Young Wild West as a prairie pilot, or, Arietta and the Broncho Queen

Young Wild West as a prairie pilot, or, Arietta and the Broncho Queen

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Young Wild West as a prairie pilot, or, Arietta and the Broncho Queen
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No. 262. NEW YORK, OCTOBER 25; 1907. Price 5 Cent& ...:-"We have got him, Wild!" cried Arietta, as Young Wiid West came galloping up, waving his hat. "I knew you two girls could do it,'' he answered. "You have roped the traitor nicely. Th e Broncho Queen seemed plea!'IP

WILD WEST WEEKLY A M a gazine Containing Stories, Sketches Etc., of Western Lile Issued Weekly-By subscription $2.50 per yea.. 1Jlnte1ed according to Act of Oongress, in the yea1 1907, iii the office of the Librarian of Oongress, Washington, D 0., by Frank. T ouse11, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. No. 262. NEW YORK, OCTOBER 25, 1907. Price 5 Cents v YOUNG WILD WEST AS A PRAIRIE PlOT OB, Arietta and the Broncho Q ueen BY A N OLD SCOUr l1. CHAPTER I. THE TREACHEROUS GUIDE "I reckon there must be a big time over there," Young Wild West, the da shi ng young deadshot remarked, lls he nodded in the direction of a ranch a couple of miles away, where there seeme d to be a crowd gathered. "I reckon so," Cheyenne Charlie, the ex-Government scout answered. "That must be a regular horse ranch, Wild. Jest see ther bronchos they got there! A sort of bronc ho picnic, I reckon." Tne rest of the party, which included Jim Dart, a boy about the same age as our hero; Arietta Murdock, the cparming golden-haired sweetheart of Young Wild West; Eloise Gardner, Dart 's sweetheart; Anna, the wife of the scout, and two Chinese servants, nodded to what Charlie said and watched the scene before them with no little in terest. His two partners, Cheyenne Charlie and Jim Dart., a l ways accompanied him on his trips into the wilds of the West, and generally the gir l s were included i n the party They a lways spoke of the thre e as "girls," t h oug h Ann a was a young woman somewhat past twenty, and married. Of the three, Arietta was the only one who had been born and rea red in thetWe s t, and she was without a pee r at shooting with a revolver or rifle and riding a horse Anna and Eloise had learned to be quite proficient in these accomplishments, too, for they were just the ones to tea c h them The s i x were attired in fancy riding and hunting suits and as they came to a halt and wat c hed the scene they had come upon while,,, emerging from a timber strip, they made 1 a very pretty picture, indeed. Young Wild Wes t, on hi s splendid sorre l stallion, Spit fire, his long chestnut hair hanging over his shoulders, sat in the saddle with an ease and grace that was unsu r passed. Young Wild Wes t was riding across the northeastern N ear him was Arietta, mount e d on a cream-colore d part of New Mexico with hi s companions simpJp. for the purpose of hunting up adventure and excitement broncho that was certainly a fine specim e n of hor9ftesh At the time of which we write that part of the country The others were mounted upon the bes t horses that was not settled to any degree, and danger :from lawless money could buy, even to the two Chinamen. whites and bad Indians lurked along the trails that r an The latte r two, by the way, looked so much a l ike that it over the mountains and across the rolling prairies was hard t,o distinguish which was which Though but a mere boy, as far as years went, Young But as they were brothers, there was nothing very West was the recognized champion dead s hot of the strange in this. West, ancl known by many as the "Prince of the Saddle," Wing Wah was the cook and Hop Wah was the man of-because of his wonderful riding and taming. of the wild all-work and entertainer for the party. horses of the plains. We say entertainer, for he was one of the cleverest of Re was without a doubt the peer of all the scouts and his race though he appeared to be about as dumb and in deadshots of the Wes t, and he had made a name for himnocent as a "heathen Chinec" could possibly look. Osewlfn.that many an older p e rson would have been proud to I But more about him later on. The scene that Young Wild West and his friends w ere \


YOUNG WILD WEST AS A PRAIRIE P I LOT. gaz ing upon was c er.J;ainl y bound to attract the attention of any one passing that way. Near a ranch house of the very old fa s hioned type were gathered something like twenty men and fully a dozen women and children. 1 A sma ll herd of bronchos were running around on the open prairie, and now and then a cowboy could be seen ridin g afte r them to prevent them from getting too far away from the house While our friends were watching the scene wit h n p l ittle mte re s t they saw a female ride into view. S he was swinging a lariat as though to rope one of the broncl ios, and one g!ance at her told them that she was an expert "I r eckon we'll ride over and find out just what is going on," observed Young Wild West. "Come on!" Then away dashed the six, l eaving the two Celestials in the rear, as they could not keep up, owing to the fact that they were leading a couple of loaded pack horses. The sorre l stallion our h e ro rode could run like tlie wind, and his endurance was really wonderful. He easily outstripped the ,others, but the young dead shot h eld him in, so his charming sweet heart might ride complexion that was rather swar thy, s u gges tin g the Mexi can type. They learned that he was Tony Pedro, and t hat he had been hired to guide the party that was having s uch a good time across the prairie and mountain s into Southern Utah. Pete Darling had sol d his ranch, and three 0 his neigh bors had done likewise, and now they were having a sort or farewell jubilee at Darling's old home They were to start in the m orning on the l ong, tedious journey over the plains, in the hope of :finding a sort of Mecca in what was purpo rted to be the rich lands of Utah. "Go ahead with your farew e ll jubilee," Wil d said, after they had got pretty well acquainted wit h all hand s "I notice that you have got a girl here who i s something fine at roping horses I believe you introduced her as Belle, your daughter?" "She's the Broncho Queen,'' spoke up a handsome young fellow of twenty-one, or thereabouts, nodding with pride at the girl, who stood modestly near her broncho. Wild happened to catc h the eye of the guide just then, and he could not h e lp noticing that there was a peculiar look on his face. a l ong at his side. "That fellow is no good, and he likes that girl!" was In a very few minutes they rode up to the house, and his inward comment. were just in time to see the female rider they had noticed "Go ahead an' show 'em what you kin do, Be ll e," sa id from a di sta nce rope a second broncho, throw it and get a the girl's father. "Don't think 'cause Young Wild West h alter on its head, is ther Prince of ther Saddle that you can't do as much She was only a g ir l and a very pretty one, too. as any gal kin. He's a boy, an' boys is s'posed ter be bet"I reckon she und erstands h er business, all ri ght," com-ter at broncho-bustin' than gals, yer know ; mented the young dead s hot, nodding his approval at the "I have heard of Young Wild West," Be ll e retorted, feat that so few girls w e r e able to perform sm iling sweet l y at the young dead s hot. "Of course, I "Why Wild, you are not falling in love with the girl, don't think I could do as well as h e can But," and s he just because she has done somethi n g that I ca n do very cast a look at the girls that was half defiant, "I reckon easily, are you?" queri e d hi s sweetheart, s howing just the I can hold my own with anything that w ea rs petticoat s l east bit of pique. "Youhave already shown us that much," Arietta an "N onsense, Et!" was the lau g hing retort. "As if I s wered, taking it that the glance was meant for her, par could fa ll in love with any one, when I have you! Don't ticularly tal k that way-I don't like it." Tos s ing her head and brushing back her long, brown The girl laughed, a silvery ring in h er voice. hair, Belle Darling mounted her pony and rode out upon "Oh! I was only fooling," she declared. the prairie. As they had been seen approaching, they were quickly Half a mile away was a broncho that was having a good surroundeci by the people, who seemed to be having such a time at kicking and bucking, all by himself. good time on the prairie. The steed was re ally a vicious stallion, and o ne that Suddenly, an old man, with grizzled hair and beard, had to be handled with care took off his, hat, and, waving it over his head, shouted: The g irl gave a sharp cry to her pony, and then away "Hopray I'll b e ever l astin'ly chawed by a bear if it s he dashed for the sportive broncho ain't Young Wild West an' his pards Give 'em a cheer-The animal did not start to run until she was within a everybody!" few yards of him. Our h e ro re a dily recognized the old man as Pete DarTlien a liv ely chase ensued, the gir l swinging her lariat ling, a ranc hman he had once met in Santa Fe. wi;th the precision of a veternn. He had prevented him from b eing fleeced 1t' a couple Gradually s he let the rope out, and as she bore down of card s harps, and the man had nev e r forgot him for it. upon the fleei ng horse nearly the 1whole of it w4s making 'l'he cheers were gi.ven with a will, and for the time circles in the air. b eing all interest in the spor t was forgotten. "She's got ther fancy trick down all right/ It did not take our friend s long to get acquainted with Cheyenne Charlie, nodding his head approvingl y the people gathered at the ranch, for they were nearly all "I r eckon I'll go out an' see that no harm comes to thorou gh Westerners, and very democratic in their ways. ther gal," said Tony Pedro, the guide, ju s t then One after another was introduced, and at l e ngth came He was mounted on a big black hor se that looked to a rather hand some young man, with very dark hai r and a be very powerful and swift.


YOUNG WILD WES'l' AS A PRAIRIE PILOT. 3 Tl;at ga loot needs watching, boys," whispered our hero fire had never yet quite met his match, and that made io his partners. "I don't like him." the boy coufident of overhauling him. "The same here," answered Jim Dart. Wild had his rifle to depend upon as a la st r esort, but "Oh, I put him down as bein' no good ther minute I sot he did not want to shoot at the villain unles he had to. eyes on him," the scout d e clared. "I won't run the chance of hitting the girl/' he mut "What's that yer said?" asked Pete Darling, the ranch-. tered, _as _he dashed on. "If I ,can't do any better I man, who was near enough to catch part of what had been J get w1thm a hundred yards I ll try a shot. But it will said "Yer don't lik e ther looks of ther man we've hired have to be at the scoundrel's liead, and that m eans death ter pilot us across ther prairie?" him. I should shoot at his body the. bulle_t "No, to tell the truth, we don't," answered Wild, bluntkill the too. No! I guess I 11 take hnn ahve with ly "Do you know the fellow very well?" my "Never _een him till th er day afore yisterday. He was Havmg come to tlns conclusion, he settled down for a sent here by a friend of mine, who recommends him as long chase. bein' well acquainted with ther country we've got ter go He knew it was gomg to be a lon g chase, for he had not over." gained a yard so far, and he knew it. "Well, he might be all right; but I can't help thinking that he is not. Hello I What i s that galoot up to now?" The Broncho Queen had succeeded in l assoing the horse, and as she cleverly threw him and dismounted, Tony P edro rode up and caught her with his right arm about the waist Then he quickly drew her upon his hor se, and, waving his hat defiantly at the crowd in front of the ranch house, rode off for the timber our friends had emerged from a s l10rt time before. "Great Jupiter!" cried Ran chm an Darling. "Ther ga loot has kidnapped Belle right afore our eyes An' he's got a horse there that nobody kin catch! Oh! ther scoun drel! I'll fill him with l ead on sight!" It was a question of which horse would tire first The black horse bore a double burden, and that handi capped him somewhat, though Pedro was not a heavy man, by any means. The weight of the two might have been tw o hundred and thirty-five pounds, but no more. The villain soon r eached the timber, and as the horse with its double burden disappeared from view the Broncho Queen uttered a scream for help. "Whoopee! Whoopee!" answered Wild, more to enco ur age her than anything else. He looked around and found that not only were Char lie and Jim in pursuit, but the girls and all the cowboys as well. But he knew they could not catch up with him. Waving his hat to them, he bent forward over the sorrel's neck and spoke to him again. But Young Wild West did not stop to hear any more. Re made a leap for gallant Spitfire and was in the sad dle as quick as a flash. Then it was that the noble steed made the dirt fly "I'll under his hoofs! "I'll catch him, P ete Darling!" he exclaimed. etch the Broncho Queen back, and don't forget it!" "Yer can't do it, I'm afraid," answered the old man, as he ran about, excitedly. "He's got ther fastest horse ever seen in these parts." "But Young Wild West has got a1 faster one," spoke up Arietta, as she watched her dashing young lover riding to the rescue of the Broncho Queen. CHAPTER IL WILD RESCUES THE BRONCHO QUEEN. Young Wild West certainly meant to run down the dar ing villain, who had s o brazenly captured the ranchman's daughter. He patted his noble hor s e on the neck and exclaimed: "Let yourself go, Spitfire! You have g,ot a hard one to catch, if what they say is true." The stallion re s ponded by quickening his pace, and,Wrn a comet, the dashing Young Prince of the Saddle sailed over the Tony Pedro, the treacherous guide, had a good quarter of a mile t h e start of him, but that made no difference to our hero. The black horse might be big and powerful, but Spit"Now am gaining thought the dashing young dead shot. "I'll get him before he gets five miles away." Up to the timber he das hed, and, taking the trail that ran tllrough :lt, he never slackened the breakneck pace. It was but a short distance across the timber belt. As Wild reached the edg,e on the other side he gave a nod of satisfaction He had gained nearly a hundred yards, which showed that Pedro must have s l ackened his pace while going through the woods. The villain was looking back when the sonel burst from the line of green trees and came dashing over the short grass of the lev e l prairie. Wild noticed that he gave a start, and immediately tried to get his horse to a faster gait. Tony Pedro had no doubt awakened to the fact that his was not the only horse in that section of the country. "After him, Spitfire, old boy!" called out the boy, as he let the reins go s lack. There was no danger of the sa rrel s lipping; he was too s ur e-foo tefl for that. With his neck stretched out almost straight, he went on, gradually increasing his speed, for the noble animal 'TaS now getting warm e d up to it. Wild was elated, for he mnv that he was gaining rapidly now.


4 YOUNG WIIJD WEST AS A PRAIRIE PILOT. There was a long, level stretch of prairie ahead, with not a tree or bush in sight. About tluee miles had been cover ed, and Spitfire had gained at l east three hundred yards on the black horse. To make it all the worse for the daring abductor, the gir l now began putting up a desperate fight While it did no good, as far as she getting the best of him was concerned, it certainly retarded the progress of the horse. Wild could now see that the Broncho Queen had a rope around h e r body that pinned her arms to her sides. Pedro must have performed the trick the moment he seized h e r. He was holding her about the waist with his left arm, while his right h and held the reins and guided the horse. Like an avenging Nemesis, the sorrel stal lion swooped down up o n the laboring black horse, which was now going in plunges If the rascally guide h ad not had the gir l to interfere with him he might have led Young Wild West a much longer chase But, as it was, he was already beaten, and when he look ed back and saw the young deadshot gaining so rnpidl y he realized it. Suddenly he let go the bridle rein and then a revolver appeared in his hand. Crack! The sha rp report rang out, and our hero heard the hum of the bullet. But the distance was too far to make a revolver shot effective. 1 "He thinks lie'll scare me, I guess," the boy thou ght, as h e kept right on. "Jus t wait till I get within a hundred yards of him I'll be there in less than five minutes 110\V I He was ri ght, for Spitfire seemed to have caught up a still faster gait, and, like a meteor, he swept down upon the scoundre l. r Crack Pedro firec1 again. Thi s time his bullet came dangerously close Wild brought his rifle to his shoulder He did n ot want to hit the man, but h e thought he had better l et him know how straight h e could shoot "Here goes your hat, you scoundrel!" he cal led out Then he took a quick aim and pulled the trigger. Orang!'> Pedro made a grab for his hat, but he was too late The bullet from our hero's rifle had pierced the crown and knocked it from his head "I've got you, you sneaking coyote!" Wild called out "If you flre agai n at me I'll put the next bullet through your head! I mean what I say! The man's swarthy complexion quickly c h anged to one o f dee p pa ll o r. Wild could see it from where he was. "Let me a l one!" he cried "The gir l wants to go with me. Thi s is only an e l opement." going to shoot the vill ain pretty soon Try and land on your feet when he let's go of you!" But this was only a ruse on the part o\ om hero. He did not intend to shoot the man, for he had made up his mind to take him back to the ranch a prisoner. Pedro did not relinquish his upon the girl. He was now h olding both her and himself down close to the hor se's neck. His right hand grasped the bridle rein and he was doing his best to get hi s horse to a fa ster gait Young Wild West saw his chance Quickly swinging his rifle over his shou lder, lie got his lariat ready. Closer and closer he came to the black horse. Pedro was not inclined to look back now. Evidently he thought that he could not divert a bit 0 attention from the horse he was trying to get to go faster It was a magnificent burst of spee d that the sorrel stal lion put him self to just then Th:e animal seeme d to realize that now was the time for his young master to act, and he wanted to help him. Wild almost h eld his breath for a second when he saw how quickly h e was overtaking the black horse. He began swinging his lariat in a circle over his head. When the prop er moment arrived he let it go. Whizz I The rope flew through the air and circled about until the noose spread out. TEen a twitch brought it down over the heads of both the villain and his captive. Wild quick l y drew it taut, calling for his horse to stop at the same moment. The instant the black hor se was galloping on, minus its double burden. Tony Pedro let go his hold upon the Broncho Queen the instant h e felt the rope flop around him. Luckily the gi rl struck on her feet, but she could not keep h er balan ce, for the rope held her as tightly as it did the villain, and she went rollin g on the ground with him. Young Wild West galloped to the spot, and, dismounting, p la ced a r evolver close to t h e hea.d of the villainous guide "I reckon I've got you," he said, in his cool and eas way. "Hold p you r hands, or off goes the top of you r head!" Then with his left hand he jerk e d the noose loose. Up went the man's hands as soon as he could get to a sitting posture. "I didn't think there w as a horse livin g that could catch me," he said, shaking his head, sadly. "That sorrel is a regular fiend." "You are not the first galoot who has found that out," answered the young deadshot, as he assisted the girl to her feet and removed the rop e from her. CHAPTER III. ARIETTA GROWS A BIT JEALOUS. Then the Broncho Queen screamed out: "No-no! Save me, Young Wild West!" "I'll save you!" was the r eply "Just keep cool. The Broncho Queen, though badly shaken up from her fall from the horse, was not bruised, and as she got upon I am h e r feet she turned to h er gallant rescuer and exclaimed:


YOUNG WILD \ S PTL1"1RIE P I LOT "'rhank you, Yo u ng Wild I will never forget you .for this!" "Don't mention it, Miss Darling," Wild an s wered, not taking his eyes from h er v ill ai n ous abductor, whom he had <.;OYered wit h hi s revo lv e r "Your fathe r s aid that there was not a horse in this paxt of the country that could catch the black, but I thought di:fl'erent. l\fy Spi tilre will never l et a horse beat him in a race, whether it i for fun or for fai r. It was for fair this time, and he won easi l y." "He couldn't do it if I was alone in t h e saddle," spoke up the captured villain, w h o reall y seemed to feel worse for being beaten in the thrilling race than he did from being captu r ed "I ma y get the chance s ome time to s how y o u that what I say is true." "You may, but I doubt it," our h ero answered, coolly "I suppose you know what men of your stamp u s ually get in this part of t h e country, don't you?" "Oh, I am not d ead yet, Young Wild West!" 'l'ne villain actually smi l ed as he s p oke, howing that h e was po ses ed of great coolness and n e rve. "l\Ii s s Darlin g please take l lis s hoot e r s from him," sai d Wild, not noticing t he r ema rk. "Certainly, l\fr We-t." She did s o very quickly. "Now, just stand here and cover him till I go and catc h hi s hor s e 'fhc black has s topped running I see. If h e att empts to get a1yay, jus t break his leg with a bullet. I reckon you know how to do it, all ri g h t "Yes, I can shoot," was the r eply "I wouldn't h e i tate to shoot him, either The scoundrel! To think he ould darn to abduct me in that way H e ha s been t r y in g to make love to me ever since he came to the ranch, b u t I never thought he was bad enough to do what he just tried." Wild saw that s 1 e "as perfectly able to t ake care o f the di armed man, so he mount e d his horse, coiled h:is lasso and started to catch the black h orse The a nimal ha d not nm more than a couple of hundred yard s afte r being r elieved of his double burden so s udd e n ly, and he now stood cropping the ric h grass \"'iTild rode l ip and had no trouble in l assoing the horse, and t h e n h e rode back, leading him just a s Cheyenne Charlie and J im Dart dashed up, with Arietta and the cow boy"s c lose behind T ony Pedro h a d not moved a foot, and wh e n the cow boy a cted as i f they were going to s how violence to him Wild called out: "Easy, boy Just tie his hand s, and we'll t ake him back to the ranch!" Fedro' s hands were q uickl y tied behind him But the cowboy were not satisfied with this T1iey bound his ankle s together, too, and then they flung him over the bac k of hi hor e, as though h e mas nothing more than a sack of potatoes "Oh!" exc laim e d the Broncho Queen, running up and seizing both of Ar i etta's hand s "You s hould have see n hoTI" nice1y Young Wild Wes t rode u p and overtook the villain I think h e is jus t g rand, and s o is his hors e "That i s right," Arietta retorted "There i s no on e in the world who i s the equa l of Wild "I'll bet you arc in love wit h him, by the way you tal k," 'TcnL on the Broncho Queen I don t se e how a g irl cou ld help falling in love with s uch a das h:i'n g young fel low as h if'. And s o handsome, too Ar ietta bit h e r lip. S h e did not like to h ear such word s of p r aise fro m a g irl, for she could not h lp thi nkin g that B e lle h ad an i dea that she could Wil d' s affect ions Bu t she forced a smile, and j u s t then W il d l e d his hor s e up and joined the two "I was jus t telling Miss A r ietta how you r od e u p like ihe wind and caught me," said Be lle, h e r eyes s pa r kli ng. "Wasn't i t gra nd? I l o s t al l fea r w h e n I saw you gain ing so fa s t What a noble hor s e you have, Mr West!" "Y cs, I think .a g reat d e a l o f Sp i tfi r e," h e rep li ed "But I guess we'll go back t o the ranch now. I see the r est are ready Then he swun g h imself i nto t h e sadd l e a nd r ode llp to the s ide of h is sweet hear t, who was wai ting for h im But the Broncho Q u een qui c kly t ook her place on t h e other side of him, and in thi s way they rode through the timber strip and bac k to the ran ch. C harlie a nd Jim, a n d Anna and Eloise join ed t hem at t h e head of the procession b efore they got to the hous e, and all the t a lk was ab-Out the thrilling race to s a v e the gir l from her d ar ing abductor. When they di smounte d in front of the house the cow boys brought the t r aitor up and l ooked at Pete Dar ling expectantl y "Shall we hang h i m, boss?" one of the men aske d Wild looke d at the r anchma n and shook his head in t h e negative "No," a n swer e d D arling, s lowl y "I r eckon we can t do that v ery w e l l. I fee l like :fillin' him full of holes, t hough But that wou ldn't do, boys It's too far ter take him where he kin b e trie d an' sent up, s o I reckon we'd bette r give him ten minu tes t e r git out of sight That's ther hest way t e r setUe it. The re ain't bee n n o r e a l harm clone, yer know Thi s dicl not please the majorit y of the me n muc h. They h ad been t aught to tak e the law i n their own hands in suc h cases, and if they had been allowed to have theiT way about i t t h e chances ar e t hat it wou ld hav.e gon e h ard with the v ill ain. But afte F a littl e talk on the subject it was dec ided t o give Tony P e dro h i s lib er ty. "You j est h a nd over t h at ndvance money I g ive yer an' then see h o w quick yer can git away from h ere, sa id Pete Darling, a s h e paused i n fron t of the pri s o n e r "We' ll g i t ter our des tination in Uta h wit h out any gu i de, I reckon. Untie him, boys. Tf1e villai n brenthed a sigh of relid, for h e h ad been YeIJ' muc h worrie d as to what the o u tco m e would b e As soon as h e was cut loose h e p l aced his hand i n hi s pocket and produced the money he h ad rece ived a s an advance payment for his services. Handing it to ran c hman h e s aid : "I couldn't h e lp what I d one I fell i n love with the r gal almost as soon as I see n her, an' when I found t h a t s h e wouldn't have a n yt hin g t er do with m e it on l y made me want h e r all ther worse. Goodbye!" "Goo d riddance!" called out the Broncho Quee n con -


'tOUXG \Y1LD \\".lcl "l' L\S -PRAIRIE PILOT. temp t u o u s l y "Light out, now! I want to see Young ;\Vild West c l ip off a piec e of yolli' hat with a bullet." P edro took hi s hat, which some one had picked up on ith e way back, and, putting it on mounted his horse. "You are going to give me my shoote rs ain't you?" CHAPTER IY. YOUNG WILD WEST BECOMES A PRAIRJE PILOT. ie s::n l d The man who had bought the ranc h of Pete Darling "Give them to him/' said Wild, nodding to the cowboy had not yet ::urivcd o n the premises but he had hired s ix wh o had them in hi s possession. of tlrn boyti 'Tho h ad bee n working there, and they w r e to This was done look after things unlil he came. The n the villain looked at the Broncho Queen and Om frirncls were not lon g in find in g out that there w ere smil ed s i g nicantly, but made no remark to her. ju t eighi. q en people g oing to Utah, inc luding Darling and Next he turned to our h ero and exclaimed : his wifo and daughter Of the. e there were only seven m n, the re t being "I am goin g to try you in a race some time, Young Wild women anr1 e:hild ren. W e s t You just r e m e mb e r that, ,Till you? I don't believe B t f f 1 t d tl whole ei'gh u our a.m.i ies were rcprcsen c m rn -that sorrel can beat my h orse in a fair an' square race." "You take my advice and keep out of m y i ght," reteen h Neel Lake \vas the only one who had no re la tives t ere p lied the boy. "I don't lik e you, Tony P edr o." f th He had been working as a foreman for Darlmg o r e "Ha, ha, ha! You don t lik e me, eh? W e ll, I certainly h past year, and he declared t ha t he mu t go wit h im to have n o love for ou. Goodbye till we meet again the :Mecca thev hop e d to find 'l'h en h e put s purs to the black, and away h e went for But it was than likely that the bright eyes of the the timber. Broncho Queen had more at r actio n fo r him than any "Hurry him along a li ttle, won't you, l\fr. West?" s aid place they could poss i bly find B elle Darling, running up to Wild .After the abduction and rescue of the gir l the bronchos "All rio-ht; I will, then," and, p la cing his rifle to his were driven into the corra l and then an old-fa shioned shoul der, t he boy took a quick a im. and pulle d t h e trigdance took place g r On e of the older men of the party had a violin, which Orang! he could play pretty well, and this furnished all the mu ic As the s h ar p report rang out T ony Pedro was s een to that was needed. clap hi s h and to the s ide of his h ead, and then all plainly Of course, our friends joined in the da n ce. saw a p iece of hi s hat drop to the ground The y were experts at thaL sort of thing, and afte r the '11h e Broncho Quee n clapped her hands with delight fir:;t dance Wilc1 was askc,1 by Darling to dance with Belle. "That i s it!" r::he cried "What d o you think of that, Ile could not yery well 1:efus P so Arietta at once acArie tta ?" ceptcd the of i\ ed Lake who cemed to know "Oh, that is n ot h ing for Wild to do," was the reply. just who to ask about that time, and got in the same "He can beat any one li v in g at hooti n g, or riding, either. s et. I know that for a cert aint y The Broncho Queen was in great s pirits, and s he danced It was plain that Arietta did n ot much lik e the 1rny t h e as she had never done before, so h e r mother declared. g i r l ta l ked and acted in regard to her dashing young lov e r. But she had s u ch a grnceful pal'tner that p erh ap s that W h i l e s h e lm e w that Wild was not the kind to flirt, she had something to do with it. coul d not h e lp feeling a little j ealous, just because she The fun kept up until it was time fo r suppe r, and then kn e w the g irl had formed a strong liking for him. the fiddler, having broken hi la t bass string, d eclared But if he was a little j e al o u s he was not the only one that they would have to quit, anyl10w th ere It was not until they had nearly :finished eat in g the 'l'h e hand omc, young cowboy who had first mentioned meal, which wa quite an elaborate one, that Pete Darlin g th e fac t t hat B e ll e Darlin g was .the "Broncho Queen" was asked our friends where they were bound. c e rtainly in love with her, and to ee her s howing so much "Nowhere in particular," .Wild answered "We are ju s t attention to Young Wild W est made him fee l anything looking for excitement and adventure." but pleasecl. "I wish you was goin' our way," the ranchman aid Thi s young f e llow bore the name of Neel Lake, and h e s haking his head "I bet you could pilot u s through ove r c e rtainly was worthy of th e g irl' s love. the prairie, all right." She had e ncouraged him in his attentio ns, too; but just "Why couldn't we do it, Wild?" poke up Cheyenne now s h e seemed to hav e forgotten that he existed Charlie. "We know thcr way to ther Colorado Riv er a s Arietta was not slow to notice this \rc11 as any one, I reckon." "The Bronc h o Queen is a flirt," she inwardly comment "Well I see no rea on why we shouldn't go, provid ing ed. "I don t lik e a iiirt !" th y want us to," our hero answered. It was about the middl e of an afternoon in the fall of "Want yer to!" echoed Darling, jumping up an d b ring -tho yea r wh e n our friends reached the ranch, where the juing h .iR band down upon the table with s uch force that bilec was takin g place, and they felt obliged to accept the the clisheR danced "Want yer ter pilot u over in Utah, i nvitation to s tay there over night an d see the ch? Great rattlesnakes! Jest say you'll do it, Young t r ain start on it journey in the morni n g Wild West, an' I'll pay yer well fur it."


YOUNG WILD WEST AS A PRAIRIE PILOT. <.'Y\'e'll clo it, and you won't pay u s a cent," said Wild, horses all the rest we can. It is tough work pulling the smiling nt him. "I'll be your prairie pi lot, all right. '11here heavy schooners over the prairi e is no telling but. that we may strike lot s of excitem ent on "Right yer are, Wild," replied Pete Darling. "You the way, and that i s what we are looking for, a I said a know your business all ri ght." little while ago." During all this time Hop Wah, the clever Chinaman, Hooray!" shouted the pleased man, and the male mem had remain e d pretty quiet. b ers of the party joined him in giving a genuine cowboy But afte r the halt was made, and they h ad eaten dinner, yell, right at the table. he bega:o. to get on very friendly tern:s with some cf the Arietta was the only one who did not look exactly men pleased. She noticed that Belle Darling apearcd to be delight ed, and that was probably the reason why. But she did not say an ything, of course "What i s the matter, Et?" Wild sai d that night, as they got together on the porch "You seem to be downhearted about something Tell me what is troubling you." "I wis h you hacl not offered to pilot these people across the prairie Wild," she answered, her face flushing. The o ld man who h ad played t h e fiddle for the dance was very joky with the Chinaman, and when he found that Hop could give him a pret ty good answer every tim e ho became more inte re ste d in him than ever. "What's your right name, Hop?" h e a s ked him. "JHe name Hop Wah; come China, s o be," was the rep l y "Y\r hatte you li ght name?" "My name are Ben Hope." "life be'n hopee you likee um namee, allce samee," and "Why not, littl e one?" and the boy loo keel surprised the Celest i a l grinned. "We ll I-I don't know exactly why, bnt--" "Ra, hn, ha 'rhat's a good on e Sa y what do you "Say, I'll b et I know what's the matter with you-you know, anyhow?" are getting jealous 0 the Broncho Queen! Now l e t me "l\fc know how play um nicet:! lillee gamee d law pokee tell you something That is nonsen e You ought to so be." know that I only care for one gi rl and that you are the "Yer do, eh?" one B e lle seems to think that s h e ought to treat me nic e becau se I saved her to -clay from that villainous guide That It so old Ben always had a sort is all there is to it. You don t see me acting spoony with or hank ermg for a little gamblmg now and then, and her do vou?" when he h e ard Hop say h e could play draw poker he ,; No, hnt s he acts very much as though she would lik e l thought he had found a victim you to," the g irl retorted, coming right out with it. I But Hope was. not the only .man m the crowd who "Why, that young fellow called Ned Lake is engaged to liked to ?amble. :v1th cards and dice her s o h e r father told me just before supper You can bet That is a fa1lrng that a great many of the old plams she will marry him too men have "Well, she can, for a ll I care I mean to s how her that It did not take him more than :five minutes to get two s h e is not the only rrirl who can rope a mustang before I oth ers, who w e re eager to have a little game, and t h e n get through 0 the four went in the shade behind one of the wagon s and "Good! I want you to. I understand that old man wer e i'eady for business Darling i s goin g to take along twenty 0: the unbroken "I've got a deck 0: cards, but ther :our 0: heart s is horses W e can have a little fun now and then on the missin'," said one of them, as he took a very greasy pack way, if nothing e l se turns up to keep us busy 0: cards from his pocket Arietta was in a much better frame of mind a:ter hav"Me allee samee gottee p l enty goodee cards," Hop an in g a talk with her sweet heart swered, and so he had, for h e was really a professional She believed in him, but at the same time she did not card s harp, and the man to beat him at draw poke r had like it becau se ihe Broncho Queen was trying to be s weet to get up very early in the morning, to u se the exon him. pre ssio n. The next morning the party g ot ready for the start "Them's what yer kin call cards," observed one of Three o ldfashion e d prairie schoon ers had been fitted the men, s haking his head in a sat i sfied way "How up and the axles well greased for a lon g trip of two hunmuch money have yer got, Mister Heathen?"' dred miles over the plains and mountains. Hop quickl y drew a handful of gold and si l ver from one Tho i::oocls and chatte ls of t he four families were s tow ed of his capacious pockets away the wagons, ancl, with four stout hotses to each "Me allee 8amee got plenty," answered the Chinaman, one, they set out, the cowboys, who w e r e to remain on smiling blandly. the ranch, g ivin g them a rou si ng sencloff "I'll tell yer what we'll do," said B e n Hope, winking It was rather s low traveling for our fri e nds, but they at the other two "We'll play a two dollar freeze-out had not ind .ulgec1 in anything like it for some time, and game, only jack pot s What do yer say, b oys?" thev rather it. "What limit?" asked one They kept at it pre t t y well until noon, and then a halt "Ten cent limit an' :five ante." was ma de. "Lat velly nicee lillee gamee," Hop clecl:ued. "I reckon we h ad better take a rest 0: two hours," Wild So it was settled that they would pfay it that way, and sa id to the ranclmum, who was the acknowledged leader of I they got a wagon sea t for a table and sat clown around the band of travelers. "We will gain more by givi n g the it.


8 YOUN;G \VILD WEST AS A PRAIRIE PILOT. It w h not v ery long before there were some interested spectat or s amon g whom were W i ld and ChaTlie. O'ur h ero knew well that the clever Chinama n would swind le the m e n out of all the money they had, if they would play lon g e nou gh with him. But he decided to l e t the game go on, and a t the fini sh malce Hop give b ack hi s winnings. "Only jacke e pot, s o be?" said Hop, as he car efully s huffl ed the cru:ds. "That?s it!" the fiddl e r exclaimed. "Allee li g ht. No open u m l ess um got pair of jack s or b ettee." H e won the deal a nd then the game b egan CHAPTER V. THE TWO STRANGERS. To look at Hop wah jus t then, one would have thou ght he was a v e ry i n noc ent Celest i a l who was ambitio u s to lea;in the g reat American game of draw poker, and that he was t r ying to make out that h e knew something about it, jus t to get the privi lege of playin g with the "Melican" men. 'l"lhe ante of five cents was put up and then Hop al lowed the man on h is right to cut t h e cards, afte r which h e proceeded to d e al them a round, one at a time, in accordance with the rules of the game The man next to the one who had put up the ante foun d h imse lf the possessor of a pair of jacks, a n d he promp t ly ope n e d it and bet the l imit of ten cents. It s o happ ened t hat the oth ers had pairs, so t hey came in, as a matter of c ourse. Hop a lso liad a pair. It was a pair of aces, to o and h e knew he was going to have them before he saw the m for he h ad fixed the card s that way. H e also knew that h e was goin g to get the other two aces on the draw. That was a s ure thing, as hi s s l eig ht-of-han d abilities permitt ed him to ge t jus t what cards h e wanted, when h e was the deal er. Wh e n it was some one e l se's deal he u s uall y h ad t h e winning cards up hi s s l eeve, or s omewhere else, handy Each of the players d rew three card s and they each got a pair to correspond with the one they had. Hop got hi s aces, an d he h a d the best hand out, of cour se. Then the bettin g w ent around, each man rai s ing it the limit a s it came bi s t urn. Four of a kind was a b i g hand, and as no one 1.'"Uew that any one held s u c h a hand but himself, it was only nat ural t h a t e ach s hould feel that he was a sur e winner. They kept it up with dogged determination until each had exhau sted hi s two dollars. The n it came a s howdown. I re c kon I'll scoop ther pot," s aid Ben HotJe, as h e i=:howed four kings. "I wis h it was a game of no li mit, blamed i f I don't! I'd clean you fellers out!" v Thunder!" excl aimed one of the ot h e rs, as h e s howed four queens "I thought I had ther pot "And so did I," chimed in the other, as h e showed his four jac k s "You makee velly muchee mistakee, so be," remarked Hop, smilin g blandly; and then he laid down hi s four aces. "Me havee takee in um pot, so be. Velly nice e lille e game fl.eezeout, a llee samee The Chinaman's victims loo ked at eac h other in si l e nce for a moment. "Boy s," saicl Hope, "he said he knowed how ter p l ay draw poker, didn't he?" "He saTtinly did say that," an s wered one of the men "Well-he does!" The o l d fiadl e r got up as h e spoke "I reckon y ou pi cke d up the wTOng man, gentle men," s aid Young Wild West, smi lin g at them "I may as well te ll you that Hop is a profess i onal card s h arp He could beat the man who inv ented cards, if h e had the chance to pla.y with him Don't play any more with him He will win a ll t h e money you have got i f you do. Hop, now give them back their money." ... "Allee light, :M:isler Wi ld," Hop said meekly Then he h an d e d them each two dollars and walked away from the spot, s h ak in g hi s head sadly. None of the victims wanted to take back the ir money, but whe n Wild impr essed it on their minds that what h e to ld them was right they accepted it. "It w ould only have served us right i f he'd cleaned us out of all we h ad,'' said Hope. "We took him fur a g reen horn an' we expected ter 'vin hi s money "Well, you can't always judge a man by the c lothes he wears, you know," our h er o remarked. "No; nor by hi s pigtai l, either," added Hope, with a chuckle A quiet rest :followed, and w h en the time 'vas up the party se t out again over the p rajri e T oward th e middle of the a.iternoon they aw timber a h ead, a nd Youn g Wild West made up his mina that t hey would try ancl reach it before dark Their water supp l y was rather limit ed, and where there is timb er there i s apt to water. It was near sunset when they came to the timber, and then much to the satisfaction of all hands, they found a brook. The vter in it was pure and cool, and that was all that was required. "Now," said our hero, addressing the male members of t he party, "I reckon we will fix things ju t as though we were expect in g an attack from redskins or outlaws There is nothing like being prepared, you know." "That's right," an swered Pete Darling, nodding his ap proval. "I agree with yer on that, Wild." 'Dhe wagons were drawn up in a semi-circle and the horses were left to graze on t h e luxuriant grass at the edge of the woods. While the men were at work preparing for the nigh t the chi l dren gathered wood and then fire s wer e ligh te d and the women proceeded to cook the evening meal. The pilgrims were happy in the anticipation of reach ing the land they were heading for, as account of it had


YOUNG WILD WEST AS A PRAIRIE P ILOT. b e e n heaxd bythem, and t hey all to do well there Young Wild West had not told them his opinion of it, but if he had it would have been that he did not think it one bit better than the place they had left. But that made no difference. The most of them had sold out, and they had money enough to stock up with when they got settled. It was really the idea of Pete Darling to go pro s pecting when he reached what he considered was the gol d bearing Tegion.. But he had n o t mentio n ed this to any o ne, and he d i d not intend to until what he thought was the proper t ime. The evening meal was eaten and then it began to grow daTlc The horses, even to the unbroken bronchos, seemed t o be perfectly contented, and it seemed har dl y necessary to keep a watch on them. Not long after daTk the sounds made by h orses ap proaching was heard, and in less than a minute later two strangers rode up to the camp. They were cowboys, by the looks of them, though they appeared to be awfully dirty and unkempt. aske d whic h theJ pref erred, coffee or tem,, took b oth, each drinking two or t h re e cup s After they were through, and on e of the men h a d fur nished them with tobacco for t h e ir p ipes, Wild st arted in to question them a little. He l earned that t h eir n ames wer e Dave Mott and Rip Howard, b u t beyond w hat o ne of had already t old he could learn noth i ng As he expected, t hey aske d permission t o stay all night in the camp, and w h e n Da r ling readily gave it, our h ero made up h is mind to keep a watc h on them, or to s ee to it t hat some o n e did. A ll t hi s t ime t h e Bro n cho Queen h a d been rathe r quiet She had condescended to pay a little mor e atten tio n t o Ned Lake, and con seq u e n t l y the y oun g cowboy foreman was made very happy Since Arietta ha d show n h e r j e alou s y Wild h a d paid little or no attention t o w h a t Bell e h a d said to him, and she had probably u nders tood. The evening passed away, a nd s oon it c a m e tim e for the travelers to r etire for t h e ni g ht. The two strangers h ad n ot had m u ch t o sa y and a s s oon as they found t h e rest wer e turni n g in the y sought their blankets and went to s leep. But they did no t inte n d to s leep the r e all night, a s will Young Wild Wes t s ized them up quickly, as he always did strangers, and he came to the conclusion that there be seen was something wrong about them There was a certain hunted look about them, which suggested the probab i lity of their having committed some kind of a crime. "Good evenin', people," said one of them, politely, as they drew rein and halted in the light of the big fire that had been left burning in the centre of the camp. "I reck C H AP TER VI. TONY PEDRO MEETS AN OLD FRIEND. on you've got a bite ter eat fur a couple of galoots like us, When the bullet from Wil d West's rifle cut a ain't yer? We seen your light here, a.n' we started fur it piece from his hat, his joy at getting off so easily was right away, 'cause we ain't had a square meal in about a turned to fea r and hi s o n e desire jus t t h e n was to get week." out of sight "I reckon yer kin have all yer want ter eat, stra n gers," Now he breathed easier fo r h e felt that h e was saf e Pete Darling replied, as he scanned them closely. "Wh ere "Dandy, to-day i s the first t ime you ever failed me," do yer hail from?" he said, speaking t o his horse "Bu t I don't suppose it "We belonged ter Dixon's ranch, which is about a hun'was altogether your fault You had to carry two, an d I dred miles from here," the other fellow answered. "I say was handicapped so I couldn't manage yciu right B u t, o ld belonged, 'cau s e I don't s'pose we do now, fur Dixon is boy I know there wasn't another horse the r e out side o f one of ther" kind what don't like men what goes on a spree Young Wil d West's that coul d catc h you But I ll s h o w an' don't 'tend ter business We was helpin' ter drive a that young galoo t something befo r e I am thro u g h with big herd ctf cattle off ther railroad track, an' when he him!" struck a ranch where they had whisky ter sell me an' Dave He patted t h e horse o n the neck, which sh owed t hat h e dropped behind an' got drunk. Then we got on ther l oved the animal, i n spite of t h e fact t hat i t h a d fa il e d to wrong trail, 'cause it was in ther n\ight time, an' we get him away with his capt ive. sorter got lost. My But I'm putty hungry, I kin tell Once through the timber, the villain c hanged bi s course, yer !" r a.nd in a very few minutes he was riding in t h e d irection "Well, blamed if yer don't look hung. r y," the ranchma.n he knew the wagon train would take t h e next morn in g declared. "Ther wimmen folks will git yer somethin' ter Tony Pedro h ad not give ,up hopes of gett i ng the B ro neat right away cho Queen yet Darling believed that the man had t o l d the truth in The scou ndre l was rea ll y i n love wit h the gir l a n d b e in g what he said, and he was ready to help them all he could. of the type t hat w ill stoop very low i n or der to gain hi s But Wild did not believe what they said. point, he was but waiti n g for the c h ance to captur e the He had set them down as crooks the moment he got a girl again square look at them and he seldom made a mistake. Then he, to o wan t ed to ge t s qu a r e with the das hin g But tlrnre was one thirrg about it-and that was the two boy, who ha d frus t ra t e d h i m men certainly were very hungry. He did not stop t o think t hat if it h a d not b een for the They ate the food given them ravenously, and when same boy I w r.night have been l ync h ed


. 0 YOUXU WILD \\'ES'I' .iS i PlL\lHIE l'lLOT But Ton y Pedro was not that kind. He neve1: gave any one credit for anything good; it was what was bad for him that he treasured up against them. "I'll bent t hat sorre l in a square race with Dandy!" he exclaim ed, under his breath. "Then I'll kill Young Wild Wes t afterward That's the programme. Now to get the chance to carry it o u t The villain rode o n until darkness overtook him. He had not seen a solitary thing that looked like civil i zation since h e had left the ranch behind the strip of wood s "It i s rather tough to stop here on the open prairie all night," h e thought "But it won't be the first time I have Jone it. If I only h ad some grub with me it wouldn't be so b ad. Well, I'll have to make the bes t of it, for I want to get a chance at Young Wil d West. And I want Belle D a r l in g I reckon that is enough to make me put up with wha t t hey ca ll privations." He took the saddle from his horse and hobbled him, so he could not stray far, and then he sat down on his blan ket It seemed that t he villain was in lu ck, for he had not been there m ore than twenty minutes before he heard a horse coming t h at way. Pedro ,sprang to his feet. "Hello!" he exclaimed. "I r eckon I ain't ther only one out h ere on ther prairie in ther dark Then he Eaw the outlines of a ho1:se and rid1tr. It was evident that the stranger had seen his horse, for he was riding s lowl y in the direction of the spot where it was g r azing. "How are yer, stranger?" Pedro called out, not caring much whether it was friend or foe. "Ugh!" excla i med the .rider, br i nging his mustang to a suddei\ halt. "Hello, Injun Got anything to eat with yer ?" It was an Indian sure enough, and Pedro did not hesi tate to s tep out to him. "Tony Pedro! M e glad to see!" and with that the red skin dismounted and put out both hands. "Why, if it ain't Jack Soldier Coat, I'll eat my hat!". cried the trea cherous guide. "Jack, I'm mighty glad to m eet you Where are you bound?" "Me hav e to get away from littl e town putty quick; me fiteal horse," said the Indian, nodding to his mount. "Did you come far?" "More t han fifty miles, Tony." The red ski n was an Apache, and he could speak very good Eng l i s h But it happened that he and Tony Pedro had met be for e ; and that they bad been e n gaged in unlawful pursuits together, so it was only natural that they should be de lighted to see each other "What you do h e re, T o ny?" Jack Soldier Coat asked. "Oh, I got chased away from a crowd I was going to pilot over into Utah, Jack. I fell in love with a nice girl, nnd I was fool enough to try and get away with her. But a boy they call Young Wild West had a mighty fast horse, and he caught me. They was goin' to bang me, but they changed their mind s an' let me go. I ain t got a mouthful to eat, t h oug h. "J\Ie got grub; Mile 'rnter, too." "Good! I'll never forget you, Jack, if you s hare a lit tle of it with me. I'll put you in the way of getting hold of a whole lot of money, too, if yon will stick to me. "Me stick to Tony, you bet!" The rascally redskin then attended to his horse after which he produced a bag of provisions and a water jug, which was about half :full. The food was very coarse, but Tony was hungry and he made a hearty meal of it and swallowed it with a draught of water that was almo t lu kewarm. The Indian ate with him, and when they got through the repast all there was left was a couple of loaves of very hard corn bre ad and some sa lt. "We get plenty game to-morrow,'1 said Jack Soldier Coat "The timber i s over there." "That's right, Jack. That is jus t the way I want to go. I want to get to some good hiding place and wait till the wagon train I was goi ng to take through comes along Then we will work a little strategy and steal the money the men have got I suppose Young Wild West will be with them, too, though I never heard anything said about it. But it strikes me that way; an' he's ther galoot I want to lay low for catcbin' me to-day." "Me help. Me very good to steal when palefaces no see," the Indian assured him, meaning that he was a very good sneak thief. "All right, Jack. My! but ain't I glad I met you! I couldn't have met a better one, if I had called out ther one I wanted to jine me. You stick to me, and you'll come out all right. If anybody comes along after the horse you sto le you kin bet I'll stand by you, if I go unde r for it." The villainous Apache smiled and looked pleased. "Tony Pedro is a good friend," he said "We stay to gether Tony will help me and I will h e lp Tony.'} The two remained there until morning. Then they at once left and headed for the northwest, where the timber lay They could see it ahead of them as the sun got a little way up, and then they knew they could reach it in less than two hours "We'll shoot somethin' for breakfast, Jack," said Tony. mrhen we'll be all right I reckon that will be a good place to wait for the wagon train, too." "Woods a very good place," the Indian answered It was not more than an hour from the time they mounted when they came to the timber. Here they found water, and then they started in to hunt for some game Both were what might be called good s hots, and in less than half an hour they had bagged a jack rabbit and three partridges Then they quickly prepared the game for cooking and a fire was started. "We can't eat it all now though 1'm mighty hungr y," Tony declared "It will come in good before the da y is over, most likely, so we will take with us what we don't want now." When the partridges and rabbit were cooked they ate


YOUXG \\'ILD \YEST AS A PRAIRIE PILOT. == == === = .. heartily, and then stowed the redskin had. rest away in the bag Lhe I regular breathing of some of the sleepers they grew rest "Now I r eckon we'll go on a little ways and find a good place to wait for the wagon train," said 'l'ony. "Better wait here," suggested the Indian, who seemed to t h ink he was safe from pursuit. "This very good place. If the wagon train starts this morning it will be nig)lt when i t gets here They no come fast like us "That's so. I reckon you're right. Well, we will look aro und here and :find about where they will put up when they get h ere I suppose that is about the pla:ce, over there at the edge of the woods. There is the brook, and there. i s .the grass for their horses. Well, I suppo s e we may as well stay right here and pend the biggest part of t h e day in hunting game We will salt and smoke enough t o last u s two or three days, for in case we have to go on there i s a mighty long stretch, where the game i s as scarce as hen's teeth." "That right, Tony," nodded the .Apaclrn. They did remain there all day-or in the near vicinity, rather, and as night came on they had a good supply of provender on hand, in the way of venison, birds and rab bi ts It was just before dark when the Indian sighted the wagon train coming. He ran back into the woods to the little gu ll y they had chosen for their camping place and informed his villainous companion. "Good!" exclaimed Tony. "We will watch where they will stop It will be right at the edge of the woods, about three hundred yards from here, I'll bet!" And so it was, too. The villainous gu i de hit it just right. T ony Pedro was d elighted "Now if they don't g uard their camp too strong, we'll do something to-ni ght, Jack," he said. OHAP'I'ER VIL THE VILLAINS GET TOGETHER. Young Wild West was one of the first to hun in to get some s l eep. Cheyenne Charlie and two of the men belonging to the wagon train were going to do the first trick at watching the camp, so he felt perfectly at ease He knew that with either the scout or Jim Dart on guard things woul d be bound to be all right, in case of anything turning up. But let u s turn our attention to the men who had given their names as Dave Mott and Rip Howard. 'l' h ough they really were tired out, neither of them went to s l eep They were nothin g more than a pair of villains, and as well as they had been used by the traveler s they f elt tha t they must rob them of what they could and steal off in the darkness. When all was st ill in the camp, and they could hear the less and eage r to ply their trade. "Dave," said Howard, in a whi spe r, "we ought tcr L e able ter make a putty good haul here, hadn't we?" "Yes," was the reply "They appear ter be lik e a g o 0c1natured lot of inn erce nts." "Well, I tell yer what you do. You craw l out git ther horses ready, an' then see what you kin git in the r line of grub ter take a long. There's two haunches of 1e ni son han ging over there, bein' sniokecl, an' yer kin g i t them all right I'll look fur money." There were two haunches of venison being smoked, all right. .A deer had been shot by one of the men jllSt before dark, and they were getting the meat in condition t o save for a ttme when they might not be able to get anything fresh T'he two unthankful men waited a while, and then they both crept away in the darkness It so happened that neither of the tlj.ree. watchers were lookin g that way just then. But they could not hope to escape the vigilance of Chey enne Charlie very long. Dave Mott made straight for the place wh ere the horses were, and he was stealthy enough to gef them 1mloosened and readv to be mcunted. He got them away from the r est and into the woods, for t h e gua rd s were not expecting anything to hap pen so near them as that. But Rip Howard was not so s u ccessfu l in doing hi s part of the game He had just reached the side of the s leeping l eader of the emigrants, and was about to put his hand in hi s pock ets, w hen a hand gripped him by the back of the neck and he was pulled backward. "You measly coyote!" exclaimed a voice. "So you're a thief, are yer? Well, I reckon you'll hang from a limb afore you're many minutes older. Hey, the re Look out fur ther other galoot!" One of the guards ran to the spot where the two men had been lying, and, of course, they found that there was no one there Charlie did not want to rouse the entire camp He though t they would be able to handle the two ras cals quite easily. But Howard was a very slippery fellow Suddenly he made a quick move and tore himself from his capto:r, l eavi ng his coat behind hi m Charlie s tood for a second with the coat i n hi s hand, and then he darted after the cl ever villain But he was just unlucky enough to catch his toe in a root, and down h e went at f ull length Rip Howard dashed st raight for the place wher e he knew his companion woul d have the h orses He hit it just right, and as D ave Mott h ad alre a dy mounted, after hearing the voice of the scout, h e starte d off through the woods the moment Howard got there. "This way, Rip!" he exclaimed in a low tone of voice. "We've got ter ride fur our l ives now." His companio n made no r e ply, but h e got on the back of his liorse with remarkable quickness, :rnd away h e went


]2 YOU NG WILD WEST AS A P R AllUE PILOT. The bro men \\'e r e n o parti c u hlr j u .'t what way the y w e nt, ::,o lon g as t hey coulcJ hep in L hc 1roocls an d out of the ll'ay of Y oung Wild 'IV est a nr 1 his frirnck But th ey did n ot rid e ver y f a r thro ugh the dark ness b e fore tw o fo rm s confront e d the m and a muffled voice call e d out : "Halt!" The r e was an open in g in t he foliage just at tha t point, and Mott and Howard could see the two men quite dis tinctly. The y als o caught the g limmer of somet hing bright in the of one of them R e alizin g that the y wer e covered, the y promptly r e in e d i n the ir horse "TT g h Wh e r e pa l eface s go so fast?"' a s k e d one of the men a s h e cau ght Mott's hor s e by the bridle and kept him c overed with a rev o l ver at the s ame time "Not so l oud, Jack!" said the oth e r man "We are prett y close to that camp, y ou know H e had Howard covered and he quickly got hold of his hor se. The y were Tony Pedro and hi s Indian fri end, Jack Soldi e r a o a t, a s the r e ad e r cou l d guess without half try ing The two rascall y men had come straight to the camp of the villainous pair "If yer want ter rob us, go ahea d s aid Mott, who wa s the fir s t to recov e r him s elf. "But hurry about it! W e've j est be e n tryin' t e r do somethin' in that line oursel v e s, an w e got catc hed an had ter li ght out. Y ou'd b etter look out, o r Youn g Wil d West an' hi s pards will b e here in a jiff y We ain't got three doll ar s b e tween ther t w o of us!" "Tha t s right," s poke up Howm:d "We'r e thieve s our selves, boys. Ton y lowered his revolver The re was so much ear n est ness about them that he wa s forced to believ e them. "So you ar e thieve s a r e you ?" he sa id still s peakin g in a low voice. "Well, you can join us the n. Four can ge t a long bette r than two, I re c kon "But we don t want ter s tay as c l o s e to that camp as all this," declar e d Mott. "Ther first thing y e r know that fel l e t t b e y call Cheyenne Cha rli e w ill be h ere; an the r e s no i e llin bow man y h e' ll have with h i m If yer want u s ter sta y ivith yer jes t git your horse s an' come on a mil e or so." "Well, I reckon w e ll g o with yer, if the r e 's an y dang e r o f 1 1 s b ein' found h e re What clo ye r say, Jack?" < < Ton y don't w ant Young Wil d Wes t to know that he i s lir.r e," was the rep l y "That's right. Get the s addles on the hor ses I'll 'rntch these g aloots to mak e sure that. they not p l ayin g u s for fools." "They r,oul a n t h e l p knowi n that \\'C h a d cm." "We l l. yer don't hea r em cornin', do yeri' Howar d admille d Lhat he did not. The fact "as that Olrnrlie h ad not t r ied to follow them i nto Hie w oods after h e h ear d t h e sou nds of their horses' hoofs a s they r o d e a way into the d arkness of t h e tim ber. He qui c kl y found out tha t no r e al harm h ad been d o n e b y the t w o ras cal s But the s li ght noi s e that had been mad e had arou se d bot h Wild and Jim, whose ear s w e r e very s usceptible to unu s ual s ound s, wh ethe r they w e re asle e p or awak e Wh e n t hey found out that t h e t w o me n h a d t r i e d to r o b som e on e in t h e c amp, and the n light o ut, they a greed wit h Charli e that it was be s t to l e t them go, and be o.n the lookout for the m l ater on. Meanwhil e Jac k S o ldi e r Coat got the two horses ready, and al s o their f e w b e lon gings Mott and How a r d w ere o n pins and n ee dle s, to u s e t he whil e the y h a d to wait. It was only a short time but it seemed very l ong to them. The four rod e off to gethe r the Indian leading and Tony fet c hin g up the r e ar. It was evi dent that t h e two latte r were jus t the l eas t bit s u s picio u s of the pair that had joine d them so sud denly. When they had cover e d about two miles they r e ach e d a very thick part of th e woo d s wh e r e t h e foli ag e was o den s e that t h e light from the s t a r s co uld not p e n etra t e "I reckon w e' ll s to p h e re," s aid Ton y as h e brought his h o r se to a halt. "Hold on, Jack. There's no u s e in g oin g any further." "That's ri ght, Tony was the r e d s kin's r e ply "This plenty good e n o u gh." "Yes, thi s ar e good enou gh," observ& d Dav e Mott "Now, t h e n, I r e ckon w e' ll git b ette r acqu ai n te d with e ach oth e r Y o u two :felle r s i s r obbe r s o r ye r wouldn t h ave sto p ped u s at the ir p'ints of y our s ho oters M e an' m y pard s i s jest the r s am e kind of s tuff, s o there y e r ar e !'' "All r ight, an s w e red Tony "Jus t t ell u s your name s." Thi s they did and the n they l earne d who the India n and the white v ill ain w e re. AfLer findin g a s uitabl e p lace to stop for the night they g ot it in s h a pe, and t h e n they t a lked in l o w tones for o ve r an hour, t h e r esult was tha t both p airs becam e s ati s fied tha t they could no t have don e b et t e r t h a n to hav e m e t. Mott and Howarcl w e re of tbe neaking class of villains to be found in all parts of the w or ld While the y w o uld put a pretty stiff fight if corn e r ecl, the y would soon e r run a way fro m b ull ets than fa ce t h e m They admitted all this, b u t T ony was sat i sfied. "You h e lp m e an' Jack an. we' ll a ll get h old of a big pil e of m o ney," h e said. CHAPTER VIII. "You'll finc1 out tha t we'r e all ri ght, p a rd ans wered H o rn rd. "But don t b e the r m e an s o f l e t t in u s git cat c h ec1 b y t h e m pe o pl e back the1e They took u s in an g ive u s a good s upp e r ; an' the n we had t e r try an' rob 'e m But it woul d n t work, an' here we are very lu c ky t e r git that far ARTET TA's GREA T SHOOTING. "Well, I reckon they wouldn't try ter cat c h yer in the Our fri ends were u p bri ght and early the n es t morn-dark, n o t if they knowed you had your hor s e s ing ,/ /


YOUNG WILD WEST AS A PRAIRIE PILO'l' The sun came up like a great red ball, which gave prom -Then Belle fired t\\"icc and one dropped isc of a hot day, with v ery little breeze At tlic sarne time Anna and Eloi e let go with thei r Wild did not know exactly how far the timb e r extended, double-barre lled shotguns, a11d Ii ve went down. so he advised that the water barrels be filled, and that "Thafs eight that I know of." s aid Wild. game s hould be shot in pl e nty to s tock up for a two days' "An' B e lle only got one," repiied Darli ng, shrnggir::g ride over the pr a irie, where there would be little to b e h is s houlucr s "She was a leet.le bit slow, I r eckon But found bi1t v ery s hort grass there s more bird s there J est 'rnit till she gits woke up His advice was acted upon, and when they emerged Wild callccl Hop and Win g an d toltl them to go out anu from the timber s hortly after t en o'clock, and saw n othpick up the fallen birds ing but the rolling plain before them, the party was well Meanwhile the girls continued on throug h the sage supplied for the next two or three days brush As we have tated, it wa rathe r slo w work traveling They spread out abou t t"\\o hundred fee t apart and hdd with prairie schooners, but our friends had made up the ir their guns in readiness. minds to stick it out, and they tried to find s omething to It was not l o ng befor e a n ot h e r flock got up. pass the time Orang! B ang Oran g Bang bang Hop Wi} S induc e d to s how some of his s l eight-of hand The rifles and sh otgun s spok e and several of the rlird s bu ine s ever y time they came to a halt to rest the hor s es, "ere seen to drop. and h e was. very amusing to tho s e who had never see n him B ut the y w ere inst a li t tl e too fa r a'ray for Wild and do s u c h things the r est at the camp to count how man y Wh e n noon came they halte d and prepared to rest until H owever, both our hero and Darling coul d not h e lp seetwo o'clock. Wild figur e d that they would reach t h e Utah ing that A rietta was doin g almo st the entire w o rk ith line by noon the next d ay the rifle But the part that P ete Darling and his friends 1.anted Anna and Eloise w e re knocking two and three at a time to go to would necessitate another day and a half 's jourwith th eir s h o t g1ms for the sage h e n s kept close togethe r n ey at the least when they flew away, and it was e asy to do it. The re was quite a patc h of sageb rush off to the l eft of The four girls k ept up the hunt for n e arl y an hour, the the spot they h a d halte d at, and after dinner 'Ar ietta two C hinamen following along and gathering up the pi c k e d up h er rifle and sai d : game. "I have an id e a that the r e i s some game over there Wh e n they finally came ba c k to the c amp there was a I am goin g to try my luck. Sage h e ns are not bad eating, gleam of triumph in Arietta's blue eyes. you know 1 The Broncho Queen on the other h and, l ooked disgus t "Go ahead, Et," an swere d our h e ro. ed. "Can't w e go, too, Ari etta?" asked Anna, as sh e has"Well, I reckon we'v e got e nou g h te r make all h ands tened to get a hotgun s ick of chic ken fur a while," r emar k e d Pete D a rling, "Certainly The mor e the better, for then we may b e lookin g at the game, as it was dropped t o the ground able to shoot enoug h for all hands to have a ta ste. "Count them up, Hop," mid Wild Eloise got her shotg un, too The Celest ial quic kly did s o 'rhen Belle Darling pi cked up h e r r ifle. "Allee s amee tle:tyeight, so be," h e said. I may as well g o too," s he said, smi ling at Arietta "I "I dropped seven of them," s poke up Arietta, lookin g h ave often s h ot birds with my ril:le. at Wild and smi lin g "The four of us ought to get e nou g h, if there are any "And I am sure I s hot e leven," chimed in Anna. "T there," was the reply. neve r b ad suc h luck at s hootin g bird s before I dropped Y oung Wild W est's sweetheart meant to s how the Bron-thre at on e hot cho Queen 'that she w o uld h ave to get a hu tle on h e r if she "We ll, as far as I can t ell, eight of the m fe ll before me, wanted to keep up with h e r. Eloi e said, mode s tly. '"Ihat i s very good for me, I think Arietta certainly was an expert at that particular kind But they flew just ri ght, and I coutdn t help hitting of s hootin g them." l Jaw we will see s omething, I reckon," observed P ete "That makes twentys ix that you three dropp ed, then," Darlin g, ::is the four g irl s s t arte d f o r the s agebru s h. Belle ob ervecl the Bron cho Queen. "H the r e a r e onl y twenty will git her s hare of ther c hicken if .the re 's any of 'em eight altogether, I could not have s hot any more than there, an' yer kin bet on that. Tw o of 'e m has got s hottwo. gun but tlrnt won't count much a g'in h er, though." "What' ther matter with yer to-day, B e ll e ?" h er fathe r "We will wnt c h them from h e re, and count the bird s w e a sked. "I noticed that yer was wastin' con side rabl e pow see d rop answered our hero as b e climbed up on th e cle r out there. You 've gone an' l et all ther r est beat yer." front of one of the wagon where the ranc hman was seat"I didn't have the same luck that the y did w as the eel. smoking l1is pipe. retort. The g irl s bad h ard l y r e a c hed the edg e of the fee ding "I'll admit that there was some lu ck about it," Arietta gr<'hrnd for the kind of bird s the y were l ooking for when said, quiet l y "But I never pull a trigger unless I am a floc k arose and fle w s trn i ght awa y from them. s ure I have g ot my bird covered. I don't s hoot and ueAri etta fired twice before e ith e r o f the other s pulled a p e11c1 on luck to m a k e t h e bull e t strike the mark." trigge r and two sage hen s wer e een to drop Thi s was a cutting one, and Belle winced.


14 YOUNG WILD WEST AS A PRAIRIE PILOT. But l aughed good naturedly, however "Suppose we try shooting at something else?" she sug gested "Then we will see how much lu c k there is about it. Ther e are a couple of empty tomato cans over there. Hav e some one to throw one of them up for you, and let's see how many times you can hit it before it strikes the ground "Very well," Arietta answered, quickly. "Wild, you throw it up for me." The young dead s hot picked up one of t e cans, which had been emptied of the ir contents a short time before, and got re ady Ari etta put some fresh cartridges in the magazine 0 her rifle, and then she called out that she was reacly The girl was j ust in her e lem ent now. She always liked to do fancy shooting, and she took d e light in it on this occasion, beca: use she felt sure that she could beat the Broncho Queen. "Are you ready, Et?" a ked Wild. "Yes; throw up the can." Up it w en t as high as the boy cou lcl throw it. Arietta. caught it before it got to its height and then she began firing rapidly. Three times she pulled the trigger before the can touclied the ground and when Ned Lak e ran and picked it up he could easily count three marks on it. "That's what I call shootin' some l" he exclaimed. "Belle, you ll have ter git a hu stle on yer ter come up ter that." "Oh, I don't expect to come up to it," was the reply. "I never thought I was a champion sho t. My best game is with the bronchos." Everybody wanted to look at the can, and when they h ad sat:i,9fiecl themselves that the girl had not mi ssed a shot they looked upon her with admiration. B e lle now got ready to try her luck. "Will you throw up the can for me, Wild?" she asked, calling him by his nickname for the first time. "Certainly," was the reply. "Just say when you are r eady Arietta. frowned slightly. The Broncho Queen was looking straight at her, and she notic ed it. She sm iled, a s though s he enjoyed it. "Are you read y?" cal led out our hero. "Yes Let her go!" Up went the tomato can, fully as high as the other had gone Belle :fired three times in quick succession and then the can hit the ground Ned Lake ran and got it. "Only two holes," said he, shaking his head in a di s appointed way. "We ll that is pretty good, anyhow," Bell e answered, with a toss of her h ead. "There are not many of you men w h o can do as well as that." "I reckon you're right on that," Lake retorted. "You are a wonderful shot," observed the Broncho Queen looking at Arietta and nodding to give emphasis to h e r words. "You have no doubt been taught by your lover. I give you credit for beating me, and as it is only a friendly rivalry, I hope we will be just a good friends as ever. However, I would like to see you on a bucking broncho." OH.APTER IX. ARIETTA SURPRISES THE BRONCHO QUEE.J.'f. Arietta smiled. She could teffthat the girl was since re in what she said, Ro she laid aside her pique and replied : "Of course we shall be just a s good friends I pride myse lf on being a g.ood s hot, and, as you say, I was ta : ught by Wild. He knows all there is to be l earne d about s hoot ing, I guess." There ain't no doubt about that!" exclaimed the Broncho Queen's father. "How do you lmow that, Mr. Da.rling?" our hero asked "You never me do anything in the line of shooti ng "I seen yer clip a piece from ther hat of Ton y P e dro, w hile he was ridin' at full speed," was the reply "An.' I've heard a lot about you. "Well, it wasn't anything much to do to clip a piece from that galoot's hat. A great many people could do that just a 11ell. as I did." "Not s i ch an awful l ot, e ither. I reckon there ain't none her e what could do it-outside of you an' your pards, an' Arietta, I mean." "Nonsense! Ned Lake could do it." "I might do it, but I wtmldn't want ter try it on a friend," s poke up the cowboy foreman, s hrugging his s h o uld e r s ".S'pose yer show us a little fancy shootin' while we're waitin'? W e've got half an hour yet ." "Arietta wants to try to ride a bucker first, pop," spoke up Belle. Arietta had said that she did, but she now made up her mind to do it, anyhow. "Fetch out the u gliest brute you have in the bunch," s he said, quickly. "I guess I can manage him It won't be the fir s t tin1c I have been on. the back of a bucking cayuse." The members of Druling's party were staggered when they heard this. They had really thought that Belle was about the only girl in existence who would dare tackle an u g ly bucker. "I reckon you'd try one that's been p utty well broke," suggested Ned Lake. "No I I want one that no one has been ab l e to manage yet, or none at all," the girl answered, her blue eyes :flash ing. "I don't want to try to do somet hing that any one can do; I want to show you that I am no tenderfoot in any sense of the word." "That's the way to talk, Et!" exclaimed Young Wild West, looking with pride at his charming sweetheart. "If there is anything in the line of a bucking broncho in that bunch that you can't tame I'll do it myself!" They all sa w that the girl was in earnest now.


YOUNG WILD WEST AS A PR.AIR.IE PILOT. She was very cool and det er mined, and announced that she was re a

16 YOUNG WILD WE S T AS A PRAIRIE PILOT. tha t I was one who could not be equall ed at that k ind of work before I saw you do jus t what you did. I am not e ntitl ed to b e called the Broncho Queen any longer." "But you mu st keep the titl e just the same," was the reply Then the two girls walked back to the camp, ha nd in hand "Three cheer s fur Arietta!" s hou ted Pete Darling. "She's ther gamest gal what ever put foot in a stirrup! Hooray! The cheer that followed echoed over the plain CHAP'I'ER X HOP WAH PLAYS THE PART O F A WHISK Y THIEF. A few minutes after Arietta had g iven her wonderful exhibit i on with the bucking broncho the prairie travelers got r eady to set o;ut again The d r aug h t horses were hi tc hed to the wagons, the bron c hos got on the move by the men assigned to tal<::e (!ar e of them, and then the re s t mounted and were off. The two Chiname n, with the pack horses, kept close to the wagons, while Young Wild West rode ahead, along w ith P ete D ar lin g and hi s d a u gh t e r B e ll e's mother chose to ride in one of the wagon s Th e rest or the fema les in the party also kept to the wagons, they not caring to ride hors eback, though there w e r e p l enty of horses for the purpose, if they wished to. As the afternoon wore on. they found themselves as cendin g a gradual rise, and the furthe r they got up it the scarce r the grass became. But they had been wise enough to stock up with suffi cient fodder to la s t t h e h orses that had to wo rk a couple of days. 'I'h e wil d bronchos coul d make out on almost anything, for if the grass was dried up they woul d eat the roots and thrive on it. It was about five in the afternoon when they r e ached the top of the l ong s lope, and then, looking downward, and to the northwe .. t, they cou ld discern a l ong blue line, which t old them that a forest was there. But they knew quite well that they could not hope to r each it that night. In that clear atmo s phere they could see q ui te a l o n g dista nce, and t hirty miles was by fa r too much to think about before the sun went clown. 'l'ney wen t on about t en miles, and t h en consid e r ed t h a t they h ad travelled e nough for the day, so he called a halt and advised that they go into camp for the nig ht. All hands seemed g lad to do this, for the sun had been very h ot all day long, and they were pretty well tired out. While preparations were b e in g made for the even i ng meal our h ero took a walk to the top of a littl e hill and surveyed the scen e in di fferent directions He saw nothing tha t l ooked lik e l ife un ti l h e happ e ned t o turn hi s gaze a l most due west. The n he caught sight of four horsemen as they were in the act of disappearing behind a h i H similar to the one he was stand in g on. "Ah!" h e exclaimed "That looks as though some thin g is going to turn u p. I have been wond er ing why it was that we have cen nothing of that coundrel, Tony Pedro. I won't be a bit surprised if we come across him before another day i oYer." ..._ He wait e d to get sight of the hor seme n again, but they dic1 not show up. Then he came to the conclusion that they must have h alte d behind the hill, which was about three miles dis tant. "Boys," :::iaid he, addressing his two partners, as he wal ked back to the bustling camp, "I gu ess we have some thing on hand after i t gets dark "What i s it, Wild?" asked Jim, while the scou t looked expectant I just caught s i ght of four men on horseback over the r e," and he pointed out the direction. "Yer did I C h arlie exclaimed, eageTly "Bad galoot s I'll bet!" "Well, I saw nothing to indica.te that they w e re bad. But they just disapp e ared behind a hill over there, and they stayed there, too, for I waited to see them show up further on, and they failed to do so." "I wond e r if one of them could be the r ascally guide we let go?" Dart observed, thoug,htfully "I r eckon that's what we' ll find out," the scout nodded. "J'lfost l ikely," W ild admitted. They said nothing to any of the rest, but waited for their s upper. Meanwhile the s un was pretty w ell down now The slanting stre aks of reel and yellow glimmered on the hill!. to p leaving shadows in the hollow places. 'I'h e western sky jus t the n was something beautiful to look up on, so much in contrast was it to the almost barren waste of undulating prairie land. But the scene was lost upon our .friends, for the times were so many that they had gazed upon similar scenes that t hey coul d hardly apprec iate this one. Wild noticed that Ned Lake and Belle had b e en more together that afternoon than at any time since h e ha .cl known them. "Et," said he, "I guess you ha .ve taken some of the j o ll y sp irit out of t h e Broncho Queen She i s one of the kin d who like to tantalize lov ers and sweetheart and that i s why s h e paid so much attention to m e But s ince s he has found that she has been eclipsed by you, she has sett l e d down to mind her own business, and to love her lover, as a nice girl sho uld. I hardly think you will have any further occasi.on to get j ealous about h er." "Why, I wasn't jealou s of her, Wild," the girl declared, h er face reddeni n g I just felt--" "You ju st felt that no other gir l s hould try to :flirt with me that's alL l ittle one That is a mild form of jealousy, I r eckon But it i s all r i ght, for it shows that you think a whole l ot of me, and that i s what I want you t o." Sometimes I wonder w hy it is that every girl you meet don t fall in love with you, Wild Arietta said, speaking


YOUNG WILD WEST AS A PRAIRIE PILOT. H' earnestly. "You are so much nobler and and better looking than the average boy or young man You are "There, sweetheart Don't say any mor e," and he laughingly put his hand over her mouth. "I don't want to hear it. I am only a r eal boy of the West, I hope. That is quite enough for me, for in no other part of tlie world can better people be foun d than in the West-the g l orious W est of the United States of America!" The boy grew a trifle dramatic as he s poke, and .Ar ietta looked at him in silent admiration There was no question but that she r e ally believed hi m to be her true ideal of budding manhood. The two talked on in this s train until the piping voice of Wing their cook, anno1mcec1 that s upper was ready Our friends had decided to live the s ame as if they wer e alone, though they need not have touched their own pro visions if they had not wi h e d to. After all had eaten the eveni ng meal Ben Hope, t h e fiddl er, patched up the strings of his instrument and treated them to a little old-fashioned music. Ned Lake suggested a dance, and as there were enough to make up a coup l e of sets willing to it, they h ad a live ly time of it in the twilight. It wa.s while the dance was going on that Hop, t h e clev e r Chinaman, got it in hi s h ead that he woul d like t o have a drink of tanglefoot, as he called whisky One of hi s failings was that he liked to get t ipsy now and then. He had been without anything in that line to drink fo r over a week now, and he had discovered that some o f t h e men had whish.7 with them. He had even learned that there was a big jug of it i n the wagon that was owned by a man named Da ggett. It was a good time now to get at the jug, so the Cele.s tial thought, and, leaving the merrymakers to themselves, be sneaked off and made his way around to t h e other side of the wagon. If he had no liquor, Hop certainly had bott les t h a t wer e empty, which had once contained it. A collection o bottles was one of his hobbies. H e h ad two quart bottles i n his big pocket as h e mad e for the wagon. H"e had decided that if he could get one drink he might as w e ll stock up with enough to have twenty or thirty l ater on. Hop the wagon without being seen, and it was no t l ong before he had mounted to the front and c r ept inside. 'l'hen the search for the tanglefoot bega n. In less than five minutes h e found it, and, weighing it in his hand, he concluded that t h ere was just about enoug h i n it to fill his two bottles Wi'th the squeaking of the old violin and t h e sho u ts of l aughter of the ringing in his ears, the C e l est i al pour ed the whisky from the jug into the bottles He had judged it quite accu rately, for the r e was less than half a pint left. "Lat no good for Melican mans," h e m u t t e r ed, a n d h e tipped the jug and swallow e d the balance Smacking bis lips, he crept out of t he wagon and m a d e his way around to \Vherc the two tents of Young W il d West's party had been pitched. Hop had swallowed just about enough tanglefoo t t o make him feei hil arious As the dan c in g ceased he struck up a Chinese ditty, and then h e ;:;ot up an d b egan to dance. "He's drunk, as s ur e as you're born !" decl a red Chey e nne Charlie "I wonder where ther galoot got it?" "That je s t remind s me,') s poke up Daggett, the man Ho p h ad sto l en t h e whisky from "I've got a j u g of g ood stuff in ther wagon. We' ll hav e a l ittle." Char lie shrugged hi s shoulders "Jes t look an' see if you 've got it," he sa id The man ha s tened to do so. Th-e next minute he came running back wit h the empty "Some gal oot has cl ea n e d out my goo d liqu or!" h e ex cl a i med I thought so," and the scout gave a ch uckl e The r h eathen is tber galoot, all right He' s got part of your rum in s ide of him at this minute Wild, you'd better see to it afore h e drinks ther r est of i t a n k i ll s h imself.' CHAP'I 'ER Xl WILD SPIES ON TIIE FOUR VU.LAINS A.ND LEARNS T H E'.J:R PL.A.NS Hop Wah certainl y h eard and saw what wa.s going on, but he kept right on dancing ancl singjng "Me feel allee samee bully boy, wit h um g l assce eye!" h e shouted "Me vclly muche smartec, so be!" "Hey!" yelled Da ggett, holding up the empty jug. "Do you know a n ything about this?" The C h inaman ceased hi s antics right away "Me no unelelstand," he d eclared, s haking his head and looking as innocent as a little child "See here, Hop," s aid Wild, stern ly. "What d i d you do with the w h i sky you took :from that jug?" "Me no--" "What did you do with it?" Wild meant bu i ness, and Hop knew i t "Me a llee samee dl ink u m tanglefoot, Misler Wild," was t h e meek reply. "Yer couldn't have done it," spoke up D aggett "ThPre was a good h alf a gallon in ther j ug this mornifi', an' no one t ouched it since b u t you." Our hero kept a very stern expression on hi s face arnl drew one of his shooters "Produce the whi s ky, Hop," he said "If you don't I w ill s hoot o:ff your eyebrows!" "Allee light, Misl er Wild; me takee jus t for um lil lce fun. Me g i ttee, allee samee, pletty quickce, so be,." H e ha s tened to where hi s pack sad dl e was, and li fting i t from t h e ground, di s closed the two bottles of liquor. "Bl ing um j u g here so be," he said, blandly Tne ma n wh o h ad mi ssed the w hi sky glad l y h anded him the jng


U.8 YOUNG WILD WEST AS A PRAI R I E PILO'l'. '11.llen, jus t as tho u g h h e was merely doing a favor for him, Hop poure d t h e whi sky into the jug. But he ma n aged to l e ave a littl e i n eac h bottle, all right. "Velly funny jokee, s o be," he Temarked as Daggett took the jug. "You mi g h t t hink so was the d ry reto r t. "It wouldn't been m u ch of a j o ke i:f I h a .dn't misse d it jest now, I reck o n. I s'pose i f I had waited t ill to -mor re r t e r take a drin k I wou ldn' t h ave got very m uch of ther rum b ac k. "L-a.t light, s o be. "You might come up a littl e closer, t h ough, if y ou li1 e B u t wa i t until you think I am abou t there before you d o Then the y ung deadshot started o n his missio n A s he drew nearer he became more cautious, for h e was firm1'y convinced that t h e four me n he was approach ing were e n emies, and that one of them was n o other than Tony Pedro. A minu te or two later h e w as abl e t o disti nguis h the forms of three men and fom h orses One of t he h orsemen h e h a d see n b efo r e d ark was miss ing A littl e close r and h e found t hat one of the three was The n Hop s t arte d to da nc i n g ag ain. Charlie turne d away in di sg u s t. "'l'ha t 's on e thing t her heathen ga l oot w ill never l;Je an Indian. br o k e o f," h e said "He'll always stea l whisky as long as Then he recognized the other two as the rascals they h e li ves." had taken in the n ight before, and w h o h ad tri ed to rob Ch a rli e t o o k a little w i t h Daggett, as did some of the he ranchman. othe r m e n "So, they a r e here are t hey?" he though t W e ll I mig h t have g u essed that, if I had tried hard. But I on l_y B y this t ime it w as quit e da:rk. t h o u g h t of the villainous guide It m u s t be that h e l S N ow, bo3rs,'' said our h ero, I guess w e will take a f f the o n e who i s missing, for I know t h e r e we r e o u x o rid e a r ound for a fe w minutes." them an cl there are fou r horses here Wh e r e are you goi nrr, W i ld?" Ariett a asked. h i t l h "ll d d v Just then a man came down t e It e 1 an Jom e W e ll I have g o t a n i dea tha t some one i s a rnund," was the others the r e pl y. "I want to fin d out a b out it. It was Tony Pedro. All who h eard w h a t h e said w e r e i n terested right away W ild gave a nod of deep satisfact ion and then proceeded But h e d i d n o t c h oose t o tell them any more jus t then. to creep a littl e nearer. A s h e knew the spo t where he had seen the four horse -He was not long i:!J. getting close enough to hear the m e n d i s a1J1Jear was fu ll y thr ee m iles away, he went for bis conversation of the four men. hors e a n d s addl e d it. h d T .e "They are right oYer there, I tell you," he ear ony a nd J1m .Lollo wed example. (Pedro say. "But I don't think it will be safe to tackle It amt InJuns, l s It? Pete Darlmg asked, as they them to-night. There is no place to hide shou l d they get m ounted after us, you know." ''Oh, n o our h ero a n swered "We'll let you know "Ugh!" answer ed the red skin. "We must not let them all about i t w h e n w e come back. There is nothing to worry know we come, Tony." ove r.n "That's all ricrht Jack. But you know I told you that The three the n ro de off. we have got pretty 'sharp c11stomers to d ea l with when we Wil d did no t wan t to approach the hill straig h t from tackle Yo 1mg Wild West and his partner Hit 11as only the camp a s h e thought it most likely that the four men the rrancr of emigratin' lJeople it would be easy enough." h a d s e e n the l ight from the :fires there, and if they were "That's as sure as anything," spoke up Dave :i\fott "I e n e mies they w oul d be keep ing a l ookout in that direction. reckon, though, that if we waited till jest afore daylight H e l e d the way off to the north, and when t h ey had cov-we mi ght catch 'em nappin'. H it wa n't that you was e r e d a mi le h e sw11 ilg a r o und and approached the spot he bound ter git ther ga l ; 'I'ony, I think we m ight rob that b ad im p r esse d o n his mind in a circle. a ranchman. I reckon we'll soon be abl e to see the camp:fire, if.they "Well, you can do that fir s t. I'll get the gir l al l right." h a v e got any," W il d o bse r ved, as they were abou t a mi l e "Jest as you say What do yer think about waitin' till fr o m the hill. jest afore daylight, an' then tacklin' ther job?" The w ords were scarce l y out of h i s mouth w h en they "I think it wiH be a good idea." caught jus t the g l i mm er o f a li g h t ahead "We'll be all ready ter light out, anyhow an' a fore they "There s h e i s! excla i med the scout "They've got could git after u s we ought ter have a good sta r t in t h er Rome k i n d of light t h ere, anyhow dark," observed Rip Howard, shaking his h ead, as t h o u g h "We' ll let the h orses walk now, I guess," answered our he thought hi s advice was of great importance her o Wild chuckled so:ftJy to himself. T h i s the y did a n d they got a littl e near e r t h ey "I reckon you fellows don't know enough to go in when saw that it w a s a sma ll fire that was b urning. it rains," he muttered, uncler hi s breath "J11st try your Bu t it wa s p retty well burned o u t and the light t hat little game, and I reckon some of you will feel hot lead." c ame from it was n o t m u c h He remained there a little longer ancl when he turnecl 'rhe three k ept on unt il t hey w ere w ithi n a littl e l ess to go back to his waiting partners he. was satisfied that tha n a quarter of a mile from it, and the n t h ey h a lted a n d the fou r scoundre l s meant to try and sneak upon the camp d i s m o u nted. shortly before day light. "Now, y o u fe llows stay h e r e w i t h the horses, and I'll Their pur pose was to steal what money t h ey could and go over and fin d o u t w hat s ort of a. c rowd it is," sa i d Wild off with Belle Darling, providing there was the l east


YOUNG WILD WEST AS A PRAIRIE PILOT. 19 chance to get hol d of her without arousing the inmates of the camp Wild fou n d Cha rli e and Jim quite close by. They had come up a n d for ced t h e hor ses to lie down, so they would not be discovered if any of the vill ains h ap pen ed to come out an d l ook that way. The young deadshot quickly told t h em what he had seen ancl heard. "So that is their game, i s it?" .Jim remark ed. "Well, it i s a good thing we came h e re, I guess They might have been able to carry out at l east part of their scheme i f w e knew nothin g of it." "They might, if eve r ybody was sound asleep," spoke up the scout. "But t hat wouldn t he ther case But it's a mighty good thing ter k now what theJ'.re up ter, jest ther same The h o r ses were made to r ise, and then, leading them away to a safe distance, they mounted and rode back to the camp Then Young Wil d West surprised all hands by telling them the whole thing. "So Tony Pedro i s st ill after Be ll e, i s he?" the ranch man exclaimed "Well, I reckon I 've got a bullet waitin' fu rther galo ot, that's all!" "I've got o ne, too, pop!" spoke up the Broncho Queen "He will n eve r get me again." J est wait till I git a good s i ght of him!" said Ned Lake, his eyes fia hing "I'll s how him that I kin s hoot straight enough ter fetch him b l ack-hearted s coundre l ain t :fitter l ive, an' that's all there is to it!" "You 've got that right, Lake," Cheyenne Charlie has tened to say "Yer kin bet that Tony Pedro will never make old bone s Ther coyotes is sha.rpenin' their teeth fur him at this very minute, I 'll bet!" It was de cided to keep an extra man on gua.Td during t h e entire night, for they did not know but that the vil lains might change their plans and come earlier. Our fri e nd s were not m u c h worried, though some of the emigrants app eare d to be. CHAPTER XII. TIIE VILLAINS MAKE A FAILURE OF IT. 'rhe night wore on and nothing but the sounds made by the insects and the how 1 of an occasiona l coyote could be heard Wh e n it was a few minute s to four in t h e morning Wild, who was then awake, roused Charlie ancl Jim. H e knew it was abo u t t im e for the v ill ains to s how themselves, i f they r ea ll y meant to The three then p lacecl themse lves in diff e r ent places, so they would be certain to know i f an outs ider s n eaked into the camp The men doing guard duty just the n were a lert, too, for when they cau ght Wild moving toward the wagons one 0 them got very c lose to him to sec who he was before he found it was not a tranO'er. u Just keep quiet, everybody,': the young r The boy had not set tled clown into a comfortabl e p osi tion to wait mor e t han five minilte s w h en he heard a sl i ght rustle in the dry grass a short distance away "Ah! he t h ought. "Here they come Now to give the galoot s the s urprise of their li.ves !" It was pretty dark now, though the stars wer e out. Young Wilcl West kept his gaze riveted on the s pot the sound had come from, and the next moment he di s tinctly saw a. moving :figme He knew that it was quite certain t h a t other s 0 the gang were creeping up in different places, but he was not going to give the alarm Wi d woul d take hi s chances on the wa t c hfulness of his partners If they allowed any 0 the thieves t o creep into the camp and get in their work it would b e someth in g rathe r strange and unusual for. them Wild watched closely. The :figure moving directly toward the wago n he was crouching partly under. whoever it was, h e was very stealthy i n his move ments. But Wild wa s not mor e than a cw seco nd s in fin ding out that it was the Indian he had seen at the h e h ad spied upon the night before. Then he easi l y under stood why be was so stealthy in hi s movements. 'rhe bov waited a s cal mly as though it was a ll a joke t hat was being played The redskin crept up to the wago n, li stene d wit h hi s ear close to t he ground, and then arose to his feet He moved noiselessly toward the front of the wagon which was open to admit air to those who w e r e s leep ing in it. Then Young Wild We s t aro se to hi s feet and st a r tr>cl after the red scoundrel. If the Indian could move witho u t making a sound, so could the dar-;hing youug dead s ho t Jack Solclier Coat listened agai n, and then h e put i n rnoccasincc1 foot upon the wagon pole an d c limb ed up so h e might craw l into the wagon Wild thought lie had gon e about far enough, so, with a sudde n l eap, he caught the scoundre l by. the ank l e A quick j erk from the athletic boy ancl the r edsk i n s head came clown upon the g1ound with a thud. "Shoot every stranget you :find i n t h e cam p, boys! called out Young Wild West in a voice that rang out clea r ::md distinct. Then he hit the red s kin a cnick on the head with the


20 ( YOUJG \VILD \ YEST AS A P R AIRIE PILOT. butt of his revolver, whi c h served to daze h i m lon g enough to be reli eved of hi s weapons wit hout a 8truggle. "Get up, you sneaking coyote!" Wild comman d ed wh en he saw that t h e f e ll o w was quite capab l e of doing it. "Ugh!" was the repl y "You will grunt worse t h an that before long," our h ero res ponded "I'll show you what bad Indians get whe n they s n e ak into the c amps o f the palefaces and try to steal." I At that moment a shot rang out, followed by a s hriek of agony Wild hu s tled hi s prisoner in the dire ct ion it came from "I've got one of t hem! he called out, so h e w o uld not be mi s tak e n for an in t rud e r. "An' I reckon I g ot one of 'em," was t h e repl y in the voice of Pete Darling "He was: tryin' t er git in my pockets afore your h o llered out, but I did n t say nothin', as I h a d him covere d from under ther blanket Wh e n you h ollered out h e come for me a n tried ter knoc k my h e ad off with ther butt of hi s r evolve r. I catched his ar m, an' then we had a wrastle fur a few second s I upset him, an' then he raised his s hoot er ter l et m e have it, s o I popped him." While the ranchm an was e x plain i ng Wild could h ea r the s ounds o f r eceding hoof s He then knew that all four of the villains mu st.I h ave come to mak e the attempt to rob t h e r a n c hman and ste al his daughter Bu t h e clicl not choose to follow t hem. "Let t h e others go," h e said, as C h ar li e came up with his h orse. "We' ll catc h them later on L et's see who it i s that Pe te hot." A l ante rn was quickly brought, and then the man, who was quit e dea d now, proved to be the villain who had given hi s lta m e a s Rip Howa rd 'rhe emigrants crowded a.round, and all as much of a look as they to take Jack Soldier Coat saw, too, but h e did not make a s ign He was apparently indiff e r e nt. But tha t i s the way of an Indian "That's what ought ter be clone t e r you you red ga l oot!" exclaim e d the scout, a s h e pointed to the dead man on the ground with on e h a nd and shook the other in India n's fac e "Ugh!" was the gr imtin g reply, which m e ant that the rascal didn't care what the palefaces said. "Just tie him up, boys," sa id Wild, coolly "We'll set tle on what i s to be done with him afte r we have h ad breakfa st It i s beg innin g to get a bit li ght in the east, so t h e re is no usa. of any on e thinking of getting any more s leep now. Of course everybody b e lon ging to the p arty was awake. Even if the voices of Wild and the others had not been heard the s hout would have aroused them. In a few minute s the campfires w ere sta rted, and the;n the p re parations for an ear l y breakfast began. The India n was brou ght over close to the quarters of Wild and hi s companions. "You jus t sit down by him and keep a watch on him Hop, our hero sa id as he saw t h e Chinaman reaardin a 0 b hi m with no li ttle interes t. ".Allee light, M i lcr \\"ilcl," wa8 the reply "life alle3 sarnee watchec urn ledski.11 pl etty rnu chee gooc1ee, so be!! Hop was m uch pleased to be put in charge of him "Whatee you namee, so be?" he a sked, smiling pleas antly at the prisoner For a wonder, the Apache took a no tion to gratify hi s c uri osily "Me J aek Coa t he answered. "Me good Injun J ackee Sol dier Coatee, ancl um velly goodee l edsk in, s o be. L at v e lly nicee.n "The Chi nee is a great brave," said J ack Soldier Coat, evide n tly trying to get in favor with his guard "Me like the Chinee." "Me 1ikee l edskin too answered Hop, smiling bland l y "But me no likee velly close by, so be. (Me likee v e lly far away." "If the Chince w ill l et Jack Soldier Coat go I will make h im very ri ch I know where there i s plenty of gold, and I will tell hi m "Lat v e ll y mu c hee nicee. Me likee be velly muchee li c h but m e no l ettee Jackee Soldier Coatee go, so be. An angry g l ance shot from the of the captive red s kin He now und erstood that there was no hope for him from t h e Chinaman, anyhow He lapsed into a moody silence Hop tried to talk with him, but it was no use. Mean w hil e it was getting light er all the while now, a nd s o on the eastern sky was aglow \ Two of the emigrants were scooping out a shallow g r ave for the villain who hacl been shot, and. Pete Darling was bossin g the job. Breakfast was soon re ady and then Hop, who was very h1mgry l eft hi s pri s oner close to the fire and went oveT to whe re hi s broth er was, in the hope of getting hold of som ethin g t o nibble o n while h e waited Jack Soldier Coa t was just desperate enough to take any kind of a chanc e to get away The Chinaman h ad sca rc ely turned bis back when he rolled over so that his boun d hands came i n contact with the r ed h ot brand s in the fire. 1 He meant to burn his bonds Of course, his hands and wrists would s uff er, too, but i that was not s o much for an I ndian to stand Tli e cord s took fire right away; and in less than five min u te s the redskin had his bli s tered h ands free It was but the work of a moment for him to unt:le the rope tha t was a bout his ank les. The n h e crawled s il ently away and made for t he horses. Jack Soldi e r Coat was free, and he knew it. H e got one of the horses b e lon gi n g to t h e emigra nts and, mountin g it, rode off! CHAPTER XIII. ON THE BANK OF TUE SAN JUAN lUVER. H o p turned to go b ack to t he pri sone r just as h e \1'3S moun ting the hors e


YO UNG WILD WES T A S A PRAIRIE PILOT 21 TIH' Chin aman seein g that t h e r e d kin was gon e, look e d wild l y aro un d in i;>e arc h of him 'rhen he o:aw ri ding a 1 ra y to tlt c W est lT op felt a s h a m ed of himself for having l eft the rascal, an d thus allowed him to get awa y Ju t how he had m anaged to d o i l t h e Celestial did n ot know Rut h e did kn o w t ha t h e 1Ta s resp o n s i b l e for him since Wild h a d plac e d him .in ch a r g e of t h e r e dskin. Hop' s pi e ba l d broncho w a s n o t far awa y Acting on a s u dde n i mp ulse, h e d arte d for the s t eed, taking t h e brid l e wit h h im H e got t h e br i dle on, a n d was i n t h e a c t of m ounting, w hen Cheyenne Char l ie cam e run_ n i n g for hi s h o rse. The scout a s w ell a s the res t, had h ea rd and seen the I ndia n as he rode away on t h e back of the mu stang ":M:e catchee um leds kin 1\fis ler C h a rl ie !" e x c laim e d t h e cl ever Chinaman and then h e was o n t he mu s tang s b ack and off li ke a s hot Hop had t h e adva n tage, in o n e way The Indi a n had no b ri d l e on t h e h o r e h e was ridi ng, and h e could no t get t h e s peed o u t of i t tha t h e coul d have if Hie animal was b ridle d N e ithe r cou ld h e g uid e i t j us t w h e r e h e wante d to. Hop coul d Jack Sol d i er Coat was unarm e d too and Ho p po s sessed a keen e dged h unting kn i fe and a big, o l d fa s hion e d ixs hoot e r that was l oaded wit h powd e r and b u ll e t s But h e was not mu c h o f a s ho t. H e h ad b a r e l y g ot away on t h e tra il of t h e r e d s kin who was about t w o hundr e d yard ahead now, whe n .. Wild and hi s par tners got the i r hor s e s ready to m ount. They s t arte d in purs uit, t h ough o u r he ro did not kno-w what to do with the r e d s ki n afte r h e was c au g ht. H e was not the on e t o p ronounce a sentenc e of d eat h upon him. Whe n h e saw Hop :flouri s h h i s bi g r e v o

YOUNG WILD WEST AS A PRAIRIE PILOT. lains' had been camped the nigllt before they found it de ;;erted But over a mile ahead of them they could see Jack Sol dier Coat followi ng the trail. "Ther galoot will keep on that jog trot fur hours, if he ha s ter, remarked C h eyenne Charlie "He may catch up with t h er galoots when he gits to ther woods, fur it's most l ikely they're waitin' t h ere "'['hat's rig ht," nodded our hero. "Eight or ten miles is not muc h of a run fol' a redskin." Half an hour l ater the Indian reached the timber and was lost to view. The sun was shining l ike a great ball of fire, and as the trave l ers had no cool water to drink, they were anxious to st r ike some. When t hey fina ll y rea.clied the shade of the trees they were m uch re lieved I smell mud, all rig ht," said our hero:, as he sniff eel t h e air. "By jove I never thought of it! San Juan R iver mu t be pretty close by." "That's right, Wild, an' when we strike it all we've got t er c1o is ter folfer along ther bank an' ride over inter Utah. W e've been there afore, yer know. I reckon we ain't more'n five miles away from ther last trail we foll e red in these parts." Wild knew this was right, when he came to think of it. "Come on this way," he said, after a pause. They rode on through the woods, and in a few minutes they struck a fresh trail. "The villains are heading for the river, too, I guess," remarked Dart. "Oh, yes. They know that it is best to keep close to water." Tw e n ty minute s later they came to a stream of water that was fully a hundred yards in width It was surely the San Juan River, and now Young Wild West k new exactly where they were. Prom the starting point to there was a territory they hadn't traveled over, though they had been all around it. The horse s w ere eager to get at the water, so they were allowed to have their own way about it. Wild advised a halt, anyhow, for he knew it would be advisable to let the horses have a nip at the grass and mequite that grew abundantly along the river bank. "Hop, you and Wing go up the tream a little distance, where the water i s clear, and get a couple of pail s," he called out to the two Chinmen., as they disappeared. "Allee li ght," was the reply. "Come, Arietta," spoke up Belle Darling, a smile on h er face, as s he spoke. will ride after them and pro tect tliem from the Indian, who may be lying in wait to get revenge upon Hop A ll rig ht," Arietta answered, and then they r o de along af t e r t h e two Celest ials. T hey h ad scarce l y got o u t of s ight around a big clump of trees whe n a scream for help was heard CHAPTER XIV. TONY PEDRO MAKES ANOTHER DARING ATTEMPT. Tony Pedro and Dave Mott had made their escape that m orn i ng more by good luck than anything else. The moment Young Wild We t sou nded the alarm, after capturing the Indian, they started to run. They had been right ai the edge of the camp, looking arou11d for a chance to carry out their purpose, and, leav ing their companions to their fate, they ran for the horses they had waiting a hort distance away. \Vhen the s hot rang out, followed by the cry o f agony, they knew that it was Rip Howard who h ad got t h e b ul let Pedro mounted his horse i n a twinkling Mott was not far behind him, and then they r ode, t h e other two horses following of their own accord. The two ecoundrel s did not stop until they got to t he place they hacl camped at. Then they waited and watched until it grew dayl ight, hopingthat Jack Soldier Coat would appear. But as he did not show up, they mounted and started for the timber they could see in the di tance As the rise in the ground hid the camp from them, they did not see the bold attempt to escape the redskin made. They kept on, feeling in anything but a pleasant mood, and finally they reached the timber. Then they halted and looked back. "I reckon we're in fur :it now," said Dave Mott, s h ak ing his head, sadly. "Poor Rip must have got his medi cine, an' tlier Injun was catched. I don't understand why it was that they was so quick ter find out we was there "It i,:; too bad," P edro admitted "But just wait! I ll kill Young Wild West for thi us s ure as you are stand ing there, Dave Mott! And I'll have that gal, too!" "Better let ther gal part of it be, Tony. No good will come of it, if yer keep it up. A woman always makes trouble no matter what s he 's connected with. I don't blame yer fur wantin' ter git square with YounoWild West, though. I'll help yer ter do that. If we can't do no better we'll lay :for 'em, an' when they come along we'll both shoot at ther boy at one time. It's most sure that one of our bullets will find him." Pedro nodded. "Just wait till I climb a tree and have a look," said' he "It may be that they're in sight by this time." "l\Iost likely they are, Tony The villainous guide, who wanted the ranchman's daughter for a bride so bad quickly ascended a t ree and took a look over the back trail. He cau ght sight of the prairie schooners right away, but when he saw Jack Soldier Coat coming along away ahead of them on foot, he felt like letting out a yell of joy. As it was, he called out, excitedly : "Dave, the redskin is coming!" "What!" cried Mott. "That's rigl:lt. And t h e party is c omin g o n behind h im They mu t have let h i m go." "Yer didn't see nothin' o f Ri p, di d yer?" asked Mott, an.."'tiously, as Tony desce n ded the tree The villain s hook his head "No," he answered. "I reckon he got fixed when that shooter sounded Yer may as well give him up as gone, Dave." "He was a putty good pard, he wa and a tear came in the eye oi the ragged rascal. "Well, if it had ter be, I


YOUi'JU \\'lLD .\;:J \ PHAilUE PLLOT. 2 3 s poRe th e r e s no use in worryin about it. I jesl want for said, in u 1rhisper. fellows b e r eady to r ide fin

I YOUNG WILD WES T AS A PRAIRIE PILO'l'. CHAPTE R XV. THE RACE B E T WEEN THE S ORREL AN D BLACK STARTS. "Ug h !' t exc laim ed J ack Sold ier Coat, a.s he recognized Hop. Then he made a l eap for ward and caught the Chinaman by the t hroat Wing was too as tonished e v en to utter a c ry, an d be fore he coul d make a move Da,ve Mott had him by t h e arm a.ncl a r evolver pre ssed aga inst h is temp l e "Jest one littl e cry an' you'll be a dea d h eat h en!" h e exclaimed, in a low tone of voice. Cel estia l s threw up their hands i n toke n of s u b m1ss1on. The I ndian re l eased his grip upo n Ho p 's t h roat Then, while his compan i o n cove red t h e pair, he b o und them. "Chinee he ap much fool!" he vent u red. "Lat light," Hop answered, for he wa s q u ick to recover him elf, genera lly. "We hear allee sa.mee horsee makee feet go, and we comee to look. Find ledskin and bad :Melican man, o be." "We kill fools! Ugh!" "You bette not kill, so b e Young Wild, West allee sa.mee makee pletty quickee killee you Evid entl y Jack Soldier Coat thought that was about the size of it, for he shru gge d h i s s h oulders a n d looked at Mott, a s thobgh for advice. "I don't know a s we've got much by gittin' ther two heathens," that worthy remarked "Of course, if we'd let 'em gone out they would hav e brought a gang here, an' the n it would have been all up with us in a hurry. But it \1on't make an y differen ce, anyhow. W e won't git away from h ere 'tain t likely." "Ugh!" the red ski n was more uneasy than ever. "You allee samee bette lettee poor Chinamen go," said Hop, speaking in a voice loud enough to be heard quite orne distance "Stop talkin' f'O loud!" com mand e d Mott. But Hop had accomplished what he wanted to, for the next moment hurried footsteps heard coming around the s id e of the little hill i,nto wh ich the' cave was lo cated Jack Soldier Coat quickly grabbed the bridle of the hor8e h e rode and l e d it fo the outside Then he mounted and forced the anima l to p l unge into the water, which was quite deep at that point \ cceptiug i : he move a s an example, Mott mounted and follo1rec1 him. plash! went his horse into the river Oraek-1craek-crack A Yolley of revo lver s hot s sounde d and then Hop looked out and sa w two riderless horses making for the opposite ,Ji ore. "Hip hi! Help!" he yelled, shrilly. "Where are yer?" came an answering voice Before either of t h e prisoners could answe r Pete D ar ling put in rm appearance. "Thunder!" he gasped "How d id ye r g i t he r e?" Hop tried to explain, but the rahchman was too much excited over what had happened to his daughter to listen He quickly cut the two Celestials loose and then ran from the cave Hop and Wing followed and soon were back where the member of the party who had not started in pursuit of 'rony Pedro w ere waiting. "Come along with ther wagons," sho ute d Darling "There's a ford h ere." The man had mounted his horse as soon as he cut the two Chinamen loose, aJld he was now going in pursuit after Young Wild Wes t and the others. Hop hastened to get the pack horses and assist the few men who had remain ed to get the horses in line. In about ten minutes they were fording the river, which p ro ved to be quite shallow there. O nce on t h e other side, they took the trail and went on thr o u gh t h e woods. It was only a thin strip of timber on that side, as it proved, and then the rolling prairie was disclosed to view. "Somebody allee samee shootec um and bad Mel ican man," Hop remarked to one of the drivers. "I r eckon som e body did," was the reply. "We all had a crack at 'e m when we seen 'em in ther river. They got what they deserved ; I reckon." "Lat light, so be." A mile or two ahead they could see those who had gone in pursuit. They were at a halt, and that made those with the wag ons think that the Broncho Queen had been rescued. And so it proved, for two minutes after she came riding that way, \vith Arietta at her s id e Anna and Eloi se who were very much wor ried over what had happ ened, urged their horses forward to meet them It will be in order to explain how it was that the girl had escaped from the villain When Pedro took to the water he looked over his shou lder and saw that Arietta was riding swiftly a:fter him. As he reached the other side he saw that Young Wild \Vest was close behind the girl. He was desperate now, and he meant to get away with his prize or die. His horse reached the other side and was soon r'Unning through the woods. Then it was that something intervened to help the cap t ive girl. The l aria t that Pedro had wound about her body was trailing the ground, and by accident it caught upon a gnarled root. A.s the rope tightened with a jerk, the girl was whisked from the hors e before the villain knew it. 'l'hen he knew he had lost her. H e almo s t made up hi s mind to try and get her, but w h e n h e saw Young Wild Wes t on his gallant sorrel he de cided to flee. Glancing over his sho uld er, he saw that all his pursuers but one had stopped to give aid to the Broncho Queen. Tlie one who did not s top was Young Wild West. Come on!" he houted defiantly "You will never g ,et me, unless you shoot, Young Wild West!"


YOUNG 'WILD WEST AS \ E PILOT. 25 "I 11ni bhoot !"' 11as the reply. The Broucho Queen 11ut> not much h u.rt by the fall, and a s soon as she was released from the rope she sprang to her feet, and, waving her bat, exclaimed : "Catch him, Wild! Win t h e race!" "Oh, Wild will calch him-never fear!" said Arietta, a s she brushed the dirt from the g irl's clothing. "Yer kin b t your liie h e will!" s poke up Cheyenne Dharl ie mounting his horse to follow and see the fini s h of the rnce He was leading the horse that Be ll e had been whisked from by the daring villain Just then Neel Lake came in sight. A cry of j oy came from the yolmg man's lip s. It did not take long for him to find out how it happened that his sweet heart was free T'h en he assisted h e r to mount, after whic h they fol lowecl the rest, whn were making fo r the open prairie, in order to get a sight of the race between the sorrel and the black. Tliey rode on out upon t h e prnirie and h a d the sa tisfac tion of ::;eeing Yolmg Wild W est gaining upon the fugit ive. They kept on until t h ey were a mile out, and the n they came to a halt and waited for Pete Darling to com e up "Ther wagon s an' ther re s t i s comin' shouted the old man, wh e n he sa w his daughter was with them. "Hooray Where's Wild?" "'11here he goes," anS\\'Cl'Cd the Bronch o Queen point ing io the two racing horse "\\'ild want:; to overhaul the galoot alone. I know that well eno u g h So they moved a little further out on the plain and then waited. IY1ld and the villain h e was pur uing were mere s p e ck s in the distance when the wagons and rest of the party came up. "Arietta," ;;aid B e ll e, l et's yo u and I go out and meet W ild as h e comes ba ck "All right," wa the rcpl, W e can help him bring in hi prisoner. I am sur e that h e will have a pris oner to fetch in, unless--" "Unless the black horue proves to be faster t han the s or rel. you mean uxo I mean unl ess it comes 1o a fight "Oh, I understand. Then i t woulcl mean that Pedro woulcl get h is met1icinc." "That'::; abo u t the way i t would be, I am s ure. Wild never like$ to shoot a rnan, no mati.ei: how much of a scoundrel h e i!:', and bow well he de serves it. But there are time when he ha s to do it in order t o save his own life." The g irl rode on, and a s they lo oked back they saw that t h e wagon train had go t in motion, and 'ras followin g them. ''l T eckon they c1it1n' t hare' time' to get mue h 1 water," <'airl Belle, shaking her head "\\ell, T snppo c pop is anxious to get as far as he can anfl aR i t i s right on the to follow \Yilvi"h Lhat race would end pretty tiOOll lt wa s to end p retty soon, loo, ;1:; they s o on found out. "'yr. CON'C LOSION'. Young Wild west was r i g h t in hi s cle m en t 1rhe n h e found that h e had rl. chance t o s ho w thd S 1rn: U1a faster of t h e two stee ds "Spitfire, old boy! he said, a s h e patted the ne ck of the noble animal. "You mus t catch that black horse ii it takes until night." The sor rel gave a whinny, as he a lway s did when he heard his young master s p e ak to him when they were alo ne Then the lon g race follo wed The sorrel was not doing exactly his be st, for Wild wa s reserving him for the fin a l da s h. The young deacl shot knew what his horse was; anil though b e did not think that t h ere was another one as goo d in the world, h e had n eve r see n one. That was quite suffic i ent to make h i m have the utmos t c onfidence i n ga ll ant Spitfire n'Iilc aft er mile wa s cov erc and n earer and nearer Wild got to his man. He had him beaten now and he k new it. H e could eas il y have shot h im with r ev o l v er, but s o l on g as P edro did not s how fight he \\'Ould never do that. Suddenly t h e river came in s ight ahead of them. The bend Arietta had spoke ol r orn1c1ccl to here. It wa s onl y two mile s ahead ; anc1nvhcn Pedro s aw it h e swung off to tha right, s o a s to avoid it. 'iVild did not offer t o make a s hor t cut to overhaul him quicker. He made the sone l follow in the sa m e trac k s as the b lack made Tony Pedro waved his hand when h e Eaw thi mov e ''You' ve got a m i g hty g ood h orse, Young W ild \ Yest!" he call ed out. "But you'll see that min e \\'ill outwincl him. I am to get away without being s ho t at, I s uppose, iI I can?" "That's right," answer ed our h e ro "But you may as well g i ve up, for you are beaten now "Not yet The villain had swung aro und unknowin g l y, s o far t h a t he wa s riding almo s t parallel with the bac k trail in anoth er minute He was no d oub t pretty badly worried, and hardly knew whicll direction l1e w as g oing. Bnt five minutes late r when Wild wa s not more than a hundre d feet b ehind' him and g aining all t h e time, h suddenly saw the girl he had trie d s o hard to carry off with hi.m coming, traigbt toward him. Witl 1 hCT waR Y o ung Wild \ Ye. t's swertl1eart. Rut. stnrngc io saY. thr Yillain no l o nger felt a de sire to capture the 13roncho Queen. All he thought of now to get and rea lizing hr harl dou\ilerl, h r f'wnng off the \ref't. Wikl clic1 the umr. not tnking tlw lcaf't ail.vantage The yonng c1Parl:;hot wa:-; gelling rca 1 ly to ma .;:c t h e final Rpurt.


26 YOUNG WlLD \\'EST AS A PILOT. H e saw Arietta and Belle Darlincr coming, and he de Sudcleuly he saw _11xietta's lariat go whizzing after ihc e idecl to show them how h e could calch the black hor e traitor. Let yourself go, Spitfire!" he suddenly called out. The n Belle l t hers go. Though t h e noble animal had been putting up an awful Pedro dodged in Yain p ace for se veral mil es, he had that spurt left in him. Both noo se settled over hi h eacl and his hor e prornpt-lle bounded forward li ke a rocket and swooped down l y came clown to a wal k, ai:; h is anns were pinned to h is upon the black h orse with ease and he no longer could cru i de _it Ilc1olver in hand, Young Wild W rode past Tony "Around 1 r c go, llrietta called out Belle. "You go P e dro that way and I ll go this. W c'll w i n d the sneaking coyote "Stop!" he cried "You are my prisoner. up!" The man did not have to be told twice 'J'hey made two c ire:lc s li(tino the r opes fo r t h e oth e r "Arc you satisfied that your hors e is not as good as to ride uncler and lhen 'Tony Peel ro wa::; wound up! min ?" Wilt1 asked "\Ye have got him, Wild!" cried Arietta, as Young W ild "Y cs," was the repl y W ci:;t can galloping up, \raving hi s hat. "Well, l am glad to ]war you say that. 1 ow, ju;;t hold "l knew you i.wo girl:; conlc1 do it," he answered. "You u p your hands, whil e I reli e v e you o.l'. your :;hooters." hav e roped the traitor nice l y "I s'pose ther e's no u se in a.;kin' fur mercy, Young Wilcl A ringing cheer from t hoo:c approaching ran g out. West?" l>cdro's face was livid with rage as he was bro u g h t to "Yol1 will only be wa sting your breath i you do." a halt. "It \ra only for ther lov e o that gal 1.hat I done what Tnk c charge of him, boyR," said wild, is Charlie, Jim I d i d and Ned L ak rode up. "Oh, I g nes you're a traitor, anyhow! You hired to 'l'hc girls kl" go i.he lariat g uicl i.hc wagon train to tah, and then you your T 'hen 1.hc villain ho'wccl that he was not beaten quite p lan. to turn traitor and steal the l eade r\; daughter. yet, for h e wrenched his hands free, and, leaping from the Y ou 'll have to take what's coming i.o you i.hii:i time, Tony back a.I'. his hori:ic, he pulled a knil'.c from the belt of Lake Pedro! and exclaimed: T l ii 'd J 1 1 t 1 J 1 "lf I can't have the Broncho Quee n yo u n ever shall, 1e n am sm no more, anc t w 1cn our 1cro o rt 11m f 11,, t o 1rnlk his horse toward the approaching girls. he cl id SO. )'Olil 'tl er t [ J ] ] d t th ell f t th t 1 .d. ..a ,c, "1 l 0rea presence o mmct, 'l:rl now I.. and be c1?ubt there wa,, a chance. where the emigrants wantc<'l to go without further mis\\ h n ll'.e'' inthm haH a ;mlc the ira go:is he hap, and our hienrh remained there long enough to ee Jrftcd In head, an, d, fixmg hti:; gaze on Belle, .i:Jec1 :Lake an d ihc Broncho Queen made man and \rife, fo r c x cla1rnrd : 1 l l d "y 0 ca 1 ave Da dy hen I d' e 1 But I am not going the ceremony took p ace as soo n as a c ergyman cou be u 'n J, n w J found. t o die :i ust yet, u nl ess some one JS cowardly enough to hoo t a n unarmed man." Then he pul spurs to the black, and,. with a rn.ighty leap. t h e animal darted away The act w as not eurprising to Youn[.!; Wild West. "Go nnc1 get him, girls Rope him!" he cried out. i \ rietta was the first to comprehend. THE END. Read "YO NG \YILD WES'l' L.\ YING DOWN r rHE J_,_\ W: or, 'l'IIE 'B \ D' f 0 F Bfn\CK BALL," which \\'ill be the next number (263) al'. "Wild West \\eekly. Sbe urged her horse forwanl on the jump. l After her came the Broncho Queen. I T he i r horses \rere comparati cly fresh, compared with N?TIOE: All back numb.e r s of tins wee kl y the black nre always m prmt. If you cannot obtam them from any r r hey helc1 him nicely for about a Jiunrlrecl yards anrl 'newsdealer, r:cncl the price in money or potage stamps by t hen t h e:' bega n to gain. mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION Our hero l'<'mai n ccl at a halt, feeling sure that th Yi!-NEW YORK, and you will receive t h e co p ies l ain wo uld be captured. you order by return m a il.


\YlLD WES T WEEKLY. 27 WILD WEST WEEKLY NEW YORK OCT OBER 25, 1907. Terms to Subscribers. Single C opies ................ ... .......................... One Copy Three nooths ................................ .. One Copy Six nonths .................................... One Copy One Year ..................................... Postage Free. How 1'o SEND MONEY. .05 Cents .65 '' $1.25 2.50 At our risk send P 0 Money Order, Check, or Registered Letter; re m itLances in auy other way are at your risk. \\' e accept Postage SLamps I he same as cash. \Vheu sending silver wrap the coin in a separnte p i eco of paper to avoid cutting t he envelope. 1-Vi-ite you1' name and addnss plainly. Address letters t o Frank Tousey, Publisher, :14 Union Sq., New York. SOM E GOOD ARTICLES. One of Mr Santley's most amusing experiences occurred at Brecon about four years ago, when he assisted Mme Patti in gi ving a conce r t i n aid of the loca l hospital. The prima donna appeared w ith M r Santley in a duet. The vocalists had just r ecommended singing, when the baritone burst out laughing a nd lef t the platform. His companion almost immediately fol l owed, although she attempted to continue. In response to l o ud cheers, Mme Patti returned, and said: "The cause of a ll this merriment is that a wasp has bee n trying t o get into my mouth, and we co uld not g o on." Attention bas recently been called to a movement, started this time by German students, to exclu de fro m the Empire's universities. At times manufacture rs, fearful of t h e competition that might ensue from training outsiders in Ger man methods, have sought to have laws enacted that would either exclude foreigners, or make it s o hard for them to enter, as practically to exclude them from the universities. Consul Brittain, of Kiel, says: "This year German students are again demanding an increase in matricul!!:_tion ancl tui tion fees for foreigners who attend German universities. T h e y say preference should be show n the German students i n as signment of places in dormitories and recitation-halls. After they have been accommodated they are willing that fore i g n students may take what places remain. German students a re endeavoring to have all their universities unite i n discriminat ing against foreign students. The number of foreign students at the German universities has increased rapidly. During the summer semester which has just closed there were 3,888 for eign students matriculated; last winter there were 3,893; last summer ( 1906) there were 3,173 a n cl ten years ago the num ber was 3,196. The total number of a ll students matriculated at German universities was 64,942 for the summer se meste r 1906 Ten years ago the foreign students numbered 7.4 per cent. of the total number; at p resent 7.6 per ce nt. Of the 900 students studying med i cine at Berlin, 100 are f oreigners, or 1.6 per cent. At the Heidelberg University 16 per ce nt. of those studying medicine are foreigners, and of t ho se studying mathematics and sc ience 22 pe r ce nt. are foreigners. GRINS AND CHUCKLES. Jack Hovey has walked over t he T idewater p ipe-line from "You don't have many visitors out here," said Citiman, "do Rixford, McKean county, to Williamsport, Pa., continuously you?" "Oh, yes," replied Subbubs, "coming and going nearly uuring the last twenty-six years. He makes from eight to i every day." "Mostly women, I suppose." "Yes; servant girls ." twenty one miles a day, carrying a kit of tools weighing about sixty pou nds, among which is a telegraph instrument, which, in case of breaks or other accidents, he attaches to the com pany wire which follows the line and informs headquarters at Williamsport. T h e distance is 145 miles as the line runs, up and down hill, across valleys and through woodlands and f orests, forty miles of it being through the dense Potter county woods, with scarcely a habitation along the r oute. It is said that a flea leaps two hundred times its height, and while it usually does land on its feet, it often fails, especially when it falls on a perfectly smooth surface where the claws can get only a slight hold. A flea has six legs, whose great length and bulk make them so heavy that they must be a great help in keeping their owner right side up when it makes one of those gigantic jumps; and when it lands upside down, or in s ome other way, its ability to kick is so great, that not more than one wriggle is needed to set things right. A flea's wings are mere scales, and of no use; but small and worthless a s they are they tell t entomologist something about the proper c lassification of the insect. To the flea itself they have no value. The whitefish in Lake Superior are decreasing yearly, ac cording t o fishermen. It is claimed that the dumping of ashes and clinkers into the lake has killed off large areas of the grassy patches on the bottom of the lake where the white fish have feel. Between 1880 and 1905 the output of ashes, clinkers and furnace s lag, not comting the sweepings of iron from the clocks, has been 7,000 000 tons, which was dumped int o Lake Superior. 1',ishermen all over Lake Superior tell the same story, that large cli!lkers come up in their gill nets when hauling in settings, in clicating that the bottom of the Jake is being covered with this manufactured scoria, the ten dency of which is to destroy, or burn up, either by erosive ac tion, or by chemical infl u ences, all the grass in which there live d the minute organism u; 1on which the whitefish subsisted. "What are the dimensions of the lots out there?" "Forty feet front." "And how deep?" "I can't tell you that. I didn't succeed in sounding them. I put clown a pole twenty feet long, but I didn't touch bottom." "My, my, my!" said the little girl's grandmother, "you m ustn't make so much fuss when you have your hair c ombed When I was a little girl I had my hair comb ed three or four times every day." "Yes," said the chil d pointing a t the poor little gray knot on the back of the good old lady's head, "and see what you've got for it." A poor old Irishman, with an old and battered cornet, was making night hideous one evening in a qu iet Edinburgh square. A smart young "guardian of the peace" step ped up to him, and, in very peremptory tones, said: "Come, c ome, my man, you must stop that or accompany me." "Wid a ll the pieasure in loife sor," replied Pat. "What are ye g oin' to sing?" A little elderly German who keeps a stationer's s hop amuses and interests himself by making up stories about his custom ers and telling them t o his family. "Dot young lady who has de pink cheeks, s h e be married soon, I t'ink," he announced one night. "Now, my Canl, you know nettings of her what effer, is it not so?" and .his wife tried to look as if she did not think him a wonderfully clever man. "It is like dis ," said the stationer, solemnly: I observe; and I know At first she buy paper and envelopes cle same; later she buy twice as more paper, and den five times as more paper as enve l opes So I know she is become betrothed. "And to-day," he said, beaming with pleasure, "to-day she buy only one halfdoz e n envelopes and five times as more paper; and when I tell he r she get dem cheaper if she buy many, she say to me: I have no need of more, t'ank you.' So I know de friend he c omes s oon, and so comes de marriage on quickly."


28 THE WORTH M Y STERY By JOHN SHERMAN Ned Has t ings w as a c l erk in th e Brainford Bank, and a young man who command e d t h e r es p ec t and c o n fidence of a ll who k n e w him. I n fa c t no one s tood hig h e r in the estima tion of t h e community tha n the young clerk. N eel wa s w ell lik e d by hi s a s so c iates at t h e banl;: and even t h e s u rl y old j an i tor, who was not wont to s peak we ll o f any one, had a g ood word for Ned The youn g man' s frie n ds consid e r e d him a v ery luc k y fe l l ow too, for i t was unde r s tood t hat he was en g ag e d to the h eires s, Ma b e l Worth, whose uncl e Richar d Worth, was the h e av i es t stoc khol de r in the bank, and a repute d millionaire. P retty Mabel was an orpha n bu t h e r Un c l e Richard, who was a child l ess old b a c h elor, h a d a d opte d h e r and meant to l e av e h e r all hi s fortune The rum o r e d e ngagement of N e d Hastin gs and Mab e l Worth was a correct report. The y oun g p e opl e had lov e d each other fo r a l ong tim e and they had plighte d the i r troth, with the f ull c on s e n t of Mabel's U n c l e R i chard. But stra n ge to s ay, N ed Hastings and Richard Worth h a d n ever met. T h i s circumstan ce i s easily ex p l a in e d Ric h a r d W o r t h had bee n ab sent in Europe fiv e year s and i t was during his ab sen c e that N e d and M abe l met and lo v ed Corres p o n dents h ad, how eve r, g i v e n Richard Wo rth s u c h an e x ce ll ent a ccount of N e d tha t whe n t h e youn g m a n by l ette r, r eq u este d the permission o f the million aire to address hi s l o ve suit t o Ma b e l, hi s c on sent was g iv e n .Ri char d Wort h was very ecce n t r i c a s w e ll a s v ery ric h, and h e h a d n e v e r h a d a pi cture t a k e n i n hi s life So, n o t onl y llad Ne d n e v e r s ee n the old g entle m a n in p e r s on, but he h a d not even see n a photo g r aph of him The time for the m arriage o f M a b e l and N e d had b een set, a nd M r. Worth h a d written them fro m Paris that h e s hould retu r n to Brainford in time to b e prese n t a t the we ddin g. Late r a c a bl e m essage from h e r u nc l e i nforme d M a b e l that h e would sail for N e w York on the Ch a n ce llor, a firs t -class transatla n t i c steamer of a p o pular li ne. M abe l we n t to N ew York to m ee t the st11amer, ac com p a ni e d b y a n olcl ae n t l e m a n w h o had f orme r l y b ee n M r Worth's bu s i ness part n e r. B u t t h e Ch a n ce llo r h ad arrived tb e day b e fore, and inquiry e li cited t h e informatio n that t h e s am e day Richard Worth had take n t h e eve nin g tra in f o r Brainford. 'I' h e n t h e m ystery b egan R ic hard W orth h a d not r eac h ed hi s d est inatio n. On the contrary, it see m e d t hat h e had m ys t e riousl y disappear ed. Mabe l and Ric h ard Worth's old bus i ness p a rtner wei;e fill ed w i t h consternation whe n this b e came known t o t h e m. T h ey i m ag in e d a t o n c e that t h e m i ssing man might h a v e met w i t h foul play, for the c apta in of t h e Ch a n ce llor w h o was a frie ncl of the o l d mi lli on aire, s t a t ed t h a t Mr. Worth h a d c on fided the fact to h i m that he car r i ed a sp l en di d co ll ec t io n of m.os t va lu ab l e d i a m onds, w h ic h h e had made i n Europe, on hi s perso n, i n a mo ney belt. Mab e l employe d the best kn own d e t ective to sear c h for the mi s si n g man, and then s h e a nd Mr. Worth's old fri end r e lurnecl to Brainforcl. A lmost the first p e r s on to we l come M a b e l b es id es N e d Hustings was on e Ralph Warwi c k a n o ld s uitor o f the maide n whom s h e had r e j ec t ed a year b efore, and who sta t e d t h a t h e h ad just returned fro m C a li fornia. Ralph Warwick s ee m ed inc lined to r e n e w his suit for the h ancl of Mabel, a nd a s h e left her on the evening of h e r r e tu r n frc:m New Yo rk, and .s a w tha t N e d Hasting s, w h o with himself liad me t the yo ung lady at t h e depot, w a s i nde e d as h e had a lr e ady heard, h i s success fu l s uitor, R a l p h s fa ce assumed a s trange e xp ress ion and h e said : "This i s fate play i n g into my h ands, fo r as sure as the h e ave n s sta n d Neel Hastings w as the m a n w hom I saw in the G ully that ni ght." Some d a y s elapse d, and the d e t ectives e mploy e d b y Mab e l 1 t r aced Ri ch ard W orth fr o m a hotel in New York city t o a d e p ot, w here he bo a rd e d the night train for Brain fo r d. But a fter the r e t u r n e u millionaire entere d the t rain the trail e n d ed W here he had l e ft it or how was a mystery. Y e t severa l days late r, howev e r, s ome hunters found the b o d y o f the m issing man in a gully near the railway track, clo s e to a wat e r tan k, i n a g ully where the train had stopped whil e the supply of water for the engine boiler was renewed. Ri char d Worth had b een fou ll y murdered and robbed I t wa s the t h eo r y o f t h e officers that the victim had been stabbed o n the platform of the ca r and h u rled off by the assassin, who then follo wed h i m, rob b ed the body and dragged it into the gully. A heavy r ewar d w a s at once o ffere d fo r th d e t e cti on of the assass in. *. Som e months b efo r e, u po n arising o n e morning, Ned Hasti n gs experi enced a singular sensation of weariness, for whi c h h e co u ld no t account, for he had retired early, and had not fatig u ed himself the preceding day. As h e wa s d ress ing h e found, to his astonishment, that his boots, whic h h e had neatly po li shed j ust before retiring t o h i s room fo r t h e n ight, were wet and stained with mud. M o r e tha n t h i s, t a king up the coat he had worn the clay be fore, h e found that, t o o was wet, and so was his hat. Yesterday had been cloud l e ss. But going to the window and l ooki n g out, N e d saw that during the night a heavy rain had fall e n. He h a d n o reco ll ectio n of leaving his room the preceding ni g h t, but now he sank into a chai r and the conviction that h e must h ave done so forced itself upo n his mind. "Good h eave ns! i t must be that I have b ee n walking in my s l e ep-tha t I am a somnamb u list; but I never suspected such a thing befo r e t hought N ed. H e was ve r y much troubl ed by the refl e ction, and that very day he c on sulted a physician about the matter. The medical man agreed with Ned that h e mus t have walked in his s l ee p, a dv i sed m ore outof-door exe rcise, less mental work, and a sedative t o b e taken upon retiring. The young b ank c l e r k p l aced h imself in t h e han ds of t h e p h ys i c ian, a n d the reafter h e had no furthe r experience of sleep walking a n d think ing himself completel y cured he soon ceased t o think ab ou t t h e matter B u t o n the morning foll ow ing the clay when Mabel Worth w ent to t h e city to meet her U n c l e Richard, Ned Hastings a wolrn wi t h a sense o f fatig u e again, f o r w h ic h there seemed to b e n o r e a s on H e at once asked himsel f in a larm if it could be possible t hat he had again become a somnalIJbulist, and in a few moments h e knew t hat s u ch was the fact. As on the preceding occasion t h e co ndition of his boots and other artic le s of clothin g told the story Again he h ad walked i n his sleep. The n the you n g man calculated how long i t had been since hi s last stee p-walki n g experie n ce a n d so fixed that date as well as t h e p rese n t one in his mind. H is last experience was on November 3d. H e tri ed to see if h e cou l d rememb e r where he had been in his s l ee p b u t h e was Q l y able to recall a memory of what see m e d a t errible d r eam, without definite point or meaning. A s s o o n as t he body of Richard Worth was found the re m a in s were brou g h t to his resi dence in Brainforcl, and Ned was the r e with Mabe l when the victim of the mysteriou s t r agedy was brought home. A lone, han d i n hand, t h e betrothe d lovers entered the darke n e d p arlo r t o l ook u p o n the fac e of the dead W e must r eca ll the fact t hat Ned had never seen the face of t h e milli onaire s o fa r as be knew; but when he and Mabel t h e n stoo d beside the remains and the s e t, white face was re v eale d t o t h em, Neel Hasting s started b ac k with an exclama ti o n of alarm and astonishme nt, and he said huskily: M e r c i f ul h eave n! What can this mean? It i s the face of m y terribl e dream N ed trembl e d from head to foot, and there besides the dead, h e t h e n k new t h a t h e h ad seen face before in the terrible


/ WILD WEST WEEK L Y dream ef his last night o f s leep-wa lking, and s u ddenly all that dreadful vision which he bad previously vainly t r ie d t o r ecall rushed back upon him in a ll its horror ancl a:wfu l dis tinctness. The young man sunk into a chair and buried his face in his h n n ds. He was almost overcome w ith emo tio n. He remembered then that on the n ig h t of No ve mb e r 3 d Richard Worth had met h i s death, and i t was on t h a t sam e night that he had walked in his s l ee p, and h ad t h e t e rrible d ream which he now for the first t ime fu ll y recalle d And now he said i n awful terror mentally: "It was not a dream, but the actu al r eality. The m emory of what occurred during the time tha t I las t w alke d i n m y s l ee p has come back to me." Mabel watched Ned Hastings in a larm and surprise "What is it? Tell me Neel dear, w h a t i s it that so fearfully agitates you?" she asked. "On l y a fancied resemblance. I-I t h o u ght of one who m I used to once k n o w when I saw your d ea d unc l e s fac e, f alter ed N ed. And t hen leaving Mabe l sadl y p erple x e d at his strange havior h e e xc u se d himse l f and l eft the ho u s e as soo n a s h e c ould N ed Hastings reached his roo m i n a state o f min d t h a t w a s the next thing to insani ty. Well m ight he have fe l t thus He recalled the awful dream of the n ight o'f Novem b e r 3cl again He saw, as v i v i dly as possi ble, the scene wh e r e the b oclv o f Richard Worth had been found and whi c h had since d escribed to him. He saw the murdered man a n d another s hadowy form, and he saw himself t h ere bes i de the dead The awful thought had entered the mind o f Ned Hastings th a t in the somnambulistic state he had k ill e d R ic h a r d Worth. H e recollected now that besides t h e belt of diamonds M alie l had tol d that a certain diamon d c11o ss, with her unc l e's na;ne engraved on its back, whic h h e a lways wore on bis n ec k scarf, was m issing, and he k n ew that he h a d see n t h a t diamond cross on the night of N ovember 3d N e d owned a little casket of forei g n wood w h i c h had b ee n give n him by his mother, and in whic h h e kept s u ch little articles as he particularly treasured. Trembling n ow, he unlocked that casket. For a moment h e cou\d not find courage to raise the lid, d r eading w h a t h e might find there. But at last he opened the casket. For a moment his heart seemed to stop. beating. Ther e was a d iamond c ross. It was the first thing h i s eyes rested upon wh e n he opened the casket. The g litterin g ge m s see m e d to flash upon him like acc using eyes Breathl essly he turne d th e cross o ver, and there on t h e b a c k h e saw n eatly engrave d t h e name, "Richard Worth. At that moment there came a gentle tap at the door, N e d turned his head, and as he did so the door op ened and M a be l Worth stood before him. N ed Hastings uttered a startled cry, and trie d to close the casket; but in his haste to co n cea l t h e di amond cross h e ove r t urned the casket, and t h e accusing j e wel fell at the feet of his promised bri de "My uncle's diamond cross! How came i t h ere? Sp eak, Edward, speak, and tell me!" she crie d Ned Hastings shrank before her. "Mabel," he uttered, in a tone of agony" Mabel, I cannot tell you! Oh, the horror of i t a ll! I think I s h a ll go mad! She watched his face as he s poke and, lifting hi s eyes t o h ers, he t hought he saw an a wfu l suspic io n in h e r look. The reflection that the woman he loved might be li eve that he was t h e m urderer of l;ler uncle mad e him d es p erate, arrd he spran g forward and seized her hand, e x c l aiming: "Mabel I w ill tell yo u all!" The n while she listened breathless l y, h e r e lated wh a t the reader already knows of h i s s l eep -walking exp erie n ce s and his t erri'b l e dream As h e concluded, Mabel sai d : "How can such a thing be?" D id she doubt his truth? He cou l d scarcely tell. The y w e r e a t the w i ndow. At that momen t he saw a m a n passin g on the opposite side o f the street. The r e was so m ething t h a t see m e d stra n gely familiar iri the man 's a p pe a r a nc e :Wed thou g ht. The n like a flash t h e truth dawne d up o n his mind. "'l'hat is the very man I saw besid e your murdered unc le i n the gully!" e x claimed Ned, pointing. M abel l ooke d in t h e direc ti o n h e i n di c a ted, a nd she too, s aw the m a n. H e turne d hi s head while the eyes o f the lovers w ere ye t upon him, and both saw his fac e "Ra l p h Warwick!" e x c laime d M a b e l. I w ill pro ve m y i n n oce n ce to y ou dea r est, b y con v i cting Ral p h Warwick. No w I g o to follo w him. Do not lo se f aith i n m e c o me' wha t m a y," r e p li ed Ne d As h e spok e h e d arte d from the room a n d g a ined the str e et. Ralph Warwic k was y e t i n s i g h t Stealthily N e d foll o w e d hi.! until h e saw h i m enter the dwe llin g of a c l a i rvoyant, who enjo ye d co n s id e r a b l e l oc al ce le b rity N e d remain e d watching the h ou se until War wiclc left i t The n b e e n tered. T h e c l a irvoyant was unde r ob ligations t o N e d a n d h e tol d the young man that Warwick was a firm b e l i e v e r in h i s p owers, and f r e q uen tly c a ll e d to consult him. I n conclu s ion the cl airv oyant said : H e is coming a gain to-night. H e has made a n appointment wi t h m e and I am to g o into a tra nce as u s u a l and r ead the fu ture for him." I w ill g i ve you fifty d ollars to a ll o w m e to p e r sonate you t o-ni ght whe n R a lp h v va r wic k returns," said Ne d T h e c lairvoyant agreed, and that even ing, made up exactly like him N e d was at h is h ouse whe n Warwic k arriv ed, and in a n a dj oining r oom he h a d M a b e l and two d e tectiv e s concea l ed, s o that they cou ld o verhear a ll. Ned h ad see n the cl airvoyant go into h is pretend e d t r a n ce se v e r a l tim es and he imitated him perfectly. 'Tell me what I shall d o t o make sure a certa in s ecr e t o f m i n e whic h I w i s h to guar d a bov e all thing s, may not b e fou n d out?" a s k e d W a r w i c k, whe n N e d se e med to be in the trance R emove t h e j ewels from the pl a c e w h e r e yo u have hidcil.en t h e m S e c r e t e the di a mond s somewhere e lse, and then le a ve the p l ac e r e pli e d N eel, promptly. "Your po w e r i s wonde rful! Diamonds! A h! you hit it at once," mutte r ed W a rw i ck. Soon af t e r that, when t l\ e cl a irvoy ant" cam e out of hi s t r a n ce, Warw ick left t h e h o use Of c ourse h e was follow e d b y Ned and h i s con ceale d witnesses T he n igh t was moonli g h t, and W a r w i c k J e d them i n to t h e g r o unds o f a deserted mansion. Th e r e h e sec u red a sp ade, and w e n t t o the foo t of a great t r e e near a broke n m a rbl e p e de stal. Thr owing off his coat, War wi c k b egan to dig. N e d a n d M a b e l cre p t n ear with the two officer s and con cea l e d t h emse l ves behind t h e tree. Pre s e ntl y warw ick unearth ed a bo x of some size. As h e knelt to li f t it o u t o f the h o l e h e h a d excavate d i n the i r eagerness M a b e l and N eel starte d for w ard, one on eac h side of the great tree Warwick h eard t h e m a n d l e ap e d t o h i s f ee t. But the s u c ce e din g mom e n t N e d and the officers seized him; and t h e h a nd cuffs w e re pl ace d on his wris t s The n the bo x was o p e n ed, and in it was foun d a b looil stainecl overcoat w h ic h w a s afterward i dentified as b e l onging to Warwi ck', and Richard Worth's belt o f d iamo n ds W a r w i c k was co n veyed to priso n and a few days later b e confesse d his g uil t. H e h a d met the millionaire on t h e train and as the y w e r e bDt h o n t h e platfo r m of one of the coac h e s at the wate r station, h e h ad s tabbed the old gentl ema n a n r l t h rown him off, foll ow ing h imself and r obbing his v i c ti m Warwick h a d k n own the millionaire in other d ays, a n d in a c onv e rsation that t oo k pl ace b e fo r e t h e murder h e tol d the assassi n abo u t the dia m onds h e carried. warwick h a d see n Ned a t the sc e n e of the murde r, and d e c i d ed, fro m hi s con du c t that h e was walking in his s l ee p. T h e assassi n h a d see n N e d pick up the di a mond c ross, and when h e learned t h e young m a n was Ma b el's s u i to r lie decided to even tu a lly dir ec t s u s pi c ion to h im, h oping t h a t he might thus i emove a r i val. In due t i m e Warwi c k paid the p e n alty o f his c r ime, arn l l a t e r on Neel and M abel b ecame m a n and w ife Thoug h years have e l apsed s ince that terril.Jle night o f No vember t h e t h i rd N e d has n ever si n ce w alked in his s l ee p


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ATHLETI C No. 6 HOW TO BECOl\fE AN ATIILETE.-Giving full in stru c ti on for tne use o f dumb )Jells, Indian clubs, parallel bars, h o rizontal bars a nd various other m ethods of deve l oping a good, h eal t h y muscie; couta ining over sixty illustrations. Every boy can beco m e strong anJ hea l thy by following the instructions contained in this l i t t l e book. No. 1 0 H O W T O BOX.-The art of self-d efe nse m ade easy. C on t ain i n g over thi r ty i llustrations o f guards, blow s, and the diU:er ent pos i t ion s of a goo d boxer. Every boy should obtai n one o f t h e se u s efu l and instructive books, as i t will teach you how t o box without 11.n instructor. No 25 HOW TO BECOME A fu ll instructions for all kind<> of gymnas tic sports and athletic exercises. Embracing thirty-five illustrations. By Professor W. Macdonald A handy and usefu l book No. 3 4. HOW TO FENCE.-Containing full instruction for fen c ing and th e u se o f t he broa d s wo:-J; a l so instruction in a rchery D esc rib e d wi t h t wenty-one practical illustrations, giving the best positious in fencin g. A complete book. TRICKS WITH CARDSNo. 51. T O DO TRICKS WITH CAR.:)S.-Confaining ex planati on s of t'be g ene r a l principles o f s leighr-of-hand applirablc to card trick s ; of card tri c ks with ordinary cards, and not req11i\'in1: slei gh t-of h a nd; o f tricks involving s leight-of-hand, or the m;e of ,.,ecially p repared cards By Professor Haffner. 111ustrated No. 72. n ow TO DO SIXTY TRICKS W ITH CARDS.-Ein< b'racing all of t he latest and most deceptive card tricks, with il Justrations. By A. Anderson. No. 77. HOW TO DO l'ORTY TRICKS WITH CARDS. Co ntaininl? deceptive Car d Tricks as pe rfo r med'by leading conjurors and mag1c1ans. Arranged for home amusement. Fully illustrat ed MAGIC. No. 2 n ow TO DO TRICKS.-'l'he great oo o k o f m ag i c and ci;rd tricks containing f ull instruction on all the leadi ng card t r icks oi: the a l so most popular magical illusions as perfo rm ed b y out'. mag1c1ans ; eve ry boy should obtain a copy of this bol)k, as 1t will both amuse and instruct. No'. 2:?. HOW TO D O...SECOND SIGHT.-Heller's second sigh t explamcd J;_;: his former assistant, F red Hunt, Jr. Explaining hl)W the secret dialogues were carriel, maguel;sm, opti(;<,, pneumat,1cs, mecbamc s <'tc. 1 Ile most instrnttiy book published. No. 5y. HOW TO IlECOM)ll AN ENGINEER.Conta.inh:ig full mstrucilons how to prol'eeI 101..'0motive: togcthei. with a full descnptiou of an engineer should kn ow No. 57 HOW '.l'O l\IAKE i\IFSICAL directions 'how t o a B_anjo, Violin Zither .-Eolian IIarp, X y lo phone and other m u s i ca l mslrnment ; togetlle1 w ith a brie f de scription of: nearly every m u s i cal instniment used iu ancient or modern times. Profirnely illustrated. By Alge rnon S. F itzgera ld, for twenty years bandmaster of the Hova l Benga l l\Iarines No. GD. IIOW '1'0 l\fAKE A l\IAGIC L A 1 TERN.-Containin" a description of the lantern, together w ith its h istory and Also full directions fo r its use and fo r painting sli des. Handsom ely illu strat<'cl. By John Allen. No. 71. IIOW TO DO l\fECHANICAL TRICKS.-Contalning comp let e instructions fo r performing over sixty b i echanical Tricks By A. A nderson. Fully illustrated. LETTER W RITING. No. 11. HOW TO WRITE LOVE-LETTERS.-A m o s t com plete iittle book, containing full directi ons for writing love-lette rs, a nd whe n to use them g ivin g specime n letters fo r young and o l d No. 12. HOW T O WRITE LET'ERS TO LADIES. C ivin g complete instructions for writing letters to ladies on all subjec ts also letters of introduction. notes and requests. No 24 now '.l'O WHI'l'E LETTERS TO GENTLEMEN.Containing ful! di rec ions for writing t o gentlemen Oil all sub j ects also giving sample letters for instruction. No. 53. HOW TO WRITE LET'l'ERS.-A wonderful little book. you how to write to )IO'!r sweetheart, yuur father, mother, brother1 employer; ana, m fact, everybody and any body you wrnh to \\>Tite to. Every young man and every y oung lady in the lnnd shou ld havE> this book No. U. I!OW TO WRI'l'El LETTERS CORRECTLY ---Oon taining full for writing letters on almost any s ubject als o rules for punctuatioll and composition. w ith spe c i me n l e tters'.


-THE STAGE. lro. 4 1. THI!J };\OYS Ol!' NEW YOHK END MEN' S JOKE BOOK.-Containin g a g1 aat variety of the latest jokes used by the m ost famous end men. No amateur minstre ls is complete without t his wonderful little book No .. THE BOY8 01!' NEW YORK S'rUMP SPEJAKER.C o n tal!llllg a varied asso,rtn.ieut of speechl's, Ne;;ro, Dutch o ntl Insl.\. .A.lso end m n s Jokes. Just the thing for home amuse mmt and amateur shows. No. 45. THE BOY:-; OF NEW YORK l\ffNS'.rREL GUIDE A 1 D JOK.l!J BOOK.-Something new aud very iuxtructive. Every boy should obtain this book, as it contains full instructions for or g a n izing an nmatC'nr minstre l troupe. No. 65. l\1ULDOON S JOKES.-This is one of the most original j o k e books ever published, and it is brimful of wit and humor. It c ontains a large collection of songs, jok es conundrums, etc., of T errence l\Iulcloon. the great wit, humorist, and practiC'al joker of tbe day Every boy who can enjoy a good substantial joke shoultl '1btain a copy immediately. 10. 79. HOW TO BECOJiIE AN ACTOR.-Containing com p l ete instructions how lo make up for various characters on the sage.; with the duties of the Stage l\fann ger, Prompter, Scemc Artist.and Property l\1an. By a prominent Stage Manager. N?. 80. GuS WILLIAl\IS' JOKEJ BOOK.-Containing the latest J okes, anecdotes and funny s1or1es of this and eve r popular comcrlian. Sixty-fo11r pages; handsome co lored cover conta1nmg a half-tone photo of the author. H O U SEKEEPING. 16 H9W TO KEEP A, WIND.OW GARDEN.-Contaming full mstruct10ns fo1 constructmg a window garden eithe1 in town or country, and the most ap.proved meLhocls for raising beautiful fiowers at home. 'l'he most complete book of the kind ever pub li hed. No. 30. HOW '1'0 COO K .-One of the most instru<'tive books o n cooking eve r published. It contains recip es for cooking meats fish, game, and o.vsters; also pies, puddings, cakes and all kinds of 1>nstr y, and a grand collection of recipes by one of our most popular cook s No. 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It contains infol'mation for ev er.ybody, boys, girls, men and women; it will teach you how to m a ke almost anything around the hons<'. such as parlor ornaments b ra ckets, cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lime fol' catching birds.' ELECTRICAL N o. 46. HOW TO l\1AKE A?\D USE ELECTRICITY.-A de s cription of the wo nderful uses of electricity and elect r o magnetism; togeth e r with full instructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries, etc. By George '.l.'rebel, A l\I., M. V. Containing over fifty illust rations. No. 64. HOW TO MAKE ELEC'rRICAL MACHINES.-Con taining full directions for making eleclrical machines induction coils, dynamos. and many novel toys to be worked by electricity. B y R A. R Bennett. Fully illustrated. N o 67. HOW 'l'O DO ELEC'l'RICAL TRICKS.-Containing a 1 l ar ge collection of instructive nnd highly amusing electrical tricks, No: 31. HOW TO BECOME A SPEAKER.-Conta i n ing reen 11lustra11ons, giving the d ifferent po siti ons req u isite to b e eolllf a gC'od xp"aker, reader and elocut ionist. Al s o containing gems fro8' aH the popular of p r ose and poetry, arrang e d in t h e mo 1 sanple and xplained by thi s little boo k. Besi des the various m e tho d s of na.udkerchief .. fan. glove. parasol window aud hat flirtation, it con tams a .full hst of the langu age and sentimen t of flowe r s whi c h I D m.teresting to everybody, both o l d and yo un g Y o u cannot b e happy without one. No. 4 HOW .TO DANCE is the t i tle a new a n d handso me hctle .book Just issued by Frank '.rousey It con t a ins full instruc l1ons rn the art of dan<'i_ng, etiquette i n the ballro o m nnd at partie1, how to dress, and full di r ections for calli ng off in a ll po pul a r square

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