Young Wild West's three-day hunt, or, The Raiders of Red Ravine

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j J Arietta was busy assisting to get the breakfast ready. Crouching upon a rock a few feet away was a catamount, poised to spring upon her. Wild quickly recovered from his surprise and his rifle :flew to his shoulder,' and }?.e pressed the trigger as it leaped.


WILD .WEST WEEKLY A Magazine Containing Stories, Sketches Etc., of Western luued Wee k l y -By s u b script i on $ 2 50 p e r 11ear. Ente r e d according to Act of Oongr ess, in the v ear 1908, i n the offtf!4 p f the Librarian o f O ongresa, Washington, D 0., b y F..ank T o u s e11, Pub li8her, 2 4 Union Squa re, New York. No. 283. NEW YORK, MAR.OH 20, 1908 YOUNC WILD DAY WES T S HUNT P RIC E 5 CENTS. THRE The Raiders o f Red Ravine BY A N OLD SCOU'Jl. CHA PTER I. All three had been born and reared in the Wild West, and conseciuently they were well experienced in woodcraft, riding and shooting YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE TR.A. VELERS IN DISTRESS, The girls, as our hero and his partners always spoke "I reckon we've struck a place where game is thick, of them, were Anna, the wife of Cheyenne Charlie; Ari and since we are goi ng to cross a long desert stretch after etta 1\Iurdock, the charming golden-haired sweetheart of 're l eave here I propose that we put in a three day's hunt our hero, and Eloise Gardner, the sweetheart of Jim Dart. and stock 11p with what game we will need to carry 11s The latter two w ere only in their teens c hild ren yet, thro ugh \Ve hav e plent y of time on our h ands, anyhow, some might say-but they had learned to love the out and .so long as we get to Phoenix by Christmas it will be door life they had been l eading ,for the past two yearn, all right." whil e the dangers they came in contact with did not have The s peak er was Y o ung Wil cl W est, the Prince of the the terrors to them that might be supposed Saddle and C h ampion Deadf'hot of the W est, ancl hi s reOf the three, Arietta wa8 the only one ,rho h ad been mark s were addressed to his partners and the girls. rai sed in the West. She hac1 been born at a little set-At the time of \rhi c h \re write, which was a few years tlement in \ Vyoming

2 Y OUNG WII1 D WES'rs TII.BEE-D A Y H U N 'l'. l'c pl y "VV e won't g o t o o faT back in the gle n, for it i s rnth e r gloo m y back the r e w h ere t h o water i s tnmbli n g clown t h e rocks. The thic k trees above shut off the s urt e n t i re l y h e r e i s t h e spot, I think. What do the rest o f y ou say?" "Jest t h o r p l ace, a. sure's yor live, W ild!" exclaimed Cheyenne C h a rlie, as h e brus hecl back his Jong, black hair an d gave t h e encls o f hi s m u s tach e a tw i :;t '"rhere's ther "1t"r baek t h e r e, an' he r e's t h e r grass a s good a s any I"1e eve r see n in these parts -fur ther ho rse,;. A thrr,e dayp' h u n t is all right. Hooray I whoopee W hoopee \\. o w! The scout d ismo unted as soon as he had g i ven vent to hi::; fee l i n gs, a nd the n h e l o o ked a t hi s 11ife, a s t h ough h e tho u ght sh e might q uestion his sanity for havi ng let him self o u t in tru e cowboy fash i o n a n d h e perfoctly sobe r too. But Anna on l y s m i led. S h e h a d got use d to t h o ro u g h a n d boisterous ways o.f h e r h usba n d, a n d w h e n e v e r he c hose to be noisy now s he too k it for grani.ed that h e wa e nj oying himself. J im Dart a n d Elo ise prompt l y dec l ared themselves as pl eased 11ith the propos i tio n s o Young W i l d W Cf'.t di. mo u nted and, i.urning tc tbe two Chinamen they had with i.hern as ser vants, he called out : "Here you a re, Hop a n d Wing! W e arc going to stop rig h t h ere It i s going to be for t h ree days, too, so you can fix n p things accor ding l y Allr.o light, l'IIislc r Wi ld." T he b r o Celestia ls, who wer e b r others, and looked v e r y muc h a l ike, a nswer ed as i f i n on e voice T he n they clismounterl and prompt l y proceedecl to un l oad the two pack hor. es they h ad been leading They knew just hat to do, for many times had they pit c h e d the camp, and in a ll sorts of places, from pleas a n t spots, like t h e one t h ey h a d struck no,v, t o bleak sand rid ges o n the desert The g i r l s wer e o n the ground almost as soon as our h e ro, and they turned to a n d proceede d to uns addle their h orses The r e were bro steeds in t h e bu nc h t hat 1ver e b ound to ai.tra ct p al'li ulnr attenti on They w e r e those Youn g Wild Wc::;t and his charming s11edhear t a h rnys r ode The clas hi ng you n g d ead. h at's was a splcm1ir1 sorre l s t a llion call ed S p i tfiro, a n d A Tietta' s w a s a cream-colored mu sta n g s h e harl named S now F l ake. Wbcn she cam e i n p osse::;sion of the animal, wl1ich but a few m o n lhs before, i t 11ns but a colt, and was a l most s now white H ence the name S ince t hat ti me, h owever t h e white had turned lo a c r eam col or, but t h e name clu ng to t h e animal. Wil d h a d b ee n lucky w ith h i s h ornc, fo r he had been ridin g hi m for t h ree yenrR, and never once had t h e i n telli gent sorre l fai led him. Wh e n the two s teed s wer e gallopin g fiid0 hy ,icle. with the das hin g youn g dcac18 h ot and hi sweet h ea r t 1i10untcd up o n the m their longh air streaming in the w inc1, t hey mad e a pi cture tha t was not o nl y but t hrill-ing th.cir horses, b u t they alw ays managed t o get goo d o nes to re pl ace those i.hat got s h ot in skir mi s hes t h ey had w ith I n dians ancl renegade 1rh ite men. A s soon as i.he hor,;es were properly taken care of o u r friend, turned and helped t h e Chinamen to put up i.he t w o tents and get the camp in shape It d i d not take ::;o vcr.v long to do thi s f'ince eve ryth i n g was right wlH're t h r i r hands oulc1 he placed upo:p. it. 'l'he two pack horscf: managed to carTy the i r outfit all r i ght, and there 11cre s ome prospecting tools belong ing i.o it, too, for onr friends n ever l ost the opportunity to look for gold and In this way thry hac1 made m a n y ric h strikes, so ther e \\'as rr;1 I ly as much profit a s t h e r e was pleas u re i n their travel.-. In half a,n hom after they came to a ha l t the camp was in orcler and ri.. t.he sun was now sinki n g beyo n d i.ho undulating i.op o[ a distant ra n ge, they all con cluded that it was time for Rupper. Wing, who was the chief cook of i.he party, at once kin dled a fir e without h aving to be told, :for he k n ew, as w e ll af\ they did, what was in order now. the work' o:l getting t h e supper ready was begun T he gir l s generally gave the cook a lifi., especia ll y when it was a little later than the usual time for them to eat and they now turned in anc1 help him It was not lonf\' before the fragrant aroma of coffee was floating on the mountain air, and then the s izzling of t h e v e nison steaks that were bPing broiled could be heard, making music to the ears of Cheyenne Charlie, who a l ways seeme d to be more hungry than any of the rest. But t h ere was more than coffee and vcni1rnn Rteaks to go with the supper, for Anna had been bn .. y mixing up a batch that she was now conve rting i nto s mall cakes anc1 frying them in bacon grease i n the big frying pan. W hen they were cooked they would bn as fine corn cloclgers a' any one haJ ever ta tccl; all bands we r e reaclv to d e clare that much It d i d not take long: to fry them, either, and as the scout\, wifr had made enough ::;o t.he ::;( con d panful woulLl be gcHing done 1 1 bile t.he fir 't wai:; being devoured i.licre wa s going lo L e no hortage. The supper vrogre;-;srd Ta pidly-t he coo Ol il, we say-and a" i.hcy were going to :;it down and ca t t hey hear 1 i.ho i:;ounds of app r onching In, t.antly Young \\' ild West :mJ his partnern were o n the alert. They came acro::;s all of p e ople in lbcir travcle and they clic1 not know whether i.ho,;e approach i ng m i g h t prove to be frie nds or foes It was alwa.ys bes t to be on the safe side, s o t hey p r e pared themselve s to meet foes 'rbe next minute t.hrre came into view, their rid ers a rai.her clc1crl.v man, a young woman and a darky, 'rho was undou bteclly a servant. They :ill bor e a frightened l ook, .. the \1oman and t h e rlarky, and w h en they bchC'lcl the li t tle camp and the expectant faces of our friend,; they i:;howcc1 igns o f r e lic. ing "Thank goodnc,;s !" thr, younir woman "I The rest of the par t y h a d been unfortunat e abo u t k ee pb elie v e 'we have found frie n ds, HarriR


YOU.r G WILD WEST'S THREE-DAY HUNT. ''Y es Min erva," the man answered, "we haYe, for I can three mining camps that bad just opened up o n t he way, ee that these are honest people and a couple of ranches near the sou rce of Gila, so "T.ank d e Lor' :fo" dnt !" crie

rYOU NG WILD WEST'S THREE-DAY HUNT. now an' then .. I reck o n 1 know putty well what I'm talk"Well, I reckon somethin 's happened t e r tickle you ga-in' a bou t Why, it was from r ea din' about a galoot named loots,'' s he said, rai s ing her eyes in a questioning way. Dick Turpin that first gave me ther idee that I'd like ter "I sho uld reckon so, Mag," a n swered Big Barton. "We b e a h ighwa y man R e was a great English thief, he was! robbed an Englisl1woman of some diamonds a little while In t h is country they don t call highwaymen an' raider s ago. an' si c h like heroes; they calls 'em v ill ains, an' it's ther ''An, Engl ishwoman! echoed the woman. l h eroes what gits after e m an' ge n era ll y they git cleaned ", and a mighty sof t an' peevi s h one, too Mag,'' up, too, 'c ordin to ther stories her hus band put in. "I wis h you could have see n her. "We ll if it happ ens that any of t hem heroes you' re You w o uld have laughed yourself hoarse." talkin about comes along an' tackles lhcr Raiden; of Rcrl As the woman was se ldom known t o laugh at anything, R avine it's them what will git cleaned llp, an' not u::i." t h ere was con s iderable doubt about this, even in the mind "I reck o n so," said the man called Wince, while t h e of the speake r. oth ers nodded their approva l. "Let's see them diamond s ..'' s he sa id as they came to 'rhere was one thing about the band of raiders, as they the cabin. chose to call the mselv es, and that was t hat they possessed "Bi g B arto n ha s got 'em Mag. We're goin' ter take tlte utmo s t confidence in their a bility to tak e care of 'e m ter Santa Fe some time an' turn 'em inter money." t h e mselves "Lemme see 'em, Bart." It 11ad ben n ea r the north encl of the ravine whe re The lead e r he s itated, but it was evident that he did not they had h e ld up H ooper, a nd t heir headquart e r s was wish to ge t into a quarr e l with the wife of his lieutenaht, near the other encl, oYer four miles a 1vay. so h e prod uced the jewel s h e h ad taken from the woman. But the distance was soon covered, and soon the raidThe eyes of Mag s parkled when s he saw the gems, ers were ridin g through a n arrow pass to the l ef t, which which reall y w e r e worth an amount that went u p into the ope ned into a little valley of n ot more than a n acre in thousands, for, as un c outh as s he was, s he seemed to 1.'110W extent, and wa surro und e d on all s ides by almost perpen the value of preciou s s tone s dicular cliffs "I reckon they'll do fur m e," s h e said and t hen she Trees a nd s hrubb e ry were plentiful here, too and in went to a closet and ; getting a piece of paper, s h e wrapped the midst of a s mall g rove was a, lo g s h anty that was' the m c arefu ll y an d p l aced t hem in the pocket of her about thirty feet l ong and probabl y tw e lv e in width gown. It was h e r e whe r e Boliv a r P ete had l ocated some The captain s hrugged his shoulders, at the s ame time month s before casti n g n r e proachful look at Bolivar P ete With hi s wife h e b ad come from Santa Fe, after being But that worth y s imply s hook hi s h ead, meaning, no driYc n o u t of that p lace because of being impli cated in a doubt, that it was not h is fa ult that Mag found out about murd e r. th e diamonds. \fhat h e r hueband lac)

{ ,,, YOUNG WILD WES'l"S THREEDAY HUNT. 5 "I reckon yer migh"t be able ter git hold of your spa r klers ag'in, missus," he said, nodding 'in a way that was meant to give her encouragement "Wen try an' catc h these galoots what h e ld yer up We've made up our minds ter have a three days' hunt, but I reckon we kind find time ter do a little in the:r line of findin' f.her ga loot s Ain't that right, Wild?" "That's right, Charlie," answered our h ero ''"We thank you for sayi n g t h at, gentlemen," spoke up Hoop er, who was very much pleased at the r eception t h ey had got. "Yon see, my wife is not u s ed to the ways of the W est yet When s he has lived h ere a while s h e will be different I met her over in England, and before we got marri ed she seemed delighted at the prospect of com ing over here and study in g the wildness of nature, as s h e put it. My interests a r e here, so s h e will try harc1 to get u ed to it. "I am afraid I never can, though, Harris," spoke up the woman. "'rhe very idea! Why, I don t know how the ladies h ere can stand R u c h a place as t his!" "Corne on and have s upp e r with us," said Wild, chang ing the s ubj ect "There is no use in l etting the grub get cold. We will try and attend to the masked thieves for you. But we will wait until morning befoTe we start in You can make yourselves comfortab l e here, I reckon." "Comfortable!" echoed Mrs. Hooper, as s h e look e d around and s hiv e red at the s ight of the rocks and trees "!--" "You've got to make the best of it, Minerva," said her husband speak in g a bit s h arp l y "You know that we had lo st our way, and even if we had not been robbed and then came across these good people we would have been in a far worse position. Just make the best of it, and don't forget to give Young \Vilcl W est and his friends the thanks that are due them." That wilted the woman, for the time, anyhow. She seemed ashamed oi' h erself, and tried h er best to make h er company agreeable to the girls. But they had seen and heard just e nough of her to make them feel a bit disgusted; however, they were not the sort to show it. It was :ooticed by all that the English lad y had a pretty good appetite after she had started in, ancl C harlie called out to h er encouragingly : "Fill in, :Missus Hooper! Whoop h e r up! The r e 's plenty mor e grub where this come from We'll have veni son an' bear meat by ther hundred w e i ght by to-monor night this time. We're goin' ter hav e a three days' hunt, a.n' fur ha s got ter fly!" Hooper la : u ghe d h earti l y when he saw hi s wife hold up her hand s in dismay at the way the scout talked. "That's the way the real good people of the West talk, my dear," he exp lain ed. "That man ha s got a heart as big as an ox, and I'll bet on it! He'd do anything to please us. You see how he enjoys see ing you eat For m y part, this is the best I have sat down to since we put up at the shanty hote l in Alkali Flat last week." Minerva, as h e called h er, smothered her feelings and kep t right on eating, and a warning g lanc e from Anna ca.used the scout to remain s ilent durin g the rest of the meal. The darh.7 servant was taking his rations with t h e two Chinamen, and he see med to be e njo y ing himself As the meal progressed they all got bette r acquainted, anu our friend s learned that Hooper owned quite a par t of Silver City, and _was intere s ted in different mining en terprises in the vicinity His wife had been called an excellent horsewoman i n Englancl, so s h e had not objected when he proposed tha t they take a fifty mil e ride from Silver City to a small m i n ing camp that lay off to the l eft of it. But they had lo,;t their way, ancl the re sult was that they reach ed a ravine, which the trail ran, jus t as the s hade s of night w ere at hand. They c1 id not know exact ly where they were at first, but Hooper had soon r ecog nized the place as Red Ravine, 1 part of the .Alkali Flat trail. He was doin g considerable worrying before the ma!l,ked men appeared, for he lmew that tll .ey could not hope to reach a place to put up at that ni g ht. When the raiders finished their work he was in a state of despair, and he h ad about made up his mind to give it llp and stop at the first convenient spot Then they came up o n the camp of Young Wild Wes t a .ncl his friend Mrs. Hooper got in a very good humor by the time the supper was over, and she entertainecl the girls by re lating how different things w ere in her country. It was almost like r eading a story book to for the woman certainly had a flow of words, and, being fairly educated, s h e let herself out Hooper found that he had some cigars and a bottle of brandy that the robbers had neglected to take; but this might have been because the darky had them in his pos session at the time, wrapped in the blanket *'he had strapped behind his saddle. He brought them out now, and made himself agree able. Wild and Jim both r efused the brandy, because they n.ever touched anything strong; but they each accepted a cigar Charlie took a little nip a s he called it, of the brandy, along with their g u est, and then he light e d a cigar and noclclecl with satisfaction There was another person in the camp who wanted very much to sampl e the contents of that bottle, and that was Hop Wah. The Chinaman had a failing for strong drink, and sometimes h e got mor e of it tJrnn was goocl for him But he knew b ette r than to even hint that he would lik e to taste it, and he contented himself with watching where the bottl e was placed when they were clone with it. Our friends "er e ready to call it one of the mos t pl eas ant evenings they had ever spent in camp, but when ii; came time to retire Mr s Hooper d ecla r ed that s h e had a horror of lying down to sleep, with nothing but some leave s and a blanket between her and the ground. "I reckon that'll do yer good," Charlie declared, inea n ing it. "You'll s leep like a top, after yer once git asleep ; see if yer don't!" "That's iight, Minerva," said her hus band 'llia t ma n knows what he is talking about Don't you g,o tq worry -


6 YOUNG WILD WEST'S '11HREE-DA Y HUNT. ing about your diamond s 'rlrnre are more diamonc;s in I k ept on s cr e aming at the top of her voice until Charlie t h e world yet I am not brok e even if I did get clean e d e xclaimed : o,ut of about eight thous and dollar s I w as a fool to take "Shet up, will yer? It was no thin' more than a Chi n ee so much money with me, but the mo s t of it was paid to holl crin' cau se he got yank e d by t h er pigtail! Go ter me right l:kfore I started, so I did not have time to put s leep, mi s su s." it away." But it was fu ll y fift ee n minutes before any one thought She w h impered a little and the n retire d to the tent about going to sle e p a g ain, and during that time Hop that

--------------------------------------. ---------------------------H our hero hnd I told him that h e doubled i.liat :;\[n; H aper would soo n or three days it will do your wife a lot of good get u sed t o the r011gh lif e o f the minin g camps. .But he I will see what s h e says when s h e awaken::;. ery \Tell th11t there must be plenty of g Jme n ceclcd cleaning up a bit, for whether a gun is used or all arollnc1 them, and that i.hcy would not hav e to go 1cry not, it n cerl lo oking after occa:-iion a ll y far from the cam p to get it was p retty certain. Jim Dart unc l crtoo k lhc bsk o f pn-tting the tirn gum \Yh c n .they se t out all had rifl:s but Anna. and E lois e; in shape, ;crncl had just about fmi,,;hec1 when t h e bre akfa s t who earned the double-barrel shotguns w as announced. "Bear fur me,"' sa id Cheyenne Charlie, as he took to a "l{ 11 ,,, l t l t "I 1::r 1 t thicket and b ega n for tracks e o 1 c smc1, nohcmg 1a l \ rs. ..Loopnr 1ao uo \ th' t ll tl t th 1 t 1 1 n y m o a a ia i::; wor s 100 mg om iero y e t sho1recl up w;\Ir. H oope r, y our wife i s certamly s leep ] 1 L' ina \r e ll this mornina." iernat ,ec 0 0 They spread out and tarted u p the rnountams1c1e, afte r "Y and. I am glad or it," was tl _1c r e ply : "I will it being u nderstood that the were not to get out of h ear mak e it all nght for the extra rt causes you folks ing di stance. I mean to pay you well for your kmdness as soon a s I The g irl s kept c lo se together in the centre of the get wh ere I ca n get h ok1 of some money. spread -out group "You just consiaer that y ou have paicl u s now," our They had not gone a quarter of a mil e from the camp h ero spoke up. "It i s a pl ensure to u s when we c an .help wh e n a small h erd of antelopes was c1iscoverccl by Ari any one out. Don't think about the cost of what we are etta. giving you to cat. T h e most we u se h e re we s hoot our -The gi r l was quick to fire always, anc1 s h e drop pe d the selves. Meal, :flour pepper sa l t and bacon is about all bu ck that seemed to be the lead e r in a twinkling. we buy, save coffee, o.f course; so you ca n r e adil y und e r The ec h oes of the shot hncl sca rcel y diec1 out wh e n bot h stand that w e are under no g r ea exp e n se in that way wild and Jim caught s i ght of the swiftly running crea If we c:m't e nou g h game to fill out on the m eat part tures 0 it w e go without. But we se ldom hav e to go without, They ea. c h got a shot, so three of the animals w e re eh, girls?" dropped, anc1 that in l ess tha n fift ee n minutes from t h e H e turne d to the girls as 11c s pok e, and they promptly time they left the camp declar e d that it was very seldom, indeed C harli e ran to assist, and it wa notl o n g before the an-The breakfast 11 a s eaten, and JUrs. Hooper s lept o n. tel opcs were dresse d and hanging up, wh e r e they coul d "Well," saic1 the rich m inc own er, shrugg in g h is s houlgathe r them in la te r d e r s, "l Rupposc I had better get r eady i.o go on t o the "Gr eat g im i ets 1 excla im ed the Rcou t "But t hat' s p l ace we started for. ] l c aid be more i.han .forty miles what I call. :fln c I was jest g itlin' on ther trail or a bear fro m h e r e at tl1c 1 when [hear d tlicm shots Now J'll go an' 'tend t e r lliis -"Mr. H oope r, answered Wilcl, looking nt him in an te r Brnin, as they call s a bear." way, 'your nL Lhc mining camp iH not H e soon left them, and 1t was only natmal that the YCIJ pre:;:,i11g, i;.; il ?'' rest Rhonld follow the course b e took, or keep some where \ \'ell, no. Any limr will clo to go there, l Fiuppose. in the c:amc clirection, anyhow. It 1rns m orn lo get 111y wife acquainted with Lhc countTy Whether the b ear C harli e hacl been following had bethat i re set 01it, a11yholl'." come frightened and <.:han ged its course, or ll"hetbnr it "f::lupposc you i;tay righl bNc with u,; uuti l we ge t your was attracted by the sounc l s, cannot be i;aid; b11t the fir s t m o ney and your w ifo';.; cliinnoncls bnck?" thing Anna, wbo waR to the ri ght 0 Arietta and Eloi se, "By jo1e Do you m ean Lha1, Young Wild \Vest?" knew fih c was confronted by the big ga m e I certainly do. It waR a :fullgrown black b ear, and as it stoo,cl upright "And you think l11n r r cha nce lo cal h lh c i n a c left among thn roch;, not more than twenty fee t "Oh, }Cf'." from th e scout'F wife, s h e was so starLlcd that an involun "BuL l h cre wer e RCYcn of them; I am iosilirc of that. l::iry scream left h er li ps T wns nol so badly frightcnnc1 that I forgot t o count Her s h otgun was a rather po or weapon to bf!g a bea r the11i." with, anvl1ow, so it w as just as well that s he did not ope n "IL rnakes n o clifl'crcn cc if U1crc were fourteen of lhcm, fire o n th e beast )fr. Tloopc r. T r ecko n WC will b e 8b1 c to attenc l to the m rr110 b ea r growlecl when 3 h c ;;cr eame d and si.ooLl his C'oolncs:::, good jm1g m ent. stratc.g,v and ai1 Rhilil y to fight grounc1. i f it i s ought to win oat agaiMt th0rn I r ec kon It was quite evident 11011 tbat the t l en 1rns h ack we ha\c had j ust as hard k s ah e a d ol no, and won i.n the cleft, and that made him a ll lhe more :fierce. I


, 8 \VJLD WESTs THREE-DAY HUNT Anna did no t nm, for s he knew that \rould s impl y i nYit e the ugly creatur e to purs u e her, and that m eant that one little misstep \\ould place her in the greates t dan ge r. But our friend s had heard her scream. However, Ari etta \\ a s the fir s t to arriv e on the s cen e "Keep cool, Anna the b rave g irl advi sed. "I'll soon s e ttl e 1\Ir. Bruin.' ) Th e bear turn e d, a s tho u g h to r etre a t when he saw her an d i n d o i ng i t t h e l ef t s id e was e xposed. 'l'hat 1 ras just \rhat A riett a \ rnnted. H e r rifl e 1re n t to h er shou l d e r, a nd, t a king a qui c k afo1, Jie pulled t h e tri gge r. Oran g A s the report ra n g stagger e d t o ward t h e out the b ear lun ge d out ward and scout's wifo, wh o s pr a n g nimbly away But i f s h e ha d s tood s tock ::;till th e s t r ick e n animal w ould n e v e r h ave r e a c h e d her, for it foll in a h e ap \\'ithin six fe e t o f the s p ot. "So you g ot him, e h, Et?" queri e d Youn g Wild W e et, as he came running to th e s pot. "Good I reckon Char lie i sn't the only one who c an s hoot b e ar s Eloise c ame n ext, and the n c ame Charli e and J im. "That's fine!" exclnimccl the scout. "Bear meat s alt e d an' smoked, make s fin e eat in', especiall y whe n there ain't no othe r meat ter be had. Sorte r yer, e h Anna?" "I was badly frightened, C harlie," was the retort. "But I knew better than to put a char g e of birds hot in the! brute. That would have only made it a ll t h e worse for "Right yer are, g:cil," a nd drawing his hunting knife, Cha r lie went at work at the bear. CHAPTER V CHARLIE HAS A CL SE CALL. hangin g t o th e limb o f a tree, s o t hey c ould be gathered in la te r on, with the rest of the ga m e A lu c k would hav e it, C harli e struc k s ome more bear tra c k s right after that, and the n h e s tarted off, deter mined to bag hi s gam e thi s tinrn. Anna found out wha t he was up to, and s h e turne d and follow e d him for s h e lik e d t o s e c h e r hus band shoot Charli e followed the tra c k s and was soon in a p lace whe r e caYes and ro c k s w ere num e rou s The bear h a d r etreat e d to on e o f the c aves, no, and t h e scout \\'a try ing t o find whi c h on e it was. H e ha s ju s t ab out locat e d it wh e n his w i fe c ame u p "Whe r e i s th e bear, C h a rlie?" s he a s ked, in a low ton e of voice. "Right in that cav e I reckon ga l was the reply. "Did yer fall e r m e t e r see me git him ? "Yes that's wh a t I cam e for," s he an s wered "All ri g h t Jes t wat c h .rne git him out, then." C harli e had s e e n the t rn c ks, s o h e was quite certain that ther e was nt l e a s t o n e bea r in the c ave, whi c h had a v e r y low o p e nin g t o it, a nd could not b e entered, unle s s on e g ot down up o n his hand s nnd kn ees H e picke d up a c onpl e of s tonrs about t he s ize or hi s fis t and the n he "' ent up close to the mout h of t h e cave and l e t on e of t h e m in id e G rowls w e r e heard at on c e '"rh c r c s m o r e'n on e th e re p:al the s cout whispered. "A who l e famil:v of c m mos t likely." Then he l e t the o th e r s ton e g o in s id e the cave. The result was ver y sati s factory to him, for out came a bi g bea r. But that was not all! Another was follow i ng close b ehind, and after her came three half-gro w n c ub s "A whol e famil y of e m, a s I said!" Charlie exclaimed "Look out, gal! Don t let em git too clos e to yer. They' ll fight like thunde r yer know They've got their you ng with 'em!" Anna beat a has ty r e treat. Anna soon recovered from t h e fright s he got from Then Charli e proceeded to business. the s udd e n app e arance of the bear and the n the hunt Omng was re s um ed His rifle s poke s harply and the h e ad of t h e b ea r fa.m" I r eckon it i s about t im e you did s omething Charlie," il y dropped and roll e d ove r in the th roes of deat h. Raid Wik\ nodding to the s cout. "If you don't look out, With a madden e d roar the female r e ared up and ca m e Anna and Eloi s e will get a s hot a t somet hin g and beat at him ready to t e ar him to piece s you out." The atta c k was s o s udden that Charlie stepped back "That's all right," was the reply. "'Ther b ear Arietta involuntarily and hi s foot cau ght upon the root of a tree. jest shot s h o uld have been mine, an' h e would have been He tried to k e ep hi s balance, but could not, and down too, fur I was right on his tracks. H e je s t hap pened ter he w e nt. pop out in front of ther ga l an' g ive her a scare, that's Anna utte r ed a sc r eam as the maddened bear s hambled a ll But I'm mighty g lad Arietta got him tho u g h. Some toward him. wimm en1fo lk s ain' t m e a n t ter hunt bears." Bang! They now started in a circ le, in tending to strik e into She felt that she must do something, s o she took a the camp after a coup l e of hours. quick aim and sent a cha r ge of shot in t h e side of the It n ot lon g before a flock of partridges started up beast. and the n it was that t h e two s h otgu n s came in play, Bruin t urn ca slightly, but befor e the scout could re thou g h the others u s ed their rifles with g r eat s u ccess, too gai n his f eet and get hold of hi s rifle w hi.c h had fa ll e n In half a n h o ur twe n ty two partridge had been picked from hi s grasp fe ll u pon him. up, w hi ch would h a ve almost s ati s fied a hu:nter from Bang! the Rast. I Anna fired again, and uttered, a scream at the sa me These w e r e strung upon a white birch whip and left time.


YOUNG WILD I VESrr'S THREE-DAY HUNT. The charge 0 shot s truck the bear in the hind quarter this time, and made her mor e urious than eve r. But Cheyenne Charlie was not go ing to let the b ea r claw or hug him to death If h e could no t get h o ld of his rifl e he could hi s hunt in g knife He had the w eapo n in hi h and a s the paw of the s he bear struc k him a glancing blow on t h e s h o uld er. His pO\rerfu l a r m d rove the blade for ward into ;the breast of the bear 'l'h e huge creature s hudd e red and then arose to an up right po s ition. As quick a s a flash t h e scout ro ll ed out of the way, the knie clutched in hi5 hand Once on hi s feet, he spra n g forward to m ee t t h e foe, for h e was not afraid to taekl e a grizz ly at close quarters, mu ch l e s a common black bear. By this time Wil d and the r est were ha sten ing to the scene. They h ad h eard the shots, as well as the sc r ea m s of Anna, and they knew that so m ething must be decidedly wron g 'rhe scout gave the fin i shing touches to the b ea r just as Wil d and Arietta r eac hed the spot "Great gimlets!" he cried, as he wip e d the perspiration from his brow "That was putty livel y while it l asted I h ad my hands full fur a minute, I reckon Bu t h e h ad not been hmt much for the claws of the angered bear had hardly pierced his clothing. The cub s had beat a hasty retreat to the cave, and were not to be see n when the r est arrived "What was the trouble, Char lie?" Wild asked, as h e looked at the two dead bears "Ther s he one orter g iv e me a little surprise, t h at's all," was the reply "I had ter catch my foot ag'in a r oot an' go down, a n then s h e lit o n me in a jiffy. But I r eckon it's a ll right. Anna related just what had occurred, and then they all that C h ar li e had met wit h a rath e r close call. "Well,' observed our h e ro "I r eckon if it k eeps on t hi s way w e won't hav e to keep up the hunt for three day s We'll get all t h e game we want in one." "We certain l y have done miD'hty good so far, that'E right," Charlie answered. "I "pose we may as well git them cubs out of ther cave, while we're at it. 'Might as well c l ean up ther who l e family. They're putty fat, by the r l ooks of 'em, an' they'll mak e mighty fine eatin'." "All right, then ; \re 'll get the m o u t Charlie kn e w t hat h e coulcl not ge t the half-grown bears out by t h rowing s ton es in to t h e cave But h e knew of a way that woul d make them come out h owever He quick l y gat h e red up a b i g hanc1ul of l eaves and then rolled them into a ball. Striking a match, 11e li ghte d t h e l eaves, and then, T eachi n g in a far as the l engt h of hi s arm would p e rmit hi m, he hmled the flamin g bu nC'h back into the cave, n l ess than two seconds rnoke came pourin g om the cave 'The r e was no drmight there to make Hie leaves burn r eadi ly, s o t hey mad e a l ot of s moke. Squeals and grow l s were heard almost in sta ntly, and the next minute t h e cubs came tumbling o u t Jim and Arietta quickly despatc h e u them by three well clirected shots, and that wound up the "whole family, a s the scout put it. The s lain beasts were skinned and dressed, and then t hey a ll cont inu ed to make the circle before returning to the camp, whic h could not h ave been a bit more than a quarter of a mil e di stant. But though t hey had met with so much at the sta r t the couple of hours they put in that morning r e sulted in but a little mor e game bein g bagged When they got back to the camp they had with them h a l f a dozen quail that had been t h e last they h ad seen to shoot, and the r est of the game was hanging along the c ircul ar r oute they hacl taken rrhey found Mrs. Hooper up and in a pretty fair frame of mind "The s hootin g roused her said h er husband, s miling. "She thought the camp had been attacked at fir st, but I soon persuaded her that everyt hin g was a ll right." "That is right," the Englishwoman spo k e up. "But this i s dreadfu l isn't it? I don't know how we will eve r s tay h e re two or three days It i s the hop e that my dia monds will be returned to me that keeps me h ere and that alone." "vVe ll, I reckon i f you had gone through what m y wif e did an hour or so ago you'd fe l like goin' back ter Eng land all ri ght," retorted the scout, grinning at h e r. "She come mighty near bein' gobbl ed up by a bear." "l\fercy !" ga:sped the woman, h o lding up her han d s Then Anna related all about h er rather thrilling ad venture, and also told how C h ar li e h ad met with s uch a narrow escape Mr Hoop er was really frightened, but when s he saw the bright eyes and smiling faces of the girls she conclud ed that it could not hav e be e n s o very bad, after a ll. "Hop," said Wil d, "just get the pack horses ready, and we' ll go and get the game." "Alle e light, Mis ler Wild," replied the C hinaman, as h e hr.. tened to obey They were not l ong in getting away, and whe n they got to the place where they had left the three antelope s han g i n g they were s urpri se d to find t h em no l onger there "Grub thieves i s around, I reckon," remarked C hey e nne Charlie, shru gging hi s s houlder s CHAPTER VI. THE R A IDERS REAP THE FRUITS OF TTrn ilIORNING's HUNT. Bolivar Pete, the "Cute One," a s he was called by his villa in ous companions, was the first of the gang to aris e the morning after the hold up in Red Ravine The sun was not yet 11p, but as early a s i t was, Mag, his wife hac1 preceded him "Do you know one thing, Pete?" she said, patro niz i n g ly, as she proceeded with the work of getting the breakfa st ready for the raiders "You've been telli n me


10 Y OUNG WILD WEST'S 'l'HREE-DAY HUN T. a bout t h c r fine clothe s tha t Eng li s hwoman ha d on t ill sun was not yet u p t h e y s h ook their h e ad s a n d put o n you' v e g ot meter thinkin' t hat I ought te r own 'e m Wh y rath e r u gly loo k s don t y ou an' ther r e s t o f t her 'boy. o r s ome of 'em s t r ike "I di dn t know t h e r e was anyth i n g oh t h e r c a rpet s o o u t a s soon a s ye r g i t your g rub an' overtake t h em peo e arly in the r mornin', Cap," o n e of the m obse rv e d, te s t il y ple? Ye r kin t a ke s ome o.l' m y old clothe s alon g an' I was jest taki n a nice s noo z e wh e n Uag y e lled ou t m ake t h e r w oman t rade w it h yer You do thi s an' you ll lou d e n o u g h t e r b e h e ard a m il e What's u p, a n y h ow? find o u t t hat you 'll be sol id with m e as lon g a s yer live." "Bar t s ai d t h e woman, paying no atte ntio n to what W e ll I recko n i t w o u ld b e a good idea the v ill ainlhe ma n s a i d, '.'I want you an' P e t e an' o n e or ther r e t ous h u ban d an s w e r e d, noddin g hi h ead B ig B a r ton Lei : take the r trail 0 the r man a n wom a n y e r h e ld u p l a s t w a ta l kin g about how w e ought ter go o u t a n t r y te r nig h t I wan t t h e r fin e clot h es an' hat th e r \\Oman had knock ove r a b e ar, o r d ee r s o w e coul d layin a little o n Then i f any of t h e r r e s t of the r gal o ot s i s thinkin' meat It arc mos t lik e l y that k in kill two birds with abou t g a i n ove r ter Scrabbl e F lat, t h e r e's a few thing s o n e s to n e It ain t lik e l y that a ll U).er boys will care I want from t h e r s tore That's what' o n the r c a r p et!" abb n t g a i n ', 'cause the r most ol' c m is a putty laz y l ot, Sh e did n o t s top t o note the effect s of word s but a n some o f 'e m will b e fur puttin' over t e r S c rabb l e Flat t urne d to the s tove and got the bre akfa s t moving a l on g t e r g i t fillC'd u p o n t a n glcfoo t. T hey a ll likes t h eir r u m, r a p id l y yer know, an i.he r c a int a clro p in the r h o u se jest now Bi g Bar t o n look e d at t h e C ute One, w h o onl y g r innccl "Well, I reckon t h ree 0 yer would b e e n o u g h te r do and s h r u gge d h i s s hould e r s their j o b an y h oi.V," the woman answPred, i::h.owin g h e r W e ll," h e sai d T r ec k o n a s h o w ]\,fog h a s got trr b e i.edh in what was mean t to be a p l eas an t sm ile. I do n't 'omrnoc1atccl, P e te; h a t clo y e r think about it?" kno w but wha t they o u ght tcr b e "illin te r d o somet h i n 0 1 1 I t o lc1 her I was willin'," w a t h e qui c k r e ply t e r p le a se rne, a n y h o w I sari.inl y do \\'O r k pu tty harcl ", h e will h ave it that way ye r know." t e r keep this f'lumty i n s hape; an' T neve r com plain abou t All r i g h t. J.Ic an' you an' Winc e will s trik e out on cookin m eals fu r seve n m e n. Jf a n y o f 'em want tcr i.h e r trail ns soon as we git breakfa t W e 'll t ake a l o n g g o t e r Sc r abble Flat it will comr in hanclv fur me tc r git a n x t ra h orse, c au s e we n e ed sornethin' in thcr lin n o f som e c ornmeal an a fe w ot h e T t hin gs what 11e nen d tc r m ea t. If we w as n t s o b l amed :fur from a ranc h w e m i g h t n m the r s h an1-y.w it h Yo u j est wake up Big BaTton an' g i t a yearl i n B u t o n e thing a b out it, th e r e's pl e n t y o f w e 'll h ave a talk wit h him about i t. J Rart in l y want t h c r g : m 1 r a ro uncl h e re, s o I r e ckon w e kin :;;hoot wriat i re wan t h a t an' ridin sui t t hat woman has got. Kot t h a t T 'll ever a n fall e r t h e r r i c h min e own e r an' hi s 1dfe a n the r ni g m ake an awfu l lot of use of 'e m IJni. I je;:t wan t em, ger a ll ri g ht. W e kin git rn fir;:t an' th e n g i t the r a ll. I gam'e after\l'a rcl." "}fag s airl h e r hu s b and s h ruggi n g hi s shou lder s, "That's r i g h t. "s'po;:= e you w a k e r cap'n? II e's m i g h ty cro:::s morn ;\fag w as Ji:-;lcnin g, but s he cl itl n ot act m u c h as t h o u g h in's, Rom etimes, a n h e w on t g ivr YOU no f'lnck; 'cause h e ::;h e was. kno-ws who h e's got ter 'pend on fur te r h ave hi:; grub 'fhe o]o r of fry in g ham soon fill ed t h e cab i n, and lhe cooke d me n w h o harl bee n in a bad humor at fir st, bega n to s niff "Oh, a ll ri ght. If y ou'r e afrai d o f the r b i g ga l oot, I t h e a i r and f e l b ette r ain t J n e v e r yet see n th c r g a l o o t J was afraid t e r w a k e It was no t l on g b e for e tl1e lon g tab l e was set wit h tin up big or lilUe I reck o n w h e n I wak e hi m the r rest will pl a tes and c11ps and the n the rai de r s w e r e call e d to break w a ke, lo o fast The n wit h o u t an y d e l ay, R h e left t h e o ld Ca8t-ir o n w o oJ L o n g b e for e t h e meal h acl been fini s h e d eve

YOUNG WILD WEST' S THREE-DAY HUNT. 1.t .. wouldn't be surprise d i we found 'em afore ma n y min u tes ha.s passed." "That's right." Then all three laughed harshly a s they thought 0 the action s 0 Hooper's wife wh e n s he was relieved 0 her d i amond s They pushed along t e adil y, and at length the Cute One declared that he smelled rnoke "'l'here s a campfire not very fur a1ray," he added. "I 1rouldn" t wonder if ifs i.h em 1re'rc lookin' for." "I woul

YOUNG \ VILD wES 'I"S 'l'HREE-DAY HUNT. "Shet up, you crazy galoot!" commanded Big BarLon, pointin g hi s revoher at him. "Another word a n you' ll die! Don't none of yer dare te r open your mouths!" Bolivar Pete lost no t im e iri. s howing hi s gu n too, a ntl the two loo ked formidab l e e nough 'l'he injunction "as entirely lost upon Jl.Irs h owever, for s he u ttered a shrie k that could be heard half a mile and then fell in a faint It was then that Arietta s howed her tact and coolness. She made out that s h e wa s s tooping to lift the fainti n g woman but in stea d of doi n g so she qu i ckly drew a revol ver and fir e d The bullet hit the Cute On e o n the wrist and h e dropped. his weapon and let out a cry of pain. B efore Big Barton cou ld turn upon h e r the brave girl had him covered. "Drop that, you snea kin g thief!" s he cried "I've got you!" This wa& something that t h e vill ai n h ad n ot counted on, and before h e could fully realize that he had all the wor st of the bargain Anna and Eloise had drawn their revolver s and stoo d pointing t h e m at the two villains. Bolivar Pete had not been inj urcd much by the s hot Ari etta had fired. She had intended the bullet for a spot where i t would do t h e most good, but she had to fire so quickly that it grazed the back of t h e v ill ain's right hand, causing a flesh wound t hat was now b l eeding copious l y The Cute One thought she had s hot him there inten tionally, and that it was don e for the purpose of disarm ing him That made him a ll the more afraid of t h e girl. Bar ton was not long in l etting his six -shooter drop, and then both raide r s wer e utterl y h e lpless before the three g irls. But they found that Hooper was anything but a cow ard, too, for he picked up a laria t and ste pp e d fonrnrd to make them prisoners In doing so he got between t h e villains ancl t h e girls, and accepting the c h ance, as s lim as it 1rns, Bi g Barton utter ed a sharp cry and ran for the bushes and rocks that were but a few fe e t distant But the Cute One had been thinking of doing the same thing, and he was right after him "Here! Come back here, you ra scal s !" cried the mine owner, as he made a futile attempt to catch o n e 0 them with the lariat. But t hey got away easi ly, for once they were under Lite cove r or the rocks and trees they were out of danger, for the time, anyho,\r They reached their and, mounting them, fol lowed Wince for the trail. The latter had hcarcl what hacl talfcn place at the camp, and h e was tho r oug hl y frightened n l w H e h ad the horse that carried the sLol e n game on a dead run, and it seemed as though some or the loacl would be l ost before they got very far. But Wince had paid particular attentim1 to tyi n g t he three car casses a ncl other game on the so unless the anima1 s tumbled and fell they 1rere liabl e to keep it ill the ir possess ion. On they went, and, r eaching t h e trail they hacl followed when t hey l eft the ravine they put the horses at their best and rapid l y covered the ground Big B arton breathed a s igh of relief whe n they came to the ravine. "Now let 'em come!" he excla i med. I reckon we k now Red Ravine from one encl to ther other, an' ther minute we h ear the r galoots comin' we kin dive in among ther rocks on o n e s ide o r the other an' give 'em a dose of lead when they ain't loo kin' fur it. We'll soon settle them fellers," a ll right!" But they did not heaT the sound s or pursuit, ancl a .few minutes late r they reached the narrow pass t hat led into t h e li ttle valley that had on l y one mea n s of in gress and egress. The th r ee rod e throu g h in s in g l e file, t h e ir hor ses at a walk, and once in the valley Wince let o u t a shout of joy. "Holc1 on!" cautioned Bolivar Pete. "Don't go ter makin' any noi se. Yer don t know how close t e r u s some one might be. Keep quiet, wince. "That's right," spoke up the leader "We don't want no one tcr fincl this place, not by a good deal. This i s what we ca ll o\U" haven, an'. we want ter keep it a secret. There ain't one o u t of a thousand as would think there was a pass l eadin' in h e re 'cause it turns so sha rp right at t h e r start t hat i t look s like a little split i n ther rocks, that's all. Yer k now what you said about it, Petewhen ye r found i t, I mean "Yes, it was on l y by accident that I found it," was the Cu te One' s reply. "It was in ther night time, an' me an' Maa was ridin' alona throug h ther ravine, with no 0 b particular p l ace in view. A thunderstorm come up, an' we took ter w hat we thou g h t was a nic h e at ther side Then we found that it was a little pass, an' we kept right on croin' mitil we founcl ther little valley h ere T he r b s hanty was h e re but it wasn't as big a s it i s now Who built it 1re n eve r could :find out; but it was desert ed, s o w e took possession of it It ain't lik e l y that any one will ever com e back t e r claim it. Ther cha nc es i s t hat t h e m what Milt it is dead lon g afore this "Th ey' ll be dead mighty q uick if they do come back!" declared Big Barton "That's our shanty now, an' t here ain't no rubbin' that out." "I h ear d Mag say ther other day that it was hers," Wince r e mark ed, as he rode up to th e door "There sh e is now. .Jest ask h e r about it. Hi s compa nion s shr u gged their s hould e rs, for they knew be!"ter t han to ask l the woman any s u ch q u estio n. "Well how did yer make out?" s h e asked, coming out and l ooking at them expectant l y "Got p l enty of game, I src Yer mus t be improvin' in you r I r eckon." "We didn't h ave ter fire a shot ter git that game, Mag," h er hu sband answered, "Yer didn 't?" Mag a r c hed h e r brow s ancl l ooked s urpri sed "No ; we ha cl some one else ter s hoot it fu r us A ll we had t e r do was ter come a l ong an' git it," s poke up the i leader of the r aiders "Well, wher e's Lbcrn fine clothes0 an' that fancy hat ye r went after?"


YOUNG vVILD WEST'S THHEE-DAY HUNT. 13 "Co ul d n't git 'e m l \fag,. We come mighty nigh git-"The r e w e r e three o [ t h em spol;c up Hoop er; "and I tin' o u r medi c in e while we wa s tryin' it. J e s t look at am pretty cer ta i n that they arc the same ones who robbed that!" u s b e fore n ight. The ot h er four did not Bolivar P e t e h e ld up hi s hand s howing the dirty r ag s how up, thou g h." h e had bound about the wounded w rist. "We 'll find o u t who a n d what they ar c before many M ag frown ed. hour s I reckon. Boys, get your h o r ses r e ad y \Ye will She not c ar e anything abou t t h e wound. take th e trail ri ght awa y ." H o w c o m e it t h a t y e r c ouldn t git them thing s?" s he Wild addr esse d Jim and C harli e h e spo ke, a nd th e y demand e d hotl y ha ste n e d to put th e saddles 011 their h o r ses "We ll t h e r woman what had em on i s with a big party He soon h a d hi s own s t eed r e ady, and turning to Ari -of hunte rs, an' w e couldn t do notbin' If a ll hands of us etta h e call ed out: had w ent w e c ouldn' t hav e done no more. .All we could I. "Look out for the camp Et. \Ve w i ll hav e to leav e you do wa s t e r s t e a l some of the r game what ther hunters m charge shot." A ll ri ght, was the r ep l y 'l' hey didn't h a rdly catch The n h e mad e up a s tory that s ound e d logical e noug h, us na ppin g th at time ; but i f they c o m e again they w ill and l\i ag was forced to s wallow h e r c hagrin at having get more th a n tJ1ey w ant!" fail e d to g:et the cove t e d w e aring appar e l Mr s Hoop e r was jus t c omin g to whe n our three fri e nd s But h e r oispos itiou was not very good a f ter t h at, a nd r ode away. finall y the three m e n decided that they would follow the As the bu s hes anc1 rock s w e r e so pl e ntiful a round that exa mpl e of the rest of the raiders and go over to the mins e c tion, i t to o k the m a f e w minutes to discove r t h e trail in g camp and "liquor up." the villain s \\'he n t hey r o d e away. "You've got the m fine diamonds., Mag, so don t you But on c e on i t they g ot over t h e g r o und qui ckly care," sa id her hus band c o n sol in gly "Some of these Howev e r they w ere a little too l ate to overtak e t he times I'll git yer dresses, a n a hat, too, t hat will knock raid e r s b e for e they reach e q their hi d d e n h e adqu arte r s a s out anythin g tha t Eng li s hwoman h ad on. You jest take Big B a rton and hi s p arc1s h a d t o o m u c h of a s t art. it easy no w But they k ept ri ght o n t h e t ra i l, a nd w h e n t hey found "Fe t c h back s om ethin' good from Scrabbl e F lat," was that i t bran c h e d off on the i'egul a r wago n trail that l e d all s h e s aid, and s h e a c t e d a s though s he m eant it, too. to Silver C i ty our fri e nd s Q e alir,ed that they h ad to b e The n t h e three m e n hung up t h e game a n d mounted p r etty car e ful or the scoundr e l s w o u l d e lud e them. their h o rses. A s it was they r o d e on throu gh t h e rav ine, without They h a d scarc e ly g ot out in the ra v ine when they t hinkin g o f lookin g for the entra nce to a nyt hin g like a heard t h e c la t t e r of hoos. hi d d e n v a lley. CHAPTER VIII. THE : ME ETING IN RED RA VINE. Y o un g Wild W est and hi s partne r s h a d s car c ely mad e the discove r y that t h e ante lopes the y bad s hot w e re gon e wh e n the scr e am utte r e d b y l\Irs. Hooper rang out. But whe n they got t o t h e o t h e r e n d of R e d Ravine Wild c all e d a h alt. They had been following fresh hoofpr in ts all t h e w a y t h ro ugh the ravine, though in some places t h e ground was so hard and tony that t h ey could not be see n It was from this cond i tion of the trail that they were dece i ved, for the fresh hoofprints, after they passe d the entra nce to the l ittle valley, had b e en made by the four raider s who set o u t for the mining camp o f Scrabb le Flat. rrhou g h they w e r e full y a quart e r of a mil e from the camp, it o unded with pi e r c in g di s tin ct ness, and the y all Y o un g Wild West an d partners \rerc not much ackn e \ v that com et hin g w as decid edly wron g q u a in ted w i t h the count r y rio-ht aro u nd there, t h o u g h N e v e r m i nd looking for th e g am e now boys, s ai d t hey kne\ t h at it was Red Ravine they ha d just c ome the d ash i ng young dcad s hot. "Come on! The r e i s t h ro u g h and t h at the t r ai l l ed from Silver City to Alka li trou b l e in t h e camp Flat "Thc r ga loot s what to o k th e m ante lopes i s makiu' it, S crabble Flat \Y<1S a p l ace they had never heard of a nd too yer k in b et!" add e d Cheyenne Charli e whe n H ooper had remarked that there wm; a m i n i ng camp hey a ll turne d anc1 ran bac k for t h e c amp, Hop follow close t hey t h o ught t hat h e must have made ing \rith the pac k horses. a. m i s take m the d1sbnce. If our friends h a d br e n mount e d t h e y mi ght have g ot "We ll bDys," s aid oui h ero, a s h e lool wc1 around, "I t o t h e camp in tim e t o p revent the escap e o f th e t hree don t know as t hei;e i s a n y use in goin g fur t h e r ju s t now. villains, but, as it w as, they arrived jus t abou t two min The ga loot s h a v e g on e on, sure enough. Bu t som ething utes after Bi g Barto n and i.he CL1te One got out of s i ght t e l l s m e th n t the y w e r e s p ying on u s for i t was no t long behin d t h e thick bu::;hes. afte r w e left the c a mp to go and p i ck u p t he game that Ar ietta, \ V ho was p erfectly c ool, r elate d qui c kly what t hey tried i.hei r g ame on Hoo p er and the g i r l s W e will had happ e n e d ride back Alowly, a n d when we find a o-ooc1 place we will "Ah!" exc l aimed Youn g Wild Wes t "So t he ga l oot s stop th e r e for half an h our rrhis is just the kind of a a r c afte r u s eh? W ell, I reckon they ll wis h th e y had place for road agents to ha n g out, for the r e must b e con left us alon e b e fore we got thro ugh wit h t h em." siderabl e t ravel t h roug h he r e by t he look!> of the trail."


14 YOUNG WILD IYEST'S THREE-DAY HUN T. I r ecko n so," an s w e r e d, as he turned and lo oked the w ay they hac1 been heading. "I wouldn't be surprised i f we was t e r meet a s tag e coach or s omethin' afor e w e git through." But there was nothing to be s een in the way o1 thing s that were human in that way, s o h e follo\\ c d th e da hing youn g dcad s hot, h e rod e on 8 lowly into the ravi n e At one time a stre am of "lraic r h a d fioll' rl throu g h the ravine, but lhi s had lon g :::incc cl riccl up. and n othing but the Rhllpe o f the ll'at e rcours e s h o w e d in some places The trail r e al l y r a n o v e r what h a d once been ihc b e d of a. stream, i.hou g h iL hacl now w orn c101rn qui te s mooth. Owin g to thi s fact there w e re some place in it, as ha b ee n stat e d, that were s o hard a to r e fu s e to s how the prints of hoofs Ri ght \rherc the opening in the s id e of the c l iff was this was the cas e, and hence our three fri ends h ad fai l e d to track the raid e r s to their den "Well, what do you think of it, Wild?" Jim Dart a s ked a s t hey rode ba k. "You are of the opinion, then, that "Yes, r e pli e d B arton, putting on an air of indiffer ence. "\Vhat do y e r want t c r know fur?" "Well, \l'e are l o okin g .for s om e g aloot s who have been dom g a littl e in the line of h olding up folks and. we tho u ght ma y b e y o u had come a c ross them." W e come Lorn a nmc h a b o u t lhirty miles ba c k," lied the l eade r o i the raid er,;. "W c don ( nothin' about any l ody h o lclin up folk s \'\Tc 'v e h e ard 1.ha t the re was a o-an"' iha t lnmoout omcwh c r c a r onnd theRe parts b b 1.ho ugh 'l'hcv c all s the m s c h c s the r R aide r s of R e d Ras o i.h c r oYer in S craLb l e Flat. c rabbl c Flat, chi' How far i s i.ha t from here?" Wild a:-ikcc1. J e s t abo ut e i ghteen miles :fro m h e r e a s near a s I kin say W e' r e bound over the r e now While the con vrr s ation was going; on Wild anc1 his part n e r s "lrcrc s tud ying the faces o f the villain s c arefully. lt dic1 n o t t a k e our h e r o a minute t o c om e to the con clu s i o n thaL t hey were not ex actly what t hey w e r e po s ing for the thr ee m e n will be back this 1rny s oon?" But h e c ontinu ed questio n in g Bi g Barton, and "h e n \ Yell I think the y will unl c s the,v ha v e g ot h e a s k e d him what sort of a pl ace c rabbl e Flat was the kind of a h e adquarter s down th a t wny. But, uppo s e the y villain r e plied: clid not go that far, afte r all? "Oh, ; j e s t a little minin' c amp thafs a ll. But the rc s "Why, t h e track s s howed tha t the y dic1, Wild plcn l y of Lan g l efoo t te r be h a d t h e r e an' tha t 's what we "That is true enough. But the re mi ght have been w an L jes t now a i n t it, boys ? ot h e r s going t hat way. I haYc taken good notice of the Wild a ll o w e J hi s horse to walk up pretty clo s e to the tracks along h e r e On e .of the hor ses was pretty lame I tri o a n d hi:; s h arp e y e ca u ght s i ght of s omethin g black shoulcl a y I d id not notice anything lik e that wh e n we s tic kin g o u t o f i.hc opening in the flann e l shirt of one first took the trail." o f the m. "That' s r ight, Wild!" s pok e up the scout "Je s t fur, It ha ppe n ed t o b e the Cut e One, and the bl ack' object ther fnn of it w e' ll find whe r e that horse fir s t becrun t er wa s noth i n g 1110 c or l ess t h a n t h e ma s k h e had wom go lam e H e mi ght hav e fe ll an tha t rnac1e an if whe n the atla ck was m a d e 011 the camp that mornin g that' s r i ght we' ll be able ter fincl th e r exa c t s pot, un less Wilcl g u essed ha t i t w as, and b efo r e the man kne w it happe n s that ther ground the r e i s too harcl t e r s how what h e w a u p to h e h ad seized it ancl pull e d it forth. any tracks." 1 \Vha t are yer d oin' ? ro a red Bi g Barton, a s i e s aw They kept th e ir eyes on the ground a s th ey roc1e a l on g t h e ma s k in t h e h and o f t h e y oun g d e ad shot. "I'll fill and the hoofpr in t made by the lam e hor s e was noti ceable y e r full of l ead fur that. you y oun g g aloot! right along. H e g rabb e d for hi s revol v 0 r but Youncr Wild We s t was The furthe r they went t he more evident it b e came, altogeth e r too q ui c k fo r hi m, a n d got hi m cove red. whi ch s howed that the a n imal had improved a s it w ent "Just ta k e your hanc1 off that gun, or I'll l e t a streak on through the ravine. o f d a vli ght thro u g h y ou you s n e akin g galoot h e cried, This was to b e from a ho r s e th a t h acl been in a ringing voice. standing lon g e n o u g h to become s tiff ene d but no t fro m one that had been on lhc lra il for n e arl y an h o ur. The thre e put th e ir hornes on n r ante r an d rod e on. In n fow minutes they r o und r l ::i lurn in t he r a vin e and carne in Right oi' three horRcm c n C HAPTEl{ I X. A Ll'J.'TLJO: FU.'f I T Tll E L:A!ILP As mi ght s upposed, t hey "IYCl'C n o oth e rs tha n Bi g I Barton and his two Y oun g Wild WcRl anrl h i:-; parlnr n J h a d n o t bern gone The Yilhiins had ju, t e m e rge-cl fr o m 1.hc narrow pas, J ong fro m t h e cam p wh e n JJoop r r a s ke d h e r hu s b and and. haring h ea rd lhe hoof b catR, w e r e lookin g dir e ctl y for a li tt l e of lhc b ran dy they had bro u ght wit h t hem. a L our fri e nd s wh r n lhey c arnr in s i g ht. l neYCl' h ad t'u c h a frig h l i n m y l i fe, s h e d e clar ed. 'I'her e w a s n o thin g a b o u t the look s of lbc m e n that O h will v.-c eve r get out o I i h i:; a II' fol part oi t h e coun would indicat e th a t they ,, e r e an ything b ut cowboys, s o try ? \Yild c ould n o l con v ince him 8 ell that Lhcy w e r e th e thre D o n t :;\[inc rva ." p l endcc1 Hoop e r. "Yo u will l earn v i llain s th':'y bad been purs uin g i.o love lhc b ea utiful wild erne;;s of r c w M ex ico aflc r you But be to fincl out \\'ho and what they w e re hare got acq u ainte d with the ways of the inhabitants It and t h at right awav. i s o nl y b e a uee that w e barn tru c k a bad f't r eak o f luc k "Hello, !" he call e d out, a s h e in hi s t.hat all t his i:; happ e nin g Jui:;t ,:ee ho w the young ladies h or s e "Diel you jnv t com e thro ugh l h e ravi ne?" enjoy 1:>ort of living! Why, the y don t seem to b e a


Y OUNG W ILD WEST'S THREE-DAY HUNT. 15 b i t alarme d ove r w hat hripp e n e d a l iLtle w h il e a g o If it s o b e B u t um may no be allee s arnee go o dee lik c e what h a d not b ee n for the cool n ess o f M i ss Arietta thin gs wouk1 y ou h av e e h a v e bee n a gre a t d e al wor s e I wi s h you could b e more "Let m e s ee," s a i d Hoope r taki n g the fla k from him, li k e h e r my deai. a s H o p d r e w it from h i s p o c k et. I'll soon t ell you ii it "Well, I wasn't br011 ght np wh e r e they carry big pi to l s i s a n y good. a n d knives, and don t h e sita t e to u s e t hem, answe r e d lie uncorked t h e f l a s k a n d s m e ll e d the contents the wom a n "But hurry up with the brandy Harris Pretty fair,". h e remarke d But no t q uite u p t o the But the darky h a d h eard her r e que t and he came stuff w e had. Try a little M i n e rva. 'ri h the bottle at t hat m o m ent. H e ten d e r e d her s ome i n the g l as s a n d s h e -dran k i t Hoope r t o o k it fro m him, and w h e n h e n o ti ce d that b reathing a s i g h of r elief a s s h e fini s hed t h Ere w a s but a s m all portion of the contents g on e h e rrhat w ill do v e r y well; but, as yo u s a y Hatr is, it i R ga v e a nod of s a t i sfadi o n nothing li ke the k ind we are in the habit of u s ing." rrhe trut h waR t hat h e fe l t that his n e r ve s h a d b ee n H op g r i nned for h e knew that both w e r e s impl y c o n -jarrec1 a b out suffic i e n t t o .mak e h i m r equire a little or the _demnin g t h e i T o w n b r andy. brandy, as w ell a s his b ette r h alf. H e h acl n o t di l u tc ll it one bi t s o t h ere coul d not pos H e p oured a s m a l l q u antity o f the brandyor w h a t i:;ib l y b e any diff e r e nce. w as suppose d to b e bra n d y -int o t h e g l aRs t h e dark serv -Thi s time A ri etta n otice d the gri n. ant h a d furnis h e d him with and t h e n h a n der l it t o hi s She unc1er s too u ri ght a way that the c l e ve r China m a n wife, ;vho wa r eally ve r y p a le, and l o ok e d a s t hou g h s h e h all s t o l e n the brarnly, and t hat he had s imp l y tre n te d t.he n e e d e d .o m ething i n the line of a stimulant. couple t o so m e of t h e s ame goods Mrf\. Hoope r pl ace d the glas::; t o h e r l i p s nnd swallo w e o \fr. H o op e r," : h e s aid J think yo u had b ette r k c p t h e contents qui c k l y e n o u g h tha t fla sk." Then. a p uzz1ec1 l?o k ca m e ove r h e r fac e and, l ook i n g j "Why?" oarn e the r e p l y 'f:o at Har n s s h e exclanne d : W e ll I t hink i t con t a in s so m e of the brand v t h a t "'J" t 1 1 H ",.. t a ?" J n a t i s n o )ra n c y arns 1 v h a o y ou men n wa s s t o l e n from y o m bottle Ilop i a ,.:ort o:f t h i e f s om e It ain' t b r andy?" e h oed t h e mine own e r drnpt in g times y o u know bnr k to h i s old-time w a y of t a l k ing. "rl lrnml c r a l i o n 'mine owne r "tumb l e d if we may u se t h e cxpres what do you m e an, ga l?" sion. 'Jus t whnt 1 f\a i d, ] farri .:;, s h e r c 1 1 l i r l s cvc r e l v. "That "v l 1 h ] d l k t J 1 0 1 1 c ever ras efl you. e exc mm e oo m g a -du ff i s notl1 i n g mor e t han wa ter." [Top. Wh e n did you do t hat? W ait t ill J sr>el' "J\re no unc1e l stand," protes t e d the C e l es tia l, innocent-lf a n y on e h ad been ]ookmg ni lrnn then 1t wonll1 h have b e e n noti c e d i.liat n faint rn 1il0 W

1 6 YOUNG WILD \ VEST S THBEEDAY H UNT. --============== ----I hi m "I d o n't low no Chi nee to call m e n i g ge r. You Young Wild West and hi s partne r s h a d t h e drop o n jest take dat b a ck, or I 'se do n e urgit d a t 1\Iissu s H oope r them and the r e was n o getti n g out oi it. a m h ere, an' wi ll g ive y o a wallopin' !" "So y ou b e l o n g to the gang w h o r obbed the mine own e r "Ni ggee no li k ee b e c all ee all ee sa m ee nig g e e," Hop and h i s w i f e last night, do yon?" sai d Wild, as the three R aid a s t h ou g h h e was ex pl a in i n g w hat was sa i d to M r s put u p t h e i r h a n ds Hoo p e r. "Allee l ight; m e no call ee niggee J e n "No! a n s wer e d Bi g Barton, s h aki n g h is h ead "You 've But D a n ie l D ecker d i d n o t lik e t hi s sort o f an a po l o gy. mad e a bad m i 'take, i f y e r t hink w e' r e r o b be r s 'rhat s H i s i r e arbse to s u c h a n ext e n t t h a t h e mad e a r u s h at j e s t w hat I t hink y o u a r c t h o u g h i f ye r want ter know!" Hop an d caughi hi m by t h e qu e u e "I don't w ant t o kn o w what you think," ou r heTO sa i d, 'rhe n the two g rappl e d a nd wen t ro ll i n g over o n t h e w i t h a s m il e "Bu t how c ame i t tha t the ga l oot on y o m g r oun d, w h i l e JUrs H o o pe r shrieke d in a l arm. left had this ma s k ? Ho1) was gettin g m u c h t h e worst of i t w h e n the mine ''I fou n d that a little wa ys ba ck on t h e r trai l the own e r for ced the col ored m a n to l et up on h im. C1i t e O n e ans w e r ed in a r eady fa shio n I r ec kon you "lVIe a llec arnec gittee squ a r e so b e," sa i d Hop try in g m u s t h ave recog nize d it, o r ye r w ouldn't have g r a bb ed it t o s mil e. M e givce goodee fo r badee Y ou h avee s m oke s o q u i c k Mi s l e 1.-Colo red l\Ian? Y o u wh i ppee m e, and m e ha vec no "You do, el1? Well, n e ver mind abo u t t h at. So y o u h ard e e fe eling so be." found t h e mask b ack on the trail, ?" T hi s wa s so u n ex p ec ted that the dark y k new not what "Yes. That's jest a s sure a s you 're sittin' on t hat sort o s ay r e l h o rs e But H ooper and hi s wife took it jus t a s t h ey h e ard it, W h e r e w as it l yi n g o n whi c h side o f the tra il I a nd they bot h adv i se d D a ni e l t o m ake up w i t h t h e China mean?" man. On the r l eft, a s w e com e a l on g This h e di d, accep ting the c i ga r a n d decla ri n g that h e "And you saw it and sto pp e d to pick it up?" was sorry for w allopi n g h im Yes. I woul d n t have ha d i t if J hadn't don e that, "Thafs 1Vhat I ca ll a fri e n d l y s p i ri t, d ec l a r e d t h e 1rnuld I?" Eng li s h woman. "rrow, Dani e l you smoke t hat c igar and forge t t he i n cident. I am sorry the C h i n ama n so low e r e d h i m elf as t o s teal the b r a ndy; but I fee l su r e t h a t this will be a lesson to h i m, and that he wi ll never do it P erha p s not. B u t t hi, was t h e on l y one you saw the re, wa it?" "Sarti n If the r e h a d b een a n y more I would h ave pi cke d 'em u p, sam e a s I did t hat one agai n." "Me n evee do some more, so The n h e went to i.h0 brook and h ad becom e bruised somewh a t in t h e dark y B o l iv a r P ete 1raR doin g s ome pretty good l y ing j u s t be," Hop ass mecl h e r. 1 t h e n a nc.] he thoucrht h e w a s croin o to convince t h e you nba 0 b 0 1rnshed his face, w hich cleads ho t t hat a mi s t a k e had b ee n mad e i n taki n g t h em t h e bri ef strugg l e w i t h for robb e r s Dani e l produced a match and lightecl the c i ga r w h ic h wa s a b i g, b l ack o n e, s u c h as a r e made by l v iex ican s H e p11fl'ec1 a wny h ear t i l y, anc1 t h e girl s, suspecti n g t hat Hop h ad played a tri c k en h i m, wat ched to see the r esult. Hop came bac k smiling p laci d ly, b u t h e too k not t o sLmd too c lose to t h e da r ky. D ani l s u ccee d ed i n burning just about h alf a n inc h of t h e c i gar, and the n the r e w as a l o u d r eport, and h e fe ll over backwa rd 'l'he cigar ha:1 exp l o d ed, tha t was a ll and, thoug h i t was an o ld trick to t h e g irl s, the s hock i t gave Mrs H ooper was far more t han the victi m h imself received. H oope r sprang t o catc h his wife, w h o see med abo.ut t o faint, and quic kl y excla im e d : "It is all right, Mi n e va. The c i ga r was lo aded, that's all. Hop ce r tai nl y got sriu n r e wit h Da ni e l Ha, h a, h a Mrs Hoope r recme r cd v ery q u ick l y w h e n s h e heard this i\1ean w h i l e t h e d ark y h asti l y sc r a mbl e d to his f ee t and s n eaked off, for h e sa w t hat t h e girl s were la u ghing h eart ily at the pra qtic al joke CHAPTE R X. W I L D A:C.TD HIS PARTNER S A R E BAFF LED. The three members of the band of raiders found selves i n a rather bacl predicament all at once. Bu t that was whe r e h e w as maki n g a mistake, :for Wild West was s impl y him t o con v ict him se lf. T h r ee o f y o u wer e r i din g down from the ranch you b e l ong to, and you happ e n e d to see this ma k l yi n g at t h e s id e o f the t r a i l and s topp e d l o n g e n ough to pick i t up?" Wild w ent on keeping the l eader of the rai d e r s cov e r e d with a hand that '""as as s t eady as a rod;:. "Th at's i t exac t ly," the C ute O ne d ec l a r ed. "All right. I m ay h a v e m ade a mi taJ-e i n accusi n g you f e ll ows of h aving robbe d som e peop l e last night h e r e in thi s w vine, but I h ardl y think I a m J im, j ust searc h the oth e r two g a loots, and see i f you can't find ma

Y OUNG WILD WEST S THREED AY HUNT. Big Barton cast a glance around, as though h e was l ook ing for a chance to e cape. The fact was that t h e villain was far more uneasy than he had been in a lon g while. But he made up his mind right then that he was n ot going to b e take n a li ve by the three w h o ha d cau g h t him so cleverly. "Well, what are yer goin' ter do about it?" he fixing hi s eyes on our hero, after h e had looked around "Take you to our camp first. The n we'll see about running you over to the mining camp you s poke abou t, if there i s u c h a place," was Wilcl' s reply "What's it to you what w e are? We never done nothin' ter you, did we?" "Are you sure you never did anytlung to us?" "Sartin, I am I never s ot eyes on yer till j est now, when yer come along." "Didn't you s n ea k over to a camp abo u t five mi l es from her e and steal t h e game we had shot?" The gaze that was fi.."'{ed upon his face was such a steady one that Big Barton dropp e d his eyes. "Well," said he, lifting them again, "we didn't know who owned ther stuff We come along an' seen ther veni son han gi n there, ready t e r be took, an' a w e need it, we thought we'd better make off with it." "Ah! So that is the way it wa eh?" "Yes, that's ther way "Well, what did you attack our camp for, then?" "Ther wife of one of m y pards h ere want e d ther hat that Englishwoman \vears." Charlie laughed outright at this, and Wild and Jim w e r e forced to smi l e "That's right," spoke up Bolivar Pete. "It was my wif e what needed a new h at, an' I allowed that ther woman cou l q well afford ter lose that one." "Where is your wife?" Wild went on to a s k, he being not a little amused at the way the villain s talked. "Over in Scrabble F l a t," was the retort. "That is where you li ve, then, I s uppose?" "Yes." "An' that's where we're goin' now! Come on, boys !" A s quick a s a wink Big Barton put the spurs to h is horse and dashed clown t h e trail. There was a short bend right there/ and as h e got t o it he turned in the sadd l e and fired. Crack! Charlie answered the hot, but was too late, a s t h e vil lain got out of sight too soon. The action was un expected, even to our hero, and Boli var Pete and Wince accepted the chance and rode off in the opposite direction. Wil d knew who the leader was, well enough, and he started after him in a hurry, bent on taking him Crack! On e of the villains fired just t h en, and Charlie felt a sharp ting on the i de of hi s head as a lock of his hair was cut off by a bullet. It \ra real1:v the most crooked part of the ravine, and in l ess than three seconds none ci the three villains was to be seen. Bolivar Pete and Wince succeeded in getting through the narrow pas s and i n to the valley, b u t Big Bar t o n had taken the opposite d i rection and he was ridi n g fo r hi s But he did not go fa r before he fou n d pla c e w h ere h e could di s mount and lay for hi s pursuer If Wil d h a .cl not com e in sight of h i m just as h e was doing it h e woul d sure l y have gone ri ght into a tra p He k new what t h e scound r e l was up to r ight away s o h e r eine d in t h e sor rel s ta ll ion and wait ed for h i m to show hi s hand :Meanwhi l e Jim Dart had started after the othe r s, fol lowed by the scout, as soon a s h e found out that his scalp had on l y been grazed by the bu ll e t But they c ould not :find t h e two me n as they ga lloped right pa s t t h e concealed opening t hey had gone t h roug h They were for ced to give i t u p after a sea r c h of ten m i n utes, and then they came ga ll oping back to whe r e our hero was cro uchin g, waitin g for the l eader of t h e ga n g to s how his h and. "Didn' t you get t h em, boys?" 'Wilcl aske d as h e saw t h em ride up and d1i;mount. "No, replied Jim. "They disappeared as qui ck l y as thou g h the g r ound had ope n e d and swallowed them. "That i s strange. Do you know what I think? T he ga l oots hav e a hidin g p l ace r i ght around here som ewher e But the leader is about :fifty ya rd s a h ea d of here, behind that jutting point of rock. He thought I would come right on, s o h e could drop me as I w ent by. But I was jus t in time to see what he was up to." "Well, I re c kon we' ll s oon git him Wild, remar ked the scout. "He don't dare ter come o u t an' go on that 's s ure." H e uns l u n g hi s rifle a s he s poke. The n he took aim at the edge of the rock and fire d a s hot j ust to let the villain kn e w that he m eant bu s i ness'. \ A mock ing l augh ra n g out, s howing how s afe t h e v illa i n felt himself. lt was jus t t hen that t h e r u mb l e of whee l s came from up the ravine. "Sou nd s a s though a s tage coach was coming," s aid J im. "That's right," an s wered Wild "Well, let it come; i t may h e lp u s to catch the ga lo ot." Sure enough, in l ess than a minute they s aw a s t age coa c h, dr awn by four mules, corning mound a bend 'rhe driver pulled u p whe n h e sa w the three standi n g at the side of the trail, near t heir hor ses "What's ther t rou b le?" he call ed out, lookin g at t hem s u spiciously. "We have got a robber cornerccl clown there," Wil d answered. "Drive on, arlc1 just run him out. He is there alone, and he won' t hurt you. He is just waiting for us to come along, so he can pop us over." The driver drove on until he was half way to the spot. Theri a voice ca lled out: "Halt! Come any further an' I'll shoot!" The stage coach dii".er uttered a cry of and then he strove to turn the outfit around in a veiy narro w place ancl came near upsetting i t as a result. Big Barton saw hi s ch ance and, mounting his horse,


18 YOUNG WILD WE T'S HUN"T w ent gallopin g from the spot bd'.ore either Young W ild W est or h i s partne r s could get a i;hot at him Instead of helping their case, the stage coach had made i t po ss ibl e r 01: the villain to esca p e CHAPTER XI. WILD A N D HARLIE GO AFTER VEXISOX AXD RAIDERS It was n early five minutes before our' friends coulcl get in i)f(nsuit of the villain t h ey now wanted :o;o bad l y io take, fo r t h e ravine wa o narrow at that point that the mules and the t a ge coac h completely blocked it. 'rhc l earle r s became frightened, ancl ai:i the vehicle was in clanger of b eing upset the jumpecl out and but ac1clec1 t o the confu sion. Chey nne C harli e told the driv er a few thin gs that weie not to hi s c redit, but that did no goocl, and when they rlid get through they all knew that tl1eir game wa s aR goo l a s l ost, for the time be ing, anyhow. They rod e on for nearly ten miles, and then, a'l 110 trace of the villain were to be found, they turned anJ r ode back for Ilcd Ravine. T h ey met the stage coach on the way. and it wa s bro u ght to a halt, and many questions were put to them. Om h e ro amwercd tliem to the :-;ati'ltactio n of all han 1 s a n d t h e n t h e outfit proce eded on it::; way. ''We m ay a s well go back to the camp now, I reckon," s a i d Wild. "Thi. has be e n a mighty queer morning's work. The three galJots were much smarter than I gave t h e m e r clit for But never mind, boy s We'll catch them y t. 'J'hat they hav e a headquarters a r ound here s omewh ere is pretty certain, and we mus t make it our busines to find just where it fa." "Well, it ain't so very far from our camp, owe kin nm ove r this way toward s night," the r;cout answered They r ode on t hrough the ravine, keeping thei1 ; eyes and ears open. But they neither sa w nor heard anything 01'. the two vilfoin s who h ad di sappeared so suddenly. Tt was twelve o clock when they r ached the camp, ancl Lhey were glacl to finu a good dinner aboul ;:cady for them. "How did you i tak e out, gentlemen?" quericcl lJ coper, l ooking at t h em expectantly. "Well, we found the ga loots," was the reply. "YOU did?" "Yes; we found them in what i. call ed R ed Havine, on the Silver City trail." "Oh!" and Mrs Hoope1' clapped her hands with de light. "Did you recover my "Not yet," Wild r eplied. "You :>ee, we met with some v ery bard luck. The robbers outwitted us ., "Oh, that is too bad," and the woman began to cry right away Arietta could see that her da 'hing young l over had met with a disappointment, so she a sked him to tell all about it. Mrs Hooper became qui te cheerful again, for Young Wild W e t seemed to think that her diamo n ds would urely be recoYered; and i;h e clcclarecl that s h e be lieved .he would really enjoy camping out after i:;lle got a little mo r e u se d to it. A s the meal progressed Wild, C harlie and Jim learned all about the ineident t hat Hop Wah had been the chief .factor in and t h e way it wound up cau sed them to smil e and look over at the d a rky, who wai:l eating \1-ith the tll"o Celestia l s "On e thing about Hop i s that h e is often able to ac complish thin gs t hat none 01'. the rest of us could do, said Wild, speaking to H oope r and his wife. "[le bas sa\ ed my li fe giving an Indian chief a l oadec l ciga r arnl he lrns put a whole band 01'. ou thrnrs to fli ght just by f'ho ol ing colored fire out 01'. the old fashio ned R i x -;;h oote r h o carries. H e has got good qualities, ai:; well as bad o n es I am sorry he took Lhe brnnc1y, t h oug li. Bui ] re ko n you can mnke out with what you got back from l1im. "Oh, that ii:; aJl right," c]edarcd the mine owner. "But you havcn"t hearcl one of the gool1 parts of the joke, though. Hoop e r and my,:elf both declared that the brandy H op gave us wa s not good that we had Jo,.,t, and ai> it was some of the very ,.;tuff iti-;elf it what imagination will do. Neither of u s lwcl any i<1ea that it was our own brandy he wai:; treating to. H a, hn. ha!" "Imagination i s go d, [ r eckon;' Rpoke up C h a rli e grinnin g at them. "I've see n cm fur sa l e nt some o f ther railroad stati ons Hooper looked amused "Yon Ray you haye f:een imnginalions oITer0d fo r Fal e ?" Rhe said, questioningly. "I Rt1ppof'c yon means boolrn, or paperback novels?" "No, I don't; I me:m imni:;inations, aR yrr call 'em." "Do you mind telling me what you call a n imaginati o n J\fr Charlie?" "No, I don't mind tell in' yer. An ima gination i s a hole in a d oughnut If :yer slrnt yon r eycR whe n yer g o ter eat ther doughnut yer im agine you 're eatin' ther ho le an' all. T ]mowed a galoot oner wlrnl thought he coul d i:;avr ther h o le in a doughnut but t hat wa" on l y imagination, ioo, fur when h e chew d up llicr ring around t h e r h ole ther blamed old hole har1 tlii-;appearcd." Charlie never cracked a Rmile as he gave t hia exp l ana tion, aud for a Recond or two there wm; a d ee p silence The girls TI"anted to laugh, but they w e r e waiting to ee how Mrs. Hooper took it. \\'he n she finally gave a nod and burs t into a lau g h all hands joined in. "Your husband i s quite a wit, I find," said the mine O\\'ner'' wife, nodding to Anna. 'fl would n eve r have thought it of him. You .American are curiou s peop l e indeed. Just imagine--" "Don't!" interrupted her hands "Let it go at that, doughnut h ere." husband, holding up hi,; We haven't any For a wonder, s h e took this goodn aturedly And a. R h e thought of what rh c scout h ad sa id l ater i n the day, s h e laughed more h eartily t han s h e had at fir t. Wil d dic1 so, declaring that the next fone he dro p on the robb ers they would not get away. go t the ()harli e and Jim wen t out lo look for t h e rest oi' t h eir 1 game shortly after dinner, taking Hop with them.


\YILD l'i' E "1'. 1 'I'HREE-DAY HU.NT. 11> They founcl the bears anJ p a rtridge, all ri g h t, and they brou ght in \ r ha t l hcy wanted, anc1 t h e n prepa red to cure the b ca rmca t. a n o p e r ation t h a t 1rai:; m ost inte resting to the .En g li s h 1 r o m a n. "P:utri c l g c:-; for ,:aid Wild; a ncl if Anna will mak e some c orn cloclf:crs l t h in k on will i mag in e ihn t yourr c at a fir::l c l a"" h oi." l "'.\Ir8 Hooprr.,. "Leave lhc 'aid Charlie, a,.: h e brou g h t hi, horse t o a ha l t. ((High t ahead i,; where thcr blame d old s ta ge coath corne near upsdtin', an here',; thrr bend thcr two ga l oobi rodP aronncl in a hurry. If J hadn't tho u ght I 1 ras s h o t p11ti.y barl I reckon J 1 1 oulcl h a v e drop ped on e of c m lliong h .Tim r-:aitl how t hey d one it mighty qu ic k a n l h a t h e dicln t kno w w h e t he r tcr follow you or git afte r the m (


20 YOUXG WILD \VEST' S THREE-DAY HUNT. "Don_'t t alk a b o v e a ,rJ1isp c r Cha1.'lic,' Wild caution e d I s l.1e d:' n o d o ubt t h e s a bl e for t h e h o r s e s belo n ging to t h e a s h e cl1s mounl ed. ":No w tlicn 11 e 11 j e s t l o o k ar ound a nlla mou s g an g little." I S m o k was coming o u t of t h e little c h imney tha t There w e r e se v e ral ni c he s t o b e ,;een i n Urn jrreg nlar built at o n e end of t h e cabin 'rhic h s h o w ed that the r e face of the bluff and our h e ro m a d e i t hi s b u s in ess t o musL b e one in it. investig at e J h e m a s fa s t a s h e cam e to them. Wild l ook a good look befo r e b e ma d e a n ot h e r mov e He had seen c ave s that wer e covcr ccl a t the ir month s H e n o t e d t hat ihe log s hant y w a s o n l y a b out fifty yards b y c anva s and oth e r ma te rial tha t wa,; p a intccl in i mitati o n distant fro m th e entra nce t o the valle y a n d that the r e of ro c k, and he thought tha t i t miglit be the c ac;e n o\\'. was a c h a n c e fo r 011c to stea l u p to i t, prov idin g he Surely the da s hin g y oung d c a ds h ot ms o n the r i ghL crept a few feet to t h e ricrht nnd g ot unde r coye r of the trac k n o w e-ven. tho u g h it was no t exactl y a;; 110 t h o u ght. rank g r o 1 dll o f bru s hc::; a n d vines that followe d the in On e afte r anoth e r of the nic he s h e \\'e n t to until -finally s id e of tb c hig h l'id g e he r eac1rnd the right on e J)u t b efo r e goiog h e c onc l nc1ed t h a t h o h a d better let 'rhe crevi ce tha t forrnec1 the narrow pa s s into t h e l'ittl e t h e sco u t know whnt he was goi:ng to c1o. valle y did not s how from the r a vine, s ince i t was a L the H e w e n t o u t again anc1 told him to g o in and lake a righ t side of the nic h e look. 'I'o loo k into the nic h e on e woull sec n othing buL t h e C harli e clid so, whil e o u r h e r o re main e d o n g uar d bare, r e d s and s ton e s i x fe e t fro m th e face of lh c c liff. whe n h e c am e b a c k bi n face 1 ro r e a. s m il e of dee p Wh e n Wilc1 l ooke d inlo it h e h ad h a r d l y a n olio n tha t it was th e rig h t place t o e xamin e in orde r t o s ol v e lh c "I reckon 'rc 'v e got c m \Yi ld h e s a i d But don t my s t e ry ye r think i t 1roulcl b e better te r com h e r e after d a rk? But h e \Yen t ri g h t o n in, fee lin g of th e rock wit h hi s W e could do ab out a s w e p l eased t h en." hands whi le C h a rli e r e ma ined furlh e r o u t, o n t h e w atch "Com e to th1n k of i t t h a t wou ld b e a g ood w ay,' \Vilc1 'rhe n ext minute ou r h e r o gaY e a sta r t o f s urpri se a nsw c r ecl. l s u p p oQc there n o need of nrnning too H e had found t he-little pa s sage 1 g r oat a r is k, w h e n i t i s n o t necessa r y But T p romise d He was no t t h e got exc il c d over a n y thin g like Hoo per s w ife t o get her d ia m o n d s for h e r and it i s a that, a s the r e ader k nows. pretty s u re t hin g t hat th e y arc in that shanty. B u t the H e s imply gave a noel of satisfact i o n and t hen \ rn lk e d ni ght t im e will be bes t I think." I out to wher e t h e scou t 1ras wai t ing. C h a rli e w as p r o u d to t h i n k t hat his adv ice was to be "I reckon it's all ri g h t, C ha r li e," h e s a i d in a w h i s -a c t e d upon. per. "I've found the way to ge t lo a cave or s omething." It ,ra s n o t ofte n .that h e m ad e a sug g e s tion, b u t w h e n "What !" g a s p e d h is p a r t n e r hi s eyes opening wide. h e dicl i t a s ge n c raill y a good on e "That's rig h t. Corne an d ta k e a look." The two w e n t o u t, a nd, marki n g t h e p1flce w e ll in their Charli e los t no tim e in doin g RO. minds, so they could n ot make a n y mis take the y m ount -He was jub i lan t a t t h e di coYcr y espec i a ll y whe n he cc1 and r o r l c b ack through t h e ravi n e saw the fresh imprints of h ors es' h o ofs in t h e gro und. They l i a d no t got 1;orc i.h an a h undre d yar ds w he n What are yer goin' tcr clo now, Wild ?" h e asked t h e y heard seve r a l sh o t s fir e d back n t h e tra il. eagerly. T he n t h e rumb ling o f w h ee l s c am e to t h e i r c ars "Do? \Vhy, go in the re of cour so, ancl -find o u t \rhat "Somethin's up, I r eckon excla i med t h e s cout. i s fhcr e This i s the e n tra nce to the q uarte r s of t h e g an g Soun ds lik e that b l a m e d old stage c oa c h co m i n b a ck." that i R call e d t h e R a i d e r s of R e d RaYine, I s uppose Just Thaf r i ght, C h a r lie," w as the r e ply "Co m e v n I b rin g th e hor ses up c l o se h e r e and t h e n you rai.t. I'll r ecko n w e 'll tak e a ha n d i n thi s game!" g o in a lii tl e w.'c.'" s a id the H e could see t h e l og c abin that wao; a lmost hidd e n driver, who w a s not t h e snme o n e 1 rho h ad p a .'sed that among the trees and vines, and a l mo s t behi n d i t w a s a \\' a y during the m orning, "an' I thought the r b e s t thing


Y OUNG \ VILD W EST'S THREED AY HUNT 21 -------------.. ------==== we could do \m s ter keep ahead 0 'cm. I could drive I "The other two got little valle y, of while i.hcrn in ther coac h could do ther shootin' Ther I cour s e," aid w ild, speaki n g in a low tone to the scou t TObber s fired four o r five tim es, an' s o did ther pas e n W e will l e t them go no\\"; but a Hc r dark w e will com e gers; but n o o n e see m ed tcr git hit. W hen you two fol back and do s ome l ers fir e d somcthin' happ e ned, though!" They rode a l ong s lo" l y lmtil they r eac h ed the end of "I reck o n something always happ e n s wh e n \\"e R hoot the ravi ne, a n d then they headed for UlC opot they h ad W i l d answered; "if it is nothing more tha n a fright to l eit t h e s l ain deer at. s o mebod y Bu L w e meant thos fellows, for they 1Tcre Tlfr time they founrl ll1c i r gam e all right, and thin k j ust in ncecl of taking the ir medi cine T hey would have ing it quite enough for one clay, i.hcy rod e on back to t h e caught you, mo t lik ely, if we had noL been h e re, and then camp some one would h ave been kill ed, anyhow It i s better "Well, h e r e the a ll righl," our h ero r e that bro o f them sho uld go than any o n e o.f you fellows, marked aR he dismounted anrl handed 01 c r the result of for I t ake i t lbat you arc all honest m e n t heir R hort hunt to the cook "l reckon the raid e r s did n t 'l'hey looked it, anyway, ancl they seemed to be p lea eel get thi c hunk of venison, anyhow at 1rhat the dashing young deaclsho t sai d "Did you find out anything about m y d i amonds? 0 f cour se, they wanted to know who h e and h i s parta s k e d Mr s Hoop e r, anxiou s l y n er 1 rc re, Ko Wild told-them \Vell we know jns t about where they are," w as t h e The dri r c r h a 1 h eard o f them, Lnt the pa se n ge 1 \ had reply I t hink we will ha v c them for you befo r e to not, for !her''" re nol rne n who had been ver y l o n g i n that morrow morning part o.f the c nntry, h aving come from St. Louis. AH hand ,r ere smpric c C H 1\PTER XIII. AT TITE OF OUR FRIEND S "Take a l ook al the other galoot; may b e you know him t'do," sa icl \Vild n odding to the Lage coach driver. l 'he man rcmo1 Cll the oth e r mack. "lt's Jae:k Brennan!' h e gasped. "Jack was consid e r ed tcr be v ry honest, an' he ain t been see n muc h a r ound ScrnLble Flat lately. \ \' e ll by jingo! No wonder T om Duff was tellin' me how dangerous ther Raider s of Reel R avi n e waR H e wm; one of 'c m himseH. I r eckon ther b oy" ''L lhcr camp will be 1rh en l hcy h ears thi:;, fur n o one thought T o m 1raK a n yLhing mor e t h an a card sharp "Where do you suppose U1C r cl'l w n l ? one o.f t h e pa .,.,cngcrK ac;kc

22 YOUXG 1nr_,D IYEST' S THREE-DAY HUNT. frie n ds by t h eir first names n ow, and this made i t more thin? that the ra.i@ler h ad h eld them up and robbed soc i ab l e them. Arietta p ick ed up her rifle. It was now time for the eveni n g meal, s o the cook go t The vulture wa s probab l y two hundred yard s above busy and prepared it. them, and it was soaring around, evidently with the in1rhe appetite of :;\fr s Hooper seeme d to keep on improvt cntion of alighting on a peak near by. ing, and she wc1s g r adually chopping the tabl e manners Arietta had a feeling of disg ust for birds and beasts 8he had as sumed at first of a camiv orous nature, and s h e could shoo t them with-'rhc sun sank in the West and then it wa not long bc -out a feeling o:f hesitancy. fore the howling of a wolf coul d be heard in the di::;-She placed th0 rifle to h e r shoulder and, taking a quick tancc. aim, pres ed the trigger. "What is that, Harris?" a ske d the mine owne r 's wife, Orang! apprehensive ly. A::; the report rang out the vultme's wing::; flapped con"Nothing but a hungry wolf, 1\Iinena," 11as the re.(y. Yubvely, a n d then down it cam e toward the earth. "Nothing but :i hungry wolf!'' repeated tfi e woman "l\Iy exclaimed Mrs. Hooper. I s n't that wonder looking at him in amazement. "As i f that were not quite iul, Harris?" enough to shock o ne. Tl1c idea! S u ppose it got at u si' "A mi ghty good hot," wa s the reply. "Don't worry a boat that," spoke up ou r hero. "The "There ain't every o n e a s kin do it, I reckon," the 1ro1 h as s mell ed what we left o{ our game, and h e i s s imscout h astene d to ay ply calli n g others to j oin h i m in a ban quet. '11h ey \ron' t 'rhe big bird dropped about a hundre d yards from the bot her us, though. 'l1h cy a l tac k a perso n unless camp, and being anxio u s to see i t, H oope r conducted his they are nearly 8hirvc d, and in & u c h numbers that t h ey wife to the spot. feel that it it:: f'afe to cl it. I r rcko n 11e can take caa:e Charlie went along, for he h ad found that it mls not of all the wo1vcR tl;ere arc around here. very safe to let suc h people go around a l one, si nce the She was partly appeased at h earing this, but as t h e raiders were not lo ca t ed P o very far away. h idcou" howling con t inu ed at interva l s and was being But nothing happened to interfere with them, and :Hr,; answered from a nother direction, she grew very n e r v Hooper soon saw all wanted to of the vulture. ous. When they returned to the camp Rhc lo oked at Ari"Don't l eave t h e camp to-night." she jmplored, ac1ctta and said: dressing Wild. "I won't Feel safe i f you are not here." :r ., "All ri ght," h e answered T won't t hen." b h b l d t ?" 1cn e urnec o lar ie an a e in a w rnper: Now, if you will s how me how io shoot a nile I w11l I rr1 h t l t Cl l d dd d h" c muc o rge o you w n r 't h 1 b "C t 1 y 1 t t b 11 t a 't I 0 VI e won go to-mg 1t, t e .n' mt 1t Wl. e m1ghtv er am y ou oug 1 o c a) e o o J I can. l h 1 h ear y mt e mornmg when 11c do stnke o u t, tloug We course, you would nave to practice a great dea l before you .11 1 b t t h b f 1 1 t,, 1 h t t, 1 t B t tl fi f t tl w1 eave a o u wo ou r e ore nay ig 1 con Cl s oo s ra1g 1 u ic mere rmg o i is no 1 '"rl t'll b b t t l b t t h cJe clarecJ J t l 1 l 1 1 ld 1.,_ ia e a ou 1 .er es une a.ny ow, .1 t mg. us pace tie stoc< t1g1t to vour s1ou er i,;;:e t i t "Tl 1 t 't b 1 1 f th tl l th tl t a Tl t ll th t 1e sco u 1cr ga oo R won c oo on or us en. 11S, anc e n prcrn 1e 110ger. ia J,; a ere is o A tl th 1 l' f tl 1 that art of it,,_ s 1 e even m g wore on e iow mg o 1 e wo ves mp creased, and once, when the anim a l s came pretty clo,e She s howed her, and then t h e woman t o ok the. rifle to the camp, Mrs. Hooper seemed in danger of being rnther gingerly and placed the butt of the stock to her taken with a fit. shoulder. She kept the muzzle pointed in the air, for Arietta took care to hold it that way while she was getting it into po s i tion. Orang! The rifle wa s c1isc ltargec1 almo s t hcforc she was aware tltal i:;hc hnc1 caused it, and the mine owner's wife gave a cry. "Yon arc not hurt, a r c you?" Arietta a;.;kec1, with a s mile. "Oh, no," the reply. "But it r-d-artlcd m e Hare turning to her husband, "I believe l will to learn how to shoot." "Good!" wa the reply "You a r c coming arouncl all right, Minerva. 1:f you only gcL your diamonds back you will begin to think ihat th Wild Wei-;t of America is a pretty nice sort or a place, after all." I lry hard to make my;;:elf think t hat way be all ,1om are b err, Hani,;. '' This wao; the thin g Hooper had heard from h e r ., :0!, and he b egan to think lhat it 1ra s reall y a fortunate But a little of the brandy revived her, and then she gradually made herself accustomed to it. The fact that no one e l se seemed to be alarmed assured her lhat thcr could be no danger, after all. The night passed o n and about two o'c l ock Wild and Charlie saddled their hor:;cs aud, mounting, rode from the camp, leaving Jim in cha rge. OHAP'l'EB. Xl V. WILD GETS THE DIAJIIO N D S Wild and Charlie were not long in gettin g to the ravine. The air wa8 clear and rather colcl in t h e early morning, but they were jus t in trim for the work that w as ahead of them. H it a;: at all po ss ible, our hero wanted to g e t the diamo nd s Mrs Hooper h::icl been robb e d of ..


r YOUNG WILD WEST'S THREE-DAY HUNT. 23 J ust how he was going to accomp li s h i t he di d no t Bul when our two frie.l).ds saw her fetc h ou t a wash -know; but he d e pended upon l u ck being with him a tub they readily und e r stood that he irn:iant to get t h e great deal, and he hoped that omething woul d turn up 1raslting d one b efo r e breakfast. o n thi s o Ha1ing put the water on to boi l Mag stood i n a "It ai n't like l y t hat t h e r galoot s 'ill be lookin' fur u thoughtful attitude for a moment, and the n went to tho at thi" time of ther n ight," observed the scout, a s they closet that was in a corner r ocle a l ong From this s he took a s mall package wrapped in ne1i-' "No, Char l ie," was the r e ply "But the fir ct t hing we paper, and when vvilcl anc1' Charlie sa w it t h ey grew very will find out i s whether they h ave taken charge of the much interested bodies of the two who got this a f ternoon It i s most 'I'he hag, for such s he cou l d certa i nly be called, as tho lik e l y t hat they have B u t we want to find o ut, an y reader knows, sat down o n a chair right before the win' how. dow our two friends were peering through Wh en they neared tlie spot where the tragedy' had oc1 h e n s h e opene d t h e package and bega n looking at tht; curr e d t hey s l owed their hor ses down to a walk. contents gloatingly. I n this way they proceeded, the de cl inin g moon in the Wild craned h i s neck and managed to get a g limpoe w est lighting tlie way for t hem. at what s he was s o absorbed in. They s oon found that th deacl raider s had bee n carIlis heart gave a bound when he saw that t h e r e were ried. away, and then they got read y to go into the little ,;ome of jewelry in the woman's hand. valley. That j t was -that which had been stolen from the min e "'Ne ha cl better take our h or ses i n too, J reckon Wild owner's w i fc he had not the l e ast doubt. sa id. "We can l eave them right lving our two friends abo u t the room, w h ich was used a s a kitchen and dining Then s h e felt over the chair, a s though s he thought room. her eyes might be deceiving her, and, failing to find the lt was Mag, t h e wile of Boliv a r Pete. I diamonc1<1, she moved it and looked on the :floor. She h a d started tlrn wor k of kindli no a fire, whic h Then el1e s hook the cha i r an d got clown upon her ha nds s howed tha t she was gomg to begm the clay rather early. and k n ees


YOUNG WILD WEST'S THREE-DAY HUNT. But it was no use. The diamonds had vanish ed, and i t was in such a my s teriou s way that the woman was dazed. For fully half an hour s h e kept up the s earch, pausing now and then to s hak e h e r fist at a. door, which shut off the adjoining room. Th e iact was that Mag was beginning to think that on e of the m e n b e lon g i n g to th e ga n g of raider s bad stol en the diamonds, h e r hus band p e rh' a p s Sudden l y s h e picked up an axe a nd app roach ed the doo r. Wild and C harli e thought s h e m eant to br e ak down the door but s u ch was not he r intentions The door ope n e d to t h e l ittle apa rtm ent that was u s ed a s a s l eep in g place for he r self ancl hu band. She opened the door in a hurry and found Bolirnr P ete sonnLl asleep, just as s he ha d left him when s h e arose so ear ly. But t hi s was not e n tire l y sati sfac tor y to h er. Steppin g i nto t h e little room s h e r aised the axe threateni n g l y ai:id excl aimed: r "Wake up you s n Q rin' gal oot Give me them dia mond s "What's the r matter, Mag?" q u er ied the s t artled vill a i n a s h e got up and saw h e r s tanding over him with the upr a ised axe her b l ack eyes flashing fire. "Wha t d id ycr s n e ak out an' take t h e m diamond s when I was n t l ookin' fur?" s h e demande d : What! I ain't took no diamonds, Mag. I knows a whole l ot better th a n that. What do yer m e an? \ Vhere did yer put 'em, anyhow?" Mag was forced to believe her hu s band was innocen t s o s h e lowe r e d the axe. Th e Cute One hurri e dly dressed himself and c am e into the ki tche n part oi' th e shanty "Te ll m e a ll about it, Mag," he sa id coaxin g l y "It can t b e t h at th e r diamond s i s los t. Y ou've put 'em some whe r es, an you've furgot w h ere "No, I ain't. I h ad 'em in my hand s l ess than hal an hour ago. I was lookin' at 'em, an' I wrapped e m up an l eft 'e m l a yin' right on that t h e r e c hair w h ile I put s ome woorl in thcr s tove. My back was t urned an some one s tol e 'e m w hile I was n't look in '. -P e te, I've got ter hav e the m di amond s if I kill every o n e in the r s han ty ter git 'em Th e Cnt e One was m o r e keen tha n hi s bett e r h alf "Some o n e might hav r eac hed throu g h the r w ind e r an' took 'em while yer wasn't lookin', lVfog," he s a id. She flew to the window, and a s h e r hand hit t h e bunch of rags it fe ll out s id e "Git in there an' tell them gal oots that unlesg I git them diamond s back in five minut es' time the r e'll be b l o o d s hed in this s han ty s h e cr i ed. C HA P TER, XV. THE SURPHTSE A'P THE LOG SHANTY. The R aiders of R eel Ravine had been very quiet s ince the death of their two compa ni o n s They had buri e d the m in the valley, not far from the s han ty, and now, as the r e w ere but five of t h e m they felt that th e would have to r emai n c l o e for a while. The four who h ad made the attack on the stag e coach wer e those r etuming from the mini n g camp, as can re a dily b e guessed Th e liquor they h ad imbib e d while a t Scrabble Flat h a d onl y made them all the m o r e and whe n they ove r took the s tag e coa c h a s it was o n i ts \Yay throu g h the ra v in e they s udden l y decided to h old i t up. So t hey put o n thE'ir ma sks and fo llo1Yed i t until the ri ght s pot was reached and t h en they g alloped alter their prey. But they got mu c h t h e wor st of it when clas hing Young Wild W est and Cheyenn e C h arlie appea r e d o n the s c e ne and, leavin g t h eir two c ompanion s where they fe ll the other two mana ge d to ge t into t h e valley. Bi g Barton was s ta gge r e d whe n he heard what ha d happ e ned. H e h a d h e ard the s ho oti n g, a nd ima g ined that hi s m e n w e r e up t o something, but h e h ad no idea that tw o of t h e m were going to drop out of t h e gang. Since the lrnr i a l of the dead t h e five h ad r e main ed ri ght at the s h anty It h appe n ed t hat the four in the room that was allotted. to them foT a s leeping quart ers wer e a ll sound a s leep when the di s turbance star t e d in the other par t of the s h anty. Wince wa the only one to get up when he heard it, however and h e li s t e ned to wha t was goi ng o n He s oon got wind o f it, s o he decided to go and h e lp investig at e the my.;t ery H e got his garments on and open ed t h e door ju s t in time to see Mag tanding there, while Bolivar P ete was jus t opening t h e outside door. "What does I h ear?" c ri ed Wince. "Somebody has stole the r Jiamonds, i\fa g ?" "Yes, :you c rmrlin' galoot!" was the repl y "You' re ther o n e as clo n e it, to o what ar e yer doin' up?" I got llp wh e n I heard yer yellin' at P ete an' tellin' him that some o n e had stole y our diamonds," Wince a n swer ed, back in g away from her. "Yer d on't t hink I -ivould stea l the r diamonds, do yer, Mag? Don't say anyth in g l ike t h at. I'm loyal ter a ll hands, an you know it. 1' l stic k as l o n g a s any one will, an' don't yer fu r git it!" Meanwhil e Bolivar Pete had gon e o u t to mak e s u r e t hat non e o f the men had come out from the cloor that ope n e d from the oth e r part of the house. Lik e h is wife, h e thou ght that one of the gang had committed the the ft. H e found th e door c l o sed tightly, an(l, hearing the war of words b e tween Mag and Wince, h e came back aga in. 1rhe n fol.lo w e d a hot discu sion, but it resulte d in bot h Mag a nd h e r husband being c onvinced t hat the diamonds had n ot been tak e n by any o n e in the hou e Big Barton and t he r est s o o n came into the room. "This are 1 ni g h ty strange, the leader declared "I reckon I'll hav e t e r look afte r t hat eig h t thou s and dollars I oot from t b e r man s ince what we took from hi s wife 0 i s gon e." H e pulled ont a wall et, opened it and took a look in s id e "It's all right, h e said, no d din g "No one ha s got


I I I YOUXG W IJJD WESTs THREE-DAY HUNT. ----that yel, anyhow I'd like ter see thc r galoot as could I took a lariat ihat 1nlS to a nail in lhc wall and get i t either! I proceeded to tic t h e m e n together. just hand it over!" Three w ere quickly d'on c Young Wild \Vest and C h eyenne C harli e s t e ppeci i n Then Big Barton stepped over, a s though h e meant to j ust then, and young deadshot l ost no time in taking a llow himself to b e t i e d without makin g a s truggle up the r hall e n ging 1rorc1s of l h e lead e r of the raid e r s Instea d h e p u s h e d the helpl ess trio hard a ga in s t Wild lt so h appcncll t hat Bi g Barto n and t h e oth e r t1ro vil and C'harli ,c, :mJ they all wrnt to the O.oor in a h ea p lain s, 11 h o ha d been lhr last to com e o ut, did no t h ave Out of th e shanty l ea p ed the l ead e r and after him their b elts o n yet, and they w e r e 1rilho u t their w ea pon s cam e lhc Cute On e The entrance of the t w o w ere so uddcn t hat the vil The fact w as that the leader had s u ggested the t ri ck lain a n d th e ha g 1rcrc astou n ded, nol to say, dismayed and whe n h e go t out>iide h e m a d e for t h e s h ed where the Bul the deadly tubes that sta red th e m in lhe face told 1rcr c kept it h w ouclerfol quicknes the m plainl y that they w e r e facing d ea th, and b efo r e Big W c"\'c got te r light out, Bart!" h e excla imed. arl'hc r e's Ba1'lon fullY realized it the w a llet was taken from his n olhin' h ere fur n s n o m o r e "Come on ha;d by om: hero. It so h appened that bridl es w e r e o n two of the ho rse:; I r ecko n thi i s a pretty good g ame, all ri ght!" wild and s nappin g the bit s in their t h e two vill a in s exc l aimed Ju t h old u p yom: h ands, ever y one of you! moun tcd bar cba(:k and rod e a1ray in the darkness for the The first ga l oot that tries to take a trick will be put out ravine. of the ga m e !" Wi tho u t a s in g l e w eapo n to defend t h emselves, th ey A:; h e tood b e tween them and the door l e ading to the went on tbrouizh t h e narrow pass, and o n ce out into the adjoi ni n g room, they had no chance to get their wea pravin e they turned to1rnrd the mining camp. on s The t w o having s u c h a made g o o d their W ince and lhc .Cute One w e r e r e li eved o:f theirs at the escape, a nd ::;h o r tly after daylight t hey rod e into S c rab sta r t by h cyen n c Charlie, o the five villain s w ere s urely bl c Fl::it i n the power of our two frinds. It h ad b een the identiral 1ra1lc t t hat had been take n But the woman! from Hoope r that Wild had got po ssess ion of; but only She wa different t h e money that b e l onged to the min e o wn e r was in it. A s she had sa id she fea red no one, and a s s oon as she Bi g Barton h a d other mon ey, a n d plenty of it. coul d gather h e r scatte r ed wit s s h e made r e ady to do Boliv a r P ete was not s o badly fixed in this line e ither, something. s o b efo r e they had been in the mining camp fifteen minShe pi cke d up the axe, j ust as t h e five m e n were forced u tes the two villain s w ere fitt ed o u t, and read y to g o and to walk to a corner of the r oom, and ran at Wild and eek t h eir r evenge, and po ss ibl y s av e their comrades and Charlie. Ma g "Dror that, you hag!" c ri e d the s cout, as he pointed I couldn t s n ea k off wirhout tryin t e r ave 'em, Bart," his gun at h e r. t h e Cute On e declared. "We might be ab l e t er wing them But h e never stoppe d a bit. two ga l oots-fur there was only two of 'em." Crack! "We will wing them, all right. But w e will have t o wild fired and t h e bullet hit the handle of the axe so follow the m to thei r camp to do it, I s 'pose They've took 1 c lose to one of Mag s hands that s h e sprang back and ther boys an' Mag there, most lik e l y, afore this." <, dropped it. "Tha t 's right. Well I'm in this thing ter win ot die I "Catch that woman and tie h e r up!" s houted the da s hing youn g deads h ot, n odding to Bi g :.Barton and the man next to him. "Do as I say, or I'll dro p you, and save the troubl e of hanging you!" The big, villain evidently. thought i t best to obey, for h e promptly caught th e woman a nd p ull e d her back 'rhe n t h e other shirte d to h e l p hi m But they could not h and l e her, it s eemed, for Mag was as strong a s an ox just then. "You hav e got just three minutes to tie that woman so she ca n't mak e any more trouble!" called out W ild That w as enoug h .All five of them fell upon h e r ; and t hou g h s h e strug gl e d like a wildcat the hag wa s so on ove rpowered and bonud. Wilc1 s aw that t hey reall y made the knots good and tight, and then h e calle d for them to s t e p up, on e at a time, and be tie d b y the scout. "An' so am I!" CHAPTER XVI. CONCLUSION Wild knew that it would not do to run after the escaping pair and l e t t h e othe r s b e in the shanty, s o he s imply called out to Charlie, a s he got upon his feet: L e t them go; we hav e done fine as it i s We'll catch the m l ater." W e won't g i t to t h e r c amp i n time fur breakfast this m ornin', I r ecko n,'' r emarke d the cout, with a c huckle. "\\'ell, ncYe-r mind 1\faybe there i s a s h orte r way from crabb l e Fbt to ge t ther e If there is we can hurry back." But luck was with them, it seeme d, for they were jus t emerging from t h e litt l e p ass into the rnvine when a doze n mounted m e n cam e in vi e w On e of t h e m waR a vasse n gc r who had been in the Win ce wa s the fir s t to come. s t age ccach the afte rnoon b efo re, for, when they came t o There wa s plenty of rope in the shanty, al'd Charli e I a halt, Wild h eard and r e cognized his voice.


26 \V lLD WEST'S THilEE-DAY HUNT. "He ll o our h ero ca ll ed o ut. "You :peop le arc jus t in t i me, I reckon "Why, it is Young Wild West!" R h outed the man, ex Li 1 cdly "What arc yo u do in g h e re?" "Oh, we came Lo l ook for t h e rest o:f the ga n g or raid ('!',;," orn h ero ane11er cd. W e've got them all but two DOI\". That is pretty 1re ll I reckon, especially for two or u:, to do l'li c parly proved to be a :posse from Alkali Flat, with the i::ihcriff in the lead. They had come to hunt down the R aiders or R ed Ra Yinc, they declared, and were sorry that they wer e too late to take a hand in the game "WcJJ it is all right, Wild ai d "We've go t t h em for you and we w ill turn t h e m over to you 'I'h e other two "ent somewhere, but the chances arc that they will be found." lt wa just getting daylight when our friends turned llt'l over to the Sherill', after telling him all that h

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GOOD ARTICLESo I n speaking of the pagan atrocities which have f o r cen t u r i es back been perpetrated in t he name of Christ, Bi s hop .Joseph F Berry to l d this story: "It is said, .. h e b ega n, "that when the great Spani s h Marshal Nn.var ez l ay dying his con f esso r asked him it he had any enemies. 'No ,' whi s pered the marshal ; 'I have none. But the priest, reflecting on lhe stormy li fe of the dying man, repeated: 'Think, sir; have you n o enemies? None whatever?' 'No,' said the mars h a l 'none And h e added tran quilly: 'I have shot them all.'" words borrowed from half a score of other languages, we must impose a double and often a multiple burden on some poor, little, monosyllabic word like ''get," for instance, whose meanings are l egion. Our language must need s confound the studenL at the gates with the paradox. To give a few examp l es: The word "let" means to ''.allow" or "permit"; and likewise to "prevent," "hinder," or "refuse," meanings diametrically op pos ite. "I will let you do it," in the formet sense is hardly more common in u se than the phrase "without let or hin drance," and Shakespeare has it, "By Heaven! I'll make a ghost of him that lets (prevents) me." "Cleave" means to sp li t asunder, as well as to "adhere" or "bind" closely. Scott makes Marmion threaten to 'cleave the Dougla s' head," while Holy Writ enjoins upon the husband to "cleaYe unto his wife. Another example is "lurid,"' which means both a "dull reel" and also a green'' hue-tints that are exactly oppo sed in the sca l e of colors. While t):le former i s the more common meaning, the latter i s more scholarly correct, as the word ls derived through the Latin from the Greek ad j ective m eaning .. greenish hued." "Again we have "fast." A horse that is 'fast may be in rapid motion or standing tied stockstill. In either sense, whether of motion or immobility, the word em phasizes the idea. Examples of Lhis bewildering pitfall of our t ongue might be multiplied ind efinitely It may be said of Lhe English-speaking world as it was said of t h e old Romans: that their supremacy is due to the fact that they do not have to learn their own language, Steam t urbin es, says a write r in La Nature, have hardl:ll GRINS AND CHUCK.LES. e n tered the domain of the practical as a motive power for I=========================== great ships before they are threatened with t he rivalry of gas motors. Mr. James MacK echnie, of Barrow-in-Furnes s, reR a nsom-Nernr jud ge a man by the umbrella he carries. g ard s recent experiments as hav ing demonstrated t h e practicaBe ck ly-No. It may no t be hi s bility of powerful ga motors for ocean-going vessels. Among t h e advantages c l aimed for gas-motor s are their more effec t ive transformation of heat into worl\, their relative li ghtness a nd compactness, and the absence of smokestacks. This last item is urged a s a matter of prime importance for warships. .J ......... \Vhen Kiug Alfonso recently visited Can1briclgfl lle offered t h e master a cigarette. The master abhors tobacker, but he t o ok t h e ''coffin nail .. and did hi s best with it. 'When the Prince of "\Vales, now the King of England, was Glad stone's g u est, he offered his host a cigarette, and the Great Commoner t oo k it and did his b est. These recollection s warrant the Lond o n N ews in saying that probably King Edward is respon s ible for the cons umption of more tobacco all over the worl d than an y other man. It was his example, q uietly set and pers isted in t hat gradu a ll y de stroyed t h e inveterate prejudice against s mok i n g t hat still ruled in soc iety when he was a young man. 0-ne can gather a good deal of the of this objection fro m the early V ictorian writers, but not the full extent of it. L a d y Dorothy Nevill in her notes on the country house life of th ose d ays, tells t..s of t h e p recautions men who smoked would Lak e o n go in g o u t for a wal k, not to light thei r cigars until there was no l o nger a n y c hance of t h e aroma being perceived in t h e house. Of a ll the mo d ern l anguages, English is undoubtedly the most difficult to acqu ire. I n addi t ion to t h e ordinary pitfall s of for m a n d i d i o m s t hat e ntrap the foreig ner struggling for mastery o f a stran ge to n g u e, there is one so pec uliar to ours that no thing eve n r e motel y s i m ilar presents itself i n any other language, w heth e r ancient or m od ern. T hi s i s t h e paradoxical "I bet I'd get married before the year was out, and she bet I wo ultln't." "Who lost? "Both of us." Bumpus-Giv e me a pair of lady's shoes, please? Shoprnan -What size? Bumpus-Oh, no matter. They're for my wife, and s h e won't be pleased anyway. Johnny (lo uncle who se so le ambition i s to reduce his weight)-You're getting much thinner than you were, unk. Uncle (delighted)-Think s o my lad? Johnny-Yes, on top. 'Marriage,'' remarked the moraliz er, "is a lottery." "Yes," rejoined the demoralizer, "but it's one of the games of chancc thal c lergymen do not try to di s courage." "For my part, I can't see the difference between gambling and speculating 'by buying or selling things on a margin." "There i s a big difference. A man who gambles has a certain number of chances out of a thousand to win." George Golden and his friend Casey, a pair of well -known American humorists, once sail ed for Europe. Relating the events of the trip afterward, Golden remarked: "Talk about seas i ckness! Had I known that Casey was afflicted that way we never should have gone abroad. The very first day out Casey collapsed, and refused to brace up a.gain. I tried all sorts of remed i es on him, but without avail. All he wou l d m utter was, 'Ob, musha, mus ha! I'm so ill!' Finally I cri ed out, 'Can't you keep anything on your stomach, man?' O nly my h ands, George,' he groaned, 'only my hands!'


2 8 WILD WES'l WEEKLY The Doctor's First Patient. By COL. RALPH FENTON. About thirty years ago a young man who had passed through a]] the preparatory steps took a suit of rooms in London, had a large brass plate fixed to his door, on which his name and calling were set forth in large letters, and for the benefit of night come r s caused the same to b e inscribed on. three sides of a large gree n g lass lantern which hung be for e his hou se Late one eveni n g in December the young doctor sat alone in his little study, with his feet resting on a fender before the fire. The night was stormy, the wind sig h ed and howled clown hi s chimney," a nd l arge heavy drops splashed violently against hi s window The n in a state nearly akin to s l eep the doctor began to wonder who his first patient would be, what would be the disease, at what time of day or night he would be called, whethe r h e shoul d perform a cure, or whether the patient would die in spite of all his care. The n again he thought of Rosa, fell fairly asleep, and dreamed of her till h e heard her clear, sweet voice, and felt the weight of her small soft hand on his should e r. A hand was inde ed laid on hi s shou ld e r hut it was neither small nor soft. It was the rou g h course member of a thickheaded boy from the orphan hou se, who had been bound to the doctor by the church-wardens, in co n sideration of board clothing and a shillingper week, b es ides a promise to bring up the boy to hi s own calling, if he should manifest a capacity for learning. "M r Doctor a l ady! A lady, Mr. Doctor! screamed the boy as he shook the doctor by the shou l der. "You are very wet," said he. "Yes, I am,,. answered a hollow voice. "And are you ill?" he asked. 1 "I am d ead ly sick! Bodily not, but spiritually." "May I ask an explanation of your words?" "It is not for myself I ask your aid. If I were bodily sic k I should not have come at this hour, nor in such a night, nor alone. Four-and-twenty hours from this, if I find myself sick unto death, I shall thank heaven. It is for another I come to you. may be insanity; but night after night, in the lon g weary hours of watching and weeping have I thought over this plan I know that help from men is a cold and empty hop e, but I cannot think of his being put into his grave without an attempt to save him." A shudder p asse d over the whole form of the speaker, and the yo un g heare r was inexpressibly shocked. He was just at the commencement of his professional career, a nd had as yet witnessed none of those sce nes of distress which s o s oon harde n the heart, or the nerves, at leas t. H e started from his chair, and said hastily: "Tf you co nsider the sufferer is already beyond hope, every moment is precious. I will go with you instantly. Have you called in any other physician?" "No! answered the stranger, foldin g her hands. "Earlier it would have be e n useless. It i s useless now. The young doctor stared at the riddler as if he meant to read her meaning through her veil, but it was too thick. "Yo u are ill!" said he, in a composed tone, "beli eve me, you are the sick one. Drink this," at the same time reaching her a glass of water. "Compose yourself and tell me as distinctly as possible where the disease i s, and how long you have suffered." The strange r r a i sed the g lass to her mouth without lifting her veil, but placed it again on the table without tasting, and burst into tears. "A lady ?" exclaimed the young doctor, half believing his After a few mom ents she said in a broken voice: dream to be reality, and almost hoping the lady might be bi s "When you hear what I have to say, you will think me dearly beloved Rosa. '"Where-where?" mad. I hav e been charged with insanity; but few treat me ''Here--there-yonder-yonder! ., answered the boy, pointso kind l y as you do. My health or s ickness is nothing; I ing to a glass door which opened into the passage. wou l d gladly give every moment's ease that r emains to me The young phy s i cian shuddered with a perceptible start if I might r edeem, by my sufferings, the life of him for whose as bis eyes m e t those of bis first patient. So n ear the door j rnke I a m h e r e To-morrow he will be in mortal danger, yet that h e r fa ce almost touched the panes of glass stood a woman to-day you cannot see him-cannot help him." of unco1pmon h e ight, in deep mourning. I will do nothing to inc r ease your distress," said the physi The upper part of her form was in a large b lack cian I wish no t to press m yself into your mysterious secret, shawl, and a bl ac k veil covered her face. but your words convey a contradiction I cannot unravel. He She stood upright and still, and although the doctor perof whom yo u speak is this night strugglin g with death. My ce iv ed that h e r J Jie r ci n g eyes w e r e fixed upon him from behind skill might probably be of use, and yet you assure me I t h e veil, she made no motion of salutation. cannot see him. In the morning, you say, human help w ill Do yo u wish for my advice?" said the young physician, b e u se l ess, and then I am required to go to him. If he is op ening the door. d ea r as your words and appearance indicate, why not go to The veiled person neither answered nor moved, and he re-him before help comes too late? If he die while we li n ger, p eatecl the question in a tone somewhat stern. The person what a weight will rest on you!" nodd ed. "Then I would beg of you to walk in added the doctor. The person stepped one step forward and turned h e r head toward the boy, who stood with mouth and eyes wide open, while the cold sweat dropped from his face. Go out, Tom, draw the curtain and shut the door," said the doctor. "It will rest on others, not on me," answer e d the stranger. "That no part may rest on m e, giv e me your address and the hour at which I shall call," said the physician. 'If you will come, come at nine," answ e r e d the stranger. "One question before you go. Is the sick person under your care?" said the physician "No,., answered the stranger. The boy obeyed the instructions so far that he drew a green "And if I give you directions how to treat the patient t ill silk curtain over the glass door, shut it: and then, kneeling I come, can you make use of them?" down, put hi s right eye to the keyhole. No," said the stranger, and tears burst out afresh doctor a chair to the fire and QY a motion invited Early tlie next morning the young doctor, according to the his silen: patient to be sea t ed. I directions received, took hi s way to Walworth. veiled form approached, and by the firelight the doctor I Thirty years ago this p l ace was only inhabited by peop l e p e rc e ived that her garments were dripping with water. of a doubtful char acter.


WILD W E 'r WEEK L Y The houses were far apart, old, r ui nous, and miserab le i n Hery r espe ct. After many contradictory answers and unintelligible direc tions-ankle deep in black, boggy mud-the yo ung doctor stood at length before the house where his first patient was. It was a poor, gloomy-looking building. The lower windows were all closed with strong outside shutters, and the one above was covered with a thick yel!O\ c urtain. No living thing was to be see n. "I stood several minutes before the house, said the docto r wh en he afterwards to ld the story, "and went entirely around it before I could muster courage enough to !mock I am not a very timid man, and yet I am forced in truth to co nfess that my heart beat quicker than usual when I heard whispering w\thin. After some time steps approache d the door, the --410Jts and chains were withdrawn, and the door opened A m an stood b efo r e me whose demeanor was not greatly calcu l ated to give me new courage. H e was a tall man with a pa le, haggard face, over which his thick, black hair hung like a veil." "Walk in!" said the man, in a deep, sullen tone. I walke d in, and h e replaced the bars ancl chains of the doo r. The str a n ge r sprang to her feet, clasped her hands wild l y together, and cried in a piercing voice: "Not so! Say not so! I cannot b ear it! It cannot be s o Men have been broug h t to life whe n they were suppose d to be dead. I bes eec h you, do not d elay! At this very mo m e n t. perhaps, the s oul is departing from the body! For heaven's sake, do something for him! With these worcls s h e threw herself on .the body, and with trembling haste began to rub hi s breast, hands and foreheaJ by turns; but as s he rPleased the b a nd s r perceived they fell heavily on tile b e d with a l if e l ess weight. In the m eantime J had exa mi ned t h e man's breast car efully with my hands, but cou l d p e r ce ive neither warmth nor motion. I stoo p e d down to examine the bod y more closely. "Draw '!Way the curtain,'' said I. T h e woman did not move. "The curtain must b e moved," sairl I peremptorily. Still she mad e no motion, a nd I r ose for the p urpose of doing it myself. 'I'h en s h e threw herself upon the b ed, clas ped my knee s and cried out. "Have mercy on me! 1 ,et thP rnrtain be! If there is no hope-ff be is indeed dead-if nothing can be done for him, why expose the body?" "Hav e I come early enough?" said I. I must see the corpse," sai d I, and b efore the woman c o u l d "But you will have to "Too early," answered the man. prev e n t me I tore away the curtain. The da ylight str eamed I heard him fastm it into the chamber. I returned to the b ed and examined the dead body. Here w a i t only fiv e minutes." H e open ed the door and went out. has been viol ence, sai d I and looked sharply at the wo man T h e place in which I found myself a prisoner was

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