Young Wild West and the cavalry king, or, The race with a rival rider


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Young Wild West and the cavalry king, or, The race with a rival rider

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Young Wild West and the cavalry king, or, The race with a rival rider
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I-" t A MAdAZINE CONTAINING STORIES. SKETCHES Ere. Of ESTERN.LIFE.-: fmied freekl!f,_:.By 'sub8criptio11 2 60 year Applicat-io;. nad;. for Seco11d (Ji.a88 E1;try at tli. e N Y. No. Price 5 cents. It was as they passed. the judges' stand the first time around. "Whoopee!" yelled Cheyenne Charlie, waving his hat. "Now wait. an' see ther Cavalry King git left! Young Wild West is a sure winnerF -

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WILD WEST WEEKLY A Magazine Containing Stories, Sket ches Etc. of Western Life Iuued Weekl11-By Subscription 2.50 per 11ear. Application made for Second Class entry at the New York, N. Y. Poat OJ!ke. Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1907, in the office of the Librarian of Congreu, Washington, D c., by Frank Tousey, Publisher, 24 Union Squaie, New York. No. 245 NEW YORK, JUNE 28, 1907. PRICE 5 CENTS. Young Wild West and the Cavalry King OR, The Race a Rival Rider BY AN OLD SCOU'r. our story, they were only a hundred yards distant from CHAPTER I. the scene of the attack. Already two of the cabins were in flames, and the HOW THE REDSKINS WERE PUT TO FLIGHT. cracking of firearms and the fierce yells of the hostile Apaches made it what might be readily called a thrilling "Come on, boys! I guess we'll be in time to help them. situation. The red fiends have only got two of the cabins blazing, and Young Wild West, his long chestnut hair :floating on the I reckon we'll make them scatter before they can get any breeze, made a perfect picture of just what he was, a true further ahead Spread out to the right, Charlie, and you to boy hero of the Wild West. I the left, Jim. When you see my rifle go to my shoulder He cast a quick look to the .right and left, and saw that you know what to do!" his partners were ready for business. The speaker was Young Wild West, the Champion of Then his trusty Winchester :trew to his s houlder. all the Deadshots, and known by many as the Prince of Orang! the Saddle. The report rang out sharp and clear above the din of Mounted upon his splendid sorrel stallion, Spitfire, he the battle, and it was the signal for Cheyenne Charlie was riding at full speed toward a sm all settlement that and Jim Dart to open up the game. was being attacked by hostile Indians. Crang crang! Crang-crang! Cra-an -ng! With him were his two faithful partners, Cheyenne The young deadshot and his partners never missed Charlie and Jim Dart. they fiied to kill, and the yelling redskins fell right and They had been following the trail that led along the left. bank of the Black river with the wife of Cheyenne Char-So interested we' re they in their fiendish work that they lie the two sweethearts of Young Wild W e:;'.: and Jim had failed to notice the approach of the three riders, but Dart and their two Chinese servants, when they came in they saw them now, and they un derstood. sight of the redskins swooping down upon the settlement, Almost instantly they ceased the attack and turned to which only consisted of something like half a dozen of flee. log shanties. Young Wild West and his partners were so close to Young Wild West W!l-S always ready to do a good turn them now that they ceased using their rifles, and opened for a fellow creature in distress. fire with their revolvers. As there were over a score of the Indians, he knew that! Crack, crack, crack Crack cra-a -a-ack! the settlers had a hard fight, so he at once called upon his A shout of triumph went up from the defenders of the partners to follow him to the rescue. little settlement, who had gathered in the largest and The three soon left their companions in tlie rear, strongest of the huts, and then they poured a volley into and as our :young hero uttered the words at tlie opening of the ranks of the fleeing Indians.

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Yb UNG 'WILD WEST AND THE CAVALRY KING Of the score or more that had swooped u_pon the sett.lemcni only eight could be seen in the sadcfle now, and they were getting away as fast as the i r tough little horses could carry them H was ju st at this moment that the piercing note s of a bugle sounded from the right. Young Wild West glanced in that direction, and saw a small detachment of cavalry riding for the scene at full speed T here were only about a dozen of them, and the lieuten ant in command was riding well ahead, swinging his short sword and urging his men on "You arc all ri ght," muttered the da hing young dead shoi, as he wiped the b lood fron'i the lqbe of his ear, where a bull et had grazed it. "But you are just in time to be too late, I guess." The brave boy and his partners did not give pursuit to the fleeing red sk ins A s soon as they got together they rode into t h e sett l e ment and assi ted the men there to extinguis h the bu rnin g roof s of the two c'abin s that had been fiTed by the hostiles The cavalry 'l\'ent on in pursuit, but before they had got half a mile the Indians were seen to be leaving them far in the rear "I ree;kon their horses must be putty well tired out," ob served Cheyenne Charlie, as he brushed hi s long black hair from his face "Ther)njuns ha s got 'em beat by a mile! Tha t lcftenant has got a mighty good nag, though, Wild." "I was watching him, C harlie, was the reply. "I wouldn't b e surprised .if that horse coul d put u p a mighty good gait. The lieutenant is a fine horseman, too." "There is no mistake about that,'' Jim Dart admitted. A s the cavalry came back they found everything in prci.ty good shape at the settlement Our friends had found out by this time that only three of the men had been wounded, and neither of them dan gerous ly, so that was not so bat1. "Hello!" shouted the lieutenant, as he rode up and h alted near the bunch of settle rs. "I rather think it would have gone hard with you if we had not showed up just as \Ve did. We are always on time, anyhow We make it a point to be. I have got a fine lot of men here, and I am proud of them." e was mighty glad ter see yer comin', leftenant,'' an swered a ru gge d man of s ixty "But I reckon these here fellers had thcr red s kins on ther go afore your bu gle sounded. I never seen sic h shootin' in my life an' I've seen lot s of it in my day They jest mowed 'em down at long range, an' when it got ter close quarte r s a red kin dropped at every pop. Three chee r s ther three \rhat aved us, boys! We forgot about i t, I reckon. We'll give 'cm three cheers firs t, an' then ther cavalryme n kin come in after. Now, then, everybody let himself loose." The cheer that went up echoed through the valley for every mnn, and c hild in the settlement faced Young Wild Wes t and his. partner s and sho uted at the top of their voices. I Th e face of the youn g liculcna ilt darkened, and hi:; lip curl ed in a sneer. either he nor his men opened tl!cir mouths 1 rhilc the cheering wa going on. Then the old sett ler proposed three cheers for t he cav alry, and though they got a rou ing send-off it was not so loud, o r so earnest as the preceding one. 'rhe fact was that the cavalrymen themselves did the most of the cheering. They knew who was respon s ible for the s udden d efeat 0 the Apaches The building t hat the settlers and their fami lies had crowded into was a store, and a it was larger and stro n ger than the re st of the s h anty-like structures, it was only natural that they s hould convert it into a sort of fort. Some of the wives of the men were now going back to their cabins, for they knew the clanger was over. 'joung Wild West looked back on the trail and saw that the re s t of those who made up his party were coming. Suddenly one of the cavalrymen, who was a corpo ral or something, waved his hat in the air and shouted : "Now, boys, everybod y give three cheers for Lieutenant Harry Kircher, the Cavalry King!" The soldi e r s let out a that cou l d h ave been heard a long distance, and some of the settlers joined in. The lieutenant too.k off hi s hat and bowed, smiling hi s appreciation "The Cavalry King, eh?" sa id Jim Dart, as he looked at Young Wild West. "That i s quite a nam e to have, I s hould say." "Yes," was the reply. "I suppose he has made a name for himself through some daring act. Well, he looks as though he might be a very smart fellow. He certa inl y is a fine rider, any how. It was just then that the man of s i xty, who se"med to be a sort of l eader for the settlers, came up and said : I r eckon we ought ter know your names. "All right," answered our hero. "I am Young Wild Wes t, a nd these two gentlemen are Cheyenne C harli e and Jim Dart, my partner ." He nodd e d to each of them a s he called hi s partners by name. "Is that so?" the settler c ri ed. "I reckon I've heard of yer No wonder yer made ther redskins scoot Boy, it i s Wi l d W est, ther champion deadshot, what sa ved us Here he is, an' h ere's bis pard I reckon we'd bet ter give 'em anothe r cheer, fur ther most of yer has h eard tell_ of 'em. Now, then, all together! Three cheers fur Young Wild W est an' h is parc1s!" As before, everyone but the cavalrymen joined in the cheer ing. Of co11rse, our three friend n oticed thi s They could readi l y understand why it was, too The li eutenant and hi s men were jealou of them. Young Wild West was one of the sort who was bound to sper. k out what he thou g ht, s o turning to the lieuten ant, he exclaimed :

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;y o u N G WIL D WEST AND THE CA v ALR Y KING. 3 "It is too bad, Lieutenant Kircher. If I had known that j They were certainly bound to attract attention, for they you want ed the honors so badly I would have stayed back were very pretty, one of the girl especially. and allowed you to put the redskins to flight. As it turnShe was a pronounced blond, and he was as fearless as ed 0L1t, you were not needed at all." she was pretty. Thi s was Arietta Murdock, the charm" Do you s uppose the Apaches would have left if they in g s weetheart ofYoung Wild West, a gir l who had been had not seen us coming?" demanded the lieutenant, hotly. born and brought up in Wyoming, and one who could "I don't s uppose anything about it, sir; I know they ride a horse and handle a firearm as well as average did start to leave before they saw or heard yon com-man. ing. I reckon that we had them all right. If they had The other girl was of the brun et t e type. Her name was stayed a little ]onger, and you had remained away a little Eloise Gardner, and she was the s weetheart of Jim Dart. longer, there would have been none of them alive I Thou g h s he had not lived more than two or three years know pretty well what I am talking about. You may be in th e Wild West, s h e had become quite accu s tomed to a Cavalry King, but you have got a very j ea lou s di spos i its ways, and loved the outdoor life she led the best part of tion You want more honors than you are capable of get the time. tl .ne:, I e:1iess. Tl tl 'f f Cl Cl ]' ie young woman was ie e o rnyenne 1ar ie. "Boy, do you know who you are talking to?" Her name was Anna, and s he h ad helped make a man out The lieutenant's face was white with s uppressed rage of the scout and Indian fighter. now. Charlie, like the majority of men of his profession, "Yes; l am talking to a lieutenant of the Eighth Cavhad been a pretty wild s ort of a young man berore h e got alry, I believe I have a good right to talk to you, too. married, but si nce that time he had tam e d down consicJcr I also have the right to advise you; I will prove it to you, ably before you get so angry that you may have a fit. Just look The two Chinaman were brothers, named Hop Wah and over that document, will you?" Wing Wah. The y were very commonplace Celestials, and The dashing young deadshot took an official-looking looke d to be very innocent, especially Hop. enve lope from his brea s t pocket, and pulling a paper from But look s are deceiving sometimes, and it was true in it, 'passed it to the man tliis case, for Hop was one of the clevere s t of his race. The lieutenant hurriedly opened it, anct scanned what He was a sleight-ofhand performer, a professional card was written on lt. s harp, a practical jok e r, and liked whisky, which he always The pallor left his fuce, and s oon the blood reddened called "tanglefoot his cheeks. His brother did the cooking, and he did whatever was "I guess that is all right-if it is genuine,'' he said, required of him in the way of work, which was not a great as he passed the document back. "It states that you are deal, as a rule. a duly authorized scout, to go and come of your own free The scowl left the face of Lieutenant Harry Kirch er as will and accord, and that you have the power to advise he saw the girls, and he became very polite and gentle any officer in command of a troop or detachment It may manly all at once be all right, but it may not. Ilow do I know whether the It was evident that he was one of the s ort who alway s paper is a forgery or not? Then, again, how do I know tried to make an impression Ol(every pretty girl he saw. that you are Young Wild West?" The girls, as our hero and his partner s always callec1 "Never mind, lieutenant; you don't have to know anythe three notwith stan ding that Anna was a married thing about it, if you don't want to. Now, take my advice woman-were attired in fancy riding costume s which beand show yourself a nice, gentlemanly officer. Be a c ame them greatly, and as they dismounted the lieutenant good boj', and you will come out all ri g ht. You could hav e s tepped forward and tipped his hat. eas i ly scattered the redskins with your eleven men, but "Can I be of any assistance, ladi es?" he asked, just as you came too late to do it. We did the job, and if you will though he did not know that they b e longed -to Young Wild look around the two buildings that were on fire you will West's party find the evi dences of our work." "No, thank you,'' answered Young Wild West's sweet Young Wild West turned on his heel and walked over heart, looking at him indifferently. The n s he turned to to where his horse was s tanding. her dashing young lover and said : A young woman something past twenty and two young "Well, Wild, you certainly made the r edsk in s scatter. girls rode up just then, followed by two Chinamen, who I was almost tempted to ride up and join in the fight were leading pack horses. Did anyone get hurt?" The five consisted of the balance of Young Wild West's "Three wounded, Et,'' was the reply. "But not so party bad, though. They will come around all ri ght. About a The wives of the sett ler s hastened to welcome the fodozen of the redskin s went under, though." ma les, while the men, including the lieutenant and h i s "They were g l ad to turn and ride away when they saw c a valrymen, looke d at t h em with inte rest I u s comi n g," spoke up the }ieutenant, who was not yet

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YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE CA VALRY KING. crushed, by any means. "Cavalrymen can generally make I and strike him, and by doing that you laid yourself liable. hostiles get a move on them, you know." You just shut up, now! If you don't you'll get yourself "Ther galoot is only blowin', gals," put in Cheyenne in trouble right here, and when you go back to the fort, as Charlie. "Ther Injuns was on ther run when ther bugle well. I know what I am talking about, lieutenant!" sounded. We was ther ones what made 'em git." "I kin lick any blamed cavalryman in ther bunch, trom "You had better keep your tongue between your teeth, JOU down!" called out the scout, whose blood was now up. you big galoot!" exclaimed the corporal, looking at the "Come on, you galoot of a corporal! I'll jest make your scout, fiercely. "You can't insult the Cavalry King any face c hange so that your own mother wouldn't know yer." kind of fashion." But the corporal was not looking for any more. "Don't you like what I said?" cried Charlie, hotly. The blow he had received had taken the starc h out o:f "Nol" was the retort. him, and he was holding his hands to his mouth and "Well, what are yer goin' ter do about it? I don't care walldng about as though in great pain. whether you've got a uniform, or whether you ain't! If "I'm a gentleman, Young Wild West," said the lieuten yer say two words more ter me I'll give yer a wallopin'!" ant, looking at the gir ls, as though he expected them to The corporal looked at his superior, and receiving a nod bear him out in the assertion. "You have insulted me, of assent, drew his sword and struck at Cheyenne C harlie and though it is not in accordance with the rules of the w?th the fiat of the blade. army, I must demand satisfaction." At this Arietta laughed aloud. "Wild, I guess he wants to fight a duel with you," she said. "I pity him if he does." _....-CHAPTER IL "I guess that's what J:e wants, Et," retorted the young deadshot, with a smile "Well, Lieutenant, I'm ready to WILD FIGHTS A DUEL WITH THE CAVALRY KING accommodate you." Kircher turned hi s horse and rode out into the open a Cheyenne Charlie was no 1 nean athlete, in spite of the hundred yards away from the nearest shanty. fact that lie hacl never seen the ins ide of a gymnasium in Then he brought his horse to a halt and drew his sword, his life. waving it defiantly at our hero. He was one of Nature's own athletes, hardened and Wild quickly picked up the weapon that the scout bad pered by his outdoor life and continual activity wrenched from the grasp of the corporal, and the next mo-As the corporal drew his sword he knew what was com-ment he was upon the back of the sorrel stallion. ing, and as the blow was struck he stepped aside in time He knew very well that it was not the proper thing to to escape it. do, but the angry lieutenant had challenged him, and it Before the cavalryman could recover from the effects of would not be in accord with his nature to l et it go unheed the miss he had made the scout sprang forward and clutch.ed. eel his wrist with his left hand. He rode out to meet him without delay. Spat! "I suppose you feel just in the humor to slice my head A very hard fist caught the corporal squarely in the off, Kircher?" he said. "Well, I feel sorry for you! A mouth. fine-looking young officer like you ought to have better Then, as the cavalry sword was wrenched from him, he sense. You call yourself the Cavalry King, too! What staggered back and fell against one of the horses of the would the colonel say if he heard abo:ut this?" command. "Never mind what the colonel will say," was the re" Poof-poof!" he sputtered, and out came two or three tort. "There is such a thing as honor, you know. I am teeth. a man of honor, and I will allow no young puppy like you "Yer measly coyote, yer!" cried the scout, his dark eyes to insult me, without resenting it!" fl.ashing. "Yer was goin ? ter whack me with ther flat of It nettled Young Wild Wes t to be called a young puppy. your sword, was yer? Well, I jest reckon that there ain't But he did not mean to harm the excited officer in the no galoot like you what's goin' ter do a thing like that! least. I've a notion ter take ther blamed old sword an' jam it He was going to humili ate him, though. down your throat!'' The dashing young deadshot could handle any kind of a "Seize that man!" cried Lieutenant Kircher, his face weapon with sk ill. turning livid with rage. "He shall be taken to the fort He had practiced much with them all, and if he had only and court-martialed for striking an officer of the army!" possessed a club now he would have gone at the li eutenant "Hold on a minute," spoke up Young Wild West, just as quick l y ly drawin g his revolver. "I'll shoot the first man who lays As it was, he rode up at a ga llop holding the sworc1 hands on Cheyenne Charlie! He is now acting as a special ready for some quick work. government scout, and he is just a peg or two above a com-Then it was that the so-call ed Cavalry King showed off mon corporal. You nodded for the corporal to go ahead his skillfu l riding and expert horsemanship.

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Y O UNG W ILD WEST AND THE CAVALRY KING. 5 He was certainly an adept at the game, and the horse he rode was well up to it. But Young Wi l d West's sorre l was so well trained that the boy could make him answer to the s l ighte s t movement of hi s knees, and as the two animals came together Spit fire turned quickly to the right, and the blades of the swords clashed Then some very pretty work ensued The spectators watched in sil ence, for never had they seen an]thing in tl'lat line that quite equaled it. Clash-clash! The two blades came together and the sparks flew. The horses leaped and pranced in answer to tlie slight est movement of the riders. Lieutenant Kircher was p l ain l y trying his bes t to un horse his opponent regardles s of whether he sent him to the ground alive or dead But Young Wild West was simply playing with him, and watching fpr the chance to disarm him. "I'he boy's friends knew this q u ite well and t hey l ooked on with an air of indifference The :fight was not of long duration. Suddenly the lieutenant struck a downward blow that must have split the skull of our hero had he not been quick enough to avoid it. There was a quick parry, then a lightning-like move ment from the dashing boy in the buckskin suit, and Kir cher's sword went flying from his band Slap! An instant later the flat of the sword W il d was handling struck the man light l y on t h e cheek "I guess that'll be abou t a ll!" exclaimed the young deadshot. "Get back to your men, l ieutenant. You may be a Cavalry King but you are no good! You can write that down and paste it in the crown of your hat for future ref e rence The ten cavalrymen now came ga ll oping to the scene leaving the corporal washing out h i s mout h and trying to stop the blood that flowed from it. 1 Cheyenne Charlie and Jim Dart mounted and rode after them, thinking that they meant to attack their gallant young leader. Probably they might have done this if the defeated lieu tenant had not waved them back The Cavalry King was much mortified, of c o urse, but he had sense enough to quit now He met them and then rode back with them Then the corpora l was attended to, after which the bugler gave a call and they all rode off, taking the trai l of the redsldns. Our friends laughed at them as they departed "You're all right, Young Wild West !" declared the old man, who was the leader of the settle r s "You give that galoot jest what he needed By jove! He was a pntty good one, but he was no match fur you! You're ther boy what can't be beat!" The men all crowded around the victorious young dea d shot. It was plain that no one sympat hized with the defeated Cavalry King. It was near the hour of noon, so our hero and his companions decided to r emain at. the settlement until the next morning. They were on their way to Fort Apache, Arizona, which was only about thirty -five miles to the west of the settle ment. About a hundred of the Apaches had broken away from the r eservation and declared war on the palefaces, and Young Wild West and his partners, hearing of it, had decid e d to go to the fort and what assistance they could. They felt it their duty to do this, s ince they held ap pointments as specia l scouts for the government As they received no pay for what they did; they ha:d the privilege to come and go as they pleased, and, as the document Wild had shown the li eutenant state d they were to be looked upon by the different officers they came in contact with as advisers. This was all because Young Wild West and hi s two p artners had r endered such valuable a s sistance fo the gov ernment during the past two or three years. Our hero nev e r liked to get into trouble with an army officer, but there had been no help for it this time, and he realized that he had made an enemy of the Cavalry King, as Lieutenant Kircher chose to ca ll himself. But he did not care much about that, knowing that nothin g more than the young man's personal enmity could result from it. Ned Forbes, the l eade r of the band of men who resided at the sett lem ent, in sisted that our friends shou ld remain until the next morning, so even if they had not made up their minds to do so, it would have been hard to r e fuse the pressing invitation. "What do you call this place, anyhow, :M:r. Forbes?" vVild asked him, as they selected a shady spot near the bank of the river to pitch the ir camp "Oh, ther boys wanted ter name it after me, so they call it Forbes," 'vas the reply. "Well, I g uess that is a good enough name. I s uppose the most of you ILake your li v in g by hunting and trap ping, don't you?" "Yes, that's how we get hold of a little cash money now an' then We r aise about everything we cat, though. Ther soil i s very good j est here, so most anything will grow. Yer kin see what we've got planted if yer look around a bit. Them red ga loots didn't have time ter destroy much of it. "Yes, I noticed that there was co:tlsiderable land around her e in a state of cul tivation when we rode up. Well, there is one thing certain, some of the r edskins who tri e d to wipe you out this morning won't try it again." "I reckon not-not in this world, anyhow,'' and the settler laughed.

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6 'l'h e o.f a few Indians nod1i 1g to him, he had been broughL up to hate them for the earl\' atro cities oi their race When the olcl man no icecl that he cook of the party was a fire, he promptly imitcd them all to take d i nner at hi s cabin. But Young Wild \Yest assured him tha L they were well supplied with provi sions and game, and that they would muc h rather not bother his 'rife, so he gave in to the argument. "'l'he wom e n haYe got enough to think about since the redskin atlack without bothering with fixing a meal for a lot oi s tranger s," Arietta, added, and then Forbes noddcc1, appro ving ly. "Don't both of your Chinamen cook for yer?" he asked, as he noticed that only one ol' them was doing any work. "Oh, no," replied Wilcl "Hop is a 80rt of gentleman, you know. Ile is what we call our handy man. Ile can do almo s t anything in the lin e of 'rork, and he can al\l'ays mak e u s smile wh en we feel lonely. Hop is a wonderful Chinaman, you hct! He isn't mueh of a fighter, but he ha s put more r edskins and renegade white men to flight i.han you have any idea of "Is that so?" and Forbes looked at the Chinaman curious ly. "Yes, that's right. He has saved my life more than once too." "Thim yer ought ter think quite a bit of him." "I do. Hop, come over here." The Chinama n who had been reclining under a tree, got up and appro ached them, looking as innocent as a little child. "Whattee wantee, JUisler Wild?" he asked. "Oh, Mr Forbes here just a kecl why it was that you w e re no t helpin g your brother, so I thought I would. let him talk to you. I just told him that you was a pretty sma r t fellow." "Me allee samee velly muchee smartee," was the quick re.tort; and the n the Chinaman looked so silly that the settler began to think that he was nothing more than a "Fool Ohinee," after all. "Sc you're putty sma r t, eh?" observed Forbes. "Doyer know how ter cook?" "l\J e knowee 11 ow to cookce velly nicee, so be." "Why don't you help your brother, tI {en?" "Ile no wantee helpee ; he allee samee gittee mad if me h elpee Yo u likee e ggs?" "Do I like eggs? I sartinly do." ":Me eookee n iece egg in u m hat, len. You let me havee 11111 hat." "What You'll cook me an egg in my hat!" the old man. "I guess not!" "Me no hurtee um hat, the Chinaman declared. "Let him do it,'' sugge ste d Wild. "If he says he won't hurt y our hat he won't. I'll that." "I paid nine dollars fur that hat,'' said Forbes, as he took off his s o mbrero and look ed at it with a certain degree of 'l 'vo1Lirln't ha il ll}) o r lore uot I'm ten "H rne hurtee um haL me givee you twenty dollee,' Hop him, a,; lie took ihc hat from the man 's hand, nlmost before he kne1 it. "\V e ll go on,'' Forbes aid, re s ign e d ly. "You havee givee me um egg, len me cookee al lee s arnee putty quickee." HI. A Ll'r'fi;p, FUN. ,\comical -looking man 0 m icJdleage, who wore rt wry ragged sl1it 0 c lothes, anc1 who.-e head wa s adorned hy fl hat that had see n better days, now s tepped u p. "What's this I hea1-, Ne 1 ?" he sa id, grinning at tl10 settler. "Is ther heathen goi n: ter cook an egg i n yonr bat?" "That's what h e say, Nate," ans wered Forbes "lie says he's a mighty smart Chinee." "Ile must be one of them feller like I see in St. Loney onct, thoo. That fe ller cooked an omelet in a galoot's plug hat, an' he didn't hurt ther hat a bit. I seen that with my own eyes." "Oh, I've heard y ou talk afore, Nate Pepper!" exclaim ed F orbes. "You only want ter git a chance ter laug h when yer see my Stets on git ruined But yer won' l ano h much, 'cause ther h eathen g liarantee s ter give me tw enty dollars if he harms ther hat. I recko n t hat'll p ay me all right." "He, he, he!" g iggled the c omica l-l o okin g man. "I'll run an' git an egg from ther s tore, 'cause I want t e r see this thing clone. "IIully up, so be," s poke up Hop, nodding to him. As the man huniec1 off Forbes turned to Wi l d and said: "That fell er is ther clown of ther settlement. H e ne1cr does much but drink wbi8ky, an' he' s a l ways doin' sornethin' what he thinks i mi ghty funny, an' then laughin' at it, like ther blamed foo l he i s H e ai n't got a ll h is but tons, yer know." Hop listened to this, and his face bec a m e ver y grave for a moment. Evidently he wa s thinking that he was no t the on l y humorist in the sett l ement, and it hurt hi s fe elings s o mewhat. Nate Pepper was not gone l ong. He cam e back with an egg in his hand, anc1 p r omptly handed it to the Chi naman. "Jest l aid this mornin', Ba g l e y he declared. "J charged it ter Ned, s o when hi old woman goes t e r b u y a dozen egg she'll only git l even. Re, he, he!" ,,He lau g h e d loud and lon g, as thou g h he h ad spru n g a very good joke on Forbes. Hop took the egg, looked it over care full y, ancl then nodded in a sa t i sfied way

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YOUNG WILD WEST A ND THE CAVALRY KING. ==== ============ ==-,., ____ Then he put the egg in the hat, which h e placed on the 1 hat, than anythin; else, lie&ee ground, a fter fir s t brushing awa y some p articles o f dirt. any he took a glance at the egg. N ext he took a bla c k-looking cigar from hi s p ocket and l ig hted it. H e p uffed away for a minute or tw o a nd t hen pulled a h a ndful of cotton fro m a noth er pocket Then cam e a rubb e r t ub e and next a big yello w s ilk handkerchief came to li ght. By this time there was quite a little crowd gatheTed about, amon g which were to b e seen the thTee men, who had bee n woun ded in the :fight with t h e Indi ans. E \'ely bod y watch e e!" excla im ed t h e c lever Chi naman "Me cookee um e g g velly muchee qui ckee, s o be." The bunch of cotton was placed in t h e hat, the rubber tub e p u s hed in, s o the bi gges t part of i t protrudecl, an d then the h a n d k e r c hi e f was cove red o ver it, just so the end of t h e t ub e coi 1 ld b e s een Ho p now droppe d upon hi s s to mac h a n d took the end of the tube in his mouth. He be gan blowi n g g entl y At :firs t nothing s trange occu rred. 'Then Forbe s suddenly let out a n exclamation of dismay. Smoke was comin g fro m u n d er the handkerchief! "Hey You' ll burn my h at!" h e shouted, s tepping for ward Wild ca ught him by the arm "Take it eas y," he s aid. "He won't harm y our hat in the least. I g u arantee that." "All-rig ht, then. Anything w ha t Young Wild W ost i:;ays I'll depend on. But look the re! T h o r hat mu s t be on :fire." Smoke was coming out n o w in a rng u lar cloud "He, h e h e !" roar e d N a t e P eppe r dancing a bout in "Oh, if this ain't g r ea t I n e v e r seen anything what was. Wow! Look at N e d Forbes' hig hp r iced hat! Won't it be a d an d y w h e n that h e athen gits t h ro u g h w ith it. Ho, ho, ho! I n e v e r lau g h e d s o muc h in my l ife See h e re, y o u fooli s h g aloot! If the r e's anything wrong w i t h i t I'm g oin' t e r ki c k you ter ther store an' back!" cr i e d the o ld m a n. "You're too foolish t er live, you a re." S ud den l y H o p s topp e d blowi ng o n the rubber t ube He whi pped i t o u t s udd e nly, a n d rolli ng i t n p, put it in one of h is man y poc k e t s U m egg a llee s a mee done/' he said, as he Rtarted to m a k e a few rn:vstoriou s over t h e handkerchief. "You likee h a r d boilee, M i s l or For b es? "I sarti nl y do," w a s the r e t o r t "No s oft-b'ilcd eggs fur Ille." A llee li ght; m e m a kee hardee, s o be. rrh e n h e s napped hi s :fingers a nd pulled of!'. the handke r c hi e f The buncl1 of c otton c a me with it, and w hen the crowd l e aned ove r to look in the hat the y s a w t hat noLhing but tl1e e g g was th ere. "No take e till um g i t t e e a llee s amee lillee c ool," sai d the Chinaman "l\fakoe velly mu c h e c h ottee when um cookec. Forbe s was looki n g to find some burn e d mar.ks on the r_po all a ppearances, it was the 8 amc one l>epper had got a t the s tore. After a coup le of mi nutes hac1 passed Ho p nodclcd and observed: "Allee light; now y ou eatee u m egg, M i s ler Fo rbes. "See hero!" cr ied t he old man. "I d on't know how yer made t her s moke come out of my hat wit hout burnin' it, but yer can't make me believe that t h e r egg i s cooked. rrhat won't go down with me." "Um egg allee sam ee cookee ,vell y nicec; me b e ttee you ten dollee!" "Hanged if I don't go yer!" an d Fo rbe s put his hand in his pocke t. "Hold on," sa id W ild. "Don't w i t h the C hinaman You'll only lose If he says the egg is cooked you' ll find that it is." "'Do yer mea n that, Young W il d We st?" "Yes. This is a wonder fu l Chi n aman we ha v e g ot, c s I t old you before." "All right, then; I won't bet. G i mm e a littl e sa l t, an' i f that egg is cooked done I'll eat it r ight a fore thc r w hole crowd." "Fetchee lillee salt, my b lather, c a ll e d o u t Ho p, turn ing to Wing. "Allee light," was the reply and t h e n ext minute tho cook hacl the salt the re. Then Forbes took up both the hat and t h o egg The former he looked over carefully, a n d finding i t a ll right, placed it on his head. He took his huntingknife from his bel t an d cra c k e d the she ll of the egg, expecting to see the contents run o u t. But nothing_ of the kin d occurred. The o ld man looked puzz led. "He, he, he!" gigg led Nate Pepper, who s t ood close a t hi s side "Shet up!" roa red t he settler. "If that egg ain't cook ed f est ter my likin' I'm goin' te r rub it i n your hair Nate!" The comical fellow g ot away promp tly. Then another was give n to t he s he ll of the egg Tho next moment Forbes broke it open. It was a hard-boiled egg The old man's jaw dropp ed. Pepper laughed loud a nd long, just a s h e would h ave done had the egg been raw. The lookers-on were muc h mystifiea, 0 course. Only our friends could understand it. Hop was a clever magician, so they were not s u rp r ised at anything he did. T h e Fettlers all wan ted to look at the egg, s o Forb e s lowed them to When they were a U sa ti sfied that it was thorough1? cooked he remove d the rest of the s hell, s alted i t, and ate it up in two m outhfuls

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8 YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE CAVALRY KING. "You're a wonder, all right!" he exclaimed, looking at j that he was helping his brother get the noonday meal the grinning Chinaman. ready Then he made another examination of hi s hat. The settlers took the hint, and gradually went away It was just as good a s it had been before he allowed the from the camp Chinaman to take it, so it became more of a puzzle than The only one who linge1:ed was Nate Pepper. ever. He sat und er a tree near by, the yolk of the egg still The funny man beg an dancing about, .as though it was on his face the most comical thing he had ever seen or heard of, and Wild noticed him, and asked him why he did not go when he got pretty close to Hop he was halted by him. s omewhere and wash himself. "You lettee m e havee you hat," the Celestial sa id. "Me "Water an' me ain't on ther best of terms," was the showee velly nicee lillee tlick." reply, and then he l aughed uproariou sly "All right,'' was the repl y "Yer can't hurt my hat, "I don't call that very funny," oiu hero observed, a s anyhow. Ned paid nin e dollars fur hi s an' I Jidu't pay he turned to his companions. "It strikes me that a little nothin' fur mine. That's ther diil'erence. He, he, h e !" water would do that man a pile of good. The river i s not Hop took hi s batte red old head gea r, looked it over, very far away, Char lie, and the water is not deep enough and the n s hook bi s head. to drown liim." "How many eggs you blin g fl.om um store?" he a s ked. The scout took the hint right away. "One, of course He promptly walked over to the ragged and dirty man. "You mu stee bling two, s o be. You g ottee one in um "How would yer like ter have a good drink?" he asked. hat." "Ha, ha, ha! He, he, he!" lau ghed Pepper, liu gg in g "What!" hims elf and fairly rollin g on the gro und. "Jest give "Lat velly muchee t lue, s o be." a chance an' I'll show yer bow I'd like it? I s it good Hop held the hat down low, so the spectator s could look into it. Sure enough, there was an egg in it. "You mu stee takee um egg when um man no lookee," went on the Chinaman, shaki ng hi s head, sad ly "life no tinkee you stea l um egg Pepper looked at the egg in a puzzled way. "I didn't know that egg was in my hat, hone st I did n 't," h e declared, a s he turned to the crowd. "You puttee in um hat, and l e n you allee samee forgit tee,'' Hop remark ed. The n he placed the hat on the man's head, leaving the egg in it. He had p.o sooner don e this whe n Forbe s brought his hand down upon the hat heavily. The egg, which was r ea lly the one the man bad got at the store, broke and ran down over hi s forehead. "He, he, he!" g i ggled the victim of the joke. This was the sig nal for a genera l lau gh from all hands. "I reckon that ga loot don't know w}Jat fun i s,'' exclaim-ed Cheyenne Charli e "Anyon e as would laugh because he got an egg smas hed on hi s head ain't what might be called right." "Well, Nate Pepper ain't right, nor never was since I knowecl him," Forbe s ha s tened to say "H"e je st enjoys that as much as we do." "Of course I do," cried the victim of the joke, who overheard the la s t remark. "Ain' t it e nough ter make licker you've got?" "Ther be s t in ther world," retorted ChaTlie, with a gri n. "Jest come here, so them heathens can't see me give it ter yer." It was wond e rful to see how quickly the man jumped to 1 hi s feet He followed the scout right to the river bank, without having the l east idea what was up. '"I bate ter give yer sich a good drink,'' s aid Charlie, grinning at him "I'm afraid your stomac h ain't used ter s ich pure st uff." The n, without anything further, h e gave him a push and sent him s prawling into the water, which was not more than a coup le of feet deep right there. Of course, there was a laugh, for all hand s were satisfie d that if anyone ever n eeded a wa s h this particular man did Pepper scrambled to hi s feet and made for the bank, but Charlie pull e d his revolver and called out to him "Take a good drink, you dirty galoot. Then wash that egg off yer head an' face. If yer come out afore yer do I'll fill y e r full of holes!" stood right there until his victim had obeyed. "Now, why don't yer laugh some more?." Charlie asked, as h e came out. anyone lau g h? Who's gain' t e r pay fur ther egg yer broke, CHAPTER IV. Neel? Ha, ha, ha!" The scout turne d away in disgu s t. THE CAVALRY KING SHOWS UP AG.A.IN. "A fool is a fool," h e said, "but a blamed fool i s worse nor an ordinary on e." If Nate Pepp er had looked comical betore lie certainly Hop seemed sa tisfied witli the way things had turne4 did now, after emerg ing from the water. out, and leaving the crowd he walked over and made out l He was dripping_ wet, but the egg had been was h e d from

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--" YOUNG W I L D WEST AND THE CAVALRY KING. 9 his face, and it was quite likely that he was slightly cleaner likely, when they seen ther cavalrymen comin', but it than he had been for s ome time. would have been jest a little ioo late. They started ter run "He, he, he?" he tittered, in reply to Cheyenne Charlie's the very second that you folks opened fire on 'em All query. "Oh, that was awfu l funny Ha, ha, ha! I ju st they wanted ter see was a coup l e of their gang drop, an' thought of it. I've got a shirt on that belongs ter old then they lit out. It was putty nigh five minutes after White up here. His wife let me have it this mornin' while that afore that bugle sounded." she washed an' mended the r one I had Now it is all wet! "I guess you are about right, Mr. Forbes," retorted Ha, ha, ha!" Wild "Well, I am very glad that we got here in time. I "Ther galoot is a downright fool; there ain't no quesam sorry that the li eutenant took it way he did, tion about it," the scout observed, as he walked ba c k to the though. I never want to have any trouble with army camp. "I don't see nothin' funny in ther way he officer s." "Well, maybe he is more to be pitied than blamed, "Well, I don't blame yer fur what yer done. Yer sorter Charlie,'' Wild replied. "Sup;Jose we hunt up someth in g learned him a lesson, I reckon. He might be ther Cav in the way of a s hirt and some underclothe s for him? vVe alry King, as he says he is, but h e don't know how ter are pretty well tocked, you know." hold back his jealous feelin's." "Oh, sartinly we'll do that. If he need s anything in "An' he don't know how .ter fight on horseback, either," that line I reckon we kin :fix him up spoke up one of the men." "He needs it, all right," spoke up Jim Dart. "Oh, yes, he does," Forbes declared. "He's a dandy at '11hey called the wretched, comical-looking man up, and that game, an' no mistake But Young Wild West was a a few minutes later they had :fixed him up_. littl e better at it. That's what's ther matter." "Now you go home and dress yourself, and then see how "I r eckon you've got that jest right, Forbes," Cheyenne long you can keep sober," our hero said. "You are hardly Charlie obs erved. "There ain't no use in sayin' that ther the fool you make out to be, I guess. It is rum that Cava lr y King ain't no good on ther back of a horse, fur he makes you act so silly, I think. You will do anything to is." get it." The afternoon wore on, and the few inhabitants of the "He, he, he! Thank yer, Young Wild West," was the iettlement got clown to the regular routine of the life they reply, and then be went off. were leading there The cook called out that the dinner was ready a few It was pretty dull there, but our hero had promised to minutes later, and then Young Wild Wes t and hi s friends I remain until the next morning, so he was going to do it. sat clown and did full justice to a well-cooked meal. Just before sunset, and as they had :finished their even They were in the habit of eating pretty good things, and ing meal, Lieutenant Harry Kircher rode back, bringing as Wing certainly knew how to fix things to their tas te with him one dead and two badly wounded cavalryme n they seldom had any fault to find "We got the red s kins," he said, as he dismounted in However, they sometimes got caught in a very wild part front of the store, ,"but it was a hard fight, for they led u s of the country, and got out of certain things. in ambush, and one of the boys got his medicine. We did Then they had to make the bes t of it, and live on what not leave one of them alive, though." they shot until they could get to a place where provisions Wild was standing near by when the Cavalry King said col1ld be purchased. this, but h e did not venture to make a remark. But even the girls did not mind this. The wounded men were cared for, and then the cavalryThey were so used to roughing it on the mountain s and men had their supper. plains, and even the deserts, that they hac1 got used to it. "We will remain here over night," the lieutenant sa id. After dinner Wi l d and his pa1tners strolled out to where "In the morning we will ride over to the fort and r eport some of the settlers were digging a trench to bury the to Colonel Strothers, who i s in command there It looks s l ain Indians. as though we are gojng to have serious trouble with the "There ain't no use in lettin' 'em lay here," explained Apaches, for there must be seventy or e i g hty of them hid N ed Forbes, who was s uperintending the job. "Ther ones ing around somewhere It is too bacl that there are so what got away won't never come back ter bury 'em, 'tain't few men at the fort." likely. It putty sartin that them cavalrymen will git "Well, you have got three good ones ter h e lp yer out," 'em afore night, anyhow." spoke up one of the settlers "What's ther matter with "That's so," our hero answered Young Wild W est an' his pards?" The weapons and other thing s of va lue that the Apaches The Cavalry King shrugged hi s shou ld e rs, and made had possessed were carried to the store, and put aside and no reply. then the bodies were buried. It was evident that he had no use for our hero, but he "There ain't no use in talkin', Young Wild West!" ex-kn e w better than to say so. claimed the old settler "If you an' your two pards hadn't Before it grew dark the eight men able to do duty, who showed up je s t as yer did them two shanties wouldn't belonged to the detachment, ere looking around for have been saved T her redskins wou l d have lit out, most whi sky anc1 a place to do a little gamb ling.

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10 YOUN G WILD WEST AND THE CAVALRY KING. They were all youn g men, but it was evident that they "I ham al wayB bee n strajght in a ll my acts and deal hacl lea ding p retty fast lives. ings, Young \Vild West." The li e u tenant was oJ' the same caliber as they, so that. The Caval ry King s poke a little hotly. gave them the chance to violate the rules of the army. "All right, the n. There i s no need of you a sk ing me The Ca v alry King had made a name for himself through anything as to how yon s hould make out y our report. Go the captur e o i a noted Indian chief s owe months before, ahead and do it st raight, the sa me a s you s a y you have al in whi ch expert hor semanship played a prominent part, ways clone." and since that t ime h e had been aJiected with the com-Wild t urned a nd walk ed away, s ho w in g thnt the intei plain t l no1rn a s a "swelled head." view was at an encl, as far a s he c ared. His humiliatin g defeat a t the hands of. Young Wild The lieutenant flu shed, and t h en, forcing a smile bowed \Yest h ad not served to make him feel v ery good; instead, 1 pqlite l y to t h e g irl s and took hi s d e parture. all bacl nature came to the fore, and h_e was even Forbes did n ot g o wit h him, but took a seat on a log thm kmg of how he c ould get square 1nth the da hmg near t h e l antern our friend s h ad s u s pend e d from 1.he limb young Prince of the Saddle. of a tree to give them li g ht. W i ld was a pre t t y good judge of mankind in general, "Ther Cava lrv K inoi s a funn v sort of a J0iO'ger. ain't ,J b 0 and he was not slow to put down the young man as one of he?" he observed. the ven gefu l sort "Ra.ther,'' answered our h ero. "He s i mp l y wants io But h e did not fear him in i.he least. take the cred i t of dri vi n g a rny t h e Indian s to-day and l There w e re no e:haTges that could be trumped up against don'.t mean to l et him him, s inc e he was not in duly bouncl to act in a ccordance "I hope he keeps away from h e re,'' sp<:ke up Arie+W.. with the army regulations; iio that means i f the lieutenant "Ile need not t hink we want any of hi s so:f't g l a nces. H e intended to get square with him he ;voulcl have to do it seems to have the opinion that 11e i s a real ladi es' man, I some o ther way. guess. H }1e tries to b e to o fam iliar with me h e will find Our h er o coulcl make it ve1'y unpleasant for the so-called out that he has st ru ck the wron g on e I would just a s Cavalry Kin g if h e chose to report 1rliat had happened at leave slap him in the face as not." Forbe s that da y But he \Tas above doing mean things, s o "Well, you kno'iv yonr own bus ines in such matters there was no danger of his doing that. Et,'' answered W ild with a sm ile. "If he P-Oes it too H e d ecide d to fight it out squarely with him, pro.viding just l et me know, and then I guess he'll' b e rather he looked for a chance to get square. l ate getting in his rep ort to t h e colonel." Not l ong after dark our friends were s urprised to sec While the Ca valry K in g had ca lled th e attention of the lieu ten an t coming to their camp. Young Wild West one of the inmates o f the camp had H e was accompani ed by Neel Forbes, whom he had probaway in the darkness It was Hop Wah a s might ably sou ght out for the purpose. he supposed. "Ther Cavalry King thought he had better c01ue r..round Like the caval rymen, the C e l est ial was eage r to get an' h ave a little t a l k with yer afore he leav;,s J'ur ther fort, s ometh in g st ron g to drink, and t o get into a game of Young Wild W est,'' sa id the old man, opening up the conpoke r or some oth e r gam bling game versation. "He says he ain't got no hard feelin's against Our h ero now missed him for the fir s t time. y e r, an' that h e don't want any misunderstandin' about the r r eport he 's goin' ter make to ther colonel." "Is that ri g h t, lieu tenant?" Wild asked, looking the young officer in the eyes. "Yes,'' was the reply. "That is about it." "Well, you g o a h ead and make your report. I'll make mine wh e n I get t h ere, and I as ure you that there won't be anythin g in it b u t what took place in the s kirmish with t110 r e dskin s What happ ened after that has nothing to do with the "Where is Hop?" he asked looking at the cook, who was about half a s leep. "IIe no lmowee," "-:as t he r e ply ":i\fe no se my blo t h e go away He g o for some tanglefoot, allee sarnee may be. "lVIore'n l ike l y,' s poke up t 110 scout. "Well, I'll take a walk around an' hunt him up. I reckon there's somethin' goin' on in the p lace, anyhow There's a poke r game somewhe re, an' I'll bet on it! Hop k in sme ll anything out like that." "I am g l ad to h ea r that. But I suppose you will claim Charlie walked away, and began searching about the t he cred i t of sa ving the settlers?" little settlement. "Well I will have to r eport that the Apaches were on He kept on till he got to a s hed in the rear of the sto re the r un before you showed up." He saw a light s hinin g betwee n t h e cracks of the board s "Very well. The n I kno w just how to make out my re-that the shed was b uilt of and t h en he knew he had struc k port." the right place. "Why, you knew how to make it before I said that, didStepping up noiselessly, the s cout readie d the s hed. n't you? You surely don't want to take the credit for Placing hi eye to a c ra ck, h e look e d throu g h and saw somet hin g that you did not do? You are not that sort of four of the canlrymen an d Hop in s ide a man, are you?" The Chinama n had jus t g ot there, i t seemed, and while

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YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE CAVALRY KING. 11 ( La1 ;l ".ra 1 1 hul la p11llcl1 I... 1)( 1 t. a black bott le from under his I It s o happene d t h a t Lie u te n a n t Kirc h e r was jus t .I L .. :rc Ulll he buy fl.om u m ll vcl!y goo dce la n g lcfo o t, s o b e 'l' hc fom 1r r e d el ighted, a n d t hey too k turns a t ( h e s(uff "Ther h e a i bc n galoot i s g iLtin' very l ibe r a l 1 r e ckon," i11ong l1t 8ha r l i c \Vell h e 's o nly d o in' it t e r gi t in with l h c m fellers. 'l'h e r first thing they k now h e will b e winnin' what m on ey they' v e g ot. That's what he's up ter an)Jiow." Charlie wa R right on this, fo r after t h e y h a d all tasted the 'rhisky Hop put a 1ray the b ottle and p ull e d out a p ac k o f cards "Me likee play lillee dl aw pokee," h e s a i d s miling blandly 'l' h i s was jus t wh a t the m e n w a n t e d to p a ss a way the time None of the m had a n y g r eat amQ..un t of m o n ey, but they all h a d enoug h to play a lit tl e whi l e, p rovi lling the ante wa s n o t too hi g h. Charli e r emaine d s il ent and w a t c h e d t h em Fi1 e minute s late r they w e r e all s e a ted o u i.he g1md, wi t h a box in the cente r 0 t h e c i rcl e they fonneil. The n a game bega n w ith a rathe r sma ll ante ancl limit. Jus t a s the five g o t inte rest e d w h o s h o u Ja w alk into the ::;heel but the lieutenant. The cavalr y m e n w e lco me d him warmly, and throwing a side the dignity tha t b elo n ged to h i m a s their superior, h e sat clown and joine d in 'th e game CHAPTER V THE POlrnn. G AJ\I E WIN D S U P I N A R OW C h eyenne Cliarli e wa t c h e d t h e g ame fo r a .few minutes, a ncl t h e n l e ft the !
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11 YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE CAVALRY KING. "Holdee on, s o be!" exclaimed Ilop. lillee aces." "Me gottee four I chance at him! I'll lick him till he wis hes hr. nev e r tried ter shoot a man in ther dark!" "What!" They waited outside a few minute s but finding that the Kii'cher look ed surprised Cavalry King and hi s men were not coming out, they The showed hi s cards walked slowly for the camp. He raked in hi s winning s and smiled blandly at the Hop had gone on ahead of them, and when they got Cavalry King there they found him sitting with his back against a tree, "You are a swindler!" the crestfallen lieut enant cried, just as though he had not been away. "What happened over there, Wild?" Jim Dart asked. angril y "I can't get anything out of Hop." "Me no cheatee," protested Hop. "You havee cards un"Oh, there was a little game of draw poker going on der you, allee samee; you takee out and makee four in the shed ba c k of the store, and a row started. Hop was kings. You a1lee same e cheatee!" in danger of losing his life, I guess, so we interfered. The "You l ying heathen!" roared t h e Cavalry King "Hand Cavalry King was one of the players in the game, and it ove r that rnoriey or I ll put a bullet in you!" was he who sta rted the row. He is a fine t>'pecimen of an Hop grew frighten e d a nd s pran g to hi s feet. army officer, I s hould s ay." 'rhe li e utenant drew hi s heavy revolver and acted as Then h e related jus t what had occurred thou gh he r e ally meant to use it. "I am not s urprised much to hear this," observed Ariet-At t hi s juncture Young Wild West steppe d into the ta. "I did not lik e the looks of that lieutenant much the s hed, followed by Cheyenne C harlie first time I saw him. He may have distingui s hed himself "Put up your shooter, Kir c her," the boy sa id, calm l y by act of bravery, and then got the nickname of "I g uess you are not g oing to hurt the C hinaman not the Cavalry King, but he is no good, for all that. Rii:; while I am around, anyhow Thi s i s a fine t hin g for a cavbad qualitie s will show up more and more now, since he alry officer to do, isn't it? You had better look out or has run up against a s nag in you, Wild. If he don't have you'll lose y our s hould e rs trap s." it the way he wants it he will throw off hi s mask in earnAll of th e gamb l ers but Hop were greatly amazed at est." the un expected inte rruption. "Well, I am not going to be the :n:eans of getting him The Celestial's expression of fear turned to a broad into trouble with the colonel at the fort unless he comgrin, and foldin g hi s arms he looked on serenely. pels me to. I would rather fight it out with him and give "You y oun g--" Tha t was a s far a s the Cavalry King got He meant to ca ll Wild a bad name, but the boy's fist shot out and cau gh t him on the nos e before h e fairly got the words to his lip s He staggered back and f e ll oyer the box, up setting it and breakin g the l antern, which bec3.llle e x tingui shed, l e avin g them in the dark. Crack A shot rang out, anc1 Cheyenne Charlie heard the hum of a bullet as it spe d past hi s ear. Youn g Wild West dropped low, and butted headlon g into the bun c h. Hi s righ t a nd left fist s hot out several time s in quick s uccession, and the cavalrymen went rollin g upon each other. Charlie cau ght him by the arm anc1 pu lled him out side. "Hop i s out," he said. "I reckon there ain't no use of ga in' it in-t h e r d ark, whe n you're liab1e ter git a bullet or a knif e in ther dark." "That's ri ght, Charlie," \\'.as the rep l y "But I am going to thra s h th e whole five of t h e m b ef ore they l eave th e settl emen t The y can have it done to-night, or they can wait till morning, jus t a s they see fit." Not one of the men attempted to come out of the s h ed. "It was t h at ga l oot of a corpora l what fired that s hot at me," s aid C h arlie "I know it was, fur he pulled hi s shoot e r afor e ther li ght went out. J e s t wait till I gi t a him a show to take a turn for the good He is like a great many people in this world. So long as the y have their way they will be all right, but jus t let someone go against them, no matter how good the cause i s for s uch an a ctio n, and they los e their heads and show up in their true li g ht. T he Cavalry King i s nothing more than a bi g bag of wind, who has jus t nerve enough and luck enough to get ahead and fool hi s s up e riors. He is very popular with the men he commands, for the reason that he mingles with them and p u ts himrnlf on the sam e level with them. The idea of a lieutenant in the army playing poker with a corporal and some of his privates in an old shed And drinking a Chinaman' s whi s ky, too!" "He likee um tanglefoot, a llee samee, spoke up Hop with a broad g rin "Me ftfford to tleat, allee light." "Yes I reckon you could afford it," answered the scout "Yer must have come away with seventy or eighty dollars, all iight." "Lat velly muchee tlue, Mis l e r Charlie," was the repl y "Me pay um s torekeeper four dollee for um bottl e of tan g lefoot and we w in allee samee seventy-ei ght dollee M e allee samee velly smartee Chinee." The cavalryme n wer e campe d over two hundred yard s from the spot where our fri e nd s were s topping. After a while Wild and Charlie took a walk over tliat way. Neither the lieutenant nor the others wlio had been in the game were there.

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YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE CAVALRY KING. 13 T he young dead sh ot c on c lud e d to wait till morning to Wild followed the colonel inside his a J:ow minutes have it out,with them later, and the office r looked at him keenly ancl said : So they went back to the camp, and a little later they "What i s the trouble between you ancl Lhe Caval r y all turned in, not thinking i t worth whi l e to keep a watch, K ing?" since they were right close to one 0 the cabins 0 the set "Didn't he tell you?" replied the boy, warily. tler "Well, h e said he had made an enemy of you because he They were not dis turbed during the night, and when the had assisted in driving off the Apaches when they were sun arose in the morning they were up and stirring. attacking the settlement down the river." They cou ld not see the camp of the cavalrymen from "Well, Colon e l Strothers, i he said that he is mistaken, where they were, but non e o them had any i dea that they for I am not t h e one to get mad when anyone r ende rs me would l eave so very early. assistance. What was their s urprise, then, when Ned Forbes came "Ah! I thought that!" exclaimed the colonel. "Kiralong a few minutes later, and informed them that the cher made a mistake in you Cavalry King and his eight men who were ab l e to do duty "He certainly did, colone l. He never assisted me in bad l eft at daylight for 1!'ort Apache driving away the Apaches H e arrived too late for that. "They went away to escape the thras hin g I pr6mised them, Charlie," said Wild, turning to the scout. "I reckon that's what's ther matter," wa the reply. "Well, I'll have it out with that corporal when we git to ther fort. It makes no difference who tries ter stop it, either They got ready to g o a s soon as they had breakfasted, and then Wild told Neel Forbes that he would advise the CHAPTER VI. CHARLIE STARTS TO GET SQUARE WITH THE CORPORAL, AND SO DOES HOP. Colon e l Strothers looked at Young Wild West in amaze g uar d the sett lement against another attack from the red ment. colonel at the fort to send over a small detachment to "What is that you say?" he cried. "Kircher did not arrive in time to h elp d efeat the Apaches?" sk in s until the trouble was over. "It may not be necessary," he added, "for it is quite l ikely that one or more 0 the Apache got away from the Cavalry King, and if that is the case the rest of the rebe l ing gang will know that the soldiers are after them, and they will be apt to get a little furth er away from the fort The young deadshot did not seem to be at all afraid to ride to t h e fort with the girl s in the party Tliey were taking a chance, he knew, for there was no telling just when a band 0 ho stiles might appear But it would have to be a pretty big band to get the b est of them, pro v idin g they were not ambushed. T hey took the trail of the cavalrymen, ater bidding goodby fo the settl ers, and assuring them they would stop if they came back that way, they rode away. Wi l d knew they could easily make the fort by noon, even if they did have to proceed rather slow, on account of the packhorses. It was just about h alf an hour noon when they c ame in sight of the fort, with its three big g un s looming up grimly, after coverin g the entire di stance without meet ing a human being : Young Wild West rod e directly to the quarters of the col onel in command when they came into the li ttle village He h ad met Colonel Strothers a coup l e 0 times be fore, and he knew he woul d be well received The colonel shook hands cordia ll y with him, and then turned to C harlie and Jim, and greeted them in the same way. The gir l s were introduc e d then, and a short c onv ersat ion followed. "No, colonel he did not get there in time "My part n ers and I had them on the run when the bu gle soun d ed. It wasn't much of a task, anyhow, as the set t l ers were :fir ing at them with telling effect when we took a hand in the game We dropped quite a few of them, and then the rest rode for their lives. Lieutenant Kircher said he caught the r est of them that afternoon, tho u gh, so that wipes out that particular band." "Um," and the colon e l look ed thoughtful. "Well, s up pose you report your version of the whole affair?" "I hav e already told you about all, sir "We ll, give it in detail, please Wild did so, not saying a word about anything that happ ened after the arrival of the detachment of cavalry. The colonel took it all in with interest "Young Wild West," he saicl, a m inu te or sooi thought, "I have always found you to be as squ are as they make them, an d strictly truthful; I believe what you have told me." "Why sho uld you di s believe me, colonel?" asked the young dead s hot, hi s eyes fl.ashing. "Don't say any more, Wild The colon el ca lled him by his nickname now, and threw out his hand pernua s ively A ll right, then. I gues s your Cavalry King has been giving you a ghost story. I saw enough of him to know that he likes notoriety and praise. But, col onel, I don't ca r e any more for Lieutenant Harry Kirche r than {do for a lame coyote So lon g as he minds hi s own bu s ine s s and does not interfere with me or anyone in my party, he w ill

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14 ----------b e a ll rig ht. But jus t le L h i m go t o m eddl in g, o r l y in g about m e and h e w ill be apt t o t ake a good thrashing That's me eve r y time, Col o n e l Strot h e r s This w as a rather daring wa) t o tal k Lo the c ommand e r o f a fron tie r fort, but i t made no d i:ITe rcnce to the clas hing y oung P r ince o f the Sad d l e. What h e tho ught he genera ll y said no matter wher e h e wa o r to wl1om he was tal king He k new that he had p l enty o f good me n in the army to see hi m through in case c h a r ges wer e made again s t him for miscon d uct. 1 \nd h e a lso knew that Col one l Strothe r s was a bro a d minded man, who w as a l ways w illing to re ason ou t things "Say n o mo re, Wild. I will h ave a no t he r talk 1rith y ou thi s afternoon and l i t en t o you r a d vice r egardi n g t he that arc still at large T his meant t hat the inter v i e w was a t a n end. Wild walke d o u t of t h e ho u se a n d r eturned. to h i s c o m Y c-, l hal' e an id e a that li i a rn i gbis good on e l s a w h im run yeste r day T he li e u tenant ha s him well traine d t o o The captain had n eve r see n Wi l d b e fore, and it j nst hap pe n e d that h e had h eard v ery little about him. H e did n ot know t h a t h e was ca ll e d t he Prince o f the Sa d dle, and that his sorre l stal l i on had n ever been equ11led i n a rac e wh e r e s peed and endurance counted. W ild wa s s a t i sfie d w h e n the ca p tain w ent away that he r ea lly thought that Lie u tenant Harry Kircher was a genu i n e "Cavalry King I 1yould like to ge t a c h a nce lo ride a race with him, he sa i d to h is frie n ds, a s they sa t down to ca t t h e dinne r that n a s r e ady. I am no t afraid t o put myself a gainst "hi m, but I would li ke to fincl o u t how p i tfi r e would make ou t with his hor c I don't lrnow but I fee l c onfi den t t hat Spitfire can b ea t him. 1 h e d on t it will b e the fir s t one h e ever trie d that h e didn' t. pani o n s "Pshaw!" exclaimed C he yenne harlie curling hi lip. 'rbcy hud selec t ed a p l ace to p i tc h their camp whi c h was "You know v e r y well that the r g al oot ain' t up t e r y ou in a vacan t pot adjoi n i nD" t h e t or e. W i ld Yer doub l e-disco unted b im yistcrd a y i n ho r seman" We ll, how about it?" as k e d Jim "I'll bet, by the l ooks ship when ye r di sarmed him in ther du e l. H e's gotwa of you, that the lie u te nant gave i n a r epo r t that w a s all mighty goocl ho r se, an' there's no u se tryin' te r rub it out; to his credit." but h e can't c o me u p ter Spi tfir e. 1 yer g i t in a r ace "Just a sure as yon l i ve h e dicl wa t h e re t ort. with thcr Caval r y King I'll bet a ll l'm w o r t h t hat you'll "Did }'Cr straighten i t out, W ild?" t h e c ou t aske d. win o u t 1Ne ll I told a ll we k n e w abo u t the attack and what "Hr d on t win i t won't be becau e I have n t got a g ood h appe n e d alter we took par t in i t J horse, and do not try. "An' did yc r te ll t her col o n e l w h a t a m eas l y c oyote tha t They a te t h eir dinncT, a n d just as they wer e throug h a galoot what calls himself ther Cavalry Kin g is?" detac hment of cava1rv came i n bringing with the m s ome "Jo; not a word." fiftyo d d Apac h e "\\'ell, you're di:ITeren t fro m what I would be in a cas e The n t h e n e"l' S soon p rcac1 a b o u t the for t that the re like that." bellion among the Apaches had hec n crus h e d. "Oh, the a r e that t h e col one l w i ll fin d ou t T h is wa good anc1 soon cvcryhoc1y that be l o n ge d Urn follow l umself. g1ncs, h.e ha. got sma ll smp1Clon at the fort was rejoicing over it. now But never nun d rh1s t h m g w ill come out a ll < n u ll b 1 t l t t 't l IV e oy g uess 1 ia rcpoTL is rue w e w o n i ave ri ght, the same as eve r yt hmg w e get m 1xec1 u p m d oes. 1 t J d 1 ,, J Y
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YOG TG IYILD WEST AND THE 01 \ Y \LRY KING. 15 ")Io wantee gittec allee samec quaintcc ;o be; l en me ''I'll let yer be-when I git done with yer, yer measl y lmowe e um led kins when me see omc timee putty t>oon," coyote wa the reply. Biff! "Oh, you think you'll see 'em agin, then?" Charlie let go at him, and knocked him flat on his back. "Yes, l cy allee samee go on urn warpath putty quickee, Wild aw that there might b e a se rious cljfliculty arise, when um be goodee lillee while." so he s 1 rang forward and took Charlie by the arm. "I r eckon you 've got that righi.." "Wait until he is off duty," h e sa icl, persuasively "H Hop now pauseCj. before an u gly -looking olcl brave, who you don't we will have to exp lain tbe whol e thing that h ad hi arm in a sling the re.,,ult of the fight with the h appe n ed last night, and I don't want to do that. cavalry. The scout reluctantly stepped back Wbattee your name?" he asked, smiling pleasantly at Corporal Springs got u pon his feet, hi face the Apache b la ck with rage. crhl" grunted the prisoner "You will suffer for this!" he hissed. "Jnst wait till "Ugh!" aid JTop. to -night! "Y cllow Vace heap much fool!" de clared the Apache. A ll right; h e will wait," our hero answered "Just see Led kin allcc sarnec ye]lv niece lllan, so be,'' answe r ed to it that you show upto have it out." Hop, returning good for evil. The v illainou s corpora l shook his sword at Charlie. "Waugh!" Bnt h e sai d no more just then, for the soldie rs he was "Hip hi!" in cha r ge of came a l o n g 'l'hen the Chinaman gave an imitation OT the Indian 'J. h e Indians had seen t h e fellow get knocked clown, ancl war dance. 1 they lo oked on showing more interest than they usually. "That galoot ha got ter 1le doin' fOrneihin' funny al-clic1 at what was taking place around them. most al l ther time, it seems,'' ob:,erved heyenne Charlie Wild led the scout away Ther first thing he knows that redskin will give him a Hop, who had not been hnrt a bit by the rasca ll y cork i ck in ther ribti. l kiu see he 's only waitin' ter git ther pora l remained r ight there and continued watching the cha n ce." Indians, and the man who had kno cke d him over, as well. Charlie was right. Hop was like Cheyenne Charlie; he wanted satisfac -A Hop clanc eL1 up close to the brave a rnoccasined foot tion suddenly shot out. I But he did not mean to fight it out with his fMs, But if the scout had kno1rn what he wanted to do so though. did Hop, for he stepped nimbly aside, and caught the ;ell-."1\Ie solly me makee you alle.e sa mee mad," iie skin's ankle v ery neatly. said, looking at the man and sm1lmg, mnocently. Sp r ings was surprised. A qmck twist and the Apache lay on his back. ,, At il 1 .1 h .1 :M:e hkee po log1ze, so be, went on Hop, stepp incr up 11s a cava ryman ua e u u p l '"' It n 1 S 1 c oser wa s vorpora pnngs, t 1e man who had shot at the scout in the dark the n icrht before The expression of the corporal's face softened. b "Y 11 l t ld. b He had been detail ed to watch the prisoners until they ou a ee s ame e g ea so i er, o e. could be placed in the quarters that were being made "All_right," was the rejoinder. "J accept yonr npolready. ogy. \ ou want to be mo r e ca r efol next time." He struck the Chinaman a blow on the c h est with his "Me vell y velly solly You havce nicee c i gar, all( l when clenc h ed IL t and ent him reelino you srnokee you know um poor Oh ince feel solly, be "Get away from here,'' he savagely "No Me likee you, ni.cee :Melican soldier." fooling with lhe prisoners Sprmgs out and accepted the cigar, "Sh et np, you sneakin' coyote!" spo ke up Cheyenne Charlie, who now c1ecidec1 that it was a crood time to have it out with him. "I'm goin' tcr give yer a lickin' fur hootin at me last niD"ht! .Jest git yourself in shape The corporal turned pale at tbiR. It was Yery evident tba t he had not believed that the scout knew who it was that fired the sho t in the s h ed the night bcforl' But there was no mistaking the manner of the man who told him to get liirn. elf in s hape. "I'll report you for interfering with tlie clnLies of rm officer,'' he exclaimed, as soon as lie 1'onnc1 the use OT hiR ton g ue. "You let me be, you hear!" which was one of )lexican make, by the looks of it, ana folly s i x inches in len gth "I'll s moke it when I get off duty to-nigM, heatl1en," be said, nodding Rti ffly. "Allee light," 'ras the b l and replv. "Now me fce lce helter." 1 Then Hop walked awa.r satiRfied LhaL he was well on llie road to getting square with the man. CHAPTER VIJ. CTIARLI::O: :'\D 11 OP GET SQU.\TIR Dming the aternoo1 Young Wild had a talk with the colone l, and from what our hero l earned from him

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16 YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE CAVALRY KING. the la st of the rebelling Apaches ha.d really be e n c aught. "Well, I guess we'll go on about our business to-morrow morning, then," the young cleadshot said. "There is noth ing to keep us here, and we lik e to be on the move, you know. We are always looking for new adventures, even if the scenes are old." "I see," replied the colonel. "You are never sa tisfied unless you are running into some sor t of clanger. What have you on the carpet after you leave her e? "Nothing. What happ ens will have to turn up unex pectedly. We will take the trail for the nearest mining camp. 'rhere is always something going on at one of those kind of places. We will drift on down to Phoenix and clo a little business at the bank there; but there i s no telling how soon we will get there. It all depends on wha.t hap pens on the way." with him at six o"clock, so Wild thought they could do nothing more than accept. He sent the messenger back with his reply, and th e n Wing was informed that all he had to cook for that even ing would be hi s brother and himself. "American colonels clpn't invite Chinamen to dinners, as a rule," sa id Anna, laughing at the two. "Me no care, so be," answered Wing "Me velly muchee pl easee to s tay here, so be," Hop acldecl, and he acted as though h e spoke the truth. Shortly before s i x they all went to the colonel's quarters and were admitted by his wife and daught e r, who lived with him at the substantia l house connected with the fort. Our friend s could not hav e been treated better if they had been some of the heads of the government. Young Wild West was very popular with the army offi cers throughout the West, for h e had r e nd ere d such good serv ice in putting down the different upri s ings of the Indians that they could not forget him. It was a very pleasant hour that they spent at the table of Colonel Strothers. / The conversation drifted to variou s topics, and finally settled down to what wa s going to take place on the "Yes, I suppose. But s uppose you remain here to morrow, Wild? I guess the boys want to make a sor t of holiday of it to celebrate the capture of the Apaches. I believe in lettin g them en joy themselves on s u c h occasions. I never was one to be hard on the men. They certa inly lead lone some live s of it out in thi s wild part of the coun try. It i s well to l et them have a little sport now and morrow. then. Captain Aker, of the Eighth, was speaking about it "I have told Captain Aker to a sk you to give an exhibi to me a little while ago, and I told him I would l et him tion of your wond e rful shooting, Wild," the colonel sa id, know. It might be a pleasant diversion to the young "tl il "F f tl h h wi 1 a sm e. 'ew o 1e men ere ave eve r see n you ladies to see the boys at then sports Of cour s e we will h t cl t .11 cl th cl t h 1 k t I 1 s oo an i wi o em goo o ave a oo a you. rnve a cavalry dnll along with it, and that ought to mter-J .11 bl" ?" t cl s uppose you w1 o ige es you an your partner s You are all expert m horse"C t 1 ,, 1 cl th d cl l t 1 ,, e r am y, rep ie e young ea s io np.. "And about you, Miss Arietta? Would you mind Yes, it w1ll an s wered, s howing the m what you can do with a rifle?" mg of the Cavalry Kmg. I for will be glad to remam "I won't mind in the l eas t replied the girl. "I keep over to-morrow. I know the rest will, too, for always in practice pretty good; and I have a few fancy shots I can to I do on matters. make. I will do all I can to make the holiday a s ucces s." Good. I will mfo1m Captam Aker that he ha s my The colonel's wife and daughter were as much pleased consent to go ahead and arrange for the holiday." as h e was at this. When Wild came back and told hi s friends what was up They both knew how to handl e firearms but, lik e the they were all much pleased mos t of their sex, they were anything but experts. They all thought of the Cavalry King right away. rt was just about dark when they left the company of "Perhaps you will get a c hance to hav e a race with the the colonel and hi s family and went back to the camp. rascally lieutenant, Wild," Arietta said. As they got there Wild noticed that Hop was just "That's what I was thinking about, Et," was the reply. leav i ng ''Me allee samee gittee chance to s howee velly nicee "Where are you going?" he asked, as he s tepped up and lillee magic tlick, too, so be," spoke up Hop, who was taktouched him on the s hould e r. ing in the conversation, as u sua l. "Me go see lillee f1m," was the reply. "The chances are that you will, Hop," Wild nodded. "Where to?" "I'll speak to the colo, nel about it." "Over l ere," and he pointed to the barrack s The Celestial's face became wreathed in smiles right "What i s it, Hop?" asked Wild wondering what could away. draw the Celestial there. "It i sn't poker, i s it?" He was never happier than when he was s howing off "No, Misler Wild," and the Chinaman grinned. "Um wlrnt he could do in the way of mystifying hi s fellow -corporal gittee off putty soon ee, so be, and len he smokee beings. nicee lillee cigar me givee him." Just a s the cook was thinking about starting the prepa"Oh, I see." ration s for s upper a me ssenge r from the quarters of Col-"Me gittee square, allee samee." onel Strothers came to them. Our hero laughed. He bore an invitation from the colonel to eat dinner "Has the cigar got gunpowder in it?" he queried.

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YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE CAVALRY KING. "No; me :fixee um cigar allee samee Loman candle, soi But ihe Cavalry King ancl Lhe corpornl clid not see it be. that way. "Is that so? I guess I'll have to see the fun then. You They both turned on their heels ancl starLecl to walk go on; we n follow you." away. The barracks were not very far away. "Hold on, corporal!" call eel out Cheyenne Char lie "I Some of the men ancl minor officers were already to be r eckon me an' you hacl bcttee settle ther difflculty that's men lounging about and smok ing between us. You ain t on duty now, an' there couldn't be Before Hop got there who s hould come out but the very no better time." man they were looking for When he saw Cheyenne Charlie lo9king at him he he si tated He had just lighted a cigar and was puffing on it, con tentedly. But the sight of the scout made him feel uneasy, and he began chewing it, nervously. As there was an oil lamp right whe re he stood, our friends could see every move he made. Presently Captain Aker and Lieutenant Kircher came along. They pau sed near the corporal, who at once put on a ore easy style, no doubt feeling that he was safe from Cheyenne Charlie so long as they were close by. He g1ave an extra puff at the cigar, which was the one Hop had given him, and braced himself back in tyle Sizz-bang! A small stream of sparks came from the end of the cigar, followed by a ball of green light. The corporal had the cigar between hi s teeth, in the center of his mouth at the time, and before he could drop it a small red ball of :fire s hot from it and str uck the li e u t enant square in the breast. A cry came from the man 's lips, and, dropping the cigar, he got out of the way. Sizz-bang Sizz-bang A red ball followed quickly by a yellow one, left the cigar, as it hopp e d over the ground like a thing of life. The captain placed his hand s to his s ides and let out a laugh that was loud and long. He understood what was the matter right away. "A trick cigar!" he exclaimed. "Diel it hurt you, Kir cher?" "Nono, not much, I guess," was the rejoinder. "But what do you s uppose made it?" "Oh, somebody has played a trick on the corporal. Who gave you that cigar Springs?" "Young Wild West's Chinaman," came the truthful reply "I-I am very sorry, lieutenant; and I did not know there was a nything wrong about the cigar. I'll kill that Chinaman if I get hold of him." While the fun was going on our hero and hi s partners were walking that way, followed by Hop. The first thing the corporal knew the Chinaman, who had given him the cigar, was stan ding right before him. "Velly nicee smokee, so be," observed Hop, pleasantly. "Allee s amee lillee Fourth of July, so be." "Ha, ha, ha. I" roared the captain, who regarded it as a very funny incide n t. "What does he want?" asked Kir c her, taking the cor-poral by the arm and pulling him back. "He-he wants to fight, I guess," was the reply. "Fight? Why, what for?" "I reckon you know all right, you slick lookin' galoot,,'' the scout hastened to say. "There will be no fighting here," spoke up Captain Aker. "1 there is any grievance to be set tled go off where you can't be seen. But don t try it here "Com e on, then, corporal!" cried Charlie, who was more than willing to get at the villainou s fellow who had tried to kill 1rim in the dark. If it had not been that Young Wild West was there it is lik e l y that the captain would have taken an altogether different view of the matter; but seeing that the boy was interested, he permitted them to walk around behind the barracks. It was plain that the corporal did not want to fight, but a few whispered words from the lieutenant served to brace him up somewhat. "What is it about?" Captain Aker asked Wild, as he walked at his side. "Oh, they had a little misunderstanding l ast night over at Forbes' Settlement," our hero answered. "I think it is best to let them have it out." "Well, if you think so, let them go ahead. But the corporal does not act much a s though he wanted to fight." "He's got a prompter ; maybe thaf will h elp him along." "You mean Iris s uperior officer?" "Yes, the Cavalry King." "He understands what it is about, then?" "Yes, he knows all about it." "Well, I will see it through, along with you. I know you always believe in fair play. Your partne r is a little taller and more active than the corporal, and he may get the best of it." "Oh, there isn't any doubt that he will get the bes t of it. I will say this much, and that i s that Corporal Springs deserves a good thra s hing." "Won't you tell me what caused the trouble between them?" "Not just now, captain." The officer bit his lip. By this time they were behind the l ong building that was called the barracks. A few cavalrymen had been attracted there b y seei ng the brief fireworks exlribition, and they "\\ere allowed to sta11d and watch was going on.

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l i YOUKG WILD WES T AND THE CAVALRY KlNO. -------------------------------------. ---------Th e corpornl put on a vee_y bold air now and pulled off A crow d was gatheri ng, so the cap t ain d i snppcal'e d his coat himself. C h eyenne Charlje was in hi s shirtsleeves, so h e was all the Cavalry K i ng was h aste nin g to hi s q uarready for th e fray ters "What is it to be?" askecl tl1e Cavalry Ki.ng, looking at 'rhe young man was in anyth ing bnt a pl e asant a.nc1 easy \Vild; ''a s quare fi t fight?" Crume 0 mind "YeR, that 1ri 1 l
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\rILD \\'EST THE CAVALHY KI.NU -army officer in lhi<:> 1rny, but i.lw L'arnlr y L\.iug was any -''1\ow comes the lrnrcl c:;t part o l it,'' b e HttttlercLL "ll1J1 thing but. what he shoL1kl be, aml 1rhat the moi:;t of his am I to get the \vatch and j ewelry in the o[ acquaini.anc es thought h e was, and be hated our hero. Young Wild West? But it lllU6t be clone l lf I am i.o iJUt These reasons arc s ufficient for us to go ahead and the blame on him it must be done." chronicle the young villain's doings He cautiously made lii s way arouncl and wa s soon near Kircher r e t ired early that night. the camp 0 our friends. He did not have to go on duty until e i ght in the mornAll was sti ll. ing, and the n it was only to at.tend the rollcall of t h e The moon 11as now up, and by its mellow light he couJ.1 of1icers, for i t was to be a holiday the two white tents almost as plainly as tho11g h it Whether he s lept well or not i not known, but in the were daylight. n eig hborhood 0 two o clo ck in the earl y morning he arose Convincing him self that there. was no one doin g gu:ird a n d l eft the building and crept softl y into the darkness duty, h e cr ep t right u p to the tents. It was e a sy for him to elude the guards, ::ind in a short It was a v ery warm night and one of them held lhc can time h e was at the rea r w i ndow of the colonel' s private vas lifted w ell up from the g:rounc1. office A s the Cavalry King pee r e d in the first object he di::iHe knew very well that Y oung \Vild \ Vest hac1 been cc rnccl was the form of a <'lceping Chinaman. tw ice in that office since his anival at lhc fort, and t hat The n he got arounc1 a little and could cljstinguit:h t lic made him think tha. t h e w as all the more smc of accom res pli shing his purpose But he knew it would never c1o for him to tou c h one ot If it was eas y for him to ge t to the windo w it was still them. for him to pry it op e n. He was at a lo ss just what to do until his eyes li ghted 1l'1is do n e he crawled into the room and then pau se d upon the fanc y b11ckskin hunting coat that our h e ro wore to listen. when it was not too warm. I All wa s still throughout the building It was l ying halt folded on a saddle right at the side oJ' Kirche r gave a. nod and breathed a muttered exclama-the tent that was open t i on of satisfaction. Kircher kne\\' that the saddle must belong t o the boy, The n be softly approac hed the safe t h a t or his coa t 1rould not b e 1 ing upon it, since h e saw t hat stoo d in a corner next to the colone l's d es k t h e other saddles each had garments lying upon them. H was dark, but he knew just wher e i t was and in a few He soon made up his mind what to do. seconds hi s hand gripped the knob of the iron door. Nerving himself, the villain slipped the j ewe l ry, whic h H e turned it and found it was as h e thought, unlocked. c
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! 20 YOUNG WILD WES1 AND THE CAVALRY KING. Seeing a man raising a window was en011gh to make the Chinaman pause and see what was up. When he saw him crawl through be made up hi s mind that something was wrong, so h e got up close and \railed to see what the outcome would be. When the rascally Cavalry King came out and carefully closed the window, Hop recogni7d him. He gave a nod of satisfaction, for he did not like the man, anyhow, and it was pleasing to him to :find out that he was up to some wrongdoing. But if Hop had been s urprised to see the lieut enant enter the colonel's office by means of the window, he was more so when he found him stealing toward Young Wild West 's camp. "Me :findee out, so be," he thought. "Me no likee allee samee foolish business, so be." Wild getting ready to give his horse a little exercise, that he thought about it. Then he quickly ran up to him and said: "Misler Wild, me likec tellcc somet'ing velly muchee g l eat." "All right, Hop," was the reply; "go on and tell me." "Um Cavaly King tly makee believe you um thief, so be." Young Wild West gave a start. CHAPTER IX. THE COLONEL FINDS OUT ABOUT THE THEFT. When he saw the villain crawling up to the tents Hop "What's that, Hop?" Cheyenne Charlie asked, as he thought at :first that h e meant to commit murder. heard the words of the Chinaman. But as he got up very close to him, and saw that he had H e was standing right near and he could not help hear-no weapon in his hand, he made up his mind that he was ing them, though they were spoken in a low tone of voice. there for some other purpose. "Don't get excited, Charlie," admonished Wild. "It j>; He drew hi s big revolver and held it in readiness to fire I who is the victim of this game. Hop, just tell all at the l east move the man might make toward injuring you know now." any of the sleepers. "Me havee velly funny timee last night, so be," sa.id But nothing like that happened, and when he saw him Hop, s haking his head. put something in the coat and saddle-bags belonging to "Well, tell us how the Cavalry King is trying to make a Wild Hop b egan to understand what it all was about. chief of me." "Um Cavaly King allee samee stealee; makee believe I "Me tellee pntty quickee, so be." Misl e r Wild stealee, so be. Me undelstand; Misler Cavaly Then, in his own slow and peculiar way, he told all he King allee samee velly muchee bad man, but makee bigee had seen after he had sneaked away from the camp the mistake night before. He decided to let him go on, and when Kircher left the "Whew!" exclaimed our hero. "That is about the camp Hop followed him until he saw him go to his worst yet, I s hould say. I guess I will see what he put in quarters. my coat pocket right away." Then the clever Chinaman went back and crept into the He went to the coat, which he had hung on a pole .after tent and lay down beside hi s brother, just as though nothtaking the saddle :from under it, and quickly made a search ing had happened. through the pockets. He was soon sound asleep, for Hop was not one of the The rings and brooch were discovered right away. sort to lie awake studying over things. "The scoundrel!" exclaimed Young Wild West. "He In the morning he would tell Wild all about it and then thinks he has done a very clever thing. Want s to make he would be considered a very smart hinaman, h e knew. me out a thief in the eyes o.f the colonel, and everyon When Hop awoke it was because a dupful of water was else. Hop, I am very glad you went out last night in dashed in his :face. search of a poker game." He started up and saw the grinning face of Cheyenne Arietta wanted to know all about it, and so did Anna Charlie near by. and Eloise. If he had not seen him so close to him he would have They were soon made acquainted with the facts in the laid it to him, for no one else !JVer did s uch things. "Git up, yer lazy galoot!" cried the scout. "Wing wants ter git ther plates an' cups washed up. We've all had breakfast but you." "Allee light, Mis ler ChaTlie, but me no likee washee before me gittee 'wakee, so be. Me gittee square, allee samee ." Hop was not a little angered at the scout fm the time being and h e forgot all about the happenings of the early morning It was not until lie had :finished his breakfast, and saw case. Then Wild went to the sa ddle, which he had on his hor se, ready to mount and rid e out for a little exeTcise. They all followed him, for Hop had said that it was the colonel's watch that the scoundiel had put in the saddle bags. In a very short time the dashing young dead s hot brought it out. "This is quite a nice time-piece," he said, coolly. is valued at a couple of hundred, all right." ":.I'o think that an officer of the army, and one "It who

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YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE CAVALRY KING. 21 takes pride in being called the Cavalry King, shou ld do me a start of about a hundred yards, though. Spi Uire can suc h a vile act E loise exclaimed. beat my horse easi ly, you know. H you let n:ie win it would "There are s ome people who will do almost anything, be because you tried to." and Lieutenant Kirch e r is one of them," Jim answered. "Well, I tell you what you can do, Et. You r ide out to "It i s all because he got j ealo u s of Wild for beating him to ,that tree over there, and when I call out, go for all you're the settlement and driving away the redskins. That was a worth That's a good three hundred yards start, and I s mall thing to get mad about, but that was what s tarted will have to rid e mighty fast to overtake you by the time the whole thing." you get here But I am going to do it, so you can let your "You are right, Jim," Wild observed "It was a mighty horse go all he is worth, and try to win out." small thing, but that is the cause of it all. It i s going to "All right," she answered "But that is an awfu l hand -be the cause of the lieutenant losing hi shoulder straps icap. I ought to win the race and being disgraced forever But I will try and not have "Well, win it if you can. I want to give Spitfire a li ttle it happen until the day's sports are over. I want to exercise, for I may have s omething fo1 him to do before d efeat that fellow in a race, jus t to show the cavalrymen the day is over." and other soldiers h e re that he is not the champion of the Arietta rode out to the tree, and the n turned and world and that his horse i s not the fastest, eit h er waited for the signa l to go. "Well, yer kin bet that none of us will say anything Wild gave it to h e r, and then as she was read y s he made about it unt il after you do," the scout declared. her horse dart off like a fl.as h. "I'll take the sto len a rticles to the colonel after he gets The sorrel stallion started at the same time, and when u p I can induce him to wait until the holiday is over behis dashing young rider spoke to hi m s harply h e settled fore h e the Cavalry King and has him arrested down to a run that meant business 'fhe young deadshot now mounted his horse and went Wild 's partners and Anna and Eloise were o f course out for a ride around the fort, just as though nothing had watching the race. happ ened But they were not the on ly ones. As h e made a circuit of the fort and came back near his Several of the soldie rs of the fort now appeared on the sta r ting point Arietta called out to him. scene, some of them taking position s on the sta nd. Then he saw that s h e was getting ready to mount. Half way around the improvised track Wild had gained He quickly rode up to her. 1 a full hundr ed yards on the gir l. "I didn t think you felt like taking a ride around, Et," That was pretty good for half a mile. he said "I saw you busy sewing some of your finery." But the sorrel was not nearly at hi s bes t yet, while "Well, I am never too busy to take a ride with you, Arietta 's horse was certainly doing about all he could. Wild," she an wered, with a lau gh Wild no\v had a straight track before him, and he l e t She mounted her horse and then the two rode off. Spitfire out, rapidly overhauling l1is s weetheart "I guess thi s is a mile track," said Wild, as they rode Ten yards from the finish they were neck and neck. along a level stretch that s howed signs of having been Wild held the sor rel right there unt il the very l ast leap u sed quite often. There were stakes here and there to before the lin e was reached. mark it out, and jus t under the guns of the fort there was The n Spitfir e went over it almo s t a l engt h ahead. a sort of stand built, which look ed as though it might have A cheer went up from the bluecoats, for it certainly 11ad been used by judges at some time or other been an exciting race "It looks like a sort of track," Arietta remarked, as s he But neither our hero nor his sweetheart paid any attcnlooked over it. "Let us go on around and see if it is If tion to them it is a track I will race you around once from that sta nd They rode around the track slowly once more, and then over there." went back to the camp "All rig ht. We will see what your horse i s made of." "I guc s Spitfire is fit if the re is any racing to be done The handsome young couple rode on around until they to day," Wild remarked as he dismounted at the camp. came to the stand "I never seen him when he wasn't fit, unless he 'd jest Arietta was bareheaded, and attired in h er fancy riding covered seventy or eighty miles," the scout answered co tume, and h er long blonde hair hanging over her sh oul"Ther horse that thievin' galoot has got is a mighty good ders, he looked beautiful indeed. one, Wild, but there ain't no use in comparin' him with And if s he was beautiful, her young l over was certainly Spitfire. That sorre l ain't got a match in ther whole handsome and da lung. world." A s they came to the etand, which was a rather rou ghly-Jim assi ste d our hero in giving the two horses a good made affair, they came to a halt. rub-down, Spitfire "What is it to be, Wild, a s tand\ng tart?" a sked Ari By thi s time Hop had eaten hi s breakfa s t 1 etta, her blue eyes s parkling with pleasure It was nearly eight o'clock now, for our friends had n ot "Any way that suits you, Et," was the reply. been in a hurry about rising knowing well that there was 1 "A standing s tart, then But I think you should give no necessity of it, and that it was not the c u stom at the

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22 YO C NG I V ILD W EST AND THE CAVALHY l\IKC fort for the t o ,.;h0\r up any c;1rlirr t1rnn t h e y h a d to "Hop,'' s ai d \\'ild 'y01 1 gu ol'c r aml Ji11d o u t what t.im e Colon e l can b e see n t i r e t ha t l ldt 1.hc open l n l nigh t, ;rnd llt' .. i1 ic l ocked.'' ''We ll, t o be br. i d a b out il, h e r e an' :;om c 1 hi11.:,: tl1:1l 11er e t a k e n from 1.he s afo last n ighl-or ;1bout two u dock "Allee l i ght, 1\l i:>l e r Wild a ncl the U c lc s l inl 1 y;1s of1' r i g h t a w ay 1.his m orni n g, rath e r. H e came back and e e p or t ed that t h e c o lon e l was e atin g Wil d laid t h e watc h and j ewelr y o n the befo r e llie h j s breakfast, aml 1.hat he w o u k 1 be r eady in about t w e nty u ston i hecl m a n. m inutes. "Who-who did t hi ?" h e cr ied, e xcitedly It w as just a bout that ti me w h e n t hey s a w him come out. I won't tell you c o l on e l unt il yon .firs t make a promHe was s m ok ing a cigar rmd looking up at the s k y whi c h i s e to m e v:as a litt l e cloucl y j u s t then. A p r om i se?" "He' ? th-inkin' of rai n t hat might s pil e the r h o liday "Yes obs e rved 011eyenne Cha rlie: "Bu t it ain' t g o i n t e r rain "What promi s e do y ou want me to ma. ke ?" Putty soon t h e r sun w ill be out, an' it w ill b e "That y ou will not m a k e k n own w h o the t hi ef i s until hotter than thunde r. I know a}1 a bout t h e r w eather in after the h o li d ay i s o v er. t h i s part o f t h e r cou ntry. "That see m s t o b e a qu ee r sort o_f a p r omise t o make." l g u ess you v e got t hat right, C h a rli e, W il d s aid No i t i s n't. I am inte r e sted i n t h e s po r t s t hat ar e 'J'h e n t urning to t h e clev e r C h in ama n h e a d d e d : goin g to tak e p l a ce h e r e to -clay, ancl I don' t wan t t h e affa i r "Com e with me, Hop; I wan t you s po il ed "All ee light, W ild." "Woul d it s po il t h e fun i:f t h e t h ief was cm1ght a ncl The two wal ked ove r to where t b e c olone l w a s standing locke d up?" "Gooc1 m orning,-W i l d h e said, p l ea sa n t l y "What kind "It sure l y wou l d The thief i s on e wh om I c on s ic1c1' l 'J of. a day do } O u think w e are going to h a ve?" 1 riv a l in hor sem anshi p, a n d i f h o was l o c ked up h e cou l d W e ll Cha r lie s a ys the sun will be out bright pretty not comp e t e w i t h m e Colo n e l Strothers the Cavalry s o on and t hat i t will b e hotter t h a n tlnmde r I g u e s h e s Kin g i s the thie f pretty I\e a r l y righ t on it, t o o The c o l on e l turne d p a l e ancl. g a spct1 for breath, letting W e ll I hop e i t i s a good clay, for I want to see the m e n hi s c iga r fall from h i s hand. e njo y the m s elve s for t h ey are d es e r ving of the h o lida y The n Wi l d qui c k l y told him t h e w h o l e s to r y, aJ'ter w h ich 'rl1 e y have b een doi n g g r ea t w ork in this hort c ampa i g n." h e mad e H o p t ell it in hi s o w n w ay "Col o nel, I s h o u l d lik e t o go in your office with you "'W e ll this beats all!" d eclar e d t h e a s ton i s h ed col on e l. 1r h e colone l l ooke d a bit surp ri se d for there w a s s ome I n e v e r w ould ha v e thought t h a t Kirc l1er w ould be g uilty thing ir1 t h e to n e of t h e boy 's voi ce that t o l d h i m ther e of a n y tl1in g l ik e that. But let's s e c i f h e took a n ythin g was something wr o n g e l se All h e said; "come on. I a m a t yom s e rvi ce. T h e safe was s oon op e n e d and then he fo und t hat t110 H e le d t h e way i n t h e hou se, ancl. w h e n h e saw t h a t Hop m oney wa s g on e was comin g, too, he l ooke d a t our he ro, q uestionin g l y ''He has s t o l e n n e ar l y a t h o u s a n d dollar s he cx claim "'l' hat's a ll iight, colon el; I wan t t h e Chin am a n to c ome e d "The wr e t ch! H e s h all suff e r for t hi in, too "But not until after I h a v e defeate d him i n a rac e col Jus t a s y ou s ay." one l s aid W il d coolly whe n they got ins id e W ild close d t h e door ancl sat clown, "All right. It s h all b e a s you s ay, Wild H o p r e maining s tandin g The n they t a lked: i t ove r for se v e ra 1 minutes a n d t h "Whic h wind o w w a s it t h a t the man c l imbed in Hop ? r esult wa,_s that the colon e l beca m e q uite calm and ag1 cec1 our lwro a s ke d turning to him. t o do j u s t a s our h e ro said.. um wind ee w as t h e quic k repl y, a s it was p ointe d out. T he c olone l look e d amazed. W ha t a r e you drivin g at, Yo ung Wil d W e s t ? h e d e mande d W e ll to ge t r i ght down t o it, colon e l y o u wer e r obbe d l ast n i ght. W hat!" H i s eye s turne d to the s afe ri ght away. "Great Sc ott!" h e acldecl. I r e me mb e r now that I for g o t t o l ock the safe last n ight." H e hast e n e d t o it, and, fin ding -it lo cked l ooke d a r ound in a pu z z l e d way "I don't understand this, h e s a i d s low l y "I am p osi C HAPTER X. I;COP GETS S O)JE W e l l eve r ythin g i s lo ve l y in the camp T gueR" said Wi l d a s h e 1ren t bac k and join c1 h i s friend:-' I feel sony for t h e poor foo ] but h e ha s got t o take his mccJ i cine. :\.n y man w l!o w oul d be g u ilty of w hat h e h as don e l10ulcl n o t g o unpu n i s h e d \ V h y i f Hop h a d n t been a 1 Y:it n es to t h e a c t the r e fire 1 ts of p eop l e who wou l d have al w a y s b elieved that I was a t h i ef.''

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YOUNG WILD WEST \ .KD TrLG \r1\LR KING. 23 T_her is descrvin' of a Cheyenne Charlie I i sorts of magic performance:;,'' Jim Dart told the Ch inaexcla1med. S1ch ieller as he is hadn' t o u g hter be left man. ter live." "Alle e l.ight," W?S the reply; "me be allce samee leady." OharJie had s o muc h in his li f ; that h e IV11en eleven o'clock c<1mc. tlie hundred and fifty men at believed that bullets \"fere the prop e r thing::; lo puni,;h bad the fort were out in dres s parade. criminals with. About nine o'clock Captain Aker, who in charge of the affair, ca m e over to the c amp. 1\Ir West," :;aid he, "J have c1eciclec1 to a s k you to assist me in fl ing up i he programme for to-clay" ports. I 11ea r that you are a good one at such things." ''Well, I don t know as 1 am a goo cl one at fixing up a schedule of sports suitable to the military forces, but I do know som ething about rncing, jumping, s hooting and the lik e. If I can h elp you any I s hall b e glac1 to do s o "You can help me, I know \Yell, if y ou don t mind, ire will go over to my quarters a n c l fix up something. I want to tart it going at eleven o'clock h arp. Our h ero went over 11it h him, and in about half an hour c!t'e had fixed up a progra mme that woulcl la s t well along in the afternoon. lt was a genuin e holiclay, s o all but the few who had to do guarc1 duty wer e allowed to go and come when t hey ple ased. 'rhe r c sccrncc1 to be plcnl y or whi s ky floating about the place, too, and it was n o t long befo r e Hop got it in hi s h ead that he needed 8omc badl y. And when l1e started out to hunt up s ome tanglefoot h e seldom cam back without it. Hop had t peculiar wa y o.f going about things. It s e emed strange that he s hould se lect the Cavalr y King as the man to furnis h him with the liquor, but h e dic1. Probably it was becau se the officGr had drank from hi s bottle oyer at the settlement. Hop wa s not long in :findin g him, after he once se t out to look for him. There was to he a cavalry drill, a foot race, a race on horseba c k, open to <111 com0r rifle and shotgun shooting He ,alutccl in mili.ta.r y t y le and the n sai d blandly: at a targe t and glass jumping matches and se veral "Me lik ee h avec liUee dlink oi'. tangle foot; me allec other minor eventtJ samec goUee lillee pain." During an intcrmi::;Bion Hop \Yah was set down to give Kircher .frown e d but, remembering how he had played. an exhibition in magic, and Arietta 1rn s booked to give an d raw poker \\ith the Celestial, he d ec id e d lo grant h is exhibition of fancy shooting at glass balls with a rifle reque s t. "I guess that is a pretty good prog.rarnme, captain," I "Oo and tell Corporal Spring::; to give you a bottl e of said \Vild, a s he look ed it over when it was compl eted. whi s ky h e said. "You w ill find him over there." "\\ell, there will be something el se to come in, I s upHe pointed out the spot, and as Hop starte d to go he pose," was the reply. 'The Cavalry King has intimated called him back. to me tl1at in case he win s the race with t h e cavalrymen "You are not to tell anyone you got the stuff, h e will challenge you." you know." "That "ill jus t suit me, Captain Aker. Kircher is "Me no tellee; if Young Wild West findec out h e all ee call cl the Cavalry King, wh ile some of my frien ls call me samee bleak um bottle H e no likee tanglefoot." the Prince of the Saqdle. It ought to be a v ery good race. "All right; go ahead. I know I have a very good horse, and from what I have Hop was not long in finding the corporal. Reen of Kircher's, h e has, too. I believe I am as good a He was sitting on a b enc h holding a hand mirror b efore rider a s he, so jt will really d e p end upon the two horse if him ai1d trying to fix 11p hi;; battered countenance. suc h a race comes off. Ilaving lost two or three of his teeth and with a swollen The captain seemed much plea se d at the way our hero no s e and a pair of black eyes, he did not look v ery p leasi ng. spo ke. Hop grinned when he saw him. "Kircher said lw harcll y believed that you would accep t "What do you want?" demande d the corporal, 11is chall e nge," he went on to s a y a moment later. "He "Um Cavaly King say you givee m e bottle of tanglefoot, says you are clown on him for something that occuned s o be," t h e Chinaman answered. over at Forbes, and be thought it possible that you would "What a r e you talking about, y ou rascally h eathen? I re 1 s e to race him on that account." hav en t got any whisky." "Oh, he n ee d not think that. I am very anx i ous to ra.ce "Len. um lieutenant allee samec telle lie. Me go and the Cavalry King. tellee him he lie." "Good! 'rhen I know 11c shall have a great time here Hop turned as though he wa s going to leave, but tl e to,day." c orpora l oftened at on ce Wild went ba ck and i11.formcc1 J1is fri ends about the pro "Come o n in," h e said "Ar e you sure Kirgramme. ch er told you to come here?" "They w e r e all satis fied. "Me ve ll y sure Me ask u m for lillee cllink of tangl e Hop, you must think of a few goocl tricks, for ther e are foot, and h e say me go to um cor pora l and he allc e sam ee p e ople here who ha Ye v isited theatres and witnessed a ll gi vee me who l e bottle) so be."

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24 YOUNG WILD WES T J\N D THE '. \ V A LRY K ING Well, I 'll t a k e the c han ces on d o i ng it, the n But I o u ght to see h im firs t. Y o u wait h e r e a minute. "Allee 1 i ght. I H o p had n ot iced b irn a h e turned t o w ard a clo se t b e for e h e c h a nged h is m ind anc1 h e k new that the ras cally c o rpor a l must have th e ta n g l cfoo t in t hat clo e t. So t h e man w as no o o n c r gon e than h e approached it and ope n e d the door The r e it w a sure e nou g h T h e r e w e r e bottle s the re by the dozen and d e m i j ohns, too I-lop car efull y sel ected two o f t h e bottles and put the m unde r hi loosefitting coa t. H e had poc k e t s the r e that were made for q uai'L bottles Wh e n t h e corporal c am e back about two minutes late r h e fou nd the Chinam a n p e n sive l y g a zing at a picture that w a s han ging t o the wal l. "It's a ll r i ght, l ieathc n," h e sai d, forci n g a smi l e You can hav e a bottle But d on' t you say where you 1 got i t, tho u g h. W e h a d t o m u gg l e this stuff here." "Me no foo lee; m e n o t e ll, I-lop assured hi m Then h e was give n a bottle, a nd, thanking the c o rp o r a l h e w ent on out with three of t h em Hop lm e w it w ould h a r d l y be safe to take t h e w h is k y to t he c amp s ince Wild w o ul d n o t allow it if h e knew about it. I-le d e cid e d to go somewh e r e and have a goo d t im e I-le wor ked hi s way a r o un d to a patc h of w oods that w a s right a l on gs id e the trail t h a t l ed to Forbes Finding a g o o d place t o t ake it easy a n d e njoy som e of the tangl efoot, h e was just about to s ettle down and o p en on e of t h e bott les whe n h e saw a h orse man approaching I-lop had g o o d eyes i ght a n d a ver y good memo r y as well. I-le no s oon er saw the h o r sema n tha n h e recog ni zed him. It was Nate P e p pe r the ma n wh o wa s o fond of l aughin g, and who wa s c all e d the fool of t h e ettle m ent. The Chin a m a n gave a n oel o f satisfactio n. It w a s m o r e p l e a sant t o drink in comp a n y than it was t o b e a l on e The t r amp of the settle m ent w as m ounted on a raw bone d ca.y u e that ui tecl hi s ap p ea r a nce perfect l y H e cam e a.lo n g at an e a sy lop e, and wh e n o pposite to w h e r e th e Chin aman was waitin g h e was h a l te d by him. ""What's ther matter?" h e a k eel, a s h e rod e up and looke d at Ho p, c urio u s l y. A bottl e w a h eld up t o hi s view. "I-Ia, ha h a I-le, h e, h e I" gigg l e d the man, di s m ount in g I reck o n rm ri ght h ere, M is t e r Ch i n ce S ay, a in't y o u Y o un g Wil d West s Chin ee ?" H o p n ocldecl I tho u ght s o W e ll I'm mi ghty g l a d I m e t yer I t h o u g h t I'd t ak e a ricle t o the r f or t a n sec wh a t wa s goin' on. Got s o r t e r ti r e d of t h e r settle m ent, ye r kn ow. 'l' hey d o n t treat m e n o n e to o gooc1 the r 6 H e, h e, h e !" "l\Ie a l l ee sam ee tle a t }OU vell y aoodee," s ai d t h e cle v e r C e lesti a l. "You h a v ee lillee dlink?" "Will I ? H n, ha lrn Why, I fee l j est lik e s w immill' in jt Jest g i y c m e a whac k at it once." Y o u h avce all ec wantee The n h e gcn e r o m i l y ga v c him on e of the bottles I-lo p always had a cor lrncr ew, s o the cork was oon r e mov ed Then t hey both sa t clo wn and proceed e d to drink and talk. But Hop k n ew t h a t h e hac1 b ee n put d o wn to giv e a pe rfor m a nce t hat a fternoo n, so h e d i d not dr ink a s heavily as t h e imp l e fello w d id. They had bee n t h ere n early half an h our wh e n C h ey enne Charlie came o u t nn d found t h e m The scou t h ad see n P eppe r r iding towar d the fort, and when h e topped i n the woods and r emai n ed t h ere so l o n g he dec i ded to come over and find o u t the cau e I-le saw the tramp s itting o n the g r ound w it h t h e b ottle at his side, a nc1 t h e n h e k n e w wh a t w as u p ri g h t a w ay Ilop h ad got t h e bottle he h a d been dri nkin g fro m out of i ght, anc1 w he n h e sa w the scout h e s hook h is h e ad ad l y a n d s aid : "Foolis h ma n fl.om u m Forbes gittee allee s am ee ve ll y m u chec d h mk, Misle r C h arlie "I sho ul d r eckon so," was the r e pl y I s' pose you ain' t m u c h better." M e allee light!" a n d to p rove i t to him, h e got up an d da n ced abou t P ep p e r w ho w as r egarding the scout with a curiou s express i o n o n hi s face I recko n I 've met you afore I-le, he, h e h e g i gg l ed. Y es, t hat are ri g ht," was the ret o r t H ave ye r wnsh ed your elf si n ce? "Nope! That bath in t h e r river w as e n o u g h t e r l a t m e fm a month. Ha, ha, h a But was n't i t funny, t h o u gh!" "Ah h c t u p crie d t h e scout in d i sgust H o p you gi t o n back t o t he r camp, or I'll m ake b ulle t s fl.i t around ye r s hln s Yo u ain: t gain' t e r git drunk an' s poil all the r fun t h is aft ernoon M e n o gittce cllunk I g n or in g t h e s im p l e fello w entire ly, the C e l est ial ha -ten ed for t h e camp But h e w as n o w p retty w ell satisec1, so it wa all r ight. A few minu t es a f t e r they got to the cam p P e pp e r cawe ridin g up. I-le was w e ll known a t the fort, for t h e soldi e r s grinn e d wh en they sa w him. Some of t h em found O llt t h a t h e h a d a b ottle with him, but by the time they got h o lc1 of it t lier e w as v e r y little in i t The result w as tha t P e p pe r w ent t o l ee p b ehind t h e s t o r e I-lop m a n age d to bide h is t a n g l efoo t anc1 o good l w atc h di d the scout k ee p on him tha t h e c o u l d n o t ge t any more o f it. Prompt l y at e l e v e n o' clock the bu g l e sounde d a.nd the cavalry m e n as e mbl ec1 upon the ope n field nea r the fort for a c h-il 1. A s mi g h t b e s u ppo cc1, :Kirch e r took a v e r y p r ominent part in it. I-le certainly was an exp e r t i n i t a n d but for t h e fact

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YOUNG W ILD WEST AND THE CAVALRY K ING. 2 5 that h e h ad probably b ee n born a villain h e might h ave had a great fu ture before him from a military standpoint. But the Cavalry King was now as high as h e eve r would b e H e had gon e his full limit. The s tand. Wild and Arietta h a d made the starting p oi n t of t h eir r ace tha t morning from was used a s a judges' stand. Wild and hi s friends w ere invited t h ere by the colonel, who was t h e r e with h is s taff but they aw that it was pretty well iillcd up, and so stayed on the ground The drill la sted about fift ee n minu tes and t11e chicls amon g the Apac h e prisoners wer e permitted to sec it, probably for the pmpose of making aJl imprc sio n u pon the m that would make them h esitale before they broke away from t he r eservation again The next thing on the programme was a sword contest on h orseback, and wh e n Captain Aker announced it, and gave it out that the Cavalry King was ready to pit him elf a ga in s t any soldier, wheth er an officer o r private, there was no one to accept the cha ll enge. was a g r ea t victory for Kircher in itself, for i t showed that h e was r egarded a s a sort of "world b eater" in tha t partic ular line. Youn g Wild West s mil e d as h e thought how easi l y h e hacl di sarmed the man the. day b e fore .A.RIET T.A DOES SO:ME GR&.A'l' SHOOTING. Captain Aker next announced that Miss Arietta Murdoc k would g ive an exhibition o.f rifle shoaling at glass hall s They had tw o traps at the fort, but t h ey had n ever been u se d for rifle sh ooti n g Some of the officer s were pretty good w ith shotguns and they often shot at gla s ball s to k eep i n practice. They all wanted to sec the gir l who could hit g l ass ball s with a rifle of c our se Arietta had not sho t at any gl ass ball s from a trap in several months, but s h e of ten s hot a.t s tones that w e r e thrown up for h er by Wild and that was jus t as difficult. Whe n sh e stepped out, her Winch este r iff h e r h and, s h e :::'ceived a rou sing c heer from t h e crowd. "Hange d if the igrl isn't worth looking at, whether sh e can s hoot or not," Kirc h e r r emarked to Captain Ake r who was standing n ea r 11im. "She certainl y i s a v e r y c harmin g yo1'm g girl, was the r ep ly "I can't see what sh e h as s u c h a liking for that young u ps t art for," and the Cavalry King shot a glance of hate at Young Wild West. The captain noticed it, but said nothi.ng He alread y kne w that t h e two were enemies, ai1c1 that acco unted for the way the li eutenant spo k e .. -------Just then Kirche r happ e n ed to look at Colone l Stroth e r s who was standing at the front of the plaU:orm The col one l p ull ed out his watch at that m o m ent. The v ill ai n ous li e utenant turned s lightly pale, for, a s n ear a s he could sec, it 1vas the identica l watch h e h ad stolen fr@m the safe the night b efo re. H e had b een w onder ing all t h e morning why it w as that the t heft had not been di scove r ed, but t ook it for grante d that the col o n e l had had nothing t o ope n the safe for. He quick l y recovered h i mself and tri e d to m ake himself b elieve that it was not t h e same wat c h The watc h 11e had s tolen mus t be in the sadc1lc-bag s 0 Young Wi l d West. Jim Dart managed the traps for Arietta, and when s he was read y he sent u p two gla:; which 1 vcrc fill e d wit h feathers, so wh e n they broke the feathe r s would scatte r about in the air rrhcy cam e down w i thout the girl s hooting at them, for she r egarded them a s being i.oo close. Then she si.cppcd back a few yards an d gave the s i g n a l for him to let two more go. Up they went at a di stance of about t e n y ar ds apart. Crack! Crack Arietta fired as coolly a:; a vete r a n at the ga m e and bot h balls went to pi eces. A hout went u p, but Rhc pa icl no attcn tion to it. "Keep them going just as fa s t 2.s you can, Jim," s h e called o u t Dart knew just 110w to d o it, and h e sent them up, one after the other A n d a s fast as they arose in the air t h e g irl broke them. Ou t of six teen sh ots sh c mis s e d one gl ass ball. "That is what I call pretty good, Et," whi s p e r e d Wild, as he walked over to escor t h e r from the field "Hold on, Wild," she answered; "I am not t hrou g h yet If I h a d not mi sse d the eleventh shot 1 woul d feel satis:fiecl. Now I h ave got to break two in one shot to mak e u p for it." He steppe d back allowed h e r to hav e h er own way She called Jim and to l d him what s he wanted him to d o "I'll try, Arietta," 11c s aid. "But I g u ess it will b e a pretty h ard th:r.::; to do." "Well, if they arc not in a line I'll run around and ge t them in a l ine." "All right." Dart adjus ted the traps in the way h e thou ght w o u l d best suit the purpo se, and wh e n he was r eady he n od ded to h e r. "Let theii1 go!" the girl calle d ou t Up w e n t two gl ass ball s straight in the air, and one right after the othe r As the first on e reached its height, a11c1 started to fall, and the other was directly in range of it, o n i t s way up Arietta took a quick aim and pulled the t r igge r Crack Both bails fl.cw to pieces.

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26 YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE CAVALRY KING. I '11hen such a shout went up that it echoed over the pl ai n s for a mile or more. lt was the best shot any of the soldie r s had ever see n and some of them had witnessed the hooting of the crack s oi the country. Of course it was due to the judgmen t of Jim Dart almost as much as to Arietta's good aim By good luck, and plenty oi good judgment, he had sent the baHs up so they would not be very :far apa .rt at any time. The foot races were spirited and the cavalrymen s howed i.hat they were good at running, as well as the foot sold iers When it came one o'clock an hour s recess occurred, dur ing which they had dinner. \'i'ild and his friends ate at the colonel's quarters The colonel wns much pleased with the way things were going on, but the contemptible action of the Caval r y King 1rnuld come into his mind every now and then But he had kept his word, and not even a member of his .l'amily knew 0 the occurrence. \t Lim o"clock the ports were reHUll1 d. The race open to onlr caYalrymcn was announced and there were four to enter it. \Vild was selected to be s ole j rnlge of the contest. '!' h e four cava lrym en rod e up ancl announced themse l ves in r ea diness. lt was to be a mile race, arourn1 the irnpro-vi sed track once. "You can act as starter, too, Mr. W c;:r," Baid Captain \kc!r. "Y.ou might as well do it." "All right. H you say so, I will." "I do say so. Go ahead." Our hero motioned the conleRb111b i.o g.et back from the line "When you .hear the crack of rn.r Terol ver you're off," he called on t. "Now come on T h ey galloped up in great aner di.d not laugh this time. Ins tead: h e uttered a hriek and ran from the spot like the wind The n Hop picked up the snake ;which bad fallen to the gro und and began playing with it. It was only a rubber one, but it looked so real that few knew the difference. Finally when the clever Chinaman s wallowed it-or see med to do so-some in the crowd voted him to be some thing s uperhuman. 'rhat wound up his part 0 the performance. and we may as well state right here that Nate Pepper reformed after t hat and it was s ldom that he utterec1 his fooli:;;h laugh. He declared that the snake hacl j.ump ed from the bott:e. ancl no one could make him believe any different. When i.he time came Wild mounted hi-s sorrel talli.on and roclc aro.und the other Ricle of the taTting line. Ile was bareheaded anrl his 1umr waR minus a addle. 'Phis wa bcc-ause he aw that Kircher's horsewa the "T woulcl like to say that I will race anyone two miles way. for the championship of Fort Apache, whether he i s a It was going to be real riding this time, and everybody carnlryman or not," he said. seemed to realize it. "Twill accept the c hallenge," promptly retorted Young "I have heard say that a white man can't equal a redskin \ Yild We st. "I know h means 11e." at riding ba.reback," said Captain Aker to Jim Dart. "But

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YOL1l\U WILD C t \ \TA\ LRY KlNU. 27 --------------------------. ---------------J kno1r bdlcr. Tlw Cavahy King can ride that way wit h j H 1ras neck anrl neck fh thc'y llw jndgps' 8 hrnd any recl::;kin I mer :-:nw."' the first time around. "'Arni so C.JS own, anc w en ie saw 1e i s ance gra ua y w1c emng 'l'hey were back a hundred yards from the starfing line, between them a scowl showed on his face. side by side Like a meteor Young Wild West rode around, and when Ab olute confide nce was depicted on the face of You n g h e clashed over the line he wa s a win ner by n early fifty \\ilcl West, but Kircher looked worried yards Wild had not said a word to him, and he did not intend to until the race was over "Come on!" shouted Col onel Strothers. The two spirited horses darted forward a s if they were hitched to a wagon A they reached the line the col one l fir ed a shot a n d the great race between the riva l riders was on CHAPTER XII. CONCLUSION. Young Wild West was holding hard on the sorre l as the race began Spitfire seemed to know what was r equired of him, for he had been in many races before. If the animal had hi own way about it h e would take the lead at the tart. But his master did not want him to do that, not t h a t he --'he;i1ght there would be any danger of losing the rac e, but he liked to make an exciting finish. A two-mi l e spurt wa s nothing for t h e sorrel. \wa y they went s id e b y si de for a hundred yards. Then the Cavalry King's horse got h alf a length ahead. Wild was riding stea.clily, and with the c h eers from the crowd ringing in his ears, h e fair l y flew over tl1e course Ralf way around Kircher was two l e ngth s ahead of him. He was riding quite easi l y, too, and the lo ok on his face as he turned to sec where hi s riva l was s how ed that he was gaining confidence. As they neared the starting point Spitfir e put on more speed, in spite of W:ild's efforts to hold him back a littl e The Cavalry King did not ride before t h e judges' star.(l, but turned off to the left and made for the stable s W i l d a llowed his noble horse to go on around tho track at an easy canter, a n d 'Vhen he came to a halt in front of the pl atforJ.? t h e cheering was r enewe d. A few of the officer s f1ad made bets ..on the r ace, and it was ea y to tell w h o h ad won the money. Young Wild West was quite used to ovatio n s, so he did n o t mind the s h o u ting in the l east In a little. while the excitement had s ubsid ed and the r est of t h e sports went on :Mean w hil e Lieutenant Kircher was not there. The villain had sought out Corporal Springs and he Yf<1" plying h imscH with whi sky to drown the humiliation ca u se d b y his defeat. "Never mind," he sai d to t h e co-rporal, after he ha(l s wallow e d two s tiff horns of brandy. ":Maybe it will turn ou t th,it Young Wild West is not the wonderful boy they think h e i s I wouldn't be surprised if h e was branded a thief b e fore the day i s over." I s that s o l ie utenant?" the corpora l asked. Of course I ha vc got no reason for s aying that, but it runs in m y head that he's no good," the villainou s lieu tenant went on to say. "I have seen fellows who bohbc(l up and carried everything before them for a while But they a lw ays come down a few pegs, and mighty sudden, sometimes He did not see m to know that he was just on e of the very kind he was talking about. It was but a short time after the holid ay was brought

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28 YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE CAVALRY KING. to a close when a messenger from the colon e l came in and game and lost. Do with me as you like, Colonel Strothhanded the Cavalry King a note ers." 'I'he villain read it in s urprise. "I s hall certainly put you to the limit,'' was the cold It was only a line but Lade him report at once to the retort. "You deserve to be s hot, for no one but the worst colone l' s of6ce. sort of a coundre l would do what you dicl. l'll trouble Somehow Kircher got very uneasy as he s pruced up to you to hand over the money you took from the safe, Kir-be in s hap e for the visit cher J Finally h e was ready, and, putting on hi s military bear The young man had it on his person, and wit h tremb lin g ing, he s alli e d forth and walked ove r to the headquarter s hand s he produced it and handed it over. In reply to hi s knock a voice calleC! out for him to '"l'here it is, every dollar," h e s aid "Now order me to come in. be taken out and shot. That will suit me better than any Thcn he entered and found the colon el seate.d at his thing else." clesk s moking a cigaT. "Colonel," s poke up Wild, l ooking him squarely in the He was alone in the room, as far as he coul d see face, "I am going to a sk a s pecial favor of you." 'J'he li eutenant s aluted, but the colonel clid not retmn it. "What i s it, Wild?" Thi s s truck the man as bein g rather st range. "Let thi s man go, will you? I firmly believe that Picking up a pair of cissors, Colonel Strothers got up thougb he i s a villain at h eart, it was my fault that h e a nd proceeded to cut off the villain's s hould e rstraps s tole from your safe. H e regarded me as hi s rival, he "You are no longer a li eutenant in the Unitecl States hated me s o much that he wanted to injure roe. He sto l e Army, Kircher," he said, coolly. "I have the P owcr to and kept your mon ey, but put the watch and jewelry in--1 reduce you to the rank s and I now do so." my posses ion, so I woulcl be blamed for it all I ll forgive "'\Vha-w hat i s the matter, colonel?" he cried, feigning him, s o if you will l e t him l eave the fort in disgrace you astoni s hment more than he really felt, for somet hing told will confer a favor on me." him that hi s crime h ad been discovered. The colone l thought a moment. "Lo.ok at the safe there; perhap s that will tell you what "Very w e ll," he said. "But I will ha .ve to r eport to my i s the matter. You are a thief, Kircher, and for suc h you s uperiors why I did it. That must be done, in order to will be duly tried!" make myself stra i ght with the War Department." "I am no thief!" r etorted the disgr aced young man, "Well that's all right. Let the Cavahy King go! I putting on a bold front "I mu s t ask you to prove that lmow he i s no good, but I don't want to have him puni s hed If the re i s a thief around h e r e anywhere, it any further on my account I'll tell him right here, is. Young vVild Wes t. I saw him enter the window of this thou g h, if he ever crosse my pa.th and tries to clo a dirty office early this morning, but I made up my mind not to act, I am going to s how him how quick I can drop him!" say anything until the crime was cfaicovered." The colonel looked at the disgraced man a.ncl then lie, you hound!" pointed to the door. From bel 1incl a screen Young Wild Wes t jmnpecl, hi s "Go!" he exclaimed eyes blazin g dangerou s l y Kir c her went, probably one of the worst humiliated The villa i n sieppecl back and r eac hed for his hip pocket. young men in the world at that moment. "Don' t touch a s hoot er!" cried our h e ro. "If you do That was the la s t our friend s ever saw of the Cavalry they will never courtmartial you, for I will s hoot you dead Kin g in your trncks, you low hound!" The ne x t clay they left Fort Apache, taking the trail to Kirc h e r folded hi s arms ancl tried tactics. the southwe s t "This i s a con piracy to ruin me," he saill, with a re markabl e coolness, con, iderin g the circumstances "The colone l accuses me of robbing him, and I accuse you, J.'oung Wilcl W est I saw you crawl through that window :.ibol1t brn o'clo c k this mornin g Now can you bring any one wl10 will say tliat tl1ey ,saw me commit the theft?" "Corne here Hop," he said, and out from behind the screen s tepped the Chinaman "T s this tl1e man who robbed the colonel's safe and then came to om camp ancl put the watch in my sa ddle-bags r:nc1 t h e ri11gs and brooch in t h e pocket of my coat?" "Lat um 1cl l y R amc e man so be!" declared Hop, pointii1g at h i m, drflmatically. Thi s was too rn11c h for Kirc her. H e st a.!!geTe<1 back an cl ::i lmost fell in chai r. "It i s all up!" he exclaimed with a sob. "I played the What would turn up next they did not know, but it i s safe to say that they were ready for it. THE END. R ead "YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE SIOUX SCJ\T,PlWS; OR, HOW ARIETTA SAVED HER LIFE," \rhi c h will be the next number (2G) of "Wild West Weekly SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this 11eekly r,rc always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any newsdea l e r, send the price in money or postage stamps by inail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISTfER, 24 UNION SQUARE NEW YORK, ancl you will r eceive the copies you order by r eturn mai l.

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WILD WEST WEEKLY A magazine Containing Storries, Sketebes, ete., of Westerrn Itif e. :S--Y-A.1'1" C>L.:O SCC>'UT. PAGES HANDSOME COLORED COVERS PRICE 5 CENTS All of these exciting stories are founded on facts. Young Wild West is a hero with whom the author was a cquainted. His daring deeds and thrilling adventures have never been surpassed. They form the base of the most dashing stories ever published. Read the following numbers of this most interesting magazine and be convinced: LATEST ISSUES: 21!) Young Wild West and the Apache Princess; or, Arietta's Foe. 190 Young Wild l:'unchers. West's Branding Bee; or, Arietta and the Cow 220 Young Wild West's Bucking Bronchos; or, The Picnic at Panth.-r Pass. 191 Young Wild \\'est and His Partners' Pile, and How Arietta Saved it. 192 Young Wild West at Diamond Dip; or, Arietta's Secret Foe. 193 Young Wild West's Buckhorn Bowie, and How It i:iaved His l:'artners. 194 Young Wild West in the Haunted Hills; or, Arietta and tbe Arrow. 221 Young Wild West's Cowboy Charm ; or, Arietta and the Border Bandits. 222 Young 'l\'ild West's Lucky Lode; or, Making a Thousand Doi Jars a Minute. 223 Young 'llild \\'est and the California Coiners: or, Arietta nt Ray, 224 Young Wild West Raking in Riches; or. Arietta's Great Pan-Out. 225 Young Wild \Yest Marke d for Death; or, A Tough Time al Tomostone. 195 Young Wild West's Cowboy Dance; or, Arietta's Annoying Ad mirer. 196 Young Wild West' s Double Shot; or, Cheyenne Charlie' s Life Line. 226 Young \l'ild West Trniling a Traitor; or, 1 227 West' s Clever Co\\'bors; or, The H ugh Hi ers of the 1 197 Young Wild West at Gold Gorge; or, Arietta and the Drop or Death. 198 Young Wild \\'est and the Gulf Gang; or. Arietta's Three i:ibots. 199 Young Wild West's 'l'reasure Trove; or, The \\'ondcrful Luck of the Girls. 228 Young Wild \Yest and Geronimo; or, Arietta and tbe Apach1 Attack. ) l 229 230 231 Young \l'ild West Standing Pat; or, Cheyenne Charlie's Call. Young '\Yild West Hemmed In: or. Ariettt1's LHst i:ihot. 200 Young Wild West's Leap in tile Dark; or, Arietta and the nderYoung Wild West on a Twisted Trail; or, Arietta's Running ground Stream. 201 You11g \\'ilcl \\'tst and Mystic Ten. 232 the Silver Queen; or, The Fate of tne Fight. Y oung Wild West and the Gila Girl ; or. Arietta nnil the O t: Queen. 202 Young Wild West Striking it Ric h ; or, Arietta ancl the Cave or Gold. 203 Young Wild West's Relay Race; or, The Fight at Fort Feather. 204 Young Wild West and tbe "Crooked Cowboys"; or, Arietta and the Cattle Stampede. 205 Youn.<: Wild West at Sizzling Fork: or, A !Iot Time \\'ith the Claim Jumpers. 206 Young Wild West and "Big Buffalo": or, Arietta at the Stakt. 207 Young Wild \Yest Raiding the Raiders: or, The Yengeance of the Vigilants. 208 Young Wild West's Royal Flush: or. Arietta and the Gamblers. 209 Young Wild West and the Prairie Pirates: or, The Fight for the Box of Gold. 210 Young \\'ild West Daring Death; or, How the Sorrel Saved Ari etta. 211 Young Wild \\'est Corraling the Comanches: or, Arietta and the Silver Tomahawk. 212 Young Wild West at Spangle Springs; or, The Toughest Town in Texas. 213 Young Wild West and thfl Renegade Ranchman: or, Arietta in a Trap. 214 Young Wild West' s Gold Dust Drift: or. Losing a Cool Million. 233 Young Wild West's Raid in the Ro c kies; or, Grilling the Gnlrb Gang. 234 Young Wild \\'est and the Colorado Cowpunchers; o r, Arietta anil the Dead Line. 235 Yom1g Wild West and "Slippery Simon"; or. Trailing an Outlaw King. 236 Young Wild West Saving the Soldiers: or, Arietta's Great Ride. 237 Young Wild West' s Cowboy Camp; or, Tbe Trail tbat Led to a Trap. 238 Young Wild West' s Straight Shot; or, Arietta and the Train Wreck ers. 239 Young Wild West after t h e Arnpahoes; or, The Outbreak on the Reservation. 240 Young \\'ild West Beating the Boomers: or, How Arietta Exposed a Fraud. 241 Yonng \\'il\'est and the Cavalry King; or, The Race with a UhaJ Rider Charm. 216 Young Wild Cards. West and the Ace of Clubs; or, A Human rack of 24 6 Young Wild \Yest an

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