The pocket gave out after a while, and t h en the four me n decl a r ed t hat they would ride overland to Omaha with l1im. As t h ey all h ailed from fu rther cast than that. thc.v were n o t p utting themsel ves out of t h e way, only in the time t h ey wer e lo sing i n l1ot travelin g by railroacl. Lak e fin al l y bou ght the kind of wagon he wanted, and th e mules to pull i t H e decided to be the d river himrnlf, rn one rainy night the outfit left the little mining ca mp, ,rlfr 11 i1ow fast becoming deserted, owing to the fact that the deposits were g r owing scarcer and scarcer. Lake and hi s companions had n;iade the journey throu g h the eastern half of Colorado without mishap, and now 're find them them on th e rol1ing prairies of Nebraska, just about half-way to their destination. A t t h e time of which we 11rite it was naught but a fool h ardy u ndertaking to convey a box of gold that distance, with only five men to guard it. It wou ld b e now, for that matter; but in tho"e times t h e r e we r e not so man.v towns and Yillages in that part of t h e co1mtry as there are now, though it wa s not a gTeat many years ago, at that. rrhe little part:v of five had crossed the grca.t railroad track t hat ran through foe State of and "ere h ea ding fo r the P latte river. A s t h ey had a camping outfit in the wagon, Lhey had r efused t o ,5top at a n y of t h e ranches they had pai::scd si nce r eaching t h e p r ai ri e "Do yer think we'll make i.t parcl?" aRkcd one of the men, addressing Hooley a s the rnuk

YOUNG WILD WEiST AND THE PRAIRIE PIRATES 3 queried the man, and then he winked at his followers and I The Prairie Pirate s were as hard-hearted as they could broke into a laugh. well be, and they merely laugh e d at the man. I don't kno w as it i s c heap,'' answered Lake, growing Lake' s four companions sat on their horses, the picture more uneasy than ever "A man sometimes takes a queer of dismay notion, yer know. I jest got it in my head that I'd go They were disa rmed, and consequently at the mercy 0 home this way." the villains ';Did ther four galoots with yer make up their mind s ter Tw o of the men gua rded t h e m while the rest unearth-go this way, too?" ed the trea s ure in the wagon. "'l'hey s artinly did There was a lock on the iron-bound box, and it was The nine men had now moved up until t hey about had quit e natural that the Prairie Pirates s hould think that the mules and the wagon surrounded. the man who took on so badly had the key. "Where are you fellers goin' ?" Lake ventured to ask, 'l'he leader quietly pushed the muzzle of hi s s ixs hoot e r a s he cracked the whip at the lead e r s to get them a l ong a agai1;s t the forehead of Lake and said: little faster. "If yer want ter live ter git ter ther river over there "Oh, not very far. I gne8s we've gone far enongh now, je s t hand over ther key to ther box of gold, you s nivellin' c11, boys?" ga loot!" "I reckon s o!" c ame t h e answer from two or three 0 Lake was only human, after a ll. them at one time The cold stee l muzz l e of the revolver pressing again s t Let' s s top hqre, then." bis forehead made him act, and act quickly. A s he sa id thi s the ra sca lly lookin g le ader s uddenl y He pulled the key from his pocket and handed it over. whipped o-ut his revolv e r and pointing it at Lake, ex"Take it!" he exclaimed "I hope the gold will never claimed: do you any good, though!" "Jest s top t h e r rnnles, will yer? W e want that box 0 "Your hopin' that way won't make it," was the tantaliz-f:\'Old!" iug retort. "I reckon we kin spend ther du s t j est as well The returning miner ui.tcTed a Cl'J a s though he had as you an' ther other ga loot s kin bren stung. 'l'hen h e unlocked the box and had a look at t h e c on-It wa. hardly vossiblc to think that after they had got tents that far with the treasme box that they were to lose it! "Boys, what do yer think of t hat!" he cr i ed. "If this But t he r>

YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE PRAIRIE PIRATES Two of the mules were taken from the wagon and left standing. Then the l eader called on a man named Jack to get into the wagon and do the driving. "You galoots kin have one rifle an' your knive s," he said to the iive traveler s "I'll let yer have some of ther g rub an' your fryin'-pan an' coffeepot, too. But let me tell yer s omethin Don't ever try te r follow u s an' think you've got a chance ter git back ther box of gold! If yer do you' ll be dead men afore yer know what st ruck yer! Ther Prairie Pirate s ain't no spring chickens, an' they don't think no more of killin' a human galoot than they do a coyote Chuck what st uff out that yer think they might want putty bad, Jack, an' then we'll go on." Jack obeyed. He was quite liberal with the provisions, too, which was a wonder. Then, with a sing l e rifle an d less than a dozen cartridges in t h e ir possess ion the five returning min ers watc h ed the Yilbin s go off with the wagon containing t h e box of gold. It was certain l y the harde st kind of ln c k that they h a d met with, but to attempt to r ecover the g old would mean sure death for them, and they knew it. CHAPTER II. YOUNG WILD WEST AND HIS FRIENDS APPEAR ON THE SCENE. Then he took the other by the halter, and rode for the river with hi s friends. It was now getting dark, and the villains who had rob bed them coul d no longer be seen. vVhen t hey reached the riv e r bank Hooley po i nted to a little grove of cottonwoods and said : "I reckon we'd better Tide down there I always lik e ter ca mp among tree. if I kin. It's putty open right here. It ain't likely that we' ll be bothered by any more Prairie Pirates, but it's je s t as well t e r hav e sornet hin' like cover, in case somethin' does go wrong." "That's right," nodd ed t h e miner. The cottonwood s w e r e less than h alf a mile distance, so they soon r eached them. The villains had be en lib era l in giving them provi s ions from their own store, as has been stated. They had bacon, flour potatoes, Ralt and pepper, and a haun c h of jui cy venison from a young buck that had been s hot that morning. Coffee, too, they had so there was nothing to complain of as far as eating was concerned Each had their knives. and by mutual consent Hooley was allowed to keep the one rifl e and cartridges that fitted iL 1 They all turned to, and the hor es were tethered where t hey could get bot h g rass and water, and then a fire was [ st arted. 'rhe four friends of t h e down-hearted man insisted that h e si t down until they got the s upper ready, and he in to them. Hooley whistled merrily as the bacon sizzled in the ryJ asper Lake wa t c hed the departmg Frame Pirates for i no--pan and the coffee s teamed away in the pot that ln1no fully ten minutes without saying a word to his compan-1 th: fire. b ionT8i 1 f 1 d f 1 f h 1 d t l k d 1 "There ain't no use in c ryin' over spille d milk," he said, 1ey al et eeply or m:n, or : rn a -e so i1:uc 1 as h e ceased for a mom ent and looked at Lake. "Rut yon about the sur prise he "as gomg to grve to the folk s w h en k. t b t tl t 't t i l t f t l t b f m Jes e 1a yer am seen 1er as o rn ox o he came back home with the box of gold. ld J ,1,, l go a s per Finally Hooley stepped over to 11m and touched him "I hope you are right on that," was the reply. "I hate on the sh011lder. t b k h u t t I t t d f th .. a J J ,, 1 .d 1 dl o go ac ome w1 1ou i smce s ar e rom er 1gN ever mmd, asper, 1e sai m a on y voice. 'th t ,, gm S Wl i "There may come a way to get that golp back. Who ca n 1 t ell? And if yer never did git it back you've got plenty Oh, you 11 git it eee if yer don t .. mll of money in ther bank at Denver Jest take it a bit cool, \ turn up ter help us git after them Prame Pirates, as won't yer? Fur my part, I feel putty sartin that we'll I t hey call themse lves. I: won't do tcr go afte r 'em git that box of gold ba c k. Them robbers ain't goin' ter :ay we are now, with only one rifle ter put up a fight take it ter any town, that's s artin. By what they said with. their hangout ain't as mu c h as fifty from h e re. Jes t "We'll stay her e till morning, an' then we'll try an' find brighten up. We ain't half a s bad off as we might be. I someone t e r help u s." say that we'd better ride on t e r ther river, an' t hen go inter Lake re s i g n ed himself to this, and when tlrn supper was camp. W e 'll eat som e thin', an' then we'll talk it over." cooke d a little later he ate as heartily as any of them. "All right Hooley!" exclaimed Lake, forcing a smile They kept the fir e burning after they had eaten be"\Vhat say puts new life in me. We'll do je s t as cause it gave a more c heerful aspect t o their little camp. you It was about two hour s after they arrived at the little Sighs of r elief came from the other s in t h e party g rov e of cottonwood trees that they heard the sounds made They were g l ad to see that Lake had brightened up by horses. somewhat. rrhey list e n e d in alarm, for it was not strange that they Lake got astride of one of the mules, with a g rimace. should think the Prairie Pirates were coming back.


-YOUNG WILD W ES'I' AND THE PRAIRIE PIRATES 5 But none of the men bad much money with them, the ir Two of them were mer e girls in t h eir teens, a nd th e wealth all being deposited in the bank at D enver ot h e r had passed twenty. They had b lan k draught though, and if the robbe r s The n ext of t h e party to appea r was a boy, a nd ri ght thou ght of it they might force them t o draw up checks on behind him cam e two typica l C h i n ame n lea ding pack-the bank for all they had. horses Anxiou l y they waited for t h e horsemen t hey knew were 'rhat made up the e ight coming to appear. Lake and his part ner s were smprised when they saw the "There ain't no use te r put .up any fight," said one of girls i n the pa r ty the men, a s he saw Hooley tighten his grip on the rifle They figured i t out qui ck l y that t h ere wer e onl y thre e I know it," \\a s the reply "But yer don't s'pose I'm in it who were capa bl e of fighti n g s uch a ga n g a s the goin' ter see any of us shot down without hootin' back, Prairie Pirates do yer?" 'l'hey did not coun t the two Celest ials, for they had Th e campfire was burning rather diml y nowin fact, never seen much :fighti n g done b y people of the i r race. there w ere naught but coal s there now, the blaze h aving The dashing lookin g boy wit h the long hai r p romptl y died out for the want of something to feed on dismounted. But the red g lare of the coal s coul d be seen qu i te a lon g 'l'he n h e in t roduced himself and h i s friend s and that waR what attracted those w ho wer e Right here we will sta t e that h e was no other than preaching. Young Wild W est, t h e recognize d champion Dead s hot of "Hello, s trange rs!" the \ rest, wealt h y young mine-owner, and know n by hi s It was a cheery voice that ca lled out the sa lu tatio n and friends as the Prince of t h e Saddle. the in tant they heard it the five men brightened up. With him were his two partne r s C heyenne CJ:iarlie and That voice did not b elong to one o f the Prairie Pirates, Jim Da r t; Cheyenne C h a rli e s wife, Anna; the misses, and they knew it. Arietta Murdock and E loise Gardner, who w e r e th e sweet" Hello!" an wered JaRper Lake, sprin ging to hi s feet, heart s of Young Wild Wes t and Jim Dart ; a e C hinese 'find looking eagerly through the g loom. servants of t h e party, Hop Wah and Win g Wah. Then up in front of the dying fire rode a dashing look-The majority of our reader s know all about the s e c h a ring boy 1rith a wealth of long chestnut hair hanging down acters, but for t he benefit of those who do not we will over his shoulder state that You n g Wild w est was t h e most dashing youn g ITe mounted on a beautiful sor rel s tallion that stood hero of the \Vild \Vest that has ever been writt e n of, and tately before the five victims of the Prairie Pirates as any trained circu steed might have done. I'm awful glacl ter see yer, young feller!" exclaimed Lake, the tone of hiR voice showin g pla inl y that he meant what he said "Row iR with yer ?" "There is e i ght of us altogether," was fhc reply "We ha ppened to see your campfire, RO we thought we would ride over here and find out \\'ho you were We are look :for QOrncl men, but you are not the ones." "Oh, how I wish yer hacl come along jest afore s unset!" crie d Lake, shaking his head "We was robbed by a gang what called themselves ther Prairie Pirates. They took my box of gold!" Th e dashing l ooking boy on the s orrel stallion gave a start. "The Prniri e Pirates, you say ?" he observe d coo1ly. "Yes, t h at's what they aid they was. Say, young feller, won't you an' your friends h elp me tcr git back my box of gold ?" "You bet we w ill! wa the quick reply; and then turning in the saddle, the boy ca lled out:

YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE PRAIRIE PIRATES party, they never felt quite satisfied unless they met with stirring adventures cont inu ally. Wing Wah was just a plain, ordinary cook, who always did as he was told. His brother Hop was quite different from him, however. H e was one of the s hrewd est of hi s race. He wa s a sleight of-hand performer, knew all t he tric k s of a pro fessional gamb l er did not have much r e gard for the truth at certain time s and was a great lover of "tangle foot," at:. h e called the bad whisky s old at th e minin g camp s and sett l e m e n ts After finding ont who the s tranger s were Jasper Lake introdu ced his four companion s 'l'hen he soon told them all that had taken p l ace jus t before sunset. H e re l ated how be bad s tarted from the Colorado min ing camp with the box of gold, and why h e undertook s uch a ri8ky journey, with onl y four m e n to h e lp him guard the trea s u re Cheyenne Charli e l a u g h e d and s hook hi s h e ad. "Yer oughter know ecl b etter,'' h e saia. "Any ga n g of o u t laws w hat s e e n s ix mule s c 1ra gg in u w a g on a lon g wonld be apt ter think that th e r e was Rorne thin in i t t hat w as a little extra like. They' d w ant te r i iweRti gate, sure I'm F OJTY that y e r was fooli s h e nou g h te r s t art te r git th e r box of gold ter Omah a that way but I reckon Wild mi ght find a way ter git it ba c k fm y er." T ,akc uttered an exc l amati o n of joy wl1en h e h e ard thi s "Do yon think yon can d o an y thin g? h e s a i d, turning to our hero "You're only a boy, I know, but you'r e a s bi g as ther average man, an' b y th e r loo k s of yer I would ihink that you could fight lik e g r ease d u g btnin'! What do yer think about it, Youu g "\Vilcl W et?" "We ll J think 11e wiU b e able t o get the bo x of g old away from the gang t ha t c alls itsell t h e Prairie Pira t es, \rns the c alm r e ply from the b oy "Ye r clo think that way?" spok e up Hool ey hi s eyes sparkling with the d e li ght. he fe lt. "Yes The fact i s that 11e a r e lookin g f o r this s ame gang W e hav e been following the m, bn t whe n it g ot dark to-ni g lit \ T C Jost. th e tra il. W c neve r l1ean1 of t h e m llntil t h e day befor e yest e rday, anc1 wh e n \r e h e ard th a t the Prairi e Pira tes ha d robh e d a stage-coac h a nd m a d e a pretty hig haul w e l11onght we w011ld hunt th e m up It i s a way we ham to hunt d o wn s u c h v illain s \'i'e can't Reem to help it, and thou g h w e w e r e compell e d i:o g o c o ns id e r able out of om way \IC follow e d the hail o f t h e Yilla ins, after we once struc k i t We are bound for C h a mpi o n ranch, whi c h i s about a hund red miles farth e r n p t h e riv er." "Well, jest mak e y onrse hcs a t hom e h e re, won' t yer? Yer must be s ort e r ti r ed if you 've been g o i n all clay." "Well, w e have been g oing all da y tl1at's a fa c t We halted an hour b e for e s unset to have s u ppe r and g iv e th e horses a re s t The n whe n it got dark we started out a gai n We had an idea that we'd head for our ranch, and get far enough to-night to make it an ea s y day's journ .ey .. for the balance of the way to morrow. But we didn't in tend to give up looking for the Prairie Pirates; we were going out from the ranch to hunt them up Since we have struck you folk s and you have lost a box of gold w e will s top right here till morning, and then we'll help yon get t he gold back. The girl s will go along and do the i r s hare of the fighting, if the r e i s any." "An' t,l1e r two h e athen C hinee might be of a little use. too," nodded Lake, appro-vin g l y for he now felt that Young Wild We s t and hi s two partners were perfoctly c apabl e of taking care of at l e a s t three of the nine Prairie Pi.rates "Hop, you and Wing ge t a hus tl e on y ours elvef', and g et the t ents up!" e x cl a imed the clashing young dead s hor as h e l e an e d hi s iifl e a g ain s t a tree and proceeded to h e lp C heyenne C h a rlie and Jim Dart unload tb e pac k-hor ses The n all hand s turned to and help e d t h e m, and in a R h ori time the y w e r e c omfor t abl y locate d with the five min e r s CHA P'l'ER JU. '.l'TIE PRL\IRTFJ PinA'l'ES A P n rnrn RR'J'RRA'L' W e will n o w foll o w t h e v ill a in s who called t h ern!'el es t h e Prairie Pira tes. The fact was that this band of m e n had becom e quite a scourg e to the part of the c ountry locat e d n ear t h e b oundar y line b e tween the State s o f Colorado a nd N c bras ka Tho11g h th e countr y w a ver y t h i nl y popul ate d the re settle m e n ts and little t o wn s b eing a s much a s :fift y miles apart in some c asest h ere w e r e t rail s ove r whi c h stage c o ac hes mad e t h eir wa y It was the s e trail s that the gan g of nine men haunted pl y in g their n e fari o u s bu. iness whe n e v e r the opportunity afforded, and always comi n g out best. They had be e n k e epin g n p t hi s bus iness for nP ?'ly ...three m onth s whe n 01ir sto r y ope ns. a nd t hou g h a p rice h a d been pu t upon the heacls of Whist] i n g J erry and ga n g b y the s h e riff s of three or four co11nties, be conla Rt.ill l a u g h a t th e m. The h a ul they had made whe n they g ot the box of gold w a s a ple a sant s nrpriRe t o the m. A s t h e vill a inou s l ea d e r told t h e vi c tim s of the robbery h e had h e ard t h e m talkin g abou t what wa s in the w ag on t h e night b e for e a t t h eir c amp. 'rhc n i t wa e asy for t h e m to foll o w the wa g on and and wh e n th e p rop e r tim e c am e take pos. e s s i o n of t h eir effects Of c our se, they wan ted t o g et them far awa y from a settlement or town a s possibl e befor e they made the attac k, and this they did meeting with great s u ccess, a s has been described. The villains were in high glee, as might be supposed, for a big box of gold was quite a prize


YOUNG \VILD WEST AND THE PRAIRIE PIRATES "Jcny," sairl the fellow c alled Jac k, a s they rod e along, "Yer don't mean that I'm a mul e too, do yer?" asked "this are what I c all putty fine, ain t it? You s aid when the driver yer fir s t catc h e d a g limp s e of th e m five galoot s that there "Ye r s e e m ter think that I meant that, Jack," came the 'rn s s omethin s u s pi c iou s a bout e m But you, nor none of retort. u s thou ght we was g oin' ter s trike a box of gold!" "We ll, if I'm a mule you're a jackass!" "That's ri g ht, Jac k an s wered l\Tliis tling Jerry "No "All r ig ht. I was onl y in fun." one would h a v e thou ght th e re was a box of g old in the r "You're alway s tryin' ter be funny, it seem s Some of 1ragon; but I was quit e s artin, b y t her way the r ga loot s these times y ou'll gi.t inte r trouble from it." acted, that the r e was ,omc thin' the re the y didn't no-, They a ll laughed at Jac k now, for they could see that body t c r kn o w o f I told y e r all that I was g oin' tcr find h e "as a bit mad at b e in g c ompa red with a mu l e out, an' I did 'I'h e driv e r dropp e d it the n. "Hooray fur Whi stlin' Jerry, ther Kin g Pin of ther "Go on throu g h all hand s," he sa id. "I'll fetch ther Prairi e Pirate s cried one of the m embe r s of the g ang. blam e d old wag on throu g h The y all gave a chee r t h en, and their voices echoed over Whi s tling Jerry promptly lighted a l ante rn that the plain s took from th e wag on, and remained s till in the sadd le. "It' ll tak e u s a good two hours ter git to our han g out, I Wh e n t he rest of the hor seme n had gone throug h taking 'cause these h e r e mules travel s putty s low," s aid J e rry, a Jack's horse with th em, h e rode through the s h allow st ream few minutes l a t e r. "We've been je s t about fift een minutes aft e r them, holdin g the lantern for Jac k to see the way now, an' we ain't made more'n two miles Git a fa s ter to drive gai t o n th e r mule s Jack." I But th e r e was onl y one way to drive for t h e space was "All ri ght, was the repl y and by the u s e of the long not more than a c ouple of feet w id e r t h an the wagon. whip Jac k dic1 g e t the t ired animal s goin g a little fa s t e r. Th e re was a floundering a s the mules s lipp e d on the They k ept on, anc1 it was nearly two hour s after dark I harc1, s mooth bottom, and then the wagon rolled on when they finall y came to a bre ak in the level country that throu g h the nanow gut ._ formed the prai ri e The gulch widened out then, and a dense grove of A long ridge that was n e arly a hundred feet above the pines and s tunted oak s was right before them level of the rolling plain in some place s ran s outhward to "Here we are, boys !" exclaime d t h e l eade r of the Prairie the Color ado line and join e d the foot-hill s of the Roc kies Pirates. "I'm mig hty g lad of i t, fur i t's been what I calls A s the villain s came to thi s they ent e red the mouth of a 1 tire s ome, ridin' along at s ich a slow ga it. J est run ther g ul c h followed its cour s e through the center of the blam e d wagon among ther trees till she git s jamm ed, an ridge. then y er kin unhitch ther mu les an' tum 'em loose. One On the s ide of the little stream they were following the of yer git off your hor s e an' lower ther log, so's they won't way was almo s t entir e l y of roc ky d eposits git out an' g o ba ck." The wheels o f the big wag on slipp e d in places, and the Jac k put the whip on the t ired mules, and they jump e d mules had a ll they could d o t o keep on their fee t at time s ahead thrnu g h the trees. "They'll hav e hard work :findin' o ur trai l if an y one tries But they did not .go far before the wagon jammed so it l c r find u s in h e re," sa id Whistli n g J e rry, \rith a g rin. "I could not be budged. -..-ec;kon it won' t b e s afe for a g an g ter foll e r u s even if' Then, while the anima l s were being unhitched, Hob son find the r t rail, 'c au s e w e 've g ot things rigged di s mounted and went ba c k t o the nanow opening between too nic e t e r b e took." the roc k s "It w o uld talw a troop o J s oldi e r s t e r git u s out of our It was d a rk there, but he knew just where to g o a nd r e tr eat,'' Jac k an s w e red .as h e g uid e d the four mules with what to do. e;ontiide rabl c s kill ove r t he dangerou s places. "But when H e found a rop e tie d to a tree, a nd in less than a min-i t gits as ba d a s all t h a t I reckon it'll b e time fur u s t e r utc he hac1 untied it.' change o ur quar te r s an y how." Th e n h e lower e d th e butt of a dead tree until it la y "It s a r linl y will sp oke up o n e of t h e oth e rs directl y a cross the g ut, with the water flowing beneath it The p arty proceed e d about a mile up the gu l ch, and at a dis tan c e of bro or thre e f e et. presentl y c a m e to a s p o t wh e r e i t narrowed down in the "The r gate i s s h et, cap,'' he said, as h e went back to form of a pass, wit h the stream occup y in g t h e whole of it. whe re the re s t had di s mounted. "Do y cr think yer kin git t hrnu g h with ther wagon G o o d!" came the r e ply. "Now I r eclrnn we kin take Jac k ? J e rry a s k ed. it easy. A s w e didn t have much of a s up per 011 account "Sartin,'' was the r e pl y "I reck o n I kin t a k e four of kee p in afte r th e r min e rs, I rec kon I'll have s omethin mules an' a wagon where anyone else kin I was rai sed t e r eat. Wh e r e s the r infernal Chince, any how? Asleep, among mules, an' I ought ter know some thin' about ther mos t lik e l y !" handlin' of e m." At that in stant a piping voice exclaimed from the mout h "Everyone to his k ind," observed a man named Hob s o n, of a cave n e ar at hand : with a laugh "Me light here, cappee


8 YOU N G WILD WEST AND 'l'HE PRAIRIE PIRATES ======= ======-----......... ____________ ______ "Oh, you'r e awake, ar e y e r ? W ell, jest git some c offee heavier i t is,'' was the reply. "I know that much about ready, an bril e some m e at. I'm hun g ry it, an' I a lso know that i t is a very va lu able meta l. "Allee light c app e e." W h ist l ing Jerry began to whistle then, for h e h a d a way That th e C hin a man had pre par e d ever yt h i n g t o s tart a of breaking o u t t hat way now and then, a n d h ence his fire at a moment notice \yas evident, for t h e next m in ute n ickname a blaze showe d throu g h th e und e r g r owt h. When h e whi st led his hearers were supposed to l aug h 'l'he out law g an g turn e d the ir h orses loose, a n d t h e n or smile, anyhow, ancl the eight men who placed so much with Whi s tlin g J e rry leadin g th e m with t h e l ighted I an confidence in him promptly nodded and laughed. tern in his hand, th e y w ent to the cav e T his p l eased the villain immen ely. 'l"he cave was a widemou t h e d one and a mp l y l a rge "Well come on,'' said he, and o u t they went to the enou g h t o accommodate t h e m a ll for s l eeping purposes. wagon. It was well s up p li e d w i t h b e d s a n d bedding a n d odcl bits Two of them canie

YOUNG 'iYILD "WEST .\,Tl) PIL\ l IU E "High Low knowee," was the reply. Half an hour later the cav e was in a deep silence, save the snoring of the men, for all hands hac1 turned in, rely in g on the bell to arouse them if anything went wrong. dinner. I'll fetch Charlie anJ Jim, and we'll all fire at once." He was not long in getting his rifle and telling and Jim about it. Anna and Eloise were just coming out of the tent, but the other of the miners and the two Celestials were still sound asleep. CHAPTER IV. Arietta led the way along the bank, dodging behind the willows that lined it just below the cottonwood grove, and THE TWO OHINA:MEN TAKE A SWIM IN THE RIVER. Lake followed on behind to witness the shooting The flock of ducks was close to the shore on that side, Young Wild West was one of the first to rise in the and a s light bend in the river gave them a good chance to morning. see them. He stood on the bank of the river, looking at the sun, They were about two hundred yards off, but our friends which was just showing above the blue-gray line of the thought they cou l d do better by getting a little nearer. prairie in the distance, when Jasper Lake came down to In a flock like that they each ought to kill two or three him. with one bullet. "Do yer really think yer kin git ther box of gold back, When they were at the right spot Wild gave the word Young Wild West?" the miner asked and all four fired so close together that the reports of "I feel pretty certain that we can," was our hero's re-their rifles almost blended into one. ply. "All we will have to clo is to find where the villains Of course the ducks that had not been hit arose, and took it. It won't be so hard to get it away from them several of them flew to the right on the. same side of the then." river our friends were on. "But there's nine of 'em, as I said last night, yer know." Then it was that Young Wild West gave a display of his "That won'tmake any difference. There are eight of fancy shooting with a rifle. us, not counting the girls, and the two Chinamen. I He fired three times in quick succession and three of guess can take care of any nine outlaws that ever I the ducks dropped toward the earth. liv ed.'.' Charlie fired twice and got one, but Arietta was content "But there's only one rifle between ther five of us." with what she had done at the first shot, for she was posi"That's all right. We have got extra rifles and shooters tive that she had killed three. with us. We always take along enough, so if we should "That beats anything I ever seen in ther line of duck happen to lose the ones we are carrying I have been shootin'," exclaimed Lake, his jaw dropping in amaze caught by redskins more than once, and when I got away ment. "I reckon you folks don't need shotguns ter shoot from them I had to go without my weapons. We'll fix you small game." up with a shooter apiece, so don't let that worry you. "No," replied Wild. "Why shoul d we? We are prad-We've got plenty of ammunition, too." ticing all kinds of difficult shots almost every day. There "Thank yer. I'll guarantee that we'll fight, if we've is nothing like practice, you know." got anything ter fight with. We was took completely by "That's so, but I don't think I could hit a duck on ther s1'.-i:p.rise when them galoots rode up. We all thought they fly with a rifle, if. I waster practice ten years at it." was cowboys, an' never dreamed that they was after ther "Oh, yes, you could. You can hit a target, can't you?" box of gold. It's too bad, but if I kin git that gold back, "Sometimes I kin, an' sometimes I can't. I'm more an' git it home, I'll give ten thousand dollars likely ter miss than I am ter hit it." "Well, you won't have to pay a cent, as far as we are "Now that we've got ther ducks down, ther thing is ter concerned The excitement we will have getting it for git 'em,'' observe d Cheyenne Charlie, as he looked at the you will pay us. We don't go around the country doing fa ll e n ducks, some of which were floating as much as favors for those we meet and expect pay for it. I am thirty feet from the bank. pretty well fixed just now, in the way of wealth, and so "We'll let Hop and Wing get the ducks out of the are my partners." While they stood there talking who water,'' answered our hero. "Mr. Lake, you run and call should appear ju t below them on the bank but Arietta. them. Tell them that they need not have on any more She had her rifle in her hand and was looking at someclothes than is absolutely necessary, as they may have to thing down the stream. take a swim." "What-is it, Et?" Wild asked, walking toward her. "All right," answered the miner, and then he smiled "A flock of ducks, Wild," was the reply. "Thought he ran to the camp. Rome of them might go good for In a few minutes he came back, followed by the two "That's right. I see them now. Jove! there's a hunChiname n who were both wondering what was wanted of drecl o:f them, I guess. Don't ire till I get my rifle. We them, for the y hacl not understood Lake ver y well. ought to kill enough 0 them to make a duck apiece for, Wild and hi s two partners had fis hed all they could of


10 YO NG WILD WEST AND Tlrn PHAIRIE PIRATES the slain ducks from the watel', buL the biggest part of ihe m w el'c the r e y e t. 'l'h ey nad H hot e l eve n of them, a s n e ar a s they could judge, and s ix o.J' them were drifting along with the sl ug gi s h cunent. "Whattee want ee, Misler Wild?" Hop asked, rubbing hi s eyes io get himself thoroughly awake. "Uo and get those due:kcl before they get out in the micJclle of the Tiver," was the rep l y How we go?" "Any way at all. Can't yoli swim ?" no l i k ec swi m, J\1isler Wild ".Thie gittee !" exc laim ed wing, sud denly. He had seen a log lying o n the bank, ready to topple in the wat e r almo s t. H e pushed it gently in the water and then kicked off hi s footgear a s hore without them birds I'll make a ring a round yer in. thcr water wit h bullets!" Hop heard. He thought the s coi 1t surely would let him hear the s ound of whi s tling hot lead, ancl he decided that it ;ms lie. t to join Wing in gathering in Lhc slain birds. 'rhey in getting the m in a few minute. and whe n the y c rawl e d out on the bank th e y pre s ented a comi ( al npp e aram e, with the wnt e r dripping from them and th eir woebe g one looks It was the :firs t time Jas per Lake had indulged in any thing like a laugh c he lo s t the box of gold, and it must have done him a lot of good. "They are as funny a pair a s I ever seen," he s aid. "I reckon yer must tak e 'cm around ther country with yer more f u r ther fun yer kin git out of 'em than ther work they do." ":i\le no 'flaicl to gittee lillee wet," he 'observed, and "You haven't see n much of them yet," answered Wilcl. the n he clroppecl do\\n and got astraddle of the log. ''Hop is not only a very funny heathen, but he is abou t a The water was only a little over two feet deep right as they make them. He can do things that woul d clo se to the bank, s o Wing started to walk offshore, relying surprise you." upon t he log to hold him up when it got too deep for him I "Is that so?" to wade. ,. "Ye I'll get him to s how you s omething while Win g Hop 's face soon took on a broad g rin. i s getting the fire started H e thought he saw fun ahead "Goocl !" Wing got the log out about t en feet an d then he found It d i d not take the two Cele stials long to change their that he could no longer touch bottom. garrne11ts. Hop was looking very exp ectant and so were the res t. The n Wing set about kindling a fire to cook their Meanwhil e the ducks w ere drifting further clown the br. eakfa t. str eam But the current was turning t hem sl10reward, so Charli e cut a pule. "I reckon wing won't never git 'em," lie said; s o I'll try an' fis h 'em in." Just then Wing got out a little too fa r and over went the log, turning him upside down as quick as a flash Th ere was a muffled shriek and then the Chinaman dis app eared from view. "Hip hi!" yell e d Hop; "my blother allee sa me e velly goodee diver! Me velly ploud of my blother." Win g came up sputteri n g at a fearful rate. H e sa w all hands lau gh ing at him so instead of coming or the bank h e struc k out swimming to get the clucks. "That's what yer oughier done in ther first place," t h e scout called o ut. "Hip hi!" again yelled Hop, and then he proceeded to d o a dance on the edge 0 the bank. The t emptation was too great for Charlie, and with a quick movement be sent Hop headfirst into the river. Spla sh! The Celestial's mirth was turne d to fright in a twink lin g, and it is safe to say that he swallo1vc!. at least a pint of wat er b efore h e knew what he was doing. "Help ther other h eathen git them clucks, you simple galoot!" yelled the scout, as Hop came to the surface "You kin swim an' I know it! If yer start ter come The rest of the inmate s of the cam p were up b y this tinlf' ancl they laug h ed heartily when they heard how Hop and Wing went into tllf' river after the du c k s They had s een the m befol' e th e y came out, but had not bee n clo R e e n oug h to witne s R how they w ent in. Hop t ri e d to make it appear that his brother made the mos t ridiculou s figure in the water and when Jim Dart finall;f-agreed with him he got into a very good humor. "Hop," s aid Wild, "I was telling Mr. Lake that vo11 1rere a !eight-of-hand perform e1'. ,Tus t R how him Jc of your tricks will you? Do a simple one that won't take yon long." "Allee light," answered the Cele tjaJ g rinning. He now bac1 hi s regular e v e r y day g own on, and the many poc ket s in t hat._ garment contained vario u s bits of things that could work wonders. The Chinama n was really a sort 0 chemist, as well as a sleight -of-band performer. He could do things that were startling, as well as h umorous. Hop pulled out the yello w s ilk handk erchief he alwa y carried and it in the air, while the miners look ed o n, wondering what he was up to, rrhe handkerc hief was a big one, b e ing about a yarcl s quare, so it could cover a who l e l ot, if it w-ere n ecessary. ":M:e havee um uncle in China, and he velly srnarte0 man," the Chimman began, smiling bla ndl y at his ancli-


YOUNG WILD WEST AN D THE PRAIRIE PIRATES 11 ence; "me allee samee likee my uncle; me velly s martee, f Young Wild West smiled at the excl amations of asto ns o be." ishment that went up from the miners. "Selfpraise i s a poor recommendation, I've say," "That's mighty funny," sai d one. remarked Hooley, grinning at his companions. rt beats all!" another declared, sha king hi s head and "Me s howee nicee lillee tlick," went on Hop, fixing hi s looking at the smiling Celestia l in an awesome way eYes on Lake for it was h e that he intended to make a "It might be a trick in magic, but that cigar looks t e r v sor t of victim of, s ince he had not liked the way the man be all right," Lake ventured, after a pause. laughed at him when he was thrown in the river by the "Cigar allee samee velly finee," Hop ha s tened yo assure scout. him "You smokee after you eatee um bleakfas t." "What are yer goin' ter show?" asked the miner "All right, I will," was the quick reply, and then Lake "You gottee some tobackee ?" picked up the cigar and placed it in hi s pocket "Ye I reckon I've got plenty," was the reply "I reckon that's about all now," remarked Cheyenne "You lettee me havee your tobackee and me makee Charli e "That cookin' g rub send s out a smell that makes allee samee goodee cigar." me hungry How about it, Wing? I s ther breakfast putty "I ain't got no tobacker in ther l eaf, Hop ." near ready?" "Lat alloo light; me makee um nicec cigar." "Allee samee putty s ooncc, Mis ler Charlie," was the Lake handed over a pouch conta ining some tobacco reply rnch as is utied in pipe s by s mokers. As Hop put his b ig yellow silk handkerch i ef in his Hop smelled of it. and nodded with pocket and looked dreamily at t h e sky above the miner s "Lat velly goodee tobackee; me makee um cigar allee made up their minds that he was s omething above the light," he declared. ordinary run of China men 1 The five miners crowded around him to see what he H e had their respect from that mome nt, for, was going to do. they knew it was but a clever trick that 110 had s hown Wild and his two partner s look ed on, too, but the gi:cls, them, they had been unable to see anyt h i ng ab_?'ut it that who were used to seei ng the tricks the Chinaman per would indi cate that it was a trick. formed, busied themselves in helping Wing get the break -But a magician 's hand s are quicker tha n the eyes of fast ready. ordinary people, a nd that accounted for it. Hop took about two ordinary pipefuls of tobacco from But they bad not believed that he was r e ally a sleight the pouch and carefu ll y wrapped it in a big leaf he plucked ofhand performer until he clid t h e trick. from a plant near at hand. Breakfa st was read y a few minute s l ate r and all hands This he placed on a stone rig'ht before hi s audience sat down ancl ate heartily. Th en he shook the big handker chief to show them there After the meal was over Jas per Lake took out the cigar was nothing in it, and carefully covered the leaf that conHop had made from the loose tobacco and leaf of tained the tobacco. plant "Now you watchee," he s aid, nodding at the miner s particularl y to Lake They did watch with all the eyes they had. Hop muttered a string in Chinese, sang a sort 0 a dirge t1ten got up and walked around the handkerchief three or four times. "Row me showee how um leaf and tobackee havee makee nicee cigar," he observ ed, stoop in g to pick up the handkerchief. CHAPTER Y. THE SEARCH l!' Olt THE PRAIRlE PlllATES BEG INS. He had appeared to make it, for no one could prove that he did not, so it was all the Wild saw Hop s mile softly a nd turn away when the miner s tarted to ligh,t the cigar. He knew then that something was wrong about it. But whatever it was, it would not injure him, for Hop knew better than to go far with hi s fun. Lake picked a burning brand from the fire and applied it to the end of the c igar. He puffed vigoro u s ly, and then he gave a nod of deep satisfaction "That's a mighty fine cigar yr made, Hop," h e said "I don't know how in thunder yer made it, but it's a: good one Not one of the five miners expected to see anything e lse His four friends looked at him rather enviously as he than the lrncl placed on the rock under -the p11ffed away. handkerchief Suddenl y there was a hissing noi se and t11en out of the What was their s urpri se, then, when they saw a cigar encl of the cigar there came a s quirming snake. -that was as w e ll made as any they were in the habit of Lake heard the hissing s ound a nd hi s eyes were tuwed seeing l ying on the 8tone to the lighted encl, for there i s where it came from The leaf that t110 tobacco had been wrapped in was As 11e saw the sq11irming l ittle sn11ke he utter e d a fell gone, and there were no trace s of it to be seen anywhere and dropped the c i ga r.


1 2 YOUNG WILD WEST THE PRAilUE PIRATES "Whattee mattee ?" a ske d Hop, in hi s most innoc ent way. J e ru s alem!" gasped the man called Hooley. "Did yer ever see anything like that? Why, a snake about s i x in c hes long came out of ther end of that cigar !" Young Wild Wes t and hi s friend s l aughed h eart ily, and, not icing thi s the a larm ed looks l ef t the faces of a ll but the victim of the joke. "'!'he r e's ther s n ake! c ri e d La ke, excitedly, as h e pointed to the grou nd. It was th e re, s ure e nou g h, but it was broken t o pieces It was s imply a Pharoah 's serpent egg that Hop had put in t h e c igar, and, though it is e a s ily explained, Lake could not und e r stand it, at all He had no other idea than that the cigar was bewitched I ought t er hav e known b ette r t1rnn ter s moke ther blam e d ciga r, an yhow," he said to Wild "A cigar what comes inte r exi s tence the r way that one did a i n t likely ter be right, anyhow Gee, but I'm all flustered, blamecl if I ain 't." Hooley and the rest were lau g hing heartil y now, whiltt Hop was the picture of innocent amazem e nt. "That's one on you, L ake," s aid on e of hi s friends. "Ther Chinaman ha s bad some fun with yer Ther next time you' ll be a little more carefu l how yer take a c igar whe n it' s offered t e r yer I'm might y glacl I didn't git one lik e it, fur I ain't no fri end t e r s nak es, nor I never was." G r adually it dawned upon the min er that h e was the vic tim of a joke. "What was it, anyhow?" he asked, trying t o smile, a nd then he stooped and looked at the fragm ents of the snake "That was the rest of the magi c trick H o p was showing you, a n s wered Wild. "He gave you the first part before breakfast and the la s t part jus t now. Pretty good trick, wasn't it?" "Well, I s hould sa y it was It i s one on m e boys! I give a man credit for cat c hing me li ke that, no matter if h e i s a Chinee. I'll bet there ain't m any fellows l ike him o f any n at ion." J, "Me havee uncl e in C hin a wha.ttee velly smart," s pok e up Hop, with a s mile that was child lik e a nd blancl; "me velly muchee likee um uncl e "I'd lik e t e r meet that galoot of an uncl e of your s once," r e marked Cheyenne Char li e "I've heard s o much about him that I kin imagine j est what kind of a l ookin' galoot h e is." "You s a y one timee you no believee me have uncle, Mis l er said Hop, lookin g at him a nd g rinnin g in childi s h fashion "I reckon I'll ask that g aloot of a brother of yours about it. Wing, come here!" "Allee light; me comee light away, JI.Es l e r Char l ie," ans wer e d the cook, and th e n b e came over, a wet tow e l in his hand s and a look of exp ecta ncy on hi s face. Wing, a r e yer sure you r e a brother to Hop?" the have,e samee mother as Hop, and Hop havcc samee father a.s me havee; we allee samee blather ." "Well, have you got an unc l e in China?" "Um uncles a ll ee dead; u m last uncle havee head cuttee off. He lun likee 'pless tlain in u m war, and u m em pelor makee havee h ead cuttee off. "An' he was the last u ncle you had alive then?" Win g nodded in the affirmative Hop cast a withering glance at him "My blather no know muchee," he explain ed ; "he comee to lYie1ica two, three months before me comee; my unclee so smartee mandarin lat he comee back to u m life after my blather comee 'way My uncle livee in China H ow; he gottee big tea garden, and he vell y mu chee fiiend to um empe lor." Wing then acted as though he might be mistaken, and 110 hastened to say that maybe hi s brother was r ight. But no one cared, anyhow. Hop was s u c h an awful liar that it was amusing to li sten to bim. Charlie then wanted to bet them both that they could n ot prove that they had ever been born at a ll, and they would not accept "Me bettee you lat me a l ive, a llee samee Melican man," Hop answered, after he had thought a minute. "If me nlive, allee samee Melican man, me m ust be bornee allee samee 1\Ieli can man l\fisler Charlie, he gittee veily s martee, allee samee my uncle in China. Th e miners were very much tickled over the China man 's funny ways, and they all d eclared that they wanted to see more of 11is clever work in s l eight-of -hand "He'll show you something more in that line when we go into camp again," said Young Wild West. "But just now we've got something on hand We are goi n g to try and get the box of gold for you There may be a stiff fight on hand, so we might as well pre pare for it. Jim, jus t see to i t that each of the men here a r evolver and some have three or four rifles, too, and they may a s well them until this business i s done with." -"All Tight," answer ed Jim, and he soon supplied the miners with the weapons. The n the Chinamen we!'c ordered to load the pack horscs and ge t r eady to take the trail of the Prairie Pirates Jasper Lak e and his friel'lds were in high glee now. They were cager to get at the villains, for .they felt that they had been madly treated indeed by them. They not only recover the gold, but they de sir ed revenge upon the Prairie Pirates as wel l. In l ess than lrnlf an 110ur a ll hand s w ere heading in the direction the villains had last b een seen going by the miners. Lake was content to ride one of the mules, tho u gh Wild told him he coul d have the horse Wing was riding, if he des ired. scout que ried. "Me velly s ure, Misler Charlie," was the reply. "Never mind," wa.s the reply "This mule see m s to be "Me about a s fast a s the ave rage of hi s kind, and I can keep


YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE PRAIRIE P I RATES 13 u p w i t h the pack-h o rses. I hop e we don't hav e to do a ny Trees fall very oft e n a cross stre am s and gu lli es, and fig h t ing in the s addl e for if w e do a mule is a hard thing th e y usually lie there until they rot away. to manag e I will mak e out all right, so long a s that j Thi s one looke d as though it had been there a l ong don't h a pp en." J time. They pu s h e d along the re g ular cattle trail, ke e ping a Certainly there was nothing about the narrow pla c e watc h for some s p o t wh e r e the villain s might have turned tha t would in d icate that a mule t eam had driven through off. i t but a f e w hour s before. In a coupl e of hours, they were v e ry clos e to the ridge, an d the n it was not long b e for e they reached the spot whe r e the Pra iri e Pirates had e ntered the gulch. "It seem s t o m e tha t the s coundr e ls have not tried to cover their trai l mu c h," r e marked our hero, whos e sharp eyes easily detec t e d the tracks of the horses. "It mu s t b e tha t t hey w a i te d until the y g ot to a good place to hide t he trail. W ell, I g uess we w ill find it, if anyone can W e ar e u sed to this sort of work." L ake n odded. "I ki n t e ll that easy e nough Young Wild West he a nswer ed "Yo u k n o w y our bu s iness, an' so does your p a rds. A nyon e wha t kin s hoot three du c k s on ther wing wit h a rifl e withou t missin' knows hi s bu s iness, I reckon "Oh, tha t was n't s u c h w o nderful s hooting," Wil d an s w ered, s milin g at the m a n. "I lrnve made b e t te r s hots wit h a revolv e r I have tri mm e d the mu s ta c he s of ra s cals an d c u t t h e ir h air for the m wit h bull e ts I s that so? I w ouldn't w ant yer t e r try it on me." Our were compl e tely deceived. None of th e m had the least idea that the Prairie Pi rates had gon e that way. "They' v e come through the r gul c h an' w ent up the re somewhe re," s aid Charlie. "That's ther fir s t plac e I've seen whe r e they would git out of h e r e with ther wagon." "It look s that way, Charlie," retorted Wild. "Well, w e' ll soon find out if they w ent that way or not There mu s t b e som e s oft ground up there He ascend e d the s lope, followed b y the scout, the rest r emai ning on the other side of the brook with th e hor ses. When the y had got to th e top of the s lan t they found g round that was soft, a s Wild expec t e d But th e re w e re n o tra c k s the r e CHAPTER VI. r "Well you d o n t happ e n to be a ra s cal, s o I won't t r y HOP WAH GOE S O N A MISS IO N it o n you I hope yer git the r c h a n ce ter try i t on Whi s tling I Wild and Charlie searched about for full y ten m inutes, J e r ry, t h e l ea d er o f the Prairie Pirates. I would lik e to I but not the lea s t sign of a wagon track or a hoof p rint see h im get good a nd sca r e d." 1 could they see. "We ll may b e I w ill ge t t h e c hance. If f do I will show "This are what I call mi g hty funny, Wild," r e marked you some of my fa ncy s hootin g." the scout. "There's one thing s artin, that gang come in T hey p u shed on afte r entering the gulch and followed ther gulch with that wagon." .ihe stream, t h e s ame a s the vill a in s h a d done the night "Yes, that i s a s ure thing," r e pli e d our hero. before "Well, whe re did they go, then?" As has been s t a ted, the g round was h a rd a nd s tony "That i s what we hav e g ot fo find out One thing cer t here, s o they could no long e r s e e the hoof-print s or tracks tain i s that they didn t fly away, and that being the case, of .Jh wagon. th e y mu s t b e around somewhe r e R igh t near t h e point whe r e th e g ulch i nto the "We ll it's a puzzle t e r me, an no mi s take." passage t h at l ed t o the h e ad quarte r s of the gan g th e y saw "It may b e that th e villain s drove into the gulch and a s l o p e t o the right that l e d to the top o f the ridge. then w ent out again, just to fool anyone who might follow W i ld call e d a h alt h e re. th e m." It seeme d as tho u g h t h e Prairie Pirates ha d c rossed the b rook and r o d e u p the s l ope, for t h e w ag on c ould have been pulle d u p i t quite easi l y b y t h e four mules. W i l d c rossed t h e bro ok, afte r di s m ounting, followe d by the scou t The s l ope was of r ock, so the r e was no chance to pick out the tracks of the wagon W here it h ad ente r ed the stre am they c ould n o t tell, e i ther, for the hardness of the g r o und and the strata of rock gave n o chance for a n y mark s t o b e made. Wild looke d into t h e n arrow gut and saw a dead tree l ying across t h e open i ng a t the othe r e nd of it. It was noth ing s tran ge to see the d e ad tree there for s u c h s i g h ts w e r e c ommon. "That's s o "But that c ouldn't b e either," and the y oung dead s hot s hook hi s h e ad. "They could not turn that wagon an y where i n th e g ulch w ithout l e aving m a rks." "They mi ght h ave cove r e d t he1r m a rks, Wild "We ll I g uess we had bette r l eave the re s t h e r e and th e two o f us. will go ba c k on foot and try and find out just what they did do." Th a t 's th e r id e a." '11h e y c ame down the hill and waded across the little brook. "How about it Wild?" a s ked Jim. "It i s a puzzl e," was the reply. "'rhey c e rtainly did not go up the hill."


14 YOUNG WILD WEST .AND THE PRAIRIE PIRATES Jim had been looking pretty closely at the narrow gut "Well, I guess we'll find them all right," was reply. through which the shallow stream flowed. "I am going to make a try pretty soon." "I have come to the conclusio n that the wagon could "You are go in' ter wade through there, then?" and the have been driven through there if that dead tree was not miner pointed at the narrow place. in the way," he remarked, jerking hi s thumb toward the "Yes, that i s what I am going to do; or it may be that s pot. I 1will send someone I am thinking of send ing Hop "Jove! You 're right on that, Jim But that dead tree "The r Ohinec galoot what played ther joke on me with looks as though it has been there ever si nce it fell." ther cigar, eh?" "But it would have been quite easy for half a dozep. men "Yes, I will let him prepare himself, and in case he t o put it there, Wild," spoke up Arietta. comes in contact with the Prairie Pirates he will fool "Yes, that is true enough." them and get away, I think. He i s smart enough to do But Wild did not see fit to investigate the narrow open that He has some giant c ra c k e r s with him, and they ar e ing between the rock s just then. made in s u ch a way that they make a dense s moke when He pro ceeded to carry out the suggesti on he had made they exp l ode. Hop has used them on two or three differtc Char lie cnt occasions with great effect I'll s peak to hjm about it "Jim, you and the r est s tay right here," he said, as he now." sta r ted off on foot wit h the scout "If we don't find that H?p was c alled over, and when Wild to ld him was the villains turned and went out of the gulc h by t h e same wanted of him he declaTed that h e was willing to go. way they came in we will s top here for a while." "Well, then, just get r e ad y," said Wild. rrh e two w e re not long in walking the whole di stance to "Me allee samee l eady now," was the quick retort. the of the gulc h. "Have you got your c rackers ready, so you kin let one They J.!lade:'a careful s earch and came to t11e conclusio n .off at an in stant's notice?" that the Prairie Pirates had not left the gulch after en"Yes; me lightee um cigar, and len me be leady to tering it: makee um fireclacker go bang!" That meant that they were in it somewhere yet He calmly pulled a big black -l ooking cigar from his Arid there was only one place to look for them now, and pocket and lighted it. that was through the narrow gut. Then he s howed a cracke r that looked big enough to When they got back they found their companions seate d 1 blow a man's h ead off. on the ground ben eath the shade of a tree This he calmly s hoved up hi s right s l eeve, kee ping the It was near noon, and they were all beginning to grow fuse in his hand hungry. "Now whattee wantee poor Chinee do, Misler "What luck, boys?" Dart asked. "They never left the gu l ch," was our hero 's repl y "Then I guess we had better move that dead tree and go on through the gul c h." -"Yes, but w e' ll have dinner fir s t This is a fine place to camp, I think. Get the pack-horses unloaded, you Chinamen. Then s trike in and get those ducks br o iled." Hop and Wing flew to opey. They were anxiou s to get something to eat them selves, s0 they worked pretty fast. It was not long b efo re a fire was staTted, and as the ducks they had s hot that morning had been plucked on the way, t hey were soon ready for broiling In an h our from the time Wild had declared that they would camp there the noonday meal was r eady That they all ate with a reli s h goes without saying. Wing, with the assistance of Anna and the g irls, could get up as fine a mea l as was ever eaten in a camp. Up to this time Jaspe r Lake had s a i d little about the box of gold. He now showed considerable anxiety, for he thought Youn g Wild West was at hi s wit's ends. "What do yer think about it, W est?" he11asked, as h e li g h ted his pipe and walked over to where the young deadshot was standi n g near the brook. he asked I want you to wade through there and get to the other side of that dead tree if you c an," was the reply. "Don't climb over the tree, for if you do you might be see n right away. I don t want anyone to see you, for if they happ e n to they might shoot at you before you know it. If you get the other side of the fallen t r ee, and into the bushes, you ./ will know what to c1o. I want to find out if the men ",'.i;;;' i;tole the box of gold are in there. It may be that they went on up the gulc h, and if they did you can find the wagon tracks, most likel y You go on through, and after you have been there five minutes I'll follow you L eave a trail through the bushes, so it will be easy for me to come right on. Now I guess you understand all about it." "Me und elstand velly well, a n swered Hop and then he looked at the miners and s miled in hi s innocent way. "You hear me shoo tee allee s amee putty quickee, you c0mee allee p u tty quickee, Mislcr Wild," he added, throwing an anxious g l ance at Wild. "You bet I will, Hop!" was the answer. "I am going to depend on you to fool the rascally galoots with your funny business and magic, in case they are clos e by." "Allee li g h t." The Celestial at once started off. Wild was not afraid that he would get hurt, ior Hop


YOUNG Vl7ILD WEST AND 'r'HE PRAIRIE PIRATES 1 5 1iad a way 01 taking care of himself, though he cou1a not I alll1 then h e turned his gaze in various directions, looking fight enough to keep himself warm. for a chance to get to where the Chinama n wa s without Re was suc h an innocent-looking Chinaman that anybeing observed by him or anyone else who might be lookonc would have picked him up for a fool. mg. Hop waded throngh ihe shallow brook rather gingerly. 'l'here was a good chance, for the shrubbery wa s thicker It seemed that he Ji cl not much like the idea of wetting there than at t h e en trance to that part of the g ul ch, his feet. whi c h, by the way, was really a rninature valley But be kept right on, and when he came to tlrn fallen Hop wa now pretty close to the cave occupied by the tree he crouc hed and tnrncd to the right. Prairie Pirates though he could not see it. Then he got out upon the banl;: and crawled under it. The Chinaman he saw wa the cook for the ,illains, as Just what he was going to clo nex\ he did not know, but the reader no doubt supposed. he puffed away at his cigar, so it would be ready to light High Low, as he was called, hacl come clown to the the cracker he hacl concealed in his s l eeve brook to do the washing for the men, and since he had The bushes and rocks 1rere plentiful the other side of been paid J1is month's salary the night before, h e was in a the narrow gut, and when Hop crept behind a clump of rather pleasant frame of mind. bushes he paused and l ooked around. That was \Yhy he was singing. Then he saw where the wagon had emerged from the The members of the band were nearly all asleep yet, brook. for they hacl been tired when they came back to "the gulch, The marks were very plain, and there was no mistaking and it was rather late when they tt1rned in. them. With the alarm rigged, they felt that they were safe "Me velly smartee, 3llee samee," he muttered; "nie from being disturbed. :findee outee where um Plailie Pilates go." They had not counted on anyone the valley b y Hop moved ca u tiously around the rocks and soo n reachcrawling under the cleacl tree, instead of climl!Jing qve r it ed the plain trail macle by the wagon and horses and putting a weight upon it. He founcl there wa s a regular bridle path there. Hop could not resist the temptation to make his pres"Me allee light," he thought; "Young Wild West cnce known to his countryman, s o, after thinking it ov er pick ee out me 'causce he knowee me allee light. Misler for a minute or two, he arose ancl walked bolclly toward Charlie or :Misler Jim no ilnd ee tlail likee me." him. 'l' h e n he starte d to fo llow the trail keeping close to the: r r "ih t t f t f h. J H" h Lo a ) e wa. w1 111 wen y ee o 1m w 1en 1g w s w bus he R and the ro cks 1 He had not gone more tlrnn a hunclr ecl feet when he 1 1 C l t I 1 1e rasca y 1marnan was as oms 1ec. pm: k e d up hi s ears and lookecl rnr c r es t eu. "'\'! 1 1 f ?" 1 k d k. the 1 1ere c ic you come rom. 1e as e spea mg m Some s f-range sounds came faintly to his ears-or rather language of his race. they w ere strange if anyone bnt a Chinaman had hearcl "Me dlop clown flom um sky," answered Hop, sticking them. to his pigeon-Engli s h. "Me a llee samee gleat mandarin." The fact was that a Chinaman wa s singing in his own R" 1 L 1 k d a 1 1g t ow oo "e surpnse anguage. b h d l As far as a1)pearances went Hop was Just a out t e Hop l ooked puzzled for the s pace of a mmute an t rnn e grrnne h d I s ame sort of an individual be was, and the answer made fact that he was s o near one of his own countrymen him somewhat puzzled. cl l f l t h I He was r)l'etty sure that the v1s1tor to the httle valley ma e 11m ee more a orne. I t l 1 k t th f 11 could not have got there by the""regular way, and that Hop made up his mind o rnve a oo, a e e ow as s oon as possible, so he started in the direction the singing made it look as though he might have dropped from the came from. sky, or got there in some other my s terious way. He did not forget to u se caution, for he hacl been in so "You cllop from um sky?" he a s ked, s lowly. many tight that it came a s a sort of seconcl nature For an answer Hop looked up at the clouds ancl made to him. s ome peculiar motions which High Low seemed to underGradua1ly the sounds became plainer, and when two or three minutes hacl passed he was so near the spot it came from that he coulcl understand the words of the Celestial song But he kept right on, and the. next minute he came in sight of a scene that caused him to grin more than ev er. A Chinaman was busy hanging up some clothes on a line near the brook at a distance of probably a hundred yards. Hop look ed in si l ence for the full space of a minute, stand. He dropped the :flannel shirt h e had been in the act of on the lariat h e had put up for a clothes lin e and. looked at his countryman in an awesome way "You s howee me," h e sa id. "Allee light!" And then Hop pulled out his big yellow han clkerchief. Hop meant to show him all right, and he was go in g to make him understand that h e really was a g r eat mandarin, at that.


H I YOUNG WILD WE:ST AND THE PRAIRIE CHAPTER VII. WILD HOT AFTER TI-IE BOX OF GOLD. Young Wild West did not wait five minutes before he started to follow Hop Wah. It occurred to him that the Chinaman might run into e rious twable before be got far, s o he thought it best to follow right behind him Wild waded through the brook and crept under the fall en tree the same as Hop had done. But b e was more of an observer than was Hop, and he noticed that there was a rope tied about the upper part of the dead tree. There was something surprising about this, so he quick ly allowed his gaze to follow the rope, and when h e saw that it went into a block that was hitc hed to a projecting ro ck overhead he gave a nod of the d eepest sati sfactio n. The rop e then ran through the thick foliage of a tree and was lost to view. "Whew!" exc1airned the daring young dead s hot, under his breath; "I guess I have found out something b y coming through the gut. The Prairie Pirates came through here as sure as I am alive!" But Wild did not mean to investigate where the rope went just then. He wan ted to keep in s i ght of Hop, so he looked around and caught a glimpse of the Celestial as he was craw ling through the bushes about a hundred feet away. He promptly starte d after him It was eas i er for Wild to make his way along and keep himself hidden from view than it was for Hop to do it. So he had no difficulty in keeping close to him. He could not help admire the tact and skill in woodcraft the C hinaman was s howing, however Right behind t h e Celestial, and within a few ya rd s of him, our hero went along. Throu gh the bushes and around the ro cks he went, right on the trail of HQp. Wild heard the singi ng of the cook for the Prairie Pirates about the same time Hop did. At first h e thought it must b e Hop, s uddenl y gone crazy, si nce h e could not t ell exactly where h e was at that moment. But there is a difference in the voices of Chinamen, as w e ll as other people, and h e knew Hop's voice so well that he quickly dropped that idea. "It is a heathen, all right," the boy muttered. "I won der what I am running up against, anyhow?" He soon found out. Young Wild West could not suppress a broad g rin when h e saw the Chinaman han ging up the c lothes on the rope line and singing away for all he was worth. But when he saw Ho p rise from the buslies and a p proach the Cele stial he felt lik e ca llin g him back. It was not a wise move, or, at l east, it did not seem to be. Wild hurried afong and got up close to them. He heard everything that was said, and then he came to the conclusion that it was not such a very bad move, alter all. "I guess I'll be a spectator to this," he thought, as he got into a good position. "That Chinaman evident ly is in the employ of the Prairie Pirates. But where can t h e scoundrels be? There does not appear to be any way to get out of here other than the narrow gut. I'll just wait a few minutes before I investigate any further. This is going to be somethi ng good, for Hop bas that fellow pretty well worked up. I actually believe the heathen really thinks bis une4p ected visitor dropped from the clouds." Meanwhile Hop was getting ready to do something that wou ld mystify High Low, and by the way he smiled it was pretty certain that he was not going to do the trick by halves. "You gottee um dollee bill?" he asked High Low. "Yes, me gottee allee samee plenty dollee bill," was the repl y Hop nodded as the Chinaman pulled a roll from his pocket and held it up. Then he pulled a silver dollar of bis own from his pocket and showed it. Looking around, he found a smooth, bare spot on the ground, and then he beckoned High Low to come up close and watch him. "You watcbee and me showee nicee lillee tlick," he said; "me do likee li s for um empelor once, and len he eay me velly muchee mandarin." High Low nodded. Hop placed the silver dollar on the ground and then carefully covered it with his handkerchief. "Now me takee you dollee bill," he said, blandly, and High Low promptly handed him one of the ones he had Hop Jaicl this on top the handk erchief and, pointing t11 it, said: "Now watchee." The other Chinaman was watching all right. He had no idea what was goin g to lmppen, but he did know that it was his dollar that was lying on the hand kerchie.f, and he did not want to lose it. Hop carefu ll y gathered up the corners @f the handker chief and the dollar bill was soon lost to view in the hand kerchief, or somewhere e lse. Suddenly he lifted up the handkerchief and then High Low gave a gasp of amazement. Th e s ilv e r dollar was not on the ground, but in i ts stead was the paper dollar. "Lat your dollee ?" Hop asked. Hig h Low hastened to assure him that it was. But it was not of course. It was one that Hop had put there, making out that he left the silver coin there when he covered the handker c hief over that particular pot.


YOUNG w1LD \VES'l' AND rrH.E PRAlRrn PIRATES Lat funny!" exclaimed High Low "Ve lly funny," Hop admitted. "Where um other dollee ?" "Me looke e for um other dollee." Then Hop picked up the bill and crumpl e d i t i n h i s hand This done, he took a match from his pocket and struck it. H e calm l y applied the flame to the bill and p l aced i t on the ground. It was not the bill, of cou rse, but simply a piece of green pap e r that looked like one High Low acted as though he was going to grab for it, but Hop motioned for him to stand back The pap e r soon burned up and then Hop flaunted the handk e r chie f and bl e w aside the ashes. Much to the a st oni shment of High Low, there lay the silv e r doll a r on the ground wper e the paper had burned. The c o ok for the Prairie Pirates let hi s jaw drop. H e could not account for s uch work as that. "Me burnee y ou d o ll ee; you takee lis one," s aid Hop, pi cking up the s ilv e r c oin Hig h L o w put out hi s hand to receiv e it. Hop s lapp e d the c oin again s t the open pal:m quickly and the n dre w ba ck h is hand. High Low shut hi s finge r s to in order to hold the coin, and the n h e o p e n e d hi s hand and uttered a cry that was haH fear, haH a s toni shment. The r e w as the id e nti c al pap e r doll a r he had allowed Hop to take fro m him right in his hand. H o p w as holding out both hi s hands and they were empty. 'fhe surprised Cel e tial rubb e d his eye s and the n took a good l ook a t the dollar. The r e was no mi staking it, s o he s lowly put it in his poc k e t w ith the r est of his money. "Yo u l ik e c m e? as k e d Hop, s miling at him. Ye s, m e lik ce Y 011 v elly mu c hee smartee; you dlop 'trn1 11m s k y allee li ght!" Whattee you namee ?" "Melican man callee allee s amee High Low "Me namee Hop Wah." Hig h Low nodd e d, evidently not knowing just w hat else t o do. "You lik ee thlow dicee ?" Hop asked, unable to with stand the temptation to win s ome of the money the fellow had s ho w n him. The Chinaman hesitated. "Me lik ee thlow di cee lillee bit," he answered "Alle e light; m e thlow um dicee for :fivee dollee." High Low r eluctantly drew forth a :five doHar bi ll. It was plain that he feared Hop, and did not l i ke to refuse. The y ea c h put their money on the ground and Hop produced thre e di ce. H e was jus t about to roll the m out on the ground when 1 the r e c ame an interruption. Whistling Jerry, the leader of t h e Pra iri e Pirates stepped from the bus hes and confronted t h e m. Young Wild Wes t, from h i s place of concealm ent, saw him before either of the C h iname n did Our hero was ready for 11im, and i f h e m ad e a move to h urt Hop he would have interfered But Whistling Jerry made no s u c h move There was an amused smile on his face as he ste pp e d forward Who is that heathen, High Low?" he asked. "I've been watchin' an' listenin' ter h i m fu r thcr l ast te n m i n utes. I heard yer talkin' here an' I didn't know w hat te r make of it. He Hop Wah, velly muchee smartee ma n dari n re plied the cook. "He dlop fiom um sky." "Yes, I heard him say that. But that's nonsense He's a very smart heathen, but he didn't drop from ther sky I want ter know jest whe r e y er did drop from." The villain g rasp ccl Hop by the coHar as 11e sa i d thi s and looked at him sternl y "Me gitte e on um bill uppee lere, an' me fallee down in here," Hop answ e red, slightly alarmeil at the sudde n interruption, for he had forgotten what he had come there for. "Ah that s ound s a bit more rea s onable. But how in thunder did yer git up there?" and the l eader of the gang of villains pointed to about the only visible spot whe r e a man could roll clown into the little valley and not bre ak his ne c k. "Me Jos ee way last night; me go to s leepee a n d u m rnulee walkee way; m e go lookee for um mule w h e n me wakee up, ancl me gi t t e c up l erc and len fall down her e No hurtee mu ch!" lie d Hop, who coulcl not be beate n at that sort of busin ess. Whistling J eny b e gan to whistle, ancl then High Low promptly burst into a laugh. "You laugh, too, you heathen!" exclaimed the villain. When I whi s tle everybod y has to laugh." "Allee light," answer e d Hop, and then, as the man tarted to whistle again, he laughed heartily. "So yer lost yer mule, hey?" ask e d Whi tling Jerry" as he ceased whistling. "I r e ckon yer have had a big time of it. But it's sorter s trange how yer got up there, though. I didn' t know a galoot could c llmb up from ther othe r side. I allowed that it was about all a mountain goat could do." But he did not doubt w11at Hop had said. Jus t then called Jack put in appea r ance He was closely followed by two more of the scoundr e l s Hop was perfe ctly at his ease, for he knew t hat as l ong as they did not make him a p r isoner a n d t i e his hands he would be all right. "Plenty Melican mans," he ven ture d s miling in h is bland way. "Yes, there's eno ugh of u s h e re, I reckon," answe r e d Whistling Jerry. "Boys, what do yer think of this ga l oot, any how? He tumbled from t her top of ther cliff up t h e r e,


YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE PRAIRIE PIRATES a n I found h im b ere doin s l e ight-of-band tricks fur High Low He's tber s m artes t h eathe n I ever seen, h e i s 'l'h e foll ower of the man looked amazed. Lik e Whistling J erry, they ha d thought i t im p ossib l e for anyone to get into the little va ll ey s ave by tbe regular way. "You 're sure t h er bell didn't ring, Cap?" asked one "Sartin of it," was the rep l y. "Oh, I'm satisfied that t h e r h eathen got h ere t her way he sa id h e did. But s ince h e's got h e re, what 's goin' t e r become of him?" "I r eckon h e won't make very good ea tin', so the re's no use in roa sti n him, answered Jack, with a grin. "Me no lik ee be loasted !" proteste d Hop; "me velly goodee Chinee "Well, there i s one thing about it,'' said Whistling J erry; "he s got ter stay here, now that he's here. I r ecko n h e kin be of some help ter u s ; an' I'm sartin that he kin amuse u s Wild w as very n.m c h interested in a ll this talk. H e knew that Hop. was perfectly safe, for the present, any how, so h e decided to try and :find out where the box of gold was. He had heard the remark made about the be ll not ring ing, and it was na tnral that he s hould apply i t to the rope he had seen. H e now bega n to mo ve cau tio u s ly around in order to get to the p l ace he had seen the men come from, for there was wher e they were cam p ed, he tho ught. With t11e utmost caution 11e worked hi s way along, ancl presently h e came i n sight of t h e cave 'rh e res t of i h e men wer e just coming out, and when t h ey had disappeared in the bushes Young Wild West crawled soft l y to the cave. He was doing a risky thin g, but h e wa-s u se d to doing ri s k y things, and, bent upon finding the box of gold, he r eac hed the mo u t h of the cave. CHAP'FRH VIII. WHTSn ;rno .TERRY T S CA P'l'URBD. Wild crept ri ght into the cave, fo r h e was po sitive that all the men had left it. "This i s a pretty snug place," he nrnttered, as h e got inside "It looks a s though they have come her e to stay. Now for th e hox of gold." He lo oked o n t of the earn, an d was able to see t h e group of m en gath ered aronnd the two Chiname n. They c ould no t h ave seen him if they had been l ooki n g that way for h e was in the s hadow s It did not take th e bo y l ong to find the box in a corner of the cave. It wa s l y in g right in v iew, for the outlaws of cou rse ex pect e d no one would interfere with it. Wild knew the box the moment he saw it, for he had been given a good description of it by Jas p er Lake. He k n e w it would not be good policy for him to linge r long, tho ugh h e was not afraid to fa ce t h e who l e nine vi l lain s, if it ca me to the point. But ju. t now h e thought it best to go back to his friend s as soon a s possible. But b efore leaving the cave he took a quick look around. When his eyes rested on a b ell such as i s used at c oun t r y sch oolho u ses, be be c ame intere sted. It was tied s o it hung almost in the cente r of t h e cave, and tbe thin rope attached to the handl e l ed out and over the limbs of a nearby tree. "So that is the be ll t hat will g ive the a l arm when anyone comes to the entrance of thi s little valley, i s it?" he thought. "Well, I'll just fix it so it won't give any alarm before I l eave here." He got out of the cav e in a hurry, and fo llowin g t h e line of the rope through the s hrubbery t ill he came to a good place, he drew his knife and cut it in two, keeping hold of botb e nds. He tied one end to one limb, and the othe r to one that was close to it. This would make it impo8siblc for t h e rope attac h e d to the fallen tree to ring the bell, no matter if the tree wa s carried away. \ Yith a smile of satisfaction on his face, Wild started back to hi s friends H e knew that Hop was R afe fo r the present, and h e wan t ed C harlie, .Jim and the reRt into t h e va ll ey, s o t hey cou l d be g in the fight for the box of go l d in earnest. Wild lrnd 110 clifficu lty in getting back to the narrow place ihe brook ra n through. He did n ot iake the troubl e to craw l unde r the dead tree, bnt l eape d over i t and waded through the brook i o t h e p l ace wh e re hi s companion s h ad camperl. They h eard him com in g, an d whe n t hey saw the s mi l e on hi s face they knew that hi s errand had been s u ccess_ ful. "How did you make out, Wild?" Arietta a s k e d "Fine!" was t h e reply. "I found tlie box of gold!" "What!" c ri e d Lake,, l eaping a foot from the g round. "Doyer mean tbat, Young Wild W est?'r "As snre as you li ve, I do," was the r e p ly. "I l eft H op amusing the nine outla"s. He i s perfect l y saf e and I haven't the l east d011 bt but that be will get away from t hem without help. There is a Chinaman t h ere, too, and he goes by the name of Hig h Low Then he to1c1 them all h e had seen and h ear d in as fe>r words as possible Cheye nn e Charlie grinned when h e heard what Hop did to the other Ch in aman "I reckon if th er galoo t ca ll eel Whistlin' J erry h a cln't come along jest as he did Hop wou l d have got ther h eathen's money away from him all right, h e saicl. "Well you can't tell but that h e might get some of the


YOUNG WILD \VEST ,\ND THE PRAIRIE PIRATES I men' s before h e quit s them," observed Jim Dart. "His' The leade r of the v illain s did not stop 'till he got lo mania for gambling goes over everyt hing else, it seems. I the fallen t ree. It was less than a quarter 0 a mile from where our "I r eckon I ll jump right over," Wild heard him say. friends were to the cave occupied by the Prairie Pirates "Ther bell will ring an' then ther boys will know enoug h While they could not hear the voices of men, unless they ter come o n I told 'em I was goin' ter catch t h e r h eathen s houted, they easi l y h eard a report like t hat of a small alone, but sinc e h e's gone an' got out I'll want some h e lp ca nnon about ten minu tes after Wild came back. J reckon. It won't do ter let s i c h a s m art C hin a man a s The y all knew what t hat weant. t ha t go runn in around ther c ountry loose. Hop h ad shot off the giant c rack er he had been holdin g P l acing both hand s on the tree, Jerry va u lted over. in readiness. As he landed in the brook with a s plash Wild raised "I guess he'll be coming now,'' said Wild "I'll go to up and caught him by the throat with hi s left hand, and fallen tree and wait for him." placed his revolver against hi s face. U n slinging his rifle, for there was no te llin g but that "Keep perfectly quiet, or you will die, Whi st ling J er-he might have to use it, h e hurried through the cut. r y!" he exclaimed. "You are my pri s oner." H e was just in time to see Hop runnin g like a deer in The villain was thunderstruck. that direction. "Wh o might you be, youn g feller?" h e .asked, looking There was no one after h im, e i ther, and Wild was glad to see that. It was more than likely that the Chinaman was g oin g to s ucceed in making his escape. He remained r ight there, crou c hin g so he could not be seen, in case any of the villai n s did come. at our hero with distended eyes. "I am You n g Wild West," was the reply. "I don't s uppose you ever heard of me, did you?" "Thund er!" "Never mind about any thunder jus t now; the day is too clear for a n y of that. Just march along w ith me like a li t tl e gent l eman." "Y ou\e got me foul, boy. I'll do j est as yer te ll me "I had no idea that t h e galoot could run so fast,'' our u ter," was the reply. On came Hop dodging t hrou g h the bushes, a nd leaping over the s mall e r rocks and boulder s that he came to. h ero muttered, as he watched the flying Chinaman. aGood! That shows how wise you are If you had JuPt when Hop was within a hundred yards of the outff d fi 1 t I 1 J 1 h d h t o ere LO i g i wou c lave soon s owe y ou w a a Jct to the vallev a man came in view in hot pursmt of lnm. f 1 I 1 b 1 t I d t h I t 1 1 1. J oo you were. am on y a oy, ) U am use o an was N 11s rng erry I dlmg such galoots as you are I her e was no one e lse with him, and our her o could not urld t k 1 b tl 1 ld d f d h" t l 1 d h t 1 1 l now 00' 1lm y le S lOU er a n Orce lID O ie P won ermg w Y 1 l walk thro u gh to the camp at the other e nd of the narrow Th e leader of the Prame a nfle with h:m, part of the g ulch. and when be saw that t h e was nearmg "Hoolay!" cried Hop, for he, alo n g with the rest, had the outlet he paused and ra1sec1 it to his s houlder. heard Wild talking, and they knew h e mu st have a prisO rack! Th e s harp r eport rang out, but Hop n ever stoppe d run ning.' Wild did not fir e an answering shot, for h e saw that thc .. i:nan was not going to try it again just then. "S;:p your ru nnin', you heathen!" yelled Jerry. "Yer ca n't git out of here that way. Yer may as well give in. I a in't goin' te r kill yer. I was only foolin'." Bu t Hop never turned his head. He reached the fallen tree the n ext moment, a nd divin g under it, went spraw lin g into the brook, causi n g a loud s pla s hin g noise which reached the ears of hi s pursuer Wild helped Hop to his feet "Get on through!" h e exclaimed, in a low tone o-f voice "I'll take care of him ." "Allee li ght, Misler Wild," panted the Celestial. "Me havee lun Iikee Sammee Hlll!" Wild paid no furth e r attention to him, but waited ior Whi s tlin g Jerry to come up Our hero hac1 already mad e up his mind to take the man a prisoner. Biy doin g that they might b e able to get possession of the box of gold without putting up a fight. oner. "I reckon he's got ther galoot what was c ha s in' yer, Hop,'' said the scout. "Hip hi! hoolay!" again shouted t h e C hinaman. "Stop that, Hop,'' commande d Wild. "Ther e is no need of letting the rest of the gang h ea r you. I've got Mr. Whistling Jerry, and I a m going to keep him till we get the box of gold!" Lake1fairly danced with joy!" "It is the scoundr e l, s ure enoug h!" he cried "Oh, ain't I g l ad! I ll git that box of gold home ter Omaha, after all!" The leader of the Prairi e Pirate s scowled at the miner. "I reckon yo11'll never see that box of. gold agin', yer coyote!" he answe red, hot l y "That's where you' ll never see it agin. Ther box i s burned up an' the r gold is divided between me an' my pards. Don't ever t h i nk you'll see it agin." Wild knew this was a lie of course, bu t he was not going to let the villain know he had been Io the cave and seen the box. Lake looked at him appealingly, but Wild cast a warn ing glance at him, and he r ema ined s ilent.


20 YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE PRAIRIE PIRATES "Just tie this fellow to a tree, boys," said the young deadshot to hi s partner s "We are going to keep him awhile. "Lake mu st have every ounce of that gold before Whistling Jerry leaves this spot." There was a sardonic smile on the face of the villain as be was bound to a tree n ea r by. "Now, then, I gues you can put up the tents, wing," our hero r e marked. "We may hav e to stay here a day or two, and we may get away before night. We are going to s tay till we accomplish our purpose, however." Jim and Charlie helped Win g with the tents, and they were soon up. Then the girls proceeded to make the1welves at home. Hop had been busy getting on dry clothing, and when he appeared before them he had on a purple gown that was trimmed with gold lace. How he managed to carr y such costumes around without "Whistling Jelly say he go killee me, so me shootee off um fire-clacker, and le:i:i me lun." "Oh, that was it, eh? Well, you just tell Whistling Jerry's gang that h e i s a capt ive, and that he will be shot or hanged if the box of gold is not brought here in si de of two hour s That i s what is written in the note, but you can impress it on their mind s that they will never see their leader alive again unless they send the box with the mules and wagon." "Allee light; me undelstand." CHAPTER IX. '.rHE GAME THAT WOULDN'T WORK. spoiling them was a sort of mystery, but as no one trie d to Hop, attired in hi s gaudy gown, walked straight for the solve it, nor bothered their head s about it, Hop did not cave of the outlaw s have to explain. Ile only got half way when he was met by three of the Wild passed it aro und among all hand s for them not to men. let on that he had been to the cave of outlaw s They looked surprised when they saw that he had He thought he would nmke it as mystifying as he coul d changed his wearing apparel. to Whi st ling Jerry "It's ther Chinee ga loot!" exclaimed one. After a s h ort consultation with hi s partner s he decided to "That's sartin!" added a second. send Hop with a flag of truce ancl tell the Prairie Pirates "But how did lie git that purple rig on?" queried the that unless they brought the box of gold to the eamp they third. would have to fight on their own grounds 1 "Me gittee allee wet, s o me makee lillee changee," said Ile walked over to the prisoner and said Hop, smiling at them. "Me got plenty clothes in um "Can you write?" camp." "I reckon I kin," was the reply. "Wbere in thunder i s your camp?" asked the man who "Well, unless you write a note to your men and tell had spoken fir s t. them to deliv er the box of gold here within three hours, "Light outee lere," and t he Chinaman pointed in the you will have a s hort trial, and then be lyn c hed! You will proper direction. hang from the identical tree you are tied to! Do you un"Is there anyone campec1 there with yer?" der tand ?" "Yes, Young Wild West allee samee, and plenty more The face of the villain pal e d men." Wild spoke in such a way that it was bound to impress The three villains looked at each other uneasily. h i m. "Boss sen d um lillee note to um Plailie Pilates -0b f'I'll write ther note," he said. serv ed Hop, as h e handed over the mi sive T erry "I'll untie your right hand for you, so you can liave a had written o good show to write the note." One of them could read, and witli an air of bewilder" All right." ment he read it. Pencil and paper was brought to him and when his "You undelstand putty we1I now, so be?" Hop asked. right hand was free he scribbled off the following: "Young Wild W est gottee lope allec l eady to han g um "Boys, it ain't no use. I'm as good as_ c1ead i. Young Wild West don't git that box of gold here at ther entr ance where ther dead t ree is. Git that wagon Joose from ther trees, an' then fetch it over 'l'her sooner ther better, espe cially fur inc." Wild ca lled Hop and told him what was required of, him and the C hinam an was ready to go on an errand again to the sarn e place. "I guess they won't hurt you," our said. "Jus t give them this note, an d wait for an an s wer. "How was it that you had to run so hard before?" Whi st ling J e ll y No gittee um box of gold he gittee hung, allee samec horsee t'ief!" "'I hi s are what I call s putty bad sorter work," declared the reader of the nole. "Boys, what are we goin' te r do about it?" "I reckon w e'd better talk it over with ther rest," sug geste d one. "'I'hat's it!" spoke up the third. "Who'd have thought that Captain Jerry would hav e got caught by any waitin' skunks like that? This i s putty bad. Ther chances is that they'll h ang him as sure as guns, if we don't land that box to 'em putty quick!"


YOU G WILD WEST AND THE PRAIRIE PIRA'l 'E S 21 "You bettee on lat!" exclaimed Hop "Youn g We t no foolee with um Plailie Pilates Wild It s o happ c neu t hal y,-;1i s tiing Jerry had opened the box that morning, and that he had left the key in it. He turned to go, but the men stop ped him. "I reckon you must go with u s," they told him. "Me go backee," Hop insisted. "He bling notee; you bling um box of gold." The way he came to do this was because while he was looking at the g litterin g mass of wealth he had h e ard the voices of two Chinamen, instead of one, and he had has tened out to see w hat it meant. "You'll go with us! Do you hear t hat?" Jack gave a nod of satisfactio n when he saw the key in "Me hear, but me no go! 1\fo say one word a n d Young the lock. Wild West and um partners shootee all thlee bad M:elican I was jest thinkin' that we couldn't git ther blamed box mans; you better walkee light along." open without breakin' ther lock,'' he "But I This had conside ra ble effect on t hem. see that Jerry has left ther key in it. That shows that They thought it might be possible that they were being he ain't afraid but what we'r e all hone st ." b y someone unseen to them, so they decided to let 1 "Yes, we're all honest men, an' there ain't no mi st ake tb,e Chinaman go. about that!" spoke up one of the villains. "If we make up our minds to fetch the gold over we'll I "Well, we wouldn't stea l anything from each otherJ do it right away, or as soon as we kin git ther mules hitchthat's certain," said Hobson. "There's an old sayin' which ed ter ther wagon, s aid the spokesman "Go on, yer says that there's honor among thieves heathen ga loot! I don't know j est wliat ter make of yer." I "I hate ter be called a thief," Jack vent ured. "It "Me allee samee velly sma rtee,'' Hop retorted, as he sounds bette r ter be called a pirate \Ve named ourselves walked wiftly for the fallen tree ther Prairie Pirates 'cause we ):iold up prairie schoone rs The three outlaws went back to the cave, pond ering ove r sometimes. We sail over ther boundless prairie, instead of the note that had been received ther rollin' sea But we're pirates, je s t ther same, an' "Where's Jerry?" asked Jack, l ooking at them keenly, mighty good ones, too!" for he could easily tell that something was wron g They all nodd e d at this, for it was just to their liking to "Read this," was the reply, and the note was handed to hear s uch expressions him. "Well,'' said Hobson, "we'll change ther su bject. Ther Jack gave a violent star t. quicker we git ther captain away from them ga loot s t h e r "Why, that's Jerry's writin', as sure's you're born!" he b etter it. will be. We can't very well git along w ithout exclaimed. "Where i s he?" l Whi stlin' Jerry, fur he's a born l eader, he is!" "Jest where he writes that he is A gang ha s got him. "That's ri ght!" several cried in uni s on. Them galoots we took that mule team from has met someI But Jack said nothing. one ter help 'em out, an' they have follered us here. T-hat I Ev id ently he thought that jus t as good a l ea der as Jerry smart Ch inee i s with 'em. It was him what brought ther could be found and that was himself. note They're camped j est ther other side of the pass out However, he mad e no remark about it just then there." He opened the box an d to l d the men to put the conThe faces of the men were s tudies just then tents on a blanket Their leader in the hands of their enemies! An d unless They did this in a very s h ort time they gave up the box of gold he would be killed! j "Now, go an' hitch up ther mules. If yer can't git ther It d id not seem possible. blamed old wagon out from between ther trees yer'll have But there it was plain, for Jack was positive that Whis : ter cut ther trees down," Jack said tling Jerry had written the note / Hob son covered the gold with anot her blanket, and "Well, boys, I s'pose '\\-e've got ter do somethin' putty then they all went out. quick," s aid Jack, who was a oJ' Fecond in command .'. High Low was still engaged in wash in g, and h e paid "Jes t say what yer think about it, an' say it quick." i little attention to what was going on. "I tell ycr what I think about it, spoke up the v illain : It took some time to. get the wagon out from the tree1'l, bearing the name of Hob son. "I think we'd better take but it was finally done, and then the mules were hitched all ther gold out of ther box, an' then fill ther box with to it. stones lock it up, an' take it over tor ther ga l oots They' ll I Th e empty box was placed in it, and then the v ill a ins think it's all right, an' the y 'll let Jerry go." began carrying stones to it and filling it up. "Bully!" cried Jack. "We'll try that pla n an' if it When it was full the lid was closed, and Jack locked it. don t work we'll have ter come back an' git ther gold, He put the key in hi s pocket. that's all. They' ll wait tilJ we do afore they do anything "If them galoots what's got Jerr:v don't l et him go aff:oep ter Jerry-that's sart in. It's ther gold wha t they want, an' ther mule s goes through ther brook with ther wagon, an' nothin' else, 'tain't likely." they see the r box in it, about th er same as it was when The rest were perfect l y willing to do as Hob son had they seen it la s t I'll miss my r eckon in ', that's all!" ob-suggested, so they quickly proceeded to carry it o ut. served Jack.


YOUNG WILD WIDST AND THE PRAIRIE PIRATES "Who's g oin' ter drive ther mules through?" a s ked Hobson "Nobody," was the reply. "We'll start 'em through, an' let ther galoots catch 'em when they git where they are." "Oh, then we won't run no chance of bein' catched by them fellers "I reckon not. If they want ter bother with us, je s t let 'em come on in here! We'll pick 'em off a s fast as they come, I reckon." "That's it!" exc l aimed one "We'll jest lay where wo kin rake ther gut clean, an' if they do come through ter try an' do11 n u s we' ll l e t dayli ght through 'em." The villai n s w e re now agreed on everything conce rn-ing the move the y were to make. Jack got on the \ ragon and started tho four mules. The r e t followed on foot. A s they neared the place whe re the team must enter the brook in order to get t hrough into the gulch the other side of the narrow place, they all became s omewh a t un casy "I reckon one of yer had better go up clo s e there an' yell out," sai d Jack. Hob s on volunteered to do this. He quickly maae hi s way to within twenty feet of the fallen tree, and cro u ching behind a rock, s o there was no aanger of his gettin g shot from the pass, he called out: "Hello!" "Hello!" came the quick answe r. It was Youn g Wild West who s poke, bnt as Hobs on did not know him he could not r ecogn ize the voice "Is Captain Jerry there?" the villain ask ea. "Yes!" "Do yer mean ter s tick ter your word, an' let him g o, if we give yer ther box of gold?" "Yes, that's right. I never g o back on my worc1." "Who are yer?" "I know better than that, my friend!" retorted Wild. "I was up. at you r cave a short time ago, and I saw the box there. Don't try to put out any lie s now, for they won't go." The Prairie Pirates looked at each other and shrugged their s houlder s unea s ily. "I'll send ther mules through, I reckon,'' sa id Jack "We'll trust ter luc k. If we git Jerry with us I r eckon we'll give them galoots all ther fight they want." H e got down off the wagon and then drove the mule s ahead and forced them to enter the brook. Straight for the fallen tree they went, and when the lead ers were within half a dozen feet of it two of the men seized the rope that went through the pulley above, and quickl y rai s ed i t "Git ap!" shouted Jack, and then he plied the whip I upon the mules. The y s tarted forward on a jump, and letting go the rein s h e s tepp ed back to his companions. 'rhen an acci dent hapiJened. 'rhe wagon had be c ome weakened when it was lodged between the trees near the cave of the villains, and the forward axle broke. Down w ent the front of the wagon into the brook and the mules came to a stop. It was yet thirty feet to get to the edge of our friend s' camp. '"rhat's ther best we kin do, Young Wild West!" called out J ack. "It ain t our fault if ther blamed old wagon brok e clown." "All right,'' wa the reply. "N o\v y ou'll let \Vhi stlin' J eny c o me in liere with u s, I s'pose ?" "Not until I see that the go ld i s in the box, just as it was taken from .the five men,'' was the reply. Jack' s face fell, and the others looked as though they were in for it. "I am Youn g Wild West." "I don't know ycr." "We ll that make no difference. I tell y ou that my "I reckon our little game ain't goin' tcr work," J;te o b word i s good. If you aeliver the box of g old here on this served. side I will set y our l ea der free But I want you to under"Not mnch! excla imed Hobson. "It's got ter be a stand one thing, thoug h fight fur ther gold, I Teckon I hope they don't lynch "\Vhat i s that?" Jerry, though." "Well, myscH and partners make a business of hunting "Well, if they do we can't help it," Jack retorted. "We out gangs such a s you fellow s have organized. You call don e our best t e r gi t him." yourself the Prairie Pirates, ancl we are down on all suc11 "Not yet we hain't. We kin fetch ther gold here, can't ga n gs We will undertake to break yom gang up, and I we?" guess we'll come pretty near doin g it. We st and for what "Yes but I ain't one as s ay s ter l et it go, not ter save i s right, every time and we lrnow how to fight a little bit, J erry or any one e lse." I think. But that 11as got 11othiug to do wilh letti11g yom Trouble was brewin g among the Prairie Pirates leader return to yon a ftce man. H e will clo that, and then our fight will begin aCtcrwarcl. That is, of conrse, i-f you d e liver ll1c box of gold h e re." HAP1l"ER X. "All ri ght an s w e red Hob. on. "Herc comes Hier l 't} tl' } t ] a t q '< 7 'JJ :fi ] tl WHlS'l'LlNG JERRY WlNS A '.CRICK IN THE G.A.ME. muesw1 1 .1erwagonucie. er11. J.OU nc rnr box je s t a s it wa when we took it, fur we never moved itl Wild wa s pretty s ur e that the villains would make a from ther wagon." move to save their leader, 1and when Hop Wah came I


23 back a n d repo r ted that t h e.) 1ro uld bri n g L h c box of W e ll s oon find out. I hea r d t hat you t ook the kcy o v e r r i g h t aw a y, p r o v idi n g all haml s a g reed Lo t h e propo -! I from Lake w he n yon g r abbe d o n the t rea s ure Jim, jus t s i t i o n h e was c o n fid ent thaL Lhc y w ou l d c ome :ee if h e h a s it in hi s pocket. Wh e n h e h e ard l h c m c omi n g be lr

' 24 YOUNG WILD \"\'EST AND Tirn PH.i\J IUE n ers will get th e gold to put in it, or w e' ll have you help us form of a man, with a rifle in his hancl, close to the roc k carry it here that showed up just in side the valley "All right,'' answered the miner. "I reckon I've made Th e passage throug h the natural wall was not straight, a fool of myself. I'll do jes t a s you say I ain't gain' ter but it just p ermitted her to look through and see the rock. worry no more about the r gold I Ar ietta decided that it was this man who had :fired the Then he started ri ght in at the wagon, assisted by h i s shot, s o she t hought she had better drive him away from :friends. his positio n Our hero now walked over to hi s sweethea rt. Taking aim with her rifle, she pulled the trigger "Et," sai d he "I want you and Anna and Eloise to Crack s tand here with y our rifl e ready to shoot down any men Th e bullet s truck the rock within a few inches of the who might come throu g h that pass C harlie and Jim and m a n 's body, and t h e p he disappeared. I are goin g to find a way to get into the valley the oth e r I g u e s you can go on with your work, men," said the side of that ro c ky wall. W e w ill take Hop with u s for he I brave girl. says he told the Prairie Pirates that he got there b y that "I'll watch them, and i f they try a n y more s hootin g I'll way. I guess we c an get down there b y means of our show them what I c an do!" l ariat s It won't hardly do for us to go through the pass \ Vhistling Jerry &'cowled fiercely when he heard thi s h e re, for the villains are mos t lik e l y watching at the remark from the gi rl. oth e r s ide He began to r ealize that it would be a case of the "All right, Wild,'' replied Ar i etta "I'll see to it that l gam

YO NG WILD WEST AND THE PRAIRIE PIRATES 25 figur e d that hi s c aptor s w ere not lh c s ort lo s hoot a help less m an, even if be was escapin g from th e m Whil e the min e r s were busy fa s hioning an axle from the tree they had cut down, Whistling Jerry was s lowl y work ing th e rop e down over hi s hip s In a bou t e i ght or t e n minute s from the time he bega n ope ra tions he s ucceeded Th e n it was not long before it dropped to the ground about hi ankle s "Cut me loose, boys !" he panted. "I never t h ought I'd git away but I did. We've got ter look out, I kin tell yer! Young Wild West an' his pards has gone ter t r y an' find another way ter git in here If they should fin d a way it'll be all up with u s 'cau s e they kin hoot so straight they won't mis s when they draw a bead on us." "They can't find a way ter git in here,'' retorted Hobson. "That's a sure thing!" "Don't yer believe that. They took their l ar i ats with All h e h a d to do was to step out of it, and he wou ld 'em h a v e a c h a n c e t o l eave. Ari etta was s ittin g down near Anna and Eloi s e now. Bu t h e r eyes w e r e turned to the passage the biggest part of th e tim e Whe n J e r ry thou ght the pTOpe r time had come he stepped c lear o f th e rope and made a bolt for the pass. Sp lash-spla sh! H e was leapin g a l o n g t hrou g h the water in a twinkling. "St o p comma n d e d A rietta. h e ha d seen hi s move too late to draw a bead on him whil e faci n g him. J er r y paid not t h e l e a s t atte ntion to her. Ar ietta d i d n ot fire. Sh e rou l d not s hoot at a man with his lian d s t i ed be. hind hi s back. CHAPTER XI. THE D UEL B ETWEEN JERRY AND JAOK. After A ri etta fir e d t h e s hot and hit the rock the man was crou c hin g b e hin d t h e e i ght outlaw s made up their mind s tha t lhey would hav e t o be a bit c ar e ful what they did. The follow g ot b a c k out of the way in a hurry. "I reckon we're in what yer might call a bad box,'' s aid Ilob son. Jac k sa t o n lh e gro und a s hort di s tance away, talking e arnestly t o t hree o f t h e m en. Hobson k ne w wha t h e was up to, and he opposed him .Ja c k wan ted io become l e ad e r of the Prairi e Pirates. H o bson w a nted to save Whi s tling Jerry, and have hirn to l e ad t h e m The t ro w e r e d e ad a g ain s t eac h other on that point. And it ju t happen e d that of the other s ix men, three sided with Hob s on and three with Jack. The villains never had the least idea that anyone coul d get into the valley b y any other way, s o they remained right where th e y were, determined to s hoot down their foes if they came throu gh. What was th e ir surpri s e when the y saw their leader come running through the brook with his hands tied behind him! And a s not a s hot was fired at him, they thought that he mu t have b e en g iven hi s liberty. "Here we are, Jerry!" c ri e d Hob s on, waving his hat excitedly. Jeny began to whi s tle Everybody laughed but Jack. The leader noticed it right away. He ceased whistling, and looking at J ac k a n gri l y s ai d : "Why don't yer laugh?" "I reckon there's other thi n gs te r do beside s l aug hin jest now. "Oh, y er do, hey?" "Don't y er think s o yer s elf?" "When I everybody laug h s "Well, I ain't go in' ter laugh, 'cause I d on't feel l ike i t Jerry had no weapon s on his person, but he reac h e d over and took a shooter from the belt of Hobson. "You've got ter laugh, Jack!" he exclaimed "I mean what I say! It's a rule I've made, an' I ain't goin te r allow it ter be broke Jack s t e pped quickly behind a rock. He was standing les s than te n feet fr o m J e r ry, a nd it was evident tlrat he was ready for a fight. "Show yourself, Jack cried the leader, stepping a roun d to get at him. "You had better look out," was the reply "I ai n't done nothin' ter be s hot fur, an' Fm goin' ter defend myself, Jerry. I kin s hoot as good as you ki n yer know." "Go ahead an' shoot!" was the reply Crack! Jerry :fired as the words left his mout h f or he ha d caught a glimpse of his man. But the bullet missed by two or three inches. Cra ck! Jack fired a n d the bullet grazed the sleeve o f t h e leader' s s hirt. The rest of the gang scatt e red and got out o f the way. Hob son was gett i ng ready to take a hand in the ga me, though. He considered that Jack was a traitor, and he deci d e d that the bes t thing to happen t o him was to get shot. H e was watching bi s chance to get a shot at him, as he dodged behind the rock to keep out of range o f the cap tain. He had his rifle in his band, and it was evident that he was going to make a clean job of it when he fired But the three men who had agreed to stick to Jack were no t going to allow anything like this to happen Jerry utte red an answe rin g c ry and made direct them. for One of them stepped over and took hold of Robson's !rifle


,26 YOUNG WILD \VEST L\ND THE PLU\IRm PIRATES "Don't clo it!" he said "Jack is gain' tor have a s quare deal. It's Jerry' s an' Jack' fight; let 'em have it out." Then he pushed out the hat again. Crack "I don't know as you've got any right tor interfere," re torted Hob s on, scowling at the man. "l'rc got a:; much right ter interfere as you have,'' was the rctoTt. Urack! J u;;t tl1cn J eny thought he had a good chance, and he fired again. Dut a rnod:ing l augh :from Jack was the resnlt It was a peculiar sort of duel that the two men were engaged iu. 'l'hcy kept on goin g around the rock, pau s ing now and then, ancl sometimes reversing the direction they were The ruse worked, for Jerry fired again Jcny had only one shot left now. But he c1id not know it. He was s o excited in what he was doing that he never once thought of how many times he was firing. 'rhe rest of the villains stood looking on at a safe distance. "There's one thing," said Hob s on, "if Jack drop s foer captain I'll drop him!" "No, ycr won't!" cried the man who had taken Jack's part. Crack moving in. Jus t then J cny fired hi s last shot. l'IIcamrhile Hobson and the man who had st opped him HitJ foe was not s ure that it was the last o ne, however, from firing a cowardly shot at Jack were having a heated I and he waR j a s cautions as ever. argument. rrhe.v kept it np for five minutes longer, and then Jerry 'J1lic olhcr Lwo fricndc 9 Jack took sides with the man. pulled the trigger oi hi s weapon again. Th e three remaining ones seemed inclined to s tick to 'l'hcrc was only a s harp c lick thj s time the leader and Hobson. "Boys," he called out, "I've s hot all my cartridges, an' liobson was not slow to sec that he had thiee against I ain't got none on me. Chuck me another shooter--him, so he g radually cooled clown. quick!" Crack! "Herc yer go, Jerry!" and Hob son pulled another r e J ack fired just then, and an oath came from the lips volver from his belt and made a move to toss it over to of the leader. the rock. He had been touched by the bullet. But hi s arm was struck by the man who had been oppos-But it 'ras only a scratch, and he was resolved, more ing him right along, and the weapon did not go where it than ever, to settle Jack was intended for. "You're a goner, Jack," he exclaimed. "I never thought Jack now rushed around the rock and caught his man. you'd go back on me. You've got ter die!" Jerry's face was very pale, and it was evident that he "I reckon my chance is as good as yours, Whistlin' knew he had done all he could. Jerry! was the retort. "It's eit h er me or you what's got Jack's revolver was leveled at his heart, so' he sank to ter go under, an' ycr kin hot that I'm dead game! I ain't the g round afraid of you au' I never \ras. 'J1his laughin when you "Call it quits, Jack,'' he said. "I won't ask y;r ter laugh more like c hild \ ; play lhan anything else, an' when I whi s tle any more." I'Yc lJcen gitti n tired 0 it right along H there's sornc .\ll right then. Git up! I ain't gain' lcr shoot at yer of lhcr gaug what likes it Lhcy kin hep on l aughin', bnt when ycr ain't got 110 chance tor sh oot back." I reckon they \ion' t lau gh when you whi stle much more!" The leader ofthe Prairi e Pirate s r-ot up and waU;;1;-/ Cra ck! over to the group Plancling upar by Jcny s howed himself a littl e Loo much again, ancl Jack saicl he. I reckon we' d bcLtcr git toget her an' fired. look for Yonng Wilc1 West." Hut the bullet simply put a hole through the s leeve of ".All right," an 1rnred Jack, a s he Tcfillcd Lhc chambers liis shirt. of 11is rcrnll cr wi!l1 fresh cartridges. "Come on! we 'll C ral:k! drop our li ttlc argument until WG have settled with our J cny fired wildly. enemies. 'J'hcm galootc ain't go in' ter git that gold, au' The queer duel could not la s t much longer, though, that' s all there i s tcr it." for the men \\ere cxlrnuRting lhcir ammunition "Some of ycr had bolter here tor keep 'em from Jn ck cerned to realize this fir s t. comin' in thi s way," ad vised Hob s on. JJ e fonncl he had but two s bol s left, and he meant to ":'dl right. You pick three of ther men tor stay here save them until he could make them tell with ycr,'' replied Jerry. H e look off his hat ancl placed it on muzzle of hi s IT ohson, of course, pi c ked i.hc three who had been rcYolver fayorablc to him. Then he pushed it around a corner of the rock. 'l'hcn the other s set out for the cave. Crack! came to it they aw i.hat the blanket was not /\ bullet went through it. covering the heap of gold and that more tha1:i half of it "0\1 -wow!" yelled Jack, as though he had been hit. was gone


YOUNG \ VILD WEST AND THE PRAIHIE PIRA'rES 27 "What in thunder does t h is mean?" cried Whistling marked the scout, nodd ing i n the dir ect ion t h e y had c o m e Jerry. :from. "Th at's rnore n 1 kin tell," retorted Jack. "But yer "Yes. I guess we h ad bett e r see what it i s," an s wer e d said as how Young Wild \\est an' his pards had gone Wild out ter l ower themselve s down in ther valley; maybe they They all made for a spot fro m whi c h they mi ght get a hev done it, an' it was them a s has been takin' away ther view of what was going on gol d "']'her galoot of a Whistlin' Jerry is t h ere exclai m e d "I guess you have got that ju s t right!" Cheyenne Charlie O u t from behind a pile of rubbish s teppeL, oun g Wild "'rhat's right," answered Wild I ca n't und e r stan d West, a revo l ver in either hand! how he got away T h e v ill ains started back in consternat io n "He i s fighting a duel w ith on e o f his own m e n, it CHAPTER XII. CONCLUSION When W i ld and his partners set out with Hop they .felt pretty certain that they could manage to get into the l ittle valley. "Hop,'' said our hero, "I waht you to take u s to the spot you told the men in there that yon dropped from." "Allee light," answered the Chinaman "Lat lig h t ovee lis way." They had no little difficulty in c li mbing to tlie top o f the ridge, for it wap in anyth i11g lrnt a R mooth .. late. Sharp ro c k s were ihere to cnt them shonlcl they s lip, and the b11Shes pulled ont by the root s 1vhcn they caught hold of: them for s upport. But om friends were of the per s i tent s ort and pulling Hop along they at last rcarhcc1 a place where there was good footing On the outside of the ridge ihe cli f1's were f'O steep that it would have been impossib l e for anyone to get up from there. 'l'he pines and stunted oaks a:f1'ordcc1 them plenty o:f chance to keep out of view 0 the villains, and they made their way along uniil they heard the voices below. They li stene d a while, and i hen went on a l ong i h e ridge. It tqok them fully \teen minutes to make the dis tance, for they were forced to wing thenwelve s across in orne place s where the crag;:; projc ct0d np. At last they came to the s pot that Hop hac1 declarrd that he came from when he entered the valley. Wild mea snrecl the diRtancc with h i s eye to ihe level below, and figm0d that two lariats tied together won ld just about do the trick. ,Q He qu i ckly made tl1e end of one of them Fast to a rock, and then tied nnother fast to the oi h rend of it. Then he Jct it down and founr1 it woul d reach to a place where good footing conld be obtained It was ju s t then that t h e c1l1el between Jerry and Jack started in. Our friend s had hea r d a coup l e of shots before that, bu t they did not t hink much of it, for were confident that the scou nd rel s wou l d not try to venture out of the valley. Wild was the :first to slide down the rope. He motioned for Hop to come next, and he did s o Then Jim and Charlie came down. "I reckon there's somethin' goin' o n over there," re seems," remarked Jim. "No matt e r ho w he got away h e i s there!" "Well, we came here for a p urpo se, so we won't try to investigate now," said Wi l d "It m ust have bee n that h e s lipped the knots, Charlie." "I tied him to ther tree," was t he rep l y I ne ver tie knots what kin be slipped." "T know you don't. But never mind. Let's ge t over to the cave The whole nine villains are there, s o w e know that the girls arc all rig h t on theother side Come on! We' ll go for that gold now 'rh0y made straight for t h e cave and soon came in s i ght of the Chinaman. Ile wns taking things easy, smoki n g a p i pe with a very lon g stern, and when he saw him Hop grinned Our h e ro soon saw that it was impos s ib l e to ge t into th e cave without being see n by the Chi n ama:u. "Hop," said he, "you go and tell that galoot that h e ha s got to do jus t a s we tell him" or h e'll be a dead China man. ]Jc has got to get in a n d h e l p us Make him un der stand it, too Hop grinned and nodded. Then he started boldly for High Low. He was not seen by him until he was wit hin a dozen feet of him. High Low jumped to hi s feet looked frigh t e n e d. Then Hop proceeded to get in his work. H e h eld a. short conversation in Chine s e w i t h the heathen, and then called Ol1t for Wil d aml h i s pa r t n e r s t o come on. Hig h Low seemecl perfect l y willing to aid them all h e ould, though it was pla i n that h e was very m u c h frig h t ened. 'l'hc y los t no time in going into the cave "We want so111ething to put this in," said W i ld p oint ing to the heap of gold. High Low promptly brought forth t h ree leath e r m ail bags that t he Prairie Pirates had taken from some stage coach on one of their raids. "Just th e thing!" exclaimed the dashing young d ea d shot "Now, boys, just p u t what a man can convei1ientl y carry in each of them and we' ll take the gol d away that way. We'll take it down as close to the entrance as we possibly can. They were n ot lo n g in getting away wit h the fir s t thr ee bags


28 YOUNG WILD WES'l' AND THE PRAIRIE PIRATES These were dump ed in a good place, and then they came hi s feet, but the bullet had found a vital part and he s ank back for more to the ground Another load was taken, and then, just as they were J ack had been killed instantly, the bullet going throug h going to take the thi rd lot, Jim reported that five of the his right eye into the brain. villains were coming toward the cave. Jerry expi r ed before a n ythi n g eould be done for him, Wild called High Low over to him so that e nd ed the gr ud ge between the two villains "Yo u go out the re, and when your friends come just The wounded man was disarmed, and then, leaving Hop, take down the clothes from the lin e as though nothing and H igh Low with him our thre e friends made for the was wrong. If they ask you if an y one has been here tell entrance of the valley to settle with the rest of the Prairie t h e m no. Do you und e r sta nd ?" Pirates. "Me und elsta nd," was the repl y They were not long in getting there. "Well, if you don't do as I say you will be a dead China"G e t ready for hot lead!" he s houted as they rushed man, that's all!" up "We are going to have that box of gold, s o you may High Low did do as he was told, as is already known. as well make up your minds to it!" f It was a n eat little surprise Young Wild West had Hobson dodged behind a rock and fired a s hot at them prepared for the five Prairie Pirates, and when he stepped The others ran for cover, firing as they went. be.fore them it was a clear case of surre nder or die fighting Charlie dropped one of them in a hurry, and that for them. ended it. But Whistling Jerry was not going to surre nder. "YVe s urrender!" cried Hob s on, coming out into view, He jumped back as soon as he could recover from his hi s hand s over his head surprise, and whipped out a revolver. They were di s armed and bound in short order. Crack! 'rhen Jim ran to the brook and s houted: He fired a s hot, but Wil d dropped in time to escape it. "It i s all over! W e 1rnve fought and won! The box of Then the others began s hooting, backing out of the gold is yours again, Lake. You can take it through to cave as they did so. Omalm with your mules now." Wild C harli e and Jim returned the fire, for tlrnre was Ther e is not much more to add. nothing e lse to do. Suffice it to say that the gold was brought to the wagon Two of the villai n s dropped, and a third hopped away in due time and put in the box. with a bullet in the calf of his leg. Th e prisoner s were placed in the wagon, too, when they "This i s the finish of the fight for the box of gol d, set out the next morning, and in due time they were bby !" our hero cried "If they want fight, give it to p la ced in the c u s tody of a she riff who wanted them badly. them !" Wild and hi s companions were so much intere sted in They ru s h e d out of the cave, running the risk of being th e box of gol d that they went on to Omaha with Lake for they were now bent on fini s hing it in a hurry ncl hi s friends. Jerry and Jack threw up their bands when they saw To say that the returning miner m e t wit h a royal rethey had no chance. ception woul d b e putting it too mild. The wounded man was sitting on the gro tmd. There was a great time among his relatives and friends "So you 've got enough, have you?" asked Wild, as he and Young Wild West was put down as the lion of the walke d up to them occasion. "Say," said Jack, "if you don't mind, me an' J er ry will At 'the reception which was given Wild and Arietta led fight out our grudge. the march. "Well, I can hardly refuse s uch a request Go ahead!" But Young Wild West and his friends did not stay long "We' ll step away ten paces, an' then, when you say ther in the city of Omaha. word, we' ll begin ter s hoot at each other." Tl1er e were stirring times ahead for them. as will be "All right. Go at it." see n in the n ext numb e r of this weekly Whiatling Jerry was perfectly willi'bg, so they prompt l y 'rHE END. tumccl and walked away from each other. When they had counted ten paces they s lowl y turned Read "YOUNG WILD WEST DARING DEATH; around OR, HOW THE SORREL SAVED ARIETTA," which "Let yourselves go!" cried Young Wild West. will be the next numb e r (210) of "Wild West Weekly." Crack! Crack! J erry stagge red as the first report rang out, for it was hck who proved to be the quickest. But h e fired just the same, and down went Jack in a heap. The leader of the Prairie Pirates tried hard to keep on SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly a re always in print. If y_ou cannot obtain them from any new s dealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies you order by r eturn mail. -


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    T H E STAGE. No. -1. THIJ! :80YS OF NEW YOHK IJND MEN'S JOKE BOOK.-Contammg a g reat variety of the latest jokes used by the m ost fa m o us end men No amateur minstrels is complete without this wonde r fu l little book. N o 42. THE OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER. a vane d asso ,rtment of ;;tump speeches, Negro, Dutch a nd Iri sh. Also end men s Jokes. Just the thing for home amuse ment and amateur shows. No. 45 THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE A N D JOKJ 1 ] BOOK.-Something new and ver y instructive. Every b o y should obtain this book, as it contains full instructions for or g ani zing an amatenr minstrel troupe. No. 65. 1\IULDOON'S JOKES.-This is one of the, most oriainal j o ke books ever published, and it is brimful of wit and humo1!' 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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 FRIDAY PRIOE 5 CENTS A COPY This We ekly 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 be c ome famous and wealthy. Every one of 'this series contains a good moral tone which makes "Fame and Fortune "\Veekly" a magazine for the home, although each number is replete with exciting adventures. The stories are the v ery 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 PUBLISITED. 1 A Lucky Deal; or, The Cutest Boy In Wall Street. 29 A Sure Winner; or, The Boy Who Went Out With a Circus. 2 Born to Good Luck; or, The Boy Who Succeeded. 30 Golden Fleece; or, The Boy Brokers of Wall Street. 3 A Corner In Corn; or, Bow a Chicago B oy Did the Trick. 31 A ll!ad Cap Scheme; or, The Boy Treasure Bunters of Cocos Island. A Game of Chance; or, The Boy Who Woo Out. 32 Adrift on the World; or, Working His Way to Fortune. ti Harci to Beat; or, The Cleverest Boy In Wall Street. 33 Playing to Win; or, The Foxiest Boy In Wall Street. 6 Building a Railroad; or, The Young Contractors of Lakeview. 34 Tatters; o r A Boy from the Slums. 7 Wlonliig His Way; or, The Youngest Editor in Green River. 35 A Young Monte Cristo; or, The Richest Boy In the World. 8 The Wheel of Fortune ; or, The Record of a Self-Made Boy. 36 Won by Pluck; or, The Boys Who Ran a Railroad. 9 Nip and Tuck; or, The Young Brokers of Wall Street. 37 Beating the Brokers; or, The Boy Who "Couldn't be Done." 10 A Copper Harvest; or, The Boys Who Worke d a Deserted Mine. 38 A Rolling Stone; or, The Brightest Boy on R ecord. 11 A Lucky Penny; or, The Fortunes of a Boston Boy. 39 Never Say Die; or, The Young Surveyor of Happy Valley. 12 A Diamond In the Rough; or, A Brave Boy's Start In Life. 40 Almost a Man; or, Winning His Way to the Top. 13 Baiting the Bears; or, 'l'he Nerviest Boy In Wall Street. 41 Boss of the l\Iarket; or, The Greatest Boy In Wall Street. 14 A Gold Brick; or, The Boy Who Could Not be Downed. 42 The Chance of Bis Life; or, The Young Pilot of Crystal Lake. 15 A Streak of Luck or, The Boy Who Feathered Bis Nest. 43 Striving for Fortune ; or, From Bell-Boy to Millionaire. 16 A Good Thing; or, The Boy Who l\Iade a Fortune. 44 Out for Business; or, The Smartes. t Boy in Town. 17 King of the Market; or, The Young Trader in Wall Street. 45 A Favorite of Fortune; or, Striking It Rich In Wall Street. 18 Pure Grit; or, One Boy in a Thousand. 46 Through Thick and Thin; or, The Adventures of a Smart Boy. 10 A Rise in Life; or, The Career of a Factory Boy. 47 Doing Bis L e vel Best; or, Working His Way Up. 20 A Barrel of :Money; or, A Bright Boy in Wall Street. 48 Always on D eck; or, The Boy Who ll!ade Bis Mark. 21 All to the Good; or, From Call Boy to Manager. 49 A Mint of Money; or, The Yoong \Vall Street Broker. 22 How Be Got There; or, The Pluckiest Boy of Them All. 50 The Ladde r of l<'ame; or, From Office Boy to Senator. 23 Bound to Win; or, The Boy Who Got Ri ch. 51 On the Square; or, The Success of an Honest Boy. 24 Pushing It 'l'hrough; or, The Fate of a Lucky Boy. 52 After a Fortune; or, The Pluckiest Boy in the West. 25 A Born Speculator; or, The Young Sphinx of Wall Street. 53 Winning the DolJ ars; or, The Young Wonder of Wall Streeb. 26 The Way to Success; or, The Boy Who Got There. 54 M aking His Mark; or, The Boy Who Became. President. 27 Struck Oil ; or. 'l'he Boy Who 11Iade a Million. 55 Heir to a Million; or, 'l'he Boy Who Was Born Lucky. 28 A Golden Risk; or, The Young Miners of Della Cruz. 5 6 Lost in the Andes; or, The Treasure of the Buried City. For sale by all newsdealers, or will be sent to any address on receipt Of pri,ce, 5 cents per copy, in money or postage ir1 -FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and canuot procure them from n ewsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. 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. POS'.rAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY J FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. .............. 190 DEAR Sm-Enclosed find ...... cents for which please send me: ... copies of WORK AND WIN, Nos .................. ........... WIDE Aw AKE WEEKLY, NOS. . . . . . ,. 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    WILD WEST WEEKLY 3 2 A magazine G ontaining Storries, Sketebes, ete., of Ulesterrn 4ife. .A..1'1" C>I..J.D SCC>"UT. PAGES PRICE 5 CE NTS. 32 PAGES. EACH NUMBE R IN A HANDSOME COLORED C OVER All of thsse exciting stories are founded o n facts. Young Wild West i s a h ero with whom the author was acquainted. His daring deeds and thrilling adventures have never been surpassed. T h ey form the base of the most dashing stories eve r published. Read the following numbers of this most interesting magazine and be convinced: LATEST lS::lUBS : 1184 Young \Ytld \Yest and the Oregon Outlaws; or, Arietta a Judge i;:;-t Young Wild West and the Flattened Dullet; or, 'l'he l\Ian Who 1185 Young Wild West and "lllexican i\latt"; or, R outing the Rawhide \\" ould not Drop. Rangers. 1;:;5 Young Wild West' s Gold Game; or, Arietta's F ull Hand. 1 G y,, "dd \\"est a._cl the Coma .. be Queen ; or, Anetta as an 1;:;G Young \Vild Wests Cowb oy Scrimmage; o r, Cooking a Crowd or Archer. C rooks. 187 Young Wild W est and the "Gold Ring"; or, The Flashy Five or 1;:;< Young Wild West and the Arizona Athlete; or, The Duel that 'our Flus h Laste d a W eek. 188 Young Wild W est' s Double Rescue; or, Arietta's Race With 158 Young Wild \\'est and the Kansas Co wboys; or, Arietta's C lean 189 West and the Texas Range rs; o r C ro o k e d Work on Scor e. the Rio Grande. J 5() Young Wild West Doub I mg His Luck; o r The Mine that M a d e a 190 Y<' "cl \\" est" s Branding Bee., or, Arietta and the Cow i\Illl lon. tGO Young Wild West and the Loop of Death; or, Arietta's llold 101 Cncbe. 161 Young \Ylld West at Boiling Butte; or, Hop W a h and t h e High-193 t:>aved 1 binders. Young Wild W est and His Partne r s Pile, and How Arietta W est's Buckhorn Bowie, and How It Save d Ilis 162 Young Wild West Paying t h e Pawnees; or, Arietta Ilel d for Partners. llansom. 194 Young Wild West in the Haunted Hills; or, Arietta and the Azt!: c 163 Y oung Wild \Yest's Shooting i\Iatcb ; or, The "Show-Down at Arrow. basta. 195 Young Wild West" s Cowboy Dance; or, Arietta's Annoying Ad lG-1 Y oung \l'ild \\'e t at Death Divide: o r. Arietta's Great Fight. mirer. lG;:; Y o un g \Yi lei West and t h e S carle t S even; or, Arietta's Dari11g 196 Young Wild West's Double Shot; or, C h e y enne Charlie's Life Leap. Line. 166 Y oung Wild West"s Mirror Shot: o r Rattling the R e negade s. 197 Young Wild West at Gold Gorge; or, Arietta and the Drop of 167 \Yild \\'est and t h e Greaser Gang: or. Arietta as a Spy. Death. 1G8 Y oung Wild \Y est losing a Million; or, How Arietta H e lp e d ITim 198 Young Wild West and tbe Gulf Gang: o r Arietta's Three Shots. Uuc. 199 Young Wild W est's 'l'reasure Trove; or, The Wonder(ul Luc k of 160 Y oung Wild W est and the Railroa d Robb ers: o r Lively Work in t h e Girls. Utqh. 200 Young W il d W est's Leap in the Dark; or, Arietta and the Unde r 170 Y oung Wild \ Yest Corra ling the Co w -l'unc bers; or, Arietta"s Swim ground Stream. for Life. 201 Young \\'ild \Yest and the Silver Queen; or. The Fate o f aie 171 Young Wild West "Facing the Music"': o r The Mistake the Lynch Mystic T e n. 172 West and ''Montan a Mose"; or, Arietta's Mess enge r 202 West Striking i t Ri e b ; or, Arietta and the Cav e ot of D eath. G S h 203 Young Wild West"s R elay Race; or. 'l'be Fight a t Fort Feather. 173 \Yest at Grizzly ulc b ; or, The hot t at Saved t h e 204 Young \\'ild W est and t h e "'C ro o k e d Co wboys"': or, Arietta and t h e b A A b Cattl e Stampede. 174 Young \Yild West o n t h e Warpat ; or, rtetta mong t e Ara-205 Young \\' Id \ Yest a.t Sizzling Fork; o r A Hot Time With t n e Claim Jumpers. i ;;; Young \\'ild \Yest and "'Nebraska Nick"': or, The Cattle 'l'hieves 0t the !'latte. 206 Young \l'ild West and "Big Bull' a lo": or. Arietta at the Stake. J 7<) Young \\'ild \\'est and t b e l\lagic Mine: or. How Arietta Solve d a 207 Y o un g Wi l d West Raiding the R a id ers: o r The Vengeance of the :Vystery. Vlgilants. 177 Y oung Wild \Yest as a Cavalry S co ut: o r. Saving the S ettlers. 208 Youn g Wild West's Royal Flush: o r Arietta and tbe Gamblers. l '8 Y oung Wild \Yest Beating t h e B andits: or. Arietta's Best Shot. 209 Yonng 'ild West and the Pr11irie Pirates; or, The Fight for the Rox l 7ll Y oung Wild \\'est and '"Crazy Hawk" ; or, The R edskins' Last of Gold. 180 Wild West Chasing the Cowboys; or, Arietta the Lariat 2 I 0 Y oung \\"ild \Vest Dnring DPnth: or. How I he Sorr e l Saved Arietta. Quee n 181 Young Wild \Vest and the Treach eron Trapper; or, Lost i n the Great 1' ur1. h 11 oods. 182 Young Wild West' s Dash to D eadwood ; o r Arietta and the Kidnappers 183 Y oung Wild W est' s Silve r S coo p ; or, Cleaning Up a Hundred Thousand. For sale by all newsdealers, or w ill be sent to any addr ess o n receipt of price, 5 ce n t s p e r c op y, in money or postage stamps, b y,...... FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our libraries. and cannot procure them from n ewsdeal ers, t h ey can b e obtained from this office d i rect. 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