Young Wild West laying down the law; or, The "bad" men of Black Ball


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Issued .Weekly-By Subacription iz.50 per Year. Copyright, 1907, by Frank Towy P uhluh er, 24 u,.;,,,. Squa re, New Yo r k No. 263. NEW YORK NOVEMBER 1 1907 Price 5 Cents. wua. seized-the committee of one from the "Bad Crowd' and nearly threw him oft" his feet. the new law doesn't suit you, eh?" he .exclaimed. "All right! Now I am going to give you a good shaking, and throw you out!"

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WILD WEST WEEKLY A Magazine Containing Stories, Sketches, Etc., of Western Life Issued Weeklp-B1f subscription $2.50 year. Entered according to Act o f Congress, in the year 1907, in the office of the Libtanan of Congress, Washington, D. C., by Fntnk Tousev, Publisher, 24 Utiion Square, New York. No. 263. NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 1, 1907 Price 5 Oen ts YOUNG WILD WEST LA YING DOWN THE LAW OR, THE "BADH MEN OF BLAC K BALL BY AN OLD SCOUrl'. CHAPTER I. YOUNG WILD WEST STRIKES A "BAD CROWD." "Where did you say your claim was, Mr Beard?" "Only about a ha'1f mile from here, up on ther big l edge, Young Wild West." "All right. We'll take a ride up there pretty soon If what you have told us is true, I reckon we'll soon make the claim jumpers vacate I heard that Black Ba ll was a very tough camp, and that there were men here who were very, very 'bad.' But real bad men is what we l ike to stack up against now and tlien, er, boys?" "Yer kin bet your life we do!" "That's right, Wild." Young Wild West and his two partners, Cheyenne Charlie and Jim Dart, were standing under a shady tree, near the Top Knotch Tavern, in the mining camp 0 Black Ball, located in the southwestern part 0 Colorado Before them was a rough, but honest-looking, man 0 middle age, who was evidently a miner, i appearances went for anything Our friends had reached the camp at dusk the night before, and, finding pretty good accommodations at the tavern, they had put up t h ere, with the intentio n 0 r e maining there a few days Young Wild West was well known t h roughout the West as the Champion Deadshot and Prince 0 the Saddle He had earned both appellations through his remark able achievements in the saddle and with the rifle and revolver. Though but a mere boy in years, he was a man i n ever y other sense, and his judgment and coolness were unsur passed, as many 0 our readers know. I Wild, as he was called, invariably wore a fancy suit 0 buckskin, and, with his broad sombrero thrown back upon his shapely head, and a wealth 0 long, light chestnut h-air hanging over his shoulders, he surely looked to be just what he wasthe ideal boy hero 0 the Wilcl West Cheyenne Charlie was an experienced scout, a man 0 great ability, but not a good leader. Consequently, he depended on Young Wild West in everything that was the least bit important. -Jim Dart, who was a real Western boy, about the same age as our hero., was like him in this. He regarded the young deadshot as the greatest 0 all the scouts and heroes of the Wild West, and he ought to know pretty well, since he had been in the company of the very best of them. .At the time 0 which we write the system of mining gold in Colorado and other States and territories was far more crude than now. There was alflo mo re wickedness and danger to be en countered in the mining camps than there now is. Some 0 the camps were virtually without law and order, and Black Ball was one of the sort. Cheyenne Charlie and Jim Dart .were not the only ones who had come with Young Wild Wes. t to the little mining camp. The scout's wife, Anna, and Arietta Murdock and Eloise Gardner, tlle pretty girl sweethearts of Wild and Jim, were also with him. Two Chinese servants, who were named Hop Wah and Wing Wah, always accompanied the party when they went on their trips in search of fortune and adventure, and they were now at the hotel. It was rather early in the morning 0 a day in aut u mn when Young Wild West and his two partners became ac-

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2 YOUNG WILD WEST LA YING DdWN THE LAW. .._ .. ____ A--... =========:;:::::================ qua inted with Bill B e ard, one of the successful miners of Black Ball. He hacl he a rd 0f them, and h e lost no time in telling them of the trouble he was in ju s t then. A gang of h a lf a dozen ruffian s had driven him from the claim he was making money on, and he could not :find men enough in the mining camp to talce his part. The claim jump e rs had taken possessio n the ni ght be fore, while h e was at the sto r e making some purc ha ses As they thre ate ned tn s hoot him if he did not go away, he was forced to l e av e the premi ses and come to the tav ern. Young Wild West was very much interested when h e h eard of the high-handed piece of' work. He was al ways ready to help a ellow creature in dis tress, and he meant to h e lp Bill Beard. But ii.rs t he wanted to be sure that it really was the mfil1's claim that the bad men had taken possess ion of. He had his word for it, and Beard seemed to be a truth ful fellow. But that did not make it so. Wild and hi s partners walked into the barroom of the tavern and found the proprietor there. "Yon know Mr. Beard, I reckon," said the clashing youn g deadshot, as h e look ed at him questioningly. "I sartinly does,'' was the retort. "I s'pose he' s been t e llin' yer about his bein' run off his own claim?" "Yes. How i s it that you and others around here stand or such work as that?" "Stand fur. it!" ec hoed the tavern keeper. "Why, what could we do about it? The re' s a good many more 'bad' men in Black Ball than there is honest ones. wouldn't stantl a g host ofa show with Sam Marl an' his men." "So Sam Marl i s the name of the l eader of the bad men, eh?" "Yes, an' a mighty bad one h e i s." "And you know it to be a fact that this man ba s had hi s claim jumped by them?" "I re ckon that's right, if Bill Beard says so. Bill ain't given ter l y in', as I knows of He come h e re l as t night an' wanted ter up, 'cau s e Sam Marl wouldn t l et him occupy his own shanty." "He wouldn't l et me come on my own land," s pok e up B eard "He told me ter s neak, as ther claim wa s his now. He sai d I could :find another claim, if I wanted ter. Wild was now satisfied that it was a cl ear case of villain ous impo sit ion." "Bill Beard," s aid he, lookin g at the man, "I reckon w e'll h elp you get possess ion of your claim. I am s ati s fied that the bad men had no right to take it from you, and you can bet they will be glad to give it back before we get through with them!" Jus t then a villainou s -lo oking fellow came into the roo111. 1 He had just been in tiJl:1;e to hear the la s t of what our hero said, and stepping up to him, h e exc l aimed : "What's that ye r saia, young feller?" "Who are you?" ask e d Wild, coolly ((I'm one of Sam Marl's friends, an' I'm a good one, too! :My name are Steve Wade." "Well, if you are one of Sam Marl' s friends you a re no good, I reckon. I have heard just enough about him and his gang to put them all down as a set of thieves You see m surp ri sed to h ear me say this. What i s the matter with you?" 'l'he man was staggered H e had no more expec t e d to hear anything like that from the boy than h e had to :find a pot of gold on the bar waiting for him. "W-h-a-t !" he exc lai me d, blinking lik e an owl in the sun "Do ycr know w h a t you're talkin' about, boy?'" "Yes, I kno11 just what I am talking about. Now I'll answer the question you asked when you put in your oar jus t now : It i s none of your bus iness what we were talking a.bout !" "It ain't, ch? Well, I'll show you je s t how quick I'll let daylight through yer I'll--" H e grabbed one of his shooters, but before he could get it on a le ve l with the boy he found himself looking in the muzzle of Wild' s r e volver. "I reck o n if there is going to be any one die right here it will be you, Steve Wade!" sa id the young deadshot, speaki n g in his cool and easy way. The man paled and let his s hooter slip back into the. hol ste r. "Who are you, anyhow, young feller?" he asked, showing how surprised he was. "I am Young Wild Wes t. Does it do you any good to know?" "Yes, it does me a power of good I ain't u sed ter bein' handl ed this wa y, an's ince I have been, I want ter know who yer are Young Wild West, eh? I reckon I've heard of yer." "Maybe you have. Now, then, if you are sat i sfied, you can attend to what business you've got here. When you go back to Sam 1\Iarl just tell him that he had better vacate the claim he jumped la s t night." "I'll tell him wh a t you say don't furgit it! An' there'll be s ome grave dig gin' ter be don e around thes e parts afore ther day i s over. See if there "All right. Jus t see that you don t fill one of them." The bad men then bought a drink and tried to get in c onversation wi t h t he proprietor of the tavern. But the boss did not see m to want to talk much. It was evident that he did not want to take any s ide in the game. Steve Wade s oon got tired and left the place. Bla c k Ball was not a very l arge mining camp, as has been s tated. There wer e only about si.x:ty or se venty males in it, and l ess than a ao zen women Of the sixty or se venty men mor e than half of them were villains, according to what Jac k Gimp s the proprie tor of the tavern, said. "Boys," sai d Young Wild W est, to his partners, as they made their way into the so-call ed parlor of the tav ern, "I reckon we have struck a pretty good proposition in coming to this It seems to be a raJJk s hame that the bad elemen t s hould have control h ere, and run things as they please. We will h ave to talk to som e of the good. m e n and try ancl get them warmed up a little. I have prom ised Bill Beard to get back his claim for him, and that

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YOUNG \\ILD WEST LAYING DOW.rJ THE LAW. '3 means war on the 'bad crowd'. right away \1{e are in for When they saw Young Wild \Vest and his friends com-a hot time of it, I reckon ing they at once stopped the conversation and waited for "As sure as yer live we are!" exclaimed Cheyenne Char them to come up. lie, smiling, grimly. Beard politely took off hi s hat to the girls, and the n "Well, if we don't pull through and come out at the top he said: of the heap, it will be the first time," added Jim Dal't, "We've jest been talkin' about you, MT. West." coolly. I "Is that so?" Wild answered. "I hope you were not As they came in the room they met the girls, as they alsaying anything very bad about me." ways called the three, though the scout's wife was a young "Oh, no! You kin bet that what we was sayin' was woman considerably past twenty. mighty good," spoke up the storekeeper, quickly. "We Wild, are you in trouble so soon?" asked Arietta, was talkin' about as how you might made a good leader sm1lmg at her handsome, young lover. fur us ter git our rights in this here camp Bill is ther "What makes you that, Et?" was the reply, while latest victim of the r bad men, an' we was jest wonderin' he look ed at her and smiled if it wa n't about time ter turn on ther galoots. All's "Well, the walls of this shanty are not very thick We we've lacked is a leader, an' Bill says you're jest ther one coul d hear what you said when you got the drop on a ter do that. By ther way yer took ther wind out of one man in the barroom I had no idea that you were going of ther gang, yer must be!" to get at it so soon. What have we s truck, a bad camp?" "Well, gentlemen, I did not come for the purpose "A pretty bad one, from all accounts, I reckon. But of making any trouble. But when I heard the story of we've struck just as bad, so you n eedn't worry any." Bill Beard I made up my mind to make the claim jump" Oh! I am not the one to worry, Wild. You know that e r s give him back his claim, and I told him so. I don't well enough. If you need any help I guess I can do my care how many bad men there are in Black Ball! With share of the shooting I am not afraid to face any bad the assistance of my two partners, I am going to make the man in Black Ball." galoots vacate that claim, and that in s ide of half an hour. This was indeed the truth. As soon as the girls get through making the few purchases Arietta. Murdock had been brought up to handle a rifle they came here for we will go right over to Beard's claim, and revolver, and to ride horseback, a.nu s he could do both and then something will happen. Is the undertaker handy 1 by?." a s we 1 as the average cowboy. She also possessed great courage, and s he never fainted when danger threatened her, but fought it out to the end With Anna and Eloise it was differ en t. They had not been horn and Teared in the West, but had been there long enough to become pretty well u sed to its ways. They could ride and shoot well, too, but they were not to be compared with the peerless Arietta in that line. "We were just thinking of going out to have a look around the camp," s aid Arietta, the scout's wife ",.But I suppose if there are so many villains around here it won't be exactly safe "I reckon you can go out, girls," our hero answered. "I suppose the store is the main place you want to go to, and that is les s than a hundred yards from here." "Suppose you three go with us?" Eloise suggested "Very well. Just put on your hats." CHAPTER II. THE FIGHT .A.GA.INST THE BAD MEN BEGINS. Young Wild West, his two partners and the girls were soon out on the single street that ran through the mining camp of Black Ball. There were very few people to be seen around, smce nearly all the men were at work. They walked down to the general store, where anything :from a needle to a pair of rubber boots could be purchased. The proprietor of the store was standing in front of the shanty, talking to Bill B eard and two or three other miners "Yes, he's over in his shanty now," and one of the men pointed across the street "He's got in a. fresh lot of pine boards, an' he's rnakin' up wooden overcoats fast a s he kin. This is a putty healthy place, yet there's a burial or two every week, and sometimes oftener Charlie shrugged his shouiders and grinnid. "I reckon when more of ther bad gang i s planted things will be better here," he remarked. "That's ther worst of it," spoke up the storekeeper "There ain't none of Sam Marl's gang as. has died yet. It's always a good, hon est galoot what gits it. An' it's jest 'cause he' s hone st that he gits shot. Ther bad men of Black Ball don't give a galoot much show I don't 1."now as we oughter be talkin' this way, either, fur ther first thing we know we'll be marked, an' then we'll git our dose. If it wasn't that I'd h eard considerable about Young Wild West an' his pards, an' believe that they kin make things hum, when they git started once, I wouldn't have ope ned my mouth. I've found out that ther easiest way is ther best, an' if a galoot comes in an' te r hang up fur a pair of boots, let him do it. Ther loss of a pair of boots now an' then ain't ter be compared with the r los s of your life.'' "You are quite a ph:ilosophlj).'," Jfm. Dart observed, with a smile, while the girls looked amused. "Well, maybe I a1. But I've found that it sorter pays ter be." "Well, maybe it does," our hero answered "But i you folks make up your minds that you want the galoots warmed up, and made to understand that they've got to be straight or else light out of Black Ball, say the word. We will help you out." "Good!" they all in the same breatli-:_

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YOUNG WILD WES'r LAYING DOWN THE, LAW. "' "Now, girl s you can go i n and make your purchase s," the boy said, turning to his sweetheart and Anna and Eloise. They went in right away, the proprietor followirlg them to wait Qn them. While our three frie nds were waiting outside two miners came up join ed the gathering They were 0 the honest class, too, and when they heard that Young Wild West and his partners were going over to Bill Beard's claim and make Sam J\farl and his gang vacate i t, they were amazed "! wouldn't try s i c h a thing, i I was you," spoke up one. "Oh, that will be all right," Wild retorted. "They won't us. They will vacate when I tell them to, too!" "They'll fill yer with l ead, more li ke," spoke up the other 0 the new arrivals "Oh, no, they won't. We won't let them do anything l ike that." "Well, i you kin make that gang leave Beard's c laim you kin do about anything. An' you kin coun t on me ter h e lp yer make a clean camp 0 Black Ball." "Hooray!" exclai m e d Bill Beard, swinging his hat. "I b egi n ter eel lik e a new man Young Wild West will make thing s straight in ther camp-I feel it in my bone s !" Wild smiled at this He rather lik ed to hear the man talk that way, for h e did not mean to push in and interfere with the way things were being run in Ball, unless it was entire l y sat isfacto r y to the better element 0 the camp They talked it over until the girls came out, and then they escorted tl,iem back to the cavern "Now, boys," said Wild, I r eckon we' ll get Bill Beard to take us over to hi s claim Come on The miner, who had been driven from his own property the night before, was in front 0 the store when they came along. He was evidently waiting for them, though it could hardly b e exp ecte d that h e was overanxious to go to hi s claim just then. "You come with u s now, B eard," said Wild. "We will soon settle this business, and it may be that no s hooting will hav e to be done, either "All right." was the reply "I'll go with yer, even i I have ter go under for it." "Oh, we' ll see to it that you don't g o unde r. I there is anything in the line 0 s h ooti n g to be done, I'll in the first s h ot, all right. You. can depend on that!" "Well i you drive ther galoots away from Bill's claim we'll elect you Mayor 0 Black Ball, Young Wild West," d e clared the storekeepe r. "Yer don't have te!: stay here, i yer don't want te r But yer will stay lon g enough ter make ther bad men lose their grip, I hop e." Wild on l y smi l ed at this. He did not want the honor 0 being call e d Mayor 0 ihe camp. But he d id want to malrn the bad g ang turn over a new lea and behave themse lves. 'l'hat was a way h e had. Young Wild West was never better satisfied than when h e was doin g a good r somebody .. I he could mak e the bad gang stop their high-handed ways in Bla c k ,Ball it would be a good thing for the hon est people 0 the place. The four set out for the claim that h ad been jumped t h e night befor e It was not much 0 a walk to the place, and they soon came in s i ght 0 it. There wer e other claims near it, and the miners work ing u pon them seemed to know Bill Beard, and the most 0 them were very friendly to him. Nearly all 0 them had heard how Sam Marl and his gang had taken possession o his property and forced him to quit and it was only natural for them to think that he was over there to try and induce them to give it back to him But they all knew that Sam Marl would as soon shoot a who opposed him as eat his breakfast. That meant that there was going to be blood spilled Wild could tell what the men were thinking about as they passed the different claims that wer e being worked, but he onlv smiled He was depending on his coolness to bring the thin g out right. As they ascended the short hill to the shanty that Bill B eard k ept his tools in three men came out and looked at them, frowningly. "That big eller with no whiskers is Sam Marl," Beard whispered to Wild. "Yer want ter look out for him Re's about ther worst man that ever breathed, they say He'd j est as l eave s hoot a man as take a drink 0 rum." "I'll soon attend to him,11 was the reply. Then the dashing young deadshot led the way boldly to the s h antv and bowed to the three rough-looking men. "Whi c h of you i s Sam Marl?" he asked, coolly "I am, young eller," replied the big ruffian. "What d o yer want?" "I want you to v acate this claim!" "Yer want me ter do what?" The man was really staggered, or it was evident that he had been 0 the opinion that was no one living who could make him do that. "You heard what I said," went on Wild "You know this c laim don't belong to you, so pick up what belongs to you and light out! I you don't you will get shot foll 0 holes!" "Great pancakes Do yer hear what t h er youngste r eays, boys?" Sam Marl turned fo his two companions, as though he thou ght his own .ears might be deceiving him They heard all rig\1t, and they quickly told him so. Charlie and Jim now stepped up. "Yer heard what Young Wild West said," the scout observed. "Now, unless yer want ter be shot an' dragged off ther claim you d better move!" "I reckon we'll b e shot an' dragged off, then!" ex c laim ed Sam Marl; and then, with r emarkable quickness, h e whipp e d out a s i x s hoot e r. Crack! Young Wild W est fir e d as quick a s a wink, and, with

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Y OUNG WIL D WES T L AYI N G DOW r 'l'HE LAW n h o\\" l o f pain, t h e lea der of the r uffians l e t r evolver I him t h e ch a nce. I d i d all the s ho oting tha t was n ecessary drop to the ground '1.'l ien I knock e d h i s revolver fro m hi s hand. H e went a1rny w ithout p i cking it up S ee 'rhe r e it i s Y o u c an t ake it and k eep it till h e a s k s you for it, Bill." Young morn ing. CHAPTER III. WILD KEEPS PUSHING THINGS. Wild West stood t h ere, as c alm as a s ummer H e h a d s h o t the r e volver ou t of the man's h and s o quick l y t h a t neithe r of the h a d see n him draw h i s shoot e r to d o i t "Get off the claim!" he cri e d in a commanding voi c e "If you don t we will ma k e shor t work of you! W e won t stand an y fooling, S am M a rl. You have be e n running your way l ong e n o u g h. I promised Bill Beard that he s h o ul d have hi s cl ai m b ac k and h e will have it, if I have t o s hoot every bad man in Bla ck Ball M ove now Blood was t r i ckling fro m t h e back o f t h e man's hand, where the bullet from., t h e young d ea d s hot's revolver h a d gra z ed it, and in, st in ctive l y h e p l aced it to his m o u t h to allay the s light pain the s cratc h ca u sed him He g lanced at the two me n wit h him, a n d sa : w t hat they were as h e lple s s as h e was It was s omet h i n g bra n d n e w to tak e p l ace in t h e m ining camp of Bla c k Bal l and a s h e h a d been t h e l eade r and bull y of the place since it had been i n e x i s te n ce, h e was utte rly stump ed. But the r e was n o getting o u t of i t. Sam lHar l had to vacat e the c laim B ill Beard s tood be!iind C h eyenn e Char l ie, his face pale from the alatm he felt But n eith e r of t h e three v ill a in s app e a red to see h im jus t t h e n. They h ad their eyes fixe d o n Y oung Wild Wes t "Are you going t o m ove?" The q uestio n came to t h eir ear s in s u c h a way tha t the r e was n o lon ge r any doubt about it a s to what t h ey h a d to do. Sam Mar l took a ste p a nd h is companions d i d lik ewise. The n they a u t h ree wal ked away fro m t h e s p ot "-l s the r e an ything h ere that b e long s to you ? Wild a s k ed. "If the r e is, come bac k and ge t it, fo r if e i t h e r of y ou ever s t e p foot on t h i s c l a im wit ho u t bein g invit e d to do o, you will die T hey made n o r e ply; n e ith e r did t h ey turn and come bac k Lik e whipp e d cur s they walked down t h e win d i ng path Lha t l e d into the mining camp "'I'here you are, B ill B eard," s rud Yo un g W i ld West, a s mile o n hi s hands ome face "It wasn't s u ch a h a rd t hi n g to do, was it?" I I can't unde r stand it," was t h e s tamme rin g r e p l y I n e v e r s een Sam Mar l act that way afo r e I tho u g h t s ure h e wonld b e gin s hootin right an' left. H e's al ways b e e n a n awfn l bad ma n h e has !" "Well it i s like l y t hat he woul d have b egu n s h ooting r ight and l eft i f I h a d a llowed h im to. But I didn t g iv.e "He' ll shoo t me n o w af or e h e a s k s me fur i t mo s t l ik e ly," was the repl y, in a n uneasy t o n e o f voice Oh, h e w on t shoo t m e n any kind of fa s hion now, I rec kon," s p o k e up C h eyenne Ch a rli e "He know s n o w t hat it will b e d ange r o u s fur him t e r l e t himself go. Sam Marl ha s h a d hi s fir s t le s son, an' you kin bet it will do him good H e s jest a s afraid of Wild now a s h e kin b e an' h e' ll carry himself diff e r ent from wh a t he's bee n
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6 YOUNG WILD WEST LAYING DOWN THE LAW. camp for you. It is just what we like! That's right, isn't it, boys?" "Yer kin bet your life it is!" the scout hastened to re ply, while Dart ga;:e a nod of assent Beard l ooked around and found that everything that he had left was still there, and then, closing the door of the little shanty, he set out with the three down the hill. Wil d was on the lo okout for the villains, for he knew they were apt to attack them from ambush. H e ha d not the l east doubt but that they were villainous enough to stoop to almost anything in order to be re venged But he saw nothing of the three until they got on the single street that ran th.rough the centre of the camp. Then he caugh t sight of them They were s tanding before a littl e s h anty saloo n which was about two hundred f ee t from t h e tavern, and which sported a sig n that declared it to be Joe Jackson's Joint." "That's the r headquarters of ther ba d ga ng," said Bill B eard "They come over to the r tavern a good deal; too But they spend most of their money there. Joe Jacks on i s on e of 'em." "Oh, is that so? Well, I reckon we' ll walk over there, the n. There is nothing lik e l etting suc h fellows k,now that you are not afraid of them The minute a man finds you are a little afraid of him, that is just the time he will begin to pile it on. Just see how they a r e watc hin g u s I r eckon you h ad better go over to the store, Bill. Jus t tell the men over there about the meeting on your claim this noon 'rell them that every honest man, who i s in favor of a square deal for everybody, to be s ure and get there "All right, Wild," answered the miner, adopting the manne r of Charli e and Jim and calling the young dead s hot by his nickname. B eard head e d for the store and our three friends s trolled carelessly to the saloo n. There was easily a score of men in and around. the shanty, and they were all rough-looking and dirty Wlld knew that it was the' bad ga ng he was app roach ing, but he had made the l eader understand somethi n g but a short time before, and he thought it a good time to show the others that he meant b u siness "Don't s hoot, boys, unless it has got to be done," h e sa id as h e led the way up. "I guess I can manage these fellows without giving the undert11ker a chance to make his fees They walked right up to the door of the shanty saloon, tho se standing around making way for them. "How are you boys?" said Wild, cooll y "What i s this, a political meeting you are holding?" "No, it ain't nothin' to do with politics; it's you that we're hol din' ther meetin' about," answered a man, who stoo d in the doorway, wit h no hat on his head. "You are holding a meet ing about me? Why, wh at's that for?" Wild made out that he was very much surprise d "You are Young Wild West, ain't you?." "That's just who I am." "You're ther Champion D eads hot, too, ain't yer?" "That is just as s ur e as you l ive, my frien d "Well I'm Joe Jackson, an' this i s my shanty. Now, if yer take ,Toe Jackson's adv i ce, you an' your gang will git out of B l ack Ball between n o w an' one o'clock. Yer kin take time ter git your dinners at ther tavern, fur I s'pose they've been ordered. But by one yer had better b e goi n Black Ball don't need sich galoots as you an' your pards is said ter b e "That's the way you think, e h Joe Jackson?" queri e d the da s hing youn g deadshot, with a sm il e hov ering about bis lip s "Well, I happen to think that we are needed in Black Ball so you can bet all you r e worth that we don't leave by on'?' o' c lo c k "Yer mav as well die right now, then!" It was Marl who spoke, and a s the words l eft his lip s h e raised a revolver to make good this threat. But Wild had bej)n expecting some s u c h a move from him, and he had his own s hooter on a line with the scoundrel's breast in a twinkling. "Drop that gun!" h e said, ca lmly __ / .. CHAPTER IV. WILD AND THE "WRASTLER." Sam Marl nev e r got his revolv e r high e nou g h to s hoot. .'rhe muzzl e of Young Wild W est's revolv e r was cover ing him before h e could do it. "Ther first ga lo ot what tries t er pull a s hoot e r will eat lead!" Cheyenne Charlie exclaimed, as he notic e d that seve ral of the gang moved their hands d own ward tMir hol sters The l eade r of the bad m e n let go the weapon in a hurry "That is the second time to day that you h ave tried to hav i a pop at me, Nr"r. Marl," said Wild coolly "The fir s t time I s hot your gun out of your hand. This time I didn't have to do it. The next time you try !t I'll put a bullet through your heart! Do y ou unde r staud what I say?" "You've got ther drop on me, Young Wild West," was the repl y "It's all you own way about it. "Oh I s that so? W e ll, you can b e t I'll have my own way a bout it, too! Now I am going to give you s ome ad vice The boss of the shanty wa s kind enough to give me some a little while ago, so he can come in on this You fellows who have been robbing and swindling people right and left had better stop it. I advise you to s top it. That's a ll I care to say at present, except that if there is any o ne h ere who thinks he can get the be s t of me in any kind of a scrim mage h e cares to name he can have the opportunity right now. I'll fight any one of you, and with any kind of weapons no weapons at all, if that suits Wild had gone jus t that far that he wanted to show them that h e had no intentio n of quitting H e :Knew very well that there wa s not a man there who could ho l d his own against him whether it was with a knife, revolv e r or with the weapons nature had provi d e d. Thou g h he was but a boy, he was a trained athlete and to al l the trick s of boxillg and wrestling

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YOUNG WILD WEST LAYING DOWN THE L AW 7 H e was a little surpri se d wh e n a man of medium height Among them was Bill Beard ancl build fro m the c rowd and said : Our friends readily unders tood that they wer e the me n "I'm som ewhat of a wra stle r, Y oung Wild West, an' I who had be e n impos e d upon b y the bad men so long, :rnd nev e r r ef u sed ter try a bout with any on e If yer want ter t hat they were r e ady fo attend t he meeting that was to be challenge me ter wra stle I'm your huc kl e b e rry. I'm Tom h e ld at noon, on the claim of Beard. Hicks, thcr boss wrnstl er of Black Ball." They al s o w e re anxious to see Young Wild West d e All ri ght, Tom Hic k s G e t yourself ready But I feat the ma.n they kne w to be the bes t wrestler in the want yon and your friends to understand that the fir s t camp. man who tries to inte r fe re, or atte mp ts to pull a gun, Wild quietly h ande d his weapon s and hat to Beard, as will be s hot dead Uy partne r s will attend to that, and ii h e came up. either of thc.:m shoots it will be all up with the galoot "You will take care of these for me," he said "1Iy they shoot at." partners will have all t hey can do to keep some of t h e gang "The r e won t n o body interfere; I'll guarantee that," from feelin g for thei r shooters." spoke up Joe Jackso n the bos of the sa loon, who see m ed "Are yer r eady?" calle d out Hicks to be eage r to see the wTestling bout "Hold on!" was the repl y "How. is this going to b e "Tom will ;::oon s how the boy that he ain t muc h when coll a r and elbow or run in and catc h h o l ds? he once g its a h alt of him, Jim h eard rim whi s pe r to a "Run in an' take your c h ances, was the r e p ly man n ar him "That will sorter turn thcr tide. Then "All right. L e t yomself go! you fellers \ rill have it your own \ray Hicks did no t ne ed to be told a seco n d time. "If Tom Hick s throw s Young Wil d West you fellows He low e r ed his h e ad and made a rush for the boy act can have your own way, all ri ght," sai d Dart, looking at ing like a 111ad bull him. But Wild was ready for him. "I'll bet you a hundre d that Youn g Wild West will U c r emem b e r e d the wager C harli e h ad just made, and, throw him clean ove r h is head the r first shot!" Cheyenne step pin g aside, he caught the man over his h ip, and, wit h Charlie spoke up, as h e put hi s left hand in his pock e t a qui ck, upward throw, sent him clean over his head, as and kept his revolv e r p ointed at the crowd with his ri ght. thoug h h e had been nothing more tha n a bag of s h avi n gs "'I'ake ther bet, Joe exclaimed the wrestle r smiling Thud at the saloon k eepe r Tom Hic ks came d own on his b ack with a jar that took "Oh, I 'll. do that without bein' told, 'ram," was the i awa y his breath r e ply "I kno w w e ll enough what you are There ain "t "I r ecfo n I win that mon ey,'' said Cha rlie, quietly a galoot i n eYen States what kin throw you over his The re \\'aS a shor t interval of sil ence and then a faint h ead." ch ee r w e n t up from the better element that h ad gathere d Wild smiled n ea r the spot H e had thrown bigge r men than Tom Hic ks ove r his Neither Char1ie nor the saloon keep e r had placed an y li"ead. money in the hands of a stakeho l der. But he s aw that the man w as very wir y looking, and The wager had been made on the strength of their the re was no doubt but that h e w as quite active \rord of mouth. He real ly was more of an antag oni s t than a big cluinsy Jackso n mad e no r ep l y to what he sai d man would b e "Hanel ayer that hundred, said t h e scout, as the wre s -But Wild did not fear the outcome tle r got u p on his elbow and loo ked around in a dazed H e was ri ght in training for anything; physically or mentally Tom Hic k s quickly took his shoote r and knife from his b elt and hauded the m to Joe Jackso n The n h e threw off his hat ancl proceede d to roll up his shirt s l eeve "I'm r ea dy," h e sa id, grinning, as thong h h e felt sure of an easy victory "Ther la s t ga loot I wrastlcd with got throwe d so hard that his ne c k w as brok e They p lanted h i m out th e r e on T enderfoot Hill." "So you call your graveyard T ender foot Hill, do you?" qu e ried our h e ro. way r "Did h e go over Young Wilc1 \Vest's head?" Joe que s iio11ed, looking at his friends. "I re cko n he did, .T oc," one of them ans1Yered. "I 11e1 e r -ecn anything lik e iL a fore "You Fhet up!" exclaimed Sam Mar l g ruffly What do you want i.c1 decide thc:r b e t fur?" "Well, if h e don't want t cr decide it, I'll decide it my self,'' said C h arlie, his eye s flashing dangerously "Hanel over ther hu ndred, Joe, Jackson! Ii yer don't I'll let a streak of da: v light through your rnem;ly ca r eass whe n I \Yin s a bet I always collects it; an' when I loses I always pays "Oh, I'll pay H e ro' s your m oney "Yes; that's because there's mor c n six tendcrfeet buri e d the re They didn t lik e the r way Sam run the r camp, an' they s tood up an' died." P erhaps it was the muzzle of the revolver the had pointed at him that made him fork it over, hut he did w e so, anyhow, and t o s mil e 11"hen he did i t "How many of your ga n g has been buried there?" ".r-l'ot a one W e ain't in ther habit of dyin', a:cj h ays? "Not mu ch!" came the rep l y fr om several By this time a dozen or more Ininers h a d com e up see what was going on. T o m Hicks now got u pon his feet. "Ilow was i t clone, boys? W as it fai r?" h e a s ked, look to l ing appeali n g l y at h is frirnd R "Try him ag'in, Tom," s nggested the man who had

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8 YOUNG WILD WEST LAYING DOWN THE LAW. s p oken a minute or two before. "He sorter catched you nappin' that time." "I'll bet another hundred that Young Wild West chucks h im over his head ag'in !" exclaimec) the scout. No one took him up this "I'll bet a hundred that I kin lick any galoot in theJ; c rowd!" Charlie called out. He was geit'ting a little excited now, and he was eager to get at the villains. "Take it easy, Charlie," spoke up Wild. "We will get through one thing at a time." "I don't want ter wrastle no more," said Hicks, as he limped away. "I hurt my back so I can't hardly walk." "Pshaw!" exclaimed our hero. "If I had known that I would have l e t you nome down on your feet. I s n't there any one else who wants to do a little wrestling?'" Not a man made reply. Th e young deadshot had won a big victory, and he knew it. Sti11, he had to look out for Sam Marl, for there was no doubt in his mind that the man would take the least advantage he got and try to s hoot him dead. But there was one thing about it now, and that was that the villain was not going to try it without he got what he deemed was a very good chance. "Come on, boys; I reckon we'll go over to the tavern," said Wild, in his cool and easy way. "These galoots know us pretty well now. They will b e have a little better, I think. 1 they don't thsy will get their medicine, that's all!" "Hooray fur Young Wild West, ther Mayor of Black Ball P' shouted a miner in the rear of the crowd Then a cheer went up that made the bad gang feel a bit nervous, for it "'as something unusual foJ; t h em to hear cheering that was not meant for them. CHAPTER V THE CLEVER CHINAMAN. Sam Marl" was not a little relieved when Young Wild W est and his partners walked away to the tavern. Thou g h he had been running things hi s own way, and he was an out and out scoundre l h e possessed a "yellow streak down hi s back," as Cheyenne Charlie put it a l ittle l ater, when he was talking about him. He had managed to bully the miners when there were only a few at the camp, and by degrees he had built up the reputation that h e was the worst man that had ever carried a six -shooter and a bowie knife Thi s was saying a great deal, of course, but so long as no one disputed it it went There were perhaps half a dozen others in the mi:r).ing camp who would not stop at murder, but the rest of the bad men were ignorant fellows, who were easy to lead, and, jus t because Sam Marl had s hown himself to be a "regular terro r," they were glad to be called his friends This class of men spent the most of their time in gam bling, drinking and slee ping. It was lit tle work they did, except to dig and wash pay-dirt that belonged to some one else Yo un g Wild West had made a d eep impression on those who were not villains at heart, and Sam Marl was aware ont. He began to fear that he was going to lose some of the support he had held. There was only one way to regain the ground he had lost, and that was to assert him self in his old, arrogant, not to t>ay, blood curdling, style. "Pulling a leather bag from his pocket, he tossed it to the sa loon keeper, exclaiming : "Joe, I want ter treat every galoot in sight Any one as don't drink with me is no friend of mine, an' he's got ter stand up an' eat lead! 1 there ain't enough dust in that there bag ter foot ther bill, I'll owe yer ther rest till I make my next strike Whoop Wow! I'm ther worst man in seve n Sta.tes an' a whole wagon loa d of territories ch ucked in! Do yer hear me shout, boys?" They h eard him, all ri gbt, and the way they rush ed into the sa loon plainly told that none of them wanted to stand up and eat lead Joe Jackson evidently was aware of the fact that there was not eno u g h money in the bag to pay for the rountlt, but he also knew that it would be, bad for him i f he said anything. The probaoilities were that the leader of the bad. gang owed him more than he would ever pay, anyhow. But there were those of his followers who did pay, and t.hat made up somewhat The profits ma.de by the saloon keeper were at l ea .st a hlmdred per cent., anyway, so he could well afford to lose from one c u stomer, especially as he was the leader of those who made their headqu arters at the sal-0on, and a very bad man, at that. There were not enough glasses in the equipment of the sal oon to go aro und, so those who were not quick enough to get hold right away were forced to wait. When they had all imbibed the propriet-0r dum ped the contents of the bag on the counter and counted it. "There ain't quite enough, Sam," said Jackson. "But we'll let it go at that. I ain't s o particular as all thatnot with a good man." "A good man, eh? No, no! I ain't no good man, Joel'm a bad man-a mighty bad man, ain't I, boys?" "You bet!" came the reply from a dozen or more. '1,here were fully a score of men in the place, and every man of them was a follower of the bullying leader of the camp The last man had just swa llow ed hi s drink when a Chi naman en ter ed through the doorway tliat opened in the rear of the shanty He was meek and simple in looks, but that was as far a.s it went, for he was no other than Y 01mg Wild West's clever Chinaman, Hop Wah. Hop, unlik e his broth e r Wing, was a sort of wonder, in his way. He was an expert card sharp, very fond of practical joking, and was gifted in the art of mag ic, or sleight of hand. He was very fond of "tanglefoot," as he called whisky,

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' YOUNG WILD WES1' LAYI"YG DmrN THE LAW. 9 and not finding mu c h chance to g e t into a gambling game orn r at the tavern, he had watched his cha nce to get over to the s al o on, where the bad crowd was. When Young Wild West and his partners started for the tavern Hop went out by the bac k way an c i cut through the bushe s to get to the r ear of the s aloon He wa lked in, sm ilin g in his ass umed way of childish innocence, and when the men in the barroom saw him they let out a ye ll. ot one of them h ad any use for a com.mon Chinee, and they were all instantly bent on having s ome fun with him. But Hop was not the sort of a Chinaman to allow the "bad M e lican men" to have.fun with him. Not that he could put up a fight, but his cleverne ss gen erally prevented anything of that sort. The very first thing he did on entering the barroom was to let a bottle fall to the floor, and the bottle broke into several pieces. But that was not all! What appeared to be a live rattlesnake l ay squ irmin g on the floor. 'The bad crowd scattered right away and whe n they saw t h e heathen Chi ne e pick up the snake and put it in his pocket, they changed their minds about having fun with him. "Velly nicee day, so be," observed Hop, sm iling right and left. The clever Chinaman handed it to him, and when he had assur e d himself that it was not the r ea l thing the vil lain playfully slapped o n e of the m e n across the fac e wit h it. The fellow yell ed and jumped back, fqr h e was not quite sure t hat it was not a rattler. there was a big l aug h, Hop joinin g in 'coot an y thing e lse about yer that's funny?" asked Jack s on, as h e put out a bottle and g l a s s for Hop to h e lp him s elf to a drink. "nfo s howee somet'ing a ll ee samee funny; s o be," was the r e ply ; and then he took a drink. Out came his big, yell0w handk erc hief and, shaking it out, s o they all could see tha.t it contained nothing, he dropp e d it to his s id e and added : "Me s how<;e how me make allee samee u m tangl efoot l eave um bottle, so be." The n he placed the handk e r c hief over t h e bott l e, ar ran g e d it carefully and s tepp e d back "When me say allee samee one, two thlee, so be, you ta.kee up um handkelchief a n d you see lat um tangl efoot alle gone." "Where will it go to?" asked the boss "Up in um air, s o be." "Well, go ahead.an' count three, then. We'll see about it." "One_ so b e." "Go ahead." Then he walked up to the bar, though h e h ad to push "Two, allee samee." his way through the gathering to get there, and contin 1 "That's right." ued addressing Joe Jackson: "Thlee !" "Me likee havee lillee tanglefoot." Jackson lifted the h andkerchief. "Say, what did yer do with that snake?n asked Jackson, The bottle was empty, sure enough as h e saw some of his customers getting outside The Chinaman rubb ed his hands anc;_ smi led blandly. "Me all e e sarn e e putte in urn pocket, so be," replied "Lat velly funny lill ee tlick," said he. the Celestial, looking surpri sed. The men c r owde d around and examined the bottle. I don't like ter have live rattle rs in my place It was turned up, s ideway s and every other kind of way, "Snakee no hurtee," and with that Hop produced the bnt t h e r e was one sure thing a.bout it-there was no whisr eptile and tossed it carelessly on the counter. ky in it. Instantly there was a scurrying to get further away When we say Hop had cha n ge d an empty from him. bottle that he h ad m one of lus capac10us 'pocke t s for the "Whattee mattee? Lis snakee no bittee; he allee sarnee full one, it i s quite easy to account for it. made outee lubber This was an old trick of Hop 's, and he always did it Then Hop s miling l y picked up the snake, b ent it double without getting caught. and let go of it. "Well, that's putty good, Joe !" excla imed Sam Mar l. Up it bounced nearly to the ceiling. "He said he would do someth in g funny, an' blamed if h e 't d 't ,,, It came down and hit Jacks on on t h e back of the neck am one 1 and then the Chinama n ski llfull y cauaht i t "I can't see where it's s o funny, thou gh,'' was the reply The proprietor was very pale but he"' was soon convinced "I've lost nig h on ter a whole quart of good liquor that it was on l v an imitation' of a rattler and t h en he "Lat v e ll y funny," spoke up H op, as h e produced a pa ck laughed of cards from his pock e t "Now me showee nicee lillee tl'k" "By jingo, boy s What do you think o f that?" h e ic d
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10 YOUNG WILD WEST LAYING DOWN THE LAW. .l\'fe allcc samee puttee um card on um ba r for you," h e said to them. "You watchee and see um ca.rd, so you kno\ Tee." "Go said the l eader of the bad men. "I lik e card tricks "J\I e pickee outee um ace of clubs for you observed the Chinaman, m; he pulled out that particular card without taking the trouble to look at it. "Now me l ay um on um bar light in :flont of you, so be1 You lettee be till me tellee you to pickee up." "All right, Heathen; j est as you say," was the villain's repl y The man next to him was then shown the king of club s, and he nodclec1 as it was placed face down The third card was the ace of diamonds, a,nd the man i t wa s inten ded for nodded. The fourt h was the ten of hearts As all four lay in a row on the bar, ju. t as the men had seen them plac e d, th-::y were quite sure that they cou ld each reach out and pick the card that hac1 been designated for them. "Whate e card me putte do\1-n for you?" Hop a s ked :;\Iarl, as though he had fort;ot ten. "Th e r nc<:: of club:::.," \\'US the q ick retort. "'l'he r e it is, right in front of me." The Celestial s hook his h ead. "Me no takee out um ace of cl ub s :flom um packee,'' h e saic1. "Ye yer did. It's right there, an' I'll bet all I'm w o rth on it!" "Waitee lille bit; me soon :findee out, s o be." Then h e asked the others the cards he had called out and s hown before placing them face down on the bar. They all gaYe the right answers, for they had take n p a in s to remember. But Hop as sured them that they were all mio;taken "You say um ace of club s um king of clubs, um ace of diamond and um ten of h eaTts a.ilee sa m ee light l e r e on um bar," he said, s h aking his head; "me say no!" "I'll bet You ten dol l ars ther ace of diamond is there,'' spoke up th. e man who had represented by that card "J.Ie havee takee you bettee, so be," said Hop; ca lmly, produc ing ten dollars and slipping it to the proprietor. The bacl man quickly covered it. He was just goin g to turn over ta1e card that he was sure was ihc ri ght one, when Hop stopped him. "Waitee allee samee lill ee while," he r e marked "Maybe somebody more wantee bettee "Oh, I'll bet yer ten dollars that ther t e n of hearts is right there," and the fourth man p l aced hi s :finger s o n the card befo r e him. "Me takee um bettee, s o be." 'rhe money was put up. 'l'he man who had the king of clubs for his card s hook hi s h ea d and grinned "I don't bet ag'i n a ga loot's tricks," h e observed. "This i s a card tri ck, a11 right. I think t her king of clubs is ri ght there, but I wouldn't bet a Lutton on it. Hop smi led b l and ly "Allee ] ight," snid he. "Now eve l ybody look ee at u m c ards, so be ------============= The four m e n reached out anc1 seized the cards. 'l'hey turned them over, and then it was discovered that neithe r of t h e four caTds were the ones they ha d see n laid down "You al1ee samee makee velly muc hee m i s takee, so be," sai d Hop, smi lin g in his bland way. win um money "Yer sarti nlv do," answered Jackson "He r e it i s "I r eckon heathen is a blamed sight sma .rter than he lo oks tcr be!" exclaimed Sam Marl. "Me allee samee velly nmchee smarlee the Ce lestial admitte d. The two men h e had won the money from did not seem to be much p l e a sed ove r it, and Hop was not s low to see it. He d ec ided that it wa s time for him to go, so, making an excuse, he s lide out the ba c k wa y a bottle of whisky and twenty do ll ars to the good For a wonde r, S am Marl took it all a s a very good j o k e "Serves yer ri ght fur bettin' wi t h him, you fellers/' he said "I wouldn't never bet ag'in a man's t r ick s, whether h e was a white man or a heathen "That's right, Sam," spoke up the fe llow who h ad r e fuse d to b e t with Hop, on those very grounds. W e ll I'll jest let that heathen Chinee have a bullet th e r first time I m ee t him!" d e cl a r e d the backer of the ten of h earts "There's more than ther Chine e as has got ter git a bullet," the l eade r stated, shal
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iYOUNG WILD WEST LAYING DOWN THE LAW. Joe Jack s on, however, did not seem to want to do a I Sam Marl promptly went inside, and, bringing his fist thing l ike that. down upon the bar excl aimed: Marl turned to him, hi s eyes :flas hing "Ar e you wit h u s or ag'in us, Joe?" he asked "I've alway s been with yer ain't I?" was the reply. "Yes; but are yer with us now?" "Sartin I am. "All ri g ht. Rold up your right hand an' swear t hat yer a.re, then.1 The proprietor piomptly did as he was requested. It was evident that he ea. red the boss of the camp Sam Marl then mad e them all repeat an oath, the subs tance of which was that they would s tick by him through thick and thin, and h e lp him clean out Young Wild \.Yest and his partn ers, and all others who sided with them; also that they would punish t he men who had left them, unless they chose to tak e the oath when they were called upon "Joe Jackson do yer see them gals over there?" "Yes, Sam," was the reply "We ll I'm gai n ter have em, do yer under s tand that? They've got ter b e abdu cte d an' brought here You've got a secret place und e r this s hanty, which no one knows about but m e an' you, an' two or three 0 ther gang Them gals is got ter be shut up in t hat fur a while. That will show Young Wild West somethin', I reckon!" CHAPTER VII. THE "LAYING DOWN THE LAW" BEGINS to do it. Young Wild West and his partners waited until they The leader of the "bad crowd," a s Marl took delight found that about a ll the miner s in the pl ace, save the few in calling it, felt better after this was done that had gathered at the saloon:, had starte d for Bill But, jus t before noon, wl}en he saw the miners going Beard's claim. off in s mall parties, and all head ing for some given point, Then he followed, w_ith Charlie, Jim and the proprieto r apparently, he beg an to think that something was s ur e ly of the tavern going wrong in Black Ball. "I reck o n the men have woke up a little," he observed, He frowned as be watched them as they walked along. "They are turning out in full force." Finall y one of his men called attention to some of those "'That 's right," repli e d Jack Gimps. "All's they've who had d eser ted the saloon that morning, who were going wanted thi s long time was a l eader. They've settled on that way, too, and in company of some of the peaceable you fur that." m:n of the camp. "Well, I don't know what kind of a l eade r I will make looks as though they re combmin ag'in us, Sam," for them, but I'll bet I'll clean out the Bad C rowd, as they th;, mformer . ,, call it! A good many of the gang has deserted their lead -If they are its ther dam s of this Young Wild West, er, I guess, for I am sure I saw some of those who were .. tfhe tl ,,., ak t f in the saloon this morning going up towaTd the meet -1 \ ost i e y 1eJ re gom ter m e i warm or u s, eh, n la e ,, s ?" i g p c a;:1D n't yer beli'eve that. 1 Ther a 't 1 t th "It are mos t likely that a good many of 'em was stick in' o e 'm a ga oo in er t S -.,,.1 t th 'f 'd f h' h whole what dares ter face me, barrin' Young Wild e r am .mar ey was ra.i. 0 im, t. e W t h' a Th 1 ts th' b t cl scout spoke up That is ther case sometimes Ther ig es an is par em ga oo is no m u cowar s . th 't + :fi ht J t t t 'll h norant will try ter kee p on ther side t hey think is ther an ey won up no g es wa1 i we ave t' ,, cl cl l lf cl f 1 Th 'll 1 1 strongest, every ime. roppe ia a ozen o em. en you see 1ow qmc c "'.,. t th t b t lt Ch r ,, a J' D t they will be s houtin' fur me I'm ther worst man in seven dd i. o u vhe. glo d a a ou n g 1 aT ie, SaJ. im a.r St t I I Th 11 k 't t J t h no mg is 1ea a es, am ey a nows i oo. es wait ti t ey try ter turn ag'in me! If you don't see somethin', then were not long m reach11;ig Bill Beard s claim I 'll iniss my guess!" W1lc1 saw t h at were fort y men and They kept a watch and soon saw Youn g Wild West and he knew that it. was. not go mg to be a very his partners, accompanied by Jack Gimps, the ke epe r of JOb to re store somethmg lik e law and order to the mmmg the tavern, start off in the dir e ction the crowd had taken camp "Steve Wade," said MaTl, quickly. The miners gave three rou s ing cheers when the dash "Yes, Sam," was the reply, and the man who h a d been ing young lead s hot walk e d into their midst, for they had called by our hero that morning, over at the tavern, all l earned to like him. stepped up "Gentlemen," said Wild, as he was assisted upon a bar"You j est take a sneak along an' find out what them rel by seve ral of the enthusiastic ones, "what is your pleas galoots is up ter. It seems ter me that putty nigh every ure ?" man in ther ca.mp has gone up that way. Hurry up, now! "We want you ter la y down ther law to ther Bad Crowd, Find out what they're up ter, an' then come back an' let Young Wild West !" s houted the sto reke epe r, waving his me know." ha.t. "Ther time has come when things s hould be nm "All right, Sam," and away went the villain straig h t in Bla c k Ball. Sam Marl an' hi s crowd has kept It was not long after Wad e had gone on hi s errand the place back a good d e al, 'ca11se it has got when the watching bad m e n sa w the giTls belonging to around throu gh ther country that Black Ball i s about the r Young Wild West's pa.i-ty come out and take seats on the worst minin' camp in all Col orado. Sam Mar l has been tavern porch. st ealin' aiJ.' buldozin' l o n g enough, an' we look ter you tcr

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12 YOUNG WILD WES T LAYING DOWN THE LAW l ead us ag'in ther gang an make 'em either good men or d ead on es!" "Hoora y Hooray!" yelled the miners, many of them throwing up their hats. fl'h e deserters from the gang of bad men were as l oud as any of the rest in their cheering, for they had sense enough "ter git in out of ther wet," as Cheyenne Charlie pu t it. "So you want me to lay down the law to t h e 'Bad C r owd,' eh?" said our h ero, as soon as si l ence was r estored. "You bet came t h e reply "W want ter e l ect you Mayor of Black Ball first shouted Bill Beard. "All in favor of Young Wild West bein' Mayor of Black Ball sing out "Aye!" T h en t h e r e w a s a r oar of assent, no one ma n r emain ing sil ent. I reckon that s ett les it," said Beard "Wild, you're th er Mayor, all r ight. Now yer kin strike out an' lay down ther law to ther ga l oots, an' we'll stand by yer It did not take long to get four ;,oste:s do:ie, and when he held up one for the guls to read, Wild said: "What do you think of that? Do you think it is strong enough'?" "I should say it was, Wild," Arietta answered "If that d1m't hit the 'Bad Crowd' pretty hard nothing will, short of bullets, I guess The posters read as follows : T AKE NOTICE I" "The law in B l ack Ball is that everybody is to have a square deal, and a chance to get a square meal. 'rhieves are warned to quit their business, and Claim Jumpers are hereby notified that they will be caught and hanged at the first offense. "A fair trial will be given to any man arrested, and the verdict of the jmy will be carried out. "The 'Bad Crowd' ha s got to be broken up "This law takes effect immediately. "YOUNG WILD WEST, "Mayor of Black Ball "We ll this is a rather quick way of e l ecting a Mayor," retorted our hero, with a laugh "I 1don't care to be Mayor, b u t I w ill act in that capacity for a couple of days, since it seems to be the unanimous vote of the meeting You can bet that I wili lay down the law to Sam Marl alld "That's ther ticket!" exclaimed Cheyenne Charlie. his gang, too!" "Whoopee! Now we'll go out an' put them signs up. Then there was mor e cheering We' ll show them galoots who's runnin' this blamed old Wild tried to find out just what the miners wallted him camp!" to do, but he was unable to Our three friends started i n to post the notices right All t hey wanted was for him to go ahead and straighten away things out in the camp. In other words, force the bad Th e firs t one to be put up was in the barroom of the gang to either become good or leave Black Ball, one way tavern, and then they went to the store. or another From the store they proceeded to the blacksmith shop, If they left by dying it would be all the better, many and then there was only one other public place to post of them declared. one B u t Young Wild West did not believe in shooting even This was the saloon called Joe Jackson's Joint. villains unless there was no he l p for it. Wil d knew that Sam Marl and his gang were there, but T o save his own life, or that of a friend he woul d use that made little difference his r evolver or rifle. The last of the four notice s had to be posted there, and He had a way abou t him that was convincing, right from he meant that it should be done the start, and those who refused to acknowledge this usu "Come on, boys," he said. "Keep your eyes open and ally came to grief. look out for a sly s hot or knife. There is no telling just The meeting did not last very l ong what that gang might do. They hate us like poison, of Havi ng settled upon a leader, the most of the miners course." went to get their noonday meal. There were two or three of the villains, who followed After that they meant to go to the i r work, j u s t a\s the leadership of Marl standing before the shanty saloon. t h oug h nothing had happened They eyed the three as they came toward the door, but But there was one thing abou t it all, and that was that said nothing. they n o longer lived i n fear of Sam Mar l and his gang of Wild led the way in the place c rooks. The rest of the gang were there. Some were playing Wil d and his partners went back to the tavern and were cards and oth e rs were hanging around, drinking, and puff in time to join t h e gi r ls at dinner, as the noonday meal ing away at their pipes. was call ed there Our hero quickly counted them up. After the meal was over our hero went to t h e store and If Joe Jackson could be counted in and the boy bought four big sheets of paper he could-there were thirteen real "bad" men in "I reckon I had bet ,ter lay down the law on paper before the mining camp. we try to enforce it, boys," he said "Jim, you can copy "How are you, Jackson?" said the young dead s hot, coolfrom the one I write out, and we will get the four done all ly, a s he stepped to the bar. t h e quicker." "Firs t rate, Young Wild West," was the very civil reply. "All right, J im answered "I hear that ther miners has made you Mayor of Black T hen, with a bottle of ink and a couple of littl e brus hes Ball." the y got at the store, they got at work. "Yes, that's right I've consented to act as Mayor until

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YOUNG WILD WEST LAYING DOWN THE LAW. 13 things are in a straight condition here. They wanted me Ball. He thought he woul d test the law, so he has got to lay down the law, and I am doing it. I suppose you to take his medicine. If he is not out of the camp when have no objections to me putting up this notice? It is the the twenty minutes are up h e's likely to swing, that's all. law, you know." He can take hi s choice about it." "Sartinly, I ain't got no objections. Go ahead an' put it Without stopping to parley any further, Wild pointed up." at the clock that hung over the bar, and then turned and Then, while Charlie and J im watched the ruffians in the l eft the room. room, Wild walked to the most conspicuous place in the But Charlie and Jim kept their eyes on the ruffians as room and tacked up the notice Wild turned, for they knew they would take a shot then, if "There you are," he
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]4 YOUNG WILD WEST LA Yir G DOWN THE LAW. "I represent thirteen of ther first men what helped malrn Black Ball what it is," said the Committee of One, trying t9 make his words as impressive as possible. ':Tber law: we went under when ther camp was named was that it was 'every one fur him self,' an' that's good enough yet W e don't like no new ]aw Then something happened that none of the villains exp ected to witness. Wild seized the Committee of One from the aBad Crowd" and nearly threw him off his feet "So the new law doesn't suit you, eh?" he exclaimed "All right! Now I am going to give you a good shaking, and throw you out!" Wild w1*3 s urely going to give an exhibition of hi s wond erful strength, and the way he went at the man made some of the spectators gasp He had a good hold on Hicks and he s hook him so hard that hi s tee th rattled and his lmife flew out of the sheath. Then he got him his hip and sent h im upward, catching him 1mder the back with his h ead "Whoopee! Whoopee! Wow! Wow!" It was Young Wild West's o ld-fa s hioned cowboy yell, and out he went to the porch with a rush. He let go his hold upon the Committee of One and he l anded sprawling on the ground As he went back into the tavern he saw that .Charlie and Jim were covering the rest of the bad men with their shooters Ther e was a clock in the room and, looking at it, our h ero aw that about eight minutes of the time he had given to Steve Wade to get out of the camp bad elapsed Fixing his eyes upon the villain, he exclaimed : "You have got just twelve minutes, Wade What are you going to do about it?" "Oh, I'll go, I s'pose," was the r eply "There ain't no use, I r eckon I don't want ter stay here an' be hung, j est fur nothin' at all." "All right. Go on Maybe you might be allowed to come back some time B u t if you ever do you have got to be a better man than you are now. Tak e my advice and r efo rm Wade said no more, not even both e ring to speak to his compan ions. He happened to o wn a horse, and that was about all he did own. H e he ade d for the s hed in' the r ear of the saloon and five minutes later he rode p ast the tavern on hi s way out of the mining camp. Meanwhil e the rest of the bad crowd had sneaked out and were scattered about the front of the tavern It was easy to see that they were very much distr essed over what had happened But they dar e d not start up a shooting match now The whole population was against them, and sure death would be the result "I r eckon you galoots wi ll get used to the new l aw," Wild said to them, as they turned to go back to their 1rnad quarters "Jus t start in and do some honest work and you 'll a ll fee l bette r No bad man ever died happy you know." "Young Wild W est, said Sam Mail, turning, his face white with rage and chagrin, "afore you come here I run ther camp, an when you go away I'll run it ag'in Yo u take my advice an' light out as soon a s possib le, fur some thin' might ha ppen ter you if you s tay a couple of hours too long "See here!" excla imed our hero "You are making a t1ueat, if you know it. If anything s hould happen t hat I get downed you ll be blamed for it, and the boys will hang you by the neck and riddle your carca s w ith bullets! Do you know that?" "I didn't say I was goin' ter do anything to yer; I a.in't that kind of a hairpin," the villain said, hastily Wild laughed "Oh, I am not afraid that you will," h e retorted "But just look out how you make threats You might be told that you have twenty minutes to get out of Black Ball, the s ame as one of your ga ng did-. "I reckon everything is all .. right now," the boy added, as he turned to the landlord of the tavern "Just give t h e boys a smoke, or omething, on the strength of it, Mr. Gimps." "You bet I will; an' at my own expense, too!" was the reply They all walked in, and were just in time to see Hop Wah come through the back ent rance. He carr ied a big, r ed l;ilanket and an old fashioned army musket, with the bayonet attached l'l It was easy for a practiced eye to te ll that h e had been drinking a little more than was good for him, too. "Hey, there !" caUed out Gimps. "What rue yer
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Y OUNG WILD WEST LAYING DOWN THE LAW ]5 "He has got m ore than h e n e ed s n ow. If you give him I t1nythi ng, give him 1 Ta.t e r to drink "All e e li ght," said Hop; me take e lill e e wate e, l en Me v e ll y se l d om t a kee w attee, but som etimes me hav e e to s o be. Gimp s pour e d out a g l ass o f water. H o p took it and dr ank a few swa llows a n d t h en set i t on the b a r "Me n o likee w atee vell v mucbee," he exc lai m ed, shak ing his b e a d in dis gu i R t '<"Me bave e lill ee t ang l efoot The l a n d l ord s hook his h ead "It's ag'i n t h e r order s h e sa i d ".All ee li ght." Hop pi cke d up the g l ass, walked to the door and thre w out the wate r. It s o h a p pe n e d that a cowboy was j u s t step ping u pon t h e por c h, and h e gbt the contents of the glass foll i n th e face. "Wow! h e y elled, m ak ing a run for the C hinaman. "The r h e athe n tried te r was h my face! I'll make him c hew s an d fur that! Wow! H o p ran in a n d took hi s p l ace be i de the mu sket he had stu c k in the :floor H e that \Vild would n ot let t h e cowb o y hurt him And Wild didn t e i t h er "See h e r e !" h e ex cl a im e d ta k in g t h e i r ate n e wcomer" b y the arm I reckon tha t w a a mistak e T h e C h i n aman didn t m ean that you s houl d g e t tha t wat e r in y our fa c e H e was m ad beca u s e h e cou l d n ot h a re w h i s k y and he went to t h e door t o throw o u t t h e water t h e l and l ord gav e him Jus t l e t i t d r op, for that follow i s the smartest Ch i n a m a n you eve r s aw, ai1d he might put a s p ell on you, or s om ething, i f you try to hurt him The cowboy looke d amaz e d H e wa a total str a nger i n the camp, and wh e n he saw the grinning faces o f t h e mine r s it occurre d to him t hat h e w as b e in g mad e a fool of. H e was a griU:y s or t o f a fellow, too, and h e to ok i t t hat h e mus t thrash som ebody t o ge t squa r e with the m. "Yon ga l oots ain' t goin' ter hav e fu n with m e b e ex c laim e d "I kin lic k the r on e as mad e t hat heathe n throw the r water on m e Wow Come o n "Yo u d o n t w ant to :fight," said Wn d calm l y a n d catching him by t h e w ri st, h e gave it a s h a r p twist O u c h Oww w y e ll e d t h e cowboy u s he d roppe d t o hj s kn ees "Do n 't! Y e r hurt me !" "Ge t up a n d h ave a littl e e n s e abou t you our h e ro s aid "Yo u a r e n o t goin g to fight wi t h an y o n e beca u s e I won t l e t yo u J u s t t a k e it easy a.ud y ou 'll see s omethi n g funny p r etty s oon." H o p h a d jus t s prink l e d some k i n d of a powd e r in a c i rcl e around him, and our h e r o h a d seen h i m d o it. That i s why h e tol d the cowboy h e w o uld see s o me thing funny p retty soon. "See somethin' funny, eh?" and t h e s t range r s po ke in a mild e r tone of v o ice. "All right. But, say You've g ot an awfu l g r i p, youn g fe ll e r Yes, I know I have Yo u jus t t a k e it easy n o w." I reckon I wi ll. What's t h e r Chinee g o in' t e r do?" "Jus t w atc h him. Hop p r oclu ced a ciga r and calml y li g h ted it. I :=:.:..=======------------T he n he took t h e big, r e d bla nket h e had walked i n w ith anc1 threw it orn r hi s h ead on e s e e med to take n o t ice t h a t it went ove r the but t of the g u n at the s am e t i me B u t it was suc h a b i g b l a n ket that i t hung down to the .A.oar, whe n H o p s quatted a li ttle, and the b utt of t h e m u e k e t h e l d it up i n a p oint Sudd e nly the cl ever China m an to u ched t h e li ghted cull of hi s cigar to the powde r he had sp ri nk l e d on t h e floor T h e r e was a q ui c k p uff and t h e n a yellowi s h c lou; cf s moke went up a round him, shutting t he bl ank e t com plet e ly from view "Thund er!" crie d the cowboy, jumping back "What's he gain' t e r d o burn himself up?" The min er,; in the b arroom w e r e g r eatl y surprised, to o and the y look e d at t h e clou d of s moke in sil e nce. I hope the r heathen ain't gone a n s e t m y s h a nty afire," r e mark e d Jack G im p s tho u g h h e d i d no t offer to g o near H o p but k ept hi s pl ace bac k of t h e C 01J.n ter, and to ward the far t he r end "I r ec k o n t he shanty won t g e t o n fire," sai d Yo un g Wild \Vest, who h a d seen t h e cleve r C h i n a m a n p erform s imilar t r i c ks "Ju s t t ake i t e a s y and see wh a t fo llows. The s mok e s oon clear e d, and the r e was the bla nk e t j u s t a s it had b e en b efor e the smok e s ta r t ed. "Ui p hi!" came from und e r i t "Me h avee velly nicee smoke, s o be What are yer tryin' ter do, a n yhow? as k e d t h e lan d l o rd. "Ci gar a ll e e same e mak e e p l enty s mok ee, s o b e M e fee l vc ll y mu c h e e s i c k e :Jli s l e r L andlord com e h e re and a llee s arn e c h e l p me gitte e b l ank e t off." The t o n e of voice was s moth e r e d, a pparently, a nd think in g that the re w as n othing s o ver y s t r ange abou t the s mok e a ft e r a ll, J ack G i mps cam e from b e hi n d t h e bar. "Hu lly up, s o b e I came fr o m unde r th e blank e t. The n Gimps took hold of the blank e t and pull e d it down Mu c h to his amazem ent, t h e re was no o n e ther e The mu s k e t a l o n e h ad supporte d the b l ank e t for Hop h ad van i s he d T h e cowboy a nd t h e min e r s turne d pa l e T hey wer e a ll possess ed of m o r e o r l es s s up e T Btiti o n, a n d t h ey b egan t q feel c r eepy "Wh e re i n t h e r nam e of all that' s wond er ful, has h e g o ne?" g a Rped the l a ndl ord, l ook in g around him iu a h e lp -less attitude C heyenn e C harli e g r inne d a n d shrugge d hi s h o u lder s "'l'h e r h eat h e n g a l oot ha s g on e iie r Chin a, I reckon he a n s'irer ed "He does that e v ery now an' t h e n "What! "That's ri ght. But h e'll com e bac k ag'in. H e c ou l dn t s tay away fro m u s if h e t r i ed." Jus t the n Hop w a lked i n the fron t e n t rance ":Me lik ee h avee lillee dl o p of ta n g l efoot, Mis l e r Land l o r d, h e s aid j u s t a s thoug h h e had not bee n the r e at a ll. "How did y e r git out of h e r e ?" a s k e d Gimp s harCiJ y a bl e to b e l i e v e his own e yes Wh attee m attee ?" and Hop l ook e d at h i m, with an J expres s ion of c hildi s h innocenc e on his face

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16 YOUNG WILD .ff EST LAYIXG DOWN THE LAW Char li e looked a1our1d at the a s tonis hed m e n, who w e re staring at the Chinaman with dropping jaws. He cou]d not help it, so h e burs t into a loud g11ffaw. Wild and Jim s mil ed, and t hen the l andlord 's face lig h t ed u p CHAPTER X THE GET R EA D Y FOR BUSINESS. "It's a trick, eh?:' he ob e rv ed, questioning l y Notwith sta n ding that h e had been defeated at eve ry "Yes, Hop i s a s l e i ght-of-hand performer," Wild an -tum, Sam Mar l was more d eter mined to win ou t than swer ecl. "He i s a real wonder, in hi s way ever "I s hould reck on so. But t h e r e wasn't no s l e i ghtof Wh e n h e got b ack to the saloon h e h ad a rather long h and abo u t that; it was sleig h t-of t h e r whole body I r eek talk wit h Joe Jac kson, the p r oprietor, and the result was on Ho w could h e talk to me from under that blanket, an' t hat h e got him to con sent to turn the secret apartm ent in b e out s id e all ther time h e w a s doin' it?" the cellar over to the B a d Crowd ." "'iVell, h e i s a sort of vent riloqui s t, you know As Marl had r em ark ed before, but few knew of the ex O h, I've h 'eard te ll abou t them galoot what k in throw i tence o f s u ch a n apartment, and a s cellar s were n ot in their voices anywheres they want t e r So h e's o n e of them, fas hi o n in Bla c k Ball it was o n e of the real wonder s of the too i s h e?" place to those who dicl know of it. "Yes ; h e i s a littl e of e verything, when it. comes to It is not known ju st why J ackso n had built the shanty d oing quee r things with a hidden apartment beneath it, but i t was quite like A ll ri ght. The r drink s it on m e boys. Name your l y that h e contemp lated on u sing it for purposes that were favorit e beverage! It all comes out of one )Jarrel, but n ot altogether h o nest y_e r kin have ther sat i sfact i o n o f callin' fur anything yer But h e h ad let it la y there to the present time without hke even if yer don't git it. Th e r Chinee says he want s even vi. iting it him self, and when he gave his consent to a littl e drop of tanglefoot an' I reckon you'd b ette r allow M ar l that it s hould b e mad e a secret q u ar t ers for the band him ter have it, Young Wild West H ever a man earned of villains that u s ually hun g out at his place,. he knew h e a drink h e has wa layin g himself liabl e to puni s hment from the boy "All ri ght," repl ied Wild. "Give him one dr i nk, b u t :Jfayor of the mining camp no more. He mu s t not get drunk, for that i s one thing I B'ut h e was r e a ll y afraid of the bad gang, and that w a s am again st. It is no,ne o:f my b u s in ess what a man doe s one r easo n why h e gave in. of course, but Hop i s working for me, an d I don't m e an The way to get down in t o the cell a r was through a t o have a drunken fellow bot h e ring with the h orses c l ever l y construc t e d sec ret trap doo r in the back room "Wh y don't yer take a Tittle yerse lf Young Wild West? "Show n s ther way ter g i t in, Joe," said Marl when he spoke up one o:f the min e rs "I never een any one as was had g ain e d the consent o f the aloon keeper That' all harmed by taJ,in a little drink of liqu or once in a whi l e you 've got ter do. I reckon w e' ll find a way ter git ther \\' e ll I won't take a ny, just the same You take what best of Young Wild W est a fte r we g i t them gals an' hide you 1 ike an cl so w i ll I." 'em clown there They ll never think of loo kin' h e re fur rrh e mnn did not try to urge him. 'em-never!" H e understood quite w e ll that the boy meant just w hat "We ll I hop e t h e y don't, that's al l. M y shanty would h e said be torn clown an' burnt i n no time An' I'd be strung up 'l' h e landlord "as just putting out the drink s whe n half l:ly ther neck afor e I co11ld say J ack R obi n son." a dozen shots rang out in qmck successio Th e sal o on k eeper l ooked very grave when h e s aid thi Everybody made a b r eak to get out s howin g t hat he hacl h is misgivings and doubt s W ild managed to s ucceed a h ead of an y of the rest But h e stat ioned a man at both t h e front and rear doors H e caught sight of a man runnin g toward the tav e rn, to watch for any of their e nemi es, a nd t h e n he showed a s thou g h hi s lif e d e pended on it, and some of the bad Sam Mar l h o w to open the ecret trap door gang w e re just gettin g back into the s al o on. Th e kitchen part of the shanty adjo in ed t h e back rbom The running man wa n o othe r thm 1 Tom Hic k s the an d the floor in i t was a few inche s higher than that in wrestler th e room. "Don't let 'em git me, Yo.un g Wi l d West!" he ex Thi s permitte d a s mall sectio n of the floor to s lid e ri ght claimed, pan tin g ly, as h e reach e d the porch "Jest because u nd e r it, thm; forming an opening I told 'em I was goin' t e r quit 'em an jine your s id e they In t h e ope ning was a flight of s t e p s which led down was goin t e r s hoot me I'm d one with Sa m Mar l an' his into the cel lar apartm e nt. gang now!" Whe n the floor was in it s place the closest of observers W d would never hav e imagined that the re was anything wroncr i l was looking at him s harp as h e spoke, and h e mad e with the floor 0 up hi s mind that there was not a word of trut h in what It was not well l aid anyhow; but, as it was d o uble, there th e villain was saying was nothin g to disclose the sec ret it h e ld beneath i t "The ga l oot s are trying to work some kind of a sch e m e The trap was opened b y :firs t openin g the door that l ed he t h ought "Well, I'll jus t l e t t h e m g o ah e ad and into th e kit c hen out what i t i s T hen a11 iron bolt was dropped in to what see m e d to be Tom Hick s went the barroom a nd to l d a very p lau si-an o rdinary kno t h o le, and th e c lo s ino 0 the kitchen door b l e story, and the rnrners gave him a cordia l welcome 1 s lid back Lhe porti o n of the floor thatc omposed the trap

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YOUNG WILD \VEST LAYING DOWN THE LAW. .-1 l. It squeak ea cons iderab ly a s Joe Jackson worked it, so he went and got some grease and fixed it so it woul d not do it again Then all but the two men on guard went down into the mustysmelling place "It wants a littl e fre s h air in here, I reckon," observed the vill aino u s saloon keeper. "I reckon I must have left ther vent shut. Then h e moved over to the roughly built chimney and opened a little s lid e The result was that there was a draught of air going through the cella r. It being too dark there to see well, he lighted a lamp that was hanging in the cent re of the apartment T he villains who had come down with him saw quite a well-furni s h ed littl e room, with a table i n th.e centre A door to the right open e d into a smal l er room, which JVIarl said would do to kee p the gir l s in when the y got them. "Won't they holler out an' be heard by som e one, Sam?" one of the men a s ked. "Not if somebody's l eft ter guard 'em," was the reply "I reckon they couldn't be hea1d very far if they did h oller," said Jackson. "That room is lin ed, top an' sides with rubber doth. We couldn't much more than hear a yell from any one in t h e re, right here, after ther door is s hut. Jest go in an' try it, Sam JVIarl w ent in readily, and when the door was shut he yelled at the top of hi s voice. He could be heard, of course; but it was very :faint The n Marl called out to him and h e failed to hear. When h e came out be made three of the men go in and yell in unison The villain was so well satisfied that h e s lapp ed the sal oon keeper on the back and exclaim ed: "I r eckon that's ther place, Joe Now, if we kin on ly git hold of them gals!" "That's ther thing ter do, which ain't gain' ter be no easy g ame," Tom Hicks, the defeated wrestler, spoke up "Say, 'Tom!" said Marl, suddenly "I reck o n you' ll have ter go over to the r tavern an find out j est abou t how ther thing kin be done '\ "Me ?" echoe d Tom. "How?" "Oh, that will be easy enough Yer k in make out that you've quit us, an' want tcr kinder jine i n with t h em rre r make it all the r more lik e l y that you've clone that, yer kin run like thunder, an' we'll fire a few shots at ther gTOund, j est ter mak e them ga loots in the r tavern think we're s hootin' at yer. vVhe n yer git there yer kin tell 'em that you've quit us, a s yer thought it was best ter do right. Then all's I want yer ter do is ter find out je st where them gals h ang out in ther hanty. Yer kin manage ter meet me after dark an' let me know about it, I reckon. I'll be at your shanty an hour after dark, s o that will give yer al l tber afternoon ter :find out what's wanted. It a.re most lik ely that you'll be treated :fine by Youn g Wild West an' his grmg, so you won't h ave nothin' ter worry about You jest p lay y our part w e ll, an' it'll be bound ter come out all right. "All ri ght, an wered Hicks "I r eckon I know je s t what t e r do. Ther game i s ter :find a way ter git hold of them t h ree gals Leave it ter me, Sam. I don't want fer brag, but I will say, s ince poor Steve Wade has been run out of t h er camp, that I kin do t h er bu s i ness, if any one of u s kin." "That's je st why I picked you out ter do it, Tom,'' the leader assured him. The programme was carried out perfect ly, as far
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18 YOUNG WILD WEST LAYING DOWN THE LAW When they g ot within about tw e nty fee t of him they cam e to a halt and trie d to look up t h e hill. "He mu s t have g on e up te r see Bi11 Beard one o f t h e m s a i d in a low t one but pl enty l oud eno u g h for our her o to hea r "Sartin, was t he r e pl y T ha t 's w h e r e b e i s now, most likel y He'll be com i n back putty soon an' the n we' ll give hi m his m edic in e S a m said w e' d bette r d o it w i th... o u r knives, s o the r e won t b e no n o i s e a bout i t I reckon h e i s right, too." Wil d s mil e d and made up his mind to give 'the two bad men a surpri s e CHAPTER XI. THE M I N ERS AR E AROUSED The two v illain s moved a littl e closer to the spot w h e r e W i l d was hi d in g "Kin y e r see anythin g from h ere? o n e o f them ask ed, as he cranr his neck in an effort to get a look at t h e cla i m of B .Be a rd "No," wai., th e r e pl y "We d o n't w ant t er see an ything. W e ll be ab l e t e r hear tbe r you ng ga loot w h e n h e comes b ack It ain t very likely he 'll s t a y lon g Got your kni fe r e ady?" "Yo u bet I hav e !" They had p u t away their revol vers, and t hey now sq u at a mong the bu s h es, each wit h an ugly looki ng bowie i n his h and Sam Mar l h a d see n Young Wil d West leave t h e tavern and head up the hill, and h e had qui ckly decided t h at m u r der m ust be don e Whe n he call e d for tw o m e n to v olunteer t o d o it, t h e t w o who wer e with i n a fe w feet of the boy they me ant to make their v i c tim h ad ag reed to tack l e the j o b B u t how far away fro m d o in g it they wer e T hey s to o d about a s m u c h c h a nce to k ill Y o u ng W il d W e s t a s they did t o fly thro u g h t h e a i r li ke a b i r d T he young d eadshot was reall y amused a t their conver sation But h e was in no p a rticular hurry, s o h e l e t t h e m go o n w i t h their conve rs ati o n I f we kin only s urprise the young ga l o ot a n kn ife hi m it will b e putty easy t e r g i t the m g al s I reckon," s ai d o n e after a pause. Wild pri c k e d u p hi s e ar s "Of course, it w o uld b e e a s i e r ter git e m," t h e secon_d one an s w e r e d "Yo un g Wil d West i s ther w h o l e thing, an y how. With out J.1im the m o t h e r ga l oots woul d n t do muc h r h e y kin s hoot strai g h t I s' pose, b u t they need a J.eader "We 11, the re n e ve r was a lead e r l i k e that boy an that's sure .Tes t see what h e's don e s ince h e's bee n h e re in Black Ball An' h e onl y got h e r e last ni ght, too "We ll it a i n t very lik e l y t h at h e' ll d o mu c h mor e All' s h e's got te r do now i s t e r come dow n that bill an' p a s s a l ong here. The n w e' ll do somethin'. "An if it gits found out tha t we done it, wha t the n ? "Ain't Sa m Mar l the r boss o f th e r camp ? "Well, h e was t ill Yo u ng Wild West com e a n turned the r boys ag'in h im." H e will be ag'in when Yo u ng W ild Wes t i s out of the r way, won't he?" "That's mighty sure." wild tho u ght h e bad better atte n d to the two vill a in s now. He a rose to h is feet a n d stepped soft l y toward them T hey never h eard the l east sound and did not o nce l o ok behin d The yo-ung; dead s h ot got close e n oug h to the m to put out hi s hand-s and touc11 t hem Tli e n h o l ding a revo lver in e i t h e r h a nd, h e e x c laim ed: "I reckon you'd better drop t hose kni ves I am no t goin g t o b e ki ll ed to day! If ha d struck n ea r the m the two bacl m e n could n ot have been more surprised T hey wer e amazed-di s mayed "So you came up h e re to put me out of the way, d i d you ?" Wil d asked, coolly ''Well I suppose you k now what you are going to get for it? I am going to take you down to t h e tavern and let the miners try you If you wou l d r ather d ie right here w h ere you are, jus t try to use a weapon on me I'll show ... you how quick a nd stra ig h t I can shoot Let u p on u s, w on't yer ?" said one w ith a gasp, as h e recove red t h e use of his tongue "You dic1 n o t mean to l et up o n me, did you? Y o u wer e lying h ere, waiting for me to come down the h ill, so you coul d pounce from the bus he s and sta b me t o d eat h. I doubt if you could hav e succeeded, even if I had com e a l ong, not k nowing you were here But t h at makes no d iffer ence You meant to do it, and that settles it. H o l d u p your hands The two villa i ns had dropped their k ni ves and they p romptly obeyed t h e command Wild coolly r emoved the revo l vers from t h e i r belt a nd put t hem in his pockets Then he picked up their knives and thrus t the m in hi s b e lt. "Just go on down to the tavern," h e sai d calmly. Don't try to ru n away; i f you do y o u w ill d ro p migh t y s u dden They started off s lowly. Complete l y cowed, anc1 frightened a s well, they n e v e r once tho ught of di s obeying W i l d wal ked alo n g beh i nd them, and soon they r e a c h e d the coll ection of s h anties T he two vill ains l ooked t owa rd t h e sa loon a p pealin g l y Let your friends come o u t and t r y to save y ou i f they fee l like it," s a id Wi ld, wit h a l a u g h "I'll s how t h e m how n ice l y I can drop tw o or t h iee o f t h e m You g aloot s d id n ot know w h e n you wer e well off. Y ou s h o uld ha v e been satisfied t o drop you r game w h e n you saw that things w e r e gdin g dead agains t you But y ou did not. Yo u t hou ght y o u had to k ill me, and t h e n you w ould g ain y our l o s t gro und, d i dn t you? A nd Sam Mar l i s p l otting to get our g i r l s in hi s p ower, too I reck on t h at's e nou g h to sentence him to dea t h I'll t ell you fe llows sorriethi n g you ma y n o t realize-insid e of t wenty -four h ours the re \Yill be n o m ore bad m e n in Bla ck B all Yo u can take

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YOUNG WILD WEST DOWN THE LAW. 19 from that w hat you lik e But I am telling you what i s true. "Say," said one of the ra scals, pleading ly, "if you' ll let me go I'll git a horse an' l ight out, ther same as Steve Wade did I ll i;iever show up around here ag'in long as I live." "I'll do ther same,'1 spoke up the other fe llow. "Let u s go, won't yer, Young Wild West?" I couldn't think of such a thing," was the reply. Mar ch right up to the tavern, and be r e ady to take your m edicine They sa w there was no help for it, so they did as they were to ld / Wild was keep ing as much of a watch on the shanty sal oon as h e was on the two men. Just as they turned toward the por c h of the tavern a puff of smoke came from a window in Joe Jackson's Joint, fo ll owed quickly by a r e port But Young Wild Weat l eaped aside the instant he sa w the puff of smoke A cry of agony rang out and one of the captives fell to t he ground, a bullet in his breast "That shot was meant for me," said Wild, coolly, as h e moti oned the other man to get upon the porch Tremb l ing with fear, the villain obeyed. Cheyenne C h ar l ie and Jim Dart came out the instant t h e shot rang out They were followed by the re s t who were in the place ;t the time "What's up, Wild?" asked Jim. "Oh, I ca11ght two galoots who had been sent out to lay for me and finish me with their bowies,'' w1as the ca l m re joind e r. "Just as I got them h ere some one in the saloo n tried to drop me, and dropped one of them instead It's all right, boys. A nice job Sam Marl has put up He mean s to catc h the gir ls, too!" An angry s h out went up from the miners "So they'v e star'ted in ter do murder an' kidnap inner cen t gals, have they?" said one "Well, I reckon we'd bet t er g i t some ropes ready!" "Mercy!" pleaded the wretch Wild had brought to the tavern "You wasn't go in' ter show no m e rcy ter Young Wild W est, was yer?" Jack Gimps retorted "Boys, I reckon the r cleanin' up i s about ter begin Send fur ther jedge. He's got ter git a jury an' try this galoot right away." The sto r ekeeper, whose name was Brandon had been se l ected a s the judge, for Wild had 1cteclin ed to act in that capacity One man ran to get him and others ha ste ned off to ca ll in t h ose who were working their claims Young Wild West knew that unl ess he could manage to c al m them the prisoner was doomed to die with a rope around hi s neck. Though he knew positive l y that the villain had meant to kill him from ambu s h he did not want him to be l y n c h ed. But what could he do about it? T he honest m e n of Black Ball had r ema i ned meek and f!ubrnissive for a l ong time, bnt now the:17 were to wh;:it they comidered was their duty, which was to rid the plrrce of the bad element as soon as possible The jud ge soon came up Wild told him just what had happened, a nd then he ad vised him to sentence the pri soner to leave the camp forever B11t the jud ge s hook his h e ad. "He'd only go somewhe r e else an' git in his crooke d an' murderous work,'' he said "I reckon ther law has got ter take its course. You laid down ther law to ther Bad Crowd, an' it's fur us ter carry it out. rri1e r galoot w hat fired ther shot from the s hanty has got ter go, too. It makes no matter who it was! An' Sam Marl m u st stand on a barre l an take a drop, too We're gain' ter enforce ther law, accordin' ter1 ther way you wrote it down, Young Wild Wes t "There ain t no u se in a r g uin' ther case, Wild," whis pered Cheyenne Char l ie, who agreed with everything th.e judge said. "Let 'em a l one I re c kon they've woke up." In less than half an hour a big c rowd was gathered in front of the tavern. Then a jury was se lected by the judge and the charge formally made against the prisoner There could be only one verdict from s u c h a jury as that. The villain was sentenced to be hang ed. No time was lost in carrying out the preparations for th e lianging, and just as t h ey were r eady to swing the wretch Ar i etta came out of the tavern "You must not hang the man!" s he cr i ed, h e r voice ringing above the noise made by tI1e excited min ers CHAPTER XII. HOW .ARIETTA WAS CAPTURE D Tom Hicks was at the tavern, of course, for he did not mean to make a report to Sam Marl until after da r k In spite of the fact that Wild a nd his partners had been keeping a pretty close watch upon him, he had l earned jus t where the room the gir l s occupied was locat ed. 'rhe tavern was the only building the camp that had an upper story to i t It was really one of the old-fashioned sty l e of buildings calle d a sto ry and a half The room the girls had was in th e r ear and overlooked a shed that sloped down to within t e n feet of the gro und Hicks had learned a ll this, and h e conceived the idea of getting some assistance from two or more of hi s v ill ainous companions and u s in g chloroform to abduct the gir l s after they went to s l eep that night. He knew Joe Jackson h ad chloroforn1 at the saloo n, for he had hean1 hi m say so. Bu t when Young w ild West came up with the two pris oners Hicks almost forgot "hat h e had come and j oined the foi'ce of the better e l ement for. He re;:ilihed that things were getti ng worse all the time, and whe n o n e of them fell from a bullet fired by one o f his own friends. h e got very muc h alarmed But he d id his b est not to how hi s feelings.

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YOUNG WILD WEST LA YING DOWN THE LAW. .After the verdict in the case of the remaining prisoner had been rendered h e made up his mind that nothing could stop the hanging. But when Arietta appeared on the scene the villain opened wide his eyes. "That gal will save him, as sure as I'm ther boss wras tler of ther camp, outside of Young Wild West!" he ex claimed under his breath. Arietta surely meant to prev ent the hanging She had heard the whole story, and even though the man had laid in wait to kill her young lover, the fact that he had not done anything to merit such a fate stirre d her to use her influence in hi s behalf "You must not that man she repeated "Pun i sh him in some other way. He is not a murderer, even though he meant to be. Punis h him some other way, and then malrn him leave the camp "I'm sorry, gal, but it's ther law a s was laid clown by Young Wil d We st," spoke up Judge Brandon "No, it i sn't," she answered, qui ckly "Wild never made a law that would hang a man just because he con templated committing murder." "Ther law says that ther bad galoots must stand a trial, an' that's jest ;vhat this ga loot ha s don e H e's stood trial, a n he' s been convicted." "Well, suppose you sho uld la s h him good with a raw hide whip and then give him twenty minutes to get out of town, wouldn't that be s ufficient punishment?" "If might, but I don't hardly think it would suit the boys. But the girl had made a deep impr ess ion o n the miners "S'pose w e taJrn a vote on it?" s ugge::;tecl one, who was i nclined to give in to h e r T hat's right,"' cried another; "we'll take a vote on it. Ther gal don't want ter hav e ther galoot ter ban g I think if you give him a sound whipping and l e t him go h e will be puni s hed enough," said Arietta, when s he was able to make hersel f heard again "Just r eme mber that he really committed no crime; h e only intend e d to do it, if he got the. chance 'l'om Hick s l istened to this with no little pleasure "That gal is a ll right," he muttered. "But if s he man ages ter save my pard from b ei n l ync h ed, would it be right fur me ter try ter stea l her? Of course it wouldn't be right, not from a fair an' square standpoint; but this ain't t er lie a fair an' square game, nohow." Meanwhile Arietfa got the miners to take a vote on the fate of the man they had condemned. It did no good, however, for there were only three or four who voted with the gir l. Wild took her by the arm "There is no use in s aying anythin g more, Et," he said. "They can't .be changed They all feel that the ga loot must get his medicine and, according to t he law they've adopted, he has got to take it. Just go inside now. I will be in after a whi l e But Arietta had got it in her head that s he ought to save the man from being hanged. Instead of going into the tavern, she went around behin d it. T he excited miners were even then dragging the con demned bad man to a convenient spot. Tom Hicks was watching. It suddenly fl.as h e d upon him that here would be n chance to get one of the girls right in the daylight, in stead of waiting for night. No sooner thought of than the villain set out and_ .fol lowed her. A r ietta was standing in a clump of bu s he s, h er ri"{le to her shoulde r ready to shoot the rope in two, when Hicks crept up to her. The villain had a light blanket in his hands, and wit h this he meant to smother the girl's cries and r ende r her h e lpless at the same time. So eno-rosse d was Arietta in waiting and watching for b the c hance s he wanted that she did not think of looking behind her "It mav be that they will l et him go if I s h oot the rope and let l;im down," she thought. T'h.is l ynching men ought to stop, especially when they hav e clone no mo1e than to s how themse l ves willing to commit a. crime I am going to--" H e r thoughts wer e cut short abruptly. The blanket fell over her head and was twisted an<], wound around h er ''fo a jiff y At the sa me moment a combined yell came from the other side of the bushes. The miner s had carrie d out the sen t e nce that was im posed on the bad man Torn Hick s nev er stopped to think t hat by capturing the girl he had permitted one of him chums to die. But s uch was ind eed t h e fact. Arietta would surely have cut him down with a bullet, and that mi ght hav e induced the judge and his followers to let him go, s ince the sentence had really been out The girl made a struggle, of course. But Hick s had laid his plans well, if h e did have but a short time to do it. Arietta dropped h e r rifle, and h a d h e r aTms pinned to her sides in a twinkling. Then the villain put a few fini shing touches to the twisting and tying of the blanket, and then he picked her up bodily and started to get to the rear of Joe Jack son's Joint. As has bee n s tated the saloo n was o n the same side of the street as the tavern, so it was quite eifsy for Hicks to get there, since there were plenty of bushes and trees. to conceal him from view. The miners were s houtin g themselves hoarse now, and the cries that came from the h e lpl ess gi rl could not be heard Hicks, 'earing that she would be heard, pressed his hand over her mouth from the out ide of blanket Luck was with the scoundre l for he got to the rear door of the saloon without being seen by any one who would prove a frie nd to the h e lpless gir l. a J u m pin' catamounts What have yer got there, Tom?" cried Sam Marl, when he saw him for the first. "I've got one of ther gals, Sam," was the reply. I seen

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YOUNG WILD WEST LAYING DOWN THE LAW. what I thought was a pretty good chance, an' I t h ought I'd "Yer did, Tom But ain't I ther boss of ther gang?" better take it." was the quick rep! y. "Good enough I Wbich one is it?" "Yes, you' r e ther boss, all right. But I ought ter hav e "Ther one with ther reddish yaller hair. She's ther somethin' ter say about her. X might as well tell yer that best lookin' one in ther bunch, anyhow; an' she's a regular I 've sorter gone an' fell in love with her." dandy, too!" "S'pose I was ter tell yer that I've done ther same "Git her downstairs. Hurry up about it!" thing, what then?" Tlie trap was s lid back and then Arietta was carried The two villains looked at each other into the secret cellar under the shanty For the first time since they had been associated toAll but two of the bad gang followed the m into the eel gether a hitch was coming between them lar. 'rhe re st ceased talking and looked at the two. They were eager to see the gir l Tom Hicks had caught. There was a look of defiance i the eyes of Tom Hicks, The two who remained up were forced to, for they were hile anger lur ked in those of the boss of the mining needed to watch while the trap was open camp. Arietta wa taken straight to the sma ll room that was Joe Jackson was the first to perceive that there was muffled to prevent sound from being heard from it on the likely to be trouble outside of the shanty "Hold on, boys," h e said, persuasively. "This won't The girl was nearly suffocated, and when the blanket do. Don't let ther ga l make trouble between yer This was removed from her face it took her two or three min ain't no time fur anything like that, yer know. We want utes to recover. ter work together now, if ire ever did in our lives Ther But the villains had placed her on a chair, so s he did chances are that Young Wild West an' his pards will be not drop to the floor. over h.ere red-hot putty soon. Then we'll have all we kin Sam Marl and his men stood around her, gloati n g ly. do ter keep from gittin' shot or s trung up." Arietta understood just what her situation was before "That's right enou gh," an s w e red Hick s turning to the she spoke a word. proprietor and noddin g "But I reckon we'd better set .r one of the men had taken the trouble to conceal the ir tlc this business afore w go any further. Sam is ther faces from view by putting on masks, and when s h e saw l eade r, an' he wants ther gal; I'm ther man as catched them standing there she recognized them as Young gal, an' want her Now, ther best way ter settle Wild West's enemies-the "Bad Crowd" of Black Ball. is ter throw dice fur her." Tom Hicks stood clo er to her than any of the r est, for 1 A cry of approval went up from several of the villains. he wa her captor, and probably he thought it was hi s The face of the leader lighted up. duty to take charge of her. "All right, Torn," said h e "We ll chuck ther dice ter Arietta fixed h e r eyes on him, and said : see who takes thcr gal. 'rhat's ther easiest way ter sett l e "You are the man who left the bad gang and came over it, I r eckon ." to join the other side, are you not?" Jackson kept looking out of the window every minute o r "That's right, Miss," was the reply. "I worked that two. scheme putty good, didn't I?" He was very n ervo us, for it ran in his head that there "Well, you managed to catch me pretty nicely," she rewas going to be a 4ot time of it pretty soon. torted, coolly "Bnt you are not done yet I don't know "Give us them dice, Joe," said Sam Marl, a pecu liar just where you have brought me, but I do know that it grin on h is face. is not very far from the tavern. Young Wild West will Then Jackson knew that the lead e r did not mean to soon be here l et tlie dice decide who was to hav e the girl unless he "Let him come!" spoke up Sam Marl. "He nor no one else will ever find this here place. You've got ter stay here till we git ready ter take yer somewheres else!" CHAPTER XIII. DICE-THROWING TN THE SALOON. 'l'he Yillainu did not. remain long in the cellar am :Marl d e cided to l e arn the g irl c aptive to her own r eflection for a tim e "Come on up, boy::;/' h e s aid. 'I'll ettle on what's ter b e done with ther gal later on." When they got up into the barroom Tom Hicks touched Marl on the arm and observed : "I reckon I ought ter have somethin' ter say about t h er gal. I calched her an' brought her here, didn't I?"' won. He could tell that Marl was s imply allowing Hick s t0 hav e his own way about it to avoid troubie. He put out the dice box. "What's it goin' ter be-one throw an' count ther s pots?" the l eader asked. "Yes, that way suits me," was the reply. "All right. Here she goes!" The scoundre l r olled out the three little cubes.. "Eleven!" he exclaimed. "I reckon that ain't beat every time." "Well I kin try ter beat it, anyhow," s aid Hick s a s he picked up dice and placed the m in the box. He s,hook them well, as though a great deal depended on it, and then rolled the m out. "Fourteen!" he exclaimed "l reckon ther gal is mine!" "You win, all right, Torn," and Sam shr ugged his and smiled in a pccu l iar way. "Hello!" exclaimed Jackson, sudden l y "Here comes

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YOUNG WILD WEST LAYING DOWN THE LAW. Young Wild West's c lever Chinee I wonder what he is up ter ?" I reckon I'll s hoot the r galoot as as he comes in thcr door," spoke up Ricks, as he whipped out a r evolver. _"Hold on, Tom," said IVIarl. "Yer don't want ter have u s all killed in less than five minutes, do yer? You ought tcr know that if that Chinee i s shot we' ll git ther s ame close afore we know what's happenin' Let the heathen be. He ain t a bad one ter have around, anyhow We' ll find out someth in from him, ma.ybe. Hicks saw the wisdom of what the leader s aid, so he put hi s revolver bac k in t he hol ster. Hop came in l eisure l y the next minute The Chinaman had never looked more innocent in his l ife than he did just then. He s miled b lan d ly and nodded to the gang. Joe Jackson had not b een visited by any one save the bad men since war had b een declared between t h e two fac tions, so when Hop came in h e was the only one the r e who was not in l e ague with the gang '11he dice box was on the bar, and the moment the Chi na.man saw it his almond eyes li gh ted up. "Me likee thlow um dicee, so be," he sa id, smi ling in his c hildi s h way. "Yer would, eh?" answered Hicks "Well, I'll go yer, iur a round of drinfa fur th e r house. "Whattee you do here, so be?" asked Hop, s howin g great s urpri se, as h e l ooked at the man "JUe see you allee samee over by Young Wild West lillee wliile ago. "Tih at's righ t Yer seen me there, I know. But I changed my mind about stayi n there an' I come back h ere These i s all my friend s an' good friends they are, too." "Allee s amee velly nicee IVIelican mans," Hop s aid assuringly "IVIe telle Young Wild Wes t you no likee when me go backee, so be." "I don't care what you tell him. But are yer goin' ter chuck that game of dice?" "l\Ie l eady, allee samee pl etty quickee "All right It is goin' ter be fur drink s fur all hands, ain't it?" "Lat light." "He'll beat yer, I'll b et !" spoke up Jackson "You've seen enough of t h er h eathe n ter know that, I reckon." "Dice is dice," said Tom Hicks. "Yes, an' cards is cards But what did h e do with iher cards, eh?" "I' ll take my chanceR, anyhow Hop pi cked up the dice and looked t h em over carefully. 'Then h e cleverly changed them for three he had in hi s hand and rolled out three s ixes! "Lat velly nice lille thlow, so be," he remark ed, with a smi l e that was "childlike and bland He picked up the dice while Hicks look ed around at his companions in s urprise, and then he su bstituted the reg u lar ones for them and pushed them ove r to hi s oppo nent. "There ain't much l1Se in me throwin', I reckon," t h e v i llain aid. "But I've got about one chance in a hundred ter t i c yer, so I'll try it." It just that he rolled out seventeen He lost by only one point. "That's what yer call mighty hi g h rollin', boys!" he remarked "I lost, but it took eighteen ter b eat me IVIight j est as well had only fom," Jackson remarked, as he looked out 0: the window to see if any one was com ing "You allee samee lose," s aid Ho;p. "Me havee lillee dlop of tanglefoot." Hicks nodded for the saloo n keep1er to put out the drinks H e paid for them without a mmmm, and, then, picking up the dice cup, he look ed at Hop and exclaimed : "I'll c hu c k yer three times fur ten dollars a chuck." "Allee light,'' was the reply. "IVIe allee samee likee thlow um dicee velly muchee." As Hop had trick dice 0: his own, which only had fives and sixes o n them, and he could use them whenever h e saw fit, it was ea y for him to win. He won three times st raight, mahng a very high throw each time "I to l d yer s o," s aid J ackson, a s Hop .scooped in the mone y "You don't s tand a ghost of a show with him." "Well, h e mu st be a cheat, that's all." "Of course he's someth in' on that line. He"s a clever Chinee, an' he kin win whenever h e want s ter. "Me allee samee velly muchee sma1tee Chinee," Hop observe d rrh e villains l a u g h ed. They r ea ll y had consider.able respect for him, even if he was e mployed by Young Wild West. Sam Marl thought it would be a goocl idea to question the Cel est i a l a little and find out what had been going on over at the tavern. "Young Wild W est brought two of oux men ove r there, didn't he?" he aske'd. "Yes, lat li ght. You shoo tee one and um other allee sarnee gittee hangee lillee while ago," was the rely. "I shot one, you say? How did yer know that?" "You allee samee shootee at Young Wild West, and um bull et hit you own fiiend, so be." "I that's right, an' mi ghty sorry it turned out that way." Hop appeared to be indifferent about it. H e was in the humor to gamb le but when he s ug gested a game of draw poker no one would play with him The villains were not only afraid to risk their money with him but t hey were afraid to turn to and rob him. None of them wanted to get in a scrimmage with Young Wild Wes t and his partners. "Here comes Young Wild W est !" exclaimed Jackson, sudd enly "Now I reckon there's gain' ter b e somet hin ter happen." "I don't see why," answered Sam IVIarl. "We're mind in' our own business, all right. CHAPTER XIV. THE "B.AD" l\IEN .ARE I'UT JN .A TIGHT PL.ACE. Ari etta was not missed right away. Anna and Elois e remained in the hou se, because they

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:YOUNG WILD WEST LAYING DOWN THE LAW. did not want to be anywhere near the l ynching, and Wild One of the first h e sa w in the place was Hop, who was thou ght Arietta had returne d to the house. leaning a g ainst the bar, s moking, complacently The young dead shot and his partners went into the tav The Chinaman knew nothing of Arietta's disappear -ern before the lyn c hing took pla ce, and .they remained a.nee, or h e would have been looking for her. there for some little time. Hop always made it a point to do his sha.re in suc h It was while they w e r e the re that Hop took the c hance cases. to pay a visit to the saloon near by. Sam Marl and hi s ten men, including the saloon keepe r, After a wh il e Anna and Eloise sent word to our h e ro were in the barroom. and hi s partners that they wishe d to see them right away Though they were mu c h in the majority, they all looke d The fir s t question the girls asked when the three join e d to be nervous when he entered in s uch a fea1less way. them was about Ari e tta. Wild s in g l ed out Torn Hick s and, pointing hi s finger at Wild was s urprised. him, exclaimed : "Why, I thought s h e was h ere with you," h e d eclared "Where did you take Miss Murdock, you low-lived "She ha s not been h ere s ince s h e went out to try and hound?" s top the miners from hanging the man," Anna answered, The wrestler turned all color s and took an involuntary her face pale from anxiety and fear step toward the door "Where can s h e be?" falt e r ed E l oise. "Answ e r m e !" thundered the dashing youn g deads h ot. "That's it! Wh ere can she b e? exclaime d Jim. "Wild, "I-I don t know what you mean," s tammered the vil something has happened to her, and w e must lay it to the lain who thought that it must have been d iscovered that 'Bad Crowd,' of course he was the kidnapper of the g irl. "I don't know who e lse we could pos s ibly lay it to," was "I'll s how you what I mean !" the cool rep l y Then Wild whipped out one of hi s revolvers and held The boy had recove red almo s t imm ediate l y from hi s as-it on a l ine with the man 's breast toni shment, and h e was now just a s s teady as a clock. "Hicks," said he, coolly, "you never was closer to deat h "Whe re i s that fellow call ed To m Hicks?" he a sked. than y ou are at this minute. Now, tell me where you took No on e knew. the gir l. "I reckon we had better go ove r to the sal oon, boys," The villain turned and looked toward the back room, he said "The g aloot s over there know where Arietta is. where the trap door was located, a!ld the n );i.es itated She mu s t have. been caught by them w hil e the h anging "See here, Young Wild W est," interrupte d Sam Marl. was takin g p l ace I'll have h e r bac k s af e and sound if I "If T o m Hicks know s anyt hin g about a gal h e never told h ave to riddl e every ga loot in that gang Things hav e u s nothin' Yer hadn't oughter blame him, unless yer gone just about far e nough now. It was their sch eme to know,he's don e som ethin' wrong." abduct all three of the gir ls, and they have bee n smart "He knows where t h e g irl is, and s o do you !" came the enough to get on e of them, it seems. Tom Hicks i s the quick repl y man who did it. You can b e t on t h at He c ame h e r e for Several of the miner s came pil ing into the place now. that purpo se, and we h ave been just easy e nou g h to a llow The "Bad Cro wd" was sure l y in a tight place him to do it. Come on W e' ll -go over to Joe Jackson 's If they confessed that the g irl was in the sec r e t cellar Joint. they would be han ged, a n yhow, and if they did not they Out w ent t h e three, resolved to find the missin g girl were liabl e to s uffer at the h ands of the excite d men who if they h ad to shoot down the bad gang to do it. were ripe for c l eaning the m out. W i ld told the min ers in the barroom what had ha p l\laTl thought it over quick l y pe n ed, but advjsed them to wait a couple of minut es, and He decid e d a1ot to g ive in. give them a c h a nce to get to the saloon befo r e t hey came "Boys," saici he, addressing the min ers, who h a d their The judge had left hi s store in charge of a c lerk and s hoot ers out and ready to l e t hot l ead fly, "we might be a wh e n h e h eard t h at Arietta, the gir l who had tried to save bad gang, an' all that, but we don't know nothin' about the li fe of the wret c hed villain, had been spirite d away in II t hi s ga l Youn g Wilcl W est i s t a lkin about We ain t be e n s ome mysteriou s manner, h e took off hi s hat and ye ll e d away from this joint this afternoo n. T om Hicks .left h ere out : but h e come back ag'in, when h e found ye r was gain' ter "Boys, there's goin' ter b e s ome mor e hangin' don e afore h ang one of h is old friends He was g lad ter git back, sunset! 'I'her very fri ends of ther ga l oot ther ga l tried so 'ca use he found that ther kind of l a w Young W ild W est hard ter save has gon e and catche d her an' has got her ha s been layin' down ain't healthy fur som e folks h e r e in somewhe res. We'll mak e short work of ther bun c h afte r Black Ball. Don't gittoo ha s ty, j e dg e Mak e sure that we find her. Youn g Wild West has laid down ther law, we've done anything that we oughte r be puni s h ed fur an' it's fur u s t er ca1 : r y it out Whoop! Wow! Wow!" afore yer l et go inter u s We' r e innercent men we are!" The min e r s took up the s hout, and they made the wel-The villain wa.xecl e loquent a s the word s ro lled out of kin ring. hi s mout h, and some o f the miners began to b e lieve that. Wild and Jim w e r e a lmo s t to the door of the saloon they 'lrnd better go a bit slow in the matter when the s hout w ent up. Wild was di sap pointed. N either of the three had t h eir revolv e r s in their h ands H e felt certain t hat Hick s was respon sib l e for the disbu t they w e re r e ad y to pull them at an instant's notice. app e arance of Arietta, but h e had no p roof of it. Wild l ed the way i n boldl y H e had expected that the vi llain would break down a nd ..

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YOUNG WILD WES'l' LAYING D O\YN THE confe ss, which is what h e sure l y would have done if it had not bee n for Sam Marl. Now Hick s was ga ining courage. "I don't know nothin' about ther gal Younv Wild West talkin' about," h e declared, as mor e of the ntlners s urged m and pac:ed the place. "Maybe I ain' t exactly straight, but I don t know nothin' about ther gal." "You lie!" our h e ro exclaimed, his eyes blazing with anger now. "I have laid down the law here in Black Ball I tell you that unless you tell u s where the girl i s will be strung up by the ne ck! Take him out, boys !" 9ha.rlie had the vi lain by the arm s in a jiffy. The first ga l oot that raises a hand to interfere will die!" Wild c all ed out, a:S h e drew hi s other s hooter and covered the v illains. Som e of the m ore reckl ess of the miner s hastened to the assi s tanc e of the scout, and then-Tom Hick s was hauled outs id e in double-quick time. Wh_ile this was taking place Sam Marl managed to get mto the back room and shut the door. Jim Dart saw the move, and thinking the villain m eant to get out s ide and try to escape with a hor se, he ran out the front way and went around back. But the l e ad e r of the bad men did not attempt to come out. Meanwhil e the judge had taken a hand at talking to 1Tom Hicks. "If ye r know wh ere the r ga l i s you'd b ette r tell," he said, per s uasively. "It might be that ye r could save yer life by d oin' it." "I don't know nothin' about h e r," was the retort. ffick s was certa inl y sticking it out well. "Boys," said the judge, "jest git a rope. I'm of ther opinion that this ga l oot does know where ther missin' ga l i;;, an' that h e won't tell 'cause h e don't want ter have himself arr' his gang hung We'll jest give hi s ne ck a little stre tch, an' then ma ybe h e'll change his mind. Fetch him over h e r e to this tree." The wr etched v illain was fair l y t hrown over to the s pot indicat ed He was as p a l e as d eath now, an d it wa s evident that he'was on the verge of conf e ssing I A rope was quickly put around hi s neck and the other end thrown ove r a conven ient l imb "Up with him, boys!" cried the, judge Hicks was hauled up si x feet from the g Tound in a jiffy. "Now let him down Down he q1mp in a heap, h alf strang led. "Are yer gom' ter tell w h ere ther gal is?" Judge Bran don demanded, as he bent over hii. '"I-I'll tell!" was the gasping reply. "She's s ome wheres in Joe's saloon." Young Wild We s t no s ooner heard this than he made a bolt for the sa loon. "Search it if yer want ter, Young Wild West," was the r e ply'. "If she's here I don t know nothin' about it." CHAPTER XV. WHAT AUIETTA A N D IIOP DID. was n ot nearly as much frighte n ecl a s may be s uppo sed when she was left alon e in the secret apartment in the cellar under the sa loon. It was far from the first time s h e h a d eve r b een shr prised and carried off by villains, and as soon a.s she fully realized what h a d hap pe n ed to her s h e calmed down and began to think of a way to escape She knew that Wild would never r est until b e found h e r and that was sufficient e ncouragement to make her keep up. Two or three times s h e called out l o udl y for help, but she soon realized that her voice could not be heard far, for she could sca rcel y hear anything from abov e The villains had left the girl in darknes s but they had not see n fit to tie h er hands. She listened until s h e was certain that they had left the cellar, and then she produced a smal l matchsafe from a po cket in Jier dress. The next minute s h e struck it and took in her narrow surroundings. There was a table and chair in the apartment, and on the table was the half of a cand l e. The girl unhesitating ly lighted it. "This i s a r egu lar underground den," she thought, as s he look ed around "I wond e r i f it is under the saloon ? It mu s t be, for that is where the villains hang out. I was not carried very far, anyhow, and know I was brought into a house and then carried down a flight of steps, into a cellar Well the scoundre l s took my revol ver and knife out of my belt, but they did not think to make a search. any further than tha t. I g u ess I will be able to do some thing if a ny of them come down h e re and tries to ha.rm m e From her b odice s h e drew a silver-pl ate d six shoote r of rathe r small calibr e It was a g ift from Young Wild West and she alw ays carri e d it, though not open ly. On more than one occasion it had stood her in good stead, and the b rave g irl meant that it shoul d now "Wild will sure l y come in time to save me," was her hope She tried the d oor of the ro om and found it was fast ened on the outs id e There waR n o window o f any kind, but what air there was in the place came in from under the door. It was. not exactly difficult to breathe there, but the odor of the cellar wps offensive,. jus t the s ame. He was followed closely by Ohariie. Ari etta sa t down and listened. Pus hin g hi s way throu g h the c rowd, our hero faced She could h ear sounds, b u t they were very faint Jackson who was standing behind t h e bar in a stat e of They must come fro m above, she knew, but she really g r eat agitation, and exclaimed : could not lo cate them. "Tom Hic ks says the girl i s oomewbere in i.his shanty The candl e kept burning l ower as the minu te s :flitted "'Where i s s he? :' ] by. I

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YOUNG WILD WES T LAYING DOWN THE LAW ::=--=============================== ===============The bra.ve girl sat down and waited, feeling sure t hat it was only a question of time before she would be liber ated. After a while the sound became heavier, and then she could easily tell that the place above her was filled with men She called loudly for help, but h e r voice sounded strange and unnatural in the und erg round apartment "It is useless to waste my breath, for I suppose there is so much noice up there that I could not be heard, any how," she murmured to herself. The candle had nearly burned out when, sudden ly the door of h e r prison ope:q.ed. Sam Marl. s tood before her! When the villain sneaked into the backrool.l and shut the door he took a des perate chance. He caused the trap door to slide open, and then he hur riedly descended into the cellar, closing it, as he thought. There was one per s on in the barroom of the saloon who was watching Marl more than any one else. It was Hop. H e saw the villain sneak into the back room, and he was after him like a shot. Just as Jim Dart ran out of the front to watch for the lead er of the bad gang to come out at the rear, Hop opened the door on a crack and peered into the rear room. He was just in time to see Sam Marl start to slide open the trap door. He crouched down and waited till the villain di sa p peared, and then while the door was s liding back he en tered the room. But Hop had heard all that was said about the myste rious disappearance of Arietta; and when he saw the lead er of the villains go down that trap it struck him right away that the girl was down there somewhere He stepped over to the trap door and found that it had not quite slipped back in its place. Dropping to the :fl.oor, he applied his eye to the crack. Just then a match was struck below, and then he saw Marl take a bar from a door and then step in s ide and close the door after him. That was e nough for Hop He slipped the door along fa.r enough to permit him to get through, and then he went softly down the steps It occurred to him that he had better close the trap, for if the min e r s came down in a hlll'l'Y he might get shot for one of tb e villains. So he s lid it back about the same as he found it, and then down into the cellar he went But let us turn our attention to Arietta.. The girl look e d at the scoundrel steadily, not flinching at the, evil glance he bestowed upon her that he'll never git you alive You are mine If he comes ter git yer I'll kill yer Do yer hear what I say?" "I am not going to die. Don t you have any such an idea, either But you have only a few minutes lon ger to live. I know just what I am talking a.bout, so don't be su rpri sed at what I say." The brave girl knew that she had him, and she could not help prolonging it. "So yer think I ain't got many minutes longer ter live, eh, my putty one?" said Marl, as h e took a seat on the edge of the table, between her and the door. "Ain't I jest told yer that if any one comes down. here ter save yer I'm goin' ter kill yer?" "Yes, you told me that. But that don't make it so. Now, I am going to give you your choice. What do you want to do, be shot or hanged?" "Ha, ha, ha! You take after Young Wild West fur bein' so coollike, I reckon. My! but ain't you a beauty!" "Do I? Well, I am glad if I do. Young Wild West is my lover as you may know." Again the scoundrel laughed "I reckon I've took hi s place, though," he went on to say. "Young Wild West no d0ubt taught me to be cool; and he also taught me how to shoot," the girl said, not paying any attention to what he remarked "Just answer the question I asked you-do you want to be shot or hanged?" "Oh, I reckon if it comes ter ther pinch, I'd sooner be shot, my putty one." "All right! Now, then, hold up your hands, or you'll be shot right where you are!" Arietta. had decided all of a sudden to try and capture the villain. If he had been faced by Young Wild West himself Sam Marl could not ha;ve been more astounded The brave girl had stepped. back, so there could be no possible chance for the man to strike the revolver from her hand before she could fhe it, and the deadly tube was on a line with his heart. "Up with your h;;inds !" repeated Arietta, when s h e found that he did not obe y right away. At that moment the door swung open "'Me allee samee here, Missy Alietta !" a voice ex claimed, and then Hop stepped into the room and quickly took the man's weapons from him. Sam Marl uttered an oath and, :fl.inging the Chinaman aside, darted out into the cellar. He seizeQ. the door to s lam it to, and realizing that it was now or never, Arietta fired. As the report rang out Sam Marl staggered back and fell to the ground. "I reckon you're mine, gal!" Marl said, after a short CHAPTER XVI. silence "Don't yer like me?" CONCLUSION. "Are yoi:ready to die?" caine the unexpected reply Young Wild West, with a crowd at his heels. went from the girl. through every room in the shanty. The viHain turned and looked at the door, as though But there was no sign of Arietta being there. he expected some one was coming in. While the search 'vas b e ing made the judge had ordered "Ready ter die, did yer say?" he queried, a hoarse laugh all of the bad gang to be disarmed and led outside coming from his lips. "Not hardly, my putty one I jest Tom Hicks sat on the ground, the rop-0 still around his thought I'd tell yer that Young Wild West is upstairs, an' neck.

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26 YOUNG W I L D WES T LAYI NG DOWN THE LA\V Joe J ackson p l eaded to be allowed hi s freedom, but it to you. The le ader of the gang ha s been shot and that was n o go. malces it so there is only one l eft who should be puni s hed After the frnitless search Young Wild West and his by hanging. That galoot is Tom Hicks H e caught Ari partners paused in the room that was in the rear of the etta and brought her to the sal oon He shou ld suffe r in ba r accordance with the law as laid down The rest have got J ackson was standing outside, in rang e of him, and be to light out as soon as they can buy horses enough to take ca ll ed out to him them. I r ecko n that's what you call la y ing down the law, "Young Wil d West," sai d he, "do you know where Sam gentlemen!" Marl is?" There was a short silence and the n a cheer started, "Why, no!" was the quick reply. "Judge, where is the which grew in volume until every man in the place, with leader of the gang?" the exception of Tom Hicks, was shouting hims elf hoarse "Jumpin' ca.ts!" exclaii;ned Brand o n. "I thought we Wild knew it was no u se for him to try to stop the had him. Why, he ain't here, is he?" hanging of Tom Hicks. The miners then mad e a seaTch for him He had already gone the limit, and he was content to But Wild r e mained close to the saloo n keeper. l e t it go at that. "'I'here is a c hance for you if you t e ll where the missing Youn g Wild W est d ecided to leav e the mining camp the girl is," he s aid. morning after the cleaning up of the bad gang. "All right. She's down in ther, cellar! An' that's where As they were getti n g ready to go Joe Jackson, the saloo n Sam Marl i s too. If yer kin save my life I'll be very keeper, came up and said to him: thankful toyer, Young Wild Wes t. I was drove inter this "Young Wild W est, there s quit e a few among tn'er good game, an' I cou ldn't h e lp myself people of Black B all what would be satis fied ter let me The boy clid not wait to h e ar hi s l ast words, but darted stay her e an' run my old place in an honest an str aight into the s hanty. way. H ere's a li s t ltlf s ign ers to that effect, which I've J ust a s h e g ot into the back room a muffl e d report been able to get." sounded from somewhere b e low him. Our hero took the paper that .was handed to him and Then a voice s houted: read the names over "Hip hi! l\1isler Wild! Mis ler Wild!" Then he counted them and found there wer e forty-one T he boy caught s i ght of the place where the trap joined who f elt as though Jackso n ought to stay the re s t of the floor then, and, as quick as a flash, he "All ri ght," he sa id. "You hav e got the majority with stooped and cau ght hi s fingers in the crack. you, and that ou ght to rule But if you are allowed to Finding that it could not be lifted, he pulled sideways stay, I don' t see why the rest shouldn't. I'll have a talk o n it, and then the door w ent open. with the judge right away Much to his joy, he found Arietta. on the steps H e did have a. talk with him, and the re sult was that "Here I am, Wild!'} the brav e girl exclaimed.. "Hop sentence was changed gave me a little assi sta nce, and he go't away. I h a d to 1 The m e n seemed to be penitent, anyway, and since Sam s h oot Sam Marl, though." Marl and Tom Hicks had shuffled off this mortal coil Wi l d lifted her up and carried h e r ou s ide. therii was no lik elihoo d of their breaking out into any A ringing cheer went up from the mmers when they t hing b ad. saw the girl was safe Qnd sound. It was about nine o'clock wh e n our frie nds mounted When it had s ub s ided he motion ed for si l e nce. and rod e out of Black Ball, in searc h of a new :field and Wil d then said: new adventures. "If you will li s ten Arietta. will tell you jus t how s he Two miles from the mining cam p they met Steve Wade came to be in that cellar, whi c h h e knew nothin g of. Sh e who h ad not gone far afte r being ordered from the camp h asn't told me yet, s o we will all r ea r it together." by Young Wild West. He want e d to go ba c k to Black Thou g h a. little excited, Arietta allowed her self to b e Ball. He promised to behave himself, so Wild wrote a assisted upon a barre l at the si d e of the sa loon, and s h e note to the judge, gave it to him and sent him back told jus t what had happened It is needless to say that the brave gi rl r eceived a great ovation. The body of Sam was brought up out of the sec r et cellar, and the n everybody want ed to see the place It was near sunset whe n Judge Brandon called for the trial to take place. Wild spoke a few woTds in favor of J oc Jackson, but the judge did not want to liste n to him. Then the young d eadshot got a little bit angry. "See h e r e !" he exclaimed: hi s ayes fla shing, as he ad dr essed the c rowd. "I want you men to unde r stand that I have got a little to say here. I am the M ayor of Black Ball and what I say ha s got to go. I have l aid down the law to the bad men, and now I'll lay a little of it down THE END. Read "YOUNG WILD WEST'S PA YING PLACER; or, ARIETTA' S LUCKY SHOT," which will be the next numb e r (264) of "Wild West Weekly." SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any newsd ea ler, 8end the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION f:QUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies you order by return mail.

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WILD WEST WEEKLY. 27 WILD WEST WEEKLY NEW YOR.K, NOVEMBER 1, 1907. Terms to Subscribers. Single Copies ............................................. One Copy Three nonths ................................. One Copy Six nonths .................................... One Copy One Year ..................................... Postage Free. How To SEND MONEY. .05 Cents .65 ,. $1.25 2.50 A t our risk send P.O. Money 0l'der, Check, or Registered Letter; re mitLances in any other way are at your risk. \ V e accept Postage Stamps Lhe same as cash. 'When sending silver wrap the c9in in a separate piece or paper to avoid cutting the envelope. Write your name and add?'ess plainly. Addn411' letteis to Frank Tousey, Publisher, ::14 Union Sq., New York. SOME GOOD ARTICLES. Glass bathtubs are rapidly coming into u se in Germany. They possess several advantages over those of metal and enamel, the principal one being that they are much cheaper. They are made in a solid piece, and one can be turned out complete in about five minutes. A certain man, having become possessed of untold wealth, and, in the natural order, grown tired of i t was now chiefly anxious to die. Two honorable cou r ses lay open to him. Whic h of them should he c hoos e? "Shall I kill myself by be ing a thoroughly good fellow, or shall I be c ome a philanthropist and get myself pestered to death?" quoth he, and found it really a delicate matter to decide. A m ee k-ey e d Philadelphian has discovered a ne;v use for a car-fend e r One d ay, while out for an airing, h e ran to a street-car, and, placing a collapsible go-cart on the fender, took his place as a passenger on the front platform. The in cident was witnessed by several persons, who thought there was some mistake until the smiling countenance of the doubt less happy young father made it clear that he knew exac ,tly what he was doing. The terms "sharpshooter," "expert marksman," etc., which distinguish the classes of military riflemen, are often puzzling to those not familiar with rifle-practice. To become a marks man, one must make 98 out of a po ssib le 150 at 200, 300 and 500 yards. The sharpshooter must get 160 out of 200 at 200, 300, 500 and 600 yards, besides doing well enough in skirmish to bring his total to 225, or two-thirds of the possible score. An expert must do all this, and also score 40 qut of 50 at 300 yards, and 35 ou t of 50 at 1,000 yards. The latter dis tance is more than half a mile, and the bull's-eye looks mighty small. Sir Robert Cranston, of Edinburgh, Scotland, has the camel beaten. For sixty-one years he went without a drink-that is, a drink of anything considered in Pittsburg as worth while -but now h e is off the water-wagon. With others of the dis tinguishe d guests, Sir Robert Cransto n was in the bar of the Hotel Schenley Pittsburg, when some one propos e d a toast to the laird of Skibo Lord Cranston hesitated for a minute, and the n, thinking over the oceans of mineral\ waters that h e has consumed, h e winked at the bartender, and remarked: "A little claret, pl ease I never had a drink of alcoholic liquor in my life unt il now," he said, "not eve n a Scotch whiskey, but when the toast to Mr. Carnegie was proposed I broke my sixty-one years' thirst." Sir Albert de Rutzen, who has been a member of the B a r for half a century and a magistrate for thirty years, is noted for his wonderful memory. There i s a story, r elating to this, of an old lady who had b een ho ping for many yea r s to oh tain some thousands of pounds for breach of promise to mar ry, alleg e d to h ave been made in her you t h, and who appealed to Sir Albert for advice I know all about it," he said to her. "Y ou spoke to m e about twenty years ago at Marylebone Police Court. I t hen advised you to instruct a solicitor. The advice I now give you is the same." Mahogany-trees do not grow in clusters, but are scattered throughout the forest a nd hidden in a d ense growth of under brush, vines and creepers, and require a skillful and expe ri enced woodsman to find them. He seeks the highest ground in a forest, climbs to the top of the tallest tree and surv e ys the surrounding country. The mahogany has a pe culiar foli age, and his practised eye soo n detects the trees within sight. The axeme n follow the hunte r and then come the sawyers and hewers, a large mahogany taking two men a full day to fell it. The tree has large spurs, which project from the trunk at its base, and scaffo l ds must be erected, so that the tree can be cut off above the spurs. This l eaves a stump ten to fifteen feet high, which i s shee r waste, as the stump reall y contains the best lumber. The hunter h as nothing to do with the work of cutting or r emoving the tree, his duty b eing simply to lo cate it. If he is c lev e r and e nergetic, his remuneration may amount to $500 or $1,000 a month, but h e may travel weeks at a time without detecting a tree, and, as he is gen erally paid by results, his earnings are rather precarious. GRINS AND CHUCKLES. "Can you look me in the face and deny that yo u married me for my money?" "Nope; I might (leny it; but I can t 1 look you in the fac e and deny it. "Did your daughter take physical culture lessons while at school?" asked the visitor. "Oh, yes," r eplie d Mrs. Goldrox, proudly. "She's got so now she can elevate her little finger just lovely when she eats soup." A petition was recently filed in a T e nnesse e court by a man named Damm, praying that he be allowed to change his name to that o f Hamm. The petitioner, who is a native of Den mark, set forth in his petition to the court that his name had caused him considerable annoyan ce on more than a thousand occasions. Hi s feelings had been particularly hurt since the s ouve nir post-card bearing portraits of "The Whole Damm Family" had been placed on the market. The court granted the prayer of the petitioner, and his name was changed to Hamm. A number of the English Dukes have little annual jobs to do to kee p their titles clear. '.rhe Duke of Wellington had to send miniature reproductiorls of the English and French flags to the throne on each anniversary of Waterloo The Duke of Marlborough has to do the same on the anniversary' of the Battle of Blenheim, and the Duke of Hamilton has to send a; d ee r once a year to the King's guard of honor. The hold e r of the N e l so n earldom has an easier job, as he has to sign a receipt for $25,000 he receives every year. Ambassador Bryce at a dinner in Urbana, Ill., gave a young lady some tips on European travel. "And, above all," he said, "don't fail 'to tip your cabman liberally. Hansoms and four wheelers would be cheap in London if one only paid the legal fare for them, but h e who tries to pay the l ega l fare-well, he doesn't try it more than once One day I saw an old lady stop a hansom, look up at the drive r and say timidly: 'Driver, I want to go to Ludgate Circ us. I see b y t h e book that the l ega l fare is t.W!;l shillings. If I give you three, will you prom i se not to swear at me afterward?'

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28 WILD WEST WEEKLY. the Canyon. By COL. RALPH FENTON. ---, Harry Jenney was a young fellow who had gone West during the gold excitement of 1849, expecting to make a fortune in a few months. His father had not been successful in business in the East, and so, gathering all his spare capital, he had gone to Cali fornia, taking his family with him, in the hope of retrieving his fortunes. Like many another, he soon found that the stories of great wealth to be acquired in a short' time were mostly :fictitious, and that want, the greed of wicked men, hardship, and the trials natural to a life to which he was unaccustomed, were all obstacles by no means easy to surmount. Evil disposed men were ready to dispute his claim if h e really found anything worth having, or, if he made a good find, and attempted to return East with hi s earnings. His wife, unaccustomed to the hardships of frontier life, began to Jose strength and threatened to o-o into a decline youngest boy was taken with a fever, which incapacitated 111m from being of any assistance; his tools and provis i ons were gradually dwindling to nothing under the depredations of dishonest n eighbors, and ruin and starvation seemed close at hand. Harry, his eldest son, a handsome, manly young fellow of eightee n had often tried to cheer him up by saying t .hat they must soon suc ceed and that the tide of fortune would certainly turn, but day fo llo wed day and the situation <>rew steadily worse instead of better. b At_ last their money was all gone, there were provisions sufficient for only a few days, winter was at hand and the prospect before them was black indeed. Harry had managed to keep a double -barreled shotgun although he well knew that many a covetous eye had upon it and that only by the greatest care had he prevented its being stolen "I a l ways keep it loaded at night, and with a cord fastened to the trigger and to my wrist," he had said in the hearing of me n whom he suspected. "One never knows what may happen, you know." No on:e to try and steal a weapon which mig11t be discharged mto their breasts at the moment they attempted to make away with i t, and thus the shotgun had escaped. One morning, when things seemed to be at their worst Harry took his gun and all the ammunition he could find and started for the mountains, telling his father that he was going m search of game. "We must have something to eat, you know," he said "and perhaps I shall run across a bear. His skin will come in bandy during the cold weather, to say nothing of his flesh for our present needs." "God speed you, my boy," said his fatber "but be careful for if you were taken from us we would be' helpless indeed ,; "Never fear, dad I shall return safely," said the boy, who knows but that I shall find something strange in the mountains, something that will make us all rich?" "God grant that you may," said his mother, and givin g him a parting kiss, FFarry set out on his quest. He knew the path to the mountain well, having often tranirsed it, both while prospecting for go ld and while hunting, and he had no fear of losing his way. In following up some bear tracks which he found in the light snow, and which he subsequent ly lost, he missed the path and presently found himself in a wild and totally unknown region, with the night coming on and a storm ap proaching. He had been long enough in the country to know with what suddenness the storms swept down from the mo untains and with wh.at severity, having frequently witnessed them. He pushed on, hoping to reach a locality kn. ow n to him b efore long, but the farther he went, the wilder and more tangled grew the country. 'l'o add to his dangers, the storm broke muck so0n e r than he had anticipated, and in a short time he was overtaken by a blinding snow squall. Fortunately he was close to a natural cave in the rocks, further sheltered by a tree which had fallen just above the entrance, and into this he crept to escape from the tempest. He had shot nothing, but he had 'brought along a small package of food in a leather pouch at his side, and he now ate a portion of this to appease the cravings of hunger. It grew as dark as night outside, the snow whirling about in blinding gusts, and he realized what his situation might have been if he had not discovered his present shelter. As it was impossibl e to venture out in the face of such a blinding storm, Harry made himself as comfortable as pos sib l e in the cave, and presently fell asleep, tired out by his exertion s. When morning came he awoke, and hearing no noise w ithout, ventured forth, finding that the storm had ceased and that the sun was shining. E ating what remained of his food, he threw his gun across his shoulders and started off on the return home. Despite the snow, which covered everything, there was something familiar in the region he presently traversed, and he pushed on with more hope and courage than he had felt in some time. At the encl of half an hour he came to the edge of a deep ravine, spanned by a giant buttonwood tree, which had fallen or been thrown across the chasm to form a bridge by which one might reach the other side "Ah, I know this place," he murmured. "I am not so $ar from hom e now. Below is what they call the lucky canyon. I don't see how there can be any luck in it, for every one has perished miserably who has attempted to go clown it. Placing one foot on the bridge firmly to test its security, and finding it firm, Harry started to cross when, of a sudden, a huge grizzly bear appeared at the further end and rushed savage l y upon the tree as 'lf to dispute the way. "H'm! I don't care to face such a fellow as that," gasped the boy. "I think I had better beat a retreat." The animal did not appear satisfied with that, however, for as Harry began rapidly retracing his steps he advanced still more rapidly, growling at every step. The tree was covered with snow and ice, and Harry found his progress s lo w and extremely dangerous, for a single false step would have hurled him into the chasm below. The bear seemed to expei;ience no difficulty, and he advanced so rapidly upon the boy that the latter was at last obliged to turn a nd defend himself. Throwing his gun to his shoulder and taking quick aim, Harry fired both barrels point blank at the great brute's head. There were two thunderous reports and a roar which seemed to shake the bridge from end to end, and then with a savage growl the grizzly bounded forward and then plunged into the canyon. Whether his sudden fall had shaken the tree or whether in his own alarm Harry had made a misstep he could not tell, but)n an instant he felt himself falling. His gun fell from his grasp, and went whirling through space, while in another instant Harry felt his hands clutching the snowy surface of the great tree, one knee resting against the lower edge He cast a swift glance over his shoulder and saw the bear rapidly disappearing beneath him, while he instinctively clung to the bridge, digging his fingers into the snow ar.d exerting his utmost energies to maintain his hold. The most h e could do was to keep from falling, for it seemed impossib l e to climb back to the top, his hands slipping back whenever he tried to obtain a better hold and draw himself up. It all happened in a few seconds, although weeks seemed to have passed while he hung suspended between heaven and earth. At last his strength could endure no longer, and with a low cry of despair he felt himself slipping lower and lo wer,

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WILD WEST WEEKLY. 2 9 and at last fell from the bridge and went dashing into the abyss. He seemed to be ages in falling, but at last there was a sudden shock, a sensation of being stifled, and then he lost consciousness. He recovered. after what seemed to be a long time and found himself struggliAg up from a bed of snow, his limbs chilled, and a strange light feeling in his bead. For a few moments his actions w ere mechanical, but at last as he stood upoJ:91. patch of bare ground, he seemed to 1 ecover his senses, and looking about found that he was at the bottom of the canyon, and that the bridge from which be had fallen was like a narrow plank, It 'was so far above him. Half buried in the snow was the dead body of the bear, while on the rocks was his shotgun, shattered and useless. He bad fallen partly upon the bear and partly in the snow, and it was this that had saved his No bones were broken, as be soon discovered, but his situation was hopeless enough without that, and as he looked around in a vague hope of finding a way out of the canyon he thought to himself that perhaps it would have been better if he had perished. "I shall only die of starvation, here in this horrid place," he murmured, "and my life will have been spared only that my agony may be prolonged." After a time, however, he shook off this feeling of despair and presently the sun shone brightly down upon him as if to give him l;lope. He presently found himself collecting a quantity of dry wood, and be laughed lightly as he said: "Well, well, hope is not yet dead, it seems. Perhaps, after all, I shall escape." He had matches with him, and he soon had a cheerful fire blazingaway on the rock, for the air of the canyon was chilly despite the fact that the sun was shining so brightly overhe then began scraping away the snow and looking for more of the precious ore. He filled his pockets and the leather pouch with the bits he picked up, and, little by little, wandered farther away from the fire. He did not observe that he had done this until, to glance around, he could not see the place where he had fallen down the canyon, being hidden from it by a turn in the path. He was about to retrace his steps when he noticed a tiny stream at his feet, and saw that its course was the same as that he had been taking. Without knowing really why, he followed the stream until it had gathered strength and was a small torrent. For an hour or more he continued to follow it, until it suddenly leap ed from the rocks in a fall twenty feet in height, to a large pool below. "It must find an outlet somewhere," h e muttered, as he made his way down the ro cks till he reached the pool. From here he went on, now lo sing the stream and then finding it again, till at l ast, just at nightfall, he came to a miner's camp, a place h e remembered to have visi te d when he first came to California. The rough men gave him a rude welcome and told him that h e was at liberty to remain over night if he chose to do so. "Been out prosp ecting?" asked one of them. "Oh, yes, a little," he answered. "Is there anything i n Lucky Canyon? I tried to go through it, but got lost." "No, there's nothing there but rocks and b'ars and wolves a nd a man's lucky to get out if ever he goes in. That's why they ca ll it Lucky Canyon, I reckon." Harry l eft the camp in the morning and returned to his father's cabin, where his absence had caused no alarm, as Mr. Jenney had supposed that he would stop at some camp whe n the storm came on. Taking out his hunting knife, which, fortunately, he had He was greatly surprised to hear of his son's adv.entures, not lost he proceeded to skin the bear and to cut off portions. and the next day h e and Harry went up the stream mto the of the flesh. canyon and found the place where the boy had made h1s first head. "I don't believe this will be very tender or good," he mused, "but it will be better than nothing," and he suspended some of the meat upon a forked stick over the hottest part of the fire. Presently, as he was looking carelessly at the ground near the fire where the snow had melted, he saw which caused his heart to beat more quickly and the color to mount to his-temples. It was yellow and shone in the firelight, and as he picked it up a glad cry escaped him. "If that is not gold quartz, I never saw any," he muttered, as he began searching eagerly for more of the shining stones. He picked up several and, breaking them in pieces against each other, held the fragments in his hands. Then raking away the hot coals, he placed the shining particles on the fire, blew vigorously upon them and watched with eager eyes for the result. "If that is qnly dross it will soon melt and go off in smoke," he muttered. "If it is gold, this hea,t will not be powerful enough to melt it." The shining fragments did not melt and go off in smoke, and a great joy came into his heart as he realized that what he had found was gold ore of remarkable richness. Presently, however, despair succeeded his feeling of exultation, as he realized that he would never be able to make use of his discovery and that he was doomed to perish miserably in this solitary place. "No one has ever come alive out of the canyon," he muttered, "and the bones of many an unfortunate lie bleaching on the bare rocks. No this discovery only adds to my misery, for my secret will die with me." By this time a savory odor began to arise from the roasting bear's mea t, and Harry cut off a small piece and tasted it, finding that although it was toug h and coarse, it was by no means unpa latable. "It will keep me alive for a time, at least," he mused, and great dis cove ry. "My boy," cried the gold hunter, "you h ave made all ou r fortunes, the tide has turned at last and we shall be rich. There is ore enough is this place to make us independent for life." No time was lost in staking out and registering a claim, and in time Harry and his father ranked among the riche s t of the settlers of California, and to this day our hero thinks with pleasure of the fortune he found down the canyon. The beauty of Indian women is one of the charms of Mex ico. In the capital, where the Indian has degenerated by co n tact with the whites, by extreme poverty and menial service, i t is l ess to be remarked than in the smaller towns lJ.nd in the country. But the beautiful fftces one takes in memory away from Mexico are those of Indian women. Fine eyes are uni versal and, what on e hardly expects, fine features, according to Caucasian standards; broad brows, straight noses, well formed mouths and chins full but not gross or heavy. The expression i s very generally intelligent, and often one is struck, both in Indian m e n and women, with the nobility and refinement of the countenance. One frequently sees types among the peons that seem to belong to some highly civiliz e d ancient caste, an Egyptian priest of royal blood, a Roman centurion, an Aztec emperor. The women are gently lov e l y where they are beautiful and the men at their best in car riage, in manners and in countenance are strikingly like the very advanced product of civilization. In the North the "no ble red man" has chiefly been found in our poetry and ro mance. At their highest they pos sesse d only the savage vir Here, in mid-Mexico, even after four centuries of sub jection, the Indian is plainly of better make, of higher ethnic development, of infinitely greater possibilities. It is a far cry from the Apache to the Aztec.

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THE STAGE. No. 4 1. THJ.!l BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE BOOK.-Contaiuing a gr variety of the latest jokes used by the most famous end men. No amateur minstrels is complete without this wonderful little book. No. 42. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK STUUP SPEAKER.Contai!lins a varied asso,rtu;ient of stump speeches, Negro, Dutch and I rish. Also end m ens Jokes Just the thing for home amuse ment and amateur shows. No. 45. 'l.'HEJ BOYS OF NEW YORK 1\IINSTREL GUIDE A ND JOKlll new a.nd very .instructive Every b oy should obtam this book. as 1t coutams full rnstructions for organizing an amateur minstrel troupe. No 65 1\lULDOON'S JOKES.-Tbis is one of the most original j ok e books ever publish e d, and it is brimful of wit and humor. It contaii1s a large collection of songs, j okes, conundrums, etc. of Terrence l\Iuldoon, the great wit, humorist, and practical joker of the day. l!lvery boy who can enjoy a good substantial joke should Qbtain a copy imm ediate ly. 1 No. 79. HOW TO BECOl\IID AN .A.CTOR.-Contaiuiug comJ>lete instructions how to make up for various characters on the stage. ; with the duties of the Stage l\Iauager, Prompter, S cemc Art1st_and Property 1\Ian. By a prominent Stage l\Ianager. No 80. GUS WILLIAMS' JOKE BOOK.-Coutaining the latest jokes, anecdotes and funny stories of this world-renowned and ev e r popular German comedian Sixty-four pages; handsome colo red cover containing a half-tone photo of the author. HOUSEKEEPING. No. 16. HOW TO KEEP A .WINDOW GARDEN.-Contalning full instructions fo1 con3tructing a window garden eilher in town or country, and the most apprnved methods for raising beautiful flowers at llornc. The most complete book of the kind ever pub li shed. ro. 30. HOW 'l.'0 COOK.-One of the most instructive books on cooking ever published. It contains r ecipes for cooking meats fish, game aud oysters; also pies, puddings, cakes and all kinds of pastry, and a grand collection of recipes by one of our most popular cooks. No. 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It contains information for e ver.ybody, boys, girls, men and women; it will teach you bow to make almost anything around the house, such as parlor ornaments, brac1'ets, cements, .A.eolian harps, and bird lime for catching birds. ELECTRICAL. No. 46. HOW TO MAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY.-A de B crip tion of the wouc.Jerful uses of e lectricity and electro magnetism; togetjer with full iustrnctions for making Electl'ic Toys, Batteries, e tc. By George Trebel, .A.. l\I., 1\f. D. Containing over fifty illustrations. No. 64. HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL l\IACHINES.-Contain iug full uirections for making electrica l machines, in d ucti on coils, d ynamos, and many novel toys to be worked by electricity. B y R. A. R. Bennett. Fully illustrated. No. 67. HOW 'l.'0 DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Contaiuing a la rg e collection of instructive and highly amusing electrical tricks, together with illustrations By .A.. Anderson No: 31. HC;>W TO BECO;\IE A SPEAKER.-Coutaining footi> teeu 1llustrauous, giving the different positions requisite to b econw a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also containing gems frora a.II the popular authors of prose and poetry, arranged in the most simple and concise manner No. 4!) .IJOW TO DEB.A'l'E.-Givhog rntes fpr conth1cting de outlmes for debates, questious for discussion and the bea sources for procuring information on the questions SOCIETY. No. 3. TO arts aucl wiles of fl.irtalion are f.ully expl:11uecl by this ltttle book. Besides the various methods of ha.r,clkerehief.. fan, glove, parasol, window and hat flirtation, it con a .full list of tbe language and senlimeut of flowers, whic h io to everybody, both old and young You cannot b e happy without one. 4. II.OW .'1'0 DANCE is the title of a new and handsom e .book Just 1Ssued !JY ];'rank Tousey. It contains foll instrucllons m the art of daucmg, etiquette in the ball-room and at partie11, how to dress, aud full dire ctions for calling off in au popular square dances. No 5 HOW TO MAKE LOVE.-A comp l ete guide to lov e courtship and marriage, giving s ensib le advice, rules and eti quett9 to be obsened, \vith many curious and interesting things not gen (;rally known. No 17. HOW '.rO DRESS.-Containiug full instruction in tho art of dressing and appeariug well at hom e and abroad givi ng the selections of colors material. and bow to have them made up. No. 18. HOW TO BECOi\IE BElAUTIFUL.-One of the an(\ most valuable little books ever given to the world. Everybody wishes to know how to b eco me beautiful, both male and female. 'l'he secret is simple, and almost costless. Read this bools and be convinced bow to become beautiful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No. 7. HOW TO KEEP Bil1DS.-Haudsomely illush-ated ana containing full instructions for the management and training of the canary, mockingbird, bobolink. blackuird, paroquet, parrot, etc. No. 30. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY, PIGEONS AND RABBITS.-A useful and instructive book Handsomely illu11traled. By Ira IJrofraw. No. 40. HOW TO l\IAKE AND SET TRAPS.-Including bintl on bow to cakh moles weasels, otter, rats, squirrels and bird s. Also bow to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By J. Harringtoo Keene. No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND valuable book, giving instructions in collec ting, preparing, mountint and preserving birrls, animal s and in sec t s No. 54. IIOW TO KEEP AND 1\IANAGE PETS.Giving com plete information as to the manner and method of raising, keep ing l taming, breeding, and managing all kinds of pets; also giving ful instructions for making cages, etc. Fully explained by twenty-eigh t illustrations, making it the most complete book of the kind ever published MISCELLANEOUS; 8. 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HO\V TO E:S-TERTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A valuable informalion as lo tile neatness, le:;ibility and general com very valuabl e little book just published. .A. complete compendium positiou of manusctipt. essential to a successfu l author. By Pri11Ge of games, sports, card diYersious, comic r ecitations, etc. suitable -Ililancl. for parlor or entertainment. It contains more for the No. 38. IIOW TO flEC01\IE YOUR OWN DOCTOR.-A wo n m oney than any book published. derful book containiLl useful and practical iuformal i on in the No. 35. HO\V TO PLAY G: ;\!ES.-A complete and useful little treatment of ordinary diseases and ailments common to every b ook, containing the ules and r egulalions of billiards, bagatelle, family. .A.bounding in useful and effective recipes fo r general c om backgammon, croquet. dominoes, etc. plaints. No 36. HOW TO SOLVE CONUNDRUMS.-Containing all N@. 55. 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