Young Wild West and "Silver Stream," or The white girl captive of the Sioux

Young Wild West and "Silver Stream," or The white girl captive of the Sioux

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As Wild felled one of the redskins by a blow from the butt of his revolver, and sprang for the one with the tomahawk, the chief's daughter suddenly appeared. Raising her hands, she exclaimed: "Go back, Young Wild West. I will save her!"


WILD WEST. WEEKLY A Magazine Containing Stories Sketches, Etc., of Western Lile Issued Weekly-By su bscription $2.50 per 11ear l!Jnlered a J cordino to .d.ot Oongress, in the 11ear 1908, 'n the off'" pt the IAbrarian of Oong re8', W aahing ton, D 0., by Frank Tousev, Publisher, 24 Union Square New York. No. 284. NEW YORK, MARCH 27, 1908. PRICE 5 CEN TS. -YOUNG WILD WEST AND "SILVER STREAM'' OB, The White Girl C aptive of the S ioux CHAPTER I. By AN O LD SCOUT. j th er, and. they were ready to sti ck to him t hrou gh thick and thm, always relying on his wonderfu l cool ness and exce llent judgment. The fact tha i t Young Wild Wes t had helped out the railroad s by running down train wreckers and robbers at various times made it possible for him to get favors from It was shortly after the hour of 11 o'clock,' on a cold them, and h e had managed to have the car containing morning in late fall, when Young Wild West and his their horses to be attached to the regular train. traveling friends arrived at Cheyenne, Wyoming. Thus when our friends arrived at Cheyenne, which YOUNG WILD WEST AND HIS CHEYENNE. FRIENDS ARRIVE AT The time was a few yeats ago, when Cheyenne was was their destination, as far as railroading was concerned, nothing like the "big town" it now is, and cowboys and they had their horsys right there with them. desperadoes sometimes had 'high old times" there. There were quite a few men gathered on the platform Young Wild We st, the boy hero of the of the station as our friends stepped from the train, and Wild West, had come up from Santa Fe by rail, as it was though there were probQbly twenty passengers to alight a huny call that h e was answering. Young Wild West and his friends attracted the most at ten ti on. His 1 two partners, Cheyen n e Charli!l, the ex Govern ment scout, and Jim Dart, a boy about his own age, a l ways With his charming, golden-haired sweetheart, Ari.,etta traveled wit h him on his advent urou s trips, and very often Murdock, walking at his s ide, our hero led the way fo r the wife of Cheyenne Charlie and the girlsweethearts of the hotel.that was but a minute's walk from the platform. the boys a l ong, too. Behind him came Cheyenne Charlie and Anna, his The girls, as they always spoke of t h em, though the wife, and following them closely were Jim Dart and Eloi se Gardner, his sweetheart. scout's wif e must have been something well over twenty, wer e with them on this trip, as were the two Chinese The girls were not much over sixteen, but the outdoor servants they hired to cook and h e lp out in 'the care of life they led the most of the time had made them robust their h orses, etc and healthy, and they would have been taken to be a little older than they were. Attired. in a suit trimmed. elab -Hop and the servants, brought up the orately with red silk frmge, his broad sombrero tipped rear each with a travelm()' ba()' back ove r a wealth of lon g, h air, the ha:idthey appeared some cowboys gather ed about some, young hero made an impo s m g, not to say, dashmg I began jeering them and picturesque, appearance. But the Celestia l s paid not the le .ast attention to t h e m. Known far n ear as the Chan:p10n Deadshot of the I It was just when Young Wild West and Arietta as call ed the Pnnce ?f the by cended the single step that l ed to the porch of the hotel his admmng fnends, the boy was certamly a promment I that half .i dozen men came ridin()' around the adJ'a t h f h' h 't e cen figur e at t e time o w 1 c we wri e corne r yell ing anc1 firing off their revolvers. His partners loved him as though he had been a They were undoub ted l y cowboys, who had come i n


YOUNG WILD WEST AND "SILVER. STREAM. from some neighboring ranch, and having got just about reply "Young feller, you're a mighty good shot, I will enough tanglefoot aboard, they were in for a lively time. say. But you 've got ter pay fur my rope Do yer hear One of them was swinging a lariat, and as he caught that? I ain't in ther habit of usin' a rope with a splice sight of the two Chinamen at the tail end of the it, an' I ain't in ther habit of buyin' a new one every sion he shouted: day, either. Come down with ther d9ugh now, or there'll "Wow! Look here, boys! Travelin' heathen, by thun-be trouble!" der Watch me rope 'em!" "Oh, I reckon there won t be very much trouble He let his lariat go the very next instant, and as it it," Wild answered, coolly, his companions looking on with zigzagged through the air the loop spread out directly over great interest. the heads of Hop and Wing. None of them seemed a bit alarmed, either; on the .. It was only natural they should dodge, as well as contrary, the faces of Cheyenne Charlie and Jim Dart those near them, but it was too late wore broad smiles The cowboy, though he was under the influence of The re were :five in the bunch of cowboys, and they all liquor, knew how to handle a 1 lariat to perfection, and dismounted. down came the rope catching both the Celestials By this time a crowd had collected, s ome coming out A quick jerk and they were rolling in the dust, the of the hotel and others from the depot and other parts traveling bags flying from them in directions. of the vicinity. "Hip hi !'' yelled the Chinamen, as if in once voice, and Young Wild West stood on the little patch of sidethen they went rolling in the dust. 1 in front of the hotel, 1as cool as an iceberg. The cowboy kept his horse going and was dragging The dashing young deadshot never looked for trouble, them along when Young Wild West turned as quick as but when it came he was always there and ready to put a :flash and whipped out a :r;evolver. an end to it. Crack! As the sliarp rang out the lariat severed a s clean a s a whistle. The young deadshot had fired at close range, for the rope was not more than ten feet from him when he pulled the trigger. Still it was a remarkable shot, for a rope does not make a very big target. The cowboy s wung hi s horse around and came gallop ing back, looking amazed. His companions had already halted by this time, iJ,nd they, too, were looking at Young Wild Wes t. 'fhe Chin.amen were up and gathering up the bags in a jiffy, acting as though they were not afraid of being harmed any further. "Who done that? Who fired that gun ?n roared the cowboy, a8 he halted within a few feet of the hotel porch and looked sq uarely at our hero. "I did!" was the calm r e joinder. "Don't get excited over it, my friend I thouglrt you wer e going a little too f;lst, and as I didn' t want the two Chinamen to be killed I just stopped your game, that's all. I r ecko n it's all right." You shot that rope in two, eh?" "Yes, that i s about the size of it." The cowboy quickly dismounted I I Then he pulled in the rope until h e got to the end, where the bullet had cut the strands "Yes!" he said, s haking hi>: head in a puzzled way, "I reckon a bl1llet done that. But see here, young feller I don't this fur a cent That was a brand new rope .'' "Wen,.rcan't help that. You shouldn't rope people as they are crossing the street, and minding their own busi ness. "People! Why, them is only heath e n s." "That's all right. But"'they were minding their own business, though." "H ther young galoot sticks up fur the r heathens jest touch him up, Tom!" called out one of the cowboy's fol l owers I "I reckon that's j est what'll be ther case,'' was t h e "'I'm ther boss cowpuncher of ther Cros s Line Ranch, an' I never l e t any galoot make a fool of me!" roared the man, who was now getting very angry. "Are you goin' ter pay fur that rope, young feller?" "Not" The reply rang out decisively, and those who heard it could but :feel that the boy meant what he said. Then look out fur yourself! I'm goin' ter take ther pric e of it out of your hide!" The cowl;ioy leaped forward to grab Wild by the collar., but he made a bad mi ss of it. Biff He received a blow on 'the breast that sent him stag gering, and a combined

YOUNG WILD WEST AND "SILVER STREAM." 3 I hero, s miling at the cowboy. Now what ar e you g oing h e avil y a t diff erent times, hi s lands and holdings were to do about it?" b ouncl to kee p him a s long as he lived. "Nothin' !' "was the qui c k repl y "It's all off, youn g The mission the young dead s hot was on as we find him I don t want no t hin t e r do wit h a fe ll e r what at Cheyenne was rather a peculiar one. + kin shoot lik e you kin. N e v e r mind payin' furthe r rope. He ha.d received a hurry -up call from Fort Fetterman I reckon I a in t hurt mu c h an I ain't goin' ter b e Come to come up and in the s earch for a white girl on, boys! W e' ll g o in an' liquor up." tive a villainous band of Sioux Indian s had in their The n he look e d at his revoher on the ground, and then clutche s at his conqueror. There being no way to get to the fort by rail at that "Pic k it up," s aid Wild. "But you h a d b etter look it tim e i t became necessary for them to journey from Chey, over before you try to shoQt ag a in. There m a y be some enn e on 11orseback. lead wed ged in somewh e re, and it might not work." But it was only a two days' ride, and none of them He P.ic k e d it up and looked it over. minded that, so, u s ed to the s addle were they. "I s h e's all right," h e s aid. I see where yer Our h ero meant to strike out a s soon after dinner plipped h e r when yer s hot. That was s omethin', that as possible, providing their horses were found to be all was rm mighty g lad y e r didn't try ter hit me in s tead right. of ther gun." The dinn e r was s erved and paid for, and then, leaving the w e apon into th. e holster that hung from the girls at the hotel, Wild and hi s two partners, accomhis belt, he l e d the way to the barroom of the hot el. p anied by the Cpinese servant s went over to the car and His c ompanion s s e e m e d to be perfectly s ati sfie d at the g ot the ir h orses out. way it had turne d out, they went in rathe r qui e tl y The anim a l s wer e found to be in fir s t class s hape, and "Now I r e ckon we'll go in and have some thin g to eat, glacl to get out of the ir prison, a s mi ght be s uppo sed. and the n we' ll g et the horses out of the box c ar," s aid Our hero 's mount was a s pl e ndid s orrel stallion, which our h e ro, calmly a s h e addr esse d hi s companion s he had nam e d Spitfire,, and the speed and -endurance of "Hooray fur Youn g Wild West, the r C hampion Deadt h e animal was r e ally marvelous. shot!" y e ll e d a m a n on the p orc h. "Boys, I thought it Charlie a nd Jim possessed horse s that were as good as was him whe n I firs t s ot eyes on him; but now I know it money could buy ancl s o did the girl s is. Give him a ch e er, boys! Hoora y H o oray!" Ari etta's was a fine mu s tang, bearing The crowd joined in, and w a vin g hi s hand to the m, the nam e of Snow Flak'e, for when it was a colt it had 1 Wild took Ari etta by the arm and went in s id e the hotel. been of a. s now-white color. "That's a little mor e than I e x pect e d h e r e in Che y The rest of the mustan g s were either black or bays, enn e," h e s aid. J thought things had t am e d down a lit-sav e the one ridd e n by Hop Wah whi c h was a piebald. tle h e r e in town s inc e it got s o big Bu t bacl m e n and Two pack horses alway s went wit h them to carry their bull y in g cowboys ar e bound to mak e the mselves h e ard, s upplies and camping. outfit, and the Chinamen always no matte r whe r e they ar e I reckon that galoot won' t l e d the m when on the trail. lasso a n y mor e Chinam e n v e ry soon. H e' ll think about 'rhe work of g etting ready to leave Ch e yenne was happened to him every tim e he look s at hi s rope, pu s h e d rapidly, a nd when a f e w purc hases had been made too." at one of the s tore s our friends were ready to go. ,, "We ll, I am glad h e got s ati sfied s o eas ily Wild," AriA s Youn g Wild West and hi s p a rtner s rode around to etta s poke up. "The tTUth i s I am ver y hungiy, and if it th e fron t of the hot e l to g e t th e 1girl s there was a big had la s t e d mu c h longer I would have been tempt e d to take crowd assembled the re, and among the m were the cowa hand in it myself." boys, who had ridd e n up in s uch a hilariou s way right after "Well, the y all h a d sense enou g h to let well enough thei r ari val in town. alone, I reckon, Et. Now for som e thing to eat." Th e fe llow who had bee n handl e d s o eas il y by the das hing youn g dead s hot had got up mor e "steam," but he was not in anything like an ugly mood, and, pulling off his hat h e led in a ch eet for Young Wild West and his CHAPTER II. fri e nd s It was not yet two o'clock they left the town, I'OKER JAC K SHOWS UP. and, taking the road to the north, they soon left Cheyenne It was not y e t noon, but so n e ar to it that the landlord of the hotel was e a s ily p e rsuaded to hurry up the dinner for the party. They had a table all to them s elve s too, for our hero and hi s two partn e r s had more of an income than they could spend trav e ling about the country. The income came from the interests in gold and silver mines they pos s essed, not to speak of the mines Young Wild West owned outright The boy had been very lucky when he first started out to make a name for himself, and, though he had lost behind them. "Now for businese," said Young Wild West. "Girls, you may have a lively time of it before this trip is over. If we can get to the fort without running across any of the Sioux who are on the warpath everything will be all ri g ht. But if they happen to be between here and the fort there may be more than one girl captive of the Sioux." "Not without some of the redskins go under rs J 1 re torted Arietta, who could take her own part, when it came to fighting. 1 "We will take the cha:qces,' however, the same as we have often done before. We never know


I 4 YOUNG' WILD WEST AND "SILVER STREAM." \ just when we are going to meet a gang 0 bad Indians, said Wild: "But I reckon we'll strike something to-morand white renegades and outlaws are s o plentiful that we row, all right. It wilt be ham and eggs for supper, Wing." are always busy looking out for them." "Allee light, Misler Wild," answered the cook. "Me "Well, we 1 always manage to take care 0 ourselves, makee velly muchee quickee, so be:" anyhow. So don't think that we won't be able to this Wing was one 0 the innocent sort 0 Chinese, who time," Jim Dart spoke up. work faithfully, and are to be depended upon. He did "No one i s thinkin' that way, Jim," the scout put in. not know hal as much as his brother Hop, but probably "I reckon that would be a putty wa'/f ter think." he was all the better or it. "That's right, 9harlie/' a:C:d You!J.g Wild West smiled Hop, though really the1 more innocent-looking 0 the at the way his partner s poke. 1 two, was a very clever Celestial. I The further they got from Cheyenne, the wilder the He had no equal as a card shar'p, and, being a prett;y aspect 0 the country became, and s oon they were followgood sleight-of-hand performer, he was able to mystify ing, a wagon trail, which probably led to the different the majority 0 those he came in contact with by his wonranches that were locatecf up that way. derful tricks. t But our hero had been ove r the same route before, and He was also i1 practical joker, and he liked whisky, he was not "goii1g it blind b y any means. which he called tanglefoot, more than he should have. The afternoon wore on, the hor s e s traveling at a good By his cleverness he had succeeded in saving different clip, for the pack were not loaded s o heavily but members 0 the party several times, when they were in t!rnt ::ould ke e p up pretty well. thepower 0 sa'(age Indians and villainous bandits and It was sunset wh e n they camped cm the bank of a little outlaws. creek, in 'a piece of timber, after having pas ;ecl two It was for this reason that Hop had become a :fixture ranches, which they had noticed in the distance. of the party, no matter what his faults might be, his "I hope it .don't snow afore we git done with this job," good qualities more than offset them. Cheyenne Charlie remarked, he looked at the sun, Hop attended to the horses and got them all right, ancl which was just going below a distant peak. "Yer _never then he came back and watched his brother prepare the kin tell jest when ther flakes is goin' ter fly this time of evening meal. year up here. I reckon we'll be glad when we kin head 'rhe sun disappeared from view, givmg promise 0 a fur Arizona. A winter in Wyomin' ain't jest ther clear day on the morrow, and our frjends ate the meal, proper thing, not when yer kin do better." I relishing it greatly, for' it was a relief to them to be off "You've got that just right, Charlie," our hero ancars and breathing the pure air 0 the mountains and swered. "But we have got to stick to our reputation and plains once more. help out those who want it. Just think 0 a white girl However, they had not been penned up very long, and being in the power 0 a lot 0 rascally Sioux We have they soon forgot about it. ,... got to her away from them before it is too late." Ater the meal been eaten and cleared away Hop "Well, 'cordin' ter ther message yer got, she is bein' and the cook proceeded to cut up enough wood to keep held ur ther imrpose 0 makin' ther Government come the fire burning over night. ter terms, Wild. That means that she won't be harmed. This had just about been accomplished when clat-This here big chief they call Spotted W 01 is a putty ter 0 a horse',c; hoofs sounded near at hand. smart redskin, an' he knows that it will be all up with "Some one is comin', I reckon," remarked the scout, him i ther cavalry him. He wants ter make his as he looseneq his revolvers in the holsters. "We don't own terms afore he give,c; up ther gal he has run off with." know who it is, so we be ready for him." "That's right. But he will give her up without making "That's right, Charlie," answered Wild. "But I reckon terms, I reckon. That's what we have come up here for, it isn't an enemy." anyhow." A ew seconds later a horseman rode up to the camp. "It seems strange that forty redskins could make so By his makeup, as he halted within the light 0 the much trouble, too/' spoke up Jim Dart. "It must be that brightly burning fire) our friends could easily tell that he they are a pretty clever lot and know the ground well or was a cowboy. they could never keep from being caught." He was a young man, too, and.rather handsome, though "No one knows the lay 0 the land up this way like his face seemed drawn, as i from worry, just then. them, Jim. The cavalry from the fort don't catch them "Good eveni:n', strangers,'' he called out, as he dis simply because they don't look or them hard enough. mounted. "I hope I ain't I've ollered yer Scouting a round and finding places where they have been from Cheyenne, where I got too late ter see yer this aterisn't getting much ahead. It was a pretty long message noon. My name is Jack Hayes-Poker Jack, they call me that we got, and it explains the case pretty well to me, -an' ther 1little gal what ther redskins has got is my fol' I always do a little reading between the lines." sweetheart. I ;heard that Young Wild West was comin', rrhe two tents were soon put up, or Wild and his part-with his pa,rds, ter help find her, so I rode down ter Cheyners turned to helped the Chinamen. 1 enne ter meet yer.:'1 Then wood was gathered and a fire was st.arted not far from the edge of the shallow little creek. As the blaze grew it spread out a grateful warmth, for there was a chill on the air that cut not a little. "We haven't seen a thing in the line 0 game so far," CHAPTER III. HOP IS TAUGHT ( ?) SOi\fETHING ABOUT POKER. "We are mighty glad to meet you, Jack Hayes," said Young Wild,-W est, putting out his hand to the cowboy, for


YOUNG WILD W EST AND "SILVER STREAM." 5 had size d him up qui ckly, and hi s conclusion was tha t I ther ter the r fini s h. 'rl1er galoot wa: as easy ter the y oun g m a n was t e llin g nothing but the truth. Wild as thou g h h e 'd been a t e n-year-old boy." "Thank y er, Youn g Wild West, an s w e red Pok e r Jack. "I r e ckon he d i dn t know who he' d bucked up ag'in," "I never seen yer afore, bu t I knowed y er the r i:ninut e I and the c@wboy s mil ed. 7"' set e yes on y e r. Say, I'm a wful g lad y e r come I've But h e g r e w seriou s a g ain and r e lated how Su sie Morse, been tryin my bes t t e r g it Su s i e M o rse awayfrom ther the Whit e Girl Captive of the Sioux, had been stolen Sioux fur rnore'n a month now.' I've been c au ght b y the r from a ran c h tha t w a s located about fifty mile s north of r e d s kin s once, an come mighty n e ar havin' m y h a ir lifted Cheyenne by Spotted Wolf and forty of the worst Old Spotted Wolf is a bad Injun, an the r e ain't no mi s r e d ski'ns that had brok e n away from the tak e a bout that. It h e don;t git some kind of a settl e Ove r a month had passed s ince thie bad happ e n e d, and m ent afore another week h e's g oin' t e r make ther gal thou g h they had rec eive d messages from tht old chief, in hi s s quaw, s o h e threate n s The r s oldier s i s all right whi c h h e dictated t e rm s, no on e had been able to catch t e r clean out the r Injuns whe n they se e 'em; but ther him or to save the girl. troubl e i s that the y don t w ant t e r look fur 'em very bad : Sh e !lad b e en allowe d to write letters, which had been That's the r whol e thing about it. It's throug h Lefte nant d elive r e d in mysteriou s ways to h e r father and al s o to the Hayes, m y broth e r up at the r for t tha t you was isent command e r at the fort. fur. All the r general s an colon e l s knows you, Young Pok e r Jack had got upon the trail of the redskins and Wild West, an' wh e n they w ant som e one t e r :find out had been captured by the m through a ruse, and it was som ethin' that n o n e of their scout s kin quit e do they alo nly through good lu c k that he had made his escape. ways s end s :fur Youn g Wild West an hi s pards." Thi s was about the way the s ituation was, s o there was "Well I am g lad the y sent for u s It jus t happ e ned not a great d e al for o;ur hero to l e arn about it. that w e w e r e in Sant a F e and t11e l ette r s truck us the But h e was a little a s toni s hed to think that the band fir s t thing Now, you jus t sit down and hav e a bite to of Sioux w e r e ope rating s o clos e to Cheyenne. eat, anCl the n yo u c an t e ll u s all about this cas e." Howe ver, it only plea s ed him all the more, for he was 'rhoug h the cook had cle an e d up the r e mnants of the anxiou s to get through with the job and return to Santa s upp e r and had was h e d the t i n plates, c up s knive s he F e and then go on to Phoenix, wher e h e had some min did not object in the lea s t when he was told to prepar e ing busine s s to attend to. somethin g f9r the cowboy. "I've b een doin' a lot of worryin' about Susie," said Pok e r was h e d the du s t from him and then, while the cowboy, turning to the girls. a mighty :fin'e the m e al was b e ing pre par e d, he w ent on to s ay: g al, s he is. I know you'd like her. We're gain' ter be "I'm the r foreman of the r cowboys over at ther Cross marri e d as soon a s thin g gits o er with-if it ever Lin e Ran c h, an' I've got time off t e r hunt up my sweetdoes turn out all right." h e art. A f e ll e r name d Tom ha s took my plac e an a "I r e ckon it'll turn out all rignt," Wild an s wered. "You mighty g ood on e he is, if he wasn't s ich a bluffer when he jus t take u s to the hunting ground s of the Sioux, and we gft s out." won' t be long in doing the re s t. I'll guarantee you on "I reckon w e met Tom just b e fore noon to-da y," said that. The r e's nothing like a fittle luck and a whole lot Wild with a s mil e a s h e r e m e mbered that the cowboy of p e r s i s tence, you know." who h a d rop e d th e Ohinain e n d e clar e d that he was the "An' th e r ability ter do things,. as I've heard about bos s cowpunch e r of the Cross Lin e Ranch. y er," added Poker Jack. "You m e t him? W e ll, I s'po s e the r e's nothin' funny He at e hi s s upper and then, as he lighted his pipe, in that, though. lt was pay day yis t e rday, an boys Jim Dart a s ked him how he came to get the nickname sometime s goes as fur a s Cheyenn e t e r liquor up an h e bor e hav e a good time. I s 'po s e it was the re that yer met "Oh, that's b e cau s e I u sed ter waste ther most of my him?" mon e y pla y in poker," he ans wered, smiling at the boy. "Yes, that's ri ght." "Jest a s I l e arn e d ter be a good one at ther game I give "Did h e s ay anything about the r white g al c aptive of it up. Y e r see I was s avin up t e r git married this fall, the r Siou..x?" an I wanted all the r money I could git. Ther owner of "No, I reckon he didn't have time. You see, Tom, as the r Cross Line Ranch is a wido\yer, and he allowed that you c all him, undertook to muss up our two Chinapien he c ould bring Susi e over an' .live there. She could run con s idembly, and I took him to ta s k for it. We had a ther house, while I run things outside fur him. It was little tussle and he got the worst of it. Then he got mad a mi g hty good idea but old Spotted Wolf s orter'ehanged and want e d tp s hoot me. I didn t want that he s hould, it. I don t know why it was that he had ter pick out my of cour se, so I kno c k e d the gun out of hi s hand with a g al ter make a captive. \hey do say that she is ther bullet : That s ettled the whob thing, and I didn t see Puttie s t gal north of Cheyenne, though ) an' that might him again until jus t as we were leaving the hotel we got be ther rea s on." dinner at. He gave us a cheer as w e rode off, which "You plaw dlaw poke e all e e s amee?" queried Ifop, showed that he bore me no particular grud g e." who had been listening to all that was said. "Oh, Tom ain t ther one ter b ear a grudg e ag in nobody. "Yes, I reckon I understand the r game about as well I'm glad he met a little more than his inatch, though. as ther next galoot what comes along," was the reply. He's a s ort of bully, yer know." "What do you want to know fur? A heathen Ohinee ain't "He met a big lot more'n his matcH, I reckon," spoke s"posed ter play poke r, as I knows of. They generally up Cheyenne Charlie. "He never had a chance, from play some kind of an outlandish game what no kin


6 _.,r YOUNG WILD WES'r AND "SILVER STREAM." I tell head or tail about. An' they don't play...fur nothin' more than quarter s or half dollars." retort. "I' m don e When I find a f e ll e r b etter with ther card s than I am I always give s in." "Me play dlaw pokee for hundled dollee, allee same," Ho p declared, s miling blandly. Poker Jack grinned. "Have yer got a deck?" he a s ked. "It will sorter take ther worry off my mind ter show yer a few things that yer don't kp.o. w about ther card s Mi ster Heathen." "Allee light!" and Hop produced a brand new deck in a jiffy. "Well, I reckon Hop doee know s omethin g about a pack of cards," our hero said, with a s mil e "T he fact is, I hav e never y e t seen quit e his match. "Ther drink s is on me, I reckon," and the cowboy shook his head. CHAPTER IV. REDSKINS! "Yer must be one of ther kind of galoots what goes around lookin' :for g ame s I reckon," the cowboy re marked, as he proceeded to shuffle the cards. "Jes t watch me rip em now! That's ther way t e r split up ther aces; The passed qui etly enou g h, and when morning an' this is ther way to put 'em together. Now, you jest cam e Young Wild W es t and his friend s wer e up with the cut ther cards." He laid them down on an overturned pail, and Hop smiiingly cut them. sun. Poker Jack declared that he had slept but little, as his mind was on his sweetheart, who was in the hands of the villainous band of Sioux. Our fri e nds knew that the cowboy would h a ve to be a very cle v e r one, indeed, if he could s how the C e le s tial "Keep a s tiff upp e_r lip, Jack," s aid Wild. "I reckon anything, for what Hop did not' know about a deck of we'll have her b e for e v ery many day s If the red s kins card s was hardly worth whil e s tudying. are a s n ear a s you s a y the y are I'll mak e it forty-eight d h hours, and no lon g er." "I'll d e al out fur a five -handed game now," s ai t e cowboy. "Mr. West, you an your pard s take hand s an' The eyes of the cowboy bri ghtened. draw, je s t further fun of it." "I only hope you're right, Young Wild West," he an" All right," wa s the r e pl y "I want to see Hop learn swered. "It's a putty hard fix s h e s in. But one thing about Susie is that she's got n e rv e e nou g h t e r stand it. something about pok e r. H e i s alway s at it wh e never he She ain t none of ther kind of gal s what f aints at ther can get the chanc e." s i ght of a little s nake." The y all got around t h e overtrned pail and received "She is something lik e our girls the n. They hav e g ot their card s u s ed to. about everythin g the re i s g oin g, that's to b e afraid -Hop was on the right o f the dealer, so he would be of, I reckqp. The y can take car e of the m se lv e s pretty the las t man to draw. well, anr;l they 've had lot s of chances to prov e it, t o o." H e had taken pretty good note that the cowboy had "I'm a little s orr y that yer brou ght e m with y e r, put certain card s tog ethe r whil e he was h a ndli .ng them, thought," and Poke r Jac k s hook hi s head. "We'll strike and when he had ripp e d them h e had not se parated the m, Injv.ns afore we git to ther :fort, all right." a s he s aid he did. "Well, you s aid there were only about forty of them, I So he was not s urpri s ed to :find that he had :four queen s believe?" 1 cold. "Yes but they 're ther wor s t lot that could be s craped Wild, Charli e and Jim each called :for three cards an'd up. They re as eunnin' as foxe s an the r e ain t on e of Poker Jack s mil e d h e gav e them to them. 'e m but what ha s took the r s calp of a white m an, some "You want one c ard, I s'pos e ?" h e said, looking at time or other. 'Old Spotted Wolf kin f o ol all the r s oout s Hop. what's been sent out ter lo c ate him, jest a s eas y a s n oth-The Chinaman shook his head. in' I I would never hav e run across the r band when I "Me takee :fivee, s o be," he replied. did if it hadn' t been an accident." "What!" gasp e d the dealer. ,, "If all you s ay is true I am mor e interested than ever," "J-iat light;me wantee whole book ee, so be; me Wild declared. "I like to tackl e hard p r o b l e m s If Spotallee samee :fivee cards. You s how poor Chinee how play ted Wolf prove s to be one it will b e all the better wh e n um dlaw pokee, and me wantee knowee velly muchee." it has been solved." The cowhoy smiled in a s tckly way. "Forty redskins what kin crawl like snakes in ther "Well, if you want five I'll give them to yer," he angrass, an' shoot as straight as s oldier s ain't ter be sneezed at, not when it comes ter :fightin '." 'rhen he undertook to deai them from the bottom of The_ cowboy shook his h e ad, a s though he 'thought our the pack, and, though he was pretty slick at it, Hop hero was up against a harder proposition than he realized touched him on the arm and exclaimed: he was. "Stoppee lat! Me wantee no cheatee, so be." But ha.did not know Young Wild Wes t yet, and when: Poker Jack laughed it off and then gave him the five he did begin to know him he would hav e cau s e to think top cards. differently. As Hop had :figured, the four aces were there. The breakfast was prepared a s s oon a s possibl e ancl, "Lat velly nicee gamee," he said, blandly. "You showee I after ea.ting, out friends got ready to l e ave : poor Chinee how to allee samee velly nicee hand." "See here," said Ja:ck, a s they w.ere ridin g a w ay "I reckon you don't need no showm'," was the quick from the spot. "We km stnke up ther riv e r a ways, an'


YOUNG WILD WES T AN D "SILVER STREAM ., maybe git ther gals to the fore afore yer try anything, Wild." "That will make it about two days later," was the reply. "No, if there are only forty of the_ redskins, we will strike out for them p.ow. The girls will help us fight them, if it comes to that. Your sweetheart must be got away from them, and the quicker the better "All right. I'll stick. I'll fight as long as I kin pull a trigger." It did not seem possible that a band of redskins, as bad as this one was said to be, would dare hang south of fort. But just before noon our hero decided that such was -,.-I the case, indeed. '!'hey had reached a very rugged part of the country now. A double cha!n of mountains loomed up on the left, while to the right was a rolling plain, broken here and there by hills and small timber patches. Straight ahead was a spare forest of pines and stunted oaks, and h s re was, so Poker Jack declared, that the notorious Spotted Wolf had made his retreat, sale from the interference of the pale,faces As they continued on their wa:y the 'Cowboy. talked con siderable about the White Girl Captive of the Sioux. "It is too bad that she has to remain alone with a lot of rascally redskins so long," Arietta said, sympathetic ally. "Well, she ain't exactly alone with 'em, yer see," an swered Poker Jack. "Ther chief's own daughter is with them, too, an' she's in charge of ther gal. There's a little consolation in that, )cau s e that squaw has got a big pull with old Spotted Wolf "Well, that certainly does maJrn it much better," Ari etta exclaimed. "I am glad to hear that. The compan ionship of a squaw is better than to have none of her sex there I now feel confident that she wi11 be saved and returned to you safe and sound." "Well, I sorter think tha.t way myself, Miss Arietta The ;eowboy brightened up mo:ie than ever now He certainly had been encouraged greatly since he met Young Wild West and his friends Wild became convinced tha.t there were redskins about when he saw the prints made by unshod horses and moc casined feet 1 They were fresh prints, too, having been made within a few hours. "I reckon we've got to go a little slow now," he said, when all had examined the telltale evidence "The Sioux are not far away, and it may be that they have located us already We will make for that ravine over there, and try ind find a place to rest, where we will 'be free from o bserva ti on." Poker Jack shrugged his shoulders and cast a look around him. But there was nothing to be seen of a human being, other than themselves. "I wish I had a rifle," he said to Jim, as he rode along at the boy's side.. "I might be of more help then. "That's all Dart answered. "We have got a n extra one, I reckon If it comes to the point you c a n use it. "To tell the trut h I am afraid that we are ru n n in g I right into a trap These h ill s is fu ll of hidin' p l aces fur ther redskins, an' the r e's no tellin' how soon we might run right among them/' "Well, that's all right T here's only forty of them, you say "Only forty You fellows don't seem to think fo_rty is very many.'" "Well, there won't be tha t many after they tack l e us once You can depend on that. And the oftener they tackle us the l ess there will be of them." The cowboy was appeased for the Wild had made up his mind that he would not hal t until he found just the spot that suited him. That they were going, to have trouble with the Sioux before very long, he felt certain; but he meant that they should be in a position to take care of themselves before it happened, if it .was any way possible They pushed forward and soon reached the mouth of the ravine our hero had spoken of, and in a few minutes they were riding through it. But Wild soon found that to go on through woul d simply give the redskins a ver.y good chance at them,, if there were any of them about. There was a shallow cave right. there, and the little brook t _hat flowed through the ravine was within a few feet of it. Hocks were piled about in fantastic forms, so it would make an adm i rab l e p lace to stand a siege "We'll stop right here for a while,'' he said. "I recko n we won't find a 'better place if we travel all day.'' They were just dismounting when a rifle s hot sounded up the ravine and a bullet went through the crown of Poker Jack's hat. "There they are!" cried the cowboy, as he dodged be hind a rock'. "Look out!" But Young Wil d West did not need to be fold that. He turned in time to see a faint wreath of smoke curl ing upward from behin d a rock about a hundred yards a.way, and he was watching for a chance to shoot the red skin who had fired the shot. The girls got to the cave in a hurry, for they knew just what to do without waiting to be told. Orang! Another shot rang and a bullet flattened against a rock less than three feet from where our hero was crouch ing This time he caught sight of the redskin who fired it, and, taking a quick aim, he pressed the trigger Orang! A death yell sou nded as the resu l t. Cheyenne C harlie gave a chuckle. "How's that?'' be asked, turning to the "'l'hat's one less, anyhow," came the reply "Well, you jei't wait! There'll be more than that te r bite ther dust, if they take a notion ter charge us We're all right here. There ain't no Injuns livin' what kin git here an' make a hand-ter-hand fight We won t let 'em do it, that's all !" 'rhe girls were now cro u ching well in shelte r each h olding a rifle. "Hop," said Wil d, coolly, "get Boker T ack that othe r Winchester.'' ..


'' YOUNG WILD WEST AND "SLLVER STREAM "Allee J.i.ght, Misler Wild," 'was the reply, and the Chinaman quickly obeyed. "Now get the horses back there and unload them." He referred to the pack horses, and the Celestials knew just what to do. 'l'here was a short interval of si l ence a!ter that, and then a volley was fited from the directio n the other shots had come from. But the redskins were simply wasting their powder, for they dared not show themselves, and could not get a chance at the brave party 0 white s without doing so. "Don't fire a s hot unless you are s ure you are going to hit something," advised Wiicl, glancing at the cowboy, who seemed very anxioi1s to get in a s hot or two "All right," was. the teply "I reckon that's the prop e r way." course, it is. Let the m keep on firing, i they want to. When we shoot we will do something." Just how many they had to contend with they could not tell; but i the knew what h e was talking about there had been about forty to star t with Wild figured that this must be about right, for the message he had received declared the same thing, as far as they knew at the fort. Ten passed, and then it was that a volley came from the high ground a.bove the ravine and on the le!t. Some of the bullets came dangerou s ly close this time, aJld our friends realized that they were not going to have anything lik e an easy thing of it. ., QHAPTER V. ------------------,----------.As the minutes flitted by and a deathly stillness per vaded the ravine, our friends to grow uneasy. Their experience taught them that the Sioux were up to somethi ng. It was not long before something happened that set the ball rollin g again. A cry 0 dism{ly sudde nl y escaped the lip s 0 Poker Jack, a:qd, turning, Wild and his partners saw the cowboy be ing rapidly pulled up the slanting side 0 the ravine. The lariat that had caught him so s udd e nly was hidden from view in the vines that hung down from above, and as the man's arms had been pinned to hi s sides by the noose he could not draw his knifo to free himself. Wild was just going to fire as h e caught a glimpse of the rope a foot above the cowboy's head when he S&W a big boulder come rolling down toward them. "Back!" he shouted, moti9ning toward the cave. Crash -thud! The poulder st ruck the gro und within eet of Jim Dart, as he was spri ngin g back. Yells of delight soun d e d from above, and then seve ral s hot s were fired clown at them But our friends were out 0 harm's way for the time being, and they could not do a thing to save the cow1 boy. Poker Jack was drawn up quickly, and almo s t before he folly realized what had h:;ippenecl he was in the grasp of two sta lwart braves. He st ruggled hard to free himself, but it was of no avail. \ "Ugh!". exclaimed a g uttural voice, and then he saw the ugly, painted face 0 Spotted W 01, the chief, bending over him. 1, "Better l et me go, you reel galoot!" he panted. "You'll POKER JACK IS CAPTURED. ( git your medicine i yer don't!" Orang! But hi s words had no effect at all, other than to cause It was Cheyenne Charlie who fired this time. the Sioux chie to .laugh He had caught a glimpse of one of the Indians as "Paleface brave h eap much fool!" he exclaim ed. "He h e peered from behind a rock, and, taking advantage 0 get away from Spotted Wolf he no get away this it, he had fired, and when he saw tlie red s kin come era.shtime The paleface maiden sha ll see .him die at the stake ing down into the ravine he smiled grirnlY, and gave a nod Then she will write a l ette r that will malrn the palefaces of satisfaction. '/ pt the fort come to the terms 0 the great Sioux c hief "It's mighty fonny that cavalrymen couldn't git they fear so much. Ugh! Spotted Wolf heap much them galoots, Wild," he said. "I reckon if they k eep at laugh." it, a little while l onger we'll thin 'em clown some." He did Jaugh, and the half a dozen braves gathered '"fhe cavalry wouldn't go at it the sam(l as we arc about him joined in doin g, Chal'lie," was the reJ'ly. "They would probably get The cowboy saw that it was u s eless to plead with him, the red fiends on the run and then thev would soon lose so he remain.eel silent and permitted them to disarm and them. We are simply causing them to keep alter us, bind him without putting up the least strugg l e and that's why we are doing so well. Butai. they happen This done, the braves l e!t the spot, wlnich showe d that to go around and get on this side of the ravine they will they did not intend to try and get any more of those make it mighty bad for us,. I reckon. Keep aJtSharp watch, below-not just then, anyway all 0 you." The cowboy was carried to where the redskins' ponies. Then there was a silence for folly ten minutes. were tethe red. But no one thought that the Sioux had given up the Poker Jack was -.quickl y bound to the back of one of attack. these, and then the Sioux mounted and rod(( off. 'l'he probabilities were that. they knew just how many The hall a aozen braves who were taking care of the there were 0 the palefaces, and that they had see n the prisoner did not say anything, but rod e n at a canter, folgirls with them ., lowing the lead 0 their chief This tempted them to keep at it until they caught In a few minutes they came to place where they could them descend into the ravine, and then, without paying any


'. I YOUNG WILD WEST AND "SILV,ER STREAM." 9 furthe r a t t e ntion to the palefaces a couple of hundred the cowboy that Spotted Wolf and his braves reached ya1 d s b elow, the chief call e d the s olitary red s kin who had the camp. bee n l ef t the r e to k ee p a watch up o n our friend s to come They hau br o ught one of their dead with them, but with the m a nd t h e n rod e on up the r a vine. the other had been left in the ravine, because it would "Spotte d Wolf heap much satisfied," said the chi ef, h ave b e en sur e death for any of ther who went to reclaim noddin g to the c a ptiv e "He cat c h the lover of the palethe body. face maiden. Lose two braves, but he will make the dogs But the chief said that they wouJd get it that night, back the re s uffer when night comes." whe n they went to clean up the rest of the palefaces. "I reckon you ll have a hard tim e makin' them fellers Poker J glanced around the Indian camp as he suffer, Spotted Wolf," an s wered Pok e r Jack. "Young rod e into it tied to the pony Wild West -is one of 'em,. an' he never gives up when he There were two wretched-looking tepees there, and he once starts after a gang of Injuns He won't do ther knew that his sweetheart must be 'in one of them, since same as the r re s t has b e en doin', not by a jugful! He'll he saw nothing of her outside. keep after yer till he gits y er !" "Young Wild Wes t h e ap much boy," was the retort. was probably the private quarters of the "Spotted Wolf ha s heard of him. He no fight." "You' ll see. You better l e t me an' ther al yo i'v e o-ot The red s kms who had remamed at the camp were waitgit away a s s oon a s y e r kin. An' thei;i lay. ing their broth e r s,. for they had heard them low, if y e r want t e r keep from gittin' you r e m e di c ine." commg, and a s ignal had been given .and But t h e chief, who had been v e ry successful in eluding When they saw that a paleface pri s oner was with them the trooper s and s cout s laugh e d deri s ively a shout of approval went up.. Spott e d wolf had come to that rame of mind that olf lo?ked. very rmportant as he 1 stopped his makes one fe.e l thay he i s invincible. .r:ght :n their mid s t ; and bowed to the salute that If the s oldier s at the fort c ould not bring him to terms, wae gn en him. ( how could a boy ic1o it, e v e n if it was Young Wild West, one pal.tiface; hav e more before. another sun," the hate d e n emy o f the Siou x ? he s aid. The of the revoltin g band of Indian s lay Cries or approval went up a t thi s and then it was no-in a v e ry secl d e d p art of the mount a insid e In fact, it ticed that there was a dead brave bein g borne along on was a s pot that was a lmo s t imp e n etrabl e to an y but tho s e horse back a t the tail end of the proce s sion. who kn e w the w a y for narrow l e dges h ad to b e trav e r s ed, 'l'h a t < m used a change in the feeling s of the redskins. and there was a narrow p ass tha t r a n between two cliff s But t h e c hief made a little s peech, u s ing the languf.!ge that would n e v e r b e noticed b y a n y one, unless they_ found of t he trib e and h e s oon made them s ati sfied that it was it b y the m e rest acc id ent, or w e r e lookin g for it. all for the bes t that two of the braves had been s hot. The r e r ea1ly no way of trailin g the r edrne n to this 'rhe glances that the captive cowboy had s hot a t him hidin g pl a ce, since the roc k y way r e fused to leave the w e re enough to make an .erdinary per s on quail, but h e tracks of even a hor se. put on a n air of for h e had been through Pok e r Jack kn e w thi s o nl y t o o w e ll and as they rode the mill, so to speak, and he would not let the m know up and down and over t h e l e dges hi s h eart s ank within tha t he was even worried. him. H e was soon taken from the horse and tied s ecurely to a "Young Wild Wes t won t nev e r b e able t e r :find ther tre e and then the returning braves went fpr the food that way here," h e thou g ht. "An' if he does find ther way, waitiIJ.g for them. what kin he do? Ther e s too many of ther r e d s kin s The meal over with and the chief lighted his pipe and though he allowed that fort y of 'e m was n t s o very wany. s moked in s ilence, probably thinking of wha t he would This are too bad! I'm about ther only one a s know s je si; do with the cowbdy he had a second time. how ter git here, a n now I'm in ther wor s t fix I ever was in. I'll. b e ini ghty ln c k y if I live t e r see the r sun rise to-morrer, an then what ll becom e of p oor Su s i e ?" He uttere d a [gr o an a s h e thou ght of the pro b abl e fat e of CHAPTER VI. the White Girl Capti ve of the ana ; hearin g it, on e of his : captors gave him a dig in the ribs with the butt of WILD, DECIDES ON A PLAN OF ACTION. his gun. "That's all right, you red galoot!" exclaimed the helpYoung Wild Wes t and hi s friends were not a little disless cowboy. "I was only laughin' ter myself ter think turbed over what had happened. what fools you r e d s kin s was Jes t don't think that I'm The captur e of the cowboy had been accomplished in afraid of anythin' happ e nin' t e r me." such an unexpected and clever way that even our hero One thing about P o k e r Jac k was that he was not going was ready to say that the' redskins had Clearly outwitto let his captor s know t h a t h e was a bit worried-not if ted them. he could help it. "But 'he laughs best who laugh s last,' he said, shak-But the Sioux brav e was s atis'fied that he had heard a ing his head. "I reckon this thing isn't over yet. Just groan of distre ss,and that pleased him a great deal, keep your eyes everybody." > for an Indian does like to torture a pri s oner. But they were not di s turbed again, as the reader knows. \ It was just about half an hour after the capture of As soon as Wild became convinced that the Sioux had


10 YOUNG WILD WEST AND "SILVER STREAM." reti red for the time being he made ready to start on the Instantly all eyes we,re directed upward. trail. \ "Great gimlets!" cried Cheyenne Charlie. "How did But it was now past n,91on, and Cheyenne Charlie sug7 yer git there, Wild?" gested that they have something to eat. "The same way the redskin s did," was the reply. "Wait till I :find out for certain that the redskins have "Where's Jim?" l eft the vicinity," said our hero "You can't' tell what "Up a tree, back there. He's taking a look around to they are up to, you know. Jim, suppose you come with see where the reds are me? You are mighty good at climbing a tree, and I think "Wild it wasn't such a very hard thing for t h e Indian it will be a good idea to take an observation." to rope tlie cowboy, was it?" Arietta said as she looked "All right," Dart answered. "I am ready t o d o any up. thing you mi)'-, Wild." "No, not very hard. You just come out, s o yo u ar; "Be careful," cautioned .Arietta, who could not make clear of the rocks, and I'll show you how I can r<;Pe you herself b e lieve that the Sioux had left the vicinity and haul you up. "Leave that to us, Et," was our reply "I reckon "Well, it would be all right if there was any nece ssity we'll be on tne lookout for danger." of it; but as there i sn't I guess I won't let you try it. Hugging the foot of the cliffs, they moved on i n the "All right. But I haven t my lariat, anyhow. Just tell direction the :first shots had come from. Wing to hurry and get something to eat, for we are going When they got to the spot where the :first Indian had to take the trail of the Sioux just as soon as we have dropped Wild gave a nod of satisfaction. eate n They won t expect anything like that, and we may "They have gone for the present, and you can bet on be able to fool them." / 1 it, Jim," said h e "They wouldn't have bothered to take "Shall we make a :fire an go ahead, ther same as if away their dead yet, if they were going to hpig around everything was all right?" asked the scout. "'.l;'hey've took on e of the carcasses, t'hat's right," Dart "Yes. The way is clear now We won't be bothered for answered. "But they didn't take the ris k to try and get a while, for I feel certain that the Sioux have made sure the othei: one. Ifs a wonder they didn't show a flag of of keeping Poker Jack, and hav e taken him off to their truce, so they could do it.". camp, wherever it is." "Oh, they mean to come back, al l right. Probab l y they Wing flew to get a :fire going, and a s Wild made his will wajt till dark.'' way back to the tree he could see the smoke rising from "Most likely." the ravine T he two now moved along, keeping a s harp wa.tch and Jim was coming down when he got there, and he treadin g without making any noiseJ see med to be well satisfied with the result o:f his obse rva -In this way they s oon reached the spo t where the redtion skins had come down into the ravine. "Well, how did you mak e out, Jim?" our hero asked The ground being s oft and yielding there, it was easy "Fine!" was the r ep ly. "I saw the camp of the redfor then'l to tell that the track s were fresh, and which s kin s 'rlrny have not reached it yet, but they are heading way they ran. that way, with Poker Jack tied on the back of a pony." "Now, Jim," said Wild, a s he noticed that the Sioux "That's what I cali fine! I hardly expected you would had gone on through the ravine, "I reckon we'll go up hrrve s uch luck as that. Did you locate the s pot well where they were and then you can climb a tree and take a f)nough to b e able to rea c h it without following a trail? look around." You know it i s likely that the r e d s kin s have a way of "Good!" hiding their trail." Both \vere now sure that the red s kins had left the "I reckon we can get there all right. But s uppo se yO'U vicinity, so they clid not have to be s o cautious. go up and have a look for yourself?" In a couple of minute s they had reached a high pot "Good! I reckon that will be the best thing to do. above the ravine, and Jim was looking for a tree that Here goes!" was s uitable for the purpose h e wanted to put it to. The young deadshot was s oon climbing the tree. A big pine that was as straight as an arrow appealed It was one of the talle s t to be found on the high eleva to him, and, after making sure that they had not come tion, and it was no wonder tha. i Jim had been able to see into any trap, h e s tarted to climb it. the r e dskin s J im w ent up the pine with the agi l ity of a s quirrel, About three miles off to the northwe s t he cou l d see the Wild walking along the spo t where the India n s had been camp that lay in a little hollow on the mountainside wh e n they made the capture of the cowboy. Thoug h it had taken tJ1e Sioux half an hour to get He got there in a few seconds, and when he sa w how there, the distance in a straight l i n e wa s not so great. easy it mu s t have been for one of the Sioux to drop a Wild took in the sce ne with no little interest. lariat over :Poker Jack's head he shrugged hi s s houlders The band of r eds kin s was not more than a mile away, and muttered: and as he look e d at the m they disappeared around a bend, "That was our fault, I reckon. We s hould have looked only to reappear the next minute in another spot up here Why, it i s not over eighteen or twenty feet The air was clear, so he could ee a long distance with down there." / little or no trouble Dropping to his hands and knees, he leaned over and Wild was not long in noting some l andmarks, and then could see those waiting' below. he desce nded the tree. "Hello!" he called out, soft ly. "I reckon we, can find the spot all right,'' he said "Now,


/ YOUNG WILD WES'r AND "SILVER STREAM." 11 Jim, we'll go back to the camp wd have dinner. As soon as we have had it we will light out as fitraight as we can for Spotted Wolf's camp. He won't be looking for us to make a move like that; he will be apt to think that we will stay in the ravine, or ride off to look for help to save Poker Jack. If we don't find the White Girl Captive of the Sioux by to-morrow night, and save her too, I'll miss my guess, that's all!" Jim nodd ed He had great faith in what the young deadshot said, and he actually believed that they were going to win out against the forty red ski n s "There may be a detachment of cavalry somewhere around," went on our hero, as they made their way down into the ravine, "but I am not going to worry about it much. If we can't outwit the Sioux it will be because we have forgotten what we learned since we first struck out." "That's it, Wild," Dart answered. When they got back to the camp Wing had the noon day meal well under way. The scout 's wife was helping him, so it could be hurried as much as possible. -"I reckon it would be a good idea tcr try an' shoot somethin' fur fresh meat afore we git too close to ther redskins, Wild," s uggested Charlie. "S'pose I try my luck as soon as I eat my dinner?" "Well, you don't want to be longer than half an hour, .then," was the "All right. I'll take Hop with me ter carry back ther game. I'll bet I don't have ter go more'n a quarter of a mile afore I rout out a bear. That place up there looks like ther hangout of bears." He pointed to the wooded slope that ran on up from the top of the cliff on the side opposite to the one the ; The scout found them, 'of course, for he could notice such things before the Chinaman could. "I reckon we'll have bear meat fur breakfast in thcr mornin'," he said in a low tone. "Jest git your knife ready, Hop. We want ter git them two hams an' be back to ther camp in time ter start. There's a whole lot of work ahead, yer know ''Allee light Misler Charlie; you killee bear; me cuttee off um hams, so be," was the reply. It being a section of the country where beB:_rs and other wild animals are li'I

YOUNG'WIL.D WEST AND "SILVER S'l'REAM." Hop picked up hi s knife and the two began the work investigation, and then every one was pleased, for they of cutting off what they -ivanted from the two bear carfelt that they hacl outwitted the Sioux. 1 casses. "Just watch out for a good place to camp," Wild said, It did not take them long to do this, and then they nodding to his partners. "We want a regular fort, if we started back, well laden from the results of the brief hunt. can get it, for we can't tell just what will happen before It was not much more than half an hour from the we get away from here This iB a pretty bad piece of time they started when they got to the ravine. country, as far as fast traveling is concerned, and we have They found that had bfi!en ready to got to depend a great deal on strategy and hiding'. Jim, JJ leave, and, pausing lo_rrg enough to relate what had hapdid you notice about how many there were of the redpened to the Chinaman, the scout mounted his h9rse. skins?" A few minutes later they were following the trail made I couldn't count them very well; but I am certain by Spotted Wolf and his braves. that there are not more than forty, as Poker Jack said," But Wild did not propose to follow it very far, even was the reply. if it s.howed up plainly. "Good! Now for a headquarters. The chances are He meant to keep far enough a\vay from it so if that a detachment of cavalry will be along at any time, redskins came back to the ravine to look for them they though whether they will come up this way or not, I would miss them, and they would thus be able to get close cannot say. How eve r, it will be a good idea for us to to the Sioux camp and do something toward liberating stop lat som e place from which we can keep a lookout the captives held there. around the su rrounding country. We may need the help Half a mile up the mountainside they lost the trail of of the cavalry before we are done with this, though I the redskins. reckon we'll be able to get the captives away from the But Wild cared nothing for this. Sioux without their help. We want to &et away from Both he and Jim knew the exact direction to in order here after we do it. That is the thing." J\ to reach the camp, so there was nothing in that. They moved on, and in a very few .minutes they found Anyhow, they meant to clear of them, as has as good a place to camp as they could expect to in such been stated. a part of the mountains. There was water there, and this was one of the main To such experienced Westerners as Young Wild West and his partners it vws easy to pick a way to get to a ceressentials, provjding they l:iad to remain there for a day or two. tain. point, and unless they were halted by some abyss or perpendicular cliff they were bound to get where they The grass wa s in plenty, too, so the horses would not wanted to go. go without fodder. And even if they were halted, they could go around The spot they cliose was a hollow under an overhanging cliff, forming a half circle. and find a way. In order to drive them from it the Indians mu s t exOur friends kept right on, heading in a direction that pose them s elve s for a di sta nce of a full hundre d yards, and was slig4tly to the left of the place where Sioux to such ma .rksme n as our friends were the Sioux could camp was 10cated. but stand a very poor s how. If they 1rnpt right on in that direction, Wild figured The place b e ing selected, the Chinamen went right at that they would reach a point about a mile 'to the south work putting things in s hap e of the Indian camp when they got as far as they wanted "I reckon this i s a finer place than what we had down to go. in the ravine, anyhow," said our hero, as he looked around This would be far enough away, for there were cliffs and gave a nod of satisfacti on. "The red galoots can't and ridges that would intervene, and it was hardly likely hurt u s from the top of the cliffs h e re. And there won't that a rifle shot could be heard by the r e dskins. be any danger of them dropping a noo se over any one's On they went, sometimes being compelled to halt and head either. W e' ll s how old Spotted Wolf that he has lead th ei r horse:; over dangerous places. gone just about the limit," I r eckon." But once they got up our hero would be satisfied, -for The boy spoke in s u c h a confident way that hi s partners he meant to come back by the route the Sioux us ed. ancl the girls were convinced that they were bound to win It was firmly fixed in his mind that h e was going to out. effect the relea se of the White Girl Captive of the Sioux "And that tree up there will be our observation point," as well as save h e r cowboy lover. aclded Jim, pointing to a towering pine that reared itself 'l'hcy were more than an hour in reaching a place which from the top of ,the cliff. Wild thought was far enough, and then Jim di s mounted "'!'hat's right, Jim,'' nodded our hero. '"Now let's join and a sce nded the tallest tree there was there. in getting things in shape, and then we' ll s trike out ind The boy soon found that the das hing young deadshot see what we can do." had used very good judgment, for not more than a mile In less than half an hour they had everything fixed to away he could the Indian camp. their liking, even to a supply of wood to keep the fire Jim took a good look and saw that Poker Jack was tied going. to a tree and in no immedi11te danger, and the n; after The smoke they caused could hardly be see n at the counting the redskins as well as he could he came down Indian .camp, becaus e there \Vas a high, wooded ridge the tree. b et ween them. It would fade into nothingness before it He quickly let his companions know the result of his got that high


YOUNG WILD WEST AND "SILVER STREAM." 13 Yet the distance between the two point s was barely a mi le "I reckon we'll take a little scout and :find out just how the l and l ies, Charlie," said Wild, when they h ad finished arranging things J im, you keep a sharp watch, f or we don't want to let the r edskins stea l a march on u s i f we can help it." ''You can bet that they won' t get here, Wild!" was D art's reply "All right, then. Come on, Charlie!" The dashing young deadshot and the scout set out to pay a visit to the Sioux camp in the i n te r est of the White Gir l Captive and her cowboy lover / C H APTE R VIII. THE WHITE GIRL CAPTIVE AND TH): SQUAW "Oh, she is not afraid of her father," was the girl's reply "Sh e seems to wiel d a b i g influence with him, tou." "Good T hen maybe you kin git her ter put a wor d in fur me I reckon ther galoots might try ter git rid o f me if You ng Wil d West don't h appe'1 ter git h e r in tinie." "Who i s Young Wild West, Jack "He's only a boy, but he's ther Champion Deadshot of the West, an' ther boss Indian fighter, without a doubt. He's got two pards with him what don't know what :fear is, any more than he does. An' then he's got his sweet heart with him, too, an' two other gals, so when yer git out of this scrape you'll some of yer own sex ter talk to on ther -...,ray back to ther ranch Don't you worry now, Su sie. It ain't goin' ter be long Young Wild West said l ast night that it wouldn't be more'n for ty eight hours afore you'd be free, an' they do say as how he neve r mrrkes no mistake But the captive girl shook her head She had been in the power of the band of S i o u x so l ong P oker Jack Hayes had not Jong been an inmate of the that escape now seemed almost impossible to her S ioux camp than he got a chance to see his sweetheart. The two talked on, Jack saying nothing but words of I The White Girl Captive was brought out of the tepee encouragement, and the redskins not interferjng t h at had been allotted to her as her place of abode while They hardly listened, even, though if they had t h e y i n the power of her rascally captors, for the purpose of could not have heard much of what was being said, s i nce tormenting the CO\Yboy, and also to show her how use less the couple s poke in very low tones. it was for her to think of getting away from the band When they had been tal king together a little more t h a n o f I ndians, unless her friends sho ul d come to the terms five minutes the Indian maiden referred to as the daug h t h e old chief wanted to make ter of the chief came out of the tepee and walked over t o Poker Jack's face flushed with pleasure when he saw his them. sweetheart, and she, too, lighted up, causing Spotted "The paleface mai.aen will now come back to her tepee," Wolf to frown deeply. she said, in a musical voice. "She has seen and ta l ked But the chief caused the girl. to be l ed straight to the with her lover, and s he must be satisfied." man, so they might talk together, he thinking that it "No, Silver Stream," retorted Susie "I want to talk would be the means of helping along the fiendish game he longer with him was playing The Sioux maiden shook her head "Oh, Jack! cried the girl, as she reached him and "It must not be," she declared "She w ill but be a ll fell sobbing on his breast "I was hoping that you would the more sad when the time comes for her lover to die. lead the here and rescue me Oh, oh!" My father, the great War Chief of the Sioux, has sworn "I was hopin' so, too, Su s ie," he rep l ied, trying to apto burn the palefac e man at the stake, the same as his pear cool and unconcerned. "But II heard up at ther forefather s did to hi s paleface enemies. The paleface fort that Young Wild Wes t an' his pard s had been sent maiden will feel like d y ing, too, then, and Silver Stream flll', an' I w ent clown ter Cheyenne ter meet 'em. I found will a lso be sad, for she will think of the beautiful pa l e 'em las t night, an' they're ri ght close by now. Don't you face boy s he once saw, and whom she loves with all her worry no more. They'll be here putty soon Ther day heart without his knowing it." won't be over afore Young Wild West will light on this She took the girl h_y the arm and gently forced he r to here camp an' make the r redskin s unde r stand t hat they've let her go to her captive lover. run ther length of their rope. Why, they s h ot two of "Go on, Susie," said Poker Jack, gritting upon his ther galoots just afore noon, gal Jest keep a s tiff upper teeth to keep back his emotion "Yer kin come o u t an' l ip It's all goin' ter come out right You've clone nobly have another little talk with me putty soon, maybe. 'l'hat so far, an' it can't last much l onger." squaw ain't ther sort ter go back on yer, if yer i n sist on ''No, Jack; it can't last much longer I couldn't stand do in' it. I'm worth a hundred dead m e n yet, an' don t it if it did," was the r e ply "This morning I almost yer furgit it!" thought that Silver Stream, the chief's daug l iter, was The eyes of the captive gir l brightened and her wan going to give in to me and p l ead with lrer father for my cheek flus hed as s he heard hi s cheering word s liberty But she do it, Jack; she says she can't As the cowboy had told our friends, Susie Morse was a d o that much, but will not let me be harmed so long as very pretty girl. she i s kept with ine It may hav e been because of this that she was selected "We ll s he's been som e goo d yer anyhow," the cow-as the 9ne to capture by the rascally old chief, so he might boy answered. I don't s'pose she dares ter come out an' dictate the tern'ts he saw fit to with the authorities. d o a n y mor e fur y e r. 01"1 Spotte d Wolf would n't allcw But, anyhow, &he had been seized and carried off, and it." she was sti ll a captive in the hands of the Sioux.


14 .:YOUNG WILD WEST AND "SILVER STREAM." / It was plain that a certain degree of sympathy existed between the Sioux maiden and the fair captive. But whether 'or not it would ultimately be the means of assisting the freeing of Susie remained to be see n. As two entered the tepe e and sat clown OJ'.1 the warm. skins and blankets, the white girl broke into a flood of tears. I "Don't cry," the squaw said, consolingly. "Silver Stream will never see you harmed, Su s ie." "But Jack must not be harmed, either, Silver Stream," came the quick retort, as the girl looked her in the eyes "I will die if he does !" The Indian maiden shook her head. "Spotted W 01 has declared war on the palefac es," s he said slowly. "He has committed many murders, a s the palefaces say, and he will be hanged i the soldiers catch him. He knows this and he will kill the paleface he has twice captured, for it will be no worse him in the end." "Silver Stream," said Susie, calming herself by a great effort, "you say that you love a paleface boy. Would you let your father kill him if he were here in the place of my lover?" "No!" The answer flashed back quickly enough, and the sud den gleam that came in the dark eyes of the squaw told plainly that She meant it. "Well, you have said that you thought a great deal of me, and that you would not allow any harmto befall me; now I say to you, save my lover! Think of what you wo\1ld do for your own lovei, arid act as though you were in my place." / "I have no lover, Susie. I love the young pttleace, but he does not know it. Anyhow, he does not love me, I know. I hl}rdly think he would know me if he came here and saw me now. But he is far away, anu I never expect to see him again. He is the greatest young brave of all the palefaces, I have heard, and he has a paleface maiden he calls his sweetheart. Silv e r Stream has no right to love him, but she can't help it." "You only saw him 't>nce, yo,u s ay, Silver Stream?" "Yes, only once; but I loved him the moment I looked upon his handsome form and face. It was a year ago, when he, with the soldiers, stopped the Sioux and the Utes from the waion the palefaces. It was his grea t work that Biel it, and the palefaces made much of him. Though he helped kill many of my tribe, I loved him all the more, and when he walked through the camp after it was all over, I wait e d forlhim to look upon me and smile. Others of the paleface s did look upon me, and soh1e of them told me I was very pretty. But he walked on, think ing only of his own paleface maiden with the yellow hair." "What 'is the name of this paleface boy, Silver Stream?" queriea Su sie, who had become deeply inte re st ed 1n what the squaw said, in spite of the terrible sit uation she was placed in. "Y OlJng Wild West," came the reply from the lip s of Silver Stream, while her dark eyes fairly danced. "What!" gasped the White Captive of the Sioux. "Why, Young Wild West is not far from her e now, Sil ver Stream. It was he and his partners who shot the two brave s you told me about a little while ago. He is coming to s ave me." It is rarely that Indian s give way to their emotion, but Silver Stream was an exception just then. The thought that the dashing young paleface she loved in such an irre sis tible was near made her happy for the moment. Her bosom heaved convulsively and a sigh came from h e r lips. "I mu s t see the brave, young paleface if he is so near," she said. "But I will not let him know that I love him. That would not do. I must fi;s t find loves me." Susie Morse began to think that at last a way had opened for her escape from her :fiendish captors. She knew what it was to love, and when she learned that the daughter of Spotted Wolf was in love with the very person her romised husband so much reliance in s he could but feel encouraged. "To win Young Wild West from his own sweetheart Silver Stream should not try," she said. "But if she finds tttat he does lpve her, then it will be different." "'rhe paleface maiden speaks straight," replied the squaw. "Silver Stream will never tell of her love to Young Wild Wesf unless she knows that it is right for her to do s. She will die first, Susie !" "Ugh!" The guttural exclamation sounded at the entrance of the tepee, a s the two maidens looked around they saw the face of Spotted Wolf. That he had heard their conversation 'tliey both knew, and now a new difficulty confronted the White Girl Cap tive of the Sioux. CHAPTER IX. WILD SAVES THE COWBOY. Wild and Charlie made their way quic)rly along 'the mountain si de. It was a great deal easier to t!,'avel on foot than to go by horse ther e and they gradually neared the camp of the Sioux. Such a mission a s they were now on was nothing new to either of them, and both were confident of success. Wild knew that the danger lay in leaving the cowboy in the power of the Tedskins, for he had heard enough to convince him that the girl would not be harmed so lon g as the daughter of the chief was with her. 'l'he fir s t thing to be done, then, was to get Poker J acE; away from the reel fiends. The two kept on, moving cau'tiously, and it was not long before they could sme ll the s moke of a fire that was not far away. "I r eckon it's j est about cold enough te1\ make 'em keep a fire goin ', Wild _," the scout whispe red. "I wouldn't be a bit surprised if we got snow out of this afore many hours. It'.s goin' ter be a putty cold night, if I'm any jedge." "That's right, Charlie;" was the reply. "We want to get through with this job before it does snow, if we possi bly can. To be caught up here in a snowstorm won't ..


YOUNG WILD WEST AND "SILVER STREAM." 15 be a very pleasant thing, though we have got p l enty 0 Noiselessly he back to where he had left him. blankets to keep warm with and there is no lacking of fuel Charlie was still there, and one glance at him told Wild to keep a fire going But don't talk about the snow just that he knew the squaw was co,ning. / yet. We've got enough on hand to think about without "Hide yourself, Charlie," said the yo:ung dead s hot. borrowing any trouble." "There is a good chance to free the cowboy now. I'll go They moved on without saying anything more, and a after him as soon as the sqnaw gets the water and goes few minutes later they caught a glimpse of the in back to the tepee the camp through an opening in the trees. "All right," was the whispered reply, and then they Wild and Charlie became very cautious now. both crept into the bushes "You stay right here, Charli e and I'll go and see what 1'hc next minute Silver Stream appeared I can do for Poker Jack." But, instead of dipping the pail into the pool, she sat "All right,'' was the reply "Yer kin bet yer lif e that l1own an the ground before the water and began s urveying I'll shoot if yer happen ter git catched herself in the mirror-like surface. 1 Wild s tole up to the camp. Our two friends0were within a dozen feet of her, and, 'The redskins had a fire going in the centre of holfinding that she was in no hurry to get the water s he low they were located in, and they weresitting around it h ad come Wild decided to go on ai1d stea l up behind in a circle. the cowboy prisoner and cut hiin loose. It was easy for our hero to pick out the tepee that the But just then he gave a start, for he heard hi s nam e Whit e Girl Captive of the Sioux was confined in, for mentioned by the squaw there were but two of them, and one of them was thrown Charlie heard it, too, and they both liste ned. open, disclosing the chief sitting there, smokmg his pipe "The paleface maiden loves, and so do I," she sai d, Fully twenty feet from the fire was the tree that Poker speaking in English, and in a low, musical voice "She Jack was tied to, and there was not an Indian within a loves the man she calls Jack, and I love Young Wild dozen feet of him. West. Yes! Silver Stream loves the paleface boy, but That the redskins were confident that their hiding he does not know it. He never will know it, un,less he place would not be found easily, ancl that they never even shows that he loves Silver Stream of such a thing as the few palefaces they had left Then she looked a:t h er reflection in the water agai n in the ravine trying to find it, was quite evident. and proceeded to fix her hair, just as though she really The da s hing young deadshot took in the situat ion in expected to meet the one s he loved and wanted to be lookless than ten seconds ing at her best. It occurred to him that he never had an eas ier chance Wild was much puzzled, for he could not remember of to rescue a captive than right now. having seen the squaw, try as he might. The blue smoke from the burning pile of logs the Sioux The s cout grinned, for evidently he thought it was a were gathered about went up almost s traight, a nd now good thing that Silver Stream, as he heard her call he r and then it would settle and almost obscure the captive self, was 1n love with Wild. from their view. It might help out a great deal. But he had been tied in a manner that made it impos Silver Stream was evidently satisfied with the way s he sible for him to get loose unaided looked now, for she arose, and, taking the pail, dipped it Wild noticed that one of the redskins sat so he faceJ into the pool. the tepee the girl prisoner was in, and that his eyes selWhen it was filled she started back for the camp, act dom l eft it. ing as though she was much satisfied with her trip to the This told the boy that if the Sioux thought there was brook. any cbnger anywhere it would come from that tepee. Wild s tarted after her, cautioning Char1ie to remain Wild wondered a little at this, bnt when he considered where he was, and be ready for anything that might hap that the girl was mos t likely free of bonds he concluded pen that this was the cause of a watch being kept in that The brave boy knew that they were going to have a direction. hard time in getting away, even if they s ucceeded in get"I reckon I'll get at work now,'' he muttered. "Poker ting the cowboy free. Jack first, and then the girl captive." 'Then, too, their presence in the. vicinity would become But just then the flap of the tepee openeJ and out known. stepped Silver Stream I But it was hardly likely that the redskins would think Wild never remembered of having see n her before, so that. they were camped so near and it might be that they h e did not have cause to do anything out of the ordinary would go on clown to thC' ravine, thinking the escape had just then. been mnde to that place. 'That the squaw was in love with him he did not know. Thi s waR the hope they had to rely upon, and, figuring But he waR destined to find this out, and that quickly. it out that way, Wild crept around anc1 got behind the Silver Stream picked up a pail and started for a littl e tree to which Poker Jack was bound. mountain R b-earn that was right where Clrnrlie was in The Indians were still gathered in a circle about the waiting fire. Wild had noticed the spot, and he. thought he had bet -But the one who was watching the 'tepee before still ter go and warn the cont to be on the lookout, in case he had hi s eyes fixed upon it, and this told onr h ero that did not see the squaw approaching he had been appointed by the chief for that purpose.


16 YOUNG WILD WEST AND, "SILVER STREAM." Spotted Wolf was smoking away in s il e nce, but when sight of 'em, if yer want ter stay around here, Wild," his danghter came back with the water from the brook the scout s poke up. "I reckon they ll go down ther trail his eyes followed h e r, and Wild could not help noticing pell-mell, thinkin' we've headed fur the r ravine. They that there was a peculiar gleam in them. I won't think ter look so close by fur u s." "He acts as though he was not on the best of terms "'l'hat's right, Ch?/rlie," our hero answered, as h e look e d with Silv e r Stream," Wild thou g ht. "I wonder what it at the tree and nodded iill mean s anyhow? Why s hould that sq uaw be in love It was a thick pine, and there wa s pl enty of ro ,om for with me? I don't know h er; and how it i s that she knows all three to conceal the mselves in its me I can't under sta nd. I am not in the habit of leading At a motion from our hero Poker Jack started up the girls to take a notion to me, especially squaws. Well, s he tree must hav e seen me Anyhow, it make s little Charlie followed, and then came Wild. difference to me, so long as I accomplish my purpose." The boy was nut a minute too soon, either, for just then The s uprem e moment had nearl y arrived, for he saw fully a score of the redskins came in sight that there could be no bett e r chance than to act at that It so happened that the nath they had made in going time. to and from their retreat led right along close to the very Creepipg behind the tree, h e reached out and touched tree our friends had taken r e fuge in Pok e r Jack on the leg. Charlie sat hugging a limb with his left arm, hi s re-As he supposed, the cowboy was too well trained to cry volver grasped in his right, as Wild came up out or otherwise make known that there was some one be"Don't shoot at them," cautioned our h ero, who hind him. thought the scout might forget him se lf and open fire if But the pri soner was really much surphsed, though the Sioux came pretty close he had been hoping right along that Young Wild West A nod was the reply, and then they watched and wai.t-would come to his rescue. eel for the redskins to go past. wild said not a word, but proceeded to cut the rop e After the first loud yell the Sioux remained silent, no that bound the man to the tree. doubt thinRing it best to let the escaping prisoner and H e soon had it done, and st ill the redskins were not those who had aided h im know that they were after them. aware that any s uch thing was transpiring. 'rhey went on down the mountain s ide, some of them 'l'he n ex t t}1ing Wild did was to cut the rop e that bound coming within twenty feet of the tree. the arms of the cowboy to Ms sid e They went right on, and our hero took care to count Then he s lipped a revolver in hi s hand and gave a them slight pull on the s leeve of his coat, which meant that he 1 'rliere were just tw e nty of the m, and the old c hief was was to eave hi s position and follow him Poker Jack cast a look at the tepee hi s sweeheart was in, and then he stepped around behind the tree. "Cpme on!" whispered Wild. "We will get the girl later." A nod was the rep1y, and then the two hurriedly, but noi seless ly, left the spot. And the Indians, utterly unconsciou s of the fact that their pri sone r had escaped, remained in the circle about the fire, the smoke fly ing across th e open s pace as a gust of wind from the north hit it, shutting off the scene. / CHAPTER X. WILD MAKES A FAILURE OF IT. Young Wild West was elated at the easy way the release of the prisoner had been effected. As soon as they got about a hundred yards from the camp h e halted. "I reckon I may as well go back and have a try_ for the girl," he said "The redskins don't seem to be taking much notice of things, so I may as well strike while the iron is hot But just then a yell sounded, and then he knew that the escape of the cowboy had been di scovered. "Don't he whispered, a s Poker Jack made a move to dash away. "Here's a tree that we kin climb inte r, an' be out of one of the number As they got partly out of h ear ing he went on up to the top of the tree and took a look around. It was only natural that he s hould turn his gaze in the direction the redskins were going first, and when he saw that they were hurrying on down the mountain he gave a.""" nod of sat i sfac tion and turned hi s eyes toward the camp. Much to hi s surp r ise, he saw two red s kin s leadin g the White Gir l Captive from the tepee. They took her to the very tree the cowboy had been tied to and proceeded to bind her to it. Silver Stream stood in front of the tep ee, looking on, but she did not offer to interfere. When he sa w that there were just nineteen redskins left the camp Young Wil d Wes t gave a s igh of s ati s fac tion and s tarted to descend the tree. "I reckon I'll soon free the girl now," he muttered. "If we can't get a.way from that lot of red s kins, I'll miss my guess, that's all!" Down he went, and when he got to where Charlie and the cowboy were he said to them: "Corne on down. I am going after the girl now I reckon I'll come pretty near getting her, too." "Oh, I only hope you do !'J exclaimed Jack, fervently. "Well, I want you fe llows to stand ready to do s ome shooting, for the chances are that there will have to be some done this time I won't have such an easy time fooling the redskins as I did in your case, for they will think that we are a ll close by Take it cool, and be ready for anything that happens."


YOUNG WILD WEST AND '1SILVER STREAM." 17 The young d e ad shot qui c kly dropp e d to the g round, so lightly t h a t hi s feet mad e not the l e a s t s ound. The n he starte d without d e la y for the camp of the Sioux. In l ess tha n a minute h e was within fifty f eet of it. Two o f t h e India n s w e r e g u a rdin g the g irl, as though the y m eant sure tha t s he would not mak e her e s cape as h e r lov e r had don e The rest w e re s t a ndin g about the fir e li s t e nin g for the shout they e xp ecte d to h ear whe n the c hief and the others ove rtook the esc a pin g cowboy and tho s e who had cut him loose. Wild saw t h a t a clump o f bus h es lay b e tween him and the tree, and h e figure d it out tha t he might be abl e to cut the g irl loose and get h e r a way b e for e the re s t w e r e aware of it, providin g h e ove rcom e the two g uard s He did not want to s hoot them-for it was not hi s way to do that, unl ess it was abs olut e ly nec ess ary, s uch a s s av ing a human li fe He r eac h e d the bus h, to mak e a grand ef fort, how e ver. Charli e and the cowboy would sure ly o p e n fire on the r e d sh.ins s hould they press him too hard. A s he s t e pp e d from b e hind the bu s h a r e volver in hi s hand, hi s foot pre s sed upon a dry twig and it s napped. Ins tantL y the two r e d s kin s turne d their heads and saw him. There wa s no ba c kin g down now, and a s one of them dr e w a t o mahawk from his belt the young dead s hot sprang forw a rd. DivininQ" hi s intention, the n e are s t of the r e d s kins 'I mad e a l e ap f o r him. Ch a n g in g the r eYolve r in hi s hand s o h e g ra s p e d it by the muz z le, the y oun g d ea d s h o t struc k out with it. The n s omethin g h a pp e n ed in the wa y of an inte rfer ence. A s Wild fell e d o n e of the r e d s kin s b y a blow from the butt of hi s revolver and s pran g for the one with the tomahawk the c hief;-s d a u ghte r s udd e nly app e ar ed. Rai s in g h e r h a nd s, s h e e xclaim ed: "Go back Y oun g Wild West! I will save h er!" B11t at tha t ins t ant half a dozen of the r e d s kin s who had been g athe r e d a b out the :fire came rus hing for the spot. Wild knew h e was in for it, s o h e called out. loudly: "Look out, Cha rli e The y re a f t e r m e The r e d s kin wit h the tomahawk the n l e t the w e apon fly at him. The boy cl e v e rl y cluc k e d and fired almo s t at the s am e mom e nt. Down w ent the Siou x in a h e ap. Twi ce mor e t h e b rave b o y fir e d, for he saw two of the others in the a c t o f a i min g at him with their g un s Run, Youn g Wild West Run scr e am e d Silv e r Stre am. "The y dar e not s hoot y ou. I will not l e t them!" Then s he turne d u po n the brav e s furiously and ordered them to let the boy alon e They w e r e check e d t e mpor arily ancl, not wis hing to be caught, Wild starte d irom the s pot. But two of the brave s had see n fit to run around behind him before the s quaw had commanded them to let him go, and, di s regarding what she said, they pounci::d npon the young deadshot and bore him to the ground 'rhe revolver was knocked from his grasp and a kick from one of the red s kins dazed him completely. He struggled to free himself as soon as he realized what was up, but it was useless Half a dozen of the red s kins were now after Charlie and Pok e r Jack, who w e re letting them know that it was extremel y dangerou s for the m to come too close. Meanwhile Silver Stream was doing her level be s t to make tho s e who had the boy, and were binding him hand and foot, to l e t him go. But they ab s olutely refus ed to take any order s from her, the y no doubt knowing it would be against the wishes of the chief. "Neve r mind Silver Stream," said Wild, coolly, as he saw how u s eles s it was for her to interfere in his behalf. "I'll get / away all right. Take it easy. Wait till your father come s back." 'rhe 1 squaw's eyes brightened like stars when she heaTd him speak her n a m e Wild knew it w'il'l.tld have effect on her, for had he not heard her say that she loved him? 1 It was only natural that he s hould use what he k new to save hi s life thou g h he did not mean for an instant to make h e r think that he thought anything or her. A s he was picked up and carried close to the blazing log s he could hear s hooting in the distance, w iich told him that Charlie and the cowboy were being liotly pur sued. ut he did not fear much for the m, s ince they had a good s t a rt, and if th y were not cut off _by the rest of the bancl, a s the y came b a ck, they ou ght to rea eh the camp all right. I "I hope they g e t there h e thoug ht. "If they do they will be able to hold the c amp a g ain s t the redskin s for they will JlOt all go to attack it at one time, anyhow. If the y do I will have a s ure chance to get away, for that / s quaw will do about anything for me, I think." Silver Stre am came near him and a s one of the braves picked up a bla z ing stic k and put it toward the boy' s face, to g ive him a ta s t e of what the y thought would come a lit tle lat'er s he struck it from his hand. "Don't harm a hair in hi s h e ad !'t she cried, in h e r own language, which Wild under s tood quite well. "If you do I will kill you I am the chi e f's daughter, and I am in c ommand wh e n he i s away." This caused the r e d s kin to d es i st, though it was evident that h e did not f ear her gre atl y The s ame two who had b e en guarding the White Girl Captive w e re now in charge of h er, and the situation was muc\1 wor s e than befor e for her, it s eemed. But Young Wild Wes t wa s not much alarmed "If that s quaw i s not able to save me I'll miss my that's all!" he thought to himself. CHAPTER XI. THE SIOUX LOSE IN A HOT SKIRMISH. Cheyenne Charlie had not turned and fled until he saw that the re was absolutely no cha.nee to s ave Wild But he knew pretty well that, since the young squaw


18 YOUNG WILD WEST AND "SILVER STREAM." had interfered in his behalf, the boy was not in any great danger. He ran with the cowboy, and every time the redskins fired at theni he turned and let a couple of shots go at them, generally with great effect, too. He had a rifle, and he knew how to handle it, too. Poker J aek had Wikl's rifle, since the boy had not deemed it wise to take it with him when he went r to free the girl captive, and be, too, did some telling work. Before they were half way to the camp they had dropped five of the pursuing Sioux, ancl this meant a whole lot to them, since it made the rest more cautious. It was a running fight nearly all the way. Btit just before the camp was reached the two mana'.ged to throw the red s kins off their track, and then they s tole alone in sil ence and :finally reached the camp. Jim and the girls were. waiting behind the rocks that were clustered about the retreat they liad taken possession of, their rifles ready to deal out lead when the red skins came in view. waved his hand for them to keep quiet, and they did so. "Where's Wild?" Arietta asked, aitxiously, when she saw he was not fetching up in the rear. "'rher Injuns has got him," answered the scout "But it's all right, I reckon. There's a squaw there what's in loye with him, an., she ain't goin' ter see him hurt." "A squaw in love with him!" Arietta echoed. "Yes ;t1'11 tell yer all about it as soon as I catch my breath. Jim, jest be on ther lookout, will yer? There'll be about thirty redskins here afore we know it!" Poker Jack was warmly welcomed, though there & a gloom over the camp on account of the mishap to Wild. The scou t had just about related the circumstances of the case when the redskins came in sight. "Give it to 'em; it's ther only way'!'' he exclaimed. Then he opened fire on the Siopx, who were right be fore them. The rest joined in the firing, and half a aozen of them fell before they could get to cover. "I reckon that sorter took ther starch out of 'em," re marked Poker Jack, nodding his approval. "Jest let 'em keep it up! Then it'll be all ther easier ter save Wild an' ther galY "Well, if the squaw promised to save your sweetheart, a,; you say you heard her cry out to Wild, and she is in love with Wild, I rather think that they both stand a pretty good show," Arietta answered. "I am not a bit j e alous of the squaw, though I don't understand how it i s that she came to fall :i'n love with him." "He don't, either, nor do any of us, I reckon," said Charlie. "But look out, there! Here comes some more of ther red varmints. It's ther gang we. sent on a wild goose chase. Steady there Jack! Don't yer pull till you've got yer man covered !" Orang! The scout's weapon spoke with a report t_hat echoed through the opening in the mountainside. Ora-a-ck! .The girls joined in the firing, and for the next two minutes there was a regular fusillade ,pouring into the ranks of the advancing Sio ux. They answered the fire, of course, but our friends were so well protected by the rocks that they were not harmed in the least As the horses were further back along the foot of th e cliff, the Indians could not get in view of them, so they were spared being shot There was no doubt but that the red fiends would have opened fire on the horses had they but had the chance, for they would have considered the palefaces more sure of falling into their hands then. But our friends had chosen well when they took the place they were locat ed in. The Sionx did not attempt to get to them again, lrnt withdrew out of sight, l eaving their clead and dying where they fell. "I reckon there's quite a good 'Yays from forty of .'em now, Jack," said the scout, when he found that the dan ger was over for the present. "Jest look out there!" The cowboy nodded as he saw the bodies l ying about. "A dozen of 'em, if there's he exclaimed. "'rhis beats anything I ever had in ther line of fightin' redskins. I'll be mighty glad when it's over." "Well, it won't be over to-day, it ain't likely. We won't dare ter venture away from here so long as it's light, that's certain. It are a putty sure thing that some of 'em will stay around ter watch us, an' ther first chance 'they" git they'll let us have it. We'll have ter wait till it gits dark afore we try ter do anything fur Wild an' ther gal. 'It may be that they both show up afore that time, fur if Sil ver Stream, as ther name of the squaw is, hasJlull with ther old chief she'll git 'em clear She's 1 Spotted Wolf's darter, an' I sorter reckon that he'll listen ter her somewhat." "Not in a case of this kind, I'm afraid," answered the cowboy. "She may keep 'em from hurtin' \V.ild or Susie; but she won't be able ter make him let 'em go free. That would spil e all his chances of gittin' pardoned. Spotted Wolf won't let Susie go, nohow. You kin bet on that!" "That's about the size of it," Jim spoke up. "I reckon we'll have to wait till dark, and then strike out and do something, Charlie." "Me go, too, so be," chimed in Hop, who bad been tak ing in all that had been said. "Me allee samee helpee savee Misler Wild." "All right, Hop," Charlie replied. "I reckon it won't be ther first time you've helped out in cases like this. Wild has got ter be got away from ther red ga loot s afore they take a notion ter kill him. There ain't no use in sayin' anything different!" "If he isn't here by the time you have gone half an hour I will go to look for him myself," said Arietta "'l'ho Sioux band will either have another White Girl Captive, or I will get Wild free!" "That's ther way ter talk, Arietta," the scout hastened to say. "You kin do your pait, all right, an' I knows it." Poker Jack looked at her, admiringly. "I like ter see a gal with plentY, of spunk in 'em/' he said "You remind me a lot of Susie, only she can t shoot as straight as you kin." "I'll show the redkins just how straight I can shoot if I have any trouble with them," the brave girl declared. a ..... -


Y O UNG WILD WEST AND "SILVER STREAM 19, By thi s time the afternq o n h a d pretty well worn its elf away Night was comin g o n and the y w e r e a ll g l a d of it, for under t h e cover of darkness something c ould b e done t o save Wil d Tho u g h the s un was s ti ll s h i nin g it was n o t with the u s u a l degree of b r ightness, and the air was g rowin g s tead il y col der. No one knew better t han Cheye n n e Char li e what mig h t b e expected. It was g oing to s now. In the part of the country wh e r e our fri e nd s w er e spows t .orrris come e arl y in the seas on, and ar e apt to come ju a hurry, too. If a heavy fall of snow s hou l d come now the y would be in a pretty bad p l i ght, s ince they would not be able to get dow n the mountain s ide to the trail, e v e n The treach e rou s of the way woul d b e hidden b y the s now, and this mea n t almo s t certain death o r s eriou s mi shap for any on e w h o tried to go down, they n ot being f ull y familiar with the route As the s un neared the line of the west ern horizon it becam e l o s t beh i n d a bank of li ghtgray cloud s T he ba n k then s pread u ntil th,e whol e s ky was obs c u red and the col d i n creased. "It' s a lucky thing w e g ot in pl enty of wood," s aid the scou t "I reckon we'll ne e d it a for e m ornin' "Me a ll ee samee keepee um fire go v e ll y wuc hee, t h e cook r e marked "Me likee nicee wa}m fir e when u m v e lly mu chee col d "Wh o dofi.'t, yer foolish galoot?" Charlie a n s wered, look in g at Win g in di s gu s t. The India n s h a d not showed them s elves s ince they went away, and this was a little en c oura gin g Bu t i t wou, ld hardl y be safe for an y of the m to ventur e out w hil e the dayli ght la ste d s o the y d e cided t o s tick to w hat t hey h a d fir s t a g reed u pon which was to wait until d a r k ness, a n d then Char li e and Jim wou ld s trike out a nd see w h a t t hey coul d do. H Hop wanted to g o he coul d a s C harlie had s aid O m ; friend s had litt l e to s a y as the y wait ed. Wit h Wil d missin g there w a s a g loom ove r the c a mp. But when it w as tim e for t h e s upper t o b e cooke d Char lie bade Win g ge t at it, whil e h e g u a rd e d t h e app r oach o f t h e red s kin s who mi ght see the C hinama n a t work a nd 'th ink it was a g ood c h a n c e to fir e a v olley at him. The bear m eat they had brou ght up the mount a in was t h oroughly c old now, s o whe n the scout hin te d tha t h e woul d like some of it forhis s upp e r Win g lo st no tim e in c u tting off som e s lices. In a littl e while the odor of broi l in g bear meat and coffee became waft e d on the bre e z e, and it mad e a combi nation that would have been v e r y ag reeable to a hung r y pe r s on if one h a d come a l ong jus t the n In s pite of the fact that Wil d was missin g they all ate q ui te heart il y Bu t they k new i t was necessary to eat i f 'th ey wis hed t o k eep t h emselves in prop e r s hape Jus t as the mea l was finished a few flak e s of s now w e re seen fallin g "She's c o min !" excla im ed t h e scout. "But never mirfd I Ther snow will h e lp u s ter git Wild, I r eckon Come on, Jim! Aire yer r e ad y ?" "Yes, C h a rlie,'' was the r e pl y "I reckon it i s d a rk enou g h s o w e will g o now." "Me go, too, s o be," s pok e P p Hop, w h o was q u ite r e ad y CHAPTER XII. / WHAT S ILV E R DID Wild was k ept l y in g on the g r o und cl ose to the fir e for a rathe r lon g time Silv e r Stre am had tak e n h e r pos iti o n n ear t h e captive girl and s h e rem a ined t h e r e h e r eyes fix ed upon t h e he lp l ess y oun g dead s hot the biggest p a r t of t h e time It was evid ent that the squaw h a d bee n forc e d to s u b mit to the rulings of the brave who was in charge w hil e t h e c hief was away. The y a ll heard the s hootin g a s Charli e and t h e cowboy mad e their escap e but aft e r that a ll was in s ile nce. But finall y the c hi e f cam e in with a ll hi s s u rviv ing brave s bu t two, and they h a d bee n l eft to a t c h t h e c a mp of the pal e face s Spott e d Wolf had los t heavil y tha t after noon, and the re was a worri e d look in hi s eye s a s he came i nto the / c amp. It had bee n hi s order s to tie the whi te captiv e to t h e tree and when h e saw 'that s he was s t ill t h e r e hi s face a little. But whe n hi s was c alled to the priso ner l y in g by the fire he utte r e d an exclamation of joy "It i s Youn g Wild h e cri ed, a s he l ea ned ove r and took a good look. Spot te d W o lf ;knows the pa l efac e buy U gh! M e fee l fin e Youn g Wild West w ill die in the fire when the darkness c o mes. His fles h a n d bones will he l p kind l e the flame that li ghts up the nig h t. The pal e face mu s t die, if Spotte d Wolf get s a rope a round hi s neck for it. The c hi e f ha s s pok e n The n he gave the h e lpless boy a s pit e ful k ick. At this Silver Stream s trod e b e for e h e r father, h e r eyes bla z in g wit h indi gna ti o n "My fath e r m u s t no t st r i k e t h e p a l eface boy when he cannot h e l p him self!" 'she 8aic1. "Silver S t r eam loves her fat h e r a nd s h e has obeyed him in ever y thing, but if he h a rm s on e hair in t h e h ead of Y o un g Wild Wes t s he will turn ag ain s t h i m S h e will n o l b nger c all the great Sioux c hi ef h e r fathe r. S potte d Wolf looked a t h e r in amaz e m ent. Thi s w a s e n ti r e l y u nexpect e d to him and he cou l d not quit e under s t and it. "Silv e r Stream i s c razy! h e fina lly blurted o u t Sh e h ad b et t e r go t o h e r t epee "Si l v e r Stream i s not c razy, n was the rep l y "Sh e m e an s jus t what s h e said. Youn g Wild Wes t mu s t n ot be harm ed!'' 1 "The pa l efa c e boy w ill di e b e fore anothe r sun, S i lver Stream. You g o to your t e p ee!" But the Indi a n m a id e n lau g h e d s cornfully.-"I will not g o until nitY fathe r promi s e s me that he w ill n ot h a r m Y ou;ig Wi l d West s h e said. /


20 YOUNG WILD WEST AND "SILVER STREAM." The chief -turned to two of hi s bra.ves and uttered a command 'rhe next minute the girl was seiz e d by the two red

' YOUNG WILD WES'l' AND "SILVER STREAM." West escap es? s h e asked. "Your father and his braves 'l'he closer he got to it the more he becam e convinced will s ur ely know that you did it." that there was a human being sittin g at the foot of it, "Silv e r Stre am will go, too. The paleface maiden will' covered with a big skin. 1 go with her, and they will g o to the camp of Young Wild Jus t as he got within ten feet of it he saw the skin West. Silv e r Stre am wilf no lon ge r stay with her father, m ove, and then a pair of f e et were behind the who has made war on the p a lefaces!" tree. This was mu s ic in the of the fair captive. The s cout paused and wat c hed. J At las t s h e was to b e free! Slowly but sur ely a human form came from under the Sh e cquld s c a r cely beli e v e it true, but whe n s he looked buffalo s kill, l e aving it almo s t in the exact shape it had mto the eyes of_ the in the light cas t out by the been in sin c e Silv e r S t r e am had placed it ove r our hero. b azm g fire a s nort di s t a n ce away, s he saw that the re "It's Wild, as s ure a s gun s !" e xclaimed Charlie, was naught but s incerity and truthfulness there. hi s breath. CHAPTER. XIII. HOP W A H IS C APTURED. I The g round was pretty w e ll c o v er e d when Cheyenne Charlie, Jim Dart an d Hop Wah r e a c hed the vicinity of the iSioux camp. They had s uc c essfully eluded the two red s kin s who had been l eft to watch the camp, a s the falling s now had aided them. A s they :fina lly came in s i ght of the Indian camp and saw the big bun c h o f cedar s that had been e rect e d to form a shelter for the br a ves, the s cout gave a nod of s atisfac tion. "I reckon ther r e d g aloot s don't like this very much," he obse rved in a whi s p e r to Jim. "Now, then, let's find wh e r e Wild i s." Of cour s e it was, a s the reader knows. 'The young d e adshot had decided to try to make his e s cape just as the scout was creeping up to look for him. A s he s ueceed e d in getting behind the tree Charlie whispered: "I'm right here, Wild!" "Gooi;l came the reply. "Now to save the girl and li ght out for the camp." faus ing long enou g h to give the h a nd of the <>cout. a hearty grip, our hero started to get around to the rear of the tepee. Charli e followed him, ready to shoot at the least sign o'i da.nger. 1 Reaching the back of the tepee, hero did not hesi tate to cut a slit in the skins it was con s tructed oi. Another s la s h and he had a Vs haped opening. He thrus t in his head and found both. inmates looking s traight at him. "Come," he s aid in a whisper, addre s sing the white c aptive. "It i s about tim e you changed your quarters, I re c kon." "Tha t loo k s like some on e covered with a s kin, ove r the re b y the t e pee," Dart a n s w e r e d pointing to the s pot. "It does, that's a fact. But whethe r it kin be him or "Silver Stream will go, too," an s w e r e d the squ!}w, beI ain t jest pre pared to say. How s um e ver I'll :find fore Su s i e could find word s to make a reply. ut mi ghty q uick.'' There was no other way out of it, s o our hero simply The snow was comin g down s o fa s t that obj e ct s could said: not b e see n with an y degree of cl e arness, s o they all v i m-"All right. Come on! Now i s the time." ture d a round and g ot up close to the t e pe e the two maid-The captive came out first, and t4en Silver Stream en s w e r e occup yi n g followed. 'fhe Sioux seem e d t o feel p erectl y sae from being di s -But they were not to h ave a s s mooth s ailing as they turbe d a nd was prob a bl y becau s e they kn e w there thou ght, for at that m o ment Spott e d Wolf came out of w e r e two of their n umbe r w a t c hin g the camp of the palehi s t e pee and s talked to the tree whe r e he thou ght Young aces. Wild West was a pri s oner. "I reckon t hi s i s goin t e r be putty easy, by the r look s Jus t what hi s id e a j n doing thi s was no one kn e w; but of t hin gs, Jim, the scout w hi spe r ed. "Jest s tay right it might have b e en that h e wan t ed 'to hold a little oonve r h e r e an' I'll c re e p up t.o that the r e tree an' see sation with the y oun g the r e." The chi e s talked to the tre e and gav e the buffalo s kin A s Ch a rli e move d over to carr y out hi s inte ntion Hop a kick. pulled somethi n g from hi s poc ket. The n h e s aid, in guttural tone s : "Me0mak ee. all ee samee bi ggee ban g !" h e explain e d in a "Young Wild Wes t c an ge t r e ady to di e 'If Siiv e r whi s p e r to Jim. "Whe n um l e d s kin s :findee lat Mis l e r Stream sa y s no s h e will die, too! Spotted Wolf has Wild a llee sam ee gittee 'way m e m akee bigg e e fireclacker i:;poken." go off. A llee samee set um c e dar tlees on fir e an' makee 'fhis was pla i nly heard by our friend s and every on e nicee lille e blazee." else in the camp. right, Ho p But ma y be you won't have to do anyWild took the captive girl by the arm and led her from thing like that. The red s kin s are shivering about the the s pot. fir e and they d o n t think ther e i s anything likely to hapCharlie and Silver Stream b llowed. pen jus t now. 1 Charlie c an ge t Wild fre e it "'.ill be all But they could sec the chie bending over the b uffalo right." \.. skin os they left, and the next minute a cry of rage Charlie was rapidly nearing the tree now. I caped his lips.


l' '-7 YOUNG WILD WEST AND STREAM." I :>:::::======================== Pulling a hatchet from hi s belt, he sprang to the tepe e J If they had been s urprised before the two SiQUX braves and threw open the flap. were astonished now, for Hop coolly pulled out three A sing l e g lance sufficed to show him that it_ was empty. black lookin g c ig a rs, tendering them each on e and placing The n it was that the warwltoop of the Sioux left hi s the other in hi s mouth. and the camp was rou s ed and r eady for actidn It was hard to refuse the cigars, s o the Indians too k Hop Wah, waiting with Jim Dart, concluded it high them. time to act, now. They were not in the habit of getting cigf!rS to smoke, He quickly Struck a match and li g hted the fuse that tho.ugh they liked them very w e ll. \rns attach e d to the oblong object he h e ld in hi s hand. It so h appe ned that the chie f had about all the tobacco Jim saw Wild and Charlie making off with the two there was in the camp, too, and this made them mor e.t girl s and he lost nd time in running after them. eage r to get a cha.nee to enjo y a s moke let the exp losive go r ight into the midst of Hop a match and applied it to his own ci?ar a s p1lc of cedar s a nd then h e turned to flee. coolly as though he was but the gues t of a very friendly But just the n he tripped and fe ll heavily to the ground, band of redskins the fall st unning him temporarily. The n h e invited them to accept a light, which they did'Bang! J "Ve ll y cold;" he s aid, a s he dr e w hi s coat tigh tly 'rhere was a loud explosion and the cedars were scat him and adjusted hi s queue, s o it would not fa ll down tered. "Chinee man lik ee um led s kins; he no likee Young Wild Thi s put the r edskins in a panic, and they ran hij;her Wes t. Me lun away um paleface camp and comee to and thither, not knowing just what to do. see um gleat blave s in campee of um lcdskins Palefaces It was fully a minute before the clever Chinaman re take e all um money poor 'Me no gittee covered sufficie ntly to ri s e to his feet nothin g But when he did get up he was seized almost immerrh e Indians act e d a s though they dhl not know whether diately by one of the brave s who happened to run that to b e lieve thi s or not. But Hop acted hi s part so well that way. they were forc e d to b e lieve that he really had deserted "Hip hi!" yeU ed the Chinaman "Help, :&tlisler Wild! the camp of the palefaces and had cbm e to join them. Me allee samee git tee catchee !" "Me no lik -ee shaotee," he went on "Me 'fl.aid um led 'l'he Sioux caught him by. the throa and choked him s kin s comee and shootee poor Chinee, so me comee here. to s il e nce Me wantee s tay with um gleat chi e f, Spottee Wolf, allee A s harp call from him brought oth e r s there and then s amee .'.: Hop was carr ied bodily to the light of the fire "Ohinee heap much wise," ven t u red o n e of the r ed Sbme of the \ cedars had been blown into the fire and s kins, nodding his head. t h e:v were now blazing awify at a terrific pace "Poor Chinee know velly little, so be," answered H op, Hop did not st rug gle for exp er i ence had taught him s haking hi s head th;:it i t was useless in suc h cases It happened that the cigars were pretty good ones, an d All but half a dozen of the Sioux had now s tarted i n the more his guards puff e d at them the better they liked pursuit of the escaping captives Hop 'l'he chief was one of those who had g one But they were to find out their mistake before ver y The fact that they had caught a Ch1naman made the long braves think less of it. A Chinaman did not amount to much as a foe, in their estimation Bu t it was really a wonder that they did not kill him CHAPrl'ER XIV. oulri ght when they first got h o ld of him. llo1re v c r i t was poss ib l e that because tl}e chief had WILD ARD CHARLIE GO IN SEARCH OF HOP. ;;om : in pur s uit of tho s e who had escaped they meant to 1ra i l aml l e t him pass judgment on tho prisoner. Tho explos ion had CDUF

\ YOUNG WILD WEST AND "SILVER STREAM "I reckon he'll make out all right, if they don't keep I Silver Stream watched our hero as he spoke to his him there till ther snow gits so deep that he can't find sweetheart before going and her eyes fell h is way here," Charlie observed She evidently knew there was no possible chance for ''Don't keep him there echoed Poker Jack, was her to win the affections of the clashing young paleface, holding fast to his rescued sweetheart, as though he was but she was not one of the kind to resort to 'anything that afraid she might be taken from him again. "Yer don t sugge s ted revenge upon the one she might have termed think they're gain' ter let him go, clo yei:, Charlie?" her rival. "'l'hey' ll have ter. Hop will see ter that. He ain't Wild and Charlie had not been gone long when she ther ga l oot as stays in an Injurr c1amp very long If they arose and wrapped her blanket about her ,.only don't tie him u p he' ll git away all right, see if. he ''Silver Stream will go to help Young Wild West save ilJn't !" the Chinee," she said. Crack! "No," spoke up Arietta, taking her gently by the arm. Just' then a shot sounded and a bullet whizzed over the "You stay here, Silver Stream. If Young Wild Wes t h eads of the cowboy and his sweetheart, who were partly don't come back in an hour then you can go look for him, exposed to the view of the waiting Indians and I will go with you." Thevr hath got down behind the rocks in a hurry squaw looked at the girl in astonfshment. "'I r eckon that was a mighty close call," declared Jack "You are not afraid to go out in the snow and go to the "If it wasn't snowin' so hard ther chances is that ther camp of Spotted Wolf?" she asked. bullet would have hit one of us. Jest keep yot1r head low, "No, I am not afr3;icl," Arietta replied. S usie. Silver Stream sat down "And you, too, Jack," was the reply "I will do as the paleface maiden says," she said. "Oh, I'm all right. It's you what has got ter be care -But let us follow our hero and the scout. ful. You've been through enough ter last yer ther rest The two used the greatest of caution in leaving the o f your lifetime now, an' we want ter git back to yonr camp, for they knew that the redskins were gathered near father's ranch an' have ther weddin' over with at hand and that they were watching closely Silver Stream was sitting close to Anna and Eloise, But it was comparatively easy ;for the two to fool them, and as she listened to this cpnversation her eyes grew since the snow was a great help to them misty They got past the redskins and then proceeded on their "It very nice to be loved," she ventured, looking at way to the Sioux camp, pausing now and then to listen. the girls and forcing a smile. They had barely come _in sight of it when they heard "Yes," answered Anna, gazing fondly ?t her stalwart' the braves who had pursued them to the camp comi n g h usband "I suppose there is some one among your peoback. ple who loves you?" This spoiled Wild's plans somewhat, sillce he would "Silver Stream no cares for her people," was the quick have more to contend with / r etort But he never once thought of giving up. Anna saw that she had made a mistake, so she said no Hop must be saved. She now went over to where Arietta was crouching, a rifle in her hands After an interval of about ten minutes a volley was fired and the bullets flattened against the rocks Charlie and Poker Jack fired the flashes came from, but there was nothing heard to indicate that they had been anv more successful than had the redskins. The snow. continued to faJl, and, to make it worse, a strong wind came up, causing it to drift. Wild began to grow uneasy about flop, not so much as to his being -in danger of peing slain by the Indians as to the possibility of his makmg his escape and getting lost in the snow. "Boys," said he, leaning over to where Charlie and Jim were sitting, "I reckon a couple of us had better go and look for Hop." "I'll go with yer, Wild," the scout answered, quickly "I don't want nothin' ter happen ter ther Chinee. He's got too many good pornts about him fur that." "All right. We'll go then. It is a shame to leave him there And, another thing, he might get away from them and then 1 lose his way in the snow. Come on. I reckon we can get past the redskins all right The two quickly got ready to leave I 'rhat was the whole thing in a Creeping up close to the tepee that had been left vacant by the White Girl Captive and Silver Stream, they got down behind a clump of bushes anl waited. The drifting snow had about covered their tracks, so there was no danger of them being tracked to the spoL It was now getLing bitter cold, and it was anything but a pleasant prospect they had before them. But Wild and ChaTlie were used to hardships, s o they did not mind it half as much as the average per s on would have. They took a look at the scene before them. The Indians had managed to extinguislt th e burning cedars, and some of them were putting them s h4pc again, so they would afford them s helter ftom the s torm. Hop was sitting close to the big fir e a brave on eitlter side of him, and all three were smoking cigars. This sight caused the scout to chuckle. "T.ber heathen galoot has got em dead ter rights, Wild," he whispered. "Yes, but wait. 'rhe chief is coming. He will be the one he will have to deal \Vith," was the reply Spotted Wolf walked up, followed by his braves. He had brought them alJ back with him, having aban doned the idea of figJiting the paleface;; for the present.


YOUNG WILD WES'r AND "SILVER STREAM. The old chi e f app e ared much dejecte d, and the re was good rea s on for it. Ile ha.d met with a seriou s loss, and had not only lost his captive s but his own daughte r a s w e ll. It was about time for him to wis h him self out of it. When h e saw the Chinaman sitting before the fire in s uch a cont ente d way Spotte d Wolf was amazed "Ugh h e e x c laim e d, putting on a fierce look. "What y ellow faced dog do h e r e ?" One of the guard s qui c kly explain e d in hi s own tongue the v e r s ion of' his visit to the camp Hop had g iven him, and th,e n the chi e f w as not a little pu z zled The cont ented air of the Chinaman w as what h i m the mo s t. 1 But h e was in a rather s a v a g e frame of mind, as might b e suppo s ed, and v e r y desirou s of wr e akin g veng e anc e on s om e dn e "Chinee heap much fool!" he exclaimed, and the n h e gave Hop a pretty s ound kick. Wild and Charli e saw this, but they could not h ear what was s aid, Qwing to the howlin g 9f the wind \ Hop got up and, putting out his hand to h e chie f ex c laimed: "Me velly muc hee glad to meet um gleat chief, s o i b e Havee lill e e dlink, Mi s l e r Spotte d Wolf?" Out camp a s mall flas k that contain e d jus t about a good drink of liquor How Hop had mana ge d to ke e p it was a my s tery, for he liked tanglefoot s o mu c h that h e would drink it wh e n ever he could get it. Possibly h e had thou ght that it mi ght b e a long time b e for e h e got any mor e so he h a d s aved the little that he now tend e r e d to the Siou x chie f Spotted Wolf took the flask uncork e d it and placed it to his no se. Then the vestige of a s mil e cro sse d his p ainted vi s a g e, and, tipping the fla s k, h e qui c kl y g ulp e d clown the c on tents. The two b r av es looked di s may e d when t hey saw this for it was evident that lliey would hav e swallow e d the whi s ky if they had known it w as on the pers on of the China man. But it was far better that Hop had sa v e d it until now, for the drink had the effect of greatly s oftenin g the f e el ings of Spotted Wolf "Chinee heap much smart; bring fir e wat e r to Spotte d Wolf," he said "Me a ll ee s am e e v ell y muc hee smartee, s o b e,' Hop answered. CHAPTER XV. SILVER STREAM GOES BACK TO HER PEOPLE. Wild and Charlie moved around s o the y w e re directly back of the tepe e of the chief. It was just then that Spotted Wolf took t he Chinaman by the arm and conducted him insid e Our two friends got right clo se to the tepee and lis tened. "Ohine e got s ome more :fire wat er?" t he c hi e f as k ed. "No; me like e hav ee, for m e feel v e lly muc h ee likee tak e e lillee dlink,'' was the truthful r e ply. "Spotte d Wolf l o ok and find out." Then the c hi ef pro cee d e d to se arch him. He found se v e ral things that were puzzle s to him, but there was no more whi s ky. While h e w as lookin g o v er s ome. of the articles he had taken from the Chinaman's p ockets Wild w as bus y cuttiJJ.g a slit in the t e p ee Our h e ro had decid e d upon a daring plan o f ac tion. H e m eant to s ubdu e the chi ef a n d t a k e H o p out of the opening h e was makin g in the tepee. I The howlin g of t h e storm ai de(! 11im g r eatly in doing thi s for the s ound of the kni fe could not b e h eard above it, and in l ess tha n a mi17ute h e had cut a huge V in the s kin of the t e pee. All h e h a d to do now w as to lift it and t a k e the old Si o u x b y s urpri se. S p otte d W olf, was h a ndlin g a p e culi a r-lo oking obj ect, which wns no oih e r thari a pow erful e x plo s i v e tha t was of H op's o wn m a nufa cture, wh e n a revol v er was suddenly thr nst ri ght u n d e r his no se Mak e j n s t o n e little s ound, Spotted Wolf, and you will b e a dead reds k in!" e xclaim e d Wild The chief gave a gas p but it w as not loud e nou g h to b e heard b y hi s b raves outside, s o Wild did not s hoot. "Hold up your h ands!" h e c omm ande d, in a low, but impress ive tone of voice. The r e w as no getting out of it, for the villainou s Sioux l e a de r r ecog nized t h e face of his ,hated e n e m y Young Wild I ._ W est and h e w as n ot g oin g to take any chances U p w ent his hands "Take hi s weapon s H o p s aid the y oung clead s hot, cooll y "Alle,e li ght, J\'1is l e r Wild,'' and, s milin g bl andly at the c hi e f wh o m h e h a d m a n age d to d ece iv e s o e a s ily, j:}JP--. Chinaman r e li e v e d him of hi s w eap on s Now tie him up with his own rop e, Hop." Allee li ght, Mis l e r Wild The C e l es ti a l see m e d to b e d e li ghte d to do it, and there was no doubt but that he was too. In a v e r y short time he had him a s h e lpl ess as a new born bab e "Now, s tuff s om ething in his mouth and tie it there, Hop. We don t w ant himto b e a bl e to give the a l arm until we g et w e ll aw a y from h e re." 'rhis was don e too, and t h e n Hop cooll y gathere d up hi s b e lon gings ''Come on out s aid Wild and h e did so. "I r eckon that's wh a t ye r kin call putty g ood said the sc out, a s they hurrie d around the camp throug h the blinding snow. They h eard nothing as t h e y w ent, and wh e n the y had reached a s afe di s tance they conclu de d that Hop h a d made a good job of it wh e n h e bound and gagged t h e ol d chief. They reached the c amp mu c h s oon e r tha n thos e wait ing for them exp e cted the y would and t h e n the r e was a little rejoicing But there was one there who did not seem to b e happy. It was Silver Stream. "I am glad, Young Wild We st," s h e s aid aft e r t h e y


YOUNG WILD WEST AND "SILVER STREAM I 2 5 had talked it all over and the release of had been reus, and as soon as .we start to leave they will be after us!" lated. / he said. 1 "You are glad Silver Stream?" our hero asked her, as he looked at her curiously. ""1hat are y ou glad about?" "I am glad that you are happy," she answered. "Now CHAPTER XVI. I will' go back to my people "You h a d better wait until morning," Wild said, shakCONCLUSION. ing hi s head. She perni s ted in going, so they allowed her to depart The rest were of the same opinion as our hero, cf ... :rhe long night s lipp e d by, and the snow continued to course. / fall until n e ar dawn. "There's only one way ter do, as I kin see," said Chey-'fhcn the wind shifte d, and the storm was over for the etme Charlie, shrugging his shoulders. time bein g "What i s that, Charlie?" queried Poker Jack, anxiously. The sun c ame out and shone upon the glittering white "We've got ter lick ther measly coyot e s so bad that ness that was all around them. they won't fight any more afore we start ter leave here," It mi ght h ave bee n call e d a beautiful sight, but our was the reply. friend s did not con s id e r it s u c h. "That seems to be the only way," Wild observed. "But1 Youn g Wild West knew that the beating he h 'ac1 already I hope we won't have to do it, because that squaw is ad. mini ste red would not suffice to quell the among them, anc1 s .he is jus t as apt to get shot as any of old Sioux c hi ef. the rest." "Now then, he said., wh e n h e saw that the. work of 1 "Our lives is worth as much as hers, I r eckon," the preparin g th e bre akfa s t :vas w e ll under way, "Jim,' I scout declared. eckon you h ave g ot to take a little climb up that tree. This was true enough, a s they all knew 'fherc i s n ot mn c h snow on the bran c hes s ince the wind "Maybe we can draw them this way/' our hero said, blew it off a s fa s t a s it s tru ck. It won' t b e s uch a hard aft e r he had thought for a minute or two. "If we can do task, s o go ahead a s soon a s you like." that we might be able to thin them out enough to answer "I'm r e ady now, Wild was the reply. "I need a little the purpose. But I am a fraid old Spotted Wolf will never exercis e to work up an app e t i t e for the tough b e ar meat be caught and hanged for his many crinles, though we are going to have for breakfa st." "How is that?" queried the cowboy, looki ng at him H e glanced at the scout a s h e s aid this for Jim knew wonderingly. how partial Charli e was to b e ar m e at, whether it was "Well, he will have to die, that's all. If he gets shot really tou g h or onl y a littl e bit that way. the rest will be eas y to conquer. The old chief is the "Never mind about tha t, Jim, was the retort. "I 1 brains of the band, and once he is gone they won't 1know reckon you alway s ea t your s har e all right. It don't which way to turn." make n6 diff e rence wh ether it's beaT or v e ni s on, you've "All right!" exclaimed the scout, nodding and smili n g generally got a rou s in' old appetite. Yer don't need no grimly "I guess I know what ter do now!" --particular exe rci s e fur t e r mak e it, either." In a few minutes it was decided that they would leave 1 Charli e kn e w pr etty w ell what he was talking about, the. girls at the camp with the two Chinamen, and the so there was a laugh at Jim's e x pen se. re a t go out and try to draw the Indians into making an But the boy went over to the tree and was soon going attack. up it. They soon left the picking their way along t o Reaching the top, h e turne d his gaze in the direetioll' avoid the drifts, and in a little while they came in sight of the Indian camp, which he could eas ily see over the of the redsk\ns. top of the the tree b e ing much higher. "Now, boys, just let out a good, old fashioned yell t o About the only thing h e could see was that the Sioux wake them up," said our hero. had \ a rousing fire goin g for none of them seemed to be Whoopee! Wow! Wow! Yip, yip, yip!" stirring. The cowboy yell echoed over the inountainside, and But a s he took a clos e look he di s tinguished the form heaFing it, the Sioux braves leaped to their feet and seized of Silver Stream s tandin g in front of her tepee. their guns "Well," the old chief did not get mad enough at her Crack-crack! to kill h e r, anyhow," he thought, a s he started to descend Two' shots were fired at them at once, but our fr.i.ends the tree we-re thoughtful enough to get behind some trees in tim e H e qui c kl y reported to Wild and 'the rest, and when to escape the builets. they a11 heard that the squaw was there they felt better "Now, then, give it to them !" j cried Young Wild West. l satisfied. :he next instant his rifle spoke, ancl then all hands joined Breakfa s t was soon cooked, and they sat down and m. I ate. About twenty of the Sioux had started to run for them / r Wild a little unea s y when Jim had ascended the but before they had covered ten yards they were bein; tree agam after breakfa s t and reported that the re was thinned out so rapidly that the survivons beat a hast; 1 nothing on the move at the camp of Spotted Wolf. retreat. "You can bet he has got one of his braves watching Charlie was looking for the old chief, for he had ma d e \


20 YOUNG WILD WEST AND "SILVER STREAM up his mind that he was the one he wanted to get a shot at, above all others. But Spotted Wolf was lying pretty close. He was not feeling very well that morning, anyhow, since he had laid in the tepee in the cold nearly two hours t he night before, until one of his braves happened to discover hi s plight The app e arance of the p::i.lefaces was rather unexpected to him, but he had ordered his braves to go after them @d make short work of them The braves got very much the wor s t of it, and when one of them staggered back directly tn front of his tepee an<;l fe ll dead from a wound he had received, Spotted Wolf grew wild with ra ge Meanwhile hi s dau ghte r was s tanding in front of h e r tqwc, tahng in what was goin g on in a n indifferent way. The c hi ef saw h e r s tanding there, and he now called h e r to him. "Thi s i s all your fault," he said to her in the l anguage of the Siou x "Jf the pal efaces bring defeat o n u s I am going to kill you!" :My father is a g reat chief He is as brave as the winds of the d eserted plain s, and as strong as the mad bull that vanqui s he s all that comes before it; h e will kill his own daughter! Let him do it, for Silver Stream i s rcacly to die 'l'he squa w had folded h er arlnR, and $ h e was s tanding b efo r e him beautiful in h 0r scathing cle:fiance. Spotted W olf wilt ed before her. "Go!" h e cxclaimecl, savage l y "Silver Stream will l eave h e r fathe r forever. I-k no l onger wank; to loo k upon h er face She ha s l earned Lo lik e the palefaces, and s h e mur,t g o to them. U o !" The g irl bowed her heacl, ancl t h e n with o ut a w o rd of Teply, s h e w ent over to where the s hivering hor ses were tethere d and got her pon y Then s he mounted and rode away, not once turning her head. At first s he h ea ded for Young Wild W est an cl hi s friends, but s h e mus t have c hanged her mind and the next minute our friends, who cou l d not under stand what she was leaving for, were astounded to see her riding straight for the brink of a yawning chasm W 'ild was quick to divine h e r intention "Hold on, Silver Stream!" he called out "Don't ride that way. The first thing you know you r po n y w ill lo se his footing and you will go to your death "Goodby, Young Wild West!" came t h e rep l y "Silver Stre am is going to the Happy Hunting G round s S h e l oves, but is not l oved!" Wild s tarted after her, foll owed by J im Crack! A s harp report rang out from t h e I ndia n c am p and the pony s taggered and fell. It was Spotted Wolf who had .red the shot, for he, 'too, had realized the intentions of h i s da ught er. Wild and Jim w e re within easy range of him and, see ing that he had shot the pony so easi ly, t h e chief se n t a shot at our hero The bullet clipped a lock of hair from o u r h ero's h ea d as he was running to overtake the squaw Orang! Cheyenne Char l ie got the oppo rtuni ty h e h a d bee n waiting for, and Spotted Wolf t h rew up h is h ands and fe ll before his tepee Si l ver Stream had gai ned her feet just i n t i me to see this, and, with a frenzied cry, she ran to the edge of t h e precipice and leaped over i nto the yawning depths below. "That's the l ast of Si l ver Stream, I reckon," said J im Da r t, shaking his head, sad ly. "Yes," answered our h e ro. "Well, we co.ldn't h e l p it. A squaw is a mighty peculiar person, I reckon It is too bad, but it can't be h elped." They made their way back to the clump of tree s, anc'!. ju s t then the brave s bur s t Jrom their camp to avenge the death of their chief Orang Oran g Cr-a-a-ng It was a galling fire that the four sent into the ranks of the recls lcins, and, their aim being true, and protected by the trees, a s they were, there could be but one res ul t They fell back, beaten to a finish "I reckon that will be abouf all," sa id Wi ld, cooll y "Now we'll go back to the camp and get ready to go on down, boys Back they went, fe elin g t hat t h e r e was no l onge r a n y danger But all were sorry for the poor squaw 1 Wh e n they got back to the c amp and to l d what had happ e n e d the girls actually cried. H alf an hour later were making their way down the mountain s ide, and they heard the red.s kim ; coming after them. Wh en they in s ight a volley was fired at them, an d that settled it for good A s they reach e d the rav in e through whi c h the trail r a n, they w ere s urpri s ed to meet about fifty troop e r s riding up. "You arc too late, Captain," tiaid Young Wild West in his cool and em;y way "It i s a n over 'l'he White Girl Captive of the S i oux ha s been s aved, ancl h e r capto r, old Spotted Wolf, i s dead We arc much oblig e d to _.Y:l:l.!!for comin g along in tim e to accompany u s to the ran c h b e longin g to the girl's fath e r, however." It i s not necessary to describe how the ranch was reached, but suffice it to say that it was in d u e time Then i Wild sent his compliments to the commande r at the fort, toget h er w ith a b r ief account of the resc u e of the White Girl Captive Our friends remain e d at the ranch l ong enough to see Poker Jack and Sus ie Mor se united in marriage, a n d t h en they set out for Cheyenne, so t hey cou l d take the cars for a war mer c l imat e a s soon a s possib le. THE END. Read Y OUNG W ILD/ WEST AND THE DISPUT E D C L A IM; or, ARIET'l' A'S GOLDEN SHOWER," which, w ill be t h e next nu mber ( 285) of "Wil d W est W eek l y." SPECIA L N OTICE: A ll back ,num b e r s o f this wee kly are always in print I y o u cannot o btain t h em from any n ewsdealer, send the price i n mon ey or postage sta mp s b y mai l to F RANK TO U SEY, PUBLISHER, 2 4 UNION SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will rece ive the copies you orde r by r eturn mail.


"' I I W ILD WEST WEEKLY 21 \ WILD WEST WE E K LY. the last t h ree o r fo u r years h ave become valuable. The black sands, ind eed, are a wonderfully complex mixture. One of the NEW YORK, MARCH 27, 1908 substances t hey contai n i s monazite, the name of which, sign! fy ing the l one l y miner al," was bestowed because it is found =========================== nowhere i n quantity, being represented only by an occasional Terms to Subscribers. Single Coples ............................ ................ One Copy Three nonths ............................... .. One Copy Six nonths .... ............................... One Copy One Year ..................................... Postage Free. How 'l' o SEND MONEY. .05 Cents .65 u $1.25 2 .50 At our risk send P. 0. Money Order, Check, or Reg i stered Letter; r e m i t tance s in othe r way are a t your risk. \.\ e accept Postag e Stampe the s a m e a s c ash. \ Vhen s ending silver wrap the coi n in a separate p i e c e o f paper to avoid cutting t h e envel o p e. JJ<>Ur name and add.res!: plainly. .dddress letters to Frank Tousey, Publisher, 24 Union Sq., New York. SOME GOOD ARTICLES. Slag fro m furnaces i s n o longer an incumbrance to the s m elte r. It has been found usefu l i n the manufacture of por celain and bricks, i t makes exce llent b uilding stones, and has prov e d its du rability a$ a road-making material. Tiles and bottles can be made from it, and it is a component part of s o me cements In the earlier days of coke-ma "king the' by product gas, 8,000 cubic feet for each ton of coke, was l ost. crystal t hat turns up here or there. In it is held, as an im-p u r ity, the metal thorium, which is now in demand at a high price, "being used to give a better color to incandescent mante l s of gaslights. Another of the m ineral s is tantalite, which, lil{e m o nazite, has been regarded until recently as valueless, save as a curiosity of the laboratory. It gets its name from the exceeding l y tantalizing way in which the metal derived from it, tantalu m, eluded the chemists who first tried to separate it from ore. Tantalu m, which is very hard, rust proof and with an extremely high melting po i1;1.t, seems likely to replace carbon as a material for the filamehts in incandescent e lectric lights. It can be drawn into wire as fine as a spider's web. Found a l so in the b lack sands is zircon, w h ich is used i n the manufacture of the incandescent cylinders for the Nernst glow light. Ambng other minerals they contain are co lumnbite, olivine, and garnet, not to mention magnetic iron ore in large quantities. This iron is being substituted for carbon in the sticks of arc lights, burning one hundred and fifty hours, instead of a single night. It is destined to be utilized on an enormous scale for the manufacture of steel bY: e l ectric sme lting processes i n the West, where fuel is costly and electricity derivab l e frOII\ water power i s cheap. GRINS AND CHUCKLES. Forty b illion cubic feet was wasted before it was made marke t ab le. Gas iron blast furnaces is now used to heat the furnaces, then burned, mixed with air. Ammonia is made f rom r efuse from gas works, while America may n ome day be driven to the economy of Paris, where 2,2of tons of refuse, I tell you the dog does not belong to me "Then why does are taken dail y from the city cesspools to be made into am-he follow you?" "I don't ktlow. You are following me and mania. I n the great economy of nature nothing should be lost, you do not belong to me and from t h e refuse of a great city may come the ammonia that is a base for perft imes a.pd toilet waters. Bond-Say, Stock I' bet you a fiver you can't say the Lord's Prayer. Stock-Go you' "Now I lay me down to sleep," etc. All t h e h oney bees in this coun'try having originall y been Bond (astonished)-Well, here's your fiver-I didn' t thinlt fro m Europe or Asia, there is no racial difference y ou knew it. 1 b etween t h e wilq o n and the domesticated; those that live in tre es are simpl y t h e descendants of those that from time to Benedick-That luminOJ.!S paint is a sp l endid invention. tim e have taken "French leave from their owners' hives and Singleton-What do you use it for? Benedick-We paint the reverted to a state of nature. 'L'he vast bulk of the wild bees baby's face so we can give him a drink in the night without are o f the German or black race, while the standard domesti-lighting the gas. cate d bee i s the Italian; but that, however, is only because the German s were the first to be intr oduced here. Just when the Germans came i8 i n d o ubt, but it was some time in the seven teen t h ce n t ury; certainly it was not until near the c l ose of the ei g h tee n t h c e n t ury t hat any bees were found west of the Mis"I was rid ing in a street car the other day," said a friend "A boy began to laugh, and laughed so he couldn't stop. I to l d his mother that boy nee d ed a spanking. She said she didn't believe in spanking him on a f u ll stomach I said: si ss i ppi. The I nd i a n s used to say they cou l d mark the advance 'Neither do I; turn h i m over.' of t h e w hite man by the appearance of bees in the woods. The '"' Italian b ees were first imported in 1 860. 1 Better tempered and more industri o u s than the German s, they have become very wit h apiarists; but as many still keep the German !::fee, and, others have the h ybri d formed by the crossing of the two rac es, while co untless Itali a n s now haYe taken to the woods, th ere to breed ri1ore h ybrids, it is c lear that there is no sure wa y o f distinguishing b etween the wild bee and the domesti cated. A lad y farmer planted a garden She was ve r y proud of her prospect i ve peas, but when her husband asked if they were ripe she said: "Oh, they haven't come up yet." "Haven't come. up yet? Why, the season's nearl y over." "Yes," s h e said, "but I planted canned peas; I t h i n k t hey co m e up a littl e late." I A young man in Wash i n gton, who man y month s ago hung up his shingl e at "attorney-at-l aw," has not as yet been over-L While t h e platinum recen tl y found i n the wide l y distributed whe l med with c li ents. A friend, entering the office the other black sands of C a li fornia a n d Oregon is the most important day, observed on the desk a cheap a larm c l ock. "Taking it substan ce contained in those promising soon to make home, eh?" he observed. "Good thing at this t i me of year. this country t h e produ cer of the b ul k of the worl d's supply of Everyone's liabl e to overs l eep these spring mornings." 'I'he this and precio u s metal, examination of the lawyer smiled. I have not p urchased t hat c l ock for the reasand s in question has revealed paying quantities of a n u m 1 son y ou mention. I keep it her e t o wake m e whe n it's time t ) ber of rare mine r a l s hit herto d eeme d worth less, w h ich within go home."


28 WILD WEST WEEKLY. =========================-=-.::.-___ ..::=::::-:=:.:.'..::._----==---ON BANJO ISLAND. By KIT CLYDE. We were working up the GuH of Bengal, after a long run from Liverpool, in a leaky and short-handed old brig called the Plover, when our water gave out to lhe last quart. We were hoisting out the last cask when some of the tackle broke, and it fell with a smash, and there we were, thirty miles to the west of the northernmost point of Sumatra, with hardly enough water aboard to dampen a man's tongue. I am writing of the days before Plimsol and other British humanitarians entered the ring to fight for sailors' rights. We had come out deeply loaded, one man short, and with such grub as would breed a mutiny in twenty-four hours to-day. I was chief mate of the Plover, and while I could not openly sympathize with the crew, nor openly condemn the owners for their avarice, I endeavored to alleviate the situation by refusing to work the men except when work was a necessit;:. When the accident happened which deprived us of our last gill of water, the captain was for standing until we could signal some vessel and secure a cask, but after we had talked the matter over he concluded, especially as the wind was fair, to run for Banjo Island. This is the southernmost island of the Andaman group, and no matter what the name on lhe maps and charts, it has been known as Banjo Island to all sailors for the last half century. At that time we did not know whether it was inhabited or not, but had reason to believe that we could procure fresh water there. It was in the afternoon that we ran short of water. It was after nine o'clock next morning when we came to anchor in a small bay on the west side of Banjo Island, about half a mile from the shore. We fired off a musket half a dozen times, got two casks overboard, and then waited to see if the natives would not come out to us. The promise of three or four ship's spikes would have induced a score of natives to fill the casks. After an hour's waiting no one had appeared, and the musket on my shoulder, I walked along the narrow beach for about a hundred yards, hoping to get a shot at game of some sort. After going about this distance I found an opening by which I could enter the forest. It seemed lo be an old path. Had it been hard-beaten, or had there been signs that it had lately been traveled, I should have hesitated to advance. The two sailors were laughing and joking as they filled the cask, the woods echoing the notes of birds, and I had come to the conclusion that the island was uninhabited by man. I had entered the forest perhaps three hundred feet, and had my eyes on the watch ahead, when I felt a crash, everything turn-d dark, and the next thing I !mew I opened my eyes to fi.'.lcl half a dozen natives about me, while I was lying on the ground, bound hand and foot. I had been carried some distance while insens ible, for I was now in a dell or glade. I had received a blow on the head with a club, and ru:1 senses came back s lowly I had no more than fully compre hended what had occurred when the two sailors, with all the stuff from the boat, were brought in. The men had their hands tied behind their backs, and though neither had been hurt they were very much frightened. I now made a count of natives and it footed up twenty-seven. They were Malays, bred and born, and were armed with cree s es, blow-guns, and spears I had been knocked over without seeing a native. Later on they had stolen u pon the sailors so quietly that their presence was unsuspected until they sprang out of the forest and made the men prisoners. If the incident had been observed from the brig, no outcry had been made by those on board. The men had just been brought up, when the leader of the Malays gave me a couple of kicks as a hint that we must be moving, and at the same time he cut the cords which bound my ankles and jerked me to my feel. I was still groggy from the effects of the blow, and my head swam as we pushed into the woods and hurried along as if the fellows expected pursuit. We did not go more than a couple of miles, however, before we came to a village, and that was the end of our journey. The place contained about thirty huts, which were occupied by the men who captured us. I saw about twenty women and children, but they were not allowed to come near us, and we captain concluded that the island was not inhabited. I was in-were hustled into a hut almost as soon as we entered the town. structed to take the yawl and two men and tow one of the Then half a dozen men left the village, apparently as me. casks ashore and fill it. A careful survey of the beach with sengers, while those who remained gathered around a small the ship's glass had located a spot where a fresh-water stream fire in an open place directly in front of our hut. They had seemed to empty into. the sea, and that was the point I was to the box of powder, the muskets, and the trinlrnts, and they make for. As the boat was lowered away the captain gestured and jabbered like so many women. They knew what "Mr. Jordan, I've heard that the natives .in these parts are a firearms were, as was evinced by the way they handled them, bad lot. While this place seems to be clear of them, they may and it was certain they were highly pleased with the trinkets. be lying in ambush to surprise you. You had best take a couI had received a cruel blow, which had given me a bad ple of muskets along for use in case you are attacked, and scalp wound and covered me with blood. My head throbbed we'll throw some things into the boat for barter, if they are and ached until I cared little what was going on, but the men friendly and want to trade." were noting every movement of the natives, and after a bit As I was J:msy getting the boat down and a line around one one of them figured out the situation and said: of the casks I did not notice what he put into the boat. On "Mr. Jordon, the fellows who went away on the run have the way ashore I overhauled the stuff, however, a:Q.d found half gone to secure help. These chaps evidently think the brig is a dozen iron hoops, eight spikes, and a lot of trinkets. There a trader, and loaded with muskets and trinkets, and as soon as was no fixed ammunition for the muskets, but some of the men reinforcements arrive they'll make an attempt to capture her." had put in a tin box in which there were bullets, percussion The captain, cook, and three men and a boy were all the caps, and powder-at least a couple of pounds of last. crew aboard, and I did not believe there was a single firm-arm It was a box brought from a locker in the cabin. I loaded the left. A dozen natives could put off in our yawl and capture muskets on the way in, and had hardly finished when we were the brig without the loss of a man. There was a mat coverat the beach. As there was no surf, we ran the boat up on the ing the doorway of our hut, but no guard outside. The whole sand to the right of a small rivulet, which cut its way through crowd was so near that there was no need of a sentry. I was the beach to the sea. The glass had not deceived us. Here standing beside the men, looking through a crevice between was fresh water, and here we could fill the cask without trou-the bamboos, when the natives drew: closer together to examble. I set the men at this latter task, and stepped ashore. Tile ine something in the box. It might have been a bullet or a islftnd was heavily timbered, and the luxuriant growth of vines button. Whatever it was, their curiosity was highly excited, and creepers extended quite down to the narrow strip of land. but they had scarcely got their heads together when there was There were parrots and other birds in plenty, and, carrying a a great flash and a s w-i-s-h! followed by the discharge of the


WILD WEST vVEEKLY.29 two muskets In my groggy state1 I shouldn't have known with the afternoon?' he says. Did he roast me? Well, say! what had occurred until too late to take advantage of it, but I'd a notion to take him on the side o' the head with an ink the two men were quick-witted fellow s, and the echoes of the bottle. He'::; an old p eac h to talk about wastin' time. I muskets had not yet died away when one of them shouted: don't go out to my lunch an' say I'll be back in ten min" Now's our time Out we go!" utes and stay gone two hours an' a half, anyway. An' when I Our hands were tied in front of u s. The two men went out come back from my lunch my face ain't no redder nor my ahead of me, and I fell down as I cleared the hut. I wa s up talk any t hicker than it was afore I went out. He ought to in a coup l e of seconds, however, and a s I pushed my way git on water w ago n. through the smoke I knew from the groans and screams that I've gotter be r es p eckf ul an' attentive an' perlite, an' I've a number of the naU-ves were badly injured. I suppose a round gotter u s e n i ce langw itch. I s'pose he thinks it was nice dozen of them were burned by the powder, and perhaps one langwitch h e was usin' when that book agent got in to see or two of them were killed or wounded by the muskets. I him the other mornin'. I be t if I talked like that they'd no sooner clear of the cloud than I was a l so c lear of t h e me to the reform sc hool but it's all right for him. Then village, and as I ran for our boat I tugged at my bonds and he b lames it on to me, an' h e g ive s me a nice perlite goin' l oosened them. In a minute or cwo I had my hands free, and over. '"'What did you let him in for, you little idiot?' h e says. a s I crashed through the woods I overtook one of the sailo rs. 'What am I payin' you wages fer? Do you think you're an His wrists were tie d with a bark rope, and I h ad it clear in ornyment to the orfis?' I won t say what else h e said I half a minute. The other man we neither saw nor heard. The s a ys: 'He didn't have no book agent sign on him," I natives were still yelling and whooping, and we had a start of 'an J didn't have time ter telerphone fer t h e perlice before two or three minutes. Sailors are not suppose d to be good he broke in,' I says. I thought h e was a frien' o' yours, tl19 runners, but the way the pair of us tore through the woods way he acted.' would have done credit to professional mnners. We struck ''Then. he calls me a few more pet names an' goes back the beach within 200 feet of the yawl, which lay as we had growlin'. J;Ie pays me big wages, he does. He' ll bust hl sselt l e f t her, with nothing gone but the muskets and trinkets, ancl payin' me wages. As far as bein an ornyment goes, I s'pose in two minutes more we were afloat. We had a close shave of he thinks h e's a hot old decoration, with his bottle nose an' it on both sides of u s. The captain had suspected what was his bandy legs. Oh, yes, he's a nice man to work fer. up, and had weighed anchor, and was making sail as we heav-Sure! eel the boat into the water We were not 200 feet from s ho r e "On'y I ought to be one o' t h ese ni ce little kids with frills when six natives appeared on the sands. Fortunatel y for us, 1 on the end o' my pants li ke them I seen in a book my th ey had taken up the pursuit in s uch haste that they were i e r give me wun st. Tl\en everybody what come in the orfis not and they could only gesture and ye ll as we pulled 'tl d pat me on my curl s an' s lip me a ten-spot, an' his nibs awa y for the brig. The other sailor must have taken a con'ud g i ve me an intrust in t h e business. It's all my fault. trary direction and was, no doubt, soon captured and kille d "Sur e he's a nice man," said Jimmy witl;i bitter sarcasm. THE BOSS. H e' d be a ,good man to work fer if he got the right kind o' boy," said Jimmy. "What he wants is a boy about sixty years old with a bay window on him an' a bald head. If some ..... 010 lobster like he is would come in an, take my seat an' stand off t h e buys he doesn't want to see an' run his errants fer him he'd be suited-nit-not. H e jest thinks that he' s all right, that's all," continued Jimmy. "If he had a duplerkit of hisself around he'd let out a holler you cou l d hear clear out to the city limits. He comes in an' he says to me, 'What are you a-doin' that fer, you young limb? You don't never see me a-doin' that.' W e ll I should say not! I'd like to see him a-balancin' a feather duster on his nose an' jugglin' a coup l e o' rubber stamps at the same time. An' whistle! He couldn't carry a tune to s-ave his derned old red neck. "He's a n old peach." It is a curious fact that the Government of the United States maintains and provides for numerous cats. The army has its regular corps of them, kept at the commissary depots of the great cities, and eac h draws regular pay equal to eighteen dollars and twenty-five cents a year. It i s customary for the officer in charge of eac h depot to s ubmi t to the War De partment a request for an allowance for so many cats, and the regulations provide that meat shall be purchased for them at a price not greater than five cents a pound, to which a stated quantity of can n e d milk i s added for variety. Ex periment has s ho w n that no matter how excellent a hunter a cat may be, nor how abundant the mice, nocat. will thrive properly on a diet of the unmitigated mouse; nor does it neglect its duties w h e n other food i s provided. Bids for the cats' meat are regularly posted, calling for "fresh beef suitable for feeding cats, bone to be excluded, to be delivered at the contractor's place of bu si ness on such days as may be designated, and in s uch quantities as may be required." "I've got a pitcher o' myself havin' my nails manicured by More than' four hund'i-ed cats are in the employ of the that fairy up on the tenth floor an' makin' goo-goo eyes at Post-Office Department, distributed among about fifty of. the her, the old skate! 'W h y don't you ever get your bands largest office s The New York city office expends some sixty wa shed, blame it!' he says. 'Look at them finger marks dollars annually in cats' meat. Most of the other large Govan these here papers!' I wanted to say, 'If I didn't never ernment building s are supplied with cats. At the immense have nothin' more to do with my hands 'ceptin' to stroke niy cold-storage d e pot established a yea r or so ago at Manila, whiskers an' sign checks mebbe I'd keep my hands clean, cats were found to be necessary, and so tabbies were sent too, you old mutt. If I s noo k up to the tenth floor as much from the famous cold storage breed of Pittsburgh. This as you do I'd have pretty finger nails. I would if I could breed originate d in the great warehouse s of a cold storage but I can't, 'cause I'm married now, doncher' see?' company, and has developed special qualifications for endurwhat I want to say to him. He doesn't know t hat I'm on to ing extreme cold. The cold-storage cats are short-tailed, him but yo u bet I am. chubby, with long and heavy fur, and their 't' ebrows and "I takes a message over to West Adams for him this morn-whiskers are extraordinarily long and strong. It is said in an' because I didn't git back with the answer in ten min-that they do not thrive when transferred to an ordinary temutes he throws a fit. 'What'n blazes have yo u been a-doin' peraturc.


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Full Instructions are giv e n in this little book, together with inatructions on swimming a n d riding, c ompanion sports to boating. No. 47. HOW TO BREAK, RIDE AND DRIVE A HORSE. 'A complete treatise on the horse. D esc ribing the mos t useful hors e s for business, the best hors es for the road; also valuable recipes for dis eases pecaliar to the h o rse. No. 48. HOW '1'0 BUILD AND SAIL CANOES.-A bandy book for boys, con taining full dire ctions for con,structing canoes and the most popular manner of sailin g them. Fully illustrated. By C. Sttrfield Hicks. 1 FORTUNE TELLING. No. 1. NAPOLEON'S ORACU L UM AKD DREAM BOOK. Containing the great orac l e of human d estiny ; als o the true m e aning of almost any kind of d re am s togeth e r w i t h charms, ceremonie s and curious games of card s A co mp lete book. No. 23. HOW 'l'O EXPLAIN DREAMS.-Everybody dreams, from the little child to the age d man and woman. This Httle book gi ves the explan a tion to all kinds of dream s together with lucky and unlucky days, and "Napole on's Orac ulum the book of fate. No. 28. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES.Evel'yone is desi1ous of know ing what his future life will bring forth, wheth e r happiness or mi sery, w ealth or p overty. l'. o u can t ell b y a g lance at this little book Buy one and be convinced. T e ll your own fortune. Tell the fortune of your friends. N o 76. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES BY THE HAND. C ontaining rule s for telli n g fortunes b y the aid of lin e s of the h a nd, or the se cret of palmistry. Al s o the se cret of telling future events by aid of moles, marks, scars etc Illustrated. By A. Anderson. ATHLETIC. No. 6. HOW TO BECOME AN ATHLETE.-Giving full in Gtruction for the use of dumb b ells Indian clubs, paralle l bars, llorizontal bars and various other methods of dev e loping a good, h ealthy containing ov e r sixty illu strations. Every boy can become strong and healthy by following the instrnctions contained in this 1 i ttle book. No. 10. HOW TO BOX.-The art of' self-def ense madeeasy. Containing over thirty illustrations of guards, blows, and the ditf e rent positions of a good boxer. Every boy should obtain one of these useful and instructive books, as it will teach you how to box without an in struc tor. No. 25. HOW TO BECOME A GYMNAST.-Containing full Instructions for all kinds of g ymnastic sports and athletic exercises. Embracing thirty-five illustl'ations. By Professor W. Macdonald. A handy and useful book. No. 34 HOW TO FENCE.-Containing full instruction for and the nse of the broadsword; also instrnction in archery. Described with twenty-one practical illustrations, giving the best positions ill. tenting. A complete book. TRICKS WITH CARDS. No. 51. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Containing explanations of t'be general principles of sleight-of-hand applicable to card tricks; of card tricks with ordinary cards, and not requiring sleight-of-hand ; of tricks involving sleight-of-hand, or the use of pclally, prepared cards, Professor Haffner. Illustrated. No. 72. HOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Eni bracing all of the latest and most deceptive card tricks, with ii lustrations. By A. Anderson. No. 77. HOW TO DO FORTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.Containing deceptive Card Tric ks as performed by l eading conjurora and magicians. Arranged for home amusement. Fully illustrated. MAGIC. No. 2. HOW TO DO TRICKS.-The great t book of magic and card tricks, containing full instruction on all the leading card tricks of the day, also the most popular magical illusions as performed by oui: magicians : every boy should obtain a copy of this book, as 1t will both amuse and instruc t. No. 22. HOW 'l'O DO SECOND SIGHT.-Heller's second sight explain e d b_v: his form e r assistant, Fre d Hunt, Jr. Explaining how-. the secret dialogues were carrie d on betw e en the magician and the boy on the stage also giving all the codes and signals. The only authe n ti c explanation of second sight. No. 43. HOW TO BECOME A MAGidIAN.-Containing the grandest assortn:; ant of magi cal illusions ev e r placed before the publi c Also tricks wi t h cards, incantat ions etc No. 68. HOW TO DO CHEMICAL TH.ICK.S.-Containing over one hund1-ed highly amus ing and instruc tive tricks with chemic als. By A. Anderson. Handsomely illustrated. No. 69. HOW TO DO SLEIGHT OF HAND.-Containing over fifty of the latest and best tricks us e d by magi c ians. A lso contai n mg the secret of second sight. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderso n. No. 70. HOW TO l\IAKE MAGIC TOYS.-Containing full directions for making l\lagi c 'l'oys and devices of many kinds. By A. Ande rson. Fully illustrated. No. 73. HOW TO DO THICKS WITH many curious tricks with figures and the magic of numbers. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. .No. 7_5 HO\Y TO A CONJUROR. Containinc trick s with Dommos, Dice, Cups and Balls, Hats, etc. Embracinc thirt y s ix illu strations. By A Ande rson. No. 78. HOW TO DO THE BLACK ART.-Containing a com pl ete d escription of the myste r ie s of Magic and Sleight of Hand. toget h e r with many wonderful experiments. Bv A. Andersou Illustrated. _. MECHANICAL. No. 29. HOW TO BECOME AN INVENTOR.-l!Jvery boy should know how inv entions originated. This book explains them all, examples. in el ectricity, hydraulics, magnetism, pneumatics, me chamcs etc. The most instrnctive book publi shed. No. 5f;>. HOW TO BECOM)!J AN ENGINEER.-Containing full 1nstruct1ons how to proceed m order to b e come a locomotive en gip.eer; als o for buildi_ng a model locomotive ; together with a full d escription o.f ev e r ythmg an engineer should know. No. 57. HOW 'l' O MAKE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.-Full directions how to a B:injo, Violin, Zither, 1Eoli _an Harp, Xyl<> ph o ne and other mus i cal mstruments; together with a brief de scription of nearly every musical instrument used in ancient or mod ern tim e s. Profuse ly illustrated. By Algernon S. Fitzgerald, for twenty ye ars bandmas t e r of the Royal B e ngal Marines. 59. HOW ,TO MAKE A MAGIC LANTERN.-Containing a d escription of the lantern, together with its history and inventio n. Also full directions for Its use and for painting slides. Handsomely illustrated. By John Allen. No. 71.. HOW _TO DO MECE;ANICAL_TRICKS.-Containinc complete mstruct10ns for performmg over 111xty Mechanical Trickl. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. LETTER WRITING. No. 11. HOW TO WRITE LOVE-LETTERS.-A most com ple t e little book, containing full directions for writing love-letters, and when to u s e them, giving spe cimen lette rs for young and old. No. 12. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO LADIES.-Giving complete instructions for writing letters to ladies on all subjecta; also leU'ters introduction, notes and requests. No. 24 HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO GENTLEMEN. Containing full directions for writing to gentlemen on all subjecta; also giving sample letters for instruction. No. 53. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS.-A wonderful little book telling you how to write to your sweetheart, your father, mother, sister, brother, employer; and, in fact, everybody and any body you wish to to. Every young man and every youn1 lady in the land should have this book No. 74. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS CORRECTLY.-Gon taining full instructions. for writing on .almost ans subject; also rules for punctuation and with specimen letten.


, .... THE STAGE. No. a THE BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE BOOK.r-Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the most famous end men No amateur minstrels is complete without this wonderful little book. No. 42. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER Cont ai!ling a varied of titump speeches, Negro, Dutch and Irish. Also end mens Jokes. Just the thing for home amuse ment and amateur shows No. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE AND JOKlO BOOK-Something new and very instructive. Every boy should obtain this book, as it contains full instructions for or gani zing an amateur minstrel troupe. No. 65. MULDOON'S JOKES.-This is one of the most original joke books ever ; ;>Ublished, and it is brimful of wit and humor. It contaiDs a large collection of songs, jokes, conundrums, etc.; of Terrence Muldoon, the great wit, humorist, and practical joker of the day. Every boy who can enjoy a good substantial joke should o ltain a copy imm e diately. No. 79. HOW TO BECOME AN ACTOR.-Containing com pl ete instructions how to make up for various characters on the 11tage; together with the duties of the Stage Manage r, Prompter 8 cenic Artist.and Property Man. By a prominent Stage Manager'. No. 80. GUS WILLIAMS' JOKE BOOK-Containing the lat est jokes, an ecdot : i and funny stories of this world-renowned and ever popular (Jerman comedian. Sixty-four pages; handsome colored cover containing a half-tone photo of the author. HOUSEKEEPING. No. 16. HOW TO KEI!]P WINDOW GARDEN.-Containing full instructions fo1 constructing a window garden either in town or country, and the most approved methods for raising beautiful flowers at liomc. The most complete book of the kind ever pub lish ed No. 30. HOW TO COOK.-One of the most instructive books on cooking ever published. It contains recipes fo1 cooking meats, fish, game, and oysters; also pi es, puddings, cakes and all kinds of pastry, and a grand collection of r ecipes by one of our most popular co oks No. 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It contains information for everybody boys, girls, men and women; it will teach you how to mak e almost anything around the house, such as parlor ornaments, brackets cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching birds. ELECTRICAL. N.o. 46. HOW TO lllAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY.-A de scrip tion of the wonderful uses of electricity and electro magnetism; together with fu!I instructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries, etc. By George Trebel, A. M., M. D. Containing over fifty il lustrations. No. 64. HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL MACHINES.-Con taining full directions for making electrical machines, induction coils, dynamos. and many novel toys to be worked by electricity. By R. A. R. Bennett. Fully illustrate d. No 67. HOW TO DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a larg e collection of instructive and highly amusi11g W T9 BECOME A SPEAKER.-Containing fooP teen illustrations, giving the different positions requisite to become a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also containing gems from a_ll the popular !luthors of prose and poetrs. arran&ed iD the moat simple and concise manne1 possible. No. 49 HOW TO DEBA'l'E.-Giving rules for conduci'inf de bates, outlmes for. qu.estions for discussion, and the best sourcejl. for procurrng rnformat1on on the questions P,iven. SOCIETY. No. 3. TO arts and wiles of flirtation aN fully by this httle book. Besides the various methods of ha.r;dkerch1ef,, fan, glove, parasol, window and hat flirtation, it con tarns a ,full hst of the l anguage and sentiment of flowers, which ie m.terestmg to everybody, both old and young. You cannot be happy without one. 4. H.OW .'1'0 DANqE is the title of a new and handsome htt.e book JUSt issued by E rank Tousey. It contains full instruc tions in the art of daucing, etiquette in the ball-room and at parties how to dress, and full directions for calling off in all popular square dances. No. HOW T<;> LOVE.-A complete guide to love, courtship and givmg sensible advice, rules and etiquette to be observed, with many curious and interesting things not gen erally known. No. 17. f!:OW 'l'O full instru. ction in the art of dressmg and appearmg well at home and abroad giving the selections of colors, material, and how to have them made up No. 18. HOW '1'0 BECOME BE4UTIFUL.-One 0f the b_,rightest and: most valuable little books e ver given to the world. Everybod,Y.; wishes to. kn!lw bow t v b eco me beautiful, both male and female. Ihe secret 1s simple, and almost costless. Read this book and be convinced how to become beautiful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No._ HOW. TO BIRDS.-Handsomely illustrated and contamrng full mstruct10ns for the management and training of the ca.nary, mo c kingbird, bobolink, parrot, etc. No. 39 HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULT!lY, PIGEONS AND RABBITS.-A useful and instructive book. Handsomely illus trate d. By Ira Drofraw. No. 40. HOW TO l\IAKE AND SE'r TRAPS.-Including hints on how to catch molE!i, weasels, otter, rats, squirrels and birds. A l so how to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By J. Harrington Keene. No. 50. HOW TO STUFF nIRDS AND ANIMALS.-Al valuable book, giving instruc tiol( in collecting, preparing, mountin1 and prese rving bird11, animals and ins ects No .. 54. TO KEEP AND MANAGE P:r.JTS.-Giving com as to the m.anner ap.d method of raising, keeping, breed1qg, an.d managmg all kinds of also giving full mstruct1ons for makmg cages, etc. Fully explamed by twenty-eight illustrations, making it the most complete book of the kind ever published. MISCELLANEOUS. No. 8. HOW TO BECOME A SCIENTIST.-A useful llnd in structive book, giving a complete treatise on chemistry; also e:it periments in acoustics, mechanics, mat hematics, chemistry, and di ENTERTAINMENT. rections for making fireworks, colored fires, and gas balloons. Thl1 1-0. 9. HOW TO'BECOME A VENTRILOQUI'ST.-By Harry book cannot be equaled. ennedy. The secret given away. Every boy reading No. 14. Hl\IW TO MAKE CANDY.-A comp lete hand-book for this book of instl'uctions, by a practical professor (delighting multima]i:ing .all ki .lls of candy, ice-creall;!,_ etc. tud es every night with his wonderful imitations), can master the No. 84. HOW TO BECOME AN' AUTHOR.-Containing full art, and create any amount of fun for hims e lf and friends It is the information regarding choice of subjects, the use of words and the gr eatest book E>ver published. and there's millions (of fun) in it. manner of preparing and submitting manuscl'ipt. Also containing No 20. HOW TO ENTERTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A valuable information as to the neatness, legibility and general com'\'ery va lua ble 1ittle book just.published. A complete compendium position of manuscript, essential to a successful author. By Prince of games, sports, card diversions, comic rec itations, etc. suitable Hiland. for parlor or drawing-room entertainment. It contains more for the No. 38. HOW TO BEC0ME YOUR OWN DOCTOR.-A won money than any book published. derful book, containing usebl and practical information in the No. 35. HOW 'l'O PLAY GAl\.-.ES.-A complete and useful little treatment of ordinary. diseases and ailments common to every book, containing the r1 les and regulations of billiards, bagatelle, family. Abounding in useful and effective recipes for general combackgamm on croqu t. d minoes, etc. plaints. No. 36. HOW 0 ::OLVE CONUNDRUM:S.-Containing all No. 55. HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS AND COINS.-Conthe leading conundrums of the day, amusing riddl es, curious catches taining valuable information regard ng t'.. e collecting and arranging and witty sayings of stamps and coins. Handsomely illustraLd. No. 52 HOW 'l'O PI,AY CARDS.-A complete and handy little No. 58 HOW TO BID A DETECTIVE.-By Olt; King Brady, ook, giving the rules and full directions for playing Euchre, Cribthe world-known detective. In which he la ys down some valuab le bage Casino, Forty-Five, Rounce, Pedro Sancho, Draw Poker, and sE:usible rules for beginners, and also ielates some adventures Au cti on Pitc h, All Fours and muny other popular games of cards. and experiences of we ll-known detectives. No. 66. HOW 'l'O DO PUZZLES.-Containing over three hun-No. 60. HOW TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER.-Contain dr ed interesting puzzles and conundrums. with key to same. A ing useful information regarding the Camera and how to work it; complete book. Fully illustrated. By A. 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