Young Wild West's double trap, or, Downing a dangerous gang

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WILD WEST WEEKLY A Magazine Containing Stories, Sketches, Etc., of Western Life Issued Weekly-By s ubscription $2.50 per y ecz,r. Ente1ed according to Act of Congress, in the year 1907, tn the office of the Libtarian of Congress, Washington, D 0., by Frank Tous ev, Publisher, 24 Union Squt111e, New Yo.-k. No. 265. NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 15, 1907. Price 5 Cents. YOUNG WILD WEST.'S DOUBLE TRAP OB, Downing a Dangerous Gang BY AN OLD SCO ur11. OHAPTE. R I. YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE DANGEROUS MAN. "Fatty Bill" had just l ighted the three oil lamp s that served to give light in hi s "first -class drinking and gam bling saloon," and his customers wer e pouring in, pre par atory to holding a night's r evel. It was pay day at the T en Spot Mine, and Fatty Bill was thinking of the cash he was going to take in. That i s why he li ghte d t h e lamps a little earlier than usual, for oil came pretty hi gh in Glitter Gulch, even if it was only :fifty mile s from Phoenix. The mining camp of Glitter Gul c h h ad onl y been in existence about s ix months, but in that time it had made rapid strides to the front, or pay dirt was taken out in great quantities, and things were on the boom. Mule teams carted tl}e ore the fifty miles of rough road to the sme l ter, and a s tage coach made three round trips awwk Shanties had sprung up lik e mu s hrooms, and with them came the gambling and drinking sa loon for without them a min in g camp would be like a stea.mboat without a boiler. There was one place in the town that was called a tav ern, which had quite an air of respectability about it. No game any stronger than "stud poker" was allowed to played there, and the "tangleoot" sold over the b ar was said to be the best that could b e bought in all Ari zona. But everyt hin g went at the 'Coyote which was the name of Fatty Bill's sa loon. There was a faro l ayout in the big barroom, poker tab les and a rou l ette whe e l in the back room, and the worst whisky in Arizo n a was sold there. But Fatt.v Bill was not s u ch a b a d eilow, afte r all. H e had come there to make money, and h e was making it without havin g to "skin" his customers If he got twenty -five cents a drink fur "tanglefoot" that did not cost him three cents a glass that was fair, for li ving was high in Glitter Gulch, and h e had to make a gcod profit. He charged no more than the re s t, however, so no one found fault with him. Among those who entered the saloon after the lamp s h ad been lighted were two boys and a tall man, who was as straight as an arrow. The three were very st riking in appearance, s ince they all wore fancy hunting suits of b u ckskin, trimmed wit h red s il k fringe They coul d be easi l y disting ui s hed from the miners and cowboys, for their costumes w e r e far more expensive than any othe r s to be see n t h ere One of the boys was about 'as dashing and handsome in appearance as one could expect to :find in a year's travel. He was of medi u m h e i ght and build a n d wore a wealth o f light chestnut hair hangin g down over hi s sho ulder s In spite of his yout hfulness there was somet hin g about him that would lead the close observer to believe that he was ever y inch a man w h en it came to strength, courage and good judgment. The belt about hi s shape l y waist contained a brace of r evolvers and a hunting knife, and h e walked with suc h ease and grace that it was easy to tell that he was a trained athl ete. This hoy was no oth er than the dash ing, young dead s h ot, Young Wilcl W est, who was known pretty well thro u ghout the vast region ca lled the Wild Wes t, lov e J by hi s friends and fenred and hated by his e nemies No other hero of the Wild West had made the name for him self that Young Wild West had, and yet h e was on l y a boy! By always adher in g to the right, h e lping the w eak and


YOUNG WILD WEST'S DOUBLE TRAP. administering punishment to the g11ilty, he had risen head and shoulders above the oldest of the bordermen. The boy with him was Jim Da1t, a young Weste rner, like himself, and the tall man was Cheyenne Charlie, an ex-Government s cout and Indian fighter. Cheyenne Charlie and Jim Dart wer e known far and near a s Young Wild West's partne r s and so they were both in his travel s and a business way. Being the owner of several mines and a couple of cat tle ranches, our hero could w e ll afford to pur s ue hi s favorits hobby, which was to ride about through the wil dest portion of the West in sea.rch of adventure and what good fortunate that might be met wit h. At the time of which we write things were in a much wil der state than they now are, though the minin g camps in the ol'ttlying di s trict s have chal! ged but little Law ancl ord e r was seldom a dh ere d to, for it took too lon g to get a horse thief before a justice of the peace, and the min e rs and cowboys generally took the law in their own hands. Young Wild Wes t and his partne r s had come over from Phoenix to see what kind of a camp Glitter Gulch was. With them had come the wif e of Cheyenne Charlie and the sweethearts of the boys, and they were now at the tavern. Young Wild West and hi s partner s h ad come over from the tavern to t ake a look at Fatty Bill's, for that appeared to be the kind of place that excitement was to b e found in. Of cour se, the three attracted considerab l e atte ntion for it s o happened that there was no one there who had ever see n them. Neither Young Wild West nor Jim Dart ever drank strong liquors, but the scout sometimes did. .._ Ther e was little e lse in the l ine of a drink to buy in Glitter Gul c h, though cigars and tobaccq wer e obtain able. The three walked up to the lon g counter that was con structed of rough pin13 boards and the young dead s hot called for three cigars The two men behind the colmter had sta rted in to do a rushing bu s in ess, w hile Fatty Bill stoo d at the end, ready to lend hi s assistance when 'the occas ion demanded it. Our hero paid for the cigars, and then they lighted them, for all smoked occas ional ly. There were, perhaps, fifteen m e n in the barroom, be sides our friends and nearly all of them were miners. Two or three might have been cowboys or cattlemen, but they were all out for what they term e d a good time. 'rhey h ad money to s p e nd, and the quicker the y got rid of it the soon er they would g o to work agai n. After a while one of the men came from b e hind the bar and opened up the faro game, t h e proprietor t aking his place in the di s pen s in g of drink s It was jus t about this tim e that there was a clatter of h oofs out s ide, and the n a voice rang out: "Clear ther track I'm comin' through l ike a forty horsepower Wow 1 Look out, the r e If any galoot gits hur t it's hi s own fault. I'm Capt ai n Danger, an' I'm danger o u s V.l ow-wow Crack-crack I Two revolv e r s ho ts rang out, an d then a big, black horse came prancing into the barroom of. the saloon, it s reckless rider bending low to escape hitting hi s h ead against t h e top of the doorway There was a scatte1r ing right and l eft to get o ut of the way, for no one there cared to be trampled by the horse. "Whoa, Black Diamond!" yell e d the rider, as h e made the steed come to a halt with his b r east against t h e bar. "Trot out som e bugjuice, you lazy ga loot s I'm dry, an so i s m y horse. He's got more sense than I hav e, though, an' he wants a pail of water Trot it out, or I ll bre4.k up every bottle you've got behind ther bai The man had a Tevolver in 11is ri ght hand and, quickly placing the bridle rem between his teeth, he drew an other with his left hand "There!" he excla imed, as he flashed a glance arolmd t he room. "vVho says I ain't a dangerous man?" No one m ade a word of repl y It was evid ent t hat the majority of tho se pre sent knew him, and that they really rega.rd e d him as a dangerous ma.n. "You kin h ave jest what yer want in a jiffy Dan," Fatty said, n ervo u sly "Don't go ter s hootin' out ther li ghts, 'cause I ain't got another chimney in the r place Here's t h er best whisky in ther house fur you, an Black D iamo nd will have a pai l of as clean water a s e ver run down a hill." With surprising qui c kness, the man behind the ba.r with. him ran out and got a pail of water It was placed on the counter before the horse, whi ch, without loss of time, thrust hi s nose in it and began to drink Then Captain Danger raised hi s glass to hi s lips and swallow ed t h e whisky that h ad been poured out for him. "How much Fatty?'' h e ask ed. "Not a cent, Dan," was the reply. "Ther drink s fur you an' your h o rse is on me." "That's ther way ter talk, Fatty You re the r whitest sal oon keeper in all Ar.izony. H ere Give ther boys a drink on me, an' keep ther change I'm flu s h to-night Wow!" H e tossed a gold piec e on the bar and t h e s aloon keeper deftly caught it as it was r o llin g off. The face of Fatty Bill wor e a smi l e now. The dan ge rou s man was flush, and that meant tha.t more woul d be added to his coffers than h e had expected that night. "Come up, everybody!" called out C aptai n D anger "I'll s hoot ther ga loot that r e fuse s ter take hi s whisky ::;trai ght with me They all rushed up save Young Wild West and his partn e r s Charlie would have tak e n a drink with the man, but he knew that Wild and Jim .would refuse, s o he staye d bv them. Tl1ere was trouble ahead, and he knew i t, as well as they did. The h orse was through drinking by this time, a nd,


YOUNG WILD WEST'SDOUBLE TRAP. wheeling him ar.ou nd, Captain Danger looked at the three, Jim Dart kept hi s eyes open, ready to prevent a treach who remained in the background. erous movement on the part of the so-called dangerous They were all calm l y smok in g the cigars t he y h ad li ght man. ed a few minute s b efo re, and our h ero really looked as "Ha.S ever ybody hac1 a dr inko r what they wanted, though there was that could po ss ibly disturb Fatty?" Captain Danger asked him "Yes, Cap," was the rep l y "Wl:y don't you :fancy lookin' galoots step an' /?it I "Well, keep ther c h ange, as I said afore. I'm flus h to your liquor?" the dangerous man asked, s ijowmg no ht-night:" tle s urprise. Then he turned s lowly and fixed hi s gaze upon o u r "Well, my friend," answered Wild, coolly "I don't hero. drink whisky, so I w ill have to decline your invitation. If He size d him up carefully, and then said : you in s i st on treating us I will take a cigar with you." "I'd jest like to know who you are, boy." "You will take straight whisky, or die!" "vYell, I'll te ll you, the n. I am Youn g Wild West," The words came out like a bur t of thunder, for Capwas the q uick reply. tain D ange r had a way of frightening people when he The villain-for suc h he was, beyQlld the s h adow of a roared o ut. doubt-gave a start. But Young Wild West never :flinched "So you a r e Young Wild W est, eh?" h e observed, afte r His hand had dropped t oward t h e holster at his ri ght s id e as he answered the man, however, and the next thing Captain Danger kn e w a revolver was l eveled at his breast "I'm n ot going to die just yet," said W1ld, speaking as though it vrns a ll of little con s equence to him. "I reckon you better take that back. You have got to talrn it back, in fact!" "Wha-what cried the horseman, in a much milder tone of voice. "What have I run up again st?" "See here, Captain Danger, as you call yourself, I don't know you from a s id e of sol e l eat h e r and I don't care how d a n ge rou s you a re, e i t h e r. But I a.m not goin g to take a drink of whisky with you, or any one e lse. This is a free country, and a p e rson can do a s they pl ease about drinkin g "They kin, e h ?" The hand that h eld the revolver pointed at him was as steady as a rock. 'l'h e calm smi l e on the boy's made the big ruffian feel uneasy, too There was n o doubt but that h e h ad faced the muzzle of a revolver before, but never unde r s uch circumstances as these. "Put up your shoote r boy. You win the fir st trick in the r game," he said. "I'm a dangerous man, but I ain't a :f:ool. I don t want ter die j est yet, not by a jugful. Fatty, give the boy an' his friends jest what they wa nt. Then h e turned and rode out of tl}_e saloo n. But our h ero knew very w eJ.l that he would come back again, so h e quietly stepped up to the bar and accepted the cigar the proprietor put out for him, keeping his eye on the door at the same time. CHAPTER II. CAPTAIN DANGER SHOWS HIS HAND Captain Danger came back into the p lace very quickly. was a smile on hi s face, but it was no doub t a for ced one, for no man who had been called as hard as he had just been would feel like i;;miling. C h eyenne C harli e glared at him, showing how m u ch h e would like to have a chance with him But Young Wild Wes t simp l y Jooked indifferent a pause. "That's who I h appen to be." "You're ther champion deadshot of the West, I be li eve?" "Well. I don't know about that. I have managed to b eat all I have tackled at s h ooting But that don t say t hat there are not others who can do as well as I can with a rifle o r revo l ver. I am always ready to let them try it. "An' a gooc1 many calls yer ther Prince of ther Sad dle?" went on the man, questioningly, not pa y ing any attention to what the boy sai d "Yes, some call me that," Wild answered, coolly "It's because you can h and le a ny kind of a horsy you come across, an' kin ride e a s i e r an' better than an y galoot in ther West, ain't it?" queried Captain Danger "Well, never mind what it is for If I am called the Prince of the Sadd l e it is not because I asked any one to ca ll it to me. Now, then, I'll a s k _you a questio n o r two. You are Captain Danger?" "Yes; that's me." "And you are a dangerou s man?" "Yes, an' I'm ther boss of a dangerou s gang, too." "Ah! I see." "That's me, Young Wil d West. I've heard l ot s abou t you an' yer pards, an' ther gal s what 'go ridin' round the r country with you. I 've h eard tha t you're always lookin' fur trouble, an' that a renegade or bad Injun don:'t sta nd much s how w i t h yer I s that so?" "We ll I don't go arn und looking for trouble, as say But if anybody interfe res with m e I generally take my part. You ought to know that much "I do. But, say You was smart enough ter git the r drop on me j est now, an' I was sen sibl e e nough ter give in. Now, s'pose we 'go out s ide an' find o u t who i s the r best shot?" "All right. Nothing would s uit me b ette r, for I am satisfied that you are one of the sort who would not hesi tate to g ive it to a fellow from b e h ind, ana the quicker such galoots as you are out of the world the :Petter it will be for those who have been force d to com e in contact with you. Come right along, Captain Dan ger." W ild starte d for t h e door, ju st as though the re was nothing that was the least bit pe rilou s about it. Captain Danger turned slight ly pale.


YOUNG WILD WEST'S DOUBLE TRAP. "By gi nger! But you 're a good one, all right!" he exclaimed.' "Aren't you coming out?" asked Wild, looking smpri sed, though he was not. "No. I only said that j est ter :find out what kind of stuffs you're made of, Young Wild West. I know you're all ri ght now. Fatty, give us another drink. Let Young Wild West and his pards have what they like. I know a game man when I see him, an' when I meet a boy what is as g, ns he is it makes me feeil like treatin'.'' Fa.tty was much pleased, and he hastened to :fill the ord er "Keep the cb.ange, Fatty," and the villain threw an oth er gold piece on the bar. Wild knew the man was simp ly waiting to get a chance at him and he waited for the next move in the game It was s oon made "Young Wild West, I made a mi stake in threatening to s h oot all those who refused to take whisky straight with me," Captain Danger remarked, as he put down his glass and look ed at the boy, curiously. "I reckon you did," was the reply. "Of course, I didn't think that there was any one here who would refuse. If I had known that you was goin' to r efuse I would hav e said that I was goin' ter pick up ther gal oot what wouldn't take liquor with me an' throw ilrim out of ther barroom "Well, I don't think it would have made any difference to me if you had made that threat." "Yer don't?" "No. I am not in the habit of being thrown out of a pl ace, and I am quite certain that no sneaking coyote like you could do the job." "You mean to say that I couldn't pick you up and thro w you out of h ere?" The dangerous man looked s urprisea when he asked the que s tion. "That is just what I mean I wouldn't allow a man t w ice as big as you to do that. As I just said, I am not in the habit of being thrown out of places I am only a boy, I know, but I have learned a few things since I have been going around, and I never yet met the gal oot, big or little, who could throw me out of a place You are a big man, and a powerfu l one, if look s count for anything, but you couldn't throw me out of this barroom, because I wouldn't let you "I s'pose you'd jerk out that handy gun of yours an' dr op me if I tried it?" "Oh, no; I wouldn't. If you tried to pick me up and throw me out I would try and turn. the tables on you. I reckon you would go out, and not me Captain Danger acted as though he could scarce ly believe hi s own ears The young deadshot was as cool as an iceberg just t h e n. R e was quick as a h strong as a young lion and not afraid of anything, and, with the confidence he possessed to back him, he was ready to tackle the man, or any one else in the place, for that matter. Wild knew that few of the rough-and-ready men of the W est knew anything about wrestling or boxing, from a scientific s tandEoint. H e did know a whol e lot about it, for he had taken pains to learn. There was no doubt in his mind that the villain could pick him up and t hrow him out, prov i ding he got the right hol d upon him. B u t Wild did not mean to let him g,et tha. t hold. He tho u g h t it would do Captain Danger good if he s howed him that he was mistaken in his estimate of what he could do. "Su ppose you try to pick me up and throw me out?" he suggested "Blame if I don't do it, since you seem to want it so bad!" The dangerous man took hi s weapons from his belt and laid them on the bar. "'!\hat shows you that I mean to do the thing in a squa re way-no shooters or knives to be used," he said, pointing to the weapons. "All right Then Wild handed his own weapons 1Jo his partners and stepped to the middle of the room "All's I want is that I have clear sailin' fur ther door," said Captain Danger, as he rolled up his sleeves "I hate ter c huck a mere boy out, but it has got ter be done A faint smile curled about the lips of our hero. "Just say when you're ready," he observed "I'm comin' fur you now The words were scarcely out of his mouth when the vil lain mad e leap for the boy. Then something happened that almost took the breath away from the spectators. Young Wild West stepped nimbly aside, threw out his left foot and slid hi s right arm under the chin of the dangerous man His left hand ca ught him somewhere about one of his knees, and then up went hi s heels straight for the ceiling. But instead of allowing him to. drop to the floor, as he might h a .ve done if it had been a wrestling bout, WilCl got his head and should ers und er his back and started for the door .It was a ll done in a twinkling, and before the miners and other spectators knew just how it happened Captain Danger lay sprawling on the ground in front of the sa loon. "There you are exclaimed the young deadshot "I hope you are satisfied. If you are not I'll do it again. You cou ldn't even pick me up, let alone throw me out." "Hooray fur Youn g Wild W est!" shouted Cheyenne Charl ie, swinging hi s hat over his head. Then almost e v erybody in the saloon broke into a pro longed cheer. They h ad seen enough to convince them that the boy was no ordinary one. Almos t every one admires feats of strength and skill, and these men were no exceptions to the rule Before they cou ld all get ou't of the saloon, however, Captain Danger got up on h is fe et and started inside. Room was made for him to get in, Wild taking his posi tion in the middle of the room again.


--YOUNG WILD WEST' S DOUBLE TRA P. "Are you going to try it again?" the young dead hot asked, coolly ".r ot by jugful!" was the reply. "But I'll s how yer that no galoot c huck me out o.f a s aloon, an' live five minutes afterward!" \ s he spoke h e g r abbed a revolver from the b elt of tlte man n earest him and turned it upon Wild. It was not his weapon that spoke, but one of Chey enne Char li e's and the s hoot e r dropped to the floor. CHAPTER III. Several of the men nodded to our friends, for they had eeen them b efo r e s upper, and they had heard who they were,, "Boys," said Wild casti n g a g l ance around, "what k ind o i a ga l oot i s Captain "He's a bad one, I reckon," an swere d one of the min e rs, s h aking hi s head. "He runs ther camp whenever h e take a notion." "He does, eh? Well h e trie d to run me a little whi l e ago, but he got much the worst of it. The n he trie d to let me have a bu ll et, and Cheyenne Char li e here s hot h i s hooter from hi s h and I just thought I would ask about the galoot So h e's a bad one WILD SETTLES SOME DOUBTS "Yes, h e's the r l eade r of a danger o u s gan g that's locat e d in ther camp Young Wild W est, the proprietor s poke up "The gan g ha s got a mig hty bad name T'here;'s Cheyenne Charlie had fir e d to hit the revolv er, and not dark things sai d about 'em, thoug;h nothin' has bee n the man 's hand. proved ag in 'em, as I knows of. It was an o ld trick of Young Wild W est's and the "A d a ng e rous gang, e h ? Wh e r e do the y hang out, as scou t h ad taken to i t quite well. a rule?" Tlie w eapo n h ad been knocked from the hand of Cap-"Oh, they ain't got no pru.tic ular place, that I knows Dang e r without drawing a speck of b lood. of Som et ime s they ain't around fur a day or two, a n "That' the way to do it, Charlie!" excl aimed the the n they' ll be around fur a week on a st retch Some of young dead shot "The galoo t meant to kill me, and h e 'cm ha s got claims, an' they do a little work now an' deserved to be shoti. But I am {)'lad you let him live. t h en." He will probab l y try to mak e it interest in g for us, and "About how many a r e t h ere in this dangerous gang?" excite men t i s what we want you know." our 11.ero a s ked, for he was getting more intere sted every Wild was a s cool a s though n othing out of the ordinary min t e h ad taken place. "Eight or nine, a ll to ld, I reckon." C rest.fall e n a nd d efeated, Captain Dan ge r stood stock "We ll that i s n't so s till, hi eyes turned up o n his revol ver, whi c h lay on the "Oh, it ain't so many, but when they all git togethe r floor within a few feet of h im a n start to run t h ings they gine rally do it. The men in the saloon ha d seen the treac h e rou s a ct "And you people l et them run things, then?" of the vi llain a nd they looked at him angri l y now. "We ll so long a s they don't interfe r e much with us, Tlhe dangerous man su r e l y did n ot look to be so very what's ther use of interf e rin' with them?" dangerous now! "That i s very true But I don t see how a gang of men On the othe r h and, he l ooked pretty meek. can run t hings their way without int erferi ng with some"Gentlemen," sai d Wild, addressing the crowd, "you body's bu s iness. But it makes n o difference to me a bout a ll know what that big galoot tried to do, and you know that part of it. We propose to s tay in Glitter Gulch for what happened to him. W e will leave him to you for w e two or three clays, and if Captain D ange r and his ga n g have got to go over to the tavern, where our friends are l e t s u s alone we will l e t them a l o n e I rather think the await ing us It isn't li ke l y that Captain Danger will try captain will be trying t o down us, thou g h me espec iall y to s hoot any of you, as he knows you too well. But the He don't like what I did to him a littl e while ago, oveir next time h e pull s a s ho oter on me, or my partners, you i n the Coyote saloon can bet he \vill go down to stay Good evening, all!" "What did yer do t e r him?" asked one of the l oiter -The boy turne d an d walked out of the s aloon, as coolly e r s as h e would have done if there hac1 been no trouble "W.ell, we. h a d a few word s because I wouldn t drink Charlie and Jim followed him keeping t heir eyes on whisky wh e n h e treated. H e threatened to s hoot any one the dangerous man until they got out s ide w ho wouldn't drink whi s k y straight. We wouldn't do With a hearty "Good night!" from the inmates of the it. Jim Dart and I don t drink whisky, a nyhow, and t h e r e place rin ging in t h eir ears, the three walked over to the ha s never b een a galoot to make u s do it. When Cap tavern. tain Danger pull e d his gun to s hoot me, b e cause I refused They thought they h ad seen about e nou g h of Glitter his invita tion I got the drop on him and made him c h ange Gulch for the time b e ing, and thinking they might be able his mind After that he undertook to throw me o u t of to l earn something about Captain Dan ge r at the tav ern, t h e place, and I wouldn't let him do it. '1 they w ent in the barroom b efo re seeking the company "Yer wouldn't l e t him? Why, how i s that?" of the g irls, as they always call e d their fema l e compan "We ll I never l e t any one do a thing lik e that. Yo u ions, even thou g h t h e scout's wife was a yolmg woman. see, I am not used to being pick e d up and to sse d abot. There were quite a few n;i.iners in the barroom wh e n I don t know how it feel s t o be treated that way, and 1 they ente r ed, and the proprietor was doing quite a bu s idon't mean to l ear n I jus t let him come for me, n ess and then I s urpri sed him


6 Y O UNG WILD WES'l"S DOUBLE TRAP. "What did yer do?" asked the landlord. "Well, I picked him up and threw him out '1 "Yer did?" "That's jest what he done!" spoke up Cheyenne Char lie. "Wild's only a boy, but I'll bet a hundred ter fifty that there ain't a man here what he can.'t chuck out doors!'' Some df them seemed to have their doubts about this, b y the way they exchanged glances But they had been talking about the you:qg deadshot before our friends came in, and they had heard enough about him to believe that he was a little above the ordi n ary run of boys. Howe ver, one of them, who appeared to be a good-natured, honest man, looked at the scout anGJ. nodded "I'll have ter take that bet," he said, and then he pulled his wallet out of his pocket Al l right; 1 won't back down," the scout Teplied. See here!" spoke up Wild. "I don't want to make ene mies of honest men I think you a1'e one of that kind, my friend, and if I should throw you out of the barroom you would have it in fol' me afterwaTd Then there would b e t r o u ble "Qh, n o," was the quick reply "I ain't that kind of a m a n. I'm somewhat of a wrnstler, an' when I finds that somebody is better than me I'm always willin' ter s h ake h a nds an' admit it. I wouldn't git mad if yer chucked me out I hope yer won't let me drop too hard, tho ugh." T!hen he l aughed in a hearty way. I' Well, since Charlie offered to make the bet, I'll try you. He is betting you a hundred dollars to fifty that I will throw you out of the barroom Is that it?" "That's it! An' I'm bettin' that yeT won't do it. A ll right Get yourself in shape H you get mad I can't help it. I won't git ;mad. Don't think anything like that." The miner pulled up his sleeves, handed his weapons t o a friend, and then he got in the middle of the room "I reckon I'd better put up ther money first," he said, a s h e counted out fifty dollars "I'll take your word fur it, if you'll take mine," an s w ered the scout. All right, then. H Young Wil d West chucks me out o f here I owe you fifty dollars, an' i f he don't you owe m e a h u ndred That's it, exactly "Good Come Young Wil d West !" Wil d h ad got r eady pretty q u ickly. H e made a rush for the man, who t ried to dodge H e d-0dged just the way the boy wanted him to, an d b efor e h e knew how it happened Wild had h iill'. Up in the air he went, the small of his back Testing on t h e top of o u r hero's head, rendering him powerless to do anything but to kick and try to keep from falling back on his head Out wen t Wild, and with a thud t h e miner came down u pon his feet on the ground. "That was easy -enough, I reckon," said the young deads h ot, as he came back, smiling "He wasn't as bad t o h andle as Captain Danger." The miner came back in a minute, looking rather sheep ish. "I reckon I owe you fifty dollars," he said to Charlie "I've made a fool of myself, but I ain't no squealer Here's your money "See here!" exclaimed the scou t "I reckon I'll let you down a little easier than that. Y oru treat ther crowJ an' we'll call it square I was bettin' on a sure thi ng, anyhow. Why, yer never had a ghost of a chance! Did yer see how easy it was -Jone?" "No, I didn't see. I felt myself goin', I know, an' all I was afraid of was that he'd drop me an' let me fall on my head I was out in a jiffy, all right!" Then he tumed and put out his hand to Wild. "I told yer I wouldn't git mad, an' I ain't. But I did:i't think yer could do it, tho u gh Hooray fur Yo ung W1l J West, boys The cheers were given with a1 will, for there was not a man present who was not a friend of the young deadshot at that minute. 'Dhe defeated miner stood tTeat, and then our f:i;iends remained in the banoom a few minutes and went to. :find the girls. Young Wild West had about satisfied the majority of the miners in Glitter G u lch that he was all they had heard he was. Before he left the camp he was going to. make the dan gerous gang think the same way. CHAPTER IV. HOP WAH, THE CLEVER CHINAMAN. Charming Arietta Murdock, the pTetty, golden haired sweetheart of Young Wild West, met him as he came into the rather cosy sitting room of the ta. vern Arietta was a true girl of the Wi l d West, having been born and T eared in Wyoming during a period when t h e redskins were creating ruin and havoc in that region. She could ride a horse and shoot as well as the average man of the plains, and her courage and coolness put her to the fore as a dangerous enemy for one to have The gir l had been much by her dashing you n g lover, and she, in turn, had taught Eloise GaTdner, t h e sweetheaTt of Jim Dart, and Anna, the wife of Chey enne Charlie, who had not been in the West over tw o OT thTee years, a great deal abo u t shooting All three of t h e girls sh o wed thei r p l eas u re w h en Wil d and his partners came in. "Well, what have you been up to since you went out to look around?"' Arietta asked "Oh, we met the leader of a dangerous gang, and we had to show him a thing or two, Et," answered our her o with a smile. "That is just like you. In trouble already, I suppose?" "Well, I don't know how much trouble we are in, but I suppose we have an enemy here in the camp But that makes no difference ; if we had no enemies things would


YOUNG WILD WEST' S DOUBLE TRAP. go along altogether too smoot h We can't live without and in wh i ch s lept the color ed man and hi s wife, who excitement, you know." were the hired help. couldn't, I really believe," s poke u p the scout's It was here where the trouble was. wife, a twinkle in her eyes As Charlie sta lked into the building he found the darky "Well, Charlie is about the same way, I reckon and his wife sitting there with Wing, who was smi ling "Yes, and it is you who have made him so." and nodding, a s only a "heathen Chinee" can: "Is that so, Charlie?" and the young deadshot t urn ed "Where is Hop, Wing?" the scout asked. and sm il ed at the scout "He play allee samee lillee tlick," was the reply. "He "I reckoneit' s somcth:in' tha.t way," was the retort. comee back velly soonee, so be. Um blackee man and lm1 ".An' it's ther same way with Jim, too I reckon t her gals woman no undel stand; makee muchee 'flaid, so be. Allee is putty much that way themselves samee calle ummissee pletty quickee." "Oh, we have learned to love l ead ing an outdoor life "Whattee mattee ?" the most of the time," Anna declared The voice came from behind Charlie, and then Hop "Well, i n doing that we are bound to run into danger pushed his way into the shanty and bowed to the fright-now and then," Arietta hastened tci say ened couple, who had call ed up on the mistress "Just now we are li ving in a house, an d still I s u ppose "Why, heah he is!" cried the colored woman, lookmg we are in dan ger," Eloise remarked amazed "He done stand by de fireplace little while ago, "Sleeping under a roof half a dozen Tl;ghts in a. month an' all of a sudden he catch afire an' go up de chimney won't hurt you any," vVild l a u g hin gly remarked "It in smoke He done call out from de chimney; dat he isn't every mining camp that has a tavern that's fit to stop was gain' de sky, fa' suah !" at. Then we camp just tbe same, and we find it all right, "Lat light," spoke up the clever Chinaman, rnbbing too his ba.nds and smiling blandly "Me allee samee go uppee "W;iile were talking the landlord 's wife came into chim ney to um sky ; len me comee backee and walkee in the room, showing that he was anr:ious about something. um door Me no comee down um chimney; makee lillee "The re's something ther m .atter one of your C h i mistalrne, so be." nam en, s he said Charlie knew quite well what he had been up to. looked at his companions and grinned. Hop had been playing his wonderful disappearance "It's Hop, of course," h e r ema rked "That h eathen trick, which was done by his setting some peculiar kind o f galoot i s always up ter somethin'." : powder on fire, and then sneak in g off while a cloud of Young Wild West always took two Ch in ese servants smoke went up to conceal his movements wjth him on hi s trips, espec i ally wh e n the g irl s accom B eing a ventriloquist, he could easily fool an ord in a ry parried them. person and make them believe he was somewhere else. They were brothers, and bore the names of Hop Wah This trick was altogether too much for the two darkies and Wing Wah. "Whatever i s it all about, anyway?" asked the mistress, The latter was the cook, and a very good one he was, as she looked at them all in a puzzled way. too Young Wild West came out just then. Out side of this he was only a plain, simple m inded fe l-He had been standing near enough to h ear Hop's exlow, who liked to sleep a great deal, was honest and al planation, and he tbouglit he had better make it some-ways minded hi s own business. what clear to the >voman and her servants Hop was just as simple in look s as he, if not more so. He soon made th{m partly understand, thoug h they / Bit that was as far as it went, for he really was a very all had an idea that the Chinaman wa a little bit more fe lhw. than human. He was a professional card sharp, a s l eight of hand Hop was just in the h umor to let himself go a little, for performer, a lover of practica l joking and vr:Jry fond of he had been treated to tanglefoot hy the darky, and whisky, which he invariably called "ta.nglefoot was getting a little reckless Added to the e accomplishments-if they all could be He quietly slipped out of the little shanty and made called accomplishments-he could tell an untruth as his way to the barroom of the tavern quickly a s he coul d the truth, except when matters were Things were going in full blast there, and Hop looked ser ious. at the two tables, where draw poker was in progress, and In the latter case he had lJroven hims.elf a great help noddecl. to our friends, :md conseq

8 YOUN G WILD WEST S DOUBLE TRAP. Hop never thought but tha t the man who had pr opos ed I "What clid yer bring ther h e ath e n h ere fur? Captain to go to hi s sh anty and play was anything more than an Dn.n gc r a s k ed, as though he did not think it was much of ordinary miner, who was pretty hone s t in hi s wa\)'S and a tri c k for his men to do. fond of playing dra w poker "He wanted ter p lay a little game of draw poker, cap But the fact was that the fe llow was one of the dan -I thought this would b e t h er b est place ter

YOUN"G WILD WEST'S DOUBLE TRAP. lrnown or not. "Me gottee uncle in China whattee velly "Me no cheatee, and me no likee anybody cheatee," muchee m[lrtee; me allee samee likee my uncle in China." observed Hop. "Me :findee som body whattee cheatee "Git out the cards," suggested one of the men, who me shootee, allee samee Young Wild West!" seemed anxious to git his share of the money the "heathen Again the villains looked at each other Ohinee" had shown them. They did not know just what to make of the Chinaman "Me gottee cards, so be," and with that Hop produced who had been brought there to be relieved of what money a deck that was near new. he had. "Carries 'em right with him, I see," remarked Rolly, He spoke in such .an easy way that there was nothing winking at the three men. like a threat in what he said "Yes; he's right l'-P ter snuff," answered the captain. Still, he had said that if any one cheated he would Hop miled in his imple, innocent way. s hoot, the same as Young Wild West would do. Tlhen he shuffled the cards in a way that told that he Hop grinned some more had been there before. "Me velly muchee smartee, so be," he observed Sometimes he acted the part of an innocent, but he T h en Rolly gave him :five cards from the top of the knew that the villains were pretty sure that he was a pack. good hand at it, s o he proceeded accordingly. He looked at therri. casually and then kep t t hem face They all took their places, and when the cards were down to the table. laid down they cut for deal. He had drawn three kings and a pair of queens The fellow called Rolly won the deal. As the dealer got read y to give the captain his cards Hop was the second. player on the left from him. Hop s uddenly put his hand on the deck and exclaimed : The ante put up was a dollar. "Me bettee bundled dollee me tellee whatee um top "Me makee lille blind for fivee dollee more;" said the card is I'' Chinaman, as the deal began. "I'll. take that bet," answered Captain Danger, not He put down the money and the rest nodded, as though noticing the warning look Rolly gave him. that kind of playing just suited them. He counted out the money and Hop quickly covered. it. By going it "blind" meant that Hop was not to look "What is ther card, Mister Heathen?" asked the ca.pat his cards until the draw was to be made. tain, He allowed them to lay, and when the rest decided to "Um king 0 spades, so be," was the reply. come in, and put up the money, he picked them up and Rolly did his best to try and mix the pack, but Hop looked them over. would not l et him. He was not surprised when he found that he had three He took it from him very quickly and then the aces cold. tain turned over the :first card. Rolly was quite a clever dealer, and he had fixed things It was the king of spades, sure enough I pretty well. "You win," the dealer said, quietly. "Now, I reckon The man next to Hop drew three cards. we'd better start ther deal over ag'in." It was to be expected that Hop would take two cards, There was a smile that wa.s "child-like and bland" on holding the three aces to draw to. the face of the clever Celestial, as he s lipped four cards But Captain Danger was next to him, and somehow into hi s sleeve. tlrn clever Celestial got it in his head that he was to be He had cleverly got hold of the four aces with his left the one to hold the winning ha.nil. hand while he was talking to the men. If s uch was the case he was to draw cards that would He put the money in his pocket, and then watched :fill his hand. Rolly shuffle the cards. The Chinaman did not care who won the first hand, Hop knew very well that 'the dealer was all at sea anyhow, so, acting on a thought, he threw down his hand time, and tbat the cards would be dealt in an honest way, and. said: because he could not help himself. "Me takee allee samee fivee cards." Anyhow, he l;ield the winning hand right in his sleeve Rolly was staggered. It was called a jack pot, and was opened by the captain, He looked at the captain and 'then at tlie rest O f the who was lucky eno u gh to get three queens cold. men. All came in. "Yer want a book, eh?" he queried, as thougli he Hop took one cal'd in the draw this time. thought the Chinaman had made a mistake. He was too slick for the villains to catch him, and he "Yes, me wantee fivee cards; me no gottee pair put his whole liand among those that were discarded "All right, then." As luck would have it, the captain got another queen The rascally fellow then undertook to slide the cards He had the next best hand out, and he kept raising the from the bottom of the deck. betting until all dropped out but H-op. "You allee samee makee lillee mistake, so be," said At length there was as much as five hundred dollars Hop, calm ly, as he placed his fingers on the man's hand. on the board. ":M:e likee mu cards flom um top, so be." Tlhe villain!! were getting nervous, and one of the m "There ain't no use in tryin' ter fool ther heathen, began :fingering the hilt of his knife. Rolly," said Captain Danger, winking. "Give him hi s Hop lighted a cigar, and he drew a giant firecracke r cards." from his pocket at the same time.


10 YOUNG -\VILD WEST' S DOUBLE TRAP. "1\Ie l ai see um bd to fiyce hunc1led dollee !" he ex claimed.. CHA PTER VI. CAPTAIN D ANGER TELI,S IIIS GAKG HIS IKTENTIONS. Captain Danger's whis k e r s h ad been s in ged by the exploc1in g of the cracker and his shirt was smoki n g H e h a d fall e n over backward, and wh e n he got up o n his feet he could see nothing, but could h ear hi s com panions curs ing roundly. "Dupe d by jingo!" he cr i ed "Whe re i s ther h eathen?" ''He's gone!" exclaim e d Rally, who w as peering out of the door into the d arkness "Well, ter think that he coul d hav e fooled u s that way What was it he set off; Captain Dan ge r look ed at the C hi nama n in amazea firecracker?" ment. Ent t h ere was no doub ting that Hop h ad meant wha t One of the othe r m en h ad struck a match, for the la.n-h e s aid, for h e coolly l aid down five o n e hundred dollar tern had been ex tin g ui s h ed 'Then Hop fired off the s ix -bill s s hooter, and h e pointed to h e burning paper that wa Non e of t h e v ill ains imag i ned that h e had as muc h scattered about the room. m oney with h i m as that, and it n eaiJy took away their "Yes, it was a firecracker," h e said. "I see n it when breath whe n they r e alized i t t hetr galoot dropped it in ther captain's l ap It was a Bnt they meant to have it, just the same mi ghty cute trick, I reckon The r e was no mistake about that "An' we' r e out qui te som e money, too," spoke up the Y 011 mm;t have a pretty good ham1, I reckon sa id ot h e r of the four. the cnpta i n, as h e chew his wallet. "I'v e got a good h and "He got a pile out of me an' no mistake,'' sai d C a p so I'll call yer tai n Danger, s haking hi s head. "But I'll git tha.t back, 13 for e doi ng so, h m rever he pulled a revolv r from hi s rm' more, too see if I don't. I'll h ave some of! what belt and laid it on the table. Young W i ld W est has got I'm g oin ter m ake that boy Hop smi lrd blandly and t h e n he pulled a big, old -wis h he d n e ve r been b orn, boys! H e a in't n e ve r goin' fa sh i oned six shoot e r fro m under hi s coat anc1 l aid it teir l eave Glitter Gulch a live fur no ga l oot what gits t b e r down. b est of m e kin live l ong after h e doe it! Ho's got 1110. n ey, "1\Ie play c1law pokee a llc e samee 1\1clica? man,'' h e most li kely, an I ll git hold of it after h e goes unde r. obsenec1. The r e's goi n ter be som e tall work don e h ere in ther '11he giant cracker was concealed in his l eft sleeve, and Gulc h afore many hours. I've been studyin' t her thing the fuse1was broken off pretty close, so it was r eady t o over putty good s ince what happened in the r Coyote sa. be expl oded at any time 'loon to -night. Wh e n I rod e into the r b l amed old place The four villain s grinned when they saw the bi g to -night I thought I was goin' t e r h ave things my own shooter. way, an' mak e ther min e rs hav e all ther more fear ot me, The y all though t t h e C hin aman was doing som e awful same a s was a lways ther case when I done: it. But this bluffin g, for what possible c h ance cou ld h e have again st h ere boy a n E i s pards h as t e r h e there, an' they c h ange the m all? ther programm e Bu t they did n o t know that h e h ad no i dea of d e p end-The lantern was li g hted whil e h e was talking, and one in g on the s h ooter to carry him throu g h of the villain s had shut the door Captain Danger l aid down the money required to call It so h a pp e n ed t hat n one of the m e n who constituted th e b et, and said: the bad crowd that was call e d the "Dange rou s Gang"' h a d "What hav e you got, Mister Heathen?" been in the s aloon when the captain took his medicine "Me gottee four lillee ace s !" from Young Wild West. Hop s howed the hand and grabbed for the money with H e h ad not told them much about the occurrence, hi s ri g h t hand. either, and the three who were pre sent wer e an x i o u s to His le.ft went to his c i gar at the s ame time and the know all about i t fuse of the cracker was touched to the li ghted end of his Rally kne w pretty n ear l y what h ad h appene d for he cigar. had h e ard it from the miner s "You' re a c h eat l cried Captain Dan ger. "That money i s min e Let go of it, or you'll b e a dead h e athen b efore But he wanted t o hear it from the lip s of t h e lead e r you can say Jack Robin son!" of the ga n g B 1 It was jus t the n that there a 'knock at the door. dropped squ a r e ly in the villain's lap exI "Come in!" Rally c alled ont, for t he s hanty was s up-1 d 't l"d pose d to belong to him. po mg as i c I "Hip hi!" yell e d Hop, grabbing hi s revolv er and pull-The door opened and m wal ked five men in g the trigger They w e re the r est of the Dan gero u s Gan g, and they BanoI had come there' b eca use the captain h ad told one of them A r:d li ght s hot through the s h anty, and then a ll was that h e w ante d to have a little talk with them in darknes s "Come right in, boys/' s aid Rolly, as he pulled a lon g When the four v illain s r ecove r e d from the extrao rdinary b e nch out for them to sit npon "It's too bad yer didn't occurrence the door was open and the Olrinaman wa:s happen along a little sooner Yer mi ght h ave been abl e gone t e r catch a smart h eat h e n what was h ere


YOUNG WILD WEST' S DOUBL E IT'RAP. fl' Youn g Wil d W..est 's s mart I s 'pose:?." one of them observed, as he took a sea t "Yes; that's right." "I've heard a whole Io.t of talk about Y oung, Wil' d West an' his pards, an' ther gals what's with 'em, an' 'the r two heathen Chinese servants :_they've got. That's about all ther crowd is talkin' about down in Fatty Bill's. They seem ter think that Young Wild West is ace high, all right. He sorter put it to yer, captain, didn't he?" "Yes; there's no use in saying he didn't," replied the captain, a frown creeping over his forehead. "He got ther drop on yer, an' then he throwed yer out of ther barroom, they say?" "Yes, he done t h at, a ll right. He's a mighty strong you ngster, an' he's as quick as lightnin'. That's why he throwed me out." Well, he handled a galoot ther same way in t h e fav ern after he left you'" "Is that so ?" Captain Danger seemed to be pleased to hea1 that he was not the only one who had suffered defeat at the hands of Young Wild West. Re listened to what they all had to say and soor. be come convinced that it was nothing out of the ordinary for bad men to get their medicine from Young Wiild West 1rher boy is a regular hummer, it seems," lie observed, when he had told just what happened to him at Fatty Bills' "But I can't understand why it is that he's man aged ter live so long. I'll bet he won't never git out of Glitter Gulch alive, unless he goes to-night! I'm goin' ter be ther one what will put ther' touch to him an' his pards. y OU all know that I ain't ther one ter allow a galoot ter live very long, after doin' what he done He made a laughin'-stock of me, an' right before them what has always been afraid of me! I couldn't let that go, boys. It would mean that I wa

12 YOUNG WIL"D WES'r'S DOUBLE TRAP. Wild and the Chinaman l eft the tavern, going out by the rear door They quickly turned and headed for the s hanty, however, and as they n eared it Hop told our hero about the three b u s hes being very close to the rear of it. 1 "All right, Hop," was the r eply "We'll get around there, then." They had no sooner got into the bushes when they heard ap pro aching footsteps and voices. It was just then that the five men came to the shanty, as has been told of. V i lhen Wild sa w them from the bushes, and had counted them, h e gave a nod of atisfactio n. "I reckon this i s where they hol d their meetings, Hop,'' h e whi s per ed. "Velly muchee lik e ly, so be," was the retort "Well, it ma y not be very polite to do it, but I am going Wild told hi s partners and the girls what was up, when he got a chance to talk with them. Of course, the girls were not a little disturbed when they liea.rd that they were pick e d to become the wives of three of the villainous gang But they had the greatest of confidence in Young Wild West and his partners, and so they did not worry much They knew that, being forewarned, the young dead shot woulcl quickly find a way to down them. The next morning they were up bright and early The sun had come up like a great ball of fire, which gave all indications of a very warm day before them. But almost everybody in Glitter Gulch was used to warm days, so there was little or no comment to be h eard After breakfast Wild and Charlie went for a walk to find out what they talk a bout I l mow very well that around the mining camp Captain Danger means me, and it is no more than right They wanted to get better acquainted with the good that I should try to find out how he intends to proceed people there. to get square with me. He would have shot me dead in Tlhey soon found that they had become very popular the saloo n if Charlie had not knocked the revolver out of with the majority of the miners, for tho e who had not his hand with a bullet '11hat shows what h e would do if seen or heard of them before had spread it around what he could get a s ly sh at at me they were li ke. "Velly bad man, so be," Hop answered. "Me findee The biggest mine in the Gulch was owned and operat o u tee light away lat um all b a d man s Ley t l y to takee my ea by a synd i cate, and the man in charge was a native of mon ey, but me no l ettee Me takee l eir money, so be. Denver, named Jacob Murray "We ll just keep very quiet now. I am going to get The Ten Spot was the name of t h e, and Jake, up under that window and do some listening as he was called by everybody in the district, was a nice A ll light, Misler Wild.'' sort of a man, well experienced in the business he was It was no doubt a very good thing that Wild thought engaged in and a thorough Westerner of li s t e ning to what the vill a in s had to say, for he heard It was gene rally known he was not afraid of Cap a ll that was said, that has already been to l d to the reader tain DangeT, but as the two had nev e r had any trouble, Two or three times while Captain Dan ger was telling it was not known which of the two was the real boss of what he meant to do the young deadshot had to r est rain the mining camp himself from making hi s presence known. If it came to a showdown, as one of the miners said, But he possessed the be t of judgment, and he con Jake Murray would have a big majority of the miners on eluded that it was best to let the villains try to go their his siUe. l e ngth. Why the Dangerous Gang was tolerated in Glitter One tlnng about -1t, m case anythmg did happ en, he Gulch none of them could exactly tell. But so long as now 'Knew enough to work the thing down to a quick fin -the bad crowd did not do anything openly that was very ish. bad they were let alone, and Captain Dan'.ger held the As the conversation came to a close and the men be gan title of the "boss bad man" of the Gulch. l eaving the s hanty, Wild crept back to where Hop was Wil d was direct e d to Jake Murray by one of the men, waiting. who was anxious to have law and order in the camp, and "Come on," said he "vVe will go back to the tavern when our h ero met the man h e made up his mind right now. I have learned that the Dangerous Gang means away that he was a good one to clean u s all o ut. I'll show them something they never It so happened that Murray had never h eard of Young dreamed of before I get through with them, though." Wild West, but t h ere was nothing so strange in\ this, "Lat light, Misler Wild," was the reply. "You velly since he paid little attention to anything outside of his soonee makee um gang velly muchee sickee .'' own bu s iness The two went around through the woods and soon ar-He shook hands with him and nodded his head in a rived at the tavern \.. sat i sfied way. "Now, Hop, I guess you have shown yourself enough "You' r e what I call a fine specimen of a boy of ther for to-night," said Wild. "You had better hide the money West,'' h e said "I'm more than g l ad to get acquainted y.ou hav e got in some good place and lay low. The c hances with you So you have been warming up Captain Danger are that the "Dangerous Gang will be watc hing for a a little, hav e you? W e ll, he certain ly needs it. I never chance to rob you; and if they do try it they won't h esihad any rea l troubl e with ther galoot; but I know h e tatc to kill you in order to do it. You law low do you n eeds to be tamed. I heard about what happ e ned in Fatty h ea r ?" Bill's place l ast night. You must be a cyclone!" ":Ile lay v e lly nmch ee low, 1\1is l e r Wild "Hardly that, I r ecko n. But s uch ruffian s as Captain


Y OUNG WIIill WEST'S DOUBLE TRAP. 13 Danger a l ittle too s low for me, t h a t's a.11," was t h e l aug hin g r e ply The n Wild told him how he had l iste ned at the w in dow of the shanty and had heard the plotting of the scoundrels. "Git out!" exclaimed Jake Mmray. "So they' r e go in' ther limit now, are they? W e ll, Young Wild Wes t, that gang has got ter be clowned, an' I'll help yer do ther job '11her've certainly declared war ag'in you an' you r friends, so it is fur you ter catch ther bull by ther horns Yo u go right ahead, an' I'll guarantee that you'll have ther majority of the r miners on your s ide, if iti comes t e r a general fight. There' s a good many here who' s afraid of Captain Danger, but they don't like him They wqn't take any part, mostly l ik ely. But t h ere's them wha.t will take pait; I'll see to that "All right, Mr Murray. Don t say anythi n g abo u t this yet. I am going to give the DangeTous Gang a chance to show their han:d. Then I ll start at them. I want them to make the first move in the game "Well, I'll tell a few men what kin be reli e d on that Captajn Danger has put up a job to clean you folks out. I'll have ter do that much in order to them inter ested arou n d to t h e li ttle pa ss for the exp ress pmpose o f inte rcepting them. It \Vas evident that Captain Danger thought h e h a d them dead to rights, but h e should have known bette r, consid er ing what had taken place the night before The villain had a revolver in hi s hand, and he evident l y thought sure he could raise it in time to prevent Y o ung Wild West from drawing one "So we meet ag'in, Young Wild West?" h e said, t h e smi l e broad e ning on his face. "It i s under a little differ ent cir c um stances than la s t night Then you got t h e drop on me, but now--" As quick as a flas h the young cleads hot j erked h is r e vol ver from the hol s ter. "DTOp that shooter, you s n eaki ng coyote h e ex claimed. The two horsemen w ere dismayed. Never had they seen a w eapon pulled as quickly as t hat. Cheyenne Charlie had been less tha n a second in cover ing Rolly too, and the two villain'S sa t on their horses their revolvers in their h a nds, but not daring to raise the m to fire "Drop your s hoot e r, Captain Dang er!" The c ommand rang out clear and disti nct "All rig ht, then. You know what' s best, I s uppose. Youn g Wild West meant business, and there was n o The reason I spoke to you about this i s because I don't mistakin g it. want it t hought tha t I came her e to Glitt er Gulch for The face oE the villainous l eade r of the Dangerou s Gang the purpose. of making trouble The r e nine of the turned white and h e l et h is revolver drop to the ground gang, but Ynth my partner help I reckon I cou l d soon His com anion did the same thing, though he had clown them. I've tackl e d such gangs before, you know." t b tpld t cl "A 1 t t tl t t d d 't ?" I no een 0 0 0 so. n you a ways came on a ier op, oo, 1 n yer. dcl' t l "If "That's no-ht" said Charlie no mg o 1im ver "You kin bet your life he did spoke up Cheyenne "' J C f ha cln't done that I was gom' ter clro1n yer yer mea s ly harhe, who had re ram e d from ayrn:g anythrng so far 1:' anrild al t t S t t 1 1 coyote I I was Jest waitm ter see whether y er wanted vv ways comes ou on >Op. ome ime s i oo rn as t )' though he ain't goin' t e r, but h e alway s manages ter, jest ter hv e a little long e r or n o ther same." "So you think we meet und e r diff erent circumstances "Well," aid Jake ] \ifonay, "if that goes ter cut tin' up an' makin' things warm fur the r honest e lement h ere they've got ter be downed, that's all. As I said afore, yer kin count on me. They talked it over a little l o nger, and then they started off to make thfi rounds of the camp About five minutes later, when they came to a little pass that broke through a high cliff they suddenly were confronted by two hor semen. One of them was Captain Dan ge r, and ther e was a sar donic sm ile on hi s evil-looking face CHAPTER VIII. THE STAGE COACH IS HE!LD UP. Both Young Wild We t anc1 Cheyenne C harli e had been on the aler t the m oment they heard the approach of the horses, and they were r eady for business when they w e re confronted by Captain Dan ger -and his companion, who "'as no other than the villain called Rolly. The two had seen our friends go up to the Ten Spot Mine, and theiy had mount e d their h orses a n d made this time, eh, Capt a in Danger?" rema.rked our hero, a calm smi l e pl aying a.bout his lip s "Will you p l ease ex plain yourself?" "I thought I had you, that's all/' was the reply "Ah! You thought so, eh?" "You might know I did, hy the way I spoke "W e ll I think you mad e a big mi s take when you thought that way. How about it?" "Well, there's another time coming, maybe "There is another time com ing all right But whe n it come s you'll be apt to go unde r. I promise you that the next time I draw a s h oote r on you I am going to b r ing you tfo.wn. I mean what I say Now I am going to give you a bit of good advice. It is that you make up you r mind to be fair and squ are, and give up the idea of trying to kill and rob us and abduct the gir l s that bel ong to our party I know you have planned to do this, and by rights I s hould s hoot you and your friend there without givi n g you a chance. I am not going to do tha.t, however, be cause I am not built that way. You can do as you l ike; but I assure you that the next time I pull a s hooter on you I am going to drop you Now, then, just turn a.round and s how u s how fast you can ride through that pass the two of you do it! Do you h ear?" But it was hardly necessary to ask if they hear d for


YOUNG WILD WEST'S DOUBLE TRAP. they were wheel ing their horses around before the wor ds w e re out of hi s mouth Away they galloped through the pass, as though they rere running a mad rac e 'to see who would get through first. "Wild let me have a shot a t one of their hats?" Char lie excla imed, as he raised his rifle t o his s houl der Our hero nqdded. Crang T he s harp report rang out and R.olly made a grab for his hat, but too late to catch it, for the scout's hit the rim and clipped it off his head as cleanlyi as never yet aropped a scoundre l without it b e ing abs olutely neces s ary to do it. "I don't believe yer did But, hello! Here comes ther stage coach. She's late goin' out to -d ay." A rather clilapida tecl stage coach of the old-fashioned type came around the corner of the blacksmith sho p just then, the prancing leaders acting very frisky, as t hough were anxiou s to get on the long, rocky road to Phoe mx. The driver was a s mooth-faced man o.f sixty, and he held the ribbons as though he took great pride in being master of the outfit. though a hand had done it. "Whoopee yelled Char li e go!" There was only one passenger to go, and when the stage "Look at ther ga loot s coach halted b efo r e the tavem he came out and boarded it. Wild smiled He was well satisfie d with the re sult O f the meeting with the two villains. I r eckon they know what's whatnow, Charlie," he said "You kin bet your lif e they do!" was the r ep ly. "If ihey don't they're putty thick, that's all." Half an hour late r our two friends sitting on the porch at the tav ern with Jim Dart. '11hey were relating what had happened to Jim when :Murray came along. The boss of the T e n Spot Mine h eard the shot that Charlie fired, and h e hacl bee n anxiou s ever since it hap pened to learn what it was clone for. 'Nild introduced Jim, ancl then Murray asked: "Who fired that s hot after you'd been away from the min e a few minutes?" "I did," answered Charlie "Wha t did you s hoot at1 ?" "'I'b e r hat what was on the r head of one of ther Dan ge rous Gang "Is that so ?" "That's ri g ht, Mr. Murray," s poke up our hero. "We run against C aptain Danger and one of his men rather suddenly, and they thought they had n s dead to r ights But they soon found out that they hacl made a mistake, for, though they both had s hoot e r s in their hands, they were IlJOt quick eno u gh We made them drop their s hoot ers, and then, after I had given them a little advice, I told them to light out. Charli e wanted to try a shot at one of their h ats, so I let him go ahead He knocked the hat off the ga loot 's h ead, and that hustled them along a bit faster "Great Jupiter So they were after you, eh?" "Yes; the y wanted us badly, too "Well, I r eckon Captain Danger mu s t be showin' his hand fur fair." "As far as we are concerned, he i s But I told him the next time I pull e d a shooter on him I was going to drop him "Yer did eh? What did h e say to that?" "Not a word." "Well I reckon you'll do ther right thing if'l yer do drop him, Young Wild West." "Oh, I didn't exact l y mean that. I wouldn't s hoot him unless it was to keep him from s hooting some one e l se I He was a man who had made quite a pile and was now starting to return to his home in Missouri. This is the way the boss of the Ten Spo:tJ Mine explained it Tlhe driv er cracked hi s whip, and away went the outfit "They'll fetch up in Phoenix about thcr middle of ther afternoon, I reckon," sai d Murr ay "They're a little mite late in startin', but old P ete ha s got four good hor ses there He knows hi s bu si ness. H e's b een eve r s ince the place came to be a minin' camp, an' he ain't never h ad an accident of any kind yet. He' ll take that happy passenger through to Phoe nix all riht. But in le ss than half an hour later Murray had reason to change hi s mind about that. H e was just going to l eave to g,et back to the mine, when the clatter of hoof s and the rumble of wheels s ound ed. Then what s hould burst into view but the stage coach, the driver whipping his hor ses like mad H e reined the m in at the front of the tavern and point e d inside the stage coach. Several men were there, and they hastened to s ee what be meant. "What's ther matter, Pc.t e ?" asked the proprietor of the tavern, Tunnin g out. "Road ag ents !" was the r eply ":Miy passenger igot s hot an' robbed!" Young Wild West and his partners were at the side of the vehicle in a jiffy. '11h e excite d driver had not exaggerated any whe'll' h e said his passenger had been s hot. The man was d ead H e lay in the bottom of the stage coach as he had fallen, probably, for it i s hardly likely that old Pete, as he was called, had tak en time to get down from the box and look at him. "Take it easy, my friend, Wild said to him, as he walk ed to the front of the vehicle "Just tell u s what happ e n eel." "Well, I hadn't g ot more'n about two miles an' a half outside of ther camp wh e n two m as ked ga loot s steps out an' order s me ter halt. They had ther drop on me, so I done so. Then my passenger fired a shot at 'em an' missed One of ther gal oot let go two or three shots at him an' he caved in. The n while ther other one held a revolver p'inted at me, h e w en t through ther man's pockets an'


YOUNG WILD WEST'S DOUBLE T RAP took all he had I was ordered ter tum around an' ride back, which I done mighty quick. That's all there is to it. "You haven't any idea who the two ma ske d galoots were, hav e you?" "No. I .couldn't tell wh ethe r I'd ever see n 'em afore 6r not I was a little excited, an' they was masked, so I couldn't see their faces." "Come boys!" exclaimed Young Wild West as he ran to get his horse "We've got some work to do!" CHAPTER IX. THE CAVE OF '.l'HE GANG. Captain Dan ger and hi s man Rolly were in anything but a pleasant frame of mim1 when they g alloped through the short pass and came out into the woods at the other side. They had passed thro ugh an experience that was not altogether 'to their liking, and they were heartily glad whe n they wer e out of it. Rolly was pale as a ghost when he : reined in hi s horse besid e the black hi s l ead& rode. The fact that he was bar e head ed, and hi s hair flying all ove r his h ea d made him look all the more frightened "Cap, I r eckon them two galoots i s real dangerous,'' he said "Yes, but they are bucking again s t a dangerous lot of m en,'' wa the r eply "Do yer know one thing, Rolly? We' r e in fur it now! Wild Wes t has been goin' around this mornin findin' out how ther miners stand He means ter start a fight ag in u s an' clean u s out. I don't know how he found out what we meant ter do, but he has found it out, jest ther same We may as well stri ke in an' show what we kin do, right now Come on! We'll ricle out an' hold up ther stage coach when along We ain't never done anything as bold as that yet But it's time ter begi n no w "What!" Rolly gasped for h i s breath "I mean what I say,'' retorted the captain. "I've got a coupl e of masks in my pocket H e re's one of 'em Th e r tage coach will be along putty soon, so we'll tart right now I reckon we'll give ther blame old camp a stirrin' up what it ain't had yet No one will eve1: know that we done ther holdin' up, an' if they do find it out I don't care We're out fur all we kin git now, an' it's death ter Young Wild West an' all them what's friendly ter him. Come on! Rolly took the black mask that wa handed t o h i m in a mechanical way. It was evident that he could hardly realize what the captain m e ant. But it fl.a hed upon him a moment later, and the thou ght of the plunder they would be likely to ge t made him r eady and willing to carry out the daring scheme "We ll go to ther cave as soon as we c l ea n out ther pas sengers," went on Captain Dan ger, in a matter-of-fact way "We may as well git ready ter make our quart e rs there, anyhow "All ri gh t, cap Then the two villains, who had made up thei r minds to go still deeper in crime and become road agents, rode off to wait for the stage coach, which they bot h knew was due to start from Glitter Gulch at abou t tha t time 'rhey got to a spot that would suit and dismounted. Then t hey had to wait much long e r than they exp ected to, for, as has already been told, the stage coach wias rather late in l eaving that morning But when it came along they got in their wor k q u ickl y If they had not been enraged from the way t hey ha d been called by Young Wil d West they would hard l y have taken such a des perate step, and when they rea l ized t hat murder, as well as theft, had been commi tted the y w e r e not a little frightened. It was Captain Danger who had shot 'the p asse nger ancl not until they reached the cave they had s p oke n of did he say a \\Ord concerning the crime Then he l ooked at the on l y man wh o knew o f it and sa id : "I done it, didn't I, Rolly?" "You s artinly s hot him clean, cap," was the reply. "Bu t he shot fir st. It was in self-defense "That's it! and the face of the captain b r ighte ned. He seemed to feel better now. "Was that ther first galoot yer eve r fixed; ca p?" his li e utenant queried, as he ro lled over a sto n e in the cave and made a seat for himself. "Yes ther first one that way. Of course, I've dropped. a few in bai-ioom rows, an' the r like But that's ther first one I ever put out of ther way fur ther s ake of ther money he had "Bi1t yer didn't do it altogether for t hat. H e shot fir st, yer know. "Yes but ther people in Glitter Gulc h won't look at it that way. That's what's botherin' me." "Well, what do you care l1ow they'll look at it? In ther fir s t place, it ain't likely that they'll know who it was what made ther holdup. Cap, yer ain't as confident as yer was when yer proposed this. T'hen it was me that couldn't see through it, an' now it's you. You made me s o surprised when yer roposed ther th i ng that I didn't know what ter say. But since that time I've been think in' over it, an' now I fee l that we've started on ther road ter wealth, fur fair "That's r'ight, Roll y I'm g l ad ter hea r yer talk t h at way. You've got it jest right. We're on ther road ter wealth, all right. We'll foller up this bu s iness, now that we're in it. Of course, we've got ter ther gang 1.110.w all about it. Jest git things in shape here a much as yer kin. To-ni ght we'll all come out h e re an' hold a lit tle meetin' It's a good thing we found this cave. Ever since we did find it I've been thinking' about doin' the very thing we've started on now Now i t 's come Here's ther place where I'll marry t h e r gal t h a t Youn g Wil d West calls his sweetheart "An' I'll marry ther youngest of t h e r o t h e r two c a p," added Rolly, rubbing his hands


16 YOUNG WILD WEST'S DOUBLE 'l1RAP. "An' the:r rest of ther gang kin chuck dice fur ther other one. Ha, ha, ha!" It struck the villain as being very funny, though just why it would b e hard to imagine. There was not much fixing up to be done in the cavcor, rather, there was no chance to do it, since there was nothing to do it with All there was in the lin e of furniture in the cave was a few blank ets and an empty barrel. The barrel had contained whisky, which had beens tolen from a wagon that had been going to the mining camp two weeks before The Dangerous Gang had managed to stea l it withottt the theft being discove red until the wagon got to its des tination, s o there was no chance of it b e ing found '11he whi sky had been taken out and carried to Glitter Gulch in small quantities, and now the barrel was empty Captain Danger walked over to it, and shook it. "Dry as a bone in side, I guess," he observed "'rhat's right, cap," replied Rolly. "We got ther l a s t putty nigh a week a.go.' "I wis h we had a little now. It wouldn't go bad." "That's right. A drink wouldn't go bad jest now." "Well, we ain't got it, so we'll go without it till we git ter Fatty Bill's. Jest figur e up what each man ought ter bring over to-night. We might have ter hid e fur a day or two some time or other There's no t e llin' je st what 's goin ter happen. If we git them gals h e re we'll have ter lay low fur a while. We want ter make it appear that we've canied 'em off ter som e other place Thi s cave ain't ter b e found very easy, yer know No one would find it, unles s they was ter fall e r some of us here." "Well, we want ome things ter use in cookin', some more blankets an' som et hin' fer set down on. We ought ter have a table, too. If we kin manag.e ter fetch 'em over to-night we'll be putty well fixed fur a starter, any how." "I reckon we kin manage it all right. S'pose we go back to ther camp now?" "I reckon we'd bett er. But we'd better go ther sm:ne way as we come, fur it may be that some one's lookin' a round fur ther road agents "Young Wild Wes t might be lookin' fur 'em. He is one of ther kind that likes ter hunt road agents, they say." "I'll bet h e is, cap." "We'll keep our eyes peeled when we go ol1t. Come on!" 'l' hey had brought horses right into the cave with them. The cave ;vas locat e d in a deep cut that ran in a zig -zag fas hion, along the s loping s ide of the mo. untain range, and it was not mo1' e than a quarter of a mile from the trail that led into Phoenix from Glitter Gulch Though Captain Danger said it was hidden so that no one would be apt to find it, the cave was really one that would be discovere d quite easily, providing a sharp per son was l ooking for such a place All one would have to do would be to make a searc h of the cut Still, there were other ope ning s that had the appearance of being mouths of caves, and it might be that it would be overlooked The two men mounted thei r hor ses and rode outside. They took a good look bot h up and down the narrnw cut before proceeding fartl1,er, and, seeing nothing, the captain sa id: "I reckon everything's all right, Rolly. Come on." Off they rode, and just before they reached the scene of the la te holdup they turned to the J l eft and headed for the mining in a roundabout way They got there without meeting any onE1 and when they h ad put away their hor ses they began to feel safe. It was the shanty beilonging to Rally that they were at now, fur it was in the littl e stab l e in the r ea r of ilhis that the captain kept hi s horse. Rolly brought out some whisky, and after each had s wallowed a stiff horn Captain Danger brea thed a sigh of relief. "Now," said he, ''I reckon we'll take a walk down to Fatty Bill's and find out what 's g-0in' on." "All right. We'll tell th e r boys we was u,p on th er ledge prospectin', cap." "Yes, that's it. We don't know I1Jothin' about ther holdup, of course That will be a big surprise ter us .. Rolly grinned. The next minute the two left the s hanty and walk ed lei s urely toward the saloon, which was not very far away. CHAPTER X WILD SETS A TRAP. Young Wild West and his partners were soon mounted and away over the tra il. They thought they might po ssibly come acro ss the two road agents that had held up the stage coach and shot the passenger, or possibly find some clue to their abouts As they r ode a l ong Wild was doing some pretty hard thinking. "Boys," said he, sudden ly, "I wouldn't be a bit sur prised if we find out that the Dangerou s Gang i s rnsponsi ble for the holdup There were only two of them, the driver said, and we met two of the gang, Charlie." (I Great gim l ets exclaimed the scout. "Yer kin bet that it was them same two what done ther business S'pose Jim goes an' look s fur them galoots, while you an' me goes out along ther trail? If Captain Dan ger an' ther othe r feller ain't ter be found around the r camp it will show putty well that they was ther one ?" "A good idea, Cliarlie. Go on, Jim. Rid e straight to the spot where we last saw the two, and then follow the little pass and go on around through the camp If you find the m itJ ;vill show that they are not the ones, OT else they have come back pretty quick." Jim was soon riding back at a swift pace Wild and Charlie went on however, and at length they came to a halt at the identical spot where the holdup had occu rred.


YOUNG WILD WEST S D.OUBLE TRAP. Then began a, search which la s ted :for over an hou r. The ground being hard and stony, the villains ha.d mana ged to concea l their trail pretty well. But our two friends were persistent, and they found it ai'ter a while Then they rode into the narww cut and a llo wed t h eir hor ses to go ahead at a walk Wild and Charlie were both keen of sight. They were on the watch contin ually, and anythi n g 'that look ed like a cave was exaillined by them. In thi way they :finally came upon the cave the two villains had left but a short time b efo re, for they h ad been too long in getting there to catch Uh.em in it. The two dismounted. "I reckon we're on the right track, Charlie," our hero whisp

I YOUNG WILD WEST'S DOUBLE TRAP. "It s arl i nl y will I see now, Wild! Then down will come that big rock from above. Whew!" The scou t s l apped hi s thigh with delig h t T hat's a trap all right," he added. 1 "We ll it may not work, but we will set the trap, jlrnt t h e same "Sartin. If it i s in ther night time when they come h ere it's bound t e r t work. Now, oYer with the r rock!" "Not too far, C harlie We don t want to tighten the rope so the roc k wil1 come down while we're in here. I am not anxious to be imprisoned in a cave of this kind, e ven if it was for only a short time." "We'll_ be mighty carefu l about that." Wild fixed the rope the way he wanted it, and then the rock was rolled upon it. It was drawn all but taut, and anot her t urn of the rock w o ul d most lik e ly bring the big one down from above. There!" exclaimed our h e ro, s urveying hi s work "I r eckon that is a trap, all right. The rope wouldn't be h ard l y noticed in the daytime, m u ch l ess in the dark "You 're right on that." "We ll we will watch t h e galoots cl osel y, and the mom e n t any of them leave the G u lch we w ill follow them. I wonder how Jim ha s made out?" "I hope he ain t run inter any trouble "Oh, h e i s pretty ca utiou s Charl ie. J i m is alway s o n the wa.tch for dan ger "I know that. He's a little more ca r efo l t han I am somet i mes A r e y e r goin' back now?" "Yes; come on The two. now l eft the cave, and, after lookin g the sce ne over, they mount e d their horse s and rode back to the trail. A few minutes later they came in sight of the tavern, and w h e n they found Jim s ittin g on the porc h they felt r e l ieved 1 Whether he had discovered m.1ything of im por tance -0r n ot, Jim was all right, and that was one good thing I CHAPTER XI. WILD :M:AKES A DISCOVERY. "How you make out boys?" Jim Dart asked, a s Wil d and C harli e brou ght their ho rseis to a halt in front of the tavern "Well, we didn't catc h t h e ro ad age nts, WKld anJ.. S\rered, as h e dis mounted Hop came out iJo take care of the hor ses, and a s he starte d around t h e tavern with them Wild and Char l ie toof the ir seats on the porch with Jim. There were other s about, and our hero did n ot wa n t to l et them know all their business. "Well," said Dart in a low of voice, "I found the two men you spoke of. '11liey are in the sa loon no.w. But t bey h ad not been the re l ong when I got there, so the boss of t h e pla .ce told me. I managed to get a chance to whis per to him and h e did not seem to be the lea st backward in giving me the inforrnation I wanted "0 ... ?atty B ill seems to be an al l right fe ll ow," Wild retorted "He can't help it if his salo o n is used by the Dangerous Gang as a sort of headquarte r s Had the two galoots been there b e fore that morning? "No; he s aid they had not. All the talk is about the holdup and Captain Danger seems to be ve r y much in terest e d in i t He ha s offer e d five h undred dolla rs' r e ward for the two me who d i d the trick; and declares that he will fill the m with lead when the y are found "Thats putt y good!" exclaimed C har lie "He' s one of 'em hi mself He'll have a chance ter commit s uicide afore l ong, maybe. How did Captain Danger act when yer w ent in ther saloon, Jim?" "He did n ot seem to pay a.ny p a r t i cular atte ntion t o me But I was watc hi ng him, thougp, and all the res t I did not know in the room." "It's a wonder t hat h e didn't pick a r o .w: with yer, an' then try a shot at yer." "Well, I am g lad h e didn't. I d on' t want to spoil Wild plan s any, hut i f Capt ain Danger had pick ed a row with me I would s urely have shot him." "Well, .Jim," spoke up our hero., "I have got some plans But l et's go ins ide by t h e gir l s There ar e too many around h e re, waiting to catch what we are talking about I suppose they are intere s ted, though, since they lmo.w we went out to look for the v ill ain s who killed the passenger of the stage coach I'll just go i ns i de and let them know a s much a s I care to just now. You fellows go on in by the g irl s Wild walked into. the barroom, and thos e who h ad been l o i terin g on t h e porch q uickly followed him "Did yer strike anyt hin g out on the r trail, Mr. West?" one of them asked. "We ll we c ouldn't find a s ign of the galoots first off. But after a whil e we stru ck someth ing that may leacl to catchin g them. I don't car e t o tell jus t what that i s now The r e arn more out searc hin g for them, are there not?" "Oh, yes. About fifteen i s out no w "It i s funny we did n o t come across any of them." Wild knew it was not funn y at all,. for the searc hers / h a d not come where they were, and that was w h y t hey had not seen them. The chances w e r e that they had all g,0ne further a l ong t h e trail thinkin g the vill ains h a d gone that way, after fini sh in g their foul work o f killing and robbing the pa s senger of t h e stage coach. Wild now l eft the Toom and went in whe r e h is frien d s were Cha rlie and Jim w ere t e llin g the girl s of 'their experi ence of the mornin g and it i s needless to s ay that the girls were very much interested, espec ially when they heard about the trap. Wild was b en on finding out for s ure that Captain Dan ger hac1 been on e of tho Toad agents s o he declaJ:ed that he was goi ng out on a little scouting t rip to try and discover something It was about an hoUT before noon whe n h e left the tav ern by the rear way The search in g party was not in yet, but he f elt pretty certain that it would not find the cave the two villains had been at, unless by accide nt. Our hero thou ght it would be advisable to go. t o the


YOUNG WILD WEST'S DOUBLE TRAP. 19 vicinity of the shanty the nine me'Il. had been in the n ight before. He took it that the s hanty was a sod of meeting place for the Dangerous Gang He could eaO ly reach the clump. of woods back of it without runnin g the risk of being see n by any one who might be in it. The young deadshot was not l ong in getting into the wood s behind the s hanty. The n he peered cautiously out. To all appearances, the shanty was not occupied by any one just then. Wild made up his mind to find out whether it was or no t Creeping cautiously from his place of concealment, he got close under the window he had listened at the night before It did not take him two minutes to become convinced that the shanty was empty. Then it occurred to the boy that it would be a good id ea for him to get inside it. He lo oked around for a way to get in. Just then his foot went through the surface of the ground, and in an effort to catch himself, the ground gav e way beneath him, and down he went out of sight! Young Wild West had found a way to get under the s h anty, if not directly into it. There was a cellar under the building, which was not a common thing in that part of the c ountry The fact was that the shanty had b een built by an eccentric miner, who had come from the Eastern States. He had been one of the first to build, and, finding a cave there, he had built the shanty over it, thus form ing a natural cellar. But the Easterner had not lived l ong alter he built the shanty. It was not occupied by any one when the villain called Rally struck the camp, and he took po sessi on of it. Strange as it may seem, he had not discovered that there was a cellar und e r tlle little building. He thol1ght it was like the ordinary run of s hanties, and he n ever even bothered to look for anything different about it. Neither did any one else So us ed to s urpri ses was the boy t11at be did ll'ot even utter an exc l amation aloud as h e felt himself going down But it was only a drop of nine or ten feet, and he l and ed on his feet, really sliding part of the way. When h e looked around, after recovering hi s balance, the boy gave a nod of sati faction "That is one way to get into a cellar," he muttered un d er his breath. "By jove Who would have thought that there was a p lace lik e this under the sh anty? I'll bet the D angerous Gang don't know of it." It was musty in the underground place, and but for the o pening our hero dropped through there was no means of geltting light in there, save what came through the crack s in the floor overhe ad. Our hero walked around and made a close examination of the floor over him. There was no trap door or anything like it there "Whoever built the shanty must have intended to get down her e from the outside," he thought. Then he walked over to where he h ad dropped down, and, scraping aside the dirt, soon discovered some rotte n boards that were in the form of a batt ered door "Ah!" he exclaimed "There was a way to get clown from the out side, and it got concealed by ea rth. Here i s t he door, and there are the steps. They a r e pretty s te e p ones, but they are all right, I reckon." Sure eno ugh, he found s t eps that l e d clown into the cella r. They were ma d e of fiat stones, and some of them had become dislodged from his hmried descent Wild took another look around the little cellar, and then climbed out of it. A glance told him that if he had two or three short boards and a s hovel h e could hid e the openin g from t he, view of any one who might come there. He decided that it was worth trying to do, for he fig ured that he could set another tra.p for the Dangerpus Gang, in case the one already set did not work. He looked around, and, seeing no one h e hunie d to the s hed close in the rear of the s hanty There was nothing there that would do to cover the hol e But jus t t h en he happened to catc h sight of a pile of hay stacked against the side of the sha nty. That gave him an idea "I reckon I'll move that pi l e," he muttered "If it puzzles the galoot who put it there as to w ho did it, a ll right. I can't help that. The hay will cover that hole nicely, and I haven t the time to fix it any betteu: jus t now.'' He quick ly moved the hay, for there was not mch o. it, and then the opening in the ground was covered effect ually. The young dead shot had just finished the job when he heard voices from the front of the shanty Some of the villains were comi ng the re. He quick l y darted in the bu s hes, but this was hardly nece ssa ry, for no one came around. Wild could them as they e ntered the buildin g, and lie could easil y judg e that there was as many as half a dozen in the gang / "I reckon I'll find out what the next move is t o be," he thought, a s he crept up near the pile of hay and con cealed him self under some of it. CHAPTER XII. "COUNTING CHICKENS BEFORE THEY ARE HATCHED." Captain Danger waited long enou g h to get hi s gang together and then they all went to Rolly's shanty. T!hey had not the lea s t idea that Young Wild West was outside, or any one else, so they did not bother to look 1 arolmcl, but went right in the s hanty "Shet ther door, boys," saicl he captain. "There's no tellin' but that some one might have follered us, an' if


. 20 Y OUNG WILD WEST S DOUBLE TRA P t hey have they ain t gain ter git close eno ugh te r h ear anyth i ng You 've h e ard someth i n' of what was clone by me an Ra ll y this morning', but yer don t know it all. Yer know that we was out to ther cave, a n that w e' re gain' t er move over there to-n i ght, 'ca u s e w e've to l d yer that m u ch." "I reckon I kin guess s ornet h in' e lse, too,'' spoke u p t he man nam ed Mike, winking at the re st \ Yhat kin y er guess, Mike?" Ra ll y asked "That it was you two wha t held u p the r stage coac h," was the bold r eply The g uilt y p air glanced at each other. What ma kes y cr think that way. ?" a s ked the capta i n, s hO\rin g ju s t the J e a:;:t s i gn of uneasiness. "'vVell, you two was away at ther t ime, an it was two w'hat d o ne ther job. That's one rea s on why I think it was you fellers ""iJrnt ot h e r r e ason have yer got fur thinkin that way?D' "Well, I kno w that yer meant ter go in that business when we took ter sto ppin at ther ca. v e "I might a s well tell you all that lVIike i s right in his guess," said the villainous l ea d e r of the Da ng e rou s Ga. ng ''l.Ic an Rally was ther ones a s h e ld up ther s tage coach, an we got a nice li t tle pile of m o ney from it, too I'll d i v ide it up now, if you say so. "\V e ll, t her e ain t none of u s I rec kon," an s wered Mike g r i nnin g at the rest. "Set c10\rn, "the n 'rh ere i s j est a.bout three clolla, r s in ther pile t h e r galoot had That will give yer a ll thre e hunch e d dollars apiece an' m e s ix hundre d I s"pose you r e all ,rillin that I should hav e a double s h a re, since I'm thc r captai n, an' it was me what put a n encl to the r galoot ?" "We are s artinly willin t e r t ha.t, cap!" c ried Rally The re st s h o wed their h earty ag reem ent to this propo siti on, for t hey believed that a ka.clc r s hould get the most of the proceeds w hen wa s mad e They all were jus t abou t br i ght e ough to know that they could n o t get a l ong ver y well wit hout a l eade r. Cap ta in Danger pro d u c e d th e booty and c ar e fully counted i t over The money was cliviclecl, and then h e pulled out an old s ilv er watch "Thi s was on t h er galoot too," he s aid "But it won' t d o fur :my o f u s t e r w ear it, n ot around Glitter Gulch, a :1y hmr. w c' ll hi d c it sorne w here s "Girn it tier me, cap,'' spoke up Rally. "I'll stic k it clown through a crack tha t's in the r floor ove r i n the r c or n e r there No one will eve r flnc1 it there The tim e piece was h a nclecl over, and the n Rally forced it through the crac k in the floor. H e d i d n o t know that it dropp e d into the cellar that was undeT t h e s h anty, but it d id, t h e b eing so soft where it struc k that i t made no noise. "Now, then boys, I want t er find out if y ou re all sat i sfied t e r g o inte r thi s thing with me," said Captain Dan ger, casting a g lance aro un d the ro o m Cause if yer ain't n o w is the r time ter say s o rl'h e re 's gain' ter be a lot of ri sk to it, an' it nrny be that. we'll have t c r s tay out of Glitter Gul c h altogetl1er, unl ess we kin di s gui s e o u r se l ves as strangers If w e' re goin' ter pursue ther b u s i ness of robbin thc r stage coach, an' a l s o ther travelers that fa ll er ther trail b ot h ways, w e'll make lots of money 'Most li k e l y we kin make ther mine r s h e r e b e li eve that it i s a gang of strangers what's hidin' s omewhere an' doin' ther work we kin j ine in with 'em an make believe hunt fur ther ro b b e r s In that case we' ll be s afe te r liv e h e re an' do jest as we have b 'een doin We will stay here ther bigg est pa r t of ther time, anyhow, unless it gits too hot fur u s If that time comes it w:ill b e dif fere n t, an we' ll have ter work accordin l y Now what do yer sa.y? I s it t e r b e the r whol e ho g, or only half the r h og, as we' v e been doin ? "Ther w h ole hog !" w e n t up from all h an d s "Good I like ter see t hin gs unanimou s Now I'll tell ye r what I've got on fur to-night We' ll all go ove r in twos an threes to ni ght, an' each man w ill take s ome thin' that's needed the re s i c h a s his own plate, cu p an' k ni fe an' fork Blanket s mus t b e took too; an we've g ot ter h ave a table an' some ch airs I reckon a of h orses could ca.ITy ove r enough boar ds ter make ther ta bJe. w e 've got plenty of nail s an' e nough tools t e r do t her job "There won't b e no troubl e a.bout that part of it, cap," s poke up .Mi k e "I a m a carpenter by trade, an' I kin soon knock a tab l e together." "Good! That settles that pa.rt of it. Now, the n, we' ll talk about another part of the g,anie. It's the gals now. We/Ye got t e r ri g a plan ter git 'e m an' put 'em in the r cave, whe re they' ll never b e found by their friends It are mos t lik e ly that the y ll l eave ther tav ern ter look aro und a nit this aft e rno on, an w e must be on t h e r wat c h fur 'em S V e've sorter m ade Young Wild Wes t an' hi s parcl s think that w e' r e ga in' ter kee p quiet, s o he won' t be thin.kin' of an ything lik e t h a t. If it happ e n s that ther galoots i s with the r whe n they come o u t somethin' nrnst b e clone ter attract thei r attention, s o we kin g i t a cha.nee ter git the r gals If a couple of us was ter sta.rt a make-believe :fight an' holl e r murder, it more'n lik c -1 y thaf Young, Wil d W est a n his pa rcls would run t e r see what wns the r matter. Then ther r e s t of u could g rab ther galf:, sto p their crie s an' make off w ith 'em I don' t s a y that this plan kin be foll ercd out, fur it migh t tbat the y won' t come out to-clay ter girn u s the-ch ance But if they don t come out to-clay w e' ll set ther t avern afire to ni ght, an' the n in ther excite m en t we kin git away with 'cm, I reckon_." "An' you r e ter have Young Wil d West's ga l fur your wife, cap?" .Mike a sked "Yes; that's sartin." "An' Rally i s t e r ha .ve hi s pic k of ther othe r t wo?" "Yes.'"" An' the 1 r cst of u s i s t e r c hu c k dic e fur ther o t h e r one then?" "That would be a fair w ay, -ivoulcln't it?" "We ll, I think R a ll y o u g h t ter take the r cha n ces a s th e r Test of u s "Rally i s what I call s my h e llt cnant, yer know," and the captain shTUggec1 his houlcl ers "Yes, but h e didn't git no b igger hare tha n ther rest of us cllcl. w h en yer divid e d up the r money So why s hould


.. YOUNG WILD WEST'S DOUBLE TRAP. 11. 'em "I reckon that would be a good idea," s pok e up am other of the villains "All right, then," nodded the captai n "Jus t throw fur first choice, an' then thcr winner drops out an' ther r est throw s fur ther one that's left. One of the men quick l y produced three dice and rt leather cup TTie table was soon surrounded by the Dange rou s Gang, and then the leader told Mike to l ead off, si nc e he was the one who proposed it. Mike rolled out a pretty good thTow. 'l'he spots on the three dice counte d fourteen, and as eighteen was the highest t hat c ould be g o t h e fel t hope ful. But there were seven men to throw against him, ancl he waited with interest as the throwing proceeded It so happened that no one beat him, or even tied him, though one man came within one of doing it. "I wins!" the villain cried, jubilantly. "I'll take ther da1k-haired ga l fur mine -ther younge r one of ther two I mean." "AU right," said Captain Danger. "Now the re s t can throw for ther la t one of thcr thr ee, whic h i s marrie d to Che:venne Charlie, so I heard. She'll ha:ve ter b e a wielder before ther winner kin marry h e r, though. Ha, ha, ha!" T hey a ll l aughed, for they thou 3ht t h e l eader was capa ble of saying very smart things, and this w as considered to be one of' them. I The was thro.wn again, ancl a man named Sawy e r was the winner "Shake; 1\fike !" he e claime d, as he seized the hand of the othe r winner. "Now you two galoots has got ter wor k hard ter git them gab, s inc e you're ter marry 'em when yer git 'em," said the captain "That' right; an I'll be ther parson," spoke up Roll y, who did n ot s how any great disappointment. The D a n gerous Gang, certa i nly was good at sch e ming but the carrying out of the plans was the next thing. \ CHAPTER XIII. HOP J UST ESCAPES BEING ROBBE D Young Wild W est heard every word that was spok e n by the villains in the shanty It w as the second time tl1at he h ad s uccc::::sfoll y s pi ed upon the m and learnec1 thei r p l ans, and he laughed soft l y to him self, as he heard them leaving the shanty a fter the conference and raffle that took p1ace at its conclu sion "They are about the worst l ot of sch emers I ever heai d," was his inwaTd comment 'l'here i s not enong h common sense a.mong the whole nine of them to make one intell i gent man But they seem to think that every thing is going to nm their way, just b ecause t hey want it to. So they mean to divide their time bet.ween the min ing camp and the cave, do they? Well, I reckon I'll have to set a trap h e re, t h e n, for they will make this shanty their h e ad q u arters when they are in Glitter Gulch A double trap will surely catch the Danger o u s Gang I like to surprise villains:, and I'll bet they will be s urprised greatly before long All the m en left the shanty but two, and it was easy for Wild to l i ste n and find out that they were the captai n and R o ll y But he d id n o t want to hear anyth in g further just then. It was dinner time, so he concluded to go to the tavern ancl let hi s partne r s know what was up. The n, when the s h anty was again empty, they would come ba c k and set t h e trap. he had in mind. Our hero was not l ong in gf)tting hack to the ta \7C rn. As h e came in by the back way he heard Hop s in ging ancl dancing in the barroom. "Hello!" he exclaimed "So Hophas started on a little sp ree ha s he? Well, h e had b ette r drop on i t, I reckon I'll just see what i s going on in t h e re, for it i s quite lik e l y thfl.t C harli e m;id Jim are there." He wall.\;ed in and found his s u ppositaon to be cor rect Both the scout a n d Dart were there, and they 1rere appa r e ntly e njo y in g wha t was taJing the Oh'na:nan wid e berth as he danced around, with the snake hanging from his mouth.


. H YOUNG WILD WEST 'S DOUBLE TRAP But if they had known that the snake was m ade of rub ber they would not have been much alarmed. It was evident that Hop knew that the t hre e men were member s of the Dangerou s Gang, for he seemed to have a sort of pick on them. He made it a point to get a s near the m as h e could every now and then, and he would manage to hit them with the wriggling s nake, which kept in motion through hi s own movement s wMe a llee samee bully boy with um glassy eye!'> he s houted through hi s te eth. Jus t then he saw Young Wild West. The s nake q uickly disappeared under hi s coat, and the n h e closed the para sol and proceeded to eat it up W1rnn it had disappea red he bowed to our h ero, and said : "Me allee samee havee lillee fun, M i s ler Wild." "I see you are was the r e ply "But just quit drink in g for the day, do you hear? I may want you to give a littl e performance h e re to -n i g ht, and I want you to be perfe ctly sober "Allee li ght, Mis ler Wild/' was the meek reply It s o happened that Mike was one of the m e n who had pl ayed in the game at the s h anty the ni ght before, and it occurred to him that if h e followed th e ChiJ;J.aman when h e went out h e might have a chance to g e t hold o f hi s money. B u t he did not m u c h lik e to bother with a person who carried a live s nak e about and ate up parasols Still, he t hou ght it worth t r y i ng, so whe n Hop went out by the back way h e walk e d casu a ll y out at the front. His companion s lmew what h e was up to, of course, but they remained inside to wat c h our fri e nd s However our h er o had an id ea that the villain had gone out to follow Hop, and, kno\ving th a t the Chinaman would mos t lik e l y go to the sta ble, he thought it would b e a good idea to send Charlie o u t H e manag e d to w hi s per to the scout, and the re s u l t was that h e promptl y starte d for the door, s aying: "I'm goin' over to ther s tor e Wild. "I'll be back in about five minutes. I want ter git some cartridges, 'cause I reckon we'll have ter u se quite a few afore we l eave Glitt e r Thi s was meant for the two vill a in s in the company, and they took it, too. Char l ie went out, but ins tea d of making in t h e direCtion of the s tor e h e w ent around back. He via just in time to see Mike sneak in g along a fringe of bus he s flor the stable, a nd as he t urned hi s gaze to the latter place h e saw Hop g oing in. Cha rlie got behind the fring e of bus he s and hurriecl to t h e s pot. W1rnn he got where h e h a d see n the villain the l atter was ju s t going to ent e r the door tJrn. t Hop passed throu gh but a few seconds before. Charli e gave him time to get in then, revolver in hand, h e ran. s wiftly for the spot. A s he reach e d the doorway a cry of alarm r a n g out. It was the voice of Hop. "Shet your trap!" came from the man who had followed him the r e "Yo u je s t keep s till! If yer holler agin' it will b e ther death of yer !" Biff Cheyenn13 Charlie got n ear eno u g h without b eing di s c overed and he d e livered a blow that sen t the man to the gro und on hi s face Knowing that Wild had planned to catch the mem bers of the Dangerous Gang in a trap, Charli e did not make the man a pri s oner H e assisted him to his feet knocked the revolver out of hi s h and t hat hacl been u s ed to fright e n the Chinaman with, and then s ent him out of the sta ble, with a good, hard kick "You ain't goin' ter rob that heatlrnn, you measly coyote!" h e exclaimed. "Now light out as fa s t a s yer kin go, or I'll l et daylight through you r ugly carcass !" Mike never stopped for anything He quick ly gathered himsel f toget her and r a n li ke t he wind He thought his lif e depended on it, and he los t no time Charl i e set up a sprint after him, l eaving Hop sta ring at him in ama zemen t. As Mik e r an aro und in :front of the tavern there wer e several m e n on the stoop "Whoopee!" yell e d t he scout, as hie came in view. "Look at the r thievin' ga l oot go! He was tryin' er rob ther Chinee, an' I stop p e d him. Look at him go!" 'rhe n, fo make him 'Put on a fpster gait, if possible, ChaJ'lie sent a bullet a coup l e of f eet over the rascal' s hea.c1. Some of the miners l a u g h ed, and other s looked s ur prised But 'Hop came around jus t t h e n anc1 he q u ickly to l d how he ha

YOUNG WILD WEST' S DOUBLE TRAP. 23 Dange r ancl Rolly were t h e viJlajns who had h e l d up the stagr coach and killed aud robbed the unlu c ky passe n ger That par t that was nailccl to the s ill was then loosened. and a couple of battens nail ed across the boards H e it to him howcrer, and ma de him promise to kce1) quiet on the sub j ect for a \\"hile. "Arc you goin g i.o Jo anything particular this after n oon?" he asked iliunay, a s the latter arose from the It was tried and founcl to \\'Ork r ead ily, so a cleat was n ai l ed to h o ld it, w hich wor k ed o n a swi vel pla n, and the rop e they h ad brought rns tied to this. The rope was passed through the cellar to the pi l e of table. hay back of t h e s hanty. "No; I h ave n't a nything of i mportance to atte nd to," "Now, the n," aid our h e ro, "i w e don t cat c h all the was the reply. \Vhy ?" scoundre l s in the cave we w ill catc h w hat is left h e r e It "Well, you can help me o u t, if you will." i s a double trap I have set, s o if on e don' t work jus t ri ght 'Just tell me how and I'll be g l ad to do it." t he ot h e r will. I want you to h e l p me set a trap for the Dan gero u s "That's right," and Murray s m ileLl. "I see ther point. Gang. I have made up my mind to them a surpr ise." You cou ld cafc h t h e ga l oots j11s t as well without the "All right. I'm 1rit h you. Ju t wait ti ll I run over to double trap you have set : but you want to show them i.he mine and l eave some instruction and I'll be right that they don't know e n ough to go in whe n it rain s You wit h you." want to let them know all of a sud den that you've bee n "Good On your way ba ck jus t find out whether the on to their game all the tim e a bull y id ea, thatf s s h anty belonging to Rolly is occupied or noi." what it is. I want to. be aroun d when ther traps are "I'll Clo that." sp r \1ng Thi s conversat i on wa s carried on i n prirnte, of cou rse, "You can be around. w e' ll sec to that.'' for our hero did not want to let any one k now what he It certainly was a novel ide a tha.t Wild had put in was up to. effect. His idea was to trap the v ill ains, :rncl then expose them He carried it out ju st b eca use h e lik e d the fun of it, in their true li ght, and unless something happcncJ he was for it i\'::l an o l d thing to get a crowd tog ether a .ud ca t c h going to do i t a ga n g of villai ns, and then den ounce them for "hat they were CH P'I'ER XTV. TIIE DOUBLE TR.\P. J ake Murray was not long in returning from the :mine. H e was eager to jo in in with Young '\'{ilcl We st in dowlling the Dan gerous Gang, and h e was perfectly will ing to do just as the bov said: "Ther hanty's empty a n thcr door 's h e reported. Our h em liked to do things in v ario u s ways a .nd hi s cloubl e trap "as something e ntirel y new. 'rhe trap a ll arranged, they left the cellar, and cover ing the hole with the hay ventured around to the fro nt. Jim 'rns on t h e w atc h not far away, and when h e s ig nalled that everyth in g w a all right they went in sid e The boards howed w here the sawing had been done, but a ll they had to do was to pu ll an old. p iece 0 bagging that wa used in t h e capacity of a rug over it. If the villains di d not tak e this up or move i t furthe r from the door, they would not discover what had been done. "All right. Now I want a saw and some r ope "Now to wait d e v e l opments," said our h e ro. "I'll furnish 'cm." 'Ilhey a ll went b ack to the tavern. Get t hem, and we'll meet yon at t'!.10 shanty It was the middl e of the afternoon now and when In less than twenty minutes t h e fou r were b ehind the t hey saw two men ridin g out o f the camp, carryi n g bags shanty. on their horse they l ooked at eac h other and nodd e d. W ild had warned the girls not to go out of tbe tavern, '11he two m e n were Captai n D ange r and Rolly. for he clid not want to give the villa in s the l east bit of a "'l'hey are ooino t o the cave wit h som e of the fumis h o "' chance to try and carry out their fou l plans. l i n gs," sa id our hero. "Murray, if you want to do a lit tle Leaving Jim to watch for the approach of any of the I pying on th em, a nd :find out that wha t I have told you sro undrcls, Wild, Charlie and Murray dc sce nd ccl into t h e is absolutely corre ct, you can go with C h a rli e and wat c h cella r. them. T he mine boss was very mu c h su rpri sed to find tha t "I would lik e to d o it," was the reply was a cella.r there, but when he found out what o u r A ll right. I s it a go, Cha rlie?" hero intended to do he grinned "Sartin," was the reply It was Wild' idea to saw enoug h boards to make a "We ll don t let them see you." sort of trap, which could be lo wered l y a smart pull on a "Leave t ha t t e r me, Wild." rope I'Jl have to go and get my s aid Murra y was to b e u sed afte r the trap had been 8pruug at "You h ave n t time for that. Take mine," s poke up the cave, for it was hardly l ikely that all of t h e villains Jim. would gather there at one time 'l'hi s was very sati sfac t o r y to the mine boss, so a fe w Our hero got r ight at work, and, with the h c l p of Cha rminutes late r h e rode off with the lie and 2\Iurr ay, he soon had the flooring sawed along Wild and ,Tim went in. ide the barroom, and t h e y wero about four feet fro1i1 the door not a littl surprised when the y found Hop there agai n


YOUNG W ILD WEST'S D OUBLE TRAP. He was engaged in playing euchre with two miners The game had just started, and when Wild saw that, t o a ll appearances, Hop had not been drink ing any more he decided to le t him go ahead. "What are you playing for, Hop?" -0u r h e ro as k ed as he took u seat near the table. "Five doll ee," was the reply. "Me. n o knowee lio w playee euchre velly muchee:, but me makee p l easa n t for um Melican mans, so be. Me no care if me losee lillee money; me win plenty last night, so be." The two miners grinned, thinking they had struc k an easy propoi"ition in the innocent looking Chinaman. The score s tood, Hop three points and eac h o f t he min ers two when Wild became a s It was Hop's deal. H e gave t h e players their ca;i:ds and him se lf, as well, and then turned up the ace of hearts The man on his left looked at his hand and found that h e had the right and left bower and the ten-pot of trumps The other two cards wc re the ace o f clubs and king of diamond s It wa s a pretty good hand, so he pro mptly o rder e d i t u p Hop s mi l ed "Me gottee velly goodee lie observe d as he picked up the ace. H e did have a good hand too, for he h e ld t"he ace, king, queen and nin e of hearts, and the ace of diamonds. 'I1he other man had no truil11ps whatever, so he could do n ot hin g toward taking a trick. The mfoer who had ordered up the trump l e d the ace o f Hop t r umped it with his nine spot and scooped in i:\he trick. But the miner did n ot seem to be alarmed any H e still had both bowers and the ten, and he wanted to use the ten to take a trick. Hop came back with hi s ace and i t wa s taken with the miners le.ft bower. Then the :rp.iner lecl hi s king of diamond and Hop too k i t with his ace of the sa me suit The miner began to look a bit worried. "I r ecko n I'm only h ere fur a :figurehead," r emarked the third player. "You two has got a ll ther trumps an' aces "You havee pletty nicee hand next timee," Hop an swered, as he l ed his of trumps The miner had to use hi s right bo-wer to take the trick, and that l eft him with the tenspot to get the third trick Ho led it back, and whe n Hop put the queen on it he ox cl aimed : "That beats all! I would have bet that I had a sure point that time. An' it wa my l ead, too." Hop and the other miner each took two points from the euchre. Tlhe cards were d enlt by the e u chre d miner, and the rd. h e r man o r dered it up Rpncles were trumps this time, and when he saw that h o ha c l hoth bowers Hop wondered where the man was going to l and to. Of course, if the other player cou l d not take a trick he would go through, as Hop's s ide cards were rath e r s mal l. But i t happened that the other man did take a trick, for he trumped the ace of clubs was led. Tha. t made Hop's sc ore seve n and the miners fom apiece The next dea l the dealer made one, a.nd 'bhen i t came Hop?s turn agajn It required three point to make him win the game, and he meant to make them that time. He cleverly d ealt himself four of the highest hem.18 and then turned up the nine -spo t Both m e n pa ssed, as might be suppose d, and when h e pick e d up the nine spot H o p h ad .five t111mps H e scored the three points in a hurry, and thett one of the min e rs propo se d that they play for :fifty dolla;rs. "No," sa id Wild, speak in g up, "do.' t you :fellows play any more with him. He's a prof es ional card sharp and he would soon cle an you out of all you have got Hop, give t h em back t h e mon e y you iust won and quit thei g ame CHAPTER XV. NARROWING TO TIIE CLOSE The miners were not satisfie d to take back their money and quit pla y ing "I don't care how much of a professional ther heathen i s,'' sai d the one who claimed to be uch an expert at the game of e u ch re "I never yet seen ther man what could b eat me two out of three games I'll play him tnree games, sing le-hand ed, for :fifty dollars a game." "An' I'll bet yer a hundred dollars that yer lo s e all three of 'em !" s pok e up Jim Dart. "I'll take that bet." "Me likee play, Misler Wild?'" sail Hop, pleadingly. ".1:'1..ll right; go ahead, them. Wh e n a man won't take good advice he ought to be abl e to look out for h:i.mselI .' "I'll bet you a hundred I win," aid the miner to Hop. "Me talrne um bet.'' The money was put up, ancl then all the in.mate s of the room gathered about the table to watc h the game, which was on e of the queerest ever play ed there-or, rathe r, the od& were. H o p won the deal an d m ade two at the stai t. Thon the miner dealt, picked up the t rump and was e u chred. Hop d ealt and mad e two more Then hi s opponent made one. A gai n Hop mad : e two. The cor e was now eight to one. Tnc miner dealt and made another point, and then Hop w ent out on his own deal, tak ;ing every trick and s cor in g the ne cessa r y two points The game was played in a hurry, for Hop invariably made two on hi s own deal and he euchred the man twice in s uccession


YOUNG WILD W EST' S D OUBLE TRAP. 25 He allowed h im to make a p oint, and Bhen h e dcUlt h imself five trump and turned up t h e sixth. He won, just as he said he wc}Llld, and the mi n er, who cl aimed that no man coul d b ea t h i m two games out of three, looked sick But he still had a c h ance of saving something by win ning the third game, so he started in to dea l. "You no gjttee one li ll ee lJoint lis timee," said H o p smil ing at h i m "You no knowee how play u m e u chre s o b e." "I'll b e t yer all t h e r money I've got that I make a: p oint," was the reply The man fished out a li t tle o ver thr ee hlmdred dollar s and Hop covered it. T hen the game started, n o on e saying a w ord tha t mi g h t interfere w ith it. It was two poi nts every t i me h e dealt, and a euchre :for his opponent every time he dealt, fo r Hop a n t he game was played in short order "Skunked, by jingo!" exclaimed the d efeated mi n er, as he arose from the tabl e "An' I'm cleaned out o f every dollar I've got! Serves me right, too "Well, that's what you get for not taking a littl e frie nd l y advice," said Wild. "I told you, didn't I?" "Yer sartinly did B'ut I ain't goin' ter sq ueal. The r h eathen beat me, an I didn't catch him cheati n', eith e r If he did it, it is all right. If he didn't c h eat h e's ther l uckic t galoot I ever met, that's all." "Well, I guess he did cheat a whole lot. B u t you w e re not smart enough to catch him. Hop, give t h e m a n b a ck every dollar you have taken from him." "An' here's your hundred that you was fool e n o u g h t e r bet," added Jim Dart, as he tend e red the money t o h im. I don't want ter take a man's money when I k n o w h e's u p ag'in a card sharp that can't be beat by t h e r besiJ cif 'em/' Hop's victim took the money and ca ll ed for 'ilhe bes t there was in the house for all hands. Hop drank with them and our three friend s sm o ked Then the Chinaman picked up the cards a nd d ealt out five for his l ate victim and five for himse lf. You lookee a t you r hand, so be," h e sa id He did so. H<:i had what is termed a straight flu s h in hear ts You lookee veHy muche e sharpee, so be?" asked Hop, as he saw the man look over the cards a .nd smi l e Yes, I r eckon I'd know 'em ag'in if I seen 'em." Allee light; you p uttee all t ogethe r and lay down on u m table, so be." I This was done, after the cards h a d been s hown to those who stood behind the miner Hop picked up the five cards and s huffl e d them over. 'Db.en he laid them down "Me tellee whattee um cards are, and m e no lookee," h e said "Well, what is the r hand then? Allee samee spadee flus h "No, they ain't. "Whattee you say lcy arc, so be?" "They're a11 heartf:." Hop s hook his head. "You lookec s ome more," {le suggested T he miner picked up the five cards anc1 looked at them Then it was that his jaw dropped H e t u rned them o ver on the tab l e and allowed the r es t to see them T he r h eathen has changed ther spots h e exclaimed Those _who had seen the five cards wer e as m u ch mys tif i e d as t h e man hmise lf. No w you see w hat you was up against," said W ild with a lau g h "Any o n e who can c h ange hea r ts to s p a des i s a pret ty s h ar p ca r d p l ayer, I recko n. "Grea t c a t s I should sav so!" H o p did some more mys tifying tricks with the c ards afte r that and t h e afternoon slipped away At length C h arlie and Murray came back. Wild and Jim went out to the stable and had a talk with t h em. "vV ell, how did you make out?" he asked. "Fine!" d e cl a r ed the mine boss. "I seen an' heard e n o u g h t e r p ro v e ever ything you said We h eard 'em talkin' about what they mean ter do to -night. They're goin' t er set ther tavern on fire, an' then git ther gal s an' li g h t out furth er cave That is, all but Captain Da n ge r an' Roll y i s goin' ter. They're goin' ter stay righ t h e r e in t h er camp, so they won't be s'pected of bein' in the r game "They're goin ter c arry over th er stuff they wan t ter git t h ere r i ght after dark," said Charlie. "I reckon some o f us h a d bette r foller 'em u p an' spring the r ca,ve trap o n 'em." "Are t h ey al l goin g ove r right aftter dark? ask e d our h e ro. "No; all but ther captain an' ther ga l oot t h e y call s R o1ly All r ig h t. We'll follow them up, and wlie n t hey g e t in the cave we'll give them a scare, so they will trap t he mselves. B e r eady, Mr Munay. "You b et I will!" was the niply. "L want to see C a p 'tain D anger an Rolly swing fur ther murder of t h e r man t o day. B u t I'll wait till you have spruil!g your doubl e t ra p." Wild 1.7llew i t was going to be nn easy matte1t to kee p t h e b u siness quiet, for already Murray .had told enough to s ome o f t h e m in e men to cause whi s perings around the cam p If the D ange rou s G ang did no t catc h on i t would be a ll right. 'Tih e sun was jus t going down wh en om fri en d s got up fro m t h e s u p p er tab l e at the tavern and went out. Wil d s u ggested that they t ake a wal k ove r to Fatty Bill's sal oon, and they did so. Wh e n they got t h ere they found tha t not one the D a nger o u s Gang was t h ere. Our friends looked at each other T hey easily guessed that the villains were getting r e ady to m ake their pilgrimage to the cave CHAPTER X VI. CONCLUSION' Wil d rernainel1 there untn after dark The n h e went out and took a look around


. 26 YOUNG WILD WE S T S DOUBLE TRAP. "Boys,'' said h e, "I guess the galoots have gon e Jim and after om: hero h a d exp l ain ed ho.v he h a tl lo-cate d the you go and find out, will you? <:aYc tha t clay and s et bbc trap fo r t hem, they rod e off. Jim cam1;1 ba c k in a few mi nute s a;nd r e p o rted t h a t all 1\foa 1rnhil c J i m Dart 1rns keeping a watc h for Cnrptain of the niue villain s h a d jus t r ode off, load ed w it h wha t Danger anJ Jfolly to l ca Y c th o snloo n. they co'

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WILD WEST WEEK LY. TRAILING A :ULACK VALISE. By KIT CLYDE. A n ord i n a r y vali se, of ordinary b lack leath e r w oul d n o t under ordinary circumstances, seem lilrnly to excite t h e s p e ci a l c u p idity of anybody. But a valise be l ieved to be stuffed w ith government bonds and railroad stocks presents a different and mo r e tempti n g a spect. A n d the vali se, the incidents of the theft of w hi c h I a m a bout to r elate, contained not only securities of the sort m entioned, but a l so a handsom amount in ready money. It was the property of a Mr. Caslin Isdall, a ge ntleman wh o had accumulated a fine fortune in a commerciaal line, b u t w h o had retired from active business, and resided in a substantia l country house a short distance up the Hudso n. T he account of the theft was narrated to me by t h e gentle m a n h imself upon the very day of its committal, as he had come to me at once and employed my services in the case. H e had taken the bonds and stocks that morning from a f riend; after the business transaction had been arranged, he had cas h ed some coupons of his own; imme diatel y afterward h e had proceeded to the Forty-second street depot. H e had alW'1YS considered the old black valise as quite saf e f o r t h e carrying of money and papers. It was a shabby article, not at all likely to attract n o t i ce, and he was accustomed to use it for the purpose. The r e was a crowd of excursionists about h i m as h e a pproac h ed the ticket window; for once he had n eglected his inva riabl e habit of having the exact change ready; in the de lay o f fumbling for the correct amount he p l aced t h e vali se for a sec ond on the l edge beside him. He had hardly done so when a hand and arm were projected forward as swiftly and indistinctly as a shadow, and t h e vali se h a d di sappeared. The singular theft had been committed with such extraordinar y rapidity and dexterity that he scarce l y r ea li zed h e had been robbed before the bold and cunning pe rpetrator was s wal lo wed up in the crowd of excursionists. Indeed, t h e thief had shown such mar ve l o u s ce l erity that Mr Isdall had not even time to decide whether the arm a n d hand were those of a man or of a woman. "It was done in a wink," he said to me; i t was d o n e so quickl y that not one of a score of people pressing upon me observed anything unusual. They stared as if they thought I h ad s u dden l y gone stark, raving mad w h e n I whee l ed and called out that I had been robbed." I cou l d not help smiling at the injured expression of the ve n erab l e old gentleman's countenance as he spoke. "And w h en I explained to an officer wAat had o cculTed, h e h ad the impertinence to hint that pe rhaps I h a d taken a glass too inuch; that no man i n his senses wo ul d carry a ban k vault around i n a shabby o l d valise anyhow," M r I s d a ll cont inued so lugubriously that I laughed outright. "Who was present when you transacted the b usiness w i t h your friend, or w itnessed the cashing of t h e coupon s ? Or w h o was like l y to know what was in the vali se?" "Yo u think I h a d b ee n f ollow e d fro m the til)l e my bu sines s was fin ished?" "Possibly." I can think of n o one who wou l d have bee n like ly to f ollow m e." "And of no one who knew you carried a small fortun e in a s habby b lack leather bag? Think again! "Well;there is Wat McElroy-the yo u n g c l e r k in m y fri e nd s office! H e k n ew, of co urse!" "What kind of a fe ll ow is he-above suspi cion?" "Well now I come to think of it, I believe he is the mant h e ve r y man," said the o l d gentleman, bringing one clenched han d d own with an emphatic thud upon my desk. 'l'he lema inder of our conversation was comparativeiy un impo rtant. And a l toget her there was nothing which I could regard as much of a c l ew in the singular case. I was pretty certain Cas li n Isdall had been followed and robbed by somebody who was familiar with his habits and business relations, but beyond that I could not perceive the g li m m e r of a trail. My first move was to satisfy myself as to the reputation b orne by Walter McE!roy. "Watty will take car e of nuraber one," "He is as keen as a brier," "He is a wonderful fine fellow," "Honest as the sun," "boun d to get u p i n t h e wor l d," "his ambition to get up in the wor ld, a n d t o get up fast, may be his downfall," were among t h e v arious things I heard said of him. I man aged to get an interview with him without his suspecting m y p u rpose o r who I was What I saw was a shortish, stoutish, olive-skinned, ruddy c heeked youth of-not more than two-and-twenty. "Why, I have met you before! A h I remember! Didn't I see yo u a t the F o rtyseco n d street depot I r e m arked. "Why?" T h e s ingl e word came sharp as a bullet from his lips; there was a quick flash from his bright eyes-fearless eyes, as big and b rown as those of a gypsy. "Why? I can't say-only I have a trick of remembering every face I have once seen. Didn't. I see you?" I persisted. "I was there about noon. I had an appointment. He answered with more defiance than willingness, it appear ed to me i m a d e a note of the fact; I felt I had scored a point. The young f e ll ow admitted he was therEl-?n the scene of the t heft-and at the very time when the theft had been ac comp li shed! T h e admission seemed to bring me a step nearer to t h e trail. But it was one of those peculiarly mysterious cases which may r eq u i r e month s of patient investigation before any really conclusive evidence may be detected; and therefore I did not fee l particularly elated by what I had learned. The t rue d etective, like the ardent huntsman, has a who l e some distaste for anything like a false scent. And I was not by any means convinced that young Watty McE l r o y was the guilty party. Indeed, his entire manner im p r essed me as d irectly the reverse. I left him to board a surface car for the Fortysecond street de po t W hat I learned there might be material or immaterial-I could no t decide which at the moment. A cabman-one whom I knew and whom I had once be fri e n de d in suc h a fashion that he would hardly dare any attemp t at deception with me-distinctly recalled having his ve hi cle taken by an individual whose excited demeanor had a r o u sed h is curi osity. This had happened about noon-just at ths time when Mr. Isda ll h a d aroused a com m otio n w ith the outcry tb!at h e had bee n r o bb ed. The cabma n had a c lear recollection of the young ge ntleman w h o h ad h a il e d his vehic le. He was fashionabl y d ressed, and of a rather fopp ish appear ance, and had been accompanied by a girl, plainly attired, who was po ss ibl y a servant and unmistakably from the ountry. The young gentleman had hel pe d the girl i n t o the cab, a n d t h e n w alke d hurriedl y away.


WILD WEST WEEKLY 29 The girl h a d carrie d a small valise or shabby black leather, l kind, or the sudden assault would hard ly luve ove rpow e red fastened by a l a r ge and p ec uli arly s haped lock-clasp of brass. me. A The cabrnan had g i ve n me a c lear d esc r iption of the strange As it was, the valise was snatched fTorn m y h: :mds I h a d coupl e, and a l s o t h e numbe r and stree t to which he liad driven one glimpse of a dark-skinned fac e, livid w ith f e a r and pasthe girl. s ion. I was con scio u s of the scoundrel's excited retrea t, and The d escription was t h a t of a young man of medium s i ze, t h en I kne w no more. neithe r thin nor s t ou t wi t h d ark skin and black hair. He In my fall my forehead had struck heavily against the mi ght b e young McElro y and h e might not. point of the iron m ante lpi ec e, and insensibility was produce d I l eft the depot and p roceeded to the address the cabm a n by a wo und which, less than an inch l ower, would have reh ad scrawle d o n a fragm ent of note pape r It w a s nearly d ark w h e n I reach e d the house-a threestori e d bri c k building, the l ast of a row a ll exactly alike. My astonishment may b e imagine d whe n I ascende d the steps onl y to p e r ce iv e tha t the house was empty. By a fe w inqui r ies in the n e i g h b orhood I learned that the house h a d b ee n v a c a n t for s ome time. The row was the suited in instant d eath. It was broad d aylight when I recovered my senses. I glanced at my watch. It lacked three hours yet of the time appointed for the g irl Ella to arrive at the obscure railway station d esignated in the note. Weak a s I was I resolved to undert a k e the t rip. prop erty of a miserly and g e n erall y dislike d old lady, who re-It i s need l e ss to say I lost no time in that painful and sided somewhere nort h of the city. Her n ephew-a wild iou s three hours' journey. young f e llow, known as Dimon Dayne-had been notice d I l eft the train, made a little d etour of the station buil d i n g, about the empty building the previous even ing. At the m ention of that name J stjlrted. Dimon Dayne was a frequent visitor at the I s d all mansion, and was regarde d as a I favore d s ui t o r for the hand of Miss F lorence, the venerable o ld gentleman' s onl y daughter. The m ystery of the black valise seemed to be more impenetrable than before. But I h a d d e t ermine d to inspec t the int erior of t h e h o use, and I a t on ce procee ded to eff ec t an entrance. To do this was compa r a ti ve l y easy. I had only to fo r c e the already broke n p a n e l of a l 1ase m ent shutte r ; the bl a de of my pocke t -knif e slipped b etwee n the sashe s turned the window hasp a s ide; t h e n I h a d only to throw up the low e r sash and ste p i n t o wha t h a d b ee n u se d as a dining-room. My n ex t proc e eding was to li ght the stump o f a wax ca ndl e I chance d to h a v e in o n e o f my pocke t s as it was already nightfa ll, and pitchy dark inside. I a sce nd e d to the uppet floors s eeing nothing and h earing nothin g. But my adve n ture had only b egun. As I d e sc ended again to the parlor floo r I noticed a dark obj ec t on the floor of the bac k apartment, which I had not yet c l os ely inspecte d. Wha t I picked up w a s a wom an's v eil-a cheap affair, of and then stroll ed up to the p latform. There were but few passengers in the w aiting-room, and no one who resembled the des criptio n of the two I sought. Out side several others were stan ding in groups or walking idl y about, but among them I cou ld not d e tect the fashionablydressed you n g g entleman and the unfashionably attired girl for whom I was sear ching. I h ad reached the farther angl e of the p latform, where was a s h e ltere d and s eclud e d seat, wh e n I starte d and stopped. At a few p ace s d i stant I b e h e ld the d arkskinned, pallidfac ed individ u a l whose tige r spring had fe ll e d me the previous night. He was i n c lose conve r sation with an honest-featured rus tic, and as I dre w a step n ea r e r I e spied a girl whom I at once decided was the "Ella" o f the note. I had not arrive d too late; my prisoners were within my r eac h. "The vali se mus t b e deliv ered to Walter McElroy; it must be seen by nobody but hiin, the young m a n was saying. I stepped across the spac e between u s, and had a n iron grip u pon h im s o suddenly t any r esista nc e would have been usel ess. I will take charge of the blac k v alise Dimon Dayne," I said. "Your plot to fix your own g uil t upon an innocent man coars e brown silk tissue and with it a crumpled note written has f ailed." in a m a n s hurrie d h a nd. I had s lipp ed handcuffs over his wrists, and had unguard" I have written the directions so you will make no mis-edly l oosened my grip upon him as I turned to the gi rl Ella. take," I reacl. At that moment a train cam e thunde ring dow n the 'track; Then followed minute instructions how the recipient of the Dayne uttered a terrible sound, and before I c ould s uspect h is note was to reac h a c ertain obscure railwa y s t ation what train purpose h e had w renched himself away from me, l eaped clown to take, and at wha t hour the write r might be expe cted there. to the rails and flung himself directly b eneath the wheels. "And now, Ella, I t r u s t you t o bring the black valise if anySuicide had robbed justice of h e r vengea nce. thing oc curs to pre v ent my coming for it. It will be safe There is little to be exp l ained. Dimo1f Dayne had been a enough in the empty house until you a r e ready to start." poli s h e d scoundrel all his li fe The girl Ella w a s i nnocent of S o the black v alise h a d actuall y b e e n hidde n in the house--any comp li city in the t heft of the black valise; s h e lov e d him, perhaps in that very room! and she h a d simply ob eyed his instruc tions. His awful death A s the tho ught flas h e d upo n my brain, my eyes fell upon and the knowle dge of his crimes unsettled her r eason, and she a loos e pile of rubbis h in one corner, and an e j aculation fell from my lips There was the black valise before my very sight, only halfcon cealed by the loose f r agment s of worn carp eting, and odds and ends suc h as are u sually left after the removal of a tenant. was committed to a n insane asylu m Dayne had planned the disgrace of Walter McE lroy simply be cause tha t handsome and manl y young fe ll ow had s upplant ed him in the affections of Mr. Isdall's beautiful daughte r Florence. Mr. I s dall had objecte d to the young c lerk's attentions to his In an ins t ant I had i t in m y grasp. daughter, but after t h e disclosure of Dimon Dayne's villainy But a t t h a t instan t t h e r e w e r e stealthy footsteps b ehind me; he withdre w 'nis obj ecti ons. a shadow s ee m ed t o glide b es id e me, and b e fo r e I cou ld turn Walter and Florenc e wer e shortly afterward married, and or move a musc l e a figure hurle d itself upon me, and I was Walter is now a prospering bu siness man. He never kne w felled to the floor how near he stood to prison and di sgra ce dlil'ing the eventful Of cours e I was t o t a ll y unprepa r e d for an attack of that I time I was trailing The Black Va li se.


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Arietta and the Smugglers. 2 59 Yol)ng Wild West and the l\ioqui Medicine i\Ian; o r, Doing the Dance of Death. 231 Young Wild West on a Twisted Trail; or, Arietta's Running 260 Fight. 232 Young Wild West and the Gila Girl ; or, Arietta and the Outlaw 261 Queen. 233 Young Wild West's Raid in the Rockies; or, Griillng the Gul<'.h 262 Gang. 234 Young Wild West and the Colorado Cowpunchers; or, Arietta and 263 the Dead Line. 235 Young Wild West and "Slippery Simon"; o r Trailing an Outlaw King. 236 Young Wild We t Saving the Soldiers; or, Arletta's Great Ride. 237 Young Wild West's Cowboy Camp; or, The Trail that Led to a Tra p. 238 Young Wild West's Straight Shot; or, Arletta and the Train Wreckers. 239 Young Wild West after the Arapahoes; or, The Outoceak on the Reservation. 240 Young Wild West Beating the Boomers; or, How Arietta Exposed a Fraud. 241 Young Wild West and Monte Mac"'; or, The Girl of Golden Gulch. 242 Young Wild West and the Silver Seekers; or, Arietta's "Hot Lead Sauce." 264 265 266 Young Wild West on. a Treasure Trail; or, Arietta and the Si ver Lode. 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