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I No. 286. NEW YORK, APRIL 10, 1908. Price 5 Cents. Wild and Charlle could hardly suppress a laugh. The Greaser Guide and his men were crouch ing near the hanging effigy, watching the prairie schooner as it came around the bend. They thought their trap would surely work, and were eiated.


WILD SI,WEEKLY' A Magazine Containing Sketches Etf!., of Wester n Lile luued W e ekl11-B11 subscription i 2 .so per 11ear. Ente r e d according to .A.ct of Congress in the year 1908, in the o(flc. o f the Librarian of Oon grue, Washington D 0., bl/ Frank Tou se11, Publisher, 24 Uni on Square, N e w York No 286 NEW YORK APRIL IO., 1 908. ......_ PRICE 5 CENTS Young Wild West and the Greaser Guide OR, The Trap) that Failed to Work CHAPTER I. By AN OLD SCOUT. Dennison, and the greaser guide was k n own as B ig Mike 'rhere was something about the looks of this man tha t ON THE TRAIL TO YUMA. would sure l y have one suspicious of him, for h is swart hy, scarred face was hardly p l easant to look upo n Camped in a rather desolate-looking spot i n t h e very and his eyes had a wicked gleam in them and were s h ifty, heart of the Gila Range,' in t h e sout h western part oi Arigiving him an aspect of treachery. zona not many miles from t h e border of Mexico, were But he had been recommended to the Americans as four men. b eing one who cou l d be trusted, a n d who knew the way Three of them were Americans and t h e other a Mexi to Yuma better than anv man to be found in that can, commonly called a "greaser" i n t hat sectio n of t h e tion, so hired him to guide them there. country. "vVeH, Mike," said Dan Merri l w h o seemed to be the 'l'he Americans were mi n ers, who had prospected until leader of the successful prospectors, "we didn't st rik e they struck it rich in one of the most for sake n parts of the water you said we woul d find here, after all." the n1ountains, and they had set out the day before the "No, senor," was the reply. I make a littl e m i s opening of our story to get to Y u ma, where t hey h oped take. It will be noon to-mor row when we come t o d a to dispose of the gold du::;t they had accumu l ated water See that peak over there? That is the o ne; not The greaser was the guide they had hir e d to pi lot t hem this o n e there, and who had agreed to take them by the safest He pointed to a peak that was fu ll y thirty m i les awa y and quickest route and then to one that was direct l y above the camp. All four looked as though they had r o u ghed it, for "I see, Mike It is a good thing t hat we have a fu ll their clothing was pretty well tattered, and the old-fash barrel of water yet. That will hold until to-morrer noon ioned prairie schooner the greaser g u ide h ad provided for a ll right them to carry their wealth in had the appea r ance of being "But a good drink of fresh water is better than that ready to fall apart at almost any time. we've got in ther barrel, though," spoke up Scott, s h r u g -But appearances are deceiving sometimes, and so it ging his was in this case "Water is not p l enty here, senor," Big Mike answe r ed, The old prairie schooner had been strong l y bu i lt, and coolly. "We have to take what we get the rough mom1tain roads did not seem t o weake n it in I "That is true enough," remarked Dennison, the ot h e r the least of. the trio. "I reckon we K:in make J)Ut good eno u g h. It was near su?set and. the .travelers tire d from I water is ter make coffee it's a ll r ig h t t h e i r first day's JOU rney, 1t bemg a new thmg to them, an thats one good tnmg, anyhow. since they had confined themselves to t h e littl e mi n ing I "To he on da desert, no water, an' da sun bu rning camp, where they had made t h e i r pile, for m o n t h s right thro.ugh da is not so pleasant," tqe rim Amer i cans bor e the names o f Mernl, Scot t arn1 g reaser guide, speakmg m a manner that Mer ril could


\ 2 YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE GREASER GUIDE. not help thinking was rather peculiar. "I have seen Americans that have died from da want of water, senors Big Mike. had lived long enough among American people to acquire the language, and it was only now and that he let drop a word that was partly broken Spanish Dennison, who was acting as the cook for the little party, now kindled a fire and proceeded to prepare the supper. The country they were traveling through was almost arid, so there was no game to be found there, and they had brought with them a quantity of smoked meat and other provisions for use during the four or :five days' journey to Ymna. The big prairie schooner contained the gold dust and water barrels, and a couple of burros were used to their provisions. 'rhough the miners knew it was a risky thing for them to set out with so much gold over a route that was as dangerous as it -was they were so anxious to get to Yuma that they threw aside their fears and started Then the guide had assured them that they would surely not meet a soul on the way, unless it might be some forlorn prospectors, who had lost their way. But. as the shades of night came on the three men began to grow a little uneasy, though neither of them remarked anything concerning why. Big Mike seemed to be in a very pleasant mood-they had put him down as being possessed of very little in the 'way of light heartedness and this seemed rather strange to them. He joked and laughed as they ate their supper, and when it was over with he rolled a cigarntte and sat clown upon a rock to enjoy a smoke from a cigarette. The sun had disappeared now, and as the shadows deep ened Big Mike arose a nd went to the wagon. He back with a guitar, and, again seating him self, he tuned it and struck up an air The Americans knew he had it with him, of course, but this was the first he had played upon the instrument. A Mexican seems to be gifted with the art of getting music from a guitar, uncl the guide was no exception He twanged away, the music echoing among the bare rocks that surroundedthe causing a sort of cheer fulness that was appreciated by the lucky prospectors. After a while the deep voice of the greaser broke forth into a love song of his people, and to heard him without seeing him one would have declared that it was a love-sick swain playing as he longed for his sweetheart. But to sit right before him and listen such a supposi tion would have vanished entirely. Big Mike had just struck in on the third verse of his when the clatter of hoofs interrupted him, and he sprang to his feet and put down his guitar "Somebody come, senors!" he exclaimed. "Most like-ly friends." But, in spite of' the words 9f assurance, the three men put their hands on their revolvers "Hello, strangers!" called out a boy, as he rode from behind a big rock and reined in the mag nificent sorrel stallion h e was mounted upon within a few feet of the camp "We saw the smoke from your fire and heard the singing, so we thdught we would come on and investigate How are you all?" "Pretty," answerep Merril, his face lighting up, as he saw the boy. "What is the matter? Did you lose your way i!! this wild an' lonesome spot?" ''Well, not exactly. We struck a trail yesterday, which we thought might lead us to Yuma, so we followed it up. You are the first people we have seen since we left a ranch we stopped at the day before yesterday. But what is the matter with your man there? His jaw seems to be dropping out of place. I reckon he was surprised to find that there was any one around but you folks." Big Mike stood with wide-open mouth, naught but sur pri::ie depicted on his ugly looking countenance It was evident that he certainly had not expected to see the boy when he heard the clatter of hoofs, and his sur prise had certainly got the best of him. But he quickly shut his mouth and put on an air of indifference "Where vou come from?" he asked. "All ovei," was the quick reply. "What are you here for? Are you taking these men to Y urrra ?" "'I'hat is right, senor," was the reply. "You pay me some money and I take you to Yuma, too. I know the way; you no :find the way alone." "Oh, that is all right, my greaser friend. I reckon I know the way all right," was the cool retort. "I've got a couple of friends with me who know it, too Here thev come now. I rode ahead of them to :find out what gcing on when I heard the singing and music." Just then up rode another boy and a man, who was plainly a thorough Westerner, for his long, black hair hung over his shoulders, and his weather-beaten face showed that he was well used to all sorts of climates. The dashing-looking boy was attired in a fancy hunting costume of buckskln, and was armed with a Winchester rifle, brace of revolvers and a hunting knife. Handsome of face and figure, and a wealth of chestnut hair hanging over his broad and shapely shoulders, he made the true picture of the ideal boy hero of the Wild vVest. His two fri e nds were attired in similar fas hion, and were armed the same. Though two of them were but boys, they were only so in years, f9r they had been born and brought up in the West, and had been through all sorts of dangers from their earliest recollection. "You are welcome to join us, boys," said Dan Merril "If you haven't picked out a camp yet, here is the place to stop." "'l'hank you, pard. I reckon we'll accept yoUT invi tation. But we have some ladies with us and a couple of Chinamen, too. They wiTI be along directly If that won't make any difference to you we will stop here with you for the night-or right by you, I shoulcl say." "The fact that you have ladies with you sartinly won't make no difference," Merril assured him "All right. I like the looks of you fellows, and th11t is why I will stop with you. Been out prospecting, eh?" "Yes, an' we've been putty lucky, too," spoke up Scott "We'll be mighty glad when we git ter Yuma, though


\ YOUNG WILD WEST AND 'l'HE GREASER GUIDE. 3 I ''The senors s hould no tell their business to ers," said the greaser guide, flashing a glance speak er strang-as age rode up, smi ling as though they were glad at the to meet the travelers "That i s about ri ght, Mr. Greaser," sa id the boy with the lon g, chestnut hair. "But it strikes me that they wer e a little bit out of the way when they hired s u ch a galoot as you to guide them to Yuma. I can't help it if you don't like what I am saying, for I have got a way of always speaking what I think, when a person gives me cause to do it. I don't know who you al'e, but I'll bet that if you are weighed you will be found wanting!" Big Mike scowl ed :fiercely a.t the boy and slipped his hand toward a big knife that hung in a sheath to his belt. "Easy, Mike," cautioned Merri l. "You s houldn't have said what you did Any one with any judgment at all would know that these people axe not crooks. They are perfectly welcome here, and also to know our business." "All right; Senor Merril," answered the Mexican; aml then he turned and picked up hi s guitar and strode to the wagon with it. "Who are you, if you have no objections in telling?" Merril asked, as he again turned to the dashing boy on t h e sorre l stall ion. "Youn g Wild West i s my name,'' was the rep l y "These two gen tlemen with me are Cheyenne Charlie and Jim Dart, my partners You may have heard of us, and you may not." "I've h eard of ye r !" spoke up Denni son, as he ran forward a1;id put Qut his h and. "Shake, will yer, Young Wild vVest?" "Certainly!" The hands of the two met and close d in a hearty grip The n Dennison s hook with the boy's companions, after which he turned to hi s companions and sa id: "Boys, I'm introducin' yer ter Young Wild West, ther Champion Deadshot an' Prince of ther Saddle. He's only .a boy but he's a terror ter them what goes wrong a n a hil per ter them what goes ri g ht. Hooray fur Young Wild West!" Merril and Scott joined him in giving a cheer, and Lhen they quickly made known their names. It was just then that the rest of Young Wild West's party appeared in view, and as Big Mike s eyes beheld two very pretty g irl s and a comely young woman riding forward his shifty eyes glinted in a peculiar, not to say, d a n gerous, ay CHAPTER IL THE GHEASER GUIDE SUSPICIONED. Young Wild West noti ced the .look that s hone from the eyes of the big greaser, but he sai d nothing just then. "Come on, girls tn he called out. "I reckon we'll camp right here a l ongside these gent l emen. There i s nothing like a little company, especially in suc h a forsaken place as this." The gir l s, as our hero and his partner always termed them eve n though the scout's wife was a woman, as far A ll hands di sm011nted, and then an introduction took pla ce, and the three lucky prospectors found that they had met Arietta Murdock and Elo i se Gardner, the sweet hearts of Young Wild West and Jim Dart, and Anna, the wife of Cheyenne Char li e No one bothered to introduc e the two Chinamen, though right her e we may as well state that t hey were brothers, named Hop Wah and Wing Wah, and had bee n in the emp loy of our hero ancl his partners for two or three years 1 When Denni s on hacl sa id that Young Wild West was the Champion Deadshot and also the Prince of the Sad dle h e was only s peaking what h e had heard friends of the dashing boy say. But it was sure l y the truth, in every se nse of the word, however. Ever since he hati been able to climb up on the back of a mustang the boy h a d been steadily gaining in the knowledge and contro l of a horse, and he was at the time of his introduction to the reader without a peer as a sk illful rider And it was the ame way with the management of :firearms Constant practice had made him a deadshot with both the rifle and revolver, and because of hi s many vic torie s over cowboys and other Weste rner s who claimed to be champions at shooti ng, he had been nicknamed the Champion D eads hot. But Wild, as his friends always called him was ever ready to defencl hi s title, though he rrever boa s ted of it. It was through his wonderfu l s hooting and riding and great coolness and good jndgment in time s of clanger that l iad won him the respect and admi ration of the in habitants of that part of the country known as the vYild West at tho tim e of which we write : His partners were experts in woodcraft, and were as brave as any border h ero could be. Cheyenne Charlie had been a scout in active serv ice for a number of years, but s hortly after he met Young ,;vild West aud went to th e Bla ck Rills wit h him he decided to stick to the dashing young dead s hot, and h e was very proud to be called hi s partner. It was the same with Jim Dart in this respect, and the two were never happier than when in some dang e r, with Wild to l ead them through it. 'rhe g irl s had become accustomed to the outdoor life. they were l eadi n g, and they lik ed it b et t er than any ot h e r way. The :first time they made an adventurous trip wit h Wild and hi s partners had made them eager t o g o with them again, and so it had continued until they became permanent members of the paTty. All of them, including the gir l s, wer e interested in enough mines to bring them in more of an income than they could spe nd, so they put their time in riding about 1.he West and Southwest, in searc h of adventure. As we find them in that desolate part of Arizona they had come down from Phoenix just to do a little exp lor ing in the mountain s They had stopped at a ranch about a hundred mile s to the east of where they now were, and after leaving that, as our hero had stated, they had not met a human beinO' 0 until they came upon the camp of the three miners.


I YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE GREASE R GUIDE. t'.rhe ver y moment Wild got a look at the face of the I He did not fear the worst villain living. greaser guide h e put him down as a scoundre l and when However, the look that the greaser had cast at t h e once he came to a conclusion h e was generally right. girls made him think that it was best to keep them Merril and D e nni s on w e r e certainly delight e d away from him t o have the party with the m over night, and it may After o u r fri e nd s had eate n their s upp er Merril walked h ave be e n that the g uide was, too. over -nnd took a seat on a ro ck. But it was for different reasons, if he was. "Do you know one thing, Young Wild W es t ?" he sa id Young Wild \Ves t looked around the camp, and then in a low ton e of voice. "I hav e c ome to believe that our he s hook hi s head g uid e i s goin' to prove treac h e rou s "No wat e r h e re, I see," he observed. "I wouldn t be a bit s urpri se d Mr. M e rril," was the "No; our g u ide says that we will strik e some when we r e pl y get to that peak over the r e H e t hou ght w e would find ''I never had the lea s t s u s picion of him until just be-it h e re, but h e mad e a mistake in hj s cal c ulations." fore you folks s howed up. The n h e a cted different from "Have ydu got water?" Bi g Mik e spoke up, looking the w ay he had been doin'; an when h e heard you comin' hard at the young deaclshot. h e acted just a s though h e kn e w who it was, an' was ex "Oh, I reckon we've got e nou g h to la s t another day," pectin' 'em. What has happen e d s ince makes me think was the cool r et ort. that he to rob us an' that he ha s got some friend s "That's go.od; w e no got plenty." out this way to help him to do it." Cheyenn e Charlie a s a pretty outspoke n man, and he "Well, he'll have to hav e quit e a few if h e does it, I had been keepin g r emarkab l y still. But h e evidently rec:k o n W e are not in the habit of allowing folks io be had formed a di8like for the g r easer, and he bl urted out, robbeu any kind of fashion. The big gal oot h ad bette r sharply: look out what he does. How mu c h money have you got "I reckon you wouldn't want us ter have any of what wilh you, :rnyway? I s it enoug h to m a k e him fee l a s you ve got not i f w e was about sta rvin' fur it, you bi g though it was worth whil e to rob you?" galoot! I kin tell by ther cut of yer what you are. You 've '"vVe haven t got hardl y any money," was tlrn reply. got1a han gdog look tJ1ough I won' t say that yo1i'd kill a "But we' v e got aboi.1t fif ty thousand dollars' worth of man fur as little as fifty d o llar s !" gold dw; t in that wagon." "Senor," retorte d the Mexican, hi s eyes fl.ashing with "Ah! I see Well you can bet that the greaser g uide r age, "I will mak e ,you s uff er for what you say! I hon-1 wants some of that. The chances a r e that h e will h ave est man; I no kill nobod y !" sonw of hi s gang come along b efore the ni ght i s over, "Good! The n yer won't kill me, will yer? But don t anJ there will b e a livel y time of it around h e re. Don t git r'ilcd. I ain't got much use fur an u g l y lookin g reaser, b e alarmed, M e rril. Don't do much s leeping to night, anyhow. But if yer d o take a notion ter git square with either." me fur hat I said you ll find that I'll be ri ght on hand." The pro spec tor s hru gged his s houlder s "Keep s till Charlie," spo k e pp o ur hero The man It was plain that h e was very uneasy. c a n't h e lp it if he ha s a bad look L e t him alone He When h e cast a glance over t o hi s own camp and sa w may be all ri ght. that Big Mike was sitting ri ght wh e r e he could watch "He may be; but I don t think he i s An' I'll bet you him, h e become mor e c onvinced than eve r that the g uide don t, e ither Wild." had hired out to them ju s t for the purpo se of robbing Anna s hot a warning glance at her out s poken hu s band them. and the n he s ub s i ded. It was not more than ten minute s befor e this s u s picion But it could be s e e n by a ll pre s ent that the greaser was verifi e d was angry e nou g h to kill the scout then and there. Th e n th e call of a nightbird s udd e nl y sound e d on the Hcwever, h e was one of the sort who can bide their st ill ni ght air time, and he l e t t h e matter drop. "That was n t a bird," said Young Wild Wes t. "You The work of getti n g th e ir camp in s hap e was soon done can bet all the gol d du st you hav e g ot, Merril, that it is by the two Chinamen, and it was ju s t about dark when a s ignal from the greaser 's fri e nd s They are after you, the fir e was lighte d to cook the ir evenin g m e al. all ri ght!" 'I'h e prospectors had urged them to eat from their stock Merri l nodded, and when he saw the greaser walk Ieis of provisions, but Young Wild W est declined to do this, ur e ly away from the camp into the darkne ss he l ooked at on th e g round that the r e was n o telling h o w much they our h e ro and said: mi ght need what they h a d b efore they got to Yuma "What are we goin' to do?" Wing the Chinese cook, soon had a fire goi n g, and "Do?" was the r e p ly. "Why, get ready for business. the n it was not lon g before the s upp e r was unde r way. Boy s, keep your eyes open Youn g Wild West h ad sel ected the si d e of a hill, about "You b e t yer life we will, Wild!" exclaimed Cheyenne tw e nty yards from the spot where the s mould e ring fire Charlie, a s he s tartecl from the camp. "I'll je s t see what of the prospectors' camp lay that grea se r galoot i s up ter." H e did not mean to mix ri ght in with them, since there was a couple of tents whi c h they s l ept in nights and lfo CHAPTER III. did not want to be too close to the grease r. HOP ENTERTAINS BIG MIKE. Not that h e was afraid of Bi g Mike, for that was some Wild made no objections, s o Charlie was s oon lost m ihing entirely out of the question for Young Wild Wes t. the darkness.


YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE GREASER GUI D E The s cout was simply itching to make the disco very I "You talk as though you rather l ike gettin' in trouble that the greaser guide was "crooked," as he called it. with such fellers as Big Mike." Of that he was certaiJ?., so it was for him to prove it. "Well, to tell the truth, I do like it," was the rep ly. He moved through the darkness, dodging from rock "And s o do my two partners. The girls would think it to rock, and in a very short space of time he heard low out of place if we didn't have a scrimmage with outlaws voice s ahead of him or bad Indians now and then. outdoor life t h ey are "I reckon I'll soon find out somethin'," he muttered livin g would lose its charms if there was n o d a nger under his breath. "'rher sneakin' coyote fetched them attached to it, you know three fellers here jes t ter rob 'em I'll bet h e had it all "You seem t o be a peculiar sort of a pa rty, if I m a y .fixed so some of hi s friends would come out an' meet him say it," Merri l de cl ared here Well, they're goin' ter git fooled, as sure as my "Well, when you get used t o a c ertain way of living it name are Cheyenne Charlie!" comes a littl e ha r d on y o u if you m ake a c h a n g e, I reck-'rhe soout moved forward, and, reaching a rock, he on." peered from behind it a nd sa w the dim outlines of two "Maybe so." men standing but a few feet from him. "Now, Merr il to give y ou a good chance to l e t you r One was the greaser guide. Of that he was sure two partners know what is in the wind, I w ill send one But the other was a stranger, "l\'hich s imply bore out of our Chinamen over t o e n tertain your rasca ll y guide his suspicions. He will soon have him so muc h interested that you can They were talking in such low tones that Charlie cou ld go ahead and explain the w h o l e thi n g t o them, I'll g u a r hardly hear what they said, but he strained his ears and antee that." li s tened, and when he caught the words, "Twelve o'clock "I don t kno about that. I hea r d over at t h e minto night," he gave a noel of extreme satisfaction. ing camp that Mike was a hater of Chinese. H e s hot He could onl1 few ':ords then, for the two men one, they sav .. and came' near being l ynched for i t If i t parted ; the gmcle wallnng toward the camp. had not that he had so many who feared h i m i n The scout mo:ed along swiftly anc1 managed to get the camp he would have gone the way of a ll s inn e r s." there ahead. him. "He'll gQ that way, all right, afore we git t hrou g h He was .sittm? down when he saw Big Mike come m, with him," declar e d the scout, s ignificant l y "He' ll b e he"not said a _word dead ag'in us fur b l ockin' his plans, an' he'll hang a rounfl We,1, 1 said Mernl, anxiously, did you find out any lookin' fur revenge till he gits his medici n e Wild now called Hop, the Chinaman I reckon I did,' was the rep l y _Ther big When he sa id Hop would be able to hold t h e att enti on a man out the1e an' they was dom' some rmghty f 1 h k t ll lk 1 I 1 h d h t k o the greaser gmcle wlul e Merri l et is partn e r s now a ta m m w nspers on y ear enoug e1 ma e h h k h h t lk. b t k th t th" t h t t 1 w at was up, e new JUSt w at e was a mg a ou m is gom er appen a we ve Though he was about as innocent looking as any Cel es o c,,0Ach 1 0, mgl : cl W"ld tiai that ever crossed the Pacific, Hop Wah was far fr om exc aime i "I thou ght so!" being that. "There was only one man there," went on the scout. "But it are most likely that there 's more of 'e m close The fact was that he was a ver,y cle ver s l eigh tof -hand by." performer, and when it came to gamb l ing h e had yet to l meet hi s match "Maybe the two of them mean to ove rpow e r UB, anc then make off with the wagon?" M er ril ventured. He always had the necessary articles abou t his pe r s on Our hero s hook hi s head. to perform no end of mys tifying trick s and, bei ng a sort "'rhey woulcl know better than that," he said "What could two of them do, especially as we are here now? Why, that greaser wouldn't stand a ghost of a s how. He knows very well that we are not the ones to go to s leep and give him a chance to do hi s dirty work. I reckon he ha s seen and h ear d e nou g h for that." "Oh, th ere may be a dozen of 'em," spoke up Charlie "But what's ther odds? I reckon your gold i s safe all ri ght, boss. All's you've got ter do is ter keep awake till after twelve o'clock, an' have your s hooter ready fur business. Jest see ter it that ther other two does ther same thing." "I will, you can bet!" was. the reply. I am sorry that we made. the mistake to trust the greaser "Oh, you'll get to Yuma all right, and you'll take your gold dust with you," our h er o sa id, assuringlj. "I am mighty glad that we happened along as we did. We al ways like to be able to do a good turn for those deserving of it, and it will give us a chance to stir up a bit. 'rhings get a l together too tame sometimes, you know of humori s t, in his way, he was quite amusing at t i mes "Hop," said Wild, looking at him in a businesslike way, ''you go OYer there and get the greaser interested Mr. Merril wants to have a little talk with his two frie nd s anc1 he don t want the galoot to hear what he is sayin g You und ers tand?" "Me undel s tand, J\1is ler Wild,'; was the rea d y r eply. "Me rnakee um gleaser velly muchee intele s ted, s p be." "Look out that he don t s hoot you or s tick a knife in you; he don't like Chinese," s poke up Merr il "Me lookee out, allee samee," was the retor t while a smile that was "childlike and b l and" crept o v e r the yel l o w features of the Cel estial. Hop promptly walked over t o t h e spot w here \ the greaser was sitting, humming a queer sort o f tune that might have been one of his own making or one of the favorite airs o f his native country, as far as anyone there could te ll. Big Mike was rolling a cigarette and he scowled when he saw the Chinaman approaching.


6 YOUNG WILD \VEST AND THE GREASER GUIDE. "Velly nicee night, so be," remarked Hop, smiling at him. "Yes." "Me likee you play allee samee lillee tune, so be." :'Get out, dog of a heathen!" hissed the Mexican. ''Cararnba I no likl da Chinee." "Me likee um nicee gleaser, allee samee," was the unexprcted reply, rrnd then the Celestial pulled a coi n :from his pocket and handed it to the guide As it was nothing nmre than a counterfeit of a five dollar gold piece, Hop was not nearly as liberal as the villain thought he was. But he did not stop to exa mine the coin, taldng it for granted that it was all ri g ht. Hop sa t down. "You gottee lill ee tanglefoot?" he asked, speaking in a low tone of voice. "Me gottee velly muchee pain, am1 me likee lillee dlop of tanglefoot It was a failing of the clever Chinaman to have a de sire for strong drink, and he was simply doing what was required of him and at the same time helping his own cas e a little. Big Mike certainly had liquor a lon g with him. He had stocked up quite large l y with it b efore setting out to guide the prospectors to Yuma. Since he had been presented with the coin, he felt that he sho uld show himself a little friendly, so he nod ded, and, rising to his feet, went to the place where ho had his b elongings He came back and, no 9ding to Hop to follow him, walked b ehind a neighboring rock. "Here!" he said, pulling a sma ll flas k from his pocket. "Da Ohinee hav e this It very god whisky." Hop thanked him warmly and, removing the cork, smelled the contents. 'rhis test must h ave proved quite sati sfactory, for he took a good pull at the flask, and then put it in his pocket. "Lat velly goodee," he declared. "Misler Big Mike allee samee nice e man, so be." The guide gave a grunt, as though he did not much appreciate the Chinaman's flattering words, and then he turned and went back to the rock he had been sitting upon. But Hop was right at hi s s ide. ":Me s howee you allee sarnee lillee tlick," he s aid bland ly, as hr produced a pack of cards. "Comee by um fire, so you fiec, so be." 'Che eyes of the greaser lighted up as if by magic. It so happened that he was a gambler himself, and he eYidently thought there was a chance for him to win s ome money. It made little or no difference to Hop who or what he was, so he started right in to work the three-card monte game. Big Mike actually grinned when he saw what he was up to. He understood that game as well as any one-at least, that is what he thought. Hop threw out the three cards he had selected from the deck and the n h e asked him to pick out the queen of diamonds, whi c h was one of them. Big Mike did so at once;. 'rhen Hop did it over again "You no pickee out lis timee," he sai d, smiling at his victim. "I bet you five dollar I do!" was the quick reply. "Allee light." Each putup five dollar s, and then the turned over the card h e thought was the right one. But he had mad e a mi s take, for ins tead of being the queen of diamond s it was the ten of clubs. CHAPTER IV. THE GAME THAT FAILED. Big Mike uttered an exclamat ion of s urprise when he found he had been d ece ived. "You try again," he sai d, as Hop put the money in his pocket. By this time Merril had given his partners the infor mation he de sired, and the three men came over by the fire to see what was going on. Cheyenne Charlie also came over from the other camp. "Three-card rnonte, hey?" sa id the scout, as h e sa w the eards. "How are yer makin' out, Hop?" "Allee samee velly muche e fine, so be," answered the cleve r Chinaman, smiling blandly. "You do da trick some more," sa id the greaser, pulling out the five-do llar counterfeit piece Hop had pre senfrd him with. "Me no bettee fivee dollee; me bettee alle e sa.inee ten dollee," the Celestial answered, h e not caring tp simply win the counterfeit piece. "All right," was the reply; "me bet t en." 'rhen the villa'in scow l e d at the scout, as thoug h he thou ght he had no right to come there. But Charlie reiurne d the fierce look with interest: It would have taken very little to start a fight b etwee n the two men, and if t hat had happened it would sure ly have gone bad \ yit h the treacherous g re ase r. Hop h e ld up the cards, so all hands might see them, and then cleverly let them fall on the ground Big Mike had be e n watching the queen closely this time, and as h e knew h,.ow to perform the deceiving trick, he thought h e would s urely have the Chinaman this time. He placed hi s hand on a card and exclaimed: "That the queen; me bet ten dollar :qi.ore." "Allee light; me bettee you," was the quick reply. Then the greaser he sitated a.bout pulling out the money. "Whattee mattee ?" asked Hop. "You allee samee see um carg. You 'fl.aid to bet, so be?" "I no bet s ome more." Evidently he thought Hop was too willing, so Big .Mike put his money back in his pocket. But he already had ten dollars up, so he turned over the card. It was not the queen. acaramba !" he hisse d, and once more he looked at Cheyenne Charlie and scow l ed.


YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE -GHEASER GUIDE. -=======================================================================-=== "What's ther matter with yer, Greaser?" asked tM I he crawled entirely behind the boulder arid disappeared. scout. "I ain't doin' it." A l most at the same moment Jim Dart arnse and steppe d 'l'he villain muttered somet hing in hi s own language, softly over to the three whi c h no doubt meant that he would like to kill some"Come on he whispered. "It will be better for you bo

YOUNG WILD \YEST THE GREASER GUIDE. "Lemon Creek is where I've been hangin' out th0r last get them just right we will strike the blow that will win. month." We are the ones who will take the wagon-load of gold Lemon Creek "-as t he name of the mining camp the into Yuma and gcL the money prospectors had left that. morning, and when they came ''It sounds good ter hear yer tell it. But I reckon to look at the man clos e ly they r ecog nized him as one if we have ther same kind of luck as we've had to-night who had been hanging around the gamb lin g sa loons in there won t _be any of us l eft tcr take ther wagon inter that place. Yuma. One of your Mexican friends got his medicine, "We know him," said Merril. "Now, just make him all right, an' they've got Stark a prisoner. It was done tell what he was up to, J\Ir. West." mip;hty quick, too, which shows that they must have been "I reckon we know that already," our hero replied. la yin' fur us. How could they have found out that we "He was simply going to help rob you of your gold, that's was comin' ?" all "I don't know, Senor Harlem," and the grease r guide "Big :Mike coaxed me inter it," he said, whiningly "I shook his head and shrugged hi s shoulders. "It is too bad ain't what yer kin call a bad man." that the boy ca1le d Young Wild West happened to come '''rher only way ter make yer good is ter cut shor t your a lon g He is a hard one to fight. He is worse than any wind, I reckon," spoke up Cheyenne Char li e, smiling man I ever knew.'' grimly. "But I reckon he ain't bulletproof, though Just wait Then the wretch began pleading for his life, for he till I git a c hanc e ter draw a bead on him! It will be thou ght the words of the scout implied that he would be goodby ter ther boy then! I kin s ho ot putty st raight h anged l\Iike, an' I kin do it mighty quick, too." But Young Wild W est h ad no such notion as that. 'So-a me shoot verra straig ht,'' spoke up the othe r "Tie him, so he can't get away, boys," he said. "We'll Mexican ".Me get a square for shoot -a Juan!" see what is to be clone with him in the morning !" "That's right, P ablo. Juan was your pard, a11 right. CHAPTER V H e was a mighty good sort of a feller, too. You jest lay fur a c hance ter git square W e didn't have no chance jest 'cause they was waitin' fur u s, an' they took u s by s urprise. But I reckon our time will come, if Mike only work s it right." THE FLIGHT OF THE VILLAINS. "I work it right," the treacherous g uid e an s w e r ed. "I will ask da advicr: of you a ll before we fight I l ead you, Though he "a:;; a n unscrupulous scoundre l and ready but you have cla say, too to commit any sort of crime, providing h e thought it "That sounds lik e th er right kind of talk, Mike You're would pay him to clo it, Big i\Iike 'as but a coward. ther kind of a 1eader ter nave. It ain't your fault if He did not have the nerve to stay a nd fight it out Merril an' his pards fe ll in with s omebody ter help 'em when h e found hi s foul game had been nipped in the o ut. You told me that to-night We a ll knowed that bud, and when one of the men who h ad come there to we had more than them three prospector s ter fool with; meet him, fired a s hot as Young Wild West's voice rang but w e intended ter do ther work without wakin' any one oui, he turned and fled for the first horse he c ould get up. Ther gal oots waitin' fur u s ter show our hand hold of. an' ther minute we did they li t on us. Th e r e ain"t no H e heard th e second s hot too, but h e n e v e r turned to u se in blamin' anybody fur it, 'cause that wouldn't be see who it was that fired it. fair. They found it out some way, an' that's all there i s There had been five men, ,,ho had arranged to come to about it. Now it's fur u s ter git Stark away from 'em an' assist him to rob the three lu cky men of their gold, but then git h old of that gold. As fur as ther ga l s goes, I when he got safe l y away from the sce n e and haCl bro ught ain't got n othm' ter say about 'em But I'll say right the h orse h e had mounted d01rn to a walk he found that her e that I don't believe in bothcrin' with anything in there were but three of them with him. petticoats. _I've had too much of 'em in my time, an' I "Where are the others?" he asked, speak ing in Spannev e r seen any good come out of botherin' with 'em. i s h to one of the villains, who w as a g r ease r, like him se lf. They' ll foo l yer jest when yer don't expect it." "One got shot; the other was tajrnn a prison er,'' came The four villains were ridin g s lowly a long in the moonthe repl y light now not knowing just where they were h eading "Caramba Sacre This i s bad work !" exclaimed the for. villainous g uide. But as soon as Big Mike had returned to a frame of "Very b a d Senor Mike," was the reply. mind that would permit him to think with any degree "If I'd thought \1e was goin' ter str ik e up ag'in any of common sense he decided to move on to the place sic h a game as this yer kin bet I wouldn't have left Lemon where he had told the men he was guiding that wate r Creek," remark ed the only American in the bunch "What could be fou nd. fire yer goin' ter do about it, .Mike? Yer ain't goin' t e r H e had not lied about this, and as they h ad been comlet 'em go, a r e yer ?" pelled to l eave in s u c h a hurry they were entire ly with"N o, Senor Harlem,'' was the r e ply. "We must hav e out water or provisions. the gold. And Young Wild West and hi s partners mu s t They had a burro with them when they reach e d the nev e r get out of th0 mountain s alive The fair se norita s place where they went in temporary camp before co111-111ust be ours, too. We '"ill' follow them, and when we : pleting the final arrangements for the robbery, but the I


YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE GREASER GUIDE. villain s who had followed the g uide t o the s pot had not eve n thou ght of the animal whe n the y made a bolt to escap e A s the lead e r thou g h t of thi s h e became decidedly un eas y "Se nor H ar l e m h e i d af t e r a r athe r lengthy pau s e, y o u n o af raid to g o 15ac k and look for the burro?" I reck o n I ain 't, Mike," was the r e ply. "I'll jest strike ou t right a way. You fe ll e r s wait h e r e." "All ri ght, senor. Y o u ge t da burro and w e feel much obligEd ;rhe g uid e was v e ry polit e to hi s a ll y jus t then. But H a rl e m k n e w as w e ll a s he did thaf: the y might need the foo d an d water b e for e the y g ot off the de sert p art of th e m o untain s H e was plu c k y and venture s ome enough to tak e ri s k, s o without a ny more word s h e rod e ove r the back trail. Luc k was with him it see m ed, for h e had not g one mor e than a mile whe n h e found the burro coming that way. The load the animal c arri e d was inta c t too for the vil lain s had k ept it r e ady to get away from the s pot a s soori as possi b l e afte r the y g ot control of the pro s pectors out fit. I reck o n that's what yer c all mi ghty fine !" the vil lain e xclaim ed, a s h e caught th e pack animal and starte d bac k ag ain. I n e v e r expect e d that it was g oin ter be ai:; e asy a s this." Muc h e l a t e d H a rl e m r o d e bac k a nd join e d his waitin g comp a ni o ns. T o say that th e l atter w e r e d e light e d would hardly be exp r essi n g it. Y o u a r e v erra b r ave, S enor Harle m decl a r e d Big Mike, flat t e r i n g l y N o," w as the replY. "The r e was n t a ny t hin g brave ab out that. The r bla m e d old burro was comin this w ayfoll erin' our trail I reck o n. It was mighty e a s y "But y ou diu not s top about g oin g, senor; tha t makes you a brav e man." "Maybe i t does, an m aybe it But it don t make no diff e r e nce, an y h ow. I reck o n I'll d o m y part, a ll ri g ht. Now l et's git alon g an find that pla c e whe r e the r water i s It a r e mi ghty sure tha t Youn g Wild West will un d ertake t e r pilot t h e m three g al o o ts t e r Yumll now, fur ther chan ces i s that the y r e bound up that way them sel ves W e ou ght t e r b e abl e t e r ri g up some kind of a trap fur 'em. I'll do so m e thinki.n b e tween now an mornin an mayb e I 'Kin hit on s om e pl a n. It ain t likely that th ey' ll do any more t e r L evi Sta rk than t e r hold him couple of hour s before s unri s e when they reached the water. The trail 1ran through a big bed of cacti, and both ho rsea and men were severely pri c ked by the sharp bayonets that thre w the m s elve s out in e very direction from the pl ants "If it was daylight we would not have this trouble, s enor," Big Mike explained to Harlem. I' Since the moon i s now behind that ridg e over there w e have not light e nough to pi c k our way. d a ylight is the proper time to ride through the cactu s groves. Then you can tell which way to g o to e sca. pe them. It was just then that they g ot thrqugh the gTOve and came to the wat e r. The villainou s Ame rican breath e d a sigh of relief. "I'm mi ghty glad we're h e re he exclaimed. But he was not alone in this fe e ling. "This i s good water," said Big Mike, pointing to the s tream whic h tric kled down the s teep de s cent. "It is not what you call bracki s h, like that we s ometimes find in the waterhole s." Harlem soon became s atisfied that what the greaser said about the wat e r was right. They all took a good drink, and then the horses and burro s were allowed to help themselve s Then, tired out a'nd stinging from the prick s they had receiv e d from the bayon e t s of the c a c tu s the villains prepar e d to turn in and sleep. t' L e t them c ome no\v !" exclaimed Big Mike, as he pre par e d to go to sle ep. "They won t g e t h e re with the wag on mu c h b e for e noon unless the y start pr etty soon. W e 'll be here waiting for them, Senor Harlem." 'l'hat' s right, Mike," was the r e ply. Ten minute s later nothing could be heard but the ieg ular breathing of the four men as they slept, for the hor s e s had become silent, too, and the s olitude would have b e en almo s t maddening to a per s on could he have been placed there all of a sudden. Da y light came and the villains sl ept on. It mu s t have bee n a s late as ten in the morning when on e of the Mexicans awoke and found the s un s liining down upon him. He quickly rou s ed the other s and then they set about to get their breakfa s t and make preparations for the ar rival of our friend s CHAPTER VI. THE PRISONER IS GIVEN HIS LIBERTY. a pri sone r an whe n thc r tim e comes w e'll git him away Wh e n morning came Young Wild Wes t was up and from 'cm easy e nou gh." s tirring. Harle m h a d c h ange d wond e rfully in his way of thinkCheyenn e Charlie and Merril had s tood the last two ing since he had found the load e d burro hours of the watch, but as the sun was ris ing they decidea And whe n he talk e d in s u c h a lig ht-he arted way the .not to look for any more sleep jus t then. Mexican s f elt a g r eat deal b ette r. On the whole, it had b e en a pretty exc iting night for But they w e r e a ll br ea thin g ven g eance ag a in s t Young th e thre e pre s pectors, and they were very glad when Wild West and hi s compani o n s on account of the death it was day light, for they then felt that they would be 0f the other greaser. far s afer. They pus hed on kee pin g up a g ood gait, the moon The cook got bus y getting the br e akfast ready, and lighting the way for them, and it was not more than a they all ate together.


10 YOUNG WILD WEST AND 'l'HE GREASER GUIDE. By this time Wild had decided upon what h e meant to do with the prisoner He decided to let him go, and \vhen Cheyenne Char Jie heard him say so, after they had finished the morning m eal, h e looked surprised The ::;cout never believ e d in g iving a villain who was dead against them aI}Y show "'I'hafs all right, Charlie," said our heFo. "Maybe you think 1.hc galoot should not be allowed to go But what are we going to do with him? We can't hang him for what h e has done, since we a r e not a judge and jury And if we keep him a prisoner it will be Jl so urce of troubl e to u s all the time. We'll let him take the trail of hi s friends, and when h e ge t s to the m he can tell them that we are coming That will be about all, I r eckon." "We had better make him bury the body of the man who got hi s medicine last night before he goes," s poke up Jim Dart. "That's right/ our hero answered. "He will 1be glad rnough to do that, considering that he is to be allowed his freeuom, I think." "I'll do anything you say!" exclaimed the prisoner, who could not h e lp hearing everything that was said "I won't never lift a finger ag'in any of yer again, either "Not until you get back with your friends and find a good chance to do .it," retorted Wild. "I know you pretty well, I think. I have met so many just lik e you that I can tell your feelings when I look at you." "You're makin' a mistake in me, then," persisted the man. "I've had all I want ter in this game It won't make no difference what ther rest wants ter do, when I find 'em I'm goin' ter try an' persuade 'em that ther best thing fur 'em ter do i s ter let you alo ne. I'll come putty nigh doin' it, too, though I might have a little trouble with Big Mike. He's a putty bad man ter handle, he is." "All right. You can do jus t as you like about it. I don't want you to make any promises. When you find the greaser guide and the r est jus t tell them that we are coming. 'l'hey will know what to do then. You can bet that when we sh oot we will bring clown a man every time, so if they want to keep on trying for the. gold that is in that old prairie schooner they will have to take what come s I 7eckon you can hav e your breakfast now. Hop, cut him loose." 'l'he prisoner was much reli eved when the Chinaman severed the rope s that bound him. He got upon hi s feet, str etche d him self and then nod ded with satisfactio n. "Maybe you'll .find that I ain't so bad as I look," he remarked, as h e noticed that the girl s were looking at him with apparent disgust "One thing about me is that I ain't never seen a woman harmed, not when I had anything t e r say about it. I'll tell yer right now that Big Mike has got some idea of catchin' you ga l s If he does happen ter do it yer kin bet that I'll see ter it that yer' t hurt none. An' I'll l et yer git away, too." Wild began to think that the man was sincere when he heard him talk that way. "All right, Stark," said he "If you make up your mind that you're going to be a better man, and s tick to it, you will be all the better off. In that case you had better strike out for the mining camp, instead of follow ing up the gang of villain s." "I kin do yer more good by j'inin' 'em, I reckon. So I'll go on, if I kin git a horse ter ride. If I can't I might well make up my mind ter put in a hard time of it with ther alkali du s t It'll only serve e right if I do, though." "There must be a horse arounc here s o mew here. The villains might have taken it with them, however." "We eac h had a putty good horse an' a burro, too, which was loaded with water an' grub. "I'll go an' see if I kin find 'em, 'cause I know ther galoots didn't have no burro with 'em wnen they lit out la s t night," Cheyenne Charlie observed. He walked off among the rock s, while the relea sed pris oner gladly accepted the coffee and food Win g gave him. In. about ten minutes the scout came back, leading a horse "I found ther nag," he sa id. "But ther burro must have gone on 'cordin' to ther trail I see n This nag would have gone on, too, only ther bridle rein, which was hangin' clown over his head got caught on a sharp p'int of rock an' held him there. I reckon it was a lucky thing fur you that he got caught, you robber galoot, you!" "I'm mighty glad ther nag did git ketched," was the reply. "It ain't mine, but that makes no difference This horse is ther one ther greaser what got shot rode He won t have no use fur him any more 'cause I'm goin' ter bury him as soon as I git done eatin'." The man talke d as though he was all right, and our friends could not help but think that possibly he meant to do right in the future. When he had finished his breakfast Stark asked for a s hov e l, whii:!h was promptly given him by Hop. Then he went and found the body of the :Mexican, and, after digging out a shallow grave in the sand, h e buried it. He came back with the shovel and dec.la1ed that he was "much obliged," and then "Now 1'11 go an' find ther gang an' yer kin bet that I'll advise 'em ter let you folks alone. They don t stand no more show with yer than they would have with a band of 'Paehe Injuns !" Wild gave him his weapons, for h e felt that if the man really meant to stick to what h e said h e might need them to protect him self against the g r easer guide. : If he was simp ly trying to deceive them it would only make one more against them, and that ,vas not so much, as far as our h e ro and his partners thought. "I'm mighty glad ter git off as easy a s this, Young Wild West," St,nk said, as h e was ready to take the trail of his compan ion s "Jest wait till I git a chance ter talk to yer ag'rn. You'll find out that I'm a man of my word, eve n if I have been a mighty bad galoot! Good bye!" Off he Jode, taking the trail that l e d over the burning d \ sa n s In a f ew minutes he was entirely out of sight, and then our friends made ready to follow him. 'l'lley were heading for Yuma, which was about eightf miles away by the route they must take, and, though thcv had never passed that way before, our her0 was quite that they could reach there in due time.


YOUNG WII.ill WEST AND THE GREASER GUIDE. 11 If the trail had over a lev e l plain o r where there lreached the cactus g.rove our friend s llicked out a route J was plenty of timber and water, they could make better (that was easier to follow. time. I They soon four:d Sta rk had this, too, so once However, they ],new that as soon as they got the other they got upon his trail they kept right ahead. side of the peak they could in the distance they would "I reckon that galoot has got the re an hour ago," strike veg e tation, for as the mouth of the Colorado River said Cheyenne "We never once seen a sight of was neared the land became fertile and the foliage of the him aft e r he left." semi-tropic s wopld be rnueh in evidence. 1 "Well, h e could keep right on at a lope, with that tough It was not long before the party was proceeding on its broncho he had our h e ro answered. "We have been way, the three miners riding along in the wagon, since coming along at a rather slow pace, on account of the they had brought no hor ses with them mule wagon. But w e will get there all right, even if it 'l'he six mules were quit e capable of. pulling the old does take a little lon ger." prairio schooner over the rough trail, though it was rather It was nearly noon when they suddenly came in sight slow work, for mules, as a rule, do not take much to fai:it of a thin column of smoke rising from a in the traveling. rocks half a mile di stant. Though the sun was not very high, the heat from it Young Wild West gave a nod of satisfactio n. was fierce, and if they had not all been provided with I reckon we are not far away from the villains now," sombreros they might have suffered severely. he remarked. "But we won't head straight for that "So the greaser guiqe said there was water over there, smoke, for that is just about what they want us to do." did he?" r emarked Wild, as he rode up close to Merril, But when he looked around and saw more smoke rising who was driving the mules from behind a cliff something like a quarter of a mile "Yes," was the reply; "that is what he said." to the right of the other, he called a halt. "Well1 I hope he told the trut)l, for we haven't any "Boys," said he, addressing his two partners, "that more than we want in. the line of water. However, it is looks like a signa l, come to think of it." quite likely that if we do find it, the villains will be there "I reckon you' re right, Wild," Charlie answered, nodfor the purpose of keeping us from getting to it." ding his head. "Some one ha s started that smoke jest "That is what I have been worrying about, Young Wild ter 'tract ther 'tention of somebody else. It's a sort of West." Injun signal, I 1:eckon. But I dcm't believe there's any "Well, don't do any mqre worrying, then. Nothing Injuns around here." ever comes of worrying-nothing good, I mean. Just "No, there are no redskins very close by, of that I feel take it easy. There are only five, counting the one we sure. I 'll tell yotl who I think started that smoke." let go a little while ago, and if he meant what he said "Who?" the scout and Jim asked the questio n 1s we will only have four to contend with. I reckon we though in one voice can take care of them all right." "Stark." About three hours after the start was made they came "Yer think so, "'' ild ?" queried Charlie, while Jim nod-in sight of the grove of cacti ded, as though he thought it might be Some of the p1an ts that seemed to llomi sh so on the "Yes, I think so. He has set the smoke rising to keep arid tract reared themselves to a height of thirty or forty us from going into a trap, possibly There i s one thing feet, and to one not accustomed to that region it would certain, that smoke over to the right looks more l ike a have appeared as though they were approaching a forest campfire. 'l'here is not enough fire under that over there of trees I to boil a coffee kettle It is dying down now, too, which A hunter or scot gei;ierally expects to find \ where shows that only the lightest kind of wood was used to there i s timber and other vegetation, but to find water in make the fire. Well, we'll head for that signal, that's all a cactm; re g ion is out of the question. We'll take the chances We can't go wrong, I think, by Still lives have peen s aved by the melqn cactus, which doing this." i s a species that bear s a fruit that i s not unlike a melon "But we'll be ready to s hoot in case it becomes necesin tihape. 'Ihe juice of this fruit, though not pleasant sary," s poke up Arietta .r i.o the ta s te, in a mea s ure, for wate r, anq "lfith "Of course," our h ero answered. "Just keep your eyes i.he renewed st r ength h e ieceives from it the traveler peeled, boys." ha s often managed to get far enough to find wat e r, and Having cleciJed what to do, Wild at once started ahead. thus save his life All were quite willing to follow, for they placed great Young Wild West knew that it was nothing more de' pendence upon the judgment of the dashing young than a cactus growth that they were approaching, and deadshot. this made him think that there could be no water close Before they were half way to the spot the smoke bad to it. died out entirely But he did not let the prospectors know thoughts, But they kept right on, their rifles ready to s hoot at as he did not wish to discourage them. an instant's notice In a few minutes they came in sight of a strip of spa rse CHAPTER VII. grass, they having left the cactus beds behind now. THE SMOKE SIGN.AL. 'l'hat looks putty good, I reckon," said Charlie, as. There was no difficulty in followi:qg the trail of the he pointed to the "We're gittin' closer to thoc villains, for it was very plain, but when they :finally water all ther time, boys


' 12 YOUNG WILD WES'r AND THE GRE ASER GUIDE. The n ext minut e they round e d a turn and saw m o r e makin g up some !Jiscni ts, whi c h w e r e bak e d in the potgra sa. o v e n they carri e d wit h t h em. It was more luxuriant tha n the o t her too and this 'rhe scout's wif e was a v e r y goo d h a nd at this and only e n c our a g e d the m all the mor e s h e could d o a s w e ll with the c rud e affair s uch a s the At l e n gth the y came in s i ght of the s mouldering fire cowboys takb with them whe n they go out a 19ng way that hacl been li ghte d as a s i g nal. fro m the ran c h for the fall roun d up a s mos t housewives 'rhe r e was no one the r e but v e ry clos e to it they bec ould with a fir s t-class cook s tov e o r held a stre am of w a t e r t r i c kling from the rocks above and Ba c on and eggs biscuit s1 roa s t e d potatoes and coffee losing itself in the white, g li s t e nin g s and. was the bill of far e for dinn e r that way, and it was not Youn g Wild West gave a nod of s ati s faction. s u c h a bad meal, either; certa inl y one would hardly expect "I reckon i t's all ri ght," h e s aid. "But don't forget to ge t h a lf a s good in a wild s ection of the country, like to kee p a watch. W e may hav e been led into a trap, after that was all, t hou g h it don t look much like it." Wild and his partner s w e re on their fe e t the most of Thry to a halt n e ar the a s hes of the fire, and t h e tim e the y w e r e eating howe v e r. then, afte r t a k i n g a good look a round, our hero decidrrhey did not know how s oon the y mi ght be attacked ed that it was s afe to tackl e the water. by the villainou s g ang. The st ream was but a tiny one, and was evidently a It was jus t as the y had fini s hed and Wing and Hop branch from the one the grea s er guide and his companw e r e ha s t e nin g to cle ar up the r e main s of the meal, when ions had located the ir camp by. a rifl e s hot s ounded and a bull et whizze d pa s t the head But it afforded them all they wanted, and soon al! of Cheye nn e Charli e and flatt e n e d a g ain s t a rock. hands had taken a drink. Ins tantly our h e ro' s eyes w e re turne d in the direcThen the tired animal s giv e n a chance at it, and tion the s hot cam e from. it is s afe to say that the y a ppreciat e d it as much as their H e c ould see the s light smoke c urling upward, but human c:cimpanion s c ould no t see the p e rson who fir ed. The g rass, too proved to be a s ource of joy to them, H o w e v e r h e s t e pp e d b e hind a rock, the same as the and while Charli e and the two Chinamen went in search rest did a nd keepin g a g ood w a t c h on t he spot, which of some thing to fee d the s mould e ring fire with Wild and was about tw9 hundred yarcls di s tant, waited. the re s t stood on watch for danger. In less than a minut e h e noticed a bus h move near the But no one s howed the mselves. id e nti c al s pot the s hot' had been fir e d from. Whoever it was that started the little fire mu s t have Hi s rifl e was at hi s s hould e r in a twinklin g and, taking carri e d the fnel from a ravine a s hort di s tance away, for a qui c k a im, h e pressed the trigge r. there was nothin g in t h e way of wood any nearer. Oran g "Now, th e n s aid Wild whe n h e saw the cook 1g etThe r e port rang out with s t a rtlin g di s tinctness, and at ting r eady to pr e par e the noonday meal "I reckon I'll the s am e moment the form of a m a n n1ised above the take a walk ove r that way and s ee what is there. The bus h and the n fe ll bac k and di s app e ar ed. gang we are looking for is camped there, and I'll bet on "That was a greaser, Wild sa id C h a rli e with a grim it!" s mile on hi s fa ce. "I could tell by hi s hat. One more "Be c ar e ful, Wild," advised Arietta. "Don't let the less ter fight." villain s cat c h you napping, This all may be only a trick, "I r e ckon they ll s oon find out that we c an more than aft e r all." hold our own at thi s kind of fighting," Wild an s wered. "We ll, if it i s a tric k they let u s reach a mighty goocl "The troubl e with t h e m i s tha t they c an t s hoot straight." spot to take care of ourselve s in. Jus t see the rocks No o n e f elt the l e a s t bit of r e morse o v er the shot our w e've g ot to drop b e hind and do our s hootin g from No h e r o had :fired. Et, it i sn't a trick. It was Stark who made the fire, just The g r e aser g uide a nd hi s men w a nted their lives, and to draw u s away from the g ang. I r e ckon that fellow it was righ t and proper that they should s hoot in selfm e ant what he s aid." d e fens e "Well, if h e did he i s one out of a thou s and," the Nothin g more was see n of the villain s s o our hero took girl an s wered. "As he remarked at. the camp, he is not the ri s k of stepping O'llt from behind the rock. as bad a s h e look s to be." Thi s did not draw a s hot, a s he thought it might do, "I wonder where ther galoot is now?" scout obsci .. he4told the Chinamen to fi11 the water kegs with fre s h serveu. wat e r and get ready to s tart. "Oh, the chances are that he came here on the sly "I'll just go over there and s ee what they are up to and did this," our hero answered. "But never mind. We he. add ed. "I changed my mind once but this time I'll will go on with th e dinn e r. The qui c ker we get away the s ti c k to it." bett e r, I think. Once we get, ah e ad of the scoundrels No on e trie d to per s uad e him not to' go, for they all the y will have a hard time in s urpri sing u s." felt tha t h e was mor e than a bl e to tak e c are of him s elf. "Unless the y work around and g et ahead.of us," added The bov went with no littl e caution, however, for he Jim. did not to let the villain s get a s hot at him at "That's right, Jim. They may do that. We can't clos e quart e r s jus t how the country i s a little further on. It may be In less than three minutes he was right at the very good trav e ling all around." s pot wher e the Mexican had dropped when he fired a shot Anna turned to and gave the cook some assistance by' at the moving bush.


YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE GR.EASER GUIDE. 13 It was at the top of a little hill, and, peering over it, he saw two men carrying the body of a ma n a l ong a l e d ge something like three hundred yards away. over to a hill a quarter of .a mile away to try and :find something in the line of game CHAPTER VIII. THE REFORl\IATION OF STARK "I might be able ter see 'e m, if they're comin' t her other s ide of ther cactus," he added Big Mike nodded his approval. "You might see Youncr Wild West and his fri ends, but you no see no game," he said. "It too soon for game; we strike to morrow." Sta ; rk hurried away He soon reached the point he was aiming for, and then Levi Stark lost no time in getting to the spot where he climbed a high rock that commanded a view of the he kne w his comrades must be waiting. desert the other side of the' cactus oed. 'fhe man was eager to get there, but it was more fo r Much to his satisfaction, he saw a cloud of dust over the purpose of doing a good turn for Young WildWest five miles away and his friends than anything else. He then felt sure that our friends were coming, and, Starlk meant to stick to what he had told our hero, knowing that Big Mike and the re s t could not see them for it had struck him very forcibly tl).at they had ve' ry from where they were, down in the hollow, he determined litile show to get hold of the prospectors' gold now to try and let them know that he was going to keep And then the way Young Wild West had used him set his word. him to thinking "Young Wild West an' h:ls pards will see ther smoke "I ain' t never amounted ter anything, so it's about time from ther fire back there, m' they'll know it's ther camp took a turn fur 'ther better, if I'm ever goin' ter," was fire of ther galoots what's layin' fur 'em," he muttered. the inward conclusion he came to when he declared that "Now, if I waster send up a smoke signal maybe they'd he was going to try and make his companio n s let our understand that it meant fur 'em ter head fur it. I'll try friends alone. 1 it, if I lose by it." The further he went over the dusty trail the more h e He gathered up nn armful of dry grass and twigs and became impress e d with the idea of reforming then went down the hill to the spot where the water And when he finally found Big Mike and the three who trickled down the rocks. were waiting with him he had settl ed u pon a pl a n of ac-This 'ras the fir s t that he knew there was water tion. and when he saw it h e made up his mind that it was just He was going to deceive t h em, and aid Youn g Wild the spot to draw Young Wild West to, if it could be done, West as he would want the water above all other As might be supposed, the villains were not a little Stark sat down and waited for the party to get nearly surprised when they saw Stark come riding out of the through the growth of cactus cactus bed He could judge pretty well bow long it would take They had not expected that Young Wild West would them and, regardles s of the fact that he was staying away let him go free. from the camp a rather long time, he waited patiently "Hello, Levi, old fe ller!" cried Harl em, s h owing the At length he decided that it was time for him to act, p l easure he felt at meeting wit h o n e of h is own race and then he lighted the small heap of grass and fagots ''Hello!" was the reply. "How a r e yer a ll gittin' along, he had arranged anyhow?" 'fhen he c l imbed the hill and made his way back to "Putty good. But how did yer git away from Yo un g the camp. Wiid West an' his gang?" "Well, I didn't hear yer shoot so I recko n yer did n't "Oh, they untied me this mornin' ter give me IPY have no luck," Harlem observed breakfast, an' aR soon as I had fin ished I lit o u t a r ound "I didn't see a thing, pard," the man replied "Tha t among ther rocks. They didn't try ter fa ll er me, as I is, I didn't see nothing that was in ther line of ga me. I heard Young Wild West ca ll out t hat they woul d only did see a cloud of dus t ove r there, ther other side of t h e r have a lot of bother if they kept me t ill t hey got ter cactus, though I reckon Young Wild West is comin', Yuma So I run on, an' all of a sudden I found Juan's all right." horse, with his bridle caught on a s h arp p' in te d rock I "Good!" exclaimed Big Mike, jumping to his fee t "If jest let out a whoop o f de light w h en I got h o l d of t h er they come here we will soon fix them, as you A m e ri c an s horse, boys." say. The must be ours, anc1 the senoritas, too "The senor was very luch.-y," spoke up B ig M i ke "We '"fhey will come here, all right," Stark a nswer e d are verra glad he got here s haking hi s head as though he feared the time w h e n They all shook hands with the newcomer, w h o played they showed up. "Young Wild West told me to tell you his part very well for one of his sort. Mike, that he was coming straight for you, and then whe n But though he was very fri e nd l y with the v i l l ain s, never him an' his pards started in ter shoot they was goin' t e r once did he change in his determination td assist our drop a man at every clip. W e 've got ter look out, fur friends and prevent them from being injured by the that there boy kin s hoot like chain lightnin', I tell ye r !" greaser guide. "He shoot-a poor .Tuan," s poke up the greaser call ed He remained with them until it was nea r d i n ner t i me, Pablo. "Me make a s quare plenty quick." and then he took his r ifle and r emarke d t h at he w a s goi n g I Look out h e don?t see yer w h en you r e goin' ter do it,


14 YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE GREASER GUIDE. then," said Stark. "If he sees you ther same tinie you Harlem uttered a cry of fear and started to run but see him you'll go ter jine your friend, which I buried Stark called him back. this "We will carry him to camp," he sa id. "Maybe "You bury-a poor Juan?" the other Mexican spoke up he ain't dead." looking at him with admiration. Thev p ick ed the man up and started away with hirp, "Yes, Young Wild West mad ) me do it afore I run turning to look back. _from But by t he time they reached Big Mike and Pablo the rlus seemed "o please all three of the greasers, for it wretch had expi r ed was no doubt a little consoling to them to know that Th crreaser auide shook his head. r ema in s had not been left above ground. "V:r;a bad !" he said "But we won't give up, B .1g Mum _began tu grow un easy all ?f a sudden._ senors We will ride on antl get ahead of them. In some h evident. that he not anx101l:s to get mto a phtce that they must pass through we will set a trap, :fight with our fnends-or not so much that way ,.as he and they shall not escape!" had been makingout. "We hide behind da rocks," he said, shrugging his s h o u lders. "Den we s hoot before they know." Stark nodded, though h e did not exactly like it, as it might be that those he had promised to befriend mi ght be shot down before they had a chance to return the shots. But it quickly struck him that Young Wild Wes t and his partners could hardly be that kind of people. 'rhey would be expecting an ambush. And then again they would surely see the s moke from 'the fhe he had made near the little stream of water It was impossible to see this smoke from the place the villains had selected to wait for the arrival of those they meant to attack and slay, so Stark felt secure on that part After 'they had waited for some time and the party did no t show up, one of the Mexicans volunteered to climb the h ill and have a look around. "Go ahead," said Harlem, encouragingly; "I'll go a.long. An' if we git a chance at Young Wild West we'll let him have it. Ther quicker he goes under ther better it will be. "I'll go along, too," spoke up Stark, who meant to pre vent anything happening to those he had promised to pro tect, if he possibly could. Big Mike nodded bis approval. "Pablo and me stay here," he said. "You s hoot if you se e Youn% Wild West. But make sure." "We'll make sure, all right," Harlem answered. "Come o n, boys. r he Mexican led the way. I He was very anxious to be revenged for the death of his friend, which had occurred the night before. Stark saw them making for the very hill he had climbed a short time before he grew a trifle nervous. But before they reached it he called their attention to another point that was quite high, and he succee ded in getting them t o go to it. When they reached the top of the hill which had a clump of bushes here and there, they saw the camp of our friends a short distance away. The Mexican, without speaking a word, placed hi s rifle to his shoulder and :fired. And it was answered, as the reader knows. The greaser caused the bush to move, and that sealed his fate. He li=Japed high in the air and came rolling down the hill as the bullet hit him. CHAPTER IX. STARK LEAVES THE VILLAINS. Wild quickly saw that one of the men was Levi Stark. He could have shot the pair of them easily, if he had so desired, but he was not going to do anything like that. Young Wild West only fired to kill when some one was doing same to him, or others who were in need of protection. "I wonder if it really was Stark who made that fire?" he thought. '"rhere is no other per s on around here who would do a thing to aid us I am s ure. But he seems to be right in with the gang now, for he i s assisting in ing away the man I s hot. But it must be that he. did it. Probablv he is deceiving his companions by helpmg us. Well, rh let them go, anyhow. There are only four le:ft, counting Stark He watched the two men as they 'Passe d over the ledge, and when they got where it was safer walking Stark turned and looked that way. Acting on an impul se, our h e ro stood up and waved his hat. Then, much 1 to hi s satisfact ion the man gave an answer ing wave of the hand. "That man is all right," muttere d the boy. "He is one out of a thousand. We must be mighty careful and not hit him if there is any more s hootin g to be done." Turning back, he soon came to his waiting compani0ns. The pack horses were about real}y, s o after he had re lated what h e had see n they starte d off. "I'm g lad ter h ear that Stark has st u ck ter what he said, Wild," sai d the scout. "I n ever had no idea: that he meant one word of it. Yer can't a lway s tell about s ich men ag that. Sometimes yer wiH strike one that's a little differ

YOUNG WILD WES'l' AND TfIE GREASER GUIDE. 15 but we allowed that he might be all right, in spite of they mu s t l;>e on the l ookout for an amb ush now. But that." they can't catch u s that way for a while, anyhow. There "Well he wasn't a ll right, was he?" is no place for them to lay in hiding." "Far from it." Sure enough, they all made out the forms o:f the men "He will be all right afore we git through with him, as they rode along toward t h e timber. though." One o:f them was gradua ll y dropping behind, and w h e n There was a g rim s mile on the tannecl :face o:f the scout they saw him come to a halt and proceed to fix hi s sa ddle as he said this, and they all knew what h e referred to it was easy to guess that it was Levi Stark. "Now, boys, we mus t keep on the watch," said Wild, as "He w ants to drop back and leave them, I reckon," said they rode ::tlon g "The gal oots will most lik e l y follow us, Jim. "Most l ikely h e has got enough o:f their company. and, thou gh have a :friend with them, there is no tellSuppose we ride up and tJvertake him, Wild?" ing but that they might ge t in a shot or two that will do "Just what I was thinking o:f," was the reply "Come some dama ge As far as I hav e see n, they are pretty bad on!" at shoot ing. But that aon't sa y that they will miss every Away went the two, their h orses at a dead gallop. time they fire." Ins tead o:f trying to ge t away from them, Stark-for "Ther ga loot what fired ther l ast shot won't fire no it was s urely he-hurriedl y mounted hi s broncho an d more, anyhow," the scout observed came toward bending low in the sad dle as thoug h "He velly muche e dead, s o b e,' said Hop, sm ilin g in he expected to be shot at by the men he was leavin g hi s bland way. The three ahead saw him just then, a nd they also saw "You had better l ook out i:f you happ e n to :fall in the our hero and Jim Dart. hand s o:f Big Mike He will be apt to git square with you 'rhen they got a lively move on them, l etting go the for the three-card business," remarkell Merril, with a burro in their effort to get to cover. smi le. Wild held his rifle Teady to shoot, in case they fired at "'Me no 'fiaid of um g lea seT,'' was the quick reply. "Me Stark, but thi s they did not do, so they simp ly rode on a ll ee samee velly muchee smartee Chinee until they met him. "I guess that's about right. "Well, Young Wild West, I thought I'd better quit "Me gottee uncle in China whattee velly muchee 'cm fur goocl," said the man, as he pulled in his stee d smartee, and me allee samee likee my uncle and came to a halt. /'I told yer I was g o in' ter do all I "Never mind about that uncle of yourn !" interrupted cou l d te' r h e l p yer, an' I've done it. I'm a different man the scout. "I don't believe yer ever had sich a thing as from what I was when yer ketched me,Iast night." an uncle. Shet up!" "Good for you, Stark!" our hero answered, putting 1 "Allee light, Misler Char lie; me allee samee shuttee out his hand. "Shake on that!" uppee, so be. Me likee chuckee dice with you for u m "I'm mighty giad ter shake with yer." dollee, a.Ilee samee." Then he gripped t he boy's hand, after which he turned "Well, yer can't chuck no dice with me. You're too and s hook with Jim. much o:f a cheat fur honest folks ter deal with "You're all right, Stark," said Wild. "Come on with Hop g rinn ed u s I reckon you've made a mighty good change. That He knew that the scout could not be induced to go into was a clever thing you did when you sent up that sm oke any kind o:f a gamb ling game wit h him, because he had s ignal." been badly bitten severa l times. "I was a little afraid it wouldn't work," Stark an-The party pushed on up the long hill, over the trail swe red. "I'm might g l ad it did, 'ca use I made up my that wound around it, and in about hal:f an hour they mind that I wasn't goin' ter let 'em ketch yer nappin', were gcing down into a valley that was remarkably :fer-not i:f I got in' trouble with 'em fur doin' it!" ', tile, contrasting g r eatly with the desert they had passed ''It worked fine, Stark. I knew right away who had over that morning started the s moke, as soon as I saw the other smoke, any "I reckon we'll s oon be abl e lier strike s omethin' in ther how." line of fresh meat," remarked C h arlie, as he looked at 'rhey rode back slow l y and met the rest comin g the thick timber that could be seen a :few miles ahead o:f Stark was given a hearty wel come by a.ll hands, includ them. "A nice, fat cinnamon bear wouldn't be bad ter in g the girls, ancl the chances are that h e never felt s o st rike about now." important in hi s who1e li:fe as he dicl jus t then. No one offered to contradict him on this, :for they "'l'he ga l oots w ill probably wait for u s in the timber,'' a ll were a littl e partial to bear stealrn, especially when sai d Wild. "Well, 1 reckon they'll have to be pret ty the bear they were cut from was young and comparatively sharp i:f they want to catch u s napping." tende r. The cloud o:f dust ahead o:f them soon disappeared, No bear meat i s tender, for it i s not the nature of it s howin g that the villains had placed a hill between t h e m to be so. and our friends As they were riding down into the valley t h ey suddenly They had to eon1e back to get their burro, however, saw a cloud o:f du s t half a mi l e ahead o:f them. after they saw that they were not going to be pursued, -"There they go!" exclaimed Young Wild West, ri s ing for they probnb l y felt that they n eeded t h e provisions the in his stirrups and s h ading his eyes with his hand. "They I animal carrieC!. have got ahead o:f us 'J'hey can get a l ong :faster with At l e ngth th e timber was on l y a mile a h ead, and then their burro than we can with the mule wagon I reckon our :friends grew a little cautious


16 YOUNG "WILD WES'r AND THE GR.EASER. GUIDE. "I reckon they won't fire no mor,e than one shot afore prised to hear him talk as though they were near to a we git a line on 'em," s aid Cheyenne Charlie, who was ranch. rid'ing ahead with Wild. The fact was that Big Mike had not yet told what had "Well, keep an eye ahead, that's all," was the reply. been creeping through his mind, and he smiled at the But nothing happ e ned, and soon they were at the edge 1 que s tion of his American ally. of the rich growth of wood and other vegetation. "There is a little ranch not more than thirty miles from 'l'he trail was plain, s o that meant that the three vilhere," he said, as they rode on through the woods they lains had gone on ahead. had now struck. "It is kept by an old friend of mine, and So long as they could see that the hoofprint s l e d in is on the route that i s called the Gila Trail. H is the only the one way Wild and his partners knew there was hardly pl,ace within tw enty miles of Gila. But there is a branch any clanger of an ambuscade, nm less the. greaser guide in the trail a couple of miles north of it, which goes on had ctoubled. 1 to Yuma. Monte will be glad to see me, and he will But they were so close behind them that they hardly surely help us catch Young Wild West, especially when had time to do this, and it was quite plausible .that they we tell him that he can have a share of the gold." would find a good place to make a stand b e fore they put "Well, that's what I calls putty good!" exc laimed up a fight. Harlem. "I didn't have no idea that we was anywhere They knew before this what kind of s hots our h e ro and near a ranch, or anything else like it. Wow! I'm glad, hi s partners were 'came we' ll be able ter git wine an' s ich like." On th8y went, and in about half an hour they c am e to "Wine and whisky, too, Senor Harlem," declared the the other side of the timber s trip. g r ease r guide. An undulating plain la.y ahead of them, with patches Pablo was delighted, too. o:f timber scatte red over it, while something like :fifteen "We hurry along and we get-a dere by noon," he said. miles beyond was an unbroken ridge, also pl e ntifully s up-Big Mike nodded. plied with vegetation of the semi-tropics "Surely by noon," he an s wered. "I reckon we'll st rike somethin' in ther line of livin' The traveling was a little more pleasant after they left bein's afore long/' observed the scout. "This begin s ter the de sert behind them, arid a s the three villains came in show up putty well, Wild." sight of the1 little ranch hou se, which was nothing more "That's right, Charlie," was the r ep ly. "Hello! I see than a small structur e, with a roof, they gave a shanty now! Take a look betwe en those twe timbrr vent to exclamations of joy. patches. See that house right below that s teep bank away The s hanty, a s it might pro perly b e called, s tood right over I know it i s a hou se, becau se I can see the against the bend in the road they had come upon a short smoke coming from a chinmey." bef9re, and, though it was very lnunble in appearCHAP'I'ER. X. MONTE, THE VILLAINOU S INNKEEPE:R. Big Mike and his two remaining followers had no idea of s topping very soon after they saw that Stark had quit them. '!;hey liad not suspected that he would do anything like this, since he had managed to deceive them right along. The body of the Mrican had been buried immediately after it was brought to camp, and then it was that the guide began to realiz e that they had' better go a little bit slow until the proper time to finish the job came 'l'he villain knew the way very well, and when he :fig ured that they ought to reach a small ranch that was kept by a friend he knew to be of the same stamp as he, by noon, he dec ,ided that they would push r1ight ahead and endeavor to get there before they tried any more shots at Young Wild West's party. When Stark left them in such a sudden way they were only the more anxious to get to the little ranch, which really was nothlng more than a sort of wayside inn. "Come on," s aid Big Mike, when they had recovered the burro they had left in ord e r to get out of the way of the bullets they expected to come. "We will get to Monte's ranch. Then we will be safe." "Why, how fur is it?" asked Harlem, who was sur-' ance, it belonged to on e of the worst villains in that part of the country The road: was used quite a little by travelers on their way to the three or four little towns that lay to the west, and it was only natural that they s hould hail it as a place to rest and re:freRh themselve s But now and then a traveler stopped there who was never heard of afterward, for the crafty Mexican who owne

YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE GREASER GUIDE. beyond the desert. But Monte soon made out who he was, "Yes, Senor Mike, nswered Miguel, who, unlike the and then he gave him a g l ad welcome g uide, chose to pronounce his name the Mexican way. The two conversed in 8pa ni s h Pablo putting in a few It was just t h e n that Monte came in from the front words now and then, until Harlem became tired of it. room and excl aimed: "Let's have som et hin ter drink," he said, interrupting A wagon is cornin g down the Gil a Trail. Some travthem. "I'm about as dry as a fish." e l e r s to s top h ere You will k eep out of s i g ht, for it mf!,y Then they all w ent in side, and their horses were put be that they h ave some money." away by the innkeeper's rasca lly son, a youn g Mexican "I will come out and hav e a look at them, while Senor hardl y of age. Hal'lem goes with yonr boy t o watch Young Wild West," "Did yer tell him wliat was up, Mike?" Harlem asked, said the g uide. "There will be nothing wrong in having as some wine was put on the table for them. a g n est in your p lace, Monte." .. Yes, senor," was the r e ply. "Senor Monte will h e lp "That i s true," was the retort. "Come on, Mike!" u s out. Young Wild West will never get furth er than Big Mike followed him to the front r oom and took his t hi s house alive!" place at a taLle near a window. "Good 'l'hat 's ther kind of talk I lik e ter hear!". "A bottle ef win e and a g l ass, Monte," he s aid "I will "And Senor Stark mus t die for his treachery, went on take things easy, for I can depend on Senor Harlem H the Mexican, hi s brow darkening. Young Wild West and hi s frie nd s come I will leave the "Sartin. Yer don't s'pos e Pd s tick up fur ther galoot, room and allow y on to deal with the m." do yer?" 'l'hen he look ed out of t h e window a nd saw a big wagon, "You s hould not, Senor H ar lem. drawn by four mules, approachi ng, while two elderly "We ll I reckon not. Jes t see how h e turned ag'in u s men were ri(ling o n horseback near it. I ll bet he only come an' j'ined u s j est ter be of some The driver of the mules was a middle-aged woman, and h elp ter Young Wild West Don't you worry. J est l e t at h e r s id e sat a young and pretty girl. gi t a chance. I'll make short work of Levi Stark-'I h e villainou s g r ease r gave a nod of s ati s faction. mighty s hort work, Mike!" "Plenty of American Fenorita s h e muttered. "I will The treacherou s g uid e looked pleased at this, while the hav e no trouble in picking a wife. I am very glad I delit tle, black eyes of Monte twink led. cidecl to come s traight here." The innkeeper could speak and understand Engli s h The o utfit came up in front of the house and halted, fairly well, and as h e had heard the g ist of the whole see ming very g lad to rea c h it. thing he was cager to h e lp out hi s o ld friend. "Hello, there!" called out one of the men, a s he disBut the gold that was in the prairie schoon e r was what mounted. "I reckon we kin git a litt l e accommo datio n inte rest ed him the mos t. h e re, can't we, boss?" The unscrupulou s scoundrel ca r ed not what he did, s o "Certainly," answered Monte, who was at the dopr. lon g as he obtained money. "I keep what the Americano s call an inn. It is open to It m atte r e d nothing to him if hvo or three people were a ll traveler s who have the money to pa}'." killed. "Well, w.e ain't got v e ry muc h money, but I reckon The fac t that he had remained undiscovered i n the we've got enough ter buy a litt l e wine an' somethin' ter crimes he had committed for so many m onths made him eat, fur a change." far bolder than he would oth erw ise have been. a Come ri ght in ,'' said Monte "They will stop h e re when along," he said They all obeyed as s oon as the horses had been given to Big Mike, in Spanish "When they come you must free r e in to graze upon the luxuriant patch of grass that not be see n. I will tell them that three men stopped was near at hand here, and after a little refreshment went on again. It But it was little tha.t they that they w e re en -will be very easy tering a death trap. The o ld v ill ain chuckl ed and rubbed hi s scraw ny hands. An hour passed. The three men who were so anxiou s to take the life of Young Wild Wes t had eaten a substa ntial dinner and were sitting in the rear room of the shanty, smo king cig arettes and sippi n g win e and whisky alternately. Miguel, the son of the innk eepe r, was out watching for our friends to come along, so h e might report, and thus preparations could be mad e to receive them. "It's about time they s howed up I reckon," remarked H ar lem, growing a trifle uneasy. The words were sca rcely out of his mouth when the young Mexican came in hurriedly. "They are coming, seno r s he exclaimed. "They have h alted about two hundred yards the other side of the bend." "Is that so?" Big Mike queried, as he threw away his cigarette and a rose to hi s feet. CHAPTER XL HOP A'.l' 'l'HE ROADSIDE INN. Charlie quickl y saw the house Wild was pointing and he gave a n exclamatio n of s urprise. The n our hero called the attention of the r est of the \ party. I n ever had any idea that we were so close to a habi tation as this, W ild," Arietta declared. "No, n o r I didn't, eit her, was the reply. "Bn! there i s certainly some 1 one livin g there, or there would not be a. fire I can't exac tly see a chimney, but I can see the smoke coming from about where one ought to be." "We'll soon find out all about it," said 'the scout,


YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE GRRASER GUIDE. shrugging his shoulders. "It J{ight be a ranch house it is most likely there would be shooting done, and that we see, an' ther other buildin's is around ther other then your father would be up set considerably." side of that hill." Wild put the young fellow down a.s a crafty villain right 'l'his seemed to be the general opin!on, s o they all rode away, for he noted the effect of hi s words as he spoke forward, and half an hqur later they could see the little them. house quite plainly. Miguel seemed to be very anxious to get them to the In that region where the air was so clear, they could house, however. see a long distance, so it was well past noon when they !-le began urging them to go on, declaring that he was finally came within an easy distance of the house, shanty, quite s ure that his father would charge them nothing for or whatever it might be called. food and wine, a s Jrn was a v ery lib era l man. A s the trail of Big Mike and his two companion s led But this only s trengthened Wild 's s u s picions. right up to the building, Wild aecided that it was best rrhe rest could easily und e r s tand it, too. ihat they be a little cauti6us. Miguel now s at down and tried to get up a conversation 'I'he greaser guide cJaimed to know that part of the with the girls. country pretty well,. and it might be that some one lived He was not very s uccessful in this, so he turned to the at the house who might assist him in putting up a fight two Chinam en. against them. Wing was too bus y to bother with hjm, but Hop gladly The boy turned to his companions and said : joined in and talked with him. "I reckon we'll stop right here at the s ide of the road. Probably Hop had hi s rea s ons for s o doing. There i s no use in riding on around that bend over there He had heard the Mexican say that his father had anCLgiving the galoots a chance to mow us down. This plenty of wine at the house. is good enough, so we will stop here for a while. There' s a s tream right over there, so we can have our dinner right "You velly nicee boy," he observed, after he had told here." him that he was a very smart Chinee. "Me allee samee likee you." That's a irood id ea, Young Wild West," spoke up Miguel grinned at this, for he thought he had found Stark, looking relieved. "There ain't no tellin' jest what some one who would pay a little more than ordinary atBig Mike is up ter. He's over in that shanty, yer kin bet tention to him. yer life "You verra much flatter," he said. "You come with "Did you hea r him say anything about a shanty being me and I give you some wine. Then you can tell your here?" Wild queried. t th t f th k d a mas ers a my a er eeps a verra mce roa s1 e mn. ".No; he never said a word. But I'm sartin Hop cast a glance at our hero, who promptly nodded, he Knows ther ter though. Ive and then l{e kn e w he was at liberty to go. say two or three that he d been there lots of times. W'ld tl ht t l 1 tt" th Ch' "Well, if that is the case, and he came and went this 1 1 was no ns { 1Il e mg e h t 1 k b t tl t th t h d f h t go, as the villams would not be apt to bother lmn, m way, e cer am y new a ou 1a a c e roo s an y. d t d th t f th t tl f t H d or er o raw e re;; o e par y 1ere. IT'hat means that we must look out or 1 op, you an H f 1 h tt' d ld' t 1 W th' t op arose rom w rnre e was si mg, an noc1 mg o Wmg get a hust e on you. e want some mg to ea th M tl t t f tl h Instead of us going to the shanty, we'll wait for some e exican, Y se ou le ouse. one to come to us from it." Miguel hurtied and caught up with him. Under the s had e of a couple of widespreadinotrees "You allee samee givee me some wine," he said. "Let they and then the work of pitching a temposhowee you velly mcee lillee tlick, so be." ;ary camp was gone through. "Verra gooa !" was the reply, though it was Hop started a fire, and then Wing got the coffee pot the kn .ew exactly what was meant by a mcee and hun g it over it. hllee thcl,c. It was just then that a young Mexican was seen com-But he was going to find out, howeve r. ing out of a fringe of high bu sl).es to the left, about a Hop was clever enough to fool Miguel, or his crafty hundred yards from the house. father, either. "I reckon we'll find out something now," said our The two soon reachBd the inn, and as. Hop was going hero, as he notic.ed that the Mexican was heading straight inside he was just in time to catch a glimpse of a man to,vaFd then'!, carrying a gun, as though he was out huntgoing through a doorway into another room. ing for game He recognized the form of Big Mike, but he did not "How do, senors?" said the fellow, who was no other appear to notice anything, much to the satisfactio n of than Miguel, the son of the keeper of the ranch-inn. Miguel. do you stop here? You can get what you want to The party of travelers were sitti ng at a big table, waiteat at my father s house, and he will not overcharge you ing to be served with something to eat and drink, and for it." when he saw them the Chinaman was an smiles. "Well, we're in the habit of eating outside, and as we "Allee sarnee velly nicee hotel," he said to his escort. have got plenty of grub with us we thought we'd stop "Yes, we make a pretty good business sometimes," was right here,' answered our hero, as he sized him up. "Bethe reply. "We raise da cattle and da, sheep, and we sides, there are two or three people at your father's sell plenty chickens in Gila; plenty eggs, too." 13hanty that we haven't much use for. If we went there Monte came in just then with a trayful of edibles, and


YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE GREASER GUIDE. 19 I h e was surprised to see the Chinaman there in company of his son. 'rlJ e latter quickly said something in his own tongue, and the n the old man put on a smi le and nodded pleas antly to Hop, who returned it with inte rest. "Me likee havee Jillee tanglefoot," h e said to Miguel; "me no likee wine velly muchee Probably it was b eca u se he saw that one of the men of the traveling party had something in a gfass that look ed very much li ke whisky that made him say this "I treat you to whisky," said the young Mexican, who knew very well what was wanted. 1 He go} a bottle and glass from behind little counter m a corner of the room, .and soon Hop was really enjoying him.self. t CHAPTER XII. THE VILLAINS LOSE A LITTLE l\IONEY Harle m, the villainou s ally of the grease r guide, con cluded that he had better return to the house after he saw Miguel and the Chinaman start for it. He had remained hiding out of sight whi le the young :Mexican w ent over to where Young Wild West's party had come to a halt, and now he wanted to find out wha t kind of a ga:me Miguel was trying work with the Chi naman. He got back to the shanty and entered it by the back way. "You alt\le samee havee thlee men here lillee while Big Mike and Pablo were sitting in a small room. that ago?" he asked, as h e filled his g lafls a second time. opened into the kitchen, and as he came in he found their "Yes," answered :Migue l almost eagerly. "They go wreat hed in smiles. on; they turn that way," pointin g tO" the right of the :'What's ther heathen doin' here?" he asked. road. "They no want to pay for they have. My "He come to find out if we are here, most likely," the father say get out, and they go; but they no pay." guide replied. "He go back pretty soon and tell Young Hop grinned; as thOugh he thought it funny. But he Wild West we no here. Then Young Wild West c9me. knew better than that, si nce he had see n Big Mike go Verra good !" into the adjoining room. "I see." The two men and the woman and girl were having a '.l'hen Harlem looked around the room and saw a couple good time of it with the dinner now, and they paused of hunting coats hanging on the wall. between mouthfuls to smi l e at the Chinaman w h o was 'l'hev were of buckskin, and similar to those that our having so muc h to say. h ero aiid his partners wore when it was too hot. "Th ll h ,, The villain promptly put one of them on. em ve y muc ee bad thlee men, went on Hop Th h d f th ch d f d of shaking bis head, and then he helped himself to l ebnl e a uhrl. f er sear an oun a wig hisk n ong, ac an on a s e w Y agai 'l'hese articles were kept there for use when the vil, Yes, verra ba d men," Miguel d eclared l aino p s keeper of the roads ide inn wishe d to disguise 'Ley allee samee wan tee shootee Young Wild West." himself or his so1'l. "Who Young Wild West?" queried Miguel "H ll h d 1 h t b H Harlem donned the wig, and then he looked at himself ml1en e ove y llmu c ee eac s o sto l e. e talkee to you in the cracked g lass that hung on the wall. .. y u a ee sa mee comee ou ere "I k h Cl 't k h "d "Oh. h th b 'th th 1 h ,m rec o n t at nnee won now me now, e sa1 e e oy w1 e ong an "I'll d th f t d Th I "Y I t y W"ld W t go on aroun an come m er ron oor. en a 1 es Me a ll ee samee workee kin find out jest what he's up ter. What do yer say, :for him, me hkee hllee dlop of tanglefoot, so h e lettee M'l ?" d 'tt b 1 ,e me comee an g1 ee, so e "That verra good,'' an8 wered the guide, nodding his It was evident that Mont e was s atisfied that the trave lapproval. "The s enor knows hi s business. Go on out jng party did not have much mon ey, for he took hi s pay pretty s oon, and tell u s what the Chinee do." and did not try any of hi s croo k ed work on t1iem. Harlem went out s ide, the wife of the innkeeper lookin g They went out, after bein g there a.bout half an hour, at h im in surpri s e when she :;;aw that he was disguised. and soon they were going on their way But she s aid nothinp:, for knew the m e n were But they took the fork of the road that went toward friends of :Monte, and that meant that they could do as Yuma, s o our hero and those with him did not see them. they saw fit. Hop h ad found out enough to satisfy him that the 'l'he villain went on a round to the front of the hou se three villain s were hiding somew:Rere in the hou se, but a.nd entere d the door after a wait of about twenty min he could not resist t h e temptation to show Miguel the "nicee lille e tlick" he h ad spoken of. H e pull e d a twenty-dollar gold piece from his pocket and placed it on t h e table. The eyes of the younp: Mexican gliste n ed, and, hearing the jing le of the coin, hi s father h aste ned over to see what was goi n g on. "Velly nicee money, so be," said Hop; and then h e pulled two more gold pieces out and put them by the other. Next came a greasy pack of cards. 'rhe travelers had gone, and l;te wond ere d why it was that the crafty 1\lexican had let them go without cleanin g them out of all the money t he y had But he decided lhat they could not have had a.ny, and then he turned his attention to Miguel and his g uest. He happened in just as Hop had put the three gold piece s on the table and produced the pack of ca_rds. If Monte was interes t e d so was he. 'rhe two Mexicans turned at his approach, and neither of them recognized him at first.


20 YOUNG WILD \VEST AND 'l'HE GREASER GUIDE. But a wink from him let t h e m know, and then he paused to watch what was going to take place. "Ler e um twenty-five dollee," Hop said, making out tha.t he did not notice t h e man. "Me allee samee bettee me name e u m 'Card me c u t, after you shuffle, so be. Thi s was sai d to Miguel, the clever Chinaman making out that' he was not paying any attention to the other two in the room "Me shuffle da cards, and then you tell what you cut?" repe ated Miguel, s howing great inter est and looking fl.i the gold coin s lon ging l y "Lat allee samee light," an s wered Hop. "Me velly mu chce smartee Chinee." "I'll take that bet, Heathen," spoke up Harlem, who was a gambler by 1 nature, and who coul d not r esis t the temptation, even if he knew that t h e money could be taken from the Chinaman without goi n g to the trouble of winnin g it. He happened to h ave more tha n twenty-five dollars with him, so he quick l y counted out the an10unt an d placed it on the table. The n h e took up the deck, straightened out the cards and s huffl e d them. "Now, then, what are yer goin' ter cut?" h e asked, he put the pack on the table before Hop. "Um ace of c lubs," was the q ui ck reply. "An' if yei don t I win ther money, don't I?" "I1at allee samee light." "All ri ght. Go ahead." Hop cut the cards a nd h e ld up the c ut. It was t h e ace of club s He grabbed the money very qu ickly, and when it went in hi s pocket the p ack of card s did the same The three men looke d amazed. "You do dat s ome !\lore?" queried Monte, his lit t le eyes glistening. "Yes, me do some more so be," was the reply. "Me make bet of a-fifty d ollar!" "Allee light." Out came a pack of cards but it was not the same one. 'rhe tricky Chinaman had seve r a l packs on his per s on a nd some of the m was rathe r queer packs, too. The one h e h a d just u sed was made up entirely of cards of the d e nomin atio n of the ace of clubs. 'rhat made it easy for him to make that particular cut. Any one could hav e don e it. The cleck h e now had was made up of queens of dia monds, but the backs were the sam e as the others h e had usecl, so no one dreamed of there b e in g anything wrong with the pack. Monte, thinking he would be a sure winner, put up hi s fifty dollars. Hop quickly covered it, and the n handed him the cards, so h e n1ight s huffle them. If the crafty Mexican had thought to look them over h e would have discovered the trick. But he did not and when he had give n them a good s huffiin g he placed them on the table. "What card you cut now?" he questioned. "Um queen of diamonds," answered Hop, after think ing a moment. ".M'e bet da fifty dollar you do not cut da queen of diamond." "Allee li ght." 'rhe clever Celestial c u t the deck in about the middle and held up the card. It was the queen of diamonds, of course A ll three of the men wer e astonished. "Let me sec them cards," said Harlem Hop thought surely he was going to get caught this time, for the villain got hi s h:lnd on the pack before he could get it in hi s pocket. But not so. Harle m s impl y proceeded to shuffie the cards, taking care to leave out the queen of diamonds Hop had cut be fore, and l etting it drop on the floor, rmobserved, as he thought. But t hi s m::ide no difference to Hop, who anticipate d what was coming whe n he saw the card stolen "There!" exclaimed Harlem, placing the deck on the table "I'll bet you ten dollar s which is all ther money I 've got, that yer can' t cut ther queen of diamonds ag'i n "Alle e light; puttee uppee you money." "Me bet a fifty dollar you no cut

YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE GREASER GUIDE. 21 'l'hen he arose and, pulling ut a handful of money, said: "Me givee um money back, so be; me play nicee l illee tlick." The faces of the trio became wreathed in smiles instant ly But just then a loud report soumled and the tab l e was fairly lifted from the floor A dense smoke filled t h e room instantly, and, taking advantage of the opportu ntiy, Hop ran outside and for the spot our friends "er e stopp ing at. He got around the corne r and then let out a s hout that was heard by Wild and the rest, and then he knew that he was pretty safe The ran like a deer, but no one came i n p ur suit. Once more the clever Chinaman had bee n s u c cessful in performing his "nicee lillee tlicks." CHAPTER XIII. WILD IN THE HANDS OF TUE VILLAINS. Young Wild West stood ;vaiting for Hop as he in, his rifle r eady to drop the fir s t villain that offered to s hoot at the Chinaman. But, as has been stated, no one appeared "Giv e it ter him, Wing! He's always tryin' ter play some kind of a trick on yer," sai d Charlie. Wing had not been looking at the time, and he really thought that hi s brother had thrown the pan. Acting on the scout's advice, h e l eaped a.t him, and the next minute the two were rolling on the ground, scratch ing an d pulling hair at a great rate. But a word from Wild brought them to their senses, and it was soon settled Our h ero had learned enough from the clever China man to make him think that it would be dangerous to try and pass the s hanty But he made up hi s mind that they would do it when they got r eady to go on. "No s uch galoot as that g reaser .guide is going to scare me away from her e," he said. "I reckon I'll go and find out wha.t they a re up to, anyway. Boys, jus t be on the lookout, and if you h ear a s h ot fired you wiU know that I have ventured a little too far." "Be careful, Wild," said Arietta. "They are desperate you know. They will hesitate at nothing, if they only get the chance, you know." "Leave it to me, Et," was the reply. "I reckon there is nothing very smart about the ga loots, so I'll manage to outwit them, all right, even if I get caught by them. I'll be back in a few minute s All hands keep a watch "Let me go with yer, won't yer?" spoke up Stark, as the boy was leaving. "No; I can do b ette r alone, I think," was the reto r t ''If I don t turn up in twenty minutes I shall expec t some one to come and look for me." "Well, Hop, what did you do, blow the shanty up?" the young deadshot asked, looking at the Celestial and lau ghing. "Me allee samee makee lillee :fireclacker go," was the Away went the daring boy, proceeding in a directio n repl y "Len me havee Jun like e Sammee Hill, so be." that was entirely opposite from the s hanty. "Well, tell us all about it, an' don't stand there grin -But Wild did this so he might have a chance of ap nin' lik e a sick wildcat!" Che yenne Charlie spoke up proaching it without being seen. "Allee li g ht, Misler Charlie; me tellee 'boutee pletty But. he made a mistake in thinking this, for no mat quicker." ter wh.ich way he went just the n he would have been seen, 'rhen, while Wild and his partners kept an eye on the Miguel to be lGoking that way. thatched house, and also around its vicinity, the China;. : he young Mexica n saw young deadshot, lmd he man related just what had happened in the place qm q kly told the others about it. Part of it was rather comica l, especially that which hap The re s ult was that all three of the left the pened last, and there was a lau g h all around. shanty and took to the bushes at the rear of it. "Yer managed ter git about h a lf drunk, all right," '.'We hide here," said the guide "Young the scout, half jeerin g ly. "Yer can't help doin' that, some Wild West will come here and spy on us, and then we how." catch." "'Mi s l er Charlie feel velly muchee bad," was the quick Harl e m nodded at this. reply. wis hee he gittee allee samee half dlunk so "That's it," he said. "Yer kin bet your life we'll catch be." him now! I wis h that blamed h eat hen would come, too As Charlie had given up drinking to aything like ex He i>nrtinly did :flimflam u s a littl e while ago. I never did since he had become married, this did not exactly see anything so s li c k in all my life fit him "lV[e kill da Chinee !" hissed Miguel. "He take my But it angered him a little ju s t the same, because he money; he play da fraud !" would take an occasional drink of liquor. "Well, I reckon he got all I h ad, didn't he?" retorted He picked up a tin pan that the cook had put aside Hnr1em. "Jest wait! We'll all git e nough out of this after washing it, and l e t it go at Hop who managed to game. an' then we'll feel satisfied, I reckon dodge it a nd let hi s brother get it on the back of the head ''We get plenty money when we sell

12 YOUNG WILD \VEST AND THE GREASER GUIDE. Wild was corning with his u s ual caution, uncon scious I Aft e r two attempt s he succeeded in getting his of the fact that he was running ri ght into a trap. I lwncl fre e The c r o u c hin g scoundr e l s wait ed, and pr e tty soon the y 'rhe n it was compa rative ly easy, and the first thing h e ard the li g h t footfall s o f the dashin g youn g he did w a t o tear the g a g from hi s mouth. Nearer h e c ame, and jus t as h e was ri ght in the ir mid s t H e did no t c ry out for he h"Ile w that would only make they s prang up and closed upon him from all s ide s werse tha n the y h a d been b e fore It was a cas e of s urprise, and h e coJ.Jlc1 fire a s hot But h e nro ceed ed to get the rope from his body, and o r utte r a c ry the bra v e boy was r e nd e r e d h e lpless. w h e n i t w a s accompli s hed h e lis t e n e d for a moment, and Four on one was a ltogeth e r t o o muc h odds, especiall y h e arin g nothi ng that would indi c a t e that there was any whe n h e hac1 been tak e n unawares. 0 11c g oing t o o p e n t h e tra p door, h e took a ma.tch from Whil e three of them h e ld h i m the oth e r c l a pp e d hi'l h i s pock e t auc l s truck it. hand ti g htl y over hi s m o u t h. lt hacl bee n as d ar k a s a pock e t in the cellar for there Bi g Mik e h a d clut c h e d him by the thro at i anyway, s o was not the place whe r e li ght c ould pome the r e was s mall c hance of hi s c ryin g out. anJ as th e fhc k ermg flam e h e saw tha.t it was "Git him in the house-hurry up!" exclaim e d Harle m tw e lye feet s q u are, with no VlSlble means of leav in a hoa r s e whi s per. mg It. Strugg lincr to free himself put unable to do it Wild "'l' h e trap mus t he the only way to g e t in and out;" he was carried "to the s hanty. mutt e red W e ll, I came in way, s o I'.11 and Into the littl e room where the villain s had gathered get o u t th e sam e way. But I 11 have to wait till they while the trav e ler s had s topp e d at the inn they took lea vE; t hat room above first." him and then h e was quickl y bound h a nd and foot. Mont e was call e d in the n ; and Big Mike looked at him and s aid: "We hav e got the boy we want. What c an we do with him?" "Kill him!" was the quick reply .. CHAPTER XIV. HARLEM HAS A QREAT IDEA. "Oh, yes! But not just yet. I want to g e t the others :firs t. H e mu s t not di e an easy dea th, you know." "Bring him out here, the n I will show you where to put him till you ar e ready to kill him." Ga g ged and bound, as he was, Big Mike and Harlem picked up our h ero and carri e d him to the front room of the shanty "Monte, we will have some of the bes t you have in the house, s o we c an celeprnte th e captur e of Young Wild West s aid the gr e aser g uid e a s the trap door was closed ove r our h e ro. "Stand him there," said Monte, marking a spot on the floor with hi s toe. "Sure!" the rascall y innkeeper answer ed. A s they spoke in Spani s h, Harl e m did not know exact ly what they s aid. But whe n 11e saw Monte bring out a s p ecial bottl e he knew what that meant. Then they all took a little of the s tuff, which was sup 'rhis was done. posed t o b e the :finest quality of brandy, according to "Now st e p back and let him be what tlJC h o s t s aid. Wild nerv e d him s elf for s omething to happen. But They drank to the d e ath o f Young Wild Wes t, and then so long a s it was not to be death, h e remain e d appar e ntly the y took anoth e r and toa s ted the pile of gold that was unmoved. in the prairi e s choon e r. Monte s tepped to the wall and, seizing a r ope that proThis done, Mig u e l c all e d th e ir atte ntion to the fact truded from a hole, gave a quick pull upon it. th a t Youn g Wild West 's fri e nd s might be coming to look The n it was that a trap door ope n e d under our hero' s fur him. feet and he s hot downward All righ t," M o nte an s w e r e d "Tha t may b e so. Senor Thud! 1\like, you better g o and look for yourself." H e s tru c k the ground only about six or seven feet "I will, S e nor Mont e c a m e th e r e ply. b elow the floor, landin g s quarely on hi s f eet. H e did g o out, leaving b y th e bac k way, and while he But h e could not retain hi s equilibrium a s hi s arm s was gone Harle m struc k upon an id e a whi c h he thought, "ere bound to hi s s ides, and down h e w e nt. if prop e rly worked out would l ead Young Wild West's But he was bnly a little bit s hak e n up, however, and fri e nd s into a trap. he h e ard a derisive laughter of the villain s a.s the trap "Have you got another wig around h e r e ?" he a s ked, doo r was closed. a s h e took the one he had worn to d e ceive the Chinaman But the fall had a c compli s hed s omething for 'the boy and looked at it. that the men had certainly not figur e q on. "Yes," replie?f Monte. "Me have two, three mp re. Me One of the. cords about his arm s had parted, owing to got one very light brown, like the hair of American senorthe e ffort h e made in tryin g to cat c h him s elf as he :fell. itas." This m eant a whol e lot to him, and a thrill of joy sho't "Yer have, eh? .Test git it, an' then I'll show yer somethrough the frame of our hero. thin'." "I r e ckon I'm a good ways from b e ing dead yet," he Monte was not long in producing the wig. thought. "I'll soon turn the tabl e s on the galoots, or The villainous American chuckled with delight as he my name isn't Young Wild West, that's all!" ,. I took it in his


. YOUNG WILD WE 'r AND THE GREASER GUIDE "'That' s mighty nigh ther color of Youn g Wild W est 's think we sart in mean business Give us a piece of stiff hair, 1 reckon," he observed paper or a card, Monte." "Look verra muc h like da boy' s hair," Miguel s pok e up The keeper of the wayside inn, as he termed it, soon 'We'll see if we can't make a dummy of Young WilLl found an old piece of cardboard, and when he brought it Wes t a.nd fool his friend s." to the barroom he had som e paint and a small bru s h, too. At fit s t the Mexiean s did not under s tand, but when ''Harlem was not much of a but he managed to Harlem threw the hunting coat over the bac k of a chair put something on the card that indica.ted Young Wild and then put the wig on top they unclcr stood W est was a meddler with other people's business, and that "I know!" exclaimed Miguel. "I show how to do it." h e was an examp l e for others. He left the room, and in a few minute s return e d with Thi s i s the way it would be understood when he put a pair of buckskin breeches and a p a ir of b09ts and ::;om-the placard on the duII)my, anyhow brero. When he Imel finished Pablo picked up the dumm y and Though they were old and ragged, they did look s omes tarted for the door. thing like the sty l e of dress our hero u s ually wore. "Me go, too," he said'. "Me want to help shoot da "Jest git a pole about ther h e i ght of a man, an' some Americano s." straw, an' I reckon we' ll soori have a second Young Wild "All right, Pablo. But see ter it that yer s hoot good W est ter look at," said Harlem, who was d elig hted at an' s trai ght thi s time what be thought was a good ruse. "Me shoot a verra straight." Miguel got what was requir e d in a s hort time, aml then Leaving the inkecper and hi s son at the shanty, the ihe work of making the dummy \\'US begun. three villains went on around, so they would be able to As they a11 had. a hand in il, it was soon fini heel, and reach the top of the bluff without being seen by the when it was pla ced in a chair it looked so much like a friends of our hero human form that the villains fairly danced around the 'l'hey got where they wanted to in a very few minutes, room to show: their satisfaction. ancl then the dummy was placed in position. lt was jus t then that Big Mike came in. It hung down over the face of the bluff, and any one His eyes rested upon the dummy the first thing. to have seen it from a distance would have been willing "What did yer bring him up out of ther cellar fur?" to declare it was Young Wild West, dead. he asked, looking at J \.fonte in surprise Over the top of it the placard was fastened, and then ''You had better shake hands with Young Wild West, the three villains were satisfied that they had set a trap Senor Mike," was the reply that was bound to work. Then the villainou s guide walked over to the chair and "How much gold do yer think them galoots has got, saw the joke Mike?" Harlem asked, for he now felt that they were "Pretty good F' he declared. surely going to get hold of the treasure the prairie "'l'hat's some o.f my doin's, Mike," said Ha.rlem "Now, schooner contained if yer want ter lead ther boy's pards an' ther rest of ther "More fifty thousand dollar, all right," the greaser gang inter a trap, rn tell yer how it kin be done." guide replied. "How?" queried the g uide, eagerly "Goocl enough How much of it have we got ter give "Come here," and the man with so many brilliant ideas Monte?" led him to the door. 1 ''We have to give him a quarter. That will make it "See that bluff over there, right alongside ther trail?" right-onequarter for me, one for you, one for Pablo he asked. and one for Mont e." "Yes, I see, Senor Harlem." "Yes, I reckon that's about ther way ter do it. Well, "Well, we'll jest hang ther dummy over there. It kin if we mah.13 ten thou s and dollars apiece out of it I reckon be seen from iher place where they re stoppin', if they we ought ter be satisfied. That' ll be enough ter make look that way, I reckon. We' ll go around an' lower it thing s hum fur a while down from ther top of ther bluff Then we'll wait till "We will get the gold, and then we will all get mar come along an' pour hot lead down at 'em. They'l l ried to the American ladies," said the guide, his eyes surely come if they see ther dummy, fur they'll think dancing with the anticipation of such a happ en ing. their great, ;;oung friend has been killed, an' they'll want "No, Mike; 1 don't want to get married I ain't goin' revenge. ter have nothin' ter do with the r wimm e n-folk s It' s thc1 Thi s struck the Mexicans as being a great scheme gold I want. An then ther e's mone:)'. in that crowd. We However, Pablo thought it would be just as well to put furgot about that, I Why, 'i;hat h eat h e n Chinee an end to the boy in the cellar, and then take his body fleece d us has got a pile of money, mos t likel y." and hang it where his friends could see it. Mike grinned That would be a sure end to he "I am the leader," he answered. "I mu s t hav e the cash ,nut the others did not want to kill the boy so soon. that is taken from those we catch in the trap." Prob ably they had a s light fear of the consequences "Is that a fair deal ?n "No," said Harlem; "it'll be all ther better ter git "Yes, Senor Harlem; that is very fair. I make da ther galoots in a trap, an' tp.en l et 'em see how they was wholi:' thing. I must have da cash money." fooled. Come on, Mike! Me an' you will take ther "I know you was ther ane what put up ther job, in dummy out there an' hang it up But wait a minute. I ther fost place. But I've stuck to yer like a l eech, an' may as well write somethin' on a card, je st ter make 'em I've been ready ter do my part right along. I re ckon I


24 YOUNG WILD WEST AND THE GREASER GUIDE. ou ght te r h a v e som e o f t h e r c a s h mon ey, too. There's s ich a thing as u s n e v er gittin' the r g old chang e d into mon ey, yer kno w W e w ait and see h o w mu c h money w e find," Big M i ke s aid, as t h o u g h h e w a s anx i o u s to c hange the s ubject. "We oug l t e r h ave gon e thro u g h that boy afor e w e put him down the r c e ll ar,'' w ent on who was bound to t a lk about m o ney. "If h e h a d m o ney whe n h e was put down the c e llar he will have it when we t ake hi m u p,'' was the r e ply. "Yes, that's s o B u t s' pose s h o uld git a w ay?" "He no can get away. M onte i s the r e H e tak e care da b o y pretty good. M i gue l will h e l p him." "Yes, an the r old wom n, too I s' pose. Sh e look s a s thou g h s h e was a putty bad o ne, i f s h e took the r notio n t e r b e The three v ill a in s h a d sto pp e d in a litt l e h o llow, and b y look in g over t h e t o p o f the b o uld e r tha.t l ay a c ross in fronj; of the m they could not o nl y s e e a portion of the s han ty inn, but the s p o t wh e r e our fri ends h a d s topp ed, as w e ll. They wait e d for fully tw enty minutes, and then, not see in g that the y w e re c omin g the y decided to do somethin g to attrac t their atte ntion "We' ll s hoot off our gun s, an' the n yell like anything," s aid H a rlem. Thi s the y did, and then the y r e mained qui e t to await the re s ult. CHAPTER XV. NAR R O W I N G TO THE FINISH W i ld li s t e ned as h e s t ood in the c e ll a r and it was not long b e for e h e was a bl e t o unde r sta nd a lmost eve r y thing that was s aid by Harle m 'l'h e Mex i c an s s pok e in lowe r t o nes. But be heard e nou g h to m ak e him und e r s tand that the Greaser Guid e h a d gon e out t o w a t c h thos e a.t the tem porar y c amp al o n g the road. The n h e h e ard Harle m planning to mak e the dummy, and wh e n h e h a d li s t e n e d a nd h e ard the who l e thing a smile c am e ov0r the boy' s fac e It will b e in order to see what Wild 's partne r s w e r e up t o. "We ll Wild ain't got bac k an' it's ten minute s over ther e m arke d C heyenne Charlie, looking at Ari etta. ."I r eck on me an' Jim had better go an' look fur him." "Let m e go, too," s p o ke up StaTk. I might be of a great h r lp to "All ri g ht, the s cout an s wer e d "Com e on, then." The three ha d scurcely take n their departure when Hop look ed over a t Ari et ta and s aid : "Me likee go, too allee s amee. "Go on,' s h e a n s w(lr ed, qui c kly. "But you had better look out t hi s tim e "Me all e e s amee ]oo k e e out ve lly mu c hee The scout ancl the oth e r s work e d fll'ound and got into th e patc h of bus hes that ran up clos e to the back of the 1>hanty. Once the re they work e d their w ay ri ght up to it. Luck was with the m, for ,the three viUa in s had g rown v e r y cari:l ess s ince they h a d cap tured our h e ro, and whe n Ch a rli e venture d to l eave the bus h es and ap proach the wind o w at r e ar o f the h o u se the r e was n o o n e in it \mt 1VI011te a n d hi s wife and son Chai li e look e d in 'thro1ig h the open window. It was the little ro o m tha t the vill ai n s h a d been in wh e n the trav e l e r s w e r e o ut s id e in the m ain r oom o f the s hanty. The r e was no one the r e ju s t now so h e turne d and b e ckon e d for his c omp a ni o n s to com e o n, and the n h e w ent ins id e a nd s t e p pe d lightly upon the floor. After him came Jim a n d Stark, a n d t h e n Hop bobb e d up from the bus hes and follow e d the m A s Hop ente r e d t hrou g h the window C h a rli e was jus t tmning the knob o f t h e doo r to go ou t i n to t h e b a rroo m where h e h e ard low Hop s t e pp e d ove r to oth e r d o o r whi c h o pe n ed in the kitch e n Ch a rli e and Jim sa w him but it was to o l at e t o driv e him bac k now, s o they said nothin g The Chin a m a n pull e d it bac k sof tl y a n d looke d into the kitchen. Mont e's wif e was t h e re, busy m akin g b rea d and doing oth e r things tha t concern e d cooking a nd h o usew ork. She had the o ve n of the rusty s tove op e n e d and was turning a pan o f br e ad whe n Hop ste pped sof t l y in b e hind h e r 'rhe r e was a bi g knife l y in g on the t a ble, an d, pickin g this up Hop t o u c h ed t h e Mex ican w o m a n on t h e back o f h e r neck with the p o in t o f it. Sh e utte r e d au excla m a tion o f a la r m an d turne d around a s qui ck as a flas h onl y t o find the poin t o f t h e bi g kn ife wit hin a n in c h of h e r nose. V e ll y niece afternoon, s o b e," sai d H o p s milin g bla nd l y "Mexi c an woma n a llee smnee keep ee ve lly muc hee s till or m e c u t tee off h e r n icee lillee nose!" Stark s how e d her his r e v o lver at the sa m e t im e from the doorwa y and the woman s u p pr essed t h e c r y th a t came to her lip s a nd ;;to o d loo kin g a t the m in dis may. "Where um Youn g Wild W est?" a s k e d Hop, a s he gave the'knife a m e na c in g twi s t. The woman s hook h e r h e ad makin g out tha t s h e did not under stand' him. Thinkin g that i t was no u se to both e r with h e r, Chey enne Ch a rli e ope n e d the o t h e r door, a n d t h e n, with a revolv e r in eithe r hand, h e s t ep p e d into the bmToom. The father and s on w e r e seated at a t ab le, wat c hing something from a window a nd in stinctiv e l y the scout's eyes turne d in tlu:.t direction. H e saw the dummy han g in g down from the top o f the bluff and he thought it was s urely the b od y of Yong Wild -Wes t. "Hold up your hand s you murd erin' g alo o t s !" h e call e d o u t, s harply. "If you ve kill e d t h e r best boy what eve r liv e d I'll kill you, jest a s sure a s my n am e are C hey e nne Oha.rli e !" Monte and Migue l were s o a s toni s h e d that the y could n ot utter a word for the s p ace of a minu te. 'Bu t they 1 1ad s e n s e enough to hold up their hands, fo r


YOUNG W I LD WEST AND THE GREASER GUIDE. 25 at t h a t m omrnt Jim cam e throu g h t h e doorw ay, l eavi n g 1 Onc e the re, they follo w e d t h e tra c k s of th,e thre e men Hop and S t ark t o ialce car e o f the w o m a n movin g with the utmost caution J i m t h ey've k i ll erl vVild exc lf!im e d the scou t "See, T h e next minut e ihey cam e in s i g h t o f them. th e r e's hi s bod y h ang in out the r e Y e r kin--" Then, after looki n g the m over t hey went to the to p o f ''I am clown in the cell a r boys," cam e fr o m b elow t hem, t h e bluff and gave the s i g n a l w h i c h m e an t for the pa r ty in a cool a nd easy v o ice. "Jus t make tfi e g aloots s how to c ome on. you how t o ope n 'Lh e tra p d o or Back the y w e nt, and they g ot so n ea r t o t h e trio t hat Y o u heard what he s aid n s p o k e u p J im, lookin g at they could a lmos t rea c h out and tou c h the m i f they s o Miguel. "YOU op e n that trap cloor or I ll s h oot you ues ired d e ad in ycu r t racks !" Harle m was 'ta l kin g j u s t t h e n, s o the y crouc h ed behind I'h e you ng Mexi c an qui c k l y ran to the s id e of the ro o m some bus heR and l e t him g o on a n d p ull e d up o n the rop e It was j u s t the n tha t t h e y decid e d on firin g a few sho ts O pe n w ent the tra p and the n an e xclamat i o n of joy a nd a n d y e llin g out and our two fri e nd s lau g hed s oftl y to sati s fa c tion came from b e low. t hem s e l ves a s the perform a nre was g on e throu g h Our h e ro cau ght th e edg e of t h e floor w ith h i s ha n ds But t h inking that this mi ght ca use a cle l a y in the prai and the next minu te h e l e ap e d upward and caught his rie schoon e r cornin g, our h e ro l eft Charli e a n d wen t t o kn ee at t h e t o p t h e top of the bluff a g ain -Migue l even assi s t e d him to c o me o u t He wavEd h i s h a t for the m to come on, and when he "Muc h o bli ge d young fellow Now you can g o down !" was s ati sfie d tha t Jim a nd the saw a nd unde r s t ood h e said Wil d came back to the s cout a ga i n A qui c k p u s h and the i nnkeeper 's s o n t u mble d down Cha rl ie 's fac e wor e a bro a d g rin, and whe n Wil d h e ard into t h e cellar. Big Mik e a n d H a r l e m ar g uin g about t h e mon ey t h ey wer e "Whe r e a r e the others, boys ?" a s ked Wi ld, and h e g o i n g to ge t from the ir h a u l h e did not wonde r. look e d at M o n te "They hav e n t g ot bac k yet I s e e." The Gr e aser G u id e h ad a t la s t c on se nted to g ive h is Wild," said C h a .rlie, did yer know t h a t the y ri gged Ameri c an fri e nd a nd ally a s hare of t h e m o ney, a n d up a figure te r loo k lik e you a n that t h e y 've got it h ang -H arlem was s ati sfied. in up over t h e re?' To Pab lo it m a d e littl e diff e r e nce. "I heard t h e m tal king about it, was th e rep l y "But H e was c ont ent to a bid e by, an y thin g h i s l eader sai d. t h a t i s all ri g h t Just h and m e my s h o ot e r s whi c h that F i om whe r e our two fri e nd s w e r e the y coul d not see old ga l oot h as got a nd w e' ll g o d o wn t h e r e an d h ave a whethe r t h e ir fri e nd s had s t arte d or not l o o k a t t ha t dummy, w h i c h mad e t h e m l a u g h s o mu ch." B u t a c oupl e o f minute s l at e r t hey kn e w they h ad. Wil d got his weapo n s, ancl the n h e took th e innk eepe r Wil d and C h a rli e c ould hard l y s uppress a l au g h b y the arm a n d p ull ed him to the o p e n trap and made T h e Greaser Guid e and hi s m e n w e r e c rou9hi n g near h im ju m p d o wn. t h e han g ing effigy, watc hin g the prairi e schoon e r as it The n t hey r:;cized the old woman and l e d h e r to t he came a r ound th e b e nd. tra p T h e y thought the i r trap would sure l y work, a n d were The scout put h e r down t h e h o le, and s he gave a s li g h t elat e d scre a m as s h e d ropp e d to the g roun d But if the y h a d only known how diff e r ent thin gs were J i m k new just how to s hu t t h e door and h e d id so, g oin g to turn out from wh at they expec t e d t hey would gi ving i t a good bang, so t h e l at c h wou ld catch. probab l y have been r e nd e red s peechless wit h astonis h-Wil d qu ic kl y r e l ated h o w h e h a d b e en cau g h t n a ppi n g m ent and dis may a nd t h e n w h en h e h ad t ake n a good look at the d u mmy Our two friend s sto o d up and looked atound the a n g le h e gave a noel and sai d : of rock. "Now t h e n C harli e and I will g o and l ook for t h e 'l'hey cou ld see Jim D art rid i n g a h e ad of t h e mule t h ree v ill ai ns, wh i l e you w ai t h e r e If you see u s give a w ag on a s it r o und e d the b e nd n ear the s hanty. s ignal from u p t h e r e you will k n o w w e h ave g ot them "Get r e ad y t o s hoot, and s hoot stra i g ht!" sai d Big T he n you can go and get t h e prairi e schoon e r and make Mik e at tha t mom e n t out you are comin g ri ght p ast t h e place whe r e th e d u mmy The n Wil d gave a s li g h t nod to Char l i e h a ngs. 'I h e G r ease r G uid e will s o o n find out t hat h i s trap The n ex t in stant he s t e pp e d forwa.rd and cau g h t the w on't w o rk, I reck on." Gr e a s er Guid e by t h e c o ll ar of hi s c o at. They h a d n ot been gon e ver y l o n g whe n J i m caught ''I reck o n you d o a ny mor e s hoot ing!" he ex s i g h t of t h e m o n t h e hi g hest part o f the bluff claim e d a s h e thrus t a revo lver und e r hi s no s e "Ch a rlie, Wh e n h e saw Wild's h a t wave h e t urne d t o t h e rest i f the oth e r g a l oot s put up a fight you know w hat to d o." a nd said: "I reckon I do!" was the s cout 's r e p l y a s h e s tood c o v "Come on! W e' ll carry this t hin g through j ust as er i ng the c rou c hin g pair. W i l d w ants i t d o n e If e v e r a trio of vill a in s h a d been tak e n by s u rprise, They, to o l e f t t h e s h a n ty b y the bac k way th ey wer e t h e ones. B u t Harlem, a s soon a s h e fou n d the u se of his to ngue, C H APTER XVI. utte r e d an oath and the n j e rkin g a r evolve r from his b e l t add ed: -"I' ll di e a fore I'll g iv e in T ake that! Wild a nd C ha rlie h ad littk .cliffic ult y in g etting around 1 The vill ain meant to sen d a bull e t through t h e scout @ t o the top of the bluff I heart, but befo r e h e could pu ll the trigger C h a rli e fir e d


YOUNG WILD THE GREASER GUIDE. It was a ca s e of life or d eath wit h him, and the scout wha t the y are guilty of, besides h e lping you to set your was the qui9lrnr of the two. trap for u s." Harlem uttere d on e little g a s p and the n he toppl e d 'rhe g reaser guide related a very blood-curdling story. ove r the edge of the bluff t9 the ro a dway below. "I reckon they will go to Yuma, too," said Wild. "But Big Mike and P a blo both had their ha.nd s up now. we will hav e a look for some evidence of the crimes they Wild quickly disarmed the m, while \ Charli e kept them have r ommitted fir st." cov-ered. It happ e ned ju s t then that a crowd of cowboys came "Now, jus t get 'that ancl placard down," he alon g the road and wh e n the y halt e d a t the inn and found said, ste rnly. it in the hand s of other s t han those they had always seen Pablo was the one ho was looking at, and the g r e aser the re the y w e r e not a little s urprised. ha ste n e d to obey. But whe n they h e ard what h a d occurr e d, and also what "Thow the m down there in the r o ad." th e i nnkeep e r was accu sed of one of them declared that Thi s was done without the least hesitation. h e did not doubt it in the l e a s t, a s they had lost a pard, "Now w e 'll go on dm vn," our h er o s aid, coolly. who had s tarted for Gila two week s before on the day he The whol e outfit had hal te d b efo r e the front of the had been paid off. They had never see:i;i. anything of 8 hanty now, save Jim Dart, who rode on up under the him s inqe, and the ways ide inn was the only place he bluff. would lik e ly s top at. "I reckon that was the trap that fa'.iled to work!" he A se11rch was made and several bodie s w e re discovered called out, a s he looked up. buri e d in the c ell a r. "As sure as you live it was!" Wild an s wered. "It was That settle d the fate of Monte and hi s murderous wife, certainl y a nice little game they were playing, but they a s w e ll a s tha t of Miguel. didn t fig ure out things exactly ri ght, that's. all." Our friends remained there that I\ight, for it was too :.2ig Mike and Pablo were l e d down, and the n the s cout late to start out now, and the nel;t :morning they set out marched them to the shanty inn at the point of his revolto finish the journey to Yuma. ver. Without a ny furthef adventure s worth recording they When they went inside they found Hop behind litall r e a c h e d Yuma in good health and spirits. tle counter, just as though he was running the place. The prison e r a were taken with them, of course, and cvel y body havee ?" he called out. "Me alle e the y w e re :finally landed in custody, and the charges made same e stand e e um tleat, s o be." against them. Already had s wallow e d con s iderable whisky, and 1 Then Merril and hi s partners wanted to pay them a he was now JUSt reckless to start a oh:l tim e I qu arte r s hare of what they g ot for tlrnir gold because if he was allowed to have hi s own way about it. 0ur fri e nd s had been the means of savincr it for them. The pro s pectors were at the b a r, a nd they grinn e d "That i s all ri ght," s aid Wild. "I ; e ckon we've been broadly when the re s t came m. paicl well e nough n ow. Lo o k at the e x c item ent we've "W at do yer think of this ?" on e of them said. "Hop hacl from rneet incr the Greaser Guid e And think of the would certainly make a mighty fine landlord, wouldn't trap tha t fail e d t o work! That i s quit e e nough for u s he, Wild?" M e rril. W e don t need the money, and you fellows do. from behind that counter, you ra s c a J !" saicl L e t it g o at that." 'J h e fired a and broke a ?ottle So that the s tor y of "Young Wild W est anQ. the JU<>t the Chman:an s and as a b out half a pmt of G rease r Guide; or The rl'rap tha t F a il e d to Work." red wme fell upon hi s hood, eve n t h e pro s pector s thou ght But t h e thrillincr adv entures that b e fell Youncr Wild he had b een shot and that it was bloo d that was :flowing West durin g hi s trfp s throu g h th e wild s of th e w:s t ancl from the wound. South\\ 'es t h a v e no t h alf been t o ld yet, s o look out for "Hip hi!" yelled Hop, and out h e cam e in a hurry. s omethin g good in our n ext numb e r. Our hero now turned to the two pri s oner s he had in the place. "You are about the last cf the gan g I reckon,'' he said. "You have escaped being s hot, but y ou've got to go to Yuma with us, and when you get th ere you will be put in jail. '!'here is no help for you, s o you may a s well take it quietly." "Monte was da game, too answer e d Big Mike, hi s face very pale. "He kep a place for murder here. He kill man y travelers, and hi s s on and wife h e lp him. Monte is a wors e man than me "Tie the two of them up, boys," Wild s aid. "I re c kon I'll let the oth e r s out' of the c e llar." In a few mimlte s the mi1rde rous innkeep e r and bi s wife nnd son were hauled up. "'He re t hey ar e Big Mike/' said our hero. 1 ow tell THE END. Read "YOUNG WILD WEST S RIPPING ROUND-UP; or ARIE'l'TA'S PRAllUE PERIL, which will be the next nupiber (287) of "Wild West Weekly." 1 SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY. PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies you order by return mail.


I W I LD WEST WEEKLY. 27' WILD WEST WEEKLY NEW YORK, APR I L 10, 1908. Terms to Subscribers. Single Coples .................. .......... ................ One Copy Three nonths ................................ One Copy Six nonths ................................... .. Oae Cop.)' One Yea r ..................................... Postage Free. How T o SEND MONEY .05 Cents .65 .. $1. 2 5 2 .. 50 At our risk send P. 0. 1\foney Orde r C h eck, or Registered Letter; mittances in any other w a y are at your risk We accept S tamps the same a s c ash. \ Vhen s e nding silver wrap the coin in a s epara t e piece of pape r to avdld cuttin g t h e e nvelo pe Write y au r name and addr ess plainly. .d d dress letteis to Frank Tousey, Publisher, 24 U nion Sq., New York. SOME GOOD ARTICLES. I signs o f ever h avi n g been disturbed by man o r t h e p ower o f t h e elements. Bu t the ch i cken was blown i n between those l arge stones by the fury of the stmm in some manner It was a c h icken without a doubt, though pressed as t h in as an onion peel. How did it get there? The theory shared by nearly a ll who witn essed the phenomenon is that durjng the storm and a sudden gus t of wind the barn and the top stone were lifted sufficiently higli to allow the chicke n to be b l ow n into the crevice, and before the fowl co ul d get out the barn "Whoever heard of a church changing its denomination?" asked the gray-headed man. "I never did. Individual mem bers may change, even whole congregations, pos sib ly, but the church, the material structure, goes on the principle of once a Presbyterian-or whatever i ts particular creed-always a Pres byterian. 'l'he founders of churches have very pos i tive ideas iri that respect. When they grow tired of the old build ing and get ready to move into a more modern structure they are willin g that the old church be us e d a s a stable, a ware house, a factory, anything, in fact, of a utilitarian n ature, but -they positively refuse to let it be turn, ed into a place of wo1 At G rossa l merode, a town near Cassel, Germany, a factory s hip for some other denomination. I have in mind now a has recently bee n established for the manu facture of glass church in first class condition that was vacated n o t long ago t e l eg raph and te l epho n e pol es. The glass mass of which the by a band of Presbyterians. A congregation of Method ists p o l es are made is strengthened by interlacing and interwindwished ahout that time to build Jn that very neighborhood. i ng with strong wire threads. One of t he J!!rincipal advanSomebody of non-sectarian bias suggested that as the Presby t ages of these poles, it is said, would be their use in tropical teri a n church and parsonage were i n excellent condition i t cou ntries, where wooden poles are soon d es troyed by the mi ght be a go o d idea to seJl outright to the incoming Met h o ra vages of insects and where climatica l influences are ruinous dists. This proposition, however, was rejected with scor n by to wood. T h e I mperial Post Department, which has control both congregations, each decli ning to profit by the tempora l o f th e telegraph and telephone lines in Germany has ordered needs of another sect.''. th e use of these glass poles on one of its tracts. W e have all heard t h e story o f the woman who told the li e w maid to wash the curtains, meaning the l ace ones, aml ca m e into the k itchen just in time to discover the new est w in dow shades melting in the boiler. But we do not all kno w t hat when shades a!e merely dust soiled the s urface ca n be freshened by the application of hot corn meal. ThP, shad e sho ul d first be spread o u t at on a large tabl e and the m ea l ru bbed in with a circu lar motion of the palm. Then if rubb ed ge ntly with a soft, dry cloth the meal and t h e du s t it has ab sorbe d w ill be i ( emoved without leavi n g any trace of either. The se lect committe e of the British Hous e of Commons in ta king llestimon y recently in regard to the control and regula tio n of t h e condition under which home work is carried on, heard t h e evidence of President of the Women's Tr:ul e U n io n L eagu e She said that the difficulty in organi zing home workers was due to the fact that they were too poor t o help themselves This .witness mentioned Urn case of a woman kno w n t o h e r w h o coul d on l y earn 75 cents a week by shirtm a k i ng. S h e men tioned the case of another shirt-maker who GRINS AND C HUCKLES. "Sir, I want yo u r daughter' s hand." "You may h ave it witl1 the greatest p l easure, dear boy, if y ou'll tak e t h e iOn e that's a l ways in my pocket." Youth (reading cheap and sensat!qnal novel)-I'm out of a ll patien ce with the hero of this story-the hard wor k h e's giving his eyes He doesn't de se rve to have any. FriendWhat do you mean? Youth-Why, fir s t h e t hrew his eyes up to the ceilirtg and the n l e t them drop on the floor; then he darte d them down a Jong corridor and then rested .them on the cool waters of the J ake. Then he must have called them back somehow, for it says he bathed them in sad, sal t tears, :Wiped them and swept them with long l ashes. Once he was idiot enough to rivet them on the dome of a building, and when I left off he was fixing them on a suit of c l othes. r eceived onl y 3 1 cents a dozen for making shirts. The witA New Hampshire man t e ll s of a tight-fisted man of affairs n ess p rodu ce d b l ue cotton shirts which were made for 13 1-2 in a to.wn of that State who until recent l y had never been c ents a do zen She said that without charitable subsidies or observed to take an interest in church matters. Suddenly, poor l aw r e li e f the pe r s ons w h o accepted t h ese lo w wages howe ve r, he b e came a r egular attendant at divine service, could not exist. greatly to t he astonishment of h i s fellow townsmen. "What do you think of the case of old Ketchum?" said one of the Atte n d i n g t h e story o f every cyclo n e t h e r e i s s om ethi n g 'Jf business men of t h e place to a friend "Is it true that h e t h e n a ture o f a freak to b e rel ated. Du ring the small twiste r has go t religion?" "Well, hardly," replied the other. "The in the Highl a nd distri ct, Kan. recentl y t h e alm ost i n credibie fac t is, it's entirel y a matter of business with h i m. I am in a h a p pened. B u t w e must be li eve the story, for i t was to l d by position to know that about a year ago h e l oaned the pastor truthful me n. B etween t wo corne rston es o'f a barn (M r Ruthfifty doll ars, which the latter was unab l e pay. S o t h ere ruff 's b arn, we believe) the feat h ers a nd perhaps t h e foot of a! remai n ed no thing for Ketchum bu t t o take it ou t in p ew chi c k e n p r o t rud e d 'fhe stones were intact and s howed no 1 re nt."


28 WILD WEST WEEKLY. LYNCHED BY CO\VBOYS By ALEXANDER ARMSTRONG. men having hold of the other end of the rope stepped off one or two paces until the cord was without a kink. "If you have anything to say," remarked one of the cow boys, "now is the time." The man looked them full in the face for an instant, and Four or five cowboys, just in from the mouth of the Musthen, raising his eyes slightly to the long mountain-ranges in selshell, bring particulars of the raid now in progress against the distance, as if peering beyond their ragged peaks, he rethe horse-thieves of that section. The movement against the plied: thieves was organized some time ago, and as soon as word got "I have nothing to say." out among the boys that the programme was extermination, it "Hoist away there, then!" was with the greatest difficulty that the managers could keep The boys who had hold of the rope pulled steadily and all the number of their recruits down within the proper limits. together, raising the man by the neck about two feet from The boys fairly begged for permission to go, and the greatest the ground. Then. fastening their end of the rope to the skill was required to get away without letting the great mass trunk or tree, they mounted their horses and rounded up of applicants know of the departure. A dozen or more posted the stolen animals. They camped that night near there, and themselves at various points which they thought the raiders the next morning they rode by the little house whose former would pass, but the latter eluded them. tenant was hanging lifeless in the shade of the big tree. The Since their departure the whole country has been awaiting door was still open as he had left it. Oile of the party dis news of them with the keenest interest. Various rumors have mounted and entered. He found an old' stove, a bed neatly been in circulation, but the first satisfactory account of their made, a few books, and two or three old daguerreotypes. operations wa.s given by the men belonging to the party who "If he was a thief he was a queer one," they all said, "but he returned yesterday. The horse-thieves of this section are deswas a thief, of course, or how did he get the horses?" perate characters, mostly fugitives from justice from the From this point the boys took a northerly direction, and States or from Europe, who pretend to live by farming or in the course of a week came upon a house known to be the stock-raising. Some of them have families, but even those rendezvous of thieves. As they rode up they received a very who have none have huts, in which they live by themselves, different reception from the one they had at the hands of the keeping up a pretense of honesty. They have stolen from silent 'man down the trail. Four rifles were thrust through a stock-raisers and farmers in this Territory and in Dakota window and discharged almost simultaneously. The attacking several hundred head of horses during the past six months, party returned the fire instantly, and with such telling effect and the present raid was organized for the purpose of recovthat the guns in the house were soon silenced. Presently the ering the property, if possible, before it was disposed of, as door was opened, and a voice was heard asking for a truce. well as of punishing the guiity. parties. The man was made to throw up his hands, and another When the cowboys were two days out they came upon a came out in a similar a.ttitude There had been four of them, humble cabin situated near the Musselshell, not far from its but two had been kilfed by the fir s t fire of the cowboys who, mouth, around which were picketed a score of stolen animals. 1 widely scattered, had all aimed at the open win dow The two None of the party knew the man who came to the door, and men who surrendered begged piteou s ly for their lives. They his protestation that he was a square settler found some cred-admitted that they were but pleaded that they were ence at first. He was of middle age, with grizzly hair and unable to make a living in any other way. Neither was over whiskers, and had an easy and listless bearing. He stood in thirty years old. When they saw preparations making for the doorway of his cabin eyeing his visitors sharply, but their execution they promised to go with their captors and no move and giving no evidence of great concern. point out the hiding-place of a big gang near the mouth of the Failing to ans wer satisfactorily the questions that were put Musselshell. Finding this unavailing, they begged to be shot to him, and not being able to explain his possession of the instead of hanged. The scene was a trying one, but it was stolen stock, he was informed by his visitors that they believed soon over. They were tied up by the neck side by side on him to be a thief and that they were after just such men as the same tree, and their dead companions were laid on thl! he. He shifted hi s po s ition from one side of the door to the ground beneath them. About thirty stolen horses were reother, and leanin g heavily against the frame, covered in this vicinity. "What. I told y ou is neverthele s s true. I bought the horses. Pushing on to the mouth of the river, guided to some extent I have lived here two years, and have seen lots of you fellers. by the information given by the thieves jus t lynched, the boys I never stole a horse." soon came upon a herd of horses, many of them bearing The boys parle y ed a while. They knew most of the horse-brands. After consultation, it was agreed that they were thives by sight, if not by name, and not one of them had ever probably near a big camp, and that it would be wise to move seen this man before. Some of them were in favor of letting with great caution. Every man was ins tructed to keep a him go, but others said this wa s a business trip, and the eviclose watch on every sus picious obj e ct, and it was agreeu dence was conclus ive enough. He had a lot of stolen horses, that under no circumstances was a Ehot to be fired unless and the probability was that he heiped s teal them. He was the presence of the thieves was actually revealed. It was a good enough thie f to begin with, s omeone said. If the man, toward sunset, and the boys scattered in reconnoitering parties standing carele ss ly at his door, had watched them closely, as of two or three, each armed With a rifle, two revolvers, and a perhaps he did, through his half-closed eyes, he could have knife. Three or four remained behind to guard the stock. seen I!' rope in one ma;11's hand, and another man climbing a After dark the scouts began to come in. The first-comers had tree which, growing only a few feet from his door, spread its found nothing, but others had located the robber camp all

I WILD WEST WEEKLY. 29 policy, but tha t if thi s was found to be out of the que s L i on, the y mu s t be t a k e n at breakfas t Ther e w a s not much s leep in lhe c owbo y c a mp that night. All h ands were up e xamining their a r m s and tightening their saddl 'es long b e fore dawn. Jus t at daybreak the y mov e d cautiousl y toward t he robber camp. A s they approached it, t h e s t o l e n hors es neighed as if rec o gnizing old fri ends, but there was no sign of human life When they w e r e n ear enough to make an observation, three Or four of the boy s di smount ed and went ahead. They returne d presently with informatiop. that some of the thieves were b estirring thems elv es but that mo s t of the m w ere still a s leep. It wa s hastily decided that this was the time to s,trike, and all hands with loud shouts das hed into the camp. The surpris e was perfe ct. Very few of the robbers could reach their w eapons though many ran, and mounting horses in the corral, made their escape. The bo y s covered seven with their revolvers and rifles, and captured them, the others getting away Several of them were pursued for a short dis tance. The seven men taken comprised some of the most not<>rious outlaws on the bord e r, including Downly, Jake Felix, Jim York and No s ey Bartel. They knew their fate, anes through a "becket" on the shaft, and i s made fa s t on the canoe. This line i s s ome twenty feet long. 1 So equipped they start out on their p e rilo us e x p edition, launching their carioe through the s urf, and pu shing boldly out thirty mile s to sea. The sea l s are captured a s t hey float a s leep on the top of the wate r, a nd the mo s t succ essful hauls are made in the calm s ucce e din g a storm, when the y are exhausted by their long bout with the wa v e s and s l e ep so soundly that they c a n be readily approached. Arriving at the1 place where there i s a prospe c t of findin g a seal the spearsman abandons t he p a ddle which he has b een v i g orou s l y pl y ing, and takes his station in the bow, where, a s the canoe ri s es on each s ucceeding s well, he watc he s for t h e black head of t h e s l e eping seal. The instant one i s s pied : a motion warns the bo a t-puller, who ceases his work, and the canoe proceed s propelled only by the_ steersman, under whose light and absolutely silent strokes of the paddle they glide s lowly on to the victim. The senses of the seals are so acute that within any reasonable distance the m ere grating of a paddle on the side of the canoe is sufficient to arouse them, when the hunt is up so far as they are concerned As the canoe silently nears the victim,. the spearsman, throwing aside his blanket, stands erect, naked and motionless in the bow, poi sing high the heavy spear. At a motion of his hand the way of the canoe is stopped, and he launches his weapon, ge n erally trans fixing the se al wi t h one or bot11 of the twin b a r bs The handle loosens and floats to the surface. A steady pull on the line brings the struggling animal alongside, when a sharp blow with the heavy club winds up his career. Occasionall y the re i s a lively tussle, as the seal is armed with a fine set of teeth, and is far froin being of a cowardly di s po sition when cornered, and instances are not uncommon wherein the hunters have been severely bitten. Usually three days i s the limit of their stay I at sea, they return to the beach skin their catch, and sell the pelts to the neares t trader, who salts them down to ship at the end of the season. In the las t few years there h as be e n a change in the mannei of conducting the fis hery, the traders finding that the work of the Indians from the b e ach is too precarious and unreliable, and a large number of schoon e r s are now engaged. Indians are still employed in the ac t ual work of t akiflg the i;:eals, and th'eir method of hunting remains unchang ed, e xc ept that, stead of paddling out to sea from the beach, they are take n on board the schooners with their canoe s sp ears food, etc., and, accompanied by their Wives are taken off on a cruise to the banks, where they remain for weeks at a time, leaving the vessel in their canoe s early in the morning, and returning with the results of their labors late at night. The women rema,in on the schooner, preparing the food for the hunters, and skinning the s eal s which t hey return. The Indians receive no pay beyond a small bonu s given them by the schooner owners at the commencement the season but are paid a fair sum for each p elt brought in, r anging from $2.50 to $10, according to s iz e and At these figure s they make good wage s and s ome of the more lucky or s killful ones sometimes net for the season a s high as $900. About six schoone r s from Puge t Sound tak e part in the seal fishery off Cape Flattery every year, as many more from British Columbia and two or thre e from San Francisco. This y ear, for the fir s t time, white men have been substituted for Indians on some of the schooners, and shotguns substituted for spears, but while they have been very succe ss ful, the. change i s looked on with di s favor by the other traders, as it! i s claimed the noise of the firearms mak es the seals more shy, and w\ll eventually drive them away from their present feeding-grounds All the ves s el s employed have met with fair success this year.


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